Fanfic / Pokémon Reset Bloodlines

Arceus: Unlike Dialga, I need more focus to send someone cleanly through time like you experienced before. You will be able to restore memories, but not as perfectly and evenly as I'd had hoped to grant you, and not as flexibly, and the distortions to the original timeline may have unpredictable consequences, but it's the best chance we all have...

Pokémon Reset Bloodlines by Crossoverpairinglover begins with Cyrus (who's gained control of the strands of reality) dismantling the universe to create his world without strife. However, Arceus is able to save Ash Ketchum, and sends him back to the day he started his journey so he can prevent this from happening.

Sound familiar? Well, there are some major differences. The most significant is that Arceus was unable to recreate the world exactly as it was, so there are numerous unintended changes. Ash is now 15 years old, actually kept in contact with Serena, and is one of only two people from Pallet Town to earn a Pokémon license. Perhaps most important of all, he's now a bloodliner, which is essentially a human with Pokémon-related abilities. Also unlike in Ashes of the Past, his ability to restore memories is imperfect (especially when it comes to humans), and he can't restore physical capabilities at all, meaning he has to retread old ground while figuring out the laws of this new timeline.

Like many stories, it has a romantic subplot, but this one is relatively unusual. Word of God has confirmed that this is a harem fic, and as such, the plotline is going to develop differently. Ash will have six girlfriends: Misty, May, Dawn, Iris, Serena, and as revealed in Chapter 23, Anabel. However, this will only happen after a lot of time and soul-searching for everybody involved.

The fic also has several one-shots tied to it that either shows the origins of a character, or several, or portraying events that occur during the story, mostly with characters who aren't Ash and Co. The author has also opened the door for others to write in the same universe, an opportunity many other writers took. There is also a spin-off written by Viroro-kun named The Wild Boy from Sinnoh set to be a multi-chapter story also in the same continuity, partially based on Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Adventure!.

The tie-in one-shots are:

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     Tie-ins by Crossoverpairinglover 

     Tie-ins by Other Authors 
  • Clemont Gaiden, published Aug 15, 2016 and written by Viroro-kun.
  • Falkner Gaiden, published Sept 17, 2016 and written by Ander Arias.
  • Georgia Gaiden, published Sept 25, 2016, and written by partner555.
  • Wally Interlude, published Oct 9, 2016 and written by Viroro-kun.
  • Butterfree Interlude, published Oct 20, 2016 and written by Viroro-Kun. note 
  • Dakim Gaiden, published Nov 8, 2016 and written by Shadow Ninja Koopa.note 
  • Argenta Interlude, published Nov 19, 2016 and written by Viroro-kun.
  • Cipher Interlude, published Dec 1, 2016 and written by Viroro-kun. note 
  • Lorelei Gaiden, published Dec 4, 2016 and written by Fox McCloude.
  • Guzma Interlude, published Dec 16, 2016, and written by Shadow Ninja Koopa. note  note 
  • Joey Interlude, published Dec 28, 2016 and written by Viroro-kun.
  • Arnold Interlude, published Jan 22, 2017 and written by partner555. note 
  • Snivy Interlude, published Feb 5, 2017 and written by Fox McCloude. note 
  • Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden, published Feb 22, 2017 and written by partner555.
  • Oak's Summer Camp Gaiden, published Feb 26, 2017 and written collaboratively by Fox McCloude and Viroro-kun.
  • Erika Interlude, published March 7, 2017 and written by Shadow Ninja Koopa. note 
  • Sanpei Interlude, published March 18, 2017, and written by Viroro-kun. note 
  • Jeanette Interlude, published March 27, 2017, and written by partner555. note 
  • Gardenia Interlude, published April 4, 2017, and written by Fox McCloude.
  • Blaine Interlude, published April 8, 2017, and written by BRANDON369.
  • Hala & Hau Interlude, published April 9, 2017, and written by Viroro-kun. note 
  • Looker Interlude, published April 19, 2017, and written by Viroro-kun. note  note 
  • Skyla Gaiden, published April 27, 2017, and written by partner555.
  • Giselle Interlude, published May 1, 2017, and written by Fox McCloude. note 
  • Luana Gaiden, published May 8, 2017, and written by Shadow Ninja Koopa.
  • Happy Birthday, Ash!, published May 22, 2017, and written by Fox McCloude.
  • Sabrina Gaiden, published May 23, 2017, and written by Ander Arias. note 
  • Big P Pokémon Race Interlude, published May 27, 2017 and written by Fox McCloude. note 
  • Brock & Lucy Gaiden, published Jun 2, 2017 and written collaboratively by Ander Arias and Fox McCloude.
  • Misty Gaiden, published Jun 15, 2017, and written by Fox McCloude. note 
  • Ultima Interlude, published Jun 18, 2017, and written by BRANDON369.
  • Black Rose Tournament Interlude, published Jun 19, and written by Shadow Ninja Koopa.
  • Sho Interlude, published Jun 20, 2017, and written by Fox McCloude.

The story and related works have been translated into Spanish by Fox McCloude. For the main story, link here. For the tie-in oneshots, here. For the spin-off, here.

Now with a character page. Please move character tropes from this page to that one.

Pokémon Reset Bloodlines contains examples of:

