Pokémon has been around for a pretty long time by Internet standards, with the first games coming out in 1996, and has since grown to encompass many different types of media. It's also ridiculously popular, especially with nerds.
The spawning of memes was inevitable. Gotta mutate 'em all!
The Cheezburger network has a page dedicated to these, with new ones every day: PokememesSmogon is something of a Fountain of Memes as far as fansites go. Memes originating from Smogon are listed here.
Please add entries in the following format:
The meme. [[labelnote:Explanation]]The explanation behind the meme, if necessary.[[/labelnote]] Explanation Like this.
I came when I heard you beat the Elite Four. Explanation Accidental Innuendo said by Prof. Oak after the player defeats the Elite Four in R/B/G/Y/FR/LG.
Pant, pant... I finally got through that cave. It was much bigger than I'd expected. I got too tired to explore the whole thing, so I came outside. Explanation More Accidental Innuendo, this time from a girl on the Azalea Town side of Union Cave in HGSS.
I came through the tunnel, but I still have plenty of energy left. Explanation Hiker Anthony in GSC, near the Union Cave as well.
Wild [x] appeared! [y] sent out [z]! [z] used [action]! It's Super Effective! Critical Hit! Foe [x] fainted! Explanation The gameplay from Pokémon in general is a massive snowclone meme, used in any situation imaginable. In particular, a wild anything can appear at any time for any or no reason.
so I herd u liek mudkips Explanation Uncertain origins; most commonly associated with a NSFW story involving an unfortunate bullying victim and a Mudkip plush. Later diverged from that and became a catch phrase relating to Mudkip, with Mudkip itself becoming something of a memetic Ensemble Darkhorse who regularly gets voted highly in polls, to the point where it's near-impossible to legitimately consider Mudkip your favourite Pokémon without getting some sort of backlash.
LET ME SHOW YOU MY POKEMANS. Explanation Someone will always want to show you their Pokemans (sic).
[x] wants to learn [y], but [x] can only know four moves.Explanation The endemic use of Limited Move Arsenal (in that each Pokémon can only know four moves at a time, and one of those must be replaced before any new moves can be learned) in all the Pokémon generations is another massive meme.
Alakazam can remember everything but a fifth move?!
Slowpoke can be slipped into all sorts of crazy scenarios, as long as he's slow (not to be confused with retarded) about it. (One classic Image Board example had Slowpoke making post twenty six million and one, asking, "Am I too late for 25M GET?").
Now, with Black and White 2, we get the Skirt Girl.
Calm mind Suicune has no weak.Explanation Suicune is one of those infamous "bulky water" type monsters and so has few weaknesses and appreciable amounts of HP. Couple this with its meaty special attack and special defense stats and the move Calm Mind (which increases those same stats), and you've got yourself an impenetrable Stone Wall sweeper.
A series of Image Macros has been going around various boards of 4chan called "the Poképarents" that portray certain Pokémon as parents of various attitudes, including Charizard as a father that's never satisfied, Blastoise as a dad that's always understanding and fun, and Ninetales as a Hot Mom who occasionally goes after her own (and Gardevoir as a Hot Mom who is in turn pursued).
A large collection also exists at this blog. This contains some macros from both of the archived threads, plus a whole bunch from later threads and even some original content.
You're training on Route 22 for Brock's Gym, your Pokémon are tired, and who do you see? GARY MOTHERFUCKING OAK.Explanation The Rival in R/B/Y has one of his battles in a side route near the city with the first gym.
WOOOOOOOO! Explanation Based on a comic titled "Scyther Cannot Learn Fly" about Red's Scyther being unable to learn Fly while Blue flies off standing on the back of a Spearow.
"We must have that Sweet Honey! We must use it to attract Pokémon in great numbers!" Explanation In Pokémon D/P/Pt, some Team Galactic Members try to steal honey, an item used to attract Pokémon, from some guy. It became a meme when Marriland started ranting about it during his walkthrough.
BIG SERVICE! Explanation In Marriland's Pokemon Emerald Nuzlocke, this was the trendy saying when he reached Dewford Town, and it stuck, especially when he repeated it in a loud and hammy tone multiple times in the episode.
"Entei says: Everything is ok now". Explanation A meme from Brazil. See here.
