is a Pokémon
fan fiction by Neon Zephyr
, based primarily upon the anime
, with a few elements from various other media
Ash learns that there's more to the Prophecy of the Chosen One than he heard on Shamouti, and he finds himself on a journey around the world, to regions old and new, in a desperate race to complete it in time, with an ancient evil closing in on him. Meanwhile, the heir of Team Rocket struggles with the darkness in his own heart, and how crossing paths with the Chosen One changes his forever. Also, Gary seems to be investigating something, but it's probably not important.
The Ancient Prophecy
of the Chosen One
requires that they travel throughout the regions
to various Temples
, one for each Element
, guarded by an ancient order of Pokémon
, and claim the very source of the Elements' powers
. They must bring them together before the foretold time
in order to defeat an ancient evil, a warrior known as Moonsbane
, and his army of monsters that aren't quite Pokémon anymore
. Obviously, Ash accepts the quest
, even with minimal explanation, and is joined by his old friend, Misty,
and two newcomers: Nyx
, a cheerful Umbreon
from the Dark Temple
, and Aura
, a Lucario with more than a few scars
and an abrasive surface personality
. Their journey will teach them not only the forgotten truths buried in their world's ancient past
, but about themselves
and their own histories
The secondary plotline
(from which the title is derived
) involves Silver
, the son of Giovanni
, as he deals with his life as the heir of Team Rocket
. After he obtains his first Pokémon
, a Totodile
as cuddly as Silver is distant
, he slowly starts to break away from the double-life he was raised to lead. A goal that may be even more difficult than he expected, when he's simultaneously trying to deal with the dark heart
he's already inherited
. And, that's all before the Chosen One crosses his path and changes everything for both of them
.Various other characters
from the anime (as well as adapted versions of characters from other media) cross in and out of the story as well.
The work is still on-going, initially published on FF.net
on August 18, 2008. This trope page is also under construction.
This fan fiction contains examples of:
- Action Girl: Misty and Aura. Ash's mom, Delia, is revealed to have been a Biker Babe variety in her youth.
- Adorkable: Ash, the TRio, and various characters have shades of this.
- Afraid of Needles: Aura is implied to suffer from this, likely due to the experimentation apparently done on her by Team Rocket.
- All-Loving Hero: Ash still has this is spades; one reason that the tension between him and Aura is difficult for him to manage is that he's used to Pokémon opening up to him.
- Nyx might have Ash beat here, as he outright has a crush on said Ice Queen and is the only member of the Chosen Gang to not be abusive in some manner to the Sixth Ranger, Jerzy.
- Ancestral Weapon: Silver's falchion, as it was originally his grandfather's.
- Ancient Artifact: The Elemental Orbs. There's one for each Element (And another for Light), though their origins haven't been properly explained, yet. Fairy type is not included, likely due to the fic being started during Gen IV.
- Animalistic Abomination: The Returned.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Giovanni is the current Baron Zolton. It's implied that his mother, the one who earned the family the title in the first place, was even worse.
- Arranged Marriage: Silver and Domino/Elite 009 are set up for this by Giovanni, to be made official after the former is eighteen. Silver is quite vocal about his disgust and anger over the whole situation. Not that it stopped him and his bodyguard from becoming a real couple, before her death.
- Not that Domino is very happy about this, either. While it has the advantage of permanently placing her higher up on Team Rocket's ladder, she outright states that she'd rather be the Boss herself than just his wife. She also knows that it makes Silver unhappy.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Shows up a few times in Team Rocket; Domino manages to be a threat in combat without any Pokémon.
- Bad Dreams: Aura is shown to have them early on.
- Battle in the Rain: Chapter 34. Turns out Moonsbane is a fan of the trope, and is willing to sit in the rain for hours for a chance of participating in one.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: It's Pokémon, so Ash and Misty still have this in spades, though they at least admit to being best friends.
- Berserk Button: Nyx's is apparently insinuating that he got his position as Head Aide to the Night Sage due to being the son of the previous Sage rather than by merit.
- In Chapter 31's flashback, we learn that threatening or harming Aura's loved ones is a really bad idea.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Nyx. His outburst against a member of the Fighting Temple implied that under all that cheer, there may be a lot of anger. And, with his strength as the Head Aide to the Dark Sage, he's likely not someone you want pissed off.
- Big Bad: Moonsbane.
