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Pokémon Black & White: Unova Adventures.

Music: Born to be a Winner.

Pokémon

Pokémon

Pokémon

Pokémon

Let's do it.

I wanna be the very best, like no one ever was.

To catch them is my real test…

To train 'em is my cause!

My whole life has led to this…

Time to test my skills!

I know I just can't miss, gonna show the world!

Born to be a winner!

Born to be a champion!

Born to be a winner!

Born to the very best….

Born to be a winner!

Pokémon!

Every challenge along the way,

With Courage I will face!

I will battle every day….

To claim my rightful place!

Come with me, the time is right!

There's no better team!

Arm and arm we'll win the fight, gonna live our dream!

Born to be a winner!

Born to be a champion!

Born to be a winner!

Born to be the very best!

I was born to be a winner!

Born to be a champion

Born to be a winner,

Born to be the very best.

Born to be a winner!

Born to be the very best!

Born to be a winner!

Po-ké-mon!


Chapter 1: The Shadow of the Pokémon of Ideals


Our story begins in Kanto, in one specific home. Early in the morning, twelve-year-old Ash Ketchum was getting dressed. His shirt and pants already on, he put on a pair of fingerless gloves and a jacket and zipped it up. "Pikapi!" His Pikachu leapt on his shoulder excitedly. He laughed a little in response.

"Okay, let's go!" he said, rushing out his door. He quickly stopped and ran back it, realizing he forgot his hat. After putting it on, he looked to his Pikachu. "You excited too, Pikachu?"

"Pika Pika! Pikachu!" his small friend replied.

"Haha! I can't remember the last time we went on a trip with mom!" Ash said.

"Ash! Are you ready? Professor Oak just pulled up!" his mother called.

"Coming!" he replied. "Come on Pikachu, let's get going!"

"Pikachu!"

"There you are." Ash's mom stated he walked out the front door. Ash was about to reply when she walked over and fixed his that. After looking at it for a moment, she smiled with a chuckle, and said, "Perfect!"

"Good morning everyone!" Professor Oak said. He was wearing an odd pineapple-themed shirt and sunglasses.

"What's with the outfit professor?" Ash asked with a small laugh.

"To get everyone in a vacationing mood! It's been years since I've last been to Unova."

"But this IS work-related, isn't it Professor?" Delia asked.

"Yes, yes of course. But there's time between meetings and that time is my time to relax!" Oak replied. "Now, hop in everyone! It's time to hit the road!"

"Alright! Let's get going!" Ash cheered.


Meanwhile, at Team Rocket's base….

"Now, once more. What the Team Rocket's mission?" Giovanni demanded.

"To conquer the world with an army of Pokémon." Cassidy replied.

"And how will we accomplish this mission?"

"By stealing and catching strong, rare, and valuable Pokémon to act as our weapons." Butch stated.

"Good. Have a look at this." A regional map appeared in front of them. "We are now assembling an elite army of Pokemon in the Unova region. Your mission is to infiltrate Unova undercover. Initially, you will do so with no assistance. When you arrive, await my next order in a secure, private location."

"Sir!" Butch and Cassidy replied. Giovanni ended the communications then.

"Let's do this Botch!" Cassidy ordered.

"It's BUTCH!" Butch replied. The two left to begin their mission. Nearby, Jessie, James, and Meowth, who were eavesdropping, began conversing.

"We can't let those two get all the glory!" Jessie said.

"That's right! We won't let them get closer to the boss than us!" James replied.

"I say we tail them and swipe the glory when the time comes!" Meowth stated.

"But what about Pikachu?" James questioned.

"We'll always have another chance at the twerp's Pikachu, but if those two do all that, we'll never get another chance to beat them! They'll have all the glory and we'll be kicked out of Team Rocket for good!" Jessie explained.

"Then let's go to Unova and take over!" Meowth said.

"Yeah!" The other two replied.

