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* RecycledAnimation: The shot of all the Pikachu gathering for battle is reused from "Pokémon Emergency".

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: When the ship begins to sink, the maritime traditions of women and children first and the captain going down with the ship are completely thrown out the window as the captain is the first to man the lifeboats and all the passengers cram into each lifeboat at once.


* BigBadassBattleSequence: It's the first instance of many trainers battle each other at the same time. The trainers aboard the ''St. Anne'' repel Team Rocket's attack.

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* BadassBystander: A good chunk of the St. Anne's guests are this: when Team Rocket starts stealing Pokémon, they send out their own and help Ash, Brock, and Misty fight back.
* BigBadassBattleSequence: It's the first instance of many trainers battle battling each other at the same time. The trainers aboard the ''St. Anne'' repel Team Rocket's attack.attack.
* BigEater: Ash, Brock, and Misty all go to town on the St. Anne's food. Notably, this is the first episode where Ash's BigEater tendencies really come into play.



* DivingKick: The Gentleman's Raticate is special due to being able to use the moderately powerful Jump Kick, a move that's usually impossible for Raticate to learn.



* NiceGuy: The Gentleman is a kind, honorable man, and doesn't need much persuading to give Ash his Butterfree back when it becomes clear that he misses him.




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* SouthernBelle: The Gentleman's girlfriend is this, complete with a posh Southern accent.
* SouthernGentleman: The Gentleman Ash trades with is characterized as this, being a well-spoken, classy individual with a Southern accent.

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** And then there's Ash trading Butterfree purely because he had been pressured by Raticate's owner against his better judgement. Especially egregious is him asking for Brock's opinion when the guy was clearly too focused on the man's lady friend to hear what he was saying.

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* FauxHorrific: When Jessie and Meowth are angry at James for buying the Magikarp, James tries to explain how valuable Magikarp is and that his Pokéball is even "solid gold," but Meowth is quick to point out that it's really just gold-plated and swipes at the ball, the claw marks revealing the standard red and white Pokéball colors under the plating, to which James dramatically screams.


Ash and company get on board the boat and Ash has a Pokémon battle with a rich, older man who later convinces Ash to trade his Butterfree for a Ratticate. Meanwhile, James encounters a salesman selling a Pokémon known as Magikarp. The salesman tells James that Magikarp can make him rich by laying a thousand eggs that hatch into more Magikarp laying another thousand eggs each. Lured by the salesman's words, James eagerly spends all of his and Jessie's salary advances to buy Magikarp, unaware that the salesman had sold him a worthless Pokémon.

As the ship sails through dark clouds, the Boss gives the signal. Doors are shut, and various crew members reveal themselves to be Team Rocket grunts. Led by the trio, they attempt to steal all the Pokémon on board, but Ash convinces the passengers to fight back. During the battle, Ash begins to regret his decision to trade Butterfree after realizing that Ratticate wasn't the same. The Rocket grunts are thwarted and blasted off save for the trio, and in the aftermath, Ash decides to trade back Ratticate for his Butterfree. Unfortunately the ship has sailed into a storm during the fight, and the rough waves knock Ash, Misty, Brock, Pikachu, and Team Rocket out cold. When the ship sinks, Ash and his friends are still on board.

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Ash and company get on board the boat and Ash has a Pokémon battle with a rich, older man who later convinces Ash to trade his Butterfree for a Ratticate.Raticate. Meanwhile, James encounters a salesman selling a Pokémon known as Magikarp. The salesman tells James that Magikarp can make him rich by laying a thousand eggs that hatch into more Magikarp laying another thousand eggs each. Lured by the salesman's words, James eagerly spends all of his and Jessie's salary advances to buy Magikarp, unaware that the salesman had sold him a worthless Pokémon.

As the ship sails through dark clouds, the Boss gives the signal. Doors are shut, and various crew members reveal themselves to be Team Rocket grunts. Led by the trio, they attempt to steal all the Pokémon on board, but Ash convinces the passengers to fight back. During the battle, Ash begins to regret his decision to trade Butterfree after realizing that Ratticate Raticate wasn't the same. The Rocket grunts are thwarted and blasted off save for the trio, and in the aftermath, Ash decides to trade back Ratticate Raticate for his Butterfree. Unfortunately the ship has sailed into a storm during the fight, and the rough waves knock Ash, Misty, Brock, Pikachu, and Team Rocket out cold. When the ship sinks, Ash and his friends are still on board.



* GoingDownWithTheShip: Averted--TheCaptain is the first one in a lifeboat when the sea gets rough.

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* GoingDownWithTheShip: Averted--TheCaptain Averted - TheCaptain is the first one in a lifeboat when the sea gets rough.



