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  • Famous Last Words:
    • "Hey.....there really is a tunnel....with a pinprick of light. They were right after all." PMD-B Gamer/Joshua
    • "Heh... At least... I never let them know... Who my true master... Was..." Ninetails
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence:
    • Tagg's at the time newly evolved Hydreigon viciously mauling a Pokemon Pincher in revenge.
    • The entire PEFE flashback where Tagg, Tracer, and Silent had to defend themselves from a bunch of Swablu and Altaria poachers in Hoenn and end up setting their Pokemon on them in a life or death struggle. Draca ends up burning a poacher to death with a Fire Blast.
    • AU!Fool horribly mauls a trainer and his Pokemon by ordering her Pokemon to tear him to shreds.
    • Maekrite willingly submits to a (relatively public) torture session when Silent gets hurt in the AU.
    • Aelia and Kyrie end up getting nasty scars and losing an eye, respectively, fighting the J-Team.
    • Milagros getting launched across an alleyway by an Alolan Graveler.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death:
    • Yanmega's ultimate fate, getting eviscerated by Zoroark so badly that all Anom could find was a bit of carapace.
    • Scolipede's Seismitoad's death by Stunfisk school electrocution.
    • Napoleon's forces killing off Mezzo's mons during the assault on Black City.
    • Stitch the Lapras dies from getting his neck blown wide open during the Battle of Castelia.
    • Biscuits the Crobat gets immolated by a Flygon during the Battle of Castelia.
    • Clover the Alakazam dies in the AU from Tagg's Hydreigon ripping his throat out during the battle at N's Castle.
    • Tagg describes watching a Aggron managing to rip a Tyranitar in half on one of his research trips.
    • Rourke's backstory implies that his dad was crushed to death when a Kommo-o attacked the former's village.
    • The Lieutenant dies from taking an Earthquake to the head from Emperor!Archeops in Tracer's body and ends up starting to liquefy like his counterpart from Fallout before getting telekinetically hurled into a vaporizing forcefield by Ana.
    • Jacob ends up stabbing a Scizor with a sword after it kills his girlfriend in a flashback. Complete with the sound of the exoskeleton shattering!
    • Ivy/Ellen Amarin's death involved getting stabbed by a Toxicroak, and bleeding out along with the deadly poison right in front of her own son. Eskay almost receives the same fate, but is quickly saved by Ellen herself, Back from the Dead as Femata the Delta Golurk.
    • Greaser's girlfriend, Heather, dies after getting ran over by a bus offscreen.
    • Ninetails dies from Tagg disemboweling her after Ammy and Herbert slice off all of her tails.
    • Deimos receives the nasty fate of being Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by Sarah in a blind rage.
    • Odin gets eaten alive by Ilya after she's freed from his mind control.
  • Famed In-Story: In the PMD-B timeline, 600 years after the events of the AU arc, certain events of the Scolemis War are still venerated centuries later. Examples include:
    • A museum in Vermillion has the very same washing machine used as a space tunnel in Tracer's house.
    • A museum in Opelucid contains the skull of Kaijudreigon's main head on display.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • The Litwick and Elgyem members of the Celestial Tower do not get along.
    • Delta Pokémon are often seen as freaks by non-mutated mons.
    • Due to the Seven Jerk Dragons's part in trying to usurp the legendaries and more or less genociding humanity in the PMD-B timeline, Dragon types in general are often treated as second class citizens outside of Hoenn, which is more or less persona non grata due to other mons seeing it as merely a continuation of the Seven Jerk Dragons's rule due to a quirk of the mon bombs rendering most transfigured humans Dragon types.
    • Faithful the Salamence was originally prejudiced against non-dragons.
    • Cubone line members in general tend to be wary of non-Cubone, referring to them as "fiends" due to the fact that most other species prey on them.
    • Axew and Deino line members in the wild will kill one another on sight, leading to Tagg's Hydreigon having a prejudice against Vektor the Delta Fraxure, as well as Axew line members in general.
    • Gyru the Bronzong despises all organic mons as well as humans, considering them beneath him.
    • The Ghouls of PMD-B Angela tend to dislike all non-Ghost types.
    • In the PMD-B timeline and within the Return to AU arc, the draconic forces heavily discriminate(d) against non-dragons in their ranks and in general, with the goal of exalting themselves above humans and other mons in general as the rulers of a mon-only world.
  • Fantasy Conflict Counterpart:
    • Angela (An analogue of Southern California) once took water from up north in an analogue to the California Water Wars of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
    • Lina has participated in analogues of the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs and World War I, and one of Tagg's great-grandfathers was a veteran of the latter conflict.
    • Victini was used as a nuke in the WAAPT analogue to World War II, with some shrine Xatu in Ever Grande also hinting towards the conflict.
    • The purge of the Obscurics in Sinnoh and other regions is an analogue to the Japanese displacement of the Emishi and Ainu peoples.
  • Fantasy Gun Control: Averted. While rarely seen outside law enforcement and criminals, firearms do exist in this universe.
  • Fire-Forged Friends:
    • The group as a whole would also count as their friendship deepened through their mutual experiences fighting evil.
    • Cinder and Lake in the AU go this way, as they realize they share having gone through many of the events that marked their lives with their Trainer, they just happen to see it differently. Somewhat lampshaded when they remember their challenges of Whitney.
