->''This isn't just a game. More here's at stake than a 'Game Over' screen.''

''Pokémon: Storm Clouds'' is a {{Pokemon}} FanFic written by [[TroperWorks troper]] {{Tropers/deeman45}}. It follows the journey of two teens from [[RealLife "our world"]] who are [[TrappedInTVLand sucked into the world of the Pokémon video games]]. One is a VideoGame enthusiast named Dan, who tries to use his [[GenreSavvy knowledge of the game world]] to try to find a way back home; the other is Missy (real name Melissa), his best friend's younger sister who was [[{{Animorphism}} transformed into an Eevee]] and thus must deal with not only finding a way home, but also trying to find a way back to her normal body. Along the way, they get caught up in a plot involving Team Rocket (the more competent Team Rocket, not the TerribleTrio from the anime) and find out that not everything in the Pokémon world is as happy-go-lucky as the games would make it seem...

Sound cliche? Most likely. The opening chapters are known for being fairly lackluster - [[WordOfGod the author]] [[http://deeman45.deviantart.com/journal/37159706/ is more than willing]] [[OldShame to admit his embarrassment where they are concerned]] - but the story soon [[GrowingTheBeard finds its feet, sculpting a more complicated plot]]. Adding to that, the progressing story fleshes out the two main protagonists into more realistic people. The same holds true for the supporting cast, who start off being somewhat archetypal, but gradually reveal [[HiddenDepths deeper aspects of their personalities as the plot unfolds]]...

Revealing too much of the plot would be criminal, but readers can be sure to experience unexpected developments, emotionally charged dialogue and entertaining fight sequences - and a unique interpretation of the Pokémon world which may be truer to RealLife than any canon interpretation to date, while never losing the story's initial charm. All of this eventually culminates in an [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome action-packed]], [[TearJerker gut-wrenching]], and yet surprisingly [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming uplifting]] climax. The final chapters were posted on May 26, 2010.

[[http://deeman45.deviantart.com/journal/33636764/ Several months later, the author announced a sequel]]. Titled simply "Storm Clouds II", it is set 19 years after the events of the first story. To give hints of what was to come, he posted a series of updates through his DeviantART journals over a 13-week period regarding 'elements' of his version of the Pokémon world which are to play a role in the story. More recently, he posted [[http://deeman45.deviantart.com/journal/37159706/ A Q&A about the characters, the plot, and the writing process, with all questions asked by fans]].

"Pokémon: Storm Clouds" is [[http://deeman45.deviantart.com/art/Pokemon-Storm-Clouds-Ch-1-91215266 here]] or, if you prefer FanFictionDotNet over deviantART, [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5420921/1/Pokemon_Storm_Clouds here]].

"Storm Clouds II" is [[http://deeman45.deviantart.com/art/Storm-Clouds-II-Ch-01-194703762 here]], and the fanfiction.net version is [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6682749/1/bStorm_b_bClouds_b_II here]]. The first chapter was posted in late January 2011.

Be sure to sort tropes into their appropriate folders. The [[YMMV/PokemonStormClouds YMMV page]] is also active.

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[[folder: Pokémon: Storm Clouds]]

* ActionGirl: Ruby most notably, and Artemis when [[LetsGetDangerous she's pushed]]. Missy also counts, though thanks to her battling inexperience prefers to be a GuileHero.
* AlphaBitch: Ruby, [[BreakTheHaughty at]] [[DefrostingIceQueen first]].
* {{Animorphism}}: One of the main characters gets turned into a Pokémon in the first chapter. The main conflict for most of the story is her attempts to deal with the change and her quest to find a way back to normal. [[spoiler: Coming back home does not, by itself, help. She finally learns that she can only return to her previous form by dying. She ends up in a state of near death but is hospitalised and lives. As a result, Missy mostly regains her human form, but several traits from her Pokémon body carry over, which she finds herself happy with]].
* ArchEnemy: Near the end of the fanfic, [[AxeCrazy the Scyther]] tends to regard Missy as his. It's unclear whether she returns the "favor".
