Ash's Return is a short Pokémon: The Series fanfic by "Questionnaire," following our hero Ash's quest to find the mysterious "missing" Pokémon. Flavors of Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid and Inception, with bits of "bored in Computation Structures class."
Ash's Return provides examples of the following tropes:
- Alien Geometries: The strangely-connecting doors in the "city."
- Cheshire Cat Grin: "Meowth making a large, toothy, lopsided grin◊."
- Dead Fic: The revised version has not been updated for more than a year, thus leaving readers who didn't read the original utterly confused.
- O.C. Stand-in: The old man in Viridian City who triggers the Missingno. glitch is given some backstory here.
- Painting the Medium: Chapter 3 ("Parallel Process") uses three columns of text to represent three simultaneous lines of action. Until...
- Patchwork Fic: Even though the fic appears to take place in the Pokemon anime, the glitch Pokemon are exclusively in the games.
- Shout-Out: The chapter titles are all references to some computer-science concept. The keys are named after the axioms of ZFC set theory.