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  • Name and Name: Some of the oneshots have this naming dynamic, such as the Koga & Janine Gaiden and Hau and Hala Interlude.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Has happened to both minor and major characters. See the character page for the major examples.
    • The titular maiden from Maiden's Peak and her lover are given the names Rhian and Griffith respectively.
    • The commentator from the Big P Pokémon Race is named Horace.
    • The unnamed referee from Elesa's gym in the anime is named Blaire here.
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  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Ash quickly deduces that "Tectonic Rage" is an attack that Pikachu has to stay very far from.
  • Narrative Profanity Filter:
    • When a Shuckle says something insulting to Pikachu, and the mouse answers back with an insult of his own, Ash only mentions the insult is something he would never say out loud in the same continent as his mother.
    • Ash refuses to explain what Primeape's profanities during the Cinnabar Gym battle.
    • Velvet, of all people, says an expletive during the Grand Trial when she sees Hala's Bewear using Pain Split to alleviate Hariyama's use of Belly Drum. The word isn't explained but it most have been strong.
  • Nature Is Not Nice: Wild Pokémon are more aggressive and territorial in this timeline (though generally not as bad as they used to be), and the natural world is considerably harsher to humans and Pokémon alike. The biggest example is seen on Faraway Island, where we get to see firsthand prehistoric Pokémon who only run on their primal instincts and have little-to-no degree of intelligence.
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  • Neck Snap: Dario is killed by a telekinetic one, dealt to him by Sabrina.
  • Never Live It Down: invoked People aren't going to let Joey forget about his infamous "top percentage" quote anytime soon.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Lt. Surge's granny is an undefeated champion of arm-wrestling in Agate Village, for twenty years.
  • Never Split The Party: Gardenia was very adamant about this while exploring the Old Chateau with Sho. Unfortunately for her, both she and Sho are forcefully separated by the ghosts.
  • Ninja: In addition to the canon examples of Koga and Janine, there are other ninja clans in and around Fuchsia City. The Sanpei Interlude shows a little of Kalos' ninja village as well.
  • Ninja Log: Greninja are able to pull this trick, as demonstrated in the Ultima Interlude.
  • No Escape but Down: An unintentional example. During his battle with J in her airship's hangar, Ash is completely outclassed by the Pokémon poacher. As a result, he's unable to reach any of the flying machines stored there. So how do he and his Pokémon get away? Well, Goomy was charging up a Bide attack for quite some time, and jumps in the way of the attacks J's Pokémon fired. The resulting explosion blasts a hole in J's airship, which Ash and co. get blown out through.
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  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Barely averted for Sawyer, who stops an angry Bagon from attacking a Draconid boy with the Beldum Steven had lent him for defense. Using his knowledge, he realizes that it's only trying to stop the pain and calms it down, and almost gets attacked by the rest of the surrounding kids for it. Fortunately, the Elder intervenes before they go through with it.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon:
    • This is apparently a rather common attitude in Johto, judging by a billboard in Goldenrod City. Strong female Gym Leaders like Whitney and Clair tend to have difficulties in finding dates because of this.
    • As revealed in the Brock & Lucy Gaiden, Pike Queen Lucy also suffered from this before meeting Brock.
  • No Hero to His Valet: Tokiomi Borealis to the people of Gringy City and the world as a kind man who helped revive the city and made it liveable, with even the slums of the old slums now a lot nicer, but still somewhat slummy. Only a few people are aware of his relationship with his daughter and how for all his kindness, she eventually lost all of it.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In the Six Island Interlude, Rosso believes that "giving your all" means to beat the opponent up until they can't move anymore.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction:
    • Misty has this when Iris suggests that Ash and Paul are fighting over them for mating purposes.
    • Later when Ash asks her about how she learned to use her moves, and he realizes he picks them up easily when he needs them, he suggests asking for Iris' help. Misty quickly cuts him off, pointing out what kind of ideas that might give her.
  • Non-Indicative Name: This time around, Gringy City is actually clean. Its name used to be more fitting, but thanks to the efforts of Tokiomi Borealis, it's actually a nice place to live now.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • At one point apparently the Team Rocket Trio tried to catch a Magmar with a net.
    • All Professor Oak will say about the first time Ash manifested his Bloodliner abilities is that he currently has neither the time nor the alcohol to explain what happened.
    • Professor Oak once had to deal with drunken Elite Four members. Apparently a drunk Agatha is 'wrong' on so many levels. Clair's interlude reveals it involved a drinking game with Alder, and the main story later adds that it started hosted by Charles Goodshow, who later joined it himself.
    • John Archer's Kirlia makes a mention of how much she hates Tracing abilities like Stench and Thick Fat.
    • Casey Snagem has a lot of these, including losing the Unova League to a spontaneous Larvesta evolution, getting into 5 bar fights in Sinnoh of which 3 involved Reggie, and losing to a Jigglypuff in a princess dress at the Hoenn League.
    • Dr. Boxer apparently invented some kind of ray gun that Professor Oak felt the need to crush using an Onix.
    • Exactly what happened to Butch and Cassidy in Dark City remains a mystery. The Hop-Hop-Hop Town operation failure was this at first, but the Arnold oneshot reveals what happened.
    • Apparently, somebody tried to ride their bike inside the Celadon City Mall. This caused millions in property damage and resulted in fourteen people being hospitalized.
    • Meowth once read a fraudulent fortune cookie that made him deathly afraid of Machop.
    • Apparently when Mina does art (and possibly drugs), she ends up on Hapu's couch. At one point Mina did this sans shirt.
    • Blaine used to do research in the Pokémon Mansion, but abandoned the place after an experiment went horribly wrong.
    • Ninja Riot and Marilyn Flame have a number of these over various art thefts.
    • Whatever happened with the old hippie with the Snorlax, Charizard wasn't amused, at all.
    • The Team Rocket trio apparently had to deal with James' fiancée Jessiebelle and her butler, offscreen.
    • Hala mentions that during the time of his predecessor, the town's drunk vomited on the ceremonial arena, annoying Tapu Koko.
      • And he also mentions a man who had just seen a vampire movie tried to stab Nanu with a steak.
    • According to Hau's mom, he wouldn't exist without the Charleston dance. The way it is said implies that the dance has something to do with Hala meeting Hau's grandmother, and thus the birth of Hau's father.
    • Gligarman and Gio Jenny once escaped from some kind of trouble thanks to the former keeping some Sharpedo Repellent in his belt.
  • No One Could Survive That!:
    • Unovan authorities presume Lovrina to be dead after Clay knocked her into the ocean in his solo story. However, Cipher managed to fish her out and save her with prompt medical attention.
    • Capriccio is sure that he killed Satoshi after completely covering him in poisonous sludge. But since he didn't bother to check that he had actually killed Sanpei too, he has no idea that Sanpei stayed long enough to give Satoshi first aid until Ippei and Nihei arrived to get him back to the village.
    • Ultima is sure that there's no way William Stronger could have survived falling off that cliff. Looker, however, tells her that they sent search parties but didn't find his body anywhere. And as it turns out, he's very much alive.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Blaine's original gym was inside the volcano on Cinnabar like the anime. The Pokemon League said it was too dangerous and told Blaine to have a safer gym building for challengers.
    Alish: Grandpa, we both know having the gym inside an active volcano was completely insane. What would you do if one of the opponent's Pokemon fell into the lava?
  • No Periods, Period: Averted. Iris talks about her first period in her Gaiden and says she's relieved to hear that it's something all human women go through.
  • No-Sell:
    • It's possible to completely nullify electric attacks by using a physical Steel-type move to stab oneself to the ground. Ash's Charmeleon and Misty's Gyarados used this technique, and Red later does it with his Lapras, taking clues from fighting the latter. By Wally's one-shot, Winona comments that the tactic has become popular.
    • Heart bloodliners can't control Pokémon if they remain in their Pokéballs. Caught Pokemon can be affected all the same if they're out of their Pokéball.
    • Heart and Species Bloodliners with type immunities are unaffected by any attack their types are immune to.
  • Not a Date: Yancy's first meeting with Nate (actually Blake under a different alias) has her say this, because they're only meeting so he can return her lost Xtrasceiver. However, before he leaves, she ends up asking him to hang out together at the park.
  • Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: Dario firmly believes in this.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer:
    • In the Gary Interlude, Gary gives Casey a funny look when he says he lost to a Jigglypuff in a princess dress, so Casey says he has the match on video.
    • In the main story, when Bulbasaur complains on why Ash captured all those Grimers, he doesn't believe at first when Ash tells him that his possible half-sister Belladonna was mind-controlling them, until Servine confirms that it was exactly what happened.
    • In the Gardenia Intelude, Sho doesn't believe Gardenia when she tells him of the Alolan form of Raichu. At the end, he's shown the video and gets to see that she wasn't kidding.
    • Duchess Leidenbergh warns everyone in her underground tournament not to use the moves Fissure, Magnitude and Earthquake, since they don't want any cave-ins. Some people laugh at first, until they realize she's not joking.
  • Not Me This Time:
    • Ash initially assumes that Team Rocket is responsible for oddly behaving poison-types in the Crimson City park, but they make it clear that they have nothing to do with it.
    • They get it again in Chapter 33 when Ash gets teleported by Sabrina's Abra and Misty and Iris quickly assume they're the ones responsible, until Anabel confirms they're telling the truth.
  • Not Rare Over There:
    • Inverted with Pokédexes. Rather than every trainer having one, only those who do well enough on specific tests get one due to each one having to be handmade by a Pokémon Professor. Because of this, trainers with Pokédexes are treated with a lot of respect, at least on the first meeting. It is possible to lose this respect and be treated with disdain if a Pokedex holder has a poor attitude, like Paul.
    • Inverted as well with evolutionary stones. In the games, while some are rare (like the Dawn Stone or Moon Stone) others like the Fire Stone or the Leaf Stone can be easily purchased in stores for a very cheap price, and the anime doesn't seem to contest this. In the new reality/timeline, though, these stones are much rarer, to the point that some tournaments offer them as prizes for the winner, and Forge Smith was genuinely shocked when Ash rejected a Thunder Stone as a gift.
  • Not So Different:
    • The Laramie Gaiden illustrates this with the Trainer and Ranger philosophies. Both Trainers and Rangers care about Pokémon and want to do what they consider is best for them, but have different ways of showing it, and even then not to the point of being uncapable of coexisting with one another.
