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The Noble Houses
- Chest Insignia: Like the villainous teams, each House has a standard uniform with their sigil on the chest.
- Five-Man Band: Roughly speaking, though they would probably form a better one if they would stop bickering all the time.
- Good Counterpart: To the villainous teams of the main Pokémon series. They share thematic qualities (large numbers of low-ranking trainers led by a small group of elites and a powerful leader, type specialties, Sigil Spam and heavy influence in a certain region), but the Houses work alongside their Pokémon partners to protect and serve their people, as opposed to the villain teams who ruthlessly use, exploit, harm, and steal Pokémon to achieve their own selfish goals.
- Power Crystal: Each House possesses one that serves the dual purpose of collectively enhancing their Pokémon's stats and giving their members some kind of superpower.
- The Blood Garnet gives Sanguinems the power of Super Strength and Super Toughness, and boosts their Pokémon's HP.
- The Sun Ruby gives Vulcans fire powers (fire magic, immunity to hot temperatures) and boosts their Pokémon's Attack.
- The Sky Sapphire gives Amperes air powers (electricity, flight, super speed) and boosts their Pokémon's Speed.
- The Earthen Rose Quartz gives the Pierrots earth powers (extreme physical resilience, injury regeneration, magic control of rocks, earth, plants, etc.) and boosts their Pokémon's Defense.
- The Sea Pearl gives Nereians water (and ice) powers, the ability to breathe underwater, and boosts their Pokémon's Special Defense.
- The Magic Amethyst gives Tantibi psychic powers (telepathy, telekinesis, illusions), and boosts their Pokémon's Special Attack.
- Rainbow Motif: Each House is associated with a color of the rainbow that represents their type specialty. In order Sanguinem is red, Vulcan is orange, Ampere is yellow, Pierrot is green, Nereus is blue, and Tantibus is purple.
- We ARE Struggling Together
House SanguinemA House of martial artists that specializes in Normal- and Fighting-types. Their motto is "Our Blood Runs Deep".
- Badass Normal: Downplayed. While their physical strength still far exceeds that of normal humans', as a result of their gift from the Blood Garnet, their superpowers are the most "ordinary" compared to the various Elemental Powers bestowed on the other Houses.
- Boring, but Practical: Other Houses get water powers, fire powers, or mind powers. The Sanguinems get enhanced super strength and endurance, and...that's it. Flashy? No. Gets the job done? Yes.
- Color Motif: Dark red, the color of blood. Also a symbol of good luck and happiness in China.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: East Asian cultures, primarily Ancient China and Japan.
- Honor Before Reason: Even moreso than House Pierrot, who have a reputation for recklessly breaking the rules if they feel that it's necessary to do what's morally just.
- Lawful Good: Strictly lawful. Their culture places a strong emphasis on honor, filial piety, and adherence to tradition.
- Meaningful Name: "Sanguinem" is another form of the word "sanguis", Latin for "blood".
- The Power of Blood
- The Spartan Way
- Supernatural Martial Arts: To a very literal extent.
House VulcanA House of elite Trainers that specializes in Fire- and Dragon-types. Their motto is "Blazing Bright".
- The Ace: Invoked. They always strive to be the very best at everything they do, like no one ever was.
- Attention Whore
- Badass Boast
- Color Motif: Bright, excitable orange and fiery red, a more intense shade than House Sanguinem's blood red.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Ancient Greece and Rome. The Battle Zone's architecture is Greek-inspired, including marble statues, open-air markets, olive trees, and Ionic columns. They train their members using The Spartan Way, and the Battle Zone hosts a massive coliseum that is used for the yearly Tournament Arc.
- Fiery Redhead
- Glory Hound: They love the spotlight.
- Meaningful Name: Vulcan is the god of fire in Roman mythology.
- Our Dragons Are Different
- Playing with Fire
- To Be a Master: A Vulcan always wants to be the best.
House AmpereA House of scientists and intellectuals that specializes in Flying- and Electric-types. Their motto is "Light The Way".
- Blow You Away: They specialize in the Flying-type.
- Child Prodigy
- Color Motif: Electric yellow and cold, clinical white.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Averted in their case; they are the only House whose culture is not based on a real-life civilization. Instead, they have a futuristic/cyberpunk theme.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Insufferable Genius
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: They prefer to stay out of the other Houses' affairs, only intervening when it suits them.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine
- Mad Scientist
- Meaningful Name: An ampere is a unit of electricity.
- Shock and Awe: Their other type specialty is Electric.
- The Smart Guy
House PierrotA House of miners that specializes in Grass-, Bug-, Poison-, Ground-, Steel-, and Rock-types. Their motto is "Shield of Men".
- Arch-Enemy: With House Tantibus for generations.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: They can never, ever resist an opportunity to save someone in danger. Even if that person is their enemy.
