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The Pokémon anime tends to do at least one Moment of Awesome per season, as the entries below show.
- Pokémon: The First Movie
- Pokémon 2000
- Pokémon 3
- Pokémon 4Ever
- Pokémon Heroes
- Pokémon: Jirachi: Wish Maker
- Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys
- Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea
- Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai
- Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior
- Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life
- Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions
- Pokémon the Movie: Black/White
- Pokémon: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice
- Pokémon: Genesect and the Legend Awakened
- Pokémon: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
- Pokémon: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages
- Pokémon: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
- Pokémon: I Choose You!
Live Action Films
- Pokémon Red and Blue
- Pokémon Gold and Silver
- Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
- Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
- Pokémon Black and White
- Pokémon X and Y
- Pokémon Sun and Moon
- Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
- Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
- Detective Pikachu
- Hey You, Pikachu!
- Pokémon Colosseum
- Pokémon Ranger
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series
- Pokémon Conquest
- Pokkén Tournament
- Pokémon GO
- GRAVELER woke up. GRAVELER snapped out of confusion. GRAVELER used SELF-DESTRUCT.
- Finding a shiny Pokémon.
- On an added note, someone managed to find and more importantly, catch a shiny Chansey in Fire Red and Leaf Green's Safari Zone.
- Real Life example: Ray Rizzo, an American Pokémon video game player who won the Pokémon Video Game World Championships (in the Master Divisionnote ) three years straight. This guy is such a freakin' juggernaut in the competitive Pokémon video gaming space.
- Even better: He's included in a downloadable pack for Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, the Master's Division Challenge. His team consists of 4 pseudo-legendaries and 2 legendaries, the team he used in the world championship finale.
- Unfortunately, it appears he wasn't able to bring a repeat performance as he wasn't able to win the 2013 Championships. On the upside, it seems 2013 is the first time someone from Europe won, and it was in a division usually won by either someone from the United States or Japan.
- Remember this game PETA made not too long after Black 2 and White 2's North American release? PETA simply called it a parody. What was the most of the fandom's reaction to the game? RAGE. Nearly every Pokémon fan out there leapt to the defense of their favorite franchise. Now those are some dedicated fans. Even better when Nintendo themselves stated that they might sue PETA for it.
- Which gets into some fridge humor if you remember the stated plot of Team Plasma in the first game. So yes, Team Plasma is a parody of PETA, and they didn't realize the irony when they made the game. Made even more funny when you take into account that Team Plasma's motives display all forms of hypocrisy, which is exactly what PETA was criticized for.
- Someone managed to turn Delcatty's Normalize, one of the worst abilities in the game, into one of the most devastating Curb Stomp Battles ever.
- Ladies and gentlemen... an epic power metal rendition of the Pokémon theme we all know and love, featuring Tony Kakko on vocals.
- In the 2014 Pokémon World Championship, Se Jun Park decided to use a Pachirisu on his team. It became critical to his eventual victory, tanking a Draco Meteor and bringing down a Mega Kangaskhan - a Pokémon that was so broken it dominated the meta game for three years before it got nerfed in Sun and Moon.
- Anyone doing a Mono-type run and managing to beat the game with only one type. Bonus points if they manage to utilize any moves that helps fight against their weaknesses.
- Completing a Nuzlocke run in any game. Especially if you manage to have zero casualties.
- Taking down a legendary Pokémon whether it belongs to another player or an in-game opponent using only ordinary Pokémon.
- Overcoming the cheating AI and making it to a 50 (or 100, depending on game) win streak in the Battle Facility.
- On February 27th, 2016, Pokémon turned 20 years old. How did they celebrate? By airing a commercial celebrating the franchise during the goddamn Superbowl earlier in the month (February 7th), focusing on the human aspect of the franchise. Children of all different ethnicities and walks of life telling themselves, "I can do that." Also counts as an example of Visual Effects of Awesome, with the beautiful CGI depictions of Gyrados, Mega Lucario, Pikachu, and others. The absolute best part, though? At the end, there's a family watching the match that's about to take place in the stadium depicted moments before. It's not the child saying, "I can do that," this time. Instead, the father says to his son, "You can do that."
- In the manga Surf's Up Pikachu, Pikachu takes its victory against Drake's Dragonite a step further and crawls down into Dragonite's mouth, delivering the attack internally. Even the announcer declares Pikachu to be scary at that point.