Pokémon is a tough cast to list here in terms of characters. Since Citadel Of The Heart first got started with a single Pokémon fic, Truth and Ideals, the other Pokémon related fics are going to be listed here as well until they take up too much space and warrant their own pages. In that case, similar to the Digimon characters being split based upon the seasons their fics adapt, the Pokémon characters will be split between the different generations they originally first appeared in if applicable. Once this page begins to grow too large, whichever fic has the most characters and tropes listed under them will be the first to become their own standalone pages, followed by whichever fics do so next as well.
- Age Lift: Everyone who isn't obviously intended to be a child or younger teen is aged up to anywhere between 21-31 years old, Wes and Rui being the most obvious examples at age 21 each. Everyone else as to who was already obviously an adult are kept unchanged.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character:
- Wes has this in spades for reasons already stated in Pokémon Colosseum as it is, due to him being a former member of Team Snagum, whereas every other main protagonist in this continuity basically has a squeaky clean resume going for them. Wes in this particular continuity undergoes a small case of Adaptational Villainy as to emphasis that he's more Reformed, but Not Tamed, instead of what the original game implied for him as a straightforward Atoner.
- Rui is noticeably Oblivious to Love in a series that normally shies away from having such characters, as Rui, throughout her backstory and her present day appearances, never showcases any direct attraction to anyone, men, women, or otherwise. This is because she's been led to believe that men only lust for sex and not actual relationships in Orre, so she's needless to say surprise when Wes showcases genuine affection for her and even attempting to win her over in a more romantic sense.
- More emphasis on the individual Pokémon are placed as to showcase they tend to have more personality than what was exhibited by the Pokémon individuals in Truth and Ideals. In Truth and Ideals, characterization for the Pokémon was very minimalist. In Shadow Heat, Wes' Pokémon at least practically do all of the talking for Wes himself, considering Wes stays true to the Heroic Mime of the game protagonists, meanwhile his Pokémon and their behavior have much more distinct personalities as to demonstrate how Wes' own Hidden Depths have rubbed off on them.
- Adaptation Expansion: The prologue is significantly longer than most other prologues within Citadel of the Heart, and Wes' backstory is given a full on exploration showcasing Wes as a young 7 year old being drafted into Team Snagem and proceeding to work there for the next 11 years of his life, and ultimately becoming Snagem's ultimate snagger in the process. He's also the one to have personally had a hand in snagging Entei, Suicune, and Raikou, and almost managed to snag Ho-Oh. In fact, in regards to that failed attempt, Ho-Oh is ultimately what prompts Wes to pull a HeelFace Turn and become The Atoner in the first place.
- Cerebus Retcon: That pale line on Wes' face? It's actually a scar recently acquired from Gonzap's Skarmory.
- Child Soldier: Drafted into Team Snagem at a very young age because Evice noticed an opportunity with recruiting him in the midst of his hometown in Orre being completely destroyed by Yveltal, and how it couldn't be a mere coincidence he and his Eevee were the sole survivors.
- Heroic Mime: He's more considered this as opposed to Red, who speaks irregularly but otherwise is The Quiet One. Wes' dialogue is so minimalist in nature that his Pokémon tend to showcase more of his Hidden Depths directly than through dialogue on Wes' part.
- Scars Are Forever: Not really; he only got the scar very recently at that. It's from Gonzap's Skarmory having clawed him in his last snag for Team Snagum before defecting.
Wes' Umbreon (Tenebra)
- Adaptational Badass: Wes' Umbreon is typically a Crutch Character for most players, so having Umbreon serve as the main combative role as opposed to Espeon is unusual, although Espeon's constant usage of Helping Hand nullifies the trouble with it.
- Deadpan Snarker: Tenebra doesn't tend to make much vocalization, but when translated, he's almost very casually throwing around absurd insults towards everyone.
- Neck Snap: Non-fatally via Throat Chop.
- The Nicknamer: When translated, his vocalization when referring to others by names tend to be... offensive.
- Polar Opposite Twins: With Wes' Espeon.
- Telepathy: Something he sort of possesses, but he needs to be in direct physical contact with someone to be heard. Even then, he doesn't know how to properly speak using it, and neither does Soliaré. Tenebra walking up to and nuzzling Es Cade's leg is more or less how he figures out that he's actually Evice in disguise, something that not even Soliaré and Rui manage to figure out before him.
Wes' Espeon (Soliaré)
- Adaptational Wimp: Relegated to a Support role for the entire team, although Downplayed in the sense that Espeon is more of a Badass Pacifist.
- Badass Pacifist: Only uses Status moves, usually to either heal itself (Morning Sun), defending itself or it's allies (Reflect and Light Screen), or assisting with damage output (Helping Hand).
- Barrier Warrior: Reflect and Light Screen.
- Berserk Button: Mistaking him for a female is not going to get you anywhere in his book. He won't attack you, but he'll immediately use Helping Hand on someone else who will.
- Made of Iron: Has to endure Caine's usage of Earthquake quite a lot once he's fully evolved, and he doesn't tend to budge since he at least has the foresight to use Reflect first.
- Non-Action Guy: Doesn't do any of the fighting directly as opposed to his teammates.
- Polar Opposite Twins: With Wes' Umbreon.
- Telepathy: Has it, but doesn't know how to communicate in human languages. Even after 8 years since having first met Wes, he still doesn't know how to use it, as during that time, he was only evolved into Espeon for about 5 of those years, indicating it's a lot harder for Espeon to learn how to communicate with humans than it otherwise might seem.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: The prologue centers around the events that led to her kidnapping at the beginning of Colosseum, specifically her visit to Pyrite Town where she stumbles upon Shadow Pokémon and quickly realizes with her Aura Vision that they're not normal Pokémon at all.
- Aura Vision: She can see the auras of Pokémon to determine whether or not they're Shadow Pokémon or if they're perfectly normal. Any other possible aura abilities Rui may or may not have are unknown.
- Emotionless Girl: She doesn't emote at all when having sex, primarily because she's so heavily convinced that lust is so prevalent in Orre that no men in the region want legitimate love and affection, so she doesn't bother emoting during sex as a result.
- Oblivious to Love: Having only grown up around men who are perverts and witnessing all other women of her own age being equally perverted and or lustful, she's convinced that nobody in Orre is looking for genuine affection and love, and is only interested in sexual pleasure and nothing more. Her grandparents, due to not originally being from Orre, are the only couple she acknowledges as having genuine affection. In addition, due to the various men in which Rui has sex with throughout Shadow Heat, she blocks out her mind's attempts to grow attached to various people, because she's convinced men and women in Orre only want sex and don't want to bother with commitment to relationships.
- Age Lift: They're 15-16 years old in this, whereas the original implied they were 11 each.
- Adapted Out: Inverted; Green, the scrapped female player character from Red and Blue, is part of the main cast.
- Art Evolution: Compare the cover artwork featuring Truth and Ideals' protagonists here drawn in 2015, and then look at how Red, Blue, and Green look in the cover for Starlight Ablaze here drawn in 2018.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Red (Charmander), Blue (Squirtle), and Green (Bulbasaur).
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character:
- There's naturally going to be more vitriol between these three compared to the True Companions that Ash, Cheren, and Bianca were.
- Their starters are this for Adventures because here they start off with different starters than their Adventures counterparts, but still are from the Kanto Starters.
- Red is in possession of the Fire Starter rather than the Water Starter like with Ash in Truth and Ideals.
- The Power Trio is based off of two player characters and the rival, whereas in Truth and Ideals it was Ash from the anime and Cheren and Bianca; two rivals.
- Red's Charmander showcases many of the planned surprises in an early bit of Foreshadowing, which in Truth and Ideals didn't happen in a similar effect until Regulus was introduced in Chapter 12. In regards to Charmander's special abilities later on, Ash's Oshawott wasn't foreshadowed with anything out of the ordinary until just before evolving into Samurott.
Debut: Truth and Idealsnote
Voice Actor: TBA
- Aloof Ally: His No Social Skills nature is evident with how deadpan he can be in terms of overall emotion for anything, no matter the seriousness.
- Establishing Character Moment: His overall lack of concern for what is considered the general norm shows off his Aloof Ally tendencies big time.
- No Social Skills: Apparently, if the line stated by Green in that he's apparently only really been indoors playing a Nintendo Switch constantly is to be considered true.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He's more emotional and talkative when Blue was attacked by something while he was missing during Chapter 5 of Starlight Ablaze, indicating that something is not normal with whatever it was that attacked Blue.
- The Quiet One: Had he been given the choice to do so rather than a necessity to speak, he would not have any dialogue at all.
- Silent Protagonist: Zig-Zagged; Red's minimalist dialogue is meant to give the impression, but he also has enough lines to qualify as Suddenly Voiced.
- Suddenly Voiced: While technically he does have some small amounts of actual dialogue in the games, and in Orgins he has full dialogue, here in Starlight Ablaze he has a mixture of having regular dialogue but in a sense of otherwise being The Quiet One whenever he doesn't have an inherent need to speak.
Debut: Truth and Idealsnote
- A Day in the Limelight: Oddly gets a focus chapter in Chapter 4, in which he encounters Sina, and then has to deal with a suddenly deserted Oak's laboratory in Palette Town with Zapdos causing a literal storm of a rage in the Kanto Bay.
- Adaptational Jerkass: His rudeness is all the more prevalent here than in the canon.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: ... At the same time he doesn't even show any actual antagonism like he does in the canon normally.
- Canon Welding: Has some aspects of himself from both his anime incarnation Gary but mostly from his game incarnation as Blue. Especially also the reason why Blue is called such; since Ash is completely elsewhere in the continuity and Red is who his Palette Town rival is, he's not referred to as Gary like in the anime because he's got no connection to Ash in this continuity. Perhaps his biggest comparison to the anime is his choice of Starter, that being Squirtle.
- Casanova Wannabe: Tries to flirt with Sina in Chapter 4, but his rudeness gets in the way of their talk at first, but despite that, Sina dares him to a Pokémon Battle within a week's time at Celadon City. Regardless of who wins, they'll both be going on a date; the loser is simply the one who pays for dinner.
- Four Is Death: He doesn't die in Chapter 4 of Starlight Ablaze, but his grandfather is attending a funeral on short notice in Fuchsia City, leaving his laboratory completely deserted much to Blue's paranoia.
- Hot-Blooded: Has next to no patience to say the least.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: His real reason for developing a Small Name, Big Ego attitude that he keeps secret from everyone else, constantly changing the answer to everyone except being completely honest to Oak about it, is that he's tired of living in his grandfather's shadow for all of his life.
- Odd Name Out: He has a known surname, which is something neither Red nor Green have.
- Ship Tease: With Sina.
- Super Mode: Sina gives him a Key Stone and Blastoisite on their first meeting, as Sina's doing so because she expects Blue to utilize Mega Evolution against her in their battle within a week at Celadon City.
- Vague Age: The narration (and by extension Grandis) seems confused at times as to whether Blue is meant to be 15 or 16, and even some characters get this mixed up at times.
Debut: Truth and Idealsnote
- Adaptation Name Change: Because Leaf is the name her game incarnation has due to her delayed introduction in the main series, she's named after her Adventures counterpart because her design is based off of said incarnation, as well as the scrapped female player character from Red and Blue.
- Book Dumb: She doesn't seem to realize that just because a Pokémon is a given type, doesn't mean they can learn every possible move of said type. She tries to order her Bulbasaur to use various Grass Type moves it can't naturally learn, such as Leaf Blade, Seed Flare, Solar Blade, and even Absorb, which is unusual even as of writing since Bulbasaur can learn Mega Drain and Giga Drain.
- Fille Fatale: She tries to flirt with Dexio to get into the third floor rooms at Viridian City's Pokémon Center, but it ultimately doesn't work out.
- Implied Love Interest: Towards either Red or Blue, since not even when they show up older in Truth and Ideals is it stated who she's in a relationship if not both at once.
- Not So Above It All: She can be quite unorthodox when it comes to getting what she wants, which ultimately leads to her not coming across as the Only Sane Man she thinks of herself as when compared to Red or Blue.
- Only Sane Man: How her dialogue comes across when compared to Blue or Red.
- Ship Tease: With both Red and Blue.
- Birthmark of Destiny: If it even is a birthmark in the first place; he's introduced as having a noticeable marking of sorts on his left arm, but it isn't right away elaborated on as anything important.
- Blood Knight: His Establishing Character Moment has him attack Oak without much provocation.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Knows Metal Claw.
- His alleged Birthmark of Destiny is meant to be a hint towards something later down the road, but so far the actual marking itself is treated as just an unusual visual distinction about this specific Charmander and not much else.
- Charmander's native habitat in this verse is stated to be Mt. Silver, and Palette Town is naturally nowhere near there.
- Misplaced Wildlife: Enforced; in the original gamesnote , none of the starters have a defined native habitat, and thus Charmander's entire line hails from Mt. Silver in this AU's context. However, this particular Charmander is a wild specimen found on Route 1 just outside of Palette Town, meaning it's Misplaced Wildlife in the context of the AU, which even the characters acknowledge this fact.
- Playing with Fire: Fire Type.
- Trademark Favorite Food: "Honey Candy", a treat made by mixing the obvious, honey, with various nuts. Before he was given to Red and before Oak caught him, apparently was stealing from honey trees and other gardens in Palette Town.
- Ascended Meme: Red uses it to fly straight to Pewter City after he's done dealing with the 0Ω for the first time.Green: ... How does that even work?
- Huge Rider, Tiny Mount: See Ascended Meme above.
- Reality Ensues:
- Because of both Pidgey being tiny and a poor flyer in general, Pidgey's flight path while carrying Red weakens significantly by the time they're beginning to go over Viridian Forest.
- With Keen Eye as its ability, the blinding light of Charmander's tail behaving oddly didn't faze it, because Pidgey's sense of sight was too keen to be even remotely thrown off course. This is also why Pidgey doesn't recognize the difference in light between what would presumably be a regular Charmander's tail flame igniting versus how Red's Charmander's tail ignites.
- Balloon Belly: Eats so much weeds and infesting plants in Red's garden that he winds up rather plump by the time Green leaves Red's house.
- Big Eater: Tends to eat a lot of vegetation early on, even eating weeds in the garden outside of Red's house in Chapter 1.
- Shown Their Work: All of the attacks mentioned in Chapter 5 that happen to be Grass Type moves, except for the last one (Mega Drain) are all Grass Type moves that Bulbasaur cannot legally learn in any of the games as of the end of Gen VII.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Appears in Starlight Ablaze first ahead of her appearance in Order and Triumph.
- Age Lift: 16 at the time of Starlight Ablaze, significantly younger than her implied age in Pokémon X and Y.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Kanto does not have any native dark skin tone humans, so not only does the fact she has dark skin, but also her purple hair and crystal blue eyes make her incredibly exotic and out of place in Kanto. Her homeland of Kalos has this combination as being rather mundane by comparison. She's compared to the odds of encountering a Shiny Pokémon because none of Kanto's native population is known for dark skin like her; Brock's skin, for comparison, is actually significantly lighter than her's.
