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The Pokemon world is in another universe.
Details from Black and White reveal that a season occurs every month. January, May, and September are Spring; February, June, and October are Summer; March, July, and November are Autumn; and April, August, and December are Winter. This must justify that the Pokemon world is in another universe, and that their Sun might be much smaller than ours.
  • It's more likely that the Pokemon world is just closer to its sun and has a smaller orbit. Or at least, is somehow able to orbit that sun 4 times as fast as Earth.
  • Everyone fails astronomy forever. Stars smaller than the sun are redder. This would be noticeable. A planet closer than earth to a star the size of the sun would look like Mercury or Venus (AKA scorching hot at least some of the time and completely uninhabitable). A planet in the habitable zone of a star too much smaller than the sun would have one face always pointing towards the sun, and hence the concept of a day would be meaningless, OR it would always point the same face towards its (large, close in) moon, and hence the concept of a month would be meaningless.
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  • The monthly season might just be Gameplay and Story Segregation,or maybe just controlled by a powerful Legendary Pokemon

PokèEarth is in our far future. And Mystery Dungeon takes place in an Alt. Timeline.
Simply, Earth is enveloped in Nuclear War, and everything is mutated by fallout into Pokèmon.

Echidnas -> Cyndaquil Line
Hedgehogs -> Shaymin
Snakes -> Ekans, Arbok, Seviper, etc.
Horse -> Ponyta
Camel -> Camerupt
So on, ad infinitum. The humans in PokèEarth are descended from survivors with Rad-proofed bunkers. Those without bunkers became Tyrogue and eventually the HitmonGang... and Ralts/Kirlia/Gardevoir/Gallade... and Jynx... and the rest of the Humanshape egg group.

For every culture there's a religion, so Arceus just happened to be the most Jesus-like Pokèmon, resulting in a religion based around a mutant horse-deer-thing.

However, for the Mystery Dungeon games, there simply WERE NO BUNKERS.

  • Global warming and climate change could have also played a part with the changes in the geography and weather of Poke Earth.
  • I agree with all of the above except for Arceus. Obviously, just like Jesus saw fit to visit Narnia as a talking lion because talking animals were the dominant sapient creatures, once pokemon become the dominant sapients on Earth, it's only logical that He and the Archangelsnote  saw fit to return/incarnate as pokemon.
    • Or, more disturbingly, the pokemon myths are true, Arceus as he appeared really is The First, and humanity's primary cosmic role is to be the ones that wage the war that create Arceus' True Children. Beyond that, we're superfluous to His plan.
    • What about evolution? I'm guessing that the radiation sped up growth for pokemon, making the process of evolving take a couple days instead of millions of years.

The Pokemon World is an alien planet.
It's home to life that's very close to earthly organisms...but not close enough. Its year seems to be a quarter the size of our own, since (as of Gen V) seasons only last 1 month. Not to mention the Pokemon world's geography, which includes what looks like England, a split Europe, 2 Italys and 2 Scandinavias. Humans, therefore, must be colonists, who have been on this planet for a long, long time.
  • Semi-confirmed. Game Informer had an interview with Junichi Masuda and Takao Unno. Masuda said that the Pokemon world is another planet similar to ours. However, humans are not colonists.
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  • Is that truly jossed? I agree with OP, it seems human are colonists, but not from a long time ago.
In earlier games, humans (and scientist) seems didn't now much about pokemon, thus asking children to complete pokedex for research. Also note the villains names: team ROCKET, GALACTIC. Well, suppose you're a colonist in another planet and want to 'conquer/control/change' that world into your own for whatever reason; what's a better name? Team Aqua and Magma is also arguing about shaping the land/sea, they are trying to change the planet they inhabited.In R/S the main character has just started moving to the region. It's possible they tried to distribute the human population.About how the landmarks are similiar to our earth: The human makes it to feel at home. That includes on the Unova region.In the gen 1 - 4, the colonists are Asian though.

The hero of the Video Games is only a Heroic Mime outside of battle.
When the Player Characters are in battle, they are the ones commentating on the sidelines with phrases such as "It's super effective!" and "PIKACHU is hurt by poison!" The main evidence for this is that Red in Gold, Silver, Crystal, and Stadium 2 cannot speak... because he's tired his vocal chords out from shouting over the past three years.
  • This works especially well considering that The Pokemon Trainer in Super Smash Bros. Brawl says all those "Good job, Squirtle" and "Let's go, Ivysaur" lines. He also says the first line of dialogue that appears at the bottom of the screen during his Final Smash.
  • Alternatively, the hero is mute (save the "Good job, return" and such, all dialog you may edit in Diamond, Pearl, and Battle Revolution); during the game you're being followed by someone similar to "Mr. Referee" from Medabots or the MC from Bakuten Shoot Beyblade, commenting on every freakin' detail of your fights.
  • Alternately alternatively, it's a running commentary in the hero's head. In G/S/C, when you look out of a window, the character says/thinks 'MY reflection, lookin' good!' implying some sort of first-person. Not to mention the yes's and no's - but those could be gestured.
    • Or the Pokédex could be providing the commentary.
  • The hero does seem to tell a lot of people things, and they understand. This would seem to indicate that your character can talk ... the player just can't hear it. (Unlike, say, Crono, who does seem to not be talking.)
    • ◦Going with the running commentary, it's entirely possible that the protagonist is a mute telepath. There are psychic trainers running around, and there are psychic Pokemon, so this is entirely plausible within the setting. And could possibly explain why Red doesn't say anything when you fight him at the end of G/S/C.
  • It could be your professor in some of the games, since he can apparently tell you when it's not the time to use an item. (Imagine Oak in a tree somewhere yelling at you...)
    • This troper recalls imagining the trainer freaking out when he tries to pull out his bike in a building and suddenly hears Prof. *Insert Tree Here* reprimanding him from miles away!
    • It's your conscience reminding you of the wisdom of either your professor or your dad.
  • Yet another Alternately, he only speaks Generic Pokemon. People can understand him because of gestures and context, but in battle, the Pokemon understand him perfectly.
  • It's commonly attributed to the Pokédex.
  • People, please! It's obvious the hero speaks, we just don't hear it. Remember Copycat the mimic Girl from RBGY, GSC, FRLG, and HGSS?
    • Which means...