    • Tagg and Herbert start being more friendly towards one another as they travel through Ransei with Ammy, though this was unfortunately undone in the Orre arc.
  • Fire/Ice Duo: Pianis (An Ice monotyper) and Jenna (A Fire monotyper) used to be a romantic couple, but a Noodle Incident led to a bad breakup and they've avoided each other ever since.
  • Fisher Kingdom: Type 2. The two PMD universes will turn any human who enters them into a Pokémon of some kind.
  • Five-Man Band: In the beginning it worked like this, but after the group got a lot more members it became closer to The Team. The breakdown pre-Oblivia worked like this:
    • Anom and Jane switch between The Hero and The Lancer depending on the situation.
    • Daisy and Gamer were Her Codename Was Mary Sue.
    • Tagg and Pentigan shared a role as The Smart Guy, since they tended to know the most about the world at large.
    • Luke, DS, Crewe, Wolf, and Fool all inhabited Sixth Ranger status due to not being part of the group who fought David and Missingno for the first time.
    • Slouch was The Load.
    • Meddler was the Tagalong Kid, being the youngest in the group before Forte and later Fortis showed up during the OI and IK Arcs respectively.
  • Fixed Relative Strength: While as a whole the group is made up of powerful trainers, with even the weaker members often having at least one league under their belt, some are indeed just leagues (pun not intended) ahead of others.
  • Follow the Leader: Has already spawned a snowclone.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Too many examples to count. Often comes in the form of someone Tempting Fate.
    • A sweeter form of it though with the Breather Arc foreshadowings during the AU.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: Aside from the main plot of an arc or arcs, there can also be numerous subplots, including ones taking place far from the region the bulk of the J-Team happens to be in at the time.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip:
    • Happens three times from Sinnoh to Unova-1, first with Jane and Palkia, the second time with DS and Artemis, and the third with Daisy and Pink. A weird variation of this also seemed to happen between Jane and Entei.
    • Happens yet again with Anom and Wolf, due to a Manaphy. Unlike the other examples, it's played as a more serious major plot point rather than a brief joke, as them deciding to keep it a secret strains relations within the team, and lasts for almost the whole Oblivia arc.
    • This later happens in Kalos when a particularly "playful" Obscuric being decides to swap Mezzo and Eskay's minds. This ends up causing a small amount of chaos, especially when the fix turns out to be a kiss.
    • Deziree, Psyche, and Pentigan end up switching bodies for a brief period during the Fiore portion of Ranger-2.
  • Free-Range Children: Pretty much all of the characters that are or were minors starting out would count as this as they travel without adult supervision. Bonus points go to Amber and Remy for not even being in the double digits when they started.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: During the finale of the Orre arc, Tagg finds himself having to choose between killing Tokarev, or rescuing DS, who is in danger of falling to her death into a pool of lava. He chooses to save DS, in the process realizing how much his desire for revenge against Cipher had consumed him as he actually had to think about whether to save one of his closest friends or not.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • Generic Announcer Guy ends up being shortened to GAG, Mysterious Old Man is shortened to MOM, and "The Minigame Idiot" becomes "TMI".
    • The Pokédex - Extended Fanon Edition also gets three or four (b)ackronyms during their cameo, such as PEFE Eclectic Fighting Exhibition, which is also a Recursive Acronym.
    • PEFeDOS: PEFE Division of Observation and Sanitization.
  • Geek: Due to the demographics of the playerbase, most of the J-Team is comprised of geeks and nerds of all kinds.
  • Gender Bender:
    • This happens far more often than it needs to inside Twist Mountain. Wolf and Pentigan still suffer from this after leaving the mountain for a few days before eventually being returned to normal.
    • Pentigan's amulet has this function. At one point during the OI arc, he ended up accidentally losing it and leaving himself, Anom, and Fool stuck as the opposite genders.
  • Gender Is No Object: Males and females are treated exactly the same IRP, save for Lanius' misogynistic forces in the AU arc.
  • Genre Roulette: Themes can change from arc to arc. Compare the Darker and Edgier AU with the OI arc directly after it for example.
  • Gentle Giant: Many large and imposing Pokémon are like this.
  • God-Mode Sue: invoked Einroth is an in-universe parody of such characters, being based on Jeffiroth from the Kingdom Hearts fanfic Those Lacking Spines.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: Tangent and Tagg's Xatu manage to gather a large amount of peoplemons that the J-Team has helped in order to help prevent Cipher from taking Gateon Port during the climax of the Orre arc as the rest of the J-Team assaults their base on Citadark Isle.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: We don't see Tagg murdering dozens of Cipher Peons as a threat toward the Admins of Cipher and as revenge for what the organization did to him about six years before the start of the RP during the Orre arc plus what they did during the arc, but we do see its aftermath.
  • Gossip Evolution:
    • Happens when the wild Pokémon around the Orange Islands talk about Algira after she becomes a wanted mon for eating some of the bug Pokémon on the islands. Algira goes from just another predator to a monstrous demon hellbent on devouring every Bug Pokemon on the islands.
    • Happens again when Latias begins searching for Pentigan's lost Gender Bender amulet so he, Anom and Fool can be returned to normal. This eventually leads to the wild Pokémon searching for a nonexistent Soul Dew because they think Latias will reward them with a lifetime's supply of Oran Berries if they can help her find it.