- Big Damn Heroes: A couple of times so far, including Aura saving Ash from a Returned Charizard in the Pastoria Great Marsh.
- Big Eater: Ash is shown to still have a large appetite.
- Big Good: Hikari, the Light Sage, is implied to be this. While he's long dead, the ancient Sage-King she's named for, Hikaru, could also qualify, if only posthumously.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Silver's family is hinted to be rather messed-up, especially after we see the portait of Giovanni with his own parents.
- It's implied that Ash's family (especially his father's side) is equally messed-up.
- Bodyguard Crush: Silver's late girlfriend was originally assigned to him as a bodyguard. She even died protecting him from Moonsbane.
- Body Horror: The Returned qualify.
- Book Dumb: Ash.
- Book Ends: Chapter 12 begins with Aura in moonlight, and ends with a flashback of her father recovering a barely-alive Garrison (Gary's father) from a terrible wreck, also in the moonlight, with the former compared to a heavenly spirit and the latter likened to a demon.
- Break the Cutie: It's implied that Wally and Brendan suffered at least one traumatic event together. While Brendan managed to keep much of his old, bubbly personality, the innocent, adorable Wally shown in other media has grown into a much colder and more serious teenager.
- Calling the Old Man Out: It hasn't been properly shown, but Silver apparently gave Giovanni quite the earful after his bodyguard/girlfriend was killed. We do get to see him do so again, when he finally runs away from the Team after the Union Cave incident.
- Came Back Wrong: The Returned. Essentially, Pokémon that are killed in a specific manner, then revived in a Blood Magic ritual to create a wholly obidient, heavily mutated creature.
- Catchphrase: "What do you mean?" is quickly becoming Ash's.
- Catch Your Death of Cold: Ash's father, Gyles, died when Ash was an infant from complications of pneumonia.
- The Chosen One: Clearly, with the Mark that grants Ash this distinction making him the only one who can claim the Elemental Orbs and fulfill the prophecy. It's stated multiple times that he has the ability to walk away from the whole thing whenever he wants, however, if he's willing to deal with the consequences.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Ash. He helps Brendan and Wally break into a Team Rocket base when they encounter the duo near Union Cave, even though they admittedly didn't need it, as they were already working with Lance.
- Code Name: Gary comes across at least one in his investigation of his parents' and Ash's parents' past.
- Cool Sword: Silver's falchion is arguably one. Notable, since very few people still use swords of any sort in the Pokémon world's present day.
- Crystal Dragon Jesus: Arceus seems to serve as this for various characters, particularly other Pokémon.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Ash's fight with the Returned Charizard starts as this, and while Aura helps briefly, it's not until Misty, Nyx and the Poison Sage, Maeve, intervene that the Returned is driven off.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Silver is stated to have always been a little cynical, though watching his bodyguard/girlfriend die a few years before the main plot certainly caused it to worsen, to the point that his anger drives a lot of people away. Domino and Mondo both call him out on it in different ways.
- Dark and Troubled Past: It might be shorter to list characters who don't fit this trope. Silver is an obvious example.
- Aura, too
- Gyles had one, according to his flashback sequences
- Dark Is Not Evil: Nyx, full stop. As a Umbreon, he's even a Dark-type, but he's arguably the friendliest member of the group, and certainly the most accepting, having a crush on Aura and being the only one who hasn't treated Jerzy with any sort of abuse.
- Silver is Giovanni's son, wears a lot of black, and is generally bitter with a hell of a temper. Yet, he still makes an effort to be a good person, even as an Elite Rocket, and has a deep bond of loyalty with his Pokémon.
- Ash's father, Gyles, is shown to have been a lot like Silver; he was an Elite member of Team Rocket, raised in the team, and still tries to be as honorable as he can, outright saying that he's "not a monster."
- Deal with the Devil: Implied that Giovanni made one with Moonsbane but it was Silver's bodyguard/girlfriend who ultimately paid the price.
- In the Ghost Temple, it's also implied that Gyles made one, too, though it would seem that he paid the price himself.
- Death by Origin Story: Silver's bodyguard/girlfriend, and Gary's mother, though not his father, despite what he and his sister think. Ash's father also apparently qualifies, though Gary is investigating his suspicions otherwise.
- Death Glare: Wally, of all people, when he sends the second of two Returned attacking Silver running with a simple glare.
