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Boldores and Boomsticks is an ongoing RWBY and Pokémon Intercontinuity Crossover by Darwin Candidate. It can be found at

Team RWBY investigates a mysterious portal and fall through, winding up in the world of Pokémon. As they attempt to adjust to this strange world, it soon becomes clear that the Grimm have followed them, so they must defend this world and make allies. Meanwhile, Team JNPR and Ozpin's group attempt to find Team RWBY, while Salem attempts to exploit the Pokémon world.

This work of fanfiction contains the following tropes:

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  • Accidental Truth: Played for Laughs. Taiyang jokes about Zwei being weird because he’s descended from Umbramail, Lord of All Corgis to explain why he's so weird. Much later, Salem hears about Zwei, and her reaction is to mutter "Does the line of Umbramail yet live?" and wistfully dig up a carefully preserved portrait of her family... and there’s a corgi with them. Apparently, Taiyang was onto something.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Yang tries a Technical Machine on herself, and discovers that they can in fact work on humans if their Aura is unlocked. The few Aura adepts on Earth never tried it because they already "knew" it wouldn't work on humans because they had been tested on non-Aura users.
  • Adaptation Deviation: The Sun & Moon seasons of the anime are not canon here, despite the Pokémon world being otherwise identical to the anime. Instead, the story mixes the backgrounds of the anime and games for Alola, such as Lusamine being obsessive like her game counterpart, and Kukui and Burnet already being married. However, Mallow, Kiawe, Lana, and Sophocles are all students at Kukui's school.
  • Adaptational Badass: Lillie and Casey receive unlocked Auras and Huntress training, while in the anime neither of them were more than Trainers.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal:
    Weiss: Do you know any irresponsible, immature, incoherent, inconsiderate, idiotic imbeciles with a penchant for pyromania and property damage?
  • Ain't No Rule: There actually is a rule allowing humans to enter the Golden Fist Fighting-type Tournament, there being a precedent with martial artists seeking a true challenge. Lucario uses the fact that some of the human fighters used weapons in previous tournaments to get Yang to use her Ember Celica in their match.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy:
  • Always Wanted to Say That: Ruby gets to say "It's Quiet… Too Quiet".
  • Amazon Chaser: Zwei, of all creatures, tries to court Absol at the Vytal Festival dance.
  • Animal Athlete Loophole: Inverted. A loophole in the Golden Fist Tournament's rules allows Yang to take part in the Pokémon fighting tournament.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Downplayed and justified with Gary Oak's dismissal of Professor Cypress' warnings about the Grimm, despite his own past experiences with bizarre and inexplicable events. The professor is a well-known doomsaying crackpot who has occasionally turned out to be right in the same manner as a Stopped Clock. Gary provides a reasoned and more plausible-sounding hypothesis that the Beowolf Cypress encountered was actually a Zoroark due to the Pokémon in question being rare, really good with illusions, and having a similar body shape. He also takes things more seriously when his Arcanine reports unsettling and unfamiliar scents at the site where Cypress encountered the Grimm, and immediately stops doubting when he sees them for himself.
    Gary: Hey, Cypress? [...] I'm ready to stop being a skeptic now.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: Weiss reacts with her usual irritability when Gary and company arrive and say they'd been looking for Team RWBY. She doesn't have a response to Riley's Lucario's explanation.
    Lucario: Because an army of horrible monsters attacked a town and the heroines that saved the day- and more importantly actually seemed to know what was going on- vanished into the night. A lot of people want to thank you, and a lot more want to ask you for advice.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When Faba is speculating on Salem's goals, he lists world domination, revenge, and stealing all the cheese on the world as possibilities.
  • Assimilation Backfire: Lt. Surge, Weiss, and Ruby just defeated the body a Geist made for itself from construction equipment, but the Geist survived the finishing blow and goes for the first object it can find... a Porta-Potty. After a few seconds, it comes back out looking ready to gag before Lt. Surge puts it out its misery.
  • Assurance Backfire: Whisper, noticing Lillie's fear of confronting Grimm for the first time, points out that that Ruby and Weiss will be able to protect her. This just makes her feel more inadequate.
  • Atop a Mountain of Corpses:
    • Zwei's introduction to Absol. The corpses being Grimm corpses, he's back at ground level in a few seconds.
    • Sabra and Lux nap on deafeated members of Team Skull.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Yang's preferred method of fighting, best described with her "strategy" for the Golden Fist Tournament.
    Yang: I call it 'Operation: Hit Them 'Til I Win'. It’s a little complicated, but I think I can pull it off.
    • Eventually deconstructed with her repeated attempts to beat Tapu Koko.
  • Aura Vision: Since Weiss' use of multiple types of Dust makes many moves redundant, she is studying with Riley and Lucario to learn this ability from them.
  • Badass Bystander:
    • When the Grimm attack Golden Valley, a few people actually call out their Pokémon to fight back.
    • Later, Team RWBY is trying to track down the retreating Grimm, they come across several wild Pokémon actively fighting them.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Ozpin and Ironwood discuss recent events at Beacon, including incidents that led to the main hall getting damaged and the dance having to be pushed back (specifically a Bullhead pilot mishap, something involving a coffeemaker and a firehose likely related to Ozpin, and Cardin insulting Coco while she was in earshot). They conclude that things are quieter than usual. Ironwood is also proud to say that Atlas Academy's Dust storage has only exploded three times recently.
  • Bait-and-Switch Tyrant: Initially, Lusamine was implied to draw heavily from the game version of the character, given her interest in the Grimm and her disdain toward Team RWBY for killing them. Chapter 36 reveals that she actually is closer to her Anime self and was deliberately misled by Salem in regards to the Grimm.
  • The Bartender: Oranguru moonlights as one, advising Blake in her issues with Adam.
  • Benevolent Boss: Mr. Stone, to the point Yang explicitly says he's the A Father to His Men type. It actually upsets Weiss to realize that Mr. Stone proves one can be both successful and kind when her own father isn't.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Yang's hair, as in canon. She absolutely pummels Cassidy and Butch's Charizard and Aggron when the latter damages it.
    • Team Rocket may commit crimes and brag about them, but they hate it when someone frames them for something that they didn't do.
  • Better the Devil You Know: Played for Laughs with Team RWBY's reaction to meeting Butch and Cassidy.
    Blake: Did… did we just get threatened through poetry and interpretive dance?
    Weiss: I… think that's what just happened.
    Ruby: Is it wrong that I kinda miss Roman Torchwick?
  • Big Eater: Casey reasons that this is a side effect of an unlocked Aura, as both Team RWBY and her Pokémon eat a lot. This is confirmed later when she eats a similarly large amount after her Aura is unlocked and barely feels full.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Ruby snipes a Beowolf right before it manages to attack and kill Nox.
    • Ruby arrives at a Grimm attack and kills a Beowolf an instant before it would have killed a young boy and his Rattata.
    • Blake and Yang finally manage to beach a stubborn Feilong, but the giant sea serpent still won't go down... until Jasmine and her Steelix show up.
  • Bland-Name Product: Lt. Surge owns a Desert Braviary, and his loving description leaves no doubt what his gun is supposed to be.
  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands: Butch starts to monologue about Team Rocket's new, super-strong Pokéballs that can steal Pokémon from trainers before Ruby shoots the one he was holding.
  • Body-Count Competition: Whisper and Rein compete to see who can destroy the most Grimm. She's upset when she realizes that she talked too much and the wave has already been defeated.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Played for Laughs with Casey, who finds fanboys creepy. When Weiss lists the ways she shows her devotion to the Electabuzz baseball team Casey doesn't get the point.
  • Boom, Headshot!: When Ruby first meets Nox she saves him by putting a sniper round through the head of a beowolf that was about to kill him.
