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"To give an orange lily is one of the most powerful messages you can deliver to a person. One that you hope they get the message loud and clear. And what I meant to Gladion, I meant it from the bottom of my heart…

"'...I hate you'."
Lillie

Infinity Train: Knight of the Orange Lily is a Pokémon: The Series and Infinity Train Crossover by Green_Phantom_Queen, the same author of Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail with help from co-authors crossoverpairinglover and ShadyMissionary. This story is the second story of the Infinity Train: Blossomverse and is a Prequel to Blossoming Trail, taking place during the Sun and Moon anime (particularly Episodes 55 to 87) and sometime after Book 2 of Infinity Train.

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Lillie is freed from her trauma, the Motherbeast is defeated and it's the night before Professor Kukui and Burnet's wedding. Gladion Montblanc is about to head off to partake in the Trials in an attempt to get stronger. But before he gest a chance to do so, his sister wants to give a farewell gift him: a bouquet of lilies.

However, they happen to be orange lilies, which hints that Lillie doesn't really have any kind feelings for her brother as she believes that he is mostly to blame for her problems by abandoning her and never confessing what happened in the first place. Frustrated, Gladion walks off and wants to prove that he is the hero, the knight in shining armor who would go through Hell itself to save his sister...

And then finds himself entering a train that somehow is floating in the middle of the ocean.

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While it's all fun and games at first in regards to Gladion obtaining a partner and becoming a knight, there are darker things on the horizon as Gladion and a group of other passengers (a Mad Hatter, a ghost and a White Rabbit) must stop a plot from brewing that could put lots of lives at stake while subsequently taking down the most dangerous monsters on the Infinity Train: the Apex.

The story takes a different stance on how the anime treated the Nihilego arc, particularly focusing on Gladion's actions (or lack thereof) when it came to helping his sister recover from her trauma and puts a new spin on the Ultra Beast arc. On the Infinity Train side, it sets up to deconstruct the idea of a quest and what it means to be a knight that travels the land in writing wrongs, while blurring the lines between "right" and "wrong" when it comes to dealing with a certain denizen killing cult.

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Arc 1, "The Fantasy", started on December 8th, 2020 and finally ended on July 20th, 2021. Arc 2 started with Gladion entering The Fog Car on July 21st, 2021. The story would eventually be completed in December 25th, 2021. Another epilogue was posted on January 1st, 2022. What this means is yet to be seen.

The story can be found here.


Infinity Train: Knight of the Orange Lily contains examples of:

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  • Accidental Truth: While arguing with Gladion, Robbie Jewell dismisses the idea that Gladion's familial issues are in any way comparable to his own, making some off-the-cuff guesses about how his parents were separated that inadvertently hew rather close to what happened.
  • Accomplice by Inaction: Lillie accuses her brother of being this, as he effectively abandoned her without any explanation when he ran off with Type: Null, and endeavored to keep her Locked Out of the Loop regarding what happened with Nihilego. Dulse turns it around — why didn't she tell her mom about her problems if they were that bad?
  • Accusation Fic: The story takes a dim view of Gladion's actions in the anime, stripping him of his Protagonist-Centered Morality and having Lillie get furious over how he stayed silent about the incident that traumatized her, running off to train without so much as a word regarding where he'd gone or what he was doing. However, Dulse later questions if Lillie could've done anything by just telling Lusamine in the first place.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • There is an information system up and running with an Infinite Radio Show. The end of the 400 Rabbits Car also starts bringing out the idea of using dimensional messages to create a Signal Car.
    • The idea of cars being "reset" is referenced by Amelia in the "Hey Oh Whoa Car" in canon. The Windfish Car goes into detail that the denizens are aware of the reset and how it really hurts their psyche.
    • Since the story takes place before Book 3, it fleshes out more of the atrocities the Apex committed and how they're too stubborn to admit they're wrong.
  • Adapted Out:
    • The banned episode of Ash and the Passimians is going to be skipped, according to the author.
    • Any episode with Team Rocket as the focus won't be covered, albeit this is justified since Ash and the others aren't the main focus.
    • Due to Necrozma appearing after Ash's battle with Nanu, at least ten episodes worth of the anime got shaved off.
  • Afterlife Express: Gladion assumes the Train sent him to the afterlife when he wakes up at what looks like the Pearly Gates. Then he hears One-One's introduction video.
  • Alice Allusion: Gladion wished to be a knight like from the tale of the girl who went through a mirror. In The Toy Brick Car, he notes that the feast is similar to Queen Alice's own but with "less math lessons and napping queens". The 400 Rabbits Car is nothing but a humongous Alice Allusion starting from the Mad Hatter London — who is in his Lucha Underground attire and was also a walking Alice Allusion on his own — to the leader being known as The White Rabbit.
  • All for Nothing:
    • Gladion doesn't want to admit that everything he did for his sister was this. All he had to do was show Type: Null/Silvally and explain that it was trying to help her from Nihilego to help her sister get through her trauma.
    • His attempts to stop the Apex using the tapes fails; it instead radicalizes them even more and he, Specter and Tokio are forced to make an early exit.
  • And Then What?: The White Gestalt members face this.
    • Gladion faces this dilemma after the Nihilego incident; sure it's gone, but that doesn't mean that other monsters from Ultra Space won't appear. Lillie is doing fine now that her trauma is gone, she has a Pokémon partner and plenty of friends. Lusamine recovered from the Mother-Beast incident, so what's left to do now? His reasoning to go take the Island Challenge seems more like an excuse to do something.
    • Specter's duty to stop the Ignis is doneExplanation , so what's left to do for the Knight of Hanoi?
    • London never thought beyond getting guidance for the White Rabbit and is now the sole member of the Rabbit Tribe. He admits that his obsession caused him to not be there for one his friends (who killed themselves) and he hasn't talked to the other one after that.
    • Specter asks Gladion what happens if his little plan with the memory tapes actually works. Gladion just answers "The quest is over then we go home."
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • During the sibling's argument on the beach:
      Gladion: I don't have to hear any of this. I'm just glad that it's all over.
      Lillie: Glad that I'm all right, that Mother is recovering, that karma finally caught up with Faba, that Nihilego can never hurt us again or that you can stop playing pretend of being a knight in shining armor?
