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  • Face Death with Dignity:
    • When it becomes obvious that Sabrina is going to defeat Dan, he refuses to run or beg and calmly waits for the inevitable. Subverted, since Sabrina has decided he put up enough of a fight to be worth sparing.
    • In Chapter 2 of the Pokémon G-Men Gaiden, Limone's Blaziken braces for the inevitable when he's about to be killed by a mind-controlled Protector.
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  • Fake Boobs: James uses these to get discounts at a knick-knack shop on Princess' Day via disguising himself as a woman.
  • Famed In-Story: As always, Champions are given high praise and booking. Eagun is also mentioned in a similar light.
  • Family Eye Resemblance:
    • Most of Ash's implied half-siblings have red eyes.
    • When Red meets Siebold, he notices he has similar eyes to the Sensational Sisters'.
  • Family Theme Naming: The Blackthorn Dragon Clan, at least on the male side, has names related to spear weapons. There's Lance, his father Halberd, and his grandfather Javelin. Other members include Clair's father Trishula note , his brother Sibat note  and Javelin's brother Yari. note 
  • Family of Choice: In Chapter 33, Misty says there is more to family than being related by blood when Belladonna calls herself Ash's sister, internally citing her own and Iris' experiences with their biological families.
  • Famous Ancestor:
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    • Word of God in chapter 24 says this world's King Kamehameha the first is Acerola's ancestor.
    • The Fisher clan has one in their founder Utsubotto, who was a Victreebel bloodliner.
    • If Lady Ilene is to be believed, Sir Aaron could be one to Ash. This is later confirmed, with the lineage specifically from Delia and Delia's father/Ash's Maternal Grandfather.
  • Fanservice: Execu Tivem Edlin suggests the author in the April Fool's chapter to do this to attract readers, to which he promptly refuses because he's unwilling to go to the extremes Execu Tivem Edlin is advocating. There are still some mild examples, such as the swimsuit calendar Lorelei gives Erika to convince her to battle Ash, and a pool scene with Brock and Lucy in their gaiden. Betty spent a significant part of the Wicke & Nephew oneshot in a yellow bikini, and there's also Misty going on a swimsuit-shopping spree with Ash aboard the S.S. Anne. Surprisingly, the scene between Ash and Iris under the waterfall heavily downplays it, since Iris doesn't make any attempt to make advances on Ash. The beach scenes in Chapters 41 do ramp it up a bit, especially compared to the relatively milder ones in Chapter 36.
  • Fantastic Racism:
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    • Considerable animosity exists between ordinary humans and bloodliners, though it's not all that prominent in the story (yet). It goes both ways, with many Humans fearing Bloodliners for their abilities, and their inexplicably raising numbers in recent times; and some bloodliners viewing themselves as superior to both humans and Pokémon, which means they deserve to rule over both.
    • Draconids vs Sootopolitans is a more mundane counterpart.
    • There are also cases of Pokémon who hate humans and viceversa, as seen in the G-Men Gaiden.
  • Fantastic Science: Studying Pokémon is considered a legitimate and important field of research.
  • Fantasy Conflict Counterpart: The current dynamic between the Trainer and Ranger states is very much an analogue for the Cold War.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: In addition to the canon examples, Vermell is from the Pokémon equivalent of Catalonia.
  • Fashion Show: Elesa inaugurates her new gym with one, intertwined with some Pokémon battles.
  • Fastball Special: Charizard does this with Jigglypuff during the battle against Sabrina's Pokemon to ensure the singing goes off in the distance.
  • Fat Bastard: Iris Gaiden has an overweight Simisear as a minor antagonist. Justified, since its motivations largely revolve around eating a lot.
  • Fate Worse than Death: According to Celebi, being trapped forever in the void of time and space would be this.
  • Feathered Fiend: The Spearow and Fearow flock on the road between Pallet Town and Viridian City is notorious for being easily angered. According to one Officer Jenny, they're among the last of the hyper-aggressive Pokémon of the pre-Oak Era.
  • Ferris Wheel Date Moment: Unsurprisingly, the Yancy Interlude features two, one at the beginning and one at the ending. In the second one, she even kisses Blake/Nate.
  • Fiction 500: Don Ash from the Ketchumverse Omakes, leader of a reformed Team Rocket.
  • Filth: Gladion's taste in literature is a source of comedy throughout his oneshot.
  • First-Person Perspective: The flashbacks of the Iris Gaiden are narrated this way, as she tells the stories herself for Ash and Misty to hear. The A.J Interlude also has a couple of these.
  • Final Solution: Some people have a downright genocidal hatred of Bloodliners.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: Tapu Koko threatens Zilant with this, after summoning a thunderstorm and channeling all its energy into one finger, pointed at his neck, for refusing a Z-Ring.
  • Fire-Forged Friends:
    • Gardenia and Sho have this dynamic in the Gardenia Interlude, as they team up to find Cheryl in the Old Chateau.
    • The Laramie Gaiden has this as its main premise. Leeroy Laramie, a Trainer, and Jenkins Jackrum, a Ranger, have to set aside their differences and accept each others' philosophies in order to survive and return home after getting stranded on a deserted Island.
    • Agatha and Samuel Oak went through this when they ventured in Drowning Woods in their youth.
    • Iris' first encounters with Emolga and Excadrill (back when he was Drillbur) had them starting with the wrong foot, but they eventually became friends after she helped them solve their issues.
    • It seems to be developing between Ryuga and Sawyer in the Steven Interlude, as the two work together to turn the tide of the battle in the Draconids' favor when they start losing ground.
    • Twofold example in the Red Five Island Interlude: Yellow ends up meeting the Resetverse's version of Ratty, who helps her break out of captivity, while Red finds the Hypno from Three Island's Berry Forest, who teams up with him to take down Deacon's Pokémon. After the ordeal, they end up joining.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning:
    • Tri-Attack manifests as this, firing the three elemental streams at once.
    • Brock owns a trio of Rhyhorn, known as the Rhyhorn Fang Brothers. They got that name due to being specifically bred with particular fang attacks in order to counter Pokémon Ground/Rock types would be weak against; more specifically, one knows Fire Fang, another knows Ice Fang, and the third knows Thunder Fang.
    • The three Pokémon used by Kiyo in his Gym, Hitmonlee, Primeape and Hitmonchan, can use Blaze Kick, Ice Punch and Thunder Punch respectively.
  • Fix Fic: It is inspired by Ashes of the Past after all.
  • Flanderization: Erika, and the Celadon Gym girls by extension, suffer this a bit due to being depicted into a lesbian community. On the other hand, original anime Erika wasn't a very popular character, there wasn't much material to work with her to begin with, and there are elements to her character outside of her sexuality.
  • Flipping the Bird: In Chapter 1 of the Drake Interlude, Drake's Dragonite does this to Gurkinn as it leaves with its trainer.
  • Floral Theme Naming:
    • In addition to the canon examples of Pokémon professors generally being named after trees, Frax and Velvet Lono both have names related to ash trees. Frax is short for "Fraxinus", the scientific name for the ash genus, and Velvet refers to a variety of ash tree introduced to Hawaii. Of course, both these names also reference the strong hints that they're Ash Ketchum's half-siblings.
    • Also the Cerulean Sisters, who are named after flowers, except for Misty.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Apparently Pokemon do not like being named this way. According to Scott, trainers had died for naming aggressive or prideful species names like Fred.
    • An outstanding example is Julius Garonte's Sylveon, nicknamed "Princess Sparky Eyes", who is confirmed to have mauled seventeen people to death.
  • Forbidden Friendship: In spite of the Trainer-Ranger divide, there are some people willing to be friends in spite of it, like Professors Oak and Hastings, as well as the soldiers Leeroy and Jenkins. The latter two never saw each other again after they parted ways, but the former two managed to keep in touch with several Secret Keepers knowing about it, understanding that if word ever gets out about it, the professors being executed for treason is a very likely possibility.
  • Forced to Watch: Sabrina in Chapter 34/35 lifts Ash with her psychic powers so he can see as she Mega Evolves her Alakazam.
  • Forced into Evil: It's implied that in the Bad Future, some of the bloodliners who allied with the Bloodline King against humanity did so only because their loved ones were taken hostage.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Times two. In chapter 16, Oak hopes that Ash never captures a Grimer or a Muk, since they smell bad and can be very clingy. Not only does Ash (re)capture his Muk upon going to Gringy City, but he also accidentally captures thirty-two Grimer, all of them just as clingy and hug-happy as Muk.
    • Given that Bloodliners are all Big Eaters, Lara's and Hex's stomachs rumbling alongside Ash's, Misty's, Iris' and Anabel's was an early hint to their status as Bloodliners.
    • After defeating Janine in Chapter 22, Paul mentally notes that his Raichu's performance was slipping, and considers releasing her if she doesn't improve. In Chapter 27, she gets knocked out by Iris's Excadrill in the Tag Tournament's semifinals, and he makes good on it.
    • At the beginning of Chapter 28, while exploring the Safari Zone, Misty jokes about Ash finding a Shiny Chansey, and he ends up catching one with his last Safari Ball. She and Anabel also muse about wanting to find an Eevee, and end up encountering one, which takes a liking to the latter.
    • Chapter 29 had hints of rain built up until Sligoo's use as Ash's final Pokemon. Then we all know what a Sligoo can do in rain...
    • In the Jeanette Interlude, A.J's Sandslash and Jeanette's Bellsprout quickly pick up that their trainers have become attracted to each other, and decide to plan to get them together during Christmas or Valentine's Day. Fast-forward to the Holiday Special 2017, they get them both Under the Mistletoe, with some help from Jeanette's parents.
    • When Ash receives a Z-Ring without Z-Crystals from Hala and Tapu Koko, he has a vision of canon battles with Z-moves. Of all the ones he saw, only one Z-Move wasn't one that has appeared in the anime at that point Psychium-Z.
      • Similarly to this, the history lesson via info dump Hala gives in Chapter 24 turned out to be hinting at what would happen ten chapters later.
    • In Chapter 23, Servine complains slightly about her arms shortening after she evolves. She expresses relief to still have them during the Saffron battle when she wields the laser spoons she takes from the enemy Kadabra and Alakazam. Then the next morning, she wakes up as a Serperior, and much to her chagrin, she no longer has arms.
    • At the end of the same Chapter, Giovanni mentions a scientist working to disprove the theory of human cloning being impossible. He's obviously talking about Dr. Fuji, Mewtwo's creator, who appears at the start of Chapter 37, musing about how he tried to clone his daughter Amber to revive her, moments before he's killed by his creation.
    • Red has a dream about facing Ash using his Pokémon Origins team at the start of the One Island Interlude, but at that point he only has three members of the aforementioned team: Charizard, Scyther, Persian and a Doduo (to possibly evolve to Dodrio). In the Four Island Interlude, he catches a Lapras and receives an Eevee egg, possibly his future Jolteon.
    • It was mentioned early on that Oak and Hastings often worked together in secret. Oak and Hastings Gaiden revealed that one such instance was the development of the device that pacified most dangerous Pokemon, which was the very research that Oak was credited with doing that made the world a better place.
  • For the Evulz: Both Accentus and Dainsleif respond "Because I choose to" when asked about the reason for their killing sprees.
  • For Want of a Nail: There are many changes from the original timeline. The bigger and more notable changes include:
    • The biggest one is the appearance of Bloodliners, which many canon characters became.
    • There is a culture clash between Trainer regions and Ranger regions, resulting in wars between the two ways of life, where it seemed both sides were at peace with each other in the original timeline.
    • Since the S.S. Anne does not sink and safely arrives to its destination, Ash's travelling route changes, and so does the order he challenges the Gyms after Vermillion: instead of going to Saffron City, he goes first to Celadon City and later goes to Fuchsia City. In the latter case, he fights against Janine instead of Koga.
    • Ash makes a point of legitimately earning his Kanto Gym Badges, recalling how more or less half of them were more reward than actual victories in the original timeline. He did this with the Boulder, Cascade and Rainbow Badges. The Marsh Badge counts to an extent as well, as it was earned in an actual battle, albeit in more extreme circumstances and with higher stakes.
    • Ash and Misty have caught several of their Pokémon at different locations and points in time (in Ash's case, even from regions outside Kanto), in addition to new ones they didn't have in the original timeline.
    • During Princess Day, since Misty doesn't take part in the tournament to win the Princess doll set, Jessie ends up winning it instead.
    • The Wicke & Nephew oneshot shows a timeline briefly where Wicke did not ignore her sister's taunts and stayed at a party: it is similar to the main story timeline bar the existence of Pannonicia, a half sister of the Ash/Zilant/Belladonna/et infinite quagmire.
    • Ash fights Giovanni directly for his Earth Badge in the Viridian Gym and manages to win against him in a full battle.
    • Several additional people make it to New Island to take Mewtwo's challenge, including Paul, Gary and Red.
    • The climatic battle goes slightly different: for starters, Mew does not intervene, having watched the whole thing from afar, and Sir Aaron's Lucario becomes Mewtwo's main direct opponent. Also, instead of having each Pokémon try to fight their clone one-on-one, the originals instead form groups and attack different opponents so as to get the upper hand, taking advantage of their strength in numbers as the clones take a while to be created and join the fray.
  • Foul Flower: Downplayed with Vileplume. While they generally aren't malevolent, they have a defense mechanism whereby they release toxic pollen that kills horribly. Woe betide the unaware hiker who unintentionally stumbles into one.
