Worst Pokemon Anime Cliches

I know I just made a list about cliches but this one popped up on my mind recently. I might as well get it off my mind now.
The Top Ten
1 Ash loses the league Ash loses the league

Ash should have won the Johto League, Sinnoh League and Kalos League. These where the times it felt like he set up for victory and then lost.

I don't care as much as people do, and I wouldn't like it if Ash won every League because it would be predictable... But losing every League is just as predictable. Kanto's loss was alright, because it did subvert expectations of 'main character always wins' and it was the first time, but some others were exaggerated. Seeing him lose constantly is not better than seeing him win constantly. He could've won some and lost some others, it would've been better and less predictable.

I'm not big on Ash winning as other people but jesus, at least let him win the league once in a while. The whole "it's okay to lose" message is getting stale and it doesn't translate well anymore because Ash loses every single league. And no, I don't count the Orange Island league. Or him winning the battle frontier. (The battle frontier allows you to retry battling it)

I actually changed my mind the past couple weeks about Ash losing the league. He deserved it. I'll explain why later. My opinion has changed as I have been analyzing the XYZ series and Kalos Ash in general.

2 "We are blasting off agaaain!!"

I'm so glad Bewear removed this running gag, for the most part. But I have a feeling it's going to return after the SM anime is over and we move to gen 8.

It's getting old

3 Pikachu beats everybody Pikachu beats everybody

You mean Pikachu's broken power level?. No. Make that the overall messed up power scaling in the anime that made Dragon ball super's scaling look accurate.

This is true and untrue at the same time. I don't know if I should upload an image. (I did for nearly all of these)

4 Romantic subplots Romantic subplots

While some of the girls crush on Ash were remained subtle most of the time (except Serena), romantic subplots should have been saved when the characters were older.

I'm not just talking about the girls who has as crush on Ash. (Serena isn't the only one.) There were other characters who had romantic subplots, regardless if it was one sided or not.

Also I hate the fact that subplot romance is in the Pokemon anime to begin with? The show itself isn't about romance and doesn't go anywhere with it, so what's the point of having it?

Most of the images were approved. And sorry, for this item you have to deal with Serena blushing during that gross scene where Ash was sick. I want to empathize how much I get annoyed by this cliche and I want you all to feel it.

This is the worst, they're so forced and uneeded. Forcing a character in a relationship they aren't interested in isn't cute or healthy. Romantic relationships aren't the solution to every single problem people!

5 Every main character has a starter Pokemon Every main character has a starter Pokemon

This slightly bugs me, not that I hate the fact that the characters have starters, I don't usually like it when Ash gets more than 1 Starter on his team...It limits various ways to make his team diverse and less predictable.

And the only reason why the main characters get starters to begin with is to feature them for marketing. Same with the next one I'm going to bring up.

6 Fire starters that Ash gets have been mistreated/ have a dark story/past revolved around them Fire starters that Ash gets have been mistreated/ have a dark story/past revolved around them

Come to think of it, I have realized this just about now. I don't know when will they ever stop with this. I mean, it's stupid to see that they keep it up. I haven't seen any of the anime series other than BW series, but having to see the flashback of the original series, I realized that this is one of the things that should stop.

If a non-Fire starter has a dark past (Snivy or Froakie) may it never be explored in detail because it's exclusive to Fire types.

I don't mind Pokemon having a dark past, in fact I think it does make them interesting. But why always the poor Fire types?

Snivy did have a "mean trainer" previously, but sadly didn't expend on that because for some reason, they had to have TEPIG rehash the same Charizard (as a charmander minus life threatening situation plus being tied it up) went through & took away what could be explained for what happened to Snivy with her previous trainer -_-

7 One of the main characters gets a Pikachu clone One of the main characters gets a Pikachu clone

The only times that this didn't happen is in Johto and Hoenn. This peeved me the most when it comes to Iris. She's supposed to be a dragon trainer, why would you give her an electric flying squirrel? Like seriously.

8 Main characters has an absent father

This also happens in the games. May and Brock were the only characters that didn't have a father that was absent or missing until the Sun and Moon anime, where literally 3 characters have a father that is present.

9 Ash and co befriend a cute mythical/legendary Pokemon Ash and co befriend a cute mythical/legendary Pokemon

I love the cute mythical/legendary (they're kind of the same thing in anime). I really do and it doesn't bother me. Though I wish not every single one of them aside from Mewtwo Strikes Back's Mew and I Choose You's Marshadow were the baby in distress that they have to protect. Celebi did that, okay cool it was the first one. Jirachi did it... I can understand. But then we got movie 8's Mew, Manaphy, Shaymin (at least it had a different kind of personality but it was insufferable from what I recall) Celebi again, Victini, Diancie, Hoopa, Magearna, were all kind of just the baby in distress. I'll let Meloetta slide since it doesn't happen as often outside of movies.

These are super rare, mythic legendaries with unique powers and get saved by some kids. I get some people would be after their rare powers, but every single one of them is a baby in distress except two. It's like a random Lanturn or Poliwag would be stronger than them.

