Funny / Ashes of the Past

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     General 

  • 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. But at least her liking of the show doesn't change her like Squirtle.
  • 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.
  • The Running Gag with Dark-types being immune to the useful aspects of psychic powers like being unable to hear telepathic speech or be teleported when not in Pokèballs.
  • The Shamouti Bird Trio's troublemaking being remarked upon by all the other Bird Trios around the world.

     Kanto's Gym Challenge (Chapter 1 (Prologue) - Chapter 24) 

  • Prologue:
    • 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 I met Pikachu - the day my journey began, when I first set off from Pallet.
    Sir Aaron: Ha! Told you, you great lump.
    Arceus: I thought 'any day but then' was good odds.
    Ash: Wait... 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 - using the, or a, legendary Pokémon capable of controlling time simply to avoid answering some awkward questions... really took some beating. Then there was a roar, and he fell into blackness.
    • And right after that...
    Aaron: It's really strange seeing the controller of time jump around like an excited puppy…
    Arceus: He's ten minutes old, what do you expect?
  • 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 Pokédex doesn't identify it. Ash, having none of it, tries and restores 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 center 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...
    James: FOR GOODNESS' SAKE YOU COMPLETE IDIOTS!! THROW ME THE DAMN FIRE STONE!!
  • 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: Er... Oops?
    Lucario: I can just see it now. Aura's Glow, starring Ash Ketchum! With Brock as the comic relief, that girl you travel with as the Love Interest, of course, and-
    Ash: Wait, what?!
    Lucario: -who could have foreseen just how close the two of you would become thanks to the chance destruction of her bike!
    Ash: Please be more specific. You just described most of the girls I know.
    Lucario: That would be telling. The hero never actually works out he has feelings before-
    Ash: Until what? Puberty? That would at least be a help!
    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 Cerulean city, a sinister presence was watching the actions of Ash and his friends...
    Meowth: Ah, shaddup! I'm only using the binoculars!
    Narration: Yes, it was Meowth, who admittedly couldn't be sinister if his life depended on it.
  • Chapter 8:
    • The Shout-Out to Ranma ½:
      Jessie: Remember Domino's trio, back when they were low Admins?
      James: Oh, 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 palm 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' Abra is a walking CMOF from his first appearance.
    Jessie: Truly he is the slacker god.
    • James's Weezing laughing at Jessie's Arbok after getting Abra and Cubone on the team.note 
    • Ash: "Arceus above, we really suck at finding our way…"
  • Chapter 9:
    • Damian losing his control.
    • Jessie and James' reaction to the destruction of the Cerulean 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 when Meowth finally learns Pay Day.
    • Ash and the company talking about the Australian Dragonite King
      Ash: I am trying to maintain my sanity. It's quite hard.
      [...]
      Pikachu: I think I could have handled it were it not for the can of Foster's the size of a small truck…
  • Chapter 10
    • Bulbasaur overdoing the Growth job and accidentally evolving into a Ivysaur.
    • Surge accidentally lets slip that he's a fan of (the Pokemon world equivalent of) Naruto.
    • 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.
    • The "fight", if you could call it that, between Pikachu and Surge's Raichu; it's over in one second.
    • 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.
    • The result of all of that is a Battle in the Center of the Mind against a monstrous Genesect, which manages to horribly hurt Ash. Charizard obliterates it with Blast Burn, and then when they come back to reality…
    Ash: (energetically) It works!
    Misty: (nearly Face Faults) Ash Ketchum, you gave me such a scare!
    Ash: (looks at her oddly) That was all mental, Misty. We never left the clearing, I was in no real danger. (wilts beneath Death Glares from Misty, Charizard, Squirtle, Riolu, and Pikachu) I suppose this means I forgot to mention it, then?
    Misty: Yes, you did.
    Ash: Aheh heh heh…crap, you're going to hit me a lot now, aren't you.
    Misty: (smiles sweetly) Think of it as negative reinforcement!
  • This exchange between Jessie and Butch.
    Jessie: "Well, well, wouldn't have expected to meet you here, bit-"
    • He later gets called "Banana".
  • Chapter 12:
    • Ash on crossdressing:
      Ash: 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!
      Misty: (coughs to stretch out a pause) Something you want to talk about, Ash?
      Ash: NO!
      • The Kricketune bit gets lampshaded...since they don't live in Kanto.
    • Later, when discussing the gym's perfume:
    Misty: Ash, trying you give you a sense of culture is like teaching a rock to swim.
    Brock: Point of order. Corsola.
    Misty: (flushes) You know what I mean!
    • The literal Mid-Battle Tea Break after Ash's Ivysaur finds itself in a complete stalemate against Erika's Gloom. Misty and Erika enjoy some tea, Ash broods over a record of the world's longest battle, and after a few hours, Ivysaur and Gloom huddle around a computer screen to find some way to end the fight.
    • Then, after Ivysaur wins with Fury Cutter, Erika sends out a Victreebel. Ash promptly sends out Charizard. Ivysaur promptly begins to throttle Ash for forgetting about Charizard, in a Grass Gym, when he had planned to use him from the start.
  • Chapter 13:
    • During the incident with the Hypno and Drowzee causing the whole town to go nuts, Pikachu suggests Riolu wearing Ash's Psychic-neutralizing hat in different areas of the city, measure how long it takes Riolu to fall asleep after the hat is taken off, and using that info to triangulate where the epicenter of the hypnotic waves is. This is Riolu's response.
      Riolu: But I don't wanna be a piece of scientific apparatus!
    • The dialogue after Psyduck's headache is cured with a Calm Mind TM:
    Misty: Right! Next for you, mister, is swimming lessons!
    Ash: Nice try.
  • Chapter 14:
  • Chapter 15:
  • Chapter 16:
  • Chapter 17:
    • Misty slaps Ash with her Goldeen.
    • The ins and outs as to what can and cannot be entered in the Pokemon race at Laramie Ranch. Fliers are right-out, but any land-types with disparaging differences in speed are all A-OK.
  • Chapter 18:
    • Professor Oak doesn't blow a gasket this time around, considering Ash caught only five Tauros in the Safari zone, as opposed to the thirty in canon.
    • Squirtle is too tired to race, Pikachu has an idea: Withdraw, Magnet Rise, and…
      • End result? Dario and Dodrio get KO'd by a Blue Shell.
  • Chapter 19:
  • Chapter 20:
    • Ash and Dexter taking the piss out of the Pokemon Exam and all its fallacies and inconsistencies. And Dexter denouncing the instructor's back-backtalk as being counter-intuitive to Dexter's very purpose.
      Instructor: Could you please stop interrupting, it's not the time or place.
      Dexter: It is most definitely the time and place! My entire purpose was to gather, catalogue and store information about Pokémon. You're making a mockery of it!
      • Ash's score on the test: Interfering Busybody.
      • Not to mention the schadenfreude when Ash handily beats all the practical tests and the instructor is forced to give him the certificate anyway.
  • Chapter 21:
    • Ash (who was up all night solving a laundry list of riddles) vs. Blaine.
      Ash: (as Blaine sends out a Rhydon) Pikachu! Aim for the horn!
      Pikachu: (Disapproving Look)
      (Pikachu Force-Palms the Rhydon, one-shotting it)
      Ash: (indignant) Fine then, don't go for the horn.
  • Chapter 22:
    • Ash restored his mom to the back-in-time mentality. When she learns what happens, she goes into full Knight Templar Parent mode, and is to literally not let Ash out of her sight for a week.
      Ash: (his mother on the roof of their house with binoculars) I think that went quite well, actually!
     Mewtwo versus Mew (Chapters 25-26) 
  • Pidgeot sneers at hurricanes.
    Pidgeot: It's true; I do.
  • Once Ash and his Pokemon get to the island, they all go off to do their own thing at first. Charizard then decides to dick around in the hurricane. Ash predicts he'll get hit by lightning. And that's exactly what happens.
    Charizard: Not a word. Not. A. Word.
  • Mewtwo gets to finally meet Gary's Blastoise.
    Mewtwo: ...is your Pokemon well?
    Misty: No! He's an anime nut!
    Ash: (quickly, over Misty's shout) YES.

     The Indigo League (Chapters 27-36) 

     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 Poké-ball 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 second 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: *(gets beaned with the Plain Badge)*
    Whitney: You...Get Out.
  • 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 Chain of Deals to get Alakazam to re-learn Teleport.
    • The conclusion in Chapter 62: 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 Anorith, that can be traded for a Liepard, that for a Swoobat, that for a Clefairy, and that for a Gyarados, who can be shown to Marie in Camphrier who will give him a letter, the letter is given to Parfum and then 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, Oak has twenty Heart Scales and, last but not least, 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, a 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) 

     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:For those unaware... 
    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.
    • Chuck's Hitmontop is into Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
    • Primeape using Thrash to vent some rage on Hitmontop. Poor Hitmontop...
    "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.
    • 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 rumors 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:
  • 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.
    • Jessebelle 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 armor isn't enough to be safe from 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 dub's Trainer's Choice segment, 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 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 on top of him.
    • 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 participants 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."
    • Gary shows the others his Mega Ring and Brock's reaction.
      Brock: "Did you get married?"
  • Chapter 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 the ten mile wide one that killed off the dinosaurs 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 silliness 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, who promptly gets a case of the giggles.
      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.
      • Even better, as Raikou for reasons unknown already had signs for "I don't see what you're complaining about" and "it's a legitimate strategy" prepared. Clearly, he'd been making a habit of this.
    • 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?
    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.
      • Raikou's sign-smacking is his version of Wood Hammer.

