The Pokemon fanfiction series Operation GEAR, having Loads and Loads of Characters, naturally leads to a sizable trope list. Beware, some spoilers may be unmarked.
Matt and his friends, who travel together seeking the answers to their questions.
Matt ChiakiThe leader of the group of four, later five. He is haunted by guilt following the deaths of Rich Mistbloom as well as a girl named Eleanor Laplace and later Agenta; he is desperate to find the truth behind these deaths, which he feels responsible for, despite his suspicion that they are all connected. To this end, he is seeking to find the legendary Pokemon Reshiram whose flames burn to reveal the truth.
He has begun challenging the battle facilities offered by the Frontier Society in Johto, looking for clues toward Reshiram's location.
- All for Nothing: "Eternal Flame" reveals that he cannot find Reshiram by searching for answers to his questions, as Reshiram only appears to people who already know a truth they would burn the world down to have realized. Everything he did to this point, including becoming a Cyborg, was meaningless.
- And Then What?: Nekou presses him more than once on what he plans to do after having his questions answered. Much to her distress, he doesn't intend to keep living.
- Badass Longcoat
- Bad Liar: Nixon saw right through his attempts to pass off a fake Life Orb.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: One in each arm.
- Celibate Hero
- Chef of Iron: For bonus points, he literally is made of iron by way of his cybernetic body.
- Classical Anti-Hero: He's powered through several significant crises brought on by Polaris or other antagonists, in spite of his many flaws.
- Color Motif: Blue and silver.
- Combat Medic: He was able to remove a bullet from Nekou's shoulder despite having to improvise most of it.
- Cowardly Lion: He truly prefers to avoid conflicts, but watch out if you provoke him enough.
- Cursed With Awesome: Isn't proud of his mechanical body, despite what it can do.
- Cyborg: Was burned and then trapped in an exploding aircraft. He recognizes that he should have died, but he survived and became a cyborg to regain use of his body. He also claims to be doing it for his sister, who might benefit from advances in the technology.
- Death Seeker: Stopped just short of explicitly identifying himself as one at the end of Goldenrod City Under Siege (Part 2). Nekou didn't take it well.
- In "Father," he all but comes right out and says he planned not to live after his quest was complete.
- Determinator: Survived his horrific injuries through sheer willpower and his refusal to die before seeing his sister again.
- Did Not Get the Girl: In Eleanor's case, it was because of her death. Sheena couldn't accept his obsession with seeking the truth about it and they parted ways, albeit on good terms.
- Dishing Out Dirt / Extra-ore-dinary: Though he has a wide variety of Pokemon, he generally trends toward Ground/Rock and Steel-types.
- Electronic Eyes: Has an artificial left eye.
- Expy: Given the Cyborg elements and Badass Longcoat, he appears to be one of Jeremiah Gottwald.
- Extreme Doormat: Made even worse by the outsized personalities he's surrounded with, although he seems to be slowly getting better.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Nekou. Between time-traveling, a war, an insane oil baron and now a cult wishing to overthrow society, not to mention helping Olivia though some devastating times, they sure have been through a lot together.
- Grew a Spine: Comes and goes, but his viciously attacking the Pawniard after they attack Olivia and his utter snapping when Cassy shows up stand out as particularly strong examples.
- Guilt Complex: Consistently blames himself for the deaths of Rich, Eleanor and Agenta. This has affected him to the point where finding the truth about the deaths and atoning by helping Olivia may be the only two reasons he sees for living.
- Heroic BSoD: He is particularly prone to these when his plans for helping or protecting people fail. His breakdown when he learns he can't find Reshiram just to get the answers he wants stands out.
- I Did What I Had to Do: He believed that he had to shield Olivia from the truth about Rich's fate because he did not want her to have to lose her innocence and grow up too quickly like he did.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He continually beats himself up for the fates of those around him who lost their lives, especially Eleanor.
- Large Ham: Has a dangerous tendency to lapse into this, and often pays the price when he does.
- He largely kept it in check for his battle with Dahlia and it actually worked out.
- My Greatest Failure: The deaths of Eleanor, Rich, and Agenta.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: During his Ax-Crazy breakdown after Agenta's death, he viciously beats Zoroark with his bare hands and nearly wins.
- Out-Gambitted: Nixon saw right through his plan for the fake Life Orb, with tragic results.
- Parental Substitute: Made himself into one for Olivia, but the result wasn't positive.
- Performance Anxiety: Has trouble with speaking or performing before a crowd, as seen at his speech for the ALEA system in Whitegold City and his battle against Dahlia at the Battle Arcade. He appears to overcome it in the former by distracting himself with speaking about his invention, while in the latter case, reminding himself that he has Olivia's support made him feel better.
- Please Put Some Clothes On: At first he directed this at Nekou rather often. Then he got used to her habits.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Agenta dies.
- Ship Tease: Unexpectedly got some from his end with Nekou at the end of "Alekhine's Gun," in which he claimed to like traveling with her because it is fun.
- In "Father," he all but admitted he can't imagine not being around her.
- Survivor Guilt: He keeps beating himself up for being the one to survive instead of Rich, Eleanor and Agenta because he believed they all deserved to live more than him.
- Team Chef: Author notes reveal that cooking is one of his hobbies.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Hamburgers.
- Tragic Keepsake: His pocketwatch, which contains pictures of Eleanor and Sheena in it. He keeps it as a reminder of everything he's lost or given up.
- Also, the pin from the Mossdeep Space Center, which reminds him of happier times for himself and Amanda.
Nekou Langley LalumeRude, profane, and more than a little selfish, Nekou Langley is a woman encountered by Matt and Olivia at the Indigo Plateau early on in The Firestorm Rebellion. After helping herself to a free meal courtesy of a credit card stolen from Matt, she ends up joining the group to pay off her debts and quickly assumes the role of Matt's "bodyguard". Despite all of her quirks, she seems to genuinely have a soft spot for Olivia, and seems to have a much more caring side as well.
She's really a Team Rocket member with the Admin rank, skilled in undercover spy work. From the beginning she's been on a mission to observe Matt's activities and interactions with Polaris.
For a list of the tropes relating specifically to her presence only within Team Rocket, see the Team Rocket tab.
- Absolute Cleavage
- Action Girl: Capable of incredible feats of acrobatics, hand-to-hand combat and weapon usage - basically anything she can do to win a fight.
- She's really a Dark Action Girl.
- Ambiguously Evil: While she is a Team Rocket member, there's no denying that she does have a good side.
- Animal Theme Naming: Though it's completely unknown why she has the name 'Nekou,' her berserk animalistic state may be a clue.
- Anti-Villain: A mixture of types I and II.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Matt's been on the receiving end.
- Attention Whore
- Badass Bookworm
- Badass Longcoat: Gets a black trench coat in "Goldenrod City Under Siege (Part 1)."
- Bare Your Midriff: Present in everything she wears until the trenchcoat.
- Berserk Button: If you value your life, don't threaten her or things she cares about.
- Big Eater: Almost unstoppable. Will eat absolutely anything, and in large quantities.
- Big Sister Instinct: She feels the same drive to protect Olivia that Matt does, but she exercises it in a much different way, framing herself as a Cool Big Sis and friend to Olivia rather than the stiff Parental Substitute Matt became.
- Blood Knight: Clearly enjoyed her fight with Chaos far too much; it was noted that she actually had to fight down her urge to continue attacking him and struggled to walk away.
- Bodyguard Crush: She started off making romantic/sexual advances on Matt to Troll and manipulate him, but the emotions seem to keep getting rawer and more genuine with time.
- Boobs of Steel: She makes little effort to hide them, or to hide her strength.
- Byronic Hero: It's implied that she doesn't always follow Giovanni's rules either. Even as a Team Rocket member, the only one she consistently answers to is herself. She fits most of the standards.
- The Cameo: Nekou makes an appearance in the final scene of The Gardener of Gratitude, where she and Matt are on a train to the Indigo Plateau, and he is telling her about the events depicted in that story.
- Casting a Shadow / Soul Power: Her Pokemon are all Dark or Ghost-type, except for her Gothorita.
- Color Motif: Black and red.
- Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story: Had claimed to have "grown up in Mahogany Town," but her "parents moved a lot."
- Cool Big Sis: Immediately makes herself into this for Olivia.
- Cursed With Awesome: Can turn into an unstoppable beast in moments of extreme stress, but is clearly embarrassed and troubled by this ability.
- Custom Uniform of Sexy: She designed it herself to fit what she liked, even.
- Cute and Psycho
- The Cynic
- The Dark Chick
- Dark Is Not Evil: Well, she certainly hasn't done any outright 'evil' things.
- Deadpan Snarker: Her words almost hurt more than her knives.
- Despair Event Horizon: Something happened in "The Weight of the World (Part 1)" that sent her completely over the cliff. It's not quite clear yet what it was, but it's implied to involve Ariana's illness.
- She goes even further after what happened to her while fighting Ghetsis and the Shadow Triad, prompting her to reach out to Matt sincerely for help instead of just continuing to mess with him.
