Fan Fic / Ashes of the Past

Ash: I want to go back to the day I met Pikachu — the day my journey began, when I first set off from Pallet.
Sir Aaron: Ha! Told you, you great lump.
Arceus: I thought 'any day but then' was good odds.
Ash: Wait... Were you two betting on me or something?
Sir Aaron: Err... Nooo?
Ash: Somehow I don't believe you.
Arceus: Now, Dialga!
Narration: In that second of absolute stillness, Ash thought to himself — using the, or a, legendary Pokémon capable of controlling time simply to avoid having to answer some awkward questions… that really took some beating. Then there was a roar, and he fell into blackness.

Can be read here by Saphroneth

Summary by the author: Time Travel, based on the Pokémon anime. So, the world ended. That's bad news. Who best to get to fix it? Well, there is this guy with a track record in world saving... Not entirely serious. T rating may be overdoing it.

Synopsis on Pokémon General: At some point during the Pokémon: Best Wishes season, Cyrus succeeded in remaking the world in his image. Arceus did not like that very much, so he chose a champion to go back in time to Set Right What Once Went Wrong. Naturally, having already saved the world several times and having great potential with Aura, Ash Ketchum is that champion. After a week in a pocket dimension training to learn Aura, Ash is returned to the day he started his Pokémon Journey with the ability to restore his friends' memories of the other timeline and sets off to solve as many problems as possible...and, of course, have fun on the way.

Tropes contained in Ashes Of The Past

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  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Revealed to be the case for the events of Pokémon Heroes, as it took place on Ash's 13th Birthday. As a result of Latios' sacrifice in the original timeline, Ash didn't do anything for his later birthdays.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Multiple instances, most of them involving Ash's Squirtle and his Beyond the Impossible antics. A non-Squirtle example would be Corphish standing atop a pile of defeated Slugma because he "never was much good at thermodynamics".
  • Accidental Discovery: Max accidentally discovers that Manectric can go Mega when his newly evolved Manectric spontaneously Mega-Evolved during the gym battle with his dad. It turns out that the Mega Stone they found at Sea Mauville was a Manectite. The group then alerts Gary of the discovery.
  • Adaptational Badass: Everyone, or very nearly everyone.
    • Ash, obviously, is the most notable of them; not only does he become at least as masterful in Aura as Sir Aaron was (though that does take a while), he learns how to understand Pokémon speech, catches Ho-Oh (at the latter's request), and solves most of the problems they came across the previous time with a lot less difficulty. And that's just the stuff that ISN'T Spoilered Rotten.
    • Pikachu gets in on it just as much; Ash teaches him how to manipulate Aura and invents Volt Crash, an Electric version of Hyper Beam. Then there's the part where he half-evolves, keeping the form of a Pikachu but gaining all of the power of a Raichu and then some.
    • After Ash restores Jessie, James, and Meowth's memories, they agree on a permanent truce, but they have to put on a convincing Masquerade for the rest of Team Rocket, including Giovanni; in the words of Ash, "We want this to look like you're not bumblers, but elite gangsters who are the only ones who stand a chance against me." The most immediate results of this are James getting his pet Growlithe onto his team and evolving it, and the trio being promoted to Executives, and they just get more and more competent and threatening from there, all while slowly fading from Friendly Enemies to flat-out friends with Ash and co.
      • Meowth in particular Takes A Level In Badass when he decides he's sick of being good as nothing more than a translator. He then takes some lessons from Koga's Meowth, and becomes a ninja.
    • Pretty much all of Ash's Pokémon, too. Particularly in the case of previously underdeveloped and rather weak Butterfree and Pidgeot. Butterfree is far stronger, having been the defender of his group of Butterfree for years, defending them from hostile Pokémon attacks. Pidgeot is capable of supersonic flight and, after the Shamouti incident, learns Lugia's Aeroblast technique and periodically takes over for him as the one to watch over the Legendary Birds.
    • Most notable in the case of Ash's Charizard when using Blast Burn. For context, in the games, Frenzy Plant, Hydro Cannon, and Blast Burn are the Grass, Water, and Fire (respectively) versions of Hyper Beam. In this fic, when Ash's Ivysaur and Squirtle use Frenzy Plant and Hydro Cannon, that's how they're portrayed: as powerful but draining finishing attacks. In contrast, Charizard's Blast Burn is second in power only to the Pokémon equivalent of a nuclear warhead...and that's before Ash decides to improve on the move.
    • Squirtle. Just...Squirtle. He's become an Expy of Kamina from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, complete with a Beyond the Impossible attitude that almost always works for him. Much later, he invents Squirtilite, and though he hasn't yet stabilized it to the point where it won't explode after one Mega Evolution, he has achieved and undergone Mega Evolution. Twice.
    • Muk is some sort of horrible amalgamation of Cookie Monster and the embodiment of pure murder. The few times he was used, it was a complete curb stomp battle. The first time involved him using twenty TM moves at once on Whitney's Miltank, and the second time is summed up as "And then Muk opened his mouth, and all Weavile knew was pain."
    • In regards to the other protagonists...well, Misty establishes this throughout the story, especially the couple of times that she faces Ash in a serious battle; she nearly defeats him in Cerulean and does defeat him in the Whirl Cup, and she manages to fight Molly's superpowerful Unown-created Pokémon to more-or-less a draw. But it's cemented beyond any doubt when halfway through the Johto region, she receives a notice that she's up for consideration to replace Lorelei of the Elite Four. She took up the challenge, and succeeded. Even better, we don't even know which one she replaced — Lorelei, Agatha, and Lance all stepped down for various reasons, and thus three of the trainers that took the challenge (one being Misty, the other two being the canonical Karen and Will) were admitted into the group. And that's not even getting into her team.
    • Brock is as skilled as ever, but it's shown most during the Orange Islands. In an Offscreen Moment of Awesome, Brock fought off a bunch of Unown...with a crowbar. That later results in him commencing a serious romance with Professor Ivy, which is still going even now. Again, not even getting into his team...though on the note of said team, a running joke is that he's a Rock-Type expert that only has a single Rock-Type (Onix having lost its Rock-Type when it evolved into Steelix, leaving only Geodude). He eventually relinquishes that title for saying he's an expert in unpredictability instead, due to his Pokémon capable of using illusions, such as Ninetales and Stantler.
    • Max. Thanks to Ash running into him and May a year or so before he goes to Hoenn, he manages to start his Pokémon journey early with Ash as his mentor. While he's not facing the Gym Leaders at their best like Ash is, his progress is still impressive; he beat seven of the eight Hoenn gyms fair and square, only having to rematch one of them, and putting on a good enough show for the remaining one that he got the badge anyway. His team thus far is also impressive: apart from the Shroomish (now Breloom), Mightyena, Shuppet, Ralts, and Jirachi that he met in the previous timeline, he caught an Electrike as his starter (now Manectric), caught a Mantyke in Dewford (now Mantine), and of course, he got a Porygon Pokédex as a gift from Ash long before Hoenn started.
    • Gary, after Ash restores his memories. He's much more of a researcher than he is a trainer nowadays, and often seems to fall into the role of Butt Monkey. But let nobody forget that quite apart from his breakthroughs in research, he not only made it to the finals of the Kanto league, but won the Kalos league.
    • Ritchie Getem, Ash's doppelgänger, gets in on it too; where Ash developed his untapped potential in Aura, Ritchie developed his untapped potential in Psychic.
    • Starting in Johto, even the Characters of the Day are getting in on it. This is hinted to be the result of the Butterfly Effect. Examples include Miki's Skarmory holding its own against two fully-evolved Fire-types at the same time, and the Bug-catching Samurai from Viridian eventually returning as a Silver Conference finalist. Also, Orville, that Pidgey who wanted to be the highest-flying Pidgey in the world actually manages to outfly Ash's Pidgeot in terms of height; she had to stop in the Stratosphere because her wings were icing up, but Orville was still ascending. The only reason he stopped was because he passed out from lack of oxygen, meaning Pidgeot had to catch him.
    • Casey in particular is worth noting; she was a minor supporting character from the Johto Arc, but here, not only does she manage to defeat Charizard (the same one that managed to take on copies of the three Legendary Beasts at the same time) using the FEAR strategyfor those unaware… , she makes it to the League where she defeats Charizard with her Rattata (now Raticate) again, and on Ash's recommendation, the Lucario Kingdom grant her the right to train a Riolu. Ash also gives her a Beedrilite, though this hasn't been seen in action yet.
    • Lugia gets in on the action at Shamouti, actually demonstrating why he's the trio leader of the birds.
    • In the third movie, Molly Hale gave both Brock and Misty a Curb-Stomp Battle because her illusory Pokémon have no limits except her imagination. In this fic, though Brock goes down more or less the same way, Misty is able to fight her to a draw.
    • Lance. Just... Well, for starters, he's the leader of the Dragon Clan, which has received Giovanni's official word of "Do not go near, at all," for Team Rocket. The reason Ash didn't do a clean sweep of the Elite Four was a combination of the rules (one legendary Pokémon per member per match per person without prior approval otherwise) and that he's just that good. To qualify, you have to be recommended for the Elite, and fight at least two Legendary Pokémon (one with an advantage against your chosen type, and one with a disadvantage; the only case in which it wouldn't be at least two is if the chosen type was Dragon or Ghost, which are strong/weak against themselves) and put in a good showing. Misty did it against the three Beasts of Ecruteak. Lance did it against Palkia.
    • Of course, the bad guys get in on it, too; Vicious/The Iron Masked Marauder took advantage of Giovanni sending a squad of Rockets after him early to 'acquire' some of their Pokémon via Dark Ball. And then he manages to get Pikachu in one...
    • Butch and Cassidy in canon were the much more dangerous versions of Jessie and James. They weren't much more successful when they crossed paths with Ash and friends, but they were much more competent. In this fic, they briefly fall into Jessie and James' old roles, but that doesn't last long before they decide to upgrade their teams. Oh, and Cassidy is no longer getting her partner's name wrong...though she's the only one.
    • In Altomare, Annie and Oakley come at them with significant reinforcements compared to the original movie, where they just had an Espeon and Ariados. Unfortunately for them, they don't stand a chance when they push Ash far enough to call in his entire team.
  • Alien Arts Are Appreciated: Apparently, all Squirtle are huge anime fans.
    • Ash and Gary's are Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Fans, while the Squirtles on the Squirtle Island are all Naruto fans. Later on in the Orange Islands, we meet a group of Wartortle who are Power Rangers fans.
    • And in Johto, we find a Wartortle re-enacting Sailor Moon. Which apparently has an in-universe dub Sailor Cresselia. And introducing it to Quilava.
  • Alliterative Name: Fred Farrell, Ash's opponent in the Johto League finals. His Pokémon are all nicknamed with the same idea; his roster includes Floodwater the Feraligatr, Flambé the Flareon and Fowler the Farfetch'd.
  • Alternate Universe: Very subtle, but there are some changes from the main Pokémon universe- and that's not including the changes that the main characters have wrought to the timeline. For example, Hunter J and Lawrence III are brother and sister, and Koga (poison Gym Leader) adopted Meowzie (meaning she left Hollywood, rather than stayed for the episode of the anime where she debuted).
  • Ambiguous Gender: Mew responds to both male and female pronouns, because he/she finds binary gender boring.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Pikachu gets this whenever Ash has to have his life saved by his Sacred Ash.
  • A Rare Sentence:
    • Chapter 82, Johto 24, when Misty decides to catch a Chinchou, she lists off her Pokémon to a curious school. One of them inquires what a Kabutops is, and she sends him out.
    Kabutops: Hello. I am a reanimated fossil.
