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* In fact, many of the early episodes had characters who were completely and utterly arrogant and a {{Jerkass}} towards Ash with probably the worst being Gym Leader Erika, who ''bans'' Ash from her gym because ''[[DisproportionateRetribution he didn't like her perfume]]''.

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* In fact, many of the early episodes had characters who were completely and utterly arrogant and a {{Jerkass}} towards Ash with probably the worst being Gym Leader Erika, who ''bans'' Ash from her gym because ''[[DisproportionateRetribution he didn't like her perfume]]''.Ash.


* There was also the Pokédex, who is usually just a computer spouting off information about Pokémon. In the first episode, it seemed to have a personality as a DeadpanSnarker, acting like a dick toward Ash when he found a Rattata going through his bag. The idea of the Pokédex as a character in its own right would not be revisited until the Sun and Moon season, when Ash received a [[FairyCompanion Rotom Dex]].

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* There was also the Pokédex, who is usually just a computer spouting off information about Pokémon. In the first episode, it seemed to have a personality as a DeadpanSnarker, acting like a dick toward Ash when he found a Rattata going through his bag. The idea of the Pokédex as a character in its own right would not be revisited until the Sun ''Sun and Moon Moon'' season, when Ash received a [[FairyCompanion Rotom Dex]].


** A more minor example is that in the earlier days of the show, several gym leaders were one-shot characters. Ash would simply show up at the gym and meet the gym leader, get his badge, and then leave, all in the same episode. The last gym leader where this happened was Wattson at the Mauville Gym, the third gym in the Hoenn League, though this was ultimately subverted in the episode where Ash and co. returned to Mauville City and met up with him again. Aside from that, the last gym leader to get this treatment was Chuck, the Cianwood Gym Leader, the fifth one in Johto. Nowadays, Ash never gets a gym badge in the same episode where the gym leader debuts. He will either spend their debut episode with them on a non-gym-related plot and have his gym battle in the next episode, or he will have a gym battle with them but lose and re-challenge the gym. Another possibility is that he will challenge them to a gym battle in their debut episode, and the same battle will continue into the next episode where he will win it[[note]]Sootpoloils, Striation, and Virbank, with the Striation one being notable for being 3 1-on-1s over the course of 2 episodes; the other 2 also had some non-standard conditions[[/note]].

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** A more minor example is that in the earlier days of the show, several gym leaders were one-shot characters. Ash would simply show up at the gym and meet the gym leader, get his badge, and then leave, all in the same episode. The last gym leader where this happened was Wattson at the Mauville Gym, the third gym in the Hoenn League, though this was ultimately subverted in the episode where Ash and co. returned to Mauville City and met up with him again. Aside from that, the last gym leader to get this treatment was Chuck, the Cianwood Gym Leader, the fifth one in Johto. Nowadays, Ash never gets a gym badge in the same episode where the gym leader debuts. He will either spend their debut episode with them on a non-gym-related plot and have his gym battle in the next episode, or he will have a gym battle with them but lose and re-challenge the gym. Another possibility is that he will challenge them to a gym battle in their debut episode, and the same battle will continue into the next episode where he will win it[[note]]Sootpoloils, Striation, it[[note]]Sootpolis, Striaton, and Virbank, with the Striation Striaton one being notable for being 3 1-on-1s over the course of 2 episodes; the other 2 also had some non-standard conditions[[/note]].


* The anime was quite bizarre in the beginning, containing such things as guns, NewRulesAsThePlotDemands that reached [[MemeticMutation memetic levels]], a few mentions of the concept of a Pokémon dying, which is almost never brought up anymore except in a few of the movies, and one mon-of-the-week being a talking Gastly (a rarity in itself) that also had abilities that were [[GreatGazoo patently absurd]]... Not to mention Sabrina's LivingToys. Emphasis on RuleOfFunny also led to some bizarre situations; {{visual pun}}s were emphasized and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d a lot more often in the first half of Kanto than anytime since.

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* The anime was quite bizarre in the beginning, containing such things as guns, NewRulesAsThePlotDemands that reached [[MemeticMutation memetic levels]], a few mentions of the concept of a Pokémon dying, which is almost never brought up anymore except in a few of the movies, and one mon-of-the-week being a talking Gastly (a rarity in itself) that also had abilities that were [[GreatGazoo patently absurd]]... Not to mention Sabrina's LivingToys. Emphasis on RuleOfFunny also led to some bizarre situations; {{visual pun}}s were emphasized and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d a lot more often in the first half of Kanto than anytime since.


