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Tropes appearing across the series:
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Often used to tell Pokemon apart in art, aside from maybe being drawn slightly differently; held items are most common (e.g. Yellows Light Ball pendant), though other identification is also not uncommon (e.g. Wess Eevee Brothers wearing neckerchiefs, Yellow wearing Reds old hat), though they may be taken off in battle.
- All Animals Are Dogs: The author usually tries not to use this trope too much unless the Pokemon is indeed canine, though some Pokemon personalities are based off of broad dog breed groups.
- All Animals Are Domesticated: Most Pokemon seems to accept that humans arent enemies, and even look forward to being captured, even if its just because of the free meals; though theyre also usually a bit distant initially towards the trainer themselves. Though there are still reminders that these are indeed wild animals, with correction devices on Pokéballs in the case of emergencies (though sadly that means these can be easily abused by abusive trainers).
- Cheerful Child: Many of the protagonists are like this, emphasizing their innocence.
- Civilized Animal: Pokemon are usually depicted as somewhere between this and halfway to Funny Animal, where they are depending on the individual and species. Theyre still animalistic, with animalistic instincts and many animalistic concerns, but possess enough intelligence to consent to battling, have concept of the self, have morality, make out how to communicate with each other, have protocol for being captured or if one of their own is captured, and as shown with some, have some type of culture. Plus, many starter Pokemon, despite apparently all being pretty young, can basically act as their trainers parents when needed as well (especially Venio). However, some species, such as most legendaries and psychic Pokemon, are as intelligent as if not smarter than the average human.
- Crossdressing Voices: Almost all of the preteen male protagonists are voiced by female UTAU, with the notable exceptions of Blue (Kaibara Daiki on the higher parts, Kaibara Daichi on lower parts, with reduced gender flags) and Brendan (Root Leta). Their assigned UTAU never changes either (except Blue, who gets two as a child due to how the voicebank works), though pitched versions of UTAU are often considered sort of different characters anyway.
- If Pokemon characters are given theoretical voices, they will often be androgynous/feminine-sounding, even when male, due to their apparent ages.
- Development Gag: Crosses with Mythology Gag; the author loves to include nods to early concept art in art of the characters as children (I.e. Red is shown at age 9 in a minimally changed version of his Capumon design, Leaf at that age is shown with darker brown hair, her black minidress, and white gloves, with her hair still having darker brown tips at the start of the story, Ethan at age 8 is wearing a purple hoodie of a similar shade to the male character on the cover of the Gold and Silver announcement pamphlet, Kriss pigtails are shown hanging down instead of defying gravity and shes wearing a white collared shirt and pleated skirt) or even occasionally newly hatched Pokemon. Other details from the early stages of development may be added as well, such as Ethan having a skateboard he leaves at home, or Reds Rhydon plushie being the first one he got.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: As the main series is supposed to be accessible to (theoretical) children like official Pokémon media, no actual swears are used; the protagonists and other kids who do use stronger language usually resort to these. Though this may also be a language thing, as once outside the Japanese regions Symbol Swearing becomes a bit more common (and in Orre, which is intended to be for a theoretical older audience, not only are much more of these present, but mild swears like "damn" are left in).
- Species Equals Gender: Deliberately subverted with some Pokemon that are usually associated with one sex:
- Most of the Eeveelutions are male... even Calems, Macaron, who evolves into Sylveon. In his appearance in A Wild Badfic Appeared! Commentaries, he in fact acts quite confused that others mistake him for a female.
- Cinna (?), Dawns Buneary/Lopunny, is male.
- Moe: Its been stated that one of the intentions with many of the preteen protagonists especially was to write them in a way that made the reader want to protect them at their most vulnerable.
