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Generation VII

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The seventh generation focuses on themes of nature, alternate dimensions, tradition, and relationships. This generation's starters and main legendary trio designs and inspirations are heavily based on alchemical symbols and imagery. [[Rowlet]], [[Litten]], and [[Popplio]]'s designs are based on the alchemic symbols for salt (body), sulfur (spirit), and mercury (mind), respectively and the later evolutions also seeming to based on symbol variants or other alchemical symbols. The legendary trio is mainly based on celstial bodies while taking influences from alchemical imagery, specifically the [ Azoth Mandala], which is also where [[Project AZOTH]] from {{g|Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire}} gets its name: Solgaleo takes inspiration from the {{wp|Suns in alchemy|alchemical lion}} and the Sun, which represents "anima" or "soul"; Lunala is based on the Moon, which represents "spiritus" or "spirit"; and Necrozma is based on the stars and prisms, which represents "corpus" or "body".
The [[Aether Foundation]]'s name is also derives from the fifth alchemical element, {{wp|Aether (classical element)|Aether}}.
Generation VII follows in the footsteps of [[Pok%C3%A9mon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'s [[Delta Episode]] by expanding on the concept of parallel universes through the introduction of the [[Ultra Wormhole|Ultra Wormholes]], which lead to other worlds and universes. The existence of the [[Ultra Ruin]] and the events of [[Episode RR]] in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon further confirms the existence of alternate universes. While the Aether Foundaion may focus on the conservation of Pokémon, they also research Ultra Wormholes and the Ultra Beasts that come from them. The Ultra Beasts can be considered invasive species, as they are not native to the dimension that the Pokémon games take place in, mirroring the status of Pokémon like {{p|Yungoos}} and [[Meowth_(Pokémon)|Alolan Meowth]].
Throughout the games, there is a major focus on relationships, like the aforementioned Pokémon predator-prey relationships. [[Z-moves]] are said to be the physical manifestation of the bond between trainer and Pokémon, which is in a similar vein to [[Mega Evolution]]. The storylines of the Alolan games focus on the family running the Aether Foundation, with various characters centralizing on family or relationship-based issues: [[Lusamine]] is tormented by the loss of her husband, [[Mohn]], and becomes obsessed with protecting and giving her love to people and Pokémon who she deems are "worthy of her love". Her initial change in behavior is what drives to [[Lillie]] to steal [[Nebby]], and [[Gladion]] to take [[Type: Null (Pokémon)|Type: Null]] prior to the events of the games. She later becomes solely obsessed with {{p|Nihilego}}{{sup/7|SM}} or wholeheartedly believes that she must protect Alola and its light from {{p|Necrozma}}{{sup/7|USUM}}. She makes amends after the events of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon by vowing to stop "interfering" in her children's happiness, and during an interaction with an amnesiac Mohn, she sees him smile again and decides that it's better for him to not know who he previously was; Gladion's main motivations for leaving Aether Paradise are: helping to prevent his mother from using Nebby to open Ultra Wormholes across Alola{{sup/7|SM}} or to become strong enough to protect Lusamine and Lilie, due to the disappearance of his father, Mohn{{sup/7|USUM}}. Throughout the story, he tries to become stronger without help from others, but learns to work together, per Hau's advice, during the infiltration of Aether Paradise. He later becomes deeply grateful to the player character for helping his mother and starts to grow a friendly rivalry towards Hau and the player character; When the player first meets Lillie, she starts out as shy and reserved, but slowly becomes more confident in herself and her abilities and begins to learn about what everyday life outside of the Aether Paradise. In Sun and Moon, she goes to save her mother in the [[Ultra Deep Sea]] and finally gains the confidence to stand up to her mother regarding her recent behavior, while in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, she learns that despite not being a strong trainer that she can support and help those she cares about; [[Hau]] suffers from pressure to live up to his grandfather's name with him feeling that he is living in his shadow, but hopes to be as strong as his grandfather; [[Guzma]] teams up with the Aether Foundation due to Lusamine being the only adult who has ever recognized him for his strength; and Team Skull consider themselves as a sort of family with [[Plumeria]] as a "bigger sister" figure and all the grunts as her "brothers and sisters".
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