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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Belmondo really the Well-Intentioned Extremist he claims to be? Or does he have some ulterior motive? And if he does, what is it?
    • Was Twenty Gyarados Bill a Death Seeker? Since he began his rampage to get back at everyone who wronged him, lacked any plan of what to do after the destruction, and died with no regrets, one has to wonder if wanting to commit Suicide by Cop was a contributing factor in his attack.
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    • What's the real reason behind Misty's older sisters hatred for her? Do they just fall into plain Fantastic Racism out of fear like most everyone else, or are they actually jealous because their younger sister has something that sets her apart and makes her "special" compared to them?
    • While it's undeniable that Charmander's pride and desire to regain what he lost motivates him to train, whether that's the only factor is unclear. As his Gaiden reveals, he was unable to defend himself or Kaia from the hyper-aggressive Spearow and Fearow flock - with horrible results. Maybe he also wants to make sure that he's strong enough to prevent something so terrible from happening again.
    • Per Cross's own take on it, Reset Sapphire is a version of her who focuses more on her 'assistant researcher' side than her 'wild child' in depiction. This was also likely done to keep her from being a second version of Iris.
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    • Similarly Reset Iris can be argued as being similar, though a version of who whose wild child aspects are played up and her tsundere aspects are greatly reduced, if not absent entirely as Divergent Character Evolution from Misty.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Chapter 30 is one for the handling of the Cerulean Sisters: several commentators found their treatment by the author to be unusually harsh for the fic, which generally avoids nearing bashing territories for characters a lot more maligned than they are (see Take That Scrappy for the subversions). Many were pleasantly surprised to see the brothers, who are similar to the sisters in canon behavior, treated not only well, but made more sympathetic than their canon selves, up to and including their treatment of Mikey and their reasons for being pushy about evolution.
    • The same chapter also has one for the fic's tendency to slip too long: the Author noted this and split the chapter in progress up early as to prevent another long gap while the chapter was made after the author noted it was getting notably long due to the Eevee Bros. adaption. Chapters have from that point moved to a once a month schedule, with slips at the end of 2018 only due to story development issues and personal issues.
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    • Erika Interlude was criticized for not really being about its title character. Viroro-kun has plans to make an Erika Interlude II that focuses more on her.
  • Awesome Ego: Dexter has a very high opinion of itself, often using the words "awesome" and "amazing" to describe itself. However, given that he's an absurdly useful and competent Do-Anything Robot with such a degree of autonomy Ash finds unnerving (being able to crack passwords and hack protected or restricted databases on its own volition), and possessing a vast wealth of general knowledge...well, nobody really contests that he has the right to make those boast (out of universe, at least).
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • For every fan that likes the Resetverse MissingNo for being an interesting take on the character or for being an interesting antagonist, there is another that doesn't like him for being annoying and random.
    • Erika started out like this. On the one hand, there were plenty of people who found her new role in the fic a nice change of pace from canon and were impressed by her skills as a battler. On the other, there were also plenty of readers who found her Unintentionally Unsympathetic due to her apparent misandry, with some even going so far as to accuse Cross of homophobia — since the fic makes Erika a lesbian, there were people who thought he was indulging in the "man-hating lesbo" stereotype. Unlike with MissingNo, however, the author seems to have taken their complaints into account and worked to address them; see Rescued from the Scrappy Heap below for more information.
  • Broken Base:
    • While well received overall, the Gary Interlude has people both approving of the author's viewpoints, and saying he completely missed the reason for the negative reaction the oneshot comments on. And while everybody agreed that "Betrayal Fics" are dumb, many reviewers didn't agree with the idea that you don't need to win a big name tournament (like the Indigo League or the Silver Conference) to be considered a Pokemon Master.
    • The Ash vs Red morality conflict over if it's okay to use Bloodliner powers to win a competition. While Cross presented it as Both Sides Have a Point, the fact that a lot of reviewers ended up taking either Ash or Red's side of the debate was pretty much inevitable. Then again, this was probably Cross' intention all along
    • Thanks to April Fools Day 2018 releasing the two chapters as a single, originally intended form, does the Sabrina Arc work better as one chapter or two? Some prefer the single-chapter version for the extra content and being able to read the events in chronological order, while others prefer the double-chapter because it avoids perceived Mood Whiplash and they find the two plotlines easier to digest separately.