- Ambiguously Brown: Has dark skin, but considering it's vague as to which region dark skin humans are actually native to the most in the world of Pokémon, and the fact she's from Kalos, it becomes further confusing on her heritage. Her father is of lighter skin than her biological mother, though. Her father has rather pale white skin, and her biological mother has incredibly dark skin that makes Brock by comparison look pale.
- An Ice Person: Her Ice Type specialty.
- Child by Rape: Implied. Her older brother Dexio is this already, but it's not been clarified as to whether or not Sina is also one herself.
- Has Two Mommies: Has her biological mother, a stepmother (her brother's biological mother), and then both her and her brother share the same father.
- Related in the Adaptation: She is Dexio's sister in this continuity, as both of them have different mothers but the same father, thus explaining their difference in skin tone and hair color.
- Ship Tease: With Blue.
- Super Mode: Has a Key Stone which she uses mostly on her Glalie.
- Wham Line: A noteworthy one considering Starlight Ablaze is an adaptation of Red and Blue with this mechanic not expected to appear under normal circumstances.Sina: *Towards Blue* "Tell me, are you familiar with Mega Evolution?"
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Appears in Starlight Ablaze first ahead of his appearance in Order and Triumph.
- Age Lift: 18 at the time of Starlight Ablaze, and (possibly) significantly younger than his implied age in Pokémon X and Y.
- Call-Forward: He mentions the third floor rooms in the Viridian City Pokémon Center, as well as in other Pokémon Centers, are exclusive to those who have all 8 gym badges of that given reason. In Truth and Ideals, this is a later revealed factoid about how the Pokémon Centers function that isn't even revealed to be an actual thing until Ash had obtained all 8 badges.
- Child by Rape: His own mother was about 12 when she had him, heavily all but stating this to be the case outright.
- Establishing Character Moment: When Green flirts with him without knowing he's 18, he goes on a rather disgusted rant against her which more or less goes off the rails after a few quick moments, and he continues to ramble on even after the narration cuts to Green's own thoughts in which Green deliberately drowns out his ranting, and notes he's very thin skinned as an individual.
- Foreshadowing: He implies in his thoughts and his actions that he was already assigned to seek Green out in the first place, but at first he didn't know if Green is who he was supposed to find and track down as to give a Key Stone and Venusaurite to.
- The Jail Bait Wait: When Green tries to flirt with him to gain access to the 3rd Floor of the Pokémon Center, he immediately goes on a tangent on how Green is unknowingly hitting on him without knowing the fact he's 18. Regardless, he half admits that if Green's offer is still valid by the time she turns 18, which in turn is when he returns to Kanto once he's 21, then they'll both exchange numbers ahead of time to Invoke this wait on themselves.
- Ship Tease: With Green, although it's all but stated flat out that the both of them are not very serious about it.
- Single-Issue Wonk: He's very thin skinned assuming you know how to push his buttons.
- Age Lift: Ash, Cheren, and Bianca are depicted as 16 years old in their debut. With Ash this is Played Straight, but due to Cheren and Bianca's ages being a constant Flip-Flop of God, this trope ends up taking a third option in regards to just making the duo the same age as Ash, who would've been 16 in this story regardless.
- True Companions: Ash, Cheren, and Bianca's shared Establishing Character Moment show them as a Power Trio of this.
Ash S. Ketchum
Debut: Truth and Ideals
Voice Actor: Steven Yuen
A 16 year old boy who was sheltered most of his life by his mother, Delia Ketchum. On his 16th Birthday, he decides to finally do something to convince his mom to let him go on a Pokémon journey with his childhood friends, Cheren and Bianca. As Ash succeeds in convincing his mother to finally allow him to go on this journey. Things go off rather well for Ash at the beginning, considering everything seems normal for him at first; that all changes, however, upon his introduction to his secret lineage regarding his missing father, and how he has the ability to manipulate aura just like the Pokémon known as Lucario, whom a specific individual had been observing Ash for quite some time before finally confronting him. However, his old man seemingly left a heavy burden for Ash to carry, considering all of the mayhem that he has to endure from Team Plasma, the manipulative Ghetsis, the mysterious N, and even some more absurd threats from the norm.
- Adaptation Origin Connection:
- He takes the place of Hilbert/Hilda in the story of Pokémon Black and White. As a result, he was born in Unova instead of Kanto, and is childhood friends with Cheren and Bianca. Doesn't stop Hilbert and Hilda from appearing later though, just as separate characters in their own right.
- Marshadow, despite not having existed when the story was originally made, is revealed to have had something to do with Ash beginning his journey.
- Adaptational Badass: Par for the course with Ash in this fic.
- Always Someone Better: He's the better someone to Ghetsis; in fact, the way he defeats Ghetsis is by fooling him into thinking that despite all of Ghetsis' new powers, that Ash is still stronger than him by a long shot.
- Aura Vision
- Badass Adorable: Maintains the Keet look he has in the canon despite his wardrobe change later in the story.
- Bait-and-Switch: Because of the Adaptation Personality Change applying to N, neither he nor N have the climactic fight from the games in N's Castle. Instead it skips right to Ghetsis the moment both of them separate Vah irom willingly back into Zekrom and Reshiram. This was done mostly to avoid an Adaptation Induced Plothole regarding the two characters; Ash, while initially going in ready to fight N if needed, was later shown N's true backstory and was very reluctant to want to fight N; N himself didn't even want to fight Ash at all, just merely try and prove a point.
- Character Shilling: Both Enforced and Defied. Enforced in that Ash is the son of the late Sirius Ketchum, and naturally has a lot of pre-established reputation that Ash himself was never informed about beforehand in his life. Defied later down the road in that Ash eventually lets his aspiration to become what he's referred as "Ketchum's Son" get to him, and to truly set out prove to everyone that he isn't exactly the Dumbass Teenage Son everyone otherwise would think he is in his early parts of his adventure.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Often takes the job of an Aura Guardian far too seriously, much like his father did.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not to the extreme as Cheren, but he does have his moments, sometimes overlapping with Cheren's own remarks at the same time.
- The Determinator:
- Often fights at difficult odds, especially considering how unusual his win/lose curve tends to get. He loses to a trainer with Popplio with just Samurott because while he was already holding back as it was, Popplio's much more energetic nature and having a Z-Move overwhelmed and surprised Samurott. When the same trainer tells him to not hold back anymore with Popplio now fully evolved into Primarina, Warlord-Samurott still ends up losing, though not without a Taking You with Me move by dragging Primarina into its own Hydro Vortex with him, meaning Ash clearly learned to be prepared for this move this time around.
- Another noteworthy lose was the first time he fought Zygarde Complete Forme as used by Clay. By the time he faces it again, it turns out to be a victory because Ash uses Whimsicott's Fairy Type to No-Sell Core Enforcer and then KO with Dazzling Gleam.
- His desire to get N to see the error of his ways, ESPECIALLY after N betrayed him at Dragonspiral Tower. He ultimately succeeds, but anyone who has played the games already knows this would happen.
- A "loss" occurred with the Pokémon League... by virtue of not getting a chance to even start his fight with Alder yet. Normally Ash would've faced N and then one of the two would've won and faced Alder next; N gives a plea to Alder to listen to his way of Pokémon Liberation and persuades the Champion into facing N first, which ultimately sets up for the much more climatic fight with N at N's Castle with Vahirom separating into Reshiram and Zekrom and taking N and Ash's sides as before.
- Dirty Mind-Reading: In the sequel he's more or less figured out that Cheren and Bianca are very sexually active through this.
- Dumbass Teenage Son: What most of the more Jerkass adult characters think of Ash, especially Regulus. Initially, anyways.
- Fearless Fool: While he does have his moments of facing genuine terror, he's prone to being incredibly reckless about confronting these situations.
- Foreshadowing: Considering there's a lot of Gameplay and Story Integration with the various Pokémon, the fact Zygarde goes into Complete Forme in its first encounter with Ash Ketchum is a huge dose of Foreshadowing in that Zygarde views Ash's growing strength as a trainer to actually be a major red flag for the future.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: While he does have incredibly rare moments of averting this, he's notably one of the few main cast members who never swears. O.O.C. Is Serious Business generally is when he will, though.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Warms up to N too easily in the second half of the story. Which leads to him having his guard down and getting betrayed by N very easily. Even after having witnessed Ghetsis beat down upon N, and even after defeating Ghetsis as Ghetsis on the losing end of the fight now that Ash robbed Ghetsis of his powers stolen and returned them to their rightful owners, Ghetsis still intends to kill Ash even when Ash is giving him mercy in all of it. Even when N's Castle beginning to fall apart, Ghetsis deliberately lets himself lose his footing as Ash is just about to save Ghetsis before Altair forcefully drags Ash away from making the attempt. Even during their encounter at Giant Chasm, he still doesn't want to go through with killing Ghetsis after he had been reduced to an insane wreck that chases a lone Ash out into a blizzard only for Ghetsis to vanish once Kyurem appears before him.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Simisear's death by Geneshine clearly has him shaken about it every time he's reminded of it.
- Ideal Hero: Why Zekrom chooses him, and how he behaves in general when compared to the other protagonists. This ultimately causes Vahirom to separate and become Reshiram and Zekrom once more, because of how Ash opposing N allows for Ash to once again have Zekrom separately from Vahirom.
- Invincible Hero:
- Invoked; he's meant to resemble the player characters from the games in this very fashion. The player characters have a massive tendency to play this trope completely straight even if the narrative were to try and suggest otherwise. Ash, while having his loses here and there, are a reference to how some players had troubles with Black and White because of the game's regional dex which forced you to use only the newer mons, and thus some gyms and Pokémon were uncharted territory for players just beginning the game without any spoilers or guides to assist them.
- Much of the time, though, one could consider this trope Averted for Ash; while Ash is indeed strong, he averts Hard Work Hardly Works, and he often times has to deal with his emotional state whenever faced with a fight that injures him physically or emotionally. However, his sheer determination to come out on top is what ultimately causes him to increasingly become stronger against whatever odds are against him initially or otherwise.
- Legendary in the Sequel: An In-Universe Memetic Badass, Humilau City has a statue of Ash and his Samurott due to Ash's triumph over a tough Gym Battle in Nimbasa City with only a Water Type and a powerful first outing with Bond Phenomenon.
- Make It Look Like an Accident:
- After Geneshine's defeat and power down, he allows Geneshine to be buried underneath the collapsing Relic Castle because A: Genesect is completely robotic in this fic, B: Genesect is part Steel Type and will No-Sell the collapse regardless, and C: Ash has no idea what else he could even do to Geneshine to seal him away anyways, considering it's too sociopathic to be caught as a normal Pokémon.
- How he disposes of Ghetsis; he leaves him to die at the wrath of an enraged Necrozma he's detecting in the area, and simply abandons him in the castle while leaving with N and both of their Pokémon.
- Near-Death Experience: Just barely avoids a Disney Death by the fact N's Dusknoir he has with him at the time saves his soul from being dragged to the dead in the aftermath of the MissingNo. fight.
- Nice Guy: Very selfless and often takes good care of his Pokémon, especially his Raichu considering his gluttonous nature. Also always tends to serve everyone else first when cooking meals for people before even remotely serving himself.
- Official Couple/Polyamory:
- In a three way relationship with Misty and Iris. Initially it's just Misty who he's in love with, but he extends it to Iris once it's clear she's badly in love with him as well, and doesn't want to break her heart or Misty's so ends up as a couple with both of them at once.
- He's legit with the latter bit after his 8th Gym Battle against Iris, as the 8th Gym Battle revolves around him confirming his feelings for Iris by saving her life from herself and Drayden's plan to get him to forfeit.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Any time Ash averts Gosh Darn It to Heck!.
- Sleep Cute: Sleeps in close proximity to Misty and Iris most of the time, but is always fully clothed and the three never actively try anything sexual at the same time. Simply sleeping by each other with the other's presence is comfortable for them as it is.
- Stupid Good: His Fatal Flaw. An Ideal Hero at best, his genuine Nice Guy attitude makes it difficult for him to properly respond to characters who are legitimately evil in nature. With Geneshine, he does not realize initially that Geneshine will flat out kill anybody who stands in its way, which leads to Simisear's death. Likewise, with N, he warms up to his alleged HeelFace Turn too easily and quickly for his own good, because he ends up having his guard down when he has Zekrom fuse with N's Reshiram into Vahirom, which leads to N knocking Ash out and flying off with Vahirom in his sole control. Likewise, with Ghetsis, while he is at least able to tell that Ghetsis is a horrible person, he goes too far out of his way to Save the Villain considering Ghetsis tries to flat out kill both him and N during their final encounter and even by Ash himself is deemed irredeemable as a villain, but Ash still refuses to actually kill Ghetsis. This leads to Ash trying to manipulate Ghetsis into feeling insecure about his power compared to Ash's own, which leads Ghetsis into a nervous wreck which has the conveniently nearby Necrozma allegedly kill him off in response.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Pancakes. When the group ends up in a diner in the Pokémon League, he even orders some despite it being in the afternoon where breakfast items on the menu are normally not served by default.
- True Companions: With Cheren and Bianca. When Ash asks if Cheren and Bianca would prefer to travel through Victory Road with him even though he's the only one taking part in the League, the two gladly agree just like they've always done with Ash before, as they take their first steps into Victory Road at the same time.
- World's Strongest Man: Subverted; he's the strongest trainer in Unova, but compared to elsewhere he's got a lot of competition as seen here.
- You Don't Look Like You: More like sound; he's definitely more man in vocals because of a Voice Actor meme casting Steven Yuen in the role for Ash.
- Character Development: Shows a lot more aggressive behavior in his fighting patterns as he evolves, but becomes calmer once after having spent enough time fully evolved, but the fighting behavior is adjusted to where he's still aggressive but calm enough to pull off some clever tricks.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Due to the fact Bond Phenomenon wasn't explained just yet, Warlord-Samurott has a different ability not shared with its base form.
- Expy: Of Ash's Greninja from the anime.
- To his anime counterpart Oshawott. Oshawott is very loud, borderline obnoxious, but very emotive and cheerful though never evolves. Samurott, back when he was Oshawott, starts off very, very stoic, near emotionless at times, and generally very calm and relaxed, which only really changed when he became more of a Boisterous Bruiser upon evolving to final form.
- Also Warlord-Samurott to Ash-Greninja; Ash-Greninja lost every fight against Alain's Mega Charizard X, and Warlord-Samurott won every fight against Mega Charizard X. However, a similarity in this is noted with another Pokémon; Popplio's line. Thus far, Samurott in either forme has lost every fight it ever got involved with regarding Popplio the first time, or Primarina the second time.
- Achievements in Ignorance:
- Considering it's later revealed that MissingNo. and Eidolon are one in the same, Raichu essentially punched out an Ultimorian Deity without even realizing it.
- Learns how to use Aura Sphere simply by overexposure to aura energy over the course of his entire life come the end of Truth and Ideals.
- Adaptational Badass: Definitely so once you realize MissingNo. and Eidolon are one in the same.
- Aura Vision: Gains this ability by overexposure to aura energy ever since it had first hatched up to the end of Truth and Ideals proper, complete with Aura Sphere being learned as well.
