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  • Lance is infamous for having illegal Dragonite. However, him owning three underleveled Dragonite is deliberate; Lance had been hanging around Mahogany Town a lot, which is precisely where Team Rocket were conducting experiments that affect how Pokémon develop.
    • His Dragonite also knows Barrier, a move which is still impossible for a Dragonite to learn even in Gen VII. However, during Generation VI, an event Dragonite was given away that did know Barrier. His Aerodactyl knows Rock Slide, which it cannot learn.
      • Aerodactyl can learn Rock Slide in Gen IV with TM80.
      • It actually does make sense. In Dragon's Den, you are capable of, through answering a set of questions to the elder correctly, getting a Dratini that knows ExtremeSpeed... which cannot be learned by the Dragonite line. Maybe Lance got one with Barrier instead?
    • Team Rocket didn't start doing their experiments in Mahogany until GSC, though, as that was where they were testing the radio signal that they intended to use at the Radio Tower. Although in the GSC remakes he does have a level 40 Dragonite, so maybe this could still apply if his teams between RBY and GSC are actually different Pokémon.
      • Actually, in the original R/B/Y and the remakes FR/LG, Lance only has a single Dragonite, who is level 60, thus meaning that it is totally possible that his three Dragonite in the Johto region games were obtained via abusing Team Rocket's radio signals. Even in the remakes, the strongest is only level 50; meanwhile, in the first generation games and their remakes, his two Dragonair were already each level 54.
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    • Maybe Lance is holding back, and had his Dragonite suppress their power for you. In the later games you can do something similar for certain multiplayer battles, along with stuff like the Battle Tower, albeit with a choice of Lv 50 or 100.
  • Why does Team Rocket arm its members with nothing but Rattata and Zubat? It isn't that hard to go out into the wild and catch a few Pokémon with more type diversity. Think about Team Rocket as an organization: in general, they steal everything they want. And what sort of creatures are best for theft in dark places? Rats and bats. Team Rocket thinks of their Pokémon as tools to the point that they don't even consider training them for direct encounters with other Pokémon.
    • They're also fairly common, and easy to catch. Not too great in terms of Pokémon. Much like military standard issue weapons: Nothing fancy, gets the job done.
    • In a big, power-centric criminal organization like Team Rocket, do you want to give your grunts powerful monsters with which they have a chance to rally together and usurp you? No. That's why you give them low-level weak Pokémon species with which they'll probably be able to repel most intruders, but not you. The same principle works with the Executives; they need powerful Pokémon to protect themselves from their subordinates, but you, the Boss, will keep the most powerful monsters for your own protection.
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    • That also explains why Giovanni uses Ground-types while Team Rocket has an affinity for Poison-types... it gives him an advantage over his underlings in case they try any funny business!
  • Ditto may be failed attempts by Team Rocket at cloning a Mew. Ditto is pinkish-purple (the shade seems to vary in each game or episode it ever shows up in) just like Mewtwo, while Mew is pink. Both Mew and Ditto's shiny forms are the same shade of light blue. Ditto, like Mew, is genderless, and let us not forget that Ditto and Mew are the only two (currently) existing Pokemon that learn Transform naturally. Add to that the fact that Ditto and Mew both weigh the same (8.8lbs), and they both exhibit a fairly rare trait among Pokémon: All their base stats are equal (48 for Ditto, 100 for Mew).
    • Yellow lends a bit more evidence for this if you think of where you can find Ditto: They are in Cinnabar Mansion, the same place where Mewtwo was created.
      • It's worth noting they don't appear there in Red, Green and Blue, though. They do appear at Cerulean Cave, Mewtwo's ultimate lair. Make of that what you will.
    • Technically, no connection between the Cinnabar Pokémon Mansion and Team Rocket is made in the games - that's an anime-only plot point.
  • It may seem odd that your rival has a Gyarados, since he doesn't exactly strike one as the type of guy willing to train a lowly Magikarp up to level 20. You never actually fight his Gyarados as a Magikarp. In fact, it is the only member of his team who never fights you in its basic form. He probably took a shortcut and just caught a Gyarados instead of a Magikarp, illustrating his lack of patience, dislike of weak Pokémon, and unwillingness to commit to a lasting friendship with his Pokémon.
    • That, or he left it at the Daycare until it reached Level 19, then raised it to 20.
