It follows a Cyndaquil, whose life starts out roughly, leaving her an angry and confused mess. When adopted and named "Cindy" by a naïve and quirky girl, chaos begins to follow them, as well as any other travelling partners they pick up (said travelling partners being related to the trainer).
Team Rocket—weird moments, forgotten memories, an unexpected revelation, and a demon Pokemon that has its eyes set on destruction of the human race and Pokemon enslavement (worse than any human's)!
They're going to need all the help they can get.
On deviantART, the chapters are organized into separate segments, identified by the preview image. In order:
, though the basic storyline will remain intact.
Contains Fakemon. Seriously.
- A Girl/Woman and Her Cyndaquil/Quilava/Typhlosion
- Affirmative Action Girl: It's quite often inverted, considering most of the main cast members are female. Guys have to be added to the group to provide more balance.
- A Day in the Limelight: The focus throughout most of the story is on Cindy. However, some segments (and individual chapters) have focused on other characters:
- Demon Infection focuses on Ty.
- There's Something More focuses on Quinn.
- Innocence of Childhood is a series of oneshots focusing on different characters.
- Night Of the Red Moon has focus on Allison, Alexis, Shawn, Ash Ketchum, and some of their Pokémon.
- Reaching New Heights focuses on Charlie.
- Sombra on the title character and Amber.
- Thunderuption focuses on Joey.
- Dirty Secrets focuses on Blaze and Ivy.
- Adult Fear: Jenna, during the chase scene.
- Both Cindy and Ty, during these scenes:
- When the Quiltuplets go somewhere without telling them.
- When Ty's protecting Copper from the Steelix.
- Ty's Malonix infection. To clarify:
- In Demon Infection, Cindy fears for the Quiltuplets' safety when they follow her as she searches for him, and when she's attacked by Malo!Ty, she attempts a retreat with all five of them in tow. And then when they are captured again, he attempts to kill the kids, setting off Cindy's Mama Bear mode with her trademark Unstoppable Rage. And then Malo!Ty wins the battle, in front of a crowd, including the injured Quiltuplets. And then Ty manages to snap of his evil mode after his daughter loses it, and then he sees what he has done...
- Subsequent events involving Ty's Malonix virus have this fear as part of the reason why Ty is implied to be suffering from Sanity Slippage: His Superpowered Evil Side is growing stronger, and he knows that when it takes over, all his loved ones are dead.
- In one chapter, Charlie (a Charizard at that point) was helpless when Minnie and Scales were sitting ducks during a Malonixed Fearow attack. Luckily, the twins had used Double Team to confuse it, and climbed on for a sneak attack. However, Fearow noticed them and started flying upward to try to shake them off from a great height (since they could not fly), using this trope on Charlie twice in succession. The two managed to stop Fearow's flight and Thunderbolt it, and by the time they fell off, Charlie was up to catch them.
- And then right after, Diana is helplessly watching with a broken wing as Charlie is punctured In the Back and thrown off to somewhere in the forest, and the twins are being tortured by Fearow. Thank goodness Celebi arrived when she did....
- Amazon Brigade: The five main Pokémon: Cindy, Cinnamon, Hailey, Trina, and Celebi.
- Ascended Fridge Horror: Chapter 170 reveals that Ty was not the only one bitten by that Malonix, as Diana explains to Charlie that she ran into some infected Pokémon under a red moon, and only survived because she hid.
- It goes one step further in Bittersweet Days: Some characters actually fight the Malonixed Pokemon, and they nearly get themselves killed while doing so.
- Ash Face: Early in the story, this was Alyssa, usually after ticking off Cindy.
- Attempted Rape: Isaac explains that a former teammate, Ivan, had tried to do this to Lindsay, Isaac's wife.
- It's implied that a gang's so-called 'activity' was this.
- Avenging the Villain: Asesina wants revenge on Cindy and Alyssa for Anonimo's death.
- Awful Truth: Anonimo, Cindy's former trainer, is the leader of Team Vortex, and is in pursuit to reclaim his former Pokémon (who turned out to be a Semi-Legendary).
- Ty is not cured of his Malonix virus, and it'll activate when he gazes at a Blood Moon or in a Malonix's eyes.
- Sombra is responsible for purple infernos breaking out in many cities, and thanks to genetic experimentation, is part Malonix.
- Dora and Bennett are Team Vortex spies.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: When Joey gets injured, Emma, who had been a massive jerk to him the entire time they knew each other, is immediately sorrowful and regrets her actions. The way she talks to his unconscious body and puts her paw on his while vowing to treat him better suggests that she's developing feelings for him.
- Badass Crew
- Badass Family: Jenna, Cindy, and Quinn.
- Cindy, Ty, the Quiltuplets, and the two sets of twins.
- Quinn, Jamie, and Mantle (and perhaps the triplets).
- Charlie, Diana, Minnie, and Scales.
- Bad Date: If your date getting kidnapped and you beaten to a pulp doesn't count, then I don't know what does.
- Bad Moon Rising: When the moon is red, that means there's trouble brewing.
- Lunacy: Any Pokémon with a dormant Malonix virus turns into a bloodthirsty monster upon looking at it, the very action activating said virus.
- Battle Amongst the Flames: A tear-jerking example happens between Cindy in Blue Fire Frenzy and Malo!Ty.
- Battle Couple: Cindy and Ty, Quinn and Jamie, and Charlie and Diana.
- Big Damn Heroes: Jenna pulls this to save an ill Cindy from the wrath of Anonimo and escape the base they're in.
- Alyssa pulls this with her Blastoise and Jolteon when Jenna and Cindy are exhausted and backed into a corner by a Team Vortex grunt trying to re-capture them after their escape.
