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Infinity Train: Crown of Thorns is a Pokémon: The Series and Infinity Train crossover written by crossoverpairinglover (of Pokémon Reset Bloodlines fame) and Exotos135.

Acerola always had to contend with being the last of the Alolan Royal Family. For most of her life, she could ignore it and act like a normal Alolan girl.

But when the Living and Spirit Worlds begin to merge, she'll have to decide: does she carry on her family's legacy, or let it be forever forgotten?

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Also has a companion piece, Akuma Numerology, which spins off from chapter 2 of the story and follows Marinette and Miraculous Ladybug characters. It can be read here.

For the sake of simplicity, this page covers tropes from both stories. As a rule of thumb, if the trope talks about Acerola's team, it relates to Crown of Thorns, and if it meantions Marinette's team, it's Akuma Numerology. That said, if possible, when adding tropes, specify in which story they apply.

Also, naturally, beware of spoilers!

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Tropes in this series include:

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  • 10-Minute Retirement: Shadow Moth takes one of these after Ladybug gets sent to the Train by Apex Conductor, giving the Miraculous World a chance to breathe.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: The end of Acerola's clusterfuck of a name reveals she's the thirteenth person to hold that name (Indeed, the other Queens are also named Acerola), and she gets taken by the Infinity Train by the end of the first chapter.
  • Abandoned Area: Since The Apex are dead in this story, their main HQ, the Mall Car, has been abandoned as a result. Chapter 3 of Numerology involves Juleka traveling the now deserted car.
  • Absent Animal Companion: None of the Lalaloopsy dolls are featured with their respective pets, who are typically side by side with them.
  • Abusive Parents: Acerola's father was an entitled gambler who almost bankrupted their family. It got bad enough that Alola's CPS took her away, and Acerola has no issue with never seeing him again.
  • Action Girl: If a Pokémon who battles, Denizen who fights, or Pokémon Trainer or Passenger who fights is female, then there's a high chance they're this.
  • Action Survivor: A Passenger has to be this at the bare minimum, given what the Train is like.
  • Actual Pacifist: Since their Car isn't meant to be one for fighting, the Denizens of The Lalaloopsy Land Car are this. It's to the point that when Acerola asks what they'd do if she and Princess Allie got into a fight, the most they'd do is stand at the sidelines and watch impotently.
  • Adaptational Badass: The general rule for those who either have Aura powers, like Acerola and Ash, or survived their Train trip, like Mallow.
  • Adaptational Curves: While specifics aren't established, the Age Lift everybody gets means that the girls and guys become more attractive.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • For a given definition of "appearance", but The Apex, who aren't introduced until Book 2, are mentioned here during the events of Book 1. This also applies to Lucy, one of their members, who appears to Acerola in the equivalent of Book 1.
    • Hazel only ever appears in Book 3 in canon, but here, she's seen in the equivalent of Book 1 and is freed by The Apex.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • Aura is not only featured in this story but divided by types, each corresponding to a Pokémon Type going by Acerola using Ghost Aura.
    • At the same time, Acerola's past as the last in a royal bloodline is given a bit more focus, with her ancestors being prominent characters and her issues about it sending her to the Train.
    • Passengers from the Pokémon World were often seen bringing Pokémon with them in the Blossomverse, but it wasn't revealed what would happen to them should something happen to their Trainer. Akuma Numerology gives the interpretation that should a Pokémon's Trainer die on the Train, their Pokémon would be immediately sent back to their world.
    • The story features the same "reincarnated Passenger" idea that most Blossomverse stories have but adds upon it a little bit: it's explicitly noted to be a temporary arrangement until the number the former Passenger had, which carries over to the Soul Denizen, gets to zero, at which point the Denizen ceases to be and the soul goes to the afterlife peacefully.
    • Because Infinity Train ended before it could be unveiled in full, Hazel's backstory was never shown in full. Here, she appears in her tube at The Homunculus Car, where she gets released by The Apex before going into hiding.
    • The difference between Denizens and Soul Denizens isn't really explained in the Blossomverse proper, but here, it's explicitly stated the former are The Soulless.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • In most Blossomverse stories, the King of Azada/Lexi's Father, is Titus. In this story, he's simply called "Con".
    • In canon, the group Ash and his friends form to fight the Ultra Beasts is known as the Ultra Guardians. Here, because of Lusamine's eccentricities, they're instead called the Ultra Rangers.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Like in most Blossomverse stories, characters from a particular world whose setting is represented by the Train get turned into Denizens.
  • Adults Are Useless: Depends on the adults in question. The Pokémon World adults do everything to keep calm and find Acerola, while the Miraculous World adults try to deal with Ladybug's disappearance.
  • Age Lift: Everyone has been moved up to mid-teenage years for those who were 10, Acerola, in particular, becoming 15.
  • Against the Grain: This is the basis of Acerola's issues with the ghosts of her ancestors; they try to insist Acerola has a duty to keep the royal legacy going when Acerola herself has no desire to do that.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Marinette goes through one of these while trying to escape The Fowl Play Car.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: The Infinity Train is this to the Horse Miraculous: its Voyage power can teleport anywhere, but it's limited by only working in their specific universe, while the Train is The Omnipresent that can appear anywhere and everywhere, even if it shouldn't be possible.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: The Apex are depicted like this, as per Blossomverse fare. Stories about how horrible they were are said, and when Juleka searches their abandoned HQ, The Mall Car, she finds basically several Denizen versions of a Kill Tally all over the place.
  • All There in the Manual: The author's notes sometimes include information to better explain the story, like the timeline at which they take place (Crown of Thorns is set in the Sun and Moon season, Apex Conductor attacked sometime between Sentibubbler and Optigami, and the Train side takes place during Book 1). Akuma Numerology goes one step further and includes a list at the end of each chapter, keeping track of everything up until that point.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: For starters, the story takes place during the Sun and Moon era of the anime and Book 1 of Infinity Train. Adding onto that, the story mixes elements from the Anime (Ash being present, Aura) and the games (Trial Captains exist).
  • All Women Are Lustful: Well, "lustful" might be a bit much, but the Alolan girls don't make it subtle that they got the hots for Ash; from Acerola being implied to have a crush on him, to Lana swimming close to him, Lillie trying to get his affection with cookies she baked, and the cluster of teases Mallow gives and gets regarding romance.
