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* Wes, the BadassLongcoat DefectorFromDecadence AntiHero.
** His very introduction being the [=CMoA=] where he quits Team Snagem, takes their Pokémon Snag system, and then blows up the base itself as he escapes, all while grinning like a maniac. Nothing is more badass than that.
*** Except for right after that, when he reveals himself to have 2 different evolutions of a Pokémon that there's just one of in most games. Not only does Eevee evolve into Espeon & Umbreon through Friendship, they start out at Level 26, when most Trainers start out with one Pokémon at Level 5.
* Cipher's multiple subversions of TheGuardsMustBeCrazy can be seen as this, forcing the player trainer to stay on his toes the entire campaign. Also doubles as ParanoiaFuel, for obvious reasons.
** Villain groups typically only attack as a result of the tripwire mentality. Cipher Peons and R&Ds will detect by sight and sound, and will turn to face you regardless of your vector of approach.
** Villain groups typically stick to one type or group of Pokémon. Cipher ''doesn't''.
*** Well ''technically'' the Shadow Pokémon count as a group/theme Cipher uses, but there's no set type for Shadow Pokémon. This also makes Cipher one of the most competent, and ''definitely'' most threatening villain group in the entire franchise.
** Name another group that ambushes trainers by ''[[CeilingCling dropping from the ceiling]]''.
* Kids Grid: a bunch of 'children' that are hard at work in rescuing Shadow Pokémon. One of their bases even got a 'satellite dish' working and eventually overpowering a jamming signal that Cipher had placed. Another manages to recover the data of a wiped disk from Cipher. There is little wonder that they become the ONBS in the sequel!
* Ho-Oh shooting down Evice's copter with Sacred Fire.
* Eagun defeating some Cipher goons with his Pikachu.
* Have Wes [[MenacingStroll walk slowly]] in time to Pyrite Town's {{Ear Worm}}y background music. MickeyMousing has never felt more epic.
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