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Manwiththeplan: When Ash actually did win against Paul, at long last, in the Sinnoh League...and Paul shrugged it off, he and Ash parted as friends all of a sudden, with Paul being treated as redeemed despite very little indication of it and no formal apology for his Jerk Ass behavior in the past. This is Character Development for Paul gone horribly, horribly wrong, and as a result, he comes across as an incredible Karma HoudiniJerk Sue. Also, to put it more into perspective how inappropriate this is: this was in the Sinnoh League tournament, close to the end, with Paul's dream of becoming a champion in sight...and he loses to Ash, the trainer he looked down upon, and Infernape, the evolution of the Pokemon he let go! Ash went into depression after losing to Ritchie in the Indigo League; Paul should have had a flat-out Villainous Breakdown here. But no, Atsuhiro Tomioka (the writer) can't have his pet character's "coolness" and composure ruined like that. He has him accept the defeat easily and be treated as a reformed, respectable trainer by characters and fans alike. Bull. Shit.
Cerotech Omega: Gary tried real hard to be king asshole during Kanto and bits of Johto. And yet, he can't compare to Paul's ragequitting on Ash at the tag tournament! Good Arceus almighty, where to begin with that abominable act? If Paul's supposed to be a “Stop Having Fun” Guy, why does he do something Smogon deems wrong (while I personally don't like metagame elitism, I have to cut them some slack aside from Tobias, who someone mentioned further down)?! The abuse of Chimchar goes to a whole 'nother level on top of that, and millions were watching, both in-person and via broadcast, meaning that everyone got a good glimpse of this debacle! And yet the writers treat the whole clusterfuck as a motherfucking blam - Barry chimes in later about Paul's victory (Ash made the winning effort, dumbass!), and worse still, even Ash doesn't bring it up when he and Mister Easily Forgiven Asshole buddy up after their match at the Sinnoh Conference! Coupled with Ash losing to Cameron in the Unova League and proving that the series will never escape this cycle of stupidity, it's safe to say the anime is dead to me. Fuck it in hell, forever.
King Cr Inu Yasha: Probably the worst part is the Character Derailment that came out of this. In one of the early episodes, an enraged Brock nearly starts a Pokémon Bar Brawl when confronting a trainer laughing about abandoning a Charmander to the elements without telling it. Here, Paul doesn't even get so much as a slap on the wrist for his actions.
Tropers/stuartbrock: My original DMOS was Pika and Goliath, but then I remembered Strategy Begins At Home!. Basically, it starts off really boring, even by Sinnoh filler standards. It stays that way for quite a while (which is to say, still boring) before Ash meets a COTD who wants to be a bug type trainer when he gets older. The boy admires a bunch of bug type Pokemon, including a Heracross, which prompts Ash to tell him about his own Heracross, and also Bulbasaur. Then they make him say this: "Wow... Nathaniel reminds me of me!". I tuned out right after that. Why, why would you make him say something so OoC and... stupid?! Fuck you, Sarah Natochenny. Fuck you, James Cathcart Carter. Fuck you, Z Pang America. Fuck you, TP Ci.
Sahgo: Ash giving away Primeape. Now, Ash and friends leaving their Pokemon behind is nothing new, but usually they have genuine reasons for needing to leave, even if it's a stupid reason (hey, Ambipom). But Primeape's case was just nonsensical - Ash joins a tournament for Fighting-type Pokemon, and Primeape wins it. Then Ash leaves it with the guy he defeated, because he promises to make of Primeape a true champion, or some. Compare this with Charizard's departure - the lizard was left in a valley where even the weakest Charizard was stronger than it. It would get stronger. Primeape, on the other hand, was left with people weaker than it. How in blazes does that make any sense?
Dashguy: Now, let's clarify some stuff here: Ash never faced Anthony during said tournament and Anthony's Hitmonchan lost to Team Rocket's Hitmonlee because they cheated. If anything, it's just another case of "leaving his Pokemon in the hands of a more experienced trainer". The true DMOS is that Ash gave it away in the very same episode he finally managed to create a bond with it. Moreover it was barely the second episode Primeape had appeared and we haven't seen anything about it ever since.