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  • 108: Many years ago, an ancient civilization imprisoned its 108 most dangerous criminals in a death pit, where they eventually died. Their souls eventually merged to form a Spiritomb.
  • Abandoned Laboratory: The Pokémon Mansion used to be a place where Blaine and a friend of his did experiments. But after it was nearly destroyed in an experiment gone wrong, Blaine decided to let it become a habitat for wild Pokémon rather than repairing it.
  • Above the Influence: Belladonna refused to take advantage of a drunk and distraught Aurora.
  • Absent-Minded Professor: Dr. Boxer has a tendency to accidentally hurt people with his work.
  • Abusive Parents:
  • Accidental Pun: Commenting on Ash's Snivy, Scott calls her "a little green." He meant inexperienced, but that didn't stop Yellow and Pikachu from having a Lame Pun Reaction.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Ash and Pikachu accidentally reverse-engineer Zap Cannon while trying to use Electro Ball. Dexter is astounded to see it happen.
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: While the story is known for its exciting and creative Pokémon battles, among other action bits, its more subdued moments also shine. One standout example is the conversation between Ash and Belladonna in the Gringy City power plant.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Mabel, a Character of the Day who taught Korrina lessons on Mega Evolution. In Reset she's a badass granny who won the Lumiose Conference by defeating Casey Snagem in the finals, just because one of her grandchildren asked her to.
    • Shadow Pokémon get a serious one with their debut in the Clay Oneshot: their shadow moves cannot be seen. While you can still see tackling moves, their ranged attacks are invisible super-effective blasts that can wipe out entire police teams.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Multiple examples, which is justified considering the fact that this is an entirely different timeline.
    • Mimey started working for the Ketchum family some time before Ash went on his Pokémon journey.
    • Burgundy is met aboard the St. Anne this time around.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Several characters are given more likeable personalities than in canon, like Lt. Surge, Erika and Burgundy.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Several characters are shown to be smarter and more competent than in canon. See the Character page for specific examples.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Many characters, locations, and concepts are given a lot more history and details on their pasts than the anime, games, or manga did.
    • Infernape's super strong Blaze ability is now a recognized condition called Hyper-Blaze (which is hinted to come in other variants like Hyper-Overgrow or Hyper-Torrent).
    • The Bug-catching Contest from Johto? Now many parks do the same.
    • The Battle Frontier? You get to see its formation.
    • Characters of the day like A.J and Jeanette appear earlier and more often, and we get to see bits and pieces of their past. Jeanette had braces before she started on her journey.
    • We get to see the early actions of Cipher before they implement their plans, including recruiting Dakim and seeking out rare and powerful Pokemon to be made into Shadow Pokemon.
    • The Pokedex in Sun and Moon mentions that the Mudbray line was once found worldwide but is now rare. In fic we see people working to reintroduce the species to Kanto's Safari Zone.
      • The same Pokedex mentioned that Skarmory Feathers were used as swords. Reset comments of how they were used.
    • The Kiawe oneshot explains why Ash's Z-Crystal broke in Episode 2 of the SM series.
    • Rotom are able to possess Pokedexes that aren't specifically made for them. It's just a lot less effective.
  • Adaptational Sexuality:
    • Annie and Oakley are suggested to have an attraction to girls in this canon, something they had no hints of in their canon selves as to this dynamic.
    • Sabrina has never been hinted as being asexual in canonical material.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While the Spearow flock in canon was very aggressive in pursuing Ash and Pikachu, they at least had some reason, considering one of their own was badly hurt. In this timeline, however, Ash and Pikachu did absolutely nothing to them.
  • Adapted Out: In the "Big P Pokémon Race" interlude, Dario enlists some nameless random thugs to help him with the race, instead of the Team Rocket trio as he did in canon.
  • Adult Fear: The Clemont Gaiden has a pretty big one, where Belmondo and his cronies kidnap Clemont from his own bedroom.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Dario might have been a jerkass and a cheater, but Sabrina snapping his neck is a little too much, even for him. The worst part, she's planning on doing the same to Melvin the magician, who is nowhere nearly as bad, regardless of how pathetic of a magician he is.
  • An Aesop: The Giselle Interlude has the message that what helps one person may hurt another. In this case, the Golden Generation's "tough love" treatment of Joe only made him resentful of Pokémon Tech.
  • Affably Evil: Rhythm from the Black Rose Tournament Interlude is a cute, friendly, and energetic girl who takes losses well and genuinely cares about her Pokémon. She's also a professional thief and notable figure of the criminal underworld.
  • After-Action Patch-Up: Misty bandages Ash's wound in Chapter 2 after the Spearow and Fearow are defeated.
  • Age Lift: Many examples, especially due to a rule in the new timeline that the legal age to become Pokémon trainers is fifteen years rather than ten. See the character page for more.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Two instances, both of them justified since they involved relatively small Pokémon:
    • Aipom, inside Hunter J's ship, to unlock a door for Ash and the others while making their escape.
    • Later, Snivy sneaks into the vents of the battle club to get away from the Samurai.
  • All Bikers Are Hells Angels: Kiawe met Frax and Velvet when they helped him take down a group of outlaw bikers.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Misty has a crush on Ash, which is rapidly developing into something more serious. However, as of yet, Ash only thinks of her as a friend. Nevertheless, Word of God states that it won't be "unrequited" forever, and as time goes on Ash does show some hints of feelings as well, though as of pre-Fuschia they are not necessarily at the same extreme as Misty's.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Erika seems awfully close to believe this. It's not completely unjustified: many of her male challengers lost because they were more focused on the girls in the gym being affectionate rather than their battles. The last straw was when a Dirty Old Man convinced his grandson to challenge Erika so he could spy on a wedding, leading her to place a ban on male trainers altogether, until she relents to let Ash fight her and he proves to be decent and respectful enough.
  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: It turns out the infamous seven brothers of Orre all have initials in alphabetical order, A, B, C, D, E, F & G. It also represents their birth order. The F brother is Felgrand and the C brother is Capriccio.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In-universe example. In chapter 26 Future Clemont, Latoya/Gligirl, Hapu, and Wes encounter Lusamine's collection and find out that all of the Pokemon frozen in it are critical condition and if they are taken out of their Pokemon Popsicle state they'd immediately die. Clemont and Hapu aren't sure if this was done because Lusamine did this out of practicality for it being the only way to sneak her hobby past the Aether staff, or because it was the only way that Lusamine could rationalize it in her madness. Or in other words, was this Pragmatic Villainy or Even Evil Has Standards?
  • Alternate Self: Several versions of Ash appear in a series of Omakes in story known as Ketchumverse. They include A Harmonia Gropius (An Ash raised like N), Don Ash (An Ash who took over Team Rocket and reformed it) and Nurse Ash (Ash as Nurse Joy), with others mentioned including Vulgar Ash (An Ash who speaks only in vulgarities), Ashton vi Unova (An Ash version of Lelouch), Ash Flare (A evil Ash who is presumably a member of Team Flare), Brain Ash (A Frontier Brain Ash), and Guardian Ash (presumably an Aura Guardian). An Ash based on Sakaki Yuya shows up in a similar omake.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: In practice, this fic is essentially this more than a Peggy Sue fic, given that the Pokemon world in the new timeline is VERY different from the world of the anime.
  • Amazon Chaser: The young man rescued by Whitney from freezing in the Holiday Special is quick to compliment her on her looks, and even more when he learns she carried him all the way to her home by herself.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Some historians have suggested that at least some of King Kahele's wives were romantically involved with each other.
  • Ambiguously Evil: The U.T.P, a mysterious group who appeared in the Johanna and Cynthia oneshots, and was briefly mentioned in the Argenta one. Their goals are presently unknown but they are trying to recruit notable and powerful trainers and coordinators. They've also been in operation for over thirteen years, considering Johanna Gaiden took place thirteen years before the story, and their appearance in the last scene of Cynthia Gaiden took place during the second year of the story.
  • Ambiguously Human: There's a question mark over whether Bloodliners should be considered truly human or not. See the character page for more details.
  • And Then What?: Satsuki asks Falkner what he plans to do when he catches Ho-oh and Lugia. He admits that he hasn't given it much thought yet.
  • Anger Born of Worry: After Cheryl comes to, Gardenia gives her a piece of her mind for going into the Old Chateau alone.
  • Animal Stampede: Lara and Hex make their introduction in the Big P Pokémon Race Interlude chasing a stampeding herd of Tauros. The stampede was caused by one of Dario's cronies, in an attempt to injure her so she couldn't compete in the race.
  • April Fools: 2017 saw the release of an April Fools chapter. Unlike most examples, however, some of what happens is actually canon.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In the Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden, Olivine City's representative lost an arm in one of Bill's attacks.
  • Arc Words:
    • "Those who underestimate the power of the bird Pokémon are in for a rude awakening", in the Falkner Gaiden.
    • "Only those who push themselves are able to improve", in the Sabrina Gaiden.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: In the Hala and Hau interlude, Frax asks Hau one of these:
    Frax: Who do you actually want to surpass then? Your grandpa or your dad?
  • Ascended Extra: Many examples. See the character page for more.
  • Asshole Victim: Sabrina murders Dario for attempting to sabotage his rivals.
  • Attack Animal: Military and police Pokémon often serve this function.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: Played for Drama, determined to make sure that Ash is alright after hearing an explosion, Misty decides to face her fears and not let a Beedrill stop her. A trio of them follows suit, and she doesn't let them stop her either. But then, when a whole swarm in the hundreds appears, she has no choice but to run away.
  • Author Appeal: While it never affects the quality of his writing, you can easily guess that the prolific oneshot author Fox McCloude is an avid Ash/Serena shipper.
  • Author Avatar: The April Fools chapter has Cross himself appear, using a chainsaw to write the story and arguing with Execu Tivem Edlin.
  • Author Filibuster / Author Tract: The writer outright states that the Gary oneshot has elements of this over fandom reactions to the Kalos League final. It also covers the Author's views on what Pokemon Master is.
  • Ax-Crazy: According to James, the prisons in Lavender Town are full of criminals who've been driven to murderous insanity by Ghost-type Pokémon.
  • Babies Ever After: In the Holiday Special, Olympia sees a vision of a possible future where an older Ash has several children with his girlfriends. While this hasn't happened yet (and it's not clear if this is the future Ash will have), she calls it an ideal good ending.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Downplayed with Red and Yellow, since the age difference between them isn't that wide.
  • Badass Finger Snap: Paul does this during his first battle against Ash. It turns out to be a nonverbal means of signaling his Grotle to use Stealth Rock.
  • Badass Gay: If Paul's internal monologue is any indication, Wallace qualifies.
  • Badass Santa: In the Holiday Special, Mina has a dream about Santa taking on MissingNo. Given that Santa did appear in the Original series, perhaps it wasn't just a dream....
  • Bad Future:
    • Ash and his Pokémon seek to avert a potential one where Cyrus gains control of reality, like he did in the previous timeline.
    • Chapter 26 has MissingNo show Ash a vision of another possible one, which it claims used to be the future until about a week beforehand. Not many of the details are known as of yet, but the conversation shown to Ash establishes that things went very wrong in Alola, resulting in Nihilego swarms, and that there was a "Bloodline War". MissingNo then draws a picture indicating that said Bloodline War was Ash and numerous other Bloodliners taking on the Bloodline King after he kidnapped May and Serena, and that Shadow Pokémon, Ultra Beasts, Mirage Pokémon, and Primal Kyogre and Groudon were involved somehow.
  • The Bad Guy Wins:
    • Chapter 23 ends with Belladonna killing Tokiomi Borealis as she wanted for betraying Aurora, and successfully escaping from Ash and his friends. Their victory does get soured by a tinge of Dramatic Irony, since Aurora didn't actually want her father dead, but was too afraid so say anything.
    • Twenty Gyarados Bill despite being fatally wounded during his final rampage, succeeded in ensuring that people will never, ever, laugh at him anymore, and smiles in triumph as he dies.
    • Sabrina in her gaiden, not only gets away scot-free with all the things she did in her hometown, but leaves happily knowing that she was proven right on her theory.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Like in canon, Damian mistreated his Charmander and eventually abandoned him (and the Misty Gaiden reveals that he also briefly owned Misty's Horsea and left him beaten up after he lost a battle). Even the TR Trio was appalled when they heard about this, and made sure to be extra mean when robbing him.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Some Bloodliners are capable of mind controlling Pokemon, and from the Pokemon's point of view, is not a pleasant experience. Iris always knew she can do this, but never did since she found the ability to be too horrible, and Misty vows to never use it again after realizing how much her Goldeen resents her for doing so. Belladonna, however, has no qualms about mind controlling a horde of Poison-type Pokemon for her own goals.
  • Bad Vibrations: In the Big P Pokémon Race Interlude, a heard of stampeding Tauros causes the ground to shake.
  • Balanced Harem: The fic is making sure to give Ash's female companions similar amounts of screentime and development, since he'll be ending up with all of them eventually.
  • Bald of Evil: The Kiawe Interlude features a bald biker gang leader with dreams of becoming a big fish and a complete willingness to preemptively attack kids.
  • Battle Harem: Not only are all of Ash's eventual girlfriends Bloodliners, but they're also (or will be) talented trainers as well.
  • Battle in the Rain: Much of the gym battle between Ash and Erika takes place in the rain. Justified, because Erika uses a unique form of Rain Dance to nullify most Grass-type weaknesses.
  • Bawdy Song: The author's notes of Chapter 26 have a parody of "All the Lads in Town" by the Merry Wives of Windsor.
  • The Beastmaster: Pokémon trainers, as always, count as this trope. Heart bloodliners, meanwhile, take this even further, with their ability to outright mind control Pokémon of the same type as them.
  • Beam-O-War: Several instances. Of note:
    • The battle between Ash's Pikachu and Brock's Onix ends with one of these, with Onix's Bide colliding against Pikachu's Thundershock. Pikachu manages to win, just barely.
    • Later, against Hunter J's Salamence, whose Flamethrower alone manages to overpower all of Ash's Pokémon attacks combined at once. They're only saved by Charmeleon learning Fire Pledge in the nick of time, and Goomy's intervention with Bide that blasts them out of the ship.
    • The climax of the Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden ends with a Hyper Beam collission between Bill's Mega-Gyarados and Denki's Mega-Ampharos. The resulting explosion leaves the former two fatally wounded, and kills the latter two.
  • Beast of Battle: It's mentioned that throughout history, powerful Pokémon have been used this way by various militaries.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Misty grows close to Ash partly because he's one of the first people to treat her with kindness. In her oneshot, she outright calls him one of her first real friends.
  • Bedsheet Ghost: Flint and his Infernape try to disguise themselves as one to try and snap Volkner out of his Holiday funk. It doesn't work, since he sees right through their disguise.
  • Bee Afraid: Beedrill swarms are a recurring threat.
  • Benevolent A.I.: Pokedexes in general are this, helping to keep their trainers informed.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Koga seems to have his as Jetpack Ninjutsu.
    • The Draconids loathe Fairy-types.
    • Pan will fight anyone who calls himself a King.
  • Better as Friends: Brock and Solidad went on a couple of dates, but nothing ever came of them, partly because of this trope.
  • Big Eater: Bloodliners are this, having heightened metabolisms. It's the biggest hint at the moment that Yellow is one.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: In the main story the candidates for Big Bad are Cyrus (for being the one who started the story's events), Giovanni (for being the most present), and the Bloodline King (who has been lingering around in the shadows but impacting the story heavily). Team Cipher is the main visible threat of the oneshots and is hinted that they will join the main story ensemble later, while Team Galactic appears to be the overall Big Bad for the The Wild Boy of Sinnoh spinoff and, via Cyrus, a Greater-Scope Villain for Ash. And then there's Lusamine, who is manipulating events from the shadows (including keeping contact with Team Skull through Guzma) and is aware of Cipher's actions. Not to mention that it's hinted that she played a large role in the Bad Future MissingNo showed to Ash.
  • Big Blackout: Belladonna and co. cause one of these in Gringy City, as part of an elaborate plan to kill Aurora's father.
  • Big "YES!":
    • Jeanette's mother let loose with one of these when she found out that her daughter was a Victreebel Bloodliner.
    • Sabrina yells "I WAS RIGHT!" into the sky after Tommy confronts her, thus proving her theories.
  • Birthday Episode: The aptly named "Happy Birthday, Ash!" focuses on Ash's 15th birthday in the new timeline.
  • Bi the Way:
    • The Pink Butterfree's new mate is mentioned to have hit on both females and males of his species.
    • Historians believe that King Kahele was bisexual.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden has one. Yes, Bill's been stopped for good... but not before causing enormous amounts of death and destruction. Moreover, in the effort to stop him, he still killed plenty of people and Pokémon, including an Elite Four member.
  • Bizarre Baby Boom: Starting about 16 years ago, the number of Bloodliners in the world have radically increased, going from roughly 10 in all of Unova, to thousands. Similar numbers are present in other regions. Oddly enough, most of them are female. No one knows what caused this. Bloodliners born during this time are called the Bloodliner Baby Boom Generation.
  • Blackmail: In the original timeline, Misty managed to get pictures of Ash in his Ashley cosplay. She used them to get Ash to help her out during the Princess Festival.
  • The Blacksmith: Forge Smith, who has Pokémon League approval to make holders.
  • The Blank: Execu Tivem Edlin is described as having no face.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: While it usually doesn't get to gorn levels, some battles are a good deal more gruesome than things ever got in canon.
  • Blood Knight: Apparently, Pokemon with Guts tend to be like this, including pokemon who Trace it.
  • Body Horror: Dark Pestilence is/was a very virulent and contagious disease with some very nasty effects. Infecting the bone marrow, it caused jaw-like growths to form in the bones, which fed off the body's stored calcium in order to grow. Said growths quickly grew large enough to pierce through the unfortunate victim's skin.
  • Bold Explorer: King Kahele, who visited many foreign lands and came back with countless souvenirs.
  • Bold Inflation: In the April Fools chapter, Execu Tivem Edlin emphasizes the word "lemon" by saying it in all caps. Lampshaded when the Author Avatar asks why he's doing that.
  • A Boy and His X: In the Wally interlude, Wally and his Gallade have this dynamic.
  • Bookends: The first and final scenes in Falkner Gaiden involves Falkner thinking that one should not underestimate the power of Flying-types.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: The narration in chapter 23 mentions blackouts are bad, Gyarados attacks are worse, and Gyarados attacks during blackouts are kicking someone already down and stealing their shoes.
  • Break the Haughty: In the Giselle Interlude, the Golden Generation suffers this after Ash and Misty humiliate them one after another.
  • Breather Episode: Between the game-changer that was Chapter 23 and the start of the Fuchsia Tag-Tournament Arc in Chapter 26, Chapter 24 serves as a break for the readers.
  • Breath Weapon: A number of attacks, like in canon, function like this.
  • Breeding Slave: The Bloodline King's organization has many of these in order to expand its forces. At the end of Chapter 15, he orders that the Sensational Sisters be kidnapped to serve as these, since he reasons that at least one of them must have the right genetics to give birth to bloodliner children.
  • Brick Joke: The Koga & Janine oneshot features a kid named Profuenster who uses jetpack ninjutsu. Fast forward a few years in the main story, turns out the Profuenster family has a shop in Fuchsia that sells them.
  • Broad Strokes:
    • It's hinted in the Kiawe Interlude that Frax and Velvet go through roughly the same adventures Ash does in the SM series, along with Reset original ones.
    • The Gardenia oneshot is somewhat a sequel to the Generations episode featuring the Old Chateau, though with enough different details it isn't a 1 for 1 match.
  • Broken Bridge: When Ash and Misty come to Nugget Bridge, it's having repair work done on it (it's implied that the damage resulted from Red and Gary's Cerulean battle). This is probably a nod to the games.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Red and Yellow are a non-romantic example. Red generally acts in a quiet, subdued manner, and Anabel senses that he seems very unhappy, mostly by choice. Yellow is the one who does the talking for him most of the time, and has a more cheerful and friendly attitude. She also spends a lot of time and effort trying to get him to come out of his shell.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Doctor Boxer has come up with numerous technological marvels, but he's very eccentric and doesn't quite comprehend how dangerous his experiments can be.
  • Busman's Vocabulary: Falkner's family, having spent generations breeding and raising Flying-types, uses a lot of bird-related figures of speech (adapted to involve Pokémon, of course).
  • Calling Your Attacks: Due to the nature of Pokémon battles, this is inevitable. However, that doesn't mean trainers can't be creative.
  • Caretaker Reversal: Ash gets badly injured saving his Pikachu from a flock of Spearow, and Misty takes him to the Viridian City Pokémon Center. Later, Misty gets poisoned by Vileplume pollen, so Ash has to take her to a hospital in Cerulean City.
  • Censored for Comedy: In the April Fools chapter, one of the few canonical bits is obviously a sex scene between Caroline and Norman. It gets censored by repeating the word LEMON over and over again.
  • Cerebus Retcon:
    • Of all things, Marill in the Hoenn Region. Apparently they were introduced specifically as Anti-Draconid weapons due to their fairy typing as well as access to Ice moves. They are specifically called weapons of mass destruction, or perhaps more accurately Pokemon of Mass Destruction.
    • Similarly is the change from Mauville as seen in Ruby and Sapphire to the Mauville seen in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: during the Trainer-Ranger wars the Draconids razed Mauville, implying that the city had to be rebuilt.
  • Chainsaw Good: According to the Semi-Canonical April Fools Chapter, this is the tool used to write the story.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper:
    • Joshua in the Oak's Summer Camp Gaiden gets caught by Professor Oak during the final exam, using his cellphone to look up the answers. This ensures that he'll never, ever, get a license or a Pokédex from Oak.
    • In the Big P Pokémon Race Interlude, Dario tried to pull the same stunts as in canon during the Pokémon race, and the results were as expected. Even worse, because Sabrina captures and kills him for it.
    • In his first Sinnoh League Conference, Sho discovered that one of his would-be opponents was using illegal steroids and reported him to the authorities. Further investigation revealed he had also been using stolen Pokémon, leading to a two-year ban from competitions and entering locations like the Battle Hall.
  • Cheery Pink: The upbeat and energetic Whitney is heavily associated with the color pink.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Ash wins several Pokéballs aboard the St. Anne, which come in handy for "recapturing" his Pokémon and catching new ones.
    • At the start of his interlude, Sanpei writes down a copy of the Hero Greninja story in a scroll, and keeps it to himself. It later saves him when Capriccio stabs him in the chest with his kunai.
    • In the Gardenia Interlude, it's mentioned that Sho has a Full Restore he's been saving for an emergency. He eventually uses it on Rotom, after it gets severely injured during the battle against the Old Chateau's ghosts.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • Doctor Boxer, originally mentioned in the Clemont Oneshot, later appeared in person in Reset Bloodlines proper.
    • Felgrand appeared to be only a villain of a week in his debut chapter, but he returns in Chapter 23 and ties in to the Wham Episode that chapter was.
  • Christmas Episode: The Holiday Special, featuring many short Christmas stories with several different characters.
  • Close Enough Timeline: Arceus isn't as skilled with Time Travel/Manipulation as Dialga, and he knew that sending Ash to the past would create a distortion that would result in a completely different timeline, so he knew that this trope was the best outcome. Arceus mentioned that in the new timeline, Ash could have been a girl, among other major changes. For what major changes did occur, the timeline is still at least recognizable to Ash and not completely alien.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Jeanette Fisher's dad certainly has an... odd way of thinking.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: After Sabrina discovers that she has psychic powers, her father tells her that she has a responsibility to use them to help people and make the world a better place. Unfortunately, she ended up taking these words a little too much at heart.
  • Comically Small Demand:
    • A trainer named John Archer was almost offered three hundred grand for a meteorite he had, but he just wanted a meal and some pokeblocks. He later realizes that was rather foolish of him.
    • Ash wins the prize in a underground fight club and gives it to Anthony (the man who trained his Primeape in canon) and only wants one thing in return: directions to the Pokemon Center.
  • Composite Character: Kanto (and probably the rest of the regions as well) takes both elements from the anime and the games. For example, the Pokemon Tower is actually the seven floor tall indoor graveyard populated by crazy cultists, rather than a derelict tower inhabited by a trio of Ghost-type Pokemon seen in the anime, with said town also housing the Battle Dome as seen in the anime. For the actual characters, see the Character page.
  • Continuity Nod: The author said that he will make references to the Expanded Universe one-shots within the main story where appropriate. And some of the Expanded Universe one-shots make references to the main story or other one-shots:
    • Dan, who challenged Sabrina in the main story, first appeared in Falkner Gaiden.
    • The Reaper Serial Killer is mentioned when Dan challenged Sabrina and during Clay Interlude.
    • During Butterfree Interlude, Butterfree flew off on his own for a time. Ash remembers this at the end of Chapter 24, even if he doesn't know what happened while Butterfree was gone.
    • Profuenster was a side character in Koga and Janine Gaiden. A shop with his name on it shows up during the main story.
    • Arnold Interlude notes that some of the Spearow and Fearow Team Rocket had were especially feral looking, a nod to how Jessie, James and Meowth caught the aggressive flock in Chapter 3.
    • Belladonna spots Anna walking along with Arnold and Laila across a street in Hop-Hop-Hop Town. At the end of the Arnold Interlude, Anna took Laila in.
    • Elwood and Aideen, having had major roles in Oak's Summer Camp Gaiden, reappear during the Fuchsia Tag Team Tournament.
    • Giselle Interlude mentions Skyla having invented a weather-move that gives the advantage to Flying-types.
    • Sabrina once wrote a school essay about Twenty Gyarados Bill's story, as told in his respective gaiden.
    • The Brock & Lucy Gaiden reveals how Lucy trained Brock to get him back to his game. Brock would eventually use some of the tricks Lucy taught him in his gym battle against Ash.
  • Conveniently Timed Distraction: When Misty demands to know why Ash seemed familiar to her, Ash found himself caught between a rock and a hard place. Thankfully for him, Team Rocket's attack just happened to occur at that moment.
  • Corrupt Politician: After a government official's twin children fail to pass the trainer test to the standards required by Professor Oak to obtain the Kanto Starters, he gives the prof a simple choice: give the twins starter Pokémon anyway, or he'll cut his funding. Thankfully the kids of said government officer are quite different.
  • Cosplay Café: Ash notes that maid outfits are common attire for Kanto waitresses.
  • Covered with Scars: The main villain of the Luana Gaiden is a large, revenge-seeking Rhydon with plenty of scars covering its chest.
  • Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: Red instinctively covers Yellow's ears after Kaiser mutters something profane.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: After Ash finds himself vexed by Erika's long-lasting Rain Dance, he decides to get rid of it with his own Rain Dance. This sounds absurd at first, but it works, because the resulting downpour gets rid of the moisture in the air, which means the rainy conditions can't be sustained any longer. Erika for her part was both shocked and impressed.
  • Creator Thumbprint:
    • Both Fox McCloude and Viroro-kun share a tendency of using relatively obscure and minor elements (as well as a good dose of Unexpected Character) from both the games, anime and manga, either in the foreground or as background elements.
      • In the former's case, he will also slip some Ash/Serena Ship Tease if he has the chance.
    • As seen in his Falkner and Sabrina oneshots, Ander Arias is rather fond of using a combo of Arc Words/Book Ends/Ironic Echo.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Played with. Technique Bloodliners can only use a single Pokémon move. However, some of them learn to use these moves in a number of versatile ways.
    • The first mentioned example was a historical Flamethrower bloodliner who learned to breathe freezing fire and use the move to fly with makeshift jet boots.
