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"A thousand monkeys with typewriters will, given infinite time, eventually produce the works of Shakespeare."
— Émile Borel (paraphrased from French)

"Man. This isn't a thousand monkeys at a thousand typewriters. It's twenty thousand monkeys at a single typewriter, and half those monkeys are screaming and desperately trying to progress while the other half throw crap everywhere. It’s wonderful."
— Anonymous

Twitch Plays Pokémon (TPP) is a series of social experiments that started in February 2014 in which commands representing buttons on the requisite Nintendo console are entered into a chat on Twitch, and then translated into a game of Pokémon via an IRC bot. In short, a horde of people fighting over a controller (at its peak, over 100,000). Throughout its life, Twitch Plays Pokémon has spawned hilarious characters, memorable moments, and even a few joke religions.

The very first and most well-known run began on February 12th, 2014, featuring the game Pokémon Red. It quickly and unexpectedly exploded in popularity, achieving an average viewership of 88,000 viewers and grabbing the attention of both numerous media outlets and the Twitch staff themselves. The game was completed after 16 days of continuous gameplay, and other Pokémon games thus followed; while the stream never reached anywhere close to its initial popularity, it is still running to this very day.


There are currently 52 completed main runsnote , as well as numerous intermissions, the most prominent being betting matches set up using Pokémon Stadium 2 then later Pokémon Battle Revolution, and sidegames which are played alongside said betting matches at the pace of one input between each match.

Main runs are played mainly in Anarchy mode, meaning every input is read one after the other continuously, but sometimes allow for the activation of Democracy mode, in which users instead vote for the next input or string of input at regular intervals. In those instances, the specific commands "anarchy" and "democracy" allow users to decide on whether to stay on the current mode or switch to the other.


Additional modes include Commander mode, which automatically determines the next input towards a desired action ("move", "item", "switch", "run"), Military mode, an earlier and less functional version of Commander mode that performed the entire action at once, Congress modenote , which is used for sidegames and in which users vote for a single input every few minutes, and Turbo Anarchy, a much-derided mechanic that randomly picked from the last few inputs without break.

Of note is that the title of "Streamer" is usually employed to refer to the person in charge of the stream as a whole, but does not necessarily equate to the person actually hosting it. The runs were first hosted by the original Streamer ("TwitchPlaysPokemon" or "OG Streamer") until DekuNukem hosted them from the first Nintendo 3DS run to the third, after which the stream was hosted by s_SoNick, and finally by m4_used_rollout starting in mid-2017. The OG Streamer stepped down altogether in late 2017, leaving the title of Streamer to Aissurtievos for the last run of Season 4, then to Chaos_Lord after said run ended, and finally to ax6 between Season 7 and 8.

TPP won the award for "Best Fan Creation" in the first-ever The Game Awards in 2014, and a Guinness World Record for the most participants on a single-player online video game. It has also spawned many, many snowclones, leading to the creation of a "Twitch Plays" category on Twitch, one of the most notable being Fish Plays Pokemon, in which a fish plays Pokémon Red.

The official stream can be found here. The stream's official subreddit can be visited here. There also is an official Twitter account, available here. For archived progress of the runs, go here.

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    Season 1
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Red: The first run, done with a (minimally hacked) ROM of the Generation I game Pokémon Red. It began on February 13, 2014, and was completed on March 1, 2014. The protagonist was a boy named Red (the default player name). Because of the difficulty in coordinating even mundane tasks, successes and failures were attributed to being acts of gods with the iconic Pokemon as their angels. This was conflated with a voting system that came to represent political balance between democracy and anarchy. Achieving victory elevated to protagonist to being legendary.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Crystal: The second run in the season, being a sequel using the Generation II game Pokémon Crystal (hacked to make all of Generation 2's 251 Pokémon available in single-player). It began on March 2, 2014, and was completed on March 15, 2014. The protagonist was a boy named AJDNNW (shortened to AJ). This run started in the shadow of the previous protagonist. Eventually the need to be unique evolved into the primary theme: a military waging war against the gods of the previous generation.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Emerald: The third run in the season, using the Generation III game Pokémon Emerald. It began on March 22, 2014, note  and was completed on April 11, 2014. The protagonist was a girl named A, and the primary theme started off as complete anarchy. After a few releases the theme evolved elite police force trying to stop Bill, the inventor of the PC system.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon FireRed: The fourth run in the season. It is a remake of Pokémon Red and Blue, but on a hacked variant which introduces a randomizer, meaning that ANY Pokémon with ANY moves and/or Abilities can be encountered. It began on April 11, 2014 and was completed on April 26, 2014. The protagonist was a girl also named A (commonly referred to as Alice), and had a bit of an Alice In Wonderland theme in the midst of a communist revolution as the use of democracy was optimized.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Platinum: The fifth run in the season, using the Generation IV game Pokemon Platinum. It began May 3, 2014 and was completed on May 20, 2014. The protagonist was a boy named Nqpppnl (usually referred to as Napoleon). The story became character study of the cold protagonist lightening up with Soap Opera elements surrounding the team. The sun played a prominent thematic role.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon HeartGold: The sixth run in the season. It is a remake of Pokémon Gold and Silver, but with a Randomizer similar to the one used by Twitch Plays Pokémon FireRed. According to the streamer, it features "better RNG" to avoid Spoilers (an issue that afflicted the FireRed run). It began on May 23, 2014 and was completed on June 11, 2014. The protagonist was a girl named AOOOO who was seen as a werewolf as glitches in the emulator caused her appearance to change. The theme centered around the return of the gods after their destruction in Crystal, to help stop once and for all Bill as this is the last game where the character is featured.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Black: The seventh run in the season, using the Generation V game Pokémon Black. It began on June 14, 2014 and was completed on June 26, 2014. The protagonist was a boy named GMYC (also called Jimmy C). After repeated failures and setbacks, it was decided that if Jimmy could beat the game without evolving any Pokemon the next protagonist would have forced evolutions, creating a theme of sacrifice for the greater good in the final days of this run.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Black 2: The eighth run in the season, using the sequel Generation V game Pokémon Black 2, and was believed to be the final run of the main series, until X version was confirmed by the Streamer. It was confirmed by the Streamer to have forced evolutions. It began on July 6, 2014 and was completed on July 25, 2014. The romhack used for this run is Pokémon Blaze Black 2, made by Drayano. The protagonist was a girl named CL Y., (also known as Cly). Due to Jimmy's sacrifice she became the most powerful of all trainers, and defeated all the previous protagonists in what would've been the series finale.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon X: The ninth run in the season, held with help from dekuNukem, using the Generation VI game Pokémon X. It was the first game to be played on an actual console rather than an emulator. It began on July 27, 2014 and was completed on August 1, 2014, with three days of postgame content afterward. The protagonist was a boy named d who was unwanted by the Mob and shy around women but extremely popular around the world due to be first to connect to other players in real time via the internet. He chose Chespin as his starter, making the first legit Grass starter chosen.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Omega Ruby: The tenth run in the season, which began on November 21, 2014, after a three month break; the run began on the release date of the game itself. It is a remake of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. The main protagonist is a boy named !12rtyhaszs (Arty Haze), who is now moving into a version of Hoenn where Mega Evolutions await. The theme changed depending on the day, truly reflecting the randomness of in-game events without adding on a lot of extra interpretation.

    Season 2
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Red Anniversary: The first run of the new season, which began on February 12, 2015 and ended March 24, 2015, making it the longest playthrough at the time. Returning to the world of Pokémon Red, the goal of this run is to complete the Pokédex, made possible by a hack which includes all 151 Pokémon. Originally planned to be in Anarchy Mode only, it was instead decided to place Democracy Mode on a timer which activates if the player spends enough time in a single area. The story was Evil Versus Oblivion, as the protagonist used both an undead monstrosity and Lord Dome but was up against an unknown Eldritch Abomination.
  • Twitch Plays Touhoumon & Moemon: The second run following Pokémon Red Anniversary, in which the stream will play both Touhoumon & Moemon, a first for ROM hack runs, at the same time. The run began May 10th, 2015 and both runs were completed May 24th, 2015. It was the least lore-focused run, with the Moemon in particular receiving only rudimentary characterization. However, the Touhoumon still received good characterization, and the run dropped some more hints at a greater Story Arc stemming from the previous run.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Alpha Sapphire: The third run of the second season. Returning to Hoenn for a third time, the run uses a randomizer similar to the likes of FireRed and HeartGold before it, expanding the choices of Pokemon up to the sixth generation, with the added challenge of evolutions also being randomized as well (e.g. Lotad evolving into a Squirtle, who then evolved into a Kingler). The protagonist is a girl named !0999 qq, often referred to as "Agent 999" or Nina. The run took on an espionage theme, as Agent 999 and her Pokémon went on a quest to take down Team Aqua, which was also being infiltrated by Team Magma. There was also a subplot about fairies. The run started on July 12th, 2015 and ended on July 26th, 2015, after completing the main game, Delta Episode, defeating the rematch Elite Four, and evolving their starter with a Dusk Stone.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Colosseum: The fourth run of Season 2, the game was selected through polling of TPP viewers. Colosseum is the first main run of a game released for a console rather than a handheld. The run started on October 12, 2015 and ended on October 18th. The run more or less stuck to the canon plotline, though the protagonist also seemed very interested in watching the news.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon XD: The surprise fifth and final run of Season 2, announced after the end of Pokemon Colosseum. The run returns to Orre for the sequel to Colosseum, Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. The run began on December 12th, 2015 and ended on December 20th, 2015. It continued where Colosseum left off, with watching the news being the main divergence from the canon plotline.

