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* AcceptableTargets: Poké Tubers, people on YouTube that post videos of "competitive" Pokémon matches, are often mocked due to them indirectly invoking SturgeonsLaw for competitive play and their propensity to give out bad advice. More skilled Poké Tubers or those directly from Smogon themselves (like [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbXuFrNGSKcmZY_5DwYz4Ew pokeaimMD]] or [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYoTO-akZCsiusTe4rBxfhA CybertronProductions]]) aren't subject to this since they actually know what they're talking about.
** Inversely, Smogonites tend to be considered AcceptableTargets by Youtube commenters [[OlderThanTheyThink (and long before Verlisify existed too)]], to the point where [[{{Scrub}} uploading a battle using a Smogon moveset will immidiately get you flamed]]. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Which is probably why the situation tends to get so ugly.]]
* AmericansHateTingle: Given that at least [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Americans, if not the whole of the English speaking world, loves Charizard]], it is quite ironic that Charizard was generally hated amongst Smogoners (also predominantly English-language based) until the 6th Generation. Justified due to Charizard actually being not very useful until the buff for Generation 6, and Scrubs attempting to use Charizard regardless adding to the ire. See the TierInducedScrappy, and TheScrappy entry within the Pokémon pages.
* AwesomeArt: The site has a surprisingly large group of artists that make works for The Smog web magazine or just like to post their stuff on the site. Special mention goes to long-time member [[https://www.smogon.com/smog/issue28/arterview Yilx]], [[https://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/yilx-first-place-artist.70101/ who makes a ton of amazing pieces]].
* BaseBreaker: Most ban discussions end up as this, but a special mention goes to the discussion of SwagPlay, a [[LuckBasedMission "strategy'']] which consists of [[StandardStatusEffects confusing the enemy]] and increasing his Attack in order to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard use it against him with Foul Play]]. The [[http://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/swagplay-evaluating-potential-bans-basic-definition-of-uncompetitive-in-op.3500620/ original thread]] was split between those who wanted all forms of confusion banned and those who felt that banning Swag Play is [[{{Scrub}} completely ridiculous]] and should have never been considered in the first place. In the end, the discussion devolved into such a mess that it was locked. The current consensus seems to be that while it isn't broken and can be beaten out, it's [[CombatPragmatism so incredibly]] BoringButPractical to the point where entire official tournaments hinged on the strategy, and people are just sick of seeing it.
* CasualCompetitiveConflict:
** [[SchmuckBait Go ahead]]. Mention the place ''[[FlameBait anywhere]]'' outside of its own forums. [[DisproportionateRetribution I hear it's fashionable to limp around with only half of your face left]].
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] on the site itself, which has an entire subforum and IRC channel for non-competitive discussions.[[note]]Casual play, in-game, spin offs, [[TheAnimeOfTheGame the anime]], and occasionally fan games.[[/note]]
* ComplacentGamingSyndrome: The site is infamous for how much they love the entry hazard Stealth Rock, to the point that it's almost [[MemeticMutation memetic]]; virtually every team carries it regardless of what tier is being played since it's just so darn useful. If you're playing on the actual games' random Wifi and doing a Singles battle, you can probably infer whether or not your opponent from the site based on whether you see Stealth Rock being used.
** The Gen V metagame was widely hated due to the fact that Politoad's permanent rain caused this. Even after Drizzle and Swift Swim were banned from being used together, it was still powerful enough that few people used anything else, and Smogon refused to put any larger of a ban on it, for fear of JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope. About half of all teams used had Weather by the time ''X and Y'' were announced.
* ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch: An easy way to tell that someone doesn't read the website properly is when the person mocks Smogon for a bottom-tier Pokemon doing well (i.e. the Pachirisu that won the 2014 VGA tournament) or complains that the metagame has become too unfair based on the size of the NU tier. Aside from [[GameBreaker Ubers]], tiers are based solely on usage, not the arguably-immeasurable usefulness of the Pokemon. A low-tier Pokemon can still achieve success in the right hands, and the website in fact attempts to maximize every Pokemon's potential, only truly bashing a few [[JokeCharacter lost causes]].
