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  • When you consider how many hilarious antics occur in the story, the very fact that we are attempting to count them all is a Meta-example.
    • It is advisable to reread the story to witness the newer comedy, be warned that some of the old ones have been removed.
  • Anytime the story cuts back to Arceus, Aaron, Palkia and Dialga. Mostly because Palkia and Dialga keep cheating anytime they play a game and Arceus has to make an Obvious Rule Patch.
  • The fact that Squirtle, who was fairly normal in the original show, is now a fan of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. He even has his own equivalent of the Giga Drill Break.
    • And now he's apparently got Gary's Squirtle in on it, complete with Simon's Star-Shades. He also has his own Kamina Shades from back in the Squirtle Squad.
    • It turns out that all of Squirtle's evolutionary line are massive Otaku. Case in point? The island of Squirtle Evolutions are now The Hidden Turtle Village.
    • The Wartortle Firefighting Squad of Ascorbia Island are the Wartortle Rangers.
      • Not only that, they're implied to be Squirtle that morph into Wartortle
    • The Wartortle fan of Sailor Moon who hooks Quilava up on it. But at least her liking of the show doesn't change her like Squirtle.
    • May's Wartortle insists that she's not like the majority of her race. This is technically true in that she isn't a fan of any anime. She is, however, a huge fan of the Disney Animated Canon.
  • If Squirtle, Pikachu or Riolu are involved in a gym battle, there's a good chance that the gym will be destroyed.
    Ritchie: Yeah! Actually, now I think about it I do recognize you. You're that trainer they were calling the Gym Destroyer on the TV commentary, right?
    Ash: I didn't know they were calling me that. Though I have to admit it's pretty accurate...
  • The frequent Lampshade Hanging about the fact that Brock, a Rock-type Gym Leader, has only one Rock-type Pokemon on his team for most of the story.
  • The Running Gag with Dark-types being immune to the useful aspects of psychic powers like being unable to hear telepathic speech or be teleported when not in Pokèballs.
  • The Shamouti Bird Trio's troublemaking being remarked upon by all the other Bird Trios around the world.
  • The arc summaries on Archive of Our Own have some pretty good stuff too. For instance, here's the final part of the summary of the Battle Frontier arc:
    Someone should probably remind Ash at some point that the Battle Frontier is invitation only, because he sort of forgot that bit.

    Kanto's Gym Challenge (Chapter 1 (Prologue) - Chapter 24) 
  • Prologue:
    • That prologue is actually pretty serious, even though there are some funny moments... And then comes the moment where Ash chooses when he wants to be sent back:
      Ash: I want to go back to the day I met Pikachu - the day my journey began, when I first set off from Pallet.
      Sir Aaron: Ha! Told you, you great lump.
      Arceus: I thought 'any day but then' was good odds.
      Ash: Wait... Were you two betting on me or something?
      Sir Aaron: Err… nooo?
      Ash: Somehow I don't believe you.
      Arceus: Now, Dialga!
      Narration: In that second of absolute stillness, Ash thought to himself - using the, or a, legendary Pokémon capable of controlling time simply to avoid answering some awkward questions... really took some beating. Then there was a roar, and he fell into blackness.
    • And right after that...
      Aaron: It's really strange seeing the controller of time jump around like an excited puppy…
      Arceus: He's ten minutes old, what do you expect?
  • Chapter 1:
    • "Was Gary driving a sports car?! At ten?! Some people..."
    • "We just blew up Misty's bike, didn't we."
      Misty (pre-restore): You better pay for this!
      Ash: Story of my life…
    • Ash tries again to analyse Ho-Oh on the Pokedex. Again, the Pokédex doesn't identify it. Ash, having none of it, tries and restores it... And Dexter goes from simple computer-databank to fully sentient AI.
      Dexter: Normally this would never happen, but then most computers aren't involved in half the stuff that fills the average week for you crazy people.
    • Ash's national dex is almost complete...with the exception of Porygon's evolutions.
    • Misty mercilessly teases Ash about the pun on "Sacred Ash" and the prophecy of the second movie. And then on the crossdressing moments…
    • Prof. Oak choking after Ash tells him about Celebi.
    • Misty is having a Bug-phobia attack again. Ash wonders if a Surskit (Bug/Water Pokemon) will cause Misty to short circuit.
      • Then he tries to put her at ease... by telling her to teach her Staryu Power Gem or get a Fire-Type.
    Narration: Ash, it should be noted, is not good at setting people at ease. (Changed to "Ash was not good at setting people at ease, especially if they were called Misty." in the rewrite)
  • Chapter 2:
    • Pikachu and Butterfree decide to have a spar to gauge each other.
    Ash: Now, in accordance with ancient custom... leg it, Misty!
    Narration: We draw a veil over the scenes of indescribable carnage. (Changed to "It would be best not to contemplate the scenes of carnage." in the rewrite.)
  • Chapter 3:
    • "Pewter City was an interesting place. Originally a mining town, it had developed into a center of culture with its museum, its position on one of Kanto's main routes, and its League Gym. Guess which one Ash was interested in." (Only in the original version)
    • Pikachu remarking, "Brock isn't an idiot unless women are involved." in the original version.
    • Misty's slapping Brock with her Goldeen. And the suggestion that they get Croagunk from Sinnoh early.
    • Ash is delivered Riolu's egg. Upon restoring him, the Lucario that gave it to him has a moment of Not So Stoic.
    • Riolu's flabbergasted reaction to learn that Ash is Sir Aaron's descendant.
    • Jessie and Meowth having an Idiot Ball moment...
  • Chapter 4:
    • Riolu really finds out what kind of mess Ash and co get all the time and comments that what happened with Hunter J wasn't special for them. Ash replies that it actually was a bit unusual.
    • When Pidgeot saves Ash from a revenge-psychotic Aaron's Lucario, the latter accidentally presses the bird's Berserk Button.
      Pidgeot: I'm a girl you complete IDIOT!! SKY ATTACK!!
      • And she takes the time to engrave I'm female, Twit in the ruins created by that attack! IN KANJI!
    • Lucario's reaction when he finally calms the fuck down and realizes his mistake?
      Lucario: Er... Oops?
    • Lucario comments that Ash should sell his life story to an anime company.
      Lucario: I can just see it now. Aura's Glow, starring Ash Ketchum! With Brock as the comic relief, that girl you travel with as the Love Interest, of course, and-
      Ash: Wait, what?!
      Lucario: -who could have foreseen just how close the two of you would become thanks to the chance destruction of her bike!
      Ash: Please be more specific. You just described most of the girls I know.
      Lucario: That would be telling. The hero never actually works out he has feelings before-
      Ash: Until what? Puberty? That would at least be a help!
      Pikachu: No, it wouldn't. It never is.
  • Chapter 5:
  • Chapter 6:
    • Pikachu and Riolu. If they're not arguing, they're snarking about something.
    • Ash brings the Cerulean gym's roof down. And thus is born a Running Gag.
    • The last part:
      Narration: In the trees near Cerulean city, a sinister presence was watching the actions of Ash and his friends...
      Meowth: Ah, shaddup! I'm only using the binoculars!
      Narration: Yes, it was Meowth, who admittedly couldn't be sinister if his life depended on it.
    • In the remake, this is changed to:
      In the distance, meanwhile, Meowth was up a tree without a ladder.
      Sure, he was a cat, and it was expected, but still.
      "Lessee…" he said, adjusting a pair of large, black binoculars which were the most sinister thing about the whole situation.
  • Chapter 7:
    • The Shout-Out to Ranma ½ (cut in the rewrite):
      Jessie: Remember Domino's trio, back when they were low Admins?
      James: Oh, yeah… Roselia, wasn't it? And her old team had an Exeggutor and a… Farfetch'd, right?
      Jessie: That lot were freaky. The girl threw roses, the boy carried a bokken and called himself the "Blue Thunder", and the father had a palm tree on his head and didn't shut up about the Orange Islands. There's working with your Pokémon and then there's going completely mental, you know?
      James: When Team Kuno broke up, Domino got so much more sensible, it was amazing...
    • James' Abra is a walking CMOF from his first appearance.
    Jessie: Truly he is the slacker god.
    • James's Weezing laughing at Jessie's Arbok after getting Abra and Cubone on the team.note 
    • Ash: "Arceus above, we really suck at finding our way…"
  • Chapter 8:
    • Damian losing his control in the original version.
    • Jessie and James' reaction to the destruction of the Cerulean Gym by Ash.
      Jessie: You mean...
      James: This happens to them even when we're not around?
      Jessie: Yes! It's not just us who are chew toys of fate!
    • James looking for a Gym to fight in using a guide made by "Prima". In the real world, "Prima," is a company known for making game guides.
    • Squirtle is restored. Go to the General folder and you'll understand why it's a CMOF.
    • The ninja Meowth remarking to Team Rocket's Meowth, "They're taking the gym challenge, I know where they're going. You don't think we have to run an obstacle course every time we need a pint of milk, do you?"
    • The entire Innocent Innuendo situation when Meowth finally learns Pay Day.
    • Ash and the company talking about the Australian Dragonite King
      Ash: I am trying to maintain my sanity. It's quite hard.
      Pikachu: I think I could have handled it were it not for the can of Foster's the size of a small truck…
      • The rewrite changes out the Noodle Incident from being the Dragonite King to said Dragonite trying to pull off some kind of pyramid scheme. Which Ash mistakenly thinks is related to Brandon's Battle Pyramid and how it flies around.
  • Chapter 9:
    • Bulbasaur overdoing the Growth job and accidentally evolving into a Ivysaur.
    • Surge accidentally lets slip that he's a fan of (the Pokemon world equivalent of) Naruto.
    • Ash remarking ""Not only no, but HELL no" about Maiden's Peak in the original.
    • The "fight", if you could call it that, between Pikachu and Surge's Raichu as a rematch in the original version; it's over in one second.
  • Chapter 10:
    • Ash stating that, using Aura Purge, he'll get rid of Misty's fear of Bug types. Riolu says that Misty'd kill him if he suggested she's weak. Ash says he'll use "Tact and Diplomacy". Riolu simply sighs and replies with "You're doomed."
    • Followed up by Ash threatening Misty that either she takes the painless Aura Purge to get rid of her fear of Bugs, or Squirtle "fixes" her with sheer distilled awesome, possibly involving tearing open dimensions, rock music from nowhere and punches.
      • Even funnier? Squirtle still manages to at least partially fix her using Gurren Lagann logic.
    • The result of all of that is a Battle in the Center of the Mind against a monstrous Genesect, which manages to horribly hurt Ash. Charizard obliterates it with Blast Burn, and then when they come back to reality…
    Ash: (energetically) It works!
    Misty: (nearly Face Faults) Ash Ketchum, you gave me such a scare!
    Ash: (looks at her oddly) That was all mental, Misty. We never left the clearing, I was in no real danger. (wilts beneath Death Glares from Misty, Charizard, Squirtle, Riolu, and Pikachu) I suppose this means I forgot to mention it, then?
    Misty: Yes, you did.
    Ash: Aheh heh heh… crap, you're going to hit me a lot now, aren't you.
    Misty: (smiles sweetly) Think of it as negative reinforcement!
    • Palkia, the Titan of Space, smiting Sir Aaron's character sheet because of a bad break-up with Kyogre.
      • Not only does the character sheet get smited, but it gets compressed into neutronium.
  • This exchange between Jessie and Butch.
    Jessie: Well, well, wouldn't have expected to meet you here, bit-
    Butch later gets called "Banana".
  • Chapter 11:
    • Dexter claiming that Aggron was miscategorized as a tougher Pokémon than it actually is becomes this when one of Aggron's regular abilities is Sturdy and Mega Aggron's ability is Filter which reduces supereffective damage by 25%.
  • Chapter 12:
    • Ash on crossdressing in the original version:
      Ash: It was bad enough the first time, worse the second time, and not quite as bad the third time, which is what really worries me!
      Misty: (coughs to stretch out a pause) Something you want to talk about, Ash?
      Ash: NO!
      • The Kricketune bit gets lampshaded...since they don't live in Kanto.
    • In the rewrite, Ash, justifies his perfume insult by saying he was using Brock as his main example. Misty admits he can't blame him for that.
    Brock: That's cold, Misty...
    • Later, when discussing the gym's perfume:
    Misty: Ash, trying you give you a sense of culture is like teaching a rock to swim.
    Brock: Point of order. Corsola.
    Misty: (flushes) You know what I mean!
    • The literal Mid-Battle Tea Break after Ash's Ivysaur finds itself in a complete stalemate against Erika's Gloom. Misty and Erika enjoy some tea, Ash broods over a record of the world's longest battle, and after a few hours, Ivysaur and Gloom huddle around a computer screen to find some way to end the fight.
    • Then, after Ivysaur wins with Fury Cutter, Erika sends out a Victreebel. Ash promptly sends out Charizard. Ivysaur promptly begins to throttle Ash for forgetting about Charizard, in a Grass Gym, when he had planned to use him from the start.
    • Hilarious in Hindsight example: Blaine mentions a blue Sandslash. In a chapter written in 2011.
  • Chapter 13:
    • During the incident with the Hypno and Drowzee causing the whole town to go nuts, Pikachu suggests Riolu wearing Ash's Psychic-neutralizing hat in different areas of the city, measure how long it takes Riolu to fall asleep after the hat is taken off, and using that info to triangulate where the epicenter of the hypnotic waves is. This is Riolu's response.
      Riolu: But I don't wanna be a piece of scientific apparatus!
    • The dialogue after Psyduck's headache is cured with a Calm Mind TM:
    Misty: Right! Next for you, mister, is swimming lessons!
    Psyduck: Er, I mean, Ow the pain the pain my head is aching.
    Ash: Nice try.
  • Chapter 14:
  • Chapter 15:
  • Chapter 16:
  • Chapter 17:
    • Misty slaps Ash with her Goldeen.
    • The ins and outs as to what can and cannot be entered in the Pokemon race at Laramie Ranch. Fliers are right-out, but any land-types with disparaging differences in speed are all A-OK.
    • Although Rapidash isn't reminded, she sure does know how to make a pun using only her species words.
      Laramine: I've got to say, you gave her a good run. That was, well..."
      Rapidash snorted.
      Ash: What?
      Rapidash: Rapid, Ash.
      Ash: That's horrible (In disbelief)
  • Chapter 18:
    • When Ash, his friends and Maurice are talking with Officer Jenny about the incident with J:
    Officer Jenny: So… the flying battleship was invisible, I see. And then it caught fire…
    * Looks around at the beautiful flower-strewn forest and grassland.* I can certainly see the devastation. So what was the name of this, possibly fictional, criminal?
    Ash: Oh, didn't we mention? Sorry. J.
    *Jenny blinks, and flips back through the last four pages of her notes, then starts crossing bits out.*
    Officer Jenny: J? Pokémon Hunter J? The J who we don't even send police against any more, because it was like giving her Growlithe to sell? The J who we only go up against when there's a Gym's whole Pokémon roster on call? The J who once got damn close to capturing at least one of the Legendary Beasts, and we now think her client pulled out? That J?
    *Ash looks between Maurice, Misty, Brock, and their assembled Pokémon.* there another one?
    • Professor Oak doesn't blow a gasket this time around, considering Ash caught only five Tauros in the Safari zone, as opposed to the thirty in canon.
    • Squirtle is too tired to race, Pikachu has an idea: Withdraw, Magnet Rise, and…
      • End result? Dario and Dodrio get KO'd by a Blue Shell.
  • Chapter 19:
  • Chapter 20:
    • Ash and Dexter taking the piss out of the Pokemon Exam and all its fallacies and inconsistencies. And Dexter denouncing the instructor's back-backtalk as being counter-intuitive to Dexter's very purpose.
      Instructor: Could you please stop interrupting, it's not the time or place.
      Dexter: It is most definitely the time and place! My entire purpose was to gather, catalogue and store information about Pokémon. You're making a mockery of it!
      • Ash's score on the test: Interfering Busybody. The remake changes it to being given an I with Todd noting it means 'Interfering busybody we wish we could flunk, but he scored too high'
      • Not to mention the schadenfreude when Ash handily beats all the practical tests and the instructor is forced to give him the certificate anyway, with him being given it offscreen in the rewrite, reluctantly at that.
  • Chapter 21:
    • Ash (who was up all night solving a laundry list of riddles) vs. Blaine.
      Ash: (as Blaine sends out a Rhydon) Pikachu! Aim for the horn!
      Pikachu: (Disapproving Look)
      (Pikachu Force-Palms the Rhydon, one-shotting it)
      Ash: (indignant) Fine then, don't go for the horn.
  • Chapter 22:
    • Ash restored his mom to the back-in-time mentality. When she learns what happens, she goes into full Knight Templar Parent mode, and is to literally not let Ash out of her sight for a week.
      Ash: (his mother on the roof of their house with binoculars) I think that went quite well, actually!

    Mewtwo versus Mew (Chapters 25-26) 
  • Pidgeot sneers at hurricanes.
    Pidgeot: It's true; I do.
  • Once Ash and his Pokemon get to the island, they all go off to do their own thing at first. Charizard then decides to dick around in the hurricane. Ash predicts he'll get hit by lightning. And that's exactly what happens.
    Charizard: Not a word. Not. A. Word.
  • Mewtwo gets to finally meet Gary's Blastoise.
    Mewtwo: your Pokemon well?
    Misty: No! He's an anime nut!
    Ash: (quickly, over Misty's shout) YES.

    The Indigo League (Chapters 27-36) 

    The Orange Islands part 1 (Chapters 37-38) 

    The Power of One (Chapters 39-42) 
  • Lawrence III's attempts to rationalize the prophecy and make it work for him (from touching the orbs to the legendary birds to whispering their names) is worth a chuckle.
  • Team Rocket shows up in an incredibly loud vehicle. And lampshades it in their motto.
  • Lugia showing up in chapter 41 to stop the Legendary Birds:
    I have no idea why you three keep doing this. What was it this time?
  • Mewtwo's acceptance of pretty much being a plot device whose function is to limit the collateral damage done by Ash. Mew's reaction makes it all the better.

    The Orange Islands part 2 (Chapters 43-46) 

    Johto's Gym Challenge part 1 (Chapters 47-54) 
  • During his very first Johto battle, Ash sends out Charizard against Casey... and loses. How? Her Rattata holds a Focus Sash, and knows Endeavor and Quick Attack. Sound familiar to anyone?
  • The date between Ninetales and Growlie. With Ninetales coming back two days after the curfew because she lost track of time.
  • The Legendary Beasts' discussion about Ash going from being philosophical to how Raikou and Entei would look with ribbons on their tails.
  • Falkner's reaction to his newest challenger being Ash Ketchum. He's soon proven right, even if his gym wasn't demolished.
  • Ash's description in Shingo's computer. According to Brock, the "probably insane" part fits.
    • In the same incident, Dexter getting annoyed at the overall moral: that you can't base Pokémon battles on data.
  • Gligarman.
  • Ash's Muk can't tell the difference between freshly-baked cookies and freshly-recorded TMs.
  • James' Abra got a book to optimize his sleep regime. Of course, given how often he sleeps, he only reads it for five minutes per week...
  • Turns out, Jessie's Wobbufett is a Pungeon Master. And now Meowth can't defend the others by not translating what he says.
  • Bugsy wisely chooses to hold the Gym Battle outside, and is somewhat awed by the damage done outside.
  • Ash's Noctowl is a Quintessential British Gentleman. Even if he's not British.
    • Also, how Ash caught him again: he attacked with Ivysaur, who got it with a Vine Whip... And then threw the Pokéball over his shoulder. It hit the target and dispelled the illusion that Ivysaur had caught.

    Spell of the Unown (Chapters 55-58) 

    Johto's Gym Challenge part 2 (Chapters 59-62) 
  • In chapter 59, Cassidy and Butch's reaction to their second meeting with Ash in this timeline, which is essentially "Abandon scam, run like hell."
    • They later report to Giovanni. They're praised for their decision... And Giovanni too gets Butch's name wrong.
    • When Misty takes Butch and Cassidy's scam test to see what personality she has, she gets Gyarados. Ash starts to make fun of her for this, until Brock points out that there are two scenarios: Either the test is wrong, or the test is correct, and he's making fun of someone with the personality of a Gyarados. Ash shuts up quickly.
  • The battle with Whitney:
  • Ash's interview at the radio in chapter 60. Especially when he was asked if Misty was his girlfriend and his advice to gym leaders:
    "I don't mind having battles outside."
  • The traveling misadventures of the Swords of Justice.
  • Gary's Chain of Deals to get Alakazam to re-learn Teleport.
    • The conclusion in Chapter 62: he needs to borrow Oak's Dragonite, because there's a man in Geosenge who will give a fossil to someone who shows him a fully-evolved Dragon-type, from the fossil he'll get an Anorith, that can be traded for a Liepard, that for a Swoobat, that for a Clefairy, and that for a Gyarados, who can be shown to Marie in Camphrier who will give him a letter, the letter is given to Parfum and then to Jacques who will give him a Farfetch'd, that can be traded for a Beartic and then for a Furfrou (and a shiny one at that), the Furfrou will then get an haircut and be shown to gym leader Valerie to get a Focus Sash, that can be traded for a Silk Sash, that can be given to a girl in Luminose for a Pokemon that can dance, that can be shown to the guy who will give Gary the Heart Scale he needs to give to the Move Relearner as payment for him having Alakazam re-learn Teleport.
    • It turns out he didn't need to do any of this, as Misty could have lent him her Gyarados, Oak knows someone who has a Clefairy and has both a Focus Sash and a Silk Sash, Ash's Totodile can dance, Oak has twenty Heart Scales and, last but not least, Muk didn't eat the Teleport TM, so Gary could have just asked him for that. He still asks him to lend him Dragonite and ask Misty for her Gyarados, because he put so much time in making the list he could get something out of it.
      • You have to wonder how Alakazam, the Pokémon with 5000 IQ, has forgotten Teleport in the new world where there's no limit in the moves they can learn.
      • In the meantime, Ash is battling a guy who in the original timeline battled Gary... And his Ambipom just finds a Heart Scale and throws it at Totodile.
  • Dexter putting Ash's old-timeline misadventures into statistics, which culminates in him having ridden ~13% of all Legendary Pokémon from Kanto to Unova.
  • Team Rocket's first Pokéathlon - which ends in Gyarados accidentally swallowing the relay race baton and Meowth having to be lowered in to get it out.
  • Brock needs to cross a river without a bridge, and Lucario offers to help him.
    "Wait, why are you swinging me back-"
    • Lucario was also supposed to help Misty, but she managed to water-walk on the river on her own.
  • Like in canon, Ash sends Noctowl to help Ken the Pidgey when the latter is attacked by a Fearow. What does Noctowl do? Use an illusion to trick the Fearow into flying into a tree! What clinches it, however, is what he says to Ken:
    "And that is what we call croquet," Noctowl commented, as Fearow collapsed into the ground in some state of unconsciousness. "Make a wooden object go right through a hoop."
  • Seven more words from the same chapter: Say hello to our little yellow friend.
    The rubber beachball, being rubber, was undamaged. It did, however, rain Aipom for a few seconds.
  • Brock taking part to the Seaking Catching Competition with Forretress. Who uses Explosion.
    • From the same competition, the Wartortle addicted on Sailor Moon. Who infects Quilava.
  • The Ambipom with the Pickup ability (that makes him find a lot of things) using Fling to attack Totodile with the things he finds. A partial list: two iron balls, a Sun Stone, two cans of Repellant, a Heart Scale, an empty Potion bottle, a coil of rope, a friggin' Moon Stone, a Rest TM, and a Dawn Stone.
    • As noted above, Ambipom's trainer battled Gary in the original timeline, and Gary had just ended a strange adventure in the attempt to get an Heart Scale.

    Mewtwo Returns (Chapters 63-66) 

    Johto's Gym Challenge part 3 (Chapters 67-71) 
  • From chapters 67 and 68:
    • Pikachu's tale of his latest run-in with the Pichu Brothers, with the reveal that the humans never noticed them and Keldeo (a Legendary Pokemon who used to hang out three other Legendaries who get in all sort of hijinks to try and help people) asking if it's always like that around Ash (then again, Ash and co. are probably worse);
    • Ash and Morty:
      • Morty's greeting to Ash: "Come this way, we've got an outdoor arena a little way in the forest. I like my gym, and I don't want to see it get broken."
      • Ash asks if there's any restriction, and he says no. Then he notices Keldeo, but doesn't recognize him.
      • Both sets of Legendary Beasts show up, and Keldeo greet them. Morty is surprised, but Ash isn't.
    Morty: Mr. Ketchum... Why are there several Legendary Pokemon taking seats in the bleachers?
    Ash: Maybe they're bored?
  • The Kimono Sisters, five Eevolution trainers who live in the tower where Ho-Oh nests, realize that Ash is the Chosen One of Ho-Oh, and offer to help him meeting him... And find out that Ho-Oh has already let himself get captured by Ash. Same thing with Lugia. And is challenging the Legendary Beasts.
    "Can we actually help you with anything?"
    "I actually don't know..."
  • Keldeo's Hydro Pump comes from his hooves. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Squirtle having a perfectly sensible ideanote . Misty Didn't See That Coming...
    Squirtle: Got to keep you guessing somehow, haven't I?
  • Seeing Remoraid Mountain.
    Ash: *pointing into the distance* Where's that, again?
    Brock: *looking at the map* That's Remoraid Mountain. It's got Remoraid Lake on top of it, it's near the Remoraidian Ruins which used to be inhabited by the ancient people called the Remoraidians, and you'll never guess what Pokémon are up there.
    Brock: Probably.
  • Raikou's horrible timing in challenging Ash, and his reaction to finding out why it was a bad time. At least he could help Misty getting qualifications to join the Elite 4...
    • Ash couldn't face him because all of the Pokemon he would use for fighting Raikou... aren't with him at the moment.
  • The semifinal of the Pokémon Sumo Tournament. Ash and Co. don't make it this time around; the match in question consists of a Metagross vs. an Aggron with the ability Heavy Metal. Too bad the arena is only rated for 1 ton. The math 

    Voice of the Forest (Chapters 72-75) 
  • Wobbufett driving Vicious' Weavile mad with puns.
    • And then he makes what doesn't seem to be a pun, confusing the Weavile—calling himself "one tough cookie." When called on this, Wobbuffet calls it dramatic irony, and then...
    Muk opened its mouth, and then all Weavile knew was pain.
  • Even in one of the darkest moments of the entire story these can happen. Arceus's reaction to the sudden introduction of Fairy-type halfway through the creation process is essentially to Throw It In.

