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Video Game: Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

"Set off on a new Pokémon adventure to save the Unova region! You and your Pokémon can accomplish anything together!"
Blurb on the back of the boxes of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Versions

Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2 are Generation V Pokémon games for the Nintendo DS. They are sequels to the earlier Generation V games, Pokémon Black and White. Featuring an expanded Unova and brand new protagonists, the games take place two years after the first two Unova-based games. A different, new form of Kyurem from the previous games is the mascot of each game, with each game having its own form (Black Kyurem for Black 2; White Kyurem for White 2).

The games were released in the USA on October 7th, 2012 (and in Europe on October 12th, 2012). The Iwata Asks interview for the games can be read here.

Please place tropes exclusive to individual characters in the respective Character Sheets.

As this is a sequel, there may be unmarked spoilers from the previous games. You have been warned.

Tropes that Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2 provide:

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    Main Game Tropes 
  • 100% Completion: Completing the Pokédex gives, for the second timenote , something more than just a diploma (which does nothing). For seeing all Pokémon in Unova Dex (barring Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta and Genesect), you gain an access to Nature Preserve, filled with Pokémon, including a shiny Haxorus. Completing it (barring once again the four event legends) gives you a Round Charm, which makes it more likely that your Pokémon will have an Egg, while completing the entire National Pokédex (barring event legendaries) will give you a Shiny Charm, which makes Shiny Pokémon over three times as likely in the wild or when breeding normally
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: You can visit the sewers of Castelia City, which are appropriately filled with Pokémon such as Rattata.
  • Achievement System: The "Medal Rally". Early on, an NPC named "Mr. Medal" gives the player a Medal Box (and one Medal to start it with); after that he'll appear in a Pokemon Center to award the player more Medals for completing various achievements, and provide hints about future medals. There are a total of 255 medals, each color-coded for various categories (battling, trading, etc.) and the decoration of which roughly reflects its difficulty.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal:
    • Upon reaching Virbank City, Roxie gets angry about her father shirking his ship-captain duties to be a movie star. "You dim-witted...dense...dumb...daft...dippy...dorky...doltish...DOOFUS!!!"
    • Skyla's team consists of Swoobat, Skarmory, Swanna, and in Challenge Mode, a Sigilyph.
    • ALL the NPCs that can set up shop in Join Avenue have names that either start with J or A (with a very Aerith feel to them, too.)
  • All Your Powers Combined: Sort of, Keldeo changes into its Resolute Forme when the three Musketeer Pokémon — Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion — lend it their power.
    • And oddly, this actually has no effect whatsoever on its stats, type, ability, or anything else that would imply a boost in power. If not for the new move Keldeo learns in the process, its alternate form would be nothing more than a change in appearance (and unlike every other legendary Pokémon with multiple forms, it isn't even a very big change.)
  • Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: When you fight the Champion, the background looks like this. The "platforms" your Pokémon stand on still look like the floor of the room you're in though.
    • The final rounds in the PWT have multicolored spotlights moving all over the place.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: There are three new Gym Leaders, though only two are new characters. The old ones are still around, but Lenora and the Striaton triplets have moved on to exclusively focusing on their day jobs, with Lenora converting the Gym into a library and the triplets having resigned as Gym Leaders after their defeat at the hands of the Shadow Triad one year ago and working mostly as waiters who battle customers, while Brycen has restarted his acting career at Pokéstar Studios. Brycen and the triplets can still be fought as Bonus Bosses and all five make appearances in the Pokémon World Tournament.
  • Artificial Brilliance: The AI has advanced a little since Black and White, and it does still manage to pull off a few tricks. Such as taking advantage of moves that, while they may not deal as much damage as a super effective move, cut down your speed. Guess what they do the next round?
  • Ascended Extra: Kyurem, who was not part of the main storyline at all in the first Black and White, plays a vital part of the main storyline of this one.
  • Ascended Meme: Back in Red and Blue, there was a spot behind Bill's house that appeared to lead somewhere. People began to speculate that it led to a mysterious garden filled with rare, normally uncatchable Pokémon, and that you could only get there by doing labor-intensive tasks such as completing the Pokédex. In Black and White 2, see all the non-event species in the New Unova Pokédex and you gain access to a mysterious garden... you see where this is going. (It doesn't help the ridiculous-sounding nature of it that there's a shiny Haxorus standing out in the open waiting to be captured.)
  • Awesome, but Impractical: You can get a level 35 Volcarona in the relic passage, giving you access to a stupidly strong Pokémon with the great Bug/Fire typing. The catch is that it has a horrid moveset and only learns a new move every 10 levels.
    • Because of this, you can knock it out and then it will reappear after beating the game like legendaries do, except at Level 65 instead, where it packs Quiver Dance, Heat Wave and Silver Wind.
      • Said Volcarona can become a Disk One Nuke once you remember there's a move tutor on Driftveil City that can teach it Signal Beam for 4 Red Shards, and you can get 10 from an NPC in Nimbasa's Pokémon Center, and not too long after that, you can buy the TM for Fire Blast, or teach it Heat Wave via Move Tutor.
    • Gamestop held an event where you could get a shiny Giratina with awesome moves note  before even hitting the first gym. Seems like a Disc One Nuke, right? Well, because it's a level 100 Giratina, it won't even listen to you until much later in the game.
  • Bad Bad Acting: Roxie's dad does this during his failed attempt to become a movie star. The PC can also do this if the player picks the wrong lines in the Dialogue Trees.
  • Batman Gambit: At first, it seem like Ghetsis is content to use Kyurem's power to freeze Unova and force the population into submission. However, at the climax, when his son N (revealed to be the leader of Team Plasma's repentant splinter group that is opposing him) flies in to rescue the player on his Legendary Pokemon (either Zekrom or Reshiram, depending on the version) it is clear that not only did Ghetsis expect this, he wanted it. He is then able to combine Kyurem and N's Pokemon into an even stronger version of Kyurem. (There is no way that Ghetsis could not have planned this.) Unfortunately, this plan is utterly ruined when Kyurem is defeated by the hero; while Ghetsis is clearly the strongest boss up to this point, his sole reason for attacking the player is out of revenge.
    • In addition, the fact that they anticipated Drayden to be hiding the DNA Splicers in the Gym, and that they would use one of the Seven Sages and the Shadow Triad to track down that location.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Driftveil's Mix Tournament. Both side pick one of the opponent's Pokémon to use in the battle against them (retaining the nickname and such). Taken even further with the fact that's it's one of the few tournaments where any Pokémon is eligible. Your opponent could as well pick your badass Kyurem and destroy your team if you weren't prepared. (Of course, it is possible to train a Pokemon that can easily dominate Kyurem, meaning you can have actually use someone like him as Schmuck Bait.) The everything is eligible rule doesn't apply to the Mix Master Tournament, though, which is basically a harder version of Mix Tournament.
  • Big Applesauce: Just like in Black and White, the Unova region is based on New York City, with a bit of New Jersey thrown in.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Just as Ghetsis is about to have Kyurem freeze you with Glaciate, N swoops in on his dragon to stop the attack.
    • Subverted and justified: Ghetsis wanted N to rescue you, so he could steal N's dragon and fuse it with Kyurem, letting him control both. Well-played, Ghetsis.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The tablets in the Abyssal Ruins can only be fully deciphered if you know English and think to read them backwards... and shift the letters on the later floors. This also applied to the original B/W but you were given no decoder in-game to translate the odd symbols to English letters.
  • Bonus Boss: Many. And the World Tournament is a whole section full of them.
    • The World Tournament features literally every Gym Leader (except Koga and Iris) and Champion from the previous games.
      • ... including Giovanni, permanently debunking that rumor that he committed suicide in Heart Gold and Soul Silver.
    • The other Bonus Bosses include: Alder, his grandson Benga, Cynthia, the Game Freak trainers, the Striaton Trio (Cilan, Chili, Cress), the Shadow Triad, Colress, and under the right conditions, Cheren, Bianca, and even N Harmonia.
  • Bonus Feature Failure: The game introduces Easy and Challenge difficulty levels, which actually alter the opponents' AI level and changes movesets and lineups! However, you only get one (Easy in White 2 and Challenge in Black 2) and you only get it after you beat the champion. While Challenge mode might see some use if you're playing post game, getting Easy mode at that point is mostly useless. You can get the difficulty modes from someone who already has them unlocked, but if you don't know anyone else like that, you're out of luck.
  • Book Ends: Sort of, at least in how one battle begins. One of your earliest matches has you talk to a trainer, but before the match begins, you and the trainer stand at opposing ends of a battlefield, then you both step forward and the battle begins. The battle with the Champion starts that way as well, she challenges you, and you talk to her, and you both move to opposite ends of the battlefield, step forward, and the battle begins.
