!Sinnoh Kingdom--Characters
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!!The Noble Houses

[[folder:General Tropes]]

* ChestInsignia: Like the villainous teams, each House has a standard uniform with their sigil on the chest.
* FiveManBand: Roughly speaking, though they would probably form a better one if they would stop bickering all the time.
** TheHero: Vulcan
** TheLancer: Sanguinem
** TheBigGuy: Pierrot
** TheSmartGuy: Ampere & Tantibus (the latter comes with a dash of TokenEvilTeammate)
** TheChick: Nereus
* GoodCounterpart: To the villainous teams of the main ''{{Pokemon}}'' series. They share thematic qualities (large numbers of low-ranking trainers led by a small group of elites and a powerful leader, type specialties, SigilSpam and heavy influence in a certain region), but the Houses work alongside their Pokémon partners to protect and serve their people, as opposed to the villain teams who ruthlessly use, exploit, harm, and steal Pokémon to achieve their own selfish goals.
* PowerCrystal: Each House possesses one that serves the dual purpose of collectively enhancing their Pokémon's stats and giving their members some kind of superpower.
** The Blood Garnet gives Sanguinems the power of SuperStrength and SuperToughness, and boosts their Pokémon's HP.
** The Sun Ruby gives Vulcans fire powers (fire magic, immunity to hot temperatures) and boosts their Pokémon's Attack.
** The Sky Sapphire gives Amperes air powers (electricity, flight, super speed) and boosts their Pokémon's Speed.
** The Earthen Rose Quartz gives the Pierrots earth powers (extreme physical resilience, injury regeneration, magic control of rocks, earth, plants, etc.) and boosts their Pokémon's Defense.
** The Sea Pearl gives Nereians water (and ice) powers, the ability to [[SuperNotDrowningSkills breathe underwater]], and boosts their Pokémon's Special Defense.
** The Magic Amethyst gives Tantibi psychic powers (telepathy, telekinesis, illusions), and boosts their Pokémon's Special Attack.
* RainbowMotif: Each House is associated with a color of the rainbow that represents their type specialty. In order Sanguinem is [[ThePowerOfBlood red]], Vulcan is [[FireIsRed orange]], Ampere is [[YellowLightningBlueLightning yellow]], Pierrot is [[GreenThumb green,]] Nereus is [[WaterIsBlue blue]], and Tantibus is [[SupernaturalIsPurple purple.]]
* WeAreStrugglingTogether

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!!House Sanguinem

[[folder:Universal Tropes]]

* BadassNormal: Downplayed. While their physical strength still far exceeds that of normal humans', as a result of their gift from the Blood Garnet, their superpowers are the most "ordinary" compared to the various ElementalPowers bestowed on the other Houses.
* BoringButPractical: Other Houses get water powers, fire powers, or mind powers. The Sanguinems get enhanced super strength and endurance, and...that's it. Flashy? No. Gets the job done? Yes.
* ColorMotif: Red, the color of blood. Also a symbol of good luck and happiness in China.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: East Asian cultures, primarily Ancient China and Japan.
* HonorBeforeReason: Moreso than House Pierrot, who have a reputation for recklessly breaking the rules if they feel that [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight it's necessary to do what's morally just.]]
* LawfulGood: Strictly lawful. Their culture places a strong emphasis on honor, filial piety, and adherence to tradition.
* ThePowerOfBlood
* TheSpartanWay
* SupernaturalMartialArts: To a very literal extent.

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!!House Vulcan

[[folder:Universal Tropes]]

* TheAce: Invoked. They always strive to be the very best at everything they do, like no one ever was.
* AttentionWhore
* BadassBoast
* ColorMotif: A bright, excitable, fiery orange.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Ancient Greece and Rome.
* FieryRedhead
* GloryHound
* OurDragonsAreDifferent
* PlayingWithFire

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!!House Ampere

[[folder:Universal Tropes]]

* BlowYouAway
* ChildProdigy
* ColorMotif: Electric yellow and cold, clinical white.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Averted in their case, as they are the only House whose culture is not based on a real-life civilization. Instead, they have a futuristic/cyberpunk theme.
* GadgeteerGenius
* InsufferableGenius
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: They prefer to stay out of the other Houses' affairs, only intervening when it suits them.
* LabcoatOfScienceAndMedicine
* MadScientist
* ShockAndAwe
* TheSmartGuy

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!!House Pierrot

[[folder:General Tropes]]