* RiteOfPassage: Ash makes his first Pokémon trade here, trading his Butterfree for the gentleman's Ratticate. Being his first time trading, Ash worries about his Butterfree's wellbeing in the hands of a stranger he never met, and soon realizes that Ratticate doesn't have same emotional bond he had with his first Pokémon. He eventually decides to trade back.
* ShoutOut: The captain of the ST Anne refers to her as being "Unsinkable"

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* RiteOfPassage: Ash makes his first Pokémon trade here, trading his Butterfree for the gentleman's Ratticate. Raticate. Being his first time trading, Ash worries about his Butterfree's wellbeing in the hands of a stranger he never met, and soon realizes that Ratticate Raticate doesn't have same emotional bond he had with his first Pokémon. He eventually decides to trade back.
* ShoutOut: The captain of the ST Anne ''St. Anne'' refers to her as being "Unsinkable"



* VillainDecay: In full-swing for Team Rocket by this episode, especially James. Jessie calls him out on staying in character as a ganguro after giving Ash and his friends tickets aboard the St. Anne. Later, he uses his salary advance and Jessie's to buy a worthless Magikarp from a con salesman.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After Ash trades back the gentleman's Ratticate for his Butterfree, the gentleman was never seen, heard, or mentioned again.

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* VillainDecay: In full-swing for Team Rocket by this episode, especially James. Jessie calls him out on staying in character as a ganguro after giving Ash and his friends tickets aboard the St. Anne.''St. Anne''. Later, he uses his salary advance and Jessie's to buy a worthless Magikarp from a con salesman.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After Ash trades back the gentleman's Ratticate Raticate for his Butterfree, the gentleman was never seen, heard, or mentioned again.

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* ShoutOut: The captain of the ST Anne refers to her as being "Unsinkable"


* DropTheHammer: After James's line at the top, Jessie hits him with a sledgehammer.

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* DropTheHammer: After James's James' line at the top, Jessie hits him with a sledgehammer.



* HitFlash: In the dub, it replaced an extreme close-up of James's face the moment Jessie hits him with a sledgehammer.

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* HitFlash: In the dub, it replaced an extreme close-up of James's James' face the moment Jessie hits him with a sledgehammer.



* VillainDecay: In full-swing for Team Rocket by this episode, especially James. Jessie calls him out on staying in character as a ganguro after giving Ash and his friends tickets aboard the St. Anne. Later, he uses his salary advance and Jessie's to buy a worthless Magikarp from a salesman.

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* VillainDecay: In full-swing for Team Rocket by this episode, especially James. Jessie calls him out on staying in character as a ganguro after giving Ash and his friends tickets aboard the St. Anne. Later, he uses his salary advance and Jessie's to buy a worthless Magikarp from a con salesman.

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* DidntThinkThisThrough: Apparently, Team Rocket figured that the trainers wouldn't fight back when they attempted to steal their Pokemon. [[UnderestimatingBadassery They were wrong big time]].

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* VileVillainSaccharineShow: The Rocket Boss. When Team Rocket first contacts him, his appearance and voice are distorted in a shadowy, almost demonic fashion. Unlike Team Rocket, he is not PlayedForLaughs in this episode, save for making one small pun on [[IncrediblyLamePun purrfection]].


* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After Ash trades back the gentleman's Ratticade for his Butterfree, the gentleman was never seen, heard, or mentioned again.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After Ash trades back the gentleman's Ratticade Ratticate for his Butterfree, the gentleman was never seen, heard, or mentioned again.


* KnightOfCerebus: The Rocket Boss. When Team Rocket first contacts him, his appearance and voice are distorted in a shadowy, almost demonic fashion. Unlike Team Rocket, he is not PlayedForLaughs in this episode, save for making one small pun on [[IncrediblyLamePun purrfection]].

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* OutOfOrder: When Pokémon premiered in the United States, this episode aired as a 'sneak peek' one day before the actual first episode, ''Pokémon - I Choose You!''. The only difference between the 'sneak peek' version and the regular version is that the preview version has a different opening and closing narration.


* GreaterScopeVillain: This episode reveals that the Team Rocket trio is only a small part of a larger criminal organization led by their boss, [[spoiler: Giovanni]]. This also marks the first time where he takes a more direct role as the BigBad of the anime. Unfortunately, it also reveals that your garden-variety [[{{Mook}} Rocket grunt]] is about as competent as [[GoldfishPoopGang the TRio]].

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* GreaterScopeVillain: This episode reveals that the Team Rocket trio is only a small part of a larger criminal organization led by their boss, [[spoiler: Giovanni]]. This also marks the first time where he takes a more direct role as the BigBad of the anime. Unfortunately, it also reveals that your garden-variety [[{{Mook}} Rocket grunt]] is about as competent as [[GoldfishPoopGang the TRio]].Trio]].


* GoingDownWithTheShip: Inverted--TheCaptain is the first one in a lifeboat when the sea gets rough.

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* GoingDownWithTheShip: Inverted--TheCaptain Averted--TheCaptain is the first one in a lifeboat when the sea gets rough.

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