- Most Writers Are Adults: One of the seriess goals is to avert this, or at least minimize it, unlike Pokémon Adventures. Though it has been stated that kids in this universe mature faster mentally due to the fact that theyre trusted to go on Pokemon journeys, the preteens still can have plushies, get excited over candy, have a very simple morality system, use insults like doo-doo head, and imitate what they see on TV. A lot of conflict even comes from the fact they have immature brains, and Blue even partially deconstructs the notion of giving Pokemon to kids, as he basically sees them, as the author puts it, as action figures that go boom. However, the 14-year-old Black and White protagonists (save for Bianca) act a bit older than they should, as the author admits she doesnt exactly know how to write kids that age. And Calem and Serena, who are 16, act almost like adults.
- Mythology Gag: A lot of references are included to the Pokémon Masters interpretations of the protagonists as long as they dont contradict anything.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Especially compared to the author's later ideas like Project Alter and especially Alt-talia (and its various spinoffs) and despite playing up darker and more realistic elements, it sits with her Super Smash Bros works (which are connected to this series through their Pokemon characters anyway) very much on the idealistic side of the scale, if not more so; if Alt-talias overarching themes are Nations follow their interests, whether good or bad and Everyone is working towards their own utopia, and Project Alters is Humans Are Flawed/everything is flawed (as well as, albeit, the idealistic theme of the beauty of cultural co-existence), Pokémon Pixels are The Power of Friendship and childhood innocence, with plucky kid heroes saving the day from organized crime. This is despite the fact that this series puts the most effort in at least trying to be realistic out of her works, even downplaying some of the more extreme fantasy elements (or at least as much is possible in a series literally about a bunch of elemental animals who just happen to be easily domesticated), while the abovementioned more cynical works pretty much give up on trying to explain the fantastical elements as anything but just plain magic, especially Project Alter (though in Alt-talia, at least the canon stories, the nations and their pets are the only fantastical elements for the most part). In fact, she goes out of the way to make the somewhat overly optimistic elements of the Pokemon world realistic parts of the world. Its explained that humans and Pokémon recognized the potential they have as symbiotic organisms early on, and thus the fact that Pokémon are sentient, feeling beings with rights has been universally ingrained into human culture, and society has become structured around the logistics of making children on their Pokemon journey happy, safe (though they unfortunately often conveniently fail for our protagonists when they need them most), and able to reintegrate safely into non-battling society if they fail; Pokemon themselves explicitly see being captured as a great honor, seeing themselves as knights looking for a lord of sorts (and for those that don't, there's even trainer etiquette about giving a Pokemon a chance to make a choice), tending to genuinely become stronger easier if well cared for. Basically, it assumes humanity has taken the best routes in its development for the most part, at least in regards to humanitys relationship with Pokémon and how society treats children. While it does feature Deconstruction or jabs at things like unrealistic shonen tropes or even its own younger protagonists simplicity at points, its always maintained that friendship and genuine desire to do good triumphs in the end, being a good person and trainer is the path to true happiness and the pursuit of just strength only leads to personal misery and emptiness as glory from victory is a fleeting feeling, and even children can take down immense odds with sheer force of morale on their side. Even the first Orre arc is pretty idealistic at its core, with Wes becoming more and more of a hero as it goes on, and him never abandoning his ideal of treating Pokémon well despite his seeming cynicism.
- Synthetic Voice Actor: The voice actors for the characters are UTAUs. Or in Selenes case, an UTAU of an actual voice actor. Most are never heard speaking normally however.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Just like the games. Despite the more realistic tone, most of the stories start out with and with the protagonists having a sense of childhood innocence and wonder, and even the teenage core protagonists set out with a lighthearted sense of adventure. Their Pokemon are colorful and goofy, the adults around them are supportive, and the series in general emphasizes The Power of Friendship. But it also tends to play up the darker elements with the villains especially for the sake of realism, many of the villains clearly showing that they have intent to kill or seriously harm the protagonists if its needed to achieve their goals, with the Game Over sub-series showing just what happens to the hero and/or the world if they are unsuccessful, and they definitely arent for the faint of heart, even if few of them go into too much detail: ranging from Red and Leaf getting a brutal, Yakuza-style execution or being impaled by a Rhydon (the former scenario even getting a bit of an AU mini-series of their own), Brendan being most likely raped if he loses to Courtney or suffocating in the vacuum of space as the meteor destroys Earth if he loses to Deoxys, life being slowly drained out of Kalos as Calem and Serena can merely watch as they also lay slowly dying, Nate and Rosa being impaled with icicles... Though the most terrifying one is arguably Dawns fate, in which Cyrus creates his new world... except Dawn is carried through with him, but she has gone through severe Death of Personality, merely a husk of her former self, a daughter figure who Cyrus can shape through his own hands, just like the world itself....