  • Boring, but Practical:
    • A snobbish Devon Corp. scientist confines several captured Grimm in high-tech force field cages. Team RWBY promptly points out that this is a terrible idea, as the Grimm's endless stamina lets them keep attacking the force fields and drain the batteries far faster than expected, and they would likely fail in less than a day at the current rate. Ruby points that that the lack of fail-safes with force fields is exactly why Remnant uses metal cages to contain Grimm despite also having hard-light tech.
    • Using Wiffle bats and similar "toy" items for training Casey and Lillie. Yes, it looks silly, as Weiss notes, but they provide good reflex and stamina training with minimal risk of injury, as well as practice for Aura reinforcement. Plus they're cheap, so they won't strain your wallet too much when they break.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs:
    • Ruby told Nora that Penny has "lasers, and swords, and laser swords".
    • Bruno sighs about how the day's events included "First portal monsters, then a scorpion assassin, then portal monsters helping a scorpion assassin!"
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Downplayed example, and an Establishing Character Moment from Cyric Cypress in Chapter 1:
    Cypress: "Too vague," they'll say. "It's entirely speculation." "The evidence is circumstantial." "How did you get this number."
  • Breath Weapon: Thanks to using a TM on herself, Yang can use the move Flamethrower.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday:
    • Used as a joke to describe Ash's involvement at the events of Shamouti.
      Tracey: Oh, he saved the world by stopping the idiot, fulfilling an ancient prophecy that mentioned him by name, and riding Lugia into battle. So y'know, Tuesday for him.
    • Blake calls back to that conversation a few chapters later when Team RWBY is describing the incident with Roman using the stolen Paladin and punching Yang through a concrete pillar to demonstrate Aura's defensive capabilities.
      Blake: Stolen military prototype piloted by an international criminal we'd been chasing for a while, and finally tracked down while he was presenting it to the terrorist organization that hired him [...] So y'know, Tuesday for us.
    • In the first chapter, when Cypress first called Oak about being on the verge of catastrophe, Oak asks if it's Tuesday already.
    • Team RWBY is touched by the heartfelt gratitude PNN and the citizens of Earth express for what to them is just doing their job.
  • Call-Back: From Chapter 12 back to Chapter 2.
    Yang: Aw, I never would have pegged you for being superstitious, Weissy! Are you afraid of big, bad Murphy?
    Weiss: I never would have pegged you for being superstitious, Yang! Are you afraid of the big, bad ghosts?
  • Carnivore Confusion: Word of God is that regular, nonsentient animals do exist and are eaten by humans and carnivorous Pokémon.
    FAQ: This thread is a 100% cannibalism-free zone.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • When a Haunter mentions wanting to scare Yang, Ruby's Zubat warns him that he'd previously seen Yang coldcock a Machoke and headbutt a Lucario. Haunter remains unconvinced until he catches a blast from Ember Celica in the face.
    • Averted with the League; after seeing footage of Yang's performance in the tournament and the following battle in Golden Valley, they are eager to listen to Team RWBY's advice.
  • The Cavalry: During the fight in Golden Valley, Riley gathers the other tournament competitors and any other trainers who want to help and leads them to attack the Grimm. Their poor tactics almost get a few trainers killed at first, but by fighting side by side with Team RWBY they beat back a Grimm horde with no fatalities.
  • Censored for Comedy: Yang's beatdown of some Team Skull grunts is treated this way.
    This senseless and brutal massacre was censored for the sake of basic decency.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Chapter 18 is titled 'Sudden Onset Cerebus Syndrome', with the arrival of Tyrian Callows. The comedic tone returns in the next chapter, though.
  • Changing The Uncomfortable Subject:
    • When Team RWBY and Riley are comparing notes, Weiss asks who unlocked Blake's Aura. She's clearly uncomfortable having to talk about her former mentor Adam, and so Yang abruptly asks Lucario what being inside a Pokéball is like. Lucario notices the intent and doesn't fight it.
    • When Team RWBY are uncomfortable after explaining the bigotry that Faunus suffer on Remnant, Gary says "Speaking of changing the subject..."
    • When Will brings Team RWBY and Casey to Alola, his Xatu brings up incidents that occurred in bars on previous visits to Alola, causing him to change the subject, and rather loudly.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The thunder stones on display in the lounge of Lt. Surge's gym are a textbook example. They're briefly mentioned at the start of the chapter, and by the end of the chapter Weiss is using one to kill a Geist.
  • Child Soldiers: One of the things that horrifies Lusamine the most about her perception of Remnant is the idea that children who on Earth would be starting Pokémon journeys are instead trained to fight and kill Grimm at Combat Schools like Signal.
  • Choke Holds: Blake knows a few sleeper holds, though she claims not to be very good at using them.
  • Combat Stilettos: Weiss, as in canon given the point of time in which this takes place regarding RWBY, has combat wedges. They're brought up twice during the story, once in this story (involving Cassidy's Team Rocket uniform, whose boots are thigh-high with proper stilettos) and once in Lazy Beacon Days.
    Yang: (during Lazy Beacon Days when Weiss brings up something in chapter 13) Maybe you should've thought about that before going hiking in heels.
  • Comforting Comforter: After the incident that traumatized her, Lillie wakes up to find someone tucked her in. It's subverted, unfortunately, since after seeing Lusamine petting a big Grimm Lillie wants to stay far away from her.
  • Comic-Book Time: Downplayed. Years have passed since Ash started out, so many young Indigo League-era characters like Gary and Casey are teenagers now, while the Alolan characters are their usual ages.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Lampshaded when Blake notices how, despite the Pokéballs containing the new Pokémon partners for Team RWBY in Alola being chosen at random, Ruby and Weiss got a Rowlet and Piplup, respectively, both rather fitting for them, with Kukui noting that Olivia had commented on fate making sure that the right matches were made. She then tries to do a fake-out, only to end up with a Litten, and Yang being left with a Jangmo-o.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: The Ghost Types in the abandoned mansion Team RWBY spends a night in leave scary messages in what seems to be blood but is actually raspberry jam.
  • Covert Pervert: It's implied that Blake has an entire bookshelf full of erotic novels that everyone pretends not to know about.
  • Crazy-Prepared: When Cinder infiltrated the Beacon CCTS tower, she considered the possibility that the "weird dog" (Absol) seen around campus may have been able to track her by smell... so she brought a peppermint bomb just in case, and even applied some of the oil to herself to cover her natural scent.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Cypress is seen as a conspiracy nut by most, but he has accurately predicted things like the Shamouti Island Incident, the potential danger of the Unown, and now the threat of the Grimm. This is the main reason that Oak bothers to put up with him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The world of Pokémon and Remnant's Huntsmen/Huntresses are something of a mutual Outside-Context Problem, which results in several painful lessons for those who didn't know what their opponent was capable of.
    • Weiss' "battle" against five Team Rocket grunts and their Pokémon doesn't even merit an on-screen beatdown.
    • When Butch and Cassidy send out their Pokémon to attack Yang, Aggron's attack clips off a few strands of Yang's hair. The point-of-view switches to a nearby Gyarados, who notices Aggron and Charizard's cries of pain and watches the very one-sided beatdown before deciding it would be better off moving to the other side of the lake.
    • Tyrian dishes one out to everyone at Professor Oak's lab right up until the Professor's Dragonite gets involved, who completely wipes the floor with him while his increasingly desperate attacks can't even scratch it.
    • Yang vs. Tapu Koko, who was Just Toying With Her the entire time.
    • Yang vs. three Team Skull grunts is Censored for Comedy.
      • Two chapters later, Team Skull gets its revenge, as Plumeria and her Salazzle defeat Yang, Sabra, and Lux without a scratch.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Yang's fourth battle with Tapu Koko has her using tactical ideas after Hala manages to get her to stop being Unskilled, but Strong. It's still clear that she couldn't have won, but she actually impressed Koko.
    Laughing softly, Hala strode up and clapped a comradely hand on her shoulder, Lux and Sabra on his heels and likewise beaming with pride in their trainer. "Well done, Yang! Well done indeed!"
