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Ash and Serena are cousins
Some people there is managing the possibility of an engagement when Ash and Serena were kids, if that's true it's possible that they were engaged by their parents like it use to happen in Japanese and Asian societies, and if it happened when they were that young that probably means they're cousins. Think about it: There was Ranma and Akane or Syaoran and Meiling, both of them cousins.

Ash and Serena are siblings
After Ash's father and Delia divorced, he moved to Kalos and took Serena with him

Serena will be the new Brock/Cilan
As we know she has a pokenav and is the apparently the navigator and she made cookies for Ash, Clemont, and Bonnie. So Serena might cook their every meals and be the navigator while Clemont takes on the "mentor" role without the cooking.
  • She and Clemont seem to be splitting the cooking.

Clemont will be a "silent" Brock
Maybe from time to time, Clemont will pull up a picture of a beautiful girl on his device and look at it with a smile. But wants a girlfriend but doesn't want one yet. So Bonnie is helping him date!
  • Unless it's at the end of some episodes (i.e. Clemont building a "Little Black Book"), it wouldn't be like Brock at all. Brock didn't have a singular equivalent of Charlie Brown's Little Red Haired Girl. What you seem to be describing seems more like the aforementioned LRHG than being influenced by the local Joy and Jenny, and thus hitting on every one of their equals in the State.

Clemont will go into papa wolf mode when he senses danger or if any harm is being done to Bonnie
He already grabbed Bonnie in a scary situation. He might have times where he sees danger and grabs Bonnie and will hold her very close to his body or pick her up and carry her in his arms while he handles the situation. And becomes VERY protective of her knowing she will be hurt.

Yes he has a deep voice (like he just hit puberty), he takes care of his little sister, he's fairly mature, and is so smart. So this hints he's in his mid-teens.
  • I expect this as well, partly because they've always had an older boy in the group (not that "patterns" really mean anything on their own), and partly because having three ten-year-olds out of four would be way too homogenous. Also, this would bring further lulz to Bonnie's search for a wife for him.

Clemont is working his butt off at home
He had his duties as a gym leader and inventing, but the house needs cleaning, ([especially his room), he has a child to raise and feed, Bonnie, his mother's not here, and his father's always working (electrician and super hero). Somebody has to cook, clean, and raise the family. Well Clemont is left with that.

The way Clemont sleeps is an obvious giveaway. Notice how he is wearing a nightcap and is almost fully covered? Not exactly he has to have his head out to breathe and part of his neck is showing revealing part of his pajamas. But in Pokemon, the only characters known to wear a nightcap to bed is Giovanni in Meowth's imagination (but the Boss fantasies have been killed after DP and no more nightcap was there after AG). James wore a nightcap in one episode along with his Victreebel, that was all but the nightcap wearing was killed off after AG. Here we are four generations later with Clemont wearing one to bed. The nightcap is to keep your head warmer and people wore them back when there was no heating or cooling systems. And Kalos must be cold, based off of France. And he's the only one wearing a nightcap, Ash wasn't wearing one, Bonnie was wearing a hood to bed, and Serena was wearing a bow. So he probably gets cold easily. There could be no other possible reason why Clemont has to wear a nightcap to bed.
  • Perhaps because he prefers to wear a nightcap. Plus, in XY009 Clemont was able to sit up in bed without feeling cold.

Clemont has a sleeper sofa
It may seem like a couch and an air mattress. I think Clemont likes to treat his guests extra special, letting Ash sleep on the couch while he sleeps on an air mattress. I'm guessing that couch probably has a pull out bed, either they can't sleep in the same bed, it'd be inappropriate for a ten year old and a fourteen year old (how old Clemont might be) to be in the same bed especially since their just friends. So they need to be sleeping like that. And what bedroom doesn't have a bed? And Clemont was sleeping in the Pokemon center bed just fine, so that covers the "Clemont can't sleep in a bed" or "Clemont hates beds". That must be a sleeper sofa in the room or Clemont wouldn't be that sound asleep (looks like he can sleep through just about anything here) in the pokemon center bed, there must be a pull out bed.

Clemont put EVERYTHING on the robot in Episode 18
We know he put his jumpsuit in the robot thus revealing what is underneath (glad he has bloomers because a diaper would weird on him), but... don't his shoes look... different to you? take a look his shoes never looked like that! They're different than the ones he wore in the games and ever since episode 1. Then we get that awkward shot in episode 14 bare ankles? what's with that? I guess either Clemont had to do a task that required being barefooted (like washing his feet) and just had enough time to put shoes on or he has two pairs of socks and one is the no show type. Then we get him actually wearing socks in episode 17! Geez did he put his shoe, socks, and jumpsuit on the robot?!

Bonnie will be somewhat more mature than Max
To avoid being The Scrappy, but still be childish enough to act her age and be a Kid-Appeal Character. Also helps her goal is focused on her brother and not being a Know-Nothing Know-It-All.
  • She seems to be just about as mature, give or take. However, the aforementioned foucs plus her precosiousness give her two drawing cards that Max didn't have. Perhaps we're seeing the Double Standard in effect with the latter?

Running Gags that will appear in the X/Y Anime
  • Bonnie critiquing every female they encounter because she wants her brother to have a wife. Some of it will border on Getting Crap Past the Radar.
    • She doesn't check every female. As for the Radar... I'll need to check with Japan.
  • Clemont creating new inventions that get used later in the episode and later getting destroyed. Also, he will gush over whatever new invention the Rocket Trio makes.
    • Not quite gushing but he's sometimes impressed.

Temporary Party Member Korrina

Korrina doesn't live with Gurkinn in the Tower of Mastery
Unlike the games, if you watched episode 30 two flashbacks implied it. One, when she was a little girl, just got her Riolu, she was shown running off with it with no adult supervision, unless if they were standing further away or Gurkinn was watching her from the window or something and when she left, notice Korrina doesn't have her backpack, she obviously went home to pack. So Korrina may only go there for training.

