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The Pokémon anime, throughout its 700+ episodes and 15 (soon to be 16) movies, has moments where you weep, where you curl up in adoration, where you laugh your ass off, or where you cheer in awe at what just transpired.
These are not those moments. Grab a bottle of Bleeprin before reading the list of moments where you wonder what got into the cast and the writers. There's a lot of them...
In the episode "Plant It Now...Diglett Later!", Ash teams up with Team Rocket to protect a group of village people from a marauder attack...until Ash finds out that it's staged. Team Rocket do not find this out, but they are collectively The Chew Toy; when they attack the fake marauders (endangering the Diglett in the process), Ash blasts them off and doesn't bother to explain what's going on. What a jerk!
Any time Team Rocket has gone beyond the necessary in trying to capture Ash's Pikachu. In the episode "Pallet Party Panic", it isn't enough for Team Rocket to simply make off with Pikachu after distracting the heroes by serving them infernally spicy food: as they make off in their hot air balloon, they proceed to bombard the party, causing chaos and destroying the food. Not to mention that Ash's Pidgeotto is poisoned by Arbok in its attempt to stop them. It takes Charizard getting ticked off by them destroying a table with fruit that he had his eyes set on that they finally get their just desserts (which they could have avoided had they just not pulled this crap to begin with.)
The fate of Brock's parents is changed in the 4Kids dub. Instead of both parents running away, his father abandoned his family, and his mother died. Not bad in itself; but some seasons later, his mother returns to take over the Gym. Ah! Ghost mom!
This one isn't exactly 4Kids' fault. They probably changed it in the first place because they figured "Tragic Death" is less objectionable compared to "Willful Abandonment" (The Father at least came to his senses and came back). How were they to know that she would be brought back three or four years (real time) later?
That kind of sandwich can roll. But the bouncing that is displayed in that video strongly suggests that you don't want to eat it.
"Who Gets To Keep Togepi?": Ash finds the egg, Brock cares for the egg, and Meowth steals the egg and then cares for it enough to make it hatch into Togepi. But Misty, who does nothing for the egg during the incubation period, shoves everyone out of the way to see the egg hatching, and thus she's the first one Togepi sees, and thus Togepi believes her to be its mother and will belong to no-one else. Even though everyone else who debates over it had much more valid reasons for keeping Togepi than Misty.
It looks even worse as the series goes on and both Ash and Brock get their Pokémon eggs (Phanpy for Ash, Happiny for Brock) and not only they hatch and raise them into far more competent battlers than Togepi ever was, but they do it in far less time to boot. Misty had Togepi through nearly half of Kanto, all of Johto, and when she shows back up in Hoenn she still has it, doing nothing but cuddling it the entire time he's with her. It knows only one move, Metronome, which it learned on its own because Misty isn't teaching it anything and when it finally evolves it's in the same episode where it leaves. It's obvious that Togepi's potential was wasted being with Misty.
Consider that Togepi doesn't evolve by experience, but by how much it LOVES ITS TRAINER. So, either a) Misty just damn babied Togepi so much it never really loved her back, or b) If happiness works in the anime like in the games, it's just that Togepi took almost two entire regions (half of Kanto, and then Johto, then the Hoenn cameo) to level up once. And, if i'm remembering correctly, that would make the PROTECTOR OF THE TOGEPI PARADISE a level 6 Togetic with next to no battle experience, only the leader because it's the only one evolved. What will happen if someone tries to take over the Mirage Kingdom again without Ash and friends there to save the day?
The other two trainers of Pallet Town, the long-lost forgotten Bulbasaur and Charmander trainers, are never seen and rarely mentioned. Those two trainers had five badges each, like Gary; Ash only had four.
When Gary and Ash meet at Oak's after their journey to collect badges for the Pokémon League, Oak mentions that the other trainers had given up and gone home already. But they had kept up with Gary for the first five badges!
Speaking of missing people...anyone want to explain where Ash's father is? He's referenced to once in the second episode. ("It took your father three days to go that far!") But...yeah, that's just about it. Not like the father could play an important role to the main character anyway, considering that they both are Pokémon trainers...oh wait.
According to notes from former head writer Takeshi Shudo, Ash's father abandoned his family out of shame when he couldn't become the master trainer he wanted to be. That's why Ash had a negative reaction when his mom compared him to his father. When Takeshi Shudo was booted out midway through Johto, any chances of seeing Ash's father turn up basically vanished.
