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  • Anticlimax Boss: Xerneas saves everyone from Yveltal simply by blocking Yveltal's attacks, then connecting with it and calming it down rather than battling it.
  • Ass Pull: Diancie is somehow able to create its own Mega Stone without even realizing it and is able to Mega Evolve without the help of Key Stone like in the games.
  • Awesome Music: "Open My Eyes", the English-language ending song, is possibly the only good thing to come out of Ed Goldfarb's dub score.
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  • Creepy Awesome: Yveltal, who defies the (long) trend of Pokémon antagonists being Not Evil, Just Misunderstood and is a Knight of Cerebus.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Marilyn and Riot, the Affably Evil, fairly non-malicious thieves have some fans.
  • First Installment Wins: Of the X & Y series films. This film, considered by most as So Okay, It's Average, was the only one to escape backlash in a Dork Age started by its predecessor. It is also the only film that wasn't a Box Office Bomb.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Diancie shares her Japanese voice actress with Rikku, an Al Bhed thief. In Kingdom Hearts II, Rikku is a fairy, and tries to steal from Donald Duck, who shares his Japanese voice actor with Ninja Riot.
    • The final act is surprisingly similar to Fantasia 2000's portrayal of Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite". A fairy awakens a dormant, monstrous avian being who is the very epitome of destruction, who destroys a forest and performs a Disney Death. The Elk from the movie even resembles Xerneas!
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  • She Really Can Act: Sarah Natochenny does a very effective job at selling Ash's grief over Pikachu's Disney Death.
  • So Okay, It's Average: General consensus for the movie is that it's "cute, but predictable", with the lack of a full Xerneas vs. Yveltal fight being a point against it.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Granted, it's considered "alright-ish" by most, but it's at least seen in a better light than the widely-despised Pokémon: Genesect and the Legend Awakened, and regarded more highly than the other two Kalos movies (which are perceived as "pretty bad" and "predictable").
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Shinji Miyazaki's score being replaced with Ed Goldfarb's score for the dub was not well received; especially since keeping Miyazaki's music for the movies completely intact was always greatly appreciated compared to the 4Kids dubs of the earlier movies.
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  • Tear Jerker: Has its own page.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Xerneas could have been developed as a Mentor to Diancie and/or a Foil to Yveltal. Instead, its interactions with the main characters are severely limited, it lacks a proper fight scene with Yveltal and ends up just changing into a tree to save the day and replenish the forest.

Alternative Title(s): Pokemon The Cocoon Of Destruction And Diancie


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