* ArchEnemy: With House Tantibus for generations.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: They can never, ever resist an opportunity to save someone in danger. [[SaveTheVillain Even if that person is their enemy.]]
* ColorMotif: Forest green, earthy brown, and metallic silver.
* DumbMuscle: Their enemies' opinion of them, although the majority of them are anything but. They even have a few BadassBookworm[=s=] in their ranks.
** IdiotHero: ...On the other hand, their reputation for recklessly jumping into danger to save innocent people is not an entirely unfounded one.
* FantasticRacism: They don't have a ''lot'' of it, but it's there. Some families who have served House Pierrot for generations show prejudiced attitudes toward first-generation newcomers, defectors from other Houses, or "halflings"[[note]]people with parents from two different Houses[[/note]], believing that they can never be as truly loyal as a Pierrot follower with the "old blood".[[labelnote:More on halflings]]In the Sinnoh Kingdom, having a relationship/marriage/child with someone from a different House is not ''illegal,'' but remains strongly frowned upon because of its tendency to create ConflictingLoyalties, particularly for the child.[[/labelnote]]
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Based on [[TheMiddleAges Medieval Europe.]]
* GoodIsNotNice: They can be very harsh when dealing with their enemies. Mistake their ChronicHeroSyndrome for weakness at your own peril. Also see FantasticRacism above.
* HotBlooded
* KnightInShiningArmor: The ideal they aspire to follow, to the point of using page/squire/knight nomenclature in their ranking system and wearing medieval-style uniforms.
* ModestRoyalty: Their uniforms favor practicality over style. Even the royal family does not wear much jewelry or expensive fabrics. They prefer not to wear gold or brightly colored gems, considering them tacky.
* NatureHero
* StrangeSalute: Crossing their arms and bending their wrists back to form a diamond shape, a reference to the Diamond salute from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse.''
* SuperToughness / MadeOfIron: The Earthen Rose's restorative magic makes all Pierrots highly resistant to illness and physical injury. Some of the strongest and most experienced Pierrots can survive brutal injuries that would otherwise be fatal to a normal person.
* SuperStrength: All Pierrots have magically-enhanced super strength granted to them by the [[AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome Earthen Rose (Quartz),]] a magical gem hidden deep in the heart of Eterna Forest.
* ThemeNaming: Most members are named after types of stones (or gems), metals, or plants.

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[[folder:Lord Byron Pierrot]]

The benevolent leader of House Pierrot. He is Roark's father, and serves as a mentor/father figure to the protagonists.

* HundredPercentAdorationRating: His soldiers adore and are unflinchingly loyal towards him and his family.
* ActionDad
* AffectionateNickname: He has a habit of giving these to people he's close to. He calls Roark "Roarkie" and Gardenia "little sunshine".
* BenevolentBoss / AFatherToHisMen: He treats each of his followers with respect regardless of their rank, and makes it a point to interact with them personally. Even though he's in charge of ''the largest House in the Sinnoh Kingdom,'' he still makes the extra effort to keep his numerous followers happy.
* BerserkButton: Hurt his children, and you '''die.'''
* BloodKnight
* BoisterousBruiser
* BruiserWithASoftCenter: Oh, yes. He's super strong and super powerful, but he turns into a complete softie around his children.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: The responsibility of leading the largest House in the Sinnoh Kingdom, with hundreds of followers and thousands of civilians all depending on him, turns out to be weighty indeed.
* TheDreaded: Most of House Tantibus is terrified of him, and [[TheJuggernaut for]] [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking good]] [[WorldsStrongestMan reason.]]
* FatalFlaw:
** Impulsiveness. He is very rash and often acts without considering the consequences of his actions. Strategic thinking isn't his strong point; he usually doesn't bother with a complicated plan when he can just smash his opponents into pancakes.
** [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity Black and white thinking.]] He's spent a long time believing himself and his followers to be "good" and his enemies to be "evil" with very little in-between; the idea of a moral grey seems to be a possibility he hasn't even considered.
* FriendToAllChildren
