Fanon / Pokémon

The world of Pokémon is a rich one, so it's no surprise that the Fandom would get inspired to fill in a few blanks.

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  • The names of Silver, Kris, Leaf, Barry, and Hugh may fall under this. The first three are named after their games (though "Kris" was used in official sources in North America), with Leaf's also being her name in placeholder data, Barry is one of several default names available in Diamond and Pearl (The anime went with "Barry" due to being the first name listed in Diamond), Hugh is the character's default name, and the last two are named after placeholder names in promotional material. Prior to his anime appearance, Barry's fanon name was "Damion".note  For several months prior to release, Selene and Eilo didn't have canon names. The closest they had were their eventually canonized names, however those were used in promotional screencaps (who almost never use the canon names) and were taken with a grain of salt. Due to "Selene" sounding too similar to Serena for many fans, the names "Sun" and "Moon" were usually used for the SM protagonists prior to their canonical names being revealed.
  • Trainers all beginning their journeys at the age of ten. While this is canon to the anime, the games have made no such statement, and you can in fact battle trainers who are much younger, including preschoolers- though they usually aren't found in places that would indicate that they're out challenging Gym Leaders. In fact, the stated minimum age that trainers can be to participate in Island Trials in Sun and Moon is eleven.
  • By proxy of the above, all the main protagonists of each game being ten. The only protagonists to have a canon age are Red, who is eleven, the remake versions of Brendan and May, who are twelve, and the main characters of Sun and Moon (and rival Hau) who are stated to be around eleven. Hilbert, Hilda, Serena, and Calem are heavily implied to outright stated to be older than previous protagonists, while Nate and Rosa seem somewhat older (but still younger then the previous Black and White protagonists). However, this seems to be more from the way Pokémon is known outside of the fandom influencing the fandom itself, and in some circles making said mistake can be a source of mockery.
  • Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness being canon to the handheld games. This is possible but not explicitly confirmed.
  • Most legendary Pokémon have sexes. It's just technology cannot figure them out.
    • In general, legendaries are gendered according to what voices they had in the anime. Reshiram is an exception, usually being portrayed as female despite the masculine voice.
    • Ho-oh is female to contrast the masculine Lugia.
    • Darkrai are all males to contrast the all-female Cresselia.
    • Articuno and Moltres are female while Zapdos is male.
    • Raikou and Entei are Male while Suicune is female.
    • The "Regis" are usually all male, but Regice is sometimes female due to the high-pitched voice it had in the anime.
    • Azelf and Uxie vary, but Mesprit is always female.
    • Mew, Jirachi, and Shaymin vary (Shaymin mostly due to the two forms, with Mew usually being pinned as female because it's pink and Mewtwo is seen as an Opposite-Sex Clone and Jirachi usually being seen as male), Celebi is usually female, Manaphy is mostly male (Y'know, Prince of the sea and all that).
    • Meloetta, Diancie, and Magearna are universally female. Victini and Marshadow are most often male.
    • Hoopa used to often be female, but not anymore following the reveal of the masculine-looking Unbound Form.
  • Similarly, for the Ultra Beasts:
    • Nihilego is female per it's explicitly stated resemblance to a young girl/Lillie.
    • Buzzwole and Pheromosa are male and female, respectively, Insect Gender-Bender traits notwithstanding.
    • Much like Nihilego and Pheromosa, Xurkitree is seen as the same gender of its "Counterpart" Guzma.
    • Kartana and Celesteela are a Tiny Guy, Huge Girl duo.
  • 'Real world' countries exist and the regions are either part of countries (Unova is a state, Kanto is in Japan, etc), a few regions replace countries while others are left alone (i.e. Canada exists but Unova replaces America), or the regions are just similar to other countries.
  • The protagonists are literally Heroic Mimes. While not extremely common, there are people who believe this. If you read the dialogue it's obvious the protagonist talks and is being replied to, it's just we're never shown it; and strangely enough, the most talkative one so far is Red, the same one known for being quiet. However, how much is mostly up to the player's imagination.
  • Many Pokédex entries have questionable data, with some such as Spoink's and Victini's being outright nonsense. Fans tend to handwave the Pokédex entries as myths and urban legends. Alternatively, the protagonists themselves write the entries. The rather cynical entries of Sun and Moon are believed to be Rotom being either Brutally Honest or a Troll.
  • All protagonists are True Companions, often as a way of invoking Merging the Branches. For example, Red and Leaf live in the same town and are friends. Likewise, both sets of Unova duos are childhood friends. Another common piece of fanon is all these sets of protagonists being Half-Identical Twins (this usually appears for Red and Leaf or Hilda and Hilbert). In works that include Kris, it is common to see her and Ethan as True Companions as well. This second player character always gets the one weak to the "main" one or the third one left after the rival gets one.
  • It's never stated how Pokemon breed or even if they have genitals, but most people assume they breed like animals and most have sexual organs.
  • There have been a few "related Pokémon" theories, too:
    • The theory has persisted that Venomoth and Butterfree were accidentally switched, due to Butterfree's color and face matching Venonat, and Venomoth resembling Metapod's shape.
    • Gastly being remnants of Cloyster is a common idea, largely thanks to their similar expressions and Gastly coming after Cloyster in the Kanto/National Dex.