     Heroes (Chapter 100) 

  • Ash enrolling the Tour de Altomare... With the official initially not noticing that Keldeo's speaking to him.
  • When Brock talks to Lorenzo, Lorenzo has trouble believing Brock's story, before remembering Brock knows Ash.
    Lorenzo: Oh, right, you're friends with that Ash Ketchum. That explains everything.
    Brock: Even-
    Lorenzo: Everything. That kid's been on the news.
  • 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:
  • Chapter 104:
    • Charles Goodshow exclaims that with Ash present, the Conference is going to be awesome.
    Goodshow: I hope you, and everyone else, put on a good show!
  • 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 apologizing 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.*
    Absol: ...wow.
  • Raikou takes on the fake-Kyogre, but ends up getting eaten. His response? To laugh hysterically and taunt his opponent, since there's no way he could possibly miss now! Upon being freed, the first thing he does is claim he nearly beat the monster himself. The second thing is to collapse into a heap.
  • 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.

     Hoenn's Gym Challenge part 2 (Chapters 131-155) 

  • An episode comes up where in canon, Ash is mistaken for a Legendary Hero. This time, Ash is so much a Legendary Hero that he can't prove he's not.
    *Raikou pops out of his Poké-ball*
    Brock: Ash, if you were trying not to look like the Legendary Hero, you're doing a terrible job at it...
    • In this episode, there's a Light Stone that glows when exposed to electricity. This time, Raikou takes a crack at it.
      Raikou: Argh! My eyes!
  • Jirachi, Mawile, Goomy and Tyranitar exploring the Trick House.
  • Wattson's gym has a robotic Raikou. The real Raikou is not impressed.
    Raikou: This is just an insult. My mane is not this stiff!
    • And after Wattson shows up, he gives Max a pre-gym challenge: Stay on Raikou for 30 seconds! He means his Robo-Raikou which is going bucking bronco, but Max promptly sits on Ash's Raikou instead.
    • Plusle and Minun cheering on Dedenne with Helping Hand is good for a smile.
      Plusle and Minun: De-de-Dedenne! He's the mon who gets his way!
    • And after the battles are over, Pikachu overhears Raikou and Wattson discussing Powered Armor.
  • Jirachi being a Literal Genie.
    Max: I wish we could find an Electrike who would like Wattson!
    *Jirachi teleports Arc to Max.*
    Jirachi: I guess Arc liked Wattson?
    Arc: I did like him! He sounded smart!
  • Brock and his mariachi song perform for a Contest. With Crobat singing along.
  • After finding an Electrike for Wattson, Jirachi teleports Max and his team back to the Gym... but being a Dark-type, Cinder is left behind. Meaning she has to walk (and swim) all the way back to the Gym.
    • This happens a lot, along with Cinder not hearing Jirachi's telepathic speech.
      Cinder: Jirachi? Please learn Miracle Eye...
  • Corphish's solution to a couple that Cannot Spit It Out? Drag her over here and throw her at him.
  • Chapter 134-135:
  • Tyranitar gets on the wrong end of a Marill's Superpower - and ends up flung off his feet.
  • Similar to Noctowl's introduction, Skitty's introduction is her displaying a Valley Girl accent.
  • A Team Aqua pledging ceremony is shown - where the recruits have to say the oath in a pirate accent.
  • Skitty showing a little Green-Eyed Monster when she gets huffy about Max not having enough time to pet her, and showing affection to Cinder. The latter ends up playing "musical trainers" with May and Max.
  • The whole dialogue with Mawile trying to understand Skitty's like-filled way of talking, via Skitty's like-filled answers.
  • Once again, Cassidy and Butch (and their Rocket grunt entourage) pull a Screw This, I'm Outta Here! when they pull recon on Oak's ranch and almost get spotted by Houndoom and Ho-Oh.
  • How can Corphish stand on top of a pile of Slugma? He isn't good at thermodynamics.
  • Maxie and Archie make plans to make use of a meteorite to trigger/suppress Mt. Chimney. Giovanni can't even be bothered.
  • On their way up to Mt. Chimney, Ash and Co. get their cable car cut down by a Magma grunt. With neither Delta nor Jirachi able to save Max, Jirachi wishes that Max doesn't got splat, which makes Delta evolve into Mantine, who is capable of flying Max to safety. When Max gets to safety, May asks why there is an Octillery on his face.
    • Mantyke does need a Remoraid in the party to evolve into Mantine. Guess where the Remoraid came from? Teleported away from one of the attacking Aqua goons!
  • Blaziken delivering a "Hey, You!" Haymaker to the grunt that cut them down.
    • And also informing the grunt's Houndour that not everyone is immune to lava like him.
      Houndour: I mean, lava's kind of warm and sticky, but it's not really dangerous...
      Blaziken: I see. Do you know that not all Pokémon have Flash Fire?
      Houndour: They don't?
  • While a Magma and Aqua grunt play tug-of-war with the meteorite, their Poochyena just sit by watching exasperatingly.
    • And after, Maxie and Archie play their own game of keep-away, only for Ash and Pidgeot to swoop in and snatch it right out of Maxie's hand.
  • In a Call Back to the "Ketchum Incidence Report" gag, upon arriving on scene to transport the members of Aqua and Magma that didn't escape, Officer Jenny asks how many Legendaries were present for this incident.
  • Latios meeting with his sister's other Latias friend.
  • Celebi accosts Ritchie in Pacifidlog Town and teleports him back to Johto to help with a Pokémon Center that's about to be closed down. On the previous day.
    • And when Ritchie gets back, he gets annoyed that he forgot to ask to be dropped off in Dewford.
  • Ash's battle with Flannery starts off with her sending out a Blaziken holding an Air Balloon. Just the idea of a large humanoid bird hanging from a little balloon is hilarious.
    Flannery: ...I can't honestly say she didn't deserve it.
  • Abra Breaking the Fourth Wall again.
  • Flannery and Ash are about to have a match to show how awesome the two of them are. Ash claims that he'll use "The First Pokemon He Ever Caught." Cue Ho-Oh, being used in battle for the second time in the entire story, over two years in-universe time since Ho-Oh allowed himself to be captured.
    • Ho-Oh's reaction to being used in battle is "FINALLY!"
    • Flannery's spying grandfather's Flat "What." after her battle with Ho-Oh.
  • After a rather bad experience, Mawile gives Sliggoo a big hug...and promptly gets stuck to his drying slime. The absurdity leaves both of them in hysterics.
  • Sceptile asking for Meganium to watch him battle, in order for her to patch him up afterwards.
  • Torkoal getting re-used to the Oak Ranch and all its changes, only to be accosted by Squirtle.
    • Squirtle comes up with another perfectly sensible idea - the move "Withdraw" is a Water-type move, and water and fire together can make steam. If Torkoal can do it right, he can use the steam to get around very quickly.
    • And a Funny Background Event involving some Tauros, Primeape, Raikou and his sign.
      Raikou: Come back with that, you bounders!
  • Audino's first meal for Team Rocket as the new Team Chef involves a sausage fry, with extra special Babiri Berry spiciness for Moltres. More than she thought, in fact.
    Moltres: (coughs out fire) What was in that? That felt like eating a volcanic eruption!
  • After the report of Lugia and Ho-Oh sparring comes on the news, Pikachu comes out of the shower with a little towel around his waist asking what happened.
  • The God Squad finding out that Arceus's Mystery Dungeon world is a World of Badass - by a Sunkern laying a smack-down on Palkia.
  • Wherever Team Aqua gets their grunts from, it isn't from anywhere nautical.
    Archie: Then weigh anchor!
  • Ash's evolution gag strikes again, this time on Norman's Staravia.
    Max: Oh, come on! Seriously?
    Ash: I don't control this! It just happens!
  • What happens when Slaking uses Taunt on Kris.
    Kris: You take that back! I am top of the range, cutting-edge equipment! I am certainly not valve-based!
  • This interaction when Lucario faces his opponent: a Lopunny. A male Lopunny. And unfortunately, just like Pidgeot, mistaking his gender is his Berserk Button.
    Lucario: I think we should start. Before I say something else wrong.
    Brock: Having trouble with her?
    Lucario: ...like that, yes. I think you just made him very upset indeed.
    Brock: ...oh, right.
  • The scene where Lopunny manages to turn Lucario's Flying Dragon Uppercut back on himself is comic gold.
    Lopunny: Hey. *hands Lucario a Flame Orb* Surprise!
    Uses an Ice Punch to create the vertical tornado around the hot point - which is now Lucario.
  • Now at the end of his Johto-Hoenn sabbatical, Keldeo is prepared to go back to Unova... only to realize he has no idea how. Luckily they've got a teleporter on hand...
  • Gary's Furfrou teaching Molly and Eevee about style, all while Primeape is unloading his full moveset onto her. And not making her budge an inch.
  • A Noodle Incident involving Birch's university friend, his Luxio, medical adhesive, and hairballs.
  • After Blaziken's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on the toughs who tried to steal May and Max, the toughs' Musharna who hypnotized them in the first place decides to hide in her Poké-ball instead.
    • Also, when a thug tries to make a break for a pickup, Blaziken kicking said pickup hard enough to knock the engine out quickly changes his mind.
    • And to top it all off? The Squirtle that witnesses it all decides to take up kickboxing and become The Strongest Squirtle.
  • After everyone runs off to find May and Max, Jirachi floats back into the lab with a giant sandwich - then wonders where everyone went.
  • After it is all over, the sorting out to see who flies/carries whom back to the lab ends with Entei being volunteered to carry all six starters back on his back, much to his chagrin.
  • Team Rocket's arrival in the Grass Pokémon reserve begins with James getting The Glomp from what amounts to half the Grass-types in the place. Including a Tropius.
    • And Meowth's solution is a three-choice offer: leave of their own volition, get into one of J&J's Pokéballs, or be pan-seared by Moltres and Growlie.
    • They later pass the captured Pokemon to Giovanni. Who, after recovering from the shock, wonders if they somehow caught a Shaymin.
  • The predictable happens when Brock and Audino first meet. Cooking Duel!
  • And the God Squad are once again beleaguered by over-amped PMD Com Mons. And Giratina attempting to steal from the Kecleon brothers' shop.
  • After being overwhelmed to the point of a Face Fault by her new reality, May's Venusaur tells a laughing Sceptile and Meganium to Get a Room!. Cue We Are Not An Item sputtering.
  • The incident with Fishing King Sullivan and Nero.
    • However good Sullivan is at fishing, battling and knowing the type-chart, less so, on account of trying to battle a Whiscath with a Flaafy (who doesn't know any Grass moves).
    • Fed up with the shenanigans, Pikachu tries to negotiate with Nero, only to find out that Nero's a Troll. When Nero gives him a mud bath, Pikachu's patience finally runs out, and Nero finds himself on the receiving end of a Zappy-charged Electro-Bolt (Electro Ball + Thunderbolt) combo.
    • But after it's all over and Nero is in Sullivan's Poké-ball, Sullivan decides that the fishing hunt is more fun than the capture, and promptly releases Nero so they can do it all again tomorrow. Pikachu is understandably miffed.
  • Jessie and Meowth's Slapstick Contest appeal.
    • And their reaction when Wallace shows up to give Jessie a gift for such an innovative routine.
      Meowth: Huh, so that's how you get a Pikachu...
  • A woman actually tries flirting with Brock, and he turns her down. In fact, his feelings are so much with Philena that Ludicolo has to point out her flirting to him. Max is understandably speechless.
  • Pikachu's annoyance at someone using his Signature Move... again.
  • This little TR dialogue:
    Cosplaychu: Now, do you think I should try Ninja next?
    Arbok: Go for it. Do you mean realistic ninja, or black-suit wearing ninja?
    Meowth: Hey! Dat is realistic!
    *Beat*
    Arbok: What? I have culture.
  • Chapter 150: Ashes Nowhere To Be Found
    • Keldeo says that mid-battle is the perfect time to learn a new move. The other Swords don't agree.
      Cobalion: What has that Ketchum boy been teaching you?
    • Suicune mistaking Ritchie for Ash. In her defense, she's had a long day.
    • The Noodle Incident of Ivy's lab being swarmed by 300 Diglett, from a bad infrasound emitter.
      • And her Shinx demanding her attention as always.
    • Damos has been watching too many movies.
      Damos: Hello, Professor. Shall we play a game?
    • A trainer comes back to challenge Wattson. He's not impressed by the Manectric in the Raikou suit. A real Raikou on the other hand... Cue Screams Like a Little Girl.
    • Primeape, the poster boy for Unstoppable Rage... does ikebana for a hobby. In Quilava's experience, that's his third least likely hobby, after model ships and calligraphy.
    • Director Cleavon Schpielbunk spieling a documentary suggestion to Mewtwo.
    • Ivysaur and Squirtle talking about Mega Evolution:
      Squirtle gives a speech about the "indescribable" feeling of Mega Evolution*
      Ivysaur: So... indescribable, huh?
      Squirtle: Exactly right!
      Ivysaur: Because you did a lot of describing, right there...
    • And Squirtle's reason for wanting Ivysaur to evolve, and it's not just for him to make use of Venusaurite...
      Ivysaur: You just want me to have a big flower you can sit in and shout attack names, don't you?
    • Entei and Ho-Oh having a long talk about how Ho-Oh is the Legendary Beasts' lord, creator and father, and then Entei asks about his allowance.
      • And then in the Deoxys movie, it turns out that Ho-Oh decided he was right, and thus taught him Sacred Fire.
    • Bianca talking to Latios about the other Latias they know, and Latios is trying not to show his interest.
    • Lance not understanding why Team Magma has a submarine.
    • Molly and Eevee playing dress-up with her Shiny Legendaries.
    • While Sceptile and Meganium chat, they notice a commotion across the lake. But it's not Squirtle this time - Snorlax has fallen asleep in front of the Tauros' barn door. Their solution: Make a new one.
    • Dr. Akihabara welcomes the Cyber-Destined back from another digitization - only to find them Covered in Gunge. They don't say why (Word of God says Shiny Grimer).
  • Chapter 151:
    • The arrival of Mew, and her Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny! characterization.
    • Helping the Pokémon of the Day Spoink with his pearl:
      • Dexter and Spoink's conversation about how Spoink's spring powers his heart. Spoink corrects that it's the other way around.
      • Mew randomly finding a Mega Stone.
      • Skitty eventually finding Spoink's pearl - and after getting it out of the tree, begins playing with it.
      • Lucario eventually gets her to give it up, by giving her Ash's spare Rainbow and Silver Wings to play with instead. Ash tells her to give those up by giving her Mew's tail to play with instead.
    • Ash and Co. arriving at Crossgate Town for the PokéRinger tournament - only to find they missed it by 2 days. So, they decide to take the stadium for their own PokéRinger tourney!
      • Mew considers becoming a Celebi and Time Travelling to 2 days before - only for the real Celebi to show up and give him/her a stern NO.
      • Apparently, Ash's infamy has grown to the point where a Celebi appearing from midair allows people to guess Ash is in the vicinity.
      • Marshtomp grumping about how Flying-types don't fly low enough to punch.
      • Lucario playing the PokéRinger announcer with a microphone - only for Mawile to point out that his Aura Translation trick doesn't work over the PA.
      • Mega Absol learning how to fly - or at least, fall with style.
    • In the middle of a dialog with Max's new Shuppet and about how Kris is a Porygon and not a Rotom, Brock's Ludicolo pops out and gives a Big-Beaked Ludicolo Moment, thinking they're in a musical. All he gets is a group-wide Blank Stare.
    • At the Weather Institute, the Castform predicts a rainstorm, so Mawile takes Sliggoo out for a practice battle. Under the intense rain, Sliggoo wins, evolves into Goodra, and then both he and Mawile invoke Death Is Dramatic, complete with crying in the rain. At least until the two of them can't take it any more.
  • Chapter 152:
    • Ash tries to call on Goodra for help - only to call out Quilava instead, because he put his belt on upside down.
    • After traveling with Ash for so long, Max has to take a moment to remember that Winona probably doesn't have a legendary Pokemon.
    • The group finds out about a festival for flying types. May asks if Ash is going to buzz the festival with Legendaries. Ash's response? Not straight away.
    • Team Rocket's Pikachu wearing an Aviatrix uniform. That, somehow, allows her to learn Fly.
  • Chapter 153/154:
  • Kris's battle with Winona's Altaria ends abruptly when she makes a calculation blunder: Using Gravity right when her opponent is using Earthquake.
  • Casper's characterization as The Prankster:
    • One involves tying Blaziken's shoelaces together. And getting them on him in the first place.
    • And the only reason he couldn't do a custard pie prank is because Brock's cooking is too delicious not to eat first.