  • Four-Star Badass: General Javelin is shown to be a skilled Pokémon Trainer in the Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden.
  • Freaky Is Cool:
    • In the Jeanette Interlude, A.J. is actually excited to find out that Jeanette is a Bloodliner, because he's always wanted to meet one. It's also part of the reason he's attracted to her.
    • Joe in the Giselle Interlude is also interested in Bloodliners and their abilities, as he believes they could know firsthand what it feels to be like a Pokémon.
  • Free-Fall Romance: According to Iris, Dragonite do this for courting.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: After hearing Rosso's story as to why he acts like he does, Red and Yellow make it clear that no matter how many times he lost, bullying others the way he does is inexcusable.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Melanie's facility is protected by Bulbasaur statues that can fire lasers from the tips of their bulbs.
  • Friendly Rivalry:
    • Ash and A.J. have one of these.
    • Also Kiawe with Frax and Velvet, especially the former.
    • Played for Drama in the Cipher Interlude, with two trainers named Shawn and Jeff, who promised to each other to have a battle on the Pledge Grove to see which of the two was the better trainer. Jeff ran into Shawn in that place, and chose that very moment to challenge him, unaware that Shawn was in the middle of operation as a Cipher Peon and ended up getting killed for being in the wrong place at the worst time.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Red's Clefairy is only tolerated by his Pikachu and Charizard, all other Pokémon are disturbed by him, and his murderous tendencies towards Dragon-Types. Though this is softened later, thanks to interacting with some recently captured Pokémon who haven't experienced his antics and legitimately trying to fix his issues.
  • From Bad to Worse:
    • Misty never had the best relationship with her family, but her discovery of being a bloodliner caused them to go from mostly neglectful to downright abusive. It gets to a point she admits to herself to not missing her parents when they die.
    • Snivy also has this opinion when she's Wonder Traded to the Samurai.
    • Steven's reaction after he, Sawyer and Metagross are blasted out of the sky by a Draco Meteor, and then find themselves surrounded by angry Draconids.
    • Velvet was able to avoid swearing after Hala's Hariyama used Belly Drum to boost itself to max power under the knowledge of the energy it used to do so. She let a curse loose when it was then healed by Bewear's Pain Split after Bewear had healed itself with Rest, basically negating the downside of Belly Drum.
  • From Dress to Dressing: Chapter 2 sees Misty bandage Ash's chest injury with shreds from an old undershirt.
  • Frontline General: General Javelin fought alongside his men and Pokemon to face Twenty Gyarados Bill.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Discussed during a training session, Misty wonders if, since Iris is forcing them to spar shirtless with Ash, she'd try to up the ante to fight him in the nude.
    • The Chapter 44 omake has the Mewtwo battle going this way, since Ash, his female companions, Red and Yellow all end up losing their clothes when they're absorbed into Mewtwo's Dark Pokéballs.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum:
    • Grace gives one to Serena to get her to stop protesting about staying in Oak's Summer Camp. Apparently, whenever Grace calls her "Serena Yvonne Gabena", it's never good news.
    • Velvet tends to call Frax by his full name Fraxinus when he does something particularly bothersome.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • In Chapter 18, while Iris discusses with Ash how to train Goomy for offensive moves and evolving, Charmeleon gets into a Metal Claw fight with Excadrill, breaking a bunch of trees in the process. Their trainers just ignore them.
    • During Cynthia's oneshot while she is seeing visions of the past and possible future, she sees her birth. Her father is eating a muffin the entire length of it.
    • At least twice in Chapter 24, Team Rocket was heard being sent blasting off.
    • Ash's three-leeked Farfetch'd bursts out in a mad cackle during the Saffron Gym brawl.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Professor Oak invented a device for easier Pokémon rotation, which he named the Handheld Omnipowered Pokémon Expediter (H.O.P.E.) glove. Lampshaded when Gary asks him how long it took him to come up with the acronym.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Doctor Boxer, considered to be one of the best inventors in the world, albeit rather kooky.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: As in canon, Dario causes Lara to break her arm in the Big P Pokémon Race Interlude. She's still better off than her friend Hex, who spends two days out cold after getting shot with a tranquilizer dart.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: Several changes throughout the games and anime (New moves, new types, the segregation of physical and special moves) are a result of Cyrus messing with reality.
  • Gamer Chick: The Holiday Special 2016 implies that Krista's girlfriend is one, considering she asked for a Tembo game for Christmas.
  • Game of the Year Edition: What the 2018 main story April Fools chapter was, a 'Complete Edition' of the divided Sabrina chapters with a few additional scenes.
  • Gene Hunting: After her first encounter with Ash who she's convinced is her half brother, Belladonna starts looking for information about her father.
  • Generation Xerox: Defied by Koga, who wants to be a better father to his daughter than his own father was to him.
  • Generic Graffiti: Team Skull is notorious for "leaving their mark" on Alola. One member, known as Sketch, doesn't even need a can of spray paint to tag, since she's a Bloodliner who can generate paint with her fingers.
  • Genius Bruiser: Gonzap is a very strong and muscular man, but also smart enough to be the only member of Team Snagem to beat all their simulations until Wes arrives. He's further implied to be very good with technology.
  • Genki Girl: The Black Rose Tournament Interlude introduces Rhythm, a talkative, spunky ball of energy who gushes over getting to battle Ninja Riot, one of her idols. Not even losing her battle manages to slow her down.
  • Get Out!: Poor Laila's father told her to do this after finding out she was a Bloodliner.
  • Ghost Butler: One haunts the Old Chateau. Unfortunately, he's not at all benevolent.
  • Ghostly Chill: The Old Chateau is implied to have one, since Gardenia is described as feeling a chill several times.
  • Ghost Town: Sabrina's old hometown, Turquoise Town, ends up becoming one. After she leaves, the townsfolk leave the place and the bad memories associated with it behind. Within a year, it's completely abandoned.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: Kingler, as in canon. Ash's Krabby really wants to become one again and became one as of Chapter 36.
  • Giant Wall of Watery Doom: In the Laramie Gaiden, several lifeboats get engulfed in one after some angry Gyarados whip up a storm.
  • "Gift of the Magi" Plot: Defied by Guzma in the Holiday Specials, who expressly forbids his subordinates from selling their possessions to buy gifts in order to avoid this kind of scenario.
  • Gilligan Cut: When Frax and Velvet realise they need a Ride Pokemon which only Kiawe has access to, Kiawe tries to deny their request saying he needs the Ride Charizard for making deliveries. Cue the next scene where Kiawe can't believe the twins managed to convince him to help them.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Lots of male trainers lost to Erika because they were distracted by the affections between the girls in her gym.
  • Girls Behind Bars: Of the "nasty" variety rather than the "sexy" variety. Belladonna's mother is currently locked in a women's prison, and was beaten by her fellow inmates on at least five separate occasions because of what she did to her daughter.
  • The Glomp:
    • Like in canon, Ash's Muk really likes doing this to people. And so do the thirty-two Grimer Ash caught along with him. And then, Goodra also does it as soon as he reaches his final evolutionary stage.
    • Luana is apparently quite fond of doing this to her son Travis.
  • Goddamned Bats:
    • Ash an Co. encounter a large flock of Zubat and Golbat while exploring a cave in the Seafoam Islands. They defeat them easily, but Ash ends up catching them when he realizes the tide is raising and they could drown if left alone.
    • Red is attacked by a swarm of Zubat in the Icefall Cave in the Four Island Interlude, and almost falls into an icy river because of them. He and Yellow apparently encounter more of them in the Altering Cave when they get to Six Island.
  • Glorified Sperm Donor: It's heavily implied that one of the Seven Brothers was this to Ash, Red, Yellow, John Archer, Belladonna, and numerous others, possibly in the hundreds.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Some Bloodliners get these while using their powers.
  • Gluttony Montage: In Chapter 9/Giselle Interlude, Ash and Misty manage to defeat the students of Pokémon Tech, and choose an all-you-can-eat buffet of the school's excellent food as their reward. Thanks to them having heightened metabolisms due to being Bloodliners, this trope quickly ensues.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Despite James being a member of Team Rocket who once tried to steal his Pokemon and is currently stalking him, he and Ash were able to have a proper and fair battle in the Battle Dome Tournament. James never even tries to cheat, and the two of them really do enjoy their fight. James isn't even particularly bothered about losing.
  • Golden Super Mode: Break Evolution manifests as this, coating the Pokémon in a layer of golden pure energy.
  • Golf Clubbing: Guzma's abusive father used to hit him with his golf clubs. It traumatized the future Team Skull leader so badly that he retains a severe dislike of the game well into adulthood.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Defied. One of the many reasons for Ash to never ask Delia about his father is that she may tell him something about his father that he was better off not knowing. He was right.
  • Going Postal: Twenty Gyarados Bill ends up murdering his coworkers after one insult too many. However, what he did was far more premeditated than most fictional examples.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion:
    • Played with in the Misty Gaiden. The only reason Misty's parents didn't abort her was because they feared the negative publicity that might have resulted from it.
    • Wicke inverts this trope. Because she is a carrier for a unpleasant disease on one of her X-Chromosomes and as a Ranger Union citizen would get into severe trouble for screening gender in any child she has, she considers abortion necessary if she gets pregnant as, in her own words, she doesn't want to gamble with her child's wellbeing. The brief glimpse into the alternate universe where she had a child bewilders her for that reason as she struggles to imagine why she would take said gamble.
    • Deliberately in place with Delia and the mothers of all Ash's half siblings, even when they would have preferred to avert the trope.
  • The Good King: The Ancient King Kahele was one by all accounts.
  • Good Parents: Loads of them. By default, if parents have a Bloodliner child and don't mind it, they're assumed to be a good one. Specific examples:
    • For the main characters, Delia, Grace and Meyer definitely qualify, as they're shown to be very loving to their respective children.
    • Flint and Lola were this to Brock and his siblings, at least until their untimely deaths.
    • Koga to Janine, in contrast to how his own father was implied to be.
    • Kyle Narec to Evanna, raising her well and not turning against her when he learned she is a Bloodliner unlike Tokiomi to Aurora. Belladonna even calls him the one good parent she and her girlfriends had and said if she had to have a last name, it'd be Narec.
    • Anna to Arnold, and also to Laila when she takes her in after learning her own parents kicked her out.
    • Cynthia's parents, though they haven't appeared in her one-shot except in a brief Flashback, did their best to put food on the table so Cynthia could eat regularly. Apparently, that's leagues better than many of the other parents in Cynthia's hometown, with the point further driven home when Cynthia encountered one gang of older kids that didn't manage to eat in several days.
    • Jeanette's parents, Kaoruko and Kazuto, not only did not reject their daughter for being a bloodliner, they celebrated it.
    • Miles Jr. and Huuro are very good parents to their daughter Skyla, given how patient and supportive they are towards her.
    • Luana makes it clear that she ADORES her son Travis.
    • While Sabrina's father tells her that her powers endow her with certain responsibilities, he doesn't like people taking advantage of her.
    • Lara's and Hex's respective parents, since they already know they're bloodliners and didn't reject them. Hex's mother even died to protect her from a Beedrill swarm.
    • Fitzdane's mother didn't reject him for being a bloodliner. Unfortunately, the townsfolk had other ideas.
    • From what is seen in his interlude, Sho has a fairly good relationship with his parents.
    • Zilant gets along very well with his step-father. His mother not so much.
    • Regina and Silver, Ritchie's mother and step-father, are very loving and supporting to him.
    • The local priest at Mars' hometown kindly took in Kibou when she was left in front of his door. Sadly, said man was William Stronger, who'd grow to become the infamous Bloodliner Hunter, though Kibou died before this could become an issue.
    • Solidad's parents, Solange and Helios, competitive antics aside, love their daughter very much, and support her despite having some concerns about the path she chose to reach her goal.
  • Good People Have Good Sex:
    • If Chapter 25 is any indication, Norman and Caroline have a very fulfilling sex life.
    • Explored by Anna in Chapter 27: The father of Arnold/ Ash and many more was, by her own admittance, her most physically pleasing lover. However there had been something missing, and two other lovers she had later had that even if they were not the most physically pleasing and thus she preferred them to him.
    • If Lillie's flashback in the Holiday Special 2017 is an indication, Mohn and Lusamine were another example back then.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: Mega Evolution is powered by the bonds between trainer and Pokémon, but as proved by Twenty Gyarados Bill and Tarasque, it can be used for evil purposes.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: The Guzma Interlude has the Bad (Team Skull) vs the Evil (Team Cipher). The Good (the Kahunas) are present but did not participate in the initial clash.
  • Goofy Suit: In The Stinger of the Hala and Hau Interlude, Frax and Velvet have to dress up as Bug-type Pokémon (the former as a Ledian, the latter as an Ariados) as part of their volunteering to work the registers at the Aether Bug Catching Contest.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Vermillion Officer Jenny led the Squirtle Squad to an ambush in an underground route to put an end to their antics once and for all. She succeeded at the cost of a cave in that apparently buried them alive.
  • Go to Your Room!: After arguing with his daughter about her essay on Twenty Gyarados Bill, Sabrina's father sends her to her room.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Some trainers have this as their specific goal to become Pokémon Masters, most of the time focusing on a specific type.