    • It's common to believe that Cubone are evolved from baby Kangaskhan that have lost their mothers. This idea is supported by some leftover data in Red & Blue suggesting the two were meant to have some sort of evolutionary connection, though the fact that baby Kangaskhan haven't been made a separate Pokémon that could evolve into either casts doubt.
      • Going off of the apparent fact that new-hatched Kangaskhan are Born as an Adult with a baby already in their pouch, there's another theory that claims the "mother" and "child" are actually twins with one getting the lion's share of growth hormones in the embryonic stage.
    • Some theorize that Voltorb are actually possessed by Haunter, due to their identical eyes.
    • Many believe that Genesect is a genetically-engineered Kabutops due to their similar body shape and age.
    • Many fans speculate that Gengar are the shadows of Clefable.
    • There is a common theory that the three Pokémon that died in the Burned Tower and were revived as Entei, Raikou, and Suicune were a Flareon, Jolteon and Vaporeon.
    • It's often stated that Tauros and Miltank are opposite gender-counterparts of the same mon like the Nidoran line(s) and Volbeat/Illumise, but this has never been stated in the games or the anime. It actually has some basis in game-play —- their stats total the same, they're always found in similar/the same locations outside of Safari Zones, etc. —- but, nevertheless, the fact that you can't get Tauros by breeding Miltank (or Miltank from breeding Tauros with a Ditto). The same applies to the Vullaby (female) and Rufflet (male) lines. Practically confirmed by Sun and Moon, though they still can't produce eggs of the other from breeding.
    • One well-known theory states that Ditto are a by-product of the experiments involved in creating Mewtwo from Mew's DNA, drawing on the fact that Mew and Ditto are the only Pokémon that can Transform, are both pink normally and blue when Shiny, and that wild Ditto are found in the Abandoned Laboratory where Mewtwo was born.
  • There's a popular fan theory that reinterprets Giovanni as a benevolent Well-Intentioned Extremist devoted to defending the Pokémon universe from Mewtwo. However, there are also some that take it further and also propose that all of the other villain teams are enemies of Team Rocket, as hinted at in their anime Expository Theme Tune. According to the theory, each line in Team Rocket's famous Villain Song alludes to their goal to stop another villain team and their future plans:
    • "To protect the world from devastation...": To stop Team Aqua and Team Magma from consuming the continents with floods and/or evaporating the oceans.
    • "To unite all peoples within our nation...": To rally the common people against the wealthy and elitist Team Flare and their plans for world domination.
    • "To denounce the evils of truth and love...": To oppose the well-intentioned extremists of Team Plasma, who justify their actions by claiming to expose the true barbarity of Pokémon battles and liberate oppressed Pokémon out of compassion.
    • "To extend our reach to the stars above": To fight Team Galactic, whose plans for world domination involve looking for legendary Pokémon in space.
  • Pokémon who gain a Ghost typing upon evolution don't really evolve—they died and resurrected into their next stage.
  • Fans often assume that mammal-looking Pokémon nurse their young. If gameplay is any indication, newly hatched Pokémon eat solid foods like adults do.
  • It's generally thought that the main religion in the Pokémon world worships Arceus. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl does contain a church however it's never specified what it worships. Some regions are seen as worshipping their regional legendaries (which is canon in Alola). Hoenn citizens are often treated as being the equivalent of Jewish, due to their legendaries being based on Jewish mythology.
  • Not once has someone said "Oh my Arceus" or otherwise used "Arceus" as a substitute for "God" in canon, and it's implied very few people even know Arceus' name or that it exists, but it pops up constantly in fan works. In the earlier days before Arceus was created, using "Mew" (or less commonly other Olympus Mons) in place of "God" was rather common. This is probably due to confusing the idea of creator deities (much like Pan Gu from Chinese Mythology) with supreme beings (like God from Abrahamic religions). Arceus leans towards the former in regards to creation of the Pokémon World.
  • Missingno. is treated as a real and existing Pokémon. Post Sun and Moon fans have latched onto the idea of it being an Ultra Beast.
  • Real world animals existing alongside Pokémon. The fact Pokédex entries refer to Pokémon as things like "Mouse Pokémon" or "Seagull Pokémon" and list them as prey for Pokémon implies they exist, but thus far the only the animals to appear ingame are barnacles (In Pokemon Ranger Guardian Signs), fish, butterflies, (both in X and Y and some TCG artwork) and if you want to get really technical, humans. Gen 1 adaptations depicted more animals, but as the Earth Drift began animals became less common, with only marine animals and insects still appearing on occasion. It's often seen that conservation of detail is why animals are never depicted. Wild Pokémon have also probably caused animals to become less common. It's often assumed that animals are primarily used for food, as games like ORAS and SM clearly depict meat but don't refer to them as being from Pokémon.
  • Alternatively, the series takes place After the End. Either the Pokémon are mutated animals or humankind ruined their original world and were sent to the Pokémon's world after Arceus took pity on them. Some go as far as to say humans themselves are just another kind of Pokémon. Pokémon being alien visitors that popped up also appears sometimes. "Pokémon as aliens from another planet who appeared one day" was actually Takeshi Shudo's plan for the anime, but the only elements of this present are from the first season Clefairy episode and Pocket Monsters The Animation.

