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The third and final tale of the "Madoka" story arc, the first tale of the "Law and Chaos" story arc, and the tale that officially ties them to the Project: Alternate!Gentaro arc and Vienna Burning.

Halloween is near, but someone is planning on using that day for an unknown terror. Also, someone is sending Sora on a top-secret mission regarding Madoka... and he has the Mythical Pokémon Diancie as a partner for said mission.

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The tale is unique for tying two arcs together, resolving many issues and opening up new ones. It can be read here, and like Muse Hysteria, it follows the "three act" formula.


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    Tropes A to K 
  • 24-Hour Armor: A standard with those entering computer worlds. Sora and Ruby spend several chapters of Act Two in their Grid forms. Diancie doesn't gain armor, but what is pink on her becomes black to reflect her conversion into data.
  • Arch-Enemy: Neyla is one to Jack Skellington. She spends the tale ambushing Sora and his Kirlia, and later Team RNJR, and trying to steal the packages the Master Builders keep sending to Dr. Finklestein for his main project.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 12 mostly revolves around Megaman.Exe's adventure into the Undernet to free Diancie of a virus and return her with the others safely.
  • Adult Fear:
    • The Carbink servants panic and riot all over the House of Nature when fooled into thinking that she was kidnapped by Jak and Daxter. When she returns, they are very overprotective of her, and almost bar her from celebrating Halloween in Act Three until Sora convinces them that he will keep an eye on her, which they reluctantly accept.
    • When Coyote Starrk reveals to the group that Lucifer's humiliation at Lol Rangers' hands in The Pantheonic Rebellion was Rika Furude's plan, everyone, all adults in the group, were disturbed to hear that a little girl just sent her three friends (all of whom are minors) and the ruler of a country to a dangerous place to humiliate a weakened entity at the time whose right-hand fly could easily kill them all if he wanted.
  • All Hallows' Eve: Act Three takes place during Halloween, and one chapter is devoted to many random deities doing related activities. Sora, Donald, and Goofy are all in their Halloween Town forms as well.
  • Aloha, Hawaii!: Mickey is forced to send Sora, Kairi, and Riku to Alola to hide them from Lucifer when he makes a threat against the trio for trying to force Homura to turn against him.
  • Always Save the Girl: The only reason why Homura fights Cyber Errol and the Terraformer is because he'll go after Madoka, as Jak assumed. Although it is implied with her conversation with Sora later that night that she decided to stop Errol because the Dark Makers would be a major hazard to the pantheon, especially if Xehanort allies with them.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Meow Wow's gender remains unspecified, as per its journal entry. Juggle Pup and Majik Lapin are both male, while Komory Bat is female.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Sol Badguy was severely displeased when he learns that Rika Furude was the one who sent the Lol Rangers on a mission to humiliate Lucifer in the dangerous Labyrinth of Amala, where the Lord of Flies could easily kill all of them.
  • Arc Villain: Cyber Errol makes a sudden appearance in the second act to antagonize Riku and his group. But it turns out that Errol was just an illusion created by Donald Duck to reawaken Jak's lost memories.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Although she was fully introduced here, Kirlia, is the same Ralts who befriended Ratchet and Clank in "The Friendship Asylum".
    • After being overshadowed by their rivals for three tales, Ratchet and Clank finally get the spotlight. In fact, Ratchet is even the tale's deuteroganist of the B-plot, being The Lancer to Riku.
    • Xenagos becomes the Big Bad of this story after appearing for one scene in both The Great Upheaval and The Pantheonic Rebellion, plotting to take advance the GUAC's agenda.
  • Back from the Dead: Xenagos hijacks one of Donald's spells to revive Cyber Errol from the dead to serve the GUAC. It doesn't work out as Errol intends to destroy the Pantheon with the aid of the Dark Makers, whom he made a deal out of in his first life. Fittingly enough, Errol meets his end at the hands of Akuma Homura and Juggle Pup, a hardened girl with dark powers, and an otter/seal mix created from darkness, respectively..
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Mega Absol's aura can kill fainthearted people. Because of this, Riku rarely Mega Evolves her, and Clank only does so out of desperation. Fortunately, Absol holds strong bonds with both of them, which tames the aura.
  • Batman Gambit: Riku teams up with Ratchet and Clank to pull one on Jak in the hopes of helping him regain his memories, and also to Xenagos after it emerges that he had stolen the Heart Diamond from Dace and tried to frame Jak for it.
  • Bearer of Bad News: Absol, like always, with nobody taking her warnings seriously apart from her trainer, his friends, his allies, and Clank.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me:
    • Absol shows a lot of affection towards Ratchet and Clank because of their kindness towards her in "The Friendship Asylum". Clank is even able to Mega Evolve her without issues (such as causing her aura to kill people). The same, however, can't be said for Spider-Man when Clank puts her in his care after the duo's exploits in the climax.
    • While Homura remains cold and afoul to everyone she meets, she's nice to Sora because he openly forgave her. She even calls him "Cosmos' biggest cheerleader" in a joking matter, which he took with a smile, compared to his friends, who took it as an insult.
  • Bench Breaker: Riku tricks a satyr into breaking the chair he was tied to so that he could escape. Of course, Xenagos was smart enough to make sure that, even if he does escape from the chair, Riku would still have his hands bound behind his back, making it more difficult for him to fight.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Diancie treasures the first diamond she ever made, especially as it is both her Mega Stone (Diancite) and a symbol of her friendship with Bonnie. She will defend it fiercely if someone decides to try and steal it.
    • Absol won't tolerate violence or being forced to Mega Evolve by anyone apart from Riku (and Clank) because of her aura.
  • The Bet: Months before the tale begins, Sora makes a bet with rival duos Ratchet and Clank, and Jak and Daxter, to see which duo can defeat Maleficent in battle. The bet is still ongoing despite the asylum incident crippling both Sora and Jak.