    Season 3 
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Crystal Anniversary: The first run of Season 3, marking the two-year anniversary of Twitch Plays Pokemon. It started on February 14, 2016 and ended on March 16, 2016. The run uses a special Crystal 251 hack, not unlike the specially-made TPP Version hack used in Red Anniversary. The theme is a Cosmic Horror Story, as the Glitches that served as a Greater-Scope Villain throughout Season 2 came to the forefront, as well as the protagonist's efforts to push onward in the face of tragedy.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Brown: The second run of Season 3. It began June 16th, 2016 and ended on June 27th, 2016. The run uses Pokémon Brown, a Game Mod popular in the community at large. Featuring a new region, new types, and 224 Pokemon to catch. It featured a more mature protagonist and turned out to be somewhat of a creepypasta, as well as cementing a shift towards a more arc-based narrative for the series as a whole.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Randomized Platinum: The third run of Season 3. It began on July 31st (America/Europe) or August 1st (Oceania/Asia), 2016 and ended on August 15th, 2016. Returning to Sinnoh for the first time since Season 1 and another first in which that TPP is playing the same game twice (albeit with a game mod enabling randomization). The theme was that of a conqueror attempting to take control of the Sinnoh region.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Prism: The fourth run of Season 3. It began on October 8th, 2016 and ended on October 26th, 2016. This run was the premiere of Pokemon Prism in its completed form and it was intended be available for download when the run was finished, prior to the legal challenges that ensued. It was the story of a young girl attempting to survive after being thrust into a world-altering conflict.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Sun: The fifth run of Season 3. It began on November 18th, 2016 and ended around December 3rd, 2016. This run was played very quickly after the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon, which has more than 80 new Pokémon to catch as well as more dangerous PC. A young man is sent as a secret agent to the Alola region in order to deal with a variety of threats, such as a political uprising, rapid party shuffles, and the mysterious Ultra Beasts.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Waning Moon: The sixth and final run of Season 3. It began on January 13th, 2017 and ended on January 27th, 2017. This run is on a hack of Pokemon Moon where more Pokemon are available and there's a higher difficulty.

    Season 4 
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Chatty Yellow: The first run of Season 4, marking the three-year anniversary of Twitch Plays Pokemon. It began on February 12th, 2017 and ended on February 24th, 2017. It is a hack of Pokémon Yellow, with Pikachu replaced by Chatot with text-to-speech capabilities and all non-plot dialogue replaced by Markov-chained segments of chat messages.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Blazed Glazed: The second run of Season 4, beginning on April 8th, 2017 and ending on April 25th, 2017. The game hack of Pokémon Emerald known as Pokémon Blazed Glazed, which features Pokémon and moves up to Generation VI, along with two entirely new regions. The protagonist of this run is a sweet young girl named Honey, thrown in the middle of a world-colliding conflict.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon White 2: The third run of Season 4, beginning on June 6th, 2017. This run is the first return to Unova since Season 1. The run's randomization has brought a variety of villainous teams from outside Unova into the region to face AAAALK' as he tries to discover the origin of the W2 mutagen.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Pyrite: The fourth run of Season 4, beginning on August 12th, 2017, and ending on August 27th, 2017. It features a hack of Pokémon Crystal, which has, among other things, a level cap that increases with each badge acquired and prevents Pokémon that reach the level cap from gaining experience until it is increased. The protagonist is a girl known only by her Verbal Tic on a quest to restore everyone's lost names.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Theta Emerald EX: The fifth run of Season 4, beginning September 30th, 2017 and ending on October 15th, 2017, and featuring a hack of Pokémon Emerald that incorporates 721 Pokémon, most of Gen VI mechanics (Fairy-type, Physical/Special split, Mega-Evolution), and the ability to grind up to level 250. It also holds the honor of being the first run chosen via a community poll. The story involves a spoiled-rich girl traveling through a region affected by mysterious "Theta Waves", all while having to face the schemes of evil hamsters from another world.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Ultra Sun: The sixth and final run of Season 4, played shortly after the release of Pokémon Ultra Sun. It began on November 25th, 2017, and ended on December 9th, 2017. The host for this run is a young boy nicknamed "Roark", who spends most of the run dressed in bright yellow clothes.

    Season 5 
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Dual Red & Blue: The first run of Season 5, marking the four-year anniversary of Twitch Plays Pokemon. It started on February 13th, 2018 and ended on February 27th, 2018, and is the first dual run since Touhoumon & Moemon in season 2. Like its predecessors, it takes place in Kanto with the original 151 Pokémon. However, the games were modified to interact with each other so that the rival of Blue has Pokémon from the Red team, and vice-versa.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Storm Silver: The second run of Season 5, starting on April 14th, 2018, and ending on May 2nd, 2018. It features a hack of Pokémon SoulSilver by the same author as the Blaze Black 2 hack from the first season. The theme of this run revolved heavily around cats and Star Wars parodies. For some reason.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Bronze: The third run of Season 5, starting on June 9th, 2018, and ending on June 18th, 2018. The game featured in this run is a hack of Pokémon Gold, created by the same person behind Pokémon Dark Greystone, which was played as a side-game during Season 4. Set in the all-new region of Kohto, it also features a few Ascended Memes, such as Pumbloom and MissingNo. The Host for this run is a girl named FEEFFr, whose starter Pichu was affectionately nicknamed "Winnie the Chu".
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Randomized Y: The fourth run of Season 5, starting on August 11th, 2018 and ending on August 26th, 2018, and the sixth randomized run overall. It marks the first return to Kalos since Season 1, and is also notable for being the first time the chat managed to select a female character in a main-series game featuring character customization. Said character is a girl named "♀226", who is heavily speculated to actually be a ghost, and must travel through the Kalos region as most major characters seem to have joined the ranks of Team Flare.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Flora Sky: The fifth run of Season 5, which began on October 13th, 2018 and ended on October 29th, 2018, and featuring Pokémon Flora Sky, a popular romhack of Pokémon Emerald. Highlights included a Host who kept changing color and climbing to unreachable places, a Kirlia who changed gender upon evolving, and failing the Trick House challenges over and over and over.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Fused Crystal: The sixth and final run of the fifth season, which started on December 4th, 2018, and ended on December 19th, 2018. The game used for this run, Fused Crystal, is based on the popular Crystal Randofuser tool, which turns every Pokémon encountered in-game into a random fusion of two existing Pokémon. On top of this, Fused Crystal features custom-made fusion spritesnote , randomized items, a winter-themed version of Johto, and, as per tradition, a secret opponent on top of Mt. Silver.

    Season 6 
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Burning Red: The first run of Season 6, marking the fifth anniversary of Twitch Plays Pokémon. It began on February 12th, 2019, and ended on February 22nd, 2019. Like previous anniversary runs, it features a hack created specifically for the occasion, but also a whole new mechanic: during certain screen transitions, the emulator randomly switches between Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon Red, with the two games sharing the same Pokémon, inventory, and global progress. This meant that certain tasks, most notably beating Gym Leaders, had to be accomplished in both games.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Volt White: The second run of Season 6, which began on April 13th and ended on April 25th. The game played during said run is a hack of Pokémon White by Drayano60, the same creator behind the previously-featured Blaze Black 2 and Storm Silver. Despite the chat initially picking a male protagonist, a soft-reset caused the Host to instead be a girl named "AAQ", whose Trainer Card description indicates that she suffers from depression.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Randomized Colosseum: The third run of Season 6, running from June 8th, 2019 to June 15th, 2019, and the seventh randomized run overall. Marking the first return to Orre since Season 2, it featured Host AAC "Ace" and his partner D QZ" 3 "Dairy Queen" trying to once more foil the plans of Team Snagem and Cipher. Highlights included a sun-summoning cat, a day and a half spent trying to catch an early-game Shadow Ho-Oh, a botched attempt at defeating a familiar-looking Trainer, and the realization that the "Release" button had been replaced by a "Hug" button.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon XG: The fourth run of Season 6, which began on July 15th, 2019 and ended on July 21st, 2019. The game featured, Pokémon XG: NeXt Gen, is a hack of Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness that increases the amount of Shadow Pokémon and Shadow Moves available, and adds mechanics from later generations, including the Fairy-type, a Physical/Special split, and a whole set of new moves and abilities. The Host for this run, Stars, shares his name with the creator of the hack, and uses a team comprised of the three starters and two pseudo-legendary of Hoenn.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon TriHard Emerald: The fifth run of Season 6, which began on August 10th, 2019 and ended on August 20th, 2019. The game used for this run, Pokémon TriHard Emerald, is a hack of Pokémon Emerald cretaed for the occasion that incorporates Nuzlocke-like rules in its gameplay. As a result, fainted Pokémon are immediately transferred to the non-accessible PC, and saving can only be done by healing the team, with whiting out leading the game to revert to the last save point.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Randomized Ultra Moon: The sixth run of Season 6, which ran from October 12th, 2019, to October 23rd, 2019, and the eighth randomized run overall. On top of the usual randomization of wild encounters, movesets, opponents, and evolutions, RUM also randomizes the quasi-totality of in-game dialogue; as a result, the story is rendered completely nonsensical, featuring inconsistent names, out-of-order plot points, dialogue where there shouldn't be any, and players that desperately try to make sense of it all.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Sword: The seventh and final run of Season 6, which began on November 23rd, 2019 and ended on December 1st, 2019, and featured the recently-released Pokémon Sword. As the very first run to take place on the Nintendo Switch, it came with its own hurdles for the chat to deal with, such as new easily-spammed inputs for joystick rotation and clicking, a keyboard positioned on "1" by default, and softlock-inducing wifi issues.