  • Amazing Technicolor World: The Mystic Thread Forest Car, which houses trees made of threads of all kinds of colors: red, pink, blue, black, green, you name it.
  • Another Dimension: Since The Multiverse is present, this is a given.
    • In terms of actual dimensions, there's one based on Pokémon, one based on Miraculous Ladybug, and a few based on Transformers.
    • In terms of alternate dimensions, the Pokémon World has a few, which are found when Lusamine's group look for Acerola in the multiverse: one where she goes skinny dipping, one where she visits Vermillion City, and one where she uses the Unown. For some reason, Ash is always present in these.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: While Ladybug is featured in chapter 3 of Akuma Numerology, she's not the main focus of it: that honor would go to Juleka, who gets to explore the abandoned remains of The Mall Car.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Since Miraculous Ladybug is part of the crossover, these types of people are featured in both stories, though moreso in Akuma Numerology.
  • Antagonist Title: The first half of Akuma Numerology's chapter titles starting from chapter 3 are named after the main antagonist of the chapter.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Before arriving at The Giant Apple Car, Acerola bemuses having gone through Cars involving giant plant monsters, robots fighting each other, and... Bingo.
  • Art Course: The Lalaloopsy Land Car, the first car Acerola boards, is made out of arts and crafts.
  • Artificial Human: Denizen, in this case, but the Homunculus Car is a car where artificial Denizens are grown in test tubes. One of these homunculi is Hazel, who gets freed by The Apex.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Acerola herself. She's just another Trial Captain in the games before becoming one of the Elite Four and she's about the same in the anime. In here, she's the de-facto main character.
    • Princess Allie was a one-shot character from the X and Y anime. In here, she gains a bone to pick with Acerola during the latter's first visit to the Train.
    • There's also one of Miraculous Ladybug's more minor characters: a redheaded male student positioned between Juleka and Chloe in a previous school photo. In here, he's not only given a name, Drogo Denver, but is also the catalyst of Akuma Numerology.
    • Lucy is a very minor Apex member in canon, while here she becomes Acerola's traveling companion.
  • Asleep for Days: There's a Car on the Train where Passengers who go there tend to sleep for, at minimum, a whole week. Juleka is one such Passenger, and she's quite stunned to find this out.
  • Attack of the Town Festival: Once Princess Allie snaps over losing the Passage Fair, she has Furfrou unleash several Charge Beams as revenge until Acerola and Mimikins stop the duo.
  • Bait-and-Switch: It at first looks like Sophocles' version of Acerola's trial is going to go smoothly: the team get the Pokemon, the door opens... and a Totem Hypno and a Hex Maniac appear to wreck havoc.
  • Bang, Bang, BANG: The Doll gunning down The Apex is punctuated with a *BANG!*
  • Battle Trophy: As revealed in Chapter 3 of Numerology, The Apex gathered these from the Passengers or Denizens they dealt with: in particular, Grace took a jacket from someone implied to be Trip.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: The legend about Human and Pokémon getting into romantic relationships is brought up, and it's not seen in a good light: Pikachu is ready to strike Mallow when he realizes what she's about to say, and one of the former kings of Alola married a Primarina, with even his fellow ghosts looking at him in disgust.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Unlike in most dimensions, where the Infinity Train is a relatively unknown phenomenon, the Order of the Guardians from the Miraculous World know about its existence and even have their own name for it: Infinite Ouroboros.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Generally, it's impossible for a Passenger to leave the train before their number hits zero, but The Stinger in chapter 3 of Crown of Thorns reveals that some group has managed to create a device capable of doing this: the Zero Cannon.
  • BFG: Downplayed with the Zero Cannon: when it appears at The Stinger of chapter 4, it's noted to be way too big for the Denizens who built it, but it's perfect for a human Passenger.
  • Big Bad: The story is set earlier in the Infinity Train timeline than Blossoming Trail (which took place early Book 3) and thus the story implies that the main antagonist of the Infinity Train is Amelia.
  • Big Ball of Violence: One of the pictures Mina shows the group during their visit to Akala Island shows the Team Skull grunt trio in one of these.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • In a roundabout way, the Infinity Train comes to Acerola's aid by giving her a chance to flee from her corporeal ancestors just as they're ready to "discipline" her after failing to subjugate them.
    • When it looks like Acerola's team are gonna be stuck in prison, Magearna appears and cuts the bars keeping them imprisoned to set them free.
  • Big Entrance:
    • Oddly enough, the Infinity Train gets one, arriving Just Intime to run over Acerola's ancestors and give her a chance to escape from their punishment.
    • Gladiolus causes a blackout at Aether Foundation before slowly emerging from the ground, his glow illuminating the room.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: Between Marinette, Tikki, and The Cat in Crown of Thorns: the former speaks in her native French, the middle in English, and the latter switches between both languages depending on who she's talking with.
  • Blinded by the Light: How Marinette escapes the warden roosters the first time; her Lucky Charm summons a flashbang that temporarily stuns and blinds them.
  • Blinding Camera Flash: This is what temporarily saves the Trial Challengers from the Totem Hypno: Moon takes a picture of the Pokemon, and it stuns them long enough to allow the group to go into hiding.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Averted with The Apex's death, where blood coming out of Simon and Grace is the first sign something's amiss, and one of the girls having blood splash her face leads to a Crowd Panic.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: For a given definition of "innocent" but this what causes the Crowd Panic in The Apex's death: one of the Apex kids gets splashed with blood during the green light red light game, and realizing what this meant, they freak out and run away, resulting in all but one of them being gunned down.
  • Book on the Head: Mina walks like this while Gladion is busy dusting off the bookshelves at the library. Acerola apparently promised to teach her how to do this in exchange for teaching her how to draw.
  • Broken Masquerade:
    • For the Pokémon World, Mallow eventually reveals what she knows about the Infinity Train once the possibility Acerola was taken by it is considered.
    • For the Miraculous World, the unexpected return of Drogo Denver, coupled with his akumatization into Apex Conductor, eventually reveals the existence of the Infinity Train as well.
  • Butterfly of Transformation: Naturally, the Miraculous World has this in the form of the Akumas. The catch? They're on the Infinity Train as well.
  • But Thou Must!: In The Giant Apple Car, you must eat at least one giant apple in order to go to the next Car. It's impossible to do anything to the apple, and it can't just be given a few bits, it must be completely eaten besides the core.