- Canon Welding: When Ash's Pikachu learned Volt Tackle in the anime, it was already a Pikachu; something that would've been impossible until Sun and Moon. Considering those games weren't out yet, however, Raichu's origins here were modified so that it would start as an egg with the parents meeting the requirements necessary to hatch a Pichu with Volt Tackle on its moveset.
- Character Development: Starts off cowardly but ends up becoming a lot more courageous as he ages and evolves.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: : Ash's Pikachu in the anime disliked the idea of evolving due to his rivalry with Raichu. Ash's Pikachu in Truth and Ideals never developed such a rivalry and thus never had an issue with willingly choosing to evolve into Raichu.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Of Alolan Raichu; Sun and Moon weren't released yet at the time, but Tropes Are Not Bad since every normal move used by him proved to be a case of accidentally accurate writing because Alolan Raichu can indeed learn the moves in question that were used, specifically Psyshock being one of them. In terms of evolution method, considering regular Pikachu evolves into Alolan Richu through a normal Thunder Stone with the only deciding factor being a change in diet, primarily pancakes, Chapter 1 proved to be an even weirder case of this by accidentally predicting the method of Alolan Raichu's existence.
- Loophole Abuse: Ash's Aura Mode can allow it to access a Z-Move without the Z-Crystal or Z-Ring being needed; Ash's Aura Mode in general allows him to bypass the Mega Stones and Z-Crystals altogether anyways by this point in the narrative; the moment he used Aura Blitz was the moment he didn't need to use any of these items.
- Shown Their Work: Every example of Alolan Raichu's appearance in the story has been proven true by the time Sun and Moon were released, in an unusual case of guessing and prediction completely correct with the result.
- Signature Move: Stoked Sparksurfer.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Pancakes.
- Wham Shot: During the league, Raichu seems to have learned Aura Sphere, a move it cannot legitimately learn as of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, by virtue of overexposure to Ash's own aura causing Raichu to artificially begin to generate a more natural aura ability over time.
- Action Girl: DEFINITELY does wonders with Sky Attack and Aura Mode.
- Death by Adaptation: Defied; she was originally intended to die in the Chargestone Cave arc, but she ended up being sparred in exchange for Krokorok's fight with Geneshine to happen and evolve him into Krookodile.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Knocks out Rayquaza in the 8th Gym Battle with a overcharged, well placed Sky Attack.
- Junk Rare: Shiny.
- Signature Move: Sky Attack.
- Character Tics: Always a thumbs up whenever he was in a good mood.
- Sacrificial Lion: His death does quite a number to Ash's mental stability.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He originally heralded from another timeline in which Ghetsis had won, but had grown bored and crossed over into this world. Ash witnessing Simisear's death at the hands of Geneshine, whom was the creation of the alternate world's Ghetsis, demonstrates to Ash exactly why this alternate Ghetsis is somebody to not be worth redeeming.
- Big Damn Heroes: Fights off Geneshine in Chargestone Cave when it was about to try and kill Unfezant.
- Expy: Of Android 16.
- Foreshadowing: He's the only one of N's Pokémon to speak with actual dialogue at first. Also the whirring sound when he turns to face him kind of gives it away as early as that.
- HeelFace Turn: Implying he was ever evil to begin with, he defects from N's side once N learns of his robotic nature and quickly becomes one of Ash's Pokémon as a direct result.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: His synthetic skin can regenerate when needed.
- Robotic Reveal: Catches N completely by surprise.
Altair (Riolu/Lucario/Mega Lucario)
- Aura Vision
- Berserk Button: While it gets varied results, he's noted to speak up more when an Ultra Beast appears.
- Cursed with Awesome: The Ultrarus virus, similar to the Pokérus virus, causes him to remain permanently Mega Evolved once it takes full effect.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He is the only Pokémon confirmed to have a 100% win streak against a Digimon. The others don't have confirmation due to either vague information or the Pokémon in question being too difficult to track down, such as Legendary and Mythical Pokémon. UB Assembly does, however, survive a Digitalize Of Soul point blank and not even flinch.
- Expy: Of Gohan.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: As Mega Lucario.
- Retcon: When a sequel is made, he will know Meteor Mash; a move which his line could learn beginning with Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon via Egg Move.
- Stellar Name: Named after the star Altair.
- Super Speed: Knows Extreme Speed. Oddly enough even demonstrates this as a Riolu, despite Riolu being unable to learn Extreme Speed.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: As Mega Lucario during the two year timeskip after Truth and Ideals originally comes to an end. Justified in that not only is Altair permanently locked into the form still, but also because Mega Lucario's entire personality is this trope in general.
- Action Girl: Definitely solidifies her status as this during the 8th Gym Battle much like Unfezant.
- Ascended Extra: Originally meant to be a one-shot cast member turned into a regular as the plot demanded her presence more.
- No-Sell: Tanks a Core Enforcer from Zygarde Complete Forme without effort.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: She is noticeably not used for Zygarde Complete Forme in the gym battle against Clay, considering that her Fairy Type would've allowed her to No-Sell Core Enforcer. The reason for this was because of the fact, at the time the chapter in question was posted, the type of Core Enforcer was not known, so it would've been wild guessing as to whether or not Whimsicott would've done anything against it. When it comes to a rematch, Whimsicott successfully No Sells a Core Enforcer because by then it's known that Core Enforcer is Dragon Type.
Durant (Totem Durant)
- Adaptational Badass
- Animal Jingoism: Her colony buries a Heatmor alive and presumably kill it.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Summons a Haxorus, seemingly out of nowhere, to deal with N's Zoroark while she focuses on Ash's Raichu.
- The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: Her colony and herself all know the move Dig as to go all Zerg Rush on the nearest Heatmor, the natural predator of Durant under normal conditions, and proceed to bury it alive and devour it.
- Junk Rare: The Queen is a Shiny and also a Totem Pokémon.
- Last Episode, New Character: Doesn't appear until the Pokémon League arc is just about to begin, and doesn't even have much importance aside from being a powerful roadblocking Pokémon.
- Mythology Gag:
- The first 36 Durant are a homage to Ash's 30 Tauros from the anime, with the justification for this Mythology Gag being a Totem Durant female which is controlling the prior 36.
- Also one towards Totem Kommo-o due to the fact she summons a Pokémon that isn't related to her typing and seems only to be there to cover a weakness, primarily summoning Haxorus to deal with anything that Bug/Steel can't cover.
- Unwanted Harem: Based off of her interactions with the other 36 Durant in Ash's VR Ranch, she apparently dislikes all of them because they're all just Canon Fodder males to her that don't mean a whole lot.
- Walking Spoiler: Since Ash wasn't expected to catch a new Pokémon to his team so late into the story.
- Your Size May Vary: The Queen is a Totem variation of the normal in addition to being Shiny.
- Zerg Rush: Durant's swarm kills a Heatmor by burying it alive in this fashion.
- Clingy Jealous Guy: Towards Bianca; it dies down as time progresses once the two become an Official Couple.
- The Cynic: He's generally a lot more of a Deadpan Snarker and a Sir Swears-a-Lot than the other characters.
- Disappointed by the Motive: Cheren ultimately feels this way towards himself in regards to why he wanted to become the Champion at all; he never had an actual motive to begin with.
- Good People Have Good Sex: Beginning with Chapter 30, he becomes sexually active with Bianca.
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: Implied; Bianca is admittedly more perverted, considering she's the one who initiates the two's first time, but Cheren isn't exactly any less perverted either.
- Official Couple: With Bianca just before the 2nd Gym, and continues to be that way from that point on.
- Promoted to Love Interest: For Bianca.
- Character Development: She decides that her desire to compete in the Pokémon League would've only interfered with Ash and Cheren's own dreams, so she calls it quits on the challenge and ends up not obtaining her 6th, 7th, or 8th badges.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Cheren.
- Covert Pervert: Considering she has had dreams of having sex with Cheren long before they got together...
- Hidden Depths: Bianca seems to imply that she may have had some kind of past attraction to Ash, but it didn't ultimately work out for the two, and Ash ultimately feels in the end that Cheren deserves her more than he does.
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: Definitely more blatant than Cheren, considering the implications she's the one who enticed him to have sex with her when they arrived back home after Ash secured his 3rd badge for a break.
- Promoted to Love Interest: For Cheren.
- Adaptational Badass: Her Arbok is Totem Sized, and not only that, but it also stops Alain's Charizard from successfully Mega Evolving during the match between the two at the league. The kicker? It's implied this Arbok used to be a regular Arbok that formerly belonged to her mother Jessie.
- Foreshadowing: Her name makes it rather blatantly obvious who her parents are when her name is finally revealed.
- Poisonous Person: Poison Type Specialist.
- Samus Is a Girl: One of the things she did in-order to avoid exposing her parents for who they formerly were... but also to hide her lesbian nature from her peers at the same time.
- Theme Naming: She shares her parent's naming convention of being named after a Western outlaw, with Jessie and James being both named after Jesse James, and Billie the Kidd being a feminine spelling of Billy the Kid.
- Mysterious Waif: Her first appearances towards Ash seem to live and breathe this trope, considering she was constantly implied to be a mysterious individual regarding Ash's role in things.
- The Quiet One: Has been without much of an actual speaking role for much of the fic, but averts this through texting much of the time. Then when she gets her voice back she averts it for real.
- The Un-Reveal: Her mysterious importance is never truly elaborated on when she finally appears in-person, which showcases her to be much more mundane, but otherwise a very strong trainer nevertheless.
- Wrong Context Magic: Her Heart Soul Amplification boost works entirely different from Aura, in that it actually is capable of being used as a separate energy source altogether that, while capable of recreating the effects of Aura, can also be combined with Aura itself.
- Super Dickery: His introduction in a nutshell, though Justified because the role otherwise was going to be a One-Shot Character instead and Hilbert was the only primary protagonist that wasn't introduced yet who had a good window for introduction at that point.
- This Loser Is You: He represents just about every young kid on the playground who obsessed over Charizard back in the Generation I days and any such fan who reappeared in the years gone by within the same younger demographic overall.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Canonically has a crush on Ash, despite Ash never noticing or returning the feelings. His Imagine Spot where he flat out pulls a romantically charged "Shut Up" Kiss to Ash should make this adamantly clear.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He can't bring himself to ultimately fight Ash by the time Ash reaches his throne room, instead having a severe Heroic BSoD when the confrontation happens.
- Black and White Insanity: What he comes to eventually realize by the end of Truth and Ideals, after having been influenced by both Ash and Ghetsis to realize that Ash has more shades of gray to his morality due to the fact he's completely idiotic with choosing the right decision compared to his own beliefs, and that Ghetsis isn't being completely blind in Wrath to try and get N to do what he needs him to do, but actually being surprisingly pragmatic at times despite otherwise being pure evil in nature. This eventually leads to N deciding that everything has a Grey and Gray Morality to them, even if it's clear one individual is meant to be more white or black otherwise.
- Cybernetics Will Eat Your Soul: Why he disallowed the Genesect project, not that it had stopped Ghetsis from forcing its continuation. Also the big factor into his Kick the Dog moment regarding who would soon become Ash's Krokorok.
- HeelFace Turn: Pulls one off in the middle of the story, only to briefly pull a FaceHeel Turn later down the road in which N's own grasp of sanity very quickly begins to snap because at this point he doesn't have a clue whose side he's on anymore, before realizing that there were no actual sides to begin with.
- Kick the Dog: See O.O.C. Is Serious Business below as to why.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The most blatantly villainous thing he ever does is his reaction to Krokorok's Robotic Reveal, in which he suddenly ditches Krokorok behind under the pretenses that no matter what appearance a robotic or cybernetic individual has, it would never have the true soul of a Pokémon.
- Establishing Character Moment: His worship of Ash Ketchum is introduced in the prologue, with him having witnessed Ash's battles across Unova two years prior to the present.
- Aura Vision: He actually borderline surpasses Ash in this capacity regarding natural levels of aura, but Zander's negative emotions cause him to only capable of awakening them in malevolent contexts.
- Blood Knight
- Fatal Flaw: Wrath. He's barely even treated as a friend by Calem's group because of how overtly hostile and violent he is, even though Zander insists on being a part of their group for unexplained reasons, which is even more confusing because he prefers to keep his distance 90% of the time. It's implied that the reason he sticks around is because he has a soft spot for Shauna's All-Loving Hero nature, but even Shauna is terrified of Zander's person because of his unyielding rage against everyone else. He's effectively a ticking time bomb in terms of his outbursts of rage, and the worst part? He actually has aura and has learned of Ash's ability to use Aura Blitz and can actually almost manage to replicate the move for himself.
- Guttural Growler
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Hidden Depths: Knows of the existence of Emma and the other orphans in Lumiose City and doesn't display any of his signature anger around them.
- Jerkass: He's an OC Jerkass Rival for Kalos, and his brand of Jerkass compared to the likes of Blue, Silver, and Gladion... well... he kind of makes Silver look relatively tame by comparison.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: "Aura Shout".
- Screaming Warrior
- Turn Out Like His Father: He didn't become genocidal like his father, but he most definitely has both his and his mother's uncontrolled aggression and hostility.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Encountering Emma completely shuts him up quiet and silent, as up until this point Zander has been an infamous loudmouth regarding his uncontrollable aggression.
- Parody Sue: Literally had it not been for who his parents are and the fact this is a Pokémon fic, he would've been a significantly more mundane character than who he ultimately is. Admittedly he's more The Comically Serious because of the fact while his vicious temper can be amusing, Zander as a character is not Played for Laughs.
- The Power of Hate: How he achieves Mega Evolution with his Garchomp; pure, synchronized hatred for everything.
- The Quiet One: Whenever he isn't having something to talk about, the overall extent of his voice tends to be growling and screaming in rage.
- Refuge in Audacity: When Looker is interviewing Calem's group, he's completely impressed (and terrified) by Zander's Psychopathic Manchild tendencies that he honestly can't bring himself to arrest him because he doesn't think even the most secure of prisons will want to tolerate having him there.
- Signature Pokémon: Garchomp.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: He's a Token Evil Teammate rather than a full on villain, but hoo boy he definitely fits this category regardless; some of his antics can be compared with Vegeta and he'd honestly not look too far out of home in a Digimon series with his behavior.
Jessie and James Kidd
Tropes applying to both
- Adaptational Badass: They're more of a serious threat even if they do have small comedic moments inherited from their anime incarnations.
- Adaptational Curves: James has more defined muscle to his torso, whereas Jessie is noticeably curvier in both her breasts and her hips.
- Adaptational Villainy: Neither of them are above murder when it comes to how they secured their jobs as Team Rocket Executives...
- Babies Ever After: They end up with Billie as their first child by the time Truth and Ideals comes by.
- Happily Married: By the time of Truth and Ideals.
- Mythology Gag: The Team Rocket Grunt you encounter last in Gen II and HeartGold and SoulSilver that you find in Winter at Unova in Black and White is changed to be so that Jessie and James are the married couple in that same household, and James fills the role of the last Team Rocket Grunt in this scenario.
