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  • Tail Slap:
    • After relearning Iron Tail, Pikachu does this quite a lot in battles just like the original timeline.
    • Misty's Gyarados also knows Iron Tail. In addition to the intended use, it also uses the move to render itself immune to Electric attacks by striking the ground with it.
    • Ash's Charmander knows Dragon Tail.
    • After evolving, Goodra does this against Janine's Ariados without a move.
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    • Serperior learns Aqua Tail by Chapter 40.
  • Take a Number: Used in the omake of Chapter 18, which is about Cameron and his Riolu trying out for the fic in response to casting calls. True to the trope, the two of them end up with the number 750. For added comedy, the duo ends up stuck in between a Dalek and the Major as of number 26 and 27's call up (Jigglypuff and Ritchie).
  • Take a Third Option: In Chapter 34, Sabrina forces Ash to fight his way through her Gym, giving him the choice between going to the top floor to get a Marsh Badge, or to the basement to rescue Primeape. When Ash's Pokémon break through the ceiling, the Marsh Badges fall to from above and Squirtle quickly snatches one, and Ash later sends Raichu to the basement with a Timer Ball to catch Primeape.
  • Take My Hand: Said by Fitzdane while trying to save William Stronger from falling to his death. Stronger refuses, though he lives through the fall.
  • Take Over the World:
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    • According to Giovanni, this is Team Rocket's eventual goal.
    • The Bloodline King also wants world domination.
    • Mewtwo is also considering this, along with exterminating all humans.
  • Take That!:
    • During the Whitney Oneshot, Whitney fights a Muk with one of her Miltank and harshly defeats it, stating that she'd never lose to a Muk. The Author confirms this was a potshot aimed at Ashes of the Past, though he does clarify he likes the fic overall.
    • The Author also commented during the Gary oneshot that he believes Pokemon Anime XY was better than Shudo's run.
    • One omake has a potshot against the Call of Duty series for its excessive reliance on multiplayer.
    • In an omake from the Ketchumverse, Bloodline Ash and Ranger Ash arrive in the Twilight universe, which is explicitly stated to have the rule of "everything must revolve around Bella Swan." Since the two of them don't worship the ground she walks on and can't be punished for their "transgression" by the laws of the universe, their presence causes a reality-breaking paradox which results in the place falling apart. No points for guessing what the author is trying to say about the series.
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    • The Argenta one-shot is a rather big one towards competitive battling (which in the more recent years features less and less variety, with most players using only a handful of Pokemon with the same moves), and Smogon in particular (for encouraging this mindset). Though it's softened somewhat in the end with the message that everybody should be free to choose and use their preferred Pokemon, even if it's from the strongest tiers.
    • Belladonna was partly based on an incarnation of Harry Potter from a fanfiction called "The Ilvermorny Champion". This version of the Boy Who Lived had a bad habit of doing some awful things to those who hurt his friends and family, so the author created a character with a similar mindset whose actions are portrayed as wrong.
    • The Falkner oneshot has a very subtle one towards the use of Legendary Pokémon in competitive battling (and most likely Tobias as well): when Satsuki asks Falkner what does he plan to do once he catches Ho-Oh and Lugia, he assures her that he won't take them to the Pokémon League and "use them to crush the dreams of some hapless kid half [his] age".
    • Many jokes of the first chapter of the Wild Boy For Sinnoh take potshots at Bidoof.
    • The first Ketchumverse Omake suggests that all the Worlds where the Pokemon Coma Theory is a thing have been taken over by 'the Ashs of Darkness' as part of a evil Multiversal Empire.
      • Chapter 30 throws another pot shot at it, making some jokes at the idea of Brock being a representation of Ash's sexual urges.
    • The first part of Ash's Dream Sequence in Chapter 24 has a Take That! towards Betrayal-fics that are common in the Pokemon fandom.
    • The April Fools 2017 chapter takes its time to be a Take That! against Executive Meddling.
    • Betrayal Fics get another Take That! in Chapter 39's omake, where a Misty and Brock who did do such a thing are basically looked at by all parties as irrational beings who eventually flanderized into a second Team Rocket.
    • Giselle Interlude contains one against those who insist that you don't capitalize Pokemon Species names.
    • The Gladion Interlude takes some potshots at more contentious erotica series, such as Fifty Shades of Grey and Gor.
    • The Omake of Chapter 27 has this towards 'Archive of Our Own' for its poor layout and excessive tags, and the abuse thereof. The author also casually admits to hating the site in the Author's Note at the beginning of the chapter. While Cross admits he would not be against a Archive version of Reset, he basically says that someone else would have to manage it.
    • Chapter 27's end commentary has a few aimed at things that annoyed the author during the long writing period. Among them is Marvel Legacy's removal of Parker Industries and their resetting of Peter Parker's status to his everyman roots (with a snark about Tony Stark's personal reboots thrown in at Marvel's expense as well), as well as the Jimquisition video from Jim Sterling about it being moral to 'pirate Nintendo's stuff'.
    • The Clair Oneshot has one aimed at Pocket Monsters: The Animation and the rules for gym leaders within, with Clair snarking about her possibly having a third loss in a row damaging the gym's rep, to which Yari snaps that they "don't live in some silly universe where three straight losses would lose the family gym".
    • Chapter 29's end has one at Harem Fanfiction tendency to not only describe the main male character as being well endowed as a selling point, as well as having other characters be the opposite, particularly ones the author doesn't like.
      • The chapter 36 omake pokes fun at this further.
    • Chapter 29 also has Sabrina referring to the original timeline Indigo League as "utterly incompetent from the managing side".
    • Chapter 29, again, had a few jabs at some of the Shudo-era moralizing: when Sligoo is shown to be terrified of Ariados Janine notes that such a fear was something that wasn't that was easy to pick up, as Ariados are not common in Kanto like a Raticate. As such Janine notes that going into a speech about how Ash should have known that to be pretentious.
    • Chapter 31 has Misty reference the anime tropes that would have Misty yell at Ash for accidentally seeing Iris naked (as common in harem comedies) with her specifically saying that doing that, particularly with awareness that it was an accident would make her an utterly unpleasant individual.
    • The Tracey oneshot is a big one towards toxic criticism that ends up putting authors down instead of being helpful, though also pointing out that it is possible to take something good even out of it if you know where to look at.
    • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines: The Movie - The Fanfiction has quite a few, notably one against Shipping Wars which even the embodiment of bad fanfiction trends 'Darkern Edgier' doesn't want anything to do with.
    • The Melemele grand trial oneshot has Hau, upon seeing how uber serious Gladion talks and acts, asks him if he's trying to get into a modern reboot movie.
    • Chapter 38 takes a not-so-subtle potshot at Teen Dramas, with Blaine mentioning that he wants his granddaughter not to have any of that for as long as possible.
    • Chapter 39's omake throws yet more shade at betrayal fics, with Ash outright saying that people getting replaced with robot duplicates is the only way they could make sense.
    • Chapter 40 has Electra Artisan, whose name and darker interests are specifically aimed at Electronic Arts, even if the Electra of Reset isn't as scummy as her Shudo cross counterpart.
  • Taking the Bullet:
    • Shortly after his arrival in the new timeline, Ash takes a Drill Run to the chest to protect Pikachu from an angry Fearow.
    • In her oneshot, Lorelei's friend Frey jumps in front of her to shield her from the Icicle Spear darts thrown at her by a berserk Krysta.
    • As revealed in the Lara Gaiden, Hex's mom shielded her from the attacks of a Beedrill swarm. Sadly, unlike the previous cases, this had fatal consequences for her.
    • In the Sir Aaron & Lucario Gaiden, the former pushes the latter out of the way of a Future Sight attack.
    • Squirtle takes a Thunder Wave for Ash during Chapter 34.
    • In the Squirtle Squad Gaiden, Thinker jumps in to take a Wild Charge/Bite combo for their boss when he fights Officer Jenny's Growlithe.
    • In the final battle of the Gligarman Interlude, Gligar takes a shot from Hunter J aimed at his master, turning him into a statue.
  • Taking the Heat: Serena does this during Oak's summer camp to prevent Ash from being expelled after he gets blamed for an accident during a Rhyhorn Race. This is revealed to have been what caused her to leave the camp early.
  • Taking You with Me:
    • In the Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden, Elite Four Member Denki Tekina manages to fatally wound Bill and his Mega-Gyarados, but at the cost of his life and his Mega-Ampharos'.
    • Non-lethal example in the Lorelei Interlude: a trainer with an Electrode attempts to use Self-Destruct to take down Lorelei's Dewgong before he can use Icicle Spear, but fails to knock him out.
