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->''"You've finally been granted your Pokémon Trainer's license. Now, it's time to head out to become the world's greatest Pokémon Trainer. It's going to take all you've got to collect 150 Pokémon in this enormous world...can you develop the ultimate Pokémon strategy to defeat the eight Gym Leaders and become the greatest Pokémon Master of all time?"''
-->-- '''Blurb''' on the back of the boxes of ''Pokémon Red and Blue Versions''

The first installments of the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' franchise hit the GameBoy in 1996 in Japan (as ''Red'' and ''Green''; see below) and in 1998 in North America. Taking place in Kanto based on the Japanese region of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Kanto]], the [[ExcusePlot plot is simple]]: [[HelloInsertNameHere you, an eleven-year-old with a]] NiceHat, are offered your very first [[{{Mon}} Pokémon]] by Professor Oak, the local authority on Pokémon. He gives you a choice of three different types: [[GreenThumb Bulbasaur]], [[PlayingWithFire Charmander]], or [[MakingASplash Squirtle]]. His own grandson, your long-time [[TheRival Rival]], gets second pick, and takes advantage of this to snag [[ElementalRockPaperScissors whichever one happens to be strong against your chosen partner]].

In exchange for your first Pokémon, Oak wants you to run an errand for him: [[WalkingTheEarth travel around the region]] and [[GottaCatchEmAll collect as many different Pokémon as you can]], recording all of them in your Pokédex. Of course, along the way, you're more than welcome to challenge the eight Pokémon Gyms, collect their badges, and take on the Elite Four in hopes of [[ToBeAMaster becoming the Champion]] of the Pokémon League. Then there's the emerging threat of Team Rocket, a [[CardCarryingVillain proudly evil organization]] that uses Pokémon for its own selfish ends. Somebody's gonna have to deal with ''them'', too -- and who better than an eleven-year-old and his [[FluffyTamer team of trained monsters]]?

While the game's balance is undeniably broken (Balance? Psychic types LAUGH at your pitiful thoughts of BALANCE!), and glitches abound (Missingnoooooo!)... it's ''Pokémon''.

It should be noted that in Japan, the first two games were released as ''Red'' and ''Green''. ''Blue'' was released later as a third version, [[UpdatedRerelease with a bit of a graphical improvement over the originals]]. For the international releases, the names ''Red'' and ''Blue'' were used. Although the Japanese Blue provided the graphics and game script for translation, the Japanese Red and Green provided the wild and version-exclusive Pokémon for the international Red and Blue respectively. This makes the Japanese Blue the only main series game to lack an international release.

As evidence of its incredible popularity, ''Pokémon Yellow'' was later released as a fourth version in Japan in 1998, and as a third international version in 1999. ''Yellow'' took elements from the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} TV series]] and [[RecursiveAdaptation transported them back into the games]], however loosely. Instead of picking one of the usual trio, a wild Pikachu ends up as your starter, and [[AllInARow follows you everywhere]] rather than [[PartyInMyPocket getting into the usual Poké Ball]]. The familiar Team Rocket trio also show up, although Meowth acts as a normal mon as opposed to an equal member to Jesse and James, acting as the third member in their party alongside Ekans/Arbok and Koffing/Weezing.

Jump ahead a couple gens, and ''Red'' and ''Blue'' reappeared once more in the form of their {{Video Game Remake}}s on the GameBoyAdvance: ''[=FireRed=]'' and ''[=LeafGreen=]''. These allowed players to relive the classic games with many of the new benefits, tweaks, and balances of the second and third generations, though it took some {{Retcon}}ning here and there, and added in some new areas to explore after finishing the familiar challenge(s).

These games have received two animated adaptations. The first one is the first season of the main ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime. The second one is the anime special MiniSeries titled ''Anime/PokemonOrigins'', which aired on October 2, 2013 in Japan (10 days prior to the release of the tie-in games ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'') and November 2013 in the United States. This miniseries essentially serves as a more accurate depiction of the plot of ''Red and Blue/Green'', being a TruerToTheText AnimeOfTheGame in comparison to the main ''Pokémon'' anime.