    • In the present, Vedia was able to use Shadow Sneak to hold Misty in place rather then just use it for attacking.
  • Critical Hit: Instead of just ocurring at random, in the story critical hits are explained as happening when an attack manages to land on a very specific point of the opposing Pokémon. For instance:
    • A Rattata lands a Quick Attack right on Ash's Pidgeotto's wing joint, causing a serious injury and leaving her unable to properly fly and battle for an entire week.
    • Busters are trained to know the specific weak points of the Pokémon they might have to face, so as to have higher chances of hitting them for critical hits.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Anybody or anything other than a Grass-type Pokémon that gets covered in Vileplume pollen is guaranteed to suffer one of these unless they get prompt medical attention. To elaborate, the yellow pollen causes the nervous system to seize up and behave erratically, while the purple pollen dissolves tissues, starting with the mouth and respiratory system. In other words, they get liquefied from the inside out while simultaneously suffering a fatal seizure. One can only hope that most fatalities occur while the victim is unconscious.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: The Golden Generation sees picking on Joe (their weakest link) as tough love to help him improve. Joe did not respond well to this teaching method and Giselle eventually realises how much Joe hated it.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: Several, some of which have been explained or elaborated on, others of which have not:
    • Professor Oak made the world a better place 40 years before Ash awakened in the Reset timeline. How exactly he did it is yet to be shown, but it's known that thanks to his efforts, Pokémon are for the most part less agressive and tolerant of humans.
    • Another is the Great Offscreen War between Trainer nations and Ranger nations. Not much has been explained beyond the following points:
      • They ended decades ago and both sides are currently in a cold war state.
      • They were horrible.
      • The Draconids of Hoenn ended up allied with the Ranger nations as a result of territorial disputes with Sootopolians and this causes problems in the present day for Hoenn.
    • Georgia went through a mental list of gym leaders and Elite Four who had to be removed for committing crimes shortly after she was introduced. In order of increasing severity of their crimes, a Flying-type gym leader who was a Peeping Tom, a Bug-type gym leader who was a home invader and burglar, a Normal-type Elite Four who was involved in rigged matches, a Poison-type gym leader who committed sabotage, a Ghost-type gym leader who committed several murders and a Dark-type gym leader who was the leader of an Apocalypse Cult. The Ghost-type gym leader was elaborated on and it turns out he was responsible for murdering Georgia's parents as a Serial Killer, thus providing the motivation for Georgia to become a Buster.
    • An infamous criminal known as Twenty Gyarados Bill is cited as the cause of the current limit for six active Pokémon per trainer. His story is explored in his own gaiden.
    • The Fisher Clan are stated to have the Victreebel family as their signature Pokemon, with the clan winning many battles with them in the past. The Jeanette one-shot elaborated on that and it turns out the reason Victreebel is their signature Pokemon is because the founder of the Fisher Clan was a Victreebel Bloodliner.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Despite the Peggy Sue title, they have been surprisingly few and far between on Ash's part as while Ash and his Pokemon keep their experience and know-how, they didn't retain their power levels and the ability to do the moves they were able to do before time reseted. The few they have given out are generally against weaker opponents like the Samurai and the Cerulean Sisters.
    • Erika utterly demolishes Morana when the latter challenges her for control of her gym.
    • Falkner's attempt at fighting Ho-Oh fizzles out after one attack, and ends with him out cold for 4 days.
    • Blaine manages to take down Raymond's entire team, using only his Growlithe.
    • Ash and Misty defeat the Golden Generation of Pokémon Tech in a series of these. It was so humiliating for them that they briefly worry Noland is quitting his job because of it.
      • Special mention goes to the Pikachu vs Cubone fight: Pikachu attacks in the same way he did in canon, except that this time he doesn't grant Cubone one single hit. To add insult to injury, for the most part of the fight he doesn't even need Ash's orders.
  • Curbstomp Cushion:
    • Iris's fight with Red went this way: She did surprisingly well despite using Axew against a Clefairy. In fact, it might not have even been a Curb Stomp at all had the Clefairy not been.....disturbed.
    • Astrid loses to Vermell 3-2, but she does faint his Mega-Steelix in the process and also forces him to use it for the first time. Notably her Pyroar's fight with Steelix ended up being this. Pyroar was quickly defeated and did not get score a knockout like her other Pokemon, but Pyroar left a burn condition that helped Absol fell Steelix in the end.
    • While Ash managed to defeat Giselle's Cubone and Graveler using only his Pikachu, her Graveler did manage to get in a good hit with Magnitude. If it weren't for Pikachu's recovery time, she probably could've capitalized on his disorientation and knocked him out of the battle.
  • Cyberspace: It's mentioned that a Porygon Species bloodliner could enter it.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Frax speculates that this may be the case with his and Velvet's father, though Velvet really doesn't like the idea.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The reason why Z-Moves can only be used once per battle: they drain a lot of strength from the trainer, and apparently people had killed themselves trying to pull them off within hours. Bloodliners seem to be capable of using them after resting for a few minutes, although not without passing out shortly after.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Pan's sister was kidnapped from his home when he was 5, and at some point into his Pokemon journey he became obsessed with hunting down the Bloodline King, whom he believes to be responsible.
  • Darker and Edgier: Than both the original anime and Ashes of the Past. Though certainly not without silliness or fluff, it nevertheless has quite a bit of grittiness and tragedy. However, at the same time, it's not as dark as stuff like The Sun Soul. The author says this balance is intentional.
    • Character deaths actually occur, like John Archer and Tokiomi Borealis.
    • References and depictions of crime happen in the fic where it would never be mentioned in the anime proper, like murder and rape.
    • Pokémon being used in wars isn't limited to pokemon fighting other pokemon. Grimer and Muk have been used to poison water supplies, Koffing have been used as bombs, etc.
  • A Day in the Limelight: A Reset Interlude takes place during the main story, focusing on events that weren't portrayed during the main story, as opposed to a Reset Gaiden that functions as an Origins Episode and mostly taking place before the main story.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Both of Brock's parents are dead in the new timeline.
    • While Misty's parents are not shown in canon, and were said to have abandoned them in Pocket Monsters The Animation, they are confirmed dead in this timeline.
    • It's implied in the Koga and Janine oneshot that Koga's anime sister Aya died in her childhood.
    • Dario gets killed by a Neck Snap, courtesy of Sabrina.
    • Possibly the Striaton Triplets. While Dexter says they're probably dead, there's nothing conclusive. Furthermore, Iris was actually declared Legally Dead, but turned out to be alive.
    • Sabrina's mother was alive in the anime (albeit turned into a doll). Here, she died of an illness when Sabrina was two years old.
  • Decomposite Character:
    • Remember Ash's "Ashley" disguise? Yeah, she's a real person now and might be his half-sister.
    • Another possible half sibling, is pretty much SM era Ash. His name is Frax.
  • Defiant to the End: A number of soldiers battling Twenty Gyarados Bill decide they're not going down without a fight.
  • Depopulation Bomb: Dark Pestilence wiped out half the population in this universe's equivalent of Europe. And they weren't painless deaths either.
  • Dirty Old Man: One of these convinced his grandson to challenge Erika so he could spy on a wedding at the Celadon Gym.
  • Disappeared Dad: Whoever fathered Ash and his many siblings, he was never around to help their respective mothers raise them, and is strongly hinted to play an important role.
    • Ash doesn't remember who his father is, though that is also partially because the timeline being messed up made it hard to remember.
    • If Red's nightmares are to be believed, his dad never bothered with him.
    • Arnold's mom revealed that she and Arnold's father only met once, he put the moves on her, and afterwards he vanished without a trace.
    • Neither the Lono twins nor Iolani know anything about their father nor ever met him. Frax thinks their dad had his reasons, though Velvet and Iolani think otherwise.
    • Hau is a different case: his father left due to disagreements with Hala, due to the latter's resistance to change and wanting to stick to the Alolan traditions too much.
  • Disney Villain Death: William Stronger falls off a cliff into the sea at the climax of Ultima Interlude. However, Looker later reveals that the search parties haven't found his body to confirm his death.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • In the Oak's Summer Camp Gaiden, a kid named Joshua gets really upset at losing to Ash in a baseball game. His response: when Ash is taking part in a Rhyhorn race, he uses a slingshot to hit Ash's Rhyhorn to make it go wild, and he could have gotten seriously hurt had it not been for Serena's intervention.
    • An angry mob tried to kill Evanna for accidentally stepping on a Slowpoke while saving a baby.
    • Bloodliner or not, Laila was kicked out of her home simply because she was good at dodging stuff.
    • While a guy jerking himself off while watching a wedding and disrupting things is inexcusable, banning every single male challenger from Celadon's Gym was still pretty excessive.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Numerous male trainers were defeated by Erika because they didn't have their heads in the game, thanks to the girls in her gym being affectionate with one another.
  • Do-Anything Robot: Pokedexes: they can play music, connect to the Internet, perform as credit cards, hack into government databases to obtain top-secret information and Pokéballs to register them under Ash's ownership, etc etc. Emitting lasers and fighting personally are the only two things they are confirmed to not be able to do.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Much like with mutants in the X-Men franchise, there are a number of deliberate parallels between Bloodliners and LGBT people. This is eventually lampshaded in the Jeanette interlude: when Jeanette was about to reveal to her parents she was one of the former, her mother initially thought Jeanette was one of the latter.
    • With the names of the T.A.T.O alliance and the Fall City Pact, one can see some Cold War parallels with N.A.T.O and the Warsaw Pact.
  • Don't Ask: When Giovanni wonders why Butch and Cassidy smell like stale ketchup after they come back from Dark City, the former says this in response. Since he has other matters to attend to, he decides he can live without knowing.
  • Doomed Hometown: Turquoise Town, where Sabrina was born and raised is featured in her gaiden. An unusual example, given that it's the protagonist herself who willingly dooms her hometown, and by the present time, it's been effectively erased from the map.
  • Doorstopper: The main story alone has over 250,000 words. And judging by the author's comments, it's barely even begun. Once you start factoring in the spinoff and the tie-in one-shots, it gets even longer.
  • Dope Slap: Lana gets one from Mallow for a remark she makes about seeing Kiawe and Frax shirtless. It's implied that it's not the first time.
  • Double Knockout:
    • Astrid and Vermell's battle ends with Astrid's Absol and Vermell's Mega-Steelix falling at the same time. However Steelix was Vermell's second Pokemon and Absol Astrid's third, so he ended up winning the match anyway.
    • A.J.'s Sandslash ends up this way when fighting against Erika's Nuzleaf, leaving both trainers down to one Pokémon left.
    • Ash's Pikachu when he battles against Anabel's Kadabra.
    • Happens twice in the Skyla Gaiden. The first is when an eleven year-old Skyla takes on a gym challenger named Aero in order to practice. The second happens during a gym battle as actual leader, in a match against Betty Snyder. In both of these cases, the challenger was given a badge.
    • In the Brock & Lucy Gaiden, Brock's first Onix uses Bide on Lucy's Milotic, who reflects it with Mirror Coat. Neither one is able to take it, ending the match in a draw.
  • Downer Beginning: The story opens with Cyrus dismantling the universe, killing nearly everybody.
  • Downer Ending: Cipher Interlude. Not only does Shawn have to continue working for Cipher, he was forced to kill Jeff by his superiors. And to top everything off, he's given possession of Mizutaro, who's been turned into a Shadow Pokémon, and will definitely be a constant reminder of what he did and the consequences thereof.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: The Old Chateau ghosts, after the stone keeping them anchored to the world of the living is destroyed by Gardenia and Rotom, end up getting sucked by a spiraling vortex into the afterlife.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • When Iris breaks down for not being able to save her family from Hunter J, Misty feels at unease as she realizes that, had she been in Iris' position, she'd be cheering instead of crying, given the way her family always treated her. She's still unaware that her sisters were kidnapped by the Bloodline King to breed more Bloodliner children.
    • The Samurai dismissed Snivy as useless because she wasn't a Bug-type, not knowing that she had Leaf Storm and Contrary.
    • A.J. tells Jeanette that he always wanted to meet a Bloodliner. He doesn't know that Ash, Misty and Iris are Bloodliners.
    • Belladonna might have succeeded in killing Tokiomi for betraying Aurora, but she's still unaware that Aurora didn't really want her father dead, and only followed through with the plan out of fear of being left alone.
    • After Lara and Hex are revealed to be Bloodliners, the former wishes they had more Bloodliner friends, not realising they already do in Ash and Co.
  • The Dreaded:
    • According to an Omake of ambiguous canonicity, the Miltank of the line Whitney use are this. To the point that using them in war was declared a War Crime. Even today they still beat many challengers, as later confirmed by the Whitney oneshot.
    • Iris' adoptive family (of Dragonites and other dragon-type mons) told her never go to Mt. Moon, since it's populated by terrible monsters that would tear her apart (the Clefairies), indicating that Dragon-types see Fairy-types as this.
    • Gyarados also have this reputation, claiming that if it wasn't for their crippling weakness to electric attacks, humans would be unable to live near the sea. So when Misty's Gyarados reveals a way to nullify electric attacks (by using Iron Tail to jab itself into the ground) in her fight against Red, he has a massive Oh, Crap! moment. The Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden really emphasises the point about how terrifying Gyarados can be.
    • To Misty, bugs as always, but she gains a new phobia in Vileplume after being caught in one's toxins.
    • Fire-type Pokémon used to be this, until Blaine's research proved that they weren't as dangerous as people made them out to be.
    • Hunter J is this to the criminal underworld.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come:
    • With a little help from MissingNo, Ash and Pikachu see a vision of a possible Bad Future while asleep in Chapter 26.
    • In the Ultima Interlude, William stronger reveals that he's dreamed of the future Bloodliner War every single night.
  • Dream Sue: Misty has recurring dreams about her future self. In these dreams, she can effortlessly defeat extra-scary Bug-types, has multiple legendaries in her party, and is considered a serious contender for a spot on the Elite Four.
  • Dressed to Heal: Nurse Joys, as in the Anime.
  • Drink Order: The Clay Interlude has Pan order a glass of milk while at the Dicey Café. In this case, it's to help underscore his status as a serious badass, since he's on a hunt for the Bloodline King. That's not to say he doesn't genuinely like milk, though, and it's established that he picked up a fondness for the drink while in Johto.
  • The Drunken Sailor: Ash and Co encounter one before meeting Ashley, another possible half-sibling, who explains he tried to recover from a political dinner that was full of concentrated hypocrisy.
  • Due to the Dead:
    • When he hears the reports of Iris's death, Charmander briefly stops his training. Considering just how badly he wants to regain his evolved forms, it's a big thing for him.
    • Twenty Gyarados Bill may be the reason why there is a limit on the number of active Pokemon a trainer can have on them at the same time, but the reason why the limit is specifically six Pokemon is to honor Elite Four member Denki Tekina and his six electric Pokemon who gave their lives to defeat Twenty Gyarados Bill.
  • Dying Town: Cynthia's childhood hometown is described as being such.
  • Dynamic Entry: At the climax of the Gringy City incident, Charizard breaks the door to the control room, letting himself and the other Pokémon in to rescue Ash.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Noland, Scott, and Tucker of the Battle Frontier all show up during Ash's first journey in Kanto, with the frontier itself still in its early stages with only 5 Brains (with Noland being the recently recruited 5th).
    • In the Cynthia oneshot, Wes and Sabrina cameo in a vision of a possible future. Wes later appeared in Chapter 23's stinger.
    • Canon Hoenn Grand Festival winner Robert cameos in a photo in the Gary oneshot.
  • Earthquakes Cause Fissures: In the Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden, Bill has "Sixteenth" use Earthquake in Olivine City, which opens up a crack in the ground that kills a Nurse Joy.
  • Eating the Eye Candy:
    • Paul ogles Morana's breasts for about 13 seconds. Erika stares for more than twice as long.
    • Lana seems to enjoy seeing shirtless boys.
  • Edible Bludgeon: In the Holiday Special, Mina has a dream about Santa Claus fighting MissingNo with a giant candy cane.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Duchess Leidenberg is described to be dressed as one.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • During the Bloodline War in the Bad Future, Ash apparently teamed up with Belladonna against the Bloodline King. Privately, Present!Ash wonders what circumstances would make such an alliance desirable for him.
    • In the Black Rose Tournament Interlude, Marilyn Flame proposes to Ninja Riot a truce should a battle break out, and he reluctantly agrees.
  • Entertainingly Wrong:
    • Misty assumes Ash to be a Fighting-type bloodliner after seeing him use Counter. This turns out to be wrong, but given the limited knowledge she had at the time, it was a logical conclusion to draw.
    • Ash assumes Team Rocket is still after Pikachu in this timeline, because he has no way of knowing about their real mission. They, of course, are only too happy to keep him in the dark.
    • After Squirtle has his memories restored, he assumes the Charmander travelling with Ash is Charizard's offspring. Of course, he had no way of guessing the truth.
    • When Iris sees Team Rocket stalking Ash, she thinks they're planning to eat him. Considering she grew up in the wild, it's understandable why she assumed that.
  • Equivalent Exchange: MissingNo cites this principle when talking about the death of Brock's parents, claiming that leaving him an orphan so that he could achieve his dreams was actually doing him a favor, calling it a "bargain". It also claims that Ash and the others have had to give up something important in this new timeline in exchange for having a chance to fulfill their dreams.
  • Escape Pod: When trying to escape Hunter J's airship, Ash and his Pokémon go looking for one they can use. They find an entire hanger full of such craft, but unfortunately, J is already there.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • On five separate occasions, Belladonna's mother was beaten by fellow inmates who found her treatment of her daughter abhorrent.
    • In the Black Rose Tournament Interlude, Ninja and Marilyn are fine with stealing jewels and art, but draw the line at the theft of trainer-owned Pokémon. They look down on those who do it, considering them "false thieves".
  • Evil Is Not Well-Lit: The Bloodline King's throne room is devoid of visible sunlight.
  • Evil Is Petty: A relatively mild example is Joshua in the Oak's Summer Camp Gaiden. He's not above cheating to get ahead, and gets so upset when Ash beats him in a baseball game, he actually tries to sabotage him in a Rhyhorn race, fully aware that he could have gotten himself or others seriously hurt.
  • Evil Lawyer Joke: Lawyers are considered one of the 5 mortal enemies of ninja, like Koga and Janine.
  • Evil Uncle: Felgrand and most of the other infamous Seven Brothers are strongly hinted to be this for Ash, Red, John Archer, and Belladonna.
  • Evil Versus Evil:
    • Team Rocket doesn't like other Pokémon thieves operating on their turf.
      • Hunter J is mentioned to be in competition with Team Rocket, and doesn't want to stay in their airspace any longer than she has to.
      • The TR Trio captures Felgrand after they find out he's been buying and selling Pokémon without authorization from their team's higher-ups.
    • Team Cipher tries to expand its operations into Alola, where they run afoul of Team Skull.
  • Executive Meddling: invoked Chapter 25 takes its time to be a Take That! to this, with the trope itself appearing as an Anthropomorphic Personification who tries (futilely) to sway the author. Though the author does note that sometimes Executive Meddling is a good thing. The Take That! is mainly aimed at meddling that makes a work worse off.
  • Exotic Extended Marriage: It's mentioned that polygamy was an accepted practice in ancient Alola.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: In the Black Rose Tournament Interlude, Duchess Leidenberg gets this reaction from the guests after she introduces herself, since they clearly didn't expect their host would be such a young woman.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Ice Heart Bloodliners suffer no ill effects from extreme cold, so they can potentially go around in the iciest of environments without warm clothing and not be harmed at all. Case in point, Krysta was able to visit Icefall Cavern in nothing but a sports bra, some hot pants, and a pair of running shoes. She was even able to handle Nevermelt Ice without any kind of protective equipment.
  • Expanded Universe: There are several tie-in one-shots that helps expand the world the story is set in, a world which has come to be known as the Reset-verse.
  • Explosive Breeder: Some Pokémon lines breed very quickly.
  • Expy:
    • Felgrand seems to be one to Giovanni, at least his first encounter in the games. Ash finds him under Celadon City, and his Pokemon team includes an Onix, a Rhyhorn and a Khangaskhan.
    • Canonical Kalos characters Remo and Mabel ended up filling the roles that Sawyer and Alain played in the canon Lumiose Conference against Casey Snagem.
    • The "Jigglypuff in a princess dress" who beat Casey Snagem in Hoenn is probably a stand-in for Tyson's Meowth, being a normal-type Kanto Pokémon in fancy clothing who defeated a Kanto trainer in the Hoenn league.
    • The "spontaneous Larvesta evolution" is a expy of Cameron and his "spontaneous Riolu evolution", and is implied to have beaten Liligant, who is a Snivy expy who was defeated by Riolu after evolving into Lucario.
    • Snagem's daughters are (at least visually) rather obviously based on Misty, May, Dawn, Iris and Serena.
    • Jamie Oliver in role and appearance brings to mind the Striation siblings.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Happens to Erika's Ivysaur in her Interlude. After AJ's Venonat hits him with Stun Spore, some of the powder gets in his eyes, causing severe irritation. This renders him unable to battle, so Erika is forced to recall him and get him medical attention.
    • A Rhydon gets a worse one in the Luana oneshot, when he gets a Bonemerang directly into the eye, ripping it out of the socket when he pulls the bone out.
  • Face Death with Dignity: In the Twenty Gyarados Bill oneshot the soldiers facing against Bill realize they're going to die, but decide to go down fighting.
  • Fanservice: Execu Tivem Edlin suggests the author in the April Fool's chapter to do this to attract readers, to which he promptly refuses because he's unwilling to go to the extremes Execu Tivem Edlin is advocating. There are still some mild examples, such as the swimsuit calendar Lorelei gives Erika to convince her to battle Ash, and a pool scene with Brock and Lucy in their gaiden.
  • Famed In-Story: As always, Champions are given high praise and booking. Eagun is also mentioned in a similar light.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Most of Ash's implied half-siblings have red eyes.
  • Famous Ancestor:
    • Word of God in chapter 24 says this world's King Kamehameha I is Acerola's ancestor.
    • The Fisher clan has one in their founder Utsubotto, who was a Victreebel bloodliner.
    • If Lady Ilene is to be believed, Sir Aaron could be one to Ash.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • Considerable animosity exists between ordinary humans and bloodliners, though it's not all that prominent in the story (yet). It goes both ways, with many Humans fearing Bloodliners for their abilities, and their inexplicably raising numbers in recent times; and some bloodliners viewing themselves as superior to both humans and Pokémon, which means they deserve to rule over both.
    • Draconids vs Sootopolitans is a more mundane counterpart.
  • Fantastic Science: Studying Pokémon is considered a legitimate and important field of research.
  • Feathered Fiend: The Spearow and Fearow flock on the road between Pallet Town and Viridian City is notorious for being easily angered. According to one Officer Jenny, they're among the last of the hyper-aggressive Pokémon of the pre-Oak Era.
  • Fiction 500: Don Ash from the Ketchumverse Omakes, leader of a reformed Team Rocket.
  • Final Solution: Some people have a downright genocidal hatred of Bloodliners.
  • Fire/Ice/Lightning: Brock owns a trio of Rhyhorn, known as the Rhyhorn Fang Brothers. They got that name due to being specifically bred with particular fang attacks in order to counter Pokémon Ground/Rock types would be weak against; more specifically, one knows Fire Fang, another knows Ice Fang, and the third knows Thunder Fang.
  • Fix Fic: It is inspired by Ashes of the Past after all.
  • Floral Theme Naming:
    • In addition to the canon examples of Pokémon professors generally being named after trees, Frax and Velvet Lono both have names related to ash trees. Frax is short for "Fraxinus", the scientific name for the ash genus, and Velvet refers to a variety of ash tree introduced to Hawaii. Of course, both these names also reference the strong hints that they're Ash Ketchum's half-siblings.
    • Also the Cerulean Sisters, who are named after flowers, except for Misty.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Apparently Pokemon do not like being named this way. According to Scott, trainers had died for naming aggressive or prideful species names like Fred.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Times two. In chapter 16, Oak hopes that Ash never captures a Grimer or a Muk, since they smell bad and can be very clingy. Not only does Ash (re)capture his Muk upon going to Gringy City, but he also accidentally captures thirty-two Grimer, all of them just as clingy and hug-happy as Muk.
    • Given that Bloodliners are all Big Eaters, Lara's and Hex's stomachs rumbling alongside Ash's, Misty's, Iris' and Anabel's was an early hint to their status as Bloodliners.
  • For Want of a Nail: There are many changes from the original timeline. The bigger and more notable changes include:
    • The biggest one is the appearance of Bloodliners, which many canon characters became.
    • There is a culture clash between Trainer regions and Ranger regions, resulting in wars between the two ways of life, where it seemed both sides were at peace with each other in the original timeline.
    • Since the S.S. Anne does not sink and safely arrives to its destination, Ash's travelling route changes, and so does the order he challenges the Gyms after Vermillion: instead of going to Saffron City, he goes first to Celadon City and is currently in Fuchsia City waiting for the next one. In the latter case, he will fight against Janine instead of Koga.
    • Ash makes a point of legitimately earning his Kanto Gym Badges, recalling how more or less half of them were more reward than actual victories in the original timeline. So far, he has done this with the Boulder, Cascade and Rainbow Badges.
    • Ash and Misty have caught several of their Pokémon at different locations and points in time (in Ash's case, even from regions outside Kanto), in addition to new ones they didn't have in the original timeline.
  • Foul Flower: Downplayed with Vileplume. While they generally aren't malevolent, they have a defense mechanism whereby they release toxic pollen that kills horribly. Woe betide the unaware hiker who unintentionally stumbles into one.
  • Four-Star Badass: General Javelin is shown to be a skilled Pokémon Trainer in the Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden.
  • Freaky Is Cool:
    • In the Jeanette Interlude, A.J. is actually excited to find out that Jeanette is a Bloodliner, because he's always wanted to meet one. It's also part of the reason he's attracted to her.
    • Joe in the Giselle Interlude is also interested in Bloodliners and their abilities, as he believes they could know firsthand what it feels to be like a Pokémon.
  • Free-Fall Romance: According to Iris, Dragonite do this for courting.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Melanie's facility is protected by Bulbasaur statues that can fire lasers from the tips of their bulbs.
  • Friendly Rivalry:
    • Ash and A.J. have one of these.
    • Also Kiawe with Frax and Velvet, especially the former.
    • Played for Drama in the Cipher Interlude, with two trainers named Shawn and Jeff, who promised to each other to have a battle on the Pledge Grove to see which of the two was the better trainer. Jeff ran into Shawn in that place, and chose that very moment to challenge him, unaware that Shawn was in the middle of operation as a Cipher Peon and ended up getting killed for being in the wrong place at the worst time.
  • From Bad to Worse:
    • Misty never had the best relationship with her family, but her discovery of being a bloodliner caused them to go from mostly neglectful to downright abusive. It gets to a point she admits to herself to not missing her parents when they die.
    • Snivy also has this opinion when she's Wonder Traded to the Samurai.
  • From Dress to Dressing: Chapter 2 sees Misty bandage Ash's chest injury with shreds from an old undershirt.
  • Frontline General: General Javelin fought alongside his men and Pokemon to face Twenty Gyarados Bill.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • In Chapter 18, while Iris discusses with Ash how to train Goomy for offensive moves and evolving, Charmeleon gets into a Metal Claw fight with Excadrill, breaking a bunch of trees in the process. Their trainers just ignore them.
    • During Cynthia's oneshot while she is seeing visions of the past and possible future, she sees her birth. Her father is eating a muffin the entire length of it.
    • At least twice in Chapter 24, Team Rocket was heard being sent blasting off.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Professor Oak invented a device for easier Pokémon rotation, which he named the Handheld Omnipowered Pokémon Expediter (H.O.P.E.) glove. Lampshaded when Gary asks him how long it took him to come up with the acronym.

