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The Road to be a Pokemon Master is a fanfiction series created by FanaticLAguy06 on Fan Fiction Dot Net.

This is an AU fic to the Pokemon Anime that features strongly-written story arcs, character development, and most interesting of all: a well-developed romance. This time, Ash's main companion is Serena, his childhood friend from X and Y, joining Ash on his journey all the way back in Kanto. This, along with a more mature and smarter Ash, provides this fanfiction with a more coherent tale of Ash's journey to become a Pokemon master.

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Series Consists Of:

Planed Sequels

  • Sinnoh Arc
  • Final Untitled Story Arc


This fanfic provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Ash's Dragonite. It's mentioned to be Ash's strongest pokemon, and he mostly keeps it in reserve and saves it for high stakes battles.
  • Adapted Out:
    • While they do appear in the story, a lot of moments of the anime happen without the Team Rocket Trio's involvement. In fact, they go the whole Orange Islands arc without showing up not even once.
    • The Squirtle Squad. In this story, Squirtle was merely a lone punk, and it's not even hinted that he used to belong to a larger gang.
    • Since the story skips all filler, most characters or the day won't appear. The author will sometimes bring them into the story if he needs them to fill a certain role, and has stated that due to the vast amount of these characters, there simply isn’t any need to write in human Original Characters into the story.
  • Adaptational Badass:
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    • Pikachu learns Iron Tail via TM before his first gym battle and also occasionally uses other moves within its learnset such as Light Screen and Wild Charge.
    • Pokemon as a whole don't have limits to how many moves they can learn in this universe.
    • Serena, oh so much. Not only does she capture more and stronger Pokemon that she had in canon, but she also has Psychic Powers.
    • Ritchie’s Zippo’s debut is as a Charizard rather than a Charmander in the Indigo Leauge.
    • The Orange Crew. All of them. Their challenges are way harder than their anime counterparts, and they have a reputation of being Harder Than Hard.
      • Cissy has an additional challenge on top of the two shown in the anime: a Pokemon land race. Also, her target practice challenge is harder since Ash now has to ride the Pokemon he uses for that.
      • Instead of building a sled and use it on a race down the mountain, Danny's challenge is a rotation battle.
      • Rudy's challenge is the same, but Ash has to win all three rounds.
      • Luana's challenge goes from a double battle, to a triple battle in which Ash isn't allowed to lose a single Pokemon.
      • While in canon, Ash plowed through Drake's first five Pokemon with only two loses, and only had a hard time taking down his Dragonite, here Ash loses almost his entire team doing so, and when Drake is down to just one Pokemon, so is Ash.
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    • Consistently show among the Johto Gym Leaders:
      • Falkner's Hoothoot is a Noctowl.
      • Bugsy used the same team as in the anime, with the exception of all of them are fully evolved.
      • Jasmine's Magnemite is a Magneton.
      • Pryce's Piloswine is a Mamoswine.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Many Pokemon that have appeared in later Generations have appeared in earlier arcs. Magby, Kecleon, Crobat, Bagon, etc.
    • Serena is Ash's first traveling companion in this universe.
    • Paul appears during the Kanto arc.
    • Miette also appears in Kanto. The group meets her in Saffron City.
    • Rudy appears in Fuchsia City. While his meeting with Misty is brief, it became important once the group meets him again in the Orange Islands.
    • Tyson appears during the Indigo Leauge Championship and wins
    • Harrison competes with Ash for the right to fight the Orange Leauge Champion.
    • Aria shows up towards the end of the Orange Islands arc, in order to give Serena one last push into becoming a Pokemon Performer and giving her her canonical Fennekin.
    • Ash's Gligar appears during the Johto arc, though Ash hasn't caught it yet.
    • Archie, Maxie and Shelly appear in Johto.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • While Gary is still a jerk to Ash, he is shown to be much nicer to Leaf and Serena at the start of the series. Certainly, more than could be said for Gary Oak in the anime before his Character Development.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Charmander doesn't disobey Ash after evolving. Though it still refuses to fight opponents it deems as unworthy.
    • Paul recognizes Ash as a trainer after their battle in the Indigo League, but still believes that the way Ash trains his Pokèmon is squandering his potential.
    • Sabrina as well. While she does have the same cold, ruthless personality as in the anime, she merely tells Ash to leave the first time he loses to her, as opposed to canon, where she shrunk Ash and his friends to the size of dolls and trapped them inside a dollhouse.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Unlike canon where is quite fond of the activity, May doesn't like shopping much.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Damian is even more of a jerk than the original show, and he even joins Team Rocket.
