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  • Arc Fatigue: The Manaphy Arc, as a result of poor management, excessively common periods of downtime meant for character development that were all clumped together, and constant player punches, all ending in a much-bemoaned Anti-Climax.
    • Kane's takeover of Opelucid, which—while interesting—came at the same time as two of the Sins' introductions, splitting focus between the two and causing both to stall as a result of the three antagonists being managed by the same player. Real life issues eventually caused the player to go on hiatus from the game, prompting the GMs to take over and wrap up both.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The entire sequence involving Jake Soren and Jason Alco traversing through a parallel dimension inhabited by "the Entities," massive creatures representing different elements. Their inclusion to the story contributed virtually nothing to the game and has never been expanded upon, and Parugi has since declared it non-canon.
  • Designated Villain: Team Rocket, primarily due to how forceful their takeover was implied to be and because of the public disturbances that their Mooks have caused. Contrary to popular belief, however, Team Rocket's reign has had a fair number of positive effects on the Kanto regions, and the Shadow Admins have made a point of stopping the trouble caused by their lower-ranking group members.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Skye of Team Zephyr has gotten a lot of love right from her introduction.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The Shadowed Man, no question about it.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Shadow Admin Ace authorizing the reactivation of the Shadow Pokemon project, effectively allowing a group of scientists to perform unspeakable experiments on Pokemon to turn them into super soldiers.
    • Sabrina has one after killing Archie when she takes his Pokémon, still inside of their Pokéballs, and psychically crushes them, killing all of them as a result. It has since been revealed, however, that she has been under Mind Control by Rocket Executive Elton for some time, along with Surge and Koga, and so this may not have been of her own free will.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: While still not particularly well-liked, Silvermind has at least improved in terms of (for the most part) no longer being seen as purely a plot device for the Manaphy Arc. While her attitude and actions toward Kyle and Esen earn her Jerkass points, they are at least mitigated by the fact that they are in line with her established personality.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Carl Sandrock, of Manaphy Arc infamy, and Soil Colossus, Inc. by extension.
    • Dan the Mad, for being an annoying troll with no actual value in the story aside from forced comic relief.
    • Samuel Freeman for similar reasons to Dan the Mad.
    • Silvermind, for the longest time, due to her Damsel in Distress nature stemming from being created as a plot device for the infamous Manaphy Arc. Lessened somewhat as of late by her becoming more involved in current events—most notably those in Cianwood City.
    • One would be hard-pressed to find a fan of Gerald Hikari, given his status as a Complete Monster.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Both Ace and Bluefalcon. Two highly-ranked female members of their respective teams with pre-established facts and actions that could have led to some very interesting character development, both killed off rather lacklusterly early on in the story. Parugi himself cites the early deaths of these two (particularly the latter) as deep regrets.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Again, the Manaphy Arc is the one that immediately comes to mind, for good reason. Despite the amount of investment that was put into it, poor execution on the part of its managing player resulted in virtually no payoff and much backlash from the players involved.

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