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The Trainer From A Far Away Land is Pokémon AU fic, set in the first season of the Best Wishes anime. While the story begins after Satoshi and Pikachu's first battle with Shooti, the plot begins with N. N is scoping Striaton City for potential Team Rocket spies, when he spots a boy with a pikachu on his shoulder. N approaches Satoshi with the intent of finding the spy. What N finds is Satoshi communicating with his pokemon. Now interested in finding a potential ally/friend in Satoshi, N follows/stalks Satoshi through his journey in Unova.

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  • Accent Relapse: Satoshi is mostly fluent in Isshu, but his native Kanto accent shows when he tries to pronounce N's name.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Satoshi can not pronouce N's name right. It happens so often that N gives up trying to correct Satoshi.
  • Arc Words: The First Step
  • Bag of Holding: Justified as Sylph Co. technology has hyperspace technology to fit items in a small oval capsule.
  • Brought Down to Normal: As canon Pikachu, although it's implied that outside forces were at work and his de-powering was deliberate
  • Call-Back
  • Canon Welding: The fic welds events from the anime to the game. While in the anime, Snivy ran away from her trainer. In here, N freed her from her trainer.
  • The Chooser of The One: Besides searching for Team Rocket, N's mission was to find the hero opposite of him. The candidates are Touko and Touya. Later N feels that Satoshi also makes a strong candidate
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  • Commonality Connection: N approaches Satoshi thinking the latter also understands pokemon.
  • Continuity Nod: Satoshi has his Aura powers from Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew and mentions to N that he has seen a Lucario. Then Satoshi asks Zorua if he could talk human.
  • Dented Iron: Subverts Satoshi's Made of Iron nature as he got hurt when training Tepig and Snivy, but hides it from them not to break Tepig's newly gained confidence. Pikachu forces Satoshi get his injuries treated once everyone was asleep.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come
  • Dub Name Change: Inverted all the cast uses their Japanese names instead of the dub's. Played straight with Unova's cities and landmarks.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Isshu is showed the equivalent of America while Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh are the equivalents of Japan.
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  • Funny Foreigner: Downplayed, but Satoshi is one to native Isshu. His habits, while polite in Kanto, is considered unusual in Isshu.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Satoshi and N. Pokemon would approach N for help and Satoshi would help treat wild pokemon without any ulterior motives.
  • Hammerspace: Silph Co. allows for bulky items to be shrunk and transported into capsules. The larger the capacity, the more expensive the capsule gets.
  • Mama Bear: The female Watchog
  • Manchild: Iris views Satoshi as one. While he is older than her, he can be very childish and tends to act like a newbie trainer.
  • Mundane Utility: Satoshi uses his Aura powers as a guiding system in a dark night.
  • Mythology Gag: Cilan is as scared of Trip's Purrloin as he was of the one he ran into many, many episodes later in the anime.
  • Never Learned to Read: Due to Satoshi's implusiveness and desire to his journey quickly, he barely knows a few words in Isshu. He gets by looking at the pictures, building design and having Cilan read everything for him.
  • Not So Above It All: N, despite hating Pokemon battles, gets excited and worked up view Satoshi's battle against the Striaton trio.
  • Older and Wiser: Satoshi is now 14 in the fic and has matured a bit. He still makes rookie mistakes, but supplemented by his skills.
  • Patchwork Fic
  • The Paragon
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Double subverted with Satoshi. No, he cannot understand their words, but he understands their hearts to the point it's basically the same thing, if not better. In contrast with N, who is noted by a Pokémon that, for all of his ability to understand what they say, he has trouble understanding what they feel.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: N is not stalking Satoshi, he is a hero! No, he is following him! Zorua just makes fun of N, calling him a stalker
  • Status Quo Is God: Zigzagged as Satoshi and Pikachu both realize that Pikachu has been reset to his base power too many times and now believe that there is an outside force enforcing this. Defied in some cases as Satoshi has all his Character Development from the various seasons, has his Aura powers from the movie and is now 14 years old.
  • Sustained Misunderstanding: N fails to realize that Satoshi doesn't talk Pokemon. To be fair, Satoshi already understands pokemon through his friendships and extended contact with them.
  • Weak, but Skilled
  • You Didn't Ask: N and Iris are under the impression that Satoshi has only been in one league. Satoshi chooses not to correct their assumptions.
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