  • Big Bad: Xenagos
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Just when Mithos stopped time to kill Ratchet, Clank and their allies, he is ready to cast Prism Sword to kill them all, only to be stopped by Piccolo, who pierces his chest with a Special Beam Cannon, disposes of Bullygin, and takes back the Blue Orb.
      Luke fon Fabre: We only succeeded because Mr. Green Alien here ambushed them!
    • Deidara and Stocking Anarchy were about to kill Daxter in dark form, but the precursor was saved by Fighting Fenfir and Hidden Phantom. This was subverted later on, as Donald and Goofy arrive later to help the three of them, but the former was ambushed by Vile.
    • Earlier in Act Three, Metatron uses the Fire of Sinai to vanquish Sora and Mickey as they fought Groudon, only for them to be alive when Homura blocks it the last second. Later into the battle, Phoenix Ikki and Andromeda Shun intervene and slow down two Archangels.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Many are finally able to move on after the dual tragedy involving Madoka and Gentaronote , but not without costs. The GUAL has been exposed, the GUAG itself has four members out of commission (Sora, Kairi, Riku, and Jak) because of the GUAC's actions.
    • Riku is shot and almost killed, forcing Sora to continue the Villains Report in his steed. Although they and Kairi are having fun in Alola, and Sora finally recovers from his paralysis and broken knee, they'll soon have to return to their own world for the upcoming confrontation with Xehanort, preventing them from returning to the pantheon for awhile. They're pretty much forced to say goodbye to all the friends and allies they've made.
  • Blindfolded Vision: Ruby wears a blindfold in The Grid to keep herself in control. She mentions that Riku, a former Blind Weaponmaster, is training her to fight while blindfolded in the event that her Silver Eye powers become out of her control.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: The hackers recruited Ruby Rose, Cyborg, and Snake Eyes to guard Sora because one of his legs is still paralyzed. The mere presence of Cyborg and Snake Eyes causes Shaymin (and by extension, Riku) and Team Rocket to hit a snag in their plans.
  • Book-Ends: The tale begins with Riku giving a narration on villains, and how much of a threat they are, from absolutely pathetic (Prince Hans, Cruella de Vil) to legitimately threatening (Maleficent, Jafar). The tale ends with Sora giving a similar warning.
  • Bound and Gagged: Riku is left bound and gagged in the first two acts. The first time, he's tranquilized after helping Sora escape with the Red Orb, and he awakens with a rag in his mouth and his hands tied behind his back. When this happens again, it was because he had discovered something that the villain is plotting, and is shocked again. This was part of a Batman Gambit so that Riku could fake a kidnapping with an illusion of Cyber Errol in the hopes of getting Jak's memories back.
  • A Boy and His X: Pokémon partners appear, such as Ruby's Scyther, Riku's Absol, Sora's Kirlia/Gardevoir, and Diancie (who's Madoka's partner, but is a wild Pokémon). In the climax, Ratchet becomes a temporary partner to Absol and Gardevoir.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • One of the Carbink servants, Merrick, always seems to be on the short end of the stick of misfortune. He's chased by Meow Wow in the prologue, kicked into a wall by Kairi, tossed around by Juggle Pup, and falls for a few of Daxter's snarks.
    • Once inside the computer, Sora is subjected to hostility from many programs, from having his armor and Dream Eaters mocked, to being the center of a cruel joke, prevented from paying the bus fare before a deadline, punched in the heart for politeness, and shoved for helping someone out. These programs represent how cruel people can be in reality to others for just no reason.
  • Call-Back:
    • The events here are set a few months after Pokémon: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, with many events in it referenced.
    • At least four events are call backs to Muse Hysteria:
      • Again, Ruby wears black armor with red Tron Lines, though she's wearing a different armor this time. Naturally, Sora has to constantly remind any programs about that Ruby is not in league with the Grand United Alliance of Evil.
      • Sora's attempts to stop Diancie from "online shopping" results in him accidentally hacking every single hologram in the pantheon, and replacing all of them with Elmo, holding a fish bowl. Bentley makes a snarky comment at Sora's poor "hacking" skills, while Shiena and Edward laugh at him.
      • Daxter has trouble saying Namekian correctly, even when Piccolo does appear in the story.
    • There are many to The Friendship Asylum also:
      • Mabel being fascinated with Sora's Halloween Town costume is brought up again here.
      • Sora is still recovering from paralysis. It doesn't help that Caius Ballard had crushed his knee bone in Battle Royale: Round 2.
      • Jak still has amnesia, and cannot recall a lot of his past, nor remember his friends apart from Daxter, Samos, and Keira.
    • One to the Great Upheaval: In their fight against Metatron, Uriel, Raphael, and Michael, Green Lantern states that even Super Man couldn't withstand Metatron's fire of Sinai when the seraph did the same to Sora and Mickey.
  • The Cameo: The recurring Bewear from the Pokémon anime makes an appearance at the end of Act One to save Team Rocket from being blasted off by Absol. Meowth even lampshades the Strong Arm Pokémon being in the pantheon despite being a non-deity.note 
  • Can't Take Criticism: This is the reason why the GUAC kidnaps Riku in the first act, after his Villains Report mentions Lucifer and his role in Madoka's downfall.
  • The Caretaker: Downplayed. Jak is able to look after himself fine, and apparently retains his fighting skills and personality. But his serve memory loss makes sure that Juggle Pup is never too far away from him.
  • Caretaker Reversal: Happens at the end, when Riku ends up in the medical division. Sora, who's spent the past two tales with a broken leg, decides to look after him, and Diancie insists he should and thanks him for helping her.
  • Cassandra Did It: The Carbink servants blame Jak for the theft of the Heart Diamond. Proving his innocence is a plot point in Act Two.
