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A series of fanfics created by Banshee531, the creator of The Flash Sentry Chronicles and Yugioh EQG. It is a Fusion Fic, taking characters from My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, and placing them in the world of Pokémon. The story takes place in the Equestria Region, featuring 150 original Pokémon native to that region, as well as several others that have appeared throughout the franchise.

Pokémon: Harmony and Chaos is a the first main story in the series. Young Pokémon Trainer Flash Sentry begins his Pokémon journey across the Equestria Region with his partner Springer. Together they will make new friends, rivals, and enemies on this brand new adventure. It was completed on June 9th, 2019.

Pokémon: Equestrian Adventures is the second main story in the series. Flash Sentry, Twilight Sparkle, Spike, and Doc continue their adventure across the Equestria Region. They encounter even more friends, enemies, and Pokémon as their journey becomes even more dangerous. Are they prepared for what lies ahead of them? It was completed on December 19th, 2020.

Pokémon: Equestrian Champions is the third and final main story in the series. Flash Sentry and his friends slowly reach the end of their adventure together. They must do what they were chosen for and protect the Equestria Region against Team Shadow. Also, with the Equestria League slowly approaching, can Flash finally achieve his goal of becoming the Equestrian Champion? It was completed on January 29th, 2022.

Similar to the Pokémon anime, several side-stories are released as "movies" that take place between certain chapters in the main series.

Pokémon the Movie: Total Eclixie the Heart is the first "movie" in the series, taking place between "The Evolutionary Block" and "Ghastly Gorge" of Pokémon: Harmony and Chaos. Flash Sentry and his friends must help Sunset Shimmer protect a Legendary Pokémon from an evil force who wishes to use it for their own selfish goals. It was completed on December 15th, 2018.

Pokémon the Movie: Voice of the Ocean is the second "movie" in the series, taking place between "Grand Champion" and "Climbing the Mountain" of Pokémon: Equestrian Adventures. Vocanctus, a city on the ocean protected by a Legendary Pokémon. As the Voice of the Ocean festival approaches, the evil Guile Hideout seeks to gain the power of the Legendary Sirenity for himself. To stop him, Flash Sentry and his friends must help Sonata Dusk overcome the demons of her past and fulfill her duties. It was completed on August 29th, 2020.

Pokémon the Movie: Rival and Darkness is the third and final "movie" in the series. In the technological city Horizon City, a new evil force attempts to unleash an ancient evil from the past, the Legendary Pokémon Centirek. Now, Flash and his friends must join forces with some unlikely allies to save the day. It was completed on October 16th, 2021.


This series of fanfics provides examples of:

  • 15 Minutes of Fame: This is directly referred to when Flash becomes famous after he successfully leads the final battle against Team Shadow and Sombra, and defeats Sombra himself. Doc notes it could be just a temporary thing, or it could become permanent depending on what Flash does next. Lightning Blitz however stubbornly believes it is only temporary and once he beats Flash again no one will remember him, but it is pretty clear he is just jealous of Flash.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In canon, Holder's Boulder, the giant rock on the Pie family Rock Farm, was found in a dragon's nest and the farm was built around it. Here, it is explained that generations ago the boulder was formed during a confrontation with Regirock, Terrakion, and Diancie, three Legendary Rock-type Pokémon.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The Dazzlings here are not the evil sirens they are from canon, but just three regular girls, and use their singing abilities to celebrate their town festival every year. They also clearly love each other and care for each other, unlike in canon where they only show annoyance for each other. Sonata even falls in love with Flash.
  • Adaptational Job Change: Celestia and Luna are both Pokémon Researchers, instead of the principal and vice-principal of CHS.
  • Adaptational Species Change:
    • Spike is a human here and Twilight's little brother, instead of Twilight's pet dog.
    • Sunset Shimmer and The Dazzlings are all regular humans here, instead of a pony and sirens in human form.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Flash gives nicknames to all of his Pokémon, and many of the supporting characters give their Pokémon nicknames too, most of which share names with their pets from canon.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: The final chapter of Equestrian Adventures has Titan pass on the title of King of Dragons to his son Hopper, since he has learned the move Wyvern Wing.
  • The Bad Guy Wins:
    • "Lightning Strikes Twice" has Flash lose to Lightning in their rematch 2-1, and Lightning has some very Unsportsmanlike Gloating over it, believing it proves that Flash's team is weak.
    • "The Summer of Adventure" has Flash lose to Timber Spruce, despite having spent all night training with Shuckle to prove Timber wrong about it. To add further insult to injury his cabin is stripped of all but one pity point as punishment for him staying out at night with Shuckle.
    • "Team Shadow Strikes Part 3" has Doom Raizer successfully acquire the artifact he came for and escaping, despite the group and Shining Armor's efforts to stop him.
    • "A Pokémon's True Strength" has Lightning Blitz defeat Flash once again, this time in the finals of the Hoofington Battle Tournament. Now Lightning is more boastful than ever that his Might Makes Right mentality is correct and that Flash is pathetic. Flash himself goes through a Heroic BSoD because of this defeat, ashamed he couldn't keep his promise to Grand to beat Lightning, and wondering if his way of training Pokemon is right after all.
    • Played with in "Altar of Summons". Though Team Shadow only has half of the Crystal Heart, due to Chrysalis failing to obtain the second half from the Crystal Empire, they are able to use the half they have to gain access to the Altar of Summons. When the three Heralds of Alicormony, Pegasoar, Mysticorn, and Horsearth try to stop them, Chrysalis manages to capture them in some Energy Traps. Despite this victory against the Legendaries though, and discovering the Altar still works properly, they are still stuck at the moment, being unable to proceed without the other fragment, and are unaware that Flash and his friends are on their way to their location.
    • Played with again in "Gathering Shadows". Team Shadow manages to make a successful second assault on the Crystal Empire using the knowledge that Sombra acquired, and Chrysalis steals the second Heart Fragment and the Shadow Spear, allowing Team Shadow to finally continue with the final stages of their plans. However it is a Pyrrhic Victory at best, because the three heralds of Alicormony managed to escape, meet with their respective chosen ones, Flash, Doc, and Twilight, and are bringing them to Team Shadow to finally deal with them and stop their plans. Also, everyone now knows that Sombra is the leader of Team Shadow, ruining his element of surprise against them and Villain with Good Publicity status.
  • Beyond the Impossible:
    • Springer is noted to be special because he is a Riolu that knows Aura Sphere, which is a move that should be impossible for Riolu to learn until they evolve in Lucario. Later, Springer also learns Extreme Speed, another move that should be impossible for him until he evolves, and later learns Bone Rush.