- Despair Event Horizon: Aura's is the night an unidentified loved one betrayed her to what should have been her death. She's since started to recover, in thanks to the Chosen Gang, especially Misty's efforts and friendship, though she still slips into the old mindset occasionally.
- Detect Evil: Some Pokémon have this ability to some level, and Aura seems to be able to sense Team Rocket's presence nearby the Union Cave (though how is not yet explained).
- Determinator: Ash, of course.
- Aura, too. Surviving an axe to the skull, followed by three years in the mountain wilderness, would take a good deal of perserverance.
- Did You Think I Can't Feel?: Domino, of all people, as revealed during a fight with Silver.
- Disappeared Dad: It's Pokémon. Ash is the most obvious case, what with Gyles being dead and all.
- Disproportionate Retribution: It's heavily implied that the betrayal(s) in Aura's past were performed by a human (or several), so what's her attitude towards them in the beginning? To kill every single one she sees. Considering the first humans to cross her path after this are Ash and Misty, this doesn't hold, though she still repeatedly reminds Ash that she plans to kill him eventually.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Silver, as part of his obsession with not being weak.
- The End of the World as We Know It: Seems to be Moonsbane's goal, though the exact details aren't yet known.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted/Justified with Moonsbane, who won't take children under the age of seven or so for his blood rituals, though it's just because he doesn't want to draw attention to himself.
- Everyone Can See It: Ash and Misty. Everyone seems to comment on it, with most people assuming that they're a couple upon meeting them.
- Evil Only Has to Win Once: It's implied that if Moonsbane get ahold of the Elemental Orbs at all, the world is screwed.
- Face Palm: Occurs multiple times, though a notable case is one Wally performs in response to Brendan's overexcitement about a Shiny Wynaut swarm.
- Faking the Dead: Garrison, Gary's father. Gary also is investigating his theory that Ash's father, Gyles, is also doing this, or may have been for a while.
- Fantastic Racism: Aura holds a deep grudge against all of humanity for the actions of one (or a small group). She even initially believes that Pokémon are superior to humans, primarily due to their abilities.
- Fantastic Slurs: Surprisingly, used against the Fantastic Racist Aura; several characters occassionaly call her a dog, with varying levels of reaction impling that she considers it a slur.
- A Father to His Men: Silver has shades of this, being so defensive of his Pokémon that he attempts to sacrifice his own life to protect them from serious injury, multiple times. He also shows the beginning hints of this as an Elite in Team Rocket.
- Faux Affably Evil: Moonsbane, when he's not enraged. In Chapter 34, he begins to introduce himself and even answers a question or two, before attacking the Chosen Gang.
- First Kiss: In Chapter 32, Ash unintentionally kisses Misty. After a brief freak-out, she kisses him back.
- Flat "What.": Used by several characters. Brendan's actions in particular result in a Flat "What." from others.
- Fling a Light into the Future: Hikaru. The last Sage-King, he was technically slain by the Traitor (Moonsbane), though he was able to somehow preserve his spirit from passing on, allowing him to gradually communicate with the Chosen One. The exact details on how he accomplished this have yet to be revealed.
- Forceful Kiss: Domino does this during a Did You Think I Can't Feel? rant to Silver. While he reacts relatively calmly, Silver is clearly insulted and even feels guilt over it.
- Generation Xerox: Ash apparently looks a rather lot like his father did at his age, to the point that Moonsbane recognizes him as Gyles's son purely by sight.
- Government Conspiracy: Implied, due to Beacon Industries, which supports various politicians and the police force, actually being a cover for Team Rocket. Giovanni is also the Baron Zolton, the Beacon CEO, who holds a rather large amount of respect in the regions.
- Guinea Pig Family: Aura's is implied to be one, at least her and potentially her father, since his name (Arcanus) is also the name of a Project. Proton also calls the two of them freaks, supporting the idea.
- Had To Be Sharp: Aura. Between her Dark and Troubled Past and the years she spent living in the mountains, she's had to become one heck of a survivor.
- Silver is also implied to have shades of this.
- Hammerspace: There's still no way that the entirety of the Chosen Gang's traveling gear can be held in three backpacks. Possibly subverted with Silver, who we see only packing the initial necessities before he runs from the Team.
