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Fridge Brilliance
  • Many fan theories existed that Gen 7's region would be the region that Kalos fought in the 3000 year ago war with AZ. While that has yet to be confirmed, the starters are somewhat of a nod to it. Between the regions, the starters are opposites: Chesnaught as a Grass-Fighting type is weak to Rowlet's line either as a Grass-Flying type or Decidueye's Grass-Ghost, Delphox to Incinerorar's Fire-Dark, and Primarina's Water-Fairy is super-effective against Greninja's Water-Dark. At the same time, several of Kalos's starters have a type advantage against the super-effective Alola starter: Greninja's Dark-typing beats Decidueye's ghost while Chesnaught's Fighting-type attacks are super-effective against Incineroar. The only exception is Delphox, whose typing and movepool do it no favors against Primarina. This slight edge in Alola's favor may be what led Kalos to feel the need to create the Ultimate Weapon.
    • The secondary typings of Alola's starter choices' final forms make even more sense in light of the backstory developments from Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Two of Alola's starters (Decidueye and Incineroar) have a type advantage against Psychic-types, and the third (Primarina) is strong against Dragon-types; given that Alola has prior experience with Necrozma’s world-threatening shenanigans, it's probably not a coincidence that its starter Pokémon possess the perfect types to counter Ultra Necrozma. Think about it... after the first time Necrozma trashed the region (and the Tapus and Solgaleo/Lunala had to step in to stop its rampage), it makes sense that Alola's rulers would have decided that it would be best for all Trainers in the region to have a sporting chance at taking down the light-guzzling beast.
  • Why does Decidueye change from part-Flying to part-Ghost, despite still being an owl? It's likely based on the stilt-owl, an extinct species that once roamed Hawaii. Alternatively, it could also be the Pueo owl, the often-associated form of the "ʻaumākua" (ancestor spirits) of Hawaii.
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    • Not to mention there's a "dead eye" pun in there somewhere.
  • Since the official October 27th trailer released the starters' final evolutions, Incineroar hasn't been too well-received — which is actually perfect for Incineroar, as it's the Heel Pokemon, and getting "heat" from the fans is exactly what a heel wrestler is supposed to do.
  • Each of Oricorio's forms take inspiration from different dances. However, each of these dances are from all over the world. We have the Spanish inspired Baile style, a Pom-pom style, which is based on American Cheerleading, Pa'u style is obviously Hawaiian, and last but not least, we have the Japanese Sensu style. These four different cultures also influenced modern Hawaii in some way.
  • Rockruff's typing is often assumed to be in reference to how Hawaiian dogs were often thrown in the graves of their child owners if they died, but it could also be a reference beyond that. Hawaiian Poi Dogs, the breed most commonly thrown in with the children, are extinct. And what typing do the in-universe extinct Fossil Pokémon have?
  • Why does Wishiwashi go from a school of fish to just one fish when it takes enough damage? Because all the other Wishiwashi fainted.
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    • Or scattered out of fear/the realization that their bluff isn't working.
  • Salazzle evolving from a female Salandit might seem off at first, until you realize she isn't just based off of salamanders, but whiptail lizards as well. For those who don't know, whiptail lizards are generally female only, but are capable of breeding with other females.
  • Continuing on Salandit, why is it that even captured male Salandits are unable to evolve? The Pokedex pretty much spells it out, malnutrition. Malnutrition at a young age can permanently stunt growth even if properly fed later in life.
  • Looking at Oranguru's movepool, one might notice that it's incapable of learning Attract, a TM move that almost all Pokémon with a gender (and two who don't) can learn. This inability to learn the move makes sense when you consider that it's partially based on a Hermit Guru, who are too focused on achieving enlightenment to get involved in something like romance.
  • Wimpod being so cowardly is even funnier when you consider how it's based on an arthropod — and as such is literally spineless.
  • Wimpod's evolution Golisopod is still a coward at heart, having pretty much the exact same ability as Wimpod except with a Tactical Withdrawal flavour to it. It also has a Signature Move in First Impression, a powerful attack with high priority — implying that it wants to give a good first impression of looking like a badass to the opponent before they notice its inherent cowardice.
