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Fan Fic: A New World, A New Way
Arceus has been imprisoned for many millennia, and in that time he has watched his world fall apart. But once he is finally freed from his prison he decides that to protect his Pokemon, and his family, that he will move the Pokemon, and a few select 'humans' to a world where they might live in peace, Equestria. However, not everyone on this new world shares his view of peace and the very presence of the Pokemon upsests some of the citizens of the world, even some of the ones he brought with aren't too happy with the situation. But a god's will is a strong thing and without his willingness the Pokemon and the citizens of Equestria are going to have to learn to get along, or at least tolerate each other. And there's a slight problem with some of the humans too, well, former humans that is.

A New World, A New Way is a Crossover fanfic between Pokémon and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic written by Zeusdemigod131. The story is set in an Alternate Universe of Pokemon (the writer himself admits that the Pokemon world here is a hodge podge of the anime, games, and mangas), and takes place somewhere after the beginning of Season four of Friendship is Magic.

The author has also allowed other authors to write side stories for A New World, A New Way. The list of stories in the continuity are below:
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     A New World, A New Way 
  • Absolute Xenophobe: Mostly averted, but some ponies play this straight (most noticeable being Blue Blood, and original character: Hard Proof/Paranoia).
  • Absurdly Ineffective Barricade: Discord makes a barricade out of pillows. Because of a Trubbish.
  • A God Am I: Arceus is quick to correct Celestia that he is not simply a very powerful being who considers himself a god, he is a god, who has the power to recreate time and space at a whim.
  • Apologetic Attacker:
    Gene: “I understand *pant* them chasing us. But how *gasp* are there two Officer Jennies after us!?”
    Belle:" “I’m not sure but the Growlithe are currently apologizing profusely for the entire situation.”
    Gene: “Well that’s great, if you can convince them to STOP CHASING US!! Then maybe we can actually get out of here!”
    • Belle herself apologises to the Jennies and especially the Growlithes when she attacks with Psychic a moment later.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Twilight when she hears that Aegislash are swords possessed by the spirits of dead warriors. This is after she has met Arceus.
    Twilight: "Oh, come on. I’m willing to believe that all you Pokémon have some sort of special magic, I’m willing to believe that your ‘gods’ are powerful enough to do this, and I’m willing to believe that somehow that sword is alive. But I am not willing to believe that that thing is the spirit of a dead warrior. That’s impossible."
    Misty: "Really? You just met a god from another world and you’re doubting the existence of ghosts?"
  • Author Filibuster: Chapter 26 features a long interrogation of two Pokémon Rangers by Twilight that deconstructs the idea of Poképhillia and ends with her rationalizing that the laws against it are, while not totally unreasonable, are based on a specist viewpoint more than actually protecting Pokemon.
  • Badass Boast: Arceus uses one to explain his actions.
    Celestia:“What gives you the right to decide the fate of thousands–?”
    Arceus:“Millions, actually. The Pokémon aren’t only in your country.”
    Celestia: “M-millions of sentient beings without even asking them? Do you really consider yourself a god?”
    Arceus:“Do I really… heh, heh heh… ahhah ah ahaha! Yes I consider myself a god. I created an entire universe from nothing; my sons are the embodiments of time, space, and anti-matter. I am older than the universe itself, and this universe as well. I brought life to a dead planet and created a daughter whose very mind is the pinnacle of creation, who can create an entire species with a single thought, and my other daughters have enough psychic power combined to tear apart the mind of even the strongest immortal, myself not included. So, yes Princess Celestia, patron of the sun, former bearer to half of the Elements of Harmony, I am a god.”
  • Badass Family: The Legendaries count as this, since Arceus considers them his children.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Well, the humans were certainly transformed without their consent, but they are FAR from helpless, as they all possess the abilities of the Pokemon they turned into.
  • Batman Gambit: Arceus makes Mewtwo ambassador to Equestria. Not only is Mewtwo more than powerful enough to subdue anyone who ticks him off including Celestia and Luna, but once Celestia finds out about this particular Legendary's Dark and Troubled Past, she abandons her attempts to convince Arceus to take them home.
  • Berserk Button: Several characters have this, each has a different trigger.
    • Arceus' biggest buttons is probably Pokèballs.
    • Belle's trigger is when someone threatens Gene.
    • A lesser example, but it seems that most Pokemon really don't like it whenever anyone doubts Arceus' power.
    • Don't call Gene by his last name Phillips. Hastings learned the hard way.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Misty and Korrina when Gene first voices his opinion on being transformed into a Pokemon.