  • Gotta Kill Them All: After finding out that one of his brothers broke the "have no children" pact and left lots of kids all over the world, Capriccio starts making plans to kill every last one of his nieces and nephews.
  • Government Conspiracy: Belmondo reveals to Clemont that he's working for a faction within the T.A.T.O. government whose supporters are very paranoid about a possible attack from the Ranger Union nations, and they're kidnapping him so he can help them in developing weaponry to deploy against the Rangers.
  • Graceful Loser: Most Gym Leaders. Notably, Lt. Surge outright states he'd be happy to have Ash watching his back in a real war.
  • Grandfather Clause: In-Universe example. After Twenty Gyarados Bill's rampage, using a Gyarados in Johto is seen as tasteless and offensive. However, since Blackthorn's Dragon Clan have been using them for generations and it's one of the Clan's signature mons, they get a pass.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language:
  • Great Big Library of Everything:
    • The Rotan Royal Library has over 700 million books, and some of the most comprehensive information on bloodliners in the world.
    • Alola apparently had one of these during the era of King Kahele.
  • Great Offscreen War:
    • The Trainer-Ranger wars, conflicts between the regions of the Main series and the Ranger spinoffs. It is suggested there are still serious tensions between the two, and the exact outcome of these wars hasn't been stated yet.
    • Ninja wars were also mentioned in the Koga and Janine short. The Sanpei oneshot adds another reference.
    • In John Archer's Gardevoir's Flashbacks, it's revealed that there were some pretty bloody conflicts between Hoenn and the Draconids.
    • According to the characters in the Bad Future, there was a Bloodline War that even involved Legendaries, Ultra Beasts and Shadow Pokémon.
  • Green Around the Gills:
    • Luana goes green and nearly vomits after One Eye eats his own damaged eye.
    • Ash's face also goes green when Dexter tells him that Crabrawler's arms fall off and are edible.
    • Misty as well, when told about Ariados feeding by sucking its prey's body fluids, mainly blood. She later reacts similarly to when a Seel she caught reveals the Zubat and Golbat in the Seafoam Islands' cave prey on them for blood.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: During the battle within the Gringy City Power Plant, while fighting a swarm of Weedle, Charmeleon uses an Ekans as a whip (whacking it in the head whenever it tries to bite him) and when he gets tired, he decides to "use Fling" with it.
  • Groin Attack:
    • Georgia manages to defend herself from The Reaper this way.
    • Laila does this to Butch's Drowzee, causing it to lose its telekinetic grip on Arnold.
    • When Hareta accidentally tosses his poke ball too hard, it hits Park between the legs. Everyone presents winces in sympathy. And then somehow Piplup ends up stuck between Park's legs.
  • Growling Gut: When Ash and Misty get hungry, their stomachs start rumbling like thunderheads. This is presumably true for other Bloodliners as well, considering that very active metabolisms appear to be a universal trait among them.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Kaiser, like in canon. Of course, since he's no longer bound by the standards of a family-friendly franchise, he can express his displeasure by swearing this time around.
  • Guardian Entity: Gardevoir and Gallade, as in canon. The different approaches they take are a major plot point in the Wally Interlude.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy:
    • During their infiltration of the Gringy City power plant, Ash and company manage to sneak past some mind-controlled Koffing on the back of Misty's Gyarados. Justified, because Koffing have terrible hearing and being mind-controlled is implied to impair a Pokémon's mental abilities.
    • A Zenith grunt managed to sneak past security into a restricted area of the Devon HQ to steal a device inside a vault. Had he not been casually spotted by Sawyer, who relayed it to Steven, he might have gotten away unnoticed.
  • Gun Nut: Lilo explicitly describes Kaiser in such terms.
  • Guns Are Worthless:
    • Belladonna certainly thinks so, believing them nothing more than items the powerless use to help them feel powerful. Since she can block bullets using Sludge Wave, it's not an entirely unjustified opinion.
    • During the escape from Team Rocket's lab, Krysta uses a Blizzard attack to hold off the armed guards while Lance opens the hatches for them to flee. When the guards try to shoot at them, their weapons get stuck due to being frozen.
    • When the Pride Sniper tries to shoot at Gligarman with a handgun, the latter throws a small Gligarang at it, blowing it up when the criminal tries to fire.
  • Gunship Rescue: Hunter J's airship shows up in the nick of time to pick her and the Pride Sniper up at the end of the Gligarman Interlude, helping them escape the heroes.
  • Gut Punch: While things are Darker and Edgier to begin with in the new timeline, including elements such as more aggressive wild Pokémon and battle injuries having the potential for more serious consequences, there wasn't really any sign that things were necessarily worse. Then Ash found the graves of Brock's parents in Chapter 5, showing that, yes, some things were irretrievably lost in the transition. While the story still isn't hopeless, Ash's discovery established once and for all that despite Arceus's efforts to save the universe, there are things, even people, that are never coming back. From that point on, there are undertones of melancholy in the story, since Ash is well aware that some aspects of the original timeline are gone forever.
  • Had To Be Sharp: Dexter mentions that Beedril did, due to concentrated efforts by humans to wipe them out.
  • Hahaha No: Pikachu, Squirtle and Pidgeot spot the mountan where they once got trapped in the snow. Roggenrola asks if they plan to go through that again and they just laugh it off.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: There's a large Spearow and Fearow flock on Route 1 whose members are some of the last of the "hyper-aggressive Pokémon of old", and being seriously inbred hasn't helped calm them down. As a result, just about anything can send them into a killing frenzy.
  • Halloween Episode:
  • A Handful for an Eye: As shown in the Erika Interlude, this can happen with powder moves. If the powder gets in a Pokémon's eyes, they can get severely irritated. This even affects Grass-types, who are normally otherwise immune to such attacks. True, the debris may not be physically thrown, but the same basic principle applies.
  • Happily Married:
    • Norman and Caroline, definitely.
    • Garmon and Pia apparently were this at one point, according to Wicke, but she changed.
    • Silver and Regina, despite some minor issues, are very happy together.
    • Solange and Helios love to bicker and compete against each other, but they're otherwise this.
  • Happy Birthday to You!: Sung to Ash in "Happy Birthday, Ash!"
  • Hard Light: The Fanfic's take on Infestation manifests as bugs mage of solid green light binding enemies and biting into them.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Part of the reason Captain Crook hates Bloodliners is because they're born with qualities and abilities no human could hope to achieve. He considers it unfair that they have power "handed" to them, while people like him have to work hard to become strong.
  • Harmful to Minors: When she was just twelve years old, poor Georgia had to see her parents' charred corpses after they were murdered by the Reaper. Even worse, he then decided to kill her too.
  • Hate Sink: Several characters:
    • Joshua from the Summer Camp Oneshot. A cheater and unrepentant Jerkass, who is clearly not meant to be liked at all. He only gets worse during the Ritchie oneshot.
    • Ash's father. Despite not making (yet) a full appearance in the story, or not even knowing his identity for that matter , it's clear he's somebody also never meant to be liked. Gary has well prepared "The Reason You Suck" Speech in case he ever meets him and Delia outright refuses to call him "Ash's Father" (referring him as merely "that man"). The fact that he's confirmed to be a criminal who also sired literally hundreds of bastard children whom he obviously never cared to support in any way only adds to this. And all this without factoring in the hints that he may have used his Bloodline powers to mind control women into sleeping with him, which (if true) would probably make him a sex offender on top of everything else. This was foreshadowed early on by MissingNo, who outright told Ash that he wouldn't have a good relationship with his father, hinting that he wasn't a very likeable man.
    • Dario. Not so much in the main story where he falls under Offscreen Villainy, but definitely qualifies in the Big P Pokemon Race Interlude and Lara Gaiden oneshots, where besides being an unrepetant cheater, he's not above causing serious injuries to other people just to get potential competition out of the way. To top it all off, he has the gall to accuse Lara and Ash of cheating when he was far worse by any objective measure. The authors had this trope in mind when writing the oneshots, so when his inevitable death at Sabrina's hands came it felt more like Kick the Son of a Bitch and less of an Alas, Poor Villain.
    • Damian. He was pretty much an asshole in canon, but the Charmander Gaiden shows in full how he treats his Pokémon. The worst part, he refuses to acknowledge that it's his own fault that they're growing weaker, even when called out on it.
    • Mars' uncle and aunt. Is it any wonder that after killing her friend Kibou and planning to frame her, she snapped and had her Bronzor crush them to death?
  • Haunted House: The Old Chateau is featured in the Gardenia Interlude.
  • Have We Met?: Due to getting a feeling of familiarity after touching Ash, Misty asks him this when he wakes up in the Pokémon Center. Of course, he can't tell her the truth without sounding either dishonest or insane, but Team Rocket's attack thankfully cuts their conversation short.
  • Head Pet:
    • Inverted with Twenty Gyarados Bill, who was known for riding on First's head.
    • Played straight with Betty Snyder's Joltik.
  • Healing Factor: Pokémon heal a good deal more quickly than humans. It's implied that bloodliners are also fast healers.
  • Heroic Dog: Anna and Arnold own an Arcanine and a Growlithe, respectively. Both are loyal to their respective humans and fiercely protective of their owners/trainers and others.
  • Heroic Lineage:
    • Many of the Froakie in Sanpei's village are descended from the Hero Greninja.
    • If Lady Ilene is to be believed, Ash himself might be a descendant of Sir Aaron.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Elite Four Member Denki Tekina manages to fatally wound Twenty Gyarados Bill at the cost of his own life, ending his final rampage. Due to the fact that he only used six Pokémon during his entire career, the T.A.T.O. representatives set the six-Pokémon limit for all trainers, and named it the "Denki Tekina Protocol" in his memory.
    • Hex's mother died shielding her daughter from a Beedril swarm.
    • Subverted with Adalbert Hastings, who almost pulls one so Samuel Oak can continue when they're attacked by wild Pokémon, but the latter tackles the former out of the way and prevents him from doing so.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Absol are seen uneasily by older trainers as shown in the Astrid Gaiden, though it is less seen in younger ones.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Mr. Henderson's class at Pewter's Trainer School is full of fans of Solidad.
  • He’s Back: In the Brock & Lucy Gaiden, after finishing his training with Lucy, Brock tells a challenger who expected an easy victory and ended up curb-stomped to tell everyone else out there that if they want a Boulder Badge, they'll have to work for it. Sure enough, in less than a month his winning rate has improved up to 93%.
  • "Hey, You!" Haymaker: Blaine gives one to a Rocket Grunt in his interlude.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Several. For some time, there was no clear indication as to what Giovanni, the Bloodline King, or MissingNo are up to or why they were interested in Ash. Though it appears that the Bloodline King is interested in Ash because he's a Dual Bloodliner while Giovanni is interested in Ash because he thinks Ash is crucial for dealing with the Bloodline King.
    • It has more recently been established that Giovanni wanted Ash to be a hero to serve as a contrast to the Bloodline King, taking a more explicitly heroic role in opposition to the King, keeping an eye on him to 'protect' him from such threats as someone trying to kill his mother. As for the Bloodline King, so far his agenda appears to be a straightforward plan of world conquest with his various illegitimate children as his army.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: The third rule of the Ninja covers this: stating that a Ninja can be stealthy when you are better served to not be stealthy.
  • High-Voltage Death:
    • How several of Bill's Gyarados meet their end in the Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden.
    • An unfortunate lifeguard suffers one in the Luana Gaiden when he gets fatally electrocuted by a vengeful Electabuzz. Said Electabuzz goes on to kill several more humans in the same way.
    • William Stronger attempts this on Fitzdane with his Manectric's Thunder attack. Subverted because Fitz survives it and this triggers his Torrent ability, though Ultima does note that a normal human being would have most likely been killed.
  • Hit So Hard, the Calendar Felt It: Professor Oak's research in making wild Pokémon less aggressive was very important to society. In fact, it was so important that when he succeeded in his endeavor, it was dubbed the start of the Oak Era.
  • Hockey Fight: One of these broke out at an ice rink Lorelei and Frey were attending, forcing the police to cord the area.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Happens to Damian in the Misty Gaiden. When he starts to lose to Misty, he gets angry and tries to send another Pokémon to restrict her Wingull. He chose a Tentacruel, accidentally helping Misty realize she could Mind Control Water-types, which she quickly takes advantage of to give him a lesson.
  • Hold the Line: In the second chapter of the Steven Interlude, Team Zenith attempts to hold off the Draconids while their leader Zevie completes their plan, though Steven does manage to get away to confront him personally.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: A number of Pokémon adaptations of aphorisms are mentioned, such as "the Torkoal beats the Bunnelby", "he's acting like somebody kicked his Growlithe", and, of course, "hold your Ponytas".
  • Hollywood Satanism: Referenced when Pikachu mentions being afraid of running into a cult of MissingNo worshippers.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: Joseph Stone, who legitimately wants to help the less fortunate, and approached Lysandre with an offer for the two of them to establish a foundation for that purpose during a holiday charity event.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Forge Smith asks Ash for his phone number, since he doesn't have the first clue about the Internet.
  • Hope Spot:
    • After having his operation taken down by Ash, Felgrand thinks he at least has a chance to start again. But then he runs into Jessie, James, and Meowth, who capture him for operating in Team Rocket territory without permission.