    Season 7 
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Gauntlet Red: The first run of The Gauntlet, which ran from February 12, 2020 to February 19th, 2020, using the original Pokémon Red. It once more features a boy named RED who has a rival named BLUE, picks Charmander as his starter and later evolves it into Charmeleon before ultimately releasing itnote , catches an early-game bird that becomes the powerhouse of the teamnote , chooses the Helix Fossil in Mt. Moonnote , and goes on a MissingNo. hunt during post-game.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Gauntlet Crystal: The second run of The Gauntlet, which ran from February 23rd, 2020 to March 3rd, 2020, using the same 251 hack of Pokémon Crystal as Season 1. The Host is a boy named Dᴾk, referred to as "Dipper", "Dippy K." or "Dr. Pokémon" by the Voices. The run notably featured a large amount of Legacy Boss Battles, with no less than five different Hosts encountered in the Trainer House, and both incarnations of RED on top of Mt. Silver.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Gauntlet Emerald: The third run of The Gauntlet, which ran from March 7th, 2020 to March 18th, 2020, using the original Pokémon Emerald. The Host picked for this run was a girl (again) who chose Torchic as her starter (again). Her name, n, prompted many jokes and theories regarding her being potentially related to another character named N.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Gauntlet Platinum: The fourth run of The Gauntlet, which ran from March 28th, 2020 to April 5th, 2020, using the original Pokémon Platinum. The Host, a girl called .iecbw, chose the name "BFG" for her Turtwig, and was sometimes nicknamed "Izzy" herself, providing an amusing parallel to the Doom X Animal Crossing meme. A Lumineon later became the breakout character of the run after sweeping the entire Elite 4 by itself.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Gauntlet Black 2: The fifth run of The Gauntlet, which ran from April 12th, 2020 to April 27th, 2020, using the same Blaze Black 2 hack of Pokémon Black 2 as Season 1. Like the original Black 2 run, it ended with a large reunion of past Hosts at Pokémon World Tournament, where ♀♀R had to battle against the four previous Hosts of The Gauntlet, then against the seven Hosts featured in the PWT of the original Black 2 run.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Gauntlet X: The sixth and final run of The Gauntlet, which ran from May 3rd, 2020 to May 10th, 2020, using the original Pokémon X. The Host chosen was a dark-skinned girl named Etr, who managed to reach the Hall of Fame in a mere 3 days and 19 hours, the fastest out of any main runs so far. Thanks to the help of online trades, she managed to complete the Pokédex that was passed down to her by the previous Hosts of The Gauntlet.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Sirius: The seventh run of the seventh season, that ran from June 13th, 2020 to June 23rd, 2020. It featured Pokémon Sirius, a hack of Pokémon Emerald set after a meteor fall that altered the landscape of the Hoenn region and caused brand new Pokémon species to appear. The run also had the Voices in a constant mock panic about softlocking the game by getting Mr. Briney's boat stuck in "Dewfon".
  • Twitch Plays Pokemon Rising Ruby: The eighth run of the seventh season, which began on August 8th, 2020 and ended on August 21st, 2020. The game featured, Pokémon Rising Ruby, was once more a hack created by Drayano60, this time of Pokémon Omega Ruby; on top of a heightened difficulty curve, it also alters the typing, stats and moveset of many Pokémon so that most of the 721 available become usable. This became the first run in which not only were all five Master Rank Contests succesfully won, but the subsequent Bonus Boss Lisia and Wallace were defeated as well.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Vega: The ninth and final run of the seventh season, which started on December 12th, 2020 and ended on December 25th, 2020. It featured Pokémon Vega, a hack of FireRed which acts as a sequel to Pokémon Sirius and features many of the same original species, and was notable for completely contradicting the events of the Sirius run, as the Voices picked a female character, but the game itself acted as if it was the same character from Sirius, in which the character picked was male.

    Season 8 
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Chatty Crystal: The first run of the eighth season, marking both the seventh anniversary of the stream and its 50th main run. It began on February 14th, 2021, and ended on March 8th, 2021. It featured a hack of Pokémon Crystal which once more had all of its dialogue replaced with Markhov-chained sentences built from chat messages, and provided the players with an Unown and a Chatot who both used attacks that were influenced directly by the chat. As the fiftiest run, it also featured no less than 36 different characters returning from previous runs.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Renegade Platinum: The second run of the eighth season, which began on April 10th, 2021 and ended on April 21st, 2021. It featured yet another hack created by Drayano60, this time based on Pokémon Platinum and, as usual for Drayano hacks, featuring higher difficulty, more Pokémon species available, and updated typings and movesets.
  • Twitch Plays Pokemon Red Green Blue Race: A crossover between Twitch Plays Pokémon, Twitch Plays Paper Mario, and Twitch Plays Speedruns, which began on May 8th, 2021 and pitted the three streams against each other as they attempted to complete their respective version of Pokémon Red, Green, and Blue. The race concluded on May 10th, 2021, with TPP beating the Champion first, TPPM coming in second, and TPS in third.

    Off-Season: Side-Games 
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Vietnamese Crystal: A special intermission played in-between runs alongside Arena, starting after Pokémon Red Anniversary. It is played one democracy vote at a time in between PBR matches, and stars a girl named BABA, named after a Magikarp from Red Anniversary.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Trading Card Game: Replacing Vietnamese Crystal as the intermission game for Arena, it used the same "one input at a time" democracy system, before it was changed to a more traditional anarchy mode intermission. Chronicling both TCG games, this playthrough stars Yugi and Mint as they attempt to become the King/Queen of the Pokémon TCG.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Ultra: Replacing TCG 2 as the intermission game for Arena, this all-democracy playthrough features a horribly mapped, terribly balanced, awfully written, extremely crude hack of Pokémon LeafGreen, and follows the potentially concussed Pee as he adventures through a nonsensical world.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Dark Graystone: The first side-game played during Season 4 intermissions, featuring a joke hack of Pokémon Gold. The main character is named "TPPSIM", after the official Twitch Plays Pokémon chat bot.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Ash Gray: The second side-game played during Season 4 intermissions, featuring a Pokémon FireRed hack based on the events of the anime. The chat desperately tried and failed to follow the script of the official anime; the side-game was discontinued due to lack of interest and the fact that Pikachu had evolved, locking out most of the game's events.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Bootleg Green: The third side-game featured during Season 4 intermissions, which was continued during Season 5. Due to being a bootleg version of Pokémon Green and being played in all-democracy, the chat was able to pull off many glitches; most notably, it was first beaten in six daysnote , with zero Pokémon.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Sweet: Following Bootleg Green after it was beaten a second time, this side-game takes place in Sweet Land, a region in which PokéSweets, such as Squirpie, Meowffin, or Mintanyte, are found instead of Pokémon.
  • Twitch Plays Hypno's Lullaby: A two-weeks long side-game featured during the Halloween 2018 intermission, based on the eponymous creepypasta. It featured a girl named "Doot", her Vulpix named "0", and children getting murdered.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Gold SpaceWorld Demo: The first side-game of Season 6, featuring the beta version of Pokémon Gold shown off at SpaceWorld 1997, which was previously played as a Season 5 intermission. Due to being intended as a demo, the game is reset each time the player either blacks-out or clears the final rival battle.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Lightning Sapphire: A side-game that debuted in Season 7 and featured an earlier, buggier, gibberish-er version of the infamous Pokémon Chinese Emerald, a mistranslated bootleg in the same vein as Vietnamese Crystal and Bootleg Green. It was dubbed Pokémon Lightning Sapphire, after the user LightningXCE who discovered the original cartridge and spent several years trying to properly dump it.

