Anime / Pokémon: The Series
The story of Ash Ketchum and his partner Pikachu...
To catch them is my real test, to train them is my cause!"
—"Pokemon Theme", originally performed by Jason Paige
The Pokémon anime series, currently marketed in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a somewhat loose/loose adaptation based on the Pokémon games by Game Freak. Given the success of the games, this series managed to make it to America as part of the marketing push, and, combined with the concurrent American airings of Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z, helped keep the new wave of Western anime adaptations (which started after Power Rangers) going.
It features the tale of Ash Ketchum and his pals (who change every saga), as well as the perennially ubiquitous Team Rocket trio of Jessie, James, and Meowth, who attempt to steal Pikachu or another rare Pokémon/item nearly every episode and are, with even greater frequency, sent flying sky-high with the Catchphrase "Looks like Team Rocket's blasting off again! *Ding!*"
As a long running series, Pokémon is subdivided into multiple series, currently consisting of:
For more information on the many, many characters, see the character sheet. Save all character tropes there, not here.
A list of the various movies can be found here. A Light Novel adaptation of the series was written by its original head writer Takeshi Shudō. For more information, see here.
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- 2D Visuals, 3D Effects:
- The Gear Pokémon Klinklang was CGI rather than traditional animation, which made its rotating parts look unusually smooth.
- Eternatus is completely animated in CGI, giving it an otherworldly feeling in comparison to the more traditional animation of the main cast.
- Abandoned Catchphrase: Early English dub episodes tried to translate Meowth's Japanese Verbal Tic as "meow" or "Meowth". This was scrapped several episodes in.
- Ability Mixing:
- During the Sinnoh arc, Dawn came up with a Contest strategy using Buneary's Ice Beam and Buizel's Aqua Jet, called "Ice Aqua Jet". When Ash became Buizel's trainer, he adopted this custom move as part of his unique battle strategy set for the season.
- This trope is what Double Performances in Contests are all about. Two Pokémon work together under the instructions of their Coordinator to create a unique, beautiful, and awe-inspiring combination move that showcases the special abilities of both Pokémon well. Even in regular Contests, combining two moves in an inventive way is an ubiquitous strategy among Coordinators the world over.
- The Freestyle Performances in Pokémon Showcases also make heavy use of this trope, as it is very similar to Contests. As such, Serena has quite a few intricate ones of her own.
- "Volt Tail", a move used by Pikachu, was the combination of a Volt Tackle ending with an Iron Tail.
- "Flaming Seismic Toss" is a move used by Charizard, in which he used both Seismic Toss and Fire Spin at once.
- Aborted Arc:
- The original series conclusion to the anime was meant to be a climactic final battle between Ash and Gary... except by the time the conclusion was approaching, Executive Meddling forced this all-important finale to the side, and launched Ash on a perpetual journey and the show into being a Long Runner with no real conclusion in sight.
- The unopened GS Ball that appears in the original series is built up to be important, but after it's dropped off at Kurt's place it's never brought up again. It was originally going to contain Celebi, but it was decided to be the star of Pokémon 4Ever and the idea was scrapped.
- Speaking of Kurt, Ash, Misty, and Brock each received two special Apricorn Poké Balls from Kurt, but while Ash and Misty actually ended up using their Lure Balls to catch Totodile and Corsola, respectively, neither ever used their Fast Balls, while Brock never used the Heavy Ball he was given.
- In the beginning of Black & White, Team Rocket were collecting shards of a meteorite called the Meteonite for one of Giovanni's plans. The Meteonite is never brought up again after "A Venipede Stampede", as the final episodes involving them were never aired because of the Tohoku earthquake. Various trailers and a synopsis based on leaked information show that it went pretty much how one would expect it to go - with Team Plasma stealing the Meteonite from Team Rocket, the two teams fighting over it, and Ash intervening and having Pikachu destroy it to end the conflict.
- Any plot involving Jessie's Missing Mom Miyamoto being reunited with her will likely never be resolved. She hasn't been heard of since Pokémon: The Birth of Mewtwo.
- Accidental Misnaming: At the start of the Hoenn era, Max says he remembers seeing Ash on tv competing in the Johto League Championships, but thought he was named Alf, to Ash's embarrassment.
- The few times Butch and Cassidy appear, everyone will call Butch something wrong.
- In Unova, a Running Gag is Stephan's name is mispronounced by everybody no matter how many times he corrects them. It's supposed to be Stef-on, but everyone says Stef-en.
- Actor Allusion:
- Showdown in Pewter City contains one during a rather elaborate Shout-Out to Episode 48 of Fushigi Yuugi: In FY, during the fight between Tamahome and Suboshi, Suboshi ends up getting killed by his own weapon when he finds himself pinned down by the ghosts of Tamahome's brothers and sisters (whom Suboshi had killed) and unable to get out of the way. In Pokémon, just as Satoshi (Ash) is about to order Pikachu to deliver the finishing blow to Takeshi's (Brock's) Onix, he imagines himself being held back from giving the order by Takeshi's many younger siblings (though it turns out they really are holding Satoshi back). What makes this an example is that in the Japanese version of their respective shows, Takeshi and Suboshi are both voiced by seiyuu Yuji Ueda.
- The dub gets to pull this when Maylene is introduced. Jessie comments that it's "A meeting of old and new!", likely referencing that Maylene's voice actress was Jessie's 4Kids VA — Rachael Lillis. A Hoenn episode also had a very sneaky one for the same actress, titled "A Different Kind of Misty", where she voiced the character of the day
- In the Japanese version, Saori (Solidad), the pink-haired Pokemon Coordinator, is voiced by Rie Tanaka, who was the voice of LacusClyne, the pink-haired Coordinator.
- The episode where Jessie tries to train to become a nurse is a reference to her voice actress Megumi Hayashibara, who was also training to be a nurse in the early days of her career.
- Speaking of Megumi Hayashibara, her voicing Mays's Skitty was not the first time she voiced a Cute Kitten.
- In "Air Time", the role of the hero's Charizard is given to James. In the Japanese version, Shin-ichiro Miki plays both.
- It's possible that this was in mind for Tobias in the dub, given that he shares traits with both Kyoya Ohtori and Sebastian Michaelis.
- In the Alolan Motto, James mentions "A fallen angel that seeks revenge on this miserable world". Could this be a reference to another Shinichiro Miki character?
- Piplups Japanese voice actress Etsuko Kozakura has also voiced another penguin several years before.
- In the Sun & Moon episode Lillier and the Staff! near the end of her motto, Jessie is seen dressed as other characters that Hayashibara also voiced, including Lina Inverse. For this moment Lisa Ortiz, who was Linas dub voice, steps in to reprise.
- The garbled noise Kartana makes in the Japanese and English versions after cutting something is actually "once again, I have cut a worthless object" played backward, a stock phrase associated with samurai which was popularised by Goemon Ishikawa, who both are voiced by Daisuke Namikawa in Japanese.
- Actually, I Am Him: In "Fighting Flyer With Fire", Ash and friends have a long conversation with Falkner without realizing he's the Violet City Gym Leader they were looking for.
- Adaptational Badass:
- Practically all of the heroes' Pokémon, as they tend to mostly consist of unevolved or partially-evolved Pokémon. And yet, they can go toe-to-toe with and sometimes beat fully-evolved and/or powerful Pokémon that would otherwise smash them in the games. The biggest and most famous example by far is Ash's Pikachu, for among the many opponents he toppled in his long battling career are a Regice, a Tyranitar, and TWO Metagross! Meanwhile in the games, a Pikachu would be lucky to still be standing after a single strong STAB move. note In Pikachu's case, it is explained early on by the Team Rocket trio that his power is way beyond his evolutionary level, which is the reason they try to steal him, so apparently Ash lucked out and got a very abnormally powerful Pikachu.
- Pokémon moves can get this as well. To name a few examples of numerous, Razor Leaf can slice through adult trees and metal like they were paper, Gust can create full-size tornadoes, Seismic Toss is a spinning piledriver from hundreds of feet in the air, and when Cut (A situational HM move with pathetic base power) is used by Ash's Greninja, it becomes a glowing white wakizashi blade that can shear through almost any long-range attack!
- Adaptational Heroism: Lusamine receives one of the more significant cases of this, going from Pokémon Sun and Moon's controlling, emotionally abusive and borderline insane* Or in the case of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, so obsessed with saving Alola to the point of obliviousnessBig Bad... to a bubbly, embarrassingly-affectionatewomanchild with no overpowering obsession with Ultra Beasts/stopping Necrozma.
- Adaptational Jerkass:
- This is utilized with several Gym Leaders. Many, most notably Lt. Surge, Erika, and Skyla, are egotistical Jerkasses with a condescending demeanor towards their challengers (or, in Erika's case, towards those who don't appreciate the perfume her gym makes). Pryce is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who is cold towards Pokémon due to a misunderstanding with his Piloswine long ago, although he does get better when the Piloswine is found and the situation explained. In particular in the games, Pryce is a perfectly pleasant and decent man, Erika is a laid-back Ojou, Skyla is a Nice Girl, and Lt. Surge, while cocky in the games, isn't nearly as mean about it as he is in the anime (being a Type 2 Eaglelander instead of a Type 1). All of them make friends with the heroes in the end to downplay the trope.
- Misty downplays this more than the others, as her anime counterpart is a tsundere with a temper (though she calms down once Togepi enters the picture) while her game counterpart doesn't seem to be that way except for one occasion in the Gen 2 games. The English dub also toned down her narcissism compared to the Japanese version.
- Iris in the games is very peppy and nice; however in the anime, while heroic and perfectly capable of being peppy and nice, she's far more smug and bratty - especially to Ash. Her Catchphrase is calling Ash "just a kid" for his immaturity (despite being the same age as him). Like Misty, she winds up respecting Ash far more in his journey.
- Inverted with Gary in the English dub. In Japan, he and Ash are friendly rivals and Gary is respected, if infuriatingly cocky. The dub has Gary start out far more insufferable and rude in general and he is a jerk towards Ash, though does gradually develop and mellow in line with the Japanese depiction. This makes his depiction more akin to that of the games.
- Due to Early Installment Weirdness as a whole, most of Kanto is depicted as something of a Crapsaccharine World, with many civilians overzealous as trainers and apathetic towards Ash's hassles from being a rookie. This was toned down in later regions, with subdued exceptions (Petalburg City of Hoenn is shown to have a whole northern area populated by aggressive Norman fanboys for example, though Norman himself and the area of Petalburg he resides is largely as friendly as in the games).
- Downplayed for Sophocles, who is much more of a know-it-all and a Deadpan Snarker than his more introverted games counterpart, but still usually friendly and helpful.
- Adaptational Nice Guy:
- Clair's anime personality is far nicer and more professional than her gameone.
- This happens with Gladion:
- In the Pokémon Sun and Moon games, Gladion is an enforcer for Team Skull who is incredibly abrasive in conversation and a perfectionist in battle due to being disowned by Lusamine as a result of not wanting to follow her example. While his counterpart in the Sun and Moon series has shades of these traits, he is also shown to have a more noble attitude towards his relationships with people; such as treating Ash in a more friendly manner and fighting off Team Rocket and the recurring Team Skull grunts.
- On the subject of Lusamine, she is far nicer to her children compared to the games, albiet frequently overbearing and embarassing. In fact, she is virtually devoid of any vanity that pits her against them, and helps Lillie and her friends with coralling the Ultra Beasts.
- He also doesn't seem to have any relation to Team Skull and has a different reason for running away from home, almost solely revolved around his Big Brother Instinct towards Lillie. Also while he is occasionally standoffish towards Ash's own protectiveness towards Lillie, it is either for genuine errors or simply because he doesn't want him involved in their dangerous matters.
- Adaptational Sympathy: Chairman Rose from Pokémon Sword and Shield is made into this during the Journeys arc. While the original game depicts him as wanting to unleash Eternatus in order to solve an energy crisis that won't occur until several thousand years in the future, the anime shows more context behind this reasoning; he lost his father in a mining accident, and he doesn't want to keep relying on fossil fuels that pose a dangerous risk to those extracting them.
- Adaptational Villainy:
- Almost every villain team from Magma/Aqua onwards (who weren't exactly nice to begin with) up until Team Skull have been given a significant boost in cruelty.
- Team Magma made their anime debut by cutting the power to a Pokémon Center, coercing a professor to guide them to set of ruins by effectively taking the entire Center hostage, and scaring off Team Rocket. Team Aqua follows suit by infiltrating and stealing creation fluid from Devon Co., and while the good guys retrieve it, the Aqua grunt in question manages to evade the police and Ash's group and reunite with his cohorts (which was aided by the capture of Mr. Briney's Peeko, adapted from the games). Both teams regularly employ kidnapping and screw over several side characters in pursuit of their destructive goals, which culminates in Team Aqua using espionage to release Kyogre for Archie, who has been made much more antagonistic and evil.
- Team Galactic stole the Lustrous Orb and Adamant Orb by attacking the helicopter the latter was being transported in, and created an elaborate plan to filch the former that included strategic detonation and using Team Rocket as pawns. They also made the Steel-type Pokémon on Iron Island go berserk in their drive to find Spear Pillar, and attempted to blow it up with everyone still on it when they were unsuccessful. Lastly, they commissioned Hunter J to capture the Lake Trio, held Ash and co. hostage in case they managed to rebel, and almost destroyed the world with Dialga and Palkia.
- Colress of Team Plasma went from "morally-gray scientist who'll do anything to unlock a Pokémon's true potential" to "stock Mad Scientist who draws out Pokémon power by simultaneously robbing them of their free will and turning them into rampaging destruction machines and taking delight in it." Team Plasma themselves were also adapted from their Pokémon Black and White 2 iterations, meaning that they are devoid of their redeeming qualities from Black and White.
- Almost every villain team from Magma/Aqua onwards (who weren't exactly nice to begin with) up until Team Skull have been given a significant boost in cruelty.
- Adaptational Wimp: Cute-looking Legendary and Mythical Pokémon. In the games, Pokémon like Celebi, Manaphy, and Victini have impressive stats and movepools that easily outshine those of any run-of-the mill Pokémon. Simply put, they're very strong. Pick any movie or multi-parter starring them in the anime, however, and chances are they'll be put in a situation that'll require them to be rescued or saved by Ash and co. And when the bad guy comes to capture the cute Legendary or Mythical Pokémon, expect them to either get significantly nerfed or be turned into a complete noncombatant and easy pickings for the villain.
- Adaptation Distillation:
- Most of the time, only one element of a dual-typed Pokémon is mentioned. Often times, circumstances where the secondary typing would have an impact would not be encountered by the Pokémon with the secondary typing.note e.g. Poison Immunity but increased damage taken by Psychic attacks in the case of Bulbasaur, whose secondary type in the games in Poison. Similarly, Abilities are not mentioned unless applicable to the plot. If an applicable circumstance does come up, either the encounter plays out per game logic and we learn about the secondary factor then, (or not,) or the encounter plays out as though the secondary factor isn't there at all.note e.g. Normal-typed Pokémon getting hit by Ghost-type attacks, when they normally wouldn't in the games.
- No distinction is made between Physical and Special stats. An Attack-boosting move like Swords Dance will also boost the power of "special" attacks (such as Weavile's Blizzard), and a Defense-boosting move Iron Defense is effectively the same as Protect and will defend against all moves.
- As a side effect, most Pokémon in the anime have moves that deal in both short and long-range combat, even if the Pokémon in question would only be effective with one of them in the games: For example, Team Rocket's Mimikyu knows both Shadow Ball (for long-ranged combat) and Shadow Claw (for short-ranged combat) despite being mainly a physical attacker in the games (and thus would normally only have Shadow Claw, which uses its physical attack).
- In the Sun & Moon series, Ash is only required to defeat one Pokémon per island in order to face the Kahuna, so that he doesn't receive Z-Crystals he can't use (he receives a Fightinium Z from Hala, but Tapu Koko swaps it out for the Electrium Z since none of his current team know any Fighting type moves, and Lana is the one to take the Water Trial due to Ash having no Water types).
- Adaptation Expansion:
- Ever since the early days, the anime has used the extensive time frame between new generations to develop the Pokémon world, sometimes even giving interesting Character Development for established personas. This was particularly handy back when the games had more of an Excuse Plot. Conversely, any adaptations of the anime (such as The Electric Tale of Pikachu) inevitably suffered from massiveCompressed Adaptation.
- Of special note is the Pokémon School from the Sun and Moon anime. There's a Trainer's School on Route 1, but it doesn't have much story focus. Here, it's the main location of the region.
- Adapted Out: Quite a few characters get removed from certain events they were present for in the games, and sometimes they flat-out don't exist in the anime.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Discussed here.
- A Day in the Limelight: Pokémon Chronicles serve as this for multiple side characters such as Ritchie and Tracey; it's a series about their own adventures while Ash is journeying in Hoenn.
- Adults Are Useless: Averted. Unlike the games, the gym leaders, elite four, and the officer Jennys are much more competent and tend to help out more.
- An Aesop: The series is rife with these, all the way back to the original adventures in Kanto. Many of them involve the proper treatment of Pokémon, which is a delicate-enough line to walk even before you factor in all the new problems involved in translating it (which has raised more than a few eyebrows, especially where the movies are concerned).
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: A few times in the anime's history. The most notable example being Clembot going haywire and locking Clemont from his own gym.
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: As with a number of other anime dubs, the series has numerous English theme songs, all of them different from the Japanese version. For example, here's the original opening. For those who don't read Japanese, "ポケモンＧＥＴだぜー！" ("Pokémon Get Da Ze~!", yes with the quiggy) translates to (appropriately) "Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All".
- All-Cheering All the Time: In the Kanto League, Gary's cheerleaders did this.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Moreso in the English dub, but despite it being fairly obvious that Misty has a crush on Ash, he remains oblivious and seems to only regard her as a very good friend. It's implied this is more due to immaturity than an outright lack of interest on his part though.
- All Myths Are True: Every storyline about a Legendary Pokémon will include somebody saying that they thought they were just fake legends. The 50th time it turns out the Pokémon is real, you'd think they would know better.
- Alliance with an Abomination: Several of the movies involve Legendary Pokemon, some of whom are basically Physical Gods, aiding the heroes against the Big Bad. This is especially the case for Giratina, a ghost-dragon Pokemon that even dwells in an Eldritch Location.
- Always Someone Better: It's a recurring point of the anime that Ash lose tournaments by at least two fights... whoever beats Ash in a tournament tends to lose during their next match. Ritchie lost after beating Ash in the Indigo League, Misty lost in the Whirl Cup after beating Ash, and Harrison lost in the Silver Conference finals after beating Ash. Sometimes subverted, as Tobias beat Ash and went on to win the Lily of the Valley Conference and Ash lost to Alain in the finals of the Lumiose Conference, but double-subverted in Alain's case by his own admission to himself that Ash is a better trainer due to Alain's actions in helping Team Flare.
- Finally averted in Alola, when Ash becomes its first Champion by defeating Gladion.
- Amateur Film-Making Plot: Two of them in the Black & White era, thanks of recurring character Luke: the first one (which also marks Luke's debut) is "Movie Time! Zorua in 'The Legend of the Pokémon Knight'!", where Ash and pals join in the cast of Luke's amateur movie after he failed to do it using only his Zorua as every character in the film (since Zorua is a female and she wants to do only the female characters), and later "An Epic Defense Force!", where Ash and pals join Luke in a amateur movie contest at Pokestar Studios, making a film that is hogged with references to the Showa Era Godzilla films.
- Ambiguously Absent Parent:
- Ambiguously absent parents seem to be the norm for the protagonists for the anime. Ash's father was mentioned once in the second episode, but its famously not elaborated on any further, but that's still more than his friend's parents.
- No mention of Dawn or Serena's fathers has been made. Clemont and Bonnie's mother isn't mentioned.
- Neither of Misty's, Tracey's, Iris's or Cilan's parents are mentioned at all. Misty's parents are said to have abandoned Misty and her older sisters according to Pocket Monsters: The Animation. Cilan and his brothers somehow run a gym by themselves despite being not that much older than Ash. Tracey and Iris apparently have no revealed blood relatives at all.
- Averted with Goh and Chloe in Journeys, who both possess full nuclear families.
- Ambiguously Brown: As the series (and franchise as a whole) experienced an Earth Drift over the years, it's hard to apply what ethnicity the human characters are:
- In the original anime series Brock varies in color from light brown to dark brown. There's been a gag a few times where he dances in a sombrero and maracas, but most fans consider him Asian.
- Ash always had a skin tone was always slightly darker than other characters, though he's undeniably Japanese. Starting in Hoenn he's just barely lighter than Brock and has stayed that way since.
- Skyla is given a darker skin tone in the anime, however, it's ambiguous if it's a tan or not.
- As in the games, there is Iris. Fans usually consider her either black or Native American, but there isn't much to go on besides her being darker than Ash.
- Tracey was designed to seem white and replace the more Asian-looking Brock. Despite this, Tracey has a Japanese name in the Japanese version and nothing in-series suggests he's a different ethnicity from any other Kanto character (who are most likely all Japanese bar Lt. Surge).
- The Sun and Moon anime has quite a few characters with varying skin tones, such as Professor Kukui, Kiawe, Mallow and Olivia. However, this is a subversion since Alola is a region based on the tropical Hawaii, characters with darker skin tones actually aren't out of place here at all.
- Goh is noticeably of darker skin tone, but is a Kanto native.
- Ambiguous Gender: Probably an artifact from The Indigo League saga, but most Pokémon that appear in the anime aren't explicitly mentioned to be a certain gender. Even Pikachu's gender was debated for years until it was finally settled as male. Debates are often conducted in the fandom on whether certain Pokémon are male or female and they're often only settled when a human character mentions that the Pokémon is male or female or if the move Attract is used by or on a given Pokémon. If it works, then the Pokémon is the opposite gender of the user while unaffected Pokémon are the same gender.
- And I Must Scream:
- Hunter J captures Pokémon by turning them into statues.
- One episode dealt with a trainer who lost her Pokémon after her town was flooded, the Pokémon was in the Poké Ball for decades deep under the water. If Ash and friends hadn't rescued it, who knows how much longer it would have stayed there.
- And the Adventure Continues: The movies tend to conclude on this note, typically featuring Ash and friends walking off into the distance while the camera pans to the sky.
- Androcles' Lion: In "A Chansey Operation", when Team Rocket tries to take the Pokémon at the hospital, Chansey stands in the way. Arbok and Weezing refuse Jessie and James' orders to attack because Chansey treated their injuries earlier in the episode.
- Animal Talk: Nearly all Pokémon are capable of understanding each other and usually what humans are saying. Meowth is also able to translate what they're saying for people's convenience. The only exception so far concerns Ultra Beasts, whose speech apparently cannot be translated by Meowth, which adds to their alien nature.
- Animation Bump: Battles are usually the recipients of this trope, but as the show went on, Animation Bumps began to occur for certain non-battle-centric episodes as well:
- Several battles are much better animated than others, especially Gym Battles and battles against important opponents. If you see Masaaki Iwane listed in the credits as the animation director, expect a damn good looking episode.
- XY's animation is notably different from the previous anime incarnations, and for a good reason; The people who animated Origins took over the animation work of the main series anime. This is welcome news to a lot of people.
- A notable Bump occurred in the XY episode, "A Showcase Debut!", which had no battles take place in the episode. Before the episode ends, the animation had bumped up to near Pokémon movie-like quality, with more frames and smoother animations given to the characters in particular.
- One of the most noted things people said was that "Ash looks older" at first fans couldn't place it, but it turned out, he is now drawn with his sideburns overlapping his ears (before, his hair was tucked behind the ears), visible teeth and fingernails, and a less baggy outfit which makes him look thinner, sharper, and more mature than before.
- Prior to that, the Johto seasons (starting from "Here's Looking At You, Elekid") introduced digital animation, while the start of the Diamond and Pearl seasons upgraded the animation frame rate to 30 frames instead of 24. In general, each era also becomes increasingly crisper and more detailed.
- Sun and Moon switched to 2DCG style animation, causing a design change for Ash's character model but also increasing the quality of action scenes in the Japanese version, which were inexplicably slowed down in the English dub.
- The Anime of the Game: Probably the most successful adaptation of a game to another media.
- Animorphism: A witch turns Ash into a Pikachu for a short time at the end of the episode "Hocus Pokémon!".
- The rivalry between Ash and Gary is set up in the show's very first episode and establishes that a victory over Gary is one of Ash's important long-term goals. After "Showdown at the Po-ké Corral" has Ash promise Gary that they would finally fight during the Indigo League, Gary is eliminated in a fight against a different trainer in the fourth round of the tournament; Ash goes out in the following round. The later Johto League, however, ties up loose ends with Ash and Gary's Full Battle which ends in the victory of the former.
- Team Aqua and Magma's two-part finale suffered from a rushed pace and horrid animation.
- In Diamond & Pearl: Galactic Battles, Team Galactic is thwarted by Cyrus disappearing into a portal after he nearly succeeds in his plans to remake the universe. There is no real explanation as to why this happens and no climatic battle to lead up to this, he just up and vanishes. Then Dialga and Palkia are stopped from going out of control by Ash, Dawn and Brock just...wishing really hard.
- In Black & White: Adventures in Unova, Ghetsis never battles with Reshiram, who is brought back to his senses with one shot from Pikachu. N then stops Reshiram from rampaging by talking it down. The promised Reshiram vs Charizard battle never happens either, though that could be a case of Never Trust an Opening.
- Played for Laughs with numerous Team Rocket face offs, especially if they ham up their introduction more than usual.
- Arc Hero: While Ash is the show's constant protagonist, each new region after Johto switches up the team he travels with — after Misty and Brock in Kanto and Johto, it's May, Max, and Brock in Hoenn, Dawn and Brock in Sinnoh, Iris and Cilan in Unova, and Clemont, Bonnie, and Serena in Kalos. Each new Deuteragonist has their own arc, personality, and motivations, and more relationships with the natives of each region.
- Art Evolution:
- Kind of a given since the show has probably outlasted much of its original art staff. You don't even need to look that far. Just compare the Dare Da? (The "Who's That Pokémon?" of the original Japanese version) from the first episode◊ to that of the thirty ninth.◊
- The Sun and Moon season has by the most drastic shift in art style, being looser and more expressive than previous seasons.
- Ash Face: Being set on fire appears to be just a minor inconvenience in the Pokémon world.
- Ask a Stupid Question...: In the episode "Dues and Don'ts" Team Rocket tries to catch a Delibird which throws snow at them.
Jessie: It's a Blizzard attack!
James: How do you know it's a Blizzard attack?
Jessie: Maybe because we're in a blizzard?
James: Oh. That makes sense.
- Ascended Meme: The On the Next ______ from Japanese version of Sun and Moon's 126th episode has Jessie and James quarrel whether donuts are round with a hole or triangular without, referencing the infamous Brock edit from original series.
- Attack Reflector: The Counter and Mirror Coat moves.
- Bail Equals Freedom: At the end of their first appearance, Butch and Cassidy are in jail for their crimes. At their next appearance, they're free and tell Jessie and James it's because their boss bailed them out.
- Bait-and-Switch Silhouette: The characters take a quiz identifying Pokémon based on their silhouettes. One silhouette is a perfect circle. Most assume that it's a Voltorb or an Electrode, two spherical Pokémon, but it is actually "Jigglypuff, as seen from above."
- Babies Ever After: In the Credits Montage of Sun and Moons finale, the final shot before the episode ends is of a pregnant Professor Burnet with Professor Kukui by her side.
- Ballet Episode: "The Misty Mermaid" centers on an underwater synchronized swimming show in which Misty gets involved through a series of circumstances. Reinforced by Team Rocket's disguises in the episode.
- Balloon-Bursting Bird: It's quite common for Team Rocket to try to make a getaway in their hot-air balloon, only to have one of the good guys use a bird Pokémon to pop the balloon and send them crashing down to Earth.
- Banana Peel: Misty and Ash's Bulbasaur both fall prey to this prank while working in a beach restaurant in "Beauty and the Beach", courtesy of Meowth. Worse yet, they're carrying trays of food, which go flying everywhere.
- "Bang!" Flag Gun: Haunter had one in "Haunter vs. Kadabra." (the actual "BANG!" flag appears too quickly to be easily made out though)
- Battle Couple: Oscar and Andi, from the Advanced season episode "The Bicker The Better."
- Beach Episode: Complete with swimsuit competition! And Banned In America!
- Belly Dancer:
- In Pokemon: Sinnoh League, May wears a outfit that wouldn't look out of place on a real belly dancer for her return for the Wallace Cup.
- In the XY episode "Mega Revelations", the Team Rocket trio poses as "Mega Evolutions consultants" to snag Korrina's Lucario and Ash's Pikachu, with James and Meowth appearing as mystics and Jessie dressing closer to a belly dancer.
- Beware the Superman: A lot of episodes have antagonistic trainers that use their Pokémon for ulterior motives or in some way that threatens innocent bystanders. Downplayed in that the show doesn't go anywhere with it.
- Big Damn Movie: When legendary Pokémon get involved, the fate of the world is often at stake.
- Big Eater:
- Ash himself is shown throughout the series as being one, usually being the one who consumes the most amongst his various groups.
- May is the biggest offender amongst Ash's travelling companions, showcasing legitimate anger toward being robbed at a handful of occasions.
- Team Rocket's Morpeko manages to eat them out of house more than one occasion, which they use to their advantage during an eating contest until it felt satisfied and lost its Hangry Form.
- Bilingual Animal: Meowth of Team Rocket can speak to both humans and Pokemon, making him useful for relaying information to the characters and audience.
- Bioweapon Beast: The origin of Mewtwo. He was cloned from the DNA of the mythical and nigh-allpowerful Pokemon Mew by scientists for Giovanni, the boss of Team Rocket. Right after his birth Cloning Blues sets in, but Giovanni did manage to trick him for a while into serving as his attack animal.
- Blinding Bangs: The ghost-girl in "Ghoul Daze!"
- Blocking Stops All Damage: Not only do the blocking moves appear, it seems meeting any attack with another produces results. This has led to Flamethrowers being karate-chopped.
- Body Uploading: In "Electric Soldier Porygon", Ash and his friends use some sort of cylindrical "transfer machine" go into cyberspace with a Porygon to stop Team Rocket from stealing trainers' Pokemon.
- Body Wipe:
- "Bad to the Bone", where Professor Oak tells Ash that he should leave his lab.
- "Berry Berry Interesting", where Munchlax walks into the Pokémon Center and to a berry bush.
- In "A Fishing Connoisseur in a Fishy Competition", Bianca runs through the camera.
- "A Shipful of Shivers", one of the ghost's tongue fills the screen as he is licking Jessie and Meowth.
- "Address Unown", in Larvitar's mind, the Slowking's mouth fills the screen as Pikachu and Togepi are entering it.
- Johto begins and ends with Ash facing off against Gary.
- Misty began traveling with Ash after he stole her bike and got it destroyed, and in the episode where she leaves the group, she receives her rebuilt bike.
- Ash's Battle Frontier journey begins and ends with one of his Pokémon defeating a legendary Ice Type (Charizard defeats Articuno the first time, Pikachu defeats Regice the second).
- Dawn's first and last Trainer battles in the Sinnoh region were against Team Rocket.
- Pokémon X and Y begins with Ash and a Dragon/Ground-type Pokémon under the control of an evil team at the top of Prism Tower. Pokémon X and Y's ending arc has Ash and a Dragon/Ground-type Pokémon under the control of an evil team at the top of Prism Tower.
- Bootstrapped Theme: A region specific case. The English dub's first opening theme was quickly replaced after the Kanto season was over, though has became iconic to English fans of the anime (as the page quote demonstrates), so much that the XY dub used a cover for its first season opening. For the 20th movie's dub (much like the Japanese version of it with their first season's theme, as it was the anime's 20th anniversary there), a new, more faithful cover is used in the beginning during the montage of Ash's first moments of his journey. Makes sense as the movie was an Alternate Continuity interpretation of Ash's early Kanto journey from the moment he saw Ho-Oh.
