->"''I think back on those peaceful days we took for granted. When our genocide wasn't even conceivable, when killing a Pokémon was crazy, when a simple Ember didn't end in 3rd degree burns, and when I didn't worry about whether I would live to see morning.''"
-->--Intro blurb for ''The Subsistence''

Poké Wars is a set of six [[{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]] fan fictions written by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1664081/Cornova Cornova]] and co-written by Jakayrta[=/=]Zarrelion.

The six stories in the series are ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4480577/1/Poke_Wars_The_Subsistence Poké Wars: The Subsistence]]'', ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5351220/1/Poke_Wars_The_Coalescence Poké Wars: The Coalescence]]'', ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5743346/1/Poke_Wars_The_Incipience Poké Wars: The Incipience]]'', ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6246931/1/Poke_Wars_The_Exigence Poké Wars: The Exigence]]'', ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7549205/1/Poke_Wars_The_Truculence Poké Wars: The Truculence]]'', and ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7942372/1/Poke_Wars_The_Defervescence Poké Wars: The Defervescence]]''


Each of the six stories covers a specific arc, but they all tie together into one basic plot: Ho-oh has declared war on humans by removing Pokémon [[PowerLimiter dampeners]], making attacks [[UpToEleven obscenely powerful]] and ordering the Pokémon to go into a [[KillEmAll homicidal spree]]. In response to it, humanity bands together to fight and survive the [[DeathWorld deathtrap their world has become]].

!!Tropes Used In the Series:
* AMillionIsAStatistic: Uxie adopted this mindset to cope with the countless wars he's seen over the years. This is also shown to be why he isn't fazed in the slightest at the idea of [[spoiler:killing all of the Grimer and Muk]].
** It later expands to [[spoiler: all poison-types using Gengiga.]]
** As well as [[spoiler: Magcargo and Slugma using the Metagross and Alakazam.]]
** [[spoiler: He's planning on cloning them all once he's modified the extinct species to no longer have their harmful effects.]]
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Samurai's katana is capable of slicing solid rock.
* AfterTheEnd: ''The Pokémon They Carried'' takes place a few years after the initial combats.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Bug-Type Pokemon.
** ''Especially'' the Ariados.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: Mewtwo's fate at the hands of Ho-oh, who turned him into a conscious puppet that can't take '''any''' action, even self-defense, without some sort of command.]]
** [[spoiler: Manaphy might qualify depending if he's conscious or not.]]
** [[spoiler: Ho-Oh has been trapped inside the Reverse World by Uxie.]]
*** [[spoiler: There, thanks to his ResurrectiveImmortality, he will die and be reborn. '''Forever'''.]]
* AntiHero: Paul without question. There is no debate the he is at ''least'' a PragmaticHero after his "Desperado Tactic." Unless you don't think said tactic pushed him past the MoralEventHorizon and turned him into a VillainProtagonist.
** Later events seem to be pushing him more towards the UnscrupulousHero end.
* AnyoneCanDie: Said [[WordOfGod by Cornova]] in ''The Coalescence''.
--> Keep in mind that any of the characters in this fic can die. Even if they're main characters. I think I already proved that with [[spoiler: Sabrina]].
** Don't forget the trainers' Pokemon. After ''The Subsistence'', it has practically become a rule that a main character has to lose at least three Pokemon.
* ArmorIsUseless: Averted. Samurai is the only armored character in the fic and his armor has saved him from the Beedrill attacks.
* [[AssholeVictim Asshole Victims]]: [[spoiler:The Muk that attacked Hearthome were much more cunning and deliberate in their wiping out the population of the city. With that in mind, it's hard to feel sorry for them after Gengar absorbs them all]].
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Blaziken is reluctantly promoted to leader of the group because of his battle prowess.
* AuthorAppeal: The authors seem to like gore and intricate battle scenes.
* AscendedExtra: Lt. Surge, Samurai, Kaiza, Sabrina, AJ, Whitney and her uncle, and several legendaries that only showed up once or twice in the show.
** Special mention to Brendan, who only appears in three small cameos on the Pokémon movies and now he has a main role in the [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7639689/1/bPoke_b_bWars_b_The_Survival expanded universe]].
* AttackAttackAttack: Some wild Pokémon are guilty of this. The most {{egregious}} example is a Persian inhabiting Celadon with his pack of Meowth. He chucks his whole group at the Kanto survivors, and even after all of his underlings are slaughtered, he still tries using Thunderbolt. [[CaptainObvious He doesn't live long enough to pull it off]].
** [[spoiler: Same goes with the Beedrill against Gengiga.]]
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: Ho-Oh stays in the Reverse World, going through constant death and rebirth, for the damage he's done throughout the cosmos because of his removal of the dampeners.]]
* AwesomePersonnelCarrier: The Grotle "cargo trucks" in ''Downfall of a Champion'' are these in all but name.
* AxCrazy: Lt. Surge seems to show signs of this.
** [[spoiler:Harley's Ariados, until he [[HeroicSacrifice saves his trainer from a Hyper Beam]]]].
** Harley's Banette went down this path as well, but [[spoiler:seeing the Houndoom afraid of him after he torments, roasts and explodes a Golem purely for his own amusement]] [[HeelRealization snapped him out of it]]. He's very afraid he will act just like he did next time, but [[spoiler:an Earthquake from a particularly powerful Golem injures him fatally]] before he can do it again.
** Rico could have went this way but [[spoiler:he decided to make an HeroicSacrifice to let the rescue party escape before he could [[SanitySlippage snap]].]]
* {{Badass}}: Pretty much everyone.
** BadassNormal: Tracy, who uses a lead pipe to fend off Pokémon attacks and ''ripped off a Beedrill's head with his bare hands''. Also Ash, whom [[JackOfAllStats doesn't have any skills in particular, but can pull off in any field of attack]]. And Lt. Surge, who held off a group of Electivire and Scyther with his knife. In short, pretty much anyone who gets hold of a weapon quickly becomes this or dies.
* BadassBoast: Alpha invokes this just before he delivers a PreAssKickingOneLiner:
--> My pack is strong. You may have taken many of us, but not all of us are gone, and you will not take another! I will show you their strength, for I carry it on my back! '''I will defeat you for those that have fallen'''!
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: Uxie sending Ho-Oh into the Reverse World was a gambit to get Giratina to capture him, even using the reflective surfaces since it was his method of viewing their world. Once he did, Uxie sent Rayquza in to fatally injure him and attain a sample to clone him, all so that one of the few beings that could seal him away was contained. The only thing he didn't predict was Ho-Oh choosing to stay in the Reverse World rather than returning and being his experiment.]]