* TheGoodKing: In all but name. While a lord rather than a king, he is beloved by his followers and the people of Canalave City.
* LikeASonToMe: He treats all the Pierrot students like his own children, but it's his personal protégé Riley who he's closest to besides his own son, Roark.
* EccentricMentor
* {{Expy}}: This version of Byron has part of his characterization lifted from [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark.]] His personality is similar to the former's (jovial, fun-loving, boisterous, HotBlooded and charismatic), but he follows the ideals of the latter (justice, honor, loyalty, responsibility, and love of family).
* ExtraOreDinary: Specializes in Steel-type Pokémon.
* TheMentor: To Riley most prominently, but also serves as one to the other four protagonists.
* NoodleIncident: Why does he hate Tobias so much?
* PapaWolf: To all the students of House Pierrot, but of course he's most protective of Roark.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Riley, Gardenia, Cynthia and even a very hesitant Nando, given enough time.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives a brutal one to Aspen Branch, for not only destroying numerous innocent lives (including those of his favorite students, Nando and Cynthia) with his anti-halfling smear campaign, but causing a massive internal schism within House Pierrot [[WeAreStrugglingTogether at a time when it desperately needs to be united in order to face a dangerous enemy.]]
-->'''Byron:''' ''(absolutely smoldering with rage)'' Listen to me. Now. In these past few weeks, you've done more damage to House Pierrot than any of our enemies ever could have done. You've torn us in half. We're destroying ourselves because of this moronic war you started. You've made us so busy fighting each other that we have no plan to deal with Dr. Yung. Every single one of our people is in danger, and it's all because of you.
-->'''Aspen:''' I was doing what I thought was right.
-->'''Byron:''' ''WHAT YOU THOUGHT WAS RIGHT?!'' What could possibly have made you think that turning the House against itself was a good idea? Do you have any idea how many lives you've destroyed? Those are your Housemates! They fought with you, they saved you, and THIS is how you treat them? By making them fear for their lives? Making them outcasts in their own homes?
-->'''Aspen:''' ''(quietly)'' I never meant for it to go this far.
-->'''Byron:''' Don't ''[[PrecisionFStrike fucking]]'' lie to me. Don't even try. I know what you wanted at the beginning. You wanted me to get rid of Nando and Cynthia. I can't believe I didn't stop you then. Frankly, [[MyGreatestFailure that was a failure on my part.]]
-->'''Aspen:''' Not without reason. They're dangerous, my Lord--
-->'''Byron:''' In ''what way?'' They've proven their loyalties to us a million times over, which apparently wasn't enough for you. They've both saved us more times than I can count. The Hearthome incident, the Tyranitars, Iron Mask. Your own son wouldn't be alive if it weren't for them, do you remember that? And you decided to make them your first targets. What a wonderful way to repay them. Turning their entire House against them. Nando's heartbroken. Cynthia's seriously considering leaving us for House Vulcan, and to be honest, I don't blame her. If they leave, we'll lose both our strongest fighter and any chance of making peace with House Tantibus. Still think you did "the right thing"?
-->'''Aspen:''' I--I only meant to put them in their place...
-->'''Byron:''' And what about all the others you hurt? [[ArmorPiercingQuestion I suppose they were just collateral damage, weren't they?]] ''(silence)'' When you became a Pierrot, you promised to protect those weaker than you. You've broken that vow in the worst way possible. Not only have you thoughtlessly ruined countless lives, you've split us apart at a time when we need to be united more than ever.
* SuperStrength: He is the leader of a House of warriors renowned for their magical strength, so of course [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority he's the strongest of them all,]] to the point of being able to lift ''a car'' off the ground with ease.
* WouldNotHurtAChild: No, he wouldn't. Not at all. He does not like House Tantibus in the slightest, but he will not allow their students to be harmed while they are on his territory. When Nando is sent to Canalave Castle as part of a diplomatic exchange, he makes a point of treating the boy as an honored guest and firmly reminds his soldiers not to lay a hand on him.

