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The Noble Houses

    General Tropes 

  • Chest Insignia: Like the villainous teams, each House has a standard uniform with their sigil on the chest.
  • Child Soldiers: Downplayed. Poké Knights begin their training at the age of 14, but aren't allowed to take on full-time knightly duties until they've finished 8 years of training—that is, when they're 22.
  • Fantastic Rank System: At the age of 14, a student becomes a Page and will remain one for 4 years. At 18, they will be promoted to Squire after passing their exams, and after another 4 years of training, they will become a Knight, with the potential to be promoted to Castellan at their leader's discretion. All six Houses share the same ranking system, but have different names for each rank—for example, in House Nereus, Pages, Squires, Knights, and Castellans are called "Cabin Boys/Girls", "Deckhands", "Sailors", and "Officers", respectively.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture:
    • House Sanguinem is based on ancient Japan.
    • House Vulcan has an ancient Greece/Rome aesthetic.
    • House Ampere is the only one not to follow this trope, instead having a futuristic/cyberpunk theme.
    • House Pierrot is based on Medieval Europe and The Middle Ages.
    • House Nereus has the look and feel of a coastal New England town, not unlike Beach City.
    • House Tantibus is very British, especially having a lot in common with the original Wizarding School, Hogwarts.
  • Five-Man Band: Roughly speaking, though they would probably form a better one if they would stop bickering all the time.
  • Good Counterpart: To the villainous teams of the main Pokémon series. They share a number of thematic qualities (large numbers of low-ranking trainers led by a small group of elites and a powerful leader, type specialties, Sigil Spam, and heavy influence in a certain region), but the Houses work alongside their Pokémon partners to protect and serve their people, as opposed to the villain teams who ruthlessly use, exploit, harm, and steal Pokémon to achieve their own selfish goals.
  • Motive Decay: In-universe, the Houses were originally founded with the single purpose of protecting Sinnoh's towns and cities. As they grew and attracted more members, the individual Houses discovered and cultivated secondary purposes—for example, House Ampere is now devoted to the study of science and intellectual pursuits as well as being the guardians of Sunyshore City.
  • Power Crystal: Each House possesses one that serves the dual purpose of collectively enhancing their Pokémon's stats and giving their members some kind of superpower.
    • The Blood Garnet gives Sanguinems the power of Super Strength and Super Toughness, and boosts their Pokémon's HP.
    • The Sun Ruby gives Vulcans fire powers (fire magic, immunity to hot temperatures) and boosts their Pokémon's Attack.
    • The Sky Sapphire gives Amperes air powers (electricity, flight, super speed) and boosts their Pokémon's Speed.
    • The Earthen Rose Quartz gives the Pierrots earth powers (extreme physical resilience, injury regeneration, magic control of rocks, earth, plants, etc.) and boosts their Pokémon's Defense.
    • The Sea Pearl gives Nereians water (and ice) powers, the ability to breathe underwater, and boosts their Pokémon's Special Defense.
    • The Magic Amethyst gives Tantibi psychic powers (telepathy, telekinesis, illusions), and boosts their Pokémon's Special Attack.
  • Rainbow Motif: Each House is associated with a color of the rainbow that represents their type specialty. In order Sanguinem is red, Vulcan is orange, Ampere is yellow, Pierrot is green, Nereus is blue, and Tantibus is purple.
  • Speaks Fluent Pokémon: Some higher-level Poké Knights can speak and understand Pokémon language, although it takes many years of study to be able to do so.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: Although the Houses' primary purpose is protecting Sinnoh from danger, individual members are very prone to bickering and inter-House rivalry, which is anything but helpful when they actually need to cooperate in order to do their job.


House Sanguinem

A House of martial artists that specializes in Normal- and Fighting-types. Their motto is "Our Blood Runs Deep".

    Universal Tropes 

House Vulcan

A House of elite Trainers that specializes in Fire- and Dragon-types. Their motto is "Blazing Bright".

    Universal Tropes 


House Ampere

A House of scientists and intellectuals that specializes in Flying- and Electric-types. Their motto is "Light The Way".

    Universal Tropes 

House Pierrot

A House of miners that specializes in Grass-, Bug-, Poison-, Ground-, Steel-, and Rock-types. Their motto is "Shield of Men".

