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Some episodes of Pokémon have been removed from rotation, or as commonly referred to, banned from the original lineup of episodes.

The never seen before episodes were withdrawn from airing due to natural disasters occurring in the real world that have similarities with content in the episode.

The 4Kids Entertainment episodes were withdrawn from syndication due to stereotypes that may offend a certain ethnicity religion or culture or to the extent where inappropriate content so prevalent that 4Kids most likely believed that no amount of selective editing could ever make these acceptable for distribution on TV or home video, while IL038 was withdrawn due to light effect problems.

Episodes withdrawn or undubbed in English

Most episodes were dubbed by 4Kids and TPCi, while others were not. Here is a basic list of episodes that were undubbed for controversial reasons:

Globally

Episode Information Air Date
IL038
IL038: Cyber Soldier Porygon
This episode is infamous for causing many seizures when first aired. In the part where the seizure comes, Pikachu, in order to stop some missiles, uses a Thunderbolt attack. This leads to a very large and quick sequence where lights flash at 12 cycles per second and vividly on screen. Some of these lights were strobe lights being flashed at speeds exceeding 12 cycles per second. Many viewers reported dizziness and nausea consequently of this part. 685 children were taken to be hospitalized, although only 150 were kept overnight for observation. Despite rumors, there is no evidence to suggest that any of the viewers suffered lasting injury. The episode has never been shown again and has set guidelines for flashing lights in anime. To remove the infamous episode from the public mind, the character Porygon and its evolutions never again had have roles in the series, but they have made a number of cameo appearances.

Veronica Taylor has denied that an unreleased English dub was ever made. However, Maddie Blaustein and Eric Stuart have said otherwise. If this dub exists, it remains unaired and is a big part of the Pokémon Franchise tying into Lost Media.

December 16, 1997
AG101
AG101: Battle of the Shaking Island! Barboach vs. Whiscash!!
This episode revolves around a bunch of Whiscash causing an earthquake. It was removed and never aired anywhere, including Japan, due to its relation to the Chuetsu earthquakes of October 23, 2004. Unaired
AG121
AG121: Ash and May! Heated Battles In Hoenn!!
This episode was simply skipped since it had no important plot-lines. Unaired
DP048
DP048: Ash and Dawn! Facing a New Adventure!
This episode was simply skipped since it had no important plot-lines. Unaired
DP120
DP120: Mysterious Creatures: Pokémon!
This episode was simply skipped since it had no important plot-lines. Unaired
BW023BW024
Team Rocket vs. Team Plasma! Parts 1 and 2
This episode was set to air in Japan but was delayed in because of an earthquake and tsunami. It may have also been delayed due to Castelia City being destroyed. By the time Team Plasma finally appeared almost two years later, the episodes had been retconned out of continuity. Despite this, TV Tokyo still says that it plans to air it from its website statement on March 15, 2011 but that has yet to come and this statement has not been updated or clarified since. Unaired

Temporary

Episode Information
IL019
IL019: Tentacool & Tentacruel
This episode was temporarily withdrawn by Kids' WB! specifically and temporarily in the United States due to the 9/11 attacks, and because the episode features destruction of buildings. However, it is still part of the 52-episode season 1 for licensees to purchase, and has been shown as a completely standard episode everywhere else, including on US home video releases, and later channels that would buy the series, such as Cartoon Network or Disney XD.
IL023
IL023: The Tower of Terror
This episode was temporarily withdrawn by Kids' WB! specifically and temporarily in the United States due to the 9/11 attacks, and because of what the episode's title implies. However, it is still part of the 52-episode season 1 for licensees to purchase, and has been shown as a completely standard episode everywhere else, including on US home video releases, and later channels that would buy the series, such as Cartoon Network or Disney XD.
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IL065: Holiday Hi-Jynx
This episode was temporarily put on hold in the US due to the racial stereotyping of Jynx at the time, in which the episode featured a lot of Jynx together. The English dub later came out with Jynx having purple skin instead of black skin.
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AG072: The Bicker The Better
This episode aired normally in the US and other countries, but was banned in other countries due to it being based on "A Battle Of The Sexes" kind of theme. Most of the plot is made up of Men V.S Women (Ash and James V.S May and Jessie) and also features one of the most famous gender-exclusive Pokémon, Nidoking and Nidoqueen.
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BW039: A Fishing Connoisseur in a Fishy Competition!
This episode was temporarily banned in Japan as it had depicted multiple instances of tragic or unfortunate events including water. This ban was made due to the recovery of the Tohoku Tsunami and Earthquake. The episode featured many forms of water, Ash even falling into a river and almost drowning in one scene. The episode was later put on air at a different time and some scenes and plot in the episode were changed.
XY050
XY050: An Undersea Place to Call Home!
This episode was temporarily banned in the West and in Japan as it had depicted multiple scenes of ships and submarines. This ban was made due to the sinking of the MV Sewol Ship in South Korea. Ironically, this episode was not changed or put on hold in South Korea, as it aired normally. Tons of confusion around the episode came around as it had multiple previews and air dates, despite not airing at certain times and sometimes airing on TV on random times.

Banned in the United States

Episode Information Air date
IL018
IL018: Beauty and the Beach
This episode revolves around all the female characters entering a swimsuit competition, including James, who, in order to enter, buys a pair of inflatable breasts. The episode is notable for one scene where James is waving his fake breasts in other's faces for comedic effect in order to win the swimming contest. It was eventually dubbed into English with that scene removed during the season break between the broadcast schedules of seasons 2 and 3. It aired as a special that is not part of any of the 52-episode season packages Kids' WB! ordered and for licensees to buy, and therefore is not included on any DVD releases, nor was it shown on any other channel or in any other country. July 29, 1997 (JP), June 24, 2000 (US)
IL035
IL035: The Legend of Dratini
This episode is banned due to Kaiser pointing a gun in Ash's face and threatening to shoot him and because of Jessie, James, and Meowth firing several missed shots at Kaiser to catch the Dratini. It might have also been banned due to Meowth wearing a fake mustache, similar to that of Adolf Hitler. An English dub was never made because on-the-air networks have to inspect any TV series for anything inappropriate. This left a giant plothole in the series as, in this episode, Ash had caught 30 Tauros, leaving English viewers confused of how he had obtained them.[1] November 25, 1997
JE134
JE134: The Ice Cave!
The first banned episode in 4 years. This episode is banned because of Jynx's racial stereotype appearance which appears to have offended people in the United States who were African-Americans. However, some sources state that Brock's fever, which was intentionally given to him by Team Rocket, resembled SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) which was an epidemic in Asia at the airing time of the episode. Because of this, no English dub ever aired in the United States and the episode was also skipped on home video. May 30, 2002
SM064
SM064: Ash and Passimian! Friendly Touchdown!!
This is the first episode since "The Ice Cave!" and the first one in the TPCi dub to remain undubbed due to inappropriate content, rather than being skipped by TPCi or 4Kids for being a clip show or anything deemed extra, out of the way, and unnecessary for the English version. The most likely reason for this agreed upon among fans is that Ash put on dark face paint reminiscent of the blackface stereotype, which is the same issue that resulted in Jynx episodes being pulled or undubbed, while imitating the appearance of Passimian. March 1, 2018

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