     Destiny Deoxys (Chapters 156-159) 

  • The computers to assign passes to visitors identify Lucario as Cynthia's Lucario (after a previous workaround), and an invisible Latias as a ceiling tile.
  • The group's navigation of LaRousse's automatic walkways. And Entei and Lucario using them as exercise pathways.
  • Brock's reaction to Sid flirting with May.
    Brock: Max, was that what I-?
    Max: Yes.
    Brock: ...I feel like saying sorry to half a country.
  • Ash dealing with his LaRousse fanclub. He ends up having to aura-jump clear of the crowd to escape.
    • And Entei giving his teethmarks to an autograph hunter.
  • Drew and Character Of The Day Rebecca trying to come to grips with Ash's many escapades and unruly sense of direction.
    • And Drew only entering the Battle Tower's challenge because he got lost.
      • The above is funnier when you realize LaRousse is Drew's hometown. His only real comment is that it's an embarrassing place to be from since your first week elsewhere, you wonder why the trash cans aren't working right and then you're just glad you can cross the street without being run over by a family of five. And a robot.
  • Dexter realizing that all the Porygon that have been produced from his source code are, in essence, his clones... or his children.
  • While introducing his Pokémon to a Poké-phobic Tory, Ash sends out Charizard, who promptly sneezes and spoils his intimidating image. The wink he gives Pikachu afterwards says it all.
  • Ash intercepting the pair of exuberant Plusle and Minun siblings as they try to give Tory The Glomp. And not even stopping his admonishments of them when they shock him.
  • Mega Arc and Pikachu has just finished powering the laboratory to release Deoxys, and the former, exhausted from the effort, ends up sitting on the latter. Pikachu isn't happy about it.
  • Green Deoxys being embarrassed when Tory tells it off for smashing through a building.
  • Ethan's attempts to hack one of the haywire security bots, which get difficult when his comrades, especially the Mega Evolved ones, keep smashing them before he's done.
    • And him trying to name himself he evolves.
      Ethan: Porygon... X? Porygon 2, now with improved pixel shader?
      Ethan: Kris gets my jokes...
  • Even after the Deoxys meet, the city is still devoid of a particular Sky High Dragon. Where is he? Chatting with Mewtwo about his potential documentary film!
  • Sidney's arrival via Sharpedo... after everything is over.
  • And finally The Stinger: Ho-Oh chastising Ash for not contacting him.

