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[[caption-width-right:350: All the groups over the course of the series. [[note]]Except for [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Tracey]] and the Kalos gang.[[/note]]]]

->''"[[ToBeAMaster I wanna be the very best]], [[BadassBoast like no one ever was!]]\\
[[GottaCatchThemAll To catch them is my real test]], [[EarWorm to train them is my cause!]]"''
-->-- "'''Pokémon Theme'''", performed by Jason Paige

The anime series based on the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games by Creator/{{Nintendo}}. 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 airing of ''Manga/DragonBall'', helped keep the new wave of Western anime adaptations (which started after ''Franchise/PowerRangers'') 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 [[OnceAnEpisode nearly every episode]] and are, with even greater frequency, sent flying sky-high with the CatchPhrase "Looks like Team Rocket's blasting off again! [[ATwinkleInTheSky *Ding!*]]"

''Anime/PokemonOrigins'', an anime special/MiniSeries directly based on ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'', was released on October 2, 2013 in Japan (10 days prior to the release of the tie-in games ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'') and is set for a November 2013 release in the United States. This miniseries essentially serves as a more TruerToTheText AnimeOfTheGame. In a similar vein, the ''XY'' season of the anime has a series of "Mega Evolution Special" spinoff episodes; unlike most of the regular series, these [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal specials are]] {{shonen}}, and [[AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent star a new, older protagonist, Alain]].

The seasons are as follows:

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:''Original series'' (Kanto and Johto)]]
* ''Indigo League'' (Episodes 1-81)
* ''Adventures in the Orange Islands/Orange Archipelago'' (Episodes 82-116)
* ''The Johto Journeys'' (Episodes 117-157)
* ''Johto League Champions'' (Episodes 158-209)
* ''Master Quest'' (Episodes 210-274)
** ''Pokémon Chronicles'' (Episodes 1-26)
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Advanced Generation'' (Hoenn and Kanto's Battle Frontier)]]
* ''Advanced'' (Episodes 1-40)
* ''Advanced Challenge'' (Episodes 41-92)
* ''Advanced Battle'' (Episodes 93-145)
* ''Battle Frontier'' (Episodes 146-192)
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Diamond and Pearl'' (Sinnoh)]]
* ''Diamond and Pearl'' (Episodes 1-52)
* ''DP: Battle Dimension'' (Episodes 53-104)
* ''DP: Galactic Battles'' (Episodes 105-157)
* ''DP: Sinnoh League Victors'' (Episodes 158-191)
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''Best Wishes'' (Unova)]]
Japanese:
* ''Best Wishes!'' (Episodes 1-84)
* ''Best Wishes! Season 2'' (Episodes 85-108)
* ''Best Wishes! Season 2: Episode N'' (Episodes 109-122)
* ''Best Wishes! Season 2 Da! (Decolora Adventure)'' (Episodes 123-142)

Dub:
* ''Black & White'' (Episodes 1-48)
* ''BW: Rival Destinies'' (Episodes 49-97)
* ''BW: Adventures in Unova and Beyond'' (Episodes 98-142)
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''X and Y'' (Kalos)]]
* ''XY'' (Episodes 1-)
[[/folder]]

For more info on the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters many, many characters]] see the [[Characters/PokemonAnime character sheet]]. '''Save all character tropes there, not here.'''

A list of the various movies can be found [[{{Film/Pokemon}} here]].

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!!'''This show is the TropeNamer for:'''

* GottaCatchThemAll: which was also the slogan of the games, before the ever-expanding number of creatures made this AwesomeButImpractical.
* PokemonSpeak
* TeamRocketWins
* ToBeAMaster

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!!'''This show provides examples of:'''
%% HIDDEN COMMENT: Please make sure your example is not already on the character sheet before adding. Thank you.
* AbortedArc: The infamous GS Ball storyline in Johto - according to WordOfGod, the ball was to contain Celebi, which would travel with Ash for a period of time. However, the plot line of a legendary following Ash was eventually used with Meloetta in ''Best Wishes Season 2''
** The Meteonite plotline in ''Best Wishes'' is an example of an aborted ''conclusion'' to a near-finished arc, being postponed indefinitely.
* AbridgedSeries: There are literally ''dozens'' of [[SturgeonsLaw attempts]] at this [[FollowTheLeader all over the internet]], but fans seem to believe only a few are actually entertaining. Series that earned articles here include:
** Box of Danger's ''WebVideo/PokemonTheAbridgedSeries''.
** [=1KidsEntertainment=]'s ''WebVideo/PokemonTheBridgedSeries''.
* AdaptationExpansion: 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 CharacterDevelopment for established personas. This was particularly handy back when the games had more of an ExcusePlot. Conversely, any adaptations of the anime (such as ''Manga/TheElectricTaleOfPikachu'') inevitably suffered from ''massive'' CompressedAdaptation.
* AIIsACrapshoot
* AlienGeometries: The Reverse World.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: As with a number of other animé dubs, the series has numerous English theme songs, all of them different from the Japanese version. For example, here's the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WC_JcLYzl3k 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".
* AllMythsAreTrue: Every storyline about a Legendary Pokemon will include somebody saying that they thought they were just fake legends. The 50th time it turns out the Pokemon is real, you'd think they would know better.
* AnimalChickMagnet: Used often enough--sometimes not just for how cute the Pokémon are but for the type of Pokémon too.
* AnimationBump: Several battles are much better animated than others. 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.
* TheAnimeOfTheGame: Probably the most successful adaptation of a game to another media.