- Happily Married: Played with. Ash's parents are said to have been very happily married, though Gary's anger with Delia and his theory that Gyles didn't really die when Ash was an infant suggest otherwise.
- Healing Hands: Ash gets this ability with the Normal Orb, which allows him to not only use Recover, but to share its healing power with others. He usually forgets about it, though.
- Hearing Voices: Silver's started dealing with various voices in his head, the most common one (described as the "velvet voice") is definitely either an Insane or Evil type, though there's at least one Good voice whispering in his head, too.
- Henchmen Race: The Returned count, at least in-universe, as a "converted" type.
- Heroic Bastard: It's implied that Gyles might actually have been one.
- Also implied with Silver, though downplayed, as it's not really confirmed one way or the other, and he's certainly more of an Anti-Hero than an Ideal one.
- Hero of Another Story: Several cases, including Brendan and Wally, who first meet up with the Chosen Gang during the Union Cave arc to fight against Team Rocket. It's clear that the duo have been in quite a few adventures together over several years. They later find and rescue Silver, who joins them. As of Chapter 27, they're traveling together.
- Heroic Neutral: What Silver wants to be, to just be left to live his life in peace. Doesn't work out that way, of course.
- Hive Mind: In the Bug Temple, Ash deals with one both during the physical and mental Tests. It's helpful during the physical Test—or tries to be—but less so in the mental.
- Humanity Is Superior: Team Rocket's mindset, compared to Pokémon, much like in the offical media.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: While certainly ancient and unusual, the Big Bad Moonsbane is still a human being, and even as monsterous as the Returned are, they're just his pawns.
- The previous generation of Team Rocket's leadership is implied to have been even worse than the current one, with Giovanni's mother having been a totally immoral woman.
- Ice Queen: Aura. Understandably, due to her being betrayed by someone she dearly loved.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Mostly due to Misty's efforts, though she's very slowly warming up to Ash, too.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Silver believes this, claiming it to be the reason he won't kill Giovanni when he leaves the Team; he thinks that Giovanni killed his own father, and Silver tells him "I'm not like you" before letting him live. Played with, though, since by sparing him, Silver actually becomes even more like Giovanni, who we learn actually didn't kill his father.
- Infant Immortality: Averted. Moonsbane's ritual to create Returned requires blood taken in another ritual. As it turns out, blood from innocent children is the most potent. We see him perform at least one of both rituals.
- In-Series Nickname: Aura typically calls Ash "Dolt" with "Chosen Dolt" as a variation, which is slowly becoming a term of endearment.
- On that note, many Sages simply call Ash "Chosen One".
- In the Blood: As Giovanni's son, Silver obviously deals with this a lot. He usually insists that he's nothing like his father, while others constantly tell him that he's almost exactly like Giovanni was at his age. Giovanni, on the other hand, states that Silver actually takes after his mother, instead.
- Aura is shown to believe that there's a darkness in Ash's blood that he can't escape, though it hasn't yet been confirmed whether this is because he's being human or if she actually knew Gyles, since Gyles is shown to have once been part of Team Rocket, with his mother as one of the top members.
- Interspecies Romance: Stated to have once been common, countless eons ago, in line with the legend found in the Canalave Library. The Sage-King Hikaru's mate was said to have been a shapeshifting human.
- I Want Them Alive: Moonsbane wants the Chosen One alive, though it's not really known why. He also needs children brought to him alive for so he can kill them in his Blood Magic rituals.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Aura gradually shows to be either this or be putting up a Jerkass Façade (it's not totally clear which, yet), with the Heart of Gold being much more obvious in her warmer treatment of Misty.
- Silver certainly counts; while he's bitter to most people, he's much friendlier to his Pokémon, even putting his life in risk to protect them. He's also usually warmer to Mondo.
- Just Friends: Ash and Misty insist that they're this, though no one seems to buy it.
- Killed Off for Real: In flashback, Gary's parents. His father is revealed to have apparently survived, though his current status either way isn't confirmed, with the main cast still believing him to be dead.
- Erasmus, a disguised Mew, is killed by Moonsbane.
- Kiss of Distraction: Silver does this to stun Domino so that he can get away from her during his escape from Team Rocket. It's clear how he feels about it, though he says that it was still a step up from killing her.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: While the "hero" bit is certainly out of coercion, Jerzy is a self-admitted theif, whose stolen wealth is currently funding the Chosen Gang's journey.