    "Wha-?" She stammered. "But- I didn't-"
    "Of course you didn't win!" the old man boomed. "He's a god! But do you know how long it's been since a non-Legendary has made him work that hard for his win?"
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Gary's Alakazam threatens to do this to Tyrian as retribution for his actions at Oak's lab.
    Alakazam: Looks like my apprentice has learned well. I’d love to finish what she started and cut out your heart with a spoon for what you did to my trainer's friends.
    Tyrian: ...Oddly specific.
    Alakazam: *holds up spoons, generates Psycho Cut*
    Tyrian: Not hyperbole then, very impressive.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Happens several times, particularly when Team RWBY encounters one of the cuter Pokémon.
    • Ruby's reaction to meeting Gary's Arcanine.
      Ruby: DOGGY!
    • Karen strongly denies making anything resembling a Squee after Blake revealed her cat ears.
    • When Ruby and Weiss see their new teammates in Alola (a Rowlet and Piplup, respectively) they both squee "birdy".
    • Winter cuddles Zwei, much to Qrow and Absol's amusement. Weiss had reacted similarly in canon.
  • Dead Person Conversation: Tapu Fini uses her mist to let Weiss speak to her grandfather, who advises her to pursue her destiny and abandon the SDC. Yang and Ruby later get one with Summer offscreen.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: The girls are a little apprehensive about Kukui simply giving them their second Pokémon, especially given that their first ones were all met naturally and effectively chose them of their own free will.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Karen, when explaining Team Rocket's motives.
    Karen: They want money, power, and money, and they'll do almost anything but actually work to get it.
    Blake: You said money twice.
    Karen: They like money.
  • Description Cut: One scene has Teams JNPR and CFVY discussing how Team RWBY must be faring in the other world beyond the portals, battling for their lives against legions of Grimm without rest... interspersed with scenes of RWBY enjoying the Alolan atmosphere.
  • Disaster Dominoes: The Absol stuck in Remnant engineers some at the Beacon Academy dance (possibly by redirecting Qrow's bad luck Semblance). Just as Team CDRL show up to start harassing Jaune, Neptune, who is retreating from an irate girl (presumably Nebula Violette of Team NDGO), bumps into a table (which Absol weakened earlier), causing it to collapse and catapult the punch bowl into the air, landing squarely on CDRL. This also gets Jaune and Pyrrha to share an involuntary hug when he tugs her out of the way.
  • Diving Save: When Yang and her team are battling a Totem Salazzle for a Fire-type Z-Crystal, a baby Kangaskhan loses her balance because of the vibrations from the fight and starts falling into the crater. Luckily, Yang manages to act quickly and use Ember Celica to propel herself out and grab her in time, throwing the child to safety before managing to propel herself onto the crater wall.
  • Dog Walks You: When Taiyang tasks Jaune with walking Zwei as part of a Wax On, Wax Off assignment... This is what happened.
    Ren: And does this training method really produce results?
    Taiyang: I dunno. God knows I wasn’t gonna walk him.
  • Doomsayer: Professor Cypress is constantly coming up with new doomsday-level threats to the world. Most of the time he's wrong, but not always...
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: They're called Legendary Pokémon for a reason, Yang...
  • Dope Slap: Taiyang, seeing that Jaune is oblivious to Pyrrha's interest in him, gives Jaune one of these, along with some advice he wished someone had given him as a teenager.
    Taiyang: ASK HER, STUPID!
  • Dragged Off to Hell: A cenitaur gets dragged back down its tunnel and dispatched a second later by a horde of Alolan Diglett, fighting all the while.
  • Dynamic Entry: Referenced when a Sharpedo bursts out of the water to help attack a powerful Grimm.
  • Elemental Punch: Yang figures out how to use Fire Punch while training Lux, and later Tapu Koko teaches her to use Thunder Punch as a reward for doing so well against him.
  • Engineered Heroics: Faba originally intended to use Type: Null to go around defeating the Grimm to become famous using the wormhole generator to choose where they appeared to ensure there were witnesses.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Played for Drama - Lusamine's first encounter with the Grimm was when one came through the Ultra Wormholes and tried to attack her staff. Given that it was visibly injured (it had weapons sticking out of its body), she assumed its aggression was due to mistreatment by humans, as the Pokémon Earth has never had any Always Chaotic Evil creatures on it who want to attack, kill, and eat humans just because.
  • Epic Fail: A Training Montage shows Lillie's lack of skill with every weapon she tries. A shorter one shows that Casey is equally untalented with Dust.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Dr. Pinot may be a condescending, arrogant Know-it-all, but even he is flabbergasted when RWBY relay their experiences dealing with Dr. Merlot's attempts to make the Grimm more dangerous.
    Dr Pinot: ...Wow.
  • Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: Absol does her best version of one since extending a paw to shake could come off as threatening due to her claws.
  • Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: Much to Team RWBY's disbelief when the Grimm enable Tyrian to escape.
  • Evil Learns of Outside Context: After learning about Pokémon and Earth, Salem manipulates Lusamine into allowing large numbers of Grimm to stay at Aether Paradise.
  • Eye Am Watching You: Tapu Koko takes a moment to make this gesture at Casey and Lillie before zooming away.
  • Eye Scream: Tyrian loses an eye to Whisper's Psycho Cut.
  • Face Doodling: A variant. Blake dyes Mal pink while he sleeps.
  • Face Palm: Yang is exasperated by Ruby's enthusiasm even in an alternate dimension.
  • Face Your Fears: Lillie asks for Huntress training to get over her fear of the Grimm.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: Gladion announces his presence to Blake, Yang, and Casey with a big speech about how easily he will crush them. They can only stand there dumbstruck until he finishes, when they start laughing uproariously.
  • The Fair Folk: Ruby brings up the trope in regards to Fairy Types in Chapter 32.3. Weiss, not familiar with the older, scarier stories, is dismissive of the idea until they talk to Olivia, who tells them about Tapu Lele, who she describes as the most Fae of all the Guardian Deities despite them all being part Fairy-type, being completely unrestrained in battle because her ability to heal means that she feels no need to hold herself back, and her mood can apparently change from kind and generous to self-centered and uncaring fairly easily. Olivia then confirms that the Fairy type was named after mythological beings from old tales, especially from the Galar region, the Pokémon world's version of the U.K., where many stories of The Fair Folk originate in our world, and that she feels that the name is accurate and that Fairy-Types are as vengeful as they are adorable.
  • Fake Twin Gambit: Nanu pretends to be his twin brother Nuna to get out of telling Blake about Tapu Bulu. She's not fooled, but he doesn't care.
  • False Flag Operation: Chapter 24: Untrue Banner Procedures, contains two instances. First, Blake's Gastly, Shade, uses an illusion to make it look like a caged Beowolf can talk in an attempt to get information out of a Pokémon working for Team Rocket. Later, it's revealed that the criminals aren't actually part of Team Rocket, they're independent mercenaries (working for Faba) who were paid extra to frame Team Rocket for the theft.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: How much of a "villain" he is is debatable, but Team RWBY and Casey clearly think this of Gladion when they meet, given that he's wearing all black in the tropical land of Alola.
  • Flat "What":
    • Blake's reaction to seeing a Pokéball in action for the first time.
    • Riley's reaction to learning that Team RWBY are technically aliens.
    • Blake's reaction to Karen's description of Team Aqua and Team Magma's goals.
    • Casey's reaction to learning about the events of Shamouti and that Ash was involved.
    • Ruby's reaction to an Aether Foundation worker accusing her of slaughtering confused, panicking Grimm.
  • Fireball Eyeballs: When Lillie is traumatized by the Grimm, the thing that scared her the most were its eyes that burned with hate like coals.
  • Flawed Prototype: Ruby gives Casey and Lillie mock-ups of their weapons to practice with. Due to her inexperience and lack of the proper tools and materials, Casey's High Voltage Enhanced Impactor isn't insulated properly, and Lillie's Tricked-Out Gloves can only make a tiny force field.
