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Citadel of the Heart is a Massively Multiplayer Crossover Alternate Universe Fan Fic created by MF217, using various fictional works in media in addition to original works created specifically by MF217 as a kind of sort of Kingdom Hearts analogy from the continuity of this fic, and then how the individual fics are played out on their own. The first entry in the continuity is a fan fic called Truth and Ideals, which was originally an ordinary Pokémon fan fic which was an Alternate Universe fic much like all of the others in this continuity. Once Chapter 40 came by, it was decided to combine all of the fan fics beginning with Truth and Ideals into a giant, shared continuity by introducing the Ambassadors, a group of Men in Black expies who are tasked with the protection of the multiverse, but are not above getting too full of themselves with their jobs, nor their rivalry with the opposing organization called the Embassies.

Eons ago in the distant past, the multiverse came into being by an enormous deity known as Invictus Ultrarius, who created the multiverse and had numerous sons who would become the Primordial Deities, including the very first Ultimorian Deity known as Ultima the Creator, who proceeded to create the core universe of the continuity known as Ultimoria in his own image. After eons of the different universes being separated from each other, the untimely death of the Ultimorian Deity of Time, Zaalim, caused an uproar with Ultimorian society to the point one of their own, Ultimorian Deity Rose, was able to escape into a neighboring universe and cause an uproar by wishing for the destruction of the multiverse to occur in three days; during this, the Ultimorians are dealing with the inevitable arrival of a dangerous weapon called the Z.E.R.0., whose power is so great it could even slay the immortal life-forms native to their own verse. After a long chain of incidents created by Rose, the Ultimorian Deities are forced into action to delay the inevitable, but the Z.E.R.0. is ultimately created in its full glory.

The twin sons of Zaalim, Chronicler and Eidolon, both fought each other or much of the genesis of the Z.E.R.0. because both of them had heard the blade speak out to them; the blade wanted both of them as its master, as the blade's very will was trying to determine whom of them would be the successor to Zaalim's throne. In the wake of their fighting, both of their arguing over the Z.E.R.0. effectively caused the entire multiverse to be rebooted upon a killing blow from the Z.E.R.0. being landed on the awoken Invictus Ultrarius. As a result, the Ultimorian Deities and other native life-forms of their world were suddenly scattered across space and time; many reverting to their basal most forms, and having to re-establish themselves as their original selves, because now they face the possibility of the Z.E.R.0. being recreated again, but this time, destroying the multiverse for good if it manages to kill Invictus Ultrarius a second time. Chronicler and Eidolon, meanwhile, both start off from zero in the recreation of the multiverse; it isn't until the beat of the rune of Zaalim awakens them both into existence do they begin to start to re-establish themselves.

You can read most of the stories here (all SFW) or here (some NSFW). Beware, however, as the tropes below detail spoilers for events that have not actually been posted into the stories proper, but are confirmed to be from finalized (or near final) drafts for the stories overall and thus are confirmed to be a part of the story. Some of these spoilers may be unmarked, but some are kept under tags if they end up going more in-depth.

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  • Aborted Arc:
    • UB Templar doesn't get a chance to show itself, instead getting the shaft for more Ash and N related drama and a Totem Durant. In the Aftershock Arc, Giselle and Billie fought off Templar with Giselle scoring the catch.
    • UB Fog was built up to be a rather massive threat... until confirmation that UB Fog was a Bait-and-Switch Boss for Necrozma's arrival.
      UB Fog: One of the Alter Beasts, Foggoar can attract many entities who usually seek out light in hopes that they would be snuffed out for food for itself. Necrozma, however, can easily kill Foggoar on the spot.
      UB Templar: One of the Alter Beasts, Calisaber is an invasive species in Kartana's habitat. It is immune to Kartana's immensely sharp body, and can negate any damage from cutting attacks with its armored body.
    • Both UB Fog and UB Templar are part of the lineup of Alter Beasts to appear in Tainted Well, in which the backstory behind the Alter Beasts as a whole is promised to be revealed, so they're more an Aversion of this trope, and instead boil down to Last Episode, New Character.
  • Achilles' Heel: Ultimorians can't put much of a fight up against Muggles using the specialized Soul Link equipment to take them down; essentially the Soul Link uses the strength of one's own emotions to give them power to achieve being able to defy all odds, which means anybody with a normal mentally equipped with the Soul Link could in practice take down any Ultimorian Deity. Just ask Suguha who had to do just that for Chronicler is Sword Art Online: Special Edition's first arc, or even the Lyoko Warriors who did it three months prior with a garbage version of it against Mirror M.
  • Action Prologue: Reflection Code begins with an In Medias Res prologue that summarizes what the first arc will be about; the events leading up to, the event itself, and the aftermath of the breakout from which Mirror M is freed and several other entities such as Chronicler also escape from the laboratory they were created in.
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: Inverted; Dinotopia does explain that fish is a part of some diets for omnivorous animals, sometimes humans, but most importantly any purely carnivorous animals like Ceratosaurus or Tyrannosaurus. In the stories themselves, there isn't any detailed form of Aquaculture that is known to exist; in Dinotopia: The Miniseries Retold, there is indeed an established city in which Aquaculture takes place because not only is this city ruled by Minerva, who is purely carnivorous, but many of the dinosaurs and prehistoric animals who live here are purely carnivorous, with some species such as Baryonyx and Spinosaurus actively assisting in the Aquaculture of the city. In short, this is meant to explain why some carnivores live in cities alongside everyone else, as well as the aforementioned Walking Spoiler's carnivorous diet being a non-issue in the long term.
  • Adapted Out:
    • Have a plot thread that has the misfortune of causing a character to become disliked? Don't expect it to show up here; at least, that is, not in its original form. "The Hooligan", for example, hijacks Goofball's infamous plot in The Girl of my Nightmares because not only does Goofball not behave badly towards Frankie, but he isn't even reprising the role; it's the Hooligan who has the role this time around, and while he's proven to be an imaginary friend before the plot even starts, the actual plot going on is whether he's a simple imaginary friend or an Extremosaur that simply looks the part but acts no differently from a normal Extremosaur.
    • The crossover characters are absent in E.S.W.N. and The Blue Tri because of their different formats from the rest of the continuity. In other portions of the continuity, both stories are told in the way they truly happened when necessary.
  • Affectionate Parody: Some of the plots of Operation R.E.B.O.O.T. tend to involve this:
  • All There in the Manual:
    • The Fakémon and Warlord-Formes in Truth and Ideals have their stats, abilities, typing, and moveset alterations done in this manner unless explicitly stated in the story regarding certain aspects of them. The Warlord-Formes introduced in Chapter 64 are a bigger example since these particular formes were pushed out into the story before their pictures could be finished, but a journal exists that details what changed for the ones relevant to the story so far.
    • The author did Harmon Circles detailing Sword Art Online: Special Edition's first arc, Reflection Code's first arc, and Digimon Re: Adventure's first arc. With Mirror M's, your brain may possibly explode.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees:
    • The androids that exist in Sword Art Online: Special Edition and Reflection Code are essentially higher grade, mass produced versions of androids such as Actroids that already exist in real-life, minus the much more advanced AI and more human-like capabilities.
    • Mirror M is described in the backstory as getting hit with Tsar Bomba, which the story notes was a 100 megaton nuclear warhead instead of the 50 megaton nuclear warhead we know it as; the original payload of the bomb in question was indeed 100 megatons, but they halved it out of the possibility the plane would've never escaped the blast radius with such a massive explosion, and even with the nerf the plane almost barely got dragged into the blast proper before just narrowly avoiding death. Considering Mirror M's situation was the USSR being pushed into the Godzilla Threshold, they likely did take certain things into consideration like in real-life, but ultimately Mirror M forced their hand otherwise.
    • Most people who are aware of the Palette Swaps or Underground Monkey Digimon such as Gururumon or Fugamon don't tend to realize they had made their debuts in Digimon World, rather than being introduced in the anime as rehashes of existing mons for the sake of not using said existing mon. In Fugamon's case, it's an Underground Monkey instead of a Palette Swap because whereas in the anime it's indeed the latter, in the games it lacks Ogremon's horns, making it the former in this case. Also, they're not introduced as obtainable mons; they're Mooks to fight in the field for bits and to learn new moves for your current Digimon, and only end up being recruits in later installments of the Digimon World branch of games.
    • In the miniseries for Dinotopia, the dinosaurs Played Straight the Talking Animal trope for the most part... something the books only got away with using certain species of pterosaurs and a fictional species of Protoceratops called Protoceratops multilinguous, but dialogue implies that Bix's species is one of "few dinosaurs" that can speak human languages, even if she's the only one of such we see of this sort. Stenonychosaurus omniloquensnote  is a fictional species as well created by the author to serve more or less the same purpose as P. multilinguous, but the most important detail fans of the books or the miniseries overlook is that despite either or having the ability to speak human languages, they most definitely don't sound human.
    • Sword Art Online: Special Edition has a man named Arthur Lee Samuel as one of the people "helping" the creation of the AIs in the backstory of both this fic and Reflection Code. Naturally, at the year 1954, no such AI like the ones seen in Sword Art Online: Special Edition would ever exist yet, but the man named Arthur Lee Samuel himself most certainly did.
    • Aura's type match-up in Truth and Ideals is exactly what it is known as to everyone else; a mysterious, little known type that takes and deals neutral damage from or to every other type respectively.note 
    • Etemon's various forms are noted in the Author's Note of Chapter 10 of Digimon Re: Tamers to be incredibly strong. For those who only know of Etemon from Digimon Adventure, this would seem unusual as Etemon is anything but strong there. However, in Digimon World, Etemon is tied with Monzaemon and Digitamamon for the strongest Ultimate Level Digimon in the game.note  MetalEtemon is also noted as a Hero Killer in Adventure, because he's the one who kills SaberLeomon, a fellow Mega Level, and then Puppetmon also failed to harm MetalEtemon the previous episode. Also, most notably, Etemon's forms have the title of the "King of Digimon", who possessed "unparalleled strength" as MetalEtemon's Digimon Reference Book biography effectively refers to MetalEtemon as something akin to an Ultimate Lifeform.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: It depends on the species of Ultrarian life-form, but one particular takes the cake:
    • The species in question is a Deconstruction of this entire trope; Naotolis is an apex predator designed to hunt down other AIs and not feel any remorse or sympathy for their would be prey, and are given the command to essentially kill on sight anything that moves that isn't one of their own. Naotolis was designed for purposes that, for the most part, were very mundane and short-minded; that is, however, until the Silver Specimen appeared out of nowhere during the creation of a new pack that was mandated. The Silver Specimen had an alarmingly high intelligence rating. This, combined with the Naotolis' ability to be effective on the job, is what ultimately forced Franz to take action.

      Nobody, not even to this day, even managed to figure out how to remotely control the Naotolis species without having to be forced to scrap them entirely. They had no issues with Mirror M in this regard because of a key reason as part of his design; whereas Mirror M had full sapience and could determine right from wrong, the Silver Naotolis specimen was still locked into the kill mode of its counterparts despite its increased intelligence. It had proven so bad that it got to the point that she became self-aware about it, and takes great joy in the feeling of killing people because it lacks the ability to think otherwise. To put it bluntly, when even Mirror M calls the Silver Naotolis out on this, he's needless to say rather shocked to find out about her true nature in comparison to his own.
  • Ambiguous Situation:
    • Digimon Re: Tamers has Jeri having a nightmare about a mysterious person who looks like Takato but doesn't remotely act like him, trying to drug her into unconsciousness before she wakes up from it. Was she having a nightmare of an Attempted Rape scene? Was she just being drugged to be kidnapped? Or was Jeri actively getting off to the idea of getting sexually assaulted by her Love Interest as we see from hints later that she's an Extreme Doormat when it comes to her sexual desires? Either way the point stands that she has mental issues regardless.
    • Yamato's introduction in Digimon Re: Adventure as well, considering he's fighting some of his band-mates and already has Gabumon as Garurumon in said fight, much like how Koushirou has Kabuterimon already. At first we're not given much of the context, but as we learn later it's popular for girls who desire sexual venting to go to them and have their sexual desires pleased by multiple men, Yamato included, at the same time. Yamato, for once, is mad at the prospect one of his band-mates not on the scene wants to have his way with Sora in the same way.
  • An Aesop: Averted; the continuity isn't directly nor intentionally trying to teach any in the first place.
  • Apocalypse How: A failed Class Z is what started the continuity, and a Class Z is what lies ahead if the precautions aren't taken to prevent it from happening again.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Ultra Card of Ultimorian Legend; it's a Super Empowering device which completely transforms the user almost entirely into both a new form that is considered superior to the original, but also amplifies their power directly into Phase 6 bordering on Phase 7. However, the doom part comes into play in that With Great Power Comes Great Insanity. This is why only a few of the Ultimorian Deities have ever tried using it for themselves, and each time they regretted it because they couldn't control their own newfound power.
  • Ascended Extra: A majority of the focal cast of Truth and Ideals, outside of the starting trio, are extras gathered over the course of 80 chapters with most of them originally not having been intended to appear more than once. It definitely shows in the League Arc, but considering the author isn't a big fan of Tournament Arcs...
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: What Henry, Ryo, and Ruki devise as a plan to catch Rumiko's Bastard Boyfriend off-guard; they realize Enric's mob is having plenty of rest and relaxation and has the resources to continuously try and ambush the group, which is a benefit the group doesn't have; they have the resources, sure, but not the rest and relaxation aspect. They decide the next few days will be them laying low with their Digimon being restrained into their Rookie forms unless an emergency calls, in which they'll just go about their daily lives as if everything is normal to lure one of Enric's pack, if not Enric himself, into a false sense of security so that Ryo can jump them to capture them with Millenniummon, who is being kept as Monodramon with Ryo storing up D-Power to keep a trap ready to be sprung by Enric himself or his men.