- Drowning My Sorrows: She eventually confesses that at least some of her binge drinking is to make terrible dreams go away so she can sleep.
- Enemy Within: The voice that Nekou terms her "other self." This entity acts as a sort of negative influence on her, urging her to take selfish, destructive actions she normally wouldn't. Its influence is prominently seen during her fight with the Shadow Triad in Ecruteak City; after she is gravely wounded the voice seduces her into falling into her 'primal' state with promises of physical pleasure.
- Femme Fatale: Notorious for seducing her targets to get intelligence. Thing is, she never turns it off, making it hard to tell where "Nekou Langley" and "Nekou Lalume" begin and end.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Matt. See above.
- Forceful Kiss: Steals one from Matt at the end of The Victory Star of Fate.
- Does it again at the end of Goldenrod City Under Siege (Part 2).
- Genius Bruiser
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Indicative of when she's gone into her "Primal Nekou" side.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: Her second pair of glasses are multipurpose scanners and computer displays.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: And how!Matt: More beer already? I find it hard to believe you can actually down more beer after how much you must have had last night.Nekou: Shut up. Everyone knows the best way to come off a night of heavy drinking is one more beer and a huge plate of hot wings.
- She sleeps with beer cans under the sheets, if the ending of "Reaching for the Arcade Star (Part 2)" is any indication.
- Hidden Depths: She is a rude, foul-mouthed woman with habits for stealing things and heavy drinking, but underneath that surface, she shows surprising amounts of compassion and intelligence. The scene in which she debates Matt regarding the relations of Moby-Dick to his character is a great example.
- In-Series Nickname: Called "Black Cat" several times by Chaos, though it is unknown what this means.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Knife Nut: Is incredibly skilled with her signature switchblade and other knives.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Unusually, she's one for Olivia and somewhat for Matt as well.
- Mad Scientist: Portrays herself as one, even reading chemistry books casually in her spare time.
- Missing Mom: Ariana isn't her real mother.
- Mood-Swinger: She wildly goes from lighthearted, profane actions to extreme moodiness and everything in between. How much of it is deliberate can't be determined.
- Mysterious Past: Little to nothing is currently known about who she is or where she came from. Even the revelation that she's a member of Team Rocket doesn't really reveal much about her past.
- Nominal Hero: How much of her personality and motivation is for Team Rocket?
- No Sense of Personal Space: Especially when she has a point she wants you to hear.
- One-Woman Army
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: When she goes berserk, her already-long Rapunzel Hair grows to reach her feet.
- Pretty Freeloader: Matt's almost always on the hook for her wild, exaggerated desires.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: You could count on one hand the number of times she's been otherwise on one hand and still have fingers left.
- Ship Tease: Has gotten some with Matt, for example kissing him at the end of The Victory Star of Fate.
- She outright announces her intention to seduce him to Rosalie at the end of "Sweet Little Lies."
- In "Father," it turns sincere. It's both cute and heartbreaking.
- Stepford Smiler: A mix of Type A and Type C.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Gets these when she changes into her berserk state.
- Super Senses: Her senses are heightened ordinarily, but when she becomes Primal Nekou, they escalate to nearly omniscient levels.
- Super Strength: In her animalistic state.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Changes into a vicious, animalistic state in moments of extreme stress.
- Sweet Tooth: Loves candy and sugar on top of everything else.
- Team Mom
- The Mentor: To Olivia.
- The Mole: For Team Rocket, which ends up cruelly reversing many of the tropes about her improving relationship with the rest of the group when you find out.
- Troll: She could make messing with others a national sport.
- Tsundere: Type A
- Tsurime Eyes
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: A favorite of hers, beginning with the bacon bits in The Firestorm Rebellion. She also kept the memory card with all her data from spying for Team Rocket on it there.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A
Olivia MistbloomThe daughter of the late Rich Mistbloom and now Matt's student. She is still unaware of the fact her father is dead and still sincerely believes that he abandoned her and disappeared. For this reason, she is seeking to win both Gym Badges and Contest Ribbons, believing that if she does well enough, her father will return.
She later learns the truth about her father's fate and the hopelessness of her original goal, gravely harming her outlook on the world.
- Action Girl
- Action Girlfriend: Brings Monroe into her fight while barely batting an eye at his crush on her.
- Attention Whore
- Badass Adorable: she seems like your typical cute teenage girl, but watch out when she's angry.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Oh God, Olivia.
- Bratty Half-Pint
- Break the Cutie: Just one horrible thing after another. Word of God has stated that she had to hit absolute rock bottom before being able to grow as herself instead of being defined by Rich.
- Broken Bird: Especially after learning the truth about Rich's death. The Angel of Reckoning Chapter 9 is a chronicle of her breakdown.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Her learning the truth about Rich's fate. In the span of one chapter, she is completely broken, changing from the outgoing, cheerful girl she was previously to a cold, stoic Emotionless Girl who struggles to understand even her basic day-to-day existence.
- Deliberately Cute Child: Just try to tell her no.
- Determinator: Has resolved to honor Rich's memory by standing up for his ideals, manifesting in the form of fighting and destroying Polaris. She sticks to this new goal like glue.
- Fluffy Tamer
- Friend to All Living Things
- Genki Girl
- Hidden Depths
- I Will Find You: Heartbreakingly subverted. Has every intention of tracking down her father... who she is completely unaware is dead. Not anymore.
- Little Miss Badass: Granted, it was one of his weaker ones, but she still managed to defeat one of Matt's Pokemon.
- Neat Freak: Her Minccino.
- Plucky Girl: The way she keeps coming back from the terrible things she experiences is nothing short of stunning.
- Rich Bitch: Played with in an interesting way. She is aware of the advantages her background gives her, and quite visibly struggles with the meaning of them after Ghetsis begins calling out such things in his speeches.
- Sanity Slippage: Suffers it bad after she learns of Rich's death. She eventually recovers and gets tougher for the experience.
- Stepford Smiler: Type A.
- There Are No Therapists: There's no denying it, this girl needs help. Matt and Nekou are only able to provide it to varying degrees.
- Took a Level in Badass: She's evolved from the dependent and somewhat unbalanced innocent girl she began as into a hardened badass planning to confront Polaris.
- Tragic Dream: Her initial goal of reuniting with her parents, which is impossible because of her father's death.
- Tragic Hero: She is the only character in the story who is unaware of Rich's death. She fully believes he will come back, if she works hard enough. The truth doesn't affect her very positively, let's say.
Bunny SpruceAn old colleague of Matt's who has done archaeological work with him in the past. She first appears at the Indigo Plateau to tell them that her search for the ruins of Argyros Town has been completed. In the group of four, she provides a more level-headed approach to problems than the others and doesn't hesitate to take the lead in solving them.
She is a guest character originally from the story Nothing, Everything by Bay Alexison.
- Adventurer Archaeologist
- Badass Normal
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's tough enough to hold her own right alongside Matt against a commander of Polaris.
- Brainy Brunette
- Foil: To Nekou. She is much lighter in appearance, and way more reserved and polite in behavior.
- Nice Girl
- Only Sane Man
Anabel MistbloomOlivia's mother, and the commissioner of the Frontier Society following Rich's death. The years haven't treated her kindly since then.
- Ascended Extra: Added to the main cast in "The Iron Maiden."
- Break the Cutie
- Broken Bird: Horribly. She recovers considerably when she joins the main cast, though she's still clearly haunted.
Amanda ChiakiMatt's beloved younger sister. Despite her blindness, she is a powerful trainer as well as a teacher at Earl's Pokemon Academy in Violet City.
- Ascended Extra: Joins the main cast in "The Iron Maiden."
- Call-Back: Bunny had met her years earlier, and questions why she is no longer in a wheelchair as soon as she gets the chance. The reason is that she has since received a pair of prosthetic legs. This is consistent with her appearance in Pokemon XD^3: The Waves of Truth, in which she was, indeed, in a wheelchair.
- Cool Teacher: Her students - even Avril - seem to respect her quite a bit. After the smackdown she laid on Zinzolin for threatening them, it's not hard to see why.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Zinzolin never had a chance against her.
- Eyes Always Shut: Averted, though in her appearance in Pokemon XD^3: The Waves of Truth, it was played straight.
Polaris is led by a council of ten masked individuals called Chromosomes, known collectively as the Sacred Helix.
Tropes that apply to the entire organization include:
- Apocalypse Cult: Their true purpose.
- Black Shirt: The organization's true goal is to serve Dark Matter by resurrecting it.
- Cool Mask: Every Chromosome except for Ghetsis wears one.
- Divide and Conquer: In order to gather support, the organization heavily attempts to raise the anger of ordinary people against the rich and powerful that control the Pokemon League system.
- Expy: The Sacred Helix reflects influence from several other similar groups. In terms of their tone and purpose, they are similar to things such as the Tribunal and SEELE, while in terms of appearance they clearly are influenced by the Glittering Crux Brigade.
- The Order
- Organization with Unlimited Funding: Averted. One of Finansielle's roles on the Sacred Helix is to keep the organization's budget in line.