Korrina is depressed
Lucario is her only source of happiness and helps her get through life. Without it, she barely eats, doesn't sleep, and just passively watches life go by with a frown, those are symptoms and signs of depression. Korrina must have something bad going on in her life that makes her depressed and only relying on Lucario as an anti-depressant. And when she first got it (as a Riolu) look she appeared to be almost underweight then the next flashbacks she looks the way she's supposed to. Only answer is, little Korrina gained some weight after she got her first Pokemon. Hmm... how did she start off sooo skinny then looked like this and now has the perfect body? Either Korrina was depressed even as a little kid and Riolu helped her depression or she was and was on anti-depressants causing her to loose weight. Don't know....

Gurkinn is really rich
The Tower of Mastery (well in the games) seems to be nothing more than a mansion (it has rooms with people living in it and are possibly his servants). Gurkinn probably payed millions of pokedollars just to maintain it. He probably hired servants to prepare his meals, clean the the Tower of Mastery to make it look nice, and to keep him "beautiful" (his hair and eyebrows are blond he might of got them dyed).

Gurkinn was an abusive father
He's verbally and emotionally abusive to Korrina. It makes you imagine how he was like to Korrina's parent (and maybe her aunts and uncles) when they were children.
  • Grandfather

Possible reasons why Korrina wore an oversized T-shirt when she was little
There is really no reason why little Korrina should be wearing an oversized t-shirt. It's Emerald from Pokemon special all over again! Either it had to do with hiding/having to wear diapers. (like she was probably potty trained late or had bladder control issues until adolescence) or she was like Emerald didn't know her clothes size back then or it could be the same reason why she wears sunglasses now, just trying to fit in.

Korrina had impaired eyesight as a child
In most of the little Korrina flashbacks, most of them had her with her eyes closed only two flashbacks had her with her eyes opened while present day Korrina has her eyes open most of the time. So it's possible they either figured out why she had impaired eyesight or she is really wearing contacts.

Other

What really happened in XY001:
Instead of making a call, Alexa took her long sweet time, then called her younger sister at the very last minute. Hint? Her red fingernails.
  • The animation style changed you know which allowed nail animation

Other alternate universes
Since XY037 canonized the idea of alternate universes for the anime, there might be others that we haven't seen yet. Including (feel free to add others):

X-Y Saga

[[folder:X & Y Plot & Character Guesses still active]]
Serena will turn out to be related to Xerneas
As was noted in the Anime Forum a few weeks before XY's debut, "'Xerneas' is 'Serena + X', which DOES follow the Nobody naming convention of 'name anagram + X'". Coincidence? Perhaps. After all, you can't convert "Calem" into "Yveltal". But still, there is the plot twist of her having met Ash before. What if that's only true From a Certain Point of View. No, I'm not saying that she's Ash's real/second mother, rather, I'm saying that she's been observing him from afar and/or has implanted some memories in Ash (assuming he remembers her). The twist of her having previous met Ash defies show-convention; her being a hidden priestess/prophet of Xerneas, or perhaps even Xerneas herself, is actually more likely in this series than her actually being an old Childhood Friend of Ash's.
  • The "Xerneas herself" bit seems to be jossed with a Xerneas and her being onscreen in the same scene.

Serena will become a Pokemon Coordinator.
In fact, that will happen around the time Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is release, way before halfway through this series.
  • She's going into Pokemon Performance which seems to be a Truer to the Text version of Contests.note  That being said, the actual Contests in Poke-Pan could make for an excellent coda to that if the series continues into Gen 7 and she's not with Ash.

We only heard about his father, who is a biker and Blaziken Mask. But what about the mother? If they ever do, she would be only be mentioned, or in a flashback, or in a picture, or if they bother, they can give her a small appearance, where she only makes a cameo appearance, or on video call, or just on the phone. But anyway, we need to know if she is still alive or not? We don't want the chocolate baby purpose from Clemont and Bonnie.

Bonnie will go though a break the cutie phase as the anime progresses
As we know Clemont is literally spoiling Bonnie. So Bonnie might just get a little change of personality.
  • Well, ever since Bonnie got Squishy, each of her focus episodes have ahd feeles, and Squishy is tied to the upcoming "crisis", so...

Bonnie will be nicknamed "Bon-Bon" some point in the anime
It's a clever nickname.

Running Gags that will appear in the X/Y Anime
  • Serena's Unlimited Wardrobe and forcing Ash into new clothes. It was mentioned she was going to be The Fashionista.
    • Unlike the two on the other page, this one is still up in the air. She's doing performances now, but that doesn't preclude dragging Ash into drag at some point.
    • Not so unlimited; outside of Contests, she's only had three actual wardrobe changes: the change coinciding with her Important Haircut, the winter clothing for Snowbelle, and Ash's own clothes when he was sick!

There will be an episode focusing on Serena and Bonnie.
A lot of shows that feature a team with at least two female members in the group usually have at least one episode centering around the girls and seeing as how XY is the first Pokemon Series to have two female companions instead of one, it would seem inevitable that Serena and Bonnie will get A Day in the Limelight together.

Meowth will fall in love with an Espurr/Meowstic
...just because it seems to happen with cat mons. There was Meowzy, then the Glameow in Sinnoh that evolved into Purugly and he thought she was ugly, and then the Purrloin in Unova that turned out to be male. Of course, he'll get rejected somehow.
  • He'll probably dump her after being nearly killed.
  • You skipped May's Skitty.

A new main protagonist will be introduced mid-way through Kalos
And so that Ash can leave with honor, he will show his successor the ropes becoming a Pokemon Master by being a Master in the Teacher sense. The new main protagonist will have Mareep as his/her starter pokemon, as Mareep is the regional electric pokemon of Johto just as Pikachu is to Kanto. Then again they could have the Electric Rodent of Gen 7.
  • Jossed with regards to the Mareep, the main theory is still active because of Sawyer and possibly Mairin.

Pokemon is going to do a Bleach
With the ratings as they were for the XY opening in Japan, and how they've been for the following episodes, I have a bad feeling in my gut that Pokemon may have finally lost its steam after the Delacoura Arc, just like Bleach's filler. On the bright side, if it is the last season, perhaps Ash can win the League.Though, I suppose it is possible that it can overcome the initial filler based hurdles like Naruto during its year of filler, Delacour wasn't that long, was it?