The player and the player character cannot hear each other.

There is a continuity extending beyond the Pokemon games
Before they created the Pokemon games for Nintendo, Game Freak made a game for the Sega Genesis called Pulseman. Now, as of the D/P generation;
  • There is a Pokemon that looks like a disembodied Pulseman head.
  • Both Pokemon and Pulseman feature an evil group named Galaxy Gang or Team Galactic with the same ambition, to rule the universe.
    • Team Galactic didn't want to rule this universe, though.
  • In this scenario Porygon, his resultant evolutions, and Rotom would be C-Life creatures, barely Pokemon despite the designation
  • This scenario would also explain the multiple, multiple Nurse Joys. Pulseman and Beatrice made like Skitties and Wailords and then suddenly! Extremely helpful C-Life nurses! Millions of them!
In conclusion, Nurse Jenny, Rotom, Missingno.(why not) and Porygon are related because Team Galactic gave up taking over the internet and pressed the wrong button on Palkia. I still don't know where Drill Dozer fits in, though. Unless Doug is Giovanni! Doug is Ash's father!
  • So, wait, Doug was a Drill Dozer who... *shot* *winkwink, nudgenudge* Delia?

Zoroark is based on Set.
If Lucario is Anubis, it only makes sense to bring in the rest of the Egyptian pantheon. Zoroark and Set are both fox-like bipeds with chaotic tendancies and long red hair, after all. Granted, this opens up Unfortunate Implications given what Set has been known to do...
Forget it. Half the fandom's embraced it already.
  • Except for the part where Seth is an ass. (As in, a mule.)
    • No, he's a "typhonic beast," meaning a chimeric kind of thing...
  • Does this mean we will get similar Pokemon in later gens under a similar manner for Anut, Astarte, Marduk, Mallak, Eli, Baal and other early mythology characters (there is a LOT of cross over between Egyptian and Summaria mythos. Typically the linking figures are in the Leviant Pantheon... just to make it easier to follow both mythos). ... Wait—does this mean that Rotom could be linked to a Legendary based on Gozer the Gozarian? ... I really hope to see more along this line. X3
    • This might work in connection with Zoroark being connected to Vulpix, Ninetails, the 3 Beasts and Hooh in various concept art work, BTW.

Someone on the production staff reads Mahou Sensei Negima!.
Does anyone else think the "eat your own attack to gain power" trick looks like a Lighter and Fluffier version of Negi's Jovis Tempestus Fulguriens/Incendium Gehennae moves?

There will eventually be fire types that represent the entire Eastern Zodiac
So far we have:
  • Dragon: Charmander and kin
  • Rooster: Torchic and kin, Moltres and Ho-oh as well if you include phoenixes.
  • Monkey: Chimchar and kin, Pansear and Kin
  • Dog: Growlithe, Vulpix, Houndour and their evolutions, Fennekin and kin, possibly Flareon?
  • Horse: Ponyta and Rapidash
  • Pig: Tepig and kin
  • If you stretch the definitions a little, Cyndaquil could cover the Rat, Arcanine could represent the Tiger, while Flareon could be considered a Rabbit.

This leaves just the Sheep, Snake, and Ox, and with the lack of new fire types that seem to be a common trend, it's entirely possible that these animals could be represented by a fire type.

  • Well, a small stretch, but Camerupt is sort of Ox-Like.
  • Mareep and Flaafy are the sheep, and there are plenty of snakes to choose from.
    • Mareep and Flaaffy are Electric-type.
  • All fire starters can fit in this theory

The reason the Leader's levels get progressively harder is because the in-universe metagame is advancing.

It works like this: At the start of any given Pokemon game, you get your Lv. 5 starter and go beat up some Com Mons for a while. At this point, every Pokemon in the game is around the same level, the level of the first Gym Leader. Your Pokemon's level and stats are not its actual, absolute strength but instead is the percentage of its potential power. So your starter is 5% as powerful as it could be, while the Gym Leaders are at around 15% of their potential.

Since your character is crazy talented and destined to become Champion and all, s/he approaches the metagame in a new and innovative fashion, and by the time you get to the Gym Leader your Pokemon are using more of their total power and win the battle. Since news travels fast among Gym Leaders, the later Leaders and the Trainers that trained with them are already using your new techniques against you by the time you get to their Gyms. Even the wild Pokemon learn some new tricks, but without a Trainer, they cannot learn as quickly, and are thus at a lower level on average.

By the time you get to the Champion, they've been following and implementing your innovations the whole game (and inventing a little on their own - there's a reason they're the Champion, after all) and the resulting showdown is far beyond anything the world has seen before, with Pokemon using as much as 60% of their potential.