  • Greater-Scope Villain:
    • Cipher serves as one for the entire RP in general, often acting through proxies instead of fighting the J-Team directly, having a hand in the backstories of several characters, and even creating 'M which antagonized the J-Team during the Unova arc. For Orre, they end up becoming the Big Bad of the arc.
    • OLD MAN's nemesis, the Magikarp Salesman, a powerful demon who doesn't really concern himself with the J-Team's antics at all.
    • The Seven Jerk Dragons serve as this for the PMD-R arc. While they don't make a direct appearance, due to being killed in the counter rebellion, their actions are directly responsible for the state of PMD-B when J-Team members visit it.
  • Grim Up North:
    • AU Sinnoh, post-Distortion is a hellspace populated mostly by beings that managed to escape the Distortion World due to Giratina's capture by Cyrus and Primal Dialga.
    • Even in the OU, the Sinnoh North is a cold and foreboding place.
    • Tagg and the others end up traveling even farther north in order to defeat Annoski at the Cathedral, traversing a forest filled with non-Vow compliant mons.
    • Nixtorm and Spectra are two of the northernmost countries in Ransei, and the homes of the main antagonists, Wolf's ancestor Yusei and the Ghost Lord respectively.
  • Groin Attack:
    • One of many things the Seismitoad jailer inflicts upon Anom. Not played for laughs, obviously.
    • Jay did this to Eskay while trying to escape from the group.
    • Lyuri does this to Vrang as retribution for him ordering his Pokémon to use Thunder Wave on her, Sakura helped and Des approved.
    • In another example that is not played for laughs, Odin does this to Ren with a cattle prod during an interrogation.
    • This happens to Milagros twice. The first time when he lands on a branch while leaving Ersatz, the second time when he doesn't turn around in an alleyway and takes a fence to the groin.
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    H-I 
  • Half-Human Hybrid:
    • Anyone who manages to transform into a Pokemon has their DNA slightly changed to become part Pokémon once they turn back, which is how they retain the ability to understand them. It has not been directly confirmed but it is likely the same for any Pokémon that transforms into a human.
    • April Fools 2013 had this happen to Sakura and Lyuri, mirroring the Pokémon RéBURST transformations, they became an Arcanine and a Lucario, respectively.
    • The Scythermen, human/Scyther hybrids created by Pokefutures as supersoldiers. Initially surviving as an animalistic population beneath PEFE HQ, they gradually grew more intelligent and civilized.
  • Halloween Episode: It begins here as several trainers are invited to New Island's Castle for a party. Weird stuff begins to happen when Basket (Tangent's Tropius) unleashes a metaphysical agent that turns anyone in contact into a Charizard ’M and gives them instant mental messaging. Chaos ensues as the hivemind compels the infectees to spread the virus by force. Random highlights include:
    • Anom and others pranking Gym Leaders with a Reality Warping phone.
    • Aqua the Vaporeon being sad that she is no longer a Water-type Pokémon.
    • Ori and Pentigan battling over the sprinkler system to spread either more virus or a cure.
    • Woolly going into a sort of Caffeine Bullet Time to defeat some Charizards.
    • Tangent and Silent using their new forms for scientific testing.
    • Gyru, a mechanical Pokémon with a robotic superiority complex, is turned thus becoming an organic, "inferior" being (to add salt to the wound, it has to eat to be cured).
  • Hard Light: Moves like Reflect and Barrier can be made to work like this. Sol uses them to redirect light, reroute fluids and attacks, and shelter Trainers during battle. Auric constructs work in a similar manner.
  • Harmless Freezing:
    • This trope is in effect most of the time, DS lampshades it several times.
    • Subverted when Ghetsis orders Kyurem to freeze everyone to death.
    • Also subverted when Jane gets frozen. She gets melted out, but she ends up with a cold.
  • Have You Seen My God?:
    • Arceus temporarily resigns from his position after the 'M ordeal. OLD MAN and Weedle Prime are put in charge for the interim.
    • In the alternate timeline, the Nidoran colony not registering sighting of their god, Ho-Oh, for a long time is one of the reasons behind Inka convincing Silent to militarize the colony.
  • Head Pet:
    • Sunny the Umbreon makes a nice hat. And he can block mind-reading too!
    • Turns into a Running Gag with Silent's mons as most of them have traded the position or openly fought over it.
    • Annie, Diane's Taillow companion, will only touch the actual ground if she's unconscious; otherwise, her chosen nest is the nearest person's hair.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power:
    • Hearts of Gold have super empathy, a Compelling Voice, and the ability to use an Emotion Bomb.
    • Magic Guard renders Selene the Clefable immune to poison darts.
    • Safeguard can guard against toxic gases and temperature extremes as well as status moves.
    • The often overlooked move Round was used at Tagg's Vanilluxe's suggestion to disorient a Soulless T-Rex in AU!Sinnoh.
  • Heroic BSoD: Several characters have gone through this in the past.
  • Hero Insurance: Averted, the trainers end up getting banned from a number of Hoennese hotels due to their destructive antics, or to be more exact, their Pokemon's antics.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: During the final battle against 'M, Anom (who had his DNA become unstable after the events at Twist Mountain) tricks 'M into absorbing him, which destroys 'M's anti-legendary shield and allows the legendary Pokémon to join the battle and finish off 'M once and for all. Anom ends up Deader Than Dead, until the legendary Pokémon figured out how to bring him back after a week, albeit with no memory of what happened after getting absorbed.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity:
    • The legendaries accidentally destroying the Sky Fortress doesn't sit well with its wild Pokémon population, who end up getting relocated to the Johto Safari Zone.