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Giovanni. It took until the final chapters for Masque to finally lose the goodwill he received from the readerbase for killing him.]]
* AStormIsComing: Given the title, this sort of situation was bound to happen ''sometime''. That sometime happens to be [[spoiler:the final chapters, when Masque invades the real world. True to form, it leads straight into a BattleInTheRain.]]
* AxeCrazy: The Scyther is this to a tee.
* BalefulPolymorph: Who do you ''think''?
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Armor; Dan; Artemis; Missy. Basically any character who's usually quite kind can be dangerous if you look at them wrong.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Masque]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Dan's Pokémon: [[spoiler: despite being weakened in a recent encounter with Masque, they resolve to stop as many of the two dozen Pokémon Masque has released from killing people as possible. They save all the potential victims in the scenes they arrive at]].
* BreakTheCutie: Poor Missy ends up going through a lot of crap throughout the entire story. [[spoiler: It's not until the very end that the author finally allows her to [[EarnYourHappyEnding Earn That Happy Ending]]]].
* BreakTheHaughty: [[spoiler: Ruby, very much so]].
* CanadaEh: For some inexplicable--and ''hilarious''--reason, Armor talks like this.
* CharacterDevelopment: You can bet your life savings that there's a lot of it going around - even the supporting cast aren't all what they seem to be at first glance.
* ClimaxBoss: Rico for the Team Rocket hideout. [[spoiler: Giovanni]] for the Saffron City ruins.
* CombatPragmatist: Nightshade.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Artemis.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Than pretty much any {{Pokemon}} canon, except for possibly [[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Orre]]. [[TropesAreNotBad This isn't a bad thing, though.]]
** Mind you, being darker than {{Pokemon}} canon isn't a terribly difficult feat. It's still far from {{Grimdark}} levels.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Mr. Shadow, one of the supernatural inhabitants of [[HauntedHouse Pokémon Tower]]. He's a pretty nice guy, if somewhat creepy and obviously [[EldritchAbomination eldritch]] in nature. [[spoiler:Which makes sense, as he turns out to be ''[[DontFearTheReaper the Grim Reaper]]''.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Nightshade has elements of this.
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler: Masque is killed by his own Scyther.]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the handheld Pokémon games. Many of the games' features are examined or analyzed; the six-Pokémon rule is given an explanation, for example. Dan also engages in some [[ContemplateOurNavels Navel Gazing]] in the earlier chapters.
* DecoyProtagonist[=/=]{{Deuteragonist}}: The early chapters set up Dan as TheHero, but Missy takes the role of the main protagonist the rest of the way, while Dan is a SupportingProtagonist. WordOfGod confirmed as such.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Take a wild guess. [[spoiler: It's Ruby, if you're really that dense - and not only towards Missy, but also to the other Pokémon]]. Nightshade's a male variant.
* [[spoiler:DiedInYourArmsTonight: Missy. She comes back.]]
* [[spoiler:DiscOneFinalBoss: Giovanni]]
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: The Old Saffron City Ruins.
* TheDitz: Artemis.
** Erika as well. Also, both are also [[HiddenDepths deeper than the initial impressions they give off would have you believe]].
* TheDragon: [[CoDragons Both Masque and Rico]] to Giovanni. [[spoiler:Or not...]]
* [[spoiler: EarnYourHappyEnding: A definitive example of this trope.]]
* ElsewhereFic: Like most non-shipping ''{{Pokemon}}'' fics.
* TheEmpath: Masque is able to read the hearts of Pokémon. [[spoiler:Which in itself just serves to make his monstrosity all the more horrifying.]]
* EmptyShell: [[spoiler: Missy gets like this during her HeroicBSOD. [[SubvertedTrope Then the tears start]].]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Giovanni [[spoiler: has a strong interest in human culture as seen when he criticises the heroes for damaging the ruins underneath Saffron City. He also seems to show horror when he finally glimpses the true depths of Masque's madness, right before Masque murders him]].
** [[spoiler:Of course, the terror he displays is less because Masque is crazy and evil and more because he's about to get murdered and '''''he knows it.''''']]
