YMMV: Latias' Journey

  • Complete Monster: Deoxys's first action after coming to Earth is murdering and torturing a small Pokémon child after his twin was just murdered before his eyes. Over the course of the story, he gleefully maims, murders, slaughters, mutilates, Mind Rapes, and does everything in his power to make the heroes' lives a living and total hell. He nukes several heavily populated areas around the world with his virus to acquire more mindless minions for his goal (and every single one of his minions is in agonizing pain every second they're existing) and will do everything and anything to punish those who get in his way. When questioned why he does all of his atrocious acts, he replies thusly:
    Because it is my wish. Because they were in my way. And most importantly, because I can.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Besides the sheer amount of over-the-top violence and Gratuitous Rape scenes, so much crap the heroes get put through makes it difficult to sympathize with them. This wasn't already difficult enough to do so, no thanks to the Wangst from some characters (mostly Latias, but May is no stranger to it, either, even before anything bad happens to her) and characters like Sadic and Mewtwo being preachy idiots. Then there is Latias' relationship with the Ghost King, which completely destroys all hope of the main heroine being seen as sympathetic. And there's Ri2's refusal to show and not tell.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • Rock-types are NOT immune to electricity. Pikachu could have easily taken both of Latias Sr.'s Pokemon.
    • During Crawdaunt's orgy in Chapter 50, Crawdaunt is described as "proud and joyful and omnipresent as any old saturnine god of sex." The author probably meant to say "jovial," because "saturnine" means "sluggish and gloomy."
    • Reptiles are given placental mammal physiology. Charla's developing eggs are measured in trimesters, and she goes through a Screaming Birth, like a human. Meanwhile, Latias is described as getting PMS and going into heat, as if she had a menstrual cycle.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: The cast enjoys a quiet-before-the-storm party on the night before the final battle. Some of them go for more...involved celebrations than others. So anyway, Phanpy walks in on Uncle Brother Pikachu going at it with Sadic. Traumatized, he runs to Aunt Corsola for help, and walks in on her right in the middle of Crawdaunt's massive orgy. You can probably imagine what happens next.
  • Fanon: The story uses a lot of popular anime series fanon including:
    • The human characters' last names ("Brock Slate" and "Max and May Maple")
    • Butterfree dying after he mated
    • Silver and his parent being related to the Lugia from Anime/Pokemon2000'
  • Les Yay: Misdreavus and Umbreon.
  • Love It or Hate It: You either love it because of the epic fight sequences, and "acts of unbelievable badassitude"...or you think it's the Agony in Pink of the Pokemon fandom.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Deoxys crosses this when he destroys an entire city, personally striking down the Pichu Brothers.
    • Ford has his partner Blaziken brutally torture Charizard, and turns Ash into Alpha Ranger.
    • Mariah tries to destroy May's will during their battle curb-stomping and nearly killing her Pokemon, and insulting her every time.
    • Dark Latios torments his sister, kills their father Ho-oh, kills Lady Ho-oh by ripping out her spine and eating her body, force-feeds Latias her father's genitals(!), and then repeatedly rapes her both physically and mentally until she becomes an emotionless killing machine.
  • One True Threesome:
    • A particularly weird Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action example: Wobbuffet, Milotic, and Cacturne. You may now scrub your brain with peroxide.
    • If one recalls properly, it becomes fairly obvious that Groudon/Kyogre is really a case of Groudon/Kyogre/Groudon's awesome pants.
  • Shipping Bed Death: Refreshingly averted. Ash and Misty hook up quite early on, and their ongoing relationship is handled as a an integral part of everything happening around them.
  • Squick:
    • The descriptions of the undead and mutilated Legendary Beasts, followed by a graphic demonstration of how they got to be that way. Ugh.
    • It gets to the point during the final arc where one of the ghastly settings is actually disregarded as "kind of so-so as far as generic hellscapes go".
    • The final arc has no short supply of this.