  • Changing of the Guard: Absol's original trainer is Riku. After he was shot in Act Three, Absol is loaned to Clank. At the last scene of Chapter 19, Clank gives her to Spider-Man (whom she disobeys because she's technically a traded Pokémon, and because she's forced into situations involving violence).
coincidentally, wearing an outfit based on Sora's Halloween Town costume when he catches her playing hooky in Act Two. He's in that costume in the very next act.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Riku mentions early on that he upgraded Sora's Mega Bracelet to allow Z-Crystals to be used, and even gave Sora a few of them for Kirlia to use once she evolves into Gardevoir. Sora hands Diancie a Fairium-Z when Clu disables Mega Evolution, and has her use Twinkle Tackle against the Commantis.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In the first act, Riku attends a meeting with Darth Vader, Sol Badguy, [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Zuko, Sarah Kerrigan, and Killia, who, like him, are all deities who atoned for the acts they've done in the past. They formed their group to sympathize with those who made up for their atrocities. They return with their friends in the third act after their comrade is shot and almost killed.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Several of the jerkass programs use course language when harassing Sora, though (being a Disney character) he never says a single dirty word back at them. One of them even goes as far as to use the unspeakable word, and ends up having her face mauled off by Meow Wow.
  • Clear My Name: The events of the tale have caused Jak to fall into a coma, and Sora to hide in Alola, with both of them unable to settle their feud with the Carbink servants. Sora personally requests Ratchet and the others to vindicate them both.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: Word of God states that this story is about how many of the characters affected by events such as the asylum, Madoka's downfall, the attacks in Europe, and the second Battle Royale, learn to face the world—that there will be trauma, there will be times where things are bleak and hopeless, but with people who are by your side, things will get brighter.
  • Continuity Nod: Riku gives his condolences to Darth Vader for the actions of his grandson Kylo Ren.
  • Cooperation Gambit:
    • Homura forms one with the Toon trio, Riku, Ratchet, and Clank when she reveals that she wants to help Diancie because she's Madoka partner. The two sides remain hostile, with Homura warning them that she'll turn on them if Lucifer is targeted, with Donald countering that they'll turn on her if she attacks Sora.
    • This leads to Jak forming his own against Homura later on. He points out that he doesn't care about what she did to Madoka, but makes it clear that Errol will kill her with the Terraformer if they don't destroy him quick enough.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Sora has these in his Halloween Town form, and due to entering the computer while in said form, they're retained in his form for The Grid. Nothing else is transferred.
  • Cyberspace: The Grid is the main setting of Act Two for the hackers' side of the story.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Sora is set up to be the main deuteragonist, getting the info from the Grid with Tron in the mountains, but after Riku gets shot in Act Three, it becomes obvious that Ratchet is the real one.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Homura isn't nice to anyone throughout the tale, but towards the end, she slightly warms up a bit towards Sora after he tells her about how he, in "The Friendship Asylum", tried to destroy the pantheon out of desire to protect Kairi after a major betrayal. He understands what she did, and she thanks him for keeping Diancie safe, if only to protect Madoka. Sora's kindness helps set up the events of "Lines of Chaos".
  • Distressed Dude: The GUAC capture Riku in Act One because Lucifer was angry at being slandered (hinted to be a result of the LOL Rangers driving him insane in "The Pantheonic Rebellion") and tie him up. He escapes despite some moderate trouble.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Errol paid the price for bringing a Terraformer into the pantheon, and openly tells Homura how the Dark Makers will crush Madoka.
  • The Dreaded: Carrying over from "The Friendship Asylum" is James and Meowth fearing Riku because of his actions at the end of Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, which has been dubbed "Ansemphobia" by Jessie. This has also evolved into them fearing anything that conceals eyes, including Mega Absol's bangs, Raiden's and 2B's blindfolds, and Sora's pumpkin mask, the last of which caused Jessie to call them out on such cowardice.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • The second half of Act One shows Sora offering to team up with Team Rocket to free Groudon from its apparent mind-control and end the earthquakes. They refuse, mainly because Jak showed up imminently after the offer.
    • In Act Two, Homura and Jak team-up to defeat Cyber Errol and stop him from using the Terraformer from destroying the Pantheon. Because Jak falls into a coma in the aftermath, nobody finds out about Homura's heroic action.
    • Act Three has [[spoiler:Doctor Doom, Alexander Anderson, Ozymandias, Clu, and Baron Klaus Wulfenbach team up with the protagonists and the Magistrate Judges to take the Red Orb back to Groudon's temple and help the Magistrate Judges reform the GUAL.
  • Epileptic Trees: In-universe with two of the Villains Report. In Volume 19, Riku suspects that his Absol is Maleficent's estranged daughter Mal, turned into a Pokémon by her mother as revenge for betraying her. This is actually false. In Volume 21, Riku even writes down on the possibility that Prince Hans is a young Grings Kodai, who's change of appearance is due to extreme darkness in his heart.
    • Meowth gives another in-universe speculation that the reason why Sora wears a mask in his Halloween Town form is because his hidden eye could kill or curse people through direct contact, similar to the curses of both Absol (who kills fainthearted people while Mega Evolved) and Uxie (who erases the memories of anyone who looks in its eyes). Sora calls Meowth out on such a theory, as he has taken his mask off before with no negative effects to anyone around him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Members, good and evil, from both the GUAL and GUAC are horrified when their leaders decided to bring Kyogre and Groudon into their conflict. This has lead to Alexander Anderson.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Homura was very angry at Xenagos for kidnapping Riku, who had defended Madoka in his reports, and even calls him out on using Groudon for that sole purpose. Her reaction when she finds out that he is manipulating Diancie was even more brutal.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Xenagos knew that Cyber Errol was a Satanic Archetype, and hijacked Donald's illusion spell to bring him back proper, but had no idea until it was too late that Errol was also an Omnicidal Maniac who contacted the Dark Makers in the hopes of destroying his universe, and intends to do the same thing to the pantheon, forcing Homura to destroy him and his Terraformer to protect Madoka.
