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YMMV / Pokémon Black and Blue

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  • Cry for the Devil: Cheren gets this treatment. Many fanworks revolve around how the nice and calm character from the games turned into an abusive alcoholic.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Fans of Ash and Cheren really took to these parodies of them.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: The sequel Red, White & Blue has been heavily lambasted for doing little other than being another Pokémon parody that focuses on attacking the game series by accusing the franchise of encouraging animal abuse, the only significant difference being that the game also tries to make people boycott McDonald's.
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  • Misaimed Fandom: It was a Take That! at the series but Pokémon fans still embraced it as a Dark Fic Alternate Universe.
  • Shallow Parody: This is a large reason why the Pokémon fandom didn't get remotely offended by the game. It contains numerous inaccuracies to the franchise. While the battling system, interface, and character designs are accurate, pretty much everything else is completely off:
    • The series goes out of its way to show that Pokémon genuinely like battling and that it's a sport. One early Kanto episode had Pokémon retaliate against their trainers, and Word of God is that one of the ending ideas thrown around when the anime was supposed to be only an arc long was that Pokémon overthrow their trainers due to not wanting to battle anymore, but those are Early Installment Weirdness and don't reflect battling as depicted elsewhere. Abusive trainers are portrayed as negative and are in sharp contrast to the compassionate protagonists.
    • Videos are inside generic treasure chests. The games use Poké Balls on the overworld, not treasure chests, except for Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD, in which the chests are colored like Poké Balls.
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    • The game mixes up the anime with the games, though it's still better than a lot of parodies in this regard. Ash does not exist in the games. Neither does Nurse Joy, though the nurses from Yellow onward all use her design as a generic model.
    • Grass types are super effective on Ghetsis but his moveset implies he's an Electric type.
    • Everything about Ash's characterization is off. He's a heartless, apathetic trainer who beats his Pokémon into submission and sees them as tools. This is nothing like the All-Loving Hero he is in canon. He also states that he never loved Pikachu, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary from the very first episode.
    • Ash's Pikachu is never in his Poké Ball. One of his main traits is that he's always outside of it.
    • It's true, Pokémon battles are a form of gambling... In the games. In the anime, it's never shown that trainers get money for winning battles. Ash's "The only thing that matters to me is that I make a lot of money in the Pokémon entertainment industry." is thus incorrect, though in a meta way it's obvious PETA is using Ash as a stand-in to both The Pokémon Company and circus performers.
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    • There are no Pokémon games called [x] and [x]. Those titles refer to two different games titles together.
    • Ghetsis has an Aerodactyl's "pelt" sewn onto his cloak. While it would be paleontologically accurate otherwise, Aerodactyl is canonically scaly and possibly made out of rocks.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Red, White & Blue establishes that the McDonald's mascot Grimace was apparently a rare Pokémon that was captured and abused by McDonald's to convince children to eat their food. Even if you're willing to overlook the fact that Grimace existed 25 years before the first Pokémon game came out, that's still a pretty odd revelation to give in this game.

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