** People also don't seem to understand that Doubles has different threats not because of the tier system (or lack thereof), but because the format requires different moves and traits that make a Pokémon viable to use in the format and allows for a different set of strategies from Singles. Mons with access to [[HerdHittingAttack spread moves]], attack redirection moves Follow Me or Rage Powder, Fake Out, Feint, the ability Intimidate, etc. are more valuable while {{Status Buff}} spamming and [[DifficultButAwesome Choice items]] are far more risky to use due to how easy it is to get ganged up on. Doubles also make Stall (one of Singles' "staple" strategies) extremely difficult, if not impossible, to pull off ([[WeWait Timer Stalling not-withstanding]]), and some Stall staples like [[StoneWall Chansey]] are completely worthless in Doubles due to how passive and easy to overwhelm they are.
* CreatorsPet: Stall. Most Pokemon that are tested for banning are offensive in nature, and several have been tested ''specifically'' because they threaten this one playstyle. What makes this even worse is that the best Special Walls in the game (Chansey and Blissey) have never been put up for testing despite technically being suspect-worthy.[[labelnote:Explanation]]The two of them invalidate just about every Special Attacker ''by themselves'' due to being {{Damage Sponge Boss}}es and have literally no peers, even when compared to [[GameBreaker Ubers]] (their closest competition, Lugia, is just a '''really''' bulky MightyGlacier).[[/labelnote]]
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: [[Funny/{{Smogon}} Has its own page.]]
* FanNickname: Most Pokémon have alternate names that are usually just shortened versions of normal names ("T-Tar" for Tyranitar, "Chomp" for Garchomp, etc.). A small number have one of their sets named after the user who came up with it, like "Crocune" for a [=RestTalking=] Suicune named after user Cromat.
* GameBreaker: As the authority on competitive Pokémon, they have the most knowledge about what is considered broken. Their opinion is respected to the point that the [[{{GameBreaker/Pokemon}} Game Breaker page for Pokémon]] [[WordOfDante pretty much requires that Smogon has banned any examples that apply to competitive or Player Versus Player situations or else it will get deleted]].
* InsaneTrollLogic: Appears every so often in suspect tests. Examples include suggesting something is uncounterable...provided it runs four items and seven moves at the same time. [[note]]While the intention is to say that there isn't a 100% counter, the phrasing is often terrible or over-exaggerated.[[/note]] An especially well-known example is "Outplay the coinflip" (see MemeticMutation for details).
* MemeticBadass: Druddigon. See MemeticMutation below for the reason why.
* MemeticMutation / FountainOfMemes: The community has developed many in-jokes over time.
** Colossoil, a community-created Pokémon in the form of a well-over-eight-feet-tall black narwhal with an ability called Rebound, is said to be good at basketball.
** [[http://pastebin.com/FHFpAivS After a Pokemon Online moderator named Somalia lost to a Jellicent with Energy Ball]] and thus proceeded to use his moderator privileges to [[RageQuit systematically rageban all members of the Smogon PO server]] and subsequently was banned, Energy Ball Jellicent has become a regular sight. [[http://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/somalian-suicide-formerly-in-is.3449637/ Discussion thread here.]]
** Metang@ [[labelnote:Explanation]]A forum member posts a team for rating by other members before actually putting most of the team in the post, with the exception of the meme subject. [[http://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/acredula.34489/ The thread in question.]][[/labelnote]]
** VILOPLUMES WITH SUBSTITUTES [[labelnote:Explanation]]See [[http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/2808/scrny20zd.png here]], and note that Substitute is a common move in competitive play and that Vileplume is badly outclassed at its job.[[/labelnote]]
** think about bissey [[labelnote:Explanation]]Someone posts a log of a bad competitive match with no explanation other than the thread title.[[/labelnote]]
** Also, Felix Merryweather is Smogon's official lawyer.
** [[http://www.smogon.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1898145&postcount=13 Pimpoleon]], King of the [[http://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/nigger-cup.81371/ N*gger Cup]].
