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YMMV / Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life

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  • Complete Monster: In the manga retelling by Makoto Mizobuchi, Marcus/Markus lacks the good intentions of his anime counterpart. Upon learning of Damos's acquiring the Jewel of Life from Arceus, Marcus decides to steal it for himself by using his Bronzong to hypnotize Damos and lure Arceus into a trap, then has all of his Pokémon electrocute him to death. Marcus uses a special armor to control the Pokémon and beats them if they rebel. When the heroes of the present travel to this era to prevent the event from taking place, Marcus improves his trap by pouring silver water onto Arceus, while his Pokémon carry out their usual commands. When the heroes learn and warn Marcus that his action will damage the space-time continuum, he admits he doesn't care and is glad to see this happen as it would make him feel like a god. When the heroes foil Marcus's plan, he kills himself, activating a mechanism that would collapse the temple and kill hundreds of Pokémon and humans out of sheer spite.
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  • Creator's Pet: The spikey-eared Pichu, which would go on to become a Promotional Powerless Piece of Garbage in HeartGold and SoulSilver (which even swiped Celebi's place from the original games' Ilex Forest shrine event). The poster of the film displays her like a main cast member, even though she has very little screen time compared to other (more notable) Pokémon.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • When Sheena tells the heroes about a legend involving a young trainer with an electric Pokémon, Dawn automatically assumes it's referring to Ash. He isn't so quick to agree however, probably because of what happened the last time he Jumped at the Call.
    • Some people said that Marcus was the human version of Shadow the Hedgehog when the movie was still in Japan, thanks to their similar appearances. The English dub then had Jason Griffith (the English voice of Shadow from 2005 to 2010) voice Marcus.
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    • The movie involves Arceus and time-travelling to Sinnoh's past. Over a decade later we get a main series game about Arceus and time-travelling back Sinnoh's past.
      • As an add-on to the above, Legends: Arceus implied that the Arceus we know is a piece of a much more powerful being; so ultimately, the lightning and metallic water would only have killed that particular body, and not have killed Arceus's true form.
  • Iron Woobie: The Creation Trio, particularly (and literally) Dialga. The three of them stand up against what is essentially their parent (and a literal God) to stop him from destroying humanity, and get repeatedly knocked down, with Dialga being the last man standing.note 
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  • Just Here for Godzilla: There's a part of the audience that skips most of the story just to see the Creation Trio battle against Arceus, since this is the first instance in the series where the complete trio plus their master are present simultaneously. A smaller segment just likes hearing Dan Green's performance as Damos.
  • Narm:
    • Thunder creature? Really? Sheena couldn't just say "Electric-type Pokémon" or even Pikachu?!
    • For some, Arceus' English voice is built out of Narm. Dan Green should have voiced him, not Damos.
  • Obvious Judas: Marcus's role as the Big Bad is meant to be a twist. One look at his obviously evil-looking design (a design which no-one else in the movie matches), however, and you already know Damos isn't the (only) one to blame.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • At one point in the future, Team Rocket stumble across the real Jewel of Life as Arceus battles above them. You'd think that they'd try and use it to bait Arceus and get him under their control (or at least get him to cease his "judgement"). Instead they fumble around, do nothing with it and by the end the Jewel fades away thanks to the Timey-Wimey Ball. They might as well have never found the sodding bauble to begin with.
    • At least one critic persuasively argues that the Damos plot would be significantly more compelling if he had originally given in to temptation and refused to return the Jewel of Life, a good man betraying his morals for the sake of what he believes is a Necessary Evil. Such a plot would also have made Marcus a bit more compelling and three-dimensional, using him first as a Devil's Advocate, and later, to try swiping the jewel himself in the endgame.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Large Ham extraordinaire Dan Green voices Damos, but some would prefer him to be Arceus' English voice as opposed to the nasally, whiny drag-queen voice provided by Tom Wayland.