    • This is Guzma's signature Pokémon, and thus Golispod represents well Team Skull as a whole: Intimidate the opponents, try to make them run away... but if they fight back and have a chance of winning, flee.
  • Considering that Sandygast and Palossand are Ground-type, that makes them weak against water. Now, what washes over sand castles time after time?
    • Though their ability, Water Compaction, gives it a step up by sharply raising their defense after they're hit with water attacks. However, this becomes another moment of Fridge Brilliance, since when sand is hit with water, it can become mud, considerably a lot tougher than before.
    • While the Ground typing definitely makes sense, some people may ask why Sandygast and Palossand are Ghost types, since they don't seem too much like ghosts. It's actually a Stealth Pun; they're Haunted (Sand) Castles! (Or, if you prefer, ghosts possessing sand castles.)
      • ...Wait, this wasn't obvious?
  • Pyukumuku is able to spit out its innards and form a fist out of them. This reflects a real life sea cucumber's ability to expel its intestines from its anus to repel predators.
    • Many people have noted that Pyukumuku's orifice is shaped like a Dai/Oo symbol, but it's also a reference to sea cucumber biology: Sea Cucumbers are Echinoderms, which are a group of marine animals that have a radial symmetry (this group also contains sea stars). Usually, they have five points, which can explain Pyukumku's orifice. Many species of sea cucumber also exhibit a kind of secondary bilateral symmetry, which explains why it has spines on its back and not all around it.
  • Type: Null was created to deal with a threat — in this case, the Ultra Beasts. Look at how balanced the stats of its unleashed evolution, Silvally, are. Then look at the Min-Maxing of the stats on the Ultra Beasts. In other words, Silvally's stats could mostly prove this claim.
    • Not to mention most of the Ultra Beasts have crippling weakness to specific types (for example, Guzzlord is 4x weak to fairy and Kartana is 4x weak to fire). So it makes sense for Silvally to be able to change type to the one most effective to take down a certain Ultra Beast.
    • Another interesting note: Ultra Beasts enter battle with a Totem Aura to increase their stats, and Beast Boost gives them another stat boost when they KO an opponent. Most of them are encountered at level 65, the same level at which Silvally learns Punishment, which deals increased damage based on the target's stat boosts. Guess the developers of Type: Null thought of everything.
  • Why does Turtonator have an ability that makes it immune to critical hits when its lore outright says it has a weak point on its belly? Because in battle it is constantly facing with its belly away from the opponent!
  • Hakamo-o and Kommo-o can learn Sky Uppercut and the latter is said to be able to perform extremely powerful uppercuts. The Shoryuken is one of the most famous uppercuts in gaming and it means "dragon punch". They're basically capable of performing a Dragon Punch, literally and figuratively.
  • There is some discernible logic to Cosmog's Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism if you look at the flavor text. Cosmog grows when exposed to light, Cosmoem's evolution depends on the version it's evolved in, which is implied to be under the influence of the legendaries exclusive to those titles. Midday Lycanroc's evolution is attributed to the solar energy exuded by Solgaleo, whereas Lunala is stated to absorb such energy, leading to the evolution into Midnight Form. To clarify, Cosmoem evolves into the lithe Lunala when there isn't enough energy to support its growth, while it otherwise evolves into Solgaleo due to an abundance of solar energy.
  • Both Solgaleo and Lunala being Psychic makes sense, as most "alien" Pokémon are usually Psychic, like Deoxys, Staryu and Starmie, and Elgyem and Beeheeyem.
    • Of course Lunala isn't a Dark-type. All the darkness/shadow-based moves are considered Ghost-type (except Dark Void and Night Daze) and Dark-type, in Japan, is actually Evil-type, which includes dirty tricks and otherwise cruel maneuvers.
    • Solgaleo being a Steel-type makes a lot more sense when you acknowledge metals (especially steel) are incredible reflectors of sunlight. Massive, old stars have iron cores. As a further nod, its Secret Art Sunsteel Strike basically has Solgaleo form a sun around itself (with Solgaleo in the center) before charging. Also, a lion devouring the sun is an alchemical symbol for the purification of metals, and Solgaleo is known as "the beast who devours the sun", which might also explain its Psychic typing.