Kalos will not be like Unova
Having learnt about how the fans take Ash being dumbed down, they will avoid that at all costs, and will have his competence be more along the Hoenn, non Paul Sinnoh competence levels. They may also add some stuff to please the Periphery Demographic; be it Ash's father, professionalism, wider Pokemon parties and training, ect ect
  • Well, the first two episodes showed Ash is not an idiot and he managed to save the day, so at that point, it can be said that so far, so good. Let's hope it can continue and if they absolutely have to have Ash lose at the league again, that it will not be to an idiot.
  • So far, people are saying Ash has better characterization, and there are the Mega Evolution specials. So I say confirmed.
    • I say we've only seen 50 episodes thus far. Let's keep our hope but not render judgement until the saga plays itself out.
    • 100 episodes in, and Ash still seems plenty competent. He even unlocked some ancient transforation that hadn't been accessed in a hunderd years.
    • So, yeah, mostly Confirmed. All that's needed is for Ash to not lose to a Diablous Ex Machina.

     Plot & Character Guesses for XYZ arc 
The reason for Serena's Romance Arc
Serena's the most overt of any of Ash's companions to date. Plus she now has Romantic Rivals of the sort not seen since Misty's day. We've got the kiddie version of a Romance Arc in the works here and Serena seems destined to win...

But there are too many other crushes from the past to simply ignore. There is no way that they'll be reciprocated, and the idea that they'd be rejected by proxy would not sit well with the older fans.note 

Conversely, if Serena is victorious but the series has to continue, it would be awkward for Ash to go from Chaste Hero to Single-Target Sexuality, especially given the Relationship Ceiling of the Fleeting Demographic.note 

And the writers wouldn't go in without a backup plan, especially after their plans to end in Sinnoh were uprooted.note 

So what I'm thinking is that Serena's being built up so that she'll be rejected (on-camera). Likely in a way that'll make it clear that Ash is Married to the Quest, though Take Thats against her and the prior female companions are also possible.

Malamar will be a recurring antagonist throughout Kalos
All the signs are there. Dark/Psychic Cthulhu-esque mon, who can brainwash people and Pokémon alike, has a really creepy voice, got away at the end of its introductory episode, and said something about starting a new, evil world order? Malamar will continue attacking over the course of the XY series, until its goal is revealed in one final confrontation. Likely, James' Inkay will be involved in Malamar's eventual defeat.
  • There was a Sequel Episode where a group of Malamar were trying to absorb life power for some reason. Also, James' Inkay ends up opposing this group, leading to that group's defeat in this battle.%Get us another recurring appearance sometime in 2015, and this goes to Confirmed.

Malamar doesn't work for Team Flare...
It's actually a member of a new evil group that will feature in XY's third version/sequel/whatever. That's why the writers used such an oblique method of introducing the group (one Pokemon, no humans)- they have to be shrouded in absolute secrecy until near the time when the next Kalos games come out. The anime will be largely evil-teamless (with perhaps a couple other episodes like the Malamar one) until those games, with the Mega Evolution specials taking care of showcasing Team Flare.
  • Team Flare's absence in the Sequel Episode supports this, but that does not preclude an Arc Weld.
    • Zig-Zagged. While the "Evil Malamar" from XY019 are not in cahoots with Team Flare, Scientist Xerosic does have a Malamar.

The writers will finally decide to break the status quo, reveal that Ash is actually 16 now instead of 10, and he will get together with Serena.
It's about time they cut the crap.
  • The Age thing is extremely unlikely. A Relationship Upgrade with Serena is only marginally more likely.

Team Flare, the past of Kalos and AZ
will be more developed than their game counterparts.The fandom was pissed when they botched the Team Plasma arc, which was very likely a consequence of the 2011 earthquake. Assuming something bad doesn't happen, the Team Flare arc won't suffer from delays. Deciding to lure back older viewers and people who were disappointed with X and Y's storyline, they will make the storyline more developed.
  • This actually could happen, but if it did, they'd be confined to the Mega Evolution episodes, as below.

The purpose of Lysandre's Research on Mega Evolution
... is so that he could achieve Immortality through Mega Evolution's power, either directly or as a means of controlling Xerneas. This has the effect of Downplaying Cutting Off the Branches as, while the Rogue Malamar seem to be following the plot of Pokemon Y, Team Flare (when they're actually revealed) would still have their motivations from X; they'd just be going about it differently.

Ash will win against Wylie, the old-timer with the Delphox in XY015, in the Kalos League...
...but he'll have at least one match after that. After all, that's how it isnote  whenever you fight Wily.

Yes, I know, call backs with random one-shots are nearly non-existent, but A: The writers have been willing to push the envelope early in the series and B: That old-timer won a local tournament offscreen during the episode he appeared in.

Ash will lose at the Kalos League as expected, and it will be to a Mega Evolution user, perhaps Alain.
That would be the best way to end the XY season with a bang. The most important addition in XY is what defeats Ash.
  • Alas, confirmed. On both accounts.

Ash will lose the Kalos League to Alain
That way, the writers don't have to break their status quo of making Ash lose every league, while at the same time giving the older fans someone to root for. If Alain becomes popular enough, there would be a Broken Base if Ash won the league, with some praising his newfound competence and others pissed off because Alain lost to Ash of all people.
  • With how this fandom is structured and fragmented, there would likely be complaints regardless of the outcome. One possible way to get around the brunt of the problem with Ash always being prematurely knocked out of a conference (and not winning any since the Orange Islands) is to have the Team Flare subplot unresolved until the tournament. There, during Ash's battle with Alain, Lysandre reveals his true colors and intentions to the world much like in the games, leading to the entire tournament being put on hold, similar to how your battle with Alder in Black/White is postponed because of N and Team Plasma. Either Alain wins by some technicality or the bout is ruled a no contest. Once Lysandre's machinations are dealt with, Alain, feeling guilt for being an Unwitting Pawn, will eschew his use of Mega Evolution, perhaps permanently, and offer Ash a(nother) rematch, in which Ash proves victorious. So, in a roundabout way, status quo will be maintained while still making it feel like Ash won the Kalos League, and all without a single Diabolus ex Machina involved. (Here's looking at you, Tobias and Cameron.) As for Alain having the badges necessary for admittance into the Kalos League Conference in the first place, we already know that Korrina's Lucario can Mega Evolve, so Lysandre could have given Alain deliberately misleading information about the other Gym Leaders. And as a corollary, if Mairin is seen traveling with Alain again by this point (depending on if her comatose Chespie manages to recover), Bonnie would ask her if she'd be interested in marrying Clemmont

