It’s been a while since I’ve done a Pokemon post XD With the newest generation of Pokemon games scheduled to come out later this year, and news of new pokemon and other features slowly trickling in, I’ve surprisingly been feeling nostalgic about the old Pokemon days of Red/Blue and Gold/Silver. As much as I continue to love every new game that comes out, I must admit that there was a unique charm to the years of the old generations when the Internet, as well as the Pokemon franchise itself, were much younger…as were we. And while I was idly browsing the web a few days ago, I found that quite a number of conspiracy theories came out of that younger generation that will surprisingly leave you pondering…
There are a ton of Pokemon theories floating around so I decided to pick ten that I thought were the best (they’re not listed in any particular order). Most of them have to do with the old generations though some are newer or cover any generation. And I’m obligated to say that I didn’t come up with any of these theories ;)
1. Is Ditto a failed attempt at cloning Mew?
We’ll start off with a relatively simple theory. This one comes about because of the subtle similarities these two pokemon have. They’re both genderless, have the same weight, and the same pink color scheme. Even their shiny forms are the same color (as seen in the above image). They can both potentially use the attacks of every other pokemon in the game, and although Ditto can only do so by using Transform on another pokemon, Mew is the only other pokemon besides Ditto that even learns Transform. Mew is supposedly the ancestor of all pokemon and shares all of their DNA, while Ditto has the strange ability to breed with every breedable pokemon. And lastly, one of the few places that wild Ditto can be found is in Cinnabar Mansion, where experiments on cloning Mew (which eventually led to the creation of Mewtwo) were done!
2. Ash’s coma
This is a great theory and whoever came up with it really elaborated. The idea behind the theory is that after Pikachu let out that enormous electric attack back in episode 1 of the Pokemon anime that zapped the Spearow as well as Ash, everything that happened in the show these 700+ episodes later all takes place within Ash’s mind after he suffered a coma from the attack. It explains why he and the other characters never age and why everything in the Pokemon world, as vast as it is, seems so idealistic compared to reality. It’s quite Freudian in that it explains what all the characters in the show represent to Ash’s psyche. The theory is really extensive so instead of pasting it all here, you can read it in full by clicking this link if it sounds interesting to you.
There are a ton of Pokemon theories and creepypasta that revolve around Lavender Town, that small town with eerie music in the original games that had a cemetery in a tower inhabited by Ghost pokemon. This is probably my favorite of Lavender Town-related story. The image below explains it.
Wow, the protagonist of Red/Blue seems like quite a douchebag after reading that, huh?
4. Is Gengar Clefable’s shadow?
This is a pretty popular theory with a lot of fan art. It came about because these two seemingly unrelated pokemon are very similar in terms of body shape, physical features, and even a similar weight. Gengar is classified as a Shadow pokemon and its name is derived from “doppelganger.” The two also have types, Normal and Ghost, that cancel each other out. It’s a good theory but what I wonder about is where does that leave these two pokemons’ pre-evolutions, Clefa, Clefairy, Gastly, and Haunter?
6. History of the Pokemon world
I pasted this one below because it’s not terribly long but would be too hard to explain in a brief paragraph. It does offer quite an interesting theory as to why pokemon are the way they are, and why regions in the Pokemon world are based off of regions in real-world Japan. Personally, I prefer this history of the Pokemon world =P
January 22, 2027: Dr. Hagiru Sato and his team of scientists from Japan, America, Canada, and Britain begin work on a matter-energy transference machine.
February 11, 2030: First machine is tested successfully after over a hundred failed tests. Controversy over the destructive nature of the technology ignites.
December 21, 2032: A catastrophic incident with an energy-matter machine destroys the city of Hiroshima, in devastation not seen since the atomic bombs were dropped nearly 90 years prior. Japanese government officials move to ban work on the technology, though Western powers urge them to allow it, despite the mishap.
April 22, 2035: First sighting of infected individuals. Most are animals; some humans are also shown to be susceptible to infection. Most seen around the ruins of Hiroshima, which had not been rebuilt.
May 13, 2035: Northern Japan is split off from its Southern half, as a nation-wide quarantine is enacted. Anarchy soon spreads through the infection regions. 15% of humans exposed to the disease are immune, no side effect. 84.9% are affected fatally by the disease, which causes cancerous-growths. .1% of those exposed are shown to successfully mutate. The “virus” is found to be a spreadable corruption of genetic material, which causes rapid mutation in infected individuals. All large animal life above ground is soon infected.
