Twitch Plays Pokémon (TPP) is a series of social experiments that started in February 2014 in which commands representing buttons on an original Nintendo DS (up, down, left, right, A, B, X, Y, L, R, start,) and touchscreen coordinates are entered into a chat on Twitch, and then translated into a game of Pokémon via an IRC bot. In short, thousands 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 White 2 is the third run of season 4 and the 24th overall run. It is randomized (moves, abilities, trainer names and classes). Plot related items that are necessary to continue (Strength, Surf, Fly, etc.) are kept. Evolution lines are also randomized, but kept in a manner that Pokemon can't devolve. For example Turtwig can evolve to Charmeleon but Charmeleon cannot evolve into Turtwig. Pokemon cannot skip evolution phases either (Turtwig can't evolve into Charizard) . The Names from the Top 300 on the Leaderboard of last Pokémon Battle Revolution Season appear as character names. It stars AAAALK' (or Dr. Alek Walker), a young psychiatrist who specializes in schizophrenia, who set off on his journey to Unova to deal with a potential outbreak. He didn't think it was even possible to get 'infected', but now he could study schizophrenia personally.
This game contains examples of:
- Adaptational Species Change: Caused by the Randomization.
- Adaptational Villainy: Emmet and Ingo fought Team Rocket in the Anime. But in Twitch Plays Pokémon they are Team Rocket Grunts! They also kidnapped OG (a Sandile) and possibly killed it off-screen.
- Anyone Can Die: Averted on Day 5 as every Pokémon got deposited instead of released.
- Big Bad: Emmet and Ingo from Team Rocket kidnapped and killed the fan-favourite Sandile OG.
- Catchphrase: After a rain of Pokéballs dropped down on all the wild Unova Pokémon, Catch them all! was stated as a new Catch Phrase (literally).
- Decoy Leader: A Team Magma Leader hides in Virbank City Gym. He is also a Guitarist, much like the Gym Leader is.´
- Evil vs. Evil: Team Rocket invade the Unova region and Team Plasma tries to stop them. Unova was considered the home soil of Team Plasma but this battle of the Evils could turn the tides.
- Eyepatch of Power: Team Plasma Leader Ghetsis has an Eyepatch.
- Fear Is the Appropriate Response: The mob fears the PC so much that just writing "Lets go to the PC" a single time will make Alek run away as fast as he can. Alek has activated the PC only a single time but it lead to the release of one Pokémon.
- Gentleman Thief: Every Gym Leader in Unova is a Burglar. Translated into Pokémon language, the Gentleman Thief frequently leaves behind badges (Calling Card) announcing who performed the crime. The common Burglar finds pleasure in being challenged by Pokémon Trainers. Most Unova Burglars also have some kind of style. Burglar Amazerful plays in concerts and The Sheep Ma runs a fashion show.
- Gotta Catch Them All: After Cubchoo was caught on Day three, an amazing amount of poke balls were thrown. In response to this akwardness the phrase "Catch them all!" was said several times.
- History Repeats: This is the second game where trainer names were replaced by the usernames of chat users. Unlike the previous incarnation, the names were predetermined and drawn from the top 300 PBR players before the ran began.
- Living Legend: The Floatzel, called by the glorious name Good Lord, is a living legend, who is the only one that survived "Thursday Slayer". As he is believed to be a God, the legend says Good Lord can't be released or deposited.
- Mythology Gag:
- "GD LR Ed", the Cubchoo (now a Floatzel), was called by some people Good Lord. It was said that Good Lord is actually Lord Helix in disguise. Lord Helix itself was a nickname for an Omastar in Twitch Plays Pokémon Red.
- A male Cindaquil caught was nicknamed ABB E Y B. Abby was a nickname for a Charmander/Charmeleon in Twitch Plays Pokémon Red. Both Pokémon are fire type.
- 'OG ♪(♥~, the Sandile, was nicknamed Original Gangster. He is often depicted as the Sunglasses Sandile from the Pokémon anime.
- The famous phrase Gotta Catch Them All was developed into a Catchphrase (literally).
- Plot Immunity: Good Lord (the Floatzel) can't be deposited or killed ("released").
- Punny Name: AAAALK' could also be an abbreviation of alcohol - trope played straight in german language as many people do call alcohol simply alk in Germany.
- Put on a Bus: Europeans might wake up Thursday morning (day 5) to find out that the whole team was deposited except Good Lord, the Floatzel.
- Recurring Boss: The PC, a bloodthirsty Pokemon murderer since season 1, has several cameos before his big Boss fight on Day 5. Alek forced him to retreat but was not able to defeat him. Upon his withdrawal the PC took all Pokémon with him and deposited them in a cage. Only Good Lord survived the kidnapping.
- Sequel Escalation:
- The game features most evil villanious teams anyone could think of. Surprisingly enough, Team Aqua were completely absent, even though Team Skull were present.
- The Virbank City Gym is now a Psychic Type one and showed to be tough challenge. Gym Leader Amazerful's Exeggcute was already hard to beat, but even when they managed to defeat it the Duosion could kill the last life of any Pokémon.
- Thinking Out Loud: After talking to Ghetsis Giovanni makes a monologue about that he is cooler than Ghetsis.