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[[folder:Reed Greengrass]]

Gardenia's deceased father, a brilliant scientist.

* FloralThemeNaming: Like his wife and daughter, he's named after a plant.
* GoodParents: By all accounts, he loved his daughter very much, even if the time they had together was tragically short.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: He was very close to Byron, enough to trust him with looking after his daughter.
* TheLostLenore: To his wife Rosalind, who continues to mourn him deeply.
* MadScientist / GadgeteerGenius: He was a genius at crafting BambooTechnology. In fact, he was so good at his job that Byron often wonders why he didn't choose to join House Ampere.
* NiceGuy: From what we know about him, he was a loyal friend, a loving family man and overall a swell guy.
* NonActionGuy: He preferred to aid House Pierrot through his technology and inventions, leaving the fighting to his wife Rosalind.
* PosthumousCharacter: Although he is dead in the present day, his inventions help the main characters on the journey and his legacy remains a crucial part of Gardenia's ComingOfAgeStory.
* ShoutOut: A scientist named [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed]]...sounds familiar.
* TheSmartGuy: He served this role in House Pierrot.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Rosalind Greengrass]]

Gardenia's mother, a Pierrot knight.

* ActionMom: In her prime, she was one of Byron's most capable fighters. Still is.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Reed did most of the defrosting. After he died, she somewhat "refroze", hiding her grief behind a stoic facade, but opens back up over time with her daughter's help.
* FeudingFamilies: Her side of the family is...not on good terms with the Ferron family, which is why she disapproves of Gardenia and Riley being friends. Their main point of contention seems to be fighting over which of them Byron prefers, but there might be more to it than that...
* FloralThemeNaming: Named after a plant like the rest of her family.
* GreenThumb: She has a love of gardening and primarily uses Grass-type Pokémon to battle.
* HeroicBSOD: Her husband's unexpected death sent her into a state of grief that lasted for many years and affected Gardenia's early childhood.
* TheMaidenNameDebate: Greengrass is her last name, not Reed's. He took it when he married into the family.
* MamaBear: Arceus help you if you put her daughter Gardenia in danger. Byron himself was subjected to a particularly brutal tongue-lashing after he allowed her to go on a dangerous mission by herself.
* PlatonicLifePartners: She is also one of Byron's close confidantes.
* ProperLady: Regal, dignified, elegant and carries herself with perfect manners at all times.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: In her case, it was inverted. She was the Savvy Girl to Reed's Energetic Guy.
* ShipperOnDeck: Subtly, but she drops a few hints that she approves of Roark/Gardenia. Helped by the close relationship their families already share and Roark's status as heir to the Pierrot throne, meaning that Gardenia marrying him would advance the Greengrass family's social standing and give them a significant edge over the Ferrons.
* SilkHidingSteel: A capable Pierrot warrior and a shining example of a stoic ProperLady.
* TheStoic: She is always composed, proper and prefers not to let her emotions show, the exact opposite of her daughter [[GenkiGirl Gardenia.]]
** NotSoStoic: ...but even if she isn't as open about it, she loves her daughter, and still privately grieves for her husband.
* UptownGirl: A girl from an ambitious, social-climbing upper-class family who fell in love with a poor but brilliant inventor.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Her hair is pink. Rose pink, in fact.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Branch Family]]

* FantasticRacism: They disapprove of anyone serving in House Pierrot who isn't of the "old blood".
* FloralThemeNaming: Like the Greengrass family, their members are named after trees or plants.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Their way of thinking is no longer shared by most of the families that serve House Pierrot. Byron keeps them around because they're hardworking and loyal, but he doesn't hold the same respect for them that he does for the Greengrasses or Ferrons.
* NobleBigot: Despite their flaws, they have served House Pierrot faithfully for many generations.
* OriginalCharacter
* SocialClimber
* TokenEvilTeammate: They may not be ''evil,'' but they hold some very prejudiced opinions that cause trouble for people they don't like, including Nando (a Tantibus diplomat) and Cynthia (a part-Vulcan halfling).
* UndyingLoyalty

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mr. Branch]]

* FantasticRacism: Strongly prejudiced against Nando for his Tantibus roots and Cynthia for her halfling heritage.
* InspectorJavert: He can't find any concrete proof that Nando is the devil incarnate, but that doesn't stop him from trying.
* TokenEvilTeammate: He basically shows off the negative side of the Pierrots' philosophy when taken to its logical conclusion. Extremely devoted to House Pierrot? Prejudiced against other Houses. Protector of the weak against the strong? [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity Divides the world into heroes and villains with no in between.]] Willing to fight the "bad guys"? Always sees the bad guys (and anyone associated with them) as bad guys, no matter what they do or say, refusing to even consider their point of view.
* UndyingLoyalty: For all his other faults, he is unwavering in his loyalty to Byron and has served under him faithfully for many years.

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[[folder:Aaron Merian]]

* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: When he was little, the other children in his neighborhood made fun of him because he wanted to study [[JokeCharacter Bug-type Pokémon]].
* TheAloner: He would rather spend time with his Pokémon than his human teammates, and sees no reason to be a part of Roark's group. He'll still help them when the time calls for it, though.
* BadassBookworm: He is ''the'' leading authority and expert on Bug-types.
* BerserkButton: Don't make fun of Bug-types around him. Ever. Seriously.
* BullyHunter: As a result of being bullied himself when he was a child.
* DontYouDarePityMe: He really, really hates being pitied for being the kid people used to pick on all the time.
* KindlyVet / TheMedic: He learned a lot about medicinal plants from his Bug-type Pokémon, and uses his knowledge to help injured Pokémon get better.
* MeaningfulName: His last name comes from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Sibylla_Merian Maria Sibylla Merian]], an artist and naturalist famous for her paintings and studies of insects.
* NotGoodWithPeople: He's a lot better with Pokémon than he is with humans.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Combee honey.

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[[folder:Miss Honey]]

* ActionGirl: She fought like hell to become the leader of the Swarm, and she's not afraid to show her fighting chops if someone questions her authority.
* AMotherToHerMen: She's not afraid to laugh and joke with her soldiers.
* AmazonBrigade: Her "Royal Court", an elite, handpicked group of female Bug-type specialists that lead the Swarm with her. The newer members are called "Handmaidens", the experienced ones "Princesses".
* AnimalMotif: Bees. Her signature Pokémon is a Vespiquen, she has blonde hair with a black streak, her name is "Honey", and she leads her followers like a queen bee would.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: She got her position by defeating her predecessor in a 6-on-6 Pokémon battle.
* BerserkButton: Like Byron, she's extremely protective of her students and followers. Mess with them at your own peril.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: Being young (in her mid-twenties) and relatively inexperienced, she faces her own struggles with leadership.
* CoolBigSis: To the rest of the Swarm, House Pierrot's Bug-type division. She and Aaron are particularly close.
* DanceBattler: She's a skilled dancer, a reference to how bees dance in order to show each other where to find flowers.
* DefrostingIceQueen: She acts calm and collected, but her warm and caring side comes out around her students.
* DoesNotLikeMen: Downplayed. She prefers working with her girls, but has no problem with teaching young boys or taking orders from Byron, who is her boss. In fact, her favorite apprentice, Aaron, is a boy.
* MeaningfulName: Honey is produced by bees.
* TheMentor: She taught Aaron nearly everything he knows about Bug-types. Technically she's also Nando's, but he tends to spend more time with Byron.
* OriginalCharacter
* ParentalSubstitute: To Aaron and her girls, and sometimes Nando. Sometimes.
* RedBaron: She's known as "the Queen Bee".
* SkunkStripe: Her hair is blonde (honey blonde, in fact), with a single black streak.
* WeaponOfChoice: Vespiquen, accompanied by a large hive of Combee "attendants".