    • The main fic's tendency to scene jump and show multiple different events and characters than the main narrative of Ash. Is this annoying and distracting from the story overall that should relegate the things to the tie in oneshots, or is it a necessary evil to ensure world building and minimizing Continuity Lockout? There is also a disconnect between readers, Cross, and the other authors on what such scenes are necessary to be present and which are not.
  • Crack Ship:
    • Jeanette Fisher and A.J. have mutual feelings for one another, despite them never interacting in canon. However, their increasing closeness seems perfectly natural and plausible. It's a credit to Partner 555's writing skills that he can make it work.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Dexter is almost universally loved.
    • Following his oneshot, 20 Gyarados Bill has arguably become the Breakout Villain of the Resetverse, and if nothing else at least the most popular of the O.C villains for being a mix of understandable and bloody terrifying.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Several reviewers of the Gary oneshot offered the view that Casey Snagem ended up taking on Ash's canon history, freeing Reset Ash from the restraints of canon Ash.
    • The identity of The Bloodline King is a debated topic in the fandom. The main theories for his identity are Ash's father, due to the mystery of his identity and goals, and Ghetsis, due to his conspicuous absence. While the former has been confirmed, the possibility of the latter being in effect is still up in the air.
      • Similarly debated is the identity of the good brother, 'E', with arguments going back and forth that he's Eagun.
    • With the release of Chapter 30, some reviewers assume that Mikey's Eevee battled as well as it did in part due to having Adaptability, making its normal attacks more powerful without it ever being mentioned as being in play.
    • As of Chapter 37, the exact characterization Reset Mewtwo will have, as well as his motivations, are in debate by the readers. Unlike the movie, his debut was not through his P.O.V, but through the P.O.V of Dr. Fuji, thus giving no exact reason for his destruction of New Island, leaving if he'd be following his Japanese or English characterization (or even his Pokémon Origins incarnation where he's more uncontrollable animal than anything else).
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The Clair Interlude has one where Clair is told off for winning a battle brutally, and that there are times when 'doing a sub-optimal job is superior to a fully optimized one', suggesting a lesson about times where it is better to not give it ones all. What really makes this one odd is it came from Javelin, who in story is depicted as generally very reasonable, instead of one of his sons who are generally depicted as being unreasonable.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Ash shudders after Lieutenant Surge, jokingly, comments that he could convince Delia to let Ash go to war with him since he's an expert at wooing mothers. Flash-forward and we learn that Ash's father, The Bloodliner King, is around the same age as Surge.
  • Funny Moments: Now with its own page.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • The writing skills of Reset Oneshot writer Partner 555 notably improved during his 20 Gyarados Bill oneshot compared to his earlier works.
    • The main story's writing quality has improved over time, with the chapters handling more information and flowing better over time. This is due to multiple factors including additional writing assistance and different betas, with the fic itself being a notable improvement over the writer's previous works.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • MissingNo notes in fic that in the old timeline no one could ever reach their dreams: not Ash, not May, not Brock, etc. Then came Lumiose, where Ash got so close to the win...
    • The Author has made several comments in fic that Johto is not as much of a Pokemon friendly region as others. There is no apparent source for this in canon, then Pokémon Generations ended up showing Johto people throwing rocks at the Legendary Beasts when Ho-oh first created them. That being said, Johto is based on the region that has a reputation of being similar to the redneck part of the American South.
    • The writer is occasionally called Cross by the fans and co-writers. A actual character named Cross appeared in the 20th anniversary Movie, whose behavior is the sort of thing the Author mentions he really dislikes a la Paul and Damien.
    • Gastly's Pokédex entry in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon says that 95% of Gastly's body is made of toxic gas, and the remaining 5% is rumored to be the soul of someone who died of intoxication. Now we don't have to imagine how Agatha's brother Tony died...
    • The author's joke in Chapter 30 about Paul having a fan (Barry) when Ash never had one was played a lot darker in another story of the authors, Shudo cross Modern Ash: The Trainer who Questions Humanity, where it plays into Ash's growing jadedness with people.