** Edgar Clause. [[labelnote:Explanation]]A certain [[http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc84/HECTORPWNS/edgarclause.jpg battle request]]by an obvious {{scrub}} has led to various competitive battlers jokingly asking for battles with the "Edgar Clause".[[/labelnote]]
** [[FanNickname Focus Miss]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]The move Focus Blast is necessary on some competitive sets, due to it being the strongest specially-based Fighting-type attack appearing in most movepools... but its accuracy, at 70%, is far lower than is typically acceptable for competitive play. A Focus Blast miss typically costs the user the game, or at least considerable momentum, and is the cause of many a RageQuit. The move has attracted a sizeable {{Hatedom}} as a result of this.[[/labelnote]]
*** Stone Miss [[labelnote:Explanation]]Stone Edge is essentially the Rock-typed physical coverage equivalent of Focus Blast, and is hated just as much, if not even ''more'', despite actually having higher accuracy at 80%.[[/labelnote]]
*** F***ING BLIND BIRD [[labelnote:Explanation]]Moltres is a very powerful Pokemon in Smogon's RU tier, but gets a bad rep for a similar reason to Focus Blast and Stone Edge: both Fire Blast and Hurricane have infuriatingly low accuracy and cause Moltres to miss at the worst times, especially during important matches. This bad reputation earned Moltres the nickname mentioned in the meme name.[[/labelnote]]
** i have a bad team [[labelnote:Explanation]]The username of a player who trolled Smogon's tiering system into near-oblivion, to the point that Smogon had to rework the whole thing specifically to prevent her method from ever working again. Sometimes also referred to as "Sticky Barb Emboar", after one of her especially notorious item choices. [[http://pastebin.com/9msAQPwe Here is an explanation of how it was done.]][[/labelnote]]
** The Mighty Metang [[labelnote:Explanation]] An instance similar what happened above with the user i have a bad team, except in this instance the Pokemon moved was a single Metang. The nickname of the Metang used by this player was THE MIGHTY METANG, hence the name of the meme.[[/labelnote]]
*** This was also the name given to Metang's RU analysis, when a user called Molk played a huge number of RU matches with a team containing Metang, causing it to be KickedUpstairs from NU despite being totally useless in RU. The writer of [[http://www.smogon.com/bw/pokemon/metang/ru the analysis]] clearly thought so, anyway.
** brake stupid tree [[labelnote:Explanation]]The most notorious case of RougeAnglesOfSatin in a [[http://www.smogon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35679 warstory]] completely littered with it.[[/labelnote]]
** [[http://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/the-netbattle-shoddy-smogon-quotes-topic-aka-quasi-bash.16256/page-22#post-1701213 QUEM FALA LENGTHY BAN]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]Smogon's main servers are English-only, and the moderators ''do not like'' dealing with people who do not understand this.[[/labelnote]]
** Are '''smogon''' ruining the '''metagame'''? [[labelnote:Explanation]][[http://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/are-smogon-ruining-the-metagame.3475714/ A thread]] made by a random person instantly gets the community to {{Self Deprecat|ion}}e itself with multiple responses of "yes" and the thread being added to Smogon's Greatest Hits before being moved to Trou Du Cul.[[/labelnote]]
** [[WeatherControlMachine The Weather Wars]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]Gen V's Dream World gave Politoed and Ninetales the abilities Drizzle and Drought, respectively, making permanent Rain/Sun possible outside of the Uber tier for the first time. Between this and the number of Pokémon who can abuse the buffs weather gives to certain types/moves, the metagame became dominated mostly by teams built to abuse their weather of choice. The "War" part came from the fact that two opposing weather teams need to constantly switch in their WeatherControlMachine to keep their weather up; the war is "won" when one side's weather inducer has been knocked out/cannot switch in without fainting, leaving the other team's weather in play.