    • Or he just recognized the potential of a Magikarp, and trained it into the gigantic monster that is Gyarados. Unpleasant as he is, Blue is good at the "training" part of being a Trainer. Or he just traded for it.
      • You wanna know what Pokémon he could've traded for his Gyarados? Raticate.
    • He's working on a Pokédex. Whilst impatient, he still wants to prove he's better than the player. So he got to work training Magikarp, knowing that he would get a Gyarados out of it - two more pages on his Pokédex, and a pet leviathan to boot.
    • Relating to this, his Gyarados knows Dragon Rage and Hydro Pump, despite being at level 22 (if your starter was Bulbasaur) or level 23 (if your starter was Squirtle), which Gyarados is supposed to learn at levels 25 and 43 respectively. While it is possible for Gyarados to learn Dragon Rage early via TM, no such explanation exists for it knowing Hydro Pump early, implying this may be an illegal Pokémon.
  • Misty only displays two Pokémon, (Level 18 Staryu and 21 Starmie), yet she is said to train at the Seafoam Islands, where the lowest level Pokémon is probably Level 26. This is because Staryu and Starmie aren't her only Pokémon, and she has a set whose levels are much higher. This can be extrapolated: All Gym Leaders probably have a set of Pokémon used to face each challenger based on their skill level. For example, if Giovanni would have been present as Red's first Gym Leader, he would have used the level of Pokémon that Brock used to face you, then Brock would've used the level of Misty, etc.
    • Makes sense. In G/S/C when you visit the Kanto Gyms, all of the leaders there have sets of Pokémon in the 40s/50s level range, and all have more than two.
    • This entire theory is straight up confirmed in B2W2. After you beat Cheren, he says that if he could have used his "usual" Pokémon, the battle would have been a lot easier for him.
    • And confirmed in Pokémon Origins. When Red faced Brock, he chose his Pokémon based on the number of badges Red had (which was zero).
  • Why do Team Rocket's Pokémon listen to them, since they clearly don't respect their Pokémon and the lore says Pokémon only listen to those they respect? Furthermore, the fact that they all have 'standard' Pokémon suggests they are given them rather then catching and raising them, traded Pokémon don't automatically respect their new trainer. It's because their leader happens to be the gym leader that can hand out badges that make any Pokémon listen to you no matter what! Could it be that Team Rocket is getting badges issued along with their Pokémon?
  • In the first generation, the first seven gyms have at least one trainer showing clear admiration for the gym leader, but the last one makes an exception. Of course, this is to keep the last leader's identity a mystery (it was one, back in the days), but if you consider the thuggish and power-hungry nature of the trainers there, is also a good clue about his nature.
    • Also, it seems quite a happy coincidence that Giovanni comes back to the gym just when you need to fight him, doesn't it? As a matter of fact, he actually comes back because you need to fight him. You already challenged him (and won) more than once, he would, of course, have gathered some info about you and found out you were collecting the badges, so instead of waiting for you to come unexpectedly once again, he decided to meet you where he was sure it would happen on his conditions, to deal with you once for all.
      • Giovanni's dialogue suggests you've set back his plans and humiliated him to the point he's opted to lay low at the Viridian Gym, his legitimate job. Not that it meant he didn't still have a bone to pick with you.
  • In Japanese, the Badges in Red and Blue (Green) are named after their respective colors instead. Now the last Gym Leader you face is Giovanni, who gives you the Earth Badge (Green Badge). In GSC, you hear the tale of Red who beat Team Rocket, became the League Champion and disappeared. In Giovanni's place is Red's rival... Green! Now it makes more sense that his team was multi-type in the Ground-type Viridian Gym.
    • The Gym is also stationed in Viridian City. Viridian is a blue/green-ish colour. Made even better by the renaming of Green to Blue outside of Japan - Viridian applies to both.
  • Your rival says that you're a "chatty gossip", which doesn't make any sense considering your Heroic Mime status. If you think about it, though, your character does talk. You always talk when you call out your Pokémon, you introduce yourself to people, and you even say sentences to Copycat that she echoes. Combined with the fact that you and your rival were childhood friends, who's to say that you never were a gossip?
  • The Legendary Birds are given an internal numerical order via Spanish: ArticUNO, ZapDOS, MolTRES. One, two, three. The names also incorporate terms associated with their types (Arctic for ice, Zap for electric, Molten for fire).
