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Roleplay: We Are All Pokémon Trainers

Meet the Cast (Sort of.)

"We thought we'd take the long way around... but of course, we were sucked into a conspiracy to take over the world. Just a typical week, really."
Wolf, summarizing this RP

We Are All Pokémon Trainers, or WAAPT, is a Pokémon Play By Post Game created by gamerex27 on February 7, 2011 where all of the participants are Pokémon Trainers. The plot starts off with a Talking Heads bit about all the people randomly showing up in an airport headed to Sinnoh. Then Missingno shows up, turns Canalave City into a mountain of eggs, and Mewtwo shows up to tell the group that they need the help of Legendary Pokemon to defeat the Anomaly. Things just continue to get more insane from there.

In an epic Fanverse which has so far included a pair of in-universe Mary Sues, five Pokemon researchers, a former-NPC, a Mystery Man by the name of Pentigan, an ex-Pokemon Ranger, a Dark-Type Gym Leader in training, more ex-champions than you can shake a stick at, basically the whole of the known Pokeverse (and some of the unknown portions), virtually every Legendary Pokemon in existence, and alternate universes, arcs are common and epicness ensues.

Due to the RP evolving from a forum game with no real canon, the events happening in the earliest arcs are slightly subject to Broad Strokes Canon and Early-Installment Weirdness, and may not accurately represent the current state of the RP.

Has a wiki. The discussion page is located here, and the signup thread here.

Also, please note that spoilers are unmarked for any events or reveals earlier than the past two arcs.


Tropes featured in We Are All Pokémon Trainers include:

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  • 108: The amount of Tears in the IK arc purposely added up to 108 to match Spiritomb, a Pokémon fully built around the concept of 108 in Buddhist mythology.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break:
    • DS and Mezzo's 20th and 16th birthdays respectively occur during the time they're stuck in the mindscapes.
    • PEFeDOS during the PMD-R arc is awakened and begins her sadistic testing once again on Tagg's 21st birthday.
    • It repeats with Tagg ending up in Ransei 600 years in the past due to concentrated April Fools shenanigans on his 22nd birthday. Herbert, also in the same situation, has his 16th birthday the next day.
    • Straw gets attacked by Shadow!Crewe on his 18th birthday, which was purposely invoked by Aelia For the Evulz.
  • Aborted Arc:
    • This in general happens when players leave without tying up all their loose ends.
    • The Warriors sub-arc in Holon, due to the player responsible for managing it losing motivation.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Tagg theorizes that the creation trio might do this when interacting with mortals, considering their eldritch natures.
  • A God Am I: Downplayed. Eon being a Latios is a species that are considered minor deities IRP, but he appears to have delusions of being on the same tier of power as legends like Groudon and Dialga, and demands that people worship him.
  • Absurd Altitude: During the Unown meeting, the group gets teleported into space, being saved from dying due to the Unown's power. They end up seeing the planet in its entirety before being teleported to the Sinjoh Ruins.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: For a long time, Daisy's Zoroark, Blacky, was able to use the abilities of the Pokémon he transformed into, even though said transformation is really just an illusion. Blacky seems to have caught on to this as his Illusion ability now works the way it's supposed to work.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The RP is mainly based on the universe of the main series games + spinoffs, but it also takes elements from the anime, manga, and even the TCG in the form of the Holon region, certain moves, and the existence of Delta Pokémon.
  • Adult Fear: Although Diane is not technically an adult, she is still horrified when Annie, her Head Pet Taillow, is almost killed by a giant Bouffalant.
  • Aerith and Bob: Both normal and plain unusual names are common. Ex. Mezzopiano Morendo and Jeff Firelight
  • All Love Is Unrequited:
    • Nudi the Gastrodon falls in love with Bonnie the Weavile, who unfortunately for him doesn't reciprocate.
    • Same thing with Hikari and Des
    • And Jacob and Sakura.
    • Bishop and Seth.
    • Elise is heavily implied to have a crush on Straw.
  • The Alleged Car: Tracer owns an old van that seems to operate mainly on the power of hope and prayer going by how rundown it is.
  • Almost Kiss: At one point while trying to figure out her feelings for Wolf, DS almost kisses Wolf while he's asleep.
  • All There in the Manual: Plot points are often discussed in the chat room, Discussion Thread, and Spoiler Text. This includes many cases of Word of God.
  • An Ass Kicking Christmas:
    • The fight against Noir and Nihilist Soul takes place on Christmas Eve.
    • Darkest Night (An Arkham series based miniarc) also takes place on Christmas Eve.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • Cyrus' fate after the AU has ended. And to think Giratina finds it funny.
    • Every being hypnotized into "silence", rendering him practically unable to do anything as it would make noise until the mind control wears off.
    • Palkia's dialogue after being restored from her petrification makes it clear that she was conscious the whole time. She doesn't seem too bothered by it, though, apart from having found being a statue to be really boring]
  • And Then What?: This trope is more or less what led Jane, Tagg, and Anom to become researchers. All three just didn't feel like doing nothing but battling for the rest of their lives.
  • Angel Unaware: Some of the legendaries can take the form of normal Pokémon or even humans to observe and deal with mortals. Ho-oh for instance has a tendency to masquerade as a Pidgey.
  • Animalistic Abomination:
    • ♨č▒⢫╠␣☣ł₤舸▟, or the Glitch Nidorino, is a representation of the fear of death that merely takes the appearance of the first being it encounters in the material world, in this case being Vinollo the Nidorino. Luckily unlike most other Glitches it's friendly if it's mission isn't to beat the fear of death into you.
    • The Invisible Shiny Bulbasaur that glitched up Kanto is another Glitch Pokémon.
    • Tagg considers a fair number of legendaries to be this trope due to their more eldritch qualities.
    • OLD MAN's familiar Weedle Prime.
  • Animorphism:
    • Upon entering one of the PMD universes, humans get forcibly transformed into Pokémon.
    • A human wearing a human to Pokémon armband will get turned into the Pokémon they relate to most.
    • Weremons tend to have involuntary transformations, but due to her enchanted Moon Stone Crewe can switch forms at will.
  • Appropriated Appelation: The fan-term "J-Team" ends up getting adopted by the group as their official name.
  • Arc Words: A veritable multitude, as many characters have individual ones. For example:
    • Pi: Take the mask, swear the oath, become something more.
    • Dune: "Criminal". Always capitalized.
    • Tagg: "Destiny is never left to chance."
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Palkia, who went from just being another legendary to a main character in later arcs.
    • Many Pokémon start of as just another member of the trainer's team, but then become more iconic, like Ammy.
    • Of the human side of things, Hikari qualifies due to initially being just a NPC, but she started appearing often and even participates in some of the stuff the main cast does.
  • Ascended Fanboy: A lot of J-Team members were originally fans of the group before joining.
  • Atop a Mountain of Corpses:
    • Red does the G rated version of this with 500 of Lanius' caught goons in this post.
    • It happens again with Flonne and Anja in this post.
  • Attack Animal: Cipher has a habit of using their mons like this on people.
  • Attack Of The 50 Foot...:
    • Cowboy: When 'M possesed Clay.
    • Hydreigon: This is what Scolipede sics on the Trainers and Napoleon's forces after the attack on N's Castle.
    • Tortilla: This rampaged around Dewford Island with little explanation, then was recreated by XANADOS in Lumiose City.
    • Espeon: April Fools Day 2013 turned DS into this.
  • Awesome Backpack/Bag of Holding: Most of the trainers pre-Unova have Hammerspace backpacks as a gift from Palkia. Sometimes, they use them as tents or sleeping bags.
  • Badass Crew:
    • The main group, aka the J-Team, regularly coming up on top versus a number of dangerous opponents and containing some of the most skilled trainers in the RP's universe.
    • The PEFE Founders, particularly during their takedown of Pokefutures Inc.
    • The Extras, a group of vigilantes fighting off Cipher with minimal resources.
  • Badass Family: As found out in the Conquest Arc, several of the J-Team members are related to each other, not counting those who are already siblings.
  • Badass on Paper: Given how battles can be tackled from various angles besides strength or smarts, some Pokémon can end up becoming this. You wouldn't believe Dintel faced Lelouch and raised La Résistance to stop his invasion of Hoenn until you actually read it through.
  • Bag of Spilling: Tagg's Xatu takes his Unova badges shortly before the Unova-2 arc, forcing him to refight the Gym Leaders in order to get his badges back.
  • Baleful Polymorph:
    • The Pokemon Trainers all end up turning into Pokemon when they go to the PMD universe.
    • During the OI, Fool (while possessed by Majora's Mask) turns three Pokémon poachers into shiny Pokémon.
    • Vyvyan the Magma Grunt starts unknowingly transforming into a Rayquaza due to having to keep Depthcharge and Buggle (clones of Kyogre and Groudon) under control. He is later kidnapped by Team Ozone, who speed up the process of his transformation.
  • Bash Brothers: Gamer and Tagg, many, many times.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind:
    • The mindscape miniarc is chock full of these as the trainers take on their dark sides.
    • When Zeal's RedEyes aspect attempts to use Jirachi to take control of time, Jacob ends up entering his mindscape to try and stop him.
  • Bi the Way: A large portion of the cast, including:
  • Big Bad:
    • Missingno, also called The Anomaly and He Who Must Not Be Numbered.
    • 'M in the Unova arc.
    • Ardos in the Ranger Regions.
    • Napoleon in the Alternate Timeline.
    • Annoski during the Keystone arc.
    • The Master and PEFeDOS during PMD-R.
    • AU!Alduin in RtAU.
    • The Ghost Lord in Conquest.
    • Cipher for Unova-2, Holon, and Orre.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Scolipede and Artemis in the AU.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies:
    • Anom's entire team at the beginning until he branched out following the end of the AU arc..
    • Ammy also happens to be a Bug type specialist.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Jane and her horde of Legendaries in the third arc.
    • Wolf and his Swoobat in the eleventh.
    • Tagg and a bunch of the other trainers teleporting down to Kanto to help Tracer and his Pokemon fight off a massive murder of Murkrow and their Honchkrow bosses.
    • Unite and Reshiram when they go first help with the evacuation of Goldenrod City, then stop an army at Rt. 32.
    • DS, the Lake Trio and Palkia during the final battle of the AU arc.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: The Cain-Davis family, of which Herbert and Psyche are probably the two most prominent members. Nearly every member of the extended family that's been shown onscreen is either evil, highly traumatised, just kind of a jerk, or some mixture of the three. The few decent ones almost always seem to end up dead or broken.
  • Big "WHAT?!": In the first Sinnoh Arc when Cresselia reveals that she is Darkrai's daughter.
  • Bigger Bad:
    • Cipher serves as one for the entire RP in general, often acting through proxies instead of fighting the J-Team directly, having a hand in the backstories of several characters, and even created 'M which antagonized the J-Team during the Unova arc. For Orre they end up becoming the Big Bad of the arc.
    • OLD MAN's nemesis, the Magikarp Salesman, a powerful demon who doesn't really concern himself with the J-Team's antics at all.
    • The Seven Jerk Dragons serve as this for the PMD-R arc. While they don't make a direct appearance, their actions are directly responsible for the state of PMD-B when J-Team members visit it.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: Human and Pokémon characters talking to one another would count as this most of the time, with the humans speaking either English or other languages and the mons speaking Monese.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • The fates of some of the J-Team members that survived the Draconic Uprising in PMD-B match this. The PEFE Founders for instance end up dying of old age unable to change things back, but they do end up laying the seeds to create a timeline fork and manage to raise families of their own.