- Breaking Old Trends: The anime, for all its tendencies to patterns, is not above breaking them from time to time, especially being on the air for over two decades.
- The first four Pokemon movies each had an opening theme sequence which used a remix of the then current opening theme from the show. The 5th movie broke this trend by having the opening be another remix of "Mezasei Pokemon Master" instead of the 5th opening "Ready Go". The following 6th movie broke the trend further by having no opening theme song at all, and since then the opening themes have been more sporadic with the movies.
- Due to Hoenn bringing an end to the "original" series, this region is where you start to notice the first notable breaks to certain trends.
- After wearing the same outfit for the Kanto, Orange Islands, and Johto arcs, Ash has a new outfit. It would be the default trend to switch up Ash's clothes for every new series.
- In both Kanto and Johto, Ash caught the three regional starters. Starting with Hoenn, the starters were divided between him and his companions, and Ash wouldn't end up obtaining all three again until Unova.
- Hoenn is the first series where the core cast is made up of more than three people by adding a Tagalong Kid.
- This is the first region where Ash only starts off with just Pikachu instead of bringing over his current team from previous arcs, as in the Orange Island and Johto arcs. Starting with the Unova arc, it would be the standard procedure from then on once a new generation of Pokémon is launched.note For the Sinnoh arc, Ash only meant to take just Pikachu, but the Aipom he caught near the end of the Battle Frontier arc left Oak's lab to join Ash on the Sinnoh journey.
- In Japan, the series would actually begin to change titles for each generation starting with Hoenn, after being just known as Pocket Monsters for the Kanto, Orange Islands, and Johto arcs.
- Streaks that were broken in Sinnoh.
- Ash finally catches a pseudo legendary Pokémon, or at least a member of its line (Gible).
- Sinnoh was also the first series where another Pokémon shared the spotlight with Ash's Pikachu as the series mascot. This being Dawn's Piplup, who spent almost all of his time outside of his Pokéball.
- Previously, the Pokémon League Conference were held in locations that existed in the game. For the Kanto and Hoenn Leagues, they were in the locations where the player fought the Elite Four and the Champion. For Johto, it was held on Mt. Silver, where the Bonus Boss battle against Red was. For Sinnoh however, it was an anime original location and no where near where the Elite Four and Champion were fought in the games. In fact, future league tournaments never took place where the final battles of the game's main storyline took place.
- Previous arc conclusions had Ash learn of another region and deciding to go there follwing his return to Pallet Town. The Sinnoh arc was the first arc to not mention anything of the next generation of games, with Ash just returning to Pallet Town.
- The Unova arc broke some notable trends. In particular:
- Ever since their introduction in the 2nd episode of Kanto, it was a given to have the Team Rocket trio make an appearance in every episode, even if it's just a small 30-second cameo. This trend is finally broken in the 16th Unova episode where they don't make any appearances whatsoever.
- Since Kanto Ash either had Misty or Brock traveling alongside him, with Johto being the only other region he had both. Unova was the first region where neither of them were among his companions.
- With every League tournament Ash either improved or stayed on par in terms of performance. However, in the Unova League, he ended up Best of 8, vs Best of 4 in Sinnoh.
- Unova was the first region where Ash doesn't encounter the regional villain team until after completing the league, where they got a short arc dedicated to Team Plasma.
- Usually there's a few breather episodes between major arcs/series. However, after finishing the Unova League and taking care of Team Plasma, there is twenty episodes long filler arc about Ash getting home from Unova and setting up his journey to Kalos.
- Kalos broke several streaks.
- First region where Ash doesn't catch the Grass-type starter. He doesn't even catch a Grass-type at all in Kalos.
- First evolution of a Water-type starter (Froakie), as well as a Water-type Pokémon finally evolving ever since way back in Kanto when Krabby evolved.
- First generation where Ash doesn't cross-dress.
- Talonflame did not learn Flamethrower like all the rest of his Fire-types.
- First region where all of Ash's Pokémon (save for Pikachu, of course) fully evolve.
- First region where Ash does not reunite with an old companion from the previous region's journey. Cilan did appear, but it was in a post-epilogue episode meaning he only met Clemont and Bonnie.
- Kalos also broke a trend involving the villains, namely that they didn't target either one of the initial cover legendaries, but rather the third Legendary Pokémon connected to them.
- The trainer who beat Ash at the League, Alain, also broke some trends. He became the first rival Ash never beat in a battle and first rival who was not introduced during the League to beat Ash.
- Alola also broke several streaks.
- Alola changed up the overall series formula where instead of being an ongoing adventure around the region, it's now more of a Slice of Life series where Ash goes to school. He still has adventures all over the region, but he only goes there as part of a school field trip. Ash still does take on a variant of the game's Island Challenge, but only faces off against the Island Kahunas.
- The core cast that adventures around the region was usually made up of 3 or 4 human characters. Alola is the first series that goes beyond that by having up to 6 characters that the show focuses on, these being Ash, Lillie, Kiawe, Mallow, Lana, and Sophocles.
- After six regions, Alola is the first where Ash doesn't catch the regional bird Pokémon, or a Water-type Pokémon.
- Ash's outfit is different from all previous versions: shorter pants, no jacket/sweatshirt, and no Fingerless Gloves.
- This is the first region where the main cast are given Mythical Pokémon. Ash caught a Meltan, and at one point had a temporary Poipole in his party. In addition, Mallow is seen caring for a Shaymin.
- With a few notable exceptions, such as the main cast using some of the special Kurt balls in the original series, the creators of the Alola series finally take advantage of the fact that there are a variety of Poké Balls that the cast can use apart from the basic red-and-white ones. Some examples include Jessie catching Mimikyu with a Luxury Ball, Gladion using an Ultra Ball, Premier Ball, Heal Ball and Dusk Ball for his Lycanroc, Silvally, Umbreon, and Zoroark respectively, and Lana catching Eevee (Sandy) with a Dive Ball.
- The Alola League breaks multiple trends that have been prevalent across all previous regional tournaments. Previously, the only important characters of note that enter are Ash and his rivals, with the standard 3-on-3 battles gradually building to full 6-on-6 as the tournament progresses. Here, all of Ash's companions, Team Rocket, Team Skull, and a Pokémon Professor (Samson Oak) also participate, with a gradual shift from 1-on-1 at the start and 3-on-3 at the end.
- The biggest shake-up of all: Ash finally wins the league and becomes regional champion, not to mention the first of that region, breaking his 22-year losing streak contested only by the anime-original Orange League sandwiched between the Kanto and Johto Leagues.
- There are no guest appearance of any of Ash's companions from the immediate predecessor series, unlike before, though the long retired Brock and Misty from the original series do make a couple return appearances to continue shaking things up. Also not appearing are Early-Bird Cameo of Pokémon from the next generation of games in either the TV series or any of the movies released during the time.
- The anime series that debuted alongside Pokémon Sword and Shield has already broken a few trends.
- In Japan, it'll be referred as just Pocket Monsters instead of having a series subtitle.
- Similarly, the English title is Pokémon Journeys instead of sharing the names of the recent games, which it had done since the 4th generation games Diamond and Pearl.
- The plot has Ash traveling on all of the known Pokémon world, not just the Galar region, as a research assistant instead of getting involved with the Galar Pokémon League. Although he does later get involved in something called the World Coronation Series in order to challenge Leon from Sword and Shield.
- The primary supporting cast is made of Canon Foreigners instead of adaptations of existing game characters.
- Ash's traveling companions have a least consisted of one guy and one girl. Here only Goh accompanies him on his travels. While Chloe fits the role as the token girl of the supporting cast, said role is less prominent compared to previous series.
- Ash first captures for the series aren't any of the Generation VIII additions to the Pokédex, but rather Pokémon from previous generations.
- Related to Ash's first capture, the Dragonite he catches breaks several traditions. 1) Breaks the tradition of the first catch in the new series being the regional bird, a Bug-type, or a starter Pokémon. 2) First capture of a Pokémon in their final stage since Noctowl all the way back in Johto. 3) First time Ash catches a Pokémon that one of his companions (Iris) also owns.
- Related to Ash's second capture, the Gengar he catches turned out to have been abandoned by its previous trainer, which breaks the tradition of Ash's abandoned Pokémon catches all being Fire-type starters (Charmander, Chimchar, and Tepig).
- Similar to Ash, Team Rocket doesn't get any Pokémon from Galar to train personally. Instead, They use a gacha matchine loaded with Team Rocket-loyal Pokémon, so the Pokémon they use in their plans are randomized for each episode they appear in.
- It's the first series in which Ash has caught none of the current generation's starters. After having previously caught all of them in Kanto, Johto and Unova, two of them in Sinnoh and Alola, and just a single one each in Hoenn and Kalos, all three of Galar's starters were caught by Goh instead.
- Voice acting wise, the English dub often used actors based mainly in New York. Here, some Los Angeles based voice actors are thrown into the mix, such as Zeno Robinson and Cherami Leigh, due to the production of the dub being moved from NY to LA.
- Then there's the numerous movies for the Pokémon anime. The first nineteen are essentially big screen adventures of Ash and his friends, depending on the season the movie debuted in. The twentieth movie isn't a movie for the Sun and Moon seasons, but instead an Alternate Continuity version of the series' first ever episode, namely it due to being a Milestone Celebration. The following movie would stay in that continuity and the movie after that was a 3D CG remake of Pokémon: The First Movie.
- Break Them by Talking:In Sun and Moon, Nanu uses this as a tactic when battling Ash, using taunts and insults to bait Ash into making strategic mistakes and letting his emotions get in the way of the battle. He eventually learns to overcome this.
- Breath Weapon: The anime has 9 different breath attack types that are commonly used over the course of the series. note The traditional, and most common of the nine breath attack types being Fire Breath◊, the second most common of the nine breath attack types being Laser Breath◊ with the seven other breath attack types being as follows, Wind Breath◊, Energy Breath◊, Ice Breath◊, Water Breath◊, Mud Breath◊, Poison Breath◊ and finally Smoke Breath◊.
- Broken Aesop:
- "Viva Las Lapras." There's a group of people who chase after a herd of Lapras, send out their Pokémon to weaken them, throw their poke balls and... wait a minute.
- At various points, people try to drill in Ash's head that trainers should train their Pokémon, and cannot expect to win with untrained ones. Despite this, he used completely untrained Pokémon like Kingler, Muk or Tauros at various Pokémon League matches, and they actually performed better than those he had with him his whole journey and had participated in dozen of battles.
- The Bus Came Back: Occasionally, a story arc will feature a main character from the previous series who makes a guest appearance. They invariably meet and become good friends with the newer cast members:
- In Advanced Generation, Misty met with May and Max. They would meet up once more when they traveled to Kanto.
- Diamond and Pearl had May met Dawn and they both competed in the Wallace Cup.
- Best Wishes had Dawn travel to Unova where she met Ash, Iris, Cilan and Meloetta.
- A special episode had Cilan encounter Brock (without knowing that they both traveled with Ash at some point).
- Another special episode had Cilan encounter Clemont and Bonnie (again without knowing that they both knew Ash).
- Sun and Moon had a two-part story arc where Ash went back to Kanto, alongside his Alola classmates and met with Misty and Brock.
- In Journeys, Ash and Goh meet up with Mewtwo from the original series where they do battle. It's also featured episodes in which past companions from previous series have appeared, so far including Korrina from Kalos and the entire cast from Alola.
- Business as Unusual: Giovanni leaves Jessie and James in charge of the Viridian City Gym while he goes out. It ends about as well as you'd expect.
- Butt-Monkey: Several cases, but most prominently:
- Team Rocket, being the perennial Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains of the show, fall victim to constant Pokémon attacks and "blasting offs" Once an Episode. Sometimes even when they aren't causing trouble, they're still punching bags to the cast or just cosmic fate (it plays a large part into their tragic backstories).
- Ash started off as such due to his ineptness and impulsiveness usually causing him to humiliate himself or get into danger. It downplayed following Character Development, though still appears every now and then, especially during the Sun and Moon series.
- Out of Ash's many companions, Misty was near equally prone to slapstick and ego-denting humiliation as he was. Possible runners up include May due to being most liable to hold the Distress Ball and get endangered, kidnapped or tied up, as well as Clemont, being an Adorkable Bungling Inventor with several jokes based around his poor physical condition.
- Brock may not have been as bad, unless it comes to his chances with a pretty hot woman in the episode...
- Due to the Team Rocket trio being taken more seriously in the Black and White Series, the role of "Butt Monkey" was transferred to different characters. The most prominent being Burgundy, who was introduced as Cilan's main rival but in this case, she's trying to measure up to him unlike the rivalries between Iris vs. Georgia and Ash vs. Trip. The poor girl gets humiliated and abused in various ways in most of her appearances.
- For an evolved Psychic-Type, Starmie seems to get the snot beaten out of it in every battle it's in. It even becomes a literal Chew Toy when fighting a Raticate in the episode "Battle Aboard the St. Anne." No wonder Misty prefers Staryu.
- Calling Your Attacks: A variation; the calls are commands by a Trainer for the Pokémon to execute a specific technique/attack, as the Pokémon can use them without human intervention.
- The Pokémon showboat episode implies that the Pokémon do this, but we can't tell because of Pokémon Speak and the dubbing process.
- Call of the Wild Blue Yonder:
- In episode "Let Bagons Be Bagons" a Bagon tries to learn how to fly. It eventually does so with a jetpack before evolving into Shelgon.
- Another example was "Fly Me to the Moon" about a Pidgey named Orville who dreams of flying higher than any other Pokémon. Even Meowth was touched by the dream and decided to help him.
- The Cameo: The zany Clefairy from Pocket Monsters appears in Episode 360.
- Canon Foreigner:
- Jessie, James and Meowth of Team Rocket were invented to be the main antagonists of Ash and Pikachu. They would make appearances in Pokémon Yellow as reoccurring bosses. Ultimately inverted into Canon Immigrant with the Let's Go games including them.
- Of Ash's friends, Tracey is the only one with no real main game equivalent. His only game appearance was in Pokémon Puzzle League, which is a Dolled-Up Installment of Panel de Pon. Max is a borderline example as he resembles the male Schoolkid NPCs in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and the young child inhabiting Littleroot Town.
- Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny are perennial supporting characters that have appeared in every series. They were also invented for the anime. Nurse Joy, however, quickly became something of a downplayed Canon Immigrant, in that the unnamed Nurse NPCs from GSC forward began taking design cues from the Joys down to the iconic looping pink hair.
- As part of it shake-up of the formula, the main supporting cast for Pokémon Journeys are all original to the anime.
- Canon Immigrant:
- Due to the anime playing a large part in the promotion of the games series, there is a lot of Recursive Adaptation. For example, Pokémon Yellow is a modified version of Pokémon Red and Blue that emulates the anime by having Pikachu as its only starter.
- For the main game series in particular, Ash's Pikachu and Team Rocket's Meowth were made as downloadable content for Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. Other Pokémon based on other characters have also been available from time to time.
- Ash-Geninja was a demo gift for Pokémon Sun and Moon. This Greninja was specifically based on Ash's Greninja as its Original Trainer is Ash and was caught on the same date of its debut episode and as a moveset similar to one he had in the anime.
- The Pokémon Center Nurses were originally indistinct NPCs that treated your Pokémon. Later games would have them look more and more like Nurse Joy from the anime.
- Casting Gag:
- Cats Are Mean: Feline-inspired Pokémon in the anime are recurrently prone to attitude problems or untrustworthy behaviour, even if it ranges from being somewhat rough natured heroes or outright antagonists. The main villain Pokémon is Team Rocket's Meowth, a cat, which of course complements the fact that the anime's flagship Pokémon, Ash's Pikachu, is a mouse.
- Characterisation Click Moment:
- In his first few appearances in the anime, Brock was fairly cool-headed and serious, often just posing as The Straight Man to Ash and Misty. "The School of Hard Knocks" however establishes Brock's tendency to fall quickly for pretty girls, setting up his Casanova Wannabe persona that would define him in later episodes. Curiously Ash falls for the same girl in the episode, which in an opposite fashion counts as Characterisation Marches On for his usual Celibate Hero personality.
- The Team Rocket trio started off more sinister and graceful villains, and even after their quick conversion into more bumbling antagonists, their individual characters were not quite fully formed yet. From around the introduction of Giovanni in "Battle Aboard St. Anne", they are established as downtrodden flunkies of the organisation, with more focus on their pathos and frustrations. Some of their personality traits also begin to fully form around this time, with Jessie becoming more hot headed and replacing the now more insecure Meowth as the Leader Wannabe and James becoming more of a bumbling nebbish.
- Character Signature Song: Most of these are from the "XY&Z TV Anime Character Song Project Collection" series of albums.
- Perhaps the most famous would be Jigglypuff's iconic song.
- The Team Rocket trio has "Team Rocket Forever", "Look Forward, Team Rocket!", "Team Rocket's Team Song", and "Double Trouble" in the dub.
- Meowth specifically has "Meowth's Song", "Meowth's Party", "Polka O Dolka", and "Meowth's Ballad".
- Brock has "Brock's Paradise" and "Two Perfect Girls" in the dub.
- May has "I Won't Lose!" and Dawn has "By Your Side".
- "Squishy's Song" for Bonnie and Squishy.
- "Brilliantly" for Clemont.
- Serena has "DreamDream".
- Even Pikachu has his own song, with the lyrics of course being in Pokémon Speak.
- Pretty much any of the openings in both the original and the dub count as Ash's song.
- Misty has two songs in the dub: "Misty's Song" and "Misty Most of All".
- So far, Tracey, Max, and Ash's friends from both Unova and Alola are the only main characters without character songs.
- Child Prodigy:
- In "The Ancient Puzzle Of Pokemopolis", the trio meets an archaeologist who has earned her PhD at the age of eight.
- Far later in the anime's life, Clemont joins the team. While most of his regular inventions tend to blow up as a running gag, he has managed to develop various facilities devoted to energy production in the Kalos region, including Kalos's power plant and Lumiose Tower.
- The Chosen One: Ash frequently ends in this role, for better or for worse, both in the main anime (particularly in later eras) and the side films.
- In Best Wishes, Ash is the scion of Ideals, while N is the scion of Truth.
- In XY, Lysandre attempts to force Ash to be his Dark Messiah.
- In Sun and Moon, the Guardians take an interest in Ash from the start. It is eventually revealed that they brought Cosmog to Ash so he can get a Solgaleo. Tapu Koko also personally gifts him a Z-Ring, which all the Tapus later convert into a Z-Power Ring.
- Christmas Episode: "Holiday Hi-Jynx!", which due to two unfortunate circumstances, did not air when originally intended in Japan and internationally.
- The Pikachu's Winter Vacation shorts.
- Circling Birdies:
- While the games usually feature generic birdies, the Pokémon anime sometimes features characters seeing circling bird-like Pokémon; the anime has shifted to frequently utilizing Pidgey or Torchic for this effect. Often, it indicates when a Pokémon is succumbing to the effect of the Confusion status. There is also a low chance of circling stars.
- Also, the Ditto at the beginning of Pikachu's Ghost Carnival, in which the Ditto gets circling stars when it got hit on the head by a Cubone while Ditto was disguised as a Cubone.
- Circus Episode: The episode "It's Mr. Mime Time!" deals with the ringmaster of a traveling circus and her lazy Mr. Mime. When Ash is recruited to take the place of the Mr. Mime in the circus (in order to convince the Pokémon to come back to work) he gets mistakenly kidnapped by Team Rocket.
- Clam Trap: In the episode "Clamperl of Wisdom!", a Clamperl (an oyster-like Pokémon) bites down on Meowth's tail at one point. This scene currently serves as the trope's page image.
- Clip Show: Three of them (one in Hoenn, two in Sinnoh), all skipped in the dub.
- Clockwork Prediction: In "Island of the Giant Pokemon", Ash, Misty, Brock and Team Rocket end up on a mine cart where they're reunited with their Pokemon while dragging a few huge Pokemon (really robots) behind them. When Ash wonders what they can do, both Jesse and James, no strangers to bad luck, pretty much predict what'll happen next. Namely their cart will go off the rails, the line snagging the giant Pokemon will snap, and they'll get flung into the sea. And indeed, one by one, that's what happens the moment they call it.
- Comic-Book Time: Confirmed to be the case in an interview with the series' executive director.
Kunihiko Yuyama:Time has not passed since the start of the journey. Ash is eternally 10 years old.
- Comic Trio: Team Rocket, combined with a Terrible Trio. This was averted in Black and White, in which they became much darker and more serious (they even traded their trademark white uniforms for black ones), and also only started appearing occasionally, taking a back seat to other antagonists. However, as of X&Y, they have returned to their comical old selves, and are the main antagonists once again.
- Confidence Building Scheme: One episode sees Ash and friends teaming up with Team Rocket to deliberately lose Pokemon battles in order to boost the confidence of a weak and scrawny Paras so that it can evolve more quickly into Parasect.
- Continuity Cameo: Todd Snap joined the main cast as a Guest-Star Party Member during the Indigo saga to advertise his home game, Isamu Akai (better known as the main character of the Pocket Monsters manga, Red) starred in a movie featured in an episode during the Advanced Generation saga, Jimmy and Marina (based off of the male and female protagonist of Pokémon Gold and Silver and Crystal) starred in a special featuring Raikou (rival Silver, whose anime incarnation is often called "Kamon" to distinguish him, appears in the Japanese opening for the special)note Marina would also go on to make several understated cameos later in the series, and Lyra would become her own Guest Star Party Member during the DP saga. Brendan and Lucas appeared in the introductory shots of several movies in the Advanced Generation and DP sagas, always battling in an arena of some sort.
- Continuity Cavalcade:
- One of the first shots from the first episode of Black and White shows that Ash keeps all of his various achievements in a section of his room. The premiere of Journeys updates it to include things from Unova, Kalos, and Alola.
- One of the Best Wishes ending has this◊ pic of all the main characters and nearly all their mons.
- Convection Schmonvection: Pretty much any time someone gets hit with a move like Flamethrower at close range.
- Conveniently Timed Distraction:
- During the Original series, when Ash is trying to catch a Weedle, Samurai tries to challenge Ash to a battle. While Ash is talking with Samurai, the Weedle escapes.
- During the Diamond and Pearl saga, when Dawn makes a second attempt to catch a Buneary, the Pokeball that she plans to use slips out of her hand and hits Ash in the face leading him to angrily scold Dawn which results in an argument between the two. While they argue, the Buneary slip away which Piplup notices and alerts everyone that it escaped.
- During the Diamond and Pearl saga, when Paul and Electabuzz are trying to catch a wild Drapion, they both get distracted when Ash's Gligar falls from the sky after being blown by a gust of wind in front of Paul and the Drapion escapes when it sees Paul and Electabuzz distracted.
- Cooking Duel: In "Hail to the Chef", Rhoda and Rhonda face off against each other with their Mr. Mime and Sneasel, respectively, to see who's the best.
- Cooldown Hug: Several examples, but one notable instance is in "Glory Blaze", when Ash's Chimchar went berserk with rage after its ability Blaze activated. In spite of Chimchar's rampaging, it biting Ash, and being surrounded by fire, Ash hugged it and begged it to stop until Chimchar finally regained itself and calmed down.
- Cool Airship: The favored method of transport/base for many Pokémon villains, especially movie villains. Team Rocket also regularly retrofit their Meowth-inspired hot-air balloon with all manner of weapons, thrusters, and anti-Pokémon gadgetry.
- Hunter J's main method of transport. It's not only massive, but can turn invisible.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: In Chronicles, Professor Oak is at one point kidnapped by Team Rocket, and then interrogated. When he failed to give the answers they looked for, they punished him by scratching a piece of glass with a nail. Hilarity Ensues.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: In JN050 while making curry one of the researchers decides to use Chloe's whipped cream for the special ingredient much to the horror of the rest. Surprisingly, they find it delightful.
- Costume Evolution:
- The main party members switch outfits whenever they go into a new region. Johto and the Orange Islands avert this, though.
- Despite being Put on the Bus, Misty had two costume changes: one for Pokémon Chronicles and one for her Hoenn appearances. Neither design originate from the games.
- Creator Cameo: Ikue Otani appears in the episode "Lights! Camera! Pika!" as a voice actor for, who else, a Pikachu. Supposedly, next to her is Yūki Kaji, the Japanese voice actor for Clemont.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
- Marilyn is a girl that goes gaga over any Pokémon she says is cute, though not as bad as Gardenia with Grass Pokémon. So anybody watching the episode would've never guessed that she'sgood in Pokémon battles.
- Ash, and generally most newcomers start off this way before Character Development kicks in, being more inept and flawed but with their potential obvious.
- Cross Counter: Used in quite a few match-ups between Pokémon, but though the episode "Pasta La Vista" was set up for one, Team Rocket interrupted before the two fighting Pokémon could hit each other.
- Cultural Translation: Most often with food. During the earliest Indigo episodes, rice balls are repeatedly referred to as donuts despite very clearly not being donuts. In another, the onigiri in Team Rocket's lunch basket (eaten by a gang of Squirtle) are referred to as both donuts and eclairs. Until Hoenn, rice balls were sparingly called rice balls. Later seasons would edit out Japanese food items and replace them with sandwiches and the like. The practice sort of stopped by Sinnoh when snacks were featured less prominently or started to be based on items that could be found in the games.
- In another Indigo League episode, Team Rocket's lunch is renamed - Jessie is said to be eating Chinese food instead of curry, and James' ochazuke (rice flavored with green tea and other toppings as desired) becomes "tea and crumpets."
- Curtains Match the Window: Quite a few characters, be they lifted from the games or anime-original characters.
- Cute Bruiser: Any cutesy Pokémon with fight in them may count.
- Dark Is Not Evil:
- Darker and Edgier:
- The movies tend to be darker than the main anime, with high stakes, body counts that don't always get undone, and vile villains.
- The Diamond and Pearl saga: Paul's treatment of Chimchar in an effort to control Blaze in an attempt to invoke Heroic Second Wind leaves the poor thing traumatized and scared for many episodes; Hunter J is a sociopathic Bounty Hunter who tries to kill Ash on numerous occasions; Team Galactic is given a case of Adaptational Villainy, including trying to destroy Iron Island and kill all the humans and the Pokémon on it when in the games they wanted to catch the Pokemon, and Pokémon were shown badly injured more often; Dawn falls into depression after a losing streak, and spends several episodes as a Stepford Smiler while contemplating if she should quit on her dreams.
- The X/Y saga's Team Flare crisis has the regional evil team attempt to use Zygarde to slowly destroy the Kalos region, starting with Lumiose City. They capture Ash and many of his friends to forcibly study the Mega Evolution bond between Pokemon, were using the powerful trainer Alain as a pawn, and the leader, Lysandre, pulls a Suicidal "Gotcha!" after being defeated in battle before appearing again to continue his goals. He ends up dying for real at the climax of the fight.
- Deadly Doctor: Dr. Proctor from the Indigo saga, who fought Team Rocket armed with nothing but a labcoat full of scalpels.
- Deconstruction: The anime can be seen as the one for the games.
- The Player Character being a complete novice. Not only Ash doesn't clean up the local crime team operating in the local region, at least by himself, he also loses the regional leagues as they operate under Tournament Arc rules in where every trainer is just as powerful and skilled as him. This is a far cry from the games in where a complete novice In-Universe can spontaneously succeed in disbanding the local crime group and defeat the top five trainers (The Champion and Elite 4) in the region while other countless trainers more competent and experienced have failed in doing so due not being the protagonist. This gets subverted over time due to experience kicking in though.
- When moving to a new region, it's still possible for a veteran trainer to lose if he gets cocky and gets caught off guard by the new meta-gimmicks implemented in each generation.
- Pokémon have their own emotions, personalities, hobbies and interests. You have to treat them as actual living beings instead of collections of pixels. Treating them like chess pieces is a one-way ticket to getting them to hate you. Many of Ash's pokemon disobey him because of personal preference or have to leave due to their own personal obligations. Ash is not stupid enough to release a powerful pokemon without (usually) a good reason.
- Regions are HUGE, not a stroll in the park. It can take days to get from one city to another.
- Battles are fought in real-time instead of turn-based. Numbers and stats can only take you so far. Creativity with moves and usage of terrain is the key to victory, something that the games rarely apply.
- When learning new moves, one does not become an Instant Expert nor it can be learned with discs (the TMs and HMs) as shown in games. It's possible for moves to fail due to inexperience in using them. On the plus side, moves can have multiple variations with enough creativity instead of just being one-note.
- The Player Character being a complete novice. Not only Ash doesn't clean up the local crime team operating in the local region, at least by himself, he also loses the regional leagues as they operate under Tournament Arc rules in where every trainer is just as powerful and skilled as him. This is a far cry from the games in where a complete novice In-Universe can spontaneously succeed in disbanding the local crime group and defeat the top five trainers (The Champion and Elite 4) in the region while other countless trainers more competent and experienced have failed in doing so due not being the protagonist. This gets subverted over time due to experience kicking in though.
- Defeat Equals Explosion: Team Rocket find themselves on the receiving end of this trope in virtually every episode theyre in, mainly to trigger their blast-offs even when the attacks used to cause said blast-offs shouldnt logicallycreate an explosion without a giant mech to justify it.
- Defeat Means Friendship: This happens almost all the time for captured Pokémon. This is especially true for those who befriend the group, but demand to fight before they are formally caught. Among those this applies to are Ash's Treecko in AG, Ash's Snivy and Krokorok in BW, and Serena's Pancham in XY.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: The Elite Four, as well as several other characters.
- Demoted to Extra:
- Brendan and Lucas, Player Characters from the games the series is based off of, only show up as cameos in a couple of the movies.
- In Pokémon Black and White, Bianca is one of the player character's friendly rivals and makes frequent appearances. In the anime, she does show up fairly often but never rises above the level of supporting character. The other rival from those games, Cheren, only shows up in one episode.
- With the anime cast itself, most former companions, after their tenure journeying Ash is over, will be Put on the Bus besides a return episode the following era and a few very minor cameos.
- Legendary and Mythical Pokémon often suffer this. Sure, they may get a movie to shine in as major characters, but afterwards they will simply show up as if they were nothing special, and almost no attempt at depicting them as Single Specimen Species is made. Multiple Darkrai have appeared with little significance, the legendary birds (once harbingers of destruction) have made numerous appearances, and there's a second Mewtwo just because.
- Despite being the other mascot of Pokémon Black and White, Zekrom only makes one major appearance in the BW series to act as a glorified Reset Button for Pikachu. Afterwards, it never appears again in the series itself, while its opposite Reshiram received a major role in the Episode N arc.
- Pick a villainous team. Any villainous team. You can be sure that even if they get a big climax, it will be undermined by the organisation being ignored for the lion's share of the series, with the Team Rocket trio usurping their roles as the recurring bad guys. The leaders also rarely get into fights, instead letting their grunts and admins do the dirty work.
- Ironically, Team Rocket themselves were sidelined hard for much of the original series in favor of the iconic trio. In the Indigo League season, none of their plotline from Pokémon Red and Blue (such as taking over Silph Co. or their Game Corner hideout) was adapted into the series, Ash rarely battled Rocket Grunts, and Giovanni was The Unfought, even at the Viridian Gym (he's also, bizarrely enough, almost never called Giovanni outside the first movie!). This also means they never got a big climax where they were defeated for good.
- Team Magma and Team Aqua also made sparse appearances, with the latter group appearing fifteen episodes after the former — who debuted in the second episode of Advanced. Furthermore, Maxie and Archie are demoted to Non Action Big Bads, and Courtney and Matt don't even exist.
- Out of 191 episodes in Diamond/Pearl, Team Galactic only appear in just above ten. Cyrus, again, doesn't use Pokémon himself, and his defeat is... open to interpretation, and also had nothing to do with the heroes.
- Team Plasma is completely absent from the first season of Black/White, though not for lack of trying — they would have appeared earlier, if not for the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, and the destructive content of their debut episodes. Said episodes would still have had them as bit players next to Team Rocket, who were pushed more heavily as Unova's villains over Team Plasma for over half the series. When they and N finally did make a proper appearance, it was as their Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 selves, with much of their original depth and grey morality ignored. And their episode count still paled next to Team Rocket's.
