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YMMV / Pokémon the Movie: Black/White

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  • Fanon: Most of the fandom views White—Victini and Zekrom as the "canon" version, since Ash being the Hero of Ideals is more in-line for his character than the Hero of Truth. This is also consistent with the anime's Story Arc pertaining to the legendary dragons having N as the Hero of Truth and noting a connection between Ash and Zekrom.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The Dragon Force became destructive as a result of the two brothers of yore fighting their battle with Reshiram and Zekrom. It was neither the truth of collapse/the ideal of harmony that Ash bore nor the ideal of rebirth/the truth of vigilance Damon possessed that saved the Kingdom of the Vale in the end, but the cooperation between them, and between Reshiram and Zekrom in turn. Hate and zeal only destroy themselves and everything around them.
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  • Nightmare Fuel: Hey~ wanna know just what exposure to high/extreme altitudes was doing to Ash's ten-year-old body?
  • Tear Jerker: Ash's supposed death, holding Victini in his arms and quietly apologizing to him. He then sheds a Single Tear. It's in this moment that, for the first time in any of these movies and having faced (and/or cheated) death several times before in all sorts of circumstances, this is the first time Ash realizes the odds are far too heavily favored against him...and for the first time seemingly ever, for a brief moment, Ash gives up.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The earliest promotions for the films advertised the child characters as each being exclusive to one of the films, Luis exclusive to Black and Luisa exclusive to White. In the finished product, both characters are in both films and don't really do anything in either.
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  • Woolseyism: The English titles. In Japanese, the names are 'The Black Hero: Zekrom', and 'The White Hero: Reshiram'. In English, the colours are swapped, so now each of the dragons are associated with the opposite coloured movie, so Reshiram is now the mascot of the Black movie, and vice versa, which matches up with the mascots of the games themselves. This also matches up with Damon's Pokemon, as in Black, he has a Gothitelle, and in White, he has a Reuniclus, each of which are exclusive to the game that shares a name with the movie.

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