    • Poor, poor Butterfree. He finds the spot where his species finds mates, and even manages to find his mate from the previous timeline. Thing is, she doesn't remember him, and is with another Butterfree in a perfectly happy relationship. In the end, he makes the choice to let her go, one of the most difficult decisions in either one of his lifetimes.
    • Played for Laughs in the Whitney One-Shot: one of her challengers managed to defeat her Miltank, and cheers in joy thinking that the worst is over, feeling he can defeat Whitney's remaining Pokemon, regardless of what they are. Whitney then sent in another Miltank. The challenger broke down in tears.
    • In the Frax & Velvet Interlude, the title characters go to Poni Island to gather some flowers from the meadow. Velvet remains wary all the time, but when Frax manages to pick up the flowers without a hitch, she sighs in relief, thinking they can go home. Then a group of wild Pokémon in the hundreds, led by a very angry Totem Leavanny shows up...
    • Ash's Charizard manages to beat Mewtwo's clone Charizard, so the trainer quickly goes into a The Power of Friendship speech to try and make him back off his world domination/genocide plans. Rather than listening, Mewtwo summons his dark Pokéballs to capture not just the Pokémon, but Ash himself.
    • During the second part of Mewtwo Strikes Back, [[Red's Clefairy]] makes a sincere attempt to reach out to his clone to stop the fighting. It almost works, until Fraxure misunderstands the intention and attacks Clefairytwo, thinking it was just a distraction.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager:
    • Apparently, a lot of Erika's challengers were this, much to her chagrin.
    • Ash believes Delia would say this about him finding Misty in a swimsuit attractive.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Jeanette Fisher's grandfather is implied to have been this. He almost married his daughter Kaoruko to Capriccio of all people, while he disapproved of Kazuto for coming from Gringy City (back in the time it lived up to its name). Fortunately, he came around when Kazuto showed him the truth.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Hunter J is one of the most widely feared criminals in the world, but the Emissary manages to unnerve her in Chapter 13.
  • Horse of a Different Color: It's pretty common for people to use Pokémon as steeds. This is specially prevalent in Alola, with Ride Pokémon being used frequently for transportation.
    • For literal examples, in Kanto there's the Ponyta/Rapidash line, and in Alola the Mudbray/Mudsdale line. To an extent, the Blitzle/Zebstrika line in Unova also qualifies.
  • Hospitality for Heroes:
    • Forge Smith gives Ash a holder to repay him for saving him from a robbery.
    • Old man Masuda gives Ash and his companions entry to the Eevee Bros. party after they fend off the Team Rocket trio when they tried to rob him.
  • Hostile Weather: When she was very young, Evanna's birth parents were killed in Typhoon Urobuchi.
  • Hot Springs Episode: Part of Chapter 37 takes place in the Cinnabar hotspring.
  • House Fey: Mimey, a part Fairy-type who does housework for Delia and also helps out in her restaurant, Pallet House.
  • House Fire:
    • Alish's parents died in one.
    • Red is implied to have escaped one in his childhood, if his dreams are anything to go by, and it's strongly implied he might have caused it by accident.
    • The Bloodliner Hunter attempts to kill one of his victims in one, but fails thanks to Frey's intervention.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl:
    • Ritchie's mother Regina is absolutely dwarfed by Silver, her husband.
    • A more extreme example, AZ and Emma in the second holiday special.
    • Also the Hiker and Mizu.
  • Human Mom Nonhuman Dad:
    • It's heavily implied that Ash, Red, Yellow, John Archer, Belladonna, and a lot of other Bloodliners are the result of this kind of relationship, having human mothers and the same Bloodliner father.
    • The Jeanette Interlude reveals that the Fisher Clan's founder was a Victreebel Bloodliner, who apparently married a human woman.
  • Humans Are Flawed: A major theme of the story is that humanity is capable of both great good and great evil. It's noted by multiple characters that the human race as a whole is making a sincere effort to improve, even if there are some who are willing to cause great harm.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: There are a number of Pokémon who hold this view. As Iris's grandfather points out, many of them think of humans as being "violent, unruly and destructive", and not without reason.
    • Feu, the Combusken in the G-Men Gaiden, holds this view after he witnesses Accentus' killing spree and his kidnapping of his mother.
    • Mewtwo attempts to justify his actions with this, arguing that all humans would want to either destroy or control him for his power.
  • Humble Pie: The Golden Generation are served big slices of it after getting easily defeated by Ash and Misty.
  • Hungry Jungle: "Shadows of the Jungle" is set in a Guyana rainforest. Since it's a Halloween special, the jungle setting is downright horrifying.
  • Hypocrite: The captured Zenith grunts beg Steven that he saves them from the Draconids, yet still refuse to cooperate when he asks for information about their plans.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Ash calls the girls out for berating him on trying to surf the Humungadunga, when they're willing to brave an unnatural rainstorm to get to New Island. Misty counters that riding on Gyarados is safer than on a surfboard.
  • Hypothetical Casting: Cross and the readers have voiced their opinions on "casting" multiple times, through author's notes and polling, respectively. This includes Todd Haberkorn as Ash, Michelle Ruff as Misty, Crispin Freeman as Red, Tara Strong as Yellow, Yuri Lowenthal as Gary, Stephanie Sheh as the Nurse Joys, and Julie Ann Taylor as Belladonna.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Red tries to convince Ash to "stop holding back" during the Tag Tournament, but the latter refuses to use his bloodliner powers for competitive battling since he considers it cheating. Red for his part considers that Ash is disrespectful to his opponents in doing so.
  • I Am What I Am: Said by Ash to Sabrina after she reveals the truth about his father and his birth circumstances during Chapter 34, though she doesn't deny it.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: A trainer working for Giovanni begs his companions to kill him after he gets fatally poisoned by a wild Beedrill in "Shadows of the Jungle". However, none of them have the heart to do it, and he dies in agony.
  • I Can't Believe I'm Saying This: Samurai in Chapter 31 feels strange about rooting for Ash against Joshua.
  • I Can't Do This by Myself: Indirectly stated by Ash to his team, when he says they all have to get stronger to protect the family and friends they still have.
  • I Come in Peace: The Bloodliner Hunter attempts to sweet-talk to the Gray Poochyena telling her he means no harm. She isn't fooled in the least.
  • Identical Grandson:
    • While it is currently unknown if the entire thing is true or not, Belladonna is noted to resemble Felgrand's mother immensely. Given that it is hinted she is his niece, this trope would be in effect, and to a lesser extent having Ash, Red, and John Archer resemble their grandmother, though not enough that Felgrand was able to pick up on it.
    • Jeanette Fisher looks like a younger version of her mother Kaoruko.
  • I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham: When Grace drops Serena off at Oak's summer camp while she takes part in the Kanto Rhyhorn Race Cup, the girl is sure that she'll hate it there. While she does have a rough start, she eventually grows to like it, partly due to the influence of Ash.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: It's doubtful that many people would want to go hiking in Drowning Woods.
  • I Feel Guilty; You Take It: Tristan comes to give Joey the Pokémon egg from the Cherrygrove tournament because he feels he didn't earn it fair, when Joey burst into tears for everyone still making fun of him. Joey turns it down, because he never entered the tournament for the egg anyway.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...: The original Raikou appears in Pallet Town and attacks Anabel before abrutply stopping. When she asks why it attacked her, it says the following:
    "Little in-betweener, if I had been trying to attack you, you wouldn't be standing nor breathing."
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Not outright stated, but Tommy realizes this when he's about to finish the tyrant Nidoking off.
  • I Gave My Word: Despite her animosity to Sootopolitans, after Steven helps the Draconids recover their stolen lore, Zinnia offers him any favor he wants as thanks. Steven then uses it to get the captured Zenith grunts to be spared and taken back to the city, as he promised them before when questioning them.
  • I Have a Family: A guard in the Gringy City power plant says this while begging Belladonna to spare his life. Because of the memories this brings up for her, she lets him live.
  • I Have No Son!:
    • Belladonna's mother kicked her out when she turned out to be a lesbian.
    • Aurora's father disowned her after discovering she was a bloodliner.
    • Laila's parents also chased her out of their home when they learned she was a bloodliner.
  • I Have This Friend...: Ash almost lets slip his experiences with Charizard during his disobedient phase in the previous timeline, but quickly corrects himself and says "a friend's Charizard".
  • I Have Your Wife: In the Bad Future, some Bloodliners fought on the Bloodline King's side against their will because their loved ones were taken hostage.
  • I Know You Know I Know:
    • Chapter 32, Gary is having a full battle against Paul. Gary knew that Paul's Torterra could use Stealth Rock, so he prepared accordingly with a few Pokémon ready to counter it. However, Paul anticipated that he would do that, and countered by switching Torterra out and sending a Pokémon to crush Gary's Pokémon without effort.
    • Similarly, after his battle with Janine, Ash prepares for the possibility of Blaine having a Fire-type with Stealth Rock. Blaine anticipates this and substitutes his regular Magcargo (who uses Stealth Rock) for a different one.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Limone's Blaziken recognizes the mind-controlled Protector as the Meowstic he once mated with. He tries to get through to her, but Dainsleif reinforces his mind control when it begins to falter.
  • I Let You Win:
    • During Ash's battle with Paul, Charmeleon defeats Paul's Grotle with relative ease. Misty gets the feeling that Paul had almost thrown that match, and she turns out to be right; before being defeated, Paul had signaled Grotle to set up a Stealth Rock by snapping his fingers.
    • Red believes that Ash did this in the Battle Dome Tournament, for not using his bloodliner powers.
    • Ash faces a disguised Alexander Silph in Chapter 41, and the guy reveals he used a Beta as opposed to an Alpha team to fight Ash just to test his skills.
  • Imagine Spot: In Chapter 21, Ash has one about the demands other gym leaders might make of him before they let him battle them.
  • I Meant to Do That: Septimus in the Fuchsia tournament tries to pass his Gyarados falling asleep and collapsing on the field off as using "Slam". Of course nobody believes it.
  • Impact Silhouette:
    • In the Steven Interlude, Sawyer launches the Bagon he befriended towards the Team Zenith admins, who raise Protect. The attack misses and crashes into the mountain wall leaving a Bagon-shaped hole in it, which of course was their intended target all along.
    • In Chapter 34/35, Charizard throws Krabby at Sabrina, who kicks her through a wall with a Stomp attack.
  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: So far only Ash's Pokémon Sabrina and Mewtwo are aware that Ash is essentially doing his journey over for a second time, with all parties assuming that he's just a naturally gifted trainer rather than realising that he's using the knowledge he gained in the original history.
  • I'm Not Doing That Again: At the end of the Frax & Velvet Interlude, Velvet makes it clear that's she's not coming again with Frax to gather flowers on the meadows.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Dario isn't a very good shot with a sniper rifle, especially not when he's panicking. Justified, because he's implied to have only recently gotten his, and so probably didn't have much (if any) time to practice with it.
  • Implausible Deniability: Joshua in the Summer Camp oneshot tries to convince Professor Oak that he wasn't cheating... despite his cell phone's web browser showing that he was clearly looking up the answers online.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: In Chapter 21, Ash has an Imagine Spot of Elesa making him fill in for one of her models... which involves wearing an ensemble that, according to the narration, would make both May and Dawn froth with rage.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: Evanna somehow managed to survive the typhoon that killed her parents.
  • Improvised Lightning Rod: Ash developed a method of dispersing Electric attacks by striking the ground with a physical Steel-type attack. He demonstrates this during his battle against Lt. Surge, by having his Charmander hit the ground with Metal Claw, so it doesn't get hurt by a Shock Wave fired by his opponent's Joltik. Later on, Misty borrows this technique by teaching her Gyarados Iron Tail so that it can be less vulnerable when fighting Electric-types.
  • Improvised Parachute: After being knocked off the Vermillion City gym's ceiling by Ash's Charmander, Lt. Surge's Joltik uses Spider Web to make itself a parachute so that it can fall more safely.
  • Inbred and Evil: Well, "evil" may be a stretch, but severe inbreeding can apparently make Pokémon far more aggressive than normal. This can be seen in the Spearow and Fearow flock that appears in Chapter 2.
  • Incest Is Relative: The Spearow and Fearow flock on the road between Pallet Town and Viridian City have apparently been inbreeding for generations. This is why they're still extremely aggressive, even after Professor Oak's efforts to make wild Pokémon less bloodthirsty and territorial.
  • Industrial Ghetto: In a change of pace Gringy City isn't this anymore.
  • Indy Escape: Defied in the Cynthia Gaiden. When Cynthia activates the giant rolling boulder trap, instead of trying to escape, her Riolu destroys it with a single punch.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Used as a Running Gag, especially among villains.
    • Professor Oak says he doesn't have the time or the alcohol to recount the story of how he found out Ash was a bloodliner.
    • Scouse had to fill in as a waiter at a political dinner, and got himself very drunk to cope with the "exposure to so much concentrated hypocrisy", as one of his coworkers puts it.
    • Tobias demanded rum after finding out the true nature of Santa Claus and the origin of Christmas.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: When Hala asks Hau if he thinks trials are obsolete, Hau says no, despite how appealing a Pokémon League might seem. Then Hala points out he never said anything about a League.
  • Info Dump: Hala has a lengthy reflection on the ancient history of Alola.