  • Evil Matriarch: A program working for Clu takes on the form of a kindly old woman, and uses said appearance to fool Sora into trusting her, even if most of her actions were genuine Pet the Dog moments.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Sora wears one while in his Halloween Town outfit, but unlike in "Muse Hysteria", it serves as just a cosmetic change.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • It's more than just a coincidence that Diancie would join the hackers while the Heart Diamond is stolen from the Carbink. She is being manipulated by Xenagos into spying on them and Sora.
    • While he just makes a cameo, Captain Qwark makes a brief mention to Ratchet and Clank about his next mission to destroy Dr. Nefarious' latest device, which is instantly dismissed as Miles Glorious. "Mechanical Outbreak" features both Qwark and Nefarious in major roles.
    • A line in the opening Villains Report openly mocks Maleficent on her more recent appearances that discredit her claim as the Mistress of All Evil, which eventually leads to "Rainbow Rivalries" where she teams up with Giovanni.
    Riku: Maleficent has been seen as less of a threat ever since the universe where she’s more heroic was discovered. Even more so when we found out she has a daughter named Mal.
    • The end of Act Two, where Sora and Homura have their conversation, would influence "Lines of Chaos".
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Sora does not hold a grudge against Homura for what happened to Madoka, as he can see that her actions were to protect her, and he believes that it is possible for the two to become friends again, even if she remains a devil. It doesn't help that he blames himself for not stopping Kyubey from making a contract with a banking program, leading to the Witch System's return.
    • If Villains Report 15 is anything to go by, Riku never personally blamed Homura for her actions, either, citing that she did have a point in taking Madoka's powers for herself. He even compared her with himself when he sided with Maleficent, who is an outright Card-Carrying Villain.
  • Frame-Up: Xenagos, to spite Riku, steals the Heart Diamond from Diancie and pins the blame on Sora, though the Carbink believe Jak was also a co-culprit and go after him, too. He also hijacks one of Donald's illusion spells to bring Errol Back from the Dead, and orders Stocking to attack both parties.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Sora is in his Halloween Town form throughout the second half of Act One, the end of Act Two, and most of Act Three due to Donald casting a transformation spell without warning. However, he has a mental breakdown during Act Three and attacks Mami and Sayaka.
  • Friendly Rivalry:
    • The tale continues the rivalry between duos Ratchet and Clank, and Jak and Daxter, and actually becomes a plot point in Riku's side of the story, as everyone has helping Jak regain his memories a goal alongside recovering the Heart Diamond.
    • It is also implied that Sora and Ratchet have formed a minor rivalry over "legacy impact" in various worlds; Sora was immortalized along with Donald and Goofy in Olympus Coliseum (having their own constellations in the sky) and the Pride Lands (images of them are painted next to the image of Simba in Rafiki's tree), and Ratchet was immortalized with Clank in Gimlick Valley (the fongoids made status of them with their leader).
  • Genki Girl: Believe it or not, Absol is one when she's not trying to stop a disaster. This is shown at the end of Act One where she celebrates by playing around with the hackers for while, one of whom is fellow genki girl Edward. This is only when she's under Riku's command, as she disobeys Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the end because he doesn't have any badges, and she's at Level 70.
  • The Ghost:
    • Madoka Kaname has also been mentioned several times as early as Act One. She's gone off to Sailor Moon's Universe for a holiday, so she makes no appearances. The fact that Diancie is her Pokémon Partner is the reason why Xenagos is manipulating the Royal Pink Princess.
    • Ash Ketchum and Pikachu make no appearance, but they're mentioned a few times.
    • Argus Steel and his daughter, Millis, were both indirectly mentioned by Riku in Act Two as being the ones who gave him the idea to use Komory Bat as surveillance. They never appear, and it's unknown if he had ever met them, since they pulled a Heel–Face Turn and now run a chocolate shop.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Sora finds out that Homura got a glimpse of him in the GUAG Medial Division after the asylum's fall, causing her to snap and betray Madoka. He, too, snaps from the revelation and nearly kills Sayaka before Mami restrains him.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong:
    • Diancie's wish to help Madoka and Homura become friends again just makes things worse for the pantheon. The place is at risk of another civil war, a Princess of Heart is forced to flee for her life, making that one less member of the pantheon to counter the darkness, one faction is exposed as corrupt, and another has its members turn against each other.
    • Although Jak regained his lost memories from Sora, his heart shattered because the returning memories overwhelmed him, putting Jak into an indefinite coma, and causing people to gradually forget that he even existed; by the events of Rainbow Rivalries (set during Easter), even Ratchet can't remember him.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: The conflict between the GUAL and GUAC is a heavy dose of grey. Both sides fight over their causes, but both sides also have followers with certain morals they would never betray. The use of Kyogre and Groudon against the pantheon offended many members because they believe that the use of Legendary and Mythical Pokémon as weapons of mass destruction is wrong. The GUAC was especially divided after Riku was kidnapped and Diancie, a Mythical Pokémon, was revealed to be an unwilling mole against the GUAG.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Sora's Gardevoir and Riku's Absol join Ratchetnote , Clank, Diancie, The Ministry of Atonement, the ministry's allies, and Iron-Man in the climax after their trainers are forced into hiding.
  • Halfway Plot Switch: The plot with Jack Skellington and Neyla doesn't begin until Act Two. The first act sets up the antagonists in the GUAL and GUAC through the manipulation of Groudon and Kyogre.