    • Similarly, the Hiker's Golem uses Explosion against Paul's Torterra after he takes out half the Hiker's team alone, but doing so leaves him with only two Pokémon to fight Paul's four.
  • The Talk:
    • Apparently Lana gave it to Lillie when they were younger.
    • In the Iris Gaiden, Dexter gives it to Iris, in full detail about how human reproduction works, much to Ash and Misty's embarrassment. Later in Chapter 33, when they encounter Meliae, she's glad she doesn't have to give that talk all over again.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: Despite not actually being a pirate, Captain Ahab from the Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden talks like one.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome:
    • Ash is at least the same height Brock was in the original timeline (not to mention taller than his mom), has black hair and swarthy skin, and is considered good-looking by several characters.
    • Considering Red looks very similar to Ash, he probably qualifies as well. His skin is paler, but he makes up for it with even darker hair.
    • The brother of Orre spreading his seed seems to qualify as well, given the few hints to his description given so far. Of course, makes sense that his sons would inherit his good looks.
  • Talk Show: In the Yancy Interlude, Yancy and Curtis are invited to the Late Night Unova Show for an interview, as Nancy and Christoph.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Sabrina really doesn't like this, believing that people who try to cut down the exceptional rather than improving themselves deserve to die.
  • Tame His Anger: In Chapter 31, Iris takes notice of how Ash's anger tends to hamper his performance in battles, and makes a note to train him to control it.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: Morty's Gengar delivers a letter for Clair, who after reading it feels an urge to punch something. Gengar tells her to flip the letter, and there's a P.S. telling her to punch Gengar if she feels like it.
  • A Taste of Defeat:
    • Ash manages to break A.J.'s 99-win streak this time around.
    • Since arriving in the new timeline, Ash went on a very long winning streak. But nothing lasts forever, and he ended up losing to Red in the Battle Dome Tournament.
    • Red experiences a bit of this during the Fuchsia Tag Tournament's semifinals, when Lilo knocks out his Haunter with her Mudsdale's Z-Move, realizing that he would have lost if their previous battle hadn't been interrupted. He still feels this way even after Ash manages to keep going and eventually win. Later, he gets his first legitimate onscreen loss against Ultima, whose Dragonite defeats his Clefairy and Charizard with relative ease.
  • A Taste of Power:
    • Ultima allows Red to try the power of Blast Burn once without going through her usual trials, to gauge his skills as well as his Charizard's power level.
    • Tapu Koko (and possibly the other Guardian Deities) has been shown to give one-use Z-Crystals to trainers.
  • Taught by Experience: Having complete remembrance of the old timeline proves a major advantage for Ash and his Pokémon.
  • Tears of Joy: A little boy in Crimson City cries these after Ash helps his Caterpie evolve into a Metapod.
  • Technician vs. Performer:
    • Ash and Red have this dynamic: Ash is far better at coming up with off the wall strategies but lacks the power of Red, while Red is good with power and straightforward strategies but lacks Ash's adaptability.
    • The Giselle oneshot shows what happens when you go too far to one extreme with this trope. Giselle and the other Pokemon Tech students strive to be technicians, and do everything "by the book", even going so far as to discourage and look down on Joe's performer tendencies. While most of them are skilled trainers, their aversion to innovative techniques, thinking that a method that has worked so far is unbeatable, and lacking outside-the-box thinking made them very easy preys to a skilled performer like Ash.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Several characters most of whom are implied to be related to Ash have red eyes. There are others who have yellow/golden ones as well.
  • Technicolor Fire: In the Ultima Interlude, Ciel mentions that Fitzdane's Greninja fought and lost to a Delphox that transformed the red parts of its body blue and used blue fire attacks.
  • Technological Pacifist: Enforced. Meyer refuses to let Clemont join Belmondo's think tank, because he thinks his son is too young to be making weapons.
  • Teen Idol: Yancy and Curtis are this, as per canon.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Delia having Ash at 18 years of age, and it's also confirmed Zinnia's the mother of Aster.
  • Teens Are Monsters:
    • Belladonna and her minions/lovers are a group of teenage girls who plan to wreak havoc in Gringey City at the end of Chapter 22. Chapter 23 makes this complicated.
    • At least some of the Seven Brothers were teenagers when they murdered their mother, while Ash's father was 10 at the time, he would show himself monstrous at fifteen.
  • Teens Are Short:
    • Averted with Ash, who's stated to be taller than his mother, as well as Misty and Iris. Widely averted in general, actually, since most of the teenage characters are either stated or implied to be taller than you'd expect from fiction.
    • Played straight with Vedia and Anabel.
    • Hareta plays the trope quite clearly, which is odd given that with the marks on his cheeks he might actually be the half sibling of trope averters Ash and Belladonna.
    • Joe is noted to be the shortest among his classmates.
    • Gladion did not inherit the height of his mother like Lillie did. He isn't happy about it.
    • Borderline example with Maylene, who is 19 years old and not very tall.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
    • Leeroy and Jenkins start out as this while they're stranded on the island, until they learn to accept and even embrace each other's philosophies to survive.
    • Ash and Red also go through a phase of this during the Fuchsia Tournament semifinals, due to their conflicting views over the use of their bloodliner powers in competitions. It takes Paul releasing his Raichu for them to agree to a truce for the finals.
  • Telepathy:
    • Ash can communicate with his Pokémon telepathically, which comes in handy when he wants to talk to them but keep their conversation a secret.
    • Anabel can communicate through telepathy, which is very useful considering she's mute. She can also read minds.
    • Sabrina also displays this ability, and she uses her Pokémon to extend her range, even all the way up to Cinnabar Island.
    • Wally's Gallade also displays this ability, coming in very handy to talk to humans.
  • Teleportation:
    • It's mentioned that a relative of one of Koga's ancestors was a bloodliner with this ability.
    • Anabel has this ability in the present day.
    • Ash's Exeggutor herd all know this move. This becomes important in Chapter 34.
  • Tell Me About My Father:
    • Forcibly invoked in Chapter 27, when Belladonna uses her bloodline to find out info about her father from Anna.
    • Sort of inverted in Chapter 40, when Ash asks Delia about her father.
  • Temple of Doom: The Cynthia Gaiden has her exploring several of these.
  • Temporal Paradox: The origin of Christmas in the Resetverse.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: As per canon, Bulk Up causes the user to temporarily grow muscles to power up.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Shortly after restarting his Pokémon journey, Ash muses that it might take him longer to get to Viridian City, since there won't be a flock of angry Spearow chasing him this time around. Cue a massive flock of angry Spearow and Fearow.
    • After seeing Nugget Bridge undergoing repairs, Misty thinks to herself that there's no way to get to Cerulean City. Then she accidentally bumps into a Vileplume, which results in her getting poisoned and Ash being forced to take her to Cerulean City.
    • Cynthia outright asks her Riolu What Could Possibly Go Wrong? when she takes a huge topaz crystal. Needless to say, she triggers a booby trap; in this case a giant rolling boulder.
    • Ash takes part in a double battle against A.J. in Crimson City. After defeating his Beedrill, Snivy says "that was easy." Immediately after she says that, A.J.'s Butterfree hits her with Aerial Ace.
    • In the Cipher Interlude, Exol decides to show off the power of his Shadow Mawile, SD:0015. Right after he's done, he declares that "Nothing will ever go wrong". Right then, SD:0015 enters Reverse Mode and begins attacking him and everything on its vicinity.
    • In Chapter 24, Ash is determined not to let anything that comes up in the Fuchsia Tournament to surprise him. Then when the sorting comes up, his partner is none other than Red.
    • Dario spends the entire Big P Pokémon Race Interlude doing this, and of course every single time it bites him hard in the ass. The worst part is at the end when he mutters he won't get caught alive, Sabrina appears and tells him he won't be found alive.
    • Frax and Velvet committed several instances of Tempting Fate throughout their interlude, though they managed to overcome the difficulties they faced in trying to get a nice gift for their mom.
    • Subverted in the S.S. Anne interlude. Ash at first is reluctant to board the ship given what happened in the previous timeline, but in the end complies and even says "what could possibly go wrong?". Turns out, nothing went wrong this time around.
    • At the end of Chapter 31 just as Iris says there's nothing they can't handle, an Abra teleports Ash and Pikachu to Saffron City Gym. Cue Oh, Crap!.
    • Decid-Arrow says "Mission Accomplished" when Roberts and his wife prepare to board the helicopter to escape the city. Cue him getting shot by the Pride Sniper, who had disguised himself as the helicopter's pilot.