    • The Oak & Hastings Gaiden was published the same week Professor Oak's Japanese Voice Actor passed away.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Now with their own page.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Red's Pikachu was shown using Thunderpunch as part of a way to make him stand out for Ash's Pikachu and other Pikachu in the series. In XY&Z, a Character of the Day named Jimmy used a Pikachu with Thunderpunch.
    • Due to not being announced at the time, the in universe Trainer Nations did not include Alola. This potential plothole was solved by the announcement of Alola having a system very different from gyms.
    • A silent Red with a Pikachu did eventually appear in the Anime, Pokémon Generations anyway, a while after he appeared in Reset.
    • This fic predates Sun and Moon, where a Frontier brain is able to use Mega Evolution.
    • A sarcastic Pokédex would later appear in Sun and Moon, albeit as a result of Rotom possession.
    • The fact that the final girl in the series harem was featured in the Alola games was completely unintentional, as the author mentions the chapter was in writing for long before that was revealed.
    • Reset's Chapter 26 mentioned Gladion when it went live in April 2017. A month later in May 2017, Gladion made his debut in the SM anime.
    • The Oak's Summer Camp Gaiden showed that Ash is a good baseball player like in some early materials by Shudo. Episode 28 of the Sun & Moon Anime showed Ash being quite passionate for a Pokémon variation of baseball.
    • Red is implied to be pretty built, considering he strongly resembles Ash, who is hinted to be noticeably muscular. A similarly buff Red would later show up in the Alola games.
    • Like in Reset (and the Games), Kiawe would obtain a Alolan Marowak. 2 of the moves used by the anime version are even the same: Shadow Bone and Flame Wheel.
    • After Misty obtained a Keystone in fic during the Battle Dome tournament, her anime counterpart would get one by the time of the SM Anime.
    • Kiawe's opponent removing their shirt mid battle occured in Reset's Kiawe Interlude a while before Brock would do the same thing. Wait for subs if he declared Kiawe a worthy opponent who must be fought as an equal before stripping however.
      • And then some: in a later episode, his opponent (a Buzzwole) engages in some muscle flexing, and Kiawe responds in the same fashion.
    • Not long after reccing the fic at the start of Chapter 27, A Professor And A Student got a T.V Tropes page.
    • After a few mentions in the Resetverse of people trying to do more than a single Z-Move in a battle, Ultra Sun and Moon would allow the player to do so via the Rotomdex.
    • Also from the same game, the scene of Guzma engaging Team Rainbow Rocket Grunts follows Guzma's oneshot where he fought another evil team: Team Cipher.
    • After a oneshot in the Resetverse giving Wicke's region of origin as Fiore, Ultra Sun and Moon suggested that her home region, at least in US/UM's universe, is Kanto.
    • In the Falkner Gaiden, Falkner acquires a Rainbow Wing to track Ho-Oh, and battles it at the top of a mountain. A few months later, Pokémon: I Choose You! would be released, in which Ash gets a Rainbow Wing which he uses to track Ho-Oh and fights it at the top of a mountain.
    • Cross is mentioned to be a fan of Gnoggin, who later gave his own video similar to the idea Cross put forth in Chapter 29 about 'Extant Forms' of Fossils (Though the two did not come to similar typing conclusions for them).
    • Professor Oak's friend, Doctor Boxer, invents a device capable of shrinking objects to store them in a small space. In the Sun & Moon anime Faba of all people, invents a machine for that same purpose.
    • The Akala Island Adventures story's first chapter revealed that Frax and Velvet's shared Technique Bloodline is Tail Whip, as a reference to the few times Sun & Moon Ash helped out his Pokémon learning new techniques by wagging his behind. In the Pikachu Valley episode, Ash does actually get a fake tail to wag for a bit.
    • Per Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, it turns out that rain isn't as much a problem for Butterfree as Erika's strategy made it out to be.
    • Similarly the bag based Pokemon box feature in the Let's Go games is fairly similar to how trainers like Red retain their Pokemon without a place like Oak's ranch.
    • One of the never-finished oneshots involved the canon Sun and Moon Ash going to the Bad Future of Reset. Then the 100th episode of said Ash's series had him going to an alternate universe styled after a Bad Future.
    • Pikachu uses a Quick Attack/Iron Tail combo to defeat Lilo's Mudsdale in the Fuchsia Tag Tournament. In SM 104, Pikachu uses the same combo against Hapu's Golurk, though unlike the previous case it doesn't work and he loses. For added hilarity, both Lilo's Mudsdale and Hapu's Golurk can use High Horsepower, which was a key move in the battle in Reset.