    • The main group gets this so badly at one point for damages caused by their mons that Pokepan hotels start denying them service, starting with Hoenn.
  • Humanlike Animal Aging: Zigzagged, while most species of Pokémon can live at least as long as humans, and others live shorter or even longer lives (With ghosts and inorganic mons being immune to death by old age), Pokémon generally physically and mentally mature at an accelerated rate compared to humans.
  • Humanity Ensues:
    • Audilith was turned human as a result of the Glitch Area in Twist Mountain. She was not very fond of it, deciding she'd rather not be human again.
    • A common thing to happen to Pokemon on April Fools Day.
    • Also the result of any Pokemon attaching a Human -> Pokemon armband to their body or being infected with a reverse weremon curse.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The Magikarp Salesman, who's actually a powerful demon and the Arch-Enemy of OLD MAN.
  • Identical Stranger: Wolf and N look almost exactly alike. When they briefly meet in Almia, Wolf doesn't notice the resemblance at first, and gets a bit creeped out by it once it's pointed out.
  • I Have Many Names:
    • Missingno, also known as The Cinnabar Anomaly, The Anomaly, He Who Must Not Be Numbered, It, The Unnumbered One.
    • AU!Alduin, the World Eater, Kingsbane, and God of Destruction, much like his namesake.
    • Lugia, also known as the Great Dragon, the Guardian of the Sea, the Leviathan, Singer in Darkness, He of the Silver Wings, Soulstorm, the Fulcrum, the White Wanderer, the Living Moonlight, the Prince of the Sea, and The Titan of the Abyss.
    • Dialga, also known as the Archwyrm, the Chronosaur, Father Time, King over the Mountain, Master of the Fates, Doom, and Lord of Time.
    • Palkia, also known as Epoch, the Spatiosaur, Mother Earth, Queen Regnant of the Eyes, Maîtresse sur les routes, and Birth.
    • Arceus, referred to as the Alpha and the Many Armed One, among other names.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Attempted several times, but the only time it actually worked was during the battle against Kyurem.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Mezzo challenges A to kill a Patrat during the AU arc. A refuses to go through with it.
  • Imagine Spot:
    • Hilariously used when Every is going to take the Jade Orb from Team Glacier and he ponders about handing it over to trustable people, like (Nihilistic!)Tagg or (Punisher!)DS.
    • Another had by Lucius after Crow asks him if his Fighting-types would be up for helping Gogie get over his fear of them.
    • Another had by Crow during the Orre Arc, imagining that Titan Heel Face Turns and fixes a lot of problems the J-Team is going through, including Lucius' father issues.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: Zizagged. While most of the time the latter doesn't happen, children can get seriously hurt and in some cases have even died IRP, primarily in the AU, but by no means limited to it. Examples include:
    • Forte ends up getting his arm broken by an Armortomb and in the AU is killed by a Bisharp.
    • Fortis dies in the AU and gets reincarnated as a Drifloon.
    • When Kat and Rising Star visit the Route 9 Tribe's graveyard, the grave of a young Cubone can be seen.
    • Tagg offhandedly mentions that the mortality rate for young Cubone on Quest Island is extremely high.
    • Lanius' forces strings up children on crosses as well during the Battle of Cellafron.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Jane tries using her Gallade as a melee weapon at one point. Also, during a flashback to DS' journey through Sinnoh, she uses a hair dryer to knock a member of Team Galactic unconscious when he decides to just block her way and refuse to battle her during her assault of Team Galactic's Veilstone HQ.
  • Impromptu Tracheotomy: One of the Mincinno in Rommel's invasion force during the AU arc gets stabbed through the neck by Vinollo the Nidorino during the Battle of Goldenrod.
  • Incurable Cough of Death:
    • Teresa and Jacob, after the latter was hit by a wild Pokémon's Toxic. He does end up getting cured though.
    • AU!Tagg has one of these in the PMD-B timeline during his last recording, which likely influenced his decision to entomb himself in his vault with the Adamant Orb.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: The events of Twist Mountain are mostly just a series of mind screws, but it does set up a few plot points. Including one that ends up being the key to taking down 'M's anti-legendary shield.
  • Interactive Narrator: Several of the RPers seem to have these. This becomes more evident in the more meta arcs.
  • Interdimensional Travel Device: The Griseous Orb has this power, either by itself, or in tandem with the Cubone's Time Tunnels and/or the other Orbs for more fine tuned travel.
  • Intangible Theft: During the OI arc Swindle the Emolga manages to steal the psychological manifestation of Tagg's cynicism from his own mindscape, allowing Nihilist!Tagg to go on a rampage until said aspect is returned.
  • Intergenerational Friendship:
    • Meddler (13) and Wolf (21).
    • Fortis (11) and Skyla (Likely somewhere in her 20s)
    • Dune (21) and Ren (30). Des (22) as well. Really any of Ren's closer friends.
  • Internal Reveal: Umbra being the Ghost Lord is this for other characters, but especially Ammy.
