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Fanfic / Outsiders

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Louise and her starter Fennekin, Brennaraki.

Outsidersis a The Familiar of Zero and Pokémon crossover by xTRESTWHOx.

When Louise Francoise le Blanc de la Vallière attempts to summon her familiar, she draws the attention of a powerful (and irritated) being: Arceus. Rather than allow one of his creations to be summoned by an impudent mage, he instead summons her to the Hall of Origin... and declares her unworthy. Not one to back down, Louise vows to prove herself worthy... and is given one year in the Pokémon world to do so.

Can be found on the SpaceBattles and Sufficient Velocity forums.


This work of Fanfiction contains examples of:

  • A God Am I: Arceus declares himself one in the very first line.
  • Big Eater: Aile, Louise's Fletchling/Fletchinder, will take any opportunity to eat whatever she can. Frequently, she gets into trouble for this, but she does get better as time goes on.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Maindo, Saito's Ralts, proves to be extremely difficult to get along with, frequently taunting his trainer and fellow Pokémon for seemingly no reason. At the same time, however, when the situation calls for it he is able to put his negativity aside and work with others.
  • Darker and Edgier: When compared to the Pokémon anime. Battles are more brutal, injuries including cuts, bruises, and broken bones occur, and the trainers themselves sometimes fight alongside the Pokémon when facing the remains of Team Flare.
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  • Fire-Forged Friends: Louise and Saito, when they first meet, can't stand each other. After an attack by a horde of Beedrill, however, the two learn to work together and end up becoming each other's best friend.
  • Inept Mage: As in canon, Louise's... issues with her spellcasting kicks off the plot.
  • Lampshade: Pokémon designs, in this exchange:
    Flare Grunt: “My Golbat is not an ‘it’! He’s a majestic creature!”
    Louise: “He’s a flying mouth, that’s what he is!”
    Flare Grunt: “HOW DARE YOU?!”
  • My Parents Are Dead: It gets revealed that Maindo's mother died when he was young, an event that he witnessed and subsequently shaped his outlook.
  • Mundane Utility: Fire-type Pokémon can launch massive blasts of flame at their opponents, create walls of fire to encircle the foe, or shroud themselves with a blaze to add to their strength... they're also great for lighting campfires.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Both subverted and averted. Averted with Princess Allie, who frequently orders around her servants with no regard towards them and expects things to be given to her just because she demands it. In contrast, Wikstrom Thyméo is revealed to be nobility, one who not only exemplifies what nobles are supposed to do in Louise's eyes, but also eschews the entire concept. The conversation he has with Louise helps to shape her evolving viewpoint on the institution itself.
  • Sleep Cute: Aw, look at the fluffy little fox curled up with her trainer in their sleeping bag...
  • Team Mom: Espirit, Louise's Ralts/Kirlia, proves to be this. Both the emotionally supportive kind as well as the terrifying kind.
  • The Cameo: Multiple characters from other series have shown up as minor characters. This includes Diego Brando, Donatello Versus, Ghiaccio, Guido Mista, and Foo Fighters from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Elphelt Valentine from Guilty Gear, numerous characters from Jurassic Park, as well as Scarecrow, Hunter, and Executioner from Girls' Frontline.
    • In addition, several other JoJo characters have been obliquely referenced, including Jean Pierre Polnereff, Dr. Ferdinand, President Funny Valentine, Caesar Zepelli, Gyro Zepelli, the Pillar Men (via the Awaken theme), Rudol von Stroheim, and Doppio Vinegar.
    • A pair of twins are met at a Skate Park, and their names are Toni and Hawk, much like the real life skateboard star.
  • The Comically Serious: Saito's starter, an Oshawatt named Ronin, acts as though he were an actual samurai. The other Pokémon like to poke fun at this.
  • The Rival: Louise, in typical Pokémon fashion, has one in the form of Elizabeth Collete, a wealthy Pokémon collector who tried to purchase Louise's starter from Professor Sycamore.
  • Trapped in Another World: Louise, due to her being taken to Earth courtesy of Arceus. In contrast to many other similar works, there is no rush to find a way home as it's made clear at the beginning that Louise's time in Kalos will only last a year.
  • To Be a Master: Both Louise's goal and Saito's. Both want to become champion of the Kalos Pokémon League, however whereas Saito wants to win due to a missed opportunity from his childhood, Louise wants to win because she believes that is how she'll prove her worth to Arceus.


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