  • Follow the Chaos: How Gary Oak, Riley, and Tracey manage to track Team RWBY after they left town to follow a Grimm horde.
  • Foreboding Fleeing Flock: Used as a way to get Gary Oak, Riley, and Tracey to Follow the Chaos to find Team RWBY.
  • Fossil Revival: While Team RWBY tours Devon Corp.'s headquarters, Mr. Stone shows them the fossil revival machine, much to Ruby's amazement. She gets in an argument with Weiss about whether it's more impressive than weather control.
  • Furry Reminder: Even though Pokémon act with all the intelligence and personality of humans, they do occasionally display animal-like behavior.
    • Mal attempts to pounce on Blake's ribbon mid-sentence.
  • Gag Nose: Professor Cypress' nose is apparently long and thin enough that it's been compared to a Nosepass' or an icepick.
  • Goomba Stomp: A Golbat defeats an alpha beowolf by dropping from the sky to snap its spine.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Much to Watts' annoyance with Faba.
  • Going Native: Team RWBY adopts various local customs like trainership and Alola's Island Challenge while on Earth.
  • Golden Mean Fallacy: While staying in a haunted house, Zubat tries to persuade its Ghost-type residents into not scaring Team RWBY, who spent much of the day fighting off Grimm. The Ghost-Type Pokémon refuse to believe him, and want a chance to scare humans since they hadn't for a while. The best that Zubat could get was that the Ghost-Types would wait for a few hours so the girls could get their sleep. While they were satisfied, Zubat felt guilty afterward for letting his trainer Ruby and her friends be scared.
  • Genre Savvy: While Guzma does trust Lusamine, he does not trust Faba at all and decided against using the vials of R Faba gave him and his team to help them deal with Team RWBY.
  • The Ghost: As explained in the author's note in chapter 1, Ash is not in the story because he is "off having adventures in whatever region suddenly always existed when Generation 8 comes out" (Galar, as it turns out), having not stayed in Alola after his vacation with his mom. He exists, his achievements happened, but he is Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Story. However, other characters do occasionally mention him, and when RWBY realizes that they keep hearing about him, the only comment is that Ash really gets around.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Whisper starts taunting and poking Sabra, in an attempt to provoke her into learning Outrage. Instead, Sabra gets so mad she evolves into a Hakamo-o and punches her in the face with a Sky Uppercut.
  • Graceful Loser: Machoke consoles himself after losing to Yang by noting that being beaten by a human will make for a more interesting story to tell than beating a human up.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Weiss uses a gravity glyph to launch a Team Rocket grunt through an open door, where he collides with another grunt.
  • Groin Attack: Yang does this to a Team Skull grunt, prompting a Share the Male Pain moment from the watchers, including the Pokémon.
  • Had to Be Sharp: It's spelled out to the new team additions in Alola that Team RWBY are so skilled because the Grimm made them need to be since they don't have Pokémon on Remnant to fight with them like they do on Earth.
  • Halloween Episode: It gets one for Halloween 2020 in the form of an apocryphal chapter representing a theoretical point after Team RWBY returns to Remnant. Shade traps Adam in an illusion where, after he kills the team save for Blake herself, she seemingly revives them as zombies through dark magic. He honestly buys into it, fighting against the illusions while the very much alive Team RWBY watches in amusement, tiring himself out until he's easily captured when more students and teachers arrive.
  • Hand Blast: After Shade hands her a Shadow Ball, Blake tries to copy it but fails. When she tries to use her Dark-Type Semblance she instead shoots Dark Pulse from that hand.
  • Hard Light: Plans are made to use the Mirage Master's tech to eventually create hard light Grimm for students to train against.
  • Haunted House: Team RWBY take shelter in one to escape a storm, and promptly discover that Ghost Pokémon are a thing.
  • Head Pet:Nox enjoys taking this position, as did Lux while he was small enough. Blake is surprised that Yang would allow it, considering how protective she is of her hair. Word of God is that letting this trope continue was a big factor in Nox not growing much when evolving into a Crobat.
  • Help Mistaken for Attack: When Ruby asks a Golbat for directions to the nearest town, it responds by grabbing her and flying into the air. Her teammates ready their weapons until Ruby calls down that she can see one, as Golbat was hovering just above the treeline.
  • Here We Go Again!: Weiss' reaction to Team Rocket taking umbrage at her interfering with a heist and declaring her an enemy, clearly reminded of the White Fang's hatred of the Schnees.
  • Hero of Another Story: Ash is elsewhere during the events of this story, but several characters make references to him and events that he's been involved in.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Discussed. Koga explains to Ruby about the whole stagehand thing, and why his real ninja clan adopted it: The first reason is because it both intimidates people who don't know better and gets those who do to underestimate them; and secondly when the samurai guarding a castle fight off a team of Highly-Visible Ninja, nobody notices the cook they hired last month slipping away with the vial of poison he just used to kill their lord. They actually make a year of "Pajama duty" a requirement for rookies.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs:
    • The Mark VII Desert Braviary owned by Lt. Surge is unusual in that it is a Bland-Name Product rather than an expression, but Surge's Gun Porn description leaves no doubt what it's supposed to be.
    • Later, an Oricorio complains about how Nox "[pulled] a Whirlwind out of his cloaca like a comic-book speedster".
  • Honest Corporate Executive: Mr. Stone, which saddens Weiss when she realizes that it isn't an act since it means someone can be kind and successful when her own father isn't.
  • Ice Magic Is Water: After being briefed on Pokémon types by Blake, Ruby wonders why Ice and Water aren't the same.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Casey is starstruck by Team RWBY and is eager to receive training from them.
  • Impromptu Tracheotomy: A Beowolf Nox Confuses accidentally stabs a member of its pack in the throat.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Taiyang jokes that Zwei is so strong because he's descended from Umbramail, Lord of All Corgis. Or at least it seemed to be a pun...
  • I Need a Freaking Drink:
    • Yang's reaction to Team Rocket's standard antics.
    • Apparently trying to understand the Grimm leads to this happening a lot to Remnant scientists.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Faba still made Type: Null to fight the Ultra Beasts even though in the fanfiction they are the Grimm.
  • Instant Expert: Played for Drama with Whisper. The young Ralts has, so far, done this with new moves, like learning Psycho Cut to protect the others from Tyrian, so that means that when she doesn't master the beginner sword forms that Weiss starts training her in, its the first time since her birth that she'd failed to master something almost immediately, and she doesn't understand that taking time to learn difficult things is normal, and Weiss can't convince her otherwise because Whisper thinks that she's lying to spare her feelings.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: When Honest Corporate Executive Mr. Stone comments that "If you put this many Alpha Nerds into a room together without any sort of guidance, you'll either end up with a doomsday device or a game of Druddigons and Dragonites!", one of said Alpha Nerds jokingly protests because they don't have any dice.
    Stone: All the more reason for me to be peering over your shoulder, Simmons!
  • I Think You Broke Him: Yang jokes that Weiss is broken after her reaction to seeing a Pokéball in action.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Ironwood refers to Absol as "it" before Ozpin and Glynda tell him to use "her".
  • I Told You So: Yatsuhashi to the rest of Team CFVY after Nora points out that Team JNPR only knows the details about Team RWBY's situation because they asked. Rumors spread by Team CRDL, who happened to be the nearest team to where RWBY went, is why they asked in the first place.
  • Jerkass: Say hello to Damien, Pokémon's local distributor of abused Fire-types.
  • Joke and Receive: After learning that Poké-balls are matter-to-energy conversion and storage devices, Blake comments that she'd wondered if some Pokémon were just really small. Yang's response fits this trope.
    Yang: What, like a portable goldfish?
    Kid sends out Goldeen
    Yang: ...I was kidding.
  • Just a Kid: Lusamine brushes off Gladion telling her about Type: Null because she thinks it was all his imagination.
