Fan Fic: The Quest for the Legends

"Death is not to be feared, for it is the only thing we all have in common."

The Quest for the Legends is a Pokémon fanfic. It has been rewritten many times over its ten-year lifespan (11 revisions and counting!), but as the best-known, currently ongoing and to be finished version is version 3.2 (the ILCOE), all tropes on this page will be assumed to apply to that version until otherwise stated.

Mark Greenlet is a normal eleven-year-old boy with a passionate interest in legendary Pokémon living in the region of Ouen, except that he hasn't been allowed to go out on a Pokémon journey like all his friends. After finding a Charmander and persuading his parents to let him out, he's ecstatic to finally be a Pokémon trainer, but things quickly go downhill as he discovers a Gym leader's secret cloning lab, accidentally frees Mew from said Gym leader, is subsequently nearly murdered by a madman obsessed with Mew, and eventually gets entangled in a couple of desperate legendaries' nigh-impossible attempt to stop The End of the World as We Know It.

Tropes used in The Quest for the Legends:

  • Acronym and Abbreviation Overload: The revisions of the fic from 2.0 on are all acronyms:
    • 2.0: UMR (Ultra-Mega-Revised); 3.x: HMMRCIG (How Much More Revised Can It Get?), YAR (Yet Another Revision), ILCOE (I've Lost Count Of 'Em), ILCOTEM (I've Lost Count Of Them Even More)
    • 4.x: IALCOTN (I've Absolutely Lost Count Of Them Now), APO (Another Pointless One), WTHAIRTSTA (Why The Hell Am I Rewriting This Stupid Thing Again?)
  • The Artifact: Molzapart and Rainteicune.
  • Artifact Title: The legendary plot was thought up to avert this.
  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: All of Victor's Pokémon's names end in "ious".
  • Back from the Dead: Mark. Scyther gets brought back by Mew.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Not the main conflict (yet), but the universally reviled (in-story) Taylor becomes League Champion.
  • Blatant Lies: Mark vents some of his frustrations with Chaletwo by totally fabricating a story starring the legendary as a homicidal maniac bent on world domination. This story serves as Mark's way of convincing the citizens of Crater Town to evacuate. Chaletwo is not pleased.
    Chaletwo: I have to hand it to you, that story was pretty good, but could you really not have, you know, antagonized me a little bit less?
    Mark: Oh, shut up. It’s not like they didn’t think you were evil and murderous already. Why do you even care what they think of you? It’s not like it matters.
  • Berserk Button: Spirit, while normally stuck-up and serene, will kick your ass if you slander the legendaries or being "chosen" when she's around. Right, Floatzel and Sneasel?
  • Bigger Is Better: With the exception of Mewtwo^2, Taylor's clones are all much bulkier than their normal counterparts.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Averted.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Scyther asks Sparky for beer when offered a meal at the latter's restaurant, and gets a stockpot full of the stuff. He barely needed any of it. Sparky takes the image of Scyther passed out all over the table in stride.
    Sparky: Oh dear. I guess Pokémon are rather sensitive to alcohol. One more lesson in running restaurants, isn’t it?
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Megan Hayfield (at the Cleanwater Pokémon Center), Aaron White (at Ash's starter Pokémon giveaway), and Michael Willows (the Scizor's trainer at the Pokémon Frenzy Tournament) are all Trainers that Mark meets within the first 25 chapters, and also happen to be the first three Trainers Mark battles at the Ouen League twenty chapters later. It's never explicitly stated where Mark remembered Aaron from, only that he looked "irritatingly familiar".
  • Chekhov's Volcano: Crater Town is built in the crater of a dormant volcano which happens to erupt when Volcaryu breaks out.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Subverted. It's mentioned that Gym Leaders, which fall under Poor, Predictable Rock in the games and anime, know the ins and outs of their type so well that they know how to work around its weaknesses while still maintaining a team theme.
  • Crossing the Desert is a bad idea...
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Played with throughout the series.
    • Floatzel speedily takes down a paralyzed Feraltwo without suffering a single hit.
    • Tyranitar is utterly trounced by Mewtwo^2 in the last battle of the League Finals.
    • Mark assumes May will "wipe the floor" with him when they battle in the League arc. It turns out to be the closest match in the entire Ouen league arc.
  • Curtains Match the Window: May and Mitch.
  • Cute Kitten: Mutark, though only in its base form.
