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Fanfic: Latias' Journey
Latias' Journey by Ri2 is a 67 chapter, 1,000,000+ words Pokémon fan fiction.

Obviously, the star is Latias. When the Ghost King destroys her home city of Alto Mare and kills all of her friends after she spurns his advances, she is forced to embark on a long journey that takes her across the Pokémon world. There, she meets up with Ash and the other Chosen. Together, the Chosen are forced to embark on many adventures across the land.

It's absurdly long, surreal and bizzare to extremes, interspersed with plenty of lightheartedness, and plenty of fight sequences. And sometimes it's really, really dark, squicky, messy, and all kinds of disturbing.

Oh sorry, we should've mentioned this is rated M. Pack your security blanket and Brain Bleach.

The much shorter prequel is here. It has a sequel of similar length called Brave New World.

This fanfic provides examples of:

  • A Million is a Statistic: Judging by the city it is based on, Altomare has over 800,000 people living in it. The Ghost King destroys the whole city. Not even Latias, the sole survivor, holds this against him for more than a few months.
  • Animal Talk: Word of God says "For convenience's sake all Pokéspeak will be written in English. Just pretend the humans can't hear them, though."
    • And then subverted when Chimecho's dialogue is translated...identically to his Pokémon Speak.
      Chimecho: CHIIIIIIIIIIII!
  • Anyone Can Die: Many major characters fail to survive the final arc.
  • Appeal to Force: Tate and Liza wield an array of powerful psychic-based attacks. When Ash threatens to report them to the League, they tell him not to bother because the League fears them too much to do anything about them.
  • Ascended Glitch: Missingno, the glitch-er, Darklord Pokemon
  • Author Vocabulary Calendar: "Piscene" in later chapters.
  • The Bet: Wobbuffet's Goth phase turns out to be just a bet with Meowth.
  • Better than a Bare Bulb: Constantly.
    "It's like the laws of reality are being repealed or something, allowing impossible things to happen," the intelligent talking yellow rodent who had the ability to generate thunderbolts speculated.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Black Comedy is often applied to particularly Gorn-filled scenes.
  • Body Horror: Happens a lot during the final arc with the legions of undead monsters. Many of them are multiple characters fused together. And then there's the torture scenes...
  • Brainwashed: Tate and Liza do this to Latias. It is actually a test to see how strong the bonds between Ash and his Pokémon are.
  • Bring My Brown Pants:
    • Happens to the Murkrow at Wing Fortress when Latias incinerates them and a good portion of the forest.
    • Happens to the remaining Pichu brother when he meets Deoxys.
    • Also happens to Maxie when the three Regis effortlessly kill all his trainers and their Mons.
    • Phanpy has this occur to to him several times.
  • The Cameo: At one point, Ash battles Zorro and Mr. T. Zorro joins the recurring cast.
  • Contemplate Our Navels: The entire first epilogue. The second epilogue, written a good deal after the fact when the author had a good deal more experience, tries to blame it all on Mewgle being pretentious.
  • Costume Porn: Latias in her Songstress outfit.
    She was wearing a blue bodice with white lace around the collar that ran down her chest to a set of light blue silk skirts. Black straps were crisscrossed across her thin upper arms, and blue velvet cloths were wrapped around her lower arms.
    • There's also the description of her wedding dress in her dreams.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: There are countless in this series. Some are subtle and some are just diabolical Gorn. Most notably are:
    • About 99% of Earth's population are turned into undead monsters.
    • Most members of Team Rocket get grizzly ends.
    • The world leaders in all categories are crammed into a giant crusher.
    • May and her Pokemon.
  • Cyberpunk: The region of Silica.
    Rukario: A desolate wasteland devoid of Pokemon or plant life, a hollow kingdom of neon and twisted metal populated by people who hungered more for short-lived pleasures and comforts than the simple pleasures of living.
  • Dark Fic: When it's not being funny. Or sometimes both at the same time.
  • Darker and Edgier: Way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way ,way more than the source material. As well as Bloodier and Gorier.
  • Dashing Hispanic: Zorro and his entire team.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Pokemon, being essentially animals, tend to be pretty direct about certain things, and it often weirds out their human trainers and those Pokemon that have spent more time among humans.
  • The Dog Shot First: The final chapter Retcons the beginning of the story as Kyogre forcing the Ghost King to destroy Alto Mare via mind control.
  • Doomed Hometown: Alto Mare as early as the prequel.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: Deoxys announces his horrific plans to the entire world by taking over its television and radio signals.
  • Door Stopper: 1,186,409 words of text. For comparison, the Lord of the Rings trilogy is around 525,000.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Full force. Keep in mind what the Unown are offering the good guys if they win is basically a Reset Button. The hope of this may at times be the only reason you can keep bearing to read.
