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  • Americans Hate Tingle: The Ruby and Sapphire arc is THE most popular arc from the manga in Japan. While certainly not hated in the US, it's more divisive based on factors such as Ending Fatigue, the Ass Pull resolution, and all build-up for Wally's character ultimately going nowhere.
    • Also, BW2 arcs and remake arcs (HGSS and ORAS) are generally unpopular in America, while the Japanese fanbase eats them up.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Black doesn't seem all the worse for wear despite being trapped in the Light Stone for two years. Anyone one else might have lost their minds by then. This could be somewhat justified by the fact that he wasn't actually inside the Light Stone in all that time, but in the Dream Realm that the stone's power connects through, so to him those two years would have felt like a long dream that he's only now awakening from.
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  • Arc Fatigue: BW2 started in 2013, around half a year after the games it's based on, but its run immediately ended due to the manga not having enough magazines and the need to promote the XY arc (since Gen VI was already underway). The arc would only continue in 2016, after both XY and ORAS have wrapped up and SM (aka Gen VII) has begun. Only in 2017 did the arc start to show signs of approaching the climax, though progress stagnated once again since the 18th chapter, which was released in February 2018, only to resume in March 2019, well over a full year later. Ironic in that the arc itself is a short one.
  • Ass Pull: Ruby had Celebi on him the whole time in Ruby and Sapphire, and he uses it to undo the deaths of several characters. While it did get some brief Foreshadowing, it still feels like a lazy cop-out to not have to any permanent consequences.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
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    • Yellow is seen as either a perfectly fine character or hated due to her unique powers and Red String of Fate with Red.
    • To a lesser extent, Red. Fans either love him for being the original hero, or hate him because they find him to be The Generic Guy among a main cast full of characters with more interesting personalities.
    • Blake is a rather controversial character with fans either disliking or appreciating his cold and arrogant Mr. Perfect personality.
    • Shauna. Some find her pessimism, a complete 180 degree flip from her game canon counterpart, to be off-putting. Others find it refreshing and point out that it makes sense given what happened to X.
  • "Common Knowledge":
    • Like with the games, many assume the Dex Holders were ten when they all started out on their journeys due to the anime. This is only true for Sapphire, as everyone else was at least a year older. There is also no age rule for when you can go out on a journey either, although Professor Oak did think that nine is too young an age to go out on a journey, so he withheld Emerald's Dex from him until he was a little older.
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    • Plenty of fans and non-fans as well refer to Pokemon Adventures/Special as “the Manga.” But there are many, many other Pokemon manga. There is no single “Pokemon manga,” there are multiple. From the older Pokemon Zensho and the Electric Tale of Pikachu, to the more obscure manga like Pokemon Gold & Silver: the Golden Boys and Pokemon: Gotta Catch ‘Em All, there is a wide variety of manga that remain relatively unknown.
    • Many fans seem to be under the impression that only one of every "starter" Pokémon exists; Kimberly has all three Johto starters, Tucker has a Charizard, and an army of Galactic grunts commanded a bunch of Charmeleon and Combusken.
  • Complete Monster: Ghetsis Harmonia Gropius, the leader of Team Plasma from Black & White and Black 2 & White 2 chapters, poses as a kindly and benevolent individual seeking Pokémon freedom from trainers, but is in truth a habitually sadistic, narcissistic, self-serving sociopath who plans to disarm trainers and exploit Pokémon so that he can conquer the world. He raised his son N in an isolated environment and groomed him to be the hero of legend, but he had no love for N as his son, viewing him only as a usable and ultimately disposable "decoration" for his plan. He also used hypnosis to violate other humans' minds and make them release their Pokémon companions, and it's heavily implied he's used this on N too. On his orders, Team Plasma nearly kills three Pokémon and abducts three others to be used as test subjects; attacks Unova's League Tournament site, endangering many spectators; captures six of Unova's Gym Leaders to have them beaten down and tied to crosses as a show of power; and when some trainers attempt to free them, Ghetsis orders that they be killed to make further examples of them. When battling Black, Ghetsis attempts to have the boy and all his Pokémon burned alive by flames, and then has them sealed inside the Light Stone. Two years later, Ghetsis captures Kyurem and forces its power into a destructive Freeze Ray to decimate many cities, freezing populated areas solid. Ghetsis attempts to raise Kyurem's power so he could put the entire continent on ice, and tries to kill the young trainers who stand in his way, even his own son. Seeing all Pokémon and fellow humans as tools for his use and thinking so little of their lives that he'd casually do them harm with a pleasant grin on his face, Ghetsis's wanton cruelty proved to be even worse than his game counterpart's.