  • Big Damn Heroes: As Rainbow Dash falls from the sky after trying to help a Weezing, a silver Charizard comes out of nowhere and saves her.
  • Bodyguard Crush: A few of the Pokemon have this to their former trainers.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: The list of food for Pinkie's party includes candy, carrots, and candy carrots.
  • Brick Joke: When Rainbow voices her opinion that the Canterlot citizens would panic at the arrival of the Pokemon, Rarity states that the Equestrian elites would take it better than that. Much later when Arceus announces to the world of what he did Rainbow brings this up when the Canterlot citizens panic.
  • Broken Pedestal: Korrina's reaction to learning that the likes of Cynthia and Iris had supported Gene and Belle, along with presumably other Human-Pokemon relationships.
  • Call Back: When Zygarde and Shaymin are purifying the Everfree, they notice the Tree of Harmony. As Zygarde slithers down the cliffside, Shaymin points out the stairway leading down.
    • When Rainbow Dash is looking for the silver Charizard that saved her, she goes looking in the cave the Red Dragon was in.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Even though we haven't actually seen him personally yet, Keldeo implies Heatran seems to be this. More specifically, he mentions that Heatran tried eating all the furniture in the temple when he got hungry, and that he tried making his own personal lava pool inside an active volcano.
  • Cursed with Awesome/Blessed with Suck: Depending on how they look at it, this seems to be the the general consensus of the transformed Humans.
  • Deadpan Snarker: All the humans have a tendency of doing this from time to time.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?/Forgot About The Mindreader: During the attempted stakeout to find a Zoroark in Manehattan, Belle maintains a telepathic field between everyone involved. The following conversation ensues after Gene calls Belle his "fairy princess":
    Belle: Gene! How many times have I told you not to call me that?
    Gene: A few, but it’s still an adorable nickname for a beautiful girl.
    Belle: I don’t like being called a princess.
    Gene: But you’ll always be my Princess.
    Solana: Um... could you two bicker... or flirt, whichever this is, in private? Cause I think we can all hear you.
    Mage: Aww, I wasn’t going to say anything. I was hoping to scare them once they got distracted.
    Rainbow Dash: Gotta say Gene, I agree with Belle, I’ve seen what she can do and let me tell you, she ain’t no princess.
    Pinkie Pie: You’re missing the point Dashie. He saying that she’s the most important girl in his world, and that’d he’d do anything for her.
    Lunick: Guess that makes Solana my princess then. (Beat) Did... did I think that out loud?!
  • Didn't See That Coming: Played for Laughs (sorta). Celestia was expecting Arceus' reason for coming to Equus to be something along the lines of an invasion (not that you can blame her considering the X number of hostile factions that have already tried that)...she certainly wasn't expecting the 'invasion force' to be refugees with NO intention of invading.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Arceus' main character flaw. He picked up millions of Pokemon and an untold number of humans and dropped them into Equestria without asking anyone in either world beyond the Legendaries what they thought of this plan. Some of the Pokemon and humans miss their home, and the humans, who have been turned into Pokemon to fit in, would mostly like to go back to being human. Arceus eventually admits this trope has lead to problems.
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: Gene doesn't like people using his last name, due to Gene's own mother sicing the Rangers on him after he invited her to his wedding.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Mew lets loose a Dramatic Thunderbolt when Arceus introduces the Mane 6, Celestia, Luna, Gene, Belle, Korina, and Misty to the Hall of Legends.
  • Dysfunctional Family: The Legendary Pokemon are this at times, particularly with the members who are either opposites, or just plain don't like each other.
  • Eye Twitch: Celestia after her first attempt to get rid of Aegislash fails. She quickly stops trying after a couple of attempts.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Red
  • Humans Are Bastards: One of the reasons why Arceus started the whole plot. Of course, to be fair he admits that most humans aren't this. Too bad a lot of said bastards are in high positions. Case in point: Giovanni
  • Jerkass God With A Heart Of Gold: Arceus is prone to doing whatever he wants without caring about the consequences or who it annoys, and if anyone protests he throws his power around to demonstrate ticking off a God is hazardous to your health. However, all he's done and all he is trying to do is genuinely to protect the Pokemon, and he wants the two races to co-exist peacefully.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A few of the transformed trainers qualify, in particular Korrina, who is something of a bigot when it comes to Gene's relationship with Belle, but there's no question that she cares about her own team just as much as he does.
    • Word of God is that a lot of familiar characters including at least one of the games' protagonists, is anti-Pokephilia, but were still considered worthy of coming to Equestria by Arceus.
