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I will be going on a trip for a while. Don't know for how long, but I'm going alone to find Alain.
Worry not, Garchomp is with me and so does her Mega Stone and my Key Stone.
Sophie and Cosette, please take care of the Pokemon in the lab while I'm gone.
Mairin, I will bring Alain back. I promise.
Meyer, tell Calem I'm sorry for yelling at him. Tell him it's not his fault
And if Ash and his friends know of my disappearance, please let him know.
I will come back soon. With Alain.
Au revoir.
Professor Sycamore's letter, end of the prologue
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Infinity Train: Seeker of Crocus is a Pokémon: The Series and Infinity Train crossover by SpinnerNite and co-writer Green_Phantom_Queen and part of the Infinity Train: Blossomverse.

Taking place during Act 2 of Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail, Professor Augustine Sycamore is aside himself from the disappearance of his student Alain Sativus and having no clues as to where he has gone. His guilt and stress from putting everything he can to find Alain is putting a strain on his mental health even though all he wants is to figure out where Alain has gone.

And then, one night, he sees a strange Train in his laboratory with a green glow.

Knowing this might be his only chance, Professor Sycamore prepares a briefcase and brings Garchomp on him for his journey to find his friend...and perhaps change a few things in regards to one Lady Destiny.

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There are multtiple side-stories, Infinity Train: Orchid Observer and Rey Mysterio vs. The Cosmos written by co-author Green Phantom Queen. The first story takes place some time after the events of Book 2, Jesse Cosay decides he wants to inform the loved ones of the Apex about the Train, unaware how people want to make sure that information never leaks out. The second story is based off Rey Mysterio Versus La Oscuridad and acts as a prequel in regards to how Aerostar got onto the Infinity Train in the first place. crossoverpairinglover also wrote his one one-shot Infinity Train: Oak Lore that depicts Ash meeting Gary for a Project Mew Mission set during Act 2.

Aside from these two side-stories, there are a collection of one-shots that end with Road to Platanus Crocus that connects Crocus to the original Blossomverse trilogy. This includes:

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  • Infinity Train: Knight of the Orange Lily - Another Epilogue that has Gladion getting thrown back into the Train in order for him to "restart" his journey.
  • Infinity Train: Unfinished Bloom that takes place during the final part of Fanfic/Infinity Train: Voyage of Wisteria but helps to bridge that story to that of Seeker of Crocus.

For another work by the author with similar themes and staring Professor Sycamore, see The World Ends With You: Espoir De Vie.

For the sake of simplicity, this page covers tropes from all stories.

Tropes found in the fanfic include:

  • Action Survivor: Sycamore makes it no secret he's not much of a fighter, but he still accompanies Rimuru's squad to save the werewolf village.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Sycamore was your normal Pokémon Professor with a Garchomp. This Sycamore ends up becoming a hero with a sword and a Persona.
    • Chloe was one of these in Blossoming Trail, but she gains even more firepower with the Cloak of Marchosias giving her the ability to fully transform into a wolf and using the power of the demon and god infused with it to convert a Mirage Army into denizens.
    • Rey Mysterio in real-life is a top-tier wrestler. But since this is using his Rey Mysterio vs La Oscuridad incarnation, he has powers akin to that of a superhero.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • Amelia doesn't properly debut in Blossoming Trail until the Cyan Desert Car, which was in the middle of Act 2. She appears halfway into Act 1 during the Ninjala Car.
    • Paul and Hop weren't revealed until Act 2, again during the Cyan Desert Car. They both appear before the penultimate arc of Act 1 and the Cyan Desert Car is the last act.
    • Yamper doesn't evolve into Boltund until Voyage of Wisteria; here, he evolves during the Cyan Desert Arc.
  • Adaptational Weapon Swap:
    • Amelia is usually seen with handguns or long-ranged weapons in Blossoming Trail. While she still uses a pistol, she later gets a hold on an electric croquet mallet and an Ice Wand.
    • Gladion and Specter used toy brick shields and Tokio had the Gale Boomerang. For their return trip, as their weapons are now Apex property, London gifts Gladion a kusarigama, Specter gets a size-shifting metal staff and Tokio has a deck of throwing cards that double as bombs.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • The story expands on the references of demons from Blossoming Trail by revealing that they're denizens on the Train, along with the gods themselves. The Cloak of Marchosias and Wepwawet is imbued with the powers of said demon and god, with Wepwawet making numerous other artifacts in the hopes of combining god and demon magic together. The Cage of Flauros that will be used to stop the Apex? It's actually based on a Noodle Incident from the original Flauros getting drunk and entrapping lesser demons who got annoyed by his partying. Wyn tells Tony that the Numine and Goeties are long-lived denizens that have helped humankind when they got on the Train and Lexi assumes that the myths based off of them were from various passengers that entered the Train in the past.
    • Chloe's relation to her father is barely pressed upon either in the anime or in the original Blossomverse trilogy unless it comes to how her father can be insensitive to his daughter's feelings of whether or not she's into Pokémon. Starting with the Ninjala Car, there is focus on how much that both father and daughter truly care for one another to the point that when Professor Cerise gets sent on the Train, Chloe decides that she'll go search for him to ensure he's safe.
    • The Cyan Desert Car expands on a few things, ranging from Sara's relationship to her mother to explaining that Chloe is practically the only person in their class willing to give Goh his homework.
    • In Orchid Obsever, the world that the original Infinity Train protagonists come from reveals that the government has made government sponsored programs for former passengers to recover, obtain therapy and catch up on tutoring if need be. Moreover, Jesse's old "friends" were revealed to have been punished for what happened to Nate and being somewhat the fault for Jesse's disappearance.
  • Adapted Out:
    • Akemi Tsutsuji — the girl whose actions caused Blossoming Trail to happen — isn't seen or referenced at all.
    • Serena is nowhere to be seen in this iteration with Gloria replacing her. To take it a step further, a later author's notes after Act 1 confirmed that she's indeed not going to appear.
    • The Cyan Desert Arc doesn't have the heroes traveling with Rashid nor Azam like in Blossoming Trail, with both Specter and Easter replacing them.
    • Because Parker isn't the one to wield the Unown but Sara, Zeno never gets created. This is subverted with UnChloe, who still gets to be created, but this time on the hero's side.
    • Dexio and Sina, Sycamore's assistants from the X and Y games, are nowhere to be seen.
  • Adaptational Context Change:
    • In Blossoming Trail, Chloe cut her hair in order to save herself from the Organ Man (grabbing her hair at the time) from being thrown off a zeppelin with Lexi's papers shaving it. In this story, Chloe cuts her hair at the Fashion Runway Car in order to Screw Destiny and take the step forward to be a better person.
    • Sara manipulated Chloe's classmates to bully her on the rounds that she's an evil witch, a weirdo and that she's supposedly "better" than everyone else. While that's also in this story, the other reason this happened is because Sara "convinced" everyone that if they bullied Chloe to her breaking point, she'd be "persudaded" to get them a Pokémon from her father's institute in order to make it all stop. Moreover, instead of being mad that the Hi-Skitty doll her daddy bought her wasn't "cute" enough, she hated it because she wanted a real Pokémon to be used as a status symbol.