"Prepare for trouble because Team Rocket won't lose!"

"Make it double 'cause we'll give them a bruise!"

"That's right!"


Meanwhile, Giovanni sat back in his chair and turned it away from the screen. An agent walked up behind him, respectfully bowing.

"Sir, we have received intel on the Team Plasma incident. They are currently about to begin operations again."

"I see." Giovanni replied. "Once our operations begin, I'm certain they will reveal themselves." He said, gaining an evil smirk.


Now on the plane to Unova, Ash and Pikachu stared out the window. "Unova…." Ash quietly said to himself, barely able to contain his excitement. He turned to professor Oak and asked, "Hey Professor, Unova has a whole bunch of different Pokémon, right? Totally different from the other four regions we've been to?"

Oak looked over to him and replied, "Yes, Ash. Of course. There are many different Pokémon. In fact, just about all the Pokémon there can't be found in the other four regions."

Ash looked back at the window. "I can't wait." He said. 'I wonder if there's a Pokemon League too? Badges to win? Maybe contests? Ooh…I'm so excited!' he thought, gaining a determined smile. 'If there is….I'm gonna win it!'

His mother, however, had very different thoughts. 'I think Ash is getting ready for another adventure…That's just like him.' She gave a small smile.

"Chaa!" Pikachu squealed, sharing Ash's excitement and thoughts.

Further back down the plane, both of the Rocket teams sat quietly, disguised in surprisingly good getups for once. All of them wore lightly colored coats that covered their mouths, and sun hats, as well as dark sunglasses to cover their eyes. Jessie, James, and Meowth looked over to Ash's group for a moment, and then began quietly talking to each other.

"What luck running into the twerp here of all places." James observed.

"That guy just can't resist a new adventure." Meowth stated.

"This is perfect! First we steal Pikachu and send it to the boss, then we take over Butch and Cassidy's jobs! It's brilliant!" Jessie said.

After flying through some clouds, land became visible. "Oh, wow!" Ash commented. Oak leaned over to look out the window as well.

"Yes, that's Unova alright." He stated.

"Unova…." Ash echoed. "Awesome!"

The plane touched down on the water, landing at the port. Ash's feet hit the ground, and once Professor Oak and Delia has also gotten out of the plane, he started following them. However, Pikachu quickly leapt off his shoulder, running down the port as he sensed something. Feeling the sudden loss of Pikachu's weight on his should, Ash turned around to see Pikachu staring off to the side.

"Hey Pikachu, is something wrong?" he asked. Pikachu turned around and called over to him.

"Pikapi!"

"Pikachu, what's up?" Ash asked again, walking over to him. Before Pikachu could direct his attention to what he had seen, a fish-like Pokémon leapt out of the water, catching his attention for a moment. "What's that?" he wondered. "I've never seen that Pokémon before." Ash ran down the port to get a closer look, but Pikachu climbed up his leg and directed him to where he was looking before. It was then that he saw a giant, swirling storm cloud that oddly sent out electricity in all directions.

He had only a moment to wonder what it was before a pink claw-hand-thing snatched Pikachu off of his shoulder. He was quick to react to it, and grabbed on before it completely took Pikachu. "Team Rocket, what are you doing here?"

"Hahahahahaha! Prepare for trouble, we're coming back!"

"Hahahaha! Make it double, with a Pikachu attack!"

"I'm sick of your dumb motto! Let Pikachu go!" Ash snapped.

"Well that was rude." Jessie said. "Where ARE your manners today, twerp?"

"You should know by now we don't just give up Pikachu when we catch it!" Meowth chimed in.

Before the conversation could continue, there was a sudden and large blast of electricity, destroying the claw-hand-thing and sending Team Rocket flying.

"WE'RE BLASTING OFF IN THE FIRST CHAPTER?!"