  • Boring, but Practical:
    • Lillipup and its evolutions are surprisingly helpful throughout the entire game. Lillipup, a Normal-type Com Mon, can be found at the second area the player visits (Floccesy Ranch.) Not long after, the player is handed the TM for Return (a Normal-type move that does more damage the more friendly the user is with the trainer) and a Silk Scarf (a held item boosting the power of Normal-type attacks.) Once the Lillipup has max friendship (not hard to do by just walking around a lot,) you've got a powerful sweeper on your hands that can KO just about anything that doesn't resist Normal-type in one or two hits. This even includes some of the infamously difficult late-game Mons, such as Ghetsis' Hydreigon.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: Veteran Shaun returns with his team of six strong, well-balanced Pokémon, this time on the bottom floor of Wellspring Cave. This floor contains a few semi-strong Fighting type trainers and requires Flash and Surf to navigate, so the player may be hampered by having exchanged a strong party Pokémon for a weaker "HM Slave" that knows the move. Without Flash, the player could also blindly stumble into his area.
    • In Pinwheel Forest while you're with Cheren, you have to fight two Veterans in a Double Battle, one with Crobat, Magmortar and Leafeon, and one with Ludicolo, Electivire and Forretress. They have very odd selections of attacks, and while Cheren is with you, his Pokémon aren't very strong and die easily, so it's essentially a 2 on 1 fight. And since Veterans have higher AI than most other regular Trainers in the game, expect it to take a while to beat them if you aren't well prepared for them.
    • A Nursery Aide on Route 7 has a Cinccino at a reasonably high level, and with the moves Tickle, Sing and Tail Slap, it can really mess with anything that isn't a Rock or Steel-type. At least Cinccino has iffy Defenses, but with its very fast speed she can still be problematic if you're not expecting it.
  • Bragging Rights Reward: For beating White 2, you unlock the game's Easy Mode...because clearly if you can beat the game on Normal difficulty, you'll want to play more of it at a lower difficulty, right? Averted for Black 2, where the reward for beating the game is to unlock Challenge (Hard) Mode.
    • However, once unlocked, you can transfer the key for Easy Mode to another game. Say, if you want your little siblings to play Pokemon with you...
  • Brick Joke: If you paid close attention to both games, you will notice NPC dialogue is rife with this. Things said by NPCs concerning a project or anything in Black and White will show up in this game with interesting results. Most of the time it concerns chatting with the previous protagonist, but there are things like vending machine research, achieving something, or failing to earn the Trio Badge from the Striaton Gym before it closed.
  • Broken Bridge: As usual, events conspire to keep you in or from specific areas until you've finished whatever is required.
    • Black City/White Forest is blocked from both ends. The Northern entrance is blocked by a group of dancers who won't move until you beat the Champion, while the Eastern entrance has Marvelous Bridge's elevator busted by a wild Rotom and thus locked in the sea-traffic position, also fixed only when you beat the Champion.
    • While not entirely literal, you cannot cross the Skyarrow Bridge because it is "undergoing long-overdue maintenance" until you beat the Champion. This locks the Daycare until the post-game.
    • Tubeline Bridge isn't undergoing maintenance, but it has people coming together to see how many people can fit on the bridge at a time, and it's blocked off until the study is completed, preventing you from getting to Icirrus City until you beat the Champion. (By the way, the maximum number of people that can be held on the bridge is 4,934.)
    • The way to the new area, Clay Tunnel, as well as the entrance to Twist Mountain, respectively by an NPC construction worker and Marshal of the Elite Four.
  • Broken Streak: Deviating from the trend that's been around since the Hoenn games, you can't catch the version mascot legendary Pokémon before challenging the Elite 4. Like all previous games, you encounter and battle the version mascot, in this case Kyurem, but you can only capture it after clearing a post-game sidequest involving N. Rather, it makes a Call Back to Pokémon Red and Blue where you have the option of catching the local Legendary Trio before the Elite 4 challenge.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: With the exception of the Shadow Triad, almost every member of Team Plasma that Hugh encounters doesn't recall or know any details about his sister's Purrloin on the account they stole so many Pokémon and that the event occurred five years ago. They also don't seem to take it as a big deal since they are so common.
  • But Thou Must: The first battle against Kyurem requires you to defeat Kyurem; this is especially notable since in Black and White, the But Thou Must was catching the dragon.
    • When you meet Colress in Castelia City, he asks you to battle him outside of town. Even if you say "no", you still have to battle him when you leave to the north.
    • On Village Bridge, your path will be blocked by a Gentleman who has been scaling for 1000 wins, and he will ask you to battle him and be his 1000th. If you refuse, he won't let you pass until you beat him. You won't have to fight him if you have Surf, however. In fact, if you refuse, he even lampshades the trope and tries to discourage you from using Surf to avoid battling him.
    • The player's mom will ask the player if they want a Pokémon/Pokédex at the beginning of the game. If the player refuses, she'll reply something along the lines of "What a shock! I'll ask you again." Refusing Bianca when she gives the player a choice will have her say she must have heard wrong and she'll ask again too.
  • Call Back: #025 in the Kanto Pokédex is Pikachu, an Electric-type Pokémon. #025 in the New Unova Pokédex is Mareep, also an Electric-type Pokémon.
    • A young lady in northern Humilau City has this to offer: "This dress is comfy and easy to wear..." Ascended Meme, maybe?
    • A rather subtle one. The first pair of Twins you fight, just before the gate to Virbank City, have similar dialogue to the first pair of Twins you fought in Black and White, close to the daycare. In Black and White, one tells you before the fight that "1 + 1 is 2, right?" and, after the fight, that they should've used potions. In Black 2 and White 2, one tells you that "1 + 1 isn't 3" before the fight and, after the fight, laments that they don't know how to use potions.
  • Catch Phrase: Hugh's "I'm about to unleash my rage!" when confronted with Team Plasma.
  • Comic Book Time: The Kanto, Johto and Sinnoh trainers haven't changed much in four years. But that's nothing compared to the Hoenn trainers who look exactly the same as they did seven years ago. Poor old Tate and Liza...
  • Common Place Rare: The fishing rod. As with the first games, you don't get any until post-game.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Ghetsis' Hydreigon is underleveled, just like in the previous games, and it's actually lower-leveled this time around. Same with Iris', too, except it's a bit higher leveled.
    • Also, Roxie has a Level 18 Whirlipede. Venipede don't evolve until Level 22.
    • In the downloadable Legendary Pokémon Tournament, Fantina has Origin Forme Giratina holding a Ghost Gem. The battle takes place outside the Distortion World, so the player would have to give it the Griseous Orb to have Giratina in its Origin Forme. It seems that rule does not apply to Fantina.
      • With introduction of the Pokémon World Tournament, the number of illegal movesets has nearly doubled among computer trainers. Burgh, Janine, Byron and some other trainers all have Pokémon with illegal move combinations.
  • Combat Medic: While any Doctor or Nurse certainly qualified in Black and White, the sequels took this a step up, especially with Nurses in the White Treehollow or the Black Tower, to the point where some can have Rampardos and will kick your ass.
    • Dr. Jerk: On one of the later floors of the White Treehollow, there's a nurse who outright says she doesn't want to lift a finger to help your Pokemon, and so she'll beat you there and then. Please note you haven't done anything to offend this girl, especially if she spots you, and she merely comes in swinging. Considering her role there is to heal trainers who need it once, it is very jerkish.
      • Honestly, having to beat these Doctors and Nurses to get healing when you most likely need it by the time you find them qualifies for jerkassness.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: The girl that you meet at the Ferris Wheel in the winter if you're using the male player seems to be this; unless she's right and she really does know some dangerous secret that "they" are after her for.
  • Continuity Lockout: Averted; you are refreshed on key events that happened in Black and White. Justified in that Nate and Rosa are not Hilda or Hilbert, and live pretty separated from the rest of Unova, so they likely wouldn't be as familiar with these events as Team Plasma, Cheren, Bianca, or the Gym Leaders would.
  • Continuity Nod: The house in Icirrus City that had the ex Team Rocket grunt giving you the Rage Candy Bar last game has a couple who are, by their dialogue, ex Team Aqua and Team Magma grunts. Sadly, no candy bar this time.
  • Continuity Porn: Should Memory Link be enabled. Certain things the previous protagonist has done will be mentioned by certain characters, such as Drayden mentioning the name of the trainer and the name of the former Black (Pokémon) biker gang on the Tubeline Bridge.
    • There's quite a lot of Continuity Porn in general, due to the game taking place two years after Black and White. The gate between Village Bridge and Route 12 is a good example. In Black and White, the gatekeeper didn't wear a uniform because she had forgotten it. In Black 2 and White 2, she ended up losing it. In Black and White, an old man and a young girl were standing in the same gate, with the old man wondering what pokémon he should catch for his granddaughter. In Black 2 and White 2, the same old man can still be found in that gate, this time with his granddaughter, who has changed from a young girl into a Lass, chasing after her Minccino, which he caught for her.
