Funny: Pokémon

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  • "Hey Kid, wanna see my Pokémon?" Infinitely more funny if you imagine the speaker as a creepy child-molester-type.
  • (Own Pokémon) used Hi Jump Kick!
    (Own Pokémon)'s attack missed!
    ((Own Pokémon) kept going and crashed!
    *damage is dealt to the user's Pokémon*
    (Own Pokémon) fainted!
  • (Own Pokémon) used Metronome!
    (Own Pokémon) used Explosion!
    The wild (Pokémon) fainted!
    (Own Pokémon) fainted!
    • This picture demonstrates that, sometimes, Random Number Generator just hates Metronome users.
  • (Own Pokémon) burrowed its way under the ground!
    Wild (Pokémon) used Self Destruct/Explosion!
    The wild (Pokémon)'s attack missed!
    The wild (Pokémon) fainted!
    Wild (Pokémon) used Selfdestruct/Explosion!
    The wild (Pokémon) fainted!
    (Own Pokémon) used Selfdestruct/Explosion!
  • (Own Pokémon) is focusing its power!
    Wild (Pokémon) used Healing Pulse! Golurk's HP was restored!
    The wild (Pokémon) fainted!
  • Even EV training can result in funny things. For example, you're battling Zubat to raise your mon's Speed stat, and you level up. You get "Max. HP + 3, Attack + 3, Defense + 1, Sp. Atk + 2, Sp. Def + 2, Speed + 14". This can be funny the first few times you see something like it.
    • Unfortunately, no longer the case as of Generation V; stats are recalculated after every battle, regardless of whether or not the Pokémon leveled up, meaning that such dramatic stat jumps no longer occur.
  • It took Snorlax fifteen years to stand up
  • Spinda has been loved for its uniqueness and allusions to being a Drunken Master. Made even funnier once Pokemon X&Y introduced hordes, Spinda being one of the horde types.
  • Just thinking about how some Pokémon can plausibly use certain moves that they can learn. How could Diglett use any of the slashing moves it can learn when it has no visible claws? The same goes for Rampardos effectively using the "Punch" moves it can learn with those tiny little arms. And why can small Flying-type Pokémon such as Pidgey, Swablu, and Fletchling use the move "Fly" and take you to any town with ease? How can that even happen?
    • That last one is addressed in Generation V, as it's stated that the Fly ability (Sky Jump in Japan) empowers even small Pokémon to carry their trainers. Still funny to imagine seeing it, however.
  • Rocket Grunt: Oh no! I dropped the lift key! (Lift key appears next to him.)
  • Ditto transformed into Ditto!
  • Nightmare Fuel aside, some of the "ZZAZZ" glitch's more amusing effects is replacing most of your Pokémon's moves with Explosion. In this particular video, the trainer's Pokémon refuse to obey his commands, and instead of moves that give them a chance at survival, choose to use Explosion instead.
  • In Generation I, if you have at least one fainted Pokémon in your party, you can deposit all of your other Pokémon into the PC. This results in you fainting about three steps later. For added irony, do this in a Pokémon Center.
  • Some hold items are automatically hilarious. Take Black Glasses, which make Dark-type moves stronger, and hand them to your most serious Pokémon. Darkrai was given Black Glasses! Darkrai is rockin'! Or, conversely, give them to Magikarp, because if your one attack is useless you might as well look cool while trying.
    • Let's be honest: Choice Specs on anything generates a hilarious mental image.
  • In Pokémon X and Y, you can find hordes of Trevenant, a spooky tree always thinking about vengeance. And sometimes, you can find hordes of Trevenant with one Sudowoodo mixed in, a Rock-type Pokémon pretending to be a tree via a Paper-Thin Disguise. Apparently, these serious Trevenant aren't too bright if Sudowoodo can fool them.
  • "Shedinja used Final Gambit!" Even funnier if it actually KOs something. One suspects that this is the only reason why Game Freak decided to let Nincada learn the move by breeding.
  • Anytime you make a move that knocks out the enemy Pokemon, especially in one hit, and the game tells you "It's not very effective..."

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