YMMV: Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai

  • Awesome Music: Oracion.
    • The two songs during the end credits, "Living in the Shadow" and "I'll Always Remember You."
    • Darkrai's leitmotif. A chilling bell gives way to strings and a creepy organ downbeat.
  • Broken Base: Some people think this movie is one of or the best movie in the franchise, most people find it So Okay, It's Average, while a few people think it's one of the worst Pokemon movies.
  • Creepy Awesome: Darkrai, a living shadow that fought against two deity pokemon. Even better was he was only acting scary to prevent the deities from ruining Alamos Town's garden, which was for everyone.
  • Critical Research Failure: The only Shellos that appear in the movie are of the East Sea variety, although Alamos Town is actually on the west side of Mt. Coronet.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Palkia and Dialga. Funny how they are both dragons.
  • Ear Worm: "Living in the shadow - Oh, Darkrai!"
    • "Everywhere I walk I see your shadow..."
  • Evil Is Cool: Though not exactly evil, Palkia and Dialga.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Baron Alberto (before his transformation).
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Darkrai/Alice since the former risked his life to save the latter multiple times, while the latter felt worried whenever the former was hurt. You'd be surprised to see how many fans ship them instead of the Official Couple Tonio/Alice.
  • Genius Bonus: The Oración piece drawn at the back of the photograph of Gody and Alice on a bench, if played in the treble clef, is the same as the Oración actually played during the movie, albeit only the melody line.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: As mentioned on the main page, this movie had reused some plot devices from its predecessor Pokemon movies, hence why most Pokemon fans find it So Okay, It's Average.
  • It Was His Sled: Darkrai turning out to be a Dark Is Not Evil hero.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Most people only watched this movie to see the ongoing battle between Palkia and Dialga and/or see Darkrai.
    • A few just wanted to watch the beginning of the movie with all the past generations of legendary pokemon (except Raikou and Lucario isn't legendary) battling in one scene.
  • Memetic Badass: Darkrai.
" THIS GARDEN IS EVERYONE'S!"
  • Moral Event Horizon: If warping a whole town into another dimension wasn't bad enough, then the Spacetime Duo crossed it when they killed off Darkrai.
  • Narm: "THIS GARDEN IS FOR EVERYONE!"
  • Nightmare Fuel: seeing Darkrai himself get disintegrated, bit by bit.
    • A nightmare within a nightmare: when Ash was put to sleep by Darkrai's Dark Void, he sees a really menacing projection of Palkia.
    • Watching Alamos Town slowly disappear into another dimension by Palkia.
  • Paranoia Fuel: You see the vast fog over your town? That's no ordinary fog. Behind that fog isn't clear blue skies, but a whole different dimension that some invisible being has sent you in. Oh, and by the way? Your loved ones who are asleep will never wake up and are suffering from never ending nightmares. And all because their captor Darkrai is trying to stop a dangerous battle between the Pokemon of time and space.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Lickilicky to a small extent. While still an unpopular pokemon overall, people tend to like Alberto's Lickilicky.
    • Take That, Scrappy!: Though, for those who still hate the creature do enjoy watching all the abuse it goes through. Especially Baron Alberto's evil portrayal as Licklicky.
  • Signature Song: "Living in the Shadow" by Chris Barczynski.
  • Tear Jerker: When Ash and gang cry over Darkrai's "death" at the end.
    • When Darkrai learns that it wasn't the beloved Alicia he was protecting but her granddaughter, Alice.
    • Watching Darkrai pull a Heroic Sacrifice is heartbreaking, but what takes the cake is Alice tearfully watching her friend disintegrate right before her eyes.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Darkrai, who was hated by nearly everyone in-universe, but largely popular outside universe.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Although it has no gender in the main games and is a male in Mystery Dungeon, more than a few viewers thought that Palkia was female. This may be due to the fact that Palkia has wide hips and a low waist-hip ratio, has stiletto clawed feet, shares the same roar as the female Boga, and is freakin' pink whereas Dialga is blue.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The Space-Time Towers when they glow golden wings as they play Oracion.
  • The Woobie: Alice.
    • Iron Woobie: Darkrai, who never meant any harm, was cared for by Alicia, and went on to eventually save Alice's life, was still oppressed and antagonized by the people of Alamos Town.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Baron Alberto. As much the Jerkass he is, he still goes through a whole bunch of crap throughout the movie. Also, there's Team Rocket.