First season again. There is a lighthouse with a legendary Pokémon in the lake. Bill cannot identify it even though it is obviously an oversized Dragonite. Made stranger for two reasons:
In the next episode, the Pokédex mentions that a Raichu "has enough electrical charge to knock out a Dragonite. Note, however, that this one is entirely the dub's fault - the original script said 'Indian elephant'.
On the lighthouse door, there are special runes with Pokémon on them. One of them was Mewtwo, who should have only been known to certain Team Rocket members and who is unidentifiable via Pokédex.
What's worse with this is that some of the Pokémon living in said cave were already established to hate or even be harmed by sunlight. If anything, Steven's attack may have been worse than what Team Rocket did.
Well you might argue he was annoyed that the holes had a consequence in disturbing the Pokémon (there's a lot of tunnels in Granite Cave), and keep in mind there was a place up the top which let in sunlight as well, but yeah...pretty annoying. It's baffling how TR need (or needed, as the case may be) to be blasted sky high, especially when it makes little sense. Cue every time their blasting off leaves a hole in a building/mountain/etc., although on the other hand it's not impossible for nature to repair the damage eventually.
Forget Steven's reasons for punishing Team Rocket or whatever— how about the fact that this one inconsequential filler episode is the only time Steven ever appeared in the anime? Steven Stone, the Champion from Ruby and Sapphire and the most powerful NPC Trainer in Emerald, is reduced to a freaking character of the day. Worse yet, at the climax of the Team Aqua/Team Magma plot, his role in helping stop the disaster is hijacked by Lance, a character who did not appear in ANY of the Hoenn-based Generation 3 games and has no bearing on their plots whatsoever. They Wasted A Perfectly Good Character barely even begins to cover it.
He also states at one point that Water-types are weak against Flying-types.
From Ash's battle with Fantina:
"Oh no, she's holding a Poké Ball."
It's hard to take POKÉMON PING PONG as seriously as everyone In-Universe does. Some of the Serious Business would be funny, but the writers used it to put Ambipom on a bus after the build-up toward its going to Dawn had been a shining example of their progress.
In the 26th episode of the Diamond/Pearl series, we are introduced to some embarrassing secret from Dawn's past that causes her friend Kenny to teasingly call her "Dee Dee", but we never learn exactly what the incident that gave birth to this nickname was and why Dawn hates it. In episode 161, we finally learn: "Dee Dee" stands for "Diamond Dandruff", and it's because of an incident where, as a kid, Dawn's hair was messed up by a Plusle and Minun so that it stood up and sparkled. That's right, the big reveal is a hair problem and hair problems have happened to Dawn all throughout the series, yet this one out of many hair problems is apparently so much worse and so traumatizing to Dawn that she actually has a phobia of Plusle and Minun as a result! That's...that's stupid. Really stupid.
It's even more of a wall banger when you compare it to Misty's phobia of Gyarados (though, at least Misty got over her fears). Misty feared Gyarados because she acidentally crawled into one's mouth as a baby and it nearly ate her by accident. Keep in mind that Gyarados is a huge sea dragon known for destroying entire cities out of anger. Plusle and Minun? They're infamous for having poor stats in-game and for being practically useless outside of double-battles (and are even not that good in those either).
The ending of the episode "Arriving In Style". The Rival of the episode, a Rich Bitch glamour queen named Koko, loses the Pokémon fashion show to Dawn because Dawn expressed her "inner beauty". Koko gets the Accessory Award rather than the prize award because she showed off her acessories rather than her Pokémon. Except that...she did make good use of her Pokémon, whereas Dawn was the one who showed off her accessories. The award winners were switched around! Or, to quote Pokémopolis' summary of the episode:
HANG ON A FUCKING SECOND! SHE DID SHOW OFF HER FUCKING MISMAGIUS! THAT WAS THE WHOLE POINT OF HER PRESENTATION! PARIS EVEN FUCKING TELLS DAWN THAT SHE MADE GREAT USE OF HER ACCESSORIES!
So basically, the poor girl was cheated out of an award she rightfully deserved just so Dawn could get an unearned victory that teaches a Broken Aesop to the audience.