    Johto's Gym Challenge part 4 (Chapters 76-99) 
  • Squirtle is teaching Surf to at least one of Ash's Tauros. The method: filling a barn with water and let the Tauros figure how to stand on it.
    • Even better? According to the Tauros, it was working... until Tracey opened the barn door and let all the water out.
  • Suicune demonstrating Roar to Ash's Pokemon.
  • "Present-Day" Arceus's bemused reaction to discovering the existence of he Pixie Plate, and therefore the Fairy type...
    Arceus: "Which, last I checked, was not a thing—and yet now it always has been."
    • More than that, though, the Creation Dragons:For those unaware... 
    Palkia: "That's not fair!"
    Dialga: *starts doing a happy dance*
    Giratina: (quietly) "That's hax."
  • Remember the Nurse Joy of Lake Lucid, the one specialized in Water-type Pokemon who was afraid of them? Ash convinced her to check on two of his Water-types... And then had her check Suicune and Keldeo.
  • A few from chapter 77:
    • Jasmine has heard about Ash from his previous gym opponents. While Falkner was impressed, Bugsy was scared after seeing the damage Ash caused, Whitney was ranting about her gym, and Morty was still shaken after seeing the legendaries.
    • When the gang visits the Battle Tower in Olivine, the guards at the door say they need badges to enter:
    Brock: *flashes a Boulderbadge*'
    Misty: *flashes a Cascadebadge*'
    Ash: *flashes his whole collection in this timeline* "How many do you need? I've got about eighteen, but only sixteen of them are official and only four are Johto-"
    Guard: "That'll be fine. Pass."
  • The Gym Battle at Cianwood City has a few:
    • Chuck's Hitmonlee uses Hi-Jump Kick. Lucario dodges. If you have played the games, you know what happens. note 
      • He later gets something worse: Hi-Jump Kick into Protect. Think about using a powerful flying kick against a thick wall of steel, and you'll realize what happened.
    • Chuck has no issue with the damage to his gym: it happens a lot, and usually he is the culprit.
      • In fact he later has his Poliwrath attack the floor with the intent of wrecking the water pipes and flood the battlefield.
        Misty's jaw dropped.
        Brock patted her on the shoulder. "Don't worry, Misty, he's crazy."
      • And when Ash points out his disregard for the gym's building, Chuck replies he can always rebuild it... Then decides that he and his students will do it for training.
    • Chuck's Hitmontop is into Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
    • Primeape using Thrash to vent some rage on Hitmontop. Poor Hitmontop...
      "By the way, I think he's knocked out."
    • The reaction of Chuck's wife when she realizes the gym got flooded.
    • Chuck's Machoke using Rock Throw... A move he can't learn in the games.
    • And after Ash won the battle... Chuck challenged Ash to a spar. And they did it. At least until Chuck's pissed-off wife interrupts them and started tearing into her husband for the damage to the gym...
  • Gary's Blastoise now has Simon's actual glasses. The orange ones. They hold a Mega Stone.
  • The Elite Four meeting. Especially the rumors about them (including the one they live on the moon).
  • The Pokémon Pinchers tried to capture a Moltres at Mount Ember... Then they realized it was James in his infamous Moltres suit.
    • Even better? The Moltres that DID live there is now interested in James specifically because of said suit. Wow.
  • Max failing a test at school due the creation of the Fairy type, and Norman starting to ask why the hell there was a Sylveon at the creation of the world before remembering that Ash being involved was a good enough explanation.
  • Chapter 81:
  • Chapter 82:
    • The Lame Pun Reaction when Misty makes a Corsola pun.
    • The Whirl Cup offers a few:
      • During the first day of elimination matches, the guy who found himself facing Ash first was a hobbyist with one badge, who had to deal with Squirtle. It's reported he said unprintable things about the matching-up system.
      • Misty's second opponent sent out a Magikarp. Against Misty's newly-caught Chinchou. It was a short battle.
      • The second day matches were held in the main stadium. The staff, aware of Ash's reputation, begged him not to break their stadium (they needed it for the whole tournament, after all).
      • The Elite Four left speechless after Misty defeats Ash, who is using Suicune.
    • Raikou's attempt to communicate his Gym Challenge to Falkner. With signs.
    • Jessebelle tracking down Team Rocket... And having to deal with a Moltres.
      • And Jessie suggests dealing with her by putting a Ponyta on her pillow...then when the others look at her funny, explaining that it would burn her bed down and then escape out the window, burning that too. Meowth just wonders where they'd get the Ponyta.
  • Chapter 83:
  • Chapter 84:
  • Chapter 85:
    • Ivysaur uses Fissure on Jasmine's Aggron. Fissure usually is a One-Hit KO move, that works by creating a fissure under the victim and letting it falling down... Except this time it was barely two feet deep due the terrain under the gym.
    • Pikachu trying to fool Jasmine's Magnezone into using Electric-type attacks (against which he's immune), pointing out his Steel-type attack aren't very useful against an Electric Pokemon. Magnezone's answer? Pointing out the ruse and stating that "Type resistances are irrelevant against Sonicboom".
    • Keldeo vs. Bronzong. All of it.
  • Chapter 86
    • Jasmine realizing that having a gym made out of battleship armor isn't enough to be safe from Charizard. Especially when her own Empoleon lends a hand;
    • After Jasmine's Empoleon uses Aqua Jet, we get this bit of Lampshade Hanging:
      Ash: "I thought penguins couldn't fly..."
      Pikachu: "Ash, Keldeo flies. The same way, even."
      Ash: "True enough."
    • Mewtwo is now on television talking about his new book, but it's very hard to appear dignified with a Mew flying around your head.
    • An impatient Raikou vs. Whitney. It's easy to see how this turns out.
      • Don't know why Whitney's being a Sore Loser after being curbstomped by a Legendary, but maybe the fact that Raikou took out Miltank with Nuzzle might have something to do with it...note 
  • Chapter 87
    • Ash battled against Entei, outside. There was no gym to destroy so instead it ended with the forest on fire.
      • And Entei had his first meeting with Squirtle.
    • Also, Raikou's gym challenge silliness continues.
      Eusine: "Morty? What's Raikou doing outside your gym?"
      Morty: "I wish I knew."
      Eusine: "Apparently challenging your gym. Is that a thing?"
      Morty: "So it would seem. Whitney sent me a whiny email about him last week..."
      • Also, the training for Dark-type moves, like Bite and Crunch.
        "But how to make sure I'm up to snuff? Perhaps I should try and bite some trees!"
    • The bell signaling the presence of the Legendary Beasts.
    • Max taking a flash-card exam filled with questions from the anime dub's Trainer's Choice segment, and completely lambasting the wrong answers on several of those cards. Bonus points for giving such clear logic that even the examiner agrees that the test-writers are Too Dumb to Live.
      Max: "Should I be worried?"
      Examiner: "Oh, don't worry, we're still using these ones. I'm just going to write down all the ways an 8-year-old is smarter than the question setters..."
  • Chapter 88:
    • Ash finding his Donphan... When he's still an egg. That promptly hatches into a Donphan on top of him.
    • The discussion about what Pokemon to use in the race, with people wondering how the hell Bayleef outran an Arcanine the last time and Donphan pointing out that Ash can't avoid a Legendary, so seeing three in his team is not that surprising.
    • This Extreme Pokemon race is rather extreme, due the participants including: Brock with his Crobat; Casey with her Pidgeotto; Ash with Donphan, who pulls him by via of Rollout; Lucario with Keldeo; Pikachu with Squirtle (this caused Brock an Oh, Crap! when he found out. Too bad it was too late to change his mind); and Entei pulling Meganium and Suicune who are riding a railway push cart (he wanted to give his opponents an handicap). Oh, and Misty was refused entry because her Gyarados was deemed unsafe...
    • Of course, the whole race, thanks to the contestants. With Pikachu and Squirtle finishing first but getting disqualified due the skateboard exploding.
    • And twenty minutes after the race ends, Gary shows up to register for the race. He's late because he missed daylight saving time.
    • Near the beginning of the chapter, this exchange between Ash and Casey:
      Ash: "My most recent one was the Mineral Badge"
      Casey: "Oh, cool. I've got five - I've not done the Mineral Badge yet. How was it?"
      Ash: "Pretty good. We broke the gym, though. Same with the gym in Cianwood..."
      Casey: "You have problems."
      • And then Pikachu adds onto it by reminding Ash about how they defeated Chuck's Machamp.
      Casey: "Really, really big problems."
    • Gary shows the others his Mega Ring and Brock's reaction.
      Brock: "Did you get married?"
  • Chapter 89:
    • Squirtilite. Nothing more need be said.
      Squirtle: "I need an Everstone, an expended Water Stone, a chisel, and an indeterminate amount of development time!"
    • Suicune stepping on water removes all pollution... Including chlorine, to her embarrassment.
    • Ash's paperwork for becoming Max' tutor:
  • Chapter 90:
    • This gem, starting with Tyson noticing what the Pokemon evolving machine does to non-evolved Pokemon who don't want to evolve:
    Tyson: "If it does this to all non-fully-evolved Pokémon, imagine how much easier it could make to steal-
    Ash: "It actually sounds like it'd make it harder. It gives a warning, and it also means that any Pokémon stopped by the effect would just have to evolve to be immune to it. If you tried to steal from a newbie trainer with a Mareep, you'd have an Ampharos to deal with instead..."
    Tyson *after the Jaw Drop*: "Why didn't we-"
    Butch: "Not sure, boss. Makes sense, though."
    Tyson: "I can't believe we were so stupid. Oh well. At least it'll be useful in speeding up training. And it seems to do something unusual, because that Gyarados was red. That deserves further research."
    Brock: "Have you even heard of Shiny Pokémon? Are you sure you're-"
    Tyson: "But that wasn't a Shiny Magikarp."
    Ash: "Yes it was. I saw it evolve - I was right overhead when it did."
    Tyson: "Really? I could have sworn we checked to be sure there were no Shiny Pokémon in the lake..."
    Brock: "You're not very good at this, are you?"
    Tyson: "I'm tired of this. Sundance, Cassidy, handle them."
  • Chapter 91:
    • When Mewtwo is shadowing Rayquaza, he informs him of Groudon and Kyogre's beginning fight. This is Rayquaza's response:
      • Now imagine how damaging that attack would be, Rule of Cool doesn't even begin to describe it.
    • Regigigas's Slow Start in action.
    • Rayquaza's main job is to stop asteroids since the ten mile wide one that killed off the dinosaurs crashed on Arceus.
  • Chapter 92:
    • Remember that Moltres that was following James around? Well, James finally caught it, and he didn't even know it. How? While Moltres was investigating Team Rocket's camp in the middle of the night, she trips over a few Pokéballs, ends up caught in one, and can't struggle to get out because Gyarados rolls over onto it in his sleep!
    • Ash's battle with Pryce on an ice-covered field gives a hilarious return of the Pinballing Snorlax.
      • As we're talking about Snorlax... He only bathes when it rains... And uses shower gel and everything else.
    • Raikou's gym challenge silliness continues with Chuck.
      • Noteworthy is Poliwrath's reaction to being sent to fight (hint: the fight didn't last long after that).
        Poliwrath gave Chuck a look.
        Chuck: "What?"
        Poliwrath: "This is a legendary Electric-type, sensei. I am a Water-type. I have a problem with this."
  • Chapter 93:
  • Chapter 94:
    • Todd finding out about Moltres:
      Todd: "I'm seeing what we came this far south for, on the wrong island, eating a stack of okonomiyaki..."
      • And Moltres realizing she's got caught, and accepted to stay caught, by a group of wackos:
    • Entei's battle with Pryce's Aurorus brings back his troubles with weather: Aurorus has both the standard Refrigerate Ability... And the Hidden Ability Snow Warning, that causes an hailstorm. Entei's annoyance at this returns too.
      • The battle leaves Entei more than a little grimy at the end. So he goes to the local Nurse Joy for a bath... and comes back shampooed, combed, and his tail styled and ribboned.
      • And then Dexter brings Suicune out to see for herself, who promptly gets a case of the giggles.
      Dexter: "I thought you'd want to see."
      Entei: "Traitorous contraption."
    • Charizard and Charla's "date" ends with a bet to see who carries the trash home: Three wing-flaps, furl wings, first to spread them out or hit the ground loses. It ends just about as well as you can imagine for two headstrong, stubborn Pokémon.
    Liza looked up at the sound of the double thud-crash that echoed through the valley.
    "Morons," she muttered.
    • Quilava's final battle with Pryce's Mamoswine ends like this. When she uses Eruption on him from directly underneath, she hadn't considered where he would fall...
    • Giovanni finally finding out about Moltres... By receiving the newest team picture.
    For several seconds, neither Giovanni nor Persian reacted visibly.
    "Persian?" Giovanni asked, calmly. "Have my top agents somehow finagled themselves a Legendary Pokémon?"
    Persian nodded.
    "Right." Giovanni nodded, then deleted the file. "I'll ask about them in person."
  • Chapter 95:
    • Heracross' variation of the Cut: uproot the tree.
    A Bellossom who needed that tree cut down: "That wasn't Cut!"
    Heracross: "Of course it was. Tree's down, isn't it?"
    • Norman saying about some of the stupid errors he did back when he was a rookie. Like trying to catch a Ninjask (a decent Pokemon who is also the second fastest Pokemon, only beaten by Deoxys' Speed Forme and Regieleki) with a Slakoth (a very basic and incredibly slow Pokemon that sleeps half the turns).
    • Everything about Lily the witch.
    • Birch meeting Ash. Who is currently a Riolu, and has just restored May's Blaziken's memories.
    Birch: "Ah, there you are! I-*Beat* Why is there a Blaziken in my lab?"
    *Blaziken moves close to May*
    Birch: "Why is there a Riolu wearing a hat in my lab?"
    *Ash waves at him*
    Birch: "Why is there a Pidgeot outside my lab, looking in through the door?"
    *Pidgeot chirps*
    May: "This could take a while..."
    • Norman's reaction to meeting Ash as a Riolu. Thankfully, by now he's Seen It All
    Norman: "What happened?"
    Ash: "I know."
  • Chapter 96:
    • Ash learning from Todd that Team Rocket has caught a Moltres.
    • This exchange:
    Todd: "OK, are you catnip to Legendaries or something? How many do you have?"
    *Ash starts counting*
    Todd: "No, wait! Forget I asked!"
  • Chapter 97:
    • Ash arrives at Clair's gym only to learn that he can't challenge her right now because Raikou just broke it during the course of his gym challenge silliness. Poor Clair.
      • Even better, as Raikou for reasons unknown already had signs for "I don't see what you're complaining about" and "it's a legitimate strategy" prepared. Clearly, he'd been making a habit of this.
    • Also, Raikou is the only one who actually understands his reasoning for the whole gym challenge silliness. Ash thinks it doesn't make sense, and Raikou's siblings just call him a moron.
    • The secondary challenge of Blackthorn's gym is overwhelming power. The challenger is Ash Ketchum. Took Clair some doing in challenging him in that...
  • Chapter 98
    "Are you well?"
    • And as the above wasn't enough, everyone's reaction to Mega Squirtle.
    Clair: "...I have no idea what we just saw."
    Ash: "Not surprised, I don't either."
    • The Dragons' reaction at Mega Altaria becoming half-Fairy.
    • From the battle between Keldeo and Mega Altaria.
    Clair: Did you just invent a move in the middle of a battle?
    Clair: ...nothing.
  • Chapter 99:
    • Apparently, James finds piloting a C-130 Machamp more difficult than piloting an Humongous Mecha.
    • While cleaning Max' room, May found an enclosed paper with a note telling her not to read it, so she read it, found out Max was considering Electrike as his starter, found one, and sprung a Pokemon battle on her brother to allow him to catch it with Blaziken's help, so fast she didn't tell Blaziken what she had in mind.
    • During his battle with Ash, Raikou hits Donphan with his signs.
      • Raikou's sign-smacking is his version of Wood Hammer.

    Heroes (Chapter 100) 
  • Ash enrolling the Tour de Altomare... With the official initially not noticing that Keldeo's speaking to him.
  • When Brock talks to Lorenzo, Lorenzo has trouble believing Brock's story, before remembering Brock knows Ash.
    Lorenzo: Oh, right, you're friends with that Ash Ketchum. That explains everything.
    Brock: Even-
    Lorenzo: Everything. That kid's been on the news.
  • The Bull-Dozer. And the dialogue that goes with it. The fact that it was Squirtle that thought it up should say it all.
  • The problems of being a Chinchou and fighting alongside a Seaking with Lightningrod.
    Chinchou: "...I really need to work on my aim."
  • Team Rocket's entrance, beginning with their usual (though changed) intro speech, and where Annie recognizes them.
    Annie: "Oh right! These are those guys that did all those boring lectures!"
    • Then we get to this little gem:
      Oakley: "...I've never seen anything so stupid."
      James: "Okay, now it's personal!"
  • Snorlax using Fossil Pokémon as target practice, with Kingler as the pitcher.
  • The following dialogue after Psyduck becomes a Golduck.
    Golduck (noticing his new webbed limbs): "These seem very peculiar. What are they for?"
    Misty: "Swimming! Now you've got no excuse not to learn!"
    Golduck: "Just watch me..."
  • In their first battle, Oakley had a Beedrill, Beedrillite and a Keystone, but couldn't Mega Evolve it. In the rematch, Ash and Heracross show her how it's done.
    Oakley: "That's not fair! Our one didn't work!"
  • Between hiding where a catwalk could fall on it, Deadly Dodging by Keldeo and an Offhand Backhand by Dexter, Annie and Oakley's poor Umbreon does not have a good night.
  • Mawile's first battle. Her scolding her opponent for trying to attack a non-combatant sounds just like a little girl scolding a misbehaving adult.
    • And when she becomes the target, she one-shots her opponent with Iron Head. And when Meganium asks where she learned it:
      Mawile: "Mister Scizor was doing it at Professor Oak's place! And Mister Raikou helped explain how it was done!"
      Meganium: "I'm not sure if that counts as a good influence or a bad..."
  • Ash finishing his fight with Annie with a punch to the face.
  • All the stunned reactions from Gary, May and her family when they view the Battle of Altomare on television.
    Gary: "I think my friend Ash just got in trouble again."

    The Silver Conference (Chapters 101-116) 
  • Chapter 102:
  • Chapter 103:
  • Chapter 104:
    • Charles Goodshow exclaims that with Ash present, the Conference is going to be awesome.
    Goodshow: I hope you, and everyone else, put on a good show!
  • Chapter 105:
    • As per one canon episode, a trainer tries to capture Entei. Too bad Ash got there first. What really sells it is that he keeps chucking Ultra Balls at him even after the first one fails to trigger.
      "Young man, I am going to get very annoyed soon..."
      • And then Lugia, Ho-Oh and Mewtwo (who Ash called for the Silver Conference) all show up right in front of him. The kid is understandably overwhelmed.
      "Is Arceus about to jump out of your backpack or something?" Also a case of Hilarious in Hindsight because the GS ball turns out to be the place Arceus is staying the entirety of the story until the confrontation at spear pillar, this item spends most of its time in Ash' backpack
    • After Ash's first three Legendaries arrive, he tries to explain the situation to them and starts with apologizing for bothering them. Then Ho-Oh proceeds to chew him out for waiting so long to actually ask.
      Ho-Oh: "I accept that you don't want to appear to be privileged, which is good - but there are limits, you know..."
    • Mawile's adorableness in combat. Just that.
  • Chapter 106:
    • Ash, Oblivious to Love poster-boy, finds out what his new fame comes with: his second opponent, Macy, is a Fangirl. And Latias is not happy about it.
      • Especially when Macy mentions that the bond between herself and Ash is what caused her Slugma to evolve. Sorry, that just happens around the guy.
      • Even after his evolution, Houndoom is just as much of a puppy as ever.
    • Guess what Ash's lineup is for his last qualifier? Three, count 'em, three Tauros!
      • And when his opponent lampshades using three of the same Pokémon, he asks her what her last Pokémon is. It's a Dugtrio.
      • Which apparently comprises of Two Guys and a Girl. And engages in Talking to Themself. Yeah.
      • Water-walking Tauros vs. Surfing Rhydon. It's just as ridiculous as it sounds.
  • Chapter 107:
    • Turns out Wes' taking part to the tournament. Why is that?
      "Rui insisted. Disobey her at your peril..."
    • It's quite a feat being able to collect all 8 badges in one day, he probably broke Raikou's record.
    • Anyway, Wes had this magnificent idea: he has a full set of Legendary Beasts, Ash has a full set of Legendary Beasts... So their match should be Suicune versus Suicune, Raikou versus Raikou, and Entei versus Entei. It's just as awesomely ridiculous (and ridiculously awesome) as it sounds... And, of course, Ash accepted.
      Lance: "I think Charles Goodshow is about to explode."
    • But how did they allow the public to tell which Beasts' were Ash's? Easy: Ash's Beasts wore distinguishing marks: Suicune was wearing one of Ash's hats, Raikou his scarf and his signs for Wood Hammer (that got destroyed in the match), and Entei was combed and with ribbons in his fur.
    • Raikou tried Volt Crash... And forgot one step. The make-sure-attack-shoots-out-only-from-correct-end step. It doesn't qualify as Epic Fail only because it was a Double KO...
    • Once again, Ash's Entei has to fight an opponent that creates rain.
    • And of course, we have reactions from Eusine, Jimmy, and Nelson.
    • Lance finding out Molly Hale, an eight year old girl, is responsible for the creation of the fairy-type.
  • Chapter 108:
  • Chapter 109:
  • Chapter 110:
    • Casey's orders being given in baseball terms. They work.
    • Casey's Beedrill being sent out against Larvitar:
      Casey: "Outfield, Beedrill!"
      Beedrill: "Beedriiilllll?"
      Casey's Riolu: ''"He... asks exactly how he's supposed to fight Larvitar."
      Casey: "Uh... good point..."
      • Later, we have this:
      Casey: "Beedrill, stay outfield! He's mainly good close in!"
      *Beedrill buzzes frantically*
      Riolu: "He was reminding you that so is he."
    • Charizard vs. Casey's Meganium. According to Charizard, that would go to be difficult mainly in terms of not hurting his opponent too much. He promptly gets trussed by a Constrict and hit by a barrage of Ancientpower that uses his head as a punching bag.
    • Charizard fights Casey's Raticate, once upon a time her FEAR Rattata... and loses again.
      Charla *who was watching the match in TV with Liza*: "Right."
      Liza: "What is it?"
      Charla: "He's never - never - living this one down."
    • Squirtle tries to make one of his speeches to Raticate:
      Squirtle: "All right, you rat bast-"
      Raticate: "I'm a girl."
      Squirtle: "Right. Uh - anyway! As I was saying - all right, you dirty rat-"
      Raticate: "I washed this morning!"
      Squirtle: "Just let me get started! Okay, you... female... rodent... you may have beaten my comrade, Charizard, but that means nothing! I'm Squirtle, and-"
      Raticate: "You realize I electrocuted-"
      Squirtle: "That's it! You're going down! Eat this, Hydro Cannon Fodder!"
    • Squirtle fending off Raticate's Super Fang-with his glasses. And his rant when they break.
  • Chapters 111 and 112:
  • And the crowner is the other finalist Fred Farrell realising just who he's facing.
    Fred: Oh no, I've got to fight him now.
  • Chapter 114 - 115:
    • When Mr. Goodshow announces that Ash will only be using Legendaries in the E4 exhibition, we get this from the audience:
      Random Audience Member: Lucky bastard!
    • Mr. Goodshow's introduction of Bruno:
      Mr. Goodshow: Next will be Bruno, the Breaker of Bricks and the Fighting-type Master of the Elite Four! Though I still don't understand the Onix...
    • The reaction from Ash's league opponents when he sends out Ho-Oh:
      Casey: You're kidding me. You're... how long has he had that?
      Koji: I'm getting the distinct impression we got off lightly.
    • What happened as soon as Team Rocket got to Hoenn:
      James: We're going to need to head back to my parents' summer house in Sinnoh! I forgot Carnivine!
      Jessie *throwing the flight manual at him* : Couldn't you have remembered that before we flew all the way down here?
    • After Ash's battle with Agatha, in which he had to get creative with Mewtwo:
      Mewtwo: Ash, thank you for your assistance. I am glad to see that your mind is as sharp as ever.
    • During Lugia's battle with Lance's Red Gyarados, he makes like he's about to Aeroblast right through the stands to get to his target, something that all but panics the referee. Good thing Lugia had figured out laser Roboteching.
  • Chapter 116: Interlude to Hoenn
    • The Humiliation Conga of the Invincible Pokémon Brothers. They came to chase the Cerulean Sensational Sisters out of their gym... and end up a Twinkle in the Sky courtesy of the newest Elite Four member's Mega Gyarados.
    • Brock's younger brother Forrest walking in on Brock and Philena's reconciliation kiss after the former told the latter about the time-travel.