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Arceus warns Lugia of this when he entrusts him with the orbs of creation. He doesn't listen and creates a brother when he started to feel lonely. At the start it's happy but he still feels that something is amiss, then he learns that what he really wants is a mate. After [[GirlOfMyDreams dreaming with a perfect mate]], he makes a wish with one of his orbs and he gets her. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone His brother leaves them]] after Lugia decided to use his last orb to give his mate the ability to procreate instead of giving him a mate too, damning him a life of solitude. [[spoiler:[[OhCrap He would join Ho-Oh's cause in the future.]]]]
* BearsAreBadNews: Ursaring can get [[UnstoppableRage angry]] if you kill many of their group.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: A lot of the Pokemon that the trainers helped in the past wind up joining them or committing a HeroicSacrifice to help in the long run.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Mew is ''very'' childish but he can [[{{Shapeshifter}} transform]] into any Pokémon he desires and ''every'' attack is his to command. To top it off, he can teleport at will.
* BigDamnVillains: Near the end of ''Start of Chaos'', Alakazam's attack on the hideout Dawson's group is taking refuge in is halted when '''Team Rocket''' swoops in on them. It sort of helps that the hideout belonged to the group, and justified because they detected a signal there. To be specific, it's the one near the Lake of Rage.
* BlackComedy: Banette's favorite coping mechanism. This exchange from when he [[spoiler: died and came back to life]] pretty much says it all:
--> '''Banette:''' All I remember was everything being white for as far as I could see. I don't know if I imagined it all, if it was a dream, or if I really died. What really surprised me was that there weren't any flames.
--> '''Cacturne:''' Banette.
--> '''Banette:''' Oh come on, you didn't honestly think I was gonna end up anywhere else if I died, did you?
* BlatantLies: Banette saying that the the [[ShockAndAwe Thunder]] attack he used on the Golem was ForScience.
* BlessedWithSuck: Dampener removal greatly augments a Pokémon's abilities. Unfortunately, it is extremely painful and results in PowerIncontinence until they learn to control it. Even then, their attacks are always lethal and ''extremely'' destructive. It is especially magnified for Pokémon like Heatran or Magmar whose body temperature rises to such an extent that being near them is lethal.
* BloodKnight: Pikachu becomes one for a short time in ''The Coalescence''.
** AJ in ''The Subsistence'' made it clear that he'd kill any Pokémon that attacks humans.
* BloodstainedGlassWindows: The survivors in ''Hell In Sinnoh'' take refuge in a cathedral and one of them curses [[CrystalDragonJesus Arceus]] for allowing this war to happen. The last "shot" is that of the broken stained glass windows.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Uxie's code of morals isn't based on any idea of good or evil, but rather what is and isn't logically the best outcome. This leads to him making very ruthless decisions for Ho-oh's side, but he doesn't even see them as ruthless; to him, they're the most logical course of action and therefore the best.
* BoomHeadshot: This is how Suicune dispatches a number of people inside a Pokemon Center.
** [[spoiler: And how Alex dispatches the gang leader on Rustoboro City to save Katrina from a certain death.]]
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Chapter one of ''The Exigence'' is called "Lights! Camera! '''Apocalypse!'''"
* BreakoutVillain: Uxie.
* BreakTheCutie: Ash and Tracy in ''The Subsistence''. Oh boy, do they ever get broken!
** Don't forget May, Drew, Solidad, Harley and [[HeroicBSOD Whitney]].
* BringMyBrownPants: Happens to Brock in ''The Subsistence'' when he is confronted by an [[GiantSpider Ariados]].
** Also happens to Weavile in ''The Truculence'' after he sees the giant Gengar (Gengiga) wipe out an entire group of Muk.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Dr. Kaminko from ''The Pokémon They Carried'' has a habit of naming his military hardware after Pokémon. Command lets him keep doing this because ''he's just that damn good'' at designing weapons.
* CantHoldHerLiquor: In a party at the end of ''The Coalescence'', Dawn gets completely shitfaced on a very weak alcoholic drink. Justified by her young age.
* TheCaptain: Alpha clearly serves this role for the Houndoom pack.
* ChainsawGood: [[spoiler: Duplica's Mini-Dit]] can transform into a ''chainsaw katana''.
* CharacterDevelopment: Harley is a good example. At first he's a {{Jerkass}} who tells the police that May killed all the people in the contest hall on purpose for no reason other than to cause her problems. [[BreakTheHaughty Until his own Pokémon start dying, that is]]. He mellows out even more afterwards, and even prays for May and Drew to die quickly and/or without pain when their situation looks particularly hopeless.
* AChatWithSatan: Happens in ''The Defervescence'' [[spoiler: where Giratina meets Ho-oh in the Reverse World and calls him out on all of his atrocities.]]
* CelebCrush: Angela feels this kind of crush on Arthur, after seeing him participating and winning the second place of the Ever Grande Conference.
* {{Chestburster}}: Weedle reproduce by stinging their host and impregnating them with their offspring, which then proceed to eat their host alive. Wurmple use a variation of this with the same disturbing effects or even more.
* ChildSoldiers: If ''Dawn of a New Era'' is any indication, a decent portion of the soldiers are teenagers or possibly even younger.
** And let's not forget the title character. She's fourteen at the time of the story.
* ClusterFBomb: The Golem in chapter eight and nine of ''The Exigence'' swear far more than any other characters.
* ColdSniper: Dawn in the ExpandedUniverse.
* CombatBreakdown: Present in practically every fight so far. The only exception was Pikachu vs. Sandslash, since (despite everything) it was just a spar.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Averted by Paul's Magmar in ''The Truculence''. When he first emerges from the Pokéball, he gives off so much radiant heat that Paul's Honchkrow bursts into flame. In fact, he produces so much heat that he ''melts a stop sign just by walking past it''.
* CrapsackWorld: Pretty much everywhere, but Johto got the short end of the stick so far, as it was the epicenter of the war and the place Ho-Oh's crew bore down on humans the hardest. It becomes the BigBad's base of operations later on.
* CrazySurvivalist: Kaiza definitely counts. Lt. Surge has some shades of this.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: ''Tons'' but the ones below are standout examples.
** Impregnated then eaten alive from the inside out by Weedle and Wurmple.
** Liquified and then slurped up by an Ariados.
** Being dissolved alive by a Muk's poisonous touch..
** Being burned alive, from the inside out, by [[{{Hellfire}} Will-O-Wisp]].
* DarkFic
* DarkIsNotEvil: Darkrai is allied with Lugia. The Houndoom near Goldenrod are the only wild Pokémon sympathetic to humans, and even betrayed their pact with Entei to protect May and her friends.
** The Mightyena pack in ''Start of Chaos'' count too, even though they did kidnap Joy, but only so she can heal one of their cubs.
** Subverted with [[spoiler:Ho-oh, who's become a part Dark-type]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: The Pokémon world has become a world at war.
* DarkestHour: Humanity's seen better days, as it only took 10 days for over 6 billion people to die. The only hope is Lugia releasing humanity's [[PowerLimiters dampeners]].
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler: Gengiga.]]
* DeathWorld: No place is truly safe anymore for either Pokémon or humans.
