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Ash Ketchum/Aaron AutumnsTaken in by Poison Lance after his family was murdered by an unknown criminal group.
- Action Survivor
- Accidental Pervert: Decides when he visits a hot springs to either get his pokemon or help others spy on women to find their hygiene secrets.
- Adaptational Intelligence: He starts his journey with a greater understanding of Pokémon and battling than he did in canon.
- All-Loving Hero: Ash is the closest thing this World Half Full really has to a saviour, who can bring people together and solve conflicts in the most non-violent manners possible.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Brock and Misty sometimes view him as this. That said, while they're correct about much of his naivety and brashness, they're not aware of his backstory and so don't realise just how well he actually can handle himself in light of everything.
- Baby Talk: Due to having the bare minimum of human contact, Ash spoke like this when he was five. Poison Lance was relieved that he could speak at all.
- Bad Liar: Due to being this, he can only lie to people with half truths.
- Big Eater: Averted, as Ash grew up not always having food available and having to conserve food.
- Bookworm: He became one to make up for his limited education. Poison Lance encourages this and only let Ash attend school unti he was fluent at writing and reading. He reads a lot, from every possible subject.
- Chekhov's Classroom: One chapter begins with Ash reading a book on how lighting is formed. When Ash and Pikachu are fighting a flock of crazed spearow, Ash uses this information to teach Pikachu how to form Lighting Bolt.
- Child Prodigy: Is recognized as a gifted trainer for his age.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Gets a lot of trouble trying to help people.
- Coincidence Magnet: To the point he no longer denies it. Brock says they should get a mystic to check for curses.
- Combat Pragmatist: Is one with his Pokémon battling tactics.
- Country Mouse: Since Ash grew up in the forest for most of his life, he gets very ansty and disoriented in cities.
- Culture Blind: Aaron is very unaware of things pokemon trainers that should know, things that are taught in class or other people. Justified that Aaron is faking being a normal trainer and was raised by pokemon, who were largely unaware of how humans function.
- Foil: Serves one to N Harmonia, like N Ash is naive and can speak to pokemon. But Ash was raised by wild pokemon that tried raising him to be as human as possible as opposed trained ones who were there to prove Ghestis's point. As a result, Ash doesn't suffer N's Confirmation Bias and sees the good and the bad of pokemon training.
- Friend to All Living Things: Ash apparently got this trait from his parents.
- Guile Hero: Is the least physically competent of the team, so he mostly relies on tactics and thinking his way out.
- Harmful to Minors: Ash sees a distressing amount of violence for a ten-year old.
- The Heart: Ash is the most idealistic of the group and serves as the glue that keeps the group together.
- Hulk Speak: He used to speak like this as a child, and only got that due to Poison Lance making sure that he had regular contact with humans. Even now that he got better, he still has a limited vocabulary.
- Humble Hero: Continuously flustered by praise for his heroism, because, from his perspective, he's only doing what any decent person would
- Innocent Inaccurate: When he first heard of Pokémon training, he was horrified at the concept of taking wild Pokémon from their habitat, stuffing them into little Poké Balls, and forcing them to fight. He had to be reassured by Poison Lance that most Pokémon go in knowing the risk, and some actually go in wanting to be captured to get stronger.
- Another example is that he doesn't understand why people want to peek on women in the baths and deduces that men want to find out women's hygiene secrets.
- Innocently Insensitive: Sometimes his lack of tact can make him accidentally insulting, as such as the Porta Vista chapter as he calls Misty ugly.
- Also, he's unaware that Charmander is growing resentful of him for not allowing him to see combat.
- Innocent Prodigy: Is a genius at tactics and Pokémon training, but is very naive about human social mores.
- Just Smile and Nod: He gets this as advice from Poison Lance to just smile and nod when humans do something that doesn't make sense. He employs it quite often around Gary.
- Layman's Terms: Due to his scattered self-education, he doesn't always understand more complicated vocabulary.
- Made of Iron: Takes a beating from a Nidoqueen, while poisoned, that should have crippled or killed him outright going against Krieg, when he awoke his Aura.
- Magnetic Hero: Most of his Pokémon chose to join him, rather than him capturing them.
- Meaningful Rename: When Ash rejoins human civilization, he goes under the name Aaron Autumns. Might also be a reference to Sir Aaron, an Aura Guardian.
- Mundane Luxury: Sleeping in beds, having a roof over his head, or feeling full or having an open fire are unique experiences.
- Nice Guy
- No Social Skills: Is not too smart in social situations, but to be fair, he was raised by wild Pokémon for most of his life.
- Non-Action Guy: Is the only one in the group who is not combat trained. Is being slowly rectified by Brock.
- The Nose Knows: Can tell that people are lying to him by smell.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Humans only know him by his alias, Aaron Autumns.
- Phrase Catcher: Did you just speak properly?
- Ping-Pong Naïveté: Didn't understand what mating was... until he realized Brock was talking about sex.
- Psychic Powers: Heavily implied to have Aura.
- Skilled, but Naïve: A tactical genius and brilliant at raising and training Pokémon, but has very limited experience with humanity, is ten years old, and very naive due to his upbringing.
- Socially Awkward Hero
- Sole Survivor: The only one of his family to escape the Ketchum murders. Although it's hinted that the group which killed his parents actually wanted to abduct him, instead.
- The Power of Friendship: With the exception of Primeape, he mostly captures Pokémon by asking if they want to come.
- Speaks Fluent Pokémon: Due to his upbringing, Ash can speak to Pokémon.
- Teach Me How To Fight: Asks this of Brock after the siege of the Pokemon Village.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: The battle against Krieg ended up awakening his Aura abilities, and kept him alive.
Misty WaterflowerA former Cerulean gym trainer who decided join Ash after he saves her life.
- Action Girl
- Big Damn Heroes: She and Brock stop Krieg from killing Ash as she disabled his traps.
- Cool Big Sis: Unlike in the anime itself, Misty is specifically a couple of years Ash's senior and treats him like a little brother.
- Fiery Redhead: Lampshaded by Pikachu.