    • The Fallout miniarc ends much like the original game, with the Super Mutants being defeated, but the Vault Dweller being cast out.
    • Wolf-B ends up saving AU!DS' life through sending a message through the Adamant Orb... at the cost of his own life.
    • The Orre arc ends with Cipher crushed (at least in Orre), but most of the Admins manage to escape justice (though not defeat), a lot of the J-Team members are left with issues, and Siren/Taylor ends up getting killed shortly after undergoing a Heel-Face Turn. On the other hand, Psyche does manage to conquer her own psychological issues...briefly.
  • Bland-Name Product: For example, Twitter Is Chatter, Kingdom Hearts is Empire Souls, Etc. Sometimes overlaps with Hold Your Hippogriffs. A more complete listing is available on the wiki.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Unlike the canon series, the RP isn't exactly afraid to show the results of extreme violence when it does happen, though it never really goes into Gorn.
  • Boarding Party:
    • During the AU arc, a bunch of the J-Team's mons board one of Lanius' slave ships and manage to rescue the slaves aboard.
    • A very well-organized one occurs in AU!Goldenrod when the Pokémon there have to try and counter the initial Draconic offensive, including Ariados-silk cable anchors and feline mons effortlessly climbing them up to the airships above the city.
  • Boss Rush:
    • XANADOS made copies of the Giant Tortilla, Annoski, Einroth, Edge, Gyru, Toxicroak, Fade, and Jane for the J-Team members in Xanadu to fight.
  • Brick Joke:
    • When DS first meets Chase the Pidove, he mentions that his wing was injured by a Purrloin. DS eventually catches said Purrloin.
    • DS has Brain Bleach in her backpack. This is referenced and used many times.
    • Chase meets the flock of Pidove that left him behind in Nuvema town after joining the group.
    • Briar Rose learns how to bring objects from the Dream World back with her to the real world, and intends to use this information to bring back some berries she had planted in the Dream World. Next time DS sends Briar Rose out of her ball, she has the berries with her.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Jane donned a Southern Accent near the beginning. It went away after a while, though it still slips through on occasion.
  • Broad Strokes: Since WAAPT evolved from a Forum Game with no real continuity, the defeats of Missingno and 'M are considered canon, but not everything that happened in the interim.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl:
    • Herbert and Carol fit this trope to a T.
    • Pi and Joseph fit this as well. Of course, this is Brooding Boy, Gentle Other Boy.
  • Butt Monkey:
    • Gamer is either this or a Gary Stu at all times.
    • Anom.
    • Slouch has his moments.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Zig-zagged. Most regular animals don't exist, and sometimes an animal is mentioned and the trainers won't know what that is. Other times, they refer to certain Pokémon as the animal they are based off of.
  • Carnivore Confusion: Yes, every Pokemon in the setting is perfectly sapient, and yes, the predatory ones will kill for their food. The prevailing view amongst predators when hunting is to mainly aim for jerks and not to revel in the kill.
  • Cassandra Truth: Jane's mother doesn't believe that she's friends with Palkia.
  • Central Theme:
    • An overarching one appears to be that people are people, even when they're not human. Humans and Pokémon are shown in many instances to be Not So Different from one another in both positive and negative aspects.
    • By arc:
      • Oblivia: The Power Of Trust.
      • AU Arc: Expendable Alternate Universe.
      • Mindscape Miniarc: Inner demons.
      • Infinity Keystone: The effects of racism and imperialism, as well as going alone.
      • PMD-R: Civilization continues on, as well as the past vs the future.
      • PEFE Exploration: The light and dark sides of science.
      • Conquest: War, and its effects on the populace. Also, what happens when several expansionist powers happen to share the same region.
      • Holon: Much like PEFExp, though it deals far more heavily with the dark side of science.
      • Orre: Revenge and the consequences thereof, as well as dealing with the consequences of your actions in general.
      • Kalos: Recovery and the difficulties thereof.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: See Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Compared to most of the other arcs, the AU arc took a hard right on the Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness.
  • Character Magnetic Team: The main group. It's justified in universe due to people with Attributes tending to attract one another.
  • Chastity Couple:
    • Most of the human couples in the RP do not partake in any sex or even the hint of sex, either due to asexuality or simply feeling uncomfortable with doing it at the current time.
    • Umbra x Ammy and Arika x Chrome are two notable (but offscreen) exceptions, and Umbra and Lina were known to have had sex while they were together.
  • Child Soldiers:
    • Lanius' forces were mostly made up of mons in adolescence.
    • On the heroes side, a lot of AU!Silent's Nidos would also count.
  • Celestial Bureaucracy: Arceus is normally buried under mounds of paperwork, limiting his direct involvement in the world at large.
  • Chekhov's Gun: These have been discovered and fired off so often that it's hard to list them all. Some examples include:
    • The Adamant Orb that mysteriously appeared in Tagg's backpack being used to summon Dialga to help kill 'M.
    • The mural in Mt. Layuda depicting Dialga turning on the other legendaries foreshadowing the AU arc.
  • Chess with Death: The Spirit Games that get run by the afterlife allow the occasional shot at resurrection.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Some of the trainer's Pokémon have vanished with no explanation.
  • City Noir: Black City, with some elements of the Wretched Hive.
  • Clip Its Wings: A common strategy for dealing with flying Pokémon in the RP is to freeze their wings, causing the mon in question to crash into the ground.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: The group has obtained several Pokémon like this, such as Goggles the Krookodile.
  • The Cloud Cuckoolander Was Right: Goggles the Krookodile has had several moments of this.
  • Combat Tentacles: One Obscura power is the ability to create tentacle constructs.
  • Coming-Out Story: Most of the LGBT characters in the J-Team are perfectly open about it, but Celeste and Sarah both struggled to admit to being trans.
  • Compelling Voice: Hearts of Gold have the ability to manipulate others using their super empathy, signified in the RP by the use of gold colored text.
  • The Confidant: Nadia the Salamence's Salamence plushie, Toothless, who helps her cope with her inability to fly. Goes on the way to become a Companion Cube.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Our heroes regularly end up blasting or beating their way past veritable hordes of Pokemon, but can be given a fair amount of trouble when fighting one on one.
  • Continuity Lockout: It's really hard to jump in during an arc because of the heavy continuity. This hasn't stopped some people from jumping in anyway and then realizing there's too much stuff going on that they don't know about to actually keep playing. This hasn't stopped a few dedicated players from joining the group.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The events of the games are often referenced, especially by characters who were there to witness the events.
    • The in-universe J-Team vs Capcom game Boss Rushes are big ones to characters that have long since departed.
    • When explaining to Dune, Deziree, Lyuri, and Duke about Mew, Tagg references the time during the Hoenn arc when Gamer ended up striking Mew.
    • After the strangeness of the last couple April Fools, people start treating them with wariness.
    • Tagg tends to like to visit the spots of previous events for old times sakes.
  • Convection Schmonvection:
    • Inverted and Subverted at the same time; it is very cold in Snowpoint Temple, and everyone reacts to it.
    • Played straight when Tagg and Gamer go through the gauntlet of a Pokemon-themed version of Super Mario Bros., due to Palkia having a hangover. Both Tagg and Musashi the Samurott lampshade it.
    • Definitely averted with Heat Shield, which kills things through sheer heat.
    • Averted in a volcano module in PEFE, the group needing a Safeguard to be protected from the heat and Tagg mentioning this trope.
  • Cool Airship:
    • The Alakagross civilization had quite a few, which the dragons in the AU base their airships on.
    • Team Glacier has an airship piloted by Shadow.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: The judgments handed out by the Cubone tribe during Tangent, Tagg, Tracer, and their Pokemon's "Trial by Bonemerang". Examples include having to give all the kids in the tribe a ride (Tagg's Garchomp) and being unable to use Yache Berries for a month. (Gaia, Tagg's Torterra.)
  • Country Matters: Kyrie is rather fond of this word, especially in regards to Paula.
  • Creepy Doll: The Shadow plushie, which keeps showing up no matter how Forte and the real Shadow try to get rid of it.
  • Cultural Posturing:
    • "Civilized" mons in general within PMD-B tend to look down on "ferals", those mons who decided to continue living as their ancestors did, considering them little more than beasts.
    • Cubone from different regions tend to do this to one another, such as members of the Sinnoh and Kanto tribes considering each other savages due to the presence or lack thereof of Trial by Bonemerang.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Tons, mostly delivered by the heroes. Some examples include:
    • Pretty much every time the group goes up against the local Grunts or Peons.
    • Nudi's first battle with Sonny, Tracer's Honchkrow, with him on the receiving end.
    • Rex has hinted that his battles against Clair and Blue were this for him, with him on the receiving end.
    • 49 losing to Winona.
    • Pallad alone against Lance's entire team, in his favor.
    • Shadow!Duke against Herbert AND his entire team is a particularly brutal one.
  • Cute and Psycho:
    • Fool has some violent tendencies as a result of her upbringing in a Simipour troop.
    • Kyrie is quite cute outwardly, and is childishly enthusiastic about a number of things, especially music. She is also mentally ill and incredibly violent.
  • Cute Critters Act Childlike: A lot of the more adorable mons are like this.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: They did in the case of the main opponents Tagg and some of the others faced off against during the PEFExp miniarc, cybernetic Pokémon that had been lobotomized into fighting machines by Pokefutures.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • WAAPT in general deals with heavy subjects such as racism, imperialism, and gender identity, and villains like Cipher are far more explicitly playing for keeps.
    • The alternate timeline is much darker than the OU, with first Napoleon cutting a bloody swath across Unova and the Seven Jerk Dragons in RtAU attempting what amounts to PG-rated genocide on the human race.
    • Tagg's solo adventures tend to have a darker undercurrent than the main RP since he tends to fight groups like the Unity and Cipher who are far more ruthless than run of the mill villains.
    • The Conquest Arc is also fairly dark in some aspects due to the Black and Grey Morality involved.
    • The Orre arc was the darkest arc the RP has seen since the AU, with quite a few deaths, mass killings, trauma for nearly everyone involved, and the full ruthlessness of Cipher falling on the heads of a J-Team unprepared to handle it.
  • Deader than Dead:
    • Missingno and 'M end up being destroyed in every verse due to the OU J-Team defeating them.
    • What happens to Napoleon in the AU after the souls of the Midori Room mons maul his soul, tearing it to shreds. Though Snowball does end up using said shreds to create Icelus, Napoleon himself is gone.
  • Death Is Cheap: When Gamer's Serperior was killed by David, he came back to life as a Duskull. Also, Daisy's Charizard is killed by a madman behind the madness in Canalave City. It then re-appears the next day as a Gastly.
  • Death World:
    • Quest Island, which is filled with dangerous Pokémon like Tyranitar and Skarmory, as well as having a easily awakened volcano. The Cubone tribe patrols in other regions are done by Marowak, and infant and child mortality is at a very high rate.
    • Other examples include post-Distortion Sinnoh in the AU, and both the AU and OT Giant Chasm.
  • Demonic Possession:
    • Assumed to be done by Missingno in an attack on Canalave in the original Sinnoh Arc. Turns out it was just a Gastly, though. Prior to the first PMD Arc, though, the real Missingno pulls this on Palkia.
