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Fanfic / Ash's Return

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"Make a Pokémon that defeats all Pokémon other than Pokémon that defeat themselves!"
— (With apologies to Bertrand Russell)

"All his life, Ash has had a dream: to Catch 'Em All. And now, he's finally done it -– or has he? What mystery awaits him on Cinnabar's shore? And is he ready for where it will take him?"
— the summary

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."

It can be read here. There is also a rewritten version, currently incomplete.

Ash's Return provides examples of the following tropes:

  • O.C. Stand-in: The old man in Viridian City who triggers the Missingno. glitch is given some backstory here.