Apparently everyone attended the parade celebrating/congratulating you being the hero/champion in the finale. Except your Mom. At first it seems cold of her not to attend. Consider, however, that she's a world-famous celebrity of her own. It makes a lot more sense that she laid down low for this game; you wouldn't want someone to detract attention away from you, especially not during a parade specifically for you!
Likewise, why did Game Freak introduced so few mons in this generation? That's because the Gotta Catch 'Em All goal will become unmanageable if they introduce too many new Pokémon. Even after having 454 Pokémon in the regional Pokedex, there are still around 250 for the National Pokedex. Game Freak also probably took into account the Wi-Fi function for the 3DS - which still has issues in compatibility with at least some of the Wi-Fi spots, and unnecessarily complicates things.
Though many have complained that Dragon-type Pokémon are now weak to the newly introduced Fairy type, dragons are usually defeated in fairy tales. Also, Fairy-Type is weak to Steel Attacks. In olden tales, Fae were supposedly burned by the touch of Cold Iron.
Ampharos's Mega Evolution making it part Dragon-type doesn't seem as random if you consider its Japanese name is Denryuu, and that Ampharos has been capable of learning the move Outrage since the release of Generation 4's Pokémon Platinum.
Why does Mega Mawile have Huge Power? Huge Power doubles the Pokémon's Attack, and Mega Mawile has two jaws now.
Why does Mega Absol have Magic Bounce? Absol are always trying to warn people about disasters, to no avail. With Magic Bounce, it can finally stop those disasters from happening. The wings also give it the impression of an angel.
Mega Kangaskhan is identical to normal Kangaskhan, except that the baby leaves the pouch and gains visible armor plating and red eyes. Kangaskhan doesn't Mega Evolve, the baby does.
Why is it that Mega Mewtwo Y is suddenly smaller (and slightly cuter) than its regular form? Considering that Mewtwo is a failed clone of Mew, a Mega Evolution form bearing a closer resemblance to Mew makes much more sense. Its Y Mega Evolution allows it to become closer to its parent Pokémon. As for its X Mega Evolution, it goes the other way; Mewtwo gains the ability to evolve like other Pokémon (albeit temporarily), its Mega Mewtwo X form bearing the hallmark changes of an evolved Pokémon. Alternatively, ever seen actual X and Y chromosomes?◊
Mewtwo's ability to Mega Evolve actually drives home the moral of The Power of Friendship even more than any other. Mewtwo was intended to be the world's most powerful Pokemon, and Team Rocket abused and mistreated it for this end. However, by base stat total normal form Mewtwo isn't the most powerful Pokemon. Along comes the player, who treats it with love and kindness to the point where their bond is strong enough to allow for Mega Evolution, making Mewtwo's base stat total go up to 780... which is a full sixty points higher than ARCEUS. A kid using The Power of Friendship did what a massive criminal organisation could not.
Why does Mega Aggron have the Filter Ability? Its armor plating has covered up the gaping faults of its normal form. This may also explain why it has become a pure Steel-type, as opposed to Steel/Rock.
Mega Aerodactyl gains the ability Tough Claws. Take a quick look at its hands. And the big old spikes that look pretty tough where its claws would be.
Mega Pinsir gains the Flying-type and an ability that turns Normal-type moves into Flying ones. Flying is super effective on Bug and Fighting. Heracross is a Pokémon of both types and is often considered the rival of Pinsir. Its Mega form allows it to gain an advantage over it. This also causes both of Heracross's STABs to be even less potent.
Why doesn't Mega Gengar have Levitate any more? Because it's coming up from the ground, and is therefore attached to it. As for why its ability is now Shadow Tag... Take a good look at the animation for Mean Look, an attack that prevents Pokemon from escaping. It's a yellow colored eye. Now take a look at Mega Gengar. It has a yellow eye. It's constantly giving you Mean Look, so you can't escape.
Mega Evolution is triggered by the player using the Mega Ring.
