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Pokemon: Festival of Champions is a Pokémon doujinshi by Seijun Tombo. It has been published via Pixiv since 2010.

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.

The comic thus far has been compiled into three volumes: Red (parts 1-4), Green (5-7), and Blue (8-11).

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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.
    • 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.
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  • Berserk Button: Abused Pokemon is Red's personal trigger. When he and Green found a Pikachu grown feral because of its former trainer's abuse, the sheer hatred in the preteen Red's eyes for the Pikachu's fate disturbed Green. His raid in Silph Co. is pretty much motivated by vengeance for the orphaned Cubone he adopted in the Lavender Tower.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The ending of Green vs. Karen is more bitter than sweet because of various reasons; Karen loses the match but she successfully shows to the tournament audience that Dark-type is no less loyal, powerful, and courageous than other Pokemon. However, the fact that he wins yet still lacks the audience's cheer feeds Green's inferiority complex toward Red, because Karen is similar in a lot of ways to Red, and Green falls fully into his ambitious power thirst to sate his empty heart.
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  • Blood Knight: Green. He tends to specifically seek out this trait in his Pokemon as well; Arcanine and Raticate show it the most.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Gold is shown as one of the spectators, making snide remarks on the trainers fighting no matter how impressive their showings or respectable their goals toward the overall betterment of the Pokemon in the world. For example, he mocks Karen's attempt to prove how Dark-types aren't evil to the mass, ignorant of just how hard the obstacles she and her Pokemon had been through to come that far.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Red's reason to be a trainer is because he saw just what kind of torture an abusive trainer can do to their Pokemon.
    • Green becomes obsessed with strength because his Raticate, the first Pokemon he befriends, died because of his negligence and his Eevee, his first Pokemon even before his starter, grieved endlessly because of it. His immense guilt causes him to vow to be strong so he'll Never Be Hurt Again.
    • 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.
  • Breather Episode: Everything about Blue's Clefable in Blue vs. Skyla is jammed between Green succumbing into villainy and Skyla's backstory about how she attempts to save her airport.
  • 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.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Literally everyone. When Red and Misty are set to fight in a sandy terrain, where none of them have advantage over the other, Misty decides to flood the entire arena into a giant pool with her two other Pokemon so her Starmie can use its skill sets like crazy.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Blue didn't immediately become Pokemon trainer like Red and Green because she has a phobia for Pokemon. At first, she became a trainer because she felt sorry that Bulbasaur was left behind, but she wasn't seriously competing until she cleaned up the fallout of Silph Co. raid against Team Rocket. Red and Green were scared emotionally, Green gave away his Eevee to her in his pursuit for strength, and there was nothing she could do about it. Blue's Pokemon phobia returns from witnessing so many atrocities associated with Pokemon despite her hard work until that point. Then Haunter helped Blue to deal with her and Eevee's issues, and she decided that she will be strong enough to protect her friends, by being their equal - as prospective Champions.
  • Darker and Edgier: While the storyline of the webmanga is pretty much following the game, the story beats do not because of the Adaptation Expansion. Lethal fights do exist, Pokemon battle being a blood sport is emphasized with the very visceral action scenes, Team Rocket's crimes with all its entails, the implied discrimination against certain type of Pokemon is seen the first hand. Several chapters are narrated by the Pokemon to see that they're real flesh-and-blood with their own feelings.
  • 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 with Haunter's help in order to wake her up.
  • Died Standing Up: Downplayed because it's non-fatal; Karen's Houndoom ends up passing out while triumphantly standing on Green's Rhydon after their last attack knock each other out.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: Green is a lot kinder to Blue than to Red, even after he becomes a jackass. So when he attempts to sic his Arcanine to Blue when she tries to stop him and Red from fighting, it's treated as Green has finally Jumping Off the Slippery Slope.
  • 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.
  • Nightmare Face: Karen's Umbreon really likes making wide Slasher Smile full of sharp fangs. After the battle, Karen and her Dark-type team endear themselves on the audience, and this Slasher Smile practically becomes the Umbreon's charm point.
  • No-Sell:
    • Red's first battle in the preliminaries is against a Sandslash that has trained itself to be immune to Water-type moves note , 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. Red, who doesn't know Johto Pokemon typing, wastes a move because of this.
  • 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.
  • Ship Tease: There's a lot of them between Red and Misty, complete with She's Not My Girlfriend.
  • Tournament Arc: The plot is based entirely around the Indigo League tournament. Instead of a Boss Rush style bonanza like in the game, Indigo League is more like the Olympic-like elimination tournament, with the Elite 4 being guaranteed seats in semi-final that can waltz in without prelims because they're so strong, their victories in the prelims are pretty much Foregone Conclusion.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid:
    • Green was just an ordinary, if slightly bratty and smug, childhood friend of Red and Blue. Then his Raticate died, and he never forgives his own 'weakness', growing obsessed with victory to make sure that he'll never again experience sorrow.
    • Green's Growlithe he saved from Team Rocket grows up to be a very savage-looking Arcanine similarly obsessed with battle just like its trainer. It ends up attacking Blue's Espeon under Green's order when she tries to stop Green and Red from fighting, despite they were friends back when they were Growlithe and Eevee.
  • 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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