  • Handicapped Badass: The events of "Battle Royale: Round 2" have temporary left Sora in a wheelchair due to a leg injury, but he's almost fully recovered from this point. He spends most of the tale on his legs, but the exhaustion from the mission in it placed him back in the wheelchair in Act Three (justified because he was only hours out of surgery in his first on-screen appearance). It doesn't stop him from fighting, regardless.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Before she succumbs to the virus, Diancie spends a good portion of the second act in regret over not taking her duties seriously. She soon snaps out of it, especially after one of her companions succumbs to exhaustion and serve pain in his knee. She reaches Break the Cutie status after being freed from the virus, with Tron calling her out on trusting people she just met, as that was how Xenagos corrupted her.
    • Sora has kept a positive face on throughout the tale despite constantly being attacked and humiliated, and it's implied that he has PTSD from both the asylum and failing to save Tron from Courtney Gears, indirectly leading to Kyubey reviving the Witch System. Sora has a complete breakdown when informed that he played a role in Homura's Face–Heel Turn.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Riku pulls one off near the end of Act Three. Though thanks to the quick actions of his friends, he survives.
  • I Can Still Fight!: Inverted in Act One, where Sora is exhausted because he just had a serious operation several hours earlier (and was put asleep), and refuses to fight. Sakura has to convince him to join, and he only agrees if Kirlia comes along as well. Played straight in Act Three, where he refuses to stay in the medical division during Halloween.
  • I Gave My Word: Ratchet intended to keep his promise to Homura to not attack Lucifer. Diancie breaks the promise, leading him to call her out on it.
  • Irony: The GUAC target Sora (and, by extension, Riku and Kairi) for trying to convince Homura to possibly turn against them, something Xenagos, one of the GUAC's generals, has indirectly caused.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • Both Riku and Kairi blame themselves for leaving Sora alone during a point when he cannot defend himself, which allowed Neyla to attack him in his sleep.
    • When Sora finds out that Jak ended up in a coma as a result of his memories returning, he takes full blame for his friend's fate despite knowing he's at no fault. Though this is short-lived; like everyone else, Sora eventually forgot Jak ever existed.
  • It Was a Gift: "Battle Royale: Round 2" reveals that Sora has obtained a Mega Braceletnote , and he finally realizes it's use from Diancie. According to Rhyme, Neku gave his Key Stone to Sora as a token of friendship while the latter was being treated for his crushed kneebone after Polygon Man's defeat.
  • Karmic Death: Early on in Act Two, Sora encounters four programs who treats him cruelly, even cursing at him. When Megaman.Exe goes to the Undernet and sees them running from the Commantis, he allows it to destroy them. Sora calls him out on allowing this in spite of their actions.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Many programs have this as a function, with Sora or his Dream Eaters as the main victims. Four female programs trick Sora into being the butt of a cruel joke. A male program calls him ugly because of his armor, and even asks if he picked it out from the trash. Four more programs mock Sora from the street with a word too horrible to write down, grab his wrist to insure he misses a deadline and pays extra, and drive him off a bus as he is on his way to meet up with Ruby. Two programs bully him over his Dream Eaters. And finally, the bitch who shoves Sora for his kindness. They're all under a virus created by Xenagos to control them, which is the exact same virus used on Diancie in "The Friendship Asylum" to turn her into a human-like program and have her shoot Jak.
    • Neyla ambushes Sora in his sleep and locks him in a closet, where he almost suffocates from toxic fumes. He wakes up and escapes, right as Lie Ren appears to make the last parcel delivery to Dr. Finklestein, where he is also overcome by the fumes.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: The Jerk with a Heart of Jerk programs are destroyed by the Commantis when Megaman.Exe decides not to save them because of their interactions with Sora earlier.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em:
    • Zaheer, Deidara, and Gilgamesh retreat back to the Labyrinth instead of fighting the protagonists and their allies. Gilgamesh initially protested against this, but Deidara points out that the fight would get the attention of a GUAG member.
    • Deidara has another moment in Act Three. During the fight against Daxter and his allies, Stocking Anarchy leaves when her sister Panty Anarchy arrives, heartbroken over what her sister did to Riku, he decides to get Vile and withdraw. Vile, on the other hand, decides to stay and attempt kill the heroes.
    • Metatron and three Archangels (Raphael, Uriel, and Michael) retreat when Homura Akemi and the Demifiend, two of the Lords of Chaos, appear on the battlefield to assist the heroes in defeating them.
    • There are two reasons Lucifer declared defeat to the heroes and cancels his plans to attack the GUAL in the third act: One, not only has the GUAC's actions alerted the GUAG to them, but they've also set up potential ambushes against them. The second reason is that he can't have Homura acting out of line in the middle of a battle against their enemies. There's also the fact that the Magistrates were going to do the job for him now that the GUAL has been exposed.

    Tropes L to Z 
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Jak lost a good amount of memories from being in contact with Sora's heart during "The Friendship Asylum". He regains them here, but becomes comatose indefinitely.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: At the beginning, Sakura literally locks Sora's Kirlia out of the PACU to give her trainer and Riku the briefings for the mission they are forced into. By the time Kairi arrives, Kirlia is banging at the door and screaming to be let in.
  • Mistaken Identity: Apparently, Sora is unrecognizable in his computer armor. He mentions that programs mistake him for a Shiny Bisharp when in Space Paranoids.
  • Mon: The use of Pokémon and Dream Eaters are a feature in this tale, with the Pokémon Partnership Program in full force here. Indeed, Riku and Ruby bring their respective Pokémon partners, Absol and Scyther, along as aid, while Kirlia (later Gardevoir) appears alongside Sora at the end of Act Two, and stays with him for most of Act Three.
    • In Act Three, Jak finally accepts Juggle Pup as his partner Dream Eater after he spends four months hanging around with him and Daxter.