That red horn on Gardevoir's chest? That's its heart, and on Mega Gardevoir, the horn has two pieces. By opening up its heart to you, it has become one of the most powerful Pokémon in existence. In contrast, Shiny Mega Gardevoir is decked out in all black, a color usually associated with mourning. In that case, the two-piece horn could represent a broken heart... Course, if you want to make it badass without the sadness, one can say it is wearing a dress... to your funeral.
Balancing reasons aside, why does Garchomp lose speed when it Mega Evolves? The fins on its forearms are supposed to be analogous to airplane wings, but since they have now become big bulky scythes, Mega Garchomp is less aerodynamic.
Banette being granted a Mega Evolution makes more sense when one remembers that the Duskull and Shuppet lines can be perceived as counterparts. While Dusclops received the evolution of Dusknoir (beginning with Pokémon Diamond and Pearl), Banette was left out. Come Generation 6, Banette receives a boon in the form of Mega Banette, allowing it to fare better when pitted against the likes of Dusknoir.
The cute, innocent-looking Inkay turns into the malicious, evil-looking Malamar when leveled up while the Nintendo 3DS is held upside-down. Not only did its body do a complete 180° reversal, its mind and morality also went as well.
Amaura evolves into Aurorus at night. Auroras are lights that dance across the night sky.
The Steel type no longer resists the Ghost and Dark types. Ghosts have the ability to phase through all materials, which includes Steel. Dark types, on the other hand, have become smarter in their dirty tactics, striking at the chinks in a Steel-type Pokémon's armor.
So it seems that Quick Attack animation doesn't include user hitting opponent, unlike, say, Flame Charge, which is a physical move which does make contact. A reason why? The description states the "user lunges at speed that makes it almost invisible." - no wonder you can't see Pokémon moving out of the circle!
Why is Freeze Dry strong against Water-type Pokémon? Freeze Drying is a method of dehydration!
Honedge and Doublade:
Both Pokemon have "No Guard" as their Ability because there's no shield to go along with the sword. Doublade evolves into Aegislash and trades away one sword for a shield. Looks like it realized that it needed some defense. This is also reflected in its ability changing from No Guard into Stance Change. The irony about the above point is that Doublade has a MASSIVE defense stat — equal to Shield Forme Aegislash, in fact. Presumably, Doublade is parrying attacks with the swords. So you still hit it every time (explaining No Guard), but it moves in a way that the attack deals the least amount of damage possible (high Defense).
Also, why can this line learn Iron Head and Head Smash, despite not obviously not having heads? Perhaps they use the hilts or flats of their sword forms as a substitute instead.
One may find it odd that the line can learn Round (a sound-based attack in which the user sings) from a TM, despite being inanimate objects with no mouths. HOWEVER! This would make it a reference to the Singing Sword of Prince Valiant, which would sing when held in the hands of a just, pure-hearted individual... or, something along those lines....
Why is Chesnaught so radically different in color compared to Chespin and Quilladin? Because they were unripened chestnuts! Chesnaught's armor has fully hardened to be more like an actual nut's shell, even with coloring, while Chespin and Quilladin were based on the casing that would cover the chestnut as it ripened.
Why does Litleo have a 25% chance of being male? Because that's how lions are actually like in real life, where lionesses compose most of a pride of lions.
It seems a little strange that Torchic was given out as a promo for X and Y. The Gallic Rooster is the national animal of France.
Some evolved Pokémon like Metapod don't have a fullness meter in Pokémon-Amie. Cocoons don't eat. Swords do though, apparently. And celestial meteorites.
Why do Helioptile and Heliolisk learn Surf? Heliolisk's name suggests that the line is not only based on a frilled lizard but also a basilisk, an animal that's known for running on water. And you can breed Glare onto them. The Japanese name for Glare translates to "Serpent Gaze". The name doesn't refer just to the real-life basilisk, but also the mythical one.