    Off-Season: Revisits 
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon FireRed Revisit: A revisit of Pokémon FireRed that took place from April 11th, 2016 to April 13th, 2016, which allowed the chat to explore the Sevii Islands and ended after Lugia was caught with a regular Poké Ball inside Cerulean Cave.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Emerald Revisit: A revisit of Pokémon Emerald that took place from April 13th, 2016 to April 15th, 2016, in which the chat failed to rematch any Gym Leader and to catch any Legendaries, but did defeat Steven Stone and pick up the Root Fossil.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Crystal Revisit: A revisit of Pokémon Crystal that took place from April 15th, 2016 to April 16th, 2016, during which Ratticate came back to the team, Democracy was used to make Unown appear, and Lance and Red were both defeated again.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Red Revisit: A revisit of Pokémon Red that took place from April 16th, 2016 to April 17th, 2016, in which MissingNo. was caught, slowly breaking the game to the point of no return.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Vietnamese Crystal Revisit: A revisit of Pokémon Vietnamese Crystal that took place from June 15th, 2016 to June 16th, 2016, and was played using the traditional Anarchy/Democracy system rather than the full Democracy system of the original sidegame.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Black Revisit: A revisit of Pokémon Black that took place from June 1st, 2017, to June 3rd, 2017, during which the chat finally managed to evolve the entire team and defeat the Champion; this version of the team was featured alongside the original during the PWT of the following White 2 run.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Trading Card Game Dual Intermission: A revisit of the Trading Card Game intermissions that took place from February 10th, 2018 to February 11th, 2018, as a pre-Dual Red & Blue intermission, showcasing the dual input system. It featured both the original TCG2 save file and a recreation of the TCG character in TCG2, allowing Yugi and Mint to play against each other.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Conquest Revisit: A revisit of Pokémon Conquest that took place on April 14th,, which was once again played entirely in Democracy an focused on the extensive postgame stories.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Burning Red Revisit: A revisit of Pokémon Burning Red that took place from March 11th, 2019 to March 13th, 2019, shortly after the end of the run itself, and dropped the game-switching mechanic to focus on FireRed's postgame and featured a secret battle against Cyan.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Metronome Sapphire Revisit: A revisit of Metronome Sapphire that took place from December 14th, 2019 to December 19th, 2019 as a special Christmas intermission, during which the elusive Meltan was finally caught.
  • Twitch Plays Touhoumon Revisit: A revisit of Touhoumon that took place from March 18th, 2020, to March 23rd, 2020, as an intermission between Gauntlet Emerald and Gauntlet Paltinum, which was played standalone without Moemon and focused on the Johto postgame.
  • Twitch Plays Sword: The Isle of Armor: A revisit of Pokémon Sword that took place from June 27th, 2020 to July 1st, 2020, featuring the Isle of Armor area from the Sword & Shield Expansion Pass DLC, and during which the chat chose to complete the Tower of Darkness.
  • Twitch Plays Sword: The Crown Tundra: A revisit of Pokémon Sword that took place from October 24th, 2020 to October 29th, 2020, featuring the Crown Tundra area from the Sword & Shield Expansion Pass DLC, and during which the chat chose to catch Regidrago.

    Off-Season: Other Games 
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon: Arena: A months-long intermission of Pokémon Stadium 2 played between Pokémon X and Pokémon Omega Ruby and later with Pokémon Battle Revolution in-between major runs after Omega Ruby. It features a competition aspect where the chat controls the team that they bet on, with larger bets having more control over the selection of a Pokémon's attacks.
  • Twitch Plays Pokemon Conquest: A special intermission run between Black and Black 2. It was played entirely in democracy mode, and its protagonist was a girl named ABnp3a (aka. Lady A.B. the Third). It returned later as part of the intermission preceding Storm Silver, this time focusing on the post-game content.
  • Twitch Plays Telefang: A special intermission played between Crystal Anniversary and Brown, which followed the adventures of Johnny Rogue and Kuribute (who may have been Jasmine) as they attempted to save Shengdu from Domesday.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Red Rescue Team: Debuting during Crystal Anniversary, it was played simultaneously with the current main game or intermission rather than in between matches, although it was changed to the side-game format to replace Ultra. It follows former human Squirtlee and its partner Pika Cena trying to save a world of only Pokémon.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon: Trick or Treat House: A yearly Halloween intermission that debuted in October 2019, featuring a specially-made hack of Pokémon Emerald that focuses on solving user-submitted Trick House puzzles. invoked
  • Twitch Plays Intermission Games: Acting as a Gaiden Game in between main runs or a few days before a main run starts, the mob plays anything that the streamer puts. So far, they have played Golden Sun, Pokkén Tournament, Mother 3, Petz, the Omega Ruby demo, EarthBound and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS among others.

Tropes that apply to all of Twitch Plays Pokémon:

  • Achievements in Ignorance: In-Universe; The utter incompetence of the player character ultimately wins them 8 badges and the title of Pokémon League champ. In AJ's case, he also defeats Red.
  • Achilles' Heel: Button spam in Anarchy mode works well most of the time, but it has two major weaknesses:
    • Using a PC, as Pokémon get shuffled around or even released.
    • Narrow walkways along a ledge: walking in a straight line is nigh-impossible.
  • Acronym Confusion: With the Trans-Pacific Partnership, if you search "TPP" without any other context. Also, occasionally, with The Phantom Pain. And Touhou Puppet Play, although they did play through a version of that last one.
  • Aerith and Bob: You can have Altaria, Marc, or Mightyena, or a nickname like M ---/'/'4, CCCDJCCCC5, or x(araggbaj.
  • All There in the Manual: While all Twitch Plays Pokémon lore is based on the stream, you wouldn't even get 5% of it if you didn't pay close attention to the fanbase.
  • Anarchy Is Chaos: The Real Life variation where the anarchists, despite the inherent madness, mostly manage to make progress despite the very present freedom to do evil.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: For the hours or days between each main series game and the next, the streamer puts on a few random games during the countdown to keep the users entertained. There have been games like Pokémon Pinball, "Pokémon DX", and Petz. Between FireRed and Platinum, the streamer put on randomized 3-on-3 stadium battles for the Mob to bet on, which ran until the end of Black 2 before returning as Twitch Plays Pokémon: Arena.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: Playing the game in Anarchy can get pretty far, but during times like the Rocket Hideout and when the Mob wants to teach a move to a Pokémon, Democracy mode serves to keep them from being stuck for a long time. It's still frustrating for many how slow Democracy is and that it makes the game "too easy".
  • Anticlimax: Several bosses renowned for their difficulty were defeated very easily, such as Whitney, Cynthia, and Ghetsis.
  • Anyone Can Die: Using the PC is dangerous, and releasing is permanent.
  • Apple of Discord: There's often a Pokémon or item that the Mob don't agree on whether or not to use or catch/meet, like Eevee in Twitch Plays Pokémon Red and "Articuno" in Twitch Plays Pokémon FireRed.
  • Arc Symbol: Several:
    • Red's symbol was the Helix Fossil.
    • Crystal's symbol was AJ's Pokegear.
    • Emerald's symbol was either an Urn or a "Special Forces A Team" logo.
    • FireRed's symbol was the Commewnist Star.
    • Platinum's symbol was a Sun.
    • HeartGold's symbol was mail, at least for a time.
    • Black symbol was the Entralink as the protagonist would spend hours on it, until it was finally disabled.
    • Black 2's symbol was sunglasses, given how the Pokémon on Cly's team are commonly depicted.
    • X's symbol was d's fedora and stock of Awakenings.
    • Omega Ruby's symbol was the Dowsing Machine antennae.
    • Red Anniversary's symbol was the Town Map, and later the Bicycle.
    • Touhoumon and Moemon's symbol was the Teachy TV, which was registered on both games in sync as soon as it was obtained.
    • Alpha Sapphire's symbol, at least later on, was the Dusk Key.
    • Crystal Anniversary's was Olden note . In all of its various incarnations.
    • Brown's was probably Pizza, or something to that effect.
    • Randomized Platinum's was the Water Stone.
    • Prism's is the Mining Pick.
  • Arc Words: Several runs have them.
    • Crystal: No Gods, No Kings, Only Mon.
    • Emerald: Let's turn this region up-start-down.
    • HeartGold: No Mon, No Kings, Only Gods.
    • Black2: No Gods, No Mon, Only Kings.note 
    • Crystal Anniversary: THIS IS OUR TOMB TOGETHER NOW.
  • The Artifact: The stream's bio talks about people controlling a robot playing a game of Pokemon, and the stream's description of the host was a robot wearing Red's clothes and hair. Generally, the lore is more of the mob controlling the host, as a living person, directly, and the cosplaying robot was demoted to a sub emote and the non-image tab on the official subreddit, changing appearance depending on the host currently being played.
  • Artifact of Death: The PC - its use nearly always results in the mod accidentally releasing Pokémon, even very strong and important ones. It is feared and hated by the Mob, and is only used when absolutely necessary.
  • Artifact of Doom: Several objects in the games have become hated by the Mob and tend to cause problems when encountered. The PC is the biggest one, since its use often results in releasing Pokémon. The Dome fossil has been given this treatment, although many players now believe it is just the other side of the coin in an Order Versus Chaos divine battle against the beloved Helix fossil. Ledges and Giovanni's mazes are dreaded, too.
  • invokedAscended Fanon: Arguably, all fanon is canon.
  • Ascended Meme: The whole TPP universe is composed of these.
    • In a more traditional sense, many of the channel's subscriber-only emotes are based on memes, including "FogChamp" (a play on "PogChamp", used when the foggy arena appears in PBR), the Helix and Dome emotes, and the cursor (a reference to chat's worship of "Lord Cursor" whenever the streamer's mouse cursor is visible). Twitch itself also added the "praiseIt" emote as a tribute to TPP's deity.
    • The official Pokémon 20th Anniversary anime marathon stream was titled "Twitch Watches Pokémon".
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The protagonists often get easily distracted - checking the Pokedex over and over again, examining their items multiple times, wandering aimlessly, etc.
    • Anniversary Crystal was especially fraught with this, as a rather large number of fairly challenging quests opened up all at once upon defeating Blue for the first time. Heading back to a quest at a later time after failing at first became commonplace, giving a number of the rematch Gym Leaders high WAHA ratingsnote  despite not one of them having a raw Wattson Ranking above .261.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Becoming League Champion (and defeating Bonus Bosses, for some) has never felt so good.
  • Big "NO!": The mob fills the chat with these when things take a turn for the worse.
  • Bragging Rights Reward: Starting in the pre-Platinum Intermission, winning bets on the Stadium battles using Pokédollars.
  • Bread and Circuses: Runs and the wait in between them became characterized by continuous betting rings for the Pokémon Colosseum games. See that page for more information.
  • Caps Lock, Num Lock, Missiles Lock: Many, many different things, from accidentally digging after going on the start menu, to releasing Pokémon when trying to deposit something.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Even though the community-created lore got pretty dark during Season 1's Bill Saga, things never got too heavy in-stream. Then Evan reached Mt. Silver, which in this romhack has Unown lettering spelling out things like "YOUR FATE ENDS HERE" and "THIS IS OUR TOMB TOGETHER NOW", and at the end of the level, there was an unexplained occurrence that turned out to be a Call-Forward to future runs.
  • Color-Coded Characters:
    • Since FireRed, The streamer began to have the users' names colored in the command box, depending on which game you first started entering commands on. White (or colorless) for TPP Red, purple for Crystal, green for Emerald, orange for FireRed, grey for Platinum, orange-yellow for HeartGold, and black outlined in white for Black and Black 2.
    • After Pokémon X, the streamer found the color-coded usernames cumbersome as more colors are being added, and as a result, the players have a numbered and colored emblem next to their username representing the run they've made their first input. Previous runs have their colors retained while X has dark blue, Omega Ruby has dark red, Red Anniversary has white, Touhoumon & Moemon has pink, Alpha Sapphire has navy blue, Coloseum has red and XD has dark purple.
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome: Deliberately invoked by a number of players - spamming commands enough times will eventually achieve what they want. Usually.
  • Confusion Fu: In-universe. The heroes' off-the-wall tactics and lack of strategy have won them battles on many occasions.
  • Continuity Snarl: There's always been debates over the series' continuity. What runs are canon and not canon, if lost hostsnote  count, and when or if there are alternate timelines. But after the appearance of Red and AJ, as well as references to the Red, Emerald, and Vietnamese Crystal runs during Twitch Plays Pokémon Crystal Anniversary, the continuity has become a snarl with the potential that there are no alternate timelines, and no hosts that do not count.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: In lore, the player characters in each generation appear to contrast with each other.
    • Red was religious and spread the word of Lord Helix, while AJ was an atheist and sought to wage war against these gods.
    • A relished in complete anarchy and militarism, while Alice strived for order and scientific research.
    • Napoleon came from a sheltered, proper background and disdained Pokémon at first until he grew to assemble the Court of the Sun, while Ao was wild, sought the Pokémon gods of old, and transformed under the moon.
    • AJ's Fanon story involved him becoming bitter and jaded about Red and his team, eventually deciding to Screw Destiny and take down the god-like team Red had assembled. GMYC (Jimmy), on the other hand, was usually interpreted as an avid Hero-Worshipper of Red, and tried to tailor his adventure to be like his.
    • AJ wanted to take down God like beings. Aoo wants to bring them back.
    • Jimmy had little care for his Pokémon, instead blithely agreeing to release and stop evolving them and becoming Champion as the voices tells him. Cly sought to become Champion to prove herself to others, focusing on her Pokémon by keeping a consistent party and letting them evolve immediately.
    • Early in Emerald's run, A wanted to throw the world into chaos, and was generally a brash, reckless girl who eventually fell for her rival Brendan. FireRed's protagonist (also named A) was portrayed as a more serious, intelligent young girl who wished to fix the distortions in her world, and seemed to either ignore her rival or hate him for his skill.
    • The fourth and second to last runs of season 1 (Black and X, respectively) focused on two male Pokémon trainers that the audience chose by mistake, and didn't like. Both also tended to make rash decisions, and were known for sometimes giving away Pokémon at an alarming rate. The key difference here is that while GMYC wanted to take credit for everything he did in some vain attempt to become as legendary a hero as Red, D refused to take credit for anything he did during his run, most notably answering "No" when asked if he defeated Team Flare.
    • As per Colosseum's canon, A7 is a former criminal who reforms and battles the evil organization he used to belong to. Evan, on the other hand, goes from a sweetheart at the start of the run, most commonly compared to Jimmy, to a Villain Protagonist in service of the setting's equivalent of a Great Old One.
    • One between brothers: Napoleon (the elder) is cold, somewhat snarky, and gambles away regardless of consequences. Pepe (the younger) is more caustic about evolutions, doesn't bet as much, and is usually portrayed as somewhat shy.
    • Paul is much older than the usual hosts, is The Alcoholic and simply a pizza guy. Cyan is younger than the usual host, thinks the voices are her imaginary friends, and her father is Lance.
    • It extends to key Pokémon, too.
      • False Prophet (later referred to as Martyr as history seems to look upon her more favorably) was an Apple of Discord that threatened to negatively color the Mob's view of the Eevee line in general. Burrito, however, was The Heart and characterized as an All-Loving Hero and remains one of the most beloved figures in stream history, while Solaireon, the next Flareon, ended up being the highest-leveled Pokémon in Napoleon's party and likewise much beloved.
      • A's Azumarill, M4, was characterized as a hardened warrior, but had the Thick Fat ability, a largely defensive ability. Arty's T4, on the other hand, was characterized as being much nicer, but had the Huge Power ability more suited to a warrior like M4. Cyan's Y4 was girlier still, being portrayed in artwork with long hair, and also had the Huge Power ability.
