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Synopsis on FanficRecs/PokemonGeneral: At some point during the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Pokémon: Best Wishes season]] timeline [[note]]specifically during the Decolore Islands arc, after [[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened New Tork City]][[/note]], Cyrus succeeded in [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt remaking the world in his image]]. [[{{God}} Arceus]] did not like that very much, so he chose a champion to go back in time to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. Naturally, having already saved the world several times and having great potential with [[KiAttacks Aura]], Ash Ketchum is that champion. After a week in a pocket dimension training to learn Aura, Ash is [[PeggySue returned to the day he started his Pokémon Journey]] with the ability to restore his friends' memories of the other timeline and sets off to solve as many problems as possible before saving the world...and, of course, have fun on the way.

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Synopsis on FanficRecs/PokemonGeneral: At some point during the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Pokémon: Best Wishes season]] ''Anime/PokemonTheSeriesBlackAndWhite'' timeline [[note]]specifically during the Decolore Islands arc, after [[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened New Tork City]][[/note]], Cyrus succeeded in [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt remaking the world in his image]]. [[{{God}} Arceus]] did not like that very much, so he chose a champion to go back in time to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. Naturally, having already saved the world several times and having great potential with [[KiAttacks Aura]], Ash Ketchum is that champion. After a week in a pocket dimension training to learn Aura, Ash is [[PeggySue returned to the day he started his Pokémon Journey]] with the ability to restore his friends' memories of the other timeline and sets off to solve as many problems as possible before saving the world...and, of course, have fun on the way.


''Ashes of the Past'' is a ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' PeggySue FanFiction by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2996114/Saphroneth Saphroneth]], holding notable popularity within the ''Pokémon'' fandom. Posted on [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7262793/1/Ashes_of_the_Past FanFiction.Net]] and SpaceBattles ([[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/ashes-of-the-past-pokemon-peggy-sue.258921 Part 1]] and [[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/ashes-of-the-past-pokemon-peggy-sue-thread-two.420755/ Part 2]]).

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''Ashes of the Past'' is a ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' PeggySue FanFiction by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2996114/Saphroneth Saphroneth]], holding notable popularity within the ''Pokémon'' fandom. Posted on [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7262793/1/Ashes_of_the_Past FanFiction.Net]] and SpaceBattles Website/SpaceBattlesDotCom ([[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/ashes-of-the-past-pokemon-peggy-sue.258921 Part 1]] and [[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/ashes-of-the-past-pokemon-peggy-sue-thread-two.420755/ Part 2]]).


''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7262793/1/Ashes_of_the_Past Ashes]] [[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/ashes-of-the-past-pokemon-peggy-sue.258921 of the]] [[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/ashes-of-the-past-pokemon-peggy-sue-thread-two.420755/ Past]]'' is a ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' PeggySue FanFiction by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2996114/Saphroneth Saphroneth]], holding notable popularity within the ''Pokémon'' fandom.

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''[[http://www.''Ashes of the Past'' is a ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' PeggySue FanFiction by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2996114/Saphroneth Saphroneth]], holding notable popularity within the ''Pokémon'' fandom. Posted on [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7262793/1/Ashes_of_the_Past Ashes]] [[https://forums.FanFiction.Net]] and SpaceBattles ([[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/ashes-of-the-past-pokemon-peggy-sue.258921 of the]] Part 1]] and [[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/ashes-of-the-past-pokemon-peggy-sue-thread-two.420755/ Past]]'' is a ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' PeggySue FanFiction by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2996114/Saphroneth Saphroneth]], holding notable popularity within the ''Pokémon'' fandom.
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Summary by the author: TimeTravel, based on the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime. So, the world ended. That's bad news. Who best to get to fix it? Well, there is this guy with a track record in world saving... Not entirely serious. T rating may be overdoing it.

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Summary by the author: TimeTravel, based on the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' ''Anime/PokemonTheSeries'' anime. So, the world ended. That's bad news. Who best to get to fix it? Well, there is this guy with a track record in world saving... Not entirely serious. T rating may be overdoing it.



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''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7262793/1/Ashes_of_the_Past Ashes]] [[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/ashes-of-the-past-pokemon-peggy-sue.258921 of the]] [[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/ashes-of-the-past-pokemon-peggy-sue-thread-two.420755/ Past]]'' is a ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' PeggySue FanFiction by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2996114/Saphroneth Saphroneth]], holding notable popularity within the ''Pokémon'' fandom.

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''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7262793/1/Ashes_of_the_Past Ashes]] [[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/ashes-of-the-past-pokemon-peggy-sue.258921 of the]] [[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/ashes-of-the-past-pokemon-peggy-sue-thread-two.420755/ Past]]'' is a ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' PeggySue FanFiction by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2996114/Saphroneth Saphroneth]], holding notable popularity within the ''Pokémon'' fandom.


->'''Narration''': In that second of absolute stillness, Ash thought to himself — using the, or ''a'', legendary Pokémon capable of controlling time simply to avoid having to answer some awkward questions… that really took some beating. Then there was a roar, and he fell into blackness.

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->'''Narration''': In that second of absolute stillness, Ash thought to himself — using the, or ''a'', legendary Pokémon capable of controlling time simply to avoid having to answer some awkward questions… that really took some beating. Then there was a roar, and he fell into blackness.



Synopsis on FanficRecs/PokemonGeneral: At some point during the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Pokémon: Best Wishes season]] timeline [[note]]specifically during the Decolore Islands arc, after [[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened New Tork City]][[/note]], Cyrus succeeded in [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt remaking the world in his image]]. [[{{God}} Arceus]] did not like that very much, so he chose a champion to go back in time to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. Naturally, having already saved the world several times and having great potential with [[KiAttacks Aura]], Ash Ketchum is that champion. After a week in a pocket dimension training to learn Aura, Ash is [[PeggySue returned to the day he started his Pokémon Journey]] with the ability to restore his friends' memories of the other timeline and sets off to solve as many problems as possible before saving the world...and, of course, have fun on the way.

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Synopsis on FanficRecs/PokemonGeneral: At some point during the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Pokémon: Best Wishes season]] timeline [[note]]specifically during the Decolore Islands arc, after [[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened New Tork City]][[/note]], Cyrus succeeded in [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt remaking the world in his image]]. [[{{God}} Arceus]] did not like that very much, so he chose a champion to go back in time to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. Naturally, having already saved the world several times and having great potential with [[KiAttacks Aura]], Ash Ketchum is that champion. After a week in a pocket dimension training to learn Aura, Ash is [[PeggySue returned to the day he started his Pokémon Journey]] with the ability to restore his friends' memories of the other timeline and sets off to solve as many problems as possible before saving the world...and, of course, have fun on the way.


''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7262793/1/Ashes_of_the_Past Ashes of the Past]]'' is a ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' PeggySue FanFiction by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2996114/Saphroneth Saphroneth]], holding notable popularity within the ''Pokémon'' fandom.

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''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7262793/1/Ashes_of_the_Past Ashes Ashes]] [[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/ashes-of-the-past-pokemon-peggy-sue.258921 of the the]] [[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/ashes-of-the-past-pokemon-peggy-sue-thread-two.420755/ Past]]'' is a ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' PeggySue FanFiction by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2996114/Saphroneth Saphroneth]], holding notable popularity within the ''Pokémon'' fandom.


Synopsis on FanficRecs/PokemonGeneral: At some point during the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Pokémon: Best Wishes season]] timeline, Cyrus succeeded in [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt remaking the world in his image]]. [[{{God}} Arceus]] did not like that very much, so he chose a champion to go back in time to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. Naturally, having already saved the world several times and having great potential with [[KiAttacks Aura]], Ash Ketchum is that champion. After a week in a pocket dimension training to learn Aura, Ash is [[PeggySue returned to the day he started his Pokémon Journey]] with the ability to restore his friends' memories of the other timeline and sets off to solve as many problems as possible before saving the world...and, of course, have fun on the way.

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Synopsis on FanficRecs/PokemonGeneral: At some point during the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Pokémon: Best Wishes season]] timeline, timeline [[note]]specifically during the Decolore Islands arc, after [[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened New Tork City]][[/note]], Cyrus succeeded in [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt remaking the world in his image]]. [[{{God}} Arceus]] did not like that very much, so he chose a champion to go back in time to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. Naturally, having already saved the world several times and having great potential with [[KiAttacks Aura]], Ash Ketchum is that champion. After a week in a pocket dimension training to learn Aura, Ash is [[PeggySue returned to the day he started his Pokémon Journey]] with the ability to restore his friends' memories of the other timeline and sets off to solve as many problems as possible before saving the world...and, of course, have fun on the way.


Synopsis on FanficRecs/PokemonGeneral: At some point during the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Pokémon: Best Wishes season]], Cyrus succeeded in [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt remaking the world in his image]]. [[{{God}} Arceus]] did not like that very much, so he chose a champion to go back in time to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. Naturally, having already saved the world several times and having great potential with [[KiAttacks Aura]], Ash Ketchum is that champion. After a week in a pocket dimension training to learn Aura, Ash is [[PeggySue returned to the day he started his Pokémon Journey]] with the ability to restore his friends' memories of the other timeline and sets off to solve as many problems as possible before saving the world...and, of course, have fun on the way.

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Synopsis on FanficRecs/PokemonGeneral: At some point during the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Pokémon: Best Wishes season]], season]] timeline, Cyrus succeeded in [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt remaking the world in his image]]. [[{{God}} Arceus]] did not like that very much, so he chose a champion to go back in time to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. Naturally, having already saved the world several times and having great potential with [[KiAttacks Aura]], Ash Ketchum is that champion. After a week in a pocket dimension training to learn Aura, Ash is [[PeggySue returned to the day he started his Pokémon Journey]] with the ability to restore his friends' memories of the other timeline and sets off to solve as many problems as possible before saving the world...and, of course, have fun on the way.


Synopsis on FanficRecs/PokemonGeneral: At some point during the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Pokémon: Best Wishes season]], Cyrus succeeded in [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt remaking the world in his image]]. [[{{God}} Arceus]] did not like that very much, so he chose a champion to go back in time to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. Naturally, having already saved the world several times and having great potential with [[KiAttacks Aura]], Ash Ketchum is that champion. After a week in a pocket dimension training to learn Aura, Ash is [[PeggySue returned to the day he started his Pokémon Journey]] with the ability to restore his friends' memories of the other timeline and sets off to solve as many problems as possible...and, of course, have fun on the way.

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Synopsis on FanficRecs/PokemonGeneral: At some point during the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Pokémon: Best Wishes season]], Cyrus succeeded in [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt remaking the world in his image]]. [[{{God}} Arceus]] did not like that very much, so he chose a champion to go back in time to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong. Naturally, having already saved the world several times and having great potential with [[KiAttacks Aura]], Ash Ketchum is that champion. After a week in a pocket dimension training to learn Aura, Ash is [[PeggySue returned to the day he started his Pokémon Journey]] with the ability to restore his friends' memories of the other timeline and sets off to solve as many problems as possible...possible before saving the world...and, of course, have fun on the way.


* AshesOfThePast/TropesEToF


!!Tropes contained in ''Ashes Of The Past''
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[[folder:Tropes A - C]]
* ABirthdayNotABreak: Revealed to be the case for the events of ''Anime/PokemonHeroes'', as it took place on Ash's [[ThirteenIsUnlucky 13th Birthday]]. As a result of Latios' sacrifice in the original timeline, Ash didn't do anything for his later birthdays, and tried not to think about them too much.
** [[spoiler:The Mirage Master incident takes place on Ash's next birthday after Altomare, which is lampshaded]].
* AbsenceOfEvidence: [[spoiler: When the head of a Team Rocket satellite organization in Canalave City stops sending dues back home, Cassidy and Butch are sent to investigate, but not only is he nowhere to be found, they cannot find ''any'' evidence of organized criminal activity in the city at all. This makes Giovanni highly suspicious, because crime doesn't just ''stop'', and he sends in the trio to investigate]].
* AchievementsInIgnorance: Multiple instances, most of them involving Ash's Squirtle and his BeyondTheImpossible antics.
** A non-Squirtle example would be Corphish [[ConvectionSchmonvection standing atop a pile of defeated Slugma]] because he "never was much good at thermodynamics".
** Professor Oak had no idea that the design of the Pokédex would allow for Porygon to develop, and, combined with Ash's giant info dump, gain sentience.
** [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Maylene]] is capable of punching through brick walls, parrying Aura Spheres with her bare hands and fighting her Lucario in hand-to-hand, all without any Aura powers. How? Her Lucario figured that [[IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat any human could do those things]] with enough training, and so kept pushing her way past her limits.
* AccidentalDiscovery: [[spoiler: Max accidentally discovers that Manectric can go Mega when his newly evolved Manectric spontaneously Mega-Evolved during the gym battle with his dad. It turns out that the Mega Stone they found at Sea Mauville was a Manectite. The group then alerts Gary of the discovery]].
* AccidentalKidnapping: A variation in that some of the Pokémon that are encountered by the main characters end up captured by accident. Examples include James's [[spoiler: Moltres]], May's Spoink, and Max's [[spoiler: Deoxys]].
* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: Dawn thinks Brock is using one of his illusion Pokemon to test Pachirisu's skills at determining North, while it's actually a group of wild Stantler, who are baffled at how ineffective it is. Brock doesn't even notice the illusions, given that so many of his Pokémon use them that not only has he gotten used to seeing through them, they don't even register any more.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: [[spoiler:When N and Reshiram discover that weakening a Pokemon helps when catching them, Anthea gets the mental image of the Legendary repeatedly flying into a mountain to do so, which Reshiram also finds amusing]].
** Serena admits this after Dawn sends some pics of her Pokemon being goofs after a serious email.
* AdaptationalBadass: ''Everyone'', or very nearly everyone.
** Ash, obviously, is the most notable of them; not only does he become at least as masterful in Aura as Sir Aaron was (though that does take a while), he learns how to understand Pokémon speech, catches Ho-Oh (at the latter's request), and solves most of the problems they came across the previous time with a lot less difficulty. And that's just the stuff that ISN'T SpoileredRotten.
** Pikachu gets in on it just as much; Ash teaches him how to manipulate Aura and invents Volt Crash, an Electric version of Hyper Beam. Then there's the part where [[spoiler:he half-evolves, keeping the form of a Pikachu but gaining all of the power of a Raichu and then some]].
** After Ash restores Jessie, James, and Meowth's memories, they agree on a permanent truce, but they have to put on a convincing {{Masquerade}} for the rest of Team Rocket, including Giovanni; in the words of Ash, "We want this to look like you're not bumblers, but elite gangsters who are the only ones who stand a chance against me." The most immediate results of this are James getting his pet Growlithe onto his team and evolving it, and the trio being ''promoted to Executives'', and they just get more and more competent and threatening from there, all while slowly fading from [[FriendlyEnemy Friendly Enemies]] to flat-out friends with Ash and co.
*** Meowth in particular [[TookALevelInBadass Takes A Level In Badass]] when he decides he's sick of being good as nothing more than a translator. He then takes some lessons from Koga's Meowth, and becomes a ninja.
*** [[spoiler: Jessie even becomes a Kanto Top Coordinator during the Battle Frontier, beating May for the title.]]
** Pretty much all of Ash's Pokémon, too. Particularly in the case of previously underdeveloped and rather weak Butterfree and Pidgeot. Butterfree is far stronger, having been the defender of his group of Butterfree for years, defending them from hostile Pokémon attacks. Pidgeot is capable of supersonic flight and, after the [[Anime/{{Pokemon2000}} Shamouti incident]], [[spoiler:learns Lugia's Aeroblast technique and ''periodically takes over for him'' as the one to watch over the Legendary Birds.]]
** Most notable in the case of Ash's Charizard when using Blast Burn. For context, in the games, Frenzy Plant, Hydro Cannon, and Blast Burn are the Grass, Water, and Fire (respectively) versions of Hyper Beam. In this fic, when Ash's Ivysaur and Squirtle use Frenzy Plant and Hydro Cannon, that's how they're portrayed: as powerful but draining finishing attacks. In contrast, Charizard's Blast Burn is second in power only to the Pokémon equivalent of a nuclear warhead...and that's ''before'' Ash decides to ''improve'' on the move.
** Squirtle. Just...Squirtle. He's become an Expy of Kamina from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', complete with a BeyondTheImpossible attitude that almost always works for him. Much later, [[spoiler:he invents Squirtilite, and though he hasn't yet stabilized it to the point where it won't explode after one Mega Evolution, he has achieved and undergone Mega Evolution. Twice.]]
** Muk is some sort of horrible amalgamation of Cookie Monster and the embodiment of pure murder. The few times he was used, it was a complete curb stomp battle. The first time involved him using ''twenty'' TM moves at once on Whitney's Miltank, and the second time is summed up as "And then Muk opened his mouth, and all Weavile knew was pain."
** In regards to the other protagonists...well, Misty establishes this throughout the story, especially the couple of times that she faces Ash in a serious battle; she nearly defeats him in Cerulean and [[spoiler:does defeat him in the Whirl Cup]], and she manages to fight [[Anime/{{Pokemon3}} Molly's]] superpowerful Unown-created Pokémon to more-or-less a draw. But it's cemented beyond any doubt when halfway through the Johto region, she receives a notice that she's up for consideration to replace [[spoiler: ''Lorelei of the Elite Four''.]] She took up the challenge, '''''and succeeded'''''. Even better, we don't even know which one she replaced -- [[spoiler:Lorelei, Agatha, ''and'' Lance all stepped down for various reasons, and thus three of the trainers that took the challenge (one being Misty, the other two being the canonical Karen and Will) were admitted into the group]]. And that's not even getting into her team.
** Brock is as skilled as ever, but it's shown most during the Orange Islands. In an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome, Brock fought off a bunch of Unown...with a [[VideoGame/HalfLife crowbar]]. That later results in him [[spoiler:commencing a serious romance with Professor Ivy, which is still going even now]]. Again, not even getting into his team...though on the note of said team, a running joke is that he's a Rock-Type expert that doesn't actually have many Rock-Types. He eventually starts saying he's an expert in misdirection instead, due to [[spoiler:his Pokémon capable of using illusions, such as Ninetales and Stantler]].
*** [[spoiler:At one point, Philena even sends him a Rockruff she found to address this, [[DoubleSubversion but it turns out to be a Zorua]]]].
** Max. Thanks to Ash running into him and May a year or so before he goes to Hoenn, he manages to start his Pokémon journey early with Ash as his mentor. While he's not facing the Gym Leaders at their best like Ash is, his progress is still impressive; he beat seven of the eight Hoenn gyms fair and square, only having to rematch one of them, and putting on a good enough show for the remaining one that he got the badge anyway. His team thus far is also impressive: apart from the Shroomish (now Breloom), Mightyena, Shuppet (now Banette), Ralts (now Kirlia), and [[spoiler:Jirachi]] that he met in the previous timeline, he caught an Electrike as his starter (now Manectric), caught a Mantyke in Dewford (now Mantine), and of course, he got a Porygon Pokédex as a gift from Ash long before Hoenn started.
** May. Thanks to Ash running into her and Max a year or so before he goes to Hoenn, she is able to start practicing for contests a lot sooner once she gets Blaziken back. Due to this, she is able to pull off more impressive contest appeals. Along with coming up with [[IndyPloy strategies and plans on the fly]], and training in martial arts with Blaziken as her teacher, May also has new members including Altaria, Grumpig, and [[spoiler:Manaphy]] on her team this time.
*** [[spoiler:May eventually becomes a Top Coordinator during the Hoenn arc, and defeats Captain Phantom in hand-to-hand combat in the Battle Frontier.]]
** Gary, after Ash restores his memories. He's much more of a researcher than he is a trainer nowadays, and often seems to fall into the role of ButtMonkey. But let nobody forget that quite apart from his breakthroughs in research, he not only made it to the finals of the Kanto league, but [[spoiler:won the Kalos league]].
** Ritchie Getem, Ash's doppelgänger, gets in on it too; where Ash developed his untapped potential in Aura, Ritchie and Sparky developed their untapped potential in PsychicPowers.
** Starting in Johto, even the [[OneShotCharacter Characters of the Day]] are getting in on it. This is hinted to be the result of the Butterfly Effect. Examples include Miki's Skarmory holding its own against two fully-evolved Fire-types at the same time, and the Bug-catching Samurai from Viridian eventually returning as a [[spoiler:Silver Conference finalist]]. Also, Orville, that Pidgey who wanted to be the highest-flying Pidgey in the world actually manages to outfly Ash's Pidgeot in terms of height; she had to stop in the Stratosphere because her wings were icing up, but Orville was ''still ascending.'' The only reason he stopped was because he passed out from lack of oxygen, meaning Pidgeot had to catch him.
** Casey in particular is worth noting; she was a minor supporting character from the Johto Arc, but here, not only does she manage to defeat ''Charizard'' [[spoiler:(the same one that managed to take on copies of the three Legendary Beasts at the same time)]] using the FEAR strategy[[labelnote:for those unaware…]]'''F'''ocus Sash, '''E'''ndeavor, Quick '''A'''ttack, '''R'''attata. To elaborate, the user of the strategy sends out a Rattata holding a Focus Sash against a Pokémon that it is hopelessly outmatched against. Opponent uses offensive move. Rattata drops to 1 HP but doesn't faint thanks to the Focus Sash. Rattata uses Endeavor to instantly drop the opponent to 1 HP as well. Rattata uses [[ActionInitiative Quick Attack]]. Rattata wins.[[/labelnote]], she makes it to the League [[spoiler:where she defeats Charizard with her Rattata (now Raticate) ''again'']], and [[spoiler:on Ash's recommendation, the Lucario Kingdom grant her the right to train a Riolu.]] Ash also gives her a Beedrilite.
*** [[spoiler: And then she captures a Zapdos.]]
** Lugia gets in on the action at [[Anime/{{Pokemon2000}} Shamouti]], actually demonstrating ''why'' he's the trio leader of the birds.
** In [[Anime/{{Pokemon3}} the third movie]], Molly Hale gave both Brock and Misty a CurbStompBattle because her illusory Pokémon have no limits except her imagination. In this fic, though Brock goes down more or less the same way, Misty is able to fight her to a draw.
** Of course, the bad guys get in on it, too; [[Anime/Pokemon4Ever Vicious/The Iron Masked Marauder]] took advantage of Giovanni sending a squad of Rockets after him early to 'acquire' some of their Pokémon via Dark Ball. [[spoiler:And then he manages to get ''[[OhCrap Pikachu]]'' in one...]]
** Butch and Cassidy in canon were the much more dangerous versions of Jessie and James. They weren't much more successful when they crossed paths with Ash and friends, but they were ''much'' more competent. In this fic, they briefly fall into Jessie and James' old roles, but that doesn't last long before they decide to upgrade their teams. Oh, and Cassidy is no longer getting her partner's name wrong...though she's the only one.
** In [[Anime/PokemonHeroes Altomare]], Annie and Oakley come at them with significant reinforcements compared to the original movie, where they just had an Espeon and Ariados. Unfortunately for them, they don't stand a chance when they push Ash far enough to call in ''his entire team.''
* AdultFear:
** Delia goes through this when she gets reminded and learns just [[WeirdnessMagnet how much trouble her son routinely gets into]].
** Instead of Ash (like it was in the original timeline), [[spoiler: Forrest]] is the one who ends up possessed by the King of Pokélantis, who makes it very clear to [[spoiler: Flint]] that if he makes a wrong move, he can switch to using his body or that of the Rhyperior they brought along and make them attack his current host. Fortunately, thanks to Absol's assistance, Ash and friends arrive just in time to avert disaster.
** May has this when Captain Phantom finally gets his hands on Manaphy, whom she loves like a son. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for Phantom, [[SuperEmpowering the Sea Crown]] gives May the perfect means to [[MamaBear do something about it]].]]
* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: Apparently, all Squirtle are huge anime fans. Just check out the [[ShoutOut/AshesOfThePast Shout Out]] page for this fic.
* TheAllSolvingHammer:
-->'''May''': Aura. It's always Aura.
* AlliterativeName: Fred Farrell, Ash's opponent in the Johto League finals. [[ThemeNaming His Pokémon are all nicknamed with the same idea]]; his roster includes Floodwater the Feraligatr, Flambé the Flareon and Fowler the Farfetch'd.
* AlternateUniverse: Very subtle, but there ''are'' some changes from the main Pokémon universe - and that's not including the changes that the main characters have wrought to the timeline. For example, Hunter J and Lawrence III are brother and sister, and Koga (Poison-type Gym Leader) adopted Meowzie, Meowth's old crush (meaning she left Hollywood, rather than stayed for the episode of the anime where she debuted).
** [[spoiler:Unusually for the gang, the Mirage Pokémon situation in the second timeline is apparently the first time the group has had to deal with it]].
* AlwaysLawfulGood: Riolu and Lucario have a sense of justice apparently written into their very DNA; Aaron's Lucario realizes that Ash is telling the truth when he sees his Riolu defending him, something that wouldn't happen if Ash was a bad person.
** [[spoiler:This is later exploited: during the Mirage Pokémon event, Dexter manages to access the system and manifest a Riolu briefly, which gives the Mirage Pokémon a conscience.]]
* AmbiguousGender: Mew responds to both male and female pronouns, because he/she finds binary gender boring.
** Whenever anyone asks what gender the Lake Guardians are, they just say that it's obvious, so Suicune refers to them with "it" pronouns.
* AndMissionControlRejoiced: When [[spoiler: the deflection of the Delta meteor was successful.]]
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Delia has made it a habit of giving her son custom-made badges whenever he finishes a region.
* AngerBornOfWorry: Pikachu gets this whenever Ash [[spoiler: has to have his life saved by his [[DeathIsNotPermanent Sacred Ash]].]]
* ApocalypseHow: A ApocalypseHow/Class4 example if [[spoiler: the Delta Episode meteor had made it to Earth.]]
* ARareSentence:
** Chapter 82, Johto 24, when Misty decides to catch a Chinchou, she lists off her Pokémon to a curious school. One of them inquires what a [[spoiler:Kabutops]] is, and she sends him out.
-->'''[[spoiler:Kabutops]]''': Hello. I am a [[spoiler:reanimated fossil]].
-->'''One of the Chinchou''': That's something you don't hear every day…
** Chapter 119, Hoenn 3, when Lucario subdues the Rockets' Seviper:
-->'''Brock''': I've never seen someone do an overhand knot with a snake before… And that really shouldn't ever ''need'' to be said.
** Chapter 216, Battle Frontier 8, when Team Rocket's [[spoiler:Moltres]] mentions having to convince someone that she wasn't being mind-controlled or held against her will:
-->'''[[spoiler:Moltres]]''': Besides, what self-respecting mind control artist would implant a memory of himself in a Moltres wingsuit?
-->'''Dustox''': ...that is a sentence I did not realize I was going to hear.
** After another example in Chapter 221, May says that they should make an "Ash Sayings Book" of all the silliest ones. Pikachu says that he could contribute a few, but Lucario says "hundred" before his {{Beat}} is over.
** Lampshaded when Squirtle has to be warned off of triggering a ColonyDrop.
** Chapter 242 has Ash and Co. face down ''another'' reanimated Fossil rampage.
---> '''Dexter''': It appears that several Fossil Pokémon have been revived in the museum and have escaped. It says a lot about us that the word 'again' goes on the end of that sentence.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Dawn asks Baron Alberto one regarding his prejudice against Darkrai.
-->'''Dawn:''' Baron, do you think Absol are dangerous?\\
'''Alberto:''' Of course not, only fools believe Absol bring catastrophes.\\
'''Dawn:''' Then can't you see the same thing is happening with you and Darkrai?
* AscendedExtra: Some Pokémon-of-the-day in a few canon episodes or movies end up fully joining the teams of Ash and Co.
** Easily the most notable of these arrives in Chapter 3: the Lucario Kingdom, detecting Sir Aaron's lineage active again, grants him a Riolu egg. When Ash touches it, he inadvertently restores its memories of the previous timeline, revealing it to be the same Riolu that he saved from Hunter J. Said Riolu, which evolves into Lucario during the [[Anime/Pokemon2000 Shamouti incident]], becomes as much of a partner and trademark for Ash as Pikachu.
** The Houndour pack that Ash helps in Johto decide to live at Prof. Oak's ranch, and the one whose life Ash saved ends up fully joining his team.
** Brock does the same with a young Stantler found in a filler story.
** A good number of Max's current Pokémon are this, having befriended him in the original timeline but were unable to go along with him due to him not being an official trainer. So far, the Shroomish, Shuppet, and Ralts he befriended and the Mightyena he helped evolve are part of his team.
*** On the note of said Ralts, his older sister Kirlia and his mother Gardevoir travel with Ash and friends for a week or so until the group returns to Petalburg, at which point they move in with Norman and Caroline.
** The Absol and Flygon from Forina end up joining Ash and Brock's team, respectively.
*** [[spoiler: And Jirachi, who can now stay awake thanks to Mewtwo's help, ends up joining Max's team.]]
** Similar to Stantler, a Swablu that May met joins her after they help him fly again, as does the pearl-losing Spoink that the group meets a couple of times.
** [[spoiler: Manaphy's egg is found early, so May is able to actually properly adopt her 'child' and spend some good quality time with him.]]
*** [[spoiler: When Manaphy, Ash and Co. find Samiya this time, they literally drive the entire place to Pallet Town so Manaphy will remain close by. ItMakesSenseInContext.]]
** [[spoiler: Max properly captures the Deoxys he met during the Battle Frontier.]]
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Mew, [[spoiler: Mewtwo's companion]]. May's Skitty is a close second.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Done at least twice.
** First as part of Anime/PokemonJirachiWishmaker, Ash and Co. face off against a wish-generated evil facsimile of Groudon [[spoiler: and Kyogre]].
** Secondly it was intentionally invoked in Chapter 192 with Mega Destroyer Goodra versus Rebirth of Tyranitar! Giant monsters all-out attack! Featuring Super Destroyer Robot Heracross! [[labelnote:Explain the joke?]]The younger Pokémon built a sandcastle city and decided to destroy it in the most epic and fun way possible.[[/labelnote]]
* BabiesEverAfter:
** [[spoiler: The pair of Articuno that Ash and Todd help find each other eventually have two hatchlings. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments And Todd gets to take pictures of the newborns.]]]]
** [[spoiler: At the start of the Battle Frontier, Sceptile and Meganium have a Chikorita egg that they consider giving to Max.]]
** [[spoiler: Manaphy, May's 'baby' from one of the movies joins her team...]]
* BadassBoast: Ho-Oh, known as the "Storm's End", makes one to the Phantom Pirates, saying that he's classified them as a storm, [[PreAsskickingOneLiner and if they don't surrender, he will end them.]].
* BadassFamily:
** This time around, the [[PapaWolf Entei]] created by the Unown gets joined by [[MamaBear Suicune]] and [[BigBrotherInstinct Raikou]]. And they will all do whatever it takes to ensure Molly Hale's safety and happiness. Thanks to Mewtwo, them and the unusual Eevee are all real Pokémon now.
** [[spoiler: Sceptile and Meganium already qualify by dint of having Ash as their trainer, but their son Chikorita also qualifies, since he has Sacred Sword as an Egg Move.]]
* BadassFingersnap: After Max won his Mind Badge, and Liza and Tate are giving it to him:
--> Tate took a Badge, and put it on his palm. He concentrated, and it floated slowly across the room.\\
"Cool..." Max said, watching it. "How long did it take to learn how to do that?"\\
"A while," Tate admitted. "But it helps-"\\
"-when I help!" Liza finished. She snapped her fingers, and Max caught the Mind badge before it hit the floor.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: The Shamouti Legendary Bird Trio end up like this [[spoiler: while both Lugias and Pidgeot were off dealing with the Delta meteor]], as they were tasked with taking care of Silver and keeping him out of trouble, who is all of a sudden determined [[BrattyHalfPint to cause as much havoc as possible]]. Little do they know, Silver's father [[ExploitedTrope told him to be that way]] in order to keep ''them'' out of trouble, knowing what they might get up to if not occupied.
* BadBadActing: A lot of Ash's Pokémon, from [[NotSoAboveItAll Charizard and Lucario]] to Pikachu, Mawile and [[spoiler: Latias]], are often [[LargeHam excessively overdramatic]] or [[{{Corpsing}} get the giggles]] when [[ILetYouWin they have to take a dive]] during beginners training.
* BagOfHolding: Sir Aaron's bag. Lampshaded when Misty boggles at Ash pulling an entire chalkboard out of it. He says the real trick was getting it in there in the first place.
** A later chapter shows that part of how Brock keeps having the ingredients to do glorious meals in the wild is the fact that there's a literal fridge in it.
** At the end of Battle Frontier, they clean the bag out. Everyone is practically stunned at how much he stores in there, and they just dump several gallons of water inside the empty bag and someone else goes in with the detergent.
* BarrierWarrior: James' Abra.
** Agatha's Mega Sableye.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Used six times so far via Aura Purge. [[spoiler: It turns out that the original purpose of the Aura Purge technique was to fight against the Shadow Pokémon of VideoGame/PokemonColosseum and [[{{VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness}} XD]].]]
** The first time was to help cure Misty's [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes phobia of Bug types]] by going back to her memory of the traumatic event that caused it and battling a horde of Bugs led by a mental projection of Genesect.
** That fight was used as a practice run for the battle against Sabrina, which culminated in [[spoiler: the only sane fragment of her personality cutting down her inner darkness with a representation of Keldeo's Sacred Sword, Excalibur Galatine.]]
** Then came the incident with Molly Hale and the Unown, though that wasn't a battle so much as a therapy session.
** Jessie's Cubone has also had a therapy session, involving Ash going through an entire army of Pokémon skeletons.
** During the Whirl Islands mini-arc, Ash uses it on [[spoiler:Lugia's mate, who had been turned into a Shadow Pokémon by Namba and Cipher]], [[TimedMission while falling in midair]].
** When meeting with a Swablu that can't fly in Hoenn, Ash uses this to excise his subconscious fear of storms, which ends with the entered Pokémon fighting Thundurus.
** Ash uses it on the released Spiritomb they encounter in Sinnoh.
* BeachEpisode:
** A few scenes of beachtime are shown during the trip from Lilycove to Mossdeep (Chapters 161-162).
*** Chapter 162 even includes Gary's team relaxing in Barbados for a conference.
** Ash and Co. take a well-deserved vacation in the Orange Islands [[spoiler: after the Delta Episode]].
* BeamSpam: Muk's default method of attack is "Use ''all'' his moves at the same time." The first time he used this "Tactic," he unleashed ''twenty'' moves at the same time at a single target.
* BearHug: Casey's Riolu keeps complaining about her trainer hugging her so hard her ribs hurt in "Mystery of Mew".
* BeenThereShapedHistory:
** Victini's V-Create is apparently responsible for the historical destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki/Slateport.
** The last time [[spoiler: Groudon and Kyogre underwent Primal Reversion]], they sank Pokéatlantis.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: One way to make a Shadow Pokémon is to torture a Pokémon until they break.
* BenevolentAI: Dexter and the other Porygon.
** [[spoiler:Mirage Mew and post HeelFaceTurn Mirage Mewtwo also count]].
* BerserkButton:
** For Pidgeot, being mistaken for a male. The first time it happened, she retaliated with a massive Sky Attack and left the message "I'm female, twit" carved into the surface of the glass lining the resulting crater. Subverted the second time, when the culprit managed to apologize for his mistake in time to prevent her wrath.
*** Norman's Lopunny shares the same BerserkButton, and [[DudeLooksLikeALady he's male]].
** For Squirtle, mocking ''Gurren Lagann'' or, even worse, [[spoiler:breaking his Kamina style glasses]]. Brawly's Pangoro and Casey's Raticate, respectively, push those buttons. I'm sure we all know [[CurbstompBattle what happened next]].
** For May, '''DO NOT''' '''''HURT [[spoiler: MANAPHY...]]''''' [[MamaBear She's very protective of the little guy...]]
** Blaine's Ninetales ''really'' hates it when others touch his tails.
* BeyondTheImpossible: Ash's Squirtle has broken ''space''. To quote Dexter:
--> '''Dexter:''' Also, battles will almost invariably end in some improbable manifestation of power.
** Given that Squirtle's character is that of a massive fanboy of ''Gurren Lagann'', the TropeNamer of Beyond the Impossible, this is somewhat to be expected.
** At the Battle Tower, when an opponent notes that Squirtle knows a move he shouldn't be able to learn, Ash says that he doesn't bother to tell Squirtle stuff is impossible now, because he takes it as a ''challenge''.
** And somehow BeyondTheImpossible has been taken UpToEleven when [[spoiler:Squirtle created Squirtilite and Mega Evolved into Mega Squirtle. It broke after one use, but it ''worked''.]]
** Apparently he's been reading physics books for ideas, which everyone who hears finds terrifying.
** In a non-Squirtle example, [[spoiler: Dexter tells the group not to ask how the distortion in Alamos cut them off from the rest of the universe, or he might get a headache despite ''lacking a head'']].
* BigDamnHeroes: Many times:
** Team Rocket during Ash's battle with Mewtwo.
** Togekiss when Lawrence III is trying to capture Lugia.
** Charizard and Pidgeot during the Unown incident.
** Bianca and Latias during the Forina incident with the artificial Legendary Pokémon.
** [[DeathFromAbove Rayquaza]] [[DynamicEntry during the Scuffle of Legends.]] [[spoiler: This doesn't go [[NegatedMomentOfAwesome nearly]] as well.]]
** Mewtwo during [[spoiler: the Mirage Pokémon incident]]. [[ThereWasADoor Right through the roof in fact]].
* BlatantLies:
--> '''Max:''' Did my Pokémon just do a flying leap off one of my ''other'' Pokémon? That happened, right?
--> '''Pikachu:''' Eh, it's a good tactic.
--> '''Lucario:''' [[FastballSpecial So is throwing your teammates.]] Not that I would abuse that tactic...
* BlessedWithSuck: Dark types being immune to PsychicPowers means that a Dark type can't hear psychic communication or be teleported when not in a Poké-ball.
* BloodMagic: The secret to using Ghost-type attacks while still alive and not getting fatigued. But it's not foolproof. In fact, the first time Ash uses it is when he's fighting Mewtwo. And he overdoes it to the point where all he can do just before he completely blacks out is [[spoiler:give Mewtwo his memories back.]]
* BorrowedCatchphrase: May borrows Mr. Sukizo's "Remarkable" when helping judge the open air Contest she got set up, since the latter is out with a bad leg. Nurse Joy says she doesn't have the same flair that Sukizo has.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: All Pokémon captured in Dark Balls, [[spoiler:briefly including Ash's Pikachu]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall: James' Abra, Misty's Psyduck and ''Arceus'' are guilty of this.
* BreatherEpisode:
** Chapter 101, to unwind after the action-packed ''Heroes'' movie. It acts as a DayInTheLimelight to various supporting characters, and Ash, Misty, and Brock, while mentioned, do not appear at all.
** Chapter 174 is an unwinding chapter after Ash's [[spoiler: loss]] against Wallace.
** Chapter 191 is a wrap-up chapter after [[spoiler: the Delta Episode]].
* BrickJoke:
** As Misty is leaving [[spoiler:to become a member of the Elite Four]], she specificially tells Ash to contact her when '[[PokemonRangerAndTheTempleOfTheSea that thing with Manaphy]]' happens, to call her since it's her speciality. The story even [[LampshadeHanging has Misty complain about how long it took them to call her about it...]]
** When Ash and Co. first meet Jirachi, Max wishes that Jirachi could stay around for longer, a wish that apparently did nothing. At the end of the arc, we find out what it did: [[spoiler:teleport instructions and a book on orbital mechanics to [[RealityWarper Mewtwo]].]]
** Barry comes to the conclusion that Rhododendrons attract time Legendaries. [[spoiler:Later, Celebi's {{Troll}} of a future self tells her and Uxie to hide in one when Ash is returning Ambipom, which Lucario notices. Dawn says that they're lucky Barry's out of town, or the town would be plastered in the plants]].
* BrilliantButLazy: James's Abra is a good sample of this trope.
* BringHelpBack: During the [[spoiler: Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon event]], Max's Kirlia Roland has to teleport quite a ways to get help from [[spoiler: Mewtwo]].
* BringMyBrownPants: [[ImpliedTrope Implied]] to have happen to Damian, the guy who Ash's Charizard used to belong to and abandoned him.
* BrokenWinLossStreak: Winona ends Max's winning streak of Hoenn Gym Battles.
** [[spoiler: Wallace does the same for Ash's Hoenn run - but still gives him the badge for showing adaptability.]]
* BrotherSisterTeam:
** In this fic, [[spoiler:Hunter J]] and Lawrence III, who team up at the end of Chapter 37 to begin the [[Anime/{{Pokemon2000}} attack on Lugia]].
** The Eon Dragons of Altomare. [[spoiler:Latios is Spared by the Adaptation, and while only one of them is typically with Ash at a time, they team up both for Forina and the Scuffle of Legends.]]
** The Mega Gardevoir and Mega Gallade that Tate and Liza use against Ash.
* BulletHell: [[spoiler: Mewtwo]] uses a Shadow Ball spread of this called Shadow Sweep as an anti-ghost tactic, and [[spoiler: Jirachi]] can use a minefield version of this using Future Sight.
* BullyingADragon:
** The TooDumbToLive Rocket Goon that tries to capture Molly's Shiny Eevee - with all five Kimono sisters, [[PersonOfMassDestruction League Champion Ash]] and [[spoiler: four Legendary Beasts]] in attendance. [[SuicidalOverconfidence And he still doesn't back down when he realizes what he's up against.]]
** [[spoiler: Phantom, who never ceases his attempts to attack Ash and Co. and capture Manaphy no matter how many times his crew fails, even ordering his men to shoot Ho-Oh. His Chatot actually defects to the heroes because he thinks that his trainer's gone mad!]].
* ButForMeItWasTuesday:
** Ash tells Riolu after he joins Ash that the time they saved him from Hunter J, he considered it a ''slow'' week.
** Falkner is kinda scared that Ash reacts casually to a ''quarter-mile" sized ball of electricity.
** Morty and Eusine are understandably stunned at the sight of the legendary Beast trio, [[spoiler:their shiny counterparts, and Keldeo]] acting as the peanut gallery to Ash's gym battle with Morty. Ash, Misty, and Brock don't even bat an eye.
** Brock lampshades this when a Contest Appeal May is doing with Wartortle that involves ''creating a giant ice tower'' doesn't feel ''flashy enough''.
** Celebi popping out of nowhere to congratulate them on an event that unhappened doesn't even rank in the top ten events that have happened to the gang.
** Lucario barely raises an eyebrow to a [[spoiler:Mirage Machoke using a flamethrower attacks, considering he learned the move from a Machoke.]]
** Pikachu's reaction to a MirrorMatch is just annoyance at having to fight himself again.
** Both Buizel and Staraptor take the time travel thing in stride, remembering how much crazy stuff Ash tends to get involved in.
** Dexter lampshades how it says a lot about them when rampaging revived Fossil Pokemon are almost a regular thing.
** [[spoiler: Rayquaza]] is a little nonplussed by how Ash reacting to his offer to become his Pokemon by simply saying that while he likes the idea, he doesn't have any Poke Balls he feels are appropriate for him.
** [[spoiler: The Mismagius trickster, the real identity of the above individual]], is a bit nonplussed by how the gang keeps reacting to the weird stuff she comes up with with barely any surprise. [[spoiler: The fridge Rotom even pops up to complain, which they find more interesting than anything the trickster did]].
** When Ash tells Zoey that things have been normal since the last time they met, Pikachu has to remind him that it's "them" normal.
* ButtMonkey:
** The Oaks. Professor Oak is often the butt of many Pokémon's hijinks (primarily Ash's), while if something bad is happening, it's usually happening to Gary. Note that this doesn't make them any less ''competent'' -- Professor Oak is still the best Pokémon trainer in Pallet next to Ash and Gary is still the latter's equal [[spoiler:to the point of even winning the Kalos Conference on his own]].
** Harley. From his Cacturne being burnt to a crisp by Ash's [[spoiler: Ho-Oh]] to his humiliating defeat at the Hoenn Grand Festival, it seems the universe is repaying him for antics in the previous timeline tenfold.
* CallBack:
** When Suicune [[spoiler: is talking to her brothers about being captured by Ash]], she comments that Entei would look good with hair ribbons. Guess what happens to the Volcano Pokémon later on?
** When Ash dealt with Anthony, the trainer who was trying to cheat by hiding smaller Pokémon in his Pelipper's beak, he said that his trick would work well in Double or Triple Battles. Anthony shows up again at the Ever Grande Conference, in the Double Battle round.
** Misty thinks of a few tactics that her sisters could use in Gym battles against stronger opponents while she is checking up on them. These tactics come into play when Max challenges the Cerulean Gym during the Battle Frontier.
** When Ash handled the Dark City gym the first time with its two feuding gym leaders, he offers a suggestion on how the two can cooperate and become a legitimate gym. When they return for Max's Kanto League journey, they've put his suggestions to use and are now fully legitimized.
* TheCallPutMeOnHold: [[spoiler: Since Gary and Zoey were taking on Cyrus during the original timeline's collapse, their proximity to the epicenter of the collapse means that Ash can't initially remind their new timeline's selves unlike all the rest, until the Lake Trio does some troubleshooting]].
* CallingYourAttacks: As the dialogue of the Pokémon in this fic is translated, and quite often are allowed to determine their own fighting styles, they often do this. Gary's Nidoqueen even lampshades it in Chapter 34.
** May prefers [[AttackPatternAlpha Calling Your Strategies]].
* CannotKeepASecret: [[spoiler: After Iris is reminded, her Excadrill reveals that she has posters of Ash]].
* CantCatchUp: Subverted. Saph takes great lengths to ensure that other protagonists, including minor supporting characters such as Casey, are able to keep up with Ash (to some degree). Even Brock, whose talents gear towards Pokémon care, is shown to have [[TookALevelInBadass taken levels in badass]]. Yet, the ''ultimate'' subversions would have to be Misty and Gary -- [[spoiler:the former becomes a member of the Gold-Silver version of the Elite Four, beating out Koga for the spot, while the latter takes on the Kalos Gym Challenge and wins the subsequent conference]].
** It's even subverted for Team Rocket: [[spoiler: Jessie beats May and wins the Kanto Grand Festival]].
* CanonForeigner: During the Elite Four meeting where the current members discuss the status of their potential successors, aside from Will, Karen, Koga and [[spoiler: Misty]], some other candidates mentioned are characters taken from other Pokémon games, such as Courtney and Isaac from the VideoGame/PokemonTradingCardGame, and Rosie from [[{{VideoGame/PokemonStadium}} Pokémon Battle Revolution]].
** Aqua Admin Amber and Magma Admin Blaise from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' also show up.
* CanonWelding: Characters and events from some of the spin-offs appear and/or are mentioned, like the {{Canon Foreigner}}s above.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonConquest Ransei]] is the first realm Arceus creates so that he, Aaron, and the Creation Trio he created can pass the time until Ash stops Cyrus, the second being the ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' world.
** Ritchie has some adventures over in [[VideoGame/PokemonRanger Almia]] after the Indigo Cup.
** Wes and Rui (who is confirmed as having Aura sensitivity) from ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'', the events of the game haven taken place before the start of Ash's journey, show up to stop Cipher from [[VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness creating and controlling a Shadow Lugia, with Michael also being name dropped]].
*** Vicious/The Iron Masked Marauder's Dark Balls are earlier confirmed to turn Pokémon into Shadow Pokémon by way of [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil torture]].
* CatsHateWater: Skitty, which May turns into an appeal in chapter 219.
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: More often than not, authorities or more powerful trainers arrive at the scene of a crisis... after Ash and Co. have already handled the worst of it. These include Drake and Phoebe arriving to the Mirage Kingdom, or Sidney to [=LaRousse=] City. The latter is starting to get wise to it.
** Mewtwo is this during Anime/PokemonJirachiWishmaker, but only because [[spoiler: he was busy trying to put a chunk of the Millennium Comet into rotation around Earth so Jirachi can stay awake]].
** [[Anime/PokemonTheRiseOfDarkrai After Dialga and Palkia calm down]] and their [[TeleportInterdiction spatial distortion]] is lifted, all of Ash's reinforcements that were cut off teleport in all at once.
* CelebCrush: Once she realizes her connection to the famous trainer Ash Ketchum, Serena thinks she may be developing a crush on him for exactly this reason (and maybe a bit of HeroWorship).
--> '''Serena:''' Well, ''yeah.'' Who wouldn't?
* CellPhonesAreUseless: Though Dexter can [[CommutingOnABus transfer Ash's Pokémon directly to him]] in the field with a satellite uplink, this uplink has sometimes been jammed during major Movie events, preventing Ash from calling in reinforcements.
* CerebusRetcon: Despite how unseriously this story takes itself, there is one thing that isn't PlayedForLaughs like it is in canon: Brock's RunningGag of going into a CornerOfWoe every time he hears Professor Ivy's name. [[spoiler: In the original timeline, she was researching the Unown and was trapped in their dimension like [[{{Anime/Pokemon3}} Spencer Hale]] after a [[FreakLabAccident resonance]] [[VideoGame/HalfLife cascade]], and Brock, who had genuinely fallen in love with her, [[MyGreatestFailure couldn't react fast enough to save her.]] This trauma was the reason for his constant adverse reaction to her name, and ended up [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderizing]] him into a CasanovaWannabe in an attempt to rebuild his heart. But in this timeline, he was able to save her in time, which has turned them both into the fic's OfficialCouple.]]
* ChainOfDeals: Gary Oak gets caught up in a chain of deals while trying to teach his Alakazam Teleport. The chain [[spoiler: ends up getting derailed when Gary talks to his grandpa, who reveals he has several of the items needed, including several heart scales and ''the TM for Teleport''. Gary decides to finish the chain anyway, which]] results in Gary getting an Anorith and Furfrou.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Maylene has no overt signs of Aura, but is still tough enough to spar with her Lucario.
* ChekhovsArmoury: At the beginning of the Hoenn saga, Norman gives Max a box of Pokémon accessories that includes a Magnet, a Shell Bell, an odd-looking scarf, a Toxic Orb, and a couple of shining stones. The Magnet becomes useful immediately because Max's starter is an electric-type, and knowledge of the Pokémon he befriended in canon makes it easy to guess what the Toxic Orb and one of the stones will be used for, but the other three items... [[spoiler:The other stone is a Moon Stone, and it gets used in the Delta Episode. Later, he gets an Aron, a Pokémon not among those he had befriended in canon, and starts working out the SABER strategy, explaining the Shell Bell.]]
* ChekhovsGag:
** During one of the early Johto chapters, Muk started acting like [[Series/SesameStreet the Cookie Monster]] and starts eating the [=TMs=] like cookies. In the first chapter after the ''Spell of the Unown'' arc, Ash summons Muk as his last Pokémon against Whitney. After taking a Rollout which does little to no damage, he proceeds to fire off no less than ''twenty'' successive [=TM=] attacks (among which includes ''Hyper Beam'' and ''Flamethrower''), which wins Ash the match but absolutely destroys Whitney's gym in process, including setting part of the gym on fire. Everyone is at a loss of words at the sight of the carnage.
---> '''Muk''': I like cookies.
*** Also included: Rain Dance and Sunny Day. At the same time. What?
** After Squirtle is left behind at Oak's ranch at the start of Ash's Johto Journey, a few throwaway lines in later chapters mention his usual antics involving Ash's five Tauros, including him trying to ride all five at once and teaching one to {{walk on water}}. Come Altomare and a [[spoiler:[[ZombieApocalypse Fossil Pokémon Apocalypse]]]], we get to see what they've been working on: ''the [[FoeTossingCharge Bull]]-[[CrushParade Dozer]].''
** During the attack on Mount Chimney, an Aqua grunt can't find his main Pokémon, and has to use his backup, a Luvdisc. [[spoiler:It turns out that Jirachi teleported it (a Remoraid) to help Delta evolve so he could save Max when the cable car was cut, and it evolved as well]].
** When the group arrive at the Saffron Fighting Dojo, Master Hamm mentions martial arts for several different body types, including serpents, avians, and the subtle blob martial arts. When Lucario is cutting a swath through the dojo's Pokémon, the one that finally takes him out of the fight is a [[BlobMonster Goomy]].
* ChekhovsGun:
** The Sacred Ash from the first chapter, which is used to [[spoiler:revive Ash after Mewtwo kills him]]. Then it's used again after [[spoiler:the Scuffle of Legends.]] To Pikachu's horror, half of it is gone after that.
** It was mentioned early on in the fic that limestone is the result of the combination of several fossilized remains. [[spoiler:As it turns out, Altomare is ''built on limestone'', allowing Annie and Oakley to unleash a ''[[ZombieApocalypse Fossil Pokémon Apocalypse]]'' onto the entire city via the DMA.]]
** When Absol first talks to Ash about Mega Evolution, she gets a small twinge from her danger sense. Several chapter later, after Ash has gotten Gary's Absolite and tries Mega Evolving her, [[spoiler: the evolution causes her to go into a SuperPowerMeltdown like Korrina's Lucario in canon.]]
** When [[spoiler:Keldeo]] goes to ask Misty for help getting back to Unova, Golduck tells him that she's been gone for a while. [[spoiler: A few other scenes show a new Team Aqua recruit with a Milotic]].
** For helping save the Togepi Kingdom, Ash gets a ceremonial sword. [[spoiler:It eventually becomes his focus for Sacred/Secret Sword]].
*** [[spoiler: And then it's revealed to have the soul of a female knight inside it, turning it into a Honedge.]]
** Ash gets his hands on the Meteorite that Maxie and Archie were after at Mt. Chimney. [[spoiler: If you've played ORAS, [[SuperMode you know what it does to Rayquaza during the Scuffle of Legends.]]]]
** Max receives a Moon Stone from his father at the very start of his journey. [[spoiler: When the Delta Episode comes around, it turns out a Moon Stone supercharged with Infinity Energy makes a very good Meteorite to allow Rayquaza to go Mega.]]
* ChickMagnet: Apparently Mavis's Alolan Ninetales, Gray, has a Primarina girlfriend that assumes this is the case for him. Manga/FairyTail fans should see this coming.
* [[ChirpingCrickets Chirping Kricketune]]: After Ash's outburst about his refusal to [[DisguisedInDrag dress up as Ashley]] again. Lampshaded when the narration points out how they aren't native to Kanto.
* TheChosenMany: There are actually many Chosen throughout history, including Sir Aaron's line of Aura Guardians, the Dragon Clan, and the Stone family.
* TheChosenOne: Aura Guardians, and those descended from them. Sir Aaron's Lucario knew full well that Ash (a descendant of Sir Aaron) was one when they first met, because, according to him, it's ''hereditary''.
* {{Cliffhanger}}:
** Chapter 186[=/=]Hoenn 59: The Ever Grande Conference [[spoiler: is cancelled in the middle of Ash and Ritchie's rematch due to an upcoming catastrophe. And the Delta Episode begins.]]
** Subverted in Chapter 204: [[spoiler: Manaphy]] has just been kidnapped by a bunch of pirates... only for [[MundaneSolution May to recall him out of their reach]].
* ClingyJealousGirl
** [[spoiler:Latias]] shows a bit of this with Ash when one of his opponents is a {{Fangirl}}.
** Juvia, Mavis's Primarina, apparently thinks that every female that gets within ten feet of her Alolan Ninetales teammate Gray is immediately attracted to him.
* CloningGambit: [[spoiler: Pikachu has just been given the runaround by Wallace's Greninja, it's coming in with a [[FinishingMove Giga Impact]], it hits... and Pikachu delivers a CounterAttack that knocks it out... only to burst the Substitute that it was.]]
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman[=/=]MySuitIsAlsoSuper:
** Ash's Aura Guardian outfit is attuned to his own aura, and each part gives him a special ability: from the NiceHat that gives him a Dark-subtype, to the boots that allow him to [[WallCrawl walk on walls]] and [[InASingleBound jump really high]].
** [[spoiler: Just like in the games, Cosplaychu's outfits give her new moves when she wears them]].
* CloudCuckoolandersMinder: Barry's new Smeargle has resigned himself to this role for his trainer, especially since said trainer wants him to use Sketch to collect ''Legendary Signature Moves''. In fact, pretty much all of Barry's Pokémon have to keep an eye on their {{Keet}} of a trainer.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Every Deoxys that shows up in this series has a different coloured chest gem to differentiate it from the rest. [[PokemonDestinyDeoxys Tory's Deoxys friend is green, another Deoxys that comes looking for it is purple]], the Deoxys [[spoiler: inside the Delta Episode meteorite]] is blue, and one that Max meets during the Battle Frontier is orange.
** When using Aura Purge on the Spiritomb they fought in canon, the more reasonable spirits all have a purple marking on their body somewhere, while the revenge-crazy majority has green on them in a similar manner, like armbands.
* CommutingOnABus: As in canon, some of Ash's Pokémon leave him from time to time for various reasons. This time around, they take a transponder with them that acts as a portable version of the Pokémon transfer system at Professor Oak's lab, allowing Ash to use Dexter to call on them if necessary.
** [[spoiler: Since Ash started recruiting Legendary Pokémon onto his team, he has made an allowance that if they need to take part in their jobs as Legendaries, they can leave and come back if they want.]]
* ContinuityNod: One of this fic's strongest points is that it has a far stronger sense of continuity than the original work, allowing for unique solutions to be devised by pointing out relatively simple solutions to formerly complex problems. For example, Jigglypuff's long-standing issue of putting people to sleep with her song is avoided by pairing her up with the old man who plays the Poké-flute in the first Snorlax episode. Many episode plots are solved by pointing the problems of one spot out to people from previous episodes who have solutions, or pairing up people who have solved these problems already.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: After [[spoiler: Zorua]] successfully pranks Brock and Philena, knowing how much she likes his cooking, Brock gets his own back by giving her only bland food for the next couple of days.
* CosmicRetcon: The author's plan for the ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' new type, Fairy. [[spoiler:And Mega Evolution, as Gary specifically admits that this didn't happen in the previous timeline, and speculates that this was the result of the time travel. His theory is confirmed when Korrina's grandfather admits that one of his Lucario mega-evolved the ''same day'' Ash went back in time, at the start of his journey.]]
** [[spoiler:As of "Celebi, Voice of the Forest", the Retcon has officially occurred via a TimeCrash, interfering with Creation to make Fairy types a thing, and Mega Evolutions appearing at the point where Sammy travelled back to. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And apparently making Max fail on a Pokémon Types test.]]]]
** Related to the [[spoiler:Mega Evolution]] thing is that Sea Mauville now exists where the ''S.S. Cactus'' did last time.
* ContrivedCoincidence:
** It seems to be Celebi's job to make sure all the little hiccups in time are smoothed out, and one of them is making sure Ash and Co. meet the right Pokémon at the right time. Some of these are more elegant, such as how they nearly seamlessly altered people's personal histories to include the Fairy-type, while others... not so much, such as when one just drops one of Ash's Pokémon on his head.
*** But even she can't stay in control of everything: During the Grand Festival, she keeps trying to arrange for Ash to meet [[EarlyBirdCameo Dawn]] early, but other random events conspire to thwart her. Until the last time though.
** A few of Jirachi's wishes can resolve themselves like this. A freak gust of wind, teleporting a trainer carrying a particular item, etc.
** Dawn's team keeps showing up early. [[spoiler: It turns out Mesprit and Celebi are collaborating.]]
* CouldSayItBut:
** [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Team Rocket when they "drop" the [[spoiler: Sceptilite they got from the TR Armory]] next to Ash, in order to maintain PlausibleDeniability that they are actually friendly with each other. Though Giovanni doesn't seem to buy it...
** When Ash finally meets Giovanni in person, rather than outright deny his association with Team Rocket, Giovanni simply talks in the hypothetical, speaking ''as if'' he was the head of Team Rocket.
* CrazyPrepared: After Ash was through with the Cerulean Gym, the sisters installed a bunker in case another strong trainer comes along. Like Ash's apprentice, Max Maple.
** May has considered possible contest routines for pretty much ''every'' Pokemon in the group.
** Professor Oak's Pokédex also counts in terms of technology. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Max's Porygon Pokédex, Kris; apparently, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill "Professor Oak's idea of appropriate processing power is being able to scan and analyze a new Pokémon in about fifteen seconds"]].
* CripplingOverspecialization:
** Brock's Marshtomp prefers [[ExtremityExtremist punching]] to any other form of attacking, which has led to problems when it comes to fighting Flying-types.
** Muk's BeamSpam strategy is hilariously devastating, but as the Battle Pike Tent battle against Lucy's Shuckle shows, he's gotten so used to it that he has trouble ''not'' firing off half-a-dozen moves at once, a problem when he needs a specific move or move type, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard when the moves interfere with each other]], or when the situation calls for [[ATeamFiring precision rather than power]].
* CrisisCrossover:
** What could get Ash to call on just about all his Pokémon to handle one big crisis? A [[spoiler: [[ZombieApocalypse Fossil Pokémon Apocalypse]]]] in Altomare, for one.
** How big a scope is the [[spoiler: Delta Episode]]? Big enough to [[spoiler: call in Champions, Mega-Evolution-capable trainers, and literally ''hundreds'' of Legendaries from all over the world to focus on one big meteor-sized problem.]]
* CriticalResearchFailure: In-universe:
** Dexter mentions a piece of research that incorrectly states that [[MythologyGag Psychic-types are immune to Ghost-type attacks]]. The Psychic-type in question was Meloetta, which is Normal/Psychic, and apparently someone got the typing wrong.
** Remember those punks that were abusing Lapras? Apparently, they were doing that because [[TooDumbToLive they]] thought [[FridgeLogic Lapras' could learn Earthquake]]. They can't. Though in their defense, [[ContinuityNod Ash did once made Pikachu use Earthquake]], and plenty of other Pokémon in this story use moves they can't in the games or anime, so it was worth a shot.
** The flashcards used to test potential Pokémon Trainers before they get their licenses use the Trainers' Choice questions from the dub of Advanced Generation, including the infamous "Arbok evolves into Seviper" answer. Not only does Max point out all the errors immediately, but the proctor is mortified, and is last seen [[LampshadeHanging preparing a list of all the ways that an eight-year-old knows more about Pokémon than the company who wrote the questions]]. It's mentioned later on that the company who made those is being sued for being so blatantly wrong.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Wallace's Magikarp, which can shatter one of Glalie's ice shields with raw strength alone.
* CrushKillDestroy: The result of the Tree of Beginning's Mew putting off the system updates for its Regi golem security.
* {{Cult}}: Team Aqua and Team Magma are explicitly described by the author as cults.
* CurbStompBattle: Due to Ash being able to restore the memories, and power, and evolutionary level, of his Pokémon, and that of his friends, [[FriendlyEnemy including Jessie, James and Meowth]] to whatever they were before Cyrus did his thing, they meet some people who they completely overpower.
** Early on, when Ash encountered the samurai guy who uses Bug-type Pokémon a second time from his point of view, well, it is easy to guess how that went.
** When they did the Princess Tournament again, the early rounds, in the author's words, were one-sided.
** Misty's confrontation with the Invincible Pokémon Brothers when they try to take over Cerulean Gym predictably ends this way.
** Ash's first round with Roxanne ends up like this, due to her [[FailedASpotCheck mistaking Ash for a rookie]] and using one of her mid-tier Golem... against [[PersonOfMassDestruction Pikachu]].
** May's battle with Nicolai. After he insults Max's battling skills (despite that being Max's first battle) May sics Blaziken on him. Nicolai ends up eating his words.
** When Jessie and James encounter Rico, the Poison-type poacher who is stealing Ekans and Koffing from Rocket turf (and who originally forced them to release Arbok and Weezing), things... go very differently this time around.
** Ever since Shamouti, this has been happening less and less, as the world itself seems to get stronger and stronger. The events of the Third movie, for example, don't just involve a copy of Entei, it involves copies of ''the rest of the Beasts of Ecruteak'' as well. This has the side effect of making curbstomps less frequent.
** Lilycove Pokémon Contest. Ash vs. Harley. Harley uses his Cacturne. Ash uses [[spoiler: [[OlympusMons Ho-Oh]]]]. Need we say more?
*** And Harley's luck doesn't get any better, given that he's knocked out of the Hoenn Grand Festival by a Natu well within the time limit.
* CutsceneIncompetence: Invoked explicitly by Arceus to the God Squad during their ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' run: none of the Creation Trio can use their time/space/symmetry powers ''because'' it's a cutscene, allowing them to be overwhelmed by a horde of Sableye.
* CuttingTheKnot:
** With their knowledge of the future, Ash and the other characters are able to avoid a ''lot'' of problems with relatively simple solutions. For example, teaming up the man with the Poké-flute that helped them with the Snorlax early in their travels with Jigglypuff, to counteract her sleep-inducing song.
** Team Rocket was ''supposed'' to do Koga's dungeon of traps before facing him. What ''instead'' happened was that they used Abra to teleport directly to Koga at the end of the dungeon.
** Ash does something similar by using Aura to sense the traps and just punching through the walls.
** Celebi is running late getting Ash's Corphish in place in time for them to meet, so she just drops the crustacean on Ash's head and leaves.
** Being a CombatPragmatist, this is also Corphish's solution to most problems. Pokémon hiding in a tree out of reach? Cut down the tree.
** When [[spoiler:Manaphy is first kidnapped, May just returns him before they get away]].

