* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: The anime itself does this with several characters from the games.
** Brock is TheMentor, though this is somewhat reminiscent of [[TheSmartGuy his other anime counterpart]].
** The Marowak ghost [[spoiler:isn't trying to attack humans; it's trying to ''warn people away from Team Rocket'']].
** Giovanni. [[spoiler:As a child he was a Pokémon trainer much like Red. When he battles Red, he remembers how much he enjoyed Pokémon when he was younger, making him something of an AudienceSurrogate for older ''Pokémon'' fans.]]
** [[spoiler:Mewtwo is little more than an uncontrollable and incredibly powerful wild animal, which is a far cry from its portrayal in other adaptations. Consistent with those adaptations, it obviously wants to be left alone, but Red won't leave. On the other hand, this is basically how it was portrayed in the game itself.]]
* AuthorsSavingThrow:
** The entire existence of ''Origins'' can be seen as one for ''Pokémon'' fans who wish the anime followed the games more closely. Its DarkerAndEdgier tendencies also are intended to appeal to fans of the original games who had outgrown the anime.
** [[spoiler:Mega Charizard X's reveal in this special. When Mega Charizard Y was originally revealed, it was said to retain its typing and was thought to be the final nail in the coffin for Charizard ever being a Dragon-type. Cue this special being aired in Japan, revealing in a post-credits sequence that Mega Charizard X was a Fire/Dragon.]]
* AwesomeEgo: Blue is every bit as rude and arrogant as he is in the games, but no less popular for it.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Many of the classic themes from ''Red'' and ''Green/Blue'' are redone as proper orchestral pieces here. And it is ''awesome''.
* BrokenBase:
** When the first trailers where shown, people were split on whether the art style was good or not.
** The inclusion of game elements (trainers using up to six Pokémon while Gym Leaders use a few; showing health bars; linear, back and forth battles, etc.) have fans split on whether they meshed well with a realistic ''Pokémon'' universe. A derivative of this argument instead dwells upon ''which'' games ''Origins'' should've been based upon, as the OVA uses many of the characters designs introduced in the Gen III remakes yet sticks to Gen I gameplay mechanics.
** When it was announced, people were butting heads over which was better: this, or the regular anime. [[FandomRivalry Particularly when it came to their protagonists.]] Asking if Red actually is a better Trainer than Ash--in terms of not only accomplishments, but battling styles, battling ''efficiency'', and raising/caring for their Pokémon--[[FlameWar can result in incredibly nasty debates]], particularly where [[FanDumb die-hard Red fans]]/[[HateDumb Ash haters]] are concerned, so tread lightly.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: [[spoiler:After the Mewtwo from [[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened the 16th anime series movie]] sparked an InternetBackdraft, many fans enjoyed Mewtwo in this special, as it provided a ''third'' interpretation of the character after the two anime series Mewtwo -- essentially, an uncontrollable and highly dangerous superpowered wild animal… just like any other Pokémon in the games.]]
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: ''Origins'' was hyped to oblivion in the West due to many fans being fed up with [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the regular anime]]. In Japan, its TV ratings weren't spectacular, and it failed to outdraw a regular anime special starring Cilan and Brock. Naturally, ''Origins'' was available for purchase on [=iTunes=] in the West long before the regular anime.
* HellIsThatNoise: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAdGv89e0sE CHARMANDER'S SCREAM.]] Most of it was removed in the dub, but the cry is still there--just shorter--and still terrifying nonetheless.
** [[spoiler:Mewtwo]] [[UnstoppableRage shrieking like a maniac]] after Red throws his first Ultra Ball at it and it breaks free. It's like some nightmarish klaxon siren: not something a living being should sound like, and the NightmareFace does not help ''at all''.