Ash closed his eyes as he fell over. When he opened them, he found the world around him colored blue and sparkling, almost like being under water…If said water was electrified. He looked around and saw Pikachu as blue electricity seemingly zapped him. "Pikachu? Are you okay?" he asked. After a moment, the blue lightning stopped, and Pikachu stood up. Strangely, he had an angry look on his face, directed upwards. Ash looked upwards as well, and saw what seemed to be the center of the giant storm cloud.

"Pika...CHUU!" Pikachu yelled, sending his own electricity upwards. When it connected, there was an explosion, and the blue ball of lightning vanished. Looking closely, Ash saw a shadow of what appeared to be some kind of Pokemon.

Meanwhile, outside the cloud, multiple machines at the airport short-circuited and shut down. There was a boom of thunder, and Delia and Professor Oak looked outside. Delia gasped. "Ash!" she cried, moving towards the exit. Professor Oak followed, also concerned.

Back inside the cloud, Ash and Pikachu questioned what they were seeing inside the center of the cloud. "Is that some kind of Pokemon?" Ash asked.

"Pika?" Pikachu asked as well. Suddenly, there was an electric explosion and the storm cloud vanished almost instantly. Ash covered his eyes from the flash, and once it was over he looked at Pikachu.

Pikachu was lying on the ground, seemingly unconscious. "Pikachu? Pikachu, are you alright?!" Ash asked, picking Pikachu up. Pikachu opened his eyes and smiled. "That's a relief." Ash sighed.

"Pika!" Pikachu replied.

"Ash, dear! Ash, are you alright?!" Delia asked, running over to him.

"Yeah mom. We're fine." Ash replied.

Professor Oak came up behind her. "Are you sure? Completely?"

"We're fine. Right, Pikachu?" Ash said, standing up.

"Pikachu! Pika pika!" Pikachu replied. For a moment, his cheeks sparked, causing momentary confusion in them all.

"Pikachu?" Ash questioned.

"Pikachu. Pika!" Pikachu replied. He climbed up on Ash's should. Since it didn't seem to be anything, the passed it over for the moment.

Delia sighed. "That's good. I'll tell you, that was some storm."

"I'll say." Oak added.

"I wonder who that was." Ash voiced, turning around and looking at the sky.

"Who?" Oak asked.

Ash turned back to the professor and his mother. "I'm certain I saw something in that thundercloud. It looked like a Pokemon. Maybe it was some kind of Legendary?" He explained. "And I'm pretty sure Pikachu saw it too." Ash added. "Right?"

"Pika!" Pikachu replied.

Oak nodded. "Well, from where we were, all we could see was the cloud." He stated.

"Yes, that's right." Delia added.

"Hmm…That's weird." Ash replied.

"Professor Oak!" rang out a new voice.

Everyone turned around to see a young woman with brown hair walking up.

"Ah, Professor Juniper. Good to see you." Professor Oak greeted.

"I'm sorry for being so late. How is everyone after that storm?" Professor Juniper asked.

"We're all fine." Oak replied, walking up beside her. He turned back to Ash and Delia, and continued, "I'd like to introduce you. This is Professor Juniper, the Unova region professor. Don't let her youthful appearance fool you: She's one of the most important researchers here!"

"It's a pleasure to meet you!" Juniper said.


A little while later, they rode in Juniper's car on the way to her lab. Ash couldn't resist looking around and seeing all the Pokémon of Unova. Some land Pokémon that were quadrupedal and colored pink. The region Normal Flying Type, and another land Pokémon.

"Would those bird-like Pokemon happen to be Normal-Flying-Types?" Ash observed

"Yes, they are! How did you know?" Juniper replied.

"There are Pokemon a lot like them back in Kanto." Ash explained.

"I see. Oh, look over there." Juniper directed, pointing at a lake. "Those are Swanna, a Water-Flying Type."

"Cool!"

"You know…" Professor Juniper started. "Pokemon from other regions are quite rare here." She said. "I've got questions for you, professor."

"That's fine."

"Even Pikachu?" Ash asked.