      • Sunshine the Shinx from Platinum stayed in the party the entire run, but never evolved. Transshinx from Randomized Platinum was eventually left in the PC, but was then retrieved in the postgame and evolved, only to be unceremoniously released.
  • Crutch Character: Several, although unintentionally in most cases. The extreme difficulty in switching Pokémon order and the lack of precise control the mob has over movesets and battles means that these tend to emerge when only one or two Pokémon on the team are capable of winning consistently and gaining experience, while the rest of the team eventually Can't Catch Up. Examples include Bird Jesus the Pidgeot of Red, Lazorgator the Feraligatr in Crystal, and M4 the Azumarill in Emerald.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique:
    • Democracy mode is only used when deemed necessary, and things slow down considerably. Luckily, combat is turn based.
    • The PC. Every time it's used, there's a substantial chance of Pokémon being released, so by FireRed, most of the Mob usually go to use a PC via Democracy.
  • Darkest Hour: Every game except the first one always has a countdown every time the final boss is battled. After the countdown, the game ends, but the Mob has been able to beat all of the games with this countdown intact.
    • This was taken seriously in Crystal, as if the Mob wasn't able to beat Red in a set amount of time, the series would've ended there.
    • This was phased out late in Season 1, however.
      • It came back with a vengeance in Season 4. After spending a full 24 hours trying to defeat Azure in Pyrite (almost continuous attempts, since the difficulty hack required that the party be nearly level 100 by the first attempt anyway), with many attempts plagued by trolls, others by well-meaning inputs going through at the wrong times, and a few where the Mob's plan was actually executed perfectly only for them to lose to critical hits and 30% chances to cause Paralysis, an ultimatum was given: Two more attempts, then Democracy will be made available for the battle. Not forced, merely made available. The Mob was desperate enough to actually use it.
  • Deconstruction:
    • Of the Mind Hive, at least in-universe. Instead of the thousands of voices in the player character's mind cooperating, they all tend to input multiple commands at once, causing them to not be able to move, talk, or battle coherently.
    • The Kid Hero trope. A potentially mentally disturbed child (whose parents don't seem to care at all about the whole "mentally disturbed" thing, even encouraging their kid to go) is allowed to do field research on dangerous animals while travelling an entire region despite having no strategy to defend themselves against said animals and has No Sense of Direction. Because of this, they get into plenty of trouble thanks to the lack of organization and coordination that older, wiser trainers might have.
  • Democracy Is Flawed: Invoked in that, although Democracy allows the mob to perform surgical actions, decisions are still susceptible to mistakes thanks to the lag, progress is much slower paced, and the voting system is able to be abused by large groups of people.
  • Depending on the Writer: The lore of this series runs on this trope. Although some plot elements are set in stone, the characters' personalities and interactions vary depending on which work one reads. Even the trope pages of their respective runs give brief overviews of different interpretations.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Happens quite often, usually when a Pokémon forgets a good move for a bad one, the trainer is stuck in one location for hours, or a Pokémon is accidentally boxed or even released. Particularly in Red, morale dropped severely after the events of Bloody Sunday, and in FireRed, the number of users plummeted when A was stuck in the Rocket Hideout during 26 hours of Anarchy. Black had Massacre Monday and Fatal Friday.
    • Pyrite had the final battle in democracy.
  • Disaster Democracy: In a way, how the Mob votes back and forth between Anarchy and Democracy modes depending on the goal at the moment. Democracy tends to kick in whenever desperation hits a high mark.
  • Divine Intervention: The Creator says that if no Pokémon evolve during the playthrough of Black, then Black 2 will have a forced evolution code added to the streamer that prevents the use of the B button during evolution sequences.
  • The Dreaded: PCs and ledges. Both can unravel minutes or hours of work.
    • At one point in Red version, in the Cinnabar Island laboratory, they accidentally activated one of the many PCs (which are just there for show), and EVERYONE in the chat spammed the B button. It's that big of a deal.
  • Dysfunction Junction: To date, all of our protagonists have had something wrong going for them.
    • Red's protagonist was a schizophrenic-turned Omnicidal Maniac by the time of TPP Crystal.
    • Crystal's protagonist was a god-slaying Child Soldier with an inferiority complex.
    • Emerald's protagonist was a sociopath with a bit of a mean streak who invokedmay or may not have killed 7 people prior to the start of the game.
    • FireRed's protagonist may have ruined the life of their childhood friend to the point of potentially suicidal depression.
    • Platinum's protagonist was a compulsive gambler who is apathetic to the Pokémon world at best.
    • HeartGold's protagonist was a glitchy Humanoid Abomination and also a werewolf.
    • Black's protagonist was an affable ditz who obeyed Team Plasma's orders to release his Pokémon, and thinks of the Voices so highly that he thinks they can do no wrong.
    • Black 2's protagonist was an idol singer who was looking for her purpose in life while dealing with mother issues.
    • X's protagonist was a boy unwanted by the Mob who was shy around women and had a penchant for trading his Pokémon online.
    • Omega Ruby's protagonist was a hyperactive soda junkie with an unpronounceable name and also a robot.
    • Colosseum's protagonist was a compulsive kleptomaniac who couldn't exactly manage the infighting in his team.
    • Crystal Anniversary's protagonist battled depression after possibly losing his best friend/Love Interest in a shipwreck and may have eventually snapped entirely and fallen into the service of an evil Eldritch Abomination.
    • Brown's protagonist likewise had a gambling problem, but also may have been an alcoholic and also gave alcohol to his Pokémon.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • Compared to the rest of the runs, Red and Crystal had the most basic stream layout, only having the screen, inputs, timer, and whatever input system was implemented at the time.
    • Lore-wise, the whole voices residing with the protagonists slowly went to a lighter tone, with the hosts now being able to interact with the voices (usually friendly Unowns) on a "normal" adventure rather than being horribly traumatized throughout the journey. By looking at each of the hosts, Red is typically the only one negatively affected by the voices.
  • Epic Fail: Has its own page.
  • Evolving Credits: The banner at the top of the TPP Subreddit updates with sprites of the Protagonists, NPCs and team members whenever they're introduced. The first one (covering Gens 1-3.5) became too full, and is now located at the bottom as a footer.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Anyone in the protagonists' parties and, to an extent, the Mob.
  • The Fool/Idiot Hero: In every game, the protagonists all show remarkably poor judgement, coordination, and sense of direction. They can't resist jumping off of ledges again and again, they delete their Pokémon's powerful moves for useless ones, they will waste their money on useless items, they accidentally release Pokémon when trying to use the PC, and spend days trying to navigate themselves through a simple maze.
  • A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted:
  • Foreshadowing: The Mob began its compulsive gambling in TPP Arena right before the fifth run started, in which gambling became a large part of the protagonist's personality.
  • For the Evulz: Some users are simply playing to sabotage serious attempts to play the game.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: The lore of each run is very intricate and surprisingly deep. The actual plot of the games, however, is nothing like it.
  • G.I.F.T.: Plenty of the Mob are simply there to impede progress in whatever way possible. Often 'trolls' are blamed for things that are just a result of the exceedingly long and non-obvious 26-second delay between commands being entered and executed, but there are a few repeated commands that clearly make no sense at all.
  • Gimmick Level: Spin panels and strength puzzles.
  • Gray-and-Grey Morality: Ultimately, the anarchists and the democrats. They display roughly the same amount of (intentional) dickishness, they both play the game to win, they both love their Pokémon dearly, both loathe and fear the PC, and so on. The only source of their conflict is the means they want to use to play the game.
  • High Concept: The best way to describe this to your friends would be "Imagine that thousands of people are simultaneously playing one Game Boy. Not thousands of Game Boys, just that one Game Boy, "shared" among all of them. Hilarity does indeed ensue."
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Nearly every game so far has had something to do with Bill. The False Prophet breaking apart Red's party? Bill sent him. Helix and Dome pitted against one another? Bill. Lanette messes with the new protagonist? Bill made her. The ecosystem of the world is severely out of whack? Bill created a randomizer. Team Galactic is plotting something nefarious? Bill's supplying them. Team Rocket members still running around? Bill's controlling them. However, with Bill's death at the end of HeartGold, the mob is fully aware that it might get old and he's not coming back.
    • Likewise, the randomizer on Alpha Sapphire was blamed on the same "glitches" that had caused actual glitches in Anniversary Red and Moemon (and would later appear in Colosseum, though not in the same game-breaking way as in the former two). Furthermore, the logic for blaming them was based not on glitches that appeared in Alpha Sapphire but for ones that appeared in Platinum, way back in Season 1. Retroactively, this means that OLDEN, a villain not properly introduced until Season 3, was present in a Season 1 run.
      • And ever since officially debuting in Season 3, everything that happens in the stream is blamed on OLDEN.
      • After OLDEN's defeat in Prism, it's shifted to a new Glitch, OrgamLorple.
  • Hope Spot: Every time the user mob is close to clearing a ledge or achieving something difficult, something is bound to go wrong. At least under Anarchy mode. Sometimes during battles, there's one Pokémon left in the party at low health, and it is close to defeating the opponent, but it misses or the foe gets a critical hit, making the player white out.
  • Idiot Ball: The Mob's incompetence is what fuels a lot of the conflict. The players are dumb enough to do things like release important Pokémon, jump off of a ledge a million times, use useless attacks over and over again in battle, and so on.
  • Idiot Programming: Invoked. For the 2nd Anniversary run, the TPP team put together a special romhack, involving a new "military mode" that allowed quicker inputs in battle (you type your command, such as "run" or "move3" , rather then navigating to the buttons), and better, more tactical AI. It... hasn't exactly worked out. Less then 3 days in, military mode was disabled, the emulator was freezing up about once every 10 minutes for up to a few minutes at a time, and trainer battles tended to throw out weird gibberish screens filled with garbage data, save for one or two bits of actual text. Funnily enough, said kill screens began occuring in the bug-type gym.
  • Informed Wrongness: While the entire lore is up for interpretation, some interpretations that the protagonists might be at fault for the more dangerous or reckless parts of their respective runs have been put in the mouths of antagonist characters (Bill, for example) to prove a point of how wrong they are. invoked
  • The Insomniac: The player, as a result of the game being played in Real Time. This might explain their odd behavior in-universe.
  • Insurmountable Waist-High Fence: Played with, as cutting a tree usually takes hours.