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[[folder:Dragonfly]]

One of Byron's companions, who was killed along with Clockwork as a teenager.

* AmbiguousGender: For a long time, his name was only mentioned, without revealing his gender. He was eventually confirmed to be male.
* FriendToBugs: Like Nando, he was a Bug-type specialist.
* GenerationXerox: When alive, he was said to be similar to Nando in terms of personality--naive, kindhearted, sheltered and innocent. It is unknown if they are actually related, though.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: He and Byron were very close.
* KillTheCutie: This happened to him eventually, at the hands of the Shadow King.
* TheLostLenore: A platonic example. His death, along with Clockwork's, caused Byron and their surviving companions much grief.
* NoNameGiven: His real name is not currently known.
* OnlySaneMan: When alive, he was the voice of reason for his group of friends, much like Nando in the present day.
* PosthumousCharacter: Deceased in the present day. He is only seen alive in Byron's flashbacks.
* ShrinkingViolet: He was said to be very shy, except when around his closest friends or his Pokemon.

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!!!The Protagonists / "Team Roark"

[[folder:General tropes]]

* AllLovingHero: They make friends and allies like Combee make honey, and are willing to show mercy to genuinely repentant enemies. That said, crossing [[ThisIsUnforgivable certain]] [[MoralEventHorizon lines]] can make them lose their mercy and take the kid gloves off. Should it ever come to that, the guilty party is [[{{VideoGame/Undertale}} gonna have a bad time.]]
* BerserkButton: Above all, these TrueCompanions are fiercely protective of each other. Threatening one is a very good way to incite the wrath of the other four.
** To a lesser extent, they don't take it well when someone insults Byron, their mentor and father figure.
** Individual ones:
*** Roark: Making cracks about his [[TinySchoolboy height.]]
*** Gardenia: Saying anything bad about Grass-types or mistreating a Grass-type Pokémon in front of her...or any Pokémon, really.
*** Riley: [[BigBrotherInstinct Threatening Roark in front of him.]]
*** Nando: Any abuse of mind control.
*** Cynthia: Making fun of her mixed Pierrot/Vulcan heritage or calling her a "halfling", or worse, a [[FantasticSlur "half-breed".]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: Riley and Cynthia are usually tasked with looking after Roark and Gardenia, being older than them. Invoked: Riley in particular has been protective of Roark since they were very young, and considers himself a sworn knight and bodyguard to his little lord. Nando occupies a sort of middle ground, since he is roughly the same age as Riley and Cynthia while being a FishOutOfWater in House Pierrot at the same time.
* BreakTheCutie: The world of the Sinnoh Kingdom is not kind to them. At least they have each other.
* TheDeterminator: As is typical for Pierrots, they are ''very'' stubborn.
* FearlessFool: Another Pierrot trait. They find themselves jumping headlong into danger at the prospect of adventure or heroics more often than not. [[OnlySaneMan Nando]] not so much at first, but even he starts showing signs of this after [[LoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonality spending enough time with his new friends.]]
* KidHero: At the beginning, Roark is 12, Gardenia is 13, Riley, Nando, and Cynthia are 14.
* NatureHero: Through their membership in House Pierrot, they all have ties to nature and primarily use earth-based Pokémon (Rock, Grass, Steel, and Ground-types). Gardenia in particular is fond of [[MeaningfulName gardening]] and the supposedly haunted Eterna Forest.
* OddFriendship: Several, given their status as a RagtagBunchOfMisfits.
** Roark and Gardenia have a SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl dynamic.
** Riley's and Gardenia's families are constantly fighting, but that does not stop them from being friends.
** Nando being friends with the other four at all, given that House Tantibus has historically never been on good terms with House Pierrot.
* TrueCompanions
* TwoGirlsToATeam: Two girls, three boys.
* UndyingLoyalty: To their House, to Byron and most importantly to each other.
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld

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[[folder:Roark Pierrot]]

Lord Byron's young son and heir.

