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  • Author's Saving Throw - Readers of the The Subsistence were baffled by Dawn's sudden prowess with guns with most complaining that it was an Ass Pull. Then Cornova wrote The Incipience and did some minor rewriting which better explained Dawn's sudden gain of Improbable Aiming Skills.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: The effects of the war are depicted realistically and there is a fairly obvious War Is Hell message. Unfortunately, few of the reviewers notice this, instead choosing to focus on the elaborate fight scenes.
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  • Nausea Fuel: The authors sometimes get a little too detailed and graphic with the descriptions of what undampened Pokémon attacks do to living beings.
  • Shocking Moments: Pikachu's unrestrained fight against AJ's Sandslash is one of the series' most devastating one-on-one confrontations between non-Legendary Pokémon. It's enough to terrify a whole tribe of wild Pikachu into polite diplomacy.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: This fic pulls no punches about how War Is Hell and how starting a war for "righteous" reasons inevitably leads to suffering and death.
  • Squick: Well, considering the nature of the story....but a non-violent example is Ash's feelings for Dawn. He's fourteen, but she's ten (taken from the fact that you start your journey at ten and she just started hers).
  • Tear Jerker: Many, but stand outs include...
    • The death of Sabrina.
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    • The entire Battle of Goldenrod. In particular, the deaths of Whitney's Miltanks and uncle, May's Skitty, Drew's Butterfree and Solidad's Lapras and Solidad herself pulling a Heroic Sacrifice. Doubles as Nightmare Fuel.
    • Professor Oak's dying words. Most notably, him telling Ash about the adventure they unknowingly had together in Pokemon 4Ever, how Oak met Ash's mother (who was killed in the first wave of attacks) and how he caught Ash's Pikachu specially for him as a gift.
    • Seymour the Scientist being evacuated to space by the Clefairy; despite how much he had dreamed of such a thing in the past he weeps, for it comes at the cost that he'll never be able to return home to Earth again. Additionally, the Clefairy mention to him that they're bringing a few humans with them for the purposes of potentially restarting the human race somewhere else. Far from being happy about this, Seymour panics, worrying about all the horrible what-ifs (his lack of experience with women or parenting, the possibility that the woman they chose will hate him, etc.) and is terrified that humanity could end up dying out because of him.
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  • Too Cool to Live: Gengiga.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids? - these pieces of work are very violent and bloody. As is expected of a war story.

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