Anime: Pokémon: Jirachi: Wishmaker
The sixth entry in the Pokémon
series of films, and the first movie to feature the Advance Generation characters.
Once every thousand years, the Millennium Comet can be seen from Earth for seven days. By the light of that comet and the bond of one chosen by destiny, a Pokémon that can grant wishes awakens. One man, mocked by his colleagues for his failure, wants to use this Pokémon to finally complete his goal of bringing a legendary creature to life.
This movie provides examples of:
- Big Bad: Butler. He is the driving force behind the movie's conflict with his goal of getting Jirachi and using its power to create a Groudon.
- Big "NO!": Jirachi when Butler gets its True Eye (the one on its stomach) to open by having Dusclops torture it.
- Combat Tentacles: The psuedo-Groudon sports several that emerge from either its claws or its spines. They devour any living creature they manage to catch.
- Continuity Nod: During part of the narration at the beginning of the movie, each Pokémon from the previous movies get a cameo, in chronological order, starting with Mewtwo, then Lugia, Entei, Celebi, and Latias and Latios. Before all of them is Ho-oh, who was first seen in the very first episode.
- Also, the Pokemon fireworks seen in the movie were introduced in an episode that aired a couple weeks before the movie premiered.
- The English dub also added in a very heartwarming bit where Ash refers to a friend (obviously Misty) that he had to leave, and that he misses every day.
- Creating Life: Butler is trying to create a Groudon from a fossil he found. His first attempt was a failure that got him banished from Team Magma, his second blew up in his face, and his third attempt created a monster.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Absol fits his description to a tee. It's not trying to hurt Jirachi, just return it to Forina.
- A Day in the Limelight: Max, as the movie focuses on his friendship with Jirachi.
- Eldritch Abomination: The fake Groudon that Butler creates, which seems to be a rather solid Blob Monster. It sucks the life out of everything around it, killing wildlife and exuding slimy tendrils that grab and absorb any living creature they capture. Its lines perpetually glow unlike the real Groudon's and it doesn't conjure an endless drought.
- Ending Theme: "Make a Wish". Notable as it's the only movie to feature part of the Japanese ending theme, alongside an English version of the song.
- Evil All Along: Butler, who initially seemed like a nice enough guy. It's even revealed that he used to work for Team Magma.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Unsurprisingly, the fake Groudon goes out of Butler's control.
- Lighter and Softer: For most of the film, anyway, since a lot of focus goes to Max's friendship with Jirachi.
- Expy: Forina was Based on the historic Chinese Wulingyuan area.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: Butler made a machine that he believed would create a Groudon from scratch. The "Groudon" that resulted... well, wasn't. It was an Eldritch Abomination that was different from Groudon in every conceivable way except for its general shape.
- Heel-Face Turn: Diane goes against Butler to drive Ash, Jirachi, and the gang back to Forina.
- Butler himself in the end.
- Implacable Man: The psuedo-Groudon. Fire a Razor Wind at it? All you did was attract its attention. Use Hyper Beams or Flamethrowers to ward off its tentacles? They'll be back in the next moment or so. Hit the monster itself with said attacks? All you're doing is pissing it off. Reverse the machine's polarity so that it drains its energy? That works as long as you can keep it up and might even kill it eventually, but even then you might need to hit it in some way with the energy you stole from it to finish it off, just to be sure.
- It's Personal: Butler's goal is motivated out of pure hate and spite for being banished from Team Magma.
- Keep It Foreign/Too Long; Didn't Dub: A rare musical example. 4Kids Entertainment, rather than creating a new ending theme like they do with every Pokemon movie, decided to do a version of the film's original ending theme that alternated between English vocals and the original Japanese vocals, building up to the point where both singers have a duet in their respective languages. It's quite impressive.
- Love Martyr: Diane pushes Butler out of the way from one of psuedo-Groudon's tentacles.
- Love Redeems: Butler's new goal after his creation goes horribly wrong is to save Diane after she gets absorbed by the fake Groudon. Jirachi lampshades it.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Said by Butler when the pseudo-Groudon runs amok.
- Never Trusta Trailer/*Trailers Always Spoil: A bit of an odd example- other than the teaser, the English trailers really play up the fake Groudon's rolenote . This is despite said fake Groudon only having 10 minutes of screentime, near the end of the movie.
- Reverse Polarity: Butler believes that putting his machine in reverse would enable them to drain energy out of the fake Groudon. It works, and the monster starts rotting away and melting into sludge right before it tries to absorb Jirachi.
- Walking Wasteland: The fake Groudon kills everything near it. Almost immediately after it's created, the plant-life around it withers and dies at an alarming rate.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Butler at least thinks his intentions to prove the truth to Team Magma are right and not at all misguided.