    • It also happened a lot during the Unova arc. The victims included Steven Stone, Iris, Clay, Alder, and Jane.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "Emergency Exit: Only To Be Used In Emergencies".
  • Depending on the Writer: The characterizations between the various legendary Pokémon and other NPCs may vary depending on who is currently writing for them.
  • Destructive Savior: The J-Team tended to cause mass property damage in its battle against evil, until getting banned from hotels in Hoenn forced them to be a bit more tactful.
  • Deus ex Machina:
  • Die, Chair! Die!: Palkia makes a comeback after Missingno's first defeat in order to punch the living daylights out of a bunch of pillars.
  • Disney Death:
    • Happens to Cynthia near the end of the PMD arc, and to Jane, Wolf and Pentigan during the battle against 'M and Team Plasma at the Pokémon League.
    • DS is seemingly killed by Primal Dialga in a flashback, but unbeknownst to everyone, Dialga was able to resist Cyrus' orders and instead sent DS to the dimension in which the legendaries had been imprisoned.
    • Straw has experienced this enough times that he is pretty much unfazed by it.
  • Die or Fly: Auric and Obscuric abilities tend to be learned very quickly by those stuck in life and death situations.
  • Doorstopper: As of May 12, 2014 the RP is about 14,892 pages and counting, and text-only versions of single forum pages on the main thread alone can be in the range of 5-8 pages. A conservative estimate of the amount of printed pages would be about 105,000 pages and counting.
  • Don't Go in the Woods: Tagg lives next door to an area known as the Sea of Trees, which happens to be based on Aokigahara, the infamous suicide forest. It's infested with Ghost types and the souls of those who have died in the forest.
  • Dragged Off to Hell:
    • Umbra had the ability to banish people to the Distortion World back when he was the Ghost Lord of Spectra.
    • Tagg gets rid of the Sinnoh Family of Blood branch by having Groudon take them...somewhere else.
  • The Dragonslayer: Inka somehow gets this fame after curbstomping Lance's haxxest Dragonites (you know the ones) in backstory. However, by the time of the Draconic Uprising in the AU timeline, she is forced to live up to the title.
  • The Dreaded: A number of the Trainers, including Luke, Tracer, and Tagg, gain this status during the AU arc after curb stomping their way past hordes of Scolemis grunts.
  • Dramedy: The story is mostly humorous, though it can take some dark turns.
  • Dream Land: The Pokemon Dream World, a collective unconsciousness made from every Pokémon there ever was.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Seems to happen quite a bit. DS lampshades it.
  • Dressing as the Enemy:
    • The trainers do this to infiltrate the Altru Tower in Almia.
    • Tagg and the Vault Dweller end up doing it in PMD-B Angela in order to infiltrate the Cathedral.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Upon finding a treasure room which turned out to be Larva and Metentis' summer house, Brudy was abruptly eaten by Larva the Cofagrigus after Metentis the Dusclops told her she couldn't have any servants.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Mira to Artemis in the AU arc, after the former is fatally injured after receiving a stab wound meant for the latter.
  • Dysfunction Junction: A lot of the trainers have serious issues of some kind. Some examples include:
    • Tagg, who has social issues, PTSD as a result of his experiences during the AU arc if not long before, and has admitted to DS that he only really feels comfortable In Harm's Way.
    • Lyuri Riese, whose parents died in a cave-in thanks to an Earthquake caused by Riku the Sandslash and were separated for several years. And then Orre happened. In the AU Lyuri is the last member of her family since Sakura ended up dying too, leaving her a Broken Bird. This does not apply to her sister, Sakura Riese, though, as even though she shares the backstory, she doesn't have any lasting issues other than feeling guilt over the death of her parents.
    • Herbert, whose father is a Team Galactic commander who was still a better parent to him than his mother, who acted as if he didn't exist.
    • Jacob, who was orphaned when his parents were murdered and had his girlfriend killed by a Scizor. He also happens to be a bit unstable.
    • The Amarin family, consisting of Alli, a girl who seems relatively normal, but hides the trauma of losing her mother when she was just eight years old; Eskay/Sarah, her older brother/sister who saw the aforementioned death firsthand as well as almost dying the same way himself six years later, along with having accidentally murdered a Cipher Peon in a fit of rage despite having promised to never kill anyone ever, resulting in full-blown PTSD (which is only amplified by his empathic powers); and Ivy/Ellen, the dead mother in question who came back as an amnesiac Delta Golett and only regained her memory by witnessing the aforementioned attempted murder of her son.
    • Wolf, who was 'M's thrall for nearly ten years prior to the beginning of the RP, though he's managed to get past that.
    • Psyche, whose father was abusive and disowned her after she got mauled by Scrafty, leading to her Cynicism Catalyst.
    • Alyssa, another PTSD victim whose parents were killed by a fire, leaving her orphaned and lost in the wilderness with no social skills, along with leaving her with a haunting phobia of fire.
    • Crewe, who apart from being actually a Sneasel in human form, has a lot of issues regarding so many of her mons leaving or dying on her as well as possible PTSD from both that getting shadowed and nearly killing Straw in Orre.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The earliest arcs (Sinnoh through Unova) are far different from the RP today, due to it being originally a forum game with no real continuity that evolved into an RP. Word of God says that was due to Missingno and 'M's mere existence making the world of WAAPT a far stranger place than it is in future arcs in-universe.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending:
    • The AU arc. Its plot reaches numerous dark and overwhelming moments before its ultimate (and satisfying) resolution.
    • Sakura lost her parents and had her sister go missing, she spent a good four years looking for her and feeling very guilty about everything that happened, she eventually finds her, they're in good terms with each other, and she even got a boyfriend soon after, while she does occasionally have more problems, they're either minor ones or don't take as much time to be solved.
  • Earth Is a Battlefield: Not a single region on the planet manages to escape war during the Draconic Uprising in the AU.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • The only members of the J-Team that seem particularly bothered about Umbra's past as an Evil Overlord are Herbert and Sakura. It helps that it took place 600 years ago and Umbra isn't the same person he was back then.
    • Likewise, the only members of the J-Team who don't quickly forgive Tagg for slaughtering dozens of Cipher Peons are Herbert, Mezzo, and Sarah. And the only member of the team who still holds a grudge against Lyuri for her crimes as Alexia is Herbert. Sensing a trend here?
  • Eldritch Abomination:
    • The Anomaly aka Missingno and 'M, biological supercomputers whose mere presence warps reality.
    • The imprisoned being found in the deepest recesses of the Blacklight Caverns in the Orre Badlands in Dune's backstory, which he only barely escaped from, at the cost of his mind being scarred and incapable of being touched by any kind of telepathy. Known as the "Criminal", due to the runes in hundreds of languages stating the word around its prison.
    • "The Duke" and "The Prince", two possessing spirit things, the first in Pi's head, the second in the head of the villain Mortimer.
  • Eldritch Location:
    • The Distortion World, like in Platinum.
    • The dimension where the heroes took on Missingno for the first and last times.
    • Glitch City, 'M's home dimension.
    • Some of the Mindscapes
  • Elseworld: Many, but the two most often seen are the AU created from Cyrus' time tampering, and the Another!Verse (Based on The World Ends With You's Another Day mode), a Lighter and Softer version of WAAPT.
  • Enemy Within: The boss of each trainer's mindscape during the Mindscape Miniarc tends to be their inner dark side.
  • Ensemble Cast: While certain characters can gain more prominence than others depending on the arc, the RP lacks a defined main character.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • All three of the Scolemis generals have these moments to show exactly what kinds of mons they are, in particular Lelouch's case.
    • Minty, Rex's Sewaddle, goes from Bit Character to Ascended Extra this way.
    • Zack, Lyuri's Floatzel, had one of these after the Bubble Shield incident with Riku.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: When Gamer is temporarily Gender Bent in the 2nd April Fools day event, he/she is flirted with from everything, from an Ash Creature to a Weeping Angel.
  • Excited Title! Two-Part Episode Name!: Some of the J-Team show episodes have a format like this. Examples include "Assault! Storming The Sky Fortress!" and "Splash! Attack of the 50 Foot Vaporeon!"
  • Expendable Alternate Universe: Averted with the AU arc, the J-Team considers the AU to have just as valid an existence as the original universe, and have Dialga and Palkia fork them.

    Tropes F-J 
  • Famous Last Words: "Hey.....there really is a tunnel....with a pinprick of light. They were right after all." PMD-B Gamer/Joshua
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence:
    • Tagg's at the time newly evolved Hydreigon viciously mauling a Pokemon Pincher.
    • The entire PEFE flashback where Tagg, Tracer, and Silent had to defend themselves from a bunch of Swablu and Altaria poachers in Hoenn and end up setting their Pokemon on them.
    • AU!Fool horribly mauling a trainer and his Pokemon by ordering her Pokemon to tear him to shreds.
    • Maekrite willingly submits to a (relatively public) torture session when Silent gets hurt in the AU.
    • Aelia and Kyrie end up getting nasty scars and losing an eye respectively fighting the J-Team.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death:
    • Yanmega's ultimate fate, getting eviscerated by Zoroark so badly that all Anom could find was a bit of carapace.
    • Scolipede's Seismitoad's death by Stunfisk school electrocution.
    • Napoleon's forces killing off Mezzo's mons during the assault on Black City.
    • Stitch the Lapras dies from getting his neck blown wide open during the Battle of Castelia.
    • Biscuits the Crobat gets immolated by a Flygon during the Battle of Castelia.
    • Clover the Alakazam dies in the AU from Tagg's Hydreigon ripping his throat out during the battle at N's Castle.
    • Tagg describes watching a Aggron managing to rip a Tyranitar in half on one of his research trips.
    • The Lieutenant dies from taking an Earthquake to the head from Emperor!Archeops in Tracer's body and ends up starting to liquefy like his counterpart from Fallout before getting telekinetically hurled into a vaporizing forcefield.
    • Jacob ends up stabbing a Scizor with a sword after it kills his girlfriend in a flashback. Complete with the sound of the exoskeleton shattering!
    • Ivy/Ellen Amarin's death involved getting stabbed by a Toxicroak, and bleeding out along with the deadly poison right in front of her own son. Eskay almost receives the same fate, but is quickly saved by Ellen herself, Back from the Dead as Femata the Delta Golurk.
    • Ninetails dies from Tagg disemboweling her after Ammy and Herbert slice off all of her tails.
    • Deimos receives the nasty fate of being Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by Sarah in a blind rage.
  • Famed in Story: In the PMD-B timeline, 600 years after the events of the AU arc, certain events of the Scolemis War are still venerated centuries later. Examples include:
    • A museum in Vermillion having the very same washing machine used as a space tunnel in Tracer's house.
    • A museum in Opelucid containing the skull of Kaijudreigon on display.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • The Litwick and Elgyem members of the Celestial Tower do not get along.
    • Delta Pokémon are often seen as freaks by non-mutated mons.
    • Due to the Seven Jerk Dragons's part in trying to usurp the legendaries and more or less genociding humanity in the PMD-B timeline, Dragon types in general are often treated as second class citizens outside of Hoenn, which is more or less persona non grata due to other mons seeing it as merely a continuation of the Seven Jerk Dragons's rule.
