YMMV / Pokémon Adventures
aka: Pokemon Special

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Too many to name. Compared to both the games and the anime, the manga seems to make up and completely rewrite new personalities and motivations for many characters out of the whole cloth, not just the player characters. (Almost the entirety of generation I and to maybe a lesser extent generation II being very good examples; especially Blue, who has the distinction of being the only Blue Oak counterpart who isn't an impulsive Sore Loser with an over-the-top Awesome Ego, and to a lesser extent Silver, who gets his entire character arc replaced with another one, and that's not even getting into the complete and total alignment-flip of Elite Four and Pryce. It's also very much there in later generations, like with Shauna). Even their teams get drastically altered, often with around half being shared with their game counterparts and the other half being completely new, if their entire teams aren't overhauled altogether.
    • It should also be mentioned that some of the Dex holders who should, in terms of the games' plot, be in the position of the player character, such as Ruby and Diamond, actually aren't the ones taking the badge quest; which is especially noticeable for Diamond, who not only has the same background as the player character, but gets the starter weaker to the local Barry counterpart like the player character would. Plus, it's common for the Dex Holders to go against any backstories the player characters may have, I.e. almost all of them having experience with Pokemon before getting their starter.
  • Ass Pull: Ruby had Celebi on him the whole time in Ruby and Sapphire, and he uses it to undo the deaths of several characters. While it did get some brief Foreshadowing, it still feels like a lazy cop-out to not have to any permanent consequences.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Yellow is seen as either a perfectly fine character or hated due to her unique powers and Red String of Fate with Red.
    • To a lesser extent, Red. Fans either love him for being the original hero, or hate him because they find him to be The Generic Guy among a main cast full of characters with more interesting personalities.
    • Shauna. Some find her pessimism, a complete 180 degree flip from her canon counterpart, to be off-putting. Others find it refreshing and point out that it makes sense given what happened to X.
  • Broken Base:
    • Whether Viz's or Chuang Yi's translation is better. With Chuang Yi out of business, this is probably only gonna get worse.
    • Another frequent discussion topic is whether this manga or the anime is better.
    • Whether the demotion of several important/popular characters not named after the games (Wally, the Unova and Kalos rivals) was a good move or not.
    • Whether the Adaptational Villainy of some of the characters is necessary for the plot or off-putting for those who liked their original characterizations. Many people at least agree that the original in-game characters (especially in the first chapter) didn't have much to begin with.
  • Common Knowledge:
    • Like with the games, many assume the Dex Holders were ten when they all started out on their journeys due to the anime. This is only true for Sapphire, as everyone else was at least a year older. There is also no age rule for when you can go out on a journey either, although Professor Oak did think that nine is too young an age to go out on a journey, so he withheld Emerald's Dex from him until he was a little older.
    • Also, many fans seem to be under the impression that only one of every "starter" Pokémon exists; Kimberly has all three Johto starters, Tucker has a Charizard, and an army of Galactic grunts commanded a bunch of Charmeleon and Combusken.
  • Crack Pairing: Many ships in this fandom are between humans who've never even met and/or humans who in all probability would not get along if they did meet up, to say nothing of the ones between humans and Pokemon.
  • Critical Research Failure: When Gold checks his Pokédex to get info on the Pokémon owned by The Mask of Ice, it states Delibird to be a Normal/Flying-type. It's actually Ice/Flying.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Wally for awakening a legendary and whom Took a Level in Badass. Fans who wish he took Emerald's spot as the main character in the Battle Frontier are common.
    • Petashi, the Youngster/Pokemaniac cross who makes it to the Unova quarterfinals, thanks to his adorable appearance and his awesome pants.