Tomodachi: The fact Primeape is no longer mentioned and has yet to return (15 season so far!) is what bugs me.
terlwyth: The departure of Misty from the team counts, which was the penultimate nail in the coffin after Johto League Champions started to embrace Filler and the Villain Decay/Took a Level in Dumbass in Team Rocket over what came before. The Nakama had really grown strong and developed, and then that episode came, good-bye Misty. Then the one episode where Misty makes an reappearance and...she doesn't have any Deadpan Snarker tendencies, she's actually kind of ditzy! WTH!? I tried to get May to grow on me, but this episode cemented that Pokemon is no longer watchable for me.
Latios2: Personally...I have an odd confession...that I like all of the Pokémon movies...with the exception of Arceus And The Jewel Of Life...however it's not the focus of this moment. No, this moment goes to the movie Kyurem Vs The Swords Of Justice. The movie is a lot better then most of the recent movies admittingly...except for the end that nearly ruins it. The ending had an epic duel between Keldeo and Kyurem that's sure to be remembered, Kyurem having nearly frozen an entire city and scarring the living crap out of Keldeo and the protagonists making it vastly intimidating villain that'll surely.. ...wait what? Kyurem's not evil? ...Bullshit! While I do like the other movies...this is a cliché in the movies that has really grating my nerves for a while now! Deoxys and Darkai are the only two I let off the hook in this regard...Giratina was more so apathetic because it wasn't that poorly handled. Arceus was where it started getting annoying, and the antagonist for Black and White really started making it a problem...but Kyurem!? Kyurem was causing mayhem without a doubt over an entire city and hunted Keldeo down like a dog that wouldn't stop hunting! But nope...Kyurem's not really evil......this really knocked the movie down several pegs having nearly ruined it.
Micky D: In the episode "The Scuffle of Legends" falls under this and was embarrassing to watch. This episode focuses around Archie taking control of the Red Orb and using Kyogre to devastate the world. Ash's Pikachu gets possessed by the Blue Orb and controls Groudon to stop Kyogre from destroying everything. Sounds cool right? It would've been cool if they had actually bothered to animate any of the action scenes. We get treated to still frame images of either a sea storm, any of the attacks, and anything that isn't still-framed automatically happens off screen. You'd think the animators would save at least most of their budget the show is run on to animate that episode instead of the pointless filler that every season has.
Goldeneye101: Moreover, there was "Gaining Groudon" to the parents who's children were fans. I was looking up stuff on Amazon for reviews on anime DVDs, and one that I was interested in was "Gaining Groudon". It turns out that some parents just bought it because Groudon was their child's favorite Pokemon. It was hilarious to see the mad parents when they realized "Gaining Groudon" was the last episode on that DVD, and anybody who has seen the two specials can tell you that all "Gaining Groudon" had was a 5 second shot of Groudon in chains, meaning that parents would have to buy "The Scuffle of Legends" to get their money's worth. Well. Played.
Baronobeefdip: While Mewtwo Returns is a decent special, it has a DMOS moment going against it. In it, Ash and Giovanni meet face to face for the first time. Ok, so are we going to get the "Ash Vs. Giovanni" battle we've all been waiting for? Nope, instead there's an off-screen battle between Giovanni and the secondary characters. (Beat) What!? The special sets up for the biggest battle everyone was hoping to see, and it never happens. Both moments are enough to lower the enjoyability of an otherwise good special.
Light Deoxys: The last Sinnoh League episode of Pokémon. Ash has finally defeated his Jerkass rival Paul, and is advancing in the league...but guess who he comes up against? An evil-looking trainer who defeats Ash with a fucking Darkrai and Latios! Okay, I'm suddenly enraged...This isn't like the previous leagues, where we had a trainer with a non-legendary defeat Ash and win the league or the chance to beat the Elite Four...but come on! Two fucking legendaries?! This is a fucking cop-out! Why did they just make an asspull so Ash could lose and be "inspired" to go to the Unova region?! Why couldn't they just use a fully-evolved starter like Blaziken near the end of the Silver Conference?!
fluffything: While I didn't mind that Tobias had a Darkrai and a Latios. However, my main peeve with the episode is that there is no explanation as to why Tobias has Legendaries. None. We're just led to assume that he's always had them. Um, no, no. That's not how it works. Pokémon, if you want trainers to use Legendaries now, fine. Great. But, at least give us an explanation as to how they obtained said Legendaries. Otherwise, it just feels like you're pulling it out of your ass.
