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Sylvia the Sylveon is a Pokémon Fanfic by SaoirseParisa.

When an Eevee is forcibly separated from her family, she goes on a long journey through Unova to return to the only home she knows. But the journey is rough, even tragic, as she is continually rejected wherever she goes. Why? She is the second Sylveon born in the whole entire world, and she doesn't know how she evolved into this strange new creature.


Sylvia the Sylveon is the story of a young Eevee (and later a Sylveon) named Sylvia, who finds herself abducted from her family home one night. After a daring escape, she sets out across the Unova region on a journey of self-discovery, hoping one day to return home to her family on Flocessy Ranch—but it certainly won't be easy...

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This fanfiction contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Hikaru. Put her friends in danger, and she'll zap you with some epic thunderbolts!
    • Sylvia pretty much knows she has to become one in order for the story to progress.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Moondancer's siblings call him Dancer, but he hates it. Sylvia herself is sometimes called Sylvie or Syl, Alseides Al or Alfie, and Lucretia Lulu.
  • Alliterative Title
  • Artistic License: In the story, Sylvia evolves via an item, but in the actual X and Y games, Eevee evolves into Sylveon via Pokemon-Amie and knowing a Fairy-type move. It's justified in that the story began in February of 2013, and Sylveon's actual means of evolution weren't revealed until October of that year. This mistake has been acknowledged in the author's epilogue notes.
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  • Ax-Crazy: Alseides and Dilandau. The latter gets worse after he evolves.
  • Big Brother Bully: Bolt starts off this way. He grows out of it. Alseides not only doesn't grow out of this phase, but he also becomes much more volatile. Vapor, on the other hand, becomes one.
  • Big Eater: Alseides and Bolt.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Nicodemus.
  • Blood Knight: Alseides, post-Time Skip. It's unknown if he stays this way or not.
  • Break the Cutie: The story pretty much runs on this, namely in flashbacks. Dilandau was subject to unethical experiments, Nicodemus lost his family, Hikaru's backstory is pretty much this, and Sylvia has to go through a lot, and many events she sees change her views on the world forever.
  • Brutal Honesty: Dilandau, Vapor, and Polly, all for differing reasons.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Sylvia does this during her battles with Dilandau, Alseides, and Moondancer. Hikaru and Moondancer do it as well.
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  • Character Development: Both on-screen and off-. Sylvia grows from an innocent little child Wide-Eyed Idealist into a strong, sensible, and assertive young adult during her journey, while still being her kind and gentle self. She was even forced to grow up in order for the plot to advance. Hikaru grows from a cynical Defrosting Ice Queen to a happier, more hopeful Pikachu thanks to Sylvia's kindness. Bolt goes from a Bratty Half-Pint / Jerkass who picks on his siblings to a kind, gentle father and a loving, faithful husband. Serena starts off as a severely autistic eight-year-old. By the end of the story, she's twelve, can talk just like any other person her age, and has won the Unova League.
  • Clingy Jealous Guy: Dilandau. He won't let anyone near Nicodemus, convinced that they're all going to take him away from him. Given what he went through, is it really all that surprising?
  • Contrived Coincidence: All of Sylvia's reunions with her family.
  • Cowardly Lion: Konoha, Yuki when he's young.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Hikaru, Dilandau, and Nicodemus. And to a lesser extent, Sylvia's father.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Hikaru. She starts off anti-social, not intent on interacting with anyone, but Sylvia's kindness helps her come out of her shell and show her who she really is.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Sylvia has a bad habit of repeating herself, or repeating things she was just told (for example, "'I'm Claudia, a Tyranitar', said Claudia, the Tyranitar" - this is almost a direct quote).
  • The Determinator: Sylvia.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Vapor, after he Took a Level in Jerkass, completing his Face–Heel Turn.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Hikaru and Sylvia.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Bolt making fun of Sylvia and Bambi (at least, for his child self), Lucretia calling him out on it, Dilandau setting Chargestone Cave on fire off-screen...
  • Face–Heel Turn: Alseides, and later Vapor. Alseides may have recovered later, but Vapor certainly didn't.
  • For Want of a Nail: If Sylvia had saved Bolt, he probably wouldn't have started a family.
  • Good All Along: Leonard (Bolt's trainer).
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Dilandau. Hikaru has minor shades of it.
  • Hates Being Alone: Take a guess.
  • Heroic BSoD
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Claudia and later Nicodemeus allow themselves to be taken in order to let Sylvia escape from her situation. Claudia lets herself be captured by the Kalosian researchers, while Nicodemeus allows himself to get killed by poachers to stop Sylvia and Dilandau from dying as well.