* DeconstructionFic: This series completely tears apart the sub-genre of Pokémon revolution fanfictions. It also highlights how lethal the [[{{mons}} Pokémon]] can be.
* DeusAxMachina: In ''Dawn of a New Era'', Ash finds a fire ax inside the Celedon City gym and uses to break down a locked door.
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: The effects of the war are depicted realistically and there is a fairly obvious WarIsHell message. Unfortunately, few of the reviewers notice this, instead choosing to focus on the elaborate fight scenes.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Ash and Samurai refuse to use firearms, but it doesn't stop the former from using them.
* {{Doorstopper}}: The shortest one of the completed books is 55,073 words long. If all the completed books are added up together, they total 340,186 words.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Ho-Oh's genocide could be seen as this.
* DropShip: The ''Pelipper'' class dropships featured in ''The Pokémon They Carried''. It should be noted that these drop ships are designed for atmospheric use.
* DropTheHammer: Andre from ''Downfall of a Champion'' fights with a sledgehammer.
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler:Harley's Ariados]] gets consumed by bloodlust but when he does a HeroicSacrifice, he reverts to [[spoiler:Ariados that Harley]] loved.
* EarthIsABattlefield: [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Kanto]], [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Johto]], [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Hoenn]], [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Sinnoh]], [[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Orre]], [[VideoGame/PokemonRanger Fiore, Oblivia, Almia]], and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Unova]] have all become war torn [[CrapsackWorld hell holes]].
* EmbarrassingNickname: Dawn does not like her nickname of "[[RedBaron Blue Death]]".
* EmotionsVsStoicism: On Lugia's side, we have Mesprit, the living incarnation of emotions that is clearly shown suffering after seeing the atrocities of the war-torn world. On Ho-oh's side, we have Uxie, who sees emotions as a distraction in the way of his experiments.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Entei is a sadist that takes great pleasure out of making games out of his slaughter of humans and trained Pokemon alike, but he loves his brothers, and would gladly give his life for them.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Subverted. Ho-oh is at first horrified at the concept of [[spoiler:wiping out the entire species of Grimer and Muk]]. He only goes along with it after hearing Uxie's reasoning, justifying it to himself with the rationale of [[spoiler:those Pokémon being by-products of humanity and therefore an extension of humans]].
** Ho-oh also despises clones, which puts him at odds with Uxie when the latter decides to start utilizing New Island's cloning technology.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: All Pokémon (save for the ones originally owned by trainers and some of the [[OlympusMons Legendaries]]) are [[KillAllHumans hostile]] to humans and ''will'' go to surprising lengths to kill them.
** Going by [[spoiler:Harley's Ariados]], even the trained Pokémon may be hostile.
** Tentacruel aren't willing to take sides on the war, but if you set foot on their territory, they won't hesitate to attack.
** Averted with Azelf, who feels the fight isn't his to get involved, the Shaymin, who don't think they can make a difference, and the Heatran, since they [[BystanderSyndrome don't see it as their problem]].
** Cornova has posted three tiers of hostility rating on his [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1664081/Cornova profile]]. Kill On Sight, Territorial, and Not Active Instigator. The remaining Pokemon are noted to be "Mostly peaceful, but still dangerous."
** Also averted by the [[spoiler: Houndoom outside Goldenrod City]]. They hold humans in high esteem ever since one of their group was treated completely for free when he was sick.
* EvilDuo: Ho-oh and Uxie form this dynamic, and it is very creepy. [[spoiler:[[TheStarscream And then the latter turns on the former.]]]]
* ExpandedUniverse
** Cornova:
*** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6736319/1/Poke_Wars_The_Pokemon_They_Carried The Pokemon They Carried]]'', a sneak peek on the military future of the series.
*** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8214185/1/Poke_Wars_The_Northwind_Confessions The Northwind Confessions]]'', which tells the story of Suicune's mission after the dampener removal.
** Jakayrta[=/=]Zarrelion:
*** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6688158/1/Poke_Wars_Hell_In_Sinnoh Hell In Sinnoh]]'', which tells the story of an unnamed coordinator with her small ragtag group of survivors in Sinnoh
*** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6732944/1/Poke_Wars_Dawn_of_a_New_Era Dawn of a New Era]]'', which focuses on Dawn's position as a sniper and her inner thoughts on the events
*** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7206818/1/Poke_Wars_Downfall_of_a_Champion Downfall of a Champion]]'', which tells the story of Cynthia and how she copes with the new situation.
** Janus366:
*** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7416558/1/Poke_Wars_El_deseo_de_Lugia Poké Wars: El Deseo de Lugia]]'' (''Poké Wars: Lugia's Wish'') which tells the story of Lugia's family and resumes The Incipience with focus on Lugia's side of the story,
*** [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7634417/1/Poke_Wars_Lugias_Wish Now English version of Lugia's Wish]]
*** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7424688/1/Poke_Wars_La_Supervivencia Poké Wars: La Supervivencia]]'' (''Poké Wars: The Survival'') which tells the story of a group of survivors from Petalburg City who are trying to find a safe haven from wild Pokémon, introducing both known (Brendan and Max for example) and new characters to the story.
*** [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7639689/1/Poke_Wars_The_Survival English version of Poké Wars: The Survival]]
*** [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8284869/1/Poke_Wars_El_Escuadron_Zero El Escuadrón Zero]] (''Poké Wars: The Zero Squad'') which is set on the millitary future of the series and introduces MiniMecha inspired on [[VideoGame/FrontMission wanzers]] called the Overlords.
** [=JanTanner=]:
*** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7552600/1/Poke_Wars_Start_of_Chaos Poké Wars: Start of Chaos]]'' tells the story of a Johto Pokémon trainer from Sinnoh named Dawson, a Nurse Joy, and a group of children.
*** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10086830/1/Poke-Wars-Amidst-Chaos Poké Wars: Amidst Chaos]]'' takes place six years after the dampener removal.
** Senriyu:
*** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7560083/1/Poke_Wars_The_Divergence Poke Wars: The Divergence]]'' tells the tale of the Unova region after the Dampener Removal.
** [=NobodiesHiiro=]
*** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8248697/1/Poke_wars_Fools_Paradise Poké Wars: Fool's Paradise]]'' tells the tale of Hiiro Mizutani, a refugee from Olivine City and his journey through the war ravaged Johto region.
** Kuroi-Uyoku
*** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8225210/3/Poke_Wars_the_Convergence Poké Wars: The Convergence]]'' tells the story of Kanta, a Battle Frontier trainer who is trying to survive this new world with the help of his Pokémon.
** anonymous naruhinafan
*** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8251077/1/Poke_Wars_The_Defence Poké Wars: The Defence]]'' is the story of Shadrick and his fellow townspeople defending their hometown from hordes of invading Pokémon.
** violet604
*** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8469868/1/Poke-Wars-Victory-Road Poké Wars: Victory Road]]'' chronicles the journeys of Maya - a young girl - and Nida - her Nidoqueen guardian - through an abandoned and war-torn Kanto.