    • Mewtwo's Pokémon clones are implied to share at least the same baseline personality as their original counterparts, as shown with Iris' Fraxure and Red's Clefairy when they confront their respective ones.
  • Not What It Looks Like:
    • During the Ghosts of Maiden's Peak Interlude, Agatha's Gengar AKA Tony sees Gastly doing his routine of entrancing some guys to keep the Maiden's legend alive. Of course, given his own experiences, he understandably assumes the worst and attacks him.
    • At the end of the Red Three Island Interlude, Red finds Yellow and Lostelle confronting the Hypno who kept the local kids hostage under hypnosis, and sics his Clefairy on him. Turns out he just felt lonely and wanted friends to play with and didn't know that keeping them under hypnosis was wrong.
  • Not Worth Killing: Not outright stated, but when the tyrant Nidoking is finally defeated, Tommy allows his Kangaskhan mother to decide what to do with him. Kangaskhan just chooses to exile him despite having killed her baby.
  • No, You:
    • Every time William Stronger calls bloodliners "monsters", Ultima responds by saying he is the real monster.
    • When the captured Team Cipher grunts calls Jane an abomination because she's a Bloodliner, Top Ranger Sven shuts them up by pointing out that because of what Team Cipher does to Pokemon, turning them into Shadow Pokemon, they are the biggest scum on the planet and have no right to call anyone an abomination.
  • Obvious Rule Patch: Trainers are allowed to face a special challenge where they fight a gym leader while the gym leader uses the team they would normally use against trainers with seven badges. If the challenger wins, the resulting badge functions as eight badges so they can skip straight to training for the region's Pokemon League. After gym leaders had to deal with endless trainers thinking they can take on the challenge with untrained low level Pokemon, a new rule was added so that if a trainer enters such a challenge and loses, they can't challenge any gyms for a year. As a result, the only trainers who do said challenge are generally veterans of other regions who don't want to waste time gathering another eight badges, or skilled trainers unable to travel around their home region for whatever reason.
  • O.C. Stand-in: In addition to all the actual Original Characters, many canon characters have gone on to have larger roles in the Resetverse. Thing is, many of them were such blank slates in the first place that Cross and the other writers can choose how to develop them. Some of the characters they choose to flesh out didn't even get a single line of dialogue in canon.
  • Odango Hair: In the Brock & Lucy Gaiden, one of Brock's challengers, a girl named Marie, is described as having a pair of spherical buns at each side of her head.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: The Bloodline King forces Hunter J's cooperation by threatening to expose and/or attack critical elements of her organization.
  • Offing the Offspring:
    • Iris's birth father abandoned her in the wilderness to die, and browbeat her mother into helping him.
    • It's mentioned that Tsurugi's father also tried to kill her, along with his wife.
    • The Bloodline King, AKA Ash's father, is more than willing to send his minions to off his children if they prove useless to him.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Kevin in the Joey oneshot, when he realizes that Joey's Rattata is about to pull off the F.E.A.R. combo on his Ariados.
    • Butch, Cassidy, and the other Rocket Grunts, after Arnold and Laila inspire the rest of the people in Hop-Hop-Hop Town to fight back, find out they're vastly outnumbered.
  • Old Master: Numerous examples. Plenty of old people are Famed In-Story for their skills as trainers.
  • Old Money: It's not clear if the Fisher Clan is outright Blue Blood, but what's certain is that they're very old and very rich.
  • Olympic Swimmer: Water Heart bloodliners are excellent swimmers, thanks to their powers.
  • Ominous Fog: Ash has to deal with this during his stay in Pewter City. While making his way through it, he stumbles across the graves of Brock's parents.
  • On Second Thought: When Ash is training with Misty to try and learn Water Pulse, he realizes he tends to pick up new moves easier when he needs them, he suggests that they ask Iris if she has any ideas about it. Misty is quick to point out that Iris' ideas might involve setting things on fire for them to put out, and he agrees she has a point.
  • Opposing Combat Philosophies: Ash and Red have some rather different ideas on Pokémon battling. This also extends to the use of their bloodliner abilities in competitive battling, which comes to a head during the Fuchsia Tag Tournament, since Ash views his as an unfair advantage normal humans can't compete against, and Red considers it disrespectful to his opponents not to use them because you're not going all out.
  • Organ Theft: Among Professor Julius Garonte's many crimes are multiple thefts of human and Pokémon organs.
  • Original Character: Many of Misty's Water-types she captured for her goals do not have anime or manga counterparts. Also Belladonna and her lovers, John Archer and his Pokemon, Doctor Boxer, Felgrand, Krysta, Vermell, Laila, Iolani, Frax and Velvet Lono, and a few of Ash's Pokémon, among many others.
    • Lt. Surge has a Joltik that he didn't have in any other canon.
    • Paul has (or had) several Pokémon he didn't have in any other timeline, including a Drowzee/Hypno and Jynx.
  • Origins Episode: A Reset Gaiden shows a character's beginnings, usually taking place before the main story, as opposed to a Reset Interlude that shows what's going on during the main story.
  • Orphanage of Love: Georgia spent a couple years in one of these, before leaving to start her training as a Buster. She got along nicely with the other orphans and the caretaker.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Besides the myriad varieties of Dragon-type Pokémon and Pokémon that resemble dragons, Iris is a Dragon Heart bloodliner. This means she can communicate with Dragon-types and use Dragon-type moves. Because of both this and the fact that she was raised by a family of Dragon-types, she thinks of herself as a Dragon-type Pokémon in a human's body.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: The ghosts in the Old Chateau feed on human life force in order to continue existing in the world of the living. They also require an "anchor" (in this case, a large shining rock) to keep them tethered in the living world.
  • Outdoor Bath Peeping: A trio of guys attempt this at the Big Riddle Inn's hot springs, but they trigger a security measure that causes the water to boil too hot for them to handle.
  • Outside-Context Problem: In a desperate attempt to keep their gym, the Sensational Sisters tricked/forced Ash into a non-travelling battle, where Daisy could use her strongest team. Of course, they had no way of knowing that he could empower his Pokémon, or that he and his team had much more experience than they should have.
  • The Outside World: The Hiker's goal was initially to travel across the land and know many places. Unfortunately, he spent so much time training in the mountains trying to become strong that he lost sight of this for years.
  • Overclocking Attack: At the end of the Sho Interlude, this is how Sho's Mega Manectric defeats Volkner's Electivire. Electivire's ability Motor Drive allows him to absorb Electric-type attacks, but Sho has Manectric keep up a Discharge long enough to send out more energy than Electivire can absorb at once, forcing him to unleash the excess and depleting his own reserves.
  • Overprotective Dad: Bianca's dad is this, as per canon.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome:
    • A.J. is a very good trainer, but he still gets eclipsed by Ash.
    • Gary also keeps being bested in battle by Red.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Carry: Chapter 24 has Ash briefly dream about Belladonna doing this to Jessie and Cassidy. Aurora, meanwhile, holds Domino under her shoulder. This was not the high point of his dream weirdness.
  • Parental Abandonment: Several characters have suffered from this, most of the time due to being born as bloodliners.
  • Parental Favoritism: The Sensational Sisters were favored by their parents over Misty.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: Kaoruko Fisher's father did not approve of his daughter being with Kazuto, and almost married her to Capriccio, until the former exposed the latter's true nature.
  • Parental Substitute: Anabel was raised by her uncle after her parents died in a car accident.
  • Parents as People:
    • Tommy's parents, Mr and Mrs Marshall, aren't exactly perfect, but they genuinely care for their son and try their best. The incident that led to Tommy getting stuck in the Safari Zone was all a result of Mr Marshall's attempts to make Tommy happy.
    • Delia's father Ashton Ketchum, Ash's grandfather, had some issues with his daughter and is described as having issues interacting with people, but he genuinely did want what was best for her. That included wanting her to avert Good Girls Avoid Abortion, even if delivered somewhat untactfully.
  • Parrot Pet Position: Many trainers (and Rangers) often carry their Pokémon on their shoulders. Examples include Ash and Red with their respective Pikachu, Jane Jackrum with her Pidgey and Silver with his Chikorita.
  • Passing the Torch:
    • The Central Theme in the Steven Interlude, as Steven believes it's the duty of his generation to guide the new one so they can lead the world towards a brighter future.
    • Gligarman expects to do this with his daugther one day, training her to become his sidekick and eventually his successor in crimefighting.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": When Dexter reveals it has access to Ash's Facebook account, Ash asks how it knows the password. Dexter replies by saying "AshKetchumRocks" isn't a very hard password to figure out.
  • Patchwork Fic: While the story is primarily based on the anime canon, much of the world features elements from other official Pokémon works like the various manga or the games themselves.
  • Path of Most Resistance: Both played straight and deconstructed, with the overall message being that one should not take the harder path if there is a real danger to one's wellbeing on that path, but if it there is no life-threatening danger, the harder path can be more beneficial in the long run.
    • After Ash gets the Cascade Badge, he could technically go straight to the Pokemon League, but he realizes that his Pokemon are incredibly underleveled to fight in the League, so he continues to travel around getting stronger until he wins the rest of the badges.
    • Ash apparently even did this in the old timeline. Erika implies that the gyms Ash fights in (The in-game ones) are actually the 8 strongest gyms in a region.
    • In the Astrid oneshot, she ends up losing in the Top 16 to an opponent who cleared the eight strongest Kalos gyms (two of them with Mega-Evolutions), as opposed to the six she did.
    • Discussed and deconstructed in the Cipher Interlude. Shawn, a rookie trainer from Unova, decided to start his journey in Orre of all places to toughen himself up. Of course, the result was that he ended up losing all his money and unable to return home, and the only way he could survive was by becoming a Cipher Peon, and doing A LOT of things he didn't want to. Just goes to show that taking the Path of Most Resistance does you no good if you aren't properly prepared to take it or otherwise cannot handle it.
  • Patricide: Aurora helps Belladonna kill her father, Tokiomi Borealis. However, she doesn't actually want to do it, and only goes through with it because she's afraid Belladonna would reject her if she refused.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil:
    • It's implied that the Team Rocket trio routinely targets Pokémon abusers for theft.
