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Left to right: Bango, Rose, Cobalt, and Treble. Not pictured: the plethora of other critters, friends, and enemies the two have come across. Official art by Shannon Manor.

Pokémon World Tour: United is a podcast created by Hey! Jake and Josh, where they play through a game of the fan-made Pokémon RPG Pokemon Tabletop United, run by their friend Alan.

Rose Jenny and Cobalt Elm are two trainers just beginning their journey from Pallet Town. Things are pretty normal at first, but soon they find themselves embroiled in plenty of strange and dangerous situations—meeting a strange but innocent boy who seems far too young to be on his journey, getting caught between two factions of Team Rocket trying to restore it to its former glory, and uncovering a plot to disrupt the natural order of things by kidnapping legendary Pokemon. And that's just the start...

The podcast was started in 2016, running concurrently to Jake and Josh's parent podcast, Pokémon World Tour. They often feature guest players, most frequently the show's artist Shannon Manor and Cira, as well as plenty to play Gym Leaders.


The series can be listened to on iTunes and Stitcher. They have a Patreon where one can donate to become a potential future guest on the show. Along with the show's official Twitter, the cast are quite active on their own accounts, and Shannon will post comics about the offscreen antis of various characters.

Due to the serialized nature of the Podcast, only spoilers from Act Two are guaranteed to be in spoiler tags.


Pokémon World Tour: United contains examples of...

  • Accidental Kidnapping: Billy tries to kidnap a Nurse Joy from the Pokémon Center in Pewter; Cobalt gets in the way, and is summarily kidnapped by Team Rocket. This prompts Rose to call Cira for help to launch a rescue mission.
  • Actually, I Am Him: Rose and Cobalt meet Trey upon entering Cerulean City. He escorts them to the Cerulean Gym but it's only well after they've arrived and been introduced to the Junior Trainers that it's revealed that Trey is short for Trajan, the Cerulean Gym Leader.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • During Cobalt's gym battle with Kent, Rose gets fed up with the Hurricane of Puns everyone else is throwing around and flips off the camera broadcasting the fight. Right after, Rose's Togepi, Scramble, imitates the gesture. Kent states that, while he can not condone the act, it was adorable.
    • In episode 53, Jake describes Rose's outfit for the day as "tough and cool", prompting the GM, Alan, to ask if that makes Rose a "tool". Jake admits Alan got him with that, as he walked right into it.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Red, Blue, and Looker are all gay in this game. No mention of their sexuality is made in the official franchise.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While Team Rocket as a whole takes a step up in villainy in United, with misdeeds such as a Pokemon fight club, brainwashing its members, and causing chaos with the weather by subduing Moltres, none of this would be happening without the leaders of the new Team Rocket regime: Jesse and James, best known for being incompetent boobs in the Pokemon anime.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: In episode 51, Alan describes a Chansey dipping her cookie into her tea as something strange, causing Jake, Josh, and Matt to all roast him for having never considered that that's the purpose of cookies in the first place.
  • Ambiguously Human: In this universe, Detective Looker. Amelia's never seen him think, and Trey was at one point convinced enough to try and throw a Pokeball at him.
  • The Atoner: Acanthla Jenny used to be a Rocket, but now she's a high-ranking officer trying to stop the other Rockets.
  • Audio Play: The podcast is a serial, with sequential episodes following Rose and Cobalt's adventures. There is a short recap at the beginning of every episode, but it's best to listen to them in order.
  • Author Appeal: Jake Mason loves the pizza restaurant Dirty Mike's, and therefore so does Rose. Likewise, everyone else involved thinks that name is terrifying and have their characters react accordingly.
  • Battle Aura: Whenever Bango gets to activate Flash Fire, it almost never goes well for his opponents.
  • Big "NO!": Cobalt when he realizes that Treble's pyjamas don't fit after his evolution.
  • Big "WHAT?!": In the 2017 Candlenights Special, Cobalt (or maybe Josh) has this reaction upon hearing the Pokedex entry for Crabominable.
    Pokedex: Crabominable. The Woolly Crab pokemon. It just throws punches indiscriminately. In times of desperation, it can lop off its own pincers and fire them like rockets.
