* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Fans consistently debate on whether or not Guildmaster Wigglytuff's off-kilter, laid back ways are [[ObfuscatingStupidity him deliberately concealing how much he really knows]] or if he's just a GeniusDitz with moments of CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: '''RANDOM LUDICOLO DANCE SEQUENCE!'''
* CanonSue: Wigglytuff has shades of this: he's an explorer prodigy, he has an exclusive power that is used only in cutscenes, that can basically work for any situation; he sometimes does somewhat questionable things or acts childishly at inappropriate times, but is basically never called out on it; he has far better intuition and understanding than most characters, and can solve puzzles and understand complicated situations right off the bat; he can withstand attacks such as Skuntank's and Koffing's noxious gas combo without a problem, even when said attacks were previously seen blowing down the player characters without a trouble; and is constantly praised, admired and revered by several characters and there is little to no-one who says a negative thing about him or calls out on his many flaws.
** To be fair, any attempts to call Wigglytuff out on his behaviour are quickly silenced by Chatot due to his fear of the former's wrath (which would appear as often as a spoiled child's temper tantrum if not for Chatot) and his power. As for why the noxious gas combo doesn't work, Wigglytuff lacks a nose (unlike the Pokemon that can be chosen from to play as or have as a partner) to suffer the full effects and is able to launch an attack against his opponents due to knowing where they came from.
* CompleteMonster: While Classical Darkrai is a well intentioned etheral entity that deploys a ghastly self defense mechanism, [[BiggerBad this version]], who we only see in the post-credits story but who [[ManipulativeBastard has been manipulating]] the events [[TheChessmaster the whole time]], is a far more loathsome beast. His first callous act is to make the [[BadFuture future a horrible place to live in]] by [[TheManBehindTheMan taking control of the time god]], [[BigBad Dialga]], completely halting time, and sends the player back in time, giving them amnesia and transforming them into a Pokémon. He then sends his chief minion [[TheDragon Dusknoir]] back to the present day to spread rumours that Grovlye (a hero who worked with the protagonist) is trying to ruin the world. Dusknoir takes the protagonist and their best friend ([[WouldHurtAChild implied to be children in this game]]) to the future where he attempts to assassinate them by having his underlings shred them. When that fails, and his plans are thwarted, he goes to the heroes in a dream in the guise of Cresselia telling them to [[DrivenToSuicide commit suicide]] to save the world. When that fails, he uses the spacial god [[OlympusMons Palkia]] to againt attempt to assassinate the heroes. That fails as well so he [[MindRape places another child into an eternal nightmare while torturing him]] and once again tries to murder the protagonists. Since that too, fails, he traps the heroes intending to kill them and nearly succeeds. He feels no regrets for his crimes and wishes nothing more than the [[OmnicidalManiac complete and utter destruction of the world]] just so he can rule it the tattered remains [[AGodAmI as a god]].
* EvenBetterSequel: Although both ''Explorers'' and ''Rescue Team'' were received about the same by critics (that is, lukewarm), most fans agree that ''Explorers'' has a better storyline and character development. The fact that the bond between you and your partner doesn't dissolve after the credits play helps a lot too.
* FanPreferredCouple: The player character and the partner, even if they're both [[HoYay the same sex]].
** [[HoYay Wigglytuff and Chatot]].
* FridgeLogic: In a world where the sun never shines, the water doesn't flow and the seasons are non-existent, how do the native Pokemon stay alive when their food sources are frozen in time and thus can't grow anything?
** Maybe Celebi uses the Passage of Time to travel to the past and get whatever food and water they need.
** Apples, berries, and seeds randomly generate in the future dungeons just as well as they do in the past dungeons. Whether or not this is some kind of weird GameplayAndStorySegregation may be up to interpretation, though.
** The randomly generated food in dungeons would give inhabitants of the BadFuture some things to eat, but since food still isn't quite plentiful, it's very likely that starvation is an issue for many Pokemon. Notice that in the dungeons in the future, nearly 1/3 of the encountered enemy species are [[FridgeHorror Ghost-type...]]
*** Bonus points go to Spiritomb for being [[ManySpiritsInsideOfOne a fusion of 108 deceased people/Pokémon souls]].
* GoodBadBugs: Occasionally, when winning big at the Recycle Shop, the prize is a higher tier ticket. You can receive and redeem it even if the shop doesn't offer the tier yet.
* HesJustHiding: A fair portion of the fandom's reaction to [[spoiler:Grovyle's]] disappearance near the end of the main arc. What actually happened to him was later revealed in Special Episode 5 of ''Explorers of Sky''.
* HilariousInHindsight: Wigglytuff proves his CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass credentials by defeating Team Skull in an offscreen battle. It becomes even more impressive as of ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', which makes Wigglytuff a Fairy-type and thus particularly weak against the Poison-type attacks that constitute Team Skull's primary offense.
* MagnificentBastard: [[spoiler: Dusknoir]] and Darkrai certainly qualify.
* MagnumOpus: Of the Mystery Dungeon spinoffs and the Pokemon franchise in general when it comes to the plot.
** Drowzee was this in the main series thanks to its Pokédex entries; the mission where you have to rescue a child from him only escalated his status as one.
** According to Bidoof's Diary, Croagunk sneaks into the men's bedroom and watches Bidoof sleep while smiling creepily.
* NeverLiveItDown: "Perfect Apple Incident" anyone?
* ParanoiaFuel: In Time/Darkness/Sky, a conversation with your partner about [[spoiler: killing yourselves]] ends abruptly as the two of you go to sleep. When you wake up, [[spoiler:your partner's bed is ''empty''.]]