- Gym Brat: Because Gym Leaders have a somewhat military role in the setting, Misty was raised like this.
- In-Universe Nickname: Is called the Wandering Sensational Sister.
- The Lancer: She serves as a foil to Ash as she's worldly, trained, and city-savvy.
- Like Brother and Sister
- Ms. Exposition: Was the one who told Ash about money being given to the trainer after winning the gym battle.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: Played With - while to her face her sisters call her "the runt", behind her back they call her the Fourth Sensational Sister so she won't get a swelled head. This difference in attitude might be due to the fact that her sisters ''raised'' her.
- Pervert Revenge Mode: The Fist of Female Fury.
- Poor, Predictable Rock: Averted, as she is trying to diversify her Pokémon.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: She's Red to Ash's blue.
- Rescue Romance: Had a crush on Ash for rescuing her; this aspect seems to be dropped by the Pokémon Village arc.
- She outright states in the Safari Arc that she grew out of her crush as she started seeing Ash as a younger brother.
- Why Did It Have to Be Bird Pokemon: Getting attacked and nearly getting killed by wild Spearow, she initially develops a fear of bird Pokémon. Although she desensitizes herself by grooming Ash's Pidgeotto.
- Big Brother Mentor: He teaches Ash how to fight and survive since Ash keeps getting in trouble.
- Big Damn Heroes: He and Misty save Aaron from being killed by Krieg with Brock's pokemon directly attacking Krieg.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Downplayed from his canon Lovable Sex Maniac; he still flirts with any older single woman, although he draws the line at married women.
- Erika implies it was his way of acting out against his father.
- Daddy Issues: While Flint made amends, Brock has mixed feelings on his return.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: He is one to Ash, training him to the ground.
- Eagle-Eye Detection: Didn't flirt with a Jenny because he quickly saw her ring indicating that she was married.
- I Should Have Been Better: Blames himself for the events of the manor ending up with almost everyone being killed, including Aaron if they had been even a second late.
- The Leader: He nominally leads the group, being the eldest and wisest... Well, at least when Ash isn't taking action into his own hands against orders, much to Brock's chagrin.
- Likes Older Women: Seems to especially like Nurse Joys and Officer Jennys.
- Missing Mom: Unlike canon, his mother is actually dead.
- Promotion to Parent: Deconstructed as when Flint left the family, Brock was emotionally unprepared to become a parent to his younger siblings, and had to put his dreams on hold to take care of them.
- The Smart Guy/The Big Guy: A mixture of the two, being both the smartest of the humans in the group but also being the best fighter.
- Stern Teacher
- Team Dad: He's more of a parent/brother to Ash.
- Would Hit a Girl: He fights the Rocket Grunts during the Hidden Village Arc. Brock is specifically described as killing a few female grunts with no less hesitation than the males. Along with basically being trained for it, he knows full well that these people are no less criminals and can't be shown mercy.
Pikachu (???/Sparks Between the Stars/???)A wild Pikachu that was captured by Professor Oak in the morning when Ash went to get his starter.
- Alien Catnip: The moment he got his hands on ketchup, he fell in love with it. Enough to fight off Primeape for trying to get a little taste.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Pikachu's Lightning Bolt attack is powerful enough fry someone to ash but it requires a thunderstorm in order to work as Pikachu uses actual lightning.
- Berserk Button: Do not mess with Ash. As Damian found out the hard way.
- Completely Unnecessary Translator: Justified as Ash is trying to preserve the image that he doesn't understand Pokémon, but exploits his close bond with Pikachu by saying he can understand Pokémon through Pikachu. It doesn't always work, and Pikachu hates that they have to play charades.
- Deadpan Snarker: Constantly pokes fun at Ash's ignorance of human social mores and other trainers' misunderstanding of him.
- Death Ray: Lightning Bolt is so powerful that that he can turn people to ashes.
- Deliberately Cute Pokémon: Loves looking adorable to get what he wants, especially from Misty.
- Establishing Character Moment: When Pikachu is released from his Pokéball for the first time, he looks at Ash and says "Look at this idiot".
- Giver of Lame Names: When dealing with himself.Pikachu: ...Don't worry, the 'Lightning Zapper' never misses!Pidgeotto: Is that what you're calling yourself?Ash: I thought you'd made progress on the name.
- Head Pet: Although it's noted by Misty to be an unusual practice.
- Insult of Endearment: Constantly calls Ash an idiot, but says Ash is their idiot.
- Killer Rabbit: Is a cute little mouse-like pokemon...has a Death Ray for an attack.
- Large Ham: He plays it up when he wants.
- The Movie Buff: Loves monster movies, which is lampshaded by Ash as he never saw a movie.
- Sarcastic Devotee: He snarks every chance he gets, but genuinely loves and supports Ash.
- Shock and Awe: His Thunderbolt attack, which is noted to be unusual among wild Pikachu. Pikachu says he learned it from his father, who was taught by a trained one.
- Weight Woe: Is distressed that he's losing his "plump Pikachu figure".
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Became unoffical leader of the Butterfree Migration Group because he kicked the most ass and defeated Team Rocket.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Invoked because while Caterpie was willing to join, Ash wanted to battle for his first capture.
- Growing Up Sucks: Caterpie had this opinion about evolving; though to be fair, most Metapod in the Viridian Forest don't survive to become Butterfree.
- Jumped at the Call: He asks Ash if he could join him, much to Ash's distress because Ash wanted to battle for his first capture.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Joined Ash because he wanted to evolve and survive through becoming a Metapod.
- The Leader: Becomes the leader of the Butterfree migration group.
- Naïve Newcomer: At first, while he was still a Caterpie, he did not knew what the world of pokemon training entails. This trait continued for a while after his final evolution.Butterfree: And some of us can't do math well. (Pikachu and Pidgeotto were jokingly playing type supremacy cards.)
- Nice Guy: Is very polite, courteous, and friendly to other Pokémon.
- Offscreen Momentof Awesome: As Ash's team are leaving Viridian, they are congratulating him on his timely evolution.