    Cobalt/Josh: It does WHAT?!
  • Biological Mashup: The goal of Team Rocket is to create super-powerful pokemon by combining their DNA with other species. This is demonstrated in the Act 2 finale when they fuse a Vileplume with a Victreebel.
  • Black and Grey Morality: Not for the whole show, but with regards to the Rockets. [[spoiler: The black-suit Rockets are pretty bad, especially considering their leadership has brainwashed most of them into following them. The white-suit Rockets are still criminals, but they have morals as well and are significantly nicer than the others. Rose even calls the two "Rockets" and "Bad Rockets".
  • Bland-Name Product: Many real-world products and media have equivalents in the Pokémon world, including Oran berries for oranges, and Mesprit instead of Sprite.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • Cobalt and Rose definitely weren't at the Viridian Police Station when it was attacked.
    • Also, Rose didn't steal her cousin Amy's phone when they met at the Sunflora Cafe, she just picked it up after the latter dropped it. And Rose returned it later, and it's not her fault it recognized her face as Amy's and also that she read all of Amy's texts.
  • Black Market: The party find one in an underground tunnel leading out of Celadon City.
  • Black Speech: Heard by Rose when Scramble uses one of Mewtwo's attacks via Metronome during a Contest.
    "Psycho Cut"
  • Breather Episode: Episode 44, the Hot Springs Episode is "a relaxing episode where nothing happens". Though it does include the reveal that Bonnie is still susceptible to mind control, it counts as this up until that point.
  • The Bus Came Back: Professor Acorn, who was the new Pokemon Professor in episode one, is quickly forgotten about soon after Professor Sky is introduced. He doesn't appear again until episode 47, simply because Cobalt needs to consult a professor and decides that they haven't seen Acorn for a while.
  • Butt-Monkey: Billy, and Victor, to a certain extent.
  • Calling Your Attacks
  • Canon Discontinuity: Although it's set up in a manner similar to the anime, PWTU disregards all of the anime and the video games' plot, except for the first generation..
  • Chekhov's Gun: Rose's undercover Rocket hairstyle, which she models after Jessie from the anime. Other Rockets commenting on it is an early hint that Jessie is one of the new Rocket leaders.
  • Christmas Episode: Each year has a "Candlenights" special, using the pan-religious holiday originating from My Brother, My Brother and Me
  • Clingy MacGuffin: The one-feathered Taillow, that Cobalt tried to capture in the first or second episode, has been following him, and makes an appearance outside of Professor Skye's lab.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: Cobalt and Rose, of course. Cobalts parents as well—Chartreuse and Cyan are shades of blue as well.
  • Costume-Test Montage: During episode 040, Cobalt searching for a new outfit combined with Cobalt's impossibly-tacky fashion sense makes this a pain for Rose and Cira.
  • Covered in Gunge: A Rotomtuber wanting to take a tour of the Kanto Power Plant for her vlog gets shoved into the Muk muck while trying to force her way into the building.
  • Creator Cameo: If there's a character that has any significant interaction with the gang, they're probably named after a Patreon or a fan. Examples include Shannon, the scientist the gang met in Mount Moon (after the show's artist, Shannon) and Professor Skye, the scientist living in Cerulean (after fan artist Skye).
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Cira, Cobalt, and Rose against Team Rosey Ladies in their first battle at the Saffron Colosseum. The latter barely last a single turn.
  • Death by Adaptation: Mr. Fuji passed away in the time between the original games and now, with Tsubaki taking over in his stead.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Several Pokémon are caught by befriending them, rather than being beaten into submission. Also applies to Roxy, Kent's Junior Trainer from Pewter City.
  • Didn't Think This Through: A tangent in episode 34 ends with Alan suggesting a future episode based on "Hush" from Buffy the Vampire Slayer...before immediately realizing that it wouldn't work on an audio-only medium.