    • While discussing her concerns about Gladion with Ash, Mallow concedes that it makes sense that he wouldn't be worried, being used to traveling around for months on end as a trainer. However, she then asks why nobody else seems particularly concerned, leaving him unsure how to answer.
    • When Lillie explains to Dulse how Gladion left her alone to rot, Dulse asks if she ever told her mother about what was going on since she's not running around to get strong.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Alex Shepherd / The Bogeyman has a bigger role ihere as the author felt like she gave him the short end of the stick in Blossoming Trail.
    • Despite being one of the victims of the Lost Incident, the amount of episodes Specter has focus on can be counted one hand and so can the number of duels he's been (3 full duels, two offscreen ones), along with how he has no impact on Season 3 of VRAINS because his seiyuu was unavailable to voice lines till the finale.
    • Paul London doesn't appear in Lucha Underground until Season 3 and even then his arc mostly revolved around obsessing over Mascarita Sagrada as the White Rabbit and then going full Sanity Slippage when he meets said White Rabbit and offers up his partners for guidance. And in the show itself he only gets two solo matches of his own with the other being Trios matches and a 3 vs 1 handicapped match. He's one of the central heroes of Knight of the Orange Lily and has a minor, yet significant role in Voyage of Wisteria when he broadcasts a challenge to gather what remains of the Apex to be dragged into the Hazbin Car where he's currently residing..
  • Author Appeal:
    • Again, food is front in center in the story. Chapter 2 lists off all the Polynesian foods that Mallow and her family served at Burnet and Kukui's wedding.
    • Given how much the author gushed about a certain white-haired blue-eyed Specter in Blossoming Trail, it's no surprise that he's also on the Train too.
  • Awful Truth:
    • In the Prologue's fairy tale, the would-be knight eventually discovers that he died on his quest, leaving his sister to mourn. He rejects this reality, resulting in an Epiphanic Prison.
    • Gladion regarded the Nihilego incident as this, deciding it was better to keep Lillie in the dark about the source of her trauma.
    • The notion that Gladion's quest to protect his sister might have been All for Nothing and ultimately hurt her more than it helped serves as one for him. It finally sinks in during the Fog Car trip when he sees a movie at how Lillie suffered on his grand quest.
    • At the end of the 400 Rabbits Car Tokio learns the truth about the Train and that he's been stuck on it for nearly two years.
  • The Bet: In Chapter 2, Lusamine and Lillie bet to see whether or not Lillie will forgive Gladion within six months. If Lusamine wins, the two must go to a convention in cosplay. If Lillie wins, Lusamine steps down as Aether Foundation President. The epilogue has Lusamine winning.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: A recurring theme of the story.
    • After their argument, Gladion wishes that he could go on a never-ending quest and become a true knight. Cue the Train arriving to pick him up.
    • In the fairytale of the third chapter, a thief wishes for the darkness to protect him from witnessing his execution. He gets his wish...by losing his eyes.
    • The Thief/Robbie Jewell wishes to become something better, stronger. He ends up being able to use the bricks of the Toy Brick Car to turn himself into a dragon, but what he really wants is something to bring his divorced parents back together.
    • It's heavily implied that Paul London got his guidance from the White Rabbit but he ended up alone, cynical and with a humongous number on his hand.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Due to it being a prequel, this tends to happen.
    • The 400 Rabbits Car: The truth about the White Rabbit is revealed, London is force to kill Lampetia and Gladion has to tell Larkspur to stay behind because of this. However, Gladion is able to convince Tokio to start working on himself to go home and they, Specter and London work together to become White Gestalt.
    • The Tape Car: The Tape Car is saved and the Apex is kicked out, but they'll still be wreaking havoc until Chloe enters. Lampetia's reduced to a heart stolen by Tiffany. The White Gestalt have no choice to leave, with Gladion, Specter and Tokio choosing to do so while London stays behind. Gladion feels cheated out of his goal but Larkspur reassures him that he still did some good and he was able to help Tokio finally return after two years. But even that becomes bitter because Tokio won't see Goh until long after Chloe leaves the train, meaning that Goh and Chloe will still have their fall-out.
  • Bookends:
    • The car Gladion enters prior to The Toy Brick Car was based off of the Junji Ito manga Uzumaki. The car he is about to enter is...another Junji Ito manga based car, Black Paradox.
    • The start of the 400 Rabbits Car shows a tale of a man who was commanded to kill someone via bludgeoning them. At the end of the arc, London is asked to do this to Lampetia.
  • Broken Pedestal: Lillie lost her Big Brother Worship after the reality of how he'd treated her sunk in.
  • But Now I Must Go: Gladion decides to tackle the Grand Trials in order to learn how to use Z-Moves. He also had no intention of informing anyone that he was leaving; Ash and Lillie only find out because they happen to catch him on the beach.
  • Call-Forward: Plenty, given that this is a prequel.
    • The dark fairy tale that opens the Prologue features Gladion's counterpart suffering a Fate Worse than Death due to his obsessive pursuit of the King with No Name, much like how the story Chloe pens featuring an Expy of Goh punishes him for chasing after the wish-granter.
    • Ash's surprise at just how quickly things devolved between Lillie and Gladion hints how in time he'll be similarly caught off guard by just how many boiling problems existed with Chloe.
    • Gladion wished to be the white knight from Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. The next story's main protagonist was a true lover of Alice in Wonderland.
    • In Chapter 1, Ash hopes that the situation with Gladion and Lillie doesn't repeat itself. Yeah, Goh and Chloe would like a word with you...
    • Mallow's flashback to her run in The Hidden Temple Car has her pass by a list of artifacts yet to be found. One of them is a "Vessel of Solmon", representing the Brass Vessel of King Solomon Chloe will obtain when she enters that car.
    • Larkspur mentions a Pokémon user who fought the Apex but failed. Blossoming Trail reveals that was Trip.
    • Ash hopes that he never has to go through the Greenfield incident ever again. Tempting Fate at its finest, folks.
    • Upon learning about the Infinte Radio Show, Gladion questions if there is a faster way to get information. Larkspur confirms that One-One is working on something called the "Infinet". The end of the 400 Rabbits Car has Tomas reading out the message Mallow sent with Captain Phyco and decides to use that to build the Signal Car.
    • When in the Charcoal Car, Gladion questions who would ever use a donut holer in battle.