- Walking Spoiler: Their presence as Billie's parents in Truth and Ideals is considered this.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: Giovanni flat out gives Jessie and James the former jobs of the recently murdered Ariana and Archer because Giovanni is too busy being impressed with how Jessie and James had the audacity to murder his two best executives merely to get James out of an abusive relationship alone.
- Ax-Crazy: Her first intent to get James away from the abusive Ariana is to flat out murder Ariana in cold blood.
- Yandere: To a degree. James has mutual feelings for Jessie, and doesn't want to be involved in his arranged marriage to Ariana, considering her abusive nature and all. Jessie decides to flat out Murder the Hypotenuse in regards to how she plans on getting rid of Ariana.
- Domestic Abuse: Is in an abusive relationship as Ariana's whipping boy, and the fact Ariana doesn't even love him at all and just desires him for his family's fortune.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Wouldn't be Sabrina if this wasn't in play in some capacity, considering she is already notorious for having drastically different takes on her character in every official depiction of her in the franchise. Here she's effectively a Captain Ersatz of Cinder Fall, and having the motivation that the gym leaders typically had in the original series anime as to why she's so utterly bloodthirsty when it comes to defending her gym.
- Adaptational Villainy: Apparently she's an Captain Ersatz of Cinder Fall. Not even getting into the fact she's cast with the same voice actress in mind, but she's insane even by comparison to all of her other incarnations; Sabrina defending her status as the Gym Leader of Saffron City means so much to her that she'll do anything to keep her gym to herself.
- Ax-Crazy: If murdering her winning opponents doesn't qualify as this, nothing will.
- Bystander Syndrome: She didn't care about Team Rocket taking over Silph Co. because they had no intents of going for her gym, which they knew loud and clear from history as to why to never target Sabrina.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Cinder Fall, down to having the same voice actress via Hypothetical Casting.
- Knight of Cerebus: She's about as terrifying as her anime incarnation at times. Unlike her anime incarnation, Sabrina's already too far gone for any hope of redemption because of just how severe her misdeeds are...
- Knight Templar: She had intentions of fighting against the corrupt means of the gym organizations of Kanto in which gyms would be destroyed if they lost three times, and after peaceful means of restoring gyms to their former, idealistic glory were shot down by the gym organization, Sabrina completely snapped and ascended to a Mass Murderer if it so much as meant protecting her own gym and inflicting karma on the unjust organization.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: She really could've done something else than feel the need to escalate into a Serial Killer shifting into Mass Murderer for her original ideology...
- Mass Murderer: When a squad of Black Ops specialized Jennies try and forcefully destroy her gym without directly facing her, Sabrina decides to inflict fatal, mass scale Mind Rape to the entire population of Saffron just to ensure they would fail, and threatening to wipe out all life in Kanto if she is bothered again.
- Not His Sled: Sabrina replaces Giovanni as the final Gym Leader faced by the protagonists in Starlight Ablaze; they end up completely skipping Sabrina until after they've beaten Blaine and Giovanni next, and when Giovanni learns the only reason the Power Trio don't have eight badges yet is because of Sabrina's psychotic behavior, then he details to the three her crucial weakness to finally subdue her wrath for good.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Even after Sabrina in taking over the gym organization - by killing all of the members involved at that - she's still as hellbent as ever with defending her gym, and is only just now enacting another phase of her plan; giving the other gym leaders unhinged mental states so that they too will begin to defend their gyms just as fiercely as she does, as well as swiping the Master Ball from under Giovanni's nose to immediately go after Mewtwo with.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Her actions as a Mass Murderer completely eclipse Giovanni's own actions as a villain, to the point Giovanni pulls an Enemy Mine with the Power Trio once he realizes they are the first challengers he's ever faced who actually have the willingness and the potential to take Sabrina down for good.
- Abusive Parents: Towards N.
- A God Am I: A side-effect of his attempts to become stronger than Ash.
- Always Someone Better: His biggest driving force against Ash Ketchum is this; this is ultimately how Ash defeats Ghetsis, not through a battle, but rather denying Ghetsis any satisfaction with his insults as well as using his aura to make duplicates of himself appear as to send paranoia into Ghetsis' mind to make him think that, despite everything he had done upon arriving here, he was still weaker than Ash regardless.
- Ambition Is Evil: His primary motivation is to be the strongest individual entity in all of the Unova region, all the while robbing everyone else of their own power in the process.
- Ascended Meme: He does indeed feed his failures of the grunts to his Hydreigon here.
- Behind his polite exterior he's this. Also the fact murdering his alternate incarnations, as well as attempting or successfully murdering alternate incarnations of Ash Ketchum, does not paint a pretty picture about his own sanity.
- His dialogue becomes completely deranged by the time of the sequel; he's so borderline obsessed with allegedly finally having the power to kill Ash that he's trembling with his speech and his body is only kept stabilized through various fluids pumped into him by force, which all the while just causes excruciating pain for him...
- Hell, his introduction in the sequel should be another merit for this. Ghetsis tries to brutally maim 0Ω when the latter finds him in the midst of nowhere in Ultra Space, having spent the entire 2 years using Necrozma's powers to forcefully keep his body intact with random hyperspace junk, and having at one point devoured and skinned his Hydreigon whose head now forms into an arm cannon on Ghetsis' right hand. Ghetsis himself has his entire wardrobe transformed into a giant life support system, and he's yelling in such vitriol Angrish he actually makes 0Ω feel very uneasy about who or what he's confronting.
- Bad Boss: Kills off his incarnation from this world when he fails to meet his expectations, and then immediately kills a few grunts and Zinzolin, only to revive Zinzolin later just to spite his existence.
- Bad People Abuse Animals: How he raises his Hydreigon, how he raises his Type: Full, and how he views himself raising N.
- Big Bad
- Body Horror: Just look at him by the time he's nearing his end!
- Dirty Coward: He never does directly try and start a fight with Ash because he's rather intimidated by Ash's power that he has no clue when to try and act until he realizes too late he should've acted as soon as possible while he had he chance. Not to mention he frequently has his men do all of the dirty work instead of him.
- Faux Affably Evil: He acts very polite with his speeches in public, but deep down he's anything but. He only ends up returning Bianca's Munna due to the fact if he had killed it in public, it would've damaged his plans for Team Plasma too soon.
- The Hedonist: Not so much for sexual pleasure, but for general entertainment type of excitement; Ghetsis gets bored very easily, and he's very quick to want to stir problems just to keep himself invested in something.
- The Heavy: Among he and his Pokémon he's this.
- Hero Killer:
- Almost kills Arceus over a decade ago just so he can steal some of its power, and then kills Hoopa in the present with Type: Null.
- In his original verse, he murdered Ash Ketchum at the height of his own original victory; the boredom of having none of Ash's unique powers is what drove him to proceed to murder and steal the powers of his alternate incarnations, Hoopa, and attempt to but still steal some power from Arceus and Necrozma. He's also killed Ash Ketchum's other incarnations he came across, but this verse's Ash has proven to be a special target due to being the cause of his first actual lose at conquering a given universe.
- He's Just Hiding!: In-Universe to be what Ash considers to have happened to Ghetsis two years ago in their alleged final encounter. Turns out his fears prove true as Ghetsis does return in the present, far, far worse than ever before since he's ditched his fear of Ash and his friends and takes action into his own hands.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Why he wants so much power for himself to begin with.
- Offing the Offspring: What he attempts to do to N. Twice. First he was going to have a corrupted Type: Null kill him brutally before N escaped, and then Ghetsis himself personally tried to drown N after also rendering him comatose when he tries to surface from the water.
- Pragmatic Villainy: The only thing remotely even close to resembling sympathetic traits for him; it doesn't actually make him sympathetic since everyone near him during these moments know that Ghetsis is secretly planning ahead to take advantage of the situation in the future instead of in a situation where it doesn't benefit him right away. With returning Munna to Bianca in Castelia City, he only really does it because he's in a public building where he was surrounded by authority and Ash's group, and he didn't want to risk anything just yet so he gave Munna back and simply opted to escape due to not being able to comprehend Ash's power. He manipulates Hoopa's desire to be unbound to his advantage in their first meeting by living up to his end of the bargain with unleashing Hoopa's Unbound Forme for an extended period than normal. Not only that, but he does so with no strings attached because he knows Hoopa will eventually return when said power runs out practically begging for Ghetsis to allow him to have it again for the same deal between the two as before, which causes Ghetsis to have a Mythical Pokémon to exploit until he decides that Hoopa is no longer needed.
- Unstoppable Rage: Truth 2 and Ideals 2 seems to showcase him as having a very personal score to settle with Ash and everyone he holds dear; gone is the levelheaded Ghetsis from two years ago, in enters the psycho hidden within Ghetsis due to no longer having a desire to hide behind other beings for his evil.
- Sanity Slippage: Two years have not been kind to Ghetsis by the time of Truth 2 and Ideals 2. While he managed to steal some of Necrozma's power, he's been busting entire planets using it just to relieve himself of boredom as he tries to train his combined abilities to finally begin conquering entire worlds to build up what are effective backup power sources for when he's inevitably going to face off against Ash again in the same verse he only lost at, and he's grown fully mad that he needs an oxygen tank built into his wardrobe to survive.
- Victory Is Boring: He originally conquered all of Unova in his own world, but was so bored with the fact that, despite his victory, Ash Ketchum was stronger than him, so he traveled across space and time to rectify this.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: He's essentially the same Ghetsis from the canon whom commits far more heinous crimes on-screen as to make sure it's crystal clear he's morally bankrupt.
- Villainous Breakdown: Ash's aura causing Ghetsis to see things that may or may not be real just so Ash could convince Ghetsis that this particular Ash is still Always Someone Better ends up causing Ghetsis' sanity to slip further, especially when Ash doesn't even dignify Ghetsis with any kind of usual response as to give Ghetsis the idea that while Ghetsis had grown stronger, he just Can't Catch Up with Ash no matter what.
- Adaptation Expansion: His overall end goal and motives for what he does are significantly different to the point some of the characterization from the games don't add up with this version of Lysandre. Examples being Lysandre having a son who makes Silver look like a saint, being married to Malva who is consistently looking for a chance to cuck him by having affairs with other men, and being surrounded by human socialization with negative emotions to the point Lysandre sees the current generation as being completely un-salvageable and needing to be destroyed.
- Awful Wedded Life: With Malva.
- Cuckold: His wife Malva frequently visits Sycamore with the intent of sleeping with him, and while Lysandre is aware of it, he doesn't care anymore since after so many times she's done it he's already grown resentful and genocidal.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: He didn't have any reason at all; he didn't even knew he had a son at all when Malva began cheating on him, as Malva hid her son away from Lysandre thinking that he'd be a bad influence after overhearing a conversation between him and Xerosic.
- Even Evil Has Standards: The moment he finally learns that Zander is his son he's completely horrified as to how he even has a son in the first place, but also because of Zander's absolutely vitriolic temperament that's much more feral in nature.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Had it not been for the fact Order and Triumph is K+ rated, then this wouldn't be anything out of the ordinary, but the fact he's the victim of Malva's affairs and he even has an illegitimate son is not exactly something you'd expect from Pokémon.
- Promoted to Love Interest: Not for any of the main leads, obviously, but he technically qualifies for this because in the original games, he has no love interest, and he's not the love interest for anyone else either. In Order and Triumph, he's not only married, but he's specifically married to Malva.
- Tranquil Fury: Implied to be at least constantly angry underneath his stoic exterior.
- The Red Baron: All of the Pokémon in this category have a title associated with them, even after they inevitably get caught or whatever their ultimate fate is. This title is based off of what these individual Pokémon are best known for.
Gengar the Glutton
- Big Eater: A very problematic appetite she has, considering what her diet is...
- Monster Is a Mommy: Part of the reason she consumes so many souls is because she's the alpha of a wild group of Ghost Pokémon around Eastern Kanto that all get fed from whatever leftovers she brings with her, as in, any unfortunate souls still intact before being devoured by others like her.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She both hates and fears Zapdos with a passion, as not only did Zapdos chase her and her colony out of the Power Plant, her former residence, but Zapdos has a nasty Hair-Trigger Temper against Ghost Types for inexplicable reasons.
All of them
- Ambiguous Gender: Because MF 217 is persistent with wanting to refer to almost all of them with "it" pronouns unless they've been specified to have normal genders in the games, such as Latias, Heatran, the Forces of Nature, among others, they're generally depicted as being genderless much like their game counterparts unless otherwise specified. Mew is currently the sole genderless species among them who has so far been referred to with blatantly female terminology, being referred to as Mewtwo's "mother" by Mewtwo itself.
- Retcon: Solgaleo and Lunala, when appearing outside of Truth and Ideals, are referred to as "he" and "she" respectively, but their pre-evolutions Cosmog and Cosmoem are not referred to as any given gender until they evolve to final form. While it is true that Solgaleo and Lunala are genderless in the games, the Pokédex entries in Sun and Moon state the opposite version mascot of each version to be a male evolution of Cosmog (Solgaleo's Moon entry) or a female evolution of Cosmog (Lunala's Sun entry).
- Truth and Ideals interprets Reshiram and Zekrom as both being males even though they're not referred to as such.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: All three of them appear significantly earlier in Starlight Ablaze than either of them have ever been depicted to do so in the Kanto games. Zapdos, for the record, outright appears during the first visit to Viridian Forest.
- Darker and Edgier/Adaptational Badass: The Legendary Birds are given such an extreme dosage of Adaptational Badass that it practically transforms the entire trio into Eldritch gods in animalistic forms, and their presence terrifies all who are fully aware of their true power. This only actually applies to the Legendary Birds that are native to Kanto, as the Legendary Birds elsewhere are their descendants who are significantly younger than they are; the Kanto Legendary Birds are claimed to be as old as the planet itself.
- Adaptational Badass: Can freeze entire tropical islands into uninhabitable wastelands where once jungle used to flourish by merely gazing upon a landmass and glaring, able to effectively atomize organic material into crystal ice by how freezing its body is, and can freeze water simply by flying over it in the blink of an eye. Also ignores the current weather during flight because it can generate blizzards anywhere it pleases.
- Adaptational Badass: Is infinitely stronger than Zapdos in the games is known for being, allegedly capable of smiting an individual from anywhere on the planet no matter where itself is currently located, can manifest entire thunderstorms by merely flapping its wings, and can turn the entire skyline from night to day in terms of light shining from its electrical discharges if it wants. Not even the most technologically advanced cameras can catch it clearly during mid-flight due to being able to equal light itself in speed.
- Always Accurate Attack: If the legends are true, it knows Shock Wave. Regardless of whether they're true, nobody is for sure exactly which Electric Type moves it knows at any given time.
- Darker and Edgier: Its appearance in Chapter 4 has it causing an entire hurricane in the midst of the Kanto Region; Oak left while he had the chance to Fuchsia City with ominous implications over his and his staff's safety, Green is stuck in Viridian City indoors, Blue is in Palette Town and is (allegedly) safe indoors as well, and Red's condition is still unaccounted for, meaning he has to deal with Zapdos' wrath while fully exposed to the elements at hand.
- Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter: According to legend, no matter where you are in the world, if you ask for this specifically, Zapdos will personally smite you down regardless of wherever Zapdos is even currently at compared to whomever invokes this. Causes of death link to the move Shock Wave specifically, but no confirmation on the Pokémon who inflicts it exists.
- Adaptational Badass: It causes a volcanic eruption merely by waking up, and it requires specially designed Poké Balls to catch because its body is so molten that ordinary Poké Balls liquefy upon being simply near it, and its flames are so infernal that during rain, its entire body manifests an absurd amount of steam that simply refuses to let its flames be put out by them.
- Adaptational Curves: Ignoring the early anatomy issues with his artwork as a whole, MF 217 has had a tendency to consistently draw Mewtwo in this context as being very shredded in appearance.
- Aura Vision: Has Aura Sphere as part of its moveset.
- The Dreaded: Its mere presence completely startled everyone who happened to catch notice of it; Ash's Aura Vision was completely overwhelmed the first time he took notice of Mewtwo.
- Establishing Character Moment: In its chronological debut, Mewtwo rather slowly awakens, before suddenly destroying the very foundation of its cloning tube, and immediately setting the entire facility burning to the ground in a massive, telekinetic explosion of raw energies.
- The device on its left wrist is a Looplet, meaning this Mewtwo is not from the verse that the main Pokémon continuity within Citadel of the Heart takes place in.
- Photon Geyser is a move this particular Mewtwo has, which naturally only Necrozma can use it. Now take into consideration that when Ultra Ruin is explored, this specific Mewtwo is lurking about eyeing everyone's movements as if it's becoming suspicious of their activity here...
- Nothing Is Scarier: We never learn about any of Mewtwo's creators; by the time Rigel and Pandora find Mewtwo fast asleep in dormancy in its chronological debut, the place is long since deserted; Mewtwo seemed to actively had been waiting on something to show up as to provoke it...
- Olympus Mons
- Loophole Abuse: Uses a Looplet to exploit Mega Evolution for both itself and others.
- Pillar of Light:
- Knows Photon Geyser through unnatural means.
- One was said to have appeared the day Mewtwo wakes up from being fully cultivated as a clone, and destroying the very spot it was originally created completely.
- Super Mode: Mega Mewtwo Y is used the most often. A currently unknown Super Mode is used against Grandis to effortless worf him.
- Tranquil Fury: It has mastered this trope considering that despite what one might think, the game's lore of Mewtwo being brutal and hostile are completely intact; Mewtwo just learned to hide it very, very creepily well...
- The Worf Effect: Has a tendency to inflict this on virtually everyone it fights, while barely if ever being on the receiving end of this.
- Gender Flip: While still genderless like a majority of Legendary, Mythical, or Ultra Beast Pokémon, Mew's not given as much ambiguity regarding its gender because of its backstory with Mewtwo as having birthed it as the original Gen I and FireRed and LeafGreen state it to have done when Mewtwo was cloned from it, rather than how the adaptations and Let's Go! favored creating Mewtwo completely via a cloning tube. Mewtwo even refers to Mew using very distinct female terminology, such as notably referring to Mew as its "mother" in Truth and Ideals.
- The Ghost: Has yet to make a physical appearance despite being mentioned.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Defied. Façade getting back up towards the halfway point of Chapter 7 has nothing to do with Mew transforming into Xerneas and restoring life to the forest. It literally did just that; restoring life to the forest, as in, purely plant life. Façade being able to get back up and escape is instead because of Façade being Made of Iron.
Debut: Truth and Ideals Chapter 16
- Reality Ensues: Several years after the events of Gale of Darkness, and it's still suffering PTSD and bordering on nearly becoming a Shadow Pokémon yet again due to the fact it's heart was closed off so greatly that it would take more than just human effort alone to cure it; thankfully Dialga's more divine intervention patched things up.
Debut: Shadow Heat Prologue
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Appears in Shadow Heat a week prior to the present day, as being the first Pokémon Wes failed to snag, and is ultimately what prompts Wes to do a HeelFace Turn in the first place, as Ho-Oh's choice of more brute force of action has Wes realize something is wrong with his Pokémon he thought he had known for years, and actually outright purifies Wes' Umbreon and Espeon on the spot before fleeing as a sign to get Wes to change.
- Small Role, Big Impact: It appears in very short bursts in each time it appears, but it leaves quite a significant impact on the plot and characters whenever it appears.
Debut: Truth and Ideals Chapter 16
- Always a Bigger Fish: To Celebi like it has traditionally been compared to, but more noteworthy here in that it's used to purify Lugia of its semi-remaining Shadow Pokémon influence which Celebi wouldn't have been able to do.
- Back for the Finale: Appears as one of the Pokémon used in the 8th Gym Arc.
Debut: Truth and Ideals Chapter 16
Voice Actor: Keith David
- Adaptational Badass: Borders on being flat out invincible at times, because unlike the anime version, ALL of It's plates need to be taken out before it's possible to harm It.
- Foreshadowing: Know anybody else from this continuity with the same voice actor?
- The Omnipotent
- Reality Ensues: When a special device is used to lock It out of its Plates, Omnipotence, and access to all of Its normal moves, It's reduced to using Struggle to fend off Ghetsis. Ends up taking quite a substantial amount of brute force to even pin Arceus down after that, considering said struggling is coming from a 10 foot tall, 700 pound horse-like entity.
- Top God
- Power Echoes
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Subverted; it was far more fleshed out than the entries below, but it was only used for one of the Gyms and absent for any fight it would've been useful for otherwise.
- Go Through Me: Why Ash catches it.
- Sore Loser: What has it being caught by Bianca.
- Graceful Loser: What has it being caught by Cheren.
- Adaptational Badass: See above.
- Foregone Conclusion: It being owned by N was made immediate knowledge upon the reveal of Zekrom being the one Ash gets.
- Only the Chosen May Wield: Chooses N.
- Foregone Conclusion: It ultimately being caught by Ash was a huge selling point for the fic in its early days.
- Only the Chosen May Wield: Chooses Ash.
- Adaptational Badass
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Is the only member of The Forces Of Nature to be used a second time before getting released.
- Last Episode, New Character: Only shows up during the Giant Chasm Arc.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Smells like a giant corpse according to Ghetsis.
- Ascended Fridge Horror: A fan theory for a while suggested that the lack of new species introduced in Gen VI was because of Yveltal causing a mass extinction in which no traces of much of Kalos' native species were left to even revive. This gets used in the continuity, but instead used to explain why Orre is such a devastated wasteland with next to no wild Pokémon present.
- Doomed Hometown: Does this in Wes' backstory at the beginning of Shadow Heat; mercilessly laying waste to a majority of Orre and being the major catalyst in Orre being a wasteland in the first place.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: How Oblivion Wing is depicted.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Yveltal is normally very docile, but if provoked to an extreme degree, it will mindlessly destroy anything in its path at will. Yveltal's devastation of Orre was ultimately because of Cipher's failed attempt to turn it into a Shadow Pokémon.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Only appears in Shadow Heat for all of the first third of the prologue and yet leaves a devastating impact in the process which also kickstarts the events of the plot.
- Adaptational Badass: In every other appearance of Zygarde outside of Truth and Ideals, because now that the Early Installment Weirdness of Zygarde's abilities are no longer an issue, there's much more free reign able to be done with how strong it actually is.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Its 10% and Complete Formes were shown before Sun and Moon were released, as well as Core Enforcer being shown earlier than expected.
- I Am the Noun: Its appearance in Secret of a Heart, in which Zygarde Complete Forme outright spams Z-Move versions of its signature moves to make short work of anything that remotely poses a threat to itself or the environment. In short, it puts the Z into Z-Move with this appearance.
- The Worf Effect: Due to Core Enforcer being confirmed a Dragon Type move the second appearance it has, it gets taken out by Ash's Whimsicott during the second encounter with Zygarde in which she tanks the Order Pokémon's Corer Enforcer move without issue.
- Adaptational Badass: Due to having access to its later introduced moves and Power Construct, this isn't a surprise. Unlike Truth and Ideals, there isn't any Early Installment Weirdness to hinder it anymore.
- Big Damn Heroes: Tanks the Ultimate Weapon's direct laser blast and shrugs it off, all the while using Core Enforcer to decimate the Ultimate Weapon for good.
- The Dreaded: Lysandre did not anticipate on Zygarde being as powerful as it is, because he had only studied the Unova specimens without realizing the Kalos specimens are even stronger.
- Gaia's Vengeance: Much, much more so than the Unova Zygarde.
- Knight Templar: If you so much as meddle with Xerneas and Yveltal for any sort of selfish purpose, it will do everything in its power to attack you on sight and destroy you. It buries the Ultimate Weapon underground as it does just this to AZ.
- The Worf Effect: Ends up putting both Xerneas and Yveltal on the receiving end of this, as Lysandre and AZ's fighting with the two Legendary Pokémon force Zygarde to go beyond 100% in terms of power output; not only does this put Zygarde in Complete Forme at the start, but it also applies Totem Pokémon Status Buffs at the same time.
- Adaptational Villainy: Is an Expy of the Islamic devil.
- Adaptational Wimp: How Hoopa Confined is depicted.
- Deal with the Devil: How its wishes work; it'll give you whatever you desire, but you must agree to allowing its Unbound Forme to awaken for all three days for which you have wishes for.
- Didn't Think This Through: Is killed off by Type: Null because Hoopa had legitimately never heard of it before and thus lacked the context of how it actually could effortlessly kill him.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Why it's an Expy of Iblīs; because the method in which it grants wishes to others comes across as being very heavily a Deal with the Devil type of situation.
- Entitled Bastard: Once dominated every Legendary Pokémon in a fight in ancient times, so naturally has a massive sense of Pride.
- Expy: Of Iblīs.
- Fatal Flaw: Greed. It actually becomes a literal trope; its death is brought upon by allowing itself to get tricked by Ghetsis one too many times because Ghetsis kept using a device to increase the duration of its Unbound Forme without allowing Hoopa to stop and think that maybe it was getting too much of a good thing for its own good. Even though Ghetsis was also manipulating its mind at the same time, Hoopa had deliberately let its guard down enough for Ghetsis to do so because it was feeling too spoiled with the fact Ghetsis was always a returning customer for its services, and thus yet another chance for Hoopa to regain its Unbound Forme.
- Greed: How much it desperately wants to remain in its Unbound Forme has it offering wishes to people in exchange for them needing to free it of its Confined Forme.
- Our Genies Are Different: Look below under both Satan and Shown Their Work.
- Person of Mass Destruction: As Hoopa Unbound.
- Satan: Implied; seen Shown Their Work below.
- Shown Their Work: Is a reference to the Shayṭān, which is one of the names of the Islamic Devil known as Iblīs. In Islam, the Devil, and more specifically the Shayṭān, are genies.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Of the Kalos Pantheon primarily because it's kind of Awesome, but Impractical for the other members to appear, so it's Justified in this case.
- Worf Had the Flu: Didn't even dent Mewtwo in their encounter in Truth and Ideals because Hoopa was back in its Confined Forme for said encounter. In the ancient past, Hoopa actually is one of the few equals to Mewtwo so long as it could stay within its Unbound Forme.
- Big Damn Heroes: Its role in Operation R.E.B.O.O.T. has it playing a major role in the rescue mission into the Ultimorian Multiverse.
- Dimensional Traveler: While non-existent in its debut, it gets played up for all its worth in Operaation R.E.B.O.O.T.. The climate of Ultimoria's Multiverse is deemed so hostile that one of the only methods of traversing into that world is through mounting either Solgaleo or Lunala through, as both Legendary Pokémon are near indestructible to the energy fields of the multiverse at large, as well as being capable of shielding their riders as well.
- Retired Badass: Apparently was the original Ambassador Solgaleo at one point but was given a chance to retire after its age could possibly handicap it later. Doesn't stop it from pulling off plenty of Big Damn Heroes moments, though.
- Small Role, Big Impact: It appears much earlier in the timeline pursuing Eidolon on a rescue mission to the Ultimorian Multiverse alongside Lunala.
- Suddenly Voiced: Inverted; all future appearances will have it mute.
- Brought Down to Normal: De-aged back into Cosmog to save its life.
- Butt-Monkey: First de-aged back into Cosmog after taking heavy damage from Necrozma, and then ends up being attacked by Necrozma yet again once it becomes fully evolved again, this time being forcefully drained of light by Necrozma using it to become Dawn Wings Necrozma, and then also having to go through the excruciating pain of Necrozma unleashing its Ultra Burst and becoming Ultra Necrozma.
- Dimensional Traveler: While non-existent in its debut, it gets played up for all its worth in Operaation R.E.B.O.O.T.. The climate of Ultimoria's Multiverse is deemed so hostile that one of the only methods of traversing into that world is through mounting either Solgaleo or Lunala through, as both Legendary Pokémon are near indestructible to the energy fields of the multiverse at large, as well as being capable of shielding their riders as well.
- Small Role, Big Impact:
- It appears much earlier in the timeline pursuing Eidolon on a rescue mission to the Ultimorian Multiverse alongside Solgaleo.
- It ultimately becomes known as "Nebby" by the time the adaptation of Sun and Moon take place.
- Suddenly Voiced: Inverted; all future appearances will have it mute.
See under Necrozma for more information.
Ambassador Solgaleo and Lunala
- Adorkable: Both act like their pre-evolution Cosmog because they still know how to use Splash.
- Dimensional Traveler: Just like their parents.
- Junk Rare: Both are Shiny.
- Olympus Mons
- Uniqueness Decay: Their parents are commonly bred for use by the Ambassadors because of how notoriously difficult it is to traverse the Ultimorian Multiverse more than any other Multiverse. Considering Solgaleo, Lunala, and Necrozma are completely shielded from the issues at hand... well...
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Grandis every time refers to Kartana at least Once an Episode as origami or at least a reference to origami, since that's pretty much what Kartana is.
Poipole & Naganadel
The Conquerors Four (Magearna, Marshadow, Zeraora, Meltan/Melmetal)
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Magearna, Marshadow, Zeraora, and Meltan/Melmetal have no relation in the actual games to each other aside from them all being Gen VII Mythical Pokémon. Here they're actually part of a collective group since their origins are all having them be from parallel worlds in which Alola is united under either one of them, with the Tapu having been completely overthrown by them, and thus either deceased, MIA, or slaves to one of the Sages.
- The Chosen One: Marshadow has a tendency of hiding behind such people and actively influencing their win streaks behind the scenes.
- Demonic Possession: Marshadow is somehow influencing the trainers it deems The Chosen One, but it almost never appears physically once it finds someone to latch onto. The entirety of Truth and Ideals is implied to have unfolded the way it did regarding Ash in particular because of Marshadow possessing him.
- Fusion Dance: Zeraora is born from the fusion of a Kanto Raichu and an Alolan Raichu, by using the Light Ball to draw in their energies into a singular sphere, causing their physical forms to permanently merge into Zeraora.
- Small Role, Big Impact: If Marshadow is indeed possessing Ash, it's role in Truth and Ideals is small aside from backstory for it, but its actions while possessing Ash have major consequences all across the board.