    • Majik Lapin is shown to have left Sora for the Sisterhood in the end, with the implication that he'll become a Guardian Entity of Madoka for when she returns from Usagi's world.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The way the Carbink servants act to Sora (and later Jak), thinking he'd want to kidnap Diancie and use her to create diamonds, echoes how the seven dwarfs treated Ventus when they accuse him of wanting to steal their diamonds in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.
    • Several elements of Pokémon: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction are included into the main plot, such as the Heart Diamond, Diancie running away (with Shaymin) from the Carbink servants, thieves trying to kidnap her for diamonds, and the inclusion of Mega Evolution. Coincidentally, asides Diancie herself, the Pokémon show Mega-Evolving in the first fifteen minutes of the film are either owned by a protagonist (Gardevoir and Absol) or evolve from one (Scyther - Scizor).
    • Kairi's skills in battle are taken from Dead Fantasy, where she is a full-on Action Girl. Likewise, she's on good terms with Ruby and Team JNPR (or Team RNJR), since they were from a series created by the same guy.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Donald turns himself into his Halloween Town form, a mummy, forgetting that the spell will also affect Sora and Goofy despite them not being present, and it is revealed that the spell now affects a broader range of deities, including the Cooper Gang, Kairi, and Ruby. His mistake is blamed on witchcraft, sending many on a wild goose chase.
    • Usagi and Sakura forcing Sora into going on a mission in spite of a doctor's orders to stay in bed until Halloween drove him to betraying them by forgiving Homura. The other Magical Girls call them out on it.
  • Noodle Incident:
  • Not Brainwashed: Daxter accuses the GUAC of brainwashing Stocking Anarchy to assist them in their attack against him. Deidara states she went on her own volition.
  • Not Disabled In VR: Averted. Sora's leg injuries are carried over into The Grid, and the damages done in there come out with him.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution:
    • Sora has made it very clear that he wants no part in the Sisterhood's conflict with Lucifer since he has his own agendas with Homura, but is forced in anyway despite his and Ratchet's objections, not wanting to upset Diancie.
    • Homura has no intent of helping Jak regain his memories, but when Errol is revived, and summons a Dark Maker mecha known as the Terraformer to crush the pantheon, she aids Jak in stopping Errol, but only because she knew he'll try to hurt Madoka.
  • Not So Different: Tron points out to Diancie that she's almost like Homura, given both have tried to help others for selfish motivations, and that Diancie should've known better after dealing with Millis Steel.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Clu provides to be a real threat in the second act after spending "Muse Hysteria" as an Anti-Villain. For example, he has ordered several programs to spy on Tron and his allies, and even steals the Red Orb from Sora, allowing the GUAL to control Groudon.
  • Older Than They Look: It is mentioned by Dace that Diancie is 19 years old, despite acting like a 14-year-old. Dace himself mentions that he's over 500 years old.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Averted with Riku, who is clearly dying after being shot.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Lucifer normally wouldn't mind the Lords of Chaos' infighting, but in this story, he cancels every plan he has on attacking the GUAL when he realizes that Homura and Xenagos were on bad terms with each other, and Sora becomes a serious threat against Homura's loyalty.
  • Overprotective Guardians: The Carbink servants just won't allow Diancie out of their sights, and accuse anyone who goes near her as a thief.
  • Pet the Dog: Riku had his medical expenses for both the Stuffum Syndrome and blood poisoning paid by one of Hans' older brothers (presumably Lars) as an apology for Hans cutting a nasal cannula that the Keyblade Master was forced to wear, in the midst of a Villainous Breakdown.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The House of Nature gets informed that Diancie is safe and sound when a major earthquake strikes, but Aang is unable to pass on the message to the Carbink because they are rampaging over her disappearance and the Heart Diamond's theft. Not only that, the servant quartet refuse to listen to him or Cole MacGrath.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
    • One of the reasons Homura is forming an alliance with the heroes is because she sees Xenagos' means of instigating war against the GUAL as tactless.
    • The GUAL only attack in a small scale and a low profile to avoid suspicion from the Magistrate Judges. This is due to what happened in The Pantheonic Rebellion. After Tron leaks the data of their plans to use the asylum as a stronghold, this tactic was dropped.
    • In a more downplayed example, Lucifer and GUAC only wanted to use Groudon a distraction for capturing Riku to spite Lol Ranger and resume their war on the GUAL, not make Madoka suffer more despite Homura's beliefs of Madoka getting drawn in to the GUAC's fight against the GUAL.
  • Precision F-Strike: Riku gets a downplayed one (since he's a Disney character) when he realizes that he has fallen into the GUAC's trap.
    Riku: You bastards!
  • Put on a Bus: This tale marks the final appearance (pre-Kingdom Hearts III) for Sora, Kairi, Riku, Jak, and Daxter. The first three leave because of the upcoming war with Xehanort; the last two because one fell into a coma.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • It is not a good idea to send someone who just had surgery off on a dangerous mission.
    • Sometimes, being nice to people will only result in harassment from them. Offering to help someone get unstuck from a gap can end in a fight that leaves the helper battered and possibly needing medical assistance, or worse, wind up murdered.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The Ungrateful Bitch who Sora saved in Act Two was based on a real life incident where MysZorua was assaulted by two women after trying to help get a pram unstuck from a gap while getting off a bus. It also doubles as a Shout-Out to the Jerk with a Heart of Jerk in a Machamp costume in Pokémon Sun and Moon.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • We don't see the exact script, but Villains Log 15 is when Riku attacks Lucifer for convincing Homura to take Madoka's powers, and also to Homura for selling her soul out, even warning her that if she goes too far, Master Xehanort will target her, and who knows what sort of Heartless he'll create out of her Witch form.
