Pokemon Theory: Do Pokeballs Brainwash Pokemon?

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Rad Boy: Make up your mind Mario or Pokémon

VinsPawz Animation: I think pokeball are used to marking pokemon, you cant catch someone pokemon because their pokeball mark it

Damian Sprague: But what about Ash's primape he battled and caught it at first it didn't listten

Bat Cat: In Unova, Ash's pokeball hit oshawott's head pecause it had its own pokeball, so you can't catch caught pokemon.

Bat Cat: Giovanni made Mewtwo believe they were "equals".

James Fitzpatrick: Part 3: I could also say "But Proto, when mew two steals the pokemon and even the pokeballs in the movie, how come they are not brain washed then, huh?" and I believe that I would be right, as in the movie, Mewtwo DOES use his own style of pokeball to steal the other pokemon, and yet, when those pokemon are returned to their trainers, they are not brainwashed. It is also shown that, in that movie, Pikachu refuses to fight, despite being trapped in one of Mewtwo's pokeballs. THIS, I do believe is evidence to show, that, surprise surprise, the pokeball is not a brainwashing tool, (whilst the Rocket's meowth ALSO does not battle with the clone of himself, and ALSO has free will.) I therefore, disbelive and slightly damage/debunk the theory that the pokeball is about brainwashing.

James Fitzpatrick: Part 1: I would like to disagree with the idea and concept of Pokeballs or any kind of ball being able to brainwash. In the majority of the games, all pokemon obey when you battle or trade or obtain them from GTS when you reach certain badge levels. If you were to have a pokemon who, for example, leveled up to level 31 just before you got the Rainbow badge, (Gen 1) then it COULD disobey, and as soon as you got all of the badges, then all would obey without question. That is a game design, and has a somewhat separate cannon. I would argue that when it comes to the anime, Ash's charizard disobeying in the indigo league is possibly because Charizard would have been a go-to trump card, instead of him working on a whole good squad.

That said, I would theorize that it is not the balls that are responsible, but instead the badges. When Ash entered the indigo league, after obtaining all of the badges, the pokemon who battled for ash without question (pretty much everyone except charizard) would do so, whilst Charizard knows that Ash would not have some of those badges or victories if it were not for him.

The other pokemon who were not there when he did the gym battles can guess that he had earned them one way or another (despite him being just given the badges by some of them (such as when Brock handed over the badge despite pikachu should not have defeated him (because an electric type with electric and normal type moves having a distinct disadvantage) or when misty's sisters just handed it over simply because he had a pikachu and both electrical and grass types are effective agaisnt water (even though pikachu refused to battle there, Pikachu DID obey more AFTER he got the cascade badge (was Pikachu's level 21? at that time?)

In the games, pokemon are designed to deal with badges/stamps to a certain level, as it is designed as such. The anime uses a different mold, as it shows that some of the pokemon will have different personalities, such as Team Rocket's Meowth, or Ash's Pikachu and Charizard. The Anime and the games have different molds. Heck, Bulbapedia clearly shows that the GAMES have a forumla for obedience in the GAMES!.

Quote: "In battles in which experience can be earned, an outsider Pokémon may disobey the player if its level is greater than the maximum controllable level M granted by the player's Badges.
If it is possible for the Pokémon to disobey, when using a move a random integer from 0 to T is generated, where T = (Level of Pokémon) + M - 1. If this random integer is greater than or equal to M, the Pokémon is disobedient."

Sure, you can argue that the pikachu in Yellow does not go into the pokeball, but if anything, this does sorta prove that, despite not needing to be in the ball, it will still obey because the game mechanic still applies!

The Anime, which is a separate example, and a separate cannon, would of course differ from the game because an animation does not follow the rules of a "Game mechanic" in a cartoon, and have their own rules. The anime will instead show that, when not in a simulation game, that pokemon will have feelings, free will, the ability to make their own decisions etc (such as, Charizard refusing to battle, or, heck, when pikachu was given the choice of if it wanted to evolve).

In the animated series and movies, they have different rules and people CAN withdraw from battles etc.

In the animated series and movies, there are trainers who do take their pokemon's feelings into account and even let them get involved with decision making, or when there is a day off for the fun, the pokemon are released from their balls and sure enough get to have that fun when not battling. If anything, the fact that the TV show lets them make decisions, has me wonder, why they are treated as 'pets' or 'beasts' or 'animals' per se, except for it would still maintain a status quo. Wild pokemon, for example, can make the decisions, but humanity consider themselves higher, because of civilization, technology and our rules etc. Wild pokemon don't need it, but the show does see that they can understand that they could benefit from it by obeying the trainers. That theory is for another time (Including the theory about why pokemon need humans (and their influences), why wild pokemon would battle trainers and trained pokemon (even when some people 'grind' in the games) as well as why a pokemon would need to be weakened and not KO'ed before being captured as well why pokemon would both want to be captued (such as in pokemon go) but at the same time, would fight back and escape the poke balls from time to time.) (And yes, I have some theories to share for each.)

James Fitzpatrick: Is there a character limit for comments?

Doom: 4:38 did May make an appearance in the X and Y anime? I stopped watching the anime at black and white so I wouldn't know

TheNewtonium: I always assumed that the trade machine was necessary because pokéballs are "registered" to a pokédex, and the registration needs to be changed when a pokémon is traded. In Mystery at the Lighthouse Brock says "You can switch one pokémon for another by pressing the white button inside your pokédex" — so, evidently, there is some link between a trainer's pokémon and their pokédex. This does, however, raise the question of whether Misty and Brock have pokédexes, since they both seem pretty knowledgeable about them in that episode. Anyway, pokédexes are evidently not required for pokéballs to work, since Melvin manages to catch loads of Exeggutor in March of the Exeggutor Squad (if he had a pokédex it would have prevented this), and I doubt Team Rocket use pokédexes. But they are shown to be necessary to enter the Pokémon League, probably because the pokédex is used to enforce rules such as "only use 6 pokémon in a battle" and "no stealing pokémon" (a pokédex can presumably be used to verify that a pokémon belongs to a trainer).

svfhunewnvnoonjwvnfi: no they dont

William Le: The audio on this is just amazing

Aksel Marazyan: my theory
in games pokeball's do brainwash pokemon but in anime you have to get their respect
for an example charizard did't listen ash until ash gained his respect
my second example is froakie prof. sycamore said that froakie joins to the trainer he trust's to

ignited gaming: Brock is a idiout

Ponderer Of Pointless Dreams: So that means I really own an enslaved Charmeleon in the game? NOOOO

senor Bravo: if you cant catch other person pokemon? how ash was able to catch charmander? and if pikachu doesnt like its pokeball, howwas doctor oak able to put it inside one, when ash got it?ar pokeballs reusable? like what happen when ash frees butterfree and charrizar, and etc etc (cuz idk how to speel their names)???

Tyler Nash: it's not mind control

Martin Derås: Remember the first movie? I don't think the pokeball is brainwashing

Game Life: That mic quality XD

Michael Herrera: can u let me be a guest person in another updated version of how red vanished because I know the answer
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