** Disciple of Mischief:
*** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9197910/1/Pok%C3%A9-Wars-The-Game Poké Wars: The Game]]'' follows Entei's mission following the dampener removal.
* ExpendableClone: Uxie aims to use the cloning technology to create an army of clone Pokémon - that way, whenever Ho-oh's coalition goes to war, whatever losses they incur will mostly be clones as opposed to actual Pokémon.
* {{Expy}}: Uxie seems to be one of Mordin Solus from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
** I305 "Lairon" Mobile Infantry Self-Contained Pressurized Environmental Combat Survival Exoskeleton from ''Poké Wars: The Divergence'' seem suspiciously similar to the [[{{Halo}} MJOLNIR]] suits that Master Chief wears.
* FallenHero: ''The Defervescence'' shows that while he was always a bit egotistical, BigBad Ho-oh used to have his heart in the right place.
* FastballSpecial: A variant. Regigigas throws Regirock at Mewtwo not as a blunt projectile but as a grenade.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Ho-oh is trapped in the Reverse World which is becoming flooded with a noxious gas. Thanks to his ResurrectiveImmortality, he will die and be reborn. '''Forever'''.]]
* FeatheredFiend: The Fearow in Chapter 9 of ''The Subsistence'' were bloodthirsty as all hell. The pack leader is a particularly nasty example.
* FellOffTheBackOfATruck: Alpha explains that the supplies that May's group uses were "borrowed" from a nearby settlement.
* FiveBadBand
** BigBad: Ho-oh: Leader of the genocide campaign.
** TheDragon: Raikou: Ho-oh's "lieutenant", who accompanies him at nearly all times.
*** Entei: Another one of Ho-Oh's dragons, sent on a mission to recruit wild Pokémon.
*** Kyogre: Has so far been commanding the majority of the underwater Pokémon to do Ho-oh's bidding, and has also discovered an "ace" that supposedly could guarantee Ho-oh's victory.
*** DragonInChief: Uxie is a far more competent antagonist than Ho-oh lacking Ho-oh's SmugSnake ego. He's the one who constantly upgrades and expands Ho-oh's forces, keeps all of the megalomaniacs that Ho-oh's recruited in line, and basically makes all the plans. Ho-oh has recently realized this and is fearing that he might soon be DemotedToDragon. [[spoiler: Although Uxie just tosses him into the Reverse World and effectively takes over.]]
** TheBrute: Shadow Lugia: A corrupted Lugia clone who only desires to take the real Lugia's mate and cause as much destruction as possible.
** EvilGenius: Uxie: The Being of Knowledge who sees the genocide and everything else as a chance to experiment. He's doing it ForScience, though, and only joined Ho-Oh because he won't complain about Uxie's lack of morality.
** DarkChick: Mewtwo: An artificial being who first fought against Ho-oh and lost, ending up as little more than a mind controlled puppet.
* ForkLiftFu: Andre from ''Downfall of a Champion'' uses a front end loader to break out of an abandoned warehouse.
* ForScience: Uxie's sole reason for joining up with Ho-oh; he wants to use the war and genocide as a chance to experiment.
* FreudianExcuse: Shadow Lugia is pretty ticked off about the abuse he suffered under Cipher.
** The other hostile Legendaries, save Kyogre, have pretty "legitimate" (in their eyes) reasons to hate humanity.
* FromBadToWorse: [[spoiler:Ho-Oh is usurped by Uxie, who sees ''everything'' as an experiment and is far crueler and smarter than any other character due to his lack of emotions.]]
* GenreShift[=/=]GenreRoulette: ''The Subsistence'', ''The Coalescence'' are mostly adventure stories with elements of SurvivalHorror. The next story, ''The Incipience'', shifts in tone to something resembling a political intrigue thriller. ''The Exigence'' returns to the old formula. ''The Pokémon They Carried'' and ''Poke Wars: The Divergence'' are straight-up MilitaryScienceFiction. ''Hell in Sinnoh'' is [[AfterTheEnd post apoc]] slice of life. ''Dawn of a New Era'' has a action-adventure and SurvivalHorror aspect in the first chapter. The next chapter is a MilitaryScienceFiction slice of life story. ''Downfall of a Champion'' is a mix of adventure and SurvivalHorror.
* {{Gorn}}: The authors occasionally seem to take a ''little'' too much pleasure in describing the violence and brutality of the war and the effects of undampened {{Pokemon}} attacks on living beings.
** Even moves that were originally non-damaging, like Gravity, [[LethalHarmlessPowers can be used to do damage]]… usually with [[PinkMist gory results]].
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: Gengiga.]]
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Mewtwo beats the crap out of Registeel using the latter's own torn off arms.
* GunsAkimbo: Dawn uses two handguns to fight off a horde of Cloyster. [[ImprobableAimingSkills She doesn't miss]].
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by her [[spoiler: dampener removal]].
* GunsAreWorthless: Averted. Firearms prove to be very effective on smaller Pokémon.
* TheGunslinger: Dawn. She's a combination of Type A and a little of Type C.
* {{Hellfire}}: Will-O-Wisp is a supernatural purple-blue fire that cannot be extinguished and can burn even rock.
* HeroicBSOD: May, believing her Pokémon have killed an entire contest hall full of people.
** Whitney after she finds her uncle's corpse.
** Tracy, after losing all the Pokémon on the ranch because of the Muk, along with all the spare pokeglovs and everything else important to him. He even wished Ash would die.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Sabrina sacrifices herself]] to teleport everyone to safety after Pikachu ignites the volatile gas filled air surrounding a city overrun by Grimer and Muk, which becomes a massive fireball.
** [[spoiler:Solidad drops off Drew's Flygon, allowing Drew and Harley to escape Raikou's attacks, which the Pokémon couldn't evade due to the weight.]]
** [[spoiler:Harley's Ariados tackles Harley out of the way of an Ursaring's Hyper Beam. He gets the bottom half of his body vaporized in the process]], but [[DyingAsYourself gets rid of his blinding bloodlust]].
** [[spoiler:Rico buys time for a rescue party to carry back captured people from a Beautifly and Dustox attack, he accomplishes his objective but is killed by a Beautifly's Silver Wind attack.]]
* HeroKiller: Besides [[OlympusMons the Legendaries]], the Muk have had the most successful track record of killing off main characters.
** Gengiga. He singlehandedly killed a regions worth of poison Pokémon, was more powerful than most Legendary Pokémon, heck, other Legendaries ''[[TheDreaded feared him]]''. [[spoiler: And it took all four Regis, being drowned ''in lava'' on top of him wanting to die in order too kill him.]]
* HopeSpot: Rayquaza encourages Lugia's brother not to destroy Olivine City under this rationale - if it's left intact, then more and more humans will see it as a place of refuge and flock to it. Then, whenever Ho-oh or one of his allies returns, there will be far more humans to kill.