Tropes in the Red and Blue arc include:
- Ambiguous Disorder: Red, according to Word of God, acts similar to someone with Aspergers, though whether he actually is isnt stated. However, he indeed seems like a textbook case; his social skills are very lacking, he can be really blunt, fidgets with things, especially his hat or favorite plushie if he has it on hand, quite often, needs to have at least one red article of clothing on his person at all times, is sensitive to gooey textures and gross things to the point that he almost shuts down when faced with a Grimer or Muk, and is extremely fixated on Pokemon and Pokemon battles to the point he can go on for an hour talking about it and he falls into a deep depression when he runs himself into the ground with it. This is apparently due to the fact that Satoshi Tajiri has the condition, as does the author.
- The Bully: Blue Oak is much meaner in this fic than in the games, as the author used the backstory in the manual of the original games. While a lot of his ego is Played for Laughs, its also made clear that him suddenly becoming extremely competitive and harsh towards him was a massive blow to Red, who already was a target of bullying. However, its shown Blue himself didnt mean to hurt Red, more that he thought of himself as the hero of his own story and thought the trash talk and competition was all part of the fun, not realizing how much it was hurting his best friend; though its also heavily implied that him being sick of being identical to Red, the dorky nerd kid, in terms of ability, and his crush on Leaf also influenced it.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Ann/Fluffy/Tippy (name pending), Reds Eevee and later Flareon, makes as much sense as the method she was obtained. And as shes one of the physically strongest members of the party and her fire abilities, this causes some hiccups initially. Shes perfectly capable in battle though. It isnt clear if she grows close to Blue during the timeskip because of this, or because she genuinely can see that he regrets what he has done.
- Red can have his moments as well.
- Hot-Blooded: Red, actually, despite his reputation as The Silent Bob, is this just like in early official material. Hes passionate, insanely determined, has a very strong sense of justice, and can even have moments of ham. Well, in this arc at least. Though even post-timeskip, flashes of this show through.
- Love Triangle: Parodied. Only Blue thinks theres actually a love triangle, with neither Red nor Leaf (pending on latter) having any feelings for each other due to being so young and not really thinking about it; also, Leaf despises Blue due to how he treated Red. Blue, however, thinks that Leaf is playing hard to get and due to his whole seeing himself as the protagonist thing, had convinced himself that Red was his rival for Leafs heart as well, much to Reds confusion and Leafs annoyance. (Pending. Maybe his feelings are hidden?)
- ...And then Burningleaf Shipping is canonized during the G2 arc, where the two had started developing feelings for each other during the time skip. Though only Leaf starts realizing this. And by the time these feelings started to develop, Blue had decided to stop pursuing Leaf because he had realized she simply wasnt not into him and is now mature enough to not press it further. Red and Leaf only actually become a couple in a gaiden one-shot written much later, where the two are now 17, and while Blue is heartbroken he accepts it for what it is.
- Protectorate: While its common for Pokemon to see their trainers like this, Venio, Reds Bulbasaur/Ivysaur/Venasaur, takes his responsibility towards Red very seriously. Apparently his personality was based off of herding dogs like German Shepherds, Sheepdogs, and Collies, as such its to be expected. Hes also the Team Dad to the rest of the party, despite being apparently not much older than Red himself mentally.