- Team Skull's focus in Sun/Moon seems token at best. While they're a recurring group of bumbling Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains in the games, that role is taken from them by, again, the Team Rocket trio. Not only has this cut their screentime significantly, but Gladion doesn't have a connection to them here, and the series even adapts the climax of Pokémon Sun and Moon long before Guzma and Plumeria appear! (Guzma, at least, gets a character arc incorporated into the show, though it is very late in the last season and he only appears in two scenes following his defeat.)
- Denser and Wackier:
- The Advanced Generation was noted for this, having far zanier plots in filler episodes, Meowth's boss fantasies becoming a Once per Episode thing, and Team Rocket's Villain Decay reaching its peak.
- The Sun And Moon season is significantly more cartoony and light-hearted than previous installments, especially the previous XY season.
- Deus ex Machina: It would be impossible to count the number of times Team Rocket or an opponent had the heroes on the ropes until a random Pokémon appeared, evolved, or learned a new move and cleaned house for them. XY adds onto this with the Mega Evolutions, which verge as the Pokémon equivalent of Super Saiyans.
- In the episode Charmander, The Stray Pokemon, Team Rocket managed to trap the twerps in a pit and capture Pikachu in a rubber ball. (rubber insulates electricity) Cue Damians Charmander arriving and using flamethrower on Team Rocket.
- In The Pi-Kahuna, Team Rocket successfully steal both Ashs AND Victors Pikachu and put them in a glass cage that is immune to electricity. Shortly after, they get attack by Gyrados during mating season, which wasnt mentioned ANYTIME in the episode. Cue Team Rocket blasting off again.
- In a Johto episode, the twerps are playing in the park and Team Rocket manages to capture ALL OF THEM. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a pack of Ursaring use Hyper Beam, popping the balloon.
- Diabolus ex Machina: The "League Rivals", characters typically introduced near the end of each arc who all have a knack for being the one to eliminate Ash from the Tournaments. Of particular note is Tobias, who had (at least) two Olympus Mons and swept the entire Sinnoh League, which Ash was actually doing pretty well in up until that point. Ash merely failed less than everyone else by managing to knock both out at the cost of all six of his Pokémon.
- In the XYZ episode An Explosive Operation, Team Flare pursue a Zygarde core (codenamed Z2) while Team Rocket fend them off with the intention of protecting it so they can bring Z2 back to their own headquarters. Eventually, they are beaten, but Z2 transforms into its 50% Form, leveling the whole area around it into a giant crater... Only for Alain and his Charizard to suddenly appear and defeat Zygarde under Lysandres orders, forcing it to disperse and leaving it too weak to resist being captured by Team Flare anymore.
- Disguised in Drag: James tends to do this as part of Team Rocket's disguises, mostly in the original series. Most of the time in the dub he will also speak in a cheesy falsetto voice that can be quite funny, especially in "Battle Aboard the St. Anne" (which was the first instance of James dressing like a girl)...
"Like wow, don't I make, like, the COOLEST girl?"
- Ash has done this a few times, most notably in "Pokémon Scent-Sation", where he dresses as a girl named "Ashley", with the help of Jessie and James, to get into Erika's gym where he had initially been kicked out for criticizing Erika's perfume.
- Distracted by the Sexy:
- Brock, every time a Nurse Joy or Officer Jenny shows up. Every time a pretty girl shows up.
- During a festival centering around Oshawott, Ash's Oshawott is using Aqua Jet during an event. One glimpse at his crush, Osharina, caused him to lose control and crash into his trainer head first.
- One episode has Chespin having to run an errand for Clemont. Chespin continually ends up distracted along the way and one of the gags involved it being distracted by a Marill riding with its owner on a bike.
- Dismissive Kick: There are two episodes where James does this to a Pokemon, and both times the Pokemon evolves right after he kicks it. The first time is in "Pokemon Shipwreck", where he kicks his Magikarp off the raft because it not only can't swim well, but it can't even be eaten. It then evolves into Gyarados, leading to both Ash's group and Team Rocket getting caught in a tornado created by Gyarados's Dragon Rage attack. The second time is in "Primeape Goes Bananas", when he kicks away a wild Mankey that interrupted him and Jessie when they were about to battle Ash. The Mankey then evolves into Primeape and goes on a rampage, eventually being caught by Ash by the end of the episode.
- A Dog Named "Dog": Almost all Pokémon that appear in the anime are not nicknamed. There are a few exceptions that belong to minor human characters especially when they own more than one of the same species but the number that are owned by main or re-occurring characters can probably be counted on one hand:
- Ritchie has nicknames for his Pokémon. He has a Charmeleon named Zippo, a Butterfree named Happy, a Pikachu named Sparky, a Pupitar named Cruise and a Taillow named Rose.
- In "The Pi-Kahuna", Victor owns a Pikachu named Puka.
- Marina has a Feraligatr named Wani-Wani, a Misdreavus named Little Miss and a Jigglypuff named Pink.
- Misty obtains a Luvdisc named "Caserin", James has a Growlithe named "Growlie" at his parents' home, Lillie nicknamed her Alolan Vulpix "Snowy" (The reason for this is due to Samson Oak obtaining another Vulpix that hatched at the same time as Snowy), and Lana named her Eevee "Sandy".
- Ren has a Magnemite who he calls Francois.
- Doom Doors: A door in Professor Oak's lab has this sound in the Chronicles episode Showdown At The Oak Corral.
- Double Standard: Ash and his friends will always get angry at a trainer who release their Pokemon for being weak, and the narrative will take their side: in fact, it was a big part of the rivalry between Ash and Paul. Now, if a Pokemon decides to leave their trainers because they see them as weak? Well, that's just fine for them, and Ash will happily try to snatch them for himself; both Snivy and Froakie were captured this way.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: One of the recurring oddities of the show, especially of the early era under Takeshi Shudo's pen, was the fact that events kept conspiring to submarine Ash's journey To Be a Master by preventing him from having Pokémon that were both powerful (read: fully-evolved) and competent — they could be one or the other, not both.
- Ash's Butterfree, the first Pokémon he'd ever fully evolved, was released to go participate in his mating season. He hasn't been seen since outside of rare flashbacks.
- Ash's Primeape left Ash's team to receive training from a professional boxing coach to become a P-1 Champion... except Primeape had already become a P-1 Champion in that very episodenote As a matter of fact, the reason Ash entered the P-1 competition in the first place was to convince the coach to retire from training Pokémon and spend more time with his family. Insultingly, this was also the episode in which the normally belligerent and disobedient Primeape finally bonded with Ash and began to listen to commands. He also hasn't been seen much outside of cameos in future Japanese openings.
- Ash's Pidgeotto evolved into Pidgeot and was left with a flock of other Pidgey and Pidgeotto in the very first episode of the Orange Islands arc. (Couldn't have Ash flying around the islands, now could we?) Despite his promise to return after he was done in the islands, Ash's writers haven't bothered with the bird in years.
- Misty had some of this, too — when she returns to Cerulean City to briefly star in her sisters' underwater ballet, the episode ends with Misty's sisters relieving her of Starmie and Horsea.
- When Ash was allowed to keep powerful Pokémon, they would often have personality quirks, flaws, or foibles designed to prevent them from operating at maximum (or even remotely decent) efficiency. Most famously, Ash's Charizard was temperamental and often simply refused to lift a finger to help Ash in his battles. Late in the Orange Islands (EP105), Charizard is moved by Ash's devotion and finally decides to get its butt in gear. However, in the Johto arc, Ash is told that Charizard is too powerful and that he's been abusing its superiority, and the writers have him leave Charizard in the Charicific Valley for training (EP134)note The writers had apparently been planning this for a while, writing scenes to downplay Charizard's actual strength, such as when the Chikorita Ash would eventually catch managed to slam it into a mountainside. So, for the 89 episodes Ash had a Charizard (he first achieved the form in EP046), the lizard was loyal for less than 30 of them before the writers did away with him. This made room for Cyndaquil, a little badger cub with powerful fire attacks... hampered by serious ignition problems, though Ash actually worked with Cyndaquil to overcome this problem a few episodes later.
- Ash's Sceptile is another good example — it evolved from Grovyle to protect a Meganium it had fallen for... only to learn Meganium loved another. Its heartbreak crippled it so completely it couldn't use any special moves, though it got over this problem after only a couple of episodes.
- More recently, in XY, Ash's Goomy quickly evolved into a Sliggoo and then into a Goodra, a powerful pseudo-legendary Pokémon, and it had no issues obeying Ash. Soon after it fully evolved, Ash released it so that it could be with its friends at its swamp home.
- This eventually led to the writers utilizing the Bag of Spilling with the start of each new series, from Advanced Generation on — Ash leaves his entire team, sans Pikachu, at Oak's lab just before he enters a new region. The narrative justifies this (somewhat) by him wanting to start from scratch and learn new things, and can (usually) be counted on to find some new way to De-Power Pikachu accordingly. At least he brings back his old team members for tournaments....
- Greninja's "Ash-Greninja" form is strong enough to defeat Champion Diantha. However, Ash doesn't have full understanding of the transformation or even how to activate it. Furthermore, during the transformation Ash shares Greninja's pain and fatigue and they'll both pass if they push the form too hard. This obstacle is finally overcome after his first battle at the Snowbelle Gym.
- Dub-Induced Plot Hole: In one episode, Shiftry kidnaps Nurse Joy by hitting her with Sleep Powder. However, the gang keeps referring to it as Stun Spore; a move that paralyzes a foe, not put them to sleep. Whoops.
- Dude, Not Funny!: In-Universe, international dub only, in "The Kangaskhan Kid". After the events of "Hypno's Naptime", Misty reacting to being asked if she was a Pokémon or a person as though she'd just been asked about her rack (as she was in the Japanese version) makes perfect sense, seeing she'd been hypnotized into believing she was a Seel in that episode.
- Dumbass No More:
- In the first season, Ash was, to put it bluntly, a rather immature idiot who wasn't even that skilled a trainer; half his badges were given to him for some feat he performed rather than actually beating the Gym Leader, and Charizard's refusal to obey him was a long-running plot point. Beginning with the Orange Islands arc, he began to show more common sense and genuine skill, and from Advanced Generation to Diamond & Pearl, while he was still reckless and occasionally naïve, it was clear he had matured, and he ended serving as a mentor to May and Dawn, respectively.
- While he oddly returned to being an Idiot Hero during Best Wishes, this trope was taken even farther in XY, where he hardly ever showed idiocy and was consistently depicted as a more than competent trainer.
- While his depiction in Sun & Moon has so far been more comedic, immature and idiotic than in XY, he's managed to retain his battle competence from the latter, making him something of an Idiot Savant.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Plenty in the lead-up to each new generation, both in the series and the movies.
- Second: Ho-Oh (a literal example, appearing at the ending of the first episode two and a half years before appearing in the games), Togepi, Marill, Snubbull, Donphan, Elekid, Ledyba, Slowking, Hoothoot, Lugia.
- Third: Azurill, Kecleon, Wailmer, Latias and Latios, Blaziken, Wynaut.
- Fourth: Munchlax (in 2004), Lucario, Weavile, Bonsly, Mime Jr., Chatot, Buizel, Mantyke, Manaphy, Electivire.
- Fifth: Zoroark, Zorua.
- Sixth: Sylveon (and the Fairy-Type in general), Mega Mewtwo Y (and by extension the new Mega Evolution mechanic), Gogoat, Helioptile, Noivern.
- Seventh: Magearna.
- New forms also make their debut in the anime before any games. Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior debuted Giratina's Origin Forme and Shaymin's Sky Forme prior to the release of Platinum. Pokémon: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction featured Mega Diancie before Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The second Mega Evolution special episode featured Mega Evolutions of Metagross and Rayquaza, also before Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and XY&Z introduced Zygarde's alternate formes months before their official debut in Sun and Moon.
- Additionally, in an example concerning humans, Gym Leader Roxie made her debut in the Pokémon anime nine days prior to the Japanese release of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, the games where she is introduced. This also extends to her bandmates, Billy Jo and Nicky, who are her guitarist and drummer in the games as well.
- Alexa, a character from X and Y, appears during the Decolore Islands arc of Best Wishes.
- Mewtwo appears in the Kanto League saga's intro for roughly half a second (at the very beginning, no less). It wasn't until 59 episodes later that he made his first physical appearance, setting him up to be the main antagonist in Pokémon: The First Movie.
- The end of SM 098 shows Detective Laki and his partners filming in an unnamed city that resembles London, England. 3 months later, the Galar region was announced.
- Early Installment Weirdness:
- The entire Kanto saga can be considered this. Compare this saga, which only took around 80 episodes to complete, to later game-based League sagas. Another point is that the only Gym Leader of the Kanto League to dress remotely like his game counterpart was Koga, and even then his tunic was the wrong color (blue instead of black).
- The first season made mention of real animals existing alongside Pokémon multiple times: cows, mongooses, chickens, etc. The concept was dropped after Kanto.
- There was also a reference to Christianity in "The Ghost of Maiden's Peak" when Misty tried to ward away a talking Gastly with a cross. Keep in mind, this was before Arceus existed.
- The aforementioned Gastly is one of the extremely few (i.e., you could literally count them on your fingers) Pokémon, other than Meowth, who is able to speak human language without telepathy or possession. The Slowking in Pokémon 2000 is pretty much the only other one aside from a few hallucinatory/dream sequences.
- Other weirdness includes the occasional mention of real-world locations such as France, England, and most famously, Hollywood, which was the setting of an entire episode devoted to telling Meowth's backstory. That one in particular was actually just confined to the dub, since the original episode took place in a Kanto city that just happened to be called Hollywood.
- A few early Gym Leaders gave Ash their badges for helping them out in different ways, even though he didn't officially defeat them (the Cerulean and Celadon Gym Battles were interrupted by Team Rocket and a fire respectively, sprinklers that gave Pikachu an edge, and the Haunter that Ash led back to the Saffron Gym snapped Sabrina out of her Emotionless Girl/Creepy Child persona) starting with Lt. Surge, and later with Koga, no other leaders have made exceptions like these. The closest exception that was made was in Sinnoh when Ash and Maylene battled to a draw, where it was at the discretion of the Gym Leader as to whether the trainer deserved a badge.
- This was lampshaded at the Cinnabar Gym, when Ash expects to receive his badge for helping solve a problem, but Blaine only intended to let him re-challenge him for it.
- The Pewter Gym challenge itself is another example of this trope. Pikachu setting off the sprinkler was seen as cheating, but in later episodes when a Pokémon would do something similar to that, such as destroying Maylene's roof or turning off the lights in the battle with Anabel, it was seen as using the field to their advantage and was perfectly legal. Somewhat lampshaded in the Chronicles episode "A Family That Battles Together, Stays Together!" when Brock mentions that Ash defeated Onix using a Pikachu when talking to his family about type advantages not being everything, then going ahead and doing something similar (having his Onix Dig a hole in the floor of the gym to remove the water).
- It also seemed that the Kanto Gym Leaders could freely substitute their own Pokémon during a Gym battle. The rule that only a challenger could make substitutions was first introduced in Ash's Orange League Championship battle. This rule was carried over to the Johto gyms and has been a standard gym battle rule ever since, with the odd exception of Lenora at the Nacrene Gym.
- Emphasis on Rule of Funny also led to some bizarre situations, like a talking Gastly which godmodded by conjuring up illusions (rather than using typical moves) to counter any Pokémon attack.
- The episode "Bad To The Bone" has Jessie try to catch Otoshi's Doduo with a Poke Ball despite the fact he already owns it. In later episodes, when a character tries to catch a Pokémon under the ownership of someone else already, the Ball refuses to work, so Jessie should've known she's wasting her time. But the ball was knocked away by Marowak's bone club, so we don't know what would've happened. Interestingly, this is averted in the Japanese CD drama based on the first movie, in which Giovanni steals a defeated trainer's Magmar.
- There was also the Pokédex, who is usually just a computer spouting off information about Pokémon. In the first episode, it seemed to have a personality as a Deadpan Snarker, acting like a dick toward Ash when he found a Rattata going through his bag. This is different in Sun and Moon where the Rotom Pokédex is its own character.
- Levels were also mentioned in one episode, such as saying Pidgey would evolve at level 18 or that Pikachu should be at level 25 after two months.
- There are lots of variants seen before Shiny Pokémon became a canon mechanic in Johto, and alternate formes in Alola. Even then, the term "Shiny" itself isn't canon until Unova.
- The very first episode is the only episode, until "Rematch at the Nacrene Gym" (#673, in the Best Wishes arc), in which Team Rocket does not appear.
- On a meta level, episodes written by Takeshi Shudō, most of which are from the first two seasons (and became increasingly rarer before he left during Johto), are noticeably more mature in tone, focusing on the darker aspects of the Pokémon universe. The clash between these and the vast majority of episodes, which are far more lighthearted, is quite jarring to viewers.
- The first season, in general, has an overall ... different feel to it than the vast majority of what followed, having zanier episode plots and a more openly comedic— sometimes bordering on Kafka Komedic— tone, including several Breaking the Fourth Wall moments. Possibly subverted now that this style has resurfaced once again in the Sun and Moon series.
- The first three episodes of the Orange Islands arc used the original theme for the English dub. Starting with "The Lost Lapras", each episode opened with "Pokémon World" until the arc's conclusion.
- Pokémon with a weakness to Water-type attacks were originally treated as being averse to water in general. This was later retconned, as Fire, Ground, and Rock type are regularly shown drinking, swimming, and bathing in water with no ill effects.
- The Indigo League episodes often debuted multiple Pokémon in the same episode, and often in small roles, too. From Johto onward, the series sets into a formula of one new Pokémon debut per episode, with that episode's plot revolving around said Pokémon.
- Earth Drift: Just like the game series, the anime has been subject to this over the years. The Indigo seasons, Orange Islands and some Johto seasons reference a number of real world locations and concepts (like real holidays), but later seasons pointedly do not.
- Egg Macguffin: Starting in the first series, one of the members of the cast find or are given a Pokémon egg. This egg eventually hatches into a Pokémon that joins the cast. Usually the egg has a pattern that indicates what species it'll hatch into.
- Ash has had a Phanpy, Larvitar, Scraggy, Noibat and Riolu hatch from eggs over the course of the anime.note In a subversion of the egg patterning that had appeared for all eggs prior to it, the last of these was simply white with blue spots, similar to the ones that can be found in Pokémon GO.
- Misty adopted Togepi, the very first egg ever seen in the anime.
- Brock was given an egg that hatched into a Happiny in the Diamond and Pearl saga.
- May was given an egg that hatched into an Eevee.
- Dawn was given a Cyndaquil egg.
- At the beginning of the Sun and Moon series, Ash and his mother were given an red egg by Professor Oak to deliver to his cousin, who lives in the Alola region. This egg would be later used in an assignment alongside a white egg that was found on Mt.Lanakila. Lillie chose the white egg to raise while Samson Oak took care of the red egg. Both would eventually hatch into Vulpix. Lillie received the Alolan Vulpix, which she would name Snowy while Samson obtained the Kantonian Vulpix.
- Eldritch Abomination: Toned down some from the games' Pokédex descriptions, but some of the Pokémon remain delightfully creepy.
- Elemental Hair Colors: The Eevee brothers — the yellow-haired Sparky having a Jolteon, the redhead Pyro a Flareon, the blue-haired Rainer a Vaporeon, and brown haired Mikey has an unevolved Eevee.
- Elemental RockPaperScissors: Following with the game's rules, though these can be bent sometimes (Pikachu being able to harm Ground Pokémon with Electric moves, just for starters).
- Empathy Pet: A lot of Pokémon behave in a similar fashion to their trainers, or at the very least their primary Pokémon does. Serena's Fennekin for example has a similar personality to her trainer.
- Cameron's Riolu is an unusual case: They had a tight bond and it and had a habit of mimicking him, making Riolu appear to be the straightest example of one, but it subverts this by being visibly exasperated whenever Cameron's scatterbrained nature gets him in a pickle.
- Era-Specific Personality: Most recurring characters' personalities tend to fluctuate with each change of region. The competence of both Ash and Team Rocket tends to be the most prominent victim.
- Everybody Cries: All of Gary Oak's cheerleaders cry whenever Gary loses a match.
Misty: If I cried every time Ash lost, I'd be waterlogged.
- Everyone Can See It: Serena has a crush on Ash, and nearly every girl around them (notably Alexa, Miette, Bonnie, and Shauna) catches on long before Ash does.
- Everyone can see that Ash and Misty care for each other despite their constant fights (or maybe because of it...) as pointed out by several characters in the show (Nurse Joy, Tracey and even Danny).
- Everyone Owns a Mac: Of the Hold Your Hippogriffs variety, even. As Bulbapedia has pointed out, if a PC appears in this series, chances are it's running the Pokéverse equivalent of Mac OS.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: In a Contest battle, anything + everything = sparkles.
- Eviler Than Thou: Most arc villains tend to bitch slap Team Rocket out of the picture to prove their villainous cred. This was especially bad in the Hoenn era, where even most minor comical antagonists reduced Team Rocket to their Butt-Monkey role. Downplayed with odd cases such as Team Plasma and Team Flare, who were more sinister but fell to Team Rocket following an Enemy Mine, and flat-out subverted by Team Skull, who are even moreLaughably Evil than Team Rocket.
- Evil Versus Evil: Teams Magma and Aqua asalways, and Teams Rocket vs. all the other regional evil teams as well.
- Evolving Credits: From the Battle Frontier season onwards, the Japanese opening sequences (and some ending sequences) would start changing to reflect the team's Pokémon that had evolved over the course of the season. In the vast majority of cases, the dub openings/endings drop all forms of evolution, generally using the first version of any evolving sequence in question.
- Alongside the evolving Pokémon in Battle Frontier (and the third opening for that series, Spurt) the openings hid the Frontier Brains in silhouettes until they made their official appearances.
- Done rather interestingly with the first Black and White opening, where, in the opening for the first episode, everything, including all the Pokémon, are in black and white, except for Pikachu who shows up fully colored. In the second episode's opening, as Pikachu passes the Pokémon, any that were seen in the previous episode start filling in with color to show who's been seen so far.
- The dub plays it straight for Adventures in Unova's opening — the footage changed to the opening used in the Episode N and then the Decolore arc when it reached those points.
- The XY episode cards were later updated to have Serena's attire change.
- The first ending for Sun and Moon changes the image of Lillie when she obtains her egg, and again when the egg hatches into Alolan Vulpix and becomes her partner.
- A minor switch occurred for the ending in Journeys, where after the first 19 episodes Pokémon Shiritori: Pikachu -> Mew Version was replaced by the Mew -> Zamazenta Version of the same song. It then immediately had its own evolution an episode later after Riolu hatched (the episode 20 version simply featured Riolu's egg, which hadn't appeared yet).
- Exponential Plot Delay: The relatively straightforward journey to each Adventure Town to get a badge, and later Victory Road for the tournament of champions, can take more than one season to complete. See Filler for more details.
- Extremely Short Intro Sequence: The English dub intro has shortened over time. The Alola intros are half the length of the Kanto intros. They're on average 30 seconds, which is shorter than most intros.
- Extreme Mêlée Revenge: While Toon Physics prevented any serious injuries, the heroes were sometimes left very pissy from Team Rocket's schemes. Cue a no holds barred barrage of Pokémon attacks on the Pokémon and their trainers for as much as it takes to make them blast off, be they attacking, retreating or begging for mercy.
- Failure Is the Only Option. The writers have never allowed Ash to win a regional tournament (with the exception of the Orange League, which doesn't exist in the games). He'll always lose no matter what. Their logic behind this thinking is that if he wins one single tournament, from one single area of the world, his entire journey ends. Mercifully averted at long last with Ash's much-celebrated victory in the Alola League.
- Similarly, Team Rocket will never hold onto Pikachu long enough to deliver him to Giovanni. Nor will they ever steal any other Pokémon and/or goods without them getting taken back and subsequently being launched into the stratosphere. Even if they have a legitimately genius plan and come close to succeeding, something, whether its their own cockiness,the protagonists getting lucky,their failure to account for their other Pokémon, or any combination of the three, something will always ensure that they are perpetually empty-handed. And once the Hoenn saga rolled around, Team Rocket became a trio of delusional, pathetic, and annoying clowns who get their asses beat by literally everyone.
- Fainting: Mostly in the first season.
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink: At various points we've had psychics, aura, ghosts, Humongous Mecha, Magic (albeit very little), Hard Light Holograms, a few superheroes (an aged Batman parody, and a Kamen Rider parody), Toon Physics, Weird Science, Cloning, Pirates, Ninjasand a talking cat. And that's just the stuff that doesn't apply to the Pokémon themselves (though most of these do).
- Female Monster Surprise: When the Togepi from Where No Togepi Has Gone Before! uses Attract, affecting Pikachu, Croagunk and Meowth, confirming that this Togepi is female, as James points out. Jessie realizes her Yanmega wasn't affected, asking "You are a girl?!", surprised, while Yanmega glows red.
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The Pokémon franchise is extremely extensive, especially including the anime. It has crossed one thousand regular episodes as of 2018, with said number increasing even further when counting movies, shorts and specials, Pokémon Origins, and Pokémon Generations.
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If you would like to contribute some recaps, episodes regularly rotate on the official English-language Pokémon site. You can typically find 10 from each era on the website, with the current season's episodes added on a month's delay from original airing on TV. Ones that cannot be found there may instead be streamed with a Netflix or Hulu Plus subscription. Some seasons are also available on iTunes. The entire series is on Amazon Prime Video.
The latest season of the English dub will air on Netflix, with 12 episodes released simultaneously every three months. The first twelve episodes of the English dub premiered on June 12, 2020.
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Original Series:Ash's Pokémon (Kanto, Orange Islands, Johto)
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Voiced in Japanese by:Mayumi Iizuka
Voiced in English by:Rachael Lillis (4Kids), Michele Knotz (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Xóchitl Ugarte
Voiced in European French by: Fanny Roy, Anouck Hautbois (Movie Pokémon 4Ever), Nancy Philippot (Episode 19 from Season 16)
The youngest of four sisters, she hasn't been blessed with her sisters' looks or charisma (at least, in the opinion of her sisters). However, she got all of the talent at battling and being snarky. Originally rather temperamental with a crush on Ash that she covered with strong Tsundere tendencies; after acquiring Togepi - an infant Pokémon requiring a great deal of care - she calmed down considerably. At the end of Johto, she became her city's Gym Leader, but she has still occasionally reunited with Ash since then. An aspiring Water Master.
Tropes involving her and her Pokémon include:
- Action Girl: Played with. The creators state that Misty was intended to look fairly inexperienced, despite her bluster. In the show itself, however, while she is often more of a novice than she'll admit, she is usually reasonably capable.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: In the games, the player doesn't see her until he gets to Cerulean City, here Ash meets her in the first episode shortly after leaving Pallet Town.
- Adaptational Jerkass: She downplays this more than the other cases of this, as she's a tsundere with a temper (though she calms down once Togepi enters the picture) while her game counterpart doesn't seem to be that way.
- Adaptation Expansion: She's already an established Gym Leader by the time you meet her in the original games. The anime introduces her long before she becomes a Leader, and shows her slow but steady progression into the master trainer she is in the games.
- Adaptation Personality Change: In the games, she was not a tsundere, or as feisty. Sequels released after the anime sometimes make nods to her temperament, however.
- Adaptational Wimp: Initially, Misty was not a gym leader proper, and while not incompetent per se, was prone to arrogance and making errors in battle. By the end of Johto she has matured enough to take role in Cerulean Gym, to the point that she is arguably an Adaptational Badass by the time of her return in Sun and Moon, where she has even gained the use of Mega Evolution.
- Ascended Extra: She goes from having little plot relevance besides being a gym leader in the games to being a protagonist in the anime.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Misty's sisters ostracized her from being the Gym leader and only made her one to see how she'd screw up.
- Bare Your Midriff: She wears a midriff-baring top.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: A G-rated version with Ash; the two of them argue like no-one's business and she's not above snarking at him during his sillier moments, but several points throughout their travels together make it clear she cares deeply for him.
- Betty and Veronica: In the Orange Islands episode where the trio meet Rudy, Misty is Archie, Ash is Betty and Rudy is Veronica when Rudy tries to flirt with Misty and Ash gets jealous.
- Between My Legs: In the episode "Forest Grumps", her legs are used as framing during her stand-off with James and Meowth.
- Birds of a Feather:
- She is good friends with Sakura, who is also the youngest in an all-girl family (in the latter's case, her sisters are the Kimono Girls).
- Similarly, during Advanced Generation, she manages to find common ground with Max over their respective relationships with their older sisters.
- Again in Sun and Moon, she and Lana quickly become friends over their mutual love for Water-types to the point of becoming pen pals.
- Boyish Short Hair: She is a tomboy and has short hair that's combined with Tomboyish Ponytail.
- Brick Joke: She gets her bike back at the end of the Johto series.
- The Bus Came Back: As noted, Misty became Gym Leader after the end of Johto. She made a few appearances in Advanced Generation, before remaining absent in all subsequent series... until Sun and Moon, where she returns again for a few episodes.
- Butt-Monkey: She's sometimes made the butt of the joke by Ash and co. in earlier episodes, and gets into more perils than the rest of the crew (once, she was brainwashed into thinking she was a Seel). Also that her sisters look down on her. Doesn't help that she's stuck with Psyduck, which gives her a lot of the trouble until the Alola Reunion.
- Catchphrase: In the original Japanese, she says "Go, my steady!" whenever she summons a Pokémon. Except maybe Psyduck.
- Character Development: Misty goes from being a hot headed jerk in the Indigo League to a decent, kind person in later seasons of the show. When she reappears in Sun & Moon, most of her negative traits like her temper is pretty much gone.
- Characterization Marches On: In "Bye Bye Butterfree", she (very briefly) takes Brock's going lovesick in stride and treats it as a joke, instead of using the Ear AcheRunning Gag that she'd later be perfecting.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She often became annoyed when any other girl would flirt with or show interest in Ash, particularly in the second movie with Melody or in later Johto with Macey.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: The best way to describe how her stew in the Johto episode "Sick Daze" came out. She confused her ingredients and didn't just dump the mixture cutting her losses, and, as a result, the stew was so bad that not even Ash could eat it. She's not actually bad at cooking, mind—earlier in the series, she A: created a medicine from Salveyo Weed for Ash, Tracey, and Jessie's Stun Spore sicknessnote which, if she were a true Lethal Chef, the "medicine" would have turned out to be poison, and B: was hinted to have done the cooking in Episodes 3 and 4note when they arrived in Pewter City, Ash commented that it's been two weeks since he started his journey, indicating that they spent at least 13 days in Viridian Forest, and given how Ash handled his first day, it's unlikely he would have been the one who cooked.
- Crazy-Prepared: In her return appearance in Sun/Moon, it's revealed that Misty wears a bikini underneath her casual clothes should the need come to swim, noting that Lana had the right idea when she dumps her clothes and dives into lake with her swimsuit.
- Damsel in Distress:
- What she's made to look like by Meowth in episode 12. However, if you watch past the point where Ash returns with the Super Potion (fact is, true fans should have done so by now), she reveals that the Squirtle Squad wasn't really going to kill her (in the Japanese version) or turn her into a purplenette (in the English version). Ironically, Misty actually volunteered to get the super potion in the former upon learning this demand.
- Played straight in episodes such as "Pokémon Fashion Flash" and "Just Add Water". Both cases also come with a bit of Bound and Gagged.
- Deadpan Snarker: She often snarks at Ash in his sillier moments.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: In early episodes, she was cold and pompous towards Ash. Her bug phobia also made her an outright bully towards Caterpie. After they started proving their worth, she softened and accepted them, even if her temper remained for a while.
- She's also a lot more accepting of Psyduck by the time of the Alola Reunion episode.
- Demon Head: She sometimes does this when she gets mad at Ash.