* The anime was quite bizarre in the beginning, containing such things as guns (used rather sparingly and completely excised in the dub by the censors, but still), NewRulesAsThePlotDemands that reached [[MemeticMutation memetic levels]], a few mentions of the concept of a Pokémon dying, which is almost never brought up anymore except in a few of the movies, and one mon-of-the-week being a talking Gastly (a rarity in itself) that also had abilities that were [[GreatGazoo patently absurd]]... Not to mention Sabrina's LivingToys. Emphasis on RuleOfFunny also led to some bizarre situations; {{visual pun}}s were emphasized and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d a lot more often in the first half of Kanto than anytime since.

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* The anime was quite bizarre in the beginning, containing such things as guns (used rather sparingly and completely excised in the dub by the censors, but still), guns, NewRulesAsThePlotDemands that reached [[MemeticMutation memetic levels]], a few mentions of the concept of a Pokémon dying, which is almost never brought up anymore except in a few of the movies, and one mon-of-the-week being a talking Gastly (a rarity in itself) that also had abilities that were [[GreatGazoo patently absurd]]... Not to mention Sabrina's LivingToys. Emphasis on RuleOfFunny also led to some bizarre situations; {{visual pun}}s were emphasized and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d a lot more often in the first half of Kanto than anytime since.


** Team Rocket afts unusually violent in episode 12. They commit armed robbery and throw bombs at children. Later episodes downplay their hands-on violence.

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** Team Rocket afts acts unusually violent in episode 12. They commit armed robbery and throw bombs at children. Later episodes downplay their hands-on violence.



* A few early episodes like "Beauty and the Beach", "Electric Shock Showdown", and "Hypno's Naptime" make reference to ten-year old characters being found cute by teens and adults. This is a remnant from ''LightNovel/PocketMonstersTheAnimation'' having ten year olds as adults. Later episodes remove these jokes.

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* A few early episodes like "Beauty and the Beach", "Electric Shock Showdown", and "Hypno's Naptime" make reference to ten-year old characters being found cute by teens and adults. This is a remnant from ''LightNovel/PocketMonstersTheAnimation'' having ten year olds as adults. Later episodes remove these jokes.jokes.
* In the first episode, Professor Oak mentions that Pikachu sometimes have [[PersonalityPowers electric personalities]], which explains Pikachu's attitude. This was quickly done away as no other Pikachu displays these traits. Spiky personalities are associated with Raichu in the anime.


* Charmander's debut revolves around Charmander dying if their fire dies. This was later retconned away as Charmander's aren't harmed when their tails get wet. * Very early on, characters could keep as many Pokémon as they could carry. Charmander's owner Damien even had 30. It was revealed later in the Kanto arc that trainers can only carry six at a time.

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* Charmander's debut revolves around Charmander dying if their fire dies. This was later retconned away as Charmander's aren't harmed when their tails get wet.
* Very early on, characters could keep as many Pokémon as they could carry. Charmander's owner Damien even had 30. It was revealed later in the Kanto arc that trainers can only carry six at a time.


** Team Rocket afts unusually violent in episode 12. They commit armed robbery and throw bombs at children. Later episodes downplay their hands-on violence.



* In the Kanto arc, characters make repeated reference to there only being 151 known Pokémon. This was dropped after Johto revealed over 100 new Pokémon that have existed in another region for centuries. Very few Pokémon are "newly discovered" anymore.

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* In the Kanto arc, characters make repeated reference to there only being 151 known Pokémon. This was dropped after Johto revealed over 100 new Pokémon that have existed in another region for centuries. Very few Pokémon are "newly discovered" anymore.anymore.
* Throughout the sixth episode, Clefairy holds a Moon Stone yet doesn't evolve. Later episodes have it so that simple touching an evolutionary stone induces evolution.
* Charmander's debut revolves around Charmander dying if their fire dies. This was later retconned away as Charmander's aren't harmed when their tails get wet. * Very early on, characters could keep as many Pokémon as they could carry. Charmander's owner Damien even had 30. It was revealed later in the Kanto arc that trainers can only carry six at a time.
* A few early episodes like "Beauty and the Beach", "Electric Shock Showdown", and "Hypno's Naptime" make reference to ten-year old characters being found cute by teens and adults. This is a remnant from ''LightNovel/PocketMonstersTheAnimation'' having ten year olds as adults. Later episodes remove these jokes.


* Mewtwo was hyped up in the anime in a way other legendaries haven't. It prominently appears in several Kanto episodes. This was because the first movie was intended to be the ''only'' movie. It was originally a series finale, but the series ended up continuing past Kanto.

