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Fanfic: Travels of the Trifecta
Travels of the Trifecta is a Pokemon fanfic by Shinneth that focuses on the fanon theory that Frontier Brain Brandon is Reggie and Paul's father. It is set post episode 100 of the Japanese Pokemon Diamond and Pearl series. The story starts with Paul and Reggie receiving a letter from Brandon, and mostly follows Paul's Pokemon journey with Conway as a surprise traveling partner. It also focuses on Reggie's attempts to get back into Pokemon training along with developing his relationship with Maylene. This story follows the dub anime canon very closely and adapts several episodes while adding extra perspectives and explanations in some places that differ from the known anime canon.
The story can be found here
This story provides examples of:
- Annoying Patient: Paul is implied to have been this during his hospital stay in Chapter 13.
- Artistic License – Medicine: In Chapter 5 when Paul faints after the Canalave Gym battle, he stays unconscious for at least a few hours, which would be an abnormally long time in real life and would be a sign of something much more severe than exhaustion and influenza/severe cold. Possibly justified by his terminal chronic illness that is revealed later on in the story, although this instance still stands out as unusual when compared to the other times in the story when he is rendered unconscious. In Chapter 10, for example, he wakes up from Mars knocking him out in a much quicker amount of time.
- Big "NO!": Brandon retains this trait from the anime.
- Blood from the Mouth: Starting around Chapter 10, Paul suffers from this. It is a sign of his terminal illness.
- Break the Haughty: The majority of the story up until the battle against Ash at Lake Acuity is this trope for Paul.
- Broken Pedestal: Conway's cousin Sloan becomes this after Conway finds out that Sloan is actually Saturn from Team Galactic.
- Catch Your Death of Cold: Paul gets a severe cold near the beginning of the story that is caused by him being soaking wet after he nearly drowns trying to catch up with a boat in the rain.
- Chekhov's Gunman: A Smoochum that Conway and Paul see as part of a swarm on Route 216 ends up helping Conway when he's in danger later on.
- Crash-Into Hello: This is how Conway meets Barry.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Paul is on the receiving end of this in his first battle against Candice.
- Defiled Forever: Conway feels like he is this trope after Mars seduces him in the helicopter, because she stole his first kiss that he was saving for Dawn.
- Don't Call Me Sir: Brandon's Berserk Button. Call him simply "Brandon" even though most of the time, he won't refer to YOU by your own first name.
- Dysfunctional Family: Both Paul and Conway's families. Conway's family situation is especially bad, considering his parents don't even acknowledge his existence. Even when he is presumed to be dead, they only act like they loved him for the sake of appearances at his funeral.
- Fainting: Paul faints multiple times in the story, with two of those instances being after the end of a Gym battle.
- Harmless Electrocution: Surprisingly averted for a Pokemon fanfic; Reggie is struck by lightning while training on Mt. Coronet and it is treated realistically. He survives it, but nearly dies and ends up needing to be hospitalized.
- Hey, You!: Brandon only addresses people by name if they have earned his respect by winning his symbol, even extending to his own sons. Somewhat hypocritically, he insists on being referred to as simply "Brandon" by other people and hates being called "Sir." This changes for Reggie during Brandon's battle against Paul. Reggie was promoted to being addressed by name because he was considered an adult now that he had turned 18 and thus Brandon felt it was ridiculous to still call him "boy."
- Ill Girl: Andrea, Paul and Reggie's mother, was this when she was still alive. Paul himself is a male version of the trope in the story because he has the same genetic disease she died from, and he also spends Chapters 3 through 7 suffering from a severe cold/flu.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Conway, whose parents completely ignore him and are oblivious to his presence. Paul tries to point out to them that Conway made dinner for them but they think that Conway's sister Franny was the one who made the meal despite Conway being right there in the room.
- Major Injury Underreaction: Paul tends to do this regarding his own health during the first part of the story, brushing off a severe cold as just "allergies" and is dismissive toward Nurse Joys who try to treat him when they notice things like blood on his clothing and the injuries he receives on the way to Snowpoint City. It never ends well for him. He seems to learn to not be so reckless with his own health and safety later on, after he learns that he's terminally ill.
- Meat-O-Vision: Mars tries to imagine Conway as a giant pizza before making an attempt to seduce him to convince him to give her a book Team Galactic wants. This is because she made Saturn promise her a pizza party if she brings the book back, and she wouldn't normally be attracted to Conway so she tries to imagine him as something else she wants.
- Not the Fall That Kills You: After Conway falls out of Team Galactic's helicopter, he is able to survive and be relatively uninjured because Paul acts as a human cushion, and the story even states that Conway would probably have otherwise died on impact if Paul hadn't been there.
- Perspective Flip: From the original anime series in Chapters 11 and 18, which are about the Pokeringer competition and Ash and Paul's Lake Acuity battle. Where the original anime follows Ash's perspective, in this story, it mainly follows Paul's perception of those events.
- Post-Victory Collapse: Paul faints after winning his Mine Badge because he was sick, ignored it and pushed himself too far.
- Red Herring: Paul assumes the reason he's coughing up blood is because of his rib injury from having Conway fall on him. It's actually because he's got an incurable genetic illness.
- Ridiculously Difficult Route: Paul purposely takes the hardest path on Route 216 and 217 as a Self-Imposed Challenge, and it's stated as being a path that very few people would voluntarily use because of its harsh weather and terrain.
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Paul may be a powerful Pokemon battler, but he is very bad at cooking. He states that he got by on his Pokemon journey by eating at restaurants/take out all the time or having Reggie cook for him when they were together.
- Self-Imposed Challenge: Paul purposely tackles the hardest path on Route 216, and also chooses a team weak to Ice-types for the Snowpoint Gym.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Conway and Paul, respectively. This is especially shown in their reactions to seeing the Smoochum swarm, when Brandon catches up with them in Reggie's hospital room in chapter 7, and in their encounter with Mars. Paul is also the Manly Man to Reggie's Sensitive Guy, to the point that Reggie is often compared to their mother, who was also a Pokemon breeder when she was alive, and Paul gets compared to Brandon. This ends up being played with when it is revealed that Paul is the one who inherited their mother's terminal illness, and that Reggie is the one who is physically sturdy and strong like Brandon.
- Shaggy Dog Story: The whole Regigigas subplot, in multiple ways. First, after Paul and Conway go to the trouble to find the only book on Regigigas and keep it from Brandon so that they can buy Reggie extra time to train, not only does Brandon get the book from them anyway, but he also lets Reggie off from having a time limit of "You have to battle me when I catch Regigigas" and lets Reggie come to him whenever Reggie is ready, rendering the whole "keep the book from Brandon" mission meaningless. Later, Chapter 16 adapts and follows the Regigigas story from the anime, meaning that Brandon ends up not having any of his Regis anymore, nor does he capture Regigigas like he claimed he would, making the challenge he issued to Reggie in the beginning of the story even more meaningless.
- Soap Opera Disease: Paul and Reggie's mother died of an unnamed terminal illness. Paul learns that he has the same mysterious illness because it's genetic. It seems to have periodic coughing up blood, physical frailty and weakened immune system as general symptoms but it is not stated to be any real-life disease. Given that Pokemon has animals that don't exist in real life, the Pokemon world having its own genetic diseases isn't too unusual.
- That One Level: In-Universe, Route 216-217 is this for Paul just like it is for many people playing the games, exacerbated by him purposefully taking the hardest route and initially not being dressed for the cold weather.
- Working Through The Cold: Paul refuses to admit that he's sick and challenges the Canalave Gym anyway, resulting in his Post-Victory Collapse.