Another detail worth noting is that many of the tropes listed under ''Red'' and ''Blue'''s category also apply to ''Yellow'', ''[=FireRed=]'', and ''[=LeafGreen=]''.
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!!Tropes used in ''Red'' and ''Blue'':
* AllThereInTheManual: The manual explains the basic background of you and your rival, states your age, and states the events that lead up to the start of your adventure.
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: The translation team made some interesting choices that have since been grandfathered into the series. Take the low-level move "Tail Whip" -- with a name like that it should be some kind of badass TailSlap that leaves the opponent's Defense physically weakened, right? ''Wrong.'' Its proper (i.e. Japanese) name is the decidedly-less-badass "Tail Wag" (and its description in later games supports this).
* TheAnimeOfTheGame: While of course they were the inspiration for the long running Pokémon anime, there is also the miniseries ''Anime/PokemonOrigins'', based more closely on Red and Blue than the main anime is.
* ApocalypticLog: The records of Mewtwo's birth, found in the Pokémon Mansion.
* BeatTheCurseOutOfHim: The channelers in Lavender Tower. See DemonicPossession below.
* BossInMookClothing: In the original Red/Blue, there's a Rocket in Mt. Moon with a Raticate that knows Hyper Fang. This Rocket is regarded as one of the hardest trainers in the game in relation to when he shows up, and the remakes gave him a weaker Rattata and Sandshrew instead.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: The grumpy old man in Virdian City who initially won't let you pass because... [[DisproportionateRetribution he hasn't had his coffee yet.]] Before it was ever confirmed, many gamers correctly guessed that in the original Japanese version of the game, the old man was actually drunk.
* BreakoutCharacter: Three: Charizard, Pikachu, and Mewtwo. They're arguably the three most popular characters in the series. Pikachu, thanks to the anime, became the mascot of the franchise and even had UpdatedRerelease in Pokemon Yellow to cash in on its popularity. Charizard and Mewtwo both got two mega forms in the Gen VI games, even being the first two Pokémon whose mega forms were confirmed.
* DemonicPossession: All the channelers in Lavender Tower are possessed by Ghost Pokémon (until you defeat them).
* DiscOneNuke: Early in the game, there's the [[ShmuckBait Magikarp Salesman]]. 500 pokebucks for a Magikarp might be a waste, but getting a Gyarados before you'd normally get a fishing rod isn't.
* DisproportionateRetribution[=/=]{{Jerkass}}: Kanto Lass and Picnickers have a thing for calling you out ''for something that you didn't do at all''.
-->'''Lass''': ''(after approaching the player from a few steps away)'' Eek! Are you touching me?
* EarlyGameHell: The entire Mt. Moon and the rival encounter in Cerulean City is probably the most difficult part of the game, mostly because of the slow grinding rate of the game. The underleveled wild Pokemon (until you crossed Nugget Bridge, which was blocked by your rival) makes things worse.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: [[http://www.smogon.com/rb/articles/differences Buttloads.]]
** There's only one Special stat, covering the job of both Special Attack and Special Defense in later games.
** The ElementalRockPaperScissors has a number of oddities. Due to a bug, Psychic mons are immune to Ghost attacks, which are played up by [=NPCs=] and the anime as their primary weakness. Intentionally, Fire is merely "not weak" to Ice instead of resistant, and Bug and Poison are both super effective against each other.
** CriticalHit ratios are not inherent to a move, but calculated based on a mon's speed. Their ''base'' speed, a trait not of the individual mon but the ''species'', and it doesn't go up as you level. Focus Energy, which is supposed to boost the critical ratio, instead quarters it. Moves with a high critical hit ratio do exist, but instead of just having a higher % chance, they use a different formula entirely which nearly guarantees a crit on every move. And crits ignore ''all'' stat changes, not just the ones that would be convenient to ignore.
