This is yet another segment of the Infinite Loops; this time for Pokémon.
One person in a Loop, often the main character, is an Anchor. They are the person who first starts time looping.
There is always at least one Anchor present in a given Time Loop snippet, though it may not be the local one.
The standard pattern for a loop is that the Anchor (and whoever else is Looping there) come to awareness in a loop at a particular point in the story. From there, events will play out as influenced by the Loopers present, acting with the benefit of their foreknowledge, until either a predetermined end point is reached or all the Loopers have copped it.
To be Awake is to be aware of the time loops (that is, to have gone back in time this time.)
The Anchor is the only character guaranteed to be Awake. Even after others have started looping, it is mostly random as to whether they will be Awake this particular loop.
Crossovers, fusions, and alternate pasts can also take place. It is perfectly possible, for example, to have the characters Awaken into a loop which conforms to a fanfic universe rather than reality.
Loops do not have to be in chronological order, but it is strongly preferred that they not require a mutually contradictory order (where A must be before B and B must be before A.)
Just about every Looper is very, very stir crazy.
While the exact details are being discussed, there are currently three separate Pokémon Loops.
The Anime: Anchor is Ash's Pikachu, with most frequent Loopers being Ash and Company
Pokemon Special, the Manga: Anchor is Red, with most frequent Loopers being his friends and Pokemon, specifically his Pikachu, Pika.
Mystery Dungeon: A series of Linked Loops, with the Partners being the Anchors rather than the main character.
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Flash Ketchum grinned as the Pikachu revealed from Professor Oak's last Pokéball blinked and looked around in total confusion. 'Hah! Let's see how Ash handles being in my place for a Loop!'
And then he was zapped with electricity.
'Okay,' the human who was normally a Pikachu in the Loops thought as he smoldered and fell over, 'that really does hurt, doesn't it?'
Brock waved as Ash and Pikachu entered his gym. "Hey, how are you doing today?"
Ash and Pikachu gave double thumbs up. "Wide-Awake and ready for action."
Brock laughed as he walked over. That little song and dance was their way of signalling that they were all Awake. "So, last I saw you was the Loop through the, uh, Hub, right? Did you manage to find all of the games you were looking for?"
Ash laughed awkwardly. "Sort of. I got all of them except one." He pulled a half-melted game case from his subspace pocket. Brock could just make out the words "He~ ~~~ Pika~~~" in the title. "Pikachu kind of took exception with this game." On Ash's shoulder, Pikachu growled lightly at the offending game case.
Brock smiled. "Got to say, you looked pretty good as a human, 'Peter'. Did you pick up anything in the Hub?"
Pikachu grinned, before pulling a massive bottle of Ketchup out of his subspace pocket. Brock blinked, before glancing at Ash.
Ash rolled his eyes. "Pikachu discovered the joys of (Pick one: Costco/ 92 oz. containers) and buying in bulk."
Pikachu stared at his claw, while in the background, some loud human that was supposed to be his trainer berated him about not battling hard enough. Internally, he scoffed. 'I have battled legends that would make you soil yourself. Face off against the Dragon of Thunder, and then speak to me of who is the inferior battler.'
Still, he was certainly not up to battling any dragons at the moment, though he appeared to actually be one for this Loop-Time. It appeared that he was replacing the angry Charmander that Ash adopted in most Loops. That would have been no problem, in fact, he was rather looking forward to gaining the wings of this form and flying, but he couldn't reach his lightning!
It was there, but it was just beyond his reach. He could feel it, the familiar crackling of the storm, but this body would not channel the energy properly. The flame that burned in his belly now interfered, rising up every time he tried to access the lightning that was his to command.
A shadow fell over him, and he glanced upwards. It was his human, Ash, and...him. A Pikachu, bearing his markings and, from what this ugly reptilian nose could tell, his scent, sitting there, looking down at him, vacantly. Pikachu frowned slightly, then payed attention to the babble that Ash was telling him.
"...tle guy. Just come with us, and we will get you nice and warm. Ok?" Pikachu sniffed, then stood upright, wobbling slightly. The balance of this body was very odd, the tail played a much larger role in balancing him than he was used to. With a short jump, he caught hold of the lining of Ash's jacket and climbed up to his shoulder. He supposed he could share his rightful place with his Unawake self, but he would not give it up entirely. Ash didn't move immediately after, but quickly straightened up and turned towards the other two, Brock and Misty.
"I guess that's a yes."
Ash knelt in front of him as they sat in the Pokemon Center. Pikachu was focusing on his claws, as so far he had had the most success in channeling his lightning through the tips of the claws. Well, there had been a bit of success with his teeth, but he hadn't been able to get it to go anywhere, and had shocked his tongue.
