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Fridge Brilliance
  • The Gen VI starters' final evolved forms happens when they reach level 36, the perfect square of the number 6, as in this generation; that's as much as four levels above the original 32 level dot from the past generations and that's brilliant.
  • Why is Chesnaught so radically different in color compared to Chespin and Quilladin? Because they were unripened chestnuts! Chesnaught's armor has fully hardened to be more like an actual nut's shell, even with coloring, while Chespin and Quilladin were based on the casing that would cover the chestnut as it ripened.
  • One of the new starters for the sixth generation games is a Fire-type fennec fox called Fennekin, with flames coming out of its ears. You know, the massive ears that fennec foxes evolved in order to radiate heat so they can keep cool in the desert!
  • Why is Pokémon number 666 Vivillon? Because, nobody ever suspects the butterfly! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Plus, its "international coat" mechanic is a source of Greed, Envy, Wrath, and potentially Pride among trainers. A mon with the Number of the Beast linked to at least Four of the Seven Deadly Sins. Well-played, guys.
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    • There is also the "Butterfly Effect": A complex mathematical theory that is summarized as "A butterfly flaps its wings in California, causing a hurricane in Mexico through a snowball-like chain of events." Said butterfly is called The butterfly of Chaos. In this case, Pokemon #666 is the Butterfly of Kalos.
  • Here's another one regarding Vivillon: its official artwork shows it having the Meadow Pattern on its wings, which is the Pattern that can be found by players whose default 3DS region is France (and Catalonia). Vivillon and its pre-evolutions are native to the Kalos region, which is the Pokémon World's version of France.
  • Why does Litleo have a 25% chance of being male? Because that's how lions are actually like in real life, where lionesses compose most of a pride of lions.
    • ...Uh, that's because most of the males get killed. Adult male lions are notorious for killing cubs so they can sire more of their own. This probably explains the Rivalry ability in both the Shinx and Liteo lines — the males are fighting over their current offspring as well as their mating prospects, and are most likely fighting for their lives as well!
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  • Gogoat learns Milk Drink. Goat's milk in real life is consumable. As Squicky as the idea of a male Gogoat having Milk Drink is, well, it's a Grass-type, which often consists of Pokémon based off of plants, and plants can be asexual, i.e. flowers can have a pistil (female) as well as a stamen (male). Also, male goats are known to lactate.
  • Pancham evolves into Pangoro when a Dark-type Pokémon is in the party. If a naughty kid mixes with bad company, they'll often grow up to become a bad guy themselves.
  • The Espurr line doesn't have as much base Special Attack as it should, considering their Pokédex entry, but then their classification (the "Restraint" and "Constraint" Pokemon) made it clear. They're still holding back their power. If they went full-power in all of the battles they went through, they may be a Mon of Mass Destruction. Too much destruction.
  • Honedge and Doublade:
    • Both Pokémon have "No Guard" as their Ability because there's no shield to go along with the sword. Doublade evolves into Aegislash and trades away one sword for a shield. Looks like it realized that it needed some defense. This is also reflected in its ability changing from No Guard into Stance Change.
      • The irony about the above point is that Doublade has a massive defense stat — equal to Shield Forme Aegislash, in fact. Presumably, Doublade is parrying attacks with the swords. So you still hit it every time (explaining No Guard), but it moves in such a way that the attack deals the least amount of damage possible (high Defense). Doublade's Special Defense, however, is terrible.
    • Also, why can this line learn Iron Head and Head Smash, despite obviously not having heads? The hilt, specifically the pommel, is the obvious choice for these abilities. Now guess where the English word "pummel" came from? It was originally used to describe the action of knights whacking enemies over the head with the pommels of their swords.
    • One may find it odd that the line can learn Round (a sound-based attack in which the user sings) from a TM, despite being inanimate objects with no mouths. HOWEVER! This would make it a reference to the Singing Sword of Prince Valiant, which would sing when held in the hands of a just, pure-hearted individual... or, something along those lines...
  • Why can Slurpuff learn Flamethrower and Wish? It's a meringue cake, which can be used as a birthday cake. We put candles on the cake (hence Flamethrower) and make a wish before blowing them out (hence Wish).
  • The cute, innocent-looking Inkay turns into the malicious, evil-looking Malamar when leveled up while the Nintendo 3DS is held upside-down. Not only did its body do a complete 180° reversal, its mind and morality also went as well.