  • Behemoth Battle: The 22 meter tall KeraMaster against the 110 meter tall T.R.E.E.H.E.M.O.T.H. in Operation R.E.B.O.O.T.. Not even seconds before the latter is busted out, the Really Really Incredibly Destructive Machine piloted by the Delightfuls and Father and the Sweet Revenge piloted by Stickybeard already had a go against KeraMaster, but proved to be utterly hopeless against KeraMaster.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Chapter 9 of Digimon Re: Adventure. The day actually doesn't end up too bad for the five girls at all, but Mimi's plans for the day end up completely derailed due to repeated events that occur. Mimi had originally planned for a girl's day out, as an attempt to invoke the The Bechdel Test for the entire day until nightfall. The problem? By the end of their time at the mall, the five are completely unable to go the entire day without some kind of male influence occurring which completely derails Mimi's plans, which ends up having Mimi resorting to having comfort sex with Wallace, who she had met at the mall and is a prior bedroom partner of hers, but even Mimi criticizes herself in her head about her Extreme Libido Fatal Flaw during this.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology:
    • The Ultimorian Life-forms are notoriously difficult to explain in how they even exist yet alone even function as to what they even are. Mirror M's just one of the many confusing examples because of how his DNA can apparently adapt to new situations on the fly and completely alter his normal functions if something gets permanently damaged on him.
    • Numerous times we see Grandis, Chronicler, and Mirror M display Blood from the Mouth during very, very brutal and intense combat, and it's explicitly because of severe damage alone, and yet despite all of that, they walk it off later on as if it wasn't a big deal. In general, Ultimorians are so heavily Made of Iron that this is basically Only a Flesh Wound towards them. By all accounts, Grandis should be dead in the aftermath of his fight with Chronicler and Kirito, but considering Grandis himself is Made of Iron Up to Eleven, this is Justified.
  • Bookends:
    • Truth and Ideals begins and ends with Ash making pancakes for his mother and Pokémon living at the house with them. Also the fact both the prologue and epilogue are narrated in the first person by Ash.
    • Sword Art Online: Special Edition begins and ends with an interview by the press.
    • Digimon Re: Adventure begins with a confrontation between Greymon and Parrotmon. In an unusual subversion, the two combatants meet again and fight just like in the beginning, only now as WarGreymon and Crossmon, their final forms.
  • Bowdlerise: The fanfiction.net versions of certain stories also present on AO3, usually because H-scenes are present in the latter versions. In the case of Digimon Re: Adventure, it suffers this the most because of a good chunk of it being considered Porn with Plot.
  • Breather Episode:
    • Prehistoria is mostly a Coming-of-Age Story that doesn't feature the Ultimorians or anyone else from another verse aside from a few small cameos here and there, but they're easy to miss otherwise. Calem and Regulus cameo because of someone in-universe playing Pokémon X and Y, Raiga cameos because of someone doing the same for Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, and Lucas Kenson cameos as a guest character but his ties to other verses are absent here.
    • Sword Art Online: Special Edition is much more calm and relaxed when compared to Reflection Code. By the time the former happens, Mirror M already killed all of the most dangerous AIs that are too big to fight by any normal means, and some of the Kaiju did a Heel–Face Turn by actively assisting Mirror M in a fight if they managed to survive a certain current plot.
    • Invoked with Chapter 11 for a few chapters in Digimon Re: Tamers; Henry deduces from what he has observed and been informed of that constantly being on the move has made it too easy for them to be ambushed by Enric's mob, making it all the more difficult to track down Rumiko's Bastard Boyfriend. As a direct result, whether they like the idea or not, Henry, Ryo, and Ruki come up with the idea of laying low as much as possible and trying to blend in as normal people, as they realized that doing just this had actually managed to find and surprise Rumiko's boyfriend earlier that day. As a result all of the tamers lay low with Ryo keeping Cyberdramon as Monodramon so that he can prepare to immediately spring a trap for whomever of Enric's pack they catch off guard by having Monodramon go into Millenniummon and trap their target for information.
  • Brutal Bonus Level: Any and all instances of the Ultimorian Multiverse become this considering the place is a notorious Death World filled with life-forms that constantly send even the Ultimorian Deities into a blind rage, attacking friend and foe alike. So far the first actual visit to Ultimoria will be Operation R.E.B.O.O.T., where Lunala has to bail out the kids from a suddenly driven berserk Grandis and Chronicler.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Depends on the author's mood as to whether the stories either play this trope straight, subvert it to hell and back, or flat out avert it entirely. Tempest in particular loves to zigzag around the trope as to catch his enemies off-guard with spontaneous aversions when he otherwise sometimes plays it straight, or flat out uses the charge-up of one attack and begins calling its name, only to immediately switch to an entirely different attack that had been secretly charging up unnoticed.
  • The Cameo: Doomsday is rather plainly mentioned as being the otherwise unnamed combatant that is giving the Big Three trouble during the first act of Crazy Carousal. Ultima and Dragora Galaxia throw him and Grandis into a void in which Grandis ended up in the monstrous rage he ends up in the next two thirds of the story for, and Doomsday just unconscious and buried underground for the upcoming DC fic.
  • Canon Welding: Dinotopia: The Miniseries Retold attempts to do so by retelling the events of the miniseries to be more Truer to the Text, all the while incorporating aspects from other parts of the franchise, such as audio dramas of certain books, as well as a passing reference to the guardians from the video game made for home consoles as what ultimately plays a big importance in dealing with the fact their weaponry is a huge Achilles' Heel for an Ultimorian Deity who has a Crippling Overspecialization issue.
  • Captain Ersatz: "The Hooligan" is a Composite Character of Grandis and Guzma. Come the reveal about his existence in The Girl of my Nightmares, this is completely intentional both in-universe and out; the actual Grandis modeled the Hooligan as an imaginary friend based off of the one guy who he could, at the time, completely relate to.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Averted with Jeri waking up from her nightmare in the prologue of Digimon Re: Tamers; she's just quietly regaining her train of thought as she's still lying down in bed as she lets the reality of her bedroom sink in, before casually lifting herself up as she slowly begins to wake up.
  • Cerebus Retcon:
    • Kuki was originally supposed to speak Japanese in the original drafts of Codename: Kids Next Door. Here she speaks it because she not only just moved in to the neighborhood from Japan, but she doesn't know any form of English at all yet.
    • Abby was originally intended to be mute, whereas here she temporarily is although for a more mundane reason; she's simply recovering from surgery and is having difficulty speaking right away, so comes off as The Quiet One.
    • H.I.P.P.I.E.-H.O.P. is apparently the name of a rabbit Kuki once owned that had long since died. And is the Affectionate Nickname her father has for her mother.
    • Nigel Uno is bald because he tapped into Father's powers by accident at a young age and burned his hair off by accident in a way that rendered his head permanently bald.
    • The Delightfuls were originally Sector Z in the canon. Here they're actually legitimately Father's children without any form of brainwashing and Sector Z is a separate entity. In this case it was more a Defied trope; the author wanted to give Sector Z a chance to shine without giving extreme Character Derailment to the Delightfuls.
    • Although the author is noted for deliberately twisting and turning characters around to his own intent or requirements, Father is given an unusual form of Invoked Character Rerailment; he fits more in line with how he was originally characterized to say the least, pulling off the 50s dad archetype rather well. Not only that, but he's polite, he's efficient, and he keeps his cool around everyone he meets. He's a Man of Wealth and Taste whom everyone in his neighborhood respects and the other Adult Villains acknowledge as their superior without him needing to say a word. Often times he needs to not speak a word at all when demanding everyone's silence and attention; just him raising a hand is enough to get everyone to quiet down and give eyes and ears to his direction.
    • The characters who are at least partially Ultimorian have been showcasing Blood from the Mouth during intense combat with others of their own kind, and yet they walk it off just fine without too much outside intervention in regards to recovery. This is a part of the Ultimorian's Bizarre Alien Biology, as considering the Ultimorians are noted to be vicious Blood Knights as stated by Grandis himself, this is just one of many adaptations they have to allow for their constant urge to fight because of their violent instincts.
    • The Random Events Plot of Chapters 8 to 10 of Digimon Re: Tamers are the result of not only power experimentation by Enigma in the form of Enigmariamon, but are also because she's having to create distractions to keep the protagonists off of her and her associates' tails.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The stories that would begin to come out while Truth and Ideals was entering its second half or anywhere within the original upload year of 2016 or onward, nearly all of them took a Darker and Edgier path that caused Truth and Ideals to stick out like a sore thumb, to the point once the author knew he was going to be done with Truth and Ideals sometime in 2017, he created a spin-off to Digimon Re: Adventure in the form of the Lighter and Softer Digimon Re: Tamers which, while having its own share of Darker and Edgier elements, is a lot more significantly toned down in comparison.
  • Character Shilling: Played With; in the All There in the Manual entries seen all across these pages of the Series Fic, the descriptions for certain characters appear to play this straight. In the actual fics themselves, however, it's actually Averted; when a new, powerful character makes an appearance, their strength is barely told through the dialogue at most, and when their time to get into the action arises, they actually do showcase why they're so strong. The best example so far is Necrozma in Digimon Re: Tamers Chapter 10, who goes for almost the entire chapter completely unidentified in nature and power, and ends up sacking a mountain with just one usage of Photon Geyser, and is heavily implied to have done something off-screen much earlier in regards to traumatizing Jiang-yu. In short, the descriptions of the characters outside of the story have this Played Straight, but it's overall otherwise Averted in the stories themselves.
  • The Chase: What Heart of Gold basically boils down to at its most basic plot once it finally starts; Ethan having to pursue the wanted criminal Silver for his bounty so he can use it to pay off his mom's medical bills.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The son of the father in The Beast owns a real life, metal sword forged from a real blacksmith, at which he brings with him against his father's permission to the forest in which they camp. The son ends up using it to save both his and his father's life, but also plays a key part in his Sanity Slippage. It is heavily speculated that the sword is meant to be a physical representation of the Z.E.R.0..
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Mirror M in Sword Art Online: Special Edition isn't all that important compared to Chronicler, whom the latter takes over this role in Reflection Code.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Mr. Herriman freaking out over "The Hooligan", considering it's not revealed at all in The Girl of my Nightmares that his shapeshifting ability still exists, and thus his previously known Direwolf form can still be smelled off of him and thus terrifies Mr. Herriman because of it. At this point, it's already established that Mr. Herriman's fear of dogs persists from the canon.
    • Nanu, when prompted by Grandis for a "last meal" before shit hits the fan, asks for a Z-Kaiseki Ronin special, with Grandis ordering Miltank Cheese Pizza. Not only are both of them food items in Pokémon Sun and Moon, but the former is Nanu's Trademark Favorite Food, and the latter is one of the gold quality dishes available to eat for a mini-game.
      • Nanu's Depression, while showing up every once in a while, isn't as prevalent here in Truth and Ideals. The incident with Guzzlord as mentioned in Sun and Moon hasn't happened yet, among other factors that led to his apathetic nature in Sun and Moon.
    • Saroa is indirectly mentioned in Unhinged: An American Tail as the ferret's "God", and then in Sword Art Online: Special Edition, ferrets and European polecats wind up in Aokigahara, Japan as part of the intervention of Saroa. Saroa is a Narcissist A God Am I who had became obsessed with ferrets and believes them to be perfection.
      • Although not related to Saroa, a polecat is given some minor focus in Chapter 1 in Reflection Code as William is walking through the forest. When the same individual is found again, Jérémie identifies it as a hybrid between the domestic subspecies and a wild species. Saroa doesn't give an increased priority for hybrids and is already in Japan with a purely wild species; Grandis is the one of the two who keeps the domestic species and often hybridizes them with the wild species, and Grandis is already confirmed to appear in the story as not having moved to Japan just yet.
    • Reflection Code's prologue is filled with this. The breakout as described in Reflection Code adds in the missing details revealed already in Sword Art Online: Special Edition, such as the AI breakout, Chronicler nearly getting eaten but saving himself by destroying Mirror M's left eye, Mirror M himself for his involvement in the breakout, as well as the Naotolis hive being a direct cause of the breakout with X.A.N.A. making a cameo as one of his foot soldiers blocks off Nobuyuki's escape route. Meanwhile, Ken's hatred of the AIs is revealed to be because he had his legs butchered by the Silver Naotolis, forcing them to be replaced, and Lowell Tyron is shown in-person after being hinted at by Grandis' dialogue in Sword Art Online: Special Edition.
  • Continuity Porn: Again, as noted above, the prologue to Reflection Code is filled to the brim with Continuity Nods provided one already has read key details from Sword Art Online: Special Edition to where some things are elaborated on more, as well as new context for older information being revealed for the first time. Especially Kirigaya Ken's reason for hating the AIs by the present day.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Grandis Invokes this trope to explain away why Kizmel and Chronicler have the same surname as Enric and Ken, considering Suguha also points out that she personally knows a few people who also share the last name but have no other relation at all. The real reason why Grandis invokes this is because it wasn't just Chronicler who was on the receiving end of Ken's demeaning derogatory term for his father's surname, as even though none of the staff ever made contact with Ken or Enric, somebody made a close enough remark towards Kizmel without using the exact same insult as Ken to where Grandis' own Trauma Button caused him to undergo a Traumatic Superpower Awakening.
  • Crazy Enough to Work:
    • The debut of the Phase 6 tier is performed in such a manner; Mirror M, as Phase 4, overclocks himself like a GPU and forces him to transform into his Phase 5 form without the usual method. This alone gets Ultima and Dragora's attention on the spot to where they waste no time descending to the planet below. Then by the time they both arrive Mirror M survived long enough to ascend into his Phase 6 form, which nobody else in the cast has the advantage of just yet due to key fusees being absent for some of the cast.
    • How Mr. Wink and Mr. Fibb escape their situation in Operation T.R.I.A.S.S.I.C. Use the Love Potion on Mirror M and Centauri to pacify them both, use the antidote on Macbeth all the while teaming up with I.N.K. to dispose of Macbeth in exchange for the Love Potion to use on Mirror M and Centauri, and then while I.N.K. are too busy celebrating their victory high-tail it out of the country the mere instant they get the chance.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: As Genesis learns the hard way, Phase 7 Ultimorian Deities have next to no resemblance of their original personality in this particular form, and they're prone to turning against their own allies on a dime once they feel they're no longer necessary in the situation at best. At worse, they go on a rampage that destroys the native universe they're in and forces them into a coma that requires an outside source to snap them out of.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • Depending on the source material for each entry, this can instead classify under Dark Fic for some of the entries. In general, characters are depicted swearing, violence, and whatever other kind of dark subject matter not presented in a semi-kid friendly fashion are the standard word of the day for these fics. Particular examples steering into Dark Fic territory includes Digimon Re: Adventure, The Girl of my Nightmares, and Dinotopia: The Miniseries Retold.