  • Cool Airship/Cool Boat: The Plasma Frigate.
  • Cosmetic Award: Medals.
  • Creepy Child: The Strange House, a building where Ghost Pokémon reside, is also the home of a ghost girl. You see her three times while exploring the place; the first two times, she mutters things about darkness and nightmares, and then vanishes. Then, when you find the Lunar Wing in one room, she talks to you, and asks you to give it to a Pokémon before disappearing. The Pokémon you must give it to is Cresselia, who is found on the Marvelous Bridge; if you want to capture it then, you are able to try. You might also see the ghost girl on the bridge, but she vanishes forever if you succeed in capturing Cresslia.
  • Cutting Off The Branches: In the previous games, the player could capture Kyurem, which would implicitly prevent the events of Black 2 and White 2 from occurring. As such, Kyurem was not caught canonically prior to these games. The same applies without plot relevance to Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion, who also appear in both games. It is however averted with Tornadus/Thundurus and the version mascot of the previous games, both of which were apparently caught by the previous protagonist.
    • This is the first timenote  that a plot-relevant legendary has been catchable earlier in the series by both series chronology and the games' release dates (since Crystal, Emerald and Platinum take place at the same time as the main two games).
    • On Route 7 in Black and White, a hiker will give you an Emolga if you give him a Boldore. His in-game trade in Black 2 and White 2 features him giving you a Gigalith. Boldore evolves into Gigalith if traded, hinting that the original trade did happen.
    • Liberty Island is accessible this time (albei Victini is no longer in the area). If you, however, have a Victini in your party, it will ask to go out and play around a few seconds in the room where you first caught it in Black and White, suggesting that the previous protagonist did capture it from there and that Victini is having a homecoming of sorts.
  • Dark Reprise: When fighting the fused Kyurem, you can hear snippets of Reshiram's or Zekrom's battle music.
  • Decon-Recon Switch: in a sense, as it's mostly a case of Fridge Logic. Given the franchise's first Com Mons, Rattata and Raticate, are based more specifically on rats (that is, not in the "cute mice" way), these games fittingly (and realistically) introduce them in the sewers under Castelia City - which in turn is based on New York City. However, said sewers also feature a secret exit, leading to a beautiful (and quite heartwarming) small garden surrounded by skyscrapers, with a tree and a Pokéball-shaped grassy area, which also has some Rattata in it.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "Just to let you know, my Roggenrola and I are the sturdiest things that were ever sturdy!" - Black Belt Rocky in Seaside Cave.
  • Dialogue Tree: This is how the outcome of movies in Pokéstar Studios are decided.
  • Disc One Nuke: Freaking everywhere if you know where to look.
    • Floccesy Ranch gives players access to Huge Power Azurill and Riolu early. Huge Power allows the Azurill family to have twice the physical attack power, while Riolu has a powerful Happiness evolution in Lucario.
    • You can also get yourself an Arcanine as early as Route 4 as long as you don't mind having to teach it moves via TM and tutoring.
    • There are level 25 Mandibuzz/Braviary available in Route 4 as well with their hidden abilities along with them. Two Pokémon previously not obtainable until end game fully evolved just sitting in the desert for anyone to catch. They both have their Hidden Ability which is a mixed bag for Mandibuzz (her ability exchanges Defense for Speed), but Defiant turns Braviary into a monster, gaining two stages of Attack for every stat problem especially considering the AIs favor moves that lower stats.
    • For those that got the game early enough, Genesect is one. Its Steel/Bug typing make a lot of early stuff absolute cakewalks, but it loses a bit of its steam later on due to its extreme vulnerability to fire.
      • It's difficult in the battle with Cheren, however, as you need one badge to get it to obey you. Otherwise, the fight will probably go on much longer than anticipated.
    • If you have the Dream Radar, you can get several powerful Pokémon including the aforementioned Riolu and the new forms of the Kami trio- BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE FIRST TOWN! Furthermore, as an added bonus, you do not have to have gym badges as you are their original trainer so they will obey you pretty much no matter what.
    • If you play around with the Pokéstar movies immediately after they're available, you can potentially obtain more items than you know what to do with... items like MAX REVIVES and HYPER POTIONS.
    • N's Pokemon can be a minor one. It may not seem it... until you get a level 35 Darmanitan with his Dream World ability.
      • And every one of them has an IV of 30 in each of their stats.
      • As well as receiving the traded pokemon EXP bonus
    • Route 5's Hidden Grotto, which Bianca forces you to check out with her upon trying to enter the route, contains a Minccino with its Dream World ability Skill Link. This enables all multi-hit moves that would normally do between 2-5 hits to always do 5 hits. Since its evolution gets access to some good multi-hit moves (if you have Heart Scales) on top of its STAB Signature Move Tail Slap, you can turn this adorable creature into a vicious killing machine rather quickly. You can acquire this before or after the 4th gym.
    • Not technically Disc 1, but Professor Juniper will give you a Lucky Egg in Celestial Tower, which will make leveling your Pokemon vastly easier. Also, Audino hunting can stack with that.
  • Disconnected Side Area: Due to sand blocking the doorways over the past two years, the lower floors of the Relic Castle can only be accessed via the Relic Passage's Driftveil City entrance, with only the upper floors being accessible from its old entrance in the Desert Resort.
  • Downer Ending: An in-universe example. When Roxie's dad makes a movie as the Riolu-Man, he acts terribly and fails to defeat the movie's Big Bad, Brycen-Man.
    • You can also pull this on yourself when making a movie by failing the mission objective or your Pokémon fainting. (Unless you have to lose on purpose to achieve the desired ending, which is sometimes the case.)
    • Several of the Strange endings (paticularly in the Invaders series) are this.
  • Downloadable Content: Pokémon World Tournament has few tournaments you can download and participate in them.
  • Enemy Civil War: The new Team Plasma follows Ghetsis, while the ex-Team Plasma members follow N. They fight over the course of the game, with the latter taking the Player Character's side.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Team Plasma now wears black military-style uniforms with Team Rocket-esque black hats now to go with the revelation of their true agenda. The ex-members headquartered in Driftveil City still often wear their old uniforms, however.
  • Fashion Show: Elesa's redesigned gym is now part of a fashion show where trainers have to fight several models on the catwalk before Elesa finally reveals herself at the grand finale.
  • Forced Tutorial: As per series tradition. Bianca shows you the ropes this time around.
    • However, a lot of basic stuff, you'll be asked "Do you know how to...?" and can say "Yes" or "no", and they'll just move on.
  • Fusion Dance: Kyurem turns into its Black and White forms by using the "Power Booster" variant of this trope with Zekrom or Reshiram.
  • Future Spandex: A number of characters wear close-fitting spandex.
  • Gainax Ending: Similar to the Downer Ending example above, you can cause these in the Pokéstar Studio movies by meeting the mission objective but not following the script in a particular way. This is also the best possible result, as the audience will regard it as an Awesome Moment and even give the Pokemon who were in it a special "star" status, with its own animation.
    • To quote one of the directors after such an ending:
      "Cut! I guess? Not even I know what's going on anymore."
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: In Black 2 at Giant Chasm N's Zekrom saves you with Fusion Bolt from a distance. In the actual Pokémon battle, this move falls under the physical category, and its animation shows the user hitting the opponentnote 
  • Game-Breaking Bug: In the Japanese version, Choosing not to follow a certain Zoroark in Victory Road all the way down to N's Castle after seeing it for the first time in post-game events triggers a severe game-breaking bug. Fortunately, it appears to have been fixed with the international release.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: During the closing credits, one of the scenes that can appear is Elesa blowing your character a heart, which surely falls under this if you're playing as a girl.
    • Likewise, the female Ace Trainer sprite has her shaking her butt right at you, although this could be just her skirt shaking.
      • It is most definitely her skirt shaking, but it doesn't help that it does emphasize that... region, along with the pose.
    • Like in Black and White, a man jumps out of an alley and gives you TM70. This TM? Flash.
    • The Ferris Wheel dialogue remains unchanged, unlike the original series of Gen V games.
      • They did remove the reference to the nursery aide actually being male, however.
    • In her get-up for the Pokéstar films, Sabrina's dress bounces back and forth a bit. Sure, it's really the costume bouncing, but visually it looks like...
    • One of the football players who you can battle in the Big Stadium on Wednesdays and Saturdays, if you challenge him in the main story, he asks if you think he's all sweaty. But then, in the post-game after you've beaten the Champion, he asks if you think he's fat, which he denies, even after you beat him and he gives you a Protein.