    • Faithful the Salamence was originally prejudiced against non-dragons.
    • Cubone line members in general tend to be wary of non-Cubone, referring to them as "fiends" due to the fact that most other species prey on them.
    • Axew and Deino line members in the wild will kill one another on sight, leading to Tagg's Hydreigon having a prejudice against Vektor the Delta Fraxure, as well as Axew line members in general.
    • Gyru the Bronzong despises all organic mons as well as humans, considering them beneath him.
    • The Ghouls of PMD-B Angela tend to dislike all non-Ghost types.
    • In the PMD-B timeline and within the Return to AU arc, the draconic forces heavily discriminate(d) against non-dragons in their ranks and in general, with the goal of exalting themselves above humans and other mons in general as the rulers of a mon-only world.
  • Fantasy Conflict Counterpart:
    • Angela (An analogue of Southern California) once took water from up north in an analogue to the California Water Wars of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
    • Lina has participated in analogues of the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs and World War I.
    • Victini was used as a nuke in the WAAPT analogue to World War II, with some shrine Xatu in Ever Grande also hinting towards the conflict.
    • The purge of the Obscurics in Sinnoh and other regions is an analogue to the Japanese displacement of the Emishi and Ainu peoples.
  • Fantasy Gun Control: Averted. While rarely seen, firearms do exist in this universe.
  • Fire-Forged Friends:
    • The group as a whole would also count as their friendship deepened through their mutual experiences fighting evil.
    • Cinder and Lake in the AU go this way, as they realize they share having gone through many of the events that marked their lives with their Trainer, they just happen to see it differently. Somewhat lampshaded when they remember their challenges of Whitney.
    • Tagg and Herbert start being more friendly towards one another as they travel through Ransei with Ammy. Unfortunately undone in the Orre arc.
  • Fisher Kingdom: Type 2. The two PMD universes will turn any human who enters them into a Pokémon of some kind.
  • Five-Man Band: In the beginning it worked like this, but after the group got a lot more members it became closer to The Team. The breakdown pre-Oblivia worked like this:
  • Fixed Relative Strength: While as a whole the group is made up of powerful trainers, with even the weaker members often having at least one league under their belt, some are indeed just leagues ahead of others.
  • Follow the Leader: Has already spawned a snowclone.
  • Fore Shadowing: Too many examples to count. Often comes in the form of someone Tempting Fate.
    • A sweeter form of it though with the Breather Arc foreshadowings during the AU.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: Aside from the main plot of an arc or arcs, there can also be numerous subplots, including ones taking place far from the region the bulk of the J-Team happens to be in at the time.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip:
    • Happened three times from Sinnoh to Unova-1, first with Jane and Palkia, the second time with DS and Artemis and the third with Daisy and Pink. A weird variation of this also seemed to happen between Jane and Entei.
    • Happens yet again with Anom and Wolf, due to a Manaphy. Unlike the other examples, it's played as a more serious major plot point rather than a brief joke, and lasted for pretty much the whole Oblivia arc.
    • This later happened in Kalos when a particularly "playful" Obscuric being decided to swap Mezzo and Eskay's minds. This ended up causing a small amount of chaos, especially when the fix turned out to be a kiss.
    • Deziree, Psyche, and Pentigan end up switching bodies for a brief period during the Fiore portion of Ranger-2.
  • Free-Range Children: Pretty much all of the characters that are or were minors starting out would count as this. Bonus points go to Amber and Remy for not even being in the double digits when they started.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: During the finale of the Orre arc, Tagg finds himself having to choose between killing Tokarev, or rescuing DS, who is in danger of falling to her death into a pool of lava. He chooses to save DS, in the process realizing how much his desire for revenge against Cipher had consumed him as he actually had to think about whether to save one of his closest friends or not.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • Generic Announcer Guy ends up being shortened to GAG, Mysterious Old Man is shortened to MOM, and "The Minigame Idiot" becomes "TMI".
    • The Pokédex - Extended Fanon Edition also gets three or four (b)ackronyms during their cameo, such as PEFE Eclectic Fighting Exhibition, which is also a Recursive Acronym.
    • PEFeDOS: PEFE Division of Observation and Sanitization.
  • Geek: Due to the demographics of the playerbase, most of the J-Team is comprised of geeks and nerds of all kinds.
  • Gender Bender:
    • This happened far more often than it needed to inside Twist Mountain. Wolf and Pentigan still suffered from this after leaving the mountain for a few days before eventually being returned to normal.
    • Pentigan's amulet has this function. At one point during the OI arc, he ended up accidentally losing it and leaving himself, Anom and Fool stuck as the opposite genders.
  • Gender Is No Object: Males and females are treated exactly the same IRP, save for Lanius' misogynistic forces in the AU arc.
  • Genre Roulette: Themes can change from arc to arc. Compare the Darker and Edgier AU with the OI arc directly after it for example.
  • Gentle Giant: Many large and imposing Pokémon are like this.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: Tangent and Tagg's Xatu manage to gather a large amount of peoplemons that the J-Team has helped in order to help prevent Cipher from taking Gateon Port at the climax of the Orre arc.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: We don't see Tagg murdering dozens of Cipher Peons as a threat toward the Admins of Cipher and as revenge for what the organization did to him about six years before the start of the RP during the Orre arc plus what they did during the arc, but we do see its aftermath.
  • Gossip Evolution:
    • Happens when the wild Pokémon around the Orange Islands talk about Algira after she becomes a wanted mon for eating some of the bug Pokémon on the islands. Algira goes from just another predator to a monstrous demon hellbent on devouring every Bug Pokemon on the islands.
    • Happens again when Latias begins searching for Pentigan's lost Gender Bender amulet so he, Anom and Fool can be returned to normal. This eventually leads to the wild Pokémon searching for a non-existant Soul Dew because they think Latias will reward them with a lifetime's supply of Oran Berries if they can help her find it.
  • Grim Up North:
    • AU Sinnoh, post-Distortion.
    • Even in the OU, the Sinnoh North is a cold and foreboding place.
    • Tagg and the others end up traveling even farther north in order to defeat Annoski at the Cathedral.
    • Nixtorm and Spectra are two of the northernmost countries in Ransei, and the homes of the main antagonists, Wolf's ancestor Yusei and the Ghost Lord respectively.
  • Groin Attack:
    • One of many things the Seismitoad jailer inflicts upon Anom. Not played for laughs, obviously.
    • Jay did this to Eskay while trying to escape from the group.
    • Lyuri did this to Vrang as retribution for him ordering his Pokémon to use Thunder Wave on her, Sakura helped and Des approved.
    • In another example that is not played for laughs, Odin does this to Ren with a cattle prod during an interrogation.
  • Half-Human Hybrid:
    • Anyone who manages to transform into a Pokemon has their DNA slightly changed to become part Pokémon once they turn back. It has not been directly confirmed but it is likely the same for any Pokémon that transforms into a human.
    • April Fools 2013 had this happen to Sakura and Lyuri, mirroring the Pokémon RéBURST transformations, they became an Arcanine and a Lucario, respectively.
  • Halloween Episode: It begins here as several trainers are invited to New Island's Castle for a party. Weird stuff begins to happen when Basket (Tangent's Tropius) unleashes a metaphysical agent that turns anyone in contact into a Charizard ’M and gives them instant mental messaging. Chaos ensues as the hivemind compels the infectees to spread the virus by force. Random highlights include:
    • Anom and others pranking Gym Leaders with a Reality Warping phone.
    • Aqua the Vaporeon being sad that she is no longer a Water-type Pokémon.
    • Ori and Pentigan battling over the sprinkler system to spread either more virus or a cure.
    • Woolly going into a sort of Caffeine Bullet Time to defeat some Charizards.
    • Tangent and Silent using their new forms for scientific testing
    • Gyru, a mechanical Pokémon with a robotic superiority complex, is turned thus becoming an organic, inferior being (to add salt to the wound, it has to eat to be cured).
  • Hard Light: Moves like Reflect and Barrier can be made to work like this. Sol uses them to redirect light, reroute fluids and attacks, and shelter Trainers during battle. Auric constructs work in a similar manner.
  • Harmless Freezing:
    • This trope is in effect most of the time, DS lampshades it several times.
    • Subverted when Ghetsis orders Kyurem to freeze everyone to death.
    • Also subverted when Jane gets frozen. She gets melted out, but she ends up with a cold.
  • Have You Seen My God?:
    • Arceus temporarily resigns from his position after the 'M ordeal. OLD MAN and Weedle Prime are put in charge for the interim.
    • In the alternate timeline, the Nidoran colony not registering sighting of their god, Ho-Oh, for a long time is one of the reasons behind Inka convincing Silent to militarize the colony.
  • Head Pet:
    • Sunny the Umbreon makes a nice hat. And he can block mind-reading too!
    • Turns into a Running Gag with Silent's mons as most of them have traded the position or openly fought over it.
    • Annie, Diane's Taillow companion, will only touch the actual ground if she's unconscious; otherwise, her chosen nest is the nearest person's hair.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power:
    • Hearts of Gold have super empathy, a Compelling Voice, and the ability to use an Emotion Bomb.
    • Magic Guard renders Selene the Clefable immune to poison darts.
    • Safeguard can guard against toxic gases and temperature extremes as well as status moves.
    • The often overlooked move Round was used at Tagg's Vanilluxe's suggestion to disorient a Soulless T-Rex in AU!Sinnoh.
  • Heroic BSOD: Several characters have gone through this in the past.
  • Hero Insurance: Averted, the trainers end up getting banned from a number of Hoennese hotels due to their destructive antics, or to be more exact, their Pokemon's antics.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: During the final battle against 'M, Anom (who had his DNA become unstable after the events at Twist mountain) tricks 'M into absorbing him, which destroys 'M's anti-legendary shield and allows the legendary Pokémon to join the battle and finish of 'M once and for all. Anom ended up Deader than Dead, until the legendary Pokémon figured out how to bring him back after a week.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity:
    • The legendaries accidentally destroying the Sky Fortress didn't sit well with its wild Pokemon population.
    • The main group gets this so badly at one point that Pokepan hotels start denying them service, starting with Hoenn.
  • Humanlike Animal Aging: Zigzagged, while most species of Pokémon can live at least as long as humans, and others live shorter or even longer lives (With ghosts and inorganic mons being immune to death by old age), Pokémon generally physically and mentally mature at an accelerated rate compared to humans.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The Magikarp Salesman, who's actually a powerful demon and the Arch-Enemy of OLD MAN.
  • Identical Stranger: Wolf and N look almost exactly alike. When they briefly met in Almia, Wolf didn't notice the resemblance at first. He was a bit creeped out by it once it was pointed out.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Mezzo challenged A to kill a Patrat during the AU arc. A refused to go through with it.
  • I Have Many Names:
    • Missingno, also known as The Cinnabar Anomaly, The Anomaly, He Who Must Not Be Numbered, It, The Unnumbered One.
    • AU!Alduin, the World Eater, Kingsbane, and God of Destruction, much like his namesake.
    • Lugia, also known as the Great Dragon, the Guardian of the Sea, the Leviathan, Singer in Darkness, He of the Silver Wings, Soulstorm, the Fulcrum, the White Wanderer, the Living Moonlight, the Prince of the Sea, and The Titan of the Abyss.
    • Dialga, also known as the Archwyrm, the Chronosaur, Father Time, King over the Mountain, Master of the Fates, Doom, and Lord of Time.