* EvilIsHammy : A large part of why Masque is so beloved.
* FailureKnight: [[spoiler: Nightshade and Artemis feel this way for failing to protect their trainer, but ''especially'' Nightshade, since the two of them grew up together and were best friends]].
* FauxAffablyEvil: Masque is so eloquent, melodramatic, and occasionally downright ''funny'' its easy to forget that he's a completely unsympathetic, hateful bastard. [[spoiler: At least until the final chapters, when he shows his true colors.]]
* FiveBadBand:
** 1st half of the story:
*** BigBad: Giovanni
*** TheDragon: Rico. Also doubles as [[spoiler: a ReverseMole]].
*** EvilGenius: Masque. Also doubles as [[spoiler: TheStarscream]].
*** TheBrute: The Scyther
*** DarkChick: [[spoiler: Sabrina]], largely due to MoreThanMindControl
** 2nd half of the story:
*** BigBad: [[spoiler:Masque]]
*** TheDragon: [[spoiler:The Scyther]]
*** EvilGenius: [[spoiler:The Hypno]]
*** TheBrute: [[spoiler:The Aerodactyl]]
*** DarkChick: [[spoiler:The Dragonair]]
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Missy, naturally. (The author even said, during a Q&A time, that Dan was a DecoyProtagonist in the early chapters including the opening, and that Missy herself is the story's main protagonist).
** TheLancer: Ruby, of the [[TheRival rival]] variant.
** TheBigGuy: Armor.
** TheSmartGuy: Nightshade.
** TheChick: Artemis.
** TheHeart: Nemo.
** MissionControl: Dan.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: [[spoiler: Both Missy and Ruby sport some scarring after their run-in with Masque's Scyther.]]
** [[spoiler: Said Scyther has his scythe cracked and broken in battle with Missy. He's initially angry about this, but later comes to appreciate it for making him more unique, ''and'' for making the scythe sharper and deadlier as a result]].
* GuileHero: Missy herself. All of her defeats over the Scyther (and a good deal of her other victories as well) basically revolve around exploiting or tricking an opponent into doing themselves in. Of course, given that she's not actually a Pokémon, this is probably her best option in taking on the world.
* [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend He Is Not My Crush]]: Missy denies having any feelings for Dan in the early couple of chapters. She's not fooling anyone.
* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies: Missy, though [[UnexplainedRecovery she gets better]].]]
* HeroicBSOD: Missy has a [[NightmareFuel really scary one]] when [[spoiler: she returns back to the [[RealLife real world]] only to find that she's still an Eevee.]]
* HiddenDepths: Many people - so many characters give off a very specific air of personality type, only to show more complexity, either through character development or through traits we just haven't seen yet. For instance:
** Luke comes off as a typical teen genius, but we later learn that his invention at the start, which robbed him of his sister and best friend, sent him into a state of grief and regret.
** Ruby appears to be just a {{Jerkass}}, but by the end of the fic [[spoiler: she's warmed to Missy enough that she finally brings down the Scyther in retribution to him harming Missy]], and even tells Missy that [[spoiler: she'd believed her story from the start (it's unclear if she was being honest, as she believed Missy to be dying) while desperately trying to wake her after the Scyther dealt her near-mortal wounds]].
** The best example in this entire fic, however, would have to be [[spoiler: Nightshade]]. When we finally learn [[spoiler: the full extent of his backstory, and how much he's been beating himself up for [[FailureKnight failing to save his trainer from Team Rocket after the trust that was placed in him]] ... it may well be the biggest Tear Jerker in the entire story]].
* [[spoiler: HoistByHisOwnPetard: Masque is slaughtered by his own loyal Scyther while it's in a worked-up frenzy courtesy of Missy, and when he meets Death himself, he is terrified to see himself for the monster he always was]].
* HotBlooded: Dan. [[{{Deconstruction}} He soon realises that it doesn't always work in the real world, where brash impulsiveness can put you in danger]].
* {{Jerkass}}: ''Ruby.'' What a bitch... Well, at least until BreakTheHaughty kicks in, and she mellows out.
