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* SelfImposedChallenge: Paul purposely tackles the hardest path on Route 216, and also chooses a team weak to Ice-types for the Snowpoint Gym.

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* SelfImposedChallenge: InUniverse, Paul purposely tackles the hardest path on Route 216, and also chooses a team weak to Ice-types for the Snowpoint Gym.



* ShoutOut: You may recognize Ezekiel, a challenger at Maylene's gym, as a character from the WesternAnimation/TotalDrama series. Also, Conway's sister Franny is based off of a character by the same name from the anime ''Manga/CandyCandy''.
** There is a scene in Chapter 13 where Saturn quotes a line that is from both Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice and Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory, although the latter is only an implied reference.
** There are several references in Chapter 20 within various characters' dialogue: Palmer says "Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a Poffin in my eye" as a reference to Pinkie Pie from MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic using a similar saying that ends with "stick a cupcake in my eye". Conway's "HOLY BALONEY, FUDGE, AND MUSTARD!" line is a paraphrased quote from JohnCena of the WWE. Barry saying "Sweet crackers!" is a reference to Stormy Waters from ''WesternAnimation/Sealab2021''. The part where Reggie startles both Paul and Maylene by suddenly shouting for Maylene to watch out behind her is a loose reference to the technique Marty [=McFly=] from Franchise/BackToTheFuture uses to escape from bullies. Finally, Conway's "It's not you, it's my low opinion of you" and Barry's "I never forget a face, but I guess I can make an exception" are taken from a Let's Play of Final Fantasy XIII-2 done by "The Posse" and both lines were taken from things {{Medibot}} said.

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* ShoutOut: You may recognize Ezekiel, a challenger at Maylene's gym, as a character from the WesternAnimation/TotalDrama ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' series. Also, Conway's sister Franny is based off of a character by the same name from the anime ''Manga/CandyCandy''.
** There is a scene in Chapter 13 where Saturn quotes a line that is from both Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'' and Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory, ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'', although the latter is only an implied reference.
** There are several references in Chapter 20 within various characters' dialogue: Palmer says "Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a Poffin in my eye" as a reference to Pinkie Pie from MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' using a similar saying that ends with "stick a cupcake in my eye". Conway's "HOLY BALONEY, FUDGE, AND MUSTARD!" line is a paraphrased quote from JohnCena Wrestling/JohnCena of the WWE. Barry saying "Sweet crackers!" is a reference to Stormy Waters from ''WesternAnimation/Sealab2021''. The part where Reggie startles both Paul and Maylene by suddenly shouting for Maylene to watch out behind her is a loose reference to the technique Marty [=McFly=] from Franchise/BackToTheFuture uses to escape from bullies. Finally, Conway's "It's not you, it's my low opinion of you" and Barry's "I never forget a face, but I guess I can make an exception" are taken from a Let's Play of Final Fantasy XIII-2 done by "The Posse" and both lines were taken from things {{Medibot}} LetsPlay/{{Medibot}} said.


* MythologyGag: The reason Mars is so eager for a pizza party is because she and many other Galactic Grunts are tired of the yucky "energy drinks" and food supplied at their hideout. This isn't mentioned in the anime, which the fanfic is otherwise based on, but in the games, when you're at the Galactic Hideout, you can find a refrigerator filled with sinister murky drinks and a sink with foul substances caked on it, possibly implying that the food and drinks Team Galactic have don't taste good.

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* MythologyGag: The reason Mars is so eager for a pizza party is because she and many other Galactic Grunts are tired of the yucky "energy drinks" and food supplied at their hideout. This isn't mentioned in the anime, which the fanfic is otherwise based on, but in the games, when you're at the Galactic Hideout, you can find a refrigerator filled with sinister murky drinks and a sink with foul substances caked on it, possibly implying that the food and drinks Team Galactic have has don't taste good.


* MythologyGag: The reason Mars is so eager for a pizza party is because she and many other Galactic Grunts are tired of the yucky "energy drinks" and food supplied at their hideout. This isn't mentioned in the anime, which the fanfic is otherwise based on, but in the games, when you're at the Galactic Hideout, you can find a refrigerator filled with sinister murky drinks and a sink with foul substances caked on it, possibly implying that the food and drinks Team Galactic has doesn't taste good.

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* MythologyGag: The reason Mars is so eager for a pizza party is because she and many other Galactic Grunts are tired of the yucky "energy drinks" and food supplied at their hideout. This isn't mentioned in the anime, which the fanfic is otherwise based on, but in the games, when you're at the Galactic Hideout, you can find a refrigerator filled with sinister murky drinks and a sink with foul substances caked on it, possibly implying that the food and drinks Team Galactic has doesn't have don't taste good.


''Travels of the Trifecta'' is a ''Franchise/{{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 ''Pokémon 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.

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''Travels of the Trifecta'' is a ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfic by Shinneth that focuses on the fanon theory that Frontier Brain Brandon is Reggie and Paul's father. It is set post after episode 100 of the Japanese ''Pokémon Diamond and Pearl'' series.''Anime/PokemonTheSeriesDiamondAndPearl''.

The story starts with Paul and Reggie receiving a letter from Brandon, 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.






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* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: 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 SensitiveGuy, 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. [[spoiler: 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.]]

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* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: 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 SensitiveGuy, 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. [[spoiler: 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.]]


''Travels of the Trifecta'' is a ''Franchise/{{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 ''Pokémon Diamond and Pearl'' series.

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''Travels of the Trifecta'' is a ''Franchise/{{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 ''Pokémon ''Pokémon Diamond and Pearl'' series.



* TheComicallySerious: Paul falls into this trope sometimes in his interactions with Conway, especially when he has to compete in a Pokémon Contest as a result of losing a bet.