- In the emotional sense, Leaf seems to see Red as this as well. The feeling is shown to be mutual, however.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Blue Oak used to be one of Reds only real friends alongside Leaf before he, quite suddenly, declared Red his rival and started picking on him.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: This arc being based on the game with the most straightfoward plot in the series, Blue, in his immaturity, essentially spends his journey LARPing as a shonen protagonist, with Red as his Stock Shōnen Rival despite Red not fitting the bill at all, and Leaf as his love interest despite her showing no interest in him at all. He is indeed in a shonen inspired story, based on a franchise whose adaptations are almost universally for the shonen demographic. Unfortunately, Red is the real protagonist of this tale, because Blue lacks the compassion, kindness, or heroism that a shonen hero should have.
Tropes in the Gold and Silver arc include:
- Contralto of Danger: Silver has one lowest voices in the preteen age range, if not the lowest, or at least second only to Brendan (who is played by a high-ranged male UTAU), being played by Kohaku Merry. Its especially lower compared to Ethans more high-pitched voice.
- Lovable Coward: Quill/Cracker, Ethans Cyndaquil/Quilava/Typhlosion, is a pretty big coward; he tries to get out of really intimidating battles by pretending to be sick, and he was even spooked by a Sentret. However, he is inspired by Ethans optimism, energy, and resolve and starts making an effort to change that. By the time hes a Typhlosion, he still is a bit of a wuss, but is easily able to overcome it.
- Royal Brat: Silver is sometimes compared to a prince both in-universe and out, what with his place in Team Rocket as the organization's heir. And oh boy is he this trope. When he was younger, he basically had hundreds of grunts wrapped around his finger, had everything a kid could want, and grew up with a massive sense of self-importance due to being the son of the boss of Team Rocket and all, though Giovanni still disciplined him and hired tutors to teach him stuff beyond his age. As a result, he never learned how to treat his peers as equals, or even had much interaction with kids his age at all. Giovanni abandoning him took all of that away from him suddenly, but instead of humbling him, this only turned him cynical and bitter and made his behavioral problems worse, making him even more of this trope.
- Stock Shōnen Hero: Its been stated outright that Ethan is the closest to this out of all of the protagonists; hes cheerful, loud, Hot-Blooded, insanely determined, cocky, optimistic, outgoing, naive, not the smartest kid around usually, has a case of Chronic Hero Syndrome possibly even stronger than the others, and is a Big Eater to boot.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Kris and Lyra, respectively.
Tropes in the Ruby and Sapphire arc include:
- Boisterous Bruiser: Brendan can have an attitude that resembles this, with the author summing up his personality as Someone who would wield an axe in a JRPG; however, in terms of looks hes a normal 12-year-old boy. This machismo is in great contrast to many other portrayals, most notably Ruby of Pokémon Adventures, which often portray him as a coordinator who may have Camp Straight inclinations (though he does participate in contests... in the Tough category).
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Brendan is definitely the manly man to Wallys sensitive guy; the former is a rough-and-tumble, brash, and cocky kid, while the latter is a somewhat sheltered, shy, and initially insecure one.
- Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: The easiest way to dupe Brendan into doing anything is to call him a coward or kid. No matter what it is, hell probably charge in just to prove you wrong.
- Pædo Hunt: As for the most part characterizations are closer to how they were in ORAS, Courtney is still a scientist with dubious sanity... and its also made clear that she is very attracted to Brendan, a 12-year-old boy. Sexually attracted. And while Courtney looks pretty young, shes probably well past 18. However, this is treated as something Squicky and horrifying, and the fact she is completely oblivious to her feelings being wrong only furthers the point of how detached from reality she is. Brendan eventually catches on and is understandably creeped out, as avoiding predators is apparently taught in Trainers School.
- Puppy Love: Brendan and May actually become a couple at the end, one of the few couples, especially among the preteen protagonists, who become an Official Couple within their own story arc.