    • Played for Laughs with Pinkie Pie as per canon. Pinkie can do all sorts of stuff that should normally be impossible, or has incredible luck where impossible stuff happens to her. This includes having a Milcery, a Pokémon only native to the Galar Region, randomly appear next to her one day for her to catch, and managing to fish out three different Water-type Pokémon at once on one line with one piece of bait, including an Oshawott that Timber notes he has never seen in the lake before.
    • Played for Horror when Cozy Glow tries to catch the Legendary Pokémon Centirek. She uses a Master Ball on him, which has a 100% guarantee catch rate. However, just when it seems like she has succeeded in catching Centirek, the Master Ball begins to crack and he bursts out of it, managing to break free from the supposedly inescapable ball.
  • Big Ball of Violence: This is invoked for a demonstration video of the preliminaries to the Equestria League. When discussing how the trainers must race through the mountain and pass through doors to make it to the next level, a video is played showing cartoon versions of Shining Armor and his Galladin fighting cartoon versions of Grand and Hariyama, with Galladin and Hariyama creating one of these as they fight until Galladin wins.
  • The Big Race: Several of the competitions in the series are races.
    • The penultimate event of the Camp Everfree arc is "The Pokémon Triathlon". Each cabin runs a race with one of their Pokémon, while solving puzzles and answering questions at three checkpoints. Since Twilight was injured the previous day, Timber runs the race in her place for her, while wearing a special camera so she can see the competition and give him her answers for the puzzles and questions. The top three racers who score the most points for their respective cabins are Timber Spruce, Flash Sentry, and Rainbow Dash.
    • A Shoot Race takes place in "Racing Towards Your True Potential". Flash and Hopper win, narrowly defeating Track Starr and his Manectric in the final stretch thanks to Hopper evolving.
    • The Great Cloudsdale Race, one of Cloudsdale's biggest annual events, takes place in "Cloudsdale Sky-Racers". Rainbow Dash and Wondor end up tying with Soarin Skies and his Staraptor.
    • An Avalanche Sled Race takes place in "Well Sled", with the winner getting an Ice Stone. Double Diamond and his Frostoak win.
    • "The Gauntlet of Fire", just like the episode of the same name, has the titular event as a race to determine who will replace Torch as the Gym Leader of Dragonia City. Spike wins the race, but passes the title to Ember immediately.
    • This is how the preliminaries for the Equestria League are done in "Racing to the Equestria League". In order to thin the trainers from 128 to 16, they each need to race through a mountain and make it to the fourth level to qualify. The first level has 64 doors, the second has 32, and the third has 16, and each door will only open once, with two trainers being required to battle before it opens, with the winner advancing and the loser doubling back to try to find another door before they are all taken.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing:
    • Timber constantly acts like a cool guy who acts like he is a genius when it comes to Pokémon, but he just dismisses any Pokémon he sees as weak from its Pokedex entry, instead of trying to learn more about them. When he decides to go on his own journey once camp ends, he tries to get Twilight to join him, attempting to steal her from Flash, and by extension the rest of his friends. When Twilight decides to decline his offer and stay with Flash, Timber noticeably becomes a lot more aggressive and mean, even openly insulting Flash at one point.
    • Sombra seems like a successful entrepreneur and business man, with even Flash and his friends liking him and thinking he is a good, if a bit aggressive, man. But he is actually the leader of Team Shadow, the main antagonists of the series.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Several chapters end with one of these.
    • "Fishing Folly" has Lightning Blitz successfully catch Sharazor and brag about how it means he is the "better trainer", even though he only caught it because everyone else did the hard work by tiring it out. Despite this disappointment though, with Sharazor gone the Pokémon in the area will return soon and Lock and Salina's business will be back up and running shortly.
    • "Spike's Little Friend", after Spike befriends a Stegolate, which later evolves into a Stegoliath, he asks Twilight to catch it for him so they can stay together. However, the group finds out that Stegoliath already belongs to scientists at a research lab and they need to return him home. Spike is forced to say goodbye to his new friend, only comforted with the knowledge he is among his friends and family now.
    • "Hopper the Lost Heir Part 3" has Flash and Hopper successfully defeat Cadmus and his Galvern, preventing him from taking over the Dragon Kingdom. But since Hopper learned Wyvern Wing in the battle, and he and Princess become mates shortly afterwards, Flash reluctantly decides to leave Hopper in the Dragon Kingdom under Ryu's care so that Hopper can become the next king of dragons. Flash and everyone else in the group give Hopper a tearful goodbye before departing, with Flash promising they will see each other again one day. Though Flash is given a Pokémon egg as a final thank you gift before departing, hoping that he will raise the Pokémon inside just as well as he did with Hopper. This by extension also ends Equestrian Adventures on a bittersweet note, since this was the final chapter of the story.
  • Broken Win/Loss Streak: Track Starr was said to have won 49 Shoot Races in a row, and was aiming to win his 50th consecutive one in "Racing Towards Your True Potential", only to come up short and lose to Flash and Hopper.
  • The Cameo: Several characters from the canon Pokémon series make brief appearances.
    • Dawn makes an unnamed appearance in "The Evolution Solution", using her Togekiss to defeat Shady Forest's Instick.
    • The Magikarp salesman makes an appearance in "Release the Sparken", trying to scam Spike the same way he scammed James before being chased away by Doc.
    • Conway briefly appears as an opponent Lightning Blitz faces during the The Horizon Cup in Rival and Darkness, with his Dusknoir easily losing to Lightning's Venomega.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The professors experiment with the Transport Tiles in the Crystal Empire, and manage to hack them to create a teleport system with them, managing to transport Sunset Shimmer from Canterlot City to the Crystal Empire. After the heralds reveal Sombra's identity as the leader of Team Shadow to Flash, Twilight, and Doc, they contact the professors, they instruct Doc how to reconfigure the Pokémon transporters in the Pokémon Center to transport them all back to the Crystal Empire. Later, when Flash calls on every trainer in Equestria to help him stop Sombra, instructions are sent to every Pokémon Center on how to reconfigure their transporters to teleport trainers to the Crystal Empire.
  • Chick Magnet:
    • Flash can be one at times. Throughout the story he has primarily had Ship Tease moments with Twilight, but a few other girls have also shown romantic interest in him. This includes Sunset Shimmer kissing him as thanks for helping her at the end of Total Eclixie the Heart and flirting with him in her later appearances, and Sonata Dusk telling him she loves him (which he doesn't hear due to the noise from the crowd).