    • If the second to last chapter of the Johto Arc is to be believed, Tobias. He's considered a dangerous individual, the Pokemon League is investigating him, and Ash is told to avoid him at all costs.
  • Adaptational Wimp:
    • Drake's Dragonite. In canon, it fought against four of Ash Pokemon, managed to defeat three, and was just barely defeated by the fourth. Here, it only fights against one of Ash's Pokemon, which is unable to beat.
    • Luana's Alakazam is only a Kadabra here.
    • Like Drake's Dragonite above, Whiteny's Miltank curbstomped Ash during its first appearance in the anime. Here, it fails to defeat a single Pokemon.
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: Inverted. In the Power of One, Ash could had given the GS Ball to Professor Oak when the latter arrived at the Orange Islands to meet him towards the end of the movie. Here, Ash makes sure to hand Oak the GS Ball the moment they meet.
  • Adult Fear: Inverted. Ash is left a paranoid wreck after Giovanni threatens his mother. And boy does he carry that threat.
  • The Aloner: Silver is always alone, and shoos away everyone who tries to get close to him.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: Serena's presence is the biggest change, but the fic features many unrelated changes not present in the anime.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Of all people, Serena. At the end of the Power of One adaptation, Lugia warns Ash that she has the potential to become his greatest enemy. And much later, Ho-Oh confirms this trope when it states that she's destined to destroy the world.
  • Arch-Enemy: If Giovanni's words are any indication, Ash's father, Red used to be his.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • The Haunter Ash catches for his battle with Sabrina becomes an official member of Ash’s team.
    • The second Pokemon Serena catches is the Jigglypuff that used to follow Ash and co. through Kanto and Orange Islands.
    • Serena also catches the Oddish from “Bulbasaur and the Hidden village”
    • Misty buys the Magikarp from the Magikarp salesman instead of James in this fic.
    • Ash catches the leader of the Houndour pack from Hour Of The Houndour, and it ends up serving as a Big Brother Mentor to Cyndaquil.
    • Serena also catches the Fearow who attacked her and Ash in Route 1, and later attacked them again on their way to the Orange Islands.
  • The Berserker: Ash's Aerodactyl is a deconstruction. When it feels threatened, it's overcome by primal instincts of survival, and becomes extremely savage. It's much stronger and powerful this way, but it also causes massive collateral damage and puts innocent lives in danger.
  • Beta Couple: Misty and Rudy. Brock and Suzy and Gary and Leaf seems to be on the way there as well, the later being official before the end of the Silver Conference.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Serena is usually very sweet and friendly, but angering her is a VERY bad idea. See Violently Protective Girlfriend below.
  • Big Brother Mentor:
    • Ash becomes this for Jimmy in Johto, while also doubling as a rival.
    • Both Ash and especially Serena become this to May in Hoenn.
  • Birthday Episode: Each story devotes a chapter to celebrate Ash and Serena's birthdays:
    • The Kanto Arc has "Snow Way Out" (Chapter 32) for Ash and "On Top of The World" (Chapter 40) for Serena, in which they turn eleven.
    • The Orange Islands Arc has the Power of One Three parter (Chapters 17, 18 and 19) taking place during Ash's 12th birthday. No Serena Birthday here, though.
    • The Johto Arc has Serena's twelfth birthday during "Sprouting Anger" (Chapter 9), while Ash has his thirteenth birthday during the appropriately titled "An Out-Rage-ous Birthday" (Chapter 53). Serena's thirteenth birthday happens in "The Master Class Performance" (Chapter 70).
  • Black Sheep: May keeps her lack of interest in Pokemon a secret due fear of becoming this, given that the rest of her family are huge Pokemon enthusiasts (given that they're the one running Petalburg Gym).
  • Blessed with Suck: While they prove to be useful on ocassion, Serena possibly would be happier without Psychic Powers.
  • Break the Haughty: While Gary goes MUCH further than he did in his first tournament, he still gets hit with a dose of humble pie by losing to Paul
    • Ash got one too against Paul as well.
  • Broken Ace: Silver, oh so much. He's a rather powerful trainer, but when Serena asked him what would he do once he destroys Team Rocket, he hinted he might commit suicide after that, claiming he's "tired of living".
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • After leaving towards the end of Kanto and being completely absent during the Orange Islands, Giovanni returns with a vengeance in Johto.