January 1, 2040: 98% of all animals in Japan are wiped out, ecosystems ruled entirely by infected individuals.
May 8, 2048: Japanese Defense Force engages infected individuals to preserve quarantine. Coordinated attacks by infected humans and animals are seen. High levels of intelligence confirmed.
May 10, 2048: They fail, and the nation of Japan ceases to exist.
October 13, 2048: The United States Carrier George W. Bush is attacked and sunk by an unknown force. Later revealed to be a coordinated assault by the infected. Use of atomic weapons to destroy all life on Japan considered, but denied.
February 12, 2052: Remaining inhabitants of Japan have appeared, by outward observers, to begin adopting the infected into their religions. Part of this religion is a total weapons bad, and the banning of violence against infected individuals. This is surprisingly effective at ceasing conflict with infected individuals.
April 2, 2055: Infected seen to have spread to North America. Military preparedness results in a far more contained infection. Hundreds of thousands in the United States, Canada, and Mexico die.
March 11, 2061: The United States Army begins experimenting with the combat prowess of infected animals, which are shown to have a friendly connection to humans who treat them well, much like dogs. Initial tests exceed expectations. Later that same year, China, Russia, Vietnam, and N. Korea react by signing the Kommu Pact, ensuring protection against the now utterly overpowered West.
July 2, 2063: The Kommu alliance declares war on the United States. Infected used to great effect.
November 9, 2066: War end. Communist states dissolved, China and Russia (and all of Asia) are now under the jurisdiction of the NATO.
December 25, 2072: The regions, now divided, that were once Japan begin to open up to the outside world. Mostly through scientific trade off.
February 1, 2081: Japanese scientists sneak into heavily infected Brazil. They recover the DNA of one of the individuals believed to be one of the first infected.
Beliefs are that the infected are actually the next phase in evolution, and to find one of the originals would better help the understanding. There are many tried and failed cloning attempts, before a final experiment is successful. The result of this experiment, capable of self-induced Energy-Matter transference, is responsible for the deaths of dozens before escaping.
May 22, 2081: Ash Ketchum turns 10 years old.
The images below speak for themselves =)
What’s interesting is that in the Japanese version, Golduck has the same name while Psyduck’s name is Koduck (“ko” meaning “child” or “small”). Still weird that Golduck has that name when Psyduck’s the gold colored one.
8. Munna reference in Pokemon Red/Blue
You have to wonder if the creators remembered this NPC dialogue from over ten years ago when they made Munna for Pokemon Black and White.
9. Kangaskhan is Cubone’s mother
This theory cropped up due to the physical similarities between Cubone and a baby Kangaskhan. The idea is that originally the baby Kangaskhan was supposed to evolve into Cubone. Cubone’s pokedex entry states that it wears the skull of its deceased mother. The story goes that if a Kangaskhan mother dies, the baby will wear her skull and use her bones as its weapon, thus evolving into Cubone. The Cubone would then evolve into Marowak and (female) Marowak would evolve into Kangaskhan, continuing the cycle. There’s also the fact that both boomerangs (how Cubone and Marowak use their bone weapons) and kangaroos (what Kangaskhan is based on) both have an Australian theme. The theory goes on to state that the reason Kangaskhan became a completely unrelated pokemon in the end was because the creators thought the idea of having the baby wear its dead mother’s skull was too morbid for a kids game (even though Cubone’s pokedex entries still talk about that). So they had to rewrite the game code and delete the old code for Marowak evolving into Kangaskhan…but the code wasn’t fully deleted and instead became the glitch pokemon ‘M, which actually can evolve into Kangaskhan. Someone made a nice evolution chart for how their evolution might have been.
10. N is a Zoroark
One of the newer theories, this one has to do with not only the fact that N has a similar hairstyle as Zoroark and can somehow understand pokemon speech, but because of a couple of events in the games; once you get the Memory Link in Pokemon Black 2 or White 2, Zoroark will show you a flashback involving N but Zoroark is not present in the memory…so how would it know what happened? And also, when following Zoroark into N’s castle the Zoroark suddenly disappears and N is there instead. Since Zoroark’s ability is Illusion, being able to take on another’s form, I suppose it’s possible that N is a Zoroark that someone gained the ability to speak in human language (N does actually speak faster than the other characters in the game).
Hope you guys enjoyed these and I’ll be back next week, most likely with my first impressions of the spring anime I’ve started watching =D