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Boldores and Boomsticks is an ongoing RWBY and Pokémon crossover by Darwin Candidate. It can be found at SpaceBattles.com.
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When Team RWBY is on a mission to investigate an odd electromagnetic signal, they find Creatures of Grimm passing into an Ultra Wormhole... and when they get chased into it by a Goliath, they're left trapped in a world that has no Huntsmen of their own, and no defenses against the horrors of the Grimm. After all, these people don't carry weapons, and seem to spend all their time training their cute little animal friends. And it's not like having a stable of adorable animals is going to protect them from DID THAT LIZARD JUST BREATHE FIRE?!


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This work of fanfiction contains the following tropes:

  • Adaptation Deviation: The Sun & Moon seasons of the anime are not canon, despite the Pokemon world being otherwise identical to the anime. Instead, the story mixes the backgrounds of the anime and games for Alola, such as Lusamine being obssesive like her game counterpart.
  • Accidental Truth: Played for Laughs. Early on, Taiyang jokes about Zwei being weird because he’s descended from Umbramail, Lord of All Corgis. Much later, Salem hears about Zwei, and her reaction is to murmur "Does the line of Umbramail yet live?" and wistfully dig up a carefully-preserved portrait of her family... and there’s a corgi in there. Apparently Taiyang might’ve been onto something.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal:
    Weiss: “Do you know any irresponsible, immature, incoherent, inconsiderate, idiotic imbeciles with a penchant for pyromania and property damage?
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  • 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.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Apparently the last time Will was in Alola, he got drunk at a bar and threatened a biker with "mind bullets".
  • Amazon Chaser: Zwei, of all creatures, tries to court Absol at the Vytal Festival dance.
  • Animal Athlete Loophole: Inverted Trope, as a loophole allows Yang, a human, to take part in the Golden Fist Tournament, a Pokémon fighting tournament.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Gary Oak utterly dismisses the warnings Professor Cypress gives regarding the Grimm, despite his own past experiences with bizarre and inexplicable events. In his defense, Cypress is a well-known crackpot, and his hypothesis of an illusionist Pokémon messing with Cypress does sound more likely than the truth, and Gary takes things more seriously when his Arcanine reports unsettling and unfamiliar scents at the site where Cypress claimed he saw Grimm. He immediately stops doubting when he sees a Grimm for himself.
    Gary: Hey, Cypress?[...] I'm ready to stop being a skeptic now.
  • 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.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Yang's 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • Bat Out of Hell: Subverted Trope. When Team RWBY encounters a Zubat in the fourth chapter, it's lampshaded that a featureless face with no eyes, no nose, and a massive mouth with prominent fangs should be horrifying... and yet, the little fellow somehow manages to look cute.
  • 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: 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 Damn Heroes: Ruby arrives at a Grimm attack and kills a Beowolf an instant before it would have killed a young boy and his Rattata.
  • Boring, but Practical: A snobbish Devon Corp. scientist confines a number of captured Grimm in hi-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 failsafes with force fields is exactly why Remnant uses metal cages to contain Grimm despite also having hard-light tech.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Downplayed Trope 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."
  • Bring It: A sign of Grendel's intelligence is it seeming to do this during its fight with Ruby.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Chapter 18 is titled 'Sudden Onset Cerebus Syndrome'. The comedic tone returns the next chapter, though.
  • Changing The Uncomfortable 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.
  • Choke Holds: Blake is apparently proficient in sleeper holds.
  • 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 made a comment about 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.
  • 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.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Weiss versus five Team Rocket grunts and their Pokémon, it doesn't even merit an on screen beatdown.
    • When Butch and Cassidy send out their Pokemon to attack Yang, Aggron hits Yang's Berserk Button by clipping a few strands of hair off. We don't see it, though we do hear the cries of pain that Aggron and Charizard make as a reult of Yang's beatdown, and a Gyarados watching notes that it's very one-sided, and decides to head to the other side of the lake from them after witnessing it.
    • Things go VERY poorly for Tyrian once Professor Oak's Dragonite gets involved. He can't even scratch it.
    • Yang vs. Tapu Koko, Tapu Koko was Just Toying with Them the entire time.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Gary's Alakazam threatens to do this to Tyrian at one point.
    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: 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 go "birdy".
  • Determinator: Nox actually forces himself to evolve right through Golbat into Crobat to save Ruby during the Geist fight.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Attempted, and failed. They're called Legendary Pokémon for a reason, Yang...
  • 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.”
  • 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!
  • Dynamic Entry: Referenced when a Sharpedo bursts out of the water to help attack a powerful Grimm.