    • Princess, the shiny Skeidran, is a Dude Magnet. Ever since she hatched, every single Hoppin, Velocirush, and Skeidran has been trying to woo her by showing off to her and trying to impress her with their moves. She however is not impressed by any of them and is forced to endure it. She finally shows an interest in Hopper, and eventually becomes his mate.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • Wingill and Fin fight this way throughout the Ocean Champion Tournament. The rules are whoever is remaining on the platform when time is up is the winner, but rather than fight their opponents in a straight battle, they throw the opposing Reptidals into the water and then freeze it with Ice Beam, preventing them from getting out in time and thus them becoming the winners with minimum effort. They are continually called out on this, but even though it is looked down on as dirty the judges don't rule it as cheating.
    • Chrysalis realizes that she and Doom are not going to defeat the three Heralds of Alicormony in a straightforward fight, even with a few Grunts assisting them. So instead, Chrysalis traps them using some Energy Trap devices.
  • Completed Fic: The final story in the series officially ended on January 29th, 2022.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Riptide evolves into his final evolution, Reptidal, just two days before the Ocean Champion Tournament, a tournament that only happens once every five years where many Reptidal gather together. Additionally, the ship that Flash and his friends board to get to Manehatten City is scheduled to stop at the tournament before continuing to Manehatten City, without any of them realizing it until the day of the tournament.
  • Cradling Your Kill: A downplayed and non-lethal example with Astro and Trixie's Hatterene. Hatterene defeats Astro by restraining him with her hair so he is unable to defend himself and drains him of his energy via a Draining Kiss to the head. Once Astro is knocked out and goes limp though, Hatterene makes sure to gently lay him down on the ground before releasing her hold on him, instead of just letting him plummet to the ground immediately.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: This is a lesson Shining Armor teaches Flash in "Shrieking a Different Lesson". One of the biggest weaknesses Springer has is that he only knows Fighting and Normal type moves, which means he is completely helpless against Ghost types, since neither of those moves have any effect on them. Shining explains Flash should have taught Springer other moves so he isn't completely helpless against Ghost types. He furthur explains this is a lesson every trainer who has Normal, Fighting, Electric, Ghost, Psychic, Ground, Poison, and Dragon-types should consider, because all of those types of Pokémon, have at least one other type that are immune to their normal attacks. Flash and Springer overcome this when Springer learns the Ground type move Bone Rush.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Flash's first battle with Thorax ends up being one. Thorax easily beats his first two Pokémon with just his Movine, with it only losing to Viper due to being exhausted, only for Thorax to then send out his strongest Pokémon, Kingsect, and easily deal with Viper. This battle served as a wake-up call to Flash, showing him he actually needed to strategize and train before big battles instead of just going Leeroy Jenkins, or every battle would end up like this.
    • Flash's battle against Shining Armor is another one. They face each other in a five on five match, but Shining Armor's Galladin easily creams Flash's entire team, dealing with most of them in just a single blow. Though Flash completely expected this and just wanted to test himself against Shining Armor. He is actually proud of how well he did, since Springer managed to push Galladin back slightly and made him use his Armor Drop ability to finish him.
    • Lightning Blitz challenges his grandfather, the former Equestrian Champion Grand Hoof, to a full battle, and it quickly turns into this. Grand defeats Lightning's entire team with just his Hariyama. Similar to Flash's battle with Shining, Lightning knew he couldn't win the whole battle and just wanted to test himself, but unlike Flash and Shining's battle, Lightning was not pleased with the outcome because he failed to accomplish his goal of at least defeating one of Grand's Pokémon.
    • Rainbow's battle with Spitfire is also this. Spitfire sends out her Wondor first, her strongest Pokémon, and it defeats Rainbow's first two Pokémon before finally being defeated by Tank, only for Tank to then lose to Spitfire's Tornavian.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion:
    • Flash's battle with Shining Armor is this to Flash. Although he loses 5-0, and most of his Pokémon lost in one blow, he is satisfied that Springer managed to briefly overpower Galladin and push it back a few inches and force it to use its Armor Drop ability to win.
    • Zig-zagged with the Hoofington Battle Tournament finals. Flash loses to Lightning Blitz 6-3. Despite both of them constantly changing Pokémon, and Grand saying Flash gave Lightning a run for his money, Lightning boasts that the match was an easy win for him. Flash also feels like he completely failed, losing three of his Pokémon in a row at one point, and believes he put up a worse performance against Lightning than Twilight did in the previous round (since he only beat half of Lightning's team while she beat 2/3).
  • Destination Defenestration: Dreadbeard throws his goon Moldy through a window when he realizes that the guy he brought to their base to sucker a rare Pokémon out of (i.e. Flash Sentry) is actually working with Tidal Wave, and he just lead him right to them.
  • Disappointed in You: Drayce tells his son Ryu that he has brought great shame to their people for his bad attitude toward their guests, and how he has constantly tried to force his ideas on everyone else without listening to reason.
  • Discard and Draw:
    • This series follows the same four move rule of the games, which the anime itself would later try to enforce. So, whenever a Pokémon learns a new move after already knowing four, it will replace one they already had. The only exception to this was when Centirek synchronizes with the enrgy it stole from other Pokémon, it gains the ability to use all of their attacks in addition to its own.
    • After Hopper leaves Flash's team at the end of Equestrian Adventures, Flash is gifted a new dragon egg, which eventually hatches into Astro, who serves as his new teammate for the remaineder of the series.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Team Shadow, the main antagonists of the series, are defeated and arrested in "Equestria's Harmony", well before the Equestria League.
  • Distinguishing Mark: Hopper noticeably has a birthmark on his forehead that isn't in the Pokedex entry image. This also doubles as a Birthmark of Destiny since it is later revealed Hopper's dad, Titan, has the exact same birthmark, and it is explained that the birthmark represent the birthright of the king and the prince of dragons.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Gloriosa says that the the Magikarp in Camp Everfree's lake always found itself on the receiving end of mean tricks from the other Pokémon, and that it was only a matter of time before it hit its Rage Breaking Point. This finally ends up happening when Lightning Blitz kicks it away from him when it won't leave him alone. This is the last straw for it, and it evolves into Gyarados, going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge before it is knocked out by Clauncher.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: When Flash and Trixie are paired to battle in the first round of the Equestria League, Trixie realizes that she is most likely going to lose, but resolves to make Flash work for his win anyway. When Flash destroys her Trick Room strategy, she realizes it is only a matter of time before Prongs defeats Sagic, but refuses to give up until then.