    • In the Canals of Fondue Car, we see how Gladion became a hero in fighting the giant beast (Hippy-Hop) and his name as the White Wolf Trainer. It's later revealed that his marble statue would be built later, and it's there when Chloe enters the car in Blossoming Trail.
    • In the Fog Car, Walter wants to have a go at Alex's prisoner (Specter). Alex snarks that Walter can have fun when he gets his own.
  • Built with LEGO: The Toy Brick Car is essentially The LEGO Car in all but name with references to The LEGO Movie sprinkled about.
  • Cassandra Truth: Mallow warns Lillie that giving the orange gladiolus to her brother will have one of them enter a bad place. Lillie dismisses it since she already was in a bad place without her brother. Mallow was talking about the Infinity Train as she was on it years ago and that it's in a literal wasteland, a "bad place".
  • Central Theme:
    • Quests. Gladion went on what he saw as a "noble" quest to save his sister and grow stronger...but he went into this delusion so much that he made things worse for everyone involved. He's currently on his own quest to end the Apex and the story likes to deconstruct what it really takes to go on these quests.
    • Hidden appearances: The Toy Brick Car has two passengers in Robbie Jewell and Penelope Mouse, who are much more meets the eye. Fittingly, the Toy Brick Car is about unlocking someone's inner creativity.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: While the story starts with dark scenes like Gladion drugged to forget who he was and the horrors of the Spiral Car, it's about Gladion on his journey to become a knight. Then the 400 Rabbits Car turns that on its head with the unsettling reveal of how far denizens will go to get vengeance on the Apex and brings in the Psychological Horror traits Blossoming Trail brought to the table when Act 2 has the White Gestalt enter the Fog Car.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Gladion gives the bouquet of orange lilies to a statue in the Pearl Gates Car. That same bouquet is returned to him later by Larkspur, helping jog his memories.
    • When Gladion rests up in the Toy Brick Car, he listens to the history of the Train that picks up when Tulip herself entered. Gladion uses Tulip's story to help Robbie go through his emotions involving his parents' divorce.
    • Before encountering London in the 400 Rabbits Car, Gladion was about to sit on a stump. When Lampetia sits on it later on, it reveals that it's a switch that shows a secret passageway.
    • Specter's duel disk comes in handy when he gets Mallow and Captain Phyco's message for Gladion and Tokio. It later becomes a way for Easter to obtain a body that won't hurt Specter albeit it splits them into two halves.
  • Continuity Nod: When Gladion listens to the Train's history via the radio in the Toy Brick Car, it picks up on when Tulip encountered One-One in the Snow Car. Moreover, the channel number is "115", Tulip's starting number.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Mallow and Captain Phyco try to send a message onto the Infinity Train and gets picked up by Specter's Duel Disk. Moreover the message was for Gladion and Tokio and Specter is currently in the same car both are residing in which he lampshades.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot:
    • The fairytale in the prologue notes that if the boy just asked his mother for help, he wouldn't have ended up not only dead but forced to continue his trek for all eternity.
    • The Prologue notes how Gladion could have prevented a lot of heartache if he'd simply told his mother about what happened with Faba rather than assuming she already knew, or talked to his sister, or trusted anyone else with the news, like Professor Burnet or Wicke.
    • Gladion himself considers the idea during the Prologue, only to immediately reject it, reassuring himself that everything he did was for the best.
    • While watching Kiawe train for his rematch against Viren, Dulse learns about Gladion from Lillie and the trauma he kept from her. Dulse then questions that while Gladion knew the truth about what was going on, Lillie herself did nothing to tell this to Lusamine.
  • Cruel Mercy: In the fairytale precluding The Spiral Car, a shadowy butterfly offers to spare a condemned thief from what he fears to see, in exchange for a piece of himself. The thief agrees, and the butterfly takes his eyesight so that he won't have to witness his own death.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Gladion wears black and has Dark-type Pokémon on his team, but he cares for his sister which is why he went on journey to become stronger. Unfortunately, even though he had good intentions, he acted in a selfish manner by abandoning his sister to fend for herself without knowing why she had the trauma in the first place.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Infinity Train side somehow manages to be this than Blossoming Trail given the seriousness of Gladion's plan to stop the Apex, Kisaragi's plans to create an anti-Apex faction and the fact that Silent Hill is a prominent location in Act 2 and packs in more torture and psychological trauma than the entirety of Blossoming Trail Act 3!
  • Deal with the Devil: In the fable that opens "The Six Swans/The Toy Brick Car", a mouse bargains with a predator in hopes of leveraging their strength to her own ends. The predator betrays her, and her fellow mice condemn her as no better than the monsters who trap them.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Has its own page.
  • Deconstruction Fic:
    • Of Gladion's Protagonist-Centered Morality. Gladion feels like he is the hero who went on an epic quest to help his sister. This story points out that he did more harm than good by keeping the Nihilego incident silent, and the hypocrisy of tearing into his mother for being oblivious when he chose not to tell her. Lillie realizes that a lot of what she went through could have been prevented (or at least lessened) if he had shared what he knew with others, and hadn't worked to keep her Locked Out of the Loop regarding her own missing memories. Rather than regarding him as her heroic older brother who gallantly protected her, she sees somebody who went haring off on his own, leaving her behind for years. One of the Central Themes is getting Gladion to recognize that not all of his actions were justified, and that no matter how much he wants to deny it, he unintentionally hurt his sister with his actions.
    • Of grand quests. They're usually romanticized as great things, but the prologue story notes that most people don't want to tell how boring it is, or how people slept in the cold, or how they could be injured without anyone to heal them. And there's no guarantee that all that effort will actually pay off.
    • Lillie's role as a Damsel in Distress. Gladion thought that she was a fragile flower who couldn't handle the weight of what happened, whereas the anime shows that she has a lot of courage and bravery in her — from going through Salandit to get Snowy's egg to even jumping off a building with the high chance of her dying to save her from Team Rocket — and Gladion just can't accept the fact that his sister grown stronger over the years and doesn't need saving. Least of all when it's arguably doing more harm than good.
    • Adults Are Useless: The only reason they're so useless is because they don't have all the info. Gladion's decision to handle the situation by himself hampered any chances of his mother learning what happened until much later on.