  • In-Series Nickname: The group of trainers eventually ends up being called "The J-Team" by fans that they've amassed due to Jane seeming like the leader to outsiders, even if it lacks a true leader past someone who rallies the group together when they're raiding a base.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • The word house is always pot holed to make it look blue while in the Glitch Building. Nobody knows why.
    • Sol, much to her chagrin, sometimes has to remind people she's a psychic cat Pokémon.
    • Finn the Garchomp insists that people call him a mole when they call him a dragon.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Three times with Gogie, first when he found Akim'bleer's egg, second when Chirin wanted to be trained by him, and third, when Morrigan wanted him to be Dawg's sort-of-father.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Luke and Reshiram. It doesn't work at first, but they change their minds quickly and end up together anyway. Which is later countered with Jane and Zekrom. Until they break up once the two Tao Dragons recognize their feelings for one another.
    • Algira, Silent's Masquerain, having a crush on Tagg, much to his chagrin. She falls for Helios, Tagg's Volcarona, when she gets over him, though it's downplayed in that they do share Egg Groups.
    • Implied for Clover and Glaze (Kim's Lopunny and Minun).
    • Sierra and Vyvyan, after Vyvyan's transformation into a Rayquaza. At least he does get to keep one of the Pokémon-to-human armbands so he can turn back and forth between his Rayquaza and human forms as he wishes.
    • Umbra with Ammy, a Volcarona who uses an armband to remain in human form most of the time.
    • Lyuri and Duke, a Lucario, in a similar fashion to Umbra and Ammy above.
    • Kisune and Ren. With Kitsune, a larger than average Ninetales, being in love with Ren. Ren reciprocates her feelings when she wears the Borked Armband for a couple of days.
    • Seth, a Scizor, and Regina, a Gardevoir, who are also Friendly Rivals.
    • Pentigan and Amaterasu, a human and a Ninetales, although the latter tends to be human when around Pentigan unless the situation demands otherwise.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: Some of the more Laconic explanations of the arcs can get... weird.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Just ask Maekrite. Got Volunteered to attach to a Trainer despite his mother raising him for having a full, wild life? Check. Having to leave behind his mate before they had the chance to share a breeding season? Check. Can return home for a visit once every six months if he's lucky? Check. Can barely see her during those visits? Check. Having to take up the same mantle in an alternate timeline despite extensive Screening Of The Call? Check. Sanctioned by Ho-Oh to do the same things only more so - and essentially for life? Check.
  • I Will Find You: Wolf and DS make a promise to find each other just before Dialga alters the timeline.

    J-L 
  • Jerkass: Some of the Pokémon are total jerks. Examples of which include:
    • Courtney, Tracer's Unfezant, who tends to be a mostly unpleasant individual.
    • Fade, Every's former Drifblim, who gets pleasure out of mean-spirited pranks in order to feed.
    • Gyru, Every's former Bronzong, who happens to be an inorganic supremacist on top of that.
    • Zack, Lyuri's Floatzel, constantly bullying Riku, even talking about the cave-in he accidentally did out loud when he was asked about it, and just being a Jerkass in general, he does get some payback from his antics sometimes though, he has shown to have a Hidden Heart of Gold or close to it when he helped Riku out of his short BSOD after a car crash, but is still a prick most of the time.
    • Luana's Marowak, who once called Limna (A Blaziken/Feraligatr chimera) a freak among other actions.
    • Eon, one of the Seven Jerk Dragons, definitely earns the title by being a arrogant, racist tool.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: The basis of the entire mindscape miniarc, which involved a good portion of the group exploring eachother's mental worlds after Crewe is revealed to be a Sneasel transfigured into a human by a Mew.
  • Jungle Princess: Fool was raised in Pinwheel Forest by Simipour.
  • Just a Kid: Often levied at our heroes from both friend and foe, even though a number of them happen to be adults. This stops happening as the J-Team's victories mount and people are forced to take them seriously.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks:
    • At the end of the Unova arc, Anom is entrusted with a Manaphy egg by Cynthia, and has to make sure it safely makes it back to Oblivia. Anom is strictly told not to tell anyone. However, this trope doesn't come into play until the Oblivia arc when Anom ends up being Heart Swapped with Wolf, and the Pokémon Pinchers capture and escape with the Manaphy, leaving Anom and Wolf stuck in each other's bodies.
    • They initially try to keep it a secret and pretend to be each other, but things get complicated fast. Eventually, the tension within the group gets so bad, the secret gets shattered.
  • Kill 'Em All:
    • Dialga getting mad and destroying an entire Team Rocket base to a man.
    • Helios vs Lanius' Praetorian Guard. He immolates them all with Heat Shield.
    • Tagg wipes out an entire convoy of Cipher Peons during the Orre Arc as a message. However, the consequences of that choice end up following him and the rest of the J-Team for years afterwards as it convinces Echo to go through with her plans to try turning humans and mons into one species, and later on Lucius' murder by Abel and a former Cipher Peon whose friend was among those Tagg killed.
  • Language Drift: In PMD-B, quite a few names for places end up suffering from language drift, such as Goldenrod getting corrupted into "Golrod".
  • Language of Magic:
    • The Unown warp reality by spelling out words with their bodies.