  • First Installment Wins: An official poll conducted in 2005 saw Red, the first protagonist, voted as the most popular character in the series. In second was Yellow, the second protagonist, who at the time of the poll had not made an appearance in years. A later human and Pokémon poll shows Red topping yet again (with Gold, Ruby, and Yellow ranking 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, respectively) , while Pika tops the poll for the Pokémon.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In the American Pokémon community, this is pretty much THE popular Pokémon manga. In Japan, not quite so much; sure, it's popular enough to have lasted as long as it has, but THE popular Pokémon manga there is the Gag Series Pocket Monsters, of which the American base is not all that fond. Admittedly, it may help that the vast majority of other Pokémon manga end up under No Export for You.
    • However, this is not to say that this series isn't crazy popular in Japan either; at the very least, this series has way more older fans who are willing to produce tons upon tons of hand-drawn AMVs, songs (many of them sung using Fanon interpretations of the Dex Holders' voices), fanfiction, and fanart, as a quick search on Nico Nico Douga, YouTube, or Pixiv will show, while the gag manga is only somewhat more mainstream, rarely getting readers over the age of 12, with barely any fan material to speak of made around it due to it aiming squarely for its own demographic.
  • Growing the Beard: The manga really started to hit its stride in the second volume with the introduction of Green, the expansion on Team Rocket's plans, and the first glimpse at Mewtwo. Then it really took off in the following volume with the raid on Silph Co.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The Ruby and Sapphire arc was chosen via poll to be re-released in wide-ban format. The arc whose legendaries had nature-based abilities and used them to wreak havoc on the region. Cue the horrific earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan right afterward. The aforementioned Tohoku Earthquake caused the publisher to postpone the release of second and third volume of wide-ban format.
    • When fans first saw the image of White trapped in the Nimbasa Ferris Wheel with N, there were a lot of rape jokes going around. When the following chapter came out, what N did to White is possibly one of the biggest tear jerkers in the entire series. It was even called a G-rated version of Netorare.
    • In the Black 2 and White 2 chapter, Rakutsu states that Looker's battling skills aren't as polished as they should be. In the X and Y games, Looker's Croagunk apparently died during a mission.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: So much that it's almost more prophetic than hilarious. One wonders if the developers looked at the manga and decided to take inspiration from there.
    • In the Yellow arc, there's a flashback of Oak's Kangaskhan beating one of Agatha's ghosts with a Dizzy Punch, which should be a total cop out seeing how Normal moves don't affect Ghosts. Now about a decade later in the newer games, Kangaskhan is given the ability Scrappy...which allows Normal (and Fighting) attacks to hit Ghost-types. But of course, Oak KNEW that and Agatha thought he was making fun of her, but he just didn't want to hurt her Pokemon.
      • Similarly from Yellow, the entire story arc was about humans being bad for Pokemon and for all humans in the world to be eliminated for their sake. Cue Black and White, the main conflict of the story being about Pokemon liberation.
    • The new "critical captures" feature in the Black and White games sound a lot like capture spots. (Spots, which Silver describes it as, where the life energy of a Pokemon is concentrated, and thus the best spot to throw a Pokeball.)
    • So, you dress up as a Rocket member to infiltrate their base, only to have your cover blown because your disguise was ripped off... Adventures did it long before the HeartGold and SoulSilver games were released.
    • Zapmolcuno is finished off by a Blastoise, Charizard, and Venusaur simultaneously using their strongest attacks. It's the Triple Finish!
    • In the GSC arc, Misty ends up fighting Suicune in a cave behind Tohjo Falls. Turns out there really is a cave there in the game canon...
    • Eusine's Electrode can fly around with the power of electric currents. Gen 4 introduces Magnet Rise note .
    • The manga started FatherlyShipping in the GSC arc. Hilariously enough, rather than having Falkner and Janine respect each other over their mutual daddy issues, the HeartGold and SoulSilver games took it into the other direction.
    • In Pokémon Platinum, you get the chance to purchase an insanely expensive villa and furnish it with insanely expensive furniture. Good thing that the lead character of the corresponding arc was conveniently already established to be insanely rich.
    • A green jewel meant to control Rayquaza...Emerald had one on his forehead before the HeartGold and SoulSilver games came up with the concept.