- Does Not Like Spam: During her rant about bug Pokémon, she mentions that she hates carrots and peppers. Ash immediately retorts that he likes bugs, carrots, and peppers.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Downplayed compared to standard anime, but she has inflicted slapstick pain onto Ash and Brock several times. Brock was able to get away with punching her on the head twice during Bulbasaur's introduction episode.
- Dub Personality Change: The 4kids-era English dub episodes downplay some of her Adaptational Jerkass by toning down her narcissism compared to the Japanese version, though she remains more arrogant and hotheaded at times. She also doesn't call her Pokémon "beauties" or "steadies".
- Dub Text: In the banned beach episode. During her strut down the catwalk, Kasumi originally prided herself on all the attention, while in the dub, Misty went on a small under-her-breath rant about how the whole affair was degrading and ridiculous. Thing is, Misty's still the one who suggested the beauty contest in the first place, which makes the whole rant seem a strange attempt to rationalize her participation.
- Dude Magnet: Misty gets harsh comments about her appearance. Despite this, she does attract a few guys and they even flirt with her. The guys are: Rudy (from the Orange Islands), Tad (from Charizard Chills), and Georgio from Chronicles. Even a Hoot-Hoot took a liking to her (the old lady told Misty it liked pretty girls).
- Fiery Redhead: In her early appearances, she's fiery, fearless, and an expert battler. Even her ponytail resembles flame. Ironically, she specializes in Water-type Pokémon.
- Floral Theme Naming: Sakura (cherry blossom), Ayame (iris), Botan (peony), Kasumi (baby's breath or mist). The English version keeps the joke by naming the three older girls Daisy, Violet and Lily, but chose to go for preserving the pun on Misty's favorite type over the theme name. It does, however, retain how she's the odd one out.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling:
- Misty is the responsible sibling with regards to taking care of and managing the gym better than all three of her sisters. Daisy has gotten a bit better about it, but Misty is never away from the gym too long before her sisters need her to come back. Her greater proficiency as a Gym Leader is best shown as when the gang returns to Cerulean Gym in Sun and Moon, the Gym is shown to have been massively remodeled into a large and modern facility.
- On the other hand, Daisy and Violet at least seem more mature than Lily and Misty, due to age.
- Freudian Excuse: For a long time, she had a fear of Gyarados because she was nearly swallowed by one as a toddler.
- Forgiveness: After her bike got destroyed accidentally by Ash's Pikachu Thundershock attacked when his Trainer borrowed it to save his life, Misty followed Ash until he payed her back for her bike. However, due to being with Ash for so long and come to see him as a friend, Misty had not only come to understand that her bike getting destroyed wasn't on purpose but also forgives him.
- Fully Absorbed Finale: The Mirage Kingdom two-parter in Advanced Challenge serves as one for her character arc with Togepi, who evolves and departs afterward, though Misty herself has made a couple of returns since then.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: With her three sisters. Things seem a touch better of late, at least with eldest sister Daisy.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Thrice during Advanced, as well as during a two-part arc in Sun & Moon.
- Green Is Blue: Her eyes vary between being green or blue (or sometimes both at the same time) between the episodes; it was especially prominent before the anime switched over to digital color. Nowadays it seems that they've settled on green, like her most recent official game artwork.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: She'll fly off the handle at what feels like the drop of a hat. According to the Fortune Telling book in the episode "The Fortune Hunters", she's listed as a Gyarados type, a Water-type Pokémon infamous for having a ferocious temperament.
- Hero Stole My Bike: In the first episode, Ash stole Misty's bike while running away from a flock of Spearow, culminating in the series' most famous Running Gag. She got angry when she learned that Ash destroyed it and cited it as a reason why she decided to travel with Ash.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: From the starting point when Misty started travelling with Ash, there were obvious hints it had to do with more than her fried bike. When Ash finally fulfills his promise, she admits she'd half forgotten about it and just wanted to hang out with him.
- Hypocritical Humor: She lambasted Ash regularly for his poor training, despite Togepi and Psyduck being just as poor under her handling, relying on dumb luck with either of them using their abilities effectively. She is equally bad taking her level of criticism back, the first time Ash called her out on this in the latter's case, she threatened him quiet in frustration. Similar to Ash, this trait mostly toned down as episodes passed, even if she retained a lot more of a similar cockiness than she'd like to admit.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: Misty may be a jerk to Ash, but that doesnt mean she will be okay with others being jerks to him.
- Implied Love Interest: To Ash back in the first few seasons, particularly during the Orange Islands arc which featured the greatest number of episodes with Ship Tease between the two of them.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: To an extent. She's more open about her inferiority complex than most examples in that she will (albeit rarely) talk about her experiences as the youngest of her sisters, but other than that her quick-tempered nature and violent tendencies from early on were likely due to living in their shadows. Funnily enough, Misty is the only one of them who has any real passion for training Pokémon while her sisters are more obsessed with their fame as water ballet performers.
- Informed Attribute: Her character description depicts her as being a Tomboy. However, most of Misty's interests and hobbies generally fall into the typical feminine category like obsessing over fashion, romance, and cute pokemon. In fact, the main reason she likes Water-Type Pokemon is because of their cute appearance and not much else. She also has a fear of insects, which is generally a trait that is used for most female characters.
- Informed Deformity: A few characters like to comment on how unattractive Misty is. If you look at Misty, she looks just like any other female when She Cleans Up Nicely.
- Insult Backfire:
- In the English dub of EP002, when Jessie dares to make a smart remark in response to her challenging the TRio:
Jessie: That's pretty big talk coming from such a little lady.
Misty: At least you're right about the "pretty" part. Thanks for the compliment!
- In a later episode, a character of the week attempted to insult Misty by claiming that she was as beautiful as a Tentacruel. Out of all Water-type Pokémon, Tentacruel just so happens to be one of Misty's favorites.
- In the English dub of EP002, when Jessie dares to make a smart remark in response to her challenging the TRio:
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- Misty is right to get angry with Ash some of the time, especially since he did destroy her bike which costs a lot of money in the Pokémon world. Also, Ash can be a jerk to her too.
- When she and Ash get into an argument when the latter mopes about his loss at the Indigo League, Misty makes a good argument that Ash should have been lucky to have even made it far in the Indigo League with the way he was training. Shes right, considering how lazy Ash became and only relied on luck to make it through.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At the start of the series at least, she was rather condescending toward Ash despite the fact he was just starting out, though also still very caring. She got better as the series went on however. She becomes a flat out Nice Girl when she reappeared in Sun and Moon.
- Kicked Upstairs: After Johto, she has effectively become a Gym Leader due to her sisters being out of town on ballet tour for three months, and it is heavily implied that she has to lose to rookies quite a bit in order to be this in a manner that is very similar to Team Rocket.
- Letting Her Hair Down: A few different times, much to the delight of fans, though the instance many people remember is her mermaid getup, in which it was most probably a wig. She does let her down for realon occasion, though.
- Little Miss Badass: It's easy to miss it due to not being stated in the dub, but she's actually ten, the same age as Ash.
- Long Bus Trip: The gap between her guest appearances in Advanced and Sun & Moon was over twelve years in real life.
- Lucky Translation: Her Japanese name is a word for "mist", which is essentially water vapor.
- Ms. Fanservice: Out of Ash's female friends, she has the skimpiest outfit and she has been in multiple bikini scenes and as a mermaid. Also Masamitsu Hidaka, one of the directors of the anime, has stated that Ash's female companions basically serves as eye candy for the boys.
- Mama Bear: Do not threaten Togepi, she'll violently let you know how bad of an idea that is.
- Mature Younger Sibling: Unlike her air-headed Valley Girl older sisters Daisy, Misty actually takes battling seriously and often finds herself taking care of the Cerulean City gym.
- Meaningful Name: Based on a Lucky Translation, her Japanese and English name have to do with mist.
- My Friends and Zoidberg!: "Three Sensational Sisters and one runt!" according to her sisters.
- One Head Taller: She's depically depicted as just one head taller than Ash, though occasionally they're about the same size.
- One of the Boys: Her sisters give her constant crap for not being girly enough, and since they're all airheads (well, in the dub, anyway) she just kind of runs with it to distance herself from them. Usually seen competing with Ash in pretty much every open competition they come across or cockblocking Brock.
- Only One Name: The creators have confirmed they have not given her a last name.
- Parental Neglect: And the triplets don't do a good job of looking after the gym or their little sister.
- Pet the Dog: She may get annoyed and chew out Psyduck for being all but useless when not suffering a headache, she will congratulate him for trying his best, even if his best doesn't always amount to much.
- Pink Means Feminine: Being a Tomboy with a Girly Streak, she'll wear pink on occasion. Examples include the kimono she wears at the end of "The Ghost at Maiden's Peak" and in "Princess vs. Princess", her cardigan in Pokémon 2000...and that full-body Slowpoke costume she and her friends wore (It Makes Sense in Context) in "A Shadow of a Drought". Additionally, her Poké Gear is pink.
- Platonic Life-Partners: Her relationship with Ash, despite hints her interest may go further.
Misty: Ash is never really alone because he has...me.
- Poor, Predictable Rock: Being a Water-Type specialist, she becomes victim to this on a few occasions, most notably during her fight with Ash over Totodile. Ash first choice being Pikachu would be devastating for her if Misty had not chosen Togepi as her first Pokémon, an "opponent" Pikachu cannot fight. And despite her claim that she would beat Ash's two Grass-Type Pokémon, neither her Staryu nor her Poliwag/Poliwhirl manage to beat Chikorita and Bulbasaur.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "Togetic, leave the rest to me." Cue Curb-Stomp Battle, courtesy of Gyarados.
- Precision F-Strike: In the Japanese version, her comment about Satoshi's heaven (catching his first Pokémon) being her hell (bugs) in episode 3.
- Put on a Bus: Took over as her city's Gym Leader at the end of Johto.
- The Runt at the End: Fits the definition perfectly, Odd Name Out and all. She's often teased as such by her sisters, but of course, Youngest Child Wins, and she actually happens to be the best at training Pokémon among the four.
- Shorttank: One of the earliest and best known examples..
- Seashell Bra: She wears a pink one whenever she is dressed up in the Magical Mermaid costume.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: She gobsmacks her friends when she dresses up. Examples include the yukata from "The Ghost of Maiden's Peak" and the princess kimono outfit from "Princess Festival Day".
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: She is also not free from any physical humor; "Primeape Goes Bananas" features her getting her face kicked to the ground by an angry Mankey, and "Pokémon Fashion Flash" has her getting barbequed by Vulpix's Flamethrower not once, but twice. The latter episode also had her getting a silly makeover at which Ash laughed himself sick upon seeing it. Butt-Monkey indeed.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: After Caterpie saves the heroes from Team Rocket, Misty admits to underestimating it. When Ash asks her to prove her affection however, she is unwilling. She still has her bug phobia, just she's learned to be far less of a Jerkass about it. And it's shown some ambiguous time later in Sun and Moon, that she is still terrified of bugs, despite her experiences, because she never did anything to get over the fear, just lash out less.
- Talking the Monster to Death: Ended up doing this in an early episode that featured a gigantic Tentacruel that was destroying the city that the heroes were currently in, as it was angry that humans were polluting its waters.
- A Taste of Their Own Medicine: At least once Misty gained an affinity of her own, leading Brock to use her own ear pulling gag on her.
- The Precious, Precious Car: Misty never lets Ash live down him (and Pikachu) destroying her bike back in Episode 1. Until she gets it back in full repair from Nurse Joy in the episode when she leaves the party.
- That Came Out Wrong: In "The Heartbreak of Brock", when the girl of the week has fallen in love with Brock and wants to marry him, Ash says, "Wow...imagine Brock married?" Misty says, "You and I will be married someday, too." She didn't necessarily mean to each other, but that doesn't stop Ash's shocked reaction about two seconds after she says it.
- Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Sometimes has overblown fantasies about love and romance, and takes it upon herself to play matchmaker on more than one occasion, with varying results.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: While she'd be there with everyone else in stopping the Crisis of the Week/Team Rocket, she wouldn't compete in sporting competitions unless they were either water-themed or girl-themed. Granted, Ash would compete in the former as well, but Misty would outdo him in those cases.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Onscreen, is the Tomboy to her sister Daisy's and her successor May's Girly Girls. Would also serve as the Tomboy versus any of Ash's other female companions except Iris.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: A short ponytail stuck out on the side, emphasizing her tomboyish personality.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's tomboyish, has quite a temper, and is the Trope Codifier for Shorttank. However, she occasionally displays fondness for romantic scenarios, and if she spots one will gush over it to the disgust of her male friends. Her "girly streak" is more pronounced in Japan.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- By the Mirage Kingdom two-parter, she's gotten over her fear of Gyarados, caught one, and become close enough to it that she kisses its Pokeball when calling it out.
- By Sun and Moon, she has gained the ability to Mega Evolve said Gyarados.
- Throughout the original series, she was useless training Psyduck in much any capacity, and instead had to rely on the convenience of its uncontrollable headache-induced Psychic attacks. By Sun and Moon, Misty demonstrates far better command over Psyduck, along with having boosted its originally pitiful water attacks.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Misty starts being a lot kinder, especially towards Ash, after the Indigo League. Her violent tendencies also near completely disappear by this point, at least in non-Pokémon related scuffles anyway.
- Tsundere: Prior to getting Togepi anyway. Her "motherly" tendencies were also implied in other episodes, even the first episode when she tried to check up on Pikachu. All Togepi did was expand on it.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Brock. They both may tease each other or occasionally snark at the other's expense, but have a strong friendship that shows that they really do care about each other. They're even shown to be close after their initial adventures together, and are always happy to reunite.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: She wears blue denim shorts that stop at her thighs.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Most Bug Type Pokémon. There are a few exceptions though, such as Ash's Butterfree, Tracey's Venonat and Ledyba. For a bit, she was also afraid of Gyarados before she obtained one for herself. Now its her strongest partner.
- With Friends Like These...: Thanks to her attitude towards Ash early on, they got on each other's nerves so often that it took Brock to split them up.
- Women Are Wiser: Downplayed. She's more experienced and mature than Ash, but only relatively. Even then her temperament leaves even Ash looking lucid compared to her at times.
- Youngest Child Wins: As mentioned, she's a much better battler than her three sisters put together.
- You Owe Me: Her attitude towards Ash regarding her bike, despite needing it for an emergency. It was at least partially an excuse to be his travelling buddy however to the point she nearly forgotten about it when it comes time for her to leave.
- Your Size May Vary: How tall she was compared to Ash was inconsistent. In some shots she was almost a head over Ash. In others she was practically the same height as him.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry!: You think Ash and Pikachu are dangerous when they're angry? Misty has a fire breathing sea dragon and when she's angry, you run as far away as you can as quickly as you can because she means business.
- Holding Back the Phlebotinum: Before it was revealed that she was a Gym leader, Misty sparsely used any of her Pokémon despite her and her friends being placed into dangerous situations where using them would have been incredibly helpful.
- Making a Splash: Naturally - Cerulean Gym is traditionally means Water-Type Gym Leader and almost all of her Pokémon are that type. A lot of them also know other type moves and some are dual types. It's worth noting that the latter is a key reason she loves them - Misty cites Water Pokémon as being exceptionally flexible and adaptable compared to most other Pokémon types.
- Poor, Predictable Rock: All of her Pokémon are water-type, except for Togetic, who was released after it evolved from Togepi and seldom put into battle beforehand.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: One reason why Goldeen and Horsea are Out of Focus was because they're not amphibious in nature.
Voiced in Japanese by:Ikue Otani
Voiced in English by:Rachael Lillis
A goldfish Pokémon. First appearing in episode 2, it hasn't done much but shown that it's hard for a fish to battle on land.
- A Day in the Limelight: "The Stun Spore Detour" from the Orange Islands arc. Probably the only time where Goldeen actually truly shines in a Pokémon battle when it goes up against James' Victreebel.
- Horn Attack: Knows this attack and Horn Drill.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Knows Supersonic.
- Out of Focus: Worse than Horsea in this regard. Both are water-only Pokémon.
Voiced by:Shin-ichiro Miki
Staryu is a starfish Pokémon. While it couldn't display any noteworthy personality, it is one of Misty's most dependable Pokémon.
- The Ace: Despite having its evolved form on her team, Staryu is Misty's main battler. In Pokémon 3, it is the only one of Misty's or Brock's Pokémon to hold its own against Molly's artificial ones, considering those pokemon were made to win, it's quite the feat.
- The Blank: Lampshaded in an early episode; in their Gym battle, Ash's Butterfree used Stun Spore on Misty's Staryu, to which she commented that it looked like it was in real pain. Ash called her out by reminding her that it didn't even have a face. To her credit, Staryu was sort of writhing and off-balance when it was hit.
- Flat Character: Unlike the rest of Misty's more prominent Pokémon, Staryu never really gained much of a personality, though being The Blank probably didn't really help.
- Shout-Out: For some reason its cry sounds like Ultraman's. In one episode, Staryu's core (the red jewel at the center of its body) blinks when he is knocked out, similar to Ultraman when he's weakened or had reached his time limit.
Voiced by:Ikue Otani
Misty's primary battle Pokémon during the original series. Although Starmie is the evolved form of Staryu, she has one of each during the anime, same as the video game version of Misty.
- Flat Character: If Staryu got pretty much zero character development, Starmie didn't stand a chance.
- Put on a Bus: Left at the Cerulean Gym in The Misty Mermaid. Misty reclaimed it later as the new Gym Leader.
- The Worf Effect: Starmie almost never won a battle on its own; the one time it did defeat an opponent, it was quickly and violently beaten by another immediately afterward, with its central core shattered.
Voiced in Japanese by: Machiko Toyoshima
Voiced in English by:Rachael Lillis
A seahorse Pokémon. Horsea was first caught in Porta Vista and now lives in the Cerulean Gym.
- Bearer of Bad News: Its debut, trying to warn the city about an approaching attack of Tentacool and Tentacruel (especially a Kaiju-sized version of the latter) in "Tentacool and Tentacruel".
- Out of Focus: Due to being water-bound, Horsea rarely appeared and did very little during its run (though Goldeen generally fared worse despite a longer staying time).
- Put on a Bus: Left at the Cerulean Gym near the end of the Indigo season. Misty reclaimed it later as the new Gym Leader.
- Spanner in the Works: In "The Battling Eevee Brothers", when Team Rocket made off with all the Pokémon, Horsea included, it was put in a cage tied to the back of the wagon, allowing it to leave a trail of ink to show Ash and company where they were going.
Voiced in Japanese by:Rikako Aikawa
Voiced in English by: Michael Haigney (4Kids), Michele Knotz (Current)
Psyduck is probably one of the most memorable Pokémon in the anime outside of Pikachu and Meowth. Misty accidentally caught it in HopHopHop town and has remained with her ever since. Despite being an odd duck (so to speak), Misty wouldn't trade him for the world.
- Acrophobic Bird: A water type duck that fears water.
- All of the Other Reindeer: After Psyduck saves everyone in "The Ninja Poke-Showdown, Misty decides it's worth keeping around, and refuses offers to trade for it. Ash hangs a lampshade on this at once.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite Misty constantly being frustrated with the dim-witted Pokémon, she's shown on a number of occasions to actually care for it.
- In the Johto Journeys episode "Tricks of the Trade", Misty vehemently refuses to trade Psyduck away when several people offer.
- In the episode "Just Add Water", Psyduck goes berserk when Misty is captured by Team Rocket. He briefly goes back to his usual clueless self, but then he single-handedly destroys Arbok and Victreebel to save Misty and the Pokemon Team Rocket stole.
- In the Sun & Moon episode "When Regions Collide", Misty has finally managed to train Psyduck to be a (mostly) competent fighter, and now openly adores him.
- Big Eater: Sun and Moon shows that he has a quite an appetite, swallowing an entire watermelon whole.
- Blessed with Suck: Psyduck needs a major headache to use his Psychic attacks, with most of his other attacks being fairly weak until Sun and Moon.
- Butt-Monkey: Psyduck is constantly thrown out to fight opponents only to be too confused to put up a fight. Though he improves in Sun and Moon, he still takes his usual slapstick.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Seems to be perpetually confused.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Normally, it's a bit of a moron, but it becomes badass when its headache gets really bad.
- Cursed With Awesome: Despite how embarrassing and frustrating he can be for Misty, he has also saved her and the rest of the team on multiple occasions.
- Delayed Reaction: Has a really slow reaction time. And then he met a Slowpoke...
- Determinator: He won't let anything stop him from trying his hardest for Misty, whether he's battling for her, warning Ash and Brock she's in danger or rescuing her from Team Rocket, even if he's usually hopeless most of the time.
- The Ditz: Psyduck is rather spacey and moronic.
- High Hopes, Zero Talent: Zigzagged. One of Psyduck's endearing traits is that he really does try hard for Misty, but he's usually too dopey and confused to help much. Whenever he does pull it off, the results are spectacular.
- Ironic Fear: He's terrified of water and can't swim to save his life. Even just touching it sends him into a panic.
- Jumped at the Call: Psyduck has a bad habit of jumping into action when Misty specifically requires one of her other Pokémon. Nine times out of ten, his actions only serve to complicate the situation.
- It goes right to the beginning. Misty stumbled and dropped an unused pokéball, and Psyduck opened it so it would take him in. He literally caught himself for her.
- The Millstone: Every time it comes out, it ends up poorly for Misty. Unless it gets a headache at least...
- She's a Man in Japan: Sort of. Psyduck has no confirmed gender in Japan, though has been recurrently referred to as male in both the English and Portuguese dubs.
- Shipper on Deck:
- He tried to get Caserin and Luverin (Misty and Daisy's Luvdisc) together in "Luvdisc is a Many Splendored Thing".
- To Misty's ire, Psyduck seems to know about her infatuation with a certain Idiot Hero.
- Super Drowning Skills: Despite being a Water Pokemon, he can't swim. At all. He's outright terrified of water and panics whenever he falls into it.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the Alola reunion, Misty can now reasonably battle with Psyduck, beating Lana and Mallow with him. He not only has mastered Water Gun, but can now also fully control his Psychic attacks, even if he still needs a headache to trigger them. His ditzy nature remains of course.
- Verbal Tic: "Psy-yi-yi!"
Voiced by:Satomi Koorogi
During one of their adventures, Ash discovered an egg in Grandpa Canyon. It would later hatch into a previously unknown Pokémon. Since Misty wanted a closer look at it while it was hatching, she ended up being the first it saw, so it thought of Misty as its mother.
- The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest of the original series Pokémon, with an appropriately childlike personality.
- Children Raise You: Is credited with making Misty into a more motherly figure.
- Deus ex Machina: Whenever it uses Metronome, the resulting attack will be what is needed to resolve the situation
- Early-Bird Cameo: First appeared in the same episode that Ash's Charmeleon evolved into Charizard and was the second Gen II Pokémon to appear.note The first being Ho-oh all the way back in Episode 1.
- Fully Absorbed Finale: The Mirage Kingdom two-parter, where it left Misty for good, was during Advanced Generation.
- Put on a Bus: Originally along with Misty, was written out entirely after the Mirage Kingdom two-parter
- Random Effect Spell: Metronome, Togepi's only known attack prior to evolving, can let it use any kind of attack as the situation requires.
- Retractable Appendages: The Pikachu's Pikaboo short shows that it can retract its stubby limbs into its body and fold its head spikes down, making itself completely egg-shaped.
Voiced in Japanese by:Shin-ichiro Miki
Voiced in English by:Rachael Lillis (Poliwag), Eric Stuart (Poliwhirl and Politoed)
- Heroic Second Wind: During its battle with Ash's Bulbasaur, Poliwag evolves into Poliwhirl when nearly losing, giving Bulbasaur a hell of a fight before finally losing to the Grass-Type's Solarbeam.
- Keet: Politoed since its final evolution, much to Misty's annoyance. In some cases it was even upbeat towards Team Rocket's Pokémon.
- Non-Action Guy: It battled more infrequently after evolving into Politoed.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: It evolved into Poliwhirl against Ash's Bulbasaur, but unlike most mid-battle evolutions in the show, it still struggled and ultimately lost despite a better fight, the power boost not enough to overpower an experienced type disadvantage.
- Undying Loyalty: After Misty saved him from Team Rocket, Poliwag became devoted to her to the point of evolving during battle to try and win.
- Unexpected Character: In-Universe. When Poliwhirl was called out for a battle, the group was surprised that it was wearing Ash's King's Rock, which it had picked up earlier in the episode. Since Misty asked Nurse Joy to transfer it over to her via Transfer Machine (it was at the Pokémon Center to be healed), that initiated a Trade Evolution.
Voiced in Japanese by:Ikue Otani
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers
Voiced by:Unshō Ishizuka
- Gonk: It makes the ugliest looking expression◊ when charging up Hydro Pump, while Mega-evolved in it's third appearance in the main series, due to the camera angle (the first time this happened, it wasn't as ugly◊ due to a low camera angle).
- Let's Get Dangerous!: In his debut outside Pokémon Chronicles, Misty bringing him out is the sign she has enough with the current enemy, whose Pokémon gets annihilated after almost two episodes of shrugging off anything thrown at it, courtesy of the Elemental RockPaperScissors (the enemy uses a Shedinja, whose ability is to be invulnerable to anything that doesn't have the type advantage of it but is otherwise a Glass Cannon and Fragile Speedster, and is vulnerable to fire. Cue Gyarados using Flamethrower).
- Papa Wolf: Thinking about harming Misty? Hope you like a Hyper Beam to the face.
- Playing with Fire: Knows Flamethrower, and notably uses this to defeat Shedinja.
- Super Mode: He gains the ability to mega-evolve in Sun & Moon.
Caserin (Luvdisc) (Cuserine [Lovecus])
Luverin (left) and Caserin (right)
Voiced in Japanese by:Daisuke Sakaguchi (Caserin), Kyoko Hikami (Luverin)
Voiced in English by:Rachael Lillis
Voiced in Japanese by:Megumi Hayashibara
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers
Voiced in Japanese by:Yuji Ueda
Voiced in English by:Eric Stuart (4Kids), Bill Rogers (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gabriel Gama (seasons 1-10, later returning for season 13), Alan Prieto (seasons 10-12), Arturo Mercado Jr (Movies 4 and 5), Ignacio de Anca (Movies 6 and 7)
Voiced in European French by: Antoni Lo Presti (Season 1-3 + 8-current, Movies 1-3 + 8-current, The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon, Pokémon Chronicles), Laurent Chauvet (Episode 22-51 from Season 1, Season 4-7, Mewtwo Returns, Movie Pokémon Heroes), Pascal Nowak (Movies Pokémon 4Ever and Destiny Deoxys)
No last name given. Originally the fearsome Pewter City Gym Leader (which he still runs every now and then), he left to travel with Ash on his journey to pursue his dream of becoming a Pokémon Breeder. Eldest of 10 kids, which he had to raise on his own for almost two years after his parents left. He served as a mentor to Ash for a while before turning into a sort of older brother character. He headed off on his own after their travels in Sinnoh, realizing that his true calling was instead to become a Pokémon Doctor.
Tropes involving him and his Pokémon include:
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Red-haired in his original◊ Sugimori artwork, brown-haired in the anime. Later artwork, even in Gen 1, has him with dark brown hair.
- Ambiguously Brown: Is he a really tan Asian guy or a light-skinned black guy? It should be noted in the games he's much lighter skinned. Then you have those who think he's Hispanic.
- Art Shift: When Brock enters a contest, part of his routine involves his features getting sharper and his eyebrows getting bigger.
- Ascended Extra: Similar to Misty, he has little plot relevance in the games besides being the first gym leader you fight. In the anime, he's a protagonist and travels with Ash through Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh.
- Bag of Holding: Exemplified early in the Indigo saga, where he was able to pull out an entire cooking set, a table, and eating utensils out of his regular-sized bag.
- Battle Strip: When battling Kiawe in the SM anime, he removes his shirt and vest to reveal that he has a Mega Stone around his neck. And also that he's been working out, apparently.
- Berserk Button: Whenever the name Professor Ivy is mentioned, he breaks down and insists not to mention that name (a running gag triggered by Misty)
- Big Brother Mentor: Being the oldest and generally most mature of all the main characters, he typically serves this role whenever he's part of a traveling group, and he always ready to dispense some advice to Ash in particular.
- Breakout Character: Brock has always been a supporting character, but is easily the most popular one alongside Misty. His brief absence during the Orange Islands where he was replaced with Tracy caused uproar in the fandom. His popularity has led him to become the most prevalent of Ash's companions, lasting for three series.
- Butt-Monkey: His hound dog routine eventually becomes this. It starts with Misty, and later Max, yanking him by the ear when he got carried away with flirting. Come DP, Croagunk literally poison jabs his butt.
- Camp Straight: Brock handles most of the stereotypically 'feminine' chores when traveling, like cooking, laundry, sewing, etc. and he's shown to enjoy them immensely to the point they're practically hobbies for him. To top it off, he's even occasionally wearing a frilly pink apron. The whole thing is Lampshaded though because Brock learned these domestic tasks in order to take care of his younger siblings at Pewter City after his parents effectively abandoned their children to fend for themselves for several years before returning. Apart from domestic chores, Brock also has an interest in aesthetic pursuits, showing a lot of interest in grooming, dressing, and showing Pokémon, and he's helped out his traveling companions with their costuming for contests. That said, he's always on the search for a girlfriend, flirting with virtually every pretty girl he meets.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Inverted. Has every reason to be angry with his father for abandoning the family for a long period of time. Except that, instead of chewing Flint out, Brock instead opted for telling Flint about the chores and daily routine that he has to undergo to take care of the children (it's a long list), while Brock himself goes off on his own journey.
- Casanova Wannabe: He gets cut out of every relationship he tries to start.
- Misty grabs him by the shoulder or pulls him by the ear.
- Max pulls his ear.
- Bonsly tackles him with Double-edge.
- Croagunk uses Poison Jab on him, then drags him away.
- Characterization Marches On: In the earliest episodes, seemed no more attracted to women than would be expected of his Vague Age (even gets embarrassed and shy when Misty mentions he has a crush on Melanie), and when he was, no more awkward. Nowadays...
- Chef of Iron: Knows how to make Pokémon food and Pokéblocks.
- Chick Magnet: Made into one for all of five seconds in "Harley Rides Again" when several girls start fawning over his Bonsly.
- Aside from that, at least three women have fallen in love with him.
- Chivalrous Pervert: G-rated. Despite all his horndoging and flirtations, never goes beyond attempting to swoon them with flattery or doing what they ask, he's ultimately very respectful of their wishes, no matter how heartbroken he may be afterwards.
- The Chosen One: Of Uxie. Fitting, that the resident The Smart Guy would be the one being chosen by the Pokemon that bestowed knowlege.
- Color Failure: During the Hearthome Tournament, he finds himself getting partnered with another attractive girl. Unfortunately, he's not her type.
Holly: "I'm sorry, but I'm just not interested in younger men."
- Combat Commentator: One of his main roles in the story is to comment on Pokémon battles, explaining the moves and strategies on display.
- Commuting on a Bus: After leaving Ash's party for good to become a doctor, Brock continued to make guest appearances in every subsequent series except X&Y. Outside of flashbacks in Black & White, Brock actually did appear in person during Cilan's special episode after Ash left Unova. He also appeared for a few short stints with Misty during Sun and Moon.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He became Ash's ally after Ash defeated him at Pewter Gym.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Is obsessed with women, but he gets heartbroken every time.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: While Ash and company are still in the Orange Islands, Brock is a guest of the Ketchum household, and becomes a rival to Mimey when it comes to doing the chores. It's like they're being rivals over something else.
- Dynamic Entry: How did he first appear in the Advance Generation series? Throw Forretress as an Action Bomb against a flock of Taillow, that's what!
- Everyone Has Standards: Brock is no stranger to falling in love with every girl he sees, but even he's a bit creeped out by Conway's stalking of Dawn.
- Eyes Always Shut: One of the most well-known examples. Throughout the series his eyes never (fully) open. There was one time, but it was a visual gag and not meant to be taken seriously.
- Fanservice Pack: Sort of—we don't see it until he takes his shirt off, but when he does, we see that he's gotten noticeably (and we mean noticeably) more buff in the Sun And Moon anime.