"Especially Pikachu. We've never even seen one in the wild before!"

"You'll see plenty of new Pokemon you've never seen before at Professor Juniper's lab, Ash." Professor Oak stated.

"That's right!" Juniper commented. "You'll love it."

Suddenly Pikachu's cheeks sparked again, surprising everyone. "Pikachu sparked like that before." Delia observed. "Is something happening to him?"

"We can check it out once we get to my lab." Said Professor Juniper. "It doesn't seem to be anything too dangerous right now, so I wouldn't be too concerned yet."

In next to no time at all, they arrived in town.

"Welcome to Nuvema Town!" Juniper announced. "My lab is just up ahead."

"Wow! This kinda reminds me of places like Cerulean City." Ash noted.

"Pikachu!" Pikachu agreed.


A short while later found Pikachu attached to a machine in Professor Juniper's lab. "PikaCHUU…" he protested, unhappy about being hooked up to some weird device.

"What do you think, professor?" Oak asked.

"Ash said that Pikachu was enveloped in a powerful electrical field. Still, there's no evidence of any problems besides that strange sparking from before." Juniper replied.

"Then Pikachu's okay!" Ash exclaimed. He then turned to Pikachu. "You're alright buddy! Awesome!"

Pikachu stood up quickly, very excited to get out of and away from that machine. "Pika!"

"Hold on Pikachu." Professor Juniper said. "I still want to perform a few more tests." She finished, completely destroying Pikachu's mood.

"Just a little longer, Pikachu." Ash said.

"PIkaCHUUU…" he sighed, sitting back down again like before.

The door to the room opened as one of Juniper's assistants walked in. "Professor, the new trainer has come to start his journey." He announced.

"It's really that time again?" Juniper questioned.

"Hey, that means you're just like the other Professors!" Ash realized. "You're about to give a new trainer one of three starter Pokémon, right?!"

"Yes! Let me guess, you've seen the other Professors, like myself, besides Professor Oak on your journey?" Juniper replied.

"Yeah! I've even seen a few new trainers get their starters!" Ash exclaimed. "Fire-Type, Water-Type, and Grass-Type, right?!"

"Right!"


In the lobby, a green-haired boy who looked around eleven was taking pictures. "Hello, Trip! Welcome!" Juniper greeted.

Trip looked over to her. "Hello, professor Juniper!" He greeted back. "I'm finally ready to start off my journey."

"I know you've been waiting for this day. Welcome to the world of Pokémon!" Juniper replied.

"Hey, I'll bet you were really excited last night, right?" Ash chimed in. "I know I was!"

"Right, and who are you?" Trip replied.

"Trip, meet Ash. He's a trainer from Pallet Town in the Kanto region." Juniper said.

"Nice to meet you, Trip!" Ash said.

Trip didn't reply for a second. Then, he randomly chuckled. "What's so funny?" Ash asked, slightly irked.

"See, I was just thinking someone like you came from the boonies." Trip replied.

"What do you mean 'boonies'?!" Ash demanded.

"Hey now, come on. It's your first day as a trainer. It's a happy day! At least try to be nice." Juniper said, walking over to three Poké Balls. "Now then, these three are your choices for a starting partner." She picked up the first one, tossing it up. "First up, Tepig, the Fire starter!"

With a loud pop sound, the ball opened and a small fiery piglet appeared in a flash of light. "Tepig!" it announced.

Ash walked over to it and leaned over. "So you're the Fire-Type starter. That's really cool!" he said. Tepig ran over away from him and let out a small snort, sending out two small flames from its nose. "Nice and fiery! No mistake there." Ash observed.

"Next up, Oshawott, a Water-Type!" Juniper announced.

With another pop, out came an adorable otter. "Oshawott…."it said, seemingly staring at nothing with a cutesy look on.

"Aww! An adorable Water-Type! That's awesome!" Ash commented.

