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[[caption-width:350:[[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief How did Pikachu get taller than Ash?]]]]

'''''Pokémon Live!''''' is, in simple words, TheMusical stage show based on the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime. It ran late in 2000 and is one of the first ''Pokémon''-based productions made entirely in America. It's not canonical to the anime it's based on, but the story does seem to fit the bill of a MusicalEpisode. The soundtrack was made of songs from the ImageSong album ''2.B.A. Master'', as well as a few songs from the later album ''Totally Pokémon'' and some exclusive musical numbers not heard anywhere else.

The story begins with a mysterious Gym Leader challenging all trainers to battle him for his one-of-a-kind Gym Badge, the Diamond Badge. Ash Ketchum, protagonist of the anime, is determined to win this Badge. However, he is also put through a dilemma of sorts; his friend Misty is upset that [[ForgottenBirthday he never made good on his promise to take her to the movies for her birthday three weeks ago]], which she points out is an example of him focusing so much on his Pokémon training that he is ignoring his friends.

What Ash doesn't realize, though, is that the mysterious Gym Leader is in fact [[BigBad Giovanni]], leader of Team Rocket. He has been using the Diamond Badge as bait to make trainers unwittingly come face his new super-robot Pokémon, [=MechaMew2=], based off of the powerful Mewtwo he used to own. [=MechaMew2's=] ability is that it can learn and copy the attacks of its challengers, thus making it unstoppable. By a strange coincidence, the only two techniques it hasn't yet learned are Thundershock and Thunderbolt, two abilities possessed by Pikachu. Thus, Giovanni once again sends his TerribleTrio, Jessie, James, and Meowth, to capture Ash's Pikachu (which, [[TeamRocketWins surprisingly, they actually manage to accomplish!]]). During this, he also kidnaps Professor Oak and Ash's mom, Delia.