    Hoenn's Gym Challenge part 1 (Chapters 117-126) 

    Wish Maker (Chapters 127-130) 
  • Ash and Co.'s time at the Millennium Festival:
    • Keldeo and Guy at the coconut shy - and Keldeo using Hydro Pump to throw the balls.
    • The Legendary Beasts on the Drop Tower.
    • Pikachu, Electrike and Marshtomp's meeting with the Pichu Brothers, and after a Noodle Incident involving more dancing Pokémon, end up on an out-of-control roller-coaster powered by Pichu Little's stuck tail. when Pikachu tries breaking them out with Iron Tail, all it ends up doing is sending the cart airborne.
    • Butler bringing Ash and Co. into his act, by having Ash and Max as clown assistants and Brock as an Escape Artist. After locking Brock in a ludicrous amount of restraints (rope, chain, two sets of handcuffs, footcuffs, two nested cages with nested padlocks) he is locked in a tarpaulin, lifted into the air, and expected to escape. But when he doesn't, Ash and Max go to unlock the tarpaulin, vanish from the audience's view... and then the tarpaulin falls to reveal Ash and Max in the cages and Brock outside.
  • The Absol from Forina shows up, sensing a great disaster happening to the Wish Maker at that moment - only for her to find that she walked in on a normal training session. When she asks what's going on, Lucario obliges.
    Lucario: That's my trainer. *points to Ash*
    *Absol looks.*
  • Raikou takes on the fake-Kyogre, but ends up getting eaten. His response? To laugh hysterically and taunt his opponent, since there's no way he could possibly miss now! Upon being freed, the first thing he does is claim he nearly beat the monster himself. The second thing is to collapse into a heap.
  • Team Rocket unpracticed entry motto, with James and his Rhymes on a Dime:
    Jessie: Prepare for trouble if you're from a team!
    James: And make it double - I dropped my ice cream!
    *Jessie gives him a Dope Slap*
    Jessie: Forget the twerps, you're battle's with us!
    James: And face everyone in our battle bus!
    *Jessie considers another Dope Slap, then decides not to*
    Jessie: Jessie!
    James: James!
    Jessie: Team Rocket, arriving stylishly late!
    James: You should've wished to be safe from your fate!
    Meowth: Meowth's too busy flying the plane to join in!
  • The next morning after the Kaiju have been vanquished, Mewtwo shows up.
    Mewtwo: ...I must admit, it's not what I was expecting, given the circumstances...
    Brock: Where were you yesterday evening? When there was the two abominations shaped like Groudon and Kyogre, and the Team Magma and Aqua strike teams?
    Mewtwo: *gapes* Oh, dear... sorry about that, I was busy handling something else.
    • Said something else is a solution to keeping Jirachi around, which involves an Orbital Mechanics textbook, moving a chunk of the Millennium Comet, deals with an irritated Cresselia, and so much Technobabble that it makes Ash and Co.'s head spin.
      Mewtwo: What?
      Ash: We understood about one word in four.
  • And the capper for this whole incident? Two Hoenn Officer Jennys discussing adopting the Ketchum Incidence report slips that are popping up in Johto.

    Hoenn's Gym Challenge part 2 (Chapters 131-155) 
  • An episode comes up where in canon, Ash is mistaken for a Legendary Hero. This time, Ash is so much a Legendary Hero that he can't prove he's not.
    *Raikou pops out of his Pokéball*
    Brock: Ash, if you were trying not to look like the Legendary Hero, you're doing a terrible job at it...
    • In this episode, there's a Light Stone that glows when exposed to electricity. This time, Raikou takes a crack at it.
  • Jirachi, Mawile, Goomy and Tyranitar exploring the Trick House.
  • Wattson's gym has a robotic Raikou. The real Raikou is not impressed.
    Raikou: This is just an insult. My mane is not this stiff!
    • And after Wattson shows up, he gives Max a pre-gym challenge: Stay on Raikou for 30 seconds! He means his Robo-Raikou which is going bucking bronco, but Max promptly sits on Ash's Raikou instead.
    • Plusle and Minun cheering on Dedenne with Helping Hand is good for a smile.
      Plusle and Minun: De-de-Dedenne! He's the mon who gets his way!
    • And after the battles are over, Pikachu overhears Raikou and Wattson discussing Powered Armor.
  • Jirachi being a Literal Genie.
    Max: I wish we could find an Electrike who would like Wattson!
    *Jirachi teleports Arc to Max.*
    Jirachi: I guess Arc liked Wattson?
    Arc: I did like him! He sounded smart!
  • Brock and his mariachi song perform for a Contest. With Crobat singing along.
  • After finding an Electrike for Wattson, Jirachi teleports Max and his team back to the Gym... but being a Dark-type, Cinder is left behind. Meaning she has to walk (and swim) all the way back to the Gym.
    • This happens a lot, along with Cinder not hearing Jirachi's telepathic speech.
      Cinder: Jirachi? Please learn Miracle Eye...
  • Corphish's solution to a couple that Cannot Spit It Out? Drag her over here and throw her at him.
  • Chapter 134-135:
  • Tyranitar gets on the wrong end of a Marill's Superpower - and ends up flung off his feet.
  • Similar to Noctowl's introduction, Skitty's introduction is her displaying a Valley Girl accent.
  • A Team Aqua pledging ceremony is shown - where the recruits have to say the oath in a pirate accent.
  • Skitty showing a little Green-Eyed Monster when she gets huffy about Max not having enough time to pet her, and showing affection to Cinder. The latter ends up playing "musical trainers" with May and Max.
  • The whole dialogue with Mawile trying to understand Skitty's like-filled way of talking, via Skitty's like-filled answers.
  • Once again, Cassidy and Butch (and their Rocket grunt entourage) pull a Screw This, I'm Outta Here when they pull recon on Oak's ranch and almost get spotted by Houndoom and Ho-Oh.
  • How can Corphish stand on top of a pile of Slugma? He isn't good at thermodynamics.
  • Maxie and Archie make plans to make use of a meteorite to trigger/suppress Mt. Chimney. Giovanni can't even be bothered.
  • On their way up to Mt. Chimney, Ash and Co. get their cable car cut down by a Magma grunt. With neither Delta nor Jirachi able to save Max, Jirachi wishes that Max doesn't got splat, which makes Delta evolve into Mantine, who is capable of flying Max to safety. When Max gets to safety, May asks why there is an Octillery on his face.
    • Mantyke does need a Remoraid in the party to evolve into Mantine. Guess where the Remoraid came from? Teleported away from one of the attacking Aqua goons!
  • Blaziken delivering a "Hey, You!" Haymaker to the grunt that cut them down.
    • And also informing the grunt's Houndour that not everyone is immune to lava like him.
      Houndour: I mean, lava's kind of warm and sticky, but it's not really dangerous...
      Blaziken: I see. Do you know that not all Pokémon have Flash Fire?
      Houndour: They don't?
  • While a Magma and Aqua grunt play tug-of-war with the meteorite, their Poochyena just sit by watching exasperatingly.
    • And after, Maxie and Archie play their own game of keep-away, only for Ash and Pidgeot to swoop in and snatch it right out of Maxie's hand.
  • In a Call-Back to the "Ketchum Incidence Report" gag, upon arriving on scene to transport the members of Aqua and Magma that didn't escape, Officer Jenny asks how many Legendaries were present for this incident.
  • Latios meeting with his sister's other Latias friend.
  • Celebi accosts Ritchie in Pacifidlog Town and teleports him back to Johto to help with a Pokémon Center that's about to be closed down. On the previous day.
    • And when Ritchie gets back, he gets annoyed that he forgot to ask to be dropped off in Dewford.
  • Ash's battle with Flannery starts off with her sending out a Blaziken holding an Air Balloon. Just the idea of a large humanoid bird hanging from a little balloon is hilarious.
    Flannery: ...I can't honestly say she didn't deserve it.
  • Abra Breaking the Fourth Wall again.
  • Flannery and Ash are about to have a match to show how awesome the two of them are. Ash claims that he'll use "The First Pokemon He Ever Caught." Cue Ho-Oh, being used in battle for the second time in the entire story, over two years in-universe time since Ho-Oh allowed himself to be captured.
    • Ho-Oh's reaction to being used in battle is "FINALLY!"
    • Flannery's spying grandfather's Flat "What" after her battle with Ho-Oh.
  • After a rather bad experience, Mawile gives Sliggoo a big hug...and promptly gets stuck to his drying slime. The absurdity leaves both of them in hysterics.
  • Sceptile asking for Meganium to watch him battle, in order for her to patch him up afterwards.
  • Torkoal getting re-used to the Oak Ranch and all its changes, only to be accosted by Squirtle.
    • Squirtle comes up with another perfectly sensible idea - the move "Withdraw" is a Water-type move, and water and fire together can make steam. If Torkoal can do it right, he can use the steam to get around very quickly.
    • And a Funny Background Event involving some Tauros, Primeape, Raikou and his sign.
      Raikou: Come back with that, you bounders!
  • Audino's first meal for Team Rocket as the new Team Chef involves a sausage fry, with extra special Babiri Berry spiciness for Moltres. More than she thought, in fact.
    Moltres: (coughs out fire) What was in that? That felt like eating a volcanic eruption!
  • After the report of Lugia and Ho-Oh sparring comes on the news, Pikachu comes out of the shower with a little towel around his waist asking what happened.
  • The sight of a crossword apparently doing itself, actually a cloaked Latias practicing her telekinesis. She them admits that she filled in some of the clues wrong and pouts.
  • The storm in Swablu's mindscape is so bad that Pidgeot comments on how awful it is, leading to Ash again mentioning her feelings towards hurricanes.
  • The God Squad finding out that Arceus's Mystery Dungeon world is a World of Badass - by a Sunkern laying a smack-down on Palkia.
  • Wherever Team Aqua gets their grunts from, it isn't from anywhere nautical.
    Archie: Then weigh anchor!
  • The two Wingull commenting on Aqua's sub.
    I've never seen a ship unsink itself before.
  • Ash not translating the chant Vigoroth used for its Focus Energy because it was too impolite.
  • Ash's evolution gag strikes again, this time on Norman's Staravia.
    Max: Oh, come on! Seriously?
    Ash: I don't control this! It just happens!
  • What happens when Slaking uses Taunt on Kris.
    Kris: You take that back! I am top of the range, cutting-edge equipment! I am certainly not valve-based!
  • This interaction when Lucario faces his opponent: a Lopunny. A male Lopunny. And unfortunately, just like Pidgeot, mistaking his gender is his Berserk Button.
    Lucario: I think we should start. Before I say something else wrong.
    Brock: Having trouble with her?
    Lucario: that, yes. I think you just made him very upset indeed.
    Brock: ...oh, right.
  • The scene where Lopunny manages to turn Lucario's Flying Dragon Uppercut back on himself is comic gold.
    Lopunny: Hey. *hands Lucario a Flame Orb* Surprise!
    Uses an Ice Punch to create the vertical tornado around the hot point - which is now Lucario.
  • Now at the end of his Johto-Hoenn sabbatical, Keldeo is prepared to go back to Unova... only to realize he has no idea how. Luckily they've got a teleporter on hand...
  • Gary's Furfrou teaching Molly and Eevee about style, all while Primeape is unloading his full moveset onto her. And not making her budge an inch.
  • A Noodle Incident involving Birch's university friend, his Luxio, medical adhesive, and hairballs.
  • After Blaziken's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on the toughs who tried to steal May and Max, the toughs' Musharna who hypnotized them in the first place decides to hide in her Pokéball instead.
    • Also, when a thug tries to make a break for a pickup, Blaziken kicking said pickup hard enough to knock the engine out quickly changes his mind.
    • And to top it all off? The Squirtle that witnesses it all decides to take up kickboxing and become The Strongest Squirtle.
  • After everyone runs off to find May and Max, Jirachi floats back into the lab with a giant sandwich - then wonders where everyone went.
  • After it is all over, the sorting out to see who flies/carries whom back to the lab ends with Entei being volunteered to carry all six starters back on his back, much to his chagrin.
  • Team Rocket's arrival in the Grass Pokémon reserve begins with James getting The Glomp from what amounts to half the Grass-types in the place. Including a Tropius.
    • And Meowth's solution is a three-choice offer: leave of their own volition, get into one of J&J's Pokéballs, or be pan-seared by Moltres and Growlie.
    • They later pass the captured Pokemon to Giovanni. Who, after recovering from the shock, wonders if they somehow caught a Shaymin.
  • The predictable happens when Brock and Audino first meet. Cooking Duel!
  • And the God Squad are once again beleaguered by over-amped PMD Com Mons. And Giratina attempting to steal from the Kecleon brothers' shop.
  • After being overwhelmed to the point of a Face Fault by her new reality, May's Venusaur tells a laughing Sceptile and Meganium to Get a Room!. Cue She Is Not My Girlfriend-type sputtering.
  • The incident with Fishing King Sullivan and Nero.
    • However good Sullivan is at fishing, battling and knowing the type-chart, less so, on account of trying to battle a Whiscath with a Flaafy (who doesn't know any Grass moves).
    • Fed up with the shenanigans, Pikachu tries to negotiate with Nero, only to find out that Nero's a Troll. When Nero gives him a mud bath, Pikachu's patience finally runs out, and Nero finds himself on the receiving end of a Zappy-charged Electro-Bolt (Electro Ball + Thunderbolt) combo.
    • But after it's all over and Nero is in Sullivan's Pokéball, Sullivan decides that the fishing hunt is more fun than the capture, and promptly releases Nero so they can do it all again tomorrow. Pikachu is understandably miffed.
  • Jessie and Meowth's Slapstick Contest appeal.
    • And their reaction when Wallace shows up to give Jessie a gift for such an innovative routine.
      Meowth: Huh, so that's how you get a Pikachu...
  • A woman actually tries flirting with Brock, and he turns her down. In fact, his feelings are so much with Philena that Ludicolo has to point out her flirting to him. Max is understandably speechless.
  • Pikachu's annoyance at someone using his Signature Move... again.
  • Celebi showing up again, then remembering that she has to sort out that Corphish thing and leaving them with a "See you earlier!"
  • This little TR dialogue:
    Cosplaychu: Now, do you think I should try Ninja next?
    Arbok: Go for it. Do you mean realistic ninja, or black-suit wearing ninja?
    Meowth: Hey! Dat is realistic!
    Arbok: What? I have culture.
  • Chapter 150: Ashes Nowhere To Be Found
    • Keldeo says that mid-battle is the perfect time to learn a new move. The other Swords don't agree.
      Cobalion: What has that Ketchum boy been teaching you?
    • Suicune mistaking Ritchie for Ash. In her defense, she's had a long day.
    • The Noodle Incident of Ivy's lab being swarmed by 300 Diglett, from a bad infrasound emitter.
      • And her Shinx demanding her attention as always.
    • Damos has been watching too many movies.
      Damos: Hello, Professor. Shall we play a game?
    • A trainer comes back to challenge Wattson. He's not impressed by the Manectric in the Raikou suit. A real Raikou on the other hand... Cue Screams Like a Little Girl.
    • Primeape, the poster boy for Unstoppable Rage... does ikebana for a hobby. In Quilava's experience, that's his third least likely hobby, after model ships and calligraphy.
    • Director Cleavon Schpielbunk spieling a documentary suggestion to Mewtwo.
    • Ivysaur and Squirtle talking about Mega Evolution:
      Squirtle gives a speech about the "indescribable" feeling of Mega Evolution*
      Ivysaur: So... indescribable, huh?
      Squirtle: Exactly right!
      Ivysaur: Because you did a lot of describing, right there...
    • And Squirtle's reason for wanting Ivysaur to evolve, and it's not just for him to make use of Venusaurite...
      Ivysaur: You just want me to have a big flower you can sit in and shout attack names, don't you?
      Squirtle: That's not the only thing...
    • Entei and Ho-Oh having a long talk about how Ho-Oh is the Legendary Beasts' lord, creator and father, and then Entei asks about his allowance.
      • And then in the Deoxys movie, it turns out that Ho-Oh decided he was right, and thus taught him Sacred Fire.
    • Bianca talking to Latios about the other Latias they know, and Latios is trying not to show his interest.
    • Lance not understanding why Team Magma has a submarine.
    • Molly and Eevee playing dress-up with her Shiny Legendaries.
    • While Sceptile and Meganium chat, they notice a commotion across the lake. But it's not Squirtle this time - Snorlax has fallen asleep in front of the Tauros' barn door. Their solution: Make a new one.
    • Dr. Akihabara welcomes the Cyber-Destined back from another digitization - only to find them Covered in Gunge. They don't say why (Word of God says Shiny Grimer)note .
  • Chapter 151:
    • The arrival of Mew, and her Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny! characterization.
    • Helping the Pokémon of the Day Spoink with his pearl:
      • Dexter and Spoink's conversation about how Spoink's spring powers his heart. Spoink corrects that it's the other way around.
      • Mew randomly finding a Mega Stone.
      • Skitty eventually finding Spoink's pearl - and after getting it out of the tree, begins playing with it.
      • Lucario eventually gets her to give it up, by giving her Ash's spare Rainbow and Silver Wings to play with instead. Ash tells her to give those up by giving her Mew's tail to play with instead.
    • Ash and Co. arriving at Crossgate Town for the PokéRinger tournament - only to find they missed it by 2 days. So, they decide to take the stadium for their own PokéRinger tourney!
      • Mew considers becoming a Celebi and Time Travelling to 2 days before - only for the real Celebi to show up and give him/her a stern NO.
      • Apparently, Ash's infamy has grown to the point where a Celebi appearing from midair allows people to guess Ash is in the vicinity.
      • Marshtomp grumping about how Flying-types don't fly low enough to punch.
      • Lucario playing the PokéRinger announcer with a microphone - only for Mawile to point out that his Aura Translation trick doesn't work over the PA.
      • Mega Absol learning how to fly - or at least, fall with style.
    • In the middle of a dialog with Max's new Shuppet and about how Kris is a Porygon and not a Rotom, Brock's Ludicolo pops out and gives a Big-Beaked Ludicolo Moment, thinking they're in a musical. All he gets is a group-wide Blank Stare.
    • At the Weather Institute, the Castform predicts a rainstorm, so Mawile takes Sliggoo out for a practice battle. Under the intense rain, Sliggoo wins, evolves into Goodra, and then both he and Mawile invoke Death Is Dramatic, complete with crying in the rain. At least until the two of them can't take it any more.
  • Chapter 152:
    • Ash tries to call on Goodra for help - only to call out Quilava instead, because he put his belt on upside down.
    • After traveling with Ash for so long, Max has to take a moment to remember that Winona probably doesn't have a legendary Pokemon.
    • The group finds out about a festival for flying types. May asks if Ash is going to buzz the festival with Legendaries. Ash's response? Not straight away.
    • Team Rocket's Pikachu wearing an Aviatrix uniform. That, somehow, allows her to learn Fly.
  • Chapter 153/154:
  • Kris's battle with Winona's Altaria ends abruptly when she makes a calculation blunder: Using Gravity right when her opponent is using Earthquake.
  • Casper's characterization as The Prankster:
    • One involves tying Blaziken's shoelaces together. And getting them on him in the first place.
    • And the only reason he couldn't do a custard pie prank is because Brock's cooking is too delicious not to eat first.

    Destiny Deoxys (Chapters 156-159) 
  • The computers to assign passes to visitors identify Lucario as Cynthia's Lucario (after a previous workaround), and an invisible Latias as a ceiling tile.
  • The group's navigation of LaRousse's automatic walkways. And Entei and Lucario using them as exercise pathways.
  • Brock's reaction to Sid flirting with May.
    Brock: Max, was that what I-?
    Max: Yes.
    Brock: ...I feel like saying sorry to half a country.
  • Ash dealing with his LaRousse fanclub. He ends up having to aura-jump clear of the crowd to escape.
    • And Entei giving his teethmarks to an autograph hunter.
  • Drew and Character of the Day Rebecca trying to come to grips with Ash's many escapades and unruly sense of direction.
    • And Drew only entering the Battle Tower's challenge because he got lost.
      • The above is funnier when you realize LaRousse is Drew's hometown. His only real comment is that it's an embarrassing place to be from since your first week elsewhere, you wonder why the trash cans aren't working right and then you're just glad you can cross the street without being run over by a family of five. And a robot.
  • Dexter realizing that all the Porygon that have been produced from his source code are, in essence, his clones... or his children.
  • While introducing his Pokémon to a Poké-phobic Tory, Ash sends out Charizard, who promptly sneezes and spoils his intimidating image. The wink he gives Pikachu afterwards says it all.
  • Ash intercepting the pair of exuberant Plusle and Minun siblings as they try to give Tory The Glomp. And not even stopping his admonishments of them when they shock him.
  • Mega Arc and Pikachu has just finished powering the laboratory to release Deoxys, and the former, exhausted from the effort, ends up sitting on the latter. Pikachu isn't happy about it.
  • Green Deoxys being embarrassed when Tory tells it off for smashing through a building.
  • Ethan's attempts to hack one of the haywire security bots, which get difficult when his comrades, especially the Mega Evolved ones, keep smashing them before he's done.
    • And him trying to name himself he evolves.
      Ethan: Porygon... X? Porygon 2, now with improved pixel shader?
      Ethan: Kris gets my jokes...
  • Even after the Deoxys meet, the city is still devoid of a particular Sky High Dragon. Where is he? Chatting with Mewtwo about his potential documentary film!
  • Sidney's arrival via Sharpedo... after everything is over.
  • And finally The Stinger: Ho-Oh chastising Ash for not contacting him.

    Hoenn's Gym Challenge part 3 (Chapters 160-162) 
  • Another of Casper's pranks - an aniseed-filled water balloon that sends Cinder into a sneezing fit.
    • He also swapped May's hairbrush for the one she uses to brush Skitty. She's...noticeably frazzled.
  • When Ash describes to enter the Lilycove Contest with Ho-Oh, Pikachu has omens of what may come:
    Pikachu: I wonder if Ash will end up as the Contest Conflagrator.
  • Harvesting berries for May's Pokéblocks:
    "My mouth feels like it's trying to suck my beak in!"
    • Somehow, May's berry mixing turns up a rainbow Pokéblock. Ho-Oh gives it a taste, and ends up breathing rainbow-colored fire from a flavor explosion.
  • Ash finding out his mom had packed a number of outfits in his pouch for whatever reason, including a dress. Brock confesses that he had told her about the Ashley incident in the original timeline.
  • The God Squad Lampshade Hanging the many ridiculous names of in-universe evil organizations: Team Rocket, Team Plasma, Team Dim Sun, the Pokémon Pinchers, Team Meanies, etc.
  • The introduction of Harley:
    • When he meets Ash, he chastises Ash for using Ho-Oh to win with raw power and plans to use Cacturne to show him how it's done - only for Cacturne to fall to exactly that. Cue him traipsing offstage whining about Ash being unnecessarily cruel.
      • Moreover, Ho-Oh wasn't even trying to attack Cacturne; he was merely using a firewall to incinerate Cacturne's Poison Sting, only for the wall to incinerate Cacturne too.
    • And his whining continues when post-match, he accuses Ash of having it out for him by knowing his name (the announcer said it first), and saying that Legendaries weren't allowed (which the judges would've told Ash beforehand).
    • Harley's first words to Max:
      Harley: My commiserations on your hormone problem.
    • Indeed, May is making good progress on forming a rapport with Harley - being civil, complementing his flapjacks, etc. - only for it all to go to pieces when Ash shows up.
  • While Delta is ferrying Max across the ocean, he ends up dropping Max in on a water landing. Sensing his trainer's distress, Arc pops out of his Pokéball - in the middle of the ocean.
  • Ash meets a new Blastoise. According to it, he's not obsessed with anything. He can simply quote half of Negima! Magister Negi Magi.
    • Sadly, given what the rest of the Squirtle Evolutionary Family is like, that does count as "not obsessed."
    • Pikachu and Lucario both surprising everyone around by revealing they actually know something about the show: Pikachu asks who the Furret is (referring to Albert Chamomile), and Lucario asks if he uses playing cards in battle. Lucario is evidently a lot more embarrassed about admitting to this.
    • Blastoise implying (during a conversation that we don't entirely get to read) that he somehow works Pactio kisses into his battling or training.
  • How Spoink becomes May's new Pokémon: he loses his pearl again when he bumps into May's bag, and ends up putting something round and pink on his head - an empty Love Ball that May got for her mother.
  • Lucario Offhand Blocking one of Marshtomp's punches, who is trying to be decisive in his favorite tactic. Then it's revealed that Guy and Stantler have concealed him in an illusion - only for Lucario to knock down the real one who was sneaking up behind him.
  • Gary's Pokémon relaxing poolside in Barbados.

