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Fridge Brilliance
  • Pikachus Vacation climaxes with Charizard stuck in a plastic tunnel with just about every other Pokémon there trying to pull him out; his firebreathing seemed useless until one realizes that he was trying to make the tunnel expand even slightly. That Charizard might not be as boneheaded as he looks!
  • The "fighting is wrong" message wears a little thin for a franchise that's often accused of glorifying dog fights. However, in this context, they're referring to Pokemon actively hurting each other rather than engaging in friendly competition. The message isn't "all fighting is wrong," it's "a Pokemon battle shouldn't be a fight to the death."
  • The first movie struck this troper as poignant, artistically and emotionally, when I was thirteen but I couldn't understand now. Even then it seemed like Mewtwo's use of Pokémon was commenting on something. Many years later, after many viewings of the movie, I finally realized that Mewtwo was consciously deconstructing competitive Pokémon training while also subconsciously seeking to become human, all because of his feelings of a lack of power in his life. I also connected my identification with this struggle to my own issues, but that goes somewhere else.
    • Extending that, the first three movies were all deconstructions of the entire premise of Pokémon from different viewpoints. The first deconstructed Pokémon as battlers. The second deconstructed Pokémon as collectibles. And the third deconstructed Pokémon as companions and enablers, meaning not even Ash's perspective was safe from deconstruction.
  • In the games it is said that Mew only appears to those who are pure of heart. Its first appearance in public shows it saving Ash. Is it a wonder he is The Chosen One in the second movie?
  • Mewtwo being the "strongest" Pokemon ever, when by now (before the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon) it's more of a Memetic Badass than it is actually really powerful, and it's definitely not the most powerful Pokemon ever. Not only was this film released when five of the remaining six regions didn't exist yet (though Johto's games weren't yet released) and all of their unique Pokemon were somehow undiscovered in their own region (barring Unova), but the Psychic typing at the time was broken in a way that made it far too powerful, and Mewtwo is, of course, Psychic. This also handily explains why Shadow Ball did almost nothing to Mew- Ghost typing was miscoded originally and wasn't super effective to Psychic-types. Mewtwo was created to be the most powerful Kanto Pokemon (as the researchers were basing its power level on the only Pokemon they could- Kanto ones).
  • Of course Pikachu's shocks did nothing- considering every known Rock type at the time was part-Ground, and Ash was now stone, it marks the only time Pikachu's attacks are properly useless against a Ground-type (again, Johto wasn't known at the time, it came out later, so Sudowoodo doesn't count).
    • Aerodactyl, the Omastar line, and the Kabutops line are all Kanto Rock-type Pokemon that are weak to Electric due to their secondary types (Flying and Water), so it's not true that all Kanto Rock-types are immune to Electric attacks.
    • Adding on to that, Rock-Pokemon are living creatures with rock-like hides, whereas Ash was full non-living stone through and through. It wasn't type, it was living vs non-living.
    • It could also just be basic science: stone is a very poor conductor of electricity, meaning even if there WAS anything left alive inside there, the electricity wasn't able to reach it
  • During the Charizard vs Clone-izard battle, not once did the clone use Flamethrower against Ash's Charizard. I never really thought much of it, until I remembered something about Charizard as a species—it's not in their nature to flame a weaker opponent. Clone-izard knew it was stronger from the beginning and didn't consider Ash's Charizard worth its full effort.
    • That would have made Charizard even angrier, making it prone to mistakes. Maybe it was a Batman Gambit on the clone-izard side?
    • Oh, and something else — Fire attacks don't work well against Fire-type Pokémon. Clone-izard understands type matchups better than Ash's Charizard, showing that it's not just stronger — it's smarter.
  • So if Meowth can talk like a human, why can't Clone Meowth? Because it's not an innate ability. Meowth had to learn the old-fashioned way, so Clone Meowth would also have to. (Though he might have inherited certain traits from his progenitor that can help him learn more easily, such as intelligence and an ability to imitate humans.)
  • Mewtwo's purpose is basically an entire case of Screw Destiny in and of itself before we even see what purpose he has by the end of the film Why? Giovanni wasn't lying to him about his purpose prior to his escape. Giovanni commissioned Mewtwo's creation for usage as his personal whipping boy for Team Rocket, nothing more, nothing less. Mewtwo didn't like the idea and rejected it, and instead found his own purpose solely by rejecting his original one entirely. Now having an army of cloned Pokémon under his reign, Mewtwo originally desired to overthrow mankind because he being tired of seeing Pokémon treated like slaves (and his own clone superiority complex). When Ash redeemed him by showcasing that not all humans are bad and that life is worth living and not fighting to the death over, and no longer wishing for anyone to be injured any further, he takes his clone army away into the sky to take them all somewhere safe to eventually later serve as their protector.
  • Everyone points out that one of the trainers calls his Pidgeot Pidgeotto. But think about it. If you've had a friend around for a long time whose gone through a series of names, wouldn't it be possible for you to accidentally slip into one of their old names?
Fridge Horror
  • What happened to all those trainers that didn't make it through the storm?
    • They might still be alive, due to Mewtwo pressing the Reset Button.
  • Was Nurse Joy subconsciously in an And I Must Scream situation while possessed by Mewtwo?
  • Team Rocket completely forgot about the important life lessons they learned about fighting, which could have perhaps bought them onto the side of good.
    • Jessie, James and Meowth aren't inherently bad people just because of who they work for. Given their actions in the following movie, they still learn lessons, putting them more on Heel–Face Revolving Door terms.
  • Ash released all of his Pokémon for the battle with Mewtwo, save Pidgeotto. Does that mean that when Ash was turned to stone, so was Pidgeotto?
    • Maybe this happened after Pidgeotto evolved and was released by Ash in the show.
  • If you look closely, you can see a female trainer taking off on a Fearow towards New Island. But she's nowhere to be seen on the island. Did she die trying to get there?
    • See above. If she died, she may have been resurrected.

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