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* PowerCreepPowerSeep: Some 4th and 5th gen Pokémon and attacks aren't as powerful as they could be in this hack thanks to the lack of certain abilites and the physical/special split. Some 4th and 5th gen Pokémon are even more powerful. Even some 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gen Pokémon get a lot of mileage out of the 4th and 5th gen moves given the lack of the split. The lack of abilities from the future gens also make certain 4th and 5th gen Pokémon more powerful.

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* PowerCreepPowerSeep: Some The first ''Dark Rising'' is a ''Pokémon Emerald'' hack with additional attacks and mons from the 4th and 5th gen Pokémon and attacks aren't as powerful as they could be in generations of games. Combine this hack thanks to with the lack of certain abilites future abilities and the physical/special split. Some 4th attack split, and 5th gen many of the Pokémon are even more powerful. Even some 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gen Pokémon get a lot of mileage out of become stronger or weaker by circumstance. This is averted starting with ''Dark Rising 2'', as the 4th and 5th gen moves given sequels feature the lack of the split. The lack of abilities from the future gens also make certain 4th and 5th gen Pokémon more powerful.missing mechanics.


* AdaptationalExpansion: On Dark Rising Kaizo, there are numerous in-story changes:

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* AdaptationalExpansion: On In Dark Rising Kaizo, there are numerous in-story changes:



** The elite 4 Sins are changed to 7 Sins represented by mooks using Pokémon related to their vices (eg. Wrath uses Gyarados, Greed uses Honchkrow, etc.)

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** The elite Elite 4 Sins are changed to 7 Sins represented by mooks using Pokémon related to their vices (eg. Wrath uses Gyarados, Greed uses Honchkrow, etc.)



** Mason ordering his henchmen to play a sport of breaking cloyster shells and stabbing them in the eye.

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** Mason ordering his henchmen to play a sport of breaking cloyster Cloyster shells and stabbing them in the eye.


Has a sequel, aptly named Dark Rising 2. Dark Rising 3 is currently in the works, and to tide fans over, the team released Dark Rising:Order Destroyed, whose story functions as a prequel to [=DR3=]. There is also Pokemon Dark Rising, When Worlds Collide, and Pokemon Dark Rising Kaizo.

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Has a sequel, aptly named Dark ''Dark Rising 2. Dark 2''. ''Dark Rising 3 3'' is currently in the works, and to tide fans over, the team released Dark Rising:Order Destroyed, ''Dark Rising: Order Destroyed'', whose story functions as a prequel to [=DR3=]. There is also Pokemon ''Pokémon Dark Rising, Rising: When Worlds Collide, Collide'', and Pokemon ''Pokémon Dark Rising Kaizo.Kaizo''.



** The elite 4 Sins are changed to 7 Sins represented by mooks using Pokemon related to their vices (eg. Wrath uses Gyarados, Greed uses Honchkrow, etc.)

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** The elite 4 Sins are changed to 7 Sins represented by mooks using Pokemon Pokémon related to their vices (eg. Wrath uses Gyarados, Greed uses Honchkrow, etc.)



* DevilButNoGod: In Pokemon Dark Rising: Order Destroyed, [[spoiler:Hoopa turns out to have destroyed Arceus before the series began, and tricked the main character in the previous games into defeating Darugis. Since they were God and Devil, and Hoopa is no less of a devil in this scenario, this trope is in play]].

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* DevilButNoGod: In Pokemon ''Pokémon Dark Rising: Order Destroyed, Destroyed'', [[spoiler:Hoopa turns out to have destroyed Arceus before the series began, and tricked the main character in the previous games into defeating Darugis. Since they were God and Devil, and Hoopa is no less of a devil in this scenario, this trope is in play]].



** The final battle in ''Order Destroyed'' has your team of maybe level 30-40 Pokemon against [[spoiler:Hoopa, whose is not only at level 100 but has the Wonder Guard ability]]. You are told before the battle starts that you must accept defeat.
* InvincibleVillain: [[BigBad Darugis]] for all of Dark Rising 1, and for a good portion of Dark Rising 2. In-universe, he can possess anyone he wants, anytime he wishes, has multiple organizations working for him, and defeating him in battle doesn't hinder him in the slightest. When he appears in the flesh, he boasts that he can destroy the world in six seconds if he fully powers up. Ingame, he is by far, the most overpowered boss in the entire game, possessing some truly overpowered legendary pokemon with unimaginably high base stats, and an attack that is almost as powerful as Explosion, yet has no drawbacks at all, for his signature pokemon. He can use multiple mega-evolutions in the sequel, including one for a manifestation of himself, making it have base stat total near '''1500'''.