  • Doorstopper: The entire series is spread across three main stories and three side-stories, making a total of 1,206,483 words.
  • Double Knockout: Similar to the anime, a few battles end with both Pokémon unable to continue, resulting in a tie.
    • The first battle in the series, Springer vs Chimplug, ends in a tie, which also acts as a Mythology Gag to the results of Ash and Paul's first battle with Pikachu and Elekid.
    • The first battle between Flash and Applejack ends with both Prongs and Winona knocked out.
    • Springer's battle with Scar the Scrapow ends with both of them knocked out after a Cross Counter.
    • Pinkie Pie's Jigglypuff and Cheese Sandwich's Bloxx battle ends with both knocked out.
    • During Flash's Gym Battle with Maud, shortly after Prongs falls against Stegolate, Stegolate also collapses from its energy being drained by Leech Seed, resulting in a tie.
    • The battle between Celestia's Suncess and Luna's Primoon, after countering each other move for move, results in a draw.
    • During the first activity at Camp Everfree, Twilight and Fluttershy battle with the Kirlia and Luxray they were respectively assigned. The battle ends in a tie, with both of them earning their cabins one point.
    • During Flash's Gym Battle with Spitfire, after Skyler is knocked out battling Spitfire's Tornavian, Tornavian also collapses from the combined damage it took from both Viper and Skyler, as well as the poison effects it suffered throughout the battle, resulting in a tie.
    • The battle between Hopper and Rainbow's Gliscor at The Hoofington Battle Tournament results in both being knocked out.
    • During Flash and Trixie's match in the first round of the Equestria League, the battle between Viper and Hatterene ends in a draw, after Viper is struck by Hatterene's final attack but Hatterene suffers from burn damage inflicted on her.
    • During Flash and Applejack's semi-final match in the Equestria League, the battle between Springer and Clobberoo ends with both knocked out after suffering heavy damage from each other.
    • This happens between Prongs and Lokelpie during the championship match between Flash and Shining, with both being knocked out from the resulting explosion from Energy Ball and Ice Beam clashing.
  • Downer Beginning : The first chapter of Equestrian Champions deals with Flash in a Heroic BSoD from his defeat against Lightning Blitz and Hopper's departure. He spends most of the chapter not acting like his usual self, pushing his Pokémon for several days straight and lashing out at his friends in anger, until he eventually breaks down to Twilight about how he feels. Luckily by the end of the chapter, he is back to his old self and more determined than ever to prove himself.
  • Dramatic Irony: Doom Raizer dismisses Chrysalis' concern of damaging the altar by accidentally pulling a different Legendary Pokémon through a portal, asking what are the odds that a Legendary Pokémon would just happen to be on the other side of the portal even if they got one open. He asks this while being completely unaware their test accidentally pulled a Heatran from its home into the middle of Mount Tartarus.
  • Elite Four: This is surprisingly subverted with the Equestria Region. Unlike most other regions, Equestria has no Elite Four. Instead, the Equestria League is made up of the sixteen best trainers of the year, eliminating the competitors via qualifying rounds if more than that collect the eight badges needed, and whoever wins the Equestria League earns the right to face the current champion for the chance to earn the title.
  • Engagement Challenge: Baron Von Babbelon sets up a special tournament in "Love, Pokémon Style", for male trainers only where the winner gets engaged to his daughter Lady Purity Babbelon. Flash isn't interested in getting engaged, but enters anyway to get Astro some training, and plans to take a dive in the finals against Tender so he can get engaged instead. Though Tender forfeits the match when he realizes he was hurting Astro for real, making Flash the winner, he respectfully declines the engagement to Purity, to her joy.
  • Entitled Bastard: Lightning Blitz says he deserves any strong Pokémon he encounters. He ends up throwing a fit at Camp Everfree twice due to this, first when he tries and fails to catch Harry the Grizzor, and it chooses to stay with Fluttershy instead, and later demanding to Gloriosa that she hand over the Gyarados she caught, even though it only evolved because he was bullying it.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: A few shiny Pokémon have appeared throughout the series, including the shiny Opaline from "A Thief in the Night", Princess the shiny Skeidran, Astro, Flash's shiny Starvern, and Fin, Wingill's shiny Reptidal.
  • Expy: Several of the original Pokémon native to the Equestria region have their designed based on characters from other existing franchises, like Digimon, How to Train Your Dragon, or even My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
  • Feud Episode: The Camp Everfree arc can count as a "Feud Arc" between Flash and Twilight. They spend most of the arc constantly arguing and trading insults with each other, to the point where they almost decide to stop traveling together. They thankfully reconcile by the last chapter in the arc, with the two of them reassuring their friendship together.
  • Fix Fic: Downplayed since it only applies to one chapter. But in "Pokémon Fashion Fads", the Author's Note at the end say it dealt with an issue the author had with a Season 1 episode, where the message was not dealt with properly. The chapter is similar to the episode, in that is based on Pokémon fashion and makeovers, but is meant to get the proper message across.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: Chrysalis flirts with Shining Armor a bit while battling him in the Crystal Empire. When he and his Pokémon chase after her and briefly corner her, she tells him that if he weren't already married she'd think he had a thing for her, causing him to briefly cringe at the implication. When she manages to escape from him later, she mockingly waves him goodbye and calls out "Later handsome!" to him.
  • Forceful Kiss:
    • The ending of Total Eclixie the Heart has Sunset Shimmer surprising Flash by quickly planting a kiss on his lips before she leaves the group, stealing his first kiss, much to the shock of him and the rest of the group.
    • Trixie's Hatterene does this when using her Draining Kiss during Trixie and Flash's battle in the Equestria League. Hatterene uses her hair to restrain Astro in their battle, leaving him Bound and Gagged before planting a kiss on his head while he's defenseless, and later while battling Viper she used her hair to grab him before kissing him.
  • Get Out!: Suri Polomare yells for everyone to get out of her store when they argue that she doesn't know the most important things about Pokémon fashion, and that there is no such thing as an ugly Pokémon.
  • The Glomp:
    • Sonata does this to Flash when she sees him in "The Ocean Champion", tackling him to the ground in a hug.
    • Twilight also does this to Flash, jumping at him and the two of them hugging and falling into the snow together, after Flash defeats Sombra and stops his rampage.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: At the climax of the Team Shadow storyline, Flash realizes that Sombra, in his monstrous titan form, can defeat anyone in Equestria, but he can't defeat everyone. He sends a video message to every television screen in the region, telling them he needs them to transport to the Crystal Empire and help him, his friends, and the Gym Leaders defeat Sombra. The result is an entire army of trainers arriving to help; including Lightning Blitz, all their friends, some people they have only met once or twice, and trainers they have never even seen before.