If you'd like to know how it ends, you'll have to check the full transcript on [[http://www.fanpop.com/spots/pokemon/articles/87449/title/original-pokemon-live-script this site]]; this show's tour was only for a few months. Or, I guess you could go watch the whole thing on Website/YouTube [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgvIdkD_jnE starting here]].
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!!This musical contains examples of:
* ArtisticLicense: [=MechaMew2=]'s [=PoisonPowder=] knocks a trainer's Venusaur out in one hit, despite the truth that [=PoisonPowder=] isn't a damage-dealing move and [[NoSell Venusaur is immune to it]].
* TheAtoner: Delia considers herself this to protect Ash from knowing her troubled past.20
* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: Giovanni seems to be rather fond of referring to [=MechaMew2=] as a "mechanical marvel". Heck, the term is even used in its [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/File:MM2Card.png promotional trading card.]]
* AWildRapperAppears: ''It Will All Be Mine'', Giovanni's otherwise serious VillainSong, has a part where Jessie and James recite their motto by rapping.
* BigEntrance: Team Rocket's entrance in which they repeat it to get the audience to cheer for them.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Dexter literally pulls this during his song when he claims to "break out" of Ash's Pokédex when things get too difficult.
* TheCameo: Numerous Pokémon including Jigglypuff and Psyduck, along with Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny during "Two Perfect Girls".
* CannotSpitItOut: Misty, to Ash.
* CareBearStare: [[spoiler:The real Mewtwo psychically projects Ash's love for his Pokémon into [=MechaMew2=]]], thus causing it to self-destruct.
* ChekhovsGun: [=MechaMew2=] learning Selfdestruct.
* ContrivedCoincidence: [=MechaMew2=] has learned every single move... except for Thundershock and Thunder. This gives Giovanni the perfect excuse to have Jessie and James kidnap Ash's Pikachu for him. Keep in mind that Giovanni keeps referring to the total amount of moves as 251, which it is in the second generation. This means that [=MechaMew2=] has somehow learned ''the signature moves of two'' ''[[OlympusMons legendary Pokémon]]'' (Lugia's [[BlowYouAway Aeroblast]] and Ho-oh's [[KillItWithFire Sacred Fire]]) but is yet to meet one that uses either of the two rather common Electric-type moves.
* DawsonCasting: The characters are pre-teens. The actors... aren't. Kind of inevitable, really.
* DeadpanSnarker: Meowth.
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:The original Mewtwo shows up and saves the day, using his telepathy and Ash's heart to give [=MechaMew2=] a CareBearStare.]]
* EccentricMentor: Professor Oak's eccentricity is definitely taken up to eleven in the show.
* EvilGloating: ''It Will All Be Mine'' is basically EvilGloating in the form of a song.
--> '''Giovanni''': There'll be world domination / complete obliteration / of all who now defy me. / Let the universe prepare / good Pokémon beware / you fools shall not deny me!
* EvilLaugh: Giovanni, constantly, even ''in the middle of his songs''! Jessie and James also get a few, such as partway through ''It Will All Be Mine''.
* ExcitedShowTitle
* {{Flanderization}}: Let's just say that Brock has no personality here besides [[LoveableSexManiac going after every girl he sees]]. He even flirts with ''Misty'' at one point-- [[NotAsYouKnowThem something he never does in the actual show]].
* FormerTeenRebel: Delia
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Ash.
* TheGhost: Ash's father and Professor Xalrons.
* HelpImStuck: Jessie and James fall into their own pit trap and Meowth has to fetch a rope to rescue them.
* HeyItsThatGuy: The Professor and Delia are portrayed by Patrick Frankfort and Dee Roscioli (the latter of whom went on to star in ''{{Cats}}'' and later became world-famous as Elphaba in ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''). The fact that the actors were dating in real life leads to an ActorAllusion in which Ash tells Oak "Don't bring my mom home too late!"
** Also, Giovanni is played by [[Anime/YuGiOh Maximilian Pegasus]].
** James is played by [[Theatre/TheBookOfMormon Elder Price]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Giovanni gave [=MechaMew2=] the ability to "learn", which results in it "learning" the difference between good and evil in the end; Giovanni almost ends up [[TakingYouWithMe with it taking him with it]].]]
* IdiotHero: Ash comes across as this since he is solely focused on obtaining the Diamond Badge, oblivious to Misty's feelings, and seemingly obsessed with Pokémon. However, in "I've Got A Secret", Ash sings about how he must move on from Pikachu's "departure" to follow his dream and become an adult. He gets over his idiocy by the end of the musical.
* LargeHam: Giovanni, the Team Rocket trio, Brock and Professor Oak.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Well, not really, but it is revealed here that Giovanni used to date Ash's mom.
** The audio commentary on ''Spell of the Unown" mentioned that [[WhatCouldHaveBeen in the first draft]] of the live show, TheReveal would be made that Giovanni was Ash's dad.
* MommasBoy: Delia sees Ash as this, although he wants to get out of it and be a man. It turns out Delia wants Ash to remain like this in order to protect him from Team Rocket.
* MythologyGag: Jigglypuff scribbles drawings on Ash and co. when they fall asleep after she sings.
** A Dodrio can be heard giving a morning crow like one does in episode one of the anime.
* TheOtherDarrin: None of the human characters are portrayed by their anime voice actors. This is averted with the costumed Pokémon. Ikue Otani and MaddieBlaustein were confirmed by the production manager that they recorded their lines in the musical.
* ParentService: During several of the songs, there were dancers in the background wearing skin-tight leotards.
** James delivers a joke about employment benefits and "Don't Ask Don't Tell".
* ShipTease: Between Ash and Misty, Delia and Professor Oak, and that there used to be a relationship between Delia and Giovanni.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: How [[spoiler:[=MechaMew2=]]] is defeated.
* TeamRocketWins: To date, this is the only time Jessie and James have ever actually brought Pikachu to Giovanni, [[KarmaHoudini and they suffer no consequences for it either.]]
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Jessie and James.
* TrueCompanions: Ash considers Pikachu, Misty and Brock his best friends for life ("My Best Friends").
* VagueAge: Ash, Misty, and Brock - who are all less than 16 on the show - are played by 30-year-olds here. This especially makes some {{Narm}} out of Giovanni calling Ash "little boy".
* VillainousLament: "The Best at Being the Worst".
* VillainSong: Giovanni's "It Will All Be Mine" and his DarkReprise of "You and Me and Pokémon". Also, TeamRocket's "Double Trouble".
* TheVillainSucksSong: "The Best at Being the Worst" is Team Rocket doing this to ''themselves'', except they twist it around to make it sound like they're great for sucking so much and how it's their claim to fame.
* WhatTheHellHero: A comical version. Brock gets the group lost when he chucks away the map to Viridian City to deliberately talk to a pretty girl and ask for directions. Needless to say, [[BerserkButton Misty is not happy]].

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[[caption-width:350:[[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief How did Pikachu get taller than Ash?]]]]