- Super Empowerment: Magearna's ancient Soul-Heart is the basis for virtually anybody to be capable of accessing Heartsoul Amplification, as she is the propagator of the ability in a more primitive form than seen in others elsewhere.
- Foreshadowing: They're introduced as regular Ultra Beasts at first until the obvious red flag occurs when Ash catches the first two shown in regular Poké Balls just fine; actual Ultra Beasts are only able to be reliably caught with Beast Balls.
- Olympus Mons: Share the same base stat total and general motif of the Ultra Beasts.
- Shadow Archetype: To the various life-forms an Alter Beast is formed from.
UB-?? SHREDDER Shrealibur
UB-?? PANZER Zerkrion
UB-?? TEMPLAR Calisaber
- Animal Jingoism: Is stated to be an invasive species in Kartana's world.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Is modeled after a Medieval Knight, whereas its prey target is from a world in which Kartana is modeled after Origami; Calisaber is an invasive species to this world, due to the fact the cultures of both designs don't mesh at all.
- Shadow Archetype: To Chronicler and Eidolon.
UB-?? FOG Foggoar
- Fat Bastard
- Full-Boar Action: See Shout-Out below.
- Informed Attribute: It's description has it being described as a boar, but in terms of actual appearance outside of Fog Forme, it resembles a Dimetrodon better.
- Shadow Archetype: Apparently to Grandis; nobody else matches the description.
- Shout-Out: To Calamity Ganon
- Super Smoke: Is made of this trope.
- Deflector Shields: "Beast Shield" causes it to where for each of the user's Pokémon that is KO'd, the user of Beast Shield's Defense and Special Defense increase by 1 Stage each. However, Attack, Special Attack, and Speed experience the opposite effect.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: A Fakémon like the others above, but functions with the exact same mechanics as an actual Ultra Beast. Not only that, but instead of possessing Beast Boost like any other Ultra Beast, they have a new ability called "Beast Guard", which functions similar but has a much more defensive based mechanic behind it.
- Shout-Out: Its design resembles the Badnik Thunder Spinner while having a UFO motif going for it.
- Status Buff: Learns Swords Dance, Nasty Plot, and Agility.
UB ONSLAUGHT (Yottaragon)note
- Cast from Hit Points: Its major flaw is how much of what it can do relies on its absurdly high HP to function at all.
- Itself of Imperialdramon Dragon Mode.
- Fire Bullet Zerkrion is one of Dinobeemon, and Ice Blade Shrealibur is one of Paildramon. Alternatively, one could also say they're both expies of Dawn Wings and Dusk Mane Necrozma, since both pairs of formes use Ultra Burst to become a draconic third forme Super Mode.
- Alternatively, Prototype Zero or Ray because of its HP mechanics being unique to itself based on its ability, and has a similar issue as both if it fails to score a KO.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!
- Light Is Not Good: While it can't learn Photon Geyser, it CAN however learn Light of Ruin.
- Limit Break: Much like Altair's Z-Move and Ultra Necrozma, executing Yottaragon's Z-Move causes the user incredible fatigue, but unlike those two, essentially drains their lifeforce almost entirely to be able to then freely spam the Z-Move itself.
- Oxymoronic Being:
- Both of its two potential prior formes are a combination of a Yin-Yang Bomb type of motif.
- Yottaragon is Fairy/Dragon as well.
- Shadow Archetype: Allegedly to Raiga, an Omegamon, but Raiga notices something off-putting because she notes the prior fused forms and Yottaragon itself share more in common with Paildramon, Dinobeemon, and Imperialdramon instead of with Omegamon, from whom Shrealibur and Zerkrion are directly a Shadow Archetype of WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon instead of XV-mon or Stingmon.
- Super Mode: Transforms from either of the two fused formes of Shrealibur and Zerkrion via Ultra Burst to become Yottaragon.
- Wham Shot: Its stats;HP: 255ATK: 255DEF: 125SP. AT: 255SP. DF: 125SPE: 96BST: 1,111
- Its ability can also be one; Arrested; always inflicts 25% max HP damage to the user had not dealt direct damage to the target, in which case no HP damage is dealt to the user other than anything from direct damage or other effects. All other healing moves and items fail to work on the user; status effects cannot be inflicted on the user, however. Upon KOing, the user can restore 10% of its max HP in addition to negating the self-inflicted damage of this ability.
Arctearona and Bolireshut
- An Ice Person: Arctearona's Ice-type.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Both of them have vague similarities to who their original forms would've been had it not been for their mutations, but at the same time sticking to their own individual motive of cold and heat by using a bear and a shark to represent a colder climate and a much warmer one.
- Dimensional Traveler: Just like Solgaleo and Lunala.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Bolireshut, despite being based on a shark.
- To Yottaragon; Yottaragon has very, very powerful base stats, but Arctearona can tank anything thrown at it from Yottaragon and can deal super-effective damage with Ice moves, and Bolireshut can out-speed Yottaragon flat out and go for the KO with its own jacked up stats and ability. Yottaragon is a powerful Alter Beast, whereas Arctearona and Bolireshut are powerful Legendary Pokémon whom had abandoned their Ultra Beast roots almost entirely.
- Also to Solgaleo and Lunala; whereas those two are heavily light based, Arctearona and Bolireshut are heavily the lack of light within them.
- For Want of a Nail: Both of them evolve from Cosmoem, but has it exposed to either extreme cold (Arctearona) or extreme heat (Bolireshut) that otherwise would result in Solgaleo or Lunala respectively.
- Olympus Mons: Legendary Fakémon created specifically for this continuity.
- Power of the Void: Why they are drastically different from Solgaleo and Lunala; they derive their energy from the lack of light in their systems.
- Sand Worm: Bolireshut.
- Shown Their Work:
- Cold causes eggs in some animals to be more likely to hatch as males, whereas heat has it more likely to hatch females. Arctearona and Bolireshut coincide with Solgaleo and Lunala in terms of what genders they're actually supposed to be respectively.
- While one could argue this still should result in Solgaleo and Lunala, it doesn't for a key reason; Arctearona and Bolireshut gain their evolved forms off of the lack of light in addition to the exposure to extreme temperature elements.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Necrozma, in practice, could fuse with them and try and become Ultra Necrozma... except neither of the two have any light stored within them to be able to properly fuse with Necrozma, leaving Necrozma to start flailing from either freezing cold or extreme heat exposure.
- Wham Shot: Their heads are drawn as starry outlines in the cover artwork for Starlight Ablaze, giving the indication they're going to have a major role in said fic despite the fic itself being directly based off of Gen I.
- All Your Powers Combined: MissingNo.'s true form uses the different versions of it and combines them into a singular entity.
- The Dreaded: Considering this is implied to be Eidolon from elsewhere in the continuity, this is a given; that and its introduction isn't exactly a pretty fight in the least, yet alone the aftermath.
- Break the Badass: Does this to Ash seemingly for no other reason than to take immense pleasure in doing so.
- Eldritch Abomination: Not only does it have all five forms it has from the games, but it also has a special form which combines all of them into one freakish abomination.
- Hero Killer: Literally had Ash at death's door by the time it was slain.
- Horrifying the Horror: Ash's Pikachu in Truth and Ideals never displayed any issue with evolving to final form and thus becomes Raichu on his own free will, MissingNo. still notes it's scarily uncharacteristic of him to the point it asks in horror as to if Raichu even realizes what he's done...
- Kill the Cutie: What it had intended and practically succeeded in doing. Even though Ash is spared by Dusknoir, he's lucky that Dusknoir even knew N otherwise he would've stayed dead, and the incident traumatized him for quite some time after it had happened.
- The Missingno.: The Trope Namer itself.
- One-Winged Angel: Takes on a sixth form which combines all of its prior forms into a singular monstrosity.
- Reality Warper: How it shows up and how it even exists.
- Sadist: Really loved to mess with Pikachu prior to its evolution to Raichu, and goes to such lengths as to make sure the others get KO'd slow and painfully as it feasibly can.
- Shock and Awe: Its weakness, although needs to be in absolute extreme conditions to do so, as Chargestone Cave itself couldn't harm it alone. Raichu basically overcharged its entire body using both a combination of Chargestone Cave's electrical properties, Discharge, Thunder, and Stoked Sparksurfer to land the killing blow against it.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Only appears for a single chapter, yet its impact is lethal.
- SNK Boss
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Considering he came closer to actually killing Ash than any other villain ever did, in that, he technically succeeds.
- Wham Episode: Because of its role in the fic and its brutal battle against Ash, Pikachu ends up willingly evolving into Raichu to gain more power to fight MissingNo. head on, Ash is comatose for a few weeks, and even after he wakes up he's put through such an extreme Heroic BSoD that he delays his adventure so he can head home and recover and reassure everyone he'll be fine after what horrors he had to deal with not just with MissingNo., but also the other revelations made within Chargestone Cave such as Sirius' last words before his death.
- Would Hurt a Child: Altair is an older child at this point, Pikachu is still technically a child, Ash is only 16, and yet MissingNo. goes out of its way to try and flat out murder them.
Debut: Starlight Ablaze
While at first given the author's track record for the usage of this particular name for what was originally a single OC villain, now the name refers to many individuals who dress similar enough to the point it's difficult to tell who the real 0Ω is if there even is a "true" 0Ω. Long-story short, they are a group of individuals obsessed with power and feeling like everything is in their control, and will not hesitate to use even the slightest bit of brutal force against whomever dares attempts to cross them. They're so driven by blood lust that they'll flat out terrorize and destroy entire towns and cities if they mean solely to drive someone out of hiding from the ensuing carnage.
Tropes applying to all of them
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: While all of them are actual villains featured in Starlight Ablaze, and some have the makings of a Big Bad, it's actually just one of them who happens to be the Big Bad, and not even the most obvious candidate, considering it eventually turns out to be just Façade causing a very literal temper tantrum of a Cosmic Horror Story.
- Blood Knight
- Decomposite Character: Originally only a single Original Character existed under the name 0Ω; in this fic multiple Original Characters exist with the same name, leading to the creation of this group as it currently is.
- Despotism Justifies the Means: Ghetsis already had this motive in mind, but now this group is a whole family of villains in this regard. Whereas Ghetsis was intended to be vile because of Victory Is Boring taking effect with his original success, these guys on the other hand do it purely for pleasure alone.
- For the Evulz
- Glowing Eyes: All of their differing colored eyes have a very distinct shininess to them that creates this effect, and some of them, most especially with regards to Mupo and Iaze, only have one of their eyes shine like this.
- Human Aliens: Appear to have this sort of background much like the Ultra Recon Squad, as some of them even display the same Amazing Technicolor Population as they do.
- It Amused Me: The single biggest defining motivation behind all of them.
- Legacy Character: How the group gained their name after their original incarnation formed them via Decomposite Character.
- Men in Black: Inverted, but otherwise Played Straight. Their uniforms are white and purple, but that aside, he group is the subject of many paranormal events going on in Starlight Ablaze, so far appearing in four cities/towns almost as if they're implied to be related to the various outings of the Ambassadors or the Embassies. Considering Ambassador Mewtwo is equally going around snooping in these same areas, it's probably no coincidence.
- The Power of Hate
- Thrill Seeker
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: They're absurdly bloodthirsty as antagonists and almost all of their motivations regards just making everyone else not one of their own family have to suffer a waking nightmare because of their Sadist tendencies.
- Wham Shot: They don't waste any time appearing directly before Red, Blue, and Green following the news report of their existence and Mewtwo being somewhere in Route 1 briefly prior.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: She's astonishingly sexy when it comes to her appearance proper to the point many characters in-universe don't know how old she actually is because of it.
- The Dreaded: Not even Brock wants anything to do with her or her relatives.
- Expy: Of Hunter J appearance-wise. Heavily implied to just be this continuity's own incarnation of J because the only hint we get of her actual name is it beginning with the letter J.
- Faux Affably Evil: She can be polite and well behaved at times, but she's never anything more than a heartless killer underneath.
- Informed Attractiveness: Every now and then expect even her own enemies to admit she's super hot in appearance.
- Playing with Fire: Her type of Pokémon she has tend to be an all female roster of Fire Types.
- Sensual Spandex: Definitely loves showing off her body a lot.
- Signature Pokémon: A female Heatran. Most tend to mistake her Blacephalon for this in-universe once they know where she came from.
- Ms. Fanservice: She goes so into it at times even Elesa's telling her to knock it off.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Her Stripperiffic attire and her Ms. Fanservice qualities, and the very sexually aggressive means of showcasing her body to everyone, just showcases how completely out of place she is in a Pokémon fanfic. Also, when compared to the other 0Ω, she looks perfectly ordinary for a human, yet alone the Human Alien aspects of her relatives showcasing Amazing Technicolor Population.
- Teenage Pregnancy: Implied to be how she ended up having her teenage son, considering whenever the son in question brings up her in particular, he always rants how much of a slut she is to the point he was nothing short of an accident in her ventures for sex.
- Terms of Endangerment: Seems to have a kick out of referring to her male enemies with very sexually interesting dialogue.
"The Teenage Son"note
Voice Actor: Kirk Thornton
- A God Am I: Views himself as perfection when it comes to the final phase of human potential.
- Always Accurate Attack: His Nidoran's usage of Toxic is depicted as such, since as of Gen VI onward, Toxic never misses when used by a Poison Type.
- Ambition Is Evil: "I aim to be perfection, after all."
- Ascended Meme: His original incarnation was very much an edgelord, but this incarnation of him completely embraces his edginess compared to everyone else, all a part of his insane God complex.
- Ax-Crazy: In Battle Mode.
- Berserk Button: Being in any way considered a weakling compared to his own opponents.
- The Bully: Really doesn't give Blue any kind of dignity after having successfully snagged his Squirtle and basically rubbing the fact in his face by her successfully being able to order her around as though, even using her to attack Blue in the process, and give him an opening to proceed to attack Blue himself, all but literally kicking him while he's down and leaving the scene due to Blue proving to be too boring and pathetic to ever want to see again.
- Can Not Tell A Lie: Something that can be observed with Zero Omega's dialogue is his overall truthful wording choices, and more often his Brutal Honesty when it comes down to it. When Zero Omega tells Blue that the latter's Rattata is a male with Guts as its ability, Blue doesn't believe him at first, but then he turns out to be indeed correct upon checking the same Rattata later.
- Child by Rape: Aside from saying his mother was 14 when she had him, this is never outright stated to be the case nor is it even confirmed; the wording between the family proper can sometimes suggest it, though, although if anything this only seems to apply to him in particular.
- Clone Degeneration: He was born as any other person, but due to the severe genetic tampering and the unreliability of using a surrogate (albeit unwilling) mother, the teenage son may currently be a teenager in terms of actual years aged, but in terms of physical age, he's already in his 80s. When he's unleashed upon Johto and Kanto at approximately 2 years old, he's got the body of a 10-15 year old and the mentality of a significantly younger spoiled brat.