  • Captivity Harmonica: While pondering how to cheer up Acerola after they get Locked in the Dungeon, Lucy spots a harmonica conveniently laying around nearby and decides to play it.
  • Cassandra Truth: Averted with Mallow's explanation of the train, much to her embarrassment. Of course the Ultra Guardians would believe her about an interdimensional train.
  • Cats Have Nine Lives: This trope is mentioned when The Stinger at the end of chapter 2 of Crown of Thorns has The Cat see The Conductor appear on her shop.
  • Cat Smile: Well, Meowth Smile, but Acerola retains this trait from canon.
  • Cheer Them Up with Laughter: When playing the Captivity Harmonica doesn't work, Lucy suggests Mimikins laugh to cheer up Acerola, who just got Locked in the Dungeon. It has the opposite effect, scaring the poor fellow to hell and back.
  • Clockwork Monster: The main antagonist of the fourth chapter of Akuma Numerology is a massive collection of clocks known as Father Time.
  • Clock Punk: The Usurped Kingdom Car has Acerola's Team visit a replica of the Azoth Kingdom, with as many gears as the real thing.
  • Clueless Chick-Magnet: The first chapter makes it clear that Ash is this with the Alola girls. One of the Acerola ghosts mentions having a son with a similar tendency.
  • Cocky Rooster: The Fowl Play Car is guarded by talking rooster wardens, who are all too eager to get physical should they find one of the inmates escaping.
  • Color Coded Magic: Aura, in this case; besides the canon blue, Ghost Aura is a dull shade of purple, since that's the color Acerola's hands glow as she prepares to subjugate the now-corporeal Alolan royal family, to no avail.
  • Common Tongue:
    • While we're not told what language it is, there's one such tongue in the Pokemon World, being so common that it has rendered all previously spoken languages obsolete.
    • In the Miraculous World, it's French, given that the setting takes place in Paris.
  • Conveniently Cellmates: Acerola and Princess Allie just so happen to share cells when the former's team get imprisoned by Princess Kimia.
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • Hazel just so happens to be in The Homunculus Car when The Apex just so happen to get lost there.
    • The prison cell that Acerola's team get locked in just so happens to also house Princess Allie.
  • Crowd Panic: What lead to The Apex's demise: A big Freak Out happens when one of the girls realizes what's going on when blood splashes her face, causing all but one of them, Lucy, to try to run away, resulting in them all being shot down.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death:
    • If you go to the Milly Milly Car, give the Milly King the wrong brew, and don't have the luxury of being a Passenger, you'll be sentenced to death by corn syrup.
    • Like in canon, The Apex threw Denizens into the wheels of the train, and it's implied some of them were given the same fate by Trip and his Pokémon. Their actual death also counts as this: being gunned down by a giant doll while playing green light red light is hardly a good way to go.
  • David Versus Goliath: The Usurped Kingdom Car has Mimikins fight a copy of Volcanion. Naturally, the beast is given several drawbacks just to make the fight a bit less one-sided.
  • Daylight Horror: The Apex are killed during a game of green light red light during bright daylight.
  • Death by Adaptation: This story pulls no punches on how many people are dead here.
    • Half of the Apex got killed when Trip (who also dies) does a last stand. The other half, except Lucy, gets mowed down by The Doll in the Red Light Green Light Car.
    • Specter — who survived his trip in the original Blossomverse trilogy — was killed off by the Infinity Reaper. Shingo Sawatari also dies from the same Reaper.
  • Deader than Dead: When Sophocles asks if Gladiolus is dead after falling into floor post-electrocution, Faba is quick to correct him that since he's already dead, he might've meant erased, annihilated, eradicated and so on before the ghost returns.
  • Deadly Game: The Apex get killed during a deadly version of green light red light where if they move, they get shot. Given most of them are dead by the time the story starts, most of them moved.
  • Deceptively Silly Title: "The Giant Apple Car" doesn't sound like much, but it features the reveal of how The Apex died, among other things.
  • Delayed "Oh, Crap!": The Apex suffer one of these during the Deadly Game that is the Green Light Red Light Car, slowly realizing what's going on after Simon and Grace get shot.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • As per Blossomverse fare, Ash is no longer the main character, with the role instead given to Acerola. He still has a supporting role as part of the Ultra Rangers, though.
    • In most Blossomverse stories, the Cerise family play some sort of role, mostly on Chloe's end. In this story, they don't even appear.
  • Dire Beast: Like in canon, Totem Pokemon are a much larger version of normal Pokemon used in Alola's trials. Sophocles and co. get a curveball thrown at them when instead of a Totem Mimikyuu appearing in his trial, a Totem Hypno appears instead.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Acerola's plan to test whether the Volcarion they've encountered is the real deal or a Denizen construct involves shooting it with Aura energy to see if it passes through. If it doesn't, it's the real deal...and Acerola never considers what to do next if it turns out to be the case.
  • Distress Call: The Ultra Rangers can apparently send these when situations get hairy. Sophocles sends one of these to the team when a Totem Hypno and a Hex Maniac appear during his trial.
  • Disappears into Light:
    • This is what happens to Apex Conductor's victims, vanishing in a green flash of light as they're whisked away to the Infinity Train.
    • The trees in The Mystic Thread Forest Car also do this, toppling down before vanishing and leaving their strings behind.
  • Double-Meaning Title: "Crown of Thorns" brings to mind both the Crown of Horns trope and the fact Acerola is technically royalty. However, it can also mean to suffer a painful burden, like Acerola being stuck dealing with her nagging ancestors, and then being trapped on the Infinity Train.
  • Do Well, But Not Perfect: How the Passage Fair in the Lalaloopsy Land Car works. The Passengers just play the games, do the best they can, and are then given the chance to leave. Peanut changes this up a bit to be a one versus one deal, but the trope still applies given how mediocre both Acerola and especially Princess Allie end up playing.
  • Dragons Prefer Princesses: Acerola brings up the trope after Jewel claims to be a proper princess and what that means. Jewel's response implies this has happened to her at least once.
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  • The Empire: There once used to be something called The Infinity Imperium on the Infinity Train, but they've been incarcerated in the Fowl Play Car by the time the story takes place.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Hazel briefly appears during chapter 4 of Crown of Thorns, where she's among the homunculus The Apex encounter in the Homunculus Car, and the one they end up accidentally freeing.
