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Fridge Brilliance

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  • It would probably need a day off, considering how often it gets attacked by Heatmor...
  • This could also mean that Pansage, Pansear, and Panpour (plus their evolutions), having Overgrow/Blaze/Torrent as their hidden abilities, just want to be loved as much as the starters. Bet you feel bad for ditching them after the first gym...
  • Following that train of thought, Vanilluxe may want to lower its weight, or is S/M considering its hidden ability is Weak Armor.
  • This could go with Tornadus and Thundurus wanting to break away from the force of Landorus!
  • Also, Scraggy and Scrafty have "Intimidate". The little guys just wanna be perceived as the big, bad gangstas they are!
  • Kangaskhan gets "Inner Focus". Well, the ability to never trip sure comes in handy when you're always carrying a baby.
  • Cleffa, Clefairy, Igglybuff, Jigglypuff, and Happiny's; Friend Guard. They just want to help their friends.
  • Omanyte and Omastar have Weak Armor. Remember the Pokedex entries stating they died out because their shells got too heavy and they couldn't get food?
  • Absol has "Justified". He wants to finally be seen as a good guy.
  • Garbodor/Trubbish have Aftermath. They seek VENGEANCE!
    • Or maybe that's the consequence of attacking a trash bag. Beat it, they break, and you get covered in crap.
  • Nidoking/queen: Sheer Force - they want more power!
  • Psyduck: Swift Swim - remember how Misty's Psyduck couldn't swim in the anime?
  • Eevee: Anticipation - they wanna know what they're gonna evolve into!
  • Teddiursa: Honey Gather - it can be its own supply of honey!
  • Raikou/Entei/Suicune: Volt Absorb/Flash Fire/Water Absorb - following the theory they are Jolteon/Flareon/Vaporeon that were revived by Ho-Oh, they want to be like their previous, better, life.
  • Banette: Cursed Body - It just wants to hurt everything it comes in contact with.
  • Perhaps this belongs in the Fridge Horror section, but Slowpoke gets Regenerator. Let that sink in.note 
  • Paras and Parasect get Damp — Dry Skin (and 5x weakness) no more!
    • Mushrooms grow better in damp environments than dry ones.
  • Onix gets Weak Armor. Now why does that sound familiar?
  • Caterpie, Weedle and Wurmple all got Run Away... The guilt trip works...
  • Qwilfish gets Intimidate. Oddly hilarious (and kind of adorable) from a puffer fish.
  • Corsola gets Regenerator, too — well, it IS based on coral!
  • Smeargle's Moody is worth a laugh, too. As cliche (and broken) as it is, there's a reason the phrase "Temperamental artist" exists...
  • Goldeen and Seaking both get Lightningrod, referencing the "AIM FOR THE HORN" incident from the anime.
  • Toxicroak gets Poison Touch - It wants more effective poison. -shiver-
  • Cubone and Marowak get Battle Armor. The bones of their mothers now protect them even more.
  • Ekans and Arbok get Unnerve
  • Pawniard has Pressure. It's giving in to the pressure of the group.
  • Accelgor has Unburden. It isn't burdened by the shell that restricted its speed!
  • Stunfisk has Sand Veil. It references the fact it hides under the seabed to shock people.
  • Chandelure has Shadow Tag. It doesn't want its prey to escape...
  • Volcarona has Swarm. The poor guy just wants some friends.
  • Politoed and Ninetales get Drizzle and Drought respectively. They just wanted to be used more by players.
  • Abomasnow has Soundproof because loud noises cause avalanches.
  • We're still not sure why Metagross gets Light Metal, considering it uses its weight to hunt...
    • As computers (or supercomputers, like Metagross is said to be) are redesigned and upgraded through the years, they become lighter — compare a 1950s computer to a MacBook Air.
  • As for legendaries:
    • Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres. Articuno has Snow Cloak (it causes blizzards), Zapdos has Lightningrod (it lives in thunderclouds) and Moltres has Flame Body (it's Wreathed in Flames!)
    • Mewtwo has Unnerve. Well, it was designed to be the most powerful Pokemon, and had all Red/Blue trainers quaking in their booties.
    • Ho-oh has Regenerator. It "regenerated" the legendary beasts from death.
    • Landorus has Sheer Force. It's showing that it's the boss!

     Other 
  • After watching the fandom for the couple of years of its existence, it might now be obvious why Hilbert, Hilda, N, Ghetsis et al. didn't appear in the anime for so long: the Pokémon Company actually wanted to distance the characters from the anime series and for them to develop their own distinct older fandom. Considering that the Unova games have a fandom more autonomous from the anime fans than previous generations, it seems to have worked.
  • It's been mentioned on other pages that Cheren is said to be a strong trainer while Bianca is a weak one, despite her team being objectively better than his. The thing is that the producers are going back to Karen's speech back in the Johto games — a truly skilled trainer tries to win with their favorites. So basically, Cheren does so well not because of the stats and moves of his team, but because he has faith in them and believes in them, even pre-character development (he just gets his priorities straight after that point). The makers are just subtly reinforcing that idea that you can be a good trainer without using all the same Pokemon everyone else does.