* {{Anticlimax}}:
** Pretty much all the regional Evil Teams suffer from anti-climatic endings.
*** In Kanto and Johto, Team Rocket never forced a final confrontation.
*** In Hoenn, Team Aqua and Magma's two-part finale suffered from a rushed pace and horrid animation.
*** In Sinnoh, Team Galactic had Cyrus disappear and had no actual final battle apart from Brock's Croagunk defeating Saturn's Toxicroak in one hit from out of nowhere.
*** In Unova, Ghetsis never battles with Reshiram, who is brought back to his senses with one shot from Pikachu. The promised Reshiram vs Charizard battle never happens either, though that could be a case of [[NeverTrustATrailer Never Trust an Opening]].
* ArtEvolution: Kind of a given since the show has [[LongRunners probably outlasted]] much of its original art staff.
** This happened in the games, too.
** You don't even need to look that far. Just compare the [[GratuitousJapanese Dare Da?]] (The "Who's That Pokémon?" of the original Japanese version) from the [[http://dogasu.bulbagarden.net/comparisons/general/dare_da.jpg first episode]] to that of the [[http://dogasu.bulbagarden.net/comparisons/kanto/ep039_eyecatchj.jpg thirty ninth.]]
* AshFace: Being set on fire appears to be just a minor inconvenience in the Pokémon world.
* AttackReflector: The Counter and Mirror Coat moves.
* BattleCouple: Oscar and Andi, from the ''Advanced'' season episode "The Bicker The Better."
* BeachEpisode: Complete with swimsuit competition! And [[BannedInChina Banned In America]]!
* BecauseDestinySaysSo
* BewareTheSuperman: 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.
* BigDamnMovie: When legendary Pokémon get involved, the fate of the world is often at stake.
** Complete with at least one DisneyDeath! That is, unless they're KilledOffForReal (see below).
* BlindingBangs: The ghost-girl in "Ghoul Daze!"
* BlockingStopsAllDamage: Not only do the blocking moves appear, it seems meeting any attack with another produces results. This has led to Flamethrowers being karate-chopped.
* BodyWipe:
** "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.
* CallingYourAttacks: 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 PokemonSpeak and the dubbing process.
* ChainOfPeople
* ChaosArchitecture: The Pokémon world has long been Earth with new names for places and slight changes to Japan-based areas, filled with supernatural creatures (and in the anime, name-dropping real world places didn't stop in Generation I). The first episode of ''Black and White'' however, [[http://archives.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/b/b6/Unova_world_map.png at last shows a map of the Pokémon world]]. The continents look ''nothing'' like Earth.
** [[http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/5331/pokeworld.png Well, with a bit of Wild Mass Guessing...]]
* ChristmasEpisode: "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.
* CirclingBirdies: 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.
* ClipShow: Three of them (one in Hoenn, two in Sinnoh), all skipped in the dub.
* ConspicuousCGI: Especially in some of the movies, but plenty of attacks in the ''Diamond and Pearl'' series of the anime also had a tendency to clash with the animation. The Gear Pokémon Klinklang was also CGI rather than traditional animation, which made its rotating parts look unusually smooth.
* ContinuityCameo: [[VideoGame/PokemonSnap Todd Snap]] joined the main cast as a GuestStarPartyMember during the Indigo saga to advertise his home game, [[Manga/PocketMonsters 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 (the male and female protagonist of VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver and Crystal) starred in a special featuring Raikou (rival Silver, whose anime incarnation [[FanNickname 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[[/note]], and Lyra would become her own Guest Star Party Member during the DP saga. [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Brendan]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Lucas]] appeared in the introductory shots of several movies in the Advanced Generation and DP sagas, always battling in an arena of some sort.
* ContinuityCavalcade: This [[http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/3474/bw001ashroomdp.jpg scene]] from the first episode of ''Black and White''.
** The newest Best Wishes ending has [[http://i.imgur.com/P0nweCa.jpg this]] pic of all the main characters and nearly all their mons.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Pretty much any time someone gets hit with a move like Flamethrower at close range.
* CookingDuel: 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.
* CooldownHug: Several examples.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: 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 [[http://serebii.net/anime/pictures/shinou/593ps4.shtml never guessed that she's]] [[http://serebii.net/anime/pictures/shinou/593ps11.shtml good in Pokémon battles.]]
* CrossCounter: 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.
* CulturalTranslation: Infamously, riceballs as "donuts"; apparently caused enough fuss that later examples referred to them as riceballs. Then in Season 8, 4Kids [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjphanrGEKQ would only get worse than ever before]] until PUSA took over and avoided making the same mistake.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Quite a few characters, be they lifted from the games or anime-original characters.
* CuteBruiser: Any cutesy Pokémon with fight in them may count.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Pick any [[CastingAShadow Dark]] or [[SoulPower Ghost]] Pokémon. "Houndoom's Special Delivery" is one of the best examples.
* DeadlyDoctor: Dr. Proctor from the Indigo saga, who fought Team Rocket armed with nothing but a [[BadassLongcoat labcoat full of scalpels]].
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: The Elite Four, as well as several other characters.
* DemotedToExtra: Most of the games' male playable characters, though notably subverted by Jimmy (who, along with Marina, had a special to himself) and Pokémon Rangers Solana, Kellyn, and Ben, who joined the group for two two-part episodes (one episode for Ben) and a special promoting the first game.
* DisneyDeath[=/=]NearDeathExperience: Nearly every single movie has a Pokémon die and come back to life, or barely avoid dying in the first place.