  • Go Karting with Bowser: Fighting Giovanni, the ex-leader of Team Rocket, in the World Tournament. What do you mean he was the leader of a criminal organization? Preposterous!
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: Despite being the main threat of the story, Team Plasma's fighting abilities have declined significantly since BW. While most of the grunts are more than willing to fight you, many of them aren't exactly the sharpest tools in the shed. Most of the time when you defeat them, they're astounded to find out how the pokemon they stole were utterly useless to them, and whine about how they lost.
  • Guide Dang It:
    • If both your Pokemon faint in the same turn in a double battle, you're supposed to select a new Pokemon, then select which fainted Pokemon you want it to replace. There is nothing in the game to suggest this course of action—people who attempt to simply select two Pokemon will be told that the second one can't switch out, which has led many players to believe they're experiencing a glitch.
    • Good luck figuring out the Dropped Item sidequest without a guide or a lot of patience.
      • To be exact on how the sidequest works: You find a dropped item near Nimbasa City's Ferris Wheel, and it turns out to be a lost Xtransceiver, whose owner calls you and promises to keep in touch with you. However, it is entirely possible to go through the entire game without having him/her call you even once. Why? Because the places where s/he can call you are FIFTEEN SPECIFIC TILES spread throughout the center-hexagon of Unova, and no two tiles are in the same route/city. Worse still, you need to have him/her call you TEN times meaning that even if you're lucky and found one or two tiles, there's practically no way to know where the other ones are without a friend whose already done the quests, or an online guide. After that happens, you meet up with the owner, give his/her item back, and it's all good....right? Nope, because after that, you instead have to call him/her back. Where can you do this? In the same areas where s/he called you (though not exactly the same tiles, meaning you can just fly there and use the Xtransceiver instead of walking to the tile each time). Even if you go there, however, it's not a 100% chance of being able to call him/her, meaning you have to cycle around the areas and re-check your Xtransceiver every time. How many times do you have to do this? FIFTY. Finally, after doing all of this you can get the aforementioned daily rewards. Even if the Pokemon choices are continually cycled (meaning eventually the variety will die out) the items will be traded each time, which makes this probably the most reliable method of getting Rare Candies bar a six-Pokemon party with Pickup or daily checking at the Stadiums for Breeders or the Nursery Aide, who give you a Rare Candy once defeated.
    • Recommending people to shops in Join Avenue can sometimes be this. While a visitor's wants can usually be guessed pretty easily, sometimes their comments can be very vague like, "I want to go there!", or "Take me somewhere! Anywhere!"note  but it'll turn out that you have to recommend them to a specific shop. Very annoying to do without a guide or Save Scumming.
    • Finally averted for evolutions. You can call the professor on the Xtransceiver, and she'll tell you how to evolve any Pokémon in your party. Likewise, if you call Bianca, she can tell you how high your Pokemon's happiness is, which helps for the likes of those that evolve by that method.
    • The spots to call Yancy/Curtis are not marked. And once one has found ten of the fifteen spots, the remaining five aren't automatic calls. Better yet, the call spot jumps around from day to day and after one uses one spot, it could move to another location. It takes activating the device to even check this matter at all.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Several members of Team Plasma, including Rood of the Seven Sages, left the group and reformed and are headquartered in Driftveil City. They have taken to looking after abandoned Pokémon and assist the Player Character in his or her mission to defeat Team Plasma.
  • High-Tech Hexagons: Just like in the previous game, although the C-Gear has dropped them for a cleaner interface using concentric rings instead.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: On Challenge Mode, Marshal's Conkeldurr has a Flame Orb, which burns it the turn after it enters battle. In the initial battle, it has the Guts ability, which boosts its Attack by 50% if it's poisoned, paralyzed or burned and negates the Attack reduction of burn. It keeps said Flame Orb in the rematch...however, there it has the Sheer Force ability instead, which boosts the power of moves with beneficial secondary effects in exchange for removing them. In short, his own item will cause him to do less damage. In the original Black and White it had Sheer Force in both the initial battle and the rematch note , so it's uncertain if this was a glitch, a programming error or intentional.
  • Human Popsicle: Ghetsis tries to turn you into one.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: In addition to the aforementioned female Ace Trainer in the Sports Complex from the first gamesnote , one female Ace Trainer in Chargestone Cave says that she, despite being known as an Ace Trainer, doesn't feel like one, because she "just loves Pokemon and just wants to be strong".
  • Irony: Zinzolin, one of the top brass of Team Plasma, states many times that he hates cold weather (justified because he almost froze to death trying to hide in the Driftveil Cold Storage during the previous games). Nonetheless, he not only willing to help carry out Plasma's plan, which involves freezing all of Unova solid, but his Pokémon team consists entirely of Ice-Types.
  • Jerkass: A Socialite in Humilau City who, if you speak to her in her house, asks you to walk with her Mienfoo for a little while. She becomes pretty arrogant if you try to leave, watch TV or look in the trash can. (She gives you a Pearl for doing this, which is worth 700, or slightly more if you sell it to the guy in Iccirus City; clearly, there are better ways to earn money.)
    • The Gentleman on Village Bridge with a 999 win streak acts like this if you refuse to battle him, even saying that there's no way to get to the other side of the bridge without battling him, and attempting to discourage you from using Surf to cross the river, then pushes you back. He even does this if you've already crossed to the other side of the bridge, which is ironic.
    • Ghetsis, once again, proves that he is a very extreme example.
  • Joisey: The extended portion of Unova, which includes the new protagonists' hometown, is based around where New Jersey should be. There are several towns and routes in this area, though the only way to reach the rest of Unova from it is via boat, flying, or subway.
  • Lava Adds Awesome: Reversal Mountain is filled with burning hot magma in Pokémon White 2 (whereas in Pokémon Black 2 it has pools of water).
    • And of course the Heatran that shows up there later, once you have the Magma Stone.
  • Lighter and Softer: The game ditches the complex moral/social issues of its predecessor for a more typical "save Unova from the evil team" plot with less interference from N and Ghetsis (the main sources of said issues), up until the WHAM Episode where Ghetsis tries to freeze you solid, N saves your ass, and N tries to turn Ghetsis to the light side only for the villain to completely lose his mind.
  • Living Legend: Sabrina. She seems to have gotten a lot of fans in Unova now that she's started her acting career. Quite a few people at PokeStar Studios admire her, and a guy at the PWT calls her "Queen Sabrina".
    • In fact, if the player takes advantage of PokeStar Studios and avoid the Bad Endings, he or she can pretty much become the same. The more movies you make, the more fans you get, and you can actually get valuable and hard-to-find items from these fans, eventually gaining access to your own private dressing room if you complete all the Good Endings (which has no tangible benefit in regards to gameplay, but is still interesting.)
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The expanded Unova Dex Includes 301 Pokémon, which is a little less than half of all Pokémon total (649). You encounter and are able to catch nearly all of these just during the main questline, with even more catchable postgame. On the human side, all the gym leaders and champions from the first four generations (32 leaders and 5 champions as well as Red are battle-able in the Pokemon World Tournament).
    • Taken Up to Eleven with all Pokémon you can catch in-game (be it in regional Pokédex or not). When counting both games, you get over 470note  Pokémon to catch. That's just few Pokémon short of the National Pokédex in fourth Generation!
      • And counting the tie-in Dream World and Dream Radar, the number of available Pokemon is upped to 586. And of the remaining 63, only 4 of em aren't starters or legendaries note 
      • And even then, this time around, one can get a seen entry of Pikachu and Raichu, if one battles every possible trainer (Pikachu is owned by a kid near the Daycare center, while Raichu is owned by the maid on the Royal Unova), so use of the GTS alone guarantees the ability to demand at least one member of each family barring the starters, legendaries, and Unown.
  • Long Song, Short Scene: The epic music for Route 10, fitting of the last leg of your journey is only played in a certain house accessible only during one of the 4 seasons, and stops when you leave. Why? Because Route 10 is gone.
    • To a lesser extent, the music that is used after N's dragon saves you from Kyurem's attack, which was also played in between entering N's Castle in the first games. In there, you at least had control over your character (allowing you to reorganize your team and what not), but here the scene passes by while you're pressing A and you have no control over it, so it got arguably worse treatment here.
  • Lost Forever: With the Gen V iteration of the Dream World being shut down in January 2014, A few of the medals associated with obtaining Dream World Pokemon will become permanently unobtainable. In order to get all of these medals, you would need to have brought over 100 Pokemon.
  • Luck-Based Mission: The Gym Leaders section of the Pokémon World Tournament. You can only have three Pokémon on your person when battling, and it is difficult, if not impossible, to prepare for every possible type you'd face. You simply have to hope you encounter Gym Leaders favorable to the types you have on your team.