    One of the Chinchou: That's something you don't hear every day…
    • Chapter 119, Hoenn 3, when Lucario subdues the Rockets' Seviper:
    Brock: I've never seen someone do an overhand knot with a snake before… And that really shouldn't ever need to be said.
  • Ascended Extra: Some Pokémon-of-the-day in a few canon episodes or movies end up fully joining the teams of Ash and Co.
    • Easily the most notable of these arrives in Chapter 3: the Lucario Kingdom, detecting Sir Aaron's lineage active again, grants him a Riolu egg. When Ash touches it, he inadvertently restores its memories of the previous timeline, revealing it to be the same Riolu that he saved from Hunter J. Said Riolu, which evolves into Lucario during the Shamouti incident, becomes as much of a partner and trademark for Ash as Pikachu.
    • The Houndour pack that Ash helps in Johto decide to live at Prof. Oak's ranch, and the one who's life Ash saved ends up fully joining his team.
    • Brock does the same with a young Stantler found in a filler story.
    • A good number of Max's current Pokémon are this, having befriended him in the original timeline but were unable to go along with him due to him not being an official trainer. So far, the Shroomish, Shuppet, and Ralts he befriended and the Mightyena he helped evolve are part of his team.
      • On the note of said Ralts, his older sister Kirlia and his mother Gardevoir plan to stay with Norman from now on to be close to Ralts. However, because they're not captured Pokémon (and are unable to Teleport), they elect to travel with Ash and friends for a week or so until the group returns to Petalburg before the league.
    • The Absol and Flygon from Forina end up joining Ash and Brock's team, respectively.
      • And Jirachi, who can now stay awake thanks to Mewtwo's help, ends up joining Max's team.
    • Similar to Stantler, a Swablu that May met joins her after they help him fly again, as does the pearl-losing Spoink that the group meets a couple of times.
  • Always Lawful Good: Lucario and Riolu apparently, to the point that the Lucario from the movie is finally convinced that Ash isn't Sir Aaron because Ash's Riolu defended him.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Mew, Mewtwo's companion. May's Skitty is a close second.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: As per Pokémon: Jirachi: Wishmaker, Ash and Co. face off against a wish-generated evil facsimile of Groudon and Kyogre.
  • Babies Ever After: The pair of Articuno that Ash and Todd help find each other eventually have two hatchlings. And Todd gets to take pictures of the newborns.
  • Bad Bad Acting: A lot of Ash's Pokémon, from Charizard and Lucario to Pikachu, Mawile and Latias, are often excessively overdramatic or get the giggles when they have to take a dive during beginners training.
  • Badass Family: This time around, the Entei created by the Unown gets joined by Suicune and Raikou. And they will all do whatever it takes to ensure Molly Hale's safety and happiness. Thanks to Mewtwo, them and the unusual Eevee are all real Pokémon now.
  • Bag of Holding: Sir Aaron's bag. Lampshaded when Misty boggles at Ash pulling an entire chalkboard out of it. He says the real trick was getting it in there in the first place.
  • Barrier Warrior: James' Abra.
    • Agatha's Mega Sableye.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Used six times so far via Aura Purge. It turns out that the original purpose of the Aura Purge technique was to fight against the Shadow Pokémon of Pokémon Colosseum and XD.
    • The first time was to help cure Misty's phobia of Bug types by going back to her memory of the traumatic event that caused it and battling a horde of Bugs led by a mental projection of Genesect.
    • That fight was used as a practice run for the battle against Sabrina, which culminated in the only sane fragment of her personality cutting down her inner darkness with a representation of Keldeo's Sacred Sword, Excalibur Galatine.
    • Then came the incident with Molly Hale and the Unown, though that wasn't a battle so much as a therapy session.
    • Jessie's Cubone has also had a therapy session, involving Ash going through an entire army of Pokémon skeletons.
    • During the Whirl Islands mini-arc, Ash uses it on Lugia's mate, who had been turned into a Shadow Pokémon by Namba and Cipher, while falling in midair.
    • When meeting with a Swablu that can't fly in Hoenn, Ash uses this to excise his subconscious fear of storms, which ends with the entered Pokémon fighting Thundurus.
  • Beach Episode: A few scenes of beachtime are shown during the trip from Lilycove to Mossdeep (Chapters 161-162).
    • Chapter 162 even includes Gary's team relaxing in Barbados for a conference.
  • Beam Spam: Muk's default method of attack is "Use all his moves at the same time." The first time he used this "Tactic," he unleashed twenty moves at the same time at a single target.
  • Been There, Shaped History: The last time Groudon and Kyogre underwent Primal Reversion, they sank Pokéatlantis.
  • Being Tortured Maked You Evil: One way to make a Shadow Pokemon is to torture a Pokemon until they break.
  • Berserk Button:
    • For Pidgeot, being mistaken for a male. The first time it happened, she retaliated with a massive Sky Attack and left the message "I'm female, twit" carved into the surface of the glass lining the resulting crater. Subverted the second time, when the culprit managed to apologize for his mistake in time to prevent her wrath.
    • For Squirtle, mocking Gurren Lagann or, even worse, breaking his Kamina style glasses. Brawly's Pangoro and Casey's Raticate, respectively, push those buttons. I'm sure we all know what happened next.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Ash's Squirtle has broken space. To quote Dexter:
    Dexter: Also, battles will almost invariably end in some improbable manifestation of power.
    • Given that Squirtle's character is that of a massive fanboy of Gurren Lagann, the Trope Namer of Beyond the Impossible, this is somewhat to be expected.
    • At the Battle Tower, when an opponent notes that Squirtle knows a move he shouldn't be able to learn, Ash says that he doesn't bother to tell Squirtle stuff is impossible now, because he takes it as a challenge.
    • And somehow Beyond the Impossible has been taken Up to Eleven when Squirtle created Squirtilite and Mega Evolved into Mega Squirtle. It broke after one use, but it worked.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Many times:
    • Team Rocket during Ash's battle with Mewtwo.
    • Togekiss when Lawrence III is trying to capture Lugia.
    • Charizard and Pidgeot during the Unown incident.
    • Bianca and Latias during the Forina incident with the artificial Legendary Pokémon.
    • Rayquaza during the Scuffle of Legends. This doesn't go nearly as well.
  • Blatant Lies:
    Max: Did my Pokémon just do a flying leap off one of my other Pokémon? That happened, right?
    Pikachu: Eh, it's a good tactic.
    Lucario: So is throwing your teammates. Not that I would abuse that tactic...
  • Blessed with Suck: Dark types being immune to Psychic Powers means that a Dark type can't hear psychic communication or be teleported when not in a Poke Ball.
  • Blood Magic: The secret to using Ghost-type attacks while still alive and not getting fatigued. But it's not foolproof. In fact, the first time Ash uses it is when he's fighting Mewtwo. And he overdoes it to the point where all he can do just before he completely blacks out is give Mewtwo his memories back.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: All Pokémon captured in Dark Balls, briefly including Ash's Pikachu.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: James' Abra, Misty's Psyduck and Arceus are guilty of this.
  • Breather Episode:
    • Chapter 101, to unwind after the action-packed Heroes movie. It acts as a Day in the Limelight to various supporting characters, and Ash, Misty, and Brock, while mentioned, do not appear at all.
    • Chapter 174 is an unwinding chapter after Ash's loss against Wallace.
  • Brick Joke: When Ash and Co. first meet Jirachi, Max wishes that Jirachi could stay around for longer, a wish that apparently did nothing. At the end of the arc, we find out what it did: teleport instructions and a book on orbital mechanics to Mewtwo.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: James's Abra is a good sample of this trope.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Implied to have happen to Damian, the guy who Ash's Charizard used to belong to and abandoned him.
  • Broken Streak: Winona ends Max's winning streak of Hoenn Gym Battles.
    • Wallace does the same for Ash's Hoenn run - but still gives him the badge for showing adaptability.
  • Brother-Sister Team:
    • In this fic, Hunter J and Lawrence III, who team up at the end of Chapter 37 to begin the attack on Lugia.
    • The Eon Dragons of Altomare. Latios is Spared by the Adaptation, and while only one of them is typically with Ash at a time, they team up both for Forina and the Scuffle of Legends.
    • The Mega Gardevoir and Mega Gallade that Tate and Liza use against Ash.
  • Bullet Hell: Mewtwo uses a Shadow Ball spread of this called Shadow Sweep as an anti-ghost tactic, and Jirachi can use a minefield version of this using Future Sight.
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • Happens when Misty encounters the Invincible Pokémon Brothers trying to horn in on Cerulean Gym. When she offers to battle them for the gym, they instantly accept... only to learn too late that their opponent has a Mega Gyarados and is the newest member of the Elite 4.
    • Team Rocket's re-encounter with Rico the Poison-type poacher ends up going this way.
      James: Hey Jessie, did we do the motto?
      Jessie: We didn't do the motto.
      James: Poor guy, he didn't get that chance to surrender.
    • Anthony and his world's most powerful Pokémon Pelipper end up on the wrong end of this when he comes across Ash and Co.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday:
    • Ash tells Riolu after he joins Ash that the time they saved him from Hunter J, he considered it a slow week.
    • Morty and Eusine are understandably stunned at the sight of the legendary Beast trio, their shiny counterparts, and Keldeo acting as the peanut gallery to Ash's gym battle with Morty. Ash, Misty, and Brock don't even bat an eye.
  • Butt Monkey: The Oaks. Professor Oak is often the butt of many Pokémon's hijinks (primarily Ash's), while if something bad is happening, it's usually happening to Gary.
  • Calling Your Attacks: As the dialogue of the Pokémon in this fic is translated, and quite often are allowed to determine their own fighting styles, they often do this. Gary's Nidoqueen even lampshades it in Chapter 34.
  • Can't Catch Up: Subverted hard. Saph takes great lengths to ensure that other protagonists, including minor supporting characters such as Casey, are able to keep up with Ash (to some degree). Even Brock, whose talents gear towards Pokémon care, is shown to have taken levels in badass. Yet, the ultimate subversions would have to be Misty and Gary — the former becomes a member of the Gold-Silver version of the Elite Four, beating out Koga for the spot, while the latter takes on the Kalos Gym Challenge and wins the subsequent conference.
  • Canon Foreigner: During the Elite Four meeting where the current members discuss the status of their potential successors, aside from Will, Karen, Koga and Misty, other candidates are mentioned that are characters taken from other Pokémon games, such as Courtney and Isaac from the Pokémon Trading Card Game, and Rosie from Pokémon Battle Revolution.
  • Canon Welding: Characters and events from some of the spin-offs appear and/or are mentioned.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: More often than not, authorities or more powerful trainers arrive at the scene of a crisis... after Ash and Co. have already handled the worst of it. These include Drake and Phoebe arriving to the Togepi Kingdom, or Sidney to LaRousse City. The latter is starting to get wise to it.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Despite how unseriously this story takes itself, there is one thing that isn't Played for Laughs like it is in canon: Brock's Running Gag of going into a Corner of Woe every time he hears Professor Ivy's name. In the original timeline, she was researching the Unown and was trapped in their dimension like Spencer Hale after a resonance cascade, and Brock, who had genuinely fallen in love with her, couldn't react fast enough to save her. This trauma was the reason for his constant adverse reaction to her name, and ended up Flanderizing him into a Casanova Wannabe in an attempt to rebuild his heart. But in this timeline, he was able to save her in time, which has turned them both into the fic's Official Couple.
  • Chain of Deals: Gary Oak gets caught up in a chain of deals while trying to teach his Alakazam Teleport. The chain ends up getting derailed when Gary talked to Professor Oak, who reveals he has several of the items needed, including several heart scales. Gary decides to finish the chain anyway, which results in Gary getting an Anorith and Furfrou.