Ash will win the Kalos League, in so defeating a Grass Pokemon Trainer who uses a Celebi as his last Pokemon
This trainer uses the Celebi Doctor Who Like to train his Pokemon so much they can use more than 4 moves, though not using the time travel to cheat and know ahead the outcomes of Pokemon matches. After Ash beast him with Pikachu, he uses Celebi to pop up in Oak's lab with Ash and says something about Ash's father in a major cliffhanger. Then the anime does a few months of Pokemon Chronicles like episodes just to make it more painful

XY will be the final season with Ash
I'm not sure how far they can go on after Ash gains Mega-Evolution (Which is, like, 98% guaranteed) and the ratings issue. If Serena is meant to become his love interest, perhaps it is simply the birth of a new main character.
  • A: The ratings issue is not an issue. At all. Pokemon is still one of the top-rated anime shows airing now. Plus, the massive fandom schism that'd inevitably follow replacing Ash would likely do more to kill ratings than just sticking with Ash would. B: What does Mega Evolution have to do with anything?
    • There's a Fandom Schism right now; we've had one for a long while; it's called the Fleeting Demographic Rule. The chief reason for keeping Ash is his Pikachu, making Ash himself The Artifact; he not allowed to leave but he's also Not Allowed to Grow Up. So most of the Periphery Demographic would see getting rid of Ash as a Mercy Termination. The Target Demographic would be impacted for a while but they'd adjust; or make way for the next batch. (Agree that Mega Evolution and the ratings issue by itself have no bearing on the show's course.)
  • Do you really want to see Ash master Mega Evolution, then have trouble with a Snivy again? If they end it right (Ash winning Kalos for instance), they could possibly manage to change characters like Yu-Gi-Oh! does.
  • Is meant or isn't meant? If it's "is", then who's this new character you're talking about to replace him?

If Ash loses in the Kalos League...
The person he loses to will be Alain.
  • Confirmed, in a sense. Ash and Alain are the two finalists, which means the only possible outcomes are Ash winning or losing to Alain. Episode titles imply that Ash wins, but nothing is definite until they air.
  • [[spoiler:Fully confirmed as of 8/18/16 with the airing of XY131 (or XYZ038 if you prefer).

Clembot will be destroyed in the fight against Team Flare.
  • Given that XY134 has yet to air in Japan, the title seems to hit that Clembot will be the focus. Additionally, it would be the most plausible/reasonable explanation as to why Clemont and Bonnie have to end their journey with Ash and Serena.
  • since this episode was already aired : it is confirmed that Clembot sacrificed himself to save luminose city but has a chance to be rebuild after the team flare arc.

all kalos Gym Leaders + Diantha will return for the climatic team flare arc
  • Confirmed , they will team up with Ash and the gang to save kalos.

Zygarde complete forme and Megalith Zygarde will battle against each other in the climax of Team Flare arc
  • Confirmed , in the style of godzilla VS mecha godzilla and it takes place on XY 135 with some badass address speech to Lynsandre courtesy of squishy and Z2 to boot.

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    Potential X-Y Captures 
Editor's Note: As of July, 2016, the episodes in Japan have reached the League, so no guesses should be added to this folder.

Ash will instead get one of the Ghost-Grass Pokemon
No one would expect it.

Ash will catch a member of the Honedge line...
for several reasons:
  • Reason 1: He's never actually caught a Ghost or Steel type Pokemon.
  • Reason 2: Aegislash is kind of like Excalibur...and I think the kid who sees every last single Legendary Pokemon is worthy enough.
  • Reason 3: Because Aegislash is awesome.
  • Ash also hasn't caught a Psychic or Fairy type, so with Reason 1 he may end up getting a Ralts.
    • Or Sylveon. He hasn't caught an Eevee either (even though one of his companions has)
      • One of his companions, plus one of his rivals, plus one of his League buddies. (May, Gary, and Virgil. Did I miss anyone important?)
  • Let's not forget that Aegislash has an advantage against Fairy Pokemon, and currently Ash doesn't have one (asides of course from Pokemon on standby).

Serena will get a member of the Honedge Line instead of Ash
Imagine, if you will, a member of that line not wanting to battle for gain. Not wanting to "faint" or injure other Pokemon. A Martial Pacifist, if you will. As such, it'd refuse all potential trainers who would use it to fight. This would include Ash and Clemont, to say nothing of evil teams. On the other hand, Serena doesn't want fame through battles, but rather through performances. As that doesn't involve actually injuring other Pokemon, it'd be all for it. Whether it'd know about performances or not would not be directly relevant, but would help define its persona. It'd be a case of Nature Adores a Virgin, except as pertains to Violence instead of Sex.

Or, it just wants to perform and not battle straight up. After all, using a Doublade in a performance would look great.

  • She does indeed gain a Pokémon of a species that would normally be a fighter, but it's Pancham (Fighting-type, evolves into a Fighting/Dark-type), not Honedge.

Fletching will evolve into Talonflame and become the next Swellow/Staraptor
It has to fill the role of both the fire type and the flyer, and its become the new Staraptor of 'surprisingly powerful regional birds'
  • On it's way. It's presently a Fletchinder.
    • Not just Swellow and Staraptor. In all five regions, he's had the final evolved stage of the regional bird (Pidgeot/Noctowl/Swellow/Staraptor/Unfezant, although Pidgeot left in the same episode it evolved in.)
  • And Confirmed.

