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Webcomic / Pokemon Festival Of Champions

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Pokemon: Festival of Champions is a Pokémon doujinshi by Seijun Tombo. It has been published via Pixiv since 2011.

Red, Green, and Blue are three friends from Pallet Town who come to enter the Indigo League after a year spent on their respective journeys. Trainers from all around the world come to participate, from rookies like our heroes to the Elite Four themselves.

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  • All of the Other Reindeer:
    • The entire class of Dark-type Pokemon is this; the type was only recently discovered and the public has a lot of misconceptions about them, causing them to be feared and hated. Karen's ultimate goal as a trainer is to change the world's view of Dark-type Pokemon. While she doesn't win her battle with Green, her Pokemon perform well enough to win over the crowd.
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    • Apparently in the past, Ghost-type Pokemon were viewed similarly. Agatha did extensive research on Ghost-types and won the Indigo League with them several times, and this led to Ghost-types being accepted as a type in their own right. This is what inspires Karen to do the same thing for Dark-type Pokemon.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: How Karen got her Murkrow, Umbreon, and Houndoom; she was the first person to accept them all for what they were rather than reacting to them with fear or disgust.
  • Blood Knight: Green. He tends to specifically seek out this trait in his Pokemon as well; Arcanine and Raticate show it the most.
  • Break the Cutie: Blue's flashback chapter details how she started on her Pokemon journey, mostly to follow after Red and Green. She came across Raticate's grave in Pokemon Tower and, soon after, was introduced to Team Rocket and the damage they caused.
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  • The Charmer: Blue's Clefable can use its Cute Charm ability to make its opponents fall in love with it. It does so against Skyla's Dodrio to hilarious effect.
  • Childhood Friends: Red, Green, and Blue are childhood friends from Pallet Town.
  • Deep Sleep: Eevee develops hypersomnia after being traded to Blue. It gets bad enough that a nurse tells Blue that there isn't any cure. Blue has to enter Eevee's dreams in order to wake her up.
  • Flat "What": Red's reaction to seeing Blue's Clefable using its Cute Charm ability to seduce the Dodrio it's battling.
  • From Stray to Pet:
    • Red met his Pikachu when it broke into his house, feral and badly wounded after being abused by Pokemon and humans alike. Although Pikachu was extremely distrustful of humans at first, Red eventually managed to befriend it.
    • Karen took in her Murkrow and Umbreon after finding them badly wounded, with the implication that they had been beaten and abandoned by their trainers.
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    • Green obtained Growlithe after rescuing it from Team Rocket; he freed it from its cage and told it to go home, but it chose to stay with him instead, seemingly not having another trainer to go back to.
  • Heroic BSoD: Green's Eevee was unable to battle after the death of Raticate. Green ended up trading it to Blue, and it seems to have gotten much better under her care, considering that it's since evolved into an Espeon.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: When Blue goes into Eevee's dreams in Chapter 11, she and Eevee nearly get caught in one. Eevee's is a reality where she was able to find an Antidote in time to save Raticate, while Blue's is one where she, Red, and Green are all together and happy. Blue is able to snap them both out of it.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The first battle of the preliminaries we see is a Gengar (Blue's) versus a Nidorino, in reference to the opening of Pokémon Red and Blue.
    • Red's Cubone lost its mother to Team Rocket, and its mother now haunts Pokemon Tower, just like in the original games.
    • Red received Lapras as a gift from a researcher just before the battle against Giovanni at Silph Co.; the player in the original games receives a Lapras in the same way.
    • One of Green's party members is a Raticate that ends up dying in battle right before Green reaches Lavender Town. In the original games, Green has a Raticate in his party in a couple of early rival battles but loses it by the time he reaches Lavender Town; a common fan theory is that the Raticate died offscreen, possibly due to the player injuring it in battle. Here, it's because Raticate was poisoned by one of Team Rocket's Pokemon.
  • No-Sell:
    • Red's first battle in the preliminaries is against a Sandslash that has trained itself to be immune to Water-type moves, allowing it to shrug off Lapras' attack with ease.
    • Dark-type Pokemon being immune to Psychic-type attacks is explained by Professor Oak; Dark-type Pokemon secret a chemical in their skin that neutralizes psychic waves. Green's Alakazam, however, is intelligent enough to work around this.
    • For her fight against Red (who she knows uses Pikachu), Misty specifically brings a Quagsire, since it's both Water-type and Ground-type and therefore immune to Electric-type attacks.
  • Prefers the Illusion: After being traded to Blue, Eevee develops hypersomnia and spends most of its time asleep. Blue discovers that Eevee is living in a dream world where she was able to save Raticate's life.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • When Red, Green, and Blue decide to have a battle royale, they each choose their starter as their first Pokemon. Since each one is weak to one of the others, they all go for the ones they're strong against and the round lasts about three seconds.
    • When Green's Raticate is poisoned, it doesn't faint after so many steps without medical attention. It dies.
  • Tournament Arc: The plot is based entirely around the Indigo League tournament.
  • Worthy Opponent: Raticate acknowledged Pikachu as this after it managed to land a blow on it using Volt Tackle.
    • Blue's Arcanine and Karen's Houndoom also acknowledge each other's strength in their battle.

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