- Both Joey and Cindy pull this in the some chapter; Joey does it to save Amber from Sombra's Superpowered Evil Side, and Cindy does it to save Joey from the same thing.
- It happened again in Chapter 183.
- Bittersweet Ending: Shattered Spirit: Cindy is away from Anonimo and under the care of better humans, but Cindy's already broken down into a mess, and proceeds to raze New Bark Town. Another bittersweet thing about it is that Cindy finally learns to ignite at will, but the trigger being her anger.
- Brother and Sister: Quinn is an official member of the group, the ridiculous relationship of Buzz and Jamie is over, Pancho, Villa, and Dr. Tortilla are in jail... oh, and Cindy and Quinn's mother is still in Team Vortex's possession, with Cindy still wanting to meet her and Quinn missing her.
- Sombra: The eponymous character is a good guy! Wait... only Amber, Celebi, Mantle, Pelee, and Dynamite like him. Oh, and Team Vortex has returned and wants revenge.
- Dirty Secrets: Blaze has gone into Blue Fire Frenzy, destroyed a city, and is suffering from a Heroic B.S.O.D.. Team Vortex's plan succeeded and they're one step closer to the Ultimate Revenge. The upside? His siblings survive the attacks on them, and Blaze and Ivy mend their strained friendship.
- Bittersweet Days: New members of the family? Check. Everybody survived? Check. Cinnamon's daughter has a Malonix virus now? Check. Cindy ends up a sickly shell of her former self after a rough pregnancy that nearly killed her? Check. Smoky's blind and sent somewhere else for rehabilitation with his older brother Joey? Check. Ty's Malonix side getting stronger? Check. Dynamite's Malonix side becoming more active? Check.
- Blessed with Suck / Cursed with Awesome: Being a Semi-Legendary manages to be both. On the one hand, a Semi-Legendary is more powerful than normal, can communicate mentally with their Legendary father (according to Kidd), and are the only Pokémon (save Benenix) that can combat the Malonix. On the other hand, their Power Rages (such as Blue Fire Frenzy) are incredibly difficult to control, which tend to be very destructive, activated by anger, and doesn't discriminate. Later chapters state that the public's view on Semis have soured, thanks to Anwir Malus' influence. Blaze's Blue Fire Frenzy doesn't help the Semis' case. Cindy has outright stated that she hates being a Semi-Legendary.
- Another Blessed with Suck example is a Malonix Virus. The power it gives a Pokémon helps it go toe to toe with a Semi-Legendary, but with a price: said Pokémon turns into a bloodthirsty monster.
- Blood from the Mouth: Cindy coughs up blood in one scene, and manages to plead Sammy for help before she collapses.
- Blood-Splattered Innocents: Alyssa comes running with a blood-soaked T-Shirt to announce that Cindy had gone Ax-Crazy and started slaughtering innocent Pokémon just for bugging her about her dinner.
- Bloodier and Gorier: If the flogging scene in Chapter 6 wasn't your first clue, then perhaps some future scenes such as whenever something Malonix related comes up, especially the field of blood in chapter 212. Luckily, it doesn't happen too often.
- "Bittersweet Days" is the bloodiest segment so far!
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Cindy and Cinnamon, thanks to Team Vortex.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Celebi complains about a lack of foreshadowing for Anti-Explosion Spray.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gender reversed in the form of Cindy and Ty.
- Burning with Anger: Cindy does this often. Cinnamon can do it too.
- But I Can't Be Pregnant!: Cindy demands an answer from Ty about how pregnancy #3 happened, because Ty had to be fixed after Pelee and Dynamite were born and thus wasn't supposed to father any more offspring. Since both are faithful, they know he is in fact the father, and find it incredibly bizarre.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Granted, Cindy couldn't do it herself, so Alyssa calls Anonimo out for the horrific abuse he heaped upon Cindy when she was just a baby:
Anonimo: Abuser? You think I'm an abuser? Quilava there brought it on herself! Ugh, what a drama queen.
Alyssa: That's quite an ego. And the Quilava's name is Cindy.
Anonimo: (laughs) Cindy? Cindy? Wow, girls come up with some of the most ridiculous nicknames! That's a little obvious, considering that she started out as a pathetic little Cyndaquil.
Alyssa: And she stayed pathetic under your command thanks to your "punishments."
Anonimo: Hey, I punished her because she was not only a terrible battler and a slacker, but a thief and a troublemaker!
Alyssa: Okay, troublemaker I agree with, but the other three, no. She's my strongest Pokémon! And no, she didn't rely on her heritage to help her win battles! In fact, neither of us knew she was a Semi-Legendary until a few years ago.
Anonimo: You don't know what you're talking about! I'm a better trainer than you'll ever be, Melissa!
Alyssa: It's Alyssa. And why don't you prove it by battling me?
- And then, she sums it up nicely with:
Alyssa: He (Shawn) is disappointed by what you're doing, Anonimo. Jenna here is disappointed! And I'm sure your older sister will be disappointed.
Anonimo: You don't know how my sister will react.
Alyssa: I've been told all about Kim, and she sounds like the type of person who would be against your actions.
- Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Alyssa and Cindy, at first. Eventually, their relationship develops from constant fighting, to merely tolerating each other, to a budding friendship, and then finally to True Companions.
- Cat Stereotype / Dog Stereotype: Played with. Cinnamon's a Fire Type Cat (fake) Pokémon known as Kittiember/Scorchcat/Firequeen, while Hailey is a Water Type Dog (fake) Pokémon called Whirlpup/Collisoak/Howliquid.