    • The Rental Tournament is even worse. In all the others you at least get to pick Pokemon you raised yourself and whose moves you already know. The Rental Tournament gives you a choice of 6 random Pokemon whose movesets and hold items are set and may not be very good (one possible Pokemon is a Simisage with no STAB attacks).
    • And the World Leaders tournament is worse than the region leaders tournament. At least with the region leaders, you have a better idea of who might be showing up and can prepare slightly better.
    • Getting all the way to the end of the Battle Subway and the Battle Institute also depends a lot on luck, because the opponents and the teams they have (except for those of the two Subway Bosses) are chosen at random.
    • If you're unfortunate to suffer from the Random Number God's wrath during a Pokéstar filming, enjoy refilming if you want a decent ending. Confusion, Critical Hits, and misses, oh my. Ghost Eraser 4 is one of the worst at this is that getting a good ending (slaying the Majin) requires you to not screw up at all and pray you choose the right lines.
  • Manual Misprint: Intentional in-game example. Reversal Mountain is a dormant volcano in Black 2 but, true to its name, has the Town Map description of an active one and vice-versa in White 2.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Of a sort. A facility in the game has previous Champions and Gym Leaders available to battle. Could also double as a Nostalgia Level.
  • Minigame: At least one, which seems to involve popping or at least tapping balloons with Bianca's, Cheren's, and Professor Juniper's faces on them.
  • Mood Whiplash: After getting the 7th Gym Badge is an intense, semi-climactic scene where Team Plasma freezes Opelucid City with their airship's ice cannon and sends grunts and the Shadow Triad to find the hidden DNA Splicers. After those battles, you end up in Humilau City, which is a resort town filled with happy vacationers and a laid-back Gym Leader. Your rival won't let you continue the chase until after you get the final badge.
  • Mugging the Monster: In Black Tower, a school boy NPC wants to build a cheat guide for the tower when he beats it. When the player beats him, he will say the first rule is avoid the person with the bag.
  • Multiple Endings: Depending on your dialogue choices, the movies you act in for Pokéstar will have heartwarming Happy Endings, tragic Downer Endings, or just plain weird Gainax Endings.
  • Musical Pastiche: Theme music associated with the Pokémon World Tournament is generally based on the main series theme melody-wise, but have instrumentation reminiscent of the Super Smash Bros. series.
  • My Friends And Bianca: In the Unova Gym Leaders Tournament and World Gym Leaders Tournament, Bianca appears in the roster for some odd reason. Koga, on the other hand, doesn't.
  • Mythology Gag: Several, mostly related to Gold and Silver.
    • Just like in Gold and Silver, the Flying-type legendary trio from the previous games is uncatchable.
    • Red makes his second appearance (discounting remakes) as an NPC.
    • In Gold and Silver, the previous Champion became the eighth Gym Leader in Kanto. In these games, it's the other way around, as the eighth Gym Leader from White became the Champion. Doubles as a call back to Wallace being the Champion in Emerald.
    • When the Plasma Frigate freezes Opelucid City, the animation looks very similar to the firing of Lawrence's airship cannon, from Pokemon: The Movie 2000.
  • No Fair Cheating: If you use a Walk Through Walls cheat on the Plasma Frigate to avoid entering the password or disabling the force fields, once you reach Colress' room, he will have the team he uses after you've beaten the Elite Four and Champion full of Level 72+ Pokémon. And you're more than likely gonna get slaughtered.
    • The new Kyurem forms can't be traded on the GTS normally. But if you attempt to get one into your game using computer software and then unfuse it, you'll be left with two bad eggs. Pokecheck has even blocked downloads of the new forms for just that reason.
    • The problem from Black and White with being locked out of the dream world if you use Action Replay codes to complete your Pokedex is still present.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted in some minor cases, where some villagers say they were born in where they live and will die where they live, as well as in one of the Pokéstar movies (Love and Battles).
    • Should be noted that Kyurem almost freezing the player at Ghetsis' command is NOT a case of this, but is instead people mistaking the original Japanese text for something else.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Skyla's Gym is guilty of this once again, having gigantic fans blow the PC around tiny walkways hanging from the ceiling of an airplane hangar. Though at least the fan at the very end blows you straight out of the Gym after you beat Skyla. Convenient!
    • This is sort of lampshaded by your mother if you call her in Mistralton. (She references the previous version of the gym, but seeing as it's still not exactly safe...)
  • NPC Roadblock: This being a Pokémon game, having these is almost a prerequisite by now, though Black 2's/White 2's are either entirely on the blatant or ridiculous ends of the scale. You can tell that Game Freak has stopped being subtle almost to the point of parody.
    • A number of NPCs will railroad you into fulfilling a certain task before letting you proceed with the main story. Unlike past games however, most of them will explicitly blurt out what that condition is after stating why they're there; usually it requires obtaining a Badge from the Gym you may or may not have noticed in the previous town or two.
    • One rather blunt example is a female Ace Trainer in Nimbasa City who blocks the door to the Battle Institute; as if to add insult to injury, she only shows up after you try to enter the building even though all you're doing at the time is probably just trying to see what's inside. The condition to make her move? Beat the Champion, of course!
      • What differentiates her from the other locking-out-the-postgame NPC Roadblocks however is that, unlike them, she actually says word for word that you have to beat the Champion before she'll let you in. Does she have something against Iris or what?
      • To make matters worse, she didn't do that to you in the original Black and White, as you could enter the Battle Institute freely then (though you still couldn't do much there prior to beating Ghetsis). Here, she just says "screw you" and blocks entrance.
    • The Marine Tube is blocked off by some eccentric Janitor who insists on it being completely spotless before letting a single soul through.
      • The gateway clerk at the desk says "Just wait a little longer. Just a little bit..." You might gather that he's scared of that Janitor...
      • There's an NPC in the waiting area who is there just to be the first through the Marine Tube. That's right, not even the regular NPCs are safe from NPC Roadblocks in this game!
    • One bridge is being blocked by an NPC, who claims that they are testing "to see how many people it can hold at one time" Naturally, the test concludes at the precise moment you beat the champion.
    • Probably the silliest one in the game is the string of seven NPCs lined up and "dancing" in a row inside the gate between Route 14 and Black City/White Forest. Their reason? "Today, we're dancing for no reason. ♪ Someday, we'll disappear for no reason." Take a wild guess when they disappear.
  • Numbered Sequel: A firstnote  for the handheld main series games. They also manage to follow the "pairing" example set by their many predecessors, resulting in two "2"s.
  • Off Model: While the trailer is gorgeously animated, there is one shot where a Seviper is missing the tip of its tail.
    • Take a close look at Skyla's legs when starting a battle with her. Notice something odd?
  • Old Save Bonus
    • Like previous Pokemon games on the DS, once you have access to the Poke Transfer you can import Pokemon from your Generation IV game files.
    • Use the "Memory Link" feature to sync a copy of Black or White to Black 2 or White 2 and this will unlock a variety of minor features, such as cutscenes revealing more characters' backstory, and some of the events that occured between the games; certain characters (like N) will also start referring to your previous player character by name. You can also receive a gift of all the Musical Props you had in your first game, encounter and catch the very same Pokémon N released back into the wild (they shine when encountered), and battle Cheren and Bianca's original Black and White rival teams (though unlike the other Bonus Bosses in the PWT, they cannot be rebattled).
    • After catching Landorus in the Dream Radar 3DS app, if you play it with a Generation IV cartridge inserted you will receive an item that lets you catch that game's version mascot (Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Ho-oh, and Lugia), complete with their Dream World ability. It only works once per Dream Radar save file, though.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Ghetsis' battle theme again. DENNNNIS!
  • Ominous Music Box Tune: You'll encounter it in N's Room in the collapsed Castle of Team Plasma, and it's even more ominous-sounding than before.
  • One Game for the Price of Two: Largely averted, as with the original Black and White, though many of the differences (aside from version exclusive Pokémon) between the two versions are now available in either.
    • The Pokémon Dream Radar, however, is currently the only way to get access to the new forms of the Kami Trio.
    • Additionally, there are some other differences between the games other than Pokémon. Like with previous games, some places are different (like Reversal Mountain or Opelucid City) between versions. Sometimes the items itself found in the area are different! You get a free Flame Orb in White 2 or a Toxic Orb if playing Black 2 (both in the same place). To get the other one you need to buy them with Battle Points.
      • One interesting example of this is Route 4, which looked identical in the previous versions but now looks very different depending on whether you're playing Black 2 or White 2.
    • Reversal Mountain in Black 2 is a dormant volcano full of water, but in White 2 it is an active volcano full of lava.
    • Black 2 still contains Black City but it now has Black Tower. White 2 still has White Forest, as well as White Treehollow.
  • One-Letter Name: N again. Also, one participant in the Pokémon World Tournament is named X.