  • Easing into the Adventure: The first chapter of Crown of Thorns is a showcase of Acerola's day before getting on the Train, starting with her getting ready for the day, being left with Professors Kukui and Burnet, and hanging out with Ash. However, her ancestors' constant pestering, the not-so-subtle hints the girls give Ash and the revelations that something called "infinity energy" is entering Alola. The breaking point comes when her ancestors start becoming corporeal due to said energy, to the point her Ghost Aura powers no longer affect them, at which point the Train picks her up before they "discipline" her in retaliation.
  • Electromagnetic Ghosts: This is what Acerola's ancestors seem to be: one of the queens messes up with Lana's TV just being around it, and Gladiolus causes a blackout at the Aether Foundation for his entrance. Whether they were always like this or it's a side effect of the infinity energy, or if any other ghosts are like this, is currently unknown.
  • Evasive Fight-Thread Episode: Chapter 5 of Thorns has a fight between Lillie and her Vulpix, Snowy, against Lana and her now-Vaporeon, Sandy, but the fight is put on hold when they see Professor Burnet and Kukui watching the fight.
  • Evil Counterpart: Princess Allie is one to Acerola when they meet, being someone who acts like a stuck-up princess with little regard to others, unlike the emphatic Acerola.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: While the Infinity Train is filled with endless possibilities and imaginative worlds, the names for said worlds are about as on the nose as Shadow Moth's naming conventions: "The Lalaloopsy Land Car" is a Car based on The Lalaloopay dolls, "The Mystic Thread Forest Car" is a car filled with trees made of magical threads, and so on.
  • Eyelid Pull Taunt: Acerola and Princess Allie do this at each other while Jewel drags the former to wear the dress she made for her.
  • Eye Scream:
    • In order to get an edge on The Miller Knight, Ladybug throws lemonade at his eye, stunning him long enough to wrap him with her yo-yo.
    • When Gladion pulls up his hair to differentiate himself from Gladiolus, he reveals a notable scratch mark on his hidden eye. He claims it was the result of a mishap from Silvally, but nobody believes him.
  • Facial Markings: Apex members have wavelength made of lipstick on their faces and it's recognizable enough that it's the only thing Kimia needs to see to recognie Lucy's ties to the group.
  • Fairy Companion: Any Fairy Type Pokémon, singular of half-Fairy, with a Trainer counts as this: Acerola has Mimikins, while Mina has Ribombee.
  • Falling into His Arms: An unconscious Hazel falls into Lucy's arms upon being released at The Homunculus Car.
  • Fantastic Flora: The Mystic Thread Forest Car is, as the name implies, a Car that's basically a giant forest with trees made out of threads.
  • Fantastic Fruits and Vegetables:
    • The Mystic Thread Forest Car has berries that look like felt, and feel like felt on the tongue, but their insides are filled with juices like any regular berry.
    • The Giant Apple Car is a little less fantastic, since the apples look normal, but they're literally the size of a human being. Marinette even compares one of them to the Gorilla in size.
  • Fantastic Racism: Some of the Alolan native ghosts don't take kindly to foreigners; the Alolan royal family is the most vocal, but there's at least one Acerola-unrelated ghost who's bothered by the presence of non-Alolans, like Lillie.
  • Fisher Kingdom: Part of how The Usurped Kingdom Car works is that once the current ruler has been usurped, the new ruler (assuming a new one takes the throne) will prompt the Car to turn into a copy of their home. For example, when Princess Kimia took over, the Car turned into a replica of the Azoth Kingdom.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: The outfits for the Ultra Rangers are this, being not "not-spandex" that fit their users' bodies. Even the guys got these, to Mallow's shock.
  • Former Friends Photo: While snooping around Drogo Denver's former room, Juleka encounters a photo taken with him and her classmates during picture day. Whatever her feelings for him were before, she's definitely hostile now.
  • Four Is Death: Chapter 4 of Crown of Thorns is the chapter where we find out firsthand how were The Apex wiped out.
  • Friendly Ghost:
    • While Acerola's ancestors are mostly annoying and or mean, a few of them prove at least somewhat amicable: Acerola the Shipper being the most notable.
    • There's also Mimikins, the ghost of a shiny Mimikyuu who serves as Acerola's most trustworthy companion. Acerola even name drops the trope when telling Lucy not to fear her.
  • Full-Circle Revolution: The Usurped Kingdom Car can cause this, since it enforces a coup in order for anyone to leave, and the longer someone stays in charge, the more their perception of themselves gets warped.
  • Fusion Dance: Being partially a Miraculous Ladybug story, Unification is featured a few times in the duology, though mostly in Akuma Numerology:
    • Shadow Moth is the result of the Butterfly and Peacock Miraculous being unified.
    • Marinette unifies the Ladybug and Turtle Miraculous to use the latter's shield to deliver her dolls to Rena Rogue, though we don't get to see the resulting superheroine.
    • When Luka gets taken out of commission by Retry before he can become Viperion, Rena Rogue unifies the Fox and Snake Miraculous instead, becoming Rena Rewind in the process.
  • Gay Paree: Rena Rogue mentions going to the Louvre while looking for Marinette/Ladybug, and when she meets Chat Noir, they're at the Eiffel Tower (with no Lila in sight).
  • Generic Graffiti: The Mall Car is positively littered with these, though it's less because they're legitimately unreadable and more because the dust around it has made them harder to read.
  • Ghastly Ghost: Acerola's ancestors are capable of being this, with some of the previous kings being willing to vocalize their intent on hurting the living.
  • The Ghost King: It's implied the ghosts of Alola follow an authority like this, with it being implied to be Acerola's family, but nothing's confirmed so far.
  • Good Princess, Evil Queen: Princess Protagonist Acerola is a Nice Girl with a couple of rough edges, while the queens of Alola, while the lesser of two evils compared to their husbands, are still rather nagging and pushy over what Acerola should do.
  • Great Big Library of Everything: The Aether House library, which includes, among other things, a book about the Infinity Train (referred to as the Infinite Ouroboros here).
  • Has a Type: Discussed. A bit in chapter 5 of Thorns' has Lillie, Mallow, and Lana ask Ash about this, as they can't quite figure it out by looking at him. Lana asks about whether he likes them plump or thin, using Mallow and Lillie for comparison, in her usual way, but all her hints go right through him. They then take him to a street in Akala Island where couples go for an answer, but that brings nothing.
  • Handshake Substitute: After defeating Retry, Rena Rewind tries to have high fives be what she does with Chat Noir for a victory, as a fist bump is his thing with Ladybug. Chat Noir accepts it after a little confusion.