  • Good Parents: Titan and Mercy are both shown to be very caring parents to their child. When their egg was stolen from them, they were heartbroken and it took the kai everything just to persuade them not to lead the dragons on a rampage against the surface world in a search for their child. When they are finally reunited with their son Hopper, they both happily embrace him, bonding with him immediately. Titan even thanks Flash for taking care of his son.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: The main group occasionally has one or two extra members join them temporarily while they are traveling.
    • Pinkie Pie joins the group in "Ghastly Gorge" and stays with them until Flash wins his third Gym Badge in "A Rocky Gym Battle".
    • Trixie joins the group at the end of "A Thief in the Night" and travels with them until they reach The Hoof Cup in "The Hoof Cup Begins".
    • Applejack and Rarity join the group after The Hoof Cup ends at the very end of Harmony and Chaos and are with them until "In Pokémon We Give Thanks".
    • Shining Armor helps the group fight against Team Shadow for the "Team Shadow Strikes" three-parter.
    • Derpy travels with the group to Appaloosa in "Special Delivery" and stays with them until Flash wins his fifth Gym Badge in "When the Dust Clears".
    • The group runs into Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy again in "Climbing the Mountain" and they all decide to stay together and travel to Cloudsdale City together. The two of them stay as part of the group until "The Hoofington Battle Tournament".
    • Professor Cadance joins the group in "Shine Bright Like A Crystal" until "The Crystal Empire" when they reach the titular empire.
  • Headbutt of Love: Once Hopper and Princess become mates, they gently touch their foreheads together.
  • Heroic BSoD: Flash goes through one after the end of the Hoofington Battle Tournament results in him losing to Lightning Blitz yet again, and by a big margin. He enters a state of depression, feeling he let everyone down and couldn't keep his promise to Grand Hoof, and questioning if his way of training his Pokémon is right after all. This is later made even worse when Hopper needs to leave his team to become the next King of the Dragons, with Flash feeling he is even weaker now. He finally comes out of it in "The Pokérus Training Ground", after getting an encouraging talk from Twilight.
  • He's Back!: After suffering from a Heroic BSoD since the end of the Hoofington Battle Tournament, which was made worse by Hopper's departure, Flash finally returns to his old self in the climax of "The Pokérus Training Ground", with his Pokémon stronger than ever, and delivering a Curb-Stomp Battle to Big Score, Rickashay, and Boulder.
  • Human Shield: A Trevenant grabs Flash and attempts to use him as a shield to stop his Pokémon from attacking. Riptide stops an Ice Punch inches from Flash's face, but then grabs the Trevenant by its arm, holding it still for Viper to hit with a Flamethrower from behind so it drops Flash.
  • Hypocrite: Wingill tries to accuse Flash and Riptide of cheating when Flash signals for Riptide to use Rock Smash by kicking, since Riptide can't hear his vocal command. This is despite the fact that Wingill had been fighting dirty the entire tournament. Flash is quick to call him out on it, pointing out he has been avoiding actually batteling and just tries to take the easy way to win.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Sonata falls in love with Flash, but she realizes in "The Ocean Champion" that Twilight knows a lot more about him than she does and is better for him than her. She still happily hugs both of them goodbye and whispers to Twilight that Flash is all hers.
  • Kill Steal:
    • Lightning Blitz easily catches Sharazor, but only after it was already worn out from battling Flash's group. Lightning still acts like he did it all by himself.
    • Subverted later when Lightning tries to catch a Grizzor. He lost to the Grizzor himself, but when it was worn out from battling and taken to Camp Everfree to be healed, he tries to catch it while it is weak. Flash knocks the Pokeball away though and Lightning is forbidden from trying to catch Grizzor while it is in camp. He waits to ambush it outside of camp the moment it leaves, only for it to choose to stay with Fluttershy instead.
  • Legacy Character: Time Turner inherited the nickname "Doc" from his old teacher.
  • Misdirected Outburst: In "The Pokérus Training Ground", Flash, in the middle of a Heroic BSoD and suffering from sleep-deprivation from training for three days straight, yells at his friends that he is sick of them acting like know-it-alls, bossing him around, and getting in his way, even saying that maybe he would be better off traveling alone without them holding him back. His friends are all stunned silent by this, and Flash just resumes his training. He apologizes to them later after getting ahold of himself.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: The people of Yona's village don't use any technology, except for their own self-made Pokeballs. So, when Yona sees Flash use his Pokedex she looks at it in shock and amazement, calling it a "magic talky box".
  • Mythology Gag: There are many references to the Pokémon anime and manga scattered through the series.
    • Flash and Lightning's rivalry is extremely similar to Ash and Paul's from the anime.
    • Celestia's Champagoon going on a rampage and Flash trying to stop it is similar to the second episode of XY, when Ash tried to stop a rampaging Garchomp.
    • Riptide leaving Celestia's lab and following Flash early in his journey is similar to how Oshawatt followed Ash.
    • Prongs acting as a guardian to the Pokémon in the forest, preventing trainers from catching any Pokémon and the problems he unintentionally caused from it, are like Ash's Bulbasaur when it was first introduced.
    • When Cloud Clipper recalls trainers having lots of strong unevolved Pokémon as partners, she remembers a trainer who has a powerful Pichu that refused to evolve. She clearly misremembers Pikachu, Ash's longtime partner.
    • Pinkie's Jigglypuff drawing on everyone who falls asleep when it sings references the Running Gag from the anime, with a wild Jigglypuff that would occasionally show up.
    • Sklyer evolving in the final round of the Sky Battle Tournament is similar to how Ash's Flying types would frequently evolve during competitions.
    • The Magikarp salesman from the anime appears in "Release the Sparken", trying to pull his Magikarp scam on Spike like he did to James before he is scared away by Doc.
    • Lightning kicks a Magikarp away from him, and it evolves into a Gyarados to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, just like James and his Magikarp from the anime.
    • Riptide, Prongs, and Viper all evolving into their final evolutions at the same time to protect Flash from an army of Trevenant is similar to a chapter from the Pokémon Crystal manga, where three starters evolved at the same time to protect their trainers from Lugia.
    • Coco's Feebas, Fee-Fee, evolving into Milotic after Coco shows her kindness and makes her feel beautiful after Suri mocks it for being "ugly", is similar to an episode from Pokémon Jouneys and the Pokémon Ruby manga, where a young girl's Feebas she nicknames Feeby, evolves into Milotic when she protects it from harm and after defending it when it was called "ugly" by her friends.