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: In addition to the black/white contrast, the box art for each version has this. Black Kyurem is black-blue (for electricity), while White Kyurem is white-red (for fire).
    • Also appears in the design of the new Badge Check Gates near Victory Road, coupled with the aforementioned black/white contrast.
  • Overly Long Gag: Not talking to the Medal Guy for a while can end up being this.
  • Post-End Game Content: Seriously, just count the number of NPC Roadblocks in the game as you play through it. If they aren't along the Plotted Line, they're probably cordoning off an area containing this.
  • Previous Player-Character Cameo: Red reappears in the World Tournament. Hilbert/Hilda, on the other hand, are nowhere to be found despite being mentioned often (even by name if you Memory Link'd with Black 1/White 1); however, there is unused coding for a battle with their team from a Memory Link'd BW1.
  • Punny Name: Still just as strong as ever. One important mention is the return of Dr. Technic Al' Machine (TM).
  • Puzzle Boss: Completing the movies properly at Pokéstar Studios requires some strategic thought.
  • Puzzle Reset: Pokemon Breeders. Even after you've beat them, when you leave the location they're in, they'll challenge you again if you pass by their line of sight.
  • Rags to Riches: Driftveil City looked pretty dull in the original Black and White, but ever since Clay has made it big, the whole city is filled to the brim with hotels and refurbished buildings (except the ex-Team Plasma members' building), not to mention his biggest creation yet, the Pokémon World Tournament.
  • Rainbow Speak: While the game normally lacks this, there is a single incidence where the word 'Kyurem' is highlighted in a person's dialogue bubble.
    • Additionally, N shouting a command to save you from Kyurem's icicles is colored blueish in Black 2 and reddish in White 2.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Can be achieved through your own volition in Pokéstar Studios movies. Also a case of Creator Breakdown.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Two tough-looking thugs challenge you to a battle and then send out the adorable Petilil and Cottonee, they compliment your cute pokemon after you beat them.
  • Rearrange the Song: With a couple exceptions, all the returning battle themes have been rearranged, and are generally a little more hectic and action-packed than before, Team Plasma's battle theme in particular. Each Gym also gets its own version of the Gym theme.
  • Recruit Teenagers with Attitude: Stu Deeo and the Join Avenue man believe in this hiring practice.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: It's Pokémon Gold and Silver IN UNOVA!
  • Reverse Mole: One of the Team Plasma goons is actually an ex-Team Plasma spy for the good guys. He helps the player a couple of times, telling the player where Team Plasma is or what to do.
  • Saved for the Sequel: The story directly picks up from the ending of the previous games.
  • Scenery Porn: From Aspertia City's lookout.
    • Also, like the Skyarrow Bridge from the original B/W, the Marine Tube. It gets even better when it's night.
    • Humilau City is just gorgeous, especially the water surrounding it.
  • Schrödinger's Player Character: Like the previous games, the protagonist who is not selected appears in the Battle Subway. Unlike in Black and White, they also appear outside it in a minor role.
  • Sequel Difficulty Drop: Several of the bosses have had their movesets dumbed down compared to the originals (although Challenge Mode changes it for some of the Gym Leaders), and the expansions to the New Unova Dex make them much easier to counter.
  • Shall I Repeat That?: Bianca asks this after explaining the Habitat List upgrade for the Pokédex. It would seem that Bianca is related to Kaepora Gaebora as the cursor defaults to "Yes", forcing those unfortunate enough to have been mashing the A button to accidentally make her repeat herself. This was particularly annoying for those playing the Japanese versions who didn't even know what was being said.
    "Would you like to hear my explanation again?"
    Yes ←
    No
  • Shark Tunnel: The Marine Tunnel. Pokémon such as Mantine and Wailord can be seen swimming overhead.
  • Ship Tease: Some of Skyla's conversations with the player character suggest this.
    • Nate/Yancy and Rosa/Curtis get this in the Xtransceiver sidequest.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The person in the house that shows you pictures of the Kamis (to complete your Pokedex) shoves the pictures at you with a declaration of "Feast yer eyes!"
    • Hugh, the player's rival in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, declares "Come at me!" prior to a battle, which is probably the closest that the series will come to referencing the meme spawned/popularized by Jersey Shore. Colress says the same thing in the Plasma Frigate.
    • You are challenged by guitarist Billy Jo!
    • The Trainers in Elesa's new Gym are named after Nikola Tesla, Edmond Fremy/John Ambrose Fleming, and Andre-Marie Ampere (all electrical scientists).
    • One Trainer in Reversal Mountain that challenges you to a Triple Battle says she's going to name her strategy to attack a single target with all three Pokémon the "Jetstream Attack".
    • If you link the Memory Link to a Black/White game save that has gotten up to the Jet Badge, you get to see a conversation between Elesa and Skyla about bad jokes, during which Elesa responds to Skyla's "Surely..." statement with "And don't call me Shirley!".
    • In addition to the two mentions of the namesake Trainers above, there's also Black Belts Rocky and Drago.
    • Directors at Pokéstar Studios called John Pokénter, David Pokénch, and Takashi Pokemi.
    • After you finish all the movies at Pokéstar Studios, you get access to a dressing room. In that dressing room are titles of a bunch of old movie scripts. All of the titles are puns on famous books like A Tale of Two Skitty, The Reluctant Dragonite, Rip Van Dwebble, Galvantula's Travels, Enspoinklopedia Brown and Snivy in Ivyland.
    • There's also Elesa's gym theme: when Elesa makes her entrance, and the traditional Gym tune kicks in, you can hear that the soundfont used borrows some vocal bits from "Dancer In The Street"note .
    • There is an Artist whose name is Gough, and he has a Sunflora as his Pokémon.
    • In the Opelucid Gym, there is a Trainer called Denae.
    • One of the Trainers you'll find in the Pinwheel Forest when you challenge her starts off with "Everybody, SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP!!" Adding to it, the Preschooler you fight along with her is named Ike.
    • A Plasma Grunt in frozen Opelucid City calls you "a bother! Bother, bother, bother!"
    • You are challenged by Nurse Dixie!
    • "You are challenged by Ace Trainer Lucca!"
    • Godzilla's leitmotif can be heard during the beginning of Kyurem's battle music as well as the title screen.
    • On the Variety TV channel, a program called The Pokémon Whisperer can be watched, a blatant Shout-Out to The Dog Whisperer.
    • Champion Iris' stage has something on her chamber that resembles four planets revolving around the Sun, similar to one of the dungeons in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. Bonus points for Iris herself is symbolized as the Sun and having the space princess motif, just like the ultimate summon of the same name in the aforementioned game.
  • Show Within a Show: The player is able to act in film serials produced by Pokéstar Studios. Many of them are sci-fi tokusatsu series.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: The new Team Plasma harnesses Kyurem's power due to plans to turn Unova into this. They succeed with Opelucid City.
  • Source Music: Roxie's gym's background music is provided by the band members in-universe. Beating each one strips away instruments from the song, culminating in defeating the Gym Leader, which leaves the Gym dead silent.
  • Spelling Song: Played by Roxie's band. D, O, G, A, R, S, Dogars!
    • They spell Pokémon in the English adaptation.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Due to the way Pokéstar Studios works, Nate and Rosa are now the first player characters to talk!
    • Unless you count Red making comments to himself about dad liking sports games, or going on a journey like in the movie Stand by Me in the first game.
      • As well as Hilbert/Hilda when they think/say things to themselves on Route 7 when Tornadus/Thundurus appears, and at Dragonspiral Tower when N awakens Reshiram/Zekrom.
  • Sword of Plot Advancement: Averted thoroughly. For the first time, it is actually impossible to obtain the version mascot/legendary before completing the game (without cheating, of course). The version's dragon owned by N and Kyurem can only be caught after beating the Elite Four and are battled at the usual post-game Legendary levels (level 70), well after the rest of the plot has been resolved. And it's only by capturing both that you get the special, untradeable item that lets you fuse them into the version's mascot, so simply trading the two over from another game beforehand won't work.
  • Take That: There's an Ace Trainer that you can fight in Chargestone Cave, who boasts about the fact that he's created the perfect team with the help of the Internet. After defeating him, he admits that he lost because he just took someone else's idea of building teams instead of coming up with it himself. How interesting...
    • To add on to this, Roxie herself mocks you in the World Tournament if you're guilty of doing the same thing.
  • Theme Naming: There are models named after electrical scientists Nikola (Tesla), (John Ambrose) Fleming, and (Andre-Marie) Ampere in Elesa's Gym. There are also two Black Belts named Rocky and Drago.