Gogoat learns Milk Drink. Goat's milk in real life is consumable. As Squicky as the idea of a male Gogoat having Milk Drink, well, it's a Grass-type, which often consists of Pokémon based off of plants, and plants can be asexual, i.e. flowers can have a pistil (female) as well as a stamen (male). Also, male goats are known to lactate.
AZ battles you with a Torkoal, Golurk, and Sigilyph. I thought this was a random set of choices, but then I remembered something. As an immortal, AZ needs Pokemon that are like him (Golurk and Sigilyph are essentially everlasting automatons while, Torkoal, being a tortoise, likely can live long enough to be reliable before he has to switch). This is also Fridge Horror given he likely outlived any mortal Pokemon he had along the way due to age, but it explains things.
Tyrunt and Amaura have poor defensive typings. They have also gone extinct.
Why can't Hawlucha participate in Sky battles? Because Hawlucha can't actually fly like a bird. The Flying type is just because it can jump really high, and Fly is just Hawlucha jumping even higher than it normally can. "Hawlucha, use Fly!"
Why is there basically no guidance on steering a Rhyhorn on the way to Glittering Cave, when it's not like the games have ever been shy with pointers on obvious things before? Because your protagonist has been riding his mother's mount since before he could walk. If there were instructions posted in the gatehouse, he merrily ignored them.
Why is the Goomy line based off a slug/snail despite being a dragon? The Kalos region is based off France, and it so happens that one French mythical creature is the Lou Carcolh, a beast that was described as both a mollusk and a serpent at the same time.
Why can Slurpuff learn Flamethrower and Wish? It's a meringue cake, which can be used as a birthday cake. We put candles on the cake (hence Flamethrower) and make a wish before blowing them out (hence Wish).
The Elite Four is another nod to fairy tales.
Siebold and Malva represent fire and water, needed to forge steel weapons and armour, which Wikstrom represents, to slay the dragons, which Drasna represents. Diantha and Gardevoir represent the princess. And as an added bonus... Who was the most well-known princess in recent history? Princess Di... Diantha is Princess Di. Not coincidentally, her signature Gardevoir is not only actually a Fairy-type, it looks quite the part of a faerie queen.
Diantha's team. She has Hawlucha - A Fighting type, which is seen as heroic, and in this case looks foreign (how often is it that the knight is from the same kingdom?), Gorgeist - A reference to Cinderella's pumpkin carriage, Goodra - The dragon keeping the princess captive (combines with the whole monstrous French snail monster thing as well), Tyrantrum - A KINGLY looking Pokemon, Aurorus - Delicate, fragile, and beautiful, much like the princess, and Mega Gardevoir - A princess in her own right, and the star in this fairy tale.
Team Flare's money-making schemes at the beginning might not make sense at first when you consider that their real plan is to kill off everyone not loyal to them, but it's clear that much of their effort is directed to researching and powering some kind of machine that's basically a nuke. Making money then is really only a short-term goal to fund these efforts and becomes less prominent later in the story, when those steps have already been taken. (This could also be Fridge Horror for obvious reasons.)
Why does Yveltal and Xerneas get an Amazing Technicolor Battlefield when you first fight them and not Zygarde? Also, why are you suddenly fighting over a Black Hole or on some light field? Their abilities Dark Aura and Fairy Aura are likely why they conjured them up while Zygarde's (Aura Break) doesn't create one. It doesn't explain Lysandre's case, but it justifies the sudden change in area. Lysandre's could possibly be an illusion caused by that crazy stuff he was wearing.
Team Flare's goal is to get rid of everyone else and leave the world only for themselves and go back to a simpler time... Sounds remarkably similar to a lot of fans who have been complaining since Generation 2.
The Espurr line doesn't have as much base Special Attack as it should, considering their Pokedex entry, but then their classification (the "Restraint and Constraint Pokemon) made it clear. They're still holding back their power. If they went full power in all of the battles they went through, they may be a Mon of Mass Destruction.