* AdorablyPrecociousChild: 12 years old might be pushing the definition of "child", but his attempts to act like his father and make people take him seriously are a definite invocation of this trope.
* TheBabyOfTheBunch: The youngest of his friends.
* BadLiar: As a consequence of...well...see BrutalHonesty below.
* BrutalHonesty: Inherited from his father. He doesn't mince words, and he will ''not'' lie to someone unless it is absolutely necessary.
* TheCutie: How everyone else sees him. He really wishes they didn't.
* CoolHelmet: His iconic red mining helmet, which he always wears.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: With Gardenia since early childhood.
* HeirToTheDojo: The little prince of House Pierrot.
* {{Megane}}
* MissingMom: His mother abandoned the family when he was two to join the Kanto mafia. He doesn't particularly remember or miss her.
* NiceGuy
* OvershadowedByAwesome: He sometimes feels this way about his friends, with Cynthia being the top battler in her class, Riley being his father's apprentice, and Nando as the heir apparent to the second most powerful House in the region.
* RedHeadedHero: About the only thing he inherited from his mother.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Him and Gardenia.
* TinySchoolboy: Yet another thing to tack on to his long, ''long'' list of insecurities.
* WeaponOfChoice: Cranidos.
* WellDoneSonGuy

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[[folder:Gardenia Greengrass]]

* ActionGirl: Don't be fooled by her ditzy nature. When the chips are down, she can be as dangerous as Cynthia.
* AlliterativeName
* TheBabyOfTheBunch: Downplayed. She's actually the ''second'' youngest of her five friends (Roark is the youngest), but her childlike personality and naivete lends itself better to this trope than Roark's attempts to act older than his age.
* BoyishShortHair: Fitting her tomboyish nature.
* CloudCuckoolander: Her thought processes can be...very strange.
* TheCutie: This is Gardenia in a nutshell. She's a sweet girl who loves her friends and her Pokémon, finds joy in everything, and lives to brighten everyone else's day.
* TheDitz
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Her crush on Roark.
* FriendToAllLivingThings
* GenkiGirl
* LeeroyJenkins
* ManicPixieDreamGirl
* MoralityPet: Nando's. While he's not a bad person by any means, she was the first to open up to him, and he trusts her the most.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: She loves all Grass-types. All of them. Even the [[AdmiringTheAbomination downright terrifying ones]] like [[ScaryScarecrows Cacturne]] and [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Abomasnow]]. To say nothing of her countless ventures into [[TheLostWoods the Eterna Forest.]]
* OneOfTheBoys: She was raised in the masculine and male-dominated House Pierrot, and Riley and Roark were her best friends growing up. Ironically, at heart she's still more feminine than fellow tomboy Cynthia.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Nando, and Riley to a lesser extent.
* PluckyComicRelief
* SadClown: She's not always a happy, giggly ball of sunshine and smiles. Deep down, she's scared that everyone sees her as a joke, that no one takes her seriously, that her friends are secretly making fun of her behind her back, and that she'll never be as great a warrior as her mother is.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Her and Roark.
* TomboyPrincess
* RedHeadedHeroine
* WeaponOfChoice: Budew.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: She's terrified of ghosts. The haunted Old Chateau is the one place in the Eterna Forest that she's never dared to explore.

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[[folder:Riley Ferron]]

* AnimalMotifs: He has a dog/wolf theme. Dogs are known for their loyalty and are protective of their owners, which fits his dedication to protecting the Pierrot family. His partner is Riolu, a puppy-like Pokémon. He is also usually the first to take charge of the group in times of danger, akin to an alpha wolf. He also has a tendency to stay up late, be active at night, and sleep during the day, similar to how wolves are primarily nocturnal. On a less flattering note, enemies of the Pierrots have referred to him as Byron's "attack dog".
* BadassBookworm: He's interested in history and spends a great deal of time at the Canalave Library.
* TheChampion: He intends to be one for Roark.
* CoolBigBro
* HeroicLineage: His ancestor was the great Aura Guardian and knight Sir Aaron, who sacrificed his life to stop a war in Kanto.
* KnightInShiningArmor: All Pierrots fit this trope to varying degrees, but Riley plays it the most straight by dedicating himself to becoming the right hand and protector of his young liege lord.
* LastOfHisKind: The only known Aura Guardian.
* LadyAndKnight: A rare same-sex (and platonic) example, with him as the White Knight to Roark's Bright Lord.
* MeaningfulName: Ferro(n), Italian for "iron", is a fitting surname for a Steel-type specialist and an aspiring KnightInShiningArmor.
* NiceHat
* NonIdleRich
* NobleWolf
* NotAMorningPerson: Gardenia usually has to drag him out of bed in the morning.
* WeaponOfChoice: Riolu.