    General Tropes 

  • Academy of Adventure: Pierrot trainees attend Canalave High School.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: They can never, ever resist an opportunity to save someone in danger. Even if that person is their enemy.
  • Color Motif: Forest green, earthy brown, and metallic silver.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Young Pierrots often struggle with controlling their physical strength as it increases during their teenage years, and have to be taught how not to accidentally hurt normal people.
  • Dumb Muscle: Their enemies' opinion of them, although the majority of them are anything but. They even have a few Badass Bookworms in their ranks.
    • Idiot Hero: ...On the other hand, their reputation for recklessly jumping into danger to save innocents is not an entirely unfounded one.
  • Fantastic Racism: They don't have a lot of it, but it's there. Some families who have served House Pierrot for generations show prejudiced attitudes toward first-generation newcomers, defectors from other Houses, or "halflings"note , believing that they can never be as truly loyal as a Pierrot follower with the "old blood".More on halflings 
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Based on Medieval Europe.
  • Good Is Not Nice: They can be very harsh when dealing with their enemies. Mistake their Chronic Hero Syndrome for weakness at your own peril. Also see Fantastic Racism above.
  • Healing Factor: Having the Pierrot Gift allows people and Pokémon to heal faster from injuries and illness.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Knight in Shining Armor: The ideal they aspire to follow, to the point of using page/squire/knight nomenclature in their ranking system and wearing medieval-style uniforms.
  • Meaningful Name: From "Pierre", French for "stone".
  • Modest Royalty: Their uniforms are simple and favor practicality over style. Even the royal family does not wear much jewelry or expensive fabrics.
  • Nature Hero
  • Strange Salute: Crossing their arms and bending their wrists back to form a diamond shape, a reference to the Diamond salute from Steven Universe.
  • Super Toughness / Made of Iron: The Earthen Rose's restorative magic makes all Pierrots highly resistant (but not immune) to illness and physical injury. Some of the strongest and most experienced Pierrots can survive brutal injuries that would otherwise be fatal to a normal person.
  • Super Strength: All Pierrots have magically-enhanced super strength granted to them by the Earthen Rose Quartz, a magical gem hidden deep in the heart of Eterna Forest.
  • Theme Naming: Most members are named after types of stones (or gems), metals, or plants.

    Lord Byron Pierrot 

The benevolent leader of House Pierrot. He is Roark's father, and serves as a mentor/father figure to the protagonists.

  • 100% Adoration Rating: His soldiers adore and are unflinchingly loyal towards him and his family.
  • Action Dad
  • Affectionate Nickname: He has a habit of giving these to people he's close to. He calls Roark "Roarkie" and Gardenia "little sunshine".
  • Benevolent Boss / A Father to His Men: He treats each of his followers with respect regardless of their rank, and makes it a point to interact with them personally. Even though he's in charge of the largest House in the Sinnoh Kingdom, he still makes the extra effort to keep his numerous followers happy.
  • Berserk Button: Hurt his children, and you die.
  • Blood Knight
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Oh, yes. He's super strong and super powerful, but he turns into a complete softie around his children.
  • The Chains of Commanding: The responsibility of leading the largest House in the Sinnoh Kingdom, with hundreds of followers and thousands of civilians all depending on him, turns out to be weighty indeed.
  • The Dreaded: Most of House Tantibus is terrified of him, and for good reason.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Impulsiveness. He is very rash and often acts without considering the consequences of his actions. Strategic thinking isn't his strong point; he usually doesn't bother with a complicated plan when he can just smash his opponents into pancakes.
    • Black and white thinking. He's spent a long time believing himself and his followers to be "good" and his enemies to be "evil" with very little in-between; the idea of a moral grey seems to be a possibility he hasn't even considered.
  • Friend to All Children
  • The Good King: In all but name. While a lord rather than a king, he is beloved by his followers and the people of Canalave City.
  • Like a Son to Me: He treats all the Pierrot students like his own children, but it's his personal protégé Riley who he's closest to besides his own son, Roark.
  • Eccentric Mentor
  • Expy: This version of Byron has part of his characterization lifted from Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark. His personality is similar to the former's (jovial, fun-loving, boisterous, Hot-Blooded and charismatic), but he follows the ideals of the latter (justice, honor, loyalty, responsibility, and love of family).
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Specializes in Steel-type Pokémon.
  • The Mentor: To Riley most prominently, but also serves as one to the other four protagonists.
  • Noodle Incident: Why does he hate Tobias so much?
  • Papa Wolf: To all the students of House Pierrot, but of course he's most protective of Roark.
  • Parental Substitute: To Riley, Gardenia, Cynthia and even a very hesitant Nando, given enough time.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a brutal one to Aspen Branch, for not only destroying numerous innocent lives (including those of his favorite students, Nando and Cynthia) with his anti-halfling smear campaign, but causing a massive internal schism within House Pierrot at a time when it desperately needs to be united in order to face a dangerous enemy.
    Byron: (absolutely smoldering with rage) Listen to me. Now. In these past few weeks, you've done more damage to House Pierrot than any of our enemies ever have. You've torn us in half. We're destroying ourselves because of this moronic war you started. You've made us so busy fighting each other that we don't even have a plan to deal with Dr. Yung. Everyone in Canalave City and every member of our House is in danger, because of you.
    Aspen: I was doing what I thought was right.
    Byron: WHAT YOU THOUGHT WAS RIGHT?! What could possibly have made you think that turning the House against itself was a good idea? Do you have any idea how many lives you've destroyed? Those are your Housemates! They fought with you, they saved you, and THIS is how you treat them? By making them fear for their lives? Making them outcasts in their own homes?
    Aspen: (quietly) I never meant for it to go this far.
    Byron: Don't fucking lie to me. Don't even try. I know what you wanted at the beginning. You wanted me to get rid of Nando and Cynthia. I can't believe I didn't stop you then. Frankly, that was a failure on my part.
    Aspen: Not without reason. They're dangerous, my Lord—
    Byron: In what way? They've proven their loyalties to us a million times, which apparently wasn't enough for you. They've both saved us more times than I can count. The Hearthome incident, the Tyranitars, Iron Mask. Your own son wouldn't be alive if it weren't for them, do you remember that? And you decided to make them your first targets. What a wonderful way to repay them. Turning their entire House against them. Nando's heartbroken. Cynthia's seriously considering leaving us for House Vulcan, and to be honest, I don't blame her. If they leave, we'll lose both our strongest fighter and any chance of making peace with House Tantibus. Still think you did "the right thing"?
    Aspen: I—I only meant to put them in their place...
    Byron: And what about all the others you hurt? I suppose they were just collateral damage, weren't they? (silence) When you became a Pierrot, you promised to protect those weaker than you. You've broken that vow in the worst way possible. Not only have you thoughtlessly ruined countless lives, you've split us apart at a time when we need to be united more than ever.
  • Super Strength: He is the leader of a House of warriors renowned for their magical strength, so of course he's the strongest of them all, to the point of being able to lift a car off the ground with ease.
  • Would Not Hurt A Child: No, he wouldn't. Not at all. He does not like House Tantibus in the slightest, but he will not allow their students to be harmed while they are on his territory. When Nando is sent to Canalave Castle as part of a diplomatic exchange, he makes a point of treating the boy as an honored guest and firmly reminds his soldiers not to lay a hand on him.


