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''Pokémon 3 the Movie: Spell of the Unown'', known as ''Pocket Monsters: Lord of the Unknown Tower'' in Japan, is the third {{Anime/Pokemon}} film.

During a discovery in some far-off ruins, Professor Spencer Hale is sucked into the realm of the Unown, who then appear to his young daughter Molly. The Unown make Molly's wishes come true, and the Pokémon transform the mansion into a crystal palace, finally creating an Entei as Molly's father.

Meanwhile, Ash and his friends arrive at Greenfield, and they are caught up in the mission to save Molly. However, [[FromBadToWorse it gets worse]], as Ash's mother, Delia Ketchum, is kidnapped by Entei in order to have her as Molly's mother. Now Ash, Misty, and Brock must not only save Molly, but Delia as well.

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!!This movie provides examples of:
* AcidTripDimension: The dimension Molly's father gets transported to via the Unown.
* AlmightyMom
-->'''Delia:''' "You should be ashamed of yourself, Entei!"
* [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu Almost Broke Your Neck Punching Out Cthulhu]]: Hey, Charizard, Entei is no run-of-the-mill Legendary.
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: The Japanese poster for the movie has a brighter background and features Pikachu, Misty, Brock and the Johto starters, with no Charizard. The English poster (above) is darker, relegates Pikachu to promoting the short, and adds Ash riding on Charizard.
* AnAesop: It is better to live in the real world than live in a delusion.
** Also: BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor and EvilIsNotAToy.
* AndTheRest: This is when Ash's mom started doing this to him. She greets Pikachu with a hug, and Ash with "Oh hi honey." And the fans think she's overprotective? (This is quite a stark contrast to the ending of the last movie though, so it might just be bad writing/translation.)
* AntiVillain: Molly (Type II) and Entei (Type IV).
** Molly is just a little orphaned girl who was granted ''ultimate power'' and wants to be in a happy family again. Unfortunately, her reality warping is affecting the world, and she's too young to use it responsibly.
** Entei is an imaginary being meant to represent Molly's father. All the disaster caused by him just because she ordered him to do something and he wants to make her happy.
* [[ArtificialHuman Artificial Pokemon]]: The Crystal Pokemon Molly creates, but only Entei is shown to have a true personality.
* {{Badass}}: Entei and Charizard both.
* BattleButler[=/=]OverprotectiveDad: Entei has the latter personality, which results in him playing the former to the letter.
* BeamOWar: Lots of it in the Charizard vs. Entei battle.
* BerserkButton: Ash watched his mother get kidnapped. He ''did not'' take it well.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Molly and the Unown.
* BigDamnHeroes: Charizard, having witnessed the crisis while in the Charicific Valley, takes off to join the battle, saving Ash and Pikachu from falling to their deaths right in the nick of time.
** [[HeelFaceTurn Entei]] himself.
* BilingualBonus: The "undiscovered" Unown which appear on Professor Oak's computer are Cyrillic letters.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/s_report_2920.jpg Professor Hale's report about the Unown]].
* BondCreatures: Entei, to Molly.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Team Rocket, [[RunningGag as usual]].
--> '''Meowth''': You think we're gonna get a bigger part in the next movie?
--> '''Meowth. after the Rocket Trio saved Ash''': If anything happened to you, we'd be out of showbusiness!
** Doubles as a FunnyAneurysmMoment, seeing as what role they ''did'' get in ''[=4Ever=]''. [[note]]Having to work together with the ''worst kind'' of villain there is; Jessie even got to be a DistressedDamsel![[/note]]
* CatchPhrase: Entei has two, "If that is what you wish." and "I am happy that you are happy."
* ConspicuousCG: The crystal castle and swarms of Unown are all rendered CG, which mostly serves to make them look creepier.
* CurbStompBattle: Molly vs Misty and Brock. Though the only reason for that is because she's essentially cheating.
** Ash's team vs Entei, too. None of them stood a chance. Charizard was an exception, as he was able to put up a good fight, but Entei and the Unown stacked the odds ''waaay'' high against him, due to Molly wanting Entei to win and the Unown magnifying the power of her imagination. Allthough as a lengendary pokemon, Entei would have beaten them all anyway
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to the last film. This one is definitely more psychological (which is not a word commonly associated with Pokémon), and has far more creepy antagonists in the shape of the Unown. [[spoiler: Also Entei comes ''dangerously'' close to ''killing'' Ash's Charizard at the end of their fight]].
* ADayInTheLimelight: Some websites (''Serebii'' included) actually went on to list Charizard as one of the three featured Pokémon alongside Entei and the Unown. He's even on the cover image above!