    • While Chloe was enthusiastic about meeting people from other worlds, Chapter 3 introduces a boy who instead resents his fellow passengers from coming from more exciting universes, boiling with resentment over the notion that they may never experience anything more magical than their time on the Train.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: One of the cars Gladion visits, The Charcoal Car, is effectively black and white in color scheme. The Spiral Car is also this, making it look like a manga.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Gladion Montblanc keeping the Nihilego incident a secret was one thing. Bugging off elsewhere while the Ultra Beasts attacked was just outright poor planning on his part, not only because it proved to be harder than he thought, but because it made him look worse than he already was.
  • Divorce Assets Conflict: The reason the thief/Robbie Jewell acts the way he does is because his parents are getting a divorce, and he believes that if he brings something fantastic from the Train back home, then they won't separate.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • In the Fog Car, Dark Easter's assault on Specter comes apart as a child now grown up finally getting retribution on an abusive parent. In particular, Dark Easter notes that Specter attacked them because they "exist", which can reflect a child questioning if they're so hated because they're born.
    • Specter's plot essentially plays out as someone figuring out their sexual identity: Specter is afraid of confessing the truth to his family, has done research online and with others who have gone through that experience, is very close to the female Lampetia but refuses the advances of Easter (who has a masculine appearance but uses 'They').
  • Double Standard:
    • As the Author's Notes point out, the anime presented Gladion as a hero that boldly called Lusamine out for her ignorance, while glossing over the little detail that Gladion withheld vital information. The part he played in their family's tragedy was never called out, treating his quest for strength as noble self-sacrifice, never mind the impact it had upon others. Least of all Lillie, the one he was supposedly doing this all for.
      • Moreover, while Gladion is on the train himself, this wouldn't have happened if Lillie didn't give that bouquet of orange lilies in the first place. So while he has to go through trauma on the train and have a high chance of being injured or killed, she can not give a fuck about her brother abandoning her. Mallow will chew her out on this in Blossoming Trail, stating that for all of Gladion's faults, at least he cared and Lillie didn't.
    • In Chapter 10, the author notes that she has an annoyance with people making Grace seem the more innocent out of her and Simon even though it was all Grace's idea to make the Apex, hence the author wrote the scene of Grace killing Utahoshi to remind everyone that Grace Monroe was still just as responsible for her actions as Simon was.
    • Lillie completely blames Gladion for hiding the truth about what happened with Nihilego from her. Dulse turns it around by stating that Lillie herself never told Lusamine that she even had a trauma in the first place and is just as responsible for her traumas lasting longer than it should.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • Gladion insists that everything he did was for Lillie's sake... while completely dismissing how she feels about any of it, or the impact his decisions had on her. When she confronts him, he dismisses her anger as ignorance and ingratitude.
      • Part of his indignation stems from his belief that he's the only reason why she was able to overcome her Trauma-Induced Amnesia. The irony of this is that's exactly what she's so angry about — because HE retained his memories of that incident and chose to keep her Locked Out of the Loop for years. And would have continued keeping her in the dark if not for circumstances entirely out of his control. Circumstances that he was furious about at the time.
    • Though he admired the White Knight's nobility and dedication, he mentally notes that he doesn't want to be a bumbler who missed obvious details. And yet, his willful ignorance and dismissal of anything that doesn't suit his story makes him closer to that character than he cares to admit. And he also has his own dorky moments.
    • In Chapter 2, Ash assumes Gladion is going through some trials and he'll ask about Gladion's whereabouts. Gladion is going through trials...just not in the Alola region.
      • Chapters later, he hopes that another Greenfield incident never happens again...Parker would like a big word with you...
    • In the 400 Rabbits Car, Gladion tries to reassure Tokio that their friend forgave them for not showing up on time. Those who watched Journeys episode 32 recall that Goh called Tokio a liar and shut himself for not being there, and it caused more problems for Goh's friendship with Chloe down the line.
      • Kisaragi's plan to stop the Apex involves the Apex killing off passengers in an attempt to realize how much pain they put. Gladion rejects it because of the line it crosses and convincing the Apex that what they're doing is justified. However, as Blossoming Trail reveals, it was when Simon killed Chloe and the unsettling revelation that denizens were formerly dead passengers came to light that the Apex realized that what they were doing is wrong and it ultimately ended with them separated. So while Kisaragi's plan was marred, he was right that the Apex would be appalled by their actions.
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  • Easily Forgiven: Just like Blossoming Trail, the story shows how forgiveness is not given so quickly, but also that withholding it too long can cause problems.
    • Mallow warns Lillie that while she doesn't have to forgive her brother immediately, putting together a whole bouquet of orange lilies as a passive-aggressive gift might be a bit much.
    • Though Gladion is furious with Margaret, Larkspur stays his hand long enough for him to see that she's already suffering from the loss of her son.
    • In "The Toy Brick Car" Robbie Jewell gets off lightly for causing the brick dragon incident with the only punishment they get is never being allowed in the car again. As for Penelope Mouse, the best they can get is that maybe one day they'll be forgiven.
    • In the 400 Rabbits Car, Specter forgives Tokio for the mess that happened (particularly that his partner, Lampetia was destroyed) because it was never his fault and the boy has gone through a complete guilt complex over something that he wasn't supposed to be involved in.
    • In the Windfish Car, Lin holds no hard feelings over what London did to Lampetia, stating that he did what was necessary. When she's revived, Lampetia herself doesn't hold it against London, as she did request it.
  • Fairytale Motifs: Tales of knights and princesses are the focus this time around.
    • Chapter 2 is called "The Snow Queen" which focuses on a woman who takes the protagonist in via brainwashing them to forget their quest and they only remember via noticing a flower (roses for Gerda, orange lilies for Gladion).
    • The Toy Brick Car is mainly focused on a medieval area where Gladion fights off against a black knight, helps to slay a dragon and even becomes knighted for his efforts. The final title of the Toy Brick Car is even called "The Orange Knight".
  • Fatal Flaw: Denial. Gladion refuses to acknowledge that his quest for the strength he believed necessary for protecting his younger sister may have ultimately done more harm than good, and that Lillie might no longer need any protection, having grown stronger in his absence.
  • Flower Motif:
    • Orange lilies, which symbolize hatred. Lillie gives her brother a bouquet of orange gladiolus lilies to reveal her resentment of how he abandoned her. The intended message flies over Ash's head, but Gladion receives it loud and clear. They somehow become Gladion's personal symbol.
    • While in the Pearl Gates car, Gladion muses about how the bouquet will shrivel and die without water, much like how he expects Lillie's anger will fade without anything sustaining it.