    • Reflection Code's opening sequence was essentially a repeat of the intro of Sword Art Online: Special Edition except the vagueness not even kept intact in the slightest, and detailing virtually everything important from Mirror M's side of the breakout incident. It took itself far, far more seriously than the prologue for Sword Art Online: Special Edition, and had almost no comedic moments aside from Anthea's behavior towards Nobuyuki's futile attempt to drug her, as well as her implied Death Seeker nature regarding how she willingly tries to take the fight to the Naotolis with a fire axe in hopes of being reunited with her missing husband.
    • Reflection Code plays the Age Lift trope for drama considering not only does it get inconsistent with how certain characters are aged up, but characters who were already around their 40s or older are aged up as well with the implication that some of these characters, such as Jim or Mr. Delmas introduced so far, could very likely run into health issues or the risk of death. Not only that, but whereas William is a former student at the age of 34, he's at least 10 years older than Yumi or Ulrich by comparison, with Ulrich being the youngest at 18 and Yumi being in the middle at 23.
    • Mirror M's backstory is the darkest, bleakest part of the whole continuity because of how the French change the entire outcome of World War II and its 10 decade further continuation because of Mirror M's deployment and general animalistic, monstrous behavior on the battlefield. Almost all of the world is in ruins after Mirror M's wrath is put to a stop, especially not helping is Antarctica getting glassed by virtue of 12 100 Megaton bombs being dropped on a baited Mirror M there.
  • Death by Adaptation:
  • Decon-Recon Switch: Despite the overall Deconstruction Fic being applied to the fics overall, to the point it now has a separate page relating to it, the actual nature of the continuity overall focuses much more heavily on a consistently inconsistent flip of the Decon-Recon Switch. For example, while Truth and Ideals does have its fair share of Deconstruction elements, it also has its fair share of Reconstruction elements, such as the fact while there are sometimes Aversions of the Non-Lethal K.O., there are many times where it's played straight just like in the games; something one would not expect from a standard, Darker and Edgier Deconstruction which had proven to kill characters off when it truly wants to.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype:
    • Of the various sorts of Mary Sue tropes, depending on the context and the way the character themselves is defined the most in this regard.
    • As for a different type of Deconstruction, Ultimoria is a Deconstruction of a Mary Suetopia. Not only is Ultimoria classified as a Dystopia at best, but it barely even qualifies as that considering no civilization even exists in Ultimoria's Multiverse anymore. Because of the rampant free reign the Ultimorian Deities and the Primordial Deities had on the Ultimorian Multiverse, their own home turf, it's reduced to a husk of its former self by being a Post Apocalyptic Death World in which the various powerful life-forms and entities have long since destroyed all hope in this world, or long since tarnished whatever could be salvaged and left it to rot alongside fauna that had evolved to cope with the extreme conditions presented in the Ultimorian Multiverse. Effectively an overglorified wilderness of a multiverse, Ultimoria is the living definition of a Crapsack World if there ever is one. It gets so bad in terms of simply traveling there that the Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala are one of the few powerful entities still capable of safely traversing this world, alongside any riders or passengers that need to come here for whatever godforsaken reason they have.
  • Deconstruction Fic: Now has its own page.
  • Defcon Five:
    • Averted in Sword Art Online: Special Edition and Reflection Code with the infamous breakout caused by Mirror M's raw destructive capabilities and Chronicler's Gateway Ability. In terms of threat level, it starts at 9, then goes down to 3, and then lastly to 1 before cutting out.
    • While at first, Nanu appears to play this trope straight, a Class 5 on an Ambassador's scale of threat is actually based off of 0-10. 10 is the lowest possible threat; Class 5, while not the highest, is the most noted highest as it can be until a situation is resolved. A Class 0 is when things really begin to hit the fan.
    • Heck considering Defcon One is used as the acronym for Numbuh One's introduction in Operation R.E.B.O.O.T., and it being the only introduction chapters to include Father and the only chapters for a long while to give direct references to Grandfather, even when the chapters themselves don't relate to this trope they still avert this trope.
  • Dimensional Traveler:
    • The various users of the Gateway Protocol in a nutshell, or at least anybody who has been actively influenced by it to be able to do this. This is the primary source of how Chronicler and Eidolon end up in different universes, and how other beings are suddenly launched from their own native verse into another because of issues with Chronicler and Eidolon's particular Gateway Protocol abilities being able to become chaotic due to lacking restraints on them much of the time they're used.
    • Solgaleo, Lunala, and Necrozma recreate this ability with the Ultra Wormholes. Neither of the three can breach their native multiverse on their own, but Necrozma when fused with one of the other two has the ability to do this due to twice the power being run at normal with its ability to do so. Ultra Necrozma could potentially do this on a dime.
    • King Metroids, which are Metroids mutated and sterilized by the Ultra Card, are advanced Metroid males which have the ability to do this in means of normally being able to merely summon a Queen Metroid from another dimension, but the Space Pirates learn how to better make usage of this.
  • Double-Meaning Title:
    • Truth and Ideals. Ash and N? Reshiram and Zekrom? Vahirom? The Hero of Truths and the Hero of Ideals? There's too many to work with in this one.
    • The Digimon Re: series of stories. Are they simply referring to the retelling of the stories as a whole? Or the fact the fight between Eidolon and ZeedMillenniumon reset the entire Digimon multiverse?
    • Eye of the Gorgon. Is it referring to the Big Bad known as "The Gorgon"? Is it referring to the fact the Gorgon caused the uprising of supernatural entities with its eye? Or is it referring to the fact that the stolen eye of a slain gorgon can purge supernatural influence when mixed with water and ash? Take your pick.
    • The introduction chapters of each of the five main members of Sector V are all given acronym titles that all reference their given rank, such as D.E.F.C.O.N.O.N.E., B.I.P.L.A.N.E., T.R.I.K.E., Q.U.A.D.R.A.N.T., P.E.N.T.A.G.R.A.M..
  • Downer Beginning:
    • Reflection Code starts from Mirror M's perspective of the breakout that happened 3 months prior to Sword Art Online: Special Edition, or, more accurately, the first chronological introductions to Ken, Nobuyuki, Anthea, Lowell, and the last moments of Akihiko by murder from Ken using a breaking in entry Naotolis as a convenient distraction from the others.
    • Subverted with Digimon Re: Tamers, since things only begin to get better from that point, but Played Straight with Digimon Re: Adventure, which due to Taichi's father suffering Death by Adaptation, has the entire adaptation of Greymon's confrontation with Parrotmon turned into this.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The continuity got its start as an ordinary Pokémon that was very self-contained and didn't have any noteworthy references to other franchises or media. At Chapter 40 in Truth and Ideals, only then do we get a hint as to who the Ambassadors are, and it isn't until Sword Art Online: Special Edition, released nearly two and a half years later, that the writing mannerisms at display with the author's works enter their more modern developments.

    Once Regulus was introduced in Truth and Ideals, and once certain key players began to make their debut elsewhere in the continuity, only then did the continuity begin to take its modern form. Digimon Re: Tamer's prologue showcases nearly every major change the author had went through and developed over the course of three years to showcase how absurd the Early Installment Weirdness is with his earlier fics, with late-game chapters of Truth and Ideals, most of Sword Art Online: Special Edition, and Reflection Code showing more of the Continuity Nods/Continuity Porn that this Series Fic has become noted for.
  • Escaped from the Lab: The backstory for both Mirror M and Chronicler in Reflection Code and Sword Art Online: Special Edition.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Several dictators who had worked alongside Dr. Devoniak in human history were either traumatized for life at worst, or flat out kicked him out of the country at best at the numerous types of experiments that Dr. Devoniak had crafted and succeeded upon. Considering several of these captured experiments were Ultimorian Deities, they had every reason to be afraid of him...note 
  • Exact Words: That Chronicler could not be a Karma Houdini in the aftermath of the first arc of Sword Art Online: Special Edition. Not that it was even referring to the Chronicler the main character, but rather his predecessor from the previous incarnation of the multiverse attempting a Grand Theft Me.
  • Expy: Reflection Code sometimes feels less like a Code Lyoko fic and more like a fic for Godzilla: The Series due to the combination of factors involving both the Mythology Gag with the French being involved, the fact Mirror M's Shapeshifter Default Form is his giant Phase 2 form, and the fact many of the threats Mirror M directly faces are also Kaiju in and of themselves as well. Hell even Mirror M recreates the famous shot from the opening by climbing up the Eiffel Tower and giving out an immense roar.
  • Eye Scream: The best defining trait about Mirror M's appearance; his left eye was completely obliterated by an illusion form of the Z.E.R.0., meaning he can't regenerate it ever again.
  • Famous Last Words:
  • Foregone Conclusion:
    • Defied with Reflection Code towards Sword Art Online: Special Edition. Halfway into Reflection Code, there's a three month Time Skip which has it take place in unison with Sword Art Online: Special Edition.
    • Inverted with Chronicler's existence in Truth and Ideals. Chronicler doesn't actually truly exist yet in the worlds outside of Sword Art Online: Special Edition and Reflection Code. It's implied that because of Chronicler's partial death in the first arc of Sword Art Online: Special Edition, that the Chroniclers we see elsewhere in other fics are not even the real deal and they're just fragments of his real self forcefully separated from the true self due to how his Sanity Slippage induced Arc Villain status of the first arc of Sword Art Online: Special Edition ended with his runes being shattered and scattering across space and time. Eidolon is apparently perfectly aware of this, and uses the Z.E.R.0. as a means of forcing the pieces back into the true incarnation behind the scenes because he knows if Chronicler dies in Sword Art Online: Special Edition's second arc, then he'll die as well.
  • Foreshadowing: Like any ongoing plot this is necessary, but there are some noteworthy examples where it's implemented early enough into the fic to avoid the foreshadowing being too subtle like in a majority of cases.
    • In Digimon Re: Savers, when Yoshino is staying the night at Masaru's house, late at night she can be heard on the phone talking to someone, presumably a boyfriend she has based off of her casual, yet flirty comments. However, she then begins to sound serious with her dialogue, as she sounds on the verge of feeling a little sick, before pardoning herself to go to the bathroom. While we don't have any direct confirmation, we later get another piece of foreshadowing with Yoshino one day developing an appetite to match Agumon's. By the time Neon's case is brought up by Sampson, we learn through Masaru spying on Neon and Yoshino in the former's apartment that Yoshino is not only married to Neon but is three months pregnant with his child.
    • In Sword Art Online: Special Edition, when Suguha and Damion are in a forest where they find a bench, and nearby the presence of numerous burrows and the smell of something dead as well as some kind of animal's musk. The musk and the burrows are revealed to be from ferrets and European polecats (or hybrids of them), which don't have the scent glands removed and are being bred freely by the slacking off Grandis living in the nearby area. The smell of something dead isn't relevant until 3 chapters later, in the aftermath of the Grandis encounter which leads to dead bodies hanging from trees not far from where Grandis lives, and an abandoned beagle not very far from them. The last bit makes even more sense when you consider the location proper; Aokigahara, the infamous "Suicide Forest" or more ambiguous "Sea of Trees".
    • Nanu doesn't seem to be under Depression like he does in the actual games he appears in, and seems a bit more perkier than he normally would be. The encounter with Guzzlord that left him angry at Looker has yet to happen.
    • In Black and White, Looker normally appears after the end of the main story. In Truth and Ideals, he's instead absent entirely for the most part. This is actually a Defied instance here; the author admits he had no idea how to handle Looker just yet so he included the higher ranking Nanu instead.
    • Note how Chronicler's cameo in Truth and Ideals makes mention of how he doesn't properly exist yet; he's referring to his role in Sword Art Online: Special Edition which has his runes shattered and spread across space and time which is threatening his existence in any future installment, and outright willed his existence into Truth and Ideals instead of actually having simply survived to take part of Truth and Ideals. Likewise, his questionable actions in Truth and Ideals doesn't seem too out of character for Ryusei Takato but makes no sense for Damion Eriksen...
    • In two instances in the prologue of Reflection Code, Hiroki makes a comment during his rapid rambling about Mirror M based on how Hiroki got into a situation in which Mirror M allegedly saved him, and just before leaving Mirror M in a cleared out animal den, he mentions how he already had to lie to bail out his sister from something, regarding how Mirror M might "be just like her" in some way or form. While this doesn't refer to Centauri, this does refer to the fact Yumi has telekinesis in the real-world in this fic.
    • Maleviolet's backstory of how only those who lack a true evil in their hearts can truly ride him. Eidolon, despite being who many think is the Bigger Bad of the continuity, is able to ride Maleviolet just fine. Who doesn't manage to ride him, though? Chronicler.
    • Father's mansion contains a lot of old photos and memorabilia that suggest Father is Older Than They Look due to the fact Father looks so absurdly youthful despite possibly having been around since at least the 1910s. This later leads into The Reveal that Father is a time traveler from The '50s.
    • Tyron apparently kept muttering a certain phrase at the laboratory before the breakout, which Mirror M could never get out of his head. "Never set loose the Dimetrodon". Upon waking up after the Return to the Past, Mirror M notes the containment unit that Tyron keeps talking about is open and how "The Dimetrodon is loose". At first, it doesn't bother him. Then once he asks for the Mind Screwdriver, he gets to meet the Dimetrodon as none other than Ultimorian Deity Grandis.
    • Grandis' fight with Chronicler demonstrates a total of four forms which the fourth is where Grandis openly acknowledges himself by that name, and has a powerful armor to back himself up along with the divine deity energies he has. Under a different sense, Chronicler also has a fourth form with an armored aesthetic to it, as when he goes absolutely berserk as Phase 3, he manifests his prototype armor which in turn was his own namesake of Chronicler.
    • Naotolis Silver delivers a brutal line to Nobuyuki during her first Villainous Breakdown.