  • Crack Pairing: Many ships in this fandom are between humans who've never even met and/or humans who in all probability would not get along if they did meet up, to say nothing of the ones between humans and Pokemon.
  • Critical Research Failure: When Gold checks his Pokédex to get info on the Pokémon owned by The Mask of Ice, it states Delibird to be a Normal/Flying-type. It's actually Ice/Flying.
  • Ending Fatigue: Once Groudon and Kyogre begin their battle, the climax of the Ruby and Sapphire arc goes on, and on, and on.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Wally for awakening a legendary and whom Took a Level in Badass. Fans who wish he took Emerald's spot as the main character in the Battle Frontier are common.
    • Petashi/Leo, the Youngster/Pokemaniac cross who makes it to the Unova quarterfinals, thanks to his adorable appearance and his awesome pants.
    • Blaine and Mewtwo in the first arc, Norman and Courtney in Hoenn.
    • Mimi and Zuzu, Ruby's Milotic and Swampert respectively, are also very popular.
  • First Installment Wins: An official poll conducted in 2005 saw Red, the first protagonist, voted as the most popular character in the series. In second was Yellow, the second protagonist, who at the time of the poll had not made an appearance in years. A later human and Pokémon poll shows Red topping yet again (with Gold, Ruby, and Yellow ranking 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, respectively) , while Pika tops the poll for the Pokémon.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Jojos Bizarre Adventure, due to how the similarities the two share. Such as how they are both long-running series with a subsequent different generation of protagonists, and how the manga often uses tactics and strategies in Pokémon battles that wouldn't be out of place in Jojo's.
  • Growing the Beard: The manga really started to hit its stride in the second volume with the introduction of Green, the expansion on Team Rocket's plans, and the first glimpse at Mewtwo. Then it really took off in the following volume with the raid on Silph Co.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The Ruby and Sapphire arc was chosen via poll to be re-released in wide-ban format. The arc whose legendaries had nature-based abilities and used them to wreak havoc on the region. Cue the horrific earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan right afterward. The aforementioned Tohoku Earthquake caused the publisher to postpone the release of second and third volume of wide-ban format.
    • When fans first saw the image of White trapped in the Nimbasa Ferris Wheel with N, there were a lot of rape jokes going around. When the following chapter came out, what N did to White is possibly one of the biggest tear jerkers in the entire series. It was even called a G-rated version of Netorare.
    • In the Black 2 and White 2 chapter, Blake states that Looker's battling skills aren't as polished as they should be. In the X and Y games, Looker's Croagunk apparently died during a mission.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: So much that it's almost more prophetic than hilarious. One wonders if the developers looked at the manga and decided to take inspiration from there.
    • In the Yellow arc, there's a flashback of Oak's Kangaskhan beating one of Agatha's ghosts with a Dizzy Punch, which should be a total cop out seeing how Normal moves don't affect Ghosts. Now about a decade later in the newer games, Kangaskhan is given the ability Scrappy...which allows Normal (and Fighting) attacks to hit Ghost-types. But of course, Oak knew that and Agatha thought he was making fun of her, but he just didn't want to hurt her Pokemon.
    • Similarly from Yellow, the entire story arc was about humans being bad for Pokemon and for all humans in the world to be eliminated for their sake. Cue Black and White, the main conflict of the story being about Pokemon liberation. In addition to that, the Elite Four planned to Kill All Humans on the continent except for the elite trainers chosen by them to live and guard over the world of Pokemon. Cue X and Y, where Team Flare's plan has a similar sentiment to it.
    • The new "critical captures" feature in the Black and White games sound a lot like capture spots. (Spots, which Silver describes it as, where the life energy of a Pokemon is concentrated, and thus the best spot to throw a Pokeball.) Also in Pokémon GO, you have a better chance of catching the Pokémon when you land the ball inside the target ring, while the ring is at its smallest.
    • So, you dress up as a Rocket member to infiltrate their base, only to have your cover blown because your disguise was ripped off... Adventures did it long before the HeartGold and SoulSilver games were released.
    • Zapmolcuno is finished off by a Blastoise, Charizard, and Venusaur simultaneously using their strongest attacks. It's the Triple Finish!