* HostageSituation: The caravan has to confront a gang from Rustboro City who have taken some people as hostages, wanting to exchange them for all their supplies and weaponry.
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: Andrew mention this, even using the example of the Skitty and Wailord to point of how weird are egg groups sometimes. Everyone is shocked from the revelation, but he quickly rectifies that it only have happened on in vitro fertilization experiments because in nature, [[UnfortunateImplications it would be physically impossible to make them breed…]] Later, Jennifer comments [[TakeThat how Arceus have created the world in such a strange way.]] Andrew responds to her telling that a popular theory is that Wailord and Wailmer where, a long time ago, Pokémon who lived on land.
* HoverTank: ''The Pokémon They Carried'' mentions one of these, the M009 Blastoise.
* HumansAreBastards: Ho-oh's excuse for his campaign. Even some of the good Legendaries admit they think this way.
* HumansAreSpecial: Some of the Legendaries believe humans will earn their place in the post dampener removal DeathWorld. ExpandedUniverse stories confirm this. [[spoiler: Ho-Oh once thought this in the past.]]
* HumanShield: Barry, the gang leader of The Sevipers on Rustboro pulled this using Katrina as a shield to demand the rescue team to surrender.
* HumansAreWarriors - Darkrai's quote says it all:
--> '''Darkrai:''' Humans are conquerors; whether it with is Pokémon or with each other.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Uxie to Ho-oh; Ho-oh even admits that the sprite is the only real reason that his plans haven't completely fallen apart. [[spoiler: He eventually takes over.]]
* TheHyena: Banette has a habit of bursting into laughter at random and usually inappropriate moments. Or when he's called out on it.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: Halfway through his fight with the Regis, Gengiga reveals that he hasn't been using the moves that Uxie taught him.
* ICallItVera: Kaiza's custom built revolver is called "Thunderbolt".
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: In ''The Subsistence'', Ash has Pikachu use Thunder on a sinking ferry overrun by Sharpedo and Tentecruel. He regrets that he had to kill everyone on the ship but the Pokémon swarming the ship were too dangerous to leave alive.
** Hiiro in ''Fool's Paradise'' has his Ampharos unleash Thunder in a harbor filled with Tentacruel and their victims, killing everyone in the water so the boats in Olivine City can head out to sea. He calls his plan "a horrible, despicable, but ultimately necessary idea" and he explicitly states "You won't like it" to an Officer Jenny who asks him for a plan.
** Alex said this to Katrina back on the caravan's encampment after rescuing her from a HostageSituation.
* IDieFree: [[spoiler: Gengiga prefers death than to remain under Uxie's thumb.]]
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Dawn has more skill than any champion in shooting sports.
** Ash manages to nail a grenade with a .50 caliber sniper rifle shot. ''In mid air''.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Pokémon or guns are preferred weapons but improvised weapons are sometimes used.
** ''Dawn of a New Era'' - Ash uses his Pokéglov as a bludgeon against an attacking Meowth.
** ''The Subsistence'' - Tracy fights uses a lead pipe, and [[WeaponOfChoice doesn't feel comfortable with anything else]].
** ''The Survival'' - The men guarding the caravan leaving Petalburg wield everything from guns to improvised maces, spears and a variety of homemade weapons.
* InterspeciesRomance - Brendan's Aggron and Arthur's Tyranitar are on this. Bannette, while joking, implies this on Roserade and Cacturne.
* IntriguedByHumanity: [[spoiler:In the past, Ho-oh was one who was most intrigued by humans.]]
* InvulnerableKnuckles - averted '''[[UpToEleven with a vengeance]]''' in chapters 8 and 9 of ''The Exigence''. [[spoiler:It looks like Blaziken will take a '''long''' while to recover after breaking both hands and one leg while attacking the Golem.]]
* TheJuggernaut: Gengiga, it takes all four Regis to make him fight.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Ho-oh reveals to Mewtwo during their battle that the dampener removal gave him the subtype of Dark and therefore made him immune to Mewtwo's psychic attacks. Mewtwo promptly uses Miracle Eye to negate that advantage and then uses Psychic to tear Ho-oh's head and limbs apart.
* KamehameHadoken: Batuo and his Medicham are confirmed to be able to do this, being called a Chi Wave.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Samurai uses a katana and can [[RazorWind fire air blades]] from it.
* KillAllHumans: Ho-oh's ultimate goal.
* KillerRabbit: [[MagnificentBastard Uxie]] should be on the top of everyone's "Do Not Fuck With" List if you value your life. Even [[BigBad Ho-oh]] fears him.
* KillItWithFire: What fire-type attacks now do. Will-O-Wisp is a particularly horrifying example, as it cannot be put out except by the attacker's will.
* KillItWithWater: Water Gun and Hydro Pump are now capable of dismembering their targets.
* KnightOfCerebus: While this fic was ''never'' Pichus and Clefairys, the arrival of the Muk truly set the [[DarkerandEdgier tone]] [[AnyoneCanDie of this story]], causing the first main character deaths outside of secondhand accounts and flashbacks.
** Uxie ups the ante a billion fold, with his skills turning Ho-oh's failing plan and organization into a cold, cruel, LawfulEvil army of {{Hero Killer}}s.
* KungFuSonicBoom - When Regigigas punches Ho-oh, the shockwave produced blows a crater in the ground.
** The punches of Slakings produces small craters to show how strong they are.
* {{Jerkass}}: Harley, [[CharacterDevelopment at first]]. Paul too.
** JerkassHasAPoint: [[spoiler:Paul has Marcie's corpse thrown off the train they're on to distract the Drapion despite everyone's protest because they needed the time, there was no way to know if she was contaminated, and they can't afford dead weight.]]
* LaResistance: Lugia's corps of Legendaries and Ash's band are the biggest examples.
* LastStand: Implied by Harley's Banette that it'll be their way to go when May's group gets surrounded by a pack of [[HellHound Houndoom]]. [[spoiler:Thankfully, they come in peace.]]
* LeaveNoSurvivors: Ho-oh orders Raikou to do this when Raikou launches his attack on Goldenrod City; Raikou takes it so much to heart that he relentlessly blasts the nearby ranch where May, Whitney, and Drew are taking cover after he's killed everything else in the city.
* LethalHarmlessPowers: Thanks to the dampener removal, many "harmless" attacks and abilities can be used in lethal and gruesome ways. Some examples:
** Banette can phase through solid matter (including living things) with ease. Combine that with Will-O-Wisp and he can start fires inside his victims.
** Gravity originally immobilized its victims and forced flyers to land. Now it can also be used to crush a target to death or turn rain into dangerous projectiles.