Ash's Kalos team will have
Skiddo: with the capture of Chespin by Clemont, Ash needs a grass type, and Skiddo is one of the only other grass types in Kalos (With Pumpkinboo in Jessie's posession, the only other option is Phantump, which I don't believe the authors would use due to Ash's preference for speedy Pokemon)Now, normally Ash catches a Fire, Flying, Grass and Water Type, with the fifth spot being the wild card. But with Fletchling, there are two open spots for wildcard picksOne will be another Kalosian Pokemon; such as Floeete, Honedge or Goomy.Another will be capable of Mega-Evolution; most likely being something from the Lucario, Gardevoir or Absol.
  • The last slot would likely be a Lucario. Ash has shown to have some aura power at times and Korrina does gives the player character of X/Y one at a certain point
    • Goomy has been confirmed. This troper, however, believes that for the "Mega Evolution" requirement, they'll bring back one of his older Pokémon. Charizard seemed like the favorite when it unexpectedly returned for the end of Best Wishes, but having been sent away again, there's no particular reason to assume it'll be returning again. And since they need a concrete way to tie in Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, and Ash still without a Grass-type...Sceptile seems like a good choice to bring back.

For the XY series, Ash will catch as much, if not more, pokemon as he did during the Unova saga
In my personal opinion, that was one of the few good things about the Unova saga, an expanded team, so I hope they continue that.
  • 25 episodes in, and Ash only has 3. So far it looks like Ash is doing the opposite and narrowing his focus, but time will tell.
    • We're at 45 now, and he has only 4.
    • Episode 103, he has had 6 Pokémon but only five at a time, including Pikachu.

Ash will use more of his older Pokemon in Kalos during the league...
Where Torterra will be like Noctowl and redeem himself.

Ash will catch a dragon type
The main reason he only ever caught one dragon pokemon was most likely because of how rare and overpowered they were. But now the are more abundant and there is the fairy type to counter them.
  • Maybe he'll catch a noibat which will become his flying type because after fletchling evolves it will most likely act as his fire type.
  • Confirmed. Ash befriended and captured a Goomy.
  • And after releasing Goodra, he captures Noibat.

Serena will catch Cosplay Pikachu.
Performances are essentially a Truer to the Text version of Contests. Plus, Pikachu are native to Kalos (in addition to Kanto) whereas they're only a Safari-zone capture in Hoenn. Finally, Cosplay Pikachu is female, whereas Ash's Pikachu is commonly considered male. A potential Beta Couple vs their respective trainers?

Clemont's Bunnelby will evolve into Diggersby, much to Bonnie's dismay
This one is predictable. Because of Bonnie affinity for cute Pokemon and Diggersby's Gonk features, this will not go well. Bonnie will act in a way that hurts Diggersby feelings and Clemont will snap at her. Bonnie will feel bad and Ash will once again have to be the nice big brother and comfort her. If you writers in Japan are reading this, DO NOT USE THIS PLOT.
  • Er, Garchomp wasn't cute and she was all over it
    • Garchomp was never meant to cute, but epic! Diggersby is just plain goofy-looking.
    • That Garchomp was adorable! And anyway, between Garchomp, Rhyhorn and the Tyrantrum pjs, Bonnie seems to have a thing for finding uncute Pokemon cute as it is.

Bonnie will one day capture the Jigglypuff that used to follow Ash and his friends
Just a random guess.

Serena will one day capture the Jigglypuff that used to follow Ash and his friends
Given that she's currently doing contests, a Jigglypuff that wants to perform in front of everybody would be a good encounter for her.
Granted, it'd probably take place in Hoenn after she and Ash split off for him to go to Gen 7 and her to do Contests, but stil...

Ash will get no more than two new types.
So they can save the hype of him getting a new type for future generations. Now, as for what Pokemon these two might be to fit this?

Ash and Serena will get Espurr or Litleo respectively.
Their evolved forms are the only Kalos Pokemon with gender differences. Shipping them together would give fodder for the Amourshipping they're going at. Well that, or Serena gets a female Pikachu

Ash will get a Mawile.
For the following reasons:

    Mega Evolutions in the Anime 
Ash will Mega his Charizard.
Having him evolve his Pokémon at all is on the unusual side, but considering one of the big announced features of the sixth generation, many of the Pokémon highlighted in the advertising, and Ash's return to one of his most classic, popular and fully-evolved Pokémon, it may be the true intent of the much-appreciated but underutilized return.
  • (separate guess) Who better to show off Mega Charizard Y (a Mega form more faithful to Charizard's original design/the only Mega Evolution of Charizard that has yet to appear in the anime). It may also return and gain the ability to Mega evolve, just in time to help Ash win the Kalos League Conference.
    • Do note that both Red from Pokémon Origins and Alan from the Mega Evolution Special had their starters evolve into Mega Charizard X. This still leaves Mega Charizard Y open for Ash.

Ash's Heracross will make an appearance in XY and unlock it's Mega Evolution.
If Ash's Charizard doesn't return and show off one of it's Mega Evolutions, then maybe another Pokemon he owns that can Mega Evolve will.

Ash will get a Lucario in XY
This will happen the same way it did in the games. The first time Ash meets Korrina, one of her Lucario will become attached to Ash. This eventually culminates in Lucario teaming up with Ash to fight Korrina's other Lucario, resulting in a Mega Lucario duel like the games. Afterwards, Lucario will join Ash just like the one from the games.
  • Jossed. Ash left Korrina without any Lucario being attached to him. The second Lucario is owned by Korrina's father.

Ash will be adamant against using Mega Evolutions and it will bite him in the ass
He isn't fond of his Pikachu evolving, so I doubt he will even consider Mega Evolving because he considers will consider it a simple power up and not proof of hard work. Then comes Korrina who shows otherwise and hands him his ass in their first battle.

If Ash ever uses Mega Evolution, it will only be a one time thing, like in a movie.
Ash is meant to be your average trainer who tries hard and tastes defeat a lot. Mega Evolution carries a connotation of being unstoppable and ultimate. It doesn't fit to make that kind of power a regular thing for Ash. If Ash does Mega Evolve, it will be his Charizard in his Y form. X form is already connected with Red and Alan. Y would be Ash's thing.

