Fan Fic / Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Victory Fire

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Victory Fire is a fan-made web comic by sulfurbunny.

The comic's story begins shortly after the events of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers games, and after Darkrai's defeat at the end of that game.

However, even though Darkrai is still a major character, he is no longer the main villain. Victini takes over this role, having imprisoned the repentant Darkrai and is planning to use his abilities to further her own goals.

Meanwhile, a young girl named Jen wakes up to find herself an Audino, all alone in a strange world. She is hunted by a pack of Houndoom, but manages to escape them with the help of Gengar from the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team games.After Gengar successfully blocks one of Darkrai's nightmares, he and Jen form an unlikely alliance and seek to find out why Jen became a Pokemon, with the help of Kecleon.

The comic features some exceptional artwork, writing, and successfully pulls together characters and plot threads from across the Pokemon continuity.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Victory Fire contains examples of:

  • Adult Fear: Jen's situation-being thrust into another world at the age of eleven.
  • Anti-Villain: Darkrai and the Houndoom pack leader.
  • The Atoner:
    • Gengar, who felt that separating himself from society would make up for his past failures.
    • Darkrai, who remains chained up because he's afraid of reverting back to his conditioned personality and hurting someone.
    • Discussed by N and Mewtwo, due to their past.
  • Badass: Mewtwo as expected, who defeated both Gengar twins instinctively and apologized for it.
  • Badass Grandpa: Kecleon, thanks to Gengar's nickname.
  • Big Bad: Victini, who is using Darkrai as a front for her scheming.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Gengar saving Jen from the Houndoom pack.
    • Later, the Wigglytuff Guild rescues both Jen and Gengar from the pack.
    • Another example would be Hoopa saving Mewtwo.
  • Big "NO!": Gengar as Jen slipped and fell. It gets better, though.
  • Brainwashed: Victini attempted to do this to Mewtwo, by turning him into a shadow pokemon. Fortunately for Mewtwo, he already overcame his own darkness, so it doesn't work.
  • Call Back: Practically every character and plot point is a reference to and/or elaboration on something from a previous pokemon game.
  • Can't Catch Up: Kecleon is old and injured. This led him to be Put on a Bus halfway through the story.
  • Character Development: Gengar, throughout the story.
  • Confusion Fu: Gengar doesn't actually know how to fight like a pokemon, instead relying on dirty tricks and improvised moves which Gengar shouldn't know, such as Scratch or Sand Attack.
  • Continuity Porn / Arc Welding : Jen first runs into Gengar, who decided to live a secluded life after the events in PMD 1. In another part of the story, Mewtwo and N are trying to hunt XD002, which is later revealed to be Darkrai, the main villain from PMD 2. He is also hinted to be the same Darkrai used by Blake Hall.
    • Several places like Treasure Town, Explorers Guild and Great Canyon are visited too, and have a location set as the Almia region.
    • The Medicham from Team Charm is the same one from Team Meanies, Gengar's old team.
      • Similarly, Arbok from Team AWD used to be the Ekans on Team Meanies.
    • Kecleon is the same Kecleon used by Harrison in the anime.
    • Both Zekrom and Reshiram from Black and White make appearances, along with Wes from Pokemon Colosseum.
  • Dark and Troubled Past : Several characters, including Mewtwo and Darkrai.
  • Deadpan Snarker : Darkrai during his conversations with Victini.
  • Doomsday Device: The creation engine. Given its name it's likely existed for a better purpose, however Victini's misused it.
  • Everybody Knew Already: Gengar was a human. In universe, both Jen and Kecleon figured this out quickly. Even readers who were unfamiliar with PMD could guess it correctly.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Victini doesn't understand why Darkrai is trying not to revert back to his programmed personality, because of her status as a Shadow Pokemon.
  • Fish out of Water : As Kecleon pointed out, Jen and Gengar don't act or fight like Pokemon.
  • Ghibli Hills: Several places, as the background is drawn in details.
  • Heel–Face Turn : Houndoom. Subverted in that he was never evil in the first place
  • Hidden Depths: Graveler, who initially seems cold-hearted. It turns out he just really wants to protect the other Pokemon who live in his cave.
    • Similarly, the Houndoom trying to capture Jen just wanted to ensure his pup's safety.
  • Hope Spot: Mewtwo's managed to show immunity against Victini's 'V-create' effect. For a moment it seemed that he would win.
    • Used again with Mewtwo's Mega Evolution. It didn't last long.
  • I Choose to Stay: Jen decided to save Gengar instead of trying to go home, even when she had the chance.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gengar once again, with more heavy emphasis on the heart of gold part.
  • Kid Hero: Jen, who is only eleven, deconstructs this trope, in that she never asked to become a Pokemon.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Gardevoir, as in canon. It didn't last long.
  • Literal Genie : Hoopa is implied to be this.
    Weavile: Get us down off this mountain.
    Hoopa: Hee hee... Just "down"?
    Weavile: Safely!
  • Manipulative Bastard: Victini's plan was to portray herself as the hero protecting the scared and alone Jen from Darkrai. Unfortunately for her, Jen didn't stay alone for long enough.
    • Gengar references his past as one of these, noting that the differences between pokemon and human thought patterns make them easily led.
  • Mega Crossover : This fic has taken plot points, characters, and elements from PMD Rescue Team and Explorers, Colosseum and XD, Pokemon Ranger (with the mention of Blake Hall), Pokemon Black and White (with N's appearance and places like Johto and Hoenn being mentioned), and the anime.
  • Non-Action Girl: Jen, partly from still being a kid, and partly because Audino aren't terribly strong.
  • No Sell: Victini's ability to corrupt hearts doesn't work on Mewtwo.
  • Retired Badass: Kecleon, who was literally in retirement until Celebi asked for him to help Jen.
  • Secret Test of Character: There are several requirements necessary to open the door leading to the creation engine. Unfortunately, Victini figured a way to trick the door to open.
  • The Reveal:
    • Darkrai and Victini are XD002 and XD003, respectively.
    • N and Mewtwo have teamed up to track Darkrai.
    • The Houndoom pack leader just wants to get his pup back, and is being manipulated by Darkrai into hunting Jen.
    • It is later revealed that Jen is Lovrina's sister
  • Translation Convention: As in the games, Pokémon are perfectly understandable to Jen from the get go. This doesn't mean that she or Gengar can understand other human languages, though.
  • Villainous Valor: The Houndoom leader rushes into battle against a freshly awakened Tyranitar to protect the others. It doesn't go well for him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Victini. She kidnapped the Houndoom child and then torture her to make Gengar open the door.