  • Solgaleo and Lunala are not embodiments of the sun and moon like previous legendary Pokémon. This makes sense when you learn that Cosmog is considered an Ultra Beast. Because they came from outside the Pokémon world, they do not embody any part of it.
  • Wonder why Cosmoem, despite being a tiny little orb of energy, weighs 999.9kg? Look at its classification: the "Protostar" Pokémon. While protostars are rather young, they're still incredibly dense entities that will only grow even more dense.
  • After scanning the QR code needed to get Magearna into a game, it can be obtained in a specific area and not a Pokémon Center like most Mythicals. Where does one pick up their 500-year-old clockwork robot? An antique shop, of course!
  • Mimikyu can learn the move Wood Hammer, a grass-type move which initially seems incongruous with its fairy/ghost typing and general theme. That is, until you remember that it's holding a wooden stick for its Pikachu tail!
  • Komala is one of the handful of Pokémon that can't be S.O.S. chained. Komala is also constantly asleep, and in the game Pokémon that are afflicted with a status condition (Burn, Paralyze, Sleep, etc.) cannot call for help during fights.
  • Nihilego's Rock/Poison-type makes perfect sense when you think of its physiology — its body is made of crystal (Rock) and it's equipped with mind-altering toxins (Poison).
  • Most people have noticed it odd that Passimians has only Trumbeak for their SOS Battle allies, what with their 'dex entries would have you think. Then there's the original source of Passimian information where it says the boss of the troop puts the troop through such rigorous training, some run away. So all the Passimians you find are basically the washouts of the training sessions.
  • Why are Full Metal Body, Shadow Shield, and Prism Armor, Solgaleo, Lunala and Necrozma's signature abilities, unaffected by Mold Breaker and similar effects? They are of alien origin. That's why they don't have a way to disable said abilities.

Fridge Horror

  • Yungoos are quite literally an invasive species in the Alola region. Think about the repercussions of this.
    • Yungoos were brought in to deal with Rattata, another invasive species. This is based on how in the real world, rats accidentally introduced to Hawaii became highly invasive, with predators brought in to deal with them becoming invasive too.
  • The part-Fairy type Cutiefly being based off a Bee Fly. Bee Flies are known to infiltrate bee hives, lay their eggs there, and their larvae eat up the bee larvae while being taken care of by the bees. Now we know why it's part Fairy-type — its real life inspiration is similar to that of a Changeling Tale!
  • Sandygast and Palossand seem pretty funny, being a haunted sand pile and sandcastle, respectively. However, they drain souls. Imagine what would happen if an unwary child came across them on a beach. That said, they specifically love to eat the souls of other Pokémon, not humans, and even then are not said to actually kill them.
    • Children might not need to worry about Sandygast and Palossand, but small Pokémon sure do. One piece of artwork shows a Palossand dragging Pikachu into itself via a vortex. Oh, and the lingering regrets / souls of its victims become Sandygasts too.
  • Less Fridge Horror and more Fridge Squick: Pyukumuku is a great example of Shown Their Work, spitting out its innards as a defense mechanism. However, it should be noted that many species of sea cucumber have tentacles around their mouths, which can resemble a floofy "tail"; this is what Pyukumuku's own fluffy appendage is likely meant to represent. Which means that that "mouth" near Pyukumuku's eyes is actually its anus.
  • Magearna's backstory opens up a lot of this. Its Heart Drive? Made by gathering up Pokémon souls... much like AZ's Ultimate Weapon and Devon Co.'s Infinity Energy. Given this information, what kind of person made Magearna? And for what purpose? And just how did they get those souls, and how many souls were used to create it?
  • Blacephelon's "Eyes" are on the sides of it's head, a feature usually found in prey animals. Meaning there is something out there in Ultra Space capable of hunting and eating it.

Fridge Logic

  • It's said that Yungoos is not native to Alola, and it was brought in from another region. That's all well and good, but we haven't seen it in any of the regions that have appeared so far, so... where exactly did it come from?
    • Maybe it's going to be a hook for a future game?