Gary will return in XY
Who better to show off Mega Blastoise?
  • Siebold, apparantly.

the Mega-Blaziken guy has a team of Mega-Evolutions
Every time an event occurs that shows a new Mega-Evolution, he'll use one. He'll either be a Rival, or a Trickster Mentor, or perhaps even connected to another aspect of the Pokemon WMG
  • Well, the last bit is jossed due to him being Clemont and Bonnie's father instead.
  • He does have an Ampharos

Ash will Mega Evolve his Sceptile.
  • Every time one of the remake games has come out, something has occurred in the anime to tie into that generation (May started getting a load of Kanto Pokémon and then they set an entire season in Kanto to waste time until Gen IV was ready, while Lyra actually cameoed for an arc near the end of DP, Dawn's last two Pokémon were both from families debuting in Johto, and Ash actually had one of his Johto Pokémon evolve). Furthermore, even when he doesn't get all three starters, Ash usually has at least one Pokémon of each starter type (the only exception being the lack of a Fire-type during Advanced Generation); his current team has a Fire-type and a Water-type but no Grass-type.
  • Apparantly jossed now that Sawyer is confirmed to Mega Evolve his Sceptile.

Both Mega Charizard X and Y will show up in the same episode.
And they will battle each other.
  • If Alain is a badge trainer in addition to being a Mega-Hunter, that match should be in the Kalos League, preferably the Finals.

Mega Greninja will have an Early-Bird Cameo in a Mega Evolution Special
It'd synergize well with Greninja's appearance in Super Smash Bros. since they both have similar target audiences and depict Pokémon in the same way, and Greninja's new Mega Evolution could tease Pokémon Z.
  • Partly Jossed. Ash-Greninja is a thing now, but it's no Mega Evolution.

If Ash gets another shiny, it'll be a Mega Gengar.
You got a shiny Gengar as a gift, and with a Goodra in sights getting the silver Beldum would be OP. Alternatively Alain's next appearance will reveal he has one.

Ash will get a Mega Beedrill.
Skrelp would just bog things down since Ash already has a Water and Dragon type on his team. Beedrill is a good example of a Pokemon that needed a Mega Evolution. And Ash usually gets a Bug Pokemon at some point.

    Movie Predictions 
Editor's Note: The last X-Y movie will air in Japan in July.

Mewtwo original and BW will appear in the next movie
The 17th Movie, the first Kalos one, will feature twelve Mega Evolutions, and the poster has both Mewtwo's on it. They already have Mewtwo Y in the Best Wishes Mewtwo, and I highly doubt the Pokemon writers will make a third Mewtwo after what happened last time.

those legendary Pokemon seen in the 17th move's short?
They fake, or rather Illusions conjured up by the Kilefki from that same short.

There will be a movie focusing on Mewtwo's X Mega Evolution
And it will reintroduce the original Mewtwo and have him meet Newtwo. Consider that the X Mega Evolution looks much more masculine, it fits the original masculine Mewtwo better than the new feminine Mewtwo. The movie will expand on Newtwo's origin, and have Mewtwo dealing with the fact that he is no longer the only one of his kind, and the other one is stronger, with the Mega Evolution. The villain will have some way to negate psychic attacks. Newtwo will be defeated in it's mega form, but original Mewtwo will find new strength and Mega Evolve into the X form, then defeat the villain with a fighting type attack, and find peace with Newtwo.

a future movie will involve time travel
This will be connected to one of the event legends of Gen 6 (Diance, Hoopa or Volcanion) and the movie will feature a Future Badass version of Ash, who will be everything the fans expect him to be.

The 18th film will feature Zygarde, Hoopa, and Volcanion
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The Latias and Latios from the 5th movie will return in the 18th movie.
It's been confirmed that the Eon Duo will make an appearance in the 18th movie, so why not bring those two back? As for getting around the fact that Latios died, Hoopa's time-space manipulation powers can either revive Latios, or get a hold of him before he died.

The 19th season will lead directly into the 19th movie.
As both promo material for the anime AND the teaser for the 19th movie place special emphasis on Zygarde's new forms.

    Guesses already Confirmed or Jossed 
Shauna will be Ash's female companion in Kalos
She's important enough to be mentioned in the game plot, yet (thus far) not so critical to be a spotlight stealer in that right. Also, she seems to have an indicated personality but no indicated goals.

Setting her as Ash's partner allows the writers to not recruit a female Gym Leader or Serena in the role, preserving the latter for a Movie cameo with Calem. It also preserves the already-announced goals of Tierno and Trevor, relegating them to Recurring Character status; possibly Friendly Rivals.

  • And it's Jossed. Though given what we have to date (24 episodes in), one has to wonder why the writers didn't use Shauna instead.
    • On the other hand, after the Summer Camp, I don't see what difference there would've been between them. I'm guessing that the only reason why Serena's the "main" and Shauna wasn't is because Serena's a Player Character-Counterpart.

In addition to the above, Serena will be Ash's main rival. Trevor and Tierno will be recurring travelers who act as a Guest-Star Party Member.
Ash pretty much takes the place of the male protagonist from the games, and since Serena acts as The Lancer and main rival if you are the male protagonist in X/Y, she will be the same for Ash (plus to spice things up). As for Trevor/Tierno, they could be the male part of the Power Trio, but are more to switching in and out, leaving just Ash and Shauna.
  • And we're jossed thus far. Serena's the party member.
    • And, as with the one above, six of one seems to be half-dozen the other.
    • And, if anyone, Tierno's The Rival for Ash with Shauna being one for Serena.

Alexa is going to be Ash's new traveling partner
She's going back to Kanto with him.
  • Uh, already jossed. The new group is Ash, Serena, Clemont and Bonnie.

Pikachu's nerf in X/Y
It will contract a weird sickness that is mostly native to Kalos will weaken it to normal strength for awhile.

Ash will get a Chespin when he ventures into the next region
He always gets the grass starter in each region. Chespin will also show to be as badass as his Snivy was, but with a Plucky Girl attitude instead.
  • Jossed, Chespin went to Clemont.

If Ash gets a chance to obtain the Starter Pokemon of Gen. VI, he would obtain Fennekin the same way he did his Fire-type Pokemon, except Fennekin's ex-trainer will be a total bad guy, unlike Damian, Paul, or Shamus.
  • Jossed, thank Reshiram. Potentially Foxy Lady gets the Foxy Pokemon.

