Disclaimer: I do not own Pokemon or anything from the TMNT franchise, this is purely fan fiction. I own nothing
When Ash Ketchum was merely 5 years old, his mother Delia enrolled him in an Elementary School-esque Prep school for children who enjoy Pokemon. Ash was there for sometime, but one day, he became the scapegoat to another student’s prank, a prank that involved the principal and a Voltorb. After that, the poor boy was expelled from the school in disgrace. Ash was hurt, not only by the expulsion, but also by the fact that he was framed. Then one day, while he was out playing in the yard, he was approached by two strange looking men, in trench coats.
“Hello, young man” is what one said
Naturally, Ash remembered what his mother told him about talking to strangers. But before he could run back into the house, the second one grabbed him by his clothes and held high in the air. With that, the two mysterious men vanished, almost as mysteriously as they came.
Next thing Ash knew, he was on board a strange vehicle. Being as young as he was, Ash had no idea where he was, what he didn’t know was that he was onboard a massive airship. All he knew was that he was in who knows how much trouble. Then, the doors to his room suddenly opened and Ash was approached by on of then men who took him.
“There, there, my boy, don’t be afraid.” He said while trying to pat Ash on the head.
Ash, still a little unsure about this man, backed up away from the man’s hand.
Regardless, the man continued to speak “I know you must be wondering why you’re here, my dear boy. But there is a simple reason for that, Mr. Ketchum”
This greatly throws Ash back. “How does he know my name? And what does he want from me?” he thought. All of this was so much to take in, so he sits himself down
“You see, I have been watching you for sometime now, ever since that horrible incident at your school. What that brat did to you was beyond unacceptable. But I think the main source of that problem would always be the same, no matter how you look at it; Pokemon!” The man continued
Ash was slightly more thrown by the last words of the sentence. He had always been interested in Pokemon and wanted to be a trainer. But on the other hand, Ash considered that if it weren’t for that Voltorb, he probably wouldn’t have been caught in that prank and gotten expelled in the first place.
“This is why I’ve brought you here, Ash, we’re all of the same breed, you and I and my cohort here. We’ve all been hurt by those creatures and I for one am sick of it. Fortunately, we represent someone who can help you, like he has us.”
Rather curious of what he meant exactly, Ash put up no further resistance as they approached a mountain range and entered a secret cavern. Once there, Ash and his “kidnappers” exited the vehicle and Ash got a good look at where he was, if a bit still unsure where he was. He had been brought to a massive secret base and as he was walked through the area, he saw a variety of strange things.
On one side, he saw up to twenty people, wearing ninja costumes performing jujitsu. On another, he saw more ninjas dragging in a variety of Pokemon out of another airship, all of them wearing some form of collars. When a Charizard tried to use flamethrower against them, nothing came out of its mouth and as retribution; one of the humans hit it with a large blue staff and shocked it. But what really caught Ash’s eye was the massive picture that was painted in the very center of the base; a large, blood red, three-point trident.
“Uh, where are we? Who are you guys?” Ash asked, still rather bewildered
“Ash, welcome to the Foot, for years our little club has had one thing in common, we’ve all been wronged by Pokemon. Those monsters have had their way with our world for too long. They’re too powerful, and with that power, they’re beyond dangerous. The Foot clan was formed to protect the world from those creatures” his “Tour Guide” answered
Ash a little unsure about that, he was always taught that Pokemon and humans should be able live together. But now, being brought before people against Pokemon, his views began to grow more unclear, especially at this early in his development.
Ash was given a further tour of the base and was amazed and unsettled by what lied within it. He was brought to the Foot’s labs, where they performed rather unpleasant tests and experiments of Pokemon, and was introduced to the organization’s scientists, namely the head scientist, Baxter Stockman.
The tour then brought Ash to the training facilities and Armories, where he met two of the Foot’s high ranking members; Hun and General Smytus, neither of which were too happy about him being here.
Finally, Ash was brought to the very heart of the Foot’s HQ, the office of the organization’s leader, Oroku Saki.
The strangely dressed man welcomed Ash and began to have a talk with him. Saki claims that he sympathizes with what Ash has gone through and says that the best way to truly get over it is to get even. Saki offers Ash a chance to exact revenge on all those who wronged him. And all Ash would have to do, is agree to help Stockman in his most recent experiment.