    • In the GSC arc, Misty ends up fighting Suicune in a cave behind Tohjo Falls. Turns out there really is a cave there in the game canon...
    • Eusine's Electrode can fly around with the power of electric currents. Gen 4 introduces Magnet Rise note .
    • The manga started FatherlyShipping in the GSC arc. Hilariously enough, rather than having Falkner and Janine respect each other over their mutual daddy issues, the HeartGold and SoulSilver games took it into the other direction.
    • In Pokémon Platinum, you get the chance to purchase an insanely expensive villa and furnish it with insanely expensive furniture. Good thing that the lead character of the corresponding arc was conveniently already established to be insanely rich.
    • A green jewel meant to control Rayquaza...Emerald had one on his forehead before the HeartGold and SoulSilver games came up with the concept.
    • It took five generations for Game Freak to have the Gym Leaders more involved with the plot, have secondary jobs, and have them directly oppose the evil villainous team. It took only one for Adventures.
    • Black's Munna clearing his head is a reference to the C-Gear. There is now a Munna C-Gear skin available.
    • In the Gold, Silver, and Crystal, some Rocket grunts supercharge Spinarak's Spider Web with electricity. Gen 5 introduces the move Electroweb.
    • In the Platinum arc, Caitlin's personal Pokemon is a Gallade. As it turns out in the Black and White games , she is a master of psychic Pokemon.
    • The confirmation of the world tournament showcasing the Gym Leaders and Champions in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2... yup, Adventures already had it in the Gold, Silver, and Crystal arc.
    • N gives his Servine to White. In Black 2 and White 2, it's possible to catch N's Pokemon.
    • Being able to rent Pokemon actors in showbiz in Black 2 and White 2? Looks like the BW Agency will have a new source of revenue...
    • A trainer with the ability to read the minds of Pokemon tries to separate humans and Pokemon through the power of a legendary Pokemon. Now, is that game universe N, or Adventures universe Lance? (The sole difference is that N isn't murderous about it.)
    • In Gold, Silver, and Crystal, the Masked Man, Pryce pointed out that each of the major villains wanted something for their goal. For Giovanni, it was possessions (matter), for Lance, it was a Pokemon utopia (space), and for him, it was to go back in time. Come Pokémon Diamond and Pearl with Dialga (master of time), Palkia (master of space), and Giratina (master of antimatter). This comes full circle in HeartGold and SoulSilver , where each former villain fights their respective dragon).
    • In the first part of the generation I arc, Green steals her Squirtle from Professor Oak. Come generation II, game Silver does the exact same thing. Naturally, this was tied into the story in generation II, possibly being what started the idea of them having a Like Brother and Sister relationship and Dark and Troubled Past together.
    • Kusaka and Yamamoto went to France. A month later, Generation VI was announced and the Kalos region is based on France.
    • Most readers found Ruby scaring away a wild Salamence, an intimidating pseudo-legendary, with just a Poochyena, Ralts, and a Skitty to be a bit far-fetched. Then Gen VI came out and introduced a new Fairy type amongst a select group of Pokemon, with the Ralts line being one of them. Fairy types are super effective against Dragon types. Salamence is a Dragon type. This scene holds much more water now. Likewise, Gold's Togepi takes down a Tyranitar and a Dragonite, both weak against its retconned Fairy-type.
    • It is noted that Emerald's Pokemon are extremely affectionate towards him and go out of their way to please him. In two different battles, Sudowoodo barely survives an attack that should've taken it out and Sceptile breaks free of the "frozen" status on its own. Both of these instances are now possible in-game via Pokemon-Amie, which works through affection.
    • Viz called the climatic battle of Hoenn "The Beginning and the End with Groudon and Kyogre". The Ruby and Sapphire remakes are called Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (The last and first letters of the Greek alphabet, respectively).
    • Red rescues Yellow in Viridian Forest, before meeting her later in Yellow arc. In episode 7 of XY anime, it is revealed that Serena was also rescued by Ash in a forest during their childhood. Bonus points that Serena wears a straw hat, and a Poliwag pops out before Ash does.
    • Gurkinn states that the Tower of Mastery holds secrets to the Mythical Pokemon Diancie. A week later, Coro Coro reveals that Diancie has a Mega Evolution.