    • Except Bianca clearly adores her Munna/Musharna and her Pokemon all reach maximum happiness, so she's the nurturer of the two.
    • Having faith does not imply nurturing, per se. A general in the army (hopefully) would believe in his subordinates, but barely ever "adores" them.
    • It could also be argued that Cheren does so well because he has goals and strives toward them. Bianca doesn't, so her Pokemon don't get enormously better each time you see her because she isn't pushing them to become better.
    • Also, Cheren fights you a few more times than Bianca does, and his team tends to be slightly higher-leveled than hers (just compare their battles on Route 4 for a good example of this). This reinforces the idea that, while Bianca is trying, she's still not pushing her team quite as much as Cheren is.
  • In the Devon Corporation building in Rustboro City, there is a scientist who mentions that "I'm attempting a device that lets you see into the dreams of Pokemon!! But it's not going well..." Two generations later, you get to do just this.
  • The name Team Plasma... just think about the types of the two legendary dragons and you will realize how they got their name.
  • The HUD in the Japanese version is more-or-less bilingual — this game is set in a facsimile of New York, after all.
  • Throh always travel in packs of five. There are (usually) five people in a Judo team.
  • Sigilyph are said to have once guarded an ancient city, which explains what they're doing in the Desert Resort.
  • When a Pawn (Pawniard) reaches the other side of the chessboard, it may be promoted into a Bishop (Bisharp).
    • ...So that's why Ghetsis has a Bisharp.
  • Elgyem and Beheeyem, the alien Pokémon. Elgyem is a Little Green Man, whereas Beheeyem is a Bug-Eyed Monster. Now say the names out loud.
  • The constantly-bickering red and blue Basculin have been compared to the following:
    • The Bloods and Crips.
    • The Republican and Democratic Parties.
    • The characters Red and Blue themselves (while Blue is known as Green in Japan, Unova is based off New York)
  • The state shell of New York is the scallop. See that thing on Oshawott's chest?
  • Drilbur bears a strong resemblance, particularly in its facial expression, to the Mischievous Mole enemy from Mother 3. The ordinary mole "evolves" into a Chimera, just like in Mother 3!
  • Golett are golems created by an ancient civilization and are only found in the Dragonspiral Tower. They were probably built to defend Reshiram/Zekrom.
    • That, or, given how destructive their power is said to be, in order to keep them in there...
      • Given how their secondary type is Ground, which is super effective against Fire and Electric...
    • The Golett family can't learn any moves from breeding. Since when did statues breed?
  • Cryogonal's name comes not only from "Kryos", Greek for coldness, but also because it's crying. Cheer up, big guy.
  • All of Bianca's Pokemon know Return in the rematches you have with her. Return grows more powerful the happier a Pokemon is. This means all her Pokemon love her very much. D'awww.
  • When you first fight the Elite Four, they make a few references to a previous challenger. Namely N. However, they didn't seem to care about the fact that they were swept by Reshiram/Zekrom. Before Black and White, a popular strategy against the Elite Four was to use the powerful and recently caught cover legendary. Maybe they're just used to this kind of thing.
    • Two other possibilities:, either Alder warned the Elite Four about N and his dragon heading to the league, or N was simply saving the dragon for his fight with the champion.
  • (can also be filed under horror) At first, Ghetsis's underleveled Hydreigon seems like it is there for the sake of having the powerful pseudo-legendary dark type on the final boss's team just so GF could. It turns out, a fast (compared to Reshiram/Zekrom) Dragon type with decent power is a rather good counter to your freshly acquired dragon legendary during this fight. As he clearly is shocked you managed to contact the legendary and thus can't have been factored into his plans, what do you suppose he was planning with it?
    • This also explains why it has Focus Blast— four of the six members of N's team are weak to Fighting. And it also has Surf to cover Archeops.
  • At first it's really disappointing that you can't have a Pokemon follow behind you like in HG/SS. But come to think of it, in Unova, you don't see a single Pokemon just hanging out outside. In houses, sure, but not outside like in Kanto. And Unova is an urban region, far away from the others and based on New York instead of Japan. Perhaps the rules are different, and having Pokemon out in public isn't socially acceptable the way it is in Kanto and Johto?
    • Or perhaps it used to be, but Team Plasma has caused enough social strife that your player character deems flaunting their trainer status to be... unwise.
    • Yet there is a Minccino in Lacunosa Town that sits by the edge of one of the walls until night time, when everyone goes inside. Its caretaker even states that he doesn't mind it wandering around because the Minccino will return by nightfall. Note that you can only visit Lacunosa Town after the main story was completed, but it is implied that the Minccino has been doing this for a while.
      • It could be that, since it appears that Team Plasma only started their "pleas" when you and your friends start your adventures, and then follow you around (coincidentally, one hopes), that they just never got round to the other side yet. The other two cities attract tourists (one's a battle plaza or a nice little forest, and the other a holiday destination) so it might be that those people have heard of them before and keep their Pokemon in their balls.