* DramaPreservingHandicap: A variant -- Ash is only rarely allowed to have and use powerful, evolved Pokemon on his team. He's been allowed to keep evolved Pokemon on his team in the most recent seasons, but the early show (the Takeshi Shudo era) deliberately went out of its way to ''submarine'' Ash's journey ToBeAMaster. Butterfree was released to go participate in his mating season, Primeape was given to a boxer to go be trained[[note]]After winning the tournament it had just participated in... no, that makes no sense to us, either[[/note]] (in the very episode that ''it began to listen to Ash'', no less), 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, the list goes on. (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).
** When he was allowed to ''keep'' powerful Pokemon, 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]]. Look at those episode numbers again -- Ash gets to enjoy a hard-earned, obedient Charizard for ''less than thirty straight episodes''. This made room for Cyndaquil, a little badger cub with powerful fire attacks hampered by its serious ignition problems.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Plenty in the leadup to each new generation, both in the series and the movies.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver 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.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Third]]: Azurill, Kecleon, Wailmer, Latias and Latios, Blaziken, Wynaut.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Fourth]]: Munchlax (in ''2004''), Lucario, Weavile, Bonsly, Mime Jr., Chatot, Buizel, Mantyke, Manaphy, Electivire.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Fifth]]: Zoroark, Zorua.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Sixth]]: Sylveon (and the [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Fairy-Type]] in general), Mega Mewtwo Y (and by extension the new [[SuperMode Mega Evolution]] mechanic), Gogoat, Helioptile, Noivern.
*** Additionally, in an example concerning humans, Gym Leader Roxie made her debut in the Pokémon anime nine days prior to the Japanese release of ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'', 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''.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Compare the Kanto league saga, which only took around 80 episodes to complete, to later game-based league sagas. For one, the only Gym Leader of the Kanto League to dress like his game counterpart was Koga.
** Other weirdness includes real-life animals being seen on several occasions early in the first season (such as real fish in the aquarium in the Cerulean Gym). 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, and the Haunter that Ash led back to the Saffron Gym snapped Sabrina out of her EmotionlessGirl[=/=]CreepyChild persona)— starting with Koga, no other leaders have made exceptions like these.
*** This was {{lampshaded}} at the Cinnabar Gym, when Ash expects to receive his badge, but Blaine only intended to let him re-challenge him for it.
** Emphasis on RuleOfFunny also led to some bizarre situations, like a talking Gastly which godmoded by conjuring up illusions (rather than using typical moves) to counter any Pokémon attack.
*** To be honest, this is what happened in Lavender City tower in the original game where you could not properly see (and therefore defeat in battle) the ghost Pokémon inhabiting it until obtaining a specific item.
** 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 DeadpanSnarker, acting like a dick toward Ash when he found a Rattata going through his bag.
** 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.
* EldritchAbomination: Toned down some from the games' Pokédex descriptions, but some of the Pokémon remain delightfully creepy.
* ElementalHair: 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.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Following with the game's rules, though these can be [[LoopholeAbuse bent sometimes]] (Pikachu being able to harm Ground Pokémon with Electric moves, just for starters).
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: In a Contest battle, anything + everything = sparkles.
* EvilVersusEvil: Teams Magma and Aqua [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire as]] [[Manga/PokemonSpecial always]], and Teams Rocket and Plasma as well.
* EvolvingCredits: 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. This was thrown aside in the dub.
** 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 Decalore arc when it reached those points.
* ExponentialPlotDelay: The relatively straightforward journey to each AdventureTown 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.
* {{Fainting}}: Mostly in the first season.
* FantasyKitchenSink: At various points we've had psychics, [[KiAttacks aura]], ghosts, HumongousMecha, Magic (albeit very little), HardLight Holograms, at least one superhero (albeit an aged Franchise/{{Batman}} parody), ToonPhysics, WeirdScience, Cloning, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and a talking cat]]. And that's just the stuff that doesn't apply to the Pokémon themselves (though most of these do).
* FightingSeries
* {{Filler}}: Throughout every season, but more noticeable after Kanto. Possibly justified, as there's an obligation to introduce every single Pokémon at least once. It IS a "-mon" show, after all. Since each new generation introduces at least a hundred new Pokémon, fillers are pretty much inevitable.
** Regarding the Pokémon debuts, as of [=BW119=], all Pokémon up to Genesect[[note]]Yes, even Porygon evolutions. They have cameo in M15's introduction.[[/note]] has appeared in either movie or anime. However, we still haven't seen Autumn Deerling, ? and ! Unown, as well as Trash and Sandy Burmy.
** This has the additional benefit of delaying any actual plot advancement until the next generation (and thus, a new plot with new Pokémon) is released. ''Best Wishes'' is moving far quicker than ''Diamond and Pearl'' due to the fact that they don't need as much filler, due to having two game sets (B/W and B2/W2) set in the same region instead of only one.
** Johto, however, is infamous for how many it had. [[http://bmgf.bulbagarden.net/f228/filler-percentages-saga-saga-71342/ Fifty percent of Johto is filler.]]
* AFistfulOfRehashes: "Showdown at Dark City" is basically ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}''...[[RecycledINSPACE with Pokémon!]] And two rival gyms going too far with the SeriousBusiness! [[LighterAndSofter And rated TV-Y7!]]
* FluffyFashionFeathers: A few feather boas are worn, one by a Socialite on the St. Anne.
* FollowTheLeader: Originally, Double Team in the anime used the rapid afterimage trick. After ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' became popular, now it works like Shadow Clone Jutsu. At the very least, it ''is'' called "Kage Bunshin" (Shadow Clone) in Japan.