At first, it might seem a little odd that AZ's Floette has a different flower than the other members of its species. Of course, since it is 3000 years old, it's more than likely that that flower is just a type of flower that has since died out.
There's something about Valerie regarding her choice of Pokémon. Slyveon, a Pokémon evolved from a Pokémon outside Kalos, can be seen as rather odd for the Kalos Gym Leader. But Valerie hails from Johto, and all her Pokémon or members of their evolutionary line can actually be obtained in Johto in at least one game. Mr. Mime and Eevee can be bought at Goldrenrod's Game Corner and Mawile can be found in Swarms in Soul Silver. Also, Johto is home to the Kimono Girls, which also use the Eeveelutions.
Wulfric is quite a large guy both in height and in girth and he happens to live in Snowbelle City, where it is constantly snowing, and as many people know fat serves as a insulator against the cold. Meaning that despite him not wearing his jacket properly, he is actually less likely to be cold than Candice, Brycen, and Pryce in Gold and Silver.
Team Flare's name and fancy orange apparel make it seem that they'd be based on fire, when in reality they don't do anything remotely related to the element. It seems like a nonidicative name at first, until you realize that their name actually does fit. The team is all about coolness and fashion! It's not Team Flare, it's Team Flair!
Looker's had a goofy accent since his introduction in Platinum, saying things like, "Actually, yes, yes, you may speak to me. You must. Not because I am lonely, no, no! You must inform me of bad guys! You must inform me of any happenings!" He retains it in the Unova games with lines like, "I am a globe-trotting elite of the International Police. My name... Ah, no, I shall inform you of my code name only." However, his goofy accent's been toned down significantly in Kalos, where he says stuff like "You will need to find five Looker Tickets that have been sprinkled about Lumiose City, and then bring them back to me! There's nothing more to it! Simple as can be!". He retains the constant emphasis and exclamations, but his grammar and syntax have improved significantly. The Fridge Brilliance would ensue if he's actually from Kalos, and thus no longer butchering PokéJapanese and PokéMerican English. Even if he wasn't actually from Kalos, it would make sense for him to be good at speaking French considering that the real-life Interpol headquarters is actually in Lyon, France. As a matter of fact, if it matches, Interpol headquarters would be in Kiloude City...which is connected to Lumiose City via train, which is how Looker and Xerosic left.
Absol and Bagon being available on Route 8 seems just like any other random tidbit. Not only is Route 8 the last route that has grass on it for Absol to appear in before the Team Flare plot kicks off (hence Absol sensing the disaster), but it's also a very cliffy area, and Bagon is known to throw itself off cliffs to practice flying.
The restaurant Sushi High-Roller is noted for being the most difficult of them all, so why does it have no stars at the entrance? The stars are actually "Michelin Stars", a type of rating system (originating in France, no less!) that determines the quality of the restaurant. The fact that it has no stars is a sign that eating there may not be worth your time, considering that you gain a net loss after your meal.
Professor Sycamore's reaction to Lysandre's first genocidal speech was to praise his passion and enthusiasm. This makes it look like Sycamore's a huge ditz, or at least a Horrible Judge of Character. Later, you find out Lysandre used to study under Sycamore himself, and Sycamore blames himself for Lysandre going wrong. This retroactively suggests that during that early cutscene, Prof. Sycamore wasn't oblivious, he was in denial.
The Regis like to be pet on the face in Pokemon-Amie. Their faces are composed of Braille dots, which are read by running your fingers/hands across them.
The Gen VI starters' final evolved forms happens when they reach level 36, the perfect square of the number 6 as in this generation; that as much as four levels above the original 32 level dot from the past generations and that's brilliant.
The protagonist is not a native Kalosian. ("Here in the Kalos region, you're far away from everything you used to know...") Thus, they probably aren't as fluent in Kalosian as the NPCs. For once, the Heroic Mime trope has a justification!
Why do you get Celebi when you download Pokémon Bank? Sending your Pokémon forward through generations is often considered a form of time travel.