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* TheComicallySerious: Paul falls into this trope sometimes in his interactions with Conway, especially when he has to compete in a Pokémon Pokémon Contest as a result of losing a bet.



* LaserGuidedKarma: When traveling through Route 216, Paul threatens to release Weavile and his other Pokémon for wanting to help him get through a giant wall of snow. He ends up being able to break through the snow wall on his own, but is too tired and frostbitten to notice his surroundings and ends up falling off a cliff, where he would have died frozen and bleeding if his Pokémon hadn't disobeyed his orders and gone to get him help along with Conway's Slowking and Castform.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: When traveling through Route 216, Paul threatens to release Weavile and his other Pokémon Pokémon for wanting to help him get through a giant wall of snow. He ends up being able to break through the snow wall on his own, but is too tired and frostbitten to notice his surroundings and ends up falling off a cliff, where he would have died frozen and bleeding if his Pokémon Pokémon hadn't disobeyed his orders and gone to get him help along with Conway's Slowking and Castform.



* WaxOnWaxOff: Reggie has Paul and his Pokémon help clear the rubble from what's left of Snowpoint Temple to begin training for his battle against Ash at Lake Acuity, Reggie's reasoning being that doing things like lifting rocks helps build up the Pokemons' stamina and strength, and having Paul do it too is supposed to help him be more in tune with them. Of course, Paul does not understand the point of it at first, although the end of the chapter implies he finally understands what Reggie was trying to teach him.

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* WaxOnWaxOff: Reggie has Paul and his Pokémon Pokémon help clear the rubble from what's left of Snowpoint Temple to begin training for his battle against Ash at Lake Acuity, Reggie's reasoning being that doing things like lifting rocks helps build up the Pokemons' stamina and strength, and having Paul do it too is supposed to help him be more in tune with them. Of course, Paul does not understand the point of it at first, although the end of the chapter implies he finally understands what Reggie was trying to teach him.


''Travels of the Trifecta'' is a ''Franchise/{{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 ''Pokémon Diamond and Pearl'' series.

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''Travels of the Trifecta'' is a ''Franchise/{{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 ''Pokémon ''Pokémon Diamond and Pearl'' series.



* TheComicallySerious: Paul falls into this trope sometimes in his interactions with Conway, especially when he has to compete in a Pokémon Contest as a result of losing a bet.

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* TheComicallySerious: Paul falls into this trope sometimes in his interactions with Conway, especially when he has to compete in a Pokémon Pokémon Contest as a result of losing a bet.



* LaserGuidedKarma: When traveling through Route 216, Paul threatens to release Weavile and his other Pokémon for wanting to help him get through a giant wall of snow. He ends up being able to break through the snow wall on his own, but is too tired and frostbitten to notice his surroundings and ends up falling off a cliff, where he would have died frozen and bleeding if his Pokémon hadn't disobeyed his orders and gone to get him help along with Conway's Slowking and Castform.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: When traveling through Route 216, Paul threatens to release Weavile and his other Pokémon Pokémon for wanting to help him get through a giant wall of snow. He ends up being able to break through the snow wall on his own, but is too tired and frostbitten to notice his surroundings and ends up falling off a cliff, where he would have died frozen and bleeding if his Pokémon Pokémon hadn't disobeyed his orders and gone to get him help along with Conway's Slowking and Castform.



* WaxOnWaxOff: Reggie has Paul and his Pokémon help clear the rubble from what's left of Snowpoint Temple to begin training for his battle against Ash at Lake Acuity, Reggie's reasoning being that doing things like lifting rocks helps build up the Pokemons' stamina and strength, and having Paul do it too is supposed to help him be more in tune with them. Of course, Paul does not understand the point of it at first, although the end of the chapter implies he finally understands what Reggie was trying to teach him.

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* WaxOnWaxOff: Reggie has Paul and his Pokémon Pokémon help clear the rubble from what's left of Snowpoint Temple to begin training for his battle against Ash at Lake Acuity, Reggie's reasoning being that doing things like lifting rocks helps build up the Pokemons' stamina and strength, and having Paul do it too is supposed to help him be more in tune with them. Of course, Paul does not understand the point of it at first, although the end of the chapter implies he finally understands what Reggie was trying to teach him.

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* DeadFic: Hasn't updated since 2016.

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* BathroomSearchExcuse: Conway instructs Maylene to use this as a way for her to find his room so she can open his window from the inside. [[spoiler: That way, he can get inside without anyone noticing during his "funeral".]]


* FiveStagesOfGrief: [[spoiler: Paul goes through the Five Stages after finding out that he's terminally ill, with the Anger and Barganing stages directly mentioned at the end of Chapter 13.]]

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* FiveStagesOfGrief: [[spoiler: Paul goes through the Five Stages after finding out that he's terminally ill, with the Anger and Barganing Bargaining stages directly mentioned at the end of Chapter 13.]]


* IllGirl: Andrea, Paul and Reggie's mother, was this when she was still alive. [[spoiler: 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.]]

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* IllGirl: Andrea, Paul and Reggie's mother, was this when she was still alive. [[spoiler: 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.]]


* FirstFriend: Paul and Conway are this to each other.

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* FirstFriend: Paul and Conway are this to each other. In particular, Paul is the first person Conway has likely ever even invited to his house, considering that Franny is surprised that he's actually a real person and not just Conway's imaginary friend.

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* FirstFriend: Paul and Conway are this to each other.

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* BigNo: Brandon retains his anime version's habit of giving a booming "NO" when he disapproves of something, especially when someone calls him something other than his first name.


* CharacterTic: Brandon retains his habit of yelling "NO" in a booming voice from the anime.


* BigNo: Brandon retains this trait from the anime.


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* CharacterTic: Brandon retains his habit of yelling "NO" in a booming voice from the anime.

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