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** The final battle in ''Order Destroyed'' has your team of maybe level 30-40 Pokemon Pokémon against [[spoiler:Hoopa, whose is not only at level 100 but has the Wonder Guard ability]]. You are told before the battle starts that you must accept defeat.
* InvincibleVillain: [[BigBad Darugis]] for all of Dark Rising 1, and for a good portion of Dark Rising 2. In-universe, he can possess anyone he wants, anytime he wishes, has multiple organizations working for him, and defeating him in battle doesn't hinder him in the slightest. When he appears in the flesh, he boasts that he can destroy the world in six seconds if he fully powers up. Ingame, he is by far, the most overpowered boss in the entire game, possessing some truly overpowered legendary pokemon Pokémon with unimaginably high base stats, and an attack that is almost as powerful as Explosion, yet has no drawbacks at all, for his signature pokemon.Pokémon. He can use multiple mega-evolutions in the sequel, including one for a manifestation of himself, making it have base stat total near '''1500'''.



** Omega Utopia villains torturing fairy type Pokemon, with an injured clefairy in their HQ.

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** Omega Utopia villains torturing fairy type Pokemon, Pokémon, with an injured clefairy Clefairy in their HQ.





* UnwinnableByMistake: You need to use Fly to escape from Millennium City to get your final Badge in the Twist Woodlands. To use Fly outside battle, you must defeat Serena in Mystic Falls. Serena can be skipped entirely (to the point where you might not be aware there is a Gym Leader to fight in Mystic Falls). The 4th Gym Leader's dad shows up to battle you for a [[spoiler:Master Ball]] after you clear Volair Forest, inside Numassity City's gate. He will stay there after the event, blocking your path back from Numassity City's gate to the route you need to head back to Mystic Falls, preventing you from completing the game.

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* UnwinnableByMistake: You need to use Fly to escape from Millennium City to get your final Badge in the Twist Woodlands. To use Fly outside battle, you must defeat Serena in Mystic Falls. Serena can be skipped entirely (to the point where you might not be aware there is a Gym Leader to fight in Mystic Falls). The 4th Gym Leader's dad shows up to battle you for a [[spoiler:Master Ball]] after you clear Volair Forest, inside Numassity City's gate. He will stay there after the event, blocking your path back from Numassity City's gate to the route you need to head back to Mystic Falls, preventing you from completing the game.game.
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** In DR Kaizo, V, despite truly despising Jean Blake, is a slave to Darugis, forced to commit actions he doesn't like. Unlike his original incarnation, he actually loves his children, and even praises the protagonist for his victories. Sir George and his Slowbro (Gluttony sprite) are the most odd members of the knights.

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** In DR Kaizo, V, despite truly despising Jean Blake, is a slave to Darugis, forced to commit actions he doesn't like. Unlike his original incarnation, he actually loves his children, and even praises the protagonist for his victories. Sir George and his Slowbro (Gluttony sprite) and his Slowbro are the most odd members of the knights.



** In DRKaizo, Lady Ebony (Lust sprite) serves as the penultimate boss, and a personal lurking enemy to the protagonist, enacting the wishes of Darugis, and is responsible for a few of her own atrocities towards the region.

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** In DRKaizo, DR Kaizo, Lady Ebony (Lust sprite) serves as the penultimate boss, and a personal lurking enemy to the protagonist, enacting the wishes of Darugis, and is responsible for a few of her own atrocities towards the region.


Has a sequel, aptly named Dark Rising 2. Dark Rising 3 is currently in the works, and to tide fans over, the team released Dark Rising:Order Destroyed, whose story functions as a prequel to [=DR3=].

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Has a sequel, aptly named Dark Rising 2. Dark Rising 3 is currently in the works, and to tide fans over, the team released Dark Rising:Order Destroyed, whose story functions as a prequel to [=DR3=].
[=DR3=]. There is also Pokemon Dark Rising, When Worlds Collide, and Pokemon Dark Rising Kaizo.




