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| Pikachu Secret
| United States
|| May 14, 2006
|| Williams Street
| Assistant director
| Animation director
is a Robot Chicken
sketch that parodies the Pokémon anime
. It was the eighth skit of the episode Cracked China
and first aired in the United States on May 14, 2006. The sketch's running time is 62 seconds.
The sketch begins with Ash's Pikachu fighting a Jigglypuff. Pikachu zaps Jigglypuff with a Thunderbolt while Ash and Misty watch. As Pikachu jumps up and down after its victory, Ash calls Pikachu back into its Poké Ball. Misty wonders what it's like inside a Poké Ball, while Ash wonders when Misty's going to shut up and make dinner.
Inside Pikachu's Poké Ball, we see Ash's Pikachu dancing around the nightclub-like interior along with a bunch of other Pikachu.
Back outside, Gary arrives and asks Ash for a battle, calling Ash "Ass" in the process. Ash corrects Gary, then throws the Poké Ball.
Back inside the Poké Ball, Ash's Pikachu is humping one of the other Pikachu doggy-style until Ash's voice reaches it. Pikachu snaps out of its party mood, slaps itself and grabs a few drinks. When Pikachu leaves the Poké Ball, it sees it's up against Gary's Charizard, which roars like an elephant. Ash cheers on Pikachu, but Pikachu calls Ash a douche.
- In this sketch, Pikachu's Poké Ball is modeled after a Great Ball.
- The disco ball inside Pikachu's Poké Ball resembles a standard Poké Ball.
- This sketch portrays Ash's Pikachu as male and many of the nightclub guest Pikachu as female due to many of the nightclub guest Pikachu having cleavage while Ash's Pikachu didn't. This is an early, non-canon example of gender differences.
- When Pikachu refers to Ash as a douche, the line appears as a subtitle, similar to how subtitles appeared in Island of the Giant Pokémon.
- The sketch appeared in an episode rated TV-MA. This isn't the first time a Pokémon parody has seen a TV-MA rating; the South Park episode Chinpokomon, a spoof of the Pokémon franchise in general, was rated TV-MA for its Comedy Central airings.
- Gary's referring to Ash as "Ass" is not unlike how HSOWA creator Endgame refers to Ash. Some people on GameFAQs even believe Endgame may have helped write the sketch. Disproving it is the fact that Endgame tends to refer to Misty as an "STD-riddled orange-haired whore".
- While this is a parody of the anime, Gary's Charizard could possibly be a reference to Blue's Charizard from the Pokémon Adventures manga.
- Two scenes depict Pikachu using an actual action figure. One is after Pikachu defeats Jigglypuff, the other is when Pikachu is face-to-face with Charizard.
- In the anime, Ash's Pikachu does not stay inside its Poké Ball.
- The sketch does not use the correct type of Poké Ball for Ash's Pikachu. As seen in the first and fifth episodes of the anime, Ash's Pikachu's Poké Ball is supposed to be a normal one.
- In the sketch, Ash tells Misty to make his dinner. In the anime, Brock, who doesn't appear in this sketch, is the one that cooks for the group.
- In all forms of Pokémon media, Poké Balls can only hold one Pokémon at a time.
- The Poké Ball Gary is holding is red on both halves of the ball, a trait that didn't exist on any known Poké Ball at the time this sketch first aired in the United States. As such, it's not modeled after the Cherish Ball since that ball was introduced in Generation IV.
- Gary's Charizard makes an elephant-like sound not associated with normal Charizard. It might have been done as a joke.
- Gary isn't the main character who owns a Charizard in the anime; Ash is. Gary owns a Blastoise.
- All shots depicting any of the Pikachu that are not using the actual action figure depict them with arms that are too long for the species. There are also size discrepancies on the feet as well
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