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!!Red and Blue
* Red is so awesome, he foiled Giovanni's plan ''before it even started''.
** In Mt. Moon, the Rockets were trying to resurrect powerful fossil Pokémon. You stop them there and take one yourself.
** At Celadon and Pokémon Tower, they were trying to use the Silph Scope to catch Ghost-type Pokémon. You stop them there and take the Silph Scope, rescuing Mr. Fuji.
** At Silph Co., [=NPCs=] say that Giovanni is after the Master Ball, which can catch any Pokémon. You stop them there and get it yourself.
** Giovanni is revealed to be the Viridian Gym Leader and possesses the Earth Badge, which makes ''any'' Pokémon obey you. They were trying to weaken and capture Mewtwo, and Red stopped him before he could begin.
** Red is awesome on a meta level. To this date, Red is still the only [[PlayerCharacter player character]] to appear in a game outside of his own in a different generation. And in 4 no less! (If you count remakes.)
*** This also makes him the only protagonist to appear in every generation except for generation 6, both as a player character and NPC (The player character in [[PokemonRedandBlue RBY]] in gen 1, The [[FinalBoss Final Boss]] of [[PokemonGoldAndSilver GS]] in gen 2, the player character ''again'' in [[PokemonRedAndBlue FRLG]] in gen 3, being remakes of the originals, the final boss again in [[PokemonGoldandSilver HGSS]] in gen 4, being remakes of GS, a competitor at the Pokemon World Tournament in [[PokemonBlackandWhite2 BW2]] in gen 5, and a battler at the Battle Tree in [[PokemonSunandMoon SM]] in gen 7. This guy's seen it all.
*** We also get to see him age throughout the games as he grows from an 11 year old [[KidHero kid hero]] to one of the most [[TheAce powerful Pokemon trainers in the Pokemon World]]
*** On another meta level, Red truly embodies the player character and any longtime fans of the franchise. You start out as young trainer like he did, and you gradually grow stronger and stronger throughout the game. By GS, he's quite possibly the most powerful Pokemon Trainer in the world, being extremely experienced and seasoned. His team are all Pokemon you can get in Pokemon Yellow, a great testament to his roots. As you gets older he ages with you, and by the time gen 7 rolled around, he's in his twenties, about the age of anyone who started with the originals would be. He is always there as a representation of the player themselves, paying homage to the series's roots and many people's first games as the original protagonist. And despite all the changes the franchise has undergone, deep down it's still a fun game where your goal is to get stronger and catch 'em all. His presence can be seen a grand tribute to long time fans of the franchise, thanking them for sticking with the game for over 20 years, and showing how far the franchise, and the player has come. Red was the first connection between the player and the Pokemon world. They're your Pokemon and your actions. Red is and always has been your conduit and has always represented the player character, no matter where he is. You aren't just playing as Red. You ARE Red.
*** Nintendo's use of [[SilentProtagonist Silent Protagonist]] fits this description as well. In any Pokemon game, aside for some selective dialogue options here and there, the protagonist doesn't speak. That's because you're supposed to fill the dialogue yourself. With Red, it gets even more meta, as when you see him in later games, he doesn't say a word. He represents an older version of YOU. [[PlayerCharacter The Player.]] His ellipses and dialogue are meant to be filled with what you would say to your past self! That's one interpretation anyways
*** The same can be said about any other player character in the Pokemon games, except they don't appear in other games. Red's appearance, like stated above, is likely a tribute to longtime fans of the franchise, who started with Red and Blue and grow up alongside him, be it physically or figuratively.
* Blue beating the Elite Four before you and becoming the Champion, taunting you about being the most powerful trainer in the world. And then you hand his ass to him in a battle.
* Storming Silph Co.
** The company has been taken over by Team Rocket at that point and it's up to you and your pokemon to liberate it. So how do you do it? Sneak past the guard while he's asleep and charge in head on. It's hard not to feel like a badass [[KidHero kid hero]] when you're charging through the biggest dungeon in the game, tossing and destroying mooks and admins along the way, while opening doors to free the workers with the Card Key you found. The fast-paced music helps along the way. Made even better in the remakes when you're allowed to run in the building, to add to the sense of urgency and make it feel like you're raiding the building, and [[ImplacableMan nothing can stand in your way.]]
*** The final boss battle with Giovanni is awesome as well. He has an extremely strong team, and this is your last fight with him before his gym battle.
* The first time you beat the Champion and cement your place as the best trainer in the region.
* Catching or defeating Mewtwo. Doubly awesome if you do so without the Master Ball.
* You know that episode of [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime]] where Ash's Pikachu beat Lt. Surge's Raichu by simply using speed and evasion over power? It's possible to do that in ''Yellow''; just have your Pikachu start with Thunder Wave and make it spam Double Team until it's near-impossible for Raichu to attack. Then just keep whaling on it with Quick Attack. It may be a cheap tactic, but name one other time where you can follow the anime like this (except for the whole "using its tail to dodge Thunderbolt" thing, of course; ''that's'' something that's only possible in the anime).

!![=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]
The remakes add some additional upgrades and content, such as the Sevii Islands as post-game content.