    • Grandis appears in Digimon Re: Tamers very often taking his Phase 1 form, and almost rarely using his Phase 2 form; he doesn't even appear physically capable of trying to aim for Phase 3 or 4, and has to rely on outside help for much of his strength; his power doesn't appear to be anywhere near as strong as he shows himself to be in Sword Art Online: Special Edition, which implies that Digimon Re: Tamers as a whole takes place a long time before the former fic.
    • Sauriomimus quercus has a questionable meaning for the species as a whole if you're familiar with what it translates to. It's a Planimal whose name translates to "Lizard Mimic Oak".
    • Jiang-yu is reduced to a traumatized nervous wreck who keeps rambling about an entity who is apparently intensely glowing in nature, and can fire off pillars of light. The next thing that happens is Raiga and Henry getting a call from RustTyrannomon of the Metal Empire Coalition, a seemingly unrelated threat, appearing and seemingly derailing the plot; that is, however, until the secret weapon they've been hiding away in the car just behind Locomon is indeed the same exact entity from which Jiang-yu had described; Jiang-yu had an early confrontation with he Metal Empire Coalition, due to the fact they used the secret weapon to effectively destroy Juggernaut's defenses from allowing them to pass through.
    • In Reflection Code, a brief power failure occurs while William and Yumi are on Lyoko during William's first trip to Lyoko, with at first nobody commenting on it because none of them know what caused it aside from Freak Phase 2 having an electromagnetic pulse ability. Turns out it was a fluke because we later learn the supercomputer doesn't die out like that so easily, meaning the much stronger Phase 3 Freak specimen located elsewhere at the time flew under their radar because they pinned the blame on the Phase 2 decoy instead until it was too late.
    • Jérémie's social ineptitude is far worse than Keiko's; both of them were targets of Megalodon's manipulation, but Jérémie's naivety was so much easier for him to use and was able to secure his grasp on him whereas he failed to do so with Keiko in comparison.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Played with for a few couples.
    • Cheren and Bianca would've technically been engaged as of the 7th Gym Arc of Truth and Ideals, but neither of the two treat as they're getting married any time soon and it isn't until even after the two year time skip to the sequel that they ultimately get married. Also keeping them from marrying too soon are their respective jobs by the time the sequel occurs keeping them distant every now and then, as they begin to learn more of each other's flaws over time but also learn the exact reason they stayed friends with each other since childhood and why they're even a couple now.
    • In the same fic, Ash, Misty, and Iris are all dating each other, and while Ash and Misty got to cheat through this because of Arceus, Iris doesn't have that advantage. While the trio remain a couple into the sequel, they don't even remotely get engaged until a second time skip occurs which shows them as 21 year old individuals; likewise, this is also when Cheren and Bianca both announce the official engagement between the two of them.
    • Averted in Sword Art Online: Special Edition with Chronicler and Suguha. Chronicler and Suguha are dating for much of the story, and don't go beyond a sexually active relationship, and even in the seven years later time skip of the epilogue, it isn't until seven more years later to the end of Citadel of the Heart in which they both get married. Likewise, Kazuto and Asuna both start the story already being engaged and in their early 20s, and they've both been dating prior to this since they were still teenagers, and the implication is that the engagement happened fairly recently.
    • Jeri seems to imply she's ready to become an Official Couple with Takato in Chapter 10, and while they do kiss, Takato isn't ready to become an Official Couple just yet, despite both parties involved in the kiss being willing for the kiss itself.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Operation R.E.B.O.O.T. wouldn't be a Codename: Kids Next Door fanfic without it otherwise.
    • The title itself means "Really. Extravagant. Boy. Organizes. Offbeat. Team."
      • The first several chapters are all plays on Origins Episodes in terms of their title and meaning, with the primary title of the fic included.
        Operation D.E.F.C.O.N.O.N.E.note 
        Operation B.I.P.L.A.N.E.note 
        Operation T.R.I.C.K.note 
        Operation Q.U.A.D.R.A.N.T.note 
        Operation P.E.N.T.A.G.R.A.M.note 
        Operation R.E.B.U.I.L.D.note 
        Operation K.E.R.A.S.O.N.note 
  • Fusion Fic: Sword Art Online: Special Edition and Reflection Code take place in a Shared Universe where the two differing source materials, Sword Art Online and Code Lyoko ended up sharing the same basic background and backstory regarding much of the technology and human advancements that occurred in both series. While the events of Code Lyoko's half of the story is an In-Name-Only due to the fact the real-world aspects of the original source material would no longer exist by 2033, such as the iconic factory which as of writing had long since been gone, and the fact Sword Art Online showcases a much more realistic approach to VR gaming based off of currently existing hardware only just improved further from what we have now. While the stories are mostly independent from each other, there are several instances where both stories overlap with the cast, be it in the backstory or otherwise noted.
  • Gaiden Game:
  • Generic Doomsday Villain:
  • Genius Bonus: In-universe as well as out of it; a student in Sword Art Online: Special Edition wonders if Grandis is meant to be referring to Dimetrodon. Ultimorian Deity Grandis is both named after and designed after a species of Dimetrodon simply called D. grandis.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Truth and Ideals is somewhat notorious for sneaking in incredibly blatant sexual references at times despite the fic being rated T, even on AO3. To this day, nobody had ever batted an eye at the content in Truth and Ideals or the lack of any content warnings despite the aforementioned sexual content, semi-graphic violence later down the road, flat out murder and later attempted genocide, an abusive father Big Bad, and the fact said father, Ghetsis, tries to invoke Offing the Offspring directly by attempting to flat out kill N when he's in a complete moment of weakness.
    • Subverted with Digimon Re: Tamers. The opening prologue has a scene of a nightmare in which an impostor in the guise of Takato chloroforms Jeri, but the Author's Note mentions how the fic is supposed to be K+. The scene in question caused the author to, at the last second, change the rating to T because he knew the standards of FF.net's rating guidelines wouldn't remotely let a scene akin to Attempted Rape slide so lightly, especially as something that happens in the prologue as part of an Establishing Character Moment that Jeri is a very troubled and mentally challenged girl. Then it turns out her father is also a part of The Mafia.
    • Keeping the fact Digimon Re: Tamers was originally supposed to be K+ in mind, Chapter 8 gives us an Eldritch Abomination who fits in at home in a horror game than he does Digimon, whose mere presence and shed fragments cause everything to transform into a Fire and Brimstone Hell upon contact. That's not even getting into the fact Impmon's evolution line, rather than using Meramon and SkullMeramon from the canon, uses Devimon and NeoDevimon in their places and in heroic roles.
    • Sword Art Online: Special Edition as well as Digimon Re: Adventure on their AO3 releases have no radar to speak of, meaning all of their Darker and Edgier and Hotter and Sexier content is completely uncut.
  • Girl of My Dreams:
    • The titular girl from The Girl of my Nightmares is a more antagonistic take on this concept.
    • Inverted and played for horror in Digimon Re: Tamers, which has Jeri dreaming about Takato only for it to be a sadistic impostor who chloroforms her into submission before she wakes up disturbed by what she had a nightmare of.
  • Girliness Upgrade:
    • Parodied in Digimon Re: Tamers with Rika, but also subverted because aside from her tomboyish qualities straining her relationship with her friends and not just her mother this time, she lost a bet to Jeri in which she has to wear an incredibly girly outfit, skirt and all, as well as have her hair down for a whole week. Ryo has a field day with this, especially considering he enjoys how Ruki genuinely seems to soften up during this time. The main reason it's mostly parodied is due to how Ruki decides to behave during this week of having to live up to the bet.
    • The girls in Digimon Re: Adventure by all means have their more feminine qualities present, but as to how much it actually effects their character is up to the individual of the girls. Sora is even more feminine than her 02 self was, Mimi inverts this by being more masculine in some areas and more or less being in charge of her relationship with Koushirou and not the other way around. Miyako takes this even further in comparison in regards to her relationship with Ken if merely because Ken is too flustered very easily by romantic advances from Miyako. Hikari is a sort of blend of Sora and Mimi's differing amounts of femininity, and the one true aversion to this trope is none other than Rina.
    • In the first arc of Sword Art Online: Special Edition, Suguha has longer hair than her canon counterpart, but in the second arc she has a Significant Haircut that alters this to match her canon self.
    • Asuna is hit with this via Reality Ensues regarding her real life self not being an Action Girl at all, but in her avatar forms of the same name she's an Aversion of this trope.
  • A Glitch in the Matrix: The events from Chapters 8 to 10 of Digimon Re: Tamers slowly reveal themselves to be all illusions created by Enigmariamon, first beginning when Chapter 11 attempts to have another random scenario happen, only for it to completely glitch out and replay even without the participation of those who are real involved. As Impmon and Jeri quickly deduce, they've just discovered a clue that something hasn't been what they've seemed to be, and eventually Henry and Takato also experience similar glitching illusions on their ends, from which Raiga realizes that this whole time they've been basically being duped by the Enigma entity, upon her coming back from going to jail MetalEtemon and GranLocomon only to realize they were also illusions as well, only managing to stick around long enough due to being fueled by an additional source other than exclusively Enigmariamon.
  • Godzilla Threshold:
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Played with during the first few chapters of Sword Art Online: Special Edition and Digimon Re: Adventure. First played straight, then subverted and played for laughs, and then dropped altogether and averted by the time Chronicler's importance to the plot begins to reveal itself; simply abandoned with no buildup in Digimon Re: Adventure though.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: Ultimorian Deity Minerva is the direct result of this, but other life-forms and entities who debut in Sword Art Online: Special Edition or Reflection Code also can fill this role.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: While Chronicler and Eidolon both start off as White and Black respectively, their Character Development evolves the two further and further into this territory instead; Chronicler loses a good chunk of his white aspects as he becomes less selfless and naive, and Eidolon isn't as entirely evil as he seems to be and loses a lot of his black aspects because of it.
  • Hard Light: It appears the natives of Ultimoria are completely built around this entire trope considering what we see them do and how some of them even begin their origins in the timeline.
  • Hate Plague: Ultimoria's atmosphere induces this effect on anyone in the bloodline of the Ultimorian Deities (Grandis, Mirror M, Chronicler, etc.), or anybody directly associated with one in some manner (Naotolis, Dr. Devoniak, Oshiro Roy, etc.).
  • He Knows Too Much: The Galactic Kids Next Door get eviscerated by Ultima due to the fact the GKND knowingly tried drilling into the fabric of space to breach into the Ultimorian Multiverse as to let its toxic radiation fields be farmed as a weapon to kill off all of the adults in their own universe with. Ultima, knowing that the GKND were effectively just about to commit omnicide towards everything within a select radius of the Ultimorian Multiverse, kills off the GKND and all of their remnants as to make sure nobody ever dares try to get as close to drilling into Ultimoria ever again.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Chronicler and Eidolon are both at differing points categorized as having a sword-fetish because any time they get a hold of a sword, even if they have any other weapon on hand, they'll both be too eager to use the sword above anything else even if the other weapons they both have on hand can do the part better.
  • High-School Dance: Not elaborated on much aside from it taking place and college and being a special occasion and not a true tradition to this particular school, but Suguha and Chronicler end up having to deal with this coming up soon. Whereas Suguha is more concerned as she doesn't know how Chronicler will handle the crowd, Chronicler is concerned because he knows he's not going to be able to properly behave and keep Suguha happy at the same time.
  • Homoerotic Subtext:
    • Ash and N seem to increasingly edge into very deliberate Foe Yay territory at times as Truth and Ideals progresses, despite the fact Ash is already in an Official Couple with someone else and N doesn't get paired with anyone. Although N does canonically have a romantic attraction to Ash despite that.
    • Giselle is portrayed as being clueless of her sexuality originally when we first see her, especially considering she rather blindingly tries to force herself to have an attraction to Ash, before she ultimately ends up being Billie's girlfriend when she finally comes to terms with her sexuality off-screen since the last time we had seen her.
    • Misty and Iris both love to feel each other up whenever Ash isn't able to be with them at any time, which leads to it being clear that Misty and Iris are both bisexual and indulge in girl-on-girl intimacy whenever Ash isn't around. Sometimes, though, even when Ash is around, when Iris asks for Ash to be her first kiss, after Ash kisses her, Misty proceeds to kiss Iris as well next, much to Iris' shock and bemusement.
    • Cheren's parents are a Polyamory couple of two fathers and a mother, and while it isn't elaborated on if either Felix or Burgh are gay themselves, the very fact they both are in agreement to be in such a relationship with their wife seems to imply more under the surface than what we ultimately see.
    • Henry from Digimon Re: Tamers is written as being Straight Gay in terms of actual characterization, but he's sometimes willing to indulge in the stereotypes as a means of Self-Deprecation as well as all but flat out stating to those who don't know that he's gay after all. The only thing stopping him from going further than this is that he doesn't have a clear Love Interest... yet. Kazu, when he returns from being out of town, is revealed to be Henry's Love Interest. Kenta himself is also gay, but he acknowledges he's a Hopeless Suitor for either Henry or Kazu.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Depends on the fic, but Digimon Re: Adventure is a Porn with Plot technically speaking.
  • How We Got Here:
    • How Reflection Code begins with the first arc after the prologue details one of the many events that ends up happening by the present. Or, at least, the original version of it.
    • How One Saturday Evening Ago begins with the fight between the Big Three Ultimorian Deities, especially Grandis, goes between them up against Doomsday. This explains how Grandis ends up so mentally damaged in later installments of the continuity proper, and also how Doomsday ends up where he currently is by the time he's discovered in the upcoming DC fic.
  • Humongous Mecha: The T.R.E.E.H.E.MO.T.H. is about as big as Metroplex in this incarnation, although to be fair it was already close enough to Metroplex in the original considering what forms it. Ultima is surprisingly impressed with it.
  • Implied Death Threat: Grandis' entire encounter with Nobuyuki heavily implies he's doing this solely because he remembers having killed Nobuyuki before only to have repeatedly ran into the situation so much he grew sick of it so he actively tries to avoid it. Key emphasis on tries.
    Grandis: Bitch you don't know how many times I've had to kill you for asking stupid questions.