- Cinnamon is characterized as a Genki Girl, while Hailey is a Deadpan Snarker. Basically, the opposite of their species stereotype. However, Hailey does have the playfulness and loyalty associated with dogs, and Cinnamon despises water (though it can be attributed to type; Cindy [a Cyndaquil] despises water as well), and tends to be a little curious. They didn't get along at first. Hailey will bite, Cinnamon will scratch; basically, they subvert the personalities for the most part, but still keep the behavioral cues of their species.
- Cat Up a Tree: Okay, this one's inverted; it was Hailey who climbed up a tree once!
- Played straight later on.
- Cerebus Syndrome: After the few chapters in the beginning pertaining to Anonimo and his abuse of Cindy, the story was pretty lighthearted, and stayed so with the introduction of Alyssa, Chelsea, and Cinnamon, who are all just children. However, once Anonimo was brought back into the picture, things took a turn for the darker, even when Allison, Hailey, Celebi, Alexis, and Trina joined the group. And then the Malonix showed up, and things kept getting darker as the girls grew older...
- Chekhov's Gun: That Fusion Stone, made up by the author just for giggles, is later used for serious situations.
- Comically Missing the Point: This exchange, while the group is looking for Cindy and Quinn:
Barbara and Mist: Guys, there's a blue light over there!
Celebi: Blue light?!
Cinnamon: Blue light?!
Trina: *gasp* Is it an alien?
Cinnamon: No, Trina, it's Cindy! Something terrible must have happened to make her extremely upset!
Trina: So Cindy's an alien?!
- Coming-of-Age Story: The first 100+ chapters (From the prologue of Shattered Spirit to the end of Prison) are basically this for both Cindy and Alyssa. It's especially noticeable that the two grow up together (Alyssa's child to Cindy's Cyndaquil, teenager to Quilava, adult to Typhlosion).
- Later chapters have this as a subplot for Cindy's offspring and their friends. Most of them end up growing up in the same manner as above.
- Cooldown Hug: Works on Cindy when she goes Blue Fire Frenzy.
- The Corruption: Ty ends up being bitten by a Malonix, which led to him becoming a downright nasty, bloodthirsty, and powerful creature. Don't worry, he got better. For the most part...
- Crazy Cat Lady: This image appears in Hailey's head after Pelee shouts "He's (Sombra) not with an evil cat lady!"
- Cue the Flying Pigs: That Big Lipped Alligator Moment with the two kids and the Slimeball Cheeseburger. The scene went as follows:
Chelsea: "Have you boys seen two Cyndaquil around here?"
*boys too distracted by disgusting cheeseburger*
Boy 1: "Do you seriously want me to eat that?"
Boy 2: "Of course! You don't expect me to eat the Slimeball Cheeseburger, do you?"
Chelsea: "Have you two seen two Cyndaquil? One has a red bandanna and a scar on its right arm!"
Boy 2: (ignoring Chelsea) "I dare you to eat it!" the one with the burger in his lap said.
Boy 1: (laughs) "When Cyndaquil fly!"
Chelsea: "That's what I'm asking you—"
Alyssa:: "There they are!" (points to Cindy and Ash's Cyndaquil soaring in an arc above the trees)
Ash: "Come on! Let's go get them!"
*group leaves, and Boy 1 takes a bite off the Slimeball Cheeseburger*
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Poor Cindy was on the receiving end of a string of these when she was a baby Cyndaquil. It didn't help that she was constantly punished with starvation and Training from Hell every time she lost. However, after she Took a Level in Badass, she dishes out her own on several opponents, a notable one being Sammy the Squirtle. Here's a comic of another Curb Stomp, which is pretty funny.
- While we're talking about Cindy's Curb Stomps, it would be wise to keep her from getting too angry, otherwise you'll face a storm of blue flames with an Ax-Crazy Cyndaquil/Quilava/Typhlosion wielding them and ready to kill you. That was how Sammy lost (and would have been killed had Alyssa not intervened), and so did many other Pokémon unfortunate enough to face her in that state.
- Blue Fire Frenzy is a Curb Stomping machine. Not only has Cindy mowed down opponents with it, but so have her kids (with Amber and Blaze doing it onscreen, and Copper described as doing such by his father).
- Sammy won a hilarious one when he blasts a Fryger (Fakemon) with Hydro Pump. Alyssa's yawn before she commanded the attack suggests that she saw it coming.
- Curse Cut Short: "Shawn, that son of a—"
- Darker and Edgier: The story is set in the Pokémon anime world, if the appearance of Ash and his Pokémon are any indication. However, Alyssa and Cindy's adventures tend to be a bit more frightening, and a bit more mature. In fact, the fic's Cerebus Syndrome could be attributed to the characters growing older and the demon Fakemon Malonix, which is responsible (directly or indirectly) for the deaths of many people and Pokémon.
- Date Peepers: Unlike most examples, Cinnamon, Trina, Celebi, Ash's Bayleef, and Ash's Totodile spied on Cindy and Ash's Quilava just to make sure the date goes smoothly. They jump in when things go wrong, and Quilava is actually grateful for it!
- Deadly Nosebleed: Almost invoked on Hailey. An Ax-Crazy Cindy threatened to squeeze all of Hailey's blood through her nose. Good thing Sammy was there to stop it.
- Disney Death: Jenna, Cindy, and Quinn, at different points in the story. Must run in the family.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Anonimo punishes Cindy for losing a battle by tying her to a tree and starving her. Oh, and when she pushed him (even if it was to save his life)? Well, that's the story of how Cindy got her scar...
- He even tried to shoot Alyssa for standing up to him.
