Funny: Ashes of the Past

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  • When you consider how many hilarious antics occur in the story, the very fact that we are attempting to count them all is a Meta-example.
  • Anytime the story cuts back to Arceus, Aaron, Palkia and Dialga. Mostly because Palkia and Dialga keep cheating anytime they play a game.
  • The fact that Squirtle, who was fairly normal in the original show, is now a fan of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. He even has his own equivalent of the Giga Drill Break.
    • And now he's apparently got Gary's Squirtle in on it, complete with Simon's Star-Shades. He also has his own Kamina Shades from back in the Squirtle Squad.
    • It turns out that all of Squirtle's evolutionary line are massive Otaku. Case in point? The island of Squirtle Evolutions are now The Hidden Turtle Village.
    • The Wartortle Firefighting Squad of Ascorbia Island are the Wartortle Rangers.
      • Not only that, they're implied to be Squirtle that morph into Wartortle
    • The Wartortle fan of Sailor Moon who hooks Quilava up on it.
  • If Squirtle, Pikachu or Riolu are involved in a gym battle, there's a good chance that the gym will be destroyed.
    Ritchie: Yeah! Actually, now I think about it I do recognize you. You're that trainer they were calling the Gym Destroyer on the TV commentary, right?
    Ash: I didn't know they were calling me that. Though I have to admit it's pretty accurate...
  • The frequent Lampshade Hanging about the fact that Brock, a Rock-type Gym Leader, has only one Rock-type Pokemon on his team.

     Kanto's Gym Challenge (Chapters 1-24) 

  • Chapter 1:
    • That prologue is actually pretty serious, even though there are some funny moments... And then comes the moment where Ash chooses when he wants to be sent back:
    Ash: I want to go back to the day my journey began, when I first set off from Pallet.
    Sir Aaron: Hah! Told you, you great lump.
    Arceus: I thought 'any day but then' was good odds.
    Ash: Were you two betting on me or something?
    Sir Aaron: Err… nooo?
    Ash: Somehow I don't believe you.
    Arceus: Now, Dialga!
    Narration: In that second of absolute stillness, Ash thought to himself that using the – a – legendary Pokémon that controlled time to get out of an embarrassing situation really took some beating. Then there was a roar, and he fell into blackness.
    • And right after that...
    Aaron: "It's weird, seeing the God of Time jump around like a puppy..."
    Arceus: "He's ten minutes old, what do you want?"
  • Chapter 2:
    Misty (pre-restore): "You better pay for this!"
    Ash: "Story of my life..."
    • Ash tries again to analyse Ho-Oh on the Pokedex. Again, the Pokedex doesn't identify it. Ash, having none of it, tries and restore it... And Dexter goes from simple computer-databank to fully sentient AI.
    Dexter: "Normally this would never happen, but then most computers aren't involved in half the stuff that fills the average week for you crazy people."
    • Misty mercilessly teases Ash about the pun on "Sacred Ash" and the prophecy of the second movie. And then on the crossdressing moments...
    • Prof. Oak choking after Ash tells him about Celebi.
    • Misty is having a Bug-phobia attack again. Ash wonders if a Surskit (Bug/Water Pokemon) will cause Misty to short circuit.
      • Then he tries to put her at ease... by telling her to teach her Staryu Power Gem or get a Fire-Type.
    Narration: "Ash, it should be noted, is not good at setting people at ease."
  • Chapter 3:
    • Pikachu and Butterfree decide to have a spar to gauge each other.
    Ash: "Now, in accordance with ancient custom... leg it, Misty!"
    • Blind luck dropping a knocked-out Pidgeotto right next to the gang (Ash and Misty at the time).
    • The fight against the Samurai.
  • Chapter 4:
    • "Pewter City was an interesting place. Originally a mining town, it had developed into a centre of culture with its museum, its position on one of Kanto's main routes, and its League Gym. Guess which one Ash was interested in."
    • Pikachu remarking, "Brock isn't an idiot unless women are involved."
    • Misty's slapping Brock with her Goldeen.
    • Riolu's flabbergasted reaction to learn that Ash is Sir Aaron's descendant.
    • Jessie and Meowth having an Idiot Ball moment...
  • Chapter 5:
    • Riolu really finds out what kind of mess Ash and co get all the time and comments that what happened with Hunter J wasn't special for them. Ash replies that it actually was a bit unusual.
    • When Pidgeot saves Ash from a revenge-psychotic Aaron's Lucario, the latter accidentally presses the bird's Berserk Button.
    Pidgeot: "I'm a girl you complete IDIOT!! SKY ATTACK!!"
    • And she takes the time to engrave I'm female, twit in the ruins created by that attack!
    • Lucario's reaction when he finally calms the fuck down and realizes his mistake?
    Lucario: "Erm... Oops?"
    Lucario: "I can just see it now. Aura's Glow, starring Ash Ketchum! With Brock as the Plucky Comic Relief, the girl as the Love Interest, of course, and-"
    Ash: "Wait, what?!"
    Lucario: "-that you met thanks to the destruction of her bike!"
    Ash: "Please be more specific. You just described almost every girl I know."
    Lucario: "That'd be telling. The hero never realizes his feelings before-"
    Ash: "Before what?! Puberty?! That'd be a help, at least!"
    Pikachu: "No, it wouldn't. It never is."
  • Chapter 6:
    • Sumo Legendaries wrestling.
    • When Aaron tries to talk about his hat...
    Aaron: "Readers?"
    Arceus, looking shifty: "Nothing."
  • Chapter 7:
    • Pikachu and Riolu. If they're not arguing, they're snarking about something.
    • Ash brings the Cerulean gym's roof down. And thus is born a Running Gag.
    • The last part:
    Narration: "In the trees near the Gym, a sinister presence was spying Ash..."
    Meowth: "Ah, shaddup! I'm only using the binoculars!"
    Narration: "Yes, it was Meowth, who admittedly couldn't be sinister even if his life depended on it."
  • Chapter 8:
    Jessie: "Remember Domino's trio, back when they were low Admins?"
    James: "Yeah. Roselia, wasn't it? And her old team had an Exeggutor and a Farfetch'd, right?"
    Jessie: "That lot were freaky. The girl threw roses, the boy carried a bokken and called himself the Blue Thunder, and the father had a plam tree on his head and didn't shut up about the Orange Islands. There's working with your Pokémon and then there's going completely mental, you know?"
    James: "When Team Kuno broke up, Domino got so much more sensible, it was amazing..."
    • James' newly captured Abra is already setting himself to be a walking CMOF.
    Jessie: "Truly he is the slacker god."
    • James's Wheezing laughing at Jessie's Arbok after getting Abra and Cubone on the team.
    • Ash: "Arceus above, we really suck at finding our way..."
  • Chapter 9:
    • Damian losing his control.
    • Jessie and James' reaction to the destruction of Azuria's Gym by Ash.
    Jessie: "You mean..."
    James: "This happens to them even when we're not around?"
    Jessie: "Yes! It's not just us who are chew toys of fate!"
    • James looking for a Gym to fight in using a guide made by "Prima". In the real world, "Prima," is a company known for making game guides.
    • Squirtle is restored. Go to the General folder and you'll understand why it's a CMOF.
    • The ninja Meowth remarking to Team Rocket's Meowth, ""They're taking the gym challenge, I know where they're going. You don't think we have to run an obstacle course every time we need a pint of milk, do you?"
    • The entire Innocent Innuendo situation about Meowth finally learns Pay Day.
    • Ash and the company talking about the Australian Dragonite King.
      Ash: "I'm trying to maintain my sanity. It's quite hard."
      Pikachu: "The worst part, for me, was the truck-sized can of Foster's..."