    • The Nimbasa Gym junior trainers are all named after famous inventors/engineers. Nikola is named after Serbian-American engineer Nikola Tesla, from whom she also gets her Japanese name; Fleming is named after English physicist John Ambrose Fleming, while her Japanese name Frémy comes from the French chemist Edmond Frémy; and Ampčre is named after French physicist André-Marie Ampčre. Two of them are also SI units: tesla for magnetic flux density and ampere for electric current.
  • Time Skip: The games pick up two years after the end of Black and White, the shortest of the series' three known time skips.
  • Timed Mission: There are two:
    • The Royal Unova. To win the prize, you have to locate and defeat all the trainers (the number varies depending on the day) within a time limit. The more the trainers, the better the prize you get for successfully defeating all of them. Unlike the its equivalent in Black and White, you can take the cruise before completing the main storyline, and the trainers are easier then they are after you do so.
    • The Abyssal Ruins. Like before, you can only take a limited amount of steps before you're kicked out, meaning there isn't enough time to even come close to getting all the treasures in one trip. The ultimate goal is to gain the Relic Crown (worth 300,000 to the billionaire who buys Relics), and to do that, you must take the most direct route possible, which is very hard to do without a map.
  • Toku: Half of Pokéstar Studio's output is this.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Meta-example. Even though the trailer is for the games, it's anime-styled. And the normal anime, when compared to the trailer, is... meh.
      • This works for the male protagonist, too; while many fans were at first disappointed with his goofy appearance, the trailer manages to make him look quite Badass.
    • Iris — minor character in Black, Gym Leader in White, League Champion in the sequels.
    • Kyurem's new forms. They have 170 in their main attacking stat. Black Kyurem has 170 for its base Attack, and White Kyurem has 170 for its base Special Attack.
      • To elaborate, 170 as an Attack/Special Attack stat is second only to Attack Forme Deoxys, also the second one ever to best Mewtwo's 154, leaving that one with the third highest at this point.
      • The Base stat total for each forme of Kyurem is 700. The only Pokémon with a higher base stat total is Arceus, the creator of the Pokémon universe (Who has 720).
    • N Harmonia. He's leading a rebellion against Ghetsis with his Legendary Dragon.
    • In a way, the entire lower peninsula of Unova counts as well. What was once the location of the starting town is now only open post-game, full of powerful trainers.
      • The former Noob Cave of Wellspring Cave is now tougher than Challenger's Cave was!
  • Tsundere: The male PC's Spring date on the Ferris Wheel is a Type A mixed with heavy Genki Girl traits. She is energetic, verbally abrasive and haughty about being "Nimbasa's Feral Liepard", and is completely willing to battle. Of course, this vanishes as soon as you get on the Ferris Wheel where she is afraid of being high up.
  • Unsettling Gender-Reveal: One of the Ferris Wheel dates. The summer Nursery Aid is a boy. Naturally, the English translations took this out.
  • Updated Re-release: Averted! For the first time since the series' debut, a main series pair of games is getting a direct sequel instead of a Director's Cut-esque re-release of the original games. While there had been sequels before, this is the first time there has been no re-release of paired games with a sequel.
  • Unexpected Character: The Pokémon World Tournament (available after beating the main game) lets you battle allnote  the Gym Leaders and Champions in the history of the Pokémon franchise. It was likely a surprise that even Giovanni was included here, but he is.
  • Up to Eleven: You thought the Rare Candies were awesome? Think again. According to an English trailer, Join Avenue can have Wonder Dessert which (apparently) raises a Pokémon's level by three, and Wonder Dinner which raises it by eight. For comparison, the best thing in that category so far was Golden Seed from Mystery Dungeon series, raising the level by five. Well yeah, they cost a lot more than other items (Dessert was priced at 43650, Dinner at 93120).
  • Variable Mix: Most of the examplesnote  that were in the previous games, with a few more for good measure.
    • Roxie and her two Trainers form a three-piece band that performs in Virbank Gym. As you beat them, they stop contributing to the background music.
    • The Nimbasa Gym theme adds more layers to the music until it's a thumping club tune worthy of the catwalk.
  • Viewers Are Morons: The "not actual gameplay" warning at the beginning of the anime-esque trailer with voice acting.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Clay, who is arguably harder in this game than he was in the previous one. Your Rival warns you outside the Driftveil Gym that he's tough, and he's not kidding. Going up against three Pokémon that know Bulldoze is very hard, even if you have Type advantage.
    • N's Darmanitan is easily the toughest of his Pokémon. It's the second highest leveled of them (35note ), and is found in an area usually full of Pokémon whose levels are only in the late 10s/early 20s.
      • Not as much if you use Memory Link later on, but if you do it early enough, Darmanitan can and will knock out your whole party, especially since it comes with Flare Blitz. Doesn't help that it can be pretty unexpectednote , since it was never in any of N's in-game teams.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The new Team Plasma's grunts still claim to be fighting for Pokémon equality, while the top brass are much more open about their true goals this time. After the end of the game, the grunts that do fall into this category end up joining Colress on the Plasma Frigate.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Cheren's usage of many differently leveled Pokémon, combined his dialogue with Alder about his new Gym Leader position, implies that Gym Leaders may actively hold back against challengers, the intent being they are to challenge trainers, not curb-stomp them. Given how some games allow rematches and mix up the order you face them in, this would explain a lot.
    • Cheren also comments that he could've won if he'd had his regular team with him after you get your badge from him, confirming this idea even more.
  • World Sundering: Due to earthquakes, erosion, and human development, Unova has greatly expanded over the two years. The only parts that are gone from the last game are Route 10, in-universe because the bridge in the middle of it collapsed, out-of-universe because it would be too easy to finish the Pokémon League early that way, and the Challenger's Cave on Route 9. The entrance there has been blocked and is inaccessible.

     Tropes Exhibited In PokéStar Studios 
  • Alien Invasion: The Invaders movie series.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: The Unova Defense Force from Big Monster call the non-robotic Tyranitars "Titanic Tyranitars".
  • All Just a Dream: The conclusion to Brycen-Man Strikes Back Harder, as well as the strange ending to Love and Battles 3...perhaps.
  • Animal Mecha: You can make a movie about fighting a Mecha Tyranitar in Pokéstar Studios.
  • Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: In the finale of the Brycen-Man saga, you start the battle in a city street. Then you are taken up to the sky. Then into space. Then in front of a black hole. Doesn't get more amazing than this.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Implied to happen to the protagonist in the strange endings to the first two movies in the Red Fog of Terror series.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Some of your opponents in the movies at Pokéstar Studios, including a giant woman (The Giant Woman!) and a Mecha-Tyranitar (Big Monster).
  • Bad Future: In the Timegate Traveller Pokéstar movie, Bug Pokémon now control humans instead of viceversa. The 'trainer' you meet in particular (a Ledian) is either abusive or fantastically racist against the humans.
    • In the Strange ending to the third Timegate Travellers movie, the time machine ends up malfunctioning and sends the protagonist (and possibly Ledian) even further into the future, where robots have taken over.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The conclusion to Everlasting Memories. F-00 is destroyed, but the young scientist is now able to live like a regular child.
  • Body Horror: Remember what happened to Bill in Gen. I? Should you screw up the first Timegate Traveler movie, it happens to you.
  • Book Ends: Your first movie is of the Brycen Man series. After getting a good ending on every other movie series, you are given the finale to the Brycen Man series as your last film to take part of.
  • Butt Monkey: The Sneasel Ninja in Full Metal Cop. Justified in that you're playing the antagonist/Villain Protagonist in the series, and in the finale you become Mecha-Cop's partner. Of course, you can subvert this by getting the Surprise endings.
  • Choose Your Own Adventure: How you act during the production effects the stories of the movies, and can mean the difference between a Downer Ending or a happy ending or simply decide the fate of a certain character.
  • Coming of Age Story: The Mystery Doors to the Magical Land series starts out with the protagonist acting like a selfish royal, but by the end, they've made friends with a formerly human plush toy and return home with the maturity to rule the kingdom when they come of age.
  • The Danza: Every character you play in the Pokéstar Studios movies is this. Even if the character goes by a nickname or code name, it will be revealed that their real name is the player's name at some point. Brycen also plays as a villain in his movies named as Brycen-Man.
  • Dead All Along: In Love and Battles 3, turns out your character is this.
  • Do Well, But Not Perfect: How you get most of the "Strange" endings.
  • Driven to Suicide: Brycen-Man in the strange ending for Brycen-Man 3. Turns out that the Black Diamond that he used to make his Brycen Cannon powerful was too strong for Brycen-Man to handle and ended up doing more damage to him instead. Rather than accepting help from the hero, he proceeds to destroy himself with his Brycen Cannon instead. Yikes.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The humanoids of The Red Fog of Terror, not to mention the monster leading them. They're only props, but still...
  • Expy: Arkham and the Majin in the Ghost Eraser movies are reminiscent of Babidi and Majin Buu.