[[/labelnote]]
** Kabutops is a threat in UU matches. [[labelnote:Explanation]]Kabutops' [[http://www.smogon.com/rs/pokemon/kabutops analysis for the third generation]] looks like something out of the LaconicWiki, which is very unusual for a Smogon analysis - they usually tend toward WallOfText, and more detail is generally encouraged. The line quoted for the meme is the overview - the '''entirety''' of the overview.[[/labelnote]]
** [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment [DEBUG] natural immunity.[DEBUG] natural immunity.[DEBUG] natural immunity.[DEBUG] natural immunity.[DEBUG] natural immunity.[DEBUG] natural immunity.]][[labelnote:Explanation]]During a Custom Game battle on Pokémon Showdown (Smogon's simulator), this pops up every turn in large quantities.[[/labelnote]]
** Use Numel [[labelnote:Explanation]]When the Swag Play tactic was being discussed, some users brought up this Pokemon, by virtue of it being the only one immune both to confusion and paralysis, and therefore, the only hard counter to this strategy. The catch? [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman Numel is a terrible Pokemon in every other way]][[/labelnote]]
** [[InsaneTrollLogic Outplay]] [[LuckBasedMission the Coinflip]][[labelnote:Explanation]]A [[http://puu.sh/7kzSv post]] of InsaneTrollLogic from the Swag Play thread on how to beat the strategy, which is basically praying that the RandomNumberGod likes you. Often repeated sarcastically and/or mockingly when people try to vouch for the "legitimacy" of luck-heavy strategies like [[ScrappyMechanic Double Team]].[[/labelnote]]
*** "It's balanced because you can use it too."[[labelnote:Explanation]]''Another'' sarcastic quote that pokes fun at another aspect of InsaneTrollLogic that justifies using {{Game Breaker}}s, disregarding the fact that they [[ItsAllAboutMe force people to run obscure and/or overspecialized counters to deal with them and cause the entire metagame to revolve around them]]. It was commonly used as a joke anti-ban argument for Mega Kangaskhan.[[/labelnote]]
** Aegislash THE CRUMBLER [[labelnote:Explanation]]In Aegislash's XY Analysis preview, one of the sets listed was a [[CripplingOverspecialization Choice Band set]], to which a mod retorted the usefulness of by saying [[http://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/completed-aegislash.3490786/page-3#post-4942166 "Being able to click Shadow Ball and see everything crumble is even better believe me."]] The name spread to other website to describe [[MagicKnight Mixed Aegislash with maxed out offensive stats]] and a [[CastFromHitPoints Life Orb]] that would hit as hard as possible. [[AscendedMeme The official analysis set for Mixed Aegislash set was even later named The Crumbler]].[[/labelnote]]
** Tactical Luke[[labelnote:Explanation]]A user on the simulator was running a Mega Lucario with Aura Sphere (which is normal), Dark Pulse and Shadow Ball [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment (which have Identical Super Effective Coverage)]], and Foresight [[UselessUsefulSpell (which lets Normal- and Fighting-Type attacks hit Ghosts, which this set can hit anyway because of Dark Pulse and Shadow Ball)]]. [[http://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/silly-things-youve-seen-on-the-ou-ladder-v2.3499396/page-16#post-5235453 When asked about their set, they replied with]] [[InsaneTrollLogic "It is tactical"]].