Canonized/Jossed Theories

  • Professor Oak being the rival's paternal grandfather, and as such the rival's last name being Oak. Canonized in FireRed/LeafGreen.
  • The Pokémon that Bill was fused with being a Clefairy. Canonized in FireRed/LeafGreen.
  • For whatever reason, quite a bit of fan material has Red and Blue as very good friends, despite the fact that the original manual in both English and Japanese states that the two used to be the best of friends until Blue suddenly started to bully Red one day for no discernible reason, and him being infamous as a Jerkass. In fact, Red being an extension of the player, and by Blue's in-game dialogue, one can probably assume they're Vitriolic Best Buds at best (which is pretty close to the approach Pokémon Origins took). It's possible that they became friends again after Red became champion.
  • Game!Silver being Giovanni's son. Canonized in HeartGold/SoulSilver.
  • Giovanni committing suicide at Tohjo Falls. Jossed in Black 2/White 2.
  • Similary, Red being dead. Jossed in Black 2/White 2.
  • The Striaton Trio is the Shadow Triad. Jossed in Black 2/White 2, though this only created a new fanon that they were replaced by a new Triad after the initial games. Which was again jossed via Memory Link event in the same games, though it still doesn't stop people from trying to figure out ways around it.
  • The Kanto and Hoenn games taking place simultaneously- similarly, the Johto and Sinnoh games. Canonized by a tweet from scenario writer Toshinobu Matsumiya regarding the official timeline of the games.
  • Gym Leaders having multiple teams of Pokémon, with which they can provide an appropriate level of challenge to trainers of different levels. Canonized in Black 2/White 2 by Cheren's mention that he's not allowed to use his old team against you in your Gym battle against him, and is also mentioned in Pokémon Origins.
  • Giovanni is Red's father. Jossed. Though you could say neither possibly know it, Red has a line clearly signifying he knows who his father is.
  • Red's eye color is red while Blue's is green. Sometimes they're named due to their eye colors. Jossed in all official art and sprites, which have them both with brown eyes. This may originate from Pokémon Adventures.
  • Similar to the above is Ethan having gold eyes and Silver having red eyes. Ethan's eyes are actually gray. Silver has red eyes in HeartGold/SoulSilver's intro, however that is Off-Model as his official art and other sprites show him with grey eyes. Much like the above, this may originate from Pokémon Adventures.
  • Brendan has white, or white and black, hair. Jossed by Word of God that he's wearing a hat. The remakes make it obvious by giving him longer, brown hair that peeks out of his hat, and showing him without his hat.
  • Red's post-FRLG design having black hair. Thanks to the way his sprite looked in HGSS and BW 2, many fans assumed that Game Freak had combined his classic design with his modern design. SM clearly josses this as Red's model depicts him with brown hair.
  • Either Anthea or Concordia are N's mother. Concordia is the more common choice due to Theme Naming with N, whose full name is Natural Harmonia Gropius; Concordia is the Roman goddess of harmony, Harmonia is her Greek counterpart. This has been jossed by B2/W2, as the two women reveal that all of three of them were orphans taken in by Ghetsis, thus making Anthea and Concordia N's adoptive/foster sisters.
  • The concept that the protagonists are all best friends is non-canon in both Unova games and the Kanto games. Leaf isn't present in any game thus far, and in Unova the opposite-gender protagonist first meets you after you begin your journey and doesn't otherwise interact with you. However, to be fair, most fiction that makes them childhood friends are doing it in an attempt at Merging the Branches, as most other games have the other player character present as a recurring NPC.
  • The bishonen, black haired Red with red eyes and a stoic expression (dubbed "Pixiv!Red" or "Uber Red") isn't canon in any game. It's just a fan representation of Red loosely based on his classic design.
  • Red as extremely quiet, even pre-timeskip. Possibly Jossed before that point at least by Blue calling the protagonist a "chatty gossip" (albeit this is as equally likely to be him being sarcastic), and definitely by Copycat clearly mimicking Red, and some random, rather easy to miss, interjections from him throughout the game. Post-timeskip, on the other hand... It's made even more ambiguous in canon as it's become a Running Gag for Red to speak in eclipses. Blue implies in Sun And Moon that Red doesn't talk much so it's possibly Ascended Fanon. As an ironic inversion, post-timeskip Red talking with perfect speech in Japanese fanworks, as well as some western fanworks, with him merely being stoic and unemotional, often pops up as well. It could be for the sake of convenience, but for all of Red's reputation for silence it's surprisingly common.
  • Pokémon are eaten by humans. Briefly appears in Pokémon Gold and Silver but was explicitly confirmed, at least that it happened in the past, in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.