** Team Rocket agent Rico takes the cake, as he seems to simply ''exist'' to be an asshole. [[spoiler: Turns out it's all a JerkassFacade to hide his Pokémon League affiliation.]]
* JerkassFacade: [[spoiler:Rico plays this so well - including actually ''capturing'' Missy in a Poké Ball when he learns Dan doesn't own her - that it was quite a shock to learn he was actually a mole in Team Rocket and a fairly decent guy. He later apologised to Dan for his actions.]]
* KansasCityShuffle: Masque uses one [[spoiler: when he allows himself to be imprisoned. He has his Hypno hypnotize the guards into releasing him and then has it wipe their memories so that they forget he was there. Thereby allowing him to move around freely while everyone thinks he's imprisoned.]]
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Masque, having MindRaped many Pokémon into losing their sense of self and becoming his servants, ends up accidently killed by the one he probably considered his finest work.]] The Aerodactyl's death is also fitting - trying to slaughter defenceless schoolchildren, he is utimately inpaled on the broken monkeybars at his chosen site and bleeds out to death.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler: Masque's murder of Giovanni]] is treated as a ''major'' KickTheDog moment or even a borderline crossing of the MoralEventHorizon in-universe ... but the readers cheered because let's face it, [[spoiler: Giovanni]] had it coming.
** The sheer ''style'' with which [[spoiler:Masque]] managed to pull it off certainly didn't hurt either.
** Of course, it's not so much [[spoiler: who he'd just murdered]] that counts, but the fact that [[spoiler: he'd killed a defenceless man brutally, and in the process revealed [[LackOfEmpathy just how little it affected him]]. The audience was just lucky that it wasn't a more sympathetic character who'd died]].
* {{Kuudere}}: Nightshade. Only Artemis really gets to see his ''dere'' side, and [[BeneathTheMask when she does]] ... [[TearJerker well]].
* TheLeader: Dan is a Type II for his group, Giovanni tries to be a Type IV but comes across as more of a type III for Team Rocket, and [[spoiler:Masque is a Type I/IV hybrid for the end of the story.]]
* LovableCoward: Nemo. [[spoiler:Subverted in that he shows signs of great courage when he needs to, and along with Missy, has the best [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments]] throughout the story.]]
* LikeASonToMe: Blaine says this word-for-word to Dan - he allows him to keep searching for a way home because he doesn't want to "deprive another father of a son", but assures Dan that he's welcome to stay on Cinnabar Island if he never finds a way back home. Dan is notably touched by the gesture.
** Come the sequel, the [[PosthumousCharacter deaths of both Blaine and Dan's father during the interim]] makes this HarsherInHindsight.
* MalevolentMaskedMan: [[MeaningfulName Masque]], obviously.
* ManipulativeBastard: Masque's greatest achievements come from his ability to read and manipulate other people as well as Pokémon. In his finest moments (his [[spoiler:murder of Giovanni]] and [[spoiler:the way he busts out of prison]] he borders on [[MagnificentBastard magnificence.]]
* MindRape: In a sense, this is also [[spoiler:Masque's special ability - though it's tied to his emotions rather than to the mind.]]
* MoreThanMindControl: [[spoiler: Sabrina is shown to have deep insecurities regarding herself and her friendship with Erika, which Team Rocket exploits to take control of her. Unfortunately for Team Rocket, it doesn't stick.]]
* MotorMouth: Artemis, even when she's ''exhausted''. [[spoiler: She's grown out of this by the time of the sequel.]]
* TheMultiverse: [[spoiler:At the end of the third-to-last chapter, Missy is shown visions of the various paths her life might have taken in a MindRape. Almost all of them end with her dying tragically, [[FateWorseThanDeath and the ones that don't...]]]]
* NiceGuy: Armor has a bit of a temper, but when he's calm he's the most level-headed member of Dan's team and one of the best friends you can have. ''Beautifully'' ironic, considering he's a Muk and one of the least-liked Pokémon species. Dan, Missy and Artemis also count.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Dan delivers one [[spoiler:when Rico has captured Missy - he only relents when Rico gives him the Poké Ball.]]