- His wife, Asesina believes that Cindy killed Anonimo in a fit of rage "over a stupid scar." In reality, Alyssa had stopped Cindy from killing him, though that did nothing to stop Anonimo's attempts to murder the former. When he tried dragging Alyssa off of a cliff into the ocean, Cindy retaliated by pushing him off and making him let go of her trainer with a single flamethrower, thus dooming him as a Gyarados' meal. Cindy was only being protective of her trainer, and was completely unconcerned with her scar while she committed the act!
- In Bittersweet Days, a Malo-Infected Cindy begins to gruesomely tear up and eat wild Pokémon because they kept bugging her about what she was having for dinner. Needless to say, it was offscreen, save for the end bit with the pile of bones and the blood-soaked grass.
- Expy: Kidd the Umbreon is obviously based on Death the Kid.
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: You wouldn't think that an author whose artwork is in a cute style and usually drawn for comedy could write a story with such shocking moments such as:
- The brutal beating of a baby Pokemon.
- Accounts of Fire Type Pokemon actively burning down cities and attacking innocents.
- Demon Pokemon biting characters and turning them into monsters.
- A heroic character killing an Electabuzz by twisting its head.
- And so much more. This fic strangely straddles the line between this trope and slapstick.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Imagine being stuck inside a Pokeball while it was buried in the ground. Imagine that you've suffered the worst beating of your life, complete with bruises, broken bones, and heavy bleeding. Imagine yourself unable to heal, yet also unable to die. And this goes on for several months! This is thanks to your master, who you loyally served. No wonder Cindy despised being in a Pokeball...
- Fictional Sport: No, we're not talking Pokémon battles, that was obvious from the start. However, another sport had been invented just for the story: Tripyra. Basically, in teams of three, Pokémon fight on a four-level pyramid (with a fifth level just for the referees), each in their own zone, while receiving commands from their trainers through headpieces that both wear. Pokémon can only climb levels at certain intervals (marked by a trick wire on the edge of each level changing colors), while attacking their opponent (which may or may not be on the same level depending on if they climbed at the right moment), in spurts of their attacks. The Pokémon on the highest level when time's up wins the round for their team. A different Pokémon has to be used each round, and the three Pokémon have to be different types from each other.
- Finger Licking Evil: In the "Bittersweet Days" segment, Cindy licks blood off her claws every time she claws someone in a sexually-transmitted-MaloVirus-related rage. It's undeniably creepy each time it happens.
- Five-Man Band: Out of the main five Pokémon (this is a little confusing):
- Foil: Plenty in this series:
- Four-Girl Ensemble: Although it should be pointed out that none of them are ever described as sexy!
- Fusion Dance: Cindy and Cinnamon ended up fusing once, and it was Played for Laughs.
- Quinn and Charlie fused twice so far, both in serious situations.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Although the story tends to avoid foul language and explicit sexual content, there's still these moments:
- And just what were Cindy and Ty doing when they were snowed in that cave? Here's a hint: Cindy ends up pregnant.
- Jamie's tail wraps around Quinn... and Jamie smacks it, telling it to stop.
- Same thing happens with Mantle later on.
- Joey learns where babies come from the hard way...
- Poor Amber. Having to explain the birds and the bees to Sombra, who by all accounts, is the Pokémon equivalent of a teenager!
- And then there's this exchange:
Dino: They (snowball fights) are described with the "F" word!
Sombra: Kid, Amber says that kind of language is inappropriate.
Dino: (in tears) You mean I'm not allowed to say "fun" or "fantastic" anymore?
Amber: He thought you meant a different word, Dino.
- And then, the story of Ivan, who had been cheating on his wife, and tried to rape Lindsay!
- There's also the repeatedly mentioned "activity" that the gang pokemon wanted to get up to with Cindy.....
- Lest we forget Team Vortex's scheme for the tenth "torchbearer" (who has to be a descendant of Cindy) to be born. And since it's believed that Cindy's unable to bear anymore offspring, they're planning on one of her daughters providing "number ten". Let the implications sink in.
- Good Is Not Soft: Proven time and time again.
- Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Due to the author's stance on language, there is not a single swear word in the ENTIRE story, only characters mentioned to be cursing.
- Hammerspace: Where Trina gets a mirror to slam on people, where Cindy pulls popcorn from, and where Celebi pulls out just about anything.
- Cinnamon got the mirror first!
- Hard Head: Played straight a lot, mostly because those receiving the blows are Pokémon.
- Harmless Electrocution: The Electrical Mind Control. Worst that happens is that the Pokémon is zapped, a button is pushed, and said Pokémon is Brainwashed and Crazy.
- While the lightning that struck Cindy isn't all that harmless, it's still miraculous that she had even survived at all, considering her condition at the time.
- Hellfire: Basically what a Fire Type Pokémon bitten by a Malonix breathes.
- Hollywood Fire: Why hasn't Blue Fire Frenzy killed anyone onscreen yet?
- Horror Hunger: Infected with a sexually-transmitted Malonix Virus, Cindy once went berserk and ate a crowd of Pokémon bugging her about her dinner. Right in front of Alyssa.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Alyssa stops Cindy from killing Anonimo with a variation of this.
- In the Back: Belico the Jigglypuff jumps Willie from behind and plunges his sword into the Quilava's back. Don't worry, Willie gets better.
- A Malonixed Fearow runs its beak into Charlie's back.
- Instant Death Bullet: Averted in the case of Jenna; subverted in the case of Copper. Both were very close to death, though, but they survived (note that this was two separate occasions).
- Instant Sedation: Spray n' Scape. Every freaking time it appears!
