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The Pokédex - Extended Fanon Edition:

 4976 Silent Reverence, Sun, 17th Apr '11 8:37:30 PM from 3 tiles right 1 tile up
adopting kitteh
I left some impressions in the chatroom regarding the use of second person and how to improve on the diet section. I'd have to check more on that. Also love the comparison to Nidoran colonies.
 4977 Silent Reverence, Sun, 17th Apr '11 9:36:30 PM from 3 tiles right 1 tile up
adopting kitteh
Now discussing in the chatroom: a lot of stuff on human-Pokémon interaction, on a social and cultural level. That and the most recent entries. Warning: it gets kinda long.
 4978 Calamity Jane, Sun, 17th Apr '11 9:38:48 PM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
Oh come on! I have to go to bed now! Why does all the cool stuff happen when I can't participate? sad
This is gonna take a while.
 4979 Silent Reverence, Sun, 17th Apr '11 9:52:25 PM from 3 tiles right 1 tile up
adopting kitteh
Tell me. The good stuff happens when I'm usually ordered to go sleep; I can stay for an hour more or so.

Current subjects:

  • Environmental awareness in Pokéverse
  • Latii technology and myth
  • The Sewaddle entry
  • Overall article structure
  • What would a wild gang do with a Trainer Card, fighting gyms, et al
  • Da Rulez of Engagement and what constitutes a "fair catch"

edited 17th Apr '11 10:11:18 PM by SilentReverence

 4980 Tangent 128, Sun, 17th Apr '11 10:50:23 PM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
Speaking of Da Rulez, it was decided that they were important enough to be brought up for thread discussion.

Basically, there's no real reason that a Pokémon can't resist after being captured. They can continue to attempt to break the ball indefinitely, if not take off while they're released for battle. So, we can assume that generally, Pokémon that get caught allow themselves to be.

Now, one may well ask, "then why the battle? Why don't they just throw themselves at a Trainer they like?".

In fact, the latter happens in the anime frequently enough, so sometimes that is what happens. But for other situations, strong mons may want to ensure they'd be traveling with a capable Trainer, while weak mons may be attempting to put up enough of a fight to convince a Trainer to accept them.

That implies, then, that there is a "proper" way to catch a Pokémon. So how would that go? What happens when somebody is caught "unfairly", or, what happens when a "fair catch" turns out to be a sore loser?

(Also, this is from a bit ago, but I theorize that "Starter" and "First Catch" are both significant positions on a Trainer's team. Especially for newer ones; the Starter is able to bridge the human and Pokémon cultures, while the First Catch is experienced with how the Wild world actually works. Street smarts, if you will.)
Conversation is a contact sport.
In the Canalave library, it's actually mentioned that Pokemon simply wouldn't appear before humans if they didn't want to be seen. Drayden also mentions that if Team Plasma was right and Pokemon were being kept against their will, nothing is really preventing them from just slipping away while no one's looking, or attacking their trainer. So, yeah, I'd say most Pokemon who appear before people are willing to be caught, and use the battle as a way to gauge the trainer.
 
Mecha-maniac
I always assumed that they were brainwashed by the Pokeball to obey their trainer upon first being caught...
excellent
They can and will disobey you if they feel like doing it.

Mecha-maniac
The brainwashing isn't perfect, of course, but it erases their memories of their past life, or something.
 4985 Calamity Jane, Mon, 18th Apr '11 6:04:28 AM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
I do not like that idea, Locoman.
This is gonna take a while.
 4986 memyselfand I 2, Mon, 18th Apr '11 6:10:53 AM from The Biosphere Relationship Status: A teenager in love
Evening.
Yeah, me neither. It's really disturbing, and I can't picture the wild Pokemon going along with it.
Adorable vomity hell-crow~

-ILoveDogs, 2014
excellent
Er... what the? Not only is that rather twisted, but it has been shown in the manga (and I think in the anime too) that wild Pokemon remember their roots all right no matter how many metal balls they've lived inside.

Mecha-maniac
Yeah, it's not a pleasant one.

But I'm sure that some kind of psychological reconditioning goes on in the Pokeball, if only to make the captured specimen able to understand English commands.
 4989 Neo Crimson, Mon, 18th Apr '11 6:18:23 AM from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
Just because an idea is disturbing doesn't mean that you shouldn't take it into consideration based on just that. The Pokemon isn't all sugar and rainbows, you know.

That said, the later games seem to imply that brainwashing is not the case. Most wild pokemon see being caught as a trainer proving themselves strong, and pokemon respect strength. So can easily see why a wild pokemon will obey a trainer hat caught them fairly.

edited 18th Apr '11 6:18:40 AM by Neo_Crimson

Sorry, I can't hear you from my FLYING METAL BOX!
 4990 memyselfand I 2, Mon, 18th Apr '11 6:19:37 AM from The Biosphere Relationship Status: A teenager in love
Evening.
[up][up] I think Pokemon already understand English, but that's going on anime and manga canon.

edited 18th Apr '11 6:19:59 AM by memyselfandI2

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-ILoveDogs, 2014
excellent
I'm not sure if Pokemon actually understand the grammer and all. I think they just get a feel of the command's meaning and follow it accordingly. Aura may likely play a part in making this much easier than it would be in real life, seeing that all living beings emnate it.

 4993 memyselfand I 2, Mon, 18th Apr '11 6:23:31 AM from The Biosphere Relationship Status: A teenager in love
Evening.
Maybe the Pokeball is translating the Trainer's command into the Pokemon's native language?
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-ILoveDogs, 2014
 4994 Neo Crimson, Mon, 18th Apr '11 6:24:58 AM from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
Now hold on before you use A Wizard Did It explanation. Many Pokemon have been shown intelligent enough to be able to comprehend human speech, and if a pokemon has been around humans enough they probably already understand it.

Moreover, the first part of training any freshly catch is to make them understand you. Whether it involves conditioning voice commands and body language into them, or using another pokemon as a middleman to do that. We just never see this, because it's hard to implement in a game.

edited 18th Apr '11 6:25:33 AM by Neo_Crimson

Sorry, I can't hear you from my FLYING METAL BOX!
 4995 Calamity Jane, Mon, 18th Apr '11 6:24:59 AM from California Relationship Status: I'd need a PowerPoint presentation
I'd say the reason pokemon understand us is the same reason everyone speaks English/Japanese/what have you.
This is gonna take a while.
 4996 memyselfand I 2, Mon, 18th Apr '11 6:27:25 AM from The Biosphere Relationship Status: A teenager in love
Evening.
[up][up] That would make sense.
Adorable vomity hell-crow~

-ILoveDogs, 2014
Mecha-maniac
In that case, I'd say that Pokemon training is a lot more in-depth and intensive than the games make it seem. It'd probably be more like teaching a dog a trick; that is, it takes a fair amount of time and effort to teach a Pokemon a new move, and a lot of Trainers may use a treats/rewards system.
 4998 memyselfand I 2, Mon, 18th Apr '11 6:31:01 AM from The Biosphere Relationship Status: A teenager in love
Evening.
  • pictures this* I don't want to know what a Gyarados's treat would be...
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-ILoveDogs, 2014
 5000 memyselfand I 2, Mon, 18th Apr '11 6:36:02 AM from The Biosphere Relationship Status: A teenager in love
Evening.
Probably a few buckets. Gyarados is longer than a great white shark. (Incidentally, how does it only weigh 500-something pounds? Is it because of the Flying-type?)

edited 18th Apr '11 6:36:18 AM by memyselfandI2

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-ILoveDogs, 2014
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