    • Ash's Butterfree returns for one episode in Johto.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When Brock confronts Rico the Pokemon hunter about the injured Stantler whose mother was killed and asks if he killed her, Rico responds that he has killed so many Stantlers in the past year that he has lost count.
  • Canon Foreigner: Ash and his friends catch many Pokemon they didn't have in canon, such as:
    • Ash's Hitmonchan, Dragonite, Aerodactyl, and Bagon.
    • Pretty much all of Serena's mons minus Fennekin (including Eevee).
    • Brock's Kabuto and Misty's Shellder and Remoraid.
    • The first Pokemon May catches is an Azurill.
  • Canon Immigrant: Leaf, Janine, Red, Blue, Green (renamed as Rose), Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, Lyra, The Four Rocket executives, and Riley.
    • Pokémon: Blaine’s Rapidash, Sabrina’s Mr. Mime, and Giovanni’s Dugtrio, Nidoking, Nidoqueen, and Rhydon
  • Chekhov's Gun: At the end of the Silph co. mini arc, Team Rocket managed to acquire the blueprints of the Master Ball. Much later, towards the end of Johto, Giovanni shows up, and not only reveals that Team Rocket was able to produce at least one Master Ball, but he then used it to capture the Celebi that just came out of the GS Ball.
  • The Chosen One: Includes the Pokèmon 2000 movie as a story, and it won’t be the last time either.
  • Confusion Fu: Many trainers teach their Pokemon rather unintuitive moves.
    • Paul's Electabuzz knows Psychic. So does Blaine's Magmar.
    • Whitney's Furret knows Shadow Ball, Fire Punch and Ice Punch.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Ash finds himself at the receiving end of quite few in Saffron City.
    • Despite using his entire team at once, his Pokemon never had a chance against Giovanni's Rhydon.
    • Pikachu versus Kadabra, when the latter evolves.
  • The Corruption: Dark Aura, which is fueled by feelings of extreme anger and sadness, can turn Aura users in vicious, violence prone monsters.
  • Darker and Edgier: the fic itself isn’t this, but it does has a few moments that the anime wouldn’t dare think of including.
    • Ash’s battle with Giovanni has life or death stakes for him and his entire family.
    • Charmander is tortured when Ash, Serena and Gary were captured at Silph.co
    • Silver has used his Pokèmon to kill several Rocket Grunts.
    • The way Pokèmon Hunter Rico perishes is fairly mediocre but it’s not something you’d see in the series.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Delia Ketchum of all people. Not only she used to be Giovanni's lover, and even had a son with him, but also had a hand in creating Team Rocket.
    • Grace mentions that the reason she and Serena moved to Kanto from Kalos was to run away from Serena's father. And considering the author confirmed that Serena inherited her Psychic Powers from him...
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Cassidy dies during the Team Rocket's Goldenrod Radio takeover. Similarly, Giovanni dies at the climax of the arc, and his death was confirmed as final by the author.
    • AZ and his Floette died many centuries in the past.
  • Demoted to Extra: The Team Rocket Trio doesn't appear nowhere near as much as they did in the anime.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: At the beginning of the Orange Islands arc, Ash and Serena both have dreams set in the future about a shadowy figure that kills their friends, while saying that the world is dying.
  • Doomed by Canon: When Archie and Maxie appear in Johto, they are very good friends, with the former even boasting about the strength of their bond. Predictably, by the time Ash meets them again, they're no longer friends.
  • Door Stopper: Any of the individual stories count. The Orange Islands arc is the shortest story by far, yet it sits at 300,000 words!
  • Dual Boss: Inverted with Clair. Ash and Jimmy fight her together in a double battle.
  • Dying Curse: When Sir Aaron killed AZ before he could enact his plan to annhilate humanity, he claimed that a descendant of his will carry his will and finish the job. Said descendant? Serena.
  • Exact Words: Before Ash's second fight with Giovanni, they made a bet: if Ash wins, Giovanni disbands Team Rocket, and if he loses, all his friends would be killed. After Ash wins, Giovanni holds to his promise to disband Team Rocket... but orders the deaths of Ash and his friends, since he never promised that they would be spared if he lost.
  • False Friend: Although they're good at puffing up his ego, Gary's cheerleaders desert him when he is captured by Giovanni. They don't even alert the police.
  • Fantasy Gun Control: Averted. Criminals use firearms as much as they use Pokemon.