    Reed Solix 

Gardenia's deceased father, a brilliant scientist.

  • Floral Theme Naming: Like his wife and daughter, he's named after a plant.
  • Good Parents: By all accounts, he loved his daughter very much, even if the time they had together was tragically short.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He was very close to Byron, enough to trust him with looking after his daughter.
  • The Lost Lenore: To his wife Rosalind, who continues to mourn him deeply.
  • Mad Scientist / Gadgeteer Genius: He was a genius at crafting Bamboo Technology. In fact, he was so good at his job that Byron often wonders why he didn't choose to join House Ampere.
  • Nice Guy: From what we know about him, he was a loyal friend, a loving family man and overall a swell guy.
  • Non-Action Guy: He preferred to aid House Pierrot through his technology and inventions, leaving the fighting to his wife Rosalind.
  • Posthumous Character: Although he is dead in the present day, his inventions help the main characters on the journey and his legacy remains a crucial part of Gardenia's Coming-of-Age Story.
  • Shout-Out: A scientist named Reed...sounds familiar.
  • The Smart Guy: He served this role in House Pierrot.

    Rosalind Solix 

Gardenia's mother, a Pierrot knight.

  • Action Mom: In her prime, she was one of Byron's most capable fighters. Still is.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Reed did most of the defrosting. After he died, she somewhat "refroze", hiding her grief behind a stoic facade, but opens back up over time with her daughter's help.
  • Feuding Families: Her side of the family is...not on good terms with the Ferron family, which is why she disapproves of Gardenia and Riley being friends. Their main point of contention seems to be fighting over which of them Byron prefers, but there might be more to it than that...
  • Floral Theme Naming: Named after a plant like the rest of her family.
  • Green Thumb: She has a love of gardening and primarily uses Grass-type Pokémon to battle.
  • Heroic BSoD: Her husband's unexpected death sent her into a state of grief that lasted for many years and affected Gardenia's early childhood.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: Solix is her last name, not Reed's. He took it when he married into the family.
  • Mama Bear: Arceus help you if you put her daughter Gardenia in danger. Byron himself was subjected to a particularly brutal tongue-lashing after he allowed her to go on a dangerous mission by herself.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: She is also one of Byron's close confidantes.
  • Proper Lady: Regal, dignified, elegant and carries herself with perfect manners at all times.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: In her case, it was inverted. She was the Savvy Girl to Reed's Energetic Guy.
  • Shipper on Deck: Subtly, but she drops a few hints that she approves of Roark/Gardenia. Helped by the close relationship their families already share and Roark's status as heir to the Pierrot throne, meaning that Gardenia marrying him would advance the Solix family's social standing and give them a significant edge over the Ferrons.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: A capable Pierrot warrior and a shining example of a stoic Proper Lady.
  • The Stoic: She is always composed, proper and prefers not to let her emotions show, the exact opposite of her daughter Gardenia.
    • Not So Stoic: ...but even if she isn't as open about it, she loves her daughter, and still privately grieves for her husband.
  • Uptown Girl: A girl from an ambitious, social-climbing upper-class family who fell in love with a poor but brilliant inventor.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is pink. Rose pink, in fact.

    Argent Ferron 

Argent Ferron

Riley's father, a businessman and House Pierrot donor.