    • It took five generations for Game Freak to have the Gym Leaders more involved with the plot, have secondary jobs, and have them directly oppose the evil villainous team. It took only one for Adventures.
    • Black's Munna clearing his head is a reference to the C-Gear. There is now a Munna C-Gear skin available.
    • In the Gold, Silver, and Crystal, some Rocket grunts supercharge Spinarak's Spider Web with electricity. Gen 5 introduces the move Electroweb.
    • In the Platinum arc, Caitlin's personal Pokemon is a Gallade. As it turns out in the Black and White games , she is a master of psychic Pokemon.
    • The confirmation of the world tournament showcasing the Gym Leaders and Champions in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2... yup, Adventures already had it in the Gold, Silver, and Crystal arc.
    • N gives his Servine to White. In Black 2 and White 2, you can catch N's Pokemon. Yeah Poke Spe already called it before the game even announced.
    • Being able to rent Pokemon actors in showbiz in Black 2 and White 2? Looks like the BW Agency will have a new source of revenue...
    • A trainer with the ability to read the minds of Pokemon tries to separate humans and Pokemon through the power of a legendary Pokemon. Now, is that game universe N, or Adventures universe Lance? (The sole difference is that N isn't murderous about it.)
    • In Gold, Silver, and Crystal, the Masked Man, Pryce pointed out that each of the major villains wanted something for their goal. For Giovanni, it was possessions (matter), for Lance, it was a Pokemon utopia (space), and for him, it was to go back in time. Come Pokémon Diamond and Pearl with Dialga (master of time), Palkia (master of space), and Giratina (master of antimatter). This comes full circle in HeartGold and SoulSilver , where each former villain fights their respective dragon)
    • While it's debatable if this this is a coincidence at all, the whole thing about Silver being Giovanni's son was actually started in this series.
    • In the first part of the generation I arc, Green steals her Squirtle from Professor Oak. Come generation II, game Silver does the exact same thing. Naturally, this was tied into the story in generation II, possibly being what started the idea of them having a Like Brother and Sister relationship and Dark and Troubled Past together.
    • Kusaka and Yamamoto went to France. A month later, sixth gen announcements came out, revealing that the new region was to take place in Poke-France.
    • Most readers found Ruby scaring away a wild Salamence, an intimidating pseudo-legendary, with just a Poochyena, Ralts, and a Skitty to be a bit far-fetched. Then Gen VI came out and introduced a new Fairy type amongst a select group of Pokemon, with the Ralts/Kirlia/Gardevoir line being one of them. Fairy types are super effective against Dragon types. Salamence is a Dragon type. This scene holds much more water now. Likewise, Gold's Togepi takes down a Tyranitar and a Dragonite, both weak against its retconned Fairy-type.
    • It is noted that Emerald's Pokemon are extremely affectionate towards him and go out of their way to please him. In two different battles, Sudowoodo barely survives an attack that should've taken it out and Sceptile breaks free of the "frozen" status on its own. Both of these instances are now possible in-game via Pokemon-Amie, which works through affection.
    • Viz called the climatic battle of Hoenn "The Beginning and the End with Groudon and Kyogre". The Ruby and Sapphire remakes are called Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. (The last and first letters of the Greek alphabet, respectively.)
    • Gurkinn states that the Tower of Mastery holds secrets to the Legendary Pokemon Diancie. A week later, Coro Coro reveals that Diancie has a Mega Evolution.
    • In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Primal Kyogre is several times larger than regular Kyogre and its body composition now matches that of seawater. In the Emerald chapter, Guile Hideout uses Jirachi to wish up a monstrously-large fake Kyogre made out of seawater.
    • In the Ruby and Sapphire chapter, a shard of the Meteorite plays a vital role in the final battle of Hoenn. Come the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire games, a Meteorite Shard is a Key Item is needed for a different but equally important part.