     Hoenn's Gym Challenge part 3 (Chapters 160-162) 
  • Another of Casper's pranks - an aniseed-filled water balloon that sends Cinder into a sneezing fit.
    • He also swapped May's hairbrush for the one she uses to brush Skitty. She's...noticeably frazzled.
  • When Ash describes to enter the Lilycove Contest with Ho-Oh, Pikachu has omens of what may come:
    Pikachu: I wonder if Ash will end up as the Contest Conflagrator.
  • Harvesting berries for May's Pokéblocks:
    "My mouth feels like it's trying to suck my beak in!"
    • Somehow, May's berry mixing turns up a rainbow Pokéblock. Ho-Oh gives it a taste, and ends up breathing rainbow-colored fire from a flavor explosion.
  • Ash finding out his mom had packed a number of outfits in his pouch for whatever reason, including a dress. Brock confesses that he had told her about the Ashley incident in the original timeline.
  • The God Squad Lampshade Hanging the many ridiculous names of in-universe evil organizations: Team Rocket, Team Plasma, Team Dim Sun, the Pokémon Pinchers, Team Meanies, etc.
  • The introduction of Harley:
    • When he meets Ash, he chastises Ash for using Ho-Oh to win with raw power and plans to use Cacturne to show him how it's done - only for Cacturne to fall to exactly that. Cue him traipsing offstage whining about Ash being unnecessarily cruel.
      • Moreover, Ho-Oh wasn't even trying to attack Cacturne; he was merely using a firewall to incinerate Cacturne's Poison Sting, only for the wall to incinerate Cacturne too.
    • And his whining continues when post-match, he accuses Ash of having it out for him by knowing his name (the announcer said it first), and saying that Legendaries weren't allowed (which the judges would've told Ash beforehand).
    • Harley's first words to Max:
      Harley: My commiserations on your hormone problem.
    • Indeed, May is making good progress on forming a rapport with Harley - being civil, complementing his flapjacks, etc. - only for it all to go to pieces when Ash shows up.
  • While Delta is ferrying Max across the ocean, he ends up dropping Max in on a water landing. Sensing his trainer's distress, Arc pops out of his Poké-ball - in the middle of the ocean.
  • Ash meets a new Blastoise. According to it, he's not obsessed with anything. He can simply quote half of Mahou Sensei Negima!.
    • Sadly, given what the rest of the Squirtle Evolutionary Family is like, that does count as "not obsessed."
    • Pikachu and Lucario both surprising everyone around by revealing they actually know something about the show: Pikachu asks who the Furret is (referring to Albert Chamomile), and Lucario asks if he uses playing cards in battle. Lucario is evidently a lot more embarrassed about admitting to this.
    • Blastoise implying (during a conversation that we don't entirely get to read) that he somehow works Pactio kisses into his battling or training.
  • How Spoink becomes May's new Pokémon: he loses his pearl again when he bumps into May's bag, and ends up putting something round and pink on his head - an empty Love Ball that May got for her mother.
  • Lucario Offhand Blocking one of Marshtomp's punches, who is trying to be decisive in his favorite tactic. Then it's revealed that Guy and Stantler have concealed him in an illusion - only for Lucario to knock down the real one who was sneaking up behind him.
  • Gary's Pokémon relaxing poolside in Barbados.

    Scuffle of Legends (Chapters 163-165) 
Even in an event as serious as this, there still are a few laughs:

  • Mewtwo teleporting all of Team Magma and Aqua into Mossdeep City's jail cells. Very cramped jail cells. And then was told that he had teleported Lance with them too.
  • Jessie, James and Meowth all look out the cargo plane door to watch Mega Rayquaza. Then Jessie asks who's flying the plane. Luckily nothing comes of it.
  • The funny moments mostly come in the aftermath:
    • Misty and Lance are wondering what to do with the Red and Blue Orbs, only for them to vanish before their eyes.
    • Mewtwo trying to justify that he is still the World's Strongest Pokémon to Rayquaza, because it's the latter's job to handle the situation, so he'd naturally be better at it.
    • And the return of the Ketchum Incidence slips during Lance's press conference.
    • And finally, Gary's reaction to Ash's adventure.