  • Green-Eyed Monster: Though he won't admit it, he's jealous that his son Riley sees Byron as more of a father than him. However, he eventually acknowledges that he hasn't been the best father in the world, either.
  • Expy: Word of God has likened him to a Lighter and Softer, more redeemable version of Gendo Ikari. He is also a widower who is distant toward his teenage son, and a manipulative man responsible for helming a global conspiracy. The difference is that he's more aware of his own flaws and makes efforts to fix them as the story goes on.
  • Foil: To Rosalind Solix, Gardenia's mother. Both are single parents, Pierrot soldiers, and war veterans, tasked with raising their children alone after their spouses died. Rosalind has difficulty coping with her loss and developed a drinking problem as a result, but still tries her best to be a good mother to her daughter. Argent keeps his emotions bottled in and appears more outwardly functional, but expresses little affection for his son.
  • Meaningful Name: Argent is another word for silver, the color of steel. "Ferro(n)" means "iron" in Italian. So his name roughly means "silver iron" or "silver steel".
  • Morality Chain: After his wife Sylvia died, he became much colder as a result.
  • Parental Neglect: He doesn't seem to pay much attention to Riley, mostly leaving him in the care of the family servants. This is one of the reasons why Riley gravitated toward Byron as a father figure.
  • Personality Powers: He is a Steel-type trainer. Unlike Byron, who puts more emphasis on the traits of raw strength and determination attributed to the type, he is outwardly cold and emotionless.
  • The Stoic: He rarely expresses any emotion other than occasional frustration.
  • Theme Naming: His name means "silver", complementing the name of his deceased wife, Sylvia.
  • Weapon of Choice: Metagross, fitting for a highly intelligent man who works and thinks like a machine.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Downplayed. He and Byron were very close in their childhood and through their teenage years, but the trauma of the war, as well as his wife's death, caused him to become a cold, bitter and emotionally detached person. However, he still continues to serve Byron loyally...for his own purposes, that is. Whatever those are.

    Branch Family 

  • Fantastic Racism: They disapprove of anyone serving in House Pierrot who isn't of the "old blood".
  • Floral Theme Naming: Like the Solix family, their members are named after trees or plants.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Their way of thinking is no longer shared by most of the families that serve House Pierrot. Byron keeps them around because they're hardworking and loyal, but he doesn't hold the same respect for them that he does for the Solixes or Ferrons.
  • Noble Bigot: Despite their flaws, they have served House Pierrot faithfully for many generations.
  • Original Character
  • Social Climber
  • Token Evil Teammate: They may not be evil, but they hold some very prejudiced opinions that cause trouble for people they don't like, including Nando (a Tantibus diplomat) and Cynthia (a part-Vulcan halfling).
  • Undying Loyalty

    Mr. Branch 

  • Fantastic Racism: Strongly prejudiced against Nando for his Tantibus roots and Cynthia for her halfling heritage.
  • Inspector Javert: He can't find any concrete proof that Nando is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, but that doesn't stop him from trying.
  • Token Evil Teammate: He basically shows off the negative side of the Pierrots' philosophy when taken to its logical conclusion. Extremely devoted to House Pierrot? Strongly prejudiced against other Houses. Protector of the weak against the strong? Divides the world into heroes and villains with no in between. Willing to fight the "bad guys"? Always sees the bad guys (and anyone associated with them) as bad guys, no matter what they do or say, refusing to even consider their point of view.
  • Undying Loyalty: For all his other faults, he is unwavering in his loyalty to Byron and has served under him faithfully for many years.

    Aaron Merian 

  • All of the Other Reindeer: When he was little, the other children in his neighborhood made fun of him because he wanted to study Bug-type Pokémon.
  • The Aloner: He would rather spend time with his Pokémon than his human teammates, and sees no reason to be a part of Roark's group. He'll still help them when the time calls for it, though.
  • Badass Bookworm: He is the leading authority and expert on Bug-types.
  • Berserk Button: Don't make fun of Bug-types around him. Seriously.
  • Bully Hunter: As a result of being bullied himself when he was a child.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He really, really hates being pitied for being the kid people used to pick on all the time.
  • Kindly Vet / The Medic: He learned a lot about medicinal plants from his Bug-type Pokémon, and uses his knowledge to help injured Pokémon get better.
  • Meaningful Name: His last name comes from Maria Sibylla Merian, an artist and naturalist famous for her paintings and studies of insects.
  • Not Good with People: He's a lot better with Pokémon than he is with humans.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Combee honey.

    Miss Honey 

  • Action Girl: She fought like hell to become the leader of the Swarm, and she's not afraid to show her fighting chops if someone questions her authority.
  • A Mother to Her Men: She's not afraid to laugh and joke with her soldiers.
  • Amazon Brigade: Her "Royal Court", an elite, handpicked group of female Bug-type specialists that lead the Swarm with her. The newer members are called "Handmaidens", the experienced ones "Princesses".
  • Animal Motif: Bees. Her signature Pokémon is a Vespiquen, she has blonde hair with a black streak, her name is "Honey", and she leads her followers like a queen bee would.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: She got her position by defeating her predecessor in a 6-on-6 Pokémon battle.
  • Berserk Button: Like Byron, she's extremely protective of her students and followers. Mess with them at your own peril.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Being young (in her mid-twenties) and relatively inexperienced, she faces her own struggles with leadership.
  • Cool Big Sis: To the rest of the Swarm, House Pierrot's Bug-type division. She and Aaron are particularly close.
  • Dance Battler: She's a skilled dancer, a reference to how bees dance in order to show each other where to find flowers.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She acts calm and collected, but her warm and caring side comes out around her students.
  • Does Not Like Men: Downplayed. She prefers working with her girls, but has no problem with teaching young boys or taking orders from Byron, who is her boss. In fact, her favorite apprentice, Aaron, is a boy.
  • Meaningful Name: Honey is produced by bees.
  • The Mentor: She taught Aaron nearly everything he knows about Bug-types. Technically she's also Nando's, but he tends to spend more time with Byron.
  • Original Character
  • Parental Substitute: To Aaron and her girls, and sometimes Nando. Sometimes.
  • Red Baron: She's known as "the Queen Bee".
  • Skunk Stripe: Her hair is blonde (honey blonde, in fact), with a single black streak.
  • Weapon of Choice: Vespiquen, accompanied by a large hive of Combee "attendants".


