Myths And Mysteries: Pokemon
Today, with the releases of Pokemon Black and White version 2 just around the corner; I thought that it would be fun to sort of look at theories involving the series. I won’t cover all of them, just the ones that I found to be interesting.
As I’m sure all of you know by now; in Pokemon Red/Blue, a strange glitchy Pokemon was found. This Pokemon was named MISSINGNO. which really is just saying that it’s the missing number. A lot of people believe that Missingno is a Pokemon that the developers took out at the last minute, but because the code was still in there; the game would try to grab hold of the information and because the sprite of “Missingno” was deleted, the game returned a glitchy manifestation. This had interesting results though, resulting in the 6th item in your bag being cloned and giving you a crap load. To get Missingno, you had to fly to the old man that taught you how to catch Pokemon. You’d go through that whole thing and then fly over to Cinnabar Island. There, you would swim along the coast line, beside the gym, and shortly after encounter Missingno.
Okay, so people believe that the first generation of Pokemon was actually supposed to have a split evolution. The evidence that was provided was the similiarities between Kangaskhan and Cubone’s body shape. A lot of people believe that the aforementioned Missingno is actually supposed to be a Pokemon called Kangaschan. It’s obvious that this thoery was fueled because missingno has been known to evolve into, yup you guessed it, Kangaskhan. But then again, Missingno is said to be a flying Pokemon, and there is no way in hell that Kangaskham can fly, nor can Cubone. Back to the split evolution though; it is said that Kangaschan, holding a Kangaskhan’s skull, would evolve into Cubone and then to Marowak. This sort of makes sense and would indeed explain the skull helmet that Cubone loves to wear. Of course, holding items wasn’t a feature in the first generation of games so I don’t know how much credibility you can give this thoery but then again, if they tried to erase Missingno, resulting in a glitchy sprite, then perhaps this was a scrapped idea as well. Oh, I almost forgot, before I finish with this particular myth; there were rumors that the evolutionary stages were to go Kangaschan, Cubone, Marowak, and then Kangaskhan. To me, this makes no sense and I believe the split evolution more. The reason being; when Cubone evolves into Marowak, the skull on it’s head becomes almost infused, I don’t see Nintendo going with that idea and then suddenly deciding “Screw it, lose the skull in the last evolution. We are Nintendo, we don’t HAVE to make sense”
//The Legendary Spanish Birds
This is not so much a theory or a myth; this is just a very interesting thing that I found; it made me giggle in all honesty. Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres are all spanish birds it seems. What I mean is the final few letters of their names are actually the spelling of one, two, and three in Spanish. I don’t know if this was coincidence or maybe because the developers were busy dancing the Flamenco and drinking Pina Coladas; who knows! Again, that’s ArticUNO, ZapDOS, and MolTRES.
Alright, so I’m sure that I am not the only one that loves Arcanine and always has him present in my party of 6 Pokemon. But did you know that Arcanine was supposed to accompany both Articuno and Zapdos as the legendary Pokemon in generation 1? But, because it seemed weird to have two legendary birds and a legendary dog basically, the creators decided to scrap Arcanine as a legendary and thus Moltres was born. This theory is further given fuel because Arcanine’s species in the Pokedex of generation 1 reads legendary. I’m guessing that because it was scrapped as a legendary, the creators quickly gave it a pre-evolution form and that was that.
Now, I think the most interesting thing that I found on my search through the interwebs was the whole Caterpie and Venonat confusion. The web is filled with thoeries that the evolutions are completely screwed up. For instance, if you take Venonat and Butterfree; the similarities between the two are hard to ignore. The eyes are the same, the feet are the same, not to mention the color of both are pretty damn close. Then you have Caterpie evolving to Metapod; then afterwards, it was supposedly going to be Venomoth. Again, they have similarities; the body shape of both are pretty close together. The three points that are present on a Metapod are again present on a Venomoth on its head. The only thing that has me wondering are the names; Venonat and Venomoth being the main culprits. There was something else; because the show and games were being developed parallel to each other, Ash had got a Metapod and the creators found Butterfree to be much more appealing to fans then Venomoth. That’s when it is said that the switch had taken place; interesting, isn’t it?