  • Fluffy Cloud Heaven: Gladion ends up in this area (the Pearl Gates Car) after boarding the Infinity Train.
  • Foil: Has its own page.
  • Food Porn: Just like in Blossoming Trail, expect food described in loving detail.
    • Chapter 2 shows off the different types of Hawaiian/Polynesian foods served for the wedding.
    • Chapter 4 depicts foods from the Toy Brick Playland, particularly the loaded tater tots (which are tater tots with baked potato toppings).
    • Chapter 6 has Gladion partake in a medieval feast.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • While the introduction to the Toy Brick Car arc is titled "The Six Swans", the opening fable instead tells the tale of a mouse making a disastrous deal with a cat. This makes more sense after the Black Tyrant is revealed as Penelope Mouse.
      • The insignia of the Black Tyrant's armor will look quite familiar for those into Sly Cooper and the fairy tale that begins The Toy Brick Car is a parallel to a certain mouse from the series...
    • The 400 Rabbits Car has a lot of foreshadowing.
      • The fairy tale that starts the 400 Rabbits Car is a retelling of Paul London's story in Lucha Underground Season 4, when he murdered Mascarita Sacrada in order to obtain guidance from the White Rabbit, an action he will have to repeat on Lampetia. Similarly, the "White Rabbit" in the story is actually a human. So is the White Rabbit of the 400 Rabbits Car.
      • On their way to the White Rabbit's Domain, London remarks the time he held someone hostage with a carrot. Next chapter, he tries to attack Gladion's Umbreon with a carrot.
      • Kisaragi offers a drink to Gladion to which Gladion immediately refuses as he is paranoid of what would happen if he drinks it. That same drink was given to Tokio.
      • Tokio wished Grace died alone while repeatedly bashing her in the stomach. Two stories later, his wish comes true as she dies when Ogami repeatedly stabs her in the stomach.
    • When London asks where Easter comes from, they point to the ceiling. London assumes that Easter is a guardian angel to protect Specter. Lin confirms that it's almost accurate; Easter is from the sky, because they're a lightning bolt that struck Specter, and they do want to help Specter.
    • When Death Eye shapeshifts into the worst fears of the White Gestalt, for Specter it turns into a large clay golem. The next chapter reveals that Specter has been talking to Yusaku, Takeru and Aoi about their Ignis and knowing about Earth, who also is a clay golem.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Part of the driving force of the story is the notion of how differently things might have gone if Gladion had confessed about what he'd witnessed that fateful night much sooner.
    • Lillie confronting Gladion before he slips away to tackle the Grand Trials winds up dramatically changing his plans, as his outrage over her daring to go off-script attracts the Train.
    • Had Lillie heeded Mallow's warning about the orange lilies, or Mallow made more of an effort to explain how Gladion would be taken by an interdimensional train because of this, Lillie might not have gone through with her plan. Then again, it's implied that Mallow knows that stating this would make her sound absolutely crazy.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Given that this is a prequel.
    • Since Gladion returns during the Necrozma arc (Ep 87), that means he'll eventually escape the Train.
    • As Ash had no idea about the Train's existence in Blossoming Trail until Trip arrived, he isn't about to learn about what's happened to Gladion anytime soon. Word of God reveals that Gladion never told anyone about his experiences and no one will find out about Gladion's journey until Chloe sees his statue.
    • Since this is sometime after Book 2, even if Gladion meets Grace and Simon, it won't change anything since they won't be defeated until Chloe confronts them months later except for whatever plan Gladion stops them from enacting.
    • Gladion's denizen partner, Larkspur, will end up alive as she's seen by the Red Lotus Trio during their trek across the Cyan Desert Car and she emails Chloe in The Curry Car.
    • Mallow will never convince the others about the train, because she has to blow up at them in the sequel. The author notes comment that the reason they brought in the Ultra Recon Squad was so that particular doomed subplot wouldn't get repetitive.
    • Tokio and Specter are found in the 400 Rabbits Car, but they're off the Train by the time Blossoming Trail starts.
    • As Voyage of Wisteria reveals what Gladion does with a group he made will be forgotten until after the Apex is defeated for good. Moreover, London is still on the Train alongside Easter.
  • For Want of a Nail: See here.
  • Gaslighting: Kisaragi uses this tactic on Tokio in order to turn him into the White Rabbit, making him believe that he's better off in the 400 Rabbits Car and that there's no reason to return to his world. What doesn't help is that Tokio also wanted to be the White Rabbit to atone for his own sins.
  • Genre Deconstruction: Of fairytales and knights going on quests as stated by Word of God.
    • Gladion's grand quest to become stronger wasn't particularly glamorous. Training and fighting others proved exhausting, and he had to ensure he kept enough money on hand to afford hotel rooms. It's very telling that he considers these to have been great sacrifices on his part, as well. In Chapter 4, Gladion notes how far and between he would get for a decent shower and realizes why quests omit that part out of re-tellings.
    • The quest itself has no guarantee of victory, and when it [[spoiler: fails, Gladion's journey just...ends, because he genuinely can't do anything more that won't make things worse or get him stuck onboard the train. The prospect that all that effort and sacrifice didn't amount to anything when something simple and humble would've done the job (at least with his sister) seriously wounds Gladion and kills his self-image as a knight.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In the Toy Brick Car, a boy tries to swipe Gladion's backpack out of anger that he comes from a world that's much cooler than his own, wanting his own Pokémon.
  • Hidden Depths: Gladion Montblanc:
    • He may be a chuunibyou with hand-poses and dramatic lines, but he recalls having read Through the Looking Glass and admiring the White Knight's dedication.
    • He also seems to know at least a little bit about the language of flowers, since he's visibly furious when he receives the bouquet of orange lilies.
    • He has a hidden love of castles, reading many books about them and making sandcastles when he was younger.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Chapters are named after fairy tales and whatever car Gladion himself is entering at the time. If a fairy tale has a person's name on it, it will be replaced with Gladion (for example "Saint George and the Dragon" becomes "Saint Gladion and the Dragon").
  • Ignored Epiphany: While contemplating recent events on the beach, Gladion wonders whether it might have been better to simply tell his sister what happened, only to dismiss the notion. When Lillie confronts him, he blows her off entirely. Later in the 400 Rabbits Car, when he, Specter and London are telling Tokio how his parents have been worried about him, Gladion dismisses the idea of his family actually concerned about his whereabouts.
