The Enigma Shadow series by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1247195/The_Great_Butler The Great Butler]] is a trilogy of {{Pokemon}} fanfics that was published from 2006 to 2011. Over the course of the trilogy, Pokemon trainer Rich Mistbloom, his wife Anabel and daughter Olivia do battle with the titular terrorist organization, Enigma Shadow, and the assortment of villains working for the group. In a continuation of details from ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' and ''[[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Pokemon XD]]'', Enigma Shadow plans to take control of the world using corrupted Shadow Pokemon. It has three parts, but the writer considers XD^3 the best of the three, and no real knowledge of the first two installments is necessary to enjoy the story, as past events are referenced as needed. XD^3 features a mix of science fiction, thriller, and action, with plenty of Pokemon battles mixed in. It can be read [[http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=185032 here]] or [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3468874/1/Pokemon_XD3_The_Waves_of_Truth here]].

The trilogy, XD^3 in particular, suffered from being a TroubledProduction through much of its existence. The author has admitted to having little planning in place and simply writing what came to mind at the time, leading to long gaps between chapters, at least one very long delay brought on by an unexpected canon event (the death of Pokemon Hunter J in episode 151 of ''Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl'') and the runaway length of XD^3. He has voiced his dissatisfaction with the trilogy in more recent times and admitted that it did not live up to its potential, without ruling out the possibility of a rewrite sometime in the future.

XD^3 also spawned a SpinOff, ''Pokemon Ranger and the Gardener of Gratitude'', which has a slightly different tone and setting- a TwoFistedTale in the spirit of ''Franchise/{{Indiana Jones}}'' or ''{{National Treasure}}'', centering on royal intrigue, powerful artifacts, and even more powerful Pokemon. It focuses on Matt Chiaki, a character from XD^3, and his adventures in La Ciudad Dorada as he searches for the lost Golden City using hints left by his grandfather, a legendary archeologist, and does battle with a mysterious villain planning to destroy the kingdom using the Pokemon Heatran. It's shorter than XD^3 but retains the twists and turns of its parent story, and no knowledge of XD^3 is required to enjoy it, as it stands pretty well on its own, though the events and characters of XD3 are referenced in it (and likewise for Gardener in XD^3). Read it [[http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=374968 here]] or [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5776271/1/Pokemon_Ranger_and_the_Gardener_of_Gratitude here]].

''Pokemon Ranger and the Gardener of Gratitude'' and ''Pokemon XD^3: The Waves of Truth'' later inspired a followup work, a new trilogy collectively titled ''Operation GEAR''. Starring Matt Chiaki and [[SheIsAllGrownUp an older Olivia]] in a world five years departed from the events of the Enigma Shadow trilogy, ''Operation GEAR'' began on June 21, 2011 with the publishing of the first part of the first story, ''The Firestorm Rebellion''.

Please note that Japanese names are used occasionally, due to the six-month release gap between the Japanese and English games and anime. Though, as the first chapter was posted in 2007, there's really no excuse for spelling Hoenn as "Houen". Don't let that bother you.
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!!Tropes found in Pokemon XD^3 include:

* AccidentalMisnaming: The running gag of people calling Satsukoro "Sesshomaru".
* AdaptationalVillainy: Many characters, including the Sinnoh Gym Leaders (sans Maylene and Gardenia), [[spoiler:Pyramid King Brandon]], and [[spoiler:[[PokemonRangerAndTheTempleOfTheSea Judy]]]].
* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler:Paul]] (well, his dad, at least) and Matt and Amanda, who eventually ran away from home.
* TheAce: Rich. His facade greatly decreases over time as his regrets come to the forefront.
* ActionGirl: Anabel
* AdaptationalBadass: Nando is packing a ''Dragonite'' and successfully holds his own against the villains of the day. [[spoiler:Of course, he still doesn't beat Rich or Anabel due to TheWorfEffect]], but it's still impressive.
* ADeathInTheLimelight: [[spoiler:Ein, allowing him to get in a DeathBedConfession to Anabel.]]
* AdultFear: [[spoiler:After Anabel's miscarriage, Rich worries that Olivia is growing closer to Nando than she is to him. See ParentalSubstitute below.]]
* AFateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:J]]
* AntiHero: Skull is a Type IV/V.
* AntiVillain: Maria
-->'''Olivia:''' I don't care! If you do bad stuff to my dad and mom, I hate you!
-->'''Maria:''' I don't blame you.
* AscendedMeme: Youngster Joey shows up with his top-percentage Rattata in Chapter 23.
* AttemptedRape / IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Sheena versus the drunk casino patron in Chapter 31.
* AuthorAppeal: Subverted. Nando, one of the author's favorite characters, plays a fairly prominent role, but makes little significant impact on the story, is not given any backstory (unlike everyone else), and [[spoiler:is the one to get his ass kicked by Rich and Anabel so they win the Grand Championship and Grand Festival]]. Maybe to avoid him becoming a CreatorsPet?
* AxCrazy: Do NOT piss off Skull unless you want him to ram his bone through your head.
* {{Badass}}: [[TheHero Rich.]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes Nando.]] [[CoolOldGuy Satsukoro.]] [[BadassBookworm Matt.]] [[HandicappedBadass Anabel. Amanda.]] [[OneManArmy Skull.]]
* BadassAdorable: Anabel, Matt and Amanda.
* BalefulPolymorph: Joe's transformation into an Empoleon (twice). He gets better.
* BerserkButton: Seeing a Rattata is one for Rich's Roserade.
** Also, don't make advances on Anabel in front of Rich.
** Eldes' very presence sends Skull into a rage. Case in point: "I never wanted to see your ugly face again, human! You are the person I hate more than anything and this time I'm going to KILL YOU!"
** A subtle one, but Paul calling Silver's Magnezone useless and his Nidoking weak in the tag battle tournament proves to be one of the only things that can make [[FriendToAllLivingThings Nando]] angry.
* BigBad: Maria
* BigDamnHeroes: ''[[JerkAss Skull]]'' of all people pulls one in Chapter 33 when he saves Rich's Roserade from being decimated by Brandon's [[spoiler:Shadow Regigigas]] and even brings Anabel, Matt, Nando and Sheena with him!!
* BigEater: Anabel when she's pregnant. Lampshaded by Rich: "I remember when she was carrying Olivia. We were competing in a Pokémon Contest, and I swear, during every break between rounds she must've inhaled an entire cake. Each time."
* BigWhat: Everyone's reaction when the identity of the strange masked Coordinator "B" is revealed. [[spoiler:He's Barry.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: Nando and Satsukoro. The drunk casino guy in Chapter 31 even lampshades it when he calls Nando [[HoYay "the prettiest man [he's] ever seen."]]
* BiTheWay: The aforementioned casino guy makes advances on both Nando and Sheena. Then again, he was drunk and thought [[LongHairedPrettyBoy Nando]] was a girl, so it might not count...
* BloodFromTheMouth: Non-lethal version when Anabel does this after being affected by Shadow Sky in Chapter 31.
* BloodKnight: Skull and Crasher Wake.
-->'''Crasher Wake:''' Well...to be honest, I just love fighting with my Pokémon! Queen Shadow lets me fight as much as I want, and pays me handsomely for it!
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Skull refers to captured Pokémon as slaves.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler:Cyborg!J in Chapter 29. *vomits*]]
* BoringFailureHero: [[spoiler:Awesomely averted. Rich and Anabel win the Grand Championship and Grand Festival.]]
** Played straight, however, with [[spoiler:Nando]]
* BreakTheCutie: Anabel and Olivia
* BreakTheFourthWall: Pluto and Dr. Yung are aware they're characters in fanfiction.
* TheCape: Rich
* CasanovaWannabe: Conway.
* [[CelibateHero Celibate]] [[TheLancer Lancer]]: Nando and Matt
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Brandon's Regigigas, and the gong Shadow Styler that control it, were seen at the very beginning of the story and not again until Chapter 33.]]
* ChekhovMIA: The Shadow Stylers are first used by Lovrina and Maria, but after they fail, they aren't used or mentioned again [[spoiler:until Brandon brings out one to power up his Shadow Regigigas in Chapter 33.]]