This all boils down to "after the first Gym Leader, everyone else is copying your ideas and getting stronger that way." It also explains why the Gym Leaders are so much stronger in the rematches in Heart Gold and Soul Silver—they're training at about the same rate as you. Finally, Red's Pokemon are so powerful because he's been working with them for a very long time, and as such knows almost the complete extent of their potential.

Missingno has the ability to make Pokemon incredibly powerful for short periods, going up to 255% potential.

Pokemon is set in Valhalla.
Exactly why are Pokemon so willing to fight, anyway? They have nothing significant to gain, and it's obviously painful, so why do they do it? Simple: They are the souls of dead warriors, and Pokemon trainers are the souls of dead commanders.Trainers don't get hurt because generals don't participate in battles. When you catch a Pokemon, you prove your tactical acumen to it. Nurse Joy is a Valkyrie.
  • ...Now all I can think about is Nurse Joy, with several extra pounds added on, singing opera and scooping up bewildered Sentrets while riding on the back of a flying Rapidash.

Red becomes Pulseman.
After the player defeats Red on Mt. Silver, Red leaves. With a high level Pikachu. Red, influenced by the design of Rotom (this assumes he visited Sinnoh), creates an elaborate backstory for himself as Pulseman. He learns to link himself online with the help of a Porygon and has Pikachu create the electric attacks. So Pulseman is actually a Henshin Hero of sorts. Doc Waruyama fooled himself into thinking he created Pulseman, and picks up some Team Galactic grunts to reform the Galaxy Gang. Everything about Pulseman was made up by Red... 'cause he's Red.

Pokeballs use Element Zero to store Pokemon.
Using the mass changing qualities of Element Zero, this allows Pokemon like Groudon and Snorlax to be stored in Pokeballs without a significant weight effect on the trainer holding the Pokeball.

  • I know WMG pages aren't the place for research or canon, but in case you'd like to know... Each Pokeball has a whole virtual world inside of it.

The space station in Mossdeep isn't a space station

It's a radio tower.

Explains how you have the Hoenn sound without any apparent radio tower in the reigon. Also, how nothing is on the computer screens, and why you never see the shuttle launch.

Why would they do this? Radios are illegal in Hoenn. Ever since the radio signal incident near the Lake of Rage, they've been outlawed.

Think about it — there's water everywhere. If a lot of sea serpents went on a complete rampage...

  • R/S/E takes place before G/S/C as per Word of God, so it can't be because of Lake of Rage.

Pokemon and their abilities and types come to be through Pantheism

Pantheism is the belief in Eastern cultures that everything has a soul, be it inanimate objects, or animate objects. In other words, "God is the Universe, and the Universe is God". In some Oriental cultures, there are some Oni (Demons), who manifest from forgotten items. In other words, Pokemon like Voltorb and Klink are Pokemon who are born when power manifests in the object they represent (a Pokeball, and gears).

A single Pokemon can be under the effects of every special condition at once
Under the rules of the video games, A Pokemon can only be affected by 2 special conditions at a time: Confused + Sleep/Paralyzed/Poisoned/Burned/Frozen. However, in the TCG, a Pokemon can be affected with up to THREE special conditions at a time: Poisoned and Burned + Sleep/Confused/Paralyzed. Given that the only two stacks that overlap between the games is Confuse + Burn and Confuse + Poison, it only makes since that in the Pokemon canon, it's possible for all 6 Special Conditions to overlap.
  • Burn and Freeze would clash like Meowths and Growlithes.
    • The status is "burned," not "currently on fire."

Arceus created the Olympus Mons to take charge of his creation.
Think about it. Arceus represents "creator" but not "ruler." This means Arceus would have to create some mons to rule over different aspects of the Pokemon world.
  • Isn't this explicitly canon?

Pokémon is about the world around us, with each Generation telling a different part of the story with a different perspective.
Each Generation tells a story of the world around us, each Generation growing in scale and using a different religion and scope but telling the same tale.

  • Generation I: Tells the story of an individual's life, explaining why virtually no characterization exists; it's so that the player can envision their story through Red. It tells it from a different religious perspective, that of a child who does not yet have a sense of nationalism, hence no religious distinction, e.g. agnosticism. Things like the Gym Leaders and Elite Four reflect the fun challenges in life, and Mewtwo reflects becoming an adult, e.g. facing greater, more cerebral challenges.

  • Generation II: Tells the story of a nation, hence there is greater diversity in Johto, as it is a whole nation instead of merely scenery for the protagonist. The cultural perspective is more of a Buddhist (Specifically Zen Buddhist), hence the presence of Buddhist temples throughout Johto and the focus on nature. Capturing Ho-oh and Lugia reflect different ways of reaching enlightenment.

  • Generation III: Tells the story of the planet, thus the focus on how nature works, how the ecosystem functions and how the different parts of the world fit together. The religious perspective is a mix of Judaism (Hence the three beasts and the golems) and Mesoamerican (Hence the design for many locations and the three beasts). The diversity of Hoenn shows the diversity of the world's cultures and environments. The reason Kyogre and Groudon are in conflict reflects the conflict that creates life (e.g. shifting plates, natural selection, e.t.c.) and Rayquaza's guardian role shows how the atmosphere protects the Earth from foreign objects (such as Deoxys e.g. a meteor) and to provide a breathable environment.