Cyber Tiger 88: It wouldn't be that bad if Tobias had some screen time before his battle with Ash. At least the characters that won against Ash in previous tournaments had an episode or two that showed how they got their Pokemon, allowed them to demostrate their skills, had a close battle that kept fans on their toes, and made them likable people. Tobias came out of no-where and flat out curb-stomped Ash, so his appearance came across as a badly-done giant middle finger to everyone who dared to hope that Ash could win a tournament other than the one in the Orange Islands arc.
Rayne Cyro: Agreed with the above. Personally, I would have adored this episode (as I hate Ash's guts, and the 'mons used to beat him are high on my favorites list), but the issue is it came right the fuck out of nowhere. No foreshadowing, no warning, hell, we've never even heard of this guy before now. If he'd had an episode or two of backstory and exposition, some reasons as to why he gets such a badass roster under his belt, he might well have become my favorite side character. As it is, though, he has the distinction of managing to come up with the biggest God-Mode SueAss Pull since Sasuke and The Great Snake Escape.
Dialga X: Agreed with all the above. Tobias has no previous screentime, no previous backstory before his appearance and no explanation was given for his roster and battling prowess. Couple that with his complete stomp against Ash and it looks like the writers added Tobias as a "Fuck you!" to the fans who wanted to see Ash win a league tournament.
K Man: K Man here with a magnificent tale of Ash, a trainer with four generations of Pokemon experience losing to a noob! That is right, folks, Ash's new rival in Best Wishes is a guy fresh out of the lab and in a 5 on 5 battle he goes and loses 2-5. How in the name of Arceus does that happen? Pikachu has its Electric moves back and Ash has all the starters at this point and he loses to this wannabe. Hell, Trip didn't even show his last two Pokemon, and has the audacity to taunt Ash after the battle. At least his Curb-Stomp Battle with Paul had both trainers having equal experience but this is just Arrrggghhh!
Gintax Alvissforever: I was equally annoyed with this scene originally because she thought that the writer of this episode was Atsuhiro Tomioka (the writer who created Paul). As a result, I thought Trip would be exactly the same as Paul...thank God for Hidden Depths but what pisses me off is that the writer of this episode just had to make Ash look stupid (seriously, attacking Frillish that has Cursed Body?!) and make Trip look like a prick. Luckily, Ash took it better than Paul did and thank God they didn't make Trip invincible after that.
Trivialato: These things do have justification to some extent, though. Trip was clearly shown to have gotten much more grinding than Ash's team (sans Pikachu) was able to do, no thanks in part to the Filler. As for what ends up happening, that is just unreasonable. I mean, Trip's Mons may be powerful and Ash's immature, but that does not give justification for a single Tranquill to OHKO 2 starter Mons in a single hit. And that stupidity around Frillish, though also reasonable by Cursed Body being a new ability for Gen V, is equally stupid. First, it OHKO's Pidove just like Tranquill did to Tepig and Oshawott, then it somehow manages to evade attract, a move with 100% accuracy and a move that should not have a physical manifestation, by simply rising above it. And if that isn't enough, the writers decide to have Cursed Body activate twice in the same battle! Why, universe?! Why must you make kids' shows so stupid!?