* TheChewToy: Nando is a unique/indirect example in the fact that it's not getting injured all the time that makes him a ChewToy, it's the fact that he doesn't get nearly as much spotlight as the other characters, gets [[StaticCharacter zero]] CharacterDevelopment, rarely wins a battle (see TheWorfEffect below), [[spoiler:lost the Grand Festival and the Grand Championship,]] and will most likely not show up in any future stories. Ever.
* ChickMagnet: Satsukoro
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Olivia. Partially invoked by Skull: “You’re only a child so I don’t hate you as much as I hate most other humans.”
* CloningBlues: Ardos's Shadow Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf in Chapter 32 were cloned from the DNA of Mysterial's Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf. And they're Shadow Pokémon, too. Geez, how much more messed up could you get?
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: [[spoiler:When Satsukoro and Rosina die together, they are wearing white kimonos. White in Asian culture is a symbol of death.]]
* CoolOldGuy: Satsukoro. 500-plus years old and still kicking, baby!
* CoolSword: Satsukoro has one. And it's made of gold. Did we mention that it can [[RuleOfCool deflect electricity?]]
* TheCorruption: Enigma Shadow's Shadow Pokémon.
* CostumePorn: The outfits worn by the characters for the Grand Festival and Partnership Festival.
* CovertPervert: ''Possibly'' Nando, given the way he dressed up his [[PlayboyBunny Lopunny]] in the Grand Festival...and the fact that he has a [[CuteMonsterGirl Gardevoir]]...and the ParentalSubstitute role he took up briefly for Olivia...
* CrapsaccharineWorld
* CreepyCrossdresser: Conway dons a maid outfit in the Partnership Festival. Lampshaded by Barry: "Don't make fun of my costume! You're the one dressed up like a girl, man!"
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Until Gardener of Gratitude, Matt is portrayed as a klutz.
** Nando. He might be the most pacifistic and sweet-tempered member of Rich's TrueCompanions, but when the chips are down, he can kick just as much ass as Rich or Anabel.
** Amanda. She's blind, crippled, and has to use a wheelchair to get arou - holy Arceus, did she just [[spoiler:engage battle with Rich, pull out six Unova Pokémon, and curb-stomp him six to zero?!]]
* CurbStompBattle: Rich's first battle against Satsukoro
** [[spoiler:Rich VS. Conway, then Paul VS. Barry in Chapter 29.]]
** [[spoiler:Rich VS. Grand Champion Amanda in Chapter 30. She uses five Unova Pokemon to stomp him so badly that he fails to even beat one.]]
** [[spoiler:Rich VS. Brandon at Castle Shadow is even worse, and would have had an ugly ending if Skull didn't come in.]]
* CyberPunk
* {{Cyborg}}: Matt's artificial limbs and Zero's lungs
** [[spoiler:Also J's transformation into a cyborg by Pluto and Zero following her death]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Satsukoro, Matt
* DeadpanSnarker: Skull
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: [[spoiler:When Rich beats Satsukoro at the Battle Casino.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Rich's Roserade and Matt. Not to mention Rich himself.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:Maria's capture of Palkia]]
** Later, in the Grand Championship, Lynn's Absol beats the ever-loving shit out of Eldes' Latias with Flash, Shadow Claw and X-Scissor. Amazing...!
* DistressedDamsel: Olivia and Sheena.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The slash scene with Nando and the drunk casino guy in Chapter 31.
* DontCallMeSir: Satsukoro doesn't like it when Luca keeps calling him Lord Satsukoro-sama.
* [[spoiler:DownerEnding]]: [[spoiler:Rich dies to prevent Judy from accidentally destroying the world after she kills Dr. Yung. Anabel looks like she'll never be able to move forward and Olivia doesn't know a thing about what really happened to her beloved father. Judy commits suicide rather than spill her secrets. As if it couldn't get any worse after that, Dr. Yung is really still alive, and a group consisting of him, Mercury, Pluto, Zero and Cassy were doing the bidding of an enigmatic entity called "Father," aiming to get rid of Team Galactic and Enigma Shadow for an unknown goal. That's right, everything that happened ''in the entire story'' was a massive GambitPileup pulled off ''perfectly.'' The heroes' suffering was for nothing.]]
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Dr. Yung to Maria.
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim: Ein's heart attack.]]