  • Just Take the Poster: Ruby steals a flyer for the Golden Valley Tournament off a store window to show to her team.
  • Just Toying with Them: After Oak's Dragonite wipes the floor with Tyrian Callows, Gary's Blastoise gets in on the action by juggling him with water blasts. Alakazam cautions his teammate against this since it might allow him to escape... which a Griffin swooping in promptly does.
  • Killer Rabbit: Absol's introduction to Zwei involved the corgi sitting on a huge pile of dead Grimm.
    Absol: Are you... sure you aren't, like, a Corgion or something?
  • Knight of Cerebus: The sudden introduction of Tyrian Callows provoked a Mass "Oh, Crap!" from the readers.
  • Laser Blade: Gary's Alakazam teaches Whisper Psycho Cut. Unlike most depictions of the move both hold onto the generated blades annd use them for melee attacks.
  • Lemony Narrator: Shade's recounting of the incident where he and Blake were kidnapped by some goons and forced to fight off the Grimm that they also captured is butcher-full of ham. The listeners agree it's more fun this way.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: When Yang sees an abusive trainer calling his Pokémon a weakling, she agrees that weaklings are just the worst, and "suggests" that he and the Pokémon duke it out so that the trainer can "prove who the weakling is here". Ruby quickly swoops in and yanks away his belt to force him to face Torchic on his own.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Shellby and Kimie from this episode of the anime bicker a lot but care deeply about each other. Also, they're old and married.
  • Losing Horns: After Tapu Koko throws Yang out of the Ruins of Conflict an annoyed Kricketune belts the tune out.
  • Low Count Gag: Casey makes one when asked how she's feeling after a Training from Hell session under Yang's tutelage.
    Casey: I'll list all of my parts that don't hurt… this concludes the list.
  • Made of Plasticine: Since the Grimm lack Aura, the weaker ones are highly vulnerable to attacks that wouldn't bother Pokemon or humans with Aura. More than one character kills a Grimm that they're trying to capture for research purposes because they're more fragile than expected.
  • Mafia Princess: Marian is the granddaughter of The Goodfeather, the Honchkrow in charge of Alola's largest flock. This comes into play in Chapter 38, wherein Marian is able to 'convince' a Murkrow to help her move the berries his trainer had stolen.
  • Magic A Is Magic A:
    • Pokémon moves and abilities all ultimately draw from Aura, which they can add elemental attributes to without needing Dust. While humans and faunus usually have typeless Aura, some Semblances cause the Aura used to take on types.note  This means that human Aura-users can learn to use moves, whether by TM or by direct teaching.
    • Evolution Stones are the Earth version of Dust, just hyper-concentrated compared to the Remnant version to the point that a used stone is noted by Weiss to be fairly high-quality. A comparison is made to Dust being coal and Stones being diamonds.
  • Magic Ampersand: Mr. Stone jokes that if he left his scientists unsupercised, they might end up playing Druddigons and Dragonites.
  • Mathematician's Answer:
    Casey: Yeah… Team Rocket just… does that. Like, all the time.
    Yang: Exploding for no reason, or the threatening poetry?
    Casey: ...Yes.
  • May–December Romance: Discussed as one of the reasons Winter finds being shipped with Qrow disturbing, pointing out that he's quite literally old enough to be her father.
  • Megaton Punch: Yang uses her Semblance to attack Lucario with one during the tournament. He uses the move Detect to dodge, and her momentum carries her into a ring out.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: In Chapter 28, the Team RWBY members get to choose a second Pokémon each.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: Team RWBY goes off to investigate why Grimm in an area are behaving oddly. They end up stumbling through a wormhole to Earth, which Salem was trying to keep separate from Remnant.
  • Mirror Monster: After seeing Blake sneak into the bathroom to cry, Shade cheers her up by breifly making it look like her reflection came to life.
  • Mistaken for Brooding: Early on in the story Team RWBY grapples with the fact that they are Trapped in Another World, Weiss in particular on the verge of a panic attack while Ruby remains silent. Yang tries to comfort Ruby only for her to reveal that she's actually excited that they get to be the first to explore this new world.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: It's a crossover with RWBY, so it's a given. A few of the characters from the Pokémon world have to take a moment to process the existence of a Scythe/Sniper rifle hybrid (Ruby's weapon Crescent Rose), and then there's Riley's Lucario reaction to Yang's Ember Celica:
    • Weiss is the only member of RWBY whose weapon (Myrtenaster, a rapier that can utilize Dust via a revolver-style chamber near the hilt) is close to normal, as Blake's can transform from a sword (with an equally sharp sheath) to a pistol.
  • Mook Horror Show: Chapter 42 has Team RWBY raid Team Skull's base after Team Skull steals Nebby. The chapter is mostly from Team Skull's point of view and has them be utterly demolished by the huntresses in training.
  • Mugging the Monster: Team Rocket thugs have broken into a Pokémon nursery to steal the eggs, but their Drowzee misses the young girl currently on watch duty. That was their first mistake. Their second was assuming a rich-looking girl with no Pokémon of her own would be easy to cow into submission. Weiss Schnee draws her sword and disabuses them of that notion rapidly (which is very similar to how Ruby got into Beacon two years early in the first place).
    • They do this again in a later chapter when Cassidy and Butch, a couple of higher-level agents, threaten all of RWBY. Butch starts to monologue about how his new Pokéball can steal pokémon from their trainers—and Ruby simply shoots it out of his hand. Then they pull out a pair of high-level Pokémon, who themselves assume it's going to be a simple matter to intimidate the girls. Yang proceeds to gleefully wipe the floor with them.
    • When in Alola, Yang is startled by a "statue" that turns out to be Tapu Koko. Annoyed, she picks a fight with him, even after learning Tapu Koko's identity, since she wants to see if a Legendary is really that powerful. It ends predictably.
    • Faba tries to threaten Watts with his Raichu only to end up with a gun to his head when Watts' quick reflexes allow him to hold Faba hostage.
    • Gladion is hired by Team Skull to go after Team RWBY. The members he challenges find this hilarious, and Blake quickly slips behind him and draws her sword to prove just how out of his depth he is.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • While making arrangements to go to Alola, Weiss worries that the vast distances could be a problem if something happened while traveling. Professor Oak quickly reminds her about Teleport.
    • Mal is used as an extra griddle to cook some bacon while he naps.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Wicke is absolutely not convinced that the Grimm are safe and is only sticking around because she trusts Lusamine enough to ignore her fear.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: A temporary version. A Human (or presumably a Faunus) with an unlocked Aura can use a TM to learn a move in the same way as a Pokémon, but their minds cannot handle the massive surge of information at once. The user has a seizure until the reader finishes running, muttering the technobabble of the move. Afterwards they are left with an hours-long migraine. Slowing down the speed of the reader lessens the pain, though it drags out the pain.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • When Yang picks up and hugs her new Jangmo-O, the young Dragon-Type complains about unauthorized snuggles.
    • Ruby babbles about "Team RWBY, Explorers of Time and Space"
    • While in Alola, Team RWBY lives in the player character's house.
    • Absol read the Howling series, which Zwei wrote in Chibi. Ren references how Blake suddenly lost interest in the series.
    • As payment for bringing him Nebby, Faba rewards Team Skull by giving them a Pokémon boosting drug called R that came from Ryme City.

  • Named by the Adaptation:
  • Never Heard That One Before: Tracey Sketchit has heard all the jokes regarding his name at least once. Yang takes this as a challenge.
  • Never Trust a Title: No Boldore appear or are mentioned until Olivia's makes a brief cameo 32 chapters in, and shotguns aren't a major feature either. Behind the scenes, the author was trying to come up with a title, and asked a friend for advice. The friend's instant and deadpan response (a play on the film Bedknobs and Broomsticks) was hilarious enough that the author went with it.
  • New Baby Episode: Chapter 13 focuses on Whisper hatching from her egg to comfort Weiss, being awestruck at Weiss' skill, and subsequently getting adopted as her sister.