  • Heads or Tails?: This is how Lillie and Gladion decided who would join the Ultra Rangers. The coin betrayed Lillie.
  • Heroes Gone Fishing: Very briefly at the start, but Lana initially goes fishing when Acerola and Ash come to check up on her, at which point they switch from fishing to swimming.
  • Hero Insurance: This trope being averted forms the foundation of Akuma Numerology: Ladybug gets sent to the infinity train by Apex Conductor, and with her goes the Miraculous Cure, forcing Chat Noir and Rena Rogue to pick up the slack and minimize collateral damage.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: Being set on the Pokémon world, certain phrases or terms are changed to better fit it. For example, Acerola's Cat Smile is said to be a "Meowth-like smile."
  • Home Base: Team Miraculous' lack of one is noted in Akuma Numerology, with Chat Noir being excited at the prospect of getting one for the Miraculous Box, though ultimately their status as minors, and his as one whose father is really controlling and nosey, means the option is unavailable to them.
  • Hotter and Sexier: The Age Lift from 10 to their teens results in Ash's group and other similarly aged characters to look a bit more attractive than in canon. The only exceptions so far are Acerola, who's more on the cute side, and Mina, who's considered average.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: The Alolan royal family used to be the powerful rulers of Alola. By the present day, their descendants live in poverty, and barely anybody remembers them.
  • Huge Holographic Head: Just like he did at the end of the Origins two-partner, Shadow Moth uses his Akumas to create a giant version of his head to confront Apex Conductor, now back to Drogo Denver, about him sending Ladybug onto the Train. He later repeats the trick when Chat Noir, Rena Rogue and their temporary recruits appear inside Father Time.
  • Inn Between Worlds: The Mccadam's Bar serves as one of these, being a nexus where several versions of the Infinity Train collide.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The titles are typically divided in two: a first part that's somehow related to the events of the chapter, and a second part named after the car visited.
  • If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: Acerola more or less quips this when Nanu informs her he'll be going abroad for Interpol work; if he doesn't return in a year, she'll unseal his will. Nanu, for his part, takes the quip in stride, and it is implied it is more because he's requested she do so before than morbid humor.
  • Interquel: Akuma Numerology takes place after chapter 2 of Crown of Thorns and between the other chapters, focusing on what Marinette is doing while Acerola's on her quest.
  • Interspecies Romance: Relationships between humans and Pokémon are mentioned, and at least one of Acerola's ancestors engaged in it too.
  • Invisible to Normals: Until the "Infinity Energy" gives them a corporeal form, only those with Aura can see and interact with the ghosts of the departed. And even then, this is only if the Aura has been trained: Ash, who has Aura but hasn't put much focus into training it, can only sense and feel the ghosts, not outright see them.
  • Just Between You and Me: Happens twice, both involving Marinette.
    • In Crown of Thorns, she and Tikki are taken by The Cat to her shop in order to talk about what she needs to know, and also to avoid the Gossipy Hens that are the goats of the Roof Goat Car.
    • In Akuma Numerology, once she makes contact with Rena Rogue, Marinette catches her (and the Kwami) up to speed in regards to what happened to her.
  • Just in Time: How the Train is introduced, arriving just before Acerola's ancestors can "discipline" her and give her a chance to escape.
  • Killer Bear Hug: The Bewear's line tendency to do this by accident is mentioned in a Noodle Incident where a younger Acerola hugged a Bewear, and they responded by hugging her back hard enough to kill her.
  • Kill Tally: Juleka encounters several "Null tallies" in the rooms of the abandoned Mall Car, some on the walls, some on whiteboards, and so on.
  • King Bob the Nth: The Alolan royal family has this naming system, though unlike what the name implies, it's the queens who use it.
  • Killed Offscreen: The fate of the Apex and Trip and Lexi.
  • Language Barrier: One of these appears between Princess Kimia and Chloe Bourgeois/Scarlet Queen, as the former only speaks in her native tongue, which in the Pokemon World-where Princess Kimia comes from-the equivalent language is no longer spoken.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler:
    • For the Pokémon World side, the story doesn't bother to hide several developments done in the Alola season, from Aether Foundation to the Ultra Beasts.
    • For the Miraculous World side, since it takes place during season 4, things like Gabriel Agreste actually being Hawk Moth, him becoming Shadow Moth and Marinette becoming the new guardian of the Miraculous is laid out pretty early on. The identities of later superheroes, like Rena Rogue, Purple Tigress, and Pigella are also revealed rather casually.
    • For the Blossomverse as a whole, the fact some Denizens are reincarnated Passengers is a pretty big, shocking reveal, but it's revealed very casually here as early as chapter 2 of Crown of Thorns.
  • Later-Installment Weirdness:
    • Not counting Court of Cyclamen, Crown of Thorns is the first story where the the main character's reason to enter the Train has nothing to do with either Ash or Chloe.
    • Likewise, unlike most Blossomverse stories, the Cerise family play no role whatsoever, not even appearing in the story.
    • Most Blossomverse stories stick to canon Pokémon ages, with Trainers starting at 10. Here, everybody gets an Age Lift to become teens, while the adults become older.
    • On the Train side, most stories tend to take place during Book 3, to facilitate the use of The Apex. Here, the story strictly takes place during Book 1.
    • The Apex tend to play a big role in most Blossomverse stories, or at least still be active to an extent. Here, not only are they Demoted to Extra, but they're long dead by the time they're first mentioned.
  • Lemony Narrator: The post-chapter Roster Lists of Akuma Numerology can get pretty snarky.
  • Living Toys: The Lalaloopsy Land Car, like its namesake, is populated by living, sentient dolls.
  • Look Behind You: Chat Noir uses this to distract Retry and get a hit in. He's actually surprised when it works.
  • Long List: Acerola's attempt to diverge attention from nearly spoiling Burnet's pregnancy to Ash leads Lusamine to take out one of these, with it being so long that it goes over Pikachu and lands at Acerola's feet.
  • Madness Mantra: As Juleka finds out, the last page in Simon's diary is just the words "self-defense exists" repeated ad nauseum.
  • Mechanical Abomination:
    • Like usual for these crossovers, the Infinity Train is an interdimensional, omnipresent train-like thing that can appear anywhere, stores millions of worlds within, and can keep people trapped until they reduce the number on their palm to zero.