- Path of Inspiration: Initially present themselves to the people as this, but...
- Restart the World: What they intend to do by destroying the order governing society and resurrecting Dark Matter.
- Theme Naming: Polaris's bases are named after components in nucleic acid.
First Chromosome/"Father"The leader of the first section, and the head of Polaris. At the outset of The Angel of Reckoning, he is absent from the Sacred Helix, having sent Archer to represent him in their meetings.
- Archnemesis Dad: It's heavily implied, and believed by multiple people including Olivia, that Father is none other than Rich Mistbloom himself, somehow resurrected and forced to serve as Polaris's leader.
- Big Bad: He made only one brief appearance until the end of "The Weight of the World (Part 2)", where he made a stunning display of his dominance over Polaris.
- Creating Life: Through the Azrael Project.
- Dark Messiah: Acts as this to much of Polaris's rank-and-file.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His desire is to be reunited with unspecified family members. If he really is Rich, that only makes it even more tragic.
- Evil Duo: One with Finansielle.
- The Faceless: Was originally only seen via video screen with his face completely obscured. Later, he remains completely masked (with his voice altered for good measure) even when most of the rest of the Sacred Helix have had their identities revealed.
- FaceHeel Turn: It's implied he wasn't such a bad person once before Finansielle found him. Especially if he's Rich.
- Fallen Hero Heavily implied.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Praeses mentions that when all three Angels were within Polaris's grasp in Unova, Father refused to allow anyone to know Azrael's true identity, insisting that he would capture her himself.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Tries to rationalize the gruesome details of Azrael's creation in this way.
- Knight Templar
- Put Them All Out of My Misery: His entire reason for wanting to destroy the Pokémon League and to "return the world to a natural state" by resurrecting Dark Matter is because his child was one of the countless children drawn to the life of a traveling trainer by the Pokémon League. He points out, however, that he is far from the only one to have suffered this loss and casts himself as a warrior for those who have.
- Scary Shiny Glasses
- Visionary Villain
Second Chromosome/"Praeses"/TobiasThe leader of the second section, who wears a mask with a Darkrai motif. He's the governor of the Tohjo Continent, Tobias.
Third Chromosome/Ghetsis HarmoniaThe leader of Section Three and the only Sacred Helix member to not wear a mask. He was the leader of Team Plasma in its affiliation with Polaris but it was folded into the main group after his failures in Unova.
Today, he is planning to overthrow the Sacred Helix and seize full control of Polaris for himself. To that end, he has jailed Concordia and Anthea and set them to work deciphering ancient texts the other Chromosomes do not yet know about. In addition, he has ordered the Shadow Triad to hunt down his son N and the Tenganist prophet, though for what ends is currently unknown. As part of the Sacred Helix, he is Polaris's spokesman, delivering their message of revolution to the people via his influential speeches.
- Arc Villain: Speculated to be the Big Bad of the first two story arcs, based on upcoming chapter titles. Eventually confirmed.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Still has his delusions of being royalty. In the past, he was one of Unova's elite citizens.
- Bad Boss: Poor Chaos.
- Black Cloak
- Dark Is Evil: He was always fond of dressing in dark clothing indicative of his true nature, even as a younger man.
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Emperor: Harmonia is not just his surname, he openly addresses himself as the "King of Harmonia" now.
- Evil Cripple: He has both his arms in this version, but he's no less frail and is often shown struggling to walk with his cane.
- Evil Overlord: Rules his division of Polaris with an iron fist. He did the same with Team Plasma in the past, and in his ideal future, he'd do it for everything.
- It's All About Me: He could absolutely care less about Polaris's real goals. He just wants to ride them for his own benefit and then take control of the organization so he can rule the world.
- Jerkass: Well, yeah.
- Obviously Evil: He hasn't changed much over the years. Trevor felt troubled by his mere presence just minutes after meeting him, for example.
- Renegade Splinter Faction: Leader of Team Plasma as one within Polaris.
- The Reveal: At the end of "The Weight of the World (Part 1)", he has a Transcendence of his own.
- Slasher Smile: Gets an utterly terrifying one as he watches the Shadow Triad murder the Wise Trio. Later does it repeatedly during his speech in Ecruteak City.
- Smug Snake
- The Social Expert: He knows how to work a crowd. This may be a result of his previous life as one of Unova's elite.
- The Sociopath: There's a side that the public sees of him... and then there's his true face, the one that Anthea and Concordia (unfortunately) see.
- Staff of Authority
- The Starscream: Is openly plotting to overthrow the rest of Polaris's leadership so Team Plasma can again rise to power. He barely even tries to hide it.
- He even goes as far as to tell the Shadow Triad to prepare to kill other Polaris members in The Pursuit of the Truth, giving a window into just how far his thirst for power will go.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Though he benefits from a rather generous government benefactor covering up Team Plasma's deeds, his speeches nevertheless attract considerable attention and discussion amidst the public.
- Would Hurt a Child / Would Hit a Girl: Threatens both Professor Elm's son and wife to ensure his cooperation. It's later implied that he already killed them both.
Fourth Chromosome/"Finansielle"/Gabriella BouchardThe leader of the fourth section; a woman who conceals her identity carefully with a helmet and armor. She manages the budget of Polaris, and has been seen to be very harsh with how the group's funds are spent. She also gives orders to the other Chromosomes for missions in Father's absence. She is Gabriella Bouchard, the head of the Angel Corporation.
- Alpha Bitch: Behind the mask is one of the most wealthy and influential businesspeople in the world.
- Conspicuous Consumption: Averted. Though Polaris seems to have an overwhelming amount of funds on hand, she does not believe in this trope.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Let's be honest, who she really is wasn't exactly the least suspicious person out there. Nobody noticed.
- The Dragon: Despite Archer being Father's assigned envoy to the Sacred Helix, when it comes to distributing assignments and constructing plans in his absence, Finansielle is in charge, keeping a close eye on everything going on.
- Dragon-in-Chief: She's the real founder of Polaris. Father? Merely someone she recruited to her cause.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Once her true identity is revealed, she abandons all pretense of sharing the same goals as Father. It's even implied that his faith is not as strong as hers and he needs her to keep him going.
- Evil Duo: With Father.
- Morally Bankrupt Banker
Fifth Chromosome/"Séduire"/Cassy NatsukaA young woman who leads the fifth section; her mask combines with her hair to create the appearance of an Entei. Unlike her colleagues, she seems much more lax in her duties, though this doesn't seem to be out of laziness...
In "Alekhine's Gun," she is unmasked, first by Matt then literally through her own actions, as Cassy Natsuka, his ex-girlfriend of questionable sanity. She's gone even further down the rabbit hole over the past five years...
- Berserk Button: She can't even stand to see other women around Matt... or even girls, judging from how she reacted to Olivia.
- Broken Bird: Breaks once when Nekou defeats her in more than one way, but completely when she sees Geminus's face.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Refuses to even let Matt be around any other female but herself. Leads to a hilarious exchange with Nekou, whose Deadpan Snarker tendencies run strong enough to fight back.Séduire: "Be quiet! You took him from me too! He's mine and mine alone! Now say my real name!!"Nekou: "Psycho ex-girlfriend or something? I don't even care that she called me a whore, because she's so obviously compensating..."
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: When Matt rejects her and then piles on by saying that he has fun traveling with Nekou - something he never had with Cassy - she goes blank as she sinks into madness.
- Later happens a second time when she sees whoever is under Geminus's mask.
- Evil Redhead
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon
- Green-Eyed Monster: Her jealousy during the confrontation in Ilex Forest is painfully obvious to see.
- Hopeless Suitor: It's hard to see Matt having any interest in someone who is hoping to change the world using a doomsday cult to be with him. It might be that he already has rejected her...
- Confirmed in "Alekhine's Gun." He already rejected Cassy once, and makes it quite clear he won't put up with her anymore in the present.
- I'll Kill You!: When she intends to rip Nekou and Olivia apart with her bare hands. It doesn't work out.
- Lack of Empathy: She could care less about anyone, even coldly viewing Olivia as competition as the younger girl is suffering terribly.
- Longing Look: Several times in quick succession in "Alekhine's Gun."
- Love Makes You Crazy
- Love Makes You Evil
- Not Good with Rejection: Yeah, that's an understatement.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her actual eye color, no less.
- Say My Name: Séduire begs Matt to say her real name when they meet, but he initially refuses.
- Yandere: Her main motivation for bringing about Polaris's future world, no matter the cost, is to be with Matt.
- And then "Alekhine's Gun" happened.
Sixth Chromosome/"Mercury"/Fumika ChiakiThe Braviary-masked leader of section six. Her first major role is to retrieve the Meteonite piece collected by Mr. Pokemon.
She is confirmed in "Transcending Humanity" to be the Mercury from Pokemon XD^3: The Waves of Truth, real name Fumika Chiaki, Matt's mother. How this will affect the plot is as yet unknown.
- Action Mom: Able to rip elite Team Rocket operatives to shreds without breaking a sweat.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Utterly annihilates Jessie and James. Her Electivire is only defeated through Jessie using a cheap shot, and it doesn't even slow her down.