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* Mewtwo was hyped up in the anime in a way other legendaries haven't. It prominently appears in several Kanto episodes. This was because the first movie was intended to be the ''only'' movie. It was originally a series finale, but the series ended up continuing past Kanto.Kanto.
* In the Kanto arc, characters make repeated reference to there only being 151 known Pokémon. This was dropped after Johto revealed over 100 new Pokémon that have existed in another region for centuries. Very few Pokémon are "newly discovered" anymore.


* Early seasons featured Japanese and some English text. 4kids would remove the text and either replace it with English text, leave it blank, or use a random gibberish language. Eventually, even in Japan they began using the made up language in order to make the series more "international friendly" and fit the EarthDrift. The games also featured Japanese text until the fifth generation, where they embraced the anime's WingDinglish. English and Japanese still appear sometimes, but most text is consists of made-up text.

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* Early seasons featured Japanese and some English text. 4kids would remove the text and either replace it with English text, leave it blank, or use a random gibberish language. Eventually, even in Japan they began using the made up language in order to make the series more "international friendly" and fit the EarthDrift. The games also featured Japanese text until the fifth generation, where they embraced the anime's WingDinglish. English and Japanese still appear sometimes, but most text is consists of made-up text.


** In Japan, Meowth sounds like a cat and has a "nya" VerbalTic. They tried to emulate the verbal tic in early English dub episodes, but quickly dropped it.

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** In Japan, Meowth sounds like a cat and has a "nya" VerbalTic. They tried to emulate the verbal tic in early English dub episodes, episodes by having him say "meow" and "Meowth" sometimes, but quickly dropped it.



* Early seasons featured Japanese text. 4kids would remove the text and replace it with English text, leave it blank, or use a random gibberish language. Eventually, even in Japan they began using the made up language in order to make the series more "international friendly". This might also have to do with the EarthDrift. The games also featured Japanese text until the fifth generation, where they embraced the anime's WingDinglish.

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* Early seasons featured Japanese and some English text. 4kids would remove the text and either replace it with English text, leave it blank, or use a random gibberish language. Eventually, even in Japan they began using the made up language in order to make the series more "international friendly". This might also have to do with friendly" and fit the EarthDrift. The games also featured Japanese text until the fifth generation, where they embraced the anime's WingDinglish. English and Japanese still appear sometimes, but most text is consists of made-up text.



* Early episodes make it clear that humans eat Pokémon. "So Near, Yet So Farfetch'd" outright features a Pokédex entry that states Farfetch'd are near extinction because they're tasty when eaten with leek. Since Johto, the anime has been more ambiguous on where the meat comes from.

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* Early episodes make it clear that humans eat Pokémon. "So Near, Yet So Farfetch'd" outright features a Pokédex entry that states Farfetch'd are near extinction because they're tasty when eaten with leek. Since Johto, the anime has been more ambiguous on where the meat comes from.from.
* Mewtwo was hyped up in the anime in a way other legendaries haven't. It prominently appears in several Kanto episodes. This was because the first movie was intended to be the ''only'' movie. It was originally a series finale, but the series ended up continuing past Kanto.


* The English version of the series, ''especially'' the soundtracks, seem to hint that Misty secretly had feelings for Ash and hid it behind her {{Tsundere}} persona and her excuse of getting payment for her bike. The original Japanese version itself had a few moments of this (in particular note, Misty's arc in the second movie). It was highly likely that the entire angle was dropped once the series proved to be highly popular and Ash was given rotating companions, seeing as it wouldn't be until ''X & Y'' until an actual plot involving female characters having a crush on Ash was used.

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* The English version of the series, ''especially'' the soundtracks, seem to hint that Misty secretly had feelings for Ash and hid it behind her {{Tsundere}} persona and her excuse of getting payment for her bike. The original Japanese version itself had a few moments of this (in particular note, Misty's arc in the second movie). It was highly likely that the entire angle was dropped once the series proved to be highly popular and Ash was given rotating companions, seeing as it wouldn't be until ''X & Y'' until an actual plot involving female characters protagonists having a an obvious crush on Ash was used.



* Meowth's very backstory has been hit with this. The anime makes such a big deal about him being the only Meowth who can walk on their hindlegs. Early episodes portray all Meowth as quadrupedal, however the games always showed them bipedally and eventually the anime [[UniquenessDecay following afterwards]]. Tyson's Meowth is bipedal but it's never commented upon. Meowth has an entire episode with a bipedal Alolan Meowth with no special attention given to it.

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* Meowth's very backstory has been hit with this. The anime makes such a big deal about him being the only Meowth who can walk on their hindlegs. Early episodes portray all Meowth as quadrupedal, however the games always showed them bipedally and eventually the anime [[UniquenessDecay following followed afterwards]]. Tyson's Meowth is bipedal but it's never commented upon. Meowth has an entire episode with a bipedal Alolan Meowth with no special attention given to it.