One of Byron's companions, who was killed along with Clockwork as a teenager.

  • Ambiguous Gender: For a long time, his name was only mentioned, without revealing his gender. He was eventually confirmed to be male.
  • Friend to Bugs: Like Nando, he was a Bug-type specialist.
  • Generation Xerox: When alive, he was said to be similar to Nando in terms of personality—naive, kindhearted, sheltered and innocent. It is unknown if they are actually related, though.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Byron were very close.
  • Kill the Cutie: This happened to him eventually, at the hands of the Shadow King.
  • The Lost Lenore: A platonic example. His death, along with Clockwork's, caused Byron and their surviving companions much grief.
  • No Name Given: His real name is not currently known.
  • Only Sane Man: When alive, he was the voice of reason for his group of friends, much like Nando in the present day.
  • Posthumous Character: Deceased in the present day. He is only seen alive in Byron's flashbacks.
  • Shrinking Violet: He was said to be very shy, except when around his closest friends or his Pokemon.

The Protagonists / "Team Roark"

    General tropes 

  • All-Loving Hero: They make friends and allies like Combee make honey, and are willing to show mercy to genuinely repentant enemies. That said, crossing certain lines can make them lose their mercy and take the kid gloves off. Should it ever come to that, the guilty party is gonna have a bad time.
  • Berserk Button: Above all, these True Companions are fiercely protective of each other. Threatening one is a very good way to incite the wrath of the other four.
    • To a lesser extent, they don't take it well when someone insults Byron, their mentor and father figure.
    • Individual ones:
      • Roark: Making cracks about his height.
      • Gardenia: Saying anything bad about Grass-types or mistreating a Grass-type Pokémon in front of her...or any Pokémon, really.
      • Riley: Threatening Roark in front of him.
      • Nando: Any abuse of mind control.
      • Cynthia: Making fun of her mixed Pierrot/Vulcan heritage or calling her a "halfling", or worse, a "half-breed".
  • Big Brother Instinct: Riley and Cynthia are usually tasked with looking after Roark and Gardenia, being older than them. Invoked: Riley in particular has been protective of Roark since they were very young, and considers himself a sworn knight and bodyguard to his little lord. Nando occupies a sort of middle ground, since he is roughly the same age as Riley and Cynthia while being a Fish out of Water in House Pierrot at the same time.
  • Break the Cutie: The world of the Sinnoh Kingdom is not kind to them. At least they have each other.
  • The Determinator: As is typical for Pierrots, they are very stubborn.
  • Fearless Fool: Another Pierrot trait. They find themselves jumping headlong into danger at the prospect of adventure or heroics more often than not. Nando not so much at first, but even he starts showing signs of this after spending enough time with his new friends.
  • Five-Man Band
  • Kid Hero: At the beginning, Roark is 12, Gardenia is 13, Riley, Nando, and Cynthia are 14.
  • Nature Hero: Through their membership in House Pierrot, they all have ties to nature and primarily use earth-based Pokémon (Rock, Grass, Steel, and Ground-types). Gardenia in particular is fond of gardening and the supposedly haunted Eterna Forest.
  • Odd Friendship: Several, given their status as a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits.
    • Roark and Gardenia have a Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl dynamic.
    • Riley's and Gardenia's families are constantly fighting, but that does not stop them from being friends.
    • Nando being friends with the other four at all, given that House Tantibus has historically never been on good terms with House Pierrot.
  • Parental Abandonment:
    • Roark's mother abandoned him after he was born and never looked back.
    • Gardenia's father is dead. Her mother is a loving parent, but also uses alcohol to cope with her PTSD from the war.
    • Riley lives with both of his parents, but their marriage is unstable and they fight frequently.
    • Cynthia is an orphan who was raised by her grandmother.
    • Nando's parents are divorced; he lives with his mother and stepfather.
  • True Companions
  • Two Girls to a Team: Two girls, three boys.
  • Undying Loyalty: To their House, to Byron and most importantly to each other.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World

    Roark Pierrot 

Lord Byron's young son and heir.

