Nintendo and Warner Brothers and all those other high up Pokémon people have made plenty of mistakes. Hey, they're human, but so many of their errors surround Mew and Mewtwo! Whether it's a dubbing mistake, plot hole, coloring error, typo, or inconsistency, read 'em and weep, official big-wigs! I will also discuss things fans commonly consider to be mistakes (or I once thought was a mistake), but actually are not a problem.
- In the Episode 13, Mystery at the Lighthouse, the one with Bill in it, Bill's front door has a carving of Mewtwo on it! Mewtwo wasn't even born yet, and besides, the only live person to see him and remember it is Giovanni (at least after the First Movie.) Mewtwo is shown again in the same episode on Bill's big computer screen with all the Pokémon on it. Maybe you should read my theory about this...
- From Black_Mewtwo: In the Episode 63, Battle for the Badge, where Jessie, James, and Meowth steal Togepi and take it to the Boss, one wall in Giovanni's office (in both reality and their daydream) has a painting of Mewtwo on it. He's classified information, so why is he up there on the wall? DreamDratini writes that Giovanni was very proud to be Mewtwo's trainer, and so this picture is merely a sign of his pride. DreamDratini also says that Team Rocket members would be the only ones in the office, so there would be no problem with having Mewtwo's picture there. That makes sense, though it does seem a bit careless if you ask me. Excessive pride often leads to one's downfall, you know.
First Movie Goofs
- From Mewsette: When Mewtwo's sitting on his shattered cloning tube and talking with the scientists, there looks like there is another Mewtwo's nose in the other tube on the right side of the screen. But, actually, according to Peanutbutter Mewtwo, the original shot had Mewtwo and Dr. Fuji on the sides of the screen with their faces reflected on the glass tubes. The shot was cropped, so you can only see the tip of Mewtwo's nose now, and a little of Fuji's hair.
- Early in the movie, Ash is facing a pirate-like trainer named Raymond in a Pokémon Battle. Although Raymond is shown throwing out his Machamp twice, this is not a mistake (it might have been a bad idea though). The scene had to be adjusted to fit the English music better, and the dubbers must have, for some reason, seen this instant replay as a good way to fix the issue.
- Umio / Fergus tells Officer Jenny that all his Pokémon are of the water-type, but we later see he has a Nidoqueen, a poison/ground-type.
- During the scene when some people are trying to cross the stormy sea riding their Pokémon, Umio / Fergus releases his Gyarados. It's normally yellow lips are blue for a second. I guess the water was really cold.
- In the same scene, I thought that Soroa / Corey's Pidgeot appears on screen as a Fearow for a second, for no apparent reason. However, according to Lumina Sumnor, this isn't a mistake, but rather a completely different trainer. Soroa / Corey leaves first, then Umio / Fergus, and then the Fearow trainer (who apparently is a blondish girl if you look closely). Lumina also says that it is mentioned in the DVD commentary that this girl is another trainer who tried to reach New Island, but apparently didn't make it.
- Soroa / Corey calls his Pidgeot a Pidgeotto when he introduces it. This possibly resulted from a mistranslation seeing as the Japanese name for Pidgeot is "Pijoto," and I guess I can understand how that could be mistakenly made "Pidgeotto" rather than the accurate "Pidgeot." But come on. These are official Pokémon people making this mistake!
- From Shantel: In the introduction of Mewtwo scene, after Mewtwo reflects Gyarados's hyper beam back at it and knocks it out, the camera pans down and shows Umio / Fergus jumping into the pool and swimming towards Gyarados. Here, Nidoqueen is shown colored purple like a Nidoking, rather than her proper blue.
- Jessie, James, and Meowth make a few mistakes as they name the Pokémon silhouettes flashing on the computer screen or as the Pokémon come into their glass tanks. At one point they call a Scyther an Alakazam. According to the DVD commentary, this was indeed a mistake that the dubbers made. I really have no idea how they thought that shape was an Alakazam... maybe just the head of an Alakazam if you... no, there is no way that is anything but a Scyther, sorry. Anway, a kid at the studio just so happened to notice the mistake toward the end of production of the dub of the movie. To save their booties, the dubbers decided to leave this mistake in as a joke and blame it on Jessie and James's Pokémon ineptitude. I say the dubbers really should take responsibilty for their own mistake and give Team Rocket a break. They're already being blasted off every episode; they don't need to be made to look dumb on the side, for things that aren't even their fault. And besides, a few seconds later, Meowth calls a Sandslash a Sandshrew as it enters the glass tank. In the DVD commentary, the dubbers do not acknowledge or account for this mistake at all. I bet they missed this mistake entirely! Phooey on them!
- Mewtwo captures and clones Ash's Charizard, Soroa / Corey's Venusaur, and Sweet / Neesha's Blastoise, but he already had clones of those Pokémon. Then, during the battle between the clones and the originals, there is only one cloned Charizard, Venusaur, and Blastoise. We never see the new clones. What happened to them? The best explaination I can come up with is that Mewtwo captured the original Pokémon, but since he had the clones already the computer did not clone them, rather keeping them stored until Mewtwo would come to destroy them (as he said he would).
- When the explosion occurs that releases all of the originals, they run across the screen. If you look at Vaporeon, it is shown temporarily without a tail fin!
- In the scene toward the end, when all the clones and originals are battling with their special ablities removed, Pikachu's clone (Pikatwo) approaches Pikachu with sparks coming from its cheeks. With Mewtwo blocking all of the Pokémon's powers, Pikatwo should not have been able to do that. However, it is apparently never stated in the Japanese that Mewtwo was blocking any special abilities. The dubbers put that in to explain why the Pokémon were struggling the way they were, rather than using their powers. I guess they missed Pikatwo's cheek action when they thought that up.
Mewtwo Returns Goofs
- The movie people forgot to (or decided not to) dub the cloned Meowth's (Meowtwo) lines! He says the Japanese word for "meow," which is "nya," throughout the entire movie. (Thanks!)
- From Static2007: When the clones, Pikachu, and Meowth are swimming to the island (the part when Mewtwo's asking if it's better to let them go or make them stay so he can protect him) the Ninetales clone is swimming. How does it do that when it's a fire type? (Zephyr Analea has come up with a possible answer to this! Clarity Lake has healing properties, does so as long as the Ninetales was swimming in that lake specifically, however much he is hurt by the water, he would be instantly healed by it. I doubt that was what the animators were thinking, but that makes sense to me!)
- Stolen from TV Tome: This movie marks the first time the good guys meet Giovanni. But for no reason at all, the good guys seem to already know him! Vye Brante counters that the good guys do not give any indication that they know who Giovanni is. At that point in time, he is just a guy who was talking about deciding if Mewtwo would live or not and had a group of Team Rocket agents behind him. I doubt they'd assume he was on their side, given that. And all they said to him was, "Oh no you won't!" "We won't let you!" not that they know exactly who he is.
- From Pixen: About forty minutes in to Mewtwo Returns, after Jessie and James realize, locked up alone in the cell, that they will need to revise the motto now that Meowth is gone, the next shot is of Mount Quena, the lake, the bushes and clouds. There's the ominous music from the First Movie that they dubbed in, and while that's going on, the clouds just sit in the sky. And then after four seconds or so they start moving rapidly! Check it out; it's the funniest thing ever. My explanation/guess for this is that because of the music they had to add a few seconds to the shot to make it all fit; and hope us audience wouldn't notice.
- From Alison: This isn't really a mistake, but Team Rocket locks the clones in a cell with the humans, and the only way they got out was when the explosion happened. Couldn't the clones just use their attacks to get out? (I noticed this too. The Gyarados bugged me in particular. It just sits there with its mouth open through pretty much the whole movie. Come on, Hyper Blast those bars already!)
- From Lumina Sumnor: Mewtwo is being tortured by Giovanni's blue and red machines. Finally, Mewtwo decides to use the last of his strength to break free. Pikachu and Pikatwo help out by Thundershocking the red machine, and eventually it explodes. The other machine then goes haywire and also explodes. This second machine should be blue, but it is also colored red. However, Vye Brante says that, while Mewtwo is using up all of his power against the machines, it is shown for a split second changing from blue to red. So I guess this is not really a mistake. It doesn't make a lot of sense though. If red means the machine is approaching the point of blowing up, why did the other machine start out red?
- I guess it is possible, but if the video game Pokedex is accurate, would Ash really be able to carry Mewtwo around at the end of Mewtwo Returns? His Pokémon couldn't have been that much of a help... Dame Celebi writes that Ash might have been able to do this because, in Wave Guiding Hero, Ash is an Aura Guardian, and Aura Gaurdians are naturally a bit stronger and faster then other humans.
- From DrumUltimA: At the end, Ash says "This time, we'll both be able to remember!" Didn't he not know about last time? Dog Ears thinks that Mewtwo might have removed the memory modification that Ash had previously been placed under, but this is never explicitly stated. Mewtwo just talks about their right to keep these new memories, not necessarily the past memories. Although, if he's going to let them keep the new memories, why not restore their old memories too? Venedig has an alternate explaination: When Ash first addresses Mewtwo, Mewtwo asks him how Ash is able to know him. Ash says Meowth told him the whole story. Maybe this really was the whole story, and was told by the cloned Meowth, with Team Rocket's Meowth as a translator.
Official Website Goofs
- This image of Mew being used in a battle used to be on Nintendo's official Pokémon website in an advertisment for Pokémon Blue and Red. It's also apparently very early in the game, or at least around Pallet town, based on the low-level Rattata that is the opponent. A little unbalanced with such a relatively high-level Mew, eh? This is quite a fantastic message to be sending us, isn't it? People in Nintendo either cheated, or installed Mew into their own games to gain this unfair advantage.
- Also formerly on Nintendo's official Pokémon site, in the movies section, they say, "When scientists genetically created a new Pokémon, Mew, they had no idea what sort of disastrous events would result." Um...they didn't create Mew. They created a clone of Mew, also known as Mewtwo. Is this new to you people?
- Formerly on Warner Brother's official Mewtwo Returns site, they had a drawing guide that said Mewtwo's ears are horns.
- From Mewtwocool: In the book version of Mewtwo Strikes Back, when Mewtwo has his Charizard, Blastoise, and Venusaur clones fight the originals that are owned by the trainers, the two other trainers besides Ash are said to be Umio and Sweet. However, it was Soroa / Corey who owned the Venusaur. Umio / Fergus was not part of that battle at all.
- From Zephyr Analea: On the last page of the children's book "Mewtwo Is Watching You", they tell of Mewtwo's statistics. Here, they say he is 6'7" tall, and 169 lbs. Problem is, they forgot 100 pounds, he's supposed to weigh 269 lbs!
Inconsistencies and Weirdness
The Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow versions of the Pokémon video games seriously contradict the First Movie. These are the diary entries in the Cinnabar lab:
- July 5. Guyana, South America: A new Pokémon discovered deep in the jungle.
- July 10. We christened the newly discovered Pokémon, Mew.
- Feb. 6. Mew gave birth. We named the newborn Mewtwo.
- Sept. 1. Mewtwo is far too powerful. We have failed to curb its vicious tendencies...
- It is valid to say Mew was discovered in Guyana, South America, since it is established in the CD Drama and hinted in the movie that Mew spends time in the Andes Mountains and in the Amazon. The whole First Movie is about Mewtwo being far too powerful for the scientists, or anyone for that matter, to control. But the third entry totally contradicts everything! Mewtwo is Mew's clone, not child! Even the Red/Blue Pokedex says that Mewtwo was the result of a scientist's experiment. Therefore, the only way for all of these things to be true is if Mew was involved in the experiment as the serrogate mother for the embryo of her clone. However, when Pokémon genders and breeding were fully introduced in the Gold and Silver versions, Mew, as a Legendary Pokémon, is said to be of unknown gender and unable to breed! In addition, if Mew was the surrogate mother, it doesn't make sense for Mewtwo to be kept in the glass cloning tube. Although other nods to the First Movie were added to the FireRed and LeafGreen versions, this diary remains unchanged and unexplained. This child verses clone topic was discussed in the Ask Section. Strawberry Eggs's fanfic The Mewtwo of Cinnabar Island attempts to reconcile all this seemingly contradictory information.
- In the First Movie, after Ash defeats two of the pirate-like trainer Raymond's Pokémon, Raymond becomes angry and attacks with three Pokémon all at once: a Venomoth, Pinsir, and a Golem. Ash sends out Pikachu, who beats them all with one shock, including Golem who SHOULD be resistant to electricity. Yeah, I know Ash trained Pikachu once, but in the game, it makes no difference how much you train electric Pokémon, the resistences remain the same (and I, personally, like the game's logic better).
- In Mewtwo Returns, the cloned Nidoqueen and the cloned Rhyhorn are shown to have parented cute little Nidoqueen and Rhyhorn babies. This is inconsistent with the games in many ways. First of all, when breeding Pokémon, all of the offspring will match the evolutionary line of the mother. No offspring will match the evolutionary line of the father (excluding the one exception of breeding with a Ditto). Based on the rules used in the games, there should be no little Rhyhorn babies. Secondly, the offspring should be the most unevolved form of the mother Pokémon, so there should only be Nidoran children, not minature Nidoqueens. But, worst of all, in the games, Nidoqueen are completely unable to breed. I don't understand why, but, yes, in the games, Nidoqueen do not breed, not even with Nidoking. So, according to the games' logic, there would be no children of any sort from a Rhyhorn and Nidoqueen couple.
- All over the Pokémon Universe, before the introduction of the Gold and Silver Pokémon, everyone was saying there was 150 Pokémon. Bill, Oak, Giovanni, the PokeRap, everyone. But then in Battle for the Badge, Gary tries to use his PokeDex on Mewtwo, and it has no data. If there is no data on Mewtwo in the PokeDex, and nobody knows he exists, and Mewtwo is Pokémon #150, how the heck can people go around saying there are 150 Pokémon? Then don't they then acknowledge the existence of only 149 Pokémon? I guess they could be rounding up, but that's still weird. Could Mew be considered the 150th Pokémon in the list? But that also doesn't make sense. Most people consider Mew to be merely a legend or a mirage, or at least extinct. Plus, Mew is not included in the PokeRap, but Mewtwo is! What gives?
- From Lewis: Also, some weirdness about the PokeDex: In the first episode of Pokémon, Ash sees Ho-oh and takes out his Pokedex to identify it. Dexter calmly says that it doesn't know what the Pokémon is, and not all of them have been discovered yet. Yet, when Gary uses his Pokedex to identify Mewtwo, the screen is all fuzzy and it freaks out. Could it be that Mewtwo's equipment interfered with the Pokedex and messed it up?
From icewaterdarkblood: There seem to be conflicting PokeDex entries for Mew:
- Red/Blue: So rare that it is still said to be a mirage by many experts. Only a few people have seen it worldwide.
- Yellow: When viewed through a microscope, this Pokémon's short, fine, delicate hair can be seen.
- Silver: Its DNA is said to contain the genetic codes of all Pokémon, so it can use all kinds of techniques.
- The question is, if Mew is a mirage, how can you look at her hair or analyze her DNA? My possible explanation for this discrepancy is, the Red/Blue PokeDex entry was written shortly after Mew's existence was verified. The discovery was so new that conservative scientists were still skeptical and unwilling to believe that Mew actually existed. The later PokeDex entries could have been written after the doubtful scientists were finally convinced, and after Mew had been more extensively studied.
Why is Mewtwo #150 and Mew is #151? Wouldn't they need to know that Mew exists before they can decide that Mewtwo exists? (This was debated in the Ask section. I'll link to that here eventually).
Apparently, according to Furrtwo, this question was answered on the Pokémon.com mailbag:
Mew was "officially" discovered by Pokémon researchers only after they'd created Mewtwo. Also, as far as logistics go, Mew is a Pokémon that can only be obtained through a special event, while Mewtwo can be caught just by playing Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue (or Pokémon Firered and Pokémon Leafgreen). For many people, it might leave an odd gap in their National Pokedex is Mewtwo was #151 and Mew was #150.So, it makes sense in terms of the games, but the in-universe logic still seems a bit iffy to me.
- From Shantel: Blastoise and Blastoisetwo have five small claws on each hand in Mewtwo Strikes Back. In Mewtwo Returns, Blastoisetwo has three big claws per hand. Did the claws fuse together somewhere along the line?
Do you know any other mistakes involving Mew or Mewtwo or any of their movies? Does anything here mistakenly call something a mistake when it really wasn't a mistake? Please e-mail me!