    Hoenn's Gym Challenge part 4 (Chapters 166-178) 
  • The post-Scuffle of Legends sequence shows Charizard, Keldeo, Sceptile, Meganium and Latias returning to what they were doing when Jirachi wish-teleported them all to Hoenn. In particular, Charizard was cleaning out the lair he shares with Charla, and Latias was having a picnic with Bianca.
  • Golduck was apparently paying Misty's bills while she was away - because as a duck, he does that kind of thing.
  • While Lugia was gone, Zapdos apparently ended up in the ocean after trying to outdo one of Moltres's stunts, catching a cold in the process. His mate is taking care of him, complete with blanket and hot soup. Understandably, the bird is less than pleased.
  • At the Mossdeep space center, Max thinks the shuttle-carrying crawler-transporters are taller than Steelix. Brock sends out Steelix to check. note 
  • After Casper and Cinder's defeat from Tate and Liza, Max assigns the two squabblers to come up with their own strategies to foster teamwork, with both of them alternating taking charge. Cinder is the first to come up with one, and this is the result:
    Casper: Right! Good plan!
    *Gilligan Cut to Venusaur trussing Cinder up with her vines*
    Casper: Bad plan.
    • May suggests that the prank that really set them at odds involved peanut butter. Casper protests that canines love peanut butter...but then admits probably not on their tails.
    • Eventually, Cinder comes up with the tactic to use Casper as an Improvised Platform.
  • Pikachu comments that said Improvised Platform is a good tactic. This is Lucario's comment:
  • When Max rematches Liza and Tate, he assumes their Natu is looking into the future and is unsure if he should be let down by the fact that it was just looking out the window.
  • The Lampshade Hanging that of the 4 Pokémon involved in Ash's Gym Battle against Tate and Liza, despite her name, Meganium is the only non-Mega (the others are Mega Sceptile, Mega Gardevoir and Mega Gallade).
  • Sceptile complains that Pikachu hates sleep. Pikachu counters that he just thinks it must be earned.
  • Cinder starts to understand why Casper loves pranking...but still intends to Bite him if he ever pranks her with peanut butter again.
  • While waiting for Ash's team to arrive, May plays Go Fish with Liza and Tate...who use their powers to cheat. May is chagrined that she missed the need for Obvious Rule Patch.
  • Brock assigning Ash and Pikachu their kitchen duties: Ash for burger flipping (under supervision), and Pikachu for condiment preparing (for everything except the ketchup).
    Pikachu: This is a stereotype.
  • Max asking Totodile to hose out the salt in his hair. The Hydro Pump blows him off his feet.
  • Venusaur and Spoink's conversation is interrupted by a few Stealth HiByes: Skitty in Venusaur's flower, Altaria out of nowhere, and Latios...who's not actually there.
  • The crypt of the giant Claydol:
    • Max wishing to find the rest of Ash and Co, who had just exited the crypt. May asks why he didn't use Kris to call.
    • Spoink wonders if he can carry the big stone Poké-ball. May tells him it's way too big.
    • Max wanting to get away from the big Poké-ball before Ash sneezes and breaks it. When Ash complains, Brock asks Dexter to start listing incidents.
  • The meeting with the flighty Mawile, who falls in love with Torkoal, Tyranitar and Goodra within moments.
  • The group meets another Absol, who gets one look at Ash and promptly has a Freak Out like the others. Ash's Absol states that it took that relatively well compared to its first time.
  • The group's Snowball Fight. Culminating in Raikou's Bulldozer avalanche.
    • And then it all ending when Lucario's Flying Dragon Uppercut drops several tons of snow on everyone.
    • The uppercut was intended to send Pikachu flying so he could take a good look around (as he's sick of Lucario Flinging him around), but when he sees what he's looking for right at takeoff, he aborts by grabbing Lucario's ear.
      Lucario: (whining) Ow! What was that for?
      Pikachu: Did you just whine?
      Lucario: No, I didn't.
  • Ash's Glalie also being an ice-themed Pungeon Master.
  • Glalie wants to meet up with his old friends. Unfortunately, Ash is currently carrying Mawile, Latios, Raikou, Absol, Dexter, Lucario and Pikachu, only one of which he actually knows.
  • The conversation about what constitutes a dragon and what doesn't.
  • Max and Jirachi practicing Future Sight, using Cinder as a target. And she can't even hear what Jirachi's planning to do to her.
    Cinder: I can only hear half of this conversation. But I'm pretty sure you're talking about repeatedly trying to blow me up.
  • Pikachu trying to deny Glalie giving one of his ice-themed puns... only to give the Punchline himself.
    Glalie: And that means I can put the whole gym-
    Pikachu: Don't. Just... stop there.
    Glalie: But I was going to-
    Pikachu: No!
    Glalie: It'd be-
    Pikachu: No! No, no, no, you are not going to say you'd put the gym on ice!
    (Beat)
  • Brock and May discussing how volcanic activity formed much of Hoenn.
    Brock: Well, Hoenn has a lot of volcanoes...Mt. Chimney and Mt. Pyre are the two most famous but most of it's actually made of volcanoes...usually old ones. You remember the one which we saw Groundon and Kyorge fight on, right?
    May: I don't think this is making me feel better.
    Brock: I feel as comfortable as last time...
  • The following Overly Pre-Prepared Gag:
    (Juan throws out Dive Ball which has contest seals on it)
    Juan: Whoops, I seem to have forgotten to remove the seals.
    (Dive Ball releases a Sealeo)
    Juan: See? I forgot to remove the seals.
  • When Ash mentions the B-Button League filled with hyper-trained Magikarp and Feebas:
  • The Non Sequiturs that Glalie utters after Hyperkarp goes to town on him.
  • Contrary to everyone's expectations of Ash's Self-Imposed Challenge failing at the last minute, Ash and Wallace's final Gym Battle doesn't bring the Sootopolis Gym down around their ears! After Ash and Co. have left, Wallace and Juan are relieved that their gym is still in one piece... only for a sudden crash to reveal that a gym wall had just come down, due to all of the gym's Wailmer evolving at once and breaking their tank.
  • The imagery of Cosplaychu taking out a thief while dressed as Professor X... and then beating up the thief's Liepard with the wheelchair.
  • The celebrity that he is, Mewtwo has a postbox. As well as an inbox, drop box and office.
  • After Ash and Pikachu's heart-to-heart, the conversation turns back to Pikachu promising to dope-zap Ash more often, and Ash mock-threatening to get out the rubber gloves.
  • The Mirage Island visit:
    • Just reaching the island is a chore and a half, given that it's surrounded by whirlpools. However, the chore isn't the whirlpools themselves, it's that Ash and Co. discuss so many plausible solutions to get through the whirlpoolsnote  that before they know it, they are in one.
      • Of particular note is May's suggestion of Blaziken's frozen-sea tow, and Max's opinion of it:
        Max: I think we should stick to plans that don't involve... (takes a moment to count)... Broken ice, high speed, high speed on broken ice, falling into a whirlpool, and trying to have a Fire-type not break or melt ice.
      • And then Ash asks why it's a bad idea. He's just joking.
      • When they find themselves caught in the vortex, Brock shouts for someone to use Whirlpool. Latios, Ludicolo, Delta, Totodile and Marshtomp all oblige in one panicked mess.
      • In particular, Marshtomp's use of whirlpool: punch the ocean.
      • And after everything calms down, we have this gem from Beautifly:
        Beautifly: Sorry, May, all the whirlpools disappeared. I couldn't find a path through them... can you put them back so I can try again?
        May: No!
        Beautifly: Fine, be that way.
    • The visit itself:
  • The island of Donphan:
    • Donphan asks why Ash never told him about this island. Ash forgot, Pikachu pleads the fifth (which Donphan states is the wrong country), and Glalie just didn't feel like telling him.
    • Courting the Shiny female Donphan involves her rating the courting displays from 1 to 10. Ash's Donphan uses Pidgeot for a flaming flyover and has her drop him to perform a Rollout-skid-landing. This only rates an 8.
      • And Meganium is not impressed at the friction burns that Donphan collects from it.
        Meganium: And when, exactly, did you decide this was a good idea?
        Donphan: A while ago. Why?
        Meganium: Second question. When did you decide it was a bad idea?
    • Also, one Donphan does the simple solution to just ask her what she likes. When she says ice-skating, Glaceon helps with the ice.
  • Jirachi "flying" on Delta's back.
  • The Pacifidlog's Nurse Joy sitting in Stunned Silence when she looks at Ash's trainer card to find out how many Legendaries he has.
  • Roland suggesting that his father disappeared catching a meteorite.
  • Nurse Joy borrowing Mr. Sukizo's usual "remarkable" during May and Drew's contest battle, and Mr. Sukizo looking confused afterwards.
  • May wondering how a 7-year-old Max could carry a 105 kg Munchlax on his back.
  • N reading Mewtwo's book, while his Zorua is in the shape of one.
  • Gary's Mega Sableye using Captain America tactics with his gem-shield.
  • Furfrou talking fashion with Alakazam, who doesn't quite understand why it changes so much or so often. Then when Furfrou offers to style his mustache, Alakazam is suitably horrified.
  • Munchlax's introduction:
    • In order to lure him out, May tries to make his favorite Pokéblock, May's Purple Surprise. Unfortunately for her, Munchlax is here and keeps stealing her berries before she can blend them, meaning that her Pokéblocks come out in every color except purple.
    • And Ash suggests that the fact that they're not purple is the surprise.
    • Pikachu asking if he can put ketchup on the ones that taste like chips.
    • Roland teleport-stealing the Pokéblocks... and trying to catch one when May throws it.
    • Munchlax pulling a Jump Scare on Venusaur.
    • And even after Munchlax is located and kept away from the cooking, May's last attempt still goes wrong (although it tastes nice)... because Casper sneaked in a few extra berries (including an Enigma Berry that she was saving).
  • Ash's evolving Morrison's Beldum mid-Poké-ball-materialization.
    • And Mawile stating that she's a satisfied customer of Ash's evolution aura... because it helped her playmates Tyranitar and Goodra.
    • She also lampshades how Beldum could have evolved into Metang without a second Beldum.
  • Cosplaychu contemplating dyeing Growlie's fur white and applying red makeup.
  • Arc pranking May and Max into thinking that Ash's No Sense of Direction is contagious.
  • Drew's Pokémon getting his new Flygon used to his new reality... by telling him that Leafeon's daughter is older than she is.
  • May forgetting to take off the thundercloud contest seals when she sends out Glaceon.
  • Skitty demonstrating Assist to Caroline, where she copies Munchlax's Metronome... and uses Aeroblast.
  • Casper blabbing that he had coated May's soap bar with nail polish. Skitty is not pleased.
  • A look at Gary's Pokémon:
    • Furfrou trying to show Umbreon how to drink artisan coffee with class, even though Umbreon does not like artisan coffee.
    • Mega Blastoise and Mega Sableye experimenting with the Unstoppable Force VS Immovable Object paradox, and Gary lamenting that all his Pokémon are not normal.
      • Blastoise points out that Gary actually has over 100 normal Pokémon; he just never uses them.
    • Alakazam reading advanced theoretical quantum logic while playing the spoons with telekinesis.
    • Gary thinking that Arcanine is the Only Sane Man among his active team... while said Arcanine is practicing Wall Jumping.
  • Norman's Lopuuny is back... for Norman to help Mega-Evolve. With how much more feminine-looking Mega Lopunny is, he's not really happy about it.
  • When Blaziken is thrown into the air, May flies up on Altaria to catch him. Blaziken, though not ungrateful, reminds her that she could have just returned him... not to mention the fact that his moveset means that he's up that high frequently. May Facepalms.
  • Pikachu teaching Roland how to fight. And all the Funny Bruce Lee Noises that Roland makes.
    • And Pikachu doing all the blocking with his tail.
  • Officer Jenny yelling at Iris to get off of the radio antenna.
    • Iris thinks Ash never has any problems with his Pokemon.
  • Charizard practicing swimming and fighting underwater... so he can challenge the Hidden Village of the Turtle.
  • How does a Corphish hit a Swellow in a tree? Cut down the tree.
  • Totodile and Torkoal practicing their dodging... against Muk.
  • Casper practicing his ambushes on Cinder... but still ends up getting stepped on.
  • Arc trying to sneak up on Forretress... while speaking out loud about how sneaky he is. Forretress's response is predictable.
  • When it's time to head off to the Grand Festival, Ash tries to figure out where to go. Everyone corrects him.
    • And Jessie almost oversleeps.