    • Team Magma's hideout is nothing more than a cave, Maxie is sometimes shown drinking, and the him and Three Fires often snarked but clearly looked out for each other. Team Aqua had a snazzier hideout, Archie was the trusted head of the TV station, and he and the SSS ultimately ditched each other. In the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire games, this is all but reversed; Team Magma are modeled after scientists and are personally indifferent to each other, while Team Aqua look like pirates and clearly treat each other like family.
    • The Ruby and Sapphire chapter ended with the main characters being send to an alternate timeline where everyone survived the final battle, then the games Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire made the concept of alternate timelines (albeit ambiguously) canon.
    • In the Ruby and Sapphire chapter's backstory, a Salamence trashed a lab, resulting in Rayquaza's escape. In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, there is a new character called Zinnia that owns a Salamence and is related to Rayquaza. This was even tied together in when Adventures got to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
    • In the FRLG chapter, Mewtwo splits the physical manifestation of its psychic powers, its spoon, into pieces to fire onto its opponent. Gen 5 gives Mewtwo a new signature move, Psystrike, which uses its special attack to deal physical damage. The XY chapter shows the move again, this time explicitly calling it by name.
    • The upcoming Sun/Moon arc of the Pokemon anime will have a school setting. The manga did this first with the B 2 W 2 arc.
  • Humor Dissonance: Diamond and Pearl's Boke and Tsukkomi Routine doesn't always appeal to Western audiences, but the characters that they're performing it for in-universe seldom fail to find it hysterical.
  • Hype Backlash: It's very rare, but it happens occasionally as a result of its common perception as the "official" manga or the one and only manga, and the fact that it greatly overshadows the other manga in the fandom's eyes. Of course, the reason it overshadows the other manga is that most of them never get released outside of Japan as not being long enough to warrant much discussion (with some being as painfully short as three chapters). Adding to this, there's also the misconception that most fans make about the manga being very "dark and edgy" that gives new readers the impression of expecting a lot of death and blood and such, which is clearly not the case. And while yes, this manga does have the occasional blood and psychological scenes mixed in, especially in the first two generations which at times read like a Nuzlocke run, it is still essentially a children's manga (at least up to Naruto or One Piece standards, maybe even less so). It's darker than the Pokemon anime and games, that's for certain, but outside of the franchise it's just a rather decent-quality shonen manga.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: Really a lot. (SpecialShipping, OldRivalShipping, etc.)
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • The Blue/Green switching has turned into this as there are some fans who prefer the original names and there are others who prefer the dub ones, making discussions about those two characters confusing at times. And naming the female character "Leaf" is generally not a good idea, as they claim that said name is not used in this adaptation.
    • With Ash-Greninja revealed for Pokémon Sun and Moon, fans of this manga are now up in arms over the possibility of Ash himself existing in this continuity. Ash-Greninja is Flame Bait whenever it's brought up in this context.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Green has been shipped with Red, Blue, Silver, Sabrina, and even Yellow.
    • Despite Yellow's obvious crush on Red, fans have shipped her with many, many other characters, including those who have yet to appear!
    • Red himself has also been paired with just about everyone.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Giovanni manipulated nearly every event in the first arc of the manga and can predict how a battle will turn out, what moves his opponent will make, how to counter-attack, AND the time it will take for it all to happen!
    • Cyrus; he's ahead of the good guys, even Cynthia, throughout most of the Diamond and Pearl.
    • Green also demonstrates aspects of this, despite being a heroine; she manipulates nearly every event in the second arc by setting Yellow on her quest and telling her never to remove her hat— which she bugs with a GPS beacon and recording device. "I've been... um... using Yellow as my learning aid!" She eventually becomes a Guile Hero by FireRed and LeafGreen
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • It's quite popular on Pixiv to take a scene from the manga and render it anime-style.
    • Medleys are also popular on Nico Nico Douga, usually with fans (as the characters) singing original lyrics.
    • Fans have no doubt in their minds that the author, Hidenori Kusaka, can see into the future. That, or he may just have a Celebi.