    • In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Primal Kyogre is several times larger than regular Kyogre and its body composition now matches that of seawater. In the Emerald chapter, Guile Hideout uses Jirachi to wish up a monstrously-large fake Kyogre made out of seawater.
    • In the Ruby and Sapphire chapter, a shard of the Meteorite plays a vital role in the final battle of Hoenn. Come the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire games, a Meteorite Shard is a Key Item is needed for a different but equally important part.
      • Even better, Ruby theorized that the energy contained in the meteor shards could be used to pacify Groudon and Kyogre. As it so happens, Rayquaza eats meteors to power its Mega Evolution, with which it can completely shut down the abilities of Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre. In the Delta Episode, the legend told by the Draconids even states that the wind created by Delta Stream stripped them of the natural energy necessary to power their Primal Reversions and sent them to slumber.
    • Team Magma's hideout is nothing more than a cave, Maxie is sometimes shown drinking, and the him and Three Fires often snarked but clearly looked out for each other. Team Aqua had a snazzier hideout, Archie was the trusted head of the TV station, and he and the SSS ultimately ditched each other. In the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire games, this is all but reversed; Team Magma are modeled after scientists and are personally indifferent to each other, while Team Aqua look like pirates and clearly treat each other like family.
    • In the Ruby and Sapphire chapter's backstory, a Salamence trashed a lab, resulting in Rayquaza's escape. In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, there is a new character called Zinnia that owns a Salamence and is related to Rayquaza. This was even tied together in when Adventures got to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
    • In the FRLG chapter, Mewtwo splits the physical manifestation of its psychic powers, its spoon, into pieces to fire onto its opponent. Gen 5 gives Mewtwo a new signature move, Psystrike, which uses its special attack to deal physical damage. The XY chapter shows the move again, this time explicitly calling it by name.
    • The Sun and Moon arc of the Pokemon anime has a school setting. The manga did this first with the B2W2 arc. Also, all the girls in the school seems to have interest in Ash, just like with Lacktwo.
    • Yamamoto tweeted that he modeled Moon after Bae Doona's character from the movie The Host. She's well known in the west for her role in the Netflix show Sense8, where she plays a character named Sun.
      • Bae Doona later went on to play Seo-bi on Netflix's Kingdom, who is a physician who makes medicine and treats people.
    • Very early in the finale of the Red Green and Blue arc, we have Professor Oak disguising himself as a boxer for his participation in the Pokemon league. Fast forward to Sun and Moon, a certain Professor has a wrestler like persona for the battle royale.
    • Giovanni got a Key Stone in ORAS. While the Pokemon capable of Mega evolving is different, his game counterpart also gets one in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
    • Leaf/Green's reappearance in Let's GO Pikachu and Eevee had become this when said game had her characterized to be a Troll just like Adventures' Green/Blue did. It's as if Kusaka already knew that Leaf/Green would actually be a Troll in the game.
    • Similarly, Kris/Crystal's reappearance in Pokemon Masters has her characterized as a spirited fledgling researcher exactly as she is in the manga.
    • It looks like the Galar region took some ideas from White, as she was the first to sponsor a trainer. The Poke Job system also runs similarly to the BW Agency's, where you submit a Pokemon so that it can be hired by a third party.
    • In the Sun and Moon arc, Sun faces against Guzma in the semifinals, and then Gladion for the finals. Just like Ash as of recently. And as of now, they both won the tournament.
  • Humor Dissonance: Diamond and Pearl's Boke and Tsukkomi Routine doesn't always appeal to Western audiences, but the characters that they're performing it for in-universe seldom fail to find it hysterical.
  • Hype Backlash: It happens occasionally as a result of its common perception as the "official" manga or the one and only manga, and the fact that it greatly overshadows the other manga in the fandom's eyes. Of course, the reason it overshadows the other manga is that most of them never get released outside of Japan or are seen as not being long enough to warrant much discussion (with some being as painfully short as three chapters). Adding to this, there's also the misconception that most fans make about the manga being very "dark and edgy" that gives new readers the impression of expecting a lot of death and blood and such, which is clearly not the case. And while yes, this manga does have the occasional blood and psychological scenes mixed in, especially in the first two generations which at times read like a Nuzlocke run, it is still essentially a children's manga (at least up to Naruto or One Piece standards, maybe even less so). It's darker than the Pokemon anime and games, that's for certain, but outside of the franchise it's just a rather decent-quality kodomo manga. Ironically, this series is also a victim of Obscure Popularity, as detailed further below.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: Really a lot. (SpecialShipping, OldRivalShipping, etc.)