** Paralysis and Burn cut speed and attack respectively, as intended and carried on into all future games, but the stat change is stacked into the normal stat modifier, instead of being its own thing. Waking from Sleep consumes a turn, which makes the status nigh-unbeatable if your mon outspeeds the enemy.
** Due to glitches, moves with a "100%" hit chance (whether from their base stats or accuracy boosts/evasion drops) will still miss 1/256 of the time (though Swift is immune, being specifically coded to never miss), and recovery moves will fail if the mon's hp is exactly 255 or 511 below its max.
** Roar and Whirlwind can't be used for "pseudo [[StatusBuffDispel hazing]]", because instead of [[SwitchOutMove forcing a switch]] in trainer/link battles, they just don't do anything.
** Speaking of Haze, it's such a good StatusBuffDispel in this game that it removes status ailments, too...but that aspect only works on the ''opponent''.
** Unlike future games, when a Pokemon is stored in the PC, they are not automatically healed. A certain Let's Play of ''Pokemon Green'' lampshades this on why their Voltorb is not cured from poison after taken out of the box right after catching it.
** The appearances of many Pokémon were codified by the anime and the later Yellow version. In ''Red'' and ''Blue'', some of them are unrecognizable from how they're widely known now. Take a look at [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/File:Spr_1b_074.png Geodude]], [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/4/45/Spr_1b_091.png Cloyster]], and [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/c/ce/Spr_1b_092.png Gastly]], for example.
*** Not to mention Koffing having its skull and crossbones ''above'' its face rather than below like in every other appearance.
** There's also the odd open-endedness of a good part of the game. Most of the successor titles would make you take on the Gyms and events in a very set order. While you still need to foil Team Rocket plots in order, you may do so at your own pace and once you beat Misty, you are free to challenge the next four Gyms (Lt. Surge, Erika, Koga, Sabrina) in whatever order you deem fit.
* EldritchLocation: The infamous Glitch City.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Kanto = the Kanto region of Japan, and eastern Chubu as well, with Johto from [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Generation II]] being based on the western part of Chubu in addition to Kansai. Kanto is the only region in the ''Pokémon'' games to share its name with the Japanese region it is based on.
* GuideDangIt: If you didn't add any new caught data to the Pokédex nor bought any Poké Balls by the time you beat Blue on Route 22, you can go to Prof. Oak for free Poké Balls. Outside of Yellow, this will probably need grinding.
* HeroicMime: Played with. You never hear your trainer speak, but attempting to talk to the "Copycat" girl in Saffron City produces dialog, subtitled as your own, of a one-sided conversation; it's the Copycat's dialog, mimicking the things the trainer implicitly said to her.
* InfinityPlusOneElement
** The Dragon type was probably intended to be this, being equally effective against ''all'' other elemental types, despite that there was only one evolutionary family of Dragon-types, and the only actual Dragon-type attack, "Dragon Rage", was a FixedDamageAttack exempt from ElementalRockPaperScissors altogether.
** The Psychic type quickly became broken, and not just because the strongest Pokémon in the first generation (the legendary Mewtwo) belonged to that element. Due to a programming error, the type's intended weakness to Ghost-types was instead turned into an immunity. It was weak to Bug-types, but there were few strong Bug-type attacks or Bug Pokémon. Furthermore, most Bug-types and all Ghost-types had Poison as a secondary type, which was weak to Psychic. On the subject of Poison-types, Poison was far and away the most common elemental type of Generation I, including most Bug- and Grass-type Pokémon. On top of that, Psychics tended to have a strong Special stat back when Special was the OneStatToRuleThemAll. It was telling that most of the things Gold/Silver added or changed were specifically designed to counteract Psychics (adding Dark and Steel types, splitting Special into two stats).
** Normal only has one weakness, which was Fighting, which is easily covered (Psychic), and it does regular damage to everything except Ghost (immune) and Rock (resist), the former and latter can be covered with Earthquake (wide distribution, and every Ghost-type in the game being Poison-typed helped), and every Rock-type in at the time is weak to Grass and/or Water.