    • Belladonna has this as one of her personal rules of life, punishing with interest anyone who dares to make her loved ones suffer.
  • The Peeping Tom:
  • Peggy Sue: Not a typical example. Ash is sent into the past with his memories of the present and takes the place of the "local" Ash in order to Set Right What Once Was Wrong, but the new timeline had already diverged by the equivalent of decades- if not centuries-worth of local history by the time of his arrival to the point it's more like an Alternate Universe than anything else. Similarly, many of the people and Pokemon Ash knows have lived drastically different lives in the new timeline, thus making his knowledge of them something of a hit-and-miss rather than an example of Retroactive Precognition.
  • Peninsula of Power Leveling: Saffron Gym ended up as an accidental example for Ash and his Pokemon after their gruelling ordeal in there allowed Krabby, Servine and Roggenrola to gain more than enough battle experience to evolve.
  • Perma-Shave: Averted. The main story makes it clear that characters either do have to shave or actively choose not to, though the lack of facial hair growth in the old timeline for his older companions like Brock and Cilan does make Ash wonder what was up with it.
  • Person as Verb: Pikachu calls kidnapping someone and trapping them in a basement or similarly enclosed location for dubious and likely sexual purposes to "Jessebelle" them.
  • Perspective Flip:
    • Chapter 37 starts with Dr. Fuji witnessing Mewtwo's rampage in his lab when he breaks free, before being killed by him. Said scene is later shown again from Mewtwo's perspective in his respective interlude.
    • Chapter 38 has a brief scene of Misty and Anabel doing some meditation training together, and it's told from the latter's perspective. The Blastoise Island Interlude begins with the same scene, but told from Misty's POV.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Iris somehow ends up wearing a princess dress in Chapter 31 during the group's shopping spree.
  • A Pirate 400 Years Too Late: Captain Crook and his crew use a wooden sailing ship and arm themselves with flintlocks and cutlasses. Of course, this gets lampshaded by the Hiker, who's perplexed at their anachronistic choice in vessel.
  • The Plague: Centuries in the past, a disease known as the Dark Pestilence devastated not only Kalos, but the entire continent it was on. The continent lost half its population to the ailment.
  • Platonic Life-Partners:
    • Red and Yellow. Yellow seems to be the only human Red is close to, and she seems to be one of the few people who has an idea of what lies under his surface. However, despite their closeness, neither one is attracted to the other which is definitely a good thing, since they are all but confirmed to be half-siblings.
    • Yancy and Curtis are another example, despite the media often pegging them together as a couple.
  • Playing with Syringes: Professor Garonte is notorious for trying to create hybrid Pokémon and human/Pokémon hybrids through DNA splicing.
  • Please Don't Leave Me:
    • Laila begs this of Arnold and Anna after Team Rocket is fought off.
    • Mewtwo goes through the same when Amber is fading away due to Clone Degeneration.
  • Please Select New City Name: Pallet Town used to be named Blank Town. It was renamed in honour of Pallet Oak the Invincible. Agatha snarked that with a name like Blank Town, the citizens probably leapt at the chance to change their city's name.
  • Pocket Protector: Sanpei gets saved by a scroll he was keeping on himself when Capriccio stabs him in the chest with his kunai.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Several.
    • The Bloodline King and his minions see both Pokémon and normal humans as inferior to bloodliners.
    • On finding out Ash is a bloodliner, Felgrand refers to him as a "freak".
    • Played with in regards to Giovanni. While he doesn't seem to be bigoted, per se, he has a strong dislike for people he considers overly feminine, whether male or female.
    • Belladonna doesn't like baseline humans, and also hates Grimer and Muk.
    • William Stronger, AKA the Bloodliner Hunter, sees bloodliners as "an abomination against Arceus", and is determined to kill them all.
  • Polyamory:
    • Word of God confirms that Ash will eventually have six girlfriends. However, this will require a lot of soul-searching for everybody involved.
    • Before he does, however, we see such a relationship consisting of Belladonna, Vedia, Aurora, and Evanna: four female bloodliners.
    • King Kahele had multiple wives, and they seemed to get along or at least tolerated one another. Some historians speculate that at least some of them may have been romantically involved with each other. It's also suggested he may have specifically ensured that his wives were able to get along before marrying them, or at least be unwilling to have one another murdered.
    • A Johto trainer named Cleff has three girlfriends, all living with him under the same roof.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • A figurative and literal example. Aurora is afraid to speak her mind out of fear that Belladonna will leave her. Because of this, she doesn't do anything to stop her when Belladonna decides to kill Aurora's father, even though Aurora doesn't actually want him dead.
    • A non-lethal example happens in the Ghosts of Maiden's Peak Interlude. Agatha's Gengar spots the local Gastly doing his routine to entrance several guys and keep the Maiden's legend alive. Given his experiences when he died and was reborn as a Ghost-type Pokémon himself, he assumes the worst and attacks Gastly, who plays along for a while until he realizes it's all a misunderstanding.
  • Poor Man's Porn: After receiving a swimsuit calendar from Lorelei, the story implies Erika is going to masturbate to it. Somewhat justified in this case, because the calendar features a bunch of very attractive prominent female trainers who normally don't wear anything so revealing.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Gym leaders actively seek to avoid this by training their pokemon to overcome their weaknesses.
    • Morana, an Ice Trainer seeking to exploit this trope against Erika, got her ass handed to her by the more experienced woman.
    • Whitney, while infamous for her Miltank, is aware of counters to them and has team members meant to handle them. Also, because the Miltank are so infamous no one expects her to use anything else, so when she does use Pokemon that are not Miltank, challengers tend to be surprised.
    • Discussed in the Falkner one-shot. Any Gym Leader worth their salt knows at least one way to circumvent or otherwise overcome their type specialty's weakness, which may include, among other things, using dual-typed Pokemon or having good move coverage on their Pokemon.
    • A non-gym leader example is Misty, who exclusively uses Water-types. In order to deal with their weaknesses to Electric-types, she borrows Ash's "lightning rod" strategy. Later on this tactic becomes popular enough that other Gym Leaders adopt it, like Winona in Hoenn.
    • Miles, Skyla's grandfather, teaches this to her from a very early age. As a Gym Leader, everyone will know your weaknesses, and that includes yourself, thus you can have an idea on what kind of Pokémon your opponents will use against you and how to counter them.
  • Porn with Plot: The Alphanegan Chronicles, which Gladion reads, are well known (perhaps overly so) for their smutty content. However, it also has a very well-crafted plot.
  • Pose of Supplication: At the end of Chapter 36 Gary knocks on Casey Snagem's door, and does this while begging for training after he lost badly to Paul.
  • Power at a Price: Discussed in Chapter 23. Ash's Charmeleon says that sometimes you need to give something up when you evolve, but the power levels you get are worth it. He mentions this to Snivy after she evolves to Servine and notes her arms are shorter than before.
    • Chapter 38 also mentions some of the canon abilities, like Solar Power, which powers up the attacks at the cost of a chunk of the user's health under harsh sunlight.
  • Powered Armor: Break Evolution works as this, coating the Pokémon in a layer of pure energy to increase its powers.
  • Power Incontinence: Sometimes Bloodliners might lose control or accidentally use their powers due to various causes, including traumas, illness or strong emotions such as rage or excitement.
  • The Power of Friendship: Aside from the obvious ideology followed by Ash, according to Jasmine this is the key to control the power of the Mega Evolutions. Z-Moves are also fueled by the bonds between the trainer and their Pokémon.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
    • In general, Team Rocket is this:
      • Giovanni is fine with selling technology to rival evil teams if the tech doesn't benefit him, doesn't seem to obviously able to hurt him if used against him, earns money, and because if he doesn't and the tech gets stolen he doesn't benefit at all.
      • He is also quite pleased when Jessie, James, and Meowth capture the flock of Spearow and Fearow from Eps 1, as they make good Pokemon for the grunts to use.
      • After Jessie suggests robbing Red during their encounter in Lavender Town, James points out that he's not their intended target, they're in a heavily populated area, and the local jail cells are full of dangerous lunatics.
      • Team Rocket doesn't deal in prostitution, because that kind of industry is too easy to track.
    • When Nascour suggests subjecting Cipher Peons to the Shadow Pokémon process, Ein advises against it... but only for logistical reasons.
    • While Mewtwo feels somewhat dismayed that some of his guests didn't use their Pokémon to brave his storm directly, he ultimately allows them to stay.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • Joey in his oneshot, when he's unable to take people making fun of him anymore, before running off in tears.
    • Ash in Chapter 39's omake in reaction to the set-up of a betrayal fic.
  • The Promise: Multiple examples of trainers promising to battle each other:
    • Brendan, after helping Wally catch his first Pokémon, promises to have a battle when Wally becomes a trainer.
    • Jeff and Shawn promise to battle each other in the Pledge Grove. Unfortunately, with Jeff's death, this will not come to pass.
    • On the day Ash turns fifteen, he fishes a rusted Pokéball from the river in Pallet Town. That night he meets up with Gary, and gives him the red half of the Pokéball, as a reminder that one day they will face each other as equals.
    • The night after Ash battles at the Cerulean Gym, he tells Misty that he wants to earn a Cascade Badge from a true, worthy Gym leader. The two promise to grow stronger so one day they can have that battle when Misty becomes Gym Leader.
  • Precocious Crush: Whitney is on the receiving end of this, from several of the kids of the softball junior league team she coaches.
  • The Prophecy: There is an ancient one about bloodliners changing the world, going as far back as the times of King Kahele and Sir Aaron. It was discovered in recent times by Ash's father, who proceeded to try and fulfill it on his own, by siring hundreds of bloodliner children.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: Dainsleif orders his mind-controlled victims to kill themselves once he's done toying with them. The worst part is that it's implied they're still fully aware of what's going on, but they can't do anything to stop it.
  • Psychic Powers:
  • Psychic Strangle:
    • Sabrina does this to kill an unfortunate challenger, an incident witnessed by Dan.
    • Mewtwo also does it to Corey, in response to his argument on how a Pokémon cannot be a Pokémon Master. Fortunately he survives.