    • The first chapter of the Mewtwo Strikes Back adaptation was published exactly the same day the first proper trailer of said movie's CGI remake was released.
    • A biker briefly mentions "the Limeys" in the Kiawe Interlude. Years later, there'd be a Pokémon region based on England.
    • In the 2016 Holiday Special, Olympia has a prophetic vision involving a (symbolic) sword and shield. Lo and behold, Game Freak later went on to announce Pokémon Sword and Shield.
    • Ash's first battle with a Golisopod went about as well in both Reset and the anime: both Golisopod even managed to take a Z-move without any problem.
  • Moment of Awesome: Now with its own page.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Twenty Gyarados Bill crosses this when he destroys Cianwood City, killing numerous humans and Pokémon, most of whom had nothing to do with the mockery he suffered.
    • Mars' aunt and uncle cross it when they try to kill her and blame it on the deceased Kibou.
  • My Real Daddy:
    • It's hard to argue that Partner555 isn't the real daddy of 20 Gyarados Bill, turning a one off mentioned character in the backstory of Reset into both one of the most compelling, and most terrifying, villains in the universe. The Author himself has noted this, and basically given Partner full rights to the character, up to and including the use of him in outside works.
    • The same thing could be said about Jeanette Fisher. In the anime, she was a character of the day that gave Ash a very exciting league fight, but there wasn't much to say about her personality-wise, and Cross didn't do anything new with her either when she appeared in the main story outside of a off screen mention of giving her a keystone. However, in her oneshot, Partner555 made her a Bloodliner, fleshed out her personality more, gave her a rather extensive backstory, and had a Ship Tease with AJ, basically turning her into one of the most interesting and popular minor characters of the Resetverse.
    • Fox and Lorelei: he's the one whose really fleshed her backstory and personality out across his oneshots.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • The conditions Belladonna grew up in were absolutely disgusting. Her mother was a hoarder who refused to throw anything away, which caused the both of them to suffer repulsive and uncomfortable illnesses. The house was so foul that it attracted Grimer, which literally ate the clothes off her back, among other things. On the other hand, the Grimer were the only reason anybody could move in the house, because they ate enough of the garbage to clear paths and tunnels through it.
    • One Eye gets a Marowak's bone lodged into his eye socket while intercepting a Bonemerang meant for Lickitung. His reaction is to pull the bone out and eat his own destroyed eye after it's removed. In-universe, Luana finds it absolutely disgusting and nearly vomits.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Now with its own page.
  • Paranoia Fuel:
    • John Archer ended up smothered to death in his sleep by the Emissary. Considering the man's powers, there's no known way to prevent him from killing somebody at their most vulnerable. Now remember that he's far from the only character with this ability.
    • Sabrina can read your thoughts if you are in her enhanced range. That includes as far away from her as Cinnabar Island, and it's hinted it's growing even larger.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Fans who disliked Iris' anime incarnation enjoy the way the story ended up handling her, which emphasizes her wild child side and deemphasizes her tsundere traits. The author said it was intentional.
    • The author also mentioned he will try to rescue Cameron as well in a one-shot.
    • While Erika was never universally disliked, many readers considered her ban on male trainers to be quite excessive (it happened due to a single incident) which also brought her awfully close to the "man-hating lesbian" stereotype, and had to be convinced and bribed by an Elite Four member in order to let Ash challenge her. However during said match, she was rather nice to Ash and complimented him a lot for both his quick mind and polite manners, and upon being defeated, decided to lift the ban and allow male trainers into her gym again. Most of her critics changed their opinion of her very quickly.
  • Ron the Death Eater: The Sensational Sisters. Besides the Adaptational Villainy covered in the main page, there's the fact that they don't have any positive traits, and their negative ones from canon get blown out of proportion; while they were hinted not to be very strong leaders in the anime, they're absolutely abysmal here; while they aren't exactly smart in canon, here the three of them are rather dumb; while they were graceful losers in the anime, they're Sore Losers here; while in canon they're naturally beautiful, here their beauty is hinted to be the result of a lot of plastic surgery; and lastly, absolutely nobody seems to like them. You can't help but wonder if CPL has some sort of beef against them...