- Team Mom: Has shades of this, at least in her relationship with Séduire. Once they are out of the formal setting of the Sacred Helix's meeting room, they get along quite well.
- Women Are Wiser: Is the only Chromosome to vote against Geminus's appointment, apparently troubled by his origin.
Seventh Chromosome/"Athleta"/LanceThe seventh section leader. His mask is themed after Dragonite. He is the leader of the Tohjo Continent Elite Four, Lance the dragon master.
- Badass Cape
- The Quiet One: Doesn't speak much during Sacred Helix meetings, except for casting votes.
Eighth Chromosome/"Jeunes"/ Dr. Mitchell YungThe leader of the eighth section, whose mask is Mewtwo. He is a scientist brought on after the departure of Dr. Zager and oversaw the mysterious Project J four years ago.
- Bad Boss
- Dramatic Unmask: Subverted in that Matt recognizes him right away, but he doesn't remove the mask until it's broken off.
- Evil Genius
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a huge, gruesome scar cutting diagonally across his face.
- Mad Scientist
- Replacement Scrappy: The scientists who stayed on from the Azrael Project to Project J view him as one for Dr. Zager, who genuinely cared about them.
Ninth Chromosome/"Getriebe"/Factory Head ThortonSection nine's leader. He is noted for his short stature, Electivire-themed helmet and mask, and his section's technological inventions.
He is in charge of the Purine Base, where Finansielle has ordered him to gather data on Pokemon battles. The Purine Base is really the Battle Factory in Goldenrod City, and he is its Frontier Brain, Factory Head Thorton.
- Evil Genius
- Mad Scientist: He and his section created the electricity-launching suit used by Geminus.
- Only Sane Man: At the Purine Base with Jeunes and Colress. When they're celebrating Matt's defeat, he logically asks what will happen should their enemy return the next day.
- Treacherous Advisor: Averted in that he doesn't want to help Matt, and actively works to avoid being put in the situation in the first place.
Tenth Chromosome/"Geminus"Geminus is the the tenth, newest and final Chromosome of the Sacred Helix, being appointed to the council by a vote of six-to-one in "A New Rival and a New Mission". He first appears in Chapter 1, robbing the Pewter Museum of the Adamant and Lustrous Orbs. After being appointed, he adopted the name Geminus and donned his Sigilyph mask.
He seems to be familiar with Séduire, and Mercury claims to be disturbed by him. In "Alekhine's Gun," he revealed his face to Cassy aka Séduire but his identity was not revealed to the reader.
- Affably Evil: He's awfully nice to Cassy...
- Artificial Human: He is the result of Project J, having originally been a brain synapse that was given a new body.
- Enigmatic Minion
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Kills the two paramedics called by Cassy for no real reason other than convenience.
- Pet the Dog: He shows what looks like genuine concern and affection to Cassy.
- Slasher Smile
- Smug Snake
Excan/Lysandre FlordelisA wealthy tech and media mogul from the Kalos region, known for his philanthropic endeavors using the profits from his corporation, Lysandre Labs. After joining with the Angel Corporation in a series of major ventures, he became a member of Polaris and the new Third Chromosome (replacing Ghetsis), using the alias "Excan."
- Adaptation Expansion: His backstory from the games and anime is expanded upon, explaining that his Start of Darkness came when he discovered that a town his foundation was aiding following its destruction by a rampaging Gyarados actually caused said rampage by polluting its environment. He subsequently went Ax-Crazy and finished the destruction himself using the Gyarados (which he had captured), and while standing among the rubble, felt a newfound sense of power to act on his urges.
- Affably Evil: When he meets Matt, Nekou, Olivia, Bunny and Monroe, they are immediately put off by his intimidating appearance. He then proceeds to engage them in a surprisingly fair-minded conversation about Polaris and taking action for the good of the world.
- Worth nothing he may not actually be evil in this universe, because it is unclear if the events of X and Y actually happened or not. So far, he only expresses frustration at being unable to help fix what he sees as the world's problems, without any mention of Team Flare.
- Nevermind, he is. He just happened to learn about Polaris before fully forming the idea for Team Flare in this timeline.
- Worth nothing he may not actually be evil in this universe, because it is unclear if the events of X and Y actually happened or not. So far, he only expresses frustration at being unable to help fix what he sees as the world's problems, without any mention of Team Flare.
- Fiery Red Head
- Sanity Slippage: Surprisingly, this is seemingly averted at first compared to his official canon self. In his first appearance he holds a perfectly reasonable, open-minded conversation without veering off into any of his infamous rants.
- Wild Hair
ArcherA former Executive of Team Rocket who seems to have betrayed his old team to become a member of Polaris. He is seen to be high in rank, acting as Father's envoy to the Sacred Helix in the First Chromosome's absence.
- Light Is Not Good: Stands out in the darkness of the Sacred Helix chamber with his white suit and silvery hair.
- Smug Snake
- The Mole: When he returns to confront his old "allies" from Team Rocket, he reveals that he actually was an undercover agent working for Polaris the entire time. When his initial plan to destroy Team Rocket failed, he abandoned the cover.
The Shadow Triad: Darkness, Pestilence and ChaosA trio of ninjas who act as Ghetsis's loyal servants.
- Badass Crew
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Follow Ghetsis's orders without question, even when he tells them to kill other Polaris members.
- Psycho Supporter
- Terrible Trio
- Theme Naming: Several themes. Their names reflect Pokemon they are known to have; Absol (Darkness), Accelgor (Pestilence) and Banette (Chaos). They also relate to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Finally, the names reference the theory that the Shadow Triad are the triplet Gym Leaders of Striaton City in that their initials match the Japanese names of said Gym Leaders - Dent, Pod and Corn.
- The Starscream: Technically, as they obey Ghetsis's orders to help him rebel against the rest of Polaris.
- Villain Teleportation
- White Hair, Black Heart
ZinzolinAnother leftover from the days of Team Plasma's independence, Zinzolin is an elderly man who acts as Ghetsis's deputy much as he did in the past. His main job is to go out into the public and spread the beliefs of Polaris, increasing the effectiveness of Ghetsis's speeches.
- An Ice Person: All of his Pokemon except Empoleon are Ice-type.
- Kick the Dog: Puts Amanda - who is blind - into his sights for an attack during the protest at Earl's Pokemon Academy. She doesn't even know he's targeting her, believing instead that he's aiming for the students.
Dr. Colress AntimonyAn expert on Pokemon strength that is called in by Finansielle to aid in developing a genetically modified strain of Pokerus. He jumps at the chance to join the scheme, hoping to find the key to the perfect DNA that will show him the peak of evolutionary potential.
- Affably Evil: He's a bit egotistical, but he's not above such things as joking about Finansielle's clothing in a lighthearted manner.
- Evil Genius: Polaris's entire science team couldn't complete the genetic code of the altered Pokerus, but merely by glancing at their research he can confidently say that he can finish it. He quickly does so, and creates a series of other inventions in short order as well. Notably, he is responsible for restoring all the Fairy-type Pokémon to the world through his revival of the Pixie Plate.
- For Science!: His motives are incomprehensible beyond that he just really, really wants to find a genetically flawless DNA.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul
- Mad Scientist: Just look at how excited he gets to be a part of Polaris's plan.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
ChimereA Polaris member who participated in the Azrael Project experiments overseen by Dr. Zager. She was the one who carried Azrael, but died while giving birth.
- Body Horror: We never see her before her death, but by the dialogue of Dr. Zager and the other scientists, it certainly sounds like carrying Azrael did something to her.
- Death by Childbirth: Her suffering this is the entire opening scene.
- Gone Horribly Right: What happens to her, for all its horror, is apparently exactly what Father intended. Dr. Zager wasn't quite in the loop.
- Posthumous Character: She died during the events of the flashback to 1987.
- Retcon: She wasn't named in the original version of the opening scene.
- Screaming Birth: How she gets introduced.
BarbaraDr. Zager's aide during the Azrael Project experiments.
AzraelThe titular Angel of Reckoning. She was created by Polaris and Dr. Zager in 1987, but all other details on her are unknown.
The original Azrael was a resident of a village that worshipped Dark Matter five thousand years ago, and was intended to become its host.
Tropes that apply to the entire organization include:
- Anti-Villain: Though not entirely clear if it's Type I or Type III yet.
- Meaningful Name: Specifically, the mission they undertake to combat Polaris, Operation Atlas. They literally have the weight of the world on their shoulders, because if they fail and Polaris wins, the world won't be the same again.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The members still remaining constitute quite a bizarre lineup: Giovanni, Stacia, Pierce, Jessie, James and Meowth, Ariana, and Dr. Zager.
Dr. Gabriel ZagerA scientist and high-ranking Team Rocket member. He was once the highest ranking scientist in Polaris, but left the group fourteen years after the Azrael Project began. He eventually joined Team Rocket and began providing Polaris' secrets to them.
- Badass Mustache
- Creating Life Is Bad: Clearly did not like where the Azrael Project went.