  • In Its Hour of Need: The Hero Greninja and his followers promised to return to the Ninja Village if it was ever in trouble again.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Even considering all the changes between timelines, as well as Ash and his Pokémon having awareness of what happened the first time around, some events happen more or less as they did in canon. Examples include:
    • Despite arriving in time to Oak's lab, Ash finds out that the three starter Pokémon have already been claimed.
    • Ash and Pikachu are still attacked by a Spearow flock on the road to Viridian City, this time even without provocation.
    • Misty has the same Psyduck she involuntarily caught in the anime. Only this time she appears to actually have caught it on her own violition, plus she already had it by the time she met Ash.
    • Despite her completely different upbringing, Iris has the exact same Axew, Excadrill, and Emolga she had in the anime, in addition to having been raised alongside her Dragonite.
    • Ash once again finds himself banned from entering Erika's gym, albeit this time for a reason out of his control.
    • Lara still gets her arm broken, forcing her out of the Big P Pokémon Race. Fortunately, like in canon, Ash is able to fill in for her.
    • Jessie catches her Lickitung at the same location and in pretty much the same circumstances as in canon. The other Team Rocket mons obtained are similarly the same ones, even in completely different contexts.
    • Corey, Fergus and Neesha, the three characters from the first movie, receive the invitation from Mewtwo and they all make it to New Island, although this time around they aren't the only ones.
    • Corey and Neesha, along with Ash, are the ones who take on Mewtwo's Venusaur, Blastoise and Charizard clones, respectively. Although Corey and Neesha put up a better fight this time around, and Ash actually manages to win thanks to his Bloodliner powers, Mewtwo still decides to use his dark Poké Balls to claim every Pokémon in sight (and then some).
    • MissingNo mentions that all the people and Pokemon Ash met in the previous timeline are still tied to him. Hence why Ash, and to a lesser extent other trainers, end up finding the exact same Pokemon they had in the previous timeline, and how Ash ends up meeting the same people, even if it's under different circumstances.
  • Inspirational Insult: The catalyst for Twenty Gyarados Bill becoming the man who destroyed coastal Johto was when he was given a Magikarp as a mocking gift and was told that he was just like it, that is, useless and pathetic. Bill however remembered that they have a huge amount of potential, and drew inspiration from the insulting prank.
  • Instant Expert:
    • On the whole, either averted or played with in the story. Bloodliners avert this by needing time to develop their abilities regardless of what type of bloodline they have, while Ash's skills as a Trainer look like this to an outsider but they don't know he has skills from the original timeline.
    • Zigzagged with the use of Mega Evolution. Inexperienced trainers and Pokémon can have problems to control the power, causing the Pokémon to go berserk, but it's possible to get through if they share a strong bond of trust and friendship. On the other hand, more experienced trainers are capable of pulling off a perfect Mega Evolution on the first try.
    • Averted with Ash and his first Z-move. While he was able to pull it off thanks to having some knowledge of it via Dexter and a vision a few chapters earlier, he still makes mistakes with the poses, affecting the amount of power that was used. While it was still successful, it had room for improvement.
  • Instant Messenger Pigeon:
    • Falkner's family used to train the Flying-types they bred as messengers and couriers, until technological advances made them obsolete.
    • Pallet Town's post office still employs Pidgey for "snail mail", as shown in the Oak's Summer Camp Gaiden.
    • Mewtwo has Instant Messenger Dragonite at his service.
  • Instant Sedation: Hex passes out almost immediately after Dario accidentally shoots her with one of his tranquilizer darts. Justified, because said tranquilizer was designed for use on "livestock" Pokémon like Ponyta. The story also makes it clear that such a powerful tranquilizer could kill her if she doesn't get prompt medical attention.
  • Insult of Endearment: Snivy fondly refers to Ash as "[my] idiot" in Chapter 16, and continues to do so from time to time.
  • Intangibility: As per canon, Ghost-type Pokémon have the inherent ability to phase through solid matter. The vigilante Decid-Arrow also displays this by vanishing into the ground.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: A Ketchumverse omake has the Ash from Reset briefly enter the world of a oneshot by the author known as Too Many Ashes.
  • Internal Reveal: A major one for Ash in Chapter 34. Sabrina reveals to him everything she knows about his birth circumstances and his father, though she does omit the most important detail: namely that he is the Bloodline King.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Iris was adopted by a family of Dragon-type Pokémon as an infant after her biological parents left her to die in the forest. Her upbringing left a big impact on her self-image. While she is aware of the fact that she's human, she prefers to think of herself as a Pokémon, and considers her Axew to be her little brother (and the Dragonite that would have been hers in the original timeline is considered her 'big brother').
  • In the Name of the Moon: Spoofed in Pokémon Reset Bloodlines: The Movie - The Fanfiction, with "Serena" as she gets her new Trainerger powers. She engages in several poses and does her speech... and then trips over face first.
  • Intimate Healing: In Chapter 31, Ash and Anabel use Heal Pulse on each other to replenish their energy after training, while the latter takes off her shirt because it's too sweaty. It's a bit downplayed because Ash feels rather awkward about it, but they both clearly enjoy it.
  • Intimidating Revenue Service: In the Ketchumverse series of omakes, taxes are one of the few things Don Ash is afraid of.
  • In Vino Veritas: Aurora ended up revealing the truth about her past to Belladonna after the shy girl accidentally got drunk while they were burglarizing a cabin.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • "Those who underestimate the power of the bird Pokemon are in for a rude awakening." The first time it was said, Falkner was thinking about how challengers underestimate his and his dad's Flying-types. The next time it was said, Falkner was thinking about how he himself underestimated a Flying-type legendary.
    • Played for Laughs in the Frax & Velvet Interlude. At the beginning, Velvet tells Frax that uttering "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?" is a tantamount to have everything go wrong. At the end, she says it when they get a vase for their mother, and almost ends up dropping it into the sea while they fly on Kiawe's Charizard.
    • "They can't say we didn't warn them" is a line said early in Shadows of the Jungle Apocalyptic Log. The final line is "I can't say they didn't warn us."
  • Irony: King Kahele and his family were overthrown in a plot orchestrated by one of the people who benefited immensely from his merit-based system.
  • I Shall Taunt You: In the Squirtle Squad Gaiden, a Growlithe goads the titular gang's leader into a fight by accusing him of being scared.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Snivy let the Samurai believe for a moment that she was going to stay put and let him catch her again, and then she delivered a Leaf Blade and left a nasty cut in his arm before escaping.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Misty's sisters sometimes think of her as an "it," showing how little they think of her.
  • It Only Works Once: During the Melemele Grand Trial, Gladion notes that Kahuna Hala, while taken off-guard by Velvet's planned strategies against him, quickly adapts to them and finds ways to counter them.
  • It's All About Me: Mars' uncle is devastated at accidentally killing Kibou... because it would torpedo his reelection if his constituents found out about it.
  • It's All My Fault: In the Oak & Hastings Gaiden, the latter feels extremely guilty because his invention, the Capture Styler, is being used as a weapon by the Ranger Union's military, and thus he feels indirectly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people in the Trainer-Ranger War.
  • It's Always Sunny at Funerals: Justified. Johanna muses that her parents are being buried on an unusually dry day. As it turns out, the funeral service included Pokémon that could use Sunny Day (which she didn't know about at the time, otherwise she would've refused to save money).
  • It's Personal:
    • In the Lara Gaiden, Dario makes it personal for Lara when he refuses to stop to help after a landslide injures many racers, this being the last straw after several nasty incidents.
    • After Paul releases his Raichu, Red gets angry enough to set aside his diferences with Ash and becomes determined to not to let Paul win the tournament.
  • It's Probably Nothing: Said by Nanu when he notices on TV Ash's similarity to a criminal named Balaur he arrested about twenty years ago.
  • I Want Grandkids: The Blackthorn Clan elders try to pressure Clair into marriage because they want to secure a future heir.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Ash's Butterfree briefly considers killing his mate's new beau and saying a Fearow did it, but he can't bring himself to do it, partly because she's so obviously happy with him. So in the end, he decides not to try and interfere with their relationship.
  • I Will Wait for You: Yancy makes it clear at the end of her interlude that she's going to wait until Nate/Blake comes back to see her again.
  • Jack the Ripoff: Defied. The authorities refuse to describe or show a picture of the marks the Reaper leaves on his victims' corpses because they don't want to deal with copycat killers.
  • Japanese Spirit: Sabrina lampshades Ash's tendency to invoke this trope.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: Used by Mizu against Captain Crook in the Hiker Interlude. The Hiker himself calls it that.
  • Jerkass: In the Crimson City park, Ash captures a Shuckle that manages to make Pikachu very angry without saying much at all. What exactly it says is unknown, but it's clearly a very obnoxious Pokémon.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: According to Professor Oak, Charles Embers from the Pokémon Association is this. He often brings up valid points in his criticism, but is extremely harsh about it, as Tracey found out firsthand.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Iris' Dragonite big brother is this. While he loves causing trouble and getting into fights, he does care for his family and feels bad for making them worry about his behavior.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Mars' uncle. He's clearly not happy about accidentally killing Kibou, but only because he'd be voted out of office if the townsfolk found out what he did.
  • Jet Pack: There's an entire school of ninjitsu based around the use of them. Koga doesn't like it.
  • Jumping Fish:
    • In the Crimson City park, Ash finds a babbling brook, and sees a Magikarp leaping out of the water.
    • In her gaiden, Cynthia sees several Magikarp jumping out of the water. This helps her in solving the riddle to get into the ruins she's exploring.
  • Just Woke Up That Way: In Chapter 36, Servine is revealed to have evolved to Serperior while sleeping in the aftermath of the Saffron battle.
  • Kaiju: Numerous kinds of Pokémon qualify, but Gyarados stand out in this story as the archetypical "city destroyer" variety. Dexter mentions that Gyarados have destroyed entire civilizations in only a single day. We get to see them in action in the Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden, where they obliterate multiple cities in Johto.
  • Kame Hame Hadoken: Some attacks, like Aura Sphere and Focus Blast, are done this way.
  • Keep the Reward: Even after winning the Big P Pokémon Race, Ash turns down becoming an honorary member of the Laramie Clan, saying that he never entered to win any prize.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down:
    • A Rocket Grunt named Al decides to keep abusing Alish's Flareon despite having already beaten it. This makes its trainer angry enough to use Overheat on him.
    • Rosso's Machoke does this literally, using Low Kick against Shige's downed Pidgey.
    • Defied by Maylene while she fights Kiya.
  • Killed Off for Real: In addition to the examples under Killed Offscreen, Dario was killed by Sabrina in Chapter 26.
  • Killed Offscreen:
    • The audience doesn't see Tokiomi's death, only hearing Belladonna report that he died.
    • Borderline example with Jeff, as the scene of his death is cut short and we don't get to see how he was killed.
    • Several Rangers in the Wicke & Nephew Interlude ended up being murdered by Cipher agents, as told by Spenser via videoconference.
    • In Chapter 27, Sabrina's internal monologue reveals that she killed Seymour the Scientist and Melvin the Magician.
  • Kill ’Em All:
  • Killer Rabbit: It's repeatedly demonstrated that even small and/or cute Pokémon should be taken seriously.
  • Killing Intent: Ultima sees this in the eyes of Red's Clefairy. According to her, it was common to see in the Pokémon of the pre-Oak era.
  • Kill It with Fire: Rather than simply killing them with Hyper Beam, Twenty Gyarados Bill decides to give his crewmates and boss an especially cruel death by setting their boat on fire using Second, Eight, and Fifteenth's Flamethrower attacks.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: Skyla's mother Huuro is mentioned to be wearing one on their flight to see Miles Sr. From what we see of her personality, she's patient and subdued, so she seems to fit the personality of the trope.
  • King Bob the Nth: In Chapter 27, Dexter mentions a Queen Acerola VII who ruled Alola, and that the current Acerola does not use a number after her name.
  • Kissing the Ground: Pikachu does this when he, Ash, Pidgeotto and Butterfree land safely after escaping Hunter J's ship.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em:
    • Giving up for the wellbeing of one's Pokémon is considered a sign of a good trainer. This is established early on, when one of Ash's opponents in a Battle Club is chewed out for wanting to make his Rattata continue battling despite it sustaining a concussion.
    • The leader of the Team Rocket members attacking the stadium at Mandarin Island in the Lorelei Interlude surrenders after all of his Pokémon are knocked out and his retreat is cut off.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Pikachu and Yellow have one of these after Scott calls Ash's Snivy "a little green".
  • Laser Blade: A Saffron Pokémon Coordinator taught their Kadabra how to channel Psycho Cut energy through its spoon to create this effect. Sabrina would adopt it for herself as well.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • The Sensational Sisters kicked Misty out of their home through Loophole Abuse to avoid getting into legal trouble. In doing so, they were left without a competent battler to keep their Gym afloat for their shows, and it eventually caught up with them when they tried to pull a similar stunt on Ash when he came to challenge them, ultimately losing the Gym and getting themselves arrested.
    • Dario gets his just desserts for attempting to cheat during the Big P Pokémon Race in two consecutive years. In both races, he gets his victory snatched when he just had it in his grasp, he gets a lot of hate from the townspeople for his attitude in the first year, and in the second he gets exposed as a cheater and everyone quickly chases after him to punish him, forcing him to flee. And then, for good measure, Sabrina kidnaps him and gives him a good "The Reason You Suck" Speech before snapping his neck and killing him.
