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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Strangely, there has been some for Bill; according to some interpretations, he either created the randomizer to find a way to retrieve his long-lost daughter, used it as a way to make her happy, or used it to observe tweaked behaviors in Pokémon. In one case, the purpose of creating randomizer was to do away with the whole Helix and Dome thing altogether. Similarly, his personality in this run has ranged from genuinely caring to Affably Evil to flat-out villain.
  • Badass Decay:
    • Chairman Meow Zedong started with a plethora of high-level moves, effortlessly sweeping most foes out of his way for the early parts of the game. However, thanks to the mob's lack of coordination, most of those were overwritten by comparatively useless status moves, leaving the Chairman with only Cut. As the Skitty line suffers from awful stats, the Chairman was unceremoniously dumped into the PC not long after.
    • The Pokémon Tower has gone through this thanks to the randomizer; once That One Level, it's now just a convenient way to grind up the lower level Pokémon.
    • Lance. The Poison type is not considered to be anywhere near the level of the Dragon type.
  • Base-Breaking Character: The protagonist being another young girl named A is already a topic of debate between users (for those keeping count, that's a flame war in less than thirty seconds). Because the similar names could mean a continuation of the previous game's lore, those who want a "Gen 3-2" and those who want a fresh story are at odds with one another.
  • Breather Level:
    • On a meta level, this entire run. Most of the debates that show up don't cause as much of a disarray for as long, and even the Twitch chat abandoned caps lock comments in favor of intelligent conversation.
    • By the run itself, the Pokemon Tower, which serves as a grinding spot for everyone. Mostly helped by the fact that there's a non-PC healing spot close to A and various types of Pokemon residing there that are not Ghost-types.
  • Broken Base:
    • There hasbeen debate whether the Bill of this game is the same Bill of the previous runs or a separate PC Moderator with a similar name. The idea that this Bill is any evil like the previous one is similarly debated.
    • A picking the Dome Fossil this time. Immediately debate exploded about whether we had made the wrong choice, if this Dome was not the same as the previous one, or if this was a sign to embrace Democracy.
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    • Someone claims to have found the seed for the randomizer the run uses. Immediately the "spoilers" became divisive like none other.
    • The new Chat-to-Speech system has shades of this. With people arguing over how long it should be enabled, if it should be enabled at all, if there needs to be filters on it, even if the Streamer is using it to intentionally make Chat toxic.
    • If using Slaking without Truant could be considered cheating or not. Or if Alice's team could be compared with other teams on a fair ground, without randomized abilities and move sets.
    • Teachy TV. Do you want more of it, or was it a horrible abuse of Democracy and the antithesis of progress?
  • Cargo Ship: KirliaxPotato.
  • Demonic Spiders: SO MANY. The randomization filled the first route with level 2 and 3 mons that knew moves like Hyper Beam, Hyper Voice, and Tri Attack. Even after acquiring a decent party, the Mob still had issues with the occasional move combination, such as a Shedinja with Spider Web.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Alice has become champion and managed to stop her father! But the world is still randomized, there might be a bigger threat than Bill on the rise, and her rival has been implied to have spiraled into such a depression he started contemplating suicide by the end. Congratulations, I suppose.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Some see Alice's adventure as a metaphor for dealing with the return of her long-absent father, as shown in the WMG page.
  • Goddamned Bats: MANY wild Pokémon are this, considering how early some of them learn utterly broken moves. Some of them are even closer to Demonic Spiders or even Bosses in Mook Clothing.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the fifth episode of Pokémon X and Y arc of the anime, a Surskit takes out Pikachu with Signal Beam. Sure looks a lot like Hyper Beam...
  • Memetic Mutation: See here.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Pokémon Tower, once a scary (and difficult) area to traverse in the Red run, lost its Dreaded status when it was revealed that no ghost-types were hiding within. The party now uses it as a grinding spot.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Kirlia has spent almost no time in the party and has contributed almost nothing to the run itself other than be captured, but he is easily one of the most popular characters caught this run.
  • That One Boss: Koga again, this time thanks to his Ninjask. Not only does it have Huge Power, but it knows Aeroblast, which runs off of Huge Power's boosted Attack, and gets STAB to boot. With Ninjask's tremendous speed, it has no problem getting off Aeroblast after Aeroblast and wiping the party.
  • The Scrappy: The starter pokemon, a Machop with Truant. Most of the Mob wanted it dead and replaced with a new lead mon. Even the Admin was disappointed by it. Considering how little he speaks, it's as if God came down from heaven just to say it sucks.
    TwitchPlaysPokemon: why'd you pick machop?
  • Shipping:
    • Due Alice and Red having a lot of opposite similarities, lots of people like to ship the two. It's been nicknamed "Yinyangshipping" by fans in some circles.
    • Similarly, there are people who like to ship A and Alice together due to their Order vs. Anarchy dynamic. Might count as Screw Yourself if they are not separate characters.
    • On another note, Alice is often shipped with Teala, the Cable Club informer in every pokémon center's second floor, because she tends to go there and talk to her a lot.
  • The Woobie: Machop, the third starter to get this treatment (with an unfortunate exaggeration).

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