    • Palkia, also known as Epoch, the Spatiosaur, Mother Earth, Queen Regnant of the Eyes, Maîtresse sur les routes, and Birth.
    • Arceus, referred to as the Alpha and the Many Armed One, among other names.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Attempted several times, but the only time it actually worked was during the battle against Kyurem.
  • Imagine Spot: Hilariously used when Every is going to take the Jade Orb from Team Glacier and he ponders about handing it over to trustable people, like (Nihilistic!)Tagg or (Punisher!)DS.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Jane tries using her Gallade as a melee weapon at one point. Also, during a flashback to DS' journey through Sinnoh, she uses a hair dryer to knock a member of Team Galactic unconscious.
  • Impromptu Tracheotomy: One of the Mincinno in Rommel's invasion force during the AU arc gets stabbed through the neck by Vinollo the Nidorino during the Battle of Goldenrod.
  • Incurable Cough of Death:
    • Teresa and Jacob, after the latter was hit by a wild Pokémon's Toxic. He does end up getting cured though.
    • AU!Tagg has one of these in the PMD-B timeline, which likely influenced his decision to entomb himself in his vault with the Adamant Orb.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted, kids can get seriously hurt and in some cases have even died IRP. Examples include:
    • Forte ends up getting his arm broken by an Armortomb and in the AU is killed by a Bisharp.
    • Fortis dying in the AU and getting reincarnated as a Drifloon.
    • When Kat and Rising Star visit the Route 9 Tribe's graveyard, the grave of a young Cubone can be seen.
    • Tagg offhandedly mentions that the mortality rate for young Cubone on Quest Island is extremely high.
    • Lanius' forces strung up children on crosses as well.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: The events of Twist Mountain are mostly just a series of mind screws, but it does set up a few plot points. Including one that ends up being the key to taking down 'M's anti-legendary shield.
  • Interactive Narrator: Several of the RPers seem to have these. This becomes more evident in the more meta arcs.
  • Interdimensional Travel Device: The Griseous Orb has this power, either by itself, or in tandem with the Cubone's Time Tunnels and/or the other Orbs for more fine tuned travel.
  • Intergenerational Friendship:
    • Meddler (13) and Wolf (21).
    • Fortis (11) and Skyla (Likely somewhere in her 20s)
    • Dune (21) and Ren (30). Des (22) as well. Really any of Ren's closer friends.
  • Internal Reveal: Umbra being the Ghost Lord is this for other characters, but especially Ammy.
  • In-Series Nickname: The group of trainers eventually ends up being called "The J-Team" by fans that they've amassed due to Jane seeming like the leader to outsiders, even if it lacks a true leader.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • The word house is always pot holed to make it look blue while in the Glitch Building. Nobody knows why.
    • Sol, much to her chagrin, sometimes has to remind people she's a psychic cat Pokémon.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Luke and Reshiram. It doesn't work at first, but they change their minds quickly and end up together anyway. Which is later countered with Jane and Zekrom. Until they break up once the two Tao Dragons recognize their feelings for one another.
    • Algira, Silent's Masquerain, having a crush on Tagg, much to his chagrin. She falls for Helios, Tagg's Volcarona, when she gets over him, though they do share Egg Groups.
    • Implied for Clover and Glaze (Kim's Lopunny and Minun).
    • Sierra and Vyvyan, after Vyvyan's transformation into a Rayquaza. At least he does get to keep one of the Pokémon-to-human armbands so he can turn back and forth between his Rayquaza and human forms as he wishes.
    • Umbra with Ammy, a Volcarona who uses an armband to remain in human form most of the time.
    • Lyuri and Duke, a Lucario, in a similar fashion to Umbra and Ammy above.
    • Kisune and Ren. With Kitsune, a larger than average Ninetales, being in love with Ren. Ren reciprocates her feelings when she wears the Borked Armband for a couple of days.
    • Seth, a Scizor, and Regina, a Gardevoir, who are also Friendly Rivals.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: Some of the more Laconical explanations of the arcs can get... weird.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Just ask Maekrite. Got Volunteered to attach to a Trainer despite his mother raising him for having a full, wild life? Check. Having to leave behind his mate before they had the chance to share a breeding season? Check. Can return home for a visit once every six months if he's lucky? Check. Can barely see her during those visits? Check. Having to take up the same mantle in an alternate timeline despite extensive Screening Of The Call? Check. Sanctioned by Ho-Oh to do the same things Only More So - and essentially for life? Check.
  • I Will Find You: Wolf and DS make this promise to each other just before Dialga alters the timeline.
  • Jerkass: Some of the pokemon are total jerks. Examples of which include:
    • Courtney, Tracer's Unfezant, who tends to be a mostly unpleasant individual.
    • Fade, Every's former Drifblim, who gets pleasure out of mean-spirited pranks in order to feed.
    • Gyru, Every's former Bronzong, who happens to be an inorganic supremacist on top of that.
    • Zack, Lyuri's Floatzel, constantly bullying Riku, even talking about the cave-in he accidentally did out loud when he was asked about it, and just being a Jerkass in general, he does get some payback from his antics sometimes though, he has shown to have a Hidden Heart of Gold or close to it when he helped Riku out of his short BSOD after a car crash, but is still a prick most of the time.
    • Luana's Marowak, who once called Limna (A Blaziken/Feraligatr chimera) a freak among other actions.
    • Eon, one of the Seven Jerk Dragons, definitely earns the title by being a arrogant, racist tool.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: The basis of the entire mindscape miniarc, which involved a good portion of the group exploring eachother's mental worlds after Crewe is revealed to be a Sneasel transfigured into a human by a Mew.
  • Jungle Princess: Fool was raised in Pinwheel Forest by Simipour.
  • Just a Kid: Often levied at our heroes from both friend and foe, even though a number of them happen to be adults.

    Tropes K-O 
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks:
    • At the end of the Unova arc, Anom is entrusted with a Manaphy egg by Cynthia, and has to make sure it safely makes it back to Oblivia. Anom is strictly told not to tell anyone. However, this trope doesn't come into play until the Oblivia arc when Anom ends up being Heart Swapped with Wolf, and the Pokémon Pinchers capture and escape with the Manaphy, leaving Anom and Wolf stuck in each other's bodies.
    • They initially try to keep it a secret and pretend to be each other, but things get complicated fast. Eventually, the tension within the group gets so bad, the secret gets shattered.
  • Kill 'em All:
    • Dialga getting mad and destroying an entire Team Rocket base to a man.
    • Helios vs the Praetorian Guard. He immolates them all with Heat Shield.
    • Tagg wiping out an entire convoy of Cipher Peons as a message.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Happens once in a while. DS in particular seems to be fond of doing this.
  • Language Drift: In PMD-B, quite a few names end up suffering from language drift, such as Goldenrod becoming "Golrod".
  • Language of Magic:
    • The Unown warp reality by spelling out words with their bodies.
    • The Thu'um works through saying Words of Power in order to warp reality.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Both Jane and Luke are afflicted by this in the PMD arc. Luckily, Gamer and Tagg are Genre Savvy enough to know how to fix it.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: There might as well not even be one with the amount of examples exhibited within the RP.
  • Left Hanging: The PMD-R arc abruptly ended by leaking into Kanjoh-2 due to most of the playerbase losing motivation, though there have been attempts to properly fill the gaps.
  • Left the Background Music On: Tagg's iPhokex is alive and plays various tracks, expanding from just the Pokémon games to encompass just about everything. It has even become a plot point at times.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: Tagg's Xatu can dispatch opponents by simply teleporting them high up and not bringing them back, letting gravity do the rest.
  • Ley Line: The Aura Nexuses mentioned below in Place of Power are connected by this system.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Anom and Jane have this relationship.
  • Living Lie Detector: Aurics and empaths are capable of telling when someone's lying to them by sensing their emotions.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The RP has about 30 primary PCs, not counting their mons, or the NPCs.
  • Long Lived:
    • Dragon types are often capable of making at least a century.
    • Volcarona can live for at least a millennium.
  • Love Triangle:
    • Between Umbra, Ammy, and Lina. Umbra ultimately ends up with Ammy.
    • Between Crewe, Straw, and Jab. Crewe chooses Straw.
    • Between Carol, Sam and Herbert as well. Sam bowed out and hooked up with Tesse.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: And Virizion sees Keldeo as her son. This is understandable.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Cresselia is Darkrai's daughter... or at least she claimed to be. Seeing as a book in a library in the Dream World refers to Darkrai as Cresselia's brother, this may not be true.
  • Magical Computer: It could be argued that Super Nerd's Hoodie Computer is this, as it seems to be able to do anything within the laws of cyberspace.
  • Magitek: While not outright stated, the armbands are implied to be from an unknown ancient civilization.
  • Mayfly December Friendship: Tagg (Normal human lifespan) and Umbra (immortal), and pretty much all of Umbra's friends for that matter save for Lina who's also immortal.
  • Meaningful Echo: When Chase as a Pidove rescues Artemis from a Scolipede, he comments: "She may be a jerk, but she's still my team mate!" Later on, after both have evolved and Chase Took a Level in Jerkass, Artemis ends up saving him from a Beartic. Afterwards she comments "You may have been a jerk, but you're still my team mate."
  • Mega Corp.:
    • The PEFE (the Fanon Pokédex organization) appears to be like this, Type 2 ("smaller, centralized [...] in something... dangerous"). Whether they are benign or not is to debate, considering its superiors hijack fangirls in a container to use them in experiments with Shinx. Then again those being fangirls, make of that what you will. This was due to the fact that they ended up taking over the assets of an actual Mega Corp, Pokefutures, Inc.
    • The Angela region is apparently run by these.
  • Męlée ŕ Trois:
    • The climax of the AU ends up being the Resistance vs Scolemis vs Napoleon's forces.
    • In Almer it ends up being Teams Taxonomy and Earthbound vs Emperor!Archeops forces vs his assassins. (The issue being complicated because the Emperor had swapped minds with Tracer.)
    • Conquest deals with Illusio and allies vs Nixtorm vs Spectra.
    • In the Recovery Saga it's the Illusion Project vs Team Neo-Galactic vs the J-Team.
  • Mental World: The various mindscapes that the trainers visit inside the mindscape miniarc.
  • Militaries Are Useless:
    • In the AU the Pokepanese military in Kanto more or less held in Vermilion and let Lanius' forces run roughshod over Celadon and Saffron after they attacked, though this changed once Lt. Surge came back and rallied them into fighting back.
    • They also proved mostly useless in the initial portion of the RtAU arc, though this was because the dragons were using Lost Technology they were ill prepared for, and monification created mass chaos. After that, however, quite a few ended up making the backbone of guerrilla movements.
  • Mind Rape: In WAAPT it's mainly of the psychic assault variety, with the result of an unrestrained assault being brain death.
  • Mind Screw:
  • Mode Lock:
    • If an armbanded human is caught while in Pokémon form, the Vow takes precedence and the human is forced to stay as a mon unless they're released. (The armband can be taken off, but they won't shift back to their original form.) However, putting on a Pokémon to human armband can work around that restriction.
    • The mon bombs used by the Seven Jerk Dragons work under similar principles, including the Pokémon to human armband loophole.
  • Monster of the Week:
    • Fool getting possessed by evil somehow.