    Games 

Red/Blue/Green/FireRed/LeafGreen

  • The infamous "Red killed Blue's Raticate" theory. It's rarely played seriously nowadays outside of creepypasta and various Nuzlocke runs, especially the more story-oriented ones. While it's still not overly common, perhaps with the players' Pokémon dying being a core concept of the genre, the Raticate might provide a nice enough callback to allow the theory one last grasp at life.
  • There's one popular fanon that combines both the game's fanon with the anime's canon. Giovanni having to do with Mewtwo's creation (anime) and that all of the criminal activities that Team Rocket does were to try and stop Mewtwo once he broke free (games).
  • Blue's starter is either a Squirtle or an Eevee, with Red's being a Charmander or Pikachu, the latter choices for both being because of Pokemon Yellow. Occasionally fans will give Red a Bulbasaur (especially in classic!Red fanart) due to it being his starter in almost all Gen 1 artwork.
  • There's a persistent piece of fanon that there was a war that ended a few years before the game, which killed Red's dad and Blue's parents. Like the Raticate theory it's rarely brought up too seriously. (There has been one during Lt. Surge's lifetime).
  • Red as a bishonen, stoic, red eyed Memetic Badass with straight black hair. It became so popular that at one point most fans seriously thought this interpretation - which is nicknamed "Pixiv Red" or "Uber Red" - was how Red seriously looked. Due to backlash, along with Super Smash Bros.,Pokémon Origins, and SM the design is going out of style.
  • People call the modern, brunette Red "Fire" to distinguish him from the classic, and especially fanon, Red.
  • Red and Leaf are Half-Identical Twins. Leaf has never appeared outside of the remake games and doesn't seem to exist alongside Red (she is essentially a female incarnation of him).
  • Erika is a Lipstick Lesbian due to her rainbow gym badge and attitude on men (at least in the anime). If she's shipped with anyone, it's usually Sabrina, however Jasmine is a second option.
  • Erika as narcoleptic is a common interpretation due to her Sleepy Head qualities. Others see it as related to drugs.
  • It's unknown what happened to Blue's parents, but it's typical for them to have died prior to the games. This is canon in Pokémon Zensho, where they got into a car crash when Blue was an infant, but never specified in other adaptations.
  • Red has red eyes, Blue has green eyes, and Leaf has green eyes (or rarer blue eyes.) This is inspired by Pokémon Adventures and goes with what colours their names represent.
  • Red is stoic and quiet. Adaptation counterparts, official art, and in-game dialogue (particularly Copycat's dialogue and possibly Blue mocking you as a "chatty gossip") imply Red is a normal, even Hot-Blooded, kid, at least pre-timeskip. Possibly Ascended Fanon as of Pokémon Sun and Moon.
  • Bruno and Brock being related in one way or another, due to their names, similar appearances (spiky hair, thick eyebrows, always shut eyes, brown skin) and Bruno using several Rock and Ground-types in his team, compounded by Rock, Ground and Fighting being grouped together in the TCG. Lessened for some once Bruno got a slight redesign from Generation III onwards, but Misty's canon admiration for Lorelei made it more plausible for others.
  • Red stayed on that mountain for three years. It's never stated that he wasn't traveling and you just met him while he was training.
  • Due to Mewtwo's somewhat-recent creation and the fact that most shouldn't know about it, it's often believed that whenever someone mentions there being 150 Pokémon in the Kanto region, Mew is regarded as the 150th Pokémon, and not the 151st. Pokémon Origins, however, changes the number to 149 known Pokémon until episode four, where both Mewtwo and Mew appear.
  • Daisy as being Blue's guardian. The games imply that Oak raised them, though it's vague enough for even both to be used (Oak raised them growing up but now that Daisy's older she takes care of Blue).

Gold/Silver/Crystal/HeartGold/SoulSilver

  • Ethan is an outspoken Hot-Blooded Guile Hero as a foil to Red's The Stoic, as seen above. If Lyra is the protagonist then Ethan is In Touch with His Feminine Side due to owning a Marill.
  • Thanks to her "rural" look, Lyra is often depicted as a tomboy, though not quite as tomboyish as May or Hilda. This is often used as a contrast to Ethan or Dawn. Kris is often a hands-on Action Girl tomboy as well.
  • The three Pokemon that died in the Burned Tower and were revived as Entei, Raikou, and Suicune are believed to have been a Flareon, Jolteon and Vaporeon respectively. This is backed up by the three having the Eeveelutions normal abilities as their Dream World Abilities. Less commonly, they're believed to have been three Eevee, and their revival is thought to have acted as powered-up Water/Thunder/Fire Stones.
  • Silver having red eyes. The HGSS intro and early GSC concept art clearly portrays him with red eyes, but his HGSS official art and sprites have grey, meaning the red eyes are likely an error.
  • Silver being physically and/or emotionally abused pops up sometimes. This is despite how in the actual event revealing Silver's parentage, he seems to have used to respect and trust his father quite a bit, and the way he talks to Giovanni is in no way close to how an abused child would talk.
    • Silver being neglected shows up almost as often, and comes off as slightly more plausible, especially seeing as Giovanni rarely seems to even acknowledge his existence, gladly abandoned him the minute he lost to an eleven year old, and prioritized rebuilding his team over raising his own son.
  • Ariana and Giovanni are Silver's parents. Given her apparent age, the fact that she's arguably second in terms of authority out of the four Executives (behind Archer, though they may be Co-Dragons), her idolization of strength, her looks, her English name (Ariana is Welsh for "silver"), and the fact that she's the only female Executive period, fan speculation places her as Silver's mother (though the nature of Giovanni and Ariana's relationship is left up to personal interpretation). Less common is that Mars is their child too, and thus is Silver's older sister. There's a joke that Mars is Roark's (half-)sister as well, but that's rarely used seriously.
  • Ethan's name being "Gold". This was due to him not having a Canon Name until the remakes, but many fans still use it.
  • Kris and Lyra are the same character, just redesigned like how Red got new clothes and a different hair color. It's never been confirmed 100% either way, but it's been implied that they're different characters.
  • Giovanni committed suicide during his event in Heartgold and Soulsilver. Black 2 and White 2 seem to have jossed this but fans began to opt for Bungled Suicide instead.
  • Kris is an In-Series Nickname, short for "Crystal". It's canon in adaptations but ambiguous in the games. The game descriptions only refer to her as just "Kris".
  • Morty as being The Stoner.
  • Ethan will usually have a Cyndaquil as his starter in fanworks and some fans speculate that Lyra (or Kris) will take the third leftover starter that players and the rival did not choose, therefore her being given Chikorita. There are fans who prefer Lyra as the protagonist (especially due to her physical similarities to Red and due to the gender contrast with him). If she's the protagonist, she will still usually have a Chikorita (and thus Silver has a Cyndaquil and Ethan has his Marill seen in-game).
  • Erika's sneaky expressions in this generation (Stadium 2 included) imply that she's more that what she seems.