*** The [[PowerCreep increased power]] of Fighting-types over the next few generations and the addition of Steel (which resists Normal-type attacks) nerfed the Normal-type.
* ForcedLevelGrinding: As EarlyGameHell mentioned above, a lot of the game will be spent grinding if you want to stand a chance against Sabrina and Koga, ESPECIALLY if you're playing [[SequelDifficultySpike Yellow Version, Explained below.]]
* MarketBasedTitle: Described in detail above.
* TheMissingno: The [[EldritchAbomination glitch]] Pokémon M and Missingno.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The original [[BubbleGun BubbleBeam]] animation was accompanied by the visual flashing negative with dramatic sound effects.
* TheNeedless: On Routes 19, 20, and 21, you will encounter swimmers who do nothing but swim and float around. Given the fact that ocean water is very salty and a poor conductor of heat, it's a small wonder how they will never expire from hypothermia and dehydration.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Even [[OlympusMons Mewtwo]] is afraid of the ghosts in Pokemon Tower.
* OffModel: Several of the in-game Pokémon sprites in Japan's ''[[UpdatedRerelease Blue]]'' and the international releases. While the sprites in the original Japanese ''Red''/''Green'' were simply badly drawn, those from ''Blue'' and the international releases were genuinely off-model, getting some of the monsters' most recognizable characteristics plain wrong: for instance, Koffing's skull mark is shown above its face instead of below, Cloyster's shell is horizontal instead of vertical, Kingler has two claws of the same size instead of having one claw bigger than the other, the center egg of Exeggcute being larger than the others instead of them being all the same size and so on. All of the sprites were changed ''again'' for ''Yellow'' to make them more closely resemble the official artwork.
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: A Rocket grunt threatens you with this when you refuse to join Team Rocket.
* OldSaveBonus: If the player beats the Master Cup in ''VideoGame/PokemonStadium'' or its sequel with a Pikachu in their party will have their Pikachu learn surf (a move Pikachu otherwise cannot legitimately learn).
** ''Pokémon Yellow'' took this unlockable a few steps forward. First of all, there's a special overworld sprite for when Pikachu uses the move outside of battle. Also, in a house south of Saffron City, the player can play an ExciteBike clone called "Pikachu's Beach". Sadly, the remakes {{Subvert|edTrope}} this trope. While a Surfing Pikachu can be obtained leginimatly through Pokémon Box, the mini-game is not there (although a DummiedOut house in the same location was found by hacking, so it was probably intended to be there).
* OneGameForThePriceOfTwo: It's Pokémon.
* OneStatToRuleThemAll: "Special" dictated both attack ''and'' defense power in regard to special-based elements (FireIceLightning, Psychic, etc.). It was toned down a great deal in Generation II, wherein it was divided into separate Special Attack and Special Defense.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Grumbles one turncoat Scientist in Silph Co.:
--> "That rotten PRESIDENT! He shouldn't have sent me to the TIKSI BRANCH! (...) It's in Russian no man's land!"
* SchmuckBait: The [[MagikarpPower Magikarp]] salesman. While a level 5 Pokemon with no useful moves is hardly worth that much money, the good news is you encounter him early in the game, before you can obtain the fishing rod needed to catch a Magikarp normally. So a subversion if you intend to obtain a [[DiscOneNuke Gyarados]] much earlier than normal.
* SequenceBreaking: Lt Surge, Erika, Koga, Sabrina, and Blaine can be fought in nearly any order. The only constraint is that you have to beat Koga to get to Blaine, since Surf is required.
** The Game Corner Rocket Hideout can be skipped entirely by using a Pokedoll on the Marowak ghost in the Pokemon Tower.
* ShoutOut: Considering how Creatures ([[VideoGame/{{Earthbound}} aka Ape, Inc.]]) helped make the games, it should come as no surprise to find some vaguely familiar faces in Red and Blue. The [[http://walkthrough.starmen.net/earthbound0/image/screens/36/36-2.png crowning]] [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/File:150Mewtwo.png example]]...