* [[spoiler: NotQuiteBackToNormal: Missy. This is treated as a good thing because becoming completely human would have required her to die.]]
* OfficialCouple: Missy and Dan. [[spoiler:TheyDo, eventually, but according to [[AllThereInTheManual the Author's Notes]], Dan first had to overcome the weirdness of having raised her as a Pokémon for a while. They actually broke up before going to university, and got back together in their mid-twenties.]]
* OhCrap: The collective response of the protagonists and the readers at the end of Chapter 20, when [[spoiler: Masque and his Scyther follow Missy and Dan back to their homes.]]
* PokemonSpeak: The reason why Missy can't explain her situation to the humans.
* PsychoForHire: Masque's Scyther is a Pokémon variant.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Dan's Pokémon team give off this vibe. A human-girl-turned-Eevee (Missy/Storm), a somewhat comical but loyal Muk (Armor), a high-and-mighty Ponyta (Ruby), a timid but courageous Seadra (Nemo), a cynical Oddish (Nightshade), and a hyper Electabuzz (Artemis). Yeah ... and you thought ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash]]'' sometimes caught the weirdest Pokémon.
* ReverseMole: [[spoiler:None other than Rico.]]
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Implied with Erika and Sabrina. [[spoiler: It's quite a complicated one, too ...]]
* RuleOfSymbolism: Is Masque--with his strange speech, strange mannerisms, and even stranger dress--completely at odds with the Pokémon world as we see it? Yeah. Why do we accept his presence in the story so readily? Well...see FridgeBrilliance.
* [[spoiler:SealedWithAKiss: Mm-hmm.]]
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: As Dan grows to better understand the realism in the world of Pokémon, he begins to realise how dark it is. The story edges even further towards cynical for much of the plot, with people and Pokémon actually DYING along the way. [[spoiler: In the end, however, it becomes an EarnYourHappyEnding}} and all the main characters survive]].
** It helps, of course, that the story was hugely inspired by PokemonSpecial, the {{Darker And Edgier}} canon counterpart of both the Tv Series AND the games.
* [[spoiler: TheStarscream: Masque, though not for the [[AmbitionIsEvil usual]] [[ForTheEvulz reasons]].]]
* {{The Reason You Suck Speech}}: Several, but a standout is the rather scathing one the [[spoiler: Scyther]] delivers to [[spoiler: Ruby]] in Chapter [[spoiler: 15]].
-->[[spoiler: '''Scyther''']]: You know, I would tell you to not bother, that by overexerting yourself with a wound like that you could very likely keel over from exhaustion, except that I don't care and I'd love to see you suffer. I ''hate'' your type, little [[spoiler: Ponyta]], do you know that? All your talk about training and practice and striving to be the best day after day after day...hah! All that training was for one reason only: to hide your shameful weakness. You started off '''weak''', you little meal! It took quite a bit of effort to reach where you are now. Whereas I-I was born strong. Before my first birthday I had an impressive number of victories chalked up against powerful wild pokemon. Powerful pokemon; pokemon that ''hunted'' my species! I showed them that I am no prey. Before my first year passed I had ''killed'', weakling! Killed! Human and pokemon alike! ''Legions'' of pokemon have fled from my blade. And what do you have to your name, weak one? A few victories in one-on-one battles in the safe haven humanity provides for you with their little rules? With their honor and ethics and all their safety? And even those slight triumphs were only earned after effort on your part. Do not hide what you are. The weak should not masquerade as the strong!
** Later the [[spoiler: Scyther]] himself gets one from [[spoiler: Missy]], it's a very epic one.
-->[[spoiler: '''Scyther''']]: Hide while you can, foolish one, you can't crouch there forever. And when you come out, my blade will be waiting.
-->[[spoiler: '''Missy''']]: How it must sting to be you, to be such a useless pokemon.
-->[[spoiler: '''Scyther''']]: Useless? You dare say that to me? You, who cowers beneath a shield even as we speak? You, who has never done anything but run or hide? You, who-
-->[[spoiler: '''Missy''']]: I know which pokemon [[spoiler: Masque]] really trusts: the one he relied on to get him out of prison. The [[spoiler: Hypno]]. Your master trusted him over you.