  • Chekhov's Gag:
    • During one of the early Johto chapters, Muk started acting like the Cookie Monster and starts eating the TMs like cookies. In the first chapter after the Spell of the Unown arc, Ash summons Muk as his last Pokémon against Whitney. After taking a Rollout which does little to no damage, he proceeds to fire off no less than twenty successive TM attacks (among which includes Hyper Beam and Flamethrower), which wins Ash the match but absolutely destroys Whitney's gym in process, including setting part of the gym on fire. Everyone is at a loss of words at the sight of the carnage.
      Muk: I like cookies.
      • Also included: Rain Dance and Sunny Day. At the same time. What?
    • After Squirtle is left behind at Oak's ranch at the start of Ash's Johto Journey, a few throwaway lines in later chapters mention his usual antics involving Ash's five Tauros, including him trying to ride all five at once and teaching one to walk on water. Come Altomare and a Fossil Pokémon Apocalypse, we get to see what they've been working on: the Bull-Dozer.
    • During the attack on Mount Chimney, an Aqua grunt can't find his main Pokemon, and has to use his backup, a Luvdisc. It turns out that Jirachi teleported it (a Remoraid) to help Delta evolve so he could save Max when the cable car was cut, and it evolved as well.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The Sacred Ash from the first chapter, which is used to revive Ash after Mewtwo kills him. Then it's used again after the Scuffle of Legends. To Pikachu's horror, half of it is gone after that.
    • It was mentioned early on in the fic that limestone is the result of the combination of several fossilized remains. As it turns out, Altomare is built on limestone, allowing Annie and Oakley to unleash a Fossil Pokémon Apocalypse onto the entire city via the DMA.
    • When Absol first talks to Ash about Mega Evolution, she gets a small twinge from her danger sense. Several chapter later, after Ash has gotten Gary's Absolite and tries Mega Evolving her, the evolution causes her to go into a Super Power Meltdown like Korrina's Lucario in canon.
    • When Keldeo goes to ask Misty for help getting back to Unova, Golduck tells him that she's been gone for a while. A few other scenes show a new Team Aqua recruit with a Milotic.
    • For helping save the Togepi Kingdom, Ash gets a ceremonial sword. It eventually becomes his focus for Sacred/Secret Sword.
    • Ash gets his hands on the Meteorite that Maxie and Archie were after at Mt. Chimney. If you've played ORAS, you know what it does to Rayquaza during the Scuffle of Legends.
  • Chirping Kricketune: After Ash's outburst about his refusal to dress up as Ashley again. Lampshaded when the narration points out how they aren't native to Kanto.
  • The Chosen Many: The Dragon Clan qualify as this, even referring to themselves as the Chosen.
  • The Chosen One: Aura Guardians, and those descended from them. Sir Aaron's Lucario knew full well that Ash (a descendant of Sir Aaron) was one when they first met, because, according to him, it's hereditary.
  • Cloning Gambit: Pikachu has just been given the runaround by Wallace's Greninja, it's coming in with a Giga Impact, it hits... and Pikachu delivers a Counter Attack that knocks it out... only to burst the Substitute that it was.
  • Commuting on a Bus: As in canon, some of Ash's Pokémon leave him from time to time for various reasons. This time around, they take a transponder with them that acts as a portable version of the Pokémon transfer system at Professor Oak's lab, allowing Ash to use Dexter to call on them if necessary.
    • Since Ash started recruiting Legendary Pokémon onto his team, he has made an allowance that if they need to take part in their jobs as Legendaries, they can leave and come back if they want.
  • Continuity Nod: One of this fic's strongest points is that it has a far stronger sense of continuity than the original work, allowing for unique solutions to be devised by pointing out relatively simple solutions to formerly complex problems. For example, Jigglypuff's long-standing issue of putting people to sleep with her song is avoided by pairing her up with the old man who plays the Poké-flute in the first Snorlax episode. Many episode plots are solved by pointing the problems of one spot out to people from previous episodes who have solutions, or pairing up people who have solved these problems already.
  • Cosmic Retcon: The author's plan for the Pokémon X and Y new type, Fairy. And Mega Evolution, as Gary specifically admits that this didn't happen in the previous timeline, and speculates that this was the result of the time travel. His theory is confirmed when Korrina's grandfather admits that one of his Lucario mega-evolved the same day Ash went back in time, at the start of his journey.
    • And as of "Celebi, Voice of the Forest", the Retcon has officially occurred, interfering with Creation to make Fairy types a thing, and Mega Evolutions appearing at the point where Sammy travelled back to. And apparently making Max fail on a Pokémon Types test.
    • Related to the Mega Evolution thing is that Sea Mauville now exists where the S.S. Cactus did last time.
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • It seems to be Celebi's job to make sure all the little hiccups in time are smoothed out, and one of them is making sure Ash and Co. meet the right Pokémon at the right time. Some of these are more elegant, such as how they nearly seamlessly altered people's personal histories to include the Fairy-type, while others... not so much, such as when one just drops one of Ash's Pokémon on his head.
    • A few of Jirachi's wishes can resolve themselves like this. A freak gust of wind, teleporting a trainer carrying a particular item, etc.
  • Could Say It But: Invoked by Team Rocket when they "drop" the Sceptilite they got from the TR Armory next to Ash, in order to maintain Plausible Deniability that they are actually friendly with each other.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Wallace's Magikarp, which can shatter one of Glalie's ice shields with raw strength alone.
  • Critical Research Failure: In-universe:
  • Cult: Team Aqua and Team Magma are explicitly described by the author as cults.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Due to Ash being able to restore the memories, and power, and evolutionary level, of his Pokémon, and that of his friends, including Jessie, James and Meowth to whatever they were before Cyrus did his thing, they meet some people who they completely overpower.
    • Early on, when Ash encountered the samurai guy who uses Bug-type Pokémon a second time from his point of view, well, it is easy to guess how that went.
    • When they did the Princess Tournament again, the early rounds, in the author's words, were one-sided.
    • Misty's confrontation with the Invincible Pokémon Brothers when they try to take over Cerulean Gym predictably ends this way.
    • May's battle with Nicolai. After he insults Max's battling skills (despite that being Max's first battle) May sics Blaziken on him. Nicolai ends up eating his words.
    • When Jessie and James encounter Rico, the Poison-type poacher who is stealing Ekans and Koffing from Rocket turf (and who originally forced them to release Arbok and Weezing), things... go very differently this time around.
    • Ever since Shamouti, this has been happening less and less, as the world itself seems to get stronger and stronger. The events of the Third movie, for example, don't just involve a copy of Entei, it involves copies of the rest of the Beasts of Ecruteak as well. This has the side effect of making curbstomps less frequent.
    • Lilycove Pokémon Contest. Ash vs. Harley. Harley uses his Cacturne. Ash uses Ho-Oh. Need we say more?
  • Cutting the Knot:
    • With their knowledge of the future, Ash and the other characters are able to avoid a lot of problems with relatively simple solutions. For example, teaming up the man with the Poké-flute that helped them with the Snorlax early in their travels with Jigglypuff, to counteract her sleep-inducing song.
    • Team Rocket was supposed to do Koga's dungeon of traps before facing him. What instead happened was that they used Abra to teleport directly to Koga at the end of the dungeon.
    • Ash does something similar by using Aura to sense the traps and just punching through the walls.

     Tropes D - N 

  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapters are often interspersed with scenes of other supporting characters and Pokémon away from the main group and their travels. When a whole chapter is made up of these scenes, it's usually referred to as "Ashes Nowhere To Be Seen".
  • Death Is Not Permanent: Whenever Ash dies, the Sacred Ash that Ho-Oh gave him in the beginning of the story will resurrect him/prevent his death. However, there's only so much Ash in that bag of his...
  • Descriptiveville:
    Brock: That's Remoraid Mountain. It's got Remoraid Lake on top of it, it's near the Remoraidian Ruins which used to be inhabited by the ancient people called the Remoraidians, and you'll never guess what Pokémon are up there.
    Ash: Octillery.
    Brock: Probably.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • Quoted word for word when Dexter turns into a Porygon.
    • Ash didn't expect Casey would have a plan to defeat Charizard on their first encounter. She pulled the FEAR strategy on him (elaborated upon above, under the Adaptational Badass trope).
    • No one at all expected the massive Dragonite at Bill's lighthouse to a) be Australian and b) be holding a truck-sized can of Foster's Beer. Everyone tries desperately to forget that it happened.
    • No one expected illusionary counterparts to Suicune and Raikou at the Hale Manor.
    • And definitely no-one expected Pikachu to be captured in a Dark Ball.
    • And absolutely nobody, not even the readers, expected Squirtle to actually succeed in Mega Evolving.
    • Even Team Rocket couldn't have seen James' Moltres costume leading to a chain of events that led to them accidentally capturing a real Moltres. Ash, upon hearing it, gives a Flat "What.".
      • It doesn't end there. Even after turning over a new leaf, Team Rocket never thought that they would finally get their hands on a Pikachu. Let alone a cosplaying one.
    • Team Magma and Aqua both showing up in person to capture Jirachi caught everyone off guard.
      • The monster Groudon in Forina, Ash and Co. were expecting. The monster Kyogre, not so much.
    • Kyogre and Groudon undergoing Primal Reversion and beating Rayquaza.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Aside from several times in-story where battle plans don't always work out due to overlooked details, one prominent example occurs during the events of Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys. May, Brock and Drew have intercepted the haywire robots, have found the core robot, have gotten a pass up to it to give the main control room a chance to reset them... only to realize that they never told anyone in the control room to do anything.
    • Team Aqua and Team Magma didn't think about what would happen with Kyogre and Groudon both undergoing Primal Reversion.
  • Discontinuity Nod: Dexter brings up the events of the infamous banned Porygon episode, which none of the others can remember. He attributes the memory loss to seizures brought on by the digital environment.
  • The Dreaded: Ash, after winning the Indigo League Champion. He became even more feared after Spell of the Unown, where Charizard, after some bizarre Mega Evolution activation and transitioning, started beating back the Unown-created Raikou, Suicune and Entei on live television.
    • The Officer Jennys in Johto have evidently been printing Ketchum Incident reporting slips.
      • Lance explains how bad Kyogre and Groudon undergoing Primal Reversion was by showing that he had two Ketchum Incident reporting slips stapled together. The entire audience gasped.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Zigzagged. After becoming Indigo League Champion, Ash garners a lot of respect, and a lot of people do fear battling him, but his eccentric, borderline insane behaviour, along with his Pokémon's tendency to do the impossiblenote , means they have issues taking him seriously.
  • Dungeon Bypass:
    • The Fuschia Gym requires challengers to navigate an obstacle course before they can face Koga himself. Jessie and James get through by having Abra teleport them to the goal, which Koga promptly disallows for future challengers. Ash and his Pokémon get through by using Aura Sight to spot the traps and just smashing through the walls. Ash's interview in Goldenrod reveals that Koga disallowed that from then on as well.
    • Ash tends to do this a lot. For example, in one of the Orange League gyms, one of the challenges is a race. While it's implied that you're supposed to use a water type, Ash instead uses his Pidgeot... which is capable of supersonic travel. Again, the leader vows to specifically require the use of a Water-type in future.
    • Ash's various Pokémon, coupled with future knowledge, allow him a lot of bypasses. Managing to cut weeks of aimless wandering in the woods thanks to not being lost helps, and the ability to move extremely quickly (via Suicune or Pidgeot, for example) enables them to get from one place to another with minimum of fuss.
    • It really helps Ash that many of the "Dungeons" that popped up in the original time line simply don't show up due to Team Rocket not being as antagonistic here. Whole episodes worth of problems simply vanish, or become much simpler to fix without the team exacerbating them.