- Color Motif: Forest green, earthy brown, and metallic silver.
- Dumb Muscle: Their enemies' opinion of them, although the majority of them are anything but. They even have a few Badass Bookworms in their ranks.
- Idiot Hero: ...On the other hand, their reputation for recklessly jumping into danger to save innocents is not an entirely unfounded one.
- Fantastic Racism: They don't have a lot of it, but it's there. Some families who have served House Pierrot for generations show prejudiced attitudes toward first-generation newcomers, defectors from other Houses, or "halflings"note , believing that they can never be as truly loyal as a Pierrot follower with the "old blood".More on halflings
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Based on Medieval Europe.
- Good Is Not Nice: They can be very harsh when dealing with their enemies. Mistake their Chronic Hero Syndrome for weakness at your own peril. Also see Fantastic Racism above.
- Knight in Shining Armor: The ideal they aspire to follow, to the point of using page/squire/knight nomenclature in their ranking system and wearing medieval-style uniforms.
- Meaningful Name: From "Pierre", French for "stone".
- Modest Royalty: Their uniforms are simple and favor practicality over style. Even the royal family does not wear much jewelry or expensive fabrics.
- Nature Hero
- Strange Salute: Crossing their arms and bending their wrists back to form a diamond shape, a reference to the Diamond salute from Steven Universe.
- Super Toughness / Made of Iron: The Earthen Rose's restorative magic makes all Pierrots highly resistant (but not immune) to illness and physical injury. Some of the strongest and most experienced Pierrots can survive brutal injuries that would otherwise be fatal to a normal person.
- Super Strength: All Pierrots have magically-enhanced super strength granted to them by the Earthen Rose Quartz, a magical gem hidden deep in the heart of Eterna Forest.
- Theme Naming: Most members are named after types of stones (or gems), metals, or plants.
Lord Byron Pierrot
The benevolent leader of House Pierrot. He is Roark's father, and serves as a mentor/father figure to the protagonists.
- 100% Adoration Rating: His soldiers adore and are unflinchingly loyal towards him and his family.
- Action Dad
- Affectionate Nickname: He has a habit of giving these to people he's close to. He calls Roark "Roarkie" and Gardenia "little sunshine".
- Benevolent Boss / A Father to His Men: He treats each of his followers with respect regardless of their rank, and makes it a point to interact with them personally. Even though he's in charge of the largest House in the Sinnoh Kingdom, he still makes the extra effort to keep his numerous followers happy.
- Berserk Button: Hurt his children, and you die.
- Blood Knight
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Oh, yes. He's super strong and super powerful, but he turns into a complete softie around his children.
- The Chains of Commanding: The responsibility of leading the largest House in the Sinnoh Kingdom, with hundreds of followers and thousands of civilians all depending on him, turns out to be weighty indeed.
- The Dreaded: Most of House Tantibus is terrified of him, and for good reason.
- Fatal Flaw:
- Impulsiveness. He is very rash and often acts without considering the consequences of his actions. Strategic thinking isn't his strong point; he usually doesn't bother with a complicated plan when he can just smash his opponents into pancakes.
- Black and white thinking. He's spent a long time believing himself and his followers to be "good" and his enemies to be "evil" with very little in-between; the idea of a moral grey seems to be a possibility he hasn't even considered.
- Friend to All Children
- The Good King: In all but name. While a lord rather than a king, he is beloved by his followers and the people of Canalave City.
- Like a Son to Me: He treats all the Pierrot students like his own children, but it's his personal protégé Riley who he's closest to besides his own son, Roark.
- Eccentric Mentor
- Expy: This version of Byron has part of his characterization lifted from Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark. His personality is similar to the former's (jovial, fun-loving, boisterous, Hot-Blooded and charismatic), but he follows the ideals of the latter (justice, honor, loyalty, responsibility, and love of family).
- Extra-ore-dinary: Specializes in Steel-type Pokémon.
- The Mentor: To Riley most prominently, but also serves as one to the other four protagonists.
- Noodle Incident: Why does he hate Tobias so much?
- Papa Wolf: To all the students of House Pierrot, but of course he's most protective of Roark.
- Parental Substitute: To Riley, Gardenia, Cynthia and even a very hesitant Nando, given enough time.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a brutal one to Aspen Branch, for not only destroying numerous innocent lives (including those of his favorite students, Nando and Cynthia) with his anti-halfling smear campaign, but causing a massive internal schism within House Pierrot at a time when it desperately needs to be united in order to face a dangerous enemy.