    • As icing on the cake, the first letters of their names are the first, last, and middle (13th) letters of the alphabet, respectively
  • Ratatta and Raticate are found in the Pokémon Mansion. An abandoned building, much like where rats might thrive in real life.
  • At first, the nurse at the Pokémon Center saying she hopes to see you again sounds cruel. Until you realize: this is Pokémon. Having your entire party wiped out is not out of the ordinary in any way, and most trainers visit the Pokémon Center at least a few times a day. The question on her mind isn't if you'll need to go to a Pokémon Center again, but when you'll need to go to a Pokémon Center again. So what she means by hoping to see you again is that she hopes you'll choose that particular location again the next time you need healing.
  • The Ho Yay regarding Blue/Green and Red actually would make sense. Blue is only about 11 years old. How do 11 year olds treat those they have a crush on? They bully them. The backstory of the games mention that Blue only became this way recently. 11 is in the range that a boy can start puberty, so his tendencies to be a Jerkass are just his way of expressing his love for Red. Unfortunately, from Red's and the player's perspective, he just comes across like an entitled douchebag.
    • And this also explains the character differences between RBY and GSC. Blue is nicer to Ethan/Lyra/Kris because they're not Red. They know him with his actual personality.
  • In Celadon City, the NPC who usually hangs around offering general advice about the Gym's leader is playing slots at the Rocket Game Corner. That's because Celadon Gym doesn't exactly let men hang around.
  • Every single game's box art has legendaries on the front, corresponding to the game's supposed color. Not generation 1 though. Instead of the legendaries, it's the starter's final forms instead (Charizard, Blastoise, Venusaur). No other generation does this, aside from the third with FireRed and LeafGreen (which are remakes of the first gen anyway). The Red/Blue/Green/Yellow story is the only one where the Rival is the champion after the Elite Four, which makes it distinct. The final Pokémon your rival usually sends out is commonly the final form of their starter, meaning that in addition to being your main Pokémon, the starter trio is also responsible for providing the final boss of this story (with Mewtwo being a non essential Bonus Boss).
    • Also, those starters are pretty legendary looking back, almost 20 years later.
  • Why is it that your rival is infamous for being an ass in these games? Well, how would you react if your neighbor made every single person you will ever/have met (including yourself and your grandpa) call you some derogatory word?
    • Maybe him being the grandson of a world renowned researcher just gave him an inflated ego.
  • Charmander does have an early advantage among the three Pokemon, only that's it's not over the first few Gym Leaders, but rather, the location before the first gym; Charmander can easily raze through all Bug-type Pokemon in the Viridian Forest with Ember, only being in risk of poison if you're trying to catch a Weedle.
  • Items in the overworld appear as Pokéballs. Players often make fun of how you don't just pick up the Pokeball and add it to your inventory, as well as how you can fit thousands of items in one bag. This is explained because... All the stuff in your bags fits in there because they're stored inside Pokeballs.
    • Alternatively, what's to say that the technology that give Pokéballs their storage capacity can't be applied to other things, like your Bag? It definitely covers the Bag of Holding the player character has, though it doesn't explain why overworld items are in Balls.
  • Sevii = Seven + VII!
    • Alternatively, Sevii = Seven + Hawaii!
      • What makes this even greater is when you realize that the boat goes East from the ports. Now what is across the ocean to the east of Japan? Hawaii!
      • Hawaii's far to the southeast of Japan. There's plenty of smaller islands directly south of Japan that'd make for a more likely analogue.
      • And what part of the world is Generation VII based on?
  • The Lava Cookie being found by the infamous truck in FireRed and LeafGreen? The Lava Cookie is tied to the Hoenn region. And how did the player character start Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald? In a very similar truck. Perhaps the truck at the Vermilion dock is the same moving truck?
    • Ruby and Sapphire stating that the player character came from Johto would seem to contradict this at first... but there's no reason that the boat that took Norman's family to Hoenn couldn't have stopped in Kanto along the way, especially since the S.S. Aqua in Gold and Silver does travel back and forth between the two regions.
      • In real life Japan, there's a bridge connecting Honshunote  to Kyushunote , right around the area Rustboro is based on. It wouldn't be unreasonable to assume the truck drove a region or two westward before crossing a bridge (not present in the game) to Rustboro, then making its way down past Petalburg, Oldale, and finally Littleroot.