    • The entirety of the original plot of Pokémon: Jirachi: Wishmaker is taken care of by a restored Jirachi using Future Sight to show Butler the consequences of his plan to restore Groudon. Unfortunately, when Butler steps down, Team Aqua and Team Magma both step up, resulting in things being worse than before.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome:
    • Several seen when time breaks. Included in their number are Keldeo's parents final stand against a rampaging Reshiram and Ash's father breaking a tidal wave over Pacifidlog.
    • In the original timeline, Latios had one, stopping a tsunami…but averted in this story, because Mewtwo took care of it.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The Kanto chapters were written around the early days of Pokémon's 5th Generation (before the localized named of Unova was revealed in fact), and with no feedback before publishing. After a hiatus, the author resumed writing beginning with The Power of One retelling, just as Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were about to be released, and posting his works on for feedback. The contrast is quite visible.
      • Saphroneth actually started to rewrite the pre-hiatus chapters to update them to the level of the post-hiatus ones.
    • One unavoidable problem is that the original anime was self-contained with just one hundred and fifty Pokémon in the Kanto region. So certain plot points - like Sabrina's father saying that you "Need a Ghost-type to fight Psychic-types" - don't make nearly as much sense in a world where Dark-types (which can No Sell psychic attacks) are known to exist, but didn't exist at the time the episodes were made (or Psychic getting Nerfed by later generations).
  • Enemy Mine: Primal Kyogre and Groudon are beating onto each other until Rayquaza popped up in Chapter 165. Then they ganged up on him.
  • Establishing Series Moment: See the dialogue at the top of the page? That firmly establishes the premise of the story as well as sets the tone for the series.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: If Jessie and James catching a Relicanth for his mother in any indication, Giovanni seems close to said mother, despite his criminal activities.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Giovanni's primary issue with the Iron Masked Marauder's actions is that he intended to use Celebi's powers to supplant him. But he's not upset because of the risk of losing his power, his influence, or his resources, nor is he all that upset about the gall that the Marauder had in doing that when Giovanni and his organization were responsible for building him up to having all of his power in the first place. He says that he can forgive all of that, but the one thing that he can't is that because of his attempted tampering with time, he might have lost his Persian.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: The purpose of Rocket executives, or at least the department the promoted Jessie, James, and Meowth are in. You can't rule or make a profit in a destroyed world, so somebody needs to point Idiot Heroes in the right direction to protect all those potential victims. This doesn't mean that Team Rocket as a whole is a group of good guys now, it more means that they want to prevent people from rocking the boat too much.
    • Case in point, they show up to assist whenever something like Primal Kyogre and Groudon show up, they assist Ash in holding them at bay.
  • Exact Words:
    • A distracted Roxanne asked how many Hoenn Gym Badges Ash had. Ash answered none. Hilarity Ensues. Roxanne later decides to word her questions more carefully in the future.
    • As a pre-gym challenge, Wattson tells Max he and his team have to stay on Raikou for 30 seconds. He means his robo-Raikou bucking bronco, but Max knows where to find another, calmer, real-life Raikou instead, and just sits on his back, and since his team were all in his Poke Balls on his belt, they stayed on too. Wattson took this in good humor, though Max says that, if he hadn't, he would have just shocked the robot until it stopped working and sat on it then
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • When Eusine meets Morty (at the moment in the middle of a Gym Battle with Ash) he excitedly talks about his new findings about various legendary Pokémon trios in Johto and Unova... not noticing that a good number of the Pokémon he mentioned were seated in the stands watching Ash's battle with Morty at that moment (as well as their copies). Ash lampshades it by his increasingly louder not-laughter.
    • Distracted by homework marking, asking him how many Hoenn badges he has and him not wearing his (in-universe) iconic blue outfit, Roxanne fails to recognize Ash as a multi-League winner and gives him a beginner's gym challenge. Hilarity Ensues.
    • One not Played for Laughs: With it having been several centuries since the last time they fought using that power, coupled with a thick layer of ash from a volcanic eruption, Rayquaza doesn't notice that Groudon and Kyogre have underwent Primal Reversion until he's charging right at them with Dragon Ascent. Groudon gets his claws on him, and a Curb-Stomp Battle from the both of them ensues.
  • False Reassurance: Before battling Brawly, Ash tells him that he will only use one of the Pokémon that he used in the Silver Conference, and reassures him that it is not Lugia. After Ash uses Squirtle instead of a Legendary, Brawly probably didn't expect him to finish with Latios (who was at Altomare during the Conference). Brawly takes it pretty well, actually, and puts up enough of a fight to make Ash resort to Mega Evolving.
  • Famed In-Story: Ash eventually gains a reputation with his various accomplishments and how he achieves them. This is what his league profile says about him.
    Profile: Ash Ketchum. Winner of the Indigo and Orange Leagues, this young trainer is probably insane and completely unorthodox, and so are his Pokémon. Half the things they do should be impossible. His preferred style is probably sweeper, but it's hard to tell. His starter Pokémon is a Pikachu. Class - probably A.
    • He also has a reputation for absolutely pulverizing Gyms that he fights in. By the Johto Arc, the Gym Leaders have started to move their battles outside... not that it always helps.
    • He played Genghis Khan in a movie once, but this doesn't come up often.
    • Ever since the Greenfield Incident, Ash's Charizard is pretty much a local celebrity in the Charicific Valley.
  • Fangirl:
    • Ash gets one of these as an opponent during the Silver Conference.
    • Ash's Swellow turns out to be one for Pidgeot.
  • Field of Bones: Jessie's Cubone (based on Archer) can manifest her reality marble, which takes this form. After she gets therapy, it becomes a simple grass field.
  • Fight Off the Kryptonite: Overcoming the Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors weaknesses Pokemon have by various moves and tactics is a major theme, especially with Ash and his Pokemon. Norman even says that to an experienced trainer, the type chart is just another challenge.
  • Finger in a Barrel: Max's Mantine, Delta tries to pull this on Juan's Wailord by gumming up its blowhole with Ice Beam. Unfortunately, all that did was give Wailord an ice cannonball.
  • Fix Fic: Technically a subversion. Most Fix Fics completely ignore canon after a certain point, but this one only works because the characters have knowledge of canon.
  • Flat "What.": Ash gives a very well deserved one upon hearing that Team Rocket somehow caught a Moltres.
  • Flynning: What happens when Keldeo goes up against Norman's Ditto.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • While there hasn't been one huge event that is the culmination of the butterfly effect ala Yet Again, it crops up every once in a while. The most notable would have to be Spell of the Unown, where Delia's decision to stay away from Greenfield results in the Unown creating an illusionary Suicune as Molly's mother instead, and an illusionary Raikou to act as her older brother, on top of having the canonical Entei as her father. Eventually, after all the love she puts into the illusions of the Legendary Beasts and an Eevee she used in her battles against Brock and Misty, they become real (albeit, shiny).
    • Hunter J's early involvement is due to this. Because Ash reminds Team Rocket, they have an increase in skill and go back for James's pet Growlie. This in turn draws Jessiebelle's attention, who, after failing to get James, calls Hunter J to Kanto. Hunter J crosses paths with Ash years early, leading to the increased difficulty of both Gringey City and Shamouti but also taking care of a problem early.
    • Instead of being left alone, Meowzie was adopted by Koga and trained in the art of the Ninja, meaning that the events of the episode where Meowth's backstory was revealed not only don't happen, but she actually trains Meowth in how to perform several Pokémon ninja movies while Jessie and James fight Koga for a badge. Meowth never learns that she was his crush in another life, though.
    • After Mewtwo publishes his book about life from a captured Pokémon's perspective, N gets his hands on a copy, thus planting the seeds of doubt about his father's doctrine.
    • Kyogre and Groudon undergo Primal Reversion, requiring Ash to call the strongest members of his team, including all nine of his Legendaries, along with help from Team Rocket.
  • Foreshadowing: Ash gets his fortune read by a Natu in chapter 71, but gets the result of "Tilt." The Natu in question could only see about four days out before "Everything got confusing." Four days later was when Ash fought the Iron Masked Marauder, resulting in a Time Crash and the world being fundamentally altered.
  • Fossil Pokémon Apocalypse: As the result of the bedrock Altomare is built on being made of limestone and a pair of Pokémon thieves with delusions of world domination having access to the DMA.
  • Fridge Logic: In universe, the characters sometimes question some piece of logic, usually from the games or anime, like how Team Magma has a submarine, Pokemon learning moves the games say they can't but logic says they can, or the idea of Spoink needing to constantly bounce to maintain their hearts.
  • Friendly Enemy: Jessie, James and Meowth. After their memories got restored and Ash explained the situation to them, of course. Then again, considering that Ash knew them well enough to restore their memories in the first place, they were probably already that anyway.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Trading as an evolution mechanic is replaced with simple battle experience or some other condition, such as Chuck's Machoke evolving mid-battle, or Clamperl simply being needing to be immersed in DeepSeaScale/Tooth-mineralized water to evolve.
  • Get Out: After Miltank destroys her gym and Muk finishes the job, Whitney, after being dumbfounded for a moment, throws the Plain Badge at Ash and tells him to get out.
  • Goldeen Fu: Misty hits Brock with her Goldeen, usually whenever he starts being himself around women. Once Brock settles down with a single girlfriend, this gag is dropped entirely.
  • Genre Savvy: After a few ill encounters, Team Magma and Aqua are fully aware of how powerful Ash is, so instead of finding new ways to battle him, they come up with new ways of getting past him, achieving their goal as quickly as possible, and making sure that he can't follow them when they escape.
  • Gunship Rescue: With their new VTOL cargo plane, Team Rocket does this a lot.
  • Handicapped Badass: Norman has a deaf Exploud. As Ash finds out, the deafness doesn't really make it any less of a challenge.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: In the original first movie, Mewtwo claimed the trainers' Pokémon after handily trouncing the natural Venusaur, Blastoise, and Charizard. This time around, Mewtwo goes 1-2; the Venusaur goes down the same way, but Gary's Blastoise imprisons the fake Blastoise in ice, and Ash's Charizard turns Blast Burn into a Fantastic Nuke and all but one-shots the fake Charizard. Mewtwo abducts all the other Pokémon anyway.
  • Heroic BSOD: Comedic example in Ecruteak Gym Leader Morty when he saw Entei, Raikou, Suicune, another Legendary Beast trio (albeit shiny) and a Keldeo sitting in the stands to watch Ash's battle with him. At least he holds it together to give Ash a proper Gym Battle, but his reaction after the battle says it all.
    Morty: ...well, I guess you've earned the Fog badge. Now I'm going to go home, and... probably sit down for a bit.
  • Hero of Another Story:
    • In the previous timeline, Gary tried (and failed) to stop Cyrus from going A God Am I at Spear Pillar.
    • Due to Ritchie being "Destiny Entangled" with Ash, he has his own heroic quest to complete... and will face his own world-saving trials. He even develops his latent Psychic Powers to contrast Ash's own Aura abilities, complete with a Ralts to contrast Ash's Riolu, and had some adventures in Almia after the Indigo Cup.
    • Some of the Pokémon that Ash lets go have had their own, separate, adventures, and gained unbelievable amounts of power. For example, Butterfree, Lapras, and Pigeot all spent years away from Ash as defenders of their groups or areas.
    • In this fic, Professor Ivy studies the Reverse World, and gets attacked by a group of Unown. However, Brock is able to prevent a catastrophe by fighting them off with nothing but a crowbar. Of course, we don't hear about it until after he rejoins Ash.
    • Wes and Rui from Pokémon Colosseum (the events of the game having occurred prior to the start of Ash's journey) appear in the Johto arc when a Cipher group shows up in Johto, and Michael from the sequel game is also mentioned.
  • "Hey, You!" Haymaker - May's Blaziken gives one to the Magma grunt that had cut their cable car cable.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs:
    Brock: Talk about closing the barn door after the Ponyta's bolted.