"Osha? Oshawott….." Oshawott gained a weirded-out smile at Ash's remark.

"Finally, the Grass-Type starter, Snivy!" Juniper announced. With yet another pop, a small serpentine Pokemon appeared.

"Snivy!" it said confidently.

"Wow, this one looks pretty sure of itself!" Ash remarked. As the starters lined up awaiting Trip's choice, Ash decided to voice his thoughts. "You know, if it was up to me, this would be a tough choice."

"Don't forget I'M the one who's getting the starter here." Trip remarked.

"Yeah, I know, I'm just saying. To be honest it makes me kinda glad I woke up too late when I became a trainer. I would never have met Pikachu and would've been left with a really tough choice." Ash said, reminiscing about his first day.

"Hmph. Figures someone like you would end up spouting cheesy stuff like that." Trip commented. He then clicked a picture on his camera. "Anyway, I've chosen Snivy." He said, turning to Professor Juniper.

"Good choice. As long as you raise it well, Snivy will prove a great friend." Juniper stated. She then turned to the table and retrieved both a cell phone-like device and a small box containing five neatly ordered Poké Balls. "Okay, here are your items. Five Poké Balls and your PokéDex. The PokéDex contains information about all the Pokémon discovered here in Unova, and you can catch new Pokémon with these empty Poké Balls." She explained.

Trip took them with a smirk, replying, "Yeah, that's all basic stuff." Once he put away the Poké Balls in his bag he held up his PokéDex and scanned Snivy.

"Snivy: The Grass Snake Pokémon. Often times cool, calm, and collected, Snivy uses Photosynthesis to collect energy using the leaf on its tail. A Snivy's tail with droop when it is feeling unwell." Said the device.

"Cool!" Ash commented. Trip then put the PokéDex in his bag.

"Now, here's Snivy's Poké Ball. Take good care of it!" said Juniper, handing Trip the ball.

"Yeah, yeah, basics. I know this stuff." He stated. "Alright, let's start this journey, Snivy!" Trip turned to the Grass Snake and a red beam of light hit Snivy, returning it to the ball.

"Have a great adventure, and remember to take care of your Pokémon!" Juniper said.

"Yeah, I will. Thank you for everything Professor Juniper!" Trip said. Then he turned and walked out. Watching Trip leave, Ash contemplated for a moment. Quickly, he decided to find out it what he though was true, and soon came jogging after Trip.

"Hey, Trip, wait up!" he called. Trip turned around, slightly confused. "So, is your journey about Gym Battles?" Ash asked.

"Well duh, basics. Everyone knows this stuff: Eight Gyms, Eight Badges. You win all eight and you get into the Unova League. You win that and you fight the Elite Four. Beat them and you fight the Champion. Win THAT, and you become the new champion." Trip explained, arrogantly.

"I KNEW it! Alright! I was so hoping for this!" Ash exclaimed. Regaining a small amount of composure, he then said to Trip, "See, I've already been through-"

"Pikapi!"

"Huh?" Ash turned around at the sound of Pikachu's voice as Trip gained a look of surprise. "Hey buddy!" Ash greeted as Pikachu jumped into his arms. "All done with your testing now?" he asked.

"Pika! Pikapi, Pikachu Pika Pi!" Pikachu exclaimed, nodding at the first word.

"Aw come on, it couldn't be that bad." Ash replied. Pikachu shook his head and climbed onto his shoulder.

"Who's that Pokémon?" Trip muttered, pulling out his PokéDex. Ash and Pikachu turned to him as the device scanned Pikachu.

"Pikachu: The Electric Mouse Pokémon and the evolved form of Pichu. Pikachu often raise their tails to check their surroundings, sometimes being struck by lightning. Pikachu can be very friendly and will use some of its own electricity to recharge a friend."

After putting away his PokéDex, Trip pulled out his camera and started snapping photos, walking around Ash and Pikachu for different angles. "Uh, what are you doing?" Ash questioned.