    • In Chapter 27, Paul releases his Raichu for "failing" him. This makes Ash and Red angry enough at him to put aside their differences and make sure he doesn't win. As a result, Paul and Gary end up losing in the final round of the tag tournament to Ash and Red's renewed teamwork.
    • The third segment of the Halloween Tales is about a group of nobles who try to set up a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax, selling houses to poor people and then scaring them away. They hire a raggedy man who offers to set it up for them, and he does, but later they refuse to pay him, so he gets his revenge in the same way, and takes their manor for himself.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: During the Melemele Grand Trial, Sophocles is about to let slip that Gladion is rather rude in his comments. An icy glare from Lillie makes him switch the word for "erudite".
  • Laughing at Your Own Jokes:
    • Iris's Dragonite grandfather apparently used to do this at times, in an effort to get others to laugh with him so that emotional moments and conversations could be diffused somewhat with humor.
    • Casey Snagem laughs at his own joke when he explains that he's immune to memory wiping thanks to his writer skills.
  • Lava Adds Awesome: An opinion held by Blaine, which is why he used to keep his gym hidden inside an active Volcano. The Pokémon League was less concerned with the coolness factor, however, and forced him to relocate.
  • Lava Pit: Blaine's gym used to be inside Cinnabar Island's volcano. He got a lot of complaints due to the risk of falling into a pool of molten rock, and was eventually forced to move.
  • Layman's Terms: In the Big P Pokémon Race Interlude, Dexter finds itself forced to use these while explaining how the move Foresight works to Ash.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • During its first encounter with Ash, MissingNo notes that in the previous timeline, Ash and his friends lived in a near-eternal state of happiness and joy, "like they were in a children's cartoon".
    • Anabel later thinks to herself that Ash radiates a cheerfulness and determination that she finds charming, "like someone out of those long running animated shows".
    • When witnessing a vision of his battles influenced by his possession of a Z-Ring, Ash notes the english dub voice change over in the Battle Frontier and calls his new voice 'odd'.
    • Dude comments in his Gaiden that even though someone is a "nobody", it doesn't mean that they can't have adventures or their own story to tell, which is a comment on how the Resetverse led to many Characters-of-the-Day becoming Ascended Extras and having their own stories.
  • Leave Him to Me:
    • Misty almost steps up to challenge Giselle, but Ash stops her to do it himself. It's implied the reason for this is mix of his recent dream of MissingNo and recalling how Giselle defeated her in the original timeline.
    • Maylene stops Tanimoto-sensei and Reggie from interfering in her fight with Kiya after he sucker-punches her in the nose to deal with him herself.
  • Leave No Witnesses: Cipher encourages this on their Peons during their operations. A trainer named Jeff had the misfortune of meeting with his old friend Shawn, who had been forced to work as a Cipher Peon to survive in Orre, and when the others and his commanding officer showed up. Shawn had to choose between trying to save his friend or himself, and ultimately chose himself.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: In the Blaine Interlude, Alish's Flareon goes against its trainer's orders and jumps out of its hiding place to attack a Team Rocket Grunt, despite being underleveled.
  • Lemon: Execu Tivem Edlin says he wants the author to write one during the April Fools chapter, but for multiple reasons, he refuses. The closest he gets is writing a mostly-censored sex scene between Norman and Caroline. The author himself did note he would not be against Lemons in the Resetverse, just that he won't be writing them.
  • Lemony Narrator: The narration certainly has its moments.
  • Lensman Arms Race: The Clemont Gaiden establishes that the respective nations of T.A.T.O. and the Fall City Pact are in a race to develop better weaponry. In fact, Belmondo went to Meyer's house in an attempt to recruit Clemont for a think tank based out of Lumiose University.
  • A Lesson Learned Too Well: Sabrina's father teaches her that nobody can improve unless they push themselves. Not a bad lesson, and she takes it to heart. Unfortunately, after an argument with her dad, she decides to make the people of Turquoise Town improve themselves by giving them motivation. Her chosen motivation? Fear. So she starts terrorizing the townsfolk, hoping that somebody would be motivated to stand up to her.
  • Let Me at Him!:
    • In the Oak's Summer Camp Gaiden, Elwood has to restrain Aideen from attacking Gary and Joshua after their Munchlax eats more than half of the berries the twins were supposed to gather for a camp activity.
    • Someone in the crowd of the Big P Pokémon Race whose brother ended up in the hospital yells the trope verbatim when Dario's cheating gets exposed.
  • Let Me Get This Straight...: Ash says this during his conversation with Belladonna in the Gringy City power plant, shortly before summing up the situation and Belladonna's plan. He does this partly as a lead-in to his attempts to convince her not to go through with it, and partly to stall for time.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: The first rule of Pokémon battling is that trainers should fight one another fairly.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: Gardenia attempts to defy this during her interlude by making sure not to let Sho out of her sight, knowing from watching horror movies that separating is not a good idea. Unfortunately, the ghosts have other ideas.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Lorelei does this during her interlude while fighting the Team Rocket grunts alongside Frey. There's an in-story reason for this; namely, that she keeps a Key Stone in her hair clasp.
  • Lighter and Softer:
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: In the Guzma Interlude, Team Skull has a definite moral edge over Cipher.
  • Lightning Glare: Done by two girls fighting over who dances with Ash during his 15th birthday party.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Red and Yellow have this kind of relationship which is very fitting, since they might actually be half-siblings.
  • Limit Break: Z-Moves of course. The Kiawe Interlude actually explains that the reason why they can only be used once per battle it's because they can potentially kill the trainer if used even within hours. Although it seems that bloodliners are capable of using them within the span of minutes with different Pokémon, as shown by Frax in his battle against Kiawe.
  • Limited Move Arsenal: Like in canon, Pokémon are generally limited to only being capable of using four moves at a time. However, sufficiently experienced, skilled, or powerful individuals can learn more. According to Dexter, a good way to break the limit is trying to learn moves that don't overlap with each other, thus reducing the chances that an old move evolves into a similar but different one; for example, Butterfree loses Gust when it learns Silver Wind.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: A lot of the women in Erika's gym seem to be this, if Paul's description of them during his Inner Monologue in Chapter 18 is any indication.
  • Literal Ass-Kicking: Misty does this to a couple of Dario's hired goons in order to make them reveal that Dario paid them to sabotage his competitors.
  • Literal Metaphor: During the first chapter of the G-Men Gaiden, Fabron and Feu are about to get at each other's throats after an argument over food, so Elder intervenes by yelling if they're so focused on their dislike of each other they're missing the forest for the trees. In context, this would mean their quest for trying to stop Accentus and Dainsleif, but he's actually talking about the berry trees he has behind.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: One thing this story is known for is its large and diverse cast (including canon and original characters). Just take a look at the character page.
  • Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: Double subverted. When Belmondo kidnaps Clemont, he makes the mistake of leaving a robot to guard the boy. So when he manages to get his Shinx (which Belmondo didn't know he had) out of its Pokeball, he manages to release it and have it fry the robot. But before he can reprogram it, its backup power supply activates, and it starts attacking. Clemont still manages to use it to escape, by tricking it into breaking the van's rear doors open.
  • Long-Distance Relationship:
    • Lorelei and Frey have this to an extent, since they tend to be very busy with their respective jobs.
    • Like in the games, Yancy also ends up in one, since most of her contact with Nate is via videocall.
  • Longing Look: Misty is prone to giving these to Ash. It's hinted that Psyduck may have figured out she had a crush on him by noticing them.
  • Long-Lost Relative: The fic is possibly building up a lot of these for Ash.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • In the Johanna tie-in story, her parents' medical insurance is canceled because her father used to be a smoker and her mother had asthma as a child.
    • The Sensational Sisters, despite not being otherwise very bright, were quite good at this with things that annoyed them, as shown when they kicked Misty out of their home by giving her a special permit so she could have an early start as a trainer and avoiding getting into legal troubles. Of course, when they tried to pull a similar stunt on Ash, it backfired horribly on them.
    • A minor example on Ash's part; he technically faces Giovanni with seven Pokémon, as he sends Pikachu's Poke Ball back to Professor Oak so that he can equip himself with a six-'mon team specifically selected to go up against Ground-Types, but Pikachu accompanies the girls to the stands to watch the battle rather than sitting on Ash's shoulder as usual.
  • The Lost Woods:
    • Viridian Forest is a more dangerous example than the one in canon.
    • Agatha & Sam Gaiden introduces the infamous Drowning Woods, based on the infamous Aokigahara. Though it's hinted in the Ghosts of Maiden's Peak Interlude that it's less so in the present time, with all the Ghost-types who lived in there gone.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: The ghosts of the Old Chateau trap Cheryl in a dream-like state while they feed on her life force. When she wakes up later, she reveals to Gardenia and Sho that she dreamed that she was running across a flower field.
  • Love at First Punch: In the Five Island Interlude's omake, Red's Sneasel tries to pick a fight with Persian. After she beats the crap out of him, he's smitten with her. He continues to challenge in Six Island, calling her "pretty kitty".
  • Love Confession: Giselle to Joe during the Holiday Special 2017, although it's done via phone call.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: Ash's chat with Pikachu in Chapter 36 makes him realize that his female companions have been attracted to him for quite a while.
  • Lovely Angels: Iris and Misty seem to be developing something of this dynamic, since they're often teamed up in double battles.
  • Lover Tug-of-War: Ash finds himself in the middle of one during his 15th birthday party, with two girls who want to dance with him. Later when he returns to Pallet Town from Cinnabar, the same girls (and a few others) do the same during his welcome party.
  • Love Triangle: Misty and Iris both have feelings for Ash, and it's implied that he's developing similar feelings towards them. Although with Anabel joining them, it won't stay a triangle much longer.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Chapter 23 has Belladonna call Ash her brother. While Ash himself, though he admits there are similarities, does not fully believe this, Felgrand and Giovanni have a similar viewpoint hinting this to be true.
  • Lured into a Trap:
    • The Vermillion Officer Jenny leads the Squirtle Squad to an underground passage to put an end to their antics once and for all. She succeeds, albeit at a rather high cost.
    • Mewtwo's invitation to New Island, full stop. Some trainers suspect it might be, but still decide to go out of curiosity.
  • Machine Monotone: It's implied from Dexter's comments that Paul's PokéDex used to talk like this before it got its Valley Girl personality setting.
  • Mad Doctor:
    • The Black Rose Tournament Interlude introduces Doctor Killgood, who clearly has some screws loose and may or may not be a murderer.
    • In Halloween Tales, the Gastly from Maiden's Peak disguises himself as one while running a game stand in the local town festival.
  • Made a Slave: The fate of multiple people abducted by the Bloodline King.
  • Made of Iron:
    • Pokémon are mentioned to be tougher than animals or humans, though not quite to the degree they were in the anime.
    • It's implied that bloodliners are more durable than normal humans.
  • Made of Indestructium:
    • Both the Pokedexes and the H.O.P.E. gloves can withstand being stepped on by a Snorlax. The Pokédex does have its limits, as Mewtwo proved capable of destroying it with his powers.
    • Inverted for Capture Stylers, as their disks are noted to be extremely fragile and can easily be broken by Pokémon attacks.
  • Mad Scientist:
    • Downplayed with Dr. Boxer, an eccentric inventor who has an unfortunate tendency to accidentally hurt people.
    • Professor Garonte is a much more malevolent example.
    • Charon is also this as per canon.
    • Tesal, associate and lover of Fender, one of Ash's criminal half siblings.
  • The Magic Comes Back: Downplayed. Turns out the Fisher Clan was founded by a Victreebel Bloodliner, but none of his descendants were Bloodliners themselves. That is, until Jeanette Fisher was born. There's a reason her parents were absolutely ecstatic when she revealed her powers to them.
  • Magikarp Power: Horrifically deconstructed in the Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden, showing what happens when the wrong person gets a hold of such power and bides their time.
  • Magnetism Manipulation: Like in canon, some Electric-types can use moves that allow them to do this. A vengeful wild Electabuzz uses Magnet Rise while fighting Luana's Marowak in her one-shot.
  • The Magnificent: Professor Oak had a grandfather known as Pallet the Invincible.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: Jeanette Fisher's father changed his last name to "Fisher" when he married her mother.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Nascour gets punched by Dakim hard enough to crack a couple of his ribs. His reaction? To congratulate the gigantic redhead and hit him back hard enough to send him straight in the middle of their battling Pokémon.
  • Majorly Awesome: A variant. Lt. Surge calls his highest-level Raichu "Sergeant Major".
  • Make an Example of Them: In the Arnold Interlude, Butch and Cassidy try to do this to Arnold after he refuses to hand over his Pokémon. But Laila manages to save him, and their resistance inspires the people of Hop-Hop-Hop Town to fight back.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Ever the pragmatist, Giovanni prefers not to have people whacked unless he can do this.
    • Deacon, the Team Rocket admin in the Sevii Islands, planned to do the same with Red and Yellow to steal Red's Pokémon, but failed.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: As per canon, there are plenty of attacks that work like this, such as Screech and Echoed Voice.
  • Making a Splash: Water Heart Bloodliners can learn any Water-type move.
  • Malevolent Architecture: Cynthia has to deal with this a lot during her explorations. Thankfully, she's well-equipped to handle it.
  • Malfunction Malady: The Jeanette Interlude heavily implies that an ill Bloodliner can suffer from Power Incontinence, since Jeanette accidentally used Sweet Scent when she sneezed.
