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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Quite a lot. As the Pokemon usually do not talk, and a number of them never really established a gender, interpretation can run pretty wild here. Usually Played for Laughs though.
    • One of the most notable in the series is Squirtle being a Kamina Expy, considering that Squirtle predates Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann by about a decade (and had Kamina's sunglasses first).
  • Broken Base:
  • Better Than Canon: Justified by the fact that Ash and co. are essentially redoing canon. Another reason is because Saph is consistent with his characterization and strong on continuity, unlike the writers of the anime, for example referencing that Ash has had birthdays.
  • Growing the Beard: Many agree the series quality went up following the hiatus period before Movie 2.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Since the fic was started before Generation VI, it originally lacked Fairy-types and Mega Evolution, and the author Retconned those elements into the story with a Time Crash, making it so that they always existed. Afterwards, The Game Theorists made a video, "The Pokémon Multiverse Explains Everything", which postulates that the games with Mega Evolution are actually in a different universe than the ones without it.
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    • The sudden influx of years of data causes Dexter to upgrade into a Porygon, able to, among other things, translate for humans that can't understand Pokémon. Cue the introduction of the Rotom Dex in Pokémon Sun and Moon.
      • Even better, the possibility of a Rotom possessing a Pokédex was brought up in Chapter 151, about six months before the reveal trailer.
    • Alolan Raichu are part Psychic type. Sound familiar, Sparky?
    • With the concept of Z-Moves, along with Gigavolt Havoc being heavily associated with Pikachu in particular, it's funny to think that Volt Crash, in a sense, is now canon.
      • And it goes even further than that! Ash and Pikachu invent a powerful, never-before-seen electric move. Here, it's Volt Crash. In canon, it's their one-of-a-kind Z-Move, 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt.
      • It happens again in Pokémon Sword and Shield, where Gigantamax Pikachu's special G-Max move is named Volt Crash.
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    • More minor, but the character Simon from Johto who can understand Pokemon explains that he doesn't understand exactly what they say, but can sense what they mean. Several months later, Ash's gym battle with Valerie aired, and he gives the exact same explanation for how well he understands his Pokemon.
    • Brock and Misty's usage of Mega Stones for Steelix and Gyarados, respectively, in fic becomes this with their return in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon, in which the two do in fact Mega Evolve.
    • Ash getting strong enough to seriously fight the Elite Four and Champion on equal footing. At the time the story started, this seemed an impossibility in canon, thanks to his portrayal in Unova. Then Kalos and Alola came along, and this fic's portrayal of Ash's competence suddenly wasn't that far off.
    • In this fic, Ash catches Keldeo, a Mythical Pokémon, as a temporary team member. This, again, is something that seemed absolutely impossible in canon... Until Ash catches Meltan, a Mythical Pokémon, as part of his team for Sun and Moon.
    • Ash winning a Pokemon League was a big deal when it was done here. After he did it in the real show, his win here isn't as important in retrospect.
    • Team Rocket having a significant interaction with a Cubone. In Ashes, they took one in in an early chapter around Lavender Town. Then, years later, along comes Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu! and Let's Go Eevee!, where Jessie and James capture a Cubone in Lavender Town (although not as positively).
    • Ash getting a Riolu by hatching its egg with his aura. Here, he's reminding the Riolu he met in Sinnoh, which causes him to hatch immediately. In canon, Riolu senses Ash's aura while still in its egg, and quickly hatches after Nurse Joy entrusts the egg to Ash after seeing it react to him.
    • Throughout the story, Ash has come into ownership of multiple legendary Pokémon, though he lets them go off to do their duties while still having their Pokéball to call on them for emergencies. Come Journeys episode 53, and Goh has now found himself in the same situation with having caught a legendary, but letting them roam free. Bonus points for Goh’s catch being a Suicune, which is one of the legends on Ash’s team.
  • Shocking Moments: The appearance of the original timeline's Team Galactic caught many people by surprise.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Whitney's Miltank is quite hated by those who played the second generation games and their remakes due to how difficult it is to defeat. Then, in his gym battle with Whitney, Ash humiliates it when his Muk fires Thunderbolt, Flamethrower, Shadow Ball, Rock Tomb, Shock Wave, Fire Blast, Focus Blast, Secret Power, Dark Pulse, Sludge Bomb, Giga Drain, Hyper Beam, Ice Punch, Hidden Power, Double Team, Round, Payback, Rain Dance, Sunny Day and Toxic at the same time, and later Raikou inflicts it a One-Hit KO with a creative use of Nuzzle... That is, the weakest damage-dealing Electric-type move. Though it is a Legendary using it, so "Weak" is still probably more than most 'mons can handle.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • One at the very beginning: when Ash had a Riolu egg delivered to him, he never expected it to be the Riolu he had saved from Hunter J all the way in Sinnoh in the original timeline.
    • In the episode "The Little Big Horn", Brock helps a wild baby Stantler. The fanfic's adaptation has that Stantler join Brock due to the different circumstances (no Team Rocket, Togekiss consoling the Stantler, etc). He is just the first of several Pokémon of the Day that join the main cast.
    • Another one shows up in the Silver Conference where the bug samurai that Ash curb-stomped in Viridian Forest shows up as one of Ash's opponents and he shows Ash just how much he's improved...
    • If you thought the bug samurai was already an unexpected character, he merely pales in comparison to Steve (Third Fang) and his roster who are Pokémonified Oogakari!
    • James has a Moltres now. What.
    • The trade between Ash and Gary results in Ash getting the Goomy he met in the XY anime, but whom he never encountered in this timeline.
    • May's Glaceon shows up in mid-Hoenn as the egg of Drew's Leafeon.
    • Of all the Pokémon that could join TR's cell, impressed with her Contest skill, Wallace gifts Jessie a Pikachu. But not just any Pikachu; she's a cosplayer!
    • Just after the Battle Factory, Lugia shows up with Manaphy's egg.
    • Dawn's Buneary shows up when Ash and the gang are in the Battle Frontier. And then her Pachirisu follows soon after. And then all the rest of them.
    • Philena eventually catches a Rockruff for Brock. It then turns out to be a Zorua in disguise. Though Brock does get an actual Rockruff later.
    • The titular Giratina from Giratina and the Sky Warrior being reminded and joining Ash. What makes it unexpected is that the capture of the Lake trio beforehand has rendered Ash being unable to Remind people of the previous timeline.
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