     Tropes G-M 
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Doctor Boxer, considered to be one of the best inventors in the world, albeit rather kooky.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: As in canon, Dario causes Lara to break her arm in the Big P Pokémon Race Interlude. She's still better off than her friend Hex, who spends two days out cold after getting shot with a tranquilizer dart.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: Several changes throughout the games and anime (New moves, new types, the segregation of physical and special moves) are a result of Cyrus messing with reality.
  • Gamer Chick: The Holiday Special implies that Krista's girlfriend is one, considering she asked for a Tembo game for Christmas.
  • Gene Hunting: After her first encounter with Ash who she's convinced is her half brother, Belladonna starts looking for information about her father.
  • Generation Xerox: Defied by Koga, who wants to be a better father to his daughter than his own father was to him.
  • Generic Graffiti: Team Skull is notorious for "leaving their mark" on Alola. One member, known as Sketch, doesn't even need a can of spray paint to tag, since she's a Bloodliner who can generate paint with her fingers.
  • Genius Bruiser: Gonzap is a very strong and muscular man, but also smart enough to be the only member of Team Snagem to beat all their simulations until Wes arrives. He's further implied to be very good with technology.
  • Genki Girl: The Black Rose Tournament Interlude introduces Rhythm, a talkative, spunky ball of energy who gushes over getting to battle Ninja Riot, one of her idols. Not even losing her battle manages to slow her down.
  • Get Out: Poor Laila's father told her to do this after finding out she was a Bloodliner.
  • Ghost Butler: One haunts the Old Chateau. Unfortunately, he's not at all benevolent.
  • Ghostly Chill: The Old Chateau is implied to have one, since Gardenia is described as feeling a chill several times.
  • Ghost Town: Sabrina's old hometown, Turquoise Town, ends up becoming one. After she leaves, the townsfolk leave the place and the bad memories associated with it behind. Within a year, it's completely abandoned.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: Kingler, as in canon. Ash's Krabby really wants to become one again.
  • "Gift of the Magi" Plot: Defied by Guzma in the Holiday Special, who expressly forbids his subordinates from selling their possessions to buy gifts in order to avoid this kind of scenario.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Lots of male trainers lost to Erika because they were distracted by the affections between the girls in her gym.
  • Girls Behind Bars: Of the "nasty" variety rather than the "sexy" variety. Belladonna's mother is currently locked in a women's prison, and was beaten by her fellow inmates on at least five separate occasions because of what she did to her daughter.
  • The Glomp:
    • Like in canon, Ash's Muk really likes doing this to people. And so do the thirty-two Grimer Ash caught along with him.
    • Luana is apparently quite fond of doing this to her son Travis.
  • Glorified Sperm Donor: It's heavily implied that one of the Seven Brothers was this to Ash, Red, Yellow, John Archer, Belladonna, and numerous others, possibly in the hundreds.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Some Bloodliners get these while using their powers.
  • Gluttony Montage: In Chapter 9/Giselle Interlude, Ash and Misty manage to defeat the students of Pokémon Tech, and choose an all-you-can-eat buffet of the school's excellent food as their reward. Thanks to them having heightened metabolisms due to being Bloodliners, this trope quickly ensues.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Despite James being a member of Team Rocket who once tried to steal his Pokemon and is currently stalking him, he and Ash were able to have a proper and fair battle in the Battle Dome Tournament. James never even tries to cheat, and the two of them really do enjoy their fight. James isn't even particularly bothered about losing.
  • Golf Clubbing: Guzma's abusive father used to hit him with his golf clubs. It traumatized the future Team Skull leader so badly that he retains a severe dislike of the game well into adulthood.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Defied. One of the many reasons for Ash to never ask Delia about his father is that she may tell him something about his father that he was better off not knowing.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Played with. The only reason Misty's parents didn't abort her was because they feared the negative publicity that might have resulted from it.
  • The Good King: The Ancient King Kahele was one by all accounts.
  • Good Parents:
    • For the main characters, Delia, Grace and Meyer definitely qualify, as they're shown to be very loving to their respective children.
    • Flint and Lola were this to Brock and his siblings, at least until their untimely deaths.
    • Koga to Janine, in contrast to how his own father was implied to be.
    • Kyle Narec to Evanna, raising her well and not turning against her when he learned she is a Bloodliner unlike Tokiomi to Aurora. Belladonna even calls him the one good parent she and her girlfriends had and said if she had to have a last name, it'd be Narec.
    • Anna to Arnold, and also to Laila when she takes her in after learning her own parents kicked her out.
    • Cynthia's parents, though they haven't appeared in her one-shot except in a brief Flashback, did their best to put food on the table so Cynthia could eat regularly. Apparently, that's leagues better than many of the other parents in Cynthia's hometown, with the point further driven home when Cynthia encountered one gang of older kids that didn't manage to eat in several days.
    • Jeanette's parents, Kaoruko and Kazuto, not only did not reject their daughter for being a bloodliner, they celebrated it.
    • Miles Jr. and Huuro are very good parents to their daughter Skyla, given how patient and supportive they are towards her.
    • Luana makes it clear that she ADORES her son Travis.
    • While Sabrina's father tells her that her powers endow her with certain responsibilities, he doesn't like people taking advantage of her.
    • Implied with Lara's and Hex's respective parents, since they already know they're bloodliners and didn't reject them.
    • Fitzdane's mother didn't reject him for being a bloodliner. Unfortunately, the townsfolk had other ideas.
    • From what is seen in his interlude, Sho has a fairly good relationship with his parents.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: If Chapter 25 is any indication, Norman and Caroline have a very fulfilling sex life.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Tokiomi Borealis is implied to be/have been a heavy smoker. He straddles the line between "good" and "evil" smoking, because while he did a lot of good things, he was also a deeply flawed man.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: The Guzma Interlude has the Bad (Team Skull) vs the Evil (Team Cipher). The Good (the Kahunas) are present but did not participate in the initial clash.
  • Goofy Suit: In The Stinger of the Hala and Hau Interlude, Frax and Velvet have to dress up as Bug-type Pokémon (the former as a Ledian, the latter as an Ariados) as part of their volunteering to work the registers at the Aether Bug Catching Contest.
  • Go to Your Room!: After arguing with his daughter about her essay on Twenty Gyarados Bill, Sabrina's father sends her to her room.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Some trainers have this as their specific goal to become Pokémon Masters, most of the time focusing on a specific type.
  • Gotta Kill Them All: After finding out that one of his brothers broke the "have no children" pact and left lots of kids all over the world, Capriccio starts making plans to kill every last one of his nieces and nephews.
  • Government Conspiracy: Belmondo reveals to Clemont that he's working for a faction within the T.A.T.O. government whose supporters are very paranoid about a possible attack from the Ranger Union nations, and they're kidnapping him so he can help them in developing weaponry to deploy against the Rangers.
  • Graceful Loser: Most Gym Leaders. Notably, Lt. Surge outright states he'd be happy to have Ash watching his back in a real war.
  • Great Big Library of Everything:
    • The Rotan Royal Library has over 700 million books, and some of the most comprehensive information on bloodliners in the world.
    • Alola apparently had one of these during the era of King Kahele.
  • Great Offscreen War:
    • The Trainer-Ranger wars, conflicts between the regions of the Main series and the Ranger spinoffs. It is suggested there are still serious tensions between the two, and the exact outcome of these wars hasn't been stated yet.
    • Ninja wars were also mentioned in the Koga and Janine short. The Sanpei oneshot adds another reference.
    • In John Archer's Gardevoir's Flashbacks, it's revealed that there were some pretty bloody conflicts between Hoenn and the Draconids.
    • According to the characters in the Bad Future, there was a Bloodline War that even involved Legendaries, Ultra Beasts and Shadow Pokémon.
  • Green Around the Gills: Luana goes green and nearly vomits after One Eye eats his own damaged eye.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: During the battle within the Gringy City Power Plant, while fighting a swarm of Weedle, Charmeleon uses an Ekans as a whip (whacking it in the head whenever it tries to bite him) and when he gets tired, he decides to "use Fling" with it.
  • Groin Attack:
    • Georgia manages to defend herself from The Reaper this way.
    • Laila does this to Butch's Drowzee, causing it to lose its telekinetic grip on Arnold.
  • Growling Gut: When Ash and Misty get hungry, their stomachs start rumbling like thunderheads. This is presumably true for other Bloodliners as well, considering that very active metabolisms appear to be a universal trait among them.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Kaiser, like in canon. Of course, since he's no longer bound by the standards of a family-friendly franchise, he can express his displeasure by swearing this time around.
  • Guardian Entity: Gardevoir and Gallade, as in canon. The different approaches they take are a major plot point in the Wally Interlude.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: During their infiltration of the Gringy City power plant, Ash and company manage to sneak past some mind-controlled Koffing on the back of Misty's Gyarados. Justified, because Koffing have terrible hearing and being mind-controlled is implied to impair a Pokémon's mental abilities.
  • Gun Nut: Lilo explicitly describes Kaiser in such terms.
  • Guns Are Worthless: Belladonna certainly thinks so, believing them nothing more than items the powerless use to help them feel powerful. Since she can block bullets using Sludge Wave, it's not an entirely unjustified opinion.
  • Gut Punch: While things are Darker and Edgier to begin with in the new timeline, including elements such as more aggressive wild Pokémon and battle injuries having the potential for more serious consequences, there wasn't really any sign that things were necessarily worse. Then Ash found the graves of Brock's parents in Chapter 5, showing that, yes, some things were irretrievably lost in the transition. While the story still isn't hopeless, Ash's discovery established once and for all that despite Arceus's efforts to save the universe, there are things, even people, that are never coming back. From that point on, there are undertones of melancholy in the story, since Ash is well aware that some aspects of the original timeline are gone forever.
  • Had To Be Sharp: Dexter mentions that Beedril did, due to concentrated efforts by humans to wipe them out.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: There's a large Spearow and Fearow flock on Route 1 whose members are some of the last of the "hyper-aggressive Pokémon of old", and being seriously inbred hasn't helped calm them down. As a result, just about anything can send them into a killing frenzy.
  • A Handful for an Eye: As shown in the Erika Interlude, this can happen with powder moves. If the powder gets in a Pokémon's eyes, they can get severely irritated. This even affects Grass-types, who are normally otherwise immune to such attacks. True, the debris may not be physically thrown, but the same basic principle applies.
  • Happily Married: Norman and Caroline, definitely.
  • Happy Birthday to You!: Sung to Ash in "Happy Birthday, Ash!"
  • Harmful to Minors: When she was just twelve years old, poor Georgia had to see her parents' charred corpses after they were murdered by the Reaper. Even worse, he then decided to kill her too.
  • Hate Sink: Several characters:
    • Joshua from the Summer Camp Oneshot. A cheater and unrepentant Jerkass, who is clearly not meant to be liked at all.
    • Ash's father. Despite not making (yet) an appearance in the story, or not even knowing his identity for that matter , it's clear he's somebody also never meant to be liked. Gary has well prepared "The Reason You Suck" Speech in case he ever meets him and Delia outright refuses to call him "Ash's Father" (referring him as merely "that man"). The fact that he's confirmed to be a criminal who also sired literally hundreds of bastard children whom he obviously never cared to support in any way only adds to this. And all this without factoring in the hints that he may have used his Bloodline powers to mind control women into sleeping with him, which (if true) would probably make him a sex offender on top of everything else. This was foreshadowed early on by MissingNo, who outright told Ash that he wouldn't have a good relationship with his father, hinting that he wasn't a very likeable man.
    • Dario. Not so much in the main story where he falls under Offscreen Villainy, but definitely qualifies in the Big P Pokemon Race oneshot, where besides being an unrepetant cheater, he's not above causing serious injuries to other people just to get potential competition out of the way. To top it all off, he has the gall to accuse Ash of cheating when he was far worse by any objective measure. The author had this trope in mind when writing the oneshot, so when his inevitable death at Sabrina's hands came it felt more like Kick the Son of a Bitch and less of an Alas, Poor Villain.
  • Haunted House: The Old Chateau is featured in the Gardenia Interlude.
  • Have We Met?: Due to getting a feeling of familiarity after touching Ash, Misty asks him this when he wakes up in the Pokémon Center. Of course, he can't tell her the truth without sounding either dishonest or insane, but Team Rocket's attack thankfully cuts their conversation short.
  • Head Pet:
    • Inverted with Twenty Gyarados Bill, who was known for riding on First's head.
    • Played straight with Betty Snyder's Joltik.
  • Healing Factor: Pokémon heal a good deal more quickly than humans. It's implied that bloodliners are also fast healers.
  • Heroic Dog: Anna and Arnold own an Arcanine and a Growlithe, respectively. Both are loyal to their respective humans and fiercely protective of their owners/trainers and others.
  • Heroic Lineage:
    • Many of the Froakie in Sanpei's village are descended from the Hero Greninja.
    • If Lady Ilene is to be believed, Ash himself might be a descendant of Sir Aaron.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Elite Four Member Denki Tekina manages to fatally wound Twenty Gyarados Bill at the cost of his own life, ending his final rampage. Due to the fact that he only used six Pokémon during his entire career, the T.A.T.O. representatives set the six-Pokémon limit for all trainers, and named it the "Denki Tekina Protocol" in his memory.
  • He's Back: In the Brock & Lucy Gaiden, after finishing his training with Lucy, Brock tells a challenger who expected an easy victory and ended up curb-stomped to tell everyone else out there that if they want a Boulder Badge, they'll have to work for it. Sure enough, in less than a month his winning rate has improved up to 93%.
  • "Hey, You!" Haymaker: Blaine gives one to a Rocket Grunt in his interlude.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Several. As of yet, there's no clear indication as to what Giovanni, the Bloodline King, or MissingNo are up to or why they are interested in Ash. Though it appears that the Bloodline King is interested in Ash because he's a Dual Bloodliner while Giovanni is interested in Ash because he think Ash is crucial for dealing with the Bloodline King.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: The third rule of the Ninja covers this: stating that a Ninja can be stealthy when you are better served to not be stealthy.
  • High Voltage Death:
    • How several of Bill's Gyarados meet their end in the Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden.
    • An unfortunate lifeguard suffers one in the Luana Gaiden when he gets fatally electrocuted by a vengeful Electabuzz. Said Electabuzz goes on to kill several more humans in the same way.
    • William Stronger attempts this on Fitzdane with his Manectric's Thunder attack. Subverted because Fitz survives it and this triggers his Torrent ability, though Ultima does note that a normal human being would have most likely been killed.
  • Hit So Hard the Calendar Felt It: Professor Oak's research in making wild Pokémon less aggressive was very important to society. In fact, it was so important that when he succeeded in his endeavor, it was dubbed the start of the Oak Era.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Happens to Damian in the Misty Gaiden. When he starts to lose to Misty, he gets angry and tries to send another Pokémon to restrict her Wingull. He chose a Tentacruel, accidentally helping Misty realize she could Mind Control Water-types, which she quickly takes advantage of to give him a lesson.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: A number of Pokémon adaptations of aphorisms are mentioned, such as "the Torkoal beats the Bunnelby", "he's acting like somebody kicked his Growlithe", and, of course, "hold your Ponytas".
  • Hollywood Satanism: Referenced when Pikachu mentions being afraid of running into a cult of MissingNo worshippers.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: Joseph Stone, who legitimately wants to help the less fortunate, and approached Lysandre with an offer for the two of them to establish a foundation for that purpose during a holiday charity event.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Forge Smith asks Ash for his phone number, since he doesn't have the first clue about the Internet.
  • Hope Spot:
    • After having his operation taken down by Ash, Felgrand thinks he at least has a chance to start again. But then he runs into Jessie, James, and Meowth, who capture him for operating in Team Rocket territory without permission.
    • Poor, poor Butterfree. He finds the spot where his species finds mates, and even manages to find his mate from the previous timeline. Thing is, she doesn't remember him, and is with another Butterfree in a perfectly happy relationship. In the end, he makes the choice to let her go, one of the most difficult decisions in either one of his lifetimes.
    • In the Whitney One-Shot, one of her challengers managed to defeat her Miltank, and cheers in joy thinking that the worst is over, feeling he can defeat Whitney's remaining Pokemon, regardless of what they are. Whitney then sent in another Miltank. The challenger broke down in tears.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Apparently, a lot of Erika's challengers were this, much to her chagrin.
  • Horse of a Different Color: It's pretty common for people to use Pokémon as steeds. This is specially prevalent in Alola, with Ride Pokémon being used frequently for transportation.
    • For literal examples, in Kanto there's the Ponyta/Rapidash line, and in Alola the Mudbray/Mudsdale line.
  • Hospitality for Heroes: Forge Smith gives Ash a holder to repay him for saving him from a robbery.
  • Hostile Weather: When she was very young, Evanna's birth parents were killed in Typhoon Urobuchi.
  • House Fey: Mimey, a part Fairy-type who does housework for Delia and also helps out in her restaurant, Pallet House.
  • House Fire: Alish's parents died in one.
  • Human Mom, Non-Human Dad:
    • It's heavily implied that Ash, Red, Yellow, John Archer, Belladonna, and a lot of other Bloodliners are the result of this kind of relationship, having human mothers and the same Bloodliner father.
    • The Jeanette Interlude reveals that the Fisher Clan's founder was a Victreebel Bloodliner, who apparently married a human woman.
  • Humans Are Flawed: A major theme of the story is that humanity is capable of both great good and great evil. It's noted by multiple characters that the human race as a whole is making a sincere effort to improve, even if there are some who are willing to cause great harm.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: There are a number of Pokémon who hold this view. As Iris's grandfather points out, many of them think of humans as being "violent, unruly and destructive".
  • Humble Pie: The Golden Generation are served big slices of it after getting easily defeated by Ash and Misty.
  • I Can't Do This by Myself: Indirectly stated by Ash to his team, when he says they all have to get stronger to protect the family and friends they still have.
  • Identical Grandson:
    • While it is currently unknown if the entire thing is true or not, Belladonna is noted to resemble Felgrand's mother immensely. Given that it is hinted she is his niece, this trope would be in effect, and to a lesser extent having Ash, Red, and John Archer resemble their grandmother, though not enough that Felgrand was able to pick up on it.
    • Jeanette Fisher looks like a younger version of her mother Kaoruko.
  • I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham: When Grace drops Serena off at Oak's summer camp while she takes part in the Kanto Rhyhorn Race Cup, the girl is sure that she'll hate it there. While she does have a rough start, she eventually grows to like it, partly due to the influence of Ash.
  • I Feel Guilty; You Take It: Tristan comes to give Joey the Pokémon egg from the Cherrygrove tournament because he feels he didn't earn it fair, when Joey burst into tears for everyone still making fun of him. Joey turns it down, because he never entered the tournament for the egg anyway.
  • I Have a Family: A guard in the Gringy City power plant says this while begging Belladonna to spare his life. Because of the memories this brings up for her, she lets him live.
  • I Have No Son:
    • Belladonna's mother kicked her out when she turned out to be a lesbian.
    • Aurora's father disowned her after discovering she was a bloodliner.
    • Laila's parents also chased her out of their home when they learned she was a bloodliner.
  • Imagine Spot: In Chapter 21, Ash has one about the demands other gym leaders might make of him before they let him battle them.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Dario isn't a very good shot with a sniper rifle, especially not when he's panicking. Justified, because he's implied to have only recently gotten his, and so probably didn't have much (if any) time to practice with it.
  • Implausible Deniability: Joshua in the Summer Camp oneshot tries to convince Professor Oak that he wasn't cheating... despite his cell phone's web browser showing that he was clearly looking up the answers online.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: In Chapter 21, Ash has an Imagine Spot of Elesa making him fill in for one of her models... which involves wearing an ensemble that, according to the narration, would make both May and Dawn froth with rage.
  • Improvised Lightning Rod: Ash developed a method of dispersing Electric attacks by striking the ground with a physical Steel-type attack. He demonstrates this during his battle against Lt. Surge, by having his Charmander hit the ground with Metal Claw, so it doesn't get hurt by a Shock Wave fired by his opponent's Joltik. Later on, Misty borrows this technique by teaching her Gyarados Iron Tail so that it can be less vulnerable when fighting Electric-types.
  • Improvised Parachute: After being knocked off the Vermillion City gym's ceiling by Ash's Charmander, Lt. Surge's Joltik uses Spider Web to make itself a parachute so that it can fall more safely.
  • Incest Is Relative: The Spearow and Fearow flock on the road between Pallet Town and Viridian City have apparently been inbreeding for generations. This is why they're still extremely aggressive, even after Professor Oak's efforts to make wild Pokémon less bloodthirsty and territorial.
  • Industrial Ghetto: In a change of pace Gringy City isn't this anymore.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: The Nurse Joys, Officer Jennys and Don Georges are this as per canon, with Don Georges now appearing outside Unova as well. Bloodliners like Misty can also count on them to not be discriminatory against Bloodliners just because they're Bloodliners.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Used as a Running Gag, especially among villains.
    • Professor Oak says he doesn't have the time or the alcohol to recount the story of how he found out Ash was a bloodliner.
    • Scouse had to fill in as a waiter at a political dinner, and got himself very drunk to cope with the "exposure to so much concentrated hypocrisy", as one of his coworkers puts it.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: When Hala asks Hau if he thinks trials are obsolete, Hau says no, despite how appealing a Pokémon League might seem. Then Hala points out he never said anything about a League.
  • Info Dump: Hala has a lengthy reflection on the ancient history of Alola.
  • In Its Hour of Need: The Hero Greninja and his followers promised to return to the Ninja Village if it was ever in trouble again.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Even considering all the changes between timelines, as well as Ash and his Pokémon having awareness of what happened the first time around, some events happen more or less as they did in canon. Examples include:
    • Despite arriving in time to Oak's lab, Ash finds out that the three starter Pokémon have already been claimed.
    • Ash and Pikachu are still attacked by a Spearow flock on the road to Viridian City, this time even without provocation.
    • Misty has the same Pysduck she involuntarily caught in the anime. Only this time she appears to actually have caught it on her own volition, plus she already had it by the time she met Ash.
    • Despite her completely different upbringing, Iris has the exact same Axew, Excadrill, and Emolga she had in the anime, in addition to having been raised alongside her Dragonite.
    • Ash once again finds himself banned from entering Erika's gym, albeit this time for a reason out of his control.
    • Lara still gets her arm broken, forcing her out of the Big P Pokémon Race. Fortunately, like in canon, Ash is able to fill in for her.
  • Instant Expert:
    • On the whole, either averted or played with in the story. Bloodliners avert this by needing time to develop their abilities regardless of what type of bloodline they have, while Ash's skills as a Trainers look like this to an outsider but they don't know he has skills from the original timeline.
    • Zigzagged with the use of Mega Evolution. Inexperienced trainers and Pokémon can have problems to control the power, causing the Pokémon to go berserk, but it's possible to get through if they share a strong bond of trust and friendship. On the other hand, more experienced trainers are capable of pulling off a perfect Mega Evolution on the first try.
  • Instant Messenger Pigeon:
    • Falkner's family used to train the Flying-types they bred as messengers and couriers, until technological advances made them obsolete.
    • Pallet Town's post office still employs Pidgey for "snail mail", as shown in the Oak's Summer Camp Gaiden.
  • Instant Sedation: Hex passes out almost immediately after Dario accidentally shoots her with one of his tranquilizer darts. Justified, because said tranquilizer was designed for use on "livestock" Pokémon like Ponyta. The story also makes it clear that such a powerful tranquilizer could kill her if she doesn't get prompt medical attention.
  • Insult of Endearment: Snivy fondly refers to Ash as "[my] idiot" in Chapter 16.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: A Ketchumverse omake has the Ash from Reset briefly enter the world of a oneshot by the author known as Too Many Ashes.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Iris was adopted by a family of Dragon-type Pokémon as an infant after her biological parents left her to die in the forest. Her upbringing left a big impact on her self-image. While she is aware of the fact that she's human, she prefers to think of herself as a Pokémon, and considers her Axew to be her little brother.
  • Intimidating Revenue Service: In the Ketchumverse series of omakes, taxes are one of the few things Don Ash is afraid of.
  • In Vino Veritas: Aurora ended up revealing the truth about her past to Belladonna after the shy girl accidentally got drunk while they were burglarizing a cabin.
  • Ironic Echo: "Those who underestimate the power of the bird Pokemon are in for a rude awakening." The first time it was said, Falkner was thinking about how challengers underestimate his and his dad's Flying-types. The next time it was said, Falkner was thinking about how he himself underestimated a Flying-type legendary.
  • Irony: King Kahele and his family were overthrown in a plot orchestrated by one of the people who benefited immensely from his merit-based system.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Snivy let the Samurai believe for a moment that she was going to stay put and let him catch her again, and then she delivered a Leaf Blade and left a nasty cut in his arm before escaping.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Misty's sisters sometimes think of her as an "it," showing how little they think of her.
  • It's Always Sunny at Funerals: Justified. Johanna muses that her parents are being buried on an unusually dry day. As it turns out, the funeral service included Pokémon that could use Sunny Day (which she didn't know about at the time, otherwise she would've refused to save money).
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Ash's Butterfree briefly considers killing his mate's new beau and saying a Fearow did it, but he can't bring himself to do it, partly because she's so obviously happy with him. So in the end, he decides not to try and interfere with their relationship.
  • Jack the Ripoff: Defied. The authorities refuse to describe or show a picture of the marks the Reaper leaves on his victims' corpses because they don't want to deal with copycat killers.
  • Jerkass: In the Crimson City park, Ash captures a Shuckle that manages to make Pikachu very angry without saying much at all. What exactly it says is unknown, but it's clearly a very obnoxious Pokémon.
  • Jet Pack: There's an entire school of ninjitsu based around the use of them. Koga doesn't like it.
  • Jumping Fish:
    • In the Crimson City park, Ash finds a babbling brook, and sees a Magikarp leaping out of the water.
    • In her gaiden, Cynthia sees several Magikarp jumping out of the water. This helps her in solving the riddle to get into the ruins she's exploring.
  • Kaiju: Numerous kinds of Pokémon qualify, but Gyarados stand out in this story as the archetypical "city destroyer" variety. Dexter mentions that Gyarados have destroyed entire civilizations in only a single day. We get to see them in action in the Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden, where they obliterate multiple cities in Johto.