     Hoenn Grand Festival (Chapters 179-182) 
  • Due to his drawing of a fiery maple leaf, Drew jokes about Blaziken being Canadian.
  • Dawn is in the audience, and Celebi tries to get Ash to bump into her, but failing due to several factors:
    • 1st time: Ash having No Sense of Direction, and ending up on the wrong side of the stadium.
    • 2nd time: Ash getting into Sacred Sword training with Absol, and losing track of time.
    Celebi: Not again! I had it all worked out, and then they had to completely lose track of time… how does an Absol lose track of time?
  • Cubone expressing confusion on how Cosplaychu can learn and forget moves like she does. Meowth points out that she can get temporary powers from her Reality Marble, and then suggests that Cosplaychu has a similar power, causing her to pause hilariously.
  • Jessie getting a dress that is so expensive the other Rockets have to work fast food for the Grand Festival.
  • Mawile expressing her approval about how Mega Altaria is so fluffy. Goodra then gets a bit down, and Mawile reassures him that he's still great.
    • Mawile still doesn't understand why all the Dragon-types ran away when she hatched, as, according to her, Dragons "are all sorts of cool!"
  • Casey keeps changing her mind on which League she's doing that year, so, according to her Riolu, she has 14 badges.
  • Lugia contemplating a laser-light appeal, and his mate reminding him of the collateral damage.
  • A photographer who wants to get a picture of Moltres horning in on TR's training.
  • Caroline expresses confusion at Harley's weird attire and Norman refers to him as "the odd one". Caroline points out who May is traveling with and Norman amends to "the unpleasant odd one".
  • Munchlax wants a midnight snack... but Ethan uses "bed-gravity" to dissuade him.
  • After a double-battle involving a female Vaporeon, a male Espeon (who is cat-like), Glaceon and Skitty, Skitty wonders if such a battle (three females and two cats) counts as a Cat Fight. Glaceon wishes for a snowball to throw at her.
  • How Abra learns things while sleeping: he reads Chimecho's mind.
  • Harley's overconfidence ends up costing him and Banette the battle. In a very short battle.
  • The judge's sheepishness for letting May and Jessie's contest battle go overtime.
  • Grumpig getting used to his new arms and legs.
  • After her evolution and new size, Marowak needs some new camping equipment. Audino manages to convince Abra to do it... by convincing him that it would be less work to switch the equipment himself, and bribing him with a muffin.
    • Also his deadpan disapproval of what the cell was living on before him: fast food.
  • The sheer disbelief of May's opponent when Munchlax's Metronome turns into Celebrate. At least until Munchlax uses it for a surprise attack.
  • Ash's Lampshade Hanging of all the moves Munchlax is using.
  • As it turns out, Ash never learned Dawn's last name. Extra funny in that not only did Brock and Pikachu know it, Norman and Caroline did.
  • James munching on popcorn during the reunion.
  • Dawn asking if Dexter is a Rotom when she hears him talking.
  • Dawn casually wishes that Piplup was there before the others can stop her, causing his egg to appear. When that happens, she says that it's starting to weird even her out, and asks if they have a Jirachi or something. Cue Jirachi saying hi.
  • When Piplup says he could take Drew's Flygon and Roserade, a comment by Pikachu forces him to admit he might need backup.
  • Dawn accepts most of the stuff about the time travel situation with little more than requests for more details later, but the thing that really shocks her, causing her to give a series of Flat Whats, is Brock having a girlfriend. When he protests, she says that none of the other things break any fundamental laws of nature.
  • Dawn says that she knows what bird she thinks is the best. When Piplup, confused, asks which bird that is, she tells him that it's him.
  • Ash's Pokémon lining up in front of the teleporter in Oak's ranch to be sent to Ash and shown to Dawn.
  • May and Dawn have a "who has gone on the bigger adventure with Ash" competition. Dawn wins with Arceus, the Jewel of Life, and the legendary Thunder Creature of Michina. It reads like a much friendlier version of the Doctor Who scene where Sarah and Rose have a Cat Fight over the same subject.
  • Latias teasing her brother with his interest in Joy's Latias.

     Ever Grande Conference (Chapters 183-186) 

  • Raikou, with Max as a passenger, comes in for a skidding finish to Ever Grande City... only to find that the boat ramp he used is covered in algae. May and Altaria manage to catch Max, but Raikou ends up in a bush.
  • Lucario comes in for a surfing entrance... and Pikachu gives him an 8.3 when he fumbles a handstand.
  • Brock and Pikachu ribbing Ash about what he did at his first League: going out one evening and shouting to an empty stadium that he was going to be the League Champion, and calling Mr. Goodshow Santa Claus.
  • While the group is having lunch, Entei excuses himself, goes outside the restaurant , and then gives a deafening roar. It's only later we find out what he was doing: signalling a returning Suicune, Latias and Pidgeot.
    • Not to mention Raikou's opinion of his lunch:
      Raikou: Well, I am halfway through some extremely noodly noodles.
  • When Mr. Goodshow asks why he can't understand Raikou unlike his siblings, Raikou reaches for his signs, only to realize he doesn't have them. Answer Cut back to Oak's Ranch, where Houndoom is using them to teach one of his little brothers how to read.
  • Max asks Ash for a practice battle using a random Pokémon. Dexter gives Ash Suicune.
  • Barry's introduction in Chapter 183, running right at Dawn (who dodges, seemingly out of habit) as soon as she returns to Sinnoh, asking more questions than she can keep up with (not helped by her happening to mention Ash's name), and then running off without explanation. He later shows up to watch the Opening Ceremony on Dawn's TV, through their window, and ask Dawn more questions. Even he doesn't seem to know why he's not just watching his own TV at home.
  • Corphish using The Power note  to battle Cinder. He even Lampshades it.
    Corphish: I have lazer swords, of course I have invisible telekinesis power.
  • Casper trying to prank Latias, who has experience with people going invisible.
  • Arc's electrical buildup leaves him looking like a koosh-ball.
  • Ash and Max, as League participants, get torches for the opening ceremony procession. Lucario sounds a little upset.
    Ash: I think they're for trainers only.
    Lucario: I don't see why that means I'm left out. I mean, I train you, and I've been helping train May, therefore I'm a human trainer. As distinct from a human Trainer.
    Max: I think I'm just confused.
  • During the 256-trainer procession, Ash ends up getting so lost that he and Max end up at the back of the line.
  • May and Brock wondering about the plural of "stadium".
  • Max getting into Ash's habit of obliterating battlegrounds.
    • And Cinder finally beating her Octillery opponent with Foul Play: tilting his cannon-head straight up, coercing him into using Seed Bomb, and getting out of there when it lands.
  • The Ridiculously Fast Construction that the grounds-Pokémon perform to rebuild the battlefield.
  • Seeing Tyson's Swashbuckler Meowth, the TR Pokémon compare him to their own Ninja Meowth, which becomes a Pirates Vs Ninjas debate.
  • Dexter Doing The Math about all of Ash's possible double-battle teams: 43 distinct Pokémon, 903 possible combinations, 342 of which involve Legendaries.
  • Queen Ilene watching the Ever Grande Conference, then accidentally changing channels to Baccer.
  • Cilan and his brothers make their first appearance in the story, and he is just as food-themed as always.
  • The entirety of the Crazy Awesome combination that is the Machamp with a Magikarp partner - that is used as a flail, a boomerang, and even a Dragon Rage-firing cannon.
  • Max's burly opponent having an Onix... and a Sylveon.
  • Brock and May have a conversation about if there are any Pokemon that wouldn't be good in a League tournament. Brock puts forth the Unown, since they're useless on their own.
    May: Yeah, they're weak to the Crowbar-type.
    Brock: Actually, it's a steel-type. The Crowbar's the specific Appliance, it's a steel-type. A stirring rod is a Glass-type.
    May: How long did you spend thinking that one up?
    Brock: Longer than I should have.
  • Kayley bringing out her Ariados who uses its Roggenrola partner as an web-mounted Epic Flail... which promptly gets severed by Zippo's flames.
  • During a Kanto Gym Leader meeting, Forrest brings it to a stop by mentioning that Ash is coming back to the region. The new Gym Leader Mavis starts asking about gym armor.
  • Brock mentioning how, when he first got Onix, it took him a while to get in synch with him, and mentions a time when Onix kept leaning on the windowsill.
  • Ash watches Casey using baseball terms to guide her Pokemon to victory and has a Eureka Moment as only he can: To beat Casey, Charizard has to learn baseball. Pikachu states that it only makes a weird kind of sense which Brock remarks means that, knowing Ash, that means it will be more likely to work.

     The Delta Episode (Chapters 187-190) 
Even in the midst of catastrophe, this story still never loses its humor.