    • Shadow Moth, enraged at Ladybug being sent to the Train, creates one of these to deal with Drogo Denver: named Locomonster, it's basically a monster train with spider legs.
    • Father Time from chapter 4 of Numerology is a cluster of clocks of kaiju proportions.
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break: Rather suddenly, the Passage Fair between Acerola and Princess Allie is interrupted by a tea party after three games, with Acerola being quick to point this out.
  • Monster of the Week: Given it's a Miraculous Ladybug fanfic, Akuma Numerology features this for the Miraculous side of the story.
  • The Multiverse: There are dimensions based on Pokémon, Miraculous Ladybug, Transformers Beast Wars and Energon, and possibly Twilight.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Acerola's full name has numerous references to previous Blossomverse protagonists.
      • Gladiolus Montblanc: Gladion Montblanc, Knight of the Orange Lily
      • Cherry Blossom: Chloe Cerise, Blossoming Trail
      • Wisteria: Goh Fujihachi, Voyage of Wisteria
      • Cyclamen: Bede, Court of Cyclamen
      • Zinnia: Tokio Chisou, Knight of the Orange Lily
    • Debbie, the ultimate Big Bad of Infinity Train: Cherry Bloodlines, is mentioned as the bad guy that Nanu is called in to stop in the first chapter.
    • Once again, Grace killed a Twilight vampire and skinned it offscreen.
    • Just like in Reset Bloodlines, Ash is a descendant of Sir Aaron from his mother's side of the family.
    • Just like in Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, the titular Volcanion has a Pokémon Trainer stuck to their body via electricity. In this case, though, it's Acerola instead of Ash, and they can take her out whenever they want.
    • Lana receives Sophocles' Distress Call while looking for hot guys in swimsuits, just like her game counterpart once joked about.
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  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The Pirate Christmas Car has...well, a Pirate Santa.
    Santa: "Ho-ho, Ho-ho, it's Christmas Time for me!"
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Brief mention is made during chapter 1 of a moment when Acerola tried to get a hug from a Bewear, only for said hug to kill. Don't worry, she recovered.
    • The Salmon Kwami apparently got scattered between dimensions at some point and eventually reformed in a few centuries.
    • Why was Xavier Ramier in a hole that Chat had to pull him from?
    • Princess Allie mentions having paid The Milly Milly Car once. The only thing we know about her visit is that she got a beating out of it.
    • The Chocolate Water Park Car and the Pirate Christmas Car get glancing mentions as to why Acerola does not want to return to them anytime soon.
    • When Lana's TV starts malfunctioning and her sisters ponder if a Rotom got loose, Lana says they haven't had an incident like that since the Rotom War. It was pretty weird, apparently.
  • Never Say "Die": Given it's a story where ghosts play a big part, it'd be weirder if this trope wasn't averted; from Acerola explicitly being said to have died from a Bewear hug to The Apex being confirmed to have died before the events of the story.
  • No Macguffin No Winner: Pretty much the setup for Akuma Numerology: Apex Conductor ends up sending Ladybug to the Train among many other victims, and since those sent there by him don't come back, this essentially means Shadow Moth can no longer accomplish his Evil Plan. So, while Marinette's on the Train, Shadow Moth changes plans to try undo Apex Conductor's mistake, while Chat Noir and Rena Rogue try to pick up the slack.
  • Nouveau Riche: This is what at least one of Acerola's ancestors believe Lusamine's family to be, going so far as to call them that when he gets ideas on how to deal with them. Crosses into Underestimating Badassery, and lampshaded by Acerola thusly.
    Acerola:' Yeah, one whose matriarch could accidentally or intentionally release alien hordes on Alola while her son was probably in the top ten strongest trainers in the region if Acerola had to guess, and said matriarch wasn’t exactly a novice trainer herself. Also money was power.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: The ghost that hangs around Ash doesn't see why he'd have a problem with her seeing him shower.
  • Ouroboros: Both stories feature mentions of an "Infinite Ouroboros", being an old Guardian term for the Infinity Train the Kwami are familiar with.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • When Acerola realizes that the 'Infinity Energy' is letting her ancestors become slightly corporeal, she's terrified.
    • The Cat is terrified when Amelia shows up after she talks to Marinette.
  • Only One Name: Several characters retain their canonical single names: Lana, Mallow, Kiawe, Lucy, and so on.
  • Orphanage of Love: The Aether House is painted as this. They even have a group of Hypno trained to help the kids with sleeping problems sleep better.
  • Obvious Pregnancy: The story wastes no time stating Burnet's pregnant with Kukui's kid, with Acerola immediately calling it out because of her baby bump, and how she has a Hand on Womb. Of course, with Ash being in Alola at the moment, there are a couple of bets for how long it might take him to notice.
  • Olympus Mons:
    • The Tapus are mentioned, and it's confirmed that the Alolan royal family also had access to these, though this wasn't enough to actually defeat the Tapus (or at least Tapu Koko).
    • Mythical Pokémon are also featured: a copy of Volcanion appears in The Usurped Kingdom Car, with Magearna also making an appearance.
  • Opening Scroll: Akuma Numerology begins in a Car setup like this, which also doubles as a general recap of what happened to Marinette before she got on the Train.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: They typically resemble how they did back in life, can float, and are Invisible to Normals, only being able to be seen by those with Aura proficiency.
  • Our Homunculi Are Different: There's a Car in the Infinity Train, fittingly titled the "Homunculus Car", where artificial Denizens are grown in test tubes. This also happens to be the place where Hazel is being kept.
  • Outside-Context Problem:
    • Infinity Energy becomes this for the Alolan team, not only coming from a foreign source beyond the Region and being different from Ultra Energy but also because it gives the ghosts of Alola corporeal forms.
    • The victims of Apex Conductor's attack get purple numbers and are sent to the Train without the train itself picking them up. Additionally, the portal to the Miraculous Box in Ladybug's Yo-Yo still works, meaning she can remove things from the Infinity Train and let Kwami travel to and from the train.
  • Overly-Long Name: Acerola's full name, Acerola Gladiolus Chamomile Cyclamen Montblanc Wisteria Sunflower Zinnia Anemone Primrose Quartz Cherry Blossom Pualani the 13th.
  • People Jars: The Homunculus Car is full of these, each housing a half-finished artificial denizen and Hazel.