- Flanderization: Started out as a mentor type, gained the lovable pervert shtick and eventually became reduced to it, attempts have been made to regain the previous role, with variable success. In a bit of fairness, a silly side was shown in his intro episode when his father came back and promptly got exasperated by his quirks, but before that, he was incredibly no-nonsense - almost like a smaller Lt. Surge. That said, fans still enjoy his antics, which would be why during his reunion with Ash in Sun and Moon he immediately flirts with a flight attendent rather than keep going towards Ash.
- The Friends Who Never Hang: He had relatively little interaction with Dawn during Diamond & Pearl, especially in comparison to Ash and the two's previous traveling companions.
- Guest-Star Party Member: After being Put on a Bus at the end of Diamond & Pearl and being absent for Best Wishes and XY (aside from flashbacks), he, along with Misty, returns for two separate guest appearance arcs in Sun & Moon
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ash; out of all of Ash's human companions, Brock is definitely the one he's closest to, and Diamond & Pearl has several subtle moments showing how strong the bond between them has become. Of course, this is likely a side-effect of the two of them traveling together the most out of all of Ash's companions.
- Hypocrite: Sort of. He is appalled when his mother Lola changes the gym to a water-type gym claiming that he is dedicated to rock-types despite the fact that he caught aZubat in his first episode with Ash, owns several water-types, Ludicolo and Marshtomp, and actually owns only three rock-types, Geodude, Bonsly and Onix (only two now that Onix evolved into Steelix)
- Image Song: "Takeshi's Paradise"
- He was one of the few English cast members to get an Image Song in the form of "Two Perfect Girls".
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Brock's family from his father's side all look or will end up looking exactly the same as him, regardless if they're male or female. Brock's mom is the only one who looks different.
- Informed Ability: His profession/passion as a Pokémon breeder is occasionally mentioned, but has basically zero effect on the show. Probably because the topic involves a little too much birds and the bees for a children's show.
- Also his position as a "Rock-Type Specialist", which is brought up a handfull of times thoughout the series. While this is the case in the games where he exclusively uses pokemon who are at least partially Rock-Types, in the anime he's never had more than two Rock-Types in his posession at any given time. Looking at his current team, he actually has just as many Water, Poison, and Steel types as he has Rock (at 2 each) and actually has more Ground-Types than any other (at 3). He only caught one Rock-Type Pokemon (Bonsly) throughout the 3 series he appeared in and by the time he got him, Onix had already evolved into Steelix and lost his Rock typing.
- Irony: Brock loves charming girls but it never really goes anywhere because everyone else won't let him finish flirting with them. When Brock does succeed in seducing a girl, he either does it by accident or doesn't notice until very late. Pike Queen Lucy blushed whenever she was around him but he didn't notice or Max dragged him away before anything could be done about it. Lucy in "Tag! We're it...!" wasn't interested in him until he proved his battle prowess but she left without saying goodbye to him.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: In spite of his tenure on the show, he is Out of Focus for possibly more than 90% of it. When he does get to show his stuff, however, he's very competent. Best example might be "Leave it to Brocko" from the DP saga.
- Likes Older Women: He especially loves the Nurse Joys and Officer Jennys.
- Loving a Shadow: In Takeshi Shudo's old notes, Brock's hunt for women was driven at least subconsciously by his desire to find his siblings a new mom.
- The Medic: He refocuses his goal on becoming a doctor at the end of DP. It helps that his Happiny had recently evolved into Chansey.
- Mundane Utility: Really mundane example: Lotad's flat head? Extra table. And, of course there's Croagunk's Poison Jab, which saw more use for you-know-what than in actual battles.
- The Navigator: The one with the Town Map, though humorously, he often gets those he's navigating lost.
- Nice Guy: A pervert he may be, but Brock is by far, one of the most patient, understanding, helpful people in the entire series. Even those who get annoyed at his antics can't deny how honest and good a person Brock is.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His Japanese name is a reference to a main character in Takeshi's Castle.
- No Sense of Direction: Despite being designated as The Navigator, it's been shown multiple times that Brock isn't actually very good at. There have been instances where the gang was lost, only for someone else to look at the map and immediately being able to point them in the right direction and right before they left for Johto, Brock grabs Ash and points towards the horizon of their new journey, only to be immediately corrected that Johto is in the complete opposite direction. When you realize this, you start to realize why so many episode take place in the woods, and why the seasons got 50 episodes shorter after Brock left the show.
- Noodle Incident: Ash and Misty find him back at the Ketchum home after their adventure in the Orange Islands. Whenever anyone asks about what happened during his time with Professor Ivy, he goes into a Troubled Fetal Position, to which he requests not to mention her name. To date, it's never been revealed what went on between the two and why he left. (He does mention Ivy in the English version of the seventh movie, though.)
- The first time the gang visits Cerulean City for Ash's Gym Battle, Brock goes off on his own telling Ash that he has "Stuff" to do. When Ash inquires, Brock insists it's "just stuff". He then doesn't reappear in the episode until after Ash and Misty are leaving the Gym after Ash was given his badge. To date, it has never been revealed what Brock was doing in Cerulean nor is it ever brought up again.
- Only Sane Man: As long as there aren't any pretty women in the vicinity, at least. He was often the one who would break up Ash and Misty whenever they got into a heated argument.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Brock takes his shirt and vest off, invoking Walking Shirtless Scene, when he is ready to Mega-Evolve Steelix. This is something the Casanova Wannabenever did when he was on the series unless it was a Hot Springs Episode, and he was actually bathing.
- Out of Focus: From Johto onward, when he began to receive fewer focus episodes and often functioned as a mere walking gag. It seems they eventually caught onto this, as Brock gets a few more focus episodes in Diamond & Pearl before leaving the show for a good few years.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Increasingly so, particularly in most of Sinnoh where both of his traveling companions shared co-star status. Lampshaded in the 11th movie, where Ash and Dawn both spring into action against the Big Bad, and Brock briefly gets depressed over being left behind...literally.
- In one episode Team Rocket review their typical plans with accompanying graphics to find out why they always fail. When they get to the step where the heroes counterattack, the graphic shows Ash commanding Pikachu and Dawn commanding Piplup to attack...while Brock just stands in the background.
- The anime is very much aware of this. When Brock got A Day in the Limelight, he has proven to be cunning, fixing Team Rocket a meal and then stealing the Pokémon they stole and booking it while they were distracted. He's also shown he's an excellent battler, taking out Seviper with Croagunk despite the type disadvantage, and when Ash and Dawn showed up and volunteered to take it from there, Brock told them to stay out of it and he proceeded to beat down James' Carnivine with his newly evolved Sudowoodo...also with a type disadvantage.
- Averted when he reappears during Sun and Moon and gets a one-sided victory against Kiawe... alsowith a Type disadvantage. He and Misty also do most of the work taking out Team Rocket's mech after Ash's Lycanroc's attacks are repelled.
- Overused Running Gag: Thankfully, they tend to mix it up, especially with Bonsly (in a brief stint note he uses Double-Edge) and Croagunk.
- Parental Abandonment: They actually come back (yes, his mom was alive all this time, though 4Kids chose to ignore the plot hole they wrote themselves into), but it's understandable that Brock's less than pleased when they go on vacation and leave his 9 siblings by themselves.
- Passing the Torch: Handed over control of the gym to his younger brother Forrest.
- Put on a Bus: Four times! He departed the show at the beginning of the Orange Islands arc because the anime crew thought he might be considered an Asian stereotype to a global audience (it's his eyes). He was promptly brought back for Johto because, as it turns out, nobody cared about that. He and Ash then briefly parted ways again at the end of Johto and the Battle Frontier, but they quickly reunited both times. It finally happened permanently at the end of Diamond & Pearl after Brock decided to become a Pokémon doctor, meaning his studies preclude him from traveling anymore with Ash.
- Raging Stiffie: G-rated version, obviously. Basically it's gotten to the point that when he doesn't have this around Inexplicably Identical Individuals, regardless if they're male or female, he starts getting suspicious (often he's right; it's Team Rocket or someone else disguised as the nurse or officer).
- Real Men Wear Pink: Aside from being Team Dad, he can also be classified as a TeamMom, with good reason.
- The Reliable One: Probably the most dependable person Ash has ever traveled with, assuming he's not head over heels for some girl he just happened to spot.
- Running Gag: Whenever he sees a beautiful woman and reacts in a typical fashion, someone in the group will haul him away angrily. It was generally Misty in the original series, Max in Advanced Generation, and his Croagunk in Diamond & Pearl, but others, such as May and even Ash have done it as well.
- Shirtless Scene: Ignoring beach episodes, Brock as a Mythology Gag to his appearance in Red and Blue, goes shirtless during his battle with Kiawe in Sun and Moon. He does not disappoint.
- The Smart Guy: Of every team he's been in. In "Advanced Generation", he somewhat shares the role with Max. He's also The Chosen One of Uxie, the precursor of Knowledge.
- Something Else Also Rises: "Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore". Brock and Flint have to work together to power up the Pokémon Center's backup generator. Brock was egged on by Nurse Joy several times, causing the energy gauge of the generator to...go sky-high.
- Strong Family Resemblance: With his nine siblings and his dad, all of whom have Eyes Always Shut.
- Supreme Chef: Brock is great at making meals and does most of the cooking for the gang.
- Team Chef: To the point where this is his most essential contribution to the group in later arcs.
- Team Dad: During his travels with Ash and others, Brock has provided them with advice, broken up arguments, and cooked food for the group.
- Tempting Fate: Brock has started to realize that every time he starts swooning over Nurse Joy or Officer Jenny, Croagunk is only moments away from poison jabbing him, so he tries to control himself and back down.
- Token Good Teammate: Compared to most other gym leaders in Kanto that were downright antagonistic towards Ash or didn't take their job seriously, Brock's only crime was being a proper challenge for him, and the series afterwards quickly establishes him to be a Nice Guy (if a sometimes kooky one).
- Took a Level in Badass: Gains the ability to use Mega Evolution in Sun and Moon.
- Even more notable is that after a tenure on the show where his Onix would get tossed around or ignored to increase tension, being sidelined to promote Ash or the female companion, and the show constantly downplaying or forgetting the fact he was a Gym Leader compared to how others in similar positions are treated, when Brock comes back for Sun & Moon, he's never defeated a single time. This included a two-on-one match against him, a match with an opponent with a type advantage and a Z-Move, and a battle against an Island Kahuna. Plus each time his Pokemon just seem to brush off whatever attack is thrown at them.
- Tritagonist: He's usually in the background compared to the lead male and female, but sometimes the show (or at least, the current story) makes it clear that he's this (at least for the humans). This is most evident during the Galactic arc, where not only does his Croagunk get a rivalry with Saturn's Toxicroak, he's also chosen by one of the Lake Trio, along with Ash and Dawn.
- Twin Threesome Fantasy: Which actuallyhappens, when a flood of Nurse Joys and Officer Jennies mob him, wanting to get into his pants. Unfortunately for Brock, the Fantasy part is literal...
- Vague Age: Unlike Ash and Misty who are established as both being 10 (although Misty is 12 according to some sources), Brock's age is never really stated apart from the fact he's clearly older than his traveling companions. Some sources state he's 15 which would go in line with the fact that due to Pokemon's general following of the Teens Are Short rule, he's implied to not quite be an an adult yet, with Brock often being shorter or around the same height as characters who are clearly adults. Other situations treat him as older however, particularly the fact a vast majority of the people he flirts with are adults themselves, with the few who reciprocate almost always in the 'adult' category.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Misty. They both may tease each other or occasionally snark at the other's expense, but have a strong friendship that shows that they really do care about each other. They're even shown to be close after their initial adventures together, and are always happy to reunite.
- We Need a Distraction: A minor Running Gag, and he sometimes convinces others to join him in the act (Corphish [twice!], Lombre, Dawn)...
- Wingding Eyes: Gets hearts in his eyes every time he looks at a pretty girl.
- The Worf Effect: In spite of his aforementioned competence, his Plot Armor is thinner than those of his friends because of their star/co-star status. If he participates in a competition or tournament that his friends also join, he's likely to either lose early on or eventually get beaten by them (not always realistically).
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Brock zig-zags this trope. In one scene of the first season, Misty kicked him in the face and he never attempted to fight back. Another episode, however, showed him hitting Misty many times after she kept teasing him about his crush on Melanie.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Oh, they do this sometimes with his hopeless flirtations. It just has a way of going straight to hell before the end of the episode.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His main type is the Rock-Type, and he also has multiple Ground-types that aren't Rock-types.
- Ironically, despite priding himself in being a Rock-Type specialist, the only Rock-type he caught during the series proper was Bonsly.
- Freudian Trio:
The Kirk: Mudkip/Marshtomp
The McCoy: Lotad/Lombre/Ludicolo (Hoenn) & Bonsly (Kanto)
The Spock: Forretress
The Kirk: Bonsly/Sudowoodo
The McCoy: Happiny/Chansey
The Spock: Croagunk
- Out of Focus: Much like Brock himself, his Pokemon don't receive much development and (particularly in the original series) tend to lack memorable personalities. This is actually progressively averted in Advanced Generation and especially Diamond and Pearl, where his Pokemon get much more screentime.
- Poor, Predictable Rock: Averted, as soon as Brock stopped being the Gym Leader, he stopped having a Rock-type theme for his Pokémon team, though he tries to have at least one Rock-type Pokémon on his team. Nonetheless, he is quite firm about keeping Pewter Gym's Rock theme intact.
- Put on a Bus: With the exception of Vulpix none of Brock's Pokemon are given send offs when he stops using them. He typically leaves them at the Pewter City Gym off-screen. It's also very rare that any of his Pokemon (save his Kanto Trinity) are ever seen or mentioned again after their initial series ends, with Foretress and Sudowoodo being the only exceptions to this, and the former hasn't been seen since the end of the Advanced Generation.
Voiced by:Unshō Ishizuka
- Dishing Out Dirt: Ground-type. As an Onix, he was also a Rock type.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Steelix's type is Steel-Type.
- Fast Tunnelling: Knows Dig.
- Gentle Giant: Outside of battle. Especially prominent when he reappeared as Steelix.
- Made of Iron: Besides the obvious pun, Steelix is tough as nails. He's even tougher as Mega Steelix and tanks Turtonator's Inferno Overdrive, a move that would be Super Effective against Steel-types.
- Super Mode: Gains the ability to mega-evolve in Sun & Moon.
- Tail Slap: Knows Iron Tail.
- The Worf Effect:
- Mostly while it was an Onix: although supposedly Brock's strongest Pokémon, it loses several battles (including to Meowth once, when Meowth dumped water on it and somehow finished it off with Fury Swipes). The impression is further strengthened by the fact that Onix was by far the largest of the main cast's Pokémon during the whole Kanto and Johto sagas. Refreshingly averted in the fourth movie, where it— and not any of Ash's Pokémon— is the one to defeat the villain's Tyranitar.
- As a Mega Steelix, it gets to be on the other end of this trope. Kiawe's Turtonator can't do squat against it, and even InfernoOverdrive is unable to take it out.
Voiced in Japanese by:Shin-ichiro Miki
Voiced in English by: Michael Haigney (4Kids), Marc Thompson (current)
- Dishing Out Dirt: Rock and Ground type.
- Mythology Gag: In "The Punchy Pokémon" Brock enters Geodude in a Fighting-type tournament; it IS a fighting-type in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
- Out of Focus: Barely got any personality, character development, or battles, and was mainly used in places where Onix was too big to fit. It did get to return with Brock in the Sun and Moon series however.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: It can hold its own against Pikachu without the need of Onix.
- Power Floats: Despite being a rock, it somehow levitates.
Voiced by:Shin-ichiro Miki
Voiced in Japanese by:Rikako Aikawa
Voiced in English by:Rachael Lillis
- Badass Adorable: It's cute and dainty as a button, yet has explosive fire powers. It was likely for this reason it was usually Brock's representing Pokémon in the Pikachu shorts.
- Happily Adopted: Technically the property of a professional breeder called Suzie, who entrusted Vulpix with Brock after seeing his warmness to Pokémon. Vulpix very quickly took to Brock as its trainer.
- Kitsune: Blatantly based on such with its fox like appearance and multiple tails.
- Out of Focus: Too adorable for its own good, especially since it's (currently) the only Pokémon Brock no longer owns (all the others are at Pewter Gym).
- Playing with Fire: Packs one hell of a Flamethrower.
- Put on a Bus: Returned it to the girl who gave it to him.
- Spoiled Brat: In its first appearance - it roasts Misty just for unexpectedly picking it up, before curling back up with a light yawn. It's much more playful in later appearances, if still very fond of pampering.
- The Worf Effect: Introduced as being extremely powerful, but is rarely shown winning an actual battle.
Voiced in Japanese by:Unshō Ishizuka
Voiced in English by:Eric Stuart (Pineco, Forretress 4Kids), Unshō Ishizuka (Forretress, current)
- Extra-ore-dinary: Forretress is a Steel-Type.
- Long Runner: Had a surprisingly long stint in the series, being caught by a main character early in the Johto saga and staying in in his party for the entirety of Hoenn, amounting in total to more than 300 episodes. At one point he had the crown of the longest-lasting Pokémon in the show (discounting Pikachu and Meowth) over even Jessie's Wobbuffet. That said, especially by the end of his run, he was largely Out of Focus.
- Mundane Utility: Brock used Forretress' Rapid Spin as an improvised drill when the gang had to make a pit trap.
- Out of Focus: Despite Forretress being on Brock's team for over 300 episodes, including the entirety of Advanced Generation, it sure didn't get a lot of time in the spotlight.
- Running Gag: Loves to blow itself up at the slightest provocation, and unfortunately for Brock, he usually ends up being in proximity, resulting in him getting an Ash Face.
- The Stoic: Forretress; Pineco was a lot more excitable.
- Spike Shooter: Knows Spikes.
Voiced in Japanese by: Miyako Ito (Hassboh and Hasubrero), Fumihiko Tachiki (Runpappa)
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers (Lotad), Dan Green (Lombre), Eric Stuart (Ludicolo, 4Kids), Bill Rogers (Ludicolo, current)
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's always been a Nice Guy, even in his first stage, but he's really powerful and not afraid to show it when his friends are in danger.
- Bullet Seed: He can fire this as a Lombre and a Ludicolo.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Kind of "out there" compared to others of its species, especially as a Lotad and a Lombre. Don't ever assume he's stupid, though.
- Confusion Fu: His battle style is unpredictable.
- Green Thumb: Grass-Type.
- Jaw Drop: Ludicolo has an EPIC one◊ when his Mawile crush dumps him for a Psyduck.
- Keet: As Ludicolo, which is characteristic of the species. See also Nice Guy below
- Making a Splash: Water-Type.
- Mundane Utility: Lola, in one of her "ideal" parenting moods, somehow convinced Ludicolo to carry around her bags as she and Flint go on vacation.
- Nice Guy: Shown very early in Advanced Generation. note When he was called out to battle the leader of a school of Sharpedo, Lotad quickly noticed something was wrong (Sharpedo had been poisoned by Jessie's Seviper), and along with Brock stayed by Sharpedo's side, even overnight. He was quite ecstatic to see that Sharpedo seemed to be recovering, and had its fin wrapped around Brock's back.
- The Runt at the End: Of the herd of Lotad, this one has a bit of trouble catching up.
- Transformation Trinket: Lombre unflinchingly scrounges around the bag of the Character of the Day, until he found her Water Stone deep inside, instantly making him evolve.
Voiced in Japanese by:Megumi Hayashibara (Mizugorou), Shin-ichiro Miki (Numacraw)
Voiced in English by: Lindsey Warner (Mudkip, 4Kids), Michele Knotz (Mudkip, second), Kayzie Rogers (as Jamie Peacock, Marshtomp)
- Barrier Warrior: Knows Protect.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Marshtomp is part ground-type.
- Lamarck Was Right: How else would you explain this?
- Making a Splash: The Water-Type Starter of the Hoenn region.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: The one member of the Hoenn group's Starter trio that saw the least action, hence its evolution coming late, and the only one to never even reach its final stage.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Towards Brock in its first appearance. In general, it's more sweet than icy.
- Team Dad: Mudkip was just as mature - if not moreso - than Pikachu and tried hard to both keep the peace and take care of the younger ones. "Turning Over A New Nuzleaf" was the first great example.
Voiced in Japanese by:Daisuke Sakaguchi
Voiced in English by: Bill Rogers
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Knows Hammer Arm.
- Character Tics: Sudowoodo has a habit of saluting Brock.
- Cool Big Bro: Towards Happiny, since they seem to appear together often.
- Ditto Fighter: Knows Mimic.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Rock type.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Bonsly...ironically, early in Sinnoh he learned Mimic and evolved into Sudowoodo an episode later.
- Out of Focus: To a degree (mostly since Croagunk was more prominent), but he still gets some shining moments of prominence and never actually decays as a tough battler.
- Took a Level in Badass: In "Leave it to Brocko", where he evolves.
- When Trees Attack: Even though he's actually a Rock-type.
- In "Leave It To Brocko", they use this to their advantage to put a lost, frightened young Nuzleaf at ease, since Bonsly's tree-like appearance reassured Nuzleaf that they were friendly.
- Yes-Man: Sudowoodo, a more endearing example than most as he's obviously very devoted to his trainer.
Voiced in Japanese by:Katsuyuki Konishi
Voiced in English by: Bill Rogers
- Everyone Has Standards: While he takes delight in his violence towards Brock whenever he flrts with a girl, he tends to back off in scenarios where the girl is either ok with it (such as Cynthia) or when the girl shuts him down (such as when Brock first meets Holly).
- Evil Laugh: Croagunk everytime he has to poison jab Brock and drag him off behind him. Cro-cro-cro-croooo
- Fascinating Eyebrow: Bizarrely, when Brock is trying to orient him in the group's daily routine...
- Glass Cannon: He can hit very hard, singlehandedly blocking a stray Draco Meteor fired by Dialga and knocking out Saturn's Toxicroak in one blow, but doesn't fare so well in prolonged battle.
- HeelFace Turn: He first shows up as a "member" of Team Rocket; or rather, he followed Meowth to the Rockets' bogus gym, and Jesse decided to use him in their scam. Once the Rockets ditch him, he decides to join Brock instead.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's usually quick to come to the rescue of Brock (or the rest of the group) if they're in real danger.
- Missed Him by That Much: in "Jumping Rocket Ship", the group gets separated, and Croagunk is simply taking a trip through Canalave's canals by way of several boats. Every time he appears, it was just a split-second before/after one group is in the same scene. For the record, Croagunk was the last Pokémon to be "found" (or rather, Croagunk found them thanks to Brock being himself).
- Not So Stoic: There are a few times that he outright laughs at his trainer's misfortune towards girls.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Once, his rivalry with Saturn's Toxicroak made him completely ignore Brock's advances to a girl.
- Pet the Dog: Can often come across as a jerkass at times, but the writers occasionally show that he can have a protective side as well.
- Real Men Hate Sugar: Shown several times to be adverse to any sweet food. Interestingly enough, this does hint to his nature; the Pokémon natures that dislike sweet food are Brave, Quiet, Sassy or Relaxed. All four could be used to describe Croagunk to some extent (though Quiet is the most apparent.)
- Running Gag:
- He's waaay too obsessed with his reflection.
- Also the whole "stab and drag Brock away from girls" thing, of course.
- Sensor Character: He has been able to detect the presence of Team Rocket at several points when the rest of the group was distracted and has headed off to stop them on his own without the others noticing. He was also aware of the approach of Saturn's Toxicroak.
- Sixth Ranger: If the main characters make up a Five-Man Band each series/generation, then Croagunk - who joins last and appears the least - is this to the "Diamond and Pearl" band.
- Something We Forgot:
- Pikachu and the other Pokémon are ready to abandon a ship heading for a potentially lethal waterfall, until Pikachu realizes someone is missing. He rushes back inside and tries his hardest to drag Croagunk away from the mirror.
- At the denouement of "Jumping Rocket Ship", the heroes ready to call it a day, until they realize something's missing. Before Brock could realize what it was, he saw a beautiful girl and proceeded to hit on her, and only then did Croagunk show up.
- The Stoic: Stays calm most of the time.
- Super Senses: His version of the "Anticipation" ability allows him to have better perception of the surroundings.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite all the Poison Jabs Brock took over the series, when their compatibility was rated, it was nearly as high as Ash and Pikachu's. Oh, and did we mention that this is a few days after he's caught?
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Borders between this and Chuck Cunningham Syndrome (depending on how prominent you find Croagunk to be) in Sun & Moon where he's not seen or mentioned at all during either of Brock's return appearances, with Brock only using his Pokemon from the Kanto region. This seems odd considering that apparently His and Brock friendship level was almost on par with Ash & Pikachu's after over 3 regions immdiately after Croagunk was caught. And it's not like Brock stopped hitting on girls either, but Misty resumed her role of stopping Brock's libido instead.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Played for Laughs. The first time Croagunk went too far in attacking Brocknote when Brock was sincere in helping the girl-of-the-day, Dawn calls him out on it (he even looks genuinely abashed). On another occasion, Brock delivers one himself, right after getting stabbed:
Oh, c'mon! Imagination is against the law?
- Yandere: It's the most likely explanation as to why Croagunk attacks Brock whenever he flirts with Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy. When Croagunk and Brock's compatibility rating was shown, it was nearly equal to Ash and Pikachu's in only a few days.
Voiced in Japanese by: Miyako Ito
Voiced in English by: Emily Jenness
- Adaptational Badass: Combined with Irony. In the games, Happiny and Chansey have notoriously low physical attack power, being the lowest in the entire game. Brock's Happiny, on the other hand, has among the most ridiculous lifting feats in all of the anime. It's never explained where this strength comes from.
- Children Are Innocent: Inverted - unlike Togepi for example, she was more likely to be aware of when things weren't going well (even on the day she hatched) and could become relatively serious if the situation called for it; on the other hand, her usual demeanor is that of a sweet-natured Cheerful Child.
- The Medic: Her Softboiled move can heal others.
- Nice Girl: Really quite a sweetheart, as is natural for her species - in her intro episode, she initially offers the Oval Stone which Brock carved her back to him as a sign of friendship and trust, despite how badly she'd previously wanted it upon hatching. From that point on, it's pretty safe to say that she's less of a divisive character than Togepi ever was.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: To comedic levels. Despite being a newborn baby and horribly weak in her games of origin, Brock's Happiny is ridiculously strong. She once lifted an entire frozen lake with her bare hands, quite casually, and tossed it over a cliff. She's also lifted massive boulders with just a single hand.
- The Smurfette Principle: So far, she is Brock's only (confirmed) female Pokémon.
- The Medic: It belonged to Nurse Joy before she gave it to Brock as a gift, and it's used to help him calm down a wild Kangaskhan so he can treat its baby.
- Our Fairies Are Different: Comfey is a Fairy-Type Pokémon.
- Out of Focus: Almost nothing is known about it, as it was only seen briefly in one episode and never appeared again.
- Pets as a Present: It was given by Nurse Joy to thank him for his help.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Chansey, who did not appear in Sun and Moon. Both are The Medic Pokemon whose species are commonly owned by Nurse Joy, and assist Brock in healing injured Pokemon.
Tracey Sketchit (Kenji)
Voiced in Japanese by:Tomokazu Seki
Voiced in English by:Ted Lewis (4Kids), Craig Blair (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Alfredo Leal (Season 2), Javier Olguín (Season 5), Ricardo Bautista (one episode of Chronicles and another in Season 8), Gerardo García (rest of Chronicles), Christian Strempler (Season 9)
Voiced in European French by: Bruno Mullenaerts
A friend of Ash's, who he met on his trip to the Orange Islands. Specializes in Pokémon watching; i.e. he draws pictures of Pokémon in their natural habitat with surgical precision. Tracey primarily draws Pokémon, but there are several human subjects scattered around his various sketchbooks. Huge fan of Prof. Oak.
Tropes involving him and his Pokémon include:
- Ascended Fanboy: Since his debut, he has always been a fan of Professor Oak's work and wishes to one day meet his hero. Oak takes him under his wing at the end of the Orange Islands arc.
- Awesome by Analysis: Tracey's typical battle style. He can predict an opponent's moves based on having seen the set-up motions before and get a counterattack going immediately, which isn't too shabby. In his initial appearance, he was able to discern upbringing problems with a group of trainers' Pokémon, and gauge how strong and well-conditioned Pikachu was with but a mere precursory glance.
- Covert Pervert: Downplayed, but if you find anything in his sketchbook that isn't a Pokémon, it's probably a pretty girl he encountered while travelling around with Ash.
- Guest-Star Party Member: He has the dubious honor of being the friend who Ash traveled with the least: he was only part of the group for the Adventures In The Orange Islandsnote around 30 episodes , and Brock (who he was intended to replace) returned and reclaimed his position in the group just in time for Tracey's departure.
- Meaningful Name: What do you think does he do in his free time? Take a wild guess.
- Non-Action Guy: He can battle if he has to, but he uses his Pokémon mainly for fieldwork.
- Out of Focus: After the very first episode of Diamond and Pearl, he did not appear again until BW116, 306 episodes later. To date, his last speaking role was the final episode of Advanced Generation... Over 600 episodes ago.
- Spell My Name with an "S": It's "Tracey", not "Tracy".
- Written-In Absence: In JN068, 354 episodes since his last appearance, Professor Oak mentions that he's been helping look for Ash's Infernape, who hasn't been seen in days.
Voiced in Japanese by:Rikako Aikawa
Voiced in English by:Rachael Lillis
Voiced in Japanese by:Mika Kanai
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers
Voiced in Japanese by:Unshō Ishizuka
Voiced in English by:Eric Stuart
- Animal Facial Hair: Sports a prominent pair of sideburns, despite being an insect.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: A Bug-Type Pokémon who resembles a giant mantis.
- Changing of the Guard: Rejected from its tribe because it was too old to remain the leader (though it makes amends with its young successor before accepting Tracey as its trainer).
- Cool Old Guy: Scyther is old and out of shape, but still a Scyther no less.
- Curbstomp Battle: Manages to defeat Arbok, Lickitung, Victreebel, Weezing, and even Meowth in battle by itself. Before the battle between Scyther vs Team Rocket's Pokemon got underway, Pikachu is quick to rush to Scyther's aid and offer to fight Team Rocket's Pokemon with Scyther, an offer of which Scyther politely declines.
- Doppelgänger Spin: Knows Double Team.
- Mundane Utility: Uses Swords Dance to blow away Weezing's poisonous gas after Team Rocket attacks.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: A proud fighter despite its old age.
- The Rival: Very briefly with Charizard due to some initial aggression. After repelling a Team Rocket attack, they "flex their muscles" a bit before making peace.
- Running Gag: Would break into a pant after working, since it left the Pokémon Center before healing properly. It's lampshaded the first time.
- Team Dad: To a degree towards the other Pokémon. Definitely towards its tribe, given it left the Pokémon Center (still injured) to save them from Team Rocket.
Supporting Cast (Humans)
Professor Samuel Oak (Dr. Yukinari Okido)
Characters / Pokémon
These are the character sheets for the various Pokémon groupings: Shout Outs, Captain Ersatz and Expy references go here.
Be warned that spoilers pertaining to the plot from games preceding Pokémon X and Y will be unmarked, for the most part. Also be aware that there are heavy spoilers in Pokémon Sun and Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, and Pokémon Sword and Shield in some of these links. Some are marked and some aren't.