"Charmander, or, I guess, Charizard. Is that you?" Pikachu glanced up. Oh, that was right, he hadn't let Ash know that it was him in here. Pikachu shook his head, then pointed at his Unawake self that was dozing on the bed. He pointed back and forth for a little bit, then tried to channel a bit of his lightning to his claws. A few sparks danced between them, pretty, but utterly insignificant compared to the levels he had once possessed.
Ash blinked for a second, then, in an odd tone of voice, "Pikachu?"
Pikachu nodded sharply. He had felt a bit more of a surge, but it was still being diverted away at the last moment. Pikachu contemplated this, before Ash spoke up.
"Your tail started crackling when you were shooting sparks from your claws." Pikachu glanced up, then turned to look at the burning tip of his tail. He called up the lightning, and, sure enough, small sparks started dancing among the flames. Among the flames. Hmm, that had some potential.
Ash sent out Pikachu against Erika's Gloom.
"You know Electric types aren't very effective against Grass." The gym leader taunted. Ash and Pikachu just grinned evilly.
"Use Fire Blast!" The trainer called out. The electric rodent gladly complied.
"That wasn't very fair." Misty said in amusement as they walked away from the slightly scorched gym. The pair simply smirked.
"Yeah well, ganging up on a ten year old boy for having an opinion as well as simply being a boy isn't very fair either."
"Ketchum-ketch," Ash shook his head in exasperation.
"Oh, that's easy for you to say!" Pikachu retorted. "It's not like you're the one always getting kidnapped by Team Rocket!"
Misty desperately tried to rub away her perpetual migraine. She was certain these two were messing with her, but she couldn't prove it!
This Loop was fun, Rock thought to himself. It was a Fused Loop, although he hadn't found any other Loopers yet, though Unawake versions of Roll and Blues were present. He recognized the setting well enough. One of the fringe benefits of his weapon copying system was that he could copy gaming consoles and play games entirely within his own head. That's how Rock knew that Bulbasaur would be the best choice for his Pokémon journey. A long time fighting Wily's robots had made him well-suited to playing Elemental Rock Paper Scissors. This was Kanto, so Bulbasaur's Grass and Poison Typing would give him the best coverage for the 8 gyms.
Speaking of the gyms, he'd just arrived at the Pewter City Gym. Inside was a single Youngster, and in the back, Brock. Rock prepared himself to battle the Youngster, but Brock spoke up.
"Kid, let him pass. I can tell he's tough."
"Really? If you say so, Brock…" said the slightly disappointed Youngster.
When Rock was close enough, he said to Brock "You're a Looper, aren't you?"
Brock grinned. "Guilty."
"Are you the Anchor? Wouldn't have suspected that…"
"Nah, My friend Ash's Pikachu is the Anchor, but if you haven't met him yet then you probably won't. This isn't even our baseline, it's just a variant."
Rock looked confused. "Ash? I don't remember him from the games."
"Games?" Brock said, but then realized "Oh! You must have played those handheld games; played a few myself during a hub loop. Our baseline is the Anime."
"Oh, never watched that, sorry."
"No problem. Still, you might wanna give it a look in your next Hub Loop. Read the manga too; I hear there's another Loop with one of them as a baseline."
"I'll keep it in mind. Is there anyone else Awake?"
"None on our end, I checked. If you want, I'll keep to the standard course of events so you can enjoy yourself."
"Sounds fun. Since we're sticking with the normal course, I suppose it's time to battle." Rock said with a grin.
Pikachu sat under a tree as he watched the Trainer that was replacing Ash. It looked rather like Ash, but a lot more...spastic.
Technically, Pikachu had been released shortly after they had passed Pewter. Apparently, this trainer goes crazy at the sight of computers, pounding on keys and shouting "B B Back Out We Lose PRAISE THE HELIX". In the confusion, he had somehow smashed Pikachu's pokeball and that of the Spearow that he had somehow managed to catch, leaving him with a Magikarp he bought off a salesman, the Butterfree he used to beat Brock, and a Nidoran Female that he had ran into and dropped a Pokeball on. Pikachu had decided to stick around watching to make sure that the Trainer didn't die from his stupidity. That and it was frankly hilarious to watch. Pikachu popped an Oran berry out of his subspace pocket and fried it with a jolt. He took a bite while a few feet away, the trainer ran into the wall next to the Mt. Moon cave entrance for the sixth time.
"Anarchy Left Left B Start Down Up SAVING!"