    • This could also be reference to an old April Fools prank. If I can recall it correctly, Nintendo Power had a fake article in a 1999 issue saying that if you flipped your Game Boy upside down when evolving your Lickitung, it would evolve into Luigi. With Inkay, you do exactly that in order to evolve it into Malamar.
  • Why do Helioptile and Heliolisk learn Surf? Heliolisk's name suggests that the line is not only based on a frilled lizard, but also a basilisk (the real-life basilisk lizard, not the mythological kind), an animal that's known for running on water. And you can breed Glare onto them. The Japanese name for Glare translates to "Serpent Gaze". The name doesn't refer just to the real-life basilisk, but also the mythical one.
  • Tyrunt and Amaura have poor defensive typings. They have also gone extinct.
  • Why does Tyrunt only evolve during the day? Well, one Pokémon that can easily defeat it, Aurorus, is nocturnal. So of course Tyrunts wouldn't do much at night... that is when even the royal heir Pokémon can be brought down.
  • Amaura evolves into Aurorus at night. Auroras are lights that dance across the night sky.
  • Why can't Hawlucha participate in Sky battles? Because Hawlucha can't actually fly like a bird. The Flying type is just because it can jump really high, and Fly is just Hawlucha jumping even higher than it normally can. "Hawlucha, use Fly!"
  • Hawlucha's typing is weird. Sure, the Fighting type makes sense because it's a luchador-based Pokémon. But Hawlucha's typing is representative of the Fight or Flight response. The Flying-type could also be due to the fact that Lucha Libre is generally considered to be a high-flying wrestling style.
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  • An incredibly minor example, yet it's remarkably subtle: Gourgeist's colors are the reverse of Pumpkaboo's. While Pumpkaboo had a orange pumpkin body and a brown ghost body, Gourgeist has a brown pumpkin body and orange ghostly arms.

Fridge Horror

  • Espurr seem a lot more distant and freaked out than their evolved counterpart, Meowstic, when normally it's the other way around for Pokémon who undergo personality changes with evolution. A quick glance at the Pokedex reveals why — unlike Meowstic, an Espurr has no ability to control its formidable powers. It stares like that because it's scared as all hell. This also explains why Meowstic are so standoffish — after the hell of their pre-evolved form, literally nothing can compare. And it explains why Espurr only emotes when you touch its ears. It's getting angry because it's telling you to back off or it'll accidentally kill you. And if you rub its ears, instead of acting aggressively like most Pokémon do when you touch their least favorite spots, it backs off, scared. That also helps explain why Honedge gives you a glare when you touch its tassel. "I'm throwing everything I've got at not reflexively draining you!" But only if it likes you enough; a newly caught or bred one has no problem with slowly turning you into a desiccated husk...
  • Mixed with Fridge Brilliance: Espurr, according to the 'Dex, keeps its ears pressed against the sides of its head to help block its psychic powers from inflicting generalized mayhem on anything unfortunate enough to be in the vicinity. So, logically enough, when you're playing with it in Pokémon Amie, it'll get grumpy and try to stop you from messing with its ears. But it only gets mad about this if it already likes you. This means that someone specifically programmed the game so that as far as Espurr is concerned, anyone who it doesn't know who's dumb enough to try that deserves what's coming to them.
    • Something similar applies to the sword Pokémon Honedge, which uses its tassels to drain the life out of people and has no problem with you handling them unless it likes you.
  • Speaking of Honedge, Aegislash's dex entry in Y says that it can detect the qualities of leadership. In X, it says that generations of past kings used it to brainwash people. Putting those dex entries together, they imply that it wants to put masses of people under its control. Don't try to think about this too hard if your Aegislash has maximum affection.
  • For more Pokédex cheerfulness, remember how Phantump is the soul of a dead child in a stump? As if capturing it and making it do your bidding wasn't horrifying enough, they're perfectly capable of breeding. Yeah...
  • According to the Pokédex, Dragalge's acid can melt the hull of steel ships (even though Steel-type Pokémon in-game are still immune to its poison). Think about what acid this potent would do if it hit a human or a Pokémon.
    • Possibly nothing, as there are acids that dissolve metal but have no effect on organic matter.
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