* PlayerPunch: The ending of Special Episode 2 in ''Sky''- ''Igglybuff the Prodigy''. Igglybuff has befriended his loyal, trustworthy master (a retired explorer), they've explored and found heaps of treasure. Then, after they beat a remote dungeon, Igglybuff's friends and parents turn up to reveal that [[spoiler: Igglybuff's mentor, Armaldo, is actually a B-rank outlaw. You can practically see Igglybuff's world ending as Armaldo's taken into police custody.]]
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Most of Chatot's detractors (especially over the Perfect Apple incident) were rather impressed by his actions in the Brine Cave.
* RousseauWasRight: Wigglytuff seems to believe this, given it's him that says "evil Pokémon don't really exist in the world".
** [=PMD2's=] Chatot by ''far''.
*** Of course. In a way, he's [[CrossesTheLineTwice irritating to the point of actually being humorous]].
** Cresselia as well. More for being a LeeroyJenkins EscortMission in what's already a candidate for ThatOneLevel and against ThatOneBoss.
* ScrappyLevel: Who in the hell thought the Aegis Cave challenge was a good idea? At some point in the after the end, your team will be required to go to a dungeon called Aegis Cave. To get through, you must solve three word puzzles by spelling out ICE, STEEL, and ROCK. In order to do this, you must go through each dungeon and fight multiple Unown who might drop a corresponding letter stone for you to spell these words with. ''Might''. You will inevitably have to go through each of these dungeons multiple times to get the correct letters. And this challenge is mandatory.
** Best part? If you want to go back to recruit the legendary golems, you have to spell out the words all over again. And you might not even recruit them on the first try.
** However, you can use the Wondermail Generator to get codes for jobs that will get these items. It's still annoying, but better then what you have to do otherwise.
* SequelDisplacement: While not as bad as some examples of this trope, some believe that Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky were the originals and don't know about Red/Blue Rescue Team or just ignore it.
* TearJerker: [[spoiler: The ending cutscene. ''All of it''. Your character disappears before your partner's eyes, leaving them staggering towards the Rainbow Stoneship alone. Several months later, they find themselves on the very beach where they first met you...and end up ''breaking down in tears'' after remembering all the adventures you had.]]
** Palkia can be troublesome too, if he feels like spamming Spacial Rend. It also hits the whole party, and unlike Dialga's Roar of Time, he doesn't have to spend a turn recharging.
*** If you have Riolu, you can use Copycat to send Spacial Rend straight back at him ForMassiveDamage, given that it's Dragon-type, Palkia's sole elemental vulnerability.
*** Though Riolu is only available as a starter in Sky, and you ''have'' to answer "male" on the quiz to get it. So good luck if you're playing Time or Darkness (or if you wanted one of the female-only starters).
** To be fair, most bosses actually lack ContractualBossImmunity against StandardStatusEffects. Throw them a Totter Seed (induces confusion, eliminating virtually all threat from anything short of a room-clearing move), an X-Eye Seed (causes a MushroomSamba, harmless on you but [[ArtificialStupidity paralyzes the AI]]), or a Hunger Seed (immobilizes Pokémon with "Hungry Pal" status), and you can CurbStompBattle them straight into the ground. [[CombatPragmatist Combat pragmatism]] for fun and profit!
** Any of the Legendary dungeons in the second game, i.e. Bottomless Ocean, Giant Volcano, etc.
** Mt. Bristle can be a bit of a challenge for the sole reason that you're not quite strong yet. Like the EarlyBirdBoss, but for a level instead.
*** Not helped by the fact that Drowzee might be a bit of an EarlyBirdBoss, if you get unlucky and his Forewarn ability activates a lot.
* TierInducedScrappy: Cresselia in ''Explorers Of Time/Darkness/Sky'' is perhaps the worst when it comes to this. Not only do you have to escort her to the end of the dungeon (Which contains tons and tons of lava for her to float over and burn herself with), but she also takes place in the final battle against [[spoiler:Darkrai]].
*** That being said, she at least has the Lava Evader IQ Skill, so she won't go onto the lava on her own.
* ToughActToFollow: ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'' was always going to have a hard time coming after this one (see EvenBetterSequel and MagnumOpus for the reasons why.)
** For those who've played Explorers of Sky, the ending of the special episode "In The Dark Future" is ''made'' of this.
* WhatAnIdiot: Yet again, the 'Perfect Apple' incident. Thanks Chatot, [[SarcasmMode your insight and actions on the whole incident were really appreciated]].
** Bidoof, especially seen in his special episode.
** [[spoiler: The partner, after the player disappears. Or him/her in general? For one, s/he's a young Pokemon (presumably a kid) who's also a coward who only got the strength to join the guild from the player, s/he's gone without dinner because of Team Skull, they were bullied by Team Skull in general, and their best friend/life partner disappears into light before their eyes, leaving them to go home alone while barely being able to hold themselves together. Things seem to be looking up for them when they return, only to have Cresselia (actually Darkrai in disguise) tells them to kill themselves along with the player because they are an anomaly. Ouch.]]
** What about The Player himself/herself? For starters, they're an amnesiac [[spoiler: from the future]] who has lost their family and turned into a Pokemon. [[spoiler: Especially when finding out he/she exists only because of a bad future and they'll disappear once Primal Dialga is defeated. Pretty much ''everyone'' from the BadFuture could qualify, except the Sableye and Dusknoir. Grovyle for being an idealist who wants to change the past even if it means he won't exist, Celebi for using most of her energy to send Grovyle, The player, and your partner to the present day and risking being murdered by Dusknoir's Sableye. It only gets worse after the post game story where Cresselia (actually Darkrai) asks you and your partner to kill yourselves to save the world, you're hunted by a well-meaning Palkia, and nearly killed by Darkrai in a nightmare when you dare to interfere with his plans.]]