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: A.J. and Jeanette Fisher are gravitating towards a relationship in the Resetverse, despite the two of them (as far as is known) never even meeting in canon.
  • Squick: The TR Trio offering Giovanni Damian's (used) penis ring. One can only hope they washed it thoroughly...
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • Paul when Lt. Surge calls him out for his insistence on winning at all costs, especially when Surge forfeits rather than risk his Raichu losing its limbs or tail to a powered up razor leaf. Paul tries calling Lt. Surge's strategies "pathetic" only for Surge to respond that as Paul is neither a war veteran nor a gym leader, he has no room to talk.
      • Later in the Fuchsia Gym, Janine asks him about what happened to the Pokémon he used in the previous match against her and he rudely refuses to answer. She then mentions in passing the Tag Team tournament to enter the Safari Zone for a whole day catching his interest. When Paul asks where to sign up, Janine first refuses to tell him (pointing out he also had just said he passed), until he apologizes for not answering her question. He grudgingly complies, noting it's the first time in years he's done that.
    • Samurai earned a lot of ire for being central to one of the anime's first examples of a Broken Aesop. Here, he's a Butt-Monkey who gets humiliated every time he appears.
    • Flash is one of the game's most hated HMs. In the Falkner oneshot, when Falkner and Satsuki are in an almost pitch black room and Satsuki asks Falkner if any of his Pokemon know Flash, Falkner merely pulls out a flashlight from his backback, and says that in an age when you can buy one for very little money at almost any store, Flash is a completely pointless move.
    • Averted with Alain. The Author specifically notes he is not going to do anything to the guy beyond having AZ stare at him for hours in a blizzard.
    • Inverted with Whitney, a gym leader extremely hated for her difficulty. Her one-shot is pretty much a Take That! to all the people who gives her this treatment.
  • Tear Jerker: Now with its own page.
  • Unexpected Character: Many characters appear much earlier and at unexpected times than in canon. Major examples include the arrival of Iris, Snivy, Aipom, and Goomy while in Kanto.
    • Many were surprised to see Solidad so early, and even more so to see her fight Ash as a trainer.
    • Morana, a Character of the Day from the unpopular Decolore Islands Arc appearing in Kanto was not expected.
    • Mitsumi, who is the Dawn counterpart of the Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Adventure! series, and her appearing in the Argenta oneshot, especially with the anime Dawn being M.I.A, was unexpected.
    • It's doubtful that anybody was expecting Anabel to join Ash's group on the way to Fuchsia City.
    • Wes makes his first appearance in the story in Chapter 23, shocking much of the reader base.
    • Twenty Gyarados Bill was only mentioned in passing in the main story as the reason trainers are limited to six Pokémon. People were surprised to see him get his own fic.
    • Of all the characters to get name dropped and given a hint of in the Kiawe oneshot, Gligarman was not high on the list.
    • Ninja Riot and Marilyn co-staring in a oneshot was unexpected. Baron Phobos from the Trozei games was similarly out of left field.
    • Cross from Pokémon: I Choose You! showed up in the Charizard Oneshot, a surprise given the controversial nature of the new characters from the 20th movie.
    • Of all characters to appear in the main story in Kanto, Hilda was not high on the guessing list.
    • All of the above are blown out of the water by Youngster Joey, the "top percentage Rattata" kid, the first trainer you fight in the second generation games, who got his own oneshot.
    • And Joey himself gets topped by another: the Dude who teaches you how to catch Pokémon in the same games. Not to shabby for probably the most obscure and minor character of all, huh?
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: While Erika's ban on male trainers wasn't depicted as being right, it was portrayed as a case of her finally putting her foot down after repeated frustrations, with the Dirty Old Man incident being the last straw. However, at the end of the day, she was still banning an entire gender from her gym based on the actions of one peeping tom who wasn't even a challenger, so many readers viewed her in a much more negative light than Cross intended her to be seen. Thankfully, this was addressed and corrected in later chapters.
  • Unpopular Popular Character:
    • Psyduck is a great source of annoyance to Misty and her Pokémon, but a great source of amusement to the readers.
    • The Pokedexes: Ash's Pokedex annoys Ash, Misty, and Iris to no end, and Paul can't stand his, but the fans can't get enough of them.


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