'Paperwork is EVIL' That was what the Raikage, P, thought at the moment.
'Being a Kage is fun, he said; you get to kick lots of ass, he said' P, also known as Ash's Pikachu was fuming while doing all the paperwork his secretary had given him that morning. 'I swear that this thing multiplies itself when I am not looking at it...It's official; I am going to shock Naruto to kingdom come next time I see him!'
While planning his revenge on a certain orange-wearing shinobi, his secretary entered the office with a pile of papers as high as half her stature.
"Raikage-sama, here is the work for this afternoon."
Pikachu "Woke Up".
...Not that he could actually wake up from his current position. Pikachu quickly realized that he was inside a Pokéball.
"What the heck?" He thought to himself; it had happened several times before. Pikachu had been with Ash, his trainer, in the Kalos region, and then he woke up in his Pokéball back at Professor Oak's lab.
The first time he thought it was just a dream, and had gone along with it, reliving every adventure he and Ash had gone on together.
The second time... he got worried. Ash didn't remember anything and neither did anyone else. That time Pikachu had tried to make everything go as smoothly as possible, but that ended up with Ash never meeting Misty, May and Dawn, as well as half of his Pokémon.
After that, Pikachu realized that the world reset every single time. So, he had attempted to right the entire thing by leaving the lab the night before Ash showed up and tracking down Celebi. He couldn't find the legendary anywhere.
Pikachu was now on his tenth repeat. He sighed and waited; when everything reset itself, he ended up in his Pokéball the night before Ash came to get him. Several times, he had broken himself out and waited for him but this time he just waited.
As Pikachu began to consider what to do this time, other than trying to make Ash a Pokémon Master (he had only done that once before and it was more luck than anything) he was suddenly engulfed in a blinding white light.
"Pika?" He looked around and saw that he was still in Oak's lab, but it was dark, a little past midnight actually, then next thing he noticed was the human boy kneeling in front of him.
"Pikachu?" Ash asked. "Do you remember me, buddy?"
Pikachu was shocked for a moment. "Ash?" He whispered to himself before jumping into his Trainer's arms.
"Pikachu!" Ash cried happily, hugging his partner. After a moment the pair calmed down. "Pikachu, do you have any idea what's going on here?"
"Pika, pika pi, Pikachu pika!" Pikachu waited, the facepalmed. "Maybe I can get Mewith to join our team... again."
Ash was really tired of Giovanni. The "I'll capture Meloetta and then the world, if I don't turn crazy first for the powers of this mirror" thing was becoming really boring. And he knew Pikachu was feeling the same.
"Ok, Pikachu. Do you have it?" the trainer asked his Anchor.
His Pokémon nodded, and retrieved a Master Ball from his Pocket. "Sure you want to do this?" he asked.
"Look, if we do this, we won't have to worry about him until next reset." Ash explained.
Pikachu sighed. "Ok, if you insist..."
"Ah, welcome to my humble Gym." Giovanni said. "I think you are here for a battle, aren't you?"
"Well... I'm here to catch the boss of Team Rocket." Ash said. Without waiting for the leader of the gym to react, he threw the Master Ball at him.
It opened, and it caught him.
Pikachu looked in awe. "Wow... Whatever they pay Dell, It's not enough. That worked so well."
"First, he destroys robots for a living, and has a lot of money for that." Ash said. "Second, if someone could do this, it was either him, Light, or Apple Bloom. And he was the only available."
"But what are we going to do with him?" The electric Pokémon asked.
With a flash of light, the boss of the "Kanto Mafia" appeared. He looked at his surroundings. He was in a cave with red crystals, and the kid that had... caught him... was running away?
That was when he saw the amorphous blobs behind him.
"Why didn't I just ran away from home when I was a kid?" were his thoughts before being eaten by the Tree of Life's WBCs.
1.1 – Guess the grass is greener on the other side, eh Pikachu?
1.2 – Pikachu/Ketchup; the True OTP of Pokémon.
1.3 – Pikachu's first time Looping as a Pokémon outside of his Type.
1.4 – And here we see that he put his experience as a Charizard to good use.
1.5 – If Pokémon can learn to speak human, why can't humans learn to speak Pokémon?
1.6 – Mega Man: Fire Red Version.
1.7 – Twitch Plays Pokémon Red. 'Nuff said.
1.8 – And thus, Pikachu gets suckered into accepting the bane of all bureaucrats in existence.
1.9 – Ash's first Loop as well as when Pikachu learned he WASN'T going crazy. What kind of lazy Admin do they have anyway?
1.10 – Dell Conagher, AKA the Engineer from Team Fortress 2.