- Lab Pet: His Joltik/Galvantula. He's had it since at least 1987.
- Mad Scientist
- Messy Hair
- Mission Control
- Grumpy Old Man
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Quit Polaris and joined another criminal organization to stop them.
GiovanniThe boss of Team Rocket. He is currently under house arrest but not anymore after a failed mission by the weakened remnants of his team. This has not disabled his operations, however, as by working with Dr. Zager and Ariana, he continues carrying them out through others.
- Affably Evil: Surprisingly so. Polaris's presence puts him on the side of the good guys for a change.
- Badass Longcoat: Dons his signature trench coat from Heart Gold & Soul Silver once he goes on the move.
- Disappeared Dad: For Silver.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Apparently retains his Gym specialty of Ground-type Pokemon.
- The Don
- Eye Scream: When he's struck down by Ghetsis's Aegislash, he suffers a nasty wound to his left eye.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Living a Double Life: He's the Viridian City Gym Leader while secretly being the boss of Team Rocket.
- Manipulative Bastard: He's under house arrest. Think that'll stop him from fighting Everton and Polaris? Later, he blatantly ignores it and escapes with the help of Jessie, James and Ariana.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Still has his mansion filled with the remnants of his once-glamorous life.
- Nice Hat: His fedora.
- Uncertain Doom: He is struck down by a slash to the face from Ghetsis's Aegislash near the end of "The Weight of the World (Part 1)." The mortality of the wound is uncharacteristically unclear for the pattern the story usually follows, but with Ghetsis claiming Giovanni's body, the truth is difficult to determine.
StaciaGiovanni's loyal secretary. She is a young woman with fanatical devotion to her boss, but she seems to be keeping a secret.
- Berserk Button: Do not even look at Giovanni funny.
- Enigmatic Minion
- Yandere: Hinted at during her appearance in "Reaching for the Arcade Star (Part 2)," in which it is noted she would "kill or die" for Giovanni, while knowing enough about him to recognize subtle hints in his facial expressions.
- Undying Loyalty
PierceA high-ranking Team Rocket spy who acts as a liaison between Jessie, James, and Meowth and the leadership of the team.
- The Ace: Has the fewest quirks of the remaining members of Team Rocket, instead opting to stick to the rules and take his job seriously. From the looks of it, he's reaped the rewards of that choice.
- Badass Longcoat
- Hidden Depths: Is revealed to be one of the Tenganists. His dialogue suggests there's much more going on with him than it first appeared.
Jessie, James, and MeowthThe infamous trio of Team Rocket. Previously discharged from duty following their operations in Unova, they have been pressed back into service due to the actions of Polaris.
- Bishounen: For James.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Their first direct encounter with members of Polaris does not end well.
- Terrible Trio: Of course. However, it becomes Those Two Bad Guys when Meowth is forcibly inducted into Polaris.
Ariana LalumeThe highest-ranking executive in Team Rocket and the direct field leader in Giovanni's absence. Though serious about her job, she has an extremely carefree lifestyle.
- Affectionate Nickname: Rosalie calls her "Ari."
- The Baroness: Now the second-in-command of Team Rocket, under only Giovanni himself.
- Big Eater
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl
- Ill Girl: Heavily implied to have some sort of illness.
- Lady Drunk
- Noble Demon
- Shout Out: One to The Avengers comes during an exchange between her and Dr. Zager.Dr. Zager: I cant say I think thats a good idea. I recommend you stay here, Ariana.Ariana: And because thats one dumb-ass suggestion, Im going to ignore it."
- Team Mom: Especially to Nekou, who calls her "Maman" and has taken her last name.
ProtonAnother of the remaining Rocket Executives. He's known for his cruelty and self-aggrandizing nature, though it's not clear how much of the former is because of the latter.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Escapes from Ilex Forest as soon as the Time Gate vanishes.
Professor RosalieA wheelchair-bound scientist who works for Team Rocket. Despite her disability, she is quite upbeat and good at her job. She is a geneticist with a particular interest in the field of botany.
- Deadpan Snarker: Gets her share of snark in.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Though she's fairly affable, she's still a Team Rocket member. Soon after being introduced, she starts smoking an ornate pipe.
- The Medic: Acts as this to the other Team Rocket members.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Turned to Team Rocket to pursue her scientific interests free of the constraints the mainstream scientific community placed on her.
AdaA young woman who is a member of Team Rocket, first introduced conducting surveillance on Polaris in Goldenrod City with Rosalie and Trevor. She is an analyst with a particular skill in creating false identities for Nekou, owing to her obsession with her.
- Badass Bookworm: While she used to hide from others in Team Rocket's libraries and is extremely intelligent, she also is implied to be at least a decent trainer, as she became a Team Rocket member by defeating a recruiter.
- FaceHeel Turn: Of sorts. She first worked for Bill as an analyst of the PC Storage System's usage before putting her skills to darker use for Team Rocket.
- Lipstick Lesbian: With Nekou.
- Shrinking Violet
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
TrevorAnother member of Rosalie and Ada's squad within Team Rocket. He used to be an actor at Pokestar Studios, until he joined Team Rocket under mysterious circumstances. His specialty is making costumes and refining the personalities of the characters Ada creates for Nekou.
- Affably Evil: Seems like a nice enough guy despite his allegiance to Team Rocket.
- '80s Hair: Boasts one hell of a mullet.
- Expy: With his name, and as a former actor who now works for a villainous leader, he could be said to be one of Trevor Slattery from Iron Man 3.
- Shout Out:
- In one of his very first appearances, he paraphrases the infamous "I will find you, and I will kill you" line from Taken.
- It is said his most famous movie role was as the villain in the first "Full Metal Cop" movie, which besides being a reference to a movie series in the games where Pokestar Studios appeared, is an even more obvious reference to RoboCop, having been made in 1987.
Nekou LalumeThe leader of Ada, Trevor and Rosalie's unit. Walking Spoiler. Highlight at your own risk.
For tropes relating to her outside of Team Rocket, see "Main Characters."
- Everyone Looks Sexier If French: Ambiguous if she's actually "French," but she has adopted Ariana's French last name, and is a Femme Fatale who enjoys seducing targets.
- Foreshadowing: Of her true identity:
- She has long, black hair with red streaks. Red and black are the colors of Team Rocket.
- Ada made an Early-Bird Cameo at the end of The Firestorm Rebellion talking to her.
- Near The Reveal, she adopts a uniform very clearly based on the ones worn by Stacia, Ada and Trevor.
- Her constant open revulsion to anything having to do with Team Plasma or Polaris.
- Her antagonistic relationship with Silver.
- In "Disconnection," she was constantly working on her laptop. In that same chapter, the other Team Rocket members were discussing a "field agent" who was uploading the Atlas program to the International Police's servers.
- She seemed openly dismayed when she found out Olivia and Silver went to the Slowpoke Well in "Alekhine's Gun." This was probably because she knew Proton was there.
- Her familiarity with Chaos, and later Colress's stated desire to have a rematch with "Miss Lalume," hint at her past interaction with Team Plasma.
- Her ability to assure the siblings in Ilex Forest that Team Rocket didn't steal their Ivysaur, because of her familiarity with Team Rocket's style. Ironically, one line earlier, the brother accused her of being a Team Rocket member.
- The Power of Acting: When spying, she plays characters created by Trevor and Ada as cover.
- Walking Spoiler: Her strictly-Team Rocket tropes have to be separate from her 'other' self's, otherwise it's obvious she has a massive secret to hide.
Renzo MilosA mysterious, angry young man who seems to have a grudge against Olivia and Matt. He is obsessed with "showing the world the truth" about Rich Mistbloom at any cost, claiming that Rich caused him years of agony.
- Berserk Button: Any mention of Rich makes him pretty mad.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Lays out a terrifying one on Olivia using his Gurdurr until Nikolai interferes.
- Determinator: Is so stubbornly, nearly foolishly determined to get his revenge on those that he determines close to Rich, that he doesn't learn his lesson from trying to defeat a Heatran with a Drowzee.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Turns it Up to Eleven.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In the first half of his battle with Olivia in New Bark Town, he incapacitates her Roselia by having his Timburr target her legs. Olivia later uses this same tactic against him to turn the tide against Drowzee with her Minccino.
- Motive Rant: Falls into boasting about his intentions to tell the world the truth about Rich when he is about to defeat Olivia's Minccino with his Drowzee and when Matt interrupts him, he completely flies off the handle.
- Pet the Dog: Despite his angry exterior, he appears to care for his Pokemon.
- Revenge: Getting this against Rich and his image is Renzo's whole motivation.
- The Rival: To Olivia, Matt, and anyone else he identifies as being associated with Rich.
TristaAn old friend of Matt and Olivia's who participates in both battles and contests. In the past, she battled against Anabel at a Grand Festival.
SilverA trainer encountered by Matt at the Frontier Society tournament. They were due to battle but after Matt defeated his father Giovanni during Team Rocket's raid on the stadium, he withdrew, intending to train more first. He reappears in The Angel of Reckoning, seeking revenge against Team Rocket and his father.