Ash did live in Kalos for a short time.
  • Jossed: The reverse (Grace and Serena lived in Kanto for a period) was stated by Serena.

Ash will catch a Fletchling, a Chespin and a Froakie.
Ash always catches the common birds (Pidgeotto, Noctowl, Taillow, Starly, and Pidove), and they all fully evolve (Pidgeot, Noctowl, Swellow, Staraptor, and Unfezant), so it can be safely said that Ash's Pokemon team in the XY anime will contain Pikachu, Chespin, and Fletchling, which will fully evolve. Ash has also added the Grass starter from every region to his team. Froakie will let him break the streak of having never had an evolved Water starter. If he also gets Fennekin, it will evolve like all his other Fire starters.
  • Actually, Ash might not get a Fletchling. Pictures from Japanese eps show Serena (the new companion) with one, and they tend not to simultaneously duplicate across teams (May and Jessie's Wurmples being an exception). Maybe he'll instead go straight to a Talonflame (precedented by Noctowl).
    • Froakie and Fletchling have been confirmed. For Fletchling, was there any doubt? Really?
    • Chespin is Jossed. Clemont and Bonnie own it.

Ash will start using his old Pokemon
After the earning the Bug Badge.
  • With only one badge? Even Sinnoh!Ash waited until the League for his callbacks.

By the time he's at the second gym (in Kalos).

  • Wait for the League for that if you ask me, or at least the Mega-Evolution plot to be in fuller swing.

Serena was a baby in her flashback.
OK, Serena is starting her Pokémon journey so apparently she's 10, and Ash is now 16, being evident that Ash was no older than 7 in the flashback means Serena could have been 0 or 1 and she just saw him.
  • Aaaaaand Ash is not 16. He's still 10. Forever. Serena's a couple months younger than him at most.

Serena's Ash in her vision is not the Ash we know
She mistook him for another kid. Case in point, the kid she saw in the flashback had darker skin.
  • It appears to have been jossed, they do know one another. And people's skin color can change; perhaps Ash was tanner at child. I certainly was.

Clemont will be actually taking care of Bonnie
Bonnie looks like she's about Max's age. She barely looks ten (the journey age). So I'm guessing he'd be put in the same situation as Brock.
  • His mother got a job as a scientist and moved to Sinnoh to study.
  • His father wants to help Professor Juniper as an inventor so he moved to Unova.
So now Clemont is all alone with Bonnie and no parents in there. So he has to take care of her. But still calls his mother and father on a device similar to an iPad. So he might end up being fatherly to the group.
  • Jossed with regards to his father, but the theory at large holds.

Clemont is a new inexperienced gym leader like Flannery
Clemont is too embarrassed to confess he's the gym leader? huh? Well let's put it as this:
Clemont's father is an inventor just like his son and was the former gym leader of the Luminose City gym. But he had a big job in Unova. He couldn't abandon his gym so he put his gym in the hands of Clemont. Clemont is now the gym leader and parental guardian of Bonnie. His father had lots of Electric type pokemon but he wouldn't let his son keep them because of Bonnie. So he took them with him. Now Clemont had no Pokemon and was left with his little sister and gym to look after. Lots of hard work, so he fiddled around and changed his father's security system completely so it won't let any battle unless they have four gym badges due to stress. Then Clemont started acting like Trip and was taking photos and videos of stuff just to come up with an excuse.
  • While the details are a bit different, the theory itself was confirmed in XY 009.

At the start of XY, Clemont isn't the Gym Leader, but one of his parents is
Here's why I think, I think that Clemont and Bonnie's father/mother is the gym leader, and is emotionally distant. It would explain why Clemont used a Bunnelby, he wants to be his own person and what better way than to catch a Pokemon with ground type moves and an eventual evolution into a ground type when your bad parent is a electric type user.
  • Supporting this is a character by the name of Limone who is said to appear in the episode 'Capture Luminose Gym, Clemont's Secret'. It is my understanding that Clemont and Bonnie's Japanese names are puns on lemons, so whoever Limone is is probably part of the family
    • Limone is already confirmed to be Clemont and Bonnie's father.
  • Theory iself is jussed, though... Clemont was officially the Gym Leader by the time Ash touched down in Lumiose.

Clemont will capture Chespin instead of Ash.
Just for a nice change of pace where someone else in the group captures the Grass type Starter.
  • (Mixed feelings on that. Grass type starters must always be on the main character because they are superior) personal feelings aside it is possible to do it differently, but Pokemon's strength (And weakness) is it's similar tones, in both the anime and games. Ash generally captures a Grass starter and a flying type, as well as a Water and Fire Type. Froakie has the water aspect covered, and Fletchling covers Flying, and quite possibly fire as well.
    • Besides, isn't Clemont Kalos's Electric Gym Leader?
  • Confirmed

Bonnie will look up to Serena like a Cool Big Sis.
And who knows? Maybe that will make Clemont feel a little jealous?
  • Pretty much confirmed on the whole "Serena being a Cool Big Sis to Bonnie" thing, but also jossed on Clemont being jealous about it.

In one of the movies, Bonnie will get emotionally attached to the Mythical Pokemon (cute legendary), Diancie or Hoopa
If her role is anything like Max's, the last thing Bonnie would want is to part ways with a legendary Pokemon she just met, especially since she has no Pokemon of her own.
  • Confirmed.

Limone is Blaziken Mask
  • Confirmed

The man with the Mega Blaziken is AZ
  • Jossed

The Nurse Joys of the Kalos region will use Spritzee as an analog to Chansey and Audino
  • Jossed. They use Wigglytuff.

Because of how long it takes in-game to get from Santalune to Cyllage, Ash won't get to battle Grant until late in the season
  • Is there any need to explain this one. Just look at the length between Snowpoint and Sunnyshore (The Twinleaf Festival and Johto tie-in didn't help either).
    • With regard to Western-Seasons, Jossed. XY024.

Once the cast reach the Tower of Mastery, a bulk of an episode will consist of them going gaga over the long explanation about Mega Evolution
The video game promotes this to a heavy degree. The anime will just crank this Up to Eleven.
  • Not really. A great deal is made over a scroll located in the tower, but it ends up being a list of stock do-good-stuff.

