History Anime / PokeMon

25th Aug '16 8:16:28 PM dpisel01
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** 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 [[HiddenElfVillage 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''[[/note]]. 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.
** 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.

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** 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 [[HiddenElfVillage 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''[[/note]]. 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.
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.moves, though it got over this problem after only a couple of episodes.



** 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.

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** 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.



* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: Each era adds new main characters and stipulations according to the games they adapt. ''Best Wishes'' in particular offered a few formula breakers, such as making the Team Rocket trio more minor, but far more competent and serious antagonists.

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* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: Each era adds new main characters and stipulations according to the games they adapt. ''Best Wishes'' in particular offered a few formula breakers, such as making the Team Rocket trio more minor, but far more competent and serious antagonists. Another formula breaker of ''Best Wishes'' was Ash's capture of nine new Pokémon, which he kept in regular rotation and stored at Professor Juniper's lab, rather than Professor Oak's, if they were off his active party.



* MacGuffin: The infamous GS Ball; also badges and ribbons to some extent.

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* MacGuffin: The infamous GS Ball; also badges and ribbons to some extent. There's also the handkerchief that Serena kept after Ash gave it to her when they were little and used it to bandage her hurt knee. When she showed it to him in Kalos, that's when he remembered who she was.
25th Aug '16 7:54:47 PM dpisel01
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** Speaking of Kurt, Ash, Misty, and Brock each received a special Apricorn Poké Ball from Kurt, but while Ash and Misty actually ended up using their Lure Balls to catch Totodile and Corsola, respectively, Brock never used the Heavy Ball he was given.
25th Aug '16 7:51:52 PM dpisel01
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* OddlyNamedSequel: The dub changes names every season except for between the first two, so whereas the original Japanese series has ''Pocket Monsters'' (seasons 1-5), ''Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation'' (seasons 6-9), ''Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl'' (seasons 10-13), ''Pocket Monsters Best Wishes!'' (seasons 14-15), and''Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! Season 2'' (seasons 15+) the dub has ''Pokémon'' (seasons 1-2), ''Pokémon: The Johto Journeys'' (season 3), ''Pokémon Johto League Champions'' (season 4), ''Pokémon Master Quest'' (season 5), ''Pokémon Advanced'' (season 6), ''Pokémon Advanced Challenge'' (season 7), ''Pokémon Advanced Battle'' (season 8), ''Pokémon Battle Frontier'' (season 9), ''Pokémon Diamond and Pearl'' (season 10), ''Pokémon Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension'' (season 11), ''Pokémon Diamond and Pearl: Galactic Battles'' (season 12), ''Pokémon Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors'' (season 13), ''Pokémon Black and White'' (season 14), ''Pokémon Black and White: Rival Destinies'' (season 15), and ''Pokémon Black and White: Adventures In Unova and Beyond'' (season 16).

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* OddlyNamedSequel: The dub changes names every season except for between the first two, so whereas the original Japanese series has ''Pocket Monsters'' (seasons 1-5), ''Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation'' (seasons 6-9), ''Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl'' (seasons 10-13), ''Pocket Monsters Best Wishes!'' (seasons 14-15), and''Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! Season 2'' (seasons 15+) the dub has ''Pokémon'' (seasons 1-2), ''Pokémon: The Johto Journeys'' (season 3), ''Pokémon Johto League Champions'' (season 4), ''Pokémon Master Quest'' (season 5), ''Pokémon Advanced'' (season 6), ''Pokémon Advanced Challenge'' (season 7), ''Pokémon Advanced Battle'' (season 8), ''Pokémon Battle Frontier'' (season 9), ''Pokémon Diamond and Pearl'' (season 10), ''Pokémon Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension'' (season 11), ''Pokémon Diamond and Pearl: Galactic Battles'' (season 12), ''Pokémon Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors'' (season 13), ''Pokémon Black and White'' (season 14), ''Pokémon Black and White: Rival Destinies'' (season 15), and ''Pokémon Black and White: Adventures In Unova and Beyond'' (season 16).16), ''Pokémon The Series: XY'' (season 17), ''Pokémon The Series: XY Kalos Quest'' (season 18), and ''Pokémon The Series: XYZ'' (season 19).
25th Aug '16 7:47:16 PM dpisel01
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* DenserAndWhackier: The Advanced Generation was notorious for this, having far zanier plots in filler episodes, as well as Meowth having frequent boss fantasies.