    • The giant tortilla monster that everyone in Dewford ended up fighting.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Tagg's adventures during the OI arc had elements of this as he was doing a Super Mario Sunshine themed adventure while dealing with the aftermath of his actions during the AU arc.
    • Umbra's humorous dream where he's a pimp and Ammy and Lina are two of his "workers" turns into a nightmare where Duolis shows up and reams him for first pimping them out, and then for his past as the Ghost Lord of Spectra.
  • Multinational Team:
    • There is at least one person from every main series region to date inside the group as of Gen VI, save for Anom, Daisy, and Kim, who were born in Oblivia, Orre, and Almia respectively. Other exceptions include Umbra who was born on Shadedrake Island off Hoenn, and Lina who was born in Dragnor, Ransei.
    • Silent's research wing at Goldenrod, at least, appears to employ interns of varied lands.
  • The Multiverse: Besides the world our heroes inhabit, the universe of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, and the alternate universe created by Cyrus, there exists:
    • The Other!Universe, a Lighter and Softer version of WAAPT.
    • PMD-B, a branch of the AU 600 years in the future where the dragons rebelled and most of humanity ended up being transformed into Pokemon.
    • The real world is mentioned by Palkia at one point.
    • Various universes based on different videogames, either with or without the presence of Pokemon.
    • One universe where the weather is like that of Westeros.
    • A universe where increased oxygen levels created Kaiju-sized seafaring Pokemon.
    • The universe where Canon!Rex hails from, which is most likely based on the canon events of the main series Pokemon games.
  • Mundanger:
    • Team Skyclaw goes to solve the mystery of some disappearing mons in PMD-A, only to find out that the reason is not some monster, and certainly not the seemingly obvious Gulpin and Swalot family they meet, but some rogue mons.
    • Also within PMD-A, DS nearly got killed after discovering a fake rescue team that was going around eating "civilized" mons, basically making them the equivalent of cannibalistic serial killers.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • The Adamant Orb in this continuity grants time control powers on top of its canon abilities of powering up and summoning Dialga. What does Tagg tend to most often use it for? Getting a full night's sleep in only a few minutes by exploiting its Year Inside, Hour Outside time dilation effect as well as getting rid of jet lag.
    • The usage of the Hammerspace backpacks as tents and sleeping bags due to their infinite volume.
    • Pianis uses Sparkplug the Frost Rotom as a refrigerator.
    • During a party for the proto J-Team in Unova, Heatran's back is used as a grill.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: Everyone's reaction to having memories from both timelines in the AU arc.
  • Nature Is Not Nice:
    • Discussed by Tagg and Fool when they share their mutual experiences as a field researcher and someone who was Raised By Animals and is often invoked in both of their thoughts about the subject.
    • When Helios rescues Algira in the alternate timeline, by knocking the Swellow hunting her and her friends into a lake, they chatter happily while the Swellow is suggested to be being eaten in the background. Helios invokes the trope by name.
    • Kirk learns this firsthand when he ends up in Kalos and gets his meal stolen by a Hydreigon, who mocks him about being a weak "pet" unfit for wild life.
  • Neglectful Precursors: Tens if not hundreds of millenia before the rise of humanity, the dominant species were the Metagross and Alakazam, who created rival civilizations. Following their activation of the Mt. Pyre supervolcano, which the weather trio sacrificed their lives to prevent from fully erupting, the legendaries wiped both civilizations from the face of the earth for their arrogance. Chrome, Lina's Metagross, happens to be a survivor of the original Metagross civilization.
  • New Eden: During the course of Team Earthbound, Nova, and other's adventures in PMD-B, they find that many of the old cities have gotten a new coating of green. Azalea for instance was completely swallowed by Ilex Forest.
  • Nice, Mean and In-between:
    • Ammy (Nice), Herbert (Mean), Tagg (Inbetween)
    • Sakura (Nice), Lyuri (Mean), Hikari (Inbetween)
    • Zeal is a one man example with him representing nice, Red Eyes mean, and Zach the inbetween.
  • No Blood Ties: The Druddigon of Dragonspiral Tower and Leavanny of Pinwheel Forest raise their hatchlings communally in creches. As a result most of them never know who their parents are.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown:
    • Tagg nearly does this to two Cipher Peons in Almia before the police pull him off them.
    • Fool ends up beating a poacher to death this way during the OI arc.
    • Psyche in her backstory ended up getting mauled by Scrafty so badly that she was rendered mute, deaf in one ear, and was forced to wear a leg brace.
    • Diane ends up beating Vedfolnir (A cyborg Staraptor) to a virtual pulp with a Close Combat.
    • In their final confrontation in the Orre arc, Odin beats Chrome so hard with his Powered Armor that his armor plating actually cracks.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Averted, the human and Pokémon characters alike have aged throughout the course of the RP due to it being done in semi-real time, with birthdays being acknowledged.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • DS unknowingly made a few comments that inspired the Impossible Thief Emolga to steal Tagg's cynical side. As a result, Nihilist!Tagg was unleashed, and some of the trainers had to fight for their lives while DS went off to find the Emolga and get Tagg's cynical side back so he could be returned to normal.
    • Tagg ends up starting the Keystone arc by taking Annoski's Keystone to the spot it needs to be for him to revive.
    • During PMD-B Tagg's group allowing the last two Super Mutants to get away doomed Necropolis by having the Master send his army to destroy the place in reprisal.
  • Nightmare Sequence:
    • Fool goes through a rather freaky one during the AU Arc in which she sees herself (The one she identifies as "Sol") using the corpses of Pokemon that she murdered as marionette puppets. A Shout-Out to a very similar scene in Felidae.
    • Happens to Sakura not too long after her debut, she mentions that it happens frequently, but they stopped once she found Lyuri.
    • Straw goes through these at least somewhat often, such as being stabbed by Jab and dreaming Crewe died and he was only finding this out when he was married to Elise.
    • Tagg has one following the Orre arc after drinking himself unconscious at Kat's wedding.
    • Sarah has had frequent nightmares since her trauma in Holon, but a particularly interesting variation occurred when she experienced Sakura and Blitz's trip into her Mindscape through the eyes of the aspect that was actively trying to kill them.
  • No Dead Body Poops: Averted in the case of a hunted Rapidash, and is actually discussed at an earlier point.
  • Noodle Incident: Several of these have been brought up, and some of the things that are mentioned to happen off-screen also qualify for this trope.
  • Not Quite Back to Normal:
    • After returning to their human forms after defeating Missingno, the trainers discovered they still had the ability to understand Pokémon speech.
    • Some of them do it intentionally by using the armbands just because of said ability.
    • Lyuri still has the ability to use Aura after being turned into a Lucario hybrid, despite being turned back to normal, and before her, Kim and Lily after being turned into a Riolu and Mienfoo respectively.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: The AU arc caused some radical changes in the RP both in-universe and in the meta, to the point that to the point that it's referred to as the Upheaval Saga.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: You'd think that two Go-Rock Squad Admins would be easy for our heroes to defeat. You thought wrong. The two of them gave our heroes quite a run for their money before Casval and Pentigan's actions helped turn the tide by temporarily fixing Gordor's pipe organ Power Styler and breaking their control over their hordes of Tyranitar and Metagross, as well as their secondary instruments getting stolen by Librarian's Hitmonchan.
  • Off Screen Teleportation:
    • The group fly off to Sandgem town to ask Professor Rowan some questions, but after the others have already left, Daisy remembers that she doesn't have a flying Pokemon with her. When the others arrive at the lab, Daisy suddenly shows up with no explaination of how she got there. No one seems to notice.
    • Frequently happens when a character is inactive thanks to the player being busy or something along these lines.
  • Oh Crap! There Are Fanfics of Us...: It happened first around the GC Arc when the J-Team found out about the fanbase they'd amassed due to slaying Missingno and 'M, and it still happens occasionally when newer members learn about the fanbase.
  • Oh My Gods!: "Oh Arceus" is a common exclamation.
  • One Nation Under Copyright: The Angela region is more or less ruled by corporations.
  • One-Winged Angel: Pretty much every evil aspect faced by the J-Team during the mindscape miniarc has one or more of these.

  • Only Known by Their Nickname: About 80% of the cast goes by a nickname of some sort, either due to personal preference or to protect their identities.
  • Out, Damned Spot!:

    Tropes P-Z 
  • Painting the Medium:
    • Whenever there's a "Freaky Friday" Flip, players tend to switch their avatars to that of the normal player of that character.
    • The use of music IRP to affect the mood of posts.
    • The Terrifying Presence Auric power is signified by the use of eviltext IRP.
    • Heart of Gold super empathy is signified by the use of gold text.
    • Thoughts, whether telepathic or otherwise, are often signified by the use of italics.
    • Brackets are used to signify Monese, except in the PMD universes where everyone speaks it, save for PMD-B when the brackets come back for interaction with humans.
    • Glitchmons tend to use an intentionally glitchy font when speaking.
  • Pals with Jesus: The group is, as a whole, good friends with Palkia and other legendary Pokémon due to inadvertent events in the past.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Lenore (Fool's Hydreigon) and Ammy use these to get their own Trainer's Licenses - they wore fake moustaches and trenchcoats. Lenore's case is more notable, because while Ammy was wearing a Pokemon-to-Human armband, Lenore wore the disguise as a Hydreigon.
  • Pen Name: "MidnightSun197", a writer of romantic in-universe fanfic, is actually Sunny, Mezzo's Umbreon.
  • Pensieve Flashback: Psychics can use their powers to allow people and Pokémon within a certain radius to see the memories of themselves and others as observers. Aura can be kneaded into the projection to get around the difficulties most Dark types have with this.
  • Place of Power: The Aura Nexuses around the world, which give increased powers to those in the Auric Quartet (Aura, Psychic Powers, Ghost Obscura, Dark Obscura).
  • Platonic Life Partners: Anom and Jane.
  • Pity the Kidnapper:
    • What happens when Meme is imprisoned in the AU arc.
    • Also what happens to the poor, poor, MAFIAA-serving mons tasked with taking Dintel to more or less the in-universe version of Hell. It ends up with them kicking him out of there.
  • Point Of Divergence: For the major universes we have the following:
    • AU: Umbra getting sealed in an orb when he was the Ghost Lord, Hoenn getting flooded, Sinnoh suffering the Distortion, and Anom's Scolipede and Artemis taking over Unova.
    • PMD-B: The dragons succeeding in turning 99% of humanity into Pokémon.
    • Otherverse: The earliest known important divergence is Grings Kodai using Azalea instead of Crown City for his Celebi plot.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Caitlin's Sigilyph notices Alder's eyes glowing briefly while he speaks to Caitlin, who is starting to lose control of her psychic powers because of 'M. Realizing that Alder may be controlled by 'M, Sigilyph tries to warn Caitlin's other Pokémon. Unfortunately, said Sigilyph happens to be The Unintelligible.
  • Portal Network: The Entralink in this verse is capable of facilitating multidimensional travel with its counterparts in other universes, though it can be unreliable in this regard.
  • The Power of Friendship: DS invokes this in order to use the Lustrous Orb to revive the petrified Palkia during the AU arc.
  • The Power of Love: It's heavily implied that Wolf's feelings for DS are what allowed him to come back to life.