  • It's All About Me:
    • After their argument, Gladion obsesses over Lillie's apparent inability to understand how much he suffered and sacrificed for her sake... without sparing a single thought to how she felt about being left behind all those years.
    • In the Toy Brick Car, Gladion has to deal with a thief who's jealous of how so many of the other passengers have cool powers or amazing things back in their home worlds, and wants to take them for himself.
  • Knighting: As a reward for stopping the LEGO dragon, Gladion is knighted the "Knight of the Orange Lily" by Vitruvius.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Gladion wants to be this, wants to be someone to protect his sister. This story is set to deconstruct this mindset.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler:
    • The story reveals the source of Lillie's trauma and Poké-phobia, and that this is after Lusamine's transformation as the Mother-Beast. On a smaller note, it takes place the night before Professor Kukui and Burnet's wedding.
    • London's role from Lucha Underground in encountering the White Rabbit and murdering Mascarita along with offering Saltador and Mala Suerte to Matanza is brought up.
    • Act 2 wastes no time to spoil Season 3 of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS in how Ai and Roboppy have human bodies.
  • Lighter and Softer: Than Blossoming Trail, although given who the author is, this is subject to change. And then The 400 Rabbits Car happened.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Train emits a light that seems almost mesmerizing, causing Gladion to go from dismissive to curious, and it drops him off at what looks like Heaven.
  • Literal Metaphor:
    • Mallow warns Lillie that giving those gladiolus lilies would send either her or Gladion to a bad place. Lillie assumes that it's a mental place...not the literal wastelands of the Infinity Train.
    • Gladion ends The Toy Brick Car Pt 2 by stating he has to enter the belly of the beast...as in he needs to be swallowed by the Brick Dragon.
  • Living Statue: There are a species of denizens called korai that act like an archaic information system on the Train. Members include Larkspur (Gladion's partner), Lampetia (Specter's partner) and a third one named Lin currently in the Windfish Car.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Deconstructed. Gladion refused to share what he knew about what happened to his sister with anyone, and wanted Ash to help him hide the Awful Truth from her. Lillie subsequently realizes how this did more harm than good, growing resentful of her brother.
  • Macabre Moth Motif: Chapter 3 is focused around them. The fairy tale talks about a butterfly who grants a jailed thief a wish to be covered in darkness. Gladion is so freaked out in the Village of Whirlpools / The Spiral Car that he gets disturbed by the butterflies, who aren't even bigger than his hand. And the wannabe thief who tried to steal his Poké balls gets encountered by a swarm of butterflies. These same butterflies return in the Puppet Hospital Car just as White Gestalt use the Psyke rocket to travel to the Tape Car.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Gladion's attempt to swear that he'll take down the Apex gets derailed by his Pokémon dogpiling him into a cuddle pile. Followed by his realization that his clothing was ripped to shreds...
    • The horrifying black and white City Of Whirlpools is immediately followed by the bright and cheery Toy Brick Car.
    • The scene of Gladion being thrown into a casket by London in the 400 Rabbits Car is then cut to Dulse acting Hot-Blooded during Ilima's Ping-Pong match.
  • Motor Mouth: Gladion has a moment of this after escaping The Spiral Car, babbling about how the scary part of their adventure is over and the rest will be a breeze from this point on, along with telling Larkspur "dontsayimwrongletsjustkeepgoing... Ooh, a castle!"
  • Multiple Head Case:
    • The Toy Brick dragon that Gladion fights has at least five heads.
    • Less crazy but still notable is Sooty, a two-headed dog who guards the Charcoal Car.
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  • Never My Fault: Gladion refuses to see himself as anything but the hero. He blamed Ash for Cosmog randomly teleporting Lillie to where he was training Type: Null, and when he learned that Lusamine had no clue about what Faba had done, tore into her for her ignorance while ignoring that he could have alerted her to what happened years ago. He realizes his mistakes in the Fog Car.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Gladion's plan to 'protect' his sister effectively gave Faba practically everything he wanted — to hide what happened that night. While Gladion running around with Type: Null was a loose end, he still left Lillie with somebody willing to ensure her Trauma-Induced Amnesia stuck around. He kept his silence and actively wanted to avoid Lillie learning what happened, just like Faba. And if not for Cosmog's teleportation accident, well... Gladion had no intention of changing his tactics anytime soon.
    • Lillie confronting her brother with a passive-aggressive 'gift' brings his issues to a boiling point, attracting the Train to him and keeping him trap there for months.
    • In the Fog Car, all of Specter's problems come from assaulting Easter without letting them explain themselves and throwing them out a window, causing Alex Shepherd / The Bogeyman to sense their anguish and then start gunning for them as Pyramid Head, not stopping the torture on him and later London until the Knight of Hanoi confesses to his problems.
  • Once an Episode: Word of God states that the fairy-tale openings will only be used at the beginning of each new car mostly to avoid burnout. At the penultimate chapter of Act 1, they'll be dropped completely to signify a darker turn for the story.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Gladion eventually finds himself fighting a dragon made entirely out of LEGO bricks during The Toy Brick Car.
  • Parting Words Regret: Gladion briefly considers this when he wakes up at what looks like the gates of Heaven, since the last thing he said were him lashing out at his sister.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • Gladion was aware of exactly what caused his sister's Trauma-Induced Amnesia. Unfortunately, he decided that only he could fix everything, and rather than sharing what he knew with anyone, kept Lillie and everyone else Locked Out of the Loop while he embarked on a quest to become a powerful trainer. Upon learning that Lusamine hadn't known about the incident like he'd assumed, he accused her of being a negligent mother, refusing to acknowledge the role he'd played in that. His adventure on the Infinity Train is sparked off by an argument with Lillie over this, where she points out how she might have gotten help years ago if he'd spoken up sooner.
      • Lillie's entire life could've potentially been better if Gladion actually told someone like Professor Kukui or Wicke what he knew much, much sooner.
    • Mallow's attempt to warn Lillie that her gift could send her or Gladion into 'a bad place' fails since her friend doesn't realize she's speaking literally. She even tries to ask others if anyone is worried about where he is. But since she never brings up the Infinity Train (For fear of people thinking she's crazy), no one will believe her (except Captain Phyco because he's somewhat aware of the mythos connected to the Train itself).