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Green has been shipped with Red, Blue, Silver, Sabrina, and even Yellow.
    • Despite Yellow's obvious crush on Red, fans have shipped her with many, many other characters, including those who have yet to appear!
    • Red himself has also been paired with just about everyone. Misty, Yellow, Blue, Green, Gold, Crystal, etc.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Giovanni is the Boss of Team Rocket and the former Gym Leader of Viridian City. Giovanni aims to transform Team Rocket into a world power by building an army of powerful Pokémon, capturing various Pokémon and conducting experiments on them before releasing them into the wild to regain their primal, savage instincts. All the while, Giovanni remained under the radar of the authorities, pretending to be missing so as to continue his experiments undisturbed. A competent battler, Giovanni more than often stays one step ahead of his opponents through brilliant and perfectly calculated tactics, even facing down various legendary Pokémon undaunted. Not only that, his sheer charisma and faith in his henchmen yield Undying Loyalty among the ranks of Team Rocket, rising Team Rocket from the ashes despite despite their strings of defeat. At the same time, however, Giovanni is also a surprisingly caring father to his son Silver, going so far as to use his own body as a human shield to protect his son from burning debris. When Silver rejects Giovanni's offer to join Team Rocket and vows to change his wicked ways, Giovanni simply expresses pride in his son and hopes he would one day succeed. While even more ruthless than his other counterparts, Giovanni still retains his sense of honour and respect, often allying with the heroes to save the world from greater threats.
    • Cyrus is polite yet chillingly stoic Boss of Team Galactic. Disappointed by the "incomplete" state of the world, Cyrus decides to build a "complete" one from the ground up, by destroying the existing universe first. Through careful planning, series of tactical diversions, and sheer determination, Cyrus manages to stay one step ahead of the heroes and succeeds in capturing the Lake Guardians, harnessing their power to create the Red Chains. When the second one was incomplete due to the Guardians' escaping, Cyrus had a weaker artificially-created Red Chain as a substitute. With the Red Chains, Cyrus takes control over Dialga and Palkia, forcing them to fight each other. The resulting clash will tear apart the Space-Time continuum, allowing Cyrus to create his "complete" world in its wake. Upon his defeat, Cyrus begins to see the error of his ways and later returns to assist the Dex Holders in taking down the traitorous Charon. Cyrus then departs alongside his loyal commanders to lands unknown, commending the Dex Holders for their noble and "complete" hearts.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • It's quite popular on Pixiv to take a scene from the manga and render it anime-style.
    • Medleys are also popular on Nico Nico Douga, usually with fans (as the characters) singing original lyrics.
    • Fans have no doubt in their minds that the author, Hidenori Kusaka, can see into the future. That, or he may just have a Celebi.
  • Moe:
    • Many a Dia fan has stated that he is the personification of adorableness.
    • Crys has her moments in HeartGold and SoulSilver'', mainly due to her new outfit (Lyra's from the games.)
    • Yellow was this in the first few arcs she was featured in, prior to her appearance in the FR/LG arc.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Sird had her Darkrai turn the four Kanto trainers plus Silver into stone and left them there for dead.
    • Charon and Giratina nearly killing Dia, with Charon having the gall to laugh in a devastated Pearl's face over it.
    • While the Elite Four's plan for human genocide is horrific on it's own, Agatha's part in it is especially bad because she has no good reason for it - she simply desires greatness and to prove the supremacy of strong Pokemon trained by elite trainers in order to spite Professor Oak. She also gleefully expresses her desire to see both Oak and his grandson Blue dead.
    • Ghetsis, being the habitual dog kicker that he is, has crossed the line several times over. His original Moral Event Horizon crossing plans from the games are still here, but on top of that he has six Unova Gym Leaders captured, beaten up/tortured, and hung up on crosses in order to make a statement of Team Plasma's superiority, and then tries to have his Hydregion kill Black with fire on the spot. When normal trainers interfere and stand up to Team Plasma, he orders for them to be killed too! Then when he and Black face off, he unleashes a team specially formed and trained to counter Black's team so that he can render Black defenseless and then murder him and his Pokemon via incinerating them alive with flames in order to cover up N's defeat. But the ultimate kicker is what happens after the battle - Ghetsis has Beheeyem thrust Black towards Reshiram as it's reverting back into the light stone so that Black and his Pokemon get sealed inside the stone as well! Purely out of spite and sadism! If all that didn't put him well over the line, then his actions in the following arc, especially nearly killing his own son in a blunt, non-Pokemon related way, certainly do.