  • Destructive Savior: Mark, May, and Alan when battling Thunderyu, Volcaryu, and Polaryu, although it's more of the latter group's fault, with the Volcaryu battle being the most destructive. Lampshaded by May in Chapter 43:
    May: I wonder how long it will take us to set a world record as causes of natural disasters.
  • Distaff Counterpart/Spear Counterpart: Each of the Color Dragons has a corresponding sibling of the opposite sex.
  • Elemental Powers: Standard issue when it comes to Pokémon.
  • Expy: Taylor is one of Silver.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Mark and May at the Ouen League.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Volcaryu, Polaryu, and Thunderyu.
  • Foreshadowing: After meeting Victor and Precious, Mark is mildly horrified at the thought of facing May with a Mutark of her own, predicting that with his luck, he'd probably be left with Scyther. He's right about the situation– it happens in the League arc– but Scyther wins the battle.
  • Good Is Not Nice: May, whose determination to win Pokémon battles makes her a sore loser and borderline-abusive to her team until Tyranitar kills Taylor to "make her happy", and she gets set straight by Mark, Alan, and Stantler. Lampshaded by Mark in Chapter 52.
    [May] refused to be interviewed, telling the journalists who approached her that she had better things to do, such as actually training for the battle (unlike a certain someone, said with an irritated glare). Mark figured that was probably a good thing; May’s actual personality wasn’t very conductive to being held up as a paragon of hope and justice.
  • Halfway Plot Switch: In the first part, the plot is Mark's Pokémon journey and the various adventures on the way; then in chapter 25, Chaletwo comes along and explains the main plot, and while the Pokémon journey then continues, it is eventually completed and leaves the main plot alone.
  • Hidden Supplies: Raichu keeps a Shuca Berry in his mouth for the battle against Taylor.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Dragonite wins a friendly battle against Tyranitar by pulling him into his own Stone Edge.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Word of God says Letal's line was based off of horses.
  • Immortality: Legendaries are normally The Ageless (though like all Pokémon, they recover unusually quickly from injuries), but Mew, Chaletwo, and (probably) the Destroyer have Complete Immortality through ridiculously fast regeneration.
  • Irony: Polaryu's crystals were shattered with fire and electricity. Guess what elements his two murderous siblings have control over?
  • Just Between You and Me: The Mew Hunter randomly decides to tell Mark his entire life story when he's captured him in chapter ten.
  • Kiss of Distraction: Carl's (female) Charizard pulls this on Mark's Charizard during their Gym battle, in order to get him to relax his grip on her while she simultaneously climbs out of the lava pit and pushes him below the surface.
  • Man Child: Tyranitar is revealed to be one.
  • Mission Control: Chaletwo uses his psychic abilities to give updates on the upcoming War of the Legends, and general matters pertaining to the legendary Pokémon, to the human characters. Since he's linked to Mark and May for a brief time, he can also provide commentary and directions based on whatever they're looking at.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Tyranitar is shocked and saddened to hear that his attempt at making May happy by killing Taylor was not only horribly misguided, but means that he will have to be released from her team to escape the consequences.
  • Neologism: Chapter 48 refers to blue-haired girls as "bluettes".
  • Not a Morning Person: Mark never wakes up before May and Alan. Ever.
  • Not Completely Useless: Chapter 48's battle comes down to Letal battling a Letaligon. Mark assumes that the battle will be slow and long until Letal reminds him that he'd taught her Rock Smash, which ends up being surprisingly effective on the Normal/Steel Letaligon that only uses moves of its own types. (In the games, a doubly super-effective Rock Smash hits with higher Base Power than a resisted Iron Tail or Tri Attack, even factoring in STAB– that's not counting the one-in-two Defense drop per hit, which may or may not exist in the fic.)
  • Oh Crap!: A few of these moments happen during the League arc. May has one right before Taylor's Sciztwo delivers a Superpower on a Roosting Skarmory. Mark names the trope when Megan's Delibird is about to hit Letal with a Brick Break; he has another moment when May's Skarmory is about to land a Rock Slide on Charizard.
    "Skarmory, use a Rock Slide!"
    "What?" Mark blurted out in a panic. Skarmory weren't supposed to know Rock attacks! How did everything have Rock attacks when he had Charizard out?
  • Olympus Mons: As usual, the legendary Pokémon. When Mark scans Thunderyu with his Pokédex, the dragon's stats are described as "crazy".