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* AdaptationalExpansion: On Dark Rising Kaizo, there are numerous in-story changes:
** The 4 knights have re-purposed roles and names beyond penultimate challenges, and are confronted earlier.
** Light and especially V have more redeeming qualities.
** The elite 4 Sins are changed to 7 Sins represented by mooks using Pokemon related to their vices (eg. Wrath uses Gyarados, Greed uses Honchkrow, etc.)
** Darugis and Vladimir are both encountered earlier, the former possessing more people in contact with his forces.
** Atem's gym trainers references his old foes, such as Weevil.
** [[spoiler: Kayo's betrayal of the villains is expanded upon, and immediately joins up with the Dark Rising group.]]



** Wrath, the gladiator looking knight, who embodies every aspect of this trope. In addition to physical powerhouse pokemon with boosting moves, has a huge power Regigiggas.

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** Wrath, the gladiator looking knight, who embodies every aspect of this trope. In addition to physical powerhouse pokemon Pokémon with boosting moves, has a huge power Regigiggas.Regigiggas.
** In DR Kaizo, Sir Nero (Wrath sprite) is a big, loud, and vicious gladiator even outside of battle, who tries to overpower the player in battle. Light qualifies, relying on powerful Legendary Pokémon and widespread attacks.


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** In DR Kaizo, V, despite truly despising Jean Blake, is a slave to Darugis, forced to commit actions he doesn't like. Unlike his original incarnation, he actually loves his children, and even praises the protagonist for his victories. Sir George and his Slowbro (Gluttony sprite) are the most odd members of the knights.


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** In DRKaizo, Lady Ebony (Lust sprite) serves as the penultimate boss, and a personal lurking enemy to the protagonist, enacting the wishes of Darugis, and is responsible for a few of her own atrocities towards the region.


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** In DR Kaizo, Sir Midas (Envy sprite) and Vladimir fills this role, acting as strategists and administrators of the organization, with unorthodox battle strategies. The former responsible for creating Kyurem B and W clones among other things; the latter being a bit more competent general of the mooks.


* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler:Hoopa reveals himself as the true villain of the series, having killed Darugis and Arcues before it began]].

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* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler:Hoopa reveals himself as the true villain of the series, having killed Darugis and Arcues before it began]].began, and orchestrated Darugis' defeat at the end of Dark Rising 2.]].


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**[[spoiler: Once Darugis is finally defeated, Hoopa essentially controls reality, making it impossible for the player to defeat him. Even if you somehow defeat Hoopa in what is supposed to be an unwinnable battle, he just shrugs it off and taunts the player.]]


* DevilButNoGod: In Pokemon Dark Rising: Order Destroyed, [[spoiler:Hoopa turns out to have destroyed Arceus and Darugis before the series began. Since they werre God and Devil, and Hoopa is no less of a devil in this scenario, this trope is in play]].

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* DevilButNoGod: In Pokemon Dark Rising: Order Destroyed, [[spoiler:Hoopa turns out to have destroyed Arceus and Darugis before the series began. began, and tricked the main character in the previous games into defeating Darugis. Since they werre were God and Devil, and Hoopa is no less of a devil in this scenario, this trope is in play]].


* HopelessBossFight: Your first battle with Light is against his level 50 Tornadus. This happens early in game when you cannot capture other Pokémon.

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* HopelessBossFight: HopelessBossFight:
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Your first battle with Light is against his level 50 Tornadus. This happens early in game when you cannot capture other Pokémon.Pokémon.
** The final battle in ''Order Destroyed'' has your team of maybe level 30-40 Pokemon against [[spoiler:Hoopa, whose is not only at level 100 but has the Wonder Guard ability]]. You are told before the battle starts that you must accept defeat.


* DevilButNoGod: In Pokemon Dark Rising: Order Destroyed, [[spoiler:Hoopa turns out to have destroyed Arceus and Darugis before the series began. Since they werre God and Devil, and Hoopa is no less of a devil in this scenario, this trope is in play]].



%%* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: [[spoiler: Hoopa.]]
%%* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler: Hoopa.]]

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%%* * GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: [[spoiler: Hoopa.]]
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[[spoiler:Hoopa appears without warning or foreshaowing after the climax of Dark Rising 2, having pretended to be Arcues the entire series]].
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GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler: Hoopa.]][[spoiler:Hoopa reveals himself as the true villain of the series, having killed Darugis and Arcues before it began]].


