The Pokémon series has spanned eighteen core games (and counting!) over sixteen years, which have spawned a massive and sometimes rabid legion of fans, myself included. While most fans are content with giddily playing the newest installments, some fans like to take things one step further, and delve deep into the Pokémon lore. The result is that there are some pretty bizarre, extremely ridiculous Pokémon fan theories out there. In this feature, we’ll take a look at some of the most mind blowing theories and rate the amount of cranial explosion that the said theories cause. Hit the break to check them out.
1. Gengar is Clefairy’s Shadow
Going all the way back to the first generation Pokémon games reveals this little gem. Some fans have pointed out the similarities in appearance between Gengar and Clefairy, from the rotund, humanoid shape, to the big pointy ears. Also worth noting is that Gengar is a shadow Pokémon – Clefairy’s shadow perhaps? Even more interesting is that since Clefairy and Gengar are normal and ghost-type Pokémon, respectively, their type-immunities make it impossible for them to attack each other with certain STAB attacks. An interesting theory, which does hold some merit, but we are just getting started.
Level of mind-blowingness: A severe migraine followed by a LOST style nosebleed.
2. The World of Pokémon Was Ravaged by a Generation-Killing War
There’s a theory floating around the interwebs that paints a dark, horrific history of the Pokémon world, or at least Red/Blue’s Kanto region. Many players have noted that in Pokémon Red/Blue, there is a large absence of middle aged men in the game world. Think about the last time you played Pokémon. An abnormally large amount of Pokémon trainers chillin’ in the wild were little kids. Think about it. Why were there so many damn toddlers roaming the wilds unattended? There were plenty of elderly men and women in the world (Professor Oak), and many middle aged women (the player’s mom, the nurses), but a lack of middle aged men. What about the player’s father, or your rival’s father? While most people wouldn’t worry about the absence of middle aged dudes, some Pokémon fans have rationalized this through the creation of yet another insane theory.
The electric-type gym leader, Lt. Surge mentions being a survivor of some sort of brutal war that almost took his life (he claims that his Pokémon saved his life). Other trainers in the gym were once soldiers in some sort of army, which presumably fought in a war. A war where Pokémon were used as weapons. Let that sink in for a moment, as you try to imagine the horror of hundreds of terrified soldiers storming beaches being held by goddamn Charizards. Some fans believe this war was the cause of the lack of adult men, claiming that all of them had been killed in the war. Essentially, some people are speculating that this war caused a ‘generation kill’, and that the young children of the Kanto region are the first generation to find peace. This also explains why the player’s father is absent (hint, he died), and why the rival character has no parents (hint, they died). While a lot of this theory involves speculation and imagination, the horrifying idea of a human-Pokémon war that wiped out an entire generation is pretty damn sweet.
Level of mind-blowingness: Light to moderate brain melting
3. A Designer May Have Screwed Up the Evolutions of Some Pokémon
While this theory does not have anything to do with the lore or backstory of the games, it is still a pretty significant fan theory that has been circulating for some time. Most Pokémon veterans know that one of the earliest Pokémon, Caterpie, evolves into the ever useless Metapod, which evolves into Butterfree. Another well known bug Pokémon, Venonat eventually evolves into Venomoth, which seems all hunky dory. However, some sharp eyed fans have noticed something is a little strange – mainly the striking similarities between Venonat and Butterfree. They both share those big red eyes, furry purple bodies, long antenna, and tiny little arms. Not being able to write off the blatant similarities between the two, many fans have claimed that Venonat was actually supposed to evolve into a Butterfree.
Further backing this point is that the Caterpie/Metapod line holds more physical similarities to the long and slender Venomoth than to the fat and furry Butterfree. This led to the speculation that someone who was working on the original game may have accidentally switched up the evolutions of the two Pokémon, and by the time anybody noticed, it was too late. We picture the crass yet brilliant Pokémon lead designer, with a lit cigarette in mouth looking over the data, realizing the error that has been made. After some deliberation, he (presumably) takes a swig from a 40 of vodka, slams it down on the table and screams “Nobody will notice! PUT IT IN THE GAME!”. And that is why Venonat evolves into Venomoth. True story.
Level of mind-blowingness: Similar to that scene in “Total Recall: where Arnold Schwarzenegger’s head almost pops on the surface of Mars.
4. Kangaskhan is Cubone’s Dead Mother
The story of Cubone, an orphan Pokémon that uses its dead mother’s skull as protection is dark enough. If you factor in this fan theory, it gets crazy, fast. People believe that the little baby who lives in Kangaskhan’s pouch will grow to become a Cubone if the mother is killed. The skull does indeed bear some resemblance to the Kangaskhan’s head, with a long snout, pointy ears and large eyes. As a matter of fact, some believe that this traumatic experience may change the evolutionary path of the Pokémon, causing it to metamorphosize into the skull wearing, club wielding Pokémon we all know and love. In short, Cubone is like the Batman of the Pokémon world.
Level of mind-blowingness: A PG-13 remake of the head explosion scene in “Scanners”.
5. You Killed Your Rival’s Pokemon
In Pokémon Red/Blue, you eventually face your rival in the luxury cruise liner, the S.S. Anne. After handily mopping the floor with him, you will not see your rival until you reach Lavender Town, the Pokémon city notorious for its nightmare inducing theme music. Upon running into him in Lavender Town, the resting place for many Pokémon, he proclaims “Hey! What brings you here? Your Pokémon don’t look dead!” A fair enough question, as many trainers bring their dead Pokémon to Lav- Wait a second… What is your rival doing there?
Some fans have noticed that your rival’s Raticate is no longer in his party. Yes, he could have removed the Raticate (it is a pretty terrible Pokémon), but what trainer would remove a Pokémon from his/her party without replacing it? Guess what? You killed your rival’s Raticate. Yep, after knocking it out on the S.S. Anne, fans believe that the rival couldn’t get to a Pokémon Center amid the chaos on the boat, which resulted in his beloved Pokémon’s passing. Your rival is in Lavender Town to lay to rest one of his beloved Pokémon. A Pokémon that you killed. Good job, guy.
Level of mind-blowingness: Full blown head explosion, folks.
Here’s one last little one to send you on your way. Take a look at Diglett, and look at it’s “nose”. See that little white spot. Yep, that’s actually a tooth.
Well, not really. It actually is a nose, but you won’t ever be able to unsee it now.