This is what you would call a Shrew
: I'm sorry if I misled you, but I have no interest in being anything but friends.
Jasmine is the Gym Leader of Olivine City. She is, in her own words, "...twenty-one and five-foot-four and happily single. Okay, maybe not happily, but I am single by choice. It's no big deal, to me, but for everyone else I know…". She is infamous amongst her social circle for being hostile to all concepts of romance, love, and sex. Unfortunately for her, her innocent, anti-romantic lifestyle is under constant assault, from friends who tease her to unwanted suitors who try to woo her. Shortly into the story, Morty
, a fellow Gym Leader and middle school "friend"
returns into Jasmine's life and brashly declares his intent to break her of her prudishness. His boast to get her laid by New Year's Day, four months away, sets off a storm of events that destroys Jasmine's heretofore melancholic existence.
Olivine Romance is a Pokémon
fanfic that follows Gym Leader Jasmine as she struggles with questions of love, maturation, sex, friendship, career, and family. It is written by fanfic author Snowden
(no, not THAT
Snowden) and can be found at fanfic site Archive of Our Own
There are also several side-stories within the same universe that occur before the events of Olivine Romance
, a story told from Steven's
point-of-view, and ''Transmutation''
, the events of HGSS told from Silver's
Olivine Romance includes the following tropes:
- A Dog Named Dog: Most Pokemon are simply called by their species names. Since Jasmine is telling the story, she often calls opponent's Pokemon by their species name even when she's been told their nickname.
- Abusive Parents: As the story goes on, it becomes increasingly clear that Jasmine's issues were caused by emotional neglect from her parents, primarily from her Mother.
- Action Bomb: The Self-Destruct and Explosion attacks, property of Graveler, Magnemite, Voltorb, and Gengar; the latter uses it to win the Gym Leader Tournament Finals between Morty and Volkner.
- Action Girl: In addition to going toe-to-toe with male (and female) trainers in Pokemon battles, Jasmine occasionally shows off her gymnastic skills, such as dodging a Bubble Beam to retrieve the remote from Tyko (a Piplup).
- All Men Are Perverts: Jasmine firmly believes this. Morty gives her ample reason to continue believing it.
- All Women Are Prudes: Everyone seems to think this applies to Jasmine (both in how she acts, and how she thinks the world ought to be), and spend considerable effort trying to convince her otherwise. Jasmine eventually subverts the trope, saying her issue isn't with sex, per se, but with relationships.
- Almost Kiss: Morty pulls Jasmine aside midway through Part 1 and appears on the verge of kissing her. At the last moment he arranges her hair's spike-tails instead. This is a sign the story is going to take its sweet time developing their relationship.
- Alone Among the Couples: Jasmine, during the gala and in general. Notably she's single by choice, but that doesn't stop her from feeling left out.
- Always Accurate Attack: In Jasmine's battle against Warren, the key to depleting Warren's stockpile of Revives was using X Accuracy to ensure Steelix's 1HKO Fissure always hit.
- Announcer Chatter: During high-profile matches, an announcer is present to give blow-by-blow commentary to the media audience. Sometimes Jasmine's friends act as the ref and announcer, where they exaggerate every outcome with all the gusto of a Large Ham Announcer.
- Anticlimactic Parent: Subverted. Through Parts 1 and 2 Jasmine alludes to how horrible a mother she has. After not seeing each other for months, Jasmine returns home in Part 3. Her mother's very first words are ordering Jasmine to help her with chores- without even acknowledging Jasmine by name, or saying "Hello", or even looking at her daughter. The conversation goes downhill from there and it starts to feel like Jasmine was understating this woman's horridness.
- Artistic License - Physics: Jasmine habitually exploits electromagnetism in ways that don't make sense outside of the Pokemon universe.
- Awesome by Analysis: Pretty much anyone who wins a Pokemon battle does so by this. Many of the losers could count as well.
- Notable examples are Morty figuring out Volkner gave a Lum Berry to Electivire and then lied about Electivire's ability... twice, and Jasmine figuring out Violet's Pokemon fight in identical pairs to confuse opponents by noting their gender.