  • Terms of Endangerment: MissingNo frequently calls Ash by pet names such as "Ashy-boy" like a friendly uncle, while trying to make his life miserable. It only adds to the glitch's Faux Affably Evil demeanor.
  • Terrible Trio: The TR Trio, as usual. However, they're less antagonistic towards Ash this time around, since their objective is to collect information on him, not steal from him.
  • That Came Out Wrong:
    • Belladonna tells Ash that she doesn't follow the laws of man. Realizing that what she said could easily be taken as misandry, she quickly clarifies by saying she means the laws of humans.
    • In Chapter 35, when the TR trio returns to where they had been sent blasting off, James proposes that they play skat while they wait for Ash and Co. to return. He quickly realizes that Jessie and Meowth misinterpreted the word, so he clarifies it's a card game.
  • That's an Order!: Said by Admiral Aves in the Laramie Gaiden, when he goes with his Mega Pidgeot to fight the Gyarados so his men can escape.
  • That Was Not a Dream: Initially, Ash thinks his first encounter with MissingNo was just a nightmare once he wakes up the next day. But then, to his shock and horror, Pikachu starts talking about how he had a dream about the exact same event. Both realize that MissingNo is real, and that their friends are in legitimate danger.
  • Theme Tune Cameo:
    • Ash apparently has all the English Dub's theme songs on his I-Tunes account, which his Pokedex can play for him.
    • Erika's Gloom hums the song "What Kind of Pokémon Are You?" when called to battle against AJ.
    • Delia sings part of "You & Me & Pokémon" during Ash's 15th birthday.
    • Jasmine Lono has "Under the Alolan Sun" as her Xtranceiver's ringtone.
    • Lorelei has "Pokémon Dance Mix" set as her ringtone.
    • Misty sings "Catch Me if You Can" in Chapter 41.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: invoked Kukui suggests to Hala about updating the Trials and making it more like the Pokemon Leagues in the T.A.T.O nations. One of Hala's objections is that this is how Alolans would react to losing their cultural heritage, though it's pointed out that the next generation are becoming increasingly uninterested in the Trials, so Kukui says something must be done.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Belladonna's lovers all seem to be normal teenagers in terms of appearance.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill:
    • Pretty much the reaction of Capriccio in front of any potential niece or nephew he runs into.
    • A non-lethal example is Silver, Ritchie's step-father, who tends to be extremely destructive in his battles. At one point, he ended a battle with a double Hyper Beam, completely trashing the Frodomar Battle Club.
    • Red's Clefairy has this tendency, although he thinks it's just a game and doesn't understand the harm he causes.
  • Three Shorts: Halloween Tales has three horror tales told by the Hiker, Mizu and the Ghastly from Maiden's Peak, all of them based on stuff that happened to them in real life.
  • Three-Way Sex: If Aurora's Inner Monologue is anything to go by, Belladonna's group sometimes has threesomes and even foursomes.
  • Throwing Your Shield Always Works: Casey Snagem's Chesnaught throws a Spiky Shield that Mewtwo dodges by teleporting out of the way, but the shield ricochets off the wall and hits him from behind.
  • Thieving Magpie: A Murkrow steals Astrid's badge case not long after she gets her eighth. Thankfully, it doesn't keep them for long, as it's forced to drop the case so it can fly over a wall.
  • This Cannot Be!:
    • Brock's reaction to his Onix being defeated by Ash's Pikachu.
    • The Sensational Sisters also have this reaction after Ash wins his battle against them.
    • The ghosts in the Old Chateau have this reaction when Gardenia and Rotom destroy the stone that anchors them to the living world, before being dragged into the afterlife.
    • Kiya after getting beaten by Maylene has this over the course of their match.
    • Zevie also gets this reaction when Steven and the others manage to blast the Mega Rayquaza Megalith.
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • Felgrand has this reaction when he gets confronted by the TR Trio right after losing a battle to Ash.
    • This essentially sums up Erika's response to Ash's Pidgeotto evolving in the middle of a battle with her Vileplume.
    • Gardenia, when she realizes that she's gonna have to enter the Old Chateau to find Cheryl.
    • Elwood's reaction when his and his sister's Pokemon are about to receive a Contrary powered Leaf Storm.
    • Drake's Onix, when he realizes his opponent is a Grass-type.
    • Flamestorm, right before the expansive wave of Hunter J's sonic bomb hits him from behind
  • This Is Reality: During one of Dakim's Ante battles, the narration discusses what a particular exchange of moves might look like if it took place in a TV show, only to say it wasn't happening on TV and talk about the impact.
  • This Is Unforgivable!:
    • Luana's reaction when she finds that her grandparents' hotel has been set ablaze is to find the ones responsible and punish them.
    • Also Red's to Paul releasing his Raichu without properly healing her.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Belmondo tries to use this against Blaziken Mask, saying he wouldn't dare kill him. The latter breaks the former's arm and warns the professor not to push him.
  • Through His Stomach: Genderflipped example with Betty Snyder and Jamie Oliver, since the former fell in love with the latter in part thanks to his cooking.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • After their capture of Felgrand, the TR trio gets a letter of praise from Giovanni, telling them that they got massive raises and are in line to be promoted.
    • A.J. is finally shown winning an important battle, after losing all of his on-screen matches against Ash. He later gets strong Ship Tease with Jeanette during her one shot.
    • Jessie wins the Princess' Festival tournament and the doll set, since Misty doesn't take part in it this time around.
  • Throw the Mook at Them: During the fight in the Gringy City power plant, Charmeleon throws a mind-controlled Ekans at a charging Nidorino, which incapacitates both of said opponents. He calls it "using Fling".
  • Time Travel: Tobias is implied to have been flung through time, as he was last seen going to search for a Celebi. Also, there's Wes, who comes from the Bad Future.
  • To Be a Master:
    • Other than the obvious goal for Ash, Misty's goal is to capture one of every Water-Type Pokémon.
    • Extensively discussed in the Gary oneshot, when Casey Snagem asks him directly what does being a Pokémon Master mean to him. While Gary seems to believe that a Pokémon Master is a strong trainer who wins a major League, Casey explains that there are several different ways to be considered one, and not just that one.
    • In Chapter 31 Iris outright asks Ash about what it means to be a Pokémon Master. According to Ash, you're only a Pokémon Master when everyone else considers you one.
    • Mewtwo has his own spin on this: he declares himself the greatest Pokémon Master as he is a master of himself, the most powerful Pokémon in the world.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: There was an infamous outlaw with no fewer than twenty Gyarados who virtually levelled coastal Johto with them. As a matter of fact, he's the reason why the six-Pokémon limit was instituted. One wouldn't expect such a notorious man to have a name as common as "Bill", but indeed, that was his name.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Most of Ash's Pokemon, justified because while they do not retain their previous skills or power, they do retain their memories, and thus are more experienced than they should be.
    • Charmander evolves while fighting Lt. Surge, while in canon he didn't evolve until Ash had at least another badge.
    • Aipom evolves in a battle against Paul's Drowzee, considerably earlier than what happened in the original timeline.
    • Pidgeotto evolves in battle against Erika, far earlier than canon.
    • Chapter 23 gives us a twofold with Charmeleon finally becoming Charizard again, and Snivy evolving into Servine.
    • Chapter 27 had Red's Charizard evolve. The same fight showed that Paul had taken a few levels as well.
    • Chapter 29 had Sligoo evolve.
    • By Chapter 31, some of Ash's Pokémon have already broken the 4-move limit, including Pikachu, Krabby and Charizard.
    • And in Chapter 36, Servine, Krabby and Roggenrola are revealed to have evolved in the aftermath of the Saffron Gym battle.
  • Took a Level in Idealism: Misty's travels with Ash have caused her to develop a more positive outlook on humanity and the world. Whereas once she considered nearly the entire human race to be irredeemably awful, she now has a considerably higher opinion of it.
  • Too Much Information:
    • This is Misty's reaction to Dexter saying it can analyze human excrement. She has a similar reaction when it comments on the "loose sexual morals" of the Dragonite line.
    • Giovanni very much did not want to know that among the money and jewelry Jessie, James, and Meowth stole off Damian, there was a penis ring.
    • Kiawe didn't needed to hear a biker saying he uses condoms and gingivitis fighting mouthwash.
    • Meowth didn't want to know why does James had a pair of inflatable breasts with him.
  • The Tooth Hurts: Red's Clefairy incapacitates Iris's Axew and attempts to rip out his tusks.