  • Pronoun Trouble: Virizion. Usually people just go with whatever gendered pronoun gets used first, but so far Virizion is the only one who everyone has pronoun trouble with, eventually sparking a debate between Anom and Jane.
  • Prevent The War:
    • The main point of the Abbyfall quest in PMD-B was to prevent the Bay region of Hoenn from exploding into war once again.
    • Tagg's group in PMD-B hands over the letter stating the Hoennese royal family's claim to the Pokepanese throne to the Hoennese emperor in order to head off any wars of regional supremacy by powers who would view it as a threat.
  • The Quisling: In the RtAU arc, Vallok gets some draconic humons to betray their species in return for better treatment, including Benjamin old classmate Reggie, who now goes by Julkriid.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The J-Team would count as this, having a bunch Of Pokemon Trainers, an ex-spy, some researchers, an ex-NPC, a Mary Sue/Gary Stu pair, a girl raised by Pokemon, an ex-Ranger, a former member of Team Plasma, and a delivery girl, two immortals, a telepath, as well as some other oddities.
  • Resurrective Immortality: The weather trio will respawn on the off-chance they're killed, though it make take anywhere from merely months to centuries for them to come back.
  • Raised By Simipours: Fool was raised by them in Pinwheel Forest.
  • Ready for Lovemaking: At some point and while their adopted daughter is busy somewhere else, Harriet the female Honchkrow tidies the nest and leaves just the right amount of space besides her for Copahue the male Fearow to fit in.
  • Real Time: For the most part, a day IRL equals a day IRP, which means that characters age as the RP goes on. For example, Tagg aging from 19 to 22 from 2011 to 2013.
  • Reality Ensues: Despite the more outlandish aspects of the RP, realism can indeed rear its ugly head:
    • The PEFE Founders took down the corrupt corporation Pokéfutures Inc., who also happened to be the lynchpin of Angela's economy. This resulted in the Angelan economy going into freefall, and had the Founders not took the deal to take all their asset they would've ended up in prison.
    • Raise loads of sapient beings for use in competition and basically rejecting the rest for one or two perfect mons? Be prepared for a lot of issues regarding self-worth.
    • Verax may have done a Heel-Face Turn, but that doesn't mean the J-Team members who he's tried to kill before are going to like having him around.
    • Daisy and Pentigan got together due to their adventures fighting Glitch Pokémon, but once that was over, they found that apart from a shared horrific experience they didn't really have anything else in common and broke up.
    • The J-Team causing property damage to the places they stayed at caused many hotels to ban them from staying there.
    • Psychological issues take time to fix and may never fully go away.
    • During the Hoenn arc Tagg decides to have his mons destroy a perfectly legal Neo-Magma machine to stop them from destroying a beach and is forced to retreat by them calling the cops as that's vandalism.
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: When Dialga begins changing the timeline.
  • Reference Overdosed: In spades.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated:
    • Even though DS was seemingly killed in a flashback during the AU arc, it turns out she was merely imprisoned in the dimension where most of the legendary Pokémon had been imprisoned.
    • Also somewhat played with when DS and the Lake Trio discover that Palkia was basically petrified all along.
    • Straw is believed to have died when a ship sinks in the Whirl Islands, but it turns out that he was very much alive.
  • Research, Inc.: The type of Mega Corp. the PEFE happens to be, focused mainly on the betterment of Pokémon and humans alike.
  • Retcon: There have been several of these, not always done on purpose.
  • Ret Gone: Ribbons the Gothitelle, and several other Pokémon that were born because of the trainers vanish when the timeline was altered. However, Helios and Limna managed to avoid this fate thanks to the power of the Adamant Orb making them time paradoxes.
  • Rhymes on a Dime:
    • Fool's Espeon, Zecora
    • All of the Sages in Sprout Tower
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
    • Performed on David by Gamer, Tagg, and Jane. In their defense, he had it coming.
    • Tagg ends up doing a one man version during the Orre arc.
  • Room Full of Crazy: The castle where King Jellicent and his family live.
  • Rules Lawyering: The dragons decide to turn humans into Pokémon because if they tried to simply outright slaughter them the legendaries would eliminate them like they did the Alakagross due to the rules of the Vow dictating conduct between humans and Pokémon.
  • Running Gag:
    • STIR WHIP STIR WHIP WHIP WHIP STIR YAAAAH!
    • Anom doing something to a Gym Leader. Typically something so annoying that even the nice ones snap.
    • "Oh Hai, (insert name here)!"
    • Wolf isn't quite used to his her new body yet, and frequently falls over.
    • Off-screen cat noises.
    • Tagg's Zweilous and later Hydreigon wanting to eat someone or something.
    • People forgetting about Slouch.
    • MGMT (Fool's Eelektross) being referred to as an overpowered jukebox.
    • AU!Chase telling the Resistance something involving hard work, and a random crowd of Resistance members responding with "Yay".
    • Any delays in Pentigan responding to posts when there isn't anyone else around is caused by rogue agents of Scolipede. Even when not in the AU arc.
    • Forte being described as whiny.
    • Maggie getting her pants removed in some fashion.
    • Doopliss trolling Straw and/or Crewe.
    • Straw dying and coming back to life.
    • Ever having to do some sort of odd job.
    • Vierr's weird dreams at the start of Ranger-2.
    • Once Crewe gains the ability to teleport, "-there is now a Sneasel here-" becomes one.
    • The WAAPT chatroom has some of these as well:
      • When in doubt, blame Cyrus
      • DAMN IT, NAPOLEON
      • DAMMIT, X
      • Eskay getting disconnected, then saying "Dammit iPod" upon return
      • Oran Berries fix everything.
      • [Someone] x [Someone else] OTP!
      • Anom turning into another person.
      • Silent['s mon] kicks a random pebble.
      • Every setting an anonymous login on fire, only for it to turn out to be another player, especially Star.
      • Chatroom Gamer is OP!
      • When Crewe gets tired, expect bagels. Lots of bagels.
      • STRAYLOOOOOOOR (or STRAYLOR OTP), regarding the Straw x Taylor ship and it's abrupt sinking.
  • Sand in My Eyes: Before she began opening up to the rest of the group, DS had at least two instances of this. There has probably been other instances of this trope from some of the other characters as well.
  • The Savage South: Quest Island of the greater Sevii Islands chain is a sparsely inhabited, unforgiving place filled with dangerous Pokmeon such as Tyranitar and Skarmory.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Unite the Rufflet abandons Luke, thinking that he'll never evolve into a Braviary while on his team. Luke doesn't take this well.
    • Jane abandons the group after having to put up with an endless barrage of R-Rated material thanks to 'M.
  • Shared Universe: The Pokédex - Extended Fanon Edition, is semi-canon to this universe. (Meaning that PEFE articles are canon unless they prove inconvenient.)
  • Ship Tease: A lot of it.
    • Wolf falls in love with DS, but she doesn't know that and only considers him as a friend at first. Later, Wolf confesses his feelings for DS and kisses her (after turning into a girl). They eventually get together after Wolf changes back.
    • Rebecca the Serperior so far has two suitors; Goggles the Krookodile and Blacky the Zoroark. Though her true suitor ends up being Antoine the Scrafty.
    • Apparently, Pentigan was in love with Susan the Lopunny, Jane, and Daisy.
    • Mira the Mienshao and Artemis the Liepard. In-universe.
    • Wulfric the Lucario and Woolly the Ampharos. Until she eventually decided that she loved Unite instead.
    • Tagg's Vanilluxe and Audilith (Tagg's Gigalith).
    • Reshiram and Zekrom... Or at least it would, if Jane got her way. She eventually did.
    • And, lest we forget, Bonnie and Nudi. In-Universe
    • Herbert and Carol, along with Herbert and Sarah, Herbert and Crewe, and many more.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Show Within a Show:
    • Valiant Knight Skarmory!
    • There's also a show based off of the J-Team's adventures, but since it ended up causing a bit of trouble for the J-Team by revealing or in some cases, coming close to revealing certain things about some of the J-Team members that would make them targets. For this reason, DS is currently working on the concept for a reboot of the show, having reimagined her friends and adventures to fit into a fantasy setting.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
  • Sibling Team:
    • The Morendos
    • Eskay and Alli Amarin
    • Lyuri and Sakura
    • Psyche's brothers.
  • Sleep Cute:
    • Wolf and DS have done this on several occasions. Other characters and several of the Pokémon also do this sometimes.
    • Anom seems to have a bad habit of doing this by complete accident, and then having a rather awkward awakening. So far this has happened with Fool (Waking up), Star, and DS.
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness: Zig Zagged. The story for the most part is rather humorous, but some of the events described are anything but.
  • The Smurfette Principle:At the beginning, the only girl was The Chick, Daisy. Then Jane came along. Later on, Palkia was revealed to be female, and it just snowballed from there. It's gotten to the point where there are slightly more female main characters than male ones (not counting gender-bent ones).
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: Most of the main cast, to varying degrees. Sakura is notable due to being this is in the past, but when she's introduced in the RP, she's actually very sociable.
  • Somebody Set Up Us the Bomb: Happens to Pent, Sam and Tesse not once, but twice! By the same villain!
  • Something Only They Would Say:
    • After Wolf and Anom switch bodies, Jane attempts one, asking Anom-in-Wolf's Body a question Anom would know the answer to, but is disappointed when he doesn't give her the answer she was hoping for.
    • Before that, Pentigan attempted one of these by asking a question Wolf would know the answer to. When Anom nearly fails to answer the question correctly, Pentigan threatens to send out his Victini to attack him. He is called out on it.
  • Spanner in the Works: A Sandshrew so cute and childish as Dintel can't possibly be a threat to Lelouch's taking over Hoenn, right? RIGHT???
  • Speaks Fluent Animal:
    • The main cast at the time after the end of the PMD arc keeps the ability to understand Pokémon after being transformed back into humans.
    • Wolf gains this skill after his her ordeal in the glitchy Twist Mountain, and Crewe picks it up in the Dream World.
    • Fool can understand Pokemon due to being raised by Simipour.
    • Other characters that join later on gain the skill by wearing the human-to-Pokémon armband for a little while or taking a trip to one of the two PMD universes.
  • Spider Swarm:
    • Jane and Fool end up fighting a swarm of Ariados while searching for Troll Orbs.
    • A swarm of Ariados nearly killed Every in his backstory, leading to a lifelong fear of the species.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: One ability of Aura in this continuity is to make Hard Light weapon constructs, similar to how Lucario use Bone Club in the Pokémon anime. Tagg, however, is incapable of creating anything but chains without using his dagger.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: 'Dark' Super Nerd seems to always do this, with poor old regular Super Nerd waking up with no clue of where he's been.
  • Story Arc: Each story is based around arcs that are based around greater sagas, not counting the numerous individual character arcs:
    • J-Team Assemble Saga: The assemblage of the J-Team and its codification as a concept, consisting of the Sinnoh, PMD-1, Unova-1, Ranger, and Gold Conference Arcs.
    • Upheaval Saga: The AU Arc.
    • Aftershock Saga: Dealing with the aftermath of the AU and consisting of the OI, Hoenn, and Infinity Keystone and Kanjoh-1 arcs.
    • Paths Saga: The PMD-R and Kanjoh-2 arcs, taking place partially concurrently.
    • Cipher Saga: The J-Team's fight against Cipher, consisting of the Unova-2, Holonquest, and Orre arcs.
