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Fanon: Pokémon

General Fanon

  • The infamous "you killed your rival's Raticate" theory from the first games. Never played seriously nowadays outside of creepypasta.
    • It does still pop up, at least in various Nuzlocke runs, especially the more story-oriented ones. While it's still not overly common, perhaps with the players' pokémon dying being a core concept of the genre, the raticate might provide a nice enough callback to allow the theory one last grasp at life.
  • The names of Silver, Kris, Leaf, Barry, and Hugh may fall under this. The first three are named after their games, Barry is named after his anime counterpart, and Hugh is the character's default name.
  • Trainers all beginning their journeys at the age of ten. While this is canon to the anime, the games have made no such statement (and you can in fact battle trainers who are much younger, including preschoolers- though they usually aren't found in places that would indicate that they're out challenging Gym Leaders).
    • A "subtrope" of this is the main protagonists of each game being ten. The only protagonists to have a canon age are Red and Leaf, who are eleven. Hilbert and Hilda are implied to be much older.
  • Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness being canon to the handheld games.
  • The three Pokemon that died in the Burned Tower and were revived as Entei, Raikou, and Suicune are believed to have been a Flareon, Jolteon and Vaporeon respectively. This is backed up by the three having the Eeveeloutions normal abilites as their Dream World Abilities.
    • Less commonly, they're believed to have been three Eevee, and their revival is thought to have acted as powered-up Water/Thunder/Fire Stones.
  • There's one popular fanon that combines both the game's canon with the anime's canon. Giovanni having to do with Mewtwo's creation (anime) and that all of the criminal activities that Team Rocket does were to try and stop Mewtwo once he broke free (game).

Canonized/Jossed Theories

  • Professor Oak being the rival's paternal grandfather, and as such the rival's last name being Oak. Canonized in FireRed/LeafGreen.
  • The Pokémon that Bill was fused with being a Clefairy. Canonized in FireRed/LeafGreen.
  • Game!Silver being Giovanni's son. Canonized in HeartGold/SoulSilver.
  • Giovanni committing suicide at Tohjo Falls. Jossed in Black 2/White 2.
  • The Kanto and Hoenn games taking place simultaneously- similarly, the Johto and Sinnoh games. Canonized by a tweet from scenario writer Toshinobu Matsumiya regarding the official timeline of the games.
  • Gym Leaders having multiple teams of Pokémon, with which they can provide an appropriate level of challenge to trainers of different levels. Canonized in Black 2/White 2 by Cheren's mention that he's not allowed to use his old team against you in your Gym battle against him, and is also mentioned in Pokémon Origins.

Common Fanfic Tropes and Occurrences

  • The ever-so-popular fics detailing original characters receiving a starter, defeating 8 gyms, fighting a villain team, and becoming the Champion. Common details include:
    • The normal starters being unavailable, resulting in the protagonist getting a starter outside the normal trio.
      • In the early days of the fandom, this was always an Eevee. ALWAYS.
    • The villain team is always Team Rocket, Cipher, or Team Plasma. (Magma, Aqua, and Galactic? Who are they?)
    • The Pokemon League being anime-styled, in which there is a tournament every year or so determining who gets to fight the Elite Four.
  • After Action Report fics based off the writer's actual run of the game. Quality tends to vary a lot in these ones. If they ever get finished.
  • In anime-based fics, an established character turning out to be Ash's father.
  • Also in many anime-based fics, May and her brother Max will have the last name Maple.
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