    Scuffle of Legends (Chapters 163-165) 
Even in an event as serious as this, there still are a few laughs:

  • Mewtwo teleporting all of Team Magma and Aqua into Mossdeep City's jail cells. Very cramped jail cells. And then was told that he had teleported Lance with them too.
    • And before that, he, understandably, wonders how he missed the volcano erupting.
  • Jessie, James and Meowth all look out the cargo plane door to watch Mega Rayquaza. Then Jessie asks who's flying the plane. Luckily nothing comes of it.
  • The funny moments mostly come in the aftermath:
    • Misty and Lance are wondering what to do with the Red and Blue Orbs, only for them to vanish before their eyes.
    • Mewtwo trying to justify that he is still the World's Strongest Pokémon to Rayquaza, because it's the latter's job to handle the situation, so he'd naturally be better at it.
    • And the return of the Ketchum Incidence slips during Lance's press conference.
    • And finally, Gary's reaction to Ash's adventure.

    Hoenn's Gym Challenge part 4 (Chapters 166-178) 
  • The post-Scuffle of Legends sequence shows Charizard, Keldeo, Sceptile, Meganium and Latias returning to what they were doing when Jirachi wish-teleported them all to Hoenn. In particular, Charizard was cleaning out the lair he shares with Charla, and Latias was having a picnic with Bianca.
  • Golduck was apparently paying Misty's bills while she was away - because as a duck, he does that kind of thing.
  • While Lugia was gone, Zapdos apparently ended up in the ocean after trying to outdo one of Moltres's stunts, catching a cold in the process. His mate is taking care of him, complete with blanket and hot soup. Understandably, the bird is less than pleased.
  • At the Mossdeep space center, Max thinks the shuttle-carrying crawler-transporters are taller than Steelix. Brock sends out Steelix to check. note 
  • After Casper and Cinder's defeat from Tate and Liza, Max assigns the two squabblers to come up with their own strategies to foster teamwork, with both of them alternating taking charge. Cinder is the first to come up with one, and this is the result:
    Casper: Right! Good plan!
    *Gilligan Cut to Venusaur trussing Cinder up with her vines*
    Casper: Bad plan.
    • May suggests that the prank that really set them at odds involved peanut butter. Casper protests that canines love peanut butter...but then admits probably not on their tails.
    • Eventually, Cinder comes up with the tactic to use Casper as an Improvised Platform.
  • Pikachu comments that said Improvised Platform is a good tactic. This is Lucario's comment:
  • When Max rematches Liza and Tate, he assumes their Natu is looking into the future and is unsure if he should be let down by the fact that it was just looking out the window.
  • The Lampshade Hanging that of the 4 Pokémon involved in Ash's Gym Battle against Tate and Liza, despite her name, Meganium is the only non-Mega (the others are Mega Sceptile, Mega Gardevoir and Mega Gallade).
  • Sceptile complains that Pikachu hates sleep. Pikachu counters that he just thinks it must be earned.
  • Cinder starts to understand why Casper loves pranking...but still intends to Bite him if he ever pranks her with peanut butter again.
  • While waiting for Ash's team to arrive, May plays Go Fish with Liza and Tate...who use their powers to cheat. May is chagrined that she missed the need for Obvious Rule Patch:
    "Do you have… any threes?" Liza asked.
    May handed over some cards, grumbling.
    "Any… fives?" Tate went on.
    "Okay, this feels like you're cheating," May said, giving up more cards. "Wait. You are, aren't you?"
    "There's no rule against/telepathy," the twins said cheekily.
  • Brock assigning Ash and Pikachu their kitchen duties: Ash for burger flipping (under supervision), and Pikachu for condiment preparing (for everything except the ketchup).
    Pikachu: This is a stereotype.
  • Max asking Totodile to hose out the salt in his hair. The Hydro Pump blows him off his feet.
  • Venusaur and Spoink's conversation is interrupted by a few Stealth HiByes: Skitty in Venusaur's flower, Altaria out of nowhere, and Latios...who's not actually there.
  • The crypt of the giant Claydol:
    • Max wishing to find the rest of Ash and Co, who had just exited the crypt. May asks why he didn't use Kris to call.
    • Spoink wonders if he can carry the big stone Pokéball. May tells him it's way too big.
    • Max wanting to get away from the big Pokéball before Ash sneezes and breaks it. When Ash complains, Brock asks Dexter to start listing incidents.
  • The meeting with the flighty Mawile, who falls in love with Torkoal, Tyranitar and Goodra within moments.
    • Said Mawile's trainer is practicing a Contest ribbon dance. Lucario asks to give it a try. On water.
      Pikachu: I'm torn between laughing and recording blackmail material.
    • And then Lucario falls in. He says he tripped on a Magikarp.
  • The group meets another Absol, who gets one look at Ash and promptly has a Freak Out like the others. Ash's Absol states that it took that relatively well compared to its first time.
  • The group's Snowball Fight. Culminating in Raikou's Bulldozer avalanche.
    • And then it all ending when Lucario's Flying Dragon Uppercut drops several tons of snow on everyone.
    • The uppercut was intended to send Pikachu flying so he could take a good look around (as he's sick of Lucario Flinging him around), but when he sees what he's looking for right at takeoff, he aborts by grabbing Lucario's ear.
      Lucario: (whining) Ow! What was that for?
      Pikachu: Did you just whine?
      Lucario: No, I didn't.
  • When Glalie is Reminded, he's surprised enough that he forgets about levitating and lands on Lucario.
  • Ash's Glalie also being an ice-themed Pungeon Master.
  • Glalie wants to meet up with his old friends. Unfortunately, Ash is currently carrying Mawile, Latios, Raikou, Absol, Dexter, Lucario and Pikachu, only one of which he actually knows.
  • The conversation about what constitutes a dragon and what doesn't.
  • Max and Jirachi practicing Future Sight, using Cinder as a target. And she can't even hear what Jirachi's planning to do to her.
    Cinder: I can only hear half of this conversation. But I'm pretty sure you're talking about repeatedly trying to blow me up.
  • Pikachu trying to deny Glalie giving one of his ice-themed puns... only to give the Punchline himself.
    Glalie: And that means I can put the whole gym-
    Pikachu: Don't. Just... stop there.
    Glalie: But I was going to-
    Pikachu: No!
    Glalie: It'd be-
    Pikachu: No! No, no, no, you are not going to say you'd put the gym on ice!
  • Brock and May discussing how volcanic activity formed much of Hoenn.
    Brock: Well, Hoenn has a lot of volcanoes...Mt. Chimney and Mt. Pyre are the two most famous but most of it's actually made of volcanoes...usually old ones. You remember the one which we saw Groundon and Kyorge fight on, right?
    May: I don't think this is making me feel better.
    May: And what about the chances that Ash somehow awakens a dozen Heatran?
    Brock: I feel as comfortable as last time...
  • The following Overly Pre-Prepared Gag:
    (Juan throws out Dive Ball which has contest seals on it)
    Juan: Whoops, I seem to have forgotten to remove the seals.
    (Dive Ball releases a Sealeo)
    Juan: See? I forgot to remove the seals.
  • When Ash mentions the B-Button League filled with hyper-trained Magikarp and Feebas:
  • The Non Sequiturs that Glalie utters after Hyperkarp goes to town on him.
  • Contrary to everyone's expectations of Ash's Self-Imposed Challenge failing at the last minute, Ash and Wallace's final Gym Battle doesn't bring the Sootopolis Gym down around their ears! After Ash and Co. have left, Wallace and Juan are relieved that their gym is still in one piece... only for a sudden crash to reveal that a gym wall had just come down, due to all of the gym's Wailmer evolving at once and breaking their tank.
  • The imagery of Cosplaychu taking out a thief while dressed as Professor X... and then beating up the thief's Liepard with the wheelchair.
  • The celebrity that he is, Mewtwo has a postbox. As well as an inbox, drop box and office.
  • After Ash and Pikachu's heart-to-heart, the conversation turns back to Pikachu promising to dope-zap Ash more often, and Ash mock-threatening to get out the rubber gloves.
  • The Mirage Island visit:
    • Just reaching the island is a chore and a half, given that it's surrounded by whirlpools. However, the chore isn't the whirlpools themselves, it's that Ash and Co. discuss so many plausible solutions to get through the whirlpoolsnote  that before they know it, they are in one.
      • Of particular note is May's suggestion of Blaziken's frozen-sea tow, and Max's opinion of it:
        Max: I think we should stick to plans that don't involve... (takes a moment to count)... Broken ice, high speed, high speed on broken ice, falling into a whirlpool, and trying to have a Fire-type not break or melt ice.
      • And then Ash asks why it's a bad idea. He's just joking.
      • When they find themselves caught in the vortex, Brock shouts for someone to use Whirlpool. Latios, Ludicolo, Delta, Totodile and Marshtomp all oblige in one panicked mess.
      • In particular, Marshtomp's use of whirlpool: punch the ocean.
      • And after everything calms down, we have this gem from Beautifly:
        Beautifly: Sorry, May, all the whirlpools disappeared. I couldn't find a path through them... can you put them back so I can try again?
        May: No!
        Beautifly: Fine, be that way.
    • The visit itself:
  • The island of Donphan:
    • Donphan asks why Ash never told him about this island. Ash forgot, Pikachu pleads the fifth (which Donphan states is the wrong country), and Glalie just didn't feel like telling him.
    • Courting the Shiny female Donphan involves her rating the courting displays from 1 to 10. Ash's Donphan uses Pidgeot for a flaming flyover and has her drop him to perform a Rollout-skid-landing. This only rates an 8.
      • And Meganium is not impressed at the friction burns that Donphan collects from it.
        Meganium: And when, exactly, did you decide this was a good idea?
        Donphan: A while ago. Why?
        Meganium: Second question. When did you decide it was a bad idea?
    • Also, one Donphan does the simple solution to just ask her what she likes. When she says ice-skating, Glaceon helps with the ice.
  • Jirachi "flying" on Delta's back.
  • The Pacifidlog's Nurse Joy sitting in Stunned Silence when she looks at Ash's trainer card to find out how many Legendaries he has.
  • Roland suggesting that his father disappeared catching a meteorite.
  • Nurse Joy borrowing Mr. Sukizo's usual "remarkable" during May and Drew's contest battle, and Mr. Sukizo looking confused afterwards.
  • May wondering how a 7-year-old Max could carry a 105 kg Munchlax on his back.
  • N reading Mewtwo's book, while his Zorua is in the shape of one.
  • Gary's Mega Sableye using Captain America tactics with his gem-shield.
  • Furfrou talking fashion with Alakazam, who doesn't quite understand why it changes so much or so often. Then when Furfrou offers to style his mustache, Alakazam is suitably horrified.
  • Munchlax's introduction:
    • In order to lure him out, May tries to make his favorite Pokéblock, May's Purple Surprise. Unfortunately for her, Munchlax is here and keeps stealing her berries before she can blend them, meaning that her Pokéblocks come out in every color except purple.
    • And Ash suggests that the fact that they're not purple is the surprise.
    • Pikachu asking if he can put ketchup on the ones that taste like chips.
    • Roland teleport-stealing the Pokéblocks... and trying to catch one when May throws it.
    • Munchlax pulling a Jump Scare on Venusaur.
    • And even after Munchlax is located and kept away from the cooking, May's last attempt still goes wrong (although it tastes nice)... because Casper sneaked in a few extra berries (including an Enigma Berry that she was saving).
  • Ash's evolving Morrison's Beldum mid-Pokéball-materialization.
    • And Mawile stating that she's a satisfied customer of Ash's evolution aura... because it helped her playmates Tyranitar and Goodra.
    • She also lampshades how Beldum could have evolved into Metang without a second Beldum.
  • Cosplaychu contemplating dyeing Growlie's fur white and applying red makeup.
  • Arc pranking May and Max into thinking that Ash's No Sense of Direction is contagious.
  • Drew's Pokémon getting his new Flygon used to his new reality... by telling him that Leafeon's daughter is older than she is.
  • May forgetting to take off the thundercloud contest seals when she sends out Glaceon.
  • Skitty demonstrating Assist to Caroline, where she copies Munchlax's Metronome... and uses Aeroblast.
  • Casper blabbing that he had coated May's soap bar with nail polish. Skitty is not pleased.
  • A look at Gary's Pokémon:
    • Furfrou trying to show Umbreon how to drink artisan coffee with class, even though Umbreon does not like artisan coffee.
    • Mega Blastoise and Mega Sableye experimenting with the Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object paradox, and Gary lamenting that all his Pokémon are not normal.
      • Blastoise points out that Gary actually has over 100 normal Pokémon; he just never uses them.
    • Alakazam reading advanced theoretical quantum logic while playing the spoons with telekinesis.
    • Gary thinking that Arcanine is the Only Sane Man among his active team... while said Arcanine is practicing Wall Jumping.
  • Norman's Lopuuny is back... for Norman to help Mega-Evolve. With how much more feminine-looking Mega Lopunny is, he's not really happy about it.
  • When Blaziken is thrown into the air, May flies up on Altaria to catch him. Blaziken, though not ungrateful, reminds her that she could have just returned him... not to mention the fact that his moveset means that he's up that high frequently. May Facepalms.
  • Pikachu teaching Roland how to fight. And all the Funny Bruce Lee Noises that Roland makes.
    • And Pikachu doing all the blocking with his tail.
  • Officer Jenny yelling at Iris to get off of the radio antenna.
    • Iris thinks Ash never has any problems with his Pokemon.
  • Charizard practicing swimming and fighting underwater... so he can challenge the Hidden Village of the Turtle.
  • How does a Corphish hit a Swellow in a tree? Cut down the tree.
  • Totodile and Torkoal practicing their dodging... against Muk.
  • Casper practicing his ambushes on Cinder... but still ends up getting stepped on.
  • Arc trying to sneak up on Forretress... while speaking out loud about how sneaky he is. Forretress's response is predictable.
  • When it's time to head off to the Grand Festival, Ash tries to figure out where to go. Everyone corrects him.
    • And Jessie almost oversleeps.

    Hoenn Grand Festival (Chapters 179-182) 
  • Due to his drawing of a fiery maple leaf, Drew jokes about Blaziken being Canadian.
  • Dawn is in the audience, and Celebi tries to get Ash to bump into her, but failing due to several factors:
    • 1st time: Ash having No Sense of Direction, and ending up on the wrong side of the stadium.
    • 2nd time: Ash getting into Sacred Sword training with Absol, and losing track of time.
    Celebi: Not again! I had it all worked out, and then they had to completely lose track of time… how does an Absol lose track of time?
  • Cubone expressing confusion on how Cosplaychu can learn and forget moves like she does. Meowth points out that she can get temporary powers from her Reality Marble, and then suggests that Cosplaychu has a similar power, causing her to pause hilariously.
  • Jessie getting a dress that is so expensive the other Rockets have to work fast food for the Grand Festival.
  • Mawile expressing her approval about how Mega Altaria is so fluffy. Goodra then gets a bit down, and Mawile reassures him that he's still great.
    • Mawile still doesn't understand why all the Dragon-types ran away when she hatched, as, according to her, Dragons "are all sorts of cool!"
  • Casey keeps changing her mind on which League she's doing that year, so, according to her Riolu, she has 14 badges.
  • Lugia contemplating a laser-light appeal, and his mate reminding him of the collateral damage.
  • A photographer who wants to get a picture of Moltres horning in on TR's training.
  • Caroline expresses confusion at Harley's weird attire and Norman refers to him as "the odd one". Caroline points out who May is traveling with and Norman amends to "the unpleasant odd one".
  • Munchlax wants a midnight snack... but Ethan uses "bed-gravity" to dissuade him.
  • After a double-battle involving a female Vaporeon, a male Espeon (who is cat-like), Glaceon and Skitty, Skitty wonders if such a battle (three females and two cats) counts as a Cat Fight. Glaceon wishes for a snowball to throw at her.
  • How Abra learns things while sleeping: he reads Chimecho's mind.
  • Harley's overconfidence ends up costing him and Banette the battle. In a very short battle.
  • The judge's sheepishness for letting May and Jessie's contest battle go overtime.
  • Grumpig getting used to his new arms and legs.
  • After her evolution and new size, Marowak needs some new camping equipment. Audino manages to convince Abra to do it... by convincing him that it would be less work to switch the equipment himself, and bribing him with a muffin.
    • Also his deadpan disapproval of what the cell was living on before him: fast food.
  • The sheer disbelief of May's opponent when Munchlax's Metronome turns into Celebrate. At least until Munchlax uses it for a surprise attack.
  • Ash's Lampshade Hanging of all the moves Munchlax is using.
  • As it turns out, Ash never learned Dawn's last name. Extra funny in that not only did Brock and Pikachu know it, Norman and Caroline did.
  • James munching on popcorn during the reunion.
  • Dawn asking if Dexter is a Rotom when she hears him talking.
  • Dawn casually wishes that Piplup was there before the others can stop her, causing his egg to appear. When that happens, she says that it's starting to weird even her out, and asks if they have a Jirachi or something. Cue Jirachi saying hi.
  • Piplup's first reaction to Latios is to ask if he's gonna get hit with Draco Meteor by him.
  • When Piplup says he could take Drew's Flygon and Roserade, a comment by Pikachu forces him to admit he might need backup.
  • Dawn accepts most of the stuff about the time travel situation with little more than requests for more details later, but the thing that really shocks her, causing her to give a series of Flat Whats, is Brock having a girlfriend. When he protests, she says that none of the other things break any fundamental laws of nature.
  • Dawn says that she knows what bird she thinks is the best. When Piplup, confused, asks which bird that is, she tells him that it's him.
  • Ash's Pokémon lining up in front of the teleporter in Oak's ranch to be sent to Ash and shown to Dawn.
  • May and Dawn have a "who has gone on the bigger adventure with Ash" competition. Dawn wins with Arceus, the Jewel of Life, and the legendary Thunder Creature of Michina. It reads like a much friendlier version of the Doctor Who scene where Sarah and Rose have a Cat Fight over the same subject.
  • Latias teasing her brother with his interest in Joy's Latias.

    Ever Grande Conference (Chapters 183-186) 
  • Raikou, with Max as a passenger, comes in for a skidding finish to Ever Grande City... only to find that the boat ramp he used is covered in algae. May and Altaria manage to catch Max, but Raikou ends up in a bush.
  • Lucario comes in for a surfing entrance... and Pikachu gives him an 8.3 when he fumbles a handstand.
  • Brock and Pikachu ribbing Ash about what he did at his first League: going out one evening and shouting to an empty stadium that he was going to be the League Champion, and calling Mr. Goodshow Santa Claus.
  • While the group is having lunch, Entei excuses himself, goes outside the restaurant , and then gives a deafening roar. It's only later we find out what he was doing: signalling a returning Suicune, Latias and Pidgeot.
    • Not to mention Raikou's opinion of his lunch:
      Raikou: Well, I am halfway through some extremely noodly noodles.
  • When Mr. Goodshow asks why he can't understand Raikou unlike his siblings, Raikou reaches for his signs, only to realize he doesn't have them. Answer Cut back to Oak's Ranch, where Houndoom is using them to teach one of his little brothers how to read.
  • Max asks Ash for a practice battle using a random Pokémon. Dexter gives Ash Suicune.
  • Barry's introduction in Chapter 183, running right at Dawn (who dodges, seemingly out of habit) as soon as she returns to Sinnoh, asking more questions than she can keep up with (not helped by her happening to mention Ash's name), and then running off without explanation. He later shows up to watch the Opening Ceremony on Dawn's TV, through their window, and ask Dawn more questions. Even he doesn't seem to know why he's not just watching his own TV at home.
  • Corphish using The Power note  to battle Cinder. He even Lampshades it.
    Corphish: I have lazer swords, of course I have invisible telekinesis power.
  • Casper trying to prank Latias, who has experience with people going invisible.
  • Arc's electrical buildup leaves him looking like a koosh-ball.
  • Ash and Max, as League participants, get torches for the opening ceremony procession. Lucario sounds a little upset.
    Ash: I think they're for trainers only.
    Lucario: I don't see why that means I'm left out. I mean, I train you, and I've been helping train May, therefore I'm a human trainer. As distinct from a human Trainer.
    Max: I think I'm just confused.
  • During the 256-trainer procession, Ash ends up getting so lost that he and Max end up at the back of the line.
  • May and Brock wondering about the plural of "stadium".
  • Max getting into Ash's habit of obliterating battlegrounds.
    • And Cinder finally beating her Octillery opponent with Foul Play: tilting his cannon-head straight up, coercing him into using Seed Bomb, and getting out of there when it lands.
  • The Ridiculously Fast Construction that the grounds-Pokémon perform to rebuild the battlefield.
  • Seeing Tyson's Swashbuckler Meowth, the TR Pokémon compare him to their own Ninja Meowth, which becomes a Pirates vs. Ninjas debate.
  • Dexter Doing The Math about all of Ash's possible double-battle teams: 43 distinct Pokémon, 903 possible combinations, 342 of which involve Legendaries.
  • Queen Ilene watching the Ever Grande Conference, then accidentally changing channels to Baccer.
  • Cilan and his brothers make their first appearance in the story, and he is just as food-themed as always.
  • The entirety of the Crazy is Cool combination that is the Machamp with a Magikarp partner - that is used as a flail, a boomerang, and even a Dragon Rage-firing cannon.
  • Max's burly opponent having an Onix... and a Sylveon.
  • Brock and May have a conversation about if there are any Pokemon that wouldn't be good in a League tournament. Brock puts forth the Unown, since they're useless on their own.
    May: Yeah, they're weak to the Crowbar-type.
    Brock: Actually, it's a steel-type. The Crowbar's the specific Appliance, it's a steel-type. A stirring rod is a Glass-type.
    May: How long did you spend thinking that one up?
    Brock: Longer than I should have.
  • Kayley bringing out her Ariados who uses its Roggenrola partner as an web-mounted Epic Flail... which promptly gets severed by Zippo's flames.
  • During a Kanto Gym Leader meeting, Forrest brings it to a stop by mentioning that Ash is coming back to the region. The new Gym Leader Mavis starts asking about gym armor.
  • Brock mentioning how, when he first got Onix, it took him a while to get in synch with him, and mentions a time when Onix kept leaning on the windowsill.
  • Ash watches Casey using baseball terms to guide her Pokemon to victory and has a "Eureka!" Moment as only he can: To beat Casey, Charizard has to learn baseball. Pikachu states that it only makes a weird kind of sense which Brock remarks means that, knowing Ash, that means it will be more likely to work.

    The Delta Episode (Chapters 187-190) 
Even in the midst of catastrophe, this story still never loses its humor.

  • Barry never loses his hyperactivity throughout the whole event, from being indignant that the Conference was cancelled, to dragging Dawn along on an expedition to find Mesprit. Not to mention the Wild Mass Guessing that he finds online that they need Ash and his Mega Absol to fight a powerful Psychic-type.
  • The entirety of Dr. MacGuire's rant (leaving everyone in Stunned Silence) that no, you can't just "blow up" a meteorite the size of a mountain, no matter what Hollywood tells you.
    Dr. MacGuire: No, you can't just blow up an asteroid. Hollywood films have a lot to answer for – what happens if you blow up a rock? Does the rock go away?
    No. No, the rock doesn't go away, it's just been broken up. If you break up an asteroid without making it change course, then the whole asteroid still hits the planet – it's just that it does it in lots of different places, instead of in one big blast.
    And no, that wouldn't make it better. If anything it would be slightly worse – the energy from the meteorite then doesn't go into digging a big crater. It all goes into heat – heat going directly into the upper atmosphere, so the whole of the Northern Hemisphere would have the entire sky shine like the sun. Plants would catch fire, people and Pokemon would die. So no, this is not a problem you can fix simply by sending up a half-dozen guys and a really big bomb!
    • But apparently that hasn't stopped people from suggesting it three times previously.
  • Mr. Stone suggest using Infinity Energy to shunt the asteroid into another dimension. Mega Absol promptly vetos it.
  • Why does Mewtwo not want the world destroyed? Most of his stuff is here.
  • When Steven's Metagross gets everyone in the first wave used to negative gravity, the Lugia from Iceland makes a dive for the door.
  • Clemont and his Clemontic shelters. Wikstrom can't quite get his head round the name.
  • Zinnia showing up at Mossdeep in the middle of the operation, right after the first wave has returned to Earth.
    • The first thing she does is fly up to Rayquaza, in the middle of the runway, and shout at him to stop the meteorite. Mewtwo indignantly asks what she thought they were doing.
    • When Zinnia suggests using the Meteorite to Mega Evolve Rayquaza, Ash's embarrassed admission that they'd already used it up gives her a bad Twitchy Eye.
    • And her Salamence can't hold in his snickers when she hears exactly how high the meteorite is (2/3 as high as the moon at that point), muddling up her plan of M!Rayquaza just flying up and smashing it to pieces.
  • Gary sympathizing with the Ariadospace receptionist, who is on the verge of collapsing at her desk.
  • When Ash's Absol Mega-Evolves again, she instantly tackles someone in the room. Why? He was going to ask Brock a question and Brock would lose his train of thought, which her Danger Sense tells her would be a very bad thing.
  • After Max, Steven and Zinnia have finished clearing out a museum storeroom for suitable meteorite shards, Jirachi teleports them out... and a moment later, the janitor comes in to see the mess they left behind.
  • Team Rocket communicating with Ash and Co., while Giovanni is in the back of their plane getting flown to a safehouse.
  • The Lake Trio browbeating Kyogre into creating a rain-storm atmospheric heat sink.
    Kyogre: Why am I doing this again?
    Uxie: It's the logical thing to do.
    Mesprit: And it's the right thing to do.
    Azelf: And because we said so.
  • When Mega Rayquaza finally breaks apart the meteorite enough so that it'll miss, the Deoxys inside it comes out, indignant that his transport was broken. Mewtwo is not amused in the least.
    Mewtwo: Silence! I do not care if the rubble around us was what used to be your way of getting around. It was only by dint of extreme effort that we prevented the obliteration of a substantial fraction of the intelligent life on this planet!
  • After everything is over, Gary returns from the moon to Kalos... only for the Clemontic portable atmospheric shelter backpack he was wearing to go off with the change in air pressure and trap him inside it.
  • Ash discussing with Mewtwo that they've changed things so many times they have no idea what caused the Delta meteor to hit in this timeline in the first place.