  • Malicious Misnaming: In one of Ash's dreams at the start of Chapter 24, Yellow refers to Gary as "Greg" while telling him that his cheerleaders had become Red's harem.
  • Mama Bear:
    • At one point, Team Rocket runs afoul of a mother Rhydon.
    • For a more literal example, Ursaring mothers are mentioned to be very protective of their kin as well.
    • Kangaskhan, while for the most part peaceful Pokémon, can be very strong to protect their offspring.
  • Man Bites Man: Some Bloodliners know biting moves. For example, Belladonna can use Poison Fang. There are also some instances of human characters biting their aggressors, like Georgia when the Reaper tries to kill her, or Ryuga biting his captors.
  • Maniac Monkeys: Iris Gaiden establishes that Iris encountered a portly Simisear who had no problems with taking over the territories of other Pokémon in order to satisfy his gluttony. Iris actually met her Excadrill (back when it was a Drillbur) after the Simisear kicked him out of his home.
  • Man on Fire: The Burn status effect is depicted as causing this. Fortunately, since Pokémon are Made of Iron and have a Healing Factor, damage is rarely critical or permanent.
  • Mark of the Beast: William Stronger refers to the dark, Z-shaped marks some bloodliners have on their cheeks as the "marks of the beast", because he thinks those who have them will be the leaders in the Bloodliner War, and thus the greatest threat. Therefore, he sees killing them as his top priority.
  • Marry Them All: Iris suggests this as the solution to the love triangle between herself, Misty, and Ash. Word of God confirms that such a relationship will happen eventually, and not just with them.
  • Martial Arts and Crafts: A style called "jetpack ninjutsu" exists in this universe.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Downplayed with Betty Snyder and Jamie Oliver. While Betty isn't exactly the world's biggest tomboy, nor is Jamie tremendously effeminate, the fact remains that she's a competitive girl who wants to take on the league, whereas Jamie is an aspiring cook who travels around simply to learn from chefs. It's also implied that Betty wears the pants in the relationship, so to speak.
  • Mass Hypnosis:
    • Heart bloodliners are able to enthrall huge numbers of Pokémon.
    • Dainsleif, the Shiny Aegislash, is able to mind control Pokémon and humans alike in mass as well, forcing them to attack and kill each other (and themselves once he's done playing with them).
  • Massive Numbered Siblings:
    • The Seven Brothers, of course. It's right there in the name.
    • Ash is hinted to have a growing number of half siblings across almost all regions, be it a Trainer, Ranger or Neutral region; the ones revealed so far being: Red, Yellow, John Archer, Belladonna, Arnold, Vermell, Hareta, Frax, Velvet, Ashley, Satoshi, Cleff, Travis, Iolani, Betty Snyder, Fitzdane, Jane Jackrum, Zilant, Makanui and Ritchie, let alone the kid who got thrown off that bridge who may or may not the same. The Hau and Hala oneshot suggests that there are enough of them popping up that its an observable phenomenon. Sabrina even implies that there's several hundred of them, suggesting the number is somewhere between 4 and 6 hundred.
    • And it's strongly implied, but yet to be fully confirmed, that the latter examples were all sired by one of the former examples.
    • Like in the anime, Brock has plenty of brothers and sisters.
    • Borderline example with Casey Snagem's daughters, five in total.
    • Some Pokémon breed like rabbits, leading to this trope. For example, Misty's Poliwrath sired over a thousand offspring by the time he was captured.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!":
    • Serious example in the Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden. A large crowd in the Cianwood City harbor is horrified when First rises out of the water, because they realize what happened to Bill's crewmates, and that they're next. Then another Gyarados rises out of the water and kills twenty-four humans with one bite, terrifying the unfortunate townspeople even more. As more and more Gyarados, all of them obviously belonging to Bill, reveal themselves to the increasingly scared populace while Bill continues to rant, many of them start running in panic... not that it does them much good, since the entire harbor is quickly destroyed by a barrage of Hyper Beam attacks.
    • A similar one occurs in the Laramie Gaiden. Both the Ranger and Trainer battleships realize their battle injured a school of Gyarados, who are not happy about this, so they quickly set aside their differences to get the hell out of there. Like in the above example, it barely does them any good.
    • The collective reaction of most of the guests and their Pokémon to Mewtwo's display of power in Chapter 43.
  • Master of Illusion: The Gastly from the Maiden's Peak is this as per canon.
  • Master Race: Some especially prejudiced bloodliners believe that their kind should rule the world. One of the more notable individuals to hold this position is the Bloodline King.
  • Matricide: Felgrand tells Giovanni that he and five of his brothers killed their own mother.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: In the Bloodliner Hunter Interlude, was the Bloodliner Hunter really seeing Kibou's ghost, or was it all in his head?
  • Meaningful Echo: "In the event of a draw, the gym leader gets to decide whether or not the challenger gets the badge." This line is said twice in the Skyla Gaiden. The first time, it's said by Miles Sr., explaining the rules of being a Gym Leader to his granddaughter Skyla. The second time, Skyla herself says this to Betty after their battle, to show that she's ready to become the Mistralton Gym Leader.
  • Meaningful Look: After Betty Snyder explained why she chose to specialize in electric types, Skyla and Miles Sr. exchange one of these. Skyla uses it to tell her grandfather that she finally understands what her reasons for replacing him as gym leader should be, and Miles responds with a smile to tell her that he understands what she's conveying to him.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Forty years ago, Elite Four member Denki Tekina was an Electric-type specialist. "Denki" means "Electricity" in Japanese.
    • Lif was mentioned as writing a book of doomsday prophecies during the time of Kahele. Lif is one of the two humans to set about the world after the Norse event Ragnarok akin to the Biblical Eve.
    • Most of the O.C Ranger characters introduced in the Wicke & Nephew oneshot, such as Pia, Garmon, Zilant, and Pannonicia, have names that originate from Eastern European countries that were communist.
  • Meanwhile Scene:
    • Chapter 10 briefly cuts away from Ash riding a Gyarados to Cerulean City to save Misty in order to show the Team Rocket trio robbing a store.
    • Chapters 32 and 33 are full-chapter versions of this. The first one focuses on Gary having a battle against Paul, and the second has the focus on Ash's companions as they try to find him when he gets kidnapped by Sabrina. The focus returns to Ash in Chapter 34.
    • Chapter 43 has a few scenes from Mewtwo's perspective as he oversees the trainers to lure to his lair.
    • Chapter 44 has a couple of scenes cutting away from Ash's group to Giovanni and Alexander Silph as they oversee the aftermath of the battle against Mewtwo.
  • Media Scrum: Misty is subject to one of these during one of her Dream Sue sequences.
  • Mediation Backfire: Implicitly defied by Ash in Chapter 16. When he overhears Misty and Iris having an argument about clothes, he decides not to try and get between them, presumably for fear of this happening.
  • Meditating Under a Waterfall: In Chapter 25, Otoshi and his Marowak do this for 48 hours straight, after asking a wandering monk about how to access the power of the Mega Stone they got for their participation in the Fuchsia City Battle Dome tournament.
  • Meet Cute: Happens to Ash and Serena under similar circumstances to canon; the main difference being that their meeting quickly evolved into a lasting friendship, without a "delay period."
  • Mega Maelstrom: The whirlpools around Two Island are large and powerful enough to make it hard for ships to dock.
  • Megaton Punch: As per canon, Pokémon can learn "punch" moves with the potential to do this.
  • Melting-Pot Nomenclature: This story gives the "Japanese" regions populations with diverse names, usually Western, Japanese, or both.
  • Memetic Mutation: invoked Deconstructed. The Joey oneshot (also known as the "Top percentage Rattata" kid) shows how much it can suck being a walking meme.
  • Mental Time Travel: Played with. Ash's mind is sent back in time to the day he started his journey, but things get garbled in the transition.
  • Mercy Kill: A Team Rocket trainer asks his travelling companions for one in "Shadows of the Jungle", in order to end the pain his fatal Beedrill poisoning is giving him. However, none of them have it in them to end his life.
  • Meta Origin: It's implied that there's one of these for bloodliners, or at least the ones born during the recent boom. Later it's revealed to be tied to Dual Bloodliners, who somehow make others around them to awaken their own dormant genes.
  • Metaphorically True: Blake obviously keeps the most important details about his job from Yancy, but over the course of the story, he never actually lies to her.
  • Microts: Ash, as he has no idea how long his original adventures lasted, eventually resorts to measuring it in gym battles instead of years.
  • Military School: Buster Boot Camp seems to operate like one.
  • Mind Hive: Spiritomb are like this. At least one was made up of the souls of 108 ancient criminals.
  • Mind Manipulation: Many Bloodliners and Pokémon have this ability, although each with their own limitations.
  • Mighty Roar: Some Pokémon, such as Gyarados, are prone to sounding off with these.
  • Mind over Matter: A lot of Psychic bloodliners have telekinetic abilities along with canon Psychic Pokemon.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot:
    • Poison-type Pokémon in Crimson City park behaving strangely → a full-on assault of Gringy City.
    • Shadow Pokemon are first encountered by league authorities after Clay helps some police officers deal with a ship whose paperwork is out of line.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: Several of the tie in one-shots begin with their protagonists as children. Examples include the Cynthia, Skyla and Misty Gaidens.
  • Mirror Match: Like in canon, Mewtwo sets up these between his fully evolved starter Pokémon clones against Corey's Venusaur, Neesha's Blastoise, and Ash's Charizard, of whom only the last one manages to win against the clone with Ash's help. Mostly averted for the Originals vs Clones battle of the climax, since most of the originals start fighting different Pokémon to gain a tactical advantage before the clones equal their numbers.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Many Bloodliners are this, though for various reasons. See the character page for specifics.
  • Mischief-Making Monkey: Wild Aipom have been known to steal food from humans. This is because an Aipom separated from its troop doesn't have much chance for survival, and out of desperation, they frequently decide to take their chances with humans rather than Mother Nature. Of course, since Nature Is Not Nice in this setting, this may be a calculated risk.
  • Misfortune Cookie: Meowth apparently got one at some point, which made him afraid of Machop for a while.
  • Misplaced Retribution:
    • In Chapter 18, after Paul is prevented from having a Gym battle with Erika, it's implied that he takes his frustrations out on some helpless wild Pokémon, and later on Ash.
    • Twenty Gyarados Bill didn't exactly restrict his vengeance to those who actually mocked him.
    • Defied by the Elder Meowstic in the G-Men Gaiden, who stops Fabron and Feu from attacking each other in anger, pointing out that neither is responsible for the other's respective tragedy.
    • A Zapdos attacks Ash and Co. while they're training at Pallet Town, seemingly out of nowhere. Turns out Cross had tried to catch it, and attacked them to vent its anger over it.
    • Mewtwo lashes out on the mind-controlled Nurse Joy when she brings bad news, while inside he tries to blame Giovanni and Dr. Fuji for his plans to revive Amber not going the way he wants, though he quickly acknowledges his own hand on that.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: From an in-universe perspective. Professor Oak is constantly astounded by Ash catching wild Pokémon (such as Goomy and Scatterbug) that shouldn't be anywhere near Kanto. Of course, there are good explanations for all these examples.
  • Missed the Call: Arceus originally wanted to task Cynthia or Lance with stopping Cyrus, but he couldn't save them in time, so he chose Ash.
  • Missing Mom:
    • Paul's mother died some time before his first appearance.
    • It's implied that Red also lost his mother.
    • Aurora's mom died when she was young.
    • Sabrina lost her mom who had sucumbed to an illness at age two.
    • Fizdane's mother was killed by an angry mob after he was revealed to be a bloodliner.
    • Hex lost her mother to a Beedrill swarm. Adding to this was the fact that she died to protect her.
  • Mission from God:
    • Ash has been tasked with saving reality from another collapse by none other than Arceus.
    • For an evil example, William Stronger is convinced that his killing spree of bloodliners is this.
  • Mistaken for Aliens: Apparently, it's a common misconception that Clefairy are from outer space.
  • Mistaken for Romance: Satsuki's sisters briefly think Falkner is her boyfriend.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal:
    • Played with. Aurora's father disowned her and cut her out of his life after finding out she was a bloodliner. She later revealed this fact to Belladonna, and collaborated with her in a plan to kill him. However, she doesn't want to kill him, only revealed the truth about him after accidentally getting drunk, and is only going along with the plan because she fears she'll be rejected by Belladonna if she doesn't go through with it.
    • Giovanni goes out of his way to try and avert this with Mewtwo as opposed to canon, treating him as an equal an even as a friend. Unfortunately, Mewtwo still betrays him when he feels he's learned everything Giovanni could have taught him.
