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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Most of the cast.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Averted.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Chapter 94, a non-canon story written for April Fool's Day.
  • Die for Our Ship: Alicia suffered a lot of this when the protagonist has a crush on her, mainly from the Namnar/Hanna and Nick/Namnar fans. However, this quickly died down when she was revealed as a Lipstick Lesbian.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Nick.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Kostya and Ike.
  • Epileptic Trees: In the first half, there was much speculation as to where the plot was going. Chapter 57 promptly destroyed that.
    • On the deviantArt account hosting the story, the author has been actively sowing seeds for these among some of the readers.
  • Fridge Logic: Where did the video surveillance of the prison breakout go?
    • Lola took care of that.
    Lola: I hid some security tapes from a certain prison incident.
  • Funny Moments: The Running Gag of the protagonist never getting the Pokemon he wanted. Reaches hilarious levels with Swablu and Krabby.
    • Also, he never gets to name them.
  • Harsher or Hilarious in Hindsight: After the protagonist gets lost in Eterna Forest and ends up back at the start, he discovers the Valley Windworks building again, and in his frustration orders Des to set it on fire. (Obviously, he doesn't.) Later on, during the Tournament art, guess how the people running the tournament decide to get rid of the first round losers? Locking them in a building and setting it on fire.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Swablu becoming attached to the Pokemon Egg, insisting it's hers. When it hatches, she latches onto the Krabby inside.
    • NamNar deciding to forfeit, rather than kill his former Electabuzz. Though it really doesn't feel that way.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Clearly, Cosette comes from Kalos.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The Wham Episode, Chapter 57. And its aftermath.
    • Lola and Archie getting shot.
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    • The whole entire story.
  • Ho Yay: Nick and the narrator for starters. Doesn't help that the author seems to encourage it via DeviantArt commentary.
    • Female example: Alicia and Tessa's past relationship which may or may not have ended mutually.
  • Memetic Molester: Kostya, unfortunately.
  • Moment of Awesome: The protagonist breaking out of a locked, burning building, saving trainers and their Pokemon in the process.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Chapters 57 and 58 make it clear that that mark was passed a couple miles back.
    • A smaller, perhaps foreshadow-y one happened when the protagonist decides to help with the breakout.
      • Definitely foreshadowing with the events of chapter 121. The chapter was even titled "A Horizon To Catch Up To".
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Abomasnow. And Froslass. Literally.
    • Psychic Pokemon. Especially unfriendly ones.
    • The actual nightmares.
    • The Tournament.
    • Sarika. Just Sarika.
    • The entire story at this point.
  • Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: Subverted in the fact that Alicia has never been shown or stated to be in anything but a dress.
  • Tear Jerker: The protagonist meeting the Electabuzz he released. In a battle to the death.
    • The circumstances that led to Nick going crazy.
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    • Hanna's Pokemon. Hanna herself.
    • The Pidgey chicks.
    • What happened to Sarika, overlapping with Nightmare Fuel.
    • Carlita being unable to dance, Oonu dying, and Ike being blinded.
    • The ending to this series of drabbles.
  • The Woobie: The protagonist.

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