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald/OmegaRuby/AlphaSapphire

  • Brendan is presented as Birch's kid most of the time, with May obviously as Norman's, as she was in the anime. This is often done due to the anime's influence or due to a preference for May, however it's not too uncommon to see fanworks of the opposite because Brendan-sans-hat resembles Norman while May resembles Professor Birch (however she also looks like Norman's wife). ORAS made May as the protagonist even more common because Brendan's redesign doesn't really resemble any of the parents, though some see his Ambiguously Brown skin tone as a tan from having been from running around in Hoenn (in contrast with May's lighter tone, as she just moved from Johto).
  • May will usually have a Torchic starter and Brendan a Mudkip in fanworks, especially if May is the protagonist. Official art usually also gives her a Torchic.
  • Before Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, May is thought to be a no-nonsense Hot-Blooded tomboy. This is likely inspired from her Emerald design and her Adventures counterpart Sapphire, who is exactly as described. It also serves as a contrast to Dawn's more feminine traits, especially in the anime. It's still present in ORAS fanworks however they're more likely to play her as a Tomboy with a Girly Streak.
  • Maxie and Archie's names are actually "Maximilian" and "Archibald" respectively, and the names they're called by in-game are only nicknames.
  • While it's canon Brendan is wearing a hat, some fans who like the white haired Fanon version of him make him wear a beanie but also have white and black hair. It helps that this makes him resemble a fusion of Lan Hikari and Eugene Chaud from Megaman Battle Network. However, this is clearly not the case in the remakes.
  • Courtney in the remakes is on the autism spectrum.
  • Wally is asthmatic. This is due to fresh air helping him and because his Adventures counterpart has some sort of lung-related illness.

Diamond/Pearl/Platinum

  • Dawn's starter is usually depicted as a Piplup, due to the anime and to contrast May and her Torchic. This means Barry has a Turtwig and Lucas has a Chimchar. According to official art, Dawn's Weapon of Choice is actually Chimchar while Lucas is associated with Piplup.
  • Dawn as The Comically Serious or The Stoic pops up just as much as her being a Genki Girl does.
  • Dawn is more often depicted as the protagonist and Barry's childhood friend, with Lucas as Professor Rowan's assistant.
  • Dahlia is latina. Canon in Pokémon Adventures but ambiguous in the games.
  • Lucas canonically has a mild case of Anime Hair. Most fanart ignores it and gives him a normal, short hairstyle.
  • Volkner is often associated as being a big brother figure for Meghan, the Pokékid who's in his gym.
  • It's ambiguous, but some people think Gardenia has red hair and a headband. Others see it as Multicolored Hair.
  • Dawn is often depicted as a Badass Adorable, though not as often as Red.
  • Dawn is often associated with Darkrai and Giratina.
  • Pairing Dawn and Cynthia together is extremely common in fanworks. This however isn't always mutually romantic. Other options are an Intergenerational Friendship, Cynthia being a mentor or older sister-type person to Dawn, or Dawn having an unrequited Precocious Crush on Cynthia. If the fanwork creator does like them as romantic, then some opt for them getting together once Dawn is older.