  • Torches and Pitchforks:
    • Evanna whipped up the people of Azalea Town into a frenzy when she accidentally stepped on a Slowpoke's tail. The resulting angry mob ended up killing her adoptive father.
    • For a more justified example, in the Big P Pokémon Race Interlude, an angry mob goes after Dario when his cheating is exposed.
    • Mars' uncle and aunt planned to rally everyone in town after Kibou was outed as a bloodliner, thinking her some kind of "witch".
  • Total Party Kill: Denki Tekina and his entire team died fighting Twenty Gyarados Bill.
  • Totem Pole Trench: Flint and his Infernape try this tactic in the Holiday Special to try and pretend to be the Ghost of Christmas Past. Volkner sees through them immediately.
  • Tough Love: The Golden Generation tries this with Joe in the Giselle Interlude. But they only succeed in making him resent Pokémon Tech.
  • Tough Room: Dexter's snarky quips are well-liked among the fic's readers, but generally aren't appreciated by the characters.
  • Tournament Arc: Ash and Co. compete in Battle Dome and Fuchsia Tag Team tournaments.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Pikachu (the whole species, not just Ash's Pikachu, according to Dexter) adores ketchup.
    • Pan likes Moomoo Milk.
    • For Ash, just about anything that his mom makes.
  • Tragic Dream: Subverted. After the PIA shuts down the Cerulean City gym, Misty seems to think that her goal to become its leader can never come true. However, Professor Oak tells her that a confiscated gym can be obtained by somebody else, albeit with a lot of paperwork.
  • Training from Hell: After the Fuchsia Gym, Iris decides that she needs to get Ash and the others to become stronger, and thus she begins a rather harsh training regime for all of them. It's a bit downplayed in that she doesn't seem to push them too hard, but it does cause them some issues, with Misty being slightly annoyed, and Anabel not being used to physical activities as much as the others. Part of her training regime includes:
    • Having Ash run in front of his Tauros to increase his endurance and leg strength.
    • Train his senses by having Excadrill attack him from underground, and feeling the earth's vibrations.
    • Putting him to climb trees a hundred feet tall, as well as cliffs.
    • Throwing Misty acorns to get her to learn a new move.
  • Training Montage:
    • In Chapter 16, as Goomy trains with Ash's Pokémon trying to get offensive moves.
    • Twenty Gyarados Bill was shown doing a lot of workout along with his Magikarp, as he tried to evolve them before beginning his rampages.
    • In the Brock & Lucy Gaiden, the title characters are shown doing some sparring matches.
    • The Ritchie Gaiden features Silver and his Salamence teaching Ritchie's new Charmander the move Dragon Rage, by blasting boulders with it.
    • Maylene is shown training some martial arts moves with her Lucario at the beginning of her oneshot.
    • Kangaskhan Kid Gaiden features Tommy training the Safari Zone Pokemon to get better at fighting so they could defeat the tyrant Nidoking.
    • Post-Fuchsia, a lot is seen with Ash and Co., since Iris decided that they all need to become stronger and sharper.
    • The early part of the A.J Interlude has a lot of this, as he prepares for his fourth badge rematch.
    • The Gligarman Interlude concludes the main plot with the title character training his daughter in combat.
  • Training the Peaceful Villagers: In the Kangaskhan Kid Gaiden, Tommy does this to the Pokémon forced to gather tribute for the Nidoking so that they can defeat him. In the process, he also learns how to hold his own in a fight against Pokémon.
  • Train Stopping: Flamestorm in the Pokémon G-Men oneshot is shown in a video stopping the Goldenrod Magnet Train from reaching a damaged section of the rails.
  • Translation: "Yes": Pokémon speech can turn a single syllable into several sentences. According to Pikachu, it has over 500,000 basic rules before getting into the "semi complicated, mildly complicated, fairly complicated, and unholy complicated" rules.
  • Translator Buddy: Seen often, especially with Psychic-types who use Telepathy to relay what other Pokémon say to their trainers.
  • Transparent Closet: According to her grandmother everyone knows that Hapu is a lesbian, except Hapu.
  • Transgender: Melissa is a trans woman, a nod to her anime counterpart becoming a woman in the American localization.
  • Trapped in Villainy: A Cipher Peon named Shawn started off as a trainer from Unova, but he made the decision to start his journey in Orre of all places. It didn't take him too long to lose all his money, and circumstances just conspired to ensure that the only choice he had to survive would be to join Cipher.
  • Trash of the Titans: Belladonna's mother was a hoarder, so she grew up in a very filthy house. The conditions were disgusting enough to attract Grimer who would eat every dirty thing, including Belladonna's clothes while she was wearing them.
  • Trauma Button:
    • Because of a traumatic experience where she nearly died in a fire, Krysta goes berserk whenever she sees any amount of flame.
    • Sliggoo has this at the sound of Ariados.
    • Mandi has it for mid-battle evolution, as it costed him an early round league match against a rookie.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening:
    • Misty discovered she was a bloodliner when at age seven she fell into the Cerulean Gym's pool and almost drowned, until her powers kicked in and she began breathing inside the water.
    • Also Krysta in the Lorelei oneshot, first activating her ice powers when she was trapped in a fire as a child.
  • Triangle Shades: Ash's Squirtle has a pair of these like in the original timeline, but they're a different color on the inside this time around.
  • Triang Relations: Type 3 before Anabel joined the group, with Misty and Iris both being attracted to Ash, and him unaware of their feelings for him (as well as possibly having feelings for them he hasn't recognized yet).
  • A Truce While We Gawk: In Chapter 34, all the fighting going on briefly stops when Sabrina Mega Evolves her Alakazam.
  • True Companions: Ash and his Pokémon. Some things haven't changed since the original timeline.
  • Truth Serums: Belladonna's other bloodline allows her to force people to tell the truth.
  • Turns Red: Hyper Abilities manifest this way. They give the Pokémon higher power boosts than normal, but they're much harder to control and cause them to go into an Unstoppable Rage state.
  • Twice Shy: A.J. and Jeanette both have feelings for one another, but neither is willing to take the first step yet.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky:
    • Happens quite a bit to the Team Rocket trio, though less frequently than in canon since they're not trying to steal Ash's Pikachu this time around.
    • Played for Drama when Primeape is launched into the sky. Unlike in the anime, an impact from such heights might kill him and prevent Ash from ever bonding with Primeape in this timeline.
  • Übermensch: Belladonna thinks that, being a bloodliner, human laws and norms don't apply to her. Therefore, she follows her own code.
  • Ultimate Universe: The A.U status of the fic plus the implementation of aspects from Pokemon series other than the anime has Reset play as this.
  • The Unapologetic: Paul spent years refusing to apologize to anyone, and only did so to Janine mostly because she wouldn't tell him about the Safari Zone otherwise.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Ash, Red, John Archer, Belladonna, Arnold, Hareta, Vermell, Ashley, and who knows how many others share many similar features that many, though not all of them have, including dark hair, the marks on Ash's cheeks, red eyes, and an aversion to the Teens Are Short trope. The girls also tend to be notably busty.
  • Uncertain Doom: The Squirtle Squad members were apparently buried alive during a cave in that separated them from their leader. However, later sidestories reveal they all made it out alive.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • Morana thought she could beat Erika simply by using Ice-type Pokémon. Erika handily proved her wrong.
    • Raymond saw Blaine's Growlithe and quickly dismissed him as weak for his small size and being unevolved. Growlithe then proceeded to wipe the floor with Raymond's entire team.
      • Then it happens again when he fights Ash's Squirtle with his Golem. Looks like he didn't learn his lesson.
    • Giselle was quite confident that her Ground-types would be able to defeat Ash's Pikachu, despite having already seen on video how strong Ash and Misty's Pokémon were. Sure enough, Pikachu was able to beat them both.
    • Two years ago, Brock was starting to get a reputation as a weak Gym Leader due to his losing streak. Naturally, when he made his return, he took everyone by surprise.
    • The Rocket grunts in the Lorelei Interlude are really over their heads thinking they stand a chance against Lorelei. To top it off, Frey, who taught Lorelei how to fight, is also there, and the two quickly make short work of them.
    • Mandi in Chapter 40 comes to Pallet Town trying to find Ash to learn how to beat him. When he doesn't find him, he decides to challenge Iris, thinking he might get an idea about what to expect of Ash by beating her. Her Axew quickly makes short work of his Exeggutor, and to add insult to injury, he evolves immediately.
  • Undertaker: A sign in Lavender Town boasts of the town having the world's best morticians. This prompts Iris to ask what a "mortician" is.
  • Under the Mistletoe:
    • Lorelei and Frey end up like this in the first Holiday Special.