Serena will find a niche
Was on YMMV earlier and it seems so far that Serena is mostly a shipping character, but eventually I think she'll find some Niche in the Anime-Kalos region. I mean, May didn't even like Pokemon to start and found out about Contests later, and Iris didn't get fleshed out for a while, so she has hope.
  • Her "niche" to date (XY015) is that she's the companion who has no clue as to what Walking the Earth actually involves, though she is a fast learner in this regard.
  • As of about episode 50, she's now looking into Pokemon Performances. Only time will tell if it sticks.
    • Confirmed, it has, at least as long as it took to get to the Master Class.

Serena's Eevee will evolve into Sylveon
  • I mean why else would they put an Eevee on her team, to give the new Eeveelution to a main character.
    • Confirmed.

Somewhere down the line, Clemont will eventually snap at Bonnie for constantly trying to set him up with girls.
And when that happens, he'll get a What the Hell, Hero? from Ash and Serena, telling him that he was too harsh on Bonnie and that she was only trying to do something nice for him.
  • Didn't snap but always complained.

Possible Rivals in the XY anime
They need rivals.
  • Clemont will have a female rival who is an inventor. Clemont brings his aipom arm to an invention contest and won first prize while she won third place for her invention.
    • Jossed. In fact, The only female inventor is a CotD.
  • Serena will have a rival who is another girl who won a beauty pageant and she lost it.
    • Shauna technically counts here.
  • Shauna will be a rival to Ash but a friend to Clemont. And Clemont will try to stop their rivalry by saying that she is a "sweet girl".
    • This one's been jossed... but Shauna is shaping up to be one of Serena's rivals.
  • Ash will have a male rival who has Fennekin as his starter and likes to help Alexa with her journalism.
    ** Also Jossed.

Sanpei will be Ash's rival in Kalos, and the reason why Froakie won't evolve.
So far, Ash's hasn't had any rivals in this region (they're usually introduced in the first 3 episodes). And Ash's last main rival, Trip's starter Pokemon was one evolutionary stage over one of his starters.
  • Jossed with respect to Froakie, but the rivalry part is still in play as Sanpei was present at the evolution.
    • And now utterly jossed; Sanpei's not going to be at the League.

the season will invoke Hoenn by not having a rival
So far, no "Paul"s, "Gary"s or "Trip"s have made themselves known, suggesting a similar pattern
  • The pattern matches Best Wishes with Tierno, Sawyer, Alain, and Trevor all in the League. Even Astrid

Ash, Serena and Clemont/Bonnie will catch non Kalos Pokemon
With only 69 Pokemon to go around, it's not so far a stretch to see them catch older Pokemon.
  • Note that this guess has been corrected since its original posting.
  • Confirmed: Clemont's starter is a Luxio (originally Shinx). Although it's the only one given that Serena's Eevee evolved to Sylveon.

The Pokemon XY anime will be very short, due to the lack of new legendaries
From what can be guessed, the anime will most likely either go through another Arc Fatigue consisting of Pokemon from the past generations, or it will be very short, due to there only being 69 new pokemon. This will also include ONE new movie featuring the axis Pokemon (Xerneas, Yveltal, and Zygarde).
  • It could also just have plot beyond the usual scope of things.
  • And, Jossed. It'll have just about as many episodes as the whole of Best Wishes.

There will be a massive number of fillers, consisting of the many leisures of Lumiose City
Again, there's only 69 new Pokemon (not counting the new mythical ones) and so many old Pokemon from the previous generations return, so they'll try to shoehorn as many episodes as possible (just like Sinnoh and the Decolore Islands).
  • Fillers or no, they didn't spend much time in Lumiose City Except during the League.

The Episode airing in Japan in February 2015 whose title implies Tonight, Someone Kisses is invoking that Trope.
The reason why one half of the party would be in the situation of even having a "date" is because the other half will part from them either at the start of that episode or the end of the one immediately prior (Ash's Gym Battle vs Ramos) so that Clemont can prepare for his Gym Defense against Ash.
  • And I turned out to be a few episdoes early... Clemont did leave, but only at the Power Plant.

Ash's Gym Battle against Clemont will be interrupted...
...by an attack on the Kalos Power Plant. Whether that would be the formal introduction of Team Flare, the third plot hatched by the rogue Malamar, or yet another attempt by Team Rocket to Take Over the City remains to be seen.
  • And this one's Jossed. The group will come to the Power Plant before the Gym Battle. And it's yet another Take Over the City attempt by TR.

Her Chronicle episode (aired in Japan only) set her in Johto and ended with her chasing after a sighting of Rayquaza. Rayquaza's base-region is Hoenn, where Alain is in Mega Evolution 2. And Rayquaza actually shows up and Mega Evolves in that episode. Besides that, the MES are said to target the Periphery Demographic anyway; with that in mind, why bog down the main plot with a Mandatory "return arc" when you have the spin-off that's (currently) set closer to where the character from the previous saga actually is?
  • And... Iris hasn't appeared in either the Species or X-Y proper as of the League.
  • Jossed, the series ended and Iris did not appear.

Ash will not encounter Team Flare, they will go after Alain of the Mega Evolution specials.
I really don't see the writers juggling Lysandre for both Ash's story and Alain's story, and Alain's connection with Mega Evolving puts him closer on track with the game's story, so there will be less hassle. I also feel genocide is a bit harder to include in the anime than past enemy team objectives.
  • Maybe the main plot would go to Alain, but that doesn't mean that Ash and a few Flare Admins wouldn't cross paths. Heck, Alain could even beat Team Rocket in an episode.
  • Apparently... Alain is working for Flare, albeit as an Unwitting Pawn.
  • Jossed. There will only four Mega Evolution specials, after which Alain becomes a supporting character in the main anime and Team Flare makes their debuts after Ash's 7th Gym Battle. The plot will revolve around the 3rd Kalos legendary, Zygarde.
    • Not only that, but Team Flare captures Ash and his Pokémon after the Lumiose Conference finishes, and start publicly experimenting on them.
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