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[[folder: Tropes D - F]]

* DamselOutOfDistress:
** May and Max are kidnapped by a group of poachers along with six starter Pokémon, but May uses the starters' skills to escape and hold off the thieves long enough for TheCavalry to arrive.
** Then GenderInverted with her [[spoiler: son; Manaphy is captured by the Phantom Pirate's ambush in Chapter 212, but manages to use Heart Swap and Acid Armour to get away, and use a water wing technique Wartortle taught him to get back to the group]].
* ADayInTheLimelight: Chapters are often interspersed with scenes of other supporting characters and Pokémon away from the main group and their travels. When a whole chapter is made up of these scenes, it's usually referred to as "[[PunnyName Ashes Nowhere To Be Seen]]".
* DeathCourse: A corridor in the Temple of the Sea turns out to be this. Turns out Manaphy had been living there for so long he forgot that he hadn't yet turned off the traps in the current timeline. Luckily they weren't designed to keep out Lucario.
* DeathIsNotPermanent: [[spoiler: Whenever Ash dies, the Sacred Ash that Ho-Oh gave him in the beginning of the story will resurrect him/prevent his death. [[JustifiedExtraLives However, there's only so much Ash in that bag of his...]]]]
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:The King of [=PokéAtlantis=] possesses Forrest when he is accidentally freed, then is tricked into [[BodySurf trying to do so to Zorua]], which ends his threat for good]].
* {{Descriptiveville}}:
-->'''Brock''': That's Remoraid Mountain. It's got Remoraid Lake on top of it, it's near the Remoraidian Ruins which used to be inhabited by the ancient people called the Remoraidians, and you'll never guess what Pokémon are up there.
-->'''Ash''': [[DeadpanSnarker Octillery]].
-->'''Brock''': Probably.
* DidntSeeThatComing:
** Quoted word for word when Dexter turns into a Porygon.
** Ash didn't expect Casey would have a plan to defeat Charizard on their first encounter. She pulled the FEAR strategy on him (elaborated upon above, under the AdaptationalBadass trope).
** [[spoiler: No one at all expected the massive Dragonite at Bill's lighthouse to a) be Australian and b) be holding a truck-sized can of Foster's Beer. Everyone tries ''desperately'' to forget that it happened.]]
** No one expected illusionary counterparts to Suicune and Raikou at the Hale Manor.
** [[spoiler: And definitely no-one expected Pikachu to be ''[[BrainwashedAndCrazy captured in a Dark Ball.]]]]''
** And absolutely nobody, not even the readers, expected [[spoiler:Squirtle to actually succeed in Mega Evolving]].
** Even Team Rocket couldn't have seen [[spoiler:James' Moltres costume leading to a chain of events that led to them ''accidentally capturing a '''real''' Moltres.'' Ash, upon hearing it, gives a FlatWhat.]]
*** It doesn't end there. Even after turning over a new leaf, Team Rocket never thought that they would finally get their hands on [[spoiler: a Pikachu. Let alone a cosplaying one.]]
** Team Magma and Aqua both showing up in person to capture Jirachi caught everyone off guard.
*** The monster Groudon in Forina, Ash and Co. were expecting. [[spoiler: The monster Kyogre, not so much.]]
** [[spoiler: Kyogre and Groudon undergoing Primal Reversion and beating Rayquaza.]]
** When Norman's Lopunny Mega Evolves, he, angry at Casper mocking him about how his Mega Evolution makes him look even more feminine, and kicks him. Casper, unaware that Mega Lopunny has the Scrappy ability that allows Normal-type attacks to hit Ghosts, goes flying.
** For all that Ash and Co. have lived through in both timelines, [[spoiler: the catastrophe that is the Delta Episode]] is something they've never had to deal with. And it's suitably epic.
** No one expected [[spoiler:Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon]] to occur, and it has been confirmed that Ash and Co. never had to deal with that in the original timeline.
** Solidad, who May faces in the Kanto Grand Festival, likes researching her foes to figure out the best way to take them out. She was completely unaware of Joltik though, and as a result prepared to fight Blaziken, leaving her caught off guard by both the Pokémon and the tactics she used with Manaphy.
** The Fossil Pokémon mass revival early in Sinnoh likewise takes the gang by surprise.
** Max's opponent having his Sharpedo go Mega catches him and Kris by surprise, especially since his "sea-air ballistic shark attack" cry baffled them.
** During the events at Alamos Town, Ash didn't expect [[spoiler:the ceremonial sword he got from the Togepi Kingdom to become a Honedge, much less with a spirit of a female knight attached to it.]]
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Several times in-story, often where battle plans don't always work out due to overlooked details.
** One prominent example occurs during the events of PokemonDestinyDeoxys. May, Brock and Drew have intercepted the haywire robots, have found the core robot, have gotten a pass up to it to give the main control room a chance to reset them... only to realize that they never ''told'' anyone in the control room to ''do'' anything.
** Team Aqua and Team Magma didn't think about what would happen with [[spoiler: Kyogre and Groudon both undergoing Primal Reversion.]]
** When a spar with Norman's newly Mega Lopunny sends both him and Blaziken up into the sky, after May uses Altaria to catch him, Blaziken points out that 1, she could have just returned him, and 2, he knows two moves that send him up that high all the time, so he could have just come back down himself, causing her to {{Facepalm}} (though Norman was the one who suggested it in order to get May and Altaria to bond).
** Dawn's Swinub shows up early, and it's pointed out that, with how big Mamoswine are, they should bring him outside before reminding him. Ash then picks him up, forgetting for a minute that that's how he reminds Pokemon. If Lucario hadn't pulled a FastballSpecial again and gotten Swinub outside before he evolved...
** Paul lampshades this when he learns of his previous self's choices when fighting Cynthia.
** Lugia finds a few problems with his housesitting of Altomare while the Eon twins are out: he's a bit too big for the garden, a lot too big for the canals, and he can't turn invisible or shapeshift.
** Suicune should've remembered that Aura Speech isn't translated across electronic mediums like TV and radio, before she agreed to give the opening speech at the Indigo League Conference.
* DiscardAndDraw: Paul gives away Chimchar to Ash because he couldn't work with his training style, but asks Ash to get another Pokémon that will. Ash obliges with a ChallengeSeeker of a Cranidos.
** Roland, after evolving into a Gallade, mentions that he'd ''just'' gotten used to being able to NoSell Dragon types when facing one (Gallade loses his Fairy subtyping in exchange for a Fighting subtype).
* DiscontinuityNod: Dexter brings up the events of the infamous banned Porygon episode, which none of the others can remember. He attributes the memory loss to seizures brought on by the digital environment.
** In Chapter 252, aka Sinnoh 15, Ash and company arrive in Heartome City, a pseudo Hearthome City. Saphroneth made this decision because of a translation error in the anime where the crew arrived in Amity Park before they ever arrived in Hearthome.
* DisguisedInDrag: Ash does ''not'' like having the canon moments he did this in brought up.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength:
** Ash's Mawile finds out that her Mega-Evolution has Huge Power, by sending her friend [[spoiler: Goodra]] into the wall with a single punch.
** [[spoiler:Reshiram's power means that even though he ''wants'' N to use a Poké-ball on him, he keeps accidentally ''obliterating'' the ones used on him]].
** Mavis's Pokemon have trouble keeping their attacks ''not'' excessively strong. The number of times her team has wrecked her own gym can attest to that.
** Casper [[spoiler: as Mega Banette]] finds out just how strong he is by throwing Blaine's Rhydon clear out of the volcano crater.
* {{Doorstopper}}: As of the 180th update, the fic now exceeds a ''million words''. It also has 250 chapters.
* DoppelgangerAttack: The effect of Beat Up, Substitute, or having Parental Bond on any Pokémon other than a Mega Kangaskan.
* DoUntoOthersBeforeTheyDoUntoUs: Cinder is able to use preemptive retaliation as a justification for using Payback ''before'' her foe can attack her.
* TheDreaded: Ash, after winning the Indigo League Champion. He became even more feared after ''Spell of the Unown'', where Charizard[[spoiler:, after some bizarre Mega Evolution activation and transitioning,]] started beating back [[spoiler: the Unown-created Raikou, Suicune and]] Entei on live television.
** The Officer Jennys in Johto have evidently been printing Ketchum Incident reporting slips.
*** Lance explains how bad [[spoiler: Kyogre and Groudon undergoing Primal Reversion]] was by showing that he had two Ketchum Incident reporting slips stapled together. The entire audience gasped.
** When the Gym Leaders of Kanto hear that Ash is coming back after the Hoenn League for a few months, they manage to keep themselves from panicking outright, but only just.
** Even some ''Legendaries'' are starting to hear about Pikachu, [[spoiler:Team Rocket's Moltres is careful to be polite when he approaches her for the first time]].
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Norman's Lopunny is male, and doesn't initially care much for his Mega Evolution due to it making him even ''more'' feminine. He gets more excited after seeing how powerful it makes him though.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Zigzagged. After becoming Indigo League Champion, Ash garners a lot of respect, and a lot of people ''do'' fear battling him, but his eccentric, borderline ''insane'' behaviour, along with his Pokémon's tendency to do the impossible[[note]]which is ''routine'' in Squirtle's case[[/note]], means they have issues taking him seriously.
* DungeonBypass:
** Ash goes to the Rota Kingdom and frees Sir Aaron's Lucario on his Indigo League run, leaving the issue completely resolved when he returns during his Battle Frontier run.
** The Fuschia Gym requires challengers to navigate an obstacle course before they can face Koga himself. Jessie and James get through by having Abra teleport them to the goal, which Koga [[ObviousRulePatch promptly disallows for future challengers]]. Ash and his Pokémon get through by using Aura Sight to spot the traps and just [[CuttingTheKnot smashing through the walls]]. Ash's interview in Goldenrod reveals that Koga disallowed that from then on as well.
** Ash tends to do this a lot. For example, in one of the Orange League gyms, one of the challenges is a race. While it's ''implied'' that you're supposed to use a water type, Ash instead uses his Pidgeot... which is capable of supersonic travel. Again, [[ObviousRulePatch the leader vows to specifically require the use of a Water-type in future.]]
** Ash's various Pokémon, coupled with future knowledge, allow him a ''lot'' of bypasses. Managing to cut ''weeks'' of aimless wandering in the woods thanks to not being lost helps, and the ability to move extremely quickly (via Suicune or Pidgeot, for example) enables them to get from one place to another with minimum of fuss.
** It ''really'' helps Ash that many of the "Dungeons" that popped up in the original time line simply ''don't show up'' due to Team Rocket not being as antagonistic here. Whole episodes worth of problems simply vanish, or become much simpler to fix without the team exacerbating them.
** The entirety of the original plot of ''Anime/PokemonJirachiWishmaker'' is taken care of by a restored Jirachi using Future Sight to show Butler the consequences of his plan to restore Groudon. Unfortunately, when Butler steps down, Team Aqua and Team Magma both step up, resulting in things being worse than before.
** Lucario manages to get through many of the Temple of the Sea's traps without a scratch.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome:
** Several seen when [[spoiler: time breaks. Included in their number are Keldeo's parents final stand against a rampaging [[OlympusMons Reshiram]] and Ash's father breaking a tidal wave over Pacifidlog.]]
** In the original timeline, [[spoiler:Latios had one, stopping a tsunami… but averted in this story, because Mewtwo took care of it.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo:
** The Maple Family show up at the Orange League to watch Ash vs. Drake, with Norman as a guest referee. May and Max are reminded and wait through the entirety of Ash's Johto journey before joining him across Hoenn.
** Dawn and Johanna show up at the Hoenn Grand Festival, Dawn is reminded by Ash, and an inadvertent wish drops Piplup (as an egg) in her lap.
*** And during the Battle Frontier, a certain Buneary shows up in her front garden. [[RunningGag And a Pachirisu.]] [[OverlyLongGag And a Swinub]]. And a [[UpToEleven Cyndaquil egg]]. And a note gets sent to Princess Salvia. [[spoiler:It turns out that Celebi and Mesprit have been collaborating on it]].
** A few scenes in Unova are shown, involving Iris in Opelucid City and Cilan and his brothers setting up their gym.
*** Iris finally gets in contact with Ash at the start of the Sinnoh arc, and she has her memories restored soon after.
** Clemont shows up [[spoiler: in the Delta Episode]], though only in the scenes in Kalos.
** [[spoiler: Silver ends up finding Manaphy's egg at the very beginning of the Battle Frontier.]]
** Serena becomes Dawn's pen-pal midway through the Battle Frontier. After the events in Alamos Town, she realizes exactly who her new pen-pal is now traveling with.
** Kodai briefly appears when Silver takes a wrong turn when trying to find the Temple of the Sea.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The Kanto chapters were written around the early days of ''Pokémon's'' 5th Generation (before the localized named of Unova was revealed in fact), and with no feedback before publishing. After a hiatus, the author resumed writing beginning with ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon2000}} The Power of One]]'' retelling, just as ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'' were about to be released, and posting his works on WebSite/SpaceBattlesDotCom for feedback. The contrast is quite visible.
** One unavoidable problem is that the original anime was self-contained with just one hundred and fifty Pokémon in the Kanto region. So certain plot points - like Sabrina's father saying that you "Need a Ghost-type to fight Psychic-types" - don't make nearly as much sense in a world where Dark-types (which can NoSell psychic attacks) are known to exist, but didn't exist at the time the episodes were made (or Psychic getting {{Nerf}}ed by later generations).
* EnemyCivilWar: [[spoiler: As a result of N's early departure along with Reshiram, a rift has developed in Team Plasma between those who follow N and those who follow Ghestis.]]
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:Primal Kyogre and Groudon]] are beating onto each other until [[spoiler:Rayquaza]] popped up in Chapter 165. Then they ganged up on him.
* EngineeredHeroics: The [[spoiler: Zapdos]] hanging out with Casey has a wild Aggron show up that he can "protect" from it, presumably to impress her.
* EntertaininglyWrong: When Noland sees Ash and Co. arrive at the Battle Factory, he correctly assumes that Ash is challenging the Battle Frontier, since Scott would've jumped at the chance at inviting him as soon as possible. That's all well and good, but at the chapter's end, we find out that Scott never formally issued Ash the challenge yet, and is now running around trying to find him.
* EpicFail:
** This happens sometimes when a Pokémon uses Fissure on a battlefield where the ground isn't deep enough.
** The only outcome when a group of pirates ambush Ash and co., who normally have Pokémon out of their balls as a course of habit, while there's a Poké-ball-disabling meteorite somewhere in the vicinity.
** In the Kanto Grand Festival, a Graveler beans itself on the head with its own Rock Throw, and a Flaafy zaps its trainer.
* EquippableAlly: Several Double-battle teams in the Ever Grande conference have this tactic, including a Machamp with a [[ShamuFu Magikarp]] (though it evolves mid-battle, it's taken out before its partner can try to do the same with the new Gyarados), an Ariados with a [[EpicFlail Roggenrola]] and a Pelipper with a water-boosted [[ActionBomb Pineco]].
* EstablishingSeriesMoment: See the dialogue at the top of the page? That firmly establishes the premise of the story as well as sets the tone for the series.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: If Jessie and James catching a Relicanth for his mother in any indication, Giovanni seems close to said mother, despite his criminal activities.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Giovanni's primary issue with the Iron Masked Marauder's actions is that he intended to use Celebi's powers to supplant him. But he's not upset because of the risk of losing his power, his influence, or his resources, nor is he all that upset about the gall that the Marauder had in doing that when Giovanni and his organization were responsible for building him up to having all of his power in the first place. He says that he can forgive all of that, [[ThisIsUnforgivable but the one thing that he can't]] is that because of Vicious's attempted tampering with time, he might have lost his [[RightHandCat Persian]].
* EvilVersusOblivion: The purpose of Rocket executives, or at least the department the promoted Jessie, James, and Meowth are in. You can't rule or make a profit in a destroyed world, so ''somebody'' needs to point [[IdiotHero Idiot Heroes]] in the right direction to protect all those potential victims. This doesn't mean that Team Rocket as a whole is a group of good guys now, it more means that they want to prevent people from rocking the boat too much.
** [[spoiler:Case in point, they show up to assist whenever something like Primal Kyogre and Groudon show up, they assist Ash in holding them at bay.]]
* ExactWords:
** A distracted Roxanne asked how many ''Hoenn'' Gym Badges Ash had. [[PersonOfMassDestruction Ash]] answered none. HilarityEnsues. Roxanne later decides to word her questions more carefully in the future.
** As a pre-gym challenge, Wattson tells Max he and his team have to stay on Raikou for 30 seconds. He ''means'' his robo-Raikou bucking bronco, but Max knows where to find another, calmer, ''real-life'' Raikou instead, and just sits on his back, and since his team were all in his Poké-balls on his belt, they stayed on too. Wattson takes this in good humor, though Max says that, if he hadn't, he would have just shocked the robot until it stopped working and sat on it then.
** Iris has to do a report on the history of Gyms in Unova, and she's not liking it. Upon a closer look at the assignment, she decides to just do it on the history of ''one'' Gym, one she likes, because that isn't disallowed.
** The night before Ash's Battle Factory match against Noland, Noland's Articuno asks [[spoiler: Entei]] if he has any tips for battling Ash's Pokémon. [[spoiler: Entei]] answers that Mawile is weak to Ground attacks and to not let your guard down around her, advice for a Pokémon Ash probably ''isn't'' going to use tomorrow.
** During Drew's Contest Battle against Solidad during the Kanto Grand Festival, he orders his Flygon to "grab [her] new teammate". While it's seemingly obvious what Drew's planning, there are three points to note: Flygon's teammate is Roserade, one of Drew's oldest Pokémon, he recently caught a Butterfree, and there's a Butterfree on Solidad's team. As such, Solidad doesn't parse Drew's order until it's too late.
* ExplosiveResults: Seems to be what happens if a Pokémon uses too many held items at once. Gary has taken finding out why as his new project, already anticipating the displeasure from his Pokémon.
* FailedASpotCheck:
** When Eusine meets Morty (at the moment in the middle of a Gym Battle with Ash) he excitedly talks about his new findings about various legendary Pokémon trios in Johto and Unova... not noticing that a good number of the Pokémon he mentioned were seated in the stands watching Ash's battle with Morty at that moment (as well as their copies). Ash lampshades it by his increasingly louder not-laughter.
** Distracted by homework marking, asking him [[ExactWords how many Hoenn badges he has]] and him not wearing his (in-universe) iconic blue outfit, Roxanne fails to recognize Ash as a multi-League winner and gives him a beginner's gym challenge. HilarityEnsues.
** One not PlayedForLaughs: [[spoiler: With it having been several centuries since the last time they fought using that power, coupled with a thick layer of ash from a volcanic eruption, Rayquaza doesn't notice that Groudon and Kyogre have underwent Primal Reversion until [[DynamicEntry he's charging right at them with Dragon Ascent]]. Groudon gets his claws on him, and a CurbStompBattle [[EnemyMine from the both of them]] ensues.]]
** Celebi, tired of Ash [[MissedHimByThatMuch missing Dawn]], tries to just drop him onto her... after he had finally seen her.
** [[spoiler: Zinnia approaching Rayquaza to try to tell him to stop the meteorite... in the middle of a shuttle landing pad, right after Rayquaza, Mewtwo, assorted other Legendaries, and a shuttle full of trainers have just gotten back from trying to do just that.]]
** When climbing the Sky Tower, Dialga and Palkia forget that they can float, despite Giratina doing so the entire way up.
** [[spoiler: Ho-Oh]] was planning on being used in Ash's battle against Brandon, but he was so caught up in a battle with a newly-reminded Buizel that he completely missed it.
* {{Fainting}}: Crogunk faints when he hears about [[spoiler:Brock having a girlfriend]].
* FalseReassurance: Before battling Brawly, Ash tells him that he will only use one of the Pokémon that he used in the Silver Conference, and reassures him that it is not Lugia. After Ash uses Squirtle instead of a Legendary, Brawly probably didn't expect him to finish with [[spoiler: Latios (who was at Altomare during the Conference)]]. Brawly takes it pretty well, actually, and puts up enough of a fight to make Ash resort to Mega Evolving.
* FamedInStory: Ash eventually gains a reputation with his various accomplishments and how he achieves them. This is what his league profile says about him.
-->'''Profile''': Ash Ketchum. Winner of the Indigo and Orange Leagues, this young trainer is probably insane and completely unorthodox, and so are his Pokémon. Half the things they do should be impossible. His preferred style is probably sweeper, but it's hard to tell. His starter Pokémon is a Pikachu. Class - probably A.
** He also has a reputation for absolutely pulverizing Gyms that he fights in. By the Johto Arc, the Gym Leaders have started to move their battles outside... not that it always helps.
** He played Genghis Khan in a movie once, but this doesn't come up often.
** It's gotten to the point that even technically wild Pokémon, like those from the Dragon Holy Land or the Valley of Steel, have heard of Ash before he gets there.
** Ever since the [[Anime/Pokemon3 Greenfield Incident]], Ash's Charizard is pretty much a local celebrity in the Charicific Valley.
** Pikachu is turning into this as well.
* {{Fangirl}}:
** Ash gets one of these as an opponent during the Silver Conference.
** Ash's Swellow turns out to be one for Pidgeot.
** Iris is this for a lot of trainers, including Lance, Cynthia and [[FamedInStory Ash]]. She even has posters of them. It makes for an amusing scene when her memories are finally restored.
* FastballSpecial: Lucario seems to be especially guilty of this.
** A Mega Kangaskhan also utilizes this with her own empowered child.
* FantasyGunControl: Lampshaded in the second Temple of the Sea chapter, where the Phantom Pirates become the third individuals, after Hunter J and Jessebelle, to use actual guns.
* [[FieldOfBlades Field of Bones]]: Jessie's Cubone (based on [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Archer]]) can manifest her reality marble, which takes this form. [[spoiler: After she gets therapy, it becomes a simple grass field.]]
* FightOffTheKryptonite: Overcoming the ElementalRockPaperScissors weaknesses Pokémon have by various moves and tactics is a major theme, especially with Ash and his Pokémon. Norman and Ash both agree that, to an experienced trainer, the type chart is just another challenge.
** Most Absols with their DangerSense have a FreakOut when they see [[WeirdnessMagnet Ash]]. Ash's own Absol, however, manages to see the nuances beneath the mess of disasters and slowly gets used to it.
** The standout example is Charizard, who is training to ''swim''.
* FingerInABarrel: Delta, Max's Mantine, tries to pull this on Juan's Wailord by gumming up its blowhole with Ice Beam. Unfortunately, all that did was give Wailord an ice cannonball.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Revived Fossil Pokemon in general tend to be this.
* FixFic: Technically a {{subversion}}. Most Fix Fics completely ignore canon after a certain point, but this one only works because the characters have knowledge of canon.
** However, Ash getting his Goomy early on was written as a response to Ash releasing Goodra mid-XY series. Of course, [[DidntSeeThatComing no one would have predicted]] that [[spoiler:Goodra would return for the Kalos League and the Team Flare attack following it]].
* FlatWhat: Ash gives a very well deserved one upon hearing that [[spoiler: Team Rocket somehow caught a Moltres.]]
** [[spoiler: Baron Alberto's reaction to the idea of him becoming a Lickilicky]].
* {{Flynning}}: What happens when Keldeo goes up against Norman's Ditto.
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: In chapter 219, Dialga and Palkia have been complaining about having to climb the Sky Tower. At the top Aaron gets fed up and reminds them that they both have ways to float, and that Giratina's been doing so the entire way up.
* ForWantOfANail:
** While there hasn't been one huge event that is the culmination of [[ButterflyOfDoom the butterfly effect]] ala ''FanFic/YetAgain'', it crops up every once in a while. The most notable would have to be ''Spell of the Unown'', where Delia's decision to stay away from Greenfield results in the Unown creating an illusionary Suicune as Molly's mother instead, and an illusionary Raikou to act as her older brother, on top of having the canonical Entei as her father. [[spoiler:Eventually, after all the love she puts into the illusions of the Legendary Beasts and an Eevee she used in her battles against Brock and Misty, they become real (albeit, shiny).]]
** Hunter J's early involvement is due to this. Because Ash reminds Team Rocket, they have an increase in skill and go back for James's pet Growlie. This in turn draws Jessebelle's attention, who, after failing to get James, calls Hunter J to Kanto. [[spoiler:Hunter J crosses paths with Ash years early, leading to the increased difficulty of both Gringey City and Shamouti but also taking care of a problem early (and causing Ash's meeting with Muk to be delayed until right before the League).]]
** Instead of being left alone, Meowzie was adopted by Koga and trained in the art of the Ninja, meaning that the events of the episode where Meowth's backstory was revealed not only don't happen, but she actually trains Meowth in how to perform several Pokémon ninja movies while Jessie and James fight Koga for a badge. Meowth never learns that she was his crush in another life, though.
** After being reminded by Ash, Drew expands his team with an Eevee -> Leafeon he didn't capture in the original timeline, which gives birth to an Eevee egg... [[spoiler: that turns out to be May's Glaceon.]]
** After Mewtwo [[spoiler:publishes his book about life from a captured Pokémon's perspective, N gets his hands on a copy, thus planting the seeds of doubt about his father's doctrine.]]
*** And then by the Battle Frontier, [[spoiler: when Team Plasma conduct the ceremony to summon Reshiram, N is doubtful enough of his father's intentions and curious enough about the actual truth that Reshiram can see it in him, and the two of them fight off Team Plasma (with the help of the Swords of Justice) and take off on their own to find the real truth of the world.]]
** [[spoiler: Thanks to Magma and Aqua's machinations, Kyogre and Groudon get ahold of their own Orbs and undergo Primal Reversion]], requiring Ash to call the strongest members of his team, including [[spoiler:all nine of his Legendaries]], along with help from Team Rocket.
** Whatever caused the [[spoiler: Delta Episode]] to happen in this timeline. And [[spoiler: Ash using the Meteorite to Mega Evolve Rayquaza during the Scuffle of Legends means that he's a little short on power to deal with said mountain-sized meteorite.]]
** Paul is a bit different this time around as a result of the ripple effect, being less dismissive and a bit more respectful of Ash because of [[FamedInStory his reputation]].
** A mass revival of Fossil Pokemon occured in Sinnoh 6 despite not happening the first time around.
** Giovanni apparently set up operations in Sinnoh before Ash and Co. went there. In the original timeline, the [=TRio=] were the first ones sent there to establish operations.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Sometime in Kanto, Brock mentions that applications for the Elite Four involve Legendaries. [[spoiler: We see exactly what that entails when Misty gets scouted for the Kanto-Johto E4.]]
** Ash gets his fortune read by a Natu in chapter 71, but gets the result of "Tilt." The Natu in question could only see about four days out before "Everything got confusing." [[spoiler:Four days later was when Ash fought the Iron Masked Marauder, resulting in a TimeCrash and the world being fundamentally altered.]]
** Around the Ever Grande Conference, a few characters take note of meteor showers happening more frequently. [[spoiler: Then the Delta Episode rolls around]].
** During [[spoiler: the meeting to select the new Kanto-Johto Elite Four]], Koga mentions that he's training up his daughter Janine to take over Fuchsia Gym. Guess who Max battles on his Kanto Gym run?
** People and Pokémon that Ash can remind of the old timeline always look brighter in Aura Sight. When Ash activated Aura Sight for the first time in the story, he could see Misty, who was an hour or so away from him, [[spoiler: but he didn't see Gary, even though he had left just a short while before Ash did. When Ash meets Zoey, who can't be reminded, he takes her to the Lake Guardians to find out the matter, and it turns out that she was at Spear Pillar trying to stop Cyrus in the old timeline, just like Gary, and that proximity to the time collapse inhibited the memory restoration.]]
** A little before Sinnoh kicks off, people start noting that Ash's (ornamental) sword isn't a very normal sword. [[spoiler: Come the events of ''Rise of Darkrai'' and said sword turns out to be a Honedge, one that was previously a human knight by the name of Kari Burns.]]
* [[ZombieApocalypse Fossil Pokémon Apocalypse]]: [[spoiler:As the result of the bedrock Altomare is built on being made of limestone and a pair of Pokémon thieves with delusions of world domination having access to the DMA]].
* FourIsDeath: After the [[spoiler:Scuffle of Legends]], Ho-Oh reveals that his Sacred Ash is now halfway used up, after using it to [[spoiler:revive Ash]] for the second time, which implies that there is only enough for four resurrections.
** However, [[spoiler: Ho-Oh also mentions that the Sacred Ash was being used to prevent Ash's death by Aura Exhaustion while he was using Sacred Sword, so he could have simply lost enough energy to have otherwise died multiple times.]]
* FreakyFridayFlip: [[spoiler:Manaphy in egg form does this by accident to Lugia and Ash]].
* FridgeLogic: In universe, the characters sometimes question some piece of logic, usually from the games, Pokédex lore or anime.
** Lance, during [[spoiler:his time infiltrating them]], wonders why Team Magma has a submarine.
** Pokémon learning moves the games say they can't but logic says they can, like Machamp and Rock Throw (as Pikachu puts it, it's basically picking up a rock and throwing it, not that hard).
** The Rockets point out that Jessebelle's characterization doesn't really make sense. She acts like a gold digger... yet has enough disposable income to hire an army of mercenaries on a whim and get in contact with world-renowned criminals like Hunter J.
** The idea of Spoink needing to constantly bounce to maintain their hearts is brought up. Turns out the scans got it backward; their hearts are what drive their springs.
** When Morrison's Beldum evolves into Metang, Mawile wonders, if Beldum need to fuse with another Beldum to evolve, where the other Beldum came from, since it happened right when he was coming out of the Poké-ball.
** In the "Mystery of Mew", Brock ends up discussing with Pikachu how Pokémon can [[OneSteveLimit tell different individuals of the same species apart]] with PokemonSpeak.
** During the Battle Frontier arc, Arcanine being called the "Legendary" Pokémon is brought up.
** Sabrina giving out the Marsh Badge is brought up. Apparently, she and Koga applied at the same time, and the paper-pushers goofed and assigned them the wrong badges, and they just went with it.
** The Pewter Gym, despite being mostly solid rock, has a sprinkler system. When asked about it, all Brock says is that building codes don't make sense.
** In the first Temple of the Sea chapter, there's a bit of this on how Buizel's Aqua Jet use.
** When Ash can't remind Zoey, even though Paul was apparently eligible for it, Ash and company start questioning sone inconsistency in who he can remind. [[spoiler: Apparently the difficulty with Zoey was the result of her being near the Lake Trio when Cyrus captured them as part of his plot in the old timeline's final moments. Gary being close as well is why he didn't show up on Aura Sight but was remindable anyways due to his bond with Ash]].
** Brock asks how come Pokémon can understand humans, even prehistoric Pokémon who lived when English didn't exist yet. Pikachu changes the subject.
** The League field choices are questioned at one point.
** After the gang is introduced to Z-Moves, Brock asks why a Pokemon can apparently only carry a Mega Stone ''or'' a Z-Crystal, and not both.
** The held item limits are lampshaded by Gary, and he starts studying it.
** [[spoiler: Kari]] knowing the term Pokémon when she came from a time before it is lampshaded. [[spoiler: Her best guess is that she picked it up unconsciously when she was just a spirit in a sword]].
** Then we have a ''literal'' example, when [[spoiler: the Rotom]] that was hiding in Ash's fridge (stored in his [[BagOfHolding pouch]]) comes out to protest a bunch of outlandish things happening to Ash and Co that were the result of a [[MasterOfIllusion Mismagius's Hypnosis]].
* FriendlyEnemy: Jessie, James and Meowth. After their memories got restored and Ash explained the situation to them, of course. Then again, considering that Ash knew them well enough to restore their memories in the first place, they were probably already that anyway.