- Parrot Pet Position: Since Pikachu already called Ash's head, he stays on Ash's shoulders.
- Psychic Powers: Knows Confusion and has an adept psychic moveset, which saved him when he battled a Team Rocket Kadabra.
- Put on a Bus: Similar to canon; however, it's been indicated he might return in the future (unlike canon).
- Took a Level in Badass
PidgeottoA Pidgeotto from Fuchsia City who went to Pallet Town to visit some old friends, until she tried to eat Ash's Caterpie. Getting caught was a win-win situation for her, since getting captured meant she gets to travel to faraway lands and have guaranteed meals.
- Carnivore Confusion: Averted, she eats wild Pokémon without any worries. She doesn't eat her teammates out of respect to them and her trainer. She was introduced hoping to eat Caterpie and met Magikarp by eating one of his daughters.
- Easily Forgiven: Forgiven for trying to eat Caterpie and forgiven by Magikarp for eating his daughter.
- The Reliable One
- Tastes Like Friendship: How Pidgeotto was won over; while she regetted being caught in a fight with a trainer, she quickly perked up at the fact that she no longer has to hunt for food and is guaranteed regular meals. It also helps that Ash gave her berries, proving her point.
- This Is Going to Suck: When she realizes that she is going to have to battle a trainer, after she tried to eat Caterpie.
- With Great Power Comes Great Perks: Becames a trainer pokemon because she will get to travel with guaranteed meals.
BulbasaurA very battle-hardened pokemon.
- Awesome, but Impractical: His opinion of evolution is while evolution makes pokemon more powerful, it also causes pokemon to consume a lot more resources to maintain it. Seeing how he used to travel in a land of scarce resource and both Melanie and Ash aren't well off enought to support a large pokemon, the costs outweigh the benefits. Plus he's aiming to get Solar Beam.
- Berserk Button: Do not mess with Oddish, Melanie, or Ash.
- Big Brother Instinct
- Cultured Badass: Surprisingly well adviced at history and government movements.
- Fantastic Racism: Not completely so, but he still generally thinks poorly of humanity as a whole, and pretty much views Melanie and Ash as exceptions to the rule.
- Good Is Not Nice: While a good guy, he's extremely rude and willing to get his hands dirty.
- Humans Are Bastards: Thinks that this is one of the two types of people in the world as well as the most prevalent.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Is an jerk to very one outside of Melanie and Oddish but tries to convince Ash to give up his journey for his own safety when he finds Ash understand him and is a good kid.
- Morality Pet: Has one in the form of Oddish.
- Mr. Exposition
- Retired Badass: Had lived in Orre before he came to Kanto to retire and ended in Melanie's care. He comes out of retirement to protect the Pokémon Village and to join Ash.
- Smarter Than You Look: Concisely explained the rise and fall of fascism in Kanto to everyone else.
- There Are Two Kinds of People in the World: Humans come in two flavors in his opinion: the first is people like Team Rocket who use and abuse other people and Pokémon. The second are people like Melanie and Ash who are good people who treat others well and try to help others...and often get used, abused, and killed by the former group. This opinion was formed due to Bulbasaur living in Orre and having had to deal with the kinds of people who live there.
- Thou Shall Not Kill: Averted. It's shown onscreen that he kills several Team Rocket grunts that were planning to attack the Pokémon Village, and shows no remorse for it.
- Unscrupulous Hero: He's geniunely protective of the good people he knows like Ash and Melanie and tries to support them as much as he can, such as delying his own evolution to not have to require more food. But he despises most of humanity and is unrepetant in his use of lethal force.
Squirtle (Little Bouncing Shell/ Fierce Shell/ Haven Shell)
- Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Shows good long-term planning skills, which is unusual among wild Pokémon.
- Gives his squirtles a harmless healthy outlet to deal with their problems with humans, so he's very good understanding of emotions.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Avoids swearing.
- Large Ham
- Name That Unfolds Like Lotus Blossom: In Squirtle, his current name is Little Bouncing Shell. His next name is Fierce Shell when he evolves, and his final name will be Haven Shell.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He intentionally give up Ash to Team Rocket when he thought they just wanted to prank him.
- The Prankster: Gets people with annoying but harmless pranks to help the Squirtle Squad deal with their abandonment issues.
- Team Dad: To the Squirtle Sqaud.
Charmander / Charmeleon/ Charizard
- Crippling Overspecialization: Despite being a well trained Fire-Type, he lacks other, non Fire-Typed moves. As a result, he sees combat the least in favor of Ash's other more versatile Pokémon.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- The Load: He thinks Ash views him as this since he doesn't allow Charmander to battle for tactical reasons, which could be foreshadowing his future rebellion with Ash when he evolves.
- This is one of the reasons he forced himself to evolve early, because he couldn't do anything in the last few battles.
- The Resenter: While he does appreciate Ash's rescue of him and Ash's commitment to him, he hates that Ash does not let him see battle and thinks he's being held back because he isn't strong enough. He grows more and more resentful the more Ash doesn't allow him to fight.
- Shrinking Violet: He started as one.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Forced itself to evolve early to attempt to save Ash from Krieg. As a result, his nervous system is out of sync and he can't even use his wings.
- Dumb Muscle: Is really strong, but is not the brightest crayon in the box.
- The Fool: In his Establishing Character Moment, he asked Ash if he saw the kid who can speak to Pokémon, not realizing he was speaking to Ash.
- Funetik Aksent: His dialogue is written in one.
- The Gadfly
- It Amused Me: To why steals Ash's hat.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Was a Jerkass in his introduction, but he seemed to lighten up.
PsyduckOne of Misty's Pokémon who purposely had himself captured.
- Ambiguous Disorder
- Ditzy Genius: Is a lot more powerful and smarter than he lets on, but isn't too bright most of the time.
- Establishing Character Moment: As described by Ash, he walked up to the group, looked at Misty, decided that "she could use some help", and subsequently grabbed a Pokeball to be sucked into. Ash notes it's the first time he's heard of a Pokémon capturing themselves.
