* 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!'''
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Grovyle.
** Dusknoir can also count.
* 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.
* 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.
* RousseauWasRight: Wigglytuff seems to believe this, given it's him that says "evil Pokémon don't really exist in the world".
* 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.
* 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.]]
** For those who've played Explorers of Sky, the ending of the special episode "In The Dark Future" is ''made'' of this.
* ToughActToFollow: This was the tough act that ''Gates'' had to follow.
* TheWoobie:
** Bidoof, especially seen in his special episode.
** [[spoiler: The partner, after the player disappears.]]