[[/labelnote]]
** [[SarcasmMode BRB Saving]] [[http://puu.sh/89L0m.gif OU]][[labelnote:Explanation]] During the Baton Pass discussion, Musharna was brought up as a counter. Like the Numel example above, [[CripplingOverspecialization Musharna is completely useless outside of countering Baton Pass]]. This phrase was the response, [[http://puu.sh/89L0m.gif along with this]]. [[http://www.smogon.com/forums/posts/5379536/ The post in question.]][[/labelnote]]
** [[SarcasmMode Free/Unban x, y counters it]] [[labelnote:Explanation]] A sarcastic retort to players who think something shouldn't be banned or should be unbanned because a counter exists to it, [[CripplingOverspecialization even though most counters to]] {{GameBreaker}}s [[CripplingOverspecialization tend to be useless outside of countering them]]. One of the most common versions of this is "Free [[OlympusMons Kyogre]], Gastrodon counters it," since Kyogre is infamous for being able to kill almost anything in the game in two hits with Water Spout [[ScissorsCutsRock even things that resist it like Ferrothorn or Eviolite Chansey, the most Specially Defensive Pokemon in existence]]. The only reason Gastrodon is a "counter" is because its immune to Water Spout thanks to Storm Drain, but can't really do anything back to it.[[/labelnote]]
** [[FanNickname Elephant of Lame]][[labelnote:Explanation]] A name for Donphan, a Pokemon that is [[OvershadowedByAwesome completely outclassed at what it's designed to do by a crap ton of other options]], but was OU solely due to the number of bad players using it. It became a TierInducedScrappy when it was discovered that [[SturgeonsLaw people were using it more than legitimately good Mons like]] Keldeo, Terrakion, and [[OlympusMons KYUREM-B]]. The nickname originates from the OU Viability Thread where players were forced to rank it due to it being OU, [[WriterRevolt but gave it the lowest possible ranking and removed it a couple times because the analysis writers refused to make a write-up for it]] (non-OU Pokemon can still make the list if they are deemed viable enough by the analyses writers and/or forum moderators).[[/labelnote]]
** BAN DRUDDIGON [[labelnote:Explanation]]There's an inside joke in the RU playerbase and several other areas of the site that [[MemeticBadass Druddigon]] [[BlatantLies is the most broken Pokémon in existence]]. One user in particular, TROP, has such an immense personal hatred for Druddigon that he's well known on sites such as GameFAQs as "the guy who hates Druddigon".[[/labelnote]]
*** [[http://pastebin.com/e1R9eCwm 100 Reasons Why Druddigon Should Be Banned]] [[labelnote:Explanation]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin A list of]] [[BlatantLies "reasons"]] [[InsaneTrollLogic why Druddigon should be banned]].[[/labelnote]]
** RU Pride [[labelnote:Explanation]]During Generation 5 a user by the name of tsunami would ask people on IRC for 5 random Pokemon (nicknamed after the people who suggested them) to make up a team he would battle with live for the chat. The random teams were eventual dubbed "RU Pride" for only using Pokemon tiered RU or lower, [[SelfImposedChallenge even in UU or OU matches]].[[/labelnote]]
*** Mightyena [[labelnote:Explanation]]The last Pokemon on the team was always a Mightyena nickednamed after tsunami. It was discovered to be legitimately dangerous since it could solo unprepared teams after a [[KillStreak Moxie]] boost.[[/labelnote]]
*** "Fuck misclick" [[labelnote:Explanation]] tsunami would say this occasionally to fake out his opponent when sending out Mightyena or during 50/50 situations. [[RefugeInAudacity It actually worked]].[[/labelnote]]
** [[http://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/talonflame.3489918/page-28#post-5198566 Alexfowl]][[labelnote:Explanation]]A mixed Talonflame set posted by a moderator which was quickly found to be complete shit. The name comes from the moderator's name, alexwolf, combined with fowl.[[/labelnote]]
** 4drag2mag[[labelnote:Explanation]][[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin A team composed of 4 Dragon-types and 2 Magnet Pull users]]. The Magnet Pull users (usually Magnezone and Magneton) would trap and eliminate Steel-types so the Dragons could spam [[SpamAttack Outrage]] without being walled and pretty much assure victory. It was at its peak in Gens IV and V but died down when Fairies were introduced in Gen VI. A mutation, "DragMag", refers to any team with a Dragon-type and offensive Steel-type regardless if they're following the original strategy or not.[[/labelnote]]
** Flyspam/Birdspam[[labelnote:Explanation]]A team of Talonflame with Mega Pinsir or Staraptor [[TakeAThirdOption (or both)]] as partners. One member would soften up the checks/counters of the others to the point that they were too weak to do their job walling, letting the other members sweep without resistance. The name comes from the fact that they're all Flying-types and their [[SpamAttack go-to move]] is Brave Bird (Talonflame and Staraptor) or Aerialate boosted Return (Mega Pinsir)[[/labelnote]]
* {{Mis-blamed}}:
** No, Smogon did not invent the [[OneSteveLimit Species Clause]] or [[ObviousRulePatch Sleep Clause]], Game Freak did all the way back in Gen 1 in PokemonStadium.[[labelnote:Note]] The original Sleep Clause [[NonStandardGameOver made you automatically forfeit if you put a second Mon to sleep]]. Smogon's version of is modded to make the Sleep-Inducing moves just fail instead after one Mon is already put to sleep, [[LoopholeAbuse since players could force a win by using Encore on the Sleep-user]].[[/labelnote]]
** No, unbanning [[OlympusMons Kyurem-B]] was not their idea either; Pokémon Online did it first.[[labelnote:Note]][[FollowTheLeader But they probably wouldn't have if Pokémon Online didn't do it]].[[/labelnote]]
* MorePopularSpinoff: Smogon's rules, while not perfect, are widely considered to be ''vastly'' superior to the official rules set down by GameFreak/Nintendo.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: In Gen 6, Charizard's Mega Evolutions made it a legitimately solid choice in higher tiers; Mega Charizard X is essentially Salamence with a better typing and a built-in, recoil-free Life Orb for contact moves, while Mega Charizard Y gets Drought and is the hardest-hitting non-Uber weather inducer. Not to mention that it's often hard for the opponent to predict ''which'' Mega Evolution Charizard is packing.
* TheScrappy / TierInducedScrappy: Pretty much the same thing here.
** Politoed in Gen V, for causing [[MemeticMutation the Weather Wars]], turning the metagame into [[ItsTheSameSoItSucks nothing but Weather Teams]] and creating a ton of {{Game Breaker}}s just by its mere presence.
** [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap Prior to Gen VI]], Charizard in any tier above RU (read: the tiers with the best/most used Pokémon) after Generation 4 introduced Stealth Rock, at least to the more experienced players. Especially so in the Uber tier, where Charizard has no business participating in at all. [[http://www.smogon.com/smog/issue21/charizard Here's a quick explanation of why]].
** [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-Zagged]] with the item Assault Vest. While it's a legitimately good item, newer players tend to slap in on anything that runs sets with 4 attacks (such as Durant) and/or has middling Special Defense, giving it the reputation as a noob item.
*** Power-Up Punch gets similar treatment for the same reasons as Assault Vest (but isn't as useful, [[GameBreaker unless you're Mega Kangaskhan]]), and newer players tend to combine the 2 together regardless of usefulness. [[http://www.smogon.com/smog/issue35/assault-vest This article by Rarelyused Leader Molk]] explains what you should and shouldn't use it on.
** Electivire. It was hyped up in Gen IV for having massive coverage in one moveset, but HypeBacklash quickly settled in once people found it it was too slow (its speed is Base 95 when Base 100 is the most important speed stat), too weak (all of its attacks have low Base Power), and too predictable (it was often found with Gyarados to try to abuse its ability by switching in to absorb Electric attacks Gyarados would have taken). It was horribly bashed while it was OU in Gen IV and it later dropped down to RU in Gen V (where it also sucked) and finally hit NU in Gen VI. It's still bashed for being a crappy Mon and is massive SnarkBait whenever people use it.
** Shaymin-S is another infamous example for having a very high special attack and speed stat in conjunction with the annoying combo of Air Slash and Serene Grace. It was loathed so much that it was the first Pokemon to be banned to Ubers ''[[ZeroPercentApprovalRating unanimously]]''.