- Psychic Powers: The more powerful it's headache, the stronger its powers are. With a sufficient enough one, it managed to deflect three psybeams that converged into a Death Ray.
Magikarp ( He Who Tastes Like Shit/?????)A Magikarp found faking being wounded on the beach.
- Cartwright Curse: All of his mates and all nine of his children died.
- Cosmic Plaything: Nothing in his life has gone right.
- Cynicism Catalyst: His fourth mate and ninth child died.
- Death Seeker
- Despair Event Horizon: Played for Laughs, Magikarp has given up on living and is excited at prospect of his own death.
- Do Not Go Gentle: How Magikarp was recruited to the team, as Pikachu pitched how they usually get into very interesting and dangerous situations. Magikarp agrees to join, admitting that he didn't have the most exciting life.Ash: Weirdest recruitment speech ever.
- Dissonant Serenity: Very calm and at peace with himself even looking forward to his own death, which is Truth in Television for suicidal people.
- Driven to Suicide: Played for Laughs and drama as Magikarp was hoping to be eaten after his fourth mate and his ninth child died.
- The Eeyore: Is very depressive to say the least.
- Heartbroken Badass: He's lost much, but isn't afraid of anything the team faces. Mind you, he's also suicidal.
- Let's Meet the Meat: He tried to invoke it, offering himself to be eaten.
- He constantly encourages the others to cook and eat him.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Was a little too happy at the thought of Ash leaving him to freeze to death
- Thank Your Prey: was a recipient of this when Pidgeotto ate his third daughter and help him find her bones to mourn.
- Unfortunate Names: Magikarp's name literally translates to He Who Tastes Like Shit. It's supposed to discourage predators.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Faked being wounded in the hopes that someone would eat him.
The Sensational Sisters — Lily, Daisy and Violet Waterflower
- Adaptational Intelligence: A good deal smarter than in canon. Their ditziness is just an act.
- Berserk Button: They don't like Pallet Town trainers too much. Mostly because they see them as Quantity Versus Quality.
- Big Sister Instinct: Are protective of Misty despite their attitudes towards her.
- Ms. Fanservice: Thanked Ash with a big heaping of Marshmallow Hell.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: They pretend to be weak in order to trick upcoming trainers to lower their guard for the real gym battle.
- Promotion to Parent: Implied by Misty, who stated their parents died when she was very young.
- Training from Hell: Received this from Lorelei of the Elite Four. Which is why Misty is a big fan of Lorelei.
- The Unfought: Ash never battles them, and like the anime, they give him a badge. This is more due to their gratitude for Ash saving Misty. Although it is implied that unlike in the anime, they're much stronger and would probably have beaten Ash.
- Making a Splash
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Lampshaded by him:Seele: Oh boy, another Pallet trainer. Do I have to pretend to be weak and stupid again?
The Wandering Ranger
- The Dreaded: Team Rocket and other criminals are so terrified of him that they often surrender without fighting.
- The Drifter: He's called the Wandering Ranger for a reason.
- The Faceless: Keeps his face covered by his hat.
- Sociopathic Hero: Openly admits he prefers when the criminals fight back, as this way he can kill them all and avoid filling paperwork.
- Arrogant Military Man: He is very confident over his battle prowess with good reason.
- Cool Old Guy: He's pretty swell for the most part, despite his overconfident demeanour.
- The Gadfly: He's a bit of a troll.
- Older Than They Look: Has participated in the Great War as a soldier, but his age doesn't really show.Misty: What? He doesn't even look old.
- The Unfought: Justified - had he used his main Raichu, Ash wouldn't have stood a chance. He was still pretty impressed by Ash and Pikachu for defeating the weaker Raichu though, since it wasn't a pushover either.
- Dirty Old Woman: Gets very cuddly with Pikachu
- Shock and Awe: Electric-type.
- Super Speed: Is faster than Pikachu, who's no slowpoke himself.
- The Unfought: Instead of using her in the Gym Match against Ash, Surge used one that he'd captured more recently. Which is a good thing, since she's a lot stronger than the Raichu he used in the gym battle.
SabrinaThe Psychic-type gym leader of Saffron.
- Break the Cutie: Sabrina was mindraped by Team Rocket, forced to kill her gym members and loved ones, and nearly destroyed Saffron City before being freed.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: She was forced by Team Rocket to kill her own gym and take over Saffron for them. Fortunately, Ash managed to break her free, removing the need for Agatha to Mercy Kill her.
- Broken Bird: Although she was freed by Ash, she's already killed most of her loved ones, her Pokémon died in the clash against Agatha, and most of her psychic potential is gone. She is gunning for Revenge on Hikaru Buckak.
- Cool Big Sis: She serves as one to her apprentice Britany.
- Disappeared Dad: Unlike in the anime where she drove him away due to her uncontrollable powers (but he still watched over her from afar), it's not explained why he left and is still absent despite her being well-adjusted here...
- Forced to Watch: She was trapped in her own body, her emotions mostly blocked while Hikaru Buckak completely ruined her life.
- Mind Rape: she receives one and is forced to weaponize it.
- Parental Abandonment: No details about it yet, but she at one point states that her father left her (for unclear reasons, unlike canon), and there's no word on what happened to her mother.
- Psychic Powers: Considered the strongest in the setting. Before the ugliness.
- Sadistic Choice: Before Hikaru overtook her mind, she only had enough time to save one person - either Atsushi or Captain Torch - by "tricking herself" into thinking she'd killed that person and making them look invisible to her. She ultimately chose Torch despite her heart's desire because she knew that he'd be able to contact Agatha and ensure she'd be stopped sooner rather than later - she does hate herself for it later though, especially since she could not Take a Third Option to prevent the chaos in the first place...
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: the reason why she was attracted to Atsushi.
- The Unfought: Ash never battles her and she gives the badge to him as a reward for stopping her and to keep quiet about his role in her rescue.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: But now she is just the Broken Bird.
