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[[folder: Disturb not the harmony of [[Fire Ice Lightning Fire, Ice, or Lightning ]]

[[folder: Lest these Titans wreak destruction upon the world in which they clash. ]]

[[folder: Though the Water's Great Guardian shall arise to quell the fighting, ]]

[[folder: Alone its Song will fail. Thus the Earth shall turn to [[Prophecy Twist Ash ]]
-->--The opening lines of the prophecy, '''''Pokémon: The Movie 2000'''''

''Pokémon: The Movie 2000: The Power of One'', also known as ''Pocket Monsters Revelation - Lugia'' in Japan, is the second {{Anime/Pokemon}} film. Unlike ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'', this is the first one not to suffer from horrible amounts of {{Bowdleri|se}}zation.

A collector, Lawrence III (Jirarudan in the original Japanese version), plans to capture the three Legendary Birds--Moltres, Zapdos, and Articuno--in order to collect his prize, the Beast of the Sea. The initial capture of Moltres begins to throw the balance of nature out of order as the remaining birds begin vying to expand their power, just as legend had foretold.

Said legend has become the center of an annual celebration on Shamouti Island, where Ash, Misty, and Tracey are roped into taking part in the climactic ritual journey to obtain the three treasures associated with each of the three elements. The paths of Lawrence and Ash intersect and soon a great battle erupts to prevent one man's obsession from throwing the planet into chaos.

The film was successful at the North American box office, where it is the second highest grossing anime movie of all time, after the first ''Pokemon'' film.

!!This movie provides examples of:

* AffablyEvil: Lawrence is impeccably polite while causing this movie's conflict.
* AllThereInTheManual: The villain of the film is never referred to by any sort of name in the dub, and so the name Lawrence III came from the English novelization of the movie. The closed captions, however, call him Gelarden.
** It's the same in Japanese. His name is never said and comes from the film's program book and soundtrack.
** According to a production sketch, he's also a scientific genius. This is never brought up in the movie, although the common assumption is that he designed the capture devices he uses. Which WOULD go along with another tidbit from the production line--he aided in the design of his airship.
** Lawrence is the only movie antagonist to have an image song, and in it we learn that his entire life revolves around serving his collection. He thinks highly of himself, but even higher of it. It also establishes his utter detachment from the world outside his ship.
** Also the Shamouti chief is only named in the closed captions--Tobias. He has no Japanese name.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Lawrence III/Jirarudan: He's an art collector of a ridiculously high magnitude who seems to have learned social skills entirely by rote, has a narrow and fixed attention span, wears a long coat with an undershirt to tropical islands in the middle of summer, has almost no change in facial expression or vocal intonation despite living by his passions, seems to have difficulty recognizing cues from others, and takes everything, including the legend and Misty screaming at him, only by the words presented without considering tone or alternate meaning.
* AnachronicOrder: The movie takes place after the events of ''Charizard Chills'', given that Charizard obeys Ash during the movie. However, the movie premiered in Japan before ''Charizard Chills'' aired.
* AnimalisticAbomination: All three of the Legendary Birds, plus Lugia--Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres are giant birds with godlike power over the elements of ice, lightning and fire respectively and are so powerful that their clashing nearly causes the end of the world. Lugia is friendlier than they are, but it too is an enormous, vaguely avian creature with PsychicPowers and a godlike control over water, and implicitly, the sea itself.
* AntiVillain: Lawrence III/Jirarudan, Type I. He's selfish and ego-maniacal, but also very polite and dignified.
* ArcWords: "Disturb not the harmony of fire, ice and lightning..."
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In the English dub and subsequent dubs based on it.
-->'''Jessie''': ''(when the legendary birds are fighting)'' I'd hate to get burned by their fire.
-->'''James''': I'd hate to get zapped by their lightning.
-->'''Meowth''': I'd hate to get hit by...[[DoubleMeaning their droppings]]!
* AwardBaitSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clI1Fe4-LMo The Power of One]] by Music/DonnaSummer and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ba-6CK_uRw Flying Without Wings]] by {{Music/Westlife}}.
* BarrierWarrior: Lugia can create a shield around itself that is able to reflect the Legendary Birds' attacks back at them and keep Lawrence III's forcefield generators off of it long enough to use Aeroblast. It gets a more mundane use whenever Lugia needs to [[FoeTossingCharge knock one of the birds aside]].
* BigBad: Lawrence III is the main antagonist of the film who kicks off the plot by capturing Moltres.
* BigBadEnsemble: Lawrence may have royally ticked them off, but the three birds also stir up a conflict with the destruction they're causing.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Lugia enters to save the cast from the three birds.
** Team Rocket! Yes, they "protect the world from devastation" by helping Ash.
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** Jessie and James do it when they first confront Ash:
--->'''Jessie''': Prepare for more trouble, than you've ever seen!
--->'''James''': Make it double, we're on the big screen!
--->'''Ash''': ...I'll have to catch this on video.
** Occurs at the end of the movie with Team Rocket and Slowking. Team Rocket is upset that nobody saw how good they were in helping Ash, and Slowking directs their attention to the audience, starting the "That's good/That's bad" gag below. Fans weren't happy about this, and DVD commentary explains that 4Kids didn't know how else to handle the scene.
* TheCameo: Brock makes one while Professor Ivy is contacting Professor Oak. Happens again in the end credits, when he photobombs himself into the movie...a little bit too late.
* CaptainOblivious: Lawrence III (Jirarudan), so very much. The entire reason he wreaked so much havoc was due to him being clueless he was doing anything wrong in the first place. The film's writer even stated on a blog that it's total egomania, ''not'' a desire to do evil, that drives his actions.
* TheChessmaster: Lawrence uses ChessMotifs to illustrate ThePlan for catching Lugia.
* TheChosenOne: Mentioned by the prophecy. The old guy (Tobias) says "It's just for the tourists" and they have a new one every festival but then it turns out that Ash really is the one to fulfil the prophecy.
* ChristmasCake: In the Japanese version, Jessie claims that Ash and Misty (who are 10) are about ten years too early for romance. James then goes on to say that he and Jessie are five years too late. (It's worth noting here that Jessie and James are ''seventeen.'')