- Blood Knight
- Dark and Troubled Past: Being the son of the Team Rocket boss sure qualifies.
- Enemy Mine: More than ever. Despite his open disdain for them, he works with Matt's group because, as Looker points out, they can help him get revenge on Team Rocket. He and Nekou, on the other hand, can barely contain their hatred for each other, and it would appear that he's ignoring her for now in order to target his father instead.
AvrilMonroe and Helena's ill-tempered sister. She strikes up a rivalry with Olivia as soon as they meet in the Trainers' School.
- A-Cup Angst: Tries to give Olivia this, but doesn't really succeed.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: She shows signs of this toward Olivia.
- The Rival: Despite her rude treatment of Olivia, she also sees her as a serious competitor and openly wants her to get as strong as possible.
Nikolai/NA strange young man with the power to read into a Pokemon's heart and heal it. He is first seen saving Olivia from a humiliating, brutal defeat at Renzo's hands before helping both Matt and Olivia train.
However, he has a dark secret - despite not remembering being so, he is the prince of Team Plasma, and therefore Ghetsis's son. Ghetsis has sent the Shadow Triad to capture him, as he is vital to Ghetsis's plan.
- Abusive Parents
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Utterly destroys Renzo's Gurdurr using his Kangaskhan.
- Friend to All Living Things
- Healing Hands: A key part of his Transcendence powers.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Does not remember his father Ghetsis, the Shadow Triad or anything else from his past.
- Nice Guy: Heals Renzo's Gurdurr and all of Olivia's Pokemon without being asked, then talks to Matt's Pokemon and helps him realize that Eelektrik wants to battle more.
A Tenganist settlement existed at the town of Argyros in 1850, as seen in The Firestorm Rebellion, but in the modern era the Tenganists are a dying people targeted by Ghetsis's genocide plot. The few that remain have gathered around a mysterious woman calling herself a prophet and forged an alliance with Team Rocket to wage terrorist attacks against Polaris as a last stand, calling themselves the "Tenganist Liberation Front."
The Prophet/Sheena CarnetA mysterious woman acting as a figurehead for the remnants of the Tenganist people and the leader of the Tenganist Liberation Front. Not much is known about her except that she has a young child (probably less than a year old) and is somehow connected to Ghetsis, Anthea and Concordia, someone in Matt's group and (now) Pierce.
She was revealed to have somehow survived the first attack in Ghetsis's plans of genocide for the Tegnanists, and because of this, she is seen as a symbol of their hope to defeat him.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: She appears as a protagonist in the remake of The Gardener of Gratitude, during which she establishes something Matt later recalls during The Angel of Reckoning. This was earlier in the timeline than any other point prior to the remake's release.
- Berserk Button: Though she recovered from it quickly, she utterly snapped when Pierce mentioned Saeko Oryo's name to her.
- Broken Bird: She's strong on the outside, but it's pretty clearly a thin shell. She gets a little better, but it takes a significant amount of time.
- Dark and Troubled Past: It's hard to know exactly what she must have seen when Ghetsis attacked her home, but it is easy to imagine it being horrible considering how she acts whenever thinking of him. She claims that her identity was taken by him in an earlier chapter.
- Dark Messiah: Is seen as a beacon of hope for the dwindling number of Tenganists remaining in the world, who consider her as such because she survived the beginning of Ghetsis's genocide.
- Despair Event Horizon: It's heavily implied she wasn't a terrorist mastermind and warrior before she survived Ghetsis destroying Michina Town.
- The Faceless: Her face is almost entirely obscured by shadows from her cloak's hood.
- Hidden Depths: "The Weight of the World (Part 1)" offers some softer aspects of her personality. She wishes to spare the lives of Jacob and Looker, asks Sylpha to stay behind for her own safety, and keeps surprisingly ordinary things in her room such as a movie poster.
- In the Hood
Anthea & ConcordiaTwo young women held captive by Ghetsis. They were first seen being forced to perform before the Sacred Helix in a presentation of secrets of the Tenganist people. Later, they're freed from Ghetsis's custody and join the Tenganist Liberation Front to help the Prophet create a sanctuary for their people.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: They have the golden and purple hair their sprites in the original Black and White games had, instead of the greenish-yellow and pink hair of their more familiar Black 2 and White 2 and anime appearances.
- Age Lift: In the canon of the games and anime, Anthea and Concordia are of similar age to N and are his stepsisters. This universe instead presents them as being at least 20 years older and has Concordia as N's mother.
- Broken Bird: Both of them.
- Distressed Damsel: Kept chained in an electronic cage by Ghetsis, who forces them to decipher their peoples' secrets for him while subjecting them to physical and verbal abuse that includes heavily implied starvation.
- Hair Antennae: Concordia.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Despite the above, at least Concordia shows signs of this, addressing Ghetsis as "Lord Ghetsis" in much the same way his actual followers do.
- The Storyteller: In their first appearance, they were used by Ghetsis to tell other members of the Sacred Helix a story about the Day of Reckoning.
AlesiaOne of the Tenganists who follow the Prophet. Her Transcendence gives her the power of healing, which she uses to fill her role as the group's nurse.
SylphaA young member of the Tenganist Liberation Front whose Transcendence allows her to predict the weather.
- Orphan's Ordeal: Her parents were slaughtered by Ghetsis and the Shadow Triad, and she was only spared because the Tenganist Liberation Front rescued her during the attack.
KratosA hero who lived five thousand years ago, he was originally from Michina in northern Sinnoh, but traveled around the world to spread the wisdom from the Life Orb. He was involved in the battle that destroyed Argyros Town originally and was the one who used the Life Orb to seal away Zoroark, however, his wife Pandia was the first sacrifice.
Saeko OryoAn oracle who lived in the Tenganist holy land in the early 1900s, Saeko Oryo was a young woman whose Transcendence granted her the ability to see the past and future. During one of their adventures, Sutter Chiaki and Jacob Alexison befriended her, and she showed them her home. These peaceful times didn't last, however; under mysterious circumstances, Saeko was tried and was to be burned as a witch, but in her desperation to survive, she carried out an act that resulted in the destruction of the village and its people.
- Burn the Witch!: In a fit of irony, it is heavily implied that her attempt to avoid this fate - swallowing a partial Jewel of Life - ended up dooming her to burn along with the rest of the holy land's people.
- Posthumous Character
- Seer: Her Transcendence gave her the ability to see the past and future.
- Implied to have become The Ophelia after her sentencing in a witch trial.
Tenganist King AZAn ancient Tenganist king who ruled in the Kalos region three thousand years ago.
- Emperor Scientist: His backstory from the games is expanded on, revealing that he was an alchemist who discovered the way to create Jewels of Life from Arceus's Life Plates, a process that is implied to have been mastered by no human for two thousand years.
- Walking Spoiler: Knowing who this guy is will not spoil that much in The Angel of Reckoning... but it will spoil the X & Y video games.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The story about his actions to revive his beloved Pokemon are still present in this universe.
FalknerThe Gym Leader of Violet City's Gym. He specializes in Flying-type Pokemon and is the first Gym Leader Olivia faces.
- Blow You Away
- Hero Killer: Completely defeats Olivia in a shocking turn of events.
- Wind from Beneath My Wings
BugsyAzalea Town's Bug-type Gym Leader.
- Cute Bruiser: He sure puts Olivia to the test.
- The Smart Guy: In a turn of Canon Expansion, his Gym tactics are entirely decided by the challenger's knowledge about Bug-type Pokemon. He also carries surprisingly diverse movesets on his Pokemon.
WhitneyThe Normal-type Gym Leader of Goldenrod City Gym.
- Badass Adorable
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She's less airheaded than she is in the games, but even still, her brute force and tactics are surprising.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Weapon of Choice: Still her Miltank, but she backs it up with significant muscle now.
Arcade Star DahliaThe Frontier Brain of the Battle Arcade, and the first one Matt faces.
- Ambiguously Brown
- Dance Battler
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appears battling Nando one chapter before Matt faces her. The broadcast of their fight inspires Matt with information on her strategy.
- Genki Girl
- Olympus Mons: Owns a Zapdos.
Factory Head ThortonThe Battle Factory's Frontier Brain. He's an old classmate of Matt's from their time in the Rustboro School.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the games, he's an honest Frontier Brain. Here, he is really one of Polaris's Chromosomes.
- Double Agent: Uses his position as Factory Head to carry out Polaris's goals.
- False Friend: Matt considered him a friend. He wasn't.
Cafe Diva LyraThe Frontier Brain who oversees the Battle Cafe in the National Park. She has a strange personality but is an extremely powerful trainer.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: She didn't need to use Belly Drum to maximize Azumarill's attack strength. She had Cordelia beaten already but couldn't resist going all out.
"Kiss of Death"A notorious serial killer in Kanto. She is known for completely sanitizing the scenes of her crimes, leaving behind nothing but the victim's mutilated body with a kiss mark in their own blood on it, hence the name.