    • In Knight of the Orange Lily, there's no real reason that Lampetia and Specter except Lampetia found him unconscious in the Living Lightning Car. The story reveals that Lampetia was on her own personal journey before she met up with Specter.
  • Adults Are Useless: A recurring theme in the story.
    • It's both Discussed and Defied in regards to Professor Sycamore. Because Alain disappeared under his tutelage, and his lack of combat experience, he thinks of himself as The Load when the Train picks him up. Not only does Rimuru rebuff this claim, as giving into it would make his number rise, but the professor plays a key role in saving the wolf village.
    • Downplayed and Justified with Meyer/Blaziken Mask. Being the vigilante, he does do more to help the world with crime than the professor, but because he's completely caught off-guard when the Train enters the picture, there's little he can do besides give moral support.
    • Augustine is horrified and shocked to learn how Chloe went through so much bullying and not a single adult (including her own parents) helped her. Even Gloria notes how the teachers at her school just "promised" things would get better yet never followed up on it.
    • Professor Kukui averts this; once he understand what's going on, he's on the ball and helps stop any Blame Game that might be played when Mallow tries to find a reason why she never explained about the Infinity Train before.
    • This is zigzagged in Den City. The Knights of Hanoi followed Ryoken's suggestion to put Specter into isolation whereas Ghost Gal was willing to look into the Train herself and vows to get him help. London even states that the Hanoi scientists are being bystanders again to Specter (since they let Specter and five other kids be electrically tortured for the sake of advancing humanity). Upon realizing how they have done wrong, the Knights of Hanoi decide to stand up in Specter's defense and help prepare him for the journey back.
    • Kurune and Ikuo easily dismiss any ideas of how their son is currently trapped in the Cerise Institute by one of his former classmates going crazy with the Unown. Tomie, however, is on the ball since Sara tried to dissuade any concerns by imitating Goh's voice and stating that she's not into stew with star-shaped carrots...even though Tomie knows her grandson loves star-shaped carrots. Thankfully, the two realize something is wrong and try to help.
    • Averted with Rey Mysterio and Aerostar. The former saves Oscar from Team Flare and the latter comes to Lio's rescue, along with his ability to see the future giving everyone a head's-up to what will happen.
    • In the Cyan Desert Car Parker (who is now stuck in a wheelchair and cast and is pissed off to no end about being seen as Just a Kid) states this trope by name during the climax of the Cyan Desert Car. The adults — parents of Chloe's former classmates — around him scream like headless Combuskens literally afraid of their own shadows and he points out that the reason why things to to hell is because adults don't listen to children until it's far too late.
  • An Aesop: Promises play an important part of the Central Theme of Seeker of Crocus and there are numerous lessons in regards to them.
    • If you keep a promise, be serious about actually keeping them. If you keep breaking a promise yet never do anything to change it, you prove to others that you cannot be trustworthy. Chloe's problems at school and her trust issues stem from not having people actually keep their promises. Gloria points out that people all around her never do anything to maintain their promises which ultimately makes it feel like Chloe will never find peace.
    • If you can't keep a promise, make sure to apologize as soon as possible through direct communication. Tokio decided to ask Celebi to rewind time to a year ago and leave a letter at Celebi's shrine instead of doing the smart thing and tell his parents to call Goh's about it so they have proper closure, the same with Goh and his parents.
    • While making a promise is important, make sure you understand which promsies are more important than others. Goh is able to keep a promise to go to testing once a month; but he can never keep a promise to be on time for Chloe and always makes excuses to never do it again...yet he keeps repeating the cycle all while ignorant to Chloe's problems.
    • Don't make a promise you can't keep or you have to resort to hurtful methods to achieve. Sara "promised" her classmates that she could all get them a Pokémon...by having them bully Chloe until she gave in to their demands. There was no way that this would be successful or that this wouldn't have severe reprecussions on both sides. On that note, don't believe a promise that involves having to hurt others, else you end up losing everything in the end. Right Class 5-E?
    • And finally, don't just say "Things will get better, I promise". Actions always speak louder than words so make sure you're actively willing to keep a promise.
  • Alliterative Title: The side-story, Orchid Observer.
  • All Myths Are True: Upon meeting Anubis in the Cyan Desert Car, Lexi gushes on how the mythologies created by humankind were probably based off of passengers actually seeing Gods and Demons up close and personal. Wyn later reveals that there gods and demons are divided into two camps: the Numine and Goetias.
  • All-Powerful Bystander: The Numinae and Goetias are denizens that are revered as gods and demons to passengers. So with all that power in their hands, why not just stop the Apex or the Cage of Flauros? Anubis explains that the Fog Car just doesn't want gods or demons to get involved and Marchosias tells Titus in Rey Mysterio vs the Cosmos that they have "honor" and pride to consider, not to mention that if they do intervene, it makes them bull's-eyes for Elipzo.
  • Amnesia Danger: Downplayed. One-One had the exiled members of White Gestalt get amnesia to forget about what they did on the Train, and while they're technically not in any real danger at the moment, the situation with Sycamore and their own underlying feeling that something is amiss makes them tense.
  • Amnesia Missed a Spot: Gladion, Specter, and Tokio had their memories of how they nearly destroyed the Train as White Gestalt erased, but while the events are forgotten, the feelings aren't, and this causes them to grow tense. And that's before the memories return...
  • Anger Born of Worry: Discussed in the Cyan desert. Chloe's classmates are being chewed out by very pissed off parents for a number of reasons, but the anger comes from concerns that they didn't do enough for their children to make them realize that their futures are in jeopardy at the moment and that they almost crossed a line.
  • Arc Words:
    • "So what?" is usually associated with someone with a severe Lack of Empathy: Grace stated this when she was reminded on how she killed Utahoshi, Tokio's Rage-Breaking Point came from a teenager (later revealed to be Bede) not caring on making a young trainer cry, and Sara states this when she doesn't realize how she's ruined the lives of her classmates.
    • "Road to Platanus Crocus" usually ends a non-related Crocus story to the main universe where the stories are taking place.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • Gloria breaks through Goh's rose-tinted glasses by asking him two of these: one of them in regards to if he'll only care for Chloe if she jumped off a roof and when was the last time he listened to what she wanted.
    • Gloria and Goh later throw several of these at Trip, not only breaking through his idea that his Brutal Honesty was the best course of action, but that for as much good as he did before, he's not only making the situation worse for everybody.
    • In the Cyan Desert Car, Patricia notes that her grandfather asked her one — in regards to how she'd bully the weak like Chloe and Parker — that made her realize that she's becoming a monster. Patricia then asks if Chloe hated the entire class or if she hated Sara in particular.
    • Grace gets asked these by her Mirror Self in the Chrome Car and by Queen Cutie. Will she sacrifice everyone, including herself, if it gets her to the top?
    • Amelia warns Sara that she's not going to find happiness with the Unown and will end up becoming addicted to the power. Sara states that she has all she ever needs. Amelia calmly asks, "Do you really?"
    • When Chloe's classmates admit that they should've been thinking on who they bullied, Chloe asks would it have mattered if she wasn't a professor's daughter. The looks on their faces prove that it wouldn't.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Sycamore went from a minor character — as in so minor he doesn't have his own folder — asking Ash if he's heard about Alain to the hero of the story searching for Alain.