- World's Strongest Psychic: Recognised as this, as well as a potent trainer in her own right. Such that Agatha was hoping for Sabrina to be her successor one day. This is not the case anymore - even with Ash destroying the machine amplifying Hikaru's psychic powers, Sabrina needed to fry a number of her brain cells to end his control over her. This has reduced her physical capacity and also crippled her psychic powers to a mere third of their usual potency.
BritanySabrina's young apprentice.
- The Apprentice: To Sabrina.
- Baleful Polymorph: She is last seen (before her death) being turned into a porcelain doll by Sabrina, with it travelling up her body. Nothing Is Scarier, too, because it's unclear if it was at all real, her imagination, or some unholy combination of both... But her head still bled from the neck down when we saw it; Sabrina mentions going to visit her grave in Cerulean City; and Captain Torch's account of the incident indicates that much of the Cold-Blooded Torture Sabrina did was psychological... so perhaps it was simply elaborate Mind Rape. No less horrifying, however.
- Bring My Brown Pants: Her last moments were terrifying.
- Girlish Pigtails: Wears her black hair in pigtails.
- Kill the Cutie: By the hands of her own mentor.
- Naïve Newcomer: She's the new apprentice of the Saffron Psychic Gym.
- Sacrificial Lamb: To show how off the reservation Sabrina went.
- Off With Her Head: When Ash and his group arrive in Saffron, Sabrina teleports her decapitated head into her hand, much to their horror.
- Original Character: Not in Canon.
AtsushiAn accountant of Saffron's former fighting gym, who has decided to stay after the conversion to Psychic-types. He's in a relationship with Sabrina.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: At Sabrina's hands, thanks to Hikaru Buckak. Then she kills him.
- The Lost Lenore: To Sabrina and Captain Torch.
- Muggle: Is not a trainer, but was a regular accountant from the Fighting Dojo
- One Steve Limit: Shares the same name with a trainer from the Fighting Dojo in the games.
- Nice Guy: Why Sabrina liked him.
- Original Character: Not in canon.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: A gender-inverted example
Captain TorchA spellcaster sent by the League to watch over Sabrina.
- The Apprentice: Is Agatha's apprentice.
- Betrayal Insurance: His assignment there was to stop Sabrina if she ever went rogue.
- Bi the Way: Liked both men and women.
- Hidden Depths: Who would think the Lovable Sex Maniac is not also a League spy but Agatha's apprentice?
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Openly hits on Sabrina and Atsushi, but only them.
- Reverse Mole: Is a mole to the League to keep an eye on Sabrina.
AgathaThe Ghost-Type specialist Elite Four member.
- Barrier Warrior: Is very handy with setting up barriers to protect herself and others.
- Godzilla Threshold: If she shows up it means all hell has broken loose and she has arrived to assist.
ErikaThe leader of the Ecruteak City Gym, she is a gardener and a professional therapist.
- Adaptational Heroism: She's a lot closer to the warm and patient personality from the games as opposed to to the myopic, vindictive characterisation she had in the anime.
- Nice Girl
- Pastimes Prove Personality: As a devoted gardener, she has a stern but nurturing nature.
- Sherlock Scan: Downplayed in that she doesn't point out what gave Ash away in that he's an orphan, but justified in that she is a trained therapist.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Is a very graceful woman but can take apart someone's personality quirks by looking at them and can wrestle Brock down to the floor.
- The Shrink: Her self-appointed role.
- There Are No Therapists: Averted - she's the self-appointed therapist for the Gym Leaders, and quite good at it to boot.
KogaGym leader of Fuchsia City, a Poison Specialist. In line for the next opening in the Elite Four.
- The Unfought: Heck, we never even meet him. He has Aya deliver Ash's badge because of his actions during their joint encounter with Team Rocket.
AyaA trainer and ninja from Fuchsia City, younger daughter of Koga and sister of Janine.
- Action Girl
- Age Lift: From late teens (or early twenties) in the anime, to about ten. She's also re-envisioned as Koga's younger daughter and Janine's sister, as opposed to being the former's younger sister (Janine was Adapted Out of the mainstream anime).
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Thinks very highly of her skills.
- Black Sheep: Is from a family of skilled Pokemon trainers but doesn't like to train Pokemon.
- Cry Cute: Ash accidentally causes her to cry.
- Father, I Don't Want to Fight: Aya doesn't want to be a trainer. While she does like her Venonat, she prefers fighting on her own and doesn't really like Pokémon. Which is a problem since her father Koga is being scouted for the Elite Four and her older sister is her father's successor.
- Ninja Brat
- Poisonous Person: Her Venonat.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl
Poison LanceThe Leader of the Virdian Forest. This weedle took Ash in and raised him to respect Mareep's Last Request and the legacy of the Ketchums.
- All Webbed Up: Is prone to doing this with String Shot, example being when he makes a cocoon to act as a baby carrier for a toddler Ash.
- Almighty Janitor: The most badass Weedle you will ever get to see.
- God Guise: His Signal Beam attack got him mistaken for Genesect.
- Papa Weedle: According to Ash, this is actually very unusual as the Weedle line don't have any nurturing instinct.
- The Patriarch: Is the head of the Pokémon community of Viridian Forest.
- Mundane Utility: Is prone to using his attack for everyday needs, such using a powered-down Signal Beam as a flashlight, or using String Shot to make clothes, baskets, tents, houses....
- Overprotective Dad: Justified, since there is a legitimate threat against Ash and they have no idea what their goal was or why they killed Ash's parents.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Makes clothes for Ash using String Shot.
- Retired Badass: Was Lucas's former Pokémon before deciding to be released to the wild.
- Stronger with Age: Notable with his battle with the Houndooms:Poison Lance: Do not feel ashamed at your loss. I was traveling with a trainer long before your parents were eggs.
- Wall Crawl: Uses it as a podium when holding a meeting.
- Zany Scheme: Poison Lance was especially known for this when he was younger. He also made them unnecessarily complicated. He may have passed this on to Ash...