  • Divine Intervention: Mew has interacted with Rose and Cobalt's adventures at least twice so far: once to turn Staryu, Teddiursa, and Eevee into Shiny Pokémon, and once by impersonating a Clefairy so Cira and Rose can infiltrate Operation Fight Club.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Cobalt and Rose discover a group of stolen and abused Pokemon in the Celadon Black Market. After freeing them, an Espeon unleashes a powerful Psychic on the man who held them captive, possibly lobotomizing him.
  • Dogpile Of Doom: Used to heartwarming effect when Victor ends 025 buried under a blissful pile of the main party's Pokémon.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Pulled off by Cira and Rose to infiltrate Operation Fight Club. Also inverted, as Cira considers herself to still be part of Team Rocket, but mostly dresses in normal clothes. Rose and Cobalt do this again to infiltrate Rocket's Secret and Super-Secret bases.
  • Egg McGuffin: Twice! Rose and Cobalt received an egg each as they began their journey. Later they found a suspiciously large egg in the depths of Mount Moon that ends up hatching into twin Pokémon, Nyssa the Cleffa and Falsetto the Igglybuff.
  • Eldritch Abomination: There's something hiding in the depths of Mount Moon. That something is a colony of nebulous black masses that have color-changing eyes, are not affected by moves like Ember and Sleep Powder, and are responsible for the death of Baritone's mother and the Clefairy that protected them.
  • Enemy Civil War: There seems to be one going on within Team Rocket. The primary group are the more active ones, going on crime sprees and trying to steal and abuse Pokemon, and often failing. There's also the faction Cira is working with, who are trying to return the organization to it's former glory.
  • Enemy Mine: The waiter at the cafe in Lavender Town that Rose and Cobalt visit isn't fond of Rose's antics, but ends up helping her when he finds out she's trying to pull one over on her cousin Amethyst on account of her being a "royal terror".
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: The Cerulean Gym is staffed by Empoleons, who also presumably serve as Battle Butlers.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Cobalt does not have the best perception. One notable instance was at the beginning of episode 3, where Josh critically failed and Cobalt didn't notice Team Rocket attacking the police station that he was inside at the time.
  • Family Business: The police force in Kanto is entirely made up of the Jennies, all of whom are somehow related to Rose.
  • Fantastic Racism: Amethyst Jenny believes that non-Jenny cops are a threat to the family legacy and are not to be trusted Then again, it's possible this is a cover for herself due to the Rocket brainwashing.
  • Flipping the Bird: In episode 11, between losing her Gym Battle with Kent, arguing with Roxy over her assumptions of her and Cobalt's relationship, and a sheer barrage of everyone else's rock-based Incredibly Lame Puns, Rose is in a foul mood. So it's no surprise when she eventually flips off the cameras broadcasting Cobalt's battle with Kent out of annoyance. What is surprising is when Scramble sees the gesture, looks at the little flippers Togepi have instead of hands, and cheerfully tries to imitate it. Kent remarks that, while he not condone that act, it was pretty adorable.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Odessa Jenny's delirious rambling about Moltres and Team Rocket, Billy's gloating about possible corruption among the Jenny force and the greater Rocket scheme, and the darkness beasts that live in Mount Moon are not setting up an easy journey for Rose and Cobalt.
    • Bango is never seen inside his Pokeball, even when the situation would call for it. Because Rose doesn't have his ball. She stole him from the academy when he dropped out, and when she returns to her family home Acanthla tries to use it to take him back.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Rose is Sanguine, Cobalt is Choleric, Victor is Phlegmatic, and Cira is Melancholic. Or, according to the CKT SCale, Rose is exasperated, Cobalt is exasperating, victor is dumb, and Cira is horny (though this depends on the situation since Cobalt can also be plenty dumb, and Rose slides directly into horny when Cobalt's dad is around).
  • Funny Background Event: When Rose starts scrolling through Amelia's contacts to see what she's been sending to other Jennys, Alan describes how she keeps scrolling...and keeps scrolling...and while he does this Jake, Josh, and Matt have an entire conversation on how Amelia might organize said Jennys in her contacts, with Alan in the background continuing on. "And you scroll...and you scroll..."