* TheCollector: Lawrence III (Jirarudan), who aims to collect the three legendary birds and Lugia.
* ConspicuousCG:
** Lawrence's flying castle.
** During the long-shot pan of all the Pokémon gathered at the icy sea, if you look closely, you can see the Pokémon are all CGI.
** The ocean current is obviously CG when contrasted with the ocean surface during the ending. It also casts a shadow on anything under it that doesn't look quite natural.
* ContinuityNod: One of the opening themes in the Johto saga references the relationship established here between Lugia and the three Birds, even drawing a parallel with Ho-oh and the three Beasts. Lugia's connection to the birds was again alluded to in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', where Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres can be met, battled and caught in a place named '''Sea Spirit's''' Den.
* CoolAirship: Lawrence III's is huge and powerful enough to trap legendary birds.
* CosmicKeystone: Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres serve this function to Lugia, though the orbs of fire, ice, and lightning also qualify.
* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: Ash ends up drowning after he and Pikachu fall off Lugia before the film's climax. Misty ends up having to resuscitate him, though only the dub is explicit that he stopped breathing. Although he revives quickly, he has to be helped up the mountain to bring the last MacGuffin.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Similar to [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie the previous film]], the movie breaks down one of Pokémon's core tenets. This time, it's "GottaCatchThemAll"; and boy, does he ''[[NightmareFuel gotta]].''
* DisneyDeath: Team Rocket, specifically, when they let go of Lugia so it can keep with only Ash and Pikachu. They were certainly resigned to their fate. {{Subverted}} in that they survived falling into the ocean.
* DubInducedPlotHole: Sort of. Professor Oak had an extra line theorizing that lightning striking volcanic seawater began a chemical reaction that created life on Earth. And in the scene on Lawrence's ship, Tracey had a line that went something like this:
-->'''Tracey:''' Electricity plus fire plus water...electricity separates water into hydrogen and oxygen, which is then recombined using fire which means - [[ExplainExplainOhCrap EVERYBODY GET DOWN]]!
* EarlyBirdCameo: Lugia and Slowking appear here before the release of the ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' video games. ''Pikachu's Rescue Adventure'' had appearances by Elekid, Hoothoot, Ledyba, and Bellossom as well.
* EnemyMine: The Team Rocket trio assists Ash when he attempts to grab Articuno's sphere, claiming that if the world were to come to an end, there'd be "no one left to steal from". However, it becomes clear that they've got more noble motives when they [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice]] themselves to help Lugia and Ash escape later, because it also makes it really hard to steal if you're dead. Luckily, though, the three survive the plunge. The three birds also team up against Lugia.
* ExactWords: "Thus, the earth shall turn to Ash." This line from the prophecy is not referring to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, but rather, name-drops the one who would save the world.
* {{Feelies}}: The VHS comes with the Ancient Mew [[{{TableTopGame/Pokemon}} Pokémon card]]. It's a JunkRare though.
* FireIceLightning: The three legendary birds. Moltres represents fire, Articuno represents ice, and Zapdos represents lightning.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Brock's cameo has him running around in a frenzy while Professor Ivy talks on the phone with Professor Oak. Also, the Krabbys comment listed below.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Towards the beginning, during the festival on Shamouti island, the movie cuts to a dining hall and we hear "...and she said, 'No, but I have Krabbys!'"
* GildedCage: The Hikoukyuu is this for Jirarudan, although he enjoys it and clearly doesn't see it as a prison.
* GondorCallsForAid: Subverted; according to Lugia, [[spoiler:''all'' of the Pokémon in the world show up in the climax, but they don't actually do anything to help in the battle. Of course, few Johto and no Hoenn-onwards Pokémon appear. Mainly because Hoenn and the later regions didn't exist yet when the movie was made.]]
* GreenAesop: A selfish collector disregards the balance of nature, and as a result causes some severe climate change.
* GreenEyedMonster: Misty, of course, [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend denies every aspect of it]], but she still gets ''very'' jealous of all the attention Melody provides Ash.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:The Team Rocket trio let go of Lugia to lighten his load and fly faster. DisneyDeath is {{averted}} though; in fact, they fared better than Ash, who drowned and needed CPR after he fell off Lugia.]]
* HopeSpot: Lugia awakens, ready to fight the Legendary Birds and set things right! ...and they overpower him, making the global storm rage even further out of control.
* HostileWeather: Both the movie and the short feature this. In the movie, it's caused by the antagonist disrupting the Legendary Birds. In the short, it's just a random (though still dangerous) storm.