  • Periphery Demographic: In-universe, the version of Miraculous Ladybug in the Pokemon world is described as being popular with the intended demographic, older fans who like the show despite their criticisms, and Lusamine, who likes it so much she's cosplayed as Ladybug to Lillie's horror.
  • Pinned to the Wall: This happens to Marinette during her fight against The Miller Knight, courtesy of one of his javelins.
  • Please Wake Up: After The Doll shoots Simon and Grace dead and the kids move, Lucy tells the duo to wake up, only to slowly realize they're dead as she sees their eyes lose their light and blood come out of their head.
  • Poltergeist: Mallow encounters one of these at her family restaurant after telling the Ultra Rangers about the Train, though it switches from levitating and moving objects to just up and smashing them.
  • Pokémon Speak: Given what half of the crossover's about, it's kind of a given this applies to the Pokémon in the Pokémon World. The only exception is Mimikins, who hisses instead.
  • Princesses Rule: This trope gets discussed during The Usurped Kingdom Car: when Princess Kimia introduces herself as the ruler of the Car in question, Lucy ponders how that makes sense, asking if the Car's actually a principality since she's not queen.
  • Public Domain Artifact: The swords that Lucy carries around are called Muramasa and Masamune.
  • Quest for a Wish: Like in canon, Shadow Moth is looking to unify the Ladybug and Cat Miraculous to get his wish granted, but the crossover nature of the story means there's another character looking to do the same thing: The Conductor.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: A moment in Thorns chapter 5 has the girls ponder if Ash Has a Type. Giving him hints doesn't work, like usual, telling him straight only gets them a vague answer, and when they go to a lovebird street in Akala Island, they leave with no answers and in Mallow's case, heartbreak at seeing her crush and brother going out on a date.
  • Recruit Teenagers with Attitude: Lusamine all but namedrops the trope when explaining to Ash why she wants him to join the Ultra Rangers... While also pointing out how he doesn't have the attitude, but still wants him there.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning:
    • Like in canon, The Conductor's eyes glow red when they start acting threateningly.
    • The doll that ultimately ends up killing The Apex has her eyes glow red whenever she shouts "Red Light!"
  • Red String of Fate: The concept is brought up by Hornwood at the Mystic Thread Forest Car, explaining the significance of it and revealing there are trees in the Car made of it.
  • Roof Hopping: A common method of transportation for the heroes in the Miraculous World.
  • Rousseau Was Right: What Acerola believes, at least, is that while people have the capacity to become evil, nobody starts like this.
  • Royally Screwed Up: The Alolan royal family is something else. They constantly hound Acerola to try to get her to continue their legacy, but they, or at least the kings, are racist jerks.
  • Save Scumming: Just like Aspik before her, Rena Rewind is reduced to this as she and Chat Noir try to deal with Retry, only to fail constantly. Chat Noir even mentions his time as Aspik when he finds out.
  • Say My Name: The citizens of Paris shout Ladybug's name in horror as she's hit by Apex Conductor's attack and sent to the Infinity Train.
  • Scary Stinging Swarms: One of Scarlet Queen's powers, Swarm, allows her to summon a swarm of wasps that home in and sting her target.
  • Semi-Divine: Some of the inhabitants of Earth 015219, like Hawk Moth and The Mighty, are demigods.
  • Sensual Spandex: Lillie claims that the Ultra Rangers outfits are practically this, though Lusamine argues they're not made of the material. They're a Form-Fitting Wardrobe regardless.
  • Serious Business: For The Milly Milly Car, it's beer. Just giving the Milly King the wrong brew is enough to get someone Locked in the Dungeon, assuming they're not killed by corn syrup.
  • Shipper on Deck: Acerola the 4th/the Shipper is one for Acerola and Ash when she finds out he's related to royalty, much to Acerola the 13th's embarrassment. It's not helped that said queen's reminded of one of her own sons, who had a similar case of the 'I can't tell girls like me' problem Ash has.
  • Shipper with an Agenda: The Alolan royal family are implied to be these, as Burnet warns Ash not to lower his guard regarding their interest in having him and Acerola end up together.
  • Shout-Out:
    • While remarking how interesting Marinette might be as a Passenger, The Cat briefly remembers Victor and Charles Vi Brittania.
    • When Acerola claims to be "sort of" a princess, Princess Allie is skeptical, saying that "you're either a princess or you're not me".
    • 'The Miller Knight' is a very clear expy of not just All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder, but the Atop the Fourth Wall reviews of the series on top of a car that is an overall shout out to the Dilly Dilly advertisement campaign.
    • Rena Rogue mentions Doctor Who while at the Eiffel Tower.
    • Juleka references Attack on Titan when she finds harpoon weapons at the Mall Car that remind her of the series.
    • The Apex's death is a reference to Squid Game, with The Apex being forced to participate in a game of green light red light in order to survive, with most of them being gunned down as a result of Crowd Panic.
    • Just before Lusamine sucks up Gladiolus into her vacuum weapon, she states "I ain't afraid of no ghost!". Sophocles is a bit critical on the choice of words though, suggesting an alternative like "Back on the thermos with you!" would've been better.
    • While trying to reassure Gladion that Acerola's okay, Wicke makes a reference to Dragonair Age Inquisition by calling herself "Wicke D. Grace".
    • While searching for Acerola in the multiverse, one of the universes they find has her skinny dipping with Ash.
    • When recounting what he knows about the Multiverse to Juleka, Demolisher confirms that the Michael Bay movies and Cyberverse series exist as their own dimensions.
  • Shouldn't We Be In School Right Now?: Akuma Numerology features a Justified version. Since Ms. Bustier was part of the casualties of the Apex Conductor attack and the school suffered what was essentially a shooting with many students unaccounted for still, school's out for the time being.
  • Side Bet: There's a rather elaborate pool going on about when Ash will notice that Professor Burnet is pregnant. However, this bet is dropped during the "Usurped Kingdom" Car.
  • The Soulless: Denizens in general are this, which Acerola verifies when she shoots a Ghost Aura-empowered Sword Beam at a replica of Volcanion, and it doesn't react.
  • Soul Power: Like in canon, Ghost Type Pokémon are featured, with Acerola's companion being her Ghost-Fairy Shiny Mimikyu, Mimikins. This story also expands Aura itself to include types based on Pokemon types, with Acerola being proficient in Ghost Aura.
  • Spirit Advisor: The ghosts of Acerola's ancestors...though she doesn't exactly enjoy getting their advice constantly.
