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  • From the games, any Pokémon that evolves by friendship. After taking care of it for so long, it likes you enough to evolve from pure happiness.
    • An especially noteworthy example is Golbat into Crobat. Keep in mind that their lowest form, Zubat, is one of the original Goddamn Bats, not to mention it's not too terribly strong at first. But if you manage to raise one for yourself, it goes from one of the most annoying Pokémon of all time to one of the most reliable sweepers in the series.
    • Take a max-happiness Pokémon to Dr. Footstep and he'll tell you your 'mon's innermost feelings about you. They're usually quite touching and cute, especially if it's a "scary" Pokémon (like a Haunter or a Darkrai), or a "slow" Pokémon (like a Bibarel) that's grown sufficiently fond of you.
      Most Pokémon: "<Name> is...a remarkable human and Trainer. That I can always perform the best any <Pokémon species> possibly can...I attribute that entirely to my partner <name>. When we travel, I can see wild Pokémon eying us enviously..."
      Scary Pokémon: "There are no Pokémon that dislike humans... Only humans that dislike Pokémon... We <Pokémon species> are especially shunned... But <name> always treats me as a friend and partner..."
      Slow Pokémon: "Hnurrr... Me? Uhm... Other Pokémon, they say to me... "You're not thinking, are you?" How insulting they should say so. It isn't true what they say. Think, think, think, I do that. All the time, I think hard how to help <name>. I concentrate! Hnurrr..."
      Other Pokémon: "If I said there can be friendship between Pokémon and people, will <Pokémon species>'s friends understand? But if you see <Name> and <Pokémon species>, you will understand. Because <name> and <Pokémon species> are friends!"
    • This especially applies to Legendaries, since many of them have a Base Happiness of 0 (which basically means they hate you from the moment they're captured). You have to put in extra effort to max out their happiness, but seeing a Pokémon like Giratina or Darkrai give you nothing but the highest praise is VERY much worth it.
  • The player’s mother encouraging him/her at the start of the journey.


  • While the Ono Manga The Electric Tale of Pikachu has a lot of fanservice, it also has a great epilogue, that shows... well, a picture is worth a thousand words.
  • Volume Five of Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Adventure! has Cyrus manipulating Hareta to the extent that one of Hareta's friends (a pawn in the plan) tries to kill herself. When Cyrus gives his evil tirade, he explains that the only true emotions of humanity are "hatred, jealousy, and burning anger", and gloats when Hareta unleashes fury against Saturn's Rhyperior. He caps off his speech with "You must hate me even more now." Hareta's reaction? SOBBING. He tells Cyrus "You do bad things, but I don't hate you," and talks about how he still wants them to battle someday. Cyrus is in disbelief and is nearly overcome, starting to save Hareta from the explosions (the building is blowing up around them them the whole time). Saturn stops him from going back in, but Cyrus leaves a Master Ball for Hareta just the same. Later, it's revealed that even though he got to the Spear Pillar first, Cyrus waited several hours for Hareta to show up. That reawakened human side is key in Cyrus's redemption in later volumes.

Trading Card Game

  • The Natu card features two Natu shivering together in the middle of a snowstorm. If you look closely, you can see a Bouffalant coming toward them in the background. The Bouffalant card shows a Bouffalant walking through a snow-covered field with two Natu comfortably nestled within its afro.
  • The Tepig card shows a young boy holding his Tepig while posing for a family photo with his mother and father. The Pignite card shows that same happy family after a Time Skip (and the addition of a little sister). Finally, the Emboar card shows another Time Skip, and now the boy is married with a kid of his own. All three cards emphasize how much the Pokémon really is part of the family.
  • Light Jolteon shows Jolteon guarding a Togepi and Rattata while they sleep.
  • Light Wigglytuff shows a Wigglytuff befriending a Caterpie.
  • The Secret Rare Alternate artwork for Latias & Latios Tag Team GX shows the two Eon Pokémon tenderly nuzzling each other, with their necks and bodies curved to create a heart shape between them.