I know it's marketing purpose. A cute, ...more

I actually want them to befriend Marshadow in the 20th movie (Give my lonely, timid little ghost some friends), but I've seen people that really despise this cliche so I'm adding it here.

10 Beach episodes

It makes sense to do them in Alola, since it's literally based off Hawaii..but I really don't like how common beach episodes are in Pokemon. These characters are like 10-11 years old. I don't want to see them in bikinis just so the older fans of the anime can be perverted about it. Which I theorize that's the only reason they exist to begin with...fan service.

And speaking of beach episodes, there are people who are salty about Serena not having one even though the majority of her character already gives enough fan service as it is.

In Alola or Hoenn it makes sort of sense, but in most regions they don't. Also they are plain unecessary. Who wants to see that except perverts?

I liked A Hot Water Battle from season 4... It's one of my favorite Pokemon anime episodes.

Anyone remember beauty and the beach?

The Contenders
11 Ash is stupid in this season! Ash is stupid in this season!
12 Ash never catches a legendary Pokemon

Well, to be fair, legendaries in the anime are portrayed as powerful and to maintain balance of the universe. Beats me on how Tobias got them, but then again, he only existed to stop Ash from winning the league.

He did technically catch an ultra beast and a mythical.

Fire ash from being a pokemon trainer he's to stupid to catch a legendary

13 No beach episode for Serena
14 We’re off with a new blast
15 Female leads/companions love to shop Female leads/companions love to shop

Dear, thank you. This is sorta irritating. Iris was the only one that didn't enjoy shopping. I understand why Dawn, Lillie or Serena do because it's in line with their characters, but Lana for example doesn't strike me as a type that would enjoy it. Also, shopping scenes are kind of useless in the anime. We could do without.

Okay I know this is normalized when it comes to girls, but why do the majority of them have to like shopping? Lana loves to go shopping...which you wouldn't even picture her enjoying in the first place, but she does... because she's a girl.

16 Female companion based on girl protagonist; male companion based on a gym leader of some sort

Actually, only May, Dawn and Serena are based on the female protagonists of the games of their respective regions (May - Hoenn - RSEORAS, Dawn - Sinnoh - DPPt.BDSP, Serena - Kalos - XY).

For the other girls, Misty and Iris in the games are both gym leaders (only true for the latter in Pokemon White), Lillie, Mallow and Lana are NPCs, with the latter two being trial captains, and Chloe is not based on any female character in the games, and is not a main character in Journeys like Ash and Goh.

Yeah it is getting old

17 Contest related goals

Didn't care about it until Showcases came along. Which I can go on a full fledged rant of how much they suck... and I'm not saying that because of Serena.

Contests were okay, but Showcases are pointless and stupid.

..Am I the only one that actually likes pokemon showcases?

Bring back contest

18 Always a stupid girl protagonist

What are you talking about, they aren't stupid. Some are annoying, but saying all of them are stupid is too harsh in my opinion.

Not saying their not good, but sometimes their straight up dumb

19 "It's Team Rocket!"

Seriously. When they will learn?

20 Team Rocket constantly showing up and wasting Ash's time and the episode time.

So, *spoilers* Meowth developed a crush on Koharu/Chloe in the latest episode...mainly because she was so nice to him. And shockingly enough, he actually wanted to be caught by her! This is pretty big...he's never wanted to be caught by anyone...EVER (afaik). But by the end of the episode, status quo cruelly puts him back with his toxic 'friends.' I've finally become effin' tired of TRio. They have NO heart left. Jessie used to have somewhat of a caring side, but now she's so cold. And James isn't even that kind anymore either, and he used to always be the nicest member! Not to mention, they all stopped being funny LONG ago (BW, for me, barring a few episodes here and there). They really should have finished their arc in DP, with TRio finally leaving their life of crime in the past. But NO! They bring in money (I assume), so there's no way the writers will ever let them leave the show gracefully. God, I feel so bad for Meowth after today's episode. Ugh.

Team Rocket as a whole is extremly annoying! On very rare occasions, they appear in a boring episode and makes thing somewhat more excited, but that's very, and I mean VERY are! Througout the whole series, Jessie, James and Meowth have all bumped into some sort of profession or relationship that would be far better for them in every way, but it always ends with them going back to the others and back to square one. When you finally think they will have development, its all taken away by the end of the episode and in the next, its back to failing at catching literally every singel Pokèmon they try to steal. They have all shown to care about Pokèmon, yet for some reason are still part of Team Rocket. All three have unique and interesting backstories, but all of their good traits are overshadowed by their singel minded goal of catching Ash's Pikachu, which they never will, so they are basically just wasting their time and lives. They are loveable in the beginning, but soon they are just ...more

Buzz off and bother someone else for once. Is Ash's Pikachu really worth stealing if you almost always fail horribly at it? There are plenty of other Pikachu out there, although maybe not as powerful or unique.

21 Some Pokémon get hardly any screen time over other Pokémon like Charizard and Greninja

Agreed with that. All Pokemon should have their shining moment, not be invisible like that poor Noivern.

22 Ash is always 10
23 Ash doesn't kiss Dawn

How is that horrible?

24 Ash is dragged into movie plots
25 Ash doesn't actually earn most of his battles
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