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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:

  • Achilles' Heel: Poke Balls are tough for the most part, but the hinges are comparatively fragile compared to the rest of them.
  • Adaptational Species Change: Sort of. In canon, Derflinger was a talking sword, while here he's a talking Honedge. Brimir summoned a Honedge and, unaware it was a sentient creature, bound Derflinger to its body.
  • Berserk Button: Louise, as always, hates people mistaking her for a child, challenging a pair of swimmers to a battle after they assumed she was Saito’s kid sister. Another time, a Driftloon briefly kidnaps Louise to have a playmate, and Saito vows to never let her learn that the species only does that with young children.
  • 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.
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  • Birds of a Feather: Brennaraki, as a shiny Fennekin, was highly sought after by collectors, which she hated as none of them cared that she really wanted to be a battler. Louise bonds with her over similar issues with being seen as a worthless mage.
  • 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.
  • Break the Haughty: Maindo in Episode 15. After he cruelly mocks Louise for her screw-up with her Absol by making her go crazy after Megavolving and sending Louise running in tears, every Pokemon in the party gangs up on him afterwards. He runs away out of fear, which angers him immensely, and in his anger attempts to pick a fight with a Snorlax that he woke up during his ranting. Said Snorlax beats him with one hit, hurting his already bruised ego.
  • 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.
  • Color Blind Confusion: Louise, thanks to being poisoned by a Toxapex, is rendered temporarily colorblind.
  • 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.
  • Culture Clash: Besides the technological differences, Louise is thrown for a loop a few times by the cultural differences between the two worlds, like how nobles aren't nearly as powerful. Saito even lampshades it when she tells him about Reconquista before she makes it clear how nuts they are.
  • 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.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: When the group ends up in the Distortion World, Derflinger admits that while Giratina is one of the creepiest Legendaries that he's ever met, he's not evil; he just doesn't like people being in his realm. He even manipulates the terrain so that lost groups will find each other and leave faster if he's feeling merciful.
  • Democracy Is Bad: Averted, after being on Earth for a while, Louise admits to herself that she can see the advantages of democracy, and makes it clear to Saito that Reconquista's leaders have no intention of keeping the promises they're making when he notes that he doesn't see a problem with Albion becoming a representative democracy.
  • Evil Knockoff: As it turns out, in an example where the thing being knocked off is evil as well, the reason so many regional crime groups are named "Team" something is because Team Rocket is so successful that other criminal organizations deliberately style themselves after them.
  • 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 best friends.
  • Fish out of Water: Louise is greatly shocked at just how different Earth is from Halkegenia, especially the lack of magic and the nobility lacking power. On the other hand, she quickly gets used to many of Earth's advanced luxuries, like electricity and the plumbing system, and intends to bring them back to Halkegenia. She initially spends a month with Professor Sycamore adjusting to everything, though she still gets astonished at commonplace items and attitudes on Earth every so often.
  • Freudian Slip: After one of Espirit's Beware the Nice Ones moments, Maindo lets slip that he found it cute. Everyone else present tries to forget they heard that.
  • Giving Radio to the Romans: Louise plans to bring knowledge of things like electricity and modern plumbing back to Halkagenia.
  • A God Am I: Arceus declares himself one in the very first line. Accurate version.
  • History Repeats: Derflinger is able to easily guess how Reconquista came to power, and hints that he's seen something similar several times before.
  • Inept Mage: As in canon, Louise's... issues with her spellcasting kicks off the plot. While she learns of her true affinity much sooner than canon, Louise lacks a way to actually learn Void spells, so she's still stuck with just the misfiring Fireball spell.
  • Jerkass: Maindo, Saito's Ralts, comes off as rude, arrogant and really doesn't like Saito or the others. He eventually crosses The Friend Nobody Likes territory and his behavior comes to bite him in the ass when Saito and Louise's Pokemon all gang up on him after he sends Louise running in tears after her blunder with her Absol's Megavolution.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: Most of the remnants of Team Flare unite to mount a large-scale attack on Cyllage City, which doesn’t have anything warranting that kind of force. Multiple characters wonder just what Team Flare is really after, since many of the attacking grunts are bound to be arrested. Turns out it was all a distraction, drawing attention and law enforcement away from the nearby prison where many of Flare’s elite members were held, allowing for an easy prison break.
  • 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?!”
  • Mugging the Monster: Maindo's first encounter with Saito was him trying to rob him by scaring him with illusions so he'd drop his stuff and run. Unfortunately for Maindo, Saito was a trainer, and he ended up captured when he could have gotten clean away if he had really tried.
  • 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 sour 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.
  • Never My Fault: As Saito and Derflinger point out to Maindo, he really has no one else to blame for being captured by Saito, since he came back after running away from his failed attempt to rob Saito, only to get caught, he could have been released if he had just asked, and if he really wanted to escape or destroy his Poke Ball, he could have done so easily (he can teleport, after all). This ticks Louise off even further when she learns about it, since she knows what being a victim is really like from being bullied back home.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • Sycamore never got around to informing the authorities about Louise being from another world, so she and Saito fell under suspicion from the authorities due to their repeated run-ins with Team Flare before they clear things up with Agent Smith. Louise is rather ticked to realize this.
