An abridgement of the Pokemon cartoons by Team Elite 3.This series, often shortened as P:TBS, prides itself in using humor that defies many of the Tropes typically seen in Pokémon parodies and other Abridged Series. As of May 2014, there are twenty episodes, a planned movie, and various extras, including redubs and songs performed by the characters. xJerry64x and Nowacking co-write, whilst 1KidsEntertainment does the video stuff, and between the three of them they handle all the voicing as well (1Kids: Ash, Pikachu, James; Nowacking: Misty, Jessie; Jerry: Brock, Meowth, The Narrator).Team Elite 3 have also branched out into other projects, such as an abridgement of Twitch Plays Pokémon (seen here), for which they added two honorary members: ChromeGloss, who has provided them with incidental music for several years, and Stephan Krosecz of Abridged On Titan, who does outside animation and editing.Not to be mistaken for Box of Danger's Pokemon The Abridged Series.
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Abusive Parents: Played for laughs. Delia Ketchum kicks Ash out of the house on his birthday, tries her hardest never to talk to him, and sleeps with Professor Oak, which everyone but Ash knows.
Ash: "And you can't even purple because you're ugly and you're stupid and you're bad! That's right: you can't even purple!"
Then later, in episode 9:
Misty: "But you're wearingblue!" Ash: "It's a light purple, which, incidentally, you cannot do." Misty: "Just because you keep saying that doesn't make it a thing! I have no idea what you're talking about!" Ash: "Neither do I!"
Tracey being with the group the entire time. From episode 15:
Misty: "You weren't there! You don't know that!" Tracey: "But I was there and you don't know that. Later on, in the three part special episode, it's revealed that Tracey has been with the group the entire time and Misty was the only one who didn't notice him. Subverted at the end of the episode, as it turns out he's actually just some insane stalker that none of them have met before, but Ash was too stupid to realize it and Brock wasn't there because Tracey killed him to take his place.
Camp Straight: James, Up to Eleven. There's as many hints between him and Jesse in the later episodes as there was in the original series. Plus, she distinctly refers to her association with him as "our relationship".
Everybody Laughs Ending: Played straight in episode 7 at the expense of Misty. Subverted in episode 12 when all four main characters seem to be laughing, but in reality, only Ash, Brock, and Pikachu are laughing while Misty is actually crying because she's distraught that Ash has gotten away with setting the Celedon Gym on fire, and was in fact rewarded with his fourth gym badge for doing nothing but watch everyone else put it out.
That's not even the first time. Remember back in episode 7 how Sisty was explaining why there are suddenly three of her? She made some pretty vague remarks about a machine and a "boyfriend" with cat eyes who gave her the idea.
Idiot Hero: Ash Ketchum, with more idiot than hero.
I Love the Dead: In The Stinger of episode 8, Brock revealed that he was with a family for a Thanksgiving dinner, where he hosed down the family's collection of Vulpix; however, at the dead of night, he "killed the Vulpix, made love to the carcasses, before I buried them in the back yard. Breeding!"
The Other Darrin: Misty was originally played by xJerry64x, but was quickly replaced by Nowacking in the second episode. Handwaved as an illness called "falsettosis". Also played around with at the end of episode 3, where several different voices "audition" for the voice of Pikachu, including a self-destructing Dalek!
Parental Abandonment: All three protagonists have been disowned by their parent(s) at some point during or prior to the series: Ash (on his birthday, no less) so he wouldn't dip into his mom's savings account; Misty because her love for Fire-type Pokemon was seen as a disgrace to her family of Water-type trainers; and Brock for sullying his family name with his unhealthy obsession with breeding. In defense of Brock's father, Brock deserved it.
Pokémon Speak: Played straight in some cases, averted in others. Pikachu, for one, is the series's most prevalent aversion to this trope; he speaks perfect English and has conversations with other characters.
Reformed, but Rejected: In episode 17, Officer Jenny decides it's time to stop molesting children and start taking her job seriously. Unfortunately for her, she still has a bad rapport with the kids. And Brock doesn't help.
Remember the New Guy: Brock is first shown traveling with the others in episode 5 without even showing how or why he's with them. Subverted in that Ash has absolutely no idea who he is at the time, and doesn't even notice him until they start talking to each other.
Running Gag: Someone saying, "I'm up here and you're down there!" or a variation of the sort.
Sanity Slippage: Misty, the more time she spends with Ash and Brock. Episodes 14 and 15 (despite the latter being All Just a Dream) imply that Brock is doing it on purpose to ensure she doesn't steal his friendship with Ash.
The Stinger: Episode 10 has, like, five. Episode 15 has four.
Shout-Out: Averted. 1Kids dislikes references (the Take That listed below is basically the only one in the entire series), preferring to revise until they come up with something more creative. This has been Flanderized into being his real-life primary personality facet.
Too Dumb to Live: Ash and Professor Oak are outside Oak's house and realize that it's on fire, then they go inside to stand around and talk.
Misty gets in on the act too. Their battle in Episode 7 goes like this:
Ash: "Go, Butterfree!" (His butterfly deploys) Misty: "Go, Staryu!" (Her starfish deploys) Ash: "My Butterfree can swim ten times better than your Staryu!" Misty: "Well my Staryu can fly a gillion times better than your Butterfree!" Ash: "Butterfree, use Dive!" Misty: (flapping her arms) "Staryu, Fly!!" Staryu: *tips into the water and drowns* 'Butterfree: *falls into the water and drowns*
Justified on Misty's part. By that point, Ash had broken her brain through sheer stupidity.
Troll: Koga gives Ash the Soul Badge despite utterly curbstomping him. Why? To confuse Misty.
Tsundere: Misty, though her swings between tsuntsun and deredere are even less predictable than in the original show.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Pikachu has no qualms about electrocuting or setting up traps meant for Ash, but Ash still considers Pikachu his buddy. Then again, Ash thinks nothing of getting his Pikachu replaced in episode 10.