History Pokemon / TropesSToZ

16th Mar '17 9:42:36 AM Dattix
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*** '''Poison''' comes in two flavors: regular and "bad" poison. While regular poison just inflicts 1/8 of a Pokémon's max HP in damage each turn, '''bad''' poison, which the move Toxic inflicts, starts at 1/16 and increased the damage by another 1/16 each passing turn, making it eventually impossible to stall out, although the counter resets if the Pokémon switches out. There's a way to tell the difference: regular poison has white lettering in its icon, bad poison has purple lettering. Poison and Steel-type Pokémon are immune to getting poisoned.

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*** '''Poison''' comes in two flavors: regular and "bad" poison. While regular poison just inflicts 1/8 of a Pokémon's max HP in damage each turn, '''bad''' poison, which the move Toxic inflicts, starts at 1/16 and increased increases the damage by another 1/16 each passing turn, making it eventually impossible to stall out, although the counter resets if the Pokémon switches out. There's a way to tell the difference: regular poison has white lettering in its icon, bad poison has purple lettering. Poison and Steel-type Pokémon are immune to getting poisoned.[[note]] Due to a [[GoodBadBugs glitch]], Steel-type Pokémon in Gold, Silver and Crystal could be poisoned by the Bug-type move Twineedle, as their Steel-typing only prevented poisoning by actual poison-type moves; this was later fixed. Additionally, Sun and Moon added the ability "Corrosion," which lets the user poison Poison and Steel-types regardless using moves like Toxic, but cannot damage Steel-types with Poison-type moves.[[/note]] Originally, Poison could also damage Pokémon out in the field; this was shown via a quick sound effect and screen flash every four steps, slowly sapping the Pokémon's health until it eventually fainted. This was the same for both types of Poison. [[ScrappyMechanic Fans didn't exactly care for it,]] so it was first nerfed to wear off after the Pokémon hits [[LastChanceHitPoint 1 HP]], and then later just removed altogether.
21st Feb '17 2:19:50 PM spudwalt
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** The ability Weak Armor represents this similarly. Every time a Pokémon with the ability is hit with a physical attack, its defense drops a stage, but its Speed increases one. Its Japanese name, Broken Armor, makes it even more apparant.

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** The ability Weak Armor represents this similarly. Every time a Pokémon with the ability is hit with a physical attack, its defense drops a stage, but its Speed increases one. by two (one prior to Gen VII). Its Japanese name, Broken Armor, makes it even more apparant.apparent.



* SigilSpam: Poké Balls appear on a ton of buildings, signs, and even floors of important buildings. Taken even further with the artificial Mythical Pokémon known as Magiana, whose creators gave its "dress" and torso Poké Ball designs.

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* SigilSpam: Poké Balls appear on a ton of buildings, signs, and even floors of important buildings. Taken even further with the artificial Mythical Pokémon known as Magiana, Magearna, whose creators gave its "dress" and torso Poké Ball designs.



*** '''Burns''' only do 1/16 of a Pokémon's max HP each turn (as of Generation VII), but also halve their attack stat, making burn-inflicting moves good at crippling physical attackers. Obviously, Fire-types are immune to burns.
*** '''Paralysis''' halves a Pokémon's speed (quarters it prior to Generation VII). Additionally, there's a 1/4 chance each turn that a paralyzed 'mon can't move. Electric-types are immune to paralysis (as of Generation VI). While Ground-types aren't, they are immune to Thunder Wave, the most common paralysis move, making them difficult to paralyze.

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*** '''Burns''' only do 1/16 of a Pokémon's max HP each turn (as of (1/8 prior to Generation VII), but also halve their attack stat, making burn-inflicting moves good at crippling physical attackers. Obviously, Fire-types are immune to burns.
*** '''Paralysis''' halves a Pokémon's speed (quarters it prior to Generation VII). Additionally, there's a 1/4 chance each turn that a paralyzed 'mon can't move. Electric-types are immune to paralysis (as of Generation VI). While Ground-types aren't, they are immune to Electric moves (including Thunder Wave, the most common paralysis move, move for inflicting paralysis), making them difficult to paralyze.



*** '''Confusion''' causes a Pokémon to damage itself 1/3 of the time it tries to act for 1-4 turns. Its presence is always indicated by circling birds and a message, as is snapping out of it. Interestingly, the game treats the self-damage as a typeless, physical, base-power 40 move aimed against itself, causing Pokémon with high Attack to take more damage. This is why Swagger is so widely hated, since it increased the confusion damage taken on top of confusing the target.

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*** '''Confusion''' causes a Pokémon to damage itself 1/3 of the time (1/2 of the time prior to Gen VII) it tries to act for 1-4 turns. Its presence is always indicated by circling birds and a message, as is snapping out of it. Interestingly, the game treats the self-damage as a typeless, physical, base-power 40 move aimed against itself, causing Pokémon with high Attack to take more damage. This is why Swagger is so widely hated, since it increased the confusion damage taken on top of confusing the target.



