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  • Captain Obvious Reveal: It was more or less obvious that Gabriel Agreste was the Big Bad behind the mask in the main series. It was likely to have been the same case in this story, though the author might've hinted in going that direction anyway.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Sceptile Mask, who is really Tom pulling a Meyer/Blaziken Mask when Team Akuma attacked Lumiose City in Chapter 39.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: The uniforms of Team Akuma were described to be pretty gaudy. Given that they're based off of Team Flare, it's a given.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • Some Mythology Gag examples listed on the Fanfic page point out certain events that relate to or mirror the in-game events of Pokémon X and Y.
    • Tom Dupain nicknamed his Sceptile "Jukain," which is Sceptile's Japanese name.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Tom Dupain owns a Sceptile, who also knows Frenzy Plant. Come "Weredad" in season three, which airs long after Chapter 39's posting, we see Tom having Green Thumb powers despite the title namesake.
    • Just something to point out with Lila having a new akumatized form of Chameleon, whose powers match that of Ditto, which she does own to use as part of her deception-themed team. And although she doesn't have a Kecleon, the Pokémon based off of a chameleon, Lila does temporarily team up with Sabrina, who owns a Kecleon due to its invisibility powers referencing Vanisher, in Chapter 39.
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    • Chapter 45 has Alya and Marinette discussing Luka's attractiveness and if Adrien would fall for it too. Come Luka's official debut in the main series, which airs long after Chapter 45 was posted, and his interactions with Adrien certainly gave these impressions.
    • Chapter 49 has Marinette subjected to Harmless Electrocution by a wild Rotom possessing Max's phone. Pokémon Sword and Shield later introduces the concept of Rotom Phone.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient:
    • How Team Akuma differs from Team Flare in their operation: by capturing vulnerable Trainers and their Pokémon and force the Bond Phenomenon on them to become Bond Hybrids, as first seen with Ivan and his Rhyhorn.
    • The Reveal at the end of Chapter 50 with the Team Akuma Leader being none other than Gabriel Agreste. And lines prior to the reveal suggested that he was about to select Adrien as the next Bond Hybrid.
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    • Team Akuma upping their game in Chapter 51 to the point that they cornered Lady Ledian and Liepard Noir and were draining Liepard Noir's Key Stone, which has Yveltal's power. And then there's Delphox Rouge's debut at the end of Chapter 51.
    • Poison Moth and Team Akuma now having the means to locate Yveltal by the end of Chapter 52. And Chapter 51 has Poison Moth mention the three-thousand-year old Kalos king, potentially alluding to his master plan.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Chloé qualifies for this following her humiliating loss against Marinette in Chapter 27, seemingly disappearing from the story for a huge period of time and only mentioned by name from time to time. Given her Character Development in the main show's season two, some fans believe that she's receiving similar development off-screen to make her more sympathetic to readers.
    • In a similar vain, Lila in Chapter 48 onward. Her main desire to be recognized as a celebrity stems from wanting to overwrite her previous lackluster League performances, even if she did go about it as a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing upon arriving in Kalos. Anyone that wants to be special could relate to her.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Poison Moth aka Gabriel Agreste proves his competence as the diabolical leader of Team Akuma not only through taking advantage of emotionally distressed Trainers and Pokémon to turn into Bond Hybrids but also taking advantage of his own Grunts' foolishness in inadvertently sharing sensitive information with Lady Ledian and Liepard Noir as a means to taunt them. He lied about the functionality of the device he deployed for them in Chapters 51 and 52 that it would drain a Key Stone's energies. The device was really meant to analyze and record the frequencies and transmit the data back to Team Akuma's database on the spot as he knew it would be inevitably destroyed by the Defenders of Kalos. Had Lady Ledian and Liepard Noir known about the device's true nature, they would've destroyed it on the spot, but they didn't, now giving Poison Moth a chance to finally locate Yveltal.
  • Moral Event Horizon: With The Reveal at the end of Chapter 50, it was unsettling for Poison Moth to be watching over Adrien with the creepy monologue bit before he would turn the person he sets his sights on into a Bond Hybrid. Nathalie even lampshades it. Fortunately, Gabriel refuses to get Adrien involved in any sort of Team Akuma's business, including the idea of turning him into a Bond Hybrid.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • Chloé being on the receiving end of a Curbstomp Battle against Marinette in Chapter 27. And Adrien mentioning in an offhanded comment to Marinette that his Cubone struck Chloé in the shin when she got overclingy in their reunion in Coumarine City in Chapter 29.
    • Debatable on overall unpopularity, but Lila's subsequent humiliation by Lady Ledian in Chapter 48 due to her stealing Adrien's Sacred First Kiss and becoming Team Akuma's Bond Hybrid.
  • The Woobie: Adrien seems to have it worse off here than in the main series due to the heavy expectations of becoming Kalos's strongest Trainer after Gabriel in addition to his mother being missing for over four years prior to the story, which is significantly longer than in the show. And of course there was his being subjected to Training from Hell to be ready to claim the Champion title at his young age. It's actually impressive to see how strong his will under all this pressure, but even he is showing cracks behind "the image of perfection" he's supposed to show off to the public.

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