-->[[spoiler: '''Scyther''']]: ...That, has a remarkably simple answer. The [[spoiler: Hypno]]'s abilities were special-no, not special, he is ''not'' better than I am-they were just...just better suited for that particular situation.
-->[[spoiler: '''Missy''']]: Really? Do you honestly think you couldn't have handled it?
-->[[spoiler: '''Scyther''']]: I-
-->[[spoiler: '''Missy''']]: You know you could have, didn't you brag to me when we first met that you have killed humans and pokemon in abundance? That uncountable numbers had fled from you in terror? You could have broken in there handily, and killed [[spoiler: Masque]]'s oppressors before they knew what was happening. But you didn't-because [[spoiler: Masque]] doesn't value you like you want him to. To him, you're just a tool, and not a particularly useful one at that. To him you're just a rusted, dull, blunt-
-->[[spoiler: '''Scyther''']]: Lord [[spoiler:Masque]] thinks highly of me, more highly than anyone or anything else! How dare you say that? Get out from under there so I can ''rip you to pieces!''
-->[[spoiler: '''Missy''']]: [[spoiler: Masque]] thinks your garbage, and do you know why? Because of ''me''. For all your claims to be invincible, for all your bragging and pride, I've beaten you twice. That's why you searched me out in this rain; not for revenge, but to prove to yourself that I'm not better than you. My victories over you eat you alive, and you know it. And even if you do kill me, even if I'm dead and gone, your damaged, imperfect blade will always be there: an eternal reminder of my triumph over you.
** [[spoiler: Masque]] gives one to [[spoiler: Giovanni]] in a great scene that illustrates the difference between a BigBad and a mere [[BigBadWannabe Wannabe]]. (There are a lot of these in the fic.)
-->[[spoiler: '''Masque''']]: Are you so shocked by murder, [[spoiler: Giovanni]]? Pitiful. You are like a vulture flying high above a pack of predators, waiting to pick off whatever they leave you. You can’t kill. You’ve ordered plenty of deaths to be carried out, but you’ve never done it yourself. Any weakling can order an execution, but it takes a certain caliber to actually join the firing squad. You should have known your ambitions would attract souls much blacker than yours.
-->'''[[spoiler: Giovanni]]''' attempts to attack [[spoiler: '''Masque''']] with his pokemon, which refuses to obey him.
-->[[spoiler: '''Masque''']]: Just like most of the fighters in this organization, that pokemon had been conditioned by me. Over the process I instilled a desire to serve you, to be sure, but behind that I hid something else. The pokemon of [[spoiler: Team Rocket]] will never act against me…Do you remember what I once told you? ‘You cannot control a marionette with only one string’. You dared to think you controlled me?! All of your enforcers have been conditioned by me before they see use. That’s one string. You allowed terror of me to grow within your organization, so that many of your followers feared me more than you. Another string. Despite the fact that I often acted against your interests, you never took action, signaling to me and to others that I had a certain leeway out of your jurisdiction. That's a third. You never did the dirty work yourself, instead delegating it to those even more amoral than you…like myself. That’s four. I’ve made you dance this way and that for years now, [[spoiler: Giovanni]]. You were my plaything. Well, now you and your organization bore me. [[PreMortemOneLiner I’ll cut your strings]].
* TrappedInTVLand: Most of the story takes place in the world of the ''Pokémon'' games.
* TrueCompanions: Dan's other Pokémon become this for Missy. It's a {{Crowning Moment of Heartwarming}} when all of them, even Ruby, strive to bring her out of her {{Heroic BSOD}}. It becomes even more moving when you realise that they sacrificed their homeworld, their own sense of normalcy, and their chances of finding potential mates and having children in order to follow Dan and Missy back home, even when they don't need to. All they need now is a cheesy speech.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Read the comments on deviantART: the fandom was going nuts trying to figure out what exactly Luke was up to.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Masque pulls this on Giovanni, cementing himself as TheStarscream and the story's BigBad.]]