'''''Pokémon Live!''''' is, in simple words, TheMusical stage show based on the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime. It ran late in 2000 and is one of the first ''Pokémon''-based productions made entirely in America. It's not canonical to the anime it's based on, but the story does seem to fit the bill of a MusicalEpisode. The soundtrack was made of songs from the ImageSong album ''2.B.A. Master'', as well as a few songs from the later album ''Totally Pokémon'' and some exclusive musical numbers not heard anywhere else.

The story begins with a mysterious Gym Leader challenging all trainers to battle him for his one-of-a-kind Gym Badge, the Diamond Badge. Ash Ketchum, protagonist of the anime, is determined to win this Badge. However, he is also put through a dilemma of sorts; his friend Misty is upset that [[ForgottenBirthday he never made good on his promise to take her to the movies for her birthday three weeks ago]], which she points out is an example of him focusing so much on his Pokémon training that he is ignoring his friends.

What Ash doesn't realize, though, is that the mysterious Gym Leader is in fact [[BigBad Giovanni]], leader of Team Rocket. He has been using the Diamond Badge as bait to make trainers unwittingly come face his new super-robot Pokémon, [=MechaMew2=], based off of the powerful Mewtwo he used to own. [=MechaMew2's=] ability is that it can learn and copy the attacks of its challengers, thus making it unstoppable. By a strange coincidence, the only two techniques it hasn't yet learned are Thundershock and Thunderbolt, two abilities possessed by Pikachu. Thus, Giovanni once again sends his TerribleTrio, Jessie, James, and Meowth, to capture Ash's Pikachu (which, [[TeamRocketWins surprisingly, they actually manage to accomplish!]]). During this, he also kidnaps Professor Oak and Ash's mom, Delia.

