Anime: Pokémon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon, also known as The Terrifying Mirage Pokémon in Japan, is one of three Pokémon specials.Dr. Yung shows Ash and his friends holographic Pokémon, also known as Mirage Pokémon. They have no weaknesses and know moves that they normally can't learn. However, the Mirage Master kidnaps Dr. Yung and Professor Oak, and Ash and his friends are unable to rescue them because of an army of Mirage Pokémon.This special is infamous for the voice cast change well before the special aired. The Pokémon Company said that they used the special for a testing ground for the new actors. Of the results, Ash's intended replacement, Kayzie Rogers, was replaced by newcomer Sarah Natochenny. Some liked the new voices, but most hated them. Petitions were created in order for the old voice actors from 4Kids Entertainment to return, even before the new cast's work was aired. Thankfully, the new actors got better over time, so the complaints lessened, although some consider them Replacement Scrappies to this day.
This special provides examples of:
- Actually a Doombot: The Mirage Master who kidnapped Dr. Yung was actually just a hologram.
- All Your Powers Combined: Mirage Mewtwo, who gains the ability to use every move.
- Anachronic Order: At the time the movie was first broadcast in the US, Pikachu had not learned Volt Tackle in the series. At the end of the movie, however, Pikachu delivers one to Mewtwo with no problem.
- Big Bad: The Mirage Master, aka Dr. Yung.
- Bruce Wayne Held Hostage: An interesting variation. Early in the movie, Dr. Yung is kidnapped by the Mirage Master, only for it to be revealed at the climax that Dr. Yung IS the Mirage Master, and the one who supposedly kidnapped him was just a hologram.
- Coat, Hat, Mask: The Mirage Master wears this in order to keep his identity a secret. Ultimately he ditches the mask and hat.
- Cool Mask: The Mirage Master's. Its metal and has red designs on it.
- Continuity Nod: During a memory-probe of Pikachu, a screen displays Pokémon that appeared in the second through fifth movies. Ultimately, a holographic Mewtwo is created based on those memories.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Basically the entire fight is this, as Mirage Mewtwo is far too powerful for all of the gang's attacks combined to even scratch.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Mirage Pokemon is an allegory for hacked pokemon, one that couldn't be more blatant unless Dr. Yung put Wonder Guard onto it.
- Driven to Suicide: Implied. Doctor Yung walks back into the laboratory after it burst into flame, saying he needs to work on the Mirage Pokemon system. Oak tries to stop him, but the gate collapses between the two.
- Dramatic Unmask: When the Mirage Master is revealed to be Doctor Yung.
- Evil All Along: Doctor Yung
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Doctor Yung
- Go Out with a Smile: Mew.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Mirage Mew.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: In addition to Kayzie Rogers and Jimmy Zoppi, Ken Gates returns to his old role as the narrator.
- Dr Yung's voice would later be Harley in the main series.
- High Collar of Doom: The Mirage Master has one on his coat.
- Highly Visible Password: So that we can see the reference.
- Identity Impersonator: The first time we see the Mirage Master, he's actually just a hologram.
- Instant A.I., Just Add Water: Mirage Mew, who was given sapience apparently by accident. Or maybe it found a way to...
- Just a Machine: Doctor Yung's view of the Mirage pokemon. They're shown to be right about all of them but Mirage Mew.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Dr. Yung and Professor Oak wear them.
- Mad Scientist:Dr. Yung
- Nice Hat: The Mirage Master has what looks like a black and gray fedora.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Mewtwo vs Mew. It doesn't end well for Mew.
- Off Model: Justified as the animation studio responsible for making the special had never done any prior Pokémon-related work.
- The Other Darrin: See above.
- Powers as Programs: Quite literally in this case, as the holographic Pokémon are capable of using any attack.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: The mirage Mew.
- The Sociopath: The titular villain, in actuality Dr. Yung, who places no value on life.
- Strolling Through the Chaos: The Mirage Master at the end when they walk back into the collapsing lab. Even the main characters are briefly stunned at them.
- Take That: Against players who use hacking devices on their Pokémon games.
- They Called Me Mad!: Doctor Yung was expelled from the Pokemon Institute because their research was considered unethical.
- Turned Against Their Masters: Mirage Mew
- Uncertain Doom: In the end, we don't find what happened to the Mirage Master, though since no body was found they might have escaped and is still out there, planning...
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Mirage Mew. Dr. Yung merely views it as a glitch in the Mirage system, even as it was the closest to being a living Pokémon. Dr. Yung is also called out on preferring his Mirage system over utilizing real Pokémon.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Upon creating Mirage Mewtwo, the Mirage Master orders it to attack the other Mirage Pokémon that had been helping him up to that point.
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