The stint with Anabel. In the games, Anabel, not Brandon, is the leader of the Frontier Brains; there, she is an extremely talented prodigy and has been known to tell people who lose to her that they lack talent straight up. Even when she's defeated, she laughs a creepy laugh. Here, she's a generic good girl with special powers ripped off from Yellow of Pokémon Special and an unrequited crush on Ash so serious that she helps him defeat her after he loses to her the first time. Then Ash moves on, and Anabel and her little crush is never brought up again. The writers derailed a not-so-nice but cool and interesting character so that she would be a shipmate for Ash, even though that ship goes absolutely nowhere. What. the. hell.
That's exactly what happened in the Ash Vs. Kenny battle in Episode 648: right after an awesome battle with Volkner — the strongest Gym Leader in Sinnoh — Ash is challenged by Kenny, a young upstart Coordinator who couldn't even make it into the Grand Festival, and loses horribly. Seriously, why would Ash send a Buizel against an Empoleon? Strong as They Need to Be is in full effect.
"Hell, I would even be able to tolerate him if he had a personality beyond "Jerkassey, self-righteous Villain Sue". I don't even see Paul as a character, to be honest. He's just a plot device without soul, personality, spirit or anything else that makes someone relatable or human. As one of my favorite antagonists in Emperor Mateus (Dissidia Final Fantasy) would refer to the likes of Paul, he's nothing but a "'tool of war' without a will of his own."
Combining both of the above, we have Ash's "six-on-six showdown" with Paul at Snowpoint. Ash had come off a competent win against Candice, while Paul was force-fed his own ego against Pyramid King Brandon. Given Ash's bad track record against Paul prior and the aforementioned fat head of the latter, you'd think the writers (especially Atsuhiro Tomioka, who has a track record of shooting fluids all over Paul) would throw Ash a bone and have him win this once - and after realizing Ash did what Reggie could not and getting hosed himself trying to achieve on his own, it would completely grind Paul's hubris into dust if his "punching bag" Ash managed to proverbially punch back. Instead, we get treated to some of the most painful nerfing of Ash's competence as he gets wiped two to six. Case in point, Ash had a choice between Staraptor and Grotle when dealing with Honchkrow, Paul's token Flier, and instead of doing what any rational person would do and send out the Pokémon with the fewest disadvantages, he uses Grotle instead. The physical Grass tank, which evolves into a Grass/Ground hybrid, against a Flier, which it previously lost to. Just as stupid as it sounds. Tomi-san, before you write your next episode, could you wipe that semen stain off your shirt?
May's battle against Solidad, because May was completely overwhelmed by her. The worst part is that this was right after she beat Drew, in that battle she showed how far she's come along as a Coordinator and Combusken learned Overheat to boot, then when she's against Solidad they make her look like a rookie facing a pro all because Solidad studied her battling style and May barely does anything about it. She had every right to cry afterwards, the writers totally screwed her over.
They didn't show much of that battle. The writers will create filler episode after filler episode (to show new Pokémon, bide time for new games to come out, etc...), but won't give a full episode to show an important battle involving a main character.
Why didn't the writers have Ash use Noctowl against Chuck? It has super-effective Flying moves, and it knew Confusion, which is also super effective against Fighting-types. The writers didn't learn their lesson with Ash's bird Pokémon until Swellow, but this is ridiculous. Would giving Noctowl screen time hurt, especially when it has little to begin with?
This happened a lot for Trainer's Choice - whoever wrote the early entries had obviously done zero research. They only started to make some sense partway through Season 8, after which they were dropped altogether.
Pokémon Chronicles example: The dub saying that Ritchie has an Eevee and Casey had a Magmar and a Rapidash. This is only in the dub.
Cynthia spent her previous episodes (and still afterwards) talking about how every meeting is special and creates a bond, and how even enemies can find value in each other. Then in the Galactic finale she proceeds to stand there and do absolutely nothing while Cyrus deletes himself from the universe.
Also, Cynthia's aforementioned philosophy in this anime (which wasn't present in the games) is used to make Cynthia pretty much a canon Draco in Leather Pants fangirl for Paul, doing nothing when she sees his abuse of Chimchar firsthand due to her bullshit philosophy, and in Paul's last appearance, praising him and his "bond" with Ash (what, is she a Yaoi Fangirl too?) which apparently changed him, though the show gives us little beyond its word to make us believe he's changed. Thank you, anime, you made a cool character in the games one of the most annoying in the show.
