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"No Mon. No Kings. Only Gods."
- Tagline for the game, as a Call-Back to the tagline of Twitch Plays Pokémon Crystal.

Twitch Plays Pokémon (TPP) is a series of social experiments that started in February 2014 in which commands representing buttons on an original Nintendo DS (up, down, left, right, A, B, X, Y, L, R, start,) and touchscreen coordinates are entered into a chat on Twitch, and then translated into a game of Pokémon via an IRC bot. In short, thousands of people are fighting over a controller. Throughout its life, Twitch Plays Pokémon has spawned hilarious characters, memorable moments, and even a few religions.

As the sixth installment of the franchise, Twitch Plays Pokémon HeartGold is a return to the Johto Region with Pokemon Heart Gold And Soul Silver, but it continues the randomization trend previously seen in Twitch Plays Pokémon FireRed. As the original game was a remake of the Gold and Silver duology (With Crystal plot points included for good measure), expect there to be changes to the plotline.

The run ended at 18d 20h 33m with the defeat of a hacked-in Alice, and the stream continued a few days later with Twitch Plays Pokémon Black.

See also here for the archived progress of the game, here for the archived status of the run, or here for live updates, which have been archived here. There is also a recap page, found here.

Tropes found in Twitch Plays Pokémon HeartGold include:

  • Alternate Universe: If this continues the trend started in FireRed.
    • The far future is apparently averted; Copycat stated Red gave her the Pokédoll three years ago still, meaning HeartGold takes place three years after Twitch Plays Pokémon Red, rather than the far future. This also means Ao-chan and AJ's stories take place at the same time, both being three years after Red defeated Team Rocket.
      • Which in turn raises another question; If Alice is atop Mount Silver, though FireRed takes place in the Far Future, while Ao-chan's time period is set three years after Red, like AJ's time is, why is Alice on Mount Silver, where AJ and Red should be fighting around this time?
      • One possible explanation is that since Alice is identified as "Pokemon Trainer Red", she may have used Red as an alias in the past. So the Red that Copycat was talking about might still be Alice.
  • Ascended Extra: During the Crystal run, Burrito was pitted against a particularly nasty Xatu, which the Mob futilely tried to catch. Here, a Shiny Xatu was caught and became a primary member of Aooooo's team.
  • Ascended Glitch: The emulator running the game seems to periodically have graphical glitches that replace Aoooo with an assortment of random black sprites. Needless to say, this is quickly being integrated into the lore.
  • Call-Back: Just like in Twitch Plays Pokémon Crystal, Red's team was modified to have A's team from Twitch Plays Pokémon FireRed. However, the display name is still "Red", even though those can actually be edited.
  • Crisis Crossover: According to the lore, while Aooooo is trying to get to Mt. Silver and beat Bill, the former hosts have decided to team up with Aaron and Bebe in order to get rid of Bill's numerous underlings due to Bill's PSA naming and shaming them and being blackmailed respectively.
  • Development Gag: Aooooo is speculated to be a Wild Child, similar to early interpretations of AJ back during the Crystal run.
  • Divine Conflict: In the battle against Karen, during the second Elite Four run, Karen sent out a Kabutops, while the Mob had a Omastar on the field. Omastar won just barely, as Kabutops succumbed to it's own Head Smash recoil.
  • Epic Fail: Has its own page.
  • Grand Finale: Is being billed (No pun intended) as such for the Bill saga of the series.
  • Hijacking Cthulhu: Double subverted, Kenya the Groudon was already in the hands of a guard, which happily gives it to Aoooo as a trust to deliver mail to a friend of his. Aoooo later takes the mail away from Kenya, keeping Kenya for herself.
    • So much of this after adding Bastiodon, Cranidos, and Omastar to the party.
  • History Repeats: Bound to happen, as it is a remake.
  • Interface Spoiler: When 'aoooo' received the egg from Prof. Elm's assistant, the display immediately revealed that it would hatch into a Smoochum with Ice Punch and Extrasensory.
  • Killer Rabbit: A wild Spearow whipped up sand from its body and knew Mind Reader and Aeroblast.
  • The Millstone: Just like in the Crystal playthrough there are people in the Mob that want to deliberately release the strongest Mons in the party or interrupt evolutions just to make things more dramatic.
  • Oh, Crap!: Everyone collectively soiled themselves when Lance sent out Raikou. It promptly swept the entire team with Uproar. And after it was defeated he sent out another one.
  • Reality Is Out to Lunch: Again, the laws of the Pokémon universe need not apply here.
  • Romanticism Versus Enlightenment: Aooo and Alice can be seen as each representing a side of this conflict. Aooo is a Wild Child werewolf girl with a team consisting of ancient deities.note  Alice on the other hand is a Science Hero who tries to make sense of the chaotic world around her, and her team is an orderly communist collective and easily the most balanced of any TPP run.
  • Screw Destiny: Even more so than in Platinum, the Mob is trying to defy what was considered fate for a Twitch Plays Pokemon run. They want a run without any releases. Careful planning, lots of mail, and a healthy dose of luck kept the dream alive.... for one week until Groudon was released and became the first of several releases.
  • Ship Tease: Sabrina was already shipped with Aoooo, and when they swapped Pokégear numbers and called each other for a rematch, Sabrina sent out Pidgeot who used Sweet Kiss on Aoooo's Vibrava. Sabrina's other pokémon included Lickylicky, a pokémon known for its tongue, and Bibarel, a beaver. Yeah...
  • Took a Level in Badass: At the start of the run, all 4 had was a weak Aipom that the Mob crushed within mintues. Then the randomizer kicked in and gave him a Houndoom that curb-stomped Aoooo's team. Then it activated again and kicked the Mob's ass a second time with a Kricketot.
    • Numerous randomized Pokémon have been endowed with Sacred Fire, Magma Storm, Seed Flare, and other legendary signature moves, often with STAB. Predictably, such Pokémon have only showed up under enemy trainers, and the mob has had horrible luck catching the wild ones.
    • The modder that added Alice to the game changed one thing, given Flamesplash the attack "Sacred Fire." In Fire Red it knew Flamethrower.
  • We Buy Anything: Including one-of-a-kind fossil gods, which Aoooo sold to the Ecruteak Poké Mart.
  • Wham Episode: The Mob getting Groudon pretty much solidified the chaos that would ensue in this run.
    • Subsequently, Groudon getting released (by accident).
  • World of Chaos: The Randomizer has unleashed such horrors as Jigglypuff with Dragonbreath and Spite, Riolus with Hammer Arm and a guard who uses a Groudon to deliver mail to his friend.
    • Not to mention the world itself glitching out every once in a while.