  • Generation IV: Tells the story of the universe, thus the focus on time, space, and creation, explaining the MASSIVE Olympus Mons found. The religious perspective is partly of Christianity, explaining the connections to Judaism (Regigigas), and the presence of a being above all others (Arceus) and his two greatest servants i.e. Dialga and Palkia i.e. Gabriel and Michael, and his greatest foe, a rebel from his own ranks, Giratina. The other part is, slightly more so, of Shinto. The limited focus on the enviornment of Sinnoh and the focus on space shows how Sinnoh is more of a platform to view the universe.

  • Generation V: Retells the story of an individual, except now more detail is given as to how an idividual relates to the world. The religious perspective is Taoist, reflected by representations of Yin, Yang, and Wuji in Zekrom, Reshiram, and Kyurem. Unova returns to an individuals view of the world, lacking the conflict or diversity of previous regions, as an individual's perspective does not take in all of that. The cessation of conflict between Zekrom and Reshiram, resulting in the availability of Kyurem relfects the achieving of Wuji, and the restoration of balance.

In Red/Blue, you are the villain.
As this site shows some anonymous Pokéfan elaborating on here:

The world of Pokemon is our world... in the past.
In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, Cyrus' plan was to create a world without spirit. Though he was defeated, in Platinum, he promises the main character, "One day, you will wake up in my world." A world without spirit, without Pokemon... We're living it... He succeeded!
  • Except that whole 'no more emotions' thing was a pretty big part of his plan, and though we have no Pokemon we clearly do have emotions. So... Only a partial success?
  • Boo hoo! I'm so sad! Yeah, I'm going to bet that we still have emotions.

The PC actually transports Pokemon to another world.
A world just like Pokémon Mystery Dungeon.
  • Actually, in gen VII Pokemon in PC will be allowed to visit different locations and participate in different events, one of which will be treasure hunting in a forest that looks a little MD-esque, so... confirmed?

The Pokemon World has something somewhat of a Black History, which contains our history!
Y'see folks, as theorized above, the Pokemon world is the result of a Nuclear Option method of Apocalypse How, and a great war happened to cause massive nuclear explosions, rendering several organisms prone to all sorts of change, and the outcome of this resembles the reaction with animals and humans to the Gene Bombs of the Xorda. Evolution of animals due to exposure, and the populations of human beings decrease to almost nil. Heck, the latter devolved, and if this happens, we may as well be Pokemon!
  • A population of humans, mostly historians, try to render our world Fanon Discontinuity, and are in denial that their world is our world, and they are deliberately invoking Earth All Along!
  • Pokedex writers, however... not so much.

Pokedex entries aren't accurate
Thinking about those pokedex entries, and the, well scary, content of some of them, this troper believes that the entries are written from a rather terrified point in some cases. The trainer, a pre-teen, is sent out to help a professor do research on pokemon. Why the kid is chosen, is because they seem to bond well with their "rare" starter pokemon. For some of the most regular, and least scary, pokemon, pokedex entries might be written, but for the unknown, it might be based on a mix of folklore and a kid not understanding what s/he encounters — which is why pokemon are given such scary attributes in the dex, while not actually being that scary.

Arceus is not God.
If we follow the Bible, we can safely assume the obvious: Arceus is a protector, not a creator. However, to protect an entire dimension from evil is asking a lot, so it was not only made exceedingly powerful, it was also given many other guardians of these new worlds, who were also given powers. So why, in Pokemon Mythology, is Arceus God? Simple. Ancient humans and Pokemon would have viewed a being of such immense power as a god or just God. It tried to convince them otherwise, but failed.

This would also explain why Giratina was banished. After deciding Arceus was God, the humans needed to figure out who was Satan. Giratina was the most likely candidate, and, despite his protests, they took control of Palkia via Red Chain and banished him to an incomplete world, later called the Reverse World. The Legendaries retaliated, breaking the Chain into three and giving the parts to the Lake Trio.

Don't attack me for taking a religous view to the series.

  • Please remember that being the Original One does not necessarily mean that he/she/it is the head of the pantheon. Arceus is heavily based on the Chinese creator deity with some Buddhist influences, not the Abrahamic god. Also, where is it mentioned that Giratina is hated?
    • Fixed it. And I guess you're right. I'm just explaining why the in-game characters THINK Arceus is God. In truth, it's not likely, but it's interesting, you gotta admit.

The Player Character is, in fact, playing a game that eventually became too real.
It's a game of make-believe that a young ten-year-old cooked up in his head. (This explains the wildly unrealistic elements of the game, such as ten-year-olds being in control of fire-breathing monsters). He is chronically shy — the reason he's a Heroic Mime — and makes up for the lack of social interaction by constructing this fantasy world. The "Pokemon" are just soft toys, or possibly entirely figments of the kid's imagination. The player runs around pretending to become a champion. His mother is fine with this, as it's just harmless childish fun. Many other residents play along with the kid (becoming the Gym Leaders and Elite Four) — "Professor" Oak is just a kindly old man who lives down the road. The "region" as a whole is just the town where the PC lives — Pallet Town is his street, Saffron City is the busiest part of town, the Safari Zone is a playpark, Cinabar Island is a big rock in the middle of a pond, etc. Gary Oak used to play with the PC, but he grew bored of the game and instead resorted to bullying him — it's why he always seems to be ahead of him and has apparenty caught so many Pokemon; he's making it up in order to wind the PC up. "Team Rocket" are a group of playground bullies who have a problem with the weird kid who pretends he controls monsters and never speaks to anyone. Giovanni is an older kid that acts as a ringleader to the bullies, who eventually takes pity on the poor kid and "disbands Team Rocket" (tells the other kids to stop picking on the PC).