Ash's battle with Tobias is often considered to be one with the fandom. Mostly because Tobias has a Latios and a Darkrai. Now, granted, trainers using Legendaries is nothing new (Noland used an Articuno he had befriended and Pyramid King Brandon had Regirock, Registeel, and Regice). However, those characters actually had backstory and were established to have worked hard to obtain/befriend said Legendaries. Tobias? He's not given any backstory at all and it's implied he's always had Darkrai and Latios. Plus, it doesn't help that he's a minor character whom we'll never see again. If he had only one Legendary and if he had some semblance as to how he obtained it, that would've been much better than having two Legendaries without any reason other than "hey, why not".
Admittedly, this is sort of reaching, but this battle honestly came off as kind of a slap in the face to the people who hope Ash will be allowed to win a title someday. Seriously, each of the two Pokémon Tobias uses wipes out half of Ash's team. It came off like the writers were just too lazy to write in another character to do it, so instead of having Ash lose to a realistic or even semi-human opponent, they have a guy who was tailor made for the sole purpose of destroying him.
Another absurd example: During the episode where Ash and friends arrive to the island to enter said Pokémon league, you can see one trainer with a Heatran◊...neither trainer nor his LEGENDARY Pokémon show up again...out of all the Pokémon you could have had appear for a one off appearance for trainers that will most likely never appear again after one short appearance, you make it a legendary!?
One episode featured an Officer Jenny saying that "Pokémon can't understand human speech". Despite the fact that, you know, not only do trainers talk to their Pokémon all the time, but that's how BATTLES work with trainers telling their Pokémon which moves to use... (this may have been dub only, however)
It doesn't help that Team Rocket's Meowth, Mewtwo, Aaron's Lucarionote (Incidentally, one of Lucario's Pokédex entries mentions that it's capable of understanding human speech.) and some of the Legendaries not only understand it, but speak it too.
It still seems to be canon that even the least intelligent Pokémon are as smart as dogs. Even Pokémon like Slowpoke and Magikarp have working intelligence, albeit extremely slowly-working intelligence.
In the episode featuring the Gym Leader Erika, she bans Ash from challenging her Gym (in the original Japanese version, it's made particularly clear that it's under Erika's personal orders that Ash be banned); In Brock's first appearance (in the fifth episode) he says that as a Gym Leader, he must accept all challengers, a rule mentioned by several other Gym Leaders throughout the show (INCLUDING Erika, who says after the fact that it's her "duty under the League rules"). If that wasn't bad enough, there's the reason why Ash was banned in the first place: it's because he doesn't like perfume. Earlier that day, Ash and Co. visited a perfume store, which just happens to be owned by the Celadon Gym, where he states to the effect that perfume is for wussies, causing not only the employees, but Misty, Brock and even Pikachu to flip their wig. Granted, Ash was a bit of a jerk about it, but it wasn't enough to justify an outright ban. This makes Erika come off as not just a petty bitch, but also a wildly unprofessional Gym Leader. Equally stupid is the fact that neither Misty or Brock (both Gym Leaders themselves) called her on this.
While seeing Ash and Pikachu drop in competence between the end of one series and the beginning of another is just accepted as a normal part of the show, nothing can justify the drop between the end of Diamond and Pearl and Best Wishes. Ash loses to Trip, a starting trainer who's never battled before. Sure, Pikachu couldn't use his Electric attacks, but he's beaten plenty of opponents without using those moves in the past.
It's not just Pikachu. Soon after that battle, Ash goes out looking for new Unova Pokémon and comes across a Deerling. For some reason, despite having caught well over thirty Pokémon and having taken part in league tournaments in four different regions, Ash still has to be told that you have to weaken a Pokémon before capturing it. The very thing he had to remind May and Dawn about in the past! May and Dawn were rookies at the time they made this mistake, so they get a pass, but for Ash to do it so late, there's just no excuse.
From Bad to Worse in a recent episode: Ash recently has a 5-on-5 battle with Trip and LOST 5 to 2!!!. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? This is without a doubt his worst defeat yet. Pikachu has his Electric moves back and Ash has all the Unova starters plus the regional bird and without a doubt has a start only the rest of us could dream of. But then he goes losing to some noob in a matter that is ludicrous. The best part? Trip didn't even reveal his last two Pokémon. At least with Ash's 6-on-6 with Paul both teams were revealed.
