[[caption-width-right:350:11 years in the dark future ... things have changed.]]

->It is eleven years into the dark future. Join the new adventures of Ash and Pikachu and discover the changes that have left the world in ruins…. And discover the power of the Pokemon Masters…

''[[http://members.iinet.net.au/~aceywacey/pokemon.htm Pokémon Master]]'' is a ''{{Pokemon}}'' DarkFic by [[http://acesan.wordpress.com/pokemon-master-faq/#comment-3847 Ace Sanchez]]. Considered by many to be ''the'' first major Darkfic of Pokemon.

It follows the story of an older Ash and Misty (in-story full names: Ashura and Mistaria) as they fight with [[LaResistance the Resistance]] against the League in its attempt to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Along the way, they deal with elemental powers and their own budding relationship.

Apparently, Ace's website is down for ''some'' reason. You still can find the whole fic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1003/1/Pokemon-Master here]], [[http://web.archive.org/web/20110522005652/http://members.iinet.net.au/~aceywacey/pokemon.htm here]] or [[http://www.thepokemontower.com/authors/acesanchez.shtml here]]. Keep in mind the last chapter is not published in ff.net, though.

Any similarities with the show {{Series/Heroes}} is [[TheyCopiedItNowItSucks coincidental]] since it was finished in 2002.

* AdaptationalBadass: Everyone. Yes, even TeamRocket. It seems odd that every last trainer in existence would become some sort of ''warrior'', no?
* AdaptationalVillainy: Many characters have turned to the dark side, such as Lara Laramie, Suzy, Gary, Brock and the Eevee brothers.
* AfterTheEnd: Every city is in near ruins except for one
* AlmightyJanitor: Laselle's evolved Caterpie named [[spoiler: Flint 'Dittorion', who also happens to be Brock's 'father']] FlatWhat doesn't even begin to describe this MindScrew...
* AllThereInTheManual: Several years after ending his fic, [[http://acesan.wordpress.com/pokemon-master-faq/#comment-3847 Ace found a faq he had written]] with supplementary information, including characters descriptions and stats.
* AscendedExtra: A lot of anime and game characters ahoy!
* AnIcePerson: Lorelei
* CloningBlues: [[spoiler: Gary is a clone of Ash, created by Professor Oak.]]
* CrapsackWorld: The Pokemon world ''after'' the [[NoodleIncident Dark Wars]].
* DarkerAndEdgier
* DarkFic: The first 'prototype' dark Pokemon fanfic. Now BloodierAndGorier than the actual series. ''Sweet dreams.''
** RecursiveFanfiction: This series was so popular it caused a lot of other 'fics written about the characters...
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Every Master move-set in the fanfic is like this.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Ash
* DarkFantasy: Has elements of this.
* DestructiveSaviour: Places tend to end up burning, crumbling down or exploding in the wake of Ash and his friends. One character lampshades this in episode 10:
-->[[spoiler:'''Lily:''']] "You know, places that go to hell seem to be quite common when you're around."
-->'''Ash:''' "Tell me about it."
* TheDragon: Lance
* DramaticIrony: Invoked. [[spoiler:Brock]] decides he'll force a mind-controlled [[spoiler:Ash]] to kill [[spoiler:Misty]]. He shouts "Now you'll be killed for your lover himself. How dramatic irony!"
* ElementalPowers: The standard first-generation Pokemon elemental powers, plus a few more... [[spoiler: Light and Shadow]]
* EvilEvolves: These [[TheDarkSide Forbidden Pokemon]] get stronger every chapter, and some of the main characters have trouble fending them off, eventually there is a ''worldwide'' epidermic of those Pokemon. Does this remind you of a Zombie apocalypse?
* {{Expy}}: A few of the characters are this to 'trainer classes' from the games.
* EvilTwin: [[spoiler: Valdera, to Misty. Gary has become this to Ash in a fairly contrived way, but it suits the story.]]
* FiveBadBand
** BigBad: [[spoiler: Gary]] ''Garick''
** TheDragon: Lance from the Elite Four
** TheBrute: [[spoiler: Brock]]
** TheEvilGenius: Agatha
** TheDarkChick: Valdera
* FusionDance: [[spoiler: Three of them: Valdera/Misty, Triverion (Vaporeon/Jolteon/Flareon) and Mikey's Eevee/Missingno- yes THAT one.]]
** Bonus points for this fic [[ItsBeenDone trope]] being in existence ''long'' before the manga ''Pokemon Réburst''...
* HairFlip: Many characters - mainly the female ones: Giselle, Erika, Duplica...- did it constantly (WordOfGod says he found the gesture cool), but the main offenders are the two main characters, [[BattleCouple Ash and Misty]]. Ash does it because his hair is longish and gets in his face frequently, and FieryRedhead {{Tsundere}} Misty to convey her annoyance.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Brock]]
* HeIsAllGrownUp: Everyone.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Ash NEVER got over Misty, not matter what he said himself and everyone. He finally understands this at the second-to-last episode.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Brock uses Self-Destruct to kill himself and Lance.]]
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Ash can hit Gyarados in the eye with a longbow from over 500 yards.
* LaResistance: includes Bill, Misty, Erika, Bruno, and many others
* [[LukeIAmYourFather Brock, I am your Father]]: That overpowered [[ChekhovsGunman Caterpie]] Laselle had all along? [[spoiler:Turned out to be Flint in disguise as a ''Forbidden'' Butterfree...]] Yes, I'm being ''serious''
* LightIsNotGood: Valdera
* LoveTriangle: between Ash, Misty, and Valdera
* MagicIsAMonsterMagnet: After the [[EldritchAbomination Forbidden Pokemon]] are released from [[TheOubliette their prison]] the characters can not use their elemental powers freely because using elemental power draws the Forbidden's attention and lures them towards you. And you do NOT want that.
* TheMissingno: shows up in Mt. Moon
* MindRape: [[spoiler: Used on Ashura by Agatha/Chaneller.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Ash releasing everyone except for 'Shadow' Pikachu had consequences for everyone, including Ash's own Pokemon...
* OriginalCharacter: Valdera, Channeller, and [[spoiler: Flint-Butterfree]]
* PubertySuperpower: Linked to 'the Incident' which is a NoodleIncident.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Valdera's past is... something we probably would have heard mentioned in the actual series.
* RivalTurnedEvil: Several.
* SchizoTech: For some reason, despite the rebels having a technologically advanced headquarters and the manufacturing capability to produce computers and battleships, both armies still fight with medieval weapons like swords and bows. No explanation is ever given, especially considering that with Pokémon present one would think it would be easier rather than harder to replicate LostTechnology.
* SimpleStaff: Erika's weapon of choice.
* [[spoiler: SeparatedAtBirth]]: Oddly, Mistaria and Valdera
* SuperMode: Ashura, after that ''run for your life!''
* XMeetsY: {{Series/Heroes}} or ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' meets ''{{Pokemon}}''
** Alternatively, ''Anime/NinjaScroll'' meets ''{{Pokemon}}'' (WordOfGod says he had been heavily influenced by that movie when he started the fic, and it shows in some subplots.)
* ThresholdGuardian: The seven 'Master' Forbidden Pokemon - [[spoiler: Laselle's Caterpie is one of them.]]
* WingedUnicorn: Lara Laramie's Rapidash.
* YinYangBomb: [[spoiler: Misteria (Misty/Valdera fusion) drops one on Gary.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: The three remaining Eevee brothers blame Ash for Mikey's death.