  • Barry never loses his hyperactivity throughout the whole event, from being indignant that the Conference was cancelled, to dragging Dawn along on an expedition to find Mesprit. Not to mention the Wild Mass Guessing that he finds online that they need Ash and his Mega Absol to fight a powerful Psychic-type.
  • The entirety of Dr. MacGuire's rant (leaving everyone in Stunned Silence) that no, you can't just "blow up" a meteorite the size of a mountain, no matter what Hollywood tells you.
    Dr. MacGuire: No, you can't just blow up an asteroid. Hollywood films have a lot to answer for – what happens if you blow up a rock? Does the rock go away?
    No. No, the rock doesn't go away, it's just been broken up. If you break up an asteroid without making it change course, then the whole asteroid still hits the planet – it's just that it does it in lots of different places, instead of in one big blast.
    And no, that wouldn't make it better. If anything it would be slightly worse – the energy from the meteorite then doesn't go into digging a big crater. It all goes into heat – heat going directly into the upper atmosphere, so the whole of the Northern Hemisphere would have the entire sky shine like the sun. Plants would catch fire, people and Pokemon would die. So no, this is not a problem you can fix simply by sending up a half-dozen guys and a really big bomb!
    • But apparently that hasn't stopped people from suggesting it three times previously.
  • Mr. Stone suggest using Infinity Energy to shunt the asteroid into another dimension. Mega Absol promptly vetos it.
  • Why does Mewtwo not want the world destroyed? Most of his stuff is here.
  • When Steven's Metagross gets everyone in the first wave used to negative gravity, the Lugia from Iceland makes a dive for the door.
  • Clemont and his Clemontic shelters. Wikstrom can't quite get his head round the name.
  • Zinnia showing up at Mossdeep in the middle of the operation, right after the first wave has returned to Earth.
    • The first thing she does is fly up to Rayquaza, in the middle of the runway, and shout at him to stop the meteorite. Mewtwo indignantly asks what she thought they were doing.
    • When Zinnia suggests using the Meteorite to Mega Evolve Rayquaza, Ash's embarrassed admission that they'd already used it up gives her a bad Twitchy Eye.
    • And her Salamence can't hold in his snickers when she hears exactly how high the meteorite is (2/3 as high as the moon at that point), muddling up her plan of M!Rayquaza just flying up and smashing it to pieces.
  • Gary sympathizing with the Ariadospace receptionist, who is on the verge of collapsing at her desk.
  • When Ash's Absol Mega-Evolves again, she instantly tackles someone in the room. Why? He was going to ask Brock a question and Brock would lose his train of thought, which her Danger Sense tells her would be a very bad thing.
  • After Max, Steven and Zinnia have finished clearing out a museum storeroom for suitable meteorite shards, Jirachi teleports them out... and a moment later, the janitor comes in to see the mess they left behind.
  • Team Rocket communicating with Ash and Co., while Giovanni is in the back of their plane getting flown to a safehouse.
  • The Lake Trio browbeating Kyogre into creating a rain-storm atmospheric heat sink.
    Kyogre: Why am I doing this again?
    Uxie: It's the logical thing to do.
    Mesprit: And it's the right thing to do.
    Azelf: And because we said so.
  • When Mega Rayquaza finally breaks apart the meteorite enough so that it'll miss, the Deoxys inside it comes out, indignant that his transport was broken. Mewtwo is not amused in the least.
    Mewtwo: Silence! I do not care if the rubble around us was what used to be your way of getting around. It was only by dint of extreme effort that we prevented the obliteration of a substantial fraction of the intelligent life on this planet!
  • After everything is over, Gary returns from the moon to Kalos... only for the Clemontic portable atmospheric shelter backpack he was wearing to go off with the change in air pressure and trap him inside it.
  • Ash discussing with Mewtwo that they've changed things so many times they have no idea what caused the Delta meteor to hit in this timeline in the first place.

     Battle Frontier part 1 (Chapters 191-193) 

  • Chapter 191: Delta Episode wrap-up
    • The Icelandic Articuno asking if they had managed to deflect the asteroid, with the Moltres pointing out that they must've.
    • The Shamouti Bird Trio working together for the first time in a long time... as for some odd reason in the absence of his parents and Pidgeot, Silver has turned into an absolute menace and is intent on causing as much mischief as possible. Knowing their tailfeathers are on the line if they let him get hurt, the three Legendary Birds are worn ragged trying to rein him in.
      • Then when Lugia and his mate get back, it's revealed that he told Silver to be as troublesome as possible, because a very troublesome charge means that his normally-troublesome caretakers will be exhausted keeping him out of trouble, thus keeping them out of trouble.
    • Misty's Milotic asking if they got rid of the meteorite by Ash punching it. Misty now can't get the image out of her head.
    • After realising Sparky spoke to her, Casey asks if it was because of Aura. Offended, Ritchie if she got him confused with Ash, and Casey points out that they look similar.
    • Johanna still hasn't gotten used to Legendaries showing up to visit.
    • Suicune, when leaving after visiting Dawn, goes the wrong way on purpose so she and Piplup can see her longer. Dawn points it out, only for Piplup to lampshade that Dawn's entire training style is about appearances.
    • Cresselia showing up wondering why there's a new Moon Base on her property. And then finding out that in the lunar night she was asleep for (2 Earth weeks), a meteor almost caused disaster.
      • She's a lot less perturbed and a lot more interested when Blanche mentions that he can pay rent.
    • Oak joking that the best defense against rampant AIs are doorknobs. Damos fires back that Oak should already know that Dexter and his ilk are stabilized way past rampancy... unless of course, he forgot that in his old age.
    • Ho-Oh being disgruntled that he wasn't much of a help dealing with the meteor.
  • Chapter 192:
  • Chapter 193: Back at Pallet Town and Oak's Ranch.
    • Ash's first sight of Oak's Ranch is Ho-Oh enjoying a meal. And when he takes off, he ends up blowing it all over.
    • Keldeo commenting on how some Pokémon have tried using his horn as a perch.
    • May's Wartortle is finally reminded - and it turns out she doesn't have a crazy Otaku fascination with anything. At least, that's what she says.
      • Wartortle gets a stunned expression when she sees Glaceon present.
    • Mewtwo, Keldeo and Lapras think that if Ash's team gets any bigger in the next few regions, they'll have to start renting venues for reunions. And then Mewtwo suggests they make a convention out of it.
      Mewtwo: AshCon, the convention for Pokémon and humans that Ash Ketchum has befriended. (Beat) We may need to rent Crown City.
      • All while Mewtwo is holding Lapras in a water bubble.
    • Cinder says that she can tell what people had for breakfast by how they smell. Brock muses then that maybe banana-cocoa pancakes aren't the best idea.
    • While Ash and Tracey are discussing restoring Azurill, we have a Funny Background Event of Ivysaur and Venusaur stopping a runaway Tauros and Primeape.
      Ivysaur: Stampedes are fine, but look where you're going!
      Tauros: Primeape was steering.
      Primeape: I thought you were.
      Ivysaur: I can see we're going to need to have the talk about assumptions again.
    • Pikachu's dumbfounded reaction when Sceptile and Meganium offer a Chikorita egg to Max to train.
    • We meet the three Kanto starters that Max can choose from, and we see that Squirtle's Otaku fascination is... tropes! Which include her seeing Max as The Protagonist and Kris as his Translator Buddy.
      • Though she's not quite right about Max being "the" main character.
      • And when the Charmander decides to go with him, Squirtle suggests Max nickname her "Superflame". Charmander isn't impressed by the suggestion.
    • Ash asks Lucario not to punch him at Rota, since he already had two Lucario (the one who delivered Riolu and Aaron's Lucario) already try and punch him there. Lucario asks if they're still going to spar.
    • Ash and Co. head home, only for Mimey to refuse "and Co." entry in case they mess up his mopped floors. He relents in the end.

     Mystery of Mew (Chapters 194-197) 

  • Arc-long Running Gag: the presence of so many Lucario and no nicknames makes it hard to differentiate them in conversation.
  • Queen Ilene really doesn't like using the Royal "We" in public.
  • The Lucario Kingdom in Sinnoh made use of a Lucarionite for their striker on their Baccer ball team. Unfortunately, said Mega Lucario is more than strong enough to destroy the puck outright.
  • Aaron's Lucario has been doing a lot to acclimatize to the modern world, including taking a typing course.
  • All the knight-puns Glalie makes (and Pikachu ends up making).
  • When Ash wonders if he should use either his staff or sword, Lucario says that he should bring both, especially since Pikachu won't be weighing him down.
    Pikachu: I'm not that fat...
  • May and her Pokémon in the Royal Box with Queen Ilene... with all of them dressed for the occasion.
    • Blaziken wearing a double-breasted suit. He finds it very constricting, especially since Altaria, Grumpig and Glaceon got away with just wearing a headpiece, a bow tie, and ear decorations respectively.
    • Skitty, princess that she is, is wearing a wimple.
    • Wartortle has a Chinese dress. She picked it before May could pick for her.
    • Venusaur is wearing... Beautifly.
    • Munchlax has a fruit hat. It's to make sure he stays fed through the whole proceedings.
  • Casey showing up a little too late to compete in the Rota tourney.
  • Aaron's Lucario once stood on one of the castle spires during a thunderstorm.
  • The royal ball:
    • Just the introductions for Ash and Co. are hilarious, especially since they show how little was bequeathed to them during their Knighthoods. Lord knows how the announcing herald kept from laughing himself sick announcing them.
      Sir Ash Ketchum, of the Royal Garden's Third Quarter.
      Sir Brock Slate, of the Quite Nice Rock.
      Dame May Maple, of the Tool Shed.
      Sir Max Maple, of The Bit Next To The Tool Shed.
      • And then the herald has a brief moment of panic when it's time to announce the late arrival Casey.
    • Pikachu says he usually only dances when there are Pichu present. And then Lucario jokes about how he's saving himself for Buneary.
    Pikachu: Wha – how have you even heard of - Dawn hasn't even caught Buneary yet! And I know it didn't come up back when we met in Sinnoh.
    Lucario: It's been three years now, think how much gossip I've heard from your teammates.
  • The trek up to the Tree of Beginning has the group running into the Regi golems... who apparently haven't had their operating systems updated in a very very long time.
    Regirock: Error. Error. Your copy of Yamato-Daishii threat recognizer is on day 368529 of the 30 day trial period. Please purchase.
    Regice: Welcome Back, Sir Aaron. It Has Been…. 99999… error… Days Since Your Last Visit. Human lifespan exceeded. Probability of illegal access attempt 99.99786 percent. Account locked. Deleting.
  • May's Beautifly vs. Brock's Forretress... or at least, what looks like Forretress.
  • When they reach the Tree's heart, a Time Flower briefly activates to show a Riolu kicking a Moltres in the shin note . They don't get it.
  • At Aaron's Lucario's prodding, the resident Mew finally agrees to go see Regigigas for a full system update. Now remember what Regigigas's ability is. For someone like Mew, it's torture.
    Mew: *Eye Twitch* Oh, come on!