    • A.J. and Jeanette as well during the second one, with a little help from their Pokémon and Jeanette's parents.
    • Giselle plans to catch Joe like this as well.
  • Undisclosed Funds:
    • The prize for getting to the final round of the Battle Dome Tournament is described as a "not so insignificant check", while the prize for winning is an "even more not so insignificant check".
    • In Chapter 31, Ash muses that he might have enough to buy a sports car like the one Gary used to own in the old timeline, and even spare enough to hire cheerleaders. Later Dexter says that he still would have plenty even after they're done with their shopping spree.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • Ash's Pokémon are willing to do just about anything for him.
    • The Team Rocket Trio is very loyal to Giovanni, which in his opinion, means they're worth keeping around in spite of their numerous failures prior to the story.
    • Deconstructed with Wally's Gallade. He's utterly devoted to his trainer... but this leads to a serious dilemma when Wally's attempts to achieve his goals cause serious damage to his health.
  • The Unfavorite: Instead of simply being overshadowed by her more beautiful sisters like canon, Misty is openly disliked by her family. Her gaiden reveals she had been an unwanted child even before they knew she was a bloodliner.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: The woman whose baby Evanna saved definitely counts as this, since her first reaction was smacking her with her purse, instead of helping her when the angry bystanders began ganging up on her.
  • Unhand Me, Hero!: During the Big P Pokémon Race Interlude, one of the snipers in wait at the entrance of the canyon gets carried away by Ash's Charizard, and begins to yell to be let go. Iris, who is riding on Charizard's back, sees the river down below and says: "You heard him, let him go!" and Charizard drops him.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation:
    • Cynthia and Professor Carolina are not grandmother and granddaughter like in canon, but are nevertheless as close as they were.
    • Hareta and Kaisei are strongly implied to not be biological father and son, unlike the manga where they were.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: In the Holiday Special 2018, several guys who rejected Whitney for being strong and athletic are now wondering what she sees in her current boyfriend Roderick.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
    • Unlike players in real life (and maybe trainers in the Pokemon world), Misty has absolutely no interest in shiny Pokemon, claiming that she doesn't see what's so great about a pokemon that just has an odd coloring. Dexter is utterly horrified when Misty decided not to catch a shiny Magikarp her Slowpoke just fished. It's implied she'd only catch a shiny Pokemon if it was one she hasn't caught yet.
    • In his first encounter with MissingNo, the Dude only shows some mild worry, which quickly turns into milder curiosity. When the glitch reveals its many names, the Dude seems to freak out... and then admits to have never heard of it before.
  • Unstoppable Rage:
    • When they get angry, Gyarados are incredibly destructive. Dexter mentions that they were the greatest threat to ancient mariners throughout history, more than all the other threats combined, and that they've ended entire civilizations in a single day.
    • Primeape will get so angry they die, but in that period of time before death they will be unstoppable. One Alolan King killed an evil Lugia where even a Tapu could not by poking his Primeape with a stick enough times and pointing it in the direction of said Lugia.
  • Unusual Euphemism:
    • When discussing her family history, Belladonna mentions that her parents "daycared" and her father then disappeared. Considering it happened nine months before she was born, it's quite obvious what she's talking about. She's not the only one: in Alola, Iolani, whose birth was in pretty much the same circumnstances (which, considering they might be half-sisters, is no surprise), used the same word for it.
    • In the Clair Interlude, a guy hitting on Meliae asks her if "her Cloyster wants to meet his Onix".
  • The Un-Reveal:
    • At the end of Chapter 28, Red's Pikachu asks Roggenrola and Ash's Pikachu if Ash will tell Red about possibly being related. Pikachu admits he doesn't know, and in the end, it's not revealed whether Ash chose to tell Red or not. The Red One Island Interlude later confirms that, indeed, Ash did tell them.
    • At the end of Chapter 32, Paul brings out a Pokémon clearly not native to Kanto, which Gary assumes was Wonder Traded. It's not revealed which Pokémon it is. The result of their ongoing battle is also left unresolved until the end of Chapter 36, when we see Gary coming to Casey Snagem's house begging for training, and the retired trainer quickly reads in Gary's eyes that he lost, badly.
    • Chapter 39 ends with a battle between Ash and Misty. In the final round, they pit Pikachu and Gyarados against each other, and it's not confirmed who won.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to Alder, Pan was a perfectly nice boy until his younger sister was kidnapped from her cradle.
  • Use Your Head: A Bagon in Meteor Falls, according to Ryuga the angriest one, is fond of doing this all over the place.
  • Vague Age:
    • Apparently even Ash has no idea how old he was in the original timeline, to the point of a running gag. He has eventually resorted to measuring time in terms of gym battles, given his lack of a more reliable measure as far as the original timeline is concerned.
    • It seems it not only affected him: Sabrina suggests that at some point May agedbackwards.
    • Ash has no idea how old Jessie and James are and at one point describes a pair of beachgoers as being their age instead of a specific number.
  • Vagueness Is Coming:
    • After Giovanni learns that Ash has begun his Pokemon journey, he omniously says (to himself) "so it begins".
    • Hala reads an old prophecy that is too hard for him to understand.
  • Valentine's Day Episode: The beginning and ending of the Yancy Interlude take place on Valentine's Day, within one year from each other.
  • Valley Girl:
    • Paul's Pokédex starts talking like one after an encounter with Dexter, and it annoys Paul to no end.
    • Lovrina is SO this. But that's not to say she should be taken lightly.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: Agatha's Gengar dissuades a pack of Arcanine and Growlithe from taking revenge on humans for driving them out of their home by recounting his own experiences when he died as a human, and even after getting revenge on the Gengar who killed him didn't feel satisfied. He advices them to let go of their grudges and offers to take them to a forest where they can live in peace.
  • [Verb] This!:
    • Morana says "Compassion this!" when she tries to have her Abomasnow use Sheer Cold on Erika's Victreebel. Not that it helps her.
    • Ryuga yells "Analyze this!" sending his Swablu to tackle Taylor.
  • The 'Verse: The story and its spinoffs take place in a fan-created continuity known as the Reset-verse.
  • Villain Episode: Dakim Gaiden, Cipher Interlude, Guzma Interlude, Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden, Sabrina Gaiden, Black Rose Tournament Interlude, Mars Gaiden and Bloodliner Hunter Interlude all place the focus on the bad guys.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left:
    • Felgrand runs off after his Pokémon are defeated by Ash. He doesn't get far, however, since the TR trio apprehends him shortly thereafter.
    • The Reaper flees after Georgia's neighbors come to her aid. Later on, he tries to escape when a SWAT team and some Ghost Busters raid his gym, but he gets intercepted and apprehended while attempting to fly away on his Golurk.
    • Belladonna and co. use Aurora's Shellder to teleport out of the power plant after Tokiomi dies.
    • Dario flees on his Dodrio when the angry crowd chases him after his cheating is exposed in the Big P Pokémon Race.
    • The Bloodliner Hunter escapes Frey after setting ablaze a house, as Frey has to choose between chasing him and saving his would-be victim.
    • Hunter J is forced to flee when Latios and Latias show up to help Drake against her.
    • The Pride Sniper retreats after being confronted by Decid-Arrow during his attempt on politician Kellen Roberts.
  • Villain Teleportation:
    • The Bloodline King's emissary can teleport, which makes him very useful.
    • Aurora herself doesn't have teleportation powers, but she does have a Shellder with the ability.
    • The Black Arachnid uses an Abra to help himself escape in his heists, as well as having alibis early on to avoid suspicion.
    • A Gardevoir Bloodliner named Siri works for the Bloodline Prince, and she can do this as well.
  • Villain with Good Publicity:
    • In most people's eyes, Giovanni is the respectable (albeit demanding) leader of Viridian City's gym.
    • Also Lysandre, who is seen by the people of Kalos as a Wealthy Philanthropist, while secretly plans to remake the world regardless of the methods.
    • Lusamine also counts, since her employees in the Aether Foundation greatly respect her, unaware of her secret antics. Only her children seem to be aware that something is very wrong with her.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • The Sensational Sisters get increasingly angry as Ash defeats Daisy's Pokémon, culminating in a borderline murderous rage after Ash wins the battle. Even as they're being arrested by Nurse Joy, they give off furious and half-insane screams.
    • Zevie loses it when Steven and the others blast the Megalith to pieces during the Steven Interlude's climax, yelling that he'll win no matter what.