Byron: (absolutely smoldering with rage) Listen to me. Now. In these past few weeks, you've done more damage to House Pierrot than any of our enemies ever could have done. You've torn us in half. We're destroying ourselves because of this moronic war you started. You've made us so busy fighting each other that we have no plan to deal with Dr. Yung. Every single one of our people is in danger, and it's all because of you.Aspen: I was doing what I thought was right.Byron: WHAT YOU THOUGHT WAS RIGHT?! What could possibly have made you think that turning the House against itself was a good idea? Do you have any idea how many lives you've destroyed? Those are your Housemates! They fought with you, they saved you, and THIS is how you treat them? By making them fear for their lives? Making them outcasts in their own homes?Aspen: (quietly) I never meant for it to go this far.Byron: Don't fucking lie to me. Don't even try. I know what you wanted at the beginning. You wanted me to get rid of Nando and Cynthia. I can't believe I didn't stop you then. Frankly, that was a failure on my part.Aspen: Not without reason. They're dangerous, my Lord—Byron: In what way? They've proven their loyalties to us a million times over, which apparently wasn't enough for you. They've both saved us more times than I can count. The Hearthome incident, the Tyranitars, Iron Mask. Your own son wouldn't be alive if it weren't for them, do you remember that? And you decided to make them your first targets. What a wonderful way to repay them. Turning their entire House against them. Nando's heartbroken. Cynthia's seriously considering leaving us for House Vulcan, and to be honest, I don't blame her. If they leave, we'll lose both our strongest fighter and any chance of making peace with House Tantibus. Still think you did "the right thing"?Aspen: I—I only meant to put them in their place...Byron: And what about all the others you hurt? I suppose they were just collateral damage, weren't they? (silence) When you became a Pierrot, you promised to protect those weaker than you. You've broken that vow in the worst way possible. Not only have you thoughtlessly ruined countless lives, you've split us apart at a time when we need to be united more than ever.
- Super Strength: He is the leader of a House of warriors renowned for their magical strength, so of course he's the strongest of them all, to the point of being able to lift a car off the ground with ease.
- Would Not Hurt A Child: No, he wouldn't. Not at all. He does not like House Tantibus in the slightest, but he will not allow their students to be harmed while they are on his territory. When Nando is sent to Canalave Castle as part of a diplomatic exchange, he makes a point of treating the boy as an honored guest and firmly reminds his soldiers not to lay a hand on him.
Gardenia's deceased father, a brilliant scientist.
- Floral Theme Naming: Like his wife and daughter, he's named after a plant.
- Good Parents: By all accounts, he loved his daughter very much, even if the time they had together was tragically short.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He was very close to Byron, enough to trust him with looking after his daughter.
- The Lost Lenore: To his wife Rosalind, who continues to mourn him deeply.
- Mad Scientist / Gadgeteer Genius: He was a genius at crafting Bamboo Technology. In fact, he was so good at his job that Byron often wonders why he didn't choose to join House Ampere.
- Nice Guy: From what we know about him, he was a loyal friend, a loving family man and overall a swell guy.
- Non-Action Guy: He preferred to aid House Pierrot through his technology and inventions, leaving the fighting to his wife Rosalind.
- Posthumous Character: Although he is dead in the present day, his inventions help the main characters on the journey and his legacy remains a crucial part of Gardenia's Coming-of-Age Story.
- Shout-Out: A scientist named Reed...sounds familiar.
- The Smart Guy: He served this role in House Pierrot.
Gardenia's mother, a Pierrot knight.
- Action Mom: In her prime, she was one of Byron's most capable fighters. Still is.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Reed did most of the defrosting. After he died, she somewhat "refroze", hiding her grief behind a stoic facade, but opens back up over time with her daughter's help.
- Feuding Families: Her side of the family is...not on good terms with the Ferron family, which is why she disapproves of Gardenia and Riley being friends. Their main point of contention seems to be fighting over which of them Byron prefers, but there might be more to it than that...
- Floral Theme Naming: Named after a plant like the rest of her family.
- Green Thumb: She has a love of gardening and primarily uses Grass-type Pokémon to battle.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Her husband's unexpected death sent her into a state of grief that lasted for many years and affected Gardenia's early childhood.
- The Maiden Name Debate: Greengrass is her last name, not Reed's. He took it when he married into the family.
- Mama Bear: Arceus help you if you put her daughter Gardenia in danger. Byron himself was subjected to a particularly brutal tongue-lashing after he allowed her to go on a dangerous mission by herself.
- Platonic Life-Partners: She is also one of Byron's close confidantes.
- Proper Lady: Regal, dignified, elegant and carries herself with perfect manners at all times.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: In her case, it was inverted. She was the Savvy Girl to Reed's Energetic Guy.
- Shipper on Deck: Subtly, but she drops a few hints that she approves of Roark/Gardenia. Helped by the close relationship their families already share and Roark's status as heir to the Pierrot throne, meaning that Gardenia marrying him would advance the Greengrass family's social standing and give them a significant edge over the Ferrons.
- Silk Hiding Steel: A capable Pierrot warrior and a shining example of a stoic Proper Lady.
- The Stoic: She is always composed, proper and prefers not to let her emotions show, the exact opposite of her daughter Gardenia.