Ash was unsure about this, but he was still relatively angry over what happened at his school and wanted revenge for it. So, he accepted Saki’s offer. Ash was then led back to the Foot Clan Labs and Baxter Stockman prepared him for the experiment. The idea was to find a way to enhance the strength, agility and intelligence, and Stockman had created it. A special type of serum that, once injected, will give a small child like Ash the strength and power of a full grown Ninja master, and if the serum would have that effect on a child, the possibilities for an adult would be very exceptional.
Ash was placed into a test tube and was injected with Stockman’s serum via his skin. When the process was over, Ash’s muscles may have looked unchanged, but their power was increased 20 fold and his brain capacity was increased by 50%. But what really seemed like the biggest side effect was that Ash had developed an evil streak.
After that day, Ash served under the Foot, as a field operative and as an example of the serum’s effectiveness, which Stockman continued to administer to the younger Foot Clan trainees.
With his new evil streak Ash felt more interested than ever in getting revenge, which he did, in a very violent way. What’s more, Ash was far too malevolent and far too sociopathic, that he didn’t even care about discovering the truth about the Foot Clan. True, the Foot wishes to “protect” the world from Pokemon, but they think the only way to do so, is to rid the Earth of all Pokemon. What’s more, he is also informed that the Foot has another goal, conquering the Earth as far as the eye can see. All in the name of Oroku Saki, who Ash learns goes by another name, The Shredder.
Over the months, Saki watched Ash’s skills improve and felt he could use someone of his skills in a higher rank. After being a field operative, Ash was promoted to overseeing certain Foot clan operations. Then he was assigned to helping train Foot clan recruits, during his time doing this, he actually made a select few into a group of fearsome ninjas who are now known as the Foot Clan Elite. Eventually, Ash was promoted to Saki’s High Command, his most trusted minions, the rest of the High Command included Smytus, Hun, Stockman and the Shredder’s adopted daughter, Karai. They could be considered an evil version of the Elite Four.
As one of Saki’s most trusted warriors, Ash was given access to many of the organization’s troops and resources (all of which were rather unusual for a toddler to have possession of). He was also responsible for overseeing the Foot’s operations in the Kanto region and therefore was responsible for a large number of crimes and damage done by the Foot Ninjas.
The Foot Clan is able to do so much damage because they have sunk their claw into the very government itself. Not many police are willing to arrest them (because some Officer Jenny’s are members) and not many courts can try or hold them if they were arrested. While The Shredder doesn’t completely have control, the Foot Clan does appear to be in more power than Team Rocket (who also subsequently serve under for the Foot Clan, if only a little bit).
Every now and then, Ash would briefly snap out of his evil frenzies and remember his family. Fearing that this would make him lose control over his new soldier, the Shredder had his ninjas go out and retrieve one of Ash’s family members. To better keep anyone from looking for him, the Foot clan used special technology to almost erase any memory of Ash’s existence from Pallet Town, thus keeping anyone from looking for him when he was first recruited. But now, they returned to Pallet Town and brought back another Ketchum, Ash’s sister, Elsa.
Like what happened to Ash, the Foot had Elsa’s very identity erased from the minds of Pallet Town. When she was brought to Foot HQ, she was put through the same process as Ash and became a living weapon like him. But the process had an unusual effect on her right arm. As a result, she was given a bio-mechanical replacement.
Together, the Ketchum Siblings were two of the Foot Clan’s fiercest agents, which is saying something, considering they were still less than the required age for training Pokemon, let alone hunting them. But because the serum that flowed within them made them so aggressive and evil, they both began to prove to be far too evil and aggressive to control. Since simply having the two eliminated would prove wasteful in the long run, the Foot instead decided to have their memories wiped. Ash and Elsa were apprehended and were both stripped of their memories of their time as Foot Clan operatives.
Ash was returned to his home in Pallet, since the Shredder believed that Ash would pose no threat in the long run. But Elsa accidentally stumbled off before she was returned home and was left out on her own, bereft. As such, with Elsa missing in action, for some time it was believed that Ash had no sister, though vague memories of her came and went until they finally met again in Johto.
For some time now, the Foot continued its evil operations without Ash; the Shredder himself regards the issue with him as a minor bump in the road. Unfortunately, in a few years time, Ash became a Pokemon trainer and returned to one of the towns that the Foot occupy. After interfering with the Foot’s operations there, Ash, his Pokemon and his friends have made a habit of interfering in Foot Clan business and shutting them down. What’s more Ash is slowly becoming more and more aware of his past atrocities. But that only makes him more interested in bringing down the Foot for what they do to Pokemon.