  • Funny Foreigner: Ross, the Breeder/Gardener that the gang meets on Route 3, has a ridiculous French accent since he's from Kalos. Rose and Cobalt get a kick out of hearing him try to pronounce "Scoops", the nickname of Rose's Skiddo.
  • Free-Range Children: Justified for Rose and Cobalt, who are 16 and legally of age to begin a Pokemon Journey. Played straight with Victor, who faked his Trainer's License.
  • The Gadfly: Daphne the lab tech at the Power Plant appreciates how popular her site has gotten, but sometimes all the tourists around makes it hard to get things done. So she has her Muk round up the surrounding Grimer and uses them to scare people off to get some peace and quiet.
  • Ghost Ship: Aegean and Calico built one to help patrol the Vermillion coast and check for Rockete activity. They've also started selling tickets and hosting dinner cruises on it in the meantime.
  • Gladiator Games: The purpose of Bonnie's experiment in Mount Moon: set hordes of Jigglypuff against each other in fights until only the strongest remain, then use those strongest in Team Rocket's service.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Amanda and Aeris, the Jennies that Rose, Cobalt and Cira meet outside of Mount Moon. Amanda is the kindly Good Cop, Aeris is the standoffish Bad Cop.
  • Good Parents: Chartreuse and Sky, Cobalt's parents, support and love him wholeheartedly.
  • Gotta Rescue Them All: So far Cobalt has saved at least two Pokémon from Brian. The first is his own Cyndaquil, Treble, who is revealed to have been abandoned after Brian's mass breeding of Cyndaquil. The second is Brian's Typhlosion, confiscated by Rose and turned in to the police once Cobalt recognizes it's been abused.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Cira has appeared in several episodes; so far, the Gym Leaders tend to feature in at least two episodes. The cast also come across recurring Non Player Characters during their travels.
  • Hammerspace: The player characters' bags are seemingly limitless; their packs include several changes of clothes, their fossils, spare Pokéballs, camping equipment, food, and even their Pokémon.
  • Hamster-Wheel Power: Team Rocket's aerial transport is provided by a flock of Pidgey, Pidgeotto, and Spearow that are strapped to a hot-air balloon basket.
  • Hangover Sensitivity: Rose and Bango fall prey to this after a sleepover. Rose even gives Bango bacon to help, since he can't take aspirin.
  • Happily Married: Cobalt's parents. There's also Amy and Joy, who are happily engaged.
  • Hero of Another Story
    • Cira's adventures while separated from Rose and Cobalt can be found on Shannon Manor's Twitter. They include Cira answering wishes from the fountain and hanging out with gym leaders.
    • In a Patreon-exclusive episode, Scramble, Baritone, Dominik, and Biscuit get their own spotlight episode.
  • High Classglass: When going to Mars' fancy restaurant in episode 56, Bass wears a monocle. Cobalt doesn't know how it stays in, probably cartoon magic.
  • Hot Springs Episode: Episode 44 has the group take a breather at the Celadon Day Spa, including hot springs and mud bath.
  • Hostile Weather: The first leg of Rose and Cobalt's journey includes unseasonably cold and stormy weather. This is brought on by Team Rocket's implied tampering with the balance between Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Brought upon Rose by Cobalt on a frequent basis. This only gets worse during the Pewter Gym challenge with Kent and Roxy. To Rose's increasing frustration, everyone keeps making "ground" and "rock" puns of varying quality. When she finally gets fed up Rose starts Flipping the Bird at the camera, and Scramble starts imitating it.
  • Hypocritical Humour: In episode 54, Cira joins Rose in roasting Daniel for his shoddy-looking Ho-Oh costume. When he becomes ashamed and hands over the mask, Cira immediately grabs it and declares she can actually pass it off as genuine and sell it off.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Rose says this word for word when she, Cobalt, and Cira go through the Saffron Colosseum.
  • Inside Job: Episode 039 hints, and 042 confirms, that a member of the Jenny force helped free the Rockets that had been arrested.
  • Instant Costume Change: Comes as par for the course for Rockets, including Cira. Rose laments that she can't do this.