    • Splash-Splash-Splash Town is named similar to the infamous anime-only Hop-Hop-Hop Town.
    • The ending of "Springer's Destiny" is just like "Pikachu's Goodbye", in that Flash tries to leave Springer with his old pack of Riolu thinking he would be happier, just like Ash tried to leave Pikachu with his own kind, only for both Pokémon to choose to stay with their respective trainers.
    • The Equestria Gym Leaders arriving to help fight Team Shadow is like how the Unova Gym Leaders arrive to help the player fight Team Plasma in the Black and White games, and how the Kalos Gym Leaders came to help Ash and Alain fight Lysandre in the anime.
    • When Springer falls asleep while batteling Timber's Breloom, Doc says that Flash is lucky since in some contests being asleep is considered the same as being knocked out. This refers to the infamous moment in the Indigo League from the anime where Ash's Squirtle was declared unable to battle after being put to sleep with Sleep Powder.
    • Flash having Prongs destroy the Trick Room during his battle with Trixie in the first round of the Equestria League is similar to when Ash had Hawlucha do the same thing during his Gym Battle with Valerie.
    • The "movies" have several references and allusions to the Pokémon anime movies throughout their plots.
      • The opening battle between Flash and a trainer in Total Eclixie the Heart is similar to the opening battle of Pokémon: The First Movie between Ash and an unnamed trainer.
      • Total Eclixie the Heart has several similar plot points to Pokémon: Jirachi: Wish Maker. The titular Legendary Pokémon hatches from an egg, the main villain wants to use it to power his machines, and the gang go on a Travel Montage in their quest to return the Legendary Pokémon home.
      • The opening battle between Flash and Vinyl Scratch in Voice of the Ocean is similar to the battle between Ash and Lisa in Pokémon 3.
      • Flash and Springer meeting Sonata and Sirentiy is similar to how Ash and Pikachu met Bianca, Latias and Latios in Pokémon Heroes. Sonata helping Springer get some water, Flash and Springer saving Sonata from being kidnapped by Black and White, chasing Sonata through the city until they find a secret area in the city, and later being attacked by Sirenity due to a misunderstanding, are similar to Latias helping Pikachu, Ash and Pikachu saving Latias, the two of them chasing Bianca, and being attacked by Latios.
      • Guile, similar to the Iron Masked Marauder from Pokémon 4Ever, planned to brainwash a Legendary Pokémon and after being defeated and corners claims it was just a "misunderstanding".
  • Never My Fault:
    • In "Goosebumps in the Night", Spike and Doc both support Flash's idea to cut through the woods as a shortcut and save a day's worth of time for themselves, outvoting Twilight. But when they end up getting lost, both of them put the entire blame on Flash, even though they supported it previously.
    • After Lightning and Trixie lose Camp Everfree's Double Battle tournament against Gloriosa and Timber, Lightning blames Trixie for his loss, saying he would have won if he she had stayed out of the way. But he was the one who refused to work with her throughout the whole tournament, and his negligence led to her Wizentice being eliminated first, before his Chimplug was overwhelmed. Trixie and everyone else present immediately call him out on this, saying he is just being a Sore Loser.
  • Nightmare Sequence: When Flash falls unconscious after overexerting himself and his Pokémon, he has a nightmare where he loses to Lightning in the Equestria League, who wins the entire competition, and everyone begins to believe in Lighting's views of only strong Pokémon being worth training. This is followed by all of Flash's Pokémon abandoning him, saying they don't want to be trained by a "weak trainer" like him and saying that is why Hopper left him. Twilight manages to wake him up after this though.
  • No Name Given: The Pokémon Hunters that tried to kidnap Hopper, the thief in "The Desert Bandits", and the Pokémon Poacher in "Shine Bright Like A Crystal" never reveal their names.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore:
    • Played with in "Balancing the Score", when Flash is nervous about battling Lightning Blitz again after his humiliating defeat against him last time. During the battle though, he finds his confidence and manages to win, proving to himself that he can beat Lightning.
    • In "Springer's Destiny", after Springer defeats the Lucario leader of his old pack, all of the other Riolu turn against the Lucario, no longer scared of him or his abuse. When Lucario tries to attack Springer again in anger, all of the other Riolu fire Vacuum Waves at him, along with Aura Sphere from Springer, and launch their former leader away, kicking him out of the pack.
  • Not Good with Rejection: After Twilight declines Timber's invitation to join him on his own journey after camp, deciding to stay with Flash, Timber is noticeably a lot more angry and aggressive on the last day of camp. He really seems to try to take his anger out on Flash during their double battle, openly talking down to him and Twilight at one point.
  • Not Rare Over There: Heath Burns looks for a rare item called a Dragonheart Orb to evolve his Blazard into a Blazegon. Big Score claims that they are so rare, this one might be the very last one to exist, and attempts to steal it to sell it for a high price. After Heath gets it and uses it to evolve Blazard, Spike asks Hydraworm and Burroworm, the guardians of the orb, what they will do now that it is gone. They simply smile and pull out another orb, putting it in place of the old one.
  • Oblivious to Love: The ending of Voice of the Ocean has Flash completely miss Sonata's declaration of love to him due to the noise of the crowd.
  • Out-Gambitted: Happens to Team Shadow during their invasion of the Crystal Empire. Sombra enters the Crystal Empire without any suspicion due to being on good terms with everyone, and secretly installs a virus in Androrg that messes with its security list, allowing Chrysalis and the grunts to invade. They then try to obtain the Heart Fragment of the Crystal Heart and the Shadow Spear, contained in two cases. They use Sombra to their advantage during this, with him taking the cases and planning to give them to any of his grunts and make it look like they were stolen, and Chrysalis later pretending to threaten his life to the others in exchange for the cases. In the end, although Chrysalis gets away with the cases, Shining and Cadance already thought ahead and hid the Heart Fragment and Shadow Spear somewhere else, meaning the cases were empty the whole time and the whole battle was just buying Cadance time to remove the virus and get Androrg and the Guardroids back on their side so Team Shadow could not immediately attack again after realizing they were tricked, or try the same trick in the future. The only silver lining for Team Shadow is that Sombra managed to keep his cover, with nobody realizing he is the leader of Team Shadow.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Tender's "Masked Trainer" disguise is just him in a zorro mask and black cape. Pretty much everyone knows it is him right away, except for Baron Von Babbelon, who acts like he was tricked into letting him compete.