  • Shocking Swerve: In the final chapter it's revealed that Mewgle had trapped everyone - and we do mean EVERYONE - in virtual reality so he could take over the multiverse. It winds up Retconning generally a lot of things. Some readers found that it gave more closure to the story, while others thought that it made everything worse, and that the author should have left it alone.
  • Strangled by the Red String: The relationship between Latias and the Ghost King, and by extension, Rayquaza is the most disliked aspect of the story. From the very beginning, Latias has been dreaming about marrying the Ghost King, even though she didn't even know what he looked like. Later on, she forgives the him for razing her hometown and murdering everyone in it in a childish fit of rage, all because because a hologram of Latios said they should get together. She obeys it without question, the reason given that she "just knew" the hologram was the real Latios. At the same time, the Ghost King shows no real remorse over destroying Alto Mare nor killing everyone in it; the only reason he regrets doing it is because it upset Latias. To add insult to injury, their love for one another is mostly told and not shown and Latias even marries the damn guy end of the story! Many readers were not at all satisfied with the story's explanation and especially not the tacked-on revelation that Kyogre secretly made the Ghost King do it at the very end, and consider it little more than glorified Stockholm Syndrome.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: During the Tryranitron arc, a Murkrow steals Latias' Dragon Flute, forcing her and Togetic to go after him. They only find the flute after the Tyranitron is destroyed.
  • What an Idiot:
    • The Ghost King wants to apologize to Latias for destroying her city, killing all her friends, and ultimately traumatizing her.
      You'd Expect: He'd do everything Pokemonly possible not to dig himself a deeper hole. Wait for her to calm down before sending someone to speak on his behalf, since he can't leave the Realm of Mists. And maybe send a messenger who's not a Ghost-type. Also, drop the bounty on Ash's head, because killing him would just piss her off even more.
      Instead: He sends Shedinja, the very Pokemon who killed Latias' best friend, to hunt her down with a squadron of ghosts and capture her. Oh, and Shedinja is also a Jerkass, and would rather terrorize her for several days instead of just bringing her right to the King.
      Then: Once the King gets to speak to Latias when she has Mewtwo as her bodyguard, he tells her right to her face that he's going to kill Ash anyway, because he never breaks his promises.
    • Fearow's gimmick is that he eats other Pokemon and gets stronger from it.
      You'd Expect: He'd eat Latias immediately, because she's a legendary Pokemon.
      Instead: He tries to rape her for no reason, which delays him long enough for Pidgeot to rescue her.
      Then: He is later killed by Latias' New Powers as the Plot Demands - powers that could have been his, had he not screwed around.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: There are some pretty fucked up moments in the story, and whether it's a good or a bad "fucked up" all depends on the reader. As mentioned on the This Is Your Premise on Drugs page when it still had examples:
    Latias' Journey is Pokémon tripping balls on every hallucinogen known. On meth. And PCP. And Rare Candies. While huffing nitrous oxide. And off its mood stabilizers.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Yes, Latias' Journey is based on the kid-friendly Pokémon anime. But it also contains Nightmare Fuel, intense violence, intense gore, horror, sexual situations, Gratuitous Rape, profanity, and philosophical/religious overtones.
  • The Woobie:
    • May. First she gets Overshadowed by Awesome and ditched when Ash has to go solo at the beginning. Her crush on him goes unrequited note  Then she gets curbstomped and insulted by a godmoding Mary Sue. And when the grand finale kicks in, her Munchlax is shot, Drew's head explodes in her face right as she's realizing her feelings for him, and copies of her parents are killed on public TV. Once she gets an Eleventh Hour Superpower with the rest of the cast, she's tricked into killing her ''real'' parents thinking ''they're'' demonic fakes, is ostracized by her brother for it, and her Pokemon and eventually herself are slaughtered by Dark Latias in quite possibly one of the most brutal fatalities of the book. Holy shit.
    • To a lesser degree, Wobbuffet. He was abused as a child by his grandfather, and abused as an adult by Jessie. Just when he quits Team Rocket and things are starting look up for him, Shalor invades Mirage Island and kills almost everyone, including Milotic. Only he and Cacturne make it out alive.