* IronicEchoCut: In the English dub, after Ash accepts he's TheChosenOne, we cut to a snowy mountain.
--> "Right now I feel more the [[{{Pun}} frozen]] one."
* ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans: Our heroes arrive at Shamouti Island on the night before their annual festival.
* ItKindOfLooksLikeAFace: The giant tree that ''Pikachu's Rescue Adventure'' takes place in looks very vaguely like a smiley face. At the end, it looks more clearly face-like due to the storm clearing out some of the branches and a more distant shot immediately after gives it an actual smiley face.
* ListSong: "[[Music/WeirdAlYankovic Polkamon]]" in the end credits.
* LoserHasYourBack: Team Rocket while mostly EnemyMine cover this trope as well with their assistance since it's usually Ash and Co. that beat them throughout the entire series.
* LostInTranslation: The Swedish dub, which is a translation of the English dub, has the prophecy say that the world will become ''aska'', which means "ash." Misty figures out that Ash's the one the prophecy is talking about, since ''aska'' means "Ash" in English. But since the Swedish language makes it impossible to keep the double-entendre where "turn to" can mean "become" as well as "turn for help to," Misty's reasoning feels like InsaneTrollLogic. The prophecy mentions a word that means "ash" in another language, so therefore Mr. Ketchum is supposed to save the world? That's reaching at straws. This translation is also used in the Norwegian dub.
* TheLostWoods: ''Pikachu's Rescue Adventure'' takes place mostly in an unusually idyllic version of this.
* LoveTriangle: Downplayed. Ash is too dense to notice Misty's feelings for him and barely acknowledges Melody's flirtatious behavior. This doesn't stop the two girls from having a catty rivalry.
* MagicMusic: Melody's ocarina can heal Lugia's injuries and is the final key to restoring the world's balance.
* MeaningfulName: Melody plays music. Pointed out very early on, by Ash.
* MeleeATrois: Articuno vs Zapdos vs Moltres, with Lugia trying to be the ConflictKiller, and Lawrence III awaiting his chance to capture the latter.
* MerchandiseDriven: Pretty JustForFun/{{egregious}}ly, even for this franchise; the card that started Lawrence on his obsession is the same one that was given away with tickets for the film.
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: Lawrence III/Jirarudan isn't ''trying'' to destroy the world and in fact he's shocked when such a thing starts. He's just "collecting them all".
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: All of Ash's Pokémon on-hand coming out to encourage him in fulfilling his role as TheChosenOne. Yes, even Charizard. At the time this Movie aired in Japan, Charizard had already began to obey Ash.
* {{Mon}}: Of course. The focus of the plot is a guy collecting OlympusMons.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Normally, fetching the orbs of fire, ice and lightning wouldn't really be a big deal. Ash would go fetch them, come back, the Shamouti Islanders throw a party and play some music...but what with the legendary birds fighting, it's much more important, as is the song Melody's meant to play.
* MusicalThemeNaming: The sisters Carol and Melody.
* NeverSayDie: {{Averted|Trope}} completely. Team Rocket say it during their HeroicSacrifice (even though, ultimately, they live). And Misty is begging Ash to breathe while resuscitating him after he and Pikachu fell off Lugia.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Ash and co release Moltres and Zapdos from the gallery, and prevent Lawrence III from pursuing Articuno. But the legend never said that the birds had to be ''free'', only in ''balance''. If Articuno had been captured, the balance would have been restored.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Shamouti seems to be the most multicultural island ever. They wear Aztec-like outfits, dance around a Native American totem pole, play Caribbean music, have a parade involving a Gyarados styled like a Chinese dragon, and hang out in Greek temples.
* ObliviouslyEvil:
** Lawrence, though this is pretty much his own fault. In true oblivious villain fashion, he ''sees'' the destruction happening around him...and is blissfully unaware that ''he'' caused it to begin with.
** Possibly the legendary birds -- they're causing untold destruction all over the place, but mostly because someone woke them up and royally ticked them off.
* OnSecondThought: In the opening, Ash retracts his decision to let two of his Pokémon out for fresh air: Charizard (out of control) and Snorlax (he nearly capsizes the party's boat).
* OverlyLongGag: In the dub, Team Rocket's dialogue during the ending, contemplating on whether they decide to permanently be good guys or not. Topped by James saying "That's good/bad" each and every time...
* PlatonicLifePartners: Misty's arc throughout the movie is essentially her trying to come to terms with her feelings for Ash, and by the film's end she decides that, yes, despite all their bickering, she does care deeply about him.
--->'''Misty''': Ash is never really alone because he's got...me.
* PragmaticVillainy: Team Rocket would be out of a job if the world gets destroyed, so they give Ash a lift to the last orb's location.