    • As soon as this image came out, everyone on the site immediately began coming up with different lines to edit in.
  • Moe:
    • Many a Dia fan has stated that he is the personification of adorableness.
    • Crys has her moments in HeartGold and SoulSilver'', mainly due to her new outfit (Lyra's from the games.)
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • While the Elite Four's plan for human genocide is horrific on it's own, Agatha's part in it is especially bad because she has no good reason for it - she simply desires greatness and to prove the supremacy of strong Pokemon trained by elite trainers in order to spite Professor Oak. She also gleefully expresses her desire to see both Oak and his grandson Blue dead.
    • What the Mask of Ice did to all the children he kidnapped put him on the line. Threatening the life of Kurt's granddaughter in order to make him comply with his demands sent him soaring over it into practically irredeemable territory. This is actually made tragic when it's learned that all this is done because Pryce cannot let go of a past tragedy and desperately wants to reunite his Lapras.
    • Archie crosses it when he murders Maxie in order to claim the Guile Hideout armor. Well, at least we think he did. They Never Found the Body. But he probably did, as during the ORAS arc, they both say that they were both transported to the distortion world, and managed to escape during Giritina's rampage in the Platinum arc.
    • Sird had her Darkrai turn the four Kanto trainers plus Silver into stone and left them there for dead.
    • Cyrus' entire plan to tear the entire universe apart through a time/space distortion and then recreate it but devoid of spirit counts, as does Charon and Giratina nearly killing Dia.
    • Ghetsis has crossed the line several times over. His original Moral Event Horizon plans from the games are still here, but on top of that he has the Unova Gym Leaders captured, beaten up/tortured, and hung up on crosses in order to make a statement of Team Plasma's superiority, and then tries to have his Hydregion kill Black with fire. When normal trainers interfere and stand up to Team Plasma, he orders for them to be killed too! Then when he and Black face off, he unleashes a team specially formed and trained to counter Black's team so that he can render Black defenseless and then murder him and his Pokemon in order to cover up N's defeat. But the ultimate kicker is what happens after the battle - Ghetsis has Beheeyem thrust Black towards Reshiram as it's reverting back into the light stone so that Black gets sealed inside the stone as well! Purely out of spite and sadism!
  • Narm: During the climax of Gold, Silver, and Crystal, there's a moment where Gold reads Oak's letter detailing the unique skills of the various trainers and sees he not on the list. He takes this to mean he has no special skill and yells "TELL ME!!!". Narmy enough. But then it turns out their was another letter stuck in the envelope detailing his skill.
  • One True Threesome: Diamond/Pearl/Platinum is notable for being pretty much canon; it is constantly said how the three of them represent the three parts that make up the perfect spirit, they all cried the first day they were separated since their journey, and the Platinum arc ends with them being surrogate parents to two baby Pokemon.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: There are those who bash White for being a Neutral Female and not being an Action Girl like her predecessors. Never mind that:
    • 1) There's still plenty of time for her to grow into an Action Girl. After all, Yellow knew even less about Pokemon training when she started out.
    • 2) She has a full-time job that doesn't leave her room for Pokemon training, nor does her job require it.
    • 3) Said job involves running her own business. When she actually does decide that she needs to learn how to fight, she actually has to suspend her agency.
      • Completely averted when she gets on the Battle Subway and comes back a complete badass.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Emerald attracts the most ire from fans mainly for two reasons: Being a Canon Foreigner like Yellow (But at least SHE was established about ten chapters earlier), but replacing Wally as a possible main protagonist.
    • White's Tepig, Gigi, seems to be the most reviled Mon in the series. Many fans will probably never forgive her for ditching her trainer/employer (who is clearly shown to be very fond of her) and then showing no concern as said trainer falls from the top of a Ferris wheel and slips into a coma. It gets worse with the revelation that White had actually saved Gigi from a situation that N had put her in.
