"Every story has two sides, typically the "good" side and the "evil" side. In Rise of the Rockets, you have a choice — will you tell the story from Team Liberty's point of view, in their efforts to liberate the world from Team Rocket's reign? Or will you fight for the Rockets, seeking to crush rebellion and remake the world in your view?"
Pokémon: Rise of the Rockets is an RPG hosted on BZPower.Twenty years after the Black and White arc, Team Rocket has risen to power once more — and under new leadership, has taken control over the regions of Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh. In response to this, a rebellion group called Team Liberty is formed, opposing Team Rocket's forceful reign. A war soon breaks out, with more and more people and groups becoming a part of the conflict.Currently holds the record as the longest Pokémon RPG in BZPower's history.
Pokémon: Rise of the Rockets contains examples of:
For examples from Parugi, the RPG's "author"/creator: There is a recurring theme of four with his influence on the game — four primary characters, four Shadow Admins, four Shadowed Man agents, four Team Rocket-controlled regions, Team Liberty operating from Four Island, etc...
Authority Equals Asskicking: Played very, very straight; the leaders of the various organizations have been said to be the most powerful members of said organizations. Even then, Ford didn't believe that a combined effort by his and three other organizations would be enough to take over Kanto, solely because of Shadow Admin Sleight's presence there.
Brick Joke: On the way to confront Hayes in Coeur Tower, players Alku, Konuju, and Blade discussed what song would best represent the tone of the situation. One page later, after the fight had actually begun, Parugi provided his own suggestion.
Child Soldiers: Played straight for the primary factions for a number of reasons, not the least of which being player preference; a large number of the named characters tend to be anywhere from their early to late teens.
The Chosen Ones: Evan Tierra, Seth Vicen and Kilm Prizak, to an extent, for the Sinnoh Dragons. Subverted in that they are more like caretakers and spreaders of the word than actual protectors.
Downer Ending: The Unova Arc, in which about a third of the region was destroyed and those responsible got away virtually unhindered, leaving those player characters involved to take the blame.
Eldritch Abomination: Several, all of them beings of massive power, some from other dimensions, and most of them finding the idea of causing mass death and destruction to be a bit too enjoyable. The Unown and the Ancient Darkrai (with the possible exception of Nine) stand out in particular.
Epic Fail: Ray ended up getting no sleep one night due to being unable to locate his assigned room in the Alamo.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Cruel as they might be, the Shadow Admins all have families and care deeply for their Pokémon.
Even Evil Has Standards: Sure, Team Rocket forcibly rook control of the Kanto regions, but they would never stoop to the wanton killings of random civilians that they're so often accused of. Corrupt politicians, on the other hand...
Fantasy Pantheon: A number of Legendary Pokémon are seen as this; however, with the exception of Arceus and a select few others, their powers are generally overplayed by the populace.
Fate Worse Than Death: The Ancient Darkrai (with the exception of Nine,) sealed away in various locations with the intent for them to never again see the light of day.
Searcher being forced into a dimension full of nothingness, doomed to die alone, also qualifies.
Five-Bad Band: Arguably several, with the most prominent formed by the Shadow Admins.
God Moders: Unfortunately happens from time to time. Caused a bit of an out of game Wham Episode when the Game Master posted a rather... heated message making his views clear on people doing as much after the forums came back online and god-modding became something of a common sight.
Gotta Catch 'Em All: Surprisingly averted, given the source material. Justified in-game; even before Team Rocket destroyed Team Liberty's computer mainframe, it was stated that neither team had enough processing power to keep track of more than twenty Pokémon for all of the tens of thousands of trainers within each faction.
One Steve Limit: Totally averted. To elaborate, there are two Kyles, three Johns, three Ethans (two whose last names start with "W,") two Scotts, three Zack/Zach/Zacs, at least two Wills... The list goes on.
Pokémon Speak: Both played straight (by most regular Pokémon) and averted (by virtually every Legendary Pokémon.)
Rule of Three: Team Liberty is led by three people at a time. There are also the numerous groups of three Legendary Pokémon thanks to the source material.
Running Gag: A rather dark example: If your name references the color green in any way, shape, or form, take warning — you will probably die.
Sanity Slippage: Seems to be a gradual case with Kyle Eston, what with the random appearances of the black-haired boy that only he seems to be able to see. The injury he received during the attack on Four Island coupled with depression caused partially by his apparent Parental Abandonment seems to have played a part in it.
Shapeshifting: Reyna Draynes. As well as virtually any other Zorua/Zoroark, with varying degrees of their ability to keep a solid state.
Self-Destruct Mechanism: Possessed by all of the Team Rocket main bases. Only Purgatory's has been used at this point, to stop Eight and Three from gaining possession of any critical Rocket information.
The original Shadow Admins' code names are all terms from Poker, while the code names of the leaders of Team Liberty all consist of a color + a noun, I.E. Goldhawk, Silvermind, Blackskull.
Additionally, the ten Ancient Darkrai are named in descending order from highest power level to lowest, with Sombra being Ten.
John Ford and his operatives are all named after United States presidents.
Don't forget the two Arthurs and their "Knights of the Round"
In the most recent arc, a team of trainers based on the seven deadly sins has appeared as major antagonists; unlike the previous examples, however, they literally embody the sin they're nicknamed after.
The Musical: At one point, Parugi played a minor prank on the players by decreeing that in-character posts would have to be written in the style of a musical. Hilarity ensued.
Invoked with the first fight against Sombra on top of Mt. Coronet.
Has become something of a Discredited Trope amongst the player base after being invokedheavily in the Black Kyurem battle.
Unreliable Narrator: Actually Unreliable Players. For one reason or another, a large number of players have disappeared over the course of the game, leaving their characters — and in some cases, several fairly large plots — totally unresolved, along with forcing some non-player characters into a frozen state. As of late, Game Master Parugi has been working to resolve several of these plots.