    • Team Rocket admin Deacon grows increasingly angry when Red's Pokémon, as well as Yellow and Ratty, show up to throw his plans completely off the rails.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: Belladonna is implied to have these, given that the story describes her as having very sharp facial features. If Felgrand is to be believed, she might have inherited them from her paternal grandmother.
  • Villainous Glutton: Iris once fought a Simisear that really liked to eat; so much so that it was willing to kick other Pokémon out of their homes if they lived in a territory abundant in food.
  • Villainous Rescue: It's implied that MissingNo may have played a role in Ash's escape from Hunter J's airship.
  • Villainous Valour: Despite clearly being scared of Ash's Charizard, Belladonna nevertheless manages to hold her own against him. Aurora also shows some admirable courage, considering her personality.
  • Villains Out Shopping:
    • Teams Skull, Magma and Aqua may be evil teams, but they're perfectly happy to take time out to celebrate Christmas.
    • Jessie, James and Meowth also often engage in various activities when they're not stalking Ash.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend:
    • Belladonna is perfectly willing to go to extremes, up to and including murder, in order to punish those who hurt her lovers. She's not exactly psychotic about it, and is willing to brush off relatively minor offenses, but those who inflict deeper wounds have every reason to fear her.
    • Iris claims her family once had to deal with an angry Hydreigon because her big brother beat up the (female) Hydreigon's mate.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Luana's Alakazam and Marowak have this dynamic.
  • Voice for the Voiceless: Red's not exactly "voiceless," but Yellow does most of his talking.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting:
    • MissingNo appears to Ash in several different forms.
    • Implied with Serena whose hair changes color at one point.
    • A Zoroark bloodliner can also do this, as shown with Hilda.
  • Walking the Earth: Much like in canon, Ash and his companions spend most of the story travelling. Of course, they're hardly unique in that regard when it comes to Pokémon trainers.
  • Walk on Water: A standard skill among the people of the Ninja Village.
  • War Is Hell: This is heavily implied to be the case with the last Trainer-Ranger war.
  • Waterfall Shower: At the end of Chapter 29, Ash finds a secluded waterfall and decides to wash himself under it. However, Iris then shows up and joins him too, much to his embarrassment. The early part of Chapter 36 has Ash, his female companions, and Belladonna's group doing so as well.
  • Wealthy Philanthropist: Tokiomi Borealis, whose efforts to turn Gringy City around paid off in spades.
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction: The ancient Kalosian Ultimate Weapon is mentioned in the Steven Interlude.
  • Weather Manipulation: Aside from weather-changing moves, there are Pokémon whose sole presence causes the weather in their nearby area to shift completely.
  • Weather of War: In addition to the canon moves such as Sunny Day, Erika created a modified version of Rain Dance that acts more like a mist and a good portion of Skyla Gaiden is spent showing Skyla developing a weather move to create wind currents in battle to give the advantage to Flying-types.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • In the Clemont one-shot, Belmondo wants to ensure Kalos is in a good position if another Trainer-Ranger war breaks out. But in order to do so, he's willing to kidnap children. It's implied that he may have ulterior motives, however.
    • Discussed by Steven Stone, who tells Sawyer that it's human nature that people have their own vision of the future, and strive to make it a reality, but no matter how noble your intentions are, it means nothing if other people must suffer to achieve them.
  • We Need a Distraction:
    • In the Sanpei Interlude, Satoshi taunts some Cipher Peons so his friend Sanpei can incapacitate them and interrogate their leader.
    • In the Hiker Interlude, the Hiker sends his Golbat to cause havoc with the pirate crew, while he uses his Rhydon to pierce through the ship's hull and get inside to save Mizu's family.
    • The Steven Interlude has it on both sides: admins Taylor and Carly and their grunts attack Steven and his group to stall for time while their leader Zevie carries out their plans on Mt. Chimney's top. Meanwhile, when the Draconids start losing ground, Ryuga lets himself get captured while Sawyer causes a rock slide to turn the tide of the battle to their side.
  • We Win... Because You Didn't: Giovanni, who is in a hurry to leave the Viridian Gym, tries to invoke this when he battles Ash, making it clear that he has no obligation to give Ash his final badge should their battle end in a draw. In the end, though, Ash does defeat him and earns the badge.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 23 in spades. It says something when the reveal that Anabel is the mystery girl in the pairing line up and the evolution of Charizard and Servine is small potatoes compared to the other developments. Basically the chapter implies very strongly that Belladonna and Ash are in fact related, sharing the same father. While it is not confirmed, a lot of strong hints and indications are given that this is the case. It also strongly implies that Felgrand is Ash's Uncle and that one of his brothers is in fact the father of Ash, Belladonna, Red, John Archer, and possibly all the Ash look alikes.
    • And then some in Chapter 34: Sabrina tries to get Ash angry to have him use his bloodliner powers by revealing what she knows of the monster he has for a father in this timeline, and almost succeeds. But the Pokédex then brings every Pokémon Ash has caught up to that point to join the fray against Sabrina's army of Psychic-types, (barring the Exeggutor who only help with Teleport to avoid being controlled), managing to level the playing field. And when Sabrina reveals he can Mega-Evolve one of her Alakazam, Ash ends up creating a Psychium-Z, which he immediately puts to use with Butterfree's help to use a Z-Move to defeat it.
  • Wham Line:
    • After John Archer's Gardevoir asks what happened to her trainer, Dexter chimes in with information about him, ending with his status:
    Dexter: John was found several months ago: dead…"
    • Chapter 23 has a pretty big bombshell after Aurora prevents Belladonna from attacking a captive Ash:
    Belladonna: Thank you My Dear….you stopped me from making a horrible mistake. You stopped me, from killing the Brother I never knew I had.
    • In the Georgia Gaiden, Dr. Brennan, having just run a DNA test on the Serial Killer known as "The Reaper", gives this bit of bad news:
    Dr. Brennan: The DNA matches the Striaton Gym Leader, Eric Knudsen. Ghost-type specialist.
    • In the Big P Pokémon Race Interlude, there's this conversation at the end:
    Hex: Urgh, when I get ta him, I swear I'm gonna Shadow Claw his face out!
    Lara: Hex, we ain't supposed ta say that here!
    Hex: Aw, come on, ya don't want ta roast his sorry ass fer everything he did ta us?
    • Chapter 29 ends with the following line by Sabrina:
    Sabrina: Do move the Primeape, would you? I have a plan.
    • The biggest one so far, in Chapter 34:
    Narration: She had achieved a secondary objective, having Ash know that his father was the worst man on the planet, even if she had not directly noted him as his title of the Bloodline King.
    • A close second, this one in Chapter 43:
    Narration: Everyone, regardless of species, could only stare in horror as Ash was struck by a black Pokéball and sucked into it.
  • What Are Records?: Gary apparently doesn't know what a VCR is.
  • What Could Have Been: In-Universe examples:
    • At the start of the story, Arceus notes that, had Cyrus not messed with time Ash would have won Sinnoh by defeating Paul in the finals, and would have also won in Unova by defeating Tobias. The same example also showed alternate lineups for battling: Fighting Nando, Conway, and Barry in the Top 16, 8, and 4, and in Unova fighting Cameron, Bianca, Virgil, Stephan, and Trip in the Top 64, 32, 16, 8, and 4 respectively.
    • After accidentally getting splashed with some chemicals, Wicke sees visions of an alternate timeline showing what would have happened if she hadn't walked out of a party she and her sister attended when she was younger. Namely, that she would have gotten pregnant by the same man who had a one-night stand with her sister and had a daughter named Panoniccia.
    • In the Clair Interlude, Tobias and Clembot send Gray back to his world, noting that when the Bad Future was in play, he had died along with the rest of his gang, but now has survived.
    • In the Seven Island Interlude, Naty notes that Red's decisions somehow have changed the future she had foreseen for him before. Namely, that Red would have chosen to get Mega Stones from the Unown, and that apparently would have set him to eventually clash against Ash in the Bad Future.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?:
    • Outright asked by Cynthia when she takes a huge topaz crystal from an ancient ruin. True to the trope, doing so triggers a giant boulder booby trap.
    • Exol shows of the power of his Shadow Mawile and immediately says "Nothing will ever go wrong". Right before it goes into Reverse Mode.
    • Serena tries to steel herself for bathing a Poliwag by asking herself this. But it doesn't work: her nerves get the better of her, causing her to rub the Poliwag too hard, and she takes a Bubblebeam to the face.
    • Giselle also told this to herself when she sent Joe to play the bait to lure a pair of trainers into the school grounds. Said trainers were, of course, Ash and Misty, who wasted no time in sweeping the floor with every single student that tried to challenge them, Giselle included.