Pocket WatchA powerful Hypno who is close friends with his old teammate Poison Lance. He uses his abilities to help keep Ash's mental state well-adjusted, and to cover their tracks from human society for the boy's protection.
- Brainwashing for the Greater Good: Uses his abilities to help Ash.
- Bookworm: Became one after Ash taught him how to read.
- Iconic Item: The pocket watch that he is named for.
- Jedi Mind Trick
- Precision F-Strike: Lets a few out when he finds out why Poison Lance is taking care of Ash.
- Psychic Powers: Is a Hypno.
- Retired Badass
- Small Name, Big Ego: Thinks very highly of himself which seems to be justified as most regular pokemon are afraid of him. Poison Lance enjoys popping his ego.
- Trigger Happy: Eager to mind crush people.
- Walking the Earth: Travels all over Kanto.
Mismagius (Witch of the North Sky)An occupant of the Pokemon Tower in Lavender Town. Ash meets her while visiting, and she temporarily joins him en route to Saffron City.
- Friend to All Children: She plays with the spirits of children and pokemon.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Replaces Haunter (from canon) by temporarily joining Ash's group at Lavender Town, for the duration of the Saffron City Arc. And a good thing she did, too...
- Our Ghosts Are Different
- Psychic Block Defense: She was taught the Mists of the Mind spell, using Magical Leaf as a medium for it.
- Noodle Incident: had a joint experience with Poison Lance involving a Tauros that was apparently very traumatic/embarrassing.
Team Rocket as a whole
- Asshole Victim: You tend not to feel bad for them when they die.
- Axe-Crazy: Many of them are rather bloodthirsty folk.
- Mauve Shirt/Red Shirt: Many of them are introduced with their characters and motives put into the spotlight, and then they die in great numbers.
Jessie and JamesA pair of bumbling, dangerous Team Rocket agents.
- Abusive Parents: James's parents tried torturing him to change him.
- Affably Evil: Jessie and James are quite affable, which only makes their villainy more disturbing.
- Ambiguous Innocence/Obliviously Evil: Jessie and James play both ends of the scale - they are largely innocent, but have a skewed sense of morality leads them to perform or assist horrible acts.
- Bad is Good and Good is Bad: The core of Jessie and James's moral compass, to point of getting offended at called "Good Guys", and are in Team Rocket in order to fight against them. They basically think Team Rocket is benevolent purely because they oppose the League.
- Exemplified by that they think the "Good Guys" do terrible things and the "Bad Guys" are the ones that help people.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Jessie and James are still very goofy and sympathetic, but are extremely dangerous. Their competence and danger level is so high they can openly get away with failing to catch Pokémon and their flaunting of Team Rocket's anti-attachment clause because they are so skilled. Noted by Misty when Jessie came into the perfect position to snap her neck and instead chose to graffiti Misty's face with marker.
- Dark Action Girl: Jessie is very skilled and dangerous.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Something in their past made them what they are. As shown with James.
- The Dividual: They always function as one unit.
- Friendly Enemy: James and Jessie to Ash, as they try to recruit Ash to Team Rocket by trying to give him pamphlets and showing him their powerpoint presentations.
- Gadgeteer Genius: James often steals and creates Team Rocket technology. Elle says he was one as a child as well.
- I Know Your True Name: Due to Meowth, they know that Aaron is not Ash's real name.
- Never Found the Body: When his family's manor burned down, James's body was never found. Elle and Growlie believe that he perished in the fire with the rest of his family.
- Only Friend: As a child, he was Elle's only friend because she spent so much time with him.
- Pragmatic Villainy: They know Ash's real name and that he can speak to Pokémon, but they don't tell anyone because they want to take the credit if they do succeed in recruiting him.
- Replacement Goldfish: The narrative implies that James became so attached to Jessie due to her resemblance to Elle.
- Running Gag: They never get to pitch their recruitment plans on Ash, for whatever reason. Also, their Berserk Button when he calls them "Good Guys".
- Sanity Has Advantages: Word of God states this is why they won't be able to defeat Ash.
- Skewed Priorities: Definitely.
- Stealth Mentor: They fight Aaron in hopes of either recruiting him, capturing him, or making him stronger.
- Supreme Chef/Team Chef: In a subversion of canon where she's a Lethal Chef, Jessie is apparently one as she does all the cooking and makes all the snacks. Misty, thinking her cooking was from a catering service, thought Jessie did very good work.
- Token Good Teammate: A variation in that, unlike most Token Good Teammates, they are still very dangerous and effective.
- Trauma Button: They have one toward being called "Good Guys." They were implied to be tortured by people calling themselves the "Good Guys."
- Trickster Mentor
- We Can Rule Together: Their motive for chasing Ash: unlike canon, their goal is to recruit Ash into Team Rocket for his great trainer potential and his ability to speak to Pokémon.
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: James disappointed his family by not being as masculine as they wanted and for liking pokemon. They tried beating it out of him by torturing him in the manor's dungeon.
- White Sheep: Despite their increased danger level, they are still the nicest people in Team Rocket.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The only reason they're villains is that thanks to the psychological breaking they underwent, they have a reversed perception of what the words "good" and "evil" mean.
- Adaptational Heroism: Unlike in the anime, he does not believe in Team Rocket's cause, and only stays with them for Jessie and James' sakes.
- Anti-Villain: Is a Talking Pokemon in an organization that abuses and hates Pokemon that stays for the sake of his friends' mental stability.
- Badass Bureaucrat
- Forced into Evil: See Anti-Villain.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Stands by his decision to take a severely ill Jessie and James to a Team Rocket hospital, which resulted in their indoctrination and joining.
- I Know Your True Name: Meowth learned Ash's name by overhearing his Pokémon call him Ash.
- Only Sane Man: Is the only one not crazy in the group.
- The Reliable One: Is the one to take care of reports to HQ.
- The Smart Guy
- Undying Loyalty: To Jessie and James - if not for them he'd have never joined Team Rocket.
Arbok and Weezing
- Apologetic Attacker: They apologize to Ash and his Pokémon when they fight.
- Calling Your Attacks: Justified as they don't actually want to hurt Ash and his Pokémon.