- Not So Stoic: ...but even if she isn't as open about it, she loves her daughter, and still privately grieves for her husband.
- Uptown Girl: A girl from an ambitious, social-climbing upper-class family who fell in love with a poor but brilliant inventor.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is pink. Rose pink, in fact.
Argent FerronRiley's father, a businessman and House Pierrot donor.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Though he won't admit it, he's jealous that his son Riley sees Byron as more of a father than him. However, he eventually acknowledges that he hasn't been the best father in the world, either.
- Expy: Word of God has likened him to a Lighter and Softer, more redeemable version of Gendo Ikari. He is also a widower who is distant toward his teenage son, and a manipulative man responsible for helming a global conspiracy. The difference is that he's more aware of his own flaws and makes efforts to fix them as the story goes on.
- Foil: To Rosalind Greengrass, Gardenia's mother. Both are single parents and ex-soldiers, tasked with raising their children alone after their spouses died. Rosalind has difficulty coping with her loss and developed a drinking problem as a result, but still tries her best to be a good mother to her daughter. Argent keeps his emotions bottled in and appears more outwardly functional, but expresses little affection for his son.
- Meaningful Name: Argent is another word for silver, the color of steel. "Ferro(n)" means "iron" in Italian. So his name roughly means "silver iron" or "silver steel".
- Morality Chain: After his wife Sylvia died, he became much colder as a result.
- Parental Neglect: He doesn't seem to pay much attention to Riley, mostly leaving him in the care of the family servants. This is one of the reasons why Riley gravitated toward Byron as a father figure.
- Personality Powers: He is a Steel-type trainer. Unlike Byron, who puts more emphasis on the traits of raw strength and determination attributed to the type, he is outwardly cold and emotionless.
- The Stoic: He rarely expresses any emotion other than occasional frustration.
- Theme Naming: His name means "silver", complementing the name of his deceased wife, Sylvia.
- Weapon of Choice: Metagross, fitting for a highly intelligent man who works and thinks like a machine.
- We Used to Be Friends: Downplayed. He and Byron were very close in their childhood and through their teenage years, but the trauma of the war, as well as his wife leaving him, caused him to become a cold, bitter and detached person. However, he still continues to serve Byron loyally...for his own purposes, that is. Whatever those are.
- Fantastic Racism: They disapprove of anyone serving in House Pierrot who isn't of the "old blood".
- Floral Theme Naming: Like the Greengrass family, their members are named after trees or plants.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Their way of thinking is no longer shared by most of the families that serve House Pierrot. Byron keeps them around because they're hardworking and loyal, but he doesn't hold the same respect for them that he does for the Greengrasses or Ferrons.
- Noble Bigot: Despite their flaws, they have served House Pierrot faithfully for many generations.
- Original Character
- Social Climber
- Token Evil Teammate: They may not be evil, but they hold some very prejudiced opinions that cause trouble for people they don't like, including Nando (a Tantibus diplomat) and Cynthia (a part-Vulcan halfling).
- Undying Loyalty
- Fantastic Racism: Strongly prejudiced against Nando for his Tantibus roots and Cynthia for her halfling heritage.
- Inspector Javert: He can't find any concrete proof that Nando is the devil incarnate, but that doesn't stop him from trying.
- Token Evil Teammate: He basically shows off the negative side of the Pierrots' philosophy when taken to its logical conclusion. Extremely devoted to House Pierrot? Strongly prejudiced against other Houses. Protector of the weak against the strong? Divides the world into heroes and villains with no in between. Willing to fight the "bad guys"? Always sees the bad guys (and anyone associated with them) as bad guys, no matter what they do or say, refusing to even consider their point of view.
- Undying Loyalty: For all his other faults, he is unwavering in his loyalty to Byron and has served under him faithfully for many years.
- All of the Other Reindeer: When he was little, the other children in his neighborhood made fun of him because he wanted to study Bug-type Pokémon.
- The Aloner: He would rather spend time with his Pokémon than his human teammates, and sees no reason to be a part of Roark's group. He'll still help them when the time calls for it, though.
- Badass Bookworm: He is the leading authority and expert on Bug-types.
- Berserk Button: Don't make fun of Bug-types around him. Seriously.
- Bully Hunter: As a result of being bullied himself when he was a child.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He really, really hates being pitied for being the kid people used to pick on all the time.
- Kindly Vet / The Medic: He learned a lot about medicinal plants from his Bug-type Pokémon, and uses his knowledge to help injured Pokémon get better.
- Meaningful Name: His last name comes from Maria Sibylla Merian, an artist and naturalist famous for her paintings and studies of insects.
- Not Good with People: He's a lot better with Pokémon than he is with humans.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Combee honey.
- Action Girl: She fought like hell to become the leader of the Swarm, and she's not afraid to show her fighting chops if someone questions her authority.