  • Foil: Jimmy is this to Gary, pre-Character Development. While both of them are the sons of the respective regional champion, Gary was smug and cocky, traveled with an entourage of cheerleaders, and loved to be the center of attention. Jimmy, on the other hand, is (at first) not that confident in his abilities as a trainer, tries to avoid attention as much as possible, and travels with his Love Interest Marina. Also, even if they are on friendlier terms, Jimmy sees Ash the same way Ash used to see Gary.
  • The Fellowship Has Ended: At the end of Johto, Ash, Serena, Misty and Brock, who with the exception of the Orange Islands arc have been together since the beginning of the first fanfic, go their separate ways, with Misty going to the Orange Islands with Rudy in order to begin her training as a Sea Guardian, Brock returns to Pewter City in order to resume his Gym Leader duties as well as his studies to become a Pokemon doctor, and Ash and Serena return to Pallet town in order to plan their next journey.
  • Guest-Star Party Member:
    • Leaf sometimes join the main group at some chapters in Kanto. She became a regular member during the Orange Islands arc (the author planned to have her leave the group at some point and travel on her own again, but was unable to find a good reason for her to do so). In Johto, she stopped travelling with Ash and co. for the sake of traveling alongside Gary.
    • When Ash and co. arrive at New Bark Town, they're joined by newbie trainers Jimmy and Marina, and they travel together until they reach Violet City.
  • Fix Fic: While not the main intent, the author does fix some things he didn't like from the anime:
    • Ash actually catches Haunter this time around, and doesn't release Pidgeot, Primeape or Lapras. He does still release Butterfree and Charizard, though. Also, Ash only catches one Tauros as opposed to thirty.
    • Ash wins all his badges legitimatedly this time around. And while the Haunter/Sabrina clash happens the same way as in canon, it happens AFTER Ash has beaten her Kadabra and has been declared winner.
    • Misty's reason to leave the group: in the anime, she had to return to the Cerulean Gym because her sisters decided to go on vacation and left the gym unattended; here, Misty leaves for the Orange Islands not just to be with Rudy, but after winning the Whirl Cup, she's asked to become a Sea Guardian (a subset of Rangers that protect oceanic Pokemon).
  • Hate Sink: If you think Damian was bad in canon, just wait to see him here. He makes Paul look like a saint.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • A rather unplausible example happens during the fight against the Team Rocket Trio in the Viridian forest; despite both Misty and Serena helping Ash fighting them, all of their Pokemon are soundly defeated in a rather unbelievable way so Caterpie is forced to fight them alone just like it did in canon, and then evolve.
    • Despite Ash keeping several Pokémon he released in canon as well as catching several new ones, Butterfree is still released. The author has explained that they thought Butterfree's release was too critical a moment in Ash's development to exclude/change it.
  • Journey to Find Oneself: After Gary’s loss to Paul, he immediately leaves out on his own wanting to change from his old arrogant self for good.
  • Knight of Cerebus:
    • The fic has the same upbeat, cheerful tone of the anime...until Giovanni shows up. When he does, things get unbelievably dark.
    • Chapters featuring Silver tend to be much darker than usual. And unlike the example above, Silver is technically a good guy.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia:
    • This is how Giovanni keeps his location secret: his Hypno mind wipes anybody that wanders into his hideout.
    • Weirdly enough, Serena did this to herself. The death of her father affected her so much, her Psychic Powers suppressed her memories regarding him.
  • Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone: Invoked. When the group was going to get on a ferris wheel, Pikachu and Cubone, who never leave Ash and Serena's side, respectively, suddenly decided that they want to be with Brock and Misty instead.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: Downplayed. More "minor celebrity" rather than outright legend, but by the Hoenn Arc, Ash's achievements made him popular enough to appear in the cover of magazines. Also, Serena is sometimes recognized as the Johto Queen by people as well.
  • Long Bus Trip: Unlike the series, Ash's Charizard doesn't return for the Silver Conference.
  • Long-Distance Relationship: Misty and Rudy have one. Though it stopped being one once Misty left the group after Johto.
  • Loves Me Not: Leaf does this regarding Gary in chapter 77 of the Johto arc.
  • Love Triangle: Played for Laughs. Like in canon, Ash's Chikorita has a crush on him. Unlike canon, Ash has a girlfriend.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Gary's loss against Paul in the Indigo League leaves him very depressed. Thankfully, by the beginning of the Johto arc, he has recovered.
    • Ash's loss against Silver was even worse, since it was the most emotionally intense match Ash ever fought.
  • In Love with Love: Totodile makes Chikorite realize that it really doesn't love Ash in a romantic way, and only acts that way because Ash was the first human who showed it some kindness.