    • The Thu'um works through saying Words of Power in order to warp reality.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Both Jane and Luke are afflicted by this in the PMD arc. Luckily, Gamer and Tagg know how to fix it.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: There might as well not even be one with the amount of examples exhibited within the RP.
  • Left Hanging: The PMD-R arc abruptly ended by leaking into Kanjoh-2 due to most of the playerbase losing motivation, though there have been attempts to properly fill the gaps.
  • Left the Background Music On: Tagg's iPhokex is alive and plays various tracks, expanding from just the Pokémon games to encompass just about everything. It has even become a plot point at times.
    • Whenever Colton's author links to music in his posts, Colton's headphones begin to play the music he linked to.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: Tagg's Xatu can dispatch opponents by simply teleporting them high up and not bringing them back, letting gravity do the rest.
  • Ley Line: The Aura Nexuses are connected by lines crisscrossing the planet beneath the ground.
  • Libation for the Dead: On Father's Day during the Hoenn-2 arc, Jason visits his father's grave in Fall City, Fiore and pours a sour bourbon mix on and around the tombstone after taking a swig himself.
  • Life Meter:
    • Appears whenever Pallad appears in battle, as a sort of signature to his appearance.
    • The Sectopod, a giant spider-like robot made by Zrone, also has its own life meter rather than the prose generally used to describe health.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Anom and Jane have this relationship.
  • Living Lie Detector: Aurics and other types of empath are capable of telling when someone's lying to them by sensing their emotions.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The RP has about 30 primary PCs, not counting secondary PCs, their mons (Both primary and secondary), or the NPCs.
  • Long-Lived:
    • Dragon types are often capable of making at least a century.
    • Volcarona can live for at least a millennium.
  • Love Triangle:
    • Between Umbra, Ammy, and Lina. Umbra ultimately ends up with Ammy.
    • Between Crewe, Straw, and Jab. Crewe chooses Straw.
    • Between Carol, Sam and Herbert as well. Sam bows out and hooks up with Tesse.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: And Virizion sees Keldeo as her son. This is understandable.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Cresselia is Darkrai's daughter... or at least she claimed to be. Seeing as a book in a library in the Dream World refers to Darkrai as Cresselia's brother, this may not be true.

    M-O 
  • Magical Computer: Super Nerd's Hoodie Computer is this, as it seems to be able to do anything within the laws of cyberspace.
  • Magitek: While not outright stated, the armbands are implied to be from an unknown ancient civilization.
  • May the Farce Be with You: While the Glitchsuck Wars miniarc also has Homestuck elements, the meat of the plot is based on that of The Force Awakens.
  • Mayfly–December Friendship: Tagg (Normal human lifespan) and Umbra (immortal), and pretty much all of Umbra's human friends for that matter save for Lina who's also immortal.
  • Meaningful Echo: When Chase as a Pidove rescues Artemis from a Scolipede, he comments: "She may be a jerk, but she's still my team mate!" Later on, after both have evolved and Chase Took a Level in Jerkass, Artemis ends up saving him from a Beartic. Afterwards she comments "You may have been a jerk, but you're still my team mate."
  • Mega-Corp:
    • The PEFE (the Fanon Pokédex organization) appears to be like this, Type 2 ("smaller, centralized [...] in something... dangerous"). Whether they are benign or not is to debate, considering its superiors hijack fangirls in a container to use them in experiments with Shinx. Then again those being fangirls, make of that what you will. This was due to the fact that they ended up taking over the assets of an actual Mega Corp, Pokefutures, Inc.
    • The Angela region is apparently run by large corporations, Pokefutures formely being one of them.
  • Mêlée à Trois:
    • The climax of the AU ends up being the Resistance vs Scolemis vs Napoleon's forces.
    • In Almer it ends up being Teams Taxonomy and Earthbound vs Emperor!Archeops forces vs his assassins. (The issue being complicated because the Emperor had swapped minds with Tracer.)
    • Conquest deals with Illusio and allies vs Nixtorm vs Spectra.
    • In the early Recovery Saga it's the Illusion Project vs Team Neo-Galactic vs the J-Team, while afterwards it's Neo-Illusion vs Neo-Flare vs the J-Team.
  • Mental World: The various mindscapes that the trainers visit inside the mindscape miniarc.
  • Militaries Are Useless:
    • In the AU the Pokepanese military in Kanto more or less held in Vermilion and let Lanius' forces run roughshod over Celadon and Saffron after they attacked, though this changed once Lt. Surge came back and rallied them into fighting back.
    • They also proved mostly useless in the initial portion of the RtAU arc, though this was because the dragons were using Lost Technology they were ill prepared for, and monification created mass chaos. After that, however, quite a few ended up making the backbone of guerrilla movements.
  • Mind Rape: In WAAPT it's mainly of the psychic assault variety, with the result of an unrestrained assault being brain death.
  • Mind Screw:
  • Mode Lock:
    • If an armbanded human is caught while in Pokémon form, the Vow takes precedence and the human is forced to stay as a mon unless they're released. (The armband can be taken off, but they won't shift back to their original form.) However, putting on a Pokémon to human armband can work around that restriction.
    • The mon bombs used by the Seven Jerk Dragons work under similar principles, including the Pokémon to human armband loophole.
  • Monster of the Week:
    • Fool getting possessed by evil somehow.