Lance is a cheating bastard! Explanation Lance, a member of the Elite Four in R/B/Y/FR/LG and Champion In G/S/C/HG/SS, has Pokémon with moves they are normally incapable of learning, as well as having evolved too early. The worst offenders include his Dragonite with Barrier in RBY, and his Level 40 Dragonite in HGSS, when it normally doesn't evolve until Level 55.
Lance orders his Dragonite to fire Hyper Beam at human.Explanation During his assault against Team Rocket's secret hideout in Mahogany Town during GSC, he cries "Dragonite, Hyper Beam!" and the Rocket grunt was knocked back to the wall. However it's implied that it can be a proper Pokémon battle, since that grunt comments his Dragonite is too strong.
Lance is a pervert.Explanation His pose in GSC when you face him at the Elite Four.
Dicks Oak◊ Explanation The use of the Hello, Insert Name Here trope in the Pokémon games means it is common for players to name their rival something stupid. And since Blue Oak (the rival in the pictures) is a jerk...
In HG/SS, the rival forcefully strips the player character of his/her Rocket Grunt disguise. The fanart and fan comics for this scene is honestly staggering.
OFFERING SHINY LEGENDARIES, PM ME WITH REQUESTS! Explanation Trading chat rooms have three types of people. Those who just wanna trade, those who want perfect Pokémon and expect to get them from others (hence Crobat), and people offering super-rare Pokémon so they can get rare ones — these people seldom actually have what they're offering.
[Picture of an obese person] A wild Snorlax appeared! Explanation Snorlax are large, fat Pokémon.
Use the Heavy Balls! Explanation Heavy Balls are Poké Balls that work better on heavy Pokémon.
THE ULTRA BALLS. USE THEM.
MAN THE HARPOONS!
Bidoof, Bidoof, Bidoof is on fire.
...I'm dying Squirtle.
Bidoof itself has become a major fandom meme, inspiring the Com Mons entry.
The chance of getting this error on Bulbapedia was so common that on April Fool's Day 2010, the forum skin changed to that of the error page.
Cynthia's pedophilia and awesomeness. Everyone's her bitch. Even Red. Explanation Cynthia has become well-known for how hard it is to fight her (perfect IV's, her Pokémon are generally of tough to fight species, her moves), her general personality, and her behavior. She's commonly seen as a stalker due to how many games she pops up in, and how she always appears where you are. This may be an Ascended Meme if her Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! version means anything.
Red. He's the biggest Memetic Badass and Memetic Sex God in the series, though recently Hilda (the female player character from Black And White) has been giving him a run for his money.
Red says: "..."Explanation Red only says this when challenged in G/S/C/HG/SS because he's a Heroic Mime in his game.
An Indian Elephant.Explanation Raichu's and Gastly's Fire Red Pokédex entries both, for absolutely no reason, mention that they are capable of defeating "an Indian elephant," despite this being one of the few mentions of real-world animals anywhere in the game.
...Nidorino.Explanation Someone managed to make an absurd love song using every single one of the 151 Generation I Pokémon, except for a certain Pokémon. That's right, all 5 others of its own family, too.
Solid Snivy, Tepig Boss, and Revolver Oshawott. Explanation Ever since the Unova starters' English names were revealed, the Metal Gear jokes came.
A picture of Slowpoke, often with a caption of "Slowpoke, slowpoke slowwww..." Explanation Slowpoke is the slowest Pokémon (mentally), so slow that it takes five seconds for it to feel pain. There is a tendency for trolls to bring up old, resolved issues just to start drama.
The caption "I see what you did there." with Slowpoke. Explanation 
A musical meme going to the song Fushigi na Kusuri involves making a trainer feed their Pokémon a Carbos, the Pokémon growing into a muscular freak, exploding from a Metapod and then turning into a Magical Girl It looks like they are trying to do this for EVERY POKČMON YET.
O++O Explanation Chandelure's face, and possibly yours after you realize it.
Gen V's Pokémon have become rather popular for references to Courage the Cowardly Dog. Cofagrigus has been linked with Ramses, for instance. Explanation The joke is that Cofagrigus is a sarcophagus and Ramses was a pharaoh (RETURN THE SLAB).
Golurk's appearance has been compared to Randy, a Humongous Mecha who sucked at enslaving planets.
ˇKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES! The mon' in gauze!The mon' in gauze!Explanation The Pokemon Basculin resembles Eustace from the show, and Cofagrigus properly fills the Ramses role.
And "ˇżWhat's yer offer?!".
"I'm a heartbreaker.... My name.... Charles."Explanation Catchphrase of Charles, an NPC in the seventh city of Black/White.
When N's full name was announced (Natural Harmonia Gropius, the last sounding similar to Tropius), people took to drawing him as a Tropius, or shopping his head on a Tropius.
Also writing the full name as sign of negation, shock or disbelief.
In Black & White, Nimbasa City's Big Stadium contains a Shout Out to Inazuma Eleven in which one of the soccer players tells you to "Join the training of our Pokemon Eleven!" On the Japanese art community pixiv, there is now a "PokeIre" tagExplanation The Japanese Portmanteau Series Nicknames for the two series are Pocket Monsters -> Pokemon and Inazuma Eleven -> InaIre, so naturally "Pokemon Eleven" becomes "PokeIre" for Crossover fanart depicting things like Inazuma Eleven characters training Pokemon.
Merge everything with Kyurem! Explanation In the recently revealed Pokemon Black and White 2, the version mascots are what look like Kyurem merged with Reshiram/Zekrom. Cue pictures and fanart of Kyurem merged with other Pokemon. In a related note, Polymerization and Synchro Summoning jokes are popular with Black and White Kyurem as well.
The "Technology is amazing!" guy. Explanation In every generation except II, the starting town has an overweight man in it in awe of the wonders of modern in-universe technology. The fandom has noticed.]]
Pokemon Trainer Gray. Explanation A thread on /vp/ featured an edit of the Ace Trainer Pokewood sprite to make it look like Light Yagami from Death Note. Someone named the character Gray, and a backstory was made, involving a relation to Professor Juniper and his starter being stolen by Team Plasma. Almost everyone believed it, and someone even went far enough to make him his own battle music.
I'M ABOUT TO UNLEASH MY RAGE! Explanation A line Hugh says in the English dub of the Black and White 2 animated trailer.
NOT ACTUAL GAMEPLAYExplanation From the beginning of the English dub animated trailer for B2W2, there's a line showing NOT ACTUAL GAMEPLAY; it's showing N on Dragonspiral Tower, an event that happened in BW
X may think Y... BUT I DISAGREE!Explanation Corless, a Mad Scientist working with Team Plasma in Black and White 2, dramatically revealing that he doesn't actually believe in Team Plasma's goals, he's just working with them For Science!
Brawly: KAKAROT!! Explanation Many people compare poor Brawly to Broly, due to their similar names. Also worth noting that both have blue hair (Broly's Super Saiyan form, anyway), just to rub it in further. Most Youtube videos that include Brawly in any way will have jokes in the comments about this (Or in the video itself, even).
Welcome to the Salty Spitoon. how tough are you? I went into Mt.Moon. With no repels. Explanation Based on a SpongeBob SquarePants episode. Has varying examples of how tough a player is.
Confession Teddiursa Explanation based on the Confession Bear meme.
Good/Bad Luck Trainer.Explanation used with various examples of good or bad luck in the game, like "finds a shiny. battery dies."
I want to put my Onix in your Cloyster. Explanation Grew out of what the aforementioned Pokemon resemble. Especially after one NPC pair in Gold and Silver/remakes send out those Pokemon together.
I want to Squirtle your Jigglypuffs.
The Black version is longer. Explanation After Black and White version were announced, it didn't take long for freudian humor to start.
Flareon is the butt of all jokes that are Eeveelution-related. Stuff like "No one loves Flareon", "Eeveelutions and Flareon", and other similar stuff are spouted at the expense of the fire Eevee evolution.Explanation Flareon's stats make it an excellent physical attacker... except for the fact that it can't survive the recoil from Flare Blitz and has few other good physical moves.'
GIVE FLAREON FLARE BLITZ!Explanation Generally the most requested move for the Pokemon in order to utilize its physical stats. Will likely die out with Gen VI, see below.