  • In the castle, a scientist mentions Teams Rocket and Galactic, but not Teams Aqua and Magma. This is a bit odd, until you remember that in Ruby and Sapphire, only the team that matched your version color was actually villainous. Only in Emerald did both teams have villainous intentions.
    • Or maybe it's just that it's been a long time since Magma and Aqua's schemes. The universe plan in Sinnoh and radio incident in ''Johto'' happened relatively in a close time frame and were the last teams around, while the weather disaster in Hoenn happened before those. It hasn't happened in recent memory, so it wasn't mentioned.
      • That applies in real life too. Both HGSS and DPP came out fairly recently, whereas RSE came out quite some time ago. Considering the Hoenn games weren't even on the same system as BW, most of the younger fan base may not even recognize the names "Team Aqua" and "Team Magma."
    • Another possible reason for not mentioning them is that Teams Magma and Aqua weren't actively being criminals - their leaders, at least, genuinely thought their goals would help society, and they repented once they realized that they'd gone too far.
  • Deerling is found almost entirely in the part of Unova analogous to New Jersey. Anybody who lives in suburban Joisey can tell you how hilariously spot-on this is.
  • Despite having a 87.5/12.5 male/female gender ratio, the event Zorua and Zoroark will always be male and female, respectively. Now, consider the genders (and ages) of the illusion people they appear to be at first. This was reflected in the anime by giving them the same genders.
  • Why do the Plasma grunts occasionally scream "PLASMAAAA!" when they're beaten? Pokémon Speak, that's why.
  • Garbodor has a chance of carrying a nugget. Why? One man's trash is another man's treasure!
  • Route 4 is essentially Gangsterland. Gangsters? Check. (Scraggy/Scrafty) Crooks? Check. (Sandile/Krokorok/Krookodile) Pyromaniacs? Check. (Darumaka) Drug users? Check. (Sigilyph) If you really wanna stretch it, there's creeps (Frillish/Jellicent), Hobos (Dweeble/Crustle), and Hispanics (Maractus), too.
  • Have you ever wondered why the incense dealer in Driftveil City is still wearing his Team Plasma uniform? Well how likely would you have noticed him if he was dressed like an ordinary civilian?
  • Ghetsis' signature Pokemon is Hydreigon. Hydreigon is based off Orochi, an evil god from Japanese mythology, fitting his evil nature.
    • Hydreigon also owes its design to Ghidorah. A being who shares Ghetsis' level of morality.
  • N uses a different team each time he's fought. This makes perfect sense when you remember he considered all his Pokemon his close friends. He's letting the Pokemon in the local area help him out, and letting them go home when he leaves the area.
  • Some Team Plasma members are really Well-Intentioned Extremists while others seem to be following Ghetsis' true plan. One of the Seven Sages said they were convinced to join Team Plasma by Ghetsis offering them what they wanted; he did the same with the Grunts. Some were recruited by truly good intentions while others were recruited with the promise of power. Incidentally, this also goes with the legendaries Team Plasma is involved with, one fighting for truths, the other for ideals. Some of Team Plasma are working for Ghetsis' true purposes while some are fighting for Team Plasma's ideals. It fits with the truth/ideals and general yin/yang theme.
  • The depiction of Ghetsis and Team Plasma in general. Ghetsis is the chief sage of the Team Plasma sages, who are styled like priests. Since N is the king and the Plasma grunts are knights, the sages would represent the Church, who were allied with the king and knights in holy crusades during the middle ages. To Team Plasma, freeing Pokemon is their holy crusade. Thus Ghetsis and his true intentions represents lies, hypocrisy, and corruption of a person who knowingly and maliciously takes advantage of beliefs held sacred by people and twists them into something to suit his dark, selfish ends. He even holds public sermons and preaches on the matters, when in reality he's full of crap. But it gets worse from there: he's outed as an Evil Sorcerer type person who's scheming to take power as a tyrannical, despotic dictator. Hiding this under the ruse of priesthood makes him the lowest scum possible, so thus he gets a makeover once everyone knows what he truly is. He keeps his pointed, horn-like hairstyle, but now wears a black and red visor on his right eye (his left eye is already red.), wraps himself in a Black Cloak with creepy eyeball symbols decorating it, and carries around a staff with the Plasma insignia that is almost pitchfork-esque at a certain glance. So not only has Ghetsis gone from dark priest to all out Evil Overlord, but he's essentially styled as The Devil himself. His original name, G'Cis Harmonia, can even be translated as "the Devil in music." His battle theme sounds like a Dark Reprise to that of Arceus, the God Pokemon, and the opening for the "Episode N" arc of the anime even has him set against a red, fiery, flaming backdrop as he throws back his cape in a very Devil-like fashion. Based on the man's actions and behavior, it's hard not to see this depiction as fitting, but then it really hits you...Satan was running the Church! Is there perhaps some disturbing commentary on religious groups of Knight Templar zealots here?
    • Ghetsis can also be seen as playing an evil version of Merlin to N's King Arthur, and also an inversion - rather than helping the king claim the throne, he's using the king to help him claim the throne.