  • Expy: A lot of people, if they don't outright Cameo.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: The entire cast at the end of the last battle.
  • Face Fault: Used as a verb.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Several are shown in the series, including the Master Ball and Dark Latios' Black Karma attack.
  • Fetish Fuel: In-universe - there are repeated references to a female Machoke supermodel
  • From Bad to Worse: Goes from Latias trying to hide from the Ghost King's forces to having to fight armies of the undead, which are controlled by utterly heinous abominations.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Poke Rangers Astro Squad Sigma. Lampshaded by Bayleef.
    Bayleef: "What is it with people and stupid acronyms these days!"
  • Gainax Ending: Twice.
    • The first one results in a relatively small fraction of the cast still alive, the good goddess heavily wounded, all of them setting up a last stand, while the Big Bad has just destroyed the entire universe around them. And some three chapters of navel gazing.
    • The second one was added two years after the book's completion. The whole "universe ending" thing was Mewgle screwing with everyone and trying to brainwash both dueling gods under his control. He's stopped by Squirtle (who is thoroughly pissed off that he hasn't been in the story yet) coming out of nowhere.
  • Gambit Pileup: On a cosmic level by the end. The sheer amount of contingencies and unspoken plans both sides have in play is staggering.
  • Going Cosmic: The finale.
  • Gorn: The torture and "fatal battle" scenes are quite gory. Taken Up to Eleven in the final arc.
  • Gratuitous Rape: Not only is there a lot of rapes in this story, but a lot of them can be removed/replaced AND they make the villains look pretty stupid for doing so. Fearow is a good example. If his modus operandi is to eat other Pokemon and take their power, why is he stopping to rape Latias?
  • Groin Attack: Not just kicks to the jumblies either; the story contains quite a bit of genital mutilation. For example, Oniichan who is Eusine transformed into a Raikou uses his spiked tail to rip out the undead Raikou's genitals in a fight.
  • Hand Wave: See Fridge Logic.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Many examples:
    • Various inhabitants on Mewgle's fake version of Birth Island, including "Raiki," Ash and Pikachu's fake father.
    • Ash, Misty and May during the final story arcs, via Eleventh Hour Superpower.
  • Healing Factor: Most of Deoxys's armies of shambling horrors regenerate endlessly. Dark Latios gets totally vaporized and comes back.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Zorro and El Gato.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: Many times.
  • Infodump: The most common way background information is explained. A random character, usually one that's just been introduced, will go on a long-winded story about a particular plot point, usually with Latias as the Little Jimmy.
    • Pidgeot's explanation of the Wing Fortress
    • Mewtwo's exposition about the nature of Pokeballs
    • Mew and Celebi's explanation of Lady Ho-Oh's Start of Darkness
  • Interspecies Romance: What kicks off the plot. It's exactly as awkward a topic for all parties involved as it sounds.
    • And Delia Ketchum's fiancée at one point is Mr. Mime. She may or may not be even paired up with him at the end.
  • Karmic Death: Lance and Drake are killed by the Glalie that they sent Ash and Latias to earlier.
  • Lemony Narrator: Progressively more so over the course of the book.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Trust us on this one.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: A lot of the villains of the story, but most the noticeable is Deoxys.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Wing Fortress massacre for one. The entirety of the final act for another.
  • Mind Rape: A few times. A most heinous example is by Latias, in probably the Squickiest part of the book.
  • Mind Screw: There is quite a bit of allegory and symbolism in the story and some of the elements in the story are quite bizarre. Indeed, many reviewers have commented on this.
  • Mood Whiplash: From a greater-story standpoint, entire lighthearted and easygoing story arcs can go very quickly to hell. Sometimes they go literally to Hell.
    • On a smaller scale, comedic and disturbing moments can and will occur in the same paragraph.
  • Overly-Long Gag: One could consider the whole book one such, but the author is rather fond of these on the whole.
  • Pair the Spares: Ri2 gleefully sticks characters together throughout the book. During the epilogue, an Overly-Long Gag recaps all the pairings he's made. It lasts over two pages and has a Running Gag within itself.
  • Parody Sue: Three, explicitly by name. The first is...uh, Mary Sue, who captures Latias and a bunch of other Olympus Mons with a ton of Master Balls. She turns out to be a normal girl who's just under the influence of the demons in the Master Balls. Another one is Berry Stoo, an Eldritch Abomination that creates more via The Corruption.
  • Pokémon Speak: Averted for everyone except Chimecho. See Animal Talk.
  • The Power of Rock:
  • Psychic Powers:
    • Psychic humans are mentioned in this story but they pay some serious costs for their power.
    • And of course Psychic Pokémon.
  • Rated M for Manly: There's no shortage of action and violence in here. Oddly enough, the main character is female!
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Deoxys delivers a very long one to Mewtwo.
  • Reference Overdosed: This story has Shout Outs to everything from PokeRangers to Tentacthulhu.
  • Reincarnation Romance: Most notably Latias and Rayquaza, but this is also hinted at for other couples.
  • Reset Button: The Unown offer this to the good guys if they can stop the upcoming cataclysm, though they had no intention of actually following through with it, as they expected the universe to end no matter who won. Fortunately, thanks to Mewgle's botched attempt at a universal takeover, the universe is intact at the end. The local deities at this point basically shrug and implement the Reset Button anyway.
  • Retcon: The fic originally ended on a huge cliffhanger with the majority of the cast dead and the entire universe annihilated, and the remaining people set up for a last stand on a flying island. Two years later, Ri2 added a sequel that undid the entire last chunk of the story. A good quarter of the way into the sequel, he added a second epilogue that revealed the entire ending sequence was just Mewgle screwing with everyone, including the two gods duking it out, in a Starscream gambit. He gets his ass handed to him by Squirtle, who comes out of absolutely nowhere and earns everyone's happy ending.
  • Serial Escalation: Gets pretty epic fairly early on, proceeds to top itself repeatedly. The sequel starts off somewhere around the level of epic of the first book's penultimate arc, and just keeps running from there.
  • Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: Breaks both ends of the scale. Sometimes simultaneously.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Weavile and Lucario are referred to as Manyula and Rukario respectively. These two were cameo appearances before Gen 4's English names/romanizations were finalized.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: Crawdaunt's 'Assumption,' which is successfully used as a Brown Note to defeat an Eldritch Abomination.
  • Sweat Drop: Used as a verb.
  • Take That: Ash's encounter with Mariah Susanson is one big ol' "Take That" against Mary Sues in general.
    • As is Latias' encounter with the first Mary Sue early on, who captures most of the legendaries in the world.
    • And in a flashback in Chapter 6, when Latias is told to "go to Hell" by a member of a cult that thinks Pokemon are satanic, a stab at the people in the real world that think Pokemon is satanic.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Repeatedly, and almost always from the bad guys. Deoxys uses this to psych out his opponents through sheer Gorn.
  • Thirty Sue Pileup: In-universe example: Berry Stoo and his friends.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Anyone in the cast who doesn't die soon after introduction is likely to take several.
  • Training from Hell: Lance and Drake force Ash and Latias to journey through an ice cavern with no winter clothing to toughen them up for the Hoenn League Championships. A bunch of Glalie nearly kill them..
  • Translator Microbes:
    • After Ash is is selected as an honorary Chosen, he is fully capable of understanding Pokéspeak thanks to the Unown.
    • Latias's translation extends to anyone who considers her a friend, thereby subconsciously giving her freer psychic access to their perception. She still has to write things out for everyone else prior to her Eleventh Hour Superpower, and had to convince Misty that she wasn't a rival for Ash's affections anymore before she could be let in on it.
  • Troperiffic: By the time the sequel rolls around, Ri2 is a confirmed troper.
    • And up until the sequel, just look at the percentage of this page coated in blue.
  • Virgin Sacrifice: Team Aqua brings in a naked woman to sacrifice to Kyogre. For Groudon, Team Magma brings in a fat, nerdy, unattractive man who is far more embarrassed about his status than worried about being chucked into a lava pit.
  • White Void Room: The Unown bring all the Chosen into one of these. It makes some of the wonder how they can all stand around when there's no ground under them.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Often said against the undead horrors toward the end of the story.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Fearow's minions kill all the children in the Wing Fortress in order to demoralize his enemies.
  • World of Badass: Almost all the main characters are given some kind of epic scene or learn an epic ability.
  • Wretched Hive: Lilycove City is portrayed as an utterly lawless hellhole as a result of Team Magma and Team Aqua fighting each other.
  • X Meets Y: Pokémon: The Exploitation Film
    • The last arc is Pokémon meets Gurren Lagann meets Event Horizon.
    • In-universe example. The Battle Palace's rules are amended for the Hoenn League Championships so the roles are reversed. The end result is something like mixed martial arts meets Pokémon battling.
    Ford: Instead of Pokemon competing against Pokemon, it will be human against human, with their Pokemon giving them commands from the sidelines!

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