Trip sighed irritably. "This is why we don't like people from the boonies. Look, a Pikachu or an Eevee or even a Pidgey is a huge deal in Unova. Those Pokemon are super rare over here, and few Unova trainers, much less non-trainers, ever even see one."

"It's no big deal to me. Pikachu's my number one friend and battler." Ash replied.

Suddenly, Trip smirked. "Is it strong?"

"Oh, you bet! Pikachu's one of my strongest and most reliable Pokémon!" Ash said, confident in his friend's abilities. "Wanna see?" he asked.

"Sure thing!" Trip replied, smirking even more.


At a convenient battlefield located behind Juniper's lab, the two trainers gave each other confident smiles as they prepared to battle.

"Okay, let's go Snivy!" Trip said, throwing the Poké Ball. Snivy appeared with a smirk to rival its trainer's.

"Okay, Pikachu, let's go!" Ash said. However, before the battle started, Trip snapped more pictures of the battlefield. "Why are you always taking pictures?" Ash asked.

"I'm recording my journey. Besides, it's my Snivy's first battle. I don't want to forget it." Trip replied.

"And it's our first battle in the Unova region! I don't intend to lose! Pikachu, Quick Attack go!" Ash exclaimed.

Pikachu surrounded himself with a white glow and took off at high speeds towards Trip's Snivy, too fast for them to react. Pikachu landed his Quick Attack, knocking Snivy backwards a bit.

"Okay then. Snivy, Tackle!" Trip called.

Snivy charged head-first at Pikachu, who simply jumped over the attacks.

"Alright, Pikachu, use Thunderbolt!" Ash commanded.

"Pikaaa…..CHUUU-Pi?!" Pikachu attempted the called move, but strangely, his cheeks just sparked a few times before failing to produce any electricity.

"Huh?!" Ash exclaimed. "Pikachu, what's wrong?"

"Pika…Chuu—pi…pi…." Pikachu attempted Thunderbolt again, but this time it seemed to only function to lower Pikachu's stamina.

Trip stared blankly for a moment. "Is this some kind of strategy or something? Calling out moves you don't know?" he asked after a moment.

"Hang on a second!" Ash yelled. "Something isn't right here. Pikachu, Volt Tackle!"

Pikachu took and deep breath and began running. "Pika Pika Pika PikaPikaPika….Pika…Pika…Pika?" Pikachu gained speed for a moment, and then slowed down. "Pikachu…Pika Pika Pi Pikachu…."

"Okay seriously, stop this charade. What are you, five? Trying to act all tough?" Trip mocked.

"Pikachu, use Iron Tail!" Ash commanded.

"Pika!" Pikachu responded. He leapt into the air, his tail glowing.

"Alright! It's just Electric-Type Moves!" Ash exclaimed.

"Snivy, DODGE!"

"Piiii….KA!" Pikachu's tail turned a shiny metallic black, and slammed into the ground, Snivy barely evading the move.

"Let's finish this! Snivy, Leaf Tornado!" Trip called.

"Snivy-vy-vy-vy-vy-vy!" Snivy flipped upside down midair and started spinning, sending leaves flying around in a twister.

"Pikachu, use Quick Attack to evade it until Snivy tires out!" Ash commanded.

"Pika!" Pikachu agreed, gaining a white glow and running around and away from the twister. After a few moments, it ended, and Snivy emerged tired, trying to catch its breath.

"Let's finish this with Iron Tail!" Ash exclaimed.

"Pikachu!" Pikachu agreed. He jumped and activated Iron Tail again, slamming down on Snivy's head this time.

"What?!" Trip exclaimed.

Pikachu returned to his position as Snivy lay defeated.

"Alright! We won, Pikachu!" Ash said.

"Pi-Pikachu!"

After a moment, Trip returned Snivy to its ball. "I guess it's to be expected when I'm just starting out." Trip said, irritated. "But I won't lose next time, got it?!" he yelled. Afterwards, he simply walked off.