A few months later (which will feel like three years to young children), the kid's mother decides to move house, just to the neighbouring town. However, the PC hates this relocation and withdraws further into his fantasy, constructing a similar yet slightly different identity for himself and everyone around him. Gary Oak becomes more of a Jerkass and starts actively bullying the PC, so he characterizes him as the cruel "Silver". The bullies (Team Rocket) continue to harass him, though to a lesser extent (as Giovannni still pities the PC). Oak grows more senile in his age, so the PC sees him instead as the bumbling "Professor Elm". He continues to make up new "Pokemon", but remains too attached to the old ones, which is why Johto is filled mainly with Gen 1 monsters. This yearning to regress reaches its pinnacle at the end, where he runs away from home back to "Kanto", and comes face-to-face with his former self (representing his internal battle with his own past). He "defeats" his former self, thus destroying his former childish innocence.

Worried by the PC's odd behaviour, the mother uproots and moves far away to another region. Having lost his attachment to the past, the PC is fine with this, and imagines a whole new world with a whole new set of monsters. He becomes even more isolated from society and instead contstructs the rudimentary figure of May as an imaginary friend. However, he is asked to leave the field where he plays because the "long grass" is in fact a farmer's crops, so he casts the angry farmers in his mind as Eco-Terrorists. He sinks further into his delusion, and the line between fiction and reality begins to blur. He is admitted to the mental ward of a hospital, where he meets Wally, a terminally ill boy. He befriends Wally and convinces him that his world is real. Becoming closer to Wally means he no longer needs his imaginary friend, which is why she disappears and Wally replaces her as the rival. However, one day the play-fighting goes too far and the frail Wally is accidentally killed. This horrifying event fractures his mind completely, as represented by the extreme weather caused by Groudon/Kyogre. The PC and his mother are forced to relocate again.

This doesn't help, though, and the PC simply falls further into his delusions, his expanding mind allowing him to construct a more complex friend for himself in Pearl. His mother hires a psychiatrist to try and help — Dr. Cyrus, who diagnoses the PC with advanced schizophrenia and an obsessive compulsion to Catch Em All. But the PC does not want to conciously deal with Wally's death and refuses to leave the fantasy world. He views the well-intentioned Dr. Cyrus (who just wants to make (the PC's world) world a better place) as an Omnicidal Maniac who wants to destroy his world and everything fun in it. The NPC characters, such as Cynthia, are more involved than ever before because they're not just neighbours playing along anymore — they are the voices in his head telling him that he has to continue his "quest". The Distortion World represented the fractured and crazed parts of the PC's mind which Dr. Cyrus hopes to tame, but eventually he gives up and leaves.

Years later, the PC has grown older, but his mind is more broken than ever. Eventually, the use of stuffed toys was no longer enough to sustain the delusion, and the PC moved on to capturing and "training" real animals. The NSPCA/some equivalent organisation was understandably outraged by this and demanded his arrest, so he cast them as an Animal Wrongs Group with secret evil intentions. Bianca was just a Naive Girl who wanted to join in the game — her father's objections to her going on her "Pokemon journey" were really him warning her not to get mixed up with the weird, crazy kid. The Yin-Yang legendaries are representative of the two warring parts of his brain: reality vs. fiction, and he doesn't know which is which any more.

The Sixth Generation games will be set in a high-security mental institution.

The Running Shoes give you Super Speed.
Many players wonder how come you cannot run without specific shoes. However, who's to say you aren't running already, and the shoes simply let you run faster?

The idea is that the overworld, such as the routes, are actually much bigger than they appear. It is simply that the game reduces it. One patch of grass is actually several feet long, for example.

Now, you are actually running as fast as you can at the beginning of the game, but due to the size of the world, that doesn't seem very fast. By putting on the Running Shoes, you are gaining near Super Speed, letting you "run" in the overworld.

By the way, the Running Shoes work like in Pokémon Adventures, with compressed air giving you a boost of speed.

You don't control single Pokemon.
You control entire populations of Pokemon. Levels are actually entire generations, hit points are individual Pokemon, and learning a new move is simply microevolution.

This explains why the game says that your Pokemon is evolving and not transforming; it's not a single Pokemon turning into another one, it's actually natural selection at work!

Pokemon were specifically designed as battle machines for people.
It's just too convenient that all these strange and wondrous creatures somehow know attacks that humans can teach them. Pokemon were created to be the ultimate battle machines: intelligent, so they could be controlled with a voice rather than a complicated remote control at a headquarters; diverse, so you could select individual mons for every situation; and capable of reproducing on their own so there would be no need to build a new one from scratch if the old one ever got worn out or died; and of course, capable of taking massive amounts of damage without doing anything more than falling into an easily reversible coma. They also could absorb experience from each fight and change into stronger forms as both they and the owner gained more experience. The reason why nobody knows about this is because the original creator of Pokemon died long before any of the game characters were even born, and so they kind of had to figure out how Pokemon worked as they went along. Then they passed the information down to their own children.
  • Or, the creator was trying to create the strongest Pokémon ever, but something went terribly wrong. The creator of Pokémon became Arceus.

