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-The lift lets us off in front of Motostoke Stadium-
I've been to many a Gym over the years, but this feels more like a tournament arena. Registration for the Gym challenge's inside, shall we?
Kim: “Anyways... where is that Corphish...?”
(''And then, they hear him, almost on cue.")
Corphish: <Comrades~! I’m out here!>
Kim: “Thank god. He’s outside.” (She turns to her Pokémon.) “Come on, guys, let’s go.”
(The rest of Kim’s Pokemon nod and exit the tent. When they get outside, they see the Corphish waving at them happily.)
Corphish: <There you are, comrades! I decided to bed out here for the night; it was truewise plusgood than what I had first thinked. Did you and your pokes bed goodwise?>
Channah: -exhales- Let's get this show on the road.
Evelyn: You mean, did we sleep well? Yes...
Me: ...and no.
Corphish: (tilts his head) <Yes and no? Is that doublethink?>
Evelyn: Not exactly... You see, not everyone had a pleasant dream last night.
Me: And the person of that "not everyone" was me.
-Looks around, taking in the people who seem to also be there for the Gym battles, and notices the receptionist-
Guess that's the guy we need to talk to.
Receptionist: -Looking at us- You have your endorsements?
Corphish: <Oh, no... that sounds doubleplusungood...>
(And then he catches sight of Dio and gasps in delight.)
Corphish: <Comrade~!> (he runs over to Dio happily) <This is doubleplusgood! Your groundflybatpoke evod into a groundflyvampbatpoke!> (he hugs Dio)
Channah: Er... No?
Sure! I was gonna head up there myself so you can tag along.
-Gale pops another smile and springs to her feet to get to work on packing up camp-
Business Dude: Neat, one-name-names sound super heroic. My name's James or like Mr Crowley if you're being formal I don't mind.
-He plucks a manilla folder out of the hands of a just-arrived courier and sets out the pieces of paper inside on a table-
James Crowley: Okay so let's see. Signature here and here uh... Are you considered a fae entity? It's just something we need declared for legal reasons.
Receptionist: -To me- What about you?
...Normally I don't like doing stuff like this, feels a bit crass, but as for who's sponsoring me. Well, it's me.
I am one of the founders of the Pokédex Extended Fileshare Endeavor, or PEFE, so that gives me a decent amount of clout since we're basically everywhere. But if you're not convinced by that alone...
-Pulling out my Trainer card-
Put my Trainer ID number in that computer of yours and look me up, I think I have enough battling credentials that me participating won't bring down the honor of the Galar Pokémon League.
Reception: -Does so... and his eyes seem to slightly widen under his shades-
And that's why I'm endorsing me, and my friend if she wants.
This feels a little gross, but sometimes you gotta beat people at their own game.
Channah: -smiles slightly and hands over her trainer ID-
Other Receptionist: -takes the ID while the other one is preoccupied, runs it, then leans over- Ahm, about that. Ma'am, it appears you are already endorsed in our system. By a Garrett [surname].
Channah: -face goes neutral- ...Okay.
Other Receptionist: -gives back her ID and adjusts his glasses- You're welcome, ma'am.
So Garrett did after all, huh?
Receptionist: Well, you do need your numbers for your uniforms now.
Hmm... How about "09", feels a bit fitting for me.
Channah: Ew. Uniforms. Uhhhhhhhh. 19?
Receptionist: -Putting the numbers in- Well alright then, you both are registered.
There's supposed to be this big ceremony and stuff where all the current challengers march into the Stadium with said uniforms on, but I'm not sure when that's supposed to be.
Edited by rmctagg09 on Jan 28th 2020 at 11:25:30 AM
Mezzo: Absolutely ridiculous.
Pianis: You've been ranting at me for about an hour, I think I get the point.
Mezzo: But it is ridiculous! Pokémon training is supposed to be about growing bonds with your team and becoming stronger, not how many Arceusdamn corporate shills you own! What's next, having to sign your soul away to some contractor every time you want to catch something?
-Forte walks out of the stadium doors, carrying a letter in one hand and a camcorder on their shoulder-
Forte: What's going on?
Pianis: Piano's been ranting to me about how you need an endorsement to take the Gym Challenge.