    • In a weird sense, Chloe's cloak is becoming an important part of the story. In Blossoming Trail, Olmec gave the cloak as it is, no questions asked. Here, there are numerous powers stored within and there's a bigger mystery as to why Olmec would even keep something so powerful within him not to mention that someone's talking to Chloe and nudging her on how to properly use it. It's later revealed that the demon and god whose powers she uses actually exist on the Train.
    • Characters in Den City were mostly there to either put in more information on Specter's problems or were to listen about what the hell he's been doing on the Train. They now have a much more active role in getting Specter to return to the Train and learning how Queen has been murdered.
    • While Professor Cerise became this in Blossoming Trail he gains more of an ascension by the end of Act 1 since he's now taken onto the Train.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Rimuru is horrified when he learns that Shion is cooking for Professor Sycamore and Garchomp and races off to stop them. Too late, the food is already eaten...and Professor Sycamore states it's delicious! Unfortunately, Garchomp got food poisoning...
  • Been There, Shaped History: The Train hosts denizens that would become the basis of numerous myths through the revelation that gods and demons exist. Rey Mysterio vs the Cosmos reveals that the Roanoke incident happened because the passengers got picked up by the Train and assumed they were going to Croatoan Island instead.
  • Big "NO!":
    • One of Calem's friends texts this when Calem reveals that their former theory of "The Infinity Train only picks up kids" is debunked.
    • Tony Clark screams this when he can't use his MPCOM to contact his siblings.
  • Big "WHAT?!":
    • Played for Drama. When Professor Sycamore screams this at Calem and Meyer when Officer Jenny wants to stop the search for Alain due to lack of clues. It's at this point he realizes the stress of searching for Alain is getting to him.
    • Also Played for Drama in the Ninjala Car. After Parker reveals that Alex Shepherd can become Pyramid Head — he tried mentioning this earlier but was told to be quiet — everyone reacts in shock because they assumed that Sycamore can trust Alex to protect him from Pyramid Head.
    • The last word of the Cyan Desert Car Part 5 is this in respones to Sycamore revealing that he's canceling the plans to stop the Apex and Cage of Flauros.
  • Bloodless Carnage: At the Diorama Car, Sycamore sees a soldier that's missing a leg, but there's no blood or gore to be seen. This is justified, since the soldier's made of plastic.
  • Blue Is Heroic:
    • The Windchasers are associated with the color blue. Augustine wears a blue coat and in the fanart for Yuri, he's wearing a blue hoodie (and also has blue hair).
    • Rey Mysterio is frequently associated with blue: his wrestling attire (mask and pants) are blue, he has glowing blue eyes and highlights when he uses his powers and he unleashes fire attacks against Team Flare with are also bright blue. Moreover, Oscar's alter ego as Enygma made him wear a blue wrestling mask and suit, and his last name — "Aciano" — means "Blue botle flower". Oscar's friend, Lio, is depited as wearing a blue cap and a shirt with blue sleeves.
  • Both Sides Have a Point:
    • In Den City, Ryoken refuses to let Specter get back on the Train because of how dangerous it is and how Specter returned as a Nervous Wreck. His fellow Knights of Hanoi, Aoi and Emma point out that him going on the Train might be the only way he can finally heal.
    • The prologue of Orchid Observer have Jesse and Lake debate on whether or not they should inform the families of the Apex about the Train. Jesse thinks that they should have some closure while Lake points out that this could accidentally bring the family members onto the Train itself to search for them.
    • In the Cyan Desert Car Chloe and Augustine get into an argument on how to react over Sara causing chaos with the Unown. While Chloe has a point that going to the lows of killing Sara to stop it because she refuses to listen, Augustine states that getting angry to the point of murder isn't worth it.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: This becomes the dynamic between Goh and Gloria when they meet, since Goh's currently in a Heroic BSoD after Chloe's message and Gloria, being a former Passenger, gives him In-Universe Catharsis to at least help his mental problems somewhat. This later becomes reversed during the second half of Act 1, with Goh and Victor hoping to console Gloria after her honesty caused Professor Cerise to snap.
  • Call-Forward: The attire UnChloe wears — a white coat, purple leggings and a white top hat — will be what the real Chloe will wear in Journeys epiosde 98.
  • Central Theme:
    • Hope. The Crocus flower is a symbol for hope, reflecting the hope Sycamore has in order to find Alain and his status as a Hope Bringer. Chloe herself has lost all hope of ever getting help, the same with Sycamore's Persona Asher. However, as time goes on, the story begins to question what it means to have hope.
    • Promises. If Sycamore makes a promise, he will do all he can to keep it. Chloe herself has been broken time and time again by people who break their promises so easily and Goh's backstory as to why he can't make friends is because he mistook Tokio getting sick as intentionally breaking a promise they made. The focus is all about building promises and making sure to keep them or at least show the consequences of when you make an empty or false promise. And that both sides need to work together to keep the promise.
    • Forced expectations. People, unintentionally or not, force their expectations and ideas onto others that ends up doing more harm than good. Chloe was forced by her classmates to be into Pokémon, Grace is being told that she's a monster who has to stop her ways. Augustine's rising number is based on everyone telling him to rest and that he's not there to be a hero.
  • Color Motif: The author notes for the Night Garden Car has the co-author reveal that each of the heroic groups have a color based off of the colors of the French flag. Windchasers are associated with blue, the Red Lotus Uprising (obviously) have red and White Gestalt (again) has white..
  • Continuity Cavalcade:
    • In Chapter 5, Sycamore makes notes on numerous cars that were seen in Infinity Train Book 1. In the Graph Car, Sycamore even shouts "I DECLARE BANKRUPTCY!" like Tulip did in the beginning of "The Ball Pit Car".
    • The Skill Crane Car has a references to numerous cars and incidents in the original Blossomverse.
    • The Ninjala Car Part 1 references numerous cars and events from Knight of the Orange Lily and Blossoming Trail.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In the prologue, Professor Sycamore hears about the #CallingChloe campaign while he's doing his research on Alain.
    • One of the cars that Calem's friends entered was something they called the "Plush Piplup" Car. Gloria comments that Nico's bagels were delicious.
    • When meeting Gloria and Victor, Goh brings up Tokio's trip across the train, particularly the tattoo he got from the Calligraphy Car.
  • Continuity Snarl: One came as a result of how Oak Lore was written by Cross versus the chapters and authors note written by Green. Oak Lore itself implies that Ash took an airplane to Galar with tickets bought by Gary and went alone, while Green implies he took the airship and was with at least Goh and Gary seemed unware of how Ash got to Galar.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The second chapter of Rey Mysterio vs the Cosmos is based on this trope alone. Oscar bumps into Kaito Goshikida and his notebook falls. Kaito sees the drawing of an infinity symbol in Oscar's notebook before revealing to Zocks that he was a Train passenger once. Then, Zocks finds out that the next Rey Mysterio vs the Infinity comic will have Rey encounter a three-headed dragon who just so happens to be Kaito's denizen partner, Au-san. And then the final line of the chapter reveals that the same dragon — who also moonlights as a barista — is actually Asher's mentor! Lio lampshades this a few chapters later in regards to learning about the Fifth Sun and Team Flare's involvement:
    Lio: I mean, what are the chances Team Flare was coming to our city, and we took their phone of super secret files for an ancient megaweapon that was conveniently in our city?
