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YMMV / Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: What Came After

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Consider that Riolu and Popplio are two teenage boys traveling with only each other for company to start with. They seem awfully eager to invite a lone female they find to join them and live together with them...
    • Is Riolu wholly doing something nice for Alesia when he resolves to treat her better? Or is it because as of late, the universe seems to punish him whenever he picks on her?
    • One suggested by a reviewer: Did the shiny Braviary twin intentionally botch Alesia's court session because of a personal grudge against the species?
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  • Author's Saving Throw: A Mutual Cause received a significant overhaul in response to an in-depth review, fixing a majority of the issues pointed out.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Team Everlasting somehow ending up on Braviary's courthouse roof in Unexpected Approval.
    • (Shiny) Braviary eating a donut is perhaps the most detailed and eloquently-written paragraph in the story so far.
    • Riolu stepping on a Chestnut Trap and being buried under a pile of chestnuts in Climbing The Ranks.
    • Popplio's dream at the end of Riolu in the Tyrunt's Den where he travels on a golden star and ends up in Kirby's world, and tells a Rowlet and a Litten via a sign that they are not to talk.
  • Bizarro Episode: A Chapter that is Very Legitimate, a non-canon chapter posted for April Fool's Day 2019, a Compressed Adaptation of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (it starts on the day of the tour, the Fizzy Lifting Drinks incident and the Slugworth subplot are omitted, and scenes are drastically shortened) featuring the cast of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers. Wigglytuff (named Wiggly Wonka) replaces Wonka, while Steenee, Alesia, Tyrunt, Riolu, and Popplio replace the five Golden Ticket (simply Gold Ticket in this version) winners (in order of elimination), the Guild members replace the Oompa-Loompas, the children's parents are omitted, and Chatot, while not replacing anybody, is thrown in to be the subject of Amusing Injuries. At the end, it is revealed to be a production filmed by the author's Author Avatar (a Totodile), and that the same applies to the main story.
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  • Crazy Awesome: How does Popplio deal with the ringleader of the Klefki bandits? He whacks her with a branch, sending her flying away. Braviary shows up holding her to reveal she is unconscious.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • An Elekid charging at Alesia with its horns aimed right at her? Frightening. Alesia getting stuck between the two horns? Hilarious.
    • The formal-sounding descriptions of the damage caused by the Klefki bandits dip into this.
    "Let’s see…" Aerodactyl pulled out his notebook. "Illegal possession of explosives... illegal detonation of explosives..." he murmured. "Gross property damage…" He glanced at the site of the explosion, before he jotted down the first three crimes for which there was an overwhelming amount of evidence.
    • If there's an opportunity for Chatot to be caused physical pain in A Chapter that is Very Legitimate, it will be taken.
    • As with Veruca Salt in the original movie, Tyrunt is dropped down the garbage chute. At the end when Popplio asks if the other four are going to be okay, Wigglytuff says it's a "maybe" in Tyrunt's case.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
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  • Misaimed Fandom: Riolu is written as a jerk to Alesia and is deemed to have deserved the torment he receives in Climbing the Ranks, but he gets some love in the review section for refusing to believe Alesia's claims of formerly being human without evidence and advising her not to get herself in trouble by telling others about it.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • A Chapter that is Very Legitimate wouldn't exist were it not for April Fool's Day.
    • In True Colors, uploaded on May 10 2019, a movie about detectives is premiering in Meowth Theater in Kaia Town.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Wigglytuff's assistant Chatot oh so much in A Chapter that is Very Legitimate where he takes the role of the Butt-Monkey and gets his wing pinched by Corphish, has one of his feathers plucked out by Wigglytuff, is trampled by everyone escaping the Monster House in the chocolate factory, is forced to eat Exploding Candy, is whacked by a spinning giant chocolate bar, and is hit with Wigglytuff's cane for not singing along at the end.
  • Values Dissonance: In many real-life cultures, it would be considered unusual for a boy to berate a girl for being "cowardly" the way Riolu does to Alesia. This example could be justified in that Alesia is part of a team intended to brave dangerous lands and save others.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Really, Riolu's reaction to Team Guile beating Team Everlasting to a certain job is this.
      You'd Expect: He'd simply eat the loss and instead focus on future work.
      Instead: He personally travels to Kaia Town (where their base is) and eavesdrops on them to find out what job they intend to complete next, so he can beat them to it.
      As A Result: He gets knocked out by a Boldore, and has to be saved by the none-the-wiser Steenee.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Few other stories would contain a parody of Willy Wonka right out of nowhere.

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