  • The elemental monkeys' names already made sense, but Pansear's is especially apt, considering the first place you're likely to see/use it— the Striation Gym, which doubles as a restaurant. What do you want to bet that Chili is an expert at pan-searing entrees?
    • A girl in Cafe Warehouse indeed confirms that the monkeys help the trio make tea.
    • And in the manga, it's confirmed that the monkeys help the trio with more than just making the food.
  • Alder tells Cheren to reconsider his quest to become Champion with no further goal. In the post game, he explains that he and his starter fought for the same reason, only he didn't learn this was an empty goal until after his starter had passed on and he lost the chance for the two of them to pursue a more meaningful goal together. He merely wants to prevent Cheren from making the same mistake he did.
  • Unova is noticeably more racially diverse than previous regions, with many characters and NPC's being clearly white, black, Asian, Hispanic, and others, rather than the Ambiguous Whiteness of the preceding generations' casts. Since Unova is based on an area in the United States (a very racially widespread country), and previous regions were all based on regions of Japan (which is mostly inhabited by natives), this makes perfect sense.
    • Plus, it makes sense why the player characters here would be older than in the Japanese-based regions. Culturally, it's more common for Japanese children to travel without parental supervision (think eight-year-olds walking to school in groups of two or three) whereas Americans tend to be more protective (see, the NYC mom who came under fire for letting her children travel subways alone) until you're at least a teenager.
  • Ghetsis's theme is often said to sound like Arceus, now who do you often think of as an evil version of God?
    • His name is derived from G-Cis or a tritone, known as being part of the 18th Century "The Devil in Music." That's more than fitting.
      • Also fitting for a man with a name based on the tritone, he has THREE horn-like strands of hair.
  • It ties in with Fridge Horror, but Zwelious has two brains. Hydreigon has three heads, but one brain. The fact it takes the longest of any Pokemon to evolve makes sense; the heads don't want to die/be merged!
  • Approaching the Giant Chasm is stated on the Town Map to bring disaster. The route leading up to it is Route 13; an unlucky number indeed, but not the real brilliance. One of the Pokemon that appears on the route is Absol, the Disaster Pokemon.
  • How does a Pokemon Center stay open when it performs totally free services? One good way to keep finances coming in: merge it with the Poké Mart.
    • Why is this not necessary in the Japan based regions? Socialized healthcare. note  Subtle Take That?
  • Why does Zekrom's Fusion Bolt appear as blue lightning? It is meant to show opposition against Reshiram's red Fusion Flare, similar to the Basculin example above.
  • Why is Excadrill so small (2'4")? If it and Krookodile were really intended to be homages to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, then it would be the ideal size for an EXCADRILL IMPACT!!!!!
  • Upon beating the Elite Four for the first time, you skip the Champion and go on to fight N instead, making this game the first in the series where you don't face the champion during the main playthrough, right? Well, considering that N cleared out the Elite Four and the Champion right before you in presumably official matches, N technically was the champion at that point.
    • And since you beat him, you became the Champion, similar to how Blue was defeated by Red in Kanto.
  • Why can't you trade items over Poké Transfer? Gameplay reasons, of course, but considering that you're in Poké-America, it's more fun to assume that the TSA is involved somehow.
  • Eelektross is stated to live in the water, even though it's a pure Electric type incapable of learning any offensive Water moves. Many fans have expressed confusion about this, but think about it—Water is weak to Electric, meaning Eelektross has a type advantage when it hunts.
  • The reason why the Pokedex entries for Yamask and Cofagrigus and other such Pokemon are considerably darker this time around could be because Hilbert/Hilda are older than the previous protagonists and are therefore accustomed to more mature concepts. After all, it is the player character who fills out the Pokedex entries!
  • N's final team (minus his dragon) is heavily implied to be his childhood friends. Keep in mind that these include either Pokemon you can't get in the wild (Zoroark because it requires an event, Carracosta and Archeops are fossils that need to be revived) or generally urban Pokemon (Vanilluxe's first form appears to be farmed for Castelia Cones, and Klinklang is a system of gears). Given N's sheltered upbringing, it would make sense for these to be a part of his main team.
  • It's generally accepted in the Nuzlocke community that Unova is essentially the Hardest Nuzlocke Run attemptable. It turns out that the Strawman Has a Point: In a setting where your Pokemon can die in combat, Team Plasma's mission statement becomes a lot stronger, regardless of Ghetsis not really believing it. A Nuzlocke run completely goes against the narrative, and as a nice coincidence, it's incredibly hard to pull off the challenge. Hell, most people who attempt a Unova Run typically die out before they can see that Ghetsis admits he doesn't believe Team Plasma's goal, so in the narrative of your challenge, your character is flatout wrong. Of course, actually finishing a Nuzlocke run in Unova makes it that much more satisfying to prove Team Plasma wrong.
  • A Team Plasma grunt tells you that Team Rocket and Team Galactic were defeated because they drew too much attention to themselves (paraphrasing since I don't remember the actual quote). Team Plasma isn't fully defeated until N raises the castle, drawing the attention of everyone to them.