  • Creator Thumbprint: What do psychological horror and food have in common? Green Phantom Queen, of course.
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    • Asher is Sycamore's Shadow and Chloe gives him an outfit that consists of a black suit and black bird wings (based off the Ars Goetia demon Caim), not to mention that he has Mind Manipulation powers. However, he's an ally to the Windchasers.
    • By the end of Act 1, Chloe's now dressing in a black suit, leggings and hat, along with having the power to summon a demon if she wants to. Yet she's the sweet, cheerful leader of the Red Lotus Uprising.
    • Au-san/Auric is usually seen as a black haired barista, but his real form is a massive three-headed black dragon. He was the one who helped Kaito Goshikia tackle the Infinity Train, he has a soft spot for kitties and he ends up being the one who ultimately lets Sara move on from her anger. Not to mention that it's later revealed he's a member of the Goetias.
  • Deconstruction Fic:
    • Like how the original trilogy deconstructed the unfairness of denizens being abused by passengers and numerous characters having to unleash justice by their own hands, not to mention a dim look at Chloe and Goh's charaterization in the anime at that point, Seeker of Crocus and the side-stories also bring up a question on what it means to deliver "hope" and the extents people will go for it.
    • The status of the Apex being the Ultimate Evil is examined here. Grace is annoyed at how she's seen as some monster for murdering Utahoshi and can't stand how people are spiting her without hearing her side of the story in that she's a broken girl who has no clue as to what is going on, and the Apex are little kids struggling to survive a cruel Train that could care less if they live or die. This culminates in her parents disowning her and wanting to burn everything to the ground by getting to Silent Hill.
    • Chloe being the focus throughout Act 1. As she is the poster child of the original trilogy, and Augustine is working on protecting her from the madness that is the Infinity Train, the Apex and the Fog Car this also means that he deliberately witholds well-needed self-help on himself until he eventually snaps, as he puts his own self-worth into making sure she is okay over his own sanity.
    • Most children in the Pokémon world want to be Trainers. Class 5-E all dream of having a Pokémon but they don't have the work ethics or attitudes to work with them. They see Professor Cerise as a meal ticket to adventure and glory and excitement. They bully his daughter so that she can give them the Pokémon they want instead of actually confronting them. And Pokémon aren't living beings to them, they're some shiny toy or fad that will make them blend in with the cool kids. Being a Trainer isn't something you demand to be, but rather a privilege, something they never considered until they lost their rights to be a Trainer.
  • Designated Girl Fight: The final battle of Act 1 is this, since out of both teams, there's only one other girl in Red Lotus Uprising besides Chloe, Amelia, who's busy elsewhere, while Sara's side has only Unown and Shadows, who have No Biological Sex.
  • Doppelmerger: Once Specter reunites with his partner Easter — essentially a copy of Specter himself made from a lightning bolt — their forgiveness and willing to try again makes a new fusion called Harmonious Storm.
  • Double-Meaning Title: The "Crocus" can relate to Alain (whose motif is the crocus flower) or the crocus meaning "Hope". So Professor Sycamore either seeks answers to Alain's whereabouts or hope that things will be better in the future.
  • Double Standard:
    • While recounting the aftermath of the fight against Dr. Yung in the Ninjala Car, the group concludes that Chloe handled the situation better than Ash did, despite both of them having done relatively the same in dealing with it (Fighting the Mirage Pokémon to the best of their ability until an intervention of a third party (Mirage Mew for Ash, the Cloak of Wepwawet for Chloe) helped them save the day). When this is brought up between the two, Ash admits that they're pretty much even.
    • Amelia was the reason why passengers were in the dark about the Train and caused the Apex. But she gets to stay and get her number down while three members of the mostly male White Gestalt are kicked out because of Gladion's mistake to stop the Apex from destroying the Tape Car even though White Gestalt were doing all they can to stop the Apex.
    • In regards to the Train, passengers get away with everything including murdering the denizens since they're more "important". But does the Train care about the denizens who get injured or killed or are fearing for their lives, even though they technically live on that infernal piece of machinery? Not at all.
    • Amelia has been on the Train for over thirty years, and has brought complete and utter chaos and hurt who knows how many Denizens and Passengers along the way... and yet people would rather point fingers at Grace, who hasn't even been there for a decade and had no real idea what she was doing, compared to Amelia being very aware but not really caring about it. Moreover, White Gestalt had three of its members kicked out for the plot that almost caused the train to stop due to a fight with the Apex and yet Amelia, once again, has not been punished for creating the Apex and not even lifting a finger to stop them except for the large number on her body.
    • If Professor Sycamore and Chloe appear together to people who know they went missing, the latter must be focused on over the former; the Alolan students gets scolded by Goh when they focus on if Professor Sycamore is doing okay on his trip over Chloe, because an entire city and hashtag focusing on her going missing apparently isn't enough.
    • The story treats Goh, who has a history of Ambiguous Disorder in the Blossomverse, the same way as in the original trilogy: that is to say, most people will call him out over being insensitive and not having done more to help Chloe, and generally view him as a jerk. Chloe, meanwhile, is implied to have an Ambiguous Disorder here, and is given Adaptational Sympathy by everybody, not only with people being quick to come to her aid whenever people call her out, but even coming close to justifying her more unsavory actions as being her just being different, something Goh doesn't get.
    • When Trip proves to be his usual self with Brutal Honesty galore, he's rightfully called out for it and made to leave before his inability to filter his mouth make things even worse for everyone. When Gloria proves to be just as brutal in her honesty, even a crossing a line that Trip never did, not only is she comforted about it, but told that she was ultimately in the right and allowed to stay, with no concern over whether she'll repeat the mistake and make the situation even more tense.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • One of the things that Professor Sycamore is worried about is if Alain is brainwashed. The reader knows by now that yes, Alain's been brainwashed, and it's been going on for a while...
    • Professor Sycamore decides to not tell Ash about Alain's disappearance... but if he did, he would've learned where Alain would've gone since Trip has arrived at that time with knowledge of the Infinity Train.
    • After talking with his friends, Calem decides to not enter the Sycamore Lab to give the Professor his space...oh he has space all right.
    • Rimuru thinks that Alain's disappearance is based on the Apex. Readers know that the Apex are just a bit player compared to Walter and Henry's schemes to keep Alain with them forever.
    • The Ninjala Car has numerous instances of this, with one of them having Ash question who else is in the Fog Car and shouts "Paul" or how Sycamore states that Alex Shepherd can be trustworthy when readers would already know that he's Pyramid Head.
    • In the Routine Arc, Chloe thinks that the "Paulie" Walter was talking about this prisoner is Paul London both on the basis in that London has actually entered the Fog Car and she assumes prisoner was metaphorical, not literal. Readers will know that it's the trainer Paul, not the wrestler, who is Despair.
  • The Exile: Most of the White Gestalt (Specifically Gladion, Specter, and Tokio) were kicked out from the Train by One-One and banned from returning after their actions nearly destroyed the train. It's only after a quick string of Freak Out after Freak Out and Sycamore threatening to crush the little bowling ball that he relents.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: In the first chapter, Calem's friends (Victor and Gloria) react this way when they start piecing together where Alain might've gone...