FLAREON STILL SUCKS EVEN WITH FLARE BLITZ!Explanation The usual retort after someone says the line above, particularly because Flareon is slow and doesn't have enough HP to survive the move due to its recoil damage. Popping up big time with Flareon finally getting the move in gen VI.
TrollfreakExplanation A general fandom call to the developers for doing weird things like the Flareon issue above
"So tell me, are you a boy? Or are you a girl?" Explanation The gender select option at the beginning of each game. Especially FireRed/LeafGreen. Jokes are frequently made about how you've lived next to Prof.Oak for years and yet he still doesn't know your gender.
"This is my grandson. Tell me, what was his name again?"Explanation Related to the above, that Prof.Oak can't seem to recall his own grandson's name. Of course, this was the butt of many jokes by players in the games. "Douche" "Loser" ect.
What kind of professor can determine the sex of a quadrupedal lava monster, but not a human child? Professor Oak that's who! Explanation A related meme referancing the fact that the only legendary to have a confirmed gender in the games is Heatran. Multitudes of jokes pertaining to how Pokemon professors can tell the gender differences between Heatrans, but not more human-like Pokemon like Meloetta, or even actual human beings.
It will evolve into a Fire-Fighting type. Explanation When Fennekin was announced, there was speculation that it would evolve into a Fire-Fighting type like the three Fire starters before it. It has popped up whenever there is type guessing involved.
In the wake of the Gen VI announcement, frequent memes have popped up to troll the fanboys/girls who were denied their Ruby and Sapphire remakes.
HOENN CONFIRMED!Explanation An attempt to say that a remake of Generation III is coming due to "hints" in the game.
SINNOH CONFIRMED!Explanation A parody of the above, using obvious examples like "Generation IV Pokemon are in the game, Sinnoh confirmed!"
KANTO CONFIRMED!Explanation Things like the Pokemon The Origins anime are making people ponder Gen 1 re-remakes now.
Virizion WirelessExplanation Virizion's name is a few letters off from Verizon. Cue several memes about the phone company with its name subbed in.
ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOFROAKIE!Explanation Extension of the Hypnotoad meme after the reveal of the Gen VI starters.
TM87 memes Explanation TM87 is the move Swagger in most games. So there are a ton of memes with "X has TM87" or "X used TM87". Another variant is "I got TM87 cause I'm so HM02", HM02 being Fly.
PERVERTED MEI/ROSA STRIKES AGAIN!Explanation Due to a particular artist and few followers on the Image Booru sites drawing a series of pictures of Mei/Rosa, the female protagonist of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, being portrayed as a perverted zoophile who goes around molesting Pokemon(so far just the 1st generation). While she doesn't outright harm them, she just can't keep her hands off of them. Obviously it's played for laughs, though the Pokemon themselves would disagree.
What the underground part of Diglett looks like. One common meme has Diglett standing up to reveal a huge, muscular body. The Cheezburger Pokememes page has one of these each 'Diglett Wednesday'.
Sylveon's type is guessed on in memes to no end.
Sylveon used Fly! *its ribbons begin whirling like a helicopter and it takes off*
Comparing Sylveon to Gym Leader Skyla thanks to their uncanny resemblance.
During one of the US presidential debates in 2012, a Twitter comment said it should be settled with a Pokemon battle. Cue meme of the candidates starting a battle◊. 'Romney would like to debate!"
Gen V used Baton Pass! Explanation picture of the Gen V starters passing a baton to the Gen VI starters
Jessie/Mewtwo fusion Explanation After the reveal of Mega Mewtwo, a Jessie + Mewtwo fusion meme popped up due to the new Mew having a long head-thing resembling Jessie's hair.
No es fake Explanation Erupted during the waiting time of Gen VI. Hiro, one of the two leakers of the Gen V Pokedex and a Latin American. One of his screenshots contain the infamous word, and whenever someone tries to make a fake leak or even if he himself posts, someone is bound to post this quote. To add some silly stereotyping, they usually add a Ludicolo with the post.
Level 9 and under Reshiram/Zekrom: Explanation: The impossible to get Pokemon that so many people ask for on the GTS, making trading harder.
"It's a Pumbloom!" Explanation: A Fan Nickname for Whismur that originated on an episode of Game Grumps. Has since become a running gag (especially on Pokemon's official Facebook page) response for whenever someone asks to guess the name of a certain Pokemon (or even non-Pokemon characters)
"Do you remember the time when Ash caught a Pumbloom? NO!"