* DrowningMySorrows: Rich in Chapter 21.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Captain Liam Everton, who appears a few times on television late in the story, has been mentioned as an antagonist for the "Operation GEAR" stories.
* TheEmpath: Sheena.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:Maria and Yung are horrified when they find out Anabel was poisoned and miscarried her twins. They didn't do it. Or at least, Maria didn't...]]
* EvilLaugh: The Raikou pelt dude in Chapter 9.
* {{Expy}}: Amanda for [[CodeGeass Nunnally.]]
* EyeScream: Why Zero's right eye is covered by hair.
* FaceHeelTurn: All the Sinnoh Gym Leaders are working for Enigma Shadow except for Gardenia and Maylene. Yes, ''all of them.''
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Satsukoro cutting off the fingers of two of J's henchmen in Chapter 17. Ouch.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Sheena, Nando and Olivia. In Sheena's case, she even has the power to purify a Shadow Pokémon!
* FiveBadBand: Enigma Shadow can be loosely categorized as this.
** BigBad: Maria
** TheDragon / TheEvilGenius: Dr. Yung
** [[TheBrute The Brutes]]: The admins
** TheDarkChick: Lovrina
* FiveManBand: Rich's TrueCompanions, of course!
** TheHero: Rich
** TheLancer: Nando and Matt
** TheBigGuy: Satsukoro and/or Nando
** TheSmartGuy: Anabel and Matt
** TheChick: Olivia, Sheena, and Anabel
** TheHeart: Olivia
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:Paul's abusive father. Dr. Yung is also revealed to have lost his parents in the explosion that Mewtwo created on New Island.]]
* FromBadToWorse: boy, does it ever...
** [[spoiler:Anabel's entire pregnancy arc. She gets sick enough to end up wheelchair-bound, ends up poisoned by another person and goes into a coma, and then ''miscarries twins'']]
** [[spoiler:Satsukoro's whole backstory. His mother was killed during a rebellion in his homeland, and his father was killed in a rockfall. Just when he finds his true love her father sends her into another dimension. Oh, and did we mention he's immortal now and still looking for her?]]
* GenkiGirl: Olivia
* GirlishPigtails: Olivia.
* GratuitousFrench: Courtesy of Fantina. Oddly enough, [[CharacterizationMarchesOn she didn't use it in her earlier appearance.]]
** “Salutations, la fille Anabel! A long time since our last meeting it has been, tout ŕ fait vrai!” ''(Greetings, daughter Anabel! A long time since our last meeting it has been, quite true!)''
** “En effet, it is moi!" ''(Indeed, it is me!)''
** "Je demande, show me that power you keep ŕ l'intérieur!!" ''(I ask, show me that power you keep inside!)''
** "Ohhhhhh, décevoir, décevoir!" ''(Ohhhhhh, disappointing, disappointing!)''
** "Spiritomb, le beau Shadow Rave!" ''(Spiritomb, [use] the beautiful Shadow Rave!)''
* GratuitousJapanese: The Milokaross Tower in Aquane City.
** BilingualBonus: ''Milokaross'' is the Japanese name for Milotic.
* GreenThumb: Nando specializes in Grass-type Pokémon.
* HairTriggerTemper: Oh my god, Skull.
* HandicappedBadass: Anabel and Matt.
* HappilyMarried: Rich and Anabel.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Following his final defeat at Rich's hands, Paul rejects his old ways and becomes Satsukoro's apprentice.]]
** [[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Miror B.]] Once an admin of Cipher, now a Contest judge.
** Nando talks Crasher Wake into doing this in Chapter 32.
* [[HehHehYouSaidX Heh Heh I Said Balls]]: "[[ThirdPersonPerson Chatot]] laugh at funny machine on Rich's arm! Funny machine throw funny balls! Hahahaha, Chatot say balls!"
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:Rich gets hit with this hard after Anabel's miscarriage.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Rich ends up sacrificing his life to save everyone in the final battle.]]
* HoldYourHippogriffs:
-->'''Drew:''' Well, look what the Skitty dragged in!
* HumansAreStupid [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters Bastards]]: Skull's opinion. [[FreudianExcuse Not entirely without reason, too.]]