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[[folder: Tropes G - K]]

* GameplayAndStorySegregation:
** Trading as an evolution mechanic is replaced with simple battle experience or some other condition, such as Chuck's Machoke evolving mid-battle, or Clamperl simply being needing to be immersed in [=DeepSeaScale=]/Tooth-mineralized water to evolve.
** Individual Pokémon can have more than one Ability, up to the three available naturally to any one species. Oftentimes (like Dexter having Trace, Download and Analyze) it's just a quirk, other times (like Whitney's Bidoof having both Moody and Simple), it's downright ''GameBreaking''.
* GetOut: After Miltank destroys her gym and Muk finishes the job, Whitney, after being dumbfounded for a moment, throws the Plain Badge at Ash and tells him to get out.
* GenerationXerox: Ash's father, also a descendant of Sir Aaron, was a Chosen and aura user, was also doing the Hoenn Gym Challenge, and is said to look very similar to Ash by the one person who remembers him. And he also [[NoSenseOfDirection got lost in Pacifidlog]] because he thought it still had a gym.
* GeneticMemory: In addition to egg moves (''especially'' from [[TangledFamilyTree Bulbasaur]]), Mewtwo apparently has flashes of memories from the Mew his DNA came from.
* GenghisGambit: [[spoiler: Professor Yung's EvilPlan: Denied the chance to get the Pokémon data needed to perfect his Mirage system (at least, in his mind that's the case, apparently he went to the press before the scientific community), he creates the Mirage Master, uses him to steal the data from Pikachu's brain, putting all the blame on him, and later he stops him to gain the accolade as a hero and genius]].
* GenreSavvy: A Squirtle that the group meets sees everything in terms of Tropes, such as considering Kris as an ExpositionFairy, although seeing Max as TheProtagonist [[WrongGenreSavvy isn't quite correct]].
* GenreShift: The [[spoiler: Delta Episode]] shifts the genre from ToBeAMaster to a DisasterMovie.
* GoneHorriblyRight: A group of researchers testing a Fossil Revival Machine accidentally brought ''all'' the fossils in the museum back to life.
* GraveMarkingScene:
** Upon his arrival to Pacifidlog Town, Ash and Delia finally visit the memorial of the man who broke a tidal wave over the town at the cost of his life: the lost Mr. Ketchum.
** During his second arrival to the Rota Kingdom, Ash makes a pilgrimage to the Tree of Beginning to pay his respects to Sir Aaron's resting place.
* GrewBeyondTheirProgramming:
** Dexter develops sentience as a result of all the data he'd collected over the years being reminded into him by Ash all at once, and later becomes a Porygon.
** [[spoiler:The Mirage Pokemon (specifically, M-001/Mirage Mew and M-002/Mirage Mewtwo), do this, the latter especially when the system making a Riolu gives M-002 a conscience]].
* GunshipRescue: With their new [[spoiler: VTOL cargo plane]], Team Rocket does this a lot.
* HandicappedBadass: Clair has a mute Noivern. Norman has a deaf Exploud. As Ash finds out, neither are any less of a challenge.
* HandWave: In chapter 206, this trope is name-dropped in reference to Lucario and Aura.
* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: In the original first movie, Mewtwo claimed the trainers' Pokémon after handily trouncing the natural Venusaur, Blastoise, and Charizard. This time around, [[spoiler:Mewtwo goes 1-2; the Venusaur goes down the same way, but Gary's Blastoise imprisons the fake Blastoise in ice, and Ash's Charizard turns Blast Burn into a FantasticNuke and all but one-shots the fake Charizard]]. Mewtwo abducts all the other Pokémon anyway.
* HeelFaceTurn:
** The two feuding Gym Leaders of Dark City, Yas and Kaz, have managed to cooperate and get their act together after Ash was through with them. By the time Ash and Co. return to Kanto for the Battle Frontier and Max's Kanto League journey, they have their joint Dark-type gyms fully legitimized.
** A few less-savory trainers that Ash meets along the way have turned over a new leaf and improved enough to meet Ash again in the Pokémon League, after [[DefeatMeansFriendship Ash knocks some sense into them]]. Koji, the abusive trainer that was trying to catch Cyndaquil, and Anthony, the cheating trainer with a Pokémon-hiding Pelipper, battle Ash again in the Johto and Hoenn Leagues respectively, both saying that losing to Ash helped them [[HeelRealization realize their shortcomings]].
* HereWeGoAgain: Scott ''finally'' tracks Ash down... only to find that the Battle Pyramid location he gave the trainer was old, so he has to track him down ''again''.
* HeroicBSOD:
** Comedic example in Ecruteak Gym Leader Morty when he saw Entei, Raikou, Suicune, [[spoiler:another Legendary Beast trio (albeit shiny) and a Keldeo]] sitting in the stands to watch Ash's battle with him. At least he holds it together to give Ash a proper Gym Battle, but his reaction after the battle says it all.
--->'''Morty:''' ...well, I guess you've earned the Fog badge. Now I'm going to go home, and... probably sit down for a bit.
** Brock's Croagunk [[{{Fainting}} faints]] when he finds out that not only is his trainer no longer a womanizer, but he's actually going steady!
** Iris has one when she's Reminded, as she tries to reconcile her memories of [[IdiotHero Ash the doofus kid]], with those of [[FamedInStory Ash Ketchum the League Champion]].
* HeroOfAnotherStory:
** In the previous timeline, Gary [[spoiler: and Zoey]] tried (and failed) to stop Cyrus from going AGodAmI at Spear Pillar.
** Due to Ritchie being "Destiny Entangled" with Ash, he has his own heroic quest to complete... and will face his own world-saving trials. He even develops his latent PsychicPowers to contrast Ash's own Aura abilities, complete with a Ralts to contrast Ash's Riolu, and had some adventures in [[VideoGame/PokemonRanger Almia]] after the Indigo Cup.
** Some of the Pokémon that Ash lets go have had their own, separate, adventures, and gained unbelievable amounts of power. For example, Butterfree, Lapras, and Pigeot all spent ''years'' away from Ash as defenders of their groups or areas.
** In this fic, Professor Ivy studies the Reverse World, and gets attacked by a group of Unown. However, Brock is able to prevent a catastrophe by fighting them off [[BadassNormal with nothing but a crowbar]]. Of course, we don't hear about it until after he rejoins Ash.
** Wes and Rui from ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' (the events of the game having occurred prior to the start of Ash's journey) appear in the Johto arc when a Cipher group shows up in Johto, and Michael from the [[VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness sequel game]] is also mentioned.
** Molly decides to join Gary in Sinnoh for her first journey.
** N has his own scenes in this story about trying to understand the real truth of the relationship between human and Pokémon. [[spoiler: It gets to the point where he, Zorua and Reshiram end up derailing Ghestis's plan and leave on their own.]]
* HeyYouHaymaker: May's Blaziken gives one to the Magma grunt that had cut their cable car cable.
* HiddenInPlainSight: Why Team Rocket is using their balloon again in Sinnoh.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Invoked by the ninja school, which uses colors like purple to help train the students to camouflage themselves.
* HistoryRepeats: Just like Ash, Max [[spoiler: loses in the Indigo League a trainer he met on the way into the League, who was using Pokémon from a completely unknown region.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** During the Whirl Cup, Misty manages to beat Ash, despite him using [[spoiler: Suicune]], by getting her to freeze the field and mess up her own footing.
** Two of Brawly's Pokémon end up [[StopHittingYourself knocking themselves out]], thanks to confusion and some mis-aimed attacks.
* HoldYourHippogriffs:
-->'''Brock''': Talk about closing the barn door after the Ponyta's bolted.
-->'''Ash''': Why would a barn door stop a Ponyta if it wanted to get out? Couldn't they just burn their way their way through the door?
-->'''Brock''': ...Actually, now you mention it...
-->'''Misty''': It's... It's just one of those sayings.
** At one point Jessie mentions wanting to put a Ponyta in Jessebelle's bed. The other Rockets were confused until she elaborated that it would set the bed on fire and probably break a lot of her stuff while trying to escape.
** Noctowl has some trouble with it in Chapter 147:
---> '''Noctowl''': I'll be back in two shakes of a Mareep's tail. Actually, that doesn't exactly bally well roll off the tongue, does it? Two shakes of a Lilligant's... no... hm, this is harder than I-
* HoldUpYourScore: The Shiny Donphan that the group meet in Hoenn judges the courting displays of all the male Donphan from a scale of 1 to 10. Pidgeot doing a Sky Attack flyover and dropping Ash's Donphan who does a hit-the-ground-rolling landing [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight only rates an 8.]]
* HopeSpot: Thanks to Team Magma's interference, the {{Kaiju}} Groudon has shown up and is thrashing Forina. Butler, Ash and Co. have their plan all laid out to hit it with Jirachi's Doom Desire, Butler's machine is channeling the Millennium Comet's power into Jirachi to fuel the devastating attack... [[spoiler: and then it all goes pear-shaped when Team Aqua shows up and uses that power to wish for a {{Kaiju}} Kyogre.]]
* HopelessBossFight: Ash's Gym Battle against Misty was ''supposed'' to be this in order to teach him humility, since in this fic, Gyms are designed to [[SecretTestOfCharacter test a Trainer's character]] as well as their battling prowess. Unfortunately, Ash [[ComicallyMissingThePoint didn't get the message]] and ended up accidentally bringing the roof down as a result of his refusal to give up. And thus was a RunningGag formed.
* HopelessWithTech:
** Noland's Articuno, of his own admission. The only example we see is, when trying to cook some microwave rice, he overcooks it and doesn't puncture the bag, causing an explosion and ruining the microwave.
** Given his predilection for not using Poké-balls, N finds himself at a loss when [[spoiler: Reshiram asks for one. And Reshiram himself]] isn't much better.
* HowDoIShootWeb: Some Pokémon with evolution forms significantly different from their original forms sometimes have trouble adjusting. For example, Ash's Lucario has to learn to adapt to Fighting-type attacks being more effective against him, [[spoiler:Casey's Lucario]] is considerably taller and faster than before and thus has trouble hitting targets she could hit before with ease, and Tyranitar needs to work out how to ''move'' properly.
** This works in the hero's favor with the Maurader's Scizor, who is freshly evolved and [[FeelNoPain unused to his new armoured body]], allowing Bayleef to defeat him when she realizes this.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Ash's Mawile has this relationship with no less than ''three'' of her teammates: [[spoiler: Tyranitar, Goodra]] and Tyrantrum.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Oh, come on Wobbuffet. How much do we have to suffer. Worse, since we can actually ''understand'' him now, we can't escape...
* HypocriticalHumor:
** On occasions, Ash complains or wonders how some Pokémon is using a move they can't learn in games but common sense says should be able to use (like Rock Throw - all you have to do is... well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin pick up a rock and throw it]]). This is in spite of his Pokémon using moves they can't learn (Earthquake, used by [[spoiler:Pikachu]], or Aeroblast, used by [[spoiler:Pidgeot]]), moves that don't even exist (Volt Crash), attacks that aren't even moves at all (half the things [[spoiler:Squirtle]] does), and even [[spoiler:being able to use Pokémon moves (for example, Shadow Ball) himself]]. He is sometimes called on this, and admits it is a fair counter-point.
** [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Buneary tells Pachirisu that eating nuts is stereotypical... while eating a carrot, which the latter lampshades]].
* IChooseToStay:
** James's [[spoiler:Moltres]] was captured by accident, but when James gives her the option to be released, she chooses to remain instead.
** Even after [[spoiler: finding herself as a Honedge and a spirit inside a sword, the knight Kari Burns still pledges herself to Ash's service.]]
* IdeaBulb: One appears over Skitty's head in the Appeal she and May do in chapter 219. The judges ''think'' it's Flash...
* IdenticalGrandson: Ash to Sir Aaron, though there are too many generations in between for ''just'' grandson to be applicable.
* IdenticalStranger:
** Ritchie, more than one person has apparently mistaken him for Ash.
* IMeantToDoThat:
** May and Jessie both have this as a contingent plan for their contest appeals, in case a move doesn't work as planned.
** In a battle against a ninja Weezing in the trees, Casper tries to use a vine to pull a branch down and pin her in place, but the branch breaks, crashes into her, and she falls to the ground and is disqualified. Casper acts like that was his plan.
* ImprovisedPlatform: Blaziken can use Ethan's [[spoiler: (May's Porygon)]] Reflect screens as stepping stones. Later, Cinder, Max's Mightyena, uses Casper, his Shuppet, in the same way.
* IncestIsRelative: Suicune suffers a brief moment of {{Squick}} when she realizes that while she and Entei were created by Ho-Oh to be siblings, the Shiny Suicune and Entei were created by Molly to be her parents, thus making them ''spouses''.
* IndyPloy: May likes to employ these through [[RandomEffectSpell Skitty's Assist and Munchlax's Metronome.]] It certainly helps her when she fights a Shifty using Mind Reader to anticipate her movements.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Professor Oak takes several [[QuickNip swigs from a hip flask]] while Ash fills him in on the time travel situation.
* INeverToldYouMyName: Keldeo bumps into [[spoiler: Iris]] and says her name before she says it, leading them to go and talk about how.
* InnocentInnuendo: While Jessie and James are challenging Koga at the Fuchsia Gym, Meowth is led away by a female of his species who offers to help "remedy his depression" over feeling worthless as anything other than a translator. The next Jessie and James hear from him, he's crying out ecstatically, which {{Squick}}s them out to no end when they [[DidYouJustHaveSex realize the implications]]. Then Meowth walks in and proudly offers to ''show'' them why he's so happy now... before demonstrating that the female Meowth has taught him how to finally use Pay Day.
* InsaneTrollLogic: To Barry, if he can't remember what Pokemon a Legendary is, it's automatically a UFO. Later, he encounters Celebi in the bushes, and comes to the conclusion that time Pokemon are attracted to rhododendrons.
* InsistentTerminology: Mawile insists that [[spoiler:Larvitar]] is her little brother by virtue of the fact that he hatched after her, even though (due to time travel) he's actually ''three years older than her''. And as of Chapter 121, [[spoiler:he's twenty times larger than her, too, but...]]
-->'''Mawile:''' ...nope. Still my little brother.
-->'''[[spoiler:Tyranitar]]:''' I'm older than you and nearly twenty times your weight!
-->'''Mawile:''' Little brother means little brother. Size doesn't matter.
* InstantAIJustAddWater: [[spoiler: Dexter, as well as Gary and Professor Oak's Pokédexes, develop full sentience as a result of uploading all the information Dexter had cataloged from the future and become Porygons.]]
** [[spoiler: And now May and Max both have Porygon Pokédexes as well.]]
* InstantCostumeChange: Seviper lampshades how fast [[spoiler: Cosplaychu]] can change outfits.
* InsultBackfire: In 217, Harley tries to insult May, but she turns his insults into positives.
* InterfaceScrew:
** How Brock defeats Shingo, a trainer the group meets in Johto who battles with his laptop showing a data-based display that amounts to a typical Pokémon game battle. With Shingo fully focused on his laptop, Brock's [[MasterOfIllusion Stantler]] overlays his laptop display with an illusory display of a fictional battle, while keeping up an illusion of said fictional battle over the battlefield, ''while'' letting Shingo's Scizor basically [[StopHittingYourself beat himself up]] under the illusion via Confusion.
** The first trainer that Max faces in the Indigo League tries this by getting his [[VoiceChangeling Chatot]] to imitate Max's voice, but the referee soon puts a stop to that.
* InSpiteOfANail:
** Humorously, Ash and Pikachu still manage to wreck Misty's bike.
** Even though Ash and Co. manage to fix the problem with Jirachi by convincing Butler of the disastrous consequences of his plan, the {{Kaiju}} Groudon still appears when Magma Admin Blaise shows up and wishes for one. [[spoiler: And then it gets worse.]]
** Although May goes out of her way to try to be nice to Harley this time around, he still ends up antagonizing the group when he finds out she's friends with Ash - who had just [[CurbStompBattle roasted his Cacturne]] in the Lilycove Pokémon Contest.
** Celebi turns out to be invoking this, making sure Ash still meets the same Pokémon and companions from last time in mostly the same manner. Of course, she can't control ''everything''...
* IntellectualPropertyReligion: In-universe, with Squirtle saying that ''Gurren Lagann'' may be a TV show, but it's also a philosophy and a way of life.
** It's been revealed that this is pretty much how Squirtle work - they see something they think is awesome, and they dedicate themselves to it.
* IResembleThatRemark: Avoids doing it fully, but still gives us the humor.
* {{Irony}}:
** A book about Pokémon riding that Serena reads gives the advice that the Pokémon need to do light exercise after hard work to cool down - and gives the Fire-type Ponyta as an example.
** A talking fridge comes out to protest the outlandishness of seeing Legendaries, aliens, {{Sentai}} heroes and time travellers, and the former is the only thing Ash and Co. ''haven't'' encountered yet.
* ItTastesLikeFeet: When Max's new Aron Ferris is nicknamed, his Manectric Arc gives him a friendly lick.
--> '''Arc:''' ...you taste like bicycle.
* IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat:
** Ash was aware that Pokémon evolve around him unusually frequently, but Brock telling him some Pokémon take ''years'' of training to evolve when he was chatising Team Rocket for their evolution machine took him by surprise.
** A Houndour belonging to Team Magma doesn't think that erupting Mount Chimney would be a problem, since his Flash Fire ability means that lava doesn't hurt him. Cue Blaziken telling him that no, not all Pokémon have that ability.
** Maylene's Lucario figured that anyone could, with enough training, [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower punch through bricks and fight Pokémon with their bare hands]]. Of course, Ash's exploits on television don't help matters either.
* ItOnlyWorksOnce: [[spoiler:Squirtilite]] only works once: after use it breaks in a massive explosion of water.
* IWasJustJoking: [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7262793/166/Ashes-of-the-Past Chapter 166: Hoenn 39]]:
--> "This I've gotta hear," Terrakion chuckled. "What, did he eat it?"
--> "Yeah," Keldeo agreed.
* JediMindTrick: Lucario jokingly tries one on Brock, but it doesn't work.
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: During Ash's Gym Battle with Flannery, [[spoiler: Goomy ends up evolving into Sliggoo]] mid-battle, but while he is trying to adjust to now being blind, Flannery's Pyroar knocks him out. No-one, [[WhatTheHellHero not even Flannery,]] is impressed.
* KidFromTheFuture:
** Drew's Leafeon finds out that [[spoiler: her newly-produced egg is actually May's Glaceon]].
** [[spoiler: Brock's Zorua]] shapeshifts into one to prank her trainer and his girlfriend.
* KidnappedByTheCall: While Ritchie is on his Hoenn journey, Celebi appears and teleports him back to Johto ''to the previous day'' to help a Nurse Joy save her Pokémon Center as per canon, no matter what he says about it.
* KingOfAllCosmos: Arceus and the second Dialga and Palkia, much to Sir Aaron's dismay. "Every hour I'm in here with you guys, my image of the ''Kami'' becomes a little more tarnished..."
* {{Knighting}}: [[spoiler: For their efforts in saving the Mirage Kingdom, Ash and Co. end up with knighthoods. As well as a few bits of territory to call their own.]]
* KnowWhenToFoldEm:
** At one point, Team Rocket steals Dexter, planning on making a copy of all that useful data he'd cataloged over the years for themselves. By the time Ash and the others catch up to them, they're about to make their getaway in a jet that they'd acquired. Then the situation triggers [[spoiler: [[InstantAIJustAddWater Dexter's emergence as a full-fledged Porygon]].]] Jessie and James share a look, realize that this new development does not bode well for them, chuck Dexter out of the cockpit, and take off while they still can.
** Ash invokes this when Vulpix turns herself into a Nintetales by remarking that he will make sure to forfeit if Brock gets involved in Pokémon contests.
** ''Butch and Cassidy,'' of all people, get in on this when Ash shows up at one of their scams; they recognize him as the Indigo League Champion [[spoiler:and how one of his Pokémon beat back ''three Legendaries'']]. They waste no time skedaddling, not even bothering with a battle. Giovanni praises them for it.
** Jessie and James give lectures and classes at Team Rocket HQ on exactly this sort of situation- specifically, those revolving around Ash. Their advice: ''stay away from him.''
** Another group of Rockets, led by Butch and Cassidy, are spying on Professor Oak's lab and debating if they should go down and steal some of the Pokémon. Butch points out repeatedly that no, this would be a very bad idea due to the presence of an ex-champion that is Oak himself, and the abundance of Ash's Pokémon and Legendaries; he calls the Oak Corral "the hardest target in the country". They finally turn tail when they get noticed.

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[[folder: Tropes L - O]]

* LaboriousLaziness: Abra actually works pretty darn hard at being as lazy as possible. He is capable of teleporting Team Rocket to many places in a very short amount of time, creating shields that are capable of protecting them from ''Mewtwo'', and is able to stand on his own in Pokémon Matches ''far'' above his weight class... all in the name of getting a ''little'' extra sleep.
* LampshadeHanging: Some of the sillier/weirder/crazier stuff that happened in the anime gets commented on by the characters.
** Sabrina's father telling Ash that only "A Ghost-type Pokémon can defeat Sabrina," is lampshaded as not only is Ghost ''not'' immune to psychic powers, ''Dark'' types are super effective against Psychic-types, and the only Ghost-types in Kanto are also part Poison-types, which are ''very weak'' against Psychic types.
** Everyone can't help but comment that due to the disproportion of non-Rock-types to Rock-types in his possession, Brock's claim of being the Rock Gym Leader isn't very strong.
** After Arc is knocked out by Iwalani's Decidueye using the Bloom Doom Z-Move, the spectating Pikachu feels relieved that, for once, he's not the one on the receiving end of a Pokémon from a new region showing off their skills.
** The Rockets point out that Jessebelle's characterization doesn't really make sense. She acts like a gold digger... yet has enough disposable income to hire an army of mercenaries on a whim and get in contact with world-renowned criminals like Hunter J.
** In Chapter 252, the group approach a town they think is Hearthome City, but Cynthia corrects them in that it's actually ''Heartome'' City due to a misprinting error on the maps. The Japanese original anime episode had the location be just a random location, but the English translation had it mistakenly located in Hearthome City, hence the lampshade.
* LargeHam: Ash's Squirtle, oh so very much. Same with Gary's Blastoise. Ash has this to say about his Squirtle:
--> '''Ash:''' I've heard of showy, but that turtle takes the cake.
** [[spoiler: Mewtwo]] lampshaded it asking if Gary's Blastoise was feeling well.
** The aforementioned Squirtle and Blastoise are ''massive'' [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]] otaku, so it's justified... somewhat.
** Sceptile goes full [[IncomingHam royal herald]] when introducing [[spoiler: his son Chikorita]] to his family at his tree, due to a bet with his aunt.
* LaymansTerms: In 221, when a Deoxys shows up, Ferris has to keep prompting him to speak in terms others can understand.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: When Latios and his Latias paramour are together on a date in the garden, his sister plays romantic music.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Pikachu not remembering the anime episode with the Porygon, and the mention of epilepsy by Dexter, is [[DiscontinuityNod a reference to how the episode was banned as a result of epilepsy attacks it caused, and thus never shown out of Japan]].
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain:
** The events of the canon B-Button League and the hyper-powerful Magikarp and Feebas are this to Pikachu.
** Ash feels this way about his DisguisedInDrag canon moments, and in Chapter 209, he gets mad at Pikachu for bringing one up that he had managed to forget.
* LimbSensationFascination: May's new Spoink and Casper and Guy, Max's Shuppet and Shroomish, all go through this when they evolve.
* LimitBreak: Z-Moves.
* LivingCrashpad: Happens to Ash a couple of times when restoring unevolved Pokémon that end up spontaneously evolving and falling on top of him. Brock's Forretress and Ash's own Donphan are two examples.
** As is Ash's Glalie, who ends up flattening Lucario.
** Ash almost becomes one for Dawn.
** In the "Wish Maker" chapters, Houndoom uses [[DoppelgangerAttack Beat Up]] to cushion the fall of several Pokémon who had gotten caught up in the Pichu Brothers' antics.
* LivingLieDetector: Reshiram. [[spoiler:Ghetsis planned to use ExactWords and keep N ignorant so that he could get N and the Legendary to follow his plans, but N's ForWantOfANail experiences led to him questioning Ghetsis's doctrine and letting Reshiram see the deceit in his followers' hearts]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Even more so than in canon, given all of the main characters' Pokémon have their dialogue translated, their characterizations expanded, and are often rotated in and out of their teams. It's a testament to the author's skill that none of them have been DemotedToExtra yet.
** When [[spoiler: Mewtwo]] considers ''[=AshCon=]'', the convention for all of Ash's friends and Pokémon, he thinks he'll have to rent a whole city.
* LockedOutOfTheFight:
** Colonel Hansen's Mega Gengar has Shadow Tag, keeping its opponent Sceptile locked in and everyone else locked out.
** Serena is unaware that Dawn knows Ash. [[spoiler: Until Alamos's aftermath...]]
** During huge crises, Ash is often prepared to bring in his entire team to handle it, but sometimes circumstances happen to prevent Dexter's transceiver from working and keep the majority of Ash's team out of the way. Examples include [[Anime/PokemonJirachiWishmaker Team Magma's jammer in Forina]], the [[Anime/PokemonDestinyDeoxys ambient EM radiation in [=LaRousse=] City]], and [[Anime/PokemonTheRiseOfDarkrai the time-spatial warping in Alamos Town]] (which also works as a TeleportInterdiction field against Mewtwo and the Eon Twins' sight-sharing).
* LoopholeAbuse:
** In the Orange League, Cissy's racing challenge merely specifies that the trainer must ride on the Pokémon's back. It doesn't say anything about the Pokémon having to be a Water-type.
** In the Kanto Grand Festival, May uses a Splash Contest Seal to provide water for Glaceon's Ice Beam to get around the Appeal's one move limit.
** [[spoiler: When Tyrantrum is having trouble deciding what he should do, Ash realizes that there's no rule against him becoming ''Mawile's'' Pokemon...]]
* LoveHurts:
** Happens to both Brock and Charizard when they go back in time - the latter because Charla, his mate in the Charicific Valley, no longer remembers him, the former because [[spoiler: Professor Ivy, [[TheLostLenore his first true love that was lost]] in another dimension from a FreakLabAccident, is now alive and well]].
** Far more humorously, James' various Grass-type Pokémon tell him that they constantly {{Glomp}} on him because he feels/smells "Really nice to Grass-types." Given that thus far this includes a pitcher plant with fangs, a Venus flytrap and a ''cactus'', he doesn't feel the same way. It's taken to a head when he visits a Grass Pokémon reserve and is literally buried in its residents.
** Sceptile's meeting with Meganium [[YouRemindMeOfX brings up a few bad memories about his love life.]]
* MagicAIsMagicA: Magic and Aura are not the same: Aura is self-directed, while spirits guide magic. Using Aura to alter the effects of Magic can lead to catastrophic results, as is trying to do one using the other. Ash almost died when he tried to use Aura to reverse the spell that transformed him into a Riolu - Aura doesn't have the the safeguards and it's near-impossible to track all of the "fiddly little bits" of such physical alterations.
** There are three powers that humans can acquire that give them abilities on par with Pokémon, and all are exclusive to one another - Psychic powers, Aura, and Magic. Each has their own rules and abilities.
* MagikarpPower: The TropeNamer in action, as this time around, James puts in the effort of actually training the Magikarp he bought from that con artist and ends up with a Gyarados that doesn't just want to blast him into the middle of next month.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: [[spoiler:After Vicious (the Iron-Masked Marauder) is captured, he has a stroke in prison - courtesy of Giovanni's Persian and its [[PsychicSurgery Shadow Claw.]]]]
* ManChild:
** The Shamouti bird trio act incredibly immaturely, to the point that their Lugia (rightly) claims that his ''young son'' is more mature than they are.
** [[spoiler:Groudon and Kyogre act a bit like this, even whining to Rayquaza like kids trying to blame their argument on each other. In chapter 200, Rayquaza ''finally'' has enough, tells them off, and makes them get off of their butts and do their jobs like they're ''supposed'' to]].
* ManySpiritsInsideOfOne: Spiritomb, of course. The one Ash battled that was sealed in canon has about 24 spirits that are fairly stable and reasonable, and the rest are revenge crazy.
* MeanwhileInTheFuture: The story frequently cuts to the sub-dimensional bubble where Arceus, Sir Aaron, Dialga, and Palkia play lots and lots of board games while waiting for Ash's changes to the timeline to take effect. Now, they've progressed to VideoGame/SengokuBasara, VideoGame/PokemonConquest and VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon via Arceus's reality warping.
* MeteorOfDoom: [[spoiler: The Delta Episode. And despite what Zinnia thinks, it's going to take a lot more than just Rayquaza to get rid of this high-speed, mountain-sized problem.]]
* MidBattleTeaBreak:
** A literal one happens during Ash's gym battle against Erica. [[spoiler: Ivysaur]] and Gloom are locked in a stalemate against each other, easily healing any ScratchDamage the other manages to inflict. During that time, Erica and Misty enjoy a SpotOfTea, a bored Ash starts looking up the record for the longest Pokémon match in history, and both Pokémon resort to using the nearest computer to look up their movesets in search of anything that will turn the tide one way or another.
** [[spoiler: Mew]] teleports off mid-battle between Max and Sabrina to go get some lollipops.
** When Teams Aqua and Magma are trying to steal the meteorite at Mount Chimney, while two of their members are playing tug of war with it, their Poochyena are just watching the battle placidly and deadpanning to each other about their trainers.
** Barry's Smeargle calls a break during a battle with an Onix because Barry keeps asking it to use moves it hasn't Sketched yet.
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:While it seems that something interfered with its planned orbit, it seems that the Delta Episode asteroid nearly destroyed the world because the Deoxys using it as a transport failed to keep an eye on its path. Parallels are made to letting cruise control run wild for 50,000 years]].
* MindProbe: The [[spoiler: Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon]] uses one on Pikachu to extract memory data on all the Legendaries he has seen (which is a lot).
* MirrorMatch:
** Ritchie Getem and Ash's battle is deliberately made to have this vibe.
** [[spoiler:The Mirage Pokémon battle is also this, with the caveat that the Mirage Pokemon are essentially NighInvulnerable]].
* MissedHimByThatMuch:
** When Dawn travels to the Hoenn Grand Festival, Celebi tries to get her and Ash to meet, but keeps failing.
** When Ash goes to find the Battle Pyramid near Cerulean City, he finds that it moved less than a day earlier.
* MissionFromGod:
** Arceus himself gave Ash the mission of making sure Cyrus doesn't succeed.
** Ritchie is on another one due to his destiny entanglement with Ash.
* MismatchedEyes: One of May's opponents in the Kanto Grand Festival, Vivio, has them. Vivio, of course, was directly "[[ShoutOut borrowed]]" from ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid''.
* TheMole: As in canon, Lance is one for Team Magma. [[spoiler: This time, Misty does the same for Team Aqua]].
* MonsterAdventurers:
** Raikou started his own version of this by [[spoiler: going around fighting the Johto Gyms for badges. Using himself. He does manage to get all eight badges of the Johto Area before challenging Ash again.]]
** [[spoiler: Mawile catches a Pokémon of her own: a pacifist Tyrantrum.]]
* MoreDakka: Muk's typical battle strategy is to use ''all'' the [=TMs=] he's eaten at the same time. The first time he did this, he performed about twenty attacks in about three seconds. The result practically obliterated Whitney's gym.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7262793/166/Ashes-of-the-Past Chapter 166]]: Giovanni's Persian can display a scarily large amount of teeth:
--> Persian chose that moment to yawn, displaying a great deal of teeth.
--> "If that's all?"
--> Jessie, James and Meowth did not quite flee the room.
* MotivationOnAStick: {{Lampshaded}}: when Mawile helps her friend Tyrantrum eat cotton candy by sitting on his nose and holding it out in front of him on a stick and string, Tyrantrum comments that he feels like he ought to be running.
* MuggingTheMonster:
** Happens when Misty encounters the Invincible Pokémon Brothers trying to horn in on Cerulean Gym. When she offers to battle them for the gym, they instantly accept... only to learn too late that their opponent has a Mega Gyarados[[spoiler: and is the newest member of the Elite 4]].
** Team Rocket's re-encounter with Rico the Poison-type poacher ends up going this way.
---> '''James:''' Hey Jessie, did we do the motto?
---> '''Jessie:''' We didn't do the motto.
---> '''James:''' Poor guy, he didn't get that chance to surrender.
** [[CheatersNeverProsper Anthony and his world's most powerful Pokémon Pelipper]] end up on the wrong end of this when he comes across Ash and Co.
* MundaneUtility:
** Psychic-type Pokémon are often used as [=LinesPokémon=] to keep stray attacks from hitting spectators. Also, Pokémon like Diglett and moves like Grassy Terrain are used to rebuild damaged battlefields.
** Vulpix uses Safeguard to carry a Fire Stone without triggering her evolution into Ninetales before Brock has properly paid for the Stone.
** Brock uses Charizard's and Quilava's flames and Torkoal's heat for cooking. [[spoiler: Audino also does the same for Team Rocket using Moltres's flames.]]
** [[spoiler: Mewtwo]] can use his telekinesis for movie special effects. As can most Porygon.
** Mimey (Delia's Mr. Mime) can use his Reflect to avoid getting pricked by his sewing.
** [[spoiler: Glaceon]] can help make ice lollies.
** Karen's Absol uses her DangerSense to fast-forward past movie commercials to exactly the right spot in the film. Because going too far is a disaster.
*** She can even sense when a movie is so bad it's a disaster.
** [[spoiler: Latias]] uses her telekinesis to paint.
** The Lucario Kingdom in Sinnoh uses a Mega Lucario to play Baccer. [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength Unfortunately, said Mega Lucario is more than strong enough to destroy the ball completely.]]
** The Shiny Entei avoids flossing by simply incinerating anything in his mouth that can't withstand volcanic temperatures.
** Celebi uses time travel to go into the future, and retrieve a sequel book, which hasn't been written yet, to one she just finished reading so she won't have to wait for it.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: In Oreburgh City, the group meets and befriends a reanimated Tyrunt, a Pokémon whose evolutionary line is known for its brutality, that is a pacifist and dislikes seeing other Pokémon getting hurt.
* MythologyGag:
** Arceus creates a second Dialga to send Ash into the past, and later creates a second Palkia to round out his gaming group. In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Heart Gold and Soul Silver]]'', Arceus could create a copy of one of the Sinnoh Dragons if brought to the Sinjoh Ruins.
** Ash mentions having Dexter develop a way to jailbreak [=TMs=] so they could be used more than once while they were in Unova during the original timeline.
** Ash using Charizard, Ivysaur, and a Squirtle for his battle against Erika in Celadon City, much like [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl's Pokémon Trainer]].
*** Later in a three-on-three, Meganium, Quilava and Totodile use a Triple Finish, Johto version, against Wattson and his team.
** James expresses surprise at not whiting out and waking up at the Pokémon Center after running out of usable Pokémon during a battle.
** Ash and Gary [[spoiler:face each other in the finals of the Indigo League]].
** Casey and her Rattata execute the FEAR strategy [[note]]'''F'''ocus Sash, '''E'''ndeavor, Quick '''A'''ttack, '''R'''attata [[/note]] on Ash's Charizard.
** [[spoiler:May and Max's new Pokédex (soon to be Porygon) AIs]] are named [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Ethan and Kris]] respectively.
** The Entei from ''Spell of the Unown'' knows how to use Sacred Fire. In Gen VI of the games, Sacred Fire was added to Entei's movepool.
*** [[spoiler: And Ho-Oh ends up teaching it to Ash's own Entei as well.]]
** The Battle Tower near Olivine City, which only made a cameo in the anime, is visited. On its wall, there is a coat-of-arms with the official motto [[{{Website/Smogon}} Nil Sine Pokémon]][[note]]Nothing without Pokémon[[/note]].
** James still has the infamous Moltres costume. [[spoiler: Strangely, Moltres is now interested in him.]]
** The [[spoiler:third]] personality that assists Ash during his battle with Sabrina's [[IceQueen dark side]] and [[CreepyChild creepy inner child]] is the [[spoiler:[[NiceGirl gentle, jovial]] [[{{Miko}} shrine maiden]] [[AdaptationalHeroism incarnation]] from [[Manga/TheElectricTaleOfPikachu the Electric Tail manga]]]] side who represents her childhood dreams before her powers.
** In chapter 147, Carnivine encourages a Sunkern to become an athlete and mentions how the team that beat Jessie and James during the Pokéathalon had a Sunkern MVP. [[LethalJokeCharacter Sunkern]] is one of the few Pokémon capable of achieving five stars for all of the Pokéathalon's events.
** Team Rocket's newest cell member is [[spoiler: the famous cosplaying Pikachu from ORAS.]]
** Chapter 151 gives Ash and Co. a new tagalong: Mew. She only stays for that chapter, though.
** When Winona hears about a Pikachu flying, she asks if someone tied balloons to one again.
** When Dawn hears Dexter talking, she wonders if [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon he's a Rotom]].
** As it turns out, Dawn's last name is [[Manga/PokemonAdventures Berlitz]].
** [[spoiler:The Delta episode interrupts the Hoenn league]].
** Pikachu considers [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon getting a cap just like Ash's]].
** While meeting Lucy, Max wonders why her Battle Pike has that name. Lucy says that it used to be called the Battle Tube (its name in the Japanese versions), but marketing thought it wasn't dramatic enough.
** May's present for Ash's 14th birthday is a Poké-ball alarm clock... that won't break if he throws it at the wall.
** Ritchie's grandparents [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon live in Alola]].
** Dawn is messaging Serena.
** Max considers teaching his Aron Ferris the moves Sandstorm and Endeavor to make use of his Sturdy ability, which is the beginning of the SABER strategy [[note]] '''S'''andstorm, '''A'''ron, Shell '''B'''ell, '''E'''ndeavor, Stu'''R'''dy [[/note]].
** During his run the Indigo League, Max faces off against Pete Pebbleman on the Ice Field, as Ash did in the old timeline.
** Chapter 252 has Gary go back to his Pokémon Rival roots and teleport to Sinnoh to challenge Ash out of nowhere.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7262793/166/Ashes-of-the-Past Chapter 166]]: Censoring profanity by LeaningOnTheFourthWall with the idea of unprintable speech:
--> The Electric-type legendary grumbled something unprintable.
* NegatedMomentOfAwesome:
** Ash's [[spoiler: Goomy]], Max's Shroomish and Shuppet, and ''many'' other trainers' Pokémon are all proof that evolving mid-battle doesn't necessarily guarantee victory.
** [[spoiler: Rayquaza's DynamicEntry via [[DeathFromAbove Dragon Ascent]] is brought to a halt when he rams into not Groudon, but ''Primal'' Groudon.]]
* NeverLiveItDown: In-Universe:
** Brock is starting to get this feeling when people say he's more of an "Illusion" Gym Leader than a Rock Gym Leader.
** Entei and his HairDecorations.
* NiceHat: Sir Aaron's hat, which [[spoiler: grants its wearer the Dark subtype.]] This protects Ash from [[spoiler:Psychic-types and mind reading.]] As a Running Gag, it also sometimes prevents [[spoiler:telepathy from Psychic-types, more often than not ones on Ash's team.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: All the levels that Ash [[TookALevelInBadass took in badass]] when he got sent back in time come back to bite him (but mostly Brock and Misty) in ''Spell of the Unown'', as Molly, inspired by Ash's success at the Pokémon League, utilized some of his strategies during her battles against them. [[UpToEleven And since she was already capable of curb-stomping them in canon...]]
* NighInvulnerable: [[spoiler:The Mirage Pokemon are so dangerous because they can take hits that would knock out a real Pokémon and keep going. Even a ''Volt Crash'' by Pikachu only disables his counterpart briefly, and even if one is thrown out of simulation range, the system can instantly render another one to replace it]].
** [[spoiler:Mewtwo hits ''his'' Mirage double with a massive psychic blast, basically an unfocused Hyper Beam, and while it's damaged, the system heals it within seconds]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** A [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_McGuire_(volcanologist) Dr. MacGuire]] appears to describe the crisis during [[spoiler: the Delta Episode]].
** Todd visits the home of [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Atsuko_Nishida Atsuko Nishida]], who owns a lot of Eevee.
* NoEndorHolocaust: Given that Ash and Co. chose to skip the events of Porta Vista, that means the crazy developer Nastina was not stopped trying to develop the Tentacool shores and the Tentacool would still invade and try to destroy the city... [[AvertedTrope if Dexter hadn't anonymously notified the authorities]].
** This trope is [[EnforcedTrope enforced]] by [[spoiler: Mewtwo]], [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome who makes sure all of Ash's movie-level adventures don't have global repercussions.]]
** [[spoiler:The fragments causing an aversion of this is why they can't just smash the Delta Episode asteroid into pieces. When Mega Rayquaza ''does'' end up smashing it, specific care is made to make sure that the pieces are deflected away from Earth]].
* NoKillLikeOverkill:
** The three moves Charizard, Pikachu and Pidgeot unload on Falkner's team during Ash's gym battle with him: [[NukeEm Blast Burn]], Volt Crash and [[spoiler: [[FrickinLaserBeams Aeroblast]]]].
*** And later Pikachu uses Volt Crash on Morty's Jellicent, just because he feels like it.
** Muk. When your default strategy is a multi-attack ''BeamSpam'', this almost always applies.
** Frustrated with his underlings' continuous failed attempts to [[spoiler: kidnap Manaphy, Captain Phantom]] finally decides that enough is enough and he's going to send ''every man, machine and Pokémon'' he has on one overwhelming assault to get his prey. [[spoiler: But against a Legendary like Ho-Oh, that's still not enough.]]
** [[spoiler: Max's Deoxys battles a Mega Sharpedo and ends up throwing all the water out of the battlefield]].
* NoNameGiven: The trainer of the Graveler May and Skitty face in chapter 219's contest is only referred to as "Graveler's trainer", with the judges even lampshading it at one point.
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler:When Mewtwo realizes he's facing a Mewtwo, he empathises with him, first for thinking he's in the same WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds state that he was, then when he realizes it's akin to him under Giovanni]].
* NotWhatItLooksLike:
** A group of Rangers mistakes Raikou's challenge with Ash as him trying to poach the Legendary.
** Later, Manaphy's training is mistaken by Jackie as an attempt by Phantom to kidnap him.
* NoSell:
** What happens when a Shedinja with a Mimicked Entrainment move Entrains its Wonder Guard ability onto a Spiritomb? Two Pokémon who, between them, can do this to every damaging move in the game. Colonel Hansen managed to pull this combo off during the adventure in the Mirage Kingdom, but luckily, Misty's Togekiss had just the right moveset to circumvent their defenses.
** What Magic Bounce does to all non-damaging moves. [[spoiler: Even Aura Purge.]]
** [[spoiler:Reshiram has N try to capture him in a Poke Ball, but he's so strong that when he's caught off guard by the sensation, his struggling causes the Poke Balls to ''explode'', forcing N to keep going back to the store for better options]].
** The effect of any Poké-ball on a caught Pokémon. Even [[spoiler: a Master Ball on Ash's Ho-Oh]].
** The King of PokéAtlantis's DemonicPossession is technically a Psychic-type ability. [[spoiler: Guess what happens when he tries it on a Dark-type.]]
* NonSequiturThud: When Pikachu fries Roxanne's Golem, he lets out one of these before collapsing. As does Brawly's Conkeldurr.
* NoodleIncident:
** Brock's extremely negative reaction to hearing Professor Ivy's name in this fic is implied to be because [[spoiler: she became trapped in the realm of the Unown after a FreakLabAccident, and Brock felt guilty about being unable to save her the first time around. The fact that he uses his foreknowledge to prevent this the second time through]] is therefore why he is okay with mentioning her again when they all go to Johto, especially since they've actually hooked up.
** Pikachu and Co.'s misadventures with the Pichu brothers also count. During the [[{{Anime/PokemonJirachiWishmaker}} Millennium Festival]], one said misadventure ended with them stuck on a roller-coaster gone haywire.
** An experiment investigating Diglett's sensitivity to ultrasonics that left Professor Ivy's lab CoveredInMud.
** [[spoiler: Keldeo]] has had more than a few flying Pokémon try to use his horn as a perch. And he's amazed at what has tried.
** The Pichu Bros getting stuck in Ash's BagOfHolding.
** Mawile apparently once tried to get ''Tyranitar'' to fly by bribing some Pidgey, but she couldn't get enough to pull it off.
** Apparently there are some model train enthusiasts in Saffron that actively ask Sabrina to turn them into dolls.
** After Max gets a badge from Erika, Celebi shows up congratulating them for something that she forgot had unhappened.
** Apparently Barry's dad once let him borrow his Dragonite, and he told it to use Hyper Beam. Apparently, only two trees got knocked down, because a third was completely blown to splinters.
** Zorua once teamed up with Casper to pull a prank that involved her pretending to be a sombero for two entire hours.
** Lucario downloading courtly romance novels and somehow keeping Dexter from realizing who did it.
* NoSenseOfDirection: Ash's complete lack of such is emphasized and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in this story.
** This helps them to get to Shamouti Island the day before they arrived in the previous timeline.
** Dexter has a GPS built in, so this is somewhat averted... but in order to collect various plot coupons and friendly Pokémon, they still tend to go far out of their way to where they went the first time.
** Silver tries to go to the Temple of the Sea... and somehow goes from the sea to up a ''river'' without noticing.
* NotQuiteFlight: Ash's team used in his battle with Winona are all Pokémon that are not Flying-type or have Levitate, but can still fly in a variety of bizarre ways.
** This is apparently Mawile's hobby: help as many Pokémon as she can to fly.
** Max's Charmander Corona eventually manages to hover, and she can even fly via a flame construct. She can't maintain it for long, but it's impressive.
* ObviousRulePatch:
** Koga has to keep doing this when people start CuttingTheKnot on his Gym challenge, like Abra teleporting Team Rocket through.
** Cissy of the Orange Crew has to specify the use of non-Flying types in her racing challenge, after Ash won it using his supersonic Pidgeot.
** [[spoiler:To balance out Jirachi, Sabrina's Mew friend agrees to help with Max's battle. After they transform into a Groudon, Sabrina clarifies and bans transformations]].
** [[spoiler: Manaphy has his use of Heart Swap in Contests restricted after the judges learn what [[FreakyFridayFlip his version]] [[GameBreaker does]].]]
** Arceus does this to foil the [=PMDing=] God Squad and their plans to beat Groudon by soaking him via a Diglett-dug canal.
** After an attempt by a Contest trainer with a Musharna who tried to put the audience and judges to sleep and give them dreams of a good performance four years ago, they added a rule that "the performance must happen''.
** When the God Squad uses Palkia's SpaceMaster abilities to look through Dungeon floors one at a time (because they're only getting paid 10% of their mission reward and don't want to put in the effort), Arceus, after warning them, patches it in a way that avoids breaking immersion... by causing the portal to open into a water filled floor.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome:
** Everything [[spoiler: Mewtwo]] does during movie events to [[EnforcedTrope enforce]] NoEndorHolocaust.
** [[spoiler: Gary's Kalos League victory]].
** [[spoiler: The Lake Trio browbeating Kyogre into creating rainstorms to soak up the heat from any Delta meteor fragment that make it into the atmosphere.]]
** [[spoiler: The majority of Ho-Oh wiping out an entire Phantom Pirate military battalion, complete with attack helicopters and missiles.]]
** Molly's Gym Battle with Gardenia.
** Mawile managing to calm a revived Tyrunt down.
* OhCrap:
** Ash and Pikachu's reaction to [[spoiler: Lt. Surge's Thunderstone accidentally making contact with Pikachu.]]
** A similar reaction happens when Team Ketchum gets blown to Shamouti Island, since they remember full well all the trouble that happened there.
** When [[spoiler: Pikachu gets captured in a Dark Ball]], this is ''everyone's'' reaction.
** Frequently paraphrased with these three words: [[ThisIsGonnaSuck "That's torn it."]]
** [[spoiler: Professor Yung's]] reaction when [[spoiler: Dexter tells his Mirage system to create a Riolu, a Pokémon with AlwaysLawfulGood ingrained into it and thus giving his system a conscience.]]
* OhNoNotAgain:
** Gary frequently says this whenever he sees Ash's escapades on the news.
** Brock has this reaction when, for the second time a row, a Rockruff that Professor Ivy gets for him [[spoiler: turns out to be a Zorua in disguise]]. Luckily, the second time was just his first [[spoiler: Zorua]] playing a joke; he really did get a Rockruff.
* {{Omake}}: [[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/ashes-of-the-past-pokemon-peggy-sue.258921/page-762#post-18321025 One set after the 18th movie]], in which [[spoiler: Hoopa summons four alternate Ashes for an impromptu chat.]]
** These [[spoiler: other Ashes? The canon one, the [[FanFic/MasterPokemon Master, Pokémon?]] one, one who managed to save Lucario at the end of the eighth movie (based on a one-shot by Saphroneth), and one ''who is a Mew'' (originally based on a reviewer's comment, but which Saphroneth eventually made another Master, Pokémon? series about this Ash)]].
* {{Omniglot}}: Adept enough aura users can easily communicate with Pokémon, and Pokémon with similar skill in aura can do so with any human. Much of the humor in the fic is the result of Ash and Co. being able to fully communicate with their Pokémon, becoming more aware of their... quirks. Molly Hale also gained this ability as a result of her encounter with the Unown.
** Ritchie develops the ability to communicate with Pokémon through his PsychicPowers.
** Steve from the Silver Conference can also can communicate with his Pokémon, though the how isn't explained.
* OneDegreeOfSeparation:
** Falkner apparently captured the Aerodactyl that Ash and Co. released in Kanto.
** May's mother Caroline and Serena's mother Grace were once rivals in their youth, and as a result, Serena becomes Dawn's pen-pal.
*** [[spoiler: And once Serena realizes all the connections between her and the famous trainer Ash, she's thrown for a loop.]]
** One of Ash's Butterfree's children joins Drew on his journey.
* OneHitKO: [[spoiler:Lucario's first battle against a Mirage Machoke has him do enough damage to knock out or stun a Machoke with his first blow. After that, Yung adjust things so that his opponent will register battle-ending damage with a flash and continue on]].
* OneSteveLimit:
** A CharacterOfTheDay that Ash and Co. meet in Johto is also named Cyrus.
** Why Max's Mightyena is nicknamed "Cinder" and not "Ash" or "Ashes".
** Averted when Ash and Co. arrive in the Kingdom of Rota, where there ''three'' Lucario present, none with nicknames (Ash's Lucario, Aaron's Lucario, and the Royal Messenger Lucario from Sinnoh).
** When throwing a tournament, and deciding the order via slips from a hat, the ranch Pokémon forget to account for the non-nicknamed multiples at first.
** In the Kanto Grand Festival, May faces a Gary that's ''not'' Ash's rival. She's surprised for a moment at first, but admits in hindsight that it makes sense for there to be more than one Gary.
** Captain Phantom's Chatot is nicknamed Casey. [[spoiler:It confuses a certain Zapdos when he meets the smaller Flying type, given that he was recently playing baseball with a trainer with that same name]].
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Yes, even in a fanfiction. The author's British accent accidentally slips through occasionally, such as calling Ho-oh a "Whacking great phoenix," or Ash calling his mother "Mum" when typically he (Ash) speaks with a more North-American version of English.
** Chapter 54 has Meowth refer to a game as "football" and {{lampshade}}s the SeparatedByACommonLanguage by having Victreebel ask what kind and Meowth say that this "ain't Unova or Orre", both {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s to parts of America. Japanese is actually one of the ''few'' languages where the word for football/soccer is derived from the latter word rather than the former.
* OriginalCharacter:
** Jessie and James catch a Cubone and an Abra, respectively, and later have an Audino added to their cell.
** Ash hatches a Mawile, and later has a [[spoiler: Honedge]] added to his team.
** Misty gets her hands on a Kabuto, which evolves into a Kabutops in the middle of a fight against [[spoiler: Entei]], and later captures a Chinchou. And she uses a Milotic [[spoiler: during her time as a Team Aqua [[TheMole mole]]]].
** Max [[spoiler: gets an Electrike as a starter]], later captures a Mantyke, and gets a Charmander from Professor Oak. He also hatches an Aron.
** Professor Ivy gives Brock a [[spoiler: Rockruff, that turns out to be a disguised Zorua. He later gets an ''actual'' Rockruff.]]
** At the daycare where she originally got Glaceon, May gets a Joltik egg.
** A revived Tyrunt/Tyrantrum joins Ash's team... in a fashion.
* {{Otaku}}: Ash's Squirtle, Gary's Blastoise and ''the entire'' Squirtle evolutionary family are all {{Otaku}} of one type or another.
* OutOfFocus: The Team Rocket Trio in Johto only really make appearances in the movies and Mewtwo Returns, aside from short scenes back in the Rocket base. This is mainly because they don't follow Ash around anymore, as he's proven himself capable to Giovanni, and they have proven themselves as great for PR.
** Somewhat surprisingly, the author has managed to avoid this in regards to Ash's Pokémon, almost all of whom get to have a shot at at least one Gym after they leave. However, the ''[[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters sheer number]]'' of Pokémon that he manages to collect mean that there are those which aren't seen by the reader for long periods of time. Almost all of them manage to come back for the [[Anime/PokemonHeroes Altomare incident]], though.
* OutsideContextProblem:
** [[spoiler:The Delta Episode asteroid is something that never happened in the original timeline, so Ash and company have no forewarning for it]].
** [[spoiler:The Mirage Pokemon situation was never encountered in the original timeline either, leaving everyone completely unprepared, especially when Mewtwo gets a good look at his Mirage double and realizes what he's fighting]].
* OverlyPrePreparedGag: This seems to be the case during Max's gym battle with Juan.
-->''(Juan throws out Dive Ball which has contest seals on it)''
-->'''Juan''': Whoops, I seem to have forgotten to remove the seals.
-->''(Dive Ball releases a Sealeo)''
-->'''Juan''': See? I forgot to remove the [[IncrediblyLamePun seals]].

