Thousand Roads

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rayquaza-mega

Negrek Admin

Website: Thousand Roads

Thanks, glad you find it useful! I do hope to add more functionality soon--the ability to choose only moves from a particular generation, of a particular type, damaging vs nondamaging, etc.

kecleon

Jonny

Hi, very handy tool, this! Thanks for making it and keeping it public :) I use it for my Pokémon Tabletop United game. Could you perhaps add a generation option?

rayquaza-mega

Negrek Admin

Website: Thousand Roads

Oh no, but the apostrophe is critical! Dark'ness is just SO much more goth than Darkness, of course.

Kind of interesting that, as far as I'm aware, there hasn't been a Pokéfic equivalent of My Immortal yet. I mean, obviously nothing could live up to the brilliance of the original, but there are loads of imitators and homages in other fandoms.

suicune

Melissa

He is transforming more and more into a Mary Sue the more names they give him! Quick, head for the hills! Soon he will be Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way*, he just needs one more name!

  • First time I typed this, I looked it up to make sure and I didn't know there was a ' on Darkness.
rayquaza-mega

Negrek Admin

Website: Thousand Roads

Sorry it took me so long to get back to you about this. Unfortunately I'm afraid I probably won't have time to fix this before the month's out; it's definitely not supposed to happen, and I imagine it did keep happening as your NaNoWriMon leveled up. However, I'll definitely look into this and make sure it's fixed for next year.

rayquaza-mega

Negrek Admin

Website: Thousand Roads

Ha, I'm super tickled by the fact that this trope is so common that there's a fanonized name for the betrayer, and that name... is Mark. Mark the Betrayer. That's super interesting!

As for whether Percy Jackson stories along those lines might have influenced the trend in Pokémon fandom... maybe? The Lightning Thief was published in 2005, and the first betrayal story I identified was published in 2009, so there's potentially time for the trend to arise and migrate. But the general "betrayal" plotline is pretty prevalent in media at large, I think, so it also wouldn't be unthinkable that it arose independently in both fandoms. It would depend on similarities in the satellite tropes, I think; like, if there are specific things that happen to the betraying companions or a consistent pattern to their betrayal, or perhaps particular characteristics that the main character acquires as a result of their training. That might suggest a common origin, instead of people working with the same general idea but different fandoms.

In general I wonder how popular this kind of story is outside the Pokémon fandom. I hadn't heard about it popping up elsewhere before, so that's pretty cool.

poliwhirl

Lun

The betrayal trope is also popular in Percy Jackson fanfictions (popular enough for an OC who usually plays a part in the betrayal to have a commonly used name, which is Mark). The fanfictions follow a similar pattern of betrayal, training, ass-kicking upon the return, and a buildup to the great reveal of the identity. I'm not sure how long it's been going on for, but the betrayal trope may have originated there.

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