  • Bulbsaur overdoing the Growth job and accidentally evolving into a Ivysaur.
  • Ash remarking ""Not only no, but HELL no" about Maiden's Peak.
  • Palkia, the Titan of Space, smiting Sir Aaron's character sheet because of a bad break-up with Kyogre.
    • Not only does the character sheet get smited, but it gets compressed into neutronium.

  • Growlie (now an Arcanine) and Brock's Ninetails, performing a Shout-Out to Lady and the Tramp.
  • Ash stating that, using Aura Purge, he'll get rid of Misty's fear of Bug types. Riolu says that Misty'd kill him if he suggested she's weak. Ash says he'll use "Tact and Diplomacy". Riolu simply sighs and replies with "You're Doomed."
    • Followed up by Ash threatening Misty that either she takes the painless Aura Purge to get rid of her fear of Bugs, or Squirtle "Fixes" her with sheer distilled awesome, possibly involving tearing open dimensions, rock music from nowhere and punches.
      • Even funnier? Squirtle still manages to at least partially fix her using Gurren Lagann logic.
  • Dexter, Dee and Damos have their own little nickname: The Three Pings.
  • The one second long "Fight", if you could call it that, between Pikachu and Surge's Raichu.
  • This exchange between Jessie and Butch.
    Jessie: "Well, well, wouldn't have expected to meet you here, bit-"
    • He later gets called "Banana".
  • Ash on Crossdressing "It was bad enough the first time, worse the second time, and not quite as bad the third time, which is what really worries me" Cue Kricketune!

     Mewtwo versus Mew (Chapters 25-26) 

     The Indigo League (Chapters 27-36) 

  • The Indigo League commentator remarks after Ivysaur takes down a Jaxon's Muk: "Okay, ladies and gentlemen, after a talk with our local Joy, I can tell you that Jaxon's Muk is not permanently harmed. If you have a piece of sludge near you, those in the front rows, please signal and a bag will be provided. Muk is going to be reincorporated later, and will be fine so long as not too much mass is missing."

     The Orange Islands part 1 (Chapters 37-38) 

     The Power of One (Chapters 39-42) 

  • Lugia showing up in chapter 41 to stop the Legendary Birds:
    I have no idea why you three keep doing this. What was it this time?
  • Mewtwo's acceptance of pretty much being a plot device whose function is to limit the collateral damage done by Ash. Mew's reaction makes it all the better.

     The Orange Islands part 2 (Chapters 43-46) 

     Johto's Gym Challenge part 1 (Chapters 47-54) 

  • During his very first Johto battle, Ash sends out Charizard against Casey... and loses. How? Her Rattata holds a Focus Sash, and knows Endeavor and Quick Attack. Sound familiar to anyone?
  • The date between Ninetales and Growlie. With Ninetales coming back two days after the curfew because she lost track of time.
  • The Legendary Beasts' discussion about Ash going from being philosophical to how Raikou and Entei would look with ribbons on their tails.
  • Falkner's reaction to his newest challenger being Ash Ketchum. He's soon proven right, even if his gym wasn't demolished.
  • Ash's description in Shingo's computer. According to Brock, the "probably insane" part fits.
    • In the same incident, Dexter getting annoyed at the overall moral: that you can't base Pokémon battles on data.
  • Gligarman.
  • Ash's Muk can't tell the difference between freshly-baked cookies and freshly-recorded TMs.
  • James' Abra got a book to optimize his sleep regime. Of course, given how often he sleeps, he only reads it for five minutes per week...
  • Turns out, Jessie's Wobbufett is a Pungeon Master. And now Meowth can't defend the others by not translating what he says.
  • Ash's Noctowl is a Quintessential British Gentleman. Even if he's not British.
    • Also, how Ash caught him again: he attacked with Ivysaur, who got it with a Vine Whip... And then threw the pokeball over his shoulder. It hit the target and dispelled the illusion that Ivysaur had caught.

