- Alternate Character Interpretation:
- Compared to other continuities a few characters are this. Candice stands out, being The Ojou and much more stoic than her other counterparts (which are typically Genki Girls).
- Cyrus is also a lot more expressive and zealous in this incarnation, even though he still claims to disregard human emotions.
- While the player character not selected in the Sinnoh games is never said to be a prominent battler and is pretty much an average kid, with a mellow, cheery demeanor and not much involvement in the story, Mitsumi completely ignores that, being an older incarnation, a no-nonsense Action Girl, who was previously in Team Galactic no less.
- Badass Decay: Regigigas. After the huge buildup it gets, it fades to be really about as powerful as anything else Hareta has, and no one has any reaction to him having a legendary ancient guardian. The bit about it being as strong as Hareta's other Pokémon may be justified by the fact that its Slow Start ability gets mentioned several times, which does bring down its battle potential in-game quite a bit. Hardly anyone commenting on it being Legendary after its initial appearance, on the other hand...
- Complete Monster: Charon, while bad in Pokémon Platinum, is worse here. He introduces himself by ordering his agents to suicide bomb a crowded stadium, the explosion potentially destroying the whole town were it to spread. He holds no regard for the lives of others and plans to control the world with money made from selling legendary Pokémon, as well as to extort more money from the masses by threatening them with the power of Giratina. He also conducts nasty experiments on Pokémon that shuts off their hearts and essentially turns them into living weapons, Koya's Growlithe being among his victims, and we see him use a bunch of Skuntank under Mind Control as explosive weapons against the opposing trainers. Charon doesn't even treat his colleagues within Team Galactic well, as he captures the organization's previous leader, Cyrus, and tries to kill two of his top officers when they leave to find him. Cyrus goes on to rally the remaining agents against Charon, despite he himself previously trying to destroy the universe. Thinking only of himself the whole way through, Charon ends the series the sole character to reject The Power of Friendship as a concept and thus ends up thoroughly irredeemable.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: In a franchise where the only manga most people know is Pokémon Adventures (with the occasional anime adapted one), this series stands out due to its notability and access. Just look at the size of this page. Part of this is that this series actually got released in America in recent times when manga is more popular, so people actually now knew it even existed.
- Evil Is Sexy: Everyone in Team Galactic except Charon is incredibly hot. Even B-2 if you ignore his most prominent feature.
- Foe Yay: Cyrus's interactions with both Hareta and Mitsumi are made of this. Then there's Jupiter's interactions with Mitsumi. To a lesser extent, there's also that chapter with Koya and Mars, and even Mars and Hareta have a bit of it going on after their initial encounter (particularly during the Deoxys fiasco).
- Heartwarming Moments: Oh yes again a few. Let's list:
- Hareta fighting to stop Onix's rampage, and Piplup's subsequent revelation.
- Jun telling Mitsumi that everyone cares about her and they don't want her to go, after her passive suicide attempt.
- Her Eevee (which Cyrus had kidnapped to make her cooperate) jumping into her arms afterward.
- Cyrus telling Mitsumi that the final battle is only for Team Galactic, which she's no longer a part of. Effectively freeing her from her bonds to them. Although she had already been trying to do so, that he finally realized it and, after all those years, did what was truly right, makes it doubly powerful.
- The final battle with everyone fighting together. Cyrus's smile alone makes it. Compare his relaxed expression there to his incredibly creepy genuine smile in volume 2.
- Ho Yay: Cynthia's obsession with fighting Mitsumi.
- It Was His Sled: That Mitsumi is a former Galactic member. The covers even spoil it.
- Magnificent Bastard: Cyrus, leader of Team Galactic, seeks to use Dialga's power to recreate the world, stripping people of their free will and emotion to make it "perfect" for him to rule over. Aware of his own emotional short-comings, Cyrus keeps himself in check and works tirelessly to achieve his goal, often outplaying the heroes by several steps and reminding himself of the necessity of his evil acts for the sake of a better future. Charming enough to sway followers to his side, Cyrus and the hero Hareta form a mutual respect for each other's dedication and abilities and when Dialga and Palkia's battle threatens to destroy all of reality, it is Cyrus who comes up with a strategy to stop the catastrophe. Betrayed by Charon, Cyrus returns to lead his old followers against the traitor, with them returning to him out of sheer respect for his boldness and inspiration, in spite of Cyrus' own mistreatment and even attempts to kill many of them.
- Mind Game Ship: Everything Cyrus does to both Mitsumi and Hareta in volumes 4 and 5.
- Moral Event Horizon:
- Charon accomplishes this before he even shows up, what with the would-be suicide bombers ready to take out a crowded stadium basically because he told them to, and the explosion could potentially wipe out the entire town were it to spread.
- If that didn't cement him as an unforgivable scumbag, then his experiments on Pokémon to turn them into living weapons, including making a bunch of Skuntank suicide bomb themselves to attack the opposing trainers and trying to have Koya's own Growlithe (under Mind Control) kill Koya, definitely seals the deal. And on top of that, he's also responsible for the out-of-control Onix from the first chapter and giving Cyrus the idea for one of his biggest Kick the Dog moments.
- As always, Cyrus' plan to, with godly powers over time, obliterate the universe and kill everyone and everything in it before remaking it all. Unlike Charon, he actually manages to come back around from this, though.
- Nightmare Fuel:
- Cyrus's goals, and several of his rants. Not so much what he says (although most of it's pretty scary itself), but the art accompanying them is TERRIFYING.
- The Distortion World itself
- Charon grinning◊.
YMMV / Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Adventure!