  • Public Domain Character: The Author states at the start of Chapter 29 that in the event of the fic going dead that all the OC's made in fic are basically this in fanfiction terms. Though he does note that he can only give that to the characters he created and thus OC's originating from other authors (and 20 Gyarados Bill, who while he named was fleshed out by another) require the permission of their respective creators.
  • Pun: During her battle with Iris, Jeanette suggests she give up before her Emolga has to be renamed "Em-ow-lga". Iris doesn't get it.
  • Punch Catch:
    • Ash does this to Felgrand's Kangaskhan.
    • Also Maylene's Medicham against Kiya's Primeape.
    • Paul as well, when Gary tries to punch him for his attitude during the Tag Tournament.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    • Tobias in the Holiday Special 2017: I. Need. Rum.
    • Serperior in Chapter 36: I. Liked. Having. Hands.
  • Punny Name: Aurora's last name is Borealis.
  • Puppy Love: Seems to be developing between Arnold and Laila in the Arnold Interlude.
  • Purple Eyes: Anabel has a pair of them. As for the "special" part, she also has psychic powers.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Belladonna's surname is Tyrian, meaning royal purple, and is a very dangerous bloodliner.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • The Spearow and Fearow flock between Pallet Town and Viridian City gets taken by Team Rocket.
    • Iris's family was kidnapped by Hunter J, which includes the Reset version of her Dragonite.
    • Ash's Primeape gets sent blasting off by Paul. However, he survives and is found by Sabrina, and Ash later rescues him.
    • Tobias in the Gary Oneshot: after fulfilling a role like his canonical one in fighting Casey Snagem with his legendaries and winning the Lily of the Valley conference, he was said to have gone looking for a Celebi, implying he's either in a forest somewhere or has been warped in time. The latter is confirmed in the Clair Interlude.
    • John Archer's Pokemon decide to separate from Ash after the events of Gringy City to search for other possible lookalikes to Ash, John, Red and Belladonna.
    • Averted in general for Ash's Pokémon (as in, closing any issues that gave them reason to be released). Word of God is that he will do this for every Pokémon Ash released. For example, Pidgeotto finds the flock she was protecting in the original timeline and has them move to Oak's ranch to have a safe home, although she does take a temporary leave to deliver a message for Serena in Kalos after evolving back to Pidgeot. Butterfree however has it much harsher. At first, he thought his mate was kidnapped by Hunter J, but he learns the Pink Butterfree managed to escape her clutches. He also learns that the Pink Butterfree found herself a new mate, and as much as it hurts him, he ultimately choses to leave her so she can be happy with him, especially since the Pink Butterfree doesn't remember him or the old timeline.
  • Quit Your Whining: When Ash is stuck in a Heroic BSoD after learning that Brock's parents are dead, Pikachu decides to take the "tough love" route by yelling at him.
  • Quizzical Tilt: Travis does one after his mother Luana tells him she'd love him even if he ever developed a power of some kind.
    • Cross uses this a lot when writing.
  • Race Lift: In-universe; in the "Oscar Bait" pitch of "Pokémon Reset Bloodlines - The Movie - The Fanfiction", the Ambiguously Brown Iris is played by the very fair-skinned Diantha.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!":
    • By Leeroy Laramie when he tries to save a fatally wounded Tatsumi.
    • Ash has a mental one when he hears approaching that Jigglypuff.
    • Zevie lets out one when Steven and the others blast the Mega Rayquaza Megalith to pieces.
    • Also Deacon, after his plan falls apart due to the timely arrival of Yellow and Red's Pokémon.
    • Rosso lets it out, when he gets increasingly angry at Red's Pokémon defeating his.
  • Ray of Hope Ending: Sabrina Gaiden ends with the title character getting away with all the destruction she caused, and people abandoning Turquoise Town until it effectively vanishes from the map. However, Tommy, the bug catcher who tried to confront her, is shown joining the Kanto Busters, determined to make her pay one day.
  • Real Dreams Are Weirder:
    • Played with. Misty has a nightmare that starts out rather grounded (for lack of a better word), but after a while, things take a turn for the trippy.
    • After the events of Gringy City, Ash had a dream where various people are distorted to look like him while in the midst of a mocking parody of Betrayal Fics, before a large rock with a top hat and a cane crushed them and their verbal attacks. And that was just the start of Ash's Dream Sequence.
    • Red has one himself while traveling to One Island, about Ash being the Pokémon champion and challenging him in a manner very similar to Blue in the games.
    • When Anabel enters others' dreams in Chapter 41, Ash's dream starts like a memory of his encounter with Gary in the Viridian Gym from the first timeline, and then all of a sudden a dancing Ducklett trio appear. Later, Delia's dream has her fretting over finding ingredients to cook, and her restaurant being full of zucchini all over for some reason.
  • Reality Ensues: Has its own page now.
  • Reality Warper: The story opens with the revelation that Cyrus gained the ability to manipulate the fabric of reality. As it turns out, he'd been screwing around with Ash for some time, and eventually gained enough experience with his new powers to destroy the universe so he can remake it into his desired world without spirit.
    • In the Seven Island Interlude, Red finds himself entering the Realm of the Unown, who have the power to bend reality with the wishes from people.
  • Really Gets Around: If Belladonna's correct about Ash and her sharing the same father, then it seems like this is the case for Ash's dad. Considering the sheer number of people implied to be Ash's siblings, which apparently number in the hundreds, it appears rather likely that he's very promiscuous. Additionally, as shown in Laramie Gaiden, it appears that his seed has spread to even the Ranger nations. The only two peoples he's confirmed not to have gotten around with are the Draconids and the Ultra Megalopians.
  • The Real Remington Steele: As it turns out, in this timeline, Ash's "Ashley" disguise is actually a real person.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The Elder of the Draconid Village in Meteor Falls, for all her general wariness and obvious hatred of Sootopolitans, is at least willing to listen to Steven, and prevents the local kids from attacking Sawyer over a misunderstanding.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Gary plans to give one of these to Ash's father should the two of them ever meet.
    • Sabrina gives a scathing one to Dario, shortly before killing him:
    Sabrina: It's people like you that do need to disappear.
    Dario: What on earth are you talking about you freak of nat…
    Sabrina: The world is being filled with the inadequate, the dull, and the lazy. Even as the remarkable do prove themselves, your kind crowds them out. No one can see the good artists from the average, the excellent cooks from the boring, the remarkable artist from the one who simply copies…I have felt their frustrations as sure as I have felt them myself. You are a prime example of what your kind does to the truly talented Dario. You had no remarkable skill at anything, you're driven on to produce inferior results, where better talented people could have easily been obtained if you weren't given your cushion of family blood. You couldn't even bother trying to fix yourself; you instead looked at actual talent around you, like Lara Laramie, and tried to bring her down to your level with trickery and sabotage. In trying to make yourself, a waste of space with no talent, look good, you made so many with actual skill and brains look bad. You cost them business, reputation, self-esteem, and caused actual injuries to themselves and the Pokémon they put more time into than you ever did yours. Yet, you can't even manage that, you failed and made yourself so exposed that no one will be surprised when they find your dead body in the water tomorrow. You were so pathetic you reacted the same in two timelines.
    • Iris gives a lighter example in Chapter 40 to Mandi, who comes to Pallet Town to spy on Ash and learn how to beat him:
    "If you are still wondering if Ash can beat you, let me be clear. He can. He can beat you with any of his Pokémon, against any of your own. He can beat you himself, and I can do the same. If you have to fight him at the League, you will lose. Just accept it and go to spy on someone else."
    • Mixed with Shut Up, Hannibal!, Top Ranger Sven delivers this bit to the captured Cipher Grunts, when they call Jane an abomination for being a Bloodliner:
    ""And finally, three, you are the ones doing unspeakable things to Pokemon. Everyone can sense the sheer wrongness of what you guys did to the ones you call Shadow Pokemon, though for some reason, some can feel it stronger than others. You have no right to call anyone an abomination, not when your actions make you the biggest scum on the planet."
  • Reconstruction Fic: Like Ashes of the Past, the fic takes on several aspects of canon and fanon and makes them work in a way that retains the spirit of and fits with the original show: for example explaining Ash never going back for Pidgeotto as a side-effect of climate shifts from the second movie causing the flock to move and explaining why Counter-Shield wasn't used in Unova, instead of Ash just being forgetful. However unlike Ashes it occasionally does move into deconstruction territory.
    • The league ability of un-evolved mons is also reconstructed: Scott notes to Yellow that an unevolved Pokemon, while less durable, also has the advantages of learning moves much faster and being less familiar to fight them at higher levels when a trainer might be more used to fighting their more advanced forms.
    • Similarly, Ash's somewhat fan-disliked habit of leaving his old Pokémon in Oak's ranch is reconstructed as a way to keep them active and even learn new moves, since they have plenty of space to go around and train on their own to keep their abilities sharp.
    • Chapter 30 reconstructs both sides of the Evolution debate often seen in Pokemon episodes: It's not a case of pure benefit to either side or another, and each side has its own valid arguments based on what a person values in a battler. Neither idea is shown to be right nor wrong in an extreme, and the argument on the evolution side doesn't come from a place of superiority, but a legitimate concern that evolution will help Mikey more than trying to emulate a unusually strong Pikachu.
    • The series overall could be seen as a reconstruction of a Harem Fic in general: The general end goal of such a story remains, while the author goes into detail not only on how long it takes to get to such a point, but also the many hurdles that stand between a canon character and such a relationship, up to and including it not being the first solution thought of. However such a relationship is not only shown to be possible in the universe, but come in a variety of flavors and healthiness.
    • While the early Sevii Island Interludes deconstruct somewhat Red's mindset and training methods, the Five Island Interlude reconstructs it by pitting him against a foe who has a similar mindset and shows what Red could become if he gets way too over his head, as well as showcasing how aware he's become of his flaws and making a genuine effort to improve himself.
  • Red Baron: Some trainers have titles, among them 'Burning Earth' Dakim and 'Twenty Gyarados' Bill.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Belladonna is described as having eyes as red as a Tentacool's body crystals.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Ash and Paul, respectively. Ash is exuberant, warm, and thinks on his feet; whereas Paul is subdued, cold, and prefers to plan ahead.
    • Gary and Red also have this sort of dynamic. Ironically, Red's the Blue Oni, being quiet and stoic; while Gary is the loud, emotional Red Oni.