If you'd like to know how it ends, you'll have to check the full transcript on [[http://www.fanpop.com/spots/pokemon/articles/87449/title/original-pokemon-live-script this site]]; this show's tour was only for a few months. Or, I guess you could go watch the whole thing on Website/YouTube [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgvIdkD_jnE starting here]].
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!!This musical contains examples of:
* ArtisticLicense: [=MechaMew2=]'s [=PoisonPowder=] knocks a trainer's Venusaur out in one hit, despite the truth that [=PoisonPowder=] isn't a damage-dealing move and [[NoSell Venusaur is immune to it]].
* TheAtoner: Delia considers herself this to protect Ash from knowing her troubled past.20
* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: Giovanni seems to be rather fond of referring to [=MechaMew2=] as a "mechanical marvel". Heck, the term is even used in its [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/File:MM2Card.png promotional trading card.]]
* AWildRapperAppears: ''It Will All Be Mine'', Giovanni's otherwise serious VillainSong, has a part where Jessie and James recite their motto by rapping.
* BigEntrance: Team Rocket's entrance in which they repeat it to get the audience to cheer for them.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Dexter literally pulls this during his song when he claims to "break out" of Ash's Pokédex when things get too difficult.
* TheCameo: Numerous Pokémon including Jigglypuff and Psyduck, along with Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny during "Two Perfect Girls".
* CannotSpitItOut: Misty, to Ash.
* CareBearStare: [[spoiler:The real Mewtwo psychically projects Ash's love for his Pokémon into [=MechaMew2=]]], thus causing it to self-destruct.
* ChekhovsGun: [=MechaMew2=] learning Selfdestruct.
* ContrivedCoincidence: [=MechaMew2=] has learned every single move... except for Thundershock and Thunder. This gives Giovanni the perfect excuse to have Jessie and James kidnap Ash's Pikachu for him. Keep in mind that Giovanni keeps referring to the total amount of moves as 251, which it is in the second generation. This means that [=MechaMew2=] has somehow learned ''the signature moves of two'' ''[[OlympusMons legendary Pokémon]]'' (Lugia's [[BlowYouAway Aeroblast]] and Ho-oh's [[KillItWithFire Sacred Fire]]) but is yet to meet one that uses either of the two rather common Electric-type moves.
* DawsonCasting: The characters are pre-teens. The actors... aren't. Kind of inevitable, really.
* DeadpanSnarker: Meowth.
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:The original Mewtwo shows up and saves the day, using his telepathy and Ash's heart to give [=MechaMew2=] a CareBearStare.]]
* EccentricMentor: Professor Oak's eccentricity is definitely taken up to eleven in the show.
* EvilGloating: ''It Will All Be Mine'' is basically EvilGloating in the form of a song.
--> '''Giovanni''': There'll be world domination / complete obliteration / of all who now defy me. / Let the universe prepare / good Pokémon beware / you fools shall not deny me!
* EvilLaugh: Giovanni, constantly, even ''in the middle of his songs''! Jessie and James also get a few, such as partway through ''It Will All Be Mine''.
* ExcitedShowTitle
* {{Flanderization}}: Let's just say that Brock has no personality here besides [[LoveableSexManiac going after every girl he sees]]. He even flirts with ''Misty'' at one point-- [[NotAsYouKnowThem something he never does in the actual show]].
* FormerTeenRebel: Delia
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Ash.
* TheGhost: Ash's father and Professor Xalrons.
* HelpImStuck: Jessie and James fall into their own pit trap and Meowth has to fetch a rope to rescue them.
* HeyItsThatGuy: The Professor and Delia are portrayed by Patrick Frankfort and Dee Roscioli (the latter of whom went on to star in ''{{Cats}}'' and later became world-famous as Elphaba in ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''). The fact that the actors were dating in real life leads to an ActorAllusion in which Ash tells Oak "Don't bring my mom home too late!"
** Also, Giovanni is played by [[Anime/YuGiOh Maximilian Pegasus]].
** James is played by [[Theatre/TheBookOfMormon Elder Price]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Giovanni gave [=MechaMew2=] the ability to "learn", which results in it "learning" the difference between good and evil in the end; Giovanni almost ends up [[TakingYouWithMe with it taking him with it]].]]
* IdiotHero: Ash comes across as this since he is solely focused on obtaining the Diamond Badge, oblivious to Misty's feelings, and seemingly obsessed with Pokémon. However, in "I've Got A Secret", Ash sings about how he must move on from Pikachu's "departure" to follow his dream and become an adult. He gets over his idiocy by the end of the musical.
* LargeHam: Giovanni, the Team Rocket trio, Brock and Professor Oak.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Well, not really, but it is revealed here that Giovanni used to date Ash's mom.
** The audio commentary on ''Spell of the Unown" mentioned that [[WhatCouldHaveBeen in the first draft]] of the live show, TheReveal would be made that Giovanni was Ash's dad.
* MommasBoy: Delia sees Ash as this, although he wants to get out of it and be a man. It turns out Delia wants Ash to remain like this in order to protect him from Team Rocket.
* MythologyGag: Jigglypuff scribbles drawings on Ash and co. when they fall asleep after she sings.
** A Dodrio can be heard giving a morning crow like one does in episode one of the anime.
* TheOtherDarrin: None of the human characters are portrayed by their anime voice actors. This is averted with the costumed Pokémon. Ikue Otani and MaddieBlaustein were confirmed by the production manager that they recorded their lines in the musical.
* ParentService: During several of the songs, there were dancers in the background wearing skin-tight leotards.
** James delivers a joke about employment benefits and "Don't Ask Don't Tell".
* ShipTease: Between Ash and Misty, Delia and Professor Oak, and that there used to be a relationship between Delia and Giovanni.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: How [[spoiler:[=MechaMew2=]]] is defeated.
* TeamRocketWins: To date, this is the only time Jessie and James have ever actually brought Pikachu to Giovanni, [[KarmaHoudini and they suffer no consequences for it either.]]
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Jessie and James.
* TrueCompanions: Ash considers Pikachu, Misty and Brock his best friends for life ("My Best Friends").
* VagueAge: Ash, Misty, and Brock - who are all less than 16 on the show - are played by 30-year-olds here. This especially makes some {{Narm}} out of Giovanni calling Ash "little boy".
* VillainousLament: "The Best at Being the Worst".
* VillainSong: Giovanni's "It Will All Be Mine" and his DarkReprise of "You and Me and Pokémon". Also, TeamRocket's "Double Trouble".
* TheVillainSucksSong: "The Best at Being the Worst" is Team Rocket doing this to ''themselves'', except they twist it around to make it sound like they're great for sucking so much and how it's their claim to fame.
* WhatTheHellHero: A comical version. Brock gets the group lost when he chucks away the map to Viridian City to deliberately talk to a pretty girl and ask for directions. Needless to say, [[BerserkButton Misty is not happy]].
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14th Dec '13 4:39:52 PM BrendanDRizzo
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* OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow: If [[spoiler:Mewtwo had not shown up]], there is no way that Ash would have been able to beat Giovanni on his own.
14th Dec '13 4:37:45 PM BrendanDRizzo
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* CareBearStare: [[spoiler:The real Mewtwo psychically projects Ash's love for his Pokémon into [=MechaMew2=]]], thus causing it to self-destruct.