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[[folder: Tropes P - S]]

* ParanoiaFuel: InUniverse - After [[spoiler:The first new timeline Team Galactic run-in, and the weird amnesia thing]] Ash looks through Aaron's notebooks for info, but can't find any, and even worries that he might be unable to perceive it if it ''is'' there.
* ParalysisByAnalysis: When approaching an island surrounded by whirlpools, Ash and Co. take so long trying to figure out the best solution to get around them from all their available options that they end up in the whirlpool itself.
* ParentalSubstitute:
** All but stated to be the relationship between Keldeo and the other Swords of Justice, who adopted him as an apprentice after his parents died. The author justifies there being other Keldeo at one point, as Canon!Keldeo had to come from ''somewhere''.
** [[spoiler: The Shiny Entei and Suicune]] served as this for Molly while her real parents were gone.
* ParryingBullets: Any Pokémon with a suitable blade move can do this.
** Ash can do it too, thanks to his Aura-charged ceremonial sword. [[spoiler: Even against Legendary attacks.]]
* PassThePopcorn:
** When the Legendary Beasts and [[spoiler: their shiny counterparts]] come by to watch Ash battle Morty, Suicune asks Entei to make them all some popcorn.
** James does this while the [=TRio=] watches Ash meet up with Dawn for the first time this timeline.
* PassingTheTorch: During the Johto saga, [[spoiler:three of the Elite Four decide to step down from their positions: Lorelei (so she can focus on her writing career), Agatha (due to her age), and Lance (so he can fully take on the responsibilities as Grand Champion of the Kanto and Johto leagues). Subsequently, Karen, Will, and Misty (who beat out Koga due to her heightened skill as a result of the time travel) are admitted in to take their places. Ash is also recruited as an opponent for exhibition matches with the old line-up, including Bruno, the only one who's staying]].
** Koga [[spoiler: doesn't protest not getting the E4 slot]], as he's still working to train up his successor for the Fuchsia Gym, his daughter Janine.
* PedestrianCrushesCar: May's Blaziken has done this more than a few times, especially after unlocking his Speed Boost ability.
* PeggySue: The basic premise of the story.
* PerceptionFilter:
** The old [[MasterOfIllusion Ninetales]] that Brock's team encounters is so good at this, she can camouflage an entire house and make it so that people actively change direction and go around it and not notice anything's wrong.
** For some reason, [[spoiler: when Team Galactic first appears, Zorua, Kari and Suicune can't even see them or register being hit by their attacks, and even the memories fade fairly quickly. Even indirect information like written notes don't help, as the affected fail to remember why the notes are even important]].
* PercussiveMaintenance:
** In Chapter 1, when Dexter fails to register Ho-Oh, Ash hits the machine with his hand to restore its memories. It registers Ho-Oh… and reports that it has data on pretty much all Pokémon in existence up to this point… and then reveals himself to have become a fully functional AI.
** How Ash and the Tree of Beginning trek group stop the glitchy Regi golems.
*** And it's also how Regigigas updates them. As it turns out, punch "card" was a mistranslation.
* PiratesVersusNinjas: Mentioned when Tyson's Meowth appears.
** Also mentioned in 210 when the group runs into a ninja training group after the Phantom Pirates attack again.
* PlotTumor:
** Ash having Legendary Pokémon. Sure, Ho-Oh gives him his Poké-ball as soon as Ash goes back in time, but this stays in the background throughout all of Kanto and the Orange Islands and the first third or so of Johto, much to the phoenix's chagrin. After the "Spell of the Unown" chapters comes the subplots of Keldeo and then the legendary beasts joining up with Ash, and much of the action other than Gym battles and fighting evil organizations is about Ash and his other Pokémon interacting with the legendaries. Granted, most of canon Johto is filler, and the author needed something to contribute to the plot instead, even if that meant going temporarily OffTheRails.
*** More specifically, this is the Johto Beasts and their challenge to see if Ash can catch them- given that Ho-Oh allows himself to be captured in the first five chapters, it's very much only present in the middle of Johto. Past that point, while Ash does pick up the occasional Legendary they are mostly treated as very strong normal Pokémon, save by anyone not familiar with Ash.
** In a similar vein, events in Hoenn are expanded to incorporate Mega Stones and Mega Evolution, but this isn't as egregious due to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
* [[PersonofMassDestruction Pokémon of Mass Destruction]]: Charizard learned Blast Burn. Also Victini used V-Generate/V-Create against Hiroshima and Nagasaki[=/=]Slateport in the last World War.
** Ash ''keeps blowing up Gyms.''
** Pikachu and his new Hyper Beam-tier SignatureMove: '''Volt Crash'''.
** Max later starts following in Ash's footsteps.
** When the gang meets the new Kanto Fairy-type Gym Leader during the Battle Frontier arc, she mentions how her Pokemon keep damaging the Gym, leading Max to say that she's Ash as a Gym leader. We see it in the battle with Max, though May does blame Ash a bit for getting Max into the habit. Apparently Juvia and Gray were bred for excessive power, and the others got overpowered trying to keep up with them.
** Molly is shown to be following in Ash's footsteps as well, as the results of her battle with Gardenia show.
** When Max shows up to the Cerulean Gym, in Ash's company, the sisters all start taking anything they want to save into a bunker and tell him not to use any Pokemon capable of destroying the building.
* [[AvengersAssemble Pokémon Assemble!]]: [[spoiler:As a result of the Fossil Pokémon Apocalypse above, Ash is forced to summon ''every single Pokémon on his team'' to help combat it alongside several other trainers in town for the festival (except for a few who due to responsibilities couldn't make it)]].
* PolarOppositeTwins: Sabrina's Espeon evolved at sunset, with his brother evolving into an Umbreon 20 seconds later out of happiness for him.
* PowerIncontinence:
** While not an overly dangerous version, [[spoiler: Mewtwo]] tends to overwhelm people when he forgets to tone down the natural aura of power he projects. He's quite sorry when he does it unintentionally.
** Ash can control his Aura-Reminding of past Pokémon with a single touch, but awkward moments when he forgets to turn it off have occurred, especially when the Reminded Pokémon evolves. One example is reminding his Donphan's egg, who immediately evolves off the shelf where his egg was and [[LivingCrashpad onto his trainer]].
** Jirachi, as the Wish Pokémon, has to grant every wish he hears, whether he wants to or not. [[spoiler: Fixed when [[StatingTheSimpleSolution Max wishes for Jirachi to only grant the wishes he wants to]], though even then, Ash and Co. have to be careful what they say around him.]]
** [[spoiler: When Absol Mega Evolves for the first time, her [[SpiderSense disaster-sense]] is ramped up to the point that the sheer amount of future information [[MySkullRunnethOver overloads her mind]], [[SuperPowerMeltdown causing her to go berserk.]]]]
** Suicine is unable to turn her water purification effect ''off''. Once she purged a pool of chlorine by mistake, and the Shiny once accidentally spilled some tea on her paws while drinking it and turned the entire cup into distilled water.
* PragmaticVillain: Giovanni. He wants to conquer the world and convince the world he ''should'' have power ([[VillainWithGoodPublicity thus, he has it with no trouble]]), but, as pointed out above, [[EvilVersusOblivion he's also making sure the world doesn't get destroyed]]. Also, there's what he has to say on the power to [[RealityWarper remake reality]]:
-->'''Giovanni''': "There are some morons out there who actually try to get this one. Don't. [...] Useful, I'll admit, but far too flashy - And dangerous to acquire. And Team Rocket does not like risk. Agents risk, the Team endures".
* {{Precursors}}: The civilizations of Pokémopolis and Pokéatlantis, two advanced ancient civilizations with an intense rivalry. The ancient Giant Pokémon sealed all over the world that Ash and Co. keep running into are the results of their genetic optimization and enhancement. [[spoiler: They also did research into Mega Evolution.]]
* PrideBeforeAFall: What happens to Flannery's Pyroar after she knocks out Ash's new [[spoiler: Sliggoo ([[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown who was trying to adjust to being blind]])]], and Corphish is sent out to replace him.
--> '''Corphish:''' Aren't you going to say anything?
--> '''Pyroar:''' Nobles do not speak to their inferiors.
--> '''[[CombatPragmatist Corphish]]:''' Right. ''([[MegatonPunch Crabhammers her in the face]])''
* ProperlyParanoid:
-->'''Fearow:''' "Protect, Endure and your order to dodge there makes me think of Detect. You're an impressively paranoid fellow."
-->'''Ash:''' "I try. And I've been attacked enough to make it seem the right choice."
* {{Psychopomp}}: In this setting, Darkrai (or ''a'' Darkrai at least) is considered the god of death, though he only appears to greet the dead on "special occasions." Such as [[spoiler: someone being resurrected by Sacred Ash]] or [[spoiler: a freed soul from a SoulJar suffering CessationOfExistence]].
** With Yveltal's unveiling, it's been clarified that Darkrai works for him.
* PungeonMaster: What Jessie's Wobbuffet turns out to be. As well as Ash's Glalie with the ice-related jokes.
* [[RapidFireNo Rapid-Fire "Nope"!]]: Karen's Absol utters this when she first lays eyes on [[WeirdnessMagnet Ash]], then tries to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere exit the room]] via SuperWindowJump. Unfortunately, [[EpicFail the glass was too strong]].
* PunnyName: [[spoiler: The human soul found in Ash's ceremonial sword, which when awakened turns it into a Honedge, was once a female knight by the name of Dame Kari Burns [[labelnote:*]]Caliburn[[/labelnote]].]]
* RashEquilibrium: Team Magma has the Blue Orb. Team Aqua has the Red Orb. Both agree to trade their orb for the other. [[spoiler: Both know that the other has the Legendary they want. Both decide to double-cross the other by getting the orb they have to the Legendary the other has. [[SuperMode Primal Reversion ensues]]. [[FromBadToWorse And so begins the Scuffle of Legends]]. ]]
* RealityEnsues:
** [[spoiler: Getting rid of an asteroid, especially ''one the size of a mountain'' (the ones Rayquaza deals with are usually much smaller), by blowing it up doesn't make it go away; the fragments will just hit the Earth in multiple places, heat up the atmosphere, and burn all life on Earth to a cinder. The only real solution is to push it out of the way, which is a truly monumental job even for a planet full of superpowered creatures and living forces of nature.]]
** If a single Sonicboom attack could knock the tower containing the Spiritomb over, then a strong gust of wind could do the same. After all, it was built centuries ago and obviously not maintained much since.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: [[spoiler:After being teleported to a facility on Mars run by Mirage Mew and Mewtwo, Kidd Summers notes that the planet is different than they expected, with it being explained that it's the result of an optical illusion]].
* [[{{Reconstruction}} Reconstruction Fic]]: This fanfic basically takes much of the {{Fanon}} for the show, such as Ash training in real time, having Aura powers, and holding onto his competence, and the Team Rocket trio being Friendly Enemies, and has it work beautifully.
* RefugeInAudacity: The Rocket Trio using Pokemon balloons turns out to be partially this. The more they look like a carnival balloon, the less likely they are to be reported. They once went around ''three months'' before being reported in the old timeline.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Paul. Ash could give him his memories of the old timeline, but he refuses on account of not wanting to take shortcuts.
* RememberTheNewGuy: How Alolan Pokémon and their variants are introduced, through comments about nature documentaries and the like.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: The whole purpose of the Larvitar line's Pupitar evolution is to give the Pokémon time to get used to moving and jetting via an internal pneumatic system, which becomes an integral part of simple walking and movement when it evolves again into Tyranitar. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for Ash's Larvitar, spending only a minute as a Pupitar and going straight into Tyranitar [[HowDoIShotWeb means that just keeping his balance becomes more than a little difficult.]]]]
** In the Valley of Steel, the group notes that heavier Flying types like Skarmory must need to use [[BlowYouAway passive air manipulation]] to be able to fly despite their weight.
** [[spoiler:Uxie is part of the reason [[IdiotHero Ash]] can carry hold enough memory to remind everyone]].
* RidiculouslyLongPhoneHold: Whenever Regigigas is asked to do something, on account of its Slow Start. When [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny Mew]] needs it to do system updates for the Tree of Beginning's Regi sentries, it goes from "ridiculous" to ''"agonizing"''.
* RightBehindMe: A twist - Ash says a version of the phrase about Charizard to Damien.
* RunningGag: In ''spades''. Specific ones include:
** Bulbasaur's screwed up ancestry, resulting in a very, ''very'' varied move pool.
** Squirtle's obsession with Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann (and the Squirtle evolutionary line's obsession with anime in general). All of which include his tendency to break space and his rivalry with Gary's Blastoise.
** Ash's tendency to destroy gyms, enough to garner him the nickname "Gym Destroyer." It's so prevalent that his first two Johto gym battles were done outside -- and by the end of the third, Whitney wishes she had followed their example.
** People frequently freaking out at extraordinary things that [[ButForMeItWasTuesday don't even cause Ash to blink]].
** Ash's Aura making Pokémon evolve mid-battle, both his, his friends' and his opponent's.
** Ash forgetting to go back to Cameran Castle each year for their annual tournament (given that he lost the first time around).
** Dark-types being unaffected by the useful parts of psychic powers, namely telepathy and teleportation.
** Absol having {{Freak Out}}s whenever they see [[WeirdnessMagnet Ash]].
** It's taken UpToEleven when one of Ash's Running Gags ends up [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverting]] ''another'' of his RunningGags[[note]]Ash manages to beat Wallace without destroying the Sootopolis Gym, but after Ash leaves, his evolution aura causes the gym's population of Wailmer to all spontaneously evolve into Wailord (which are around 8 times bigger) at once, and bring down a gym wall anyway.[[/note]].
** There's a running gag in the Author's Notes that, whenever Gary's adventures are shown, Saphroneth will sum up what he's doing, usually with a statement that [[CaptainObvious he's in Kalos]], and It Will Always Be Typed Like This.
** People who knew Brock before the time travel not believing him when he says that he's got a steady girlfriend in Professor Ivy.
** A few trainers have insisted that the Orange League is not a real league, despite Ash's insistence to the contrary.
** Two arc-long gags during the Battle Frontier:
*** Scott looking for Ash to formally invite him to the Battle Frontier, while Ash is ''already'' doing them. He finally catches up at the Battle Tower. [[spoiler: The gag continues when he finds out the Battle Pyramid, which moves around, had relocated since he told Ash where to find it... so now he has to find Ash ''again'' to tell him its new location.]]
*** Dawn's Pokémon showing up early in her backyard.
** Brock trying hard to invoke StatusQuoIsGod on his status as a Rock Trainer, and everyone LampshadeHanging how he's done everything BUT.
** Ho-Oh not getting to battle. At one point he spars with Buizel long enough that by the time they're done, the battle with Brandon is all but over.
** Interactions with Celebi leading to people getting headaches. "If you aren't getting a headache, you're not understanding TimeTravel."
** Barry showing up at Dawn's house, especially when he talks to her through the window. At one point he does so through her bedroom window, on the second floor, by standing on Palmer's Dragonite.
* SamusIsAGirl: Turns out Ash's Pidgeot is female. As is his Swellow, Quilava, Brock's Forretress, and a few other Pokémon who weren't gender-identified in canon.
* ScrewTheRulesItsTheApocalypse: [[spoiler: With the Delta Episode meteor hanging over their heads]], Max, Jirachi, Zinnia and Steven leave several museum storage spaces in shambles [[spoiler: looking for a suitable meteorite chunk to Mega-Evolve Rayquaza.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Several times.
** When Butch and Cassidy encounter Ash during one of their scams, they immediately abandon the whole thing.
** Absols can see future disasters. Ash is a WalkingDisasterArea. So whenever an Absol lays eyes on him, they immediately try to get away as fast as possible, heedless of whatever might be in their way. Ash's own Absol is the sole exception (and even she was stunned at first).
** Ever since the Phantom Pirates came on the scene, they've had several instances of desertion:
*** [[spoiler:The only Phantom Pirate to escape the failed attempt to snatch Manaphy in Chapter 212 calls back to base and quits after a Heart Swap-style FreakyFridayFlip with his Pidgeot]].
*** In Chapter 218, the Phantom Pirate squad leader of the latest [[spoiler: Manaphy theft attempt]] orders his Pokemon to attack [[spoiler:''Ho-Oh'']]. More than one of his Pokemon return themselves, and the others start looking at him as if he's insane.
*** [[spoiler: Even Casey, Captain Phantom's own Chatot, defects to Ash's side when his captain picks a fight with Ho-Oh.]]
* SecretLegacy: In this story, Ash is actually a descendant of ''Sir Aaron'' through his father's side.
* SecretTestOfCharacter:
** Giovanni orders James to give up his beloved Growlie so the Team Rocket highers-up could use his firepower. James ultimately refuses, with Jessie and Meowth backing him up. This convinces Giovanni that the trio have what it takes to be promoted to Executive status and learn about Team Rocket's secondary goal (see EvilVersusOblivion above).
** The Gym matches are revealed to be this - at least partway. Each is designed to teach a different lesson- Brock's is about Endurance, Cerulean's is about not giving in despite hopeless odds, Cinnabar's is about intelligence, the Poison Gym is about tricks... (although this aspect was OutOfFocus during the Johto Arc, since most of the gym leaders were more concerned with making sure their gyms weren't destroyed by [[PersonOfMassDestruction Ash]]).
** Max goes through his gym battle with Janine without even realising he's in one.
* SeenItAll: Very, ''very'' few things surprise Ash and Co. anymore.
** One of the things that do, however, are Kalos and Alolan Pokémon, given that in the original timeline, Ash never made it past Unova. [[spoiler: It's one of the reasons Pikachu ended up losing to Wallace's Greninja.]]
** The Sinnoh cast in particular accept the new normal fairly easily, likely due to the weirdness in Sinnoh in the original timeline. However, they ''do'' have trouble upon learning that [[spoiler:Brock has a girlfriend]].
** It even ends up completely exasperating a Mismagius trickster that tries to impress them with increasingly outlandish illusions.
* SelfImposedChallenge:
** [[spoiler: To prove he can give Ash a good fight, Raikou decides to solo all 8 Johto Gyms.]]
** At Norman's suggestion, this is Ash's attempt to beat the Hoenn gyms without destroying any of them. [[spoiler: He succeeds... technically.]]
* SenseFreak: Deoxys-Orange, from the Pokémon Ranger special, finds himself going on a taste adventure, after he figures out how to consume human food.
* SequenceBreaking: Happens frequently.
** Ash goes to Cameran to free Aaron's Lucario and collect Aaron's equipment right after getting the Boulder Badge. Compare to the original timeline where he only went to Cameran after the Hoenn League during the Battle Frontier arc.
** Ash clashes with [[spoiler: Hunter J]] before he finishes the Kanto League, about the time he was supposed to get Muk. In the original timeline, Ash clashed with [[spoiler: Hunter J]] while in Sinnoh.
** Ash captures Muk ''way'' later than the original timeline, while helping that movie director, because he forgot about Muk due to the battle with [[spoiler: Hunter J]].
** Sometimes, Ash deliberately uses his knowledge of the future to try to take an "Idealized" path, avoiding trouble spots that he had in the original timeline. For example, his plan for Porta Vista involves grabbing Misty's Horsea and getting out immediately, while his reaction to doing the ''SS Anne'' and Maiden's Peak were summed up as "Screw that," and "Not only no, but HELL no" respectively. This allows him and his team far more time to train, and thus get a ''massive'' leg up on future problems.
** On the one hand, all of Dawn's Pokémon appear in the right order (aside from Ambipom). On the other, they all appear during the Battle Frontier.
* SerialEscalation:
** Throughout the Battle Frontier, Scott goes to more and more outlandish places to find Ash and invite him to the Frontier, even ''outer space''. Why can't he find him? Because Ash is ''already'' doing the Frontier challenge.
** When Ash and Co. encounter the [[MasterOfIllusion hypnotising Mismagius]] that they encountered in Sinnoh, they're so [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight nonchalant]] with its illusions that it escalates from Rayquaza meeting them, to an AlienInvasion, to {{Sentai}}, to {{Time Travel}}lers, until [[spoiler: their secret Rotom tagalong]] can't take it any more.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong:
** Ash was sent back in time to make sure Cyrus doesn't succeed in his second attempt to capture the Creation Trio.
** Brock's time-travel allows him to correct one of his most heart-wrenching wrongs: [[spoiler: saving the life of his first love Professor Ivy when she was trapped in the Unown's dimension in the first timeline]].
** A minor one for Team Rocket: during early Hoenn, they're now strong enough to face down that poacher who had forced them to release their very first Pokémon in the original timeline, and beat the stuffing out of him.
* ShaggyDogStory: Gary's whole ChainOfDeals ordeal leads him to talk to his grandpa for some help, only to find that the professor had the links to bypass the entire chain from the start.
* ShamuFu:
** Misty hits Brock with her Goldeen whenever he starts going gaga around women. Once Brock settles down with a single girlfriend, this gag is dropped entirely.
** A Machamp-Magikarp combo shows up in the Hoenn League. That is far from the only EquippableAlly combo that shows up, however.
*** The Magikarp actually evolves into a Gyarados mid-battle, and Dawn points out the Machamp could have used ''it'' as a flail if Morrison hadn't beaten them then.
* ShipperOnDeck: Latias to her brother and the Latias partnered to a Joy, to the point that she plays romantic music when they're together.
* ShipTease: Sceptile and Meganium née Bayleef have shared quite a few heartwarming moments together, including one AfterActionPatchup scene, [[WeAreNotAnItem no matter how much they deny it]]. [[spoiler: [[RelationshipUpgrade Until even they can't deny it any more.]]]]
** Between the Altomare Latios and another Latias.
* ShoutOut: Enough to get [[ShoutOut/AshesOfThePast its own page]].
* ShownTheirWork: Many of the moves shown in the story are based on real world science.
** In particular, the author has a Geology Major, and his insight is sprinkled all over the story. One example is Geodude's Stone Edge Earthbending technique, which has to take [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dislocation_creep dislocation creep]] into account in order to allow the stone to move without shattering.
* TheSleepless: Given the time difference between Poké-Japan (Kanto/Johto/Hoenn/Sinnoh) and Poké-France (Kalos), many of Gary's interactions with Ash happen when he should be getting some sleep. Given the kind of things that Ash gets up to, Gary looses a ''lot'' of sleep because of this.
* SleptThroughTheApocalypse: Cresselia went to sleep for an evening, and slept right through [[spoiler: the Delta Episode]]. Considering a lunar night is approx. 2 weeks, it's unsurprising that she missed the whole 4 hours of terror.
* SneezeCut:
** In one chapter, Team Rocket's Meowth went looking around Hollywood for Meowzie, the Meowth that made him want to become human-like, but couldn't find her. We cut to Meowzie sneezing in the Fuchsia Gym, where it had already been established that she was living there after Janine had adopted her.
** A second example happens when an Ambipom throws a Heart Scale at Totodile, and the scene cuts to Gary, exhausted after running around [[ChainOfDeals trying to get one]], tossing in his sleep.
** When Ash sends out Quilava against Pryce, she is upset with him that he saved her for last, pointing out that Charizard and Houndour are both off by themselves at the time. The scene then cuts to Charizard hanging out with Charla, and then to Houndour telling his pack about his time with Ash.
** When Goomy makes it rain, the scene cuts to Entei (who's heading to Sinnoh with Suicune) [[RunningGag who's feeling glad he's not in Hoenn at the moment.]]
** During the trek to the Tree of Beginning, a lot of computer puns are made due to the fact that the Regis' software is outdated. Cut to [[PungeonMaster Glalie]], who isn't present to enjoy the fact.
** After a Draco Meteor-based Counter Shield sends meteor fragments flying everywhere, the scene cuts to Dawn's Piplup, who is happy he didn't get flattened.
** Uxie does this when Max realizes that Brock [[spoiler:is the only group member with no Legendaries at that point]].
* SpaceBase: Ariadospace (the analogue to the real-life French Arianespace) begin creating one with Gary's help, so that [[spoiler: in the worst-case scenario that the Delta Episode asteroid does make impact, there will be a safe space to send what Poké-balls and humans can be evacuated.]]
* SpaceMaster: Besides Palkia, Wishiwashi apparently achieves its School Form by warping space.
* SparedByTheAdaptation:
** Sir Aaron's Lucario. After being awakened early and learning the truth about Aaron's "betrayal", he resumes his Aura training, ensuring that he'd be strong enough to survive purifying the Tree of Beginning in the future.
** The illusion Entei conjured by Molly and the Unown, who (along with the copies of Suicune and Raikou) was [[BecomeARealBoy made a real Pokémon]] instead of fading away, albeit Shiny.
** The [[spoiler:Latios from Altomare]].
* SpeakFriendAndEnter: Gary finds himself embroiled in a ChainOfDeals in order to get the Move Relearner to teach his Alakazam Teleport. When he speaks to Professor Oak about it, the [[StatingTheSimpleSolution professor points out he still has the TM for Teleport]].
* StarterEquipment: May and Max get these from their parents when they first start out: May gets Caroline's old contest accessories, and Max gets Norman's assortment of old Pokémon hold items.
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Some characters point out to other characters very simple solutions to problems they had during the original timeline. Vague wording due to the fact that the relevant positions are sometimes switched around.
** By the time Hoenn arrives, Ash and Co. have so many simple solutions that they have to take time to find the simplest.
** Of particular prominence is when the group meet Cheryl in Eterna Forest and help her with her problems, considering how prepared she was to go on adventures like her grandfather's stories told.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Averted for the most part (see ContinuityNod above), but PlayedForLaughs in one episode, when Ash and Co. meet Sullivan, the fishing god. Obsessed with catching the giant Whiscath, Nero, but lacking even the knowledge of the ''type-chart'', Pikachu finally solves his problem by [[ScissorsCutsRock overwhelming Nero's Ground-typing]] [[CuttingTheKnot and capturing it himself]]. But after all that, Sullivan decides to release Nero because he finds that the trying feels better than the succeeding.
* StealthPun: E4 member Will makes one while watching a Gallade face off against a Dragonair.
--> '''Karen:''' Is this a knight against a dragon?
--> '''Will:''' No, that would be a Gardevoir. At least, if you want the knight to be a sir. [[labelnote:Explain the joke?]]Gardevoir's Japanese name is Sirnight.[[/labelnote]]
* StunnedSilence:
** During the ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon3}} Spell of the Unown]]'' chapters, both the news studio that is providing the feed for the events of the movie, and Professor Ivy, who is providing analysis of these events, are absolutely speechless when [[spoiler:Charizard starts to mega-evolve back and forth between his ''X'' and ''Y'' forms, and in the process starts ''beating back'' all three of the Unown-created Legendary Beasts.]]
** The E4 have this when [[spoiler: Misty beats Ash in the Whirl Cup, who was using Suicune.]]
** Ash, Dawn and Brock end up like this when [[spoiler: Brock's Zorua pretends to be Brock's daughter from the future]] as a prank.
* SuperEmpowering:
** [[spoiler: An Aura-fueled attempt to prevent Pikachu from evolving ends up giving him the electric sacs of a Raichu, along with a [[AmplifierArtifact Light Ball]].]]
** [[spoiler: Ho-Oh grants Togekiss the ability to use Sacred Fire as a birthday gift.]]
** A RunningGag throughout the fic is how just being around Ash seems to trigger [[EvolutionPowerUp evolution]] in other people's Pokémon, even the ones he can't restore to the way they were at the end of the former timeline.
*** At one point, Professor Oak tries to justify it as the fact that Ash gives off so much Aura that exposed Pokémon are given a massive power boost and can evolve much more easily that way. Ash rejects this, as even ''before'' he got a massive Aura power boost, Pokémon would ''still'' spontaneously evolve around him (such as Caterpie, Ponyta, and Charmander (for a ''very'' abridged list of all the evolutions that happen around him)).
*** Slowly taken UpToEleven, as Morrison's Beldum, Roark's Cranidos and Nando's Budew all evolve within moments of meeting Ash, while being sent out of the Poké-ball, ''mid-materialization''.
** In "The Power Of One Part 4", [[spoiler: Lugia teaches Pidgeot how to use Aeroblast, following Ho-Oh's example above.]]
** When Ash comes into contact with people or Pokémon that he can restore, they get this, returned to the power levels they were at when the last timeline came to an end. This sometimes means that they evolve more than one level at a time.
** [[spoiler: May is the one empowered by Samiya's Sea Crown to defeat Captain Phantom.]]
* SuperMode: The author writes in the concept of Mega Evolution further down the line, and starting in Johto, we see several examples, good, bad, and neutral. SpoileredRotten, but if you care...[[labelnote:Protagonist-wise,]]Ash's Charizard evolves between both X and Y forms during the [[Anime/{{Pokemon3}} Greenfield incident,]] without the use of Charizardite, the Unown proving to distort reality enough for that (and later, his girlfriend Charla from the Charicific Valley can loan him her Charizardite Y). Pidgeot has evolved twice, both times in a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind, without a Pidgeotite. Using the actual Mega Stones, Ash's first usable one is a Heracronite, which he obtains from Chuck; he learns what it is shortly before taking on the Mahogany Gym. His Squirtle creates Squirtilite, and while the stone explodes after one use, it works effectively for that use, and he knows how to make more. Then he obtains Latiosite and Latasite from the [[Anime/PokemonHeroes Altomare incident]], and the two dragons take turns training with him; he also relieves Annie and Oakley of their Beedrillite, which he gives to Casey. Much later, Gary gives him an Absolite after an Absol native to [[Anime/PokemonJirachiWishmaker Forina]] chooses to join Ash, the Rota Kingdom loans him their Lucarionite, and Baron Alberto gives him a Charizardite X after saving Alamos Town. Apart from Ash, Misty obtained a Gyaradosite from the Lake of Rage, Brock obtained a Steelixite from Steven in Granite Cave, Max discovers that he had been carrying a Manectite after his starter evolves, the group finds a Banettite in the ruins containing the giant Claydol (which Casper managed to use by Cerulean), and May is trying hard to get her hands on a Blazikenite, and she does manage to find an Altarianite, though she only managed to use it during the Grand Festival. Gary has in his possession Blastoisinte, Sablenite, Alakazamite, a Lopunnite that he hasn't found a permanent use for yet, and it's implied that he has or knows where to obtain a Sharpedonite and Houndoomite. Ash and friends also discover an Audinite, which they give to the Team Rocket trio for their recently acquired medic/chef after the Groudon/Kyogre clash. They repay the favor with a Sceptilite that they picked up from the Team Rocket armory along with their keystone. In the Ever Grande Conference, Ritchie was briefly seen using Galladite. Professor Oak also borrowed Tyranitarite, Pidgeotite, Houndoomite, Glalitite and Mawilite for an experiment.[[/labelnote]][[labelnote:Antagonist-wise,]]Tyson, the Rocket Admin at the Lake of Rage, had a Tyranitarite, and the antagonist from the Mirage Kingdom, Colonel Hansen, used a Gengarite. Annie and Oakley attempted to use a Beedrillite on a borrowed Pokémon; it didn't work, as they had no bond with it, and Ash ultimately took it off their hands. Cassidy has an Aggronite, Butch has a Charizardite (unknown which one), and the agents under them (Ariana, Proton and Petrel) have an Abomasite, a Slowbronite, and an Aggronite. One Phantom Pirate had Kangaskhanite, but he couldn't use it on account of being unable to send out his Pokémon.[[/labelnote]][[labelnote:and Other]]Gurkinn, a.k.a. the Mega Evolution guru, has a Lucarionite. Jasmine has a Steelixite, Clair and the dragon clan have in their possession an Ampharosite, Sceptilite, and Altarianite, Agatha has a Sablenite, Lance has a Salamencite, Steven has a Scizorite, Mawilite, Steelixite, Aerodactylite, and Aggronite, Mr. Stone and Winona both have a Pinsirite, Tate and Liza have a Galladite and Gardevoirite, respectively, Giovanni has a Kangaskhanite, Greta has a Medichamite, Spencer has a Venusaurite, Anabel has an Alakazamite, and Misty's sisters have a Slowbronite. One Silver Conference contestant used Blazikenite, Metagrossite and Garchompite, Rebecca, a trainer Ash met in [=LaRousse=] City has a Tyranitarite, some participants in the Indigo Conference have Kangaskhanite and Sharpedonite, and the man who looked after the Mudkip where Brock got his Marshtomp has a Swampertite, though it's implied he has no use for it currently. During the Groudon/Kyogre clash, Rayquaza swallows the meteor Ash got from Mt. Chimney, enabling Rayquaza to go Mega.[[/labelnote]]
* SureLetsGoWithThat: [[spoiler: Arceus's reasoning to create the Fairy-type at the beginning of time, since thanks to a TimeCrash, Molly's self-created Sylveon was present and her typing became the originator of the Fairy-type.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
** The way Dexter denied that [[spoiler: the three Porygons]] have a silly nickname for themselves.
---> '''Dexter:''' You heard nothing. I most definitely did not mention a silly nickname we have for ourselves.
** Sceptile asks for [[TheMedic Meganium]] [[ShipTease to watch him battle a Steelix in order for her to heal him afterwards.]] Pikachu isn't convinced.
---> '''Pikachu:''' Is there any particular reason why you want her to...
---> '''Sceptile:''' Healing. I said.
** When Latios discusses supersonic flight training with the Latias belonging to the Nurse Joy they met, his sister can see right through his intentions.
* SweetAndSourGrapes: Invoked. Whenever one of Ash and Co.'s Pokémon either has to leave family to join the team or decides to leave for another reason, they can still [[CommutingOnABus rejoin the team or their family whenever they want to due to Professor Oak's portable transceivers]].

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[[folder: Tropes T - Z]]