White/Black/White 2/Black 2

  • Hilbert, Hilda, Cheren, and Bianca are given a fanon age of sixteen when they start their journey. Nate and Rosa are pinned as only a bit younger, around thirteen to fourteen (with the fifteen being rare).
  • N is on the autism spectrum.
  • If Hilbert is the protagonist Rosa is the heroine, and if Hilda is the protagonist then Nate is. This is despite the fact some dialogue implies the two Heroes are the same sex.
  • Hilda and Hilbert are Fraternal Twins. In canon they've never apparently met until they became Subway partners, making this unlikely unless they're long-lost relatives.
  • Back when Rosa was introduced, there was an error on the Japanese site that referred to her as a boy. Since then it created a boom where Rosa was presented as transsexual or a Wholesome Crossdresser.
  • Cheren is sometimes depicted as a trans man.
  • There are two Shadow Triad's. The first consisted of Cilan, Chili, and Cress. They disbanded after Pokémon Black and White and the new trio were sent to beat them as shown in the Memory Link event. This is in response to the Memory Link in Black 2 and White 2 jossing the theory that the brothers were the Shadow Triad. Many fans have decided that the two trios are separate individuals.
  • Due to their Strong Family Resemblance there's a small fanon that Ghetsis and N are related, just not biologically parent and child. Ghetsis being his uncle or N really being his biological son that was later abandoned in the woods, only for Ghetsis to adopt him later, are the most common theories.
  • Bianca's reason for being clumsy is due to poor eyesight. This is why she wears glasses in BW2
  • Elesa is bisexual. It's implied in the games but never confirmed. Fans also often depict her as Skyla's girlfriend.
  • Iris is either black or Pokemon's version of Native American (Native Unovian?)
  • Alder as Native American is a popular fan theory.
  • The games take place ten years after Platinum. This is due to an ex-Team Rocket grunt having settled down in Unova and having a young child. There are some who take a five year gap so older characters can interact with the characters in Black/White and Black 2/White 2 without being too much older. Post-SM fans have begun leaning towards the latter due to how young Red and Blue seem, though the fact those games take place in a different timeline could explain why they're younger than they should be.
  • Hilda is usually a badass Ladette-in-the-making and a boisterous tomboy in fanworks.
  • In contrast to Hilda, Rosa is usually depicted as an Adorkable Girly Girl.
  • Hilbert usually has Oshawott as his starter with Hilda having a Snivy as her own in fanworks. Likewise, Nate will be given a Tepig (partly due to the Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 movie trailer).
  • The reason why Sabrina stopped being a gym leader is ambiguous. The fan consensus is that she wanted to seem more approachable and friendly, though she ended up type-casted as a villain due to her intimidating looks anyway.
  • Hilda/Hilbert didn't become champion because they were stopped before being initiated into the Hall of Fame and they didn't re-challenge the League later.

X/Y

Sun/Moon

  • Due to their Wise Beyond Their Years tendencies, some fans assume that Acerola and Hapu are either Older Than They Look or Really 700 Years Old. Acerola's connection to the supernatural and Hapu's Non-Standard Character Design are also used as "evidences" for this idea.
  • Fan-works lean toward the female protagonist rather than the male, especially regarding protagonist/Lillie shipping. Ailey is often portrayed as a calm, altruistic Nice Girl.
  • The Anabel from the post game missions is the same specific character as the Frontier Brain from Pokemon Emerald note 
  • The Ultra Beasts destroyed the alternate universe that Anabel is from, and she was knocked through an Ultra Wormhole while defending the Battle Tower from their attack. note .
  • The alternate universe(s) that the Ultra Beasts destroyed are the ones from the original Gameboy games, and everything in the current canon comes from the remakes, which are in a separate continuity (and universe). note .
  • The protagonist's mother is a single mother. Your father never appears and is sparingly mentioned, your mother's bed seems more like it's for one person, and the protagonist calls their dad "father" which is less personal than what they call their mother ("Mom"). While this is a common headcanon for all protagonists (bar Brendan/May) for obvious reasons, there's a bit more evidence for it here. Some fans headcanon that she divorced or outright left her husband because he was abusive to her and their child. This is done to make the player character Not So Different from Gladion and Lillie and, to a lesser extent, Hau.
  • The protagonist being a Perpetual Smiler. This is due to the fact the character's model isn't as expressive as the other characters. During many, but not all, cutscenes where NPCs act as expected (such as shocked or fearful) the protagonist keeps their smiling expression. Previous protagonists had expressive faces, but the Sun and Moon protagonist just smiles a lot. Can overlap with them being a Stepford Smiler.
  • Due to his androgynous design and the fact he's rarely referred to with pronouns (and for a while, his gender was unknown pre-release), Illima being nonbinary caught on.
  • Mina as The Stoner due to her spaced-out demeanor.
  • It's widely believed that Guzma was physically abused by his father. The games imply this as post-game you can visit his house, where his room is full of bent golf clubs. Less common however is that Guzma was instead emotionally abused and retaliated by beating up his dad, or that the golf clubs were bent by Guzma himself in anger.
  • Similar to Silver, Lillie and Gladion are often depicted as physically (and occasionally sexually) abused by their mother Lusamine. The games themselves only imply emotional abuse and manipulation.
  • Selene and Lillie as the Tomboy and Girly Girl respectively.
  • Fan works of Lillie as a teenager or adult will depict her as a Statuesque Stunner. It does seem probable as she's already tall for her age and her mother Lusamine is quite tall herself.
  • Lillie is implied to be from a region besides Alola. Fans pin her as either from Kalos or a currently unspecified region.
  • Lusamine's obsession with being beautiful and youthful extends to an obsession over her weight. This often extends to forcing her children on a restricted diet as well.
  • Lillie's relationship with the protagonist has romantic undertones no matter their gender. This has caused the fanon that she's bisexual.