  • Fainting:
    • Sycamore does this after a goblin saves him from a Black Centipede and again when he learns out that the Demon Lord is a blue slime monster. Chapters later, 3/5 of White Gestalt do this when Rimuru turns from slime form to human form.
    • Yuri does this when he learns that gods and demons exit, and later when meeting Paimon who states how Lucifer is also traveling the train.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Are you a ten-year-old child who has issues with punctuality and generally limits your texting for quick updates on when you'll arrive? Prepare to have your childhood friend denounce you to everyone she meets as an unreliable flake because of your "broken promises," and for a five-year-old to denounce you as a Hypocrite for responding irrationally to a broken promise in your backstory.
  • Females Are More Innocent: While this was played with in the original Blossoming Trail, there are a lot more female characters who are guilty of things getting out of control just as bad as the men. The Palimpsest Car has the most female characters involved and, in one way or the other, nearly all of them are at fault for what happened.
  • Fix Fic: A small part of Act 1 is dedicated to retreading and trying to fix many issues Blossoming Trail had in its own first act. While the execution is ultimately hit or miss, several key disasters (Goh being sent to a suicide ward, Parker going insane with the Unown, Ash developing a Guilt Complex, etc.) are successfully averted or at least temporarily halted.
  • Flower Motifs:
    • Crocus flowers represent "Hope" which is what Professor Sycamore will bring when he enters. It also relates to Alain's own flower motif being the crocus combined with his last name being related to the plant that creates "saffron".
    • Orchid Observer has Jesse wear an apron with a white orchid on it. White orchids mean "sincerity" and "forgiveness".
  • Foregone Conclusion: Since Aerostar is revealed to be on the Train by the time the Cyan Desert Car is going on, he's going to survive the events of Rey Mysterio vs the Cosmos (which takes place at the halfway point of Act 1). Moreove, in that same arc, Rey texts Tony to do research and Kaito appears at the Cerise Institute at the end of Part 6.
  • Forgets to Eat: In the prologue, Sycamore hasn't had a proper dinner barring some biscuits and cold tea.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Goh tells Victor and Gloria how Tokio was attacked, Gloria asks if Tokio met up with some strange mirror cops. We later learn from Victor that Gloria's reflection was killed off from them.
    • In the Cyan Desert Car, Aerostar tells Tony that bad things are coming up for Chloe. Sure enough, Sara gets her hands on the Unown...
    • Professor Cerise has to tell Parker in the Ninjala Car that he's not a monster. Cue Sara creating UnCerise...
    • At the end of the Twisted Lab Car, Lexi reassures Chloe that at least it's not her father chasing ater her. Come the end of the Cyan Desert Car and now it's Chloe who has to pursue Professor Cerise once he got on the train.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Because Professor Sycamore decides to not tell Ash about his problems, he never learns about the Infinity Train and that Alain is most likely on it. He instead stresses himself out to the point that the Train picks him up and finds out about Alain's train trip for himself.
    • Goh bumps into Gloria on his way to the Cerise Institute after Chloe's goodbye message, and she stays with him even after he snaps, even giving him some In-Universe Catharsis in the form of a smash game. Because of this, Goh's on a more stable mental place, at least for the moment. It's thanks to her and Victor's influence that he can tell Chloe straight that she's also at fault for their deterioriating friendship problems, which has Chloe admit that she's in the wrong and the two to forgive each other.
    • Adding onto this, because Gloria and Victor are here to help this means Parker never becomes mentally unstable as he has supportive older sibling figures who won't tolerate his anger and spite but also reassure him that his sister will return.
    • Trip decides to leave the Institute upon realizing he's not doing anything to help in the situation.
    • Mairin asks what would have happened if the Train picked up Lysandre and whether or not this meant Team Flare would never have been created and Alain wouldn't have gotten his guilt complex.
    • When Victor calls Tokio, he tells the boy that if he just told his parents to call Goh's parents, instead of his convulted plan to leave a letter at Celebi's shrine or asking Celebi to travel back a year before, it would've prevented Tokio from getting on the Train, prevent Goh from being isolated from others and later save Chloe from her own bullying.
    • Because Chloe properly calls her mother and promises to Parker she will come home when she's in the Elephant Teapot Car, this means the latter will have zero chances to go off the deep end.
    • The Unown Incident would never have happened if Sara didn't arrive right around the time the Unown Box as being picked up or she just accepted that she can't get a Pokémon until she changes her ways.
  • Fun with Acronyms: In Orchid Obsever, Jesse and Lake attend meetings at what is known as the Infinity Train Community House or ITCH.
  • Get Out!:
    • After the stress of not having clues to Alain and Officer Jenny stopping the search, Sycamore shouts this to everyone in the lab. It's one of the first signs the professor gets that Alain's disappearance is starting to affect him.
    Sycamore: I SAID TO LEAVE HERE AT ONCE!!! JUST GET OUT OF MY SIGHT!!!
    • Tokio says this to the Nurse Joy who arrives at the cabin he's resting in Ilex Forest, after she reveals that she knows way too much about his Infinity Train trip and she mockingly tells him that he makes too many excuses.
    • A couple of frogs state this to Grace and Simon in the Pond Car.
  • Golem: Creatures similar to these, known as Rock Crushers, serve as the very first obstacle that Sycamore faces on the Train.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Frequently used in Rey Mysterio vs The Cosmos. Justified because Rey and Aerostar are Spanish and the show that the story is based off of is a Spanish cartoon (as it will be first broadcasted on Cartoon Network Latin America).
  • Guilt Complex: This was Alain's Fatal Flaw in Blossoming Trail but this now affects Professor Sycamore also, believing that he didn't pursue Alain's problems more or didn't come to stop Alain before Lysandre reared his ugly head.
  • Healing Potion:
    • Sycamore is given possession of a Full Potion when he accompanies Rimuru to the werewolf village, and is told to use it if he sees someone who desperately needs it. Then the village chief is wounded...
    • He is later given numerous potions for his travels courtesy of Rimuru.
  • Hero of Another Story:
    • Victor and Gloria were once Train passengers whose Denizen partner happens to be the Gentleman Thief Kyler/Indigo.
    • Rey Mysterio was apparently a former Train passenger, if his comic is to be believed. Kaito Goshikida is also a previous passenger who met up with the barista/"Au-san"/Auric/Asher's mentor.
    • Omar in the Cyan Desert Car talks about Ryan and Min-Gi, who were on the Train decades ago. They're now retired musicians and married with their first album "Train to Nowhere" having saved the lives of numerous passengers when they entered.
  • Holier Than Thou: Chloe and Parker just love to claim the moral high ground over Goh by accusing him of only caring about people who love Pokemon (i.e., Ash and Tokio) and being a False Friend to Chloe. Now, no one can deny that Goh does have a lot to learn when it comes to friendship (since he cared more about a boy who he met for one day compared to the girl he's known for three years and sees every single day)... But then again, neither of them showed any concern over the issues Goh was facing over the past few years (such as his parents never being around and having zero friends outside of Chloe) and there was no indication that they were any better about celebrating birthdays or even asking about his day. Apparently it just goes without saying that Goh bore all the responsibility for maintaining his and Chloe's relationship - and besides, as he's a Pokemon enthusiast, the Cerise children would consider Goh privileged until proven otherwise. Thankfully, both siblings realize that they also were in the wrong with Chloe admitting that she's also at fault for not seeing Goh's point of view and Parker tearfully apologizing about seeing Goh as a monster.