* TakeMeToYourLeader: A Deoxys says this in Chapter 221.
* TakeThat:
** Ash and others frequently hold up Tobias as a person that they have ''no'' desire to emulate, viewing him as an arrogant man who swept all the gyms in his area with what is essentially a literal God of Death. Part of the reason Ash is so reluctant to use the many Legendaries he has is because he doesn't want to be like him, stating that he wants to win on his own terms, not by using OlympusMons all the time.
** The canon decision of disqualifying a sleeping Squirtle from Ash's canon league battle with Ritchie is stated by a Battle Judge (Pokémon Referee) to be a blatantly incorrect ruling, as is the fact that the match wasn't postponed due to Ash being delayed after being ''kidnapped''.
** Dr. [=MacGuire=], one of the Scientists at the Mossdeep Space Center, has a lot to say about Hollywood solutions to getting rid of [[spoiler: giant incoming asteroids]], and it's not very complimentary.
** In Chapter 256, [[spoiler: Mewtwo]] and his space company state that they're not going to put a car into space for a publicity stunt. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falcon_Heavy_Test_Flight Given what Elon Musk was up to at about the time the chapter came out...]]
* TakeAThirdOption: If Ash and Co. are not StatingTheSimpleSolution or CuttingTheKnot, they're usually doing this.
** The pacifistic Tyrantrum runs into one after befriending Ash and Co. He wants to stay with his new friend Mawile, but he's too big to keep traveling with them as an uncaught Pokémon, it would be unfair to make Mawile stay at the ranch for too long, and he's uncomfortable with being a member of Ash's team since he hates battling. Ash proposes another option though: [[spoiler: He can be ''Mawile's'' Pokémon.]]
* TalkLikeAPirate: Just about all of Team Aqua. Including the oath they have to say to join Team Aqua.
* TalkToTheFist: Ash has pulled this on a few human villains, such as [[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Cipher Admin Nascour]], [[Anime/PokemonHeroes Rocket Operative Annie]], and Colonel Hansen of the Mirage Kingdom incident. For the former two, the punch pretty much ends their battle; for the latter, it kicks the battle off.
* TalkingWithSigns:
** Raikou does this when trying to communicate with humans. They even work as Wood Hammer. Somehow.
** Barry gets a Smeargle that does this, when his eyebrows aren't doing the talking.
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: A non-lethal example: one of Casper's pranks is adding an Enigma Berry (that May was saving) into one of her Pokéblock mixes to futz up the recipe. Also inverted with Munchlax sneaking berries from May's previous mixes to produce differently-colored Pokéblocks.
* TangledFamilyTree: The reason Bulbasaur [[spoiler:and later Ivysaur]] has such a varied movepool is due to a very long, convoluted series of chain breeding in his ancestry.
--->"I know of a Charmeleon, a Sableye, and a Skarmory in there somewhere. It's more of a family Kudzu..."
** After being asked about it, [[WordOfGod the author had only one thing to say]]:
--->"I have a proof upthread that ''any'' breed-able Pokémon in the game could be part of it if you go back far enough."
** In Hoenn 17, Nicolai's Zangoose mentions that he has a Linoone for a father, and the Linoone's father was a Seviper (you know, a Zangoose's bitter enemy). Ash confirms this, and that Zangoose and Seviper are both in the same egg group, much to Zangoose's surprise.
* TastesLikeChicken: Because a hidden Munchlax keeps stealing the ingredients, May's attempts to make its favorite Purple Surprise Pokéblocks keeps turning out weird colors, one of which is acid-green and tastes like chips.
* TaughtByExperience:
** After a few ill encounters, Team Magma and Aqua are fully aware of how powerful Ash is, so instead of finding new ways to battle him, they come up with new ways of getting past him, achieving their goal as quickly as possible, and making sure that he can't follow them when they escape.
** The Phantom Pirates do keep improving their tactics with each time they attack Ash and Co. to go after [[spoiler: Manaphy]]. None of them work, but at least they're learning.
* TearsOfJoy: May gets these when [[spoiler: Manaphy]] considers himself her Pokémon, no questions asked.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Cinder and Casper, Max's Mightyena and Shuppet, end up like this during Max's gym battle with Tate and Liza, due to all of [[ThePrankster Casper's pranks]] on a highly-annoyed Cinder. After it causes them to lose the first time, Max tells them to get their act together by practicing on the rest of the group's team.
* TemptingFate:
** When Lucario does this in 213, Max is savvy enough to dive for cover.
** Chapter 256 has a Gliscor gang leader make these comments about Electric attacks, while facing [[ScissorsCutsRock Pikachu]].
---> '''Gliscor:''' No Electric-type attack can harm a Ground-type! May lightning strike me down if I lie!
* ThePowerOfFriendship: All over the place. Friendship ''is'' a stat in the games, and some Pokémon evolve through friendship. In a more traditional sense, there's the move Return, and Mega Evolution works through the trainer's bond with their Pokémon.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Lugia gives one to the three Shamouti Birds after the Power of One incident, saying that his son Silver is more mature than they are.
** [[spoiler:In chapter 200, Rayquaza, sick and tired of Groudon and Kyogre's squabbling, tells them off for their immature behavior and forces them to do the jobs they're ''supposed'' to be doing with maintaining the climate]].
** [[spoiler:Reshiram gives one to Team Plasma after being summoned]].
** After being reminded, Infernape finally gets a chance to call out Paul for his attitude in the previous timeline, specifically when he told Chimchar off for not beating Cynthia's Garchomp. Paul, not understanding Poké-speech and misunderstanding the context, believes that [[DramaticallyMissingThePoint he sent out Chimchar against Cynthia's Lucario]] due to type advantage and thus was justified if Chimchar didn't manage to do enough, but after Infernape gives him a note with context, he himself wonders what his previous self was thinking.
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two Pokémon]]: Ash's Squirtle and Ivysaur have this kind of friendship.
* ThreeLawsCompliant: [[spoiler:Mirage Mew/M-001 seems to have adopted a version of these laws, with Pokémon written in of course, apparently at least partially by its own choice, even citing the first one. This causes Yung to replace it with Mirage Master/M-002 because the latter had no such problems with breaking the first law and harming others in the name of following orders via the second law]].
* TheyCalledMeMad: Part of [[spoiler: Professor Yung's motivation for extracting Pokémon memories to complete his Mirage system: to prove to the world the capabilities of his new technology]]. This from the person who demonstrated it to the press ''before'' the scientific community...
* ThrowTheDogABone:
** After all the trouble he went through in Kalos, most of which was from his ChainOfDeals to get his Alakazam to relearn Teleport, Gary finally gets one in the form of [[spoiler: a Keystone and a piece of Blastoisinite]].
*** [[spoiler:And then he wins the Kalos League, proving that while Gary's a ButtMonkey, he's also a ''competent'' ButtMonkey]].
** [[spoiler: After fully turning over a new leaf, TR not only gets a ''Legendary'', but also a '''''Pikachu!''''']]
** Brock finally gets a break from his reputation as a Rock trainer that doesn't have many Rock-types, by getting a Rockruff for his team. [[spoiler: Even if the first one was a disguised Zorua.]]
* TimeAbyss: Many Legendary Pokemon, but especially the ones like Arceus, have been around for anywhere up to ''billions'' of years. [[spoiler:the Deoxys in the Delta Episode meteor was last awake about 50,000 years ago]].
* TimeCrash: During ''Voice of the Forest'', [[spoiler:the Iron Masked Marauder orders Celebi to [[ExactWords "Get rid of them by any means necessary"]][[note]]which she does by trying to throw them through time[[/note]] at the same time that Sammy works out that ''he's '' Professor Oak. Needless to say, things get a little... [[CosmicRetcon wonky.]]]]
* TimePolice: The Celebi have this role, making sure that things unfold the way they should, like ensuring Ash runs into his canon Pokémon again, and making sure the timeline remains consistent after [[spoiler:the CosmicRetcon]].
* TimeTravelTenseTrouble: In a 'verse where TimeTravel is a real thing and the main plot is a PeggySue, this happens often, especially to new characters that have their memories of the previous timeline restored.
* TimedMission: Max's Gym battle with the Cerulean sisters is under a time limit.
* TooDumbToLive: Joseph, a Rocket Goon with a Koffing, wants to capture Molly's Shiny Eevee. He tracks her to Ecruteak City, where she is meeting with the Kimono Sisters, and bursts in on them as they are having tea... [[BullyingADragon with League Champion Ash and no less than four Legendary Pokémon in attendance]]. And even when he sees what he's up against, he ''still'' [[SuicidalOverconfidence tries to go through with it]].
* TrainingFromHell: After Iris leaves the Opelucid Academy to try becoming a Dragon Master another way, another master named Denae becomes her mentor. Her idea of good training is using mountain-climbing as warm-ups.
* TranslatorBuddy: Certain Pokémon that can communicate with humans as well often serve as this for their trainers and teams, such as Porygon, Riolu and Lucario, and any Pokémon with Psychic/telepathic capability.
* TrapIsTheOnlyOption: Happens during the Doctor Namba arc, when [[spoiler:Lugia]] chooses to stick around with Ash for a while, because if they prevent Dr. Namba from abducting Silver then, he might do it at a time when they aren't prepared.
* TrueCompanions: All of Ash's traveling companions, and their Pokémon.
** HonoraryTrueCompanion: Team Rocket. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Ash knew them well enough to bring back their memories and that of their Pokémon]] -- in spite of all that's transpired between them, it becomes very clear that on some level, he regards the trio as very close friends. As the fic goes on, Team Rocket eventually stops attacking Ash altogether and is content hanging out with him, Misty, and Brock whenever they cross paths, any previous hostility having long-since dissipated... which usually leaves new Pokémon who were with Ash in the ''previous'' timeline to be rather confused when Team Rocket shows up, and instead of reciting the motto and attempting to steal them, instead sit down for a chat.
* ATwinkleInTheSky: Although Team Rocket stops being on the receiving end of this early on, they actually inflict this [[spoiler:on the Phantom Pirates when they try to snatch Manaphy.]] [[ExploitedTrope They've even developed an escape strategy that invokes this.]]
** The Invincible Pokémon Brothers aren't as lucky, when they get on the wrong side of Misty, [[spoiler: the newest E4 member.]]
* UncannyValley: [[spoiler: InUniverse. When Ash first encounters a Mirage Pokemon, his TranslatorMicrobes can't translate its speech, and he's kinda weirded out. Misty and her Milotic are also a little unnerved by a Mirage Milotic's realism]].
* UnderestimatingBadassery:
** A few times, someone has been unfamiliar with the gang and their reputations or not recognized them, much to their later chagrin.
** In Chapter 209, the Phantom Pirates, while smart enough to scout ahead and make sure they know what Pokemon they're dealing with ahead of time, didn't think that Blaziken could be as fast as their getaway car, nor did they expect [[spoiler:Brock's new Zorua to have taken Manaphy's place]].
** Gary warned Gardenia about Molly, but she didn't believe him, and the result was Molly and Eevee/Vaporeon having to put out the fire they accidentally started in the Gym.
** The Phantom Pirates attempt in 212 has them wisen up a bit, and temporarily disable the groups, but this time they underestimate not only the human characters (''especially'' Ash), but Manaphy himself.
** The ''next'' time, early in 218, they come with a bunch of Dunsparce to freeze them all at once, and a Master Ball... but didn't spot [[spoiler:Ho-Oh]], and even after he shows himself, one of the Phantom Pirates keeps ordering his incredulous Pokemon to attack.
* UnrealisticBlackHole: Brandon's Dusclops can create one, and the fact that it only has ''some'' of the traits of a normal black hole is lampshaded in universe.
* UnstoppableForceVsImmovableObject: Invoked by Gary's Blastoise and Sableye, pitting the former's Triple Horn Drill Maximum against the latter's Mega-Evolved gem shield.
* UnusualUserInterface: [[spoiler: Dexter is able to get Alice to play Oracion manually, via a hard-light leaf-whistle interface.]]
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight:
** Why didn't Ash question why Jessie and James were the Viridian Gym Leaders in the original timeline? They've literally been ''everything'' else.
** Brock lampshades how too much time with Ash has made it so that May's amazing performance in a Battle Frontier arc Contest is a bit underwhelming.
** When the Battle Pyramid lands outside of Pewter City, Flint and Forrest barely react, save noting that it chose a good location and making a note to take a closer look.
** A MasterOfIllusion Mismagius tries to pull its LotusEaterMachine hypnosis trick on the group, but they are so unimpressed with everything it comes up with (and turn out to be more interested in [[spoiler: the talking Rotom fridge]] that comes out to protest it all), that [[RageQuit it eventually gives up and leaves in exasperation]].
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[spoiler: The Deoxys piloting the Delta Episode meteor into a collision course with Earth.]]
* VerbalBackspace:
** After Psyduck's headache is cured with a Calm Mind [=TM=], Misty says that now they can work on his swimming. Psyduck tries to backtrack and claim his headache is still there, to no avail.
** In 219, with the God Squad having completed the PMD storyline, Arceus says that his planned Post Game Content might include the chance for evolution. When Giratina questions what they'd evolve into, he backtracks and says that he might make it possible for ''Aaron'' to evolve.
* VotOcksent: Apparently Meowth is totally unaware that he has an accent, given his reaction to Lucario asking why he has one.
* WaxingLyrical:
-->'''Ash''': Okay, let's try another use of Rain Dance. This time, you're trying to make it as big as possible.
-->'''Entei''': (''sighs'') Of course you are. [[Music/{{Travis}} Why does it always rain on me?]]
-->'''Dexter''': Is it because you lied when you were seventeen?
-->''{{Beat}}''
-->'''Flygon''': What?
-->'''Dexter''': Sorry, sometimes I forget that not everyone knows all the songs. In the world.
** Arbok and Seviper share a dialogue full of references to Creator/GilbertAndSullivan.
* WeAreNotAnItem: Given the amount of ShipTease they have, Sceptile and Meganium end up saying this a lot, mostly to Ash's Ivysaur. [[EveryoneCanSeeIt They're not fooling anyone,]] [[spoiler: not even themselves.]]
* WeatherDissonance:
** The crazy weather Ash and the others have to put up with on occasion is implied to be a result of [[ButterflyEffect Butterfree disrupting the weather patterns]] when he used Sunny Day in the middle of a rainstorm to save Charmander's life. Another possibility that gets suggested is that temperamental Legendaries are to blame. Given that some of the legendaries are genuinely insane (as shown in the segments with Aaron), this is entirely possible.
** Mewtwo causes a massive storm that threatens to wipe out humanity and the Legendary Birds cause one even ''worse'', but that was already canon.
** Normal Pokémon sometimes get in the game, with moves like Rain Dance and Sunny Day. Lapras' use of Rain Dance altered the weather in a resort island... And had no effect on the match because they were ''indoors''.
** When Misty fights Entei, she makes sure to have one Pokémon out whose sole job is to perform Rain Dance any time that Entei tries to perform Sunny Day, cancelling them out.
** The Scuffle of Legends was bad enough with Kyogre's Drizzle and Groudon's Drought, [[spoiler: but here it's taken UpToEleven with Primal Kyogre's Primordial Sea and Primal Groudon's Desolate Land. The volcanic eruption is just the icing on the cake.]]
* WeirdnessMagnet: Misty actually calls Ash this. Ash accepts.
** It's bad enough that in Chapter 38, Misty resolves an issue that originally took an entire episode without violence in a few minutes. Ash dives for cover, and even when he gets out he still prepares for an airship crash or Legendary encounter or suchlike. [[spoiler: Considering the chapter ends at Shamouti, [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight which had both happen...]]]]
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Ash's Houndour, who asks if his trainer is constantly followed by an Absol, a Pokémon that appears before disasters happen. At least one fan suggested that there might be an agreement between Absol that following Ash was off limits for the Absol, as ''every'' Absol would follow him otherwise.
*** When Ash meets Karen's Absol, the opposite is instead proven true. One look at what she sees as a walking disaster zone, and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere she tries to pull a]] [[SuperWindowJump defenestration exit]]. [[EpicFail Shame the window was too strong.]]
** Ash is described at least once as "Catnip for Legendaries."
** This is such the case that what would normally be a LameExcuse (Team Rocket attacked Elite Four member Drake because they thought his Salamence, which was sparring with Latios, belonged to Hunter J), is completely understandable.
** [[spoiler: Iris, upon being reminded, is a bit surprised to realize that the weirdest months of her life were because of Ash]].
* WTHCastingAgency: InUniverse, Ash is cast as Genghis Khan, of all people, in one of Cleavon Spielbunk's movies. Gary hangs a lampshade on how ridiculous this is.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:In the middle of the Delta Episode with no meteorite to Mega Evolve Rayquaza,]] when [[DangerSense Ash's Absol]] [[SuperMode Mega Evolves]] the first thing she does is body check someone and demands Brock to voice his fleeting thought.
-->'''Brock:''' What? I was going to say, uh... [[spoiler:I think it was just that it's a pity we can't ''get'' Rayquaza a meteorite. [[EurekaMoment I mean, I've seen them in… museums?]]]]
* WhatAreYou: Mewtwo asks this about Ash when Ash not only challenges him one-on-one, but also reveals him capable of using Ghost-type attacks via BloodMagic.
--> '''Mewtwo:''' What are you?
--> '''Ash:''' Just a kid trying to fill some very big boots.
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: When talking to Buneary in the first Sinnoh chapter, Pikachu admits that he doesn't understand what she finds so attractive about him.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** When facing the Grass Gym, Ash temporarily forgets that he has ''Charizard.'' The strongest fire Pokémon on his team. Who he specifically brought for this gym. Who has ''Blast Burn,'' an attack that is only second in power to the local equivalent of a ''nuclear strike''. Ivysaur, who had just gotten done with what is lampshaded as one of the longest Pokémon matches ever (due to various moves not affecting the combatants), was not pleased at this little fact, and roughs up Ash appropriately.
** Suicune calls out Raikou for [[spoiler: trying to throw the battle between him and Ash just so he can learn Volt Crash from Pikachu.]]
** Ho-Oh has chastised Ash more than once for not calling on his aid, even when there was a very good reason to.
** Max calls Lucario out for TemptingFate on Ash's birthday.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: In the future-bubble, Aaron and the dragons need to scale a cliff. Sir Aaron jumps up with his aura and Giratina flies up because he's a ghost. Palkia floats up by using his spacial powers to negate gravity. As for Dialga, Dragon of Time? Well, it ''takes time to fall''[[labelnote:*]] Basically, Dialga reversed time on falling, turning it into rising, which honestly shouldn't work unless he had already fallen.[[/labelnote]].
** When Ash catches the Beasts of Ecruteak, he immediately begins working with them on training that involves teaching them how to ''not'' have just a hammer, such as moves that aren't of their type, or how to use their types in more interesting applications.
** Subverted in Max's gym battle with Sabrina, where [[spoiler: Jirachi]] loses to [[spoiler: Mew]] because all he was using was Future Sight and not much else. Sabrina even discusses it.
---> '''Sabrina: ''' Not every Pokémon is a nail, even if your Pokémon is the best hammer there is.
** Juvia and Gray, Mavis's Primarina and Alolan Ninetales, tend to use a lot of Water and Ice.
** Blaziken notes that most humans rely entirely on their Pokémon to attack.
** May notes that Skitty using Assist works, but they should still use some [=TMs=] to get her a more reliable moveset.
* WhosOnFirst: One scene involves Mawile trying to understand what [[ValleyGirl Skitty]] means by "like", [[LikeIsLikeAComma with Skitty's answers involving a lot of "likes".]]
* WhoIsDriving: [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7262793/165/Ashes-of-the-Past Chapter 165: Scuffle of Legends 3]] When the Team Rocket trio's in their plane and looking out:
--> '''Jessie:''' Huh. [[spoiler:I guess Rayquaza can Mega Evolve too.]]
--> '''Meowth:''' Ya think?
--> '''James:''' Yeah. And-
--> '''Jessie:''' Wait. Who's flying the plane?
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: [[spoiler: Hunter J tries to defy this trope on Ash and Lucario. [[DoubleSubversion It fails every time.]]]]
* WildMassGuessing: InUniverse with Barry and the online speculation during the [[spoiler:Delta Episode]].
* WillfullyWeak: Ash for the most part tries to avoid using his Legendary Pokémon unless they specifically request it, seeing as how his team was swept by Tobias using two legendaries in the previous time line. Ash doesn't want to be the kind of guy who would just bulldoze through people with super-overpowered 'mons, and wants to help people improve and just have honest challenges. Ho-Oh calls him out on this, pointing out that as long as he doesn't go overboard it should be fine.
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: Out of all the things that Ash and Co. had changed by the time Dawn's memories are restored, the one thing she can't believe out of the TimeTravel, OlympusMons, or the CosmicRetcon... is the fact that [[CasanovaWannabe Brock]] now has a girlfriend.
* TheWorfEffect: Infrequently, due to the WorldOfBadass measures employed by the author to prevent an overabundance of CurbStompBattle. One notable example, however, is [[spoiler: Primal Groudon ''[[OneHitKill oneshotting]]'' Raikou, who had previously proven himself more than capable of giving a large chunk of Ash's A-game the runaround and generally proving himself quite the tough guy.]]
** In fact, [[spoiler: [[TheJuggernaut Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre]] do quite a bit of this, taking on every single Pokémon Ash has that could make a difference, including six different Mega-Evolutions and ten different Legendaries ''at the same time'', including ''Mewtwo'', and are more inconvenienced by the fact that they're fighting ''each other'' than anything anyone manages to do to them, before Mega Rayquaza [[CurbStompBattle flattens them both in the span of thirty seconds.]]]]
* WorfHadTheFlu:
** [[spoiler:Rayquaza, [[UnderestimatingBadassery not expecting or noticing Groudon and Kyogre to be in their Primal forms]], is taken off guard and brutally beaten by them before [[HeroicSecondWind Ash gives him the power to Mega-Evolve]]]].
** [[spoiler: Pikachu]] only loses to Wallace's Greninja because he was unfamiliar with the Pokémon and his [[AdaptiveAbility Protean]] ability, [[spoiler: and his current worries about his strength did him no favors either.]] Wallace himself says that if [[spoiler: Pikachu]] had a better knowledge of what he was facing, he likely would have won, [[spoiler: and gives Ash the badge anyway]].
** Mike, one of Ash's opponents in the Ever Grande Conference, wasn't used to Double Battles, and neither were his Pokémon. The result was his [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Wailord accidentally squashing his Vileplume]], forcing him to forfeit.
* WorldOfSnark: Everyone has at least one snarky moment. Ash and Lucario are the only exceptions, as they are very prevalent snarkers.
* [[WorldsStrongestMan World's Strongest Mon]]: Mewtwo loves to remind other that he is this.
* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: Mewtwo has this opinion when he stands on Mt. Silver and looks at the Kanto and Johto regions, contemplating that despite the former being more industrialized and the latter more traditional, both have a thriving society centered around and alongside Pokémon.
* WorldOfBadass: If not this timeline's world (as stated in AdaptationalBadass), then definitely the VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon world created by Arceus for Aaron and his Creation Trio, where even a little ''[[ComMon Sunkern]]'' can Absorb-drain Palkia down to the dregs.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Played doubly straight with Lt. Surge, who initially believes Riolu's [[KiAttack Aura Sphere]] is a close-range attack because of an [[Manga/{{Naruto}} anime]] he watched, resulting in his Pokémon getting knocked out. However, he later shows that his knowledge of [[ShockAndAwe Electric Type]] Pokémon is top notch when his Raichu overloads Pikachu, something even [[SeenItAll Ash]] wasn't aware could happen.
* WrongNameOutburst: After Aaron's Lucario beats Ash [[spoiler: in a hand-to-hand spar]], he accidentally calls Ash Aaron. He feels like it's a dishonor to think of Ash and Aaron as the same person, even if they are related, but Ash instead thinks it's an honor to be compared to such a great person.
* YankTheDogsChain: A comparatively harmless example: Brock has been given a lot of shade for being more of an illusion-based Gym Leader instead of a Rock-type specialist, and his girlfriend Philena has managed to find a Pokémon for him that could buck the trend: the Alolan Rock-type Rockruff. [[spoiler: [[DoubleSubverted Then she turns out to be a Zorua in disguise]].]] Brock takes it in good humor though, and he later gets an actual Rockruff at the start of the Sinnoh arc.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: [[spoiler:Reshiram uses a "thee" at one point]].
* YouAreNotAlone:
** Meowth reassuring Cubone about her angst with her family's memories.
** Ash's talk to his Absol when [[spoiler: her berserk Mega Evolution almost causes her to hurt Ash]].
** Ash's talk to Pikachu about how he doesn't have to take sole responsibility of protecting him; he has the rest of the team to back him up.
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Invoked as a strategy by Max; if he calls his Pokémon by their species name rather than their [[TheNicknamer nickname]], it means he wants them to do the opposite of what he tells them to.
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Brock's reaction when a Rockruff that Professor Ivy got for him [[spoiler: transforms into a Zorua]], for the ''second'' time. However, it was just a joke on [[spoiler: Zorua's]] part, it really was a Rockruff the second time.
* YouNoTakeCandle: Apparently, a Pokémon trying to speak in another Pokémon's language results in some... odd accents and grammatical issues when Aura-translated. [[spoiler: Such as a Zorua, disguised as a Rockruff, trying to PokemonSpeak in Rockruff.]]
* YoureInsane:
** Aaron's reaction to the concept of a "Legendary Pokémon Three Legged Race," especially since there are so many variations on how Pokémon move - ranging from hovering (no legs) to having ''too many legs'' for the race to work, not to mention the sheer difference in sizes between them. Arceus admits that the whole idea was because he was running out of games.
** The reaction of most of the Pokémon of the [[spoiler: Phantom Pirate cell when they attempt to kidnap Manaphy and go up against Ho-Oh]].
* YourTomcatIsPregnant: No actual reproduction involved, but a kid Ash and Co. run into has to be informed that his Croconaw is female. It wouldn't have been a problem, except that he'd nicknamed her [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve]]. She was promptly rechristened Terri.
* YouWereTryingTooHard: Apparently part of the reason Ash has NoSenseOfDirection is his tendency to overthink things, when he's not thinking about where he's going, he usually does fine.
* {{Yubitsume}}: What Giovanni demands from [[spoiler:Annie and Oakley when their actions run counter to his plans]].
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* ABirthdayNotABreak: Revealed to be the case for the events of ''Anime/PokemonHeroes'', as it took place on Ash's [[ThirteenIsUnlucky 13th Birthday]]. As a result of Latios' sacrifice in the original timeline, Ash didn't do anything for his later birthdays, and tried not to think about them too much.
** [[spoiler:The Mirage Master incident takes place on Ash's next birthday after Altomare, which is lampshaded]].
* AbsenceOfEvidence: [[spoiler: When the head of a Team Rocket satellite organization in Canalave City stops sending dues back home, Cassidy and Butch are sent to investigate, but not only is he nowhere to be found, they cannot find ''any'' evidence of organized criminal activity in the city at all. This makes Giovanni highly suspicious, because crime doesn't just ''stop'', and he sends in the trio to investigate]].
* AchievementsInIgnorance: Multiple instances, most of them involving Ash's Squirtle and his BeyondTheImpossible antics.
** A non-Squirtle example would be Corphish [[ConvectionSchmonvection standing atop a pile of defeated Slugma]] because he "never was much good at thermodynamics".
** Professor Oak had no idea that the design of the Pokédex would allow for Porygon to develop, and, combined with Ash's giant info dump, gain sentience.
** [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Maylene]] is capable of punching through brick walls, parrying Aura Spheres with her bare hands and fighting her Lucario in hand-to-hand, all without any Aura powers. How? Her Lucario figured that [[IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat any human could do those things]] with enough training, and so kept pushing her way past her limits.
* AccidentalDiscovery: [[spoiler: Max accidentally discovers that Manectric can go Mega when his newly evolved Manectric spontaneously Mega-Evolved during the gym battle with his dad. It turns out that the Mega Stone they found at Sea Mauville was a Manectite. The group then alerts Gary of the discovery]].
* AccidentalKidnapping: A variation in that some of the Pokémon that are encountered by the main characters end up captured by accident. Examples include James's [[spoiler: Moltres]], May's Spoink, and Max's [[spoiler: Deoxys]].
* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: Dawn thinks Brock is using one of his illusion Pokemon to test Pachirisu's skills at determining North, while it's actually a group of wild Stantler, who are baffled at how ineffective it is. Brock doesn't even notice the illusions, given that so many of his Pokémon use them that not only has he gotten used to seeing through them, they don't even register any more.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: [[spoiler:When N and Reshiram discover that weakening a Pokemon helps when catching them, Anthea gets the mental image of the Legendary repeatedly flying into a mountain to do so, which Reshiram also finds amusing]].
** Serena admits this after Dawn sends some pics of her Pokemon being goofs after a serious email.
* AdaptationalBadass: ''Everyone'', or very nearly everyone.
** Ash, obviously, is the most notable of them; not only does he become at least as masterful in Aura as Sir Aaron was (though that does take a while), he learns how to understand Pokémon speech, catches Ho-Oh (at the latter's request), and solves most of the problems they came across the previous time with a lot less difficulty. And that's just the stuff that ISN'T SpoileredRotten.
** Pikachu gets in on it just as much; Ash teaches him how to manipulate Aura and invents Volt Crash, an Electric version of Hyper Beam. Then there's the part where [[spoiler:he half-evolves, keeping the form of a Pikachu but gaining all of the power of a Raichu and then some]].
** After Ash restores Jessie, James, and Meowth's memories, they agree on a permanent truce, but they have to put on a convincing {{Masquerade}} for the rest of Team Rocket, including Giovanni; in the words of Ash, "We want this to look like you're not bumblers, but elite gangsters who are the only ones who stand a chance against me." The most immediate results of this are James getting his pet Growlithe onto his team and evolving it, and the trio being ''promoted to Executives'', and they just get more and more competent and threatening from there, all while slowly fading from [[FriendlyEnemy Friendly Enemies]] to flat-out friends with Ash and co.
*** Meowth in particular [[TookALevelInBadass Takes A Level In Badass]] when he decides he's sick of being good as nothing more than a translator. He then takes some lessons from Koga's Meowth, and becomes a ninja.
*** [[spoiler: Jessie even becomes a Kanto Top Coordinator during the Battle Frontier, beating May for the title.]]
** Pretty much all of Ash's Pokémon, too. Particularly in the case of previously underdeveloped and rather weak Butterfree and Pidgeot. Butterfree is far stronger, having been the defender of his group of Butterfree for years, defending them from hostile Pokémon attacks. Pidgeot is capable of supersonic flight and, after the [[Anime/{{Pokemon2000}} Shamouti incident]], [[spoiler:learns Lugia's Aeroblast technique and ''periodically takes over for him'' as the one to watch over the Legendary Birds.]]
** Most notable in the case of Ash's Charizard when using Blast Burn. For context, in the games, Frenzy Plant, Hydro Cannon, and Blast Burn are the Grass, Water, and Fire (respectively) versions of Hyper Beam. In this fic, when Ash's Ivysaur and Squirtle use Frenzy Plant and Hydro Cannon, that's how they're portrayed: as powerful but draining finishing attacks. In contrast, Charizard's Blast Burn is second in power only to the Pokémon equivalent of a nuclear warhead...and that's ''before'' Ash decides to ''improve'' on the move.
** Squirtle. Just...Squirtle. He's become an Expy of Kamina from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', complete with a BeyondTheImpossible attitude that almost always works for him. Much later, [[spoiler:he invents Squirtilite, and though he hasn't yet stabilized it to the point where it won't explode after one Mega Evolution, he has achieved and undergone Mega Evolution. Twice.]]
** Muk is some sort of horrible amalgamation of Cookie Monster and the embodiment of pure murder. The few times he was used, it was a complete curb stomp battle. The first time involved him using ''twenty'' TM moves at once on Whitney's Miltank, and the second time is summed up as "And then Muk opened his mouth, and all Weavile knew was pain."
** In regards to the other protagonists...well, Misty establishes this throughout the story, especially the couple of times that she faces Ash in a serious battle; she nearly defeats him in Cerulean and [[spoiler:does defeat him in the Whirl Cup]], and she manages to fight [[Anime/{{Pokemon3}} Molly's]] superpowerful Unown-created Pokémon to more-or-less a draw. But it's cemented beyond any doubt when halfway through the Johto region, she receives a notice that she's up for consideration to replace [[spoiler: ''Lorelei of the Elite Four''.]] She took up the challenge, '''''and succeeded'''''. Even better, we don't even know which one she replaced -- [[spoiler:Lorelei, Agatha, ''and'' Lance all stepped down for various reasons, and thus three of the trainers that took the challenge (one being Misty, the other two being the canonical Karen and Will) were admitted into the group]]. And that's not even getting into her team.
** Brock is as skilled as ever, but it's shown most during the Orange Islands. In an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome, Brock fought off a bunch of Unown...with a [[VideoGame/HalfLife crowbar]]. That later results in him [[spoiler:commencing a serious romance with Professor Ivy, which is still going even now]]. Again, not even getting into his team...though on the note of said team, a running joke is that he's a Rock-Type expert that doesn't actually have many Rock-Types. He eventually starts saying he's an expert in misdirection instead, due to [[spoiler:his Pokémon capable of using illusions, such as Ninetales and Stantler]].
*** [[spoiler:At one point, Philena even sends him a Rockruff she found to address this, [[DoubleSubversion but it turns out to be a Zorua]]]].
** Max. Thanks to Ash running into him and May a year or so before he goes to Hoenn, he manages to start his Pokémon journey early with Ash as his mentor. While he's not facing the Gym Leaders at their best like Ash is, his progress is still impressive; he beat seven of the eight Hoenn gyms fair and square, only having to rematch one of them, and putting on a good enough show for the remaining one that he got the badge anyway. His team thus far is also impressive: apart from the Shroomish (now Breloom), Mightyena, Shuppet (now Banette), Ralts (now Kirlia), and [[spoiler:Jirachi]] that he met in the previous timeline, he caught an Electrike as his starter (now Manectric), caught a Mantyke in Dewford (now Mantine), and of course, he got a Porygon Pokédex as a gift from Ash long before Hoenn started.
** May. Thanks to Ash running into her and Max a year or so before he goes to Hoenn, she is able to start practicing for contests a lot sooner once she gets Blaziken back.
!![[{{Trope Overdosed}} Due to this, she is able to pull off more impressive contest appeals. Along with coming up with [[IndyPloy strategies and plans on length, the fly]], and training in martial arts with Blaziken as her teacher, May also has new members including Altaria, Grumpig, and [[spoiler:Manaphy]] on her team this time.
*** [[spoiler:May eventually becomes a Top Coordinator during the Hoenn arc, and defeats Captain Phantom in hand-to-hand combat in the Battle Frontier.]]
** Gary, after Ash restores his memories. He's much more of a researcher than he is a trainer nowadays, and often seems to fall into the role of ButtMonkey. But let nobody forget that quite apart from his breakthroughs in research, he not only made it to the finals of the Kanto league, but [[spoiler:won the Kalos league]].
** Ritchie Getem, Ash's doppelgänger, gets in on it too; where Ash developed his untapped potential in Aura, Ritchie and Sparky developed their untapped potential in PsychicPowers.
** Starting in Johto, even the [[OneShotCharacter Characters of the Day]] are getting in on it. This is hinted to be the result of the Butterfly Effect. Examples include Miki's Skarmory holding its own against two fully-evolved Fire-types at the same time, and the Bug-catching Samurai from Viridian eventually returning as a [[spoiler:Silver Conference finalist]]. Also, Orville, that Pidgey who wanted to be the highest-flying Pidgey in the world actually manages to outfly Ash's Pidgeot in terms of height; she had to stop in the Stratosphere because her wings were icing up, but Orville was ''still ascending.'' The only reason he stopped was because he passed out from lack of oxygen, meaning Pidgeot had to catch him.
** Casey in particular is worth noting; she was a minor supporting character from the Johto Arc, but here, not only does she manage to defeat ''Charizard'' [[spoiler:(the same one that managed to take on copies of the three Legendary Beasts at the same time)]] using the FEAR strategy[[labelnote:for those unaware…]]'''F'''ocus Sash, '''E'''ndeavor, Quick '''A'''ttack, '''R'''attata. To elaborate, the user of the strategy sends out a Rattata holding a Focus Sash against a Pokémon that it is hopelessly outmatched against. Opponent uses offensive move. Rattata drops to 1 HP but doesn't faint thanks to the Focus Sash. Rattata uses Endeavor to instantly drop the opponent to 1 HP as well. Rattata uses [[ActionInitiative Quick Attack]]. Rattata wins.[[/labelnote]], she makes it to the League [[spoiler:where she defeats Charizard with her Rattata (now Raticate) ''again'']], and [[spoiler:on Ash's recommendation, the Lucario Kingdom grant her the right to train a Riolu.]] Ash also gives her a Beedrilite.
*** [[spoiler: And then she captures a Zapdos.]]
** Lugia gets in on the action at [[Anime/{{Pokemon2000}} Shamouti]], actually demonstrating ''why'' he's the trio leader of the birds.
** In [[Anime/{{Pokemon3}} the third movie]], Molly Hale gave both Brock and Misty a CurbStompBattle because her illusory Pokémon have no limits except her imagination. In this fic, though Brock goes down more or less the same way, Misty is able to fight her to a draw.
** Of course, the bad guys get in on it, too; [[Anime/Pokemon4Ever Vicious/The Iron Masked Marauder]] took advantage of Giovanni sending a squad of Rockets after him early to 'acquire' some of their Pokémon via Dark Ball. [[spoiler:And then he manages to get ''[[OhCrap Pikachu]]'' in one...]]
** Butch and Cassidy in canon were the much more dangerous versions of Jessie and James. They weren't much more successful when they crossed paths with Ash and friends, but they were ''much'' more competent. In this fic, they briefly fall into Jessie and James' old roles, but that doesn't last long before they decide to upgrade their teams. Oh, and Cassidy is no longer getting her partner's name wrong...though she's the only one.
** In [[Anime/PokemonHeroes Altomare]], Annie and Oakley come at them with significant reinforcements compared to the original movie, where they just had an Espeon and Ariados. Unfortunately for them, they don't stand a chance when they push Ash far enough to call in ''his entire team.''
* AdultFear:
** Delia goes through this when she gets reminded and learns just [[WeirdnessMagnet how much trouble her son routinely gets into]].
** Instead of Ash (like it was in the original timeline), [[spoiler: Forrest]] is the one who ends up possessed by the King of Pokélantis, who makes it very clear to [[spoiler: Flint]] that if he makes a wrong move, he can switch to using his body or that of the Rhyperior they brought along and make them attack his current host. Fortunately, thanks to Absol's assistance, Ash and friends arrive just in time to avert disaster.
** May has this when Captain Phantom finally gets his hands on Manaphy, whom she loves like a son. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for Phantom, [[SuperEmpowering the Sea Crown]] gives May the perfect means to [[MamaBear do something about it]].]]
* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: Apparently, all Squirtle are huge anime fans. Just check out the [[ShoutOut/AshesOfThePast Shout Out]] page for this fic.
* TheAllSolvingHammer:
-->'''May''': Aura. It's always Aura.
* AlliterativeName: Fred Farrell, Ash's opponent in the Johto League finals. [[ThemeNaming His Pokémon are all nicknamed with the same idea]]; his roster includes Floodwater the Feraligatr, Flambé the Flareon and Fowler the Farfetch'd.
* AlternateUniverse: Very subtle, but there ''are'' some changes from the main Pokémon universe - and that's not including the changes that the main characters have wrought to the timeline. For example, Hunter J and Lawrence III are brother and sister, and Koga (Poison-type Gym Leader) adopted Meowzie, Meowth's old crush (meaning she left Hollywood, rather than stayed for the episode of the anime where she debuted).
** [[spoiler:Unusually for the gang, the Mirage Pokémon situation in the second timeline is apparently the first time the group has had to deal with it]].
* AlwaysLawfulGood: Riolu and Lucario have a sense of justice apparently written into their very DNA; Aaron's Lucario realizes that Ash is telling the truth when he sees his Riolu defending him, something that wouldn't happen if Ash was a bad person.
** [[spoiler:This is later exploited: during the Mirage Pokémon event, Dexter manages to access the system and manifest a Riolu briefly, which gives the Mirage Pokémon a conscience.]]
* AmbiguousGender: Mew responds to both male and female pronouns, because he/she finds binary gender boring.
** Whenever anyone asks what gender the Lake Guardians are, they just say that it's obvious, so Suicune refers to them with "it" pronouns.
* AndMissionControlRejoiced: When [[spoiler: the deflection of the Delta meteor was successful.]]
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Delia has made it a habit of giving her son custom-made badges whenever he finishes a region.
* AngerBornOfWorry: Pikachu gets this whenever Ash [[spoiler: has to have his life saved by his [[DeathIsNotPermanent Sacred Ash]].]]
* ApocalypseHow: A ApocalypseHow/Class4 example if [[spoiler: the Delta Episode meteor had made it to Earth.]]
* ARareSentence:
** Chapter 82, Johto 24, when Misty decides to catch a Chinchou, she lists off her Pokémon to a curious school. One of them inquires what a [[spoiler:Kabutops]] is, and she sends him out.
-->'''[[spoiler:Kabutops]]''': Hello. I am a [[spoiler:reanimated fossil]].
-->'''One of the Chinchou''': That's something you don't hear every day…
** Chapter 119, Hoenn 3, when Lucario subdues the Rockets' Seviper:
-->'''Brock''': I've never seen someone do an overhand knot with a snake before… And that really shouldn't ever ''need'' to be said.
** Chapter 216, Battle Frontier 8, when Team Rocket's [[spoiler:Moltres]] mentions having to convince someone that she wasn't being mind-controlled or held against her will:
-->'''[[spoiler:Moltres]]''': Besides, what self-respecting mind control artist would implant a memory of himself in a Moltres wingsuit?
-->'''Dustox''': ...that is a sentence I did not realize I was going to hear.
** After another example in Chapter 221, May says that they should make an "Ash Sayings Book" of all the silliest ones. Pikachu says that he could contribute a few, but Lucario says "hundred" before his {{Beat}} is over.
** Lampshaded when Squirtle has to be warned off of triggering a ColonyDrop.
** Chapter 242 has Ash and Co. face down ''another'' reanimated Fossil rampage.
---> '''Dexter''': It appears that several Fossil Pokémon have been revived in the museum and have escaped. It says a lot about us that the word 'again' goes on the end of that sentence.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Dawn asks Baron Alberto one regarding his prejudice against Darkrai.
-->'''Dawn:''' Baron, do you think Absol are dangerous?\\
'''Alberto:''' Of course not, only fools believe Absol bring catastrophes.\\
'''Dawn:''' Then can't you see the same thing is happening with you and Darkrai?
* AscendedExtra: Some Pokémon-of-the-day in a few canon episodes or movies end up fully joining the teams of Ash and Co.
** Easily the most notable of these arrives in Chapter 3: the Lucario Kingdom, detecting Sir Aaron's lineage active again, grants him a Riolu egg. When Ash touches it, he inadvertently restores its memories of the previous timeline, revealing it to be the same Riolu that he saved from Hunter J. Said Riolu, which evolves into Lucario during the [[Anime/Pokemon2000 Shamouti incident]], becomes as much of a partner and trademark for Ash as Pikachu.
** The Houndour pack that Ash helps in Johto decide to live at Prof. Oak's ranch, and the one whose life Ash saved ends up fully joining his team.
** Brock does the same with a young Stantler found in a filler story.
** A good number of Max's current Pokémon are this, having befriended him in the original timeline but were unable to go along with him due to him not being an official trainer. So far, the Shroomish, Shuppet, and Ralts he befriended and the Mightyena he helped evolve are part of his team.
*** On the note of said Ralts, his older sister Kirlia and his mother Gardevoir travel with Ash and friends for a week or so until the group returns to Petalburg, at which point they move in with Norman and Caroline.
** The Absol and Flygon from Forina end up joining Ash and Brock's team, respectively.
*** [[spoiler: And Jirachi, who can now stay awake thanks to Mewtwo's help, ends up joining Max's team.]]
** Similar to Stantler, a Swablu that May met joins her after they help him fly again, as does the pearl-losing Spoink that the group meets a couple of times.
** [[spoiler: Manaphy's egg is found early, so May is able to actually properly adopt her 'child' and spend some good quality time with him.]]
*** [[spoiler: When Manaphy, Ash and Co. find Samiya this time, they literally drive the entire place to Pallet Town so Manaphy will remain close by. ItMakesSenseInContext.]]
** [[spoiler: Max properly captures the Deoxys he met during the Battle Frontier.]]
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Mew, [[spoiler: Mewtwo's companion]]. May's Skitty is a close second.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Done at least twice.
** First as part of Anime/PokemonJirachiWishmaker, Ash and Co. face off against a wish-generated evil facsimile of Groudon [[spoiler: and Kyogre]].
** Secondly it was intentionally invoked in Chapter 192 with Mega Destroyer Goodra versus Rebirth of Tyranitar! Giant monsters all-out attack! Featuring Super Destroyer Robot Heracross! [[labelnote:Explain the joke?]]The younger Pokémon built a sandcastle city and decided to destroy it in the most epic and fun way possible.[[/labelnote]]
* BabiesEverAfter:
** [[spoiler: The pair of Articuno that Ash and Todd help find each other eventually have two hatchlings. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments And Todd gets to take pictures of the newborns.]]]]
** [[spoiler: At the start of the Battle Frontier, Sceptile and Meganium have a Chikorita egg that they consider giving to Max.]]
** [[spoiler: Manaphy, May's 'baby' from one of the movies joins her team...]]
* BadassBoast: Ho-Oh, known as the "Storm's End", makes one to the Phantom Pirates, saying that he's classified them as a storm, [[PreAsskickingOneLiner and if they don't surrender, he will end them.]].
* BadassFamily:
** This time around, the [[PapaWolf Entei]] created by the Unown gets joined by [[MamaBear Suicune]] and [[BigBrotherInstinct Raikou]]. And they will all do whatever it takes to ensure Molly Hale's safety and happiness. Thanks to Mewtwo, them and the unusual Eevee are all real Pokémon now.
** [[spoiler: Sceptile and Meganium already qualify by dint of having Ash as their trainer, but their son Chikorita also qualifies, since he has Sacred Sword as an Egg Move.]]
* BadassFingersnap: After Max won his Mind Badge, and Liza and Tate are giving it to him:
--> Tate took a Badge, and put it on his palm. He concentrated, and it floated slowly across the room.\\
"Cool..." Max said, watching it. "How long did it take to learn how to do that?"\\
"A while," Tate admitted. "But it helps-"\\
"-when I help!" Liza finished. She snapped her fingers, and Max caught the Mind badge before it hit the floor.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: The Shamouti Legendary Bird Trio end up like this [[spoiler: while both Lugias and Pidgeot were off dealing with the Delta meteor]], as they were tasked with taking care of Silver and keeping him out of trouble, who is all of a sudden determined [[BrattyHalfPint to cause as much havoc as possible]]. Little do they know, Silver's father [[ExploitedTrope told him to be that way]] in order to keep ''them'' out of trouble, knowing what they might get up to if not occupied.
* BadBadActing: A lot of Ash's Pokémon, from [[NotSoAboveItAll Charizard and Lucario]] to Pikachu, Mawile and [[spoiler: Latias]], are often [[LargeHam excessively overdramatic]] or [[{{Corpsing}} get the giggles]] when [[ILetYouWin they have to take a dive]] during beginners training.
* BagOfHolding: Sir Aaron's bag. Lampshaded when Misty boggles at Ash pulling an entire chalkboard out of it. He says the real trick was getting it in there in the first place.
** A later chapter shows that part of how Brock keeps having the ingredients to do glorious meals in the wild is the fact that there's a literal fridge in it.
** At the end of Battle Frontier, they clean the bag out. Everyone is practically stunned at how much he stores in there, and they just dump several gallons of water inside the empty bag and someone else goes in with the detergent.
* BarrierWarrior: James' Abra.
** Agatha's Mega Sableye.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Used six times so far via Aura Purge. [[spoiler: It turns out that the original purpose of the Aura Purge technique was to fight against the Shadow Pokémon of VideoGame/PokemonColosseum and [[{{VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness}} XD]].]]
** The first time was to help cure Misty's [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes phobia of Bug types]] by going back to her memory of the traumatic event that caused it and battling a horde of Bugs led by a mental projection of Genesect.
** That fight was used as a practice run for the battle against Sabrina, which culminated in [[spoiler: the only sane fragment of her personality cutting down her inner darkness with a representation of Keldeo's Sacred Sword, Excalibur Galatine.]]
** Then came the incident with Molly Hale and the Unown, though that wasn't a battle so much as a therapy session.
** Jessie's Cubone has also had a therapy session, involving Ash going through an entire army of Pokémon skeletons.
** During the Whirl Islands mini-arc, Ash uses it on [[spoiler:Lugia's mate, who had been turned into a Shadow Pokémon by Namba and Cipher]], [[TimedMission while falling in midair]].
** When meeting with a Swablu that can't fly in Hoenn, Ash uses this to excise his subconscious fear of storms, which ends with the entered Pokémon fighting Thundurus.
** Ash uses it on the released Spiritomb they encounter in Sinnoh.
* BeachEpisode:
** A few scenes of beachtime are shown during the trip from Lilycove to Mossdeep (Chapters 161-162).
*** Chapter 162 even includes Gary's team relaxing in Barbados for a conference.
** Ash and Co. take a well-deserved vacation in the Orange Islands [[spoiler: after the Delta Episode]].
* BeamSpam: Muk's default method of attack is "Use ''all'' his moves at the same time." The first time he used this "Tactic," he unleashed ''twenty'' moves at the same time at a single target.
* BearHug: Casey's Riolu keeps complaining about her trainer hugging her so hard her ribs hurt in "Mystery of Mew".
* BeenThereShapedHistory:
** Victini's V-Create is apparently responsible for the historical destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki/Slateport.
** The last time [[spoiler: Groudon and Kyogre underwent Primal Reversion]], they sank Pokéatlantis.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: One way to make a Shadow Pokémon is to torture a Pokémon until they break.
* BenevolentAI: Dexter and the other Porygon.
** [[spoiler:Mirage Mew and post HeelFaceTurn Mirage Mewtwo also count]].
* BerserkButton:
** For Pidgeot, being mistaken for a male. The first time it happened, she retaliated with a massive Sky Attack and left the message "I'm female, twit" carved into the surface of the glass lining the resulting crater. Subverted the second time, when the culprit managed to apologize for his mistake in time to prevent her wrath.
*** Norman's Lopunny shares the same BerserkButton, and [[DudeLooksLikeALady he's male]].
** For Squirtle, mocking ''Gurren Lagann'' or, even worse, [[spoiler:breaking his Kamina style glasses]]. Brawly's Pangoro and Casey's Raticate, respectively, push those buttons. I'm sure we all know [[CurbstompBattle what happened next]].
** For May, '''DO NOT''' '''''HURT [[spoiler: MANAPHY...]]''''' [[MamaBear She's very protective of the little guy...]]
** Blaine's Ninetales ''really'' hates it when others touch his tails.
* BeyondTheImpossible: Ash's Squirtle has broken ''space''. To quote Dexter:
--> '''Dexter:''' Also, battles will almost invariably end in some improbable manifestation of power.
** Given that Squirtle's character is that of a massive fanboy of ''Gurren Lagann'', the TropeNamer of Beyond the Impossible, this is somewhat to be expected.
** At the Battle Tower, when an opponent notes that Squirtle knows a move he shouldn't be able to learn, Ash says that he doesn't bother to tell Squirtle stuff is impossible now, because he takes it as a ''challenge''.
** And somehow BeyondTheImpossible
trope examples list has been taken UpToEleven when [[spoiler:Squirtle created Squirtilite and Mega Evolved split into Mega Squirtle. It broke after one use, but it ''worked''.]]
** Apparently he's been reading physics books for ideas, which everyone who hears finds terrifying.
** In a non-Squirtle example, [[spoiler: Dexter tells the group not to ask how the distortion in Alamos cut them off from the rest of the universe, or he might get a headache despite ''lacking a head'']].
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* BigDamnHeroes: Many times:
** Team Rocket during Ash's battle with Mewtwo.
** Togekiss when Lawrence III is trying to capture Lugia.
** Charizard and Pidgeot during the Unown incident.
** Bianca and Latias during the Forina incident with the artificial Legendary Pokémon.
** [[DeathFromAbove Rayquaza]] [[DynamicEntry during the Scuffle of Legends.]] [[spoiler: This doesn't go [[NegatedMomentOfAwesome nearly]] as well.]]
** Mewtwo during [[spoiler: the Mirage Pokémon incident]]. [[ThereWasADoor Right through the roof in fact]].
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* BlatantLies:
--> '''Max:''' Did my Pokémon just do a flying leap off one of my ''other'' Pokémon? That happened, right?
--> '''Pikachu:''' Eh, it's a good tactic.
--> '''Lucario:''' [[FastballSpecial So is throwing your teammates.]] Not that I would abuse that tactic...
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* BlessedWithSuck: Dark types being immune to PsychicPowers means that a Dark type can't hear psychic communication or be teleported when not in a Poké-ball.
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* BloodMagic: The secret to using Ghost-type attacks while still alive and not getting fatigued. But it's not foolproof. In fact, the first time Ash uses it is when he's fighting Mewtwo. And he overdoes it to the point where all he can do just before he completely blacks out is [[spoiler:give Mewtwo his memories back.]]
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* BorrowedCatchphrase: May borrows Mr. Sukizo's "Remarkable" when helping judge the open air Contest she got set up, since the latter is out with a bad leg. Nurse Joy says she doesn't have the same flair that Sukizo has.
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* BrainwashedAndCrazy: All Pokémon captured in Dark Balls, [[spoiler:briefly including Ash's Pikachu]].
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* BreakingTheFourthWall: James' Abra, Misty's Psyduck and ''Arceus'' are guilty of this.
* BreatherEpisode:
** Chapter 101, to unwind after the action-packed ''Heroes'' movie. It acts as a DayInTheLimelight to various supporting characters, and Ash, Misty, and Brock, while mentioned, do not appear at all.
** Chapter 174 is an unwinding chapter after Ash's [[spoiler: loss]] against Wallace.
** Chapter 191 is a wrap-up chapter after [[spoiler: the Delta Episode]].
* BrickJoke:
** As Misty is leaving [[spoiler:to become a member of the Elite Four]], she specificially tells Ash to contact her when '[[PokemonRangerAndTheTempleOfTheSea that thing with Manaphy]]' happens, to call her since it's her speciality. The story even [[LampshadeHanging has Misty complain about how long it took them to call her about it...]]
** When Ash and Co. first meet Jirachi, Max wishes that Jirachi could stay around for longer, a wish that apparently did nothing. At the end of the arc, we find out what it did: [[spoiler:teleport instructions and a book on orbital mechanics to [[RealityWarper Mewtwo]].]]
** Barry comes to the conclusion that Rhododendrons attract time Legendaries. [[spoiler:Later, Celebi's {{Troll}} of a future self tells her and Uxie to hide in one when Ash is returning Ambipom, which Lucario notices. Dawn says that they're lucky Barry's out of town, or the town would be plastered in the plants]].
* BrilliantButLazy: James's Abra is a good sample of this trope.
* BringHelpBack: During the [[spoiler: Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon event]], Max's Kirlia Roland has to teleport quite a ways to get help from [[spoiler: Mewtwo]].
* BringMyBrownPants: [[ImpliedTrope Implied]] to have happen to Damian, the guy who Ash's Charizard used to belong to and abandoned him.
* BrokenWinLossStreak: Winona ends Max's winning streak of Hoenn Gym Battles.
** [[spoiler: Wallace does the same for Ash's Hoenn run - but still gives him the badge for showing adaptability.]]
* BrotherSisterTeam:
** In this fic, [[spoiler:Hunter J]] and Lawrence III, who team up at the end of Chapter 37 to begin the [[Anime/{{Pokemon2000}} attack on Lugia]].
** The Eon Dragons of Altomare. [[spoiler:Latios is Spared by the Adaptation, and while only one of them is typically with Ash at a time, they team up both for Forina and the Scuffle of Legends.]]
** The Mega Gardevoir and Mega Gallade that Tate and Liza use against Ash.
* BulletHell: [[spoiler: Mewtwo]] uses a Shadow Ball spread of this called Shadow Sweep as an anti-ghost tactic, and [[spoiler: Jirachi]] can use a minefield version of this using Future Sight.
* BullyingADragon:
** The TooDumbToLive Rocket Goon that tries to capture Molly's Shiny Eevee - with all five Kimono sisters, [[PersonOfMassDestruction League Champion Ash]] and [[spoiler: four Legendary Beasts]] in attendance. [[SuicidalOverconfidence And he still doesn't back down when he realizes what he's up against.]]
** [[spoiler: Phantom, who never ceases his attempts to attack Ash and Co. and capture Manaphy no matter how many times his crew fails, even ordering his men to shoot Ho-Oh. His Chatot actually defects to the heroes because he thinks that his trainer's gone mad!]].
* ButForMeItWasTuesday:
** Ash tells Riolu after he joins Ash that the time they saved him from Hunter J, he considered it a ''slow'' week.
** Falkner is kinda scared that Ash reacts casually to a ''quarter-mile" sized ball of electricity.
** Morty and Eusine are understandably stunned at the sight of the legendary Beast trio, [[spoiler:their shiny counterparts, and Keldeo]] acting as the peanut gallery to Ash's gym battle with Morty. Ash, Misty, and Brock don't even bat an eye.
** Brock lampshades this when a Contest Appeal May is doing with Wartortle that involves ''creating a giant ice tower'' doesn't feel ''flashy enough''.
** Celebi popping out of nowhere to congratulate them on an event that unhappened doesn't even rank in the top ten events that have happened to the gang.
** Lucario barely raises an eyebrow to a [[spoiler:Mirage Machoke using a flamethrower attacks, considering he learned the move from a Machoke.]]
** Pikachu's reaction to a MirrorMatch is just annoyance at having to fight himself again.
** Both Buizel and Staraptor take the time travel thing in stride, remembering how much crazy stuff Ash tends to get involved in.
** Dexter lampshades how it says a lot about them when rampaging revived Fossil Pokemon are almost a regular thing.
** [[spoiler: Rayquaza]] is a little nonplussed by how Ash reacting to his offer to become his Pokemon by simply saying that while he likes the idea, he doesn't have any Poke Balls he feels are appropriate for him.
** [[spoiler: The Mismagius trickster, the real identity of the above individual]], is a bit nonplussed by how the gang keeps reacting to the weird stuff she comes up with with barely any surprise. [[spoiler: The fridge Rotom even pops up to complain, which they find more interesting than anything the trickster did]].
** When Ash tells Zoey that things have been normal since the last time they met, Pikachu has to remind him that it's "them" normal.
* ButtMonkey:
** The Oaks. Professor Oak is often the butt of many Pokémon's hijinks (primarily Ash's), while if something bad is happening, it's usually happening to Gary. Note that this doesn't make them any less ''competent'' -- Professor Oak is still the best Pokémon trainer in Pallet next to Ash and Gary is still the latter's equal [[spoiler:to the point of even winning the Kalos Conference on his own]].
** Harley. From his Cacturne being burnt to a crisp by Ash's [[spoiler: Ho-Oh]] to his humiliating defeat at the Hoenn Grand Festival, it seems the universe is repaying him for antics in the previous timeline tenfold.
* CallBack:
** When Suicune [[spoiler: is talking to her brothers about being captured by Ash]], she comments that Entei would look good with hair ribbons. Guess what happens to the Volcano Pokémon later on?
** When Ash dealt with Anthony, the trainer who was trying to cheat by hiding smaller Pokémon in his Pelipper's beak, he said that his trick would work well in Double or Triple Battles. Anthony shows up again at the Ever Grande Conference, in the Double Battle round.
** Misty thinks of a few tactics that her sisters could use in Gym battles against stronger opponents while she is checking up on them. These tactics come into play when Max challenges the Cerulean Gym during the Battle Frontier.
** When Ash handled the Dark City gym the first time with its two feuding gym leaders, he offers a suggestion on how the two can cooperate and become a legitimate gym. When they return for Max's Kanto League journey, they've put his suggestions to use and are now fully legitimized.
* TheCallPutMeOnHold: [[spoiler: Since Gary and Zoey were taking on Cyrus during the original timeline's collapse, their proximity to the epicenter of the collapse means that Ash can't initially remind their new timeline's selves unlike all the rest, until the Lake Trio does some troubleshooting]].
* CallingYourAttacks: As the dialogue of the Pokémon in this fic is translated, and quite often are allowed to determine their own fighting styles, they often do this. Gary's Nidoqueen even lampshades it in Chapter 34.
** May prefers [[AttackPatternAlpha Calling Your Strategies]].
* CannotKeepASecret: [[spoiler: After Iris is reminded, her Excadrill reveals that she has posters of Ash]].
* CantCatchUp: Subverted. Saph takes great lengths to ensure that other protagonists, including minor supporting characters such as Casey, are able to keep up with Ash (to some degree). Even Brock, whose talents gear towards Pokémon care, is shown to have [[TookALevelInBadass taken levels in badass]]. Yet, the ''ultimate'' subversions would have to be Misty and Gary -- [[spoiler:the former becomes a member of the Gold-Silver version of the Elite Four, beating out Koga for the spot, while the latter takes on the Kalos Gym Challenge and wins the subsequent conference]].
** It's even subverted for Team Rocket: [[spoiler: Jessie beats May and wins the Kanto Grand Festival]].
* CanonForeigner: During the Elite Four meeting where the current members discuss the status of their potential successors, aside from Will, Karen, Koga and [[spoiler: Misty]], some other candidates mentioned are characters taken from other Pokémon games, such as Courtney and Isaac from the VideoGame/PokemonTradingCardGame, and Rosie from [[{{VideoGame/PokemonStadium}} Pokémon Battle Revolution]].
** Aqua Admin Amber and Magma Admin Blaise from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' also show up.
* CanonWelding: Characters and events from some of the spin-offs appear and/or are mentioned, like the {{Canon Foreigner}}s above.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonConquest Ransei]] is the first realm Arceus creates so that he, Aaron, and the Creation Trio he created can pass the time until Ash stops Cyrus, the second being the ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' world.
** Ritchie has some adventures over in [[VideoGame/PokemonRanger Almia]] after the Indigo Cup.
** Wes and Rui (who is confirmed as having Aura sensitivity) from ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'', the events of the game haven taken place before the start of Ash's journey, show up to stop Cipher from [[VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness creating and controlling a Shadow Lugia, with Michael also being name dropped]].
*** Vicious/The Iron Masked Marauder's Dark Balls are earlier confirmed to turn Pokémon into Shadow Pokémon by way of [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil torture]].
* CatsHateWater: Skitty, which May turns into an appeal in chapter 219.
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: More often than not, authorities or more powerful trainers arrive at the scene of a crisis... after Ash and Co. have already handled the worst of it. These include Drake and Phoebe arriving to the Mirage Kingdom, or Sidney to [=LaRousse=] City. The latter is starting to get wise to it.
** Mewtwo is this during Anime/PokemonJirachiWishmaker, but only because [[spoiler: he was busy trying to put a chunk of the Millennium Comet into rotation around Earth so Jirachi can stay awake]].
** [[Anime/PokemonTheRiseOfDarkrai After Dialga and Palkia calm down]] and their [[TeleportInterdiction spatial distortion]] is lifted, all of Ash's reinforcements that were cut off teleport in all at once.
* CelebCrush: Once she realizes her connection to the famous trainer Ash Ketchum, Serena thinks she may be developing a crush on him for exactly this reason (and maybe a bit of HeroWorship).
--> '''Serena:''' Well, ''yeah.'' Who wouldn't?
* CellPhonesAreUseless: Though Dexter can [[CommutingOnABus transfer Ash's Pokémon directly to him]] in the field with a satellite uplink, this uplink has sometimes been jammed during major Movie events, preventing Ash from calling in reinforcements.
* CerebusRetcon: Despite how unseriously this story takes itself, there is one thing that isn't PlayedForLaughs like it is in canon: Brock's RunningGag of going into a CornerOfWoe every time he hears Professor Ivy's name. [[spoiler: In the original timeline, she was researching the Unown and was trapped in their dimension like [[{{Anime/Pokemon3}} Spencer Hale]] after a [[FreakLabAccident resonance]] [[VideoGame/HalfLife cascade]], and Brock, who had genuinely fallen in love with her, [[MyGreatestFailure couldn't react fast enough to save her.]] This trauma was the reason for his constant adverse reaction to her name, and ended up [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderizing]] him into a CasanovaWannabe in an attempt to rebuild his heart. But in this timeline, he was able to save her in time, which has turned them both into the fic's OfficialCouple.]]
* ChainOfDeals: Gary Oak gets caught up in a chain of deals while trying to teach his Alakazam Teleport. The chain [[spoiler: ends up getting derailed when Gary talks to his grandpa, who reveals he has several of the items needed, including several heart scales and ''the TM for Teleport''. Gary decides to finish the chain anyway, which]] results in Gary getting an Anorith and Furfrou.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Maylene has no overt signs of Aura, but is still tough enough to spar with her Lucario.
* ChekhovsArmoury: At the beginning of the Hoenn saga, Norman gives Max a box of Pokémon accessories that includes a Magnet, a Shell Bell, an odd-looking scarf, a Toxic Orb, and a couple of shining stones. The Magnet becomes useful immediately because Max's starter is an electric-type, and knowledge of the Pokémon he befriended in canon makes it easy to guess what the Toxic Orb and one of the stones will be used for, but the other three items... [[spoiler:The other stone is a Moon Stone, and it gets used in the Delta Episode. Later, he gets an Aron, a Pokémon not among those he had befriended in canon, and starts working out the SABER strategy, explaining the Shell Bell.]]
* ChekhovsGag:
** During one of the early Johto chapters, Muk started acting like [[Series/SesameStreet the Cookie Monster]] and starts eating the [=TMs=] like cookies. In the first chapter after the ''Spell of the Unown'' arc, Ash summons Muk as his last Pokémon against Whitney. After taking a Rollout which does little to no damage, he proceeds to fire off no less than ''twenty'' successive [=TM=] attacks (among which includes ''Hyper Beam'' and ''Flamethrower''), which wins Ash the match but absolutely destroys Whitney's gym in process, including setting part of the gym on fire. Everyone is at a loss of words at the sight of the carnage.
---> '''Muk''': I like cookies.
*** Also included: Rain Dance and Sunny Day. At the same time. What?
** After Squirtle is left behind at Oak's ranch at the start of Ash's Johto Journey, a few throwaway lines in later chapters mention his usual antics involving Ash's five Tauros, including him trying to ride all five at once and teaching one to {{walk on water}}. Come Altomare and a [[spoiler:[[ZombieApocalypse Fossil Pokémon Apocalypse]]]], we get to see what they've been working on: ''the [[FoeTossingCharge Bull]]-[[CrushParade Dozer]].''
** During the attack on Mount Chimney, an Aqua grunt can't find his main Pokémon, and has to use his backup, a Luvdisc. [[spoiler:It turns out that Jirachi teleported it (a Remoraid) to help Delta evolve so he could save Max when the cable car was cut, and it evolved as well]].
** When the group arrive at the Saffron Fighting Dojo, Master Hamm mentions martial arts for several different body types, including serpents, avians, and the subtle blob martial arts. When Lucario is cutting a swath through the dojo's Pokémon, the one that finally takes him out of the fight is a [[BlobMonster Goomy]].
* ChekhovsGun:
** The Sacred Ash from the first chapter, which is used to [[spoiler:revive Ash after Mewtwo kills him]]. Then it's used again after [[spoiler:the Scuffle of Legends.]] To Pikachu's horror, half of it is gone after that.
** It was mentioned early on in the fic that limestone is the result of the combination of several fossilized remains. [[spoiler:As it turns out, Altomare is ''built on limestone'', allowing Annie and Oakley to unleash a ''[[ZombieApocalypse Fossil Pokémon Apocalypse]]'' onto the entire city via the DMA.]]
** When Absol first talks to Ash about Mega Evolution, she gets a small twinge from her danger sense. Several chapter later, after Ash has gotten Gary's Absolite and tries Mega Evolving her, [[spoiler: the evolution causes her to go into a SuperPowerMeltdown like Korrina's Lucario in canon.]]
** When [[spoiler:Keldeo]] goes to ask Misty for help getting back to Unova, Golduck tells him that she's been gone for a while. [[spoiler: A few other scenes show a new Team Aqua recruit with a Milotic]].
** For helping save the Togepi Kingdom, Ash gets a ceremonial sword. [[spoiler:It eventually becomes his focus for Sacred/Secret Sword]].
*** [[spoiler: And then it's revealed to have the soul of a female knight inside it, turning it into a Honedge.]]
** Ash gets his hands on the Meteorite that Maxie and Archie were after at Mt. Chimney. [[spoiler: If you've played ORAS, [[SuperMode you know what it does to Rayquaza during the Scuffle of Legends.]]]]
** Max receives a Moon Stone from his father at the very start of his journey. [[spoiler: When the Delta Episode comes around, it turns out a Moon Stone supercharged with Infinity Energy makes a very good Meteorite to allow Rayquaza to go Mega.]]
* ChickMagnet: Apparently Mavis's Alolan Ninetales, Gray, has a Primarina girlfriend that assumes this is the case for him. Manga/FairyTail fans should see this coming.
* [[ChirpingCrickets Chirping Kricketune]]: After Ash's outburst about his refusal to [[DisguisedInDrag dress up as Ashley]] again. Lampshaded when the narration points out how they aren't native to Kanto.
* TheChosenMany: There are actually many Chosen throughout history, including Sir Aaron's line of Aura Guardians, the Dragon Clan, and the Stone family.
* TheChosenOne: Aura Guardians, and those descended from them. Sir Aaron's Lucario knew full well that Ash (a descendant of Sir Aaron) was one when they first met, because, according to him, it's ''hereditary''.
* {{Cliffhanger}}:
** Chapter 186[=/=]Hoenn 59: The Ever Grande Conference [[spoiler: is cancelled in the middle of Ash and Ritchie's rematch due to an upcoming catastrophe. And the Delta Episode begins.]]
** Subverted in Chapter 204: [[spoiler: Manaphy]] has just been kidnapped by a bunch of pirates... only for [[MundaneSolution May to recall him out of their reach]].
* ClingyJealousGirl
** [[spoiler:Latias]] shows a bit of this with Ash when one of his opponents is a {{Fangirl}}.
** Juvia, Mavis's Primarina, apparently thinks that every female that gets within ten feet of her Alolan Ninetales teammate Gray is immediately attracted to him.
* CloningGambit: [[spoiler: Pikachu has just been given the runaround by Wallace's Greninja, it's coming in with a [[FinishingMove Giga Impact]], it hits... and Pikachu delivers a CounterAttack that knocks it out... only to burst the Substitute that it was.]]
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman[=/=]MySuitIsAlsoSuper:
** Ash's Aura Guardian outfit is attuned to his own aura, and each part gives him a special ability: from the NiceHat that gives him a Dark-subtype, to the boots that allow him to [[WallCrawl walk on walls]] and [[InASingleBound jump really high]].
** [[spoiler: Just like in the games, Cosplaychu's outfits give her new moves when she wears them]].
* CloudCuckoolandersMinder: Barry's new Smeargle has resigned himself to this role for his trainer, especially since said trainer wants him to use Sketch to collect ''Legendary Signature Moves''. In fact, pretty much all of Barry's Pokémon have to keep an eye on their {{Keet}} of a trainer.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Every Deoxys that shows up in this series has a different coloured chest gem to differentiate it from the rest. [[PokemonDestinyDeoxys Tory's Deoxys friend is green, another Deoxys that comes looking for it is purple]], the Deoxys [[spoiler: inside the Delta Episode meteorite]] is blue, and one that Max meets during the Battle Frontier is orange.
** When using Aura Purge on the Spiritomb they fought in canon, the more reasonable spirits all have a purple marking on their body somewhere, while the revenge-crazy majority has green on them in a similar manner, like armbands.
* CommutingOnABus: As in canon, some of Ash's Pokémon leave him from time to time for various reasons. This time around, they take a transponder with them that acts as a portable version of the Pokémon transfer system at Professor Oak's lab, allowing Ash to use Dexter to call on them if necessary.
** [[spoiler: Since Ash started recruiting Legendary Pokémon onto his team, he has made an allowance that if they need to take part in their jobs as Legendaries, they can leave and come back if they want.]]
* ContinuityNod: One of this fic's strongest points is that it has a far stronger sense of continuity than the original work, allowing for unique solutions to be devised by pointing out relatively simple solutions to formerly complex problems. For example, Jigglypuff's long-standing issue of putting people to sleep with her song is avoided by pairing her up with the old man who plays the Poké-flute in the first Snorlax episode. Many episode plots are solved by pointing the problems of one spot out to people from previous episodes who have solutions, or pairing up people who have solved these problems already.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: After [[spoiler: Zorua]] successfully pranks Brock and Philena, knowing how much she likes his cooking, Brock gets his own back by giving her only bland food for the next couple of days.
* CosmicRetcon: The author's plan for the ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' new type, Fairy. [[spoiler:And Mega Evolution, as Gary specifically admits that this didn't happen in the previous timeline, and speculates that this was the result of the time travel. His theory is confirmed when Korrina's grandfather admits that one of his Lucario mega-evolved the ''same day'' Ash went back in time, at the start of his journey.]]
** [[spoiler:As of "Celebi, Voice of the Forest", the Retcon has officially occurred via a TimeCrash, interfering with Creation to make Fairy types a thing, and Mega Evolutions appearing at the point where Sammy travelled back to. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And apparently making Max fail on a Pokémon Types test.]]]]
** Related to the [[spoiler:Mega Evolution]] thing is that Sea Mauville now exists where the ''S.S. Cactus'' did last time.
* ContrivedCoincidence:
** It seems to be Celebi's job to make sure all the little hiccups in time are smoothed out, and one of them is making sure Ash and Co. meet the right Pokémon at the right time. Some of these are more elegant, such as how they nearly seamlessly altered people's personal histories to include the Fairy-type, while others... not so much, such as when one just drops one of Ash's Pokémon on his head.
*** But even she can't stay in control of everything: During the Grand Festival, she keeps trying to arrange for Ash to meet [[EarlyBirdCameo Dawn]] early, but other random events conspire to thwart her. Until the last time though.
** A few of Jirachi's wishes can resolve themselves like this. A freak gust of wind, teleporting a trainer carrying a particular item, etc.
** Dawn's team keeps showing up early. [[spoiler: It turns out Mesprit and Celebi are collaborating.]]
* CouldSayItBut:
** [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Team Rocket when they "drop" the [[spoiler: Sceptilite they got from the TR Armory]] next to Ash, in order to maintain PlausibleDeniability that they are actually friendly with each other. Though Giovanni doesn't seem to buy it...
** When Ash finally meets Giovanni in person, rather than outright deny his association with Team Rocket, Giovanni simply talks in the hypothetical, speaking ''as if'' he was the head of Team Rocket.
* CrazyPrepared: After Ash was through with the Cerulean Gym, the sisters installed a bunker in case another strong trainer comes along. Like Ash's apprentice, Max Maple.
** May has considered possible contest routines for pretty much ''every'' Pokemon in the group.
** Professor Oak's Pokédex also counts in terms of technology. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Max's Porygon Pokédex, Kris; apparently, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill "Professor Oak's idea of appropriate processing power is being able to scan and analyze a new Pokémon in about fifteen seconds"]].
* CripplingOverspecialization:
** Brock's Marshtomp prefers [[ExtremityExtremist punching]] to any other form of attacking, which has led to problems when it comes to fighting Flying-types.
** Muk's BeamSpam strategy is hilariously devastating, but as the Battle Pike Tent battle against Lucy's Shuckle shows, he's gotten so used to it that he has trouble ''not'' firing off half-a-dozen moves at once, a problem when he needs a specific move or move type, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard when the moves interfere with each other]], or when the situation calls for [[ATeamFiring precision rather than power]].
* CrisisCrossover:
** What could get Ash to call on just about all his Pokémon to handle one big crisis? A [[spoiler: [[ZombieApocalypse Fossil Pokémon Apocalypse]]]] in Altomare, for one.
** How big a scope is the [[spoiler: Delta Episode]]? Big enough to [[spoiler: call in Champions, Mega-Evolution-capable trainers, and literally ''hundreds'' of Legendaries from all over the world to focus on one big meteor-sized problem.]]
* CriticalResearchFailure: In-universe:
** Dexter mentions a piece of research that incorrectly states that [[MythologyGag Psychic-types are immune to Ghost-type attacks]]. The Psychic-type in question was Meloetta, which is Normal/Psychic, and apparently someone got the typing wrong.
** Remember those punks that were abusing Lapras? Apparently, they were doing that because [[TooDumbToLive they]] thought [[FridgeLogic Lapras' could learn Earthquake]]. They can't. Though in their defense, [[ContinuityNod Ash did once made Pikachu use Earthquake]], and plenty of other Pokémon in this story use moves they can't in the games or anime, so it was worth a shot.
** The flashcards used to test potential Pokémon Trainers before they get their licenses use the Trainers' Choice questions from the dub of Advanced Generation, including the infamous "Arbok evolves into Seviper" answer. Not only does Max point out all the errors immediately, but the proctor is mortified, and is last seen [[LampshadeHanging preparing a list of all the ways that an eight-year-old knows more about Pokémon than the company who wrote the questions]]. It's mentioned later on that the company who made those is being sued for being so blatantly wrong.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Wallace's Magikarp, which can shatter one of Glalie's ice shields with raw strength alone.
* CrushKillDestroy: The result of the Tree of Beginning's Mew putting off the system updates for its Regi golem security.
* {{Cult}}: Team Aqua and Team Magma are explicitly described by the author as cults.
* CurbStompBattle: Due to Ash being able to restore the memories, and power, and evolutionary level, of his Pokémon, and that of his friends, [[FriendlyEnemy including Jessie, James and Meowth]] to whatever they were before Cyrus did his thing, they meet some people who they completely overpower.
** Early on, when Ash encountered the samurai guy who uses Bug-type Pokémon a second time from his point of view, well, it is easy to guess how that went.
** When they did the Princess Tournament again, the early rounds, in the author's words, were one-sided.
** Misty's confrontation with the Invincible Pokémon Brothers when they try to take over Cerulean Gym predictably ends this way.
** Ash's first round with Roxanne ends up like this, due to her [[FailedASpotCheck mistaking Ash for a rookie]] and using one of her mid-tier Golem... against [[PersonOfMassDestruction Pikachu]].
** May's battle with Nicolai. After he insults Max's battling skills (despite that being Max's first battle) May sics Blaziken on him. Nicolai ends up eating his words.
** When Jessie and James encounter Rico, the Poison-type poacher who is stealing Ekans and Koffing from Rocket turf (and who originally forced them to release Arbok and Weezing), things... go very differently this time around.
** Ever since Shamouti, this has been happening less and less, as the world itself seems to get stronger and stronger. The events of the Third movie, for example, don't just involve a copy of Entei, it involves copies of ''the rest of the Beasts of Ecruteak'' as well. This has the side effect of making curbstomps less frequent.
** Lilycove Pokémon Contest. Ash vs. Harley. Harley uses his Cacturne. Ash uses [[spoiler: [[OlympusMons Ho-Oh]]]]. Need we say more?
*** And Harley's luck doesn't get any better, given that he's knocked out of the Hoenn Grand Festival by a Natu well within the time limit.
* CutsceneIncompetence: Invoked explicitly by Arceus to the God Squad during their ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' run: none of the Creation Trio can use their time/space/symmetry powers ''because'' it's a cutscene, allowing them to be overwhelmed by a horde of Sableye.
* CuttingTheKnot:
** With their knowledge of the future, Ash and the other characters are able to avoid a ''lot'' of problems with relatively simple solutions. For example, teaming up the man with the Poké-flute that helped them with the Snorlax early in their travels with Jigglypuff, to counteract her sleep-inducing song.
** Team Rocket was ''supposed'' to do Koga's dungeon of traps before facing him. What ''instead'' happened was that they used Abra to teleport directly to Koga at the end of the dungeon.
** Ash does something similar by using Aura to sense the traps and just punching through the walls.
** Celebi is running late getting Ash's Corphish in place in time for them to meet, so she just drops the crustacean on Ash's head and leaves.
** Being a CombatPragmatist, this is also Corphish's solution to most problems. Pokémon hiding in a tree out of reach? Cut down the tree.
** When [[spoiler:Manaphy is first kidnapped, May just returns him before they get away]].