  • In-Name-Only:
    • Inverted with the fics for the Pokémon fics based off of Colosseum and Gale of Darkness called Sandstorm of Time and Wings of Steel respectively; they're both part of the Unhinged sub-series, but they don't bear the Unhinged name on them in the title or summary. So yes, the two planned fics are part of the Unhinged series, but they're not actually directly called out as such.
    • Alain from Truth and Ideals is literally just his anime self suffering the biggest case of Adaptational Wimp as possible without making him a straw character.
    • Due to the Adaptational Villainy Omnicron goes through compared to Joshua, even if Omnicron is based off of it, Diablomon, or Love Machine, because of Omnicron flat out being malevolent, it'll never be classified as being exactly like its three inspirations. To be fair, this was also done to make sure Omnicron didn't end up being a flat out ripoff of Joshua like how some could see Diablomon and Love Machine as being.
      • Subverted with its main appearance in Bravest Dreamer; Bravest Dreamer is a Whole Plot Reference to Digimon Adventure: Our War Game, with the only true difference being the various Adaptation Expansion it goes through; Omnicron is strong enough to give Omegamon a fair fight and not end up in a Curb-Stomp like how Diablomon did, the final fight itself takes place in the real world, the above mentioned bits with Omnicron being blatantly malevolent in characterization, and the fact it serves as a prequel to Digimon Re: Tamers much in the vein of how the original pilot movie for Digimon Adventure serves as a prequel to its own series. It's also heavily implied that Omnicron is a piece of the juggernaut program given Super Empowering by the Ultra Card.
  • Inconsistent Dub: Part of the Foreshadowing that something bigger is going on in Digimon Re: Tamers than would otherwise appear is the fact some of the characters retain their Japanese names entirely, and those few who have used their Dub names have an in-universe reason or variant thereof for doing so. Using Henry as an example, he's invoking Shed the Family Name since he abandons his family after having become sick and tired of his father's views of Digimon being Always Chaotic Evil, leading to many innocent Digimon being murdered because of the juggernaut program.
  • Indecisive Deconstruction: The author admits most people will view Truth and Ideals as it currently is as this; out of all of the fics, it was not intended from the start to be a Deconstruction in the first place, so whatever elements of such were accidental at most. Not only that, but Early Installment Weirdness was in full force with this fic, even by the time it had ended despite the improvements made to the author's writing in general later down the road. This plays a huge factor into why the author plans on remastering Truth and Ideals, and currently considers the original version an Old Shame.
  • Insistent Terminology: Characters have a tendency to refer to younger characters, even if they're 18-19 years old, as being kids primarily because even though teens of those two ages would technically be adults, many of the cast members in the story have a tendency to not consider you an actual adult until you're of drinking age.
  • Interface Spoiler: The cast of Digimon Re: Tamers are refuges from Japan after Cobaldramon and the D-Reaper get into a massive fight with each other that leads to an indefinite stalemate, which took place a few months prior to the present. The story itself doesn't give any direct hints of this until Chapter 5 rolls around, but the summary for the story on Fanfiction.net and AO3 gives it away from the start.
  • It's All My Fault: Chapter 6 of Reflection Code has three characters blaming themselves for something that occurs regarding a Phase 3 Freak breaking into Kadic with raw force and size and killing innocents, which the Reset Button won't be able to fix. Jérémie blames himself because he created a device that was meant to give a signal for something else but only summoned Phase 3 Freak to the scene, William blames himself because he thinks he had gotten in the way because he happened to be the new guy and thinks he ended up causing the others to have problems because they were too busy trying to figure out what to do with him, thus he inadvertently distracted them, and Yumi blames herself because her own Telekinesis has a safety lock on it which prevents it from functioning 24/7, which ultimately saves her life from a constant paranoid filled series of delusions, but also impairs her ability to foresee situations and their outcomes, and thus because of something that's keeping her alive and safe, she feels like it prevented her from stopping either problem from happening when she had more than enough time to try and deduce it herself before it had happened. Just... wow.
  • Kaiju: Phase 7 Ultimorian Deities completely ignore the Square-Cube Law in terms of how massive they get, and this is a minimum requirement to sustain the form at all.
  • Killer Rabbit: An unusual roadblock appears before the Lyoko Warriors during a Breather Episode when they need to get to certain places, and constantly end up having to cross paths with an aggressive male polecat-ferret hybrid. Unlike a regular polecat, a hybrid of it and its domestic subspecies possesses greater eyesightnote , and greater physical capabilities note . That and combined with the wild subspecies' aggressive nature, combined with a Loophole Abuse in the generic Naotolis' AInote , and you've got a Badass Normal that even the Naotolis want nothing to do with.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: During the final bits of the first arc and for a good part of the second arc, Chronicler has difficulty remembering things as he's recovering from the recoil of the first arc's final fight. He's not truly amnesiac, but he's at least attending Suguha's private school now that he has the ability to do so.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Ryusei Takato and Sugou Nobuyuki both get this big time after the two of them are both beaten out of Damion Eriksen's body, in which Takato is shredded apart by Mirror M and Nobuyuki is sentenced to death.
  • Last Episode, New Character:
    • Red, Blue, and Green appear towards the beginning of the Pokémon League Arc in Truth and Ideals to take part in the tournament.
    • UB Templar and UB Fog are ultimately this in hindsight; they are scheduled to have major roles in Tainted Well, which will be the Origins Episode behind all of the Alter Beasts and why they initially got mixed up with the Ultra Beasts.
  • Late to the Realization: Nearly 14 Chapters into the story, Mirror M wakes up back in the laboratory he used to be contained in, three days before the breakout originally occurred and is thus alone, and has all of the time in the world to let sink in as to exactly what kind of voodoo he just got himself involved in and why it's more important than he initially could process at the time beforehand.
  • Lemony Narrator: Quite obvious in some areas over others. This is because each of the fics are from Grandis' inner monologue.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: To the point not even separating characters into their own separate multiverses based on their franchise were enough to prevent Chronicler, Grandis, and Necrozma thus far from getting their own pages.

    Tropes M to Z 

  • Magitek: How the Z.E.R.0. functions. Essentially a magic forged of dark matter for the hilt and the coat of arms, which is used to stabilize the anti-matter blades of the Z.E.R.0. itself. Underneath the outer blade, the two individual blades are separately forged from negative and positive anti-matter, which is what allows them to destroy matter in the first place; the Zeronium metal is the analog to dark matter that allows the sword to not destroy itself in the process of merely existing.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The mere instant Altair undergoes his biggest Let's Get Dangerous! moment against Raiga, and immediately upon kneeing Raiga in the stomach it becomes clear to everyone in Opelucid Gym that Raiga has already lost despite still being able to fight; know they're just wanting to know how much stronger Altair is in comparison to the Super Ultimate Raiga.
    • Doomsday apparently freaks out every Ultimorian Deity on the scene that they immediately warp out and Rage Quit from the situation. Not too surprising considering Doomsday was delivering the Big Three at minimum a one-sided Curb-Stomp Battle the last time he appeared in Crazy Carousal.
  • Massively Multiplayer Crossover: Initially it didn't start as one; it was originally just Truth and Ideals as a separate entity on its own until a Mid-Season Twist behind the scenes that prompted the author to make all of his fics beginning with Truth and Ideals onward to take place in the same continuity, but for the most part, not be part of a Shared Universe and abusing the hell out of The Multiverse concept as a whole.
  • Men in Black: How the Ambassadors and Embassies normally function; originally the entire idea for the former was in the aftermath of Chronicler's confrontation with an actual group of Men in Black in Sword Art Online: Special Edition as well as Flare, he decided it would be best to make his own similar group as to protect beings of otherworldly origins like himself, Flare, or even Grandis or Mirror M among other examples. The Embassies came into being under similar circumstances due to Eidolon indirectly copying Chronicler's intents as his own.
  • Mid-Season Twist: The Ambassadors got their start as this, as seen with Flare in Truth and Ideals. Upon reaching the halfway point of the whole story, the Ambassadors, or the Embassies whichever one arrives first, tend to make their presence known because of an issue at hand being caused by either Chronicler or Eidolon behind the scenes, or regarding any of the Ultimorian Deities or anything else native to Ultimoria that had been detected as an intruder.
  • Mind Screw:
    • How much more complicated things get with Mirror M's debut because of the fact his entire breakout is stuck in a "Groundhog Day" Loop which Mirror M only manages to free himself from by killing off every Red Shirt staff member in his facility as well as anybody else that would've had a hand in the events that transpired, which ultimately led to Mirror M waking up in the newly created present in which he wakes up a day earlier than the breakout itself occurred originally, as now the breakout long since had happened one week earlier and Mirror M had slept through most of it, leaving an absolutely bemused Mirror M having to deal with a completely abandoned, run down facility by the time he ultimately wakes up.
    • The illusion of Jeri's bedroom, in Takato's house mind you, to Devimon in Digimon Re: Tamers is overall considered this, but the most out of place part is the quick cameos from Digimon World and the canon Digimon Tamers on the television. Though the latter at least gives a clue the D-Reaper will be present, the otherwise out of place inclusion of the player and an Angemon undergoing Death Digivolution into Devimon is the only part about the entire scene that has no obvious explanation behind it.
  • Mind Screwdriver: The first arc of Reflection Code has one here via a Harmon Circle.
  • Mirror Routine: When Impmon's Champion Form is altered temporarily into IceDevimon, he ends up eventually confronting the infamous IceDevimon from the original source material, in which both of them proceed to perform this gag upon seeing each other. Justified in that the latter's ice formations in his lair are incredibly reflective as to allow the confusion to happen in the first place. Impmon!IceDevimon has to worry about mimicking his doppelganger's every move because of this fact, as IceDevimon doesn't realize that Impmon!IceDevimon is even there just yet.
  • The Multiverse: Each franchise has one of them exclusive to themselves, as the whole plane of existence is a giant multiverse of multiverses.
  • My Secret Pregnancy: Comes up from time to time depending on the cast of characters; any female character who goes through this, with some possible exceptions, are 18 or older. Beware of spoilers below.
    • Yoshino of Digimon Re: Savers is pregnant with Neon's child for the past three months prior to the beginning of the story. Not only that, but unlike Kazuto and Asuna who were engaged at the beginning of Sword Art Online: Special Edition, Neon and Yoshino are already married, and much of the conflict with Neon initially is Neon getting the wrong idea in that he thinks Yoshino is trying to cheat on him.
    • During a Breather Episode after the first major arc of Digimon Re: Adventure, Meiko ends up pregnant with Taichi's kid due to the Alcohol-Induced Idiocy from the night prior on both parties. Noteworthy here in that this couple normally are very prudish towards each other since Meiko doesn't truly like sexual confrontation and Taichi is completely allowed to whore himself out to other women at any time to satisfy his bigger sex drive. Responsibility is a big thing in Taichi's Character Development from here on out.
    • While in Truth and Ideals Cheren and Bianca are all but shown being sexually active because of the T Rating since age 16 each, by the time the sequel happens, they're both 18 with Cheren trying to man up and propose to Bianca, all the while Bianca proves to be a Pregnant Badass by being four months pregnant with Cheren's child and still going about her job as Juniper's assistant and assisting Nate in a fight with Heatran and Blacephalon. By the time the two see each other next, Bianca beats Cheren to the punch with proposing and the two begin to prepare to settle down with Bianca working hard for Juniper so she can have proper income before her maternity leave.
    • Subverted with Asuna's pregnancy in Sword Art Online: Special Edition. It's treated relatively casually with the reveal to Kazuto, as Asuna waited until just the right time to reveal to Kazuto this and surprise him to show genuine affection for him after how bad of a job Kazuto has because of his co-workers and boss. That combined with the fact the two had a sex scene prior to the reveal, mostly to help Kazuto calm down in Asuna's presence so that Asuna could prepare to make the reveal to Kazuto.
    • Averted with Sora's pregnancy in Digimon Re: Adventure. At the start of the fic, she isn't pregnant. During Yamato's Character Development, he accidentally gets Sora pregnant and neither he nor Sora know about it until one week later, in which Sora doesn't attempt to keep it a secret from Yamato at all.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Jeri obtains Impmon as her partner Digimon when already by this point, Takato, Henry, and Ruki have WarGrowlmon, Rapidmon, and Taomon respectively. In the canon, this is actually the exact same situation with the latter Power Trio as to when Jeri obtains Leomon; the Power Trio, by the time Jeri obtains Leomon as her partner in the original series, are all capable of achieving Ultimate Level by that point.
  • No Name Given: Some of the Original Characters are avoided in giving them actual names because sometimes their actual names can be spoilers, considering that two of them so far, the currently appearing "The Kid" from Truth and Ideals, and the upcoming debut of "The Hooligan" from The Girl of my Nightmares, have their actual names hidden because something about their identities are not supposed to be general knowledge yet.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Zaalim is an enigma to the other characters because nobody knows where exactly he is, nobody truly seems to remember him anymore, and most importantly, nobody knows what made him an Ultimorian Deity in the first place. He just... exists, but otherwise tends to be ignored in the grand scheme of things.
  • O.C. Stand-in: Just about every character to keep it short, but for specific examples...
    • Misty in Truth and Ideals is an otherwise minor character in Gen V's games overall, and even elsewhere her role is typically small in terms of the games themselves. Misty's characterization is so little in the games that beginning with Yellow, Misty's character would have Recursive Adaptation in play with her becoming a Tsundere; a trait the author considered mostly undesirable, to the point the author characterizes Misty as a Mysterious Waif and a Subverted Cute Mute instead.
    • Hiroki more or less plays this trope as straight as one could get in terms of the Code Lyoko characters on the side anyways. Hiroki ends up becoming Mirror M's Morality Chain big time, in the aftermath of the first arc's break out in which Yumi is struggling with dealing with what she had to do to even so much as defeat Mirror M in the first place, and when Hiroki is saved in the woods by a wandering and clueless Mirror M, that begins the pace towards Mirror M's Heel–Face Turn, as well as (almost) turning Hiroki into effectively The Kid with the Remote Control, meaning while he himself can't fight, nothing is stopping him soon enough from sicking Mirror M against his targets or those of his family or friends.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: While not realized at the time it happens, two Fakémon Ultra Beasts are caught in ordinary Poké Ball types just fine and dandy. They're not actual Ultra Beasts despite coming from Ultra Space, but instead Shadow Archetypes of the Ambassadors who have entered into the Pokémon world, such as UB-SHREDDER being one of Flare, and UB-PANZER being one of Tempest. An actual Ultra Beast, in the context of this story, No-Sell Poké Balls of almost all types just like they do in the games (usually). Not only that, but this means another False Ultra Beast exists somewhere unseen by the time this reveal is made.