- It's All My Fault: Cindy blames herself for attracting the attention of Anonimo and Team Vortex and continuously putting her friends in danger. She even considers running away at one point.
- Ty blames himself for every Malonix-related mishap, because he not only was he bitten, but he also killed the Malonix that bit him, sealing its virus inside him until who-knows-when. It's especially prevalent when a pregnant Cindy grows more bloodthirsty and aggressive due to a Malo-STI, which is also implied to be killing her from the inside.
- Ivy, who blames herself for Blaze going BFF and attacking a city.
- Copper, who blames himself for Nutmeg receiving a Malonix virus. Willie tries to alleviate it by sharing the blame.
- Jerkass: Buzz the Pachirisu. He has a massive ego, treated Jamie like a trophy girlfriend and throws insults at just about EVERYONE! Cindy would have torn him up if she wasn't held back.
- Kick the Dog: In Anonimo's case, we have Kick the Cyndaquil and various other activities.
- Knockout Gas: The convenient one in a can: Spray n' Scape!
- Lecherous Licking: Bennett licks Emma, which ends up paralyzing her.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: The author has problems keeping track sometimes...
- Love at First Sight: Perhaps this happened to Ash's Cyndaquil when he first meets Cindy.
- Luke, You Are My Father: While a captive of Anonimo, Cindy figures out that Jenna's her mother before Jen realizes it herself. Cindy ends up calling her "Mom" when she's about to be put in vigorous training while ill.
- Major Injury Underreaction: Alyssa seems to handle being burnt just fine early in the story. Despite Cindy being a Semi-Legendary and thus more powerful than others of her kind...
- Horrifying example later on: Jamie smacks a Malonixed Ty with her tail hard enough to snap his neck. He merely pops it back into place and continues fighting the ensemble (of his allies, no less) against him.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Cindy, and Ash's Cyndaquil.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: The Quiltuplets (quintuplets) + two sets of twins = nine kids for Cindy and Ty.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: Somebody throws a snowball at Trina's chest? She goes into dramatic dying mode...
- Mons: DUH!!!
- Mood Whiplash: And plenty of it.
- Chapter 3 starts out fun, then whips to a sudden battle, then whips again to a calm mood, and then BAM! The kick in the gut signals the beginning of the abuse...
- Chapter 13 starts out comedic... then falls into the sad category, and then turns scary as Cindy tries to kill Alyssa!
- Chapter 35 starts off with a calm training montage, only to suddenly turn into a nightmare.
- Chapter 67 went from a hilarious door montage to Quinn finding out his mother is gone and a Simitar breaking his leg.
- Chapter 155 goes from calm to absolutely terrifying.
- Chapter 158 goes from serious battle mode, to silly, to creepy, and finally to pure horror.
- Chapter 167 goes from funny to pretty sad.
- Chapter 170 goes from a sense of freedom to a case of Ascended Fridge Horror.
- Chapter 178 goes from a romantic feeling to a sense of dread.
- And Chapter 179... from a frightening battle to a heartbreaking moment.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Charlie made skipping stones cooler than it should have been.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Cindy, nearly every time she goes Blue Fire Frenzy or loses her temper in a manner that harms. The worst has to be when under the influence of a sexually-transmitted Malonix virus, she brutally slaughters innocent wild Pokémon.
- Ty as well, after falling under the control of the Malonix virus and nearly killing Cindy. He also gets one after killing the Malonix that bit him, which is Harsher in Hindsight when he learns that it doesn't cure him; it just makes the virus dormant until activated by a red moon.
- Blaze after his BFF.
- Sombra after letting his Superpowered Evil Side manifest in front of Amber and nearly kill her (as well as Joey).
- Myth Arc: Cindy overcoming her Dark and Troubled Past, learning to make friends, and struggling with the blessings and curses that come with being a Semi-Legendary. Not to mention fighting off Team Vortex and finding a way to stop the Malonix from overtaking various characters.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Alyssa and Trina are at fault for releasing the first Malonix from an other-dimensional prison, and now, because of them, portals will open at random, in random places, and at any time. Had they not been so negligent, Ty wouldn't have been bitten.
- Copper kills a Malonixed Electabuzz. What happens next is the virus (manifested as an evil spirit), tries to transfer into him. It doesn't; his Love Interest Nutmeg pushes him out of the way and takes the virus.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Default mode of Blue Fire Frenzy.
- Special mentions goes to Anonimo to a baby Pokémon.
- Another special mention: Malo!Ty on Cindy.
- And yet another special mention: Sombra on Amber and Joey.
- Can we say Cindy on Sombra, and then the other way around?
- No Kill Like Overkill: Copper breaks the neck of a Malonixed Electabuzz. Um... okay. Then when it begins to stir, he begins to twist it. The neck is described as looking like a rope by the time he's done. Beware the Quiet Ones, indeed...
- Non-Fatal Explosions: A couple of times.
- Non Sequitur Thud: After getting shoved headfirst into a wall by a Camerupt:
Feraligatr: Don't worry ladies and gentlemen... the wall did the most damage... part of a complete breakfast... hey, that moon's red...
- Although the trope is subverted with the "red moon" line...
- Noodle Implements: Joey nearly killed his teammates with an angry Onix, a bulldozer, and a pair of chopsticks.
- Noodle Incident: Apparently, Chelsea and Alexis got kidnapped by trees...
- Not Himself: One arc had Ty become more aggressive than he usually was because a Malonix bit him.
- Not So Different: Evil!Sombra actually points out that he and Cindy have much in common. Cindy furiously tries to deny it while beating the crap out of him.
- And the arguments she gives are pretty shallow, so, he has a point...