    • When Lillie talks about Gladion abandoned her to Dulse and left her with her trauma, Dulse questions why Lillie kept it bottled up and never told Lusamine. After all, what was preventing her from talking to her mother?
      • The film Gladion is Forced to Watch in the Fog Car reveals one of the answers to that question: shame. Lillie truly had no idea why she was so afraid of Pokémon, and just wanted to be normal and not burden others with her problems. And all of this could've been avoided if Gladion stayed and explained things to him.
    • It's assumed that most of Specter's problems will only be solved if he manages to explain what's going on him. Ryoken is shocked to learn that Specter went behind his back to discuss the idea of having a bond with the Ignis (particularly his, Earth) and Easter is trying to get him to confess what's going on in his mind. It's gotten to the point that Alex Shepherd brutally attacks Paul London and impales him on a spear, nearly killing the wrestler because Specter didn't fess up sooner.
      • Moreover, the situation with Dark Easter would never had happened if Specter took a few seconds to calm down and let them talk things through. Specter himself is ashamed at his actions when he learns the truth.
  • Prequel: The story takes place months before Blossoming Trail and the author points out this would take place post-Book 2 of Infinity Train.
  • Psychological Horror: Just like in Blossoming Trail, the story starts off as light-hearted before the nightmares start coming out to play. The 400 Rabbits Car takes place in a realm with a dark forest and purple sky where there's no sense of time and Gladion starts losing it after what seems to be a few days. The White Rabbit's domain has slanted walls and furniture, and the White Rabbit himself is an uncanny serene figure in the shape of a young boy in a straitjacket and a mechanical throne on spider legs. And that's not getting into Specter's Alternate Identity Amnesia or the truth about the White Rabbit themselves...or how Arc 2 starts in Silent Hill...
  • The Quest: The prologue fairy-tale discusses how quests are actually not as romantic and glamorized as people want to believe. And Gladion himself wants to be on a quest to become a knight, leading to the Infinity Train to pick him up. In Chapter 2, he makes it a mission to topple the Apex which is expanded in the 400 Rabbits Car by trapping the Apex in their memory tapes.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Lillie Montblanc ends up on the receiving end of one. After she accuses Mallow of explaining the train in a vague, roundabout way, Mallow rips into her for not listening to her warnings and the extremely callous way she treated Gladion's disappearance - including convincing herself that she wouldn't care if something bad happened to her brother just because he constantly left her behind. What drives her to tears is hearing from Mallow how her action of presenting Gladion a bouquet of orange lilies later led to him being taken by the Train, thus making her responsible for everything that happened to him there.
  • Replacement Goldfish:
    • Margaret latches onto Gladion as a potential replacement for her son Dar, who was killed by the Apex.
    • Tokio is a replacement for the previous White Rabbit, Utahoshi, who died. Notably this was by Tokio's request, as he believed that it's his fault the Apex killed Utahoshi
  • Rule of Symbolism:
    • Gladion muses about how without water, the bouquet Lillie gave him will wither away, anticipating that the same will happen to his sister's resentment of him. He then places the flowers into the hands of a statue, bringing them to life, much like how his actions unknowingly nurtured said resentment in the first place.
    • In the Canals of Fondue Car, the penultimate chapter of Act 1, Gladion and Specter ditch their white jackets for black just as the author notes that the next act is going to get darker.
  • Samus Is a Girl: In the Toy Brick Car, the Black Tyrant is actually Penelope in a mech suit.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming:
    • Two denizens in the Toy Brick Car are named Pratt (the blacksmith) and Arnett (the knight), named after Chris Pratt and Will Arnett who voiced LEGO characters.
    • Kisaragi and his friends in the 400 Rabbits Car have surnames (and one nickname) of the heroes from Kamen Rider Fourze. Strangely, the only name that's not accounted for is (Kengo) Utahoshi. It turns out there was a rabbit named Utahoshi...and we say "was" because Grace murdered them.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • Chapter 2 has a list of Hawaiian/Polynesian foods for Burnet and Kukui's wedding.
    • Chapter 4 has the Toy Brick Playland being based off the real-life Legoland, including the hotel room Gladion stays in, the attractions and the types of food that are served.
    • In Chapter 9, Gladion is confused as to why the rabbits in the 400 Rabbits Car aren't eating lots and lots of carrots. Specter explains that carrots to rabbits are the equivalent of candy to humans. Turns out rabbits can only eat the leafy greens.
  • Skewed Priorities: Lillie effectively accuses her brother of this with her Armor-Piercing Question, suggesting that he doesn't care so much about how she or their mother are doing after their respective ordeals so much as he does his 'heroic narrative'.
  • Sneeze Cut: In Chapter 4, when Larkspur mentions her sister Lampetia, it cuts to her and her partner Specter in the Giant Canada Goose Car. And she just let out a huge sneeze.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: The Prologue's opening starts out weaving a fairytale narrative around Gladion and Lillie's story before abruptly switching gears:
    But here is the thing you must know about quests.
    They suck.
  • Stealing from the Hotel: While staying in the Toy Brick Car, Gladion pockets some of the shampoo and soap. This is far from the first time; he picked up the habit while traveling before, as a way to compensate for how he couldn't always count on staying in places that provided such luxuries.
  • Stealth Pun: The denizens of the Pearl Gates Car always have big grins on their faces, showing off their pearly whites.
  • Take That!:
    • When the author describes that Specter was picked up between the end of Season 2 and the beginning of Season 3 in VRAINS, she adds that no one was going to care since he "barely does anything important" which is a jab at how, despite being a prominent member of the Knight of Hanoi, he's Demoted to Extra in the 3rd season — due to his seiyuu being unavailable at the time — and gets easily worfed by Ai.
    • Chapter 10 has the author note that she dislikes those who immediately put a pair of leather pants on Grace because for all of the things Grace did in Book 3, she's the reason why the Apex was created in the first place which is why the author had Grace kill Utahoshi without a shred of sympathy and doing it for Tokio's "protection" to remind everyone that Grace Monroe was still a monster and sheds no tears over what she did.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • In Chapter 2, Mallow plans to state her concerns on Gladion as she assumes there's nothing to bring up at lunch. The author notes states that this takes place during Episode 59, the episode with "Grandpa Forest" Dranpa.