* HypotheticalCasting: In a sense; every character is assigned a hypothetical voice actor.
* IHaveManyNames: At some point after he lost Rosina, Koronaku changed his name to Satsukoro.
* IllGirl: Anabel, Amanda
* IncrediblyLamePun: Chapter 23, "Every Roserade Has Its Thorn"
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Eldes's Latias and Latios, Rich's Dragonite, Dramega and Salamence, Nando's Dragonite and Altaria, and Anabel's Kingdra.
* JerkAss: Ice, Snattle, Paul, Skull, Joey...
* LargeHam: CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASHERRRRRRRRRRRRR WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE!!!
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: And '''how!'''
* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler:When Maria/Rosina reunites with Satsukoro and all of her memories of being Rosina are brought back.]]
* KidHero: Olivia. She's the only one - everyone else is an adult.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: Ein]]
** [[spoiler:Jackie also]]
** [[spoiler:and Rich]]
** [[spoiler:Satsukoro and Rosina]]
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
-->'''Anabel:''' I don’t know. What does he think this is, some kind of story on the Internet?
* LeeroyJenkins: Rich's Roserade has a bad habit of popping out of her ball at the wrong times.
* LethalJokeCharacter: Nando's Kricketune, taken almost to WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief levels.
* LittleMissBadass: Olivia is shaping up to become this.
** [[spoiler:Amanda - weak, crippled and blind girl ... or Grand Champion?]]
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Poor Satsukoro.
* LuckySeven: There are seven main characters in the story - Rich, Anabel, Olivia, Matt, Nando, Satsukoro, and Skull.
* [[LukeIAmYourFather Luke, I Am]] [[InvertedTrope Not]] [[LukeIAmYourFather Your Father]]: [[spoiler:When Ein is dying, he reveals to Anabel that Elita was her mother, not Venus.]]
* MadeOfIron: Matt. Jesus Christ, Matt.
* MakingASplash: Rich specializes in Water-type Pokémon.
* ManlyTears: Nando's breakdown in Chapter 21.
* MassivelyMultiplayerCrossover: Anime, game (including totally unrelated games like VideoGame/PokemonRanger), and manga canons are used.* MeaningfulName: [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob Rich]] [[MakingASplash Mistbloom.]]
* {{Melodrama}}: And plenty of it.
* MixAndMatchCritter: Raiquazados ('''Rai'''kou, Ray'''quaza''', and Gyara'''dos''').
* MoodWhiplash: All over the place.
* MonsterSobStory: Maria.
* MoralityPet: Anabel for Skull (although it only comes up once or twice).
* MrExposition: Nando, natch.
* MusicalAssassin: The function of the Shadow Stylers created by Dr. Yung - they're essentially Ranger-[[IncrediblyLamePun style]] Capture Stylers in the form of different musical instruments that infuse Shadow Pokémon with extra energy when they're played. And, of course, there's Nando, who always uses music in his Contest appeals and is never without his harp.
* NeverSayDie: [[spoiler: The other characters don't have the heart to tell Olivia that Rich died after the final battle.]]
* OhCrap
* OlderThanTheyLook: Satsukoro. He hardly appears older than Rich or Anabel, but he's [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld actually 500+ years old.]]
* OlympusMons: Oh my Arceus, where do we start?
** Maria's Shadow Shaymin (it got Snagged by Rich)
** Dialga and Palkia
** Matt's Heatran, Tanya
** Eldes's Latias and Latios
** Darkrai
** Volkner's Shadow Raikou
** Gorigan's Shadow Heatran
** Mysterial's Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf
** Ardos's clone Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf
** [[spoiler:Lynn]]'s Shaymin
** [[spoiler:Snattle's Shadow Cresselia]]
** [[spoiler:Brandon's Shadow Regigigas]]
** [[spoiler:Maria's Shadow Darkrai]]
** [[spoiler:Arceus]]
* [[OneManArmy One Pokémon Army]]: '''Skull.''' He held off Brandon's ''[[spoiler:freaking Shadow Regigigas]]'' with Shadow End during his BigDamnHeroes moment in Chapter 33. What more evidence do you need??