  • Internal Reveal: In Chapter 71, Serena learns about her being descendant of King AZ, and her role as Apocalypse Maiden.
  • Mirror Match:
    • In Kanto, Ash has faced quite a few of these, such as his fight against Giovanni, and his fight against Ritchie.
    • Starting Johto, Ash will sometimes try to defeat a Gym Leader's strongest Pokemon with the same species, if he has it, such as Falkner's Pidgeot, Morty's Gengar or Chuck's Primeape.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Melody's reaction upon realizing that what she thought was harmless flirting with Ash, actually caused a huge wedge between Ash and Serena.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Nightmare Sequence: Ash as quite a few, especially after Giovanni threatens Delia's life.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Averted to hell and back. Ash and Serena (and presumably, Brock and Misty as well) do get older, and some of the chapters focus on celebrating their respective birthdays (see Birthday Episode above).
  • Overprotective Dad:
    • While any kid can become a Pokemon trainer at ten, Norman has been delaying May's own journey for two years. He was going to let her finally go if she travelled with Brendan, but when the boy expressed his intention of going alone, he decided not to allow her. He eventually decides to call Ash and ask him to travel alongisde May.
      • Norman is shown to be happy when he learns that Ash has a girlfriend, not only because that means Ash won't make any move on May, but because May won't be alone with a boy.
  • Out of Focus:
    • A sadly unavoidable side effect of Ash and Serena catching so many Pokemon, Serena's especially, since she battles much less than Ash, and thus they have even fewer chances to shine. By midway Johto, most readers had probably forgotten about her Hitmonlee, Cubone and Eevee.
    • Invoked at the beginning of Hoenn. Ash says that he's going to use only mons captured in Hoenn (the League being the exception) since he wants to give them a chance. Though he makes an exception with Phanphy and Bagon, who were captured towards the end of Johto, and thus didn't have their chance to shine.
  • Pals with Jesus: Across all stories, Ash manages to befriend a rather large number of Legendaries, some of them such as Mewtwo and Mew who pretty much told him to call them if he ever needs them.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Ash, Serena and Gary steal some Team Rocket uniforms to infiltrate the Rocket-occupied Silph Co. Subverted in that the disguises didn't fool anybody. The three of them still are and look like kids while every other Rocket is an adult. Plus many of them recognize Ash's face, since he had become quite infamous among them due how many times he had foiled their plans.
  • Patchwork Fic: While it's mostly based on the anime, the fic includes a lot of elements from the games and the Pokemon Adventures manga.
  • Parental Neglect: Ash feels this way towards his father Red, whom he only sees once per year, at best.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • Serena becomes something of a surrogate mother to a baby Cubone whose mother was killed by Team Rocket.
    • Togepi imprints on Ash and Serena as its parents instead of Misty.
  • Playing House: Serena liked to play house with Ash, Gary and Leaf when they were little, with her as the mother, Ash as the father, and Gary and Leaf as their children. She claimed it was "practice" for when she and Ash were married.
  • Power Incontinence: When they're triggered, Serena has a lot trouble keeping her Psychic Powers under control. In, fact, at some point she unwittingly brings down the performance hall of Olivine City during a showcase.
  • Precocious Crush: Lyra, who's just eight years old, asked Ash to marry her right after meeting him. She later does the same thing after meeting Gary.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Ash's Butterfree is released, just like in the original show.
    • Likewise, Ash's Charizard is still left at the Charicific Valley at the beginning of Johto.
    • Averted with Pidgeot, Primeape and Lapras this time around, however.
    • Serena's Cubone is also released upon evolving, in order to take care of a group of its own kind.
    • The Team Rocket Trio and Silver are sent to jail after the events of the Goldenrod Radio tower (albeit the latter for different reasons than the former).
    • Brock and Misty leave the group for good at the end of Johto.
  • Reality Ensues: If you mess with a criminal organization, you'll find yourself fighting ruthelss people with the resources and lack of morals to make your life VERY miserable. Also, see Paper-Thin Disguise above.
    • In canon Jessie's Seviper had no problem obeying despite the way it was caught. Here, it's outright afraid of Serena for doing the same.
  • Related in the Adaptation:
    • Ash, Red and Riley are all related to each other, the latter first being Ash's father, with the later second being his uncle.
    • Also, Silver is Ash's half brother.
    • Lysandre of all people is Serena's father. She's also revealed to be a descendant of AZ.
    • Sapphire is Caroline's sister, is married to Ruby, and their son is Brendan, which makes him May's cousin.