    Gardenia Solix 

  • Action Girl: Don't be fooled by her ditzy nature. When the chips are down, she can be as dangerous as Cynthia.
  • Alliterative Name
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Downplayed. She's actually the second youngest of her five friends (Roark is the youngest), but her childlike personality and naivete lends itself better to this trope than Roark's attempts to act older than his age.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Fitting her tomboyish nature.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Her thought processes can be...very strange.
  • Cuteness Proximity: If it's cute and/or a Grass-type, Gardenia will Squee! over it.
  • The Cutie: This is Gardenia in a nutshell. She's a sweet girl who loves her friends and her Pokémon, finds joy in everything, and loves to make everyone smile.
  • The Ditz
  • Everyone Can See It: She's been in love with Roark ever since they were little kids. Everyone can tell, except Roark himself...maybe.
  • Friend to All Living Things
  • Genki Girl
  • Foil: She and Cyrus both have a solar motif, but in context they have very different meanings attached to them. Gardenia's association with the sun reflects her energetic, joyous nature and her desire to brighten others' lives, while Cyrus's represents his goal to become the center of the world and a Dark Messiah who will rewrite the universe.
  • Leeroy Jenkins
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl
  • Meaningful Name: Her last name, Solix, is a combination of "sol" and "lux", the Latin words for "sun" and "light".
  • Morality Pet: Nando's. While he's not a bad person by any means, she was the first to open up to him, and he trusts her the most.
  • Motifs: Sunlight and the sun are strongly associated with her.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: She loves all Grass-types. All of them. Even the downright terrifying ones like Cacturne and Abomasnow. To say nothing of her countless ventures into the Eterna Forest.
  • One of the Boys: She was raised in the masculine and male-dominated House Pierrot, and Riley and Roark were her best friends growing up. Ironically, at heart she's still more feminine than fellow tomboy Cynthia.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Nando, and Riley to a lesser extent.
  • Plucky Comic Relief
  • Sad Clown: She's not always a happy, giggly ball of sunshine and smiles. Deep down, she's scared that everyone sees her as a joke, that no one takes her seriously, that her friends are secretly making fun of her behind her back, and that she'll never be as great a warrior as her mother is.
  • Solar and Lunar: Forms a duality with Cynthia, who has a moon motif.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Her and Roark.
  • Tomboy Princess
  • Red-Headed Heroine
  • Weapon of Choice: Budew.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's terrified of ghosts. The haunted Old Chateau is the one place in the Eterna Forest that she's never dared to explore.

    Riley Ferron 

  • Animal Motifs: He has a dog/wolf theme. Dogs are known for their loyalty and are protective of their owners, which fits his dedication to protecting the Pierrot family. His partner is Riolu, a puppy-like Pokémon. He is also usually the first to take charge of the group in times of danger, akin to an alpha wolf. He also has a tendency to stay up late, be active at night, and sleep during the day, similar to how wolves are primarily nocturnal. On a less flattering note, enemies of the Pierrots have referred to him as Byron's "attack dog".
  • Badass Bookworm: He's interested in history and spends a great deal of time at the Canalave Library.
  • The Champion: He intends to be one for Roark.
  • Cool Big Bro
  • Heroic Lineage: His ancestor was the great Aura Guardian and knight Sir Aaron, who sacrificed his life to stop a war in Kanto.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: All Pierrots fit this trope to varying degrees, but Riley plays it the most straight by dedicating himself to becoming the right hand and protector of his young liege lord.
  • Last of His Kind: The only known Aura Guardian.
  • Lady and Knight: A rare same-sex (and platonic) example, with him as the White Knight to Roark's Bright Lord.
  • Meaningful Name: Ferro(n), Italian for "iron", is a fitting surname for a Steel-type specialist and an aspiring Knight in Shining Armor.
  • Nice Hat
  • Non-Idle Rich
  • Noble Wolf
  • Not a Morning Person: Gardenia usually has to drag him out of bed in the morning.
  • Weapon of Choice: Riolu.

    Nando Armonía 

  • Adaptational Jerkass: Well, "jerkass" might be too strong a word, but in general, this version of Nando is both more confrontational and more willing to use violence to solve problems when necessary. Downplayed, because most of the time, he's still a Nice Guy and only displays a more aggressive side when he or his loved ones are threatened.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: When he was younger, his classmates made fun of him because he spoke very little Japanese, having just moved to Sinnoh recently.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Deliberately making him mad is not a good idea, as many of the Pierrots' Rogues Gallery can attest to.
  • Cold Ham: Unlike Byron, his loud and bombastic mentor, Nando prefers to deliver his Badass Boasts in a cool, controlled tone of voice, accompanied by a carefully-calculated Breaking Speech when facing a particularly hated enemy.
  • Cool Big Bro: Although his relationship with his stepfather is a bit rocky, he absolutely adores his younger stepsister, Alma, and is in turn admired by her.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: He plays the violin and is quite good at it.
  • Eloquent in My Native Tongue: Speaks Japanese very formally and precisely, but reverts to a Motor Mouth when speaking Spanish.
  • Expressive Ears: Well, antennae, at any rate. They stick up when he's happy, flop down when he's sad or tired, etc.
  • Martial Pacifist: Doesn't like violence very much, but he won't hesitate to pull out the big guns in a crisis situation.
  • Naïve Newcomer
  • Nerves of Steel: He's not easily rattled and is good at keeping his head in a crisis, which is one of the reasons why Byron recruited him to join House Pierrot.
  • Nice Guy: In general, Nando is a mild-mannered, gentle person who is fairly easy to get along with.
  • Omniglot: Speaks both Japanese and Spanish fluently, and is learning English from his stepfather (who is from Unova).
  • Only Sane Man
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: Nando and his biological parents Maria and Luis have the same names as the family in the telenovela María la del barrio.
  • Sixth Ranger —> The Smart Guy
  • The Unfavorite: In his family where his stepfather prefers his daughter and his mother prefers her youngest son, he feels like this by default. It doesn't help that both of his parents have busy work schedules and don't spend much time at home to begin with, meaning that Nando's younger siblings get most of the little attention there is to go around.
  • Weapon of Choice: Ralts.