** It's less "YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness" and more [[spoiler: "You Have Outlived Your Capacity To Amuse Me."]]
* YouMonster: Dan to [[spoiler:Masque]], just before the climax.
--> '''Dan:''' "That's disgusting. How can a person be so monstrous? What's wrong with you?!"

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[[folder: Storm Clouds II]]

* TheAce: Alvovz.
* {{Animorphism}}[=/=]BalefulPolymorph: Looks set to remain a prominent theme, though not in quite the same way as it was in the first part. Instead of a human turning into a Pokémon, [[spoiler:Armor turns into a Gallade.]]
** And then there's [[spoiler: Ivan and his VoluntaryShapeshifting...]]
* AllThereInTheManual: The author's notes have provided something of a detailed summary for what has happened in the interim without revealing anything major about the plot.
* AngstWhatAngst: InUniverse, [[spoiler: Armor]] actually ''takes'' this attitude in Chapter 5. When Missy quickly becomes apologetic about [[spoiler: his transformation]], he goes so far as to chastise her because he made the choice to go through with it, fully aware of what it would entail. He ''is'' shown to have divided feelings about the situation, but is so far coping pretty well.
* [[spoiler: ApocalypticLog]]: Kenneth's notes to Emily quickly become this as he starts to realize that [[spoiler: The Trumpeter is following them.]]
* AscendedExtra: In-universe, [[spoiler: Rico]]'s role compared to the last story. [[spoiler: He's even attained a higher rank in the ([[InsistentTerminology New]]) Pokémon League.]]
* [[spoiler:AvengingTheVillain]]: As of Chapter 7, we discover that [[spoiler:Missy's life will be in danger if Alvovz ever discovers that she was responsible for his brother's death.]]
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: This is the backstory for [[spoiler:the Feraligatr]], with a side helping of PlayingWithSyringes.
* BloodKnight: From what little we see of her character, Bellum is this.
* CreepyChild: [[spoiler:Masque was this years ago, according to his brother Alvovz.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Missy, at times, and Ripple.
* EnsembleCast: There is no single main character this time.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler:Despite that Mugann/Masque was a vicious sociopath [[CreepyChild even as a child]], something Alvovz recognises, he states he will never stop feeling at least brotherly love for him.]]
* GenerationXerox: After Dan's father passed away during the interim, Dan inherited his old pawn shop.
** [[spoiler: Missy's son with Dan, Ivan, has inherited more than his fair share of unusual abilities thanks to his mother's own altered genetics.]]
* GreatOffscreenWar: The Assailment, mentioned repeatedly in the author's notes and early chapters, appears to be of tremendous importance, but we don't know much about it yet.
** CrypticBackgroundReference: Thus far, the ambiguity surrounding the Assailment has meant that every mention of it is one of these.
* GenderEqualsBreed: Oddly enough, averted. [[spoiler:Although Ivan inherits some of his mother Missy's abilities, his Pokémon form is a Vulpix instead of a Growlithe, like his father Dan would have become (according to some of the [[TheMultiverse various possibilities]] the Hypno showed Missy whilst subjecting her to MindRape.]]
* GreyAndGrayMorality: The (New) Pokémon League vs. The Guilds appears to be one of these, as of Chapter 5. WordOfGod confirms that each side is biased towards another and has left certain details of their various explanations out.
* HappilyMarried: Missy and Dan.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Alvovz sure does. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as he comes from a culture that appears to be similar to real-world Amish: eschewing more modern things, including weaponry, he took up swordplay to defend himself.
* HeroWorshipper: The younger generation in the town of Fox Creek, who know that Missy and Dan are regarded as heroes [[spoiler: for when they saved the town from Masque 19 years ago]], but aren't given details. This is done to [[JustifiedTrope keeping outsiders from investigating the town]].
* HorrorHunger: The Feraligatr has an insatiable craving for Pokémon flesh [[spoiler: that was deliberately inflicted upon him as a Totodile to turn him into a weapon.]]
* HumanoidAbomination: The Trumpeter [[spoiler:has the abilities of Slenderman and the Pied Piper.]]
