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The Five Heroes (working on a nickname for the group)
As a whole
- All-Loving Hero: They make friends like Combee make honey, and have shown mercy to defeated enemies more than once. 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. Mess with any one of them, and the other four will tear you to pieces.
- To a lesser extent, they don't take it well when someone insults their mentor/father figure, Byron.
- Big Brother Instinct: As the three oldest members, Riley, Nando and Cynthia take it upon themselves to look after Roark and Gardenia. 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.
- 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 the group.
- 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.
- Nando being friends with the other four at all, given that House Tantibus has historically never been on good terms with House Pierrot.
- 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
- 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 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, what 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
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Him and Gardenia.
- Tiny Schoolboy: Another thing to tack on to his 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.
- The Baby of the Bunch: Downplayed. She's the second youngest of her five friends, but her childlike personality and naivete lends itself a bit better to this trope than Roark's attempts to act older than his age.
- Boyish Short Hair
- The Cutie
- The Ditz
- Everyone Can See It: Her crush on Roark.
- Genki Girl
- Leeroy Jenkins
- 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...even 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.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Her and Roark.
- Red-Headed Heroine
- Weapon of Choice: Budew.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's terrified of ghosts.
- 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. Less flatteringly, 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 knight Sir Aaron, who sacrificed his life to stop a war in Kanto.
- Last of His Kind: The only known Aura Guardian.
- Lady and Knight: A rare same-sex example, with him as the White Knight to Roark's Bright Lord.
- Meaningful Name: Ferro(n), Italian for "iron", is a fitting name for a Steel-type specialist and an aspiring Knight in Shining Armor.
- Nice Hat
- Non-Idle Rich
- Noble Wolf
- 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.
- 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 dark secrets.
- 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. [Note: They will have some significance, perhaps as a Tragic Keepsake.]
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- 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.
- Weapon of Choice: Gible.
The Noble Houses
Tropes common to all or most Houses
- Arch-Enemy: With House Tantibus for generations.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome
- Dumb Muscle: Their enemies' opinion of them, although the majority of them are anything but, and 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 innocent people is not an entirely unfounded one.
- Knight in Shining Armor: The ideal they aspire to.
- Good Is Not Nice: They can be very harsh when dealing with their enemies.
- Nature Hero
- Super Strength
Lord Byron Pierrot
The benevolent leader of House Pierrot. He is Roark's father, and serves as a mentor/father figure to the protagonists.
- Action Dad
- Benevolent Boss / A Father to His Men: He treats every soldier, student and servant with respect, and makes it a point to remember their names.
- Dad the Veteran
- Like a Son to Me: He treats all the Pierrot students as his own children, but it's Riley, his personal apprentice, who he's closest to besides his own son, Roark.
- Eccentric Mentor
- Extra-ore-dinary: He favors 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
- Super Strength
Lord Tobias Nightlock
- Berserk Button:
- He has little tolerance for pettiness, especially among the members of his court. Everything he does, cruel or kind, has a purpose. He can hold grudges, but he would never do something stupid or rash just for the sake of spiting someone he hates.
- More directly, threatening or hurting Nando will send him into an unstoppable rage. When a gang of teenage delinquents beat the crap out of Nando and stole his Pokémon when he was 12, Tobias personally hunted them all down and used his Darkrai to ensnare them in horrific mind-destroying nightmares until every last one of them went irreversibly 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
- 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
- Lonely at the Top
- Noble Demon
- Not So Above It All: He dislikes pettiness and 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 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? Why does he make me feel like this?
- 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
- 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
- The Dreaded: Forget Tobias, this guy is the reason why House Tantibus is so feared and little loved even decades after his reign.
- 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.