** A Team Rocket member also mentions that he will make the player character [[Film/TheGodfather an offer he/she cannot refuse]].
** One that [[DummiedOut didn't quite make it]]: Red was originally going to be named [[VideoGame/{{Mother1}} Ninten]].
** When you first start the game, watch the TV in your house. [[Film/StandByMe It shows four boys walking along railroad tracks, and based on your mom's dialogue about children leaving home...]]
** Bill merged with a Pokémon as a result of a failed experiment with a teleporter. [[Film/TheFly Now where have we seen that before?]]
** When you first encounter him, one Hiker trainer in Rock Tunnel says, "Hit me with your best shot!" After the battle, he says, "[[{{Music/PatBenatar}} Fired away!]]"
** Also in the Rock Tunnel, one of the Pokemaniac's (Pokemaniac Ashton in [=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]) introduction quotes is "[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Pokemon fight! Ready, go!]]"
** The use of a PC to store your monsters seems lifted directly from the original monster collecting game, Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei.
* SidetrackedByTheGoldSaucer: In an in-universe example, every Gym has an NPC standing near the entrance who offers general advice about the Gym's leader -- except in Celadon City, where he's too busy playing slots at the Rocket Game Corner.
* SuicidalOverconfidence: "Go, my super bug Pokémon!"
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: "Don't touch the poster at the Game Corner! There's no secret switch behind it!"
* TakeThat: When starting a new game, before entering the characters' names, the player's name is initialized to [[Creator/{{Nintendo}} NINTEN]] as a ShoutOut to VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}, and the rival's name to {{SONY}}.
* TeaserEquipment: The bicycle. When you first arrive in Cerulean City, it is on display for 1 million Pokédollars (one Pokédollar more than your carrying capacity). After advancing the plot in the next town, you get a voucher to acquire one for free.
* TonkaTough: A certain ''Red Version'' cartridge was meant to be the very best, like no cartridge ever was - to the point where one might think it had the [[FeedItWithFire Flash Fire]] ability. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwrSkTfzrcE Video can be seen here]]; [[http://lparchive.org/Pokemon-Blue/Science/ in-depth process can be seen here]].
* UpdatedRerelease: As mentioned above, the international "Red" and "Blue" versions are actually based on the updated game engine of Japan's updated rerelease, importing the version differences from the original Japanese ''Red'' and ''Green'' versions. Eight versions of the original game were eventually released:
** '''''Red Version''''' and '''''Green Version''''' were the original pair, released in Japan.
** '''''Blue Version''''' was the original "third game", updated from the first pair, also released only in Japan.
** '''''Red Version''''' and '''''Blue Version''''' were the first two games released internationally, based on again-updated code from Japanese ''Blue'' and the differences between the original ''Red'' and ''Green''.
** '''''Yellow Version''''' was released both in and outside Japan, updated yet again from ''Red'' and ''Blue'' as the third game internationally and the fourth in Japan.
** '''''[=FireRed=] Version''''' and '''''[=LeafGreen=] Version''''' were later released on the Game Boy Advance as updated versions to match ''Ruby'' and ''Sapphire''.
* WeCanRuleTogether: The Rocket grunt at the end of Cerulean Bridge wishes to recruit you into Team Rocket after seeing you battle. .
* WhereItAllBegan: The map is naturally designed to send you back to your hometown of Pallet after you get the Volcano Badge; additionally, Viridian City, the first town you arrive at after Pallet, is both the location of the 8th Gym, and where the road to the Indigo Plateau starts.
* WhipItGood: The Ace Trainers (then named Cooltrainers), Tamers, Rocket Grunts, Cue Balls, and [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/File:Spr_RG_Sabrina.png Sabrina]] have whips.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The ghost Marowak.
* {{Yakuza}}: Team Rocket. Changed to TheMafia outside of Japan.