* DisappearedDad: What started the plot.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: During the climax, Ash trying to convince Entei to "let Molly go," and Entei not wanting to hear any of it. [[note]]separation issues[[/note]]
* TheDragon: Entei
* [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil DVD Covers Spoil]]: For those who paid attention to the Johto season corresponding with this movie, Charizard appearing for the climax would've been a surprise [[note]]except for that brief scene in the Charicific Valley[[/note]]. But then he appears (see above) on the DVD cover fighting Entei...
* EldritchAbomination: Essentially what the Unown are.
* EmpathicEnvironment: The crystals in the mansion change according to Molly's mood.
* EmpathicWeapon: The Unown; they create entire worlds throughout Molly's home based off images from a storybook she read, and they respond violently to her emotions. By the end of the movie, the Unown have gone out of control.
** Entei too, to an extent.
* EvilIsNotAToy: Molly finds out she can't control the Unown anymore when she decides to quit, and they turn on her.
* FightingAShadow: Molly creates a pair of dopplegangers (one as a young adult, the other as a tween) to fight Brock and Misty, respectively.
* [[FisherKing Fisher Queen]]: The Unown have turned Molly into this for her crystallized hometown.
* FluffyTamer: Teenage!Molly's Pokémon all fit this trope. Justfied, since, again, little girl.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: While Ash and company are talking to Team Rocket about their VillainousRescue, Charizard turns around to listen in on them.
* GenreSavvy: Seeing news footage of his trainer instantly alerted Charizard that he might get in trouble again.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Upon seeing the Unown for the first time, James states that he "hasn't seen this many strange letters since the time [he] placed a personal ad."
** Brock's dialogue with teenage Molly in their battle can be seen as rather flirty. He ''is'' trying to distract her, though.
** Pikachu [[ThanksForTheMammary "hugging" Delia.]]
* GoneHorriblyRight: Entei was created to be a father figure/guardian to Molly (or more specifically was based directly on her actual father). Once the Unown go out of control, they threaten Molly's own life, and Entei goes against them to protect her.
* HeelFaceTurn: Molly and Entei, after their defeat.
* HeyThatsMyLine: almost in verbatim, even, but lighthearted in tone.
-->'''Jessie''': ''I'd say to prepare for trouble, but you're already in it!''
-->'''James''': ''That's right.''
-->'''Meowth''': ''Hey, don't steal my line.''
* HeroAntagonist: Entei is actually one of the nicest characters in the series, it's just that he happens to be loyal to an increasingly insane WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.
* HeroicSacrifice: Entei
* HypnotizeThePrincess: Molly wants a mother, so Entei searches around, finds Ash's mother, brainwashes her, and takes her back to the mansion.
** It also has a funny moment when Ash's mother sees Ash getting into danger, and she snaps out of the trance to berate him.
* IRejectYourReality: Molly can psychically bend reality to match the one in her head, but even when she can't, she insists that hers is correct. A good example of this is that when Misty tells Molly that if she stops what she's doing, she can have real Pokémon and real friends. Molly's response is to conjure three crystal Pokémon and yell "I already have real Pokémon!"
* ItsPersonal: So far the only movie for it to be for Ash.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Entei again; justified in that he is a creation of the Unown based off Molly's thoughts and memories (and more specifically, her father), and he exists solely to protect her and keep her happy.
* TheKidWithTheRemoteControl: Molly Hale. Unknowingly, whatever she wanted, the Unown would make into reality, including the ever-loyal Entei.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The five-note trumpet bar that accompanies Entei.
* LuckyTranslation: When Molly uses the Unown tiles to spell out "Mama and Papa and Me together", she's actually spelling out her own name, ミー ''Mii''. It just so happened that they romanized it to "ME" allowing them to use the scene without having to do any visual edits.
* LullDestruction: Molly spelling out her name and the names of her parents with Unown tiles has her talking about how they look just like letters, and that she can spell out her parents' names. In the Japanese version, she remains silent until afterward, when she cries about missing her father.
* MegatonPunch: The Teddiursa that Molly uses in battle against Brock knows [=DynamicPunch,=] which it uses on Vulpix to devastating effect.
* MissingMom: [[spoiler:It's vaguely implied that the Unown are responsible for the disappearance of Molly's mother, hence Spencer Hale's persistence in researching them. The end credits show Spencer returning home to Molly with her mother in tow, suggesting the defeat of the Unown also brought her back as well.]]
** In the Japanese version, [[spoiler:it's stated that she left her husband because he wouldn't stop obsessing over his work]].
* MissionControl: Thanks to the GirlOfTheWeek conveniently giving the gang a Pokégear, Professor Oak was able to maintain radio contact with them. His first order of business: [[WhatTheHellHero telling Ash off]] for foolishly taking things into his own hands.
* MommasBoy
-->'''Ash''': Entei! You took my mother -- ''NOW WHERE IS SHE?!''