* HypercompetentSidekick: Emily is theoretically in charge of the little excursion to Ipde, but being all of ten, Ripple is more or less really running things.
* [[spoiler: IJustWantToBeNormal: Not a straight example, but Missy has been struggling to keep too many people from learning about her... unique condition. She left university after two years to return to Fox Creek because she was having to work even harder to hide than she had to in her hometown]].
* ImAHumanitarian: The Feraligatr enjoys Pokémon flesh.
* TheJuggernaut: In its first appearance, the Feraligatr received several minutes of off-screen punishment from Ripple and Dulcet, then picked a fight with Artemis, Nemo, and Ivan, who were eventually joined by Ripple and Dulcet. Even five against one, including one with a type advantage, they had to resort to knocking him off a cliff to win--an action that didn't even cause him to faint.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Missy returns to her human form [[spoiler:albeit with several Pokémon traits still remaining.]]
* TheLeader: For their respective groups, Missy is a Type IV and Ripple is a Type I.
* MayorPain: B-type.
* MeaningfulName: "Bellum" is the Latin word for "war". From what little we know of her character, Bellum is a BloodKnight.
* TheMedic: Dulcet, being an Audino, acts like this in combat.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Most of the Fox Creek town council (save [[MayorPain the current mayor]]). Bertrand deserves special mention - he openly confesses to [[spoiler: hating Pokémon]] because [[spoiler: his teenage daughter was a casualty of Masque's attack]], but he's not incapable of empathising with Missy when [[spoiler: her son is kidnapped]] and agrees to her proposition. Missy even notes that he usually opposes her on principle.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: As per AuthorAppeal (apparently), Missy gives one to [[spoiler: the arrogant Pokémon League forces commander who arrests them for "trespassing"]].
* RedOniBlueOni: Dan is the Red, Missy is the Blue.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The Mayor of Fox Creek tries to be this, but Missy and the other Council members [[BadassBureaucrat aren't having any of it.]]
* OlderAndWiser: Everyone's getting this to some degree, but Artemis in ''particular'' has really calmed down over the years. Nemo is this of the more self-confident variety, and Ruby looks to be considerably calmer.
* PokemonSpeak: While mostly averted due to the large focus on the Pokémon themselves, Missy does use it (intentionally) when explaining that she was Storm.
* PosthumousCharacter: Dan's father (in the "Real World"), Blaine in the Pokémon world, and of course the characters that died in the first fic.
* SadisticChoice: When they've had Luke rebuild his special machine to return to the Pokémon world, Missy is afraid of touching it because she'd rather not become an Eevee again. Dan offers to do so, but Missy tells him that he himself might become a Pokémon [[spoiler: just as she saw while MindRaped by the Hypno]]. This is promptly [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] - see TakeAThirdOption, below.
* TheSociopath: In Chapter 7, [[spoiler:we learn the backstory of Masque (or rather, Mugann, Alvovz's brother). According to Alvovz, he was disturbed and unstable even as a child, and developed a sickening pleasure in MindRape of Pokémon from a young age with his special ability.]]
* TheStrategist: Ripple has a number of pre-configured battle plans she likes to utilize in combat.
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler: Missy and Dan aren't sure how return to the Pokémon world without risking Animorphism again, on either of them. Armor pretty much says "to Hell with this" and offers to touch the sphere which'll transport them ''himself'', since he's ''already'' a Pokémon and wouldn't suffer nearly the same existential angst Missy did.]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: [[spoiler: Missy and Dan's son, Ivan, can turn into a Vulpix at will.]]

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* MindScrew: In his little weekly tidbits for the sequel, WordOfGod has generally presented information that, if vague, is still comprehensible enough. And then week seven gives us [[http://deeman45.deviantart.com/journal/34785202/#comments this]]. Bwuh?
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Fox Creek is said to be "in the rural United States."

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* {{Retcon}}: The Gentle Darkness guild was originally planned to be named Ebony Darkness, but the name was changed prior to the fic's beginning due to the original name's similarity to a character from [[MyImmortal another fanfic]].

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