* HypeBacklash: While ''Origins'' is well-liked among of older fans of the games for being a mostly-faithful and [[DarkerAndEdgier more mature]] adaptation of ''Red/Blue'' with high quality animation, slick battle scenes, and [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation interesting takes on certain characters and events]], there is a sizable contingent of fans, even those who are part of said PeripheryDemographic, who see the four-part OVA not as the best ''Pokémon'' animation in years, but a SoOkayItsAverage production for a variety of reasons, some of which ironically echo criticisms aimed at the anime. These include but are not limited to pacing problems leading to a rushed narrative that somehow glosses over Red's primary goal of catching all 150 Pokémon, Red's one-note personality and general lack of CharacterDevelopment, the over-reliance of [[WolverinePublicity Charizard]] to the point of [[SpotlightStealingSquad overshadowing all other Mons]] for the sake of [[spoiler:[[MerchandiseDriven advertising Mega Evolution in Gen VI]]]] (some have even argued that the rest of Red's ever-rotating team consists of {{jobber}}s there to make his starter look good when a battle is shown in full, with Charizard itself usually bailed out through [[AssPull last-second miracles]]), and ''Origins''[='=] own fair share of mid-battle inconsistencies that make [[StrongAsTheyNeedToBe Red's competency level fluctuate wildly]] despite the reliance on "Gen I game logic," the rematch with Giovanni being a major offender. Not helping matters is the fact that Red, a MemeticBadass in the games (and the ''[[Manga/PokemonAdventures Special]]'' manga to a lesser extent), has a ''very'' noxious fanbase that latched onto his ''Origins'' counterpart and placed him upon a lofty pedestal, all the while deriding Ash/the anime and conveniently downplaying/ignoring the faults of Red/''Origins''.
* ILikedItBetterWhenItSucked: One of the other aspects [[BrokenBase dividing the fandom]] was how some older fans of the anime had [[NarmCharm gotten so used to the cheesy dub]] that a more sophisticated one felt bland by comparison.
* ItsShortSoItSucks: While sucks might be too strong of a word, many fans were disappointed that the OVA was only four episodes, and that only a couple of the Gym Leaders were highlighted among other rushed moments.
* ItWasHisSled: Spoiler alert -- [[spoiler:Mega Charizard X exists]]! This came as a surprise when the special first aired, although its ''appearance'' in the special may still come as a surprise for some.
* JerkassWoobie: Blue. Sure, he's much more of an asshole than he is in the games, but you'd be lying if you didn't want to give the poor guy a hug at ''some'' point--especially during, and after, his last battle with Red.
** And it doesn't stop there, either. [[spoiler:After his ill-fated battle against Mewtwo, in which his Pokédex was crushed after his Blastoise fell on it, a bandaged and bedridden Blue can only watch as his rival hands in his completed Pokédex to the professor.]]
* MisaimedFandom: The special was meant to be a tribute to the video games, but some persons latched onto it as being the "true" anime, putting Red on a pedestal while bashing Ash.
* {{Narm}}: For several viewers, Red's explanation for how his name ties into his choice of a starter Pokémon comes across as downright cheesy. While it's been accepted for a long time that the first few Gens had... odd name choices for the protagonists and rivals, some felt ''Origins'' would've been better off just letting it be instead of awkwardly trying to justify it.
* NightmareFuel:
** The moment when Blue's Squirtle uses Bite on Red's Charmander. Squirtle chomps Charmander ''on the neck'', and for about ten seconds, you hear it ''screaming''. The flame on its tail starts dying before Red retrieves it. The screaming was toned down in the dub, though it leads to a different kind of Nightmare Fuel.
** They animated the "Do you believe in ghosts?" scene; when the woman asks the question, Red answers with "Not at all, I don't think they exist" nervously. The woman responds with "The white hand on your shoulder, I'm imagining that right?" Red laughs nervously and replies "Could you please stop joking around?", and when Red opens his eyes, she and her friend are ''nowhere to be seen''. Worse still, if you look closely, '''''[[spoiler:Red actually does have a white hand [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/944090be0f8a33ad85625a425cf6281a/tumblr_mu4bw9ypIN1qggaalo2_500.png on his shoulder]].]]'''''