- Kiss of Death: It's only her namesake, after all! She got it from her calling card of leaving a bloody kiss on her victim's lips.
- Serial Killer: Appears in the very first chapter of The Angel of Reckoning with quite a profile.
Governor TobiasThe governor of the entire Tohjo Continent.
Gabriella BouchardThe president of the Angel Corporation, a large pharmaceutical company stationed in Viridian City, and a good friend of Governor Tobias.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The president of a powerful global pharmaceutical company... somehow.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Pretty strange and absentminded for a woman of her status.
- Genki Girl
LookerAn International Police detective who is a master of disguise. He first appeared helping to arrest the members of Team Rocket at the Indigo Plateau. Later, he appeared having arrested Foster and Baker after the Whitegold City incident. He is now assigned to investigate the Kiss of Death case but he is removed after looking into the financial records of the victims.
- Badass Longcoat
- Interpol Special Agent
- Master of Disguise
- Only Known by Their Nickname
- Strange-Syntax Speaker: Fits the trope perfectly, he does.
Dr. Dante FantomosAn elderly scientist that discovered the structure of DNA fifty-five years prior to the events of The Angel of Reckoning. Following the deaths of his wife Clara and daughter Amina, he disappeared from public sight and was presumed dead for many years. He has, however, resurfaced recently, doing research on the Meteonite for the Angel Corporation.
- Absent-Minded Professor: Acts and speaks in a rather scatterbrained manner, often wandering onto other subjects.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: His first known Pokémon, Haxorus.
- Theme Naming: His daughter's name, Amina, came from "amino acid."
Sutter ChiakiMatt and Amanda's late grandfather and a legendary archeologist. Matt often idolizes him, yet expresses a wish to live outside of his shadow.
- In-Series Nickname: Shaymin almost always calls him "the professor."
- Posthumous Character: Murdered in the prologue of The Gardener of Gratitude, which is his only living appearance in the series. Everything else is in flashback.
- Retcon: His title was "doctor" originally, but the remake of The Gardener of Gratitude changes it to "professor."
Jacob AlexisonAn archeologist who once worked alongside Sutter Chiaki as his assistant. More recently, Matt had a rather nasty encounter with him, which left the younger Chiaki bitterly damaged both mentally and physically. Jacob also appears in The Gardener of Gratitude, where is Sutter's apprentice in flashbacks.
He is, like Bunny, a guest character from Bay Alexison's Nothing, Everything.
- Berserk Button: Anything relating to the events he witnessed in the Tenganist holy land as Sutter's assistant.
- Dirty Old Man: When he sees Matt's companions, especially Nekou, he takes a rather creepy interest in them. He openly admits that it's because he hasn't seen women for years while in prison.
- Treacherous Advisor: He finally appears in person in "Sweet Little Lies," where Matt and Nekou must speak to him for information. He claims not to be evil anymore, though.
Rowena ByrneA reporter notorious after helping take down the Kodai Network Group, who now works as a freelance reporter for the ONBS Network. She first appeared in The Victory Star of Fate investigating Liam Everton.
She's back as of "Goldenrod City Under Siege (Part 1)," now pursuing Polaris for her latest story.
- Berserk Button: Questioning her parenting.
- Intrepid Reporter
- Meaningful Name: "Byrne" is a Welsh word that translates to Raven, a reference to her black hair.
MonroeA trainer who Olivia met at Earl's Pokemon Academy. He is a student of Amanda's, and the brother of Helena and Avril.
- Ascended Extra: He returns in Goldenrod City and becomes a member of the main group.
- Battle Couple: Fights side-by-side with Olivia in Goldenrod City Under Siege (Part 2).
- Butt-Monkey: The object of much teasing from Nekou once she figured out his crush on Olivia.
- Dogged Nice Guy: With an interesting aversion - Olivia actually returned it!
- Living Emotional Crutch: Olivia manipulates him to act as one.
- Official Couple: Actually somehow has accomplished this with Olivia, although she's completely in charge.
- Straight Man: To Olivia's more outlandish behavior.
- Understanding Boyfriend: Rolls with the bizarre situations Olivia gets into, even though he's surprised by them.
Professor Jason ElmThe Johto region's Pokemon Professor. Olivia sought him out to get a starter Pokemon, but things didn't quite go as planned.
- Hostage for MacGuffin: Of sorts. Ghetsis wanted to use him as a prop in his speech and offered to return him to his family in exchange for cooperation. He didn't mean it the way Elm thought.
ZoroarkAn evil Pokémon that terrorized the land that would become Argyros Town thousands of years ago. He was sealed away in a stone tablet by the legendary hero Kratos, who used the Life Orb to do so. However, the seal came with a price; once every solar eclipse a woman from the town would have to be sacrificed or the seal would be broken. He is actually an incarnation of part of Dark Matter's power, split off from Azrael until a time when she could reabsorb him.
Colonel NixonA military leader in 1850, he was the primary antagonist of The Firestorm Rebellion. His goal was to use the ritual sacrifice of Argyros Town to free Zoroark and then overthrow the empire he served.
- An Arm and a Leg: Albeit his artificial one, but still.
- Evil Laugh
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: After he reveals the true way to use the Life Orb and initiates the sacrifice.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Slasher Smile
- Weapon of Choice: His saber.
Lt. Colonel BeschussColonel Nixon's loyal second-in-command and the minor secondary antagonist of The Firestorm Rebellion. His active function is to lead Nixon's strike force on the front lines in the Colonel's absence.
- All There in the Manual: He went unnamed in the story until it was posted on the author's Dreamwidth account, at which point his name finally appeared in the tags.
- Blood Knight: Loves hunting his enemies far too much, clearly reveling in what he gets to do on the battlefield.
- The Dragon: To Nixon.
- Meaningful Name: His name can mean "fire" as well as "bombardment" and "shelling" in German. Given the war he helps Nixon launch, that's certainly accurate.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate ultimately goes unrevealed after he is defeated off-screen by Bunny. Can double as Fridge Horror when you realize that the last time he was seen, he was aboard Nixon's flying ship before it crashed.
AgentaThe apprentice maiden of the shrine of Argyros Town in the past. She is targeted by Colonel Nixon for his plans.
- Grand Theft Me: During the sacrifice, Zoroark reconstitutes himself by trying this. He fails, but she dies anyway.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Mysterious Waif
AltheaAgenta's mother and the guardian of the Argyros Town shrine in the past. Though she rarely leaves the shrine, she is deeply devoted to protecting the town.
- Berserk Button: Threatening her land or her people.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- One-Woman Army
- Weapon of Choice: Her late husband's sword, and her three Sigilyph.
General Bjorn ZerossenThe leader of Caitlin XVI's military in 1850. He is friendly with Althea and seeks to help stop the plans of his underling, Colonel Nixon.
Captain Liam EvertonPrimary antagonist of The Victory Star of Fate. He was president of the oil exploration firm Everton International, though he sought to obtain Victini's Victory Star and take full control of the world's energy resources.
- Bad Boss
- Beneath the Mask: Presents himself as a concerned leader to the people of Whitegold City. The truth is kind of different.
- Berserk Button: Don't ever question the power of dreams around him.
- Brought Down to Normal: The Victory Star eventually stops working.
- The Chessmaster
- Chess Motifs: Played with; he is fond of referring to the players in his plan as "pieces" and Whitegold City as the "board."
- Evil Laugh
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Tries to keep as much about his true plans a secret as possible.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Jumps off after he gets the Victory Star, then spends the rest of the story plummeting.
- Killed Off for Real
- Laughing Mad
- Manipulative Bastard
- Mayor Evil
- My Greatest Failure: Losing his men during the war.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His entire plan is leading to his revenge against Sinnoh for what happened during the war.
- Slasher Smile
- Start of Darkness: Because of a dream he had, he led all his troops into a foolish battle during the war, which only he and Woods survived. Refusing to accept the idea that he might have been at fault causes him to begin seeking the Victory Star.
- Tears of Blood
- Villain with Good Publicity
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
Foster and BakerLiam Everton's two bodyguards and top security officials.
- My God, What Have I Done?: for Foster.
- Start of Darkness: They were originally homeless brothers on the streets of Whitegold City, until they were recruited by Everton. They each take it in a different direction.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Foster gets this when he tries to act as Everton's voice of reason, leading to his HeelFace Turn.
Midori MakiseAn Everton International employee who is the anchorwoman for the news broadcasts within Whitegold City.
KyokoThe receptionist at the Everton International headquarters.
WoodsAn old man who lives in Whitegold City. He once was Liam Everton's first mate.
- My God, What Have I Done?
- FaceHeel Turn: Briefly.
- Professional Gambler
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Gets this as soon as he's done guiding Everton to Victini, and with record time after his FaceHeel Turn no less.
AurelieAn elderly fortune teller living in Whitegold City. She becomes a sort of guide during the heroes' quest to stop Everton.
KatorenaA posh young woman who came to Whitegold City to prepare for a Kanto Region gym challenge. After ending up with Matt's group through no fault of her own, her extremely proper attitude ends up conflicting with some of the others.
