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Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys is the seventh film in the Pokémon franchise, and the second and final film set in the Hoenn region.Four years ago, a meteor containing the legendary Pokémon Deoxys crashed into an icy continent. The legendary Pokémon of the ozone layer, Rayquaza, engaged it in a fierce battle which ended with Deoxys seemingly destroyed. A group of researchers witness the battle and take the crystalline remains home with them, while their young son picks up a phobia of Pokémon from the experience.Flash forward to the present where Ash and friends arrive in futuristic LaRousse City, famed for its Battle Tower, just in time for Deoxys to be revived, block off the city from the outside and start causing chaos. They team up with the aforementioned researchers and a group of other trainers to find a way to calm Deoxys down.This is the first Pokémon movie to not be preceded by a Pikachu short, and it perhaps shows. In North America, the movie skipped a theatrical release, premiering on Kids' WB! where it pulled in higher ratings than the network had got in the entire previous year.
The movie provides examples of:
Adult Fear: Would you want your child in Tory's shoes during that stampede?
Brick Joke: In order to revive the Green Deoxys, the citizens of LaRousse City rally around and use any means possible to bring the power back to the city. This includes Team Rocket, who, unfortunately, in an effort to keep themselves hidden, weren't informed of the operation being a success. The end of the movie sees them still trying to generate power, completely unaware that the crisis is over.
The Computer Is Your Friend: At the end of the movie, due to the battle between Rayquaza and the two Deoxys beating the crap out of each other (and causing major collateral damage), LaRousse City's defense system goes haywire.
Conflict Killer: The Block Bots going out of control ends any and all conflict between Deoxys and Rayquaza, nicely side-stepping the possibility of a Downer Ending.
Conspicuous CG: This movie made highly generous use of CG Pokémon, especially for the scenes involving the multiple Deoxys'. It looks ugly.
Continuity Nod: May's main rival Drew is later revealed to be from the city this movie is set in.
The first Pokemon Ranger special two-parter (the one set in the Battle Frontier saga) explicitly mentions Professor Lund's research in this movie.
Curb-Stomp Battle: What's supposed to be a tag-battle at the beginning of the movie essentially becomes a 2-on-1 match, as Ash's partner Tory has no Pokémon of his own and had never actually been in a Pokémon battle, rendering him useless. Not surprisingly, the fight itself results in a humiliating loss for Ash.
Defeat Means Friendship: After about three battles against each other, the Deoxys and Rayquaza eventually leave on good terms.
Their rivalry is given a nod in the Generation III remakes Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Evidently, Rayquaza and Deoxys have come to blows back in ancient history, with Deoxys repeatedly trying to go to Hoenn and Rayquaza pushing it back.
Deus ex Machina: Thank goodness Munchlax evolved just in time for Ash to use it as a stepping stone to reach the head Block Bot.
Strong as They Need to Be: Rayquaza and Deoxys are both legendary Pokémon with Rayquaza being a bit bulkier but here Deoxys can instantly change between its competitive balance forms at will, its signature move that it spams is supposed to get weaker after each use but here it remains just as strong and it also has incredible healing abilities. Oh and it can creat an army of clones pretty much instantly without any apparent effort.
Why Did It Have To Be Pokémon?: Tory is terrified of Pokémon because of an incident that happened when he was younger (he was caught in the middle of a Sealeo and Walrein stampede). Until he rescues Plusle and Minun from their falling death, and in the end seems to have finally gotten over this fear, and implies he's adopted the two.
Zerg Rush: The "flood" of security robots that overwhelm Rayquaza and the two Deoxys.