  • Keep the Reward: Even after winning the Big P Pokémon Race, Ash turns down becoming an honorary member of the Laramie Clan, saying that he never entered to win any prize.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: A Rocket Grunt named Al decides to keep abusing Alish's Flareon despite having already beaten it. This makes its trainer angry enough to use Overheat on him.
  • Killed Off for Real: In addition to the examples under Killed Offscreen, Dario was killed by Sabrina in Chapter 26.
  • Killed Offscreen:
    • The audience doesn't see Tokiomi's death, only hearing Belladonna report that he died.
    • Averted with a challenger who tries to escape Sabrina, who strangles him to death right in front of Dan.
    • Borderline example with Jeff, as the scene of his death is cut short and we don't get to see how he was killed.
  • Kill 'em All:
  • Killer Rabbit: It's repeatedly demonstrated that even small and/or cute Pokémon should be taken seriously.
  • Kill It with Fire: Rather than simply killing them with Hyper Beam, Twenty Gyarados Bill decides to give his crewmates and boss an especially cruel death by setting their boat on fire using Second, Eight, and Fifteenth's Flamethrower attacks.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: Skyla's mother Huuro is mentioned to be wearing one on their flight to see Miles Sr. From what we see of her personality, she's patient and subdued, so she seems to fit the personality of the trope.
  • Kissing the Ground: Pikachu does this when he, Ash, Pidgeotto and Butterfree land safely after escaping Hunter J's ship.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Giving up for the wellbeing of one's Pokémon is considered a sign of a good trainer. This is established early on, when one of Ash's opponents in a Battle Club is chewed out for wanting to make his Rattata continue battling despite it sustaining a concussion.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Pikachu and Yellow have one of these after Scott calls Ash's Snivy "a little green".
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The Sensational Sisters kicked Misty out of their home through Loophole Abuse to avoid getting into legal trouble. In doing so, they were left without a competent battler to keep their Gym afloat for their shows, and it eventually caught up with them when they tried to pull a similar stunt on Ash when he came to challenge them, ultimately losing the Gym and getting themselves arrested.
  • Laughing at Your Own Jokes: Iris's grandfather apparently used to do this at times, in an effort to get others to laugh with him so that emotional moments and conversations could be diffused somewhat with humor.
  • Lava Adds Awesome: An opinion held by Blaine, which is why he used to keep his gym hidden inside an active Volcano. The Pokémon League was less concerned with the coolness factor, however, and forced him to relocate.
  • Lava Pit: Blaine's gym used to be inside Cinnabar Island's volcano. He got a lot of complaints due to the risk of falling into a pool of molten rock, and was eventually forced to move.
  • Layman's Terms: In the Big P Pokémon Race Interlude, Dexter finds itself forced to use these while explaining how the move Foresight works to Ash.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • During its first encounter with Ash, MissingNo notes that in the previous timeline, Ash and his friends lived in a near-eternal state of happiness and joy, "like they were in a children's cartoon".
    • Anabel later thinks to herself that Ash radiates a cheerfulness and determination that she finds charming, "like someone out of those long running animated shows".
  • Leave Her to Me: Misty almost steps up to challenge Giselle, but Ash stops her to do it himself. It's implied the reason for this is mix of his recent dream of MissingNo and recalling how Giselle defeated her in the original timeline.
  • Leave No Witnesses: Cipher encourages this on their Peons during their operations. A trainer named Jeff had the misfortune of meeting with his old friend Shawn, who had been forced to work as a Cipher Peon to survive in Orre, and when the others and his commanding officer showed up. Shawn had to choose between trying to save his friend or himself, and ultimately chose himself.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: In the Blaine Interlude, Alish's Flareon goes against its trainer's orders and jumps out of its hiding place to attack a Team Rocket Grunt, despite being underleveled.
  • Lemon: Execu Tivem Edlin says he wants the author to write one during the April Fools chapter, but for multiple reasons, he refuses. The closest he gets is writing a mostly-censored sex scene between Norman and Caroline. The author himself did note he would not be against Lemons in the Resetverse, just that he won't be writing them.
  • Lemony Narrator: The narration certainly has its moments.
  • Lensman Arms Race: The Clemont Gaiden establishes that the respective nations of T.A.T.O. and the Fall City Pact are in a race to develop better weaponry. In fact, Belmondo went to Meyer's house in an attempt to recruit Clemont for a think tank based out of Lumiose University.
  • A Lesson Learned Too Well: Sabrina's father teaches her that nobody can improve unless they push themselves. Not a bad lesson, and she takes it to heart. Unfortunately, after an argument with her dad, she decides to make the people of Turquoise Town improve themselves by giving them motivation. Her chosen motivation? Fear. So she starts terrorizing the townsfolk, hoping that somebody would be motivated to stand up to her.
  • Let Me at Him!:
    • In the Oak's Summer Camp Gaiden, Elwood has to restrain Aideen from attacking Gary and Joshua after their Munchlax eats more than half of the berries the twins were supposed to gather for a camp activity.
    • Someone in the crowd of the Big P Pokémon Race whose brother ended up in the hospital yells the trope verbatim when Dario's cheating gets exposed.
  • Let Me Get This Straight: Ash says this during his conversation with Belladonna in the Gringy City power plant, shortly before summing up the situation and Belladonna's plan. He does this partly as a lead-in to his attempts to convince her not to go through with it, and partly to stall for time.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: The first rule of Pokémon battling is that trainers should fight one another fairly.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: Gardenia attempts to defy this during her interlude by making sure not to let Sho out of her sight, knowing from watching horror movies that separating is not a good idea. Unfortunately, the ghosts have other ideas.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: In the Guzma Interlude, Team Skull has a definite moral edge over Cipher.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Red and Yellow have this kind of relationship which is very fitting, since they might actually be half-siblings.
  • Limit Break: Z-Moves of course. The Kiawe Interlude actually explains that the reason why they can only be used once per battle it's because they can potentially kill the trainer if used even within hours. Although it seems that bloodliners are capable of using them within the span of minutes with different Pokémon, as shown by Frax in his battle against Kiawe.
  • Limited Move Arsenal: Like in canon, Pokémon are generally limited to only being capable of using four moves at a time. However, sufficiently experienced, skilled, or powerful individuals can learn more.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: A lot of the women in Erika's gym seem to be this, if Paul's description of them during his Inner Monologue in Chapter 18 is any indication.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: One thing this story is known for is its large and diverse cast (including canon and original characters). Just take a look at the character page.
  • Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: Double subverted. When Belmondo kidnaps Clemont, he makes the mistake of leaving a robot to guard the boy. So when he manages to get his Shinx (which Belmondo didn't know he had) out of its Pokeball, he manages to release it and have it fry the robot. But before he can reprogram it, its backup power supply activates, and it starts attacking. Clemont still manages to use it to escape, by tricking it into breaking the van's rear doors open.
  • Longing Look: Misty is prone to giving these to Ash. It's hinted that Psyduck may have figured out she had a crush on him by noticing them.
  • Long-Lost Relative: The fic is possibly building up a lot of these for Ash.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • In the Johanna tie-in story, her parents' medical insurance is canceled because her father used to be a smoker and her mother had asthma as a child.
    • The Sensational Sisters, despite not being otherwise being very bright, were quite good at this with things that annoyed them, as shown when they kicked Misty out of their home by giving her a special permit so she could have an early start as a trainer and avoiding getting into legal troubles. Of course, when they tried to pull a similar stunt on Ash, it backfired horribly on them.
  • The Lost Woods: Viridian Forest is a more dangerous example than the one in canon.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: The ghosts of the Old Chateau trap Cheryl in a dream-like state while they feed on her life force. When she wakes up later, she reveals to Gardenia and Sho that she dreamed that she was running across a flower field.
  • Lovely Angels: Iris and Misty seem to be developing something of this dynamic, since they're often teamed up in double battles.
  • Lover Tug-of-War: Ash finds himself in the middle of one during his 15th birthday party, with two girls who want to dance with him.
  • Love Triangle: Misty and Iris both have feelings for Ash, and it's implied that he's developing similar feelings towards them. Although with Anabel joining them, it won't stay a triangle much longer.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Chapter 23 has Belladonna call Ash her brother. While Ash himself, though he admits there are similarities, does not fully believe this, Felgrand and Giovanni have a similar viewpoint hinting this to be true.
  • Machine Monotone: It's implied from Dexter's comments that Paul's PokéDex used to talk like this before it got its Valley Girl personality setting.
  • Mad Doctor: The Black Rose Tournament Interlude introduces Doctor Killgood, who clearly has some screws loose and may or may not be a murderer.
  • Made a Slave: The fate of multiple people abducted by the Bloodline King.
  • Made of Iron:
    • Pokémon are mentioned to be tougher than animals or humans, though not quite to the degree they were in the anime.
    • It's implied that bloodliners are more durable than normal humans.
  • Made of Indestructium: Both the Pokedexes and the H.O.P.E. gloves can withstand being stepped on by a Snorlax.
  • Mad Scientist: Downplayed with Dr. Boxer, an eccentric inventor who has an unfortunate tendency to accidentally hurt people.
  • The Magic Comes Back: Downplayed. Turns out the Fisher Clan was founded by a Victreebel Bloodliner, but none of his descendants were Bloodliners themselves. That is, until Jeanette Fisher was born. There's a reason her parents were absolutely ecstatic when she revealed her powers to them.
  • Magikarp Power: Horrifically deconstructed in the Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden, showing what happens when the wrong person gets a hold of such power and bides their time.
  • Magnetism Manipulation: Like in canon, some Electric-types can use moves that allow them to do this. A vengeful wild Electabuzz uses Magnet Rise while fighting Luana's Marowak in her one-shot.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: Jeanette Fisher's father changed his last name to "Fisher" when he married her mother.
  • Majorly Awesome: A variant. Lt. Surge calls his highest-level Raichu "Sergeant Major".
  • Make an Example of Them: In the Arnold Interlude, Butch and Cassidy try to do this to Arnold after he refuses to hand over his Pokémon. But Laila manages to save him, and their resistance inspires the people of Hop-Hop-Hop Town to fight back.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Ever the pragmatist, Giovanni prefers not to have people whacked unless he can do this.
  • Making a Splash: Water Heart Bloodliners can learn any Water-type move.
  • Malevolent Architecture: Cynthia has to deal with this a lot during her explorations. Thankfully, she's well-equipped to handle it.
  • Malfunction Malady: The Jeanette Interlude heavily implies that an ill Bloodliner can suffer from Power Incontinence, since Jeanette accidentally used Sweet Scent when she sneezed.
  • Mama Bear:
    • At one point, Team Rocket runs afoul of a mother Rhydon.
    • For a more literal example, Ursaring mothers are mentioned to be very protective of their kin as well.
  • Man Bites Man: Some Bloodliners know biting moves. For example, Belladonna can use Poison Fang.
  • Man on Fire: The Burn status effect is depicted as causing this. Fortunately, since Pokémon are Made of Iron and have a Healing Factor, damage is rarely critical or permanent.
  • Mark of the Beast: William Stronger refers to the dark, Z-shaped marks some bloodliners have on their cheeks as the "marks of the beast", because he thinks those who have them will be the leaders in the Bloodliner War, and thus the greatest threat. Therefore, he sees killing them as his top priority.
  • Marry Them All: Iris suggests this as the solution to the love triangle between herself, Misty, and Ash. Word of God confirms that such a relationship will happen eventually, and not just with them.
  • Mass Hypnosis: Heart bloodliners are able to enthrall huge numbers of Pokémon.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings:
    • The Seven Brothers, of course. It's right there in the name.
    • Ash is hinted to have a growing number half siblings across almost all regions; the ones revealed so far being: Red, Yellow, John Archer, Belladonna, Arnold, Vermell, Hareta, Frax, Velvet, Ashley, Satoshi, Cleff, Travis, Betty Snyder, Fitzdane, and Iolani, let alone the kid who got thrown off that bridge who may or may not the same. The Hau and Hala oneshot suggests that there are enough of them popping up that its an observable phenomenon. Sabrina even implies that there's several hundred of them, suggesting the number is somewhere between 4 and 6 hundred.
    • And it's strongly implied, but yet to be fully confirmed, that the latter examples were all sired by one of the former examples.
    • Like in the anime, Brock has plenty of brothers and sisters.
    • Some Pokémon breed like rabbits, leading to this trope. For example, Misty's Poliwrath sired over a thousand offspring by the time he was captured.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Serious example in the Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden. A large crowd in the Cianwood City harbor is horrified when First rises out of the water, because they realize what happened to Bill's crewmates, and that they're next. Then another Gyarados rises out of the water and kills twenty-four humans with one bite, terrifying the unfortunate townspeople even more. As more and more Gyarados, all of them obviously belonging to Bill, reveal themselves to the increasingly scared populace while Bill continues to rant, many of them start running in panic... not that it does them much good, since the entire harbor is quickly destroyed by a barrage of Hyper Beam attacks.
  • Matricide: Felgrand tells Giovanni that he and five of his brothers killed their own mother.
  • Meaningful Echo: "In the event of a draw, the gym leader gets to decide whether or not the challenger gets the badge." This line is said twice in the Skyla Gaiden. The first time, it's said by Miles Sr., explaining the rules of being a Gym Leader to his granddaughter Skyla. The second time, Skyla herself says this to Betty after their battle, to show that she's ready to become the Mistralton Gym Leader.
  • Meaningful Look: After Betty Snyder explained why she chose to specialize in electric types, Skyla and Miles Sr. exchange one of these. Skyla uses it to tell her grandfather that she finally understands what her reasons for replacing him as gym leader should be, and Miles responds with a smile to tell her that he understands what she's conveying to him.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Forty years ago, Elite Four member Denki Tekina was an Electric-type specialist. "Denki" means "Electricity" in Japanese.
    • Lif was mentioned as writing a book of doomsday prophecies during the time of Kahele. Lif is one of the two humans to set about the world after the Norse event Ragnarok akin to the Biblical Eve.
  • Meanwhile Scene: Chapter 10 briefly cuts away from Ash riding a Gyarados to Cerulean City to save Misty in order to show the Team Rocket trio robbing a store.
  • Media Scrum: Misty is subject to one of these during one of her Dream Sue sequences.
  • Mediation Backfire: Implicitly defied by Ash in Chapter 16. When he overhears Misty and Iris having an argument about clothes, he decides not to try and get between them, presumably for fear of this happening.
  • Meditating Under a Waterfall: In Chapter 25, Otoshi and his Marowak do this for 48 hours straight, after asking a wandering monk about how to access the power of the Mega Stone they got for their participation in the Fuchsia City Battle Dome tournament.
  • Megaton Punch: As per canon, Pokémon can learn "punch" moves with the potential to do this.
  • Melting-Pot Nomenclature: This story gives the "Japanese" regions populations with diverse names, usually Western, Japanese, or both.
  • Memetic Mutation: invoked Deconstructed. The Joey oneshot (also known as the "Top percentage Rattata" kid) shows how much it can suck being a walking meme.
  • Mental Time Travel: Played with. Ash's mind is sent back in time to the day he started his journey, but things get garbled in the transition.
  • Meta Origin: It's implied that there's one of these for bloodliners, or at least the ones born during the recent boom.
  • Microts: Ash, as he has no idea how long his original adventures lasted, eventually resorts to measuring it in gym battles instead of years.
  • Military School: Buster Boot Camp seems to operate like one.
  • Mind Hive: Spiritomb are like this. At least one was made up of the souls of 108 ancient criminals.
  • Mighty Roar: Some Pokémon, such as Gyarados, are prone to sounding off with these.
  • Mind over Matter: A lot of Psychic bloodliners have telekinetic abilities along with canon Psychic Pokemon.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot:
    • Poison-type Pokémon in Crimson City park behaving strangely → a full-on assault of Gringy City.
    • Shadow Pokemon are first encountered by league authorities after Clay helps some police officers deal with a ship whose paperwork is out of line.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: Several of the tie in one-shots begin with their protagonists as children. Examples include the Cynthia and Skyla Gaidens.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Many Bloodliners are this, though for various reasons. See the character page for specifics.
  • Mischief Making Monkey: Wild Aipom have been known to steal food from humans. This is because an Aipom separated from its troop doesn't have much chance for survival, and out of desperation, they frequently decide to take their chances with humans rather than Mother Nature. Of course, since Nature Is Not Nice in this setting, this may be a calculated risk.
  • Misfortune Cookie: Meowth apparently got one at some point, which made him afraid of Machop for a while.
  • Misplaced Retribution:
    • In Chapter 18, after Paul is prevented from having a Gym battle with Erika, it's implied that he takes his frustrations out on some helpless wild Pokémon, and later on Ash.
    • Twenty Gyarados Bill didn't exactly restrict his vengeance to those who actually mocked him.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: From an in-universe perspective. Professor Oak is constantly astounded by Ash catching wild Pokémon (such as Goomy and Scatterbug) that shouldn't be anywhere near Kanto. Of course, there are good explanations for all these examples.
  • Missed the Call: Arceus originally wanted to task Cynthia or Lance with stopping Cyrus, but he couldn't save them in time, so he chose Ash.
  • Missing Mom:
    • Paul's mother died some time before his first appearance.
    • It's implied that Red also lost his mother.
    • Aurora's mom died when she was young.
    • Sabrina lost her mom who had sucumbed to an illness at age two.
    • Fizdane's mother was killed by an angry mob after he was revealed to be a bloodliner.
  • Mission from God:
    • Ash has been tasked with saving reality from another collapse by none other than Arceus.
    • For an evil example, William Stronger is convinced that his killing spree of bloodliners is this.
  • Mistaken for Romance: Satsuki's sisters briefly think Falkner is her boyfriend.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Played with. Aurora's father disowned her and cut her out of his life after finding out she was a bloodliner. She later revealed this fact to Belladonna, and collaborated with her in a plan to kill him. However, she doesn't want to kill him, only revealed the truth about him after accidentally getting drunk, and is only going along with the plan because she fears she'll be rejected by Belladonna if she doesn't go through with it.
  • Mixed Ancestry:
    • Assuming Belladonna was correct, Chapter 23 hints that Ash, Red, Arnold, Ashley, and Belladonna were born to a Kanto mother and a father from Orre, while John Archer has a Hoenn born mother and the same father from Orre. Chapter 24 mentions two kids, Frax and Velvet, who are said by Hala to resemble Ash and are thus probably half Alolan half Orrean, with a later oneshot introducing a third Alolan Ash-alike named Iolani, while the same chapter that mentioned the twins as well as the Astrid oneshot show a boy named Vermell who appears to originate from the Pokemon equivalent of Catalonia on his mother's side. Chapter 26 mentions a Ash-alike from Johto named Cleff who fought Dan the silver league before he fought Sabrina while Skyla Gaiden introduces a Unovan half sister named Betty Snyder. Luana Gaiden introduces us to Travis who has an Orange Islands mother while Ultima Interlude has a Kalosian brother named Fitzdane show up. Sho is also hinted to have met one whose name he doesn't remember in the Sinnoh League.
    • Skyla, who isn't a part of that tangled family tree, is suggested to be this too with her mother hailing from Johto and her father being Unovan.
  • Moment of Weakness: Still upset about the trials and Kukui's proposal for a League in Alola, Hala angrily lashes out at Hau, even telling him to leave just like his father did. This scares Hau so much that he almost follows through with it, much to Hala's horror.
  • Monster Adventurers:
    • John Archer's Pokémon decide to go searching for people who look like their trainer in Chapter 24, if only to put their minds at ease. As his Gardevoir says, it's better to investigate the matter before it becomes an issue.
    • One Eye the Rhydon and his Crash are a villainous example.
  • Monster Compendium: Pokedexes, of course. Dexter also manages to make itself useful in other ways.
  • Monster Fun Facts: Pokémon will sometimes volunteer information about their biology and society to those who can understand them. For example, in Chapter 6, Pikachu says he's lucky his electric sacs make him lethal for human consumption, in the event that a hungry Ash and Misty decide to Eat the Dog.
  • Monumental Damage Resistance: In Chapter 26, it's implied that Aether Paradise survived the Bad Future in reasonable condition. This is rather impressive, considering MissingNo hints that the Ultra Beasts caused massive havoc throughout Alola.
  • Mood Whiplash: In chapter 18, Misty's Psyduck forces her to confront her feelings regarding Ash and Iris. What ensues is some rather serious introspection regarding Misty's fears that Iris might take away one of the few people to genuinely care about her without even realizing what she's doing or the effect she's having. Then Psyduck says that doing so would deprive his trainer of a mate, which ends the scene on a more comedic note.
  • Mook Horror Show:
    • Ash and his Pokémon manage to give some of Hunter J's minions a good scare during their escape from her ship.
    • Shadow Delcatty does this to the Police Force during the Clay oneshot.
  • Moonwalk Dance: In Chapter 24, Ash mentions a musician with a troubled childhood who did this. He's almost certainly talking about the Pokémon equivalent of Michael Jackson.
  • Moral Guardians: The Johto Values Alliance seems to be of the conservative/right-wing variety. Considering Johto was already established as being rather backwards, their presence and apparent influence makes sense.
  • Morton's Fork: Brock quickly winds up facing one in the Brock & Lucy Gaiden. If he keeps the gym closed for too long, even to mourn the deaths of his parents, he'll lose it. But when he reopens it, he runs into another problem: because of his grief, he's not battling at his best. And if he has a losing streak that lasts too long, the Pokémon League will take his gym away. Unless he moves on from his sorrow, he'll lose it either way.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: It's not clear whether Dr. Killgood is actually a murderer, but if he was invited to a tournament of underworld figures, he's certainly not a good guy.
  • Motor Mouth: Rhythm gets out a lot very quickly, especially when she's excited.
  • The Mourning After: Aurora's father never remarried after his wife died, so she grew up without a mother.
  • Mugging the Monster: High off news that they just got raises, the TR trio decides to steal Evanna's three Tyrogue. She punches them all into the sky.
  • Muggles Do It Better: Flashlights are more convenient for lighting up dark areas than Flash is.
  • Muggle-Mage Romance:
    • According to Word of God, King Kahele was a Bloodliner, and his wives included non-Bloodliners.
    • In the present, there is a budding romance between A.J., a non-Bloodliner, and Jeanette, a Bloodliner. Both are interested in the other without realising the other reciprocates.
    • Betty Snyder, a Thunderbolt Bloodliner, is dating Jamie Oliver, a non-Bloodliner.
  • Muggle Power: The story gives strong indicators that anti-Bloodliner sentiment sometimes leans in this direction (Option 2, of course).
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: It seems fairly common for characters in the "Japanese" regions to have a combination of Japanese and Western names.
    • Johanna's mother had the maiden name Ayoko Platinum, a Japanese first name combined with a surname derived from Spanish.
    • Tokiomi Borealis has a Japanese first name and a Latin last name. His daughter Aurora shares the language scheme.
    • Jeanette Fisher's parents are named Kazuto and Kaoruko. It should be noted, however, that Kazuto took his wife's name when he married her, so he may have had a Japanese surname beforehand.
  • Multinational Team: Ash and his girls will represent five different regions: Kanto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, and Kalos.
  • Multi-Platform: In-universe, Erika is confused as to why Tembo comes in three different cases.
  • The Multiverse: One known as the Ketchumverse appears in a series of Omakes.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Before technological advances made doing so obsolete, Falkner's family trained flying types to carry messages.
    • Some Bloodliners find uses for their powers other than fighting.
    • Umbreon's glowing segments are useful for late night reading when a fire ban is in effect.
    • Deconstructed in the Sabrina Gaiden. When she was young, she would often use her powers to help the people in her hometown. Unfortunately, they came to rely too much on her, even for things they could have done themselves, and this lazy attitude was one of the major causes that sparked her Start of Darkness.
  • Murder by Inaction: In the Misty Gaiden, a seven-year old Misty ends up in apparent danger of drowning. She fears that even if her mother hears her struggling and calling for help, she'll deliberately ignore it and call her death a "terrible accident".
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Defied in the Butterfree Interlude. Ash's Butterfree notes that he has a perfect opportunity to kill the Pink Butterfree's new mate without anyone knowing, but flat-out refuses to do so.
  • Muscle Angst: Used in a Johto Values Alliance ad Whitney sees in her one-shot. The billboard shows a muscular and lonely woman contrasted with a more conventionally attractive woman surrounded by male admirers.
  • Mushroom Samba: It's mentioned in the Gladion Interlude that Frax had one of these when he ate an experimental mushroom dish made by Mallow.
  • Mutants: Bloodliners seem to be the X-Men "born with their powers" variety.
  • Mutual Kill: Denki Tekina and his Mega Ampharos succeeded in killing Twenty Gyarados Bill and his Mega Gyarados at the cost of their own lives.
  • Mutual Masquerade: Because Bloodliners tend to keep their powers a secret so as to avoid prejudice, it's possible for one Bloodliner to meet another and neither will realise the other is also a Bloodliner. Case in point, throughout Big P Pokemon Race Interlude, Ash and Co made sure that no one realises they're Bloodliners whenever they use their powers, but it would later be revealed that Lara and Hex are also Bloodliners which only their respective families know about.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: When Future Hapu mentions the Aether Foundation, she calls them good men and women, and Faba.
  • My Little Phony: A franchise known as "My Little Ponyta" gets a few mentions.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!:
    • When Ash was younger, he developed a crush on Gary's big sister Daisy Oak. Naturally, Gary made it clear that he wasn't going to have any of that. Eventually Ash outgrew that crush, and started to see her as his own big sister as well, something Gary wasn't happy with either.
    • Gladion had a bit of this when he realized that a boy was around his sister in a bathing suit.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: It's noted that there are numerous examples of Pokémon that differ from the norms of their species in some way. Ash notes this during a conversation with Red, explaining why he prefers to focus on his Pokémon as individuals, rather than as representatives of their species.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Apparently Pidgeot couldn't shake off the feeling that Ash and the others were in danger while she was away, during the events of Gringy City's Power Plant.
  • Mysterious Parent: Ash's father has yet to make an appearance or be identified, but it's heavily implied that he will have an important part to play. It's also implied that he may have fathered Red, Belladonna, John Archer, Vermell, and Arnold, among many others.
  • Mythology Gag: So many that it needs its own page . See here.
  • Mythopoeia: The audience is given some tantalizing hints about myths and legends of this new world, which will probably be elaborated on later, either by Cross himself or a side author. Several have, such as Twenty Gyarados Bill.
  • My Way or the Highway: Aurora thinks Belladonna is giving her this "option" in regards to killing her father, due to her emotional scars and self-esteem issues. Unfortunately, she doesn't know that Belladonna would have stopped if she said she didn't want her dad to die at any point.