    Cynthia Levana 

  • The Ace: The top student in her class, beautiful, talented, popular and a skilled Pokémon trainer.
    • Broken Ace: ...but she still has insecurities and flaws underneath it all. She's afraid of letting her friends down, feels pressured by her mentor's expectations, and may be hiding a few skeletons in the closet.
  • Action Girl
  • Blood Knight: She loves the thrill of battle. An aspiring Pokémon master always has to be ready for action, after all.
  • Cool Big Sis
  • Hair Decorations: Two pairs of black teardrop-shaped hair clips, a Tragic Keepsake from her dead mother.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
  • Heroic Bastard: She was born to a Pierrot mother and a Vulcan father, who ran away together knowing their families disapproved of the relationship and supposedly died in mysterious circumstances...or did they?
  • Lady of War
  • To Be a Master
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: With Gardenia, although both are pretty tomboyish. Generally speaking, Cynthia is the tomboyish Action Girl and graceful Lady of War always ready for a Pokémon battle, while Gardenia is the girly girl who likes flowers and fairy tales, but isn't afraid to get her hands dirty in a fight or venture into the Eterna Forest.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Her parents are both dead. She and her sister were raised by their grandmother.
  • The Perfectionist: Nearly all of Cynthia's self-worth comes from her skill at Pokémon battles. Because of that, she sets incredibly high expectations for herself and starts to beat herself up when she feels she hasn't been pushing herself hard enough.
  • Weapon of Choice: Gible.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Her relationship with Byron in a nutshell. She started to look up to him as a father figure when he offered to mentor her after being impressed with her battling skills at a young age. The problem is, she's secretly terrified that he only values her for her strength, and will instantly write her off as a failure the moment she makes a mistake.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: You wouldn't expect a girl like Cynthia to be afraid of anything, but there is one thing she's terrified of—Byron's disapproval.

House Nereus

A House of sailors and swimmers that specializes in Water- and Ice-types. Their motto is "The Tides Will Turn".

    Universal Tropes 

House Tantibus

A House of magicians that specializes in Dark-, Ghost-, Fairy-, and Psychic-types. Their motto is "_____".

    Universal Tropes 

  • Academy of Adventure: Tantibus trainees attend the Hearthome Institute of Thaumaturgy.
  • Arch-Enemy
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Their definition of "saving people" is a little...out there. Their beliefs revolve around the purification of one's soul (and, on a larger scale, as many souls as possible). To them, purifying one's soul basically means reaching a state of pseudo-nirvana where you free yourself of your earthly desires, personal flaws, etc. (and nearly everyone, inside and outside of House Tantibus, has vastly different ideas of what does and doesn't constitute a "personal flaw"). Dreams and nightmares are believed to be visions sent by Darkrai and Cresselia of your potential future, good or bad, which are meant to steer you along the path you're supposed to be taking.
  • The Chosen One: According to their religion, they believe themselves to be the chosen ones of Darkrai and Cresselia.
  • Color Motif: Black and purple, which ties into both Supernatural Is Purple and Purple Is the New Black.
  • Creation Myth: They have one that details the creation of their religion. It starts with Erenix, the progenitor/creator of Darkrai and Cresselia, who ruled over a world of paradise. Eventually, the concept of sin began to creep into the world, making them unhappy, but they reluctantly accepted it as the price of allowing humans and Pokémon to have free will. Then a single human, known as the Last Sinner, committed an act that was so unimaginably horrible and beyond forgiving that it made Erenix decide humanity was no longer worth protecting. They vowed to sentence all humanity to a slow, painful, frozen death by making the night last forever, but a young child, known as the Child of Man, went before them and offered their life in exchange for humanity being spared. Moved by the Child's plea, and ashamed to realize that they killed innocent mortals with their rash actions, Erenix ended the eternal night, but decided they were unfit to rule any longer and left the mortal world forever, sending their children, Darkrai and Cresselia, to watch over the people and Pokemon in their absence. The Child became the first priest of what would become the modern-day religion of House Tantibus, leading their people to worship the now-absent Erenix and purify their souls in hopes of returning the world to a paradise. According to Tantibus myth, when enough human souls have been purified, Erenix will return to the mortal realm and make it a paradise once again.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite their creepy aesthetic, the majority of Tantibi are just ordinary people following their religion, protecting Hearthome City, and living normal lives at the same time.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: At the apex of their power (roughly 20 years ago, at the same time they tried to Take Over the World), they managed to capture Darkrai itself.
  • Dream Weaver: With proper training, a Tantibus can develop the ability to enter another person's dreams. This can be used for many purposes, including spying on enemies, comforting someone having a nightmare, or warning someone about future events.
  • The Fair Folk: Although they're an organization rather than a different race, they have some elements of this trope as seen in a modern-day setting. Magical, mysterious, prideful, tricky, not entirely truthful, kind of self-absorbed (well, some of them, anyway), don't see themselves the same as ordinary humans, raise children to become members of their kind, and most importantly, following their own set of laws and morals that don't make 100% sense to other people.
  • Goal in Life: Purify enough souls so Erenix will return to Earth and create an eternal paradise for all humans everywhere.
  • Meaningful Name: "Tantibus" is Latin for "nightmare".
  • Not So Above It All: House Tantibus' central belief system, at least in theory, is centered around overcoming your flaws and becoming a more ideal version of yourself. Despite this, most (if not all) of its members still find themselves hampered to varying degrees by their own personal Fatal Flaws—which makes a certain amount of sense, since Humans Are Flawed.
  • Pragmatic Hero
  • Psychic Powers
  • Religion of Evil: At their worst, they can lean into this trope, as they've had some unsavory leaders over the years who steered the House toward more malevolent goals.
  • The Sacred Darkness: Despite being a bunch of kinda-creepy Darkrai-worshipping cultists, they are still one of the six Houses and responsible for protecting Hearthome City.
  • Take Over the World: They tried to take over the entire Sinnoh region about twenty years ago, and the other Houses still haven't quite forgiven them for it.
  • Token Evil Teammate