!!Tropes used in ''Yellow'':

* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: Compare the [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/File:Yellow_EN_boxart.jpg US and international covers]] with the [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/File:Yellow_JP_boxart.png Japanese cover.]]
* CanonDiscontinuity: Pretty much every change in this version was ignored by ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', which instead derived everything Kanto-based from ''Red'' and ''Green'' aside from Red's team (Pikachu + three starters). ''Fire Red'' and ''Leaf Green'' also incorporate very little of ''Yellow'''s gameplay.
** Granted, this version was based on the anime rather than what would become the canon of the game series...
* CanonImmigrant: A few characters from the anime can be found in early routes, like AJ and Giselle. Melanie and a much nicer Damien show up to give you Bulbasaur and Charmander as well. Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy show up too. And, of course, there's Jessie and James, who are recurring enemies. Because of game mechanics, though, they aren't named.
** In the original games, Metapod [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness didn't learn Harden upon evolution]][[note]]It did at Level 1, but it was impossible to get ANY Pokémon at that level back then (and Caterpie didn't evolve until Lv. 7, making it plainly impossible), barring [[GoodBadBugs Mew glitch]], and there was no move relearner to teach it the move, so only wild Metapod could learn it[[/note]]; you had to catch another one yourself if you really wanted that move. Ash's Caterpie, when it evolved into Metapod, learned Harden in the anime, and so too does yours in ''Yellow'' version. This has stuck around in later games.
* IdleAnimation: Pikachu will start to look around randomly if you leave your character alone for a while, or jump or spin around after you jump down a ledge and leave Pikachu above.
* SequelDifficultySpike: Oh so much.
** Koga the fifth gym leader suddenly tosses out a ''Level 50 Venomoth''. Trainers and wild Pokemon nearby did not even come close to this standards at that point. Sabrina and Giovanni also have Pokemon in their fifties as well, but at least the Kanto gyms can be challenged out of order after Brock, Misty and Koga so you can fight them last (doesn't help much due to the slow grinding speed of Gen 1 but still).
** Because your starter is a Pikachu, you're likely going to have a much tougher time dealing with Brock than in ''Red and Blue''. Fortunately, you can now catch a Nidoran and make it learn Double Kick much earlier than you could in those games, specifically so you can defeat Brock.

!!Tropes used in ''[=FireRed=]'' and ''[=LeafGreen=]'':

* AscendedMeme: Many new features and secrets seem to call back to the wild rumors that surrounded the original games. For instance, Bill granting you access to a new area (in this case, the [[SideQuest Sevii Islands]]) and the ability to find something by the truck near the S.S. Anne.
** Sadly, [[UrbanLegendOfZelda not a Mew, though]]. A lava cookie, instead.
* {{Bowdlerize}}
** Gambler-class trainers had their titles changed to ''gamer'', leading to things like, "I'm a rambling, gaming dude!" That [[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion subverted rhyme]] aside, the change is less jarring considering that gambling is often referred to as "gaming" nowadays (i.e. Indian ''gaming'', the Las Vegas ''Gaming'' Commission, etc.).
** Lavender Town's Pokémon Tower had a possessed woman say "Give...me...your...all"; contrast with the original line, which is "Give...me...your...soul." This particular instance of Bowdlerization seems a bit [[ZigZaggingTrope unpredictable]], as there's another woman whose line remains as "Give...me...blood." in all versions. The "give me your soul" line was mentioned on a Christian Fundamentalist website [[EveryoneIsSatanInHell as an example of how the game was Satanic]]. Perhaps this specific condemnation was common enough that the developers noticed it.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: * Key items from Ruby and Sapphire, while unavailable via standard methods, have descriptions, different than they were in Ruby and Sapphire. For example, Scanner key item:
-->'''RSE''': A device found inside the Abandoned Ship. \\
'''FRLG''': A device used to search for life-forms in water. [[UselessItem It looks too difficult to use]].
%% The "buy it or die" message was added by a hacker and is not present in the game as released by Nintendo.
