What's something you constantly run into when looking at Pokemon fanfiction? For me, it's that the main character is either an Aura Guardian, owns a Pikachu or a Riolu/Lucario or both, or has control over some incredibly overpowered Pokemon (Metagross, Hydreigon, etc.) right at the start. These things just scream Mary Sue since they have such good things going for the character before the story even begins.
Not every character has to have these things & it's more than okay to be normal (all the way through for some people, at first for many others). I don't like talking to a buddy of mine about a fanfic & the conversation goes like this: "Hey dude, you read dat Pokemon fic I told you about?" "Which one?" "Da one w/ da emo Champion." "Which one?" "Where he has a Tyranitar." "Like I said bro; which one?" "Da one where he has da hot smart girlfriend watching all his Pokemon except for when he battles" "For the last time; WHICH ONE???.
So many of these stories are a dime a dozen & I wanted to know what are some common things you find when reading Pokemon fanfics, specifically ones that bug you?