** To say nothing of the aforementioned [[spoiler:Shadow Regigigas]], which took down Rich's Dragonite, Lucario, Melodic, Porygon-Z, and Ambipom without even breaking a sweat. Yikes.
* OnTheNext: Chapters contain episode previews narrated by characters.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Basically any time Nando gets angry, sad, freaked out, or displays an emotion that does not involve his usual cheerful smile.
* PapaWolf: Rich towards Olivia.
* ParentalSubstitute: [[spoiler: Nando becomes one for Olivia in the wake of Anabel's miscarriage because Rich is having a HeroicBSOD.]]
* PintsizedPowerhouse: All of Lisa's Pokémon except for Bayleef.
* ThePollyanna: ''Nando.'' Dear Arceus, Nando. He literally cannot stay upset for more than three seconds.
* PowerGivesYouWings: [[spoiler: Maria/Rosina when playing the Azure Flute at the climax to heal Arceus, restore Dialga and Palkia and prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]]
* PowerTrio
** TheKirk: Anabel
** TheMcCoy: Rich
** TheSpock: Nando/Matt
* PrecisionFStrike: "You don't have a sorry bone in your damn body."
* PsychicPowers: Anabel specializes in Psychic-type Pokémon and can also communicate telepathically. Sheena has the ability to read the hearts of Pokémon, and Rich and Satsukoro have the power of Aura.
* PunBasedTitle: Chapter 23, "Every Roserade Has Its Thorn" and Chapter 10, "Like A Walk In The Palkia"
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler:Jackie.]] Briefly became TheBusCameBack before [[spoiler:Dr. Yung sentenced him to BusCrash.]]
** PutOnABusToHell: [[spoiler: Mason, the leader of the Ranger Base, got the same fate as his employee, just without ever coming back.]]
* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies]]
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Rich effortlessly defeats Lynn's Altaria and Vileplume... then she whips out a Sky Forme Shaymin. Uh oh.]]
* TheRival: Paul
* ScarsAreForever: Poor Satsukoro...
* SequelHook: [[spoiler:The meeting between Dr. Yung, Cassy, Zero, Mercury, Pluto and Ghetsis - who had no role in the story prior to the very end - and their leader "Father" appears to be one.]]
* ShoutOut: Too many to count. Among those that pop up:
** InuYasha
** CodeGeass
** VideoGame/SuperPaperMario
** GurrenLagann
** Manga/FullmetalAlchemist
** Manga/{{Bleach}}
** {{Metalocalypse}}
** DavidBowie
** MichaelJackson
** {{ABBA}}
*** The Go Rock Quads in-story are actually [[{{Expy}} based on the band]], right down to playing their songs in-story and having band members as their [[{{HeyItsThatVoice}} voice actors]]. Not surprising considering the author states in his profiles on LJ and Serebii Forums he's a fan.
*** Matt's female Heatran is named Tanya, a reference to the character of the same name in {{Mamma Mia}}.
** RozenMaiden
** WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers
** In chapter 29, [[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt Candice expresses regret at not following the rules, and a competitor comes from Daten City in Unova]]. PSG later gets several more, including Volkner's ringtone being "Theme for Scanty and Kneesocks" and Lovrina drawing Chuck on a whiteboard.
** [[LightNovel/OreNoImoutoGaKonnaNiKawaiiWakeGaNai "My little sister can't be this powerful!"]]
** Several characters use the infamous [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Gendo pose]], most notably Matt, who has the ScaryShinyGlasses to complement it.
** Maria invokes the "dazzling the stage" catchphrase from StarDriver and then imitates Takuto Tsunashi's powerup pose.
* SlowClap: [[spoiler:after Rich defeats Satsukoro]]
* SmugSnake: Conway.
* TheSoulless / EmptyShell: Shadow Pokémon as a whole (an exception being Skull), but special mention goes to the (cloned) Shadow Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf in Chapter 32. After Rich's Lucario defeats it, Sheena even states that she can't sense Uxie's heart.
* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler:Satsukoro]] and Rosina
* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler:For Paul, it was when his dad (Tobias) set their house on fire and left Paul and Reggie to fend for themselves.]]
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Nando, [[TheWorfEffect Nando,]] ''[[AlwaysSecondBest Nando.]]''