Besides the main plot, you and your rival are about the start your respective journeys to become Pokémon Masters by defeating all eight Gym Leaders.

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Besides the main plot, you and your rival are about the to start your respective journeys to become Pokémon Masters by defeating all eight Gym Leaders.


* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: It just wouldn't be a Pokémon game if this weren't in play in some form. Infrequently, you'll face trainers that posses Pokémon you cannot capture in the game.



* SmugSnake: Vladamir. He thinks he is a better leader than V, but proves to be the most incompetent servant to Darugis. Mason in Dark Rising 2 is perhaps the greatest example, being the most patronizing, needlessly sadistic antagonist, and is a completely sycophantic lackey to Darugis.
* StupidEvil: Mason, who does needlessly evil deeds in the name of Darugis, like ordering his minions to kill wild cloysters, attempting to kill his sister, or make [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking random references]]. Why? Because he is evil and completely psychotic.
* SycophanticServant: Mason, leader of a cult that worships Darugis, is quite a smug buttkisser to Darugis, enacting his wishes and eventually [[spoiler: giving up his soul to Darugis.]]
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: It just wouldn't be a Pokémon game if this weren't in play in some form. Infrequently, you'll face trainers that posses Pokémon you cannot capture in the game.


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* SmugSnake: Vladamir. He thinks he is a better leader than V, but proves to be the most incompetent servant to Darugis. Mason in Dark Rising 2 is perhaps the greatest example, being the most patronizing, needlessly sadistic antagonist, and is a completely sycophantic lackey to Darugis.
* StupidEvil: Mason, who does needlessly evil deeds in the name of Darugis, like ordering his minions to kill wild cloysters, attempting to kill his sister, or make [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking random references]]. Why? Because he is evil and completely psychotic.
* SycophanticServant: Mason, leader of a cult that worships Darugis, is quite a smug buttkisser to Darugis, enacting his wishes and eventually [[spoiler: giving up his soul to Darugis.]]


* TheBrute: Kaiden and Sakura, V's children, who are one of the strongest members of the organization; each of them uses two extremely powerful Kyurem formes.
** Wrath, the gladiator looking knight, who embodies every aspect of this trope. In addition to physical powerhouse pokemon with boosting moves, has a huge power Regigiggas.
* TheDarkChick:
** Vladamir, who served as a temporary leader, though he isn't very smart, and is treated as a joke by the protagonist.
** Lust, the only girl of the knights.



* TheDragon:
** V, the team dark boss with a personal enmity with the protagonist and his father, and made a pact with Darugis. [[spoiler: Even after being sent to the underworld, he is resurrected as his younger self.]]
** Envy, the leader of the Knights of Ebony and penultimate boss. He has alot of dragons on his team.



* FiveBadBand: There seems to be two groups in Dark Rising 1
** Team Dark: The evil team that dominates Pokemon Dark Rising's plot before the league challenge
*** BigBad / ManBehindTheMan: Darugis, whom all of the team dark leaders serves.
*** TheDragon: V, the team dark boss with a personal enmity with the protagonist and his father, and made a pact with Darugis. [[spoiler: Even after being sent to the underworld, he is resurrected as his younger self.]]
*** [[TheBrute The Brutes]]: Kaiden and Sakura, V's children, who are one of the strongest members of the organization; each of them uses two extremely powerful Kyurem formes.
*** TheEvilGenius: Light (Not [[DeathNote THAT one]]), but he isn't as loyal to Darugis as the others, but he assists him and has figured how to use "dark evolution." He is arguably Darugis's most competent ally, and much smarter than all of the others.
*** TheDarkChick: Vladamir, who served as a temporary leader, though he isn't very smart, and is treated as a joke by the protagonist.
*** SixthRanger/SixthRangerTraitor: Kayo, who is a pokemon trainer affiliated with team dark, but at the end of the game, turns against them.
** The Knights of Ebony's Round Table in Dark Rising 1:
*** BigBad: Adrian (possessed by Darugis).
*** TheDragon: Envy, the leader of the knights and penultimate boss. He has alot of dragons on his team.
*** TheBrute: Wrath, the gladiator looking knight, who embodies every aspect of this trope. In addition to physical powerhouse pokemon with boosting moves, has a huge power Regigiggas.
*** TheEvilGenius: Gluttony, who claims to be the most strategic of the knights.
*** TheDarkChick: Lust, the only girl of the knights.
** The Omega Utopia team leaders in dark rising 2:
*** BigBad: Giovanni
*** TheDragon: Ghetsis
*** TheEvilGenius: Cyrus
*** TheBrute: Archie
*** TheDarkChick: Maxie
*** ManBehindTheMan: Darugis
** Omni League in Dark Rising 2
*** TheBigBad: Darugis
*** TheDragon: Drakon
*** TheBrute: Ryker
*** TheEvilGenius: Ebony
*** TheDarkChick: Devora
*** SixthRanger: Mason