    • Lusamine has potentially done this by betting that it would only take her children six months to make up. She's confident enough in her assessment to put her career on the line, stating that she'll step down if they haven't reconciled by then... blissfully unaware that her son is currently trapped on the Train.
    • After escaping the Spiral Car, Gladion declares that the scariest part of his quest is over and things will be much easier from this point on, even ordering Larkspur not to say anything to the contrary.
    • Following his failed attempt to swipe Gladion's backpack, the would-be thief cries about how he just wants to be more significant. Then a storm of butterflies appear...
    • In the Charcoal Car, Gladion muses on who'd ever use a donut holer as a weapon.
    • After The Bogeyman/Pyramid Head throws London into an empty room in the Fog Car, he rants about how things are going to Hell and then questions if it can get any worse. He then gets a good look at a broken Specter...
  • Time Skip: The bulk of Chapter 2 takes a week after Burnet and Kukui's wedding, during Episode 59.
  • Title Drop: The title becomes Gladion's nickname when he goes to a jousting tournament in the Toy Brick Car.
  • Totally Radical: Phyco tries to invoke this to an Alolan surfer with failed results. The only thing he got correct was the "Alola" greeting.
  • Tragic Keepsake:
    • Mallow has a charm bracelet bearing her Train number (44), which she's kept hidden ever since she returned from the Train.
    • After London kills Lampetia per her request, London hands Specter her crystal heart for safekeeping until she can regenerate a body.
  • Trojan Horse: Trojan piñata in this case. Gladion's plan to defeat the LEGO dragon is to hide himself inside a giant piñata for the dragon to eat it, so he can then enter the dragon to deal with the pseudo-master builder controlling it.
  • Uncanny Valley: invoked The residents of the Pearl Gates Car move like marionettes, with smooth, glossy faces and bodies and elongated limbs. Gladion compares it to a living art exhibit.
    • invoked Gladion is utterly unnerved by the rabbit denizens of the 400 Rabbits Car due to their eyes looking so distant like puppets.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Played With. Gladion sees Lillie as one for getting upset about how he left her behind for years, telling himself that she just doesn't understand how it was all for HER sake... despite how his actions ultimately did very little to actually resolve anything.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
    • In the prologue, Gladion questions how no one else except him is seeing a Train in the middle of the sea.
    • In the Toy Brick Car, the denizens don't seem to be too shocked at Gladion's Pokémon and are more curious than anything.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • Lillie Montblanc got her brother stuck on the Train because of her idea to gift him orange lilies. Mallow even warns her to not go through with it and now Gladion is another passenger about to fight a cult and will chew her out on this months later in Blossoming Trail that Gladion could've been dead all because of her.
    • Grace Monroe murdered Utahoshi in the 400 Rabbits Car right in front of Tokio over the excuse that she was "protecting him". This leads to Tokio's guilt complex and wish to become the new White Rabbit and is brainwashed by Kisaragi who also decides to create Project Solitaire to send denizens and passengers into the path of the Apex in an attempt to have them killed and thus have the cult wake up to what their actions has caused.
  • Voodoo Shark: A later moment in the story has Mallow decide to confide on at least Phyco regarding the Infinity Train, to try show that she didn't keep its existence a secret to everybody. However, not only does confiding in Phyco ultimately change nothing when Blossoming Trail rolls around, but it makes Mallow look like a hypocrite for not being willing to confide in the friends she's known for years about the Train, and yet do so for the blue-skinned guy she met recently.
  • Wham Episode:
    • The 400 Rabbits Car changes the direction of the story when it reveals Tokio Chiso as the leader of the 400 Rabbits having been brainwashed into the role to replace the original White Rabbit by his own consent after Grace murdered the original one. The last part has Gladion decide to take on an Impossible Task to trap the Apex, Lampetia is shattered by her own request, Gladion asks Larkspur to stay behind and he, London, Specter and Tokio decide to form a group, White Gestalt, to topple the Apex once and for all.
    • The Fog Car, as usual, ends up being this: Alex Shepherd reveals himself to be a denizen thanks to One-One killing him and repurposing him into the Bogeyman, Specter reaches his breaking point by kicking Easter out of a window before the denizen returns to torture him (before it's revealed that he actually attacked one half of Easter), Gladion realizes his role in Lillie's trauma and Lampetia is revived.
    • The Puppet Hospital Car has White Gestalt and the Apex leaders meeting for the first time and Part 2 has Poipole drawing Necrozma on the ground, meaning that he's arriving earlier — as in ten episodes earlier — than in canon.
    • Another Epilogue reveals that: The entire story was being watched by a mysterious figure aka the head of Elipzo from Infinity Train: Seeker of Crocus who kidnaps Gladion, Tokio and Specter to give them a do-over on their ill-fated Train Trip.
  • Wham Line:
    • The end of The 400 Rabbits Car Part 1 has the White Rabbit introduce himself.
    White Rabbit: I am simply called The White Rabbit...but you may may call me Tokio.
    • The end of the Intermission and Act 1 ends with five familiar words to those who read Blossoming Trail: WELCOME TO SILENT HILL
  • Wham Shot:
    • The Ultra Recon Squad appearing at the end of Chapter 3.
    • En route to the Windfish Car, Specter's number suddenly starts showing static.
    • After Ash defeats Nanu, Poipole draws the image of Necrozma, which shouldn't happen for another 10 episodes!
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Lillie calls out on Gladion basically walking out on her when she needed him the most, stating that he could've prevented a lot of tragedy if he actually told someone about Faba's schemes years ago. Dulse then brings up why she didn't do the same with her mother.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Discussed; Lusamine asks if the dispute between her children has anything to do with her failing to strike a proper work/life balance and spend more time with them. This is also part of why she's willing to wager her position at Aether as part of her bet with Lillie; if the issues between her children are severe enough that their dispute lasts that long, she wants to have more time to work through those problems with them.
  • White Bunny: The 400 Rabbits Car has numerous white bunnies like Kisaragi. In fact, one of these serves as the leader of the 400 Rabbits Car and he's not a rabbit; he's actually Tokio Chisou.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: Avoiding this is precisely why Mallow has never shared her experiences on the Train with anyone. Even at her age, she realized how unbelievable it all sounded.

"And he continued to chase after the King with No Name, forever hoping to become the knight to save his sister from her nightmares, unaware that this dream would never ever be fulfilled."
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