    • Velvet is Genre Savvy enough to know that you shouldn't say this. Though it doesn't prevent her from saying it when they get an ancient vase for their mother, and almost loses it in open sea while they fly on Kiawe's Charizard.
    • Ash says "What's the worst that could happen?" when Misty drags him to the S.S. Anne. Unlike the previous cases, however, nothing happens and their trip aboard the ship goes without a hitch.
    • Later Ash gets wise about this and tries to defy it by not saying the full phrase when Dexter is about to tell him another half-sibling. He doesn't get spared.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Now that Whitney is dating Roderick, many guys who previously rejected her are wondering this.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: invoked Hapu suggests that Mina does art while intoxicated, which she neither confirms nor denies.
  • What Is Evil?: Discussed in Chapter 36 between the Bloodline Prince and Hilda. It's even pointed out that in-universe, Trainers see Rangers as evil and viceversa due to their conflicting viewpoints.
  • What Is This Feeling?:
    • Both Misty and Iris experience a strange sense of familiarity upon making physical contact with Ash for the first time. After Iris joins the group, Misty begins to feel and act strangely when they interact and when she sees her training with Ash. It's not until Psyduck tells her this to her face that she admits to being jealous of Iris and also afraid that she might take Ash away from her.
    • Ash gets a bit of this aboard the S.S. Anne after seeing Misty in a swimsuit, puzzled at the fact that he actually finds her attractive.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Ash and Misty are quick to call Giselle and the rest of her classmates "a bunch of bullies" for their treatment of Joe.
    • While she's rather polite about it, Ultima doesn't hesitate to tell Red that he has to pay more attention to his Clefairy's behavior, especially after learning that it's not the first time it's acted like that.
    • Red himself does it with Clefairy when he goes again on a brutal beating against a defeated Slowbro and refuses to listen to him.
  • What Were You Thinking?:
    • Said to Michelle by Drake, when she goes to try and fight Hunter J on her own rather than trying to get help.
    • Samuel Oak asks Adalbert Hastings what got into him when he tried to let himself get killed by wild Pokémon over his guilt.
  • What You Are in the Dark:
    • Ash catches a Gyarados for Misty while she's currently comatose instead of catching it for himself.
    • Ash's Butterfree has a golden opportunity to kill his mate's "new" flame without being caught, but he can't bring himself to do it.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...:
    • Most Bloodliners are Technique Bloodliners who can only use a single specific Pokémon technique (ie. A Flamethrower Bloodliner can only use the move Flamethrower). That doesn't mean they can't learn to use their one move in creative ways.
    • Cynthia took this saying quite literally against a Spiritomb.
  • When Elders Attack: Miror B. was driven from Agate Village by its elderly residents, mostly because they found the man's fashion to be horrid. As a result, Agate Village is one of the few places in Orre where Cipher has no influence.
  • When Trees Attack: In the Holiday Special, Samurai learns the hard way why it's not a good idea to attack Snover of a particular population in Kanto.
  • Where I Was Born and Razed: The Pride Sniper casually admits to Hunter J to have torched and blown up his childhood home. Not surprising, considering that he's Descant, D of the Seven Orre Brothers.
  • Whip It Good: Charmeleon does this to some Weedle using an Ekans in Chapter 23.
  • White Sheep: One of the Seven Brothers (specifically the one whose initial is E) wasn't a criminal. Felgrand describes him as the "goody two-shoes" of the family.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Dakim's thoughts about Skrub's name.
  • Who's Laughing Now?:
    • Before he earned his infamy, Twenty Gyarados Bill was constantly denigrated, picked on, and laughed at. Then he got a Magikarp, and started gathering more...
    • The wild Rhydon and his crash in the Luana Gaiden also had this as their goal for going on rampages in the Orange Islands.
  • Why Can't I Hate You?: How Misty feels towards Iris. On one hand, she wasn't very happy with Ash's decision to include her in their group without asking her first (especially since Iris attacked her thinking she'd hurt Axew), and she doesn't like how Iris and Ash are becoming so close so quickly. On the other hand, Misty genuinely likes Iris and wants to help her with her problems.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Like in the anime, Misty's afraid of bug-types, but she also develops a fear of Vileplume after nearly dying from being poisoned by one. However, unlike in the anime, she doesn't seem particularly afraid of Gyarados. Whether the incident that caused her phobia didn't happen this time around or she's already gotten over it is unclear.
    • It's mentioned that Meowth used to have a deathly fear of Machop, thanks to a fraudulent fortune cookie.
  • Wild Hair: Iris' hair is actually this as opposed to her rather stylized hairstyle from the anime. Justified since she has been raised by Pokemon and had very little contact with humans.
  • With Friends Like These...: Joe gets picked on by the other members of the Golden Generation. Granted, they think they're helping him, but that doesn't change the fact that their "tough love" isn't helping him.
  • Wolverine Claws: Multiple attacks are done with claws.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: Iris finds Ash attractive partly because of his strength. This is justified, because she was raised by Dragon-types, and strength is more highly valued in the wild.
  • Worf Had the Flu:
    • Two of Misty's Pokémon were defeated by a wild Golduck. This is because she was so worried about the possibility of Iris getting together with Ash that her head wasn't in the battle.
    • One night owl of a trainer tries to invoke this with Whitney by challenging her at four in the morning, thinking she'll be too tired to battle him at full capacity. It doesn't work. If anything, it backfired by making Whitney angrier and more motivated to beat him.
    • It's implied that Team Rocket was able to capture Felgrand because all of his Pokémon had already been defeated by Ash.
    • In his gaiden, Ash's Charmander constantly lost his battles under Damian due to a mix of overworking himself and Damian not bothering to properly feed and heal him.
  • Workout Fanservice: Misty considers getting to watch Ash exercise a fringe benefit of Iris's insistence on training them and Anabel.
  • A World Half Full: The new timeline isn't exactly sunshine and lollipops, but it's hardly completely hopeless. Things are already far better than they used to be, and there's a general sense of optimism in the overall story.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: Anabel thinks so, as shown by the narration at the beginning of Chapter 23.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Ash gets a good deal of praise from gyms leaders like Brock, Lt. Surge, and Erika. The only notable exemption are the Cerulean Sisters.
    • A.J. also feels this way about Ash, since he was the trainer to break his winning streak.
    • Also Red, to an extent, since despite winning the Battle Dome Tournament, he's aware that Ash only lost because he chose not to use his bloodliner powers, unlike Red.
      • Inverted as of the Fuchsia Tag Team Tournament: Upon learning about each other's powers, and their respective attitude towards them, they started to see each other as unworthy opponents. Ash thinks Red cheats by using his powers to help himself win competitive fights, while Red thinks that Ash not using his powers is a display of arrogance, since not doing your best and holding back is seen as an insult to your opponents.
    • Paul by chapter 41 considered both Ash and Red this, even if he does think Ash is still an idiot.
    • Giovanni considers Solidad to be this, and by extension, he feels this way about any gym challenger who actually puts up a good fight.
    • Mitsumi earns Argenta's respect after her Infernape ties with the latter's Pachirisu (a Pachirisu that had previously defeated 399 trainers single-handedly).
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • A group of young toughs in Cynthia's hometown attacked her when she was a child. She won.
    • Kiya in the Maylene oneshot has no qualms about sucker-punching her in the nose after losing to her.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • The Reaper has no qualms about trying to kill a young Georgia. It's also mentioned that one of his previous victims was seven years old.
    • Mars' uncle may not have intended to kill Kibou, but he was certainly willing to use serious violence against her without provocation.
    • Captain Crook has no qualms about capturing and selling a little girl for experimentation, just for being a Bloodliner.
    • Team Rocket Admin Deacon willingly kidnapped Yellow to use her as bait for Red, and planned to dispose of her once they were no longer of use to them.
    • The Bloodliner Hunter went as far as to kill a pair of ten-year-old twins.
  • Wretched Hive:
    • Cynthia's hometown was apparently full of thieves and drug dealers.
    • Even back during Gringy City's bad days, the Old Cesspit was known as its worst part, full of crime, vice, and misery. Not even the recent improvements made to the city have been able to help much.
    • The Orre region in general is this. It doesn't help that Cipher pretty much rules it, with Agate Village being one of the few safe havens where they don't have any influence.
  • Wrong Context Magic: Abilities either unique to the Resetverse or ones that Ash did not encounter before time reset can be this.
    • Ash for example knows that Mega Evolution is a thing, but he never got to see it in action beyond Blaziken Mask before he went back, and the Pokedexes have little to no data on it by the time he later gets a keystone.