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Entei outright states this during his battle against Charizard.
-->'''Ash''': It's not right for her to stay here with you! You have to let her go!
-->'''Entei''': Whether it is right or wrong, I will do AS SHE WISHES!
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Entei explicitly states he can become stronger as long as Molly wishes it. Molly also uses this trope, as she is able to create the Pokémon that she needs in battle and gives them whatever move she wants.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: The Unown create Entei, such that he can become as strong as Molly wishes. When Molly decides to escape the Unown...
* NoSell: In the upbeat beginning of the movie, Ash's Pikachu's electric attacks ended up being shaken off by [[GirlOfTheWeek Lisa]]'s Quagsire. This is a case of actually adhering to the type relationships of the Pokemon games the anime/movie is based on.
* ObliviouslyEvil: Subverted/inverted with the Unown. They know damn well what they're doing, but it's clear they don't have any concept of the fact it's "evil".
* OlderAlterEgo: The Unown create crystal bodies for Molly as an adult and preteen respectively when she battles with Brock and Misty.
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler:Although both Molly's parents are back by the end.]]
* PlotTailoredToTheParty: Molly faces down the PowerTrio in three separate Pokémon battles, explicitly invoking this trope.
* PowerIncontinence: By the end of the movie, it's stated that the Unown's power had gotten so huge that even THEY couldn't turn it off. All they could do at that point was contain it, and grant Molly's desire for Entei's power-up, so they-and, by extent, their power-could be defeated.
* ProductPromotionParade: The song-and-dance in the back-alley funhouse, which serves solely to introduce the new mons.
** And an excuse for [[EarWorm gratuitous swing music]].
* PunBasedTitle: There are two different meanings in the dub's title "Spell of the Unown", which, some will find actually [[FridgeBrilliance brilliant]].
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: You. Are. MAMA!
* RealityWarper: The Unown, and Molly by extension.
* RealityWarpingIsNotAToy: One of the movies aesops.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Ash and Delia knew the Hales prior to the start of the series. Mysteriously they had never been brought up before, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome or since]].
* SanitySlippage: From the time of her father being sucked into the Unown's home dimension to the climax, Molly progressively loses more and more of her marbles. It ''starts'' when she sees Entei and automatically assumes that he's her father (technically he is, but this was ''before'' he started speaking),
* SealedEvilInACan: The Unown.
* SkywardScream: When Professor Hale vanishes, his assistant Schuyler reacts with "PROFESSOR!"
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Some of what Molly does of her own free will is borderline sociopathic.
* TrueCompanions: It was at its most obvious in this movie.
* UndyingLoyalty: Entei towards Molly.
* VillainousBreakdown: When Molly is in emotional turmoil over what to do when Ash comes to take his mother back and set everything right, Entei (who can naturally feel what she feels) goes berserk and tries to kill Ash. It's made worse by Ash telling Molly that Entei is an illusion and not her real papa:
-->'''Entei''':I AM Molly's real father...as long as SHE WISHES!''
** Not just that. As she starts crying and getting angry, the whole room starts producing crystal spikes, in order to try and isolate her from what is causing her anger (Ash and his mother trying to take her away). Eventually, the emotional turmoil gets so confusing, as she can't decide whether to stay with Entei or leave with Ash and causing Entei to disappear, thus the reason of the turmoil, [[spoiler: the Unown go berserk and starts crystallizing the whole field, so out of control that they won't even follow Molly's will]].
* VillainousRescue: While Team Rocket is not the film's antagonist, they manage to catch Ash's hand before he falls out of a window.
* VillainProtagonist: Molly is pretty much the central protagonist of the movie but from Ash and co's perspective, she's the main antagonist since she's the one willingly creating the conflict.
* WalkingWasteland: Entei can crystallize anything he touches.
* WaterIsAir: Thanks to Molly's Unown-granted powers, her battle with Misty is underwater, but states she shut off the drowning hazard beforehand.
* WeNeedADistraction: Brock, and then Misty, serve as distractions so Ash can reach Delia. Their teams get beaten down by Molly's crystal (read: hax) Pokémon.
* WhosOnFirst: In the dub, Jessie, James and Meowth are given a bit arguing about "If they're walkin' through the water, how are they waiting/wading?"
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Molly's parents both disappear from her life, and, in her grief, decides to reshape reality to make herself happy. Though it isn't stated she wants to destroy the world, the Unown's powers go completely out of control toward the end...
** That would be due to the fact she can't decide whether to stay with Entei or go with Ash, mostly because Entei would disappear, leaving her without a father again. She's a little girl, and any child would get confused at a moment like this. The Unown simply couldn't keep up with her anymore and went rogue. She's clearly wishing for them to stop at the end, but it's obvious they can no longer obey.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Molly, at Grade B, but only as a little girl.
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