    • The giant tortilla monster that everyone in Dewford ended up fighting.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Tagg's adventures during the OI arc had elements of this as he was doing a lighthearted Super Mario Sunshine themed adventure while dealing with the aftermath of his actions during the AU arc.
    • Umbra's dream where he's a pimp and Ammy and Lina are two of his "workers" is Played for Laughs before it turns into a nightmare where Duolis shows up and reams him for first pimping them out, and then for his past as the Ghost Lord of Spectra.
  • Multinational Team:
    • There is at least one person from every main series region to date inside the group, save for Anom, Daisy, and Kim, who were born in Oblivia, Orre, and Almia respectively. Other exceptions include Umbra who was born on Shadedrake Island off Hoenn, and Lina who was born in Dragnor, Ransei.
    • Silent's research wing at Goldenrod, at least, appears to employ interns of varied lands.
  • The Multiverse: Besides the world our heroes inhabit, the universe of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, and the alternate universe created by Cyrus, there exists:
    • The Other!Universe, a Lighter and Softer version of WAAPT.
    • PMD-B, a branch of the AU 600 years in the future where the dragons rebelled and most of humanity ended up being transformed into Pokemon.
    • The real world is mentioned by Palkia at one point.
    • Various universes based on different videogames, either with or without the presence of Pokemon. Robin hails from one of the latter type resembling Fire Emblem Awakening, though he is technically from the equivalent of the game's Bad End timeline.
    • One universe where the weather is like that of Westeros.
    • A universe where increased oxygen levels created Kaiju-sized seafaring Pokemon.
    • The universe where Canon!Rex hails from, which is most likely more closely based on the canon events of the main series Pokemon games.
  • Mundanger:
    • Team Skyclaw goes to solve the mystery of some disappearing mons in PMD-A, only to find out that the reason is not some monster, and certainly not the seemingly obvious culprits of a Gulpin and Swalot family they meet, but some rogue mons.
    • Also within PMD-A, DS nearly gets killed after discovering a fake rescue team that was going around eating "civilized" mons, basically making them the equivalent of cannibalistic serial killers.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • The Adamant Orb in this continuity grants time control powers on top of its canon abilities of powering up and summoning Dialga. What does Tagg tend to most often use it for? Getting a full night's sleep in only a few minutes by exploiting its Year Inside, Hour Outside time dilation effect, as well as getting rid of jet lag by resetting his circadian rhythm.
    • The usage of the Hammerspace backpacks as tents and sleeping bags due to their infinite volume.
    • Pianis uses Sparkplug the Frost Rotom as a refrigerator.
    • During a party for the proto J-Team in Unova, Heatran's back is used as a grill.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: Everyone's reaction to having memories from both timelines in the AU arc.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Pentigan's original Trainer Title, MYSTERYMAN, was the title of Eusine in Crystal.
    • When deciding a name for their Exploration Team, Crochet mentions both Team Go-Getters and Team Poképals from the PMD anime specials.
  • Nature Is Not Nice:
    • Discussed by Tagg and Fool when they share their mutual experiences as a field researcher and someone who was Raised By Animals and is often invoked in both of their thoughts about the subject.
    • When Helios rescues Algira in the alternate timeline, by knocking the Swellow hunting her and her friends into a lake, they chatter happily while the Swellow is suggested to be being eaten in the background. Helios invokes the trope by name.
    • Kirk learns this firsthand when he ends up in Kalos and gets his meal stolen by a Hydreigon, who mocks him about being a weak "pet" unfit for wild life.
  • Neglectful Precursors: Multiple:
    • Hundreds of millenia before the rise of humanity, the dominant species were the Metagross and Alakazam, who created rival civilizations. Following their activation of the Mt. Pyre supervolcano, which the weather trio sacrificed their lives to prevent from fully erupting, the legendaries wiped both civilizations from the face of the earth for their arrogance. Many artifacts and ruins still remain, and Chrome and Grodus, Lina and Nico's Metagross, happen to be survivors of the original Metagross civilization.
    • The Celestials and the Moon Tribe, twin Latii civilizations based on those of the same names from Ōkami. The latter were wiped out by Muninn and Huginn as revenge for being punished for their creation of the Demon Mutagen, the former by Yami and Orochi in an attempt to obtain the Lunar Pendant. At least the Moon Tribe has some of its technology lying around.
    • The Shadowlanders, who existed concurrently with the Metagross as small-name rivals until an attack on the latter where Slateport now stands led to the defeat of their leader and subsequent dissolution, though a few remnants still stuck around.
  • New Eden: During the course of Team Earthbound, Nova, and other's adventures in PMD-B, they find that many of the old cities have gotten a new coating of green. Azalea for instance was completely swallowed by Ilex Forest.
  • The New '10s: WAAPT was created in 2011 meta-wise, and in-universe the WAAPTverse uses the same calendar as the real world, so its story began on 2011 as well, which is shown through its references to things popular at the time such as Homestuck and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween:
    • Ammy (Nice), Herbert (Mean), Tagg (Inbetween)
    • Sakura (Nice), Lyuri (Mean), Hikari (Inbetween)
    • Zeal is a one man example with him representing nice, Red Eyes mean, and Zach the inbetween.
    • Colton's Lucario is another one-man example, with his [[Split Personality|split personalities]] of Sean, D.C. and Lucario respectively being Nice, Mean and In Between.