  • Out of Focus: The titular SAO from Sword Art Online: Special Edition became this during Grandis' introduction from Chapters 12-18, but will once again be the focal point beginning with Chapter 20.
  • Outside-Context Problem:
    • Flare's entire introduction was meant to showcase how much bigger of a threat she was when compared to Mega Latios and Hoopa Unbound prior to her. Had it not been for Ash's intervention, Warlord-Samurott would've flat out perished to Gaia Force.
    • Any of the major Ultimorian characters are at minimum designed to be this very trope incarnate. The Ultimorian Multiverse consists of characters and life-forms that originate from the author's original works alone, so these entities are essentially akin to the opening of Pandora's Box in terms of exactly how dangerous they are. Special mention goes to The Big Three portions of the Ultimorian Deities, considering Dragora Galaxia is a Destroyer Deity, Ultima is The Maker, and Grandis is Order. While it makes perfect sense for the former two to be in their positions, the latter is an otherwise mortal life-form who adapted technology that allowed him to ascend to Godhood by effectively having abilities almost at minimum designed to Kill the God. He made complete jokes of Dragora Galaxia and Ultima when they two first met him.
      Grandis: ON! YOUR! KNEES!
    • Dragora Galaxia's reintroduction after the events of Crazy Carousal describe him as a literal force of nature, beyond the mere concept of being an individual being, when he's introduced completely laying waste to the Potterverse in its entirety. He's known as the "Destroyer of Many Galaxies" for a very good reason after all, but even this is just plain absurd for Dragora Galaxia... until we learn he only just shed his prior incarnation of Kagubot and its remnant shell is still obscuring his true self underneath, leading to the first usage of Dragora's Kagugora form in the new multiverse.
    • Crayak decides to stack the deck himself when he realizes the Ellimist had already cheated himself, but unfortunately what Crayak thinks is a minion who'll obey him, he instead manifests such a strong entity that Crayak has zero control over its behavior; Lord Archadius, a very, very twisted rendition of an Andalite hailing from the Infernal Void. After Zenith, the master of Lord Archadius, warns Crayak and the Ellimist as to what'll happen if Lord Archadius were to perish, he tells the duo that his corpse will summon forth a vortex into the Infernal Void to try and retrieve Lord Archadius back; however, because of Lord Archadius' sheer power, the portal would need to be big enough to allow room equal to the size of Zenith's head to break through. If that indeed does come to pass, Zenith could indeed be freed once more.
  • Oxymoronic Being:
  • Panty Shot:
    • Always in-universe with certain characters. A prominent example occurs between Jeri and Takato, after trying to fix a mistake with mixing wet ingredients in a small bowl while baking with Takato, ends up tripping on some previously spilt milk and knocking Takato down to the floor with her, which ends up with Jeri's rear facing up and Takato getting up and getting a good view of Jeri's panties. As he blushes immensely, Jeri gets up and quickly realizes Takato got a peek which causes her to be embarrassed, only to further add to the awkwardness when the two realize Takato got aroused by what he had seen. The two decide to quickly try and change the subject out of embarrassment.
    • The trope in general never gets played straight in this continuity, and is always doubled as Comedic Underwear Exposure. In the above case above, Jeri's panties have Goofy Print Underwear that implies she's actively attempting to get someone horny for her, and that's what causes Takato to briefly get hard as well as both parties being embarrassed before quickly changing the subject.
  • Physical God: Phase 7 Ultimorian Deities bridge the gap between the power scaling between a standard Ultimorian Deity, and what the minimum requirements in power capacity are for a Primordial Deity; Phase 7 Ultimorian Deities are beyond the strength of the normal Phase 6 upper limit, and whenever a Phase 7 form is used at all, they're force to take the spotlight whether they want it or not because of the fact they showcase every reason why they're called the Ultimorian Deities to begin with.
    • Genesis is a unique case where his default form as an Ultimorian Deity is his Phase 7 form, which is why his composites are better known than he is.
    • Due to Genesis, many mistook him for being the legendary 13th Ultimorian Deity; instead the actual identity came to be when the 13th's rune had the essence of a Primordial Deity contained within it, meaning the strongest form of the individual who used it would automatically be Phase 7 by virtue of a Fusion Dance between an Ultimorian Deity form and a Primordial Deity's essence infusing into them.
    • Zeranian, originating from a substance normally considered a One-Shot Character, was able to achieve Phase 7 by cheating the system with his duplicates and progressively building up versions of himself that allowed himself to bypass the standard rules of the Phase System, and using just multiple copies of himself to merge together into an absurdly powerful Phase 7 form. It definitely shows, as he's beyond the normal power of a Phase 7 and merely has the looks and size of a Phase 7, but otherwise has the power of a Phase 8.
  • The Power of Friendship: Literally invoked, as the Soul Link system with the MaterialEye being weaponized against a Brainwashed and Crazy Chronicler; the Soul Link gives the user a Hard Light copy of themselves that is only as strong as one's emotions are.
  • Prehistoric Monster: Initially anyways, this appears to be Played Straight with the Tyrannosaurus in the destroyed outpost in the Rainy Basin in Dinotopia: The Miniseries Retold, just like it was in the proper miniseries itself. Instead they're just reduced to two very pissed off parents that are driven mad not only because their hatchlings were killed by what they could only identify as a human from the outpost, but was actually a disguised Minerva framing the outpost she had wanted to massacre and hiding her own involvement by manipulating the Tyrannosaurus pair into doing the dirty work for her.
  • Promoted to Love Interest:
    • Downplayed, but some female characters who had no true Official Couple status with anyone end up being Promoted to Love Interest very, very often in this continuity, but sometimes the trope overall is Zigzagged depending on what the author feels like doing with a specific character.
    • Outright defied with Frankie Foster in The Girl Of My Nightmares, who has no actual Love Interest just like in the canon.
    • Deconstructed with the Rowdyruff Boys, who are basically Yanderes for the PPG after a certain point.
    • Sissi discusses this with her father about whether or not this is the case between her and William. After an argument with William leads to some rather awkward choices in words, she's left flustered about it since she had made some rather spicy observations about William behind his back and accidentally admitted she was Eating the Eye Candy.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Defied; despite Mirror M's status as one of the recurring protagonists, the entire first arc of Reflection Code ends up having him being the Final Boss of said arc regardless due to the fact none of the protagonists know of Mirror M as anything more than a threat to the entire world at the time.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • Any of the Sun and Moon and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon aspects of Truth and Ideals ended up becoming Early Installment Weirdness to varying degrees because the author tried to pull a Batman Gambit to the much of his abilities without being too risky with his decisions. The reason for this is because the author very badly wanted to include Generation VII elements as to keep Truth and Ideals up to date with a new generation which, when the story was originally published, was never known to exist by at least two years.
    • Digimon Re: Tamers was not part of the original script of stories; it was only added and being written when the author's 4th girlfriend had wanted to read one of his fics that didn't have the Hotter and Sexier elements to it like how Digimon Re: Adventure had, and was something she was familiar with in terms of general concept and franchise, so as a result, Digimon Tamers was chosen to adapt into its own AU which ultimately became Digimon Re: Tamers.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Everyone either takes their phones out to photograph them, or every single mortal known to exist bows before the presence of a Phase 7 Ultimorian Deity; any Phase form of a Primordial Deity gets the same reaction. Not only that, they're gigantic and prone to massive amounts of collateral damages.
    • Ash Ketchum's somewhat overpowered nature in Truth and Ideals is a parallel to actual players of the Pokémon games who use competitively built Pokémon teams for the main story of the game, and then either keep their competence in Battle Facilities such as the Battle Subway, or the whole team suffers The Worf Effect because of the RNG's ability to create teams in the Battle Subway which can screw you over to no end.
    • In a horror based story, a large, bipedal humanoid monstrosity begins speaking and one of the many tropes of horror is that if it can speak, it cheapens the horror. What does the creature itself have to say about this?
    • One of the horror elements of The Beast comes from the son's desire to out-compete his father in the game, and during one recording session forgets to take his night, morning, and afternoon medication for the following 24 hours until finally gets some sleep the next day. The son begins to fall under Sanity Slippage towards morning, in which he's desperately trying to chase down every animal he has a tag for all the while getting lost due to forgetting the map exists, even when he clearly selects it only to ignore it due to his tiredness. As he continues through the game, he enters Nanuk for the first time in a campaign mode, on Hard Mode, and he has managed to claim bears in the previous regions just fine, but by this point his ability to think is clearly showing more of his Sanity Slippage; he is persistent to not fail his secondary goals even if it endangers him, he has extreme difficulty accomplishing his primary goal (polar bear) because of the difficulty settings tagged.
    • Why Chronicler gets off with only minimal scolding at best for his actions in the first arc of Sword Art Online: Special Edition; he's completely innocent, because it's the other Chronicler who is the actual guilty one here, in which Takato Ryusei gets struck down by Ultima for his crimes, whereas Damion Eriksen ends up taking counselling from his old man to recover from the Mind Rape he had to endure from two differing parties, as well as attending school with Suguha to help further his recovery.
    • Grandis meanwhile gets scolded big time despite his Author Avatar nature because even though he has an excuse for his behavior, it's not a justification for it at the same time.
  • Reconstruction:
    • Ash Ketchum had been sheltered all of his life until he became a Pokémon Trainer, but he still showcases a lot of connections to his anime incarnation as an Adorkable trainer who has a strong bond with his Pokémon, even if it means having to overcome overwhelming odds to get to where he is by the end.
    • Cheren and Bianca's romance is treated like they are rushing into things hastily initially, especially with the planned sequel in which Bianca is expecting a baby, as well as the two having jobs that keep them apart much of the day. However, the two showcase the strongest emotional investment in each other because of their Undying Loyalty playing a huge factor in their relationship.
    • Chronicler, while he deconstructs a lot of elements in his characterization and design, does tend to be a cheerful, Adorkable main lead who at the very least learns to appreciate life for what it is and how he doesn't try and force himself onto Suguha when he knows that would be wrong to do so.
    • The Age Lift in application prevents the casts from Sword Art Online, Code Lyoko, Pokémon, and Digimon so far from being considered what would otherwise be Child Soldiers even if the latter two do have characters below 18 who are trainers or tamers respectively, considering said characters are already teens which in settings like these are more appropriate than otherwise.
  • Recut: What every installment is planned to receive upon being marked as finished is a revised version of the story with each individual chapter reread by the author and fixed in spelling, grammar, and other errors, as well as adding or removing certain things in chapters, be it altering foreshadowing, or adding more of it as to flesh out some scenes, as well as fleshing out scenes in general if they felt too small in the original version.
  • Reference Overdosed: One would be here all day long trying to name something about Citadel Of The Heart that isn't a reference to something in some way or form, considering the sheer abuse of The Multiverse trope at large.
  • Relative Error: Inverted with Chronicler and Kizmel towards Ken and Enric. While Chronicler can be explained away as being on the sights of a synonym Ken created using his father's last name, for good reason, this doesn't fully explain Kizmel though. Grandis, whom is The Omniscient, knows the answer, but he simply refuses to talk about it other than it being nothing more than a huge Contrived Coincidence.
  • Retcon:
    • Subverted with Sword Art Online: Special Edition's debut of Phase 1 Mirror M includes him depicted without his pacification helmet, which didn't exist in his standard design until after the chapter in question was published. Come Reflection Code recreating the same scene from Mirror M's POV, he just recently degenerated from his Phase 2 form and didn't immediately activate his helmet as he normally would, because as he was chowing down on Saroa's remains, the specific chemicals in Saroa's flesh ended up causing a delayed response for his helmet to activate because some of the chemicals had an anti-stimulant effect to them, which natural predators in the area knew to avoid Saroa for but Mirror M didn't bother since he's immune to such types of bio-toxins by nature.
    • Applying to both Sword Art Online: Special Edition and Digimon Re: Adventure is a piece of Deliberate Values Dissonance that had every member of the cast being at least a few years younger than they are in the revised and continued drafts of both stories. Unfortunately, the author ended up catching flak for this and he decided to age everyone up even further as to accommodate his original plan and not cause controversy regarding Japan's incredibly weird laws relating to sexual activity. This is also exactly what causes some of the characters, especially Chronicler, to be consistently referred to as "kid" whereas Chronicler in the revised drafts is 18 years old.
    • Many retcons are to be had once the remastered Truth and Ideals drops, but the most glaring of all has to do with the in-universe timeline for Truth and Ideals' verse, being based off of the years in real-life the games would technically be due to release date or sharing compatibility with a certain game elsewhere in the timeline, thus explaining how a Wii U could end up in Truth and Ideals because they've existed since the Red and Blue days because of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. However, cue Starlight Ablaze, which is directly based off of Gen I, and the inexplicable reference to a Nintendo Switch is made regarding Red's known possessions within his household, and cue the prologue opening with the Wham Line informing the current year is 299X, meaning the original timeline designated has been completely discarded entirely, but the chronological order of events has otherwise remained unchanged sans for a much more plausible explanation behind the different consoles existing at given years.
  • Revision: Digimon Re: Tamers is planned to get an updated version of the story in which all of the major events happen still, but the pacing is slowed down to fill in "missing" gaps as to give more room for Character Development and character interaction before the Cerebus Syndrome would set in proper.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: At least Once an Episode with some type of small animal, the most common being mammals, that are in some way native to the story's native surroundings being present for a quick cameo at most. A major exception, but also the most prominent role, is Ultimorian Deity Rose, who Deconstructs this trope.
    • The unevolved Water Starters that appear in Truth and Ideals are both this and Badass Adorable.
    • Ferrets owned by Grandis cameo in Sword Art Online: Special Edition.
    • Another ferret, referred to as a polecat, appears twice in Reflection Code, but the second appearance is just to establish the Reset Button's effects; it's the exact same polecat from the intro.
