Yeah, Colress did become a little more malevolent in the anime than in the game. Though for the most part I actually thought they did a pretty decent job showcasing his gray morality, what with his obsession with bringing out the power in Pokemon and his lack of interest in the Plasma endeavors. For example, like when Meowth was negotiating with him his interest was pinged by the idea of being allowed to experiment on Meowth.
Yeah, anime Colress was a bit of a mad scientist but I thought the writers did a good job of conveying his characterization well. I also really like his wack-factor at times, he was crazy and obsessed but in a way we haven’t seen villains before in Pokemon be.
OK, STOP RIGHT THERE. You’re too easy on the OP. There was virtually no difference between gameverse Colress and anime Colress except for the fact that anime Colress was a better handled character. How’s Colress “a cliched mad scientist” in the anime but not in the games when both versions are all about the same thing: drawing out the maximum potential of Pokemon no matter what means and what costs? And both were the brains behind Team Plasma’s operations? People like to conveniently forget that when Colress was revealed as the Plasma Boss it was pathetically obvious he was from the get-go, he states “What I desire is to bring out the entirety in Pokémon potential! If I can accomplish that, I don’t care what it takes! If it means the strength must be brought out by the interactions between Pokémon and Trainers, then so be it! If it means you have to use a merciless approach, like Team Plasma’s, and force out all of the Pokémon’s power, then so be it! And yes, if the entire world is destroyed as a result, then so be it…” Those do not sound like the words of a well adjusted person. At all. And Colress uses very similar words in his first scene in the anime. “That (Team Plasma’s goal) is of no concern to me. I’m interested in one thing only - and that is to find a way to bring out the true power of Pokemon!” He reaffirms this is the episode with him and Meowth - he doesn’t care about Team Plasma’s evil goals. He just finds their evil means as good for the end of drawing out Pokemon’s hidden strength. He doesn’t even like Ghetsis or Team Plasma, but his curiosity and obsession is what keeps him on the side of evil. That is exactly what he was like in the games!
So why is it that fans get the impression that anime Colress is more evil or more “a huge jerk” than gameverse Colress? Probably because A: Gameverse Colress speaks more eloquently to disguise the fact that he’s talking about mad science cliches. B: He defects from Team Plasma to help you reach Ghetsis. And C: His character artwork doesn’t have an “evil” expression on his face, whereas Colress is drawn looking “evil” many times in the anime.
For A: all of Colress’ pretty words go completely out the window when you face him on the Plasma Frigate and he makes the rant I posted above. He is, in truth, a complete and total whackjob who is A-OK with doing evil so long as it furthers his personal scientific agenda that he obsesses over.
For B: He specifically says that he only defects because he wants to see if your way of bringing out Pokemon strength, which is the “good” way involving love and trust, is more efficient than Team Plasma’s. Once it’s proven it does, Colress decides to change his ways and never go that extreme again. He didn’t defect from Ghetsis’ plans out of kindness or goodness. He even still continues to justify himself ("Excuse me for repeating myself, but if it will make Pokémon stronger, I don’t care what it takes! If interacting with Pokémon can increase their powers only to a certain point, then their full strength must be brought out using a scientific approach. Even one without a conscience."): it’s just that he’s open-minded and wants to see if the good way works too. ("But you have shown me the potential of your approach. To me, whether Team Plasma wins or whether you win will decide how the relationship between people and Pokémon should be! So where will this be settled? Step on the warp panel on the other side of the room where Kyurem is being held. Good luck in your battle!") But all the same, it’s all for what benefits him and his research. He was never good and neither was he evil. The only reason he defected from Team Plasma was the exact same reason for why he joined it in the first place!
And for C: Have you watched Colress’ scenes in “Secrets From Out Of The Fog” and “Meowth, Colress, and Team Rivalry!” lately? He has the exact same sort of expressions as in his character art many times there! And moreover, we can’t see his expressions in-game because he’s a sprite. Who’s to say he was NOT wearing an “evil face” when you face him on the Frigate? The things he was saying there sure lend themselves to diabolical and crazed expressions! Such images show up in “Pokemon Special” as well, so clearly, he’s not a nice guy all the time. Only when he’s being civil and less excited over his ingenious work at research and experiments.
Bottom line: the anime didn’t misinterpret Colress. The fan base did.
Actually, I really like this post. This all applies really well.
Random moment of happiness: the Rocket trio was able to finally have Sakaki witness Pikachu in action.
And initially, it was quite ironic, because Satoshi and Pikachu were to be used as coercing material for Meloetta, meaning Pikachu wasn’t the main objective (at all)? He fitted in the plan as an object and, at the end, reclaimed his status as an active being, showing his strength against the Kami trio.
I really like the idea that the trio seeing Pikachu as so ~special~ is based on a misunderstanding (the power-up at the Center), that Pikachu is still pretty common and has no strange or unique gift, that his power was acquired through his experience and travels with Satoshi… But on another hand, it’s true that Pikachu is quick to be temporarily *enhanced* by electricity from exterior sources. It was shown at the very beginning (EP002, in which the Rocket trio decided Pikachu was special) and used again from time to time: the battle against Takeshi in EP005, the first match against Tessen in AG040. (In Takeshi’s case, it was more presented as a way of training; in Tessen’s case, it was an accident, and officialized that Satoshi didn’t see a win with Pikachu in that odd condition as an honest victory.)
The beginnings of *Advanced Generation* (EP274-AG001) and of *Best Wishes!* (BW001-BW002) were more focused on the danger of Pikachu being overpowered in alien ways: the electromagnet and Zekrom both messed him up and made him unable to control himself anymore, and it was recognized as a life-threatening danger.
That was also more or less the case with Akuroma’s machine (although applicable to all Pokémon), but in Pikachu’s case, it ultimately led to him being able to face off with Reshiram - he *had* been artificially powered-up, even when after (partly) coming back to his senses.
And, then, once again, Pikachu was able to store Voltolos’s attack instead of getting damaged in BW097.
And Sakaki saw it all, right with Musashi, Kojirô and Nyarth.
Even if it means potentially more trouble for Satoshi and Pikachu, I’m glad for the trio /o/
Everybody was so immerse in Clemont and his scenario in this episode that majority of us failed to notice the brief love story going on in the background involving a man, a woman and a Furret who brought the two of them together.
Poor Clemont, he doesn’t know how to deal with girls who gain feelings for him.
Surely I wasn’t the only one here who saw this coming right before it happened?
J’AI DESSINÉ CITRON SUR UN CITRON ! \o/
(Et j’en suis fière.) (Pour l’instant.) (J’aurai sûrement très honte dans quelques heures/jours…)