  • Victini's signature move is called V-create, and is obviously referring to both its name, and its theme of "victory". However, the name is a little awkward, why not just call the move "victory", or "victorious flames", or something like that. However, the "V" in the little has a double meaning: It's also referring to GENERATION V (5), the generation that Victini is the first pokemon in.
  • Why are the Pokedex entries of Ghost Pokemon, especially in this generation, so cryptic and frightening yet ingame there's no evidence any of entries have happened? Because they're ghost stories!
  • The Light/Dark Stone is mentioned in the legend of Reshiram/Zekrom, yet it's in the Nacrene Museum and nobody knows what it really is. Is it a continuity error? No. Because it's likely that while it was said that the Pokemon changed into the stones, there were never really pictures of those stones and odds are that history wasn't being recorded all those decades ago and even if it was, the warring heroes likely destroyed a lot of those records. Either that or due to how the legend's just a legend, a museum curator and archaeologist wouldn't jump to the conclusion that Reshiram and Zekrom are the Light and Dark stone with such little evidence.
    • Also, the curator might be intentionally brushing off the importance of the stone to keep visitors from trying to walk off with it.
  • If you're paying attention in the battle against Ghetsis, or hacked the data files, you'll find that his team of Pokemon have excellent stats, abilities, and movesets which suggest he's a brilliant strategist and Trainer. However, when you're battling him, he just tries to oneshot all your Pokemon with type-advantages. Why? He's so mad at you, he can't even think straight.
  • Why do many Unova Pokemon evolve at later levels than the Pokemon from other regions? Because it's the Pokemon world version of America, which has a higher age of majority (the age you're fully considered an adult, which in America is 21) than both Japan (age 20) and France (age 18). So Pokemon become "adults" at higher levels in Unova than Pokemon from other regions.
  • The world of Black is tech-savvy and the world of White is nature-based. Their respective legendaries have opposite themes. There are two reasons for this. One, this ties in the Tao theme really well; they are the other, opposite colored dot of the world. Two, N tries to fight you with the correctly-themed dragon; this is the dragon who probably won over the other the first time, hence how Unova came out. You conquering the opposite-themed dragon and it conquering the other shows that what it represents is just as valid as the other, not better or worse. -The Violent Tomboy
    • Precisely. Not just simple colors on opposite ends of the spectrum, but the ideas of differing world views that can be seen with Black and White morality as opposed to Shades of Gray. N says that straight up at one point.
  • As of June, 2010, a new Gen V Pokémon was revealed as the local bird. It was a pigeon. At first I was all like, "WTF", but then, I remembered that Unova is filled with CITIES!
    • Plus, it seems that Pidove adopted a louder cry to be heard over city noise. It's confirmed: Darwinian evolution exists in that universe.
  • Little minor thing, but the Waiter sports fan who battles you in the Stadiums has a CLAMPERL and gives you a FRESH WATER. So, basically, you're (or your team members, really) drinking Pokémon spit. Fridge squick, indeed. Is that the case if you're stranded in a desert with only a water Pokémon? Would that be your means of survival?
    • Isn't it just possible that the Waiter was carrying around a bottle of water from a vending machine or a store? Plus wouldn't having your water Pokémon use up its own water while in a desert be a bit hazardous if survival is at stake since it might dehydrate if it doesn't retain as much water as possible? Plus regurgitated water would likely make you sick.
    • Thinking back, the waiter probably had the bottle of water with him so that his Clamperl could stay hydrated, regardless of where the two of them went.
    • This troper was just hit with some fridge brilliance. Waiter sports fans handing out water... water boys!
  • The mascots are Dragon / Fire and Dragon / Electric dual types. Team Plasma tries to get one. Plasma is a state of matter that can be formed by FIRE and is typically part of LIGHTNING. So, Team Plasma is getting a component of itself. A helluva lot better than the "Galactic wants Time/Space/Antimatter" from D/P/Pt.
  • In Opelucid City, there is a man in White that wants to get in contact with his son in the future to see how he turned out. I ignored this until my friend showed me her Black version: Opelucid City is completely high tech and non-relic looking like it was in mine. When she went to the same building, there was the guy's son, wanting to reach the past. It then occurred to me that this means that White takes place in the past, and Black takes place in the future, and the comment about the battle with the legendaries being a repeating cycle hit me like a brick. ~Ultima Wraith
    • Actually, this isn't quite true. It is heavily implied by other characters in the game that Black and White happen at exactly the same time, but in different, parallel worlds.
      • Wonder how they will adapt that for the Anime...
      • There are two movies coming out with similar plot lines and minor differences in each Victini and the Black Hero Zekrom and Victini and the White Hero Reshiram.
