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* [[DemotedToExtra Demoted to Partner]]: In ''Time'' and ''Darkness'', you can potentially play a Meowth or Munchlax of either gender as the hero. ''Sky'' added several new choices that were gender-restricted; in order to make room for them, Meowth and Munchlax were removed as candidates. To make up for this, both were made availible as potential ''partners'' instead.

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* [[DemotedToExtra Demoted to Partner]]: In ''Time'' and ''Darkness'', you can potentially play a Meowth or Munchlax of either gender as the hero. ''Sky'' added several new choices that were gender-restricted; in order to make room for them, Meowth and Munchlax were removed as candidates. To make up for this, both were made availible available as potential ''partners'' instead.



* DevelopersForesight: Should you lose a boss battle you were supposed to beat in order to advance the story, the events leading up to it will be suitably altered during your follow-up attempt. Most of the time that means bosses skip their introduction, but it varies. [[spoiler: For example, in "Igglybuff the Prodigy", Igglybuff will think that Armaldo enjoys traps because they fall into the same trap they did before... even though they already knew it was there. Similarly, in the graduation dungeon in the post-game story, Wigglytuff is forced to shove the player and the partner into the pit since they already know about it and would logically avoid it if given the chance. This goes in tandem with everyone involved in the graduation battle ([[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Except for Wigglytuff]]) [[VisibleSilence not saying anything if you talk to them before returning]]]].

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Should you lose a boss battle you were supposed to beat in order to advance the story, the events leading up to it will be suitably altered during your follow-up attempt. Most of the time that means bosses skip their introduction, but it varies. [[spoiler: For example, in "Igglybuff the Prodigy", Igglybuff will think that Armaldo enjoys traps because they fall into the same trap they did before... even though they already knew it was there. Similarly, in the graduation dungeon in the post-game story, Wigglytuff is forced to shove the player and the partner into the pit since they already know about it and would logically avoid it if given the chance. This goes in tandem with everyone involved in the graduation battle ([[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Except for Wigglytuff]]) [[VisibleSilence not saying anything if you talk to them before returning]]]].returning]]]].
** [[spoiler:If, at the Hidden Land, you go back to talk to Lapras after Grovyle has returned to the future (as he's no longer in your party), you get a special conversation with Lapras as they express concern and sadness for Grovyle before offering to take you back to Treasure Town.]]

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* TheBattleDidntCount: Multiple times, such against the Luxray/Manectric in Amp Plains and against Team Rogue in Bidoof's story. No matter if you win the battle or not, you still have to be saved at the last second by others.


* DeniedFoodAsPunishment: Both the player and their partner are denied dinner on one occasion due to not being able to restock Wigglytuff's supply of Perfect Apples (the only food he will eat). [[This is due to Chatot refusing to hear out your partner’s explanation of what happened.]] (Team Skull sabotaged their mission for their personal gain.) Fortunately, a few friends of the player and partner compiled parts of their dinners together so that the two got a meal the next morning.

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* DeniedFoodAsPunishment: Both the player and their partner are denied dinner on one occasion due to not being able to restock Wigglytuff's supply of Perfect Apples (the only food he will eat). [[This [[OneSideOfTheStory This is due to Chatot refusing to hear out your partner’s explanation of what happened.]] (Team Skull sabotaged their mission for their personal gain.) Fortunately, a few friends of the player and partner compiled parts of their dinners together so that the two got a meal the next morning.


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* DieLaughing: A downplayed version happens with the Reviser Seed, a lookalike or the Reviver Seed. When a Pokémon is revived with it, they notice that the item they were revived with has an “s” instead of a “v”, and combusts into laughter before fainting again.

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* StrawMisogynist: In “Here Comes Team Charm!”, a Houndoom in that episode only has two lines: one is expressing blatant sexism towards Team Charm, and the other reveals him as a hypocritical coward.

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* AchievementsInIgnorance: [[spoiler:Dusknoir, on his hunt of Grovyle, finds Grovyle's partner without even trying, or even ''knowing'' he had found him. He had only approached Wigglytuff's Guild due to its reputation]].


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* RealityEnsues: The Guild needs to get money from somewhere for it to keep operating. Registration may be free, but that means the Guild takes a huge cut out of mission rewards.