     Spell of the Unown (Chapters 55-58) 

     Johto's Gym Challenge part 2 (Chapters 59-62) 

  • In chapter 59, Cassidy and Butch's reaction to their first meeting with Ash in this timeline, which is essentially "Abandon scam, run like hell."
    • They later report to Giovanni. They're praised for their decision... And Giovanni too gets Butch's name wrong.
    • When Misty takes Butch and Cassidy's scam test to see what personality she has, she gets Gyarados. Ash starts to make fun of her for this, until Brock points out that there are two scenarios: Either the test is wrong, or the test is correct, and he's making fun of someone with the personality of a Gyarados. Ash shuts up quickly.
  • The battle with Whitney:
  • Ash's interview at the radio in chapter 60. Especially when he was asked if Misty was his girlfriend and his advice to gym leaders:
    "I don't mind having battles outside."
  • The traveling misadventures of the Swords of Justice.
  • Gary's little Chain of Deals-esque ordeal to get Alakazam to re-learn Teleport.
    • The conclusion: he needs to borrow Oak's Dragonite, because there's a man in Geosenge who will give a fossil to someone who shows him a fully-evolved Dragon-type, from the fossil he'll get an Anorinth, that can be traded for a Liepard, that for a Swoobat, that for a Clefafairy, and that for a Gyarados, who can be shown to Marie in Camphrier who will give him a letter, the letter is given to Jacques who will give him a Farfetch'd, that can be traded for a Beartic and then for a Furfrou (and a shiny one at that), the Furfrou will then get an haircut and be shown to gym leader Valerie to get a Focus Sash, that can be traded for a Silk Sash, that can be given to a girl in Luminose for a Pokemon that can dance, that can be shown to the guy who will give Gary the Heart Scale he needs to give to the Move Relearner as payment for him having Alakazam re-learn Teleport.
    • Except that he didn't need anything of this, as Misty could have lent him her Gyarados, Oak knows someone who has a Clefairy and has both a Focus Sash and a Silk Sash, Ash's Totodile can dance, and Oak has twenty Heart Scales. Oh, and Muk didn't eat the Teleport TM, so Gary could have just asked him for that. He still asks him to lend him Dragonite and ask Misty for her Gyarados, because he put so much time in making the list he could get something out of it.
      • In the meantime, Ash is battling a guy who in the original timeline battled Gary... And his Ambipom just finds a Heart Scale and throws it at Totodile.
  • Dexter putting Ash's old-timeline misadventures into statistics, which culminates in him having ridden ~13% of all Legendary Pokémon from Kanto to Unova.
  • Team Rocket's first Pokéathlon - which ends in Gyarados accidentally swallowing the relay race baton and Meowth having to be lowered in to get it out.
  • Brock needs to cross a river without a bridge, and Lucario offers to help him.
    "Wait, why are you swinging me back-"
    • Lucario was also supposed to help Misty, but she managed to water-walk on the river on her own.
  • Brock taking part to the Seaking Catching Competition with Forretress. Who uses Explosion.
    • From the same competition, the Wartortle addicted on Sailor Moon. Who infects Quilava.
  • The Ambipom with the Pickup ability (that makes him find a lot of things) using Fling to attack Totodile with the things he finds. A partial list: two iron balls, a Sun Stone, two cans of Repellant, an Heart Scale, an empty Potion bottle, a coil of rope, a friggin' Moon Stone, a Rest TM, and a Dawn Stone.
    • As noted above, Ambipom's trainer battled Gary in the original timeline, and Gary had just ended a strange adventure in the attempt to get an Heart Scale.

     Mewtwo Returns (Chapters 63-66) 

     Johto's Gym Challenge part 3 (Chapters 67-71) 

  • From chapters 67 and 68:
    • Pikachu's tale of his latest run-in with the Pichu Brothers, with the reveal that the humans never noticed them and Keldeo (a Legendary Pokemon who used to hang out three other Legendaries who get in all sort of hijinks to try and help people) asking if it's always like that around Ash (then again, Ash and co. are probably worse);
    • Ash and Morty:
      • Morty's greeting to Ash: "Come this way, we've got an outdoor arena a little way in the forest. I like my gym, and I don't want to see it get broken."
      • Ash asks if there's any restriction, and he says no. Then he notices Keldeo, but doesn't recognize him.
      • Both sets of Legendary Beasts show up, and Keldeo greet them. Morty is surprised, Ash isn't.
    Morty: "Mr. Ketchum... Why are there several Legendary Pokemon taking seats in the bleachers?"
    Ash: "Maybe they're bored?"
  • The Kimono Sisters, five Eevolution trainers who live in the tower where Ho-Oh nests, realize that Ash is the Chosen One of Ho-Oh, and offer to help him meeting him... And find out that Ho-Oh has already let himself get captured by Ash. Same thing with Lugia. And is challenging the Legendary Beasts.
    "Can we actually help you with anything?"
    "I actually don't know..."
    • Then they meet Molly's Eevee, the one that can swap between Eevolutions at will. And find out about the Shiny Legendary Beasts. At least they now know they weren't hallucinating when they saw the two groups of Legendary Beasts on TV...
    • And after that, Joseph the Team Rocket grunt, who tried to steal Molly's Eevee and didn't run when he saw Ash, the Shiny Legendary Beasts and regular Suicune. Team Rocket won't spring him out of jail: they don't help idiots.
      • Suicuine's reaction really sells the scene- she absolutely cannot believe that this idiot is willing to go along with the theft, even as he sends out his Koffing.
  • Keldeo's Hydro Pump comes from his hooves. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Squirtle having a perfectly sensible ideanote . Misty Didn't See That Coming...
    Squirtle: Got to keep you guessing somehow, haven't I?
  • Raikou's horrible timing in challenging Ash, and his reaction to finding out why it was a bad time. At least he could help Misty getting qualifications to join the Elite 4...
    • Ash couldn't face him because all of the pokemon he would use for fighting Raikou... aren't with him at the moment.
  • The semifinal of the Pokémon Sumo Tournament. Ash and Co. don't make it this time around; the match in question consists of a Metagross vs. an Aggron with the ability Heavy Metal. Too bad the arena is only rated for 1 ton.The math 

     Voice of the Forest (Chapters 72-75) 

  • Wobbufett driving Vicious' Weavile mad with puns.
  • Even in one of the darkest moments of the entire story these can happen. Arceus's reaction to the sudden introduction of Fairy-type halfway through the creation process is essentially Sure, Let's Go with That.