- The Caretakers
- Papa Wolf: Each Poison type is VERY attached to his trainer.
- Those Two Bad Guys: They are so very much this.
- Undying Loyalty: They will do anything for their respective trainers. Even if they disagree with it on a moral level.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His reaction to the disappearance of his son.
- The Ghost: So far only mentioned, but still makes an important impact in the story.
- The Mole: Everyone thinks he might be the League mole, but suspicion was turned away at the disappearance of his son.
- I Have Your Son: Misty believes that if he is the league mole, it is because someone in Team Rocket might have took his son.
- Obviously Evil: People thinks he's slimy and suspicious and that he's probably doing something illegal.
- Slimeball: Misty believes he is one.
- Arc Villain: He's the main antagonist of the Hidden Village Arc, and dies soon after.
- Killed Off for Real
- Starter Villain: With a dose of Wake-Up Call Boss, as he shows just how dangerous a contingent of Team Rocket forces can really be.
- Too Dumb to Live: Is killed by Jessie for insulting her and Meowth despite him knowing their reputation.
- Amplifier Artifact: Uses a machine to boost his psychic powers to enable him to control Sabrina.
- Arc Villain: The main antagonist of the Saffron City Arc.
- Dark and Troubled Past: It made him into what he is, but he is not given a free pass for it when he crosses the Moral Event Horizon.
- Irrational Hatred: Blames Saffron for the deaths of his father and mother.
- Karma Houdini: For now, at least — he was knocked unconscious by Ash's destroying the psychic amplifying machine, while many of the Pokemon he used as a conduit died from the backlash. However, Sabrina fully intends to hunt him down and make him pay for his crimes.
- Knight of Cerebus: Good Lord, is he ever...
- Psychic Powers: Is actually a pretty weak psychic, although he has a machine to level the playing field.
- Psychopathic Manchild: His emotional growth was stunted due to the death of his parents and his growing up in Team Rocket.
- Revenge by Proxy: Tortures Sabrina and is responsible for the deaths of everything she loved to have his revenge on Saffron City.
- The Ace: Played for laughs.
- Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Is very boisterous but is very perceptive and can appreciate Ash's skills on his own terms.
- Child Prodigy: Is Ash's age, but is implied to be skilled enough to beat the gym leaders legimately.
- Friendly Rival: Is Ash's self-proclaimed rival but is respectable and friendly otherwise.
- Large Ham: Everything he does must be showy and loud.
Professor Samuel Oak
- The Atoner: Is remorseful for letting his guard down and not stopping the Ketchum deaths.
- Cool Old Guy
- The Dreaded: During his days as Kanto Champion, the mere mention of his name was enough to have members of villain teams quaking in their boots.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Concerning the Ketchums, especially since he's not aware that Ash is alive.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Poison Lance made sure he wouldn't know Ash was still alive, because they feared it would get him sent to an orphanage and make him a target for the group that killed his parents.
- Retired Badass: He was the Champion of Kanto back in his day and openly fought against Team Rocket.
LucasPoison Lance's late trainer and revolutionary in the Great War.
- The Ace: Seeing how most his pokemon are crazy powerful, it wouldn't be bragging to say that he's a good trainer.
- Bi the Way: Loved both women and men, which got him kicked out from his family.
- Mysterious Past: Nothing is known about him besides the fact he was a good trainer and he fought against fascists and Team Rocket in the Great War.
- Posthumous Character: He's long dead by the events of the story
- White Sheep: An anti-fascist revolutionary in a fascist family.
DamianCharmander's original trainer. A very bad person.
- Adaptational Villainy: Well... from Jerkass to actual psychopath. Has its basis in canon though, so it's not a stretch.
- Axe-Crazy: He and his friends were planning to kill Ash and everyone else in the Pokémon Center.
- Freudian Excuse: His father was an abusive drunkard that murdered his beloved mother and forced Damian to hide the body. Averted, as it shows how he became the person he is, but the narrative does not let it excuse his actions.
- Killed Off for Real: Pikachu overheard his plans and did not take it well.
- Make an Example of Them: Planned on killing Ash and everyone in the Pokemon Center to teach Misty and Brock a lesson on ratting him out.
- Might Makes Right: Thinks strength is what all that matters and tosses anything that seems weak.
- Teens Are Monsters: Is a teenager and thinks nothing of using violence and murder to get his way.
MelanieThe caretaker of the Pokémon Village.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Subverted, as she has some heavy scarring in a not-so-visible place.
- Broken Bird
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A platonic variant with Bulbasaur — she encourages him to leave with Ash so he can grow into his potential.
- If I Can't Have You...: Was a victim of this: a close friend of hers was in love with her and sold her out to Team Rocket to invoke a Rescue Romance. When she still refused him, the man mocked her disfigurement.
- Knight In Sour Armor
- The Medic
- One Degree of Separation: She's Erika's cousin. Ash figures this out when he asks Erika, having noticed the Strong Family Resemblance.
- Stepford Smiler
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: One of the reasons Ash realizes she might be Erika's cousin.
Tommy MarshallA boy raised in the Safari Zone.
- Break the Cutie: Has to watch his herd die helpless against the criminal organizations after him and his biological parents die so he and his adoptive mother could escape.
- Foil: He is a more naive Ash, but was deliberately groomed by humans as opposed to Pokémon.
- Happily Adopted
- Interspecies Adoption: Is happily raised by the Kangaskahn herd.
- MacGuffin Super Person: The various villain teams want him for his ability.
- Raised by Wolves: But not just them, as it turns out.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: He can speak Pokémon on account on his upbringing. This is deliberately cultivated by the Safari Zone Rangers.
- Uniqueness Value: One of the few Pokeraised children that not only speaks Pokémon but is capable of functioning in the human world.
- Wild Child: A very carefully cultivated one.
Momma and Poppa Mr. and Mrs. Marshall
- Death by Adaptation: Notably, the same Heroic Sacrifice (crashing their helicopter to save their son) didn't kill them in the anime. Granted, in that it was a Giant Mecha, not an Eldritch Abomination...