  • The creators stated that the three starters of Isshu/Unova are each based on a different part of the world: Japan, China, and the West (specifically, France). Now, counting the version mascots (and assuming that Kyurem will be the third version mascot), we also have three legendary trios. What are they each based on? Japanese gods, the Chinese concept of Yin and Yang, and the French novel The Three Musketeers. — Dragoryu 3000
  • Chargestone Cave might seem like a cheap gimmick of a cave. It's basically an electrically-charged cave that doesn't seem to exist for any particular reason. However, when one looks at the Pokémon in the cave, they seem to be rather odd. We normally associate plants and insects with nature and metal and electricity with technology. The cave itself is a blend of nature and technology, as well as the Pokémon who inhabit it, who are a blend of nature and technology themselves; Ferroseed is a mix of nature and technology because it's a plant (natural), but it has a metallic coating (unnatural), and Joltik is a mix of nature and technology because it's a bug (natural), but it can manipulate electricity (unnatural).
    • Interesting if you consider the version mascots representing nature and technology. The Aesop of the game is not the clashing of two different things, but understanding and adapting each other, right? In fact, what about Genesect?
  • I realized on a second playthrough that after saving Bianca's Munna early on, Iris gives you a Yache berry. Of course the Dragon Gym Leader gives you a berry lowering Ice damage!
  • Some may find it strange that Reshiram (a white Pokémon) is the mascot of Black Version, and Zekrom (a black Pokémon) is the mascot of White Version. But let the fact that they're based on yin and yang sink into your mind for a bit. What does the symbol for yin and yang contain? A white dot in a black area (Reshiram) and a black dot in a white area (Zekrom). —Silver Heart Star
    • In philosophy, we were learning about Taoism and Yin & Yang. Reshiram and Zekrom came to mind immediately, but it wasn't until the professor mentioned the dots in the symbol that I understood why they weren't the mascot of the corresponding game.
    • On the same note, the concepts yin and yang for Americans are backwards. Yang is not dark and Yin is not light. They're reversed since the Chinese read right to left and Americans read left to right. Whether this is lampshaded is optional.
    • Also that the mascots would be almost invisible on the game covers due to them being almost entirely one color with no shade variation.
  • At first the Unova Dex's terrible learn sets (most Pokémon can't find anything beyond STAB and normal moves) seemed like bad design, then it struck me. Gen V was meant to evoke Gen I. Gen I did have terrible learn sets all around, all with the exact same issue!
    • This is both Fridge Brilliance and Fridge Logic at the same time — "bad on purpose" is still bad. - Metz77
    • Or, it was because now that TMs are no longer single-use, you don't need to rely on a Pokémon's natural learnset anymore.
  • In the OST, the theme that plays when N appears is called 'The Equated Captives'. When this troper first read that, before I finished the game, I assumed it was a reference to the way N equates all Pokémon as being captives of trainers. But on checking the OST again after finishing it, it became obvious: the 'equated captive' is N himself! He was kept captive in his room by his father, in order to satisfy an equation for power he had worked out! To drive the idea home, a remix of the theme - 'The Child Of Pokémon, N' — plays when you visit the room in which he was held captive! This makes even more sense in Japanese — the language doesn't designate plurals, so you'd go through the game reading the title as 'The Equated Captives', until you reached the end and realized that it was actually 'The Equated Captive', singular! - Clock Stopping
    • Another common translation for that track is "One Captivated by Formulae". This can of course allude to N's general interest in mathematics, but then again, also stand for his near-obsession with finding the "equitation that changes the world" (i.e. freeing the Pokémon). And then of course, him being held captive by his father in the Plasma castle is still valid too.
    • The English title to the song, "Prisoner to a Formula," means the same thing. N is the prisoner (in the room) for Ghetsis's formula for power.
  • You can trade for a Basculin that has an ability no other Basculin has. I have recently gotten into trading on the GTS for the Shiny breeding benefits and Dex completion, but am paranoid of hacks. But you can trade for an "illegal" Pokémon right in the game! Perhaps Game Freak was just slipping in the message that they really don't care if you hack Pokémon? There's so much hack-exclusive bonus material in all the games, so I really shouldn't be surprised by this. - Alternate Mew
    • The "hax" ability in question is Rock Head, whereas a normal ability any Basculin can possess is Reckless. Rock Head prevents recoil damage from attacks like Double-Edge, while Reckless increases the power of recoil attacks (and the subsequent recoil). Since both abilities are essentially equal to one another, it was likely either intentional on Game Freak's part, or a minor mix-up in coding, but it really doesn't affect much.
    • I thought that this was meant to extend the government metaphor with the exact opposite ability being available on the colour Basculin you can't normally get as an example as how different the opposing sides are.
    • Turns out that's wrong: Red Basculin are supposed to have Reckless and Blue Basculin are supposed to have Rock Head, but because of a bug, all Basculin have Reckless. The traded Basculin just got lucky by being the only Blue Basculin to be unaffected by the bug.
  • Anyone ever wonder why N never has the same team twice? He releases them after he battles you! This also explains why they're Pokémon you can find in the immediate area!
    • Confirmed in a Memory Link in Black 2 and Whtie 2 you can unlock, where it shows N releasing his Pokémon after the fight in Chargestone Cave from Black and White. You can also catch his released Pokémon.
  • At first, it struck this troper as odd that there were so many more black characters in 5th gen than in the others. But then it struck me: Unova is based off of America — of course there are more black people than in the Japanese-based regions!