- A Mother to Her Men: She's not afraid to laugh and joke with her soldiers.
- Amazon Brigade: Her "Royal Court", an elite, handpicked group of female Bug-type specialists that lead the Swarm with her. The newer members are called "Handmaidens", the experienced ones "Princesses".
- Animal Motif: Bees. Her signature Pokémon is a Vespiquen, she has blonde hair with a black streak, her name is "Honey", and she leads her followers like a queen bee would.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: She got her position by defeating her predecessor in a 6-on-6 Pokémon battle.
- Berserk Button: Like Byron, she's extremely protective of her students and followers. Mess with them at your own peril.
- The Chains of Commanding: Being young (in her mid-twenties) and relatively inexperienced, she faces her own struggles with leadership.
- Cool Big Sis: To the rest of the Swarm, House Pierrot's Bug-type division. She and Aaron are particularly close.
- Dance Battler: She's a skilled dancer, a reference to how bees dance in order to show each other where to find flowers.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She acts calm and collected, but her warm and caring side comes out around her students.
- Does Not Like Men: Downplayed. She prefers working with her girls, but has no problem with teaching young boys or taking orders from Byron, who is her boss. In fact, her favorite apprentice, Aaron, is a boy.
- Meaningful Name: Honey is produced by bees.
- The Mentor: She taught Aaron nearly everything he knows about Bug-types. Technically she's also Nando's, but he tends to spend more time with Byron.
- Original Character
- Parental Substitute: To Aaron and her girls, and sometimes Nando. Sometimes.
- Red Baron: She's known as "the Queen Bee".
- Skunk Stripe: Her hair is blonde (honey blonde, in fact), with a single black streak.
- Weapon of Choice: Vespiquen, accompanied by a large hive of Combee "attendants".
One of Byron's companions, who was killed along with Clockwork as a teenager.
- Ambiguous Gender: For a long time, his name was only mentioned, without revealing his gender. He was eventually confirmed to be male.
- Friend to Bugs: Like Nando, he was a Bug-type specialist.
- Generation Xerox: When alive, he was said to be similar to Nando in terms of personality—naive, kindhearted, sheltered and innocent. It is unknown if they are actually related, though.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Byron were very close.
- Kill the Cutie: This happened to him eventually, at the hands of the Shadow King.
- The Lost Lenore: A platonic example. His death, along with Clockwork's, caused Byron and their surviving companions much grief.
- No Name Given: His real name is not currently known.
- Only Sane Man: When alive, he was the voice of reason for his group of friends, much like Nando in the present day.
- Posthumous Character: Deceased in the present day. He is only seen alive in Byron's flashbacks.
- Shrinking Violet: He was said to be very shy, except when around his closest friends or his Pokemon.
The Protagonists / "Team Roark"
- All-Loving Hero: They make friends and allies like Combee make honey, and are willing to show mercy to genuinely repentant enemies. That said, crossing certain lines can make them lose their mercy and take the kid gloves off. Should it ever come to that, the guilty party is gonna have a bad time.
- Berserk Button: Above all, these True Companions are fiercely protective of each other. Threatening one is a very good way to incite the wrath of the other four.
- To a lesser extent, they don't take it well when someone insults Byron, their mentor and father figure.
- Individual ones:
- Roark: Making cracks about his height.
- Gardenia: Saying anything bad about Grass-types or mistreating a Grass-type Pokémon in front of her...or any Pokémon, really.
- Riley: Threatening Roark in front of him.
- Nando: Any abuse of mind control.
- Cynthia: Making fun of her mixed Pierrot/Vulcan heritage or calling her a "halfling", or worse, a "half-breed".
- Big Brother Instinct: Riley and Cynthia are usually tasked with looking after Roark and Gardenia, being older than them. Invoked: Riley in particular has been protective of Roark since they were very young, and considers himself a sworn knight and bodyguard to his little lord. Nando occupies a sort of middle ground, since he is roughly the same age as Riley and Cynthia while being a Fish out of Water in House Pierrot at the same time.
- Break the Cutie: The world of the Sinnoh Kingdom is not kind to them. At least they have each other.
- The Determinator: As is typical for Pierrots, they are very stubborn.
- Fearless Fool: Another Pierrot trait. They find themselves jumping headlong into danger at the prospect of adventure or heroics more often than not. Nando not so much at first, but even he starts showing signs of this after spending enough time with his new friends.
- Five-Man Band
- Kid Hero: At the beginning, Roark is 12, Gardenia is 13, Riley, Nando, and Cynthia are 14.
- Nature Hero: Through their membership in House Pierrot, they all have ties to nature and primarily use earth-based Pokémon (Rock, Grass, Steel, and Ground-types). Gardenia in particular is fond of gardening and the supposedly haunted Eterna Forest.
- Odd Friendship: Several, given their status as a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits.