Agreed! How about instead of Ash constantly losing to to his rival every time they face off they have the two take turns winning? That way neither rival gets their ego inflated after every match and they develop respect for one another, would that be so bad? Apparently the writers think so as they always have to have Ash lose to his rivals constantly just so they can him win the final bout to prove that the good half will win in the end no matter how many times he loses.
(I am the same poster right above you) I hear you on that one. That pattern destroys any tension of the rivalry. Rivalries are no fun if they are one sided until the last minute. And speaking of inflated ego Trip taunted Ash on how lousy he was as a trainer after the battle (granted if you are a noob and you just beat a guy who had four generations of experience chances are you would have an ego boost too). But the authors are unlikely to change him considering their opinion of us since they think all our rivalries should be one-sided, we don't know basic type matchups, abilities, move combos and tactics so we can relate to the main character we have here, which is kind of a Wall Banger in that regard.
Well, we've had Trip later on mellowing out into a more fleshed-out and believable character and a full six Pokémon being revealed, not to mention his being wiped out in the first round of the 2 Don Tournaments (so far), so there's that. But let's just hope they don't pull the above fiasco out of their rear-ends again, or there's going to be Hell to pay.
This one's explainable due to errors in translation. The original Japanese of that scene had Ash telling Bulbasaur to 'blow away the spores'. In the Japanese games, Whirlwind is called Blow Away instead, so one mistranslation later...
The recent Brock special has raised a lot of ire. Why? Well, it's because a Nurse Joy has a Latias. As mentioned in the Tobias example above, trainers having Legendaries is nothing new. However, like Tobias, there is no explanation as to why Nurse Joy has a Latias. And she's a Recurring Character to boot. Look, Pokémon, if you want trainers to have Legendaries now, fine, but please tell us how they obtained said Legendaries or why they have them in the first place.
The first season episode "Challenge of the Samurai" has always infuriated me. Basically, Ash has just battled a wild Weedle. Just as he's about to catch it, a Samurai shows up and challenges him, completely ignoring the fact that Ash is a little busy right now. Thanks to Samurai's distraction, Ash loses Weedle, and later on after they are attacked by Beedrill, Samurai insults Ash, calling him a novice and blaming him for the whole thing because he didn't finish what he started. Hello, Samurai? If you had kept your mouth shut for FIVE LOUSY SECONDS and let him finish what he was doing, none of this would have happened! The worst bit? At the end, Ash has to learn that he has to finish what he starts, even though (as previously mentioned) he would have done that if Samurai hadn't interrupted him. It's a good thing this is the episode where Metapod evolves to Butterfree, or this episode would be part of my personal discontinuity.
And Samurai had not just challenged Ash on words in the middle of the capture. HE THREATENED ASH WITH A KATANA. Oh, and Ash is also blamed for losing Metapod on a run from the Beedrill, even though he was still going to save the mon. Sure, it's not like he would be killed by a bunch of giant bees with drills if he stopped for a moment to pick Metapod up!..
"Pikachu, the horn!" ...You all know what I'm talking about. The Anime actually reverses type matchups mercilessly, to the point where if one Pokémon has a type disadvantage, it's safe to say it will win. And the dub can't be called out on this alone. It came like that from Japan.
I won't say it's not objectionable, but in a manner of speaking it makes SOME sense (at least, back when it aired) - the anime seemed to be implying that using electric attacks directly on Rhydon's horn would send electricity directly INTO Rhydon's body, bypassing the Ground-type elements because there's flesh and bone underneath the armour. The REAL Wallbanger is that after the games introduced Rhydon's "Lightningrod" ability (which the horn was directly referred to as by Brock), the anime simply retconned this episode to match instead of any good justification (as seen in DP050). If they wanted some explanation like the volcanic heat lowering Rhydon's defences, they should have USED it...for that matter, how come a Fire-type Gym Leader like Blaine was using a Rhydon instead of an Arcanine or something? (I know Gym Leaders can have one or two mons to mix-up their teams despite being specialists, like Candice, but since it necessitated one of the most controversial moments in the series you can put this down to Early Installment Weirdness at BEST).
During Best Wishes, after Giovanni ends up temporarily busy due to complications to his master plan, his secretary tells Jessie, James and Meowth to "do what they want". First of all, I don't care how lacking in faith she is in the gang, it is very unprofessional of her to tell them to essentially piss off. Worse yet, what do they do when told this? They go back to trailing and getting their butts kicked by the twerp! Why? After a bajillion episodes of failure, they finally start getting back into the good graces of the boss and proving themselves as good Team Rocket agents, proving they don't need to go after the twerp's Pikachu to please him. So why are they going back to a strategy they know will get them back to being the laughing stock of their organization? Now, thankfully, this only lasts ten episodes and they have gone back to their actual criminal operation away from Ash and co., but one still wonders what the point in this period was. Even if you could justify it by saying they are trying to drop off the police radar, there are other, more productive ways of doing it.