  • The Homeward Journey: Sylvia's entire journey is all so she can return home. She does wind up getting sidetracked a few times, some of which were no fault of her own, such as getting caught by a trainer.
  • Ill Girl: Desaline, Sylvia's first "official" trainer.
  • Insane Equals Violent: Played depressingly straight with Dilandu. It's stated, over and over, that he's "beyond help" and this is why he's so dangerous.
  • Ironic Nickname: Vapor winds up possessing one when he becomes a Jolteon as opposed to the Vaporeon he dreamed of becoming.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • Sylvia has never forgiven herself for letting Katie jump off Skyarrow Bridge. She tried her hardest, and as Serperior said, Katie probably would have tried to kill herself again later, but Sylvia wanted to try and help her. This ties in with what she eventually wants to do later: to comfort those like Katie in future.
    • When Bolt is captured, Alseides blames Sylvia for it since she saw it happen, and she later believes it really was her fault. When Sylvia says this to Bolt, he thinks she is bluffing and admits it was his own fault.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Dilandau. When we are first told about him, he is described as a monster, and when we eventually meet him, he is in the process of destroying a cave and a forest, the homes of countless Pokemon. And then we learn why he's like this from Nicodemus. Because of unethical experiments performed on him against his will, his psyche is so utterly destroyed that he can never be fixed. His heart may be in the right place, but his mind will never follow...
  • Kill It with Fire: Dilandau.
  • Lack of Empathy: Dilandau.
  • "Leave Your Quest" Test: Nearly every trainer and/or Pokemon Sylvia meets offers one of these, for one reason or another. Sylvia doesn't leave her quest, though, as the entire point of returning home was to choose what exactly she wanted. She does, however, make some very long stopovers along the way (spending several months with the elderly couple, two years with Desaline, and "quite a few months" in Undella Town).
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Sylvia, who has seven older siblings, all but one of whom are brothers.
  • Meaningful Name: Sylvia and all of her siblings.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: Claudia. We never know if she ever returns to her children or not, due to her being captured by the Kalosian researchers.
  • Orwellian Retcon: Moondancer's nickname was originally Moonie, as a reference to the early 90s Sailor Moon fans. But after the Unfortunate Implications were pointed out, she changed it to Dancer.
  • Phrase Catcher: Many people of Flocessy Ranch will say that Sylveon was 'tailor-made' for Sylvia, as it not only matches her personality but her name as well.
  • Planimal: Konoha.
  • Plucky Girl: Sylvia.
  • Pun: Chapter 11: A Bolt of Thunder. Guess who is the focus of the first two-thirds of the chapter.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    Dilandau: TAKE! IT! BAAACK!
  • Replacement Goldfish: Sylvia is horrified when she discovers Dilandau latches onto her to replace Nicodemus after the latter dies, which essentially means being his punching bag.
  • Shout-Out: Many. The Pokémon anime and games, The Vision of Escaflowne, My Little Pony, Sailor Moon, Black Beauty, just to name a few.
  • Scissors Cuts Rock: Dilandau is able to set fire to a cave. While the inhabitants of the cave may be weak to Fire attacks, the cave itself isn't.
  • Shown Their Work: Sylvia having mostly brothers is almost certainly because that reflects the Eevee evolutionary line's gender ratio, which is rarely acknowledged in fan works.
  • Shrinking Violet: Bambi, Sylvia's friend. Before he evolves.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Polly the Porygon states that her trainer, Desaline, needs to die now. Upon the outrage from all of the other Pokemon, Polly elaborates that it is better to die sooner than to continue living with a fatal health condition.
  • The Sociopath: Dilandau.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Sylvia. She starts off unable to properly battle, but lots of training both in the Kalos research lab and on her journey helped her grow stronger, both physically and mentally, to the point where she manages to defeat various strong Pokemon including Moondancer in battle. She's even forced to do so in order for the story to advance!
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Vapor and Alseides, the latter in a much crueler and more volatile fashion.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Bolt and Moondancer.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Sylvia saves Alseides from a man who was beating him up, and he only continues to attack her.
  • Unusual Euphemism:
    • No one gives a Hoothoot about me.
    • [Dilandau] didn't give a flying Farfetch'd about whether his fun would hurt or even kill other people or Pokémon.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Dilandau, Vapor.
  • Verbal Tic: The Joltik.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Sylvia understandably comes off like this for the most part since she starts the series very young. Some not so nice characters call her out on this or mistake it as her trying to be a white knight.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Dilandau outright attacks Sylvia at various points in the story due to her cute appearance and the belief that she's trying to take Nicodemus from him, which isn't true.