** String Shot originally bound and immobilized its victims. It can now be used as RazorWire.
** The [[PetalPower Carnevale Masquerade]] comination move as used by Roserade and Masquerain consisted of a beautiful dance combined with a shower of petals and a sweet odor. It was intended to be used as a flashy non-damaging move in a Pokémon contest. Using against a horde of bug Pokémon resulted in PinkMist.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: A Golem in ''The Exigence'' smashes his frozen arm to keep the rest of his body from freezing over.
* LightIsNotGood: At first, Ho-oh. The rainbow phoenix… And mass murderer.
** Subverted. ''The Incipience'' explains that a Pokémon enduring negative feelings obtains the power of darkness, which makes Ho-oh a part Dark-type.
* LikeAGodToMe: The giant Alakazam Ho-oh and Uxie meet in ''The Defervescence'' immediately pledges its service to Uxie, given that its species constantly seek knowledge and Uxie is revered as the creator of knowledge. Uxie - who [[InsistentTerminology prefers to be seen as the creator of intelligence and the capacity to learn]] - sees it as blind loyalty, comparing it to the manufacturer of a chisel and hammer being worshiped because of a great sculpture.
* LiteralGenie: Wishes made on an Orb of Creation must be worded very specifically; Lugia finds this out the hard way when he realizes that although he wished for a mate, his wish did not mention anything about the mate being able to procreate. He ended up using his final Orb to give her that ability, which in turn leads to his brother's FaceHeelTurn.
* LoopholeAbuse: In ''The Incipience'', Lugia exploits the fact that humans have dampeners to give an edge to humanity. He also notes that Ho-Oh carefully worded his wish to prevent his own from being undone. [[InformedAbility We don't get to see the actual wording, though.]]
* LoveTriangle: between Ash, Dawn, and Misty.
* LudicrousGibs: Not surprisingly, most Pokémon attacks now result in this. Shotgun shells on smaller Pokémon have about the same effect.
* MadScientist: Uxie sees the entire genocide/war as nothing more than a science experiment. And there are implications that he wants to [[spoiler:clone Ash]].
* ManChild: Mew is not exactly a bastion of maturity. As evidenced by his words upon meeting Latias.
--> '''Mew:''' Hi. I'm Mew. Wanna play?
* MassOhCrap: Ash and co. in ''The Subsistence'' when they realize that not only does Bill's Dragonite Call still work, the giant Dragonite that was called is ''pissed off''.
* MassSuperEmpoweringEvent: Aside from the one affecting the Pokémon, Lugia uses his own orb of creation to [[spoiler:remove the dampeners of humans]].
* MercyKill: Ash to the unfortunate survivors in the sea of murderous Pokémon and Kaiza, and Samurai to his Pinsir.
* MightyGlacier: M1-12 Rhydon cargo carriers mount one 105 mm smoothbore cannon, several 30 mm autocannons and are heavily armored enough to shrug off anything short of a [[WaveMotionGun Hyper Beam]] or [[OlympusMons Legendary Pokémon]] attack. Their top speed is twenty five miles per hour.
* [[MilitaryAndWarfareTropes Military Fiction]]: ''The Pokémon They Carried'', ''Dawn of a New Era'', ''The Divergence'', and ''Amidst Chaos'' have elements of this genre.
* MilitaryMashupMachine: The M1-12 Rhydon cargo carriers mentioned in ''The Pokemon They Carried'' are "small" land battleships. They weigh 136 tons, stand 14 meters (46 feet) tall and are armed with 105mm smoothbore cannon on a mount that can rotate 360 degrees along with a bunch of turrets bearing 30 mm autocannons. Oh yeah, they can also carry supplies and troops. And they have armor that is impervious to anything short of a Hyper Beam or Legendary Pokémon attack.
* MindOverManners: Sabrina forgets this being so happy to meet Ash again, Lt. Surge and Samurai attempted to kill her. Not to mention the way she embarrassed Misty and Dawn...
* MindRape: [[spoiler: Uxie harvests knowledge human scientists minds before killing them.]]
* [[HumanPopsicle Mon Popsicle]]: Kyogre freezes Manaphy in a pyramid of ice.
* [[PeoplePuppets Mon Puppets]]: Ho-oh takes control of [[spoiler:Mewtwo's]] body with an orb of creation.
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: [[spoiler: Roserade was greatly annoyed by Banette, and let out some pretty harsh words to him before he went out to help the Houndoom. She gets very upset when she finds him [[NotQuiteDead (briefly)]] bereft of life in the battlefield, and recognizes that, despite her dislike of his antics, he was the only one that managed to pull their group out of the depressed moments they'd faced so far.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Regigigas and his trio successfully kill Gengiga, assuming Ho-oh had deployed him to attack Lugia and co. If they hadn't done so, Gengiga would have eliminated the poison-types in Kanto, including a certain cluster of Muk…]]
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: Forget most of what you would find in the Pokémon series - there is no Pokémon capturing, badge collecting, contests, rivals, nothing. After the removal of the dampeners, the characters' lives become more similar to [[VideoGame/{{Unreal}} Prisoner 849's time in Na Pali]] than anything else. ''The Pokémon They Carried'' has a general atmosphere closely resembling the CommandAndConquer series.
* NotQuiteDead - Heroic example. [[spoiler:Banette]] gets smashed into a tree by a rampaging Golem and "dies" in Clefable's hands. He comes back to life when [[spoiler: the group's Pokemon cry over him, bringing him back with Pokémon tears]].
* ObliviouslyEvil - Muk only wish to expand their territory, and any sort of ecological damage they may cause is completely unintentional on their part.
* OutDamnedSpot: Suicune goes right into this trope after personally killing quite a few humans.
* PinPullingTeeth - Ash pulls the pins of some grenades he stole from Kaiza and then blows up a bridge to keep the Cloyster from attacking him and Dawn in ''The Coalescence''.
* PlotArmor - Judging by the ExpandedUniverse stories, which show the future of the series' world, [[spoiler:most of the Kanto arc characters, including at least Ash, Surge, Dawn, Samurai, and Duplica]] survive and stay sane enough to occupy important posts at the new human coalition.
* PoweredArmor - the I305 "Lairon" Mobile Infantry Self-Contained Pressurized Environmental Combat Survival Exoskeleton mentioned in ''The Divergence'' provide protection against extreme environments and battle damage in addition to substantially increasing the wearer's strength.
* PowerIncontinence - A lot of trainer Pokémon accidentally kill their allies when the dampeners are removed, including Lt.Surge's Raichu and AJ's Sandslash. The Psychics in Saffron killed everyone, including themselves with the exception of Sabrina.
* PowerLimiter - the aforementioned dampeners.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner - Done by Alpha. "'''THIS IS THE STRENGTH OF MY PACK!'''" Cue him opening a can of whoopass on the lead Golem with the move Beat Up.
* PredecessorVillain: Giratina used to be the proto-Ho-oh to the point that he did something that caused Arceus to create the dampeners in the first place. He's chilled out a lot since then.
* PrettyLittleHeadshots - Averted. When [[spoiler: Ash]] kills Kaiza with his own handgun, the end result is quite messy. The trend goes on to whoever gets hit in the head with a bullet.