* ForgedMessage: In "Wherefore Art Thou, Pokemon?", two young Trainers, Emily and Ralph, hate each other even though the Nidorans they own are in love with each other. Misty schemes to write Emily and Ralph each a letter supposedly from each other so that they will fall in love too.
* FranchiseZombie: The show was originally intended to run for a couple of seasons, with writer Takeshi Shudo even planning an ending for the series. So far it has '''seventeen''', with Shudo having left the show ages ago.
* FreeRangeChildren: No one finds it disconcerting that ten-year olds run about the world by themselves - except [[OverprotectiveDad Bianca's father,]] and he gets over it by episode's end. That's what they do in the world of Pokémon so it's usually never a problem.
* GagDub: While not technically a parody, the English dub usually results in RuleOfFunny and tons of Lampshading.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[Radar/{{Pokemon}} Has its own page.]]
* GratuitousEnglish: Oh so very much. And the Japanese opening themes amount to little more than this and boatloads of random Pokémon terms with a catchy tune. Case in point: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weMviilwDGg&feature=related Everyday is spelled evierdai]] Lyrics are [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/The_Greatest_-_Everyday! here]].
** The seasons based off of ''Black/White'' is called ''Best Wishes'' in Japan.
* GreenAesop: Almost unique for both the series and the trope in that it ''doesn't'' drop the proverbial anvil (a few exceptions exist here and there). Beyond the obvious demonizing of poachers and animal abusers, it really just provides an example of humanity gone right. Animal rights are rarely an issue (especially because TheDogBitesBack with a ''vengeance'' if you kick one too hard). It's rare that smog from vehicles is even seen despite the existence of personal automobiles and heavy air transport, the skies are perennially clear and blue even over the largest metropolises, and huge tracts of land go free of harm. Even when pollution is referenced (outside of the Koffing and Grimer families), it's never actually seen, or else is promptly cleaned up. And no one says a word. ''Because no one has to.''
** One example is [[PollutedWasteland Gringy City]] found in an early episode in the first season, whose air and water is so polluted from the extremely exaggerated number of factories most of which seem to exist only to pollute the air and water. The water is green and polluted with multiple [[MuckMonster Grimer and Muk]] (because of all the factories), the air is dark and filled with soot (because of all the factories), and there's no grassy area to speak of ([[RuleOfThree because of all the factories]]). Misty and Brock then end the episode by telling Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny that the Sludge Pokémon are a good indication that they should probably clean the place up a little.
** Another example is the early Diglett episode, in which Pokémon even refuse to come out of their Poke Balls to stop the Diglett. It turns out they already knew that the Diglett would be harmed by the dam construction, so shouldn't be stopped. It is also shown that the Diglett created the valley forests, and implied that they [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows create ALL the forests in the world]] (even though we NEVER see any evidence of this outside this episode).
* {{Hammerspace}}: This appears in several varieties:
** The backpacks, which are not very big, but contain anything from large food supplies to camping tables and even an umbrella (in MewtwoStrikesBack, for example).
** Poke Balls are usually worn on the trainer's belt, but are usually not visible, and trainers grab Poke Balls from under their jacket.
** The Poké Balls themselves serve as technological hammerspace for Pokémon. Interestingly, any size Pokémon fits in a Poke Ball, but each ball can only fit one Pokémon. Poke Balls can also shrink and grow in size.
* HexagonalSpeechBalloon
* HurricaneOfPuns: The 4Kids dub did this frequently, especially in the early episodes of Season 1.
** After TPCI took over, they seemed to be either doing it less or stopping altogether as of the ''Best Wishes'' series.
** Puns are quite frequent in the original Japanese version too. The Diglett episode from the original series had an endless stream of bad puns in the original, far more so than its dubbed version. Blame the lack of knowledge of this on the lack of available fansubs.
* ImprovisedLightningRod: Grass types, which are only resistant to electricity in the games, sometimes use a strategy of digging roots or vines into the ground to disperse electric attacks.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: "The Ninja Poké-Showdown" and "From Cradle to Save".
* InstantCostumeChange
* InterspeciesFriendship: Friendship, trust, and understanding between trainers and their Pokémon are recurring themes on the show.
* InterspeciesRomance: Tropius/Meganium, Golduck/Azumarill, Bulbasaur/Gloom etc. Breeding group is also not important (Lombre/Mawile; Lombre is in the Water 1 and Plant groups, while Mawile is in the Ground and Fairy. Marill/Elekid: a Water 1 and Ground and a No Eggs who evolves into one in the Humanshape). There are also some Human/Pokémon examples (Ash/Pikachu, Ash/Bayleef, Ash/Aipom, Ash/Latias, Cassandra/Meowth, Harley's Cacturn/Jessie). Most of the love is one sided and on the human/Pokémon it's always on the Pokémon's side, except for [[TooKinkyToTorture Gardenia and her fetish]].]
* {{Kaiju}}: Legendary Pokémon are anywhere from "extra-large" to "titanic" in size, especially if it's a more "beastly" Legendary (Groudon, Rayquaza, Giratina). Non-Legendary examples include the cliff-sized Dragonite in "Mystery at the Lighthouse" and the skyscraper-tall Tentacruel in "Tentacool and Tentacruel".