- Left for Dead: Part of the betrayal Aura suffered.
- Life Energy: Aura (the power) is a subtype of this, as well as granting Aura Vision.
- Like Father, Like Son: Ash apparently looks a lot like how his father did, though a bit less rugged and with shorter hair.
- On a more traditional, personality version of this trope, Silver struggles with his similarities to Giovanni, constantly arguing that he's nothing like him, though his efforts to distance himself actually make him more and more like his father. See If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him.
- Living Relic: Moonsbane is countless years old, and it's implied that he interacts with modern society when he desires.
- The Blood Witch is also implied to be ancient, though far less so. Unlike Moonsbane, she mostly lives in solitude.
- Mondo is revealed to be older than he looks, though he's lost track of his exact age. He's also managed to mimic a normal human life rather well, with most believing him to be a mature teen or young adult.
- Longevity Treatment: Moonsbane's immortality comes from his experiments in Blood Magic, using the Blood of Arceus.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Silver is described to fit this trope.
- Love Hurts: Silver. First, his love for his bodyguard, though mutual, was doomed due to his Arranged Marriage. Then, It Got Worse when he was Forced to Watch helplessly as she was murdered.
- Meaningful Name: Aura is so named because Lucario are the Aura Pokémon. This makes discussing her and the powers in the same conversation mildly confusing. Both traits are lampshaded in-story. Played with minorly in that Aura currently cannot use her namesake power, and any attempts results in overwhelming pain.
- Mega Corp.: Devon and Silph Co. of course, along with Beacon Industries, a company in the fic used as a cover for Team Rocket. During the plot, it's implied that Silph is suffering and may be bought out by Beacon, which would give the Team much more control over several regions.
- The Men First: After the Returned Houndoom attacks the Union Cave Rocket Base, Silver is terribly beaten, but manages to remain consious long enough to learn that his Pokémon and the Rockets under his command are more or less okay.
- Morality Pet: Domino is shown to still be a ruthless Elite agent of Team Rocket but is not only generally pleasant to Silver by the main plot, but she actually loves him.
- Mr. Exposition: As the only member of a Temple in the Chosen Gang, Nyx takes up this role from time to time, though Aura has shades of it as well, particularly where Team Rocket is concerned.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Aura has an obvious moment after takes out her insecurities on Ash, telling him that he's only going to get them all killed. After Ash freaks out over it, she instantly has a Heel Realization.
- My Greatest Failure: According to his Echo in the Ghost Temple Gyles's seems to either be his dying when Ash was newborn or something to do with Moonsbane, who he calls his "greatest demon."
- In Chapter 32, Aura admits to Ash that causing the deaths of two friends, whom she was working with to bring down Team Rocket, is hers.
- Not So Different: A sixteen-year-old boy with an affectionate starter Pokémon that he's more than a little overprotective of, the rest of his team is very loyal, has the affections of a girl that he isn't in a relationship with, grew up with only one parent, is known for being more than a little reckless, and currently is targeted by an ancient evil. Wait, are we talking about Ash or Silver, here?
- Silver is also stated to be very much like his father was at his age. He insists otherwise, though we see that they have more in common than he thinks.
- Oh Crap: Ash has one when he first gets a good look at the Returned Charizard during the attack in the Great Marsh.
- One Steve Limit: Apparently the reason for the name (Sasha) given to Gary's older sister; both names given to her in other media (Daisy and May) are names of existing characters.
- Parental Abandonment: It's Pokémon, so this trope is obviously in play.
- Missing Mom: Silver's mother gave him up to his father as an infant, and while Giovanni's present in his life, he might as well not be.
- Perfect Health: Averted. Misty being sick is why Aura allowed her and Ash in her territory. Ash's father died from pneumonia sixteen years before the main plot. Silver is also stated to have been sickly as a small child.
- Photographic Memory: Aura tells Pikachu that she remembers everything in perfect detail, though she does have a few moments where she loses lucidity and can't recall them. It's heavily implied that her darkest memory is the one that she can't remember right at all, which is understandable since it involves her skull being split open.
- Playing with Syringes: Team Rocket's performed many such experiments, with two of their subjects being Pikachu and Aura, which is where they originally met, though the others don't know yet. It's implied Aura's father had some part in hers.
