Twitch Plays Pokémon (TPP) is a series of social experiments in which commands representing buttons on an original Nintendo 3DS (up, down, left, right, A, B, X, Y, L, R, start, and select) and touchscreen coordinates are entered into a chat on Twitch, and then translated into a game of Pokémon via an IRC bot. In short, hundreds of people are fighting over a controller. Throughout its life, Twitch Plays Pokémon has spawned hilarious characters, memorable moments, and even a few religions.
Twitch Plays Pokémon Randomized Y is the fourth run of Season 5 and the sixth randomized run overall, which began on August 11th, 2018 and ended on August 26th, 2018. Said run features a randomized version of Pokémon Y, following the now-established tradition of having one randomized run per season. It particularly marks the first return to Kalos since Twitch Plays Pokémon X, and the first Generation VI game to be played on stream since Twitch Plays Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Unlike the latter however, Randomized Y allows Trainers to be randomized into "unique" classes, meaning that any overworld Trainer can potentially turn out to be a Gym Leader, a Battle Chatelaine, or even a high-ranked member of Team Flare.
The Host for this run is a girl named "♀266" (interpreted by most as "Venus"); this is notably the first time a female character was picked in a game featuring Character Customization, which the chat took great advantage of by having her wear over a dozen different outfits over the course of the run. This isn't to say that her adventure wasn't an eventful one, especially as it turned out that most major characters ended up joining Team Flare as a result of the randomization.
Twitch Plays Pokémon Randomized Y contains examples of:
- Cloning Blues: Some of the Trainers ended up having their Trainer Class randomized into the female player character's, which meant their in-battle model became the same as ♀266's default model as a result. Upon being defeated, one of them made a very appropriate remark◊:Pokémon Trainer Mathilde: Mmm... What magnificent power! You're the real thing, aren't you?
- Cute Ghost Girl: One of the Pokédex entries for Phantump states that they cause people to get lost deep into the forest. As Phantump appeared as a wild encounter in Santalune Forest, and ♀266 herself immediately picked Phantump as her starter, one popular theory suggests that she herself is actually the ghost of a girl who got lost in the forest, and that the "266" in her name refers to her actual age. Further supporting this theory is the fact that one temporary Host of Twitch Plays Pokemon Conquest had a very similar name to her, being simply known as "♀", implying that she may actually be ♀266's past self.
- FaceHeel Turn: Due to the Trainer randomization, many of the major characters ended up being randomized from or into Team Flare members. Those included Gym Leaders Viola and Grant, Rivals Tierno and Trevor, Professor Sycamore, Battle Chatelaines Nita, Dana and Morgan, and Elite Four members Wikstrom and Siebold.
- The Pokémon League itself was turned into an evil organization during the rematch. All of the Elite Four members ended up being members of Team Flare, namely Lysandre, Xerosic, Sycamorenote , and Violanote . The Champion herself turned out to be Essentia, the robotic suit created and remote-controlled by Xerosic.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: During the battle against him, AZ's team was changed to include five Fossil Pokémon, with his sixth Pokémon being Eternal Floette. This completely contradicted the following cutscene, in which he is finally reunited with the aforementioned Floette after what he declares to be 3000 years of waiting, causing many in the chat to mockingly exclaim that "IT'S BEEN FIVE MINUTES" as a result.
- Lethal Chef: Siebold, who is supposed to be a famous chef, was randomized into a Poison-type specialist. This caused some to suggest that his cooking was prone to cause food poisoning.
- Non-Indicative Name: Due to the randomized evolutions combined with the chat tendency to nickname certain Pokémon by just adding a few letters to their species names, some Pokémon names end up not fitting their evolved form in the slightest. Venus' team over the course of the run featured such Pokémon as a Clamperl named "Silcoon1666", an Igglybuff named "Pikachu7", a Vigoroth named "Nidorinav", a Staraptor named "Purrloind", and a Torterra named "Meowthhhujeq".
- Ret-Gone: Due to the game crashing on the third day, the sixteen Pokémon that had been caught since the last save were lost completely.
- Shapeshifting: One member of the team was a Meowth named "Meowthhhujeq" with the Imposter ability, which made him transform into whichever Pokémon it was facing. It eventually lost said ability when it evolved into Torterra.
- Time Crash: On the third day of the run, the game crashed. After the issue was resolved, the game picked up where it was last saved; in other words, ♀266 was sent back six hours into the past, losing sixteen Pokémon, a Gym Badge, and her latest outfit in the process.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: The chat took full advantage of the fact that they had finally managed to pick a female character in a game that let them dress her up in different clothes. Thus, over the course of two weeks, Venus sported no less than fourteen different outfits.
- The Unpronounceable: Unpronounceable names are expected of TPP, with the team alone featuring "!ncie ,o" the Ludicolo and "9 t2L" the Hydreigon. One example more specific to this run however is the nickname given to ♀266 by her friends, "Li'l ♀". How that is supposed to translate orally is anyone's guess.
- Up to Eleven: Thanks to the randomized evolutions, !!aoofhnwkw6 became the very first Pokémon in TPP history to evolve more than twice, going from a Shinx to a Nincada, to an Eeveenote , to a Blaziken.