    • Ash and Red also have this dynamic, with Ash as the red and Red as the blue. This is reflected in their respective abilities. Ash has the ability to temporarily increase his Pokémon's power, while Red is able to see "victory odds".
  • Related in the Adaptation:
    • Misty and Siebold are stated to be cousins despite nothing pointing to that in canon.
    • Any canonical character caught up in the implications of Chapter 23 about Ash and his father becomes this to Ash, such as Arnold, Ritchie, Red, and even Yellow.
  • Relocating The Bomb: To get Flamestorm off her tail, Hunter J has a sonic bomb fired at a residential district from her ship. Flamestorm is forced to take the bomb up into the sky and throw it as far from the city as possible to prevent damage and civilian casualties.
  • Renegade Splinter Faction: Teams Aqua and Magma are revealed to be this. Their founders, Archie and Maxie, were once part of another organization called Team Zenith that sought to change the world, but due to conflicting views, it led to a lot of infighting and many just left and decided to go their own ways.
  • Required Secondary Powers:
    • It's mentioned that Water Heart bloodliners can withstand enormous amounts of pressure. Such an ability would be needed for plunging the briny depths of the sea.
    • The first Lorelei oneshot features an Ice Heart bloodliner, who is capable of withstanding extremely low temperatures without protective clothing, even holding a Nevermelt Ice shard with her bare hands (normal humans would suffer at least first degree frostbite if they tried that).
  • Rescue Romance:
    • The Dude thinks he's setting up for this with Casey Snagem's daughters after he saves them from a vicious looking Rattata. Unfortunately, they choose to reward him with money and go their own way before he can say anything about it. Later, he misses a chance with a girl who is being attacked by a Rocket Grunt.
    • Played with in the case of Silver and Regina. The first time they met, Silver saved Ritchie, and while she was grateful, they didn't meet again until about two years later. This time, Silver stood up for her when a man in the restaurant she worked at tried to harass her, although it took some time before they actually started dating and eventually married.
    • Played straight between Whitney and Roderick, as the latter falls for the former after she rescues him from freezing in Goldenrod's streets, and unlike other men who rejected her for her strength, he's delighted by it.
  • Resentful Guardian: Mars' uncle and aunt were not happy to take her in.
  • Retired Badass: Casey Snagem and his wife qualify as this.
  • The Reveal:
    • At first, Ash is confused at not seeing Flint selling rocks on the outskirts of Pewter City. Then he stumbles across his and Lola's gravestone. This establishes that some things truly have been lost in the time reset.
    • Agatha & Sam Gaiden sees the title characters have a few encounters with a seemingly hostile Gastly while looking for Agatha's brother Tony. However, when confronting an evil Gengar, they figure out that the Gastly is Tony.
  • Revenge: Touched upon to several degrees. Notable examples include Pokémon who want revenge on humans for hurting them.
  • Reverse Psychology: Referenced by Ash's Pokédex in Chapter 41, when Anabel tricks him into helping her set up a blog by claiming that he couldn't do something as simple as that.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: The Hypno from Three Island usually talks this way.
  • Riddle Me This:
    • When an 11-year-old Cynthia is exploring a ruin, she finds a sealed door. The door can be opened, if one figures out the riddle inscribed on a wall and catches the Pokémon that is the solution. The answer is Feebas, which might explain where Cynthia got her Milotic.
    • During his Imagine Spot about what future gym leaders might make him do, Ash pictures Blaine telling him he has to solve a riddle. His interlude confirms he still loves making riddles as much as in canon.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Pokédexes apparently have a "personality matrix" that can develop over time. Ash's Pokédex hacked Paul's to give it a Valley Girl personality. It also attempted the same on Gary's, but for some reason it refused.
  • The Rival:
    • Because he shows up earlier, Paul acts as one of Ash's main rivals in Kanto. As in Sinnoh during the original timeline, their rivalry is pretty bitter.
    • Gary and Red are also rivals, although they don't have the same level of loathing as is the case with Ash and Paul.
  • Rivals Gallery Transplant:
    • Ash ends up with Solidad as a rival in fic, as opposed to her usual rivalry with May. However, it is noted in fic that Solidad will be going into contests after a League challenge, meaning the transplant is temporary.
    • Arguably Gary's been given to Red as a rival in fic with Ash being more focused on his conflicts with Paul and Red (see Composite Character above).
    • The aftermath of the Fuchsia Tag Tournament seems to be setting up Ash and Red as rivals as well, given their disagreements over the use of their bloodliner powers for competitive battling.
  • River of Insanity: In "Shadows of the Jungle", a trio of scientists — accompanied by a local guide and three trainers hired by Giovanni — ventures into the jungles of Guyana to investigate reports of a Mew living there, and, if possible, capture it. The expedition quickly turns disastrous. Attacks from unusually hostile bug Pokémon cause complications, and then party members start disappearing...
  • Robosexual: At the end of Pokémon Reset Bloodlines: The Movie - The Fanfiction, Ash and Co. walk by a movie poster of the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Cybertron: Mechanical Hearts also Lust for Love". It depicts a scantily-clad woman in the arms of a colorful robot.
  • Robot War: Discussed. Because Dexter has a personality this time around, Ash occasionally comments that it sounds like it's plotting to overthrow organic life, and he's somewhat nervous of the possibility that there might be a machine uprising in the future.
  • Ron the Death Eater: In-universe example, in Chapter 36 Pikachu demonstrates a dislike towards Drew and Kenny (for implied dislike of Contestshipping and Penguinshipping).
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie:
    • Whitney is chipper, friendly, and likes seeing kids smile. Doesn't stop her from being an incredible battler, though.
    • Pan averts/subverts this, being generally surly. According to Alder though, he Used to Be a Sweet Kid.
  • Rule of Seven: The Seven Brothers, of course.
  • Ruling Family Massacre: Centuries before the start of the story, an ambitious man named Kamehameha led a conspiracy to murder King Kahele and his entire family.
  • The Runaway:
    • Wally runs away from his uncle's house in order to challenge Brendan while he still has a chance to do so.
    • Krysta was this for about a decade, until her parents found her.
    • The Gray Poochyena seems to live on the run from her abusive stepfather.
  • Running Gag:
    • Ash's Charmander/Charmeleon trying to pick fights with absolutely everything. And the two times he evolves, he's disappointed in having done so against a small bug, so he tries to make up a more badass story.
    • Snivy getting hit with Aerial Ace. It happened to her even before reuniting with Ash.
    • Mentioning Kalosian nude beaches.
    • Bulbasaur leaving the premises when things are about to/could get bad for him.
    • Iris walking in on the others while they're showering. Anabel asks her directly if that's going to become a thing.
    • Over the course of Red's Sevii Islands interludes, Yellow keeps referring to the place they're looking for as "a trap". When they return to the main story in Chapter 42, she continues to do so.
    • Ash can't seem to have a party at his home town without having his arms yanked around by Pallet Town native girls.
    • An older parental character referencing Teen Drama, and not wanting to deal with it at all.
  • Run or Die: After Ash's (thankfully brief) kidnapping, Misty is forced to flee from a gigantic swarm of Beedrill. She initially beats herself up over it, but Dexter reassures her that she made the right choice, because standing her ground would've just gotten her killed. And since the swarm moved on, checking for Ash was now possible, which it wouldn't be if she was dead.
  • Sadist:
    • Downplayed with Giovanni. While he's not exactly a man who gets joy from inflicting pain, he does get a sense of schadenfreude from people suffering because of their incompetence.
    • MissingNo flat-out admits that it wants to cause Ash misery by picking at his greatest worries and fears. It also gets disappointed that Norman managed to prevent May from suffering what it had planned for her to go through in the new timeline.
    • Savitore, William Stronger's contact who provides him with intel and Pokémon for his victims, seems to take a lot of pleasure in helping him in his murderous agenda.
  • Samus Is a Girl:
    • Turns out Ash's Pidgeotto is female.
    • As is Misty's Slowpoke.
    • And Ash's Roggenrola/Boldore.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: Dexter, enormously so. Much as it enjoys snarking at Ash, it's unfailingly loyal and helpful to him.
  • Satanic Archetype: MissingNo. Lampshaded when it outright compares itself to Old Scratch.
  • Save the Villain:
    • When he accidentally causes the ground under William Stronger's feet to crack, Fitzdane tries to save him from falling down the cliff, even though he just tried to kill him. Stronger, however, refuses to "be saved by an abomination".
    • Steven tries to save Zevie when the latter tries to go after the blasted Megalith going critical, but Zevie refuses, yelling that he will win no matter what.
  • Seen It All: When he stands up to Mewtwo after the latter announces his plans to exterminate humans and Take Over the World, Casey Snagem replies he's seen many people trying to do the same before, even if Mewtwo is the first Pokémon who tries that.
  • Scissors Cuts Rock:
    • Both the main story and some of the oneshots stress a lot the fact that type advantage is nowhere near enough to defeat a Gym Leader. Erika vs Morana, Erika vs Ash (both in the main story) and Walker vs Dan (in the Falkner oneshot) are some of the best examples.
    Walker: A scissor can cut a rock if it's sharp enough.
    • An off-screen Gym Leader vs. Gym Leader example is mentioned in the Sho Interlude, with Volkner (Electric-type specialist) defeating Clay (Ground-type specialist).
    • Ash's Pikachu manages to (barely) defeat Lilo's Mudsdale during the Fuchsia Tag Tournament semifinals.
    • Red uses Pokémon with a type disadvantage against Rosso in the Six Island Interlude, and manages to win each round without much difficulty.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: The third story in Halloween Tales is about a group of nobles who attempts this, selling many houses to poor people and then scaring them away, hiring a raggedy man for a few coins to help setting it up. It turns back on them when they refuse to keep their end of the deal, and the man actually Maiden's Peak Ghastly swears they'll be the next ones.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Seeing that Meyer doesn't want to let Clemont join the Lumiose University think tank, Belmondo offers him a blank check. Meyer tears it up, saying he refuses to be bought.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Upon Delia learning Ash was tricked into a very unfavourable battle, she demanded answers from Professor Oak. Bulbasaur and Krabby read the mood and quickly left the vicinity.
    • Bulbasaur would later also hide from a lot of Grimer and their Muk leader upon seeing them chase Professor Oak for a hug. He would later do the same when that Jigglypuff arrives on the lab to warn everyone about it.