Random Lines Challenge. Explanation A picture on Pokémemes which challenges users to create a new Pokémon design by drawing random lines in Paint and working off of that.
Sylveon the Dragon Slayer Explanation When the Fairy-type was revealed to be added in Gen VI, and be super-effective against Dragon, many people made jokes about the cute and cuddly Fairy-types such as Sylveon and Jigglypuff defeating powerful Dragon-types. For instance, there's an influx of fanart showing Sylveon standing on top of a pile of fainted Dragon-type Pokémon
Because of this and the official art◊ showing Sylveon seemingly clashing with a Hydreigon, there's a budding Shipping between the two, with a rather meek/teasing Sylveon toying with an annoyed/cowering Hydreigon
FIGHTING EVIL BY MOONLIGHT Explanation: It also spawned this - as now people joke that Sylveon is in fact a Magical Girl, and with the moon theme from the picture, and it showing off a moonlight themed damaging move, notes that she is Sailor Moon. Oh and the other Eeveelutions are the Sailor Scouts, apparently.
Fletchling/Talonflame is r e l e n t l e s s.Explanation: During Fletchling's reveal, fans noted its odd description of rather being relentless in attaching. This spawned various images◊ of Fletchling being a Killer Rabbit. Talonflame was introduced with the new animation Brave Bird, so people used it again.
You know what I don't like about this thing? It's just a fucking dog. That's it. They drew a real life dog and made it cartoony. Seriously, it looks like someone took my mom's dog and put it in the game. Older Pokemon actually had personalities to them. They had quirks that separated them from actual animals. This thing? It's. Just. A. DOG.Explanation: The first time this was used, it was to complain about Herdier's design. Nowadays, it's used to parody complaints about every Pokemon ever, often substituting 'dog' for something else.
Because of this, Herdier is known in some places as 'my mom's dog'.
They wanted me to battle, but I was born to DANCE!Explanation Omastar's sprites in Pokémon Red and Blue and Green make it look like it's dancing. A custom sprite that shows a dancing Omastar isn't helping matters.
A wild Nikki Minaj appeared! Explanation Jynx has often been compared (negatively) to the pop star, with her garish clothing and makeup, and Pokédex entries stating how her singing is unintelligible to humans.
TEAM FLARE BOSSExplanation Jim Carrey's orange suit◊ worn at one point in the movie has been compared to the Kalos villain team Team Flare, who wears... orange suits.
Mega [insert name of Mon here]. Explanation With the reveal of "Mega Evolutions" coming for Generation VI, many fans have been adding "Mega" to every Pokemon name. Such as MegaMeganium for instance.
Yanmega (Megayanma in Japan) and Meganium were Mega before it was cool.
Adding "Mega" to sundry Game Breakers, such as Mega Garchomp and Mega Terrakion. Became Hilarious in Hindsight now that Garchomp indeed has an Mega Evolution... that's slower than regular Garchomp.
Due to Mega Ampharos's looks, there have been variations of calling the Pokémon's name, from Amfabulous to Amfabio.
Also, Mega Ampharos in advert of L'oreal.
YOU CAN SIT ON BENCHES! Explanation In one of the X/Y trailers, it showcased the player sitting down on a bench for a brief second; fans have taken to jokingly hailing this as the greatest innovation the series has ever produced.
Shiny Garchomp. Explanation When people bring up shiny colorations of certain Pokémon, expect to see Garchomp brought up. Shiny Garchomp looks nearly identical◊ to standard Garchomp◊, except for being a slight shade darker. It's often seen as an example of "bad" shiny colors.
Sneaky Pebbles.Explanation A nickname for Stealth Rock, an extremely widespread move which has drawn ire for rendering many Pokémon unviable in battle. Many other nicknames have been made, often with Added Alliterative Appeal (Secret Silicates, Furtive Flint, etc.) Comes up a lot in discussions about Charizard, a Pokémon whose crippling weakness to Sneaky Pebbles has become memetic in its own right.
Pokemon fusion pictures, ever since the Alex's Pokemon Fusion site went up.