     Johto's Gym Challenge part 4 (Chapters 76-99) 

  • Squirtle is teaching Surf to at least one of Ash's Tauros. The method: filling a barn with water and let the Tauros figure how to stand on it.
    • Even better? According to the Tauros, it was working... until Tracey opened the barn door and let all the water out.
  • Suicune demonstrating Roar to Ash's Pokemon.
  • "Present-Day" Arceus's bemused reaction to discovering the existence of the Pixie Plate, and therefore the Fairy type...
    Arceus: "Which, last I checked, was not a thing—and yet now it always has been."
    • More than that, though, the Creation Dragons:
    Palkia: "That's not fair!"
    Dialga: *starts doing a happy dance*
    Giratina: (quietly) "That's hax."
  • Remember the Nurse Joy of Lake Lucid, the one specialized in Water-type Pokemon who was afraid of them? Ash convinced her to check on two of his Water-types... And then had her check Suicune and Keldeo.
  • A few from chapter 77:
    • When the gang visits the Battle Tower in Olivine, the guards at the door say they need badges to enter:
    Brock: *flashes a Boulderbadge*'
    Misty: *flashes a Cascadebadge*'
    Ash: *flashes his whole collection in this timeline* "How many do you need? I've got about eighteen, but only sixteen of them are official and only four are Johto-"
    Guard: "That'll be fine. Pass."
  • The Gym Battle at Cianwood City has a few:
    • Chuck's Hitmonlee uses Hi-Jump Kick. Lucario dodges. If you have played the games, you know what happens. note 
      • He later gets something worse: Hi-Jump Kick into Protect. Think about using a powerful flying kick against a thick wall of steel, and you'll realize what happened.
    • Chuck has no issue with the damage to his gym: it happens a lot, and usually he is the culprit.
      • In fact he later has his Poliwrath attack the floor with the intent of wrecking the water pipes and flood the battlefield.
    Misty's jaw dropped.
    Brock patted her on the shoulder. "Don't worry, Misty, he's crazy."
    • And when Ash points out his disregard for the gym's building, Chuck replies he can always rebuild it... Then decides that he and his students will do it for training.
    "By the way, I think he's knocked out."
    • The reaction of Chuck's wife when she realizes the gym got flooded.
    • Chuck's Machoke using Rock Throw... A move he can't learn in the games.
    Pikachu: "It's not exactly complicated. Pick up rock, throw it."
    • And after Ash won the battle... Chuck challenged Ash to a spar. And they did it. At least until Chuck's pissed-off wife interrupts them and started tearing into her husband for the damage to the gym...
  • Gary's Blastoise now has Simon's actual glasses. The orange ones. They hold a Mega Stone.
  • The Elite Four meeting. Especially the rumours about them (including the one they live on the moon).
  • The Pokémon Pinchers tried to capture a Moltres at Mount Ember... Then they realized it was James in his infamous Moltres suit.
    • Even better? The Moltres that DID live there is now interested in James specifically because of said suit. Wow.
  • Max failing a test at school due the creation of the Fairy type, and Norman starting to ask why the hell there was a Sylveon at the creation of the world before remembering that Ash being involved was a good enough explanation.
  • Chapter 81:
    • During the battle between Misty and Entei, the Running Gag of Misty's Pokemon blocking Entei's Sunny Day. Especially because the first time it was just Psyduck telling him "Nope" (he can actually do it, with the ability Cloud Nine), and not the Rain Dance move. As for Rain Dance...
    • Raikou making that Scooby-Doo Shout-Out when Suicune realizes he's throwing the battle;
      • When Raikou was watching Ash fight Morty, he gets so excited about Volt Crash (the Electric-type version of Hyper Beam that Pikachu invented) that he claims that he wants to fight Ash, then amends it to "fight him, and then throw the fight, just to learn that move." Reread chapter 81 and you realize that he absolutely was not kidding.
    • After Ash's postponed battle with Raikou is postponed again, the Top Rangers Kellyn and Kate drop in on their conversation because they think Ash is trying to poach Raikou. After a long conversation in which Ash has to explain everything, another group of Rangers drop in. And just as that explanation is finished, another group of Rangers drop in. Everyone is thoroughly sick of explanations by the end;
    • The three creation dragons float up a cliff, leading to Sir Aaron asking how they're doing that. Palkia said he was creating a zone of negative gravity around himself; Giratina pointed out that he was a Ghost and besides he had his Griseous Orb to stay in Origin Forme, and Dialga...
      Dialga: *shrug* It takes time to fall.
  • Chapter 82:
    • The Lame Pun Reaction when Misty makes a Corsola pun;
    • The Whirpool Cup offers a few:
      • During the first day of elimination matches, the guy who found himself facing Ash first was a hobbyist with one badge, who had to deal with Squirtle. It's reported he said unprintable things about the matching-up system.
      • Misty's second opponent sent out a Magikarp. Against Misty's newly-caught Chinchou. It was a short battle.
      • The second day matches were held in the main stadium. The staff, aware of Ash's reputation, begged him not to break their stadium (they needed it for the whole tournament, after all).
      • The Elite Four left speechless after Misty defeats Ash, who is using Suicune.
    • Raikou's attempt to communicate his Gym Challenge to Falkner. With signs;
      • Also, the fact that Raikou (a legendary Pokemon), due to not having any badges, is supposed to fight Falkner's weakest Pokemon.
    • Jessiebelle tracking down Team Rocket... And having to deal with a Moltres.