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[[folder:Nando Solista]]

* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Devoting yourself to studying behind thick castle walls will do that to you. After staying with the Pierrots for a while, he starts to look more healthy and robust. Must be all that time outside.
* ElegantClassicalMusician
* HeirToTheDojo: He's being groomed to be the next lord of House Tantibus. His status as Tobias' heir isn't set in stone, however, and there are many eyeing it for themselves...
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: A kind-hearted and gentle boy from a DeadlyDecadentCourt.
* MoralityPet: For more than one character. He's possibly the only living person [[NobleDemon Tobias]] genuinely cares about, earns the respect of his human-hating Scizor through patience and kindness, and convinces Byron that not all members of House Tantibus are rotten to the core.
* NaiveNewcomer
* NiceGuy
* OnlySaneMan
* ShelteredAristocrat
* SixthRanger --> TheSmartGuy
* ShrinkingViolet: His initial characterization, which he grows out of thanks to his new friends.
* WeaponOfChoice: Ralts.
* TheWisePrince

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[[folder:Cynthia Stone]]

* TheAce: Top of her class, beautiful, talented, popular and a skilled Pokémon trainer.
** BrokenAce: ...but she still has insecurities and flaws underneath it all. She's afraid of letting her friends down, feels pressured by her mentor's expectations, and may be hiding a few dark secrets.
* ActionGirl
* BloodKnight: She loves the thrill of battle. An aspiring Pokémon master always has to be ready for action, after all.
* CoolBigSis
* HairDecorations: Two pairs of black teardrop-shaped hair clips. [Note: They will have some significance, perhaps as a TragicKeepsake.]
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold
* HeroicBastard: She was born to a Pierrot mother and a Vulcan father, who ran away together knowing their families disapproved of the relationship and supposedly died in mysterious circumstances...[[NeverFoundTheBody or did they?]]
* LadyOfWar
* ToBeAMaster
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: With Gardenia, although both have tomboy traits. Generally speaking, Cynthia is the tomboyish ActionGirl and graceful LadyOfWar always ready for a Pokémon battle, while Gardenia is the girly girl who likes flowers and fairy tales, but isn't afraid to get her hands dirty in a fight or venture into the Eterna Forest.
* OrphansOrdeal: Her parents are both dead. She was raised by her Pierrot grandmother.
* WeaponOfChoice: Gible.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Her relationship with Byron. She started to look up to him as a father figure when he offered to mentor her after being impressed with her battling skills at a young age. The problem is, she's secretly terrified that he only values her strength and will instantly write her off as a failure the moment she makes a mistake.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Her worst fear is [[DisappointedInYou Byron's disapproval.]]

[[/folder]]

!!House Nereus

[[folder:Universal Tropes]]

* AnIcePerson
* BlingOfWar: Many Nereians wear gold, jewels, and pearls as trophies taken from underwater treasure hunts.
* ColorMotif: [[WaterIsBlue Bright blue]] and icy white.
* MakingASplash
* NiceGuy: They have a reputation for being friendly and amiable.
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: All Nereians have the ability to breathe underwater.

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!!House Tantibus

[[folder:Universal Tropes]]

* ArchEnemy
* ColorMotif: Black and purple, which ties into both SupernaturalIsPurple and PurpleIsTheNewBlack.
* DarkIsEvil / DarkIsNotEvil
* EvilIsPetty
* TheFairFolk
* PragmaticHero
* PsychicPowers
* TokenEvilTeammate

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[[folder:Lord Tobias Nightlock]]

* BerserkButton:
** He has very little tolerance for [[EvilIsPetty pettiness,]] especially among [[DeadlyDecadentCourt the members of his court.]] Everything he does, cruel or kind, [[PragmaticVillainy has a purpose.]] He can and does hold grudges, but he would never do something stupid or rash just for the sake of spiting someone he personally hates.
** More directly, if you ever do anything to hurt his apprentice, Nando, [[PapaWolf he will]] ''[[PapaWolf END]]'' [[PapaWolf you.]] When a gang of [[TeensAreMonsters teenage delinquents]] beat up a 12-year-old Nando and stole his Pokémon, an enraged Tobias responded by personally hunting the teenagers down and using his Darkrai to [[MindRape inflict nightmare after nightmare on them]], not stopping until they went completely insane and had to be carted off to the BedlamHouse for their own safety. Yikes.
* CastingAShadow
* TheDreaded: Everyone in the criminal underground, from the lowest thief to the highest mafia don, fears his wrath should they displease him.
* DreamWeaver
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He does seem to have some genuine affection for Nando.
* EveryoneHasStandards
* HeroOfAnotherStory: He captured two legendary Pokémon (a feat next to impossible for most) and overthrew the previous lord of House Tantibus, a despotic tyrant.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo
* LikeASonToMe: His relationship with Nando, although he has difficulty admitting it because of the emotional wall he's spent years building around himself.
* LonelyAtTheTop
* MysteriousPast: He wasn't always the cold, unfeeling, pragmatic leader he is today. Once upon a time, he had a loving family and while not exactly a WideEyedIdealist, he was hopeful, optimistic and had dreams of his own. Then came the King of Shadows...
* NobleDemon
* NotSoAboveItAll: He dislikes pettiness and staunchly refuses to let his emotions rule him. Yet he relishes in the suffering of his enemies, shows rare bouts of extreme anger that sometimes influence his decisions, and his affection for Nando can make him do things he wouldn't otherwise.
* NotSoDifferent: Like his arch-rival, Byron, he displays a protective side toward the people he cares about (even though he only really cares about one person).
* NotSoStoic: His cold demeanor rarely breaks. [[MoralityPet Nando]] seems to be the only one who can bring out his emotions--Tobias is at his happiest when spending time with him, genuinely loves and cares for him to some degree, and gets enraged when someone hurts him.
-->'''Lord Tobias:''' [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove What is it about him...that changes me?]]
* PoliteVillainsRudeHeroes: He's always stoically polite and specializes in PassiveAggressiveKombat, while Byron is blunt, [[SirSwearsALot foul-mouthed,]] and brutally honest.
* PragmaticHero / PragmaticVillainy
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* {{Sadist}}: He has shades of it, like the incident with the delinquents mentioned above. He enjoys inflicting pain on his enemies, but is usually rational enough to keep it to a minimum.
* SurroundedByIdiots: How he feels while ruling over his court of schemers, backstabbers, [[ProfessionalButtKisser kiss-ups]], and [[SmugSnake Smug Snakes]]. He's not entirely wrong.
* TranquilFury: The few times he shows anger, it's almost always this.
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: Stole the Shadow King's Darkrai after defeating and killing him.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The King of Shadows (working name)]]