    Battle Frontier part 1 (Chapters 191-193) 
  • Chapter 191: Delta Episode wrap-up
    • The Icelandic Articuno asking if they had managed to deflect the asteroid, with the Moltres pointing out that they must've.
    • The Shamouti Bird Trio working together for the first time in a long time... as for some odd reason in the absence of his parents and Pidgeot, Silver has turned into an absolute menace and is intent on causing as much mischief as possible. Knowing their tailfeathers are on the line if they let him get hurt, the three Legendary Birds are worn ragged trying to rein him in.
      • Then when Lugia and his mate get back, it's revealed that he told Silver to be as troublesome as possible, because a very troublesome charge means that his normally-troublesome caretakers will be exhausted keeping him out of trouble, thus keeping them out of trouble.
    • Misty's Milotic asking if they got rid of the meteorite by Ash punching it. Misty now can't get the image out of her head.
    • After realising Sparky spoke to her, Casey asks if it was because of Aura. Offended, Ritchie if she got him confused with Ash, and Casey points out that they look similar.
    • Johanna still hasn't gotten used to Legendaries showing up to visit.
    • Suicune, when leaving after visiting Dawn, goes the wrong way on purpose so she and Piplup can see her longer. Dawn points it out, only for Piplup to lampshade that Dawn's entire training style is about appearances.
    • Cresselia showing up wondering why there's a new Moon Base on her property. And then finding out that in the lunar night she was asleep for (2 Earth weeks), a meteor almost caused disaster.
      • She's a lot less perturbed and a lot more interested when Blanche mentions that he can pay rent.
    • Oak joking that the best defense against rampant A.I.s are doorknobs. Damos fires back that Oak should already know that Dexter and his ilk are stabilized way past rampancy... unless of course, he forgot that in his old age.
    • Ho-Oh being disgruntled that he wasn't much of a help dealing with the meteor.
      • And then him showing his Legendary Beasts something the Kimono Girls left as a tribute to them: Legendary Beast Plushies! Stylized from their televised battle in the Silver Conference, meaning Raikou's come with signs, Suicune's come with a hat... and Entei's come with hair decorations. Much to the latter's chagrin.
  • Chapter 192:
  • Chapter 193: Back at Pallet Town and Oak's Ranch.
    • Ash's first sight of Oak's Ranch is Ho-Oh enjoying a meal. And when he takes off, he ends up blowing it all over.
    • Keldeo commenting on how some Pokémon have tried using his horn as a perch.
    • May's Wartortle is finally reminded - and it turns out she doesn't have a crazy Otaku fascination with anything. At least, that's what she says.
      • Wartortle gets a stunned expression when she sees Glaceon present.
    • Mewtwo, Keldeo and Lapras think that if Ash's team gets any bigger in the next few regions, they'll have to start renting venues for reunions. And then Mewtwo suggests they make a convention out of it.
      Mewtwo: AshCon, the convention for Pokémon and humans that Ash Ketchum has befriended. (Beat) We may need to rent Crown City.
      • All while Mewtwo is holding Lapras in a water bubble.
    • Cinder says that she can tell what people had for breakfast by how they smell. Brock muses then that maybe banana-cocoa pancakes aren't the best idea.
    • While Ash and Tracey are discussing restoring Azurill, we have a Funny Background Event of Ivysaur and Venusaur stopping a runaway Tauros and Primeape.
      Ivysaur: Stampedes are fine, but look where you're going!
      Tauros: Primeape was steering.
      Primeape: I thought you were.
      Ivysaur: I can see we're going to need to have the talk about assumptions again.
    • Pikachu's dumbfounded reaction when Sceptile and Meganium offer a Chikorita egg to Max to train.
    • We meet the three Kanto starters that Max can choose from, and we see that Squirtle's Otaku fascination is... tropes! Which include her seeing Max as the protagonist and Kris as his Translator Buddy.
      • Though she's not quite right about Max being "the" main character.
      • And when the Charmander decides to go with him, Squirtle suggests Max nickname her "Superflame". Charmander isn't impressed by the suggestion.
    • Ash asks Lucario not to punch him at Rota, since he already had two Lucario (the one who delivered Riolu and Aaron's Lucario) already try and punch him there. Lucario asks if they're still going to spar.
    • Ash and Co. head home, only for Mimey to refuse "and Co." entry in case they mess up his mopped floors. He relents in the end.

     Mystery of Mew (Chapters 194-197) 
  • Arc-long Running Gag: the presence of so many Lucario and no nicknames makes it hard to differentiate them in conversation.
  • Queen Ilene really doesn't like using the Royal "We" in public.
  • The Lucario Kingdom in Sinnoh made use of a Lucarionite for their striker on their Baccer ball team. Unfortunately, said Mega Lucario is more than strong enough to destroy the puck outright.
  • Aaron's Lucario has been doing a lot to acclimatize to the modern world, including taking a typing course.
  • All the knight-puns Glalie makes (and Pikachu ends up making).
  • When Ash wonders if he should use either his staff or sword, Lucario says that he should bring both, especially since Pikachu won't be weighing him down.
    Pikachu: I'm not that fat...
  • May and her Pokémon in the Royal Box with Queen Ilene... with all of them dressed for the occasion.
    • Blaziken wearing a double-breasted suit. He finds it very constricting, especially since Altaria, Grumpig and Glaceon got away with just wearing a headpiece, a bow tie, and ear decorations respectively.
    • Skitty, princess that she is, is wearing a wimple.
    • Wartortle has a Chinese dress. She picked it before May could pick for her.
    • Venusaur is wearing... Beautifly.
    • Munchlax has a fruit hat. It's to make sure he stays fed through the whole proceedings.
  • Casey showing up a little too late to compete in the Rota tourney.
  • Aaron's Lucario once stood on one of the castle spires during a thunderstorm.
  • The royal ball:
    • Just the introductions for Ash and Co. are hilarious, especially since they show how little was bequeathed to them during their Knighthoods. Lord knows how the announcing herald kept from laughing himself sick announcing them.
      Sir Ash Ketchum, of the Royal Garden's Third Quarter.
      Sir Brock Slate, of the Quite Nice Rock.
      Dame May Maple, of the Tool Shed.
      Sir Max Maple, of The Bit Next To The Tool Shed.
      • And then the herald has a brief moment of panic when it's time to announce the late arrival Casey.
    • Pikachu says he usually only dances when there are Pichu present. And then Lucario jokes about how he's saving himself for Buneary.
    Pikachu: Wha – how have you even heard of - Dawn hasn't even caught Buneary yet! And I know it didn't come up back when we met in Sinnoh.
    Lucario: It's been three years now, think how much gossip I've heard from your teammates.
  • The trek up to the Tree of Beginning has the group running into the Regi golems... who apparently haven't had their operating systems updated in a very very long time.
    Regirock: Error. Error. Your copy of Yamato-Daishii threat recognizer is on day 368529 of the 30 day trial period. Please purchase.
    Regice: Welcome Back, Sir Aaron. It Has Been…. 99999… error… Days Since Your Last Visit. Human lifespan exceeded. Probability of illegal access attempt 99.99786 percent. Account locked. Deleting.
  • May's Beautifly vs. Brock's Forretress... or at least, what looks like Forretress.
  • When they reach the Tree's heart, a Time Flower briefly activates to show a Riolu kicking a Moltres in the shin note . They don't get it.
  • At Aaron's Lucario's prodding, the resident Mew finally agrees to go see Regigigas for a full system update. Now remember what Regigigas's ability is. For someone like Mew, it's torture.
    Mew: *Eye Twitch* Oh, come on!

    Battle Frontier part 2 (Chapters 198-212) 
  • Drayden taking note of Iris's dorm room in the Opelucid Academy, full of famous trainer posters, including Lance, Cynthia and Ash, and a Raikou plushie (complete with signs) sitting on her bed.
  • Cynthia's Garchomp using "Dragon Surprise."
    Her Lucario: That's just Draco Meteor!
    Cynthia: That's the surprise.
  • Where was Kidd Summers during the Mystery of Mew movie? Exploring the new Moon Base! And during her report to her superiors, she comments that if an evil organization has infiltrated the Kalos Elite Four, they have bigger problems. She has no idea how right she is]]. note 
  • Dawn comes back to her room after a day of contest practice - and finds Mesprit waiting for her with tea.
  • Shiny Suicune commenting on Shiny Raikou needing a bath. And Martha agrees with her.
    Shiny Raikou: Now there's two of them...
  • Mew and Aaron's Lucario still trying to get Regigigas to update the Regi golems... and Mew about ready to pull his/her tail out.
    • To say nothing about how they have to give Regigigas the request: they have to give him the exact instructions in code... verbally.
    • And apparently Mew got an attempt wrong and had to start all over again. He/She turns into a Voltorb and blows up in sheer frustration.
    • And when Regigigas finally accepts the code and shakes off the Slow Start, he runs out of the chamber so fast he nearly tramples Mew.
    • And last but not least, the crowner is exactly how Regigigas updates the golems - punch them really really hard!
      • Lucario says that there's a manual (ancient scrolls) that mentions something about punch cards being the method of updating.
        Lucario: Now that I think back, that may not have been the word for card.
  • When Ash and Co. arrives at the Battle Factory, Noland recognizes everyone present, except for Max.
  • Noland's Articuno feeling peckish and trying to make a bowl of rice... only to end up blowing up the microwave.
    • And Dexter using projected subtitles to communicate with everyone while deafened.
  • While chatting, Articuno asks Entei for suggestions to battle Ash's Pokémon. Entei answers with suggestions... for Mawile, who Ash is certainly not going to use.
  • The three Porygon discussing their hobbies: Dexter calculates π, Kris calculates φ, and Ethan writes.
  • After Latias executes her Draco Meteor Counter Shield and sends meteors flying across the Kanto region, the scene cuts back to Dawn's Piplup who is feeling happy he didn't get squished.
  • Latias relaxing with a mug of cocoa in a deck chair retrieved from Ash's bag. Brock has given up remembering what exactly is in there.
  • Glalie showing off his Pungeon Master credentials. Noland's Typhlosion is not impressed.
    Typhlosion: Now I'm really dedicated to win this one.
  • And The Stinger at the chapter's end: Scott going to the Ketchum residence to invite Ash to the Battle Frontier.Explanation 
  • Suicune admitting that Brock's food is one reason she advocated being captured by Ash.
  • Deoxys-Blue (the Deoxys in the Delta Episode meteor) grumbling about being assigned to the new Psychic corporation as community service.
  • Tracey looking at Shiny Entei's teeth, lion-tamer-style.
  • Another one of Casper's pranks: dyeing Raikou's drinking water green.
  • Drew asking a wild Arcanine if it would like to become his Pokémon, but it apparently came out wrong and it ended with Arcanine hiding behind Raikou and Suicune.
    • The discussion of why Arcanine is called "The Legendary Pokemon" when it's not a Legendary Pokemon.
    • And Ho-Oh transporting her chattering Growlithe pups to Oak's Ranch on his back.
  • Casey is being stalked (baseball-scouted) by a Zapdos.
  • James disguising himself as Jessie for a contest. With a dress that he apparently owned.
  • Also a CMOA, but Rayquaza finally telling Groudon and Kyogre off is this, especially how they react.
  • Manaphy accidentally switching Ash and Lugia's bodies.
    • And when Max comments that Brock is now the only one without a Legendary, we get a Sneeze Cut to Uxie.
  • The sun waking up Altaria, causing him to fall out of his tree. And Crobat to fall on him.
  • When May comments that her child Manaphy has changed in ways she can't fathom and she wasn't around to see any of it, Brock suggests people with a similar perspective: Norman, Caroline and Gardevoir.
  • Skitty wants to stay in May's lap forever. May says that when she stands up, she won't have a lap anymore.
  • The Saffron Shopping session, starting with this:
    May: I wonder how long I could get the others to stand a shopping trip...
    • May explaining data chips to Manaphy in terms of books... except Manaphy doesn't know what books are either.
    • And Skitty gets a new head-mounted cat toy. Which she can chase for hours on end.
    • Blaziken being relegated to bag-carrying duty.
    • Blaziken flips Skitty in a bag to carry her back to camp, but forgets about her when putting the bags into Ash's Bigger on the Inside one. Then it turns out the Pichu Bros. had gotten stuck in there for a week!
      Pichu Little: By the way, those berries in that freezer are really tasty.
      Brock: I guess we need to do some more food shopping.
      • And when Pikachu fishes Skitty out, he reminds Skitty not to let go until they're over solid ground. Skitty opens her mouth to answer, forgetting what she's holding on to Pikachu's tail with. Luckily, May catches her.
  • Drew's lion tamer routine with his new Arcanine, and the fire dog turning the tables on him.
  • Brock being underwhelmed by a performance of May's and realizing that he's been around Ash for too long.
  • Apparently Mawile once bribed some Pidgey to fly Tyranitar, but couldn't find enough.
  • Buneary being remembered. And Johanna and Glameow doing a Double Take when they see her on Dawn's hat.
    • Also Barry's usual Wild Mass Guessing over how she got Piplup, including a secret agent Mightyena in a helicopter.
    • And her bashfulness and Pikachu's nervousness when they encounter each other again.
      Pikachu: Could you throw me into the top of that tree? This is really awkward...
      Lucario: I'm enjoying this far too much.
    • And when she finally tries to confess to Pikachu, Pikachu has to shoo away an eavesdropping Max's team.
  • Remember when the Shiny Beast Trio promised they'd check up on Molly in Sinnoh? Well apparently they forgot to coordinate and ended up checking up on her all at the same time.
    • Especially when Raikou saw that his parents were already present and tried to act nonchalant, and ended up skidding into a lake.
  • Lucario reminding Cinder that Miracle Eye exists.
  • Sabrina asked her Mew friend to join in. After they turned into a Groudon, she specified and banned transformations.
  • Mew misinterpreting something and going for a Mid-Battle Candy Run.
  • Sabrina had twin Eeveelutions, Espeon and Umbreon. Apparently the former evolved first, at sunset, and his brother became so happy for him that 20 seconds later, so did he.
  • May asking Brock why the Pewter City Gym, made of solid rock, has a sprinkler system. Brock responds, "Because building codes don't make sense."
  • Kadabra and Cinder. Poor, poor Kadabra.
  • How used to family life with the Maples have Gardevoir and Kirlia become? Well, when the house phone rang, Gardevoir answered it... forgetting that telepathy doesn't work across phone lines.
  • Casper really enjoys all the things he can do with his new hands: write things, make rude gestures, stroke his chin...
  • The Saffron Fighting Dojo:
  • Reshiram asks N for a Pokéball. Hilarity Ensues.
    • Especially since N has never bought Pokéballs in his life. Who knows what the clerk who sold them was wondering.
    • And in addition, unused to the sensation of being captured, Reshiram's struggles keep making the balls blow up.
    • After even Ultra Balls prove insufficient, the clerk finally has to get his manager.
    • Anthea imagining Reshiram repeatedly flying into a mountain to weaken himself enough to be captured.
    • The next attempt fails, as the Dusk Ball was used just as the sun started rising.
    • The ball that finally does it? A Nest Ballnote .
  • Everyone trying to look for the Banettite they found, and Kris reminding them that she has an app for that.
  • Pikachu trying on one of Ash's baseball caps.
  • Team Rocket shows up for Ash to remind Mime Jr. Ash wonders why James handed him Cacturne.
  • The Phantom Pirates try to poach Manaphy with mechanical arms. May just returns him.
    • And when they come back for more, Team Rocket are the ones sending them blasting off.
  • The discussion about the Battle Arena having a doorbell or not.
  • With the Arena's randomizer under maintenance, Greta uses some playing cards to decide how many Pokémon battle. Ash ends up picking one that says "Take an extra turn after this one."
  • Primeape talks to Snorlax, apparently getting some surprisingly deep wisdom from the bear about how meditation should be a form of rest as well as a form of focus, but Pikachu can't tell if Snorlax actually spoke back or not.
  • Snorlax is attacked by a Monferno. Snorlax is resistant to Fire moves due to his Thick Fat ability. The Monferno is a bit perplexed when his Flame Wheel does jack squat.
  • Snorlax's Hyper Eye Beams send Greta's Monferno through the Battle Arena wall. And the outer wall.
  • Scott still looking for Ash to invite him to the Frontier, mistaking Ritchie for Ash.
  • Pachirisu poaching Dawn's hazelnuts.
  • Pikachu commenting how used he now is to the type that Molly invented. Lucario snarks about all the other things that Pikachu should be used to by now.
    Lucario: Says the Pikachu with Raichu cheeks. Who can use Aura moves. And, if memory serves, who has time travelled so many times he time travels in the middle of time travel.
  • Lucario trying a Jedi Mind Trick on Brock.
  • Mavis's profound relief at Ash not fighting her Gym.
  • Mavis has Pokémon based of the Fairy Tail Guild. That's funny enough, but apparently they keep doing damage to the Gym, causing Max to joke that Mavis is Ash as a Gym Leader.
    • Brock commenting that he was expecting Mavis's gym to be a bit more mysterious given that the gym's main room is a great big common room, as May points out and Mavis laughs that usually happens.
    • The Alolan Ninetales named Gray apparently has a really bad shedding problem.
      • And Brock initially calls him a bald albino Ninetales.
    • Juvia the Primarina is very possessive over her boyfriend, with Gray's dialogue implying it's far from the first time. Ninetales has to mention Growlie before she backs down.
    • Mawile talking to Mavis's very gruff Mawile named Gajeel. When she demonstrates Goodra's flying, Gajeel immediately says that he now wants a dragon.
    • During the battle, when Roland uses Synchronoisenote , Lucario recalls a spectating Mawile before it hits her too.
      • And when she pops back out to complain, Lucario yanks her back in before another Synchronoise.
    • Gajeel calling Corona a salamander mid-battle.
  • May criticizing Ash for getting Max to start following in his Gym Destroyer footsteps.
  • Dawn took four tries to reach Ash because Dexter forgot to mention the bad signal.
  • Pidgeot tries to recall herself but hits Suicune's ball instead. When Suicune comes out of her Ball, she's in midair. And upside-down. Luckily she manages to land on her feet.
  • Mesprit making tea in Johanna's kitchen, and misunderstanding when she asks the Legendary why.
    • Mesprit chose to make tea because it tried coffee before, and didn't like it.
    Mesprit: Coffee not preferable. Too strong. Not enough subtlety. Needs grinding. Already had three cups this morning.
  • Pachirisu was fending off an attacker in the last moment of the old timeline, so the first thing she does is accidentally shock Ash.
  • Every moment involving Kirlia trying to convince Roland to evolve... because she has a bunch of May's dresses she wants to dress him up in.
  • Manaphy meeting Norman and Caroline, and tells Norman that May is wondering if she got things wrong.
    • During the meeting, Norman jokes that he doesn't have to intimidate a boy just yet. Cue jokes from the readers on Spacebattles as to whether Norman or Ash get to intimidate the boy May brings home first. note 
  • When Max and May consider getting Pokémon eggs (from the ranch that they originally got Glaceon from), Ash brings out Absol to sniff out the probabilities. Absol has a little fun with it.
    Absol: Okay, let's see... destruction, disaster... apocalypse... literally the moon crashing into the planet... a spontaneous meteorite strike... and, for some reason, death by cheese.
    • And the senses she gets from the eggs that May and Max choose, respectively? Hair disasters and tackle-glomping.
  • Shinx liking being carried. Philena protests that Shinx's getting too heavy for that.
  • Philena sends Brock a Rockruff she found, on the basis that if Brock is a Rock-type trainer, he should actually have one Rock-type on the team. Brock receives it... And it's actually a Zorua.
    • Apparently Shinx figured it out, and is a bit smug.
    • When said Zorua speaks in Rockruff, the resulting accent and grammatical inflections are... odd.
  • Lucario speaking... which, when Aura-translated, is him Pokemon Speaking in Blaziken. It gives Max a headache.
  • When Ash first meets with Tucker, the latter is horrified that they met without his costume, a crowd, and a press conference.
  • Mawile using Play Rough on Tucker's Salamence.
  • During Ash's battle with Tucker, the latter complains about the constantly shifting weather conditions note , preventing him from getting good tactical info. Sneeze Cut to Entei, who is suddenly feeling empathetic.
  • And the whole battle ends by Tyranitar's Earthquake bringing down a wall.
  • And Scott is now on Shamouti Island, looking for Ash.
  • Those poor, poor Phantom Pirates...
  • Pikachu bringing up Ash's canon Disguised in Drag moments, including one he'd managed to forget.
  • All the jokes about Brock focusing more on illusions than Rock types.
  • Guy vs. Erika's Tangela has one moment. Trying to fight a mass of Combat Tentacles, Guy ends up trussed up and has to resort to try and scraping Tangela off with the ground. Then Tangela uses Tickle, quickly followed by Wring Out.
  • Gary warned Gardenia about Molly and was ignored. Gardenia's Gym paid the price.
  • Celebi just popping in front of the group and congratulating them for something that had unhappened.
  • Latias playing romantic music during her brother's date.
  • The Creation Trio and Aaron are planning on fighting Groudon by bribing some Dugtrio to dig a channel to the ocean and soak him. Arceus makes a patch to prevent that.
  • The ninja school class.
  • Ash literally falling out of a tree onto Sudowoodo after a Stealth Hi/Bye from the instructor Angela.
  • Zorua can't get enough of Brock's cooking. Ninetales comments that if she keeps eating, she'll only be able to transform into Munchlax.
  • Jirachi is not happy being covered in Ariados webbing.
  • Casper winning a battle and acting like he planned it happening like that.
  • Johanna tripping over Swinub. By now she's so used to it that she just tells Dawn to handle it before heading off to the shops.
  • Max finding the Soul Badge in his bag, not having realised that the trainer he was battling was Janine, Koga's daughter and the incumbent Fuchsia Gym Leader.
  • The discussion about Dexter's message folders.
    Dexter: You have One New Message in the Dawn Found Another Pokémon folder.
  • Ash absentmindedly picks up Swinub inside Dawn's house. Luckily, Lucario throws him out the window before he finishes evolving.
  • Barry assumes Latias is a UFO because he can't remember what Legendary she is.
  • Mamoswine doesn't like Barry very much.
  • How oblivious Ash was to the fact that Latios had a girlfriend.
  • The conversation about the Battle Pike's name.
  • When Ash sends out Muk, May has Geodude reinforce the rock wall he created to protect the spectators.
  • Muk's seeming inability to use one attack at a time, especially when they interfere with each other. Case in point: Muk uses Protect and Shadow Ball at the same time, resulting in the Shadow Ball pin-balling around inside Muk's sphere.
  • Manaphy picking up a few tricks from the ninjas and hiding in May's bag. Not only does everyone jump when he speaks up after the battle, when the scene cuts to the Phantom Pirates, we see that they assume he's not out and plan on trying again tomorrow.
  • Later, Lucario is trying to help Muk focus, and then needs a shower from Totodile after being hit by a Sludge Bomb and Mud-slap (plus two more less messy attacks). After cleaning off, he throws the towel so that it lands on Charizard's horn.
  • Ethan training Grumpig, and demonstrating by getting Skitty to chase a red dot.
  • May somehow not expecting to see Drew at a contest.
  • Ash and Brock were late to watching May in a Contest because they had to deal with a Furfrou that kept switching between owners.
  • The Contest announcer assumed that May and Drew were going to have a grudge match, and when they correct him, he find that his cue cards are no longer appropriate.
  • Leafeon stopping the Contest battle to address Glaceon for holding back against her. Once it restarts, Glaceon freezes the ground, and Arcanine points out that this is her fault.
  • And Scott is now in space, looking for Ash.
  • Zorua sniffs some cheese Brock is planning on using in dinner, and the smell is so strong she's almost paralyzed. Apparently, he anticipated complaints and moved a quarter mile downwind.
  • When the Phantom Pirates enter the clearing where they had hidden their getaway chopper (with Brock and his team hidden under illusion), Brock's first move is to block off their escape. Geodude obliges, and the pirates run right into an invisible stone wall.
    • One of the Phantom Pirates seems to have ducked away and hidden behind a tree... only for the tree to turn out to be Brock's Sudowoodo.
  • The sole Phantom Pirate that escapes the wrath of Ash and Co. choosing to quit after being Heart Swapped with his Pidgeot.
  • May trying to emphasize on the difference between a fitness center type gym and a Pokemon Gym.
  • Yas has a Dance Battler Scrafty. It stops being funny for Guy in a hurry when Max realises he's a Dragon Dance Battler.
  • Scrafty pretending to faint so he won't have to keep fighting Cinder after she grabbed him by the tail and bashed him around.
  • Max's reaction to his second opponent being a Scyther.
  • Cinder somehow managing to use Payback before Scyther can attack her, confusing the Bug-type.
  • As it turns out, both Gyms together are the Dark City Gym, and you need both badges for them to count, with each Gym pretending the other is unofficial (based off something Ash said to them way back). Apparently several trainers who were fooled have tried to turn the 7.5 badges in for the Championship and had to run back for the other half.
  • Lucario reminiscing over when he was still a Riolu and could punch people in the shins.
  • Max's egg hatches into an Aron... and the sudden weight causes the table it's on to collapse.

    Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon (213-215) 
  • It's Ash's birthday at this time, and Lucario says that at least there won't be a Fossil Apocalypse. Max dives for cover, and calls him out.
  • The entire cake baking in Pallet Town scenario.
    • When Squirtle begins Large Hamming it up about mixing, Absol's Disaster Sense pings and Ivysaur snatches him off the table.
    • And when Squirtle tries to save face by claiming that a real badass leader doesn't cook and only enjoys other people's cooking, Ivysaur suggests to have Muk cook for his birthday. Squirtle denies he ever went Green Around the Gills.
    • When they finally get around to taking it out of the oven, Absol is actually hiding in a trench.
    • And when Ash arrives to the ranch to receive the cake, we find out it's not the first one... apparently Squirtle tried to hide in it!
  • Brock, May and Max's birthday gifts to Ash:
    • Brock gives him a Parody field guide to Pokémon: where Pikachu are the "Fat Mouse" Pokémon, and Fearow are a bundle of feathers that found a spear.
    • Max gives him an extra-large groundsheet... that they all can use. Ash gets tangled up in it.
    • May gives him a Pokéball alarm clock, that won't break if he throws it at the wall. Apparently, Pikachu had been talking to Delia about his very first day.
  • Max's new Aron is nicknamed Ferris, and Arc gives him a friendly lick in congratulations.
    May: He better not have been!
  • Professor Oak's invitation to Professor Yung's lab has a chuckle, when he is allowed to bring guests.
    Oak: Of course, my mind went straight to my favourite Pokémon League Champion to accompany. But he's in Sinnoh, so I asked you.
  • Zorua suggests that since her illusions are solid, she can transform into a Pidgeot and Max can fly on her. Max has reservations, and is vindicated when Zorua tries to land.
  • Lucario's first Mirage Pokemon fight leaves him... unimpressed. He's not very phased by the Mirage Machoke using Flamethrower either, considering how he learned it.
  • Mawile asks Yung to make a cuddly Pokemon. He does, and the result is a Cuteness Proximity reaction from Mawile.note 
  • With her being part of the roster, Misty has noticed that Lance's powerful Dragonite is prone to getting cramps.
  • The Mirage Mew's entrance.
  • The Mirage Mewtwo's reaction to being given a conscience.
    Mirage Mewtwo: courteous_negative_response_4. Professor, I resign.
  • Back at the lab, the rest of Ash's team aren't missing out on the fun either.
  • A very disgruntled Ho-Oh has had enough about not being around when Ash gets into world disasters, and decides to stick around with Ash and Co. to make sure he's involved the next time.
    Entei: This isn't a ploy to get a month of Brock's food, is it?
    Ho-Oh: ...well, that's an added benefit...

    Battle Frontier part 3 (216-227) 
  • M-001 and M-002's entire orientation.
  • After the whole Mirage Pokémon incident, what is Misty so offended about? The fact that the Mastermind didn't go after the Pokémon of the Elite Four member.
  • Reshiram's opinion of the Skyarrow bridge. And then he asks at the mechanics of how it stays up.
  • Dawn sending Serena a bunch of pics of her Pokemon being total doofs, like Pachurisu with a bunch of marshmallows in her mouth and Piplup somehow having embedded himself into the ground upside down.
  • The Team Rocket Pokémon lampshading their lack of recent appearances.
  • Jessie and James's loose grasp of gender specific clothing is lampshaded by their teams.
  • Team Rocket's Moltres has apparently just finished convincing someone that they're not brainwashed, etc, along with a line about "all the cool Legendaries are letting themselves get caught these days".
    Moltres: Besides, what self-respecting mind control artist would implant a memory of himself in a Moltres wingsuit?
  • After Casey meets Falkner in a store, her Lucario notes that she tends to meet the strangest people in shops.
  • Tracey noting that he never used to get sketch commissions from Xerneas.
  • Ho-Oh accidentally sets a tree on fire by roosting in it. When he comments that it hasn't happened for years, Brock asks how many of those years were spent roosting in trees.
  • Another semantic discussion from Ash and Co., this time about orienteering for just humans, orienteering for just Pokémon, and orienteering for both. The orientation competition official is completely baffled when they bring it up.
    • And Ash and Ho-Oh take part. Now remember Ash's sense of direction. Ho-Oh eventually decides that he'll read the map and Ash can do the marker collecting.
    • Not that they win in the end: the winner used a Kadabra.
  • Harley trying to put May down with veiled insults, only for May to completely stymie them.
  • The hatching of May's new Joltik has a few moments:
    • When she first hatches, the initial reaction of the watching May and some of her Pokemon is that the egg just vanished.
    • The fact that Joltik is so small that she has to shout to be heard.
    • When May reaches down to touch her new Pokémon, Absol's initial prediction comes true: Hair disasters.
    • Joltik sitting on Pikachu's tail and telling him that it's tasty. Not the fur; the electricity.
  • Dawn's Quilava showing up... as an egg, complete with nest.
  • When Ash says he has to go to Sinnoh to help restore Dawn's Quilava, Ho-Oh volunteers to take him. Apparently he's been reading up on aviation engineering and has developed a ramjet.
    Lucario: How safe is this for Ash to be involved with?
  • Dawn admits to her mother that she enjoys acting casual just to see her mum's reaction.
  • And more of Barry's Motor Mouthing:
    Barry: You're one of Ash's Pokemon, right? Both of you? That's so cool! I heard online that Ash Ketchum is supposed to be the person with the most Legendaries in the world. Is that accurate? I looked on encyclopedia sites but they said you were Citation Needed and I wasn't sure what that meant for the whole idea of Ash having so many Legendary Pokemon.
    • Much to Latios's chagrin:
      Latios: Please save us from him. He does not stop talking.
  • Piplup, as soon as Quilava is reminded, resumes the argument they were having before time went all wonky, about architecture of all things. Buneary reveals that they switch topics to argue about every so often, and previous topics have included things such as topiary, and expresses the belief that they enjoy it.
  • Ferris decides he wants to learn to battle:
    Ferris: I would like to train to headbutt things for a living.
  • When the Pirates attack again, Ho-Oh is there. The attacking Pokémon start returning themselves, or give incredulous looks at their trainer when he orders them to attack.
  • Ho-Oh No Sells a Master Ball, cuing Manaphy to realize why Legendaries let themselves get caught.
  • After Ho-Oh has sent the Pirates blasting off, the group needle Ash for missing the chance to catch a few Dunsparce.
  • Scott is talking to Anabel about his inability to find Ash Ketchum... only for Anabel to tell him that Ash is already more than halfway done with the Frontier already.
  • As the group on their Lapras pod ride arrive at Metallica Island, Lucario takes off early to fly there on his new aura jet flight move. Unfortunately, it doesn't last and he ends up taking a bath.
  • Spenser banning Fire types because he wants the trees on the island to be the same trees after the battle is over.
    • Despite this, trees do end up getting knocked down during the battle-but Spenser says it's fine, at least the island isn't on fire.
  • Anabel's Espeon getting jealous when she mentions Mewtwo.
  • The entire Training Montage in chapter 219. In particular, Wartortle giving the idea of using songs (for example, Be a Mon, not to mention the reveal she's Crazy-Prepared for this), to which Goodra and Venusaur are confused by, as there are no musical montages in Avatar.
  • May and Skitty's Appeal for her last Contest is a humorous one: it involves Skitty wanting to go out on a rainy day and having to figure out how to stop it raining.
    • Highlights include Skitty being chased around by her own personal raincloud, and her using Flash to make an Idea Bulb.
  • It turns out that Celebi and Mesprit have been working together to send Dawn her old timeline Pokemon.
    • Their latest antic involves sending Princess Salvia a letter to meet Dawn and get them to share Togekiss, though the slang Celebi uses is a bit... dated.
      Celebi's letter: Dear Queen/Princess (delete whichever is appropriate) Salvia. You can totally have a zing-bat way to relieve y queiro stress on occasion. Because you totes have a body double. But the price is that you have to share your Togekiss. Jivin, huh?
  • Dialga and Palkia forgot they could float... despite Giratina doing so the entire time they were climbing up the stairs.
  • When Togekiss is finally restored, there is a moment when she asks what happened.
    Togekiss: To-gi?
    Suicune: She says that she's a little bit disoriented remembering two sets of memories, but it's fine. She's also glad to see both her trainers, and hopes that you'll come to a resolution.
    Freesia: You got all of that from two syllables?
    Suicune: Pokemon languages can be very concise.
  • A Deoxys runs into Ferris and tries to get help. Ferris is confused by his first request, so he compresses it down to Take Me to Your Leader. When returning Ferris to the group, he does the same with I Come in Peace.
  • Ferris keeps having to tell Deoxys to compress what he's saying.
  • The Phantom Pirates show up again, and the group's leader has a Kangaskhan that can go Mega, but none of them are able to get them out of their Pokéballs due to the meteorite. Zorua finds it hilarious.
  • When the meteorite is gone thanks to Jirachi, the Pokéballs reactivate... including the one Deoxys was holding.
  • Jirachi's reaction to learning that Deoxys hasn't had sweets before, and Deoxys trying to figure out how to eat with No Mouth.
  • When Solana shows up we learn that after the incident with Raikou where Ash had to keep explaining things, the Rangers all got warned about Ash. And then she stays for dessert.
    • And gets distracted mid-sentence by noticing there are chocolate-flavored orange pieces on the brownies, something she thinks more people should do.
  • The suggestion of the "Ash Sayings Book".
  • Serena's reaction to Dawn's email about the princess thing.
  • The reactions of Misty's sisters when Max, accompanied by Ash the Gym Destroyer, shows up.
    • Especially when Daisy orders Max to not use any Pokémon that has even a move that could potentially destroy the gym.
  • Violet implements a time limit of 15 minutes on the whole match. When Max comments that it seems long, Daisy shortens it to 10 minutes.
  • The reactions to Mega Slowbro. Apparently only Mega Squirtle is a weirder Mega form.
  • Victreebel's plans to use tactical bombing (Weezing picking him up and flying him over) to get the drop on James.
  • Casper pickpocketed the Banettite the previous day, so he takes even Max by surprise when it kicks in.
  • And it seems that Ash's gym-demolishing tendencies haven't fully rubbed off on Max; the only casualty is the wall clock.
    • The fact that Misty's sisters just call the match as a win for Max so he doesn't do anything else rather than because he actually bested them (he did but that's not the point).
  • To Brock's suggestion to use his maracas again for an appeal: May just gives a "No. Just… No" Reaction.
  • When Roland asks for experience fighting someone shorter than he is (since he'll get taller as a Gallade), Lucario calls over Pikachu.
  • Reshiram and Zorua's discussion about "truthiness".
  • When Ash calls Pikachu and Lucario over, Lucario carries Pikachu over under his arm, on account of Pikachu losing the game of rock-paper-scissors. If Pikachu had won, he would've carried Lucario over.
    Pikachu: You know, I think Lucario probably rigged that one.
    Lucario: You did let me set the rules.
  • The Battle Pyramid moved before Ash got to it, so Scott now has to track Ash down again.
    • The reaction (or lack thereof) of the Slate family to seeing the Pyramid land outside the city.
  • During the contest she helped set up and judge, May tries using Mr. Suziko's catchphrase of "Remarkable". Joy comments that she doesn't have the same feel.
  • Blaziken adds an ice-skating routine to thawing the field for the open air contest without being asked.
  • Yolanda's Litleo stealing the last bit of her sandwich.
  • While running to take care of the King of PokéAtlantis, Absol advises Pikachu that he'll need Ash's Dark hat.
    Absol: Because if he does wear it, it's only a fashion disaster.
    Lucario: Ouch. I think that one had type advantage.
  • A look back at the Oak Ranch:
    • Ivysaur distracting Squirtle with the use of the word "ultimate", causing the latter to accidentally overcharge said ultimate attack.
    • Noctowl complaining to Glalie about his cold body causing a draft, and Glalie responding in pun. And then Glalie resolving the problem by getting Heracross to move Noctowl's tree.
  • While everything is winding down at the Slate household, Darkrai suddenly shows up to inspect Zorua's fur for any remnants of the King's mind. With a magnifying glass. Everyone is too stunned to say anything before he leaves.
  • Ferris's reaction to Mega Aggron.
  • May asks Flint a question, and when Flint answers, he finds out he misinterpreted it.
  • Cosplaychu and Meowth discussing costume ideas.
  • Gardevoir and Kirlia's reactions to Roland becoming a Gallade.
  • Now Casey is trying to find a Dunsparce and having no luck (she wants to trade it for a Shiny Shinx).
  • Scott mistakes Ritchie for Ash while the psychic is surfing. Ritchie, for his part, is a little bummed that Ash isn't doing the Kanto league again, as he wants a rematch and thought Ash was doing the Kanto league that year.
  • Apparently Barry once told his dad's Dragonite to use Hyper Beam, resulting in two trees being knocked over and a third blown to splinters.
  • Barry found Celebi in the bushes, and thus gains the conclusion that rhododendrons attract time Pokemon.
    • It turns out that Celebi was trying to deliver Buizel to Dawn, but Barry startling her causes him to be dropped on Misty's head.
  • Ambipom and Buizel's reactions the news of the time travel, the former is a little overwhelmed, and admits that Pikachu won a bet they made, while the latter is pretty unfazed.
    Ambipom: Okay, that's just annoying. How can you be this calm about all this?
    Buizel: Experience.
    Ambipom: It's too early in the universe for this.
  • The gang arriving at the Battle Pyramid right as Brandon is heading out for groceries.
  • The Legendary Golems having their speech translated, revealing them to be communicating in increasingly esoteric programming languages. In case you're wondering, Registeel speaks in R, Regirock speaks in Ook, and Regice speaks in Piet.
    • Especially since Regice speaking puts pictures in listener's heads if they understand Pokémon.
  • Ivysaur somehow managing to inherit a move (Sandstorm) from a Pidgey nephew.
  • Pikachu's reaction to Brandon having a Heatran.
  • Pidgeot and Silver babysitting the Legendary birds.
    Pidgeot: Today's lesson is how to hit a Moltres with the stop-being-stupid beam.
  • Squirtle of all mons going on about physics (having been apparently been studying physics books for ideas). Pikachu falls over laughing.
  • Ash's battle with Brandon ends up attracting plenty of attention. Specifically, Flint calls an Officer Jenny in order to reassure him that yes, it is just a Pokemon battle going on.
  • Brandon's reaction to Mega-Squirtle.
  • When Ash learns that Brandon's Dusclops uses a black hole to fight:
    Ash: Quick! I need to know about how black holes work!
  • Ho-Oh's reaction to the fact that, due to his spar with Buizel, he missed the entire battle.
  • Ambipom somehow has a black belt in ping pong.
  • Celebi's future self being a Troll and telling her and Uxie to hide in the rhododendrons, where Lucario notices them. Dawn points out that it's a good thing Barry is gone, or the town would be overrun by the rhododendrons he'd plant.
  • Uxie reveals that they are why Ash can hold enough memory to remind everyone.
  • Celebi dropping Ash off back in Kanto, right before he left.
  • Now Brock's own Pokémon are getting in on mocking his lack of Rock-types.
    Sudowoodo: Don't blame me. I'm a tree.
  • Manaphy and Joltik's Contest routine ideas, mostly involving superhero origins.
  • Drew's Absol meets Ash. At least all he does is hide behind Drew instead of running for the hills.
  • Drew's Butterfree is one of the children of Ash's Butterfree, and her first words upon meeting are to ask if Ash is really as crazy as her dad says.
    • Celebi popping in, confirming that Drew's Butterfree is the same as last time, and popping out. Brock then comments that someday, sometime, they'll get used to it.
      Brock: And on that day, our journey is complete.
      Butterfree: What journey?
      Brock: The journey to being completely ridiculous.
      Butterfree: If dad's stories are right, you got there a very long time ago.

    Kanto Grand Festival (chapters 228-231) 
  • Gardevoir psychically talks while eating, with her daughter chatising her as if she had talked out loud.
  • As the group watches Jessie's appear where Wobbuffet uses Counter to keep launching her into the air, James and Meowth comment on all the times it didn't work, and how she took to carrying a parachute just in case.
  • The Oak Ranch residents, bored out of their skulls again, take to doing their own contest appeal tournament. On their first iteration, Ivysaur finds out they forgot to distinguish between same-species Pokémon with no nicknames.
  • Barry talking to Dawn while standing on his dad's Dragonite.
  • The Kanto Grand Festival Blooper Reel that Serena watches.
  • The whole conversation in the stands about attack commands or phrases that sound like attacks, but aren't.
    Max: Quick! Attack!
  • While watching May's contest battle against an Expy of Vivio Takamachi, Dexter (who has fighting elements based on the same franchise) comments that the fighting style seems oddly familiar.
  • Wartortle is sent out against a Delphox, and has to take a moment to figure out what witch to base her on.
  • Buneary playing Pokémon Ping Pong against Ambipom. Not only is it bad for Buneary, it's bad for the Berlitz house too.
    Dawn: No more black belt ping pong indoors. Or brown belt. Or any belt above... blue.
  • The entirety of Harley's contest battle against Jessie, where his Wigglytuff is effectively used an ingredient in Mega Audino's noodle soup. All Harley can manage afterwards are Flat Whats.
  • Denae has finally progressed to giving Iris flying lessons. And when she tells her loaned Salamence to give her a show, Iris is flown off like an unprepared roller-coaster rider. With about as much screaming too.
  • A few appeals from Ash's contingent back at Oak Ranch, such as Muk's flaming five-tiered toxin fountain, or Mawile trying to fly again with Flamethrower... and not landing right.
    Mawile: I'm okay! I remembered to use Iron Defense!
  • Lucario commenting on Meowth's accent. Meowth has no idea what he means.
  • Casey's nonplussed reaction when Zapdos joins her baseball game.
  • Barry's found himself a new Smeargle, who communicates in two ways: very expressive eyebrows and self-drawn signs. And he's already resigned himself to be Barry's Cloudcuckoolander's Minder as Barry decides to use him to collect Legendary Signature Moves.
  • Deoxys-Orange purchasing food to try from a shop... really flavorful food, like cinnamon buns, wasabi, and salted licorice.
  • More conversations from the peanut gallery: Pikachu wondering if Jirachi could wish to do a good appeal leads to more pondering as to how to Loophole Abuse an appeal. Apparently Jirachi and other Legendary conceptual powers are not covered in the rulebook, but dream weaving or hypnotising the judges and audience into thinking a good appeal was made are.
  • Meowth shares some experiences with Cosplaychu's costume experimentation. Since TR is no longer sent blasting off every other week, they don't have to spend their clothing budget on new uniforms so Cosplaychu uses it instead. Then there was the time to figure out what would give her the move Dive... and dressed up like a submarine.
  • The conclusion of the Oak Ranch Grand Festival appeals:
    • First place: Mewtwo, who didn't even participate. Apparently his reputation was such that there were a majority of write-in votes for him.
      • Then Charizard wonders what to do to get that kind of reputation. Charla suggests blowing up Shikoku.
    • Second place: Suicune. Who isn't around to accept the prize due to Legendary duties.
    • Third place: Glalie and his 3D theatre production - made out of ice.
  • Serena gushing about the contest to her mother is good for a chuckle.

    Temple of the Sea (Chapters 232 - 235) 
  • Once again, a Ranger misreads a situation and jumps the gun. In this case, Jackie thinks Manaphy is being held captive when he's demonstrating contest moves to Lizbeth and her Pokémon - specifically, while Manaphy is showing how to hold oneself in a water box.
    • When May shows up, Manaphy quickly tells her that it was a misunderstanding. Jackie tries to interject, and May turns her ire on him, asking if it wasn't a misunderstanding. A Verbal Backspace later, he's agreeing that it was a misunderstanding.
    • And when Jackie has to report back to his coordinator Judy, Lucario offers to explain. Knowing that Aura translation doesn't work over electronics.
  • Ho-Oh's epithet is "Storm's End". He uses this for a Badass Boast by telling the Phantom Pirates, using his newly mastered Aura translation abilities, that he has classified them as a storm.
  • Phantom's Chatot decides that his trainer's gone mad and defects to the heroes.
  • A few of the Phantom Pirates had been sent ahead to cut off Ash and Co.'s escape. Blaziken clears them so fast that the driver doesn't even realize what happened.
    Pirate commander: Alright, that's done! They're not getting that tree out of the way!
    (Tree is reduced to cinders by a flaming blur)
    Pirate commander: ...that's not really sporting.
  • Raikou is challenging Mavis's Gym.
  • Ho-Oh takes a break to pose for a photo op with some tourists.
  • Lucario is fairly unimpressed with the booby traps at the Temple. Poison darts? He's a Steel-type. Pit trap? He can fly with aura jets. Giant rolling boulder of doom? Punch it. Max even notes that anyone who wanted to break in this way wouldn't have a Lucario in the first place.
  • With Jirachi on hand, one of the Phantom Pirates tried to wish to escape. Jirachi said no.
  • You'd think that with Ho-Oh on hand, there wouldn't be any need for Mewtwo, right? Still, Ash's Legendary Maid Service makes himself useful, by clearing out part of the Pallet coastline so Samiya can be moored closer to shore.
    • Ash comments that they moored in the place he and Gary ran aground once in a small boat, leading Pikachu to quip that maybe Ash got so lost that he missed the sea.
    • And since Mewtwo is now a corporation, he requires payment for his service - a peppercorn payment.
    • Really the fact that Samiya is essentially being parked like a car should be a funny mental image in itself.
  • Jackie is flown off on a nearby Zapdos. Casey goes with him, and the Zapdos is particularly puzzled by his name.
  • Lugia and Silver set out to journey to the Temple. Even if Manaphy hadn't moved it, they wouldn't have made it because Silver went up a river without noticing, and they ended up in Crown City. The sight of the two Legendaries makes Grings Kodai to look into his wine glass.

    Battle Frontier wrap-up (236) 
  • Squirtle noticing that Samiya has a spiral bent into it, meaning that it has the potential to be turned into a giant robot. Ivysaur has to make him promise, under threat of everyone else's enmity, not to try it out unless the moon is about to collide with the earth. And not to engineer such a collision just to try it out.
  • For a training session, Ash specifies that the floor is lava (i.e. Pikachu cannot touch the ground). Houndoom, who has Flash Fire, doesn't get it.
  • Ash cleaning out his Bag of Holding.
    • Just the sheer amount of stuff he has in there: a bookshelf, lights, a portable freezer complete with heat sink...
    • And then Lucario finds five Legendary Beasts inside playing poker.
    • And once it's empty, they clean it by having Totodile fill it with Scalding water, and then Lucario using Aura Sphere and detergent inside it to turn it into a washing machine.
  • Iris psyching herself up for Denae's next lesson... only for it to be textbook-reading.