Pokemon Trainers are ninjas!
You read this right. Every time you turn on a game of Pokemon, you are actually playing a game about ninjas. No, I'm not talking about Koga (frikkin' fishnet wearing dillentante...), I'm talking about all trainers, specifically the main character.
Have you ever noticed, whenever a trainer gets into tall grass, the battle with wild Pokemon's always on their terms. None of the monsters that appear ever gets the drop on the trainer? That's because the trainer always manages to sneak up on the Pokemon well enough so that they have time to pull out the Poke Ball and call a minion before the wild Pokemon can do something reasonable like run away or attack the trainer. Plus if the trainer runs away, they do it completely. There's no running away and leaving a trace for the Pokemon to follow. They run, and then you never run into the same one ever again. Classic ninja.
Secondly, have you seen the way they handle Poke Balls? It defies logic. No matter what kind of flair they add before the throw (in the show), no matter how much health the other Pokemon has (in the game), no matter how much a Pokemon resists being captured, the ninja trainer never, ever, ever misses. With skills like that, who needs Pokemon? You could beat trainers with a few shuriken-shaped Poke Balls to the eyes.
And then there's trainer battles. I thought it was always weird that the trainer never refuses a challenge, until I realized something. The other trainer saw the main character. Now, the main character has no choice but to take out the dude who saw his face, just like a ninja.
And gyms. Just gyms. How do you describe these places? You got a giant building, filled with traps that you have to sneak around, armed guards you have to take out or sneak past, and a warlord (gym leader) whose lair you must reach so that you can defeat him and claim his treasure. Pokemon is really a story about one ninja's quest to invade every ninja stronghold and assassinate every Ninja leader, so they can then go on to beat the legendary Four Ninja Gods (And Gary), taking out all the competition in the process.
  • Except only the trainer DOES miss. In RBY, you can throw Poke Balls, Great Balls, and even Ultra Balls, and the legendary birds will dodge and laugh at you. God damned birds...
    • They're ninja-er than you, then. And rather picky, too: most legendaries will want your one and only Master Ball.
      • What about Chansey and Kangaskhan from the safari zone in R/B/Y? They also have the ability to completely sidestep your Pokéballs, even though the two are gigantic and unathletic. ;-;
      • Kangaskhan is just that badass. As for Chansey, well, there's a reason why it's called "Lucky" in Japanese and its English name is a pun on "chance".
      • The pokemon may escape from the ball, but you never miss your throw.

The entire world of Pokemon is actually a virtual reality simulation.
The entire world is just a giant video game, created by the professors, and known as such by only a select group of adults. The professors built the game world, and then transported themselves and a small group of people into it, including a pregnant Delia. Ash and company were born there, hence their belief that everything is real. This explains things like how a ten year old boy and his friends can walk alone through a world populated by innumerable wild creatures unafraid; the programming of their world won't let them be attacked. Taking the reality warping a step further, it could explain why no one ages, if living in a virtual world allows you to program a "stop age" into people. All the Joys and Jennys are programs, hence why there are tons of them. Team Rocket is representative of the video game aspect of their world; they represent an antagonistic force for trainers to fight against, even though they are actually completely harmless (since they only harm Pokemon, which themselves do not exist).
  • Shouldn't this lead to some connection between The Matrix and the Pokemon world? Something to do with Porygon, maybe?

Each individual copy of the game is a parallel universe.
Game-link battles and trades are the result of some rather sophisticated cross-dimensional technology, but the engineers of the various Pokémon universes have so far only managed to access worlds which are relatively similar (and therefore must have split from each other quite recently), hence why they have not found any worlds in which Pokémon do not exist.
  • This would explain how multiple copies of the same legendary can appear in the same place at the same time through trading or battling.
  • The point of divergence between every copy of Red and Blue occurs when the New Game option is selected. The universes that follow the Yellow path diverge a little earlier, which is why Professor Oak doesn't have a Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle ready in his house at the start of the game there.
  • This is somewhat confirmed by Black and White, as it's how the Entralink works. You travel to a parallel universe where things are different.

Pokemon is actually a super futuristic sci-fi game, we just see it as a Mon game
This is based around the assumption that the trainer in Brock's gym is correct when he says that you are 10,000 light years from facing Brock. As you are most likely two squares away from Brock, it can be concluded that each square represents 5,000 light years. The player character must therefore be some kind of interstellar battleship/carrier ship, and the Pokemon are fighters. When you capture a Pokemon, you capture an independent fighter, and crew it with your own men, or somehow convert the current crew into serving you. The reason Pokemon do not die in battles is because the wreckage from the destroyed fighter can be repaired at a licensed "drydock" facility, a Pokemon Center.
  • Pokemon only being able to remember 4 attacks is due to limits on the size of the fighter's arsenal - each fighter only has enough structural hardpoints to mount 4 guns or missile-pods at once.
    • Power Points (PP) = ammunition for that particular weapon
    • Struggle (the Emergency Weapon) = ramming enemy fighter
    • HMs = weapons built into the ship itself
    • TMs = weapons that are mounted on removable hardpoints
  • Standard Status Effects explained!
    • Poison and Burn are actually types of long-burning plasma or swarms of nanomachines that eat through the fighter's armour.
    • Sleep means the fighter's crew have been stunned.
    • In Confusion, a group of saboteurs or mutineers try and take over the ship. When the Pokemon hurts itself in confusion, the mutineers have temporarily taken control of a weapons system and used it to damage the ship.
      • Nah, Confuse is more likely a computer subversion attack compromising life support or triggering some sort of scuttling effect, since you don't use "ammunition" when self-damaging.
    • Paralysis means that the weapons systems are damaged.
      • The propulsion systems are probably wrecked too, seeing as Paralysis cuts its victim's speed by 75%.
    • Frozen means that the weapons systems are completely disabled.
    • Bind and so on are communications interference, making recalling the ship impossible. Either that or damage to the mother-ship's launch bays.
      • Maybe a tractor beam?
  • Potions and other items are automated repair drones deployed by the mother-ship.
  • Legendary Pokemon are experimental fighters that have been produced only for research purposes.
  • Evolution and leveling are having your engineering teams look at the ship and its combat data and perform upgrades.
  • Breeding is leaving a couple ships with Central R&D to check for cross-compatibility.
  • You are only allowed six fighters because that is the maximum space in your mother-ship's hangar, and extra captured ships are kept at the dry-dock for when you want replacements.
  • That could mean Pokémon Mystery Dungeon puts you in control of a squadron of fighters.
    • Storylines explained:
      • Rescue team series: The player character's carrier sent on a wormhole research mission accidentally enters it, forcing the captain to abandon in a fighter, thus also heavily de-stabilizing the (rather large) area of space on the other side of the wormhole.
      • Explorers series: The player character's carrier was sent on an exploration mission to the opposite side of a wormhole. The carrier arrives in an area in massive chaos. The carrier was destroyed by hostile forces/space accident, leaving the captain as the only survivor in a fighter. The captain, being unwilling to leave this area of space in its chaotic condition, decides to join a native group trying to fix the problem.
    • Belly=Fuel for a fighter, apples being fuel pods,
    • Items found in dungeons=Salvage left behind from other fighters
    • Randomly changing dungeons=The area of space being changed over time
    • Monster houses=Pirate ambush, the Salvage (Suspicious amounts of items in a room) is dropped by them to lure un-suspecting squads
    • IQ and skills=performance rating and upgrades to a fighter