  • Identical Stranger:
    • Calem's attire of a red cap and blue jacket makes Professor Sycamore assume this is Ash, due to the stress and worry over looking for Alain.
    • Lexi's form as Specter makes Shockro terrified in a video the Windchasers watch — because Shockro is mistaking Lexi for the real Specter/Easter who entered the Shock Street Car in the past. In fact, it gets so confusing, that Lexi is forced to change his attire to make it easier to differentiate the two.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming:
    • The first part of the chapter titles are named after Zedd's songs. If any of the song has (Remix) in front of it, it symbolizes how it's adding references to the original trilogy in a way.
    • Rey Mysterio vs. The Cosmos has the titles derived from various Spanish idioms.
  • Inexplicable Language Fluency: Kaito is somehow able to read Aztec glyphs just by looking at it. This is probably due to his covenant with Agares, as one of Agares' ability is to let his conjurer read and understand different languages.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • The Monster City Car Pt 3 has Sycamore learn that Alain was also picked up by the Train. The following chapter has him learn about the Infinet service and of the Red Lotus Trio.
    • The Skill Crane car has Sycamore learn about Alain's whereabouts and the Silent Hill Trio know about Sycamore.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Ash and Trip still get together (albeit Trip leaves the Institute for some soul searching) and Goh still gets called out over his insensitivity to Chloe... And him not going to school...
    • Amelia still figures out how Hazel is with the Apex via looking it up on her phone and noticing Hazel's "number".
    • Despite the changes, the Unown act still plays out but with Sara as the catalyst, not Parker (although he does get to create an UnChloe like in Blossoming Trail).
  • In-Universe Catharsis: Gloria has Goh play a game of Smash Bros. Ultimate to vent out his frustrations, with her even going out of her way to make a custom Chloe enemy to further help him, only to join him with a Conductor custom enemy when she's given the bad news.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • Sycamore and Mairin both blame themselves for being the reason for Alain's disappearance, but everyone reassures them that's not the case. Sycamore also blames himself for not helping Chloe's problems much later on during the Cyan Desert Car.
    • Goh also blames himself for not seeing Chloe's problems sooner because of his obsession with Mew and his bad habit of making empty promises, but Gloria and Victor tell him there's still a chance to make things right.
    • Like in canon, Ash falls into this thanks to the negativity regarding Chloe. Unlike it, he eventually climbs back out.
    • The entire Cerise Institute (and Parker) falls into this when they note how they're all to blame for why Chloe ran away from home since they had every chance to talk to her but didn't.
    • Once he gets his memories back, Gladion repeatedly state this over how his actions nearly destroyed the Infinity Train. In the same vein, Lillie blames herself for Gladion's state because she decided giving him a bouquet of orange lilies was better than just admitting her feelings to him and also states that everything in regard to her trauma and Lusamine not knowing about it is because she never said anything and has no excuse for keeping this quiet for years.
    • Chloe's classmates are beating themselves up for not stopping their actions sooner as it resulted in their lives ruined, their parents ashamed and an unknown future. Parker even wishes that the parents hear their thoughts to help them understand that the children are scared of moving forward.
  • I Will Find You: A recurring reason for why numerous characters go on their quests on the Train.
    • Professor Sycamore's last words of the first chapter before he enters the Train and his main quest is to find Alain's whereabouts.
    • Specter vows to get back on the Train if it means he'll see Lampetia — who was last reduced to rubble and her heart snatched by an Apex brat — once more. They finally reunite at the beginning of Act 2.
    • By the end of Act 1, Chloe hopes to find her father once she learns that he's on the Train.
    • The Apex leave the Mall Car when they learn that one of their own, Sean, is in the Fog Car.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • After getting info at the Cerise Lab, Gloria concludes that Chloe is an abuse victim at home, the Institute at school. But she says in such a blunt manner that pisses off Professor Cerise before he breaks down in tears at how he's a horrible person who was only trying to do right and Gloria realizes that she was horrible to call him abusive. Chapters later, Goh concludes that while the analogy was wrong, the basis that no one (not even Goh himself) took the time to see what was going on with Chloe was right.
    • The Nurse Joy who visits Tokio is very smug about what he's gone through, but she makes a valid point that Tokio keeps making excuses for himself even when people tell him how he could've done things differently and refuses to change despite having so much help.
    • Ryoken's methods are harsh, but the Knights of Hanoi note that he's not wrong to keep Specter in his room for fears of him disappearing again (as it was implied that the Train got to him while he was in the Hanoi boat).
    • George Gore did kidnap the Earth Ignis, destroy his Crystal Heart, have him be vivisected by Queen and then gets implanted with a Duel Chip based on his data, but he states that Specter has done far worse than Gore himself. Sure Specter is sad at one Ignis dying, but did he care about the thousands of people tortured and absorbed into data to power up the Tower of Hanoi to destroy all six at the time? Did he care about breaking Blue Angel into bits by mind raping her and tearing up the book that kept her afloat? Did he show pity when Ryoken defeated Gore? Not in the slightest. Specter internally notes that Gore is 100% accurate about everything.
    • When Cecilia, Grace's mother, calls her daughter to demand for answers, she is in hysterics and screaming at her daughter to showcase that she's still the emotionally abusive woman that made Grace want to leave for the Train. However, what she says isn't wrong: Grace is in a lot of trouble if this ever gets leaked out to the parents of the children she brainwashed.
    • Sara spits out a lot of points towards her classmates. At any point after the suspension, they could've stopped being assholes to Chloe and make amends with her. Instead they continued the bullying anyway, so it's all their fault that they got expelled. And she tells Chloe that the reason she hates her is because she is ignorant, so obsessed with her likes and is so annoying. Chloe admits that Sara actually makes good points on that.
  • Kudzu Plot: The plot was already fairly complicated, trying to weave all three original trilogy stories into a big one, but once Act 1 gets into overdrive, the sidestories also end up being added to the main story, meaning the plot includes: Professor Sycamore's train trip, White Gestalt's original trip and return to the Train, whatever Elipzo is trying to do, a repeat of Blossoming Trail's Act 1 for this story's Act 1 in the Pokemon World, the backstory of Rey Mysterio and unsolved conflict with Team Magma, The Apex's slowly being led to Elipzo's hands and trying to find Sean at The Fog Car, Grace slowly being driven insane until she and Simon head to The Fog Car on their own, Chloe flip-flopping between learning her lesson and letting spite and wrath govern her, Rainbow Rocket making an invasion on Alola and Ash Ketchum having a holiday in Galar.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler:
    • The reader should already know that Alain's been on the Train for some time — Knight of the Orange Lily reveals he's been around before Gladion entered — and about the events that caused Chloe's class to be outed as bullies that caused her to run away. Moreover, it also brings up hints about the Cage of Flauros that Alain is in and his role as Dreams.
    • Goh drops the reveal on how Tokio got on the Train to Victor and Gloria.
    • Infinity Train wise, Orchid Observer takes place after the end of Book 2, spoiling how Jesse made it out alive and MT also escaped to the real world with a new name: Lake.