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[[folder: Tropes D - F]]

* DamselOutOfDistress:
** May and Max are kidnapped by a group of poachers along with six starter Pokémon, but May uses the starters' skills to escape and hold off the thieves long enough for TheCavalry to arrive.
** Then GenderInverted with her [[spoiler: son; Manaphy is captured by the Phantom Pirate's ambush in Chapter 212, but manages to use Heart Swap and Acid Armour to get away, and use a water wing technique Wartortle taught him to get back to the group]].
* ADayInTheLimelight: Chapters are often interspersed with scenes of other supporting characters and Pokémon away from the main group and their travels. When a whole chapter is made up of these scenes, it's usually referred to as "[[PunnyName Ashes Nowhere To Be Seen]]".
* DeathCourse: A corridor in the Temple of the Sea turns out to be this. Turns out Manaphy had been living there for so long he forgot that he hadn't yet turned off the traps in the current timeline. Luckily they weren't designed to keep out Lucario.
* DeathIsNotPermanent: [[spoiler: Whenever Ash dies, the Sacred Ash that Ho-Oh gave him in the beginning of the story will resurrect him/prevent his death. [[JustifiedExtraLives However, there's only so much Ash in that bag of his...]]]]
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:The King of [=PokéAtlantis=] possesses Forrest when he is accidentally freed, then is tricked into [[BodySurf trying to do so to Zorua]], which ends his threat for good]].
* {{Descriptiveville}}:
-->'''Brock''': That's Remoraid Mountain. It's got Remoraid Lake on top of it, it's near the Remoraidian Ruins which used to be inhabited by the ancient people called the Remoraidians, and you'll never guess what Pokémon are up there.
-->'''Ash''': [[DeadpanSnarker Octillery]].
-->'''Brock''': Probably.
* DidntSeeThatComing:
** Quoted word for word when Dexter turns into a Porygon.
** Ash didn't expect Casey would have a plan to defeat Charizard on their first encounter. She pulled the FEAR strategy on him (elaborated upon above, under the AdaptationalBadass trope).
** [[spoiler: No one at all expected the massive Dragonite at Bill's lighthouse to a) be Australian and b) be holding a truck-sized can of Foster's Beer. Everyone tries ''desperately'' to forget that it happened.]]
** No one expected illusionary counterparts to Suicune and Raikou at the Hale Manor.
** [[spoiler: And definitely no-one expected Pikachu to be ''[[BrainwashedAndCrazy captured in a Dark Ball.]]]]''
** And absolutely nobody, not even the readers, expected [[spoiler:Squirtle to actually succeed in Mega Evolving]].
** Even Team Rocket couldn't have seen [[spoiler:James' Moltres costume leading to a chain of events that led to them ''accidentally capturing a '''real''' Moltres.'' Ash, upon hearing it, gives a FlatWhat.]]
*** It doesn't end there. Even after turning over a new leaf, Team Rocket never thought that they would finally get their hands on [[spoiler: a Pikachu. Let alone a cosplaying one.]]
** Team Magma and Aqua both showing up in person to capture Jirachi caught everyone off guard.
*** The monster Groudon in Forina, Ash and Co. were expecting. [[spoiler: The monster Kyogre, not so much.]]
** [[spoiler: Kyogre and Groudon undergoing Primal Reversion and beating Rayquaza.]]
** When Norman's Lopunny Mega Evolves, he, angry at Casper mocking him about how his Mega Evolution makes him look even more feminine, and kicks him. Casper, unaware that Mega Lopunny has the Scrappy ability that allows Normal-type attacks to hit Ghosts, goes flying.
** For all that Ash and Co. have lived through in both timelines, [[spoiler: the catastrophe that is the Delta Episode]] is something they've never had to deal with. And it's suitably epic.
** No one expected [[spoiler:Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon]] to occur, and it has been confirmed that Ash and Co. never had to deal with that in the original timeline.
** Solidad, who May faces in the Kanto Grand Festival, likes researching her foes to figure out the best way to take them out. She was completely unaware of Joltik though, and as a result prepared to fight Blaziken, leaving her caught off guard by both the Pokémon and the tactics she used with Manaphy.
** The Fossil Pokémon mass revival early in Sinnoh likewise takes the gang by surprise.
** Max's opponent having his Sharpedo go Mega catches him and Kris by surprise, especially since his "sea-air ballistic shark attack" cry baffled them.
** During the events at Alamos Town, Ash didn't expect [[spoiler:the ceremonial sword he got from the Togepi Kingdom to become a Honedge, much less with a spirit of a female knight attached to it.]]
* DidntThinkThisThrough: Several times in-story, often where battle plans don't always work out due to overlooked details.
** One prominent example occurs during the events of PokemonDestinyDeoxys. May, Brock and Drew have intercepted the haywire robots, have found the core robot, have gotten a pass up to it to give the main control room a chance to reset them... only to realize that they never ''told'' anyone in the control room to ''do'' anything.
** Team Aqua and Team Magma didn't think about what would happen with [[spoiler: Kyogre and Groudon both undergoing Primal Reversion.]]
** When a spar with Norman's newly Mega Lopunny sends both him and Blaziken up into the sky, after May uses Altaria to catch him, Blaziken points out that 1, she could have just returned him, and 2, he knows two moves that send him up that high all the time, so he could have just come back down himself, causing her to {{Facepalm}} (though Norman was the one who suggested it in order to get May and Altaria to bond).
** Dawn's Swinub shows up early, and it's pointed out that, with how big Mamoswine are, they should bring him outside before reminding him. Ash then picks him up, forgetting for a minute that that's how he reminds Pokemon. If Lucario hadn't pulled a FastballSpecial again and gotten Swinub outside before he evolved...
** Paul lampshades this when he learns of his previous self's choices when fighting Cynthia.
** Lugia finds a few problems with his housesitting of Altomare while the Eon twins are out: he's a bit too big for the garden, a lot too big for the canals, and he can't turn invisible or shapeshift.
** Suicune should've remembered that Aura Speech isn't translated across electronic mediums like TV and radio, before she agreed to give the opening speech at the Indigo League Conference.
* DiscardAndDraw: Paul gives away Chimchar to Ash because he couldn't work with his training style, but asks Ash to get another Pokémon that will. Ash obliges with a ChallengeSeeker of a Cranidos.
** Roland, after evolving into a Gallade, mentions that he'd ''just'' gotten used to being able to NoSell Dragon types when facing one (Gallade loses his Fairy subtyping in exchange for a Fighting subtype).
* DiscontinuityNod: Dexter brings up the events of the infamous banned Porygon episode, which none of the others can remember. He attributes the memory loss to seizures brought on by the digital environment.
** In Chapter 252, aka Sinnoh 15, Ash and company arrive in Heartome City, a pseudo Hearthome City. Saphroneth made this decision because of a translation error in the anime where the crew arrived in Amity Park before they ever arrived in Hearthome.
* DisguisedInDrag: Ash does ''not'' like having the canon moments he did this in brought up.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength:
** Ash's Mawile finds out that her Mega-Evolution has Huge Power, by sending her friend [[spoiler: Goodra]] into the wall with a single punch.
** [[spoiler:Reshiram's power means that even though he ''wants'' N to use a Poké-ball on him, he keeps accidentally ''obliterating'' the ones used on him]].
** Mavis's Pokemon have trouble keeping their attacks ''not'' excessively strong. The number of times her team has wrecked her own gym can attest to that.
** Casper [[spoiler: as Mega Banette]] finds out just how strong he is by throwing Blaine's Rhydon clear out of the volcano crater.
* {{Doorstopper}}: As of the 180th update, the fic now exceeds a ''million words''. It also has 250 chapters.
* DoppelgangerAttack: The effect of Beat Up, Substitute, or having Parental Bond on any Pokémon other than a Mega Kangaskan.
* DoUntoOthersBeforeTheyDoUntoUs: Cinder is able to use preemptive retaliation as a justification for using Payback ''before'' her foe can attack her.
* TheDreaded: Ash, after winning the Indigo League Champion. He became even more feared after ''Spell of the Unown'', where Charizard[[spoiler:, after some bizarre Mega Evolution activation and transitioning,]] started beating back [[spoiler: the Unown-created Raikou, Suicune and]] Entei on live television.
** The Officer Jennys in Johto have evidently been printing Ketchum Incident reporting slips.
*** Lance explains how bad [[spoiler: Kyogre and Groudon undergoing Primal Reversion]] was by showing that he had two Ketchum Incident reporting slips stapled together. The entire audience gasped.
** When the Gym Leaders of Kanto hear that Ash is coming back after the Hoenn League for a few months, they manage to keep themselves from panicking outright, but only just.
** Even some ''Legendaries'' are starting to hear about Pikachu, [[spoiler:Team Rocket's Moltres is careful to be polite when he approaches her for the first time]].
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Norman's Lopunny is male, and doesn't initially care much for his Mega Evolution due to it making him even ''more'' feminine. He gets more excited after seeing how powerful it makes him though.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Zigzagged. After becoming Indigo League Champion, Ash garners a lot of respect, and a lot of people ''do'' fear battling him, but his eccentric, borderline ''insane'' behaviour, along with his Pokémon's tendency to do the impossible[[note]]which is ''routine'' in Squirtle's case[[/note]], means they have issues taking him seriously.
* DungeonBypass:
** Ash goes to the Rota Kingdom and frees Sir Aaron's Lucario on his Indigo League run, leaving the issue completely resolved when he returns during his Battle Frontier run.
** The Fuschia Gym requires challengers to navigate an obstacle course before they can face Koga himself. Jessie and James get through by having Abra teleport them to the goal, which Koga [[ObviousRulePatch promptly disallows for future challengers]]. Ash and his Pokémon get through by using Aura Sight to spot the traps and just [[CuttingTheKnot smashing through the walls]]. Ash's interview in Goldenrod reveals that Koga disallowed that from then on as well.
** Ash tends to do this a lot. For example, in one of the Orange League gyms, one of the challenges is a race. While it's ''implied'' that you're supposed to use a water type, Ash instead uses his Pidgeot... which is capable of supersonic travel. Again, [[ObviousRulePatch the leader vows to specifically require the use of a Water-type in future.]]
** Ash's various Pokémon, coupled with future knowledge, allow him a ''lot'' of bypasses. Managing to cut ''weeks'' of aimless wandering in the woods thanks to not being lost helps, and the ability to move extremely quickly (via Suicune or Pidgeot, for example) enables them to get from one place to another with minimum of fuss.
** It ''really'' helps Ash that many of the "Dungeons" that popped up in the original time line simply ''don't show up'' due to Team Rocket not being as antagonistic here. Whole episodes worth of problems simply vanish, or become much simpler to fix without the team exacerbating them.
** The entirety of the original plot of ''Anime/PokemonJirachiWishmaker'' is taken care of by a restored Jirachi using Future Sight to show Butler the consequences of his plan to restore Groudon. Unfortunately, when Butler steps down, Team Aqua and Team Magma both step up, resulting in things being worse than before.
** Lucario manages to get through many of the Temple of the Sea's traps without a scratch.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome:
** Several seen when [[spoiler: time breaks. Included in their number are Keldeo's parents final stand against a rampaging [[OlympusMons Reshiram]] and Ash's father breaking a tidal wave over Pacifidlog.]]
** In the original timeline, [[spoiler:Latios had one, stopping a tsunami… but averted in this story, because Mewtwo took care of it.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo:
** The Maple Family show up at the Orange League to watch Ash vs. Drake, with Norman as a guest referee. May and Max are reminded and wait through the entirety of Ash's Johto journey before joining him across Hoenn.
** Dawn and Johanna show up at the Hoenn Grand Festival, Dawn is reminded by Ash, and an inadvertent wish drops Piplup (as an egg) in her lap.
*** And during the Battle Frontier, a certain Buneary shows up in her front garden. [[RunningGag And a Pachirisu.]] [[OverlyLongGag And a Swinub]]. And a [[UpToEleven Cyndaquil egg]]. And a note gets sent to Princess Salvia. [[spoiler:It turns out that Celebi and Mesprit have been collaborating on it]].
** A few scenes in Unova are shown, involving Iris in Opelucid City and Cilan and his brothers setting up their gym.
*** Iris finally gets in contact with Ash at the start of the Sinnoh arc, and she has her memories restored soon after.
** Clemont shows up [[spoiler: in the Delta Episode]], though only in the scenes in Kalos.
** [[spoiler: Silver ends up finding Manaphy's egg at the very beginning of the Battle Frontier.]]
** Serena becomes Dawn's pen-pal midway through the Battle Frontier. After the events in Alamos Town, she realizes exactly who her new pen-pal is now traveling with.
** Kodai briefly appears when Silver takes a wrong turn when trying to find the Temple of the Sea.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The Kanto chapters were written around the early days of ''Pokémon's'' 5th Generation (before the localized named of Unova was revealed in fact), and with no feedback before publishing. After a hiatus, the author resumed writing beginning with ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon2000}} The Power of One]]'' retelling, just as ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'' were about to be released, and posting his works on WebSite/SpaceBattlesDotCom for feedback. The contrast is quite visible.
** One unavoidable problem is that the original anime was self-contained with just one hundred and fifty Pokémon in the Kanto region. So certain plot points - like Sabrina's father saying that you "Need a Ghost-type to fight Psychic-types" - don't make nearly as much sense in a world where Dark-types (which can NoSell psychic attacks) are known to exist, but didn't exist at the time the episodes were made (or Psychic getting {{Nerf}}ed by later generations).
* EnemyCivilWar: [[spoiler: As a result of N's early departure along with Reshiram, a rift has developed in Team Plasma between those who follow N and those who follow Ghestis.]]
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:Primal Kyogre and Groudon]] are beating onto each other until [[spoiler:Rayquaza]] popped up in Chapter 165. Then they ganged up on him.
* EngineeredHeroics: The [[spoiler: Zapdos]] hanging out with Casey has a wild Aggron show up that he can "protect" from it, presumably to impress her.
* EntertaininglyWrong: When Noland sees Ash and Co. arrive at the Battle Factory, he correctly assumes that Ash is challenging the Battle Frontier, since Scott would've jumped at the chance at inviting him as soon as possible. That's all well and good, but at the chapter's end, we find out that Scott never formally issued Ash the challenge yet, and is now running around trying to find him.
* EpicFail:
** This happens sometimes when a Pokémon uses Fissure on a battlefield where the ground isn't deep enough.
** The only outcome when a group of pirates ambush Ash and co., who normally have Pokémon out of their balls as a course of habit, while there's a Poké-ball-disabling meteorite somewhere in the vicinity.
** In the Kanto Grand Festival, a Graveler beans itself on the head with its own Rock Throw, and a Flaafy zaps its trainer.
* EquippableAlly: Several Double-battle teams in the Ever Grande conference have this tactic, including a Machamp with a [[ShamuFu Magikarp]] (though it evolves mid-battle, it's taken out before its partner can try to do the same with the new Gyarados), an Ariados with a [[EpicFlail Roggenrola]] and a Pelipper with a water-boosted [[ActionBomb Pineco]].
* EstablishingSeriesMoment: See the dialogue at the top of the page? That firmly establishes the premise of the story as well as sets the tone for the series.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: If Jessie and James catching a Relicanth for his mother in any indication, Giovanni seems close to said mother, despite his criminal activities.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Giovanni's primary issue with the Iron Masked Marauder's actions is that he intended to use Celebi's powers to supplant him. But he's not upset because of the risk of losing his power, his influence, or his resources, nor is he all that upset about the gall that the Marauder had in doing that when Giovanni and his organization were responsible for building him up to having all of his power in the first place. He says that he can forgive all of that, [[ThisIsUnforgivable but the one thing that he can't]] is that because of Vicious's attempted tampering with time, he might have lost his [[RightHandCat Persian]].
* EvilVersusOblivion: The purpose of Rocket executives, or at least the department the promoted Jessie, James, and Meowth are in. You can't rule or make a profit in a destroyed world, so ''somebody'' needs to point [[IdiotHero Idiot Heroes]] in the right direction to protect all those potential victims. This doesn't mean that Team Rocket as a whole is a group of good guys now, it more means that they want to prevent people from rocking the boat too much.
** [[spoiler:Case in point, they show up to assist whenever something like Primal Kyogre and Groudon show up, they assist Ash in holding them at bay.]]
* ExactWords:
** A distracted Roxanne asked how many ''Hoenn'' Gym Badges Ash had. [[PersonOfMassDestruction Ash]] answered none. HilarityEnsues. Roxanne later decides to word her questions more carefully in the future.
** As a pre-gym challenge, Wattson tells Max he and his team have to stay on Raikou for 30 seconds. He ''means'' his robo-Raikou bucking bronco, but Max knows where to find another, calmer, ''real-life'' Raikou instead, and just sits on his back, and since his team were all in his Poké-balls on his belt, they stayed on too. Wattson takes this in good humor, though Max says that, if he hadn't, he would have just shocked the robot until it stopped working and sat on it then.
** Iris has to do a report on the history of Gyms in Unova, and she's not liking it. Upon a closer look at the assignment, she decides to just do it on the history of ''one'' Gym, one she likes, because that isn't disallowed.
** The night before Ash's Battle Factory match against Noland, Noland's Articuno asks [[spoiler: Entei]] if he has any tips for battling Ash's Pokémon. [[spoiler: Entei]] answers that Mawile is weak to Ground attacks and to not let your guard down around her, advice for a Pokémon Ash probably ''isn't'' going to use tomorrow.
** During Drew's Contest Battle against Solidad during the Kanto Grand Festival, he orders his Flygon to "grab [her] new teammate". While it's seemingly obvious what Drew's planning, there are three points to note: Flygon's teammate is Roserade, one of Drew's oldest Pokémon, he recently caught a Butterfree, and there's a Butterfree on Solidad's team. As such, Solidad doesn't parse Drew's order until it's too late.
* ExplosiveResults: Seems to be what happens if a Pokémon uses too many held items at once. Gary has taken finding out why as his new project, already anticipating the displeasure from his Pokémon.
* FailedASpotCheck:
** When Eusine meets Morty (at the moment in the middle of a Gym Battle with Ash) he excitedly talks about his new findings about various legendary Pokémon trios in Johto and Unova... not noticing that a good number of the Pokémon he mentioned were seated in the stands watching Ash's battle with Morty at that moment (as well as their copies). Ash lampshades it by his increasingly louder not-laughter.
** Distracted by homework marking, asking him [[ExactWords how many Hoenn badges he has]] and him not wearing his (in-universe) iconic blue outfit, Roxanne fails to recognize Ash as a multi-League winner and gives him a beginner's gym challenge. HilarityEnsues.
** One not PlayedForLaughs: [[spoiler: With it having been several centuries since the last time they fought using that power, coupled with a thick layer of ash from a volcanic eruption, Rayquaza doesn't notice that Groudon and Kyogre have underwent Primal Reversion until [[DynamicEntry he's charging right at them with Dragon Ascent]]. Groudon gets his claws on him, and a CurbStompBattle [[EnemyMine from the both of them]] ensues.]]
** Celebi, tired of Ash [[MissedHimByThatMuch missing Dawn]], tries to just drop him onto her... after he had finally seen her.
** [[spoiler: Zinnia approaching Rayquaza to try to tell him to stop the meteorite... in the middle of a shuttle landing pad, right after Rayquaza, Mewtwo, assorted other Legendaries, and a shuttle full of trainers have just gotten back from trying to do just that.]]
** When climbing the Sky Tower, Dialga and Palkia forget that they can float, despite Giratina doing so the entire way up.
** [[spoiler: Ho-Oh]] was planning on being used in Ash's battle against Brandon, but he was so caught up in a battle with a newly-reminded Buizel that he completely missed it.
* {{Fainting}}: Crogunk faints when he hears about [[spoiler:Brock having a girlfriend]].
* FalseReassurance: Before battling Brawly, Ash tells him that he will only use one of the Pokémon that he used in the Silver Conference, and reassures him that it is not Lugia. After Ash uses Squirtle instead of a Legendary, Brawly probably didn't expect him to finish with [[spoiler: Latios (who was at Altomare during the Conference)]]. Brawly takes it pretty well, actually, and puts up enough of a fight to make Ash resort to Mega Evolving.
* FamedInStory: Ash eventually gains a reputation with his various accomplishments and how he achieves them. This is what his league profile says about him.
-->'''Profile''': Ash Ketchum. Winner of the Indigo and Orange Leagues, this young trainer is probably insane and completely unorthodox, and so are his Pokémon. Half the things they do should be impossible. His preferred style is probably sweeper, but it's hard to tell. His starter Pokémon is a Pikachu. Class - probably A.
** He also has a reputation for absolutely pulverizing Gyms that he fights in. By the Johto Arc, the Gym Leaders have started to move their battles outside... not that it always helps.
** He played Genghis Khan in a movie once, but this doesn't come up often.
** It's gotten to the point that even technically wild Pokémon, like those from the Dragon Holy Land or the Valley of Steel, have heard of Ash before he gets there.
** Ever since the [[Anime/Pokemon3 Greenfield Incident]], Ash's Charizard is pretty much a local celebrity in the Charicific Valley.
** Pikachu is turning into this as well.
* {{Fangirl}}:
** Ash gets one of these as an opponent during the Silver Conference.
** Ash's Swellow turns out to be one for Pidgeot.
** Iris is this for a lot of trainers, including Lance, Cynthia and [[FamedInStory Ash]]. She even has posters of them. It makes for an amusing scene when her memories are finally restored.
* FastballSpecial: Lucario seems to be especially guilty of this.
** A Mega Kangaskhan also utilizes this with her own empowered child.
* FantasyGunControl: Lampshaded in the second Temple of the Sea chapter, where the Phantom Pirates become the third individuals, after Hunter J and Jessebelle, to use actual guns.
* [[FieldOfBlades Field of Bones]]: Jessie's Cubone (based on [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Archer]]) can manifest her reality marble, which takes this form. [[spoiler: After she gets therapy, it becomes a simple grass field.]]
* FightOffTheKryptonite: Overcoming the ElementalRockPaperScissors weaknesses Pokémon have by various moves and tactics is a major theme, especially with Ash and his Pokémon. Norman and Ash both agree that, to an experienced trainer, the type chart is just another challenge.
** Most Absols with their DangerSense have a FreakOut when they see [[WeirdnessMagnet Ash]]. Ash's own Absol, however, manages to see the nuances beneath the mess of disasters and slowly gets used to it.
** The standout example is Charizard, who is training to ''swim''.
* FingerInABarrel: Delta, Max's Mantine, tries to pull this on Juan's Wailord by gumming up its blowhole with Ice Beam. Unfortunately, all that did was give Wailord an ice cannonball.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Revived Fossil Pokemon in general tend to be this.
* FixFic: Technically a {{subversion}}. Most Fix Fics completely ignore canon after a certain point, but this one only works because the characters have knowledge of canon.
** However, Ash getting his Goomy early on was written as a response to Ash releasing Goodra mid-XY series. Of course, [[DidntSeeThatComing no one would have predicted]] that [[spoiler:Goodra would return for the Kalos League and the Team Flare attack following it]].
* FlatWhat: Ash gives a very well deserved one upon hearing that [[spoiler: Team Rocket somehow caught a Moltres.]]
** [[spoiler: Baron Alberto's reaction to the idea of him becoming a Lickilicky]].
* {{Flynning}}: What happens when Keldeo goes up against Norman's Ditto.
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: In chapter 219, Dialga and Palkia have been complaining about having to climb the Sky Tower. At the top Aaron gets fed up and reminds them that they both have ways to float, and that Giratina's been doing so the entire way up.
* ForWantOfANail:
** While there hasn't been one huge event that is the culmination of [[ButterflyOfDoom the butterfly effect]] ala ''FanFic/YetAgain'', it crops up every once in a while. The most notable would have to be ''Spell of the Unown'', where Delia's decision to stay away from Greenfield results in the Unown creating an illusionary Suicune as Molly's mother instead, and an illusionary Raikou to act as her older brother, on top of having the canonical Entei as her father. [[spoiler:Eventually, after all the love she puts into the illusions of the Legendary Beasts and an Eevee she used in her battles against Brock and Misty, they become real (albeit, shiny).]]
** Hunter J's early involvement is due to this. Because Ash reminds Team Rocket, they have an increase in skill and go back for James's pet Growlie. This in turn draws Jessebelle's attention, who, after failing to get James, calls Hunter J to Kanto. [[spoiler:Hunter J crosses paths with Ash years early, leading to the increased difficulty of both Gringey City and Shamouti but also taking care of a problem early (and causing Ash's meeting with Muk to be delayed until right before the League).]]
** Instead of being left alone, Meowzie was adopted by Koga and trained in the art of the Ninja, meaning that the events of the episode where Meowth's backstory was revealed not only don't happen, but she actually trains Meowth in how to perform several Pokémon ninja movies while Jessie and James fight Koga for a badge. Meowth never learns that she was his crush in another life, though.
** After being reminded by Ash, Drew expands his team with an Eevee -> Leafeon he didn't capture in the original timeline, which gives birth to an Eevee egg... [[spoiler: that turns out to be May's Glaceon.]]
** After Mewtwo [[spoiler:publishes his book about life from a captured Pokémon's perspective, N gets his hands on a copy, thus planting the seeds of doubt about his father's doctrine.]]
*** And then by the Battle Frontier, [[spoiler: when Team Plasma conduct the ceremony to summon Reshiram, N is doubtful enough of his father's intentions and curious enough about the actual truth that Reshiram can see it in him, and the two of them fight off Team Plasma (with the help of the Swords of Justice) and take off on their own to find the real truth of the world.]]
** [[spoiler: Thanks to Magma and Aqua's machinations, Kyogre and Groudon get ahold of their own Orbs and undergo Primal Reversion]], requiring Ash to call the strongest members of his team, including [[spoiler:all nine of his Legendaries]], along with help from Team Rocket.
** Whatever caused the [[spoiler: Delta Episode]] to happen in this timeline. And [[spoiler: Ash using the Meteorite to Mega Evolve Rayquaza during the Scuffle of Legends means that he's a little short on power to deal with said mountain-sized meteorite.]]
** Paul is a bit different this time around as a result of the ripple effect, being less dismissive and a bit more respectful of Ash because of [[FamedInStory his reputation]].
** A mass revival of Fossil Pokemon occured in Sinnoh 6 despite not happening the first time around.
** Giovanni apparently set up operations in Sinnoh before Ash and Co. went there. In the original timeline, the [=TRio=] were the first ones sent there to establish operations.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Sometime in Kanto, Brock mentions that applications for the Elite Four involve Legendaries. [[spoiler: We see exactly what that entails when Misty gets scouted for the Kanto-Johto E4.]]
** Ash gets his fortune read by a Natu in chapter 71, but gets the result of "Tilt." The Natu in question could only see about four days out before "Everything got confusing." [[spoiler:Four days later was when Ash fought the Iron Masked Marauder, resulting in a TimeCrash and the world being fundamentally altered.]]
** Around the Ever Grande Conference, a few characters take note of meteor showers happening more frequently. [[spoiler: Then the Delta Episode rolls around]].
** During [[spoiler: the meeting to select the new Kanto-Johto Elite Four]], Koga mentions that he's training up his daughter Janine to take over Fuchsia Gym. Guess who Max battles on his Kanto Gym run?
** People and Pokémon that Ash can remind of the old timeline always look brighter in Aura Sight. When Ash activated Aura Sight for the first time in the story, he could see Misty, who was an hour or so away from him, [[spoiler: but he didn't see Gary, even though he had left just a short while before Ash did. When Ash meets Zoey, who can't be reminded, he takes her to the Lake Guardians to find out the matter, and it turns out that she was at Spear Pillar trying to stop Cyrus in the old timeline, just like Gary, and that proximity to the time collapse inhibited the memory restoration.]]
** A little before Sinnoh kicks off, people start noting that Ash's (ornamental) sword isn't a very normal sword. [[spoiler: Come the events of ''Rise of Darkrai'' and said sword turns out to be a Honedge, one that was previously a human knight by the name of Kari Burns.]]
* [[ZombieApocalypse Fossil Pokémon Apocalypse]]: [[spoiler:As the result of the bedrock Altomare is built on being made of limestone and a pair of Pokémon thieves with delusions of world domination having access to the DMA]].
* FourIsDeath: After the [[spoiler:Scuffle of Legends]], Ho-Oh reveals that his Sacred Ash is now halfway used up, after using it to [[spoiler:revive Ash]] for the second time, which implies that there is only enough for four resurrections.
** However, [[spoiler: Ho-Oh also mentions that the Sacred Ash was being used to prevent Ash's death by Aura Exhaustion while he was using Sacred Sword, so he could have simply lost enough energy to have otherwise died multiple times.]]
* FreakyFridayFlip: [[spoiler:Manaphy in egg form does this by accident to Lugia and Ash]].
* FridgeLogic: In universe, the characters sometimes question some piece of logic, usually from the games, Pokédex lore or anime.
** Lance, during [[spoiler:his time infiltrating them]], wonders why Team Magma has a submarine.
** Pokémon learning moves the games say they can't but logic says they can, like Machamp and Rock Throw (as Pikachu puts it, it's basically picking up a rock and throwing it, not that hard).
** The Rockets point out that Jessebelle's characterization doesn't really make sense. She acts like a gold digger... yet has enough disposable income to hire an army of mercenaries on a whim and get in contact with world-renowned criminals like Hunter J.
** The idea of Spoink needing to constantly bounce to maintain their hearts is brought up. Turns out the scans got it backward; their hearts are what drive their springs.
** When Morrison's Beldum evolves into Metang, Mawile wonders, if Beldum need to fuse with another Beldum to evolve, where the other Beldum came from, since it happened right when he was coming out of the Poké-ball.
** In the "Mystery of Mew", Brock ends up discussing with Pikachu how Pokémon can [[OneSteveLimit tell different individuals of the same species apart]] with PokemonSpeak.
** During the Battle Frontier arc, Arcanine being called the "Legendary" Pokémon is brought up.
** Sabrina giving out the Marsh Badge is brought up. Apparently, she and Koga applied at the same time, and the paper-pushers goofed and assigned them the wrong badges, and they just went with it.
** The Pewter Gym, despite being mostly solid rock, has a sprinkler system. When asked about it, all Brock says is that building codes don't make sense.
** In the first Temple of the Sea chapter, there's a bit of this on how Buizel's Aqua Jet use.
** When Ash can't remind Zoey, even though Paul was apparently eligible for it, Ash and company start questioning sone inconsistency in who he can remind. [[spoiler: Apparently the difficulty with Zoey was the result of her being near the Lake Trio when Cyrus captured them as part of his plot in the old timeline's final moments. Gary being close as well is why he didn't show up on Aura Sight but was remindable anyways due to his bond with Ash]].
** Brock asks how come Pokémon can understand humans, even prehistoric Pokémon who lived when English didn't exist yet. Pikachu changes the subject.
** The League field choices are questioned at one point.
** After the gang is introduced to Z-Moves, Brock asks why a Pokemon can apparently only carry a Mega Stone ''or'' a Z-Crystal, and not both.
** The held item limits are lampshaded by Gary, and he starts studying it.
** [[spoiler: Kari]] knowing the term Pokémon when she came from a time before it is lampshaded. [[spoiler: Her best guess is that she picked it up unconsciously when she was just a spirit in a sword]].
** Then we have a ''literal'' example, when [[spoiler: the Rotom]] that was hiding in Ash's fridge (stored in his [[BagOfHolding pouch]]) comes out to protest a bunch of outlandish things happening to Ash and Co that were the result of a [[MasterOfIllusion Mismagius's Hypnosis]].
* FriendlyEnemy: Jessie, James and Meowth. After their memories got restored and Ash explained the situation to them, of course. Then again, considering that Ash knew them well enough to restore their memories in the first place, they were probably already that anyway.

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[[folder: Tropes G - K]]

* GameplayAndStorySegregation:
** Trading as an evolution mechanic is replaced with simple battle experience or some other condition, such as Chuck's Machoke evolving mid-battle, or Clamperl simply being needing to be immersed in [=DeepSeaScale=]/Tooth-mineralized water to evolve.
** Individual Pokémon can have more than one Ability, up to the three available naturally to any one species. Oftentimes (like Dexter having Trace, Download and Analyze) it's just a quirk, other times (like Whitney's Bidoof having both Moody and Simple), it's downright ''GameBreaking''.
* GetOut: After Miltank destroys her gym and Muk finishes the job, Whitney, after being dumbfounded for a moment, throws the Plain Badge at Ash and tells him to get out.
* GenerationXerox: Ash's father, also a descendant of Sir Aaron, was a Chosen and aura user, was also doing the Hoenn Gym Challenge, and is said to look very similar to Ash by the one person who remembers him. And he also [[NoSenseOfDirection got lost in Pacifidlog]] because he thought it still had a gym.
* GeneticMemory: In addition to egg moves (''especially'' from [[TangledFamilyTree Bulbasaur]]), Mewtwo apparently has flashes of memories from the Mew his DNA came from.
* GenghisGambit: [[spoiler: Professor Yung's EvilPlan: Denied the chance to get the Pokémon data needed to perfect his Mirage system (at least, in his mind that's the case, apparently he went to the press before the scientific community), he creates the Mirage Master, uses him to steal the data from Pikachu's brain, putting all the blame on him, and later he stops him to gain the accolade as a hero and genius]].
* GenreSavvy: A Squirtle that the group meets sees everything in terms of Tropes, such as considering Kris as an ExpositionFairy, although seeing Max as TheProtagonist [[WrongGenreSavvy isn't quite correct]].
* GenreShift: The [[spoiler: Delta Episode]] shifts the genre from ToBeAMaster to a DisasterMovie.
* GoneHorriblyRight: A group of researchers testing a Fossil Revival Machine accidentally brought ''all'' the fossils in the museum back to life.
* GraveMarkingScene:
** Upon his arrival to Pacifidlog Town, Ash and Delia finally visit the memorial of the man who broke a tidal wave over the town at the cost of his life: the lost Mr. Ketchum.
** During his second arrival to the Rota Kingdom, Ash makes a pilgrimage to the Tree of Beginning to pay his respects to Sir Aaron's resting place.
* GrewBeyondTheirProgramming:
** Dexter develops sentience as a result of all the data he'd collected over the years being reminded into him by Ash all at once, and later becomes a Porygon.
** [[spoiler:The Mirage Pokemon (specifically, M-001/Mirage Mew and M-002/Mirage Mewtwo), do this, the latter especially when the system making a Riolu gives M-002 a conscience]].
* GunshipRescue: With their new [[spoiler: VTOL cargo plane]], Team Rocket does this a lot.
* HandicappedBadass: Clair has a mute Noivern. Norman has a deaf Exploud. As Ash finds out, neither are any less of a challenge.
* HandWave: In chapter 206, this trope is name-dropped in reference to Lucario and Aura.
* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: In the original first movie, Mewtwo claimed the trainers' Pokémon after handily trouncing the natural Venusaur, Blastoise, and Charizard. This time around, [[spoiler:Mewtwo goes 1-2; the Venusaur goes down the same way, but Gary's Blastoise imprisons the fake Blastoise in ice, and Ash's Charizard turns Blast Burn into a FantasticNuke and all but one-shots the fake Charizard]]. Mewtwo abducts all the other Pokémon anyway.
* HeelFaceTurn:
** The two feuding Gym Leaders of Dark City, Yas and Kaz, have managed to cooperate and get their act together after Ash was through with them. By the time Ash and Co. return to Kanto for the Battle Frontier and Max's Kanto League journey, they have their joint Dark-type gyms fully legitimized.
** A few less-savory trainers that Ash meets along the way have turned over a new leaf and improved enough to meet Ash again in the Pokémon League, after [[DefeatMeansFriendship Ash knocks some sense into them]]. Koji, the abusive trainer that was trying to catch Cyndaquil, and Anthony, the cheating trainer with a Pokémon-hiding Pelipper, battle Ash again in the Johto and Hoenn Leagues respectively, both saying that losing to Ash helped them [[HeelRealization realize their shortcomings]].
* HereWeGoAgain: Scott ''finally'' tracks Ash down... only to find that the Battle Pyramid location he gave the trainer was old, so he has to track him down ''again''.
* HeroicBSOD:
** Comedic example in Ecruteak Gym Leader Morty when he saw Entei, Raikou, Suicune, [[spoiler:another Legendary Beast trio (albeit shiny) and a Keldeo]] sitting in the stands to watch Ash's battle with him. At least he holds it together to give Ash a proper Gym Battle, but his reaction after the battle says it all.
--->'''Morty:''' ...well, I guess you've earned the Fog badge. Now I'm going to go home, and... probably sit down for a bit.
** Brock's Croagunk [[{{Fainting}} faints]] when he finds out that not only is his trainer no longer a womanizer, but he's actually going steady!
** Iris has one when she's Reminded, as she tries to reconcile her memories of [[IdiotHero Ash the doofus kid]], with those of [[FamedInStory Ash Ketchum the League Champion]].
* HeroOfAnotherStory:
** In the previous timeline, Gary [[spoiler: and Zoey]] tried (and failed) to stop Cyrus from going AGodAmI at Spear Pillar.
** Due to Ritchie being "Destiny Entangled" with Ash, he has his own heroic quest to complete... and will face his own world-saving trials. He even develops his latent PsychicPowers to contrast Ash's own Aura abilities, complete with a Ralts to contrast Ash's Riolu, and had some adventures in [[VideoGame/PokemonRanger Almia]] after the Indigo Cup.
** Some of the Pokémon that Ash lets go have had their own, separate, adventures, and gained unbelievable amounts of power. For example, Butterfree, Lapras, and Pigeot all spent ''years'' away from Ash as defenders of their groups or areas.
** In this fic, Professor Ivy studies the Reverse World, and gets attacked by a group of Unown. However, Brock is able to prevent a catastrophe by fighting them off [[BadassNormal with nothing but a crowbar]]. Of course, we don't hear about it until after he rejoins Ash.
** Wes and Rui from ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' (the events of the game having occurred prior to the start of Ash's journey) appear in the Johto arc when a Cipher group shows up in Johto, and Michael from the [[VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness sequel game]] is also mentioned.
** Molly decides to join Gary in Sinnoh for her first journey.
** N has his own scenes in this story about trying to understand the real truth of the relationship between human and Pokémon. [[spoiler: It gets to the point where he, Zorua and Reshiram end up derailing Ghestis's plan and leave on their own.]]
* HeyYouHaymaker: May's Blaziken gives one to the Magma grunt that had cut their cable car cable.
* HiddenInPlainSight: Why Team Rocket is using their balloon again in Sinnoh.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Invoked by the ninja school, which uses colors like purple to help train the students to camouflage themselves.
* HistoryRepeats: Just like Ash, Max [[spoiler: loses in the Indigo League a trainer he met on the way into the League, who was using Pokémon from a completely unknown region.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** During the Whirl Cup, Misty manages to beat Ash, despite him using [[spoiler: Suicune]], by getting her to freeze the field and mess up her own footing.
** Two of Brawly's Pokémon end up [[StopHittingYourself knocking themselves out]], thanks to confusion and some mis-aimed attacks.
* HoldYourHippogriffs:
-->'''Brock''': Talk about closing the barn door after the Ponyta's bolted.
-->'''Ash''': Why would a barn door stop a Ponyta if it wanted to get out? Couldn't they just burn their way their way through the door?
-->'''Brock''': ...Actually, now you mention it...
-->'''Misty''': It's... It's just one of those sayings.
** At one point Jessie mentions wanting to put a Ponyta in Jessebelle's bed. The other Rockets were confused until she elaborated that it would set the bed on fire and probably break a lot of her stuff while trying to escape.
** Noctowl has some trouble with it in Chapter 147:
---> '''Noctowl''': I'll be back in two shakes of a Mareep's tail. Actually, that doesn't exactly bally well roll off the tongue, does it? Two shakes of a Lilligant's... no... hm, this is harder than I-
* HoldUpYourScore: The Shiny Donphan that the group meet in Hoenn judges the courting displays of all the male Donphan from a scale of 1 to 10. Pidgeot doing a Sky Attack flyover and dropping Ash's Donphan who does a hit-the-ground-rolling landing [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight only rates an 8.]]
* HopeSpot: Thanks to Team Magma's interference, the {{Kaiju}} Groudon has shown up and is thrashing Forina. Butler, Ash and Co. have their plan all laid out to hit it with Jirachi's Doom Desire, Butler's machine is channeling the Millennium Comet's power into Jirachi to fuel the devastating attack... [[spoiler: and then it all goes pear-shaped when Team Aqua shows up and uses that power to wish for a {{Kaiju}} Kyogre.]]
* HopelessBossFight: Ash's Gym Battle against Misty was ''supposed'' to be this in order to teach him humility, since in this fic, Gyms are designed to [[SecretTestOfCharacter test a Trainer's character]] as well as their battling prowess. Unfortunately, Ash [[ComicallyMissingThePoint didn't get the message]] and ended up accidentally bringing the roof down as a result of his refusal to give up. And thus was a RunningGag formed.
* HopelessWithTech:
** Noland's Articuno, of his own admission. The only example we see is, when trying to cook some microwave rice, he overcooks it and doesn't puncture the bag, causing an explosion and ruining the microwave.
** Given his predilection for not using Poké-balls, N finds himself at a loss when [[spoiler: Reshiram asks for one. And Reshiram himself]] isn't much better.
* HowDoIShootWeb: Some Pokémon with evolution forms significantly different from their original forms sometimes have trouble adjusting. For example, Ash's Lucario has to learn to adapt to Fighting-type attacks being more effective against him, [[spoiler:Casey's Lucario]] is considerably taller and faster than before and thus has trouble hitting targets she could hit before with ease, and Tyranitar needs to work out how to ''move'' properly.
** This works in the hero's favor with the Maurader's Scizor, who is freshly evolved and [[FeelNoPain unused to his new armoured body]], allowing Bayleef to defeat him when she realizes this.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Ash's Mawile has this relationship with no less than ''three'' of her teammates: [[spoiler: Tyranitar, Goodra]] and Tyrantrum.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Oh, come on Wobbuffet. How much do we have to suffer. Worse, since we can actually ''understand'' him now, we can't escape...
* HypocriticalHumor:
** On occasions, Ash complains or wonders how some Pokémon is using a move they can't learn in games but common sense says should be able to use (like Rock Throw - all you have to do is... well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin pick up a rock and throw it]]). This is in spite of his Pokémon using moves they can't learn (Earthquake, used by [[spoiler:Pikachu]], or Aeroblast, used by [[spoiler:Pidgeot]]), moves that don't even exist (Volt Crash), attacks that aren't even moves at all (half the things [[spoiler:Squirtle]] does), and even [[spoiler:being able to use Pokémon moves (for example, Shadow Ball) himself]]. He is sometimes called on this, and admits it is a fair counter-point.
** [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Buneary tells Pachirisu that eating nuts is stereotypical... while eating a carrot, which the latter lampshades]].
* IChooseToStay:
** James's [[spoiler:Moltres]] was captured by accident, but when James gives her the option to be released, she chooses to remain instead.
** Even after [[spoiler: finding herself as a Honedge and a spirit inside a sword, the knight Kari Burns still pledges herself to Ash's service.]]
* IdeaBulb: One appears over Skitty's head in the Appeal she and May do in chapter 219. The judges ''think'' it's Flash...
* IdenticalGrandson: Ash to Sir Aaron, though there are too many generations in between for ''just'' grandson to be applicable.
* IdenticalStranger:
** Ritchie, more than one person has apparently mistaken him for Ash.
* IMeantToDoThat:
** May and Jessie both have this as a contingent plan for their contest appeals, in case a move doesn't work as planned.
** In a battle against a ninja Weezing in the trees, Casper tries to use a vine to pull a branch down and pin her in place, but the branch breaks, crashes into her, and she falls to the ground and is disqualified. Casper acts like that was his plan.
* ImprovisedPlatform: Blaziken can use Ethan's [[spoiler: (May's Porygon)]] Reflect screens as stepping stones. Later, Cinder, Max's Mightyena, uses Casper, his Shuppet, in the same way.
* IncestIsRelative: Suicune suffers a brief moment of {{Squick}} when she realizes that while she and Entei were created by Ho-Oh to be siblings, the Shiny Suicune and Entei were created by Molly to be her parents, thus making them ''spouses''.
* IndyPloy: May likes to employ these through [[RandomEffectSpell Skitty's Assist and Munchlax's Metronome.]] It certainly helps her when she fights a Shifty using Mind Reader to anticipate her movements.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Professor Oak takes several [[QuickNip swigs from a hip flask]] while Ash fills him in on the time travel situation.
* INeverToldYouMyName: Keldeo bumps into [[spoiler: Iris]] and says her name before she says it, leading them to go and talk about how.
* InnocentInnuendo: While Jessie and James are challenging Koga at the Fuchsia Gym, Meowth is led away by a female of his species who offers to help "remedy his depression" over feeling worthless as anything other than a translator. The next Jessie and James hear from him, he's crying out ecstatically, which {{Squick}}s them out to no end when they [[DidYouJustHaveSex realize the implications]]. Then Meowth walks in and proudly offers to ''show'' them why he's so happy now... before demonstrating that the female Meowth has taught him how to finally use Pay Day.
* InsaneTrollLogic: To Barry, if he can't remember what Pokemon a Legendary is, it's automatically a UFO. Later, he encounters Celebi in the bushes, and comes to the conclusion that time Pokemon are attracted to rhododendrons.
* InsistentTerminology: Mawile insists that [[spoiler:Larvitar]] is her little brother by virtue of the fact that he hatched after her, even though (due to time travel) he's actually ''three years older than her''. And as of Chapter 121, [[spoiler:he's twenty times larger than her, too, but...]]
-->'''Mawile:''' ...nope. Still my little brother.
-->'''[[spoiler:Tyranitar]]:''' I'm older than you and nearly twenty times your weight!
-->'''Mawile:''' Little brother means little brother. Size doesn't matter.
* InstantAIJustAddWater: [[spoiler: Dexter, as well as Gary and Professor Oak's Pokédexes, develop full sentience as a result of uploading all the information Dexter had cataloged from the future and become Porygons.]]
** [[spoiler: And now May and Max both have Porygon Pokédexes as well.]]
* InstantCostumeChange: Seviper lampshades how fast [[spoiler: Cosplaychu]] can change outfits.
* InsultBackfire: In 217, Harley tries to insult May, but she turns his insults into positives.
* InterfaceScrew:
** How Brock defeats Shingo, a trainer the group meets in Johto who battles with his laptop showing a data-based display that amounts to a typical Pokémon game battle. With Shingo fully focused on his laptop, Brock's [[MasterOfIllusion Stantler]] overlays his laptop display with an illusory display of a fictional battle, while keeping up an illusion of said fictional battle over the battlefield, ''while'' letting Shingo's Scizor basically [[StopHittingYourself beat himself up]] under the illusion via Confusion.
** The first trainer that Max faces in the Indigo League tries this by getting his [[VoiceChangeling Chatot]] to imitate Max's voice, but the referee soon puts a stop to that.
* InSpiteOfANail:
** Humorously, Ash and Pikachu still manage to wreck Misty's bike.
** Even though Ash and Co. manage to fix the problem with Jirachi by convincing Butler of the disastrous consequences of his plan, the {{Kaiju}} Groudon still appears when Magma Admin Blaise shows up and wishes for one. [[spoiler: And then it gets worse.]]
** Although May goes out of her way to try to be nice to Harley this time around, he still ends up antagonizing the group when he finds out she's friends with Ash - who had just [[CurbStompBattle roasted his Cacturne]] in the Lilycove Pokémon Contest.
** Celebi turns out to be invoking this, making sure Ash still meets the same Pokémon and companions from last time in mostly the same manner. Of course, she can't control ''everything''...
* IntellectualPropertyReligion: In-universe, with Squirtle saying that ''Gurren Lagann'' may be a TV show, but it's also a philosophy and a way of life.
** It's been revealed that this is pretty much how Squirtle work - they see something they think is awesome, and they dedicate themselves to it.
* IResembleThatRemark: Avoids doing it fully, but still gives us the humor.
* {{Irony}}:
** A book about Pokémon riding that Serena reads gives the advice that the Pokémon need to do light exercise after hard work to cool down - and gives the Fire-type Ponyta as an example.
** A talking fridge comes out to protest the outlandishness of seeing Legendaries, aliens, {{Sentai}} heroes and time travellers, and the former is the only thing Ash and Co. ''haven't'' encountered yet.
* ItTastesLikeFeet: When Max's new Aron Ferris is nicknamed, his Manectric Arc gives him a friendly lick.
--> '''Arc:''' ...you taste like bicycle.
* IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat:
** Ash was aware that Pokémon evolve around him unusually frequently, but Brock telling him some Pokémon take ''years'' of training to evolve when he was chatising Team Rocket for their evolution machine took him by surprise.
** A Houndour belonging to Team Magma doesn't think that erupting Mount Chimney would be a problem, since his Flash Fire ability means that lava doesn't hurt him. Cue Blaziken telling him that no, not all Pokémon have that ability.
** Maylene's Lucario figured that anyone could, with enough training, [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower punch through bricks and fight Pokémon with their bare hands]]. Of course, Ash's exploits on television don't help matters either.
* ItOnlyWorksOnce: [[spoiler:Squirtilite]] only works once: after use it breaks in a massive explosion of water.
* IWasJustJoking: [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7262793/166/Ashes-of-the-Past Chapter 166: Hoenn 39]]:
--> "This I've gotta hear," Terrakion chuckled. "What, did he eat it?"
--> "Yeah," Keldeo agreed.
* JediMindTrick: Lucario jokingly tries one on Brock, but it doesn't work.
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: During Ash's Gym Battle with Flannery, [[spoiler: Goomy ends up evolving into Sliggoo]] mid-battle, but while he is trying to adjust to now being blind, Flannery's Pyroar knocks him out. No-one, [[WhatTheHellHero not even Flannery,]] is impressed.
* KidFromTheFuture:
** Drew's Leafeon finds out that [[spoiler: her newly-produced egg is actually May's Glaceon]].
** [[spoiler: Brock's Zorua]] shapeshifts into one to prank her trainer and his girlfriend.
* KidnappedByTheCall: While Ritchie is on his Hoenn journey, Celebi appears and teleports him back to Johto ''to the previous day'' to help a Nurse Joy save her Pokémon Center as per canon, no matter what he says about it.
* KingOfAllCosmos: Arceus and the second Dialga and Palkia, much to Sir Aaron's dismay. "Every hour I'm in here with you guys, my image of the ''Kami'' becomes a little more tarnished..."
* {{Knighting}}: [[spoiler: For their efforts in saving the Mirage Kingdom, Ash and Co. end up with knighthoods. As well as a few bits of territory to call their own.]]
* KnowWhenToFoldEm:
** At one point, Team Rocket steals Dexter, planning on making a copy of all that useful data he'd cataloged over the years for themselves. By the time Ash and the others catch up to them, they're about to make their getaway in a jet that they'd acquired. Then the situation triggers [[spoiler: [[InstantAIJustAddWater Dexter's emergence as a full-fledged Porygon]].]] Jessie and James share a look, realize that this new development does not bode well for them, chuck Dexter out of the cockpit, and take off while they still can.
** Ash invokes this when Vulpix turns herself into a Nintetales by remarking that he will make sure to forfeit if Brock gets involved in Pokémon contests.
** ''Butch and Cassidy,'' of all people, get in on this when Ash shows up at one of their scams; they recognize him as the Indigo League Champion [[spoiler:and how one of his Pokémon beat back ''three Legendaries'']]. They waste no time skedaddling, not even bothering with a battle. Giovanni praises them for it.
** Jessie and James give lectures and classes at Team Rocket HQ on exactly this sort of situation- specifically, those revolving around Ash. Their advice: ''stay away from him.''
** Another group of Rockets, led by Butch and Cassidy, are spying on Professor Oak's lab and debating if they should go down and steal some of the Pokémon. Butch points out repeatedly that no, this would be a very bad idea due to the presence of an ex-champion that is Oak himself, and the abundance of Ash's Pokémon and Legendaries; he calls the Oak Corral "the hardest target in the country". They finally turn tail when they get noticed.