      • And Jessie suggests dealing with her by putting a Ponyta on her pillow...then when the others look at her funny, explaining that it would burn her bed down and then escape out the window, burning that too. Meowth just wonders where they'd get the Ponyta.
  • Chapter 83:
  • Chapter 84:
  • Chapter 85:
    • Ivysaur uses Fissure on Jasmine's Aggron. Fissure usually is a One-Hit KO move, that works by creating a fissure under the victim and letting it falling down... Except this time it was barely two feet deep due the terrain under the gym.
    • Pikachu trying to fool Jasmine's Magnezone into using Electric-type attacks (against which he's immune), pointing out his Steel-type attack aren't very useful against an Electric Pokemon. Magnezone's answer? Pointing out the ruse and stating that "Type resistances are irrelevant against Sonicboom".
    • Keldeo vs. Bronzong. All of it.
  • Chapter 86
    • Jasmine realizing that having a gym made out of battleship armour isn't enough for Charizard. Especially when her own Empoleon lends a hand;
    • After Jasmine's Empoleon uses Aqua Jet, we get this bit of Lampshade Hanging:
    Ash: "I thought penguins couldn't fly..."
    Pikachu: "Ash, Keldeo flies. The same way, even."
    Ash: "True enough."
    • Mewtwo is now on television talking about his new book, but it's very hard to appear dignified with a Mew flying around your head.
    • An impatient Raikou vs. Whitney. It's easy to see how this turns out.
      • Don't know why Whitney's being a Sore Loser after being curbstomped by a Legendary, but maybe the fact that Raikou took out Miltank with Nuzzle might have something to do with it...
  • Chapter 87
    • Ash battled against Entei, outside. There was no gym to destroy so instead it ended with the forest on fire.
      • And Entei had his first meeting with Squirtle.
    • Also, Raikou's gym challenge silliness continues.
    Eusine: "Morty? What's Raikou doing outside your gym?"
    Morty: "I wish I knew."
    Eusine: "Apparently challenging your gym. Is that a thing?"
    Morty: "So it would seem. Whitney sent me a whiny email about him last week..."
    "But how to make sure I'm up to snuff? Perhaps I should try and bite some trees!"
    • The bell signaling the presence of the Legendary Beasts.
    • Max taking a flash-card exam filled with questions from the anime's Pokémon Trainer Corner, and completely lambasting the wrong answers on several of those cards. Bonus points for giving such clear logic that even the examiner agrees that the given answers are wrong.
      • And when the examiner goes through his cards, he also agrees that the test-writers are Too Dumb to Live.
      Max: "Should I be worried?"
      Examiner: "Oh, don't worry, we're still using these ones. I'm just going to write down all the ways an 8-year-old is smarter than the question setters..."
  • Chapter 88:
    • Ash finding his Donphan... When he's still an egg. That promptly hatches into a Donphan.
    • The discussion about what Pokemon to use in the race, with people wondering how the hell Bayleef outran an Arcanine the last time and Donphan pointing out that Ash can't avoid a Legendary, so seeing three in his team is not that surprising.
    • This Extreme Pokemon race is rather extreme, due the partecipants including: Brock with his Crobat; Casey with her Pidgeotto; Ash with Donphan, who pulls him by via of Rollout; Lucario with Keldeo; Pikachu with Squirtle (this caused Brock an Oh Crap! when he found out. Too bad it was too late to change his mind); and Entei pulling Meganium and Suicune who are riding a railway push cart (he wanted to give his opponents an handicap). Oh, and Misty was refused entry because her Gyarados was deemed unsafe...
    • Of course, the whole race, thanks to the contestants. With Pikachu and Squirtle finishing first but getting disqualified due the skateboard exploding.
    • And twenty minutes after the race ends, Gary shows up to register for the race. He's late because he missed daylight saving time.
    • Near the beginning of the chapter, this exchange between Ash and Casey:
      Ash: "My most recent one was the Mineral Badge"
      Casey: "Oh, cool. I've got five - I've not done the Mineral Badge yet. How was it?"
      Ash: "Pretty good. We broke the gym, though. Same with the gym in Cianwood..."
      Casey: "You have problems."
      • And then Pikachu adds onto it by reminding Ash about how they defeated Chuck's Machamp.
      Casey: "Really, really big problems."
  • Chaper 89:
    • Squirtilite. Nothing more need be said.
      Squirtle: "I need an Everstone, an expended Water Stone, a chisel, and an indeterminate amount of development time!"
    • Suicune stepping on water removes all pollution... Including chlorine, to her embarrassment.
    • Ash' paperwork for becoming Max' tutor:
  • Chapter 90:
    • This gem, starting with Tyson noticing what the Pokemon evolving machine does to non-evolved Pokemon who don't want to evolve:
    Tyson: "If it does this to all non-fully-evolved Pokémon, imagine how much easier it could make to steal-
    Ash: "It actually sounds like it'd make it harder. It gives a warning, and it also means that any Pokémon stopped by the effect would just have to evolve to be immune to it. If you tried to steal from a newbie trainer with a Mareep, you'd have an Ampharos to deal with instead..."
    Tyson *after the Jaw Drop*: "Why didn't we-"
    Butch: "Not sure, boss. Makes sense, though."
    Tyson: "I can't believe we were so stupid. Oh well. At least it'll be useful in speeding up training. And it seems to do something unusual, because that Gyarados was red. That deserves further research."
    Brock: "Have you even heard of Shiny Pokémon? Are you sure you're-"
    Tyson: "But that wasn't a Shiny Magikarp."
    Ash: "Yes it was. I saw it evolve - I was right overhead when it did."
    Tyson: "Really? I could have sworn we checked to be sure there were no Shiny Pokémon in the lake..."
    Brock: "You're not very good at this, are you?"