    Ash: Why would a barn door stop a Ponyta if it wanted to get out? Couldn't they just burn their way their way through the door?
    Brock: ...Actually, now you mention it...
    Misty: It's... It's just one of those sayings.
    • At one point Jessie mentions wanting to put a Ponyta in Jessebelle's bed. The other Rockets were confused until she elaborated that it would set the bed on fire and probably break a lot of her stuff while trying to escape.
  • Hold Up Your Score: The Shiny Donphan that the group meet in Hoenn judges the courting displays of all the male Donphan from a scale of 1 to 10. Pidgeot doing a Sky Attack flyover and dropping Ash's Donphan who does a hit-the-ground-rolling landing only rates an 8.
  • Hope Spot: Thanks to Team Magma's interference, the Kaiju Groudon has shown up and is thrashing Forina. Butler, Ash and Co. have their plan all laid out to hit it with Jirachi's Doom Desire, Butler's machine is channeling the Millennium Comet's power into Jirachi to fuel the devastating attack... and then it all goes pear-shaped when Team Aqua shows up and uses that power to wish for a Kaiju Kyogre.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: Ash's Gym Battle against Misty was supposed to be this in order to teach him humility, since in this fic, Gyms are designed to test a Trainer's character as well as their battling prowess. Unfortunately, Ash didn't get the message and ended up accidentally bringing the roof down as a result of his refusal to give up. And thus was a Running Gag formed.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Oh, come on Wobbuffet. How much do we have to suffer. Worse, since we can actually understand him now, we can't escape...
  • Hypocritical Humor: On occasions, Ash complains or wonders how some Pokémon is using a move they can't learn in games but common sense says should be able to use (like Rock Throw - all you have to do is... well, pick up a rock and throw it). This is in spite of his Pokémon using moves they can't learn (Earthquake, used by Pikachu, or Aeroblast, used by Pidgeot), moves that don't even exist (Volt Crash), attacks that aren't even moves at all (half the things Squirtle does), and even being able to use Pokémon moves (for example, Shadow Ball) himself. He is sometimes called on this, and admits it is a fair counter-point.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Professor Oak takes several swigs from a hip flask while Ash fills him in on the time travel situation.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Avoids doing it fully, but still gives us the humor.
  • Improvised Platform: Blaziken can use Ethan's (May's Porygon) Reflect screens as stepping stones. Later, Cinder, Max's Mightyena uses Casper, his Shuppet, in the same way.
  • Incest Is Relative: Suicune suffers a brief moment of Squick when she realizes that while she and Entei were created by Ho-Oh to be siblings, the Shiny Suicune and Entei were created by Molly to be her parents, thus making them spouses.
  • Innocent Innuendo: While Jessie and James are challenging Koga at the Fuchsia Gym, Meowth is led away by a female of his species who offers to help "remedy his depression" over feeling worthless as anything other than a translator. The next Jessie and James hear from him, he's crying out ecstatically, which Squicks them out to no end when they realize the implications. Then Meowth walks in and proudly offers to show them why he's so happy now... before demonstrating that the female Meowth has taught him how to finally use Pay Day.
  • Insistent Terminology: Mawile insists that Larvitar is her little brother by virtue of the fact that he hatched after her, even though (due to time travel) he's actually three years older than her. And as of Chapter 121, he's twenty times larger than her, too, but...
    Mawile: ...nope. Still my little brother.
    Tyranitar: I'm older than you and nearly twenty times your weight!
    Mawile: Little brother means little brother. Size doesn't matter.
  • Instant A.I., Just Add Water: Dexter, as well as Gary and Professor Oak's Pokédexes, develop full sentience as a result of uploading all the information Dexter had cataloged from the future and become Porygons.
    • And now May and Max both have Porygon Pokédexes as well.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Humorously, Ash and Pikachu still manage to wreck Misty's bike.
    • Even though Ash and Co. manage to fix the problem with Jirachi by convincing Butler of the disastrous consequences of his plan, the Kaiju Groudon still appears when Magma Admin Blaise shows up and wishes for one. And then it gets worse.
    • Although May goes out of her way to try to be nice to Harley this time around, he still ends up antagonizing the group when he finds out she's friends with Ash - who had just roasted his Cacturne in the Lilycove Pokémon Contest.
  • Intellectual Property Religion: In-universe, with Squirtle saying that 'Gurren Lagann may be a TV show, but it's also a philosophy and a way of life.
    • It's been revealed that this is pretty much how Squirtle work - they see something they think is awesome, and they dedicate themselves to it.
  • I Thought Everyone Could Do That:
    • Ash was aware that Pokemon evolve around him unusually frequently, but Brock telling him some Pokemon take years of training to evolve when he was chatising Team Rocket for their evolution machine took him by surprise.
    • A Houndour belonging to Team Magma doesn't think that erupting Mount Chimney would be a problem, since his Flash Fire ability means that lava doesn't hurt him. Cue Blaziken telling him that no, not all Pokemon have that ability.
  • It Only Works Once: Squirtilite only works once: after use it breaks in a massive explosion of water.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: During Ash's Gym Battle with Flannery, Goomy ends up evolving into Sliggoo mid-battle, but while he is trying to adjust to now being blind, Flannery's Pyroar knocks him out. No-one, not even Flannery, is impressed.
  • Kidnapped by the Call: While Ritchie is on his Hoenn journey, Celebi appears and teleports him back to Johto to the previous day to help a Nurse Joy save her Pokémon Center as per canon, no matter what he says about it.
  • King of All Cosmos: Arceus and the second Dialga and Palkia, much to Sir Aaron's dismay. "Every hour I'm in here with you guys, my image of the Kami becomes a little more tarnished..."
  • Know When to Fold 'Em:
    • At one point, Team Rocket steals Dexter, planning on making a copy of all that useful data he'd cataloged over the years for themselves. By the time Ash and the others catch up to them, they're about to make their getaway in a jet that they'd acquired. Then the situation triggers Dexter's emergence as a full-fledged Porygon. Jessie and James share a look, realize that this new development does not bode well for them, chuck Dexter out of the cockpit, and take off while they still can.
    • Ash invokes this when Vulpix turns herself into a Nintetales by remarking that he will make sure to forfeit if Brock gets involved in Pokémon contests.
    • Butch and Cassidy, of all people, get in on this when Ash shows up at one of their scams; they recognize him as the Indigo League Champion and how one of his Pokémon beat back three Legendaries. They waste no time skedaddling, not even bothering with a battle. Giovanni praises them for it.
    • Jessie and James give lectures and classes at Team Rocket HQ on exactly this sort of situation- specifically, those revolving around Ash. Their advice: stay away from him.
    • Another group of Rockets, led by Butch and Cassidy, are spying on Professor Oak's lab and debating if they should go down and steal some of the Pokémon. Butch points out repeatedly that no, this would be a very bad idea due to the abundance of Ash's Pokemon and Legendaries. They finally turn tail when they get noticed.
  • Laborious Laziness: Abra actually works pretty darn hard at being as lazy as possible. He is capable of teleporting Team Rocket to many places in a very short amount of time, creating shields that are capable of protecting them from Mewtwo, and is able to stand on his own in Pokémon Matches far above his weight class... all in the name of getting a little extra sleep.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Some of the sillier/weirder/crazier stuff that happened in the anime gets commented on by the characters.
    • Sabrina's father telling Ash that only "A Ghost-type Pokémon can defeat Sabrina," is lampshaded as not only is Ghost not immune to psychic powers, Dark types are super effective against Psychic-types, and the only Ghost-types in Kanto are also part Poison-types, which are very weak against Psychic types.
  • Large Ham: Ash's Squirtle, oh so very much. Same with Gary's Blastoise. Ash has this to say about his Squirtle:
    Ash: I've heard of showy, but that turtle takes the cake.
    • Mewtwo lampshaded it asking if Gary's Blastoise was feeling well.
    • The Aforementioned Squirtle and Blastoise are massive Gurren Lagann otaku, so it's justified... somewhat.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Pikachu not remembering the anime episode with the Porygon, and the mention of epilepsy by Dexter, is a reference to how the episode was banned as a result of epilepsy attacks it caused, and thus never shown out of Japan.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: The events of the canon B-Button League and the hyper-powerful Magikarp and Feebas are this to Pikachu.
  • Living Crashpad: Happens to Ash a couple of times when restoring unevolved Pokémon that end up spontaneously evolving and falling on top of him. Brock's Forretress and Ash's own Donphan are two examples.
    • As is Ash's Glalie, who ends up flattening Lucario.
    • In the "Wish Maker" chapters, Houndoom uses Beat Up to cushion the fall of several Pokemon who had gotten caught up in the Pichu Brothers antics.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Even more so than in canon, given all of the main characters' Pokémon have their dialogue translated, their characterizations expanded, and are often rotated in and out of their teams. It's a testament to the author's skill that none of them have been Demoted to Extra yet.
  • Love Hurts:
    • Happens to both Brock and Charizard when they go back in time - the latter because Charla, his mate in the Charicific Valley, no longer remembers him, the former because Professor Ivy, his first true love that was lost in another dimension from a Freak Lab Accident, is now alive and well.
    • Far more humorously, James' various Grass-type Pokémon tell him that they constantly Glomp on him because he feels "Really nice to Grass-types." Given that thus far this includes a pitcher plant with fangs, a Venus flytrap and a cactus, he doesn't feel the same way.
    • Sceptile's meeting with Meganium brings up a few bad memories about his love life.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: Magic and Aura are not the same: Aura is self-directed, while spirits guide magic. Using Aura to alter the effects of Magic can lead to catastrophic results, as is trying to do one using the other. Ash almost died when he tried to use Aura to reverse the spell that transformed him into a Riolu - Aura doesn't have the the safeguards and it's near-impossible to track all of the "fiddly little bits" of such physical alterations.
    • There are three powers that humans can acquire that give them abilities on par with Pokémon, and all are exclusive to one another - Psychic powers, Aura, and Magic. Each has their own rules and abilities.
  • Magikarp Power: The Trope Namer in action, as this time around, James puts in the effort of actually training the Magikarp he bought from that con artist and ends up with a Gyarados that doesn't just want to blast him into the middle of next month.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: After Vicious (the Iron-Masked Marauder) is captured, he has a stroke in prison - courtesy of Giovanni's Persian and its Shadow Claw.
  • Meanwhile, in the Future: The story frequently cuts to the sub-dimensional bubble where Arceus, Sir Aaron, Dialga, and Palkia play lots and lots of board games while waiting for Ash's changes to the timeline to take effect. Now, they've progressed to Sengoku Basara, Pokémon Conquest and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon via Arceus's reality warping.
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break: A literal one happens during Ash's gym battle against Erica. Ivysaur and Gloom are locked in a stalemate against each other, easily healing any Scratch Damage the other manages to inflict. During that time, Erica and Misty enjoy a Spot of Tea, a bored Ash starts looking up the record for the longest Pokémon match in history, and both Pokémon resort to using the nearest computer to look up their movesets in search of anything that will turn the tide one way or another.
    • When Teams Aqua and Magma are trying to steal the meteor at Mount Chimney, while two of their members are playing tug of war with it, one Poochyene says "humans", and another says "word".
  • Mission from God:
    • Arceus himself gave Ash the mission of making sure Cyrus doesn't succeed.
    • Ritchie is on another one due to his destiny entanglement with Ash.
  • The Mole: As in canon, Lance is one for Team Magma. This time, Misty does the same for Team Aqua.
  • Monster Adventurers: Raikou has started his own version of this by going around fighting the Johto Gyms for badges. Using himself. He does manage to get all eight badges of the Johto Area before challenging Ash again.