- Jasmine goes into GREAT detail to explain how she figured out the zombies were Dittos.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: At the climax of Jasmine and Warren's battle, they begin calculating the outcome of the final exchange in a kind of telepathic dialogue. The scene is a homage to the climax of Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows.
- The Bechdel Test: Not so much about whether Olivine Romance passes the test or not, but in-universe, Jasmine demonstrates her shrewishness/prudery by complaining about the fact that her own friends only ever talk about relationships (and try dragging her into the conversation).
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Seemingly the basis for Jasmine and Morty's relationship.
- The Bet: One is made in Part 1: Morty bets that Jasmine will get laid before New Year's Day, four months from the time of declaration. But not necessarily with him. Another is proposed by Jasmine to Morty in Part 2: He has to find Amphy a mate and Jasmine will give him her First Kiss. Except it's not her first.
- Beta Couple: Lyra and Ethan; although they're not without their own relationship issues, they seem paltry in comparison to Jasmine's emotionally-rife courting by Morty.
- Blatant Lies: Used regularly between trainers as they battle.
- Notably, Volkner makes two outlandish lies about Electivire's ability during his battle with Morty, and it almost works.
- Boring, but Practical: When Jasmine can't overcome Violet's tactics, she has to rely on her newly-caught, disobedient Skarmory and his absurd defense to win the match.
- Breaking Bad News Gently: Pryce delivering the results of Jasmine's Gym Leader exams to her. It helped that Jasmine was expecting to be fired rather than be put on probation.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Steven Stone and his wife Cynthia.
- Captured Super Entity: Although it could be applied to some of the stronger Pokemon and their trainers, it doesn't really elevate to this trope. Tobias, however, makes a living out of capturing and taming legendary Pokemon. His team reads as a laundry list of Pokemon deities, and he's used them to win a World Championship. For this he's become a living legend in his own right and is in contention for the title of "World Strongest Pokemon Trainer".
- The Casanova: Played straight and subverted. Morty loves flirting with ladies and often succeeds in seducing them, but rarely takes them to bed.
- Catch Phrase: "I'm sorry if I misled you, but I'm not interested in being anything but friends." - Jasmine's standard rejection notice.
- Chain of Deals / Match Maker Quest: Jasmine's subordinate Ted asks Jasmine to deliver a love letter for him to Janina, her other subordinate. Jasmine shirks this task off to a third subordinate, Connie. By the end of the chapter, a throw-away character brings the love letter back to Jasmine, telling her a complete stranger shunted the task to him. Jasmine wonders how many hands the letter passed through throughout the day, before finally handing it back to Ted and telling him to give the letter to Janina himself.
- The Chase: Tyko the Piplup steals the video scoreboard remote. Jasmine, her subordinates, and all of their Pokemon attempt to track the culprit down. Hilarity Ensues.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Jasmine and Morty met in middle school, although this might be a subversion in that Jasmine never realized Morty was teasing her out of fondness.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Morty.
- Christmas Cake: Morty warns Jasmine about this concept. She scorns the idea but admits to feeling pressured by it.
- Closed Circle: The Halloween party, after Tobias is murdered. Jasmine, Morty, and co. are trapped in the blacked-out convention center searching for the culprit. It's an elaborate prank set up by Whitney.
- Commitment Issues: Morty may have a problem with this.
- Cosplay: Jasmine is dressed up by Erika as Sailor Aki Kinyobi-san, a character from a Sailor Moon expy anime. This draws plenty of attention from the male cast and blushing on her part at the Halloween party.
- Country Matters: Cooltrainer Warren initially earns Jasmine's ire for calling her this. And he wonders why she rejected his love...
- Covert Pervert: Lyra claims Ethan is one of these. We've only got her word to go by, but Ethan's Suspiciously Specific Denial might support this.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Steelix versus the crowd of challengers. Typhlosion versus Jasmine. Every single battle involving Red (except Steven Stone).