* DueToTheDead: On Five Island, there is a memorial for a dead Onix nicknamed Tectonix. The Player can set down a lemonade next to the one that is already there. This earns gratitude from the Trainer next to you, and he gives you [=TM42=] Facade as a thanks.
* ExtendedGameplay: After defeating the Elite Four, the Sevii Islands start opening more so than after Blaine was defeated. The islands are one of the few places in the third generation games where you can capture Johto (or Hoenn) Pokémon.
* ForcedTutorial: Even more so than in the originals, and considering they were the first installments that's saying something. Professor Oak insists on explaining how a Pokémon battle works during your initial battle with your Rival, and ''before you even play the game'', there are mandatory introductory screens showing you [[ViewersAreMorons which buttons do what]] and telling you about the world of Pokémon in even greater detail than Professor Oak. It's understandable the game's producers simply wanted to help newcomers along, but ''come on''.
** One particularly {{egregious}} example occurs right in Pallet Town. A certain [[AscendedExtra woman]] just ''has'' to show you what's written on a newly-placed sign near the lab, to the extent that you will not be able to leave Pallet Town unless you either read the sign or hear her recite what it says -- and all it says is [[CaptainObvious press Start to open the menu.]]
* FunWithPalindromes: The passwords for the Rocket Headquarters on Five Island are "GOLDEEN need log" and "Yes, nah, CHANSEY".
* InconsistentDub: Unlike most examples, the error is present in the Japanese version as well: the Karate King, who was nameless in Generation I like every other Black Belt, was named Kiyo (Nobuhiko in Japanese) in Generation II, in which most Trainers gained names. In the Generation III remakes of the former, which added names to previously nameless Trainers, he's named Koichi (Takenori in Japanese); however, the Generation IV remakes of the latter went back to using the correct name.
** In the corner of Fuschia City is a young girl named "Charine", who self identifies as Koga's daughter in training. [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Janine]], you mean?
** Same case as the Karate King for some Bug Catchers, as well - one on Route 3 mentions that he saw you in Viridian Forest and then compliments you for beating him again if you fight him, but in every version of the Gen III remakes he has a different name from any of the Bug Catchers in the forest.
* LevelGrinding: Albeit nowhere near the frustration of the originals, you're still going to spend the bulk of your playtime just grinding. Of course, [[ExtendedGameplay they tried to alleviate the absurd final grind stretch with]] [[BreatherLevel the Sevii Islands.]]
* MythologyGag: During the credits, the Generation 1 mascots are shown changing from the in-game sprites to poses they had on the Japanese boxart of their respective games.
* NoNameGiven: The female trainer doesn't have an official name. Most fans have settled on Leaf.
* NowWhereWasIGoingAgain: Resuming your saved game gives you a quick recap about some of the things you were doing before you saved and quit.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: The speech text for most non-player characters is color-coded this way - males will have blue text and females will have red text.
* PurelyAestheticGender: They added a female trainer, but kept the original dialogue. So much for averting the LesYay of your youth...
* {{Retcon}}: In the original versions, there were only 151 known Pokémon in the ''whole world''. In the GameBoy Advance remakes, this was changed to there being only 151 Pokémon known to inhabit the Kanto region.
** Which is a blatant lie itself. Until you get the National Dex, the game locks you out of Pokemon like Blissey or Crobat, both happiness-related evolutions of the Gen I Pokemon Chansey and Golbat respectively, simply to keep up the illusion.
* ShoutOut: Similar to the ''Film/StandByMe'' shout out present in the originals, you'll instead get one to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' if you play as a female character in the remakes.
* SignificantAnagram: "Tanoby" is an anagram of "botany" and the Tanoby chambers are named after plants. The Japanese name is an anagram of Nanakusa and the chambers are named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanakusa-no-sekku Nanakusa-no-sekku]].
* StealthBasedGame: Optional. If you run, you will draw the attention of most trainers. They will turn to the side you are about to pass them by and challenge you to a battle. Walking allows the Player a chance to slip by them.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Lostelle.
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