  • The Stinger: Not counting chapter 1 of Thorns, the chapters of Crown of Thorns and Numerology end with one of these:
    • Crown of Thorns Chapter 2: The Cat's shop gets a sudden visitor in the form of The Conductor.
    • Crown of Thorns Chapter 3: The story's version of Titus and Lexi are confirmed to exist, and we get confirmation of a device that can send Passengers out of the Train without their number hitting zero: the Zero Cannon.
    • Crown of Thorns Chapter 4: The Conductor's true identity is revealed, and a few Denizens deliver the busted Zero Cannon to them.
    • Crown of Thorns Chapter 5: Princess Kimia is confronted by an unexpected hero: Chloe Bourgeois/Scarlet Queen.
    • Crown of Thorns Chapter 6: There's technically two; the first involves Con and The Cat visiting the battlefield where the battle between The Apex and the former Zero Cannon users took place, while Amelia fixes and upgrades the Zero Cannon so it can now affect Soul Denizens.
    • Akuma Numerology Chapter 1: Gabriel questioning Duusu and Nooroo about the use of various Miraculous to undo the actions of Apex Conductor, eventually settling on using the Rabbit Miraculous to reverse time.
    • Akuma Numerology Chapter 2: Juleka arrives at the Mall Car, formerly home of the Apex.
    • Akuma Numerology Chapter 3: Juleka meets Demolisher.
    • Akuma Numerology Chapter 4: Ladybug's Unification of the Ladybug and Turtle Miraculous catches the attention of a Hawk Moth from Another Dimension.
  • Superpowers For A Day: Like in canon, Chat Noir and Rena Rogue sometimes hand out Miraculous to temporary allies for the current threat, with the same Cincinnatus condition.
  • Super Mode: Mega Evolution is this for Pokémon whose Trainers have the corresponding Mega Evolution Stone. Princess Kimia uses her Gardevoirite to turn her Gardevoir into Mega Gardevoir to fight Scarlet Queen.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Mallow's denial of having a crush on Olivia would be more believable if she didn't mention how many kids she'd want to adopt or desire to cook for the kahuna. It's so specifically denied that Ash picks it up.
  • Tailor-Made Prison: The Fowl Play Car is one of these, having been created to contain The Infinity Imperium among many other criminals.
  • Take That!:
    • Chapter 4 of Akuma Numerology has a jab at the Michael Bay Transformers movies, with Juleka claiming she and Rose watched them to Demolisher.
    • Chapter 7 of Crown of Thorns has the Arc-V resident die being Shingo/Sylvio Sawatari.
  • Two-Headed Coin: According to Gladion, Lillie accused him of using one of these when they tried to decide who would join the Ultra Rangers, an argument she maintained even after he showed her the coin.
  • Teleportation:
    • From the Miraculous World, the Horse Miraculous and its Voyage power, though it's noted to be weaker than the Train's omnipresence.
    • From the Pokémon World, the move Teleport is mentioned as a potential explanation as to why Acerola has gone missing.
  • Tear Apart Tug O War: At the climax of the Usurped Kingdom Car, Princess Allie and Scarlet Queen end up having a tug o war to either use or destroy the crown of the Car, with Acerola joining in to try and get them to stop. The end result is that the crown ends up shattering, and with it destroyed, the car is soon to follow.
  • There Is Another: When they arrive at the Fowl Play Car, Marinette and Tikki hear one of the rooster wardens refer to Tikki as "a Tikki", implying there might be more somehow. This is eventually proven right when they meet Duusu-37, a copy of Duusu.
  • Throne Made of X: By the end of Acerola and Princess Allie's scuffle at the Passage Fair, Acerola has won so many prizes that when she's declared the winner, she's sitting on a throne made of them.
  • Time Crash: This is remarked by Rena Rogue as the worst-case scenario in regards to misusing the Rabbit Miraculous superpower to try to fix the current dilemma in the Miraculous World.
  • Time Master:
    • The Bunny Miraculous and its Burrow power are mentioned and become Shadow Moth's main objective in order to undo Apex Conductor's blunder.
    • There's also the Snake Miraculous and its Second Chance, allowing their user to go back to a preset point in time for as long as they want. Viperion normally does this, but with Retry taking him out of the fight, Rena Rogue gets the ability after unifying the Fox and Snake Miraculous to become Rena Rewind.
    • Retry is a Downplayed example. Those hit by his attacks are stuck on a loop where they do one thing, and if they fail, they get rewound back to the start ad nauseum.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Averted. When Marinette begins to transform into Ladybug to fight The Miller Knight, said knight recognizes this as a bad thing and lunges at the transforming teen to stop her, to no avail.
  • Trial by Combat: Chapter 1 of Akuma Numerology' involves Marinette engaging in one against The Miller Knight in order to pass the Milly Milly Car.
  • Urban Legends: Kwamis have apparently one involving Ternitty, a hypothetical Kwami that represents Infinity. Wayzz says they're just a legend, though.
  • The Usurper: How to pass through the Usurped Kingdom Car.
  • Values Dissonance: In-universe, Several of the ancestors have issues with the modern-day, ranging from wondering why births aren't taken seriously to taking umbrage at 'foreign scum' being permitted into Alola.
  • Wacky Cravings: This trope gets mentioned by Acerola, as she ponders if Professor Burnet might start craving weird things due to being pregnant... Which she nearly reveals to Ash.
  • Was Once a Man: Per Blossomverse fare, some Denizens are the reincarnated souls of former Passengers.
  • Weapons That Suck: Lusamine brings some sort of vacuum weapon in order to capture Gladiolus when he begins haunting the Aether Foundation.
  • When Trees Attack: Not currently thankfully, but Nanu muses that if he fails to stop Debbie from executing her plan, city-consuming trees might be one of the things to worry about in the resulting apocalypse.
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • Primrose Pualani, one of Acerola's ancestors, is the very first to prepare to "discipline" Acerola after she tries and fails to subjugate him and the corporeal ancestors, only failing to the Train's intervention.
    • The Miller Knight completely averts Transformation Is a Free Action when he realizes what Marinette is doing and lunges at her. Even after he fails to stop her, he doesn't pull any punches for the rest of their fight.
  • The World Is Always Doomed: Discussed. While looking through the multiverse in search for Acerola, Lusamine, and co. wind up seeing many versions of her with Ash, with Lusamine claiming he's almost always present in other dimensions, especially when big apocalyptic events are around.
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