  • Parental Substitute: Flash already acts like A Father to His Men to all of his Pokémon, but this is especially true for Hopper. Flash was there when Hopper hatched from his egg and has taken care of him ever since. Hopper realizes for himself that Flash has been more like a father to him than just his trainer, and this realization and despite to protect him to evolve into Skeidran.
  • Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: Flash and Twilight spend practically 2/3 of the entire Camp Everfree arc at each other's throats, and nobody really doing anything to help either of them. It got to the point where they almost decided to stop traveling together entirely. Luckily they both realize they have been acting like jerks to each other and make up.
  • Pokémon Speak: Duh. Although, starting in Equestrian Adventures there are a few scenes where what the Pokémon are saying are translated for the reader, allowing entire conversations between them to be shown, usually when there are no humans around.
  • Pride Before a Fall: Wingill is completely confident in himself and Fin, his Reptidal. He constantly mocks Flash and Riptide for their loss against Lightning in the Hoofington Battle Tournament and brags it will be a cinch to beat them and become Ocean Champions. But when the two of them battle Wingill gets frustrated when they won't go down, and is completely gobsmacked upon losing to them, returning Fin and leaving without another word.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: The final arc of Equestrian Adventures reveals that Hopper is the prince of dragons, identified by the birthmark he has that nobody recognized when he first hatched.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Drayce, the kai of the Dragon Kingdom. He chastises his son Ryu for attacking their guests and is extremely grateful to Flash for returning their prince to them. He is even understanding when Flash is reluctant to leave Hopper with them, despite their kingdom needing their prince to stay with them, because Hopper is his Pokémon by law and they can't force him to leave Hopper.
  • Red Baron:
    • Prongs goes by the title "Prince of the Forest".
    • Every 5 years a large group of Reptidal, both wild and trained, gather together to hold a tournament to test their strength, and the winner gains the title "Ocean Champion". Riptide gained the title after wining the tournament in "The Ocean Champion", with Flash sharing the title with him by proxy of being his trainer.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: When everyone finds a device that installed a virus into Androrg that messed with the security list in its systems, causing it and the Guardroids to attack them, Twilight guesses that someone from Team Shadow must have secretly snuck the device on Androrg. She is correct, but assumes it happened last night when it was dark, or that someone knocked out Androrg to put the device on it. In reality, Sombra secretly put the device on Androrg shortly after arriving in the Crystal Empire, slipping it on while in plain sight of everyone.
  • Secret Test of Character: Heath Burns and his Blazard go through one in "Quest for the Dragonheart Orb". They go through a series of trials to get the Dragonheart Orb, which will allow Blazard to evolve into a Blazegon. The first two trials are fairly straightforward, testing to see if their friendship and intelligence was enough. The final trial though, the test of courage, was different. Blazard needed to battle a Hydraworm to get the orb. When it became clear Blazard couldn't win, Heath forfeits the battle, not wanting his friend to get hurt fighting an impossible fight. This turns out to be the correct decision, the courage to admit defeat, and he and Blazard are rewarded the Dragonheart Orb by Hydraworm for this.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Flash and Twilight gets tons throughout the series, with both proving to be a positive influence on the other.
    • Doc and Derpy are shown to be very close to each other, with Derpy blushing when Doc complements her and Doc saving her.
    • Rainbow and Soarin form a close bond together. They end up helping each other when they are in trouble during The Great Cloudsdale Race, and when they are saying goodbye to each other when Soarin leaves town they share a Held Gaze.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Prongs' title of "Prince of the Forest" is the same as Bambi's. Fitting since Prongs was a fawn just like Bambi.
    • Flash says his grandma has four steps to winning a battle: "Make the plan, execute the plan, expect the plan to go off the rails, throw away the plan". This is a famous saying used by Leonard Snart.
    • When Sunset is being chased in the beginning of Total Eclixie the Heart, Forest eventually says "Alright, I've run out of patience." before giving the signal for his Stagrowth to attack.
    • Everyone finds Solid Stone passed out in his home and mistakes him for being dead, the same way Deku did with Gran Torino.
    • The story of how Doc met and fixed Tockwork is similar to Cubix, where a boy attempts to fix a supposedly "unfixable" machine and develops a bond with it in the process, with the machine finally springing to life to save his new friend.
    • The Pokémon trying to watch Trixie's Magitual lower its mask to eat so they can see its face, and imagining what it really looks like, references a filler episode of Naruto, where Team 7 tried to discover Kakashi Hatake's real face.
    • The way that Applejack has Brawloey defeat Trixie's Magitual, by pointing out that only the real one has a shadow, is just like how Agunimon defeated Wizardmon in Digimon Frontier.
    • When Sweetie Belle is giving Springer a Bear Hug, she says "He's so fluffy I'm gonna die!"
    • A few of the video games mentioned in Voice of the Ocean are based on real life games, like Sonic the Sandslash and Munchlax-Man.
    • Cloud Clipper and Springer beating up three bullies that tried to sabotage Rainbow during a race is similar to what Jack Atlas did to three goons who tried to sabotage Akiza in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s.
    • Titan, the king of dragons, tells his son "Look around you, my son. Everything the light touches, is our kingdom."
    • Hopper and Princess's late night "date" is similar to the one between Toothless and the Light Fury in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, including Twilight giving Hopper bad advice on doing an avion Mating Dance and Hopper impressing Princess by drawing a picture of her.
    • Flash's Rousing Speech to Hopper in their battle against Cadmus and his Galvern that triggers his Heroic Second Wind is similar to Tai's speech to WarGreymon in Digimon: The Movie.
    • The chapter "Astro's Egg-pedition" is based off two episodes from Dinotrux.
    • The train employees the gang meet in "Getting Back On Track" share names with characters from Thomas & Friends.
    • Cadance tells Flash "That's all it is Flash. A leap of faith."
    • When Cozy Glow successfully revives Centirek, she screams "It's alive! IT'S ALIVE!" in crazed joy. This is similar to many depictions of Frankenstein, where Dr. Frankenstein shouts this same line when bringing his monster to life.
    • When Lightnimg Blitz uses The Poké-Arms system, the armor is similar to Kamen Rider Vulcan's Punching Kong form.
    • The preliminaries for the Equestria League involve a race through a mountain and a series of tunnels, and a battle to unlock a door that only the winner can pass through. This is all similar to Beyblade: Metal Fury.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: The climax of "The Pokérus Training Ground" has Flash discard his old clothes and replaced them with his new updated clothes from the digital series, provided to him by Twilight as a gift from Rarity. This change serves as both Flash letting go of his problems that were previously holding him back, and also him trying to act more mature.