  • No Blood Ties: The Druddigon of Dragonspiral Tower and Leavanny of Pinwheel Forest raise their hatchlings communally in creches. As a result most of them never know who their parents are.
  • No Fourth Wall: WAAPT has so many examples of humans and Pokémon breaking the fourth wall that it's considered a power, and the authors have joked that the RP's fourth wall is more akin to a fourth wall curtain.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown:
    • Tagg nearly does this to two Cipher Peons in Almia before the police pull him off them.
    • Fool ends up beating a poacher to death this way during the OI Arc, which Tagg basically allows due to his own hatred of poachers and Mezzo being horrified.
    • Psyche in her backstory ended up getting mauled by Scrafty so badly that she was rendered mute, deaf in one ear, and was forced to wear a leg brace.
    • Diane ends up beating Vedfolnir (A cyborg Staraptor) to a virtual pulp with a Close Combat.
    • In their final confrontation in the Orre arc, Odin beats Chrome so hard with his Powered Armor that the latter's Metagros armor plating actually cracks.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Averted, the human and Pokémon characters alike have aged throughout the course of the RP due to it being done in semi-real time, with birthdays being acknowledged and characters changing as they age.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • DS unknowingly makes a few comments that inspired the Impossible Thief Emolga to steal Tagg's cynical side. As a result, Nihilist!Tagg was unleashed, and some of the trainers had to fight for their lives while DS went off to find the Emolga and get Tagg's cynical side back so he could be returned to normal.
    • Tagg ends up starting the Keystone arc by taking Annoski's Keystone to the spot it needs to be for him to revive, on top of it having fed on his emotions for the past several mons.
    • During PMD-B Tagg's group allowing the last two Super Mutants to get away instead of killing or capturing them dooms Necropolis by having the Master send his army to destroy the place in reprisal.
  • Nightmare Sequence:
    • Fool goes through a rather freaky one during the AU Arc in which she sees herself (The one she identifies as "Sol") using the corpses of Pokemon that she murdered as marionette puppets. A Shout-Out to a very similar scene in Felidae.
    • Happens to Sakura not too long after her debut, she mentions that it happens frequently, but they stopped once she found Lyuri.
    • Straw goes through these at least somewhat often, such as being stabbed by Jab and dreaming Crewe died and he was only finding this out when he was married to Elise.
    • Tagg has one following the Orre arc after drinking himself unconscious at Kat's wedding where Tokarev shows up to mock him for his failures.
    • Sarah has had frequent nightmares since her trauma in Holon, but a particularly interesting variation occurs when she experiences Sakura and Blitz's trip into her Mindscape through the eyes of the aspect that is actively trying to kill them.
    • Robin has one where he recalls a memory from his time as Grima of him devouring Tiki alive.
  • No Dead Body Poops: Averted in the case of a hunted Rapidash which does indeed poop upon death, and is actually discussed at an earlier point.
  • Not Quite Back to Normal:
    • After returning to their human forms after defeating Missingno, the trainers discover they still have the ability to understand Pokémon speech.
    • Some of them do it intentionally by using the armbands just because of said ability, invoking the trope.
    • Lyuri still has the ability to use Aura after being turned into a Lucario hybrid, despite being turned back to normal, and before her, Kim and Lily after being turned into a Riolu and Mienfoo respectively.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: The AU arc caused some radical changes in the RP both in-universe and in the meta, to the point that it's referred to as the Upheaval Saga.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: You'd think that two Go-Rock Squad Admins would be easy for our heroes to defeat. You thought wrong. The two of them gave our heroes quite a run for their money before Casval and Pentigan's actions helped turn the tide by temporarily fixing Gordor's pipe organ Power Styler and breaking their control over their hordes of Tyranitar and Metagross, as well as their secondary instruments getting stolen by Librarian's Hitmonchan.
  • Offscreen Teleportation:
    • The group fly off to Sandgem town to ask Professor Rowan some questions, but after the others have already left, Daisy remembers that she doesn't have a flying Pokemon with her. When the others arrive at the lab, Daisy suddenly shows up with no explaination of how she got there. No one seems to notice.
    • Frequently happens when a character is inactive thanks to the player being busy or something along these lines.
  • Oh Crap, There Are Fanfics of Us!: It happened first around the GC Arc when the J-Team found out about the fanbase they'd amassed due to slaying Missingno and 'M, and it still happens occasionally when newer members learn about the fanbase.
  • Oh My Gods!: "Oh Arceus" is a common exclamation.
  • One Nation Under Copyright: The Angela region is more or less ruled by corporations.
  • One-Winged Angel:
    • Pretty much every evil aspect faced by the J-Team during the mindscape miniarc has one or more of these.
    • Penumbra, an Obscura monstrosity resembling a hybrid of Giratina, Black Kyurem, and Dark Hide is this for the Ghost Lord and to a lesser extent Umbra in general, though other entities have replicated it.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: About 80% of the cast goes by a nickname of some sort, either due to personal preference or to protect their identities.
  • Our Mages Are Different: Aurics in the RP have aspects of:
    • Artists: Being a skilled Auric is often determined by the creativity of the user.
    • Athletes: Their powers improve through training.
    • Mutants: Kim and Lily got their powers via being transformed by human to Pokémon armbands
    • Race: Their powers have a genetic basis.
  • Out, Damned Spot!:
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