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* FiveBadBand: There seems to be two groups in Dark Rising 1
TheEvilGenius:
** Team Dark: The evil team that dominates Pokemon Dark Rising's plot before the league challenge
*** BigBad / ManBehindTheMan: Darugis, whom all of the team dark leaders serves.
*** TheDragon: V, the team dark boss with a personal enmity with the protagonist and his father, and made a pact with Darugis. [[spoiler: Even after being sent to the underworld, he is resurrected as his younger self.]]
*** [[TheBrute The Brutes]]: Kaiden and Sakura, V's children, who are one of the strongest members of the organization; each of them uses two extremely powerful Kyurem formes.
*** TheEvilGenius: Light (Not [[DeathNote THAT one]]),
Light, but he isn't as loyal to Darugis as the others, but he assists him and has figured how to use "dark evolution." He is arguably Darugis's most competent ally, and much smarter than all of the others.
*** TheDarkChick: Vladamir, who served as a temporary leader, though he isn't very smart, and is treated as a joke by the protagonist.
*** SixthRanger/SixthRangerTraitor: Kayo, who is a pokemon trainer affiliated with team dark, but at the end of the game, turns against them.
** The Knights of Ebony's Round Table in Dark Rising 1:
*** BigBad: Adrian (possessed by Darugis).
*** TheDragon: Envy, the leader of the knights and penultimate boss. He has alot of dragons on his team.
*** TheBrute: Wrath, the gladiator looking knight, who embodies every aspect of this trope. In addition to physical powerhouse pokemon with boosting moves, has a huge power Regigiggas.
*** TheEvilGenius:
Gluttony, who claims to be the most strategic of the knights.
*** TheDarkChick: Lust, the only girl of the knights.
** The Omega Utopia team leaders in dark rising 2:
*** BigBad: Giovanni
*** TheDragon: Ghetsis
*** TheEvilGenius: Cyrus
*** TheBrute: Archie
*** TheDarkChick: Maxie
*** ManBehindTheMan: Darugis
** Omni League in Dark Rising 2
*** TheBigBad: Darugis
*** TheDragon: Drakon
*** TheBrute: Ryker
*** TheEvilGenius: Ebony
*** TheDarkChick: Devora
*** SixthRanger: Mason
knights.



* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: [[spoiler: Hoopa.]]
* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler: Hoopa.]]

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* %%* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: [[spoiler: Hoopa.]]
* %%* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler: Hoopa.]]


* DarkerAndEdgier: The series as a whole compared to the main series, but the sequel, despite being more self-aware and having more jokes, is also noticeably darker in some ways than the first.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The series as a whole compared to the main series, but the sequel, despite being more self-aware and having more jokes, is also noticeably darker in some ways than the first. And ''Order Destroyed'' is even [[UpToEleven worse]] with [[spoiler: people dying left, right and center; Trainers and Pokémon ''dying'' if you defeat them; free-roaming Pokémon can no longer be caught, so the player has to rely on pre-caught Pokémon and the only means to heal your Pokémon, outside of items, is a Machine that you need to find]].


Has a sequel, aptly named Dark Rising 2. Dark Rising 3 is currently in the works, and to tide fans over, the team released Dark Rising:Order Destroyed, whose story functions as a prequel to DR3.

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Has a sequel, aptly named Dark Rising 2. Dark Rising 3 is currently in the works, and to tide fans over, the team released Dark Rising:Order Destroyed, whose story functions as a prequel to DR3.
[=DR3=].

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