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Pokemon Pals is a web series on YouTube that parodies the Pokémon franchise. It is set 8 years after the events on the show. Ash is an idiot, who is only obsessed with Pokemon. He is completely oblivious to Misty's advances, and doesn't even know what sex is. Brock is a cynical pervert, who left with Ash and Misty to escape his wife. Surprisingly Misty is the straight man of the group. The story marks the groups adventures, from them getting into trouble with the law, to getting in trouble with PETA. The first episode can be found here.

Pokemon Pals provides examples of:

  • Berserk Button:
    • If you mention Brock's eyes, he gets extremely pissed.
    • When Ash and James are in a fight, James is kicking Ash's ass, until he steals Ash's hat. Then Ash loses it... He essentially becomes an animal that latches on to James' leg with his teeth.
    • "Snorlax", if he finds out someone thinks Team Rocket is a joke.
    • Comparing Misty to May or calling her "May" is one way to get hit in the "PokéBalls" by her, especially if you're Ash.
  • Bittersweet Ending: In the end, Ash has to fake his own death, still doesn't have his license, and has a dream that teaches him to never get close to anyone, because they will betray you. This essentially ruins any possibility of Misty and him ever getting together.
  • Broken Pedestal: First Ash finds out Professor Oak is skilled at helping people fake their deaths. He then finds out the professor was just about to euthanize Pikachu when he showed up. Finally, he discovers the whole reason that Professor Oak helped him on his way to leave Pallet Town was so he could seduce Ash's mother.
  • Catchphrase: "It's all part of being a Pokemon Master!"
  • Dirty Cop: All Officer Jennys are corrupt. One takes bribes, another helps run a fighting ring, and another agrees to let Ash go if he doesn't report that she sicked a Growlithe on him after macing him in the face.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Brock is a perfect example of this.
  • Deal with the Devil: Misty compares making a deal with Giovanni as this.
  • Dirty Old Man: Apparently, the group ran into one of these offscreen. Misty says that will likely be what Brock is like when he is old.
  • Disappeared Dad: Ash's father left when Ash was very young. He doesn't remember anything about him.
    • Brock is one of these. He left his wife and kids because he wanted to able to sleep around. He continues to travel with the group as an excuse.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Butch, who acts rather jovial, before he breaks someone's knee. As he tells his next victim:
    • "The world is full of frauds, who will do anything to get what they want. Sometimes, they'll even act nice, but you must never let your guard down, because they are wicked on the inside, whether you know it or not."
  • Gagging on Your Words: When Brock has to tell Ash " I believe in you."
  • Hands-Off Parenting: Apparently Ash's mother was always too busy for him, and lets him run away when he was 10 years old.
  • Hollywood Exorcism: Parodied when Ash and Brock hire a "pokepriest" to exorcise a Ghastly out of Misty.
  • Informed Attribute: While Misty is dating Gary Oak, she claims that he is caring and romantic. The only time we ever see him, he is just as much of a jerk as on the original show.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Cassidy and Butch are played frighteningly straight in their introduction; the former pulling a gun on a trainer, while the latter who's mannerisms are similar to Alex from A Clockwork Orange. Until Ash comes in.
  • Manchild: Ash is a 10-year-old trapped in the body of an 18-year-old.
  • Mon: Naturally. Though the series focuses on the human characters way more than the pokemon. Likely due to low budget.
  • Motor Mouth: Ash isn't quite as bad as some, but he does talk a lot, especially when he starts listing things. Misty becomes concerned with him when he hasn't talked for hours, saying that he usually can't stop for more than five minutes.
  • Oblivious to Love: Ash has serious trouble catching on to Misty's advances. The fact that he doesn't know what sex is doesn't help.
  • One Thing Led to Another: Misty gets charmed by a man at a bar, who claims that she was the reason he got into Pokemon. They end up sleeping together offscreen. He disappeared the next day.
  • Pregnancy Scare: Misty has one of these after hooking up with someone she met at a bar.
  • Scary Black Man: Rocket Grunt "Snorlax"
  • The Don: Giovanni
  • The Rival: Gary Oak to Ash. Made worse when he starts dating Misty.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Apparently Jesse and James are married. James wanted to steal pikachu to rekindle a spark in their relationship.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Ash. Nearly every problem the group faces is his own fault. Whenenver he is given good advice, he completely ignores it. He is also a complete idiot.