- Pokémon Types
- Physical Types (Normal, Fighting, Poison, Ground, Flying, Bug, Rock, and Ghost)
- Special Types (Fire, Water, Grass, Electric, Ice, Psychic, and Dragon)
- Later Types (Dark, Steel, Fairy, and Shadow)
- Recurring Pokémon Archetypes
- Pokémon: Generation I Families (#1-151)
- Bulbasaur to Parasect (#1-47) note Bulbasaur line, Charmander line, Squirtle line, Caterpie line, Weedle line, Pidgey line, Rattata line, Spearow line, Ekans line, Pichu line, Sandshrew line, Nidoran line, Cleffa line, Vulpix line, Igglybuff line, Zubat line, Oddish line, Paras line
- Venonat to Cloyster (#48-91) note Venonat line, Diglett line, Meowth line, Psyduck line, Mankey line, Growlithe line, Poliwag line, Abra line, Machop line, Bellsprout line, Tentacool line, Geodude line, Ponyta line, Slowpoke line, Magnemite line, Farfetch'd line, Doduo line, Seel line, Grimer line, Shellder line
- Gastly to Miltank (#92-128) note Gastly line, Onix line, Drowzee line, Krabby line, Voltorb line, Exeggcute line, Cubone line, Tyrogue line, Lickitung line, Koffing line, Rhyhorn line, Happiny line, Tangela line, Kangaskhan, Horsea line, Goldeen line, Staryu line, Mime Jr. line, Scyther line, Smoochum line, Elekid line, Magby line, Pinsir, Tauros and Miltank
- Magikarp to Mew (#129-151) note Magikarp line, Lapras, Ditto, Eevee line, Porygon line, Omanyte line, Kabuto line, Aerodactyl, Munchlax line, Legendary Birds (Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres), Dratini line, Mew Duo (Mewtwo and Mew)
- Mew Duo (#150-151) note Mewtwo and Mew
- Pokémon: Generation II Families (#152-251)
- Chikorita to Granbull (#152-210) note Chikorita line, Cyndaquil line, Totodile line, Sentret line, Hoothoot line, Ledyba line, Spinarak line, Chinchou line, Togepi line, Natu line, Mareep line, Azurill line, Bonsly line, Hoppip line, Aipom line, Sunkern line, Yanma line, Wooper line, Murkrow line, Midreavus line, Unown, Wynaut line, Girafarig, Pineco line, Dunsparce, Gligar line, Snubbull line
- Qwilfish to Celebi (#211-251) note Qwilfish, Shuckle, Heracross, Sneasel line, Teddiursa line, Slugma line, Swinub line, Corsola line, Remoraid line, Delibird, Mantyke line, Skarmory, Houndour line, Phanpy line, Stantler line, Smeargle, Legendary Beasts (Raikou, Entei, and Suicune), Larvitar line, Tower Duo (Lugia and Ho-Oh), Celebi
- Pokémon: Generation III Families (#252-386)
- Treecko to Sharpedo (#252-319)note Treecko line, Torchic line, Mudkip line, Poochyena line, Zigzagoon line, Wurmple line, Lotad line, Seedot line, Taillow line, Wingull line, Ralts line, Surskit line, Shroomish line, Slakoth line, Nincada line, Whismur line, Makuhita line, Nosepass line, Skitty line, Sableye, Mawile, Aron line, Meditite line, Electrike line, Plusle and Minun, Volbeat and Illumise, Budew line, Gulpin line, Carvanha line
- Wailmer to Deoxys (#320-386) note Wailmer line, Numel line, Torkoal, Spoink line, Spinda, Trapinch line, Cacnea line, Swablu line, Zangoose and Seviper, Lunatone and Solrock, Barboach line, Corphish line, Baltoy line, Lileep line, Anorith line, Feebas line, Castform, Kecleon, Shuppet line, Duskull line, Tropius, Chingling line, Absol, Snorunt line, Spheal line, Clamperl line, Relicanth, Luvdisc, Bagon line, Beldum line, Legendary Titans (Regirock, Regice, and Registeel), Eon Duo (Latias and Latios), Weather Trio (Kyogre, Groudon, and Rayquaza), Jirachi, Deoxys
- Pokémon: Generation IV Families (#387-493)note Turtwig line, Chimchar line, Piplup line, Starly line, Bidoof line, Kricketot line, Shinx line, Cranidos line, Shieldon line, Burmy line, Combee line, Pachirisu, Buizel line, Cherubi line, Shellos line, Drifloon line, Buneary line, Glameow line, Stunky line, Bronzor line, Chatot, Spiritomb, Gible line, Riolu line, Hippopotas line, Skorupi line, Croagunk line, Carnivine, Finneon line, Snover line, Rotom, Lake Guardians (Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf), Creation Trio (Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina), Heatran, Regigigas, Lunar Duo (Cresselia and Darkrai), Manaphy line, Shaymin, Arceus
- Pokémon: Generation V Families (#494-649)
- Victini to Zoroark (#494-571) note Victini, Snivy line, Tepig line, Oshawott line, Patrat line, Lillipup line, Purrloin line, Elemental Monkeys (Pansage line, Pansear line, and Panpour line), Munna line, Pidove line, Blitzle line, Roggenrola line, Woobat line, Drilbur line, Audino, Timburr line, Tympole line, Throh and Sawk, Sewaddle line, Venipede line, Cottonee line, Petilil line, Basculin line, Sandile line, Darumaka line, Maractus, Dwebble line, Scraggy line, Sigilyph, Yamask line, Tirtouga line, Archen line, Trubbish line, Zorua line
- Minccino to Genesect (#572-649) note Minccino line, Gothita line, Solosis line, Ducklett line, Vanillite line, Deerling line, Emolga, Karrablast line, Foongus line, Frillish line, Alomomola, Joltik line, Ferroseed line, Klink line, Tynamo line, Elgyem line, Litwick line, Axew line, Cubchoo line, Cryogonal, Shelmet line, Stunfisk, Mienfoo line, Druddigon, Golett line, Pawniard line, Bouffalant, Rufflet line, Vullaby line, Heatmor and Durant, Deino line, Larvesta line, Swords of Justice (Cobalion, Terrakion, Virizion and Keldeo), Forces of Nature (Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus), Tao Trio (Reshiram, Zekrom, and Kyurem), Meloetta, Genesect
- Pokémon: Generation VI Families (#650-721)
- Chespin to Hawlucha (#650-#701)note Chespin line, Fennekin line, Froakie line, Bunnelby line, Fletchling line, Scatterbug line, Litleo line, Flabébé line, Skiddo line, Pancham line, Furfrou, Espurr line, Honedge line, Spritzee line, Swirlix line, Inkay line, Binacle line, Skrelp line, Clauncher line, Helioptile line, Tyrunt line, Amaura line, Hawlucha
- Dedenne to Volcanion (#702-#721) note Dedenne, Carbink, Goomy line, Klefki, Phantump line, Pumpkaboo line, Bergmite line, Noibat line, Aura Trio (Xerneas, Yveltal and Zygarde), Diancie, Hoopa, Volcanion
- Pokémon: Generation VII Families (#722-809)
- Rowlet to Comfey (#722-#764) note Rowlet line, Litten line, Popplio line, Pikipek line, Yungoos line, Grubbin line, Crabrawler line, Oricorio, Cutiefly line, Rockruff line, Wishiwashi, Mareanie line, Mudbray line, Dewpider line, Fomantis line, Morelull line, Salandit line, Stufful line, Bounsweet line, Comfey
- Oranguru to Melmetal (#765-792, #800-802, #807-809) note Oranguru, Passimian, Wimpod line, Sandygast line, Pyukumuku, Type: Null line, Minior, Komala, Turtonator, Togedemaru, Mimikyu, Bruxish, Drampa, Dhelmise, Jangmo-o line, Guardian Deities (Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, and Tapu Fini), Cosmog line, Necrozma, Magearna, Marshadow, Zeraora, Meltan line
- The Ultra Beasts (#793-799, #803-806) note Nihilego, Buzzwole, Pheromosa, Xurkitree, Celesteela, Kartana, Guzzlord, Poipole line, Stakataka, Blacephalon
- Pokémon: Generation VIII Families (#810-898) (WARNING: Significant plot spoilers for Generation VIII games!)
- Grookey to Hatterene (#810-858) note Grookey line, Scorbunny line, Sobble line, Skwovet line, Rookidee line, Blipbug line, Nickit line, Gossifleur line, Wooloo line, Chewtle line, Yamper line, Rolycoly line, Applin line, Silicobra line, Cramorant, Arrokuda line, Toxel line, Sizzlipede line, Clobbopus line, Sinistea line, Hatenna line
- Impidimp to Calyrex (#859-898) note Impidimp line, Milcery line, Falinks, Pincurchin, Snom line, Stonjourner, Eiscue, Indeedee, Morpeko, Cufant line, Galar Fossils (Dracozolt, Arctozolt, Dracovish, and Arctovish), Duraludon, Dreepy line, Zacian and Zamazenta, Eternatus, Kubfu line, Zarude, Additional Legendary Titans (Regieleki and Regidrago), Glastrier and Spectrier, Calyrex
- Pokémon Glitches
- Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals
- Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals: KantoOriginal Red, Blue Oak, Leaf, GreenLGPE "Chase", "Elaine", Trace
- Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals: Johtonote Ethan, Kris, Lyra, Silver
- Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals: Hoennnote Brenden, May, Wally
- Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals: Sinnohnote Lucas, Dawn, Barry
- Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals: UnovaB&W Hilbert Hilda, Cheren, BiancaB&W2 Nate, Rosa, Hugh
- Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals: Kalosnote Calem, Serena, Tierno, Trevor, Shauna
- Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals: AlolaProtagonists Elio, Selene, Rotom PokédexRivals Hau, Gladion
- Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals: GalarProtagonists Victor, GloriaRivals Main game: Hop, Bede, Marine; DLC: Klara, Avery
- Pokémon ProfessorsMain Samuel Oak, Elm, Birch, Rowan, Aurea Juniper, Augustine Sycamore, Kukui, MagnoliaOthers Cedric Juniper, Burnet, Samson Oak, Grand Oak
- Pokémon Gym Leaders
- Pokémon Gym Leaders: Kantonote Brock, Misty, Lt. Surge, Erika, Koga, Janine, Sabrina, Blaine, Giovanni, Blue Oak
- Pokémon Gym Leaders: Johtonote Falkner, Bugsy, Whitney, Morty, Chuck, Jasmine, Pryce, Clair
- Pokémon Gym Leaders: Hoennnote Roxanne, Brawly, Wattson, Flannery, Normal, Winona, Tate and Liza, Wallace, Juan
- Pokémon Gym Leaders: Sinnohnote Rorak, Gardenia, Maylene, Crasher Wake, Fantina, Byron, Candace, Volkner
- Pokémon Gym Leaders: Unovanote Striaton Triplets (Cilan, Chili, Cress), Cheren, Lenora, Roxie, Burgh, Elesa, Clay, Skyla, Brycen, Iris, Drayden, Marion
- Pokémon Gym Leaders: Kalosnote Viola, Grant, Korrina, Ramos, Clemont, Valerie, Olympia, Wulfric
- Pokémon Trial Captains and Kahunas (Alola's Gym Leader equivalent)Trial Captains Ilima, Lana, Kiawe, Mallow, Sophoclese, Acerola, Mina, Vast Poni Canyon TrialKahunas Hala, Olivia, Nanu, Hapu
- Pokémon Gym Leaders: GalarSword & Shield Milo, Nessa, Kabu, Opal, Piers, RaihanSword only Bea, GordieShield only Allister, MelonyDLC Isle of Armor: Klara, Avery; Crown Tundra: Peony
- Pokémon Elite Fournote Indigo I: Lorelei, Bruno, Agatha, Lance; Indigo II: Will, Koga, Bruno, Karen; Hoenn: Sydney, Phoebe, Glacia, Drake; Sinnoh: Aaron, Bertha, Flint, Lucian; Unova: Shauntal, Marshal, Grimsley, Caitlin; Kalos: Wikstrom, Malva, Drasna, Siebold; Alola: Kahili, Molayne
- Pokémon ChampionsGen I-II LanceGen III Steven Stone, WallaceGen IV CynthiaGen V Alder, IrisGen VI DianthaGen VIII Leon, Mustard
- Pokémon Villain TeamsMay contain spoilers.
- Pokémon Villain: Team Rocketnote Giovanni, Archer, Ariana, Proton, Petrel, Jessie and James
- Pokémon Villain: Teams Aqua and MagmaMagma Maxie, Courtney, TabithaAqua Archie, Shelly, Matt
- Pokémon Villain: Team Galacticnote Cyrus, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Charon
- Pokémon Villain: Team Plasmanote Ghestis Harmonia, N, Colress, Shadow Triad, Anthea and Concordia, Seven Sages, Rood, Zinzolin
- Pokémon Villain: Team Flarenote Lysandre, Xerosic, Aliana, Bryony, Celosia, Mabel
- Pokémon Villain: Team Skullnote Guzma, Plumeria, Gladion
- Pokémon: Team Yellnote Yell's Leader
- Pokémon Frontier Brains and Other Facility HeadsFrontiers Hoenn: Factory Head Noland, Arena Tycoon Greta, Dome Ace Tucker, Pike Queen Lucy, Palace Maven Spenser, Pyramid King Brandon, Salon Maiden Anabel; Sinnoh and Johto: Tower Tycoon Palmer, Castle Valet Darach, Hall Matron Argenta, Factory Head Thorton, Arcade Star DahliaOther facilities Unova Facilities: Subway Bosses Emmit and Ingo, Benga; Kalos Maison: Nita, Evelyn, Dana, Morgan
- Pokémon Trainer Classes note and Jr., Tourist, Trial Guyd, Triathelete, Twins, Veteran and Veteran Duo, Worker, Youngster and Lass, Young Couple
- Pokémon Other Non-Playable CharactersStorage System Developers Bill, Lanette, Brigette, Celio, Bebe, Hayley, Amanita, Cassius, MolayneKanto & Johto Daisy Oak, Magikarp Salesman, Copycat, Mr. Fuji, Kiyo, Eusine, The Kimono Girls, Kurt, The Foreigner RocketHoenn Professor Takao Cozmo, Aarune, Lisia, Chaz, Zinnia, Battle Resort Trainers (Carnation, Antoin, Josephine, Kelvin, and Felix)Sinnoh Stat Trainers: Cheryl, Mira, Riley, Marley, Buck; Other: LookerUnova Fennel, Yancy/Nancy, Curtis/CristophKalos Grace, Dexio and Sina, Mr. Bonding, Inver, AZ, EmmaAlola General: Lillie, Mohn, Tristan, Ryuki, The Old Man in Haina Desert; The Eeveelution Users: Kagetora, Polly, Chad, Jane, Ishaan, Braiden, Rea, Linnea, Sakura and KiraGalar Sonia, Ball Guy, Cara Liss, Sordward, and Shielbert, Gym Challengers (Yue, Polaire, Kent, Vega, Cher, Deneb, Icla, Wei, Izar, Dunne, Pia, Corvin, Terry, Theemin, Phoebus), Honey, Hyde, Peonia, Mayor
- Pokémon Snapnote Todd Snap (and New Pokemon Snap)note "Player Character", Professor Mirror, Rita, Phil, Captain Vince
- Pokémon Stadium (and Battle Revolution)note "Player Character", Anna, Dusty Joe, Kruger, Marina, Mysterial, Rosie, Sashay, Taylor, Terrel, Voldon
- Pokémon ColosseumProtagonists Wes, RuiAntagonists Nascour, Miror B., Dakim, Venus, Ein, Gonzap, Trudly and Folly, Reath and FermaAllies Duking, Silva, Chief Sherles, Eagun, Beluh, Nett, Secc, MeggOthers Mirakle B., Cail, Agnol, Battlus/Somek, Infin and InityFinal Bosses (SPOILERS) Nascour, Es Cade/Evice, Fein
- Pokémon XD: Gale of DarknessProtagonist MichaelAntagonists Shadow Lugia, Lovrina, Snattle, Gorigan, the Hexagon Brothers, ZookAllies Jovi, Lily, Professor KraneOthers Dr. Kamino, ChobinGreevil & Allies (SPOILERS) Mr. Verich/Greevil, Ardos, Eldes
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue TeamThe Protagonists The Hero, The PartnerOther Rescue Teams Meanies, ACTPokémon Square Villagers The Kecleon Brothers, Kangaskhan, Gulpin, Persian, Wigglytuff, Makuhita, Caterpie and Metapod, Diglett and Dugtrio, Whiscash, Gardevoir, Ninetales, Latios and Latias, Absol
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: ExplorersProtagonists Wigglytuff Guild Other Exploration Teams Skull, Charm, AWD, Ebony, Flame, Glee, Poochy, Razor Wind, Rogue, Seedgey, Slacker, TastyTreasure Town Villagers Kecleon Brothers, Kangaskahn, Zatu, Electivire, Chansey, Duskull, Marowak, Azurill and Marill, Teddiursa and Ursaring, Spoink, Vigoroth, Spinda, Wynaut and WobbuffetVillains Drowzee, Duskinoir, Sableye, Spiritomb, Dailga, DarkraiOthers Torkoal, Celebi, Armaldo, Cresselia, Palkia
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to InfinityProtagonists The Player, The Partner, Dunsparce, Emolga, Virizion, Umbreon and EpseonParadise Residents Gurdurr, Timburr and Timburr, Scraggy, Quagsire, VictiniFriends and Allies Swanna, Keldeo, Hydreigon, Cofagrigus, RampardosVillains Munna, Kyurem, The Bittercold
- Pokémon Super Mystery DungeonProtagonists The Player, The Partner, MewSerene Villagers Nuzleaf, Carracosta, The Students (Espurr, Deerling, Pancham, Shelmet, Goomy), Budew, Simipour, Watchog, Fargetch'd, AudinoExpedition Society Ampharos, Mawile, Dedenne, Buizel, Jirachi, Swirlix, Bunnelby, ArchenVillains Beheeyem, Yveltal, Dark MatterOthers Krookodile, Krokorok, Entei, Raikou, Suicune, Latios and Latias, Celebi, Vespiquen
- Pokémon Ranger
- Original gameThe Ranger Union Lunick and Solana, Professor Hastings, Murph, Aria, Chris, Spenser, Joel, Cameron, ElitaThe Go-Rock Squad Gondor, Go-Rock Quads (Tiffany, Clyde, Garret, and Billy)
- Shadows of AlmiaThe Ranger Union Kellyn and Kate, Keith, Rhythmi, Crawford, Luana, Elaine, Barlow, Ollie, Sven, Wendy, Chairperson Erma, IsaacTeam Dim Sun Ice, Lavana, HeathSpoilers Mr. Kincaid, Blake Hall, Brighton Hall, Wheeler
- Guardian SignsThe Ranger Union and Allies Ben and Summer, Ukulele Pichu, Booker, Nick, Rand, Leanne, NemaThe Pinchers Red Eyes, Blue EyesOthers Supurna, SabiosSpoilers Purple Eyes; The Societea: Dr. Edward, Arley, Hocus, Kasa
- Pokémon ConquestRuling Warlords Protagonist, Oichi, Hideyoshi, Motonari, Motochika, Ginchiyo, Yoshimoto, Yoshihiro, Kenshin, Shingen, Ujiyasu, Kotarō, Nene, Masamune, Nō, Ieysau, Mitsuhide, NobunagaJunior Warlords Hanbei, Kanbei, Muneshige, Aya, Kanetsugu, Yukimura, Kunoichi, Kai, Hanzō, Magoichi, Okuni, Tadakatsu, Ina, Garcia, RanmaruOther Warlords Keiji, Mitsunari, Kiyomasa, MasanoriOthers The Professor, the Wandering Merchants, the Creator
- Pokkén Tournament
- Pokémon Unite
- Detective Pikachunote Detective Pikachu, Tim and Harry Goodman, Mike Baker, Amanda Blackstone, Frank Holiday, Emilia Christie, Meiko Okamoto, Pablo Milan, Roger Clifford, Ethan Graham, Dorothy Fisher, Frederick "Fridge" Hartfield, Nina O'Hara, Carlos Hernando, Wallace Carroll, Rita Partridge, Louise Milligan, Milo Green, John Waals, Brad McMasters, Carina Mitchell, Keith Norman, Hiro Morgan, Max Warhol, Olga Ellison, Alexander Wilde, Simon Yen, Gino Farina, Rose Wilton, Walter Eckhart, Mewtwo
- Pokémon GOProtagonists The Trainers, Professor Willow, the teams, Team Instinct (led by Spark), Team Mystic (led by Blanche), Team Valor (led by Candela)Antagonists Team GO Rocket: Grunts, Cliff, Arlo, Sierra, Giovanni, Jessie & James
- Pokémon: Magikarp Jumpnote Magikarp, Player Character, Elite Four, Final Boss, Mayor Karp, Man of Mystery, Dr. Splash, Pokemon Friends
- Pokémon MastersUnique to this game: Player Trainer (Scottie or Bettie), Professor or Bells, Paulo, Lear, Sawyer, Rachel, Team Break, Parker, Trista, Tricia, and Trinnia
- Super Smash Bros.
- Super Smash Bros. 64 - 05 to 08note Pikachu
- Super Smash Bros. 64 - 09 to 12note Jigglypuff
- Super Smash Bros. Melee - 18 to 22note Pichu
- Super Smash Bros. Melee - 23 to 26note Mewtwo
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl - 32 to 39note Pokémon Trainer (Squirtle/Ivysaur/Charizard)
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl - 40 to 44note Lucario
- Super Smash Bros. 4 - 50 to 55note Greninja
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - 64 to 69note Incineroar
- Super Smash Bros. - Poké Ball Pokémon note Abomasnow, Abra, Alolan Exeggutor, Alolan Raichu, Alolan Vulpix, Arceus, Articuno, Beedrill, Bewear, Bellossom, Blastoise, Bonsly, Celebi, Chansey, Charizard, Chespin, Chikorita, Clefairy, Cyndaquil, Darkrai, Dedenne, Ditto, Deoxys, Eevee, Electrode, Entei, Fennekin, Fletchling, Gardevoir, Genesect, Giratina, Gogoat, Goldeen, Groudon, Hitmonlee, Ho-Oh, Inkay, Jirachi, Keldeo, Koffing, Kyogre, Kyurem, Latias and Latios, Lugia, Lunala, Manaphy, Marill, Marshadow, Meowth, Metagross, Mew, Mimikyu, Moltres, Munchlax, Onix, Oshawott, Palkia, Piplup, Porygon2, Pyukumuku, Raikou, Scizor, Snivy, Snorlax, Solgaleo, Spewpa, Starmie, Staryu, Suicune, Tapu Koko, Togedemaru, Togepi, Torchic, Unown, Venusaur, Victini, Vulpix, Weavile, Weezing, Wobbuffet, Xerneas, Zapdos, Zoroark
- Super Smash Bros. - Enemiesnote Charmander, Porygon, Gastly, Petilil, Cryogonal, Chandelure
- Super Smash Bros. - Bossesnote Rayquaza
- Super Smash Bros. - Othersnote Dialga, Cresselia, Reshiram, Zekrom, Registeel
- Badass Adorable: Many species of Pokémon are just as cute and lovable as they are capable of kicking your ass.
- Blood Knight: Regardless of size, shape or species, every Pokémon has one thing in common — they love to battle.
- Carnivore Confusion: Although meat products are shown to exist in the Pokémon world, the franchise has never given a definitive answer to the question of what exactly they're made from. This is not helped by the existence of certain curry ingredients in Sword and Shield such as boiled eggs, bones, burgers, sausage and Slowpoke tails. Or the Pokédex entries that imply certain Pokémon such as Lapras and Farfetch'd are endangered because humans were over-hunting them.
- Defeat Means Friendship: As the player, you have to beat a Pokémon into submission before you can catch it. That's the rule and always has been.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In every main series Pokémon game, the player beats the local Olympus Mons into submission before stuffing them into tiny plastic balls.
- Gigantic Adults, Tiny Babies: Many Pokémon are very small in their first forms, but huge in their fully evolved forms. For example, Aron is a little baby metal dinosaur about a foot tall while its final evolution Aggron is a colossal beast almost 7 feet tall.
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: The Trope Namer. Any male and female Pokémon in the same egg group can produce offspring, which can lead to some...interesting couples.
- Interspecies Friendship: A core theme of the franchise is the friendships formed between Pokémon and their human trainers.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Every generation adds more and more Pokémon to the roster. Red and Blue started with 151, but as of Sword and Shield, 898 individual species of Pokémon are known to exist, with no sign of the franchise slowing down any time soon. And that's not even counting the franchise's numerous human characters!
- Mons: The archetypal example since 1997.
- Pokémon Speak: The Trope Namer, although it tends to vary by continuity. In the main anime, most Pokémon can only say their own names, while in the games, their cries are more like computerized sounds. More "realistic" media like Pokémon Origins and Pokémon Detective Pikachu often have them making animalistic noises like roars and growls, although the latter splits the difference by having some Pokémon make animal noises and others like Psyduck saying their names.
- A general rule of thumb is that in most media, cute Pokémon are more likely to say their names, tough-looking or scary Pokémon are more likely to make animal noises, and legendary or certain Psychic-type Pokémon are more likely to be able to talk.
- Whale Egg: Aside from the ones that can't breed at all, every Pokémon reproduces by laying eggs. In the games, these eggs uniformly have a plain white design with green spots, similar to Yoshi eggs, but individual species have their own egg designs in other media, such as the anime.
- Though one old man in Coumarine City in X and Y explains it's not always necessarily an "egg", and sometimes it should be understood more of as a "cradle". Make of that what you will.
- What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: In nearly all media (games, spinoffs, anime, manga and everything else), small and cute Pokémon are more likely to serve in heroic roles, while big, scary-looking or tough Pokémon are more likely to serve in villainous roles. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity provides one of the biggest subversions, with the tiny adorable Munna being the Big Bad and the big, scary, Dark-type, three-headed Hydreigon being a hero trying to stop her.
Alternative Title(s):Pokemon Diamond And Pearl, Pokemon Ruby And Sapphire, Pokemon Red And Blue, Pokemon Black And White, Pokemon Black 2 And White 2, Pokemon Gold And Silver, Pokemon X And Y, Pokemon Sun And Moon, Pokemon Ultra Sun And Ultra Moon, Pokemon Lets Go Pikachu And Lets Go Eevee, Pokemon Sword And Shield
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Franchise / Pokémon
"Gotta Catch 'Em All!"note And this only covers the first generation!
Pokémon is a long-running series of JapaneseRole Playing Games, developed by Game Freak and published by video game giant Nintendo, which spawned a multi-billion dollar franchise, and indirectly caused the proliferation of Western broadcasts of anime in the mid-to-late 1990s, along with Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon. Pokémon went on to gross an estimated US$100 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing entertainment media franchise of all time.
Released in Japan in February of 1996 for the Game Boy, Pokémon (or in Japan, Pocket Monsters) came intwo versions: Red and Green. The idea of the game is to run around and battle wild Mons with your own, catch them with hand-held balls, and teach them to battle (non-lethally) with each other under the guidance of human Trainers for fun and profit. The original idea was for an artificial form of insect collecting for kids that lived in cities and thus couldn't participate in such a hobby (as the original creator was a bug collector when he was a kid), with the paired versions providing incentive for players to get together and trade Mons with their friends (but more on that later).
The strategy in the gameplay comes from two factors. First of all, there's an ambitiously large Elemental RockPaperScissors setup. 15 (later 17, and now 18note excluding the ???-type, which was removed in Black and White, and the Shadow type, which only exists in certain spinoff titles and is used to denote something slightly different from the main 18 types) different elements are in play, and some species of Pokémon belong to two elements instead of just one, which can neutralize or compound the elements' respective resistances or weak points. Pokémon aren't strictly limited to moves of their elemental type either,note though they do receive an attack bonus for it but can learn almost any move the particular creature might reasonably be capable of executing (like Water Pokémon using Ice-type moves, or Dragon Pokémon using Fire-type moves), and sometimes ones they aren't (a plesiosaur-like creature learning to eat dreams and shoot lightning? Okay!).
The second factor is the strict move limit: each of your Pokémon can only know four moves at once, out of a large movepool that they can learn from. This was hampered in the first generation by balance issues leading to some elements and species becoming obvious Game-Breakers, but later generations have made many strides in balancing them out, most notably with the addition of new types: Dark, Steel and Fairy. Other restrictions placed on the player are the number of Pokémon one can have on a given team, which is no more than six at a time. Other mechanics introduced in later generations, such as items that Pokémon can hold and abilities they can possess are also limited but serve to increase depth in strategy.
The plot of each main-series game is typically a quest To Be a Master; the player is given one Pokémon to start their team with, then proceeds to take on the region's "Pokémon League" by catching new Pokémon, defeating other Pokémon trainers in battles (most importantly your childhood friend and rival), challenging type-specialist Gym Leaders and collecting Gym Badges, and ultimately battling the Elite Four to become the regional League Champion. During your journey, you also manage to single-handedly take down some kind of crime syndicate (and/or save the world) at some point along the way, and capture really powerful Pokémon that the local legends are based on.
While these aren't necessarily the greatest stories ever told, the games are certainly enjoyable, especially if you have friends that also play the games. This is due to the fact that the completion of the in-game storyline, Bonus Dungeons and filling out the game's Pokédex only comprise part of the gameplay. The rest of the game (or as some insist, the only point of the game) is the one-on-oneCompetitive Multiplayer. Not only are the player's Pokémon usable against the in-game opponents, these same Pokémon can be pitted against Pokémon trained by other live players of the game. As such, players can continue to train and catch Pokémon in order to have the best team among their peers. To further facilitate interaction between players, Pokémon can also be traded between games, and certain Pokémon can only be obtained by trading. That is the rationale behind releasing different versions of the game, as each version has certain Pokémon that were exclusive to it, and trading is the only way to get those exclusives in the other version.
To say that the brand took off like a (Team) rocket would be an understatement. Part of its success is down to the fact that with each generation, you must have access to (through purchase or a friend) at least two games to complete your Pokédex, trading with another player, and you both need Game Boys and alternate copies of the game. Despite being a relatively young series, the franchise is the second-best-selling video game franchise of all time, by a wide margin,note Pokémon is a whopping seventy million copies ahead of number three, the Wii series (Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, Wii Play, Wii Fit, Wii Music, Wii Party), also published by Nintendo! and is only beaten by its older brother, the Mario franchise. And that's just as a game franchise; as stated above, as a wider media franchise it is literally the most profitable thing ever, having expanded early on with a Collectible Card Game, various manga, and an on-going anime series that is just as notable as the games. It was even amongst the first of Nintendo's stable of games to be represented in the originalSuper Smash Bros., where not only are Pokémon like Pikachu are playable fighters, but a larger selection are summonable during battle.note In fact Pokémon was the youngest Nintendo franchise represented in the Nintendo 64 installment. The next youngest? Star Fox, which came out in 1993.
The franchise received a live-action film from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. called Pokémon Detective Pikachu in 2019, based off the Detective Pikachu spin-off game. It is the first live-action entry of the franchise to be officially licensed, and the first live-action media related to Pokémon since the short-lived Pokémon Live! concert tour in the United States (besides the 20th anniversary Pokémon commercial shown during Super Bowl 50).
You can visit the official website(s) (Japanese, English/Worldwide), as well as the official YouTube account (Japanese,English), Tumblr account (English), Twitter account (Japanese,English), and Facebook account (Japanese,English). See also Game Freak's official website (here, in Japanese), and Junichi Masuda's blog (which contains content regarding the Pokémon series — Japanese; English).
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Anime / Pokémon Journeys: The Series
- Season 23: Pokémon Journeys: The Series (Episodes 1-48)
- Season 24: Pokémon Master Journeys: The Series (Episodes 49-present)
- Pocket Monsters (Episodes 1-present) note Netflix exclusive in America.
Unlike previous eras, this series has no subtitle in Japan and has had episodes involve travel between all existing regions — although locations, Pokémon, and aspects of Pokémon Sword and Shield have been prominently featured.
Contains examples of:
- Breaking Old Trends: There are a LOT of changes in this series. This is the first series:
- To be set in more than two game-original regions, and not to be totally focused on the region from the newest games.
- In which Ash wears shorts instead of long pants in his standard outfit.
- In which the first Pokémon Ash caught was fully-evolved, was not introduced in the current generation, and was a pseudo-legendary Pokémon, rather than a starter or regional bird.
- In which Ash catches a Ghost-type, baby, and Fossil Pokémon.
- In which Ash only has one traveling companion, who is not just a traveling companion, but a secondary protagonist.