  • More Dakka: Muk's typical battle strategy is to use all the TM's he's eaten at the same time. The first time he did this, he performed about twenty attacks in about three seconds. The result practically obliterated Whitney's gym.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Vulpix uses Safeguard to carry a Fire Stone without triggering her evolution into Ninetales before Brock has properly paid for the Stone.
    • Brock uses Charizard's and Quilava's flames and Torkoal's heat for cooking. Audino also does the same for Team Rocket using Moltres's flames.
    • Mewtwo can use his telekinesis for movie special effects. As can most Porygon.
    • Mimey (Delia's Mr. Mime) can use his Reflect to avoid getting pricked by his sewing.
    • Glaceon can help make ice lollies.
    • Karen's Absol uses her Danger Sense to fast-forward past movie commercials to exactly the right spot in the film. Because going too far is a disaster.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Arceus creates a second Dialga to send Ash into the past, and later creates a second Palkia to round out his gaming group. In Heart Gold and Soul Silver, Arceus could create a copy of one of the Sinnoh Dragons if brought to the Sinjoh Ruins.
    • Ash mentions having Dexter develop a way to jailbreak TMs so they could be used more than once while they were in Unova during the original timeline.
    • James expresses surprise at not whiting out and waking up at the Pokémon Center after running out of usable Pokémon during a battle.
    • Ash and Gary face each other in the finals of the Indigo League.
    • May and Max's new Pokédex (soon to be Porygon) AIs are named Ethan and Kris respectively.
    • Ash using Charizard, Ivysaur, and a Squirtle for his battle against Erika in Celadon City, much like Super Smash Bros. Brawl's Pokémon Trainer.
      • Later in a three-on-three, Meganium, Quilava and Totodile use a Triple Finish, Johto version, against Wattson and his team.
    • The Entei from Spell of the Unown knows how to use Sacred Fire. In Gen VI of the games, Sacred Fire was added to Entei's movepool.
      • And Ho-Oh ends up teaching it to Ash's own Entei as well.
    • The Battle Tower near Olivine City, which only made a cameo in the anime, is visited. On its wall, there is a coat-of-arms with the official motto Nil Sine Pokémonnote .
    • James still has the infamous Moltres costume. Strangely, Moltres is now interested in him.
    • The third personality that assists Ash during his battle with Sabrina's dark side and creepy inner child is the her gentle, jovial shrine maiden incarnation from the Electric Tail manga who represents her childhood dreams before her powers.
    • In chapter 147, Carnivine encourages a Sunkern to become an athlete and mentions how the team that beat Jessie and James during the Pokéathalon had a Sunkern MVP. Sunkern is one of the few Pokémon capable of achieving five stars for all of the Pokéathalon's events.
    • Team Rocket's newest cell member is the famous cosplaying Pikachu from ORAS.
    • Chapter 151 gives Ash and Co. a new tagalong: Mew. She only stays for that chapter, though.
    • When Winona hears about a Pikachu flying, she asks if someone tied balloons to one again.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: Rayquaza's Dynamic Entry via Dragon Ascent is brought to a halt when he rams into not Groudon, but Primal Groudon.
  • Nice Hat: Sir Aaron's hat, which grants its wearer the Dark subtype. This protects Ash from Psychic-types and mind reading. As a Running Gag, it also sometimes prevents telepathy from Psychic-types, more often than not ones on Ash's team.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: All the levels that Ash took in badass when he got sent back in time come back to bite him (but mostly Brock and Misty) in Spell of the Unown, as Molly, inspired by Ash's success at the Pokémon League, utilized some of his strategies during her battles against them. And since she was already capable of curb-stomping them in canon...
  • No Endor Holocaust: Given that Ash and Co. chose to skip the events of Porta Vista, that means the crazy developer Nastina was not stopped trying to develop the Tentacool shores and the Tentacool would still invade and try to destroy the city... if Dexter hadn't anonymously notified the authorities.
  • No Sell:
    • What happens when a Shedinja with a Mimicked Entrainment move Entrains its Wonder Guard ability onto a Spiritomb? Two Pokémon who, between them, can do this to every damaging move in the game. Colonel Hansen managed to pull this combo off during the adventure in the Mirage Kingdom, but luckily, Misty's Togekiss had just the right moveset to circumvent their defenses.
    • What Magic Bounce does to all non-damaging moves. Even Aura Purge.
  • Non Sequitur Thud: When Pikachu fries Roxanne's Golem, he lets out one of these before collapsing. As does Brawly's Conkeldurr.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Brock's extremely negative reaction to hearing Professor Ivy's name in this fic is implied to be because she became trapped in the realm of the Unown after a Freak Lab Accident, and Brock felt guilty about being unable to save her the first time around. The fact that he uses his foreknowledge to prevent this the second time through is therefore why he is okay with mentioning her again when they all go to Johto.
    • Pikachu and Co.'s misadventures with the Pichu brothers also count. During the Millennium Festival, one said misadventure ended with them stuck on a roller-coaster gone haywire.
    • An experiment investigating Diglett's sensitivity to ultrasonics that left Professor Ivy's lab Covered in Mud.
  • No Sense of Direction: Emphasized and lampshaded in this story.
    • This helps them to get to Shamouti Island the day before they arrived in the previous timeline.
    • Dexter has a GPS built in, so this is somewhat averted... but in order to collect various plot coupons and friendly Pokémon, they still tend to go far out of their way to where they went the first time.
  • Not Quite Flight: Ash's team used in his battle with Winona are all Pokémon that are not Flying-type or have Levitate, but can still fly in a variety of bizarre ways.
    • This is apparently Mawile's hobby: help as many Pokémon as she can to fly.

     Tropes O - Z 

  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
  • Oh Crap!:
    • Ash and Pikachu's reaction to Lt. Surge's Thunderstone accidentally making contact with Pikachu.
    • A similar reaction happens when Team Ketchum gets blown to Shamouti Island, since they remember full well all the trouble that happened there.
    • When Pikachu gets captured in a Dark Ball, this is everyone's reaction.
    • Frequently paraphrased with these three words: "That's torn it."
  • Omake: One set after the 18th movie, in which Hoopa summons four alternate Ashes for an impromptu chat.
    • These other Ashes? The canon one, the Master, Pokémon? one, one who managed to save Lucario at the end of the eighth movie (based on a one-shot by Saphroneth), and one who is a Mew (originally based on a reviewer's comment, but which Saphroneth eventually made another Master, Pokémon? series about this Ash).
  • Omniglot: Adept enough aura users can easily communicate with Pokémon, and Pokémon with similar skill in aura can do so with any human. Much of the humor in the fic is the result of Ash, Misty, Brock, and Tracey being able to fully communicate with their Pokémon, becoming more aware of their... quirks. Molly Hale also gained this ability as a result of her encounter with the Unown.
    • Richie develops the ability to communicate with Pokemon through his Psychic Powers.
    • Steve from the Silver Conference can also can communicate with his Pokemon, though the how isn't explained.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Yes, even in a fanfiction. The author's British accent accidentally slips through occasionally, such as calling Ho-oh a "Whacking great phoenix," or Ash calling his mother "Mum" when typically he (Ash) speaks with a more North-American version of English.
    • Chapter 54 has Meowth refer to a game as "football" and lampshades the Separated by a Common Language by having Victreebel ask what kind and Meowth say that this "ain't Unova or Orre", both Fantasy Counterpart Cultures to parts of America. Japanese is actually one of the few languages where the word for football/soccer is derived from the latter word rather than the former.
  • Original Character:
    • Jessie and James catch a Cubone and an Abra, respectively.
    • Ash hatches a Mawile.
    • Misty gets her hands on a Kabuto, which evolves into a Kabutops in the middle of a fight against Entei, and later captures a Chinchou.
    • Max gets an Electrike as a starter, and later captures a Mantyke.
  • Otaku: Ash's Squirtle, Gary's Blastoise and the entire Squirtle evolutionary family are all Otaku of one type or another.
  • Out of Focus: The Team Rocket Trio in Johto only really make appearances in the movies and Mewtwo Returns, aside from short scenes back in the Rocket base. This is mainly because they don't follow Ash around anymore, as he's proven himself capable to Giovanni, and they have proven themselves as great for PR.
    • Somewhat surprisingly, the author has managed to avoid this in regards to Ash's Pokémon, almost all of whom get to have a shot at at least one Gym after they leave. However, the sheer number of Pokémon that he manages to collect mean that there are those which aren't seen by the reader for long periods of time. Almost all of them manage to come back for the Latios/Latias incident, though.
  • Overly Pre-Prepared Gag: This seems to be the case during Max's gym battle with Juan.
    (Juan throws out Dive Ball which has contest seals on it)
    Juan: Whoops, I seem to have forgotten to remove the seals.
    (Dive Ball releases a Sealeo)
    Juan: See? I forgot to remove the seals.
  • Paralysis by Analysis: When approaching an island surrounded by whirlpools, Ash and Co. take so long trying to figure out the best solution to get around them from all their available options that they end up in the whirlpool itself.
  • Parental Substitute: All but stated to be the relationship between Keldeo and the other Swords of Justice, who adopted him as an apprentice after his parents died. The author justifies there being other Keldeo at one point, as Canon!Keldeo had to come from somewhere.
  • Pass the Popcorn: When the Legendary Beasts and their shiny counterparts come by to watch Ash battle Morty, Suicune asks Entei to make them all some popcorn.
  • Passing the Torch: During the Johto saga, three of the Elite Four decide to step down from their positions: Lorelei (so she can focus on her writing career), Agatha (due to her age), and Lance (so he can fully take on the responsibilities as Grand Champion of the Kanto and Johto leagues). Subsequently, Karen, Will, and Misty (who beat out Koga due to her heightened skill as a result of the time travel) are admitted in to take their places. Ash is also recruited as an opponent for exhibition matches with the old line-up, including Bruno, the only one who's staying.
  • Peggy Sue: The basic premise of the story.
  • Percussive Maintenance: In Chapter 1, when Dexter fails to register Ho-Oh, Ash hits the machine with his hand to restore its memories. It registers Ho-Oh… and reports that it has data on pretty much all Pokémon in existence up to this point… and then reveals himself to have become a fully functional AI.
  • Plot Tumor:
    • Ash having Legendary Pokémon. Sure, Ho-Oh gives him his Poké-Ball as soon as Ash goes back in time, but this stays in the background throughout all of Kanto and the Orange Islands and the first third or so of Johto, much to the phoenix's chagrin. After the "Spell of the Unown" chapters comes the subplots of Keldeo and then the legendary beasts joining up with Ash, and much of the action other than Gym battles and fighting evil organizations is about Ash and his other Pokémon interacting with the legendaries. Granted, most of canon Johto is filler, and the author needed something to contribute to the plot instead, even if that means going temporarily Off the Rails.
    • More specifically, this is the Johto Beasts and their challenge to see if Ash can catch them- given that Ho-Oh allows himself to be captured in the first five chapters, it's very much only present in the middle of Johto. Past that point, while Ash does pick up the occasional Legendary they are mostly treated as very strong normal Pokemon, save by anyone not familiar with Ash.
    • In a similar vein, events in Hoenn are expanded to incorporate Mega Stones and Mega Evolution, but this isn't as egregious due to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
  • Pokémon of Mass Destruction: Charizard learned Blast Burn. Also Victini used V-Generate/V-Create against Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the last World War.
    • Ash keeps blowing up Gyms.
    • Pikachu and his new Hyper Beam-tier Signature Move: Volt Crash.
  • Pokémon Assemble!: As a result of the Fossil Pokémon Apocalypse above, Ash is forced to summon every single Pokémon on his team to help combat it alongside several other trainers in town for the festival (except for a few who due to responsibilities couldn't make it).