*** '''Partial trapping''' keeps the Pokémon from switching out for 4-5 turns, and most moves that inflict it also deal some damage after each turn (but end early if the user is KO'd or switches out). '''Full trapping''' just keeps the Pokémon from switchin period, unless the inflictor is KO'd or switches. Ghost-type Pokémon can't be trapped.

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*** '''Partial trapping''' keeps the Pokémon from switching out for 4-5 turns, and most moves that inflict it also deal some damage after each turn (but end early if the user is KO'd or switches out). '''Full trapping''' just keeps the Pokémon from switchin switching period, unless the inflictor is KO'd or switches. Ghost-type Pokémon can't be trapped.



** [[GottaCatchEmAll Collecting all of the Zygarde Cells and Cores]] in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' lets you combine them into a Zygarde with the Power Construct abilty, which allows it to transform into its "100% Form" if its HP drops below half. While this doesn't change Zygarde's stats by much (unless it was in the weaker 10% Form to begin with), it ''does'' significantly increase its HP, which provides a considerable amount of instant healing.



* TheMedic: Any Pokémon with the move Wish can potentially be this, though the effectiveness varies based on the user's HP stat. In addition, the moves Aromatherapy and Heal Bell cure the entire party of status ailments, and the move Heal Pulse lets the user heal any Pokémon ''but'' itself (which is useless in single battles, where the only other target is the opponent).
** Pokémon with the Healer ability can cure their allies of status conditions.



* TornadoMove: Multiple moves are depicted as this, including Gust, Twister, and Whirlwind. These moves do double damage to Franchise/{{Pokemon}} that are on their first turn of Fly/Bounce.

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* TornadoMove: Multiple moves are depicted as this, including Gust, Twister, and Whirlwind.Hurricane. These moves do double damage to Franchise/{{Pokemon}} that are on their first turn of Fly/Bounce. There's also the move Whirlwind, which forces the target to switch (or just ends the battle if it's a wild Pokémon).
31st Jan '17 11:31:19 AM PDL
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** Many important characters have hair colors that run through the rainbow, mostly [[ElementalHair related to the type of Pokémon they train]].
25th Jan '17 9:21:09 PM Kayube
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** Similarly, if a Pokémon that originated in Generation III is brought to Generation IV through Pal Park and then to Generation V through Poké Transfer, it will be noted as having arrived "after a long travel through time". In Generation VI, all previous-gen Pokémon are noted to have traveled "across time and space" from their native regions. In ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'', you earn a "Time Travel Award" for showing the [[AuthorAvatar game director]] a Pokémon caught in the original Hoenn games.

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** Similarly, if a Pokémon that originated in Generation III is brought to Generation IV through Pal Park and then to Generation V through Poké Transfer, it will be noted as having arrived "after a long travel through time". In Generation VI, Generations VI and VII, all previous-gen Pokémon are noted to have traveled "across time and space" from their native regions.regions (with Pokémon originating from the Virtual Console releases of ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' adding that they are from "the good old days"). In ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'', you earn a "Time Travel Award" for showing the [[AuthorAvatar game director]] a Pokémon caught in the original Hoenn games.
24th Jan '17 12:51:53 PM PDL
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** Played straight in [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Crystal]], where the female character option was first introduced, as well as in FR/LG; averted in the subsequent main games, where the character you don't choose becomes an NPC.