  • I Come in Peace: Arceus' basic message to Equestria. It does little to stop Ponies from panicking, and some Pokemon are very upset at being moved to a new planet and express it physically when the heroes find them.
  • Innocent Aliens: Played with, since while a majority of the Pokemon mean Equestria no harm, a few Pokemon have been noted to attack out of confusion, even despite Arceus' command that they not harm the denizens of Equestria.
  • Interspecies Romance: A key element of this fic, as a good amount of the pairings/shippings are between (former) humans and Pokemon. Gene and Belle play this trope straight, at least prior to coming to Equestria. After that its played with, since TECHNICALLY they're all Pokemon.
    • Rarity and Keldeo are now getting some Ship Tease. Likewise played with in that Keldeo closely resembles a unicorn.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: During Twilight's conversation with Solana and Lunick about the anti-Pokephilia laws, she acknowledges that their concerns about absuive trainers grooming their Pokemon for "love from a young age are reasonable, even if the laws are ultimately wrong. Notably, she continues to acknowledge this point when arguing with the considerably more persistent jerkass Professor Hastings.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Luna hangs a lampshade on Pokemon names.
    Luna: But from the description given, Meloetta determined that it was, in fact a Pokémon, likely one known as a Char-lizard.”
    Meloetta: “It’s Charizard. It’s not my fault you make bad puns of their names.”
    Luna:“I think yours are the puns, but no matter.”
  • Lawful Stupid: Solana and Lunick, who attempt to arrest Gene for Pokemon abuse while forgetting that a) the Ranger's union has no authority in Equestria and b) they have no Ranger HQ in which to hold him. In addition, it seems they've never really thought too hard about the laws they were enforcing.
  • Living Legend: Red's team are on par with the strength of Legendaries if Korrina is to believed. Seeing how he is the undefeated Champion of Kanto, that might be true.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Solana and Lunick's reaction when Twilight makes them see the real reasoning behind anti-Pokephilia laws.
  • Noah's Story Arc: What Arceus' plan ultimately boils down to.
  • No Sell: Zygarde is completely unaffected by many of Discord's pure chaos magic.
  • Not So Different: Arceus and Celestia. Both care deeply for their subjects and are willing to go the extra length to protect them, both are considered benevolent by their subjects, and both prefer the path of least violence.
  • Olympus Mons: The Legendary Pokemon, though Arceus is featured the most prominently.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Taken very literally when Discord picks a fight with Zygarde, the Order Pokemon.
  • Point of No Return: Arceus used the last of this powers to transport the pokemon and transformed humans to Equis. Altough he still has his god like powers, it's not to the scale of what he was capable of. Slightly subverted because Arceus has no intention of undoing this anyway, and mentions that his full power will return in time.
  • Physical God: Arceus. Princess Celestia doesn't believe it at first, but boy does Arceus prove her wrong.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Applies only to the smaller or basic level Pokemon. The bigger/fully evolved ones...not so much.
  • Rooting for the Empire: In-Universe example...sorta. Arceus WOULD have rooted for Team Plasma...if it weren't for the fact that he already knew what Ghetsis' true plan was.
  • Running Gag: Gene and Belle tend to be interrupted when they are about to get intimate.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Arceus at the beginning of the fic. Too bad his good intentions are followed by poor planning
  • Secret Keeper: A number of highly-ranked and influential trainers were privy to Gene and Belle's relationship, including Champions Cynthia and Iris.
  • Spit Take: Korrina has one when Rainbow Dash reveals that Red saved her life.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Gene (a human) and Belle (a Gardevoire), at least prior to coming to Equestria. From the way things are going, it looks like they're gonna get their happy ending.
  • SsssssnakeTalk: Zygarde talksssss like thisssss.
  • Tempting Fate: Arceus has taught all the Legendaries NOT to do this. Even verbally.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Aegislash is this towards Celestia: She's stuck with him and can't get rid of him.
  • Undying Loyalty: Gene's team is very loyal to him.
    • It should be noted that this applies to all the Pokemon seen so far who had trainers that were sent to Equus. All of them had a chance for freedom, but chose to stick with their trainers. Justified, as all the trainers sent to Equus were kind to their Pokemon, meaning that the Pokemon had no reason to abandon their trainers
    • And Aegislash is this towards Celestia. Celestia does not feel the same way towards Aegislash.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Authorities such as the Pokemon Rangers are portrayed as such with regard to enforcing anti-Pokephilia laws - Lunick seems to believe the laws are based mainly on concerns such as Stockholm Syndrome and Wife Husbandry, which Twilight acknowledges aren't entirely unreasonable.