    • The story assumes that one is familar with VRAINS as it brings up late Season 2 and Season 3 spoilers without warning.
  • Lethal Chef:
    • Shion, even with her [Chef] ability is a horrible cook. However, Professor Sycamore stated her "soup" was delicious while Garchomp was knocked unconscious. When she cooks again for White Gestalt, the same thing happens except the Pokémon end up dizzy. Specter himself has to fight with her so she doesn't accidentally poison them.
    • Simon makes an offhand comment that he can't even cook insant ramen correctly.
  • Loss of Identity: As the intro to the story states, Alain's cost for a perpetual slumber via hypnosis has made him lose everything about himself; his name, his Pokémon, thoughts, goals...all that's left is a slumbering shell ready to unleash hell on the Apex.
  • The Lost Colony of Roanoke: According to Rey Mysterio vs the Cosmos, the colony of Roanoke got onto the Train to explain how they vanished without a trace.
  • Masked Luchador: Rey Mysterio and Aerostar are the more prominent ones with Rey Mysterio vs the Cosmos also bringing up others like Dragon Azteca Jr. and Nightclaw.
  • Men Use Violence, Women Use Communication: The Cerise parents have different ways to interact with Chloe and her problems: Professor Cerise cuts the knot by having her go to the Institute as a rest and thus helping to end any attempts of bullying by giving her a place to breathe. Meanwhile, Talia's only contribution is talking to Chloe about "finding something you love and not pushing it". However, the problem comes from that each parent only contributes to one side of what is needed: Professor Cerise is tough but concerned for his daughter yet never seems to talk to her about what's going on. Meanwhile Talia gives advice but fails to actually do more like go to her husband about her concerns or even get involved in Chloe's interests.
  • Missing White Woman Syndrome: Carried over from Blossoming Trail, but to a lesser extent; Chloe's disappearance brings the same attention and upheaval as it did in the original story, but Crocus gives people at least something to do other than worry about her all the time, especially when Professor Sycamore agrees to keep her safe. However, this doesn't keep the narrative from chiding people who don't notice Chloe over everything else, like when the Alolan students ask Professor Sycamore if he's okay when they meet at the conference, only for Goh to snap at them that they're being insensitive to Chloe.
  • The Multiverse: While this is explored in other stories in the Blossomverse, this is the first time that different trains are brought up as Augustine gets nightmares of someone murdering the protagonists of the original Blossomverse trilogy and he even ends up during the Darkest Day fiasco of Voyage of Wisteria. Rey Mysterio vs the Cosmos also focuses on the Zenkaigers, who deal with monsters that are based off of different worlds and the Goldtsuiker family comes from a parallel world where everyone is a pirate. In Orchid Obeserver it's specifically stated that Spencer and Colette are from different worlds coming into the Infinity Train World for a certain mission.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: The author is not lying when she states that there's a Zedd song called "Shave It".
  • One Myth to Explain Them All: Gods and Demons — or the Numinae and Goetias as they are called — are denizens created by the Train with human mythology and stories about them based on passengers who met them in person.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Demons, or the Goetias, are revealed to be denizens on the Train as Anubis reveals that the Goetia family have been observing Chloe's exploits and that his brother, Wepwawet, is currently married to Marchosias.
  • Our Gods Are Different: In the Cyan Desert Car, Chloe encounters Anubis, Egyptian God of the Dead, revealing that numerous gods on the Train are actually denizens with Wyn saying that they're collectively called the Numinae. Lexi points out that this means that the Train has been around for thousands of years and passengers who were picked up from that time probably based off their mythos from seeing these deities up close and personal.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different:
    • A village full of them is featured during the Monster City Car, and Sycamore's first Denizen partner is from this village. They resemble bipedal wolves, but as shown with Vaillant, they turned into Little Bit Beastly wolf humanoids when named.
    • Chloe later gets the ability to turn into a werewolf once her heart is opened up to hope and love. She can either turn her whole body into a wolf or she does an astral projection while her real body sleeps.
  • Platonic Boy/Girl Heroes: Yuri Ichiro of the Windchasers and Chloe Cerise of the Red Lotus Uprising. When paired together, neither of them show any signs of crushes or Ship Tease. Amusingly, Chloe actually has had a date with another boy (Tony Clark).
  • Police Are Useless: Downplayed. The story begins because one Officer Jenny tells Professor Sycamore the search for Alain will have to be stopped due to Absence of Evidence regarding where he went, but it's implied she and her unit did everything they could until they were told to call it off. Later, while the police do arrive late to the Unown incident, there was little they could do to actually stop it, and do a decent job detaining Sara and her mother once the Unown are dealt with.
  • Public Secret Message:
    • Ryan and Min-Gi's first album, Train to Nowhere, became one in regards to connecting to people who might've entered the Train and also acted as a guide for those who accidentally entered it.
    • Rey Mysterio's comic series Rey Mysterio vs the Infinity retraces his own trip during the Infinity Train.
  • Regained Memories Sequence: White Gestalt go through one of these once their ban on the Train is lifted and their memories get restored thanks to the Windchasers and Red Lotus Uprising.
  • Running Gag:
    • Like in most Blossomverse tales, Jaden Yuki has made a name for himself.
    • The Windchasers keep commenting that Lexi looks way too similar to Easter/Specter or people in the Pokémon world say that Specter looks like "Chloe's OC".
    • In Rey Mysterio vs the Cosmos, every time Rey is about to explain how he knows Auric, he gets interrupted.
    • The concept of fans in sporting events showing off signs that passive-aggressively talk about their favorite games.
  • The Quest:
    • The end of the Monster City Car has Sycamore decide to find info on Alain and give support to the Red Lotus Trio.
    • The Red Lotus Trio (later Uprising) also want to end the Apex, and almost every member has their own quest. Atticus wants to know what happened to Aloysius, Lexi wants revenge on Grace and Simon, while Amelia wants to ensure Hazel's safety. The end of Act 1 has another one tacked to Chloe; find her father.
    • White Gestalt's quest is to get back on their feet and properly heal, leaving the Apex threat to the Sycamore and Chloe's groups.
    • The Apex kids are off to save their friend Sean who got lost in the Fog Car while Grace and Simon decide to go to the Fog Car to spite the heroes.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: The story tries to use Icarus Allusion as a suicide analogy for Chloe, saying how she wants to fly high to the sun before plummeting to her death to escape her troubles. Anybody who's read the original myth will know Icarus fell to his death because he ignored his father's warnings not to fly too close to the sun, causing the wax holding his wings together to melt and send him falling into the ocean.
  • Saying Too Much: While staying over at the Pokemon Center, the Nurse Joy taking care of Tokio ends up revealing she knews a little too much about the Infinity Train to a startled Tokio. It's later revealed that this is because she's a member of Elipzo.
  • Serious Business:
    • According to Lio, wrestling fans are very passionate about their JRPGs as they like to bring signs to shows and debate about their favorite games in a passive-aggressive manner. This is brought up in Orchid Observer when Spencer and Colette remark that no one has ever talked smack about Bust a Groove yet.
    • Chloe makes a remark that a boy band named Berry Boy Scouts have serious debates over the existence of mint choclate chip ice cream.note 
    • The Train takes concerts and performances made by Chloe very seriously. By the time Augustine is performing for the Cyan Desert Car's story festival, there is a crowd that's equivalent to that of a BTS concert!