  • Insult Backfire: In the 2018 Candlenights special Rose looks at Cira's outfit (which is distinctively un-festive) and tells her she looks like the person who shows up to threaten a kidnapping victim. Cira thanks her.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Episode 33 has Rose and Cobalt telling Victor that his father was captured by Team Rocket and didn't abandon him.
    • Episode 52 sees Rose and Cobalt tell Amelia and Trey about the brainwashed Jennys, as well as their concerns that Amelia might be one of them. They're also formally introduced to Trey's friend Shaymin.
  • Interspecies Romance: Juliet and Crescendo, a Noibat and Zubat, respectively. They're first encountered flying around each other during the main characters' journey through Mt. Moon. Rose catches Juliet, but the Zubat flies away. Later, when siccing a bunch of Zubat on Billy, Cobalt holds a Pokeball with some Friendship Jerky in the swarm and snags Crescendo.
  • Its Pronounced Tro PAY: Several of the characters, particularly those from Kalos, have accents. This often causes the actors to corpse over Alan's pronunciation of words like "Scoops", "Smart", and "Moltres".
  • Killer Rabbit: Rose's Togepi, Scramble, is as cute as any baby Pokemon could ever hope to be. It rides in Rose's backpack, acts as her secretary and keeps things organized, and is an overall Cheerful Child. However, its primary attack, Metronome, has an unsettling tendency to call upon the powers of large, imposing, and/or Legendary Pokemon. Over the course of the first act it uses attacks specific to Giratina, Mewtwo, Rayquaza, and Zygarde. Rose loves her little Scramble and sees her as an angel. Anyone else who's seen Scramble in action is just a little afraid of the power she can throw around.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Cira is revealed to be a Rocket by the end of her first episode, and the fact that she has history with them goes on to be a major element of the series.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Victor's mechanics-heavy lecture to Rose, Cobalt, Cira, Holly, and Scott on the basics of Contest participation provokes lots of questions from the group, such as "What do dice have to do with it?"
  • Lemony Narrator: Applies to Alan as the DM and Narrator.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Rose declares this after the incident with Isaac and the ghost forest. She declares it again after the gang return from the Distortion World.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: The "good" Team Rockets in the white-costumes are still villainous, but they're also kinder and don't recruit through mind control.
  • Limited Wardrobe: In contrast to Rose's Unlimited Wardrobe, Cobalt only ever wears a T-shirt and jeans. The shirts can vary, since Cobalt bought several with various puns on them and has a tuxedo T-shirt for formal occasions. During their Gym Battle in Celadon City, Rose comments on how Cobalt's only ever worn the same pair of jeans since she's known him. Cobalt asserts this isn't true, and opens his backpack to show Rose several pairs of the same kind of jeans in what Josh describes as "a Hey Arnold! situation".
  • Long-Runners: In a preemptive and meta sense; although the podcast is only a quarter into its first season (as of 025), the cast has already started to plan out the events of the second, third, and fourth seasons.
  • Lost Woods: Viridian Forest counts as this; the forest itself contains a smaller, creepier area that is referred to as the Lost Woods.
  • Mama Bear: Chartreuse counts as this, towards Cobalt and her Pokémon; Rose also applies, although only towards her Pokémon.
  • Malaproper: When Victor gets concerned about being involved in the party's shady activities in episode 49, Cira assures him that he hasn't actually done anything wrong and that he's not culpable. Which leads to this exchange.
    Cobalt: Victor you're very culpable. You can do anything you put your mind to.
    Rose: That’s not what culpable means. But I like the effort. I like that you’re trying.
    Cira: You were very sincere with that and that's what counts.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Rose intentionally refers to Looker as "Jeff". Her justification is that he introduced himself as "John", then soon after claimed "I Have Many Names".
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Alan, as the GM, voices all of the NPC's and all of the Pokémon.
  • The Maze: The Underground Trial in Celadon takes place in the ruins of the original Rocket Hideout, with the portals replaced with Drilburs that toss the participants around the maze.
  • Mobstacle Course: One of the final rooms of Mount Moon is a literal minefield of sleeping Pokémon, including Geodude, Graveler, Golem, Roggenrola, Onix, Steelix, and Aggron.