    • Maindo's Jerkass behavior was partially because he wanted to be released, and didn't think that Saito would let him go unless he was more trouble than he was worth. As Saito points out, as a Psychic-Type and The Empath, Maindo can tell if he's lying, then says he would have let him go if he had just asked. In fact, Saito had actually repeatedly considered the possibility that Maindo had wanted to be released, but kept disregarding it because he assumed that Maindo couldn't be stupid enough not to try the simplest solution.
    • Brimir didn't realize that the Honedge that he'd summoned was sentient, and ended up ripping its soul out to save Derflinger. The Holy Land was a desert once Arceus and the other Legendaries were through with him.
  • Powers via Possession: One Team Flare member used his own body as a Keystone for his Spiritomb, allowing him to use its moves.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Saito notes that unlike the more crazy criminal teams out there, like Team Aqua and Team Magma, or Team Galactic, Team Rocket focuses on organized crime over terrorism, which is probably why they're still around.
  • The Quiet One: Saito's Seedot, Tengu, tends to be very quiet and mellow. Maindo is especially annoyed that his Troll antics don't get a reaction out of her.
  • Recursive Fanfiction: The Poké Adventures of Zero And RWBY, a crossover with Boldores and Boomsticks.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense:Coming from a privileged lifestyle, Louise sometimes has trouble remembering that no one here knows who she is and that her funds are much more limited. She buys every single TM and insists on getting only the highest-quality healing items, ignoring Sycamore's protests that it's massively impractical. She does get better after figuring out the store essentially scammed her, though Saito frequently ribs her for it.
  • 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. She goes through a Break the Haughty phase and starts to mellow out, but she and Louise still don't get along.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Brimir accidentally destroyed a Honedge's soul, Arceus and all the legendaries retaliated, reducing the Holy Land to a desert.
  • 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.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: A Honedge can shift themselves to look other kinds of blades, like a female one that became a Royal Rapier, but they can only do so once and then they're stuck.
  • Sleep Cute: Aw, look at the fluffy little fox curled up with her trainer in their sleeping bag...
  • Stating the Simple Solution: As Saito and Derflinger pointed out to him, Maindo could have easily told someone that he didn't want to be a part of Saito's team, or even just ran way, but his Pride and assumption that Saito wouldn't let him go meant that he ramped his Jerkass behavior Up to Eleven so Saito would consider him more trouble than he was worth and release him. Saito even lampshades that he thought a few times that Maindo might not want to be a part of the team, but assumed that he wasn't so stupid that he wouldn't just say something.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: Rainbow!Brimir tried attacking Arceus rather than talking. It didn't end well.
  • Team Mom: Espirit, Louise's Ralts/Kirlia, proves to be this. Both the emotionally supportive kind as well as the terrifying kind.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Maindo decides to cause chaos at Parfum Palace after the rest of the group leaves, and gets Tanuki and Aile to help out when they're sent to find him. It doesn't help that Tanuki is already a prankster and Aile is easily bribed with food, and they all agree that Princess Allie is an Asshole Victim. Espirit tears them all a new one once they get back, especially since the group ran into trouble while they were gone.
  • 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: The goal of both Louise and Saito. 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.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Zigzagged in regards to Louise's Trapped in Another World status. On one hand, normal Trainers like Saito initially don't believe Louise's story because it's so outlandish, and need more proof despite seeing her magic in action. On the other hand, more learned characters like Professor Sycamore and Interpool agent Smith have no trouble believing her, as they're aware of this sort of thing happening previously with the Ultra Wormholes.
  • Walking Disaster Area: Terrorist attacks and other worrying incidents tend to happen when Louise is around, to the point where an Absol decides to join her team just to mitigate the damage from future events.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Louise is very confident that Viola won't be too difficult, since she's just the first Gym Leader and both Brennaraki (a Fennekin) and Aile (a Fletchling) have type advantage, while ignoring the fact that she's only been a Trainer for a week. Viola's Surskit subsequently knocks out both of her Pokemon while taking little damage in return, making Louise realize that her goal is going to be much harder than she assumed.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Rainbow!Saito joined the group in part because The World Is Always Doomed, and he believes that Team Rainbow Rocket is the best option for maintaining order. The rest of it's because he wanted to join the "winning team".
  • The World Is Always Doomed: Lampshaded by Rainbow!Saito. He and his Louise did the math, and found that the world was nearly devastated (or outright destroyed), with catastrophe averted by sheer luck and the happenstance of having a plucky trainer be in the right place to stop it, twenty-two times in just the last seven years. This is part of why he and the alternate Louise joined Team Rainbow Rocket in the first place, believing that they can do the best job to stop these threats before they become a problem.
  • Wrong Context Magic: Louise’s magical abilities generally serve as proof that there’s some truth to her claims about being from another world.
    • Additionally, a combination of her Void affinity and residual energy from being transferred across universes energizes any Mega Stone Louise has prolonged contact with, allowing for Mega Evolution without a Key Stone. She has no control over this, however, and resolves to avoid touching Mega Stones at all after a wild Beedrill Mega Evolves from a Beedrillite she was transporting and nearly kills her.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Maindo enjoys insulting others, and he takes every chance to mock opponents in battle. However, he often gets so caught up in the insults that he doesn't pay attention to what his opponent is actually doing.


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