The rivals in this game get a lot of hate, but consider what they represent: One wants to be great at battling (Serena/Calem), another wants to fill out the Pokédex and collect all the Pokémon (Trevor), one wants to enjoy the single-player journey through Kalos (Serena) and one wants to fulfill a completely arbitrary, weird goal that's important to him (Tierno). Pokémon X/Y is telling you that no matter how you want to enjoy pokemon, it's just as valid as any other way.
The Laverre Gym, whose leader specializes in Fairy-types, is surrounded by toadstools. In traditional folklore, a circle of mushrooms is often called a fairy ring. According to legends, if a person steps inside a fairy ring they will be trapped and unable to leave, and indeed, once you enter the Laverre Gym's warp tile puzzle, you can't leave until you beat Valerie and the Furisode Girls.
A lot of people were disappointed that there are only 69 new Pokémon... that is, until the story was revealed. Remember the part where AZ holocausted all the Pokémon in Kalos to resurrect his companion Pokémon? And the part where Flare are trying to re-enact this event? Suddenly it makes sense why Kalos is so lacking in unique Pokémon... and why there are so many Ghost-type Pokémon... It gets even better when you consider that the Ultimate Weapon also killed people. Now take a look again at Phantump's dex entry.
Team Flare was attaching caught Pokémon to the stones to drain them of their life energy and charge up the Ultimate Weapon. Who is to say they weren't prepared to do the same with any trainers that were in the area? It really doesn't help that with the Ultimate Weapon, their ultimate goal is to kill off everyone, human and Pokémon alike, that's not loyal to them — i.e. committing genocide. At least Cyrus wasn't leaving out anyone when he was trying to destroy the world, and fully expected to pull everyone back to "enjoy" his nice new World of Silence.
Another, more meta example involving Team Flare (also Fridge Brilliance): Lysandre's decision to kill all Pokémon on the grounds that problems arise from interactions between people and Pokémon. Remember that, in his (rather unstable) mind, his mass genocide program is the only way to resolve the issue of limited consumable resources on earth. Unsettlingly, it makes sense: what of all the players mass-breeding Pokémon to produce competitively viable battlers and abandoning dozens of leftover babies? Not all of them are going to die off in the wild, and likely their sheer numbers would have caused massive disruption to local ecologies — especially with optimised genes and the apex-predator nature of some species (e.g. the Bagon line).note There is Wonder Trade as an alternative for releasing, but more than likely you'll still have to release a box-full of Bunnelbys because of it being filled with Com Mons. As Australia knows, even these aren't all going to just die and magically disappear...
Sometimes, you can fall into a Horde battle with four Zangoose and a single Seviper, or vice versa. The AI is programmed to have the Zangoose attack the Seviper and vice-versa. The Pokédex regularly notes that these two species have an ongoing feud. Basically, you interrupted Pokémon murdernote or Pokémon predation, if you consider the Zangoose predators of Seviper and the latter are just defending themselves.
Espurr seem a lot more distant and freaked out than their evolved counterpart, Meowstic, when normally it's the other way around for Pokémon who undergo personality changes with evolution. A quick glance at the Pokedex reveals why — unlike Meowstic, an Espurr has no ability to control its formidable powers. It stares like that because it's scared as all hell. This also explains why Meowstic are so standoffish — after the hell of their pre-evolved form, literally nothing can compare. And it explains why Espurr only emotes when you touch its ears. It's getting angry because it's telling you to back off or it'll accidentally kill you. And if you rub his ears, instead of acting aggressively like most Pokemon do when you touch their least favorite spots, he backs off, scared. That also helps explain why Honedge gives you a glare when you touch its tassel. "I'm throwing everything I've got at not reflexively draining you!" But only if it likes you enough; a newly caught or bred one has no problem with slowly turning you into a desiccated husk...