Ash picked up Pikachu. "Now, let's see why you can't use your Electric-Type moves, Pikachu." He said. Pikachu nodded sadly.

"Professor Juniper! Something really isn't right with Pikachu after all!" Ash exclaimed, walking in with Pikachu in arms, unhurt but sad.


After Pikachu was hooked up to the machine once again- though not without many protests- Juniper gave a reading.

"It seems Pikachu has suffered an electrical overload." Juniper stated.

"Overload?" Ash questioned. "Wait, this won't end up was anything too dangerous, will it?! Pikachu's not at any risk of exploding from all the electricity, is he?!"

Everyone looked at him, surprised. Juniper answered, "No, nothing like that at all. Why do you ask?"

"Because the last time I was told anything about an electric overload in Pikachu, he was in a seriously bad condition from Team Rocket's latest scheme!"

"Well it's nothing like that. It was blasted by a lightning strike in a thunderstorm. Pikachu is completely unable to use that electricity in any way." Juniper explained.

"So no exploding?" Ash questioned.

"No. Pikachu will be just fine. He just can't use Electric-Type Moves anymore, or at least not until we find some way to safely remove it."

Suddenly, the screen became static and sparks came from around Pikachu's cheeks and his tail. "Pika!" he exclaimed in pain.

"Pikachu!" Ash cried.

Professor Juniper looked to the window. "Look! Professor Oak, that cloud!" she exclaimed.

"Hmm?" Professor Oak looked over. "Ah! It's the same one as before!"

"What?!" Ash exclaimed.

Suddenly, all the power went out and Pikachu became engulfed in electricity.

"Quickly! Reboot the system!" Juniper ordered.

"Right!" an assistant replied. He moved to the doors and forced them open, leaving to restore power.

"It couldn't be, could it?" Juniper mumbled. Looking back out the window, she questioned aloud, "Could the source of that cloud be the Legendary Zekrom?!"

"Who's Zekrom?" Ash asked.

"Zekrom is a Legendary Pokemon. It's said that it watches over people and Pokemon. It's lightning strikes and said to be judgement upon the world's inhabitants….and also that they hold up the sky above."

"That explains the shadow Pikachu and I saw inside that cloud!" Ash exclaimed. Suddenly, even more electricity surrounded Pikachu, casting off in every direction with no control whatsoever. Pikachu's cries of pain tore at Ash. "Pikachu!"

To be continued…..

I used the Johto intro full-version because it's awesome and describes pretty much who Ash is/wants to be.

Ash is twelve because logic dictates that it should be so. Staying ten after all these years is ridiculous, but having a 25-year-old running around with a ten-year-old girl isn't exactly a good image, so things referencing more than two years in this fic are people breaking the fourth wall. Also, Ash seems older in Hoenn and Sinnoh. There's also Kalos, where he again looks older.

I gave the whole "operations of evil" deal to Botch- I mean, Butch, and Cassidy because they were originally made to be a more competent version of the Trio we're used to. Also so I could make that fourth-wall joke up there. Seriously, even without any points about Team Rocket becoming more stupid over the years, that happened over time. And then suddenly in Black and White they're fully competent, totally evil villains again? Yeah no.

Multiple added call backs and references to previous seasons to show that Ash should seriously be smarter than Black and White portrayed him as.

Made Trip lose and Ash mad at him because Trip is a lazy Paul clone and deserves to lose. Seriously, even with Pikachu tired out from failing his moves, he should have been able to dodge that using Quick Attack. After four regions and two side tournaments, there's no way Ash should fail to think of a simple strategy like that. Not to mention it was Snivy's first battle when it was at its weakest and least skilled.

Nobody likes a Rival Stu and that's what Trip was for 90% of Black and White. We're not talking about Cameron, because that's a rant that could extend this page by over nine THOUSAND words.