  • Eye Scream: Tyrian loses an eye to Whisper's Psycho Cut.
  • 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 (implied to be working for Faba) who were paid extra to frame Team Rocket for the theft.
  • Flat "What": Blake's reaction to both seeing a pokéball in action for the first time, and to learning the plans of Team Aqua and Team Magma.
    • Riley's reaction to learning that Team RWBY are technically aliens.
    • Casey's reaction to learning about the events of Shamouti and that Ash was involved.
  • 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.
  • 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 is revealed for Generation 8 (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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Haunted House: Team RWBY take shelter in one to escape a storm, and promptly discover that Ghost Pokémon are a thing.
  • Head Pet: Both Ruby's Zubat and Yang's Torchic enjoy taking this position. Blake is surprised that Yang would allow it, considering how protective she is of her hair.
  • Here We Go Again!: Weiss's reaction to Team Rocket taking umbrage to 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.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: Mr. Stone, which upsets 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.
  • Immune to Bullets: The Pokémon Jangmo-o has the Ability Bulletproof, which is quickly discovered to work on actual bullets as well as bullet or bomb-like moves.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Taiyang jokes that Zwei is so strong because he's descended from Umbramail, Lord of All Corgis.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Jerkass: Say hello to Damien, Pokémon's local distributor of abused Fire-types.
  • 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.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: When Yang sees an abusive trainer calling his Pokémon a weakling, she agrees that weakings 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".
  • Magic A Is Magic A:
    • Pokemon moves and abilities all ultimately draw from Aura, which they can add elemental attributes to without needing Dust. 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, and then there's Riley's Lucario reaction to Yang's Ember Celica:
  • Mugging the Monster: Team Rocket thugs have broken into a pokemon 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 pokemon of her own would be easy to cow into submission. Weiss Schnee draws her sword and disabuses them of that notion rapidly.
    • They do this again in a later chapter when a couple of higher-level agents threaten all of RWBY. One starts to monologue about how his new Pokeball can steal pokemon from their trainers—and Ruby simply shoots it out of his hand. Then they pull out a pair of high-level pokemon, 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.
  • 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.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Team RWBY have the misfortune of encountering "The Grimm General", a Beowolf Alpha named Grendel.
  • Never Heard That One Before: Tracey Sketchit has heard all the jokes regarding his name at least once. Yang takes this as a challenge.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.'
    Ruby: NOBODY PROVED ANYTHING! IT WASN’T MY FAULT! I SWEAR I DIDN’T KNOW THE CAMEL WAS LOADED!
  • 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.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: One is necessary when Mr. Stone tells Team RWBY about the Mirage Pokémon Incident.
  • 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".
  • 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 Pokemon 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 why the geological and elemental forces that make them being present on both worlds but resulting in a diffuse and widespread substance on one, and compressed and compact on another implies, for example.
  • 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.
    • Pokemon 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Recognition Failure: Justified Trope due to Team RWBY being Trapped in Another World, which is a Lampshaded Trope 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.
  • Red Right Hand: Grendel's defining visual trait is that it doesn't have a right hand/claw. Instead, it has a mace-like gnarled mass of bone with spikes and blades randomly sticking out.
  • Retired Badass: To the surprise of no one who knows anything about Pokemon Professor Oak is this. Once he gets one of his Pokemon 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.
  • Sarcasm Failure: After learning that pokéballs 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.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: Oh... lots.
    Ruby: Great job, Zubat, that was one in a million!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!”
  • 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 mind.
  • 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.
  • Tournament Arc: A bit short to be called an arc, but Yang enters a combat tournament to earn some local currency for her team.
  • 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 happening safely.
  • Trapped in Another World: Team RWBY after getting chased through an Ultra Wormhole by the Grimm.
    • Later, an Absol ends up on Remnant.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • Team RWBY didn't think much of the Pokemon at first.
    • No one in the Tournament expected Yang to make it past the first round. Cue her doing things like coldcocking a Machoke.
    • The Team Rocket goons robbing the nursery do this to Weiss.
    • Tracey's Sycther 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.
  • 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Weiss and Ruby occasionally show signs of this, as per canon.
    • It's also demonstrated between Yang's Torchic/Combusken, Lux, and Blake's Gastly, Shade.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Gary's Alakazam doesn't like Dark-types.
    • Blake does not react favorably to dog Pokemon.
    • Yang doesn't like ghosts.
    • Lux, being a Fire-type, doesn't like the ocean, which Shade calls cliche. He gets a bit better after he dives into the Sea Feilong's mouth and evolves in the process.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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