Goldeneye101: Alright, if anyone has noticed, every anime season has a past Pokémon to be the villain Pokémon. A.K.A. the Pokémon villains use in random appearances. The biggest example of this was Aggron in the Diamond/Pearl seasons. The biggest example of this was Trials and Adulations, and it starts swerving off into Mary Sue territory. It starts off with Dawn going off of the group for a bit to get water and an Aggron attacks her. The anime screams that it is trying to teach size does not equal power. Because, despite it's Pokédex entry saying it protects the land it claims, it just happened to attack a main character, so it must be evil. Sure enough, Ash and Brock find she went missing, go up to the exact spot where Dawn fell in, and Aggron attacks them, too. Now you can see where this is going. Dawn returns on the screen, fights Team Rocket for a bit, and Aggron comes out of nowhere again and chases her while Team Rocket watches. Dawn gets out her Mamoswine, which has not obeyed her yet. Mamoswine loses the ensuing battle. They all then fall of a cliff and Mamoswine's body breaks the fall for Dawn. Wait, what? And all Mamoswine has is an injured leg after falling off a cliff? The rest of the episode is Dawn nursing Mamoswine back to health, the most thinly veiled attempt to copy from an earlier season yet. note The Orange Island arc with Ash and Charizard, in case you're curious Finally, Aggron returns to fight Dawn again, this time Dawn riding on Mamoswine's back while battling. And wins. Did I mention Dawn barely knew any of Mamoswine's attacks yet and calls them out like a pro? All this could have been avoided, if it weren't for the ending. Mamoswine uses two Attacks, Ice Shard and Ancientpower. After Ancientpower, Aggron runs away in fear. Think about that with me for 5 seconds. A 7 foot, 800 pound rock dinosaur with an area to protect...runs from battle. I am also a fan of Professional Wrestling, so imagine something like Andre the Giant running from Rey Mysterio in fear that he would get his ass kicked and you would get the same effect that the episode showed. I stopped watching the anime for that entire season, returning to it only with Best Wishes.
Cabbit Girl Emi: Episodes 77 and 78 of the Hoenn arc, where May competes in the Rubello contest, but mostly 78. She gets all cocky as she wants to win badly. After passing the Appeal Round, Ash attempts to give May some tips to use with her Bulbasaur and what does she do? Tells him to shove it! How could it get worse? Bulbasaur goes all Shrinking Violet and May doesn't sympathize at all! And Bulbasaur gets paralyzed by Savannah's Lairon's Shock Wave attack, despite the fact that the attack doesn't work that way! And to make matters worse, the judges act like total pricks to May when she loses. It's a total shame that Atsuhiro Tomioka went from writing great episodes such as "Ash Catches a Pokemon" and "Address Unown!" to complete trash like this two-part Filler.
Psi Basilisk: Ash’s and Ritchie’s battle in the episode "Friend and Foe Alike", not because Ash lost, but because everything goes wrong for Ash for the worst possible reasons. First, Ritchie’s Butterfree uses Sleep Powder on Ash's Squirtle, putting Ash’s Squirtle to sleep. Then the referee declares that Squirtle is fainted and unable to battle. This is the most blatantly stupid thing a referee has done on this show. Sleep does not equal fainting. If that were the move Rest would be unusable. Besides, there have been instances of Pokemon falling asleep during battle on this show without being eliminated so this is just stupid and inconsistent. I honestly think that referee should have been fired. Also it turns out that most of Ash’s Pokémon are way too tired to battle effectively due to having to dealing with Team Rocket's nonsense earlier. Pidgeotto even had to fly Ash over to get to the battle in time. Ash is therefore forced to use the only Pokemon that isn’t tired from the Team Rocket Fiasco; unfortunately it’s Charizard. At first, Charizard does good against Ritchie's team, however at one point Charizard just stops battling, lays down in the middle of the battle and forfeits, costing Ash the match. I know that Ash wasn't the smartest guy in the world, particularly in the earlier seasons but most of the problems in this battle were due to bad luck. He did not deserve to lose in such a humiliating way. This debacle was painful to watch.
Saiyan Warrior 006: Seconded, Ash's Pokémon were at best half strength and he doesn't even get a chance to heal or switch them out for one of the others like Muk and Kingler. But the real DMOS is the following episode were everyone gets onto him and said if he trained Charizard better he would've won and told him not to make excuses for his loss. WHAT?! Gee, thanks a lot Delia, Misty, Brock, and Professor Oak! You weren't the ones kidnapped and forced to waste time and energy getting back to the stadium and fight with a handicap so of course you would've won if that had happened to you instead. Honestly if I was Ash, the next time Team Rocket kidnapped one of them I would've said Nice knowing ya and went the other direction with the way they acted like jerks and treated him.