* KidsRock: 2 B A Master
* {{Kodomomuke}}: The series is mainly intended for children, which is even more prominent in later seasons when the FleetingDemographicRule starts to show. That said, in Japanese, the older seasons (especially the movies) were a bit more family-oriented thanks to Takeshi Shudo's work on the show, and the Mega Evolution specials in ''any'' language[[note]]at least the one released so far[[/note]] are clearly aimed at a slightly older {{shonen}} audience.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Don't [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/File:Sakura_and_Tomoyo_DP077.png these two]] [[Manga/CardcaptorSakura look familiar]]?
** [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Doyle Doyle]] in "Where Did You Go, Audino?" bears a resemblance to [[Manga/DetectiveConan Conan Edogawa]].
* LemonyNarrator: Not during the main anime so much, but he does during ''Pokémon Chronicles'' and such.
* LighterAndSofter: Generally speaking, the tone of the anime is more zany and humorous than the games that it's based on, which became especially prevalent when Generations V and VI introduced games with darker, deeper plots and characters. That said, the anime has its moments of seriousness and dark moments too, especially with some of the movies (notably Takeshi Shudo's early movies) and the one Mega Evolution special released so far.
* LighthousePoint: Episode 13, "Mystery at the Lighthouse".
* LimitedWardrobe: Although [[TrueCompanions Ash & co.]] usually get new outfits for each new journey.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: And that's just the ''human'' cast, excluding the hundreds of one-shots.
* LongRunners: Has been running almost nonstop since April 1997 in Japan, with almost 800 episodes and 15 movies.
* LullDestruction: The more recent episodes have ''very'' few moments of silence, the maximum being about three seconds of silence per episode. The old episodes were short on silent moments as well, but the silent moments were much easier to find back then.
* MacGuffin: The infamous GS Ball; also badges and ribbons to some extent.
* MadeOfIron: Almost every named human character. Also, any Pokémon: while they can be critically injured, no Pokémon (outside of backstory) is ever shown to die.
* MagicalComputer: Pokédexes. Pretty powerful ones, too, at least for the nineties.
* MerchandiseDriven: One of the most well-known and successful shows of this type. The direction that the show takes is usually determined by marketing and marketability.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: New captures, attacks, and evolutions are typically gained throughout a season rather than being localized near the beginning or the end. This is mostly because the ungodly amounts of {{Filler}} act as huge buffers between plot points and wind up distributing them fairly evenly.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: They're usually kind or misunderstood, though.
* TheMovie: Sixteen of them, two of which are actually [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo one for the price of two]].
* MushroomSamba
* MusicalEpisode: Though not really an episode of the show nor even canonical to it, the stage show ''Pokémon Live!'' would seem to fit in this trope.
** "Gotta Dance!", the short before the sixth movie.
* MythologyGag: The ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Best Wishes]]'' series has one ''[[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/archive/c/c7/20100911021916%21BW001.png in the first episode!]]''
** Also in the first episode of ''Black and White'': the plane Ash takes to Unova is flight number [[Characters/PokemonGenerationIFamilies 151]].
** ''Black and White'' also has episode 6's classic "ding-ding-ding-a-ding!" chime when healing Pokémon in the games.
** In [=DP094=], "Doc Brock", a Zapdos makes a quick cameo. In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Pokémon Platinum]]'', Zapdos can be found roaming Sinnoh in the post-Elite Four storyline. Notably, this was the first episode to air in Japan after the release of ''Platinum.''
*** Repeated in [=DP142=], "Where No Togepi Has Gone Before", where the evil KillerRabbit Togepi knows Extrasensory. In Japan, this was the last episode to air before the release of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver]]''. In those games, guess which move Togepi can use for the first time?
** In "Ya See we Want an Evolution!", the organization dedicated to showing the strength of Pokémon without evolving them is called the "B-Button League", referring to the actual ''game mechanic'' used for the very same purpose.
* NeverSayDie: Dub only, naturally.
** This is actually averted in many instances (mostly the movies), even while FourKidsEntertainment was handling it. For example, ''Anime/Pokemon4Ever'' actually has Sammy say that Celebi was going to die. However, it's still softened a bit -- in the original, it's already dead by that point. They also didn't make any attempt to cover up [[spoiler:Latios's]] death in ''Anime/PokemonHeroes'' or Lucario and Sir Aaron's deaths in ''Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew''.
* NewSeasonNewName
* NoHuggingNoKissing: The best you'll get for anyone (barring temporary characters and guest stars) is ShipTease.
* NonDubbedGrunts: Some Pokémon, mostly the ones who kept their Japanese names.
* {{Novelization}}: Certain anime episodes (some books even compile several episodes within its pages) and at least two of the movies (some of the later movies have been released in manga format).
* 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).
** The DVD releases have remedied the problem for the first two seasons: season 1 is now "Indigo League" and season 2 is now "Adventures on the Orange Islands."
* OffModel: As often as we have the AnimationBump, there's plenty of instances of this too. ''Black and White'' seems to be cutting back on it however.
* OminousFog: Results in a ShipTease with holding hands.
* {{Ondo}}: Do-do-dogaasu, Do-doga-do!
* TheOtherDarrin: The entire American voice cast (with a few exceptions among the recurring cast) is changed three-quarters of the way through Advance Generation.
** In-universe, there was an episode where Bonsly and Mime Jr. are mistaken for actors and dropped into a movie in place of the real ones. [[DittoAliens Sure they look kinda the same to us, but one imagines any Pokémon viewers would tell instantly]] and have this reaction.
* OutOfOrder: Most of the episodes in the first season was this, all because of the infamous Seizure incident.
* OverlyLongGag: Professor Westwood V's (a colleague of Professor Oak in "The Evolution Solution") constant apologies to his ancestors, [[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals Westwood I-V]] before remembering that he's the fifth one.