    • Fed up with the Samurai, Snivy left him in search of a better trainer, but not before making him pay for dismissing her as useless.
    • Pikachu and Lara's Ponyta quickly go take a nap at the barn when Misty asks Ash about Serena.
    • The Kanto Pokémon Federation hightails out of Three Island after facing against Red's Pokémon, especially his Clefairy.
  • Scrub: Invoked. Argenta is pretty much this at first. Disgusted with how little variety of Pokemon the latest Sinnoh League had (particularly the huge number of Garchomps), she organizes a tournament in which she pretty much humiliates every trainer that challenges her, thinking of them as "Stop Having Fun" Guys (like Paul, which she explicitly cites a prime example) as a way to critizice this kind of mindset. However, she realizes that she has been trying to impose her views regarding Pokemon battles onto everybody else, and in order to tackle the problem from a different, friendlier perspective, she creates the Battle Hall.
  • Season Finale:
    • The Melemele Grand Trial oneshot can be seen as it for the Alola oneshots previously released via delivering several results to several built up elements on the oneshots (such as Hala's unease about change and the Lono Twins grand trial with him) and setting up several future storylines and scenarios including the Reset counterpart of Nebby.
    • The Red Seven Island Interlude also counts as this for Red's Sevii Islands arc.
  • Second Place Is for Winners: Ash is perfectly happy with coming in second place in the Battle Dome Tournament for several reasons. 1) He only barely lost. 2) One of his opponents had six gym badges to his three even though one of his technically counts as eight. 3) It's hardly the first time he's failed to win a tournament, even if it's the first time in this timeline.
  • Secret Relationship: Played with in the case of Lorelei and Frey. They never meant to keep their relationship a secret, but since their jobs often keep them apart, almost nobody outside their circles of friends and coworkers knew about it.
  • Security Cling:
    • At the Nimbasa amusement part, Yancy gets scared at a falling Chandelure and jumps to Nate's arms.
    • Raichu hides behind Ash's legs when Paul arrives to New Island, though the latter doesn't seem to acknowledge her at all.
  • Seers: Some Psychic-type Bloodliners and Pokémon are able to see into the future (and the past sometimes as well).
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: When battling Rosso, Red deliberately uses Pokémon he caught in the Sevii Islands and with a type disadvantage to teach him a lesson.
  • Selfless Wish: After Misty and Iris win a tag tournament in Celadon City, Lorelei offers to grant each any favor within her power. Iris uses her favour to ask Lorelei to get Ash a gym battle with Erika despite Erika's ban on males battling her.
  • Self-Made Man: Due to her social Darwinist philosophy, Sabrina admires this kind of person.
  • Self-Made Orphan:
  • Sequel Hook: Several of the Expanded Universe one-shots can end this way:
    • Cynthia Gaiden ends with Cynthia looking forward to exploring an uncovered ruin in the Orange Islands after the weather at Shamouti stabilised.
    • Clay Interlude ends with Team Cipher having succeeded in saving Lovrina and being pleased with the power of the Shadow Pokemon demonstrated when Lovrina clashed with Clay and them moving forward with their plans.
    • Argenta Interlude featured the first appearance of Mitsumi, which leads directly into her role as a protagonist in The Wild Boy from Sinnoh.
    • Cipher Interlude ends with The Reveal that Mizutaro was turned into a Shadow Pokemon.
    • Astrid Gaiden ends with Astrid accepting Mabel's offer to train under her.
    • Guzma Interlude ends with Guzma making a phone call to Lusamine.
    • Sanpei Interlude ends with Capriccio promoted to Admin and assigned to plan and oversee a full-scale operation in Alola.
    • Kiawe Interlude ends with Capriccio and Naps preparing for the full-scale Alola operation and Capriccio planning to capture Darkrai for Team Cipher in exchange for help finding and killing all his nieces and nephews.
    • Blaine Interlude ends with Al, Ken & Harry of Team Rocket finding what they were looking for and reporting back to Giovanni.
    • Hala & Hau Interlude ends with Hala and Kukui preparing to establish Alola's Pokemon League.
    • Looker Interlude has two. The first is Blake being on Team Cipher's trail and assigned to Orre. The second is Koya having a lead on Newton's disappearance, that he was talking to a man named Kaisei, which carries on in the third chapter of The Wild Boy From Sinnoh.
    • Wicke & Nephew Interlude has Hala inform Frax and Velvet that the time has finally come for their Grand Trial.
    • The G-Men Interlude leaves three: Krysta being assigned to recruit a vigilante bloodliner trio for their ranks, Lance getting a call from Clair that his father wants to see him, and Frey calling Lorelei to meet up and spend some time together.
    • Jane Jackrum Interlude ends with Professor Hastings contacting Professor Oak with an idea to bring peace to Trainer and Ranger nations.
    • Steven Interlude ends with the title character contacting Lysandre, requesting for help in searching for the Megalith shards to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.
    • The Melemele Grand Trial Interlude ends with two, ranging from the minor bit of Frax possibly about to capture a Hawlucha, to the more serious bit of Lusamine detecting Cosmog and calling for Zilant to find it for her. This ties into the first chapter of Akala Adventures.
    • Gligarman Interlude ends with the title character training his daughter so she can join him full-time in crimefighting, as well as the announcement that the police force will now work alongside the Night Watchers. It also shows Hunter J and the Pride Sniper flying off towards Orre to prepare for their next jobs.
  • Sequence Breaking: This fic is a Peggy Sue fic with so many differences that it functions more as an Alternate Universe Fic. There are plenty of examples. Many take the form of Adaptational Early Appearances:
    • After winning his third badge, instead of his fourth being Sabrina's, Ash's fourth badge is Erika's. Likewise, his fifth badge is the Soul Badge.
      • It finally gets defied for the Volcano and Earth badges. When Ash is going to Cinnabar Island, Sabrina forcibly teleports him to her Gym to force him into the challenge.
    • Misty catches several of her canon Pokemon before she met Ash.
    • Ash catches Bulbasaur and Charmander before visiting Cerulean City.
    • He also catches Snivy and Goomy and encounters Scatterbug while still in Kanto. He also catches Aipom on his first run through Kanto rather than during his Battle Frontier run (taking Squirtle's spot as Ash's sixth caught Pokémon), and finds Roggenrola in the Safari Zone.
    • Iris joins Ash before he leaves Kanto. By the time she meets him she also has her Emolga with her, and meets her Gible in the Safari Zone.
    • Ash meets Paul in Kanto rather than Sinnoh.
    • Rather than going to Viridian for his final Gym Badge, Ash returns to Pallet Town directly from Cinnabar, though he eventually does face Giovanni before Indigo.
  • Serial Killer:
    • Georgia Gaiden has one of these as the villain, known as "The Reaper." Since the victims have been killed all over Unova, the killer manages to hold the entire region in a grip of terror.
    • Also William Stronger, AKA the Bloodliner Hunter, who has gone around several regions killing bloodliners.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong:
    • Ash was sent back in time in order to prevent Cyrus from gaining control over reality again, because the universe can't handle another such distortion in time and space.
    • He isn't the only one, turns out that Tobias is traveling throughout the multiverse to set things right as well.
  • Sexy Santa Dress: Elesa dressed in one to send her Christmas postcards to her friends, including Volkner.
  • Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Hilda talks to Belladonna while disguised as Aurora in Chapter 31, correctly surmising that she's very unlikely to attack somebody who looks like one of her lovers. This is at least partly because Belladonna, aware that there's probably something wrong with herself, is afraid that attacking something that looks like a loved one might send her down a very dark path.
  • Shared Universe: Known as the Reset-verse.
  • Share the Male Pain: In Chapter 2 of The Wild Boy from Sinnoh, Hareta accidentally hits Park with a Pokéball between the legs. Everyone present winces in sympathy.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Upon first meeting Misty, who's now 15, Ash notes that she's now as tall as him (and Ash now is taller than his mother) and has a rather curvaceous body, now resembling more her older sisters.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Pikachu apparently ships Ash/Serena, given his reaction to finding out that his trainer actually kept in contact with her this time around. It's occasionally hinted he ships Ash and his female companions in general, and that he doesn't like rival ships like Contestshipping and Penguinshipping.
    • Misty's Psyduck frequently encourages her to "mate" with Ash. Her Gyarados later joins him on it.
    • Team Rocket, meanwhile, suspects Ash and Misty might be a couple.
    • Even Paul gets in on the act, referring to Misty as Ash's girlfriend.
    • While Iris is falling in love with Ash, she makes it clear she wouldn't mind sharing him with Misty. She is shown to be quite happy when Ash and Misty have romantic moments.
    • Arnold's mom is quick to see Laila as a potential daughter-in-law.
    • Grace & Delia both clearly approve of Serena having a relationship with Ash in the near future.
    • Gary seems to pick up quickly that Serena is smitten with Ash during the camp.
    • Giselle assumed that Ash and Misty were a couple when he stepped up to her challenge.
    • A.J and Jeanette's Pokémon have picked up their trainers are attracted to one another, and agree to set up something for them one day.
    • Krysta is the biggest supporter for Lorelei/Frey.
    • Solidad's mother apparently shipped her with Brock, before they settled for being just friends.
  • Shockingly Expensive Bill:
    • In the Ritchie Gaiden, Silver offers to treat Ritchie to anything he wants to eat. When he checks the bill later is over nine thousand.
    • Jane Jackrum's dates usually end up leaving her due to this.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Invoked. During the incredibly tense and dramatic confrontation between Ash and Belladona, Dexter decides to remain oddly silent, (something that Ash takes no time to notice). It starts talking again once the dramatic moment has passed.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: At the end of the Johanna Gaiden, the title character manages to win the grand festival, winning enough prize money to get them additional surgeries. Unfortunately, it's not enough to save them, and they eventually succumb.
  • Shoot the Television: While the TR trio is visiting a mansion belonging to James's family, he gives Jessie and Meowth permission to steal and break whatever they want. Among other things, they throw a table into a very large TV screen partly because they can't figure out how to watch anything other than the Weather Channel, and partly because Meowth hated the weather lady who covered Johto for some reason.
  • Shopping Montage: Plenty of this in the latter part of Chapter 31.