  • N is this so much. His party changes each time, because he's the leader of a Pokémon Rights Group which doesn't believe in keeping Pokémon. When this philosophy begins to break down, he appears to keep a Pokémon and even evolve it. His full name is Natural Harmonia Gropius. N and Harmonia creates "enharmonic". N is an empty variable, the same as the character is an empty variable in Team Plasma's plot. N means natural number, and he's a mathematician. The Menger Sponge around his belt has infinite value (N becomes king) and no value (he's a figurehead) at the same time. It seems like N was designed just to radiate this trope.
  • Just realised. Kyurem has just got a Zekrom form and a Reshiram form. However, these still have ice on them. This is because it's not complete. Kyurem is the body from which both Zekrom and Reshiram came from. It's not complete without both of them.
  • Unova's Victory Road is a tall, dome-shaped hill pockmarked with a multitude of random entrance/exit holes that lead to a vast network of caverns. While you'll find the typical Rock-types and bat Pokemon inside, the most common wild Pokemon nesting in the cave is the Bug/Steel hybrid, Durant. Outside, your most common opponent is the fiery anteater, Heatmor (Durant's natural predator). Victory Road is a giant termite mound appropriated by the Pokemon League as their "final gauntlet" for prospective challengers.
    • That explains the landslides that made it inaccessible in Black and White 2: It eventually became unstable due to the incressing amount of tunnels and trainers traversing the place!
  • Similar to how Gen 1 hid Spanish in the Legendary Birds' names, there is German in one of the Gen 5 pseudo-legendary evolutuion families: dEINo, ZWE Ilous, and hyDREIgon. Again, one, two, three.
  • It just occurred to me: according to Bulbapedia, Genesect is an abandoned Team Plasma experiment. It uses drives to change its type. Arceus uses plates for the same purpose. Team Plasma was trying to create the god and creator of Pokemon in their own image!
    • Except drives don't change his type. In at least BW (because we don't know what they prepared for sequels...), he is always Bug/Steel. Only Techno Blast changes type, and ironically that signature move is inferior in Fire-, Electric-, and Ice-types as the only Water-type move Genesect can get is Hidden Power. Thunderbolt, Flamethrower, and Ice Beam - they all have more PP and power than Techno Blast, plus they have additional effects. Without a Drive it's Normal-type, and aside from Selfdestruct, Explosion, Hyper Beam, and Giga Impact, and they all have drawbacks.
  • Inside Giant Chasm, from the top it appears that the area is enshrouded in thick fog. Because of the snow that falls, it can also be seen as snow clouds, not just fog. But taking it a step further, both mascot legendary Pokemon show that they can evaporate water, and thus melt ice. So now we have a reference to Kyurem being a part of the trio, the clouds are made of water that was once ice, which was melted!
  • N throughout the game goes from polite (though somewhat creepy) to increasingly confrontational and belligerent. It wasn't until beating him for the final time and reading the text that this troper realized: N believes that all Trainers abuse Pokemon and that Pokemon would be happier being free. But all he's encountered since he started travelling was Trainers and Pokemon getting along. He's been suffering from a Villainous Breakdown throughout the game!
  • I was always somewhat disappointed by the supposed lack of creativity in the Klink line's design until I realised that in the gameverse, gears were based on Klinks!
    • Or it's the other way around, and Klink is another tsukomogami-based Pokémon.
  • In the start of the game, you have a Pokémon battle in your room. After this, your room is a mess - but your Wii and TV is completely fine and didn't even seem to get hit. Now, we all know Nintendo consoles are made of Nintendium...
  • Bianca. As someone mentioned on the Black 2 & White 2 page, it's very possible that she's near-sighted, and didn't get corrective lenses until after the events of BW. Also, any or all of these may be true, as well:
    1. She makes an interesting contrast to the protagonist, if you think about it. Where raising Pokémon comes naturally to the protagonist, she's not that good at it and makes mistakes. Where the protagonist's mother trusts them enough to let them explore the world with naught but their Pokémon for protection while they're still a kid, her father feels she's too young to go out on her own and needs to be protected.
    2. She's closer to what someone that's not as gifted as the protagonist or the champion would be like. Notice how very few trainers in the games are skilled enough to raise full teams at the same time, and can only handle a few Pokémon. The protagonist can easily handle a full six without any problem. Then again, the games never outright state that the protagonist is a prodigy or anything, it's also possible that they're just more motivated to raise full teams than most trainers, or that they have more Pokémon because they explore the world instead of just staying in their own little corner of it.
    3. Bianca seems to have been intended to be closer to a normal trainer or an average beginner than the protagonist. This works nicely with the protagonist being intended to be a prodigy.
    4. She might be a space case, too, and a little detached from reality, which would explain a lot. It would also tie into her becoming the professor's assistant in the region where dreams are being researched, even if she's not actually working with the people doing the dream stuff.
  • When you fight N in his castle, his respective dragon is at level 52. Your dragon is at level 50. N was curbstomping the Elite 4 and Alder before you arrived, so it'd make sense that he'd gain enough experience points from beating them to level up once or twice.