Everyone is thinking it, so I'll just go out and say it: Thunder. Armour. Seriously, there is nothing in the history of the anime which I consider to be a bigger load of bull-crock - not even the "Aim For The Horn!" above is stupider, because it had some justification of sorts at the TIME it aired, at least. But seriously, anime producers - you wanted to show off Swellow's resistence to Electric attacks? Then why did you pull a cheap one back at Mauville Gym, which was a ''perfect'' opportunity to have Taillow shine? I did enjoy the Wattson episodes, don't get me wrong, but by this point I was expecting Ash to insist on a proper battle instead of just taking a badge (along with the Cerulean and Celadon Gym Battle, this is one of the only badges I truly consider to be unfairly received).
Ash’s and Ritchie’s battle in the episode Friend and Foe Alike, not because Ash lost, but because everything goes wrong for Ash for the worst possible reasons. First, Ritchie’s Butterfree uses Sleep Powder on Ash's Squirtle, putting it to sleep. Then the referee declares that Squirtle has fainted and is unable to battle. This is the most blatantly stupid thing a referee has done on this show. Sleep does not equal fainting. If that were so the move Rest would be unusable. Besides, there have been instances of Pokémon falling asleep during battle on this show without being eliminated making this inconsistent. I honestly think that referee should have been fired. Also it turns out that most of Ash’s Pokémon are way too tired to battle effectively due to dealing with Team Rocket earlier. Pidgeotto even had to fly Ash over to get to the battle in time. Ash is therefore forced to use the only Pokémon for the battle that isn’t tired from the Team Rocket Fiasco; unfortunately it’s Charizard. At first, Charizard does good against Ritchie's team, however at one point Charizard basically just stops battling, lays down in the middle of the battle and forfeits, costing Ash the match. I know that Ash wasn't the smartest guy in the world, particularly in the earlier seasons but most of the problems in this battle were due to bad luck. He did not deserve to lose in such a humiliating way.
The reasons for why he had to stop Team Rocket prior to the match make it worse. The only reason his Pokémon were tired was because he had to use them to stop Team Rocket from stealing a large number of Pokémon and then use Pidgeotto carrying a balloon to get back. That's normally not so strange but this was at a major tournament. Where there are clearly a large number of Officer Jennies. Where several of those Officer Jennies have stopped Team Rocket in the past but were unable to apprehend them. Where was the security? Why wasn't the place swarming with Officer Jennies checking every single vehicle, merchant and store? What kind of idiotic system do they have where a boy can do a better job than the official security? The only reason he lost that match was because they weren't doing their job. Even if he was too much an idiot hero to explain the circumstances and ask for the match to be rescheduled wasn't anyone interested in why he got there so late and in a Team Rocket balloon? Wasn't the audience interested in knowing why they had been forced to stay there for hours?
The plot of the two-part Mistralton Gym episodes in Best Wishes. Skyla suffers some Character Derailment through adaptation. In the games, she's an upbeat nice girl who is more than happy with her Gym Leader duties and is positively portrayed. In the anime, she's a lazy, insufferably smug, stupidJerkass who has grown to hate being a Gym Leader due to it taking time away from flying airplanes, and thus runs simulations in her head on how a battle would go to determine whether a challenger gets a badge or not. What's worse, the characters who fiercely oppose her in this are Cilan, Ash, and her grandfather Miles. Not Iris...just the male characters. All the while, she continues to act like an arrogant harpy who deserves to get her ass kicked by one of the opposing male characters and proven wrong on her views. She pretty much gets redeemed in the second episode but oh, Skyla...you did not deserve this treatment the anime writers have given you. Erika would sympathize.....
The ending of the Twist Mountain two-parter has one: the character-of-the-day takes the Pokémon that was revived from a fossil and goes back to it's own time with it, then gives it the key to the time portal again, which is supposed to close some sort of time loop. The problem is that the Pokémon had EVOLVED by this point, and yet its' fossil that was found in the present day is that of it's pre-evolution form! This should change history entirely but it's never addressed.