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[[folder: Tropes L - O]]

* LaboriousLaziness: Abra actually works pretty darn hard at being as lazy as possible. He is capable of teleporting Team Rocket to many places in a very short amount of time, creating shields that are capable of protecting them from ''Mewtwo'', and is able to stand on his own in Pokémon Matches ''far'' above his weight class... all in the name of getting a ''little'' extra sleep.
* LampshadeHanging: Some of the sillier/weirder/crazier stuff that happened in the anime gets commented on by the characters.
** Sabrina's father telling Ash that only "A Ghost-type Pokémon can defeat Sabrina," is lampshaded as not only is Ghost ''not'' immune to psychic powers, ''Dark'' types are super effective against Psychic-types, and the only Ghost-types in Kanto are also part Poison-types, which are ''very weak'' against Psychic types.
** Everyone can't help but comment that due to the disproportion of non-Rock-types to Rock-types in his possession, Brock's claim of being the Rock Gym Leader isn't very strong.
** After Arc is knocked out by Iwalani's Decidueye using the Bloom Doom Z-Move, the spectating Pikachu feels relieved that, for once, he's not the one on the receiving end of a Pokémon from a new region showing off their skills.
** The Rockets point out that Jessebelle's characterization doesn't really make sense. She acts like a gold digger... yet has enough disposable income to hire an army of mercenaries on a whim and get in contact with world-renowned criminals like Hunter J.
** In Chapter 252, the group approach a town they think is Hearthome City, but Cynthia corrects them in that it's actually ''Heartome'' City due to a misprinting error on the maps. The Japanese original anime episode had the location be just a random location, but the English translation had it mistakenly located in Hearthome City, hence the lampshade.
* LargeHam: Ash's Squirtle, oh so very much. Same with Gary's Blastoise. Ash has this to say about his Squirtle:
--> '''Ash:''' I've heard of showy, but that turtle takes the cake.
** [[spoiler: Mewtwo]] lampshaded it asking if Gary's Blastoise was feeling well.
** The aforementioned Squirtle and Blastoise are ''massive'' [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]] otaku, so it's justified... somewhat.
** Sceptile goes full [[IncomingHam royal herald]] when introducing [[spoiler: his son Chikorita]] to his family at his tree, due to a bet with his aunt.
* LaymansTerms: In 221, when a Deoxys shows up, Ferris has to keep prompting him to speak in terms others can understand.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: When Latios and his Latias paramour are together on a date in the garden, his sister plays romantic music.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Pikachu not remembering the anime episode with the Porygon, and the mention of epilepsy by Dexter, is [[DiscontinuityNod a reference to how the episode was banned as a result of epilepsy attacks it caused, and thus never shown out of Japan]].
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain:
** The events of the canon B-Button League and the hyper-powerful Magikarp and Feebas are this to Pikachu.
** Ash feels this way about his DisguisedInDrag canon moments, and in Chapter 209, he gets mad at Pikachu for bringing one up that he had managed to forget.
* LimbSensationFascination: May's new Spoink and Casper and Guy, Max's Shuppet and Shroomish, all go through this when they evolve.
* LimitBreak: Z-Moves.
* LivingCrashpad: Happens to Ash a couple of times when restoring unevolved Pokémon that end up spontaneously evolving and falling on top of him. Brock's Forretress and Ash's own Donphan are two examples.
** As is Ash's Glalie, who ends up flattening Lucario.
** Ash almost becomes one for Dawn.
** In the "Wish Maker" chapters, Houndoom uses [[DoppelgangerAttack Beat Up]] to cushion the fall of several Pokémon who had gotten caught up in the Pichu Brothers' antics.
* LivingLieDetector: Reshiram. [[spoiler:Ghetsis planned to use ExactWords and keep N ignorant so that he could get N and the Legendary to follow his plans, but N's ForWantOfANail experiences led to him questioning Ghetsis's doctrine and letting Reshiram see the deceit in his followers' hearts]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Even more so than in canon, given all of the main characters' Pokémon have their dialogue translated, their characterizations expanded, and are often rotated in and out of their teams. It's a testament to the author's skill that none of them have been DemotedToExtra yet.
** When [[spoiler: Mewtwo]] considers ''[=AshCon=]'', the convention for all of Ash's friends and Pokémon, he thinks he'll have to rent a whole city.
* LockedOutOfTheFight:
** Colonel Hansen's Mega Gengar has Shadow Tag, keeping its opponent Sceptile locked in and everyone else locked out.
** Serena is unaware that Dawn knows Ash. [[spoiler: Until Alamos's aftermath...]]
** During huge crises, Ash is often prepared to bring in his entire team to handle it, but sometimes circumstances happen to prevent Dexter's transceiver from working and keep the majority of Ash's team out of the way. Examples include [[Anime/PokemonJirachiWishmaker Team Magma's jammer in Forina]], the [[Anime/PokemonDestinyDeoxys ambient EM radiation in [=LaRousse=] City]], and [[Anime/PokemonTheRiseOfDarkrai the time-spatial warping in Alamos Town]] (which also works as a TeleportInterdiction field against Mewtwo and the Eon Twins' sight-sharing).
* LoopholeAbuse:
** In the Orange League, Cissy's racing challenge merely specifies that the trainer must ride on the Pokémon's back. It doesn't say anything about the Pokémon having to be a Water-type.
** In the Kanto Grand Festival, May uses a Splash Contest Seal to provide water for Glaceon's Ice Beam to get around the Appeal's one move limit.
** [[spoiler: When Tyrantrum is having trouble deciding what he should do, Ash realizes that there's no rule against him becoming ''Mawile's'' Pokemon...]]
* LoveHurts:
** Happens to both Brock and Charizard when they go back in time - the latter because Charla, his mate in the Charicific Valley, no longer remembers him, the former because [[spoiler: Professor Ivy, [[TheLostLenore his first true love that was lost]] in another dimension from a FreakLabAccident, is now alive and well]].
** Far more humorously, James' various Grass-type Pokémon tell him that they constantly {{Glomp}} on him because he feels/smells "Really nice to Grass-types." Given that thus far this includes a pitcher plant with fangs, a Venus flytrap and a ''cactus'', he doesn't feel the same way. It's taken to a head when he visits a Grass Pokémon reserve and is literally buried in its residents.
** Sceptile's meeting with Meganium [[YouRemindMeOfX brings up a few bad memories about his love life.]]
* MagicAIsMagicA: Magic and Aura are not the same: Aura is self-directed, while spirits guide magic. Using Aura to alter the effects of Magic can lead to catastrophic results, as is trying to do one using the other. Ash almost died when he tried to use Aura to reverse the spell that transformed him into a Riolu - Aura doesn't have the the safeguards and it's near-impossible to track all of the "fiddly little bits" of such physical alterations.
** There are three powers that humans can acquire that give them abilities on par with Pokémon, and all are exclusive to one another - Psychic powers, Aura, and Magic. Each has their own rules and abilities.
* MagikarpPower: The TropeNamer in action, as this time around, James puts in the effort of actually training the Magikarp he bought from that con artist and ends up with a Gyarados that doesn't just want to blast him into the middle of next month.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: [[spoiler:After Vicious (the Iron-Masked Marauder) is captured, he has a stroke in prison - courtesy of Giovanni's Persian and its [[PsychicSurgery Shadow Claw.]]]]
* ManChild:
** The Shamouti bird trio act incredibly immaturely, to the point that their Lugia (rightly) claims that his ''young son'' is more mature than they are.
** [[spoiler:Groudon and Kyogre act a bit like this, even whining to Rayquaza like kids trying to blame their argument on each other. In chapter 200, Rayquaza ''finally'' has enough, tells them off, and makes them get off of their butts and do their jobs like they're ''supposed'' to]].
* ManySpiritsInsideOfOne: Spiritomb, of course. The one Ash battled that was sealed in canon has about 24 spirits that are fairly stable and reasonable, and the rest are revenge crazy.
* MeanwhileInTheFuture: The story frequently cuts to the sub-dimensional bubble where Arceus, Sir Aaron, Dialga, and Palkia play lots and lots of board games while waiting for Ash's changes to the timeline to take effect. Now, they've progressed to VideoGame/SengokuBasara, VideoGame/PokemonConquest and VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon via Arceus's reality warping.
* MeteorOfDoom: [[spoiler: The Delta Episode. And despite what Zinnia thinks, it's going to take a lot more than just Rayquaza to get rid of this high-speed, mountain-sized problem.]]
* MidBattleTeaBreak:
** A literal one happens during Ash's gym battle against Erica. [[spoiler: Ivysaur]] and Gloom are locked in a stalemate against each other, easily healing any ScratchDamage the other manages to inflict. During that time, Erica and Misty enjoy a SpotOfTea, a bored Ash starts looking up the record for the longest Pokémon match in history, and both Pokémon resort to using the nearest computer to look up their movesets in search of anything that will turn the tide one way or another.
** [[spoiler: Mew]] teleports off mid-battle between Max and Sabrina to go get some lollipops.
** When Teams Aqua and Magma are trying to steal the meteorite at Mount Chimney, while two of their members are playing tug of war with it, their Poochyena are just watching the battle placidly and deadpanning to each other about their trainers.
** Barry's Smeargle calls a break during a battle with an Onix because Barry keeps asking it to use moves it hasn't Sketched yet.
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:While it seems that something interfered with its planned orbit, it seems that the Delta Episode asteroid nearly destroyed the world because the Deoxys using it as a transport failed to keep an eye on its path. Parallels are made to letting cruise control run wild for 50,000 years]].
* MindProbe: The [[spoiler: Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon]] uses one on Pikachu to extract memory data on all the Legendaries he has seen (which is a lot).
* MirrorMatch:
** Ritchie Getem and Ash's battle is deliberately made to have this vibe.
** [[spoiler:The Mirage Pokémon battle is also this, with the caveat that the Mirage Pokemon are essentially NighInvulnerable]].
* MissedHimByThatMuch:
** When Dawn travels to the Hoenn Grand Festival, Celebi tries to get her and Ash to meet, but keeps failing.
** When Ash goes to find the Battle Pyramid near Cerulean City, he finds that it moved less than a day earlier.
* MissionFromGod:
** Arceus himself gave Ash the mission of making sure Cyrus doesn't succeed.
** Ritchie is on another one due to his destiny entanglement with Ash.
* MismatchedEyes: One of May's opponents in the Kanto Grand Festival, Vivio, has them. Vivio, of course, was directly "[[ShoutOut borrowed]]" from ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid''.
* TheMole: As in canon, Lance is one for Team Magma. [[spoiler: This time, Misty does the same for Team Aqua]].
* MonsterAdventurers:
** Raikou started his own version of this by [[spoiler: going around fighting the Johto Gyms for badges. Using himself. He does manage to get all eight badges of the Johto Area before challenging Ash again.]]
** [[spoiler: Mawile catches a Pokémon of her own: a pacifist Tyrantrum.]]
* MoreDakka: Muk's typical battle strategy is to use ''all'' the [=TMs=] he's eaten at the same time. The first time he did this, he performed about twenty attacks in about three seconds. The result practically obliterated Whitney's gym.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7262793/166/Ashes-of-the-Past Chapter 166]]: Giovanni's Persian can display a scarily large amount of teeth:
--> Persian chose that moment to yawn, displaying a great deal of teeth.
--> "If that's all?"
--> Jessie, James and Meowth did not quite flee the room.
* MotivationOnAStick: {{Lampshaded}}: when Mawile helps her friend Tyrantrum eat cotton candy by sitting on his nose and holding it out in front of him on a stick and string, Tyrantrum comments that he feels like he ought to be running.
* MuggingTheMonster:
** Happens when Misty encounters the Invincible Pokémon Brothers trying to horn in on Cerulean Gym. When she offers to battle them for the gym, they instantly accept... only to learn too late that their opponent has a Mega Gyarados[[spoiler: and is the newest member of the Elite 4]].
** Team Rocket's re-encounter with Rico the Poison-type poacher ends up going this way.
---> '''James:''' Hey Jessie, did we do the motto?
---> '''Jessie:''' We didn't do the motto.
---> '''James:''' Poor guy, he didn't get that chance to surrender.
** [[CheatersNeverProsper Anthony and his world's most powerful Pokémon Pelipper]] end up on the wrong end of this when he comes across Ash and Co.
* MundaneUtility:
** Psychic-type Pokémon are often used as [=LinesPokémon=] to keep stray attacks from hitting spectators. Also, Pokémon like Diglett and moves like Grassy Terrain are used to rebuild damaged battlefields.
** Vulpix uses Safeguard to carry a Fire Stone without triggering her evolution into Ninetales before Brock has properly paid for the Stone.
** Brock uses Charizard's and Quilava's flames and Torkoal's heat for cooking. [[spoiler: Audino also does the same for Team Rocket using Moltres's flames.]]
** [[spoiler: Mewtwo]] can use his telekinesis for movie special effects. As can most Porygon.
** Mimey (Delia's Mr. Mime) can use his Reflect to avoid getting pricked by his sewing.
** [[spoiler: Glaceon]] can help make ice lollies.
** Karen's Absol uses her DangerSense to fast-forward past movie commercials to exactly the right spot in the film. Because going too far is a disaster.
*** She can even sense when a movie is so bad it's a disaster.
** [[spoiler: Latias]] uses her telekinesis to paint.
** The Lucario Kingdom in Sinnoh uses a Mega Lucario to play Baccer. [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength Unfortunately, said Mega Lucario is more than strong enough to destroy the ball completely.]]
** The Shiny Entei avoids flossing by simply incinerating anything in his mouth that can't withstand volcanic temperatures.
** Celebi uses time travel to go into the future, and retrieve a sequel book, which hasn't been written yet, to one she just finished reading so she won't have to wait for it.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: In Oreburgh City, the group meets and befriends a reanimated Tyrunt, a Pokémon whose evolutionary line is known for its brutality, that is a pacifist and dislikes seeing other Pokémon getting hurt.
* MythologyGag:
** Arceus creates a second Dialga to send Ash into the past, and later creates a second Palkia to round out his gaming group. In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Heart Gold and Soul Silver]]'', Arceus could create a copy of one of the Sinnoh Dragons if brought to the Sinjoh Ruins.
** Ash mentions having Dexter develop a way to jailbreak [=TMs=] so they could be used more than once while they were in Unova during the original timeline.
** Ash using Charizard, Ivysaur, and a Squirtle for his battle against Erika in Celadon City, much like [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl's Pokémon Trainer]].
*** Later in a three-on-three, Meganium, Quilava and Totodile use a Triple Finish, Johto version, against Wattson and his team.
** James expresses surprise at not whiting out and waking up at the Pokémon Center after running out of usable Pokémon during a battle.
** Ash and Gary [[spoiler:face each other in the finals of the Indigo League]].
** Casey and her Rattata execute the FEAR strategy [[note]]'''F'''ocus Sash, '''E'''ndeavor, Quick '''A'''ttack, '''R'''attata [[/note]] on Ash's Charizard.
** [[spoiler:May and Max's new Pokédex (soon to be Porygon) AIs]] are named [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Ethan and Kris]] respectively.
** The Entei from ''Spell of the Unown'' knows how to use Sacred Fire. In Gen VI of the games, Sacred Fire was added to Entei's movepool.
*** [[spoiler: And Ho-Oh ends up teaching it to Ash's own Entei as well.]]
** The Battle Tower near Olivine City, which only made a cameo in the anime, is visited. On its wall, there is a coat-of-arms with the official motto [[{{Website/Smogon}} Nil Sine Pokémon]][[note]]Nothing without Pokémon[[/note]].
** James still has the infamous Moltres costume. [[spoiler: Strangely, Moltres is now interested in him.]]
** The [[spoiler:third]] personality that assists Ash during his battle with Sabrina's [[IceQueen dark side]] and [[CreepyChild creepy inner child]] is the [[spoiler:[[NiceGirl gentle, jovial]] [[{{Miko}} shrine maiden]] [[AdaptationalHeroism incarnation]] from [[Manga/TheElectricTaleOfPikachu the Electric Tail manga]]]] side who represents her childhood dreams before her powers.
** In chapter 147, Carnivine encourages a Sunkern to become an athlete and mentions how the team that beat Jessie and James during the Pokéathalon had a Sunkern MVP. [[LethalJokeCharacter Sunkern]] is one of the few Pokémon capable of achieving five stars for all of the Pokéathalon's events.
** Team Rocket's newest cell member is [[spoiler: the famous cosplaying Pikachu from ORAS.]]
** Chapter 151 gives Ash and Co. a new tagalong: Mew. She only stays for that chapter, though.
** When Winona hears about a Pikachu flying, she asks if someone tied balloons to one again.
** When Dawn hears Dexter talking, she wonders if [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon he's a Rotom]].
** As it turns out, Dawn's last name is [[Manga/PokemonAdventures Berlitz]].
** [[spoiler:The Delta episode interrupts the Hoenn league]].
** Pikachu considers [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon getting a cap just like Ash's]].
** While meeting Lucy, Max wonders why her Battle Pike has that name. Lucy says that it used to be called the Battle Tube (its name in the Japanese versions), but marketing thought it wasn't dramatic enough.
** May's present for Ash's 14th birthday is a Poké-ball alarm clock... that won't break if he throws it at the wall.
** Ritchie's grandparents [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon live in Alola]].
** Dawn is messaging Serena.
** Max considers teaching his Aron Ferris the moves Sandstorm and Endeavor to make use of his Sturdy ability, which is the beginning of the SABER strategy [[note]] '''S'''andstorm, '''A'''ron, Shell '''B'''ell, '''E'''ndeavor, Stu'''R'''dy [[/note]].
** During his run the Indigo League, Max faces off against Pete Pebbleman on the Ice Field, as Ash did in the old timeline.
** Chapter 252 has Gary go back to his Pokémon Rival roots and teleport to Sinnoh to challenge Ash out of nowhere.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7262793/166/Ashes-of-the-Past Chapter 166]]: Censoring profanity by LeaningOnTheFourthWall with the idea of unprintable speech:
--> The Electric-type legendary grumbled something unprintable.
* NegatedMomentOfAwesome:
** Ash's [[spoiler: Goomy]], Max's Shroomish and Shuppet, and ''many'' other trainers' Pokémon are all proof that evolving mid-battle doesn't necessarily guarantee victory.
** [[spoiler: Rayquaza's DynamicEntry via [[DeathFromAbove Dragon Ascent]] is brought to a halt when he rams into not Groudon, but ''Primal'' Groudon.]]
* NeverLiveItDown: In-Universe:
** Brock is starting to get this feeling when people say he's more of an "Illusion" Gym Leader than a Rock Gym Leader.
** Entei and his HairDecorations.
* NiceHat: Sir Aaron's hat, which [[spoiler: grants its wearer the Dark subtype.]] This protects Ash from [[spoiler:Psychic-types and mind reading.]] As a Running Gag, it also sometimes prevents [[spoiler:telepathy from Psychic-types, more often than not ones on Ash's team.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: All the levels that Ash [[TookALevelInBadass took in badass]] when he got sent back in time come back to bite him (but mostly Brock and Misty) in ''Spell of the Unown'', as Molly, inspired by Ash's success at the Pokémon League, utilized some of his strategies during her battles against them. [[UpToEleven And since she was already capable of curb-stomping them in canon...]]
* NighInvulnerable: [[spoiler:The Mirage Pokemon are so dangerous because they can take hits that would knock out a real Pokémon and keep going. Even a ''Volt Crash'' by Pikachu only disables his counterpart briefly, and even if one is thrown out of simulation range, the system can instantly render another one to replace it]].
** [[spoiler:Mewtwo hits ''his'' Mirage double with a massive psychic blast, basically an unfocused Hyper Beam, and while it's damaged, the system heals it within seconds]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** A [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_McGuire_(volcanologist) Dr. MacGuire]] appears to describe the crisis during [[spoiler: the Delta Episode]].
** Todd visits the home of [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Atsuko_Nishida Atsuko Nishida]], who owns a lot of Eevee.
* NoEndorHolocaust: Given that Ash and Co. chose to skip the events of Porta Vista, that means the crazy developer Nastina was not stopped trying to develop the Tentacool shores and the Tentacool would still invade and try to destroy the city... [[AvertedTrope if Dexter hadn't anonymously notified the authorities]].
** This trope is [[EnforcedTrope enforced]] by [[spoiler: Mewtwo]], [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome who makes sure all of Ash's movie-level adventures don't have global repercussions.]]
** [[spoiler:The fragments causing an aversion of this is why they can't just smash the Delta Episode asteroid into pieces. When Mega Rayquaza ''does'' end up smashing it, specific care is made to make sure that the pieces are deflected away from Earth]].
* NoKillLikeOverkill:
** The three moves Charizard, Pikachu and Pidgeot unload on Falkner's team during Ash's gym battle with him: [[NukeEm Blast Burn]], Volt Crash and [[spoiler: [[FrickinLaserBeams Aeroblast]]]].
*** And later Pikachu uses Volt Crash on Morty's Jellicent, just because he feels like it.
** Muk. When your default strategy is a multi-attack ''BeamSpam'', this almost always applies.
** Frustrated with his underlings' continuous failed attempts to [[spoiler: kidnap Manaphy, Captain Phantom]] finally decides that enough is enough and he's going to send ''every man, machine and Pokémon'' he has on one overwhelming assault to get his prey. [[spoiler: But against a Legendary like Ho-Oh, that's still not enough.]]
** [[spoiler: Max's Deoxys battles a Mega Sharpedo and ends up throwing all the water out of the battlefield]].
* NoNameGiven: The trainer of the Graveler May and Skitty face in chapter 219's contest is only referred to as "Graveler's trainer", with the judges even lampshading it at one point.
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler:When Mewtwo realizes he's facing a Mewtwo, he empathises with him, first for thinking he's in the same WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds state that he was, then when he realizes it's akin to him under Giovanni]].
* NotWhatItLooksLike:
** A group of Rangers mistakes Raikou's challenge with Ash as him trying to poach the Legendary.
** Later, Manaphy's training is mistaken by Jackie as an attempt by Phantom to kidnap him.
* NoSell:
** What happens when a Shedinja with a Mimicked Entrainment move Entrains its Wonder Guard ability onto a Spiritomb? Two Pokémon who, between them, can do this to every damaging move in the game. Colonel Hansen managed to pull this combo off during the adventure in the Mirage Kingdom, but luckily, Misty's Togekiss had just the right moveset to circumvent their defenses.
** What Magic Bounce does to all non-damaging moves. [[spoiler: Even Aura Purge.]]
** [[spoiler:Reshiram has N try to capture him in a Poke Ball, but he's so strong that when he's caught off guard by the sensation, his struggling causes the Poke Balls to ''explode'', forcing N to keep going back to the store for better options]].
** The effect of any Poké-ball on a caught Pokémon. Even [[spoiler: a Master Ball on Ash's Ho-Oh]].
** The King of PokéAtlantis's DemonicPossession is technically a Psychic-type ability. [[spoiler: Guess what happens when he tries it on a Dark-type.]]
* NonSequiturThud: When Pikachu fries Roxanne's Golem, he lets out one of these before collapsing. As does Brawly's Conkeldurr.
* NoodleIncident:
** Brock's extremely negative reaction to hearing Professor Ivy's name in this fic is implied to be because [[spoiler: she became trapped in the realm of the Unown after a FreakLabAccident, and Brock felt guilty about being unable to save her the first time around. The fact that he uses his foreknowledge to prevent this the second time through]] is therefore why he is okay with mentioning her again when they all go to Johto, especially since they've actually hooked up.
** Pikachu and Co.'s misadventures with the Pichu brothers also count. During the [[{{Anime/PokemonJirachiWishmaker}} Millennium Festival]], one said misadventure ended with them stuck on a roller-coaster gone haywire.
** An experiment investigating Diglett's sensitivity to ultrasonics that left Professor Ivy's lab CoveredInMud.
** [[spoiler: Keldeo]] has had more than a few flying Pokémon try to use his horn as a perch. And he's amazed at what has tried.
** The Pichu Bros getting stuck in Ash's BagOfHolding.
** Mawile apparently once tried to get ''Tyranitar'' to fly by bribing some Pidgey, but she couldn't get enough to pull it off.
** Apparently there are some model train enthusiasts in Saffron that actively ask Sabrina to turn them into dolls.
** After Max gets a badge from Erika, Celebi shows up congratulating them for something that she forgot had unhappened.
** Apparently Barry's dad once let him borrow his Dragonite, and he told it to use Hyper Beam. Apparently, only two trees got knocked down, because a third was completely blown to splinters.
** Zorua once teamed up with Casper to pull a prank that involved her pretending to be a sombero for two entire hours.
** Lucario downloading courtly romance novels and somehow keeping Dexter from realizing who did it.
* NoSenseOfDirection: Ash's complete lack of such is emphasized and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in this story.
** This helps them to get to Shamouti Island the day before they arrived in the previous timeline.
** Dexter has a GPS built in, so this is somewhat averted... but in order to collect various plot coupons and friendly Pokémon, they still tend to go far out of their way to where they went the first time.
** Silver tries to go to the Temple of the Sea... and somehow goes from the sea to up a ''river'' without noticing.
* NotQuiteFlight: Ash's team used in his battle with Winona are all Pokémon that are not Flying-type or have Levitate, but can still fly in a variety of bizarre ways.
** This is apparently Mawile's hobby: help as many Pokémon as she can to fly.
** Max's Charmander Corona eventually manages to hover, and she can even fly via a flame construct. She can't maintain it for long, but it's impressive.
* ObviousRulePatch:
** Koga has to keep doing this when people start CuttingTheKnot on his Gym challenge, like Abra teleporting Team Rocket through.
** Cissy of the Orange Crew has to specify the use of non-Flying types in her racing challenge, after Ash won it using his supersonic Pidgeot.
** [[spoiler:To balance out Jirachi, Sabrina's Mew friend agrees to help with Max's battle. After they transform into a Groudon, Sabrina clarifies and bans transformations]].
** [[spoiler: Manaphy has his use of Heart Swap in Contests restricted after the judges learn what [[FreakyFridayFlip his version]] [[GameBreaker does]].]]
** Arceus does this to foil the [=PMDing=] God Squad and their plans to beat Groudon by soaking him via a Diglett-dug canal.
** After an attempt by a Contest trainer with a Musharna who tried to put the audience and judges to sleep and give them dreams of a good performance four years ago, they added a rule that "the performance must happen''.
** When the God Squad uses Palkia's SpaceMaster abilities to look through Dungeon floors one at a time (because they're only getting paid 10% of their mission reward and don't want to put in the effort), Arceus, after warning them, patches it in a way that avoids breaking immersion... by causing the portal to open into a water filled floor.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome:
** Everything [[spoiler: Mewtwo]] does during movie events to [[EnforcedTrope enforce]] NoEndorHolocaust.
** [[spoiler: Gary's Kalos League victory]].
** [[spoiler: The Lake Trio browbeating Kyogre into creating rainstorms to soak up the heat from any Delta meteor fragment that make it into the atmosphere.]]
** [[spoiler: The majority of Ho-Oh wiping out an entire Phantom Pirate military battalion, complete with attack helicopters and missiles.]]
** Molly's Gym Battle with Gardenia.
** Mawile managing to calm a revived Tyrunt down.
* OhCrap:
** Ash and Pikachu's reaction to [[spoiler: Lt. Surge's Thunderstone accidentally making contact with Pikachu.]]
** A similar reaction happens when Team Ketchum gets blown to Shamouti Island, since they remember full well all the trouble that happened there.
** When [[spoiler: Pikachu gets captured in a Dark Ball]], this is ''everyone's'' reaction.
** Frequently paraphrased with these three words: [[ThisIsGonnaSuck "That's torn it."]]
** [[spoiler: Professor Yung's]] reaction when [[spoiler: Dexter tells his Mirage system to create a Riolu, a Pokémon with AlwaysLawfulGood ingrained into it and thus giving his system a conscience.]]
* OhNoNotAgain:
** Gary frequently says this whenever he sees Ash's escapades on the news.
** Brock has this reaction when, for the second time a row, a Rockruff that Professor Ivy gets for him [[spoiler: turns out to be a Zorua in disguise]]. Luckily, the second time was just his first [[spoiler: Zorua]] playing a joke; he really did get a Rockruff.
* {{Omake}}: [[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/ashes-of-the-past-pokemon-peggy-sue.258921/page-762#post-18321025 One set after the 18th movie]], in which [[spoiler: Hoopa summons four alternate Ashes for an impromptu chat.]]
** These [[spoiler: other Ashes? The canon one, the [[FanFic/MasterPokemon Master, Pokémon?]] one, one who managed to save Lucario at the end of the eighth movie (based on a one-shot by Saphroneth), and one ''who is a Mew'' (originally based on a reviewer's comment, but which Saphroneth eventually made another Master, Pokémon? series about this Ash)]].
* {{Omniglot}}: Adept enough aura users can easily communicate with Pokémon, and Pokémon with similar skill in aura can do so with any human. Much of the humor in the fic is the result of Ash and Co. being able to fully communicate with their Pokémon, becoming more aware of their... quirks. Molly Hale also gained this ability as a result of her encounter with the Unown.
** Ritchie develops the ability to communicate with Pokémon through his PsychicPowers.
** Steve from the Silver Conference can also can communicate with his Pokémon, though the how isn't explained.
* OneDegreeOfSeparation:
** Falkner apparently captured the Aerodactyl that Ash and Co. released in Kanto.
** May's mother Caroline and Serena's mother Grace were once rivals in their youth, and as a result, Serena becomes Dawn's pen-pal.
*** [[spoiler: And once Serena realizes all the connections between her and the famous trainer Ash, she's thrown for a loop.]]
** One of Ash's Butterfree's children joins Drew on his journey.
* OneHitKO: [[spoiler:Lucario's first battle against a Mirage Machoke has him do enough damage to knock out or stun a Machoke with his first blow. After that, Yung adjust things so that his opponent will register battle-ending damage with a flash and continue on]].
* OneSteveLimit:
** A CharacterOfTheDay that Ash and Co. meet in Johto is also named Cyrus.
** Why Max's Mightyena is nicknamed "Cinder" and not "Ash" or "Ashes".
** Averted when Ash and Co. arrive in the Kingdom of Rota, where there ''three'' Lucario present, none with nicknames (Ash's Lucario, Aaron's Lucario, and the Royal Messenger Lucario from Sinnoh).
** When throwing a tournament, and deciding the order via slips from a hat, the ranch Pokémon forget to account for the non-nicknamed multiples at first.
** In the Kanto Grand Festival, May faces a Gary that's ''not'' Ash's rival. She's surprised for a moment at first, but admits in hindsight that it makes sense for there to be more than one Gary.
** Captain Phantom's Chatot is nicknamed Casey. [[spoiler:It confuses a certain Zapdos when he meets the smaller Flying type, given that he was recently playing baseball with a trainer with that same name]].
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Yes, even in a fanfiction. The author's British accent accidentally slips through occasionally, such as calling Ho-oh a "Whacking great phoenix," or Ash calling his mother "Mum" when typically he (Ash) speaks with a more North-American version of English.
** Chapter 54 has Meowth refer to a game as "football" and {{lampshade}}s the SeparatedByACommonLanguage by having Victreebel ask what kind and Meowth say that this "ain't Unova or Orre", both {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s to parts of America. Japanese is actually one of the ''few'' languages where the word for football/soccer is derived from the latter word rather than the former.
* OriginalCharacter:
** Jessie and James catch a Cubone and an Abra, respectively, and later have an Audino added to their cell.
** Ash hatches a Mawile, and later has a [[spoiler: Honedge]] added to his team.
** Misty gets her hands on a Kabuto, which evolves into a Kabutops in the middle of a fight against [[spoiler: Entei]], and later captures a Chinchou. And she uses a Milotic [[spoiler: during her time as a Team Aqua [[TheMole mole]]]].
** Max [[spoiler: gets an Electrike as a starter]], later captures a Mantyke, and gets a Charmander from Professor Oak. He also hatches an Aron.
** Professor Ivy gives Brock a [[spoiler: Rockruff, that turns out to be a disguised Zorua. He later gets an ''actual'' Rockruff.]]
** At the daycare where she originally got Glaceon, May gets a Joltik egg.
** A revived Tyrunt/Tyrantrum joins Ash's team... in a fashion.
* {{Otaku}}: Ash's Squirtle, Gary's Blastoise and ''the entire'' Squirtle evolutionary family are all {{Otaku}} of one type or another.
* OutOfFocus: The Team Rocket Trio in Johto only really make appearances in the movies and Mewtwo Returns, aside from short scenes back in the Rocket base. This is mainly because they don't follow Ash around anymore, as he's proven himself capable to Giovanni, and they have proven themselves as great for PR.
** Somewhat surprisingly, the author has managed to avoid this in regards to Ash's Pokémon, almost all of whom get to have a shot at at least one Gym after they leave. However, the ''[[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters sheer number]]'' of Pokémon that he manages to collect mean that there are those which aren't seen by the reader for long periods of time. Almost all of them manage to come back for the [[Anime/PokemonHeroes Altomare incident]], though.
* OutsideContextProblem:
** [[spoiler:The Delta Episode asteroid is something that never happened in the original timeline, so Ash and company have no forewarning for it]].
** [[spoiler:The Mirage Pokemon situation was never encountered in the original timeline either, leaving everyone completely unprepared, especially when Mewtwo gets a good look at his Mirage double and realizes what he's fighting]].
* OverlyPrePreparedGag: This seems to be the case during Max's gym battle with Juan.
-->''(Juan throws out Dive Ball which has contest seals on it)''
-->'''Juan''': Whoops, I seem to have forgotten to remove the seals.
-->''(Dive Ball releases a Sealeo)''
-->'''Juan''': See? I forgot to remove the [[IncrediblyLamePun seals]].

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[[folder: Tropes P - S]]