- Oh, Crap!: Pretty much anyone who's ever seen Blue Fire Frenzy.
- How about a fight with blue and purple flames? This is the girls' reaction to that event.
- Sombra, considering he's burned multiple cities to the ground...
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Normal Ty, a Nice Guy who is not much for small talk outside his family; if he's mean, you know something's wrong. One of the symptoms of the Malonix bite.
- Usually in a group battle, Trina is usually an advocate of no mercy, especially if it's a Malonixed Pokémon. However, the one time she was begging for a Pokémon to be spared was when Copper was about to kill a Malonixed Electabuzz; Trina knew that when a Malonixed Pokémon was killed, the virus just transfers itself into a new host. Unfortunately, she wasn't listened to, probably because those around her thought she was talking nonsense like she always does.
- Opposites Attract: Cindy and Ty.
- Pokémon of Mass Destruction: Semi-Legendaries. Think about it; they're the product of a Legendary (father) and a normal Pokémon (mother) mating. They get momma's looks, and daddy's extremely powerful potential...
- Getting into specifics, barring the Legendaries and Semi-Legendaries, we have Sombra.
- Power Incontinence: Semi- and Quarter-Legendaries have difficulty controlling their Power Rages (the one always shown is Blue Fire Frenzy). Cindy, who had lapsed into it over ten times in fits of anger, is still unable to control it.
- The Power of Friendship: How Cindy softens up throughout the story.
- The Power of Love: A major theme throughout the story: whether it be platonic, familial, or romantic, love has to power to stop Blue Fire Frenzy or defy Malonix instincts, whether they're received by a bite or an experiment.
- Purple Is Powerful: Purple fire is pretty dang powerful. With it, Malo!Ty was able to go toe-to-toe against Cindy, who was in Blue Fire Frenzy. And he won!
- Purple Eyes: A Malonixed Pokemon's eyes. Also, they're the color of Sombra's eyes.
- Rage Breaking Point: Alyssa put up with Cindy's brattiness and frequent Flamethrowers, but she still tried to befriend the Cyndaquil. She snaps once Cindy takes her anger out on a Squirtle who stepped in the way of a Blue Fire Frenzy rampage meant to harm the trainer. Needless to say, Alyssa was downright nasty when she gave Cindy "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: For the first few chapters of Alyssa and Cindy's journey, Cindy treats Alyssa rather terribly, while Alyssa's trying to be nice to her. Then, Cindy loses her temper, goes Blue Fire Frenzy and harms a Pokemon in the way. Cue Alyssa losing her temper.
, it's bad enough that you attacked me, but you had to go and attack another Pokemon! Just because it decided to defend me? This whole time, I've been trying to be your friend! But what do you do?! You burn me repeatedly, ignore everything I say, and get mad at me for the dumbest reasons! I've been holding in most of my anger this whole time, trying to be nice! And now, you attack me, with your fancy blue flames, and when a Squirtle decides to help me, you turn on him and nearly kill him! What kind of Cyndaquil are you if you get angrier than a....a...... TYPHLOSION?!!! Agh, or maybe even a Gyarados for all I know! If you don't want me as a trainer, fine! I don't want a murderer for a Pokémon anyway! Just don't hurt anyone else in your monstrous fury!
- She also had the guts to pull one on Anonimo! The dude didn't take it well...
- Alyssa's the queen of this trope. She recently pulled another one on Pelee and Dynamite.
- Charlie has given one to Diana, after finally snapping under her Drill Sergeant Nasty routine and rude mannerisms toward everybody.
- Amber gives Sombra a really nasty one after his Malonix half took over and injured both her and her brother, Joey.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When brainwashed, both Cindy and Cinnamon gain glowing red eyes.
- Averted most of the time, since a lot of Pokemon species naturally have red eyes.
- Played straight with Sombra, whose eyes are usually purple. Once they start glowing red, you're screwed.
- Refuge in Audacity: Amber invokes this when telling Emma how Sombra ended up with black and gray fur.
Emma: I was just about to ask why his fur is that color.
Amber: Not again... A science experiment made him part demon, and it darkened his fur.
Emma: *stares* That's a load of bull hockey. Just saying ‘it was a mutation’ makes a lot more sense than that!
- Relative Button: Just about EVERY CHARACTER.
- Replacement Goldfish: Subverted. Dr. Tortilla, as part of his Kick the Dog moment, calls Quinn (who's just barely hanging onto life at that point) Jenna's Replacement Goldfish for Cindy, who Jenna had believed to have died, but is actually standing right there and believing her brother's dead. Dr. Tortilla kicked even harder by saying he was worth less because he wasn't a Semi-Legendary like his sister. Didn't matter whether or not what he said was true; Cindy's still very ticked off that he'd say that about Quinn, and proceeds to go BFF on him.
- Ring of Fire: This was a signal (to Anonimo and Alyssa) that not only was Cindy ticked off, but she was ready to invoke a joint evolution/Blue Fire Frenzy. And it was such a sweet start of a comeuppance for the villain that everyone hates...
- Running Gag: The Beedrill that won't leave Celebi alone.
- "Why is Spray n' Scape always used for evil?"
- Cindy stepping on the same Simari/Simitar at least once per evolved form.
- Sir Cuddly Boo.
- "Who gives a Igglybuff/Jigglypuff a sword?"
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Sombra and Amber.
- Scars Are Forever: Apparently, they can resist evolution, as Cindy went through two of them, and yet the scar on her arm didn't fade very much. And oddly enough, her fur doesn't cover it, especially when it's shaggy Typhlosion fur...
- Patch, since he can't grow back a lost eye.
