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  • Evil Is Sexy: Annie and Oakley, with their midriff-baring black leather outfits and slim, curvaceous, well endowed figures.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Alto Mare is a pretty popular choice of places used in fanfics. Being based on Venice no doubt helps its cause.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • My Best Friends being the film's end credits song, considering this was the final film with the original cast. It doesn't help that it caps off a medley with the prior song being The Time Has Come, which first played during Pokémon S1E39 "Pikachu's Goodbye"' and ends its section with "Somehow, someway, we'd have to say goodbye."
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    • In Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, we see both the Latios and Latias of that universe killed off and unable to protect each other from harm.
  • It Was His Sled: Latios dies saving Alto Mare at the end. A lot of fan art of the two Eon Dragons gives this away.
  • Moe: Latias: in her human disguise she's a bonafide Mysterious Waif, and in her true form she's a cheerful, affectionate Genki Girl of a Pokémon. She racks up multiple Woobie points along the course of the movie for good measure.
  • Narm: Near the end, when Ash and Bianca call out to Latias and Latios, respectively, and Pikachu calls out to them as well. Since he can only say his own name, it sounds like a Rocky Roll Call.
    Ash: Latias!
    Bianca: Latios!
    Pikachu: Pikachu!
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The zombie fossil Pokémon; blank-eyed Super Persistent Predators that, according to the dub at least, belonged to an evil Trainer in life and attacked innocent people at their command. The sight of Aerodactyl stalking Ash from a distance as he's paddling a gondola in particularly creepy, and Kabutops came frighteningly close to skewering him on one of its scythe blades.
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    • The tidal wave; large enough to engulf the whole city and with enough force to shatter solid stone, as shown by an abandoned cathedral that happened to be in its path.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: While not as highly regarded as the third movie or the original Japanese of the first, this is still regarded as one of the better movies of the original series, and at least often viewed as a good bit more enjoyable than its immediate predecessor (though how negatively the heavy editing of the dub affects that enjoyability is debated).
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