"When is the Dark-type going to get a Gym?" Explanation For five generations in a row since its debut so far, Dark is the only type to never get a gym of its own. As a result, expect many jokes of Dark's Butt Monkey status to come up whenever a new region's gym leader lineup is being discussed and the anger/lack of surprise when Dark fails to be on the list.
Goomy is love. Goomy is life. Explanation The fandom exploded upon seeing Goomy, that this quote is often repeated.
goomy plsExplanation Mutation of the popular Dolan meme quote: "gooby pls"
GENWUN: Cross-pollinated from the Transformers fandom term "GEEWUN", this is used to mock anyone who thinks the first generation (Red, Blue, and Yellow) was the best and that any other generation sucks.
You don't have enough badges to train me! (Usually with an image of a rampaging animal)Explanation Based on the mechanic of the games where Pokemon will disobey upon reaching certain levels until the player character gets the required number of gym badges to make thrm obey.
Jingle jingle, MotherfuckerExplanation While the entire Fairy typing is notorious for being a bunch of cute Dragon killers, special mention goes to Klefki for being a tiny Pokemon based off a key ring, of all things.
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOBUFFET! Explanation Jessie's Wobbuffet has a habit of interrupting everything; a bit of a Lost in Translation moment for Western audiences who don't know the Japanese sitcom actor it references, but it's still downright weird enough to gain infamy in the West.
"Prepare for trouble!" "Make it double!"Explanation The first line of the Team Rocket trio's original motto, which is incredibly popular with fans. At times, Team Rocket would even reflexively break out into the motto if they heard the word "trouble."
Pikachu!The horn!Explanation Ash has a battle against a Blaine's Rhydon, and Pikachu attacks it in a way (shocking it on the horn) that apparently bypasses its ground-type immunity to electric attacks. This is impossible in the games, though it was later referenced when Rhydon was given the ability "Lightning Rod".
Gary was here. Ash is a loser. Explanation In one episode, Ash reads a sign that says this.
Yo, fuckin' Snorlax owns in this movie! He's saving ALL THE POKEMON! He's more ripped than you, man! Explanation Some Guys commenting on the short from the second Pokémon movie in a very comedic way.
DON'T MAKE FUNNA HIM!!!! EXCUSE ME!!!!
No, dick, it's Wigglytuff.
Bitch be TRIPPING balls!Explanation A parody/lampshading of the fact that Team Rocket has been stalking Ash for 14+ seasons and the fact that Ash has 24+ Pokémon total (which is the "tripping Balls" part).
"Who's that Pokémon?!" Explanation A line from the Eye Catch of seasons 1-6 and 14 onward, which as a sort of a guessing game involving the silhouette of a Pokémon. Used in any context to question the identity of a shadowy figure, or to parody the original eyecatches.
IT'SPIKACHU.It's Koffing! GODDAMMIT! AAAAAAAAAAAAA Explanation Some Guy watching the "Who's that Pokémon" segment of the anime, makes a wrong guess at what Pokémon it is, and screams.
"It's a Jigglypuff seen from above!" Explanation From an episode where Ash, Jesse, and James took a test that, among other things, asked them to identify a Pokemon from a single round shadow. They guess a Voltorb, Pokeball, and an Electrode, respectively, and all fail.
WRONG!Explanation From season 6-8 of the Pokémon anime, 4Kids created their own "Who's that Pokémon?"-esque eyecatches that usually had wrong or confusing information. Oh, and Arbok does NOT evolve. For that matter, neither does Seviper.
Giovanni achieved status as a Memetic Badass for apparently punching out a Blissey, and because "not even an orgy is enough to satisfy his libido".
These donuts are great! Jelly filled are my favorite! Nothing beats a jelly-filled donut! Explanation A line said by Brock during one of the many Americanization edits 4Kids made to the anime. While he was holding rice balls.
SANDWICHES DON'T ROLL! Explanation Another "Rice Ball to Something Else" edit by 4Kids, this time painting over a rice ball to create a sub-like sandwich. The aforementioned rice ball was rolling down a hill, and the edited sandwich followed that path in a very awkward way.
"Who wants rice balls?" Explanation Another response to painting over the rice balls with other foods. Pictures of characters holding sandwiches or doughnuts are usually accompanied by such captions.