- Joey and Willie also ended up with scars: Joey on his shoulder, protecting Pokémon from their abusive trainers; and Willie on his back, from Belico the Jigglypuff jumping on him and stabbing him from behind.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Charlie and Quinn.
- Shipper on Deck: Apparently, Cindy/Ty has fans in friends of the couple.
- Also, Trina and Charlie ship Quinn and Jamie.
- And Celebi... you just know that whatever she ships, it's going to happen.
- Shout-Out: Several:
- Snow Means Love: A snowball fight has Quinn see Jamie in a new light.
- The Stoic: Kidd, except when it comes to something lopsided. I wonder why...
- Surprise Pregnancy: All of Cindy's pregnancies were surprises, but none moreso than the third, due to the sheer fact that the humans had Ty fixed. Unfortunately, his Malonix virus regenerated his sexual organs, thus allowing him to father more offspring (much to everyone's dismay; the babies inherit a Malonix virus).
- Taking the Bullet: After Copper kills a Malonixed Electabuzz, Nutmeg has to shove him out of the way so the spirit virus doesn't get him, thus getting infected herself.
- Talking with Signs: Ash's Totodile does this for most of one section. His reason why is just... ridiculous.
- Tap on the Head: Played with. Usually the Hard Head trope is played straight, and any brain damage is usually fixed by Celebi. Unfortunately, Joey and Amber didn't have Celebi around to fix their heads when they both received brain injuries. The damage done hasn't been explored very much though, only Joey's eyesight and Amber being a little uptight.
- Technicolor Fire: Legendaries and Semi-Legendaries' fire can turn blue, often accompanied by a major power-up. Also, in a more evil example, Malonixed Fire-Types' fire is purple.
- Time Skip: Happens between situations.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Cindy and Cinnamon. Their accessories say it all.
- To a lesser extent, their trainers, Alyssa(Cindy's trainer) and Chelsea(Cinnamon's Trainer).
- Amber's tomboy to her sister Pelee's girly-girl.
- Mary's tomboy to Tiffany's girly-girl.
- Emma and Sunshine (a Sunflora).
- Ivy and Bella.
- Translation Convention: Pokémon speak is, more often than not, translated for the (obviously human) reader. When humans are present, the Pokémon speak is usually rendered in italics. Needless to say, without the Translator Collar mentioned below, the humans cannot understand a word that the Pokémon say.
- There are some chapters where it was the human speech rendered in italics!
- Translator Collar: Shawn has made these. However, something went wrong, so instead of Pokémon wearing them so that they could converse with humans, the humans have to wear them to converse with Pokémon! Only the four main human girls (Alyssa, Chelsea, Allison, and Alexis) have them as of Chapter 93.
- Trouble from the Past: A single character case with Cindy. She thinks that her past with Anonimo is behind her, and had a good three-year run with Alyssa—and then a Team Vortex scientist informs their leader, Anonimo, that the Cyndaquil he formerly owned was a Semi-Legendary. Needless to say, Team Vortex tracks the girls down and begin to cause trouble.
- And then later, Team Vortex has been dismantled, and Cindy begins her new life as a Typhlosion. A few years later, a holdout attacks the group, announces that they have an Ultimate Revenge for her, and begins even more trouble for the characters.
- Think that Malonix problem was solved in that three-chapter arc? Demon Infection proves this is not the case.
- "Uh-Oh" Eyes: Other than the examples already mentioned, there is one other example. If a character gets angry, and gains blue eyes with red pupils, RUN. It's Blue Fire Frenzy.
- Unnecessary Roughness: Patch does this to an opponent when he got punched in the left eye socket, which is where his eyepatch covers. He gets called foul on it.
- Unstoppable Rage: Blue Fire Frenzy. The main reason why you don't want to get a Fire Type Semi-Legendary angry.
- The Villain Makes the Plot: Had it not been for Team Vortex, Anonimo, and the Malonix, these events wouldn't happen.
- Villainous Breakdown: So, Anonimo, ready to accept your fate in jail? No? You'll just try to kill the girl who stopped her Typhlosion from killing you, just to obtain said Pokemon? That'll work out.
- The Virus: Interesting case with the Malonix infection; while bitten humans spread it by becoming Malonix themselves, Pokémon cannot, instead being absolutely vicious.
- Vocal Dissonance: The reason Totodile was mute for several chapters; his vocal chords weren't crushed, he just sounds like a girl!
- Wacky Cravings: When Cindy is pregnant, she takes a can of baby formula off the shelf in a grocery store, and eats it. Hilarity Ensues when Alyssa catches her doing it.
- Weirdness Magnet: Who do you think?
- Wham Episode: Where to begin...?
- Chapter 2, separation of Jenna and Cindy.
- Chapter 3, the introduction of Anonimo.
- Chapter 6, the infamous beating.
- Chapter 8, the first Blue Fire Frenzy.
- Chapter 9, introduction of Alyssa.
- Chapter 28, which established the return of Anonimo, and the beginning of the Team Vortex arc.
- Chapter 41, which introduced the Malonix.
- Chapter 44, Cindy's evolution into Quilava.
- Chapter 62, Cindy has a brother.
- Chapter 91, Cindy is captured by Team Vortex, thanks to Anonimo blackmailing her with Explosive Blood Serum ready to kill her friends.
- Chapter 101, Cindy evolves into Typhlosion.
- Chapter 103, Anonimo is killed.
- Chapter 112, Alyssa and Chelsea settle in Pallet Town, allowing Cindy and Ty to pursue a romance.
- Half of the "Parenthood" Segment, which is Cindy's pregnancy, followed by the birth of the Quiltuplets.