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** Played straight in [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Crystal]], where the female character option was first introduced, as well as in FR/LG; averted in most of the subsequent main games, where the character you don't choose becomes an NPC.NPC or a Rival character. This is played straight in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''.
16th Jan '17 10:11:32 AM PDL
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* WithThisHerring: At the start of most Pokémon games, you're given a level 5 starter Pokémon and if you poke around for a bit, sometimes you're given or find a potion and a few Pokéballs. This is of course justified in that you're playing as someone who is a new trainer and are starter Pokémon are specifically trained to be easy to handle for new trainers.
13th Jan '17 2:22:40 AM 4444jdm
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** Averted with both Mega Evolutions and regional forms. None of them have gender differences even though their regular forms did.
12th Jan '17 7:35:08 AM PDL
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* UndergroundMonkey: Pokémon generally avoids doing this with their monsters as each creature is uniquely designed enough that they're recognizable enough from silhouettes (hence why "Who's That Pokémon" segments are so popular). However, there are some zigzags here and there:
** Some Pokémon are designed to be closely related counterparts of each other, even when not related by evolution. Plusle and Minun intentionally look similar to each other (their tails are differently shaped). Tornadus, Thundurus and Landorus are also extremely similar in their Incarnate formes but were given Therian formes that make them vastly different designs.
** Shiny Pokémon are extremely rare variants that are usually differently colored from their regular counterparts. However, they're functionally identical.
** Regional variants are Pokémon that have different typings and stats from their more well known counterparts, but even they have designs that make them dramatically unique.
29th Dec '16 10:43:05 AM MandL27
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* SerialEscelation:
** In terms of the evil organizations you battle in the game. The first two generations had the at least somewhat AffablyEvil Team Rocket (with quotes like "It feels so good to be evil!"), barring a couple disturbing instances (killing Pokémon and chopping off Slowpoke tails). But by RSE, you had a group trying to force ''climate change.'' By the fourth generation, Team Galactic wants to ''[[InTheirOwnImage reset all of existence.]]''
** Team Plasma, along with [[spoiler:their leader,]] N, from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', want to separate Pokémon from humans to probably prevent incidents like with the previous teams from happening again. It turns out that the true villain, [[spoiler:Ghetsis, the true mastermind behind Team Plasma,]] is such a despicable, vile, and evil person that he manages to outstrip all the previous teams ''combined''! (Including [[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Cipher!]])
** Team Flare in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', who at first seem to be a call-back to the villain teams in early games who are OnlyInItForTheMoney, with a few hints of something about "making a beautiful world". By the time you reach [[spoiler:Lysandre Labs, you learn that their leader's plans for "a beautiful world" involves ''killing everyone and everything except those who are loyal to him'', which not even most of the grunts are aware of; i.e. committing ''genocide''. Though Lysandre does this because he is sick of how corrupt the world has become, filled with greed, racing for power, polluting until the world is destroyed, he thinks what he is doing is the right thing even if it means killing everybody]]
** Team Skull in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' avert this, being a more humorous team of thugs who mostly steal Pokémon for petty reasons, with not as much threat as any of the previous teams in terms of goals. [[spoiler: The Aether Foundation, Lusamine in particular, are darker, with Horrific Pokémon experiments, coupled with Lusamine being an overbearing and cruel parent, as well as Lusamine's main room having Pokémon encased in solid glass, and doesn't care if an innocent creature from another world dies for her to accomplish her main goal.]] However, they are still significantly less dark than prior villains in the series.
** In the first couple of generations, the villains didn't seem to do anything besides wreak havoc on random Pokémon and locations. In the third generation, the villains had a coherent theme and goal, but they still didn't make much sense. By the fourth generation, though, defeating the villain had become just about as important as the stated goal of ToBeAMaster, a trend which continued into the fifth generation, owing to the nastier villains on the one hand, and greater plot streamlining on the other. In fact, ''Black'' and ''White'' are the first games of the series where [[spoiler:you don't even battle the League Champion to beat the game; you have to face N and then [[FinalBoss Ghetsis]] instead.]]
*** Worth mentioning is that the battle with N is very similar to the circumstances of the battle against your rival in the original games. Your rival has barely conquered the Pokémon League, previous Champion and all, before losing his position as Champion to the player. N defeated the Pokémon League and had just finished his battle with Unova's Champion, Alder, before being defeated by the player. N was the Champion for all of a few minutes before losing the title.
18th Dec '16 7:54:41 AM WhatArtThee
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** Team Skull in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' avert this, being a more humorous team of thugs who mostly steal Pokémon for petty reasons, with not as much threat as any of the previous teams in terms of goals. However, [[spoiler: The Aether Foundation, Lusamine in particular, fit this trope much more then any previous team. Horrific Pokémon experiments, coupled with an even more blatant and horrifically abusive parent then even Ghetsis, and Lusamine's main room having Pokémon encased in solid glass, and doesn't care if an innocent creature from another world dies for her to accomplish her main goal, which while not on high a scale as even Team Galactic, has a much more personal effect on the people of Alola then any previous evil team ever did, The Aether foundation have single handedly made Sun and Moon the Darkest games in the mainline franchise (If not the franchise as a whole) yet, and that's not even getting into the [[EldritchAbomination Ultra Beasts]]...]]

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** Team Skull in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' avert this, being a more humorous team of thugs who mostly steal Pokémon for petty reasons, with not as much threat as any of the previous teams in terms of goals. However, [[spoiler: The Aether Foundation, Lusamine in particular, fit this trope much more then any previous team. are darker, with Horrific Pokémon experiments, coupled with Lusamine being an even more blatant overbearing and horrifically abusive parent then even Ghetsis, and cruel parent, as well as Lusamine's main room having Pokémon encased in solid glass, and doesn't care if an innocent creature from another world dies for her to accomplish her main goal, which while not on high a scale as even Team Galactic, has a much more personal effect on the people of Alola then any previous evil team ever did, The Aether foundation have single handedly made Sun and Moon the Darkest games goal.]] However, they are still significantly less dark than prior villains in the mainline franchise (If not the franchise as a whole) yet, and that's not even getting into the [[EldritchAbomination Ultra Beasts]]...]]series.
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