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Pokémon has developed a huge following ever since the late 90s. We've played the games, watched the cartoons, bought the merchandise and totally annoyed our parents by never shutting up about it. But have you ever stopped and asked yourself what the weird little creatures would look like if they were brought into the real world (and no, not like that)?

One RJ Palmer (known on DeviantArt as "Arvalis") did, and decided to illustrate it.

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Sure enough, "Realistic Pokémon" was born. While RJ was likely not the first person to make realistic renditions of Pokémon, he was definitely the most prolific, to the point that many other realistic Pokémon artists have admitted to being inspired by his work. In some of his works, he even includes a biological explanation for what the Pokemon is like. Be warned, though: Not all of his Pokémon designs are meant to be taken seriously (Vanilluxe and Mime Jr. for example).

The pictures can be found here on RJ's Deviantart.

    List of Pokémon RJ has rendered realistically 
  • Abomasnow (also features Snover, Chingling, Delibird, Sawsbuck, Froslass, Mr. Mime and Mime Jr.)
  • Aerodactyl (also features Archen and Cranidos)
  • Aggron (also features Aron, Lairon, Geodude and Durant)
  • Arcanine (also features Growlithe and Turtwig)
  • Blastoise (also features Squirtle, Wartortle, Magikarp, Tynamo, Shellder, Krabby and Staryu)
  • Bulbasaur (also features Ivysaur, Venusaur, Ninjask and Nincada)
  • Charizard (also features Charmander, Charmeleon and Caterpie)
  • Dragonite (also features Dratini and Dragonair)
  • Druddigon (also features a very dead Deerling)
  • Eevee (also features Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Umbreon, Espeon, Leafeon and Glaceon)
  • Feraligatr (also features Totodile, Croconaw, Sirskit and Shuckle)
  • Flygon (also features Trapinch, Vibrava, Cacnea, Scrafty, Sandshrew and Dwebble)
  • Garchomp
  • Gengar (also features Gastly, Haunter, Zubat and Rattata)
  • Giratina (also features Vanillite, Vanilluxe and Crobat)
  • Groudon (also features Torkoal, Magmar, Magby, Slugma, Magcargo and Larvesta)
  • Gyarados (also features Magikarp, Relicanth, Shellder, Cloyster, Tentacool, Clamperl and Gorebyss)
  • Honchcrow (also features Murkrow, Wurmple and Venipede)
  • Kyogre (also features Frillish, Jellicent, Tentacruel, Omastar and Sharpedo)
  • Kyurem (also features Raikou and Piloswine)
  • Lugia (also features Qwilfish, Corsola, Seadra, Clauncher, Mantine, Remoraid and Luvdisc)
  • Meganium (also features Chikorita, Bayleef, Celebi, Paras and Foongus)
  • Mewtwo (also features Mew and Ditto)
  • Nidoking (also features both the male and female Nidoran and Pikachu)
  • Ninetails (also features Vulpix, Litwick, Lampent, Trevenant and Honedge)
  • Noivern (also features Zubat, Noibat, Woobat, Swoobat, Joltik and Excadrill)
  • Rayquaza (also features Emolga, Pidgeot, Braviary, Skarmory, Altaria and Talonflame)
  • Reshiram
  • Scyther
  • Steelix (also features Onix, Sableye, Haxorus and Heatran)
  • Tyranitar (also features Larvitar)
  • Tyrantrum (also features Tyrunt and Bastiodon)
  • Typhlosion (also features Cyndaquil, Quilava, Combee, Vespiquen and Oddish)
  • Yveltal (also features Latios, Latias, Swellow and Salamence)
  • Zapdos (also features Magnemite, Magneton, Raichu and Voltorb)
  • Zoroark (also features Zorua, Natu, Xatu and Diglett)

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Tropes found in the Realistic Pokémon images