  • Nightmare Fetishist:
    • During the team's first fight with Tyrian, Blake's Gastly hits him with the horror-inducing Nightshade. Tyrian laughs and not only shrugs off the attack but says he enjoyed it. Gastly eventually finds a trigger that works.
      Gastly: Okay, so he's that kind of crazy. This just became a lot harder.
    • Lusamine, who sees the Grimm similarly to her view of canon Ultra Beasts. She has gained an outright loathing of Team RWBY for their 'murder' of them.
  • Nightmare Retardant: In-Universe; the Apathy are one of the creepiest Grimm around, and were responsible for a major Nightmare Fuel episode in RWBY canon... but here, a horde of them runs into a group of Yawn-using Slowpoke. Their "battle" consists of just moaning at each other, with the Apathy's will-leeching screams failing to do a thing to the slow-minded Slowpoke, and then the Yawns put them to sleep. Karen dubs it "the most epic laziness battle the world has ever seen".
  • No Mouth: Blake is briefly distracted while drinking with Tapu Bulu to wonder how he drinks anything without a visible mouth.
  • No Need for Names: Ruby's Zubat didn't see why he would need a name, but he took the nickname Nox because it was important to his trainer.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Ruby and Yang are talking about various funny incidents from their past to cheer up the others when Yang mentions 'the Bean Incident.'
    • Will's Xatu has a few moments of his trainer's Alcohol-Induced Idiocy on Alola.
    • Something happened that involved Casey's Raticate and Pokédex, as well as a key lime pie.
    • Blake once accidentally turned a set of reviews on the seafood places in Vale in instead of a history report.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: Faba is unable to recreate Silvally after Gladion freed him because he doesn't have enough of the genetic material.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond:
    • On Remnant, Yang, despite her Semblance and skills, is still just a first-year Beacon student, but on Earth, her skill is Aura is greater than that of any human Aura-user Riley, a skilled Aura Guardian himself, has ever seen before.
    • Similarly, Ozpin considers Absol to be a match for veteran huntsmen, despite her not using any exceptionally powerful moves because of her skill in aura manipulation.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Salem spins a lie to Lusamine about how the poor, innocent Grimm are senselessly murdered en masse by Huntsmen and that if you just show them kindness they'll be kind to you. Lusamine being the kind, caring person she is falls for it hook, line, and sinker.
  • Not Hyperbole: Tyrian says as much when Gary's Alakazam promises to Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon, and then extends the Psycho Cut blades from his spoons to do it with.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Tupp, Zipp, and Rapp seem to be generic Team Skull grunts in their first appearance, with Yang laying a comically mismatched beatdown on them. In a later chapter, they use a Garbodor's Poison Gas attack to disorient the group long enough to kidnap Nebby.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: One is necessary when Mr. Stone tells Team RWBY about the Mirage Pokémon Incident.
  • Obviously Evil: Just about everyone who sees the Grimm can tell right away that they're pure evil. The only reason that Salem has managed to dupe Lusamine is the lucky fact that the first Grimm the Aether Foundation encountered was wounded, making the woman think that its behavior was because someone hurt it. The fact that Salem has kept any subsequent Grimm on their best behavior while feeding Lusamine a false narrative hasn't hurt either.
  • Offhand Backhand: Ruby casually decapitates a Beowulf that tried to blindside her while she was interrogating a supposed Team Rocket grunt.
  • Oh, My Gods!: On several occasions, humans and Pokémon swear by relevant Legendaries, such as a Lucario saying "Cobalion as my witness", Professor Oak saying "Mew help us", or a Gastly having a "Giratina-may-care grin". In general, Mew and Arceus are used in place of "God" in real-world expressions, while Giratina and the Distortion World fill in for Satan and Hell.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Averted with Professor Oak. While he does dabble in several other fields, it is, by his own admission, dabbling based on interest rather than training, and his focuses are the sociology of Pokémon and humans and how they affect each other, and biology. He knows enough about Evolution Stones to form a hypothesis about the connection between them and Dust from what he learns about the latter from Weiss, but he has no idea what the geological and elemental forces that make them being present on both worlds but resulting in a diffuse and widespread substance on one, and a compressed and compact one on another implies, for example.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • Weiss and Ruby are shocked to hear the cold way Lillie talks about Lusamine, comparing it to Pyrrha cursing somebody out.
    • In a flashback, Lillie is concerned by how the normally level-headed Wicke is on edge discussing the newest arrivals at Aether Paradise (Grimm).
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: Professor Cypress sports a pair of glasses that hide his eyes which add to his eccentric air.
  • Open Secret: Nora states that they all pretend like they don't know about Blake's bookshelf of erotic literature.
  • Outside-Context Problem:
    • The Grimm. They're not absurdly powerful, even compared to common Pokémon, but their bloodlust catches everyone off guard. Several trainers almost get killed because they don't expect to get attacked during a battle. Additionally, Salem is able to mislead Lusamine into believing that the Grimm are innocent victims of mankind's aggression, since the idea of a truly malevolent race of beings who want to Kill All Humans because they can is completely unheard of within the Pokémon world.
    • Pokémon function as this for the Hunters. Tyrian notes that he has no way of actually judging their power or strength like he would another Remnant trained fighter and their diversity makes them unpredictable. This costs him massively when Professor Oak shows up with his Dragonite whose sheer power he massively underestimates.
  • Painting the Medium: In the main story and side story, gods and legendary Pokémon speak in text in their color.
  • Pass the Popcorn: When Tapu Koko is about to fight Yang for the first time, Weiss wonders if he'd be willing to wait to let the others get some popcorn.
  • Pinned to the Wall: A Team Skull grunt who tries to keep Team RWBY out of Po Town is incapacitated by Ruby's Razor Leaf/Leafage.
  • Playing Possum: Some of the Grimm captured by Devon Corp to study do this to trick the scientists into letting them out. Luckily RWBY are wise to their tricks, and they chalk it up to the Grimm Elders captured along with them.
  • Playing the Victim Card: Salem manipulates Lusamine by claiming that the people of Remnant are attacking the Grimm solely out of misguided fear, so the Grimm are merely reacting to their hostility. Salem's ability to keep the Grimm at the Aether Paradise on their best behavior makes this lie more convincing.
  • Pokémon Speak: The Earth in this story is mostly based on the one from the anime, so this is a given. Nox's introduction is the first hint team RWBY gets of how weird Pokémon can be.
    "Team RWBY stared. All of them, in their own ways, were processing that the crazy animal thing before them had just said what was clearly a word, not an animal noise, even if the word was nonsense."
  • Poor Communication Kills: When Lusamine ignores Gladion's story about Type: Null, her response makes him think she knows about it, giving him the resolve to run away with the Pokémon.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: After taking Taiyang's advice and asking Pyrrha to the dance, Jaune fumbles his way into his dorm and sits in a daze.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Nebby screamed in pain while Faba used his power to generate wormholes. Lillie was so determined to save him from the torture she snuck back into the room that gave her her traumatic fear of Grimm.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: When fighting Tyrian, Oak is so confident in Dragonite's protection that he doesn't move a muscle, even to blink when Tyrian swipes at his eye.
    • Team RWBY pulls this too during their Power Walk into Po Town. Every mook that gets in their way is effortlessly dispatched without them even breaking stride.
  • Power Walk: Team RWBY does an utterly unstoppable one as they break into Po Town to save Nebby. One of the onlookers even calls it out as one by name, complete with capitalization and link to the trope page.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: When a Team Skull grunt questions if Guzma will really pay Gladion if kicks Team RWBY's asses, Plumeria butts in after Guzma's confirmation that he would, if just to keep up his rep, to say that trying to rip someone who makes a career out of violence off is a special kind of Too Dumb to Live.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner:
    • When Weiss finds herself alone against a squad of Team Rocket grunts and their Pokémon.