Forte: Oh, you guys didn't already get one?
Mezzo: Wait, what?
-Forte shows the letter in their hand-
Forte: I sent an email to the people who run the site I do livestreams on. They said they'd endorse me if I did some streams of training my team, so I agreed. I've been wanting to do that for a while anyway.
Mezzo: Unbelievable. You might as well just stamp the damn logo on your head.
Forte: They're working on a uniform for me too.
Mezzo: A what?
Forte: Yeah, it's apparently a rule for Gym Challengers. My uniform number is gonna be 133.
Pianis: Of course it would be Eevee related.
Forte: Hey, I'm an official Eevee master now!
Mezzo: This is such nonsense.
Pianis: Anyway, Piano, here's what I suggest you should do instead of yelling at me for an hour.
Pianis: Go to Spikemuth and see if you can't sign up as a gym trainer.
Pianis: I'd be a good way to get your foot in the door, wouldn't it?
Mezzo: I'm sorry, didn't you try this and then quit because you got too bored?
Pianis: Well, yes, but I'm also not determined to become a new Gym Leader someday.
Mezzo: ...Fine. I might look into it.
Channah: Well, at least that's over with. -still irritated- What the fuck kind of uniforms are these?
-To Channah as we leave-
They're basically soccer uniforms. We can find somewhere to eat if it makes you feel better, my treat.
-Looking at the Dynamax Band now around my wrist-
At least we also got these out of it, was pretty serendipitous of Eternatus to be so nice as to drop those Wishing Stars right?
Edited by rmctagg09 on Jan 28th 2020 at 11:39:45 AM
Channah: Oh yes please. And soccer uniforms are hideous, sheesh. Can I just dress like a golfer and call it good? -examines band- I honestly didn't really want one of these janky toys but whatever. -hides it under her sleeve-
They give them to everyone taking the Gym challenge, it's kind of a thing.
You know, one of the Alola Elite Four happens to be a golfer.
Edited by rmctagg09 on Jan 28th 2020 at 11:57:11 AM
Channah: There you go, I mean, golf is a Galarian thing, right? Probably more than soccer. And what's this dynafuck thing supposed to be, a crutch? Get outta here.
Actually soccer's the biggest non-Pokémon sport in Galar, or should I say football.
And I don't know, I kinda like the spectacle of it all. Mega Evolution is Kalos and Hoenn's thing, but it's barely pierced the mainstream, and Alola's league is only around three years old. Those dances are fun though.
-When the smoke clears, BB and Copper are gone. YB withdraws her Sandslash as the Alakazam returns.-
Gilby: ~You ready to go?~
YB: Nah, this looks interesting.
Violet: Antimony! Get them!
-YB pulls out a bag of popcorn to watch the confrontation between Ivan and the other guy. The Alakazam teleports them both out of the way of Antimony's flurry of attacks.-
-Cady and Kat step out of a taxi, carrying a bag full of essential oils and other things. Amadeus is sitting on Cady's shoulder.-
Kat: Wow, your aunt really is a piece of work.
Cady: Yeah. Like, back in Sootopolis we run a herb shop but we don't claim they'll cure absolutely any ailment! My other cousin Cory once told me that she claimed they would grow his foot back after he lost it!
Kat: But that's insane!
Cady: I know. Let's look for a place to dispose of this stuff.
Edited by QuantumMelody29 on Jan 29th 2020 at 1:36:18 PM
Ivan: "Earthqu- Oh, where the hell did they go?"
-Tanten stands up, cracks his back, and throw out Gerald.-
Tanten: "Fight me!"
-Ivan sends out Artemis and four rounds later all of Tanten's pokémon are knocked out.-
Ivan: "Dude, stop trying to punch me."
Tanten: "I WILL WIN THIS FIGHT"
-Ivan holds Tanten in place with his mind and starts looking around, searching for the Bandits' auras.-
-Yellow bandit and her Alakazam are still here, for now at least, having far too much fun playing Torchic with Antimony's various attacks. Blue bandit and Copper are nowhere to be found. They were teleported a long distance away.-
Violet: Stay still darnit!
-YB throws a now empty bag of popcorn at Violet.-
YB: Never! Missed me again!
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