The elite four are often regarded as the strongest four trainers (baring the regions champion) of the region in which they reside. The only exception being Kanto and Johto who share an elite four, which has changed over the years with Bruno being the only staying member. The concept of the elite four is based on the ‘four heavenly kings’ who are gods in Buddhism.
so @hedgiwithapen types on over and is like ‘so what if… mystery dungeon au’
and then we both freaked out and now we have Barry (Pikachu) who grew up a Pichu in his bestie’s (Iris, Skitty) home with her dad(Joe, Arcanine) and has basically been ready to fight the world for like Ever. Except no one wanted to join up with this dinky Pichu who tripped over his own tail, even after recently evolving, until he stumbled on this fluffy as heck Eevee guy (Cisco, what a weird name for a Pokemon) who freaks out for like 12 minutes because he says he’s never been an eevee before. Which is weird, but then Cisco agrees to join up with Barry (”shoot, lets be superheroes” “what’s a superhero” “don’t worry about it”) and Barry all but forgets about that little plot nugget because Rescue Team Flash is Finally Real
Also Barry gets the crap beaten out of him A Lot and they become good friends with Caitlin (Seel) the local doctor. Actually, Barry picks so many fights so often that she basically exclusively sees him and they give her a team badge and Let’s Face It she’s on the team.