* ProphecyTwist: Only present in the dubbed English version: through a clever bit of wordplay, the line "thus the earth shall turn to ash" in the legend was originally thought to reference the world's destruction; however, the heroes later realize the legend is talking about Ash. Ash [[LampshadeHanging then wished he had the name "Bob"]].
* PurpleEyes: Lawrence III has somewhat striking violet eyes and has a kingly bearing around him. He certainly sees himself as a king in his chess match with Lugia (which is ironic because the very first line of his image song is "I am nobody's king").
* RedBaron: Averted. Lawrence III thinks that the "beast of the sea" is Lugia. The prophecy was actually referring to the ocean current caused by the Legendary Birds being disrupted. That said, Lugia is [[WaveMotionGun far from unworthy]] of the title.
* ScrewDestiny: The Japanese version didn't specify that "Ash" was in the prophecy [[note]]Though it wouldn't have worked very well, since Ash's Japanese name is Satoshi[[/note]]. He decided to do it anyway.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Lawrence III accidentally set the events of the prophecy in motion by trying to capture the three legendary birds because he believed that ''he'' was The Chosen One meant to "bring together all three" and "tame the Beast of the Sea."
* SheCleansUpNicely: Melody first appeared wearing modern clothes, but, at the night of the festival she's garbed in festival clothes. Ash's reaction clearly irritated Misty on the spot since this is one of few times Ash truly seemed to demonstrate attraction.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend:
** Misty about Ash throughout the movie.
** At one point, Jessie and James about each other.
* ShipTease:
** Many Pokéshippers (Ash/Misty) cite this movie as their favorite.
** Melody is not subtle in any way showing that she is really interested in Ash.
** Upon hearing Misty and Melody arguing about Ash:
--->'''Jessie''': Listen to me, kid: when you get involved with the opposite sex, you're only asking for trouble!
--->'''James''': Yes, and that's the kind of trouble...I stay out of.
--->'''Meowth''': Youse two don't need the opposite sex cause youse got each otta. *laughs like a maniac*
::: Oddly (considering that the Team Rocket trio's lines get re-written most of the time), these lines are fairly similar to the Japanese dialogue, with Meowth originally saying "Whatever you say. You guys get love-love all the time!"
* ShoutOut: The concept of misaligning three divine beings (or in this particular case, legendary Pokémon) and it causing a major calamity as a result is extremely similar to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', the two major differences are that the main villain in that game, unlike here, is fully aware that his actions would cause the world to be ravaged, and yet did it anyways simply because he could, and that unlike in the game, here the destruction of the world was averted, although just barely.
* SoftWater: [[spoiler:When Team Rocket lets go of Lugia, they fall through a hole in the ice. They're stunned momentarily, but swim right back to the surface. [[MadeOfIron Not that this is unusual for them, though.]]]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Lawrence III's Japanese name has been spelled as Jirarudan (the preferred Romanization amongst his fans), Gelardan, Girardian, Gelarden (what the closed captioning on the English dub calls him), and ''Geraldine''. Add into it that there's no official Romanization of his Japanese name, and that phonetically the J sound is closest although the name is (most likely) based off Rene Girard (which is pronounced as a J but such a thing is difficult to get across in the Roman alphabet).
* TheStoic: Lawrence has about four facial expressions in the entire movie. Most of them are variations on "smug". Even at the end when he's standing in the ruins of his vaporized collection, he expresses nothing. It's clear that he ''feels'' things, and he's not trying to hide his emotions. They just don't manifest.
* SuperDrowningSkills: Team Rocket fell through ice, and were unharmed. Ash fell straight into the water, and promptly drowned, needing to be resuscitated by Misty.
* TakeThat: Lawrence III is basically a real world obsessive collector-type fan transplanted into the fictional world and he's the antagonist.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill:
** In order to get Moltres' attention, Lawrence III bombs its home island with ice.
** When Lugia first appears, the three Titans shoot it down quickly and then proceed to seal up the hole that Lugia came out of. As [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] said in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMYBJ_lwPGs review of the movie]], "I think you got him!".
* WaveMotionGun: Lugia's Aeroblast levels what's left of Lawrence III's ship and knocks the Legendary Birds out of the sky without even hitting them.
* WholePlotReference: To ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime.'' Like Link, Ash is TheChosenOne who travels to various elemental dungeons/islands in order to collect [[{{Macguffin}} treasures needed to stop a great calamity.]] What really seals the reference is that the song Melody plays, on an ''ocarina'' no less, is reminiscent of the ''Song of Time''.
* WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings: Lawrence III's ship has little force fields around all of his treasures to keep them from being broken. Not that it helped, considering that it it couldn't protect against Aeroblast.