- Roark and Gardenia have a Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl dynamic.
- Riley's and Gardenia's families are constantly fighting, but that does not stop them from being friends.
- Nando being friends with the other four at all, given that House Tantibus has historically never been on good terms with House Pierrot.
- Parental Abandonment:
- Roark's mother abandoned him after he was born and never looked back.
- Gardenia's father is dead. Her mother is a loving parent, but also uses alcohol to cope with her PTSD from the war.
- Riley lives with both of his parents, but their marriage is unstable and they fight frequently.
- Cynthia is an orphan who was raised by her grandmother.
- Nando was raised by his emotionally distant aunt and uncle. The fates of his parents are unknown.
- True Companions
- Two Girls to a Team: Two girls, three boys.
- Undying Loyalty: To their House, to Byron and most importantly to each other.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World
Lord Byron's young son and heir.
- Adorably Precocious Child: 12 years old might be pushing the definition of "child", but his attempts to act like his father and make people take him seriously are a definite invocation of this trope.
- The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest of his friends.
- Bad Liar: As a consequence of...well...see Brutal Honesty below.
- Brutal Honesty: Inherited from his father. He doesn't mince words, and he will not lie to someone unless it is absolutely necessary.
- The Cutie: How everyone else sees him. He really wishes they didn't.
- Cool Helmet: His iconic red mining helmet, which he always wears.
- Everyone Can See It: With Gardenia since early childhood.
- Heir to the Dojo: The little prince of House Pierrot.
- Missing Mom: His mother abandoned the family when he was two to join the Kanto mafia. He doesn't particularly remember or miss her.
- Nice Guy
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He sometimes feels this way about his friends, with Cynthia being the top battler in her class, Riley being his father's apprentice, and Nando as the heir apparent to the second most powerful House in the region.
- Red-Headed Hero: About the only thing he inherited from his mother.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Him and Gardenia.
- Tiny Schoolboy: Yet another thing to tack on to his long, long list of insecurities.
- Weapon of Choice: Cranidos.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy
- Action Girl: Don't be fooled by her ditzy nature. When the chips are down, she can be as dangerous as Cynthia.
- Alliterative Name
- The Baby of the Bunch: Downplayed. She's actually the second youngest of her five friends (Roark is the youngest), but her childlike personality and naivete lends itself better to this trope than Roark's attempts to act older than his age.
- Boyish Short Hair: Fitting her tomboyish nature.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Her thought processes can be...very strange.
- The Cutie: This is Gardenia in a nutshell. She's a sweet girl who loves her friends and her Pokémon, finds joy in everything, and lives to brighten everyone else's day.
- The Ditz
- Everyone Can See It: Her crush on Roark.
- Friend to All Living Things
- Genki Girl
- Leeroy Jenkins
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl
- Morality Pet: Nando's. While he's not a bad person by any means, she was the first to open up to him, and he trusts her the most.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: She loves all Grass-types. All of them. Even the downright terrifying ones like Cacturne and Abomasnow. To say nothing of her countless ventures into the Eterna Forest.
- One of the Boys: She was raised in the masculine and male-dominated House Pierrot, and Riley and Roark were her best friends growing up. Ironically, at heart she's still more feminine than fellow tomboy Cynthia.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Nando, and Riley to a lesser extent.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Sad Clown: She's not always a happy, giggly ball of sunshine and smiles. Deep down, she's scared that everyone sees her as a joke, that no one takes her seriously, that her friends are secretly making fun of her behind her back, and that she'll never be as great a warrior as her mother is.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Her and Roark.
- Tomboy Princess
- Red-Headed Heroine
- Weapon of Choice: Budew.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's terrified of ghosts. The haunted Old Chateau is the one place in the Eterna Forest that she's never dared to explore.
- Animal Motifs: He has a dog/wolf theme. Dogs are known for their loyalty and are protective of their owners, which fits his dedication to protecting the Pierrot family. His partner is Riolu, a puppy-like Pokémon. He is also usually the first to take charge of the group in times of danger, akin to an alpha wolf. He also has a tendency to stay up late, be active at night, and sleep during the day, similar to how wolves are primarily nocturnal. On a less flattering note, enemies of the Pierrots have referred to him as Byron's "attack dog".
- Badass Bookworm: He's interested in history and spends a great deal of time at the Canalave Library.
- The Champion: He intends to be one for Roark.
- Cool Big Bro
- Heroic Lineage: His ancestor was the great Aura Guardian and knight Sir Aaron, who sacrificed his life to stop a war in Kanto.
- Knight in Shining Armor: All Pierrots fit this trope to varying degrees, but Riley plays it the most straight by dedicating himself to becoming the right hand and protector of his young liege lord.
- Last of His Kind: The only known Aura Guardian.
- Lady and Knight: A rare same-sex (and platonic) example, with him as the White Knight to Roark's Bright Lord.