    • While Ghetsis and Team Plasma as a whole go further over the line with freezing Castelia City and many other cities in Unova, Colress' part in it deserves special mention, as Kyurem is tortured inside of his machine and put under Mind Control thanks to his science, and he's positively gleeful at the results of the freezing and is excited at the possibility of freezing more targeted locations. If that wasn't enough, he personally tries to have Blake, Whitley and their Pokemon killed by turning Kyurem on them, freezing their bodies that he then orders to be dumped off the Plasma Frigate and into the sea below.
    • If Lysandre's part in the destruction of Vaniville Town didn't immediately put him far over the line, locking Emma's expansion suit and forcing her to fight 'til it almost gets her killed most certainly does.
    • Branch Chief Faba having pushed Mohn into a Ultra Worm hole so that he'd be out of the way and Lusamine, driven into despair, might fall into his arms instead. And when Lusamine still rejects his affection, he wants to kill her and completely destroy her family out of spite.
  • Narm:
    • In general the naming of the Dex Holders is sometimes hard to take seriously since they are all named after the main series games. Some examples would be male protagonist of Ruby and Sapphire be called Ruby and that the protagonists of Black 2 and White 2 are called Lack-Two and Whi-Two in the Viz translation.
    • During the climax of Gold, Silver, and Crystal, there's a moment where Gold reads Oak's letter detailing the unique skills of the various trainers and sees he not on the list. He takes this to mean he has no special skill and yells "TELL ME!!!". Narmy enough. But then it turns out their was another letter stuck in the envelope detailing his skill.
  • Never Live It Down: The scene where Koga's Arbok gets decapitated by Blue's Charmeleon is probably one of the most infamous moments in the manga for its Family-Unfriendly Violence. This is despite subsequent chapters toning done the Gorn (though still admittedly dark for the franchise's standards) and the fact that Koga's Arbok was able to survive by regenerating its body.
  • Obscure Popularity: Although having many overseas translations, the manga is rarely talked about, even amongst the Pokémon fanbase. Forums and fan-sites instead focus on the anime. The series seldom gets discussed outside of noteworthy adaptation choices (the Adaptational Villainy of several characters, the Family-Unfriendly Violence, Ghetsis', Lysandre's, and Lusamine's dark characterizations, etc).
  • One True Threesome: Diamond/Pearl/Platinum is notable for being pretty much canon; it is constantly said how the three of them represent the three parts that make up the perfect spirit, they all cried the first day they were separated since their journey, and the Platinum arc ends with them being surrogate parents to a Manaphy and a Phione.
  • The Scrappy: Emerald attracts the most ire from fans mainly for two reasons: Being a Canon Foreigner like Yellow, but replacing Wally as a possible main protagonist.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • Despite the shipping fandom being peaceful in general, small breaks happen every now and then. The less said about the ongoing Dia/Platinum vs. Pearl/Platinum debate, the better.
    • Most N/White shippers tend to have quite a bit of flak to launch at Black/White shippers, and vice-versa. A bit ironic, really, since the game-verse ship (FerrisWheelShipping) comes from the ever-famous ferris wheel scene, while in the manga, that scene is probably one of the biggest Tear Jerker moments in the series, with White losing Gigi to N and falling a good dozen feet to the ground, landing on her back/side. Unsurprisingly, said scene hasn't halted the shippers even slightly.
  • Signature Scene: What most non-fans remember about the manga is Koga's Arbok getting chopped in half, which establishes the manga's darker atmosphere compared to the anime and the games.
  • Spoiled by the Format: For the first half of Diamond and Pearl chapter, Platinum's name was never mentioned until the confirmation of the game with the same name. By the time Viz published the said chapter as a separately-numbered series, they had to rename it to Pokemon Adventures:Diamond, Pearl, & Platinum to keep people from confusing it with their other Diamond and Pearl manga, thus completely spoiling Platinum's name from the beginning. It also doesn't help that Pokemon Platinum had already been out by then for years, allowing fans to easily connect the dots on their own.