- The Idiot from Osaka: Brendan is from Johto, and unlike how his counterparts tend to be, hes the most brash, stubborn protagonist out of the entire lineup.
Tropes in the Diamond and Pearl arc include:
- The All-American Boy: Hilbert somewhat acts like a modernized version of one.
- BrotherSister Team: While they do part ways at times, Hilbert and Hilda both being protagonists is emphasized more than the other protagonist duos, as well as them being a duo in general, even though Hilbert is nominally the main protagonist.
- Half-Identical Twins: Hilbert and Hilda look rather similar, and even have similar names. However, they have different eye colors, which makes them more distinct from each other than many other pairs of protagonists, all of whom except for Nate and Rosa (?) arent siblings (most egregiously Lucas and Dawn, and even Red and Leaf after their hair colors change). Hilda is apparently five minutes older, alluding to the fact she was designed first.
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: The protagonists are 14, so it comes up at times, albeit the awkwardness of adolescence is rather downplayed, especially in contrast to the strong childhood motif in arcs with preteen protagonists, since the author apparently went through a very mundane puberty; its most notable with Hilda and the odd crass joke she makes, particularly if she sees someone attractive (or initially when talking about N). Still, its shown that even Hilbert and Cheren arent immune to getting nervous and awkward around attractive women like Elesa or Skyla.
- Hotblooded: Hilda. While not quite to Ethan levels, she can come extremely close. Shes by far the loudest out of the main four, and is a really good example of the male Boisterous Bruiser Eagleland stereotype but as a teenage girl. (Note, may develop into a mature tomboy type later? That would ruin some lines I want her to say though...)Hilda: WOOT! Lets blow this place!
- Manchild: While not to the extent of how many fans portrayed him, Ns childish nature has a bit more space to shine, and Hilbert and Hilda having dialogue makes them able to point out his odd behavior too (e.g. He genuinely doesnt understand why Hilda seemed uncomfortable and ready to sock him in the face at any moment when he pulled her into the Ferris wheel to confess his association with Team Plasma, or why she reacts with ...Oh thank Kyurem it wasnt- YOURE WHAT?!, and Hilbert notes how hes 14 (note, N is explicitly stated to be 20), much shorter, and yet feels like hes talking to a child). Hes also described to be crying, his shoulders shaking and quivering, helpless-looking like a young child, as Ghethis yells at and berates him, the sight of which makes the Hil twins rage at Ghethis go Up to Eleven out of some kind of Big Brother/Sister Instinct.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hilbert (Blue) and Hilda (Red) are some of the best examples of this in a protagonist duo since Generation 2. Not only is Hilbert calm, mellow, and polite while Hilda is brash and loud, but Hilbert is mainly associated with blue and black, while Hilda is with hot pink and white, and Hilbert chooses Oshawott (water) while Hilda chooses Tepig (fire, later gaining the fighting type).Hilbert, in his and Hildas Character Song, HilHil Battling Night: Go with the flow, powerful as the sea!Hilda, in her part: Blaze high brightly, epic pillars of flames!
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Judging by the strings of symbols that pop up at times in Hildas dialogue and the disapproving comments she gets from the other three (and confused looks from N) due to them, Hilda doesnt exactly have a clean mouth. Though most often she uses really mild swears like Dammit!. Justified due to her being 14 and trying to be a bit edgy.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Hilda and Bianca respectively. The former is loud, opinionated, rough, and very assertive, with many masculine interests, while the latter is soft-spoken, unsure of herself and wears poofy hats and skirts.
- Hilda and Rosa as well. The latter is much more feminine than the former in most aspects, though that doesnt stop Rosa from being energetic and having a love for adventure either.
- Wolf Whistle: Hilda lets out a wolf whistle when she and Hilbert see N for the first time. Hilbert chastises her for this.Hilda: *Wolf Whistle* Look at that hottie over there! Whats he doing here?Hilbert: *hushed* Hilda!
Tropes exclusive to the Black 2 and White 2 arc.
