[[caption-width-right:256:Legends make the heroes. In this case, the same guys from the last 4 films.]]

''Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias'' is the fifth in the series of ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' movies and the first not to have a number in the title. it tells the story of Ash and friends' visit to the Venice-like city of Altomare, where they take part in a water chariot race. They later meet an aspiring artist named Bianca, and her grandfather who runs the city's museum. The two of them hold a secret: the knowledge of Latios and Latias, twin dragon Pokémon who protect the city and the Soul Dew, a mystic orb that keeps the city safe from natural disasters. When a pair of thieves, Annie and Oakley, come to steal the Soul Dew and revive the ancient Pokémon at the museum, it's up to Ash and his friends, as well as new allies, to stop them.

On a side note, this was the final film with the original cast ([[PutOnABus Misty]] is not in the next film), as well as being the last movie to get a theatrical release in the U.S. until [[Anime/PokemonTheMovieBlackAndWhite Pokémon the Movie: White - Victini and Zekrom]] got a one weekend limited release in 2011.

!!'''This movie provides examples of:'''

* AdaptationalBadass: The dub makes Annie and Oakley Team Rocket spies, while in the original they were just a thieving duo.
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Once you get friendly with them, Latios and Latias act like big puppy dogs. D'awww.
* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: If this movie is going to be discussed, then odds are it will mostly be about [[spoiler: Latios' death]].
* [[spoiler:AngstySurvivingTwin: Latias]]
* BadassInDistress: Poor Latios.
* BadassNormal: Annie and Oakley.
* BareYourMidriff: Annie and Oakley's sneaking outfits.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Yet again, Annie and Oakley.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Latios is rather protective of his sister Latias and [[spoiler:takes a hit for her when Annie and Oakley try to capture them, thus buying a few seconds of time for her to escape.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Ash and Latias are cornered by Kabutops, with no hope of escape, until Brock's and Misty's Pokémon swing in, knocking Kabutops out in one hit.
* ChaseScene: There are a LOT of these. Then again, the story takes place in what amounts to Venice, Italy, so sit back and enjoy the SceneryPorn.
* CityOfCanals: Altomare.
* ConspicuousCG
* ContinuityNod: In the end credits, Annie and Oakley are looking through a book in prison. In the book is a picture of Lawrence III, from the second movie.
* CuteMute: Latias while using her disguise.
* [[DarkActionGirl Dark Action Girls]]: Annie and Oakley
* DarkerAndEdgier: While the movies are in general darker than the anime, Heroes takes it up a bit: battles are quick, brutal and fought [[CombatPragmatist very unfairly]], with MookChivalry soundly averted and attacks on the Trainer established early on as a viable tactic by both sides. We see what amounts to a torture scene as Latios' energy is drained from him by the DMA, and the movie concludes with [[spoiler: Latios KilledOffForReal, a first in a series with a number of [[DisneyDeath Disney Deaths.]]]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Annie and Oakley are able to capture Latios with ordinary Pokemon and machinery.
* DigitalDestruction: In addition to the usual PanAndScan transfer most of the movies received for the DVDs, Pokemon Heroes release was given an intense blue tint, making everything much darker than normal.
* {{Expy}}: Altomare itself is this. How many people could look at it and ''not'' say "That's Venice!" Seriously, the plaza two pillars that the statues of Latios and Latias are on is pretty much an exact clone of the Plaza of St. Marco! The film crew very clearly based Altomare off of Venice.
* GratuitousFrench: In the Japanese version, Annie does this occasionally.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Latios.]]
* InterspeciesRomance: Possible in the ending, where either Latias or Bianca kisses Ash on the cheek. Ending aside, throughout the movie Latias clearly shows quite a bit of affection for Ash.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Latios]]. Shocking because every other death in the movies up to this point had been a DisneyDeath.
* LeParkour: Annie and Oakley show how to do it right. Jessie, James, and Meowth show [[EpicFail how not to]].
* LieToTheBeholder: Latias's psychic disguise.
* LightIsNotGood: Annie's Espeon.
* MacGuffinGirl: Everyone is in pursuit of Latias, the female twin.
* MagicSkirt: Bianca, and Latias while disguised as Bianca.
* MeaningfulName: Annie Oakley was the stage name of Phoebe Mosey, a famous American exhibition sharpshooter. Also regarded by many to be the first "superstar" for having starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West stage show.
* MindScrew: Either Bianca or Latias kissed Ash on the cheek in the end. We have no exact proof which it was, because Bianca's major distinguishing feature from Latias is wearing a hat, and the hat was left in Bianca's house. General fan consensus is that it's Latias, though; Bianca showed no signs of attraction to Ash (or even interacted with him much).
* MissingTrailerScene: The original Japanese trailer had almost nothing from the final movie. Examples include a reanimated Kabutops skeleton, some sort of red energy monster emerging from the Defense Mechanism, and the gang standing around a glowing Soul Dew INDOORS, with no sign of Latias. Shame - that Kabutops skeleton looked awesome.
** In an interesting case, the trailers also had music that was not used in the movie or included in its soundtrack. It was released on the music's composer in an album a few years later and was the basis for the ending song.
* MoeCouplet: Ash and Latias have this trait in abundance. Despite the obvious InterspeciesRomance, their interactions are so sweet and cute that [[PortmanteauCoupleName [=AltoShipping=]]] is still a rather popular couple in the fanbase despite the movie having come out back in 2002.
* NightOfTheLivingMooks: The Kabutops and Aerodactyl.
* OhCrap: Latias is understandably shocked when she realizes that Annie has seen through her disguise...and that the thief is holding a Pokeball.
* OneSteveLimit: Retroactive aversion, as a character in [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite the fifth generation games]] also received the dub name Bianca and has an anime counterpart.
* PetTheDog: Annie and Oakley do really care for each other, and Annie actually smiles when Latios is rescued from the machine toward the end of the movie. Also, Annie has an Espeon, which only evolves at maximum happiness.
* SceneryPorn: Again, Altomare is an {{Expy}} of ''Venice Frikken' Italy!'' There are a lot of chase scenes just to take advantage of that fact.
* ShipTease [[InterspeciesRomance Ash and Latias]].
* StockSubtitle: "Heroes".
* UnnaturallyBlueLighting: There is a blue tint given to 90% of the movie in the English DVD releases.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: When she gets into the Defense Mechanism's cockpit, Oakley goes a little OffTheRails and nearly destroys the entire city. It seems to be actually induced by the combination of the machine and the Soul Dew, as when it's trashed, she snaps out of it and can't remember what she was doing.