    • A ferret cameos in Digimon Re: Tamers at a pet store next to the VIP club owned food court in the town where Jeri lives, much to Jeri's short attention span's excitement.
    • MarinAngemon appears for part of the arc of Digimon Re: Adventure in which Taichi and Meiko and their two Digimon are stranded in the Digital World, and like in the canon, MarinAngemon is quick to put any troublemakers in their place with its Ultimate Level power.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Spelling and grammar errors are common, true, but nobody seems to mind them since the author admits that even though he's out of touch with his former abilities, he can still write well from what others have told him. In fact, he's stated numerous times that once a fic is completed, he'll make a Recut of it featuring fixed spelling and grammar and some deleted scenes from the original script getting added back in as well.
  • Rule of Symbolism: What the entire point of Crazy Carousal is in a nutshell; Puella Magi Madoka Magica represents an age long since dying and is nearing its final moments, and thus the end of the original incarnation of the Multiverse. The Multiverse is reborn via a mass scale reset, and thus the world revisits the magical girl routes with Sailor Moon in the second act. Balaur Macbeth's appearance coincides with the third and final act, Cardcaptor Sakura, which revolves about how the world has evolved to both look past its mistakes and past high points alike, and to look on to a future that is different but both welcoming and mysterious all the same.
  • Scylla and Charybdis: Operation T.R.I.A.S.S.I.C. in a nutshell, but for those who want the long explanation, Mr. Wink and Mr. Fibb are having a day off and decide to spend their time in France. Not only do they have to deal with the France native Invisible Network of Kids, but most importantly the two of them disturb the dormant Space Reptile specimen known as Centauri. As if things couldn't get any worse for the duo, Mirror M, yet another Space Reptile from an another verse entirely, joins in on the fray and ends up getting into a violent fight with Centauri that causes Mr. Wink and Mr. Fibb to have to work out a way to stay alive in the midst of a giant Kaiju brawl with both of said Kaiju wanting to have a taste of their redneck hides, all the while I.N.K. wants to dispose of the villainous duo on their own accord. To add insult to injury here as well, I.N.K.'s latest scheme has Macbeth under the affects of a Love Potion that has her going crazy after Mr. Wink and Mr. Fibb, so not just two but four sides are going after the poor bastards at once.
  • Self-Parody: Starlight Ablaze in a nutshell, considering it takes elements from the Generation I Pokémon games and yet while there are moments of seriousness, the story takes on both a Lighter and Softer and a Denser and Wackier approach, sometimes including Ascended Memes, Fandom Nods, and Meme Acknowledgements based off of the franchise as a whole, with the key reason as to why any of this is being done is that a journey fic based off of Generation I absolutely cannot be Played Straight anymore and be expected to be taken seriously without any kind of Adaptation Expansion moments, such as Starlight Ablaze'''s case with the 0Ω group.
  • Serial Escalation: These fics seem to live and breathe this trope at times.
  • Series Fic:
    • The entire premise of Citadel of the Heart's continuity.
    • Now that Truth and Ideals is completed, it has become its own sub-branch of Series Fics that take place in the same timeline regarding other installments within the Pokémon franchise as a whole.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: Used in the fics posted on FF.net due to the strict guidelines on M Rated stories, and even T rated stories where it can at least be implied despite that. Truth and Ideals is the first to have such a scene, and it's entirely off-screen. In Digimon Re: Adventure, the first sex scene with Taichi and Mimi is almost non-existent and only implied, meanwhile the Takeru and Hikari scene is treated similarly using Kabuterimon and Togemon as a sort of added Double Entendre. Then comes the sex scene with Kazuto and Asuna in Sword Art Online: Special Edition, which subverts this trope by giving a scene that is much more in-depth about it compared to the other fics, but doesn't get explicit enough to warrant any problems with FF.net's standards.
  • Shout-Out: Digimon Re: Tamers has Chapter 10 be a huge Shout-Out to Star Fox 64's The Forever Train level, with Locomon and numerous cars taking the role of the train, MetalEtemon as the engineernote , and the Ultra Card being used as the switch at the end of the level which yields the Mission Accomplished ending of The Forever Train.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • Grandis' home across the multiverse is an abandoned shack in Aokigahara. Grandis himself is implied to have crudely built it, probably out of the drive to build himself a house but never properly finishing it. It functions most definitely, considering Grandis retrofitted it with some of his own tech, but also the fact Grandis occasionally attracts paranormal activity to his doorstep due to the nature of the forest proper.
    • Kizmel being an AI inhabiting an android body is basically a much more futuristic take on the pre-existing Actroids in real-life.
      • Heck the idea of The Power of Friendship existing in real-life among many, many animals that socialize to large degrees is not too far from the truth when you consider what animals of this variety have achieved throughout history because of this. While many claim the stronger person will win in a fight against weaker opponents, keep in mind there's a limit as to how realistically strong said loner can be when confronted by a Zerg Rush of "weaker" adversaries who use their sheer numbers as their own strength.
    • Johnny and Milly both end up trying to have Mirror M and Stormcloud do dog tricks. Mirror M simply walks off in annoyance, but Stormcloud seems compliant to perform... until he's asked to roll over, in which he simply raises his wings in an intimidating display and then folds them back to his side. Stormcloud, as a six-limbed dragon with both robust legs and wings, lacks a feasible way to willingly get onto his back in such an otherwise simple gesture, and so he's raising his wings in defiance to show the kids he's unable to perform that stunt.
    • Mirror M ends up in a rather hilarious situation that justifies why he's called a "space reptile" for his species. He's lifted up by William's hands, carefully set onto the ground as William rubs Mirror M's belly and promptly creates a quick way to pacify Mirror M without the assistance of a drug. In real-life, this tactic is used to hypnotize lizards, crocodiles, alongside other reptiles.
    • Chronicler's method of traversing the virtual and real worlds has him atomizing himself, and anyone else who is touching him, on the spot into molecules and than reconstructed into either virtual or physical form depending on which destination he was going to between both worlds. If one were to actually virtualize a physical object, the real object in question would be destroyed on the spot. Doubles as a Mythology Gag on Reflection Code's side, because considering Code Lyoko is no stranger to having the Lyoko Warriors feel pain and or exhaustion when materialized, the show seemed to all but flat out state this little factoid outright considering they most definitely show it otherwise.
    • Ghetsis' Silvally isn't referred to as such; it's referred to specifically as Type: Full. Type: Full is the name Silvally had when Type: Null was deemed a success before it became berserk, in which Type: Full was reverted back to Type: Null via putting a restraining helmet on it. Upon the helmet being destroyed, Type: Null evolves into Silvally. Why is it not referred to as Silvally despite that? Simple; Gladion has yet to officially name it in the timeline, meaning until the events of a Sun and Moon adaptation happen, Silvally's name is officially Type: Full until the event in question.
    • The Author's Note of Chapter 1 confirms that William's alleged Super Strength isn't because of anything to do with the Zweihänder or its real-life analog, because actual great swords are too light to demonstrate this with. Real-life two-handers don't generally get heavier than 10 lbs./4.5 kg; the real-life Zweihänder is only 4.4-7.1 lbs./2-3.2 kg, making it lighter than the general maximum weight a two-hander would generally be perceived as being. Jim, being a significantly heavy (i.e., overweight) human male, makes for a much better showcase of raw strength than simply carrying a Zweihänder or any other two-handed sword of its type.
    • Chapter 7 of Digimon Re: Tamers has the Inconsistent Dub nature of the fic being Discussed by Impmon and Renamon. When Impmon suggests to fill the sleazy boyfriend of Ruki's mother with diamonds, Renamon doesn't quite get what he means even when he mentions the name "Diamond Storm", leading her to demonstrate an attack she calls out as "Koyousetsu" against a wooden log. Afterwards, Renamon picks up one of said projectiles and shows them to Impmon, specifically pointing them out to be leaves. Koyousetsu literally translates to "Fox Leaf Arrowheads", with the name for the attack in the English Dub, Diamond Storm, being the cause of a Non-Indicative Name for the attack's projectiles in question.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Jim's students mostly know him as just Jim; those who had grown up many years prior having gotten the chance to learn his nickname of "Jimbo", to which only the more older former students ever got to learn. William, who is mistaken for his grandfather initially by an aged Jim, is referred to by Jimbo which clears up the confusion in Jim's old mind and has him realize he's talking to one of his personal favorite students now working alongside him.
  • Square-Cube Law: According to Dr. Devoniak, the Square-Cube Law, as humans knew of it, never actually existed as an actual rule; because of the absurd number of Loophole Abuses due to how some life-forms managed to reach specific massive sizes and survive perfectly fine, humans simply had a very poor understanding of how it works to the point even sapient life-forms that evolved on similar planets to Earth showcased extremely different studies into the Square-Cube Law which yield drastically different results than from what humans have noted.
  • Stalker Shrine: Chapter 8 of Digimon Re: Tamers has Darigus trying to toy around with Impmon as Devimon to drag things out and to observe, and in the process leads him into a version of Jeri's bedroom which for the most part looks normal aside from the outside corrupted atmosphere. All of the plushies that Jeri has, however, are all replaced by varying sizes of plushies of Takato.
  • Standard '50s Father: Father is no different from his canon appearance, but seems to be more heavily referencing the 1950s while almost every other time showing himself to be the most calm, composed man of authority, politeness, efficiency, and brilliance when it comes to an adult villain at the same time. Then we learn he's actually a time traveler from the 1950s and suddenly things make a lot more sense.
  • Stealth Insult:
    • Chapter 15 of Sword Art Online: Special Edition includes an H-scene with Kazuto and Asuna in the uncensored AO3 version of the story. It's not pointed out in the Author's Notes at all, but the canon Sword Art Online has an infamous practice of IKEA Erotica with Chapter 16.5. This scene could be interpreted as a Lets See You Do Better in regards to writing a romantic, albeit relatively casual in practice, sex scene between the two characters in question. The chapter's name is also "Ignorance is Bliss", which is a Double Entendre considering "bliss" was used a lot for a substitute for pleasure in the censored version, and then there's the fact the author of Sword Art Online couldn't be bothered to do the research despite being significantly older than the author of Sword Art Online: Special Edition.
    • Everything about Alain in Truth and Ideals is made to make him a pathetic loser when compared to Ash. He's two years younger than the 16 year old Ash, his Pokémon are pathetic, and when its hinted he may get an aura ability like Ash, Flare doesn't even need to become WarGreymon to kick Mega Charizard X's ass, and while Alain does participate in the league, he's eliminated in the first round by Giselle with Charizard being sent out early only to get OHKO'd by an Electric move before it gets a chance to move. Not only that but even the announcer, Gym Leaders, and Alder think Alain is a pathetic fool; Ghetsis even addresses everyone by name in his speech but only refers to Alain as "some emo child with a permanent inferiority complex". Not to mention the when he and everyone else goes up against the Grimm, he's forced to witness his Charizard's near-death by being only just barely surviving death by an Alpha Beowolf by having him returned to his Poké Ball just before the killing blow could be made... which only results in Alain becoming The Load from that point onward.
  • Stealth Parody: Starlight Ablaze, and to a lesser degree Truth and Ideals, often take the times to be rather self-aware of the clichés in Pokémon to the point Starlight Ablaze doesn't even pretend it's trying to do something original with its story and openly embraces the clichés of a conventional Pokémon story.
  • Teen Pregnancy:
    • Bianca in the sequel to Truth and Ideals is 18 when she's pregnant with her and Cheren's child. Other couples in the series tend to be in their 20s when this happens with them, although Yoshino mostly gets this by virtue of everyone in her story's cast getting aged up by 4 years, leading to Yoshino going from 18 to 22. Likewise, Asuna is in her mid-20s as well.
    • In regards to Bianca though, it was an accident that lead to the pregnancy occurring even though both Cheren and Bianca were already preparing to live on their own away from their parents for a while now. Considering the two are shown in their own household when they're off work which they own with stable jobs, Cheren and Bianca are much more responsible with the child to be considering Cheren took the blunt of a scolding from Bianca's father, and told him very well that he would take full responsibility for the early pregnancy of Bianca.
  • That One Boss: In-universe with Mirror M in Sword Art Online: Special Edition. Mirror M is incredibly tenacious already to the point he's already known in Ultimorian Legend to be his own verse's answer to Ridley, to the fact he's not only a very tenacious boss in Sword Art Online: Special Edition when he finally shows up again in a frenzied state as the Disc-One Final Boss, but he outright delivers The Worf Barrage to virtually everyone involved in the fight because of the fact since he was never programmed at all to even remotely be part of the game, the game's coding has nothing to use for him as a placeholder but to use a digitized version of Mirror M's 100% potential.
  • Title Drop: Happens every now and then, but most Egregious with Starlight Ablaze due to the title referring to the name of the Signature Move of Red's Charmander with a Mysterious Past.
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny:
    • Kirito VS The Ebony Warrior.
    • The debut of Mugen Grandis is the result of this. His opponent? Superman.
    • Raiga is summoned by Chronicler in his summon duel with Eidolon. Who does Eidolon summon? Susanoomon. Just like in the canon Teen Titans, Beast Boy transforms into a Tyrannosaurus during the Trigon arc. His doppelganger using Spinosaurus like before? Nope! Tyrannosaurus dominum from ARK: Survival Evolved. Cue Beast Boy going Hyperendocrin Tyrannosaurus rex from The Isle.
    • The backstory behind Koushirou having Kabuterimon already? Koushirou hacked the whole goddamned multiverse and accidentally summoned an angry Buzzwole.
  • Uncertain Doom: Double Subverted. While it's kind of all but flat out stated Ghetsis gets killed by Necrozma, the exact circumstances are left unclear in the story itself.
  • Unexpectedly Dark Episode:
    • Chapter 61 of Truth and Ideals had a heavy dosage of Break the Cutie inflicted on Ash via Ghetsis, in which a black void was shown with Ghetsis' Type: Full preying on a still alive Nihilego, just casually munching on parts of it. As for Ash's Pokémon, they're all Brain Washed And Crazy by trying to flat out attempt to kill Ash on Ghetsis' own command. Even when Ash is beginning to feel outclassed even while using a life-risking Aura, he eventually generates an aura mode which gets his Pokémon to snap out of it as he's forced to drag each of them back out of the void and into the waking world. This chapter didn't have much in the form of levity to say the least, and so the next chapter was written to be a Breather Episode for the vast majority of it.