- Meaningful Name: Ferro(n), Italian for "iron", is a fitting surname for a Steel-type specialist and an aspiring Knight in Shining Armor.
- Nice Hat
- Non-Idle Rich
- Noble Wolf
- Not a Morning Person: Gardenia usually has to drag him out of bed in the morning.
- Weapon of Choice: Riolu.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Devoting yourself to studying behind thick castle walls will do that to you. After staying with the Pierrots for a while, he starts to look more healthy and robust. Must be all that time outside.
- Elegant Classical Musician
- Heir to the Dojo: He's being groomed to be the next lord of House Tantibus. His status as Tobias' heir isn't set in stone, however, and there are many eyeing it for themselves...
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: A kind-hearted and gentle boy from a Deadly Decadent Court.
- Morality Pet: For more than one character. He's possibly the only living person Tobias genuinely cares about, earns the respect of his human-hating Scizor through patience and kindness, and convinces Byron that not all members of House Tantibus are rotten to the core.
- Naïve Newcomer
- Nice Guy
- Only Sane Man
- Sheltered Aristocrat
- Sixth Ranger —> The Smart Guy
- Shrinking Violet: His initial characterization, which he grows out of thanks to his new friends.
- Weapon of Choice: Ralts.
- The Wise Prince
- The Ace: Top of her class, beautiful, talented, popular and a skilled Pokémon trainer.
- Broken Ace: ...but she still has insecurities and flaws underneath it all. She's afraid of letting her friends down, feels pressured by her mentor's expectations, and may be hiding a few skeletons in the closet.
- Action Girl
- Blood Knight: She loves the thrill of battle. An aspiring Pokémon master always has to be ready for action, after all.
- Cool Big Sis
- Hair Decorations: Two pairs of black teardrop-shaped hair clips, a Tragic Keepsake from her dead mother.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- Heroic Bastard: She was born to a Pierrot mother and a Vulcan father, who ran away together knowing their families disapproved of the relationship and supposedly died in mysterious circumstances...or did they?
- Lady of War
- To Be a Master
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: With Gardenia, although both have tomboy traits. Generally speaking, Cynthia is the tomboyish Action Girl and graceful Lady of War always ready for a Pokémon battle, while Gardenia is the girly girl who likes flowers and fairy tales, but isn't afraid to get her hands dirty in a fight or venture into the Eterna Forest.
- Orphan's Ordeal: Her parents are both dead. She and her sister were raised by their grandmother.
- Weapon of Choice: Gible.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Her relationship with Byron. She started to look up to him as a father figure when he offered to mentor her after being impressed with her battling skills at a young age. The problem is, she's secretly terrified that he only values her strength, and will instantly write her off as a failure the moment she makes a mistake.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Her worst fear is Byron's disapproval.
House NereusA House of sailors and swimmers that specializes in Water- and Ice-types. Their motto is "Kings of the Sea".
- An Ice Person: Ice is their secondary type specialty, although it's more often used by their allies, the Norgay clan of Snowpoint City.
- Bling of War: Many Nereians wear gold, jewels, and pearls as trophies taken from underwater treasure hunts.
- Color Motif: Bright blue and icy white.
- Making a Splash: They specialize in Water-types.
- Meaningful Name: In Greek mythology, Nereus was a sea god.
- Nice Guy: They have a reputation for being friendly and amiable, and the least likely to declare war on another House.
- Super Not-Drowning Skills: All Nereians have the ability to breathe underwater.
- Water Is Blue: They are a Water-type House and their most prominent Color Motif is blue.
House TantibusA House of magicians that specializes in Dark-, Ghost-, Fairy-, and Psychic-types. Their motto is "Beware the Shadows".
Lord Tobias Nightlock
- Berserk Button:
- He has very little tolerance for pettiness, especially among the members of his court. Everything he does, cruel or kind, has a purpose. He can and does hold grudges, but he would never do something stupid or rash just for the sake of spiting someone he personally hates.
- More directly, if you ever do anything to hurt his apprentice, Nando, he will END you. When a gang of teenage delinquents beat up a 12-year-old Nando and stole his Pokémon, an enraged Tobias responded by personally hunting the teenagers down and using his Darkrai to inflict nightmare after nightmare on them, not stopping until they went completely insane and had to be carted off to the Bedlam House for their own safety. Yikes.
- Casting a Shadow
- The Dreaded: Everyone in the criminal underground, from the lowest thief to the highest mafia don, fears his wrath should they displease him.
- Dream Weaver
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He does seem to have some genuine affection for Nando.
- Everyone Has Standards
- Hero of Another Story: He captured two legendary Pokémon (a feat next to impossible for most) and overthrew the previous lord of House Tantibus, a despotic tyrant.
- I Did What I Had to Do
- Like a Son to Me: His relationship with Nando, although he has difficulty admitting it because of the emotional wall he's spent years building around himself.