- The Comically Serious: He tends to treat everything about what he does and himself seriously; anything remotely humorous that happens in relation to him is typically by through external sources getting him angry due to his Hair-Trigger Temper.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Black-Hole Sue; aside from what's listed under With Great Power Comes Great Insanity below, the Teenage Son is rendered so mentally unhealthy by his possession of so many powers all at once that his relative's final moments are all them performing an Enemy Mine with the heroes to flat out kill the Teenage Son before he continues to grow even stronger.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Tends to have a more easily defined motive and personality to fit the role of the Big Bad, even though he technically is just a whipping boy for Façade, leading to many In-Universe believing Zero Omega is the bigger threat simply because of how much more identifiable he is as a whole, whereas Façade is seen as an obscurity at most.
- Dumbass Teenage Son: Most definitely
- Establishing Character Moment: Chapter 8 pretty much sums up the Teenage Son very perfectly, to say the least. He starts by talking to his siblings, showcasing that he Can Not Tell A Lie and is an Insufferable Genius towards them. Then, when making himself known to Blue, he pulls off a Dynamic Entry involving a lot of flips and athletic ability just for the sake of showing off, and when landing and cutting to the chase, gestures as if expecting a round of applause. His perfectionist attitude, his showy nature of his own inherent skills, and his thievery and mental traumatizing of Blue by snagging his Squirtle, and his overall ability to keep his composure in check, with his quieter moments revealing his own sadism more so than otherwise.
- Expy: Of the original incarnation of 0Ω, amplifying his edgy character design and God complex and fully embracing it for all its worth. Overall choices of dialogue and mannerisms bring to mind both Shadow and Infinite from their Sonic Forces appearances.
- Fille Fatale: Despite being 16 in Starlight Ablaze, he sexually assaults a Nurse Joy the same age as he at the end of Chapter 9. Granted he wasn't being remotely serious as he was merely using the whole scene as bait so that a hero type of Pokémon Trainer would challenge him to a battle, although he did at least get a kick out of Nurse Joy's reaction.
- Forceful Kiss: He kisses Nurse Joy this way in Chapter 9.
- Glory Hound: For as much as the 0Ω generally avoid the spotlight, Zero Omega relishes in it and constantly seeks it out for more, leading to an ironic twist between much of the 0Ω and Zero Omega to be at odds with each other because of this drastic difference in desired notoriety.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Actually manages to keep his composure a lot to the point he doesn't seem like he has this problem. Apparently only very specific things can truly set him off, and that anything else won't trigger his temper issues at all.
- Hidden Depths: Out of the numerous times he's fought by everyone at one point or another, he swaps out his entire team for something new each time; he never swaps out the Porygon/Porygon2/Porygon-Z though, giving the impression he has some kind of very personal attachment to it.
- I Am the Noun: "I am not part of the 0Ω, I am the 0Ω, the one and only!"
- Informed Attribute: Defied regarding his title and age:"... But aren't you 19 though?""Bitch I've only got one year til I'm not a teenager anymore so PLEASE let me make use of the grand finale of the past 7 years, alright?!"
- Foreshadowing: He's eyeing the Pewter City Museum while lamenting about his inability to find a Moon Stone at Mt. Moon. He later on breaks into the museum and steals a Moon Stone for himself, and immediately uses it to evolve his Nidorino into Nidoking.
- Future Spandex: Technically the whole family counts, but the Teenage Son flat out looks more like an evil Sentai ranger with how his wardrobe commonly looks. Although he typically tends to exclude the helmet while he still has the appearance of a teenager in Starlight Ablaze, assuming he doesn't have any need to contact the others of his own group that is.
- Kick the Dog: After snagging Blue's Squirtle, he uses her to attack Blue since Blue doesn't wind up bringing out Rattata to start the remainder of the battle, and thus declares Blue to be boring considering his Heroic BSoD going on. As a result, Zero Omega returns Squirtle to her Poké Ball, head butts Blue onto the ground, stomps his foot onto his chest and declares Blue to be worthless, and to never show his face near him ever again before leaving.
- Knight of Cerebus: The only thing funny about him is either unintentional or the result of him being The Comically Serious. After an otherwise quiet moment of the remaining two thirds of Chapter 7, the Teenage Son doesn't waste time with establishing himself as an even greater threat towards Blue, first and foremost by snagging his Squirtle and successfully commanding her to attack Blue on the first outing, and then leaving having basically broken Blue by his actions.
- One-Hit Kill: His Nidoran knows Horn Drill.
- Outside-Context Problem: While not as obvious as Façade in this regard, the Shadow Pokémon he employs do not use the mechanics of them seen in Pokémon Colosseum or Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, but rather how they function in Pokémon GO, since his team of Shadow Pokémon display the hostile red eyes and the ability to grow stronger and evolve like seen in GO. In addition, he can instantly corrupt a Pokémon, indicating an unknown ability in his person that causes it. Lastly, he has the ability to generate Snag Balls, and is when compared to actual antagonists in the Game Cube duology, he's actively shown using it against the protagonist, since he neither needs a Snag Machine nor is an Obvious Rule Patch that as an NPC would prevent him from resorting to this tactic.
- Palette Swap:
- In an upcoming Let's Play of the rom hack Crystal Clear, he's depicted as using Silver's sprites color swapped to purple. Technically none of the available sprites work for describing his appearance, as in reality he's not actually a teenager and when unmasked he's actually an old man.note
- This ultimately proves Averted now that a newer version of Crystal Clear has been released which allows customized sprites, and even customized starters that can have moves normally illegal on them. The latter is important because of the fact Porygon2 can't learn Shadow Ball in Gen II despite being able to do so in later generations.
- Parody Sue: He's got the personality and career of a lowly thief and bully than he does the actual god-like entity you'd expect from his own power set and alleged perfectionist ideology.
- The Perfectionist: As somebody who lives up the ideal of believing himself to be God, he has this sort of ideology for himself.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He's the most brutally unhinged of the entire group.
- The Red Baron: "Zero Omega".
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His Shadow Pokémon differ from Cipher's by having glazed over red eyes of perpetual anger.
- Refuge in Audacity: He ultimately wanted to face Red before his match in Pewter Gym, so what does he do to get his attention? Sexually assaults a Nurse Joy (of the same age as himself, no less) for no other reason than to get Red's attention to have him battle him.
- Signature Pokémon: Porygon-Z line. Specifically also loves pairing Nasty Plot with Hyper Beam. And even has a customized Z-Move which makes Porygon-Z's Hyper Beam into effectively Mega Flare.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: His overall Sadist tendencies is better brought out when he's much more calm while speaking, as Blue learns to his horror.
- Take That!: When his Porygon-Z enters the fray, it's body and attacks are completely rendered in pure monochrome black and white with some grays, and the coloration of any of Pikachu's relatives are amplified when they're nearby, referencing how Porygon's line is The Scapegoat and how Pikachu is the real blame for the infamous seizure outbreak the anime caused with Porygon's debut. Despite not having existed yet when the episode was made, even Alolan Raichu is affected by this.
- Teenage Pregnancy: Based off of how he talks about his mother, this is how he was born and why he's significantly older than his siblings.
- The Unfavorite: He's not the well liked one of his family. At all. Considering his family consists of a bunch of shut-ins who don't want the spotlight on them unlike how Zero Omega actively seeks it out, this is highly Justified.
- Wham Line: "Go! Snag Ball!"
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: His gauntlets effectively supercharge him with so much raw energy that according to Altair and Mewtwo, it should by all accounts flat out vaporize the Teenage Son before he could even move. The fact he can survive being overdosed with such raw elemental energies has essentially reduced his mind in-battle into an Ax-Crazy lunatic.
- Wrong Context Magic: The Shadow Pokémon, which he is already noted as being able to instantly create upon simply catching or snagging a Pokémon, are still capable of growing stronger and even evolving, unlike the Shadow Pokémon seen in Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. This is because his form of Shadow Pokémon are based on the more recent incarnations of them from Pokémon GO, which also are capable of growing stronger and evolving while still Shadow Pokémon.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Whereas the others are shown to have some form of guilt and or redeeming qualities, the Teenage Son flat out denies rejection at all because he feels humiliated by his background and wants to truly solidify himself as a legend of a monstrous killer to everyone. Also worth noting is that a majority of the body count his family racks up has 81% of it being the Teenage Son's alone.
- Villainous Breakdown: His violent outbursts whenever things are so much as not remotely going his way, especially worse considering just how absurdly strong the guy truly is.
Mupo and Iaze
- Ambiguous Gender: Mupo, due to how bulky her outfit is compared to the more form hugging outfits the other women of the 0Ω have in comparison. Not to mention her voice is heavily muffled, but still audible in sound.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Mupo has icy green skin with pink eyes, and Iaze has fiery orange skin with sapphire blue eyes.
- The Fair Folk: Mupo's Type Specialist is Fairy.
- Fat and Skinny: Mupo (fat) and Iaze (skinny).
- The Giant/Lean and Mean: Iaze, as shown above, is fairly skinny, but he's of an undetermined height that towers over Red, Blue, and Green even when he's simply slouching.
- I Was Just Passing Through: Their interests clash with the other members of the 0Ω in that just about every time they're encountered, they basically serve a two person show for the grunts of the group. This is best shown by neither of the two using Ultra Beasts on their teams.
- Lesser of Two Evils: It doesn't make them any less sociopathic, but Mupo and Iaze have a distinct lack of interest with mindless slaughter like their relatives tend to have. In fact, it's easier to count how many times they actually do kill someone intentionally, than it is to count how many times they opt not to.
- Meaningful Name: Mupo and Iaze's names are based off of the Japanese names of Glitch (D7) and PokéWTrainer, two Glitch Pokémon from whom the Time Capsule exploit are why Mupo and Iaze have a Togetic and Typhlosion respectively.
- The Quiet One: Iaze, even more so than Red.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Both of them have it, but on a different side of the face than the other.
- Playing with Fire: Iaze's Type Specialist is Fire.
- Reality Ensues: As Iaze is a scaled up human, one would expect him to be rather slow. However, as Iaze's walking stride is identical to a regular sized human, his size and the aforementioned stride make him actually move significantly faster, even when merely walking.
- Signature Pokémon: Eviolite Togetic for Mupo, Typhlosion for Iaze.
- The Slow Walk: Iaze's movement has him walking very slowly; Justified in that's he's huge enough to walk several feet at a time in a single step.
- Terms of Endangerment: Iaze is on the receiving end of flirtatious remarks from The Mother, with it being very clear Iaze isn't exactly interested.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Often very rarely seen separate from each other; whenever they are separate from each other, it's usually an O.O.C. Is Serious Business type of moment between the two.
- Affably Evil: Genuinely a nice person unlike her daughter. Especially considering she's retired and doesn't bother trying to control her children and just is glad they're leaving her alone.
- The Aloner: She doesn't like her daughter or her relatives hanging around for too long because they infuriate her to no end with their arguing.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Her skin is white, as in, very literally white. Her hair meanwhile is non-existent due to being bald, but it's implied by her associates that she had cyan hair in her youth. Her eyes, meanwhile, are a sparkling blue color. The shininess of her eyes she shares with the rest of her family, and is about the only obvious resemblance between her and her relatives.
- The Atoner: She's retired because she wants to personally eliminate her daughter and her relatives because she is sick of how they remind her of her past self.
- Mind over Matter: Psychic Type Specialist.
- Signature Pokémon: Cosmog.
- Stopped Caring: She doesn't bother putting up with her daughter's negative influence because of her old age.
- Villains Out Shopping: Expect a lot of moments with her like this by proxy of her daughter and her relatives being the Big-Bad Ensemble of the sequel, with the Grandmother basically just being retired and not wanting to bother anymore.
- Absurdly Youthful Father: Doesn't look all that old much like his wife. Considering he's the Beta-Male to another man in the same household, he's all but outright stated to be the Teenage Son's father.
- Cuckold: His wife rejects his sexual advances in favor of the Older Man, who is the father of the other children in the group.
- Informed Attribute: Exploited with his title; he's not the father of the other kids, but rather the Teenage Son.
- Poisonous Person: Poison Type specialist.
- Signature Pokémon: Shiny Naganadel.
- The Unfavorite: To his "wife", so it would seem.
- The Teenage Son doesn't mince his words about his thoughts about his old man either.
- Casting a Shadow: Ghost Type Specialist.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Her mother often loans her the Blacephalon because it's part of "her favorite type".
- Famous Last Words: "Why did you never truly love me, mommy...?"
- Foil: To Giselle and Billie, whom are both sympathetically portrayed Lesbians, whereas the Daughter plays the Psycho Lesbian trope completely straight.
- Killed Off for Real: While at first she takes aim for Billie with her spear, she pulls a fast one and impales herself with it instead. Everybody is floored to learn as to why she decided to do so.
- Knight of Cerebus: She changes everything about what the heroes though about her group based off of her choice of words when she commits suicide.
- Psycho Lesbian
- Signature Pokémon: Blacephalon.
- Yandere: For Giselle.
"The Old Man"
- Foreshadowing. His Non-Standard Character Design when compared to the other family members.
- Handicapped Badass: Much like Ghetsis, had his right arm torn off in an accident.
- Non-Standard Character Design: He looks a dead ringer for a younger looking Ghetsis, minus the missing eye and not immediately having a missing arm.
- Ascended Fridge Horror: The implication she's actually a Nihilego in human guise is very strong with her, but it's never outright revealed to be this for what exactly she is.
- Bathos: She's a Knight of Cerebus who in her own mind is not one at all, judging by her girlish movements and energetic, child-like glee at times, and her overall naive, child-like mentality. However, what she does in reality is brutally maim people and their Pokémon with the outright intent of killing them, and is a confirmed destroyer of property by having either used her own brutish force to destroy buildings, or having set houses aflame while the inhabitants are either asleep or trying to hide from her never-ending Blood Lust. Oh, and despite her seemingly innocent behavior, she's by no means naive to the atrocities she commits.
- Bears Are Bad News: Her physical appearance known highly resembles a Bewear, only with no snout, large ears, tail, and having thumbs on her hands.
- Big Bad: Of Starlight Ablaze.
- Blood Lust: Her main motivation, just like any of the other 0Ω family members. Her relatives hate her for her rendition of it, though, because of how unpredictable Façade ultimately is to the point not even they're safe from her wrath...
- Brawn Hilda: Assuming she actually is human underneath her suit, this is the type of body she's speculated to have at minimum.
- Dark Action Girl: Very, very threatening, and very, very sadistic.
- The Dreaded: Based off of one of the scariest Glitch Pokémon will do that for you. As well as the implication she is said Glitch Pokémon.
- Empty Eyes: Her eyes are drawn differently from everyone else's; no light shining in them at all, much like the rest of the 0Ω family.
- Eldritch Abomination: Considering what's revealed about her, the fact her own family considers her The Dreaded, and the fact she's so incredibly heinous even by the standards of the 0Ω as a whole, pretty much signals that she can't possibly be human. How correct they are...
- Expy: Of ♀ .. Also has some spades of Nihilego and The Pyro. Vocally, she's an Expy of Tom Hardy's take on Venom.
- Faux Affably Evil: A Genki Girl in the form of an Uncanny Valley Girl mixed in with a Serial Killer.
- Genki Girl: Surprisingly very cheerful despite her heinous behavior and personality.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: It's not that she doesn't have a personality or any motives for her actions, it's more so the fact she's mostly a mindless beast rather than a logically thinking person like her relatives are. As a result, she's very unpredictable by nature, and cannot be reasoned with under any circumstances.