    Lord Tobias Nightlock 

    The King of Shadows (working name) 


    The Last Sinner / The Bringer of Night 

  • Moral Event Horizon: In-universe, he is known for committing an act so horrifically, unforgivably evil that it caused Erenix to turn on humanity and nearly doomed the entire human race to a cold, frozen death.

    The Child of Man / The Morning Star 

  • A Child Shall Lead Them
  • Ambiguously Human: The myth never actually specifies that they were human. Some Tantibus scholars believe that they were a Pokémon that learned to take human shape.
  • I Have Many Names: They have been known by many names throughout history, including the Child of Man, the Child of Light, the Bringer of Light, the First Dawn, and the Morning Star.

Other Characters

    Nando's Family 

Maria Nightingale (formerly Maria Armonía)

  • Affectionate Nickname: Sometimes calls her eldest son "Nandito" ("little Nando" in Spanish).
  • Cool Teacher: Works as an elementary school teacher and is very good with children.
  • Good Parents: She is a very good mother and loves all three of her children. She is also very supportive of Nando's dream to become a Pierrot knight (once she finds out about it, that is).
  • Omniglot: She speaks both Japanese and Spanish.
  • Parental Favoritism: She tends to dote on Adan, as he is her youngest.
  • Parents as People: She does love Nando, but between her job and having two younger children to look after, she doesn't get to spend as much time with him as she used to.
  • Second Love: She fell in love with and married Jonas not long after divorcing her first husband, Luis.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: She is named after the main character of the telenovela María la del barrio, who also had a son named Nando and a husband named Luis.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She is tall, elegant and quite beautiful, which is one of the things that attracted Luis and later Jonas to her.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Strongly resembles her eldest son, Nando. They both share long black hair and blue eyes.

Dr. Jonas Nightingale

  • Foil: He's everything that Luis (Nando's dad) isn't.
  • Just Friends: With the Nurse Joy who became Alma's surrogate mother. He had no romantic interest in her, but enjoyed her company and appreciated her taking care of his daughter.
  • Meaningful Name: Both of his names are derived from two famous doctors—Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine, and Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
  • The Medic: He is a licensed doctor, but frequently has to clarify that he's a doctor for humans, not Pokémon.
  • Non-Action Guy: He mostly stays out of Pokémon battles.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: His blond hair and blue eyes make it clear that he is from Unova, the Pokéworld equivalent of the US.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He has an Audino as an assistant, who he brought with him from Unova. It is a local curiosity for being the only member of its species in the area, as there are no wild Audino in Sinnoh.
  • Replacement Scrappy: In-universe. Nando tolerates his presence in the house, but won't accept him as a replacement for his own dad.
  • The Stoic: The level-headed, reserved, logical type. He can keep calm and think efficiently during almost any situation, but he can also appear callous and uncaring at his worst, which doesn't endear him to Nando very much.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: About 70% ice to 30% sugar.
  • Terse Talker: His style of speaking is short and to the point.

Alma Nightingale

  • Daddy's Girl: Very close to her father and has learned a lot from him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She can be pretty sarcastic when the situation calls for it.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She wears her hair in two low-hanging loops that resemble a Nurse Joy's.
  • Iconic Item: Half of an egg-shaped necklace, with her Happiny wearing the other half.
  • The Medic: Being a doctor's daughter, she has a great deal of medical knowledge despite her young age and is trained in human and Pokémon first aid.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Like her father, her blonde hair and blue eyes make it clear that she's from Unova.
  • Seen It All: Having spent much of her life in a hospital (as a doctor's child, not a patient), she's seen nearly every type of injury there is and then some. Blood, gore, bodily fluids, etc. don't scare her anymore.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Sweet, gentle, and caring, but not afraid to put others in their place, something she learned from the nurses at the hospital where her father worked. One particular Nurse Joy was a surrogate mother to her as she grew up, teaching her to be kind yet strong-willed.
  • Weapon of Choice: Her first Pokémon is a Happiny.

Adan Nightingale

Nando's younger half-brother.

Nando's Father / Mr. Armonía

  • Disappeared Dad: It seems that he left the family of his own accord. Later events imply that something else might have happened to him...
  • Good Parents: Nando has very rose-tinted memories of him.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: All we know about him is that he looks a lot like Nando.

A Mad Glimmer

A Mad Glimmer is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic one-shot that follows the events of "The Cutie Map".

After fleeing the Equal Village, Starlight Glimmer is furious at her defeat by the Mane Six and the restoration of her followers' cutie marks. Sulking in the caves, she begins to plot her revenge and the takeover of Equestria. But she soon discovers that she's not alone...

Now has a sequel, A Crazed Gleam.


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