    • Villains Log 22, written at the end by Sora, calls out both YHVH and Lucifer for their actions, telling them they don't represent law or chaos, but rather, they represent different forms of evil. He also points out that silencing critics is also a form of evil, and warns everyone to not overreact.
  • Reluctant Warrior: Sora and Absol express this throughout the tale. Sora refuses to fight because of the condition of his leg, but does so anyway due to Chronic Hero Syndrome. Absol hates violence, and doesn't like to Mega-Evolve on account of her appearance causing fainthearted people to die, but she still fights for Riku.
  • Ret Gone: By the end of the tale, Jak is in an indefinite coma, and everyone who didn't originate from his world forgot about his existence. And with Riku gone because of Lucifer's rage, he's unable to use the Power of Waking to awaken Jak. This continues well into Year 2, and by Tanabata, Daxter stops waiting for Riku to return, and opts to seek a way to wake his best friend up himself.
  • The Reveal:
    • It is confirmed in this tale that Sora is in a similar situation as Madoka. He had lost a good portion of his skills because of the events of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, which leaves him a shell of his former self. He gets better.
    • In Halloween Town, Ruby is dressed as a cute devil with a tail and horns. For Team JNPR, Jaune becomes a Mummy (albeit not to the same extent as Donald), Nora is a blood covered nurse, and Ren is dressed as a Chinese doctor (with a scar on his face as a homage to Black Jack). Pyrrha would've been a Chinese Vampire with a Badass Cape had she lived.
    • The Rogue Programs who harass Sora in Act Two are all under a virus, which is the same one used on Diancie (and almost used on Jak) in "The Friendship Asylum".
  • Revenge Before Reason: Despite Homura's warnings, Diancie attempts to attack Lucifer with a Diamond Storm in a moment of anger, with Ratchet trying to stop her, having learned from his own RBR against Qwark. It remains unknown if Homura found out about Diancie breaking her promise.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Several character stated that the GUAC's attack on Riku was very petty. It's implied that this sudden attack is in retaliation to what happened in "Operation: Devil May Cry".
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Juggle Pup Dream Eater who is known to balance anything on his nose just for fun.
  • Rising Conflict:
    • All Diancie wanted to do was re-kindle the friendship between Madoka and Homura if it means peace for the pantheon. Sora's paralysis, Jak losing many of his memories, and Madoka having her powers sealed are major factors in fixing this mess.
    • Act One started off as just a rush to the lab with Team JNPR making their package deliveries to Dr. Finkelstein. But then Donald casts a transformation spell without informing his allies, and the GUAC obtains the Red Orb to bring Groudon under their control. As a result, deities think a witch has cursed them, and countless earthquakes have rocked the pantheon. Then, towards the end, the GUAL terrorizes the pantheon with Primal Kyogre, triggering a PR war between the two opposing factions.
  • Running Gag:
    • Komory Bat is often mistaken for a Crobat, with Riku correcting the person in question.
    • Sora looks a lot like a Shiny Bisharp when in Space Paranoids, and almost everyone assumes him to be one. It doesn't help that Diancie can speak through telepathy, and assume that this "Bisharp" can as well.
    • Juggle Pup balancing anything he can find (mostly Daxter) on his nose.
  • Sequel Hook: The end of Act Three ties into the Reformation of Law, as some of the plots left hanging here are resolved there. A few others are resolved in "The Millennium Comet" and "Lines of Chaos".
  • Ship Tease:
    • Sora and Kairi spend the Halloween party together without Riku or the Disney deities alongside them, though they don't call it a "date", despite the instincts of several others, namely Rhyme.
    • There are also a few moments between Sora and Ruby that indicate this, mainly in The Grid after they join up.
  • Shopping Montage: The computer used by the hackers has online shopping, which inside, resembles a huge shopping mall with tons of programs representing buyers. Diancie abandons her mission for a bit to have some fun shopping, much to the chagrin of Sora and the hackers. More hilariously, Sora and Megaman.Exe busted Diancie while she was wearing an outfit based on the former's Halloween Town form, which he is currently stuck in outside.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Something Completely Different: It's normal for Team Rocket to try and steal Ash's Pikachu every single day in the pantheon, like in the anime itself. This time, they instead follow the hackers out of an accidental suggestion from Meowth, and try to steal Meow Wow from Sora and Diancie. The trio would learn the hard way that Sora is nothing like Ash.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • Act One has the GUAC using the Red Orb to control Groudon simply as a distraction to capture Riku for insulting Lucifer in his Villains Report. Later on into the act, Sora takes the Red Orb from the GUAC and escapes into the computer world with it via the warp gun. This causes Groudon to attack the base in rage for the GUAC trying to control him, and ultimately lead Zaheer, Deidara, and Gilgamesh to withdraw.
    • Homura takes the Heart Diamond from a satyr and returns it to Dianice's temple in Act Two. This sends Xenagos' plan to frame the GUAL in debris.
    • One related to the above. Xenagos complicates the heroes' plan to restore Jak's memories by hijacking Donald's magic to transform his illusion of Cyber Errol into a clone.
    • Act Three has the GUAC ordering an assassination attempt on Daxter. Absol realizes this and asks Harpuia to send in Fighting Fefnir and Hidden Phantom. Absol, alongside Panty's arrival, sends the assassination plan down the graveyard.
  • Stealth Sequel: To both the "Project: Alternate!Gentaro" and "The Pantheonic Rebellion" story arcs, as the two arcs are being masterminded by YHVH. In fact, the GUAC is manipulating Diancie into spying on the GUAG all because of her partnership with Madoka.
  • Super Mode:
    • Diancie also frequently Mega Evolves, often without the aid of a Key Stone, whenever she's in a battle.