    • Recovery Saga: The J-Team dealing with the aftermath of Orre, consisting of the Kalos and Ranger-2 arcs.
  • Suit Up of Destiny: Silent as he is sent by the Nidoran Colony to Set Right What Is Going Wrong.
  • Summoning Ritual:
    • Many items related to legendaries also serve as summoning charms.
    • Tagg and Pentigan have both used rituals in order to summon Lugia and Arceus.
  • Superhero: The Auric Avenger, Gaia, Shingeko and the Blue Emperor, who are Lucius, Alice, Sakura and Jason, respectively.
    • Sidekick: Helmaroc and Faith are this for the Auric Avenger, as is Blitz for Shingeko.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Jane ends up getting possessed by 'M at the climax of the Unova arc.
  • Super Weight:
    • Type -1: Lone Unown, most baby mons.
    • Type 0: Most humans
    • Type 1: Badass Normal humans
    • Type 2: Most humans on the Auric spectrum, first stage mons
    • Type 3: Advanced level humans on the Auric spectrum, most fully evolved mons
    • Type 4: "Lower tier" legendaries (Mew and expies, Latii, etc), Psuedo legendaries, Glitch Nido
    • Type 5: Non-creation trio box legends (Weather trio, tao trio, etc.), Mewtwo, Deoxys, The Ghost Lord, Annoski (i.e. Auric spectrum freaks of nature), 'M
    • Type 6: The creation trio, Unown hordes, Arceus, Missingno
    • Type 7: Narrators.
  • Sweet Home Lavaridge Town: Jane's hometown.
  • Take Over the World: Both Artemis the Liepard and Anom's Scolipede plan to do this, succeeding in the Alternate Timeline.
  • Taken for Granite: Palkia, during the AU arc, until she was restored to normal with the Lustrous Orb.
  • Take That: 49 named his annoying Chatot, Pauly Shore.
  • Take That Kiss: Crewe ends up giving one of these to Herbert of all people.
  • Taking the Bullet: When Napoleon tries to stab Artemis, Mira takes the hit instead and is fatally injured.
  • The Team: The main group becomes this after it reaches eighteen members.
  • Tempting Fate: The trainers tend to do this at times.
  • That Poor Cat: Has happened a few times, with the cat in question each time being Artemis, DS' Purrloin. This continues to happen even after she evolves into Liepard. Not always played for laughs as it sometimes occurs when Artemis is hit by an attack from another Pokémon during a battle.
  • The Good King: Of all of the Warlords in Ransei, Sabaku is the only one that always puts the safety and livelihood of his people ahead of any kind of desire for power or conquest. He even submits himself to civilian authority, and asks for permission from the leaders of Terrera's guilds before he officially declares war on the Nixtorm-Valora Alliance.
  • They're Called Personal Issues For A Reason:
    • Gogie doesn't particularly want to talk about his time with Jay, what happened with Biton around Christmas time or what happened with Skoll and Morrigan.
    • Dune tries to keep the topic away from his family whenever possible.
    • Tagg doesn't like talking about what happened to him in the Under, the Adamant Orb's true power, the battle of Cellafron in the AU, or what happened to AU!DS and Wolf in the PMD-B timeline.
  • ˇThree Amigos!: Gamer, Tagg, and Jane, during the earlier arcs.
  • Time Abyss:
    • Many of the legendaries are immeasurably old, but this isn't touched on very often.
    • Chrome the Metagross would count, being at the very least 100,000 years old and being able to reminisce about seeing cavemen making fire.
  • Title Drop: Very, very often.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl:
    • Jane and Daisy, respectively.
    • Pentigan and Wolf after they're gender-bent.
    • Also Lyuri and Sakura, respectively
  • Together in Death: Tagg ends up burying AU!Wolf next to AU!DS after the former dies in the PMD-B timeline.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Lake and Nadia becoming EX Pokémon.
    • Teala the Druddigon takes one after taking Oslwa training.
    • Stratus defeating a holographic Mewtwo about as powerful as the real one.
    • Sakura progressively gets better as the RP goes on, as do some of her mons like Dylan and Seth. Sakura takes a particularly big level in Orre once she steals Verax's gun just before he was able to shoot her dead and held him at gunpoint until his Hydreigon bailed him out. This is only minimally dampened when it's later revealed he still could have easily killed her. It culminates in her becoming a succesful ninja superhero.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: Happens a couple of times, though fortunately not to the main characters - yet. Examples include the execs of a gaming company when they cancel a release of Giga Golurk Legends.
  • Tournament Arc: The Gold Conference arc.
  • Translation Convention: It's implied in some instances that the player characters aren't always speaking English, not to mention the use of brackets to represent the use of Monese.
  • Transformation Trinket: Two armbands that allow Pokémon to turn into humans and one that allows humans to turn into Pokémon.
  • True Companions: The main group.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Toxicroak, Fade, and Gyru build a machine with the intent of gaining control of the Fourth Wall itself. During this, even the chatrooms are affected.
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: Mezzo has one between herself, Every, and PEFE!Every, his doppelganger.
  • Two Girls and a Guy:
    • Duke, Lyuri and Sakura in Unova-2, thanks to the former being human at the time and the third member of the girl trio, Hikari, being away for most of the arc.
  • Two Guys and a Girl:
    • Tagg, Gamer, and Jane in the earliest arcs.
    • Sam, Herbert and Carol, whenever the three of them are together.
    • Amanita, Pianis, and Onion make another such trio.
    • Tagg, Herbert, and Ammy form one in Ransei.
  • Under The Mistletoe:
    • During the group's stay in Crewe's home for the holidays, Myra gets a piece of mistletoe, and hangs it over Alyssa and Jeff. Eventually, other people end up under it, such as Sakura and Rawst. When Crewe and Straw ended up under it, Crewe ended up kissing Doopliss, in human form.
    • Similar shenanigans happened when several members attended a Christmas at Ren's family's manor in Johto.
  • Underground City: The Under, which is even more expansive than in-game.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Several characters use "muk" as a curse word.
  • Urban Warfare: Showcased in the battles of Celadon and Goldenrod during the AU arc.
  • Villainous Legacy: The Seven Jerk Dragons transformation of most of the human population of the PMD-B timeline is directly responsible for the state of that universe when the J-Team visits it. Specifically, Bahahkun's descendant Maleficent had designs on starting a whole new dragon war, which were cut short when she died.
  • Villainous Valor: Despite being knowingly outnumbered and outmatched Melinda's mons, and her Chandelure in particular, chose to fight against the J-Team anyway after her car got forced off the road after being chased for capturing DS and Mirage.
  • Virtual Soundtrack: Players often use music to set the mood of the scene they're doing for better atmosphere.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Crewe and Vierr constantly make sharp jabs at each other (the former quite literally), yet they still seem to consider each other friends.
  • Voices Are Mental: Played straight when Jane and Palkia, and DS and Artemis switch bodies. Averted when Wolf and Anom switch bodies.
  • We Are Everywhere: Tagg actually says this almost verbatim to refer to the PEFE's very long reach throughout the regions.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • When not using her Pokemon. Fool has a Frying Pan. And as of the GC arc, an Electrowhip.
    • Tagg has his trusty dagger, as well as a sharpened e-tool.
    • AU!Gamer has his tranq rifle. For once, Instant Sedation is justified, due to the darts being filled with Sleep Powder.
    • Ren has his canes so he can engage in Cane Fu.
    • Mezzo has an umbrella.
    • Crewe has a slingshot. It keeps ending up broken or stolen, and keeps being replaced.
    • Kyrie has a baseball bat, to reference Bad Girl from No More Heroes. It even gets set on fire in battle (though accidentally).
  • War Is Hell: The Pokepan invasion, particularly the invasion of Kanto, exhibits this trope very well.
  • Weirdness Magnet: The group admits to being one of these.
    • 'I defeated Missingno [X Amount of] times and all I got was this lousy T-shirt'
  • Welcomed To The Masquerade: Every prospective member or ally of the J-Team ends up being welcomed into the odd world of WAAPT at some point.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Alexia turning out to be a blackmailed Lyuri.
    • Alexiel turning out to be Allen in disguise.
  • Wham Line:
    • Jane is dead
    • Luke... Chose Cyndaquil.
    • But a solemn morning when her parents read: "Solana Malkewitz, officially dead"
    • I can't help him like this, and I'm not letting my son die the same way I did!
    • Thanks for saving my boyfriend.
    • Sakura...I'm dead."
    • Mel is... dead.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: There were a few of these, including the random disappearances and reappearances by Mewtwo, the fate of Pink the Audino's parents and what happened to the Azure Flute, but these have since been answered in later story arcs.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Gamer got this quite often in earlier arcs.
    • Des gets chewed out by Sakura after he attacks Lake.
    • Tagg gets chewed out by nearly the entire J-Team team after he slaughters a whole bunch of Cipher Peons out of revenge.
    • Crewe gives the J-Team members that participated in the Fiore Illusion HQ raid this after they cause one of their airships to crash, injuring Straw.
  • Whole Plot Reference: A lot of miniarcs have been based off of the plot of different videogames.
  • Windows of the Soul: Des can interpret what somebody's been through just by looking in someone's eyes.
  • With A Friend And A Stanger: The Auric Avenger's team was initially this with Gaia as the friend and Shingeko as the stranger.
  • Womb Level: 'M's organic core.
  • World Half Full: Tagg points out that while the universe of PMD-B isn't perfect, it certainly isn't a total lost cause.
  • World of Weirdness: The world of WAAPT is in a word, strange, but most people go about their regular lives.
  • Written-In Infirmity: Jane's writer getting a period actually factored into the plot, and players have had their characters catch any illness they've gotten in order to excuse any non-involvement in a plot.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: The PMD-B timeline can be viewed as this at first, since the AU managed to rid itself of its biggest problems only to have dragons turn most of everyone into Pokémon and mostly rid the Earth of human civilization.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb:
    • Vierr, who has Auric and Psychic abilities as well as both Dark and Ghost Obscura, although he is not at all experienced with any of the four.
    • More competently, are Nightmare and Spirit, a pair of Delta Stantler with Psychic/Dark and Fighting/Ghost typings respectively.
  • You Are Not Alone: There are a lot of these moments.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: The cave painting in Oblivia foretells Dialga's betrayal of the Legendaries that begins the AU arc, and there's nothing anyone can do to stop it.
  • You Can't Go Home Again:
    • It's implied during Portales' backstory that the homeworld of the Elgyem species somehow got destroyed or otherwise rendered uninhabitable, meaning that the Elgyem and Beheeyem that managed to make it to Earth may be the Last Of Their Kind.
    • Fool, Michelle, and Roderich were permanently banished after the former two ended up killing the Simipour they were supposed to be forcibly mated with due to troop hierarchy.
    • This also happened to former Scolemis soldiers who defected from Dragonspiral Tower in the AU, including Mira.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair:
    • Anom, Luke, Fool, and Mezzo all have blue hair. Wolf and Gamer have green. Sakura and Maggie have pink. Anom mentions having brown hair in the story, though. This is either artistic liscense or simply a Retcon.
    • Played with in Gamer's example, as he actually dyes his hair that color. As does Sakura.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Ammy ends up cheating on Umbra with Vlad, due to confusion regarding her feelings, resulting in an egg. They do end up back together though.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: The group rescues Gamer, but just as they are leaving Ein shows up to stop them.
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