Ur Leingod Charizard's Burning Ambitions. I get that Ash gives up all his Mon's except Pikachu in the lead-up to a new season (which has led to many of the DMOS on this page, come to think of it), but this is the one that personally offended me. As someone who lists "Volcanic Panic" (the episode where Ash's Charizard fights Blaine's Magmar) as one of his favorite episodes ever, the idea that there's an entire valley full of Charizard where even the weakest one can utterly Curb Stomp Ash's Charizard without any effort is just one big slap to the face, the implication here being that any single one of these wild Charizard could completely mop the floor with the strongest Pokemon of the 2nd strongest (and most entertaining) gym leader in the whole damn region! A whole bunch of buildup, a spectacular climax, one of the coolest battles in the series (in my opinion)...and then about 60 episodes later we basically learn that they're both total pussies. And what makes it worse is that they had no reason to make Charizard a total bitch compared to everyone else there. We've established already that Charizard is incredibly proud and arrogant, even just learning his strength was only average for a Charizard could have spurred him to stay and train. But no, we had to wring some cheap laughs out of one of my favorite Pokemon getting creamed by the runt of the litter.
Wildstar93: In Best Wishes episode at the start, Iris calls Ash a kid just for celebrating getting his sixth Unova badge. Oh, come ON, Iris! You've never done it before (except when he got the first badge, and that was justified because he'd actually won it the wrong way without knowing it) until now! So why start? And you can't blame a guy for cheering about his badges, now can you? It's even more jarring later, when Iris is fanatically supportive of Ash winning his eighth badge. It's certainly a DMOS when an episode decides to make Iris out of character just for the sake of her "what a kid!" Running Gag.
briangriffin1995: Dawn of a Royal Day!. The plot of this episode follows Princess Salvia, who wants to participate in a Pokemon Contest in the town the main characters are staying at, but cannot because she has her royal duties to see to. So what does she do? She has Dawn switch places with her so she can take part posing as Dawn while Dawn herself sees to said duties; yeah, she's shirking the one responsibility she has in her otherwise privileged life to do what she wants. Secondly, why would Dawn agree to this? I mean, yes, she already has her five ribbons, but did she ever think about what it would be like for everyone (both watching the contest live and via broadcast) to see “Dawn” note As far as they’re concerned, it’s Dawn who’s competing in a contest for a ribbon she doesn’t even need? Seriously, if Salvia wanted to compete in a contest so badly, why couldn’t she just enter one at a time when it would be convenient to her? Lastly, in the finals when the princess has to battle against Jessie, she is obviously overwhelmed by her superior battling skills note Because let’s face it, Salvia was most likely more focused on pampering her Togekiss than actually training it, Dawn (who was making an appearance at the contest in Salvia's place) shouts out words of encouragement to her which enables Salvia to turn the match around and win a ribbon she doesn’t deserve. The ending of the episode where she gives Jessie her ribbon does little to soften this (though I will admit, Jessie’s reaction to it was pretty funny). All in all though, this episode was, as Pokemopolis.com would call it, a fucking travesty.
Caellach Tiger Eye: You know what would have saved the episode? If it had happened before Dawn got her last ribbon. At least then it wouldn't feel like an Idiot Plot featuring a character we've got no reason to care about.
Falconwing: The episode where Ash fights Elesa. After all the adventures and hundreds of episodes beforehand, Ash takes a level in dumbass that puts him all the way back into Season 1. First he banks the whole fight on Palpitoad, and when that predictably falls through, he has no other Pokémon, so he has to run off, and come back with Snivy. Then he conveniently forgets about Emolga's Attract and has Snivy knocked out...He sits there wondering what to do like an complete noob while Pikachu offers to throw his hat in the ring. People complain about how Ash regresses in every new season. But let's be honest, it was nowhere this bad.
