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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.
    • The B2W2 arc (mainly due to its multiple hiatuses) and the remake arcs that aren't FireRed / LeafGreen (HGSS and ORAS) are generally unpopular in America, while the Japanese fanbase eats them up.
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  • Angst? What Angst?: Black doesn't seem all the worse for wear despite being trapped in the Light Stone for two years. Anyone 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.
  • Arc Fatigue: B2W2 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, and concluding a full year after that. Especially ironic in that the arc itself is a short one, spanning only 24 chapters.
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  • 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.
  • Author's Saving Throw: One example can be White in Black 2 and White arc, after Black is freed. The first thing that she does afterward is lead the fight against Ghetsis, almost like making up for how she was absent from action at the end of Black and White arc.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Shares a page with the rest of the franchise.
  • Catharsis Factor:
  • 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.
    • 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. That said, Adventures is the only manga advertised on the official Japanese Pokemon site.
    • 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 the 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. Viewing his son N only as a usable and ultimately disposable "decoration" for his plan, Ghetsis raised N in an isolated environment and groomed him to be the hero of legend, and possibly used hypnosis on N like he did others, violating their minds and making them release their Pokémon companions. On his orders, Team Plasma launches several attacks, endangering humans and Pokémon alike. 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 attempts to kill all opposition, even his own son, to the point where he self-destructs the Plasma Frigate to end his own life and the lives of everyone on board, including thousands of Pokémon. When N tries to save his life, Ghetsis is infuriated and violently rejects his effort, savagely beating N with his cane in a raving, homicidal rage against him, unrepentant to the very end.
  • 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.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The Black/White arc and its main characters aren't very popular in Japan, mostly overshadowed by Black 2 and White 2 arc from the fans. However, it is the opposite in the west.
  • 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.
  • 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; while this manga does have the occasional blood and psychological scenes mixed in, especially in the first two generations, it is still essentially a children's manga. It's darker than the Pokemon anime and games, that's for certain, but outside of the franchise it's just a 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.
    • Lance is the leader of the Elite Four, a group who wishes to wipe out most of humanity and create a utopia for Pokemon by summoning the spirit of Lugia. Despite his hatred for humanity, Lance minimizes casualties as much as he can, allowing humans to live longer lives before wiping them out. After seeing how capable of a trainer Red is during the Pokemon League, he has Bruno test his abilities before having Agatha and Lorelei ambush him during the battle, resulting in Red's near death. Later, Lance and Agatha send their forces to terrorize the region, tricking their enemies into thinking they're unprepared for an attack on Cerise Island, and hides his Gyarados and Dragonite underground to ambush Blaine and Yellow during his battle with them. Even when seemingly defeated by the untimely appearance of Giovanni, Lance tricks him into coming to the center of Cerise Island, resulting in Lance successfully summoning Lugia and nearly wiping out mankind. Despite his cruel nature, Lance truly cared about making the world a better place for Pokemon, and after changing his ways when Yellow defeats him, works to protect humans and Pokemon alike from future threats.
    • Cyrus is the 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 being called Ruby and the protagonists of Black 2 and White 2 being called Lack-Two and Whi-Two. The Viz translation uses different names in the latter case; see Woolseyism below.
    • 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). This then makes the manga at the same time a Mainstream Obscurity.
  • 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.
  • Seasonal Rot: A good chunk of the reader base, especially in the West, considers this to be happening to the manga from the BW2 arc onwards. It has been speculated that Kusaka is actually pacing the manga to the game releases and his own personal playing experience, as inferred from the infamous 4+ year hiatus in the official volumes when it was around the BW2 arc while the author skipped ahead to write Generation VI instead of using the chance to flesh out the BW2 arc. This attempt to play catch-up with the mainline games has resulted in the pacing of the story and character arcs afterwards to be very rushed in comparison.
  • 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. Funny enough, it is revealed around May 2020 that Kusaka did want to make an arc based on Orre, in the early 2000s.
  • 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.
  • Vindicated by History: The Black/White arc. Initially, a common reaction was that people would dislike Black for supposedly being a generic shonen protagonist, and White for being a weak female character. However, many fans (at least in the West) have warmed up to it and its main characters overtime, citing how much they improve as the story progresses, and many would now even say that this is the best arc or at the very least the peak of the manga prior to its perceived Seasonal Rot.
  • 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. And indeed, White does end up becoming a skilled Action Girl.
    • 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.
  • 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 BW2 chapter starts, so she could count as an Iron Woobie.
    • N, as he is in the games. This especially holds true in the BW2 arc, where he has become much kinder than he was in the BW arc, and ends up expressing his love and forgiveness for his father Ghetsis in spite of all he's done only for Ghetsis to respond by attempting to savagely beat him to death with his cane.
    • 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.
    • A fan translation has taken to spelling Sword and Shieldmilia's names as Soudo and Schildemilia, due to the unique way they were spelt in Japanese.note 

Alternative Title(s): Pokemon Special


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