I think that the most famous place for theories is Lavender Town, from the first generation. If you look in Youtube, there are a bunch of videos about this; some creepy, and some just outright hilarious because of the effort to make it seem plausible when obviously, it’s just a facepalm moment. One rumor is the music; apparently in the early versions of the game, the music had a frequency that only children could hear. This would then make them consider suicide and yeah, that’s a bit of a depressing topic so I’ll stop. Of course, this was disproven and rightfully so; a frequency that can brainwash children to kill themselves? Another one that was thought was your rival’s Raticate. In the 1st generation, your rival has a Raticate and the last place you face said Pokemon is on the S.S Anne. Now, fast forward to Lavender Town and you find your rival at the tower, mourning his Raticate. A lot of people have speculated that it was in fact you who had killed it. Yes, Pokemon faint but the story goes that Raticate had suffered in the battle and your rival wasn’t able to get it to a Poke Center in time, thus leading to death. Another one was putting Lavender Towns music through a special program that showed the soundwaves. What would happen is somewhere in the middle, you would see the ghost that represents Cubone’s mother in the game and Unown, spelling “Leave Now”. Obviously this is fake; I do not believe for a second that a mastermind in the Nintendo Studios decided “Hey, let’s scare the holy crap out of our gamers, what do you say?”. Oh, and there is the simple issue that computers weren’t really a huge thing in the 90′s, so really, what’s the point of putting in that kind of “Easter Egg”, if you will. There are others, like the boss of the tower meaning to be a trainer named “Buried Alive”, that upon losing, would eat you basically (Stop thinking dirty!) I recommend going on Youtube and looking these up if you are curious; there are many excellent people on there that do a great job at uncovering these mysteries.
We all known that Mewtwo was created in an attempt to make Mew, hence the name. (Mewtwo is Mew #2, haha, clever!) But, is it possible that perhaps before Mewtwo, there were countless failed attempts to recreating Mew? A lot of people think that Ditto is actually a failed attempt at cloning Mew; the evidence is pretty convincing for the most part. Both Mew and Ditto are the only Pokemon that are capable of learning the move Transform naturally, thus suggesting that both have the genes of all Pokemon flowing through them. Both Pokemon are able to learn every move; of course, Ditto’s case is only temporary as his moves are only present after the use of Transform. Other evidence includes the same weight, which is 8.8lbs. For a blob, I have to say, Ditto must be packing some pretty sick abs or something. Of course, there is also the fact that Ditto can be found in abundance in the burned mansion and also the Cerulean City Cave, Mewtwo’s home. But that could be coincidence as I remember finding my Ditto outside Vermillion, if memory serves me correctly. But despite that, the rest is pretty convincing, especially the fact that both are the only Pokemon that naturally learn Transform.
There are a bunch of other theories out there that I haven’t talked about. A few that deserve honorable mentions are the Clefable/Gengar relationship. Gengar is a shadow Pokemon and with both having the same shape, it could happen. But the fact that Clefable has “wings” on her back and Gengar has spikes on its head; well, the have differences. Not to mention that the tails are curled for Clefable, yet straight for Gengar. Then the theory of Generation 2 already being in existence while the anime was on it’s first episode (this being evident by the appearance of Ho-oH flying overhead) Then there is the extreme mind-crippling idea that the Pokemon world, and everything that Ash has done, is nothing but a dream, all residing in the head of the real Ash, who has slipped into a coma. Proof for this is the fact that Ash doesn’t age, at all during the anime. But the creators have said that Ash doesn’t age so that he will be relatable to the new generation of children watching.
Anyway, search up some of these theories for yourself; I know that youtube was a great source of information when I was doing some research. Know any Pokemon factoids we haven’t covered? Discuss them in the comments below.
Pokemon Black/White 2 releases on Nintendo DS on October 12th