Speaking of Honedge, Aegislash's dex entry in Y says that it can detect the qualities of leadership. In X, it says that generations of past kings used it to brainwash people. Putting those dex entries together, they imply that it wants to put masses of people under its control. Don't try to think about this too hard if your Aegislash has maximum affection.
In the post-game, during Looker's sidequest, Emma tells you that he used to have a Pokémon as his partner, who didn't make it through a certain case a long while ago, which is the reason why Looker never has any Pokémon with him now. That's a Tear Jerker in itself, but it gets worse when you remember that Looker had a Croagunk that would always follow him around in Platinum, and said Croagunk hasn't shown up since. Put two and two together.
In Restaurant Le Wow in Lumiose City, your first two battles are with the owner. If you win the second battle, he starts wheezing and coughing, then says the way you handle your Pokemon could stop his heart... then the dialogue reads "urk!" and he walks away. The next person to serve you is a waiter... who says the owner had to tend to an emergency. The owner never comes back. Fortunately, he doesn't die. Unfortunately, in every subsequent battle you're giving him yet another near-death experience...
If you pay attention, AZ is wearing what appears to be part of a leg brace on his left knee. That means, while he was continuing, his body was beginning to get to the height where he will not be able to physically support himselfnote Seeing as how Pokemon doesn't really follow the Square/Cube Law ever, this isn't all too likely. Now, given he was walking, it is very likely he is in constant pain and will feel it for a long time. On the other hand, while characters occasionally reference how huge he is, there's no indication that it's because AZ has actually been growing taller for the past 3000 years. It's quite possible that the leg brace thing is for an injury resulting from some kind of side-effect of the Ultimate Weapon, which is still a fairly creepy idea, admittedly. It also might have been for a more recent injury. Still kind of uncomfortable to think about, admittedly.
Lysandre is said to be descended from the former royal family by way of a supposed brother of AZ's. It might make you wonder why the writers didn't just make him directly descended from AZ himself for simplicity's sake. But then you remember how grief-stricken AZ was at the loss of Floette and it makes you kind of glad that it's implied he has no descendents. Bordering on Tear Jerker, AZ probably wouldn't take outliving any children very well at all.
In Lysandre Labs, there is a series of bookshelves that, among other things, reveal that AZ's brother "led a legion of greedy souls who wanted to seize the Kalos region." History repeats itself.
When Lysandre triggered the self-immolation of the ultimate weapon from point-blank range, he may have either been turned immortal or killed outright. What happened to the four Pokemon he had with him? Even worse, it's unclear what happened to the grunts and admins that were down there too.
In the Laverre Gym, there are four Furisode girls. The Furisode is a kimono from Japanese folklore that slowly kills its wearer.
There's a psychic named Inver who challenges you to an "Inverse Battle", in which type effectiveness is reversed, with (for example) Fire being super-effective against Water, and Water being "not very effective" against Fire. He explains it's possible because of a psychic ability he has, without much more explanation given. But think about where type effectiveness comes from: a lot of it (such as the example with Fire and Water) is based on the laws of physics. So in other words, Inver has the ability to alter the laws of physics themselves, at least within a small area. Which begs the question of just what else he could do if he wanted.
There's some Fridge Brilliance here, since Pokemon can psychically create Eldritch Locations in a similar way with moves like Trick Room. A bit more horror here: What if there are other such psychics out there who are considerably more willing to abuse that power?
When you find the Furfrou belonging to Parfum Palace's owner, he rewards you with a fireworks show, except you can do this during the day.
Speaking of those restaurants, how do they stay in business? Your incredibly strong Pokemon just used Earthquake inside your store and my other one used Surf to knock out the rest of your team. Wouldn't that cause serious damage to your place of business, as well as upset the other customers? What happens to attacks that miss? Customers would hate to be sitting down enjoying the dinner they just paid half a million dollars for, when a stray Hyper Beam destroys the table and the meal. At least at the end of the meal, they give items worth almost as much as the meal cost. (Once again, how do they stay in business?)