     A Brave New World 
  • All for Nothing: Seth sees his seven years of activism for the cause of human-Pokemon relationships as having been rendered pointless by Arceus's actions. While he has a point, it doesn't seem to occur to him at first how the humans actually in relationships with Pokemon feel about their situation (ie, being relocated with their partners to a world where they can't be legally prosecuted for it) - when Apple Fritter tells him him there are no laws in Equestria against interspecies marriage, the narration says, "That wasn’t the answer Seth was hoping to hear." He cools down on the issue after talking with Arceus and meeting with Gene and Belle.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: Elesa's reaction to meeting Big Mac.
  • Berserk Button: Do not call Rika a pet. You will immediately regret it.
  • Cameo: A lot of the characters in "A New World, A New Way", make cameos, with the current list being: Fang (maybe), Gene (see Sneeze Cut below), Korrina, Lucario, Misty and Belle.
  • Continuity Overlap: Applies to all of the stories, but it's particularly noticeable in Chapter 4 of A Brave New World, which features Seth's group arriving in Ponyville on the same train as Korrina's group and interacting with her and Lucario at Sweet Apple Acres. The chapter spans Chapters 17 through 22 of A New World, A New Way and features Seth's perspective on a number of scenes in Ponyville.
  • Cuteness Overload: Rika's reaction after meeting Apple Bloom.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Apple Fritter.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Demonstrated in the first chapter by the abuse that Seth has to put up with from other trainers and even Nurse Joy because of his stance on Human-Pokemon relationships.
  • Child Prodigy: Seth graduated school when he was eleven.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Rika was going to be named Blitz because Seth though she was a guy when she was an Eevee.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Rika knows Hyper Voice.
  • Parental Abandonment: Seth grew up in a orphanage.
  • Right Behind Me: Titania the Flogress starts to insult Slyveons, and the Eevee family in general, complaining about how they are overrated and underpowered. Rika hears all of this, and shows Titania just how wrong she is.
  • Sneeze Cut: In chapter 2, the narration notes Seth's frustration over not being able to use telepathy. "He felt jealous of any human that was in that situation right now. Elsewhere, a Gallade sneezed."
  • Something Only They Would Say: This is how Seth is able to prove he's really Seth to Rika.
  • Team Dad: Seth. He still keeps Rika and Selena from going at each other too hard, despite technically not being their trainer anymore.
  • The Big Guy: Seth is a very large person. In the first chapter he was able to stop someone harassing him simply by standing up. His Pokemon form is likewise much larger than the average Luxray.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Selena and Rika.
  • Zombie Advocate: Every human who supports Human/Pokemon relationships are such, with Seth being the most outspoken due to his active attempts to change this point of view despite not being interested in such a relationship himself (yet).