  • Apocalyptic Log: What Lies in the Cerulean Caves is presented as the POV of a doomed trainer's camera.
  • Author Appeal: RJ loves dinosaurs, and so many of his Pokémon designs are based on them.
  • Bat Out of Hell:
    • The Gengar line is portrayed as such.
    • Noivern was already this, but RJ makes it terrifying.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Bug type Pokémon are obviously portrayed as such, but more surprisingly, Giratina is depicted as a massive arthropod, Celebi as a medium-sized insect and Frosslass as a large mosquito-like bug.
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Many of the Dragon-types are depicted as dinosaurs, including Haxorus (though it's already based on dinosaurs), Druddigon, Reshiram and, if you choose to get technical, Altaria.
  • Doing In the Wizard: Some Pokémon's abilities are given realistic, or at least Techno Babble-ish, explanations, such as Zoroark's apparent shapeshifting being due to it excreting a hallucinogenic chemical. Others just don't get explained, however.
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  • Eagleland: The description for its shared entry with Rayquaza states that Braviary is the national bird of Unova.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Not only do the Fossil Pokémon make appearances (so far Tyrantrum, Tyrunt, Archen, Bastiodon and Cranidos, plus non-dinosaur Aerodactyl) but several Pokémon that aren't (or at least not entirely) based on dinosaurs are also depicted this way.
    • Druddigon and Abomasnow are portrayed as being therizinosaurids and are closely related.
    • Magmar (and Golduck, apparently) appear to be raptor-like theropods that have ducklike beaks.
    • Groudon resembles a mix between an ankylosaur and a theropod.
    • Yveltal looks like a giant version of Yi (a dinosaur with pterosaur-like wings) in its wing structure. Word of God confirms that this was his main inspiration.
    • Reshiram is based on a primitive bird, like Archaeopteryx.
    • Aggron is portrayed as a ceratopsian, even being alluded to as a relative of Bastiodon.
    • Scyther looks like a generic theropod, though seeing as the canon Scyther looks kind of like a raptor, this kind of makes sense.
    • Haxorus and Tyranitar are portrayed as this as well, though they were already based on dinosaurs in canon.
  • Giant Flyer: Many flying types are shown to be this, but Rayquaza and Yveltal take the cake. Subverted with Lugia, which is seen as one of these, but turns out to simply levitate with psychic abilities.
  • In a Single Bound: RJ's explanation for Dragonite's flying abilities, seeing as its "wings" are too short to carry its bulk.
  • Master of Illusion: Zoroark is an interesting portrayal, as it's depicted as secreting a sort of hallucinogenic liquid.
  • Monster Clown: A tongue-in-cheek invocation — Mime Jr. is depicted as a tadpole that makes itself look "as grotesque as possible" to scare off predators. Its evolution, Mr. Mime, is depicted as a pretty normal looking (if pretty huge) frog.
  • Multiple-Tailed Beast: Subverted with Vulpix and Ninetails, as their extra "tails" are actually massive dreads of matted fur, and these only appear in wild specimens; in domestic Ninetails, daily brushing transforms the dreads into a six-foot train of fur that resembles an opulent gown.
  • Noble Bird of Prey: Pidgeot, Braviary, Swellow and Talonflame are depicted as such, just as they are in canon.
  • Not Quite Flight: Lugia and Dragonite are depicted as a psychic levitater and a super high jumper respectively.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Charizard is portrayed as a winged lizard, Dragonite as a giant predatory amphibian (since Dragonair and Dratini look like tadpoles), Reshiram as a feathered dinosaur and Garchomp as...well...
  • Panthera Awesome: The Arcanine line, depicted as a lion/tiger cross, is this
  • Ptero Soarer: Averted with Aerodactyl, no doubt due to RJ having done his homework on pterosaur anatomy.
  • Sea Monster: Kyogre (depicted as resembling a whale) and Gyarados (portrayed as a huge, serpentine fish).
  • Shown Their Work: RJ's works are fairly well-researched.
  • Tentacled Terror: Trevanant, weirdly enough, is depicted as an octopus that takes control of trees. Additionally, the Tentacruel line is depicted as squids rather than jellyfish.
  • Threatening Shark: Garchomp, basically a shark mixed with a T. rex.
  • Turtle Power: Meganium and its pre-evolutions are depicted as giant tortoises. Lugia also resembles a giant sea turtle, but clearly has other inspirations as well.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: Tyrantrum and Tyrunt had a picture shared with Bastiodon. Subverted by Tyranitar; you'd think it would be a tyrannosaur too, but it's actually shown as a strange, bipedal ankylosaur.
  • Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: A few Pokemon, but most notable is Dragonite, which has wing-like protuberances on its back despite being flightless. Subverted with Crobat, whose extra wings are depicted as modified legs and what appear to be vestigial legs on its hindquarters are actually two small tails.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: A different variant—the series explains the illogical concept of Remoraid (a fish) evolving into Octillery (an octopus) by positing that larval Octillery simply mimic the appearance of actual Remoraids to seek protection from Mantines. Given the fact that there are real octopodes that employ similar tactics, this actually makes sense.
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