    • During the climax, Absol and Gardevoir Mega-Evolve and Mega Man X activates his Ultimate Armor to fight the Demons in the Labyrinth of Amala. Absol is clearly displeased that she has to Mega-Evolve for reasons involving violence.
  • Taken for Granite:
    • At the end of Act Two, Jak regains his memories, but he has to sleep for his heart to heal. Riku, not wanting him to sleep in a pod like Sora did, decides to crystalize the eco prince.
    • One of the demons in the Labyrith of Amala have petrified Zagara, Sarah Kerrigan's loyal broodmother subordinate.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Juggle Pup has stuck around Jak and Daxter even after the Friendship Asylum has been destroyed (we're talking four months).
  • This Means War!: The Villains Report, while mainly taking shots at the Disney Villains, also has articles about Luficer and YHVH in them, causing the GUAL and GUAC to react in aggression, with one infecting Diancie with a virus to spy on the White Hats and the other to steal the Heart Diamond and frame the other faction.
  • Time Skip: The events here take place four months after "The Friendship Asylum" and two months after "Battle Royale: Round 2".
  • Took a Level in Cynic:
    • Sora is slightly less kind here compared to his previous appearances, and is a bit grumpy at times, even becoming a bit more cynical over missions. It is justified, as he's bitter over being forced into a mission by Sakura so soon after a major operation on his leg. And also because he still has half of Jak's heart inside him until shortly after Diancie's betrayal.
    • Tron is less idealistic in the Time Skip from "The Friendship Asylum", with it hinted from suddenly having to deal with three enemy factions who consider him a major threat, and having fallen to Courtney Gears' control. Case in point, He is still nice to Sora, but is far less lenient with Diancie, with him scolding her at times.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Shaymin was quite a Jerkass in his origin film (especially in Land Forme), but here, he's friendlier and more willing to help.
  • Toxic Friend Influence:
    • Shaymin encourages Diancie to basically abandon her duties at the worst possible time. Granted, he had no idea about Xenagos invoking Adult Fear to make Dace very overprotective and drive Diancie to rebel.
    • Sora isn't much better than Shaymin, as a lot of his "lessons" he teaches Diancie in the second act are of lower morality than what Ash taught her. However, he also has his limits, and tells Diancie that she cannot just abandon her duties for selfish reasons, but does agree that the Carbink don't give her any breaks.
  • Tranquillizer Dart: This is how the GUAC under Lucifer's orders captures Riku, given he would easily slaughter them all otherwise.
  • Unbroken Vigil: Riku is left hospitalized from injuries sustained from the Halloween riot and being shot by Stocking. Both of his childhood friends, out of devotion and a double Heroic BSoD, refuse to leave his side.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Coyote Starrk reveals to the group that Rika Furude was the main orchestrator behind Lucifer's humiliation Lol Ranger gave him back in "The Pantheonic Rebellion" as revenge for what he did against Madoka. While Rika makes no appearance in this story, her plan caused the Demon Lord of Chaos (who regained his sanity) to create an anti-slander black-ops group regarding his role in Madoka's depowerment, have his cohorts capture Riku for slandering him, and ultimately cause the Keyblade Master (with Sora and Kairi) to hide in Alola, all as a form of revenge against a little girl.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Diancie is working for Xenagos, but she is not aware of his actual motivation. In fact, she was the sniper who killed Jak during the asylum incident, but it is hinted that she was not in her right mind at the time.
  • Villain World: Black City is part of The Grid, and thus, is under Clu's control and is part of the GUAL. And then, there is the Undernet, which is a Wretched Hive full of stolen buses that even Clu and his Black Guard refuse to go near unless sufficiently prepped.
  • Wham Episode:
    • The end of Act Two. Sora forgives Homura for betraying the Sisterhood, though it may stern from how they mistreated him earlier. Sora is also revealed to have encountered Kyubey in Space Paranoids, with disastrous resultsnote , and he and Tron have their own desires to kill him.
    • Act Three has Riku being shot and almost killed by Stocking after Halloween is ruined and the GUAL is found out to be corrupt.
  • Wham Shot: Sora's Kirlia evolves into Gardevoir during the second act when she saves Megaman.Exe from a corrupted Diancie, then proceeding to fight the Commantis.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • The Sisterhood call Usagi and Sakura out on forcing Sora into the front lines in their battle against Lucifer at a time where he needs rest, and Ratchet outright demands he and Clank go in their friend's place. The result frustrates Sora to no end, with what him being attacked by Groudon, rouge programs, and Neyla. This drives him into forgiving Homura.
    • Megaman.Exe calls Diancie out on running away from the tower's trial for selfish reasons in Act Two, and when Tron finally gets to speak with her after Diancie is freed from The Virus, he berates her for being selfish and trusting anyone despite knowing that one person she trusted turned out to be a Daddy's Little Villain. And by the end, Ratchet calls her out on attacking Lucifer, despite Homura's warnings not to.
    • Cinderella mentions that she encountered Sol Badguy prior to attending the Disney meeting, scolding her for leaving Satako Houjou, one of the members of Lol Ranger, with the others inside the Labyrinth of Amala back in a previous story.
    • Near the end of the story, Prince Zuko berates the Carbink guardians for senseless attacking deities.
  • With My Hands Tied: Riku doesn't let being Bound and Gagged stop him from fighting or escaping, but he does have trouble at first, failing to hit Deidara at the hacker's destination spot because he cannot call out Komory Bat until he works his gag off.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Jak's Eco Gun is destroyed during the battle with Cyber Errol, having been knocked out of his hands and fell into a chasm in the House of Prophecy. Ratchet later recovers and fixes it after a Soldier Heartless finds it.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Gardevoir and Absol become this under Ratchet and Clank's command in the climax.
  • You Monster!: Homura says this to Xenagos after Sora tells her that he is directly responsible for Diancie and several programs in The Grid being affected by a virus.
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