  • Added Alliterative Appeal:
    Nalel: “What more could a trio of terrific triplets want on a terrific and terrifying trip like this one!”
    Nell: “Peace and quiet for starters.”
    Nalel: "You can't have that. It doesn't start with a T. Pick something else.”
  • An Ice Person: Blastoise knows Ice Beam.
  • Batman Gambit: Naruto and Emperor Carapace pull one off against the Blastoise in their battle against him. Naruto uses Flamethrower to create a fog to hide the Emperor and himself from Carapace. When it fades, the two simply switched places. Naruto then rushes Blastoise while Carapace charges another Solar Beam. Knowing Solar Beam would do more dmage to him tan Narut's attacks, Blastoise ignores him and fires at Carapace. he hits, but then Carapace reveals himself to be an disgued Naruto. This act alowed Carapce, who disqused himself as Naruto to get close to Blastoise and KO him with a point blank Solar Beam.
  • Beam-O-War: Naruto and Blastoise have two of them in their battle, Naruto using Flamethrower and Blastoise using Ice Beam.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Carapace becomes one once he is summoned to fight Blastoise.
  • Big Fancy House: Played With. Nell's family does have a Big Fancy House, in the Changeling empire the real symbol of wealth and power isn't the size of the house but the size of the yard. Since the trees in the Hoofrican Jungle are rather hard to remove, the changlings build their homes into trees using them as a sort of apartment complex. The more expensive homes have yards, with the bigger yards indicating more wealth.
  • Berserk Button: X's trigger is when someone insults the strength of his Pokemon. It bites him in the ass when Apocalypse gets beaten up by a Hitmonchan as a result.
    • Emperor Carapace will not be happy if you harm his previous Foxgloves.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Three Sandile try using this to get from fruit from a fruit salesman. It eventually works.
  • Didn't See That Coming: When Durant attack the marketplace a second time, X rushes towards them to try and save a child. As he approaches, several dozen Durant burst from hiding underground and immeditly dogpile him. X's responce?
    X: (thinking) I really should have seen that comming."
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Apocalypse knows Earthquake and Rock Slide.
    • And the Durant that appear in the marketplace know Dig.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Justified, as X just got turned into a Chesnaught, and is not used to suddenly being strong enough to flip tanks.
  • Dope Slap: Apocalypse tries to run over Inti's tail with a rock. He misses, and she slaps him with her tail as a result
  • Fantastic Racism: Blastoise is a typist against Dark pokemon, with a typist being a Pokèmon whom hates pokemon based on Type rather than species.
  • From My Own Personal Garden: While X does not have a personal garden, Azisa does have the Harvest abilitynote , so a way Azisa is X's personal garden when he offers Nell some Sitrus berries.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Demonstrated in the first chapter with Rick.
  • Godzilla Threshold: When Blastoise starts kicking Naruto's ass with Aura Sphere, guard captain Silver Heart decides that the only changeling strong enough to fight back is Emperor Carapace, whom left the castle earlier. In order to call him quickly, Silver steps on the Emperor's prized Foxglove flowers, an act that he knows will get him in trouble.
  • Glamour Failure: Naruto's Illusions are perfect, but no matter what form he appears as, his shadow does not change.
  • Glory Hound: Jerk Ass Rick is definetly one, hoping that his victory over X would get him instant respect.
    • As his cameo Checkmateproves, it didn't really impress Anzu/Jasime.
  • Green Thumb: Azisa is one due to being a tree spirit.
    • Emperor Carapace prefers plant and nature related spells.
    • X becomes one due to turning into a Chesnaught, whom are part Grass type.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Nall and Nalel find Inti in their stuffed animals. They both think she is a guy.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: X is a construction worker, not a pokemon trainer.