      Weiss: You say that like it makes a difference. As far as I'm concerned, I've just been handed a target rich environment all to myself.
    • When Professor Oak confronts Tyrian (whom the scorpion Faunus just tried to poison), this time with his Dragonite in tow:
      Oak: Round two. And this time, we play by my rules.
  • Psycho Serum: Faba gives Team Skull a dozen vials of R to help them deal with Team RWBY. Guzma doesn't trust anything from Faba, but Golisopod uses a vial out of desparation to protect him and doses himself and three other Team Skull Pokémon into a mindless frenzy.
  • Pummel Duel: The beginning of Yang's fight with Machoke builds into one of these as she proves she can fight on equal terms with a Pokémon.
  • Punch Catch: Tapu Koko stops Yang's Semblance-strengthened punch dead in a show of his far-greater power.
  • Punch Parry:
    • Grendel effortlessly blocks Yang's punch with its mace hand.
    • Yang and Tapu Koko do this during their first fight. By going limp to throw Yang off-balance, Tapu Koko illustrates his better grasp of tactics.
  • Quantity vs. Quality:
    • Discussed in relation to Dust and Elemental Stones. The former is widespread and diffuse, the latter is the same material super-concentrated, meaning that it's both much rarer and much stronger (to the point that a used Stone is still very high-quality Dust).
    • A Pokémon can easily mow through numerous Grimm of a similar size, though this is balanced out by the Grimm's sheer numbers.
  • A Rare Sentence: Weiss isn't used to the weirdness of Earth.
    Weiss: Ruby, what are you doing? You aren't going to just luck into directions to a city from asking a giant bat… and what has my life become that I can say that and mean it?
  • Recognition Failure: Justified due to Team RWBY being Trapped in Another World, which is lampshaded by Weiss herself: when going to a meeting with a Honest Corporate Executive, the environment triggered a sort of Reflexive Response from Weiss that left her briefly surprised when the receptionist asked her if she was Ruby Rose, as she was used to be recognized immediately in any corporate setting.
  • Recursive Fanfiction:
    • Lazy Beacon Days, where another version of Team RWBY comes across and reads a book containing the story, and reacts to both their counterparts' actions and the things revealed about each other. Blake got the book for free from a bookstore run by Anna.
    • Meanwhile in Mantle, an Apocryphal story about a Leavanny, Petlil, Audino, and Elesa's Emolga that end up on Remnant and fall in with Robyn Hill and her Happy Huntresses.
    • You Teach Me and I'll Teach You is another apocryphal story set after communication and travel between Earth and Remnant has been established. It sees Weiss send Whitley on his own journey to let him grow away from Jacques.
    • The Poké Adventures of Zero and RWBY, a crossover with Outsiders.
  • Retcon: Cypress' name used to be spelled Cyprus until a reader pointed out that it is "a country where you go to vacation or launder your blood money". Since the intent was for the scientist to be named after a kind of tree, like all scientists in Pokémon seem to be, the author went back and changed it.
  • Removed from the Picture: Salem has an immaculately kept portrait of her family... except for the hole over Ozma's face.
  • Reforged Blade: The damaged Ember Celica has its internal mechanisms replaced and gets a new armour plate made from Sabra's old scales that channels Yang's Aura easier than steel.
  • Retired Badass: To the surprise of no one who knows anything about Pokémon, Professor Oak is this. Once he gets Dragonite, he completely devastates Tyrian Callows literally without even looking at him.
  • Revealing Cover-Up:
    • Blake couldn't see through the illusions that the Ghost-types at the manor were using to scare the rest of Team RWBY with, but her Faunus night-vision meant that they were obvious to her, being basically unusually dark patches of shadow in what to her was an at least moderately bright room.
    • Salem's strategy to keep Earth and Remnant from establishing contact is to throw Grimm through every Ultra Wormhole she finds to discourage investigation. This worked in the past, but in modern times both sides are more curious and better equipped to deal with the hordes.
  • Reverse Psychology: Team RWBY's other Pokémon manipulate Yang's Jangmo-o Sabra this way, like saying that she'll never be as strong as Yang (who had challenged Tapu Koko to a fight in the previous chapter), to snap her out of shock at the events of said fight.
  • Revolting Rescue: A Hypno uses Hypnosis on Blake and puts her to sleep. Shade is forced to lick her in the ear to wake her up, much to their mutual disgust.
  • Right Behind Me: Jaune quickly changes his complaint about Professor Port when he realizes Port is behind him.
  • Running Gag:
    • Team RWBY being flabbergasted at the things that Pokémon can do.
    • Characters wondering who names stuff like Z-Crystals, Mega Stones, etc.
  • Sarcasm Mode: Weiss, upon learning that Team Rocket holds a grudge because she stopped one of their crimes.
    Weiss: Oh no, I've been singled out as a target by a criminal organization with a pointless and nonsensical grudge against me. That's certainly never happened before.
  • Share the Male Pain: After Yang gives a Team Skull grunt a Groin Attack, every male present is wincing in pain, even the Pokémon.
  • Shock Stick: Casey's weapon is an electrified baseball bat called a High Voltage Enhanced Impactor.
  • Shout-Out: Oh... lots.
  • Side Bet: Fox passes Yatsuhasi some lien when Team CFVY finds out that all they needed to do was ask for information on Team RWBY's situation.
  • Simplified Spellcasting: To use a Z-Move, besides needing access to the corresponding Z-Crystal, technically all you have to do is enter a sort of meditative state where trainer and Pokémon are in sync with each other, but that's hard to do in battle, so the dances came about as mnemonics to allow quick access to such a mindset, and the dances themselves are simplified versions of Alolan war dances that anyone could use with a little practice. Besides the Tapus, who break a lot of rules in Hala's words, few trainers manage to get to the point of not needing the dances, though.
  • Smoke Out: After planting the Black Queen virus and being spotted by everyone at the Vytal Dance, Cinder escapes with a flashbang and a peppermint-scented smoke bomb that masks her scent and leaves Absol and Zwei gagging.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: A Team Skull Grunt mixes some fantasy phrases into his speech.
    Yang: Also, it kinda sounds weird to hear you say 'incurred the wrath' right after 'hizzouse', just saying.
  • So Proud of You: When Ruby's Zubat feels guilty for not helping more when the team was being pranked by ghosts, Ruby gives him a pep talk, reminding him of how much he'd helped against the Grimm the day before.
    Ruby: I'm serious! Those Grimm were working together too well, we weren't killing them fast enough, and all of the plans I'd made for fighting [Deathstalkers] since that first time took too much time to set up. I wasn't sure how to turn things around… but you did it for me, all on your own! I don't know how to tell you how proud I was of you, or how glad I was that you were there for us. [...] I know you feel bad about how last night went. You shouldn't, but even if I can’t convince you of that, what you did before more than makes up for it. So cheer up! Who knows what we’ll do tomorrow?
    • Jokingly said by Yang when Weiss makes a bad pun about the Zubat and Torchic Ruby and Yang keep as Head Pets.
      Weiss: I guess it runs in the family. Ruby has bats in her belfry, and Yang's going cuckoo.
      Yang: Weiss! I am such a bad influence on you! I’m so proud!
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The recorded battle between Apathy Grimm and Slowpoke, or what Karen dubs "The most epic laziness battle the world has ever seen", has a soundtrack full of epic music, choir, and instrumentation.
  • Spirited Competitor: It's Pokémon, most of them are this, although it really shows during the tournament. Then Lucario has this thought after Yang swaps ammo.
    Lucario: Asking her to fight me armed was a wonderful idea... and Cobalion as my witness I have no idea if I'm being sarcastic.
  • Status Buff: These, debuffs, and Life Drain work by affecting the target's Aura. Since Grimm have none the last two are mostly useless against them, but they have no way to counter the first.
  • Straight for the Commander: When Watts confronts Faba, he makes it a point to acknowledge that his Raichu might be able to defeat him... but there is no possibility for Faba to stay alive to the end.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Both Nox and Gary independently say the situation with Team RWBY is like either a comic book or a fairy tale.