Pokémon Go

  • The entire game is actually a Villain Episode in the Pokémon universe, and Team Valor, Team Mystic and Team Instinct are warring criminal syndicates in the vein of Team Rocket and their imitators. As supporting evidence for the theory, fans point to the fact that every organization in the Pokémon universe with "Team" in its name has always been evil, and to the fact that the general premise of the game (acquiring as many Pokémon as possible and using them to wrest territory from rivals, without thought to training them or earning badges) is oddly similar to Team Rocket's M.O. in the anime. This fanon is a piece of Lost in Translation as the Japanese version uses "Team" instead of the usual "-dan" (Gang).
  • Spark being an Adorkable, sometimes somewhat stupid, Nice Guy in contrast to the fiery Candela and Emotionless Girl Blanche, is extremely popular.
  • The trainers names as "Go" (male) and "Gogo" (female).
  • Team Instinct as the Butt-Monkey due to having less members than the other teams.
  • Blanche as nonbinary due to their androgynous design and the fact their artist has stated their gender is up to the player. The official consensus however is that Blanche is a woman.
  • While we currently don't know which Pokémon the team leaders have in their parties, you can rest assured that nearly all fanart of them will give them the appropriate Eeveelution (Vaporeon for Blanche, Jolteon for Spark and Flareon for Candela).
  • Despite the rivalry between the teams, Candela, Spark and Blanche are frequently portrayed as True Companions in fanworks. Not necessarily an inaccurate portrayal, as they're implied to be on good terms despite their rivalry.
  • In fan works, the male Trainer will almost always be affiliated with Team Instinct (or just Spark) and wear yellow clothes, while the female Trainer will be affiliated with red and Team Valor.