Ash in general has been suffering from loss of personality, ever since the end of the Johto arc. Granted, this is Pokémon, but Ash's interest in anything not Pokémon related has slowly seeped into his character for years now, and it's gotten to the point where he is simply there, and that anyone who's even seen him before can predict his actions before they happen. In short, he's more or less turned into nothing but a bland, can do no wrong, always moral Gary Stu with nothing resembling depth as a character.
The writers also seem to have no clue what they want to do with Ash. For a while, Ash would wildly fluctuate between the Hot BloodedIdiot Hero that he was in Kanto and most of Johto, but other times he'll show that he's matured into a calmer, more cool-headed character. The fact that he can be either in any given episode tends make it look like the writers have gotten bored with him and his more hot-blooded moments are just a nod to a time when he was an actual character.
Since Ash came to Unova, he checked on his Pokédex Pokémon he already checked in older episodes. WHY?
Because the Pokédexes are different from region to region, as well as having a National one, with the Sinnoh Pokédex having a different count and numbering system from the Unova Pokédex, for example.
Also, different regions may or may not have the same Pokémon, and documenting which ones do and which ones don't, or which have which and which have none, is important and is, in fact, the *Very Reason* for the entire concept of the Pokédex in the first place.
Nevermind that there are differences between Male and Female Pokémon, as well as Form(e) differences and other extended minutiae which make a difference in the proper preparation for breeding, raising and training a Pokémon; to assume that you only have to document one single example of one single species to know everything about it is ludicrous...that's like documenting a single Male East Sea Shellos and assuming that you know everything about the rest of the species based on that alone, nevermind the male/female distribution, migration habits, etc. IE: "Oh look, they have elephants in Africa as well as Asia! We already know about the Asian elephant, so we must be able to treat these African elephants in exactly the same manner with no differences whatsoever!"
In fact, in one particularly egregious example, Ash scans both a Corphish and a Buizel, Pokémon that Ash has personally caught and trained himself.
Actually, there's a funny thing about that...Ash technically never did check Koffing out before the Gym Battle with Roxie. He has seen it many times before though (mostly with the one James had), so I'll give you that, but he'd never scanned it with a Pokédex before, at least not on-screen.
Also he checked Palpitoad twice, and the second time was in the episode AFTER THE ONE WHERE HE SAW IT FOR THE FIRST TIME. Ditto for Unfezant.
For a different region, Ash scanned a Snorlax in a Hoenn episode...despite owning and training one himself.
Max's existence. There is nothing particularly wrong with the character himself, but all his focus episodes and character development revolve around the fact that he can't wait until he's old enough to go on his own journey. All of those episodes and development are completely moot seeing how he lives in a world where you're forever stuck at the age you're in the moment you meet Ash.
From Mewtwo Returns, the story cutting away from the battle between the clones and Giovanni, just as it's about to begin. It's not totally integral to the plot, but, at the time, there was never a moment where the heroes had ever gone toe to toe with what is probably the animé's first major villain. Worse still, the Johto arc was arguably the last time, at least until Best Wishes, that Giovanni could be seen as an actual threat to the heroes, so this comes off as a major anti-climax. The writers could have at least added five minutes to the movie for this battle.
Nearly anything and everything Cameron says and does. Examples include, but are not limited to:
Thinking the Unova League took place in Johto (specifically, Ecruteak City).
Thinking he only needed 7 badges to compete in the Unova League.
Having never heard of the word "register," thinking it was a new Pokémon.
And the worst of it all being he's the one the writers choose to beat Ash in the regional tournament. In the very same battle where, as already mentioned, he only had FIVE Pokémon. Fans are still griping at how the writers keep making Ash lose yet another major tournament, but now add this detail to the equation.
The Team Plasma arc, especially Episode N14. Did we need all traces of moral ambiguity and conflict taken out so that Team Plasma are nothing more than generic bad guys, with N never in an atoginist role? Was there any point to Charizard being in the arc, beyond tricking older viewers into watching it? His fights sucked, he was useless to the plot, and he certainly didn't battle Reshiram. And Episode N14 was just awful. Reshiram is brought back to his senses with one Thundershock? Team Plasma go from being a legitimate threat to having Meowth hold off a dozen Liepards and JESSIE AND JAMES beat up the entire group? Ghetsis forgets he has Pokemon? What a pointless conclusion to an unfocused arc.