Midna: Bianca's finally coming back for the Unova League! Geez, it only took, what, thirty episodes? I hope she does as well as she did back in the Clubsplosion. Oh, hey, she's going up against Cameron. ...What? She lost? Why did you bring back a character you haven't used in five months just so she can lose to some newbie and get shoved back Out of Focus for the rest of the arc, over the course of just two episodes, after she's shown so much improvement?! (And make her cry, lest we forget!) And after that? Shunted back to Chuck Cunningham Syndromeville, not even appearing in the one episode Cheren shows up in (and getting most of her screentime in the newest ending theme cut out to shoehorn in live-action footage of the singers, as if to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the writers hate her now). Most people probably wouldn't care one way or the other since she's so divisive as a character, but as a major Bianca fan this just feels like a big middle finger to me. Absolutely inexcusable, and the single biggest reason why I don't watch the show anymore.
bubblesishot46853 Fortunately, with her prominent appearance in the new Japanese ending theme, she might come back and show what she's truly made of.
O-Zone: It gets worse...Cameron then faces and sure enough defeats Ash! C'mon it's bad enough that Ash once again loses the major tournament, but to have him lose to such a noob, the same guy who thought you needed 7 badges to enter the Unova League and thought said league was in Johto! He doesn't even show his full team for Arceus' sake!. At least Tobias had two legends to combat with so it sort of made sense that we didn't see his full team, even if that was a cheap tactic...but I think it's safe to say that Cameron has become the new Scrappy of Pokemon.
zerohelix: The Unova Conference is a whole new low because we were specifically promised better. When Best Wishes was starting the production team stated that things were going to be different this time. That they were going to take the series apart, stop recycling the plot and actually fix it's criticized problems, and what do we get? The exact same thing as before. Newsflash guys! Having Ash lose like this so you can have him continue his journey and development as a trainer only works if you actually have him develop as a trainer! Not act as stupid as ever and suffer his worst losses yet. It's especially jarring because Team Rocket actually developed quite well this season! That's right, Ash was upstaged by Team Rocket. It's sickening that there are so many genuinely talented writers out there that would give their front teeth for the opportunity to work on an anime like this, but instead the role goes to a bunch of incompetents leeching off the cash cow like the proverbial swarm of Zubat with absolutely no regard to quality. Until this anime gets some competent writers I'm done with it. Sack the Hacks 2013!
patrickab13: A few episodes later, adding insult to injury, Ash loses to newbie gym leader Cheren...because I guess losing is just what he does now.
Shadow200: Honestly enough of the Failure Hero syndrome, either have Ash actually win something or let's get a freaking new main character. He's been at it for fifteen years and the only thing he has to show is The Orange Island trophy (Which his mother uses as a dumbbell to exercise with!).
Darkrage6: Agreed 100%, it's getting tiresome seeing Ash repeatedly losing the league every single generation (barring Orange League and Battle Frontier) but having him lose to a complete moron like Cameron in only the top 8 without even getting to see his whole team was a new low for the franchise. It's a small consolation that Virgil beat Cameron, I know some people consider Virgil The Scrappy, but at least he's actually a competent trainer whose wins felt legitimate rather then caused by sheer dumb luck in the case of Cameron, it would've been a lot less painful had Ash made it to the final two and lost against him rather then Cameron.
Greener223224: What I find confusing is why the writers can't just let Ash win a League, then have the Elite Four wipe the floor with him? It would give a WAY better motive than "some random trainer just beat me, so I'm gonna go derp off in another region!" After all, Sinnoh did establish that the winner of a League wins the opportunity to fight the Elite Four.