  • At level 85, two of the Forces of Nature (Tornadus and Thundurus, to be exact) learn Thrash as their final move, whereas Landorus leans Outrage. May look like nothing, but take look at the myth again. The legend goes that Landorus punished Tornadus and Thundurus for bringing massive destruction to Unova. In other words, Landorus became OUTRAG Ed because Tornadus and Thundurus rampaged and attacked, which is how the in-game text describes the move Thrash.
  • A lot of people theorize N's use of new Pokemon each time you see him as part of him "playing" a Nuzlocke, even going so far as saying that the N in his name even stands for Nuzlocke. At first, I figured this was total garbage. A Nuzlocke is a self-imposed challenge where you have to catch the first Pokemon you run into in every route, and a Pokemon dies if it faints. Why would N, who cares deeply for Pokemon and even believes capturing them is evil, adopt the idea that fainting equals dying just for the challenge and thrill? But then I realized that a Nuzlocke would seem totally different if viewed in the context of the Pokemon world. Pokemon don't actually die in Nuzlockes, and instead players usually release them when they faint. This, combined with the nicknames and the fact that players can't play favorites with wild Pokemon translates to a trainer in-game who doesn't base which Pokemon they use on skill or personal preference, nicknames all their Pokemon to grow closer to them, and holds themselves to a code of honor where, if they allow one of their Pokemon to faint even once, THEY WILL RELEASE IT BACK INTO THE WILD IMMEDIATELY AND NEVER FORCE IT TO BATTLE AGAIN. While it's highly unlikely that the developers intentionally based N's battles around the concept of Nuzlocke runs, this sort of mentality doesn't sound too out of character for N.
  • For one thing, when you first face Caitlin in her chamber, she's sleeping and is annoyed at being woken up. That might just seem like a small joke, but think further; what's her specialty type? Psychic, a type that seems associated with sleep/dreaming. Plus, according to HG/SS, Caitlin wasn't good at controlling her psychic powers, and perhaps sleeping is her method of keeping them at bay.


Fridge Horror

  • A good deal of the gyms are pretty hazardous; Opelucid and Icirrus in particular would have a constant risk of falling to your death into a functionally bottomless pit.
    • I like to think that there's a net under there. Or a marshmallow pit. It's just too dark to see it.
    • Don't forget Mistralton, where you get shot out of cannons to proceed from floor to floor. One of the final ones even has you hitting the wall face-first!
  • The Relic Castle consists of a pair of burnt out, ruined towers. A pair of burnt out, ruined towers in a fantasy version of New York City.
    • Not to mention Yamask and Cofagrigus (the former of which is actually the soul of a human who now carries around a mask that was the face it had when it was living) can be found inside.
    • Even worse, if you overlay a map of New York with a map of Unova, Ground Zero aligns with Route 4, which has the entrance to the Desert Resort & Relic Castle...
    • This was probably purposefully invoked, and not to be funny. The location is a relatively quiet, sorrowful remnant acknowledging that something happened which caused a lot of death and destruction. Making it something that happened in the distant past puts enough distance between it and the events of the game that it can be acknowledged without dragging in the very sensitive issues surrounding the real-world disaster.
  • Ghetsis must've had some pretty grand plans if he had the Adamant, Lustrous, and Griseous Orbs...
    • And how did he come to have those, when they were last in the possession of Lucas/Dawn?...
    • Hell, just Ghetsis' plans in general. Just look at his big one in the game: [[spoiler:Ghetsis knew a self-centered man like him could never be the hero of legend, so he raised his own son N specifically to fit the qualifications needed to be the hero and to be the key pawn in his master plan. He kept N locked up in a room filled with toys for years in order to stunt his emotional growth, and had Anthea and Concordia frequently tend to him so that his innocence and purity could be preserved. He himself told N that Team Plasma was fighting to liberate Pokemon from their captivity and oppression at the hands of humans, and even provided abused Pokemon for N as playmates. Ghetsis' own minions had abused the Pokemon and since N could hear their thoughts and feel their pain, he came to believe that all humans hurt Pokemon and that all Pokemon long to be far away from humans. After N had come of age and was crowned Team Plasma's king, Ghetsis began his crusade to capture the hearts and minds of the trainer population, the grand crescendo of which would come when N, using Reshiram or Zekrom, could defeat the Champion and allow Team Plasma to take over the league. N would then issue a command to every human in the Unova region to release all their Pokemon or risk the region's destruction again. In reverence of the hero and the belief that his way is the truth or ideal ("having Pokemon will be considered a bad thing" as Ghetsis puts it), the trainers would release all their Pokemon...which would leave Ghetsis and his select followers as the only ones with Pokemon that they're able to use. After N's purpose had been served, Ghetsis would throw him away and take Reshiram/Zekrom for himself, and then with his personal Pokemon army headed by the legendary Pokemon of the hero, would go to war with all other regions and repeat the process so that more region's worth of Pokemon get added to his forces. The more Pok
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