  • The Short Guy with Glasses: Vedia is a female, evil example. Team Zenith Admin Taylor also fits.
  • Shout-Out: Numerous, a tendency shared with Ashes of the Past. Now has its own page.
  • Shower of Awkward:
    • In Chapter 29, Iris walks in on Ash taking a shower. She's not embarrassed, due to her upbringing, but Ash definitely is.
    • Later in Chapter 36, she does it again, with Anabel, who asks her if this is going to become a habit of hers, though she's less embarrassed because unlike Ash she's not attracted to Iris.
  • Shrinking Violet: Aurora is a very shy and nervous girl.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Yancy gives one to Nate/Blake during their ride on the Ferris Wheel in their second date.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Lazuli, a girl in Solidad's former class at trainer school, has blue hair tred in Girlish Pigtails, and is very withdrawn. She stands out because the rest of the class is rather lively and hyperactive.
  • Signature Move: Between the Pikachu owned by several half brothers, all know Thunderbolt and/or Quick Attack. However each of them have moves that are distinctly their own compared to each other:
    • Ash's Pikachu has Iron Tail and Zap Cannon, later joined by Wild Charge. He later replaces Wild Charge with the species' signature move, Volt Tackle.
    • Red's Pikachu has Thunder Punch and Brick Break.
    • Frax's Pikachu has Swift and Mega Punch.
    • Ritchie's Pikachu, Sparky, has Charge Beam.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Misty, Ash's first travelling companion and one of his love interests.
  • Single Tear:
    • Misty, when after losing to Ash, her sisters are arrested and the Cerulean Gym is shut down, thinking that her dream of becoming its leader is ruined forever.
    • Ash also cries one of these after recognizing Belladonna's rage from when Paul blew away Primeape.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man:
    • Ash's kind and caring nature is a major part of why Misty's falling for him.
    • Iris is attracted to Ash's strength. However, she all but admits that she wouldn't really consider him a prospect if he wasn't such a nice guy.
    • Like in canon, Serena is quickly smitten with Ash when he helps her, although over the course of the camp, she also comes to admire his determination and competitive streak.
    • Jeanette Fisher's parents encouraged her to find a man who can look past her bloodline and never let him go. Lo and behold, it just so happened that A.J. doesn't mind that part of her one bit; if anything, he finds her more attractive because of it. Jeanette has already begun thinking of A.J. as her future husband.
    • At Pewter City's indoor pool, Lucy rejects the advances of a guy who tries to hit on her very aggressively in favor of Brock, who has been a perfect gentleman to her.
    • Giselle in the Holiday Special 2017 tells Joe that she likes him because he's a sweet boy.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: The Ketchumverse omakes have Vulgar Ash, who constantly spews profanities.
    • Also Ash's Primeape seems to be this, given how often it says things that Ash and/or the narration leave out and are referred to as things that shouldn't be said around polite company, such as Ash's mother.
  • Skyward Scream:
    • Pikachu has one in Chapter 2, when he realizes he's gonna have to work again to relearn his moves.
    • In her oneshot Sabrina screams "I KNEW IT! I WAS RIGHT!!" towards the sky when she's proven right in her theory.
    • Leeroy in the Laramie Gaiden yells at the top of his lungs when he realizes the rest of his crewmates are dead.
  • Sleep Cute:
    • Chapter 34 ends this way. Ash goes to his Secret Base to rest after the ordeal he went through, but his female companions decide to join him in the bed, if only to make sure he won't dissapear anywhere.
    • Happens to Iris alone in Chapter 38. Having struggled to stay awake during Ash's battle after not sleeping well the previous night, she collapses on Ash's shoulder while they're having some ice-cream to celebrate. Misty is not amused.
  • Sleepyhead: Erika is a narcoleptic, though it's suggested that she sometimes fakes it to make people angry.
  • Small Name, Big Ego:
    • The Invincible Pokémon Brothers, as in canon. Their first appearance is in a double battle where they get effortlessly beaten by Misty and Iris.
    • The Clair Interlude discusses this: Clair believes that you shouldn't have an ego unless you can back it up.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Misty's Psyduck may come off as a complete numbskull, but he's actually quite observant.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses:
    • Clemont, as in canon.
    • Vedia wears glasses, and is the most tech-savvy of Belladonna's group.
  • Snake Oil Salesman: The Magikarp salesman, as per canon.
  • Sneeze Cut:
    • There's one in Chapter 11 to Max, when Daisy, frustrated that Ash manages to (barely) beat their Pokémon, starts yelling furiously that he can study and read everything the hell he wants, but that doesn't make him a good trainer.
    • In the Big P Pokémon Race Interlude, Ash rhetorically asks Anabel whether she'd just come right out and tell somebody she's a bloodliner. The story makes a quick cut to Jeanette Fisher sneezing.
    • In the second (canon) omake of Chapter 31, Ash, having to endure/enjoy the swimsuit show his female companions are putting for him, muses that "Brock would probably feel in heaven if he was in [his] stead". Cut to Brock in the Pewter Gym in the middle of a match, whose sneeze causes him to lose a couple seconds that cost him a round.
  • Snow Means Love: Invoked by Krysta, who befriends an Articuno to bring snow for Lorelei and Frey while they're skating on a frozen lake.
  • The Social Darwinist:
    • Paul, as per canon, thinks the only Pokémon worth anything are those he considers strong enough.
    • The Bloodline King and his minions believe bloodliners to be stronger than baseline humans. They further believe that because of this power, they deserve to rule the world, and have control over both Pokémon and ordinary humans.
    • Orre has a serious case of this.
    • In chapter 24, Sabrina is confirmed as this, as she kills the challengers she judges as "unremarkable". Unlike most examples of this trope this concept is handled less as a matter of survival of the fittest and more about being remarkable in any manner including art, intelligence, and other skills.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: An in-universe example. Mabel won the Lumiose City conference because one of her grandchildren asked her to compete.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: The Fisher Clan has this down to a science. Before she started on her Pokémon journey, Jeanette's mother taught her to take "calculated breaks from character" (that is, proper and upper-class) to act like a normal teenage girl.
  • Sore Loser:
    • The Sensational Sisters, in contrast to Brock, Lt. Surge, and Erika. This is partly out of immaturity, and partly because their win record is so awful that the PIA is threatening to shut their gym down, which would deprive them of a place to do their water shows without paying rent.
    • Joshua in the Oak's Summer Camp Gaiden gets really angry at Ash beating him in a baseball match. Enough to provoke an accident during the Rhyhorn race that could have gotten him and many others hurt. And that's not even getting to his reaction after getting beaten by Ritchie in a Pokémon battle.
    • In the Blaine Interlude, Raymond gets extremely angry when Blaine manages to take out his Machoke and Donphan using only his Growlithe, to the point he brings out his remaining three Pokémon at once, not caring if he gets disqualified.
    • Dario, like in canon. Case in point, when he competed in a race the previous year and lost to Lara (despite trying to cheat), he complained that she only won because she rode her father's Rapidash. When he loses to Ash, he has the nerve of accusing him of cheating despite all the crap he pulled during the entire race.
    • Kiya in the Maylene Interlude, gets really angry after losing to Maylene for the title of Gym Leader and heir to the dojo to the point that he sucker-punches her in the nose when she tries to help him get back up.
    • Apparently, Clair has to deal with these on a regular basis.
    • Mewtwo shows some shades of this, getting progressively angrier when he fails to defeat Lucario and refusing to believe that he could possibly be defeated.
  • Sour Supporter: Dexter has some pretty strong tendencies towards this. It'll mock Ash and complain about him, but is genuinely helpful and supportive regardless. This also extends to Ash's travelling companions and Pokémon. Moreover, its cynicism doesn't stop it from doing what it can to help Ash and company recover from emotional low points, or reassure them that they made the right choice when they start doubting themselves.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Viridian City's Pokémon Center doesn't suffer nearly as much damage this time around.
    • The St. Anne doesn't sink in this timeline, thanks to Giovanni cancelling the Team Rocket operation when he finds out Ash will be on board.
  • Speak in Unison: After receiving their instructions from Belladonna, the army of Poison-type Pokémon in her thrall responds with a simultaneous monotone of "yes, mistress." In their own "languages", of course.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Some Bloodliners can talk to Pokemon. Type Hearts like Misty can speak to any Pokemon of their type (ie. Water Pokemon for Misty). Ash can speak to any Pokemon he's close to. It's unclear if this is because he's a Lucario Bloodliner or because of something else.
  • Special Edition Title:
    • Being Halloween Episodes dealing with horror themes, "Shadows of the Jungle" and "Agatha & Sam Gaiden" have the usual blue and yellow logo of the resetverse changed to red and black.
    • The second Holiday Special also changes the colors to red and green, and also adds some golden letters in the subtitle.
  • Specs of Awesome: Vedia never took off her glasses during her fight against Misty, and she probably would've won if not for Anabel's intervention.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff:
    • Ash decides to have several of his Pokémon to learn/relearn the Counter Shield technique early on, which comes in handy for several of their later battles.
    • Erika has her Leafeon use a spinning Aerial Ace to cut through Butterfree's Silver Wind.
  • Spirited Competitor: Maturing didn't make Ash any less competitive. He was also like this before his consciousness from the original timeline entered his mind, as can be seen in the Oak's Summer Camp Gaiden.
  • Spit Take:
    • Misty spits out some water after Iris asks what her relationship with Ash is.
    • Rosebay also has one when Jane tells her she tends to have trouble dating, due to how much she eats.
    • At the end of Evolving Fears, Bantuan spits out his coffee on his Tsareena, after seeing on TV that the girl who helped them in their spat a few months before was none other than Queen Acerola herself.
  • Spoiled Brat: The Sensational Sisters are basically spoiled children who never grew up.
  • Spoiled Sweet: A government official forced Professor Oak to hand two starter Pokémon over to his children. Thankfully, the kids, named Aideen and Elwood, are nice despite having an asshole for a father, so Professor Oak is able to assure himself that the Bulbasaur and the Charmander will be treated well in spite of the circumstances.
  • Spot the Imposter: Belladonna quickly sees through Hilda's disguise when she takes Aurora's appearance, just by looking her into the eyes.