* [[OvertookTheManga Overtook The Games]]: The Indigo League conference had ended early in 1999, eight months before ''Gold'' and ''Silver'''s release. As a result, for the next few months there was an anime-exclusive region known as the Orange Islands.
** WordOfGod confirms that ''Black and White'' will be much shorter in comparison. [[AvertedTrope It shows when Ash has his first badge by episode 6]], compared to episode 18 in the ''Diamond and Pearl'' series.
* PaperFanOfDoom
* PartyInMyPocket: They're called "'''Pocket''' Monsters" for a reason.
* [[TalkingIsAFreeAction Pokédex Is a Free Action]]: No matter whether it's a friendly encounter with a Pidgey or they're being chased down by an angry wild Ursaring, no Pokémon ever attacks while a trainer is using their Pokédex. Ever. Well…except for that one filler which started off with a '''very''' random Giratina attack (caused by a Murkrow's illusion).
* PokemonSpeak: Most, but not all, Pokémon in the series speak a "language" consisting entirely of their species name. This is probably one of the best-known examples in fiction, especially with Pikachu. In fact, due to the anime's prominence, this was used as Pokémon species' ''de facto'' method of communication in most non-anime media too (other than the games) prior to the early 2010s.
* PoorPredictableRock: The point of every Gym Leader ever, except for the Orange League (which wasn't based on a game) and the Viridian City Gym, because the plot for the tv show was different then the game - since Team Rocket won't be defeated on the tv show, you don't have Giovanni and his ground-type Pokémon on the anime.
* PopCulturePunEpisodeTitle: Many, starting in the Johto episodes, for instance, the Cyndaquil-centered episode named "Good 'Quil Hunting".
* PowderTrail: "Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon", coupled with IndyEscape...sort of.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: All Pokémon companions.
* PromptingNudge: In the first-season episode "Showdown at Dark City", Misty suggests making up pseudonyms so the group won't blemish their reputation by essentially taking sides in a gang war. Ash and Misty come up with names fairly quickly, but Misty has to nudge Brock to make him speak since he's too busy gawking at the female recruiter.
* PunBasedTitle: The American episode titles, sometimes going to "gems" such as "Doin' What Comes Natu-rally" and "Smells Like Team Spirit". Japan sometimes fall to this ("Do Coil[[note]]Magnemite[[/note]] Dream of Electric Mice!?") Most episodes in the early days were just English versions of the Japanese titles, but starting with the Johto seasons, many many episodes were given silly names in the American translation when the Japanese name was dull.
** Partially stopped as of ''Black and White''.
* PunnyName: ''Best Wishes'' is both initialized "BW" (Black and White), and in Japanese "Wishes" would be pronounced very similar to "Isshu", the Japanese name of Unova, the region the series is set. Also, the GratuitousEnglish is - goes without saying - a totally JustifiedTrope in this series given that Unova is based on North America rather than Japan.
* RaidersOfTheLostParody: A couple examples. ''Battling the Enemy Within'' has the aforementioned "boulder rolling down a hall" parody. ''Explorers of the Hero's Ruin'' in ''Best Wishes'' goes much further by including the "boulder rolling down a hall" bit and Cedric Juniper keeping a log of the ruin that is similar to the Grail Diary in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. Cedric already had the appearance of Henry Jones Sr. in the games, the anime also gives him his characterization. There are also traps styled after those found in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', and the behavior of the Sigilyph found in the ruin is akin to the science fiction elements of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''.
* RecognizableBySound: {{Subverted|Trope}}. Every individual Pokémon, besides those that speak english, makes a noise either identical or near-identical to its name. However, even if they've already heard the PokémonSpeak, no one in that universe has any idea what the Pokémon in question is unless they consult the Pokedex.
* RecurringElement: The series has quite a few. Onix often finds himself being one among Rock-type Gym Leaders, where nearly every Rock-type gym leader that made an appearance has an Onix, save for Roxanne.
* RhymesOnADime: One segment in "2.B.A. Master":
-->So you've reached the Plateau, but not yet a hero. \\
Are you ready to meet and defeat...the Elite?\\
Can I expect survival...against your rival?
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Too many to list. Even some Pokémon you wouldn't think as cute to begin with.
* RuleOfFunny: The English Dub originally liked to tie in some puns now and then, but has since gone on a more faithful adaptation of the scripts once it passed out of 4kid's hands.
* RunTheGauntlet: The Orange Crew and the Frontier Brains are non-villainous versions of this. While League tournaments involve hundreds of trainers, a participant in either of these special "leagues" only ever battles each of the Orange Gym Leaders or Frontier Brains one at a time.
* SceneryPorn: Every single movie has at least one positively epic set piece in full ConspicuousCG. And they are ''gorgeous''.
** You're also likely to see that set piece get absolutely [[SceneryGorn trashed]] at some point when the local OlympusMons get pissed.
** The movies also tend to open with gratuitous, sweeping shots of wild Pokémon. These are also typically gorgeous.
** The entire three part mini arc with the resolution of Team Galactic, from Hunter J's ship [[spoiler: getting sucked up with water]] to the Spear Pillar...whoa. Just whoa.
** The regular series isn't too bad, either. The backgrounds have gotten a ''lot'' better: just compare the forests as seen in the Orange Islands arc to those in ''Black and White''. The trees, riverbeds, and cliffsides are more meticulously painted, and so are some of the city areas.
* SchizoTech: You have Poké Balls that transmute living beings to light and store them in containers, which are used and sold in rural forest and mountain towns with little transportation.