Captain Becket EvertonLiam Everton's late grandfather. Regarded as a legend by a number of the older citizens of Whitegold City.
Eleanor LaplaceAn engineer and inventor from Kalos who Matt and Cassy encounter as a tourist. She has a knack for understanding how machines work and is excited to see those that help make La Ciudad Dorada function.
- Adorkable: Her bubbly and upbeat personality might mislead one when it comes to how intelligent and resourceful she is. As detailed below, she even has the ability to intuitively understand even technology she has never worked with before.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's a goofball who lapses into bouts of childish glee at seeing new technology, shows little restraint in referring to a princess by a casual nickname, teases a creature that said princess's kingdom worships like it's just another acquaintance, and is seemingly more interested when she finds out the "statues" in the palace museum are bodies mummified in gold. None of this takes away from her immense talent as an engineer.
- Ms Fix It: Repairs the broken truck the team finds at the mining camp despite having little direct experience with the technology.
- Not Enough to Bury: Anything left of her after the detonation of the skyship bomb likely never reached the ground.
- Wrench Wench: The defining characteristic of this version of Eleanor. As mentioned above, she traveled to La Ciudad Dorada in the first place because of its unique machines. She also possesses Machine Empathy, as shown off by her ability to use, diagnose and repair machines she hasn't seen before based only on her intuition.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When she learns that Matt unwittingly designed the Galactic Bomb, Eleanor encourages him by saying he created his machines for good purposes, and it has no reflection on him if someone takes them to use for evil.
Count Fernando VIIIRosalita's brother and a nobleman in La Ciudad Dorada who is obsessed with protecting the kingdom from external threats.
- Alas, Poor Villain: His demise is drawn out and comes completely after he has given up on his ambitions. He is so broken, in fact, that the reason he meets his fate at all is because he could not forgive himself for what he had done. Once he finally understands the truth of the past, he can do nothing but urge Rosalita to be the wise leader La Ciudad Dorada needs, even though he can no longer walk beside her.
- Always with You: Even after everything he did, Rosalita still feels his presence encouraging her to go on while she gives her coronation speech.
- Badass Cape: Spends much of the story wearing an elegant red one with ornate gold trim. He ultimately discards it to make his escape from the skyship.
- Dark Messiah: Sees himself as one, having been driven mad by the external threats La Ciudad Dorada faces and believing that the only way to protect his beloved home is to awaken Regigigas and use it as a weapon.
- Face Death with Dignity: He is far more composed when it comes to his impending demise than Rosalita is. It mostly is thanks to him seeing his fate as a fitting punishment while also seeing that Rosalita will be the ruler he hoped he could be himself.
- Loss of Identity: He built his identity completely upon the belief that he would one day be La Ciudad Dorada's king. When things didn't go according to plan, his inability to come to terms with it and determine what his reason for existing was gradually drove him insane.
- Malevolent Masked Man: He wears a mask that is noted to resemble a Dusknoir when he pays Sutter a visit.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When he sees the destruction his plans are causing in his beloved home first-hand, he snaps and lashes out as he struggles to come to terms with his actions. Once his army and Regigigas are freed from his control, he breaks down fully and attempts to walk back his final trap by warning Rosalita not to smash the control gauntlet and trigger the bomb but fails. This ultimately leads him to conclude he has no place in La Ciudad Dorada and confirm once and for all that he should exile himself by drinking from the Fountain of Life to see if he gains its power.
- Self-Made Orphan: He murdered his parents, the previous king and queen, after going off the deep end and believing they weren't acting to protect the kingdom.
- Start of Darkness: While it is noted by Rosalita that Fernando always had an ego, he was harmless and loving until the day Shaymin chose her to access the throne instead of him, forcing him into a downward spiral of jealousy and paranoia about his place in the world.
- Tragic Villain: As the chapters go by, it becomes more and more apparent that he doesn't enjoy what he's doing, but he is too blind to be able to see the mistakes he's making. It is not until his death due to the Fountain of Life's curse that he realizes the truth about his life and is able to show his true self to his sister again.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: His behavior in the flashbacks to his childhood with Rosalita are heartbreaking when compared to what he became. At one time, he was a playful and loving brother who wanted nothing more than to fulfill his life's purpose alongside Rosalita. When the positions became reversed, however, he couldn't cope.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Until Rosalita reveals his actions in her address to the kingdom, the people firmly believe in his image as a generous prince who sponsors the theater.
- Villainous BSoD: Experiences one when Matt points out to him the destruction his actions are causing in La Ciudad Dorada, ultimately leading to his My God, What Have I Done? detailed above.
RosalitaThe Doradan princess and Fernando VIII's sister. She is accused by her brother of killing their parents and plotting to sell the kingdom out to invaders, but the truth is far more complex than anyone imagined.
- Badass Normal: Possesses no superhuman attributes until she gains immortality, anyway but is still overwhelmingly powerful through a combination of physical training with Edrei, extensively training her Pokémon, and her strong will.
- Determinator: She does waver sometimes, but always returns to her resolution to accomplish her purpose no matter what.
- In-Series Nickname: Eleanor fondly dubs her "Rosa." Noel, meanwhile, gives her the more derisive moniker "Princess."
- Pretty Princess Powerhouse: Her distinctive blonde Rapunzel Hair gives her a classical princess image, and you do not want to cross her and end up in a Pokémon battle with her. She's skilled enough to defeat even the likes of Regirock and Registeel.
- Rapunzel Hair: She has a huge head of fluffy, cloud-like blonde hair that goes down at least past her waist.
- Tomboy Princess: Is a Rapidash-riding enthusiast who spends so much time outdoors that she has a dark tan. She has also undergone intensive training in Pokémon battling to gain the strength to lead. It is later revealed that she trained with Edrei to be a knight before she knew she would be queen, and continued said training even after finding out.
- Took a Level in Badass: She was a very different person in her childhood, having a much more meek personality. Years of training with Edrei and the other up-and-coming guards helped her embrace her tougher and more determined side.
- Tranquil Fury: Following her conversation with Fernando as she puts the defensive wall up around La Ciudad Dorada, she reacts to his intent of fighting her by knighting her friends and donning a suit of armor to go into battle herself. She doesn't break down or lash out at all, she just acts with a deadly serious focus.
ShayminA Pokémon who appeared in what would become La Ciudad Dorada over 700 years ago in response to the people of the land showing gratitude for what they had. It has since taken up residence in Lingote Palace as the Pokémon that lives with and guides the royal family.
- Hidden Depths: At first, Shaymin seems like nothing more than a cute sidekick with a bit of an attitude, much like the Shaymin seen in Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior. This couldn't be further from the truth, as it quickly grows troubled by the events unfolding around it. As it turns out, the entire conspiracy unraveling to threaten La Ciudad Dorada's survival is indirectly Shaymin's fault. It helped Fernando IV lie to the people of his time about the reason for the civil war, which created a negative impression of twins being born to the royal family - the direct reason for Fernando's Loss of Identity in the present day. In the end, Shaymin learns its lesson and decides to face the future with a newfound sense of hope alongside Rosalita.
- Verbal Tic: Depending on which form it is currently in, Shaymin ends many of its sentences with either "yes?" (Land Forme) or "you!" (Sky Forme.)
Noel and LeonA sister and brother from Orre who turned to a life of crime and became Pokémon Hunters in order to survive. They have appeared in La Ciudad Dorada with an army of powerful, artificially controlled Pokémon hoping to capture Shaymin and find the Golden City.
- Breakout Character: Their humorous personalities and close sibling bond proved to make them quite popular with readers.
- HeelFace Turn: After Matt is burned by Heatran, they find themselves unable to continue on their path of collaborating with Fernando and cut a deal to join Rosalita's side.
- Hidden Depths: Noel and Leon initially appear to be cartoony villains looking to get rich quick, but in reality, they are desperate street orphans who only turned to crime as a way to support themselves and wish for nothing more than to escape to a better life together.
Captain EdreiThe captain of Lingote Palace's royal guard. His partner is a Pidgeot he can Mega Evolve using a Key Stone in his armor.
- Bodyguard Crush: He has carried one for Rosalita since their childhood, although it is strongly implied she doesn't know about it.
RegigigasA legendary Pokémon that serves as the guardian of La Ciudad Dorada. It watches over the kingdom from an unknown location, waiting to protect it from both external and internal threats.
The WandererA mysterious caped figure who helped show the ancient people 700 years ago what they should feel gratitude for, and summoned Shaymin by planting a Gracidea flower. He is said to be a Tenganist warrior priest from the Ransei region accompanied by a Lucario and Golisopod.
- Demoted to Extra: In the original version, he was known as the "Azure Angel" and played an active role in the events of the story. This time, his name and much of his story is stripped away, with no sign that he will appear in anything other than flashbacks. He is still the same character, however; Shaymin's flashback to him bidding it farewell contains a Continuity Nod that references his background as an immortal warrior searching for a missing person.
- The Cameo: He appears in the epilogue of the story, in a scene that confirms his reputation is true and he is indeed immortal.