    • Corphish was a similar case, having been stated to be foreign Pokémon imported to Hoenn as exotic pets.
    • And we later saw that Corphish also lives in the Sinnoh and Kalos regions, so maybe we'll have a future region with Yungoos.
    • Or it will never be touched on again.
  • Why is Gumshoos a Totem Pokémon? Don't they evolve from Yungoos which are specifically mentioned to be imported from another region? How long have they been in Alola to be hold such a presumably sacred position? Is the island challenge just an event where they pick random Pokémon at hand for each at the totems?
    • Totem Pokémon are specifically noted to be larger and more powerful than normal members of their kind. Presumably if you attain or are given such power, you can qualify for the position regardless of how long your species has lived in Alola.
      • Good on the people of the Alola region to not hold such prejudices.
      • It'd be pretty easy for an invasive species with no natural predators to become an apex specimen.
      • Totem Pokemon could be a name given to Pokémon who've been exposed to otherworldly power, so Gumshoos was just in the right place at the right time, and these spots were discovered by humans and any Pokémon living in these spots were considered Totems. Another possibility is hinted at in the library in the game, where one of the historical texts states Solgaleo/Lunala gave the Tapus power of unknown origin (Ultra Wormhole energy most likely). It would stand to reason that the Tapus could also give this energy to other Pokémon they consider worthy, making them into Totem Pokémon.
      • Also, all the Totem Pokémon are stated to have been trained by the Trial Captains, so using them seems to be out of personal preference.
  • Why are the two forms of Lycanroc considered different forms and not completely different species? They have different shapes, cries, flavor-dex behaviors, base stats, most of their abilities and level-up moves.
    • In a way, they're pretty much the opposite of the Alolan forms: same typing, same moves (the only divergences being their evolution moves and two that they get from the relearner), but different behaviors and appearances. But like the Alolan forms, people in-universe presumably saw enough similarities to lump them under one species.
  • Why does Sensu Oricorio remind people of Kanto specifically about their homeland? Johto is the most traditional region with most of the old ways remaining, so doesn't that apply to people from there as well? (In fact, much of traditional Japanese culture originated from Kansai, which Johto is based on).
    • Well... Kanto and the Sensu style are both based on Japan, so it's not really that much of a stretch. Especially when you consider that Kanto is literally right next to Johto; people from Kanto would likely have at least passing knowledge of Sensu.
    • Actually, I figured it was more of a reference to how one Hawaiian island (I forget which) has a higher Japanese American population and cultural influence than the other ones.
  • How the heck can Wishiwashi summon a bunch of other members of its species at any place, at any time, no matter how inland?
  • The August 1st trailer introduced Mudbray, the pre-evolution of Mudsdale. Mudbray is a donkey that grows up (evolves) into a horse. Wait, what? Still, stranger things have happened (Remoraid to Octillery, anyone?).
    • Well, the donkey is a member of the overall horse family; one could say he simply changes breeds upon evolution.
    • We've had tons of Pokémon who become a different species when they evolve, it's nothing new even discarding Remoraid and Octillery (sparrows becoming birds of prey or cranes, rats turning into muskrats, rattlesnakes becoming cobras, mice turning into kangaroo rats, pangolins turning into porcupines, mites turning into moths, house cats turning into pumas, one breed of goldfish turning into another breed of goldfish, common starfish turning into crowns-of-thorns, horseshoe crabs becoming Eurypterids — those are just the Gen 1 examples!). There have always been Pokémon whose evolutionary families covered more then one species growing up (or even related species! Remember the sloth that turns into a gorilla?) and never 100% followed the biological logic of the animal it's based on.
    • Plus the anime episodes where Ash's Treecko was introduced had an elderly Treecko and a later episode where a Torchic younger than May's evolved before hers, showing that Pokémon can age normally even if they don't evolve into later forms.
    • Might be accidental, but they probably were going with the mimic octopus and the fact the sometimes cephalopod (especially squid larvae) looks slightly similar to planktonic fish larvae, except the false "fish larvae" constantly moves and floats upward like a cephalopod. That could be solved by giving small nubby tentacles around Remoraid's mouth or making it capable of shooting small multiple watersprouts out of it's mouth.

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