* AxCrazy
* BadBoss: He treated his underlings like dirt--knights, pages, squires, and nobles alike.
* TheCaligula: Insane, violent, and rose to power by murdering his predecessor.
* DarkIsEvil: Unlike [[NobleDemon Tobias,]] he was unambiguously and absolutely a vile, horrific individual.
* TheDreaded: Forget Tobias, ''this guy'' is the reason why House Tantibus is so feared and little loved even decades after his reign. Even years after his death, he is referred to as "the King of Shadows" because people are too afraid to say his name out loud.
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide / DrunkWithPower: He was initially sane, but overexposure to Darkrai's power and experimentation with Pokémon magic drove him to madness.
* {{Expy}}: Of none other than [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire the Mad King himself, Aerys II Targaryen.]]
* PredecessorVillain
* ProperlyParanoid
* VillainOfAnotherStory: Specifically, Tobias's, and will likely factor into Byron's as well.

[[/folder]]

!A Mad Glimmer

''A Mad Glimmer'' is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' one-shot that follows the events of "The Cutie Map".

After fleeing the Equal Village, Starlight Glimmer is furious at her defeat by the Mane Six and the restoration of her followers' cutie marks. Sulking in the caves, she begins to plot her revenge and the takeover of Equestria. But she soon discovers that she's not alone...

Now has a sequel, ''A Crazed Gleam.''

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* AndIMustScream
* BadFuture: Discord takes Starlight to one where the changelings succeeded in taking over Equestria.
* TheBadGuyWins
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor
* BelievingTheirOwnLies
* BreakThemByTalking
* BlueAndOrangeMorality
* CrapsaccharineWorld
* DarkFic
* DisabledDeity: Discussed. Now that she knows that the demarking spell works even on alicorns, Starlight sets her sights on heading to Canterlot and removing ''Celestia's'' cutie mark.
* DontMakeMeDestroyYou
* EmotionEater
* EvenEvilHasStandards
* FalseUtopia
* FateWorseThanDeath
* GeniusLoci
* HannibalLecture
* HappinessIsMandatory
* IronicHell
* LotusEaterMachine: According to Discord, a changeling pod creates an illusionary world for the victim trapped inside where they believe they are loved, and thus produce love in return, which the changelings then eat.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: "Starlight’s response was incoherent and would’ve been unprintable if it weren’t."
* NoMouth: At one point, Discord gets bored of Starlight's ranting and magically removes her mouth.
-->'''Discord:''' It’s not much fun when someone’s taking essential bits of ''your'' body, is it?
* NotWorthKilling
* NoSell: Starlight's cutie mark-removing spell fails on Discord, [[LogicalWeakness because he doesn't have one.]] When she tries to maim him with a destruction beam instead, he [[RealityWarper grabs it and eats it like a piece of candy.]]
-->'''Discord:''' Ugh, flavorless. I should have guessed.
* PapaWolf
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech
* ShutUpHannibal
* StarfishLanguage: Changelings communicate through transmitting emotional signals instead of a spoken language.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Starlight's ultimate goal is to strip every pony of Equestria of their cutie mark.
* ToThePain
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In-universe.
* YouWillNotEvadeMe: When her attempts to fight Discord fail, Starlight tries to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere teleport away.]] She's immediately snapped back to the middle of the cave.