      • This even extends to other characters. It would appear that while people are aware of Mega Evolution in general, most people aren't so knowledgeable about the specifics. For example, in her gaiden, Astrid found a Key Stone, but she couldn't identify it as one, despite being aware of Mega Evolution as shown when she had to fight a Mega Steelix.
      • In the Twenty Gyarados Bill Gaiden, it's shown that at the time people didn't know the typing of some Mega-Evolutions, like Mega-Gyarados, thus they were unaware that Electric-type attacks would only be half as supereffective against it. The soldiers fighting against Twenty Gyarados Bill weren't even aware it was possible for Gyarados to Mega-Evolve in the first place, despite them knowing about their general's Mega Ampharos.
    • Bloodliner powers can throw a lot of people off if they aren't expecting them. Just ask the Cerulean Sisters. Furthermore, a few years ago there were people who didn't even know what they were due to being in rather remote locations.
    • Bond Phenomenon is this just as in canon. Gary's Pokedex had no clue what it was when Casey Snagem and his Chesnaught used it in fighting Gary.
    • Shadow Pokemon's Shadow Moves are super-effective on everything. Not only that, but they cannot be seen unless they are a part of a charging or elemental move.
    • For those unaware of Alola's ecosystem, Alolan forms can throw people off such as when Red was surprised to learn Alolan Exeggutor is a Grass/Dragon type.
    • At least until a few years ago, some populations (especially remote ones) seemed not to know anything about bloodliners, as shown with Mars' hometown.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Sometimes, people might misidentify some specific bloodlines for others, due to their limited knowledge.
  • Wrong Side of the Tracks: Even back during the days when Gringy City was an Industrial Ghetto, the Old Cesspit was known as the "bad part". It's still pretty bad despite the new life being breathed into the city.
  • X Days Since: There's a sign in the Viridian Forest saying "251 days since last known fatality". Unlike most examples, it's not Played for Laughs, but used to further establish that this new world is more dangerous than the old one.
  • "X" Marks the Hero: Kyle Narec, the only genuinely good parent any member of Belladonna's group ever knew, had an x-shaped scar on his left cheek.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Apparently, this is a possible personality for Pokedexes.
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: Subverted in the Holiday Specials. Volkner is visited by a figure claiming to be the Ghost of Christmas Past, but it turns out to be Flint in disguise, and he tries this every year.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Gary becomes depressed after the Fuchsia Tag Tournament, and later after challenging the Celadon Gym, since he barely won and feels he should have done better. Erika finds him in the local restaurant and assures him that he fought well, encouraging him to try and find the element he's missing from his training style.
  • You Are Not Ready: Red gets a bit of this from Siebold during his One Island Interlude, as he points out he lacks something key to make Mega Evolution work. Later in the Two Island Interlude, Ultima tests his skills and tells him he's not ready to learn an Ultimate Move with her for the same reason.
  • You Are Too Late: Twofold example. Fabron, Feu and Elder only reach the next village by the time Dainsleif and Accentus have already ravaged it. And on a more personal level, Feu only gets to see the father he always wanted to meet after he was killed.
  • You Can Barely Stand:
    • By the time Wally finally faces off against Brendan, he's close to collapse from his exertions.
    • The physical strain on using Bond Phenomenon quickly takes its toll on Casey Snagem when his Chesnaught tries to challenge Mewtwo. Snagem is happy that they at least managed to land a hit on him.
  • You Can't Go Home Again:
    • Fabron feels this way, since his village was destroyed and he has no family left to go back to.
    • Inverted in Chapter 39. Anabel says to Ash that he should always have a place to come back to, no matter how much he loves traveling.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: This is a Pokémon fic, after all.
  • You Have Failed Me: Inverted with Mewtwo and his mind-controlled Nurse Joy. He remarks "You have not failed me yet" before sending her back to work, though it's clear he plans to get rid of her anyway once he's done with his plans.
  • You Have Researched Breathing: Lampshaded and mocked in Chapter 23, when Charmeleon uses "Fling" with an Ekans against a Nidorino. Snivy asks him if he can actually use that move, to which Charmeleon just chuckles, since he doesn't need to research how to throw enemies.
  • You Monster!:
    • Ultima Interlude has the title character more or less saying this to William Stronger.
    • In the Three Island Interlude, the Kanto Pokémon Federation's leader also calls Red a monster when his Clefairy goes on another of his Ax-Crazy rampages.
  • You Need a Breath Mint: Whitney thinks this about Clair, since the latter likes to eat garlic.
  • You Shall Not Pass!:
    • Sho's Luxray and Magneton stay back to hold off the ghost butler to allow Gardenia and Rotom to go on.
    • Frax and Munchlax manage to hold off a group of wild Pokémon led by an angry Leavanny in Poni Meadow, trying to buy time until Velvet can summon her Z-Move.
    • Team Zenith admins Carly and Taylor rally their grunts against Steven's group to prevent them from reaching their leader. Fortunately, Zinnia and the Draconids stay behind to hold them off while Steven goes after Zevie.
    • A young Adalbert Hastings almost pulls one intending to let himself get mauled to death by the wild Pokémon on Faraway Island, due to his guilt over his Capture Styler being used as a weapon. Fortunately, Oak tackles him out of the way and gives him a speech to snap him out of it.
  • Younger Than They Look:
    • Belladonna is 16, but looks considerably older, partly due to her height and bust. Ash is surprised to learn she's only one year older than him, and she admits that a lot of people overestimate her age. Anna has a similar reaction to her later, noting that she also has a rather deep voice for a teenager.
    • Mitsumi is able to pass off as a 15-year-old and have a trainer license, despite being younger than Hareta (who is 15).
  • You Are Already Dead: Non-lethal example with Red's Sneasel, who defeats Rosso's Machoke with a Metal Claw slash. Machoke takes a few seconds to fall unconscious afterwards.
  • You're Not My Type: Jessie cites this in Chapter 33 when Ash's female companions seem to get the idea that she'd try to kidnap Ash for herself.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: This is how Gastly's illusions work: they can only hurt you as long as you believe they're the real deal.
  • You Will Be Spared:
    • In Chapter 23, Belladonna spares a guard because he said he had a family. Touched by the man's fear for his dependents, and remembering her own terrible childhood, Belladonna knocks him out and stuffs him in a closet, also leaving a message to make sure people will know he's in there.
    • Sabrina does this to challengers who do well enough to impress her even if they lose, partly because it also lures bad/mediocre ones to come to her gym thinking they have a chance.
      • In her gaiden, the bug-catching trainer who stands up to her impresses her to the point she spares him and the rest of the townspeople, as her way to acknowledge his bravery and determination.
      • In Chapter 27, her inner monologue reveals she spared some characters of the day who were lucky enough to run into Ritchie, who induced some Character Development into them the same way Ash did in canon.
    • Dainsleif, the evil Shiny Aegislash from the G-Men Gaiden, apparently leaves some survivors intentionally in his killing sprees so they can spread word of his deeds.
    • Mewtwo mentions this to Giovanni, although making it clear it's just a temporary thing and he'll come back to kill him once he's wiped out the rest of humanity.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: As per canon, there are moves that prevent Pokémon from being switched out, like Mean Look and Spider Web.
  • Zerg Rush:
    • A major part of Belladonna's strategy for taking over the Gringy City power plant was overwhelming the defenses with a horde of mind-controlled Poison-types, most of them relatively weak. It works at first, but then problems come during the occupation. Since they no longer have the element of surprise or an enormous numerical advantage (due to having to spread themselves out more thinly to hold the plant as opposed to being able to concentrate their attacks on the personnel), competent attackers like Ash and company are able to defeat huge numbers of the hypnotized Pokémon.
    • The Rocket grunts attacking the Mandarin Island Stadium try this on Lorelei and Frey, but despite the sheer numbers, the couple manages to take them all down using only three Pokémon each.
    • In Chapter 34/35, most of the latter part of the battle in the Saffron Gym amounts to this. While Ash and his Pokémon manage to hold their own for a while against the hordes of Psychic-types, eventually they start to wear out. Fortunately, Dexter manages to bring every Pokémon Ash has caught with the help of his Exegguttor (who can use Teleport) to level the playing field.
    • Red in his Five Island Interlude is forced to deal with this with the Rocket Grunts in the warehouse, though it's a more gradual example, as the plan is to lure him deep into the hideout to take all of his Pokémon.
  • Zorro Mark: A rather disturbing example. In the Georgia Gaiden, the Reaper carves a distinctive symbol into the bodies of his victims. It's based on the badges he gives out for his job as a gym leader.
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