    Sinnoh's Gym Challenge part 1 (237-242) 
  • Pikachu commenting on how his interactions with Buneary are essentially a romance soap plot, complete with long-lost twin (his clone from Mewtwo's tech).
  • More of Mesprit's disjointed interactions with Dawn.
  • Dawn greets Brock's Geodude. Geodude says "Dude", in both normal speak and Pokémon Speak.
  • From his visit to Professor Ivy, Brock says that he finally got a real Rockruff, and sends her out to show everyone. Unfortunately, she transforms into a Zorua, much to Brock's chagrin. But Brock actually has a real Rockruff this time; Zorua just swapped their Pokéballs.
    Rockruff: Zorua told me to keep quiet and there'd be a joke. Was there a joke?
    Brock: Only on me.
    • Also hilarious is due to Brock's old Sinnoh lineup (Croagunk, Sudowoodo and Chansey), Dawn never realized he was a Rock-type trainer in the original timeline.
  • When Staraptor is reminded, he feels like getting back into the groove by sparring with Roland. Roland is startled by a "face full of bird".
    Roland: Help! Marshtomp!
    Marshtomp: What is it?
    Roland: How do you punch a bird? Answer quickly please!
  • Ash is musing on a way to get Chimchar into his possession without outright stealing him from Paul. Staraptor just wants to make sure.
    Staraptor: Sure we can't just do a thing where a wild Staraptor totally kidnaps his Chimchar?
    Pikachu: What are you, a Honchkrow?
  • Once again, Ash becomes a Living Crashpad for a Pokémon who he picks up, accidentally Reminds, and spontaneously evolves.
  • Charizard bringing Charla on a date to Samiya, but doesn't tell her that the water gives everyone Super Not-Drowning Skills until after she goes through the waterslide.
  • Barry showing up again, and brings more of his crazy theories with him.
    Barry: Okay – I heard a rumour online that Keldeo was sent to Ash to make him a knight and let him use their special Sacred Sword move, because they were making Ash the first Sword of Justice who wasn't a Pokémon.
  • Giovanni reading a spy report on Team Plasma's status post-N defection - namely that they haven't given up and are trying to get their hands on Zekrom and Kyurem.
    Giovanni: The skill I prize most is the ability to cut losses. Why is that so rare, I wonder...
  • Torterra, just like Dawn, mistakes Dexter for a Rotom.
  • Pikachu doing a count-out at the end of Torterra and Goodra's battle.
  • Ash doing his usual "I caught a Pokémon!" pose... and it's ruined by Staraptor's wing in his face.
  • Croagunk gets dropped on the group's heads just like Corphish was.
  • So how does Croagunk, master of the Brock-flirt Moment Killer, react to Brock finally having a steady girlfriend? He faints!
  • Paul attempts to explain to Reggie why he cut Chimchar from his team roster:
    Paul: I am not entirely sure I understand the situation myself, but at some point in the future I am getting a Pokemon who will work better with me.
    Reggie: Pardon?
  • A few moments from training:
  • Mew wants to make a swimming pool on Mewtwo's space base, just like in the moon base. Mewtwo firmly refuses.
  • Max being perky in the early morning after deciding on his final gym, much to the chagrin of everyone else. And apparently just like Ash, he stayed up all night before it.
  • This exchange between Corona and Cinder, with the former making toast:
    Corona: Hey Cinder, did you want one slice or two?
    Cinder: Two please. As black as my heart.
    Cinder: ...yes.
  • Latios and Latias's Dragonbreath flyover over Cinnabar being mistaken by Max's Deoxys as a distress aurora.
  • A bunch of wild Stantler trying to trick Dawn and Brock with illusions as they head towards Jubilife City, but while Dawn can navigate using Pachirisu as a compass, Brock doesn't even notice.
    • Dawn even thinks that the illusions were a test from Brock to get through illusions, but Brock has no idea what she's talking about.
  • Mega-Casper throwing Blaine's Rhydon clear out of the arena.
  • The Swords of Justice having a meal at the Striaton Trio's restaurant.
  • Geodude, as the team veteran, telling Rockruff that she can bring any questions to him. Rockruff has one: when's lunch?
  • The Eon siblings trying to explain to Deoxys what being a hero is, and all they can think of is that heroes are like Ash.
  • The moment when Casper gets hit with the effect of Magmar's Flame Body.
    Max: Stay calm! You don't have hair!
  • Lugia offered to house-sit Altomare for the Eon Twins while they spend some time with Ash, but soon finds out a few problems given his size and lack of camouflage powers.
  • The Lake Trio's beach meeting getting interrupted by Mewtwo, Zoey and Ash and co.
    • After the attempt to make Zoey remindable, the group finds a very disgruntled Celebi floating above them.
      Celebi: Don't do that again! It took me fourteen tries to get it to work without you all screwing something important up!
    • And Mewtwo is noticing the mai tais the Lake Trio were about to sample before they arrived:
      Mewtwo: Are you all quite done? I mainly ask because I'd quite like to try the drinks, but I'm unwilling to drunk-Teleport so I'll get you back to where you were before I try some.
  • Ash and Co. enter Oreburgh City, and immediately run into a Fossil Pokémon rampage. Again.
    • Rockruff holding onto a Aerodactyl's tail, and a pursuing Crobat has to remind her to not let go.
    • Glalie is on-site and can't help making a few Ice puns, and Geodude puncturing them in the facts.
      • In particular, Geodude says that if the pun is bad and not even true, then he doesn't have a leg to stand on. Glalie points out that neither does he.
    • A group of Fossils pursues Quilava down an alley, only to run right into Mamoswine. They abruptly change direction.
    • Meganium responding to Pikachu's insinuations that she can't take the entire herd of charging Rampardos by herself, by doing exactly that.
      • And when one of them tries to get back up, another Power Whip to the noggin puts him right back down.
  • The parts of Mawile's scene with the Tyrunt that aren't adorable.
  • A wild Cranidos getting used to modern times... like exactly how many people there are in the world.
  • Paul and Roark missing the entire Fossil Pokemon incident because their battle was too loud.
  • Roark keeps interrupting despite himself.
  • Ash's evolutionary aura strikes again, by getting Roark's Cranidos to evolve mid-materialization.
  • And now that Ash's back to challenging gyms, his reputation strikes again as Torterra's Earthquakes and Energy Balls do a number on the place. Max tries to have Jirachi fix the problem, but he forgets to word it right:
    Max: We really need to work on phrasing things better.
    Jirachi: Oops?
    (Oreburgh Gym collapses behind them)
    Ash: We... can probably fix that.

    Max's Indigo League (243-247) 
  • Iris meets up with Ash and is Reminded, and the dissonance between her image of Ash as the immature kid she traveled with, and Ash Ketchum the Legendary-holding, multi-League Champion and who she has posters of on her bedroom wall, leaves her at a complete loss for words.
    • And when Excadrill mentions said posters and plushies, Pikachu falls off Ash's shoulder in hysterics.
    • The reactions of the Legendary Swords to all this.
    • As the conversation ends, Lucario holds up a scratchcard of Ash events, and bingo gets him a free coffee. Pikachu says he was drawing it a few minutes ago.
    • When Iris tries to apologize to Ash, Ash just asks what she's apologizing about. This is Pikachu's comment:
      Pikachu: I'm not sure if that's Ash being clueless, or asking for the list.
    • Iris's reaction to realizing that Ash is responsible for the creation of the Fairy-Type.
    • Excadrill's thorough lack of being impressed by Ash and the insanity that follows being reminded. The author actually felt the need to state that Excadrill was reminded; he just doesn't care.
  • At the Indigo League, Max meets a trainer from Alola who claims to have 10 Kanto Badges. Misty takes a look and says she only got 9 1/2; she went to Dark City.
  • Suicune gives the opening address at the Indigo Conference. Watching from Pallet Town, Prof. Oak comments that she forgot that Aura-speech doesn't translate across radio and TV.
  • Watching Max battle a trainer with a Pikachu, Lucario, Blaziken and Ash's Pikachu comment that not every Pikachu is a über-battler with lots of atypical moves.
  • The reactions when one of the trainers uses a School Form Wishiwashi.
  • Max thinks Alola Pokémon are weird, which Cinder reminds him who's he using first.
    "Remind me who you're planning on using first. Is it the kickboxing mushroom that considers being poisoned healthy?"
  • Barry's Smeargle calling a time out in a battle he's having because Barry keeps telling him to use moves from Arceus... that he hasn't Sketched.
    • With Prinplup nearby face-palming at the whole thing.
  • Being out of practice for 12 years, Professor Oak is at a bit of a loss when he wants to sketch something. Tracey and Damos encourage him and say they won't judge him if it's bad, and Oak suggests starting with a Voltorb. Damos says that they will judge him for that.
  • The Shiny Suicune commenting that it's a little disorientating seeing Ash's Raikou without seeing their Shiny Raikou son, and her having to resist the urge to mother someone 100 years older than her. Raikou's bombastic attitude isn't helping matters either.
  • After Skill Swap proves to work on a Mega Kangaskhan's Parental Bond ability, Norman wonders if he should try it out with Slaking.
  • During Jirachi's battle with Mega Kangaskhan, he is set on fire from a Fire Punch, which the daughter can't help but point out after her mother is knocked out.
    Child Kangaskhan: Um... are you meant to be on fire?
    Jirachi: I should probably get that sorted out. Hold on a moment, I'll do it properly. (Clears throat, then flies back to Max screaming.) Aaaah! I'm on fire!
    Child Kangaskhan: Older Pokémon are strange sometimes.
  • A few moments with the TRio and their cell:
    • Carnivine painting a sleeping Weezing - and guess who's the canvas?
      Carnivine: I'm thinking of calling this 'Alolan Muk style Weezing'.
    • Arbok talking Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton with Mime Jr.
    • Chimecho taking Jessie's comment about Meowth being the "big mouth" literally - and measuring Gyarados and Victreebel's mouth sizes.
    • Meowth teaching Moltres how to speak human.
    • Cosplay seeing what move a Team Rocket uniform will give her... Double Team.
  • All of Piplup's petulance while Dawn and Salvia are working with Dawn's team.
  • Buneary commenting that it's a bit stereotypical for Pachirisu to eat nuts... while she herself is nibbling on a carrot.
  • Max's opponent shouting "sea-air ballistic shark attack" when he's Mega Evolving his Sharpedo.
    • Misty commenting that trainers who haven't trained their Pokemon to think for themselves don't do well at underwater battles, referencing a Ground Specialist she tested for a Gym who failed miserably because of that fact.
  • Zorua accidentally tagged along when Dawn and Princess Salvia swapped places... and Brock didn't even realize that she was gone, thinking that she was just planning another prank somewhere (mentioning a time when she impersonated a sombrero for two whole hours as part of a prank team-up with Casper as an example).
  • When facing Iwalani's Alolan Graveler, Casper makes some crack about his iron sand features looking like makeup and a unibrow. Then he electro-blows up in the ghost's face.

    Sinnoh's Gym Challenge part 2 (248-249) 
  • When he realizes he only got half a Yin-And-Yang Badge, Raikou starts to run off, but Suicune steps on his tail to stop him, telling him to finish talking to his friends first.
  • Lucario and the group experimenting how carried items work, using his Lucarionite, Ash's Expert Belt and a Fighting Gem as the items in question. When Mega Lucario tries using the Fighting Gem, it literally blows up in his face.
  • Cheryl is used to tales of adventure from her grandfather, so she's a bit flummoxed when she comes across the Ash and Co. problem-solvers:
    • Using Chansey's Attract to figure out the gender of a Burmy? Ash can just ask it.
    • Get Burmy to evolve into Mothim? Hang around Ash long enough and it'll evolve by itself - or just faux-train with his absurd team.
      Crobat: I've seen you do 'useful training'. It involved shouting "mango chutney" and falling over.
      • After Mothim does evolve, he panics when his opponent Suicune fails to get up... and then it's revealed she actually fell asleep.
    • Perform a task for the Vespiquen Queen to get some of her honey? No need, that'll just be 400 Poké.
      • And what does a wild Vespiquen need cash for? Well, she does like her coffee...
      • And the group decides to make a quick retreat in case Ash's aura makes the entire hive of Combee evolve at once.
  • Gardenia brings along her Eevee to Eterna Forest's Mossy Rock to evolve it into Leafeon, but when it touches it, it evolves into Sylveon instead. Then it opens its mouth and reveals it was Zorua being funny.
  • A rather shy Rotom from the Old Chateau tries to sneak into Dawn's Pokétch, but can't get into the motor. It's so frustrated, it forgets that it's shy and goes into a wild rant in front of everyone.
  • The Eterna Pokémon dress-up contest:
    • Cosplaychu comes in dressed as an astronaut, and has to be told that it's not that kind of dress-up contest.
    • Abra is very aptly dressed as a Komala.
    • Tyrunt and Mawile are dressed as Groudon and Mew, and Suicune has to pipe up as a Legendary expert on hand.
    • And you'd think Zorua would be a shoe-in, right? Nope; she comes in as a very out-of-character Mewtwo and ends up disqualified for sass!
  • The God Squad shows up again, and ends up victims of Cutscene Incompetence, as well as Arceus's Plot Holes.
  • Gary is interested enough in Ash's query about held item limits and the lack of existing research to take it on as his new project, but knows it won't mean well for his team, especially not Furfrou.
    Gary: Great. That means we're going to be having about half my Pokémon regularly explode until we work out the limits.
    Dee: In fairness, that is not what will happen. All of them will.
  • When a nearby tree is damaged by a ballistic Torkoal and Leafeon during Ash and Gardenia's gym battle, a very miffed Starly chirps, "Manners!"
  • Torterra discussing party planning.

    The Rise of Darkrai (250) 
  • Mawile using a glider.
  • What is Chikorita supposed to do if someone tries to fight him. Sacred Sword to the knees, then run like mad.
  • The space-time cut-off of Alamos happened so fast that not everyone on Ash's team was able to make it in time. Goodra in particular is wearing an apron because he was baking.
    • Charizard is dismayed when he realizes that Charla's Charizardite Y didn't come along with him, saying that if it got deleted, she'd use him for a rug.
  • Dexter saying that if asked to explain how Alamos got cut off, he'd get a headache despite lacking a head.
  • Darkrai's reaction to Ash's nonchalance.
  • When Baron Alberto is about to make an error in judgment due to his love for Alice, Lucario uses his "background in courtly romance" to explain it in his terms. And Dexter was wondering who was downloading those books (though how he didn't realize it is anyone's guess)...
    • Baron Alberto's reaction to the thought of him turning into a Lickilicky.
  • Piplup getting looks from his teammates when he claims he has the power needed to stand up to Dialga and Palkia.
  • Tyrunt evolving due to being clipped by an attack from Dialga.
  • Zorua was working on a little human disguise as a prank: a girl with purple hair and a squint.
  • Once the battle is over and the spatial warp is removed, everyone teleports in at once and Brock has to speak quickly to avoid there being another problem.
  • Mewtwo watching Dialga and Palkia do the cleanup - and Palkia is finding that space-warping isn't as useful as temporal reversal when it comes to undoing damage.
  • Team Rocket missing the Alamos mess... because they couldn't remember what it was that was going to happen.

    Sinnoh's Gym Challenge part 3 (251-263) 
  • As their manager, Mewtwo has to list down him and the Deoxys responding to the situation in Alamos Town with paid time off.
    • And then has to blink away to make sure Mew hasn't got into the sugar.
  • Sceptile says that Chikorita ought to have seen what his opponent looked like. Zorua turns into Palkia right on cue.
  • Grace can't quite hide her smile as she listens to her daughter gush about the childhood friend that helped her once, that is now a Pokémon battling legend, and correctly deduces it as a Celeb Crush.
    • Once she calms down, Serena wonders what her next move should be. Grace reminds her that her next move should be to take Blitzle out for his usual walk.
  • Kari finding out one of the problems of being a Pokémon: not being understood by humans.
  • Sara thanks Ash for saving the world. Lucario asks which time.
  • Tyrantrum is having a little trouble with something, so Primeape takes him to see the very wise Snorlax. Unfortunately, he doesn't know the trick to communicating with him while the big guy is asleep.
  • Noctowl is helping Corphish with target practice, but Corphish isn't happy... by the fact that he actually landed a hit.
  • While Mawile and Tyrantrum search for a Cherish Ball, the stockist is a little bit unnerved at such a big Pokémon in such a small place with too much merchandise. Mewtwo assures him that they'll leave by Teleport.
  • N and his siblings are a little out of depth figuring out what Gym Leaders do, and Elesa can't be of help since she's off at a photo shoot.
    N: I thought being a gym leader was a job?
    Nimbasa Gym Assistant: The hours are good.
  • Iris is still having a little trouble connecting the Ash she remembers from the old timeline to the new one, especially once Alamos shows up.
  • Sceptile and Meganium takes Chikorita to Sceptile's family tree to introduce their son... and Sceptile goes full Large Ham with the introduction. Sceptile's aunt can't believe he actually lived up to that old family joke either.
    Sceptile: Behold! I bring my son, here to learn the ways of his ancestors! He is young and strong, a noble addition to our shared blood! I bring him here to be entered into the legends of our people!
  • Muk waxing lyrical about the one thing that shows that strong smells equal respect: cheese.
    • After the conversation is done, Pikachu asks Ash how he could stand the smell. Ash replied that he used Aura to make an airslip. Pikachu then complains that he didn't tell him sooner.
  • Even after everything he's done, Ash still can't believe that a Grand Champion like Cynthia knows who he is.
  • Gary is a little upset about missing yet another world-shaking event in Alamos, and teleports in to challenge Ash to a Pokémon match. Now think about what the player's rivals often do out of nowhere in the Pokémon games.
  • With the TRio now on long-term surveillance duty for Ash, their cargo plane isn't as practical for their purposes, so they're going back to their roots - colourful Pokémon-shaped hot-air balloons!
    • When Moltres asks why not the plane, Arbok gives three reasons: 1. As said, hot-air balloons are more useful for long-term surveillance, especially with Fire-type moves to support the burner, 2. Large Rocket craft don't last very long around Ash, and their plane is too nice to lose, and 3. Hot-air balloons are more artistic, and the more they look like a carnival balloon, the less people will complain.
    • Now, if they could only decide on what balloon to take...
  • Apparently, due to a mapping error, a nearby city was named Heartome City, and after so many people came here expecting Hearthome City, business soon set up to become similar to Hearthome City and it's been that way ever since.
    • They even have surplus seats from Hearthome Stadium to set up in their knockoff stadium.
    • And when comparing the cities, Cynthia makes the comparison of someone who looked just like Ash, only that he had a Raichu instead of a Pikachu. Brock points out that it's already a thing with Ritchie.
  • While spectating Ash and Gary's match, Cynthia still can't decide on her snacks.
  • A local notices the battle, and wonders who Gary Oak is. Gary feels a strong sense of annoyance for some reason.
  • Pikachu's final attack does slam Mega Alakazam into the ground, but it also sends him flying very high into the air.
    Pikachu: Whee. I should develop that some more.
  • Gary's Mega Blastoise is just as much as a Large Ham as ever. An observing Paul and Cynthia take note of how odd he is, and the latter's Lucario would prefer not to translate his speech.
    • And when Ash's Squirtle pops up out of nowhere to observe the battle, he panics when he sees how similar M!Blastoise's draconic Dragon Pulse looks to the Spiral Nemesis. No-one else gets it.
    • And when he confronts his evolved counterpart about it, Blastoise has to consult his notes to reassure him.
      Blastoise: I'm pretty sure that's only a risk after we've turned the moon into a spaceship robot and punched reality with it.
  • Cynthia taking a jab at making sure Paul understands how much friendship and bonds are important to being a good Pokémon trainer.
    Cynthia: You've got a lot of potential. Don't ruin it by being a dick.
  • The encounter with the hypnotising Mismagius trickster:
    • It starts with Rayquaza flying down and offering to become his Pokémon. When Ash agrees but asks to wait a little while, Rayquaza is completely nonplussed.
      • And why does Ash want to wait? He doesn't have any appropriate Pokéballs.
    • And then, the Tricuspids invade.
      • And Dexter has some issues with translating:
        Dexter: He, she, it or norf could be asking us about salad recipes for all we know now.
        Dawn: Norf?
        Dexter: If you're an expert on alien pronouns, you tell me what the right one is.
    • And then, the League of Heroes intervenes.
    • And then, some Time Travellers show up.
    • Finally, the Rotom from the Old Chateau that was possessing Ash's fridge has had enough and bursts out shouting at how ridiculous everything is, and they're still completely unimpressed.
      • The ironic part? The talking fridge is the thing Ash and Co. hasn't encountered yet and are most interested in.
        Rotom: You think I'm the most ridiculous thing here? There are costumed sentai heroes fighting an alien invasion by killer triangles! I'm surprised the ghost doing this can live with itself!
      • And for another Literal Metaphor? This problem is being resolved with Fridge Logic.
      • Once again, Rotom finally remembers that its shy and tries to dive back into Ash's pouch. While still possessing the fridge.
    • After realising that it is an illusion, Dexter wonders how he can be hypnotised in the first place.
    • And after the group start ignoring the Mismagius in favour of the Rotom, it finally gives up and leaves in a huff. The group then wakes up to find Zorua poking them.
  • Ash thinks about practicing to defend himself against surprise attacks. Croagunk, feeling out of practice with his Poison Jabs with no Brock to Dope Slap, obliges.
  • Brock saying that with their new tagalong, they now have to negotiate things with the fridge during mealtimes.
  • Hippopotas and his lost Hippowdown family are a little disoriented with all the Legendary happenings around Ash and Co.
  • Mawile and Tyrantrum watching one of Dawn's Contests:
  • Zorua finally pulls her Kid from the Future prank on Brock, Ash and co. to extremely hilarious effect.
  • Who is Paul's partner in the Tag Battle competition? Mawile!
  • Barry pulls out an Ash-tactic during the competition: get Nando's Kricketune to ice-surf on Prinplup's back!
  • While Ash is fixing a Spiritomb with Aura Purge, the rest contemplate lunch. Unfortunately, all the food is in Ash's pouch, whom they can't touch without getting pulled in.
    • Inside, Ash is trying to negotiate with the less-homicidal spirits comprising Spiritomb's soul, and have to deal with the rest first, who are charging in to mob them. A few quick blasts from Ash, Pikachu, Kari and Latias, and the group is sent flying in very short order.
    • And when Ash gets back out, Zorua gets excited for lunch, only for Brock to remind her of her punishment.
  • May and Max talking about May's new rival being named June, thinking about Max getting a rival named Min, and discussing all the other rival Theme Naming schemes.
  • When Ash and Co. encounter the Gligar flock that they had to get out of the city (made easy with Pidgeot), their Gliscor boss really doesn't understand the idea of Tempting Fate, especially since he doesn't recognize Ash and his special Pikachu while one of his subordinates does.
    Gligar: You know! The Pikachu with a trainer who can make a complete team of Legendaries, walk on water, fight even powerful Pokémon? The Pikachu who's scarier than the rest of his team, and his team includes a Lucario and a Charizard and an Absol? The Pikachu who can shock Ground types?
  • Ash's newly-reminded Gliscor glomping her trainer again, and almost suffocating him in her usual fashion.
    • For added bonus, she was the more-savvy Gligar subordinate mentioned above, and actually is a Fangirl of Ash!
  • Paul wondering how Ash got his number.
  • When Zoey begins worrying about bringing her unreminded Pokémon into dangerous situations, her Mismagius produces an illusionary card that pointedly asks her, exactly where is safe?
  • Houndoom and Meganium playing a round of multi-board no-holds-barred mega-chess.
  • Mewtwo says he's not going to put a car into space as a publicity stunt. When he later suggests space racing and Jin calls him out on it, he replies that he wouldn't do something crazy for a publicity stunt, but he would do something crazy because it was interesting.
  • Maylene is capable of some truly spectacular feats for a regular martial artist - because her Lucario thought that everyone could do them if they worked hard enough.
    Maylene's Lucario: I may have been setting my expectations too high... I'll have to apologize to Maylene for that.
    Ash's Lucario: If you expected the average human to be able to punch holes in brick walls with a couple of years of training? Yes.
  • Some more antics at the Oak Ranch: the Tauros are playing paintball, by standing on two opposite hills and kicking them at each other.
    • And then they mention Staraptor wanting to join in. Sceptile has to run before he gets buried in paintballs.
  • The incident with Kellyn and the Riolu kidnappers:
    • Kellyn is a little embarrassed when he remembers the last time he encountered Ash.
    • Lucario acts all-knowing by reciting all the events and details involving his kidnapping in the previous timeline. Kellyn deflates him a bit by pointing out some changed details: the kidnapped Riolu is female, they'll prove their trustworthiness with a painting, not a figurine, and Hunter J is still in prison.
    • Lucario decides to scout out the area by closing his eyes, activating Aura Sight, and jumping into a tree. A few dislodged branches indicates he should've done it the other way round.
    • With the kidnappers, the kidnapped Riolu is being unruly, so a Stunky is brought out much to the dismay of the rest of the kidnappers. Said Stunky's trainer doesn't understand the problem, since he can't smell.
    • Another Skuntank tries to engage Lucario with his stench. Lucario blocks it with the airslip Aura trick and then uses said Skuntank as a flail. Cue non-stop swearing from the Skuntank.
    • Kellyn is nonplussed when he, Brock and Dawn catch up to find the situation handled.
      • And then the kidnappers' big guns show up.
    • Kellyn asks if the kidnappers are the Pokémon Pinchers, Team Dim Sun or the Go-Rock Squad. When the kidnappers indignantly reply that they're the Eeveelution Rangers, Kellyn gets indignant in turn at them using the Ranger name.
    • Dawn's first order of the battle.
      Dawn: Quilava, handle that Leafeon robot! (Beat) Sometimes I can't believe the things I say...
    • Zorua being shocked at Mega Steelix suplexing a giant robot.
    • Dexter noting that this is the consequence of the Rockets not hogging the giant mecha market.
  • Barry being his usual Motor Mouth Conspiracy Theorist self with his opponent in a Pokémon battle. Who happens to be Paul.
    Paul: Why are you talking to me?
    • Barry's theories are so crazy that even Paul can't help but comment on it.
  • At the Wallace Cup, Buneary asks Cosplaychu if she has any romantic inclinations towards Pikachu. Cosplaychu says no, it's too conventional.
  • Max getting used to Tyrantrum and the sentient Rotom fridge.
  • Pachirisu makes a comment about eating nuts. When Dawn comments on it being stereotypical, Pachirisu makes to respond, but can't because the only response she could think of was "Nuts to that".
  • Ash getting swarmed with reporters, while he's trying to get to the contest hall. Latias has to airlift him out of the crowd.
  • Ho-Oh puts on a truly impressive Appeal... but his first move was covering the area with fog, which also covered everyone else so they couldn't see what was going on. At least the readers got to "see" it.
  • Somehow, when discussing the scores to give to the appeals, Mr. Sukizo's usual "Remarkable" gets turned into a score without anyone asking for clarification.
  • Wobbuffet being his usual Pungeon Master self during Jessie's battle with Ursula, but this time it's left untranslated, so all we get are a bunch of looks from his partner Marowak and his opponents.
  • Ho-Oh spectating the Contests... from inside Ash's Bag of Holding.
  • May and Dawn end up having their rivals swapped, so May battles Zoey and Dawn battles Drew.
  • Skitty's first use of Assist does absolutely nothing. Word of God says it was Conversion, which turned Skitty Normal-type.
  • This exchange:
    Ash: Not all feline Pokémon hate water. Just... you know, most of them. Mewtwo actually likes swimming.
    Dexter: ... on the moon.
    Max: Swimming on the moon? Really?
    Dexter: No, I just felt like adding 'on the moon' and making it make sense. There's a swimming pool up there, but there's no report of Mewtwo using it.
  • Glameow using Hypnosis on Skitty... by way of a glowing ball on the end of her tail.
  • When Buneary is triumphant over Ethan, Pikachu's reaction is... loud.
    Pikachu: All right! Now that's a finishing move!
    (Everyone around looks at him)
    Pikachu: ...ahem. Ignore that, please?
  • Serena watching the Wallace Cup live on TV, which is very early where she is. She has to make sure to not wake Blitzle or her mother up with her cheering. She doesn't succeed.
  • After a serious meeting discussing Team Galactic is adjourned, one of Ash's Tauros ushers everyone out of their barn because a Snow Throw league game is on.
  • Gible showing Mawile and Goodra his Draco Meteor. And it's still just as Piplup-homing as always.
    • Mawile suggests that Gible pretend that she is Piplup to see if the Draco Meteors will hit her. When Gible tries that, one does hit Mawile... and all the rest bombard Piplup.
  • Ash meets Crasher Wake, and he's just as bombastic as Chuck was. So much so that he challenges Ash first.
    • Tototile Hydro Cannoning Wake's Floatzel clean out of the pool and neatly into a spectator seat.
    • Just like Chuck, Wake is totally blasé about his gym being trashed. His Floatzel, not so much.
    • Tauros trying to be a Combat Pragmatist and Wild Charging the pool with electricity the instant he's sent out. Shame Wake used a Quagsire.
  • Mr. Backlot is excited to show a visitor the new Pokémon in his garden, while his personal assistant Monica is in dread of what she'll have to accommodate next. When Mr. Backlot says "Legendary Pokémon" (Mewtwo and Latios are present), she does a Double Take, and very nearly a Face Fault.
  • Dexter is present for the formation of his 12 clones/children. Unfortunately for him, they're all as snarky as he is..
    Dexter: I think I may regret being so sarky. It's not as much fun when there's over a dozen doing it back to you and it's all your fault...
    • Earlier, a Zodiac Theme Naming convention was considered. One of them rejects it on the grounds that they don't want to be named "Cancer".