Lily Nadesico: Iris defeating Georgia and her Beartic in a Curb-Stomp Battle with her newly-caught and disobedient Dragonite during the Junior World Cup is listed as a Crowning Moment of Awesome, but I really think it belongs here. Iris did not have to do anything to win, she just got handed an ultra-powerful Pokémon on a silver platter and used it to flatten the opposition (let's not forget, that Dragonite managed to No Sell Ice type attacks, which normally are the bane of every Dragon type). It was a cheap way to glorify Iris, for no other reason than "Oh, she's become the Unova Champion in the most recent game, so let's make her stronger out of nowhere to advertise this". But the worst part for me was, it's clear from the writing that when Georgia calls Iris out on her cheap win, you're supposed to dismiss Georgia as being petty and jealous, especially with all the amount of Character Shilling Dawn places upon Iris. Sorry, guys, but having one of my favorite characters talk up one of my least favourites for no good reason isn't going to win Iris any points.
bubblesishot46853: I don't know about anyone else, but I didn't like Cheren's episode. For one thing, Cheren's existence in the anime is completely pointless. We already had Trip play his role of The Rival, and we already had Lenora play out the role of the Normal-type Gym Leader who gives out the Basic Badge. Secondly, there is even more unnecessary focus on Iris' Axew, despite the fact that it had an entire filler episode dedicated to it. Finally, the worst part was that Ash lost his battle against Cheren. As if his crushing defeat against Cameron wasn't enough, they had to make him lose again. This loss also implies that Cheren is a God-Mode Sue, much unlike his fellow rival Bianca, who lost the first time against Ash (and lost four more times before finally winning). With such a travesty of an episode, I sure hope this is Cheren's only appearance.
CCPrime: To say nothing of how his personality is utterly butchered in said episode— he's portrayed as an incredibly meek pushover with zero confidence, a far cry from the smart, strong-willed Trainer he is in the games. Furthermore, it serves to make the fact that he won seem even more improbable— not only is he a noob in this universe, but he's also an Extreme Doormat who makes Game!Cilan look tough. And yet Ash still manages to lose yet again.
DangerArtistNexus60: Ladies and gentleman, I proudly present to you "The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!". My Berserk Button was the flashback sequence where Ash's Charmander came into the picture: the scene with Team Rocket and Damien was messed up since they could've recreated those memories correctly; instead, it was like a straight up insult to the Rebuild of Evangelion movies given the animation itself.
We learn this pretty quickly in the first half of the first part, as well as the other 11 episodes before. But what are the real problems?
First, we have N: A character whose moral dilemmas were carried over wholesale from his source, except he's dumbed down multiple times, via being 1: Being nice to the humans he's supposed to antagonize, 2: Having his traits split with two people that were originally nothing but FlatSatelliteExpositors, 3: Doing absolutely nothing meaningful in the arc except keeping the protagonist out of the 2nd episode, and 4: Having him concede his morals after hearing Ash do nothing but scream about how he loves Pikachu!
If that's not enough, I'll show you what happened to Team Rocket: Turned into nothing but a vehicle for a few alliterative puns and using them to establish the arc's real antagonists as a bunch of big-talking idiots! They even brought back Looker from the Galactic arc, but all he does is deliver exposition that anyone could see with their own two eyes!
And yet, my biggest problem is with Team Plasma. You remember that their original plot in BW 1 was to disarm the world of Pokémon? Yeah, well that doesn't exist anymore. What about their plot to conquer the world using a show of force in BW 2? Close, but no. Instead, they're ripping off wholesale from Team Dim Sun from Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia, which basically means: hypnotize Pokémonfor shits and giggles. Seriously, no exposition is given about what they'll do with the hypnotized Pokémon, only what will happen with Reshiram.
And that reminds me: Did you ever see the trailer for the arc? Did you think that Charizard would end up battling Reshiram at the climax? Well, guess what doesn't happen! And did you think Zekrom might make a cameo, too? Nope, he's just a Diabolus Ex Nihilo to force Pikachu to lose to a clone of Paul!note Yes, I know Trip becomes a Pallete Swap of Cheren later on, but the early episodes were establishing him as a jackass as much as they were establishing Iris as a kid who loves cute things. And after that, Reshiram ends up doing nothing but flaunting its power and then flying away at the end, because Team Plasma decides to just stand still and let Ash's Pikachu pull a Deus ex Machina by recycling Thunder Armor and using it to un-hypnotize Reshiram, even though we had about half a dozen episodes about the hypnosis machine not falling for cheap shots like that anymore!