    • Chapter 8 of Digimon Re: Tamers is set to be this, which is exactly why the author is taking his time with this chapter. Justified since the author confirms he needs to be in an unsettled mindset to correctly write Darigus nowadays, so hence why his own mentality of being frightened reflects every appearance Darigus makes.
    • Chapter 14 from Digimon Re: Tamers also qualifies, but it's the next step in the buildup leading up to it from Chapters 12 and 13 prior. Ruki gets a handgun from an unknown client which she proceeds to have to use without any other choice later when she's Alone with the Psycho underground with White Rabbit, due to the fact Taomon and Cyberdramon are stuck holding off a group of unidentified enemies so that Ruki isn't swarmed and killed by them inside of the mine. The sub-arc taking place between Chapters 12-15 are Breather Episodes due to focusing on Takato and Jeri's budding romance arc, beginning with the doubts the two have after their First Kiss.
    • Chapter 6 of Reflection Code doesn't feature much action, just the aftermath of William experiencing a Return to the Past for the first time, and him, Yumi, and Jean discussing with Jérémie regarding a Phase 3 Freak that broke in and caused damage to the campus and killed children in its wake, with Yumi, Jérémie, and William all attempting to blame themselves in one way or another when it was simply the situation just going far beyond either of their control, and Odd and Ulrich being revealed to have been kidnapped by Megalodon, with over 50 missed calls from Megalodon towards Keiko giving Megalodon a severe creepiness to his constant attempts to stalk her at every move, even to the point he uses Odd's cellphone just to get through to her to talk regarding the circumstances.
    • The K.E.R.A.S.O.N. multi-parter in Operation R.E.B.O.O.T.. Kerason is absolutely implacable beyond all of the logic of Codename: Kids Next Door, and considering he's flat out confirmed to be the Strongest Ultimorian Deity, he more or less shows everything as to why he's considered this; it takes the entire cast pulling a massive Enemy Mine to so much as bring him down, and the cast constantly has to cross the Godzilla Threshold to be able to so much as stand a chance against him.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: M217 doesn't joke when he says it's difficult to describe the Ultimorian Deities, let alone any character who appears in multiple different fics and are intended to be the same character. Continuity Porn fills a heavy portion of the prologue of Reflection Code, and the different Continuity Nods made are only seldom repeated as to give the basic form of clarity that a certain character or element has previously, or eventually has, been a part of the overall timeline of the different fics comprising Citadel Of The Heart.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting:
    • "The Hooligan" appears quite literal to the description of one of his upcoming appearances in that he can transform into an Direwolf to lead a group of dogs with, with his whole gang being shapeshifters with canine forms.
    • The Digimon partners as seen in both Digimon Re: Adventure and Digimon Re: Tamers by technicality all count by default, and only don't if they go up a form and never go back down a form or more.
  • We Need a Distraction: The Random Events Plot between Chapters 8, 9, and 10 seem to be just that; that is, however, until yet another one of these plots happen, only for it to suddenly stop cold and replay back to a few minutes prior, in which Impmon sees the events unfold again but this time not even influencing them. When Impmon investiages further about it, he discovers Enigma, in the form of Enigmariamon, had been using Reality Warper illusions to play tricks on people as to distract them as far away from her as possible, and at the moment Impmon figures out they've all been duped by her, Enigmariamon is running low on power and can no longer sustain the Random Events Plot she tries to create.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapters 69, 70, and 71 of Truth and Ideals, known as the "Ultimatum Match", are this for every Gym Battle shown in the story so far. Iris' team is Dialga, Zygarde 10%/50%/Complete Formes Mega Rayquaza, Guzzlord, Warlord-Haxorus, and Flare and Tempest fused into Omegamon as Raiga.
    • Starlight Ablaze probably expected the audience to see Blue given a horrifying Take That! with his characterization for the AU based off of what the author did to other characters of this type. Instead, at the Cerulean Gym Arc, he's flat out denied the Cascade Badge for his insensitive behavior. Nobody treats Blue with respect anymore beginning with this, and Red and Green only still do but even they have a bitterness towards Blue's bad behavior. Blue, upon getting shown why he was so insensitive to begin with, is introduced to Misty's two year old daughter of the same name; Misty in Truth and Ideals is the daughter of the Misty who appears in the Gen I and II adaptations.
    • Chapter 79 in which Necrozma appears and kills off Ghetsis, and according to the author, this fate almost befell Eidolon before him back in Chapter 58.
    • In general, Wham Episodes tend to occur around the Chapter 12-14 mark of the stories proper, due to introducing a Knight of Cerebus that changes everything in the context of the story beforehand. So far two stories have managed to get to this point; Truth and Ideals and Sword Art Online: Special Edition, with the other fics planned to accommodate for such roles sooner or later.
      • Regulus and Grandis were this for Truth and Ideals and Sword Art Online: Special Edition respectively.
      • Reckmon, Cobaldramon, and Stormcloud are this for Digimon Re: Adventure, Digimon Re: Tamers, and Reflection Code respectively.
    • The climax of Operation R.E.B.O.O.T.'s Eidolon Arc shows us what exactly became of the Ultimorian Multiverse ever since the prior destruction and rebirth of the omniverse.
      • Chapters 12-15 is the first four-parter in Operation R.E.B.O.O.T.'s chapters. Operation K.E.R.A.S.O.N.note , which details Plio Kenson's debut in the story and how everyone is forced into adjusting to a Wild Card of an Outside Context Hero.
    • While Chapters 19, 20, and 21 of Sword Art Online: Special Edition are more focused on canon characters, the ending of Chapter 20 and the entirety of Chapter 21 gives us exactly why the three chapters overall were put on a delay for so long. Logan Paul controversy not withstanding, Aokigahara is already prone to weird activity in the context of Sword Art Online: Special Edition, and the ending of Chapter 20 tops off the already weird establishment Grandis has setup in the location by having Ultima and Dragora Galaxia descend from the heavens to talk with him personally over some serious matters concerning Chronicler which the two Ultimorian Deities only just recently were able to notice.
      • As a prelude to this, The Reveal of two Chroniclers existing, with the new one directly stating the Chronicler we've known the whole story to be his latest reincarnation. In other words, as the title name calls him, the Chronicler confronting Nobuyuki and Ken is "Chronicler Prime".
    • Chapter 5 of Digimon Re: Tamers, after teasing at a much larger role of Grandis prior to that, not only delivers with what Grandis' bigger role will be like, but also showcases Ruki using Taomon's DigiCore to activate the Soul Link and absolutely make a laughing stock of Grandis after the latter unintentionally insults her mother, and when Grandis' usual Limit Break attempts to activate like it did against Chronicler in Sword Art Online: Special Edition, Ruki moves within faster than the blink of an eye to completely put an end to Grandis' attempt to fight her for real before it has a chance to properly begin. This is important not only because this is Foreshadowing for the Mega Level forms seen later, but more because the Soul Link plays a much bigger role in Reflection Code and Sword Art Online: Special Edition later in the timeline.
    • Chapter 8 of Digimon Re: Tamers manages to showcase a startling number of traits with a typical Chapter 12-14 debut of a Knight of Cerebus character. Darigus proves to be a major threat to Devimon due to Taomon having to find WarGrowlmon and Rapidmon to use Trinity Burst against him, and even then Grandis is ultimately required to take him out at the last second. Raiga appears at the end of the chapter in which the entire dialogue between Devimon and Darigus has Devimon's secret about him having originally been a fully evolved Beelzemon being more important than otherwise known. Then that's not even getting to the illusion of Jeri's bedroom as a Stalker Shrine for Takato, and then showing a seemingly random scene from Digimon World involving obtaining a Devimon, followed by a cameo from the canon Digimon Tamers world with the D-Reaper revealing itself to Takato for the first time.
    • Chapter 9 continues this by implying that Darigus has much more to do with Ruki's Despair Event Horizon more so than her mother's Bastard Boyfriend, the fact Ryo is freaked out by what's going on with Ruki that he crosses the Godzilla Threshold by having Monodramon go into Millenniummon, and then Brondramon attempting to emerge in the real world only to fail and instead summon a fire storm and an ensuing heatwave, all the while immediately giving The Worf Effect to Millenniummon. Oh, and said Bastard Boyfriend is beginning to use Ruki's mother and grandmother as hostages to get Ruki to do what he wants.
    • During the second arc of Sword Art Online: Special Edition, the titular game comes into a major playing factor after having been Out of Focus. A new playable race is added, and what is it? The teaser trailer, which is an Expy of the Worgen introduction cutscene, shows that the race in question is Naotolis.
      "The developers have declined to comment on the introduction of a former enemy faction as a playable race; little lore exists about these entities, and we've tried to pine for questions; the developers seem genuinely afraid of the race's existence yet alone what they'll be like as playable entities."note 
    • Chapter 10 of Digimon Re: Tamers all but flat out states by name that Necrozma appears in it. Considering Necrozma is a Legendary Pokémon, but a Pokémon nevertheless, who showcases destructive capabilities with Photon Geyser alone and traumatizes Jiang-yu to the point Raiga orders Henry to comfort him, it's a Grade A Outside-Context Problem in this fic.
  • Wham Line: This gem from Chapter 66 of Truth and Ideals.
    • As well as this from the very end of Chapter 69 from Bianca's Pokédex:
      Omegamon appeared.
    • The casual reveal in Chapter 70 that the reason behind Altair's permanent Mega Evolved form is due to an Ultra Beast akin to Pokérus.
    • After much of the story is implied to be already answered in this regard, Franz drops this gem when asked about Project Carthage.
    • In Reflection Code, after a series of Wham Shots that make Mirror M realize too late that he just got himself involved in a conflict he has no true knowledge of, yet alone the fact he's now three days back in the past before the breakout originally occurred, Mirror M screams as to what the hell is going on, just as the narration and a certain "Dimetrodon" makes his entrance.
    • "So there's another Legendary Light Dragon?!" You might be thinking this refers to Brondramon, but this is referring to the already known, albeit hidden, Cobaldramon who has more or less the same Olympus Mons status as Brondramon does.
    • Operation R.E.B.O.O.T. has one for the chapter titles of Chapters 12-15. Operation K.E.R.A.S.O.N..
    • Before the final battle of the first arc of Sword Art Online: Special Edition, Grandis is talking to someone over the phone for a few chapters leading up to it. During the last call, he tells the person on the other end to come downstairs. Considering Grandis has already stated by this point that he's not even remotely the reason he's currently in the physical plane, but rather someone else...
  • Wham Shot:
    • Operation R.E.B.O.O.T. has the Chapter 12-14 mark also showcase the unusual glimpse of something appearing bright in the daytime sky, which startles just about everyone who witnesses it.
    • The finalized cover image of Reflection Code reveals a previously unseen form of Mirror M from his prior artwork, with the title of "The Mythical Warrior" in the place of its missing name. And Yumi's going up against him entirely alone...
    • Mirror M flat out showing up to Kadic's front doorstep in Phase 2 form in an immediate search for the heroes; now is when he finally considers them worthy of being acknowledged by him.
      • Before that, Grandis' Behind the Black method of entry when confronting Mirror M.
    • The Achilles' Heel of the Ultimorians is indeed the Soul Link as demonstrated in Chapter 5 of Digimon Re: Tamers; Ruki, using the Soul Link by her incredible bond with Taomon and holding Taomon's DigiCore in her hands, completely curb-stomps Grandis and makes it look incredibly easy and a non-issue at that.
    • As Grandis goes about reformatting and recreating Ruki's Digivice from nothing as to regain control over Taomon, he invokes the presences of Dogma, Zenith, and Ultima to his little secret dwelling as to have each of the three channel their own vast energies into Taomon's DigiCore as to both sever whatever control the thief who took Ruki's Digivice had over Taomon, and to create from scratch Ruki's new Digivice. Whatever happened to Taomon is clearly, to Grandis anyways, a very serious case.
    • The first time we see Juggernaut in action, we see a scan of Raiga scanning her as Mega Level, which she's listed alongside Beelzemon Blast Mode as both being Mega, alongside numerous other examples of failures of the Juggernaut system. Raiga, after having breached the gate to appear before Henry's dad and his coworkers, is so heavily damaged that she warns them that the Juggernaut system will crash and burn very literally because an Ultra Level is just on the immediate opposite side.
  • Whole Plot Reference:
    • Prehistoria is basically a retelling of The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep told with multiple ancient animals rather than simply a single one, and being set in The Great Depression.
    • Dinotopia: The Miniseries Retold is built off of this premise. However, it is also designed to be incredibly book accurate by ditching any of the stuff from the miniseries that flat out didn't work in the book's canon, or even offering explanations for the book's usage of certain world building elements that better explain certain elements, such as fisheries used to supply the carnivores with fish for food and barter with them for passage through their territory.
    • Reflection Code can be seen as one towards Godzilla the Series and Stranger Things.
      • Speaking of Reflection Code, some episodes from the canon Code Lyoko end up getting refurbished to make use in this continuity, specifically.
      • "End of Take"; Naotolis, who is a Xenomorph Xerox who debuts in this fic, ends up taking the place of the original X.A.N.A. attack, considering this'll mark her debut in Reflection Code proper. The film shown at the beginning is instead showed at the end, as the film ends up being made to cover-up Naotolis' existence to the public.
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: Operation R.E.B.O.O.T. features an adaptation of it which is foreshadowed by Eidolon pulling an absolute fuss about being cast right away as the Ghost of Christmas Future, and promptly throwing a cartoonish Rage Quit out of the building. And then after this the adaptation begins for real in which once we see the outside, we get numerous Establishing Shots showing us that the titular role of Scrooge will be played by Mr. Boss, and that it won't be an In-Universe adaptation.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Grandis keeps referring to the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come as the Ghost of Christmas Future, and so does the author for that matter. When it comes to the actual adaptation proper, however, the name of the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come is spoken for correctly as Mr. Boss (Scrooge) refers to Grandfather as the "Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come".

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