Pokemon training is actually an elaborate Alternate Reality Game aimed at young children in the Poke-universe.
Parents of the Pokemon world aren't really letting their young children go off on dangerous adventures. In fact, their kids are only wandering short distances to gain boy-scout-like badges given out by adults at designated checkpoints, in some sort of elaborate community event that combines elements of scouting, scavenger hunts, and electronic gaming. Pokemon are not an indigenous form of life, but holographic virtual creatures scattered through the region for kids to collect and battle. Children are given starter Pokemon for free on a certain day of the year, which marks the start of the event; Pokemon Centers keep track of participants, who are motivated to check in regularly to "heal" their Pokemon.

The virtual nature of Pokemon is already strongly hinted at in the series — Pokemon are digitally transferable, able to learn things from software, etc. Additionally, the alternate reality game hypothesis explains, among other things, why Pokemon Centers are ubiquitous and suspiciously free, why everything is within walking distance, and why gym leaders seem more interested in standing around handing out badges than promoting their own poke-careers (it's also strange that even gym leaders who initially seem unkind or "evil" will always play fairly and happily concede defeat when beaten.)

Of course, we're seeing all this from the perspective of the game's 10-year-old participants — the anime in particular represents events as seen through Ash's overactive imagination. Although his fantasies are epic in scope, he's really only playing a game during a few short weeks out of his summer vacation, which is why no one ever seems to age.

  • Alternatively, it's not an Alternate Reality Game, but a virtual reality game. That is, a virtual reality MMORPG. Everyone's just really into roleplaying on Red's server. By this logic, the Gym Leaders are either NPCs or staff, the evil teams are either griefers or other NPCs, and the Elite Four are made up of some of the best players in the world, hence why Blue can join their ranks later. Apparently, the rules for staying in character are rather strict.

The single most fatal mistake one can make in the World of Pokemon...

The first legendary Pokemon to evolve will be...
Lugia. Which will then evolve into Nostalugia, which is just like the old Lugia, but with all the awesomeness of the second gen Lugia.

You, the person playing the games, play the role of a badfic writer. The player character is your Mary Sue / Marty Stu Author Avatar.
This would explain a lot of things. Like why you, a 10 year-old kid, are able to capture legendary Pokemon. And why said legendary Pokemon are perfectly happy to do everything you say and follow you around everywhere. And why random strangers are perfectly happy to give you rare Pokemon and valuable items for free. And why the professors can see you have amazing potential even though you became a trainer about five minutes ago. Heck, we haven't even got to the generation-specific ones yet!
  • Expanding on this, the Pokemon universe is already an established universe, with the Gym Leaders, Teams, and Elite Four as its main characters. Each new generation is a new series, and you, the badfic writer, have a new fic for each one. The rival and you are a God-Mode Sue and a Villain Sue. Ever look through the calls in HG/SS and notice that the callers talk about being barely able to take Raticate? It's because your OC is so special, they catch everything on their first try. Ever noticed how only the last few trainers have teams of six, and almost always specialize, while your rival and you easily have teams of six with no need to specialize less than halfway through? It's because it's a rule of the universe that only unbelievably skilled trainers can keep teams of six, and even then, usually have to specialize (only people like Cynthia, N, and Adeku, through an in-universe Lensman Arms Race, can defy this), but since your characters are Mary Sues, they defy the rules of the universe. You also dismantle the Teams in under a week while they fruitlessly throw Houndour and Zubat at you, because in-universe, the Teams are all-powerful, highly dangerous organizations that the main characters have been battling for years, and it looks good on Mary Sue's resume to make them look like fools. The Champions lavish praise on your character and travel with them at parts, because each one is The Hero of their generation, with the Elite Four making up their Five-Man Band. It even explains why you have a blank personality, and your rival is typically either a Jerkass for the sake of it or pretty much not a villain at all: Mary Sues tend to be defined not by their personalities, but by the way the setting bends over backward to service them. As for the points of difficulty, like the various That One Bosses? You got a bad review, and you want to say "See? Difficulty! Red isn't a Mary Sue!"
    It doesn't help some of the sue traits are the result of good fortune on their Nuzlocke run, the game's plot deliberately revolving around the player character, the real life savviness of the artist being able to avoid most deaths through means of exploiting the Rock-Paper-Scissors. In a way, the character coming off as a sue is justified since it is less of an issue of bad writing and more of the way the game is designed....but this still isn't a good thing.