  • Face-Heel Turn: You can do this if you get the strange ending to the first Invader movie
  • Fake Difficulty: As mentioned above, the Luck-Based Mission nature of making the movies, combined with the turn and goal limits often makes the movies take many more tries than they would otherwise.
    • The first episode of the "Mystery Doors to the Magical Land" is absolutely rotten with this, with both of the enemy pokemon knowing and frequently using moves that make you confused, make a substitute, flinch, or fall in love, and has a very short turn limit. At least you have the Destiny Knot to bounce some of that love right back.
    • Love and Battles 3 is impossible if Smeargle decides to use Attract on the first turn. After that, you have only a 50% chance of moving each turn, and you already only have about one or two spare turns to account for error.
    • Similary the first Invaders movie is impossible if the opposing Roggenrola decides to use Rock Blast on the first turn and you get unlucky with the number of times it hits.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: The Ledian which fights you with humans from Timegate Travelers saga is referred as female in script, but has sprite that of a male.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Arkham from Ghost Eraser. Lampshaded in the strange ending, in which the Majin kills him for being cliche.
  • Happiness in Slavery: The strange ending in the second Time Gate Traveler movie ends with the scientist protagonist captured in a human ball. They find out they enjoy being under Ledian's control and even stop caring about what happened to their companion.
  • Happily Married: It is implied that this the current state of your character's relationship with his/her opponent in "Love and Battles 3", if you achieve the strange ending.
    • Mystery Door 3 has the strange ending being your character falling in love and marrying either the gatekeeper (female character) or the queen/Sabrina (male character).
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The second and third Full Metal Cop episodes have this happen to Sneasel Ninja: In both, the enemies survive his/her attacks by one hit point, then use moves that get stronger the lower the user's health is to destroy him/her. The fourth has Sneasel Ninja using swagger, which raises the opponent's attack but confuses them. Mecha cop's Escavalier has a berry, however, that cures confusion, leaving it free to sweep Sneasel Ninja's entire team. Hell, the only way for this to happen in the third episode is is for him/her to use Sunny Day, allowing the opponent to go first, and a move that is completely useless for Sneasel Ninja's pokemon.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The strange ending in the Mystery Doors of the Magical Land 2 has the doll saying that he's going to have people soup because the main character screwed up.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: You have the option to do this in the Invaders movie when you discover that the aliens' home world was destroyed by a supernova and they've spent centuries trying to find a replacement. If you do, then your character tries to give the aliens a Last-Second Chance.
  • Irony: The first Timegate Traveler film revolves around how Professor Strange's glasses have been caught in the temporal transport and he begs the player to get them back for him. The irony? His portrait shows him holding his hand to his nose, and you can see him with glasses on there.
  • Interspecies Romance: The strange ending to Love and Battles has the protagonist fall for their co-star's Smeargle. Even weirder if you play as the male protagonist given the Smeagle is of the same gender.
  • Inverted Trope: One of the Pokéstar Studio films, the second in the Timegate Travelers saga (in which you play the role of a scientist experimenting with Time Travel), has you in a future where Bug-Pokémon fight using human beings, in exactly the same way one normally fights with Pokémon in the present.
  • Love At First Pokémon Battle: The whole point of the Love and Battles series.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: If you achieve the strange ending to "Brycen Man Strikes Back Harder", Brycen Man makes this claim, and he has proof to back it up, as he knows your real name. (However, the battle is still All Just a Dream, just as it is in the happy ending.)
  • Manipulative Bastard: Barbara, the female Ace Trainer from Love and Battles 2note  starts off as this, as she's shot down all the other guys who've asked her out on a date. She even says that she enjoys it, and she hopes to do the same to you by defeating you and refusing you as well. The trope is subverted when she defeats you, however, when instead of getting depressed, you stay strong taking her insults like a champ, shocking her and making her feel weird having her plan foiled. Thus, she warms up to you and happily offers to be friends with you.
  • Mind Screw: At the end of the Timegate Traveller series, the Bad Future is averted when the Ledian notices the Evolution Stone amongst the samples you have collected in the future, and by going back without the stone, the Bad Future is presumably averted. Meaning, that if you hadn't gone forward in time in the first place, the Bad Future wouldn't have happened, and then it wouldn't have had to be averted... Timey-Wimey Ball probably applies here.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: You, the player, have this moment in the last Everlasting Memories movie after you're forced to destroy F-00 to keep it from going berserk and causing damage. It's made clear in the dialogue that you wanted to save it, but your assistant claims that "some things just can't be fixed".
    • Also, the strange ending to the finale of Invaders causes you to go into this after you find out that the Emolga that you have knocked out or possibly killed was forced to fight for the alien invaders. The Alien uses this to her advantage by mind controlling you at your most vulnerable state.
    • A similar thing happens in the third Invaders movie, where you have this reaction after finding out that the Ferroseed you knocked out belongs to one of the fleeing citizens. The UFO then kidnaps you while you're upset.
  • Mythology Gag: In the "Mystery Doors to the Magical Land" scenario of Pokéstar Studios, you play opposite Sabrina, where she's cast as the villain, and plays a dark sorceress who seems to have the power to turn victims into living dolls. This may be a reference to her anime self, who did the same thing to defeated challengers until she was cured by Ash.
  • Off the Rails: It's possible to do this, leading to a bad ending or a Strange ending.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: The Full Metal Cop slips into this at times. By the end, he's realized that this was a mistake.
  • Playing Against Type: You usually play the hero while Brycen (or someone else) plays the villain. In the Full Metal Cop series, your roles are reversed.
  • The Power of Love: What allows for Monica to go back to normal in The Giant Woman series.
  • Railroading: Most of the Pokestar Studios movies. The opponent AI changes depending on whether you follow the script and/or say the right lines. If you don't get it right, the enemy will usually destroy you on the next turn. If you do everything correctly, you usually can get through the movie all right.
  • Regal Ringlets: Rosa, in the "Mystery Doors of the Magical Land" series, gets a pair as her role of princess.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: The main plot of the Everlasting Memories Series where you, playing as an Insufferable Genius, create a robot with a human heart for companionship. Even when said robot gets hacked and all its memories erased, it still somehow manages to hold on to its memories of the player and eventually holds on to those memories long enough to get the player to destroy it before it goes berserk. Lampshaded by your assistant, who says that the whole thing is scientifically impossible.
  • Running Gag: In the Full Metal Cop series, Mecha Cop keeps accidentally getting worked up and using weapons on Sneasel Ninja. Even when he's not there in the Third Episode, his sister attacks Sneasel Ninja with Judo. Sneasel Ninja, the criminal mind you, has to keep reminding them that they're supposed to be battling with Pokemon, much to the heroes' embarrassment.
  • Scooby-Doo Hoax: If you achieve the strange ending in each of the "Ghost Eraser" scenarios except the fourth, what appears to be a haunting is actually a scam being run by someone trying to make money. Naturally, the hero charater (ie, your character) is not pleased at being called to investigate a false alarm.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Pretty much Serizawa's sole motive in Big Monster.
  • Shout-Out: The movie series Timegate Traveler is probably a shout-out to Planet of the Apes, it's a Bad Future where Pokémon control humans, with a time-traveler ending up there and having to try and escape. And if you get the bad ending in the third film, the protagonist ends up taking an artifact back that results in the eventual bug-type Pokemon uprising-not unlike Zira and Cornelius's son being born in the past and leading the ape uprising in the fourth film.
  • Stable Time Loop: You are barely able to prevent the Bad Future in the Timegate Traveller series... and in the process, discover that you travelling forward in time and bringing the Evolution Stone back with you was what caused the bad future in the first place! By going back without the stone, the bad future is presumably averted.
  • Tragic Monster: F-00, the little robot in the Everlasting Memories series.
  • Tsundere: The love interest in Love and Battles 2. The love interest in the first Love and Battles might count as well, albeit to a lesser extent.
  • Villain Protagonist: The "Full Metal Cop" scenario of Pokéstar Studios, where you play the villain. (Albeit one who reforms in the end, if you get the Good Ending.)
  • We Can Rule Together: In the strange ending of Big Monster 4, Serizawa offers you to work for him and his MT, in exchange for, after some heavy persuasion, multiplying your current salary by one hundred times. Either that or get destroyed by his MT. Needless to say, you decide to join him.
    • This is also the case in the strange ending of Ghost Eraser 4, where you convince the Majin to join you, and you both rule the world as benign (more or less) dictators.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The Sneasel Ninja you play as in the Full Metal Cop series calls out Mecha Cop's methods of justice several times each movie.
    • In "Brycen-Man Strikes Back 2", if you use your own Pokemon with the move Thief, Brycen-Man will say, "You use that move... and call yourself a hero of justice?"

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