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The seas 'cross over' with the Ranger of Pokémon.

Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, or known in Japan as Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation the Movie: The Pokémon Ranger and Prince of the Sea: Manaphy, is the 9th Pokémon film to be released, and is the last film for Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire of the series. It was also the first and only Pokémon film to be based on a spin-off, until Detective Pikachu came out. It was also the first movie to be dubbed by The Pokémon Company International.

A Pokémon egg is obtained by a pirate known as Phantom. Working undercover is Jack "Jackie" Walker, a Pokémon Ranger who retrieves the egg and flees. Meanwhile, Ash, May, Brock and Max meet up with Lizabeth, one of the descendants of the "People of the Water." Later, they team up with Jackie as they attempt to keep the egg safe from Phantom and his crew, and a Manaphy hatches from the egg. The little Pokémon sees May as its mother.


With a feature running for 1 hour and 45 minutes, it is currently the longest Pokémon: The Series movie made-to-date.

This movie provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Jack Walker. Probably a requisite of a Pokémon Ranger.
  • Adapted Out: Judy, Ship's Shipmates, and Kyle are absent in the manga adaptation of this movie.
  • Anachronic Order: A dub-only example: the film premiered in America in April 2007, a month after the Advanced Generation series had concluded on Cartoon Network.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: The performing family's Buizel, which is seen licking Max once and also repeatedly plays with the Manaphy egg before it hatches.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Manaphy, despite it being named "The Prince of The Sea", which may lean towards a male.
  • Ambiguous Situation: The film brings up the possibility of May(and Max by extension) being descended from the People of the Water because of her dream of the Sea Temple and Manaphy with Lisbeth even giving May her own crystal bracelet but it's never directly confirmed.
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  • Big Bad: The Phantom.
  • Big Brother Instinct: One of Ash's fiercest instances towards May during the climax, placing her, Pikachu and Manaphy into a sealed airtight tank so he can reactivate the temple alone.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Jackie develops this kind of relationship with Ash over the course of the movie.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Samiya is saved and the Phantom is arrested, but May and Manaphy still have to say goodbye.
  • Borrowed Biometric Bypass: A G-rated magical version. There are certain locked doors that can only be opened with a bracelet owned by "The People of the Sea", but the Phantom has a discarded one that still works.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the dub, Meowth says that Diamond and Pearl would be great names for games. Later on, when Jessie repeats "Diamonds and Pearls", Meowth says they should get through this season first.
  • Brick Joke: When Jack climbs on a boulder while fighting Phantom, Phantom proceeds to toss the boulder like it's made out of styrofoam. Jack, understandably impressed, asks Phantom if he takes vitamins. When Phantom's Super Strength is revealed to be because of some sort of power suit, Jack comments that he "didn't think a guy like that took vitamins."
  • Catchphrase: Phantom repeatedly tells his Mooks that "There Are Two Kinds of People in the World".
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: Officer Jenny shows up to arrest the Phantom after Ash defeats him.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The capsule that Team Rocket uses to hide from Phantom while they were following him to the Temple of the Sea.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Heart Swap. It becomes a defibrillator of sorts when Ash drowns, and later snaps The Cavalry Water-types out of their confused states.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Manaphy
  • Compressed Adaptation: The manga Adaptation of this movie is compressed into 4 chapters total.
  • Continuity Cameo: Attila, Hun and Marina (from The Legend of Thunder!), Solana, Rebecca and Brendan.
  • Covers Always Lie: The film's poster shows Ash piloting some sort of vehicle. He never does so in the film proper.
  • Cue the Sun: Right after Ash saves the Temple, it rises out of the water, at the same time as the sunrise.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Manaphy's shrill crying and shrill voice throughout, including the scene where Manaphy cried/threw a tantrum over May's absence before it uses Heart Swap of course.
  • A Day in the Limelight: May, as the movie focuses on her friendship with Manaphy, similar to how the sixth focused on Max and Jirachi.
  • Damsel in Distress: May gets saved by Ash Ketchum at the end of the Manga.
  • Desperate Object Catch: While May and the Phantom are struggling over the container holding the Manaphy egg, its lid is pulled open and the egg flies into the air. May runs after it and dives to catch it, ending up face down on the ground.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Why Corphish was at the Blue Lagoon during the temple's discovery. Ash saving the temple would have been a lot easier if he had the aquatic Pokémon at his beck and call at the time. The same could be probably be said for Jackie, who deserts the temple when he thought everyone else has gotten out of it safely.
  • Disney Death: Ash drowns, but he gets revived by May and Pikachu's prayers (heard through Manaphy's Heart Swap) and saves the Sea Temple. For a moment the three are convinced Ash's actions were a Heroic Sacrifice, then a freaky spark appears...
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Chatot, Buizel, and Manaphy, all of whom are Sinnoh Pokémon.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The Buizel acts more dog-like and less anthropomorphic then any Buizel shown afterwards.