     Tropes N-S 
  • Name and Name: Some of the oneshots have this naming dynamic, such as the Koga & Janine Gaiden and Hau and Hala Interlude.
  • Nature Is Not Nice: Wild Pokémon are more aggressive and territorial in this timeline (though generally not as bad as they used to be), and the natural world is considerably harsher to humans and Pokémon alike.
  • Neck Snap: Dario is killed by a telekinetic one, dealt to him by Sabrina.
  • Never Live It Down: invoked People aren't going to let Joey forget about his infamous "top percentage" quote anytime soon.
  • Never Split the Party: Gardenia was very adamant about this while exploring the Old Chateau with Sho. Unfortunately for her, both she and Sho are forcefully separated by the ghosts.
  • Ninja: In addition to the canon examples of Koga and Janine, there are other ninja clans in and around Fuchsia City. The Sanpei Interlude shows a little of Kalos' ninja village as well.
  • No Escape but Down: An unintentional example. During his battle with J in her airship's hangar, Ash is completely outclassed by the Pokémon poacher. As a result, he's unable to reach any of the flying machines stored there. So how do he and his Pokémon get away? Well, Goomy was charging up a Bide attack for quite some time, and jumps in the way of the attacks J's Pokémon fired. The resulting explosion blasts a hole in J's airship, which Ash and co. get blown out through.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon:
    • This is apparently a rather common attitude in Johto, judging by a billboard in Goldenrod City. Whitney suffers a lot for this, despite being very pretty and talented, though in the Holiday Special she rescues a young man from freezing in the streets, and when he finds out she carried him all the way to her home by herself, he's delighted.
    • As revealed in the Brock & Lucy Gaiden, Pike Queen Lucy also suffered from this before meeting Brock.
  • No Hero to His Valet: Tokiomi Borealis to the people of Gringy City and the world as a kind man who helped revive the city and made it liveable, with even the slums of the old slums now a lot nicer, but still somewhat slummy. Only a few people are aware of his relationship with his daughter and how for all his kindness, she eventually lost all of it.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Blaine's original gym was inside the volcano on Cinnabar like the anime. The Pokemon League said it was too dangerous and told Blaine to have a safer gym building for challengers.
    Alish: Grandpa, we both know having the gym inside an active volcano was completely insane. What would you do if one of the opponent's Pokemon fell into the lava?
  • Non-Indicative Name: This time around, Gringy City is actually clean. Its name used to be more fitting, but thanks to the efforts of Tokiomi Borealis, it's actually a nice place to live now.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • At one point apparently the Team Rocket Trio tried to catch a Magmar with a net.
    • All Professor Oak will say about the first time Ash manifested his Bloodliner abilities is that he currently has neither the time nor the alcohol to explain what happened.
    • Professor Oak once had to deal with drunken Elite Four members. Apparently a drunk Agatha is 'wrong' on so many levels.
    • John Archer's Kirlia makes a mention of how much she hates Tracing abilities like Stench and Thick Fat.
    • Casey Snagem has a lot of these, including losing the Unova League to a spontaneous Larvesta evolution, getting into 5 bar fights in Sinnoh of which 3 involved Reggie, and losing to a Jigglypuff in a princess dress at the Hoenn League.
    • Dr. Boxer apparently invented some kind of ray gun that Professor Oak felt the need to crush using an Onix.
    • Exactly what happened to Butch and Cassidy in Dark City remains a mystery. The Hop-Hop-Hop Town operation failure was this at first, but the Arnold oneshot reveals what happened.
    • Apparently, somebody tried to ride their bike inside the Celadon City Mall. This caused millions in property damage and resulted in fourteen people being hospitalized.
    • Meowth once read a fraudulent fortune cookie that made him deathly afraid of Machop.
    • Apparently when Mina does art (and possibly drugs), she ends up on Hapu's couch. At one point Mina did this sans shirt.
    • Blaine used to do research in the Pokémon Mansion, but abandoned the place after an experiment went horribly wrong.
    • Ninja and Marilyn have a number of these over various art thefts.
  • No One Could Survive That!:
    • Unovan authorities presume Lovrina to be dead after Clay knocked her into the ocean. However, Cipher managed to fish her out and save her with prompt medical attention.
    • Capriccio is sure that he killed Satoshi after completely covering him in poisonous sludge. But since he didn't bother to check that he had actually killed Sanpei too, he has no idea that Sanpei stayed long enough to give Satoshi first aid until Ippei and Nihei arrived to get him back to the village.
    • Ultima is sure that there's no way William Stronger could have survived falling off that cliff. Looker, however, tells her that they sent search parties but didn't find his body anywhere.
  • No Sell:
    • It's possible to completely nullify electric attacks by using a Steel-type move to stab oneself to the ground. Ash's Charmeleon and Misty's Gyarados used this technique and by Wally's one-shot, Winona comments that the tactic has become popular.
    • Heart bloodliners can't control Pokémon if they remain in their Pokéballs. Caught Pokemon can be affected all the same if they're out of their Pokéball.
    • Heart and Species Bloodliners with type immunities are unaffected by any attack their types are immune to.
  • Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: Dario firmly believes in this.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
    • In the Gary Interlude, Gary gives Casey a funny look when he says he lost to a Jigglypuff in a princess dress, so Casey says he has the match on video.
    • In the main story, when Bulbasaur complains on why Ash captured all those Grimers, he doesn't believe at first when Ash tells him that his possible half-sister Belladonna was mind-controlling them, until Servine confirms that it was exactly what happened.
    • In the Gardenia Intelude, Sho doesn't believe Gardenia when she tells him of the Alolan form of Raichu. At the end, he's shown the video and gets to see that she wasn't kidding.
    • Duchess Leidenbergh warns everyone in her underground tournament not to use the moves Fissure, Magnitude and Earthquake, since they don't want any cave-ins. Some people laugh at first, until they realize she's not joking.
  • Not Me This Time: Ash initially assumes that Team Rocket is responsible for oddly behaving poison-types in the Crimson City park, but they make it clear that they have nothing to do with it.
  • Not Rare Over There: Inverted with Pokédexes. Rather than every trainer having one, only those who do well enough on specific tests get one due to each one having to be handmade by a Pokémon Professor. Because of this, trainers with Pokédexes are treated with a lot of respect, at least on the first meeting. It is possible to lose this respect and be treated with disdain if a Pokedex holder has a poor attitude, like Paul.
  • No, You: Every time William Stronger calls bloodliners "monsters", Ultima responds by saying he is the real monster.
  • Obvious Rule Patch: Trainers are allowed to face a special challenge where they fight a gym leader while the gym leader uses the team they would normally use against trainers with seven badges. If the challenger wins, the resulting badge functions as eight badges so they can skip straight to training for the region's Pokemon League. After gym leaders had to deal with endless trainers thinking they can take on the challenge with untrained low level Pokemon, a new rule was added so that if a trainer enters such a challenge and loses, they can't challenge any gyms for a year. As a result, the only trainers who do said challenge are generally veterans of other regions who don't want to waste time gathering another eight badges, or skilled trainers unable to travel around their home region for whatever reason.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: The Bloodline King forces Hunter J's cooperation by threatening to expose and/or attack critical elements of her organization.
  • Offing the Offspring: Iris's birth father abandoned her in the wilderness to die, and browbeat her mother into helping him.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Kevin in the Joey oneshot, when he realizes that Joey's Rattata is about to pull off the F.E.A.R. combo on his Ariados.
    • Butch, Cassidy, and the other Rocket Grunts, after Arnold and Laila inspire the rest of the people in Hop-Hop-Hop Town to fight back, find out they're vastly outnumbered.
  • Old Master: Numerous examples. Plenty of old people are Famed In-Story for their skills as trainers.
  • Olympic Swimmer: Water Heart bloodliners are excellent swimmers, thanks to their powers.
  • Ominous Fog: Ash has to deal with this during his stay in Pewter City. While making his way through it, he stumbles across the graves of Brock's parents.
  • One of Us: invoked Apparently, Pallet Town's representative in this timeline collects trainer cards.
  • Opposing Combat Philosophies: Ash and Red have some rather different ideas on Pokémon battling.
  • Original Character: Many of Misty's Water-types she captured for her goals do not have anime or manga counterparts. Also Belladonna and her lovers, John Archer and his Pokemon, Doctor Boxer, Felgrand, Krysta, Vermell, Laila, Iolani, Frax and Velvet Lono, and Ash's Yanma, among many others.
    • Lt. Surge has a Joltik that he didn't have in any other canon.
    • Paul has (or had) several Pokémon he didn't have in any other timeline, including a Drowzee/Hypno.
  • Origins Episode: A Reset Gaiden shows a character's beginnings, usually taking place before the main story, as opposed to a Reset Interlude that shows what's going on during the main story.
  • Orphanage of Love: Georgia spent a couple years in one of these, before leaving to start her training as a Buster. She got along nicely with the other orphans and the caretaker.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Besides the myriad varieties of Dragon-type Pokémon and Pokémon that resemble dragons, Iris is a Dragon Heart bloodliner. This means she can communicate with Dragon-types and use Dragon-type moves. Because of both this and the fact that she was raised by a family of Dragon-types, she thinks of herself as a Dragon-type Pokémon in a human's body.
  • Our Ghosts are Different: The ghosts in the Old Chateau feed on human life force in order to continue existing in the world of the living. They also require an "anchor" (in this case, a large shining rock) to keep them tethered in the living world.
  • Outside-Context Problem: In a desperate attempt to keep their gym, the Sensational Sisters tricked/forced Ash into a non-travelling battle, where Daisy could use her strongest team. Of course, they had no way of knowing that he could empower his Pokémon, or that he and his team had much more experience than they should have.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome:
    • A.J. is a very good trainer, but he still gets eclipsed by Ash.
    • Gary also keeps being bested in battle by Red.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Carry: Chapter 24 has Ash briefly dream about Belladonna and Aurora do this to Jessie, Cassidy, and Domino.
  • Parental Favoritism: The Sensational Sisters were favored by their parents over Misty.
  • Parental Substitute: Anabel was raised by her uncle after her parents died in a car accident.
  • The Password is Always "Swordfish": When Dexter reveals it has access to Ash's Facebook account, Ash asks how it knows the password. Dexter replies by saying "AshKetchumRocks" isn't a very hard password to figure out.
  • Path of Most Resistance: Both played straight and deconstructed, with the overall message being that one should not take the harder path if there is a real danger to one's wellbeing on that path, but if it there is no life-threatening danger, the harder path can be more beneficial in the long run.
    • After Ash gets the Cascade Badge, he could technically go straight to the Pokemon League. Instead he continues traveling across the region getting the rest of the badges. He's fully aware that his Pokemon are incredibly underleveled to fight in the League after all.
    • Ash apparently even did this in the old timeline. Erika implies that the gyms Ash fights in (The in-game ones) are actually the 8 strongest gyms in a region.
    • In the Astrid oneshot, she ends up losing in the Top 16 to an opponent who cleared the eight strongest Kalos gyms (two of them with Mega-Evolutions), as opposed to the six she did.
    • Discussed and deconstructed in the Cipher Interlude. Shawn, a rookie trainer from Unova, decided to start his journey in Orre of all places to toughen himself up. Of course, the result was that he ended up losing all his money and unable to return home, and the only way he could survive was by becoming a Cipher Peon, and doing A LOT of things he didn't want to. Just goes to show that taking the Path of Most Resistance does you no good if you aren't properly prepared to take it or otherwise cannot handle it.
  • Patricide: Aurora helps Belladonna kill her father, Tokiomi Borealis. However, she doesn't actually want to do it, and only goes through with it because she's afraid Belladonna would reject her if she refused.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil:
    • It's implied that the Team Rocket trio routinely targets Pokémon abusers for theft.
    • Belladonna has this as one of her personal rules of life, punishing with interest anyone who dares to make her loved ones suffer.
  • The Peeping Tom:
    • It's mentioned that one flying-type gym leader was stripped of his title because he used his Pokémon to be one of these.
    • Another one spied on a wedding at the Celadon Gym. The outcry that incident caused is the reason Erika stopped accepting challengers from male trainers before Ash came along.
    • Gladion is accused of being one by Velvet. This wasn't the case, though Umbreon would rather have him be this than reading his book.
  • Peggy Sue: Not a typical example, considering the new timeline is very different from the old one.
  • The Plague: Centuries in the past, a disease known as the Dark Pestilence devastated not only Kalos, but the entire continent it was on. The continent lost half its population to the ailment.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Red and Yellow. Yellow seems to be the only human Red is close to, and she seems to be one of the few people who has an idea of what lies under his surface. However, despite their closeness, neither one is attracted to the other which is probably a good thing, since they might be related.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Laila begs this of Arnold and Anna after Team Rocket is fought off.
  • Pocket Protector: Sanpei gets saved by a scroll he was keeping on himself when Capriccio stabs him in the chest with his kunai.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Several.
    • The Bloodline King and his minions see both Pokémon and normal humans as inferior to bloodliners.
    • On finding out Ash is a bloodliner, Felgrand refers to him as a "freak".
    • Played with in regards to Giovanni. While he doesn't seem to be bigoted, per se, he has a strong dislike for people he considers overly feminine, whether male or female.
    • Belladonna doesn't like baseline humans, and also hates Grimer and Muk.
  • Polyamory:
    • Word of God confirms that Ash will eventually have six girlfriends. However, this will require a lot of soul-searching for everybody involved.
    • Before he does, however, we see such a relationship consisting of Belladonna, Vedia, Aurora, and Evanna: four female bloodliners.
    • King Kahele had multiple wives, and they seemed to get along or at least tolerated one another. Some historians speculate that at least some of them may have been romantically involved with each other. It's also suggested he may have specifically ensured that his wives were able to get along before marrying them, or at least be unwilling to have one another murdered.
  • Poor Communication Kills: A figurative and literal example. Aurora is afraid to speak her mind out of fear that Belladonna will leave her. Because of this, she doesn't do anything to stop her when Belladonna decides to kill Aurora's father, even though Aurora doesn't actually want him dead.
  • Poor Man's Porn: After receiving a swimsuit calendar from Lorelei, the story implies Erika is going to masturbate to it. Somewhat justified in this case, because the calendar features a bunch of very attractive prominent female trainers who normally don't wear anything so revealing.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Gym leaders actively seek to avoid this by training their pokemon to overcome their weaknesses.
    • Morana, an Ice Trainer seeking to exploit this trope against Erika, got her ass handed to her by the more experienced woman.
    • Whitney, while infamous for her Miltank, is aware of counters to them and has team members meant to handle them. Also, because the Miltank are so infamous no one expects her to use anything else, so when she does use Pokemon that are not Miltank, challengers tend to be surprised.
    • Discussed in the Falkner one-shot. Any Gym Leader worth their salt knows at least one way to circumvent or otherwise overcome their type specialty's weakness, which may include, among other things, using dual-typed Pokemon or having good move coverage on their Pokemon.
    • A non-gym leader example is Misty, who exclusively uses Water-types. In order to deal with their weaknesses to Electric-types, she borrows Ash's "lightning rod" strategy. Later on this tactic becomes popular enough that other Gym Leaders adopt it, like Winona in Hoenn.
    • Miles, Skyla's grandfather, teaches this to her from a very early age. As a Gym Leader, everyone will know your weaknesses, and that includes yourself, thus you can have an idea on what kind of Pokémon your opponents will use against you and how to counter them.
  • Porn with Plot: The Alphanegan Chronicles, which Gladion reads, are well known (perhaps overly so) for their smutty content. However, it also has a very well-crafted plot.
  • Power Incontinence: Sometimes Bloodliners might lose control or accidentally use their powers due to various causes, including traumas, illness or strong emotions such as rage or excitement.
  • The Power of Friendship: Aside from the obvious ideology followed by Ash, according to Jasmine this is the key to control the power of the Mega Evolutions.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
    • In general, Team Rocket is this:
      • Giovanni is fine with selling technology to rival evil teams if the tech doesn't benefit him, doesn't seem to obviously able to hurt him if used against him, earns money, and because if he doesn't and the tech gets stolen he doesn't benefit at all.
      • He is also quite pleased when Jessie, James, and Meowth capture the flock of Spearow and Fearow from Eps 1, as they make good Pokemon for the grunts to use.
      • After Jessie suggests robbing Red during their encounter in Lavender Town, James points out that he's not their intended target, they're in a heavily populated area, and the local jail cells are full of dangerous lunatics.
      • Team Rocket doesn't deal in prostitution, because that kind of industry is too easy to track.
    • When Nascour suggests subjecting Cipher Peons to the Shadow Pokémon process, Ein advises against it... but only for logistical reasons.
  • Precision F-Strike: Joey in his oneshot, when he's unable to take people making fun of him anymore, before running off in tears.
  • The Promise: Multiple examples of trainers promising to battle each other:
    • Brendan, after helping Wally catch his first Pokémon, promises to have a battle when Wally becomes a trainer.
    • Jeff and Shawn promise to battle each other in the Pledge Grove. Unfortunately, with Jeff's death, this will not come to pass.
    • On the day Ash turns fifteen, he fishes a rusted Pokéball from the river in Pallet Town. That night he meets up with Gary, and gives him the red half of the Pokéball, as a reminder that one day they will face each other as equals.
    • The night after Ash battles at the Cerulean Gym, he tells Misty that he wants to earn a Cascade Badge from a true, worthy Gym leader. The two promise to grow stronger so one day they can have that battle when Misty becomes Gym Leader.
  • Psychic Powers:
  • Pun: During her battle with Iris, Jeanette suggests she give up before her Emolga has to be renamed "Em-ow-lga". Iris doesn't get it.
  • Punch Catch: Ash does this to Felgrand's Kangaskhan.
  • Punny Name: Aurora's last name is Borealis.
  • Puppy Love: Seems to be developing between Arnold and Laila in the Arnold Interlude.
  • Purple Eyes: Anabel has a pair of them. As for the "special" part, she also has psychic powers.
  • Purple is Powerful: Belladonna's surname is Tyrian, royal purple, and is a very dangerous bloodliner.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • The Spearow and Fearow flock between Pallet Town and Viridian City gets taken by Team Rocket.
    • Iris's family was kidnapped by Hunter J, which includes the Reset version of her Dragonite.
    • Ash's Primeape gets sent blasting off by Paul.
    • Tobias in the Gary Oneshot: after fulfilling a role like his canonical one in fighting Casey Snagem with his legendaries and winning the Lily of the Valley conference, he was said to have gone looking for a Celebi, implying he's either in a forest somewhere or has been warped in time.
    • John Archer's Pokemon decide to separate from Ash after the events of Gringy City to search for other possible lookalikes to Ash, John, Red and Belladonna.
    • Averted in general for Ash's Pokémon (as in, closing any issues that gave them reason to be released). Word of God is that he will do this for every Pokémon Ash released. For example, Pidgeotto finds the flock she was protecting in the original timeline and has them move to Oak's ranch to have a safe home, although she does take a temporary leave to deliver a message for Serena in Kalos after evolving back to Pidgeot. Butterfree however has it much harsher. At first, he thought his mate was kidnapped by Hunter J, but he learns the Pink Butterfree managed to escape her clutches. He also learns that the Pink Butterfree found herself a new mate, and as much as it hurts him, he ultimately choses to leave her so she can be happy with him, especially since the Pink Butterfree doesn't remember him or the old timeline.
  • Quit Your Whining: When Ash is stuck in a Heroic B.S.O.D. after learning that Brock's parents are dead, Pikachu decides to take the "tough love" route by yelling at him.
  • Quizzical Tilt: Travis does one after his mother Luana tells him she'd love him even if he ever developed a power of some kind.
  • Ray of Hope Ending: Sabrina Gaiden ends with the title character getting away with all the destruction she caused, and people abandoning Turquoise Town until it effectively vanishes from the map. However, Tommy, the bug catcher who tried to confront her, is shown joining the Kanto Busters, determined to make her pay one day.
  • Real Dreams Are Weirder:
    • Played with. Misty has a nightmare that starts out rather grounded (for lack of a better word), but after a while, things take a turn for the trippy.
    • After the events of Gringy City, Ash had a dream where various people are distorted to look like him while in the midst of a mocking parody of Betrayal Fics, before a large rock with a top hat and a cane crushed them and their verbal attacks. And that was just the start of Ash's Dream Sequence.
  • Reality Ensues: Has its own page now.
  • Reality Warper: The story opens with the revelation that Cyrus gained the ability to manipulate the fabric of reality. As it turns out, he'd been screwing around with Ash for some time, and eventually gained enough experience with his new powers to destroy the universe so he can remake it into his desired world without spirit.
  • Really Gets Around: If Belladonna's correct about Ash and her sharing the same father, then it seems like this is the case for Ash's dad. Considering the sheer number of people implied to be Ash's siblings, which apparently number in the hundreds, it appears rather likely that he's very promiscuous.
  • The Real Remington Steele: As it turns out, in this timeline, Ash's "Ashley" disguise is actually a real person.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Gary plans to give one of these to Ash's father should the two of them ever meet.
    • Sabrina gives a scathing one to Dario, shortly before killing him:
    Sabrina: It's people like you that do need to disappear.
    Dario: What on earth are you talking about you freak of nat…
    Sabrina: The world is being filled with the inadequate, the dull, and the lazy. Even as the remarkable do prove themselves, your kind crowds them out. No one can see the good artists from the average, the excellent cooks from the boring, the remarkable artist from the one who simply copies…I have felt their frustrations as sure as I have felt them myself. You are a prime example of what your kind does to the truly talented Dario. You had no remarkable skill at anything, you're driven on to produce inferior results, where better talented people could have easily been obtained if you weren't given your cushion of family blood. You couldn't even bother trying to fix yourself; you instead looked at actual talent around you, like Lara Laramie, and tried to bring her down to your level with trickery and sabotage. In trying to make yourself, a waste of space with no talent, look good, you made so many with actual skill and brains look bad. You cost them business, reputation, self-esteem, and caused actual injuries to themselves and the Pokémon they put more time into than you ever did yours. Yet, you can't even manage that, you failed and made yourself so exposed that no one will be surprised when they find your dead body in the water tomorrow. You were so pathetic you reacted the same in two timelines.
  • Reconstruction Fic: Like Ashes of the Past, the fic takes on several aspects of canon and fanon and makes them work in a way that retains the spirit of and fits with the original show: for example explaining Ash never going back for Pidgeotto as a side-effect of climate shifts from the second movie causing the flock to move and explaining why Counter-Shield wasn't used in Unova, instead of Ash just being forgetful. However unlike Ashes it occasionally does move into deconstruction territory.
    • The league ability of un-evolved mons is also reconstructed: Scott notes to Yellow that an unevolved Pokemon, while less durable, also has the advantages of learning moves much faster and being less familiar to fight them at higher levels when a trainer might be more used to fighting their more advanced forms.
  • Red Baron: Some trainers have titles, among them 'Burning Earth' Dakim and 'Twenty Gyarados' Bill.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Belladonna is described as having eyes as red as a Tentacool's body crystals.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Ash and Paul, respectively. Ash is exuberant, warm, and thinks on his feet; whereas Paul is subdued, cold, and prefers to plan ahead.