- Hates Being Alone: Zorua/Zoroark might be a bit of a brat, but more than anything he hates even the thought of being alone; while part of it is due to the fact that he just likes attention, theres also the fact that N leaving him with Rood made him deeply fear abandonment.
- Hot-Blooded: HUGH. Just like in the games, this guy starts seeing red as soon as even the thought of Team Plasma comes up.
- Nate, though definitely not to the extent of the first three protagonists, Hilda, or especially Hugh.
- Sweet Tooth: Rosa loves sweets, though in particular she seems to have a fondness for cheesecake. Unfortunately, so does Zorua/Zoroark, resulting in them getting into fights over it several times.
- To elaborate on Zorua/Zoroark, one piece of official art shows him napping and drooling as he dreams about laying in Nates lap being fed cheesecake, pastries, and Castelia Cones. Fitting for a prince.
Tropes in the X and Y arc include:
- Expy: Word of God is that Calem is a bit of a flirty expy of Sonic the Hedgehog, or at least he started that way.
- The Fashionista: Serena is a fashionable young lady, though she doesnt let that get in the way of her adventuring.
- Gratuitous French: Everywhere, from the Pokemon nicknames (e.g. Scarlette, Macaron, Charlotte) to the dialogue.
Tropes in the Sun and Moon arc include:
- Big Eater: Selene and Hau both. Though Hau is more so when it comes to malasadas, Selene isnt so picky. The fact that her cousin is a Supreme Chef definitely helps.
- Cloud Cuckoo Landers Minder: Elio often ends up as this to Selene. Though Pueo (her Rowlet/Dartrix/Decidueye) also shares the job as well.
- Embarrassing Nickname: A Running Gag is that Selene likes giving out silly nicknames; in particular, she calls Elio Ellie (or Yō-chan), which he gets flustered over because he thinks it sounds girly. Another Running Gag is that she takes to calling Gladion Edgelord, which usually provokes a very, very frustrated reaction from him.
- Foil: Elio and Selene are pretty obvious, with their contrasting, night and day differences in personality. However, Lillie also serves as this to Selene and vice-versa; while Selene is tomboyish, rough, airheaded, carefree, optimistic, and cheerful, brimming with childhood innocence, Lillie is shy, withdrawn, delicate, and an abused child who was forced to leave childhood behind. As the story progresses, Selene helps her regain the confidence and innocence she has lost. That also ties into the fact that in contrast to the other three, Selene and Elio have a loving parent/good relationship with them. Both Lillie and Gladion had their childhood stolen from them, and had an abusive mother who they were forced to watch slowly grow mad, their fathers whereabouts unknown. Hau, meanwhile, doesnt even know where his parents are, them having apparently just abandoned their claim to the Island Master name and him, and while Hala isnt a bad grandparent theres still the sense that the poor boy feels like hes in his grandfathers shadow. But Selenes mother is clearly loving and nurturing, even towards Elio, who isnt even her own child, even if she can embarrass him at times. And its shown that Elios own parents, while they arent able to be there for him that often, also clearly love and care for him, giving him video calls regularly. With the Aether siblings in particular, theres the aforementioned childhood innocence Selene and Elio had where Gladion and Lillie didnt. These become very apparent when Lillie on Eggsecutor Island comments to Elio how she sort of envies them, and when Gladion wistfully tells them to treasure what they have.
- Four Temperament Ensamble: With Hau removed, the main group becomes a really good example of this:
- Selene: Sanguine
- Elio: Melancholic
- Gladion: Choleric
- Lillie: Phlegmatic (possibly interchangeable with Elio)
- Idiot Hero: Selene... isnt exactly the type to think deeply about things. However, much like Ethan before her, she does get consequences for this, and is forced to come up with better battle strategies at least.