- Lonely at the Top
- Mysterious Past: He wasn't always the cold, unfeeling, pragmatic leader he is today. Once upon a time, he had a loving family and while not exactly a Wide-Eyed Idealist, he was hopeful, optimistic and had dreams of his own. Then came the King of Shadows...
- Noble Demon
- Not So Above It All: He dislikes pettiness and staunchly refuses to let his emotions rule him. Yet he relishes in the suffering of his enemies, shows rare bouts of extreme anger that sometimes influence his decisions, and his affection for Nando can make him do things he wouldn't otherwise.
- Not So Different: Like his arch-rival, Byron, he displays a protective side toward the people he cares about (even though he only really cares about one person).
- Not So Stoic: His cold demeanor rarely breaks. Nando seems to be the only one who can bring out his emotions—Tobias is at his happiest when spending time with him, genuinely loves and cares for him to some degree, and gets enraged when someone hurts him.
Lord Tobias: What is it about him...that changes me?
- Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: He's always stoically polite and specializes in Passive-Aggressive Kombat, while Byron is blunt, foul-mouthed, and brutally honest.
- Pragmatic Hero / Pragmatic Villainy
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Sadist: He has shades of it, like the incident with the delinquents mentioned above. He enjoys inflicting pain on his enemies, but is usually rational enough to keep it to a minimum.
- Surrounded by Idiots: How he feels while ruling over his court of schemers, backstabbers, kiss-ups, and Smug Snakes. He's not entirely wrong.
- Tranquil Fury: The few times he shows anger, it's almost always this.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: Stole the Shadow King's Darkrai after defeating and killing him.
The King of Shadows (working name)
- Bad Boss: He treated his underlings like dirt—knights, pages, squires, and nobles alike.
- The Caligula: Insane, violent, and rose to power by murdering his predecessor.
- Dark Is Evil: Unlike Tobias, he was unambiguously and absolutely a vile, horrific individual.
- The Dreaded: Forget Tobias, this guy is the reason why House Tantibus is so feared and little loved even decades after his reign. Even years after his death, he is referred to as "the King of Shadows" because people are too afraid to say his name out loud.
- Drunk on the Dark Side / Drunk with Power: He was initially sane, but overexposure to Darkrai's power and experimentation with Pokémon magic drove him to madness.
- Expy: Of none other than the Mad King himself, Aerys II Targaryen.
- Predecessor Villain
- Properly Paranoid
- Villain of Another Story: Specifically, Tobias's, and will likely factor into Byron's as well.
A Mad GlimmerA Mad Glimmer is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic one-shot that follows the events of "The Cutie Map". After fleeing the Equal Village, Starlight Glimmer is furious at her defeat by the Mane Six and the restoration of her followers' cutie marks. Sulking in the caves, she begins to plot her revenge and the takeover of Equestria. But she soon discovers that she's not alone... Now has a sequel, A Crazed Gleam.
- And I Must Scream
- Bad Future: Discord takes Starlight to one where the changelings succeeded in taking over Equestria.
- The Bad Guy Wins
- Be Careful What You Wish For
- Believing Their Own Lies
- Break Them by Talking
- Blue and Orange Morality
- Crapsaccharine World
- Dark Fic
- Disabled Deity: Discussed. Now that she knows that the demarking spell works even on alicorns, Starlight sets her sights on heading to Canterlot and removing Celestia's cutie mark.
- Don't Make Me Destroy You
- Emotion Eater
- Even Evil Has Standards
- False Utopia
- Fate Worse than Death
- Genius Loci
- Hannibal Lecture
- Happiness Is Mandatory
- Ironic Hell
- Lotus-Eater Machine: According to Discord, a changeling pod creates an illusionary world for the victim trapped inside where they believe they are loved, and thus produce love in return, which the changelings then eat.
- Narrative Profanity Filter: "Starlight’s response was incoherent and would’ve been unprintable if it weren’t."
- No Mouth: At one point, Discord gets bored of Starlight's ranting and magically removes her mouth.
Discord: It’s not much fun when someone’s taking essential bits of your body, is it?
- Not Worth Killing
- No-Sell: Starlight's cutie mark-removing spell fails on Discord, because he doesn't have one. When she tries to maim him with a destruction beam instead, he grabs it and eats it like a piece of candy.
Discord: Ugh, flavorless. I should have guessed.
- Papa Wolf
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech
- Shut Up, Hannibal!
- Starfish Language: Changelings communicate through transmitting emotional signals instead of a spoken language.
- Take Over the World: Starlight's ultimate goal is to strip every pony of Equestria of their cutie mark.
- To the Pain
- What Could Have Been: In-universe.
- You Will Not Evade Me: When her attempts to fight Discord fail, Starlight tries to teleport away. She's immediately snapped back to the middle of the cave.