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Quite a few characters, locations, and elements from the Pokémon video games have never appeared in adaptations:

The main anime:

  • Leaf,note  Hilda and Hilbert,note  Nate and Rosa,note  Calem,note  and Elio and Selenenote  do not show up at all despite being Player Characters from some of the games.
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  • Gary doesn't have a sister like his game counterpart, since Ash didn't need the Town Map that Daisy provides, nor does he spend much time in Pallet Town, where she resides.
  • Game rivals, Wallynote , and Hugh are completely absent. Silver is mostly absent, but makes a very brief cameo in a special and got an expy in Paul during the Diamond and Pearl saga.note  Cheren didn't appear as a rival but appeared as his Gym Leader incarnation in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2; this means he and Bianca are different ages and don't know each other at all in the anime.
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  • Koga's daughter (and Gym Leader successor) Janine from Pokémon Gold and Silver never makes an appearance. The part of the game she's in requires visiting Kanto to get the region's badges; while Ash did return to Kanto to face off against the Hoenn Frontier Brains, he didn't visit the Gyms due to the fact that he'd already gotten the badges. Koga does get a sister named Aya, who pretty much fills the same role as Janine.
  • While their existence is acknowledged, some Elite Four members from Hoennnote  and Unovanote  are never shown. Will and Karen from Gold and Silver and Drasna from X and Y never appear as well.
  • Sinnoh and Johto's Frontier Brains other than Palmer and Caitlinnote  do not appear.
  • Characters from spinoff games rarely appear in the anime. The only ones who do are from Pokémon Snapnote  and the Pokémon Ranger series. The Pokémon Colosseum, Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, Pokémon Trozei!, and Pokémon GO characters don't appear. This does not include the one-off Pokémon Mystery Dungeon specials.
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  • AZ and the Ultimate Weapon do not play a role in the anime's version of Team Flare's plot.
  • While Xerneas and Yveltal appear in Pokémon: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, they have no role or appearance in the main anime series itself (unlike every mascot legendary before them), with Team Flare's plot instead involving Zygarde. The closest thing they get is a side special, but even then it's a flashback.
  • Game elements like Technical and Hidden Machines are never used in the anime.
  • The postgame in X and Y features Xerosic being investigated by Agent Looker and finding redemption with the help of a young girl named Emma. Neither of these happen in the anime.note 
  • Cynthia's sister is a minor character who doesn't have a sprite of her own, however she still appears in the games. In the anime, however, only Cynthia and her grandmother appeared.
  • Mr. Fuji, the old man who takes care of Pokémon in Lavender Town doesn't make any appearance in the anime. Though a Dr. Fuji creates Mewtwo in Pokémon: The First Movie, he's a distinctly different character from Mr. Fuji.
  • Porygon's evolutions never appeared in the anime, due to it being associated with the infamous episode that caused seizures, even though it was actually Pikachu's fault in the scene. Their lone appearances have been brief cameos in some of the later movies.
  • Zinnia, Lisia, and Aarune from Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire haven't made an appearance either.
  • The Team Rocket Executives - Proton, Ariana, Petrel, and Archer - have never appeared, either in their original designs or remake designs, despite Team Rocket being such an important aspect of the anime. Unlike Red in the games, Ash has not caused Team Rocket to disband and thus Neo Team Rocket or Team Rainbow Rocket never came to be.
  • The games feature various cellphone-like items, such as the C-Gear, which are usually ignored in the anime. Word of God is that that they would make the plots easy to work around (ie, if the plot has character split up then all they'd have to do is call each other). Misty had the original Poké Gear in one episode after her departure, Brock used the one from the remakes as a map throughout the Diamond & Pearl series, and Dawn had the Poketch.
  • For the longest time, Bill was the only PC programmer from the games that has appeared in the anime (and in only one episode at that). Nothing about him being in charge of the Pokemon Storage System is even mentioned since that doesn't appear in the anime either. No appearances have been made from Lanette, Bebe, Amanita, or Cassius. Molayne does make an appearance in the Sun and Moon anime, but again, his role as a PC programmer is not mentioned at all.
  • Courtney from Team Magma does not appear in the anime.
  • The remake designs of Team Magma and Team Aqua don't appear in the anime because it'd be redundant.
  • The Distortion World is the catalyst of Platinum's plot, but never appeared in the anime. Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior instead used a very similar (yet noticeably different) area called the "Reverse World".
  • The Shadow Triad do not appear in the anime.
  • Lentimas Town and Black City are the only towns and cities in the Unova region not to be featured in the anime. Same for White Forest.
  • Kiloude City in the Kalos region has never been featured either.
  • Necrozma's backstory makes no mention of Ultra Megalopolis, the ancient populace of which were the catalyst for the Legendary Pokémon's vicious nature and pillaging of light. Instead, Necrozma lost its light when it exhausted its power protecting Poipole and Naganadel's world from a meteor.
  • Professor Sycamore's recurring assistants Sina and Dexio didn't appear in the anime.
  • The Game Corners don't appear in the main anime after the slot machines in “The Song of Jigglypuff” because of the gambling issues the ones in the games are feared to cause.

Pokémon Adventures:

  • Orre is never referenced. This means that none of the Pokémon Colosseum or Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness characters cameo in the manga.
  • Red in the games has a mother who appears in two different pairs of games (the Kanto and Johto ones) and has an off-screen father. Red in Adventures however either suffers from a mean case of Invisible Parents or outright Parental Abandonment. He is one of the only, if not the only, Pokedex holder with no known relatives.

Pokémon Generations:

  • None of the female player characters make an appearance. Instead, the male protagonists are used — the one possible exception being "The Scoop", where the Hoenn protagonist is dressed in an all-concealing Magma Suit, making it ambiguous if it's Brendan or May underneath.
  • Lucas and Dawn never show up — in "The New World", Cynthia confronts Team Galactic atop Spear Pillar alone, while "The Magma Stone" only has Looker and Buck present; in both situations in Platinum, the player was present with them.
  • The protagonists of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 are absent in the two episodes focusing on the events of those games. In "The King Returns", instead of Nate/Rosa appearing, Hilbert from Pokémon Black and White appears with Zekrom to aid N; something that never happened in B2/W2's story.
  • In "The Investigation", which is based on the Looker sidequest in Pokémon X and Y, Mimi deactivates Emma's Expansion Suit, as opposed to Xerosic (who is absent entirely).

Adapted from the anime:

  • The Dubai version of Pokémon Live! cut out Professor Oak and Delia Ketchum. This meant that a large portion of the plot, which involved Delia, was scrapped as well.

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