* ParanoiaFuel: InUniverse - After [[spoiler:The first new timeline Team Galactic run-in, and the weird amnesia thing]] Ash looks through Aaron's notebooks for info, but can't find any, and even worries that he might be unable to perceive it if it ''is'' there.
* ParalysisByAnalysis: When approaching an island surrounded by whirlpools, Ash and Co. take so long trying to figure out the best solution to get around them from all their available options that they end up in the whirlpool itself.
* ParentalSubstitute:
** All but stated to be the relationship between Keldeo and the other Swords of Justice, who adopted him as an apprentice after his parents died. The author justifies there being other Keldeo at one point, as Canon!Keldeo had to come from ''somewhere''.
** [[spoiler: The Shiny Entei and Suicune]] served as this for Molly while her real parents were gone.
* ParryingBullets: Any Pokémon with a suitable blade move can do this.
** Ash can do it too, thanks to his Aura-charged ceremonial sword. [[spoiler: Even against Legendary attacks.]]
* PassThePopcorn:
** When the Legendary Beasts and [[spoiler: their shiny counterparts]] come by to watch Ash battle Morty, Suicune asks Entei to make them all some popcorn.
** James does this while the [=TRio=] watches Ash meet up with Dawn for the first time this timeline.
* PassingTheTorch: During the Johto saga, [[spoiler:three of the Elite Four decide to step down from their positions: Lorelei (so she can focus on her writing career), Agatha (due to her age), and Lance (so he can fully take on the responsibilities as Grand Champion of the Kanto and Johto leagues). Subsequently, Karen, Will, and Misty (who beat out Koga due to her heightened skill as a result of the time travel) are admitted in to take their places. Ash is also recruited as an opponent for exhibition matches with the old line-up, including Bruno, the only one who's staying]].
** Koga [[spoiler: doesn't protest not getting the E4 slot]], as he's still working to train up his successor for the Fuchsia Gym, his daughter Janine.
* PedestrianCrushesCar: May's Blaziken has done this more than a few times, especially after unlocking his Speed Boost ability.
* PeggySue: The basic premise of the story.
* PerceptionFilter:
** The old [[MasterOfIllusion Ninetales]] that Brock's team encounters is so good at this, she can camouflage an entire house and make it so that people actively change direction and go around it and not notice anything's wrong.
** For some reason, [[spoiler: when Team Galactic first appears, Zorua, Kari and Suicune can't even see them or register being hit by their attacks, and even the memories fade fairly quickly. Even indirect information like written notes don't help, as the affected fail to remember why the notes are even important]].
* PercussiveMaintenance:
** In Chapter 1, when Dexter fails to register Ho-Oh, Ash hits the machine with his hand to restore its memories. It registers Ho-Oh… and reports that it has data on pretty much all Pokémon in existence up to this point… and then reveals himself to have become a fully functional AI.
** How Ash and the Tree of Beginning trek group stop the glitchy Regi golems.
*** And it's also how Regigigas updates them. As it turns out, punch "card" was a mistranslation.
* PiratesVersusNinjas: Mentioned when Tyson's Meowth appears.
** Also mentioned in 210 when the group runs into a ninja training group after the Phantom Pirates attack again.
* PlotTumor:
** Ash having Legendary Pokémon. Sure, Ho-Oh gives him his Poké-ball as soon as Ash goes back in time, but this stays in the background throughout all of Kanto and the Orange Islands and the first third or so of Johto, much to the phoenix's chagrin. After the "Spell of the Unown" chapters comes the subplots of Keldeo and then the legendary beasts joining up with Ash, and much of the action other than Gym battles and fighting evil organizations is about Ash and his other Pokémon interacting with the legendaries. Granted, most of canon Johto is filler, and the author needed something to contribute to the plot instead, even if that meant going temporarily OffTheRails.
*** More specifically, this is the Johto Beasts and their challenge to see if Ash can catch them- given that Ho-Oh allows himself to be captured in the first five chapters, it's very much only present in the middle of Johto. Past that point, while Ash does pick up the occasional Legendary they are mostly treated as very strong normal Pokémon, save by anyone not familiar with Ash.
** In a similar vein, events in Hoenn are expanded to incorporate Mega Stones and Mega Evolution, but this isn't as egregious due to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
* [[PersonofMassDestruction Pokémon of Mass Destruction]]: Charizard learned Blast Burn. Also Victini used V-Generate/V-Create against Hiroshima and Nagasaki[=/=]Slateport in the last World War.
** Ash ''keeps blowing up Gyms.''
** Pikachu and his new Hyper Beam-tier SignatureMove: '''Volt Crash'''.
** Max later starts following in Ash's footsteps.
** When the gang meets the new Kanto Fairy-type Gym Leader during the Battle Frontier arc, she mentions how her Pokemon keep damaging the Gym, leading Max to say that she's Ash as a Gym leader. We see it in the battle with Max, though May does blame Ash a bit for getting Max into the habit. Apparently Juvia and Gray were bred for excessive power, and the others got overpowered trying to keep up with them.
** Molly is shown to be following in Ash's footsteps as well, as the results of her battle with Gardenia show.
** When Max shows up to the Cerulean Gym, in Ash's company, the sisters all start taking anything they want to save into a bunker and tell him not to use any Pokemon capable of destroying the building.
* [[AvengersAssemble Pokémon Assemble!]]: [[spoiler:As a result of the Fossil Pokémon Apocalypse above, Ash is forced to summon ''every single Pokémon on his team'' to help combat it alongside several other trainers in town for the festival (except for a few who due to responsibilities couldn't make it)]].
* PolarOppositeTwins: Sabrina's Espeon evolved at sunset, with his brother evolving into an Umbreon 20 seconds later out of happiness for him.
* PowerIncontinence:
** While not an overly dangerous version, [[spoiler: Mewtwo]] tends to overwhelm people when he forgets to tone down the natural aura of power he projects. He's quite sorry when he does it unintentionally.
** Ash can control his Aura-Reminding of past Pokémon with a single touch, but awkward moments when he forgets to turn it off have occurred, especially when the Reminded Pokémon evolves. One example is reminding his Donphan's egg, who immediately evolves off the shelf where his egg was and [[LivingCrashpad onto his trainer]].
** Jirachi, as the Wish Pokémon, has to grant every wish he hears, whether he wants to or not. [[spoiler: Fixed when [[StatingTheSimpleSolution Max wishes for Jirachi to only grant the wishes he wants to]], though even then, Ash and Co. have to be careful what they say around him.]]
** [[spoiler: When Absol Mega Evolves for the first time, her [[SpiderSense disaster-sense]] is ramped up to the point that the sheer amount of future information [[MySkullRunnethOver overloads her mind]], [[SuperPowerMeltdown causing her to go berserk.]]]]
** Suicine is unable to turn her water purification effect ''off''. Once she purged a pool of chlorine by mistake, and the Shiny once accidentally spilled some tea on her paws while drinking it and turned the entire cup into distilled water.
* PragmaticVillain: Giovanni. He wants to conquer the world and convince the world he ''should'' have power ([[VillainWithGoodPublicity thus, he has it with no trouble]]), but, as pointed out above, [[EvilVersusOblivion he's also making sure the world doesn't get destroyed]]. Also, there's what he has to say on the power to [[RealityWarper remake reality]]:
-->'''Giovanni''': "There are some morons out there who actually try to get this one. Don't. [...] Useful, I'll admit, but far too flashy - And dangerous to acquire. And Team Rocket does not like risk. Agents risk, the Team endures".
* {{Precursors}}: The civilizations of Pokémopolis and Pokéatlantis, two advanced ancient civilizations with an intense rivalry. The ancient Giant Pokémon sealed all over the world that Ash and Co. keep running into are the results of their genetic optimization and enhancement. [[spoiler: They also did research into Mega Evolution.]]
* PrideBeforeAFall: What happens to Flannery's Pyroar after she knocks out Ash's new [[spoiler: Sliggoo ([[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown who was trying to adjust to being blind]])]], and Corphish is sent out to replace him.
--> '''Corphish:''' Aren't you going to say anything?
--> '''Pyroar:''' Nobles do not speak to their inferiors.
--> '''[[CombatPragmatist Corphish]]:''' Right. ''([[MegatonPunch Crabhammers her in the face]])''
* ProperlyParanoid:
-->'''Fearow:''' "Protect, Endure and your order to dodge there makes me think of Detect. You're an impressively paranoid fellow."
-->'''Ash:''' "I try. And I've been attacked enough to make it seem the right choice."
* {{Psychopomp}}: In this setting, Darkrai (or ''a'' Darkrai at least) is considered the god of death, though he only appears to greet the dead on "special occasions." Such as [[spoiler: someone being resurrected by Sacred Ash]] or [[spoiler: a freed soul from a SoulJar suffering CessationOfExistence]].
** With Yveltal's unveiling, it's been clarified that Darkrai works for him.
* PungeonMaster: What Jessie's Wobbuffet turns out to be. As well as Ash's Glalie with the ice-related jokes.
* [[RapidFireNo Rapid-Fire "Nope"!]]: Karen's Absol utters this when she first lays eyes on [[WeirdnessMagnet Ash]], then tries to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere exit the room]] via SuperWindowJump. Unfortunately, [[EpicFail the glass was too strong]].
* PunnyName: [[spoiler: The human soul found in Ash's ceremonial sword, which when awakened turns it into a Honedge, was once a female knight by the name of Dame Kari Burns [[labelnote:*]]Caliburn[[/labelnote]].]]
* RashEquilibrium: Team Magma has the Blue Orb. Team Aqua has the Red Orb. Both agree to trade their orb for the other. [[spoiler: Both know that the other has the Legendary they want. Both decide to double-cross the other by getting the orb they have to the Legendary the other has. [[SuperMode Primal Reversion ensues]]. [[FromBadToWorse And so begins the Scuffle of Legends]]. ]]
* RealityEnsues:
** [[spoiler: Getting rid of an asteroid, especially ''one the size of a mountain'' (the ones Rayquaza deals with are usually much smaller), by blowing it up doesn't make it go away; the fragments will just hit the Earth in multiple places, heat up the atmosphere, and burn all life on Earth to a cinder. The only real solution is to push it out of the way, which is a truly monumental job even for a planet full of superpowered creatures and living forces of nature.]]
** If a single Sonicboom attack could knock the tower containing the Spiritomb over, then a strong gust of wind could do the same. After all, it was built centuries ago and obviously not maintained much since.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: [[spoiler:After being teleported to a facility on Mars run by Mirage Mew and Mewtwo, Kidd Summers notes that the planet is different than they expected, with it being explained that it's the result of an optical illusion]].
* [[{{Reconstruction}} Reconstruction Fic]]: This fanfic basically takes much of the {{Fanon}} for the show, such as Ash training in real time, having Aura powers, and holding onto his competence, and the Team Rocket trio being Friendly Enemies, and has it work beautifully.
* RefugeInAudacity: The Rocket Trio using Pokemon balloons turns out to be partially this. The more they look like a carnival balloon, the less likely they are to be reported. They once went around ''three months'' before being reported in the old timeline.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Paul. Ash could give him his memories of the old timeline, but he refuses on account of not wanting to take shortcuts.
* RememberTheNewGuy: How Alolan Pokémon and their variants are introduced, through comments about nature documentaries and the like.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: The whole purpose of the Larvitar line's Pupitar evolution is to give the Pokémon time to get used to moving and jetting via an internal pneumatic system, which becomes an integral part of simple walking and movement when it evolves again into Tyranitar. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for Ash's Larvitar, spending only a minute as a Pupitar and going straight into Tyranitar [[HowDoIShotWeb means that just keeping his balance becomes more than a little difficult.]]]]
** In the Valley of Steel, the group notes that heavier Flying types like Skarmory must need to use [[BlowYouAway passive air manipulation]] to be able to fly despite their weight.
** [[spoiler:Uxie is part of the reason [[IdiotHero Ash]] can carry hold enough memory to remind everyone]].
* RidiculouslyLongPhoneHold: Whenever Regigigas is asked to do something, on account of its Slow Start. When [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny Mew]] needs it to do system updates for the Tree of Beginning's Regi sentries, it goes from "ridiculous" to ''"agonizing"''.
* RightBehindMe: A twist - Ash says a version of the phrase about Charizard to Damien.
* RunningGag: In ''spades''. Specific ones include:
** Bulbasaur's screwed up ancestry, resulting in a very, ''very'' varied move pool.
** Squirtle's obsession with Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann (and the Squirtle evolutionary line's obsession with anime in general). All of which include his tendency to break space and his rivalry with Gary's Blastoise.
** Ash's tendency to destroy gyms, enough to garner him the nickname "Gym Destroyer." It's so prevalent that his first two Johto gym battles were done outside -- and by the end of the third, Whitney wishes she had followed their example.
** People frequently freaking out at extraordinary things that [[ButForMeItWasTuesday don't even cause Ash to blink]].
** Ash's Aura making Pokémon evolve mid-battle, both his, his friends' and his opponent's.
** Ash forgetting to go back to Cameran Castle each year for their annual tournament (given that he lost the first time around).
** Dark-types being unaffected by the useful parts of psychic powers, namely telepathy and teleportation.
** Absol having {{Freak Out}}s whenever they see [[WeirdnessMagnet Ash]].
** It's taken UpToEleven when one of Ash's Running Gags ends up [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverting]] ''another'' of his RunningGags[[note]]Ash manages to beat Wallace without destroying the Sootopolis Gym, but after Ash leaves, his evolution aura causes the gym's population of Wailmer to all spontaneously evolve into Wailord (which are around 8 times bigger) at once, and bring down a gym wall anyway.[[/note]].
** There's a running gag in the Author's Notes that, whenever Gary's adventures are shown, Saphroneth will sum up what he's doing, usually with a statement that [[CaptainObvious he's in Kalos]], and It Will Always Be Typed Like This.
** People who knew Brock before the time travel not believing him when he says that he's got a steady girlfriend in Professor Ivy.
** A few trainers have insisted that the Orange League is not a real league, despite Ash's insistence to the contrary.
** Two arc-long gags during the Battle Frontier:
*** Scott looking for Ash to formally invite him to the Battle Frontier, while Ash is ''already'' doing them. He finally catches up at the Battle Tower. [[spoiler: The gag continues when he finds out the Battle Pyramid, which moves around, had relocated since he told Ash where to find it... so now he has to find Ash ''again'' to tell him its new location.]]
*** Dawn's Pokémon showing up early in her backyard.
** Brock trying hard to invoke StatusQuoIsGod on his status as a Rock Trainer, and everyone LampshadeHanging how he's done everything BUT.
** Ho-Oh not getting to battle. At one point he spars with Buizel long enough that by the time they're done, the battle with Brandon is all but over.
** Interactions with Celebi leading to people getting headaches. "If you aren't getting a headache, you're not understanding TimeTravel."
** Barry showing up at Dawn's house, especially when he talks to her through the window. At one point he does so through her bedroom window, on the second floor, by standing on Palmer's Dragonite.
* SamusIsAGirl: Turns out Ash's Pidgeot is female. As is his Swellow, Quilava, Brock's Forretress, and a few other Pokémon who weren't gender-identified in canon.
* ScrewTheRulesItsTheApocalypse: [[spoiler: With the Delta Episode meteor hanging over their heads]], Max, Jirachi, Zinnia and Steven leave several museum storage spaces in shambles [[spoiler: looking for a suitable meteorite chunk to Mega-Evolve Rayquaza.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Several times.
** When Butch and Cassidy encounter Ash during one of their scams, they immediately abandon the whole thing.
** Absols can see future disasters. Ash is a WalkingDisasterArea. So whenever an Absol lays eyes on him, they immediately try to get away as fast as possible, heedless of whatever might be in their way. Ash's own Absol is the sole exception (and even she was stunned at first).
** Ever since the Phantom Pirates came on the scene, they've had several instances of desertion:
*** [[spoiler:The only Phantom Pirate to escape the failed attempt to snatch Manaphy in Chapter 212 calls back to base and quits after a Heart Swap-style FreakyFridayFlip with his Pidgeot]].
*** In Chapter 218, the Phantom Pirate squad leader of the latest [[spoiler: Manaphy theft attempt]] orders his Pokemon to attack [[spoiler:''Ho-Oh'']]. More than one of his Pokemon return themselves, and the others start looking at him as if he's insane.
*** [[spoiler: Even Casey, Captain Phantom's own Chatot, defects to Ash's side when his captain picks a fight with Ho-Oh.]]
* SecretLegacy: In this story, Ash is actually a descendant of ''Sir Aaron'' through his father's side.
* SecretTestOfCharacter:
** Giovanni orders James to give up his beloved Growlie so the Team Rocket highers-up could use his firepower. James ultimately refuses, with Jessie and Meowth backing him up. This convinces Giovanni that the trio have what it takes to be promoted to Executive status and learn about Team Rocket's secondary goal (see EvilVersusOblivion above).
** The Gym matches are revealed to be this - at least partway. Each is designed to teach a different lesson- Brock's is about Endurance, Cerulean's is about not giving in despite hopeless odds, Cinnabar's is about intelligence, the Poison Gym is about tricks... (although this aspect was OutOfFocus during the Johto Arc, since most of the gym leaders were more concerned with making sure their gyms weren't destroyed by [[PersonOfMassDestruction Ash]]).
** Max goes through his gym battle with Janine without even realising he's in one.
* SeenItAll: Very, ''very'' few things surprise Ash and Co. anymore.
** One of the things that do, however, are Kalos and Alolan Pokémon, given that in the original timeline, Ash never made it past Unova. [[spoiler: It's one of the reasons Pikachu ended up losing to Wallace's Greninja.]]
** The Sinnoh cast in particular accept the new normal fairly easily, likely due to the weirdness in Sinnoh in the original timeline. However, they ''do'' have trouble upon learning that [[spoiler:Brock has a girlfriend]].
** It even ends up completely exasperating a Mismagius trickster that tries to impress them with increasingly outlandish illusions.
* SelfImposedChallenge:
** [[spoiler: To prove he can give Ash a good fight, Raikou decides to solo all 8 Johto Gyms.]]
** At Norman's suggestion, this is Ash's attempt to beat the Hoenn gyms without destroying any of them. [[spoiler: He succeeds... technically.]]
* SenseFreak: Deoxys-Orange, from the Pokémon Ranger special, finds himself going on a taste adventure, after he figures out how to consume human food.
* SequenceBreaking: Happens frequently.
** Ash goes to Cameran to free Aaron's Lucario and collect Aaron's equipment right after getting the Boulder Badge. Compare to the original timeline where he only went to Cameran after the Hoenn League during the Battle Frontier arc.
** Ash clashes with [[spoiler: Hunter J]] before he finishes the Kanto League, about the time he was supposed to get Muk. In the original timeline, Ash clashed with [[spoiler: Hunter J]] while in Sinnoh.
** Ash captures Muk ''way'' later than the original timeline, while helping that movie director, because he forgot about Muk due to the battle with [[spoiler: Hunter J]].
** Sometimes, Ash deliberately uses his knowledge of the future to try to take an "Idealized" path, avoiding trouble spots that he had in the original timeline. For example, his plan for Porta Vista involves grabbing Misty's Horsea and getting out immediately, while his reaction to doing the ''SS Anne'' and Maiden's Peak were summed up as "Screw that," and "Not only no, but HELL no" respectively. This allows him and his team far more time to train, and thus get a ''massive'' leg up on future problems.
** On the one hand, all of Dawn's Pokémon appear in the right order (aside from Ambipom). On the other, they all appear during the Battle Frontier.
* SerialEscalation:
** Throughout the Battle Frontier, Scott goes to more and more outlandish places to find Ash and invite him to the Frontier, even ''outer space''. Why can't he find him? Because Ash is ''already'' doing the Frontier challenge.
** When Ash and Co. encounter the [[MasterOfIllusion hypnotising Mismagius]] that they encountered in Sinnoh, they're so [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight nonchalant]] with its illusions that it escalates from Rayquaza meeting them, to an AlienInvasion, to {{Sentai}}, to {{Time Travel}}lers, until [[spoiler: their secret Rotom tagalong]] can't take it any more.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong:
** Ash was sent back in time to make sure Cyrus doesn't succeed in his second attempt to capture the Creation Trio.
** Brock's time-travel allows him to correct one of his most heart-wrenching wrongs: [[spoiler: saving the life of his first love Professor Ivy when she was trapped in the Unown's dimension in the first timeline]].
** A minor one for Team Rocket: during early Hoenn, they're now strong enough to face down that poacher who had forced them to release their very first Pokémon in the original timeline, and beat the stuffing out of him.
* ShaggyDogStory: Gary's whole ChainOfDeals ordeal leads him to talk to his grandpa for some help, only to find that the professor had the links to bypass the entire chain from the start.
* ShamuFu:
** Misty hits Brock with her Goldeen whenever he starts going gaga around women. Once Brock settles down with a single girlfriend, this gag is dropped entirely.
** A Machamp-Magikarp combo shows up in the Hoenn League. That is far from the only EquippableAlly combo that shows up, however.
*** The Magikarp actually evolves into a Gyarados mid-battle, and Dawn points out the Machamp could have used ''it'' as a flail if Morrison hadn't beaten them then.
* ShipperOnDeck: Latias to her brother and the Latias partnered to a Joy, to the point that she plays romantic music when they're together.
* ShipTease: Sceptile and Meganium née Bayleef have shared quite a few heartwarming moments together, including one AfterActionPatchup scene, [[WeAreNotAnItem no matter how much they deny it]]. [[spoiler: [[RelationshipUpgrade Until even they can't deny it any more.]]]]
** Between the Altomare Latios and another Latias.
* ShoutOut: Enough to get [[ShoutOut/AshesOfThePast its own page]].
* ShownTheirWork: Many of the moves shown in the story are based on real world science.
** In particular, the author has a Geology Major, and his insight is sprinkled all over the story. One example is Geodude's Stone Edge Earthbending technique, which has to take [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dislocation_creep dislocation creep]] into account in order to allow the stone to move without shattering.
* TheSleepless: Given the time difference between Poké-Japan (Kanto/Johto/Hoenn/Sinnoh) and Poké-France (Kalos), many of Gary's interactions with Ash happen when he should be getting some sleep. Given the kind of things that Ash gets up to, Gary looses a ''lot'' of sleep because of this.
* SleptThroughTheApocalypse: Cresselia went to sleep for an evening, and slept right through [[spoiler: the Delta Episode]]. Considering a lunar night is approx. 2 weeks, it's unsurprising that she missed the whole 4 hours of terror.
* SneezeCut:
** In one chapter, Team Rocket's Meowth went looking around Hollywood for Meowzie, the Meowth that made him want to become human-like, but couldn't find her. We cut to Meowzie sneezing in the Fuchsia Gym, where it had already been established that she was living there after Janine had adopted her.
** A second example happens when an Ambipom throws a Heart Scale at Totodile, and the scene cuts to Gary, exhausted after running around [[ChainOfDeals trying to get one]], tossing in his sleep.
** When Ash sends out Quilava against Pryce, she is upset with him that he saved her for last, pointing out that Charizard and Houndour are both off by themselves at the time. The scene then cuts to Charizard hanging out with Charla, and then to Houndour telling his pack about his time with Ash.
** When Goomy makes it rain, the scene cuts to Entei (who's heading to Sinnoh with Suicune) [[RunningGag who's feeling glad he's not in Hoenn at the moment.]]
** During the trek to the Tree of Beginning, a lot of computer puns are made due to the fact that the Regis' software is outdated. Cut to [[PungeonMaster Glalie]], who isn't present to enjoy the fact.
** After a Draco Meteor-based Counter Shield sends meteor fragments flying everywhere, the scene cuts to Dawn's Piplup, who is happy he didn't get flattened.
** Uxie does this when Max realizes that Brock [[spoiler:is the only group member with no Legendaries at that point]].
* SpaceBase: Ariadospace (the analogue to the real-life French Arianespace) begin creating one with Gary's help, so that [[spoiler: in the worst-case scenario that the Delta Episode asteroid does make impact, there will be a safe space to send what Poké-balls and humans can be evacuated.]]
* SpaceMaster: Besides Palkia, Wishiwashi apparently achieves its School Form by warping space.
* SparedByTheAdaptation:
** Sir Aaron's Lucario. After being awakened early and learning the truth about Aaron's "betrayal", he resumes his Aura training, ensuring that he'd be strong enough to survive purifying the Tree of Beginning in the future.
** The illusion Entei conjured by Molly and the Unown, who (along with the copies of Suicune and Raikou) was [[BecomeARealBoy made a real Pokémon]] instead of fading away, albeit Shiny.
** The [[spoiler:Latios from Altomare]].
* SpeakFriendAndEnter: Gary finds himself embroiled in a ChainOfDeals in order to get the Move Relearner to teach his Alakazam Teleport. When he speaks to Professor Oak about it, the [[StatingTheSimpleSolution professor points out he still has the TM for Teleport]].
* StarterEquipment: May and Max get these from their parents when they first start out: May gets Caroline's old contest accessories, and Max gets Norman's assortment of old Pokémon hold items.
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Some characters point out to other characters very simple solutions to problems they had during the original timeline. Vague wording due to the fact that the relevant positions are sometimes switched around.
** By the time Hoenn arrives, Ash and Co. have so many simple solutions that they have to take time to find the simplest.
** Of particular prominence is when the group meet Cheryl in Eterna Forest and help her with her problems, considering how prepared she was to go on adventures like her grandfather's stories told.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Averted for the most part (see ContinuityNod above), but PlayedForLaughs in one episode, when Ash and Co. meet Sullivan, the fishing god. Obsessed with catching the giant Whiscath, Nero, but lacking even the knowledge of the ''type-chart'', Pikachu finally solves his problem by [[ScissorsCutsRock overwhelming Nero's Ground-typing]] [[CuttingTheKnot and capturing it himself]]. But after all that, Sullivan decides to release Nero because he finds that the trying feels better than the succeeding.
* StealthPun: E4 member Will makes one while watching a Gallade face off against a Dragonair.
--> '''Karen:''' Is this a knight against a dragon?
--> '''Will:''' No, that would be a Gardevoir. At least, if you want the knight to be a sir. [[labelnote:Explain the joke?]]Gardevoir's Japanese name is Sirnight.[[/labelnote]]
* StunnedSilence:
** During the ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon3}} Spell of the Unown]]'' chapters, both the news studio that is providing the feed for the events of the movie, and Professor Ivy, who is providing analysis of these events, are absolutely speechless when [[spoiler:Charizard starts to mega-evolve back and forth between his ''X'' and ''Y'' forms, and in the process starts ''beating back'' all three of the Unown-created Legendary Beasts.]]
** The E4 have this when [[spoiler: Misty beats Ash in the Whirl Cup, who was using Suicune.]]
** Ash, Dawn and Brock end up like this when [[spoiler: Brock's Zorua pretends to be Brock's daughter from the future]] as a prank.
* SuperEmpowering:
** [[spoiler: An Aura-fueled attempt to prevent Pikachu from evolving ends up giving him the electric sacs of a Raichu, along with a [[AmplifierArtifact Light Ball]].]]
** [[spoiler: Ho-Oh grants Togekiss the ability to use Sacred Fire as a birthday gift.]]
** A RunningGag throughout the fic is how just being around Ash seems to trigger [[EvolutionPowerUp evolution]] in other people's Pokémon, even the ones he can't restore to the way they were at the end of the former timeline.
*** At one point, Professor Oak tries to justify it as the fact that Ash gives off so much Aura that exposed Pokémon are given a massive power boost and can evolve much more easily that way. Ash rejects this, as even ''before'' he got a massive Aura power boost, Pokémon would ''still'' spontaneously evolve around him (such as Caterpie, Ponyta, and Charmander (for a ''very'' abridged list of all the evolutions that happen around him)).
*** Slowly taken UpToEleven, as Morrison's Beldum, Roark's Cranidos and Nando's Budew all evolve within moments of meeting Ash, while being sent out of the Poké-ball, ''mid-materialization''.
** In "The Power Of One Part 4", [[spoiler: Lugia teaches Pidgeot how to use Aeroblast, following Ho-Oh's example above.]]
** When Ash comes into contact with people or Pokémon that he can restore, they get this, returned to the power levels they were at when the last timeline came to an end. This sometimes means that they evolve more than one level at a time.
** [[spoiler: May is the one empowered by Samiya's Sea Crown to defeat Captain Phantom.]]
* SuperMode: The author writes in the concept of Mega Evolution further down the line, and starting in Johto, we see several examples, good, bad, and neutral. SpoileredRotten, but if you care...[[labelnote:Protagonist-wise,]]Ash's Charizard evolves between both X and Y forms during the [[Anime/{{Pokemon3}} Greenfield incident,]] without the use of Charizardite, the Unown proving to distort reality enough for that (and later, his girlfriend Charla from the Charicific Valley can loan him her Charizardite Y). Pidgeot has evolved twice, both times in a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind, without a Pidgeotite. Using the actual Mega Stones, Ash's first usable one is a Heracronite, which he obtains from Chuck; he learns what it is shortly before taking on the Mahogany Gym. His Squirtle creates Squirtilite, and while the stone explodes after one use, it works effectively for that use, and he knows how to make more. Then he obtains Latiosite and Latasite from the [[Anime/PokemonHeroes Altomare incident]], and the two dragons take turns training with him; he also relieves Annie and Oakley of their Beedrillite, which he gives to Casey. Much later, Gary gives him an Absolite after an Absol native to [[Anime/PokemonJirachiWishmaker Forina]] chooses to join Ash, the Rota Kingdom loans him their Lucarionite, and Baron Alberto gives him a Charizardite X after saving Alamos Town. Apart from Ash, Misty obtained a Gyaradosite from the Lake of Rage, Brock obtained a Steelixite from Steven in Granite Cave, Max discovers that he had been carrying a Manectite after his starter evolves, the group finds a Banettite in the ruins containing the giant Claydol (which Casper managed to use by Cerulean), and May is trying hard to get her hands on a Blazikenite, and she does manage to find an Altarianite, though she only managed to use it during the Grand Festival. Gary has in his possession Blastoisinte, Sablenite, Alakazamite, a Lopunnite that he hasn't found a permanent use for yet, and it's implied that he has or knows where to obtain a Sharpedonite and Houndoomite. Ash and friends also discover an Audinite, which they give to the Team Rocket trio for their recently acquired medic/chef after the Groudon/Kyogre clash. They repay the favor with a Sceptilite that they picked up from the Team Rocket armory along with their keystone. In the Ever Grande Conference, Ritchie was briefly seen using Galladite. Professor Oak also borrowed Tyranitarite, Pidgeotite, Houndoomite, Glalitite and Mawilite for an experiment.[[/labelnote]][[labelnote:Antagonist-wise,]]Tyson, the Rocket Admin at the Lake of Rage, had a Tyranitarite, and the antagonist from the Mirage Kingdom, Colonel Hansen, used a Gengarite. Annie and Oakley attempted to use a Beedrillite on a borrowed Pokémon; it didn't work, as they had no bond with it, and Ash ultimately took it off their hands. Cassidy has an Aggronite, Butch has a Charizardite (unknown which one), and the agents under them (Ariana, Proton and Petrel) have an Abomasite, a Slowbronite, and an Aggronite. One Phantom Pirate had Kangaskhanite, but he couldn't use it on account of being unable to send out his Pokémon.[[/labelnote]][[labelnote:and Other]]Gurkinn, a.k.a. the Mega Evolution guru, has a Lucarionite. Jasmine has a Steelixite, Clair and the dragon clan have in their possession an Ampharosite, Sceptilite, and Altarianite, Agatha has a Sablenite, Lance has a Salamencite, Steven has a Scizorite, Mawilite, Steelixite, Aerodactylite, and Aggronite, Mr. Stone and Winona both have a Pinsirite, Tate and Liza have a Galladite and Gardevoirite, respectively, Giovanni has a Kangaskhanite, Greta has a Medichamite, Spencer has a Venusaurite, Anabel has an Alakazamite, and Misty's sisters have a Slowbronite. One Silver Conference contestant used Blazikenite, Metagrossite and Garchompite, Rebecca, a trainer Ash met in [=LaRousse=] City has a Tyranitarite, some participants in the Indigo Conference have Kangaskhanite and Sharpedonite, and the man who looked after the Mudkip where Brock got his Marshtomp has a Swampertite, though it's implied he has no use for it currently. During the Groudon/Kyogre clash, Rayquaza swallows the meteor Ash got from Mt. Chimney, enabling Rayquaza to go Mega.[[/labelnote]]
* SureLetsGoWithThat: [[spoiler: Arceus's reasoning to create the Fairy-type at the beginning of time, since thanks to a TimeCrash, Molly's self-created Sylveon was present and her typing became the originator of the Fairy-type.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
** The way Dexter denied that [[spoiler: the three Porygons]] have a silly nickname for themselves.
---> '''Dexter:''' You heard nothing. I most definitely did not mention a silly nickname we have for ourselves.
** Sceptile asks for [[TheMedic Meganium]] [[ShipTease to watch him battle a Steelix in order for her to heal him afterwards.]] Pikachu isn't convinced.
---> '''Pikachu:''' Is there any particular reason why you want her to...
---> '''Sceptile:''' Healing. I said.
** When Latios discusses supersonic flight training with the Latias belonging to the Nurse Joy they met, his sister can see right through his intentions.
* SweetAndSourGrapes: Invoked. Whenever one of Ash and Co.'s Pokémon either has to leave family to join the team or decides to leave for another reason, they can still [[CommutingOnABus rejoin the team or their family whenever they want to due to Professor Oak's portable transceivers]].

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[[folder: Tropes T - Z]]

* TakeMeToYourLeader: A Deoxys says this in Chapter 221.
* TakeThat:
** Ash and others frequently hold up Tobias as a person that they have ''no'' desire to emulate, viewing him as an arrogant man who swept all the gyms in his area with what is essentially a literal God of Death. Part of the reason Ash is so reluctant to use the many Legendaries he has is because he doesn't want to be like him, stating that he wants to win on his own terms, not by using OlympusMons all the time.
** The canon decision of disqualifying a sleeping Squirtle from Ash's canon league battle with Ritchie is stated by a Battle Judge (Pokémon Referee) to be a blatantly incorrect ruling, as is the fact that the match wasn't postponed due to Ash being delayed after being ''kidnapped''.
** Dr. [=MacGuire=], one of the Scientists at the Mossdeep Space Center, has a lot to say about Hollywood solutions to getting rid of [[spoiler: giant incoming asteroids]], and it's not very complimentary.
** In Chapter 256, [[spoiler: Mewtwo]] and his space company state that they're not going to put a car into space for a publicity stunt. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falcon_Heavy_Test_Flight Given what Elon Musk was up to at about the time the chapter came out...]]
* TakeAThirdOption: If Ash and Co. are not StatingTheSimpleSolution or CuttingTheKnot, they're usually doing this.
** The pacifistic Tyrantrum runs into one after befriending Ash and Co. He wants to stay with his new friend Mawile, but he's too big to keep traveling with them as an uncaught Pokémon, it would be unfair to make Mawile stay at the ranch for too long, and he's uncomfortable with being a member of Ash's team since he hates battling. Ash proposes another option though: [[spoiler: He can be ''Mawile's'' Pokémon.]]
* TalkLikeAPirate: Just about all of Team Aqua. Including the oath they have to say to join Team Aqua.
* TalkToTheFist: Ash has pulled this on a few human villains, such as [[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Cipher Admin Nascour]], [[Anime/PokemonHeroes Rocket Operative Annie]], and Colonel Hansen of the Mirage Kingdom incident. For the former two, the punch pretty much ends their battle; for the latter, it kicks the battle off.
* TalkingWithSigns:
** Raikou does this when trying to communicate with humans. They even work as Wood Hammer. Somehow.
** Barry gets a Smeargle that does this, when his eyebrows aren't doing the talking.
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: A non-lethal example: one of Casper's pranks is adding an Enigma Berry (that May was saving) into one of her Pokéblock mixes to futz up the recipe. Also inverted with Munchlax sneaking berries from May's previous mixes to produce differently-colored Pokéblocks.
* TangledFamilyTree: The reason Bulbasaur [[spoiler:and later Ivysaur]] has such a varied movepool is due to a very long, convoluted series of chain breeding in his ancestry.
--->"I know of a Charmeleon, a Sableye, and a Skarmory in there somewhere. It's more of a family Kudzu..."
** After being asked about it, [[WordOfGod the author had only one thing to say]]:
--->"I have a proof upthread that ''any'' breed-able Pokémon in the game could be part of it if you go back far enough."
** In Hoenn 17, Nicolai's Zangoose mentions that he has a Linoone for a father, and the Linoone's father was a Seviper (you know, a Zangoose's bitter enemy). Ash confirms this, and that Zangoose and Seviper are both in the same egg group, much to Zangoose's surprise.
* TastesLikeChicken: Because a hidden Munchlax keeps stealing the ingredients, May's attempts to make its favorite Purple Surprise Pokéblocks keeps turning out weird colors, one of which is acid-green and tastes like chips.
* TaughtByExperience:
** After a few ill encounters, Team Magma and Aqua are fully aware of how powerful Ash is, so instead of finding new ways to battle him, they come up with new ways of getting past him, achieving their goal as quickly as possible, and making sure that he can't follow them when they escape.
** The Phantom Pirates do keep improving their tactics with each time they attack Ash and Co. to go after [[spoiler: Manaphy]]. None of them work, but at least they're learning.
* TearsOfJoy: May gets these when [[spoiler: Manaphy]] considers himself her Pokémon, no questions asked.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Cinder and Casper, Max's Mightyena and Shuppet, end up like this during Max's gym battle with Tate and Liza, due to all of [[ThePrankster Casper's pranks]] on a highly-annoyed Cinder. After it causes them to lose the first time, Max tells them to get their act together by practicing on the rest of the group's team.
* TemptingFate:
** When Lucario does this in 213, Max is savvy enough to dive for cover.
** Chapter 256 has a Gliscor gang leader make these comments about Electric attacks, while facing [[ScissorsCutsRock Pikachu]].
---> '''Gliscor:''' No Electric-type attack can harm a Ground-type! May lightning strike me down if I lie!
* ThePowerOfFriendship: All over the place. Friendship ''is'' a stat in the games, and some Pokémon evolve through friendship. In a more traditional sense, there's the move Return, and Mega Evolution works through the trainer's bond with their Pokémon.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Lugia gives one to the three Shamouti Birds after the Power of One incident, saying that his son Silver is more mature than they are.
** [[spoiler:In chapter 200, Rayquaza, sick and tired of Groudon and Kyogre's squabbling, tells them off for their immature behavior and forces them to do the jobs they're ''supposed'' to be doing with maintaining the climate]].
** [[spoiler:Reshiram gives one to Team Plasma after being summoned]].
** After being reminded, Infernape finally gets a chance to call out Paul for his attitude in the previous timeline, specifically when he told Chimchar off for not beating Cynthia's Garchomp. Paul, not understanding Poké-speech and misunderstanding the context, believes that [[DramaticallyMissingThePoint he sent out Chimchar against Cynthia's Lucario]] due to type advantage and thus was justified if Chimchar didn't manage to do enough, but after Infernape gives him a note with context, he himself wonders what his previous self was thinking.
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two Pokémon]]: Ash's Squirtle and Ivysaur have this kind of friendship.
* ThreeLawsCompliant: [[spoiler:Mirage Mew/M-001 seems to have adopted a version of these laws, with Pokémon written in of course, apparently at least partially by its own choice, even citing the first one. This causes Yung to replace it with Mirage Master/M-002 because the latter had no such problems with breaking the first law and harming others in the name of following orders via the second law]].
* TheyCalledMeMad: Part of [[spoiler: Professor Yung's motivation for extracting Pokémon memories to complete his Mirage system: to prove to the world the capabilities of his new technology]]. This from the person who demonstrated it to the press ''before'' the scientific community...
* ThrowTheDogABone:
** After all the trouble he went through in Kalos, most of which was from his ChainOfDeals to get his Alakazam to relearn Teleport, Gary finally gets one in the form of [[spoiler: a Keystone and a piece of Blastoisinite]].
*** [[spoiler:And then he wins the Kalos League, proving that while Gary's a ButtMonkey, he's also a ''competent'' ButtMonkey]].
** [[spoiler: After fully turning over a new leaf, TR not only gets a ''Legendary'', but also a '''''Pikachu!''''']]
** Brock finally gets a break from his reputation as a Rock trainer that doesn't have many Rock-types, by getting a Rockruff for his team. [[spoiler: Even if the first one was a disguised Zorua.]]
* TimeAbyss: Many Legendary Pokemon, but especially the ones like Arceus, have been around for anywhere up to ''billions'' of years. [[spoiler:the Deoxys in the Delta Episode meteor was last awake about 50,000 years ago]].
* TimeCrash: During ''Voice of the Forest'', [[spoiler:the Iron Masked Marauder orders Celebi to [[ExactWords "Get rid of them by any means necessary"]][[note]]which she does by trying to throw them through time[[/note]] at the same time that Sammy works out that ''he's '' Professor Oak. Needless to say, things get a little... [[CosmicRetcon wonky.]]]]
* TimePolice: The Celebi have this role, making sure that things unfold the way they should, like ensuring Ash runs into his canon Pokémon again, and making sure the timeline remains consistent after [[spoiler:the CosmicRetcon]].
* TimeTravelTenseTrouble: In a 'verse where TimeTravel is a real thing and the main plot is a PeggySue, this happens often, especially to new characters that have their memories of the previous timeline restored.
* TimedMission: Max's Gym battle with the Cerulean sisters is under a time limit.
* TooDumbToLive: Joseph, a Rocket Goon with a Koffing, wants to capture Molly's Shiny Eevee. He tracks her to Ecruteak City, where she is meeting with the Kimono Sisters, and bursts in on them as they are having tea... [[BullyingADragon with League Champion Ash and no less than four Legendary Pokémon in attendance]]. And even when he sees what he's up against, he ''still'' [[SuicidalOverconfidence tries to go through with it]].
* TrainingFromHell: After Iris leaves the Opelucid Academy to try becoming a Dragon Master another way, another master named Denae becomes her mentor. Her idea of good training is using mountain-climbing as warm-ups.
* TranslatorBuddy: Certain Pokémon that can communicate with humans as well often serve as this for their trainers and teams, such as Porygon, Riolu and Lucario, and any Pokémon with Psychic/telepathic capability.
* TrapIsTheOnlyOption: Happens during the Doctor Namba arc, when [[spoiler:Lugia]] chooses to stick around with Ash for a while, because if they prevent Dr. Namba from abducting Silver then, he might do it at a time when they aren't prepared.
* TrueCompanions: All of Ash's traveling companions, and their Pokémon.
** HonoraryTrueCompanion: Team Rocket. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Ash knew them well enough to bring back their memories and that of their Pokémon]] -- in spite of all that's transpired between them, it becomes very clear that on some level, he regards the trio as very close friends. As the fic goes on, Team Rocket eventually stops attacking Ash altogether and is content hanging out with him, Misty, and Brock whenever they cross paths, any previous hostility having long-since dissipated... which usually leaves new Pokémon who were with Ash in the ''previous'' timeline to be rather confused when Team Rocket shows up, and instead of reciting the motto and attempting to steal them, instead sit down for a chat.
* ATwinkleInTheSky: Although Team Rocket stops being on the receiving end of this early on, they actually inflict this [[spoiler:on the Phantom Pirates when they try to snatch Manaphy.]] [[ExploitedTrope They've even developed an escape strategy that invokes this.]]
** The Invincible Pokémon Brothers aren't as lucky, when they get on the wrong side of Misty, [[spoiler: the newest E4 member.]]
* UncannyValley: [[spoiler: InUniverse. When Ash first encounters a Mirage Pokemon, his TranslatorMicrobes can't translate its speech, and he's kinda weirded out. Misty and her Milotic are also a little unnerved by a Mirage Milotic's realism]].
* UnderestimatingBadassery:
** A few times, someone has been unfamiliar with the gang and their reputations or not recognized them, much to their later chagrin.
** In Chapter 209, the Phantom Pirates, while smart enough to scout ahead and make sure they know what Pokemon they're dealing with ahead of time, didn't think that Blaziken could be as fast as their getaway car, nor did they expect [[spoiler:Brock's new Zorua to have taken Manaphy's place]].
** Gary warned Gardenia about Molly, but she didn't believe him, and the result was Molly and Eevee/Vaporeon having to put out the fire they accidentally started in the Gym.
** The Phantom Pirates attempt in 212 has them wisen up a bit, and temporarily disable the groups, but this time they underestimate not only the human characters (''especially'' Ash), but Manaphy himself.
** The ''next'' time, early in 218, they come with a bunch of Dunsparce to freeze them all at once, and a Master Ball... but didn't spot [[spoiler:Ho-Oh]], and even after he shows himself, one of the Phantom Pirates keeps ordering his incredulous Pokemon to attack.
* UnrealisticBlackHole: Brandon's Dusclops can create one, and the fact that it only has ''some'' of the traits of a normal black hole is lampshaded in universe.
* UnstoppableForceVsImmovableObject: Invoked by Gary's Blastoise and Sableye, pitting the former's Triple Horn Drill Maximum against the latter's Mega-Evolved gem shield.
* UnusualUserInterface: [[spoiler: Dexter is able to get Alice to play Oracion manually, via a hard-light leaf-whistle interface.]]
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight:
** Why didn't Ash question why Jessie and James were the Viridian Gym Leaders in the original timeline? They've literally been ''everything'' else.
** Brock lampshades how too much time with Ash has made it so that May's amazing performance in a Battle Frontier arc Contest is a bit underwhelming.
** When the Battle Pyramid lands outside of Pewter City, Flint and Forrest barely react, save noting that it chose a good location and making a note to take a closer look.
** A MasterOfIllusion Mismagius tries to pull its LotusEaterMachine hypnosis trick on the group, but they are so unimpressed with everything it comes up with (and turn out to be more interested in [[spoiler: the talking Rotom fridge]] that comes out to protest it all), that [[RageQuit it eventually gives up and leaves in exasperation]].
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[spoiler: The Deoxys piloting the Delta Episode meteor into a collision course with Earth.]]
* VerbalBackspace:
** After Psyduck's headache is cured with a Calm Mind [=TM=], Misty says that now they can work on his swimming. Psyduck tries to backtrack and claim his headache is still there, to no avail.
** In 219, with the God Squad having completed the PMD storyline, Arceus says that his planned Post Game Content might include the chance for evolution. When Giratina questions what they'd evolve into, he backtracks and says that he might make it possible for ''Aaron'' to evolve.
* VotOcksent: Apparently Meowth is totally unaware that he has an accent, given his reaction to Lucario asking why he has one.
* WaxingLyrical:
-->'''Ash''': Okay, let's try another use of Rain Dance. This time, you're trying to make it as big as possible.
-->'''Entei''': (''sighs'') Of course you are. [[Music/{{Travis}} Why does it always rain on me?]]
-->'''Dexter''': Is it because you lied when you were seventeen?
-->''{{Beat}}''
-->'''Flygon''': What?
-->'''Dexter''': Sorry, sometimes I forget that not everyone knows all the songs. In the world.
** Arbok and Seviper share a dialogue full of references to Creator/GilbertAndSullivan.
* WeAreNotAnItem: Given the amount of ShipTease they have, Sceptile and Meganium end up saying this a lot, mostly to Ash's Ivysaur. [[EveryoneCanSeeIt They're not fooling anyone,]] [[spoiler: not even themselves.]]
* WeatherDissonance:
** The crazy weather Ash and the others have to put up with on occasion is implied to be a result of [[ButterflyEffect Butterfree disrupting the weather patterns]] when he used Sunny Day in the middle of a rainstorm to save Charmander's life. Another possibility that gets suggested is that temperamental Legendaries are to blame. Given that some of the legendaries are genuinely insane (as shown in the segments with Aaron), this is entirely possible.
** Mewtwo causes a massive storm that threatens to wipe out humanity and the Legendary Birds cause one even ''worse'', but that was already canon.
** Normal Pokémon sometimes get in the game, with moves like Rain Dance and Sunny Day. Lapras' use of Rain Dance altered the weather in a resort island... And had no effect on the match because they were ''indoors''.
** When Misty fights Entei, she makes sure to have one Pokémon out whose sole job is to perform Rain Dance any time that Entei tries to perform Sunny Day, cancelling them out.
** The Scuffle of Legends was bad enough with Kyogre's Drizzle and Groudon's Drought, [[spoiler: but here it's taken UpToEleven with Primal Kyogre's Primordial Sea and Primal Groudon's Desolate Land. The volcanic eruption is just the icing on the cake.]]
* WeirdnessMagnet: Misty actually calls Ash this. Ash accepts.
** It's bad enough that in Chapter 38, Misty resolves an issue that originally took an entire episode without violence in a few minutes. Ash dives for cover, and even when he gets out he still prepares for an airship crash or Legendary encounter or suchlike. [[spoiler: Considering the chapter ends at Shamouti, [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight which had both happen...]]]]
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Ash's Houndour, who asks if his trainer is constantly followed by an Absol, a Pokémon that appears before disasters happen. At least one fan suggested that there might be an agreement between Absol that following Ash was off limits for the Absol, as ''every'' Absol would follow him otherwise.
*** When Ash meets Karen's Absol, the opposite is instead proven true. One look at what she sees as a walking disaster zone, and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere she tries to pull a]] [[SuperWindowJump defenestration exit]]. [[EpicFail Shame the window was too strong.]]
** Ash is described at least once as "Catnip for Legendaries."
** This is such the case that what would normally be a LameExcuse (Team Rocket attacked Elite Four member Drake because they thought his Salamence, which was sparring with Latios, belonged to Hunter J), is completely understandable.
** [[spoiler: Iris, upon being reminded, is a bit surprised to realize that the weirdest months of her life were because of Ash]].
* WTHCastingAgency: InUniverse, Ash is cast as Genghis Khan, of all people, in one of Cleavon Spielbunk's movies. Gary hangs a lampshade on how ridiculous this is.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:In the middle of the Delta Episode with no meteorite to Mega Evolve Rayquaza,]] when [[DangerSense Ash's Absol]] [[SuperMode Mega Evolves]] the first thing she does is body check someone and demands Brock to voice his fleeting thought.
-->'''Brock:''' What? I was going to say, uh... [[spoiler:I think it was just that it's a pity we can't ''get'' Rayquaza a meteorite. [[EurekaMoment I mean, I've seen them in… museums?]]]]
* WhatAreYou: Mewtwo asks this about Ash when Ash not only challenges him one-on-one, but also reveals him capable of using Ghost-type attacks via BloodMagic.
--> '''Mewtwo:''' What are you?
--> '''Ash:''' Just a kid trying to fill some very big boots.
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: When talking to Buneary in the first Sinnoh chapter, Pikachu admits that he doesn't understand what she finds so attractive about him.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** When facing the Grass Gym, Ash temporarily forgets that he has ''Charizard.'' The strongest fire Pokémon on his team. Who he specifically brought for this gym. Who has ''Blast Burn,'' an attack that is only second in power to the local equivalent of a ''nuclear strike''. Ivysaur, who had just gotten done with what is lampshaded as one of the longest Pokémon matches ever (due to various moves not affecting the combatants), was not pleased at this little fact, and roughs up Ash appropriately.
** Suicune calls out Raikou for [[spoiler: trying to throw the battle between him and Ash just so he can learn Volt Crash from Pikachu.]]
** Ho-Oh has chastised Ash more than once for not calling on his aid, even when there was a very good reason to.
** Max calls Lucario out for TemptingFate on Ash's birthday.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: In the future-bubble, Aaron and the dragons need to scale a cliff. Sir Aaron jumps up with his aura and Giratina flies up because he's a ghost. Palkia floats up by using his spacial powers to negate gravity. As for Dialga, Dragon of Time? Well, it ''takes time to fall''[[labelnote:*]] Basically, Dialga reversed time on falling, turning it into rising, which honestly shouldn't work unless he had already fallen.[[/labelnote]].
** When Ash catches the Beasts of Ecruteak, he immediately begins working with them on training that involves teaching them how to ''not'' have just a hammer, such as moves that aren't of their type, or how to use their types in more interesting applications.
** Subverted in Max's gym battle with Sabrina, where [[spoiler: Jirachi]] loses to [[spoiler: Mew]] because all he was using was Future Sight and not much else. Sabrina even discusses it.
---> '''Sabrina: ''' Not every Pokémon is a nail, even if your Pokémon is the best hammer there is.
** Juvia and Gray, Mavis's Primarina and Alolan Ninetales, tend to use a lot of Water and Ice.
** Blaziken notes that most humans rely entirely on their Pokémon to attack.
** May notes that Skitty using Assist works, but they should still use some [=TMs=] to get her a more reliable moveset.
* WhosOnFirst: One scene involves Mawile trying to understand what [[ValleyGirl Skitty]] means by "like", [[LikeIsLikeAComma with Skitty's answers involving a lot of "likes".]]
* WhoIsDriving: [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7262793/165/Ashes-of-the-Past Chapter 165: Scuffle of Legends 3]] When the Team Rocket trio's in their plane and looking out:
--> '''Jessie:''' Huh. [[spoiler:I guess Rayquaza can Mega Evolve too.]]
--> '''Meowth:''' Ya think?
--> '''James:''' Yeah. And-
--> '''Jessie:''' Wait. Who's flying the plane?
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: [[spoiler: Hunter J tries to defy this trope on Ash and Lucario. [[DoubleSubversion It fails every time.]]]]
* WildMassGuessing: InUniverse with Barry and the online speculation during the [[spoiler:Delta Episode]].
* WillfullyWeak: Ash for the most part tries to avoid using his Legendary Pokémon unless they specifically request it, seeing as how his team was swept by Tobias using two legendaries in the previous time line. Ash doesn't want to be the kind of guy who would just bulldoze through people with super-overpowered 'mons, and wants to help people improve and just have honest challenges. Ho-Oh calls him out on this, pointing out that as long as he doesn't go overboard it should be fine.
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: Out of all the things that Ash and Co. had changed by the time Dawn's memories are restored, the one thing she can't believe out of the TimeTravel, OlympusMons, or the CosmicRetcon... is the fact that [[CasanovaWannabe Brock]] now has a girlfriend.
* TheWorfEffect: Infrequently, due to the WorldOfBadass measures employed by the author to prevent an overabundance of CurbStompBattle. One notable example, however, is [[spoiler: Primal Groudon ''[[OneHitKill oneshotting]]'' Raikou, who had previously proven himself more than capable of giving a large chunk of Ash's A-game the runaround and generally proving himself quite the tough guy.]]
** In fact, [[spoiler: [[TheJuggernaut Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre]] do quite a bit of this, taking on every single Pokémon Ash has that could make a difference, including six different Mega-Evolutions and ten different Legendaries ''at the same time'', including ''Mewtwo'', and are more inconvenienced by the fact that they're fighting ''each other'' than anything anyone manages to do to them, before Mega Rayquaza [[CurbStompBattle flattens them both in the span of thirty seconds.]]]]
* WorfHadTheFlu:
** [[spoiler:Rayquaza, [[UnderestimatingBadassery not expecting or noticing Groudon and Kyogre to be in their Primal forms]], is taken off guard and brutally beaten by them before [[HeroicSecondWind Ash gives him the power to Mega-Evolve]]]].
** [[spoiler: Pikachu]] only loses to Wallace's Greninja because he was unfamiliar with the Pokémon and his [[AdaptiveAbility Protean]] ability, [[spoiler: and his current worries about his strength did him no favors either.]] Wallace himself says that if [[spoiler: Pikachu]] had a better knowledge of what he was facing, he likely would have won, [[spoiler: and gives Ash the badge anyway]].
** Mike, one of Ash's opponents in the Ever Grande Conference, wasn't used to Double Battles, and neither were his Pokémon. The result was his [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Wailord accidentally squashing his Vileplume]], forcing him to forfeit.
* WorldOfSnark: Everyone has at least one snarky moment. Ash and Lucario are the only exceptions, as they are very prevalent snarkers.
* [[WorldsStrongestMan World's Strongest Mon]]: Mewtwo loves to remind other that he is this.
* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: Mewtwo has this opinion when he stands on Mt. Silver and looks at the Kanto and Johto regions, contemplating that despite the former being more industrialized and the latter more traditional, both have a thriving society centered around and alongside Pokémon.
* WorldOfBadass: If not this timeline's world (as stated in AdaptationalBadass), then definitely the VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon world created by Arceus for Aaron and his Creation Trio, where even a little ''[[ComMon Sunkern]]'' can Absorb-drain Palkia down to the dregs.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Played doubly straight with Lt. Surge, who initially believes Riolu's [[KiAttack Aura Sphere]] is a close-range attack because of an [[Manga/{{Naruto}} anime]] he watched, resulting in his Pokémon getting knocked out. However, he later shows that his knowledge of [[ShockAndAwe Electric Type]] Pokémon is top notch when his Raichu overloads Pikachu, something even [[SeenItAll Ash]] wasn't aware could happen.
* WrongNameOutburst: After Aaron's Lucario beats Ash [[spoiler: in a hand-to-hand spar]], he accidentally calls Ash Aaron. He feels like it's a dishonor to think of Ash and Aaron as the same person, even if they are related, but Ash instead thinks it's an honor to be compared to such a great person.
* YankTheDogsChain: A comparatively harmless example: Brock has been given a lot of shade for being more of an illusion-based Gym Leader instead of a Rock-type specialist, and his girlfriend Philena has managed to find a Pokémon for him that could buck the trend: the Alolan Rock-type Rockruff. [[spoiler: [[DoubleSubverted Then she turns out to be a Zorua in disguise]].]] Brock takes it in good humor though, and he later gets an actual Rockruff at the start of the Sinnoh arc.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: [[spoiler:Reshiram uses a "thee" at one point]].
* YouAreNotAlone:
** Meowth reassuring Cubone about her angst with her family's memories.
** Ash's talk to his Absol when [[spoiler: her berserk Mega Evolution almost causes her to hurt Ash]].
** Ash's talk to Pikachu about how he doesn't have to take sole responsibility of protecting him; he has the rest of the team to back him up.
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Invoked as a strategy by Max; if he calls his Pokémon by their species name rather than their [[TheNicknamer nickname]], it means he wants them to do the opposite of what he tells them to.
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Brock's reaction when a Rockruff that Professor Ivy got for him [[spoiler: transforms into a Zorua]], for the ''second'' time. However, it was just a joke on [[spoiler: Zorua's]] part, it really was a Rockruff the second time.
* YouNoTakeCandle: Apparently, a Pokémon trying to speak in another Pokémon's language results in some... odd accents and grammatical issues when Aura-translated. [[spoiler: Such as a Zorua, disguised as a Rockruff, trying to PokemonSpeak in Rockruff.]]
* YoureInsane:
** Aaron's reaction to the concept of a "Legendary Pokémon Three Legged Race," especially since there are so many variations on how Pokémon move - ranging from hovering (no legs) to having ''too many legs'' for the race to work, not to mention the sheer difference in sizes between them. Arceus admits that the whole idea was because he was running out of games.
** The reaction of most of the Pokémon of the [[spoiler: Phantom Pirate cell when they attempt to kidnap Manaphy and go up against Ho-Oh]].
* YourTomcatIsPregnant: No actual reproduction involved, but a kid Ash and Co. run into has to be informed that his Croconaw is female. It wouldn't have been a problem, except that he'd nicknamed her [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve]]. She was promptly rechristened Terri.
* YouWereTryingTooHard: Apparently part of the reason Ash has NoSenseOfDirection is his tendency to overthink things, when he's not thinking about where he's going, he usually does fine.
* {{Yubitsume}}: What Giovanni demands from [[spoiler:Annie and Oakley when their actions run counter to his plans]].
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* AchievementsInIgnorance: Multiple instances, most of them involving Ash's Squirtle and his BeyondTheImpossible antics. A non-Squirtle example would be Corphish [[ConvectionSchmonvection standing atop a pile of defeated Slugma]] because he "never was much good at thermodynamics".

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* AchievementsInIgnorance: Multiple instances, most of them involving Ash's Squirtle and his BeyondTheImpossible antics. antics.
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A non-Squirtle example would be Corphish [[ConvectionSchmonvection standing atop a pile of defeated Slugma]] because he "never was much good at thermodynamics".



** [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Maylene]] is capable of punching through brick walls, parrying Aura Spheres with her bare hands and fighting her Lucario in hand-to-hand, all without any Aura powers. How? Her Lucario figured that [[IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat any human could do those things]] with enough training, and so kept pushing her way past her limits.



** Brock is as skilled as ever, but it's shown most during the Orange Islands. In an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome, Brock fought off a bunch of Unown...with a [[VideoGame/HalfLife crowbar]]. That later results in him [[spoiler:commencing a serious romance with Professor Ivy, which is still going even now]]. Again, not even getting into his team...though on the note of said team, a running joke is that he's a Rock-Type expert that only has a single Rock-Type (Onix having lost its Rock-Type when it evolved into Steelix, leaving only Geodude). He eventually relinquishes that title for saying he's an expert in misdirection instead, due to [[spoiler:his Pokémon capable of using illusions, such as Ninetales and Stantler]].

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** Brock is as skilled as ever, but it's shown most during the Orange Islands. In an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome, Brock fought off a bunch of Unown...with a [[VideoGame/HalfLife crowbar]]. That later results in him [[spoiler:commencing a serious romance with Professor Ivy, which is still going even now]]. Again, not even getting into his team...though on the note of said team, a running joke is that he's a Rock-Type expert that only has a single Rock-Type (Onix having lost its Rock-Type when it evolved into Steelix, leaving only Geodude). doesn't actually have many Rock-Types. He eventually relinquishes that title for starts saying he's an expert in misdirection instead, due to [[spoiler:his Pokémon capable of using illusions, such as Ninetales and Stantler]].



** [[spoiler: The Mismagius trickster, the real identity of the above individual]], is a bit nonplussed by how the gang keeps reacting to the weird stuff with barely any surprise. [[spoiler: The fridge Rotom even pops up to complain, which they find more interesting than anything the trickster did]].

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** [[spoiler: The Mismagius trickster, the real identity of the above individual]], is a bit nonplussed by how the gang keeps reacting to the weird stuff she comes up with with barely any surprise. [[spoiler: The fridge Rotom even pops up to complain, which they find more interesting than anything the trickster did]].



** Maylene's Lucario figured that anyone could, with enough training, [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower punch through bricks and fight Pokémon with their bare hands]]. Of course, Ash's exploits on television don't help matters either.



** Ash hatches a Mawile.

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** Ash hatches a Mawile.Mawile, and later has a [[spoiler: Honedge]] added to his team.

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* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Maylene has no overt signs of Aura, but is still tough enough to spar with her Lucario.

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