- Godzilla Threshold: If she's sent out at all, there's a very, very good reason why the 0Ω had to go through the trouble of stirring her awake.
- Harmless Electrocution: Averted. Zapdos inflicts this with a major surge of electrical energy shoved into her when she tries to grab it, and the damage is so intense that it causes an electrical concentration to surge around her entire neck, causing her neck to snap and spin in several directions, before she passes out on the ground in a comatose state for a several moments. Even despite the Neck Snap involved, she still manages to get back up and flee the scene undetected.
- Hate Sink: The biggest of the 0Ω family, due to how obnoxiously cheerful she can be even with her most heinous of deeds, and her complete apathy towards having a moral compass.
- Hell Is That Noise: Whenever she's nearby, everyone can hear the following.
- Human Aliens: Perhaps a little too literally with Façade's case.
- Humanoid Abomination: Whereas with her family they're more Human Aliens, with Façade there's no clue what she is at all. She moves like she was something that was only capable of performing an imitation of human movement, rather than something that can perfectly do so normally. That's not even getting into the horrific sounds she makes even when she actually does speak.
- I Am Legion: "We... Are 0Ω."
- Informed Attribute: The fact she even has a confirmed gender is only because of her relatives knowing more (or, rather, too much) about her. Anybody else in the cast who didn't already get the memo isn't exactly able to come to the conclusion on their own, as Façade's own voice sounds like Tom Hardy's Venom at times.
- Knight of Cerebus: What everyone else sees her has. From her own perspective, however, not so much.
- Leitmotif: "Chaotic".
- Made of Iron: She shrugs off numerous electrical attacks from Zapdos despite it still being clear they're actually harming her, even down to being electrocuted in a near execution fashion, suffers a literally head-spinning Neck Snap, and then passes out as roots grow over her to pin her down. Then Green notices that Façade had gotten up behind everyone's notice without making a sound, and managed to successfully flee.
- Mysterious Past: If she's not human, then what the hell is she?!
- Nightmare Fetishist: Most definitely... She has the excitement and overall energetic gestures of a young girl when she goes about her horrific brutalization of things.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: She's considered this by her own family, hence why setting her on a mission is considered crossing the Godzilla Threshold.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Proportions on Façade were deliberately exaggerated in terms of being a gigantic, robust entity seemingly made out of plush, but nevertheless very deadly when one considers Bewear's near identical proportions. If one takes into account the fact she apparently isn't even human...
- Omnicidal Maniac: Doesn't even flinch (again) at the destruction of anything that's within her targeting range.
- Outside-Context Problem: She's effectively treated less as a rampaging Dynamaxed Pokémon, and more a colossal human whose only presence is that of a Humanoid Abomination, displaying distinctly human behavior as her obnoxious Genki Girl personality, and yet is a very, very dangerous entity as she is first shown stalking Blue and cornering him, Red, and Green to ultimately kill them just for fun.
- Royal "We": See I Am Legion above.
- Sadist: Relishes in the pleasure of her Blood Lust whenever she succeeds in achieving it. She does so in the fashion of a very excited young girl, which only adds to her disturbing nature.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After having been beyond electrocuted to hell and back, having her neck snapped by her head literally spinning in place, and then having roots entangle her, she decides to bail considering she was having to endure so much pain and Zapdos was not fun enough for her to stick around.
- Serial Killer: Doesn't even so much as react as she uses Oblivion Wing to absorb life-force into her system, effectively killing anyone it touches just to heal her.
- Signature Pokémon: Aegislash and Blissey. Later Guzzlord.
- The Sociopath: She's even more unhinged than her family tends to be.
- The Un Reveal: After she's briefly accidentally struck with a Poké Ball and revealed to not even remotely be human, at first it seems like we'll eventually learn what she actually is, except that never happens at all, and she continues using Pokémon like an ordinary human for that matter as if it was no big deal.
- Uncanny Valley Girl: YA THINK?!
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Okay to be fair the entire 0Ω family is this, but Façade is considered absolutely heinous by even the other villains who appear in Starlight Ablaze. Mewtwo also notably flat out tries to kill Façade mere seconds after meeting her, which is something it didn't even bother doing with the other villains before or after her.
- Voice of the Legion: When she introduces herself and her family's name as the 0Ω.
- Wham Shot:
- Being struck with a Poké Ball causes her to be briefly sucked into it, only to break out after a failed capture attempt; a failed attempt on what was otherwise presumed to be a human.
- Façade winds up being given an electrical induced execution from Zapdos, complete with her own head's neck snapping several times over, and then being buried underneath numerous upon numerous of roots by Xerneas, it is believed that Façade had been disposed of, especially considering Red, Blue, and Green have a prolonged conversation in the aftermath with not a sound in hearing range. When Green turns to look back towards where Façade had fallen down, she sees the various roots had been burst open from the inside, leaving a massive hole, meaning that Façade had gotten back up and escaped without even making a sound. Even ignoring her ability to escape, the fact she survived what Zapdos did to her is a testament to her nature as an Implacable Man. Mercifully, the remainder of Chapter 7 doesn't feature any further appearance of Façade, meaning that Zapdos at the very least managed to successfully repel her from trying to launch another attack.
- Wrong Context Magic: Whereas the other members of the 0Ω utilize Mega Evolution or Z-Moves, Façade is unique in that she uses Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing instead of the former two; something her relatives have next to no interest in and thus don't know how it even works. Nothing is technically stopping Façade from using Z-Moves or Mega Evolution, but she opts to. Her distinct fighting style of using Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing as a result makes her even more unpredictable when compared to the other members of the 0Ω.
- Your Size May Vary/Make My Monster Grow: As the Glitch Pokémon she's based on is rather massive in reality, she has two set sizes; a more standard humanoid size, very much akin to a very hunchbacked looking Bewear, or what is effectively a Gigantamax version of herself where she's significantly more upright, and has the proper size and weight of her Glitch Pokémon basis. Speaking of Gigantamaxing, she is the first anachronistic appearance of Dynamaxing in Citadel of the Heart, as whereas her siblings prefer Z-Moves and Mega Evolution, she prefers Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing.
- Adaptational Badass: He has Xerneas as his Pokémon of choice right from the start.
- Adaptation Expansion: Has a huge amount of new material for his resume in Order and Triumph than he did in his own games. Such as being the biggest reason why Team Flare can't immediately use the Ultimate Weapon at first.
- Continuity Snarl: Averted; this universe isn't the one where the Lysandre of Team Rainbow Rocket originates from, so AZ's Adaptation Expansion isn't an issue with his origins because AZ's entire reason for said expansion comes from intervention from the player character, who in Team Rainbow Rocket's context never existed.
Debut: Truth and Ideals
- Adult Fear: She didn't initially want to have Ash go on a journey with Pokémon due to the various circumstances that led the entire region to fear her husband, most importantly the ambiguous fate initially that Sirius suffered could've also happened to Ash during his journey.
- Age Lift: She's no less than 10 years older than her anime incarnation.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She feels as though her cheating behind Sirius' back is ultimately what caused his death, due to her selfish desire for sex when they first married, and then when Ash confronts her about the fact Sirius' final words on a letter told him that he felt as though Delia abandoned him, upon learning how much of a Graceful Loser Sirius was about the ordeal only made Delia feel worse about it.
- Your Cheating Heart: She hasn't exactly been the most faithful to Sirius as she claims to be, considering she's slept with another man before him, and then Delia sort of has a crush on Colress when he shows up to comfort her, often with Colress acting as though Delia is The One Who Got Away for him.
Debut: Truth and Ideals
- Action Dad
- Adaptational Badass: It's implied Ash's father was a generic nobody who couldn't even be a proper trainer, if one happens to believe Pocket Monsters: The Animation at least. Many of what traits Sirius actually was like ends up being inherited by his own son to the point his son becomes The Dreaded because of how ungodly powerful Sirius is as a person, let alone his own Pokémon.
- Ambiguous Situation: Is he truly back to life? Or is he a mere phantom who transcended from the afterlife altogether?
- Aura Vision
- Badass Beard: At some point in the afterlife he acquires one.
- Bittersweet Ending: Assuming he's actually a phantom and not truly back to life, this is what results of the Earn Your Happy Ending of the finale of Truth and Ideals.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: It's a fairly simple one at that. He's dead.
- Disappeared Dad: At the beginning of the story he's noted as having disappeared, but nobody is quite aware of what exactly his actual fate was. Even with The Reveal that he's been dead for over 16 years by this point, it's ultimately an Ambiguous Situation since he somehow shows up as a phantom much later in the story, but nobody knows if this is because he's Back from the Dead, or if he's still technically dead just having transcended the afterlife entirely.
- The Dreaded: Doesn't give the impression intentionally, but his ancestry is so little known that it outright terrifies the Unova Gym Leaders at first.
- Extreme Doormat: Part of the main reason why Delia kept seeing other men after the two married is because of the fact Sirius often didn't engage in sexual situations with Delia, whereas Delia's remaining teenage hormones were wanting sex from him, so she ended up seeing other men who were younger who would indeed satisfy her. Sirius eventually had enough and finally did sleep with Delia one day, much to the happiness of both of them... at least until Sirius' disappearance exactly a day later.
- Noodle Incident/Nothing Is Scarier: We never learn precisely what Sirius did to earn his dreaded reputation with the Unova Gym Leaders; we only get hints of it with the actions we see from his son Ash in the present.
- Take a Third Option: The reason he's not meant to be either Riley or Sir Aaron is partially both because of what happens to Sirius in terms of his Disappeared Dad background, and also the fact the author felt it would be easier to make something unique if Ash's father was an O.C. Stand-in instead.
- O.C. Stand-in: Ash's father.
- Walking Spoiler
- Age Lift: From 47 to 60. Justified in that it's to make the fact he's a grandfather more believable, and also because since Blue already had been given an Age Lift, it would've made Blue's parents absurdly youthful had Oak not been given an Age Lift as well to make things more realistic.
Born to the Lucario known as Arcturus, the Aura Partner of Sirius Ketchum, Regulus had been a youngster for a very long time; even after Sirius' untimely death, it wouldn't be for another few years until he evolves to Lucario, and even then, he had to go through multiple foster trainers to accomplish that. Many years later, he matures and discovers that Sirius Ketchum has a son, and eventually returns to Unova from which Sirius' wife had settled, to try and become Ash's Aura Partner. Eventually realizing that as a second born to a veteran Aura Guardian, Regulus' place would never allow him to officially become anyone's Aura Partner, especially not helping with his consistent pattern of ditching his alleged partners. Regulus would later settle down once he had come to terms with this, having an offspring heir to serve as Ash's true Aura Partner, but eventually Regulus would be hired by the Ambassadors to join their ranks, realizing that Regulus has otherwise nowhere else to turn to sate his Blood Knight tendencies.
Tropes relating to Regulus
- Always Accurate Attack: Played With; as a Riolu, he knows Aura Sphere, but Riolu under normal circumstances cannot naturally learn the move until they evolve into Lucario. As a result, Regulus doesn't have the Always Accurate Attack nature of Aura Sphere when he uses it while still a Riolu, because he only knows the move in its basal form, and not the refined form of knowing the move normally.
- Almighty Janitor: He's quite powerful for one who is considered The Runt at the End.
- Anti-Hero: The most prominent thing that differs between him and Ash is the fact whereas Ash is an Ideal Hero, Regulus is an Anti-Hero who is not above using absolutely brutal force in even the most mundane of circumstances.
- Badass Adorable: As a Riolu, sometime after growing out of his Shrinking Violet stage as seen in Starlight Ablaze.
- Blood Knight: One thing has been consistent the moment Regulus began to grow older over the years; he's utterly ruthless.
- Bloodless Carnage: He smashes a Primeape's skull in and the narrative doesn't get into the gory details, only described as a "dent".
- Breakout Character: His popularity in Truth and Ideals has resulted in him earning a major role in Starlight Ablaze.
- Character Development: He starts off as a Shrinking Violet while still under Sirius' care, into a Blood Knight after Sirius' untimely death causes him to begin Walking the Earth.
- Continuity Porn: His appearance in Starlight Ablaze demonstrates almost all of the abilities he has at the start of Truth and Ideals in a less refined form. This includes Aura Mode, Aura Storm, Aura Speak,
- Homage: His fight with a Primeape as a Riolu partially gives a Shout-Out to Dragon Ball Super with it's fight with Jiren and Goku in those respective roles, although the outcome of the fight, as well as a few minor details, are handled a bit differently. Especially since Regulus not only wins but is implied to have killed the Primeape in question, especially considering Regulus was also using an unrefined form of Aura Blitz.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: His Aura Speak is rendered with a very distinctive format, so anybody who had read Truth and Ideals prior to reading Starlight Ablaze will be able to recognize it. Subverted, however, in that multiple Pokémon in Truth and Ideals, even humans such as Ash, have used Aura Speak in the exact same formatting. This also includes Mewtwo as having spoken with it. As a result, it's vague as to whether or not it was Mewtwo or Regulus speaking in some chapters of Starlight Ablaze, especially considering Regulus and Mewtwo both have three digit hands. However, once Regulus' fighting instinct shines in all of it's glory, it's adamantly clear when Regulus is speaking.
- Mythology Gag: His bio statistics for Starlight Ablaze imply he's either the Aura Sphere Riolu from Pokémon Ranger and the anime, or at least came to be from similar circumstances by a coincidence. However, it's also worth noting that Regulus' Nature and Ability coincide with it as well (Serious and Steadfast respectively).
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's actually 1'10" as a Riolu; a few inches shorter than a standard Riolu.
- The Red Baron: "Shining Star" or "Superstar".
- The Runt at the End: He was born a weakling and deemed inferior to other Riolu of his age, but as time progressed, he outlived most other runts of his kind and actually succeeds in evolving into Lucario as time progresses; something most runts are killed or dead before they can actually accomplish, and Regulus continues to survive into the present and beyond. One could say this is perhaps due to Regulus' sheer brutality in fights, in which he manages to survive by using ludicrously lethal force that most Pokémon won't sink to.
- He's a living, breathing Homage to Dragon Ball Super.
- His fight with Primeape is an alternate take on the Jiren VS Autonomous Ultra Instinct Goku fight. It differs mainly due to how Regulus is characterized differently as being perfectly willing to utilize fatal brutality in his attacks to finish the fight.
- Aura Blitz as he first uses it in Truth and Ideals is a reference to Lucario's Ultra Taunt in Brawl Minus, especially in regards to how it functions.
- He's a living, breathing Homage to Dragon Ball Super.
- Shrinking Violet: When he's shown in a flashback as a Riolu in Truth and Ideals, he's a shy little guy.
- Stellar Name: "Regulus"
- Supernatural Gold Eyes
- Walking the Earth: What he had been doing ever since Sirius' death, prior to learning that Sirius has a son.
- Wham Shot:
- His introduction in Truth and Ideals has him be the first Pokémon who isn't Raichu's line to not be from Unova.
- His introduction in Starlight Ablaze, which reveals Sirius and Ash aren't his only trainers.