     Battle Frontier part 2 (Chapters 198-???) 

  • Drayden taking note of Iris's dorm room in the Opelucid Academy, full of famous trainer posters, including Lance, Cynthia and Ash, and a Raikou plushie (complete with signs) sitting on her bed.
  • Cynthia's Garchomp using "Dragon Surprise."
    Her Lucario: That's just Draco Meteor!
    Cynthia: That's the surprise.
  • Where was Kidd Summers during the Mystery of Mew movie? Exploring the new Moon Base!
    • And during her report to her superiors, she comments that if an evil organization has infiltrated the Kalos Elite Four, they have bigger problems. She has no idea how Accidentally Accurate she is. note 
  • Dawn comes back to her room after a day of contest practice - and finds Mesprit waiting for her with tea.
  • Shiny Suicune commenting on Shiny Raikou needing a bath. And Martha agrees with her.
    Shiny Raikou: Now there's two of them...
  • Mew and Aaron's Lucario still trying to get Regigigas to update the Regi golems... and Mew about ready to pull his/her tail out.
    • To say nothing about how they have to give Regigigas the request: they have to give him the exact instructions in code... verbally.
    • And apparently Mew got an attempt wrong and had to start all over again. He/She turns into a Voltorb and blows up in sheer frustration.
    • And when Regigigas finally accepts the code and shakes off the Slow Start, he runs out of the chamber so fast he nearly tramples Mew.
    • And last but not least, the crowner is exactly how Regigigas updates the golems - punch them really really hard!
      • Lucario says that there's a manual (ancient scrolls) that mentions something about punch cards being the method of updating.
        Lucario: Now that I think back, that may not have been the word for card.
  • When Ash and Co. arrives at the Battle Factory, Noland recognizes everyone present, except for Max.
  • Noland's Articuno feeling peckish and trying to make a bowl of rice... only to end up blowing up the microwave.
    • And Dexter using projected subtitles to communicate with everyone while deafened.
  • While chatting, Articuno asks Entei for suggestions to battle Ash's Pokémon. Entei answers with suggestions... for Mawile, who Ash is certainly not going to use.
  • The three Porygon discussing their hobbies: Dexter calculates π, Kris calculates φ, and Ethan writes.
  • After Latias executes her Draco Meteor Counter Shield and sends meteors flying across the Kanto region, the scene cuts back to Dawn's Piplup who is feeling happy he didn't get squished.
  • Latias relaxing with a mug of cocoa in a deck chair retrieved from Ash's bag. Brock has given up remembering what exactly is in there.
  • Glalie showing off his Pungeon Master credentials. Noland's Typhlosion is not impressed.
    Typhlosion: Now I'm really dedicated to win this one.
  • And The Stinger at the chapter's end: Scott going to the Ketchum residence to invite Ash to the Battle Frontier.Explanation 
  • Suicune admitting that Brock's food is one reason she advocated being captured by Ash.
  • Deoxys-Blue (the Deoxys in the Delta Episode meteor) grumbling about being assigned to the new Psychic corporation as community service.
  • Tracey looking at Shiny Entei's teeth, lion-tamer-style.
  • Another one of Casper's pranks: dyeing Raikou's drinking water green.
  • Drew asking a wild Arcanine if it would like to become his Pokémon, but it apparently came out wrong and it ended with Arcanine hiding behind Raikou and Suicune.
    • The discussion of why Arcanine is called "The Legendary Pokemon" when it's not a Legendary Pokemon.
    • And Ho-Oh transporting her chattering Growlithe pups to Oak's Ranch on his back.
  • Casey is being stalked (baseball-scouted) by a Zapdos.
  • James disguising himself as Jessie for a contest. With a dress that he apparently owned.
  • Also a CMOA, but Rayquaza finally telling Groudon and Kyogre off is this, especially how they react.
  • Manaphy accidentally switching Ash and Lugia's bodies.
    • And when Max comments that Brock is now the only one without a Legendary, we get a Sneeze Cut to Uxie.
  • The sun waking up Altaria, causing him to fall out of his tree. And Crobat to fall on him.
  • When May comments that her child Manaphy has changed in ways she can't fathom and she wasn't around to see any of it, Brock suggests people with a similar perspective: Norman, Caroline and Gardevoir.
  • Skitty wants to stay in May's lap forever. May says that when she stands up, she won't have a lap anymore.
  • The Saffron Shopping session, starting with this:
    May: I wonder how long I could get the others to stand a shopping trip...
    Max: I Heard That!
    • May explaining data chips to Manaphy in terms of books... except Manaphy doesn't know what books are either.
    • And Skitty gets a new head-mounted cat toy. Which she can chase for hours on end.
    • Blaziken being relegated to bag-carrying duty.
    • Blaziken flips Skitty in a bag to carry her back to camp, but forgets about her when putting the bags into Ash's Bigger on the Inside one. Then it turns out the Pichu Bros. had gotten stuck in there for a week!
      Pichu Little: By the way, those berries in that freezer are really tasty.
      Brock: I guess we need to do some more food shopping.
      • And when Pikachu fishes Skitty out, he reminds Skitty not to let go until they're over solid ground. Skitty opens her mouth to answer, forgetting what she's holding on to Pikachu's tail with. Luckily, May catches her.
  • Drew's lion tamer routine with his new Arcanine, and the fire dog turning the tables on him.
  • Brock being underwhelmed by a performance of May's and realizing that he's been around Ash for too long.
  • Apparently Mawile once bribed some Pidgey to fly Tyranitar, but couldn't find enough.
  • Buneary being remembered. And Johanna and Glameow doing a Double Take when they see her on Dawn's hat.
    • Also Barry's usual Wild Mass Guessing over how she got Piplup, including a secret agent Mightyena in a helicopter.
    • And her bashfulness and Pikachu's nervousness when they encounter each other again.
      Pikachu: Could you throw me into the top of that tree? This is really awkward...
      Lucario: I'm enjoying this far too much.
    • And when she finally tries to confess to Pikachu, Pikachu has to shoo away an eavesdropping Max's team.
  • Remember when the Shiny Beast Trio promised they'd check up on Molly in Sinnoh? Well apparently they forgot to coordinate and ended up checking up on her all at the same time.
    • Especially when Raikou saw that his parents were already present and tried to act nonchalant, and ended up skidding into a lake.
  • Lucario reminding Cinder that Miracle Eye exists.
  • Sabrina asked her Mew friend to join in. After they turned into a Groudon, she specified and banned transformations.
  • Mew misinterpreting something and going for a Mid-Battle Candy Run.
  • Sabrina had twin Eeveelutions, Espeon and Umbreon. Apparently the former evolved first, at sunset, and his brother became so happy for him that 20 seconds later, so did he.
  • May asking Brock why the Pewter City Gym, made of solid rock, has a sprinkler system. Brock responds, "Because building codes don't make sense."
  • Kadabra and Cinder. Poor, poor Kadabra.
  • How used to family life with the Maples have Gardevoir and Kirlia become? Well, when the house phone rang, Gardevoir answered it... forgetting that telepathy doesn't work across phone lines.
  • Casper really enjoys all the things he can do with his new hands: write things, make rude gestures, stroke his chin...
  • The Saffron Fighting Dojo:
  • Reshiram asks N for a Poké-ball. Hilarity Ensues.
    • Especially since N has never bought Poké-balls in his life. Who knows what the clerk who sold them was wondering.
    • And in addition, unused to the sensation of being captured, Reshiram's struggles keep making the balls blow up.
    • After even Ultra Balls prove insufficient, the clerk finally has to get his manager.
    • Anthea imagining Reshiram repeatedly flying into a mountain to weaken himself enough to be captured.
    • The next attempt fails, as the Dusk Ball was used just as the sun started rising.
    • The ball that finally does it? A Nest Ballnote .
  • Everyone trying to look for the Banettite they found, and Kris reminding them that she has an app for that.
  • Pikachu trying on one of Ash's baseball caps.
  • Team Rocket shows up for Ash to remind Mime Jr. Ash wonders why James handed him Cacturne.
  • The Phantom Pirates try to poach Manaphy with mechanical arms. May just returns him.
    • And when they come back for more, Team Rocket are the ones sending them blasting off.
  • The discussion about the Battle Arena having a doorbell or not.
  • With the Arena's randomizer under maintenance, Greta uses some playing cards to decide how many Pokémon battle. Ash ends up picking one that says "Take an extra turn after this one."
  • Primeape talks to Snorlax, apparently getting some surprisingly deep wisdom from the bear about how meditation should be a form of rest as well as a form of focus, but Pikachu can't tell if Snorlax actually spoke back or not.
  • Snorlax is attacked by a Monferno. Snorlax is resistant to Fire moves due to his Thick Fat ability. The Monferno is a bit perplexed when his Flame Wheel does jack squat.
  • Snorlax's Hyper Eye Beams send Greta's Monferno through the Battle Arena wall. And the outer wall.
  • Scott still looking for Ash to invite him to the Frontier, mistaking Ritchie for Ash.
  • Pachirisu poaching Dawn's hazelnuts.

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