  • Insult to Rocks: Inti was about to make a 'you're so dumb' joke towards some Durant, but that would have been insulting to Apocalypse. She immediately subverts this, because she would insult him anyway, making this a literal Insult to Rocks.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each chapter is named after a Pokèmon move. This can also apply to the story's name, as Swarm is a Pokèmon ability.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Naruto's changeling Illusion fades in front of a Changeling Battalion. One of them immediately points how a Illusionist snuck into a group of shapeshifters undetected, and wonders why noone noticed.
    • After Nell found her way back to the road:
    Nell was ecstatic. “Oh thank the Hive, the road. I though we were going to be lost in the jungle forever!”
    X gazed at Azisa, a grin on his face so smug and wide that looking at it gaze you a chill. “What?”note 
  • Line-of-Sight Name: When Nall and Nalel find Inti in their house, Nall names Inti Mister Frilly Face due to Inti's frill.
    Nalel: "Frilly Face?"
    Nall: "Hey, I thought up of the name in five seconds. I wasn't going for quality."
    • later when they find a Tropius in their yard, Nalel names him Banana Beard, which is also a Meaningful Name.
  • Making a Splash: Inti knows Surf.
  • The Mentor: The Voice whom talks toboth Nell and X during a Durant attack counts.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: X's Apocalypse (a Tyrunt) definitely counts.
  • Noodle Incident: Azisa is banned from X's tree house due to something called "The Volcarona Incident".
  • Oh Crap: Naruto has a tranquil one when he realizes he woke up in a hive of Bugsnote .
    • In the same chapter, Silver Heart the Changeling has one when a Blastoise pulls it's cannons out and blasts him across the room.
    • Naruto has another one one when Blastoise reveals he knows Aura Sphere.
  • Playing with Fire: Naruto knows Flamethrower.
  • Repetitive Name: Played for Laughs when Nell finds a Litleo on her journey. As she cannot understand Pokémon Speak, Nell assumes "Litleo Litleo" is his name.
    • Happens again when Nell refers to X as "Chesnaught Naught".
  • Same-Sex Triplets: Nell and her brood sisters Nall and Nalel. Heavily implied to be common among the Changelings.
  • Serious Business: Carapace treats his garden as Serious Business. Fifty years beforehand a Griffin ambassador accidentally stepped on the Emperors most prized and favorite plants, and Carapace threatened to declare war against the Griffins because of that. Although he ultimately didn't do that, he's holding a grudge against that ambassador,the guards who didn't stop the ambassador, and their descendants.
  • Shout-Out: Silver Heart and Rizen have a conversation about Silver's date the previous night:
    Rizen: “So, how did last night go Silver?”
    Silver Heart: “Well, I did find a cute mare to have a few dances and drinks with.”
    Rizen: “Really? You found a date on the first night of looking for one?”
    Silver Heart: “Yea. The date loved me. The coltfriend? Not so much.”
    • The wall that seperates the wilds of teh jungle from teh city is called Wall Maria.
  • Squick: In-Universe example. Nell is a little disgusted when Azisa offers her a Sitrus berry that she got out of herself. She gets over it quickly since the berry tasted good.
  • Spit Take: See Suspiciously Specific Denial below.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    “How was the market kids?” Citel shouted to the kids in the other room, taking a sip of coffee.
    “We most certainly did not in any way lose Kor and Frilly Face because giant ants made of metal kidnapped them.”
    The cup Citel had in this grip fell to the ground in a crash, the coffee inside it spreading across the carpet as he spit out the coffee in surprise and horror.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: the Ghost Fire of Will-O-Wisp is purple.
  • The Scream: X gives one when he finds out he turned into a Chesnaught. Anteater and his men hear the scream though they ignore it.