* PsychicPowers - Sabrina possesses ''extremely'' deadly psychic powers. In the {{expanded universe}}, Will and Lucian also possess psychic powers but aren't as powerful as Sabrina.
* PsychoElectro - Raikou is... rather unbalanced. He does have a moment of sympathy towards humans at first, but decides to have blind faith in Ho-Oh and follow his orders regardless.
** Pikachu, after destroying a cluster of Muk. The temporary energy gain alters his behavior from "eager to fight" to "bloodthirsty".
* RatedMForManly - Intense battle sequences fueled by RuleOfCool and [[{{badass}} badasses]] all around pretty much add up to this.
* RazorFloss - Ariados silk can take this form.
* RazorWind - Aside from the standard Razor Wind and Air Cutter attacks from the Pokémon canon, Samurai eventually gains the ability to swing his katana with such force that he can generate a blade of air.
** Beautiflys can use Silver Wind with deadly effect.
* RealitySubtext: One chapter of ''The Defervescence has Uxie succeed in getting Mewtwo to transform into his [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY mega form.]] The day before that chapter was uploaded was the day where the advanced forms were officially revealed to be called "mega forms."
* RedBaron - In ''Dawn of a New Era'' Dawn, get the nickname "Blue Death" for her skill with a .50 caliber sniper rifle. She [[EmbarrassingNickname doesn't like it]].
** Hiiro Mizutani from ''The Pokémon They Carried'' bears the nickname of "Black Blade".
** Mimoru from ''The Pokémon They Carried'' is known by the soldiers as "The Marionette".
* TheResenter: Shadow Lugia is very much this towards the original, and Ho-oh goads Kyogre into being this towards Manaphy.
* ResurrectiveImmortality: Ho-oh has been thrown into a mountain and had his limbs and head torn apart, and come back none the worse for wear. According to Uxie, only a legendary is able to have this ability - if a normal Pokémon had it, they'd fall under BornAgainImmortality. [[spoiler: When Uxie decides to take over he mentions several ways to negate it before tossing him into the Reverse World.]]
* TheRival - Sandslash and Pikachu had this going on in ''The Coalescence''.
* RuleOfCool - The battle sequences practically ''run'' on high-test Rule Of Cool.
* SanitySlippage: As Suicune kills more and more people, his sanity has notably deteriorated. It has gotten to the point where he is hearing voices ''and it's only the second chapter of his story!''
** Rico did know he was slowly slipping after his traumatic experience on the pokemon center basemant. [[spoiler: So he decided to pull an HeroicSacrifice to avoid becoming a danger to the caravan]].
* SatanicArchetype: Both Ho-oh and Uxie fit this trope believe it or not.
** Ho-oh is a great and noble angelic being of light who's {{Pride}} makes him rebel against God's chosen plan in favor of his own vision and he makes other Legendaries/Angels join him by preying on their hidden desires and his fall to evil causes him to lose sight of what he originally fought for turning him into an angry, spiteful, and petty creature of darkness, [[spoiler: that gets trapped inside the Pokemon version of Hell, the Reverse World.]]
** Uxie is a monster that is sealed away and is released during an apocalyptic scenario who then proceeds to manipulate events from behind the scenes to his benefit, he is a creature that looks like a creature of good and light disguising his evil intent, he believes that he can make the universe superior to God's attempt, and he plans on making mockeries/clones of His creations to act as his army.
* SatanIsGood: Giratina's appearance in the ''The Defervescence'' confirms this.
* TheScapegoat: both May and Harley become this. To put it more clearly, after May's Blaziken destroys the Pokémon contest in a fit caused by his undampening, Harley goes to the police and accuses May of doing so intentionally. The government forces, trying to quench the populace's hunger for any sort of action, gladly goes after her. Why Harley became wanted is unknown, however.
* SceneryGorn: ''Any'' description of the attacks will go into detail about how much the surrounding environment has been ravaged. The aftermath of Pikachu and Sandslash's "sparring match" in ''The Coalescence'' is a particularly detailed example.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight - The Houndoom pack agreed with Entei to attack humans in Ho-Oh's favor. They're not inclined at all on doing so, though - they just agreed to get rid of his overwhelming presence.
* {{Seppuku}}: In Chapter 19 of ''The Subsistence'' [[spoiler:Samurai stabs himself with his own katana, killing the Golbat that leaves him near death.]]
* SerialEscalation: Each battle is more destructive than than the last, and frequently has more casualties.
* {{Shapeshifter}}: Duplica's Ditto can transform into Pokémon, clothes and even humans and will look and act exactly like the real article. Mini-Dit can transform into any weapon it touches, including firearms.
* ShellShockSilence: Solidad gets nearly deafened by an explosion. [[spoiler:It's one of the main reasons for her to decide for a HeroicSacrifice.]]
* ShellShockedVeteran: Lt. Surge.
** It's implied that [[spoiler: Kaiza]] went crazy when he had to kill the Safari Zone's Pokémon to ensure his own safety.
** If ''Dawn Of A New Era'' counts as canon, the eponymous girl also counts. She has an obvious case of PTSD, constantly remembers her times as a Coordinator before the events of the series, and is very bitter about only being recognized by the abilities that gave her the nickname "[[ColdSniper Blue Death]]".
* ShipTease: In the ''The Exigence'', Drew and May end up sharing a room and May hints that something may be up between the two.
** In ''The Coalescence'' there is a scene where Misty kisses Ash. [[spoiler: It's actually Duplica's Ditto, but since it copies the person's personality, it counts.]]
* ShoutOut: [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} "James surveyed his remaining collection of bottle caps that he had brought with him. He had dreamed a few days ago that bottle caps would be the new currency for the struggling survivors of the world."]]
** [[TheHyena Banette's]] [[Film/TheDarkKnight "Awww, why so serious?"]] taunt to the Golem.
** ''The Convalescence'' paraphrases an exchange in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
-->"Is the length okay?"\\
Ash studied himself in the mirror once more. "The length's fine."\\
"How about the style?"\\
"The style's fine, just make it a little cooler."\\
Misty rolled her eyes and sighed, repositioning her hands to her hips. "Just telling me 'cooler' isn't helpful. Give me something to work with. How much is a little?"\\
"It needs to be like fifteen or [[MemeticMutation twenty percent cooler]]?" Ash offered sheepishly.\\
"You're impossible sometimes," the red head grunted.
* TheSociopath: Uxie has been showing all of the signs.
* ShootTheDog: Paul's "Desperado Tactic" when he used his [[spoiler: dying Magmar as a bomb to kill a swarm of Muk. It could also be a case of KickTheDog, but YMMV on that one.]]
* ShownTheirWork: Cornova ''really'' knows the ins and outs of nearly every detail about the Pokémon animé universe.
** A prime example is how he included an entire chapter on Kaiza, a character from an episode that never made it out of Japan.