* Kanto and Johto stand out as they had their own original plots compared to the games. Future arcs at least try to adapt the villainous team to some degree, but the Original Series preferred to focus on the main Team Rocket trio of Jessie, James and Meowth instead of the team at large. Even in later episodes that ''do'' utilize more of the Team Rocket organization, they tend to consist of original characters such as Butch and Cassidy and Matori instead of adapt any of noteworthy members from the games. It missed most of the major plot points of the first two generations and the Johto rival isn't even in the anime. This eventually led to trouble adapting elements of future games, which reference Team Rocket being split up during ''Red and Blue''/''[=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]''.

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* Kanto and Johto stand out as they had their own original plots compared to the games. Future arcs at least try to adapt the villainous team to some degree, but the Original Series preferred to focus on the main Team Rocket trio of Jessie, James and Meowth instead of the team at large. Even in later episodes that ''do'' utilize more of the Team Rocket organization, they tend to consist of original characters such as Butch and Cassidy and Matori instead of adapt any of noteworthy members from the games. It games (with all of the Executives from the Johto games being AdaptedOut). The anime missed most of the major plot points of the first two generations and the Johto rival isn't even in the anime.anime (aside from a cameo in the Japanese intro for ''The Legend of Thunder''). This eventually led to trouble adapting elements of future games, which reference Team Rocket being split up during ''Red and Blue''/''[=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]''.



* There are a few references to Christianity: Brock mentions Noah's arc, James' parents fake coffins have crosses on them, and Misty tries to ward away a talking Gastly with a cross. Keep in mind, this was before [[OlympusMons Arceus]] existed.

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* There are a few references to Christianity: Brock mentions Noah's arc, the fake coffins of James' parents fake coffins have crosses on them, and Misty tries to ward away a talking Gastly with a cross. Keep in mind, this was before [[OlympusMons Arceus]] existed. existed (and even then, few know of Arceus). Since then, the anime has avoided religion outside of mythology involving Pokémon.


* There were many instances of non-Pokémon animals, one of the most infamous examples being the mongoose Gastly turns into in "[[BizarroEpisode The Ghost of Maiden's Peak]]" and fish in an aquarium in another episode. While small animals (such as butterflies and starfish) still occasionally appear in the anime, they're much, much rarer and have largely been replaced by Pokémon.

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* There were many instances of non-Pokémon animals, one of the most infamous examples being the mongoose Gastly turns into in "[[BizarroEpisode The Ghost of Maiden's Peak]]" and fish in an aquarium in another episode. While small animals (such as butterflies and starfish) still occasionally appear in the anime, they're much, much rarer and have largely been replaced by Pokémon.Pokémon.
* Early episodes make it clear that humans eat Pokémon. "So Near, Yet So Farfetch'd" outright features a Pokédex entry that states Farfetch'd are near extinction because they're tasty when eaten with leek. Since Johto, the anime has been more ambiguous on where the meat comes from.


* There are a few references to Christianity: Brock mentions Noah's arc, James' parents fake coffins have crosses on them. and Misty tries to ward away a talking Gastly with a cross. Keep in mind, this was before [[OlympusMons Arceus]] existed.

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* There are a few references to Christianity: Brock mentions Noah's arc, James' parents fake coffins have crosses on them. them, and Misty tries to ward away a talking Gastly with a cross. Keep in mind, this was before [[OlympusMons Arceus]] existed.



* The first three episodes of the Orange Islands arc used the original theme for the English dub. Starting with "[[Recap/PokemonS2E4TheLostLapras The Lost Lapras]]", each episode opened with "Pokémon World" until the arc's conclusion.

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* The first three episodes of the Orange Islands arc used the original theme for the English dub. Starting with "[[Recap/PokemonS2E4TheLostLapras The Lost Lapras]]", each episode opened with "Pokémon World" until the arc's conclusion.conclusion.
* There were many instances of non-Pokémon animals, one of the most infamous examples being the mongoose Gastly turns into in "[[BizarroEpisode The Ghost of Maiden's Peak]]" and fish in an aquarium in another episode. While small animals (such as butterflies and starfish) still occasionally appear in the anime, they're much, much rarer and have largely been replaced by Pokémon.


* There were many instances of non-Pokémon animals, one of the most infamous examples being the mongoose Gastly turns into in "[[BizarroEpisode The Ghost of Maiden's Peak]]" and fish in an aquarium in another episode. The concept was dropped after Kanto, and today the general consensus seems to be that real animals other than humans do not exist in the ''Pokemon'' anime's world.

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