    Shade: Most fairy tales don't have interdimensional portals, so let's go with the first one.
  • Stunned Silence: The Absol in Remnant can't help but do this when Zwei gives her a daisy at the Beacon dance.
  • Suddenly Shouting: A Team Rocket Grunt attempting to rob Weiss.
    TR Grunt: No, I'm wearing a Team Rocket uniform because we made a wrong turn to a Halloween party OF COURSE I'M ROBBING YOU!
  • Super Gullible: Salem's opinion of Lusamine is that yes, she is gullible enough to believe that the Grimm are just misunderstood.
  • Techno Babble: When Yang and Weiss use TMs on themselves, they both involuntarily start rattling off a stream of what sounds like the scientific theory behind the move they just implanted into their heads.
  • Telepathy: Most, but not all, Psychic-types communicate using this, including Whisper and Gary's Alakazam. Which species do or do not have this power does not correlate to which ones can have the Ability in the game.
  • Teleportation: Whisper, Alakazam, and Will's Xatu have all used the move to get around.
  • Tempting Fate: Yang does so several times in rapid succession in Chapter 2, simply because she enjoys the appalled looks her teammates are giving her.
    • When Ruby does it eighteen chapters later, she then apologizes for "pulling a Yang".
  • The Power of Friendship: A literal example. Ruby's Zubat, Nox, realizing he's not strong or fast enough to get his trainer out of danger, triggers his evolution into Golbat... and then keeps evolving all the way into Crobat before his first evolution is even complete. It counts as this trope because, in the games, Golbats can only evolve when they have a maximized Friendship statnote . Though on the downside, the evolution was so fast that Nox is much smaller than Crobat usually are, but he doesn't really mind.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Tapu Koko sees nothing wrong with using Guardian of Alola, the signature Z-Move of the Guardian Deities, on an already-paralyzed Yang.
  • This Is My Human: Team RWBY's starters have shades of this, having explicitly decided they liked the girls and following them as a consequence. Absol also considers Qrow as her sort-of trainer, without input of his own.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Tyrian actually enjoys being hit by Night Shade, which shows the target "a frightening mirage".
  • Touched by Vorlons: Team RWBY unlocks the Aura of both Casey and Lillie, granting them superhuman abilities like their own.
  • Tournament Arc: A bit short to be called an arc, but Yang enters a combat tournament to earn some local currency for her team.
  • Town Contest Episode: The tournament from the Tournament Arc is the 432nd hosting of a small Fighting-Type competition.
  • Training from Hell: The crash course Team RWBY, especially Yang, plans on giving Casey and Lillie, with it being made clear that only Aura's Healing Factor accelerating the process of pushing oneself to the limit and getting stronger upon recovery will allow it to happen safely.
  • Trapped in Another World: Team RWBY end up on Poké-Earth after getting chased through an Ultra Wormhole by the Grimm.
    • Later, an Absol ends up on Remnant.
  • Trauma Button: Shade's Beowolf illusion gets a much stronger reaction than he expected from Lillie.
  • Troubled Backstory Flashback: Much of Chapter 41 is taken up by Lillie and Gladion recounting how they rescued their respective partners and ran away from the Aether Foundation after almost being killed by a summoned Grimm and seeing and seeing the results of Faba's attempts to create an anti-Grimm weapon respectively.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • Team RWBY didn't think much of the Pokémon at first.
    • No one in the Tournament expected Yang to make it past the first round. Cue her doing things like cold-cocking a Machoke.
    • The Team Rocket goons robbing the nursery do this to Weiss.
    • Tracey's Scyther has learned not to do this over the years. After he sees Crescent Rose, he mentally pats himself on the back for remembering what he'd heard and not underestimating her.
    • Tyrian underestimates Oak's Dragonite.
    • Surge doesn't initially think much of Weiss and Ruby, though he starts eating his words once the latter starts showing her firearms knowledge.
    • Cinder and her subordinates think Absol is just a weird dog at first.
    • Both Sabra and later Totem Kommo-o doubt humans be as strong as dragons. Both change their minds after seeing Yang fight.
  • Underground Monkey: Discussed by Nox and Marian, with Nox noting how some variants' names no longer make sense.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Mew's explanation of how Arceus' meeting with the Brothers went is... about as accurate as you would expect exposition on a tense political discussion from The Ditz to be.
  • Virtual Soundtrack: The transitions to scenes occasionaly link to appropriate music, like this while Yang battles Plumeria.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • Weiss and Ruby occasionally show signs of this, as per canon.
    • It's also demonstrated between Lux and Shade, Yang's Torchic/Combusken and Blake's Gastly respectively.
      Lux: But if Shade doesn't put that bucket down, I swear I’ll find a way to cram it up him.
      Shade: ...Totally worth it.
  • Weird Moon: Inverted. Team RWBY is stunned to see an intact moon in the sky instead of a shattered one.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Sabra's mother is a Totem, and having to grow up to that is largely responsible for her issues.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: In-Universe, both Lillie and Nox have openly wondered who names things like the different kinds of Z-Crystals.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Blake does not react favorably to dog Pokémon.
    • Yang doesn't like ghosts.
    • Lux the Torchic, being a Fire-type, doesn't like the ocean, which Shade calls cliche.
  • Willfully Weak: During the tournament, Lucario accuses Yang of holding back her true skill. She explains that she isn't holding back at all, but she normally fights armed and knew that wouldn't be permitted. Lucario, desiring a challenge, invokes a loophole to get her permission to use her weapons in their match. He was not expecting shotgun gauntlets.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: Downplayed. Used Evolution Stones are seen as having no further use on Earth, primarily being kept as mementos. When Weiss sees one she identifies it as relatively high-quality Dust.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Done accidentally. Lusamine dismissed the agression of the first Grimm she saw because it was injured and she thought it was traumatized. When Salem found out she immediately reinforced this belief.
  • Wowing Cthulhu: Tapu Koko is amazed at how Yang pushed him harder than any non-Legendary Pokémon had for a long time.
  • Wrecked Weapon: During his last battle with Yang, Tapu Koko detonates all the ammunition in one half of Ember Celica, rendering it inoperable.
  • Wrong Context Magic: While Magic A Is Magic A is in effect to tie both Semblances and Moves to Aura, Weiss is confused after seeing Pokémon use elemental attacks without Dust, something thought impossible for humans. It turns out that humans can be taught to use them too by causing their normally Typeless Aura to gain a Type similar to how various Semblances convert the Aura used to have a Type.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Guzma views sending Gladion to fight Team RWBY as this. Win or lose, the results will be hilarious, and if he proves actually able to back up his boasts, he might be worth calling upon in the future when a situation calls for the big guns.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: When the team is selecting random pokéballs to choose their second Pokémon, Kukui mentions that Olivia said something about "Fate making sure the right matches were made". Blake, after noticing that the Pokémon Ruby and Weiss ended up with (Rowlet and Piplup respectively) were suspiciously fitting for them, tries a fake-out by switching which Pokéball she grabs at the last second, only to end up with a Litten.
  • You Didn't Ask: Team CFVY gets mad at Team JNPR for not telling them anything about what happened with Team RWBY, only for Nora to defuse them by pointing out that they didn't ask, something Yatsuhashi had apparently suggested.
  • Yowies and Bunyips and Drop Bears, Oh My: When asked if Menagerie has any legendary Grimm, Blake says that travelers sometimes come back into town raving about Grimm called "Bunyips" and "Drop Ursas".
    Ruby: What are they like?
    Blake: Depends on how much the storyteller had been drinking.
  • Zombie Advocate: Lusamine honestly believes that the Grimm are misunderstood creatures thanks to the manipulation of Salem and seeing an injured specimen first, so she shelters them within Aether Paradise. This extends to an unknown number of Aether Foundation staff, as some believe the same and some just go along because they trust Lusamine.