* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Grings Kodai]] kidnapped both mother and child Pokémon from their homeland, imported them into another region, and blackmailed the mother into doing his bidding by threatening to kill the child. All of this is to cause the evacuation of a large city so he can find an energy cluster left behind by time-traveling Pokémon Celebi and absorb it, renewing his ability to see the future, which he acquired twenty years prior at the cost of annihilating the city's plant life. He's willing to destroy the city's ecosystem a second time, and why is he willing to do this? He's a wealthy and powerful businessman - ''he's doing it for the money.''
* EvilIsCool: [[TheScrappy Averted.]] Nobody really likes [[CompleteMonster Kodai]], as he doesn't even come off as {{Badass}}.
* {{Macekre}}: The English Dub shown on Creator/CartoonNetwork was a CutAndPasteTranslation done without The Pokémon Company's knowlege. Among other things, the editing in the dub cut out plot-relevant bits, resulting in two noticeable {{plot hole}}s.
* MoralEventHorizon: Grings Kodai forces Zoroark to allow him to obtain the Time Ripple by electrocuting her child right in front of her. Then Kodai has his Pokémon try to kill Zoroark, since he's got Zorua in the palm of his hand, and Zoroark is defenseless so long as he does. And he manages to one up himself by trying to murder Zorua and Zoroark in cold blood when they trick him, despite the fact that he could've ignored them to absorb the Time Ripple or flee. And he actually succeeded in killing Zoroark - though Celebi saved her, it doesn't change the fact that Kodai committed, thus far, the only successful cold-blooded murder of a Pokémon (all other times were accidental or just a side effect of what the villain was doing).
* {{Narm}}: Zorua's "Meema" word.
** NarmCharm: Considering that this is ''Pokémon'', it can actually be quite endearing for some.
* NightmareFuel: Zoroark, once again. However, she might have been intended to be scary at a low level.
** Kodai, too; he shocks people, traps them in boxes, and throws them at hard objects, and he doesn't care who he does it to.
** Kodai's electrocutions; unlike the normal HarmlessElectrocution, you see the victim(s) convulsing in pain and screaming in agony. While both are scary, [[spoiler:Zorua's is far worse, as the poor thing is just a baby suffering like that, making it rather... hard to watch.]]
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: A good number of people consider it to be the best of the ''Diamond And Pearl'' films.
* TearJerker: [[spoiler:Zoroark's DisneyDeath, as well as the events that lead up to it.]]
** Dub induced one:
-->[[DespairEventHorizon "I guess there's no more time left for me..."]]
** When Zoroark is confronting the Legendary Beasts and senses Zorua getting hurt. While not played up, the simple fact is she's a mother who knows her beloved son is on the other side of town, being hurt, and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero thanks to the trio]], there's nothing she can do about it. It shows in the fight, as she's trying her hardest to get enough distance to make it to Zorua but just can't.
** The brief look on her face when she and Zorua are stumbling towards one another. Up until that moment, Zoroark has never shown anything pure, ferocious resolve -- but for an instant, she looks close to tears.
* TheWoobie: Zorua. Especially at the climax.