* DudleyDoRightStopsToHelp: Ash focuses his efforts on helping others in filler, rather than training his Pokemon to be unstoppable in battles. ''There's nothing wrong with this altruistic world-view'', except his conflict of desires to put himself last, [[HeroOfAnotherStory make him better-suited of being a ''Ranger'']], not a trainer. The franchise and movies have practically lamp-shaded this at several times.
25th Aug '16 9:12:56 AM PDL
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* BookEnds: Johto begins and ends with Ash facing off against Gary.

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Johto begins and ends with Ash facing off against Gary.


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** Pokemon X and Y begins with Ash and a Dragon/Ground-type Pokemon under the control of an evil team at the top of Prism Tower. Pokemon X and Y's ending arc has Ash and a Dragon/Ground-type Pokemon under the control of an evil team at the top of Prism Tower.
25th Aug '16 5:30:12 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** That's ''six'' regions in the core series of Pokémon games he's lost so far: Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, and Kalos. Each region has their respective Elite Four and Champion he's never beaten, and a ''Champions League'' that he can never participate in, let alone lose.
19th Aug '16 4:41:44 AM Psi001
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* DudleyDoRightStopsToHelp: Ash focuses his efforts on helping others in filler, rather than training his Pokemon to be unstoppable in battles. ''There's nothing wrong with this altruistic world-view'', except his conflict of desires to put himself last, [[HeroOfAnotherStory make him better-suited of being a ''Ranger'']], not a trainer. The franchise and movies have practically lamp-shaded this at several times.



* IdiotHero: Ash focuses his efforts on helping others in filler, rather than training his Pokemon to be unstoppable in battles. ''There's nothing wrong with this altruistic world-view'', except his conflict of desires to put himself last, [[HeroOfAnotherStory make him better-suited of being a ''Ranger'']], not a trainer. The franchise and movies have practically lamp-shaded this at several times.
18th Aug '16 11:14:54 PM dieseldragons
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* IdiotHero: Ash focuses his efforts on helping others in filler, rather than training his Pokemon to be unstoppable in battles. ''There's nothing wrong with this altruistic world-view'', except his conflict of desires to put himself last, make him better-suited of being a ''Ranger'', not a trainer. The franchise and movies have practically lamp-shaded this at several times.

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* IdiotHero: Ash focuses his efforts on helping others in filler, rather than training his Pokemon to be unstoppable in battles. ''There's nothing wrong with this altruistic world-view'', except his conflict of desires to put himself last, [[HeroOfAnotherStory make him better-suited of being a ''Ranger'', ''Ranger'']], not a trainer. The franchise and movies have practically lamp-shaded this at several times.
18th Aug '16 11:11:48 PM dieseldragons
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* IdiotHero: Ash focuses his efforts on helping others in filler, rather than training his Pokemon to be unstoppable in battles. ''There's nothing wrong with this altruistic world-view'', except his conflict of desires to put himself last, make him better-suited of being a ''Ranger'', not a trainer. The franchise and movies have practically lamp-shaded this at several times.
18th Aug '16 11:03:21 PM dieseldragons
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* FailureIsTheOnlyOption. The writers have ''never allowed'' Ash to win a ''regional'' tournament. He'll always lose no matter what (the only time he win was in the Orange Islands and that was filler). Their logic behind this thinking is that if he wins one single tournament, from one single area of the world, his entire journey ends.

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* FailureIsTheOnlyOption. The writers have ''never allowed'' Ash to win a ''regional'' tournament. He'll always lose no matter what (the only time he win was in the Orange Islands and that was filler). 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.ends.
** That's ''six'' regions in the core series of Pokémon games he's lost so far: Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, and Kalos. Each region has their respective Elite Four and Champion he's never beaten, and a ''Champions League'' that he can never participate in, let alone lose.
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