  • Mixed Ancestry:
    • Assuming Belladonna was correct, Chapter 23 hints that Ash, Red, Arnold and Belladonna were born to a Kanto mother and a father from Orre, while John Archer has a Hoenn born mother and the same father from Orre. Chapter 24 shows a look-alike waitress named Ashley, also in Kanto, whose likely half Orrean as well, as well as mentioning two kids, Frax and Velvet, who are said by Hala to resemble Ash and are thus probably half Alolan half Orrean, with a later oneshot introducing a third Alolan Ash-alike named Iolani and the Wicke & Nephew a fourth named Makanui, while the same chapter that mentioned the twins as well as the Astrid oneshot show a boy named Vermell who appears to originate from the Pokemon equivalent of Catalonia on his mother's side. Chapter 26 mentions a Ash-alike from Johto named Cleff who fought Dan the silver league before he fought Sabrina while Skyla Gaiden introduces a Unovan half sister named Betty Snyder. Luana Gaiden introduces us to Travis who has an Orange Islands mother while Sanpei Interlude and Ultima Interlude introduced the Kalosians Satoshi and Fitzdane respectively. Sho is also hinted to have met one whose name he doesn't remember in the Sinnoh League, and the Ritchie oneshot adds him as well to the mix. And then, there's Jane Jackrum, introduced in Laramie Gaiden, who's Almian, and Zilant the titular nephew from the Wicke & Nephew oneshot, who's from Fiore, showing that even the Ranger nations got tangled up in that large family tree.
    • Skyla, who isn't a part of that tangled family tree, is suggested to be this too with her mother hailing from Johto and her father being Unovan.
    • Misty barters with a Seafolk grandmother whose daughter married and had a daughter with a 'nice Unovan'.
    • Wicke even notes that mixed ancestry has become a lot more common over the years.
  • Moment of Weakness:
    • Still upset about the trials and Kukui's proposal for a League in Alola, Hala angrily lashes out at Hau, even telling him to leave just like his father did. This scares Hau so much that he almost follows through with it, much to Hala's horror.
    • Butterfree also has one during his own interlude, lashing out on Ash when he thinks he doesn't care about him having lost his mate.
    • Fabron snaps at Elder when he tries to tell him that he shouldn't keep his emotions bottled, though he quickly apologizes for his outburst.
  • Monster Adventurers:
    • John Archer's Pokémon decide to go searching for people who look like their trainer in Chapter 24, if only to put their minds at ease. As his Gardevoir says, it's better to investigate the matter before it becomes an issue.
    • One Eye the Rhydon and his Crash are a villainous example.
  • Monster Compendium:
    • Pokedexes, of course. Dexter also manages to make itself useful in other ways.
    • Capture Stylers serve the same function as Pokedexes in addition to allowing a Ranger to make use of any Pokemon.
  • Monster Fun Facts: Pokémon will sometimes volunteer information about their biology and society to those who can understand them. For example, in Chapter 6, Pikachu says he's lucky his electric sacs make him lethal for human consumption, in the event that a hungry Ash and Misty decide to Eat the Dog.
  • Monumental Damage Resistance: In Chapter 26, it's implied that Aether Paradise survived the Bad Future in reasonable condition. This is rather impressive, considering MissingNo hints that the Ultra Beasts caused massive havoc throughout Alola.
  • Mood Whiplash: In chapter 18, Misty's Psyduck forces her to confront her feelings regarding Ash and Iris. What ensues is some rather serious introspection regarding Misty's fears that Iris might take away one of the few people to genuinely care about her without even realizing what she's doing or the effect she's having. Then Psyduck says that doing so would deprive his trainer of a mate, which ends the scene on a more comedic note.
  • Mook Horror Show:
    • Ash and his Pokémon manage to give some of Hunter J's minions a good scare during their escape from her ship.
    • Shadow Delcatty does this to the Police Force during the Clay oneshot.
  • Moonwalk Dance: In Chapter 24, Ash mentions a musician with a troubled childhood who did this. He's almost certainly talking about the Pokémon equivalent of Michael Jackson.
  • Moral Guardians: The Johto Values Alliance seems to be of the conservative/right-wing variety. Considering Johto was already established as being rather backwards, their presence and apparent influence makes sense.
  • Morality Kitchen Sink: Given such a large and varied cast of characters, it makes sense that so much of the morality spectrum would be represented.
  • Morton's Fork: Brock quickly winds up facing one in the Brock & Lucy Gaiden. If he keeps the gym closed for too long, even to mourn the deaths of his parents, he'll lose it. But when he reopens it, he runs into another problem: because of his grief, he's not battling at his best. And if he has a losing streak that lasts too long, the Pokémon League will take his gym away. Unless he moves on from his sorrow, he'll lose it either way.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: It's not clear whether Dr. Killgood is actually a murderer, but if he was invited to a tournament of underworld figures, he's certainly not a good guy.
  • Moral Myopia: Team Cipher calls Jane an abomination because she was a Bloodliner, in spite of the fact they torture and corrupt Pokemon to turn them into Shadows. Top Ranger Sven is quick to point this out to give them a good Shut Up, Hannibal!.
  • Motive Misidentification: During a bug-catching competition in Crimson City park, two of the competitors speculate that a bloodliner is the explanation behind some of the Pokémon behaving strangely. They're right about that part, but they assume he or she is trying to cheat in the contest. In reality, however, they're being mind-controlled as part of an elaborate murder scheme.
  • Motor Mouth: Rhythm gets out a lot very quickly, especially when she's excited.
  • The Mourning After: Aurora's father never remarried after his wife died, so she grew up without a mother.
  • Mugging the Monster:
    • High off news that they just got raises, the TR trio decides to steal Evanna's three Tyrogue. She punches them all into the sky.
    • An arrogant, musclebound prick tries to strong-arm Lucy into going out with him in the Brock & Lucy Gaiden. She ends up throwing him into the pool.
    • In the Lorelei Interlude, a thug tries to mug a woman in an alleyway. Said woman is actually the Team Rocket agent Domino. Needless to say, it doesn't go well for him.
  • Muggles Do It Better: Flashlights are more convenient for lighting up dark areas than Flash is.
  • Muggle–Mage Romance: Despite all the animosity between Bloodliners and non-Bloodliners, it's possible for there to be a romantic relationship between members of the two groups. Females of the Bloodliner Baby Boom generation in particular have to seriously consider this as an option if they want a relationship since males of the Bloodliner Baby Boom generation are far fewer than them in number:
  • Muggle Power: The story gives strong indicators that anti-Bloodliner sentiment sometimes leans in this direction (Option 2, of course).
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: It seems fairly common for characters in the "Japanese" regions to have a combination of Japanese and Western names.
    • Johanna's mother had the maiden name Ayoko Platinum, a Japanese first name combined with a surname derived from Spanish.
    • Tokiomi Borealis has a Japanese first name and a Latin last name. His daughter Aurora shares the language scheme.
    • Jeanette Fisher's parents are named Kazuto and Kaoruko. It should be noted, however, that Kazuto took his wife's name when he married her, so he may have had a Japanese surname beforehand.
  • Multinational Team: Ash and his girls will represent five different regions: Kanto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, and Kalos.
  • Multi-Platform: In-universe, Erika is confused as to why Tembo comes in three different cases.
  • The Multiverse:
    • One known as the Ketchumverse appears in a series of Omakes dealing with Ash interacting with alternate versions of himself.
    • The Multiverse is in play during several on the oneshots, with Wicke witnessing one where she had a daughter, Pannonicia at the same time her sister had a son, while the Clair Interlude shows Tobias and a Clembot doing tasks in the multiverse.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: The first Ketchumverse Omake mentions a group called the "Ashes of Darkness" trying to conquer the multiverse, led by a version of Ash who was never freed from the King of Pokelantis.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Before technological advances made doing so obsolete, Falkner's family trained flying types to carry messages.
    • Several Bloodliners find uses for their powers other than fighting:
      • Jeanette uses Sweet Scent as a substitute for perfume.
      • At least three Farm Girls, Nongmin in the Ranger Union and Lara and Hex in the T.A.T.O., use their powers for farm work.
      • Kate used Thundershock to recharge Capture Stylers.
      • Pendula uses magnetism to ride a Magnezone up by a mountain without specialized gear.
    • Umbreon's glowing segments are useful for late night reading when a fire ban is in effect.
    • Chansey's healing abilities are useful to recover from exhaustion after extensive training.
    • Pikachu's Iron Tail was teased for use in cutting a person's hair, though Anabel ultimately declines the offer.
    • Deconstructed in the Sabrina Gaiden. When she was young, she would often use her powers to help the people in her hometown. Unfortunately, they came to rely too much on her, even for things they could have done themselves, and this lazy attitude was one of the major causes that sparked her Start of Darkness.
  • Murder by Inaction: In the Misty Gaiden, a seven-year old Misty ends up in apparent danger of drowning. She fears that even if her mother hears her struggling and calling for help, she'll deliberately ignore it and call her death a "terrible accident".
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Defied in the Butterfree Interlude. Ash's Butterfree notes that he has a perfect opportunity to kill the Pink Butterfree's new mate without anyone knowing, but flat-out refuses to do so.
  • Murphy's Law: Referenced by the narration in Chapter 22, in response to Snivy Tempting Fate.
  • Muscle Angst:
    • Female version: Used in a Johto Values Alliance ad Whitney sees in her one-shot. The billboard shows a muscular and lonely woman contrasted with a more conventionally attractive woman surrounded by male admirers.
    • Male version: In Chapter 36, Midori feels a bit self-conscious about his physique after seeing so many muscular guys at the beach, and not helped by the fact that Ash has also gained quite a bit of muscle himself. Ash however assures him that if his female companions don't mind about it, he shouldn't worry too much.
  • Muscle Beach Bum:
    • Though it's an indoor pool, not a beach, one of these shows up in the Brock & Lucy Gaiden. He tries hassling Lucy to get her to go out with him. Big mistake.
    • Chapter 36 has a few of these trying to flirt with Ash's female companions while they're enjoying a beach day in the Seafoam Islands. They do leave when it is clear the flirting is going nowhere, however.
  • Mushroom Samba: It's mentioned in the Gladion Interlude that Frax had one of these when he ate an experimental mushroom dish made by Mallow.
  • Mutants: Bloodliners seem to be the X-Men "born with their powers" variety.
  • Mutual Kill: Denki Tekina and his Mega Ampharos succeeded in killing Twenty Gyarados Bill and his Mega Gyarados at the cost of their own lives.
  • Mutual Masquerade: Because Bloodliners tend to keep their powers a secret so as to avoid prejudice, it's possible for one Bloodliner to meet another and neither will realise the other is also a Bloodliner. Case in point, throughout Big P Pokemon Race Interlude, Ash and Co made sure that no one realises they're Bloodliners whenever they use their powers, but it would later be revealed that Lara and Hex are also Bloodliners which only their respective families know about.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: In the 2017 Holiday Special, it's mentioned that Hilda teased Vermell by saying her eyes were "44.7º up" when he repeatedly glanced at her shorts.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg:
    • When Future Hapu mentions the Aether Foundation, she calls them good men and women, and Faba.
    • Archie refers to Team Zenith as having had many brilliant people in it, and Maxie. Maxie would probably think the same thing, but with Archie as the Zoidberg.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Subverted in Mars Gaiden. Mars' uncle is noticeably regretful of killing Kibou... but only because his political career would be over if anyone found out.
    • Played straight with Elite Four Drake. During his first battle as a navy captain, he had his Salamence fire a Hyper Beam at an enemy vessel. He only intented to damage it or force it into retreat, but the blast was so powerful it pierced the hull and blew it up, killing everyone on board.
    • Iris' Fraxure has a brief one when he misunderstands Red's Clefairy as he tries to reach out to him to stop the fighting. He thinks he was distracting him and only upon confronting his own clone does he realize they're Not So Different.
  • My Life Flashed Before My Eyes: This happens to Dan after he loses his battle against Sabrina, though he survives the experience.
  • My Little Phony: A franchise known as "My Little Ponyta" gets a few mentions.
  • My Own Grampa: Defied verbatim by Tobias.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!:
    • When Ash was younger, he developed a crush on Gary's big sister Daisy Oak. Naturally, Gary made it clear that he wasn't going to have any of that. Eventually Ash outgrew that crush, and started to see her as his own big sister as well, something Gary wasn't happy with either.
    • Gladion had a bit of this when he realized that a boy was around his sister in a bathing suit, and he later tries to confront Frax about it.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: It's noted that there are numerous examples of Pokémon that differ from the norms of their species in some way. Ash notes this during a conversation with Red, explaining why he prefers to focus on his Pokémon as individuals, rather than as representatives of their species.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling:
    • Apparently Pidgeot couldn't shake off the feeling that Ash and the others were in danger while she was away, during the events of Gringy City's Power Plant.
    • Nanu apparently has a "riot" sense that alerts him when Team Skull goes off to cause trouble.
    • Rayquaza in Hoenn begins flying erratically in response to Mewtwo messing with the weather, enough for both the Draconids and the Hoenn Weather Institute to notice.
  • Mysterious Parent: Ash's father has yet to make an appearance or be identified, but it's heavily implied that he will have an important part to play. It's also implied that he may have fathered Red, Belladonna, John Archer, Vermell, and Arnold, among many others. Chapter 34 gives one clear thing about him though: he's the Bloodliner King.
  • Mythology Gag: So many that it needs its own page. See here.
  • Mythology Porn: Cross and his fellow Reset-verse authors clearly love putting in references to different Pokémon continuities.
  • Mythopoeia: The audience is given some tantalizing hints about myths and legends of this new world, which will probably be elaborated on later, either by Cross himself or a side author. Several have, such as Twenty Gyarados Bill.
  • My Way or the Highway: Aurora thinks Belladonna is giving her this "option" in regards to killing her father, due to her emotional scars and self-esteem issues. Unfortunately, she doesn't know that Belladonna would have stopped if she said she didn't want her dad to die at any point.
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