    Tyson: "I'm tired of this. Sundance, Cassidy, handle them."
  • Chapter 91:
    • When Mewtwo is shadowing Rayquaza, he informs him of Groudon and Kyogre's beginning fight. This is Rayquaza's response:
      • Now imagine how damaging that attack would be, Crazy Awesome doesn't even begin to describe it.
    • Regigigas's Slow Start in action.
    • Rayquaza's main job is to stop asteroids since a ten-miles wide one crashed on Arceus.
  • Chapter 92:
    • Remember that Moltres that was following James around? Well, James finally caught it, and he didn't even know it. How? While Moltres was investigating Team Rocket's camp in the middle of the night, she trips over a few Poké-balls, ends up caught in one, and can't struggle to get out because Gyarados rolls over onto it in his sleep!
    • Ash's battle with Pryce on an ice-covered field gives a hilarious return of the Pinballing Snorlax.
      • As we're talking about Snorlax... He only bathes when it rains... And uses shower gel and everything else.
    • Raikou's gym challenge sillyness continues with Chuck.
      • Noteworthy is Poliwrath's reaction to being sent to fight (hint: the fight didn't last long after that).
        Poliwrath gave Chuck a look.
        Chuck: "What?"
        Poliwrath: "This is a legendary Electric-type, sensei. I am a Water-type. I have a problem with this."
  • Chapter 93:
  • Chapter 94:
    • Todd finding out about Moltres:
      Todd: "I'm seeing what we came this far south for, on the wrong island, eating a stack of okonomiyaki..."
      • And Moltres realizing she's got caught, and accepted to stay caught, by a group of wackos:
    • Entei's battle with Pryce's Aurorus brings back his troubles with weather: Aurorus has both the standard Refrigerate Ability... And the Hidden Ability Snow Warning, that causes an hailstorm. Entei's annoyance at this returns too.
      • The battle leaves Entei more than a little grimy at the end. So he goes to the local Nurse Joy for a bath... and comes back shampooed, combed, and his tail styled and ribboned.
      • And then Dexter brings Suicune out to see for herself.
      Dexter: "I thought you'd want to see."
      Entei: "Traitorous contraption."
    • Charizard and Charla's "date" ends with a bet to see who carries the trash home: Three wing-flaps, furl wings, first to spread them out or hit the ground loses. It ends just about as well as you can imagine for two headstrong, stubborn Pokémon.
    Liza looked up at the sound of the double thud-crash that echoed through the valley.
    "Morons," she muttered.
    • Quilava's final battle with Pryce's Mamoswine ends like this. When she uses Eruption on it from directly underneath, she hadn't considered where he would fall...
    • Giovanni finally finding out about Moltres... By receiving the newest team picture.
    For several seconds, neither Giovanni nor Persian reacted visibly.
    "Persian?" Giovanni asked, calmly. "Have my top agents somehow finagled themselves a Legendary Pokémon?"
    Persian nodded.
    "Right." Giovanni nodded, then deleted the file. "I'll ask about them in person."
  • Chapter 95:
    • Heracross' variation of the Cut: uproot the tree.
    A Bellossom who needed that tree cut down: "That wasn't Cut!"
    Heracross: "Of course it was. Tree's down, isn't it?"
    • Norman saying about some of the stupid errors he did back when he was a rookie. Like trying to catch a Ninjask (a decent Pokemon who is also the second fastest Pokemon, only beaten by Deoxys' Speed Forme) with a Slakoth (a very basic and incredibly slow Pokemon that sleeps half the turns).
    • Everything about Lily the witch.
    • Birch meeting Ash. Who is currently a Riolu, and has just restored May's Blaziken's memories.
    Birch: "Ah, there you are! I-*Beat* Why is there a Blaziken in my lab?"
    *Blaziken moves close to May*
    Birch: "Why is there a Riolu wearing a hat in my lab?"
    *Ash waves at him*
    Birch: "Why is there a Pidgeot outside my lab, looking in through the door?"
    *Pidgeot chirps*
    May: "This could take a while..."
    • Norman's reaction to meeting Ash as a Riolu. Thankfully, by now he's Seen It All
    Norman: "What happened?"
    Ash: "I know."
  • Chapter 96:
    • Ash learning from Todd that Team Rocket has caught a Moltres.
    • This exchange:
    Todd: "OK, are you catnip to Legendaries or something? How many do you have?"
    *Ash starts counting*
    Todd: "No, wait! Forget I asked!"
  • Chapter 97:
    • Ash arrives at Clair's gym only to learn that he can't challenge her right now because Raikou just broke it during the course of his gym challenge silliness. Poor Clair.
    • Also, Raikou is the only one who actually understands his reasoning for the whole gym challenge silliness. Ash thinks it doesn't make sense, and Raikou's siblings just call him a moron.
    • The secondary challenge of Blackthorn's gym is overwhelming power. The challenger is Ash Ketchum. Took Clair some doing in challenging him in that...
  • Chapter 98
    "Are you well?"
    • And as the above wasn't enough, everyone's reaction to Mega Squirtle.
    Clair: "...I have no idea what we just saw."
    Ash: "Not surprised, I don't either."
    • The Dragons' reaction at Mega Altaria becoming half-Fairy.
    • From the battle between Keldeo and Mega Altaria.
    Clair: "Did you just invent a move in the middle of a battle?"
    Ash: "Yeah, why?"
    Clair: "...nothing."
  • Chapter 99:
    • Apparently, James finds piloting a C-130 Machamp more difficult than piloting an Humongous Mecha.
    • While cleaning Max' room, May found an enclosed paper with a note telling her not to read it, so she read it, found out Max was considering Electrike as his starter, found one, and sprung a Pokemon battle on her brother to allow him to catch it with Blaziken's help, so fast she didn't tell Blaziken what she had in mind.
    • During his battle with Ash, Raikou hits Donphan with his signs.