* SecondPersonAttack: Used frequently in the fight scenes.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: A few of the Gym Leaders do this, which makes sense as their job is to test trainers in a multitude of ways.
* SeriousBusiness: The fourth episode of the anime has a Bug Catcher type Pokémon trainer who dresses and acts like a ''samurai'', treating his bug Pokémon catching profession as seriously as a samurai would treat his duties.
* SettingOffSong: "Viridian City".
* ShoutOut: Musical shout outs can be found from time to time, usually in episode titles such as "[[Music/{{Nirvana}} Smells Like Team Spirit]]" or "Tears for Fears". The stealth shout-out award goes to Casey, however, when watching a (losing) baseball game, she says, "[[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel Where have you gone, Cory DiMario?]]"
** Meowth goes one better in [=XY17=]: "[[Music/TheOffspring You gotta keep 'em separated!]]"
** [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Oscar_and_Andi Oscar and Andi]] in "The Bicker the Better" to ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles''.
** [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/BW057 BW057]] has [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Charles Charles]], a ''Franchise/KamenRider'' {{homage}} so obvious it ''hurts''.
* SigilSpam: The stylized Poké Ball emblem appears everywhere.
* SkeletonGovernment: Besides Officer Jennys, there seem to be no form of government at all.
** In one Orange Islands episode there's the mayor of the city running for re-election, but he turns out to be paranoid about hiding the fact that he abandoned his Bulbasaur in the sewer.
* SlasherSmile: If a Pokémon has sharp teeth and isn't UglyCute, expect its grin to look like this.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Whether it be Misty, May, Dawn, or Iris, only one girl is allowed in the group at a time. WordOfGod has admitted it's mainly done for FanService purposes.
** Averted in the XY series, as its group consists of two female characters: Serena and Bonnie (though only Serena carries around any Pokémon due to Bonnie's age).
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The ''Pokémon Chronicles'' side series.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The Gen IV saga did this a few times, playing absurdly epic and dramatic music as the backdrop for [[{{Filler}} chasing Pachirisu around for several minutes]], or [[EpicFail Team Rocket's evolution machine sputtering out repeatedly]].
* SpinOff: The ''Pokémon Mystery Dungeon'' specials, and ''Pokémon Chronicles''.
* SpoilerOpening: The openings are pretty notorious for this. It only got worse when they started making one per year, which means most of the plot points of the next year are spoiled in one go.
** Generally they're pretty good at avoiding this, at least in Japan. When a Pokémon evolves or is captured, it's [[EvolvingCredits added to the opening]] where empty space was before. The dub, however, tends to use visuals form the final version of the Japanese openings, so played straight there.
** Played straight in ''The Greatest - Everyday!'', however. We see Ash with Infernape and Torterra, and Dawn with ''Togekiss''. We also saw all of Ash's old Pokemon that eventually returned for the league (even though not all of them ended up actually being used). Gliscor's return was still a surprise though.
** The first ''Black and White'' opening soundly averts this. Only Pokémon which have appeared in previous episodes are revealed, and there is no way to tell which Pokémon the main characters will catch.
*** Partly true: No humans appear, so it's impossible to know who will catch what. But, it shows silhouettes (3D Silhouettes, at that) of every Pokémon which will be met while this theme is used, so if you look, you can make them out. [[SubvertedTrope Reshiram is shown in the opening and loses its silhouette effect in the second episode, however, despite not being seen in the anime itself yet.]]
**** Actually, Reshiram appeared in the very first scene of the first BW episode, during a split screen, with Zekrom.
** Averted with ''Spurt!''-- TONS of Ash's old Pokemon appear in this opening (including Butterfree), but, with the exception of Charizard, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur (who don't appear until near the very end), NONE of them actually appear in the show itself. Still, this isn't the first time we've been teased with possibilities of old characters showing up again, only to have the rug pulled out from under us...
** Third ''Best Wishes'' ending ''Seven-colored Arch'' brings this back with a vengeance, spoiling four future evolutions ([[spoiler:Unfezant, Pignite, Leavanny, and Crustle]]) and a capture ([[spoiler:the Sunglasses Krokorok!]]).
** The remixed opening and new ending for ''Episode N'' gives away the return of [[spoiler:Ash's Charizard]].
** The opening for ''Decalora Adventure'' has a few hints of episodes in that arc, but the one that really counts is the return of [[spoiler:Blackthorn Gym Leader Clair]].
* StarCrossedLovers: The male and female Nidoran from the Orange Islands episode "Wherefore Art Thou, Pokémon?", an obvious ShoutOut to ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''. As a bonus, they are named Tony and Maria after the protagonists of ''Theatre/WestSideStory'', a modern take on the original play.
* StockFootage: Although it's more like "Recycled Footage", since it's reanimated and recoloured to fit the scenario. [[spoiler:The footage from the "Team Rocket vs. Team Plasma" two-parter - where the Relic Castle's mechanism is activated, revealing the Meteonite - was reused for the scene in [=BW2-12=], in which the Abyssal Ruins are activated to uncover the Reveal Glass.]]
* StockSoundEffects: The last few movies keep using sounds from ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' monsters: Dialga and Palkia use the roars of Rodan, Ghidorah and Godzilla, Giratina has Mothra sounds and the ship of the 11th movie's villain sounds like [[Film/GodzillaVsMegaguirus Megaguirus]].
** When one considers that it's Toho Studios (the same company that makes the Godzilla films) that distributes the films...the rest speaks for itself.