Glitch City is the Distortion World...
...only the portrayal is limited by what the old Game Boy could do. The chaotic nature of reality in both areas baffles the mind, but the DS is capable of showing it without breaking, while the old Game Boy is, uh, not. Its denizens, Missingno. and 'M, are Pokémon that were not known in Kanto at the time of Red/Blue/Yellow, perhaps even relatives or servants of Giratina (it would fit that creatures outside of comprehension would come from a chaotic dimension of antimatter), so neither the Pokédex nor Bill's PC system is compatible with them.
  • Or maybe Missingno. is Giratina.

Red and Blue, and/or Ash and Gary, are decended from Cain and Abel.
Your rival always picks a pokemon whose type is strong against yours, because the Gary/Blue character is the one decended from Cain. You/Red/Ash are the decendent of Abel. Except this time you win...
  • It's even possible that the two are reincarnations who have been put on the earth to change their destiny, seeing as no one dies in the end...
  • Wait... so Adam is Ash's father?

The first four villain bosses are meant to represent the alchemical elements.

Ghetsis and N in all this... are somewhere in the middle (or perhaps meant to represent Darkness and Light, respectively, or some variation thereof).

Norman is the father of all the protagonists.

The father of all the protagonists HAVE to be alive, since they are mentioned as if they were still alive. So, where are their dads? Simple, they all share the same father: Norman. He's a player, married to all the women, and due to the distance between them all, they never find out. In the upcoming R/S remakes, they will confirm this theory after beating Norman. Also, note the badge that he gives out to you, the Balance Badge, which refers to him balancing the love of all the girls. In Gold/Silver, they were originally going to have Red and Gold be siblings, so they had this idea for quite a while. Also, note what TM you get when you beat Norman. Facade.

Effort Values actually have a justification in-game.

A recurring theme with the protagonists of the main games is that they're all incredibly talented trainers, and it's almost always said by someone that the reason they're so talented is that they show love and kindness to their Mons. My theory is that in-game, this manifests as Effort Values (a gameplay mechanic that increases your mons' stats based on the mons they defeat in battle); basically, all of the main game protagonists have a latent psychic ability that forges an incredible bond between them and their mons, which increases the mons' power by absorbing it from the mons they defeat. I don't believe any NPC mons have any Effort Values (or if the games are even coded to have EVs for wild and NPC mons), hence why you can pretty much plow through most non-Gym Leader trainers.

  • True, wild Pokemon never have effort values and NPC trained Pokemon tend to either have none or have maxed out effort values.

Legendary Pokemon don't have an egg group because they are still babies.
Mew is the ancestor of Pokemon; it predates every Pokemon introduced so far, even the one who shaped the world into its current mold. The physics of the world were either not yet in place or Pokemon were not able to survive in them, so they sent the egg of Arceus, who either created the setting or shaped a previous world into the current one. It was bred to do it.

Arceus has the highest stat total of any Pokemon right now but Mew has a stat total is not too far off and is a fetus. It is still growing and its adult form will undoubtedly surpass Arceus's current strength. Arceus itself being in the "no eggs" group is also a baby, just a more developed one and so is every other "no egg" legendary Pokemon. Maybe Mew is longer lived than the rest, maybe the others just mature faster, or in Mewtwo's case, were artificially forced to mature faster but each and every legendary in the no eggs group is still a child waiting for puberty to kick in.

Pokemon can breed all over the place because they are all one hyper adaptive genus full of compatible species and subspecies. Most legendary Pokemon are simply stronger, slower growing, less fertile species in this genus who have evolved to ensure the more rapid breeding but more fragile species continue to survive and thrive. Because evolution is random, there are few hiccups (like Giratina), but then, most irresponsible children grow into responsible adults. When they reach adulthood, legendary Pokemon expand their horizons; some already did before Mew and Arceus were born. Alternatively, Mew and Arceus really are among the first, but will still mature into cosmic entities and give birth to a new generation that will repeat the process. It would be a fitting end to the franchise should the day come.

  • Maybe they're all just subspecies of Mew, nevermind genus. Since Mews can Transform, perhaps its offspring copied and out-bred the natural species of the planet. With many subsequent generations losing the Transform ability and becoming similar to the other life forms they copied. They even look like ghosts and inanimate objects, no doubt after humans showed up. It would also explain how humans, with knowledge of cat and dog breeds, were able to make artificial Pokémon like Porygons. They would be seen as a Rosetta Stone of genetic engineering with the sheer number of forms that could be cross referenced with DNA (assuming that they even have DNA and not something else).
  • Pokemon X and Y seems to have discredited this one, as only "fully evolved" Pokemon can make use of 'mega stones', which legendary Pokemon have been shown to do. Why babies and legendary Pokemon share the no eggs group remains a mystery.

Pokemon are the product of a weapons development project...from another franchise.
A long time ago, Nintendo had this video game called Mother, which was about aliens invading Earth. After their failure, the aliens went home and came up with new weapons, most notably Gigyas, the result of experