Pokemon

So Near, Yet So Farfetch'd - S1-E47

Continuity mistake: When Team Rocket takes off in the boat, it sinks. Their pokeballs float away, and Jessie says "Arbok and Lickitung are floating away!" But she doesn't catch Lickitung until Princess Versus Princess (Season 1, Episode 52).

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Other mistake: During the Poke-rap when the Poliwrath name is said, the Pokemon shown is actually Poliwag. Also, when the Graveler name is said, the Pokemon shown is actually Geodude.

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Dig Those Diglett - S1-E31

Character mistake: Brock states that the Diglett are plowing the ground and the Dugtrio are planting the trees, but the opposite is true (The Dugtrio are plowing, and the Diglett are planting).

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Pokemon, I Choose You! - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When the capsule containing the three pokeballs first opens up, you can see the names of the Pokemon etched into the balls (in Japanese). But when Ash picks them up, the names are gone.

Knever
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The Ninja Poke-Showdown - S1-E32

Factual error: When Venonat uses Stun Spore, Ash tells Bulbasaur to use Whirlwind. Bulbasaur just blows the powder away with his mouth, but he doesn't use the Whirlwind attack. He can't learn Whirlwind in any of the games, and what Whirlwind is supposed to do is to blow the opposing Pokemon away. Ash could have just as easily told Bulbasaur to blow it away, but he instead chose to tell him to use a move that he can't possibly learn. The only Pokemon that can learn Whirlwind are either Flying types or Bug types; i.e., Pokemon with wings (with the exception of Makuhita and Hariyama, which weren't introduced until generation III, and did not exist at the time this episode aired). In The School of Hard Knocks (Season 1, Episode 9), a character mentions information regarding a Pokemon's levels, attacks, and information which is taken straight out of the game, so it's very clear that Bulbasaur should not be able to use Whirlwind.

Knever
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Suggested correction: Actually this is a result of mistranslation. In the original, Japanese version Ash orders Bulbasaur to "blow it away." He didn't say Whirlwind.

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Other mistake: Larvitar's weight is 158.7lb, but Ash can carry it in his backpack without any problems.

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Viva Las Lapras - S2-E32

Plot hole: Officer Jenny asks Ash what he knows about the "trio" when he tells her that the pirates are likely Team Rocket, but he hadn't said anything about there being three of them before that. And Jenny obviously didn't know anything about Team Rocket, either. (00:05:30)

Knever
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Round One: Begin! - S1-E75

Character mistake: When Mandy brings out Golbat, Brock says "Kingler is really weak to air attacks." But Kingler's a Water type, which has no weakness to Flying type attacks.

Knever
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The March of the Exeggutor Squad - S1-E41

Other mistake: The Pokemon Exeggcute is shown evolving in to an Exeggutor naturally. But the Pokemon Exeggcute can only evolve into an Exeggutor with the use of a leaf stone. In the Japanese version, there is a mention that something in these woods causes Exeggcute to evolve without using the Leaf Stone (when Exeggcute evolves, James even mentions that there is no stone). However, as this was skipped in the English version, it creates a plot hole.

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Hiwada Gym! Forest Battlefield!! - S3-E28

Character mistake: Ash's Chikorita is knocked out by Bugsy's Metapod in the Gym battle against him. Brock mentions that Ash's remaining Pokemon are Cyndaquil and Pikachu, and Ash says "I'll save Chikorita for later, and use Pikachu now." However, Chikorita is the Pokemon that was just defeated, and Ash's remaining Pokemon is actually Cyndaquil as mentioned by Brock.

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A Chansey Operation - S1-E45

Factual error: When we see that Dodrio's neck is tangled, the configuration doesn't make sense. It just looks like two bands of neck, but it doesn't reflect what it would actually look like if it was really tangled.

Knever
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Volcanic Panic - S1-E57

Character mistake: During the recap, the narrator says that Ninetales had defeated Squirtle by using Ember, but Blaine ordered it to use Fire Spin.

Knever
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The Mandarin Island Miss-match - S2-E18

Character mistake: Prima tells Jynx to use Ice Beam, but she very obviously uses Ice Punch. (00:18:50)

Knever
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Wherefore Art Thou, Pokémon? - S2-E19

Other mistake: In the recap it says that Ash won a "big victory over Pokemon Master Prima", but it was actually a crushing defeat. (00:01:08)

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Suggested correction: It was presumably done as a joke.

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Round One: Begin! - S1-E75

Other mistake: Krabby evolves into Kingler during the match, and is somehow able to use Hyper Beam. Krabby can't learn Hyper Beam, and Kingler can only learn it via a Technical Machine.

Knever
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Suggested correction: Differences between games and anime were fully intentional and they're not mistakes at all.

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The Pi-Kahuna - S1-E67

Revealing mistake: When Pikachu meets Puka on the cliff, we are treated to an aerial shot which shows the ocean below. There is sunlight reflecting off the surface, but as the camera moves, the lights pass in front of the two Pikachu on the cliff.

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Enter the Dragonite - S2-E31

Plot hole: When Team Rocket decides that they're going to capture Dragonite after it's been worn out, they appear in the blimp above the battlefield no less than ten seconds after they were shown in the stands. There is just way too little time for them to have possibly gotten up there that fast, even allowing cartoon physics. (00:14:30)

Knever

Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village - S1-E10

Other mistake: In the scene when Team Rocket tries to steal the Pokemon, Bulbasaur saves Oddish. Ash comes to help push Bulbasaur, and for a few frames you can see 2 sets of hand prints cut out where Ash's hands go.

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A Chansey Operation - S1-E45

Continuity mistake: Jessie seems completely surprised when she's told that Voltorb can explode, but in The Ninja-Pokemon Showdown (Season 1, Episode 32), not only did she and the others find out what Voltorb are, they were all affected by the explosions as well.

Knever

Tracey Gets Bugged - S2-E16

Character mistake: Misty is notoriously afraid of bugs. She makes this clear whenever bugs are around. She seems to be okay with Tracey's Venonat, but for some reason doesn't think it should be classified as a bug, when its type is Bug/Poison, and it's quite obvious that "Venonat" comes from "venom gnat, " a gnat being an insect. She even directly states that "At least they're [Venonat and Marill] not Bug types!"

Knever

Trivia: During the Pokerap that appears after some episodes, nearly all of the pokemon shown are the actual creatures, but the Zapdos that is shown is a machine from Pokemon Island.

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A Jolting Switcheroo! - S17-E16

Question: Lyn mistakenly takes Bonnie's identical satchel containing Dedenne, but shouldn't Lyn's satchel be a different color so the mix-up doesn't happen?

Answer: It just happened because the girls each had the same colored bag.

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