  • Power Incontinence: While not an overly dangerous version, Mewtwo tends to overwhelm people when he forgets to tone down the natural aura of power he projects. He's quite sorry when he does it unintentionally.
  • Pragmatic Villain: Giovanni. He wants to conquer the world and convince the world he should have power (thus, he has it with no trouble), but, as pointed out above, he's also making sure the world doesn't get destroyed. Also, there's what he has to say on the power to remake reality:
    Giovanni: "There are some morons out there who actually try to get this one. Don't. [...] Useful, I'll admit, but far too flashy - And dangerous to acquire. And Team Rocket does not like risk. Agents risk, the Team endures".
  • Precursors: The civilizations of Pokémopolis and Pokéatlantis, two advanced ancient civilizations with an intense rivalry. The ancient Giant Pokémon sealed all over the world that Ash and Co. keep running into are the results of their genetic optimization and enhancement. They also did research into Mega Evolution.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    Fearow: "Protect, Endure and your order to dodge there makes me think of Detect. You're an impressively paranoid fellow."
    Ash: "I try. And I've been attacked enough to make it seem the right choice."
  • Psychopomp: In this setting, Darkrai (or a Darkrai at least) is considered the god of death, though he only appears to greet the dead on "special occasions."
  • Pungeon Master: What Jessie's Wobbuffet turns out to be. As well as Ash's Glalie with the ice-related jokes.
  • Rapid-Fire "Nope"!: Karen's Absol utters this when she first lays eyes on Ash, then tries to exit the room via Super Window Jump. Unfortunately, the glass was too strong.
  • Rash Equilibrium: Team Magma has the Blue Orb. Team Aqua has the Red Orb. Both agree to trade their orb for the other. Both know that the other has the Legendary they want. Both decide to double-cross the other by getting the orb they have to the Legendary the other has. Primal Reversion ensues. And so begins the Scuffle of Legends.
  • Reconstruction Fic: This fanfic basically takes much of the Fanon for the show, such as Ash training in real time, having Aura powers, and holding onto his competence, and the Team Rocket trio being Friendly Enemies, and has it work beautifully.
  • Required Secondary Powers: The whole purpose of the Larvitar line's Pupitar evolution is to give the Pokémon time to get used to moving and jetting via an internal pneumatic system, which becomes an integral part of simple walking and movement when it evolves again into Tyranitar. Unfortunately for Larvitar, spending only a minute as a Pupitar and going straight into Tyranitar means that just keeping his balance becomes more than a little difficult.
    • In the Valley of Steel, the group notes that heavier Flying types like Skarmory must need to use passive air manipulation to be able to fly despite their weight.
  • Right Behind Me: A twist - Ash says a version of the phrase about Charizard to Damien.
  • Running Gag: In spades. Specific ones include:
    • Bulbasaur's screwed up ancestry, resulting in a very, very varied move pool.
    • Squirtle's obsession with Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (and the Squirtle evolutionary line's obsession with anime in general). All of which include his tendency to break space and his rivalry with Gary's Blastoise.
    • Ash's tendency to destroy gyms, enough to garner him the nickname "Gym Destroyer." It's so prevalent that his first two Johto gym battles were done outside — and by the end of the third, Whitney wishes she had followed their example.
    • People frequently freaking out at extraordinary things that don't even cause Ash to blink.
    • Ash's Aura making Pokémon evolve mid-battle, both his and his opponent's.
    • Ash forgetting to go back to Cameran Castle each year for their annual tournament (given he lost the first time around).
    • Dark-types being unaffected by the useful parts of psychic powers, namely telepathy and teleportation.
    • Absol having Freak Outs whenever they see Ash.
    • It's taken Up to Eleven when one of Ash's Running Gags ends up Double Subverting another of his Running Gagsnote .
    • There's a running gag in the Author's Notes that, whenever Gary's adventures are shown, Saphroneth will sum up what he's doing, usually with a statement that he's in Kalos, and It Will Always Be Typed Like This.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Turns out Ash's Pidgeot is female. As is his Swellow, Quilava, Brock's Forretress, and a few other Pokémon who weren't gender-identified in canon.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Several times.
    • When Butch and Cassidy encounter Ash during one of their scams, they immediately abandon the whole thing.
    • Absols can see future disasters. Ash is a Weirdness Magnet. So whenever an Absol lays eyes on him, they immediately try to get away as fast as possible, heedless of whatever might be in their way. Ash's own Absol is the sole exception (and even she was stunned at first).
  • Secret Legacy: In this story, Ash is actually a descendant of Sir Aaron through his father's side.
  • Secret Test of Character:
    • Giovanni orders James to give up his beloved Growlie so the Team Rocket highers-up could use his firepower. James ultimately refuses, with Jessie and Meowth backing him up. This convinces Giovanni that the trio have what it takes to be promoted to Executive status and learn about Team Rocket's secondary goal (see Evil Versus Oblivion above).
    • The Gym matches are revealed to be this - at least partway. Each is designed to teach a different lesson- Brock's is about Endurance, Cerulean's is about not giving in despite hopeless odds, Cinnabar's is about intelligence, the Poison Gym is about tricks... (although this aspect was Out of Focus during the Johto Arc, since most of the gym leaders were more concerned with making sure their gyms weren't destroyed by Ash).
  • Seen It All: Very, very few things surprise Ash and Co. anymore.
    • One of the things that do, however, are Kalos Pokémon, given that in the original timeline, Ash never made it to Kalos. It's one of the reasons Pikachu ended up losing to Wallace's Greninja.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge:
    • To prove he can give Ash a good fight, Raikou decides to solo all 8 Johto Gyms.
    • At Norman's suggestion, this is Ash's attempt to beat the Hoenn gyms without destroying any of them. He succeeds... technically.
  • Sequence Breaking: Happens frequently.
    • Ash goes to Cameran to free Aaron's Lucario and collect Aaron's equipment right after getting the Boulder Badge. Compare to the original timeline where he only went to Cameran after the Hoenn League during the Battle Frontier arc.
    • Ash clashes with Hunter J before he finishes the Kanto League, about the time he was supposed to get Muk. In the original timeline, Ash clashed with Hunter J while in Sinnoh.
    • Ash captures Muk way later than the original timeline, while helping that movie director, because he forgot about Muk due to the battle with Hunter J.
    • Sometimes, Ash deliberately uses his knowledge of the future to try to take an "Idealized" path, avoiding trouble spots that he had in the original timeline. For example, his plan for Porta Vista involves grabbing Misty's Horsea and getting out immediately, while his reaction to doing the SS Anne and Maiden's Peak were summed up as "Screw that," and "Not only no, but HELL no" respectively. This allows him and his team far more time to train, and thus get a massive leg up on future problems.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong:
    • Ash was sent back in time to make sure Cyrus doesn't succeed in his second attempt to capture the Creation Trio.
    • Brock's time-travel allows him to correct one of his most heart-wrenching wrongs: saving the life of his first love Professor Ivy when she was trapped in the Unown's dimension in the first timeline.
    • A minor one for Team Rocket: during early Hoenn, they're now strong enough to face down that poacher who had forced them to release their very first Pokémon in the original timeline, and beat the stuffing out of him.
  • Ship Tease: Sceptile and Meganium née Bayleef have shared quite a few heartwarming moments together, including one After-Action Patch-Up scene.
  • Shout-Out: Enough to get its own page.
  • Shown Their Work: Many of the moves shown in the story are based on real world science.
    • In particular, the author has a Geology Major, and his insight is sprinkled all over the story. One example is Geodude's Stone Edge Earthbending technique, which has to take dislocation creep into account in order to allow the stone to move without shattering.
  • The Sleepless: Given the time difference between Poké-Japan (Kanto/Johto/Hoenn/Sinnoh) and Poké-France (Kalos), many of Gary's interactions with Ash happen when he should be getting some sleep. Given the kind of things that Ash gets up to, Gary looses a lot of sleep because of this.
  • Sneeze Cut:
    • In one chapter, Team Rocket's Meowth went looking around Hollywood for Meowzie, the Meowth that made him want to become human-like, but couldn't find her. We cut to Meowzie sneezing in the Fuchsia Gym, where it had already been established that she was living there after Janine had adopted her.
    • A second example happens when an Ambipom throws a Heart Scale at Totodile, and the scene cuts to Gary, exhausted after running around trying to get one, tossing in his sleep.
    • When Ash sends out Quilava against Pryce, she is upset with him that he saved her for last, pointing out that Charizard and Houndour are both off by themselves at the time. The scene then cuts to Charizard hanging out with Charla, and then to Houndour telling his pack about his time with Ash.
    • When Goomy makes it rain, the scene cuts to Entei (who's heading to Sinnoh with Suicune) who's feeling glad he's not in Hoenn at the moment.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Sir Aaron's Lucario. After being awakened early and learning the truth about Aaron's "betrayal", he resumes his Aura training, ensuring that he'd be strong enough to survive purifying the Tree of Beginning in the future.
    • The illusion Entei conjured by Molly and the Unown, who (along with the copies of Suicune and Raikou) was made a real Pokémon instead of fading away, albeit Shiny.
    • The Latios from Altomare.
  • Speak Friend and Enter: Gary finds himself embroiled in a Chain of Deals in order to get the Move Relearner to teach his Alakazam Teleport. When he speaks to Professor Oak about it, the professor points out he still has the TM for Teleport.
  • Starter Equipment: May and Max get these from their parents when they first start out: May gets Caroline's old contest accessories, and Max gets Norman's assortment of old Pokémon hold items.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Some characters point out to other characters very simple solutions to problems they had during the original timeline. Vague wording due to the fact that the relevant positions are sometimes switched around.
    • By the time Hoenn arrives, Ash and Co. have so many simple solutions that they have to take time to find the simplest.
  • Status Quo Is God: Averted for the most part (see Continuity Nod above), but Played for Laughs in one episode, when Ash and Co. meet Sullivan, the fishing god. Obsessed with catching the giant Whiscath, Nero, but lacking even the knowledge of the type-chart, Pikachu finally solves his problem by overwhelming Nero's Ground-typing and capturing it himself. But after all that, Sullivan decides to release Nero because he finds that the trying feels better than the succeeding.
  • Stunned Silence: During the Spell of the Unown chapters, both the news studio that is providing the feed for the events of the movie, and Professor Ivy, who is providing analysis of these events, are absolutely speechless when Charizard starts to mega-evolve back and forth between his X and Y forms, and in the process starts beating back all three of the Unown-created Legendary Beasts.
  • Super Empowering:
    • Ho-Oh grants Togekiss the ability to use Sacred Fire as a birthday gift.
    • A Running Gag throughout the fic is how just being around Ash seems to trigger evolution in other people's Pokémon, even the ones he can't restore to the way they were at the end of the former timeline.
      • At one point, Professor Oak tries to justify it as the fact that Ash gives off so much Aura that exposed Pokémon are given a massive power boost and can evolve much more easily that way. Ash rejects this, as even before he got a massive Aura power boost, Pokémon would still spontaneously evolve around him (such as Caterpie, Ponyta, and Charmander (for a very abridged list of all the evolutions that happen around him)).
    • In "The Power Of One Part 4", Lugia teaches Pidgeot how to use Aeroblast, following Ho-Oh's example above.
    • When Ash comes into contact with people or Pokémon that he can restore, they get this, returned to the power levels they were at when the last timeline came to an end. This sometimes means that they evolve more than one level at a time.
  • Super Mode: The author writes in the concept of Mega Evolution further down the line, and starting in Johto, we see several examples, good, bad, and neutral. Spoilered Rotten, but if you care...Protagonist-wise, Antagonist-wise, and Other 
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • The way Dexter denied that the three Porygons have a silly nickname for themselves.
      Dexter: You heard nothing. I most definitely did not mention a silly nickname we have for ourselves.