** Palkia also has the roar of [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Boga, Obi-Wan Kenobi's varactyl mount]], in the films and in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl''. Boga is the first part of the roar, with either Heisei King Ghidorah (films) or Godzilla 1954 (''Brawl'') at the end.
* StrictlyFormula: Every episode of Pokémon that isn't a Gym battle or other plot point from the game follows the formula: Meet person of the week or Pokémon of the week, this person/Pokémon will either have a problem or cause someone in Ash's group to see a problem in themselves, Team Rocket will sometimes[[note]]''Always'' prior to ''Best Wishes''[[/note]] plot to steal Pikachu and/or Pokémon of the week, Team Rocket unleashes their plan and is defeated in short order, the problem of the week is solved either by Team Rocket's defeat or some unrelated event.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: The actual competence and strength of characters and Pokémon is highly dependant on the plot.
* SuperEmpowering
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Quite a few of the characters, both human and Pokémon, introduced in later seasons are based on characters from earlier ones. To list them all would take up most of the page.
* SyndicationTitle: The first season airs on {{Boomerang}} as ''Pokémon: Indigo League''.
* {{Taps}}: At the beginning of the episode "Pokémon Shipwreck", Officer Jenny and the other survivors of the sinking of the St. Anne are mourning the apparent deaths of Ash, Misty, Brock, Pikachu, Jessie, James, and Meowth, after they were unable to get off the ship. After Jenny tosses a bouquet of flowers overboard, she tells everyone to give a salute while a trumpeter starts playing Taps, as the flowers sink into the ocean waters.
* ThemeTuneExtended: Occurs with several of the English theme songs. Some of the extended versions can be heard in select episodes, but such extended songs are typically heard in [[{{Film/Pokemon}} the Pokémon movies]]. Usually, the movie in question will feature the theme song of the season that is airing at the time of the movie's release. The first original series' theme song is probably the most notable example, though - it received [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZdzY9TGu1c an extended version of the regular show theme]] ''and'', for ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hvqFZzbV24 a remix of said extended edition.]]
* TheyveComeSoFarSong: The "Adventures in Unova" arc has the following in its theme song...
-->It's the next chapter, the ultimate goal
-->Ready for battle, brave and bold
-->I know we're gonna make it, we will find a way
-->We've come so far, we've fought so hard to get where we are
-->We belong together, it's always you and me, Pokémon...
* ToBeContinued: Even though most episodes don't end in cliffhangers.
** At the end of the last episode of every "series" in Japan[[note]]The episodes [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/EP274 "Hoenn Alone"]], [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/AG192 "Home is Where the Start Is"]], [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/DP191 "Memories are Made of Bliss"]], and [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/BW084 "Rocking the Virbank Gym! (Part 2)"]][[/note]], it ends with "Next Time... A New Beginning!" instead.
** Edited out of most of the dub "Chronicles" episodes.
* TotallyRadical: Several characters and instances in the dub, including [[SurferDude Brawly]] and a one-shot ''DP'' character named Sho, who the dub made into a JiveTurkey turned UpToEleven.
* TraitorShot: The Teddiursa in episode "[=UnBEARable=]" has ''five'' of them.
* TransformationSequence: Pokémon evolution.
* TournamentArc: The point of every region, both the League (called Conference for some reason) and the Grand Festival.
* UnderTheMistletoe: The Christmas Bash CD has a song with the same name as this trope. Misty sings about how she wants it to happen, Ash sings about how he doesn't want to be caught under it. [[ShipTease You know the rest....]]
* TheUnintelligible: Most Pokémon, although many of the human characters understand them just fine; actions speak louder than words, after all.
* UniquenessDecay. Early seasons Legendaries could not be truly caught and controlled by anyone and they appeared only in important episodes and movies. Later seasons have Legendaries appear in filler and tamed.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: During the Sinnoh League, a ''Heatran'' is seen in the background several times as a trainer's Pokémon. Nobody even mentions it. [[spoiler:One would think that it would be a big deal, considering Tobias has at least two [[OlympusMons legendaries]].]]
** Happens again in a Unova episode.
* VersusCharacterSplash: Introduced in the XY series.
* VideoPhone
* WalkingTheEarth: Except when returning to Pallet Town.
* WasntThatFun: Pretty much every Pokémon movie. Characters arrive at destination, all happy and sunshine for a good 10 minutes, figures out the threat or central plot, danger happens, barely survives the threat, then, live happily ever after for another year.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: All the other Pikachu in the Viridian City Pokemon Center after Pikachu blows up the place. It could be implied all of them were hurt or killed in the explosion, but Team Rocket survives the blast, like they always do...
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: In general, most remotely sinister-looking Pokémon, like Arbok and Murkrow, play antagonistic roles in the series, whereas all the "cute" ones are usually on the good side.
* WildChild: Tommy in the anime, and twice in the manga.
* WomenAreWiser: To a subtle extent with most female companions. While they still have [[NotSoAboveItAll profound moments of humility or hypocrisy]], they usually have at least a small cut of competence over [[IdiotHero Ash]]. [[BigBrotherMentor Brock]] initially balanced this [[{{Flanderization}} until,]] [[ChivalrousPervert well...]]
* WorstWhateverEver: The Japanese title for one episode translates to "The Worst Togepi Ever!" The English dub changed it to "Where No Togepi Has Gone Before".
* TheXOfY: There have been at least 16 instances of this: Challenge of the Samurai, Island of the Giant Pokémon, Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon, The Case of the K-9 Caper, The Battle of the Badge, Tricks of the Trade...
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''Minna no Pokémon, getto da ze!''\\
''Gotta Catch 'Em All! Pokémon!''
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