  • Establishing Character Moment: It takes one scene to show how much of The Ace Jack is.
  • Fanservice: May's in a bikini again.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Manaphy's Heart Swap ability.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: Like Pokémon 2000, only it's limited to Water-type Pokémon, including Kyogre. At least this time they participated in the final battle. Yeah, Phantom's crew is screwed, especially once Ash and pals smash the sonar weapons that had been keeping the Water-types at bay.
  • Heroic Second Wind: While reactivating the temple, Ash almost loses consciousness from lack of oxygen, until Manaphy channels May and Pikachu's concern for him, waking him up to place the final crystal.
  • Imprinting: May was the first thing Manaphy saw when he first hatched (especially since she happened to be holding the egg when it hatched)—as a result, Manaphy assumes that May is his mother. May quickly becomes attached to Manaphy, treating him like he actually is her son.
  • Invisibility Cloak: The Sea Temple is protected by a spherical barrier which, among other things, renders it invisible.
  • Ironic Nickname: Manaphy is ironically called "Prince of the sea" throughout the movie when it's technically not royalty at all.
  • Last of His Kind: Lizabeth, one of the descendants of the "People of the Water."
  • Le Parkour: Ash inexplicably knows how to pull this off when he was trying to save the sinking temple.
  • Lighter and Softer: The manga Adaptation of this movie is a lot more child-friendly than the original movie of the same name.
  • Little "No": May gives one during the climax when she thinks Ash drowned saving the temple.
  • Lost in Translation:
    • Manaphy's "kamo" was only heard in Japanese, whereas "sweetie" and "happy" was only heard in English.
    • Phantom's "Argh!" or "Yar!" and any other "Pirate Talk" was only heard in English, while the Japanese soundtrack simply had him groan for almost every sentence.
  • Magic Music: Manaphy's singing has the ability to calm water Pokémon, and allows access to the Temple of the Sea.
  • Merchandise-Driven
    • This movie advertises the Manaphy event in Pokémon Ranger and, subsequently, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
    • Considering its title and content, it wouldn't be a stretch to say that, like the animé episodes with Solana, this movie advertised the first Pokémon Ranger game itself.
  • Mood Whiplash: May's final words go from emotional to very happy in the end: "No, I'm not alright, but I will be."
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In order to stop Team Rocket from escaping with the Manaphy egg, Jackie captures a Fearow, alluding to one of the leaders of the Pokémon Rangers in the first game, who has Fearow as his signature Pokémon.
    • Among other things, Jackie's flashback shows him wearing Gold's/Ethan's clothes.
  • Navel Window: Lizabeth.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Compared to popular belief, Manaphy isn't technically royalty at all to begin with. Many Humans in the Pokémon universe call Manaphy "Prince of the Sea", likely because it was rare.
  • Parrot Pet Position: Where the Phantom's Chatot is usually found.
  • Performer Guise: While staying with the Marina Group family circus in order to protect the Manaphy egg, Jack "Jackie" Walker wears a clown costume disguise to fit in with the other performers.
  • Pet Baby Wild Animal: May & Manaphy.
  • Pirate Parrot: The Phantom has a Chatot that rides on his shoulder.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Once at the Temple, the Phantom halts his pursuit of Manaphy, and he even lets the kids accompany him to the treasure room. None of the heroes there ever thought of trying to stop him from pilfering the Sea Crown (the only one who tried to was Manaphy). Once the Temple is saved from sinking a little later, the Phantom goes back to trying to kidnap Manaphy again.
  • Sailor's Ponytail: This film is more sailing-oriented than the rest of the Pokémon films, and Jack Walker sports this kind of ponytail.
  • Seize Them!: At the beginning Jack Walker reveals himself aboard the Phantom's submarine and obtains the Manaphy egg that the Phantom just acquired. The Phantom tells his pirate minions to "Seize him."
  • Ship Tease: This movie tends to be a favorite of Advanceshippers (Ash/May) due to the sheer number of hints present.
  • Swallowed Whole: The Team Rocket trio survives drowning when a Wailord swallows them. The Pokémon then ejects them through its blowhole during a post-credits scene.
  • The Starscream: Team Rocket offer their services to the Phantom, but they make no secret in their intention to double-cross him.
  • Submarine Pirates: The Big Bad is a pirate named Phantom who travels around in a giant submarine.
  • Super Strength: Phantom seems to have this, but it's revealed in the end that he's just wearing a strength-enhancing suit. Which then shorts out. While he's trying to hold up a pillar so that it doesn't crush him. He lives, but still!
  • There Are Two Kinds of People in the World: The Phantom likes to say this oh so often, changing the actual contrast based on the current situation.
  • Totally Radical: Pokémon Ranger Jackie talks like this on occasion.
  • Twinkle in the Eye: While Jack Walker is apparently trapped aboard the Phantom's submarine, he has one of these just before his daring escape.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: While Team Rocket is fleeing on a bicycle-powered balloon, a Fearow controlled by Jack Walker pierces their balloon with its beak and sends them zooming away into the sky.
  • Visual Pun: the light show that Ash and friends perform over the Sea Temple happens to take the shape of a crown.
  • Voices Are Mental: One of the indications that Manaphy had used its Heart Swap ability.


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May catches the Manaphy Egg

While fighting over the Manaphy egg in the container, the container pops open, and May jumps to catch it.

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