    • Gary and Red also have this sort of dynamic. Ironically, Red's the Blue Oni, being quiet and stoic; while Gary is the loud, emotional Red Oni.
    • Ash and Red also have this dynamic, with Ash as the red and Red as the blue. This is reflected in their respective abilities. Ash has the ability to temporarily increase his Pokémon's power, while Red is able to see "victory odds".
  • Related in the Adaptation:
    • Inverted with Professor Carolina, who in the anime is Cynthia's grandmother. In Reset they are not biologically related, though the same sort of relationship remains.
    • Played straight, however, with Misty and Siebold, who are stated to be cousins.
    • Any canonical character caught up in the implications of Chapter 23 about Ash and his father becomes this to Ash, such as Arnold, Red, and even Yellow.
    • The above also inverts the trope for Kaisei and Hareta, assuming the latter is caught in said implications.
  • Required Secondary Powers:
    • It's mentioned that Water Heart bloodliners can withstand enormous amounts of pressure. Such an ability would be needed for plunging the briny depths of the sea.
    • The Lorelei oneshot features an Ice Heart bloodliner, who is capable of withstanding extremely low temperatures without protective clothing, even holding a Nevermelt Ice shard with her bare hands (normal humans would suffer at least first degree frostbite if they tried that).
  • Retired Badass: Casey Snagem and his wife qualify as this.
  • The Reveal: At first, Ash is confused at not seeing Flint selling rocks on the outskirts of Pewter City. Then he stumbles across his and Lola's gravestone. This establishes that some things truly have been lost in the time reset.
  • Riddle Me This:
    • When an 11-year-old Cynthia is exploring a ruin, she finds a sealed door. The door can be opened, if one figures out the riddle inscribed on a wall and catches the Pokémon that is the solution. The answer is Feebas, which might explain where Cynthia got her Milotic.
    • During his Imagine Spot about what future gym leaders might make him do, Ash pictures Blaine telling him he has to solve a riddle. His interlude confirms he still loves making riddles as much as in canon.
  • The Rival:
    • Because he shows up earlier, Paul acts as one of Ash's main rivals in Kanto. As in Sinnoh during the original timeline, their rivalry is pretty bitter.
    • Gary and Red are also rivals, although they don't have the same level of loathing as is the case with Ash and Paul.
  • Rivals Gallery Transplant:
    • Ash ends up with Solidad as a rival in fic, as opposed to her usual rivalry with May. However, it is noted in fic that Solidad will be going into contests after a League challenge, meaning the transplant is temporary.
    • Arguably Gary's been given to Red as a rival in fic with Ash being more focused on his conflicts with Paul and possibly Red (see Composite Character above).
  • Robot War: Discussed. Because Dexter has a personality this time around, Ash occasionally comments that it sounds like it's plotting to overthrow organic life, and he's somewhat nervous of the possibility that there might be a machine uprising in the future.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie:
    • Whitney is chipper, friendly, and likes seeing kids smile. Doesn't stop her from being an incredible battler, though.
    • Pan averts/subverts this, being generally surly. According to Alder though, he Used to Be a Sweet Kid.
  • Rule of Seven: The Seven Brothers, of course.
  • Ruling Family Massacre: Centuries before the start of the story, an ambitious man named Kamehameha led a conspiracy to murder King Kahele and his entire family.
  • The Runaway: Wally runs away from his uncle's house in order to challenge Brendan while he still has a chance to do so.
  • Running Gag:
    • Ash's Charmander/Charmeleon trying to pick fights with absolutely everything. And the two times he evolves, he's disappointed in having done so against a small bug, so he tries to make up a more badass story.
    • Snivy getting hit with Aerial Ace. It happened to her even before reuniting with Ash.
  • Run or Die: After Ash's (thankfully brief) kidnapping, Misty is forced to flee from a gigantic swarm of Beedrill. She initially beats herself up over it, but Dexter reassures her that she made the right choice, because standing her ground would've just gotten her killed. And since the swarm moved on, checking for Ash was now possible, which it wouldn't be if she was dead.
  • Sadist:
    • Downplayed with Giovanni. While he's not exactly a man who gets joy from inflicting pain, he does get a sense of schadenfreude from people suffering because of their incompetence.
    • MissingNo flat-out admits that it wants to cause Ash misery by picking at his greatest worries and fears. It also gets disappointed that Norman managed to prevent May from suffering what it had planned for her to go through in the new timeline.
  • Samus Is a Girl:
    • Turns out Ash's Pidgeotto is female.
    • As is Misty's Slowpoke.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: Dexter, enormously so. Much as it enjoys snarking at Ash, it's unfailingly loyal and helpful to him.
  • Satanic Archetype: MissingNo. Lampshaded when it outright compares itself to Old Scratch.
  • Save the Villain: When he accidentally causes the ground under William Stronger's feet to crack, Fitzdane tries to save him from falling down the cliff, even though he just tried to kill him. Stronger, however, refuses to "be saved by an abomination".
  • Scissors Cuts Rock:
    • Both the main story and some of the oneshots stress a lot the fact that type advantage is nowhere near enough to defeat a Gym Leader. Erika vs Morana, Erika vs Ash (both in the main story) and Walker vs Dan (in the Falkner oneshot) are some of the best examples.
    Walker: A scissor can cut a rock if it's sharp enough.
    • An off-screen Gym Leader vs. Gym Leader example is mentioned in the Sho Interlude, with Volkner (Electric-type specialist) defeating Clay (Ground-type specialist).
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Seeing that Meyer doesn't want to let Clemont join the Lumiose University think tank, Belmondo offers him a blank check. Meyer tears it up, saying he refuses to be bought.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Upon Delia learning Ash was tricked into a very unfavourable battle, she demanded answers from Professor Oak. Bulbasaur and Krabby read the mood and quickly left the vicinity.
    • Bulbasaur would later also hide from a lot of Grimer and their Muk leader upon seeing them chase Professor Oak for a hug.
    • Fed up with the Samurai, Snivy left him in search of a better trainer, but not before making him pay for dismissing her as useless.
    • Pikachu and Lara's Ponyta quickly go take a nap at the barn when Misty asks Ash about Serena.
  • Scrub: Invoked. Argenta is pretty much this at first. Disgusted with how little variety of Pokemon the latest Sinnoh League had (particularly the huge number of Garchomps), she organizes a tournament in which she pretty much humiliates every trainer that challenges her, thinking of them as "Stop Having Fun" Guys (like Paul, which she explicitly cites a prime example) as a way to critizice this kind of mindset. However, she realizes that she has been trying to impose her views regarding Pokemon battles onto everybody else, and in order to tackle the problem from a different, friendlier perspective, she creates the Battle Hall.
  • Second Place Is for Winners: Ash is perfectly happy with coming in second place in the Battle Dome Tournament for several reasons. 1) He only barely lost. 2) One of his opponents had six gym badges to his three even though one of his technically counts as eight. 3) It's hardly the first time he's failed to win a tournament, even if it's the first time in this timeline.
  • Seers: The Holiday Special features Olympia experiencing visions of the future, several of them centered around Ash:
    • First, she sees him walking along with Pikachu as Ash's six eventual girlfriends join them.
    • Second, Ash facing Wes in the Orre region.
    • Third, Ash facing Red in the Silver Conference.
    • Finally, an older Ash celebrating the holidays along with his mother, his six harem members, and others such as Red, Yellow, Belladonna and Wes.
  • Selfless Wish: After Misty and Iris win a tag tournament in Celadon City, Lorelei offers to grant each any favor within her power. Iris uses her favour to ask Lorelei to get Ash a gym battle with Erika despite Erika's ban on males battling her.
  • Self-Made Man: Due to her social Darwinist philosophy, Sabrina admires this kind of person.
  • Self-Made Orphan:
    • Aurora assists in helping Belladonna kill the former's father. Aurora didn't want to go through with it but feared actually saying it will result in Belladonna leaving her.
    • Felgrand confessed to Giovanni that he and his other brothers killed their own mother, who apparently had a bloodline that enabled her to affect people's minds.
  • Sequel Hook: Several of the Expanded Universe one-shots can end this way:
    • Cynthia Gaiden ends with Cynthia looking forward to exploring an uncovered ruin in the Orange Islands after the weather at Shamouti stabilised.
    • Clay Interlude ends with Team Cipher having succeeded in saving Lovrina and being pleased with the power of the Shadow Pokemon demonstrated when Lovrina clashed with Clay and them moving forward with their plans.
    • Argenta Interlude featured the first appearance of Mitsumi, which leads directly into her role as a protagonist in The Wild Boy from Sinnoh.
    • Cipher Interlude ends with The Reveal that Mizutaro was turned into a Shadow Pokemon.
    • Astrid Gaiden ends with Astrid accepting Mabel's offer to train under her.
    • Guzma Interlude ends with Guzma making a phone call to Lusamine.
    • Sanpei Interlude ends with Capriccio promoted to Admin and assigned to plan and oversee a full-scale operation in Alola.
    • Kiawe Interlude ends with Capriccio and Naps preparing for the full-scale Alola operation and Capriccio planning to capture Darkrai for Team Cipher in exchange for help finding and killing all his nieces and nephews.
    • Blaine Interlude ends with Al, Ken & Harry of Team Rocket finding what they were looking for and reporting back to Giovanni.
    • Hala & Hau Interlude ends with Hala and Kukui preparing to establish Alola's Pokemon League.
    • Looker Interlude has two. The first is Blake being on Team Cipher's trail and assigned to Orre. The second is Koya having a lead on Newton's disappearance, that he was talking to a man named Kaisei.
  • Serial Killer: Georgia Gaiden has one of these as the villain, known as "The Reaper." Since the victims have been killed all over Unova, the killer manages to hold the entire region in a grip of terror.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Ash was sent back in time in order to prevent Cyrus from gaining control over reality again, because the universe can't handle another such distortion in time and space.
  • Shared Family Quirks:
    • It's on purpose. All Nurse Joys practice saying the same line everyday for two hours with which to greet visitors to the Pokemon Centre.
    • For the Massive Numbered Siblings that are hinted to be crucial to the plot, there are some shared quirks:
      • Iolani and Belladonna both use "Daycared" as a euphemism for a one-night stand.
      • Velvet and Iolani have apparently independently of each other reached the conclusion that whoever their biological dad is, he deserves a good punch to the face.
      • Ash and Velvet have similar reactions when their Pidgeotto and Alolan Meowth evolve during the final segment of a battle.
  • Shared Universe: Known as the Reset-verse.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Upon first meeting Misty, who's now 15, Ash notes that she's now as tall as him (and Ash now is taller than his mother) and has a rather curvaceous body, now resembling more her older sisters.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Pikachu apparently ships Ash/Serena, given his reaction to finding out that his trainer actually kept in contact with her this time around.
    • Misty's Psyduck frequently encourages her to "mate" with Ash.
    • Team Rocket, meanwhile, suspects Ash and Misty might be a couple.
    • Even Paul gets in on the act, referring to Misty as Ash's girlfriend.
    • While Iris is falling in love with Ash, she makes it clear she wouldn't mind sharing him with Misty. She is shown to be quite happy when Ash and Misty have romantic moments.
    • Arnold's mom is quick to see Laila as a potential daughter-in-law.
    • Grace & Delia both clearly approve of Serena having a relationship with Ash in the near future.
    • Gary seems to pick up quickly that Serena is smitten with Ash during the camp.
    • Giselle assumed that Ash and Misty were a couple when he stepped up to her challenge.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: At the end of the Johanna Gaiden, the title character manages to win the grand festival, winning enough prize money to get them additional surgeries. Unfortunately, it's not enough to save them, and they eventually succumb.
  • Shoot the Television: While the TR trio is visiting a mansion belonging to James's family, he gives Jessie and Meowth permission to steal and break whatever they want. Among other things, they throw a table into a very large TV screen partly because they can't figure out how to watch anything other than the Weather Channel, and partly because Meowth hated the weather lady who covered Johto for some reason.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Invoked. During the incredibly tense and dramatic confrontation between Ash and Belladona, Dexter decides to remain oddly silent, (something that Ash takes no time to notice). It starts talking again once the dramatic moment has passed.
  • The Short Guy with Glasses: Vedia is a female, evil example.
  • Shout-Out: Numerous, a tendency shared with Ashes of the Past. Now has its own page.
  • Shrinking Violet: Aurora is a very shy and nervous girl.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Misty, Ash's first travelling companion and one of his love interests.
  • Single Tear:
    • Misty, when after losing to Ash, her sisters are arrested and the Cerulean Gym is shut down, thinking that her dream of becoming its leader is ruined forever.
    • Ash also cries one of these after recognizing Belladonna's rage from when Paul blew away Primeape.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man:
    • Ash's kind and caring nature is a major part of why Misty's falling for him.
    • Iris is attracted to Ash's strength. However, she all but admits that she wouldn't really consider him a prospect if he wasn't such a nice guy.
    • Like in canon, Serena is quickly smitten with Ash when he helps her, although over the course of the camp, she also comes to admire his determination and competitive streak.
    • Jeanette Fisher's parents encouraged her to find a man who can look past her bloodline and never let him go. Lo and behold, it just so happened that A.J. doesn't mind that part of her one bit; if anything, he finds her more attractive because of it. Jeanette has already begun thinking of A.J. as her future husband.
    • At Pewter City's indoor pool, Lucy rejects the advances of a guy who tries to hit on her very aggressively in favor of Brock, who has been a perfect gentleman to her.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: The Ketchumverse omakes have Vulgar Ash, who constantly spews profanities.
  • Skyward Scream:
    • Pikachu has one in Chapter 2, when he realizes he's gonna have to work again to relearn his moves.
    • In her oneshot Sabrina screams "I KNEW IT! I WAS RIGHT!!" towards the sky when she's proven right in her theory.
  • Sleepyhead: Erika is a narcoleptic, though it's suggested that she sometimes fakes it to make people angry.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: The Invincible Pokémon Brothers, as in canon. Their first appearance is in a double battle where they get effortlessly beaten by Misty and Iris.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Misty's Psyduck may come off as a complete numbskull, but he's actually quite observant.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses:
    • Clemont, as in canon.
    • Vedia wears glasses, and is the most tech-savvy of Belladonna's group.
  • Sneeze Cut:
    • There's one in Chapter 11 to Max, when Daisy, frustrated that Ash manages to (barely) beat their Pokémon, starts yelling furiously that he can study and read everything the hell he wants, but that doesn't make him a good trainer.
    • In the Big P Pokémon Race Interlude, Ash rhetorically asks Anabel whether she'd just come right out and tell somebody she's a bloodliner. The story makes a quick cut to Jeanette Fisher sneezing.
  • The Social Darwinist:
    • Paul, as per canon, thinks the only Pokémon worth anything are those he considers strong enough.
    • The Bloodline King and his minions believe bloodliners to be stronger than baseline humans. They further believe that because of this power, they deserve to rule the world, and have control over both Pokémon and ordinary humans.
    • Orre has a serious case of this.
    • In chapter 24, Sabrina is confirmed as this, as she kills the challengers she judges as "unremarkable". Unlike most examples of this trope this concept is handled less as a matter of survival of the fittest and more about being remarkable in any manner including art, intelligence, and other skills.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: An in-universe example. Mabel won the Lumiose City conference because one of her grandchildren asked her to compete.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: The Fisher Clan has this down to a science. Before she started on her Pokémon journey, Jeanette's mother taught her to take "calculated breaks from character" (that is, proper and upper-class) to act like a normal teenage girl.
  • Sore Loser:
    • The Sensational Sisters, in contrast to Brock, Lt. Surge, and Erika. This is partly out of immaturity, and partly because their win record is so awful that the PIA is threatening to shut their gym down, which would deprive them of a place to do their water shows without paying rent.
    • Joshua in the Oak's Summer Camp Gaiden gets really angry at Ash beating him in a baseball match. Enough to provoke an accident during the Rhyhorn race that could have gotten him and many others hurt.
    • In the Blaine Interlude, Raymond gets extremely angry when Blaine manages to take out his Machoke and Donphan using only his Growlithe, to the point he brings out his remaining three Pokémon at once, not caring if he gets disqualified.
    • Dario, like in canon. Case in point, when he competed in a race the previous year and lost to Lara (despite trying to cheat), he complained that she only won because she rode her father's Rapidash. When he loses to Ash, he has the nerve of accusing him of cheating despite all the crap he pulled during the entire race.
  • Sour Supporter: Dexter has some pretty strong tendencies towards this. It'll mock Ash and complain about him, but is genuinely helpful and supportive regardless. This also extends to Ash's travelling companions and Pokémon. Moreover, its cynicism doesn't stop it from doing what it can to help Ash and company recover from emotional low points, or reassure them that they made the right choice when they start doubting themselves.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Viridian City's Pokémon Center doesn't suffer nearly as much damage this time around.
    • The St. Anne doesn't sink in this timeline, thanks to Giovanni cancelling the Team Rocket operation when he finds out Ash will be on board.
  • Speak in Unison: After receiving their instructions from Belladonna, the army of Poison-type Pokémon in her thrall responds with a simultaneous monotone of "yes, mistress." In their own "languages", of course.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Some Bloodliners can talk to Pokemon. Type Hearts like Misty can speak to any Pokemon of their type (ie. Water Pokemon for Misty). Ash can speak to any Pokemon he's close to. It's unclear if this is because he's a Lucario Bloodliner or because of something else.
  • Specs of Awesome: Vedia never took off her glasses during her fight against Misty, and she probably would've won if not for Anabel's intervention.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff:
    • Ash decides to have several of his Pokémon to learn/relearn the Counter Shield technique early on, which comes in handy for several of their later battles.
    • Erika has her Leafeon use a spinning Aerial Ace to cut through Butterfree's Silver Wind.
  • Spirited Competitor: Maturing didn't make Ash any less competitive. He was also like this before his consciousness from the original timeline entered his mind, as can be seen in the Oak's Summer Camp Gaiden.
  • Spit Take: Misty spits out some water after Iris asks what her relationship with Ash is.
  • Spoiled Brat: The Sensational Sisters are basically spoiled children who never grew up.
  • Spoiled Sweet: A government official forced Professor Oak to hand two starter Pokémon over to his children. Thankfully, the kids, named Aideen and Elwood, are nice despite having an asshole for a father, so Professor Oak is able to assure himself that the Bulbasaur and the Charmander will be treated well in spite of the circumstances.
  • Squick: Invoked. Misty throws up in her mouth a little at the thought of "mating" with Paul. This isn't because she thinks he's ugly (though when she compares him to Ash, it's clear that his looks aren't appealing to her either), but because he's a complete asshole.
  • Stab the Sky: Ash does this with the Staff of Sir Aaron in an effort to free the Lucario inside. It doesn't work.
  • Stage Mom: Casey's parents-in-law expected their daughter to win a championship for them.
  • Stalker Without A Crush: The Team Rocket trio follows Ash and company wherever they go because Giovanni ordered them to collect information on everything he does. So far, they have proven more successful at stalking and gathering information on him than they ever did trying to steal his Pokémon in canon.
  • The Starscream: Giovanni suspects Proton of being this. Whether he's justified in this belief or not is yet to be seen.
  • Start of Darkness:
    • Dakim's oneshot is the origin of his alignment with Team Cipher, where he was specifically recruited by Nascour.
    • Twenty Gyarados Bill's oneshot shows us that a simple prank where he was given a Magikarp as a mocking gift was what led him to become the terror of coastal Johto.
    • Sabrina's oneshot shows her descent into villainy, where she was disgusted by how her hometown accepted mediocrity and how they took advantage of her powers to be lazy.
  • Statuesque Stunner:
    • Ash here is taller than his mom, and Misty is just as tall as him. And Iris is described as being even taller.
    • Belladonna is also very tall for her age, even more so than Iris.
    • Iolani is described this way as well, and it is implied this is common for all of her half sisters like Betty Snyder and Velvet Lono.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: The Emissary seems fond of doing this. Justified, because he can teleport.
  • Stellar Name:
    • Cynthia is the name of a moon goddess.
    • One of Belladonna's girlfriends is named Aurora.
  • Stern Teacher: From what we've seen of Koga's classes, he seems to follow the "tough, but fair" school of teaching.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Forge Smith the Blacksmith. In fact he believes that people should all have names that indicate what they do in life.
  • The Stinger: Some of the Expanded Universe one-shots have bonus scenes after the main plot of the one-shot ends:
    • Koga & Janine Gaiden has a brief scene showing Ash helping his mother with the gardening when he was fourteen.
    • Hala & Hau Interlude shows Frax and Velvet volunteering at a Bug-Catching Contest as extra credit after failing a school assignment.
    • Gladion Interlude ends with Gladion and his Pokemon grabbed by the Bewear who'd normally bother Team Rocket.
    • Big P Pokémon Race Interlude ends with Pidgeot arriving on Vaniville Town and delivering Ash's message to Serena.
  • The Stoic: Vedia is by far the least emotional of Belladonna's group.
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys:
    • Invoked by Paul. The fact that he refers to Electro Ball as a "pathetic and unreliable attack only complete noobs would ever use" is a testament to this.
    • Argenta apparently sees Smogon and those who follow their tactics to the letter as this.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: The notoriously variable levels of power and skill displayed by Ash and his Pokémon in the original timeline are actually given an explanation. As Arceus explains, Cyrus practiced his new Reality Warper powers by randomly screwing with their competency levels, resulting in numerous losses that shouldn't have happened.
  • Super Breeding Program: The Bloodline King runs one of these in order to expand his forces. At the end of Chapter 15, the Sensational Sisters are kidnapped and forcibly inducted into it.
  • Super Empowering: Ash is able to give his Pokémon temporary power boosts during battle.
  • Super Mode:
    • Mega Evolution is this as always.
    • Bond Phenomenon is also mentioned, as per the show. However Burst Evolution from the TCG was teased in the Kiawe oneshot.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: It's mentioned that Water Heart Bloodliners can breathe underwater.
  • Superpower Lottery: Ash as a result of being a Lucario Bloodliner and thus able to learn every move a Lucario can.
  • "Super Sentai" Stance: During the Battle Dome Tournament, Ash and his Butterfree have an Imagine Spot of James and his Pokémon performing one of these (suggested to have been caused by Inkay messing with their minds). The narration calls it a "friendship sentai pose".
  • Super Speed: According to Duchess Ilene, a Pidgeot Species bloodliner can move fast enough to break the sound barrier.
  • Super Spit: Belladonna can spew toxic fluid out of her mouth.
  • Super Strength: Ash is implied to be stronger than a normal human, since he catches a Kangaskhan's punch and pushes it hard enough to almost knock it over.
  • Super Toughness: It's implied that Bloodliners are made of sterner stuff than normal humans.
    • Water Heart bloodliners can withstand enormous amounts of pressure.
  • Supporting Protagonist:
    • Arguably, the real protagonist of the Gary one-shot is Casey Snagem, Gary being this trope.
    • Lorelei in her one-shot as well. While it shows her beginnings, the true story is about the Ice Heart Bloodliner Krysta that Lorelei meets in the Icefall Cave.
    • Ultima Interlude is more about the struggles of Fitz rather than Ultima herself.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: In his oneshot, Kiawe has a flashback to a gang leader who's frustrated by subordinates who can't/won't learn anything from the documentaries he keeps telling them to watch.
  • SWAT Team: In the Georgia Gaiden, SWAT personnel are involved in the arrest of Eric Knudsen.
  • Swiss Bank Account: Of the "offshore tax haven" variety. Hunter J has a major bank account on Pummelo Island.
  • Sympathy for the Hero: Belladonna immediately tries to comfort Ash after realizing he knows exactly the kind of emotional pain she's talking about.