- Cynicism Catalyst: Jasmine's hatreds towards men comes off as prudery at first, but going on her issues appear deeper and rooted in an event six years prior to the story.
- Daydream Surprise: One confusing segment has Morty intrude into Jasmine's bedroom and immediately begin consensual intercourse, which seems Out of Character for Jasmine at this point. It turns out to be one of her masturbation fantasies.
- Day In The Life: "The Tribulations of Being a Gym Leader" chapter is this for Jasmine. She specifically points out the frenetic, stressful, tedious, boring, and crazy events throughout the chapter are normal for her workday.
- Succession is framed like this- Just a "normal" day for the CEO of the Pokemon League and most powerful man in the world, Steven Stone.
- Day In The Lime Light: In addition to Jasmine, the story also focuses on many other side-characters of the Pokemon games, particularly the Johto Gym Leaders.
- Succession and Transmutation are themselves Days in the Lime Light for Steven Stone and Silver, respectively.
- Deadpan Snarker: Jasmine, the narrator. In contrast with her Shrinking Violet personality in the games and her Plucky Girl personality in the anime.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Silver's goal towards Red. Red's goal towards Steven. Neither have succeeded so far.
- Jasmine is so convinced she won't be able to beat Red when he eventually comes to her gym, she's trying to pad her win ratio to ensure her inevitable loss doesn't bring her below the 50% ratio required by probation.
- Don't Celebrate Just Yet: Jasmine is ecstatic to catch Skarmory. Until she realizes they're in the middle of a giant Skarmory colony full of vicious, territorial birds.
- The Dreaded: Red. He's on tour of the Johto Region challenging the gyms, and is beating them handily. Jasmine is not looking forward to his arrival.
- Euphemism Buster: In the middle of one of Morty's oblique speeches:
"He means sex, Jasmine," Whitney explained.
- Exact Eavesdropping: Jasmine sneaks up upon Morty and Will having a chess match, and finds out a name that is likely to be extremely important to understanding Morty's character.
- Almost-10-year-old Jasmine overhears her parents arguing over her upcoming birthday present, namely whether they can afford a Pokemon. The scene helps establish the family dynamics of Jasmine's childhood.
- Exploited Immunity: During a double-battle, Steven has his Metagross Zen Headbutt his Tyranitar, who is holding down an opponent's Dusknoir. The Psychic attack does nothing to the Dark-type Tyranitar, but the force is transferred through to the Ghost-type Dusknoir.
- Fantasy Gun Control: Averted in Transmutation, the Rockets use guns, bombs, and rockets in addition to weaponized Pokemon.
- Averted hard in Succession. The rifle used to stop the murderous rampage of an Aerodactyl becomes a permanent reminder to Steven about the high stakes of his job as Pokemon League CEO.
- First Kiss: Jasmine runs Morty ragged all through Part 2 on promise of giving her First Kiss to him. By the end of the arc, he perseveres and gets his reward. It isn't her first kiss.
- Foreshadowing: Everywhere, everything, all the time. Whatever isn't this is probably a Red Herring.
- Morty's secret lover is Phoebe, who was mentioned but not named at various points in the story.
- Four Girl Ensemble
- Freudian Slip: Jasmine frequently makes inadvertent puns, usually with sexual connotations.
- George Jetson Job Security: Minor tardiness lands Jasmine in trouble, eventually leading to "Gym Leader Probation". The entire Pokemon-battling portion of the plot revolves around Jasmine attempting to keep her job.
- The Government: The Pokemon League. They're not actually the government, but they are a world-wide organization with jurisdiction over all Pokemon-related matters, including Pokemon battles and the Gym Leader system. They come with all the ineptitude, corruption, and banality inherent to the trope, which has made Jasmine's career a bureaucratic hell.
- Halloween Episode: The first arc of Part 3 consists of this. Naturally, a mysterious murder kicks off a genre swerve into survival horror. It turns out to be an elaborate hoax, masterminded by Whitney.