RING RING RING! RING RING RING! PHONE CALL! PHONE CALL! Explanation The ringtone of the Ketchum household phone in Episode 2.
BYRON LOVES THINGS!Explanation Byron loves a lot of things. On that note, the linked video is a parody of a Discovery Channel advertising campaign.
I LOVE BASTIODON! *background explosion*
USE IRON DEFENSE! *background explosion*
I LOVE MY WIFE! *background explosion*
WHAT A PERFECTLY DUG HOLE!
Remarkable!Explanation The Catch Phrase of Mr. Sukizo, one on the Pokémon Contest judges.
Ash steals a motto. Explanation A scene from "Classroom Training" where Candice asks Ash what his motto is, and someone puts the audio of someone else's motto (for instance, Team Rocket) over his actual dialogue.
When someone asks a question, especially one meant to be a trick or incredibly hard, someone responds with "It's a Jigglypuff seen from above!" Explanation In an episode involving a Pokémon exam, one part required the taker to identify silhouetted Pokémon. When a perfectly round circle showed up, Ash, Jessie, and James guessed things such as Voltorb, Electrode, and a Poké Ball. The meme was the correct answer.
Best Wishes episode 14 seems to have spawned a minor meme among Japanese artists. Specifically, where Cilan gets possessed by a Yamask mask. There are a hilarious number of "Dentomasu" pictures floating around.
Before that, there were many jokes about Cilan being secretly evil (such as him stealing Ash's egg and replacing it with a fake, eating his Pokémon). This episode "confirmed" it.
For some reason, this image◊ of Paul drinking orange juice (from DP episode 100, Aiding the Enemy!) has become something of a meme in Japan. Search "Shinji" on any Japanese fanart site and you're bound to find tons of pictures of Paul sippin' OJ. Explanation In Japan, Orange Juice is, to put it simple, a children's drink. So they're probobly veiwing it as a sole example of his childishness.
Dento/Cilan isn't gay. He's FABULOUS. Explanation Or in reference to ANY of the Trial Triangle, really. Dent's just the one most immediately associated with it. They're young, well-dressed, effeminate males who work at a battle cafe. Do the math.
Thanks to BW010, fans begin to call Trip's Servine a masochist. Explanation Trip's Servine was hit by Ash's Snivy's (who is female) Attract. While most Pokémon gain hearts in their eyes when they are hit by it, the fact that Ash told his Snivy to use Vine Whip and the fact that the hearts in Servine's eyes got bigger after the attack... Not to mention he's still smiling when he fainted.
Venustoise. Probably the most well known fake Pokémon, due to it actually being in the anime as an illusion.
YOUR PENIS. Be quiet or Brock will steal it. Explanation Brock being a Love Freak and Memetic Molester comes from a panel of a Hentai doujinshi, where Ash freaks out about his erection (not understanding what is happening), and Misty silences him with this threat.
Officer Jenny Is An Idiot.Explanation Officer Jenny and her twin Officer Jenny notice Team Rocket escaping in a balloon. One of the Jennys summons their Growlithe to use flamethrower on the balooon. The problem? Jenny calls it Arcanine...
HOENN CONFIRMED!!! Explanation When someone find out anything from any pokemon source (games, anime, interviews, etc) that have some hints about possibility of Ruby and Sapphire Remake. usually pointing nonsensical things. This was also done with Gold and Silver prior to their remakes.
After the blackout at the 2013 Super Bowl, many fans have joked about the cause being Team Rocket, due to the trio's Dynamic Entries.
"I see now that the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant; it is what you do with the gift of life that determines you who are." Explanation Mewtwo during his Heel Realization at the end of the first movie; completely different to the movie's "fighting is wrong" moral up until now. Note that is completely relevant to the movie's moral in the Japanese version, but this line was left as is in the dub anyway.
"He has two badges!" Explanation A reference to the terrible quality of early subtitles of Pokémon Origins, which, among other mistakes (making Prof. Oak into Prof. Orchid, him being Green's uncle, "there" to "their", etc.) mistranslated a line to say that Red has earned two badges, despite him clearly shown having three.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAExplanation The terrifying, agonized scream Red's Charmander makes when it gets bitten in the neck by Green's Squirtle in the Origins OVA.
Celebi is now called the Onion Fairy in some circles, thanks to this tumblr post.