Added DiffLines:

* {{Flanderization}}: Let's just say that Brock has no personality here besides [[LoveableSexManiac going after every girl he sees]]. He even flirts with ''Misty'' at one point-- [[NotAsYouKnowThem something he never does in the actual show]].


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* OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow: If [[spoiler:Mewtwo had not shown up]], there is no way that Ash would have been able to beat Giovanni on his own.


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* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: How [[spoiler:[=MechaMew2=]]] is defeated.
23rd Nov '13 8:12:47 PM Gr3mlinify
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** James delivers a joke about employment benefits and "Don't Ask Don't Tell".
7th Nov '12 7:31:43 AM Evilgidgit
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* TheGhost: Ash's father and Professor Xalrons.



* LargeHam: DarrenDunstan as Giovanni, the Team Rocket trio, Brock and Professor Oak.

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* LargeHam: DarrenDunstan as Giovanni, the Team Rocket trio, Brock and Professor Oak.
7th Nov '12 7:29:47 AM Evilgidgit
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* TheAtoner: Delia considers herself this to protect Ash from knowing her troubled past.20



* TheCameo: Numerous Pokémon of course including Jigglypuff and Psyduck, along with Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny during "Two Perfect Girls".

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* BigEntrance: Team Rocket's entrance in which they repeat it to get the audience to cheer for them.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Dexter literally pulls this during his song when he claims to "break out" of Ash's Pokédex when things get too difficult.
* TheCameo: Numerous Pokémon of course including Jigglypuff and Psyduck, along with Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny during "Two Perfect Girls".


Added DiffLines:

* DeadpanSnarker: Meowth.


Added DiffLines:

* EccentricMentor: Professor Oak's eccentricity is definitely taken up to eleven in the show.


Added DiffLines:

* FriendToAllLivingThings: Ash.
* HelpImStuck: Jessie and James fall into their own pit trap and Meowth has to fetch a rope to rescue them.


Added DiffLines:

* LargeHam: DarrenDunstan as Giovanni, the Team Rocket trio, Brock and Professor Oak.


Added DiffLines:

* MythologyGag: Jigglypuff scribbles drawings on Ash and co. when they fall asleep after she sings.
** A Dodrio can be heard giving a morning crow like one does in episode one of the anime.


Added DiffLines:

* ShipTease: Between Ash and Misty, Delia and Professor Oak, and that there used to be a relationship between Delia and Giovanni.


Added DiffLines:

* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Jessie and James.
28th Oct '12 2:00:14 PM Evilgidgit
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* WhatTheHellHero: A comical version. Brock gets the group lost when he chucks away the map to Viridian City to deliberately talk to a pretty girl and ask for directions. Needless to say, [[BerserkButtton Misty is not happy]].

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* WhatTheHellHero: A comical version. Brock gets the group lost when he chucks away the map to Viridian City to deliberately talk to a pretty girl and ask for directions. Needless to say, [[BerserkButtton [[BerserkButton Misty is not happy]].
28th Oct '12 1:59:54 PM Evilgidgit
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* PoorCommunicationSkills: The navigational skills of Ash, Misty and Brock to Viridian City become increasingly troublesome - particularly when Brock chucks the map away to deliberately talk to a pretty girl and ask for directions.


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* WhatTheHellHero: A comical version. Brock gets the group lost when he chucks away the map to Viridian City to deliberately talk to a pretty girl and ask for directions. Needless to say, [[BerserkButtton Misty is not happy]].
28th Oct '12 1:55:38 PM Evilgidgit
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Added DiffLines:

* TheCameo: Numerous Pokémon of course including Jigglypuff and Psyduck, along with Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny during "Two Perfect Girls".


Added DiffLines:

* PoorCommunicationSkills: The navigational skills of Ash, Misty and Brock to Viridian City become increasingly troublesome - particularly when Brock chucks the map away to deliberately talk to a pretty girl and ask for directions.
14th Oct '12 1:05:42 PM nombretomado
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** Also, Giovanni is played by [[{{Yu-Gi-Oh}} Maximilian Pegasus]].

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** Also, Giovanni is played by [[{{Yu-Gi-Oh}} [[Anime/YuGiOh Maximilian Pegasus]].
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