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* UnwinnableByDesign: The Graduation Exam is an InUniverse example. There are some rumors around Treasure Town that the Exam is made in such a way no one is able to graduate. And there are good reasons to think of that - you are under a severe disadvantage in numbers, [[spoiler:the rest of the Guild has several {{Herd Hitting Attack}}s to screw you over, and [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Wigglytuff]] is one of the Pokémon you have to fight]]. And this Exam can even be potentially taken solo (as implied by Loudred failing the previous year), making it even more difficult. It's not outright impossible, as the player and their partner show, but the fact it takes [[spoiler:two Pokémon that defeated the living embodiment of time]] for someone to pass it speaks volumes.


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* VisibleSilence: [[spoiler:If you lose the Graduation Exam, almost all the members of the Guild will only reply with ellipses if you try to talk with them. The only exceptions are Croagunk and Chimecho (who run shops), as well as Wigglytuff, being the only one that stayed in character even after the PaperThinDisguise was revealed]].


* TheLoad: When you're actually trekking through Dark Crater, Cresselia falls into this thanks to poor type matchups and a tendency to wander onto lava.



* SoundTest: ''Explorers of Sky'' finally added one of these, with all 141 songs available on the Sky Jukebox. Good thing too, considering the soundtrack is amazing. And for once, the programmers remembered to let the sound test ''keep'' playing (through headphones) while the DS is closed.

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* SoundTest: ''Explorers of Sky'' finally added one of these, with all 141 songs available on the Sky Jukebox. Good thing too, considering the soundtrack is amazing. And for once, the programmers remembered to let It also lets the sound test ''keep'' playing (through headphones) while the DS is closed.



* TeamRocketWins: Team Skull manages to beat the heroes at the end of Apple Woods.

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* TeamRocketWins: Team Skull manages to beat absolutly destroy your team with the heroes at help of their leader, taking the end of apples from the Perfect Apple Woods.tree and setting your team up to be punished by Chatot.



** OneTimeDungeon: The future dungeons.

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** OneTimeDungeon: The future dungeons.dungeons taking place in the future. There is no way of time traveling back to them once you clear them.



* VillainBall: [[spoiler:Darkrai]] grabs a really stupid one at the end of the epilogue arc. All he had to do was [[spoiler: jumping in the time portal as soon as realized he had no chance against the protagonists and he would have won. But no, he had to gloat about the irony of the situation and the helplessness of the heroes, giving enough time to Palkia to arrive and destroying the time portal.(See VillainExitStageLeft )]]

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* VillainBall: [[spoiler:Darkrai]] grabs a really stupid one at the end of the epilogue arc. All he had to do was [[spoiler: jumping in the time portal as soon as realized he had no chance against the protagonists and he would have won. But no, he had to gloat about the irony of the situation and the helplessness of the heroes, giving enough time to Palkia to arrive and destroying the time portal.(See VillainExitStageLeft )]]

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* ForgotAboutHisPowers: Armaldo, in a fit of panic after Igglybuff burns the map he was trying to decipher, desperately asks for some water... only for later realize he knows Water Gun.

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* DeniedFoodAsPunishment: Both the player and their partner are denied dinner on one occasion due to not being able to restock Wigglytuff's supply of Perfect Apples (the only food he will eat). [[This is due to Chatot refusing to hear out your partner’s explanation of what happened.]] (Team Skull sabotaged their mission for their personal gain.) Fortunately, a few friends of the player and partner compiled parts of their dinners together so that the two got a meal the next morning.


* FinalSpeech, ItHasBeenAnHonor: After saving Temporal Tower [[spoiler:the player gives one of these right as the change in time starts to erase them from history]].
** Similarly, the ending to the final Special Episode has every character from the future do this as their timeline is being erased,

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* FinalSpeech, ItHasBeenAnHonor: FilchingFoodForFun: Team Skull decided to amuse themselves by stealing and eating all of Wigglytuff's perfect apples. The sudden lack of said apples forced the protagonists to go and look for more, which only increased Team Skull's petty enjoyment.
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After saving Temporal Tower [[spoiler:the player gives one of these right as the change in time starts to erase them from history]].
%% ** Similarly, the ending to the final Special Episode has every character from the future do this as their timeline is being erased,