  • Places in Kanto are named after colors. The city you start out in is called Pallet (palette)
    • The badges share this nomenclature as well, in the Japanese version.
    • Johto gets in on it as well, signifying the relationship between the two regions; Cherry(grove), Violet, Azure(Azalea), Gold(enrod), Mahogany, Ecru(teak), Cyan(Cianwood), Olive(Olivine) and Black(thorn).
      • Double the awesome, because not only are they all based off colours and therefore continuing the theme from Kanto, they are also all names of trees or shrubs therefore creating the region's own theme.
  • The Pokemon that can't be captured in Yellow (minus Electabuzz, Magmar, and Jynx) seem to have a really strong connection to the anime. A lot are really obvious, like how the Ekans family, Meowth family, and Koffing family belong to Team Rocket, and how Pikachu will refuse to evolve into Raichu (unless if you trade), but Weedle, Kakuna, and Beedrill are unobtainable, despite not having any association with Team Rocket. However, in the anime, a swarm of Beedrill stole his Metapod (which soon evolved into Butterfree, the counterpart of Beedrill). So in a way, Beedrill was antagonistic to Ash.
  • On Route 11, there is a Gambler/Gamer who claims he has never lost before, who has Water Pokemon. There is another Gambler who says he's never won before, and he has Fire Pokemon, which are weak to Water types. Have they been just battling each other before they meet the player character, with the Fire-type Gambler always losing because of a type disadvantage?
  • Fire Spin being learned in very late levels appear to be a case of Power-Up Letdown, but not in Generation I. Due to how trapping moves work in this generation, speedy users of those moves render them as Game Breakers as they can spam the moves over and over while the target is unable to do anything, thus the reason it deserves its spot to be learned at higher levels back then.
  • The name of the Pokemon League's location is Indigo Plateau. Indigo is a shade of purple, in other words, a meeting of Red and Blue, which is exactly what happens there.
  • Some have complained that the girl in FireRed and LeafGreen outside Fuchsia Gym is supposed to be Janine, yet looks like a “lazy” NPC and nothing like Janine. Obviously she dyed and styled her hair and changed her fashion style in preparation for becoming a Gym Leader. Doesn’t excuse the name “Charine” though.
    • Keeping the name unchanged defeats the purpose of the disguise.
  • Among all the evidence that your Rival is the asshole that the game treats him as, there's none more damning than his ambush inside Silph Co. He's just there to challenge you, that's it. He openly mocks the Rockets' weakness despite them having taken an entire city hostage. The real rotten Cherrim on top of this rotten Vanilluxe sundae is where he ambushes you: in the room with the teleporter pad that leads you to Giovanni! He's THAT far in...and all he does is wait for you simply to challenge you. He may have fought his way in, but the fact that he got there first means he could've beaten Giovanni and saved the day in the time it took you to get there. His levels show that he could take Giovanni on and win. What's worse is that had he actually beat Giovanni, not only will he have saved the city, he'd have earned the Master Ball AND proven himself better than you. Hell, he could've gotten that Lapras that you get from the employee in the same room. Four Pidgeys with one Rock Throw. But no, he's only there because he knew you'd be there. And not once does he show concern that he's right in the middle of a terrorist hostage situation. As soon as you win, he starts talking about challenging the League and leaves you to deal with the mess. It's telling that Origins rewrote this entire encounter with several factors changed that makes Blue far less of a dick than his game self. But with the original version? As far as he was concerned, he'd let a city suffer under terrorists, even sneak in the very heart of the chaos, just to have a chance to beat you then rub it in your face. The safety of everyone in Saffron is beneath him, only the satisfaction of being the strongest and best Trainer in Kanto, and overall, of being better than you.
  • Why does Blue only ever seem to wear purple in his Gen 1 & 3 artwork? Same reason Professor Oak wore a purple shirt: Their Japanese surname, Ookido, is a transliteration of Orchid, which has a light purple color. It's ultimately a nod back to his lineage.

Fridge Horror

  • When you meet your rival in Lavender Town in Pokémon Red and Blue, he asks you if any of your Pokémon died. Then you realize not long after that his team has an empty spot, and that his Raticate vanished.