  • It's Easy, So It Sucks!: Invoked by the Anarchists. The main complaint is that the Democracy system makes the entire game so easy, it is not as fun as the chaotic mess of the Anarchy system. In fact, this reasoning helped produce start9 which made the progression in the game even worse and this specific command is remembered as a sign of a protest against Democracy. However, the rather few times that Democracy helped the game, whose problems were both caused by anarchists) are not really spoken out as often as it should.
  • Kid Hero: All the protagonists are no older than 11. Even with Unova and Kalos-based games, where protagonists look older, the trope still applies.
  • Killed Off for Real: Whenever Pokémon are released.
  • Know When to Fold Them: Parodied to the point of deconstruction. The protagonists are certainly not scared of losing face by running away... even from easily winnable fights, depriving their Pokémon of valuable experience.
  • Later Installment Weirdness:
    • Pokémon Black 2 and later runs have some sort of gimmick to keep the series fresh, such as increased difficulty, extra conditions to finish, or controlling two games at once.
    • Pokémon X and onwards turns the HUD to something similar to the Emerald/FireRed runs, where only the Pokémon's team and their HP are present.note 
    • Pokémon Alpha Sapphire was this compared to previous randomizer runs. Fixed Pokémon such as legendaries and gifts from NPCs (including starters) were no longer randomized, but evolutions were, with the only guarantees being that the evolved form would share a type with its predecessor and would have a base stat total within 20% of the normal evolved form's base stat total. The next randomizer run, Randomized Platinum, returned to randomizing fixed encounters, but also kept the random evolutions and added randomized typings.
  • Leave the Camera Running: It often takes several hours to get past obstacles that, for a single player, would be completely trivial. Like ledges, cutting bushes/trees, or the Team Rocket Hideout Maze.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: The chaotic side of the Mob prefers randomness or to downright sabotage attempts of moving forward. Sometimes they will slide or stay in Anarchy mode despite facing difficult Pokémon battles.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!:
    • The Mob during some of the more difficult areas.
    • Invoked when a Pokémon that is normally The Load manages to display surprising bouts of competence in battle.
  • Level Grinding: Averted for most of TPP Red, but eventually it was necessary since some of Red's Pokémon desperately needed to gain a few levels. From then on, whenever a popular Pokémon is falling behind, the Mob drags the hero to an area to train, like the Pokémon Tower in TPP FireRed and Victory Road in all games.
  • The Load: The hero sometimes catches or withdraws Pokémon that the Mob have no interest in leveling up and thus become tiresome to keep. Occasionally, the Mob wants that particular Pokémon to be a part of the team, so they go Level Grinding to remove its burdensome status.
  • Lovable Coward: The Mob runs away from many battles, sometimes by accident, and often tries to flee from trainer battles, always by accident.
  • Luck-Based Mission: Everything. Any success had in the playthrough is often by complete luck (or accident). During tough trainer battles, usually what determines victory is sheer luck in choosing the correct moves or Pokémon.
  • Ludd Was Right: It turns out that PC's are evil and using one is likely to cause the Mob to accidentally release their Pokémon. According to the fans, this may or may not be an evil plan by Bill or the Dome Fossil.
  • Madness Mantra: In the midst of a battle, and sometimes in the overworld, the Mob will frequently try to use a useless item like the S.S. ticket or some other special-purpose item over and over again, prompting many admonishments, for example:
    "Red! This isn't the time to use that! Red! This isn't the time to use that! Red! This isn't the time to use that! Red!..."
  • Malevolent Architecture: Any narrow path, trees, and even things supposed to make your life easier, like the ledges, is a very difficult obstacle to Red. True malevolent architectures, like the Team Rocket H.Q, are Up to Eleven.
  • Mind-Control Device: The channel's chat command system could be seen as one, under the interpretation that each protagonist is human and has no power to refuse instructions.
  • Mind Hive: Thousands of people inputting commands into one character.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Mainly due to how difficult things are made by the number of players; it's considered a great accomplishment to cut down a tree in under an hour, or to use the PC without depositing a vital team member.
  • invokedName's the Same: It is not uncommon for a character (typically a Pokémon) to be given the same name as another character. The name "A" comes to mind, having been given to two player characters and at least three Pokémon. In addition in Twitch Plays Pokémon Black, their starter was named "," (a single comma), the same as the starter from HeartGold.
  • Necessary Evil: A lot of the pro-Anarchy side of the Mob temporarily defects to Democracy after a particularly difficult area such as the Safari Zone or Rocket Hideout. As soon as it's done, they hop back to Anarchy.
  • No Final Boss for You: Despite being a fan favorite Pokémon since Red and Blue's start in 1996, Mewtwo is unable to be found and battled, due to the fact that the stream always switches to the next game immediately after the final battle's completion. In Red and FireRed Versions, the game immediately stopped after the Mob beat Blue at the end of the Elite Four, preventing the Mob from being able to travel to Cerulean Cave.
    • Mewtwo was found once as part of Randomized FireRed version, as the Randomized Zapdos. This, however, was not the true Mewtwo, as it was merely a copy made by Bill's Randomizer Curse.
    • In HeartGold, where the Mewtwo found was randomized into a Beautifly.
    • Red Anniversary averts this, since they have to fight and capture the Mewtwo to complete the Pokédex.
  • No Sense of Direction: Not everyone giving commands knows where they need to go next, or remembers how to get there. Also, Twitch has a video delay of about 25 seconds, and it increases the more people are there. Often people will give commands which will stop being useful 30 seconds later. This contributes a lot.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Because evolution can be cancelled in Pokémon, needless to say team members tend to evolve much later than they normally would, and it was getting worse with every passing game because of the increasing number of B spambots and the decreasing number of people to counter them. Things came to a head in Black where no Pokémon evolved at all, prompting the streamer to avert the trope in the next run by hacking forced evolutions into the game.
  • Obvious Rule Patch: Democracy went through many changes since its introduction, starting with:
    • Having and maintaining a majority vote in Red.
    • Accessed every hour and canceled by a majority Anarchy vote in Crystal.
    • Anarchy having a full hour with its next five minutes being a tug-of-war voting period between Anarchy and Democracy (while being able to post directional inputs) in Emerald.
    • Voting coming at random points in FireRed
    • Democracy coming in when it's actually necessary and disappearing when said task is done starting with HeartGold.
    • Democracy being restricted to certain in-game locations where it's likely to be needed, and permanently activated for that location after enough time is spent there in Anniversary Red
    • For some reason, in Touhoumon/Moemon, it worked in a way more like in earlier runs: every 15 minutes, a tug-of-war voting period begins to decide which mode will be used for the following 15 minutes. This was accessible throughout the entire run independent of any in-game status.
    • Starting in Alpha Sapphire, the stream went back to the method that had been used (and worked well) for the second half of Season 1.
    • Anniversary Crystal went back to the tug-of-war format, but required a 90% consensus to activate Democracy and only a simple majority to revert to Anarchy.
    • Randomized Platinum started without any Democracy, but implemented a modified version of the tug-of-war from the previous two runs—only 85% was needed to activate Democracy rather than the 90% of AC, but Anarchy returns as soon as Democracy's majority falls below 70%.
    • There were some Obvious Rule Patches for issues other than Democracy as well:
      • Limiting the number of inputs that can be chained together to 3 in order to prevent soft resets starting in Emerald.
      • Disabling the C-Gear in Black.
      • Disabling Wi-Fi in the 3DS games.
      • Reengaging the C-Stick in Alpha Sapphire after initially disabling it because it turned out to be necessary to navigate on Latias.
      • The entire "Underground Saga" in Randomized Platinum. PP got himself stuck in a Leaf Trap, which requires blowing into the DS's microphone to escape, so after manually removing him, a "blow" command was added. Less than an hour later, the command was changed to "mic". A few hours after that, the Explorer Kit, Vs. Recorder, and Pal Pad were outright disabled and the new command was removed entirely.
  • One-Letter Name: Three protagonists had one-letter names, and two of them were the same letter. Also applies to many Pokémon nicknames.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Most hosts, though some of them are at least known by actual first names. A list of all hosts' full names as of Season 5.
  • Order Versus Chaos: A whole new layer of struggle has been introduced with the implementation of the Anarchy/Democracy slider.
  • Overly Long Gag: The admonition when the Mob uses a key item during an inopportune time.
  • Parental Neglect: How else have these kids been even allowed outside?
  • Pause Scumming: In areas where precise movement is vital, people will sometimes spam 'start' in order to deliberately slow down the input stream, allowing users to catch up with the 26-second delay and ensuring that the flood of commands when the menus are exited will generally reflect Red's position rather than where he was 26 seconds ago. Of course, some people just spam pause all the time to be jerks.
  • People Puppets: Every protagonist, as per the medium. This sometimes gets integrated into the various lores of the games.
  • The Plan: Dozens and dozens. Some better than others. Some good on paper but badly executed.
    • Gambit Roulette: Pretty much every time the Mob expects to achieve anything at the PC.
    • Gambit Pileup: With thousands of users playing simultaneously, plans tend to overlap or have opposing objectives. Chaos reigns.
    • Batman Gambit: Half of users act accordingly to what they believe the other half is thinking. Sometimes to screw up others' plans, sometimes to compensate and correct.
  • Post-End Game Content: Before the release of PBR 2.0, the stream played the first four runs from where they left off. This allowed the mob to finish anything available after the Elite 4.
    • They later revisited Black during an intermission in Season 4, finally allowing Jimmy C's team to reach their final evolutions.
  • The Precarious Ledge: This is a recurring problem for the player characters, as a single down input will make them jump a ledge, potentially resetting a lot of progress.
  • Previous Player-Character Cameo: The "Red" faced at the end of Crystal used the same team as the Mob used to defeat the Champion in Red, leveled up to match the levels of the original Red battle but with no changes to their movesets. The same thing happened at the end of HeartGold with the FireRed endgame team, complete with "Red" using Leaf's sprite. Finally, and rather unexpectedly as no such thing happened in the original games, all seven previous player characters and their teams awaited CL Y. at the PWT.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Used from time to time. Despite the protagonists sometimes doing less-than-stellar things to others in lore (Example: Red nearly destroying the world, Alice sending Green into suicidal depression), the narrative never seems to call them out on it.
  • Pūnct'uatìon Sh'akër: Many Pokémon end up getting nicknames with random symbols in their names. Take ABB-??AAJ the Zubat in TPP Red, !☂!!☀! !:1 the Roserade in TPP Platinum, or M —-/'/'4 the Azumarill from TPP Emerald.
  • Put on a Bus: Whenever a Pokémon isn't wanted in the party anymore and is put in the PC for the rest of the game.
    • Bus Crash: Unfortunately, they're sometimes released.
  • Real Time: As a result of livestreaming.
  • Recurring Boss: Rivals, the boss of the antagonist team, the Elite Four and ledges.
  • Recurring Location: The Kanto, Johto, and Hoenn regions are the most frequently visited, with Kanto having the most runsnote , followed by Johtonote  and then Hoenn note .
  • Released to Elsewhere: Officially, Pokémon the Mob accidentally release on the PC are just let go, but fanart and fanon frequently interprets these events as deletions instead, or as "release" being a euphemism for "kill".
  • Required Secondary Powers: Being possessed by The Mob seems to grant the host body infinite stamina, to better deal with walking non-stop without sleep and food for days on end. Red in particular is often depicted as immediately collapsing upon being released.
  • Right Hand vs. Left Hand: A serious problem that arises, especially in Anarchy mode.
  • Running Gag:
    • Every fire-type starter gets released. Charmander, Torchic, Chimchar, Tepig... it's become a national sport for Twitch Plays Pokemon. Black 2 made history by breaking the trend, by being the first run in which a fire-type starter was not only NOT released, but was fully evolved thanked to a forced evolution mechanic, though it was invoked again with Omega Ruby's Torchic, Anniversary Red's Charmander (though at least they fully evolved it first), and Anniversary Crystal's Cyndaquil.
    • Someone being called "A".
    • An Eeveelution of some sort appearing on the host's team, often a Flareon. When randomizers are involved, this may instead be something that would have been an Eevee in the non-randomized game.
    • Every randomizer run, one of the Pokémon received from an NPC will end up randomized to Sandslash. note 
  • Sadistic Choice: The Mob can either leave Pokémon in the PC where they're safe or try to put them in the party and thus risk releasing them while trying to retrieve them.
  • Save Scumming: Defied. Unless in dire cases (such as the game resetting), the game is not turned off and the players have to make do with what they get. Should something unfortunate happen, however, the bot periodically has the emulator use save states since any actual in-game saves are usually by complete accident and have no effect on the game.
  • Sealed Good in a Can/Sealed Evil in a Can: Helix and Dome are considered this by the fandom, locked on their fossil.
  • Secret Test of Character: The entire run is starting to become one for those players attempting to complete the game. Not only does the premise of the experiment make the game insanely difficult and long, accidents such as releasing critical Pokémon drive morale down.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: The challenge being getting thousands of people to cooperate long enough to finish the game at all.
  • Self-Inflicted Hell: In a way, users share the blame for why navigating through ledges, caves and mazes is so damn difficult. It's a Hell of their own making.
  • Sequel Hook: The creator has confirmed Crystal, Emerald, FireRed, Platinum, HeartGold, and Black before the previous games' runs were finished, giving people something to look forward to (or dread). Black 2 wasn't announced until after Black had already been beaten, however.
    • Brown took it to another level, as it turned out to be a slightly modified version made especially for the run. Upon beating the final boss, the Mysterious Bird from the ending of Anniversary Crystal reappeared briefly, then left. A message appeared on-screen asking where it went and promising that it would be back in Twitch Plays Pokémon Prism, debuting in September.note 
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Occasionally, the Mob will have a goal in mind and go to great lengths to achieve it, only to quit for some reason or another. It's usually because a bunch of people with something else in mind interrupt it, or something happens that makes the action impossible. For instance, in Black, GMYC shuffled through his backpack to use a Sunstone on Petilil, only to toss the stone and make the whole thing moot.
  • Sliding Scale of Libertarianism and Authoritarianism: Sort of and all over the place. The Anarchy and Democracy slider is a pendulum. During difficult spots, the mob tends to vote favorably for Democracy and thus shutting off all commands except the most popular one at any given moment. After a while, it will slide back into Anarchy Mode.
  • So What Do We Do Now?: The chat's usual question after doing something monotonous for four hours.
  • Spanner in the Works / Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Due to lag and how easy it is to get confused what they're supposed to do, there is a good chance that someone's input is out of touch of what is necessary and can easily bring down minutes or hours of work.
  • Split Screen: Runs after the first Season had a habit of playing more than one game as the standard run was going on. It got to the point that in Brown, they were playing another complicated RPG, a pinball game, and a Romhack at the same time! And they still find time to bet in between all of this.
  • Stern Teacher: Whoever does the scolding whenever the Mob tries to use an item when it shouldn't be used.
  • Sticky Fingers: If the protagonists have Pokeballs with them during battle, chances are, they'll use them, even if the opposing Pokemon belong to trainers. The games often admonish, "Don't be a thief!"
  • Story Arc:
    • Enforced by the community in Season 1 with the "Bill Arc" (officially Emerald through HeartGold, though in practice Platinum wasn't really a part of it).
    • Season 3 has one placed within the games themselves, with each of the first two runs of the season ending with a brief appearance by an unknown bird Pokémon. The second appearance also came with a promise that it would be returning in the fourth run of the season.
  • Survival Mantra: "This isn't the time to use that!" and "No! There's no running from a Trainer battle!" can be viewed as these in-universe.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: When everyone does get to cooperating, it's usually drowned out by the sheer amount of frustration going on in the chat. Epic levels of frustration tend to result in periods of Democracy Mode to get through specific goals.
  • Theme Naming: Whether by accident or on purpose, most TPP protagonists have had their name start with the letter A. So far, we have AJ, A (Camilla A Slash), A (Alice), Aooo, Arty Haze, Abe, Amber and Athena, AAAAAAA, Alpha, Alek, and Aqua.
  • Timeskip: Several, as per Pokémon canon.
    • 3 years between Red and Crystal, and also between FireRed and HeartGold respectively.
    • 2 years between Black and Black 2.
    • Also, now that Colosseum has been completed and XD has been confirmed, it is all but confirmed that the 5 year timeskip between the two canon games will occur.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Whenever a low-leveled 'mon either defeats a much stronger opponent or raises a few levels.
    • Also frequently occurs during Previous Player Character Cameos, where previously-underleveled Pokémon have their levels buffed to be an appropriate challenge. Examples include ATV from Red more or less doubling in level, from high 30s to mid-70s, for the Mt. Silver battle in Crystal, and Baba's all-but-unused Pidgey, Poliwag, and Togepi appearing in Anniversary Crystal as a Pidgeot, Politoed, and Togetic, all at level 100.
  • Too Many Cooks Spoil the Soup: Deliberately invoked by having 100,000+ people input commands for a game of Pokémon. The results are hilarious, having the player walk in weird directions to making really silly decisions (like releasing their starter, for instance).
  • Tournament Arc: Happens quite often in the middle of each run through. Almost every version of Pokémon Stadium has been played during the long breaks. Sometimes, there's some lore for those, too. Black 2 had one at the end of its run as well, with the last string of fights being CLY pitted against all seven previous TPP protagonists in battle.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Chat/video lag makes planning actions difficult, and tragic accidents inevitable.
  • Troll:
    • Start abusers, the ugliest side of Anarchy Is Chaos, spring up occasionally to impede progress.
    • The Select Sect, Start's counterpart, generally do the same thing, although their impediment is more of annoyance than deliberate stalling.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: Touhoumon and Moemon was a run like this. In general, many games post Season 1 have a game being played alongside it, but Touhoumon and Moemon had the distinction of being the only runs with this setup until Season 5.
    • Season 5 revisited the idea with "Anniversary Red and Blue". Two runs, commands alternating between which game they'd go to (unless "directed" at one game, in which case they'd be skipped if they came up when the other game was supposed to receive a command), and they were actually allowed to use the Cable Club functions, resulting in roughly half of each final team having the other protagonist as their Original Trainer.
  • Unbuilt Trope:
    • Some lore of the very first run showed exactly what a child being remotely controlled by millions of bickering voices would look like from the perspective of the host in question. Later installments gradually lightened up the premise.
    • This is often considered that the Voices were only at first starting to control people for their desires, and had little to no care about their mental psyche. However, as the story progresses across the games, the Voices begin to grow softer and more amicable in character. They're still assholes though.
  • The Unfought: Bill and the PC, even though the Mob would very much like to, although they were battled in Crystal Anniversary two years later. Any trainer or Pokémon that can be faced post-game (except for the Johto games, Pokémon X, and Anniversary runs) can't be fought either, since the games end when the Mob has defeated the Elite Four and Champion.
  • The Unpronounceable: Thanks to the chaotic input, many of the 'mons end up with gibberish names such as "ABBBBBBK{", "AAAS RJ-I", "A♀NIIIc33", and "TTABCIJIJD", so the fans think of nicknames for them, like "Abby", "Breakfast Burrito", "Annie", and "Shellock", respectively.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: No matter how insanely the protagonist behaves, everyone else in the world still treats them like a completely normal person. It is perhaps only in Koga's gym where this walking around in circles can be seen as normal.
  • Wallbonking: Often.
  • Wattson As a Unit of Measure: Wattson was so ridiculously difficult to beat the TPP community has started to use "Wattsons" as a unit to how many tries it takes to beat a particular trainer. 1 Wattson is 23 attempts.
    • A second measure was made to take time into account. 1 WAHA (Wattson Hours Adjustment) is 1.55 days/Wattson. Anniversary Crystal left this measure's usefulness questionable after 6 trainers achieved WAHAs above 0.1 while taking 6 or fewer attempts to defeat (trainers are only considered noteworthy if they take at least 7 attempts).
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Occasionally, the Mob will deposit or release a Pokémon that was just caught. The original record was C3KO the Hitmonlee in Red, who lasted 37 minutes according to the progress doc. However, this was eventually beaten by an unnamed Meowth in Anniversary Red, who lasted 15 minutes, and later by a Porygon in Anniversary Crystal who lasted just 9.
  • What the Hell, Player?: A lot of the protagonists' actions earn them a lecture. And, on a meta level, a lot of the players tend to insult other players who either intentionally impede progress or try not to work together in some way.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Why Did It Have To Be Personal Computers, Ledges, and Mazes?
  • World of Pun: Mostly evident in the chat and the live-update thread, but it has gotten to the point where an official pun thread for the stream was created on Reddit, solely dedicated to amassing a page full of puns.
  • Yo Yo Plot Point: Ledges, the PC, the daycare, spin tiles, and strength puzzles.


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