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Similar to the [[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonRescueTeam first installment]], the player wakes up in a world inhabited solely by Pokémon, this time washing ashore of a small village called Treasure Town after a storm, with no memories of what happened to them or how/why they've been transformed from a human into a Pokémon. They befriend a timid young Pokémon with a mysterious artifact and together join the local Wigglytuff Guild to train as an exploration team, exploring the strange, randomly generated "mystery dungeons" that have been showing up in various regions lately. Along the way they learn that a mysterious Pokémon has been reported stealing [[{{MacGuffin}} very important artifacts]] called "Time Gears," and ultimately get swept up in a quest to SaveTheWorld before [[TimeStandsStill time itself grinds to a halt]].

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Similar to the [[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonRescueTeam first installment]], the player wakes up in a world inhabited solely by Pokémon, this time washing ashore of a small village called Treasure Town after a storm, with no memories of what happened to them or how/why they've been transformed from a human into a Pokémon. They befriend a timid young Pokémon with a mysterious artifact and together join the local Wigglytuff Guild to train as an exploration team, exploring the strange, randomly generated "mystery dungeons" that have been showing up in various regions lately. Along the way they learn that a mysterious Pokémon has been reported stealing [[{{MacGuffin}} [[PlotCoupon very important artifacts]] called "Time Gears," and ultimately get swept up in a quest to SaveTheWorld before [[TimeStandsStill time itself grinds to a halt]].



* BoringbutPractical: If you get Eevee as the player Pokemon for the story, eventually you get so strong that Tackle, the most basic attack move in Pokemon, starts defeating Pokemon in one or two hits. Three if against types that resist Normal or tankier Pokemon.

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* BoringbutPractical: If you get Eevee as the player Pokemon Pokémon for the story, eventually you get so strong that Tackle, the most basic attack move in Pokemon, Pokémon, starts defeating Pokemon Pokémon in one or two hits. Three if against types that resist Normal or tankier Pokemon.Pokémon.



* [[HumanPopsicle Pokémon Popsicle]]: [[spoiler: Scizor]]. Once rescued, he is quite surprised to learn that [[FishOutOfTemporalWater decades have passed since then]].

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* [[HumanPopsicle Pokémon Popsicle]]: [[spoiler: Scizor]].[[spoiler:Scizor]]. Once rescued, he is quite surprised to learn that [[FishOutOfTemporalWater decades have passed since then]].


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* WrongSideAllAlong: Turns out that [[spoiler:Dusknoir isn't the BigGood but actually Primal [[RougeAnglesOfSatin Dialog]]'s [[TheDragon dragon]] working to keep the planet paralyzed]], and [[spoiler:Grovyle, who the hero and partner are trying to stop from instigating the BadFuture, is actually trying to save the planet.]]

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* WrongSideAllAlong: Turns out that [[spoiler:Dusknoir isn't the BigGood but actually Primal [[RougeAnglesOfSatin Dialog]]'s Dialga's [[TheDragon dragon]] working to keep the planet paralyzed]], and [[spoiler:Grovyle, who the hero and partner are trying to stop from instigating the BadFuture, is actually trying to save the planet.]]


* EverythingExceptMostThings: Unlike other lookalike items, the "mix elixir" does exactly what its related item does and restores all of your PP! As long as you're the right kind of Pokémon, of course. Such as Linoone. In fact, [[JokeItem nobody but Linoone]].



* OverwhelmingException: Unlike other lookalike items, the "mix elixir" does exactly what its related item does and restores all of your PP! As long as you're the right kind of Pokémon, of course. Such as Linoone. In fact, [[JokeItem nobody but Linoone]].

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** After Brine Cave, Team Skull is never seen again.


** Remember that Groudon is actually one of the guardians defending one of the treasures in a hidden dungeon. There are also Lugia, Kyogre, Rayquaza, Giratina, Mew and Heatran alongside him. If Groudon alone instills so much fear, just imagine how strong the others are.

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** Remember that Groudon is actually one of the guardians defending one of the treasures in a hidden dungeon. There are also Lugia, Articuno, Kyogre, Rayquaza, Giratina, Mew and Heatran alongside him. If Groudon alone instills so much fear, just imagine how strong the others are.

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