  • Stoic Woobie: X. A promising young trainer who became a depressed and desensitised shut-in due to the traumatic experience he had with the paparazzi.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: By Satoshi Yamamoto's own admission, this was the initial reaction when he took over as artist for the series when Mato fell ill, and many a fan didn't take the change well, which discouraged him at first. Fortunately for him, said fans moved on, and these days, even those who prefer Mato's art direction hold nothing against Yamamoto, and he's stated he doesn't regret taking the job.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Throughout the events of the Ruby and Sapphire arc, Wally was heavily foreshadowed to become the next Dex holder for Emerald. Unfortunately, when Emerald arc finally came around, a new character was created, and Wally was quietly pushed to the side, to the disappointment of many a fan.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Manga based on the first two Pokémon Ranger games are made canon with the Diamond, Pearl and Platinum storyline. Pokémon Colosseum, despite having a manga, has not been given this treatment.
  • Toy Ship: Any ships involving 2 Dex Holders before Black and White, since they're still underage.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Pryce, aka the Masked Man. The reader is clearly supposed to find him sympathetic since he lost his two Lapras to a freak accident, and it's made obvious that he truly cares about his Pokémon in general. That doesn't really justify kidnapping children to be forced to work for him, brainwashing a group of criminals, funding a program that forces evolution (which is implied to be painful), and attempting to murder 2 minors. He can easily come across as a huge jerkass because of all the things he did just to reunite with them instead of just accepting a loss that wasn't really his (or anyone else's) fault, or even trying to go about it in a less extreme manner. The only mitigating factors are that one chapter shows that he does care about the children he captured but due to his frigid emotional state he can't express this except in ice sculptures, and that he seems to feel guilty about all that he's done, as he attempts to strangle himself after it appears to have all been for nothing.
  • The Un Twist: The Ice-type Gym Leader who frequently hints a sinister side toward the audience is the Mask of Ice? No way!
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Thanks to his long red hair, there's hardly a reader who hasn't mistaken Silver for a girl upon seeing him for the first time.
    • The Shadow Triad appear to be Mello Expies.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: There are those who bash White for being a Neutral Female and not being an Action Girl like her predecessors, or like the way the player character she's based on is viewed as. Never mind that:
    • 1) There's still plenty of time for her to grow into an Action Girl. After all, Yellow knew even less about Pokemon training when she started out.
    • 2) She has a full-time job that doesn't leave her room for Pokemon training, nor does her job require it.
    • 3) Said job involves running her own business. When she actually does decide that she needs to learn how to fight, she actually has to suspend her agency.
      • Completely averted when she gets on the Battle Subway and comes back a complete badass.
  • The Woobie:
    • Mewtwo. The revelation that the Sinnoh chapters take place after HeartGold and SoulSilver (not to mention that this still hasn't been resolved as of Black and White) means that he's been chasing after Sird for years, probably under the belief that the Kanto Dex Holders (plus Silver) are still petrified. Thankfully, he finally gets confirmation that they're all right when he is reunited with Blue and Blaine in the X and Y arc.
    • White after Gigi leaves her for N, just moments after she gets accosted by him in the Ferris Wheel. And if that wasn't enough, the manga decides to yank her chain as she sees Black get trapped in the Light Stone and disappear, for two whole years. And she is surprisingly well-adjusted by the time the BW 2 chapter starts, so she could count as an Iron Woobie.
    • The Kalos kids, who have their hometown destroyed in the first round of their chapter.
  • Woolseyism:
    • Viz switching Green and Blue's names around may be this seeing as Red and Blue were the original games to come out in the US.
    • During Gold, Silver, and Crystal, Gold faces the Sprout Tower's sages. In the Japanese original, they have punny names; this is kept in Chuang Yi's version, but Viz played it for game accuracy and the pun was lost.
    • When the Gym Leaders are introduced during the Pokemon League, Lt. Surge is referred as "The Lightning Soldier" rather than his official game title, "The Lightning American".
    • At the end of Gold, Silver, and Crystal, rather than editing out the image of Gold patting Blue's butt, Viz made Gold claim it was an accident. Since Gold's face still indicates him doing it on purpose, it works by making him seem like he was making excuses for himself.
    • Dia and Pearl's pun-based manzai skits are different in every translation since the jokes would be Lost in Translation otherwise.
    • In the Viz release, the main characters of Black 2 and White 2 are named Blake and Whitley, rather than the Japanese names of Lack-Two and Whi-Two, which work fine for Japanese...not so much for English.

Alternative Title(s): Pokemon Special

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