- Chapter 127, Ty is bitten by a Malonix.
- Chapter 135, Ty kills the Malonix that bit him.
- Chapter 140, Birth of Sombra and the beginning of his rampage.
- Chapter 150, The Quiltuplets are given to Professor Elm to be Starter Pokémon.
- The entirety of "Night of the Red Moon." Ty relapses into his Malonixed state when he looks at a red moon during a battle, is banned from competing in tournaments, and Cindy's trust in him wavers.
- Chapter 170, Ty wasn't the only one that was bitten by that Malonix.
- The entirety of "Sombra", where the Quiltuplets return, meet new siblings Pelee and Dynamite, and new cousin Mantle, as well as the unwelcome Sombra. Sombra commits a Heel–Face Turn when he makes friends with Amber (thanks to Celebi). Team Vortex in revealed to have returned and want revenge on Cindy and Alyssa for Anonimo's death.
- "Dirty Secrets". The torches required to activate the Ultimate Revenge are activated by Blue Fire Frenzy, as their trickery of Blaze into doing it proves.
- "Bittersweet Days," Ty's Malonix virus regenerates his sexual organs after he's "fixed", and affects Cindy when they mate, as proven by the shocking behavior that she displays during her third pregnancy. Mantle evolves, and Copper kills a Malonixed Electabuzz, whose virus transfers into Nutmeg. And then, Chelsea's Light Stone is smashed.
- Wham Line: Here's a list:
- Chapter 2, when baby Cindy is left sleeping on a bush:
Entei: Farewell, my daughter...
- Chapter 13, when Cindy is misbehaving yet again,
Brock: Did you notice that scar on her right arm within the past two weeks?
- Chapter 28, when talking to Anonimo:
Team Vortex Scientist: When I scanned the blood on your whip, it revealed that the little Cyndaquil was a Semi-Legendary.
Magic Box: (to Cinnamon)
Like Cyndaquil, half of your blood is Legendary
- Chapter 41, when the girls first encounter Malonix:
Alyssa's Pokedex: This Pokémon is not in the database.
- Chapter 62, post-checkup at a Pokémon Center:
Nurse Joy: Don't worry, they're all healthy... but it says here that the Cyndaquil (Quinn) and the Quilava (Cindy) share the same mother!
- Chapter 69, Cindy refuses to go with Team Vortex:
Dr. Tortilla: Tell Bolton to kill the Cyndaquil (her brother, Quinn).
- Chapter 77, after an argument with Chelsea:
Vibora: Asesina, Vispera. I've located them. Be prepared to attack. They're not to be underestimated.
- Chapter 84, when they first meet Shawn:
Alyssa: What kinds of sick, twisted minds do these people have? And whose idea was Team Vortex anyway?
Shawn: My father's.
Anonimo: So... have you finished our Explosive Blood Serum?
- Chapter 114, Cindy telling Cinnamon about her pregnancy.
Cindy: It's a set of quintuplets.
- Chapter 131, everybody excited that Chelsea owns a Light Stone which could cure Ty of his Malonix Infection:
Chelsea: No, I left it at my parents' house.
- Chapter 147, during a phone call from Professor Elm:
Prof. Elm: We don't have any Cyndaquil.
- Chapter 155, Ty suffering Mind Rape from his evil half:
Malo!Ty: You think you're free, but you're not.
Celebi: Come on! I thought you didn't want my autograph anymore! You even shoved a bowl of noodles in my face!
Beedrill: That was my FATHER!
- Chapter 178, when Sombra is about to tell Amber why he can't tell her his secret:
Sombra: (accidentally beginning to transform) IT'S THE VERY REASON WHY I'M DANGEROUS!!!
- Chapter 196, talking about Blaze:
Canela: He’s the only one who hasn’t gone Blue Fire Frenzy. He’s our target.
- Chapter 198, when watching Joey on television:
Chelsea: When did this game become a terrorist attack?
- Chapter 208, discussing a so-called cramp:
Cindy: This unnatural cramp was not a cramp, Ty... it was a conception. *grabs Ty by the arms* Ty, what’s going on? How am I pregnant?
- What the Hell, Hero?: Sammy scolds Cindy for attacking Alyssa early on, pointing out that she's a monster for doing so. It doesn't stick until Alyssa pitched in her "Reason You Suck" Speech.
- Sammy scolds her again (both now fully evolved) when Cindy's refusal to talk about a personality-affecting condition resulted in the deaths of wild Pokémon and the almost deaths of Cinnamon and Ty.
- Meganium and Feraligatr call Ty out on his awful behavior, knowing that O.O.C. Is Serious Business. Cindy later calls him out on it as well. His behavior is the result of a Malonix bite.
- When Trees Attack: There's an offhand remark about Chelsea and Alexis getting kidnapped by Woodmain (a Fakemon designed like a tree).
- Worf Had the Flu: Cindy, who couldn't battle a Malonixed Rhydon because she had just laid two eggs and was suffering from Malo Crystals growing inside her. When she finally gets up and attempts to suffocate it out of anger because he had smashed the Light Stone, and Sammy had to stop her, she ends up coughing up blood and collapsing. Had it not been for the efforts of Sammy, Yue, and Mantle, she would have died.
- Would Hurt a Child: Team Vortex.
- You Are Not Alone: Ivy reassures Blaze of this when he's suffering from a Heroic B.S.O.D..
- You're Insane!: Examples told toward Celebi:
Amber: Are you INSANE?!
Sombra: Celebi! You crazy Pokémon!
- You're Just Jealous: Blaze accuses Ivy of jealousy when she voices concern about Dora.