** Also, numerous one-shot characters (Duplica, Yas and Kas Gyms, AJ, etc.) are portrayed perfectly in character.
* SmugSnake: Ho-oh can be this at times.
** AJ is a heroic example of this trope. He may be part of Ash's team but he is massive prick to everyone.
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler:Fear of Uxie turning into this is another reason Ho-oh goes along with his plan to drive the Grimer and Muk into extinction. He ends up betraying him anyway.]]
* StartOfDarkness: ''Lugia's Wish'' explains why Lugia's brother is so pissed with him.
* TheSpock: Uxie, who sees emotions as useless and in the way of his "progress." He thanks Ho-oh for the dampener removal during their first meeting, as the event all but [[LackOfEmpathy took away his ability to feel emotion]].
** His actions in ''The Deferevescence'' are practically a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]]: he sees ''everything'' as a huge equation, and is perfectly willing to "subtract" something from the equation if he decides that it's going to be an impediment (not to mention that he refers to the others in Ho-oh's team as "lab members.") His LackOfEmpathy, meanwhile, makes him unable to comprehend ''why'' others could have a problem with his actions, such as Ho-oh being upset by something such as [[spoiler:wiping out the Grimer and Muk, or trying to clone Legendaries]], or Lugia's brother lashing out violently to Uxie reading his mind.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:One of the Golems in ''The Exigence'' tries to pull this with Explosion. He fails, thanks to Clefable's Light Screen.]]
* TerseTalker. Uxie prefers to speak in short clipped sentences, since he thinks talking wastes time when you could [[ForScience advance progress]] instead.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Not content with simply killing all of the humans in and near Goldenrod City, Raikou decides to completely level it, to the point where there's not as much as a pebble for miles around him.
* TokenEvilTeammate - Groudon only joined Lugia's coalition because Kyogre's joined Ho-oh. Not to mention, he's one of the ruder members.
* [[TookALevelInBadass Take A Level In Badass]]: A necessity for survival.
* TooPowerfulToLive: [[spoiler:Sabrina]] was too powerful to be introduced so soon. There was no way she was going to survive.
** [[spoiler: Gengiga for the villains, he could absorb any opponent by looking at them, was powerful enough to carry out a genocide by himself, and had countless extra lives from each life he absorbed just in case those powers weren't enough. He wasn't going to be around long.]]
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Paul and Gary's relationship in a nutshell.
* TeleFrag - Sabrina's justification for not teleporting from city to city.
* TranslationConvention - PokemonSpeak is rendered in English, though never in any section with human speech, so they don't overlap.
* TroublingUnchildhoodBehavior - Dawn has shot a man, gotten drunk and routinely shoots hostile pokčmon.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Sort of; Uxie speculates in ''The Defervescence'' that Ho-oh has been utilizing only ten percent of Mewtwo's full potential, and the only reason Mewtwo didn't go all out during his battle against Ho-oh was that he himself didn't realize how much power he was actually capable of utilizing.
* UndyingLoyalty: The Legendary Dogs (''especially'' Raikou) pledged this to Ho-oh, while the giant Alakazam swears this to Uxie.
* UnsuspectinglySoused - During the party at the end of ''The Coalescence'', Dawn drinks "soda" that gets her [[CantHoldHerLiquor completely drunk]]. It should be noted that the "soda" was actually a ''very'' weak wine cooler or mixed drink.
* VillainsDyingGrace: [[spoiler: Ho-oh had the option of escaping the Reverse World at the cost of being Uxie's lab rat, he chooses to stay -- not because he fears Uxie -- but because he genuinely wants to atone for his sins.]]
* VillainEpisode: ''The Defervescence'' appears to be one of these.
* VillainousRescue: At the finale of ''Start of Chaos'', Dawson's party, which also consists of Lance and Clair, are rescued from Alakazam's army by [[spoiler:Team Rocket]].
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Giratina's voice is described as "dozens of voices speaking in some unholy chorus and echoing from the darkest corners of the world".
* WarriorMonk: Arthur and his master are the Asian type mixed the Aura Guardians from the pokémon lore.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Ho-oh. He wants Pokémon-kind to live in a utopia… and he does so by engaging in a genocide against humanity.
** At least until he went JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope by doing things like ordering wanton killing of Pokémon contrary to his ideals, utterly ruining the environment and not giving a damn about it, and generally being a filthy hypocrite.
*** And then it turns out that [[spoiler:his wish applied not just Earth, but the entire '''galaxy''' and beyond, as revealed by Giratina.
* WarIsHell: The effects of the supercharged Pokemon attacks are described in graphic detail, as well as the feelings of the victim if it's still alive after the hit. The characters' reactions to the more trauma-inducing happenings are just as vividly written.
* WarFic: [[CaptainObvious It's in the name!]]
* WaveMotionGun: Hyper Beam's been turned into this.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Subverted with Uxie, who claims that reflective surfaces are his since he'd see his own eyes and have his own memory wiped. However, it's hinted later on that his eyes have atrophied to the point where he can't see anything, including himself, if he did open them.
* WeHaveReserves: A majority of wild Pokemon are extremely guilty of this trope. The alphas tend to throw waves of mooks at the heroes like they're extremely cheap confetti. Tends to overlap with AttackAttackAttack.
** The author as well due to the anime's LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters he tends to treat almost all of his characters as expendable.
* WhatTheHellHero: Tracy gets yelled at by the entire cast after he tries to assault Jessie, James and Meowth after their HeelFaceTurn.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity - Hinted at in ''The Incipience''.
--> Having [[spoiler: Mewtwo]] under [[spoiler:Ho-oh's]] absolute control was starting to corrupt him with the sheer power at his disposal.
** Judging by Pikachu's actions after igniting a cluster of Muk in ''The Coalescence'', gaining too many levels at once results in a power overload that causes a barely controllable berserk frenzy.
* WouldHurtAChild: In ''Northwind Confessions'' Suicune allows himself to be approached and petted by some children. He then horrifically kills them.
* YouAlwaysHearTheBullet: Averted in ''Dawn of a New Era''. Dawn kills three Fearow with long range shots. It is explicitly stated that the sonic booms came after the fatal shots.
* YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness: Uxie is pulling this trope on the ''entire human race'' having deemed them to not be interesting anymore.
** [[spoiler: Uxie has now pulled this trope on Ho-oh, having deemed him too incompetent to properly lead the genocide and has sent him on an all expenses paid trip to the Reverse World with no return ticket. Yes, TheDragon has pulled this trope on ''the BigBad''. Be afraid. Be VERY afraid.]]
* YouMonster: How Lugia reacts to what Ho-Oh did to Mewtwo.
** Gary reacts similarly after learning what Paul did to his Magmar.
* YouShallNotPass: Cacturne accepts that this could be his way to go when he faces off against the pack of Ursaring. [[spoiler:Fortunately, he survives.]]
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