- Hero of Another Story: Silver's quest to take down his father and Team Rocket, with some help from Lyra and Ethan.
- In-Series Nickname: Morty and only Morty calls Jasmine "Jazz". It annoys her to no end. She learns to accept it somehow.
- And as per usual of the series, many Pokemon are given nicknames by their trainers. Jasmine has "Tyko", a Piplup, and "Choir", a Corsola. Her Skarmory is also sometimes shortened to "Skarm Skarm". The Olivine Lighthouse is still Amphy. Amphy's mate, who was caught by Morty as part of Jasmine's request, is nicknamed Spectra.
- Invisibility: Keido uses an Accelgor that can move so fast, it becomes practically invisible. In double battles, by having Accelgor's partner use Shadow Sneak on its shadow, they too can share in the invisibility fun.
- Let's Split Up, Gang: Inevitably happens during the Halloween murder-mystery- the plan had been to split up and go around the upper-level balcony of a food court to catch a suspect, but the plan didn't survive contact with the enemy.
- The Load: Some of Jasmine's weaker Pokemon, particularly Graveler.
- Luminescent Blush: Jasmine comes down with these when sexual innuendo aimed at her hits too close to the mark.
- Male Restroom Etiquette: Steven complains about violators of this while mentally appreciating his own private Executive Restroom.
- Mama Bear: Jasmine towards her Pokemon, or at least she tries to be.
- My Greatest Failure: Steven Stone blames himself for the atmosphere of ultra-competitiveness and brinksmanship that led to the Castelia World Championship Massacre. Upon taking leadership of the Pokemon League, he swears an oath to prevent a repeat of the massacre, as well as addressing the social unrest that resulted from the tragedy.
- No Sell: All of the standard elemental type immunities of the Pokemon series are in play.
- This is Skarmory's schtick: He wins his first battle despite completely ignoring orders, simply because the opposing Grass-type specialist has no way to seriously injure the bird. Even against stronger opponents, he takes significantly more beating to take down compared to the rest of the Pokemon.
- Red's Pokemon exhibit this, by virtue of their sheer Power Level.
- Not a Morning Person: Most Gym Leaders, on account of their long hours. Jasmine and Morty in particular; she stays up late playing computer games in order to de-stress, and he goes on paranormal hunting trips. The result is general grogginess and grumpiness before the noon-hour. For Jasmine, this leads to the tardiness that kick-starts the probation subplot.
- One Hit KO: Warren abuses a loophole to allow items during his battle against Jasmine. Jasmine turns the tables by using an X Accuracy, ensuring Steelix's Fissure can one-shot foe after foe and burn through Warren's stockpile of Revives.
- One-Hour Work Week: Averted: Jasmine spends an enormous amount of time on her Gym Leader job, most of it tedious paperwork unrelated to Pokemon battles. The rest of the story takes place during the evenings or weekends, and it's said she's sacrificing sleep to fit it all in.
- Opposites Attract: Invoked by Erika, deconstructed by Jasmine:
"Hey, you know what matter and anti-matter do when they attract? Kaboom!"
- Panty Thief: The ghost in the gym basement steals Jasmine's several years prior to the main story. It's a Haunter, and Morty catches it as his first Pokemon.
- Parental Neglect: Jasmine's parents, in different ways:
- Jasmine's mother raised her with strict expectations but little support and no guidance on how to meet those expectations. She often berates her for minor misbehavior and is not above hitting her, and it seems she does so not to try to discipline Jasmine, but out of anger for impinging on her own life.
- Her father is more kind and caring, when he's around.
- Parents Walk In at the Worst Time: Not her actual parent, but close enough; Erika walks in upon Jasmine having trouble with her tampons. The Talk shortly follows. Jasmine gets to taste this trope herself when she walks in on Amphy and Spectra bonding. Amphy promptly calls Jasmine "cock-block" in his native language.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Pikachu is 1 foot 4 inches tall. It also nailed 55 straight KO's on Clair's team, including a 6-on-1 battle, without taking a single scratch.