     Tropes T-Z 
  • Tail Slap:
    • After relearning Iron Tail, Pikachu does this quite a lot in battles.
    • Misty's Gyarados also knows Iron Tail. In addition to the intended use, it also uses the move to render itself immune to Electric attacks by striking the ground with it.
    • Ash's Charmander knows Dragon Tail.
  • Take a Number: Used in the omake of Chapter 18, which is about Cameron and his Riolu trying out for the fic in response to casting calls. True to the trope, the two of them end up with the number 750. For added comedy, the duo ends up stuck in between a Dalek and the Major as of number 26 and 27's call up (Jigglypuff and Ritchie).
  • Take My Hand: Said by Fitzdane while trying to save William Stronger from falling to his death. Stronger refuses.
  • Take Over the World:
    • According to Giovanni, this is Team Rocket's eventual goal.
    • The Bloodline King also wants world domination.
  • Take That!:
    • During the Whitney Oneshot, Whitney fights a Muk with one of her Miltank and harshly defeats it, stating that she'd never lose to a Muk. The Author confirms this was a potshot aimed at Ashes of the Past, though he does clarify he likes the fic overall.
    • The Author also commented during the Gary oneshot that he believes Pokemon Anime XY was better than Shudo's run.
    • One omake has a potshot against the Call of Duty series for its excessive reliance on multiplayer.
    • In an omake from the Ketchumverse, Bloodline Ash and Ranger Ash arrive in the Twilight universe, which is explicitly stated to have the rule of "everything must revolve around Bella Swan." Since the two of them don't worship the ground she walks on and can't be punished for their "transgression" by the laws of the universe, their presence causes a reality-breaking paradox which results in the place falling apart. No points for guessing what the author is trying to say about the series.
    • The Argenta one-shot is a rather big one towards competitive battling (which in the more recent years features less and less variety, with most players using only a handful of Pokemon with the same moves), and Smogon in particular (for encouraging this mindset). Though it's softened somewhat in the end with the message that everybody should be free to choose and use their preferred Pokemon, even if it's from the strongest tiers.
    • Belladonna was partly based on an incarnation of Harry Potter from a fanfiction called "The Ilvermorny Champion". This version of the Boy Who Lived had a bad habit of doing some awful things to those who hurt his friends and family, so the author created a character with a similar mindset whose actions are portrayed as wrong.
    • The Falkner oneshot has a very subtle one towards the use of Legendary Pokémon in competitive battling (and most likely Tobias as well): when Satsuki asks Falkner what does he plan to do once he catches Ho-Oh and Lugia, he assures her that he won't take them to the Pokémon League and "use them to crush the dreams of some hapless kid half [his] age".
    • Many jokes of the first chapter of the Wild Boy For Sinnoh take potshots at Bidoof.
    • The first Ketchumverse Omake suggests that all the Worlds where the Pokemon Coma Theory is a thing have been taken over by 'the Ashs of Darkness' as part of a evil Multiversal Empire.
    • The first part of Ash's Dream Sequence in Chapter 24 has a Take That! towards Betrayal-fics that are common in the Pokemon fandom.
    • The April Fools 2017 chapter takes its time to be a Take That! against Executive Meddling.
    • Giselle Interlude contains one against those who insist that you don't capitalize Pokemon Species names.
    • The Gladion Interlude takes some potshots at more contentious erotica series, such as Fifty Shades of Grey and Gor.
  • Taking the Bullet:
    • Shortly after his arrival in the new timeline, Ash takes a Drill Run to the chest to protect Pikachu from an angry Fearow.
    • In her oneshot, Lorelei's friend Frey jumps in front of her to shield her from the Icicle Spear darts thrown at her by a berserk Krysta.
  • Taking the Heat: Serena does this during Oak's summer camp to prevent Ash from being expelled after he gets blamed for an accident during a Rhyhorn Race. This is revealed to have been what caused her to leave the camp early.
  • Taking You with Me: Elite Four Member Denki Tekina manages to fatally wound Bill and his Mega-Gyarados, but at the cost of his life and his Mega-Ampharos'.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: Despite not actually being a pirate, Captain Ahab from the Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden talks like one.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome:
    • Ash is at least the same height Brock was in the original timeline (not to mention taller than his mom), has black hair and swarthy skin, and is considered good-looking by several characters.
    • Considering Red looks very similar to Ash, he probably qualifies as well. His skin is paler, but he makes up for it with even darker hair.
    • The brother of Orre spreading his seed seems to qualify as well, given the few hints to his description given so far. Of course, makes sense that his sons would inherit his good looks.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Sabrina really doesn't like this, believing that people who try to cut down the exceptional rather than improving themselves deserve to die.
  • A Taste of Defeat:
    • Ash manages to break A.J.'s 99-win streak this time around.
    • Since arriving in the new timeline, Ash went on a very long winning streak. But nothing lasts forever, and he ended up losing to Red in the Battle Dome Tournament.
  • Taught by Experience: Having complete remembrance of the old timeline proves a major advantage for Ash and his Pokémon.
  • Tears of Joy: A little boy in Crimson City cries these after Ash helps his Caterpie evolve into a Metapod.
  • Technician vs. Performer:
    • Ash and Red have this dynamic: Ash is far better at coming up with off the wall strategies but lacks the power of Red, while Red is good with power and straightforward strategies but lacks Ash's adaptability.
    • The Giselle oneshot shows what happens when you go too far to one extreme with this trope. Giselle and the other Pokemon Tech students strive to be technicians, and do everything "by the book", even going so far as to discourage and look down on Joe's performer tendencies. While most of them are skilled trainers, their aversion to innovative techniques, thinking that a method that has worked so far is unbeatable, and lacking outside-the-box thinking made them very easy preys to a skilled performer like Ash.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Several characters most of whom are implied to be related to Ash have red eyes. There are others who have yellow/golden ones as well.
  • Technological Pacifist: Enforced. Meyer refuses to let Clemont join Belmondo's think tank, because he thinks his son is too young to be making weapons.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Delia having Ash at 18 years of age, and it's also hinted Zinnia's the mother of Aster.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Belladonna and her minions/lovers are a group of teenage girls who plan to wreak havoc in Gringey City at the end of Chapter 22. Chapter 23 makes this complicated.
  • Teens Are Short:
    • Averted with Ash, who's stated to be taller than his mother, as well as Misty and Iris. Widely averted in general, actually, since most of the teenage characters are either stated or implied to be taller than you'd expect from fiction.
    • Played straight with Vedia and Anabel.
    • Hareta plays the trope quite clearly, which is odd given that with the marks on his cheeks he might actually be the half sibling of trope averters Ash and Belladonna.
    • Joe is noted to be the shortest among his classmates.
    • Gladion did not inherit the height of his mother like Lillie did. He isn't happy about it.
  • Telepathy:
    • Ash can communicate with his Pokémon telepathically, which comes in handy when he wants to talk to them but keep their conversation a secret.
    • Anabel can communicate through telepathy, which is very useful considering she's mute. She can also read minds.
    • Sabrina also displays this ability, and she uses her Pokémon to extend her range, even all the way up to Cinnabar Island.
    • Wally's Gallade also displays this ability, coming in very handy to talk to humans.
  • Teleportation:
    • It's mentioned that a relative of one of Koga's ancestors was a bloodliner with this ability.
    • Anabel has this ability in the present day.
  • Temple of Doom: The Cynthia Gaiden has her exploring several of these.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Shortly after restarting his Pokémon journey, Ash muses that it might take him longer to get to Viridian City, since there won't be a flock of angry Spearow chasing him this time around. Cue a massive flock of angry Spearow and Fearow.
    • After seeing Nugget Bridge undergoing repairs, Misty thinks to herself that there's no way to get to Cerulean City. Then she accidentally bumps into a Vileplume, which results in her getting poisoned and Ash being forced to take her to Cerulean City.
    • Cynthia outright asks her Riolu What Could Possibly Go Wrong? when she takes a huge topaz crystal. Needless to say, she triggers a booby trap; in this case a giant boulder.
    • Ash takes part in a double battle against A.J. in Crimson City. After defeating his Beedrill, Snivy says "that was easy." Immediately after she says that, A.J.'s Butterfree hits her with Aerial Ace.
    • In the Cipher Interlude, Exol decides to show off the power of his Shadow Mawile, SD:0015. Right after he's done, he declares that "Nothing will ever go wrong". Right then, SD:0015 enters Reverse Mode and begins attacking him and everything on its vicinity.
    • In Chapter 24, Ash is determined not to let anything that comes up in the Fuchsia Tournament to surprise him. Then when the sorting comes up, his partner is none other than Red.
    • Dario spends the entire Big P Pokémon Race Interlude doing this, and of course every single time it bites him hard in the ass. The worst part is at the end when he mutters he won't get caught alive, Sabrina appears and tells him he won't be found alive.
  • Terms of Endangerment: MissingNo frequently calls Ash by pet names such as "Ashy-boy" like a friendly uncle, while trying to make his life miserable. It only adds to the glitch's Faux Affably Evil demeanor.
  • Terrible Trio: The TR Trio, as usual. However, they're less antagonistic towards Ash this time around, since their objective is to collect information on him, not steal from him.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Belladonna tells Ash that she doesn't follow the laws of man. Realizing that what she said could easily be taken as misandry, she quickly clarifies by saying she means the laws of humans.
  • That Was Not a Dream: Initially, Ash thinks his first encounter with MissingNo was just a nightmare once he wakes up the next day. But then, to his shock and horror, Pikachu starts talking about how he had a dream about the exact same event. Both realize that MissingNo is real, and that their friends are in legitimate danger.
  • Theme Tune Cameo:
    • Ash apparently has all the English Dub's theme songs on his I-Tunes account, which his Pokedex can play for him.
    • Erika's Gloom hums the song "What Kind of Pokémon Are You?" when called to battle against AJ.
    • Delia sings part of "You & Me & Pokémon" during Ash's 15th birthday.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: invoked Kukui suggests to Hala about updating the Trials and making it more like the Pokemon Leagues in the T.A.T.O nations. One of Hala's objections is that this is how Alolans would react to losing their cultural heritage, though it's pointed out that the next generation are becoming increasingly uninterested in the Trials, so Kukui says something must be done.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: Pretty much the reaction of Capriccio in front of any potential niece or nephew he runs into.
  • Three-Way Sex: If Aurora's Inner Monologue is anything to go by, Belladonna's group sometimes has threesomes and even foursomes.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Belladonna's lovers all seem to be normal teenagers in terms of appearance.
  • Thieving Magpie: A Murkrow steals Astrid's badge case not long after she gets her eighth. Thankfully, it doesn't keep them for long, as it's forced to drop the case so it can fly over a wall.
  • This Cannot Be!:
    • Brock's reaction to his Onix being defeated by Ash's Pikachu.
    • The Sensational Sisters also have this reaction after Ash wins his battle against them.
    • The ghosts in the Old Chateau have this reaction when Gardenia and Rotom destroy the stone that anchors them to the living world, before being dragged into the afterlife.
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • Felgrand has this reaction when he gets confronted by the TR Trio right after losing a battle to Ash.
    • This essentially sums up Erika's response to Ash's Pidgeotto evolving in the middle of a battle with her Vileplume.
    • Gardenia, when she realizes that she's gonna have to enter the Old Chateau to find Cheryl.
  • This Is Reality: During one of Dakim's Ante battles, the narration discusses what a particular exchange of moves might look like if it took place in a TV show, only to say it wasn't happening on TV and talk about the impact.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Luana's reaction when she finds that her grandparents' hotel has been set ablaze is to find the ones responsible and punish them.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Belmondo tries to use this against Blaziken Mask, saying he wouldn't dare kill him. The latter breaks the former's arm and warns the professor not to push him.
  • Through His Stomach: Genderflipped example with Betty Snyder and Jamie Oliver, since the former fell in love with the latter in part thanks to his cooking.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • After their capture of Felgrand, the TR trio gets a letter of praise from Giovanni, telling them that they got massive raises and are in line to be promoted.
    • A.J. is finally shown winning an important battle, after losing all of his on-screen matches against Ash. He later gets strong Ship Tease with Jeanette during her one shot.
  • Throw the Mook at Them: During the fight in the Gringy City power plant, Charmeleon throws a mind-controlled Ekans at a charging Nidorino, which incapacitates both of said opponents. He calls it "using Fling".
  • To Be a Master:
    • Other than the obvious goal for Ash, Misty's goal is to capture one of every Water-Type Pokémon.
    • Extensively discussed in the Gary oneshot, when Casey Snagem asks him directly what does being a Pokémon Master mean to him. While Gary seems to believe that a Pokémon Master is a strong trainer who wins a major League, Casey explains that there are several different ways to be considered one, and not just that one.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: There was an infamous outlaw with no fewer than twenty Gyarados who virtually levelled costal Johto with them. As a matter of fact, he's the reason why the six-Pokémon limit was instituted. One wouldn't expect such a notorious man to have a name as common as "Bill", but indeed, that was his name.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Most of Ash's Pokemon, justified because while they do not retain their previous skills or power, they do retain their memories, and thus are more experienced than they should be.
    • Charmander evolves while fighting Lt. Surge, while in canon he didn't evolve until Ash had at least another badge.
    • Aipom evolves in a battle against Paul's Drowzee, considerably earlier than what happened in the original timeline.
    • Pidgeotto evolves in battle against Erika, far earlier than canon.
    • Chapter 23 gives us a twofold with Charmeleon finally becoming Charizard again, and Snivy evolving into Servine.
  • Took a Level in Idealism: Misty's travels with Ash have caused her to develop a more positive outlook on humanity and the world. Whereas once she considered nearly the entire human race to be irredeemably awful, she now has a considerably higher opinion of it.
  • Too Much Information:
    • This is Misty's reaction to Dexter saying it can analyze human excrement. She has a similar reaction when it comments on the "loose sexual morals" of the Dragonite line.
    • Giovanni very much did not want to know that among the money and jewelry Jessie, James, and Meowth stole off Damian, there was a penis ring.
    • Kiawe didn't need to hear a biker saying he uses condoms and gingivitis fighting mouthwash.
  • Torches and Pitchforks:
    • Evanna whipped up the people of Azalea Town into a frenzy when she accidentally stepped on a Slowpoke's tail. The resulting angry mob ended up killing her adoptive father.
    • For a more justified example, in the Big P Pokémon Race Interlude, an angry mob goes after Dario when his cheating is exposed.
  • Total Party Kill: Denki Tekina and his entire team died fighting Twenty Gyarados Bill.
  • Totem Pole Trench: Flint and his Infernape try this tactic in the Holiday Special to try and pretend to be the Ghost of Christmas Past. Volkner sees through them immediately.
  • Tough Love: The Golden Generation tries this with Joe in the Giselle Interlude. But they only succeed in making him resent Pokémon Tech.
  • Tough Room: Dexter's snarky quips are well-liked among the fic's readers, but generally aren't appreciated by the characters.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Pikachu (the whole species, not just Ash's Pikachu, according to Dexter) adores ketchup.
    • Pan likes Moomoo Milk.
    • For Ash, just about anything that his mom makes.
  • Tragic Dream: Subverted. After the PIA shuts down the Cerulean City gym, Misty seems to think that her goal to become its leader can never come true. However, Professor Oak tells her that a confiscated gym can be obtained by somebody else, albeit with a lot of paperwork.
  • Training Montage:
    • In Chapter 16, as Goomy trains with Ash's Pokémon trying to get offensive moves.
    • In the Brock & Lucy Gaiden, the title characters are shown doing some sparring matches.
  • Translation: "Yes": Pokémon speech can turn a single syllable into several sentences. According to Pikachu, it has over 500,000 basic rules before getting into the "semi complicated, mildly complicated, fairly complicated, and unholy complicated" rules.
  • Transparent Closet: According to her grandmother everyone knows that Hapu is a lesbian, except Hapu.
  • Transsexual: Melissa is a transwoman, a nod to her anime counterpart becoming a woman in the American localization.
  • Trapped in Villainy: A Cipher Peon named Shawn started off as a trainer from Unova, but he made the decision to start his journey in Orre of all places. It didn't take him too long to lose all his money, and circumstances just conspired to ensure that the only choice he had to survive would be to join Cipher.
  • Trash of the Titans: Belladonna's mother was a hoarder, so she grew up in a very filthy house. The conditions were disgusting enough to attract Grimer who would eat every dirty thing, including Belladonna's clothes while she was wearing them.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening:
    • Misty discovered she was a bloodliner when at age seven she fell into the Cerulean Gym's pool and almost drowned, until her powers kicked in and she began breathing inside the water.
    • Also Krysta in the Lorelei oneshot, first activating her ice powers when she was trapped in a fire as a child.
  • Triangle Shades: Ash's Squirtle has a pair of these like in the original timeline, but they're a different color on the inside this time around.
  • Triang Relations: Type 3 before Anabel joined the group, with Misty and Iris both being attracted to Ash, and him unaware of their feelings for him (as well as possibly having feelings for them he hasn't recognized yet).
  • Trigger: Because of a traumatic experience where she nearly died in a fire, Krysta goes berserk whenever she sees any amount of flame.
  • True Companions: Ash and his Pokémon. Some things haven't changed since the original timeline.
  • Truth Serums: Belladonna's other bloodline allows her to force people to tell the truth.
  • Twice Shy: A.J. and Jeanette both have feelings for one another, but neither is willing to take the first step yet.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky:
    • Happens quite a bit to the Team Rocket trio, though less frequently than in canon since they're not trying to steal Ash's Pikachu this time around.
    • Played for Drama when Primeape is launched into the sky. Unlike in the anime, an impact from such heights might kill him and prevent Ash from ever bonding with Primeape in this timeline.
  • Übermensch: Belladonna thinks that, being a bloodliner, human laws and norms don't apply to her. Therefore, she follows her own code.
  • The Unapologetic: Paul spent years refusing to apologize to anyone, and only did so to Janine mostly because she wouldn't tell him about the Safari Zone otherwise.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Ash, Red, John Archer, Belladonna, Arnold, Hareta, Vermell, Ashley, and who knows how many others share many similar features that many, though not all of them have, including dark hair, the marks on Ash's cheeks, red eyes, and an aversion to the Teens Are Short trope. The girls also tend to be notably busty.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • Morana thought she could beat Erika simply by using Ice-type Pokémon. Erika handily proved her wrong.
    • Raymond saw Blaine's Growlithe and quickly dismissed him as weak for his small size and being unevolved. Growlithe then proceeded to wipe the floor with Raymond's entire team.
    • Giselle was quite confident that her Ground-types would be able to defeat Ash's Pikachu, despite having already seen on video how strong Ash and Misty's Pokémon were. Sure enough, Pikachu was able to beat them both.
    • Two years ago, Brock was starting to get a reputation as a weak Gym Leader due to his losing streak. Naturally, when he made his return, he took everyone by surprise.
  • Undertaker: A sign in Lavender Town boasts of the town having the world's best morticians. This prompts Iris to ask what a "mortician" is.
  • Under the Mistletoe: Lorelei and Frey end up like this in the Holiday Special.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • Ash's Pokémon are willing to do just about anything for him.
    • The Team Rocket Trio is very loyal to Giovanni, which in his opinion, means they're worth keeping around in spite of their numerous failures prior to the story.
    • Deconstructed with Wally's Gallade. He's utterly devoted to his trainer... but this leads to a serious dilemma when Wally's attempts to achieve his goals cause serious damage to his health.
  • The Unfavorite: Instead of simply being overshadowed by her more beautiful sisters like canon, Misty is openly disliked by her family. Her gaiden reveals she had been an unwanted child even before they knew she was a bloodliner.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: The woman whose baby Evanna saved definitely counts as this, since her first reaction was smacking her with her purse, instead of helping her when the angry bystanders began ganging up on her.
  • Unhand Me, Hero!: During the Big P Pokémon Race Interlude, one of the snipers in wait at the entrance of the canyon gets carried away by Ash's Charizard, and begins to yell to be let go. Iris, who is riding on Charizard's back, sees the river down below and says: "You heard him, let him go!" and Charizard drops him.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Unlike players in real life (and maybe trainers in the Pokemon world), Misty has absolutely no interest in shiny Pokemon, claiming that she doesn't see what's so great about a pokemon that just has an odd coloring. Dexter is utterly horrified when Misty decided not to catch a shiny Magikarp her Slowpoke just fished. It's implied she'd only catch a shiny Pokemon if it was one she hasn't caught yet.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When they get angry, Gyarados are incredibly destructive. Dexter mentions that they were the greatest threat to ancient mariners throughout history, more than all the other threats combined, and that they've ended entire civilizations in a single day.
  • Unusual Euphemism: When discussing her family history, Belladonna mentions that her parents "daycared" and her father then disappeared. Considering it happened nine months before she was born, it's quite obvious what she's talking about. She's not the only one: in Alola, Iolani, whose birth was in pretty much the same circumnstances (which, considering they might be half-sisters, is no surprise), used the same word for it.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to Alder, Pan was a perfectly nice boy until his younger sister was kidnapped from her cradle.
  • Vague Age: Apparently even Ash has no idea how old he was in the original timeline, to the point of a running gag. He has eventually resorted to measuring time in terms of gym battles, given his lack of a more reliable measure as far as the original timeline is concerned.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: Hala reads an old prophecy that is too hard for him to understand.
  • Valley Girl:
    • Paul's Pokédex starts talking like one after an encounter with Dexter, and it annoys Paul to no end.
    • Lovrina is SO this. But that's not to say she should be taken lightly.
  • [Verb] This!: Morana says "Compassion this!" when she tries to have her Abomasnow use Sheer Cold on Erika's Victreebel. Not that it helps her.
  • The Verse: The story and its spinoffs take place in a fan-created continuity known as the Reset-verse.
  • Villain Episode: Dakim Gaiden, Cipher Interlude, Guzma Interlude, Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden, Sabrina Gaiden, and Black Rose Tournament Interlude all place the focus on the bad guys.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left:
    • Felgrand runs off after his Pokémon are defeated by Ash. He doesn't get far, however, since the TR trio apprehends him shortly thereafter.
    • The Reaper flees after Georgia's neighbors come to her aid. Later on, he tries to escape when a SWAT team and some Ghost Busters raid his gym, but he gets intercepted and apprehended while attempting to fly away on his Golurk.
    • Belladonna and co. use Aurora's Shellder to teleport out of the power plant after Tokiomi dies.
    • Dario flees on his Dodrio when the angry crowd chases him after his cheating is exposed in the Big P Pokémon Race.
  • Villain Teleportation:
    • The Bloodline King's emissary can teleport, which makes him very useful.
    • Aurora herself doesn't have teleportation powers, but she does have a Shellder with the ability.
  • Villain with Good Publicity:
    • In most people's eyes, Giovanni is the respectable (albeit demanding) leader of Viridian City's gym.
    • Also Lysandre, who is seen by the people of Kalos as a Wealthy Philantropist, while secretly plans to remake the world regardless of the methods.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The Sensational Sisters get increasingly angry as Ash defeats Daisy's Pokémon, culminating in a borderline murderous rage after Ash wins the battle. Even as they're being arrested by Nurse Joy, they give off furious and half-insane screams.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: Belladonna is implied to have these, given that the story describes her as having very sharp facial features. If Felgrand is to be believed, she might have inherited them from her paternal grandmother.
  • Villainous Rescue: It's implied that MissingNo may have played a role in Ash's escape from Hunter J's airship.
  • Villainous Valour: Despite clearly being scared of Ash's Charizard, Belladonna nevertheless manages to hold her own against him. Aurora also shows some admirable courage, considering her personality.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Teams Skull, Magma and Aqua may be evil teams, but they're perfectly happy to take time out to celebrate Christmas.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Belladonna is perfectly willing to go to extremes, up to and including murder, in order to punish those who hurt her lovers. She's not exactly psychotic about it, and is willing to brush off relatively minor offenses, but those who inflict deeper wounds have every reason to fear her.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Luana's Alakazam and Marowak have this dynamic.
  • Voice for the Voiceless: Red's not exactly "voiceless," but Yellow does most of his talking.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting:
    • MissingNo appears to Ash in several different forms.
    • Implied with Serena whose hair changes color at one point.
  • Walking the Earth: Much like in canon, Ash and his companions spend most of the story travelling. Of course, they're hardly unique in that regard when it comes to Pokémon trainers.
  • Walk on Water: A standard skill among the people of the Ninja Village.
  • War Is Hell: This is heavily implied to be the case with the last Trainer-Ranger war.
  • Wealthy Philanthropist: Tokiomi Borealis, whose efforts to turn Gringy City around paid off in spades.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the Clemont one-shot, Belmondo wants to ensure Kalos is in a good position if another Trainer-Ranger war breaks out. But in order to do so, he's willing to kidnap children. It's implied that he may have ulterior motives, however.
  • We Need a Distraction: In the Sanpei Interlude, Satoshi taunts some Cipher Peons so his friend Sanpei can incapacitate them and interrogate their leader.
  • Weather of War: In addition to the canon moves such as Sunny Day, Erika created a modified version of Rain Dance that acts more like a mist and a good portion of Skyla Gaiden is spent showing Skyla developing a weather move to create wind currents in battle to give the advantage to Flying-types.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 23 in spades. It says something when the reveal that Anabel is the mystery girl in the pairing line up and the evolution of Charizard and Servine is small potatoes compared to the other developments. Basically the chapter implies very strongly that Belladonna and Ash are in fact related, sharing the same father. While it is not confirmed, a lot of strong hints and indications are given that this is the case. It also strongly implies that Felgrand is Ash's Uncle and that one of his brothers is in fact the father of Ash, Belladonna, Red, John Archer, and possibly all the Ash look alikes.
  • Wham Line:
    • After John Archer's Gardevoir asks what happened to her trainer, Dexter chimes in with information about him, ending with his status:
    Dexter: John was found several months ago: dead…"
    • Chapter 23 has a pretty big bombshell after Aurora prevents Belladonna from attacking a captive Ash:
    Belladonna: Thank you My Dear….you stopped me from making a horrible mistake. You stopped me, from killing the Brother I never knew I had.
    • In the Georgia Gaiden, Dr. Brennan, having just run a DNA test on the Serial Killer known as "The Reaper", gives this bit of bad news:
    Dr. Brennan: The DNA matches the Striaton Gym Leader, Eric Knudsen. Ghost-type specialist.
    • In the Big P Pokémon Race Interlude, there's this conversation at the end:
    Hex: Urgh, when I get ta him, I swear I'm gonna Shadow Claw his face out!
    Lara: Hex, we ain't supposed ta say that here!
    Hex: Aw, come on, ya don't want ta roast his sorry ass fer everything he did ta us?
  • What Are Records?: Gary apparently doesn't know what a VCR is.
  • What Could Have Been: An In-Universe example: Arceus notes that, had Cyrus not messed with time Ash would have won Sinnoh by defeating Paul in the finals, and would have also won in Unova by defeating Tobias. The same example also showed alternate lineups for battling: Fighting Nando, Conway, and Barry in the Top 16, 8, and 4, and in Unova fighting Cameron, Bianca, Virgil, Stephan, and Trip in the Top 64, 32, 16, 8, and 4 respectively.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?:
    • Outright asked by Cynthia when she takes a huge topaz crystal from an ancient ruin. True to the trope, doing so triggers a giant boulder booby trap.
    • Exol shows of the power of his Shadow Mawile and immediately says "Nothing will ever go wrong". Right before it goes into Reverse Mode.
    • Serena tries to steel herself for bathing a Poliwag by asking herself this. But it doesn't work: her nerves get the better of her, causing her to rub the Poliwag too hard, and she takes a Bubblebeam to the face.
    • Giselle also told this to herself when she sent Joe to play the bait to lure a pair of trainers into the school grounds. Said trainers were, of course, Ash and Misty, who wasted no time in sweeping the floor with every single student that tried to challenge them, Giselle included.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: invoked Hapu suggests that Mina does art while intoxicated, which she neither confirms nor denies.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Both Misty and Iris experience a strange sense of familiarity upon making physical contact with Ash for the first time. After Iris joins the group, Misty begins to feel and act strangely when they interact and when she sees her training with Ash. It's not until Psyduck tells her this to her face that she admits to being jealous of Iris and also afraid that she might take Ash away from her.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Ash and Misty are quick to call Giselle and the rest of her classmates "a bunch of bullies" for their treatment of Joe.
  • What You Are in the Dark:
    • Ash catches a Gyarados for Misty while she's currently comatose instead of catching it for himself.
    • Ash's Butterfree has a golden opportunity to kill his mate's "new" flame without being caught, but he can't bring himself to do it.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...:
    • Most Bloodliners are Technique Bloodliners who can only use a single specific Pokémon technique (ie. A Flamethrower Bloodliner can only use the move Flamethrower). That doesn't mean they can't learn to use their one move in creative ways.
    • Cynthia took this saying quite literally against a Spiritomb.
  • When Elders Attack: Miror B. was driven from Agate Village by its elderly residents, mostly because they found the man's fashion to be horrid. As a result, Agate Village is one of the few places in Orre where Cipher has no influence.
  • When Trees Attack: In the Holiday Special, Samurai learns the hard way why it's not a good idea to attack Snover of a particular population in Kanto.
  • Whip It Good: Charmeleon does this to some Weedle using an Ekans in Chapter 23.
  • White Sheep: One of the Seven Brothers (specifically the one whose initial is E) wasn't a criminal. Felgrand describes him as the "goody two-shoes" of the family.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Dakim's thoughts about Skrub's name.
  • Who's Laughing Now?:
    • Before he earned his infamy, Twenty Gyarados Bill was constantly denigrated, picked on, and laughed at. Then he got a Magikarp, and started gathering more...
    • The wild Rhydon and his crash in the Luana Gaiden also had this as their goal for going on rampages in the Orange Islands.
  • Why Can't I Hate You?: How Misty feels towards Iris. On one hand, she wasn't very happy with Ash's decision to include her in their group without asking her first (especially since Iris attacked her thinking she'd hurt Axew), and she doesn't like how Iris and Ash are becoming so close so quickly. On the other hand, Misty genuinely likes Iris and wants to help her with her problems.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Like in the anime, Misty's afraid of bug-types, but she also develops a fear of Vileplume after nearly dying from being poisoned by one. However, unlike in the anime, she doesn't seem particularly afraid of Gyarados. Whether the incident that caused her phobia didn't happen this time around or she's already gotten over it is unclear.
    • It's mentioned that Meowth used to have a deathly fear of Machop, thanks to a fraudulent fortune cookie.
  • Wild Hair: Iris' hair is actually this as opposed to her rather stylized hairstyle from the anime. Justified since she has been raised by Pokemon and had very little contact with humans.
  • With Friends Like These...: Joe gets picked on by the other members of the Golden Generation. Granted, they think they're helping him, but that doesn't change the fact that their "tough love" isn't helping him.
  • Wolverine Claws: Multiple attacks are done with claws.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: Iris finds Ash attractive partly because of his strength. This is justified, because she was raised by Dragon-types, and strength is more highly valued in the wild.
  • Worf Had the Flu:
    • Two of Misty's Pokémon were defeated by a wild Golduck. This is because she was so worried about the possibility of Iris getting together with Ash that her head wasn't in the battle.
    • One night owl of a trainer tries to invoke this with Whitney by challenging her at four in the morning, thinking she'll be too tired to battle him at full capacity. It doesn't work. If anything, it backfired by making Whitney angrier and more motivated to beat him.
    • It's implied that Team Rocket was able to capture Felgrand because all of his Pokémon had already been defeated by Ash.
  • A World Half Full: The new timeline isn't exactly sunshine and lollipops, but it's hardly completely hopeless. Things are already far better than they used to be, and there's a general sense of optimism in the overall story.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: Anabel thinks so, as shown by the narration at the beginning of Chapter 23.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Ash gets a good deal of praise from Brock, Lt. Surge, and Erika.
    • A.J. also feels this way about Ash, since he was the trainer to break his winning streak.
    • Also Red, to an extent, since despite winning the Battle Dome Tournament, he's aware that Ash only lost because he chose not to use his bloodliner powers, unlike Red.
    • Giovanni considers Solidad to be this, and by extension, he feels this way about any gym challenger who actually puts up a good fight.
    • Mitsumi earns Argenta's respect after her Infernape ties with the latter's Pachirisu (a Pachirisu that had previously defeated 399 trainers single-handedly).
  • Would Hit a Girl: A group of young toughs in Cynthia's hometown attacked her when she was a child. She won.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Reaper has no qualms about trying to kill a young Georgia. It's also mentioned that one of his previous victims was seven years old.
  • Wretched Hive:
    • Cynthia's hometown was apparently full of thieves and drug dealers.
    • Even back during Gringy City's bad days, the Old Cesspit was known as its worst part, full of crime, vice, and misery. Not even the recent improvements made to the city have been able to help much.
  • Wrong Context Magic: Abilities either unique to the Resetverse or ones that Ash did not encounter before time reset can be this.
    • Ash for example knows that Mega Evolution is a thing, but he never got to see it in action beyond Blaziken Mask before he went back, and the Pokedexes have little to no data on it by the time he later gets a keystone.
      • This even extends to other characters. It would appear that while people are aware of Mega Evolution in general, most people aren't so knowledgeable about the specifics. For example, in her gaiden, Astrid found a Key Stone, but she couldn't identify it as one, despite being aware of Mega Evolution as shown when she had to fight a Mega Steelix.
      • In the Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden, it's shown that at the time people didn't know the typing of some Mega-Evolutions, like Mega-Gyarados, thus they were unaware that Electric-type attacks would only be half as supereffective against it. The soldiers fighting against Twenty Gyarados Bill weren't even aware it was possible for Gyarados to Mega-Evolve in the first place, despite them knowing about their general's Mega Ampharos.
    • Bloodliner powers can throw a lot of people off if they aren't expecting them. Just ask the Cerulean Sisters.
    • Bond Phenomenon is this just as in canon. Gary's Pokedex had no clue what it was when Casey Snagem and his Chesnaught used it in fighting Gary.
    • Shadow Pokemon's Shadow Moves are super-effective on everything. Not only that, but they cannot be seen unless they are a part of a charging or elemental move.
    • For those unaware of Alola's ecosystem, Alolan forms can throw people off such as when Red was surprised to learn Alolan Exeggutor is a Grass/Dragon type.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Misty mistakes Ash for a Fighting-Heart Bloodliner after seeing him use Counter. Turns out he's a Lucario Bloodliner.
  • Wrong Side of the Tracks: Even back during the days when Gringy City was an Industrial Ghetto, the Old Cesspit was known as the "bad part". It's still pretty bad despite the new life being breathed into the city.
  • X Days Since: There's a sign in the Viridian Forest saying "251 days since last known fatality". Unlike most examples, it's not Played for Laughs, but used to further establish that this new world is more dangerous than the old one.
  • X Marks the Hero: Kyle Narec, the only genuinely good parent any member of Belladonna's group ever knew, had an x-shaped scar on his left cheek.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Apparently, this is a possible personality for Pokedexes.
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: Subverted in the Holiday Special. Volkner is visited by a figure claiming to be the Ghost of Christmas Past, but it turns out to be Flint in disguise, and he tries this every year.
  • You Can Barely Stand: By the time Wally finally faces off against Brendan, he's close to collapse from his exertions.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: This is a Pokémon fic, after all.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Sho's Luxray and Magneton stay back to hold off the ghost butler to allow Gardenia and Rotom to go on.
  • Younger Than They Look:
    • Belladonna is 16, but looks considerably older, partly due to her height and bust. Ash is surprised to learn she's only one year older than him, and she admits that a lot of people overestimate her age.
    • Mitsumi is able to pass off as a 15-year-old and have a trainer license, despite being younger than Hareta (who is 15).
  • You Will Be Spared:
    • In Chapter 23, Belladonna spares a guard because he said he had a family. Touched by the man's fear for his dependents, and remembering her own terrible childhood, Belladonna knocks him out and stuffs him in a closet, also leaving a message to make sure people will know he's in there.
    • Sabrina does this to challengers who do well enough to impress her even if they lose, partly because it also lures bad/mediocre ones to come to her gym thinking they have a chance.
      • In her gaiden, the bug-catching trainer who stands up to her impresses her to the point she spares him and the rest of the townspeople, as her way to acknowledge his bravery and determination.
  • Zerg Rush: A major part of Belladonna's strategy for taking over the Gringy City power plant was overwhelming the defenses with a horde of mind-controlled Poison-types, most of them relatively weak. It works at first, but then problems come during the occupation. Since they no longer have the element of surprise or an enormous numerical advantage (due to having to spread themselves out more thinly to hold the plant as opposed to being able to concentrate their attacks on the personnel), competent attackers like Ash and company are able to defeat huge numbers of the hypnotized Pokémon.
  • Zorro Mark: A rather disturbing example. In the Georgia Gaiden, the Reaper carves a distinctive symbol into the bodies of his victims. It's based on the badges he gives out for his job as a gym leader.
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