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Obsession by Blackjack Gabbiani is a long-running (since 2001!) Pokémon fanfic centering around the life of Jirarudan, the antagonist of Pokémon 2000. Updates sporadically. Read it here!


Obsession contains examples of:

  • Ambiguous Disorder: Jirarudan is written as autistic, although it's never said outright.
  • Amicable Exes: Corbin and Gloria were on good terms after their split.
  • Big Fancy House: Asaph
  • Child Prodigy: By the age of ten, Jirarudan already speaks and reads several languages and studies his father's science books for fun.
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  • Conspicuous Consumption: Tierney and Franklin, far more than even the opulent Asaph.
  • Epic Fail: Anyone who's seen the movie knows that Jirarudan is headed for this.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Jirarudan idolizes Gloria, seeing her as a literal angel.
  • Flashback: The story is told by adult Jirarudan shortly after the events of the movie.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: Veronica and Jirarudan. Wavers between this and Wicked Cultured.
  • Going to See the Elephant: Veronica drags Jirarudan on an adventure in Viridian City for this reason.
  • Large Ham: The Omastar on display at the museum loves entertaining the crowd
  • Like a Son to Me: Jirarudan and Veronica to Asaph.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Corbin and Jirarudan are both geniuses who tend to shut out the outside world, are fascinated by science, especially the physics of flight, and gravitate towards beautiful things.
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  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Despite the above, they have very little in common in personality
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Veronica.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Asaph means "collector"
    • Corbin means "blackbird"
    • Lucrezia is so named to invoke the idea of the Borgias.
    • Most of Asaph's house staff have names related to their jobs (Igasho the chauffeur is "wanderer", Kuri the chef is "chestnut", Concord the wine steward is a type of grape, etc)
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Jirarudan becomes this in canon.
  • Missing Mom: Gloria dies in the first chapter.
  • Not with Them for the Money: Helen doesn't care that Corbin is rich. Though it's aided by that CORBIN doesn't care that Corbin is rich.
  • Nouveau Riche: Tierney and Franklin are every bit new money and want Veronica to have all the trappings of wealth, or their idea of what that means.
  • Parental Substitute: Asaph, for both Jirarudan and Veronica.
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  • Parent with New Paramour: Type 1 with Corbin and Helen
  • One Steve Limit: Technically, as the chapter that first mentioned the Tonio exhibit was written BEFORE a canon character named Tonio appeared. However, despite existing in the same canon, Tonio doesn't appear in this story.
  • Overlord Jr.: Lucrezia's son
  • Real Place Background: With no real-world equivalent for the town of Seafoam, the author bases it on Seaside, Oregon.
    • Viridian City is Portland
      • The hotel where Jirarudan and Veronica stop for tea is the Heathman
  • Shout-Out:
    • Veronica is named for voice actress Veronica Taylor, known for playing Ash, May, and Delia, among other Pokémon characters.
    • The young painter Madame Remi, referenced as a great artist known for her realism, is an expy of Relm Arrowny from Final Fantasy VI. Likewise, the painting of the old wizard is Strago Magus.
    • When a few artists are mentioned in a go in chapter 26, they're named for the author's friends.
    • Mr Higuchi is named for the artist of the Lugia LEGEND card from the TCG.
    • The clothes that Tierney designed for Jirarudan are vaguely described, but based on The Blue Boy. Likewise, Tierney's outfit for Veronica is a Pokémon version of Mimi Tachikawa's pink dress.
  • The Collector: And how! The fic is essentially the story of how Jirarudan came to embody this trope.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Gloria's ruby ring.
  • This Is My Story: From the beginning, Jirarudan presents it as the story of his downfall.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Both Jirarudan and Veronica demonstrate unsettlingly adult behaviors.
  • Unreliable Narrator: The story is told in first person, and what Jirarudan says about his surroundings often clashes with what happens in them. This especially applies to how he perceives his father.
  • Walking Spoiler: There's a reason that Lucrezia's son isn't called by name in these entries...
  • White Collar Crime: Lucrezia's son sells out his mother after an argument by giving an insider trading tip to Jirarudan and Veronica, thus starting their fortunes.
  • Wicked Cultured: Deep breath now—Asaph, Jirarudan, Veronica, Lucrezia, and her son.
  • Winning Over the Kids: Helen is one of the few people Jirarudan gets along with
  • Yakuza: Lucrezia and her son run basically the Pokémon world version of this
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