** Remember hearing about the Marowak killed by Team Rocket? Well here, you actually see it. Sure, [[GoryDiscretionShot it cuts away from the actual killing]], but they do ''not'' skirt the implications '''at all'''. Oh, and even though they cut away? You can perfectly hear Marowak's [[SarcasmMode lovely]] '''blood-curdling scream'''. The pitch is almost ''human'', which just makes it more painful and haunting to hear. Like when Charmander got bitten by Squirtle, this was also downplayed in the dub.
** [[spoiler:When Giovanni's Rhyhorn [[OneHitKill OHKOs]] Red's Victreebel with Horn Drill, you can ''see a puncture wound in Victreebel's stomach.'']]
** [[spoiler:Seeing Blue in bandages after his encounter with Mewtwo.]]
** [[spoiler:Mewtwo]]'s silhouette wreathed in flames is nightmarish.
* OlderThanTheyThink:
** ''Manga/PokemonZensho'' did a rather game accurate adaptation of the Kanto games over ten years before ''Origins''.
** Giovanni being presented as someone who UsedToBeASweetKid? ''Manga/HowIBecameAPokemonCard'' did it first.
* PanderingToTheBase:
** Charizard's role as the main Pokémon, and [[SeriesMascot Pikachu]] having little more than a cameo. Charizard is one of the more popular Pokémon, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff especially in the west]]. Additionally, the specials showcased [[spoiler:Mega Charizard X]].
** [[spoiler:Red actually catching all 150 Pokémon of Kanto, which is a common criticism of Ash for not living up to the English's slogan.]]
*** In fact, [[spoiler:there only being 150 known Pokémon could be seen as a nod to more adamant old-timers who reject the existence of #151, Mew, and the totality of all other generations of Pokémon beyond the original]].
** Team Rocket actually showing up and pulling off the heists they did in the original games, which didn't happen most of time with Team Rocket in anime.
** [[spoiler:The confirmation that Mr. Fuji from Lavender Town is the same person as the Dr. Fuji that worked on the creation of Mewtwo. This was previously hinted at on a sign found on the event-only Faraway Island in ''Emerald'' (though only the Japanese version had the name on the sign).]]
** [[spoiler:Mewtwo's characterization in the special. After the 16th movie's Mewtwo proved to be rather diverse among the fandom, this Mewtwo's personality was much better received. It should be note that the special and the movie came out in the same year.]]
* SignatureScene: Red's Charmander's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAdGv89e0sE blood-curdling scream of agony]] when it's bit by Blue's Squirtle, which notably [[DarkerAndEdgier sets the tone]] for this particular adaptation.
* SubbingVsDubbing: Some people love the English dub ({{Bowdleriz|e}}ation aside), others outright hate it. Notably, Dogasu, usually a harsh critic of English ''Pokémon'' dubs, actually said that the dub is really good, to the point where he warned people to avoid fansubs of the special due to their generally low quality.
* TearJerker: Cubone reuniting with the ghost of its dead mother, as well as the flashback telling Cubone's story.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks:
** You'll see plenty of people complaining about the dub changing Charmander's horrifying scream into something far less frightful.
** There's also the people who dislike the DubNameChange from Green to Blue, despite the change matching Blue's English name from ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Gold/Silver/Crystal]]'', ''[[VideoGameRemake HeartGold/SoulSilver]]'', ''and'' ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 Black 2/White 2]]''.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: It's still family-friendly, but its Gen I basis and existence alongside [[AnimationAgeGhetto the regular anime]] make it clear that ''Origins'' was made for '90s kids first and 2013 kids second.
* {{Woolseyism}}: Despite the LostInTranslation matter regarding Blue's shirt losing its reference to ''Pokémon Green Version'' (and ''Pokémon [=LeafGreen=] Version'', by extension), the English name change of "Green" to "Blue" allows both Red and Blue's names to match the original English paired versions (''Red and Blue'') as well as the colors/elements of their starter Pokémon (Charizard and Blastoise, respectively), the latter of which being something that the Japanese version of ''Origins'' '''doesn't''' do.
** Although, in the second case, Green/Blue vocally denies any attempt to make his Pokémon choice match his name, unlike Red.