    • Jessie’s Seviper and James’ Cacnea end up being caught by Serena and Ash respectively.
  • Relationship Upgrade:
    • In chapter 40 of Kanto, Serena confesses her feeling to Ash...and he rejects her confession. Though not because he doesn't like Serena back, but because he wants to make sure he loves Serena as much as she loves him, since he doesn't want to jump into a relationship, only to find too late that they weren't mean to be. They do become a couple after Ash defeats Giovanni in Viridian city.
    • Also, Jimmy and Marina in chapter 66 of Johto.
    • And Gary and Leaf in chapter 77 of Johto.
  • Ret Gone: Giovanni's goal in the Johto arc; he wants to use Celebi to go back in time and erase Ash from existence.
  • Running Gagged: From Blackthorn City onwards, Ash would always get headbutted by a certain Bagon at least once per chapter. The gag came to an end when Ash finally caught that Bagon in chapter 75.
  • Saying Too Much: When Ash was trying to convince his and his friend's parents that they should let them go to New Island despite the incoming storm:
    Ash: A storm doesn't scare me, Mom. Serena and I have been lost in a snowstorm before, and we turned out fine in the end.
    Grace: You two were once lost in a snowstorm!?
    • Ash doesn't do too well when being recorded for a Pokevision video in the Orange Islands arc. He freezes up and stutters and when talking about Togepi...
    Ash: This Togepi is my baby. Well...it isn't really my baby. It actually came from a Pokemon egg. It's like my baby, though. Heheheh. Yeah. I guess that means I'm not its real father, but I'm like a father to it. I mean...it would be kind of silly if two humans gave birth to a baby Pokemon, right? Heheheheh? Besides, I'm not married. I have a girlfriend named Serena, but we...we haven't done anything to have babies yet! I mean, to have a baby, we have to have...
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: Deconstructed with Jimmy and Marina. Jimmy is so stubborn with his feeling s and denial that it starts to hurt Marina and their relationship. This is resolved before they leave the main group.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Pretty much everybody for Ash and Serena.
    • Lyra for Marina and Jimmy.
    Lyra: Are Jimmy and Marina fighting?
    Crystal: Not now, sweetie.
    Lyra: But they're supposed to be in love!
    (later)
    Jimmy: Of course I care about Marina! She's my best friend!
    Lyra: And future wife!
  • Straw Loser: While the author claimed it was completely unintentional, some readers might get the feeling that during the first few chapters Misty only exists to make Serena look better.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: May looks almost identical to her aunt Sapphire, only younger and without a Cute Little Fang. The narration notes how weird it is that she looks more like her aunt than either of her parents.
  • Take That!: A few towards the anime:
    • When Sabrina's father shows Ash a picture of Sabrina as a child, Ash deduces that if he has a picture of her, he has to be a relative. Sabrina's father is glad that Ash made the connection and didn't think something stupid like being her photographer.
    • When Ash expresses interest in having a Tauros, Serena brings up owning a whole herd, and both she and Ash laugh at the idea, and deem it dumb.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Serena promises Ash a special gift if he wins the Orange League. After he does, Ash asks about the gift, which Serena says that she will give it to him when they're alone in his bedroom in Pallet Town. She realized her poor choice of words too late, when Misty, Leaf and Tracey burst out laughing. Not helped by the fact that when Ash wondered what her gift could be the night before his match with Drake, Tracey joked it would be her virginity.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: Inverted. Serena wins the Johto Master Class performance, becoming the very first Johto Queen the day of her thirteenth birthday.
  • Truer to the Text: This fanfic features plenty of elements and events from the games that were Adapted Out in the anime, such as Silph Co. And while Jessie, James and Meowth do appear, the Team Rocket is also much closer to the game's incarnation as well as more involved in the story.
  • Tsundere: There's a Bagon in the Dragon's Den that constantly headbutts Ash. Clair said that it was its way to show Ash it was interested in him, since it usually avoids humans.
  • The Unfought: Averted. Unlike the main anime, Ash has a battle with Giovanni, twice no less, first in Saffron City, and then near the end of the Kanto saga.
  • The Villain Knows Where You Live: Much to Ash's horror, Giovanni knows who Ash is, where he lives, and who are his family and loved ones.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Serena, dear god, Serena. Hurt Ash in any way, and she'll go from a sweet and caring girl to a nightmare in human form, as Mandy found the hard way.
  • Writer on Board: Downplayed. The author admitted that Ash beating Whitney without losing a single mon reflected his belief that her reputation as That One Boss is a gross exaggeration.
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