     Pokèmon, A Whole New Frontier 

  • Absolute Xenophobe: Played for Laughs for the majority of the residents of Hollow Shades, as they're said to be so Xenophobic, that if most of them had their way, they'd have walled out their own town to keep strangers away.
  • Crash into Hello: How Rock Soup meets Geodude. Ouch...
  • Cuteness Overload: Grace's reaction at seeing Nao carrying Jayce as an Espurr

     The City is Always Bustling On the Other Side 

  • All Just a Dream: What Nick thinks Equestria is initially. He finds out the hard way that its not
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Cheap Skate seems to be VERY fond of this
  • Instant Expert: Nick is able to control a Zoroark's illusion abilities very quickly
  • My God, What Have I Done?: A very tame example, but Nick gets this after he realizes that this is not All Just a Dream...after spending the day scaring the pants off of the residents of Manehattan, a lot of which were elderly Ponies and Foals
  • Shipper on Deck: Terra the Mawile enjoys to tease Elena the Lucario on her feelings for their trainer, Nick

     A New World - A New Game 
  • Anti-Hero: Checkmate as a whole.
  • Cameo: Rick from Swarm makes a small one. His Hitmonchan gets beaten by Shredder.
  • Chess Motifs: The mercenary group Checkmate has many of these
  • Expy: Simon the Excadrill. Hot blooded and boisterous, while loving to shout about how his drill will pierce the heavens
  • Humans Are Bastards: Demonstrated to its finest (read: frightening) in the first chapter. To explain, Checkmates' latest client hired them to...dispose of the Pokemon that his son is in a relationship with, and when Weiss claims that to do the job they had to off his son too...he doesn't even bat an eye, and goes so far as to KICK what he thought was his own son's head aside, only caring for his own reputation. Weiss and the rest of Checkmate are understandably disgusted. Fortunately, it was all a lie, and the 'head' that was used as proof was really Ganger the Ditto
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each chapter is referred to as Moves.
  • The Lancer: Shredder.
  • Name's the Same: Checkmate is also the name of a spy agency in DC comics.
  • Noble Demon: While its questionable just how much Checkmate counts as 'evil', despite being mercenaries who can and will kill if necessary, the fact remains that they also hold honor very highly.

     A New World, Burning An Old Way 

     Like Night And Day 

  • Bodyguard Crush: Tenebre's feelings toward Neige.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: The team of trappers were surrounding Tenebre when he woke up, but they either got beaten up or ran away.
  • Carnival of Killers: Even if they aren't assassins, the trappers were sent by a villain to kill animals / creatures with fur for money. That includes the main characters.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: A group of normal ponies is fighting a cat with control over shadows and incredible agility. What could go wrong?
  • Curbstomp Cushion: In the end, the trappers actually managed to put Tenebre to sleep by accident (or sheer luck).
  • Indy Ploy: The Espeon was going to get kidnapped if Tenebre didn't do something. There is no time to make a plan when you jump in the action.
  • Interspecies Romance: Also know in the fic as 'Poke Philia'. Is ofter considered taboo by humans, but Tenebre still has feeling for his trainer.
  • Let's Get Out of Here: 'Mr. Sicko' ran away after half of his team was wiped out by Tenebre.
  • Shipper on Deck: Brave keeps trying to make Tenebre ask his master out, even if those kind of relationships are taboo.
  • Underestimating Badassery: The goons' boss thinks that he only needs one of them to fight the cat that destroyed the rest of their team. Genius!
  • Unstoppable Rage: Tenebre said that he hates fighting, but to save his kin, however...
  • Violence is the Only Option: Refer to Unstoppable Rage.

     A New World, An Unusual Inferno 

Over UsedFanworks/PokémonA Pony Out Of Place
And Superboy Makes ThreeFanFic/CrossoverAnti-Cliché and Mary-Sue Elimination Society
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