- Like Brother and Sister: Elio and Selene are technically cousins, but they may as well be twins, and they say that they basically see each other as such.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: A major part of Selene and Elios dynamic. Selene is action-loving, sloppy, acts like a shonen hero, and apparently when she was little she always saw herself as the Knight in Shining Armor over the princess. Elio on the other hand is sensitive, better at chores, cooking, grooming, and at keeping things tidy, has a much better fashion sense than Selene (though that isnt saying much), is more careful, and even knows how to sew. For a good deal of the story, Elio doesnt like being called feminine, and sees Selene calling him Ellie as her calling him girly. However, after Selene tells him that she likes him a lot better that way and after growing more comfortable with himself, he accepts this part of him.
- Puppy Love: Elio does actually start to have feelings for Lillie towards the end. At the end of the main story, just before Lillie leaves, they have a rather intimate moment even, and its implied that theyre considering it in the future.
- Running Gag: A few, especially related Selenes quirky behavior.
- Selenes silly nicknames.
- In particular, her calling Elio Ellie and getting a flustered Selene!, or Gladion Edgelord and his cool facade breaking for a few moments to get mad at her or tell her to shut up.
- Selene laying in peoples beds to apparently sense their mental state. Though its used seriously when she lays in Lusamines during their storming of Aether HQ.
- Selene doing pirouettes while bored (happens only about twice or thrice, however).
- Selene bringing up meta references Leaning on the Fourth Wall.
- Selene finding the weirdest things cute, and her incredibly underplayed reactions to terrifying things like, say, a giant Lurantis in her face (though by the end shes very much aware of the severity of her situation).
- As in the original game, Nebby and Stella escaping from Lillies bag and Lillies increasing frustration.
- Elio catching himself being girly.
- Slapstick happening to Team Skull members, including Guzma. (Pending)
- Selenes silly nicknames.
- Shout-Out: While not in-universe, the author often refers to the main characters of this arc as The Alola Five-O.
- Stock Shōnen Hero: Selene is basically a female version of one. She acts a lot like Ethan, but with more emphasis on being a Cloud Cuckoo Lander and even more of an admiration for heroics. Though unlike Ethan, this does get deconstructed a bit.
- Supreme Chef: Elio has extremely good cooking skills for his age. Of course, he passes the Grass Trial with flying colors.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Selene and Lillie respectively; their lighthearted interactions mostly hinge on this as well as Red Oni, Blue Oni.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Selene is a massive fangirl for her predecessors, and shes also recognized the motions all of them go through. This is most apparent in how she, to their delight, is the only person who takes Team Skull seriously, jumping to the conclusion that theyre her Evil Team from their dark clothes and Team naming scheme. In any other game she would have been able to predict the story beats; too bad shes in Sun and Moon.Selene: This is where the 11-year-old hero sets out on their journey-quest thingy of destiny with their starter of choice, with the blessing of the professor in mind! The Route 1! Yes, Selenes New Game starts here!Elio: ...Youre really convinced, arent you?Selene: Yup!Elio: And you arent going to listen to anything I say against that, right?Selene: Nope!Elio: Of course. Why am I not surprised?Selene: Look, see? Route 1! Hope there will be some surprises, I hate boring! *starts walking off in a high stride, humming*Elio: *sighs deeply*
Tropes in the Sword and Shield arc include:
- Darker and Edgier: Especially the Colosseum arc; the other fics can also be really dark when they want to be, but with this arc its way more obvious and prominent from the start. The protagonist, Wes, is not only older than any before and since (17, later 18), but very cynical and overall Orre is a Crapsack World. This arc is also the only series where battles can not only draw blood (including from Wes and even Michael themselves), but actually be deadly (though it doesnt actually happen but offscreen), as becoming a Shadow Pokemon triggers what the author has referred to out-of-universe as Nuzlocke mode, the Pokemons wild state, where they hunt to kill. But ultimately, its still idealistic at the end of the day just like the other series, and the Gale of Darkness arc, while still having this darkness within it, shows many improvements to the world, not to mention Michael is closer to the standard Pikupro protagonist.