     Heroes (Chapter 100) 

  • Ash enrolling the Tour de Altomare... With the official initially not noticing that Keldeo's speaking to him.
  • The Bull-Dozer. And the dialogue that goes with it. The fact that it was Squirtle that thought it up should say it all.
  • The problems of being a Chinchou and fighting alongside a Seaking with Lightningrod.
    Chinchou: "...I really need to work on my aim."
  • Team Rocket's entrance, beginning with their usual (though changed) intro speech, and where Annie recognizes them.
    Annie: "Oh right! These are those guys that did all those boring lectures!"
    • Then we get to this little gem:
      Oakley: "...I've never seen anything so stupid."
      James: "Okay, now it's personal!"
  • Snorlax using Fossil Pokémon as target practice, with Kingler as the pitcher.
  • The following dialogue after Psyduck becomes a Golduck.
    Golduck (noticing his new webbed limbs): "These seem very peculiar. What are they for?"
    Misty: "Swimming! Now you've got no excuse not to learn!"
    Golduck: "Just watch me..."
  • In their first battle, Oakley had a Beedrill, Beedrillite and a Keystone, but couldn't Mega Evolve it. In the rematch, Ash and Heracross show her how it's done.
    Oakley: "That's not fair! Our one didn't work!"
  • Between hiding where a catwalk could fall on it, Deadly Dodging by Keldeo and an Offhand Backhand by Dexter, Annie and Oakley's poor Umbreon does not have a good night.
  • Mawile's first battle. Her scolding her opponent for trying to attack a non-combatant sounds just like a little girl scolding a misbehaving adult.
    • And when she becomes the target, she one-shots her opponent with Iron Head. And when Meganium asks where she learned it:
      Mawile: "Mister Scizor was doing it at Professor Oak's place! And Mister Raikou helped explain how it was done!"
      Meganium: "I'm not sure if that counts as a good influence or a bad..."
  • Ash finishing his fight with Annie with a punch to the face.
  • All the stunned reactions from Gary, May and her family when they view the Battle of Altomare on television.
    Gary: "I think my friend Ash just got in trouble again."

     The Silver Conference (Chapters 101-116) 

  • Chapter 102:
    • Donphan getting drafted into helping Pikachu and Dexter working out how Pikachu manages to electrocute Ground-types.
    • Misty's first attempt at teaching Golduck how to swim.
    • Pikachu's Drill Sergeant Nasty routine with Raikou.
  • Chapter 103:
    • Golduck can now swim... With a rubber ring.
    • Larvitar trying to deal with this Ash.
    • Pikachu critizing the design and shoddy worksmanship of the poachers' giant Tyranitar robot before the group wrecks it.
  • Chapter 104:
    • Charles Goodshow exclaims that with Ash present, the Conference is going to be awesome.
  • Chapter 105:
    • As per one canon episode, a trainer tries to capture Entei. Too bad Ash got there first. What really sells it is that he keeps chucking Ultra Balls at him even after the first one fails to trigger.
      "Young man, I am going to get very annoyed soon..."
      • And then Lugia, Ho-Oh and Mewtwo (who Ash called for the Silver Conference) all show up right in front of him. The kid is understandably overwhelmed.
      "Is Arceus about to jump out of your backpack or something?"
    • After Ash's first three legendaries arrive, he tries to explain the situation to them and starts with apologising for bothering them. Then Ho-Oh proceeds to chew him out for waiting so long to actually ask.
      Ho-Oh: "I accept that you don't want to appear to be privileged, which is good - but there are limits, you know..."
    • Mawile's adorableness in combat. Just that.
  • Chapter 106:
    • Ash, Oblivious to Love poster-boy, finds out what his new fame comes with: his second opponent, Macy, is a Fangirl. And Latias is not happy about it.
      • Especially when Macy mentions that the bond between herself and Ash is what caused her Slugma to evolve. Sorry, that just happens around the guy.
      • Even after his evolution, Houndoom is just as much of a puppy as ever.
    • Guess what Ash's lineup is for his last qualifier? Three, count 'em, three Tauros!
      • And when his opponent lampshades using three of the same Pokémon, he asks her what her last Pokémon is. It's a Dugtrio.
      • Which apparently comprises of Two Guys and a Girl. And engages in Talking to Themself. Yeah.
      • Water-walking Tauros vs. Surfing Rhydon. It's just as ridiculous as it sounds.
  • Chapter 107:
    • Turns out Wes' taking part to the tournament. Why is that?
      "Rui insisted. Disobey her at your peril..."
    • Anyway, Wes had this magnificent idea: he has a full set of Legendary Beasts, Ash has a full set of Legendary Beasts... So their match should be Suicune versus Suicune, Raikou versus Raikou, and Entei versus Entei. It's just as awesomely ridiculous (and ridiculously awesome) as it sounds... And, of course, Ash accepted.
      Lance: "I think Charles Goodshow is about to explode."
    • But how did they allow the public to tell which Beasts' were Ash's? Easy: Ash's Beasts wore distinguishing marks: Suicune was wearing one of Ash's hats, Raikou his scarf and his signs for Wood Hammer (that got destroyed in the match), and Entei was combed and with ribbons in his fur.
    • Raikou tried Volt Crash... And forgot one step. The make-sure-attack-shoots-out-only-from-correct-end step. It doesn't qualify as Epic Fail only because it was a Double KO...
    • Once again, Ash's Entei has to fight an opponent that creates rain.
    • And of course, we have reactions from Eusine, Jimmy, and Nelson.
    • Lance finding out Molly Hale, an eight year old girl, is responsible for the creation of the fairy-type.
  • Chapter 108:
  • Chapter 109:
  • Chapter 110:
    • Casey's orders being given in baseball terms. They work.
    • Casey's Beedrill being sent out against Larvitar:
      Casey: "Outfield, Beedrill!"
      Beedrill: "Beedriiilllll?"
      Casey's Riolu: ''"He... asks exactly how he's supposed to fight Larvitar."
      Casey: "Uh... good point..."
      • Later, we have this:
      Casey: "Beedrill, stay outfield! He's mainly good close in!"
      *Beedrill buzzes frantically*
      Riolu: "He was reminding you that so is he."
    • Charizard vs. Casey's Meganium. According to Charizard, that would go to be difficult mainly in terms of not hurting his opponent too much. He promptly gets trussed by a Constrict and hit by a barrage of Ancientpower that uses his head as a punching bag.
    • Charizard fights Casey's Raticate, once upon a time her FEAR Rattata... and loses again.
      Charla *who was watching the match in TV with Liza*: "Right."
      Liza: "What is it?"
      Charla: "He's never - never - living this one down."
    • Squirtle tries to make one of his speeches to Raticate:
      Squirtle: "All right, you rat bast-"
      Raticate: "I'm a girl."
      Squirtle: "Right. Uh - anyway! As I was saying - all right, you dirty rat-"
      Raticate: "I washed this morning!"
      Squirtle: "Just let me get started! Okay, you... female... rodent... you may have beaten my comrade, Charizard, but that means nothing! I'm Squirtle, and-"
      Raticate: "You realize I electrocuted-"
      Squirtle: "That's it! You're going down! Eat this, Hydro Cannon Fodder!"
    • Squirtle fending off Raticate's Super Fang-with his glasses. And his rant when they break.
  • Chapters 111 and 112:
  • Chapter 114 - 115:
    • When Mr. Goodshow announces that Ash will only be using Legendaries in the E4 exhibition, we get this from the audience:
      Random Audience Member: Lucky bastard!
    • Mr. Goodshow's introduction of Bruno:
      Mr. Goodshow: Next will be Bruno, the Breaker of Bricks and the Fighting-type Master of the Elite Four! Though I still don't understand the Onix...
    • The reaction from Ash's league opponents when he sends out Ho-Oh:
      Casey: You're kidding me. You're... how long has he had that?
      Koji: I'm getting the distinct impression we got off lightly.
    • What happened as soon as Team Rocket got to Hoenn:
      James: We're going to need to head back to my parents' summer house in Sinnoh! I forgot Carnivine!
      Jessie *throwing the flight manual at him* : Couldn't you have remembered that before we flew all the way down here?
    • After Ash's battle with Agatha, in which he had to get creative with Mewtwo:
      Mewtwo: Ash, thank you for your assistance. I am glad to see that your mind is as sharp as ever.
    • During Lugia's battle with Lance's Red Gyarados, he makes like he's about to Aeroblast right through the stands to get to his target, something that all but panics the referee. Good thing Lugia had figured out laser Roboteching.
  • Chapter 116: Interlude to Hoenn
    • The Humiliation Conga of the Invincible Pokémon Brothers. They came to chase the Cerulean Sensational Sisters out of their gym... and end up a Twinkle In The Sky courtesy of the newest Elite Four member's Mega Gyarados.
    • Brock's younger brother Forrest walking in on Brock and Philena's reconciliation kiss after the former told the latter about the time-travel.