* Seeing the updated sprites, art style, and amazing GBA color brings a whole new way to see the world of Kanto.
* The use of held items and abilities, introduced in gen III, allow you to be much more creative with your team, and brings some more competitive aspects to the game.
* The Sevii Islands are great additional and post-game content.
** You're first introduced right after you beat the Cinnabar gym. There, Bill takes you to the Islands and gives you a Tri-Pass to travel between them. There, you can see Pokemon from other regions, as well as many other great areas to explore and discover.
** There, if you have [[ThePowerOfFriendship max happiness with your starter Pokemon]] you can teach them [[SecretArt the ultimate move of their type which can only be learned by starter Pokemon:]] Blast Burn, Hydro Cannon, and Frenzy Plant, insanely powerful elemental variations of the move [[FrickinLaserBeams Hyper Beam]], a powerful 150-base power Normal-type attack that requires a turn to recharge afterwards. Due to being the same type as your starter, as well as going off their naturally higher Special Attack stats (No physical/Special split meant Hyper Beam was physical), the power difference ends up being astonishing.
** To make it even better, you can get this move right before confronting a gang of bikers on another island. You can then proceed to wipe the floor with them using your insanely overpowered starter and kick them off the island.
** After you beat the Elite Four a second time, you can come back and find that Celio needs your help to build a machine that allows him to establish a connection with the Hoenn region (The game's way of letting you trade with the Hoenn games). You solve a series of ridiculous maze puzzles to find the ruby and sapphire to power Celio's machine.
** When you find the sapphire, however, you find out that a scientist named Gideon has been trailing you the entire time, and snatches the sapphire before you can grab it, while you're helpless to do anything about it because of CutsceneIncompetence (though he does mention that Red is giving him a [[DeathGlare death glare]] while he takes it. What do you do in response? You ''raid the Rocket Base until you find him, using codes you obtained earlier in the game from some mooks and [[IdiotBall ironically]] [[WhatAnIdiot Gideon]] himself, in "exchange" for stealing the sapphire.''
** To make things better, getting the codes not only allows you to find him by entering the base, where [[EpicFail he is hiding]], [[NiceJobFixingItVillain but it allows you to bust Archer and Team Rocket's remnants' entire operation to bring back Team Rocket]], and spectacularly foil their plans to wait for Giovanni (who's already said that he would disband Team Rocket).
*** Although this is kind of a [[ForegoneConclusion foregone conclusion]], as if you've played the gen II games, you'll know that Giovanni reforms Team Rocket with Archer as his admin.
*** You then proceed to kick his ass in sweet revenge after you've beaten up all of his mooks and Admin Archer. It is quite [[CatharsisFactor satisfying]] to pummel the man that cheated you out of the [[FetchQuest fetch quest]] you spent a lengthy amount of time doing.
* Fighting and/or catching Deoxys on Birth Island if you got the event ticket or used a code to get there.
** Awesome on a meta level if you're playing [[PokemonRedandBlue FireRed]], as the Deoxys form is Attack meaning that it is essentially Deoxys's most powerful form.
** Dexoys' introduction is pretty badass as well. You get off the boat and are greeted by a triangle. One you walk up to it and interact with it, it heats up and moves a few steps away. If you get to it in the least amount of steps possible, it'll move again and get even warmer. Continue this process until it's back in the center. Interact with it again and it will burst open, revealing Deoxys.
*** Awesome again, on a meta level, as this is the first legendary in the first generation to get their own personal boss theme.
** Same with both Ho-Oh and Lugia on Navel Rock, if you got the event or used a code, minus the theme.
*** Their introductions are no less awesome either. For Ho-Oh, you're on the edge of a cliff after climbing a series of ladders. All of a sudden, Ho-Oh flies down with a cry and greets you. Cue battle.
*** For Lugia, you go the other way and come across a pool of water. There you're immediately ace-to-face with Lugia. Once again, cue battle.
*** They're both level 70 as well, so fighting and/or capturing them is no easy task.
* When you fight them a second time in the remakes, the Elite Four and Blue all have changed up their teams and have even stronger Pokemon with better team synergy and coverage. What do you do? Wipe the floor with them anyways.
** Their respective teams also become a great deal more awesome as a result of the addition of Johto Pokémon. Lorelei gets a [[MightyGlacier Piloswine]] to replace Slowbro, both of Bruno's Onix [[TookALevelInBadass evolve into]] [[StoneWall Steelix]], Agatha's Golbat ''also'' evolves into a [[LightningBruiser Crobat]] and she gets a [[WeakButSkilled Misdreavus]] in exchange for her unevolved Haunter, Lance now has ''two'' Dragonite and replaced his other Dragonair with a [[JackOfAllStats Kingdra]], and Blue ends up replacing his Pidgeot and Rhydon with a [[MightyGlacier Heracross]] and a ''freaking [[TheJuggernaut Tyranitar]],'' the latter of which appears in Blue's rematch in [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver HeartGold and SoulSilver]]!
* Entering the Hall of Fame the second time.
* Capturing your roaming legendary.
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