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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!

Not to be mistaken with the film of the same name.

Obsession contains examples of:

  • Amicable Exes: Corbin and Gloria were on good terms after their split.
  • Child Prodigy: By the age of ten, Jirarudan already speaks and reads several languages and studies his father's science books for fun.
  • 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.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Despite the above, they have very little in common in personality
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Parental Substitute: Asaph, for both Jirarudan and Veronica.
  • Parent with New Paramour: Type 1 with Corbin and Helen.
  • 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