Spinoffs

    Anime 
  • There are four common candidates for Ash's father. Pocket Monsters The Animation, a novelization written by Takeshi Shudo says Ash's dad was a random deadbeat, but it's only considered semi-canon as many things contradict the actual anime:
    • The Team Rocket leader, Giovanni. In the non-canon Pokémon Live! it's stated he and Delia dated but fanon claims he was Ash's dad (this was intended but scrapped in development). Whether Giovanni knows he is Ash's father or not differs from person to person, as does if Ash is related to Silver's anime counterpart.
    • Alternatively Professor Oak is Ash's father.
    • Ash's dad is Silver from the episode "The Search for the Legend".
    • A flashback shows Ash as a young child alongside a trainer with his Rapidash. The man's face is never shown but many fans misinterpreted him as Ash's father.
    • As a joke, Ash's dad being Ho-Oh gets thrown around a lot.
  • A lot of fanfic writers believe that Delia lied about Ash's father being on a journey, most commonly either to cover up that he's dead, he's a deadbeat, or he is the criminal Giovanni.
  • Delia and Professor Oak being romantically involved, or at least having mutual feelings, comes up a lot. This was especially prominent during the Original Series days of the fandom.
  • There's a rampant amount of Ambiguous Gender for the anime's Pokemon. Due to this fans have to fill in the blanks. It's assumed most of Ash's Pokemon are male except for a few:
    • Chikorita is all but confirmed as female in the anime, but has never been actually confirmed.
    • Many people think Gligar is female due to similarities between it and Aipom.
    • Chimchar was originally seen as female. Once it evolved into an Infernape it became more common for fanon to view them as male though.
    • Until the Sinnoh arc canonized Pikachu as male, there was a large sum of fans who assumed he was female. This was especially prevalent amongst Ash/Pikachu and Meowth/Pikachu fans. Even when Buneary was introduced many thought of her as either gay or a feminine boy in contrast to the tomboyish Pikachu.
  • Genders for the Pokemon of Ash's co-stars weren't mentioned often until Black and White, leading to fans to fill in the blanks:
    • All of Brock's Pokemon are male except Vulpix.
    • May's Blaziken and Munchlax are usually considered male, while the rest of her team is female.
    • Max's future Ralts usually appears as a female, though some fans see it as male due to being an expy of Wally's Gardevoir.
    • Dawn's Piplup was originally seen as female due to the fact it wore a girl's cheerleader outfit several times, however it was eventually confirmed to be male. Buneary, Ambipom, and Togekiss are confirmed female. Pachirisu can go either way with fans, however it's implied to be male. Mamoswine is confirmed male. Quilava is usually depicted as male.
    • Team Rocket's Pokemon are all male except for the ones confirmed female and James' Mime Jr (who is also sometimes depicted as male).
  • One Name Only is the standard for characters. Fanon has tried to give many surnames, which also often apply to their game counterparts:
    • May and her brother Max have the last name "Maple".note 
    • "Ashton Ketchum" as Ash's full name. Eventually someone actually calls him this, but he corrects them, saying his name is "just Ash".
    • Dawn "Berlitz", named after her Pokémon Adventures counterpart.
    • Misty "Waterflower", due to a misunderstanding about her sisters title. Less common but "Williams" is also used often.
    • Drew "Hayden".
    • James "Morgan".
    • Iris "Dragonlight".
    • Serena "Yvonne", derived from her counterpart in Pokémon Adventures.note .
    • Giovanni's surname as "Rocketto", from the Japanese pronunciation of Team Rocket (Roketto-dan).
    • Brock tends to run with the Meaningful and Punny theme for Gym Leaders, as "Slate". However, Eric Stuart was quoted in 2006 as claiming Brock's last name was "Harrison" in K-Zone magazine.
    • Lillie "Aether", coming from the name of the Aether Foundation.
  • Brendan is Birch's son. It makes sense considering the games but Professor Birch never mentions him and Brendan never speaks or meets Ash and co. (He only cameos in several of the movies during the Hoenn-Sinnoh era).
  • Brendan is May's Forgotten Childhood Friend in fanworks where he appears.
  • Lucas is Barry's childhood friend and has a Chimchar starter. This is due to the anime making Barry and Dawn strangers (instead Dawn is childhood friends with Barry's expy, Kenny).
  • Even with people who don't ship Ash/Misty, it's common for people to think Misty has an unrequited crush on Ash.
  • James Trademark Favorite Food used to be donuts in the earlier days of the fandom but it has largely been forgotten.
  • Candice being a lesbian pops up a lot.
  • Cassidy really does remember Butch's name, she simply does that to annoy him.
  • Due to his gravely voice and stereotypes attributed with smoking, Butch being a smoker is common.
  • This is a fanon brought on by misconceptions, however many assume Jessie's Missing Mom died in an avalanche. The Birth Of Mewtwo radio drama showed that Miyamoto somehow survived and is still looking for Mew. Why she never contacted Jessie is unknown though.
  • Due to a Dub-Induced Plot Hole saying she was dead instead of a deadbeat and the lack of a family resemblance between her and her kids (they instead take after their father more though a few have her hair and skin tone), many western fans write Brock's mother Lola as his step-mother.
  • If you're looking at Jessie/James fanart set in the near-future, there's a very high chance James will have his hair pulled into a ponytail. This comes from the Babies Ever After of them in The Electric Tale of Pikachu depicting James with a ponytail and Jessie with short hair. Jessie's hair is usually not cut in fanart, however it will often be depicted loose instead of in her usual Anime Hair style.
  • Fan-art of Misty as a teenager or adult often have her using her post-Pokémon Gold and Silver haircut. If not that, then they give her long hair.
  • Zoey is often written as a Butch Lesbian. This often goes with either the above-mentioned interpretation of Candice as gay or Dawn and Zoey as a couple.
  • Word of God is that Ash is Not Allowed to Grow Up and that he will constantly be ten. Until the confirmation in Best Wishes, almost all fans thought he was aging. His maturation over the arcs made him seem older (not helped by him being a mentor to both May and Dawn), it isn't physically possible for him to go through so many regions and not at least one year passing, he celebrated the anniversary of him and Pikachu meeting in the Original Series, and his Sinnoh design being perceived as looking teenage. This idea wasn't helped by his second English voice actress using a noticeably deeper voice than the original, making it seem like Ash's voice was breaking. Fanworks usually depict Ash as twelve by Sinnoh. Even with the confirmation that he's still ten, many fans just ignored that and continued to present Ash as older than he canonically is (not helped by how mature looking Ash's Kalos redesign was).
  • One of the two unseen trainers that received their starters before Ash was the anime counterpart to Leaf, Red's Distaff Counterpart from FireRed and LeafGreen. She is sometimes called "Amanda" (which is one of Leaf's name options).
  • Riley is a descendant of Aaron. He looks extremely similar to him and has aura powers like him. Due to development lead times, it's hard to tell if Riley's design in the games was based on Aaron or if Aaron was based off Riley.
  • It's frequently cited that Misty is two years older than Ash. This is occasionally used to explain her somewhat risque clothes in the Original Series, and why she's taller and more mature than Ash. This is debunked in-series as she's mentioned being Ash's age more than once. This fanon likely comes from The Electric Tale of Pikachu, a Hotter and Sexier manga adaptation where Misty was age lifted to twelve.
  • There is a popular theory that the anime features multiple universes. While this is canon in the games, the anime never touched upon it. It is frequently believed that the Ash featured in Sun and Moon and Pokémon: I Choose You! is a separate incarnation of Ash from the one in previous seasons. Some believe the "current Ash" began as early as X and Y or even Black and White, but most fans lean toward the "original Ash's" story having finished with X and Y. This theory was jossed when Misty and Brock reappeared in Sun and Moon.
  • There is one universal Common Tongue in the anime. The games show that the regions speak different tongues however Ash never seems to come in contact with any language barriers. A Diamond and Pearl episode implied that English as a concept exists separate from whatever language the characters are speaking (most likely Japanese), however that has largely been ignored aside from Rotomdex confirming other languages exist. This fanon also applies to adaptations like Adventures and Pocket Monsters which feature characters talking to ones from other regions with no issues.
  • When it comes to Ash's 30 Tauros, many like to imagine that the ones Ash chooses to battle with throughout the series has all been the same one Tauros, and is actually the leader of the herd thanks to its battle experience.
  • With SM 042 showing a Pidgeot flying around Oak's lab, fans were quick to take to the belief that said Pidgeot is Ash's.

    Manga 
  • Pokémon Adventures:
    • Yellow has amber, yellow, brown, or yellowish-brown eyes depending on the fan-art.
    • Yellow is an incredibly Shrinking Violet.
    • Red is an orphan. He's the only Pokédex holder with no known family.
    • Many people call Platinum "Platina" because it sounds more feminine to them and less weird.
    • Silver and Blue are canonically self-proclaimed like Like Brother and Sister, yet a lingering perception goes that Silver secretly has a crush on her.
    • The RS arc ends with Ruby and Sapphire being transported to an Alternate Universe, where all future arcs take place. In their 'real' universe there's still an apocalypse going on and they're presumed dead.

Common Fanfic Tropes, Occurrences, and Fandom Specific Plots

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