     Hoenn's Gym Challenge part 1 (Chapters 117-126) 

     Wish Maker (Chapters 127-130) 

  • Ash and Co.'s time at the Millennium Festival:
    • Keldeo and Guy at the coconut shy - and Keldeo using Hydro Pump to throw the balls.
    • The Legendary Beasts on the Drop Tower.
    • Pikachu, Electrike and Marshtomp's meeting with the Pichu Brothers, and after a Noodle Incident involving more dancing Pokémon, end up on an out-of-control roller-coaster powered by Pichu Little's stuck tail. when Pikachu tries breaking them out with Iron Tail, all it ends up doing is sending the cart airborne.
    • Butler bringing Ash and Co. into his act, by having Ash and Max as clown assistants and Brock as an Escape Artist. After locking Brock in a ludicrous amount of restraints (rope, chain, two sets of handcuffs, footcuffs, two nested cages with nested padlocks) he is locked in a tarpaulin, lifted into the air, and expected to escape. But when he doesn't, Ash and Max go to unlock the tarpaulin, vanish from the audience's view... and then the tarpaulin falls to reveal Ash and Max in the cages and Brock outside.
  • The Absol from Forina shows up, sensing a great disaster happening to the Wish Maker at that moment - only for her to find that she walked in on a normal training session. When she asks what's going on, Lucario obliges.
    Lucario: That's my trainer. *points to Ash*
    *Absol looks.*
  • Team Rocket unpracticed entry motto, with James and his Rhymes on a Dime:
    Jessie: Prepare for trouble if you're from a team!
    James: And make it double - I dropped my ice cream!
    *Jessie gives him a Dope Slap*
    Jessie: Forget the twerps, you're battle's with us!
    James: And face everyone in our battle bus!
    *Jessie considers another Dope Slap, then decides not to*
    Jessie: Jessie!
    James: James!
    Jessie: Team Rocket, arriving stylishly late!
    James: You should've wished to be safe from your fate!
    Meowth: Meowth's too busy flying the plane to join in!
  • The next morning after the Kaiju have been vanquished, Mewtwo shows up.
    Mewtwo: ...I must admit, it's not what I was expecting, given the circumstances...
    Brock: Where were you yesterday evening? When there was the two abominations shaped like Groudon and Kyogre, and the Team Magma and Aqua strike teams?
    Mewtwo: *gapes* Oh, dear... sorry about that, I was busy handling something else.
    • Said something else is a solution to keeping Jirachi around, which involves an Orbital Mechanics textbook, moving a chunk of the Millennium Comet, deals with an irritated Cresselia, and so much Technobabble that it makes Ash and Co.'s head spin.
      Mewtwo: What?
      Ash: We understood about one word in four.
  • And the capper for this whole incident? Two Hoenn Officer Jennys discussing adopting the Ketchum Incidence report slips that are popping up in Johto.