  • Mockumentary: Episode 024 is a homage to Parks and Recreation, taking place in a local nature park and featuring a Confession Cam.
  • The Mole: The Rockets have brainwashed several Jennys to stay one step ahead of law enforcement. Conversely, Amelia Jenny was undercover as a Rocket during the period where they didn't have a leader in order to keep tabs on them in the time being.
  • Mood Whiplash: Crops up to help cut the tension at times.
    • Episode 24 has this, with the action cutting from the main party's fight against a group of Snover, to Victor playing dance with Biscuit, Cubchoo, Sakura, and the main party screaming at the Abomasnow.
    • Episode 58 has things go back and forth between Rose and Acanthla interrogating each other and Victor and Cobalt failing through a police training course.
    • Episode 59, likewise, goes back and forth between Rose being interrogated by her family and Cobalt fishing for Grimer in the polluted river.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Marina the tour guide's "Superrrrr!" Or anything she says, really. It draws comments from the characters In-Universe.
    Cobalt: You're a lot.
    Marina: I am!
    Cobalt: I'm already exhausted.
    Marina: Thank yooouuu!
  • Mythology Gag: Apparently the line about "You're still light-years away from facing (Gym Leader)!" carries over as the Gym Leader changes.
  • Never Mess with Granny: The Rosey Ladies team that Cobalt, Rose, and Cira go against in the Saffron Colosseum.
  • Never Say "Die": Both played straight and averted. Rose and Cobalt are fully aware that Baritone's mother and its Clefairy protector are dead. They conceal this fact from Victor and Baritone.
  • Not Helping Your Case: When Rose and Cobalt encounter Cira and Bonnie in a church in episode 36, Rose teasingly questions if they're there to get married. Cira denies this, but then notes that her earlier description of herself in all black and her companion wearing all white does not actually help her defense.
  • Not So Different: It is pointed out to Cobalt (and Rose) that taking Brian's Typhlosion is a common trait of Team Rocket. Rose justifies his action with a legal statute that allows for removal of Pokémon if there is evidence that the Pokémon has been abused by the Trainer.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Jake begs Alan not to do a Boston accent in episode 53 because it sounds "like a cartoon mouse from New Jersey".
  • Out of Focus: Cobalt and Rose like to catch plenty of Pokémon, but they don't often use their entire line up other than their starters and a few other notable Pokémon, leading to this.
  • Palette Swap: Rose, Cobalt, Cira, and Victor each have a Shiny Pokémon, and Brian also has a Shiny Dragonair. They are treated as incredibly rare, mirroring the situation in the video games.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:
    • When Christopher the creepy shopkeeper tries to convince Rose and Cobalt that his sister is operating another stall, he quickly throws on a bad blonde wig and calls himself "Christerfina". Cobalt still falls for it.
    • When Cira is searching for brainwashed Jennys she wears a hat on her head and...that's it.
      Shannon: If you know that's Cira, it looks like Cira in a hat.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Used to justify Cobalt's sudden skill in Hollywood Hacking, as the password protecting the Team Rocket computer in Celadon City's Game Center was "passw0rd".
  • Pokémon Speak: None of the Pokémon speak human, naturally; Alan instead voices all of the Pokémon. Luckily, most of the trainers Speaks Fluent Animal. This also applies to anything a Pokémon writes down as well. This somehow manages to apply even to typing, as Scramble's participating in a stream chat during the Celadon Gym Battle is just variations of "Togepi" along with some emojis.
  • Police are Useless: The Jennys (or any police for that matter) don't have the greatest track record over the course of the campaign. And won't Rose won't let her family ever forget when they exemplify this trope.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Following anime tradition, Rose and Cobalt take time out from their journey to train their teams. This includes having them practice their accuracy and evasion, and having Oddish do squats.
    • After going through Mount Moon, Rose asks the scientists why it's been twenty years and nobody's built a train around the mountain.
    • Victor has very understandable reactions to everything that happens in Mount Moon.
    • Rawley is seen putting out the fires caused by Bango and Treble, and returning the Snover to their natural habitat.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Most of the Jennys are rather understanding of the situations our heroes end up in. Aeris less so.