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[EvilGenius Janus]] for [[TheSmartGuy Matt.]] Doubles as a MeaningfulName, since the Greek god Janus had two faces. Dialga also transforms into [[AxCrazy Primal Dialga]] in Chapter 26.
* SympathyForTheDevil: "It’s pitiable, this poor clone Uxie having been born only to be a weapon..."
* [[TalkingAnimal Talking Pokémon]]: Skull, Satsukoro's Lucario, Team Rocket's Meowth, Dialga, Darkrai, and Palkia.
* TakingTheBullet: Rich's Roserade jumping in front of him and Olivia to save them from being hit by Janus's Heatran's Flash Cannon.
* TenderTears: [[spoiler:Nando]] sheds some after he finds out [[spoiler:about Anabel's miscarriage.]]
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Olivia's Combee has a red dot on its bottom face, which shows that it's a girl.
* TimeSkip
* TitleDrop: The second-to-last chapter is called ''Rich vs. Maria - The Waves of Truth.''
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:Satsukoro and Rosina]]
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: "I told you before...I am not a woman! I'm a man!"
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Dr. Yung and Paul.
* VerbalTic: Anabel puts an ellipse...between every few words...like this. Justified because she...is still recovering from...[[spoiler:the miscarriage]].
** Conway ends most of his sentences with "desu".
** A " ~ ♪" often appears to indicate Nando speaking in singsong.
* VillainousBreakdown: As of chapter 29 [[spoiler: Maria's completely lost it.]]
* VillainsOutShopping: Volkner and Gorigan watching the Grand Festival, and Lovrina doing whiteboard drawings.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: Near the end, Judy reveals that her final plan is to prevent [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the Day of Reckoning,]] an admirable goal. Unfortunately, her method of doing so is less than admirable: capture Arceus [[TheCorruption with a Dark Styler]] and harness its power to stop the Day of Reckoning]].
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: Chapter 21]]
** Looks like this is going into overdrive towards the end. Chapter 30 reveals that [[spoiler:Rich still has his Dragonite and Amanda is the Grand Champion]], while in 31 [[spoiler:Olivia is kidnapped by Yung and brought to Castle Shadow, setting the stage for the final chapters]].
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"She was carrying twins."]]
** "That's why I'm putting my faith... in this one!!"
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: What became of Rich's Pokémon after his death at the end?]]
* WomanInWhite: [[spoiler:Rosina's final moments. See ColorCodedForYourConvenience above.]]
* TheWorfEffect: The number of times Nando ''hasn't'' been screwed over because of this trope can be counted on one hand.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Rich has blue hair. Anabel, Satsukoro, and Olivia have purple hair, and Dr. Yung has turquoise hair.

!!Tropes found in Pokemon Ranger and the Gardener of Gratitude include:
* BadAss: Sky Forme Shaymin
* BadassAdorable: Sky Forme Shaymin
* TheCameo: [=XD3's=] Nando appears briefly in the prologue, winning a Ribbon.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Fernando VIII]]
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Shaymin.]]
* ElegantGothicLolita: Eleanor
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler:Sutter Chiaki dies from a Horn Drill to the chest in the prologue. Ow.]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Every member of the Fernando line, and shown gruesomely with the current one]]
* GirlishPigtails: Eleanor
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Eleanor]]
* MacGuffin: The Griseous Orb
* [[spoiler:NeverFoundTheBody: Averted with Eleanor, as Rosalita explicitly says her body was recovered and would lie in state in the palace.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:When Matt inadvertently does all of Fernando's work for him]]
* OlympusMons: Arceus, Giratina, Regigigas
* RebelliousPrincess: Rosalita
* TheRival: Carter
* ShoutOut: Chapter 5 contains a huge one to David Bowie, and the royal court members are named after ABBA songs.
* StrawMisogynist: Fernando VIII
* ThirdPersonPerson: Shaymin.
* TookALevelInBadass: Matt. Goes from whiny and clumsy [[spoiler:to capturing a legendary Pokemon and later defeating another, then defeats the Big Bad]].
* TwoFistedTale: Everything in this story, right down to the setting, is a clear homage to this genre.
* {{Yandere}}: Cassy.
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