    • Sceptile asks for Meganium to watch him battle a Steelix in order for her to heal him afterwards. Pikachu isn't convinced.
      Pikachu: Is there any particular reason why you want her to...
      Sceptile: Healing. I said.
  • Take That:
    • Ash and others frequently hold up Tobias as a person that they have no desire to emulate, viewing him as an arrogant man who swept all the gyms in his area with what is essentially a literal God of Death. Part of the reason Ash is so reluctant to use the many Legendaries he has is because he doesn't want to be like him, stating that he wants to win on his own terms, not by using Olympus Mons all the time.
    • The canon decision of disqualifying a sleeping Squirtle from Ash's canon league battle with Ritchie is stated by a Battle Judge (Pokémon Referee) to be a blatantly incorrect ruling.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: Almost all of Team Aqua. Including the oath they have to say to join Team Aqua.
  • Talk to the Fist: Ash has pulled this on a few human villains, such as Cipher Admin Nascour, Rocket Operative Annie, and Colonel Hansen of the Mirage Kingdom incident. For the former two, the punch pretty much ends their battle; for the latter, it kicks the battle off.
  • Tangled Family Tree: The reason Bulbasaur and later Ivysaur has such a varied movepool is due to a very long, convoluted series of chain breeding in his ancestry.
    "I know of a Charmeleon, a Sableye, and a Skarmory in there somewhere. It's more of a family Kudzu..."
    • After being asked about it, the author had only one thing to say:
      "I have a proof upthread that any breed-able Pokémon in the game could be part of it if you go back far enough."
    • In Hoenn 17, Nicolai's Zangoose mentions that he has a Linoone for a father, and the Linoone's father was a Seviper (you know, an Zangoose's bitter enemy). Ash confirms this, and that Zangoose and Seviper are both in the same egg group, much to Zangoose's surprise.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Cinder and Casper, Max's Mightyena and Shuppet, end up like this during Max's gym battle with Tate and Liza, due to all of Casper's pranks on a highly-annoyed Cinder. After it causes them to lose the first time, Max tells them to get their act together by practicing on the rest of the group's team.
  • The Power of Friendship: All over the place. Friendship is a stat in the games, and some Pokémon evolve through friendship. In a more traditional sense, there's the move Return, and Mega Evolution works through the trainer's bond with their Pokémon.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • After all the trouble he went through in Kalos, most of which was from his Chain of Deals to get his Alakazam to relearn Teleport, Gary finally gets one in the form of a Keystone and a piece of Blastoisinite.
      • And then he wins the Kalos League, proving that while Gary's a Butt Monkey, he's also a competent Butt Monkey.
    • After fully turning over a new leaf, TR not only gets a Legendary, but also a Pikachu!
  • Time Crash: During Voice of the Forest, the Iron Masked Marauder orders Celebi to "Get rid of them by any means necessary"note  at the same time that Sammy works out that he's Professor Oak. Needless to say, things get a little... wonky.
  • Time Police: The Celebi have this role, making sure that things unfold the way they should, like ensuring Ash runs into his canon Pokemon again, and making sure the timeline remains consistent after the Cosmic Retcon.
  • Those Two Pokémon: Ash's Squirtle and Ivysaur have this kind of friendship.
  • Trap Is the Only Option: Happens during the Doctor Namba arc, when Lugia chooses to stick around with Ash for a while, because if they prevent Dr. Namba from abducting Silver then, he might do it at a time when they aren't prepared.
  • True Companions: All of Ash's traveling companions, and their Pokémon.
    • Honorary True Companion: Team Rocket. Ash knew them well enough to bring back their memories and that of their Pokémon — in spite of all that's transpired between them, it becomes very clear that on some level, he regards the trio as very close friends. As the fic goes on, Team Rocket eventually stops attacking Ash altogether and is content hanging out with him, Misty, and Brock whenever they cross paths, any previous hostility having long-since dissipated... which usually leaves new Pokémon who were with Ash in the previous timeline to be rather confused when Team Rocket shows up, and instead of reciting the motto and attempting to steal them, instead sit down for a chat.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • In the episode "The Little Big Horn", Brock helps a wild baby Stantler. The fanfic's adaptation has that Stantler join Brock due to the different circumstances (no Team Rocket, Togekiss consoling the Stantler, etc). He is just the first of several Pokémon of the Day that join the main cast.
    • Another one shows up in the Silver Conference where the bug samurai that Ash curb-stomped in Viridian Forest shows up as one of Ash's opponents and he shows Ash just how much he's improved...
    • If you thought the bug samurai was already an unexpected character, he merely pales in comparison to Steve (Third Fang) and his roster who are Pokémonified Oogakari!
    • James has a Moltres now. What.
    • The trade between Ash and Gary results in Ash getting the Goomy he met in the XY anime, but whom he never encountered in this timeline.
    • Of all the Pokémon that could join TR's cell, impressed with her Contest skill, Wallace gifts Jessie a Pikachu. But not just any Pikachu; she's a cosplayer!
  • Waxing Lyrical:
    Ash: Okay, let's try another use of Rain Dance. This time, you're trying to make it as big as possible.
    Entei: (sighs) Of course you are. Why does it always rain on me?
    Dexter: Is it because you lied when you were seventeen?
    Flygon: What?
    Dexter: Sorry, sometimes I forget that not everyone knows all the songs. In the world.
  • We Are Not An Item: Given the amount of Ship Tease they have, Sceptile and Meganium end up saying this a lot, mostly to Ash's Ivysaur.
  • Weather Dissonance:
    • The crazy weather Ash and the others have to put up with on occasion is implied to be a result of Butterfree disrupting the weather patterns when he used Sunny Day in the middle of a rainstorm to save Charmander's life. Another possibility that gets suggested is that temperamental Legendaries are to blame. Given that some of the legendaries are genuinely insane (as shown in the segments with Aaron), this is entirely possible.
    • Mewtwo causes a massive storm that threatens to wipe out humanity and the Legendary Birds cause one even worse, but that was already canon.
    • Normal Pokémon sometimes get in the game, with moves like Rain Dance and Sunny Day. Lapras' use of Rain Dance altered the weather in a resort island... And had no effect on the match because they were indoors.
    • When Misty fights Entei, she makes sure to have one Pokémon out whose sole job is to perform Rain Dance any time that Entei tries to perform Sunny Day, cancelling them out.
    • The Scuffle of Legends was bad enough with Kyogre's Drizzle and Groudon's Drought, but here it's taken Up to Eleven with Primal Kyogre's Primordial Sea and Primal Groudon's Desolate Land. The volcanic eruption is just the icing on the cake.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Misty actually calls Ash this. Ash accepts.
    • It's bad enough that in Chapter 38, Misty resolves an issue that originally took an entire episode without violence in a few minutes. Ash dives for cover, and even when he gets out he still prepares for an airship crash or Legendary encounter or suchlike. Considering the chapter ends at Shamouti, which had both happen...
    • Lampshaded by Ash's Houndour, who asks if his trainer is constantly followed by an Absol, a Pokémon that appears before disasters happen. At least one fan suggested that there might be an agreement between Absol that following Ash was off limits for the Absol, as every Absol would follow him otherwise.
      • When Ash meets Karen's Absol, the opposite is instead proven true. One look at what she sees as a walking disaster zone, and she tries to pull a defenestration exit. Shame the window was too strong.
    • Ash is described at least once as "Catnip for Legendaries."
    • This is such the case that what would normally be a Lame Excuse (Team Rocket attacked Elite Four member Drake because they thought his Salamence, which was sparring with Latios, belonged to Hunter J), is completely understandable.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: In-universe, Ash is cast as Genghis Khan, of all people, in one of Cleavon Spielbunk's movies. Gary hangs a lampshade on how ridiculous this is.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • When facing the Grass Gym, Ash temporarily forgets that he has Charizard. The strongest fire Pokémon on his team. Who he specifically brought for this gym. Who has Blast Burn, an attack that is only second in power to the local equivalent of a nuclear strike. Ivysaur, who had just gotten done with what is lampshaded as one of the longest Pokémon matches ever (due to various moves not affecting the combatants), was not pleased at this little fact, and roughs up Ash appropriately.
    • Suicune calls out Raikou for trying to throw the battle between him and Ash just so he can learn Volt Crash from Pikachu.
    • Ho-Oh has chastised Ash more than once for not calling on his aid, even when there was a very good reason to.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer: In the future-bubble, Aaron and the dragons need to scale a cliff. Sir Aaron jumps up with his aura and Giratina flies up because he's a ghost. Palkia floats up by using his spacial powers to negate gravity. As for Dialga, Dragon of Time? Well, it takes time to fall.
    • When Ash catches the Beasts of Ecruteak, he immediately begins working with them on training that involves teaching them how to not have just a hammer, such as moves that aren't of their type, or how to use their types in more interesting applications.
  • Who's on First?: One scene involves Mawile trying to understand what Skitty means by "like", with Skitty's answers involving a lot of "likes".
  • Willfully Weak: Ash for the most part tries to avoid using his Legendary Pokémon unless they specifically request it, seeing as how his team was swept by Tobias using two legendaries in the previous time line. Ash doesn't want to be the kind of guy who would just bulldoze through people with super-overpowered 'mons, and wants to help people improve and just have honest challenges. Ho-Oh calls him out on this, pointing out that as long as he doesn't go overboard it should be fine.
  • The Worf Effect: Infrequently, due to the World of Badass measures employed by the author to prevent an overabundance of Curb-Stomp Battle. One notable example, however, is Primal Groudon oneshotting Raikou, who had previously proven himself more than capable of giving a large chunk of Ash's A-game the runaround and generally proving himself quite the tough guy.
    • In fact, Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre do quite a bit of this, taking on every single Pokémon Ash has that could make a difference, including six different Mega-Evolutions and ten different Legendaries at the same time, including Mewtwo, and are more inconvenienced by the fact that they're fighting each other than anything anyone manages to do to them, before Mega Rayquaza flattens them both in the span of thirty seconds.
  • Worf Had the Flu:
  • World's Strongest Mon: Mewtwo loves to remind other that he is this.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: Mewtwo has this opinion when he stands on Mt. Silver and looks at the Kanto and Johto regions, contemplating that despite the former being more industrialized and the latter more traditional, both have a thriving society centered around and alongside Pokémon.
  • World of Badass: If not this timeline's world (as stated in Adaptational Badass), then definitely the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon world created by Arceus for Aaron and his Creation Trio, where even a little Sunkern can Absorb-drain Palkia down to the dregs.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Played doubly straight with Lt. Surge, who initially believes Riolu's Aura Sphere is a close-range attack because of an anime he watched, resulting in his Pokémon getting knocked out. However, he later shows that his knowledge of Electric Type Pokémon is top notch when his Raichu overloads Pikachu, something even Ash wasn't aware could happen.
  • You Are Not Alone:
    • Meowth reassuring Cubone about her angst with her family's memories.
    • Ash's talk to his Absol when her berserk Mega Evolution almost causes her to hurt Ash.
    • Ash's talk to Pikachu about how he doesn't have to take sole responsibility of protecting him; he has the rest of the team to back him up.
  • You're Insane!: Aaron's reaction to the concept of a "Legendary Pokémon Three Legged Race," especially since there are so many variations on how Pokémon move - ranging from hovering (no legs) to having too many legs for the race to work, not to mention the sheer difference in sizes between them. Arceus admits that the whole idea was because he was running out of games.
  • Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: No actual reproduction involved, but a kid Ash and Co. run into has to be informed that his Croconaw is female. It wouldn't have been a problem, except that he'd nicknamed her Steve. She was promptly rechristened Terri.
  • Yubitsume: What Giovanni demands from Annie and Oakley when their actions run counter to his plans.

Alternative Title(s): Ashes Of The Past