  • Pokémon Speak: Humans are able to learn to understand it, including the body language, syllable stress, and changes in voice tones the language relies on. Averted with Gyarados and Spirit, who are able to speak human, and Chaletwo and Molzapart, who bypass the language barrier with telepathy.
  • Power Of The Storm: Thunderyu's signature move, Thunderstorm, and by extension, the storm clouds over Stormy Town.
  • Practical Taunt: Users of the move Taunt automatically provoke the target into a blind rage; in some cases, such as when Pamela taunts Scyther, the user inexplicably knows exactly what will hit their foe's Berserk Button the hardest.
    Pamela: Come get me, Scizor!
  • Pun: Blink and you'll miss it, but a scene in Chapter 65 involves Venoir shooting a "poisonous glare" at Mark.
  • Punny Name: Lampshaded by Flora.
  • Retcon: The story's written so that content from new video game releases can be added seamlessly, rather than treating them as sudden new discoveries. A casual nod to the new generation, such as a wild Beartic, Floatzel's debut, and a mention of Fairy-type moves, serve to inform the reader that new mechanics and elements are in play in the fic.
  • Scissors Cuts Rock: Word of God says Mewtwo^2's ability lets it totally ignore the foe's type immunities, allowing it to throw around Dark-types with Psychic moves given a small bit of extra effort.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: The commentator for May and Taylor's match, Robert Witham, refuses to provide commentary for the battle as an act of protest against the League for allowing Taylor to make it to the finals. He didn't know that the League officials were hypnotized by Mewtwo^2 into letting Taylor compete.
  • Scary Scorpions: Scorplack.
  • Send in the Clones: The trainers of Cleanwater Gym have cloned legendaries.
  • Shapeshifting: Charlie is capable of evolving and devolving at will.
  • Ship Tease: Downplayed. May and Alan get along very well at times, and are rather irked when Mark compares them to a married couple.
  • Shout-Out: The Creator, the Preserver, and the Destroyer.
  • Signature Move: The three human protagonists have their own preferred style of fighting.
    • Alan makes use of trapping moves to prevent the opponent from switching and ease prediction as a result.
    • May doesn't allow for improvisation on her Pokémon's part, preferring to give all of the orders. Her strategic, demanding fighting style is akin to something you'd find on Smogon.
    • Mark is the opposite of May, and allows his Pokémon to improvise freely, forcing the foe to keep up with both his own decisions and those of whoever he has out at the moment.
  • Skeleton Key Card: Chapter 49 involves May telling Mark she broke into his room with her name tag to get him out of bed after wasting twenty minutes trying to wake him up from the other side of his door. Mark only partially doubts the truth of this.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Mark and Chaletwo, especially after Mark stops letting Chaletwo walk all over him.
  • Soul Jar: The soul gems that Entei and Suicune end up in.
  • Sore Loser:
    • May absolutely cannot stand losing or setbacks in any form, and the author plays this flaw for as much drama as she can.
    • For a more comedic example, Preciure is not happy upon realizing his target is using Destiny Bond while he's still locked into Outrage.
    Preciure: Cheating scum.
    • Mark, being a foil to May, is a notable aversion within the story in that he takes losses and difficulty in stride.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Scyther, especially in chapters 27-30. Got somewhat fixed when he got his own spin-off.
  • This Cannot Be!: A variation: May screams "You can't do that!" at Taylor when Mewtwo^2's Psychic works on Tyranitar.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Mark's parents, along with Mark and May (though they're just friends).
  • Tournament Arc: The Ouen League chapters.
  • Translation Convention: Employed for Pokémon speech.
  • Underwater City: Aquarium City.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Mutark, according to the forum's Ask the Characters thread; most of her moves have low strength in the Pokémon games, several being Night Slash, Sucker Punch, and the elemental fangs. May believes that Mutark can compensate for her poor moveset through sheer power.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 35, when Suicune dies, and Chapter 53, when Tyranitar kills Taylor.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: May, Marge, and Sparky have blue, and Mitch has silver. Sparky's is justified, as it's dyed.
  • Younger Than They Look: Mitch looks about three or four years older than he actually is.

Alternative Title(s):

The Quest For The Legends