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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 GodWith 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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).
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."
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 In the games, a Pokèmon with Havrest has a chance to regenerate any berry they use in battle, so a way Azisa is X's personal garden when he offers Nell some Sitrus berries.
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 cameoCheckmateproves, it didn't really impress Anzu/Jasime.
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 Trevenant have been know to make people whom harm their forest homes to wander in the forest forever.
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.
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.
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.
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
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