  • Red Herring: The aptly named "Red" Harry Harrison from the Candlenights 2017 Special appears at the beginning before attention is diverted towards the other aptly named Slick Cheatums, who is trying to buy out Pelipper Pier from under Calico and Aegeon. Except it turns out Slick was the red herring, and Red was behind everything all along.
  • Repetitive Name: The full-name of the Cerulean City Joy (who's engaged to Amelia Jenny) is Joy Joy Joy Joy (of the Joytown Joys).
  • Reveal Shot:
    • The vanishing of the halfway house for lost spirits in the depths of Viridian Forest.
    • Episode 18 ends with Articuno perched over the exit of Mount Moon, watching Cobalt, Rose and Victor leave with a mysterious egg.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: All over the place, since it's Pokémon, but Cobalt and Rose Squee several times over some of the Pokémon they meet. Out of character, Jake, Josh, and Alan frequently obsess over the accessories and outfits that Alan keeps assigning to Biscuit.
  • Running Gag:
    • Cobalt and Rose taking selfies with Pokémon they meet.
    • Rose is definitely not a cop.
    • Cobalt's teriyaki-flavored Friendship Jerky.
    • Rose and Cobalt lying to their mothers about their journeys.
    • Whenever somebody references a real-world animal, Rose won't understand what they're talking about.
      Kent (referring to Bango): I love dogs!
      Rose: What's a dog?
    • Noting that all the characters from Kalos have accents, but not the same accents, so it's just the "accent" region.
    • Cobalt's terrible fashion sense.
    • Treble's snoot. After evolving into Quilava, it's more about the donk.
    • Whenever Cobalt sees Bonnie, "Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright plays in his mind. But with misremembered lyrics.
    • Rose making fun of Victor wearing socks-and-sandals, whether he actually does so or not.
    • "Lie to the Cops!" and "Lie to your Mother!", which for Rose are often conveniently the same thing.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: Aegeon, Cobalt, Victor, and the Deli-Gorgon get stuck in this sequence during the 2017 Candlenights Special.
  • Secret Identity: Cira's status as a renegade Rocket. Her status as a Rocket in general is revealed early, at the end of the group's time in Viridian Forest. It's not until later, over the course of other encounters with Team Rocket, that Cira's being rogue starts to come to light.
  • Sequence Breaking: Supposedly, Trial Captain Serena is supposed to give prospective trial-goers their stamp books before they begin their trials. However, Rose and Cobalt beat Cira and got a booklet from Rich before they even met Serena. They really chew her out for giving Rich said booklets if her plan hinges on him not having them in the first place .
  • Shapeshifter Mashup: In episode 023, TBD transforms into a combination of Bango and Scoops, resulting in the Fire-Grass type Growdo. After the intial Gonk, TBD proves quite useful.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Rose and Cobalt are very insistent on this. Nobody really believes them.
    • It gets shaken up in episode 51 when Amelia Jenny knows that Cobalt isn't Rose's boyfriend... so assumes victor must be.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: The actors use their favorite Pokémon's cries to cover up any swearing they might do.
  • Snowed-In: The result of the snowstorm around the north of Kanto leaves our heroes snowed in at Professor Skye's lab.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Part of Cronenberg's and Pepper's skill set, since they're part Ghost-Type. Weaponized by Pepper during the Cerulean Gym battle to devastating effect.
  • String Theory: Odessa Jenny and Looker have one set up in her house to track the members of the Rockets and the brainwashed Jennys.
  • Stock Sound Effect: They use sound effects and background music from the Pokémon video games, though some of the music is remixed.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Since the League Challenge is nonlinear, the Gym Leaders have rotating team rosters depending on how many badges the challenger has.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: In episode 24, one of the final Snover is able to call an Abomasnow to aid it against the main party.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: Towards the end of their journey through Mt. Moon, Rose, Cobalt, and Victor encounter a Clefairy fighting a dark creature completely unlike anything they had seen before. Rose charges in and gets to the Clefairy just in time to see it dissolve into glitter, effectively dying. When Cobalt and Victor catch up, having missed that, Victor wonders if the Clefairy ran away. Cobalt, realizing something happened, makes the decision to say that that's exactly what the Clefairy did.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Cira has this plenty of times when trying to hide the fact that she's a Rocket. When Amethyst Jenny asks about why everything she says sounds a little fake, she and Rose reply that it's just her tone.