    Giratina and the Sky Warrior (264-267) 
  • What does Absol detect when Shaymin pops up to pilfer Brock's cooking? A culinary disaster.
  • Shaymin doesn't recognize Mewtwo as a Legendary Pokémon, so Mewtwo teleports them all to Gracidea Vale. Then he pops back because he forgot the oven.
  • While Dawn is shoring up the glacier with all the Ice-types she has, Noctowl drops Fridge Rotom in to assist. Totodile is worried about his ice lollies inside.
  • Some of Ash's Pokémon help ferry some stranded Pokémon off a cliff. Unfortunately for Staraptor, he has to carry the Ursaring.
  • After it's revealed that Giratina has been Reminded and Ash and Co. are trying to figure out how:
    Meganium: (Clears throat) Can we please pay attention to the wounded Legendary Pokémon and the apocalyptic battle overhead?
  • As the Chase Fight spills into Crown City, Grings Kodai is once again very surprised.
  • The situation in the real world finally gets dire enough to use Squirtle and Muk. And how does Squirtle solve the problem? With yet another Chekhov's Gag: deliberately breaking his ad-hoc Squirtilite to conjure a giant Vaporeon water construct!
  • The fact that the Griseous orb got it's name because it got dirty and Giratina liked the look.
  • After Dexter evolves in the Reverse World, they wonder what to call his new evolution.
    Pikachu: You're a Porygon-line Pokémon that evolved in the Reverse World. I suggest... nogyroP.
    Dexter: No.
  • Everything's just about over, but Sidney's Absol still needs to solve the mystery of his possible minor personal disaster. Once he asks Karen's Absol on a date, he figures it out.
    "Hold on, I'll collapse the function," Sidney's Absol suggested. "You doing anything tonight?"
    He shrugged. "...aaand there we go, no need to bother telling me no. Sorry about that, wanted to clear that warning."
  • Lucian asking if he can be teleported home since he was called in the middle of lunch.
  • Giratina asks for Ash's best Poké-ball. Ash realizes he still hadn't went to the Pokémart.
  • Pikachu laughing when he realizes that Ash will have to tell Iris of what happened today.
    Ash: She's... either going to be really mad, or she's going to ask for a ride...
  • And some meta-humor: When Cyrus receives the report of what happened in Gracidea Vale, he has a chuckle at the thought of Ash futilely trying to inform Giratina of Team Galactic and failing until he gives up. Oh, is he in for a surprise...

    Sinnoh's Gym Challenge part 4 (268-283) 
  • Chapter 268:
    • When Iris sees the news about Ash's latest exploits, she does more than a few Double Takes. And a Flat "What".
    • If there's one thing that an Officer Jenny dislikes about writing the report for the Gracidea Vale incident, it's that there weren't enough Legendaries present to list the ones that weren't there.
    • What's Dexter's reaction to learning of all the names his offspring have decided on? That they're all incorrigible geeks, and that he would be embarrassed if he didn't get all those references and enjoy them too.
    • Another instance of Philena chatting with Brock while Luxio demands scratches.
    • With Dexter now a Porygon-Z, Dr. Akihabara finally thinks he has a breakthrough on inducing evolution in Porygon: get them to run through an exhaustive number of algorithmically-modified tasks with increasingly difficult benchmarks! Or as one of his assistants puts it:
      Tachikawa: Doctor, did you just say that you think the key to a Pokémon evolving is to train it?
    • Professor Oak and Damos discuss process on replicating Samiya's stealth system, but when Oak goes for the fridge, he finds it missing. Oak wonders if Damos stealthed it, but Damos just had Primeape carry it outside.
  • After the events of Gracidea Vale, Ash and Co. find the perfect thing to decompress: attend Professor Rowan's Summer Academy!
    • Meetings:
      • When Giratina speaks up, Rowan turns around to find him looking directly in the Renegade Pokémon's face. He can be forgiven for falling over.
      • Professor Rowan finally finds out what happened to one of his Piplup eggs that mysteriously disappeared from his lab last year. And what's Piplup's comment?
        Piplup: All the Pokémon in the world to choose from and it got me! I must be great!
      • Barry arrives with yet another crazy theory: that Ash's Pokémon follow him because they're secretly in love with him! An invisible Latias does a Face Fault out of either exasperation or embarrassment.
      • And then he goes into theories about Ash being a Mew or a Ditto. He figures that with all the theories he reads about, at least some of them ought to be true.
      • Angie forgets that although Mawile is attending the summer camp as a trainer, she's still a Pokémon.
      • And when she asks Brock for help, Zorua pops out in her human disguise, much to Angie's further confusion.
    • First task - Pokémon Bonding:
      • After all the trainers have received their rental Pokémon, Mewtwo finds an extra ball in the box. Which turns out to be Rowan's assistant's Voltorb.
      • Mawile's assigned Stunky isn't quite sure what's expected.
        Mawile: Well, hmm… based on what my trainer does, the first step is to talk! Or stop you from destroying the world, but I'm kind of assuming that's not a thing...
      • While Mawile gives her assigned Stunky a bath, Tyrantrum mentions how he has to bathe in the pond at the Oak Ranch.
      • Conway is having trouble with a prideful Pikipek, until Mewtwo mentions that he has a translator on hand in the form of his Slowking. Why didn't Slowking offer? Conway didn't ask.
    • Second task - Pokémon Watching (specifically Ash's Pokémon!):
      • Mabel chose one of the Tauros to observe. Now, if only they would stop changing places when she's not looking...
      • Hibiki chose Snorlax... who's too big to sketch on one piece of paper.
      • Ash's Lapras is a little exasperated when his cousin turns out to be as bad a navigator as Ash.
        Lapras: Great galloping Giratina, I've found a Pokémon with my trainer's sense of direction.
      • How bad is it? Well somehow they went from the ocean into a lake... more precisely, a lake in Sinnoh that's right next to a certain Pokémon Summer Academy!
      • Barry bombarding Ivysaur with more crazy questions. After Ivysaur answers, Barry's Smeargle holds up a sign that says "No, no, no."
        Ivysaur: Does Smeargle have a yes sign?
        Prinplup: Yes, but mostly to use when Barry asks questions in the negative.
      • Mark has chosen Noctowl... who is using his illusion as a model while he has a cup of tea.
      • Mawile is interviewing Goodra, who knows perfectly well that Mawile knows how he evolved from Sliggoo.
      • Blake is trying to draw Primeape, who's moving way too fast to be sketched.
      • Matthew has chosen Quilava, and is using Lucario as a translator. Though he seems to be talking normally and being more... mendacious than normal.
      • And then the real Lucario shows up and reveals Zorua was trying to be funny.
      • When Raikou heard about the camp, he ran all the way there instead of taking the transceiver.
      • Gible showing off his Piplup-seeking Draco Meteor trick to Giratina, from inside the Reverse World; said meteors actually fly through Giratina's portal in single file before seeking out Piplup at right angles.
      • And although Piplup was informed beforehand, that doesn't mean he's okay with it one bit.
      • Barry seeks out Squirtle to get his autograph. And then proceeds to flummox even the Large Ham by saying that some people online think that because Mewtwo has only ever appeared on TV, he's fake.
    • Third task - Ruin exploring:
      • Pachirisu admits that when she was a young kitten (and not very good at biology), she wanted to become an Espeon.
      • A Haunter is about to play a prank on some unsuspecting trainers, but is stopped by Giratina appearing behind him. And even then he thinks it's an illusion... until Giratina opens a dimensional portal.
      • Due to her being naughty yesterday, Brock has Zorua bake cookies by herself. A lot of cookies.
      • And then she shapeshifts into a Joltik for the experience of eating a cookie bigger than she is.
    • Final task - Race:
      • When Ash gets to the water portion of the race, he starts running off on the water, in the wrong direction.
      • And when he finally grabs his rental Pokémon, it turns out to be a Magikarp... that very quickly evolves.
      • When Ash finishes the lake, he has his new Gyarados throw him into the cavernous cave maze... and right out the other side to the finish line.
        Mewtwo: Impressive. In a maze of twisty passages, Ash found the straight path. I think that's negative lost.
  • The conversation on the plural of "Celebi"
  • The highlight of Chapter 274 is Barry showing up to challenge Ash to a battle.
    • Every instance of Barry showing that despite how bizarre his train of thought can be, it at least can stay on a solid track.
      • When he uses his Catchphrase of fining Ash "a lot of money", he admits that he doesn't know how much money Ash has, and he doesn't want to put the saviour of the world on multiple occasions into debt, or make it so Ash can pay him without having to battle.
      • Why is he not concerned about Mewtwo teleporting them all to Mount Quena for the battle? Because either they're still on Earth or they're on a space station with enough approximate artificial gravity and close enough to not give his Pokétch roaming charges.
    • Gible is working on making his Draco Meteor home in on a target of his choosing and not Piplup, but it still has some kinks to work out. Case in point, although he mostly manages to target Barry's Prinplup, some of the meteors end up drawing a picture of Piplup on the ground in meteor fragments, which it then blows up.
    • Barry's Smeargle battling against a good chunk of Ash's team:
  • When the group returns to Hearthome, Ash is annoyed that Fantina is out on a trip again, only for Fantina to return at that exact moment.
    • Fantina deciding to have the battle far away from her Gym.
    • Fantina geeking out over the idea of Mewtwo teleporting them to a better battle location.
    • Every Star Wars shout-out when Corphish evolves into Crawdaunt. Including the moment when he argues that he wins because he has the high ground (in the stands) and Mismagius puncturing his arguments.
  • In Canalave City, Ash and Co. encounter the Cresselia and Darkrai that meet up there every once in a while. And now that they can understand what they're saying, it turns out that the two Legendaries are spouses and arguing about time spent together. The group finds hearing the conversation... rather embarrassing.
    • In the end, since they are arguing at 3AM and keeping people awake, Latias convinces them to have their discussion in Alola.
  • The Canalave Gym challenge:
    • Just the fact that Byron is exploiting Ash's Gym Destroyer reputation and getting him to destroy his damaged gym so he can rebuild it. Brock notes that if Misty were here, she'd be very annoyed.
    • Byron delivering Ash's advanced challenge - use his three oldest Pokémon, no-holds-barred. Ash has to check if he's really okay with facing Giratina, Ho-Oh and a member of the Legendary Beasts (since Lugia is with Cynthia). Brock and Dawn start Corpsing.
      • When Suicune is called out, she and Ho-Oh clarify that due to the chain of events at the Burned Tower (lightning strike, then fire, then rain), Raikou is the eldest of the three Beast siblings by a few minutes, and Suicune is the youngest. Ash just thought she was the oldest because she is the most responsible.
      • And when Raikou finally gets around to battling, his siblings realise that they're about to witness their Boisterous Bruiser brother go against a Large Ham of a Gym Leader.
  • After the battle is over, Entei is annoyed again at all the wild weather that happened.
  • When Infernape says that he, Gible and Gliscor are doing is either going to be really impressive or really stupid, Gliscor says "both", saying that it doesn't have to be an either-or thing, especially with them a lot of the time. Infernape admits that she has a point.
  • During a Ground-type party being held inside Ash's pouch, Geodude comments on the lack of girls around. Gliscor (who is female) throws a canapé at him.
  • Usually, when a Pokemon evolves, it's either from exposure to Ash's "evolution aura", or from the desire to accomplish something important such as winning a battle or protecting their trainer. Gible evolves into Gabite - without even noticing at first - in order to be able to reach a soda on a high shelf.
  • The Shiny Metagross that Ash and Co. meet comments on the number of people that keep coming to challenge him, and Absol notes that by now, he and his mountain are famous enough that there are actually road signs to go meet him.
  • After Ash's gym battle with Candice, a spectating Zoey asks if Ash's battles are always this disruptive. Lucario points out that at least this time the gym is in one piece, and the last one got dropped into another dimension.
  • Paul shows up asking Candice for a gym battle, right after Ash's. Candice points out the gym needs repairs, and when Paul replies that he doesn't mind a little damage, offers him to take a look. After one look, Paul agrees with her assessment.
  • While Ash and Co. are visiting the Battle Pyramid, Brandon gets another knock on his door. He opens it to find the local Regigigas knocking.
    • When Brandon asks his questions, Regigigas answers them in order. Very slowly. After Brandon has asked a bunch more questions.
    • By the time Regigigas answers Brandon's last question, the group has had tea, played some card games, and started a game of swingball that Ash just happens to have in his pouch.
    • After Regigigas says that he seeks Brandon's golems because he is lonely, Brandon offers to bring Regigigas along in the Battle Pyramid. We then get Regigigas running back and forth moving his possessions into the Pyramid.

    Arceus and the Jewel of Life (284-287) 
  • Giratina showing up when Ash calls. Both Kevin and Sheena are surprised.
  • Dawn Lampshading the Aerith and Bob situation of childhood friends Sheena and Kevin. Sheena comments that Kevin changed his name-spelling during a rebellious phase.
  • Kevin and Sheena staring at Pikachu once they hear who the Legend of the Thunder Beast is based on.
    Pikachu: Yeah, it's kind of a grandiose title, I know...
  • What is Arceus's first question once He descends from heaven in all His glory?
    Arceus: Yes?
  • During the wrench of time travel to the past, Lucario lands on Pikachu.
  • After Ash accidentally looks into the sun, Dexter suggests sunglasses.
    Pikachu: Are Squirtle's glasses polarizing?
    Ivysaur: Yes, people have a lot of different opinions about them.
  • The Pichu that accidentally time-traveled with the group talks about weirdness with Molly's Eevee, who comments that she is made of imagination. Pichu is taken off-guard.
  • How does Dialga respond to questions about how the nuances of time travel?
    Dialga: I'm Dialga.
  • The group has had a "Eureka!" Moment at how to solve their current problem and Ash wants to go off immediately and fix it, but Dawn points out that they'd been going on for several hours at that point and they probably should have some food and sleep.
  • Brock and his team bamboozling an enemy Nidoqueen with a tree (Sudowoodo) growing in the middle of an underground corridor.
  • On Arceus's last descent from the heavens, Dexter pipes up with Arceus's Pokédex entry.
    Dexter: Arceus. The Alpha Pokémon. It is said to have hatched from an egg before the universe existed, then shaped everything that is with its 1,000 arms.
    Ash: Dexter!
    Dexter: I have not had a chance to do this one before. It was interesting.
  • When Charizard emerges into a volcanic field, he thinks he's witnessing another Bad Future, but Celebi just borrowed him for some assistance.

    Sinnoh's Gym Challenge part 5 (288-291) 
  • When the group realizes they never told Paul where around Lake Acuity their planned rematch would be, Ash sends out Absol to look for him. Absol points to Paul standing just a short distance away.
  • Paul sends out his Gliscor to battle against Ash's Gliscor. Gliscor, remembering what happened with Ash's Pikachu, wants no part of this battle, especially not against someone who should be his equal.
  • When Gabite prepares his Homing Draco Meteors, Piplup quickly returns himself.
  • Latias using Sight Sharing to check up on her brother, then quickly retreating after seeing he's in the middle of a high-octane battle. Twice.
  • Staraptor and Swellow quibbling about the former's Neologisms. Especially when Staraptor accidentally uses the actual word "antidisestablishment".
    • And Staraptor being annoyed when Swellow tries it herself (along with her taking part in the battle and not him).
      Swellow: You'll get over it. Or you'll get all petuleagle about it.
      Staraptor: ...just don't even try, you're no good at neologistics.
  • When the group hears about the upcoming Twinleaf Festival, Johanna discusses some events that the group can add to it. One considered is living 10-pin bowling, others implemented are Mewtwo's model rocket demonstration and rides on the back of a Legendary Beast.
    • Though the group has to tie up Squirtle to stop him from going too far.
    • Johanna talking with a kid about how a really strong Pokémon can outmatch the type chart, then begins talking about a really strong Bidoof.
    • A large portion of the group's Pokémon being turned away from the test-your-strength machine because the owner doesn't have a heavy-duty machine. The only one he'll allow to try is Chansey... who also proves to be too strong.
      Metagross: Are you sure we aren't permitted to have a go? We would be willing to reassemble all the pieces if we broke it.
    • Meanwhile, Ho-Oh is looking after the Legendary Birds - by means of letting them fight to get it out of their system and simply overpowering their weather effects with Sunny Day.
  • Lyra and Khoury discussing letting Ash and Co. be part of the Johto Festival, and wondering if they'll have to redraw the map afterwards.
  • Ash recounting his gym-destroying exploits in Johto to Khoury's father.
  • Lugia making his appearance and asking to buy a Rage Candy Bar for his family, and insisting he pay.
    Lugia: Imagine how I would feel having to tell my son that I didn't have to pay for his treat!
  • While Lugia and Ho-Oh are having an exhibition battle, Cynthia has to reassure the authorities that there is not another Ketchum incident.
  • Mr. Contesta talking with Mewtwo, and calling him Mr. Two. Mewtwo tells him that that's not how his name works.
  • While Corona and Cinder are chatting about evolution over marshmallows, Joltik pipes into the conversation out of nowhere. When the two asks her where she came from, Joltik replies that she fell into the marshmallow bag.

    Battle Finale of Legend (292-295) 
It's the uber-important battle for the safety of reality - but there's still room for jokes.

  • A Galactic Grunt on guard duty asks his fellow if he wondered why they're here, to which his companion answers no, he listened to the briefing.
  • Dragon's first meeting with her accidental clone-daughter Wyvern, where Wyvern advises her to change her access codes.
  • Squirtle declaring that he transcends time and space, which is how he can reference a show several years before it exists. note 
  • The appearance of the God Squad sees everyone gaping as they see a third Creation Trio, and, for some reason, a Riolunote  appear, followed by Arceus. To top it off, the Creation Trio are all wearing scarves from Mystery Dungeon (and, in Dialga's case, a Skitty hat) to differentiate them from their counterparts.
  • Arceus when Cyrus vehemently (and rudely) throws His mercy back at His face. Literally. Doubles as a Moment of Awesome.
  • At the very end after the fighting is wrapped up, Ho-Oh's is once again part of his Running Gag of always turning up too late to help. And he's not happy about it.
    Ho-Oh: Why is it I am always the last to know about these things!?

    Sinnoh's Gym Challenge part 6 (296-298) 
  • Someone tries to get Ash's attention in the middle of his Pokémon Group Hug - specifically when Suicune is licking his face in relief. She decides there's no dignified exit and quietly returns herself into her Poké-ball.
  • Gary is talking to his grandpa about his new alternate counterpart from the previous timeline. While they are wondering how to differentiate themselves, Wobbuffet suggests numbering them such that one would be "Gary-uno". Which means the other would be...Lame pun warning .
    • Similarly, as the Zoeys are trying to reconcile dealing with lookalikes, Dawn says that she has experience with such.
  • After Giovanni hears the TRio's report, all he can do is end the video in silence.
  • Arceus reopening the Hall of Origin above Mt. Coronet for all to see for miles. The humans present have a little trouble coping.
    • And what does Arceus call the giant ring of light around the Hall's doors? His porch light.
    • And then Flint makes a quip about adding a sign to the giant beacon that says: "The deity is in." When Arceus starts contemplating it, he quickly backsteps.
  • While the Mirage Mew and Mewtwo are acknowledging that they have souls since they were affected by the Galactic anti-meme, they notice that their latest Mars guest's Garchomp is trying to pick a fight with the Olympus Mons mountain and claiming that beating it would make her a Legendary.
  • While dealing with the backlog of crimes from the Team Galactic incident, Praetor the Porygon wonders whether the attempted assassination of Ash counts as attempted murder, or as attempted universal obliteration by proxy.
  • N arrives at the Hall seeking help to figure out what he should do. Arceus, kindly, lets him in and makes tea... only for N to admit it doesn't taste that good. N then has to spend much of his visit teaching the Creator Of Everything how to make a cup of tea.
  • Ash and Co run into a usual problem-of-the-day with how to drain a giant stone basin, and while they work out how to do it, the God Squad shows up squabbling how to solve the problem themselves, with Arceus in his Shiny coloration, no less!
    Brock: long exactly did Arceus say he was in the GS ball with those guys?
    Ash: Well, um... since I set off on my Pokémon journey for the second time. So... almost four years, pretty much.
    Brock: Clearly too long, then.
  • Pikachu cheers Buneary on during a contest, and Lucario asks if he's contesting vicariously through her.

    Sinnoh Grand Festival (299) 
  • The two Mesprit show up wanting to be Dawn's Pokémon, with their usual disjointed trains of thought. Regular Mesprit mentions wanting to do it because of emotions. And coffee. Three cups of it.
    Quilava: You know, I can't help but see this as the before scene.
    Mamoswine: The before scene?
    Quilava: The before scene. We see this bit, there's a Jump Cut, and when we cut back everything is on fire.
  • A moment of the battle has Mamoswine skating around on an icy floor... and then Squirtle pops up to exclaim "Mamoswine Drift!" Much to Ivysaur's confusion, since he was in Kanto.
  • Before Jessie's final round battle, Arbok tries to explain something to James, but Wyvern is a little slow in putting up subtitles so James misses it. After Jessie leaves to go on stage with Meowth and Wyvern with her, James misses what Arbok says again.
    • Also in the same scene, we have the following dialogue:
      Wobbuffet: We know they were paying attention! That's how we know the heroes win! but why? That's just how it is.
      Arbok: First, coming out of your Pokéball like that with seals on it is very impolite. And secondly, that wasn't a pun.
      Wobbuffet: Yes it was.
      Arbok: You realize I heard it? No pun.
      Wobbuffet: Wynaut?
      Arbok: The only reason I'm not smacking you for that one is that I know you're waiting for me to do it.
  • At the very end of the final round, both teams of Pokémon end in a Double Knockout, with an exact tie in the scores to boot. This time, Mr. Sukizo is the one enthusiastically announcing the final result, Nurse Joy is the one saying "Remarkable", and Mr. Contesta is looking for a drink since nothing makes sense anymore.
  • The final result of the Grand Festival has Dawn, Zoey and Jessie sharing the trophy... except Jessie had run off with it cackling maniacally with glee.

    Sinnoh's Gym Challenge part 7 (300) 
  • This conversation when Metagross pulls up a Sandstorm to conceal himself from Volkner's Galvantula, but Ash isn't having a problem due to his Aura Sight:
    Lucario: This whole seeing through solid objects thing seems kind of impolite. I won't stand for it.
    Pikachu: So how are you going to fight your next battle?
    Lucario: I'll make a major sacrifice, and not wear a blindfold.

    Lily of the Valley Conference (Chapters 301-???) 
  • Lucario and Pikachu getting into an argument about Deja-Vu.
  • The lack of a One-Steve Limit being lampshaded by Misty when she comments on how hard the battle between Ash's and Paul's two Torterra would be to describe.
  • While Gabite-turned-Garchomp is trying to figure out how to fly and failing, Mawile gets a sense of someone needing her help. Above her, Ivysaur is trying to fly by using his leaves as helicopter blades - with limited success.
  • There's a moment of levity after Ash and Tobias's match. Tobias is about to depart, but realizes that, with his Cresselia, Latios, Alakazam and Delphox all knocked out for the first time, he'll need to make a quick trip to the Pokémon centre.
    • Another small moment is that they notice in hindsight that Tobias forgot about the one Legendary or Mega Evolution Pokémon without prior agreement restriction (having used 4 Legendaries and a Mega Evolution), meaning he would have been disqualified anyways. Ash guesses the referee failed to notice it because they expected Ash to use Legendaries as well.
  • The Hurricane of Puns from Glalie at the end of the chapter. And Ho-Oh's failed attempt to join in.