    • Black's Musha has gotten this treatment too after it abandons Black because it didn't like the taste of his dreams anymore. It coming back though seems to have it Rescued from the Scrappy Heap. It helps that it only left to get stronger in hopes of boosting Black's morale.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • Despite the shipping fandom being peaceful in general, small breaks happen every now and then. The less said about the ongoing Dia/Platinum vs. Pearl/Platinum debate, the better.
    • Most N/White shippers tend to have quite a bit of flak to launch at Black/White shippers, and vice-versa. A bit ironic, really, since the game-verse ship (FerrisWheelShipping) comes from the ever-famous ferris wheel scene, while in the manga, that scene is probably one of the biggest Tear Jerker moments in the series, with White losing G Igi to N and falling a good dozen feet to the ground, landing on her back/side. Unsurprisingly, said scene hasn't halted the shippers even slightly.
  • Spoiled by the Format: For the first half of Diamond and Pearl chapter, Platinum's name was never mentioned until the confirmation of the game with the same name. By the time Viz published the said chapter as a separately-numbered series, they had to rename it to Pokemon Adventures:Diamond, Pearl, & Platinum to keep people from confusing it with their other Diamond and Pearl manga, thus completely spoiling Platinum's name from the beginning. It also doesn't help that Pokemon Platinum had already been out by then for years, allowing fans to easily connect the dots on their own.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Throughout the events of the Ruby and Sapphire arc, Wally was heavily foreshadowed to become the next Dex holder for Emerald. Unfortunately, when Emerald arc finally came around, a new character was created, and Wally was quietly pushed to the side, to the disappointment of many a fan.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Manga based on the first two Pokémon Ranger games are made canon with the Diamond, Pearl, Platinum storyline. Pokémon Colosseum, despite having a manga, has not been given this treatment.
  • Toy Ship: Any ships involving 2 Dex Holders before Black and White, since they're still underage.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Pryce, aka the Masked Man. The reader is clearly supposed to find him sympathetic since he lost his two Lapras to a freak accident and it's made obvious that he truly cares about his Pokémon in general. That doesn't really justify kidnapping children to be forced to work for him, brainwashing a group of criminals, funding a program that forces evolution (which is implied to be painful), and attempting the murder 2 minors. He can easily come across as a huge Jerkass because of all the things he did just to reunite with them instead of just accepting a loss that wasn't really his (or anyone else's) fault or even trying to go about it in a less extreme manner (which the Celebi Asspull from Ruby and Sapphire indirectly implies was an option).
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Thanks to his long red hair, there's hardly a reader who hasn't mistaken Silver for a girl upon seeing him for the first time. In-story, Gold mistakes Bugsy, the Azalea Town gym leader, for a girl when meeting him.
    • The Shadow Triad appear to be Mello Expies.
  • The Woobie:
    • Mewtwo. The revelation that the Sinnoh chapters take place after HeartGold and SoulSilver (not to mention that this still hasn't been resolved as of Black and White) means that he's been chasing after Sird for years, probably under the belief that the Kanto Dex Holders (plus Silver) are still petrified.
    • The Kalos kids, have their hometown destroyed in the first round of their chapter.
  • Woolseyism
    • Viz switching Green and Blue's names around may be this seeing as Red and Blue were the original games to come out in the US.
    • During Gold, Silver, and Crystal, Gold faces the Sprout Tower's sages. In the Japanese original, they have punny names; this is kept in Chuang Yi's version, but Viz played it for game accuracy and the pun was lost.
    • When the Gym Leaders are introduced during the Pokemon League, Lt. Surge is referred as "The Lightning Soldier" rather than his official game title, "The Lightning American".
    • At the end of Gold, Silver, and Crystal, rather than editing out the image of Gold patting Blue's butt, Viz made Gold claim it was an accident. Since Gold's face still indicates him doing it on purpose, it works by making him seem like he was making excuses for himself.
    • Dia and Pearl's pun-based manzai skits are different in every translation since the jokes would be Lost in Translation otherwise.

Alternative Title(s): Pokemon Special

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