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Shout Out / Pokémon: Rise of the Rockets

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  • The place where Maddison Hayes' final "boss battle" was fought was called Coeur Tower. As in Core Tower.
  • Both Sleight and Meghan Vert have ordered their Pokémon using the phrase, "Would you kindly x?".
  • Koga's execution of Nemo Buck was deliberately modeled after the plot-relevant assassinations in Assassin's Creed.
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  • During a training battle between Ray and Sonja, Ray's Dewott used a spinning Aqua Jet attack written in such a way as to invoke the 3D Maneuver Gear from Attack on Titan.
  • Ho-Oh's regeneration ability was based off of those of The Doctor.
  • Sheik's nickname came from The Legend of Zelda.
  • The description, "Dark-haired, fire-based Badass Baritone In A Nice Suit, Father to His Men military man" could easily apply to either Shadow Admin Sleight or Roy Mustang, although Word of God says that this was unintentional.
  • Lafoyae Belrose and Jackson Sang are direct shout outs to Baccano!, which also inspired the initial stages of the story arc that they were introduced in.
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  • Gold consistently referred to Ray as Ichigo during the Unova Arc, due to the characters' similar appearances.
  • While investigating the situation in the Celadon Department Store, Ethan orders the group to "Split up. Look for clues."
  • Wrath's last words were a direct shout-out to Lust's from Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Three of Team Zephyr's members have been crafted as expies or blatant references, purely for the sake of comedy.
  • Soil Colossus, Inc.'s entire organization was one big shout out to Smogon's CAP project Collossoil.
  • The introduction of the Pokémon Rangers to Sootopolis, showing them descending toward the city from helicopters on the backs of their Flying-Type Pokémon, was a direct reference to the Volume 2 opening from RWBY
    • Quentin Dallas's appearance is also directly based off of Roman Torchwick's. Their mannerisms aren't far off from one another, either.
  • James and Guinevere apparently once lived in the same orphanage as the Blues Brothers, if Celadon is actually Chicago.
  • Alma Mason is a general shoutout to survival horror games' love of creepy children, but she was named after two characters from such franchises. Her first name is a shoutout to the character in FEAR, while she shares her last name with the protagonists of the Silent Hill games.