- Heroic Sacrifice: They crash their helicopter into the summoned monster to give their son and the others a chance to escape.
- I Will Find You: They have devoted many years to finding their son, even when everyone else told them to give up.
- No Name Given: They don't tell their name to Ash and team due to the scandal it would cause if it was found out they were still searching for their son. They tell Tommy their surname when they tell him how proud they are of him before their Heroic Sacrifice.
Safari Zone Officer Jenny
- Didn't Think This Through: Goes in full throttle without thinking to bring a radio or call for back-up.
- Dirty Cop: Hid a missing child for years so her superiors could cultivate him.
- Hot-Blooded: Acts before thinking.
Elle / Jessiebell UmagoyaA mysterious pokemon trainer who invites the group to come to a funeral at her family's mansion.
- Adaptational Heroism: She's Jessiebell, in a scenario where she grew out of her self-centred and snobby attitude years ago and became a better person as a result.
- Black Sheep/White Sheep: Nearly disowned by her family for being a pokemon trainer. Seeing how most her family are bigots, she's better off for it.
- Commonality Connection: Bonded with Growlie, who she initially hated when they were both scared and confused when they couldn't find James when his family's manor burned down.
- Death by Adaptation: She and her team are fatally ambushed.
- Defector from Decadence: Became a pokemon trainer despite her wealthy family wishes.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Refuses to go by Jessiebell.
- Killed Off for Real: Krieg had his pokemon kill both her and her team.
- Rich Bitch: Was a wealthy brat as child who hated Growlithe initially.
- Playing with Fire: Her Arcanine Growlie.
- Tomboy: While visibly feminine, she likes to dress in a refined masculine way.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Inverted, she used to been a clingy terror as a child.
- Walking Spoiler: Is implied to be Jessiebell, who adopted James' Growlithe, Growlie.
Chiyoko UmagoyaElle's grandmother and head of her family.
- Evil Matriarch: Zigzagged, she's very controlling and is the head of very prejudiced family but is not responsible for James' "death".
- Fantasy Forbidding Grandmother: Was against Elle being a pokemon trainer. She even scolds Ash for Pikachu hang out his pokeball, telling him that Pikachu lacks discipline.
- Grande Dame: Is wealthy, old and humorless.
- Killed Off for Real: Krieg had his pokemon kill her.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She's the most levelheaded of her family and surprisingly understanding of Elle when they finally have a heart-to-heart with the promise of reconciliation. It comes to nothing as they die.
- Churchgoing Villain: He's a priest who is implied to preside over the Umagoya family funerals and is responsible for their deaths.
- Establishing Character Moment: Acts extremely condescending when explaining the nature of religion and sin to Aaron.
- Faking the Dead: Is killed immediately, but turns out to be actually alive.
- Holier Than Thou: Thinks he is better than everyone else because of his religious vocation.
- Jerkass: He acts very condescending to Ash and to everyone else.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Although he does have a point that training oneself with one's pokemon is different than just being a pokemon trainer.
- Kick the Dog: Bragged how he tricked the Muk into killing people.
- Knight Templar: He believes he is mercy killing the Umagoya family as the family is dwindling and "improperly stewarding their hope."
- Mad Libs CatchphraseAs a great sage once said...
- Master Poisoner: faked his death with poisons
- Meaningful Name: His name is German for war.
- Poison Is Evil: Has a team of all poison type pokemon and is the killer.
- Religious Bruiser: He is a gifted martial artist and he learned to fight with his pokemon from his priesthood.
- Straight Edge Evil: He dislikes people drinking and overindulging themselves.
- Would Hurt a Child: He beats Ash to a pulp when he found out too much and planned to kill him if it weren't the timely intervention of Brock and Misty.
MareepThe Ketchum family's Mareep, who manages to get Ash to safety when the house is burned down at the cost of his life.
- Badass Adorable: Is a little Mareep, but managed to outrun several Houndooms and Growlithes that were out to kill him.
- Determinator: Nothing will stop him from getting a toddler Ash to safety.
- Killed Off for Real: Dies from his wounds after getting Ash to Poison Lance.
- Red Shirt: Dead by the end of the first chapter.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Pun intended, but his death marks the first major shift of the story.
- Flat Character: Despite being a friend of Bulbasaur, very little is know about her.
- Shrinking Violet
Venonat and VenomothA Pokémon son and father pair from HopHopHop Town
- Didn't Think This Through: Were holding the hypnotized missing children captive to protect them from getting caught by more dangerous thugs, without thinking of any way to contact or attract the attention of the authorities. To be fair, long-term planning is not natural to wild Pokémon.
- The Kindnapper: The missing children were hypnotized into thinking they were Pokémon so the Venomoth knocked them out with Sleep Powder to prevent them from getting hurt.
- Poisonous Person
- Standard Status Effects
Kangaskahn/World Burning MotherA wild Kangaskahn who raised Tommy in the Safari Zone.
- Interspecies Adoption: Raised Tommy as her own child.
- Mama Bear: an Informed Attribute, but Ash mentions not wanting to see her live up to her name.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: see Mama Bear above.
- And Call Him "George"!: His hugs are deadly due to his bulk and his poisonous nature.
- Cuddle Bug: Loves giving hugs to people.
- Desperately Craves Affection/I Just Want to Have Friends: He really wants someone to be friends with him and tries giving affection to others in hopes of having it returned. Something Krieg exploited.
- Death by Adaptation: See Driven to Suicide.
- Dumb Muscle: He's very strong but not bright.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: He doesn't realize the power of his hugs.
- Driven to Suicide: Throws himself into a fast-running river after he realizes the magnitude of his actions.
- Innocent Inaccurate: He thought all the people dead from his hugs were sleeping.
- Obliviously Evil: Doesn't realize that he kills people when he glomps them.
- Poisonous Person: Is made of poison waste.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He is horrified when he finds out he was killing people.
- Unwitting Pawn: Krieg used him as a murder weapon to kill the Umagoya family.