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  • Ass Pull: Darkrai's sudden resurrection at the end may come off as rather sudden, and a bit unexplained. note 
  • Author's Saving Throw: Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, while a cute and vividly beautiful film, was noticeably light on Pokémon battles. Rise of Darkrai, on the other hand, had lots of battling action ranging from friendly competition against local Coordinators, to the intense, high-stakes struggle of Darkrai against Dialga and Palkia.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Oracion.
    • The two songs during the end credits, "Living in the Shadow" and "I'll Always Remember You."
    • Darkrai's leitmotif. A chilling bell gives way to strings and a creepy organ downbeat.
  • Broken Base: Some people think this movie is one of or the best movies in the franchise (curiously, it has one of the highest IMDb scores of the film series), most people find it So Okay, It's Average, while a few people think it's one of the worst Pokémon movies.
  • Creepy Awesome: Darkrai, a living shadow that fought against two deity Pokémon. Even better was that he was only acting scary to prevent the deities from ruining Alamos Town's garden, which was for everyone.
  • Critical Research Failure: The only Shellos that appear in the movie are of the East Sea variety, although Alamos Town is actually on the west side of Mt. Coronet.
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  • Designated Villain: Dialga has as much culpability in what goes wrong as Palkia does, and yet just Palkia is deemed the villain by the movie. Though at the same time Palkia was the one who dragged the town into the Space-Time rift.
  • Evil Is Cool: Though not exactly evil, Palkia and Dialga.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Baron Alberto (before his transformation).
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Darkrai/Alice since the former risked his life to save the latter multiple times, while the latter felt worried whenever the former was hurt. You'd be surprised to see how many fans ship them instead of the Official Couple Tonio/Alice.
  • Genius Bonus: The Oración piece drawn at the back of the photograph of Gody and Alice on a bench, if played in the treble clef, is the same as the Oración actually played during the movie, albeit only the melody line.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The rising action of the movie near the climax involves Alamos Town disintegrating into the void, with Darkrai (temporarily) suffering the same fate. Naturally, when it aired on the Twitch Pokémon marathon, there was no shortage of Avengers: Infinity War jokes in the chat.
  • Iron Woobie: Darkrai, who never meant any harm, was cared for by Alicia, and went on to eventually save Alice's life, was still oppressed and antagonized by the people of Alamos Town.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: As mentioned on the main page, this movie had reused some plot devices from its predecessor Pokémon movies, hence why most Pokémon fans find it So Okay, It's Average.
  • It Was His Sled: Darkrai turning out to be a Dark Is Not Evil hero. The fact that this is mentioned in Darkrai's Platinum Pokédex entry (which is reused for the fifth generation games) doesn't help, nor does the way apparently evil Pokémon are treated in movies past and future.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Baron Alberto. As much the Jerkass he is, he still goes through a whole bunch of crap throughout the movie. Also, there's Team Rocket.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • Most people only watched this movie to see the ongoing battle between Palkia and Dialga and/or see Darkrai.
    • A few just wanted to watch the beginning of the movie with all the past generations of legendary Pokémon (except Raikou and the non-legendary Lucario) battling in one scene.
  • Memetic Badass: Darkrai.
  • Moral Event Horizon: If warping a whole town into another dimension wasn't bad enough, then the Spacetime Duo crossed it when they killed off Darkrai.
  • Narm: "THIS GARDEN IS EVERYONE'S!" Though it may count as Narm Charm/Badass in's still hard not to laugh/cringe as the big spooky Darkrai says that as if he's in Ferngully.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Seeing Darkrai himself get disintegrated, bit by bit.
    • A nightmare within a nightmare: when Ash was put to sleep by Darkrai's Dark Void, he sees a really menacing projection of Palkia.
    • Watching Alamos Town slowly disappear into another dimension by Palkia.
  • Paranoia Fuel: You see the vast fog over your town? That's no ordinary fog. Behind that fog isn't clear blue skies, but a whole different dimension that some invisible being has sent you in. Oh, and by the way? Your loved ones who are asleep will never wake up and are suffering from never ending nightmares. And all because their captor Darkrai is trying to stop a dangerous battle between the Pokémon of time and space.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Lickilicky to a small extent. While still an unpopular Pokémon overall, people tend to like Alberto's Lickilicky.
  • Signature Song: "Living in the Shadow" by Chris Barczynski.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Though, for those who still hate the creature do enjoy watching all the abuse it goes through. Especially Baron Alberto's evil portrayal as Licklicky.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • When Ash and gang cry over Darkrai's "death" at the end.
    • When Darkrai learns that it wasn't the beloved Alicia he was protecting but her granddaughter, Alice.
    • Watching Darkrai pull a Heroic Sacrifice is heartbreaking, but what takes the cake is Alice tearfully watching her friend disintegrate right before her eyes.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The idea of Darkrai being seen as the villain before The Reveal that he isn't is half-baked in execution, largely due to the fact that the movie itself barely attempts to suggest that Darkrai may truly be evil. Instead, characters justify his seemingly malevolent actions at almost every turn and downplay his ominousness, denying the audience much reason to assume he's evil at all before his true nature is shown.
    • The final fight between Dialga and Palkia is mired by it only coming into play at the end and the stakes only affecting the human characters, whom are far removed for the battle. At least one critic has compared the climax to that of Pokémon 3, and how it falters by comparison.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Darkrai, who was hated by nearly everyone in-universe, but largely popular outside universe.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Although it has no gender in the main games and is a male in Mystery Dungeon, more than a few viewers thought that Palkia was female. This may be due to the fact that Palkia has wide hips and a low waist-hip ratio, has stiletto clawed feet, shares the same roar as the female Boga, and is freakin' pink whereas Dialga is blue.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The Space-Time Towers when they glow golden wings as they play Oracion.
  • The Woobie: Alice.


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