- In which Ash does not have a female traveling companion, at least initially. Chloe moves up from being a recurring character to a supporting companion 49 episodes into the series.
- In which one of Ash's male traveling companions owns a Pokédex.
- In which a main character other than Ash catches all starter Pokémon of the current generation.
- In which Team Rocket owns a Pokédex and only uses borrowed Pokémon instead of their own.
- To feature an episode where Ash and Pikachu are completely absent.
- To feature a movie that is released outside of July, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- In which a main character catches a Legendary Pokémon.
- In which two protagonists catch the same Pokémon, with Ash and Goh each catching a Farfetch'd, though Goh catches the Kantonian form, while Ash catches the Galarian form.
- In which Ash catches a regional form.
- To conclude a main game villain story arc in less than 45 episodes.
- To immediately be part of a big championship like a conference without displaying requirements. The first six generations required Gym Badges, and Sun and Moon opened the Manalo Conference late in the series.
- To have three different versions of the same opening.
- In which a main character, besides, Ash, catches a shiny.
- Brick Joke: A cartoonish picture of Chloe drawn by her mother in "Best Friend...Worst Nightmare" is later used in an advertisement in "There's A New Kid in Town," something the former is not happy about.
- The Bus Came Back:
- "Flash of the Titans!" brought back Lance, last seen in the Ruby and Sapphire series.
- "A Festival Reunion" sees the return of the Fighting-type Gym Leader Korrina from the Kalos region.
- "That New Old Gang of Mine" features the entire Alola cast save Lillie and her family due to them still being on the search for Mohn. Even then, they still appear by means of a cut-away whilst a letter from her is being read out.
- In "Getting More Than You Battled For," Ash and Goh meet up with Mewtwo from the original series and do battle with it.
- Episode 65 sees the heroes go to Unova and sees the return of Iris, now the Champion of the region.
- Episode 68 returns to Oak's Lab, where a rather large bus comes back containing most of Ash's benched Pokémon, as well as Gary, whose previous appearance was during the Diamond and Pearl series.
- Episode 74 and 75 sees the return of Dawn. During Episode 74, she only bumps into Chloe. In Episode 75, everyone reunites.
- Episode 77 sees the return of Volkner who serves as his first Hyper Rank challenger in the Coronation Series. On top of that, it also reveals the return of Cynthia who is revealed to be a member of the Masters Eight. Ash would later meet Cynthia in Episode 83.
- The moments of Dracovish chomping on Ash's head is a reference to when Turtwig used to chomp on his head during the Diamond/Pearl series.
- The ending scene of Ash, Goh, Dawn and Chloe playing in the ocean is a potential reference to when Ash and Dawn were doing the same with Iris and Cilan in the Black/White series.
- Card-Carrying Villain: A segment of the third episode involves Giovanni talking to Jessie and James about Team Rocket and it's evil.
- Comic-Book Time: As if it wasn't already evident enough in the past twenty years or so, this series features Kukui and Burnet's cute little baby... after Sun & Moon ended with Burnet's being in the early stages of pregnancy. This implies that at least 9 months have passed in-between Sun & Moon and Journeys ...and Ash is still ten years old. Even worse is that the baby looks to be about a few months old, meaning that the Time Skip could have lasted an entire year.
- Deadline News: During the Sword & Shield arc, a live news report is cut off by a beam from Eternatus fired in the camera's general direction. This is not commented on at all.
- Feud Episode: Several of them throughout the series.
- "Panic in the Park!" is the most well known one where hunger causes conflict between all of Goh's Pokemon.
- "Betrayed, Bothered and Beleaguered!" features one between Ash and Pikachu when Pikachu gets jealous of Ash giving Riolu more attention.
- JN69 features one between Goh and Chloe when their Pokemon causing mischief together and Chloe blames Goh's Grookey.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: An In-Universe example; Ash, a Kanto native, became a celebrity in Alola after becoming their first League Champion.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: After years of being downplayed, this aspect of the Pokémon series comes back full force in the form of Goh. Unlike Ash, who quietly gave up on catching all the Pokémon in the world in favor of building a team to win battle tournaments, Goh truly wants to catch 'em all and does his best to do so, catching nearly every Pokémon he comes across. His ultimate goal is to catch the Mythical Pokémon Mew, whom he first saw when he was merely six years old.
- Later Installment Weirdness: Journeys has much less to do with its corresponding games, though it does introduce elements, characters, and Pokémon from the Pokémon Sword and Shield games somewhat with a decent degree of frequency. The focus is put much more on what Pokémon is about, with episodes focusing on things like evolution and shiny hunting, and leans towards Pokémon GO more than anything. That said, shiny hunting has been a part of the mainline games for quite some time.
- Recycled Title: Within the anime segment of the Pokémon franchise, the Japanese title for this series is the same one used for the original series.
- Retool: Journeys has an even bigger shakeup compared to the previous series. Instead of being purely focused on the region and its native Pokémon from the new games, it features all the known regions and Pokémon so far, as the plot now involves Ash and his new friend Goh traveling around the world on behalf of Professor Cerise. Ash still does competitive battling, but instead of the Galar League, Ash participates in the anime-original World Coronation Series, facing trainers from all around the world, with the goal of challenging Leon, who is not only the champion for the Galar region, but the number one trainer in the world.
- Shout-Out: The scene of Flabebe pulling Goh by the hair to move him is a reference to Ratatouille.
- Stealth Mentor: All three of the main characters have at least one for them and their Pokemon.
- Ash had Rinto and his Gallade who served as mentors for his Farfetch'd.
- Goh had Jacqueline and her Inteleon who served as mentors for his Sobble.
- Chloe had Kairi and his Vaporeon who served as mentors for her Eevee.
- Tastes Better Than It Looks: In "Restore and Renew," a paleontologist decides to steal whipped cream meant for dessert to add to a curry (much to the group's shock), though they end up finding it incredible.
- Too Hungry to Be Polite: When all of Goh's Pokémon go crazy due to their food going missing, they start to attack each other and almost put his three Cascoon at risk. Only averted with his Farfetch'd, Skwovet, Pidgey, and Cubone, who manage to stay calm and help get everyone back to normal.
Alternative Title(s):Pokemon JourneysSours: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Anime/PokemonJourneysTheSeries
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- Author's Saving Throw:
- In the Western TCG, some cards that would otherwise fetch very high prices are sometimes released as easily-obtainable promos, especially if they depict popular Pokémon. This happened with three sought-after Pokémon-EX from the Black & White era: Mewtwo-EX, Darkrai-EX and Rayquaza-EX. The Full Art versions of Charizard-GX and Zoroark-GX were given their own promo boxes preemptively, since those two cards would otherwise boast inflated values on the secondary market (Charizard-GX for its collector value, Zoroark-GX for its playability).
- Charizard had long been infamous in the TCG for being Awesome, but Impractical, with its cards simply having big damage/HP numbers printed on them and little to no competitive value. In 2019, Reshiram & Charizard-GX proved to be a genuinely useful and competitive deck, likely due to much better balancing, and 2020's Charizard VMAX and Vivid Voltage's Leon-themed Charizard started heading down that route as well.
- Awesome Art: As a trading card game, this is a given. The Full Art cards from the Black & White series onward stand out in particular. BREAK Evolution cards also tend to have suitably epic designs.
- Base-Breaking Character: Charizard, for similar reasons to the main games. It's one of the most popular Pokémon, its inclusion in a set always drives sales, and fans tend to get hyped whenever it gets a new rare printing of some kind. However, many other fans are sick of it constantly getting new cards to the point of Wolverine Publicity, lambast the fact that most of its cards are utterly unplayable, and blame it for the lack of variety in some sets as well as for some low-quality expansions such as Champion's Path that serve no purpose other than to motivate collectors to gamble for Charizard (not to mention it also motivates scalpers to snatch up sealed product).
- Faux Symbolism: Neo Genesis and Neo Revelation
- Fridge Brilliance:
- In the United States, the base set had several different versions, each of which having its own special peculiarities, such as an error Pikachu. Flash forward almost a decade and a half later: with the release of Black and White, you had no fewer than three different releases, as well as... an error Pikachu.
- In the original Black and White expansion, Reshiram has a big attack that involves discarding energy while Zekrom has a big attack that requires self-damage. Fast forward to Next Destinies, when both receive powerful EX versions...Only this time the Reshiram does self-damage and the Zekrom discards! Yin-yang in card form!
- Other than secret rares, the international release of Dark Rush (called "Dark Explorers") has 108 cards in it.
- The four Pokémon that get the "Mad Party" attack in Darkness Ablaze are a reference to the tea party scene in Alice in Wonderland. Bunnelby is the March Hare, Mr. Rime is the Mad Hatter, Dedenne is the Dormouse, and Polteageist is the teacup!
- Base Set to Gym Challenge sets featured Trainer cards with extrodinarily powerful effects that often meant a game would be decided on the first turn of a game (In some extreme cases, the first turn was the only turn). This lead to a brief 'Prop-15/3' format * You could play at most 15 Trainer cards in your deck, and could only have 3 copies of any individual card. Naturally, the only difference in Trainer cards used than the standard format was that people were playing less of them which only made it harder for the player going second to get into the game which proved unpopular enough that it was only used at a single major event* Wizards of the Coast took inspiration from their own Magic tournaments, and began the practise of format rotation afterwards, rotating out Base Set, Jungle and Fossil for their next tournament.. Trainer cards from Neo Genesis onward were much less powerful; cards reprinting old effects often were limited to coinflip success or were simply less powerful; Expedition onward introduced Supporter cards, which you could only play one of a turn, and many of the old incredibly powerful Trainers became Supporters eventually.
- The cards everyone remembers (Bill, Professor Oak, and Computer Search) allowed you to essentially draw through most of your deck in a single turn; successfully playing all twelve cards would let you draw 40 cards, four being free searches; including draw-for-turn, your opening hand of 7, and Prize cards, you could end your turn with only six cards left in your deck.
- Energy Removal and Super Energy Removal meant that any attempt at actually setting up Pokémon with attack costs of more than one or two Energy was doomed to fail, and was one of the main contributors to the dominence of the Haymaker deck archetype in the early years.
- Rocket's Sneak Attack, The Rocket's Trap, and Chaos Gym were all extremely powerful hand disruption that ultimately created the 'First turn victory' conditions- playing multiple successive Rocket's Sneak Attack cards to shuffle away all of the opponent's Trainer cards, then shuffling the rest of their hand back in with The Rocket's Trap, followed by laying a Chaos Gym card to disrupt any lucky Trainer card draws they might have, leaving them with only Pokémon and Energy cards to play without having to make a coin-flip.
- Darkness and Metal types when first introduced in Neo Genesis, were often considered this early on. Before Diamond and Pearl introducing basic Energy cards for the types, all costs had to be paid via the Darkness and Metal Special Energy cards, which usually made the cards even more powerful than they might seem on initial readings.
- Sneasel from Neo Genesis in particular was obscenely overpowered, capable of dealing a theoretical 140 damage a turn when charged up at a time when 40-50 a turn for that much Energy was considered extremely good. When the first Modified Format was created, Sneasel obtained the dubious honour of being the first Pokémon card specifically officially banned from a format.
- The Neo Genesis Slowking in the English version, thanks to a mistranslation making its Pokémon Power much stronger than intended. "Mind Games" makes the opponent flip a coin to use any Trainer card, and if tails the effect fails and the card is placed on top of your opponent's deck. The Japanese text specified that the power only worked while Slowking was active, but this was left off the English card, which meant you could stack 4 Slowkings on your bench to reduce your opponent's chances of playing Trainers to 1/16, while also shutting down the opponent's draw 15/16ths of the time. The card was (eventually) banned like Sneasel until TPCI issued errata fixing the Power when they took over.
- The 'SP Engine' focusing on Pokémon SP from the Platinum era of cards, was extremely powerful, with early-game setup options, additional search power and support tools such as Energy Gain that lead them to dominate the format until powercreep caught up to them.
- Item-based Gusting effects* After Base Set's Gust of Wind have historically been very powerful, even when limited to either be a Comeback Mechanic (Ultra Prism's Counter Catcher) or a coinflip) (XY-era on Pokémon Catcher). However, non-limited Gusting effects (such as the original Gust of Wind, Double Gust, Black and White's Pokémon Catcher print, etc.) tend to be disgustingly powerful in comparison to other cards. (Reliable Gusting effects are usually extremely powerful even on Supporter cards; both Lysandre and Guzma saw incredibly extensive play while legal)
- Mewtwo-EX was all but unstoppable for a year or two after its initial printing, being included in all four World Championships decks of 2012. X-Ball hit for 20 damage per energy attached to both active Pokémon, and could punish heavily-set-up opposing Pokémon with just a single Double Colorless Energy. Due to the colorless energy cost, it could be and frequently was splashed in every deck around right through until its final reprint in Legendary Treasures was rotated, even after power creep had mostly caught up to it.
- Shaymin-EX allowed for lightning-fast setup, making fast offense decks much more powerful; when played to the bench ,you can draw cards until you have six in hand. Not only does this not take up your supporter card for the turn, you could play multiple Shaymin-EX to keep drawing cards, making exceptionally potent early-game attackers even more so. To top it off, for a single Double Colorless Energy, you could return it to your hand and then, if you wished, play it down again the next turn!
- Tapu Lele-GX's Wonder Tag ability allows it to search out a Supporter card from your deck when played to the bench, making it a fantastic card to get you out of pooer hands or to aid in setup.* The last Pokémon to have this effect for an Ability, Jirachi-EX and its Stellar Guidance, saw incredible amounts of play despite effectively being very frail dead-weight in most decks after being played. To top it off, its main attack is a copy of Mewtwo-EX's X-Ball attack that can't hit for weakness; despite having been long since powercrept past, it's far from being a bad attack, and means that it can't just be ignored and can be a powerful tool in some situations.
- Zoroark-GX is a true Jack-of-All-Stats; it has an incredibly powerful ability, Trade, which lets you discard a card to draw two more once a turn per Zoroark-GX, which is very powerful draw support especially when combined with cards like Mallow. Its first attack, and the one it most often uses is Riotous Beating, which hits the opponent's Active Pokémon for 20 damage per each of the attacking player's Pokémon in play, is a strong attack that's easy to hit large numbers with (especially with cards like Brigette), and its GX attack, Trickster GX, allows you to pick one of the opponent's moves to use, including other GX attacks. About the only weaknesses it has are that it can almost never OHKO opposing GX Pokémon in a format where not dealing a KO every turn is slow, and that it shares a format with Buzzwole-GX.
- Buzzwole-GX is, as a standalone card, not overly powerful. However, in the 2018 BREAKthrough-Celestial Storm format, it proved ridiculously powerful; with Strong Energy and Beast Energy as boosting Energy cards, Diancie-Prism Star and Regirock-EX powering it up from the bench, Float Stone to dodge the cooldown on Knuckle Impact, Choice Band to boost to even more power, perfect partners in non-GX Buzzwole and Lycanroc-GX, and Max Elixers and Beast Rings to power up extra Buzzwole incredibly quickly, Buzzwole-GX decks racked up more wins than any other achetype in that season. Due to how simple it is to set up, (Brooklet Hill and Ultra Space stadiums are both capable of Buzzwole search) the only serious weakness Buzzwole decks had was the inherent unreliability of the Max Elixer card, with Buzzwole mirror matches freqently being decided by which player hit more Max Elixers.
- When Arceus, Dialga, and Palkia GX (aka ADP) was first released, many thought it had shown potential. ADP's GX attack, Altered Creation, not only gives the team a +30 damage boost for the rest of the game, but with an extra Water energy, allows players to take an additional Prize Card after each kill. However, it was somewhat dismissed as Awesome, but Impractical due to being slow and convoluted to set up and requiring the somewhat unusual combination of Water and Steel energy. But when Sword & Shield dropped, it introduced Zacian V, which gave ADP everything it wanted for a partner and let to ADPZ, one of the most centralizing deck archetypes of all time. Zacian V was powerful, being able to KO important support Pokémon like Dedenne GX and Crobat V in one hit and can use its ability to quickly get the needed energy for its attack, allowing ADP to focus on setting up an Altered Creation. While being unable to use its attack two turns in a row seems like a Fatal Flaw, you can easily get around this by using a switch and then retreating the new active Pokémon (since effects of attacks wear off after a Pokémon is sent to the bench). The fact that the aforementioned support Pokémon are worth three prizes after Altered Creation means you only need to knock out two of them to win the game, and those cards are in virtually every deck due to improving consistency. If you set up everything correctly, ADPZ can consistently win in only four turns, giving it a massive advantage against anything that couldn't win that fast (which was pretty much everything). It had gotten to a point that for a time there were widespread calls to ban ADP, and many people's thought process when creating new decks was "well, it loses to ADP, but at least it has a decent matchup against everything else", and while ADPZ isn't quite as hated as it once was, it is still considered to be at the top of the meta.
- Base Set to Gym Challenge sets featured Trainer cards with extrodinarily powerful effects that often meant a game would be decided on the first turn of a game (In some extreme cases, the first turn was the only turn). This lead to a brief 'Prop-15/3' format * You could play at most 15 Trainer cards in your deck, and could only have 3 copies of any individual card. Naturally, the only difference in Trainer cards used than the standard format was that people were playing less of them which only made it harder for the player going second to get into the game which proved unpopular enough that it was only used at a single major event* Wizards of the Coast took inspiration from their own Magic tournaments, and began the practise of format rotation afterwards, rotating out Base Set, Jungle and Fossil for their next tournament.. Trainer cards from Neo Genesis onward were much less powerful; cards reprinting old effects often were limited to coinflip success or were simply less powerful; Expedition onward introduced Supporter cards, which you could only play one of a turn, and many of the old incredibly powerful Trainers became Supporters eventually.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Has a dedicated subpage.
- It's Easy, So It Sucks!: Some of the criticism stems from this, while others consider it a viable strength.
- Even more people would gladly point out that it's actually very challenging to play the Pokémon card game well not just to simply play it.
- Obscure Popularity: A lot of people have collected the cards when they were kids, but eventually stopped. Nowadays, the TCG is thriving, with thousands of people of all ages attending tournaments, and the cards themselves even outselling Magic: The Gathering at times. Yet, a lot of people, even from within the greater Pokémon fandom, seem surprised not just at the popularity of the game, but the mere fact that it still exists to this day.
- Older Than They Think: Many concepts and even attacks that appear in the game originated in the cards first. Abilities appeared in the third generation, but the cards have had Pokémon Powers since they were first released. Mega Evolutions debuted in generation 6, but Level X Pokémon appeared in the cards during the fourth generation.
- Periphery Demographic: A lot of collectors don't play the game.
- Popularity Polynomial: The TCG had a resurgence in late 2020 in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic when Logan Paul made a video about buying an expensive vintage Base Set box, with stores beginning to sell out of TCG product; most notably, Evolutions, once derided as a nostalgia-baiting "filler" set, became very popular and sold out in many places due to the cards being designed after early sets. Unfortunately, this also lead to the rise of scalping and the situation is so extremely bad that most stores had to remove TCG sets to prevent this from happening as it also leads to fights (which is exactly what happened in a Target store in Brookfield, Wisconsin when a fight occurred over trading cards).
- Sequelitis: The Champion's Path expansion is widely reviled by many fans. Intended as a "sequel" to the beloved Hidden Fates, the set list is very small and largely consists of simplistic, unplayable cards with the only sought-after cards being two versions of Charizardnote Shiny Charizard V and Rainbow Rare Charizard VMAX that have very low pull rates.note Compare to Hidden Fates, which also had a sought-after Shiny Charizard-GX card but also had a larger set list and a wider variety of chase cards, and consequently a higher probability of pulling at least one of them. Those two cards alone are enough to sell the set, but many have reported becoming depressed after buying hundreds and hundreds of dollars' worth of Champion's Path products and getting nothing but junk. Its successor, Shining Fates, is considered an improvement but still vastly inferior to Hidden Fates.
- The Scrappy: With Champion's Path being a particularly hated expansion, the version of Machamp in the set is often mocked and used as a scapegoat for disgruntled players not being able to pull the set's extremely rare Charizard cards due to its disproportionately high pull rate, to the point of "Machampion's Path" becoming a derogatory Fan Nickname for the set.
- Uncanny Valley:
- The PC simulatorPokémon Play It! has some horrifying CGI human characters trying too hard to mimic the anime's art style.
- From the same simulator, each of the cards had a "cry" that's similar to the cries in the main series games. Only these cries are unique to this game and borrow heavily from the anime and stock sound effects. It could almost be an auditory version of the uncanny valley.
- Woolseyism: Shining Legends Incineroar has an attack named "GoddamnPunch"note as spelled out by katakana in Japanese. For obvious reasons, such a name wouldn't slide in the English version, so it was translated as "Profane Punch"; not only does "Profane" convey the intended meaning much better than Obligatory Swearing in a children's game, but it serves as a Stealth Pun in that the Japanese name of the attack was literally profane.
YMMVs that apply to the franchise as a whole:
- Accidental Innuendo:
- Basically, anyone who talks about Poké Balls. In fact, in HeartGold and SoulSilver, when the player first meets Kurt, he says, "(Player), eh? You want me to make some balls for you?"
- Anyone who talks about breeding Pokémon.
- Yanmega's Japanese name, Megayanma, made plenty of censor filters jump, along with Cofagrigus.
- Professor Oakcame◊.
- Magmar and especially Magby's Japanese names: Boober and Booby, respectively! Of course, it was MEANT to reference birds like the Blue-Footed Booby, but... well... And Magmortar is Booburn. Ouch.
- The series of unfortunate innuendos continues with Mandibuzz, whose Japanese name is... Vulgina. While it is meant to be a portmanteau of Vulture and Regina, it's very likely one doesn't pick this meaning first, especially considering the evolutionary line is all-female.
- The move Harden could make a few people with dirty minds giggle. Especially since the same Pokémon likely will know String Shot... Hydro Pump causes the same dirty thoughts sometimes. Particularly with Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action jokes.
- Adaptation Displacement: Variation, played straight and subverted.
- Ask anyone over the age of 40 about Pokémon. They'll most likely answer something like "Pokémon? Isn't it that cheapkids' cartoon from the '90s about cute little monsters?" And since Most Writers Are Adults, for a long time, most mainstream parodies of Pokémon were either based fully or partially on the early anime, with particular emphasis on the poor reputation that it had early on. Over the years, however, the balance has shifted slightly as millennials have become a more dominant force in popular culture; while some elements of the anime (such as Ash, Team Rocket, Pokémon Speak, and the theme song) are universally pervasive, elements from the games have become increasingly recognized and more commonly cited, and the overall tone of Pokémon parodies has shifted from derisive "kiddy" snark to nostalgic fondness (regarding both the games and anime).
- Quick, what do you think of when you think "Pokémon's main theme"? For most people, it's the first opening of the anime (English or Japanese) rather than the game's title screen theme. A quick search on YouTube has the first English opening theme as the very first result. You need to dig further to find the game's title screen theme.
- Mainly Slowpoke, but Slowbro and Slowking have their charming qualities too.
- There is something about the Magnemite line's big googly eyes and the way they spin their magnets that make them unusually cute in Pokémon-Amie.
- Archeops' model from X and Y on involves it desperately flapping its wings as it struggles to stay aloft. It's endearingly pathetic.
- A happy Xurkitree will do things one would normally not expect from an Eldritch Abomination, such as dancing in joy when being treated well in Pokémon Refresh, and you can see some Xurkitree happily skipping◊ (instead of more mundane running animations other Pokémon and Ultra Beasts have) in the background in the Ultra Plant in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
- Sneasel and Weavile in Pokémon-Amie. They give off a sassy and badass expression, but that quickly melts away when you pet them. They will smile in happiness, and then give a genuine giggle that they sheepishly try to hide. It's so adorable.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Has a dedicated subpage.
- Alternate Self Shipping: More than a few fanworks ship Red's classic design (Gen 1-Gen 2) with his modern one. Red's fanon design (Pixiv!Red, Uber!Red), and occasionally a cross-canon counterpart like Ash from the anime or Red from Pokémon Adventures, have been added into the mix.
- Animation Age Ghetto:
- Despite the Periphery Demographic, Pokémon, thanks to the anime, its English dub, and its lack of popularity among adults in its early days, is widely viewed as being solely for children. As of Gen VI, Game Freak fortunately seems to have caught on to this status, and is trying to appease the older fans and establish that Pokémon is indeed for all ages. An entire article was written on the subject, and the mainstream success of Pokémon GO has alleviated this to some extent. Pokémon Detective Pikachu completely averts this and was likely an attempt to shed this trope for the franchise in general, being a family movie targeted towards all age groups and not making concessions for the under-12 crowd like the rest of the franchise.
- There is also the fact that many of the monsters, especially the most marketed ones, are usually simplistic enough to be easily drawn by children, which cannot be said for other franchises that have monsters as their main focus, like Monster Hunter or even Digimon.
- A common criticism of later games in the series is that they are very overbearing in terms of handholding and in-game tutorials. This is often cited as an attempt to pander to young children and treat them in a patronizing manner, a common fallacy of Pokémon in general (most notably with the anime series pre-XY).
- Despite the above, the philosophy of the series had always been to appeal to all ages from children to adults, according to Junichi Masuda's Word of God. When developing Pokémon Black and White, one of the main issues he wanted to address was that Pokémon players felt that they "graduated" the series as they got older (something he wasn't too pleased about), and he wanted to make a game that players could continue to enjoy as they grew up, echoing Iwata and Miyamoto's attitude towards the Super Mario Bros. franchise. Thus, while fans may have various complaints about different games in the franchise, pandering solely to children isn't one that was actually intended by the creators.
- Americans Hate Tingle: Has a dedicated subpage.
- Anticlimax Boss: The battles with each game's main Legendary Pokemon are often reduced to this. They have story build-up, intense music, a unique intro, and then... Master Ball.
- Archive Panic: Over twenty years of games, over one thousand episodes of animation, movies, comic books, spin-offs and remakes with an ever-growing number of characters, none of which (as of 2020) show any sign of slowing down. If you wanna catch 'em all, you better get started!
- Audience Shift: While Pokémon started out purely as a "kids-only" franchise (and is probably most well known as such), over time the Periphery Demographic grew enough so that Game Freak would acknowledge them as a part of its demographic just as much as the kids themselves. Come Gen VI, lots of Pandering to the Base could be found in the games, and the official international website was overhauled to look more like an Apple product and less like an early 2000s kids' website.
- Base-Breaking Character: Has a dedicated subpage.
- Broken Base: Has a dedicated subpage.
- Character Tiers: A heavily present feature in the metagame, and kind of necessary, given that for all of Game Freak's tweaks and additions, some Pokémon still clearly have it better than others. Most communities make an effort to organize the tiers thoughtfully, at least. Smogon has one example.
- Complacent Gaming Syndrome:
- Despite a fair number of them being crutch characters, it's not uncommon for players to keep their starters as permanent fixtures of their team (usually as the strongest Pokémon in their lineup). The reasons why vary from attachment to practicality (either as a legitimately good Pokémon or a HM Slave).
- In an inversion, it's an unspoken rule among players, particularly Let's Players, that Legendary and Mythical Pokémon are completely off-limits due to being Purposely Overpowered (though some players may simply decide that their team works quite well without one). If you decide to add that sweet Lightning Bruiser mascot Legendary to your team, be ready for the "Stop Having Fun" Guys to make themselves known.
- The metagame has resulted in a lot of Pokémon being used by players a lot (Smogon appropriately dubs them "OU" for "overused"), simply due to being very powerful without being an outright (major) Legendary or Mythical Pokémon. VGC 2016 brought this to a head with the teams of the Top 5◊ — which were largely identical to each other, coining the derogatory term, "CHALK".* So named for the fact that four of them used Cresselia, three of them used Heatran, three of them used Aegislash and/or Amoonguss, and all of them used Therian Landorus and Mega Kangaskhan. Incarnate Thundurus was also very common among them.
- Complete Monster: Has a dedicated subpage.
- Creepy Awesome: Many of the Poison-, Ghost-, and Dark-types count. Also some of the more malevolent Pokémon definitely get this treatment such as Mewtwo, Giratina, Kyurem, Yveltal, Genesect, and so on. The Ultra Beasts also have their fair share of fans thanks to their creepy, alien, and un-Pokémon-like designs.
- Creepy Cute: While they're supposed to be creepy and unsettling in-universe, Ghost type Pokémon, especially the unevolved forms, are just as adorable as any other unevolved Pokémon. A few examples include Gastly, Misdreavus, Shuppet, Drifloon, Yamask, Litwick, Pumpkaboo, Phantump and Mimikyu.
- Critical Dissonance: According to critics, Pokémon has remained strong since the beginning. According to fans, the series has had high and low points which are greatly dependent on who you ask and when and where you ask. As you can imagine, fans do not agree on much.
- Crosses the Line Twice: Nicknaming either Drifloon or Drifblim "Hindenburg" (and having either one of them with the Explosion attack) was already a pretty common joke, but then they got an exclusive Dream World Ability, Flare Boost, that increases their Special Attack while Burned. It's even worse in the Gen V and VII games, which take place in the series' equivalents of Americanote New York and Hawaii, respectively. Oh, the Humanity!...
- On a similar note, one could nickname their Golem "Kurt Cobain" and teach it Explosion as well. Works best with suicide leads in the metagame.
- Demonic Spiders: Has a dedicated subpage.
- Die for Our Ship: Has a dedicated subpage.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Has a dedicated subpage.
- Escapist Character: You get to go on a journey across regions by your lonesome at the ripe old age of 11 to 16, don't have to go to school ever, raise your own crew of Cool Pets up to and including various Physical Gods, take down criminal empires single-handedly, and become the region's biggest badass in short order. Let's be honest: if you've grown up with these games, you definitely wanted to become a Pokémon trainer at some point.
- Even Better Sequel: Each new generation of games adds many new features and otherwise fixes design flaws.
- Evil Is Cool: Some of the most popular Pokémon are known in-universe as sinister, malevolent, and destructive entities, such as Gyarados, Hydreigon, and Gengar. Special mention goes to Mewtwo and Necrozma, both widely known for being vicious and powerful Blood Knights in a land where being a Blood Knight is a way of life, and while the latter is the first Pokémon to be the Big Bad of a main series game, the former is one of the most famous and iconic creatures of the franchise.
- Fandom-Enraging Misconception: There are several misconceptions that can set off the Pokémon fandom, which can be found here.
- Fandom Rivalry: Has its own page.
- Franchise Original Sin: Has a whole page.
- Friendly Fandoms: Pokémon has such widespread appeal that its fandom overlaps with most other fandoms out there, from similar franchises such as Kirby, Super Mario Bros., and Sonic the Hedgehog to completely different ones such as Game of Thrones and Love Live!. Given any fandom, there's a high chance that it'll have unironic crossover fanart and fanfiction with Pokémon, no matter how awkward the crossover may be. The most common kind of fanart you'll see being a fictional character having a team of six Pokémon that reflects that character's personality, appearance, abilities, home location, or occupation. The fictional character may even be dressed like a Pokémon trainer (mostly wearing sporty clothing and a Nice Hat).
- Game-Breaker: Has a dedicated subpage.
- Genius Bonus: Some of the inspirations for the Pokémon species designs are delightfully obscure.
- Shuckle resembles a turtle and many viewers automatically assume that it must be based on a turtle, but it's actually based on an Endolith, a kind of fungus that lives inside porous rocks.
- Avalugg is likely based on Project Habakkuk/Habbakuk, a proposed World War II project to make aircraft carriers made of Pykrete, a mixture of wood pulp and ice. The project was considered for the fact that it turned out to actually be bulletproof, but ultimately turned down based on its ridiculously low maximum speed of six knots, along with the fact that so many measures would have to be taken to keep the damn thing from melting. Sound like someone?
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Has a dedicated subpage.
- Goddamned Bats: Has a dedicated subpage.