** Claydol in RU. Often used by newer players, because of its seemingly good access to both Stealth Rock and Rapid Spin. However, in reality Claydol is so flawed that most experienced players regard it as complete trash (in fact, Rarelyused Leader Molk tried to make it work, and publically judged it as the worst Pokemon he's ever used after weeks of testing). While Rapid Spin is a great move to have, Claydol's ability to use it effectively is hampered by the fact that it simply gets dominated by any Ghost type Pokemon. Not just having its Rapid Spin blocked, but an almost complete inability to get past them otherwise and a weakness to Ghost type moves to top it all off. On top of this, Claydol's unfortunate defensive typing gives it a weakness to almost every relevant offensive type in the tier, making its good defensive stats almost moot and meaning that even if Claydol ends up getting past a Ghost type somehow it often gets KOed or forced out before it can pull off a Rapid Spin regardless, ''[[YouAreTooLate and by the time it finally gets an opportunity to Rapid Spin the entry hazards its aiming to remove have already done their job]]''. On top of all of that, the buff to Defog in Generation VI to remove hazards from both sides of the field gives it major competition since Defog cannot be blocked like Rapid Spin.
* {{Scrub}}:
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]]... [[NotSoDifferent allegedly]]. Almost everything they ban is determined via tests, community feedback, and whether or not the supposed GameBreaker is overcentralizing (becomes so common that you are required to run something to counter it specifically, regardless of what kind of team you are running). The process is nonetheless prone to groupthink.
** However, if you want [[GameBreaker Evasion]] to be legal, the entire competitive community will brand you as one.[[note]]Evasion is so universally hated that one of the most common HouseRules outside of simulator play is to ban it, since it forces a LuckBasedMission on the opponent that they have no control over. It's also impossible to completely counter, since most [[AlwaysAccurateAttack perfect accuracy attacks]] [[UselessUsefulSpell are too weak to use]], SwitchOutMoves have negative priority and are blocked by Taunt, and literally every Pokémon that can learn [=TMs=] (read: all but 5 or so) can be taught Double Team (the main evasion attack). Since Smogon promotes skill-based playing over luck, [[JumpedOffTheSlipperySlope legalizing Evasion would go against everything they have stood for since its inception]].[[/note]] [[http://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/evasion.3490307/ You will also likely ignite a horrible flame war.]]
*** Ironically, evasion was allowed for Ubers after testing the tier and participants deciding that it isn't that bad due to how powerful everything is there. Doesn't stop a few losses turning into wins due to blind luck every now and then, though.
*** Double Team advocates tend to change their minds after fighting [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Justy Justy]] from Colosseum/XD or a [[NighInvulnerable Minimize Chansey holding Eviolite]].
** WhiteKnighting your favorite pokemon, especially starters, against legitimate criticism by invoking PopularityPower will also cause you to be viewed as this. [[note]]For reference, this ''is'' the reason for Charizard's Scrappy Status in past gens.[[/note]]
** Also played straight with casuals who try to adopt Smogon rules and force others to abide by them despite a) not having a single clue what half of them mean and b) not being anywhere near the skill level where those rules start to mean anything.
* [[ScrappyLevel Scrappy Meta]]: Gen V OU is infamous for this. Thanks to [[GameBreaker the Permanent Rain given by Politoed]], most teams on the simulators ran Weather to either abuse it or counter it, [[ItsAllAboutMe causing the entire meta to revolve around it]].
* [[SkillGateCharacters Skill Gate Character]]: Eviolite Doublade in RU. Thanks to Doublade's great Attack stat, incredible coverage, excellent Steel/Ghost typing, and absolutely absurd physical defense, players who are new to the RU tier often build teams that can't even hurt Doublade, let alone take it out, which often causes it to be mistaken for a [[GameBreaker Game Breaker]] among newbies. However, Doublade's poor Special Defense and Speed stats, reliance on moves with low base power, and vulnerability to the ever common move Knock Off (which doesn't just hit the sword super effectively, but immediately cuts its defenses because of its reliance on the item Eviolite) can be taken advantage of quite easily by someone who knows what they're doing, and cause it to be viewed as a perfectly manageable (albiet still threatening) Pokemon in higher level play.
* StopHavingFunGuys: As mentioned above, mostly [[AvertedTrope averted]]. A diverse metagame is outright encouraged by the suspect test process. They don't have much of a tolerance for {{Scrub}}s, though..