- Posthumous Character: Mr. Beret, Jasmine's mentor and predecessor as Gym Leader of Olivine City.
- Power Levels: Like the games, Pokemon can be level 1-100, and individual stats such as Speed or Special Attack are occasionally given, but in general they're treated as "guidelines" for comparison's sake and almost never determine the outcome of a battle.
- Trainers are ranked as well. However, this is more akin to media's sports rankings than to actual power level; even in-universe they acknowledge the rankings are, at best, marginally accurate.
- A section of one chapter has a vivid debate about the most powerful trainer in the world. One character points to the rankings chart for support, while another dissects the analysis of said chart.
- Precision F-Strike: Jasmine so rarely cusses, especially out loud, that her friends oggle her when she does break out a swear word.
- Erika delivers one to Danielle, ending the conversation.
- Red Herring: As with Foreshadowing, liberally applied throughout the story.
- A guy named Edward is brought up in Part 3 and implied to be the boy who caused Jasmine's hatred towards men. He's not, but he knows about the guy who did.
- Danielle is made out to be Jasmine's rival for Morty's affection. She's not a serious contender. However, the unseen woman at the Halloween party who was hanging out with Morty backstage and whom Jasmine was told was Danielle, was actually Phoebe, Morty's true lover. Careful readers will pick out the fact that she calls Morty by his given name, while Danielle only uses Morty's surname.
- Relationship Upgrade: After freaking out over their first kiss, Jasmine thinks her second kiss with Morty marks this occasion.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Ethan and Lyra form this kind of couple, with a dose of Uptight Loves Wild.
- Sex Equals Love: Jasmine thinks sex and love ought to be unequivocally interlinked. A crush gone wrong leads to sex becoming a collateral casualty of her hatred towards romance.
- Sex Is Evil and I Am Horny: Jasmine's sexuality starts to manifest in Part 3, despite her conscience's loud protests.
- Shout-Out: Numerous, including Star Wars, G Gundam, Sailor Moon, LOST, and especially Portal.
- At one point Tyko forces the gym to listen to opera, the lyrics of which were lifted from the Portal2 end sequence.
- Stalker with a Crush: Cooltrainer Warren.
- Straw Nihilist: Silver starts out as one, believing mainly in Black And Black Morality. He gets better as Lyra's personality starts to wear off on him.
- Take Our Word for It: The group describes Steven and Red's exhibition match as the battle of the ages, but Jasmine wasn't around to witness it (ergo she couldn't tell the readers about it).
- Team Mom: Erika.
- Tsundere: Jasmine towards Morty. Also Morty towards Jasmine during middle school. Lyra (and most of the cast) thinks Silver is one.
- Train-Station Goodbye: Morty says goodbye to a sleeping Jasmine and then gets off the train.
- Troubled Backstory Flashback: Used to show Jasmine's childhood, particularly some of the more jarring moments with her mother.
- The Unapologetic: Jasmine never apologizes to another human in good faith. She is often called stubborn and prideful, even by herself- a trait she got from her mother.
- Unreliable Narrator: Jasmine, oh so very much. She constantly gives her own opinion on things, fails or is unable to convey other people's knowledge, opinions, or feelings, often makes factual mistakes, and hides things about herself from the reader- like the fact that she had been kissed years before Morty reappeared. Jasmine acknowledges she's a self-centered and biased narrator.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Jasmine/Morty. Figuring out why Jasmine won't just do it is the main focus of the plot.
- Wham Episode: At the end of Part 3, Jasmine discovers Morty having sex with another woman.
- Wham Line: The end of Part 2, from Jasmine to Morty:
You can't take what's not mine to give... You weren't my first kiss
- Women Prefer Strong Men: As applied to the Pokemon Universe and understood by Morty, women are attracted to powerful trainers. He tries to attract Jasmine by winning the Gym Leader Tournament.
- You Need to Get Laid: All of her friends, with varying degrees of politeness, to Jasmine. Contrasts with her Mother's advice. Whether to resist or give in to this advice forms much of the romantic plot.