  • Stopping the Blame Game: When Lightning Blitz and Trixie lose their Double Battle against Timber Spruce and Gloriosa Daisey, Lightning puts all the blame entirely on Trixie for "getting in his way". Luna and Celestia step in and tell him it was his own fault he lost, and he has no right to insult others for his own failures.
  • Tag Along Kid: Spike fills this role in the group. He is the only one who isn't a trainer, due to being too young, but was invited by Flash and Twilight to join them as a learning experience for when he becomes a trainer himself.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: When Astro is poisoned by an Ariados's poison sting, Flash has all five of his remaining Pokémon attack the Ariados at once, sending the spider flying.
  • This Cannot Be!: When Flash and Astro start to win their rematch against Sugarcoat and Morgrem, Sugarcoat screams that it should be impossible for Morgrem to lose, or for Astro to suddenly have so much strength after just one day of training.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: It was stated that Springer was unable to evolve into a Lucario because of the Everstone energy he absorbed. During the final battle between Flash and Shining though, Springer and Flash's bond became so strong that it managed to overpower the Everstone energy, and allowed Springer to evolve into a Lucario so he could defeat Galladin.
  • Throwing the Fight: Flash and Astro attempt to do this with Tender and his Venomega, when they face each other in the finals of an Engagement Challenge and Flash isn't interested in getting engaged to Purity Babbelon. Though Tender ends up taking things way too seriously and has Venomega brutally attack Astro when Astro tries to throw the match.
  • Too Much Alike:
    • This ends up being the reason for conflict between Prongs and Viper in one chapter. As Twilight and Doc note, they are both stubborn and serious, so they end up clashing very easily with each other.
    • Twilight gets along great with Timber because they are so similar, but she realizes that the two of them are both too much alike. Spending time with him made her forget everything she learned traveling with Flash and revert to her old way of thinking. So she ultimately decides to stay with Flash instead of go traveling with Timber, because if she stayed with Timber she would never learn anything new.
  • Tournament Arc: There are several throughout the series. Some are quick contests that only last for one chapter, others take an entire arc to themselves.
    • The Sky Battle Tournament takes place in "Birds of a Feathers". Flash defeats his grandmother Cloud Clipper and wins the tournament, with Skyler evolving in the process.
    • The Hoof Cup takes place over the final 9 chapters of Harmony and Chaos, but drives the plot forward for the story when the group learns about it as early as "The Equestrian Champion". Doc ends up winning the tournament.
    • The Camp Everfree arc doubles as one. The camp has several actives the campers participate in that earn their cabins points, and at the end of the week whichever cabin has the most points has heir picture hung up in the hall of fame at camp. Sapphire Cabin, consisting of Flash, Twilight, Spike, and Doc, is the winner.
    • The Hoffington Battle Tournament is the penultimate arc of Equestrian Harmony. Lightning Blitz unfortunately wins, defeating Flash in the finals, and gives Flash a Heroic BSoD as a result.
    • In "The Ocean Champion", the "Ocean Champion Tournament" is held, a contest where Reptidal both wild and trained gather together to test their strength and determine who earns the title of "Ocean Champion". Flash and Riptide win the tournament, defeating Wingill and his shiny Reptidal, Fin, in the finals.
    • In "Coordinating a Grand Display", Equestria starts hosting Pokémon contests like in other regions, and the first one is held in Manehattan City. Rarity ends up winning the contest.
    • In "Balancing the Score", the Balance Battle Tournament is held in Splash-Splash-Splash Town, where teams of three Pokémon battle together and attempt to knock the opposing team off balance beams and into the "defeat area". The finals come down to Flash Sentry and Lightning Blitz, resulting in Flash's first ever victory against Lightning.
    • Baron Von Babbelon sets up a tournament as an Engagement Challenge in "Love, Pokémon Style" to determine who will get to marry his daughter Purity Babbelo. Although Tender Care forfeits in the finals against Flash Sentry, Flash turns down the chance to marry Purity.
    • Subverted with The Horizon Cup in Rival and Darkness. Though Flash plans to enter when he learns about it, he finds he is too late to register, since the last spot was already filled. The tournament does not take main focus of the story, and only brief glimpses of it are seen occasionally, never a full battle. Lightning Blitz ultimately wins it at the end of the story, but it is given little to no focus.
    • The Equestria League is of course the main tournament of the series and the goal of nearly every train is to enter and win it. After much buildup, the tournament officially begins with the preliminaries in "Racing to the League", with the entire tournament lasting until the penultimate chapter of the series. [[Flash ultimately wins the League, and goes on to defeat Shining Armor in the championship match to become the new champion.]]
  • Toxic Friend Influence: The more Twilight spends with Timber Spruce, the more she reverts back to her old way of thinking, believing that everything the Pokedex says is absolute, and not thinking outside the box at all. She also noticeably becomes a lot more aggressive and rude with Flash, causing a massive strain on their friendship due to constantly comparing him to Timber while ignoring or denying Timber's flaws entirely.
  • Translation Convention: Starting in Equestrian Adventures onwards, conversations the Pokémon have with each other are translated for the reader, most commonly while there are no human characters present.
  • Villain Episode: "Altar of Summons" focuses on Team Shadow, with Chrysalis and Doom Raizer investigating the Altar of Summons and battling three Legendary Pokémon. Flash and his friends still show up, but are only in the B-Plot of the chapter.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • In the early chapters Twilight and Doc would usually call out Flash on his hotheadiness and rushing into situations without making a plan. Especially after his first Gym Battle with Thorax, where his Pokémon suffered a Curb-Stomp Battle for no reason because he didn't make a plan beforehand.
    • Played for laughs when the group meets Flash's grandmother Cloud Clipper, who is upset at Flash for not keeping his promise to her to call her on his journey every now and then, since he hadn't called her once so far.
    • In "The Pokérus Training Ground", Twilight and Doc call out Flash when he pushes his team, as well as himself, way too hard for several days without proper food or rest, risking permanent or fatal damage to them all. Unfortunately, Twilight ends up pushing too hard and saying the wrong thing, causing Flash to lash back at them, saying he would be better off without them always bossing him around and holding him back.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Twilight tells Flash this when comforting him to help pull him out of his Heroic BSoD over his most recent loss to Lightning Blitz, reminding him of all he has accomplished and telling him he isn't worthless.
    Twilight: Even if Lightning beats you a hundred times, me, Springer, the rest of your team and every other friend you've made know that you are the one worthy of being the next Equestrian champion. The only one who doesn't know that...is you.

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