  • Squick: Invoked. Misty throws up in her mouth a little at the thought of "mating" with Paul. This isn't because she thinks he's ugly (though when she compares him to Ash, it's clear that his looks aren't appealing to her either), but because he's a complete asshole.
  • Stab the Sky: Ash does this with the Staff of Sir Aaron in an effort to free the Lucario inside. It doesn't work.
  • Stage Mom: Casey's parents-in-law expected their daughter to win a championship for them.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: The Team Rocket trio follows Ash and company wherever they go because Giovanni ordered them to collect information on everything he does. So far, they have proven more successful at stalking and gathering information on him than they ever did trying to steal his Pokémon in canon.
  • Starfish Language: Pokémon are able to communicate complex ideas, despite generally only saying their names. It's mentioned to be incredibly complex; according to Pikachu, there are over half a million "basic" rules.
  • Staring Down Cthulhu:
    • When Tapu Koko tries to force Zilant to accept the Z-Ring, the latter looks him into the eyes and uses his visual power to make him understand his feelings and ideals. Tapu Koko is still angry, but ultimately relents and leaves.
    • Samuel Oak and Adalbert Hastings encounter an angry Mew on Faraway Island, who is not happy that they've intruded into its home. Fortunately, when they make it clear they mean no harm, it gives them the chunk of soil they came looking for and lets them go in peace.
  • The Starscream:
    • Giovanni suspects Proton of being this. Whether he's justified in this belief or not is yet to be seen, but considering Proton seems to be setting up projects without his knowledge or consent, it seems like he might be on to something.
    • The Bloodline Prince apparently wants to kill his father and take his throne, according to Hilda.
  • Start My Own: Maxie and Archie founded their respective teams after leaving Team Zenith, the organization they both used to work for in the past.
  • Start of Darkness:
    • Dakim's oneshot is the origin of his alignment with Team Cipher, where he was specifically recruited by Nascour.
    • Twenty Gyarados Bill's oneshot shows us that a simple prank where he was given a Magikarp as a mocking gift was what led him to become the terror of coastal Johto.
    • Sabrina's oneshot shows her descent into villainy, where she was disgusted by how her hometown accepted mediocrity and how they took advantage of her powers to be lazy.
    • Mars' oneshot shows her as a child, with her first encounter with Cyrus in the middle of a very abusive childhood. To a lesser extent, it also shows William Stronger's of which MissingNo might be responsible.
    • Mewtwo's oneshot also shows his origin. He begins rather benevolent at first, but after Amber fades away, he falls into despair and eventually unleashes his rage into his creators.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: As noted to Drake several times, he could easily avoid his fears of losing even once by retiring undefeated. Drake isn't interested in doing so.
  • Statuesque Stunner:
    • Ash here is taller than his mom, and Misty is just as tall as him. And Iris is described as being even taller.
    • Belladonna is also very tall for her age, even more so than Iris.
    • Iolani is described this way as well, and it is implied this is common for all of her half sisters like Betty Snyder and Velvet Lono.
    • Lorelei is tall and attractive....at this point one has to wonder if the Authors really like that look.
  • Status Quo Is God: In-Universe examples:
    • Missing No basically suggests this was the case in the old timeline, calling it a glass ceiling that prevented Ash and his friends from fulfilling their dreams.
    • Discussed in the Steven Interlude: the Zenith grunt that steals the Flower from the Devon HQ accusses him of enforcing the status quo as opposed to trying to change the world. Steven quickly defies it, pointing that the risks of that device outweighed the benefits.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: The Emissary seems fond of doing this. Justified, because he can teleport.
  • Stellar Name:
    • Cynthia is the name of a moon goddess.
    • One of Belladonna's girlfriends is named Aurora.
  • Stern Teacher: From what we've seen of Koga's classes, he seems to follow the "tough, but fair" school of teaching.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero:
    • Forge Smith the Blacksmith. In fact he believes that people should all have names that indicate what they do in life.
    • The Pokémon in the forest sanctuary seen in the G-Men Gaiden name themselves according to the roles they take. They even rename themselves if these roles shift over time.
  • The Stinger: Some of the Expanded Universe one-shots have bonus scenes after the main plot of the one-shot ends:
    • Koga & Janine Gaiden has a brief scene showing Ash helping his mother with the gardening when he was fourteen.
    • Hala & Hau Interlude shows Frax and Velvet volunteering at a Bug-Catching Contest as extra credit after failing a school assignment.
    • Gladion Interlude ends with Gladion and his Pokemon grabbed by the Bewear who'd normally bother Team Rocket.
    • Big P Pokémon Race Interlude ends with Pidgeot arriving on Vaniville Town and delivering Ash's message to Serena.
    • Clair Interlude ends with with a scene of Tobias and Clembot traveling to an unspecified time period as they try to track Celebi and Wes.
    • Steven Interlude ends with Steven contacting Lysandre for help in searching for the Megalith shards to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. It also has a scene of Steven and Wallace discussing the events with the Draconids and deciding to have a friendly battle with each other.
    • Ghosts of Maiden's Peak ends with Agatha's Gengar talking a Growlithe pack out of attacking a nearby village and leading them to a forest where they could live peacefully and undisturbed by humans. It also shows Gastly deciding to add him to his stories to keep alive in the future.
    • Melemele Grand Trial ends with several, including Frax encountering a Hawlucha, Team Skull attacking a Team Cipher ship coming into Alola on orders of Lusamine, and Lusamine detecting a Cosmog and calling for Zilant to go track it down for her.
    • Gligarman Interlude ends with a scene of Hunter J and the Pride Sniper flying to Orre, with the revelation of their mutual client being Frederick Swietenia, as well as the Pride Sniper being one of the Seven Brothers.
    • Bloodliner Hunter Interlude ends with the Gray Poochyena being found and rescued by a forest ranger, after she gets dragged down a river following her encounter with the titular villain.
  • The Stoic: Vedia is by far the least emotional of Belladonna's group.
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys:
    • Invoked by Paul. The fact that he refers to Electro Ball as a "pathetic and unreliable attack only complete noobs would ever use" is a testament to this.
    • Argenta apparently sees Smogon and those who follow their tactics to the letter as this.
  • Straight for the Commander:
    • In the climax of his interlude, Steven jumps on Zevie directly to prevent him from giving orders to his Pokémon, rather than trying to take them out.
    • During the second half of the Mewtwo Strikes Back arc, the group eventually realizes that the only way to stop the fighting is to get Mewtwo to do so.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: The notoriously variable levels of power and skill displayed by Ash and his Pokémon in the original timeline are actually given an explanation. As Arceus explains, Cyrus practiced his new Reality Warper powers by randomly screwing with their competency levels, resulting in numerous losses that shouldn't have happened.
  • Stunt Double: At some point, Blake had to fill in for an injured actor in a PokéStar Studios movie.
  • Stylistic Suck: Loads of it in "Pokémon Reset Bloodlines - The Movie - The Fanfiction", with its absolutely terrible movie pitches.
  • Suggestive Collision: At one point during Oak's Summer Camp Gaiden, Serena falls on top of Ash and they end up in an awkward position. Serena was thankful no one else was around.
  • Super Breeding Program: The Bloodline King runs one of these in order to expand his forces. At the end of Chapter 15, the Sensational Sisters are kidnapped and forcibly inducted into it.
  • Super Empowering: Ash is able to give his Pokémon temporary power boosts during battle.
  • Super Mode:
    • Mega Evolution is this as always.
    • Bond Phenomenon is also mentioned, as per the show.
    • Break Evolution from the TCG was teased in the Kiawe oneshot, and later it's delved on deeper in the main story.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills:
    • It's mentioned that Water Heart Bloodliners can breathe underwater.
    • Water-type Species Bloodliners can also do this.
  • Superpower Lottery: Ash as a result of being a Lucario Bloodliner and thus able to learn every move a Lucario can. Not all bloodliners win this lottery, see the character page for more.
  • "Super Sentai" Stance: During the Battle Dome Tournament, Ash and his Butterfree have an Imagine Spot of James and his Pokémon performing one of these (suggested to have been caused by Inkay messing with their minds). The narration calls it a "friendship sentai pose".
  • Super Senses: Some Species Bloodliners have their senses greatly enhanced, such as eyesight (for a Pidgeot Bloodliner) or hearing (for a Lycanroc Bloodliner).
  • Super Speed:
    • According to Duchess Ilene, a Pidgeot Species bloodliner can move fast enough to break the sound barrier.
    • A Bloodliner with Motor Drive can also potentially do this, as shown with Flashstrika.
  • Super Spit: Belladonna can spew toxic fluid out of her mouth.
  • Super Strength: Ash is implied to be stronger than a normal human, since he catches a Kangaskhan's punch and pushes it hard enough to almost knock it over.
  • Super Toughness: It's implied that Bloodliners are made of sterner stuff than normal humans.
    • Water Heart bloodliners can withstand enormous amounts of pressure.
  • Supervillain Lair: Ash's group describes Mewtwo's place as this. Alexander Silph instead compares it to a Mad Scientist lair.
  • Supporting Protagonist:
    • Arguably, the real protagonist of the Gary one-shot is Casey Snagem, Gary being this trope.
    • Lorelei in her gaiden as well. While it shows her beginnings, the true story is about the Ice Heart Bloodliner Krysta that Lorelei meets in the Icefall Cave.
    • Ultima Interlude is more about the struggles of Fitz rather than Ultima herself.
  • Surprise Party: Lorelei is given one by Frey and her fellow Elite Four members at the end of her birthday oneshot.
  • Surrounded by Idiots:
    • In his oneshot, Kiawe has a flashback to a gang leader who's frustrated by subordinates who can't/won't learn anything from the documentaries he keeps telling them to watch.
    • Team Zenith's downfall was the result of an inversion of this, since Zevie surrounded himself with too many bright people.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
  • SWAT Team:
    • In the Georgia Gaiden, SWAT personnel are involved in the arrest of Eric Knudsen.
    • Ash wonders if this is Dexter's plan to help them escape Sabrina's Gym, but the Pokédex replies that it's not.
  • Swiss Bank Account: Of the "offshore tax haven" variety. Hunter J has a major bank account on Pummelo Island.
  • Sympathy for the Hero: Belladonna immediately tries to comfort Ash after realizing he knows exactly the kind of emotional pain she's talking about.
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