Legendary Genesis is a Pokémon Mystery Dungeon fanfiction that follows a social phobic girl who woke up as a Scyther and her Carnivine teammate.
Legendary Genesis contains examples of:
- Acrophobic Bird: Dion has to remind Eileen that she has wings on several occasions. The most notable example is when she's stuck in swamp water and tries to pull herself onto a boardwalk using her scythes to no avail.
- Adventure Guild: The "lessons" taught at Arcanine's Academy usually involve going on missions to complete certain tasks.
- Aliens Speaking English: Eileen can't tell if the other Pokémon are speaking the language she spoke as a human or if she automatically became fluent in their own language.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Slurpuff presents herself as a kindly Pokémon, when in reality she is heartless toward wild Pokémon and has been turning them into Gummis to sell at her shop.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Eileen has a hard time adjusting to how her arms have been transformed into scythes.
Eileen: I’ll never be able to hold onto anything, or shake someone’s hand, or scratch an itch, or… oh lord, what will happen after I go to the bathroom?
- Blessed with Suck: While Eileen is initially thrilled to have become a Scyther, it doesn't take long for her to become aware of the downsides of her new form.
- The Blind Leading the Blind: Eileen often looks to Dion for advice, but later finds out that he's nearly as clueless as she is.
- The Chosen One: Headmaster Arcanine holds a fragment of Arceus's soul, and will become a reborn Arceus using the power of the eighteen Plates.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Eileen manages to defeat the Kabuto in Emerald Grotto in a single attack by flipping it onto its back, leaving it helpless.
- Cutesy Name Town: The story takes place near Origin Plaza, "where all adventures begin!". Like the title of the fanfiction, both the town and its motto reference beginnings.
- Deadpan Snarker: Eileen is prone to coming up with snide responses to what her teammate says. Her retorts always remain in her mind, however.
- Dismissing a Compliment: Eileen rolls her eyes when Dion tells her she's good at math, saying that even a second grader could've figured out the equation she solved.
- The Ditz: Dion isn't remarkably intelligent. He's very slow to react to certain things and he carries many unrealistic expectations about the world around him.
- Dungeon Crawling: Being a PMD fanfiction, this is unsurprisingly the premise of the story.
- Fattening the Victim: This appears to be why Slurpuff is so generous.
- Fish out of Water: The author dedicates a lot of time to describing the hardships Eileen encounters in her new form, including her struggles to fly, chew food, and sit down properly.
- Hero Academy: The students at Arcanine's Academy are trained to search for treasure, fight crime, and go on rescue missions.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Slurpuff is defeated when Dion lashes out at and activates the Itemizer Orb she was about to throw at him.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Eileen doesn't understand how moves work and what makes them different from standard attacks. As a result, she sometimes unknowingly uses moves at inappropriate times.
- Identity Amnesia: Eileen can't remember any of the personal details of her past life, but other than that her memory is largely intact.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Eileen is frequently accused of cannibalism by Cleo. According to her, the Pokémon inhabiting the Foreboding Bog are prone to eating members of their own species.
- Slurpuff reveals that the Gummis she's been selling to unknowing customers are made from wild Pokémon.
- Instant Illness: The Toxic Plate is capable of creating such.
- Intro-Only Point of View: The first chapter stars Dion, but all the following chapters revolve around Eileen.
- Is It Something You Eat?: Toxicroak's response when Dion asks if he sells any Orbs that could turn someone into a human.
Toxicroak: Would a “human” be considered a consumable good?
- Just Desserts: Slurpuff is turned into a pile of Gummis, although they aren't eaten.
- Just Woke Up That Way: Eileen, in the typical PMD fashion.
- Lethal Chef: Chef Muk's cooking supposedly tastes fine, but whether or not it's sanitary is questionable.
Eileen: Is it safe to eat?
Dion: Probably not. I think everyone's developed an immunity to it, though.
- A Lizard Named "Liz": Dion's name is derived from the scientific name of the Venus flytrap, which is of course what Carnivine is based on.
- Merchant City: Origin Plaza.
- Mess on a Plate: The soup Chef Muk cooked is described as looking similar to the sludge making up her body.
- Mystical Plague: Alakazam uses the Toxic Plate to make the Pokémon of Origin Plaza come down with a sudden illness.
- Naïve Newcomer: Eileen is naturally this. She starts off knowing very little about the world around her and how to function in her new shape, but is gradually educated over the course of the beginning.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: While battling the Kabuto in Emerald Grotto, Eileen inadvertently uses Leer on a hysterical Dion.
- Old Master: Headmaster Arcanine was a skilled battler during his youth, and he has many scars to prove it. He has managed to retain some of his fighting prowess and intends to pass it down to his students.
- The Omniscient: Alakazam seems to know everything about Arceus and its Heirs.
- Only the Chosen May Wield: Subverted. Any Pokémon can use the powers of the Plates, but only Arceus may harness their "true power", according to Alakazam.
- Picky Eater: Rudy refuses to eat Slurpuff's Gummis, which he refers to as "fake city food".
- Plague Master: Alakazam claims he's been traveling the world in search of Arceus's Heir, making Pokémon fall ill and then healing them. He says that the Heir would know that he was using the Toxic and Meadow Plates, like Arcanine did.
- The Quiet One: After finding out she wasn't dreaming, Eileen has been mostly silent. She does want to speak up, but she is too afraid.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The loud and ambitious Dion is the red to the quieter Eileen's blue.
- Self-Insert Fic: The author admitted that she shamelessly based the protagonist off of herself. "Eileen" is actually her middle name.
- Swamps Are Evil: The story starts in a dungeon called Foreboding Bog. Dion, who isn't bothered by the swamp's stench and humidity, sneaks off to it in search of treasure.
- That Was Not a Dream: Dion is puzzled by Eileen's insistence that she's dreaming and has to go through the trouble of convincing her otherwise
- Thinking Up Portals: Alakazam links Light Screen with Teleport to create Teleportals.
- Trapped in Another World: Eileen, of course. This is a PMD fanfiction, after all.
- The Trope without a Title: The title of the third chapter refers to Eileen and Dion's unnamed team as "the team with no name".
- Underestimating Badassery: The Kabuto taunts Eileen after she accidentally uses Leer on her teammate, only to be taken down by her in one hit.
- The Watson: Eileen usually only speaks when she's asking questions about the world.
- Weather Report Opening: The story has been criticized for its flowery opening paragraph.
Milky morning light illuminated the murky bog, softening its normally sinister atmosphere. The air was smolderingly humid, and the repulsive odor of steaming swamp gas and rotting vegetation emanated from the green, stagnant water.
- Worthless Treasure Twist: Headmaster Arcanine says that the gem Eileen and Dion retrieved from Emerald Grotto is absolutely worthless, but then goes on to explain that not all treasures are in material form and they still learned a lot from their lesson.