- Pokémon Speak: Obviously justified, though much of it is translated in italics (especially Pikachu's). Also averted in several cases, primarily with various Pokémon from the Temples and with Aura.
- Posthumous Character: A few, at least potentially, as some are in question, like Gary's father, Garrison.
- Ash's father, Gyles, is a particularly notable example, as several flashbacks are to his adolesence during an early team up with Delia.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: Blood Magic, notably the ritual to create a Returned requires powerful blood, with a child's being the most potent.
- The Power of Blood: Blood Magic, as previously mentioned, is definitely a Type AB.
- Psychic Powers: It's Pokémon, so the Psychic type is certainly at play. Aura in particular has some minor ability, as Lucario can learn a few attacks, including Psychic itself.
- Really 700 Years Old: Moonsbane. And the Blood Witch. And Mondo. None of their ages are stated, as at least two of them are stated to have lost count of the years long ago.
- Red Baron: Moonsbane is often just called the Traitor, even among those who know his name. It's stated that neither are the name he was born with, which makes both count.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Returned have red eyes, and Moonsbane's eyes turn red when he uses his ability to share sight with them.
- Rich People: It's hardly explored, but Giovanni and Silver are quite well off, due to Giovanni not only being the Boss of Team Rocket, but the CEO of the cover company and a Baron.
- Sailor's Ponytail: Mildly common. Ash's father is shown to have had one in an old photo.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Obviously averted with Ash. Played a bit more straight with some of the Sages, though whether it's just the way they learned to speak or are actually trying to sound impressive isn't revealed with any of them.
- Ship Tease: Ash and Misty, though there are a few others hinted at, too.
- Shipper on Deck: Aura, despite her initially antagonistic relationship with Ash. She actively encourages Misty to figure things out.
- Shocking Defeat Legacy: Countless years prior to the main plot, Moonsbane attacked and killed the Sage-King Hikaru, which eventually led to the breakdown of the old Order, which is now totally forgotten by all but those who live in the various hidden Temples.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Averted with Ash, who is revealed to have once had a crush on Gary's older sister, Sasha.
- Currently played straight with Silver, who hasn't even been interested in a relationship after his girlfriend's death, despite being in an Arranged Engagement and having a friendship that is percieved in-universe as Ho Yay.
- Strong Family Resemblance: As previously mentioned, Ash looks significantly like his father.
- Survivor Guilt: Aura implies that she has at least one case of this, thought it's hidden from most of the others by her bitterness.
- There Are No Therapists: Gary and his sister lost their parents as kids, and there's no mention of any sort of therapist or social services intervening at any point. Silver also seriously needs some sort of help, having watched his girlfriend die several years ago, but doesn't get any, perhaps due to his status as Giovanni's son.
- Took a Level in Badass: Wally, at least in comparision to his official media counterparts. He has at least three Pokémon that can use Hyper Beam, and scares a Returned off with a Death Glare.
- True Companions: The Chosen Gang, except the Sixth Ranger, Jerzy, who is currently coerced into joining. Even Aura shows loyalty, though it's mostly directed at Misty instead of Ash.
- Two Lines, No Waiting: Ash and Silver's plotlines run pretty much simultaneously. As of Chapter 31, they have yet to met directly, though their plotlines brushed against each other during the attack on Team Rocket near Union Cave. There are a few other minor plotlines centered on other characters, with Gary's being the closest to a true tertiary plot.
- Unexplained Recovery: Aura apparently survived having her skull split open, though it's not a night she seems to remember all that well.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Played with; Aura is actually unusually tall for a Lucario, and a few background characters point it out. However, Ash and Misty never noticed it before that (Possibly justified, as Misty simply might not have seen a Lucario in person before, and Ash is, well, Ash.)
- The Voiceless: Red, Silver's Scyther, later a Scizor, never says anything, even just in Pokémon Speak. He hardly, if ever, even grunts in pain or makes similar vocalization. It's not confirmed whether this is a choice on his part or if he's actually The Speechless.
- Weapon of Choice: Silver is very fond of his grandfather's falchion, which was given to him upon his enlistment as an Elite Rocket. He took it with him when he left the Team.
- You Are Number Six: Pokémon and Grunts apparently have this in Team Rocket, as indicated in the beginning, though it's not really brought up much again.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's Pokémon, so there are still some technicolor hair styles going around. James and Wally are two of the most notable recurring characters.