- Goddamned Boss: Roaming Legendaries can become this easily. It takes ages to find them because they move all over the place (and will move to a new location if you use Fly) and when you do find them they run away on their first turn. The only way you can prevent this is to trap them with an ability or move, but even then you have to be lucky enough to make sure to lead with Pokémon with such moves/abilities when you encounter roaming Legendaries. For added insult, some of these legendaries have the forced switch-out move, Roar, which will provide the Pokémon a chance to end the battle even if you managed to trap it.
- Growing the Beard: Each generation brought in numerous improvements to the game, either competitively or in-game speaking since Generation I.
- Generation II pretty much is where the games hit their stride, with the introduction of genders, held items, and breeding, certain trainer rematches, the In-Universe Game Clock and the first implementation of the series' wide battle tower in Crystal. Also, though elementary, it introduced the series' first move tutor who would teach a Pokemon of your choice a powerful move. Generation II also split the special stat into special attack and special defense stats to make it easier to determine which mons were going to dish out/take special attacks better or worse. It also introduced swarming, letting you catch certain monsters at certain times. Interestingly, most of the features that debuted here were meant to be in the first game but were cut due to production limitations, so their inclusion in the second generation makes Gold, Silver, and Crystal literal examples of Pokémon as it was meant to be played.
- Generation III saw a noticeable improvement in art and sound over the previous two generations. It also introduced natures, innate abilities (like Mudkip's Torrent, for example), farming for berries, and a slew of more competitive-worthy items and monsters. Gen III also refined the ability to rematch against certain trainers (with gym leaders added to the list for Emerald) just by expanding the lists. It expended the move tutors abilities to teach your Pokémon far more moves as well, if you had the BP for it. One thing that most people tend to overlook is the PC box system was completely revamped. In previous games, you had to save your game each time you moved to a new box and once you filled a box of 30, you could not catch any new Pokémon until you switched the box in the PC. Starting with Ruby and Sapphire, the system was given a radical interface change allowing one to switch boxes and select boxed Pokémon effortlessly and to see them all simultaneously.
- Generation IV saw a massive overhaul of the standard battling system just by splitting up physical and special attacks by the individual move, as compared to what the type of the move was. Also, it introduced tons of moves that enabled broader strategies. Gen IV also introduced even better abilities to take mons From Nobody to Nightmare (Scizor, much?). It also introduced the Pokétch, which was like the Pokégear with more functions such as EV counting, happiness checking, etc. It also introduced transferring across generations and wireless communications, all of which improved the number of Pokémon one could catch in one version before referring to a friend/GTS/themselves with another cartridge. Probably the biggest change was bringing the series online via Wi-Fi, which meant trading and battling with people from all over the world.
- Gen V incorporated smoother game-play note to the point that one could beat it within a few days and much stronger story-telling elements (though whether or not it succeeds is up to the viewer). Black and White also redesigned a lot of interfaces to speed up action (weather listed on sidebars, Repels being used by the menu asking you rather than manually using one through the menu). Finally, it also introduced a long awaited sigh of relief: Reusable TMs.
- Black and White 2 also refined the mechanics of breeding, and such to make it even easier to perform without sinking in a lot of time. The tutors (a returning feature from Generations 3&4) also encouraged a lot of innovative move-sets. It also shortened the Pokémon tournaments in postgame (the PWT) in a way that it's no longer tedious (though still time-consuming admittedly) to earn BP in order to get the items one needs compared to Generations III and IV.
- Generation VI introduced many new improvements, including full 3D, trainer customization, and wider options for Wi-Fi play. Many features were designed to quicken the pace of gameplay: easier EV training through the Super Training mini-games, even more streamlined breeding mechanics and greater accessibility to perfect IVs even for legendaries. Game Freak also seemingly made a conscious effort to balance competitive play with, among many other things, a revision of type matchups (including a new type, Fairy, designed specifically to check Dragons and Fighting-types, as well as giving Poison and Steel-type moves something they are super effective against), nerfs to weather abilities, and a more reliable way of removing entry hazards.
- Generation VII brought about at least two changes that greatly improved the gameplay: HMs being removed in favor of the Poké Ride system (thus moveslots aren't wasted on sub-par moves to get around the overworld) and Hyper Training, which can increase the stats of a less than perfect Pokémon so that they can be useful in competitive battling, effectively salvaging Pokémon from earlier games who may have had bad stats.
- Generation VIII introduced mints, purchasable consumables that change a Pokémon's stats to mimic a certain nature, as well as separating the daycare system into two nurseries (which act like the old daycare system but no longer give experience and are solely used for breeding) and the Pokéjob system, which allows users to send a large number of Pokémon on real-time excursions to gain experience and EVs. Together with EXP candies which can be even more effective than rare candies, it's never been easier to level up competitive teams.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Has a dedicated subpage.
- Hype Backlash:
- The games have also gotten this for some due to the decidedly old-fangled mechanics at the core of the battle system, the similarity between installments, and their extremely high popularity despite being a largely stagnant, non-innovative series.
- Any Pokémon that happens to be heavily marketed, since some fans argue that Game Freak goes overboard on the Wolverine Publicity whenever they decide to use it and makes them quickly get sick of the Pokémon in question. Pikachu, Charizard, Mewtwo, Blaziken, Lucario and Greninja have all suffered from thisnote with Pikachu's "cute" Kid-Appeal Character nature and lack of fanboy worship making its case slightly different, while Zoroark narrowly avoided such a treatment due to its average reception.
- The Battle Frontier gets this reaction from some fans, along with its Spiritual Successor, the Pokémon World Tournament. While both facilities are highly beloved, a small sector of fans bashes any "sequel" or "third version" game that doesn't include either of the two or an equally expansive equivalent and disregards any other new additions or features that would make up for the content in other areas, making the Frontier and PWT appear overhyped and overglorified to other fans. It doesn't help that no such facilities have been introduced ever since X and Y greatly streamlined competitive breeding and training mechanics, causing people to associate such battle facilities with the unfun grind-fest that was breeding and training prior to Gen VI (or hacking).
- It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: The franchise has suffered from this all its life, first for the "Pokémania" fad among kids in the late '90s, and later for its massive and largely nostalgia-based Periphery Demographic. Additionally, some popular Pokémon species (such as Charizard) started suffering from this trope after their fandoms emerged in full force.
- It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: All of the updated rereleases and remakes (and to a lesser extent, the first titles in any given generation) have run into a certain amount of these complaints. Generally the series as a whole has gotten this over remaining the same at its core.
- It Was His Sled: For almost any game, you could make an argument that some kind of plot-twist is well-known outside the fandom.
- Jerks Are Worse Than Villains: In the Gen 1 and 2 Pokemon games, Team Rocket are the main villains, plotting to steal rare Pokemon, cutting off Slowpoke tails and serving them as food, and other heinous acts. But who gets all the vitriol from fans? Your rival Blue, or as he's known more colloquially, "Gary Mother F***ing Oak!!" whose greatest crime is...telling you he'll "smell ya later!"
- Junk Rare: ZigZagged with Shiny Pokémon. They're extremely rare to come by, but they're just Palette Swaps and nothing else. While a Shiny may have a good IV spread occasionally (or if bred accordingly), it's no different from any other Pokémon of the same species.
- Just Here for Godzilla: Two downplayed examples overlapping with also-downplayed versions of Americans Hate Tingle and Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
- In the west, the human characters are (usually) hardly ignored, and many have large and dedicated fanbases, but most Western fans pay more attention to the Pokémon themselves to various degrees, a fact reflected in most Western fanart and almost all Western merchandising.
- In Japan, however, this is outright reversed, at least where fanart is concerned, and the human characters get a good share of the merchandising, most of which stays in Japan.
- As for the series in general, it suffers from the same problem as The Legend of Zelda in that it has too many Godzillas (no pun intended for literal Godzilla expies like Tyranitar and Groudon), a major factor behind its Broken Base. Some fans are attracted by the Pokémon themselves, some by the human characters and plot, some by the single-player campaign, some for competitive battling, some for in-game battle facilities, shiny hunting, Nuzlockes... The games have a very pronounced Fandom Rivalry because each generation emphasizes different aspects in different ways, and fans are often convinced that their Godzilla should be the primary Godzilla of the franchise.
- LGBT Fanbase: Sylveon has become anunofficialicon for many transgender fans, as its color scheme coincidentally matches that of the trans flag; its evolution from the more masculine-looking Eevee only adds to the accidental symbolism. Primarina is also popular with trans fans, to something of a lesser extent, due to its extremely feminine design clashing with its 87.25% male gender ratio and the more boyish appearance of its pre-evolution, Popplio. In general, Pokémon with distinctively "masculine" or "feminine" designs but that are of the opposite gender (such as female Machamp, male Gardevoir and male Gothitelle) are popular with transsexual, transgender and non-binary fans due to the fact that the Pokémon themselves defy gender norms in a way that is just treated as natural rather than Played for Laughs or overemphasized.
- Magnificent Bastard: Has a dedicated subpage.
- Memetic Badass: RED. Pretty much agreed to be the ultimate Pokémon master, if not the only one deserving of the title.
- Memetic Molester
- Online interpretations of Drowzee/Hypno lean towards either pedophilia or murder. FireRed/LeafGreen and Explorers definitely doesn't help in that area.
- Ambipom, with that creepy smile, udder-like things on its tails and those hands...
- Mr. Mime is treated as this due to its unlikable, clown-like design. Taken Up to Eleven with its animation◊ and newly-introduced Fairy typing in Pokémon X and Y. This does not apply to its Galarian form however as its tap-dancing motif thankfully makes it a lot less creepy.
- Memetic Mutation: Has a dedicated subpage.
- Mis-blamed: The removal of the Game Corners had nothing to do with Moral Guardians; it was actually because the EU tightened its gambling laws.
- More Popular Spin-Off: Not of Pokémon itself, but the concept of Genwunners is actually spun off from the "GEEWUNNERS" of the Transformers fandom, who blindly support and praiseGeneration 1 and bash all other incarnations (sound familiar?). Despite this, Transformers GEEWUNNERS aren't as infamous or widely debated as Pokémon Genwunners.
- Most Wonderful Sound:
- The sound of a Poké Ball locking shut around a new Pokémon, especially when it's a Legendary, as well as the Fanfare/ditty that immediately follows it.
- Gen V introduced a new catching mechanic where on rare occasions, a thrown Poké Ball will make a jet-stream sound effect before making contact; telling you ahead of time that you had just thrown a badass ball that will require almost no effort to catch the Pokémon.
- Landing a "super effective" hit on another Pokémon, especially when the target Pokémon has a double weakness to the move it is resisting and/or when a Critical Hit is factored into the damage as well.
- The sound that plays at Pokémon Centers when Pokémon are being restored to full health by the nurse.
- The "shing!" that plays when a shiny Pokémon appears.
- Not as often mentioned as the others, but the fanfare that plays when you pick a TM from an item ball in the overworld. Later games made item balls containing Technical Machines yellow to distinguish them.
- The sound of a Poké Ball locking shut around a new Pokémon, especially when it's a Legendary, as well as the Fanfare/ditty that immediately follows it.
- Movement Mascot: Pikachu is not just the mascot of the franchise as you can see.
- In 2014, it was chosen as the mascot of the Japan national football team, an unofficial one along with Tsubasa Ozora. Also, it was chosen as one of the "anime ambassadors" for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, but was cut off the final announcement for unknown reasons.
- Not exactly the character itself, but Pikachu also appeared as one of the mascots of the 2019 Chilean protests, in the form of a corporeal. The backstory is very innocent: a woman's child took the cellphone and bought various products from China, being the Pikachu corporeal one of them (for adult size), then the conflict started and in October and when the "biggest march of Chile" happened, the woman opted to go as Pikachu, dancing during the protests and bringing joy and hope to the rest of the people and became a symbol until today. She's already know as "Baila Pikachu" (Dance Pikachu) and even has her own Instagram account.
- My Real Daddy: The franchise was created by Satoshi Tajiri, but there are many fans who consider Junichi Masuda, who took the reigns from Tajiri from Gen 3 and onward, as the Real Daddy of Pokemon, as he further fleshed out the world of the franchise and established many enduring elements of it, with increasingly greater emphasis on story and character development than there ever was in the Tajiri-helmed games.
- Narm: The change from "[Trainer] wants to battle!" to "[Trainer] would like to battle!]" in the Gen. 3 games. Sure, it's more polite, but it sounds ridiculous when said trainer is someone from Team Rocket or Cipher.
- Never Live It Down:
- Only one of Hypno's Pokédex entries mention it hypnotizing and kidnapping a child, and even then it was treated as an isolated incident. Yet the fandom Flanderizes Hypno into an entire race of pedophile kidnappers. There's even a song written about it!
- The Jynx controversy arising from her suspicious original coloration has pretty much ruined any chance for her to be popular when she seemed to be a misguided attempt to represent a Japanese legend/fashion trend. Nowadays, any mention of Jynx will inevitably bring up the controversy, and her reputation has been spoiled.
- Porygon and its evolutions will never live down being the focus and namesake of the infamous anime episode that sent hundreds of children in Japan to the hospital with seizures or other ill-effects. The episode was subsequently banned from ever airing again in Japan or elsewhere, caused the show to go on hiatus for a few months, and proved to be a major stumbling block for the series early in its life. Since then, Nintendo and Game Freak have continually downplayed the line, none of which have appeared in the anime since, and seldom appear in merchandise.
- Nightmare Retardant:
- Older Than They Think: Since the West grouped event-exclusive Pokémon such as Darkrai and Celebi in with in-game Legendary Pokémon (sometimes even calling them such), many fans think the former being split off and called "Mythical Pokémon" was a later development in the franchise's history, not helped by some non-Mythicals like Ho-oh, Lugia and Zoroark being event-exclusive at some point. This distinction, however, existed in Japanese media since almost the very beginning.
- Periphery Demographic:
- Pokémon has, quite possibly, one of the clearest examples of this in video gaming; there's a reason why The Other Wiki lists it as the highest-grossing media franchise of all time. Outside its obvious target demographic of young kids, the entire franchisenote though the anime a bit less so than other incarnations is also quite popular with young adults that were kids in the late 1990s when the series was introduced, as well as with Otaku and Nintendo and JRPG fans in general. The franchise also has been a massive influence on youth and Internet culture, considering its popularity on Image Boards and the number of memes, videos, and fan tributes that the franchise has spawned, and has a number of famous fans such as Jordin Sparks, One Direction, Robert Downey Jr., Robin Williams and Ronda Rousey.
- The franchise's adult fanbase has grown so much that in Japan, many child fans of Yo-Kai Watch claim that the Pokémon fanbase is full of "old fogeys" and prefer Yo-Kai Watch precisely because it hasn't caught on with adult fans yet.
- Pop Culture Holiday: The Pokémon Company and fandom alike celebrate Pokémon Day on February 27th, the anniversary of Pokémon Red and Blue's Japanese release. Ever since 2016, which was the franchise's 20th anniversary, the company has put out some celebratory merchandise or in-game events around this date, such as holding a virtual concert with Post Malone on February 27th, 2021. It's also a common date to hole special video game and trading card tournaments.
- Popular with Furries: The franchise is a noticeable hit with the Furry Fandom, with high amounts of fan art from the fandom and it not being a rare sight for a furry to use a Pokémon species for their fursona. Pokémon Sword and Shield also gained popularity due to the Dynamax and Gigantamax mechanics, which essentially canonized the longstanding relationship between furries, Pokémon, and macrophilia, causing a surge in cute giants, gentle giants, and giant women of the Pokémon variety.
- Replacement Scrappy: Usually when a new Pokémon game comes around, you'll get this reaction towards certain Pokémon that supposedly replaced a previous favorite's role and failed/achieved to do the role better, or, in Zoroark's case, being purposefully advertised to be the next coming of the previous generation's Breakout Character, Lucario. And speaking of Zoroark, Generation V was notoriously infamous for this trope in terms of the main game's Pokémon roster.
- Recurring Fanon Character:
- MissingNo.. and 'M were a pair of glitches that occurred in Pokémon Red and Blue when data was mixed or corrupted, causing a sprite of jumbled pixels and Normal attack moves. This gave rise to the popularity of the fan-nicknamed "Glitch Type" Pokemon, with MissingNo.. and 'M becoming the most popular of these and appearing in several Pokémon fanfiction and Creepypasta.
- Ashley from Pokémon was initially just Ash Disguised in Drag to get into a gym that he'd been banned from. That hasn't stopped some people from making Ashley a separate character on her own, ranging from an alternate universe counterpart to a Genderbent Ash.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Has a dedicated subpage.
- Sacred Cow:
- For all the base-breaking going on in the fandom, Pokémon as a wholenote aside from the more contentious anime, at least post-Indigo League is treated as this because of the sheer number of people who grew up with it. It's become a cardinal sin to say anything bad about its world and characters or to claim that it's "strictly for children", and (aside from a few Vocal Minority circles) most complaints about the direction of the franchise are cast in a sympathetic light as opposed to bashing Pokémon as a lousy series.
- Many Pokémon species in particular can also become this, with the strongest examples being popular Gen I and II(-related) species that do not suffer from Hype Backlash, such as Gengar, Scyther/Scizor, Gyarados, Eevee and the Eeveelutions, Mewtwo and Lugia, as well as a few from other generations such as Absol and Mimikyu. Such species are loved by older nostalgic fans, but are also tolerated and even equally loved by newer fans for not annoying them through excessive marketing and/or an overzealous fanbase, causing many people to consider them to be above criticism. Species that do attract Hype Backlash, such as Pikachu,note through its ubiquity as the Series Mascot and constant overshadowing of its own evolution Charizard,note through its association with "genwunners" and unfair marketing skew compared to the other Kanto starters Lucario,note through its very heavy Wolverine Publicity and association with the Furry Fandom Blaziken, and Greninjanote a combination of Charizard's and Lucario's reasoning become more divisive, with some fans treating them as Sacred Cows to an even greater degree and other fans expressing their annoyance towards such.
- The Scrappy: Has a dedicated subpage.
- Scrappy Mechanic: Has a dedicated subpage.
- Scrappy Weapon:
- Flash is widely hated for its unreliable accuracy for a HM move that lowers the target's accuracy. From Generation 4 and on, its accuracy was increased to 100% and it is now a TM move instead.
- Cut's Power is sub-par with just 50, its accuracy means it has a slight chance to miss, and it's an HM move. Not only did Gen IV remove its ability to cut tall grass, but Gen V buffed Tackle's Power to 50 and its accuracy to 100%, while also reducing Cut's mandatory usage to just one segment.
- While Rock Smash has a high chance to lower the target's defense, its Power is just 20. It did get its power increased to 40 from Gen IV onward. Gen VI then introduced Power-Up Punch, which always raises the user's Attack if it hits (which is more useful than lowering several opponents' Defense), making Rock Smash redundant. It didn't help that in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire it regained its HM status.
- Constrict has the lowest Power move of all moves, at just 10. Its secondary effect isn't that impressive either: it has a ridiculously low chance of reducing the target's Speed.
- Seasonal Rot: Many longtime Pokémon fans feel the games started to decline with Pokémon X and Y and the franchise's Video Game 3D Leap, which came with smaller and more linear regions, a general drop in difficulty, less Post-End Game Content of worth, mechanics introduced in one game only to be abandoned by the next, the removal of the National Dex (and, eventually, the exclusion of entire Pokémon species), and the games charging you extra money to allow you to transfer your old Pokémon to the new games. Notably, around this time the gaps between releases grew smaller, with at least one new game getting pumped out every year, and many fans feel that the series has suffered from decreased ambition in favor of increased profits.
- Self-Fanservice: Happens incredibly often, most notably to the main Pokégirls of whatever season that's airing. It's absolutely not unusual to see them aged-up and in skimpier outfits, be they canon like Misty's swimsuits for example or a completely new fan-designed outfit. This also extends to other notable female characters in the anime and the games, and the occasional male character, and the more humanoid Pokémon.
- Sidetracked by the Gold Saucer
- The Game Corners are minigame hubs which, in early generations, include slot machines, and in later generations contain randomized puzzle minigames. It is very easy to get distracted by them.
- Pokémon Contests and the Pokéathlon have this effect as well. Since both pull different kinds of stats from the Pokémon and have different methods of gameplay than the usual battle, you can easily find yourself partaking in them for hours once you get the hang of it.
- Pokéstar Studios is most definitely this. Here the player partakes in mock battles to create movies.
- A lot of time can be squandered in Pokémon-Amie trying to get the highest ranks, and therefore, best Poké Puffs in the minigames.
- Mantine Surfing in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is not only a fun minigame in itself, but also a nice and quick way of earning BP to teach moves to Pokémon and buy items.
- The spiral on Poliwag's stomach? That's meant to be Poliwag's innards as seen through the translucent skin on its belly. In fairness, this is true of tadpoles in general.
- One of the eggs of each Exeggcute has a piece of their shell missing, exposing their "yolk". In other words, you can see their insides...
- Despite resembling eggs, they are more characteristic of plant seeds or coconuts, but still.
- Beautifly and Gorebyss' method of feeding is sucking out their prey's bodily fluids. Leaving them a dried, dead husk. Oh, and Gorebyss's pink colour becomes more vivid once it's finished.
- Lick, the only standard Ghost type move from the first generation, can cause Paralysis. The anime deliberately interpreted the attack through this trope (Ash's Charmander does not like it, for certain). Later Pokédex data for Haunter actually reveals the attack is a form of Vampiric Draining, causing the opponent to shiver until it dies.
- "Stop Having Fun" Guys: Some competitive players mock people who play with their favorite monsters and insist that the series isn't for kids. Though this seems to be more a product of G.I.F.T than anything, as most prominent members of the competitive community, such as most Pokétubers and contributing members of Smogon, actually applaud players who make use of lesser-seen Pokémon and often try to do so themselves (though they can be less receptive if they believe said players are using such Pokémon poorly). After all, the alternative is seeing the same dozen or so Pokémonover and overAND OVER again.
- That One Attack: Has a dedicated subpage.
- That One Boss: Has a dedicated subpage.
- That One Level: Has a dedicated subpage.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
- You won't be too hard pressed to find people who stubbornly claim that there are only 151 Pokémon, or that Gold/Silver/Crystal were the only good sequels, or that Generation III was very poor (FireRed and LeafGreen notwithstanding). In fact, the GBA generation has probably gotten the worst of it, due to the inability to trade and battle with games from the prior two generations.
- At the time of each new generation, you would always hear complaints about "something" that the newest generation brought to the Franchise. Examples being:
- Generation II's introduction of the two new types, Dark and Steel, ruining the original type set-up.
- Generation III's introduction of abilities being needless tweaks to people's favorite Pokémon. Starting the tradition of staying to one region instead of following the Gold and Silver example of being able to return to previous regions received a ton of backlash in particular.
- Generation IV's Physical/Special split causing overused Pokémon to lose some of their offensive power in certain situations that they would win most of the time prior to the split. There was also the "kid-friendly" Voltorb Flip replacing the Game Corners in HeartGold and SoulSilver outside the Japanese versions of the games.
- Generation V's larger focus on story and dismissal of or reduced emphasis on classic Pokémon has divided some players.
- Generation VI's removal of experience dividing (meaning any Pokémon sent out in battle gets the full EXP) and full-party Exp. Share, which can remove a large chunk of difficulty from the game. Also, massive game changers such as the Fairy type and Mega Evolution.
- Much like Generation V, Generation VII's focus on story and constant cutscenes have divided some players. There is also either the removal or downplaying of many of Generation VI's mechanics, which split many fans.
- Generation VIII has completely removed Mega Evolution and Z-Moves which has upset a lot of fans. There is also the complete removal of some Pokémon and replacing the third game with expansion packs which has divided many fans.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
- Gold and Silver's end-game, which allowed the player to return to the past generation's region and actually extending the previous generation's timeline. A lot of players believe that this was a great way to extend Pokémon's end-game, yet these were the only games to include such a feature (aside from the remakes, obviously).
- Black 2 and White 2 have confirmed that shapeshifter Pokémon can take on human form and communicate with humans, in which a backpacker NPC says a few lines, gives you the TM Snarl, then transforms into a Zoroark and runs off. If this was a common thing, for Dittos, Zorua/Zoroark and even freaking Mew to be in human disguise, only giving off vague hints. That is a plot thread too awesome to not use. Many fans love to think that N is actually this, but unless Game Freak states it as canon, it doesn't count.
- X and Y left a lot of fans curious about the mystery behind Zygarde, the apparent third counterpart to version mascots Xerneas and Yveltal. Then Generation VI ended abruptly before Kalos could get a traditional third version or paired sequels like Unova, and while Sun and Moon did give Zygarde some new forms, its sidequest was ultimately disconnected from everything else in the games and barely had any plot to speak of. It seems the green dragon has been left high and dry by Game Freak.
- A lot of Mythical Pokémon, being Dummied Out for years before their official reveal and (usually) impossible to get in normal gameplay, wind up getting almost no focus in their debut games. The biggest examples of this may be Genesect, who only gets a minor event where it gets two Drives (of four) despite being the creation of Team Plasma, and Arceus, who despite being the Pokémon equivalent to God plays no role in the Sinnoh games' plot beyond vague allusions to it in backstory. The Azure Flute used to fight and capture it wasn't even officially released!
- Tier-Induced Scrappy: Has a dedicated subpage.
- Ugly Cute: Hydreigon arguably always has had some shades of this, but it's made more evident in Gates to Infinity, where it's a kind hero with a quirky personality and made completely undeniable with how adorably it behaves in Pokémon Amie in X/Y. It's hard to see it as a raging beast of mass destruction when it's beaming at you and doing happy dances, and also makes one question the accuracy of its Pokédex entries.
- Several Pokémon fit into this: Feebas, Stunfisk, Skrelp, Mareanie...
- A case could be made that every Pokémon that's not conventionally cute is at least somewhat Ugly Cute (or Creepy Cute).
- Uncanny Valley: Many Pokémon, such as Kantoian Mr. Mime, Jynx, etc., due to being designed as off-putting humanoids.
- Underused Game Mechanic: Double battles. They were introduced in Gen III as a selling point of the new games, but are rarely ever used outside of a few token battles in the main games. The only games that put a major emphasis on Double Battles are Pokémon Colosseum, Pokémon XD, and to a lesser extent, Pokémon Emerald, which are all in the debut generation of Doubles. This wouldn't be so bad if official VGC tournaments weren't entirely conducted based on Doubles. In other words, the single-player campaign of most Pokémon games do almost nothing to prepare players for a crucial part of tournament play.
- Unfortunate Character Design:
- Quite a few Pokémon have a suggestive tuft of fur/feathers between their legs, like Blaziken, Reshiram and Beartic. White Kyurem gets a few of Reshiram's characteristics... but not that suspicious placing of fur.
- Not to mention what the Internet has done with Cloyster.
- Mew's backsprite from Black and White.
- Palkia's phallic design from the shoulders up.
- Combusken's torso, head, and thighs together look like a different kind of pecker than the designers probably intended.
- And the issue of Onix being a "rock snake".
- The African American character Lenora sparked controversy with her apron (which links to her being a mammy), so the Japanese designers re-designed her without the apron.
- Unfortunate Implications: For African-American fans of Pokemon, the fact that Lenora was drawn with an apron sparked as an allusion to black slavery, which caused controversy and accusations of racism. To fix this, the designers re-designed her without the apron.
- Unpopular Popular Character:
- Magikarp: since it has horrible stats and can learn only four moves outside of events, it is systematically perceived by in-game trainers as useless, and even its Pokédex profile describes it as "virtually useless". In Real Life, on the other hand, everyone knows it evolves into the much more badass and useful Gyarados, so it ended up being the opposite of this trope for fans and the Trope Namer for Magikarp Power. This had the side effect of giving the impression that nearly any Pokémon based on a fish is bound to be awful, even when it isn't the case (most of the time anyway).
- Absol is despised in-universe for being a Dark type that allegedly starts disasters, but has quite a hefty fanbase for its Panthera Awesome design.
- In-universe, Pyukumuku is viewed as an ugly nuisance by tourists, to the point where chucking them back into the sea is a common part-time job in Alola. Players beg to differ, finding the sea cucumber utterly adorable.
- Values Dissonance:
- Western fans often clamor for a "Light" type, mainly as a countertype to Dark. What many don't understand is that Dark itself is known in Japan as "Evil", with Fighting being already the "heroic" type, in reference to samurai and the code they followed, to counter it, and Psychic and Fairy to embody anything that could be considered "holy" (as opposed to "good"). Some argue still that a Light type would be strong against Poison (one of Fairy's weaknesses), by way of purification (something Shaymin is known for, despite embodying another Poison-susceptible element), and would be more likely associated with the sun than the moon, while others wonder what a Pokemon equivalent to, say, Angemon, who isn't exactly a fairy or a psychic, would benote Keep in mind, though, that not only are angels a western concept, but Angemon himself wielded a Japanese bo staff, which would be associated w/ Fighting, and was already associated with "Air" and "Battle" in the Digimon World series (which itself lacked a "Light" element proper)..
- The Bug-type being super-effective against Dark also makes little sense to a Westerner, where bugs are often met with fear and revulsion. However, in Japan, bugs are considered super-heroic, and the Dark type is known as the Evil type in Japan.
- Viewer Gender Confusion: Has a dedicated subpage.
- Viewer Name Confusion:
- Ash's name is often assumed to be a shortened version of another name, such as Ashton or Ashura. His canon name is just "Ash".
- Thanks to the title of an episode, many fans think Misty's surname is "Waterflower". Misty has no canon surname.
- Vocal Minority:
- Within the Pokémon fandom, the anime tends to attract a small, but extremely vocal faction that dismisses the show as "kiddy" and praises the games as being "mature" relative to the anime; in some cases, even the anime-based elements in Super Smash Bros. and Pokkén Tournament can be a Berserk Button for them. The same faction treats Pikachu in a similar way, since it's a Kid-Appeal Character and most of its prominence and its Spotlight-Stealing Squad tendencies come from the anime. While a decent chunk of the older fanbase still dislikes the anime, the proportion of fans who don't seem to mind it or its influence on the rest of the franchise seems to be a bit bigger and much more silent about it, especially over time where the anime's overall effort and ambition seemed to increase (despite still having some controversial moments). These older fans might even regard the first few seasons with some degree of fondness.
- Within the games themselves, you'll find plenty of complaints about the post games of Gens VI, VII, and VIII being "too short" or lacking in extensive battle facilities that Generation III, IV and V had. What isn't mentioned is that Game Freak has noticed that most fans don't even participate in them since they're often far too difficult for most of the player base to even attempt, and to do well, you'll need to understand the ins-and-outs of game mechanics that the game doesn't mention at all. This all indicates that those who actively complete these areas are unfortunately a minority of players. Generations VI, VII, and VIII in fact, got more sales and mainstream recognition than the previous few generations, indicating that ultimately the changes made in them resulted in wider overall appeal and all but confirming said fans as a Vocal Minority.
- Many Pokémon and NPC names are portmanteaus or puns, and the translators took time to create a portmanteau or pun when translating from one language to another.
- Renaming the Evil type to Dark type may count as this, especially considering the black colour of nearly all the Dark Pokémon.
- Team Rocket is based off of the Yakuza in the Japanese version. In the other versions, they are based off of the more locally recognizable Italian Mafia stereotype, even down to the boss being named "Giovanni".
- The Champion Ribbon is known as Hoenn Champ Ribbon in Japanese games. Except it's awarded for either Hall of Fame existing then. Fixed with the description in Gen IV as it states "in another region". Sinnoh doesn't have that problem, as Johto has a separate ribbon for the True Final Boss.
- The "pokédollar", the in-game currency used, is actually based off of Yen, and was invented for the English script. Because many people were not familiar with how Yen pricing works, it was easier to just make up a fantastical currency instead of translating it into Yen, and "Dollar" is the currency in many English speaking countries (America, Australia, Canada) As a result, inserting a decimal point after the last two digits makes the numbers sound much more reasonable.
- Elite Four is such a fitting translation for Shitennounote While it directly translates to "Four Heavenly Kings," this is a concept rooted in Buddhism that doesn't have an equivalent in other cultures, and in practice, it refers to a group of four high-ranking individuals. that it carried over to this very wiki.