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: Jesse's classmates that he greets in Orchid Observer are all named after characters from Silent Hill 2: there's Angela who has a better relationship with her father, Mary and Laura in a relationship and Eddie with his pet dog. Meanwhile, his former bullies are named after characters from Resident Evil: Ethan (Winters), Leon (Scott Kennedy), Piers (Nivans) and Lucas (Sera).
  • Simultaneous Arcs:
    • Rey Mysterio vs the Cosmos starts at the same time as the Poring Village Car in Seeker of Crocus by virture of the barista noting that his apprentice's new name of "Asher".
    • Orchid Observer is set to take place during the Routine arc.
    • The Cyan Desert Arc of Seeker of Crocus takes place during the same time as the Darkest Day arc of Infinity Train: Voyage of Wisteria given that Augustine appears in the Pirate Car and comforts Oleana during her Heroic BSoD.
  • Speculative Fiction LGBT: While there were signs of this in previous Blossomverse stories, this one tends to dip more into LGBT themes than ever before.
    • Specter is gay in this adpatation who crushes on Ryoken whereas everyone thinks that he's crushing on Paul London instead (London has to continuously point out that he's 40 and heterosexual). Green Phantom Queen revealed that Specter is demiromantic.
    • It's implied that Indigo/Kyler Wilton is homosexual as a brief scene of him has him observing a male denizen with interest. It's later revealed that he's bisexual.
    • Marchosias is androsexual — attracted to males and masculinity in general — and bisexual as she's married to Wepwawet but she once dated non-binary yet masculine looking Inari.
    • One of the passengers on the Train is Tres who is a trans man (indicated by the earring and bracelet that has the colors of the transgender flag).
    • Ryan and Min-Gi are revealed to be married, with Ryan turning from straight to bisexual as a result.
  • Title Drop: "Seeker of Crocus" becomes Sycamore's Red Baron.
  • Titled After the Song:
    • The chapters for Seeker of Crocus Act 1 come from Zedd songs.
    • The chapters of Orchid Observer come from song titles by the Italian electronic band "Planet Funk".
  • Training from Hell: Both Sycamore and Vaillant engage in this with Hakurou as their master in preparation for the next raid as well for the former not to rely on his Garchomp all of the time for his journey. When White Gestalt get on the Train, they end up being trained under Hakurou as well.
  • Three Wishes: The climax of the Cyan Deser Car involves Asher turning into an Unown version of Sycamore that Sara intends to use to try get some sort of compensation for all her plans falling apart. The first two wishes he grants as a Literal Genie, while he's a complete jackass for the third.
  • Ultimate Universe: While the story takes place during Blossoming Trail it combines aspects and characters from its prequel and sequel.
  • Voodoo Shark: In response to the controversial revelation that Lexi was "20 in book years" in Voyage of Wisteria, this story explains that while this is true, the way Lexi ages means he's 10 in human years. However, not only does this explanation make the way Denizens age even more convoluted than it already was, but Lexi being a 20 year old man idolizing a 10 year old girl, which was the main source of the controversy, is still the same as in canon due to retaining his book age, defeating the purpose of the change in the first place.
  • Weird Crossover: Rey Mysterio vs The Cosmos is the weirdest crossover from the Blossomverse yet, combining wrestling — Lucha Underground and Rey Mysterio Versus La Oscuridad — with a Super SentaiKikai Sentai Zenkaiger — and Pokémon. Moreover, the wrestling bit is mostly based on a cartoon that only had one episode at the time. The Train is also there as a mention, but given everything else, it's relatively lowkey.
  • Wham Episode:
    • The Skill Crane Car, while mostly a breather that has Yuri obtain his two denizen partners, ends with someone murdering Ogami, the Big Bad of Voyage of Wisteria by incinerating his soul.
    • The Twisted Lab Car has Sycamore and Yuri having to confront their shadows along with them confronting London about his own experiences.
    • Practically every part of the Ninjala Car is this. Highlights including Goh getting to chew out Chloe for how she's responsible for their friendship falling apart (thus facilitating her Character Development sooner), the Windchasers and Red Lotus Trio meeting one another, and the reveal of Dr. Yung on the Train.
    • The Routine arc brings up the rise of a new villain faction called Elipzo, and that they have agents on and off the Train.
    • The Cyan Desert Car, like in Blossoming Trail, is the arc that changes the story. But it has a big one in part 4. Augustine is taken onto the Infinity Train of the original Blossomverse trilogy during the Darkest Day arc of Voyage of Wisteria, bringing in a multiverse setting that will affect the story.
  • Wham Line: After everything that happened in the Cyan Desert Car and Unown attack, everyone can relax right? Well, that's until Augustine reveals:
    Augustine: We're...canceling our plans to stop the Cage of Flauros and the Apex.
  • Wham Shot:
    • The end of The Monster City Car Pt 3 reveals that Alain Sativus passed by the car.
    • After everything that happened in the Cyan Desert Arc, a stranger arrives to read a letter at the Cerise Institute. It's Kaito Goshikida, who was last seen in Rey Mysterio vs the Cosmos.
  • What If?: "What if Professor Sycamore got sent onto the Train while Chloe Cerise was on her quest to stop the Apex?"
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: A recurring theme in the story.
    • Like with the original Infinity Train, the Apex sees the denizens as playthings and lesser beings that are meant for them to wreak havoc. One member of the Apex, stole the heart of Specter's denizen partner and sees it as a battle trophy — despite the fact Lampetia saved her from dying. Cutie asks Grace how fair it is if that she can use the Killing in Self-Defense excuse to protect the Apex but if a denizen does the same thing, then it's all th e more reason to kill them.
    • Chloe feels horrible about wanting to kill the Mirage Army in the Ninjala Car because they are programmed by Dr. Yung to be evil. She gets her wish to turn them into denizens thanks to her cloak.
    • Oscar has to stop Kaito and Zocks from using their weapons — which are essentially guns — to fight Team Flare's Pokémon because they're like animals. So Zocks asks for his little brothers (who are super-deformed robots at this point, It Makes Sense in Context) to take their place.
    • A case can be made for the train itself. Despite the hundreds of denizens that have been killed and tortured by the Apex, it never seems to mourn them at all and doesn't show empathy as to how they were squished by the wheels. Titus notes that it's unfair that the "creator" of so many worlds and denizens just doesn't care.
    Marchosias: The Train is there to help passengers at their crossroads, but it has no defenses for all of the denizens crying out for a mechanical abomination that will just ‘replace’ them. After all, if I lose a few strands of fur, do I shed tears over them?
    • Ai wants to live amongst humanity, but Ryoken and the Knights of Hanoi are incense to make sure every Ignis is killed to the point that Ryoken only calls him "Dark Ignis"note  Ai himself can't comprehend how Specter gets to have two partners in a living lightning bolt and statue lady despite how he worked for a man who wanted to destroy all of VRAINS for six Ignis. He also has to point out that Specter's wish for a bond with is own Ignis is very shallow since, after all, Specter never even knew he had an Ignis whereas Ai had years to form a bond with his brother.
  • You Remind Me of X: Sycamore tells Rimuru that Shion reminds him of Ash Ketchum.

"I'm coming to get you, Alain."
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