    • Or he just shoved Raticate in the box after it outlasted its usefulness. The rival captures a lot of Pokémon that he doesn't use or care about (over 50 species by the S.S. Anne, for heaven's sake). Not to mention he doesn't ask what it's like to have a Pokémon die. He asks "What are you doing here? Your Pokémon don't look dead to me!" As he says, he's looking for more Pokémon (he leaves since he can't find Marowak), and he's just being a dick to the player.
  • Here's a fun one: in Gen 1, the Marowak Ghost can be calmed with a Pokédoll, eliminating the need to get the Silph Scope. Sure, it's technically a glitch, but the game never specifies what the doll is a doll of. In the remakes it's clearly a Clefairy, but some of us might imagine it as a Cubone doll instead.
    • This may apply to the English version, but not the Japanese one. The Japanese item name specifically says it's a Clefairy doll since the Generation I.
  • In Pokémon Red and Blue, Lieutenant Surge gives us this line:
    Lieutenant Surge: I tell you kid, electric Pokemon saved me during the war! They zapped my enemies into paralysis!
    • There was a war in the not-so-distant past of Pokemon (Surge looks like he's in his twenties or thirties, forty at the most) where people undoubtedly used Pokemon as weapons. Given the fact that in our world a single Pokemon could be the equivalent of a WMD, this is a very chilling idea to think about.
  • Giovanni is the leader of Team Rocket. He's also the last Gym Leader you battle. After you get a badge from him, all Pokémon will obey you, regardless of whether you captured them or not.
    • Unless they're above level 100, but that requires Missing No. or the ZZAZZ glitch anyway.

Fridge Logic

  • Professor Oak sure changes his tone in between his opening blurb and your first meeting with him after becoming the character. One minute he's telling you how people and Pokémon have learnt to live together in peace and harmony. This illusion lasts until you try stepping into the long grass, when suddenly he leaps forward to drag you back out before you get attacked by a wild Pokémon. Peace and harmony? Someone must have been lying in his exposition.
    • But, of course, he then explains that you need your own Pokémon for your protection, and then gives you a Pokémon that he caught in his youth (and hasn't managed in all the many years since to get beyond Level 5). Presumably he did this in the manner he later teaches you: beat the wild Pokémon senseless so that it's powerless to resist as you force it into your slavery. You can now use this poor, terrified Pokémon to defend you from the wild ones.
      • Does this put rebellious Pokémon in a new light? Only Pokémon that you received in a trade rebel: you weren't the one who gave them the original ass-whooping, so they don't have the same respect as the ones you caught yourself. Traded Pokémon rebel when their Level exceeds that of your latest Gym Badge, meaning they reckon they're stronger than you now.
  • Giovanni can be seen with a Kangaskhan, a normal type Pokémon. Which I always found strange considering he's a Ground-type specialist, and every other Pokémon he had was commonly a Ground-type (excluding the poison type Nidorino & Nidorina as they eventually evolve into the poison/ground Nidoking & Nidoqueen later on anyway, and the normal type Persian in Yellow because that game was intentionally representing the anime where Giovanni had one). But then it hit me. If the rumors and theories that the baby in Kangaskhan's pouch becomes a Cubone, and that Cubone's evolution Marowak was planned to evolve again into a Kangaskhan in the Red/Green beta (but they scrapped the idea, but kept the coding, hence why the Missingno glitch sometimes evolves into a Kangaskhan, because it has unused Marowak data) are true... then Kangaskhan was planned to originally be a ground type, and evolves from one, and that the normal typing was just a last minute addition when Kangaskhan was made a stand alone Pokémon. Meaning Kangaskhan is supposed to be a ground type anyway. So it makes sense that Giovanni would use one.
    • Trainers in his Viridian City gym have Arboks and Tauros, which are Poison type and Normal-type. No theory exists as to them being Ground-types in a beta. But what Arbok, Tauros, Kangaskhan and many ground types have in common is that they are all in the Field egg group. Which prior to Gen. III was called the Ground egg group, so Giovanni and his trainers consider them pseudo-ground types. It's the same reason why Dragon trainers have the Charmander line and Gyarados, because they're in the Dragon egg group even though they are't Dragon-types themselves.
    • Besides Giovanni might have used Kangaskhan to match the similar-looking Rhydon, Nidoqueen and Nidoking in his team.
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