  • Sustained Misunderstanding: Cobalt spends twenty minutes blundering through a police officer training course and, after flunking out, receives a sticker in the shape of a police badge. From then on he thinks he's a cop and has a crisis about upholding the law.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Cobalt and Rose frequently interrupt the action of the game to take pictures of new Pokémon with their Pokédexes.
  • Theme Naming: The region's professor is Professor Acorn (plants) and the main characters are Rose and Cobalt (colors). Cobalt's nicknames for his Pokémon are themed around music, Cira's nicknames are themed around famous directors, and Rawley nicknames his Pokémon according to the alphabet.
  • Time Skip: The story is stated in the first episode to take place twenty years after the events of Pokémon Red and Blue.
  • Town Contest Episode: Episodes 020 and 021 take place around the Cerulean Contest. Episode 20 is Victor competing in a Master level competition, while 21 is Rose, Cobalt, and Cira in a Beginner Contest.
  • To Be Continued: Most episodes end with this style of outro, as described by DM Alan.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: The cast, especially Cira and Rose, have extensive wardrobes. Rose even laments the fact that she can't wear any of her cute spring outfits because of the unseasonably cold weather. She even gets a Costume-Test Montage before the Pokémon Contest.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Since there is (presumably) no God in Pokémon, the characters say "Oh my Arceus" instead.
  • Video Phone: These are available in every Pokémon Center. The main characters frequently keep in touch with their parents with them.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Arguably, Rose, Cobalt, Victor, and Cira.
  • Waxing Lyrical: Alan has a habit of slipping song lyrics into his narration.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Cobalt gives Harmony, his Paras, away to a boy in Kalos. Harmony was not used since her debut episode.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Episode 028: Articuno approaches the party and demands they help rescue Moltres.
    • Episode 030: Rose and Cobalt succeed in freeing Moltres, discover Victor's father has been kidnapped by Team Rocket, and that the new leaders of Team Rocket are Jessie and James.
    • Act One Interlude: their are definitely two Team Rocket factions, and the black-costume ones are being mind-controlled.
    • Episode 036: Rose has Psychic powers.
    • Episode 038 and 039: All the Rockets that Rose helped arrest on the S.S. Anne have broken out, and it's likely that one of the Jennys helped.
    • Episode 057: One of the brainwashed Jennys is Rose's sister Acanthla.
  • Wham Line:
    • From Rose's grandma in episode 004:
      Odessa Jenny: Sweetie, there's...Moltres...The Rockets...they've done something awful, dear. They've done something awful...all legends have a basis in reality, dear. Moltres, they...they...
    • From episode 018:
      DM: You know that this is a Cubone. You also know how Cubones are made.
    • From episode 029, after the Rocket Admin tells an undercover Rose about the new Rocket leaders:
      Rocket Admin: But you know? I think she's gonna be mad that you took her hairstyle. note 
    • From the very end of the Act One Interlude:
      Alan: Treble is starting to glow.
    • From episode 059:
      Ambrosia: Did you steal your Growlithe?
      Jenny: No, I didn't steal him. I rescued him.
  • Wham Shot: Episode 041 pulls two. First, right after it looks like the heroes have won the doors to the courtroom burst open. Everyone's worried that it's a villain here to ruin everything, but it's actually Private Psy and Wattson. Then it looks like it's just a cute little interlude before Judge Trudy reveals they've uncovered actual evidence that Aerith is a Dirty Cop.
  • Wingding Eyes: When a Pokémon (or Billy) is fainted, Alan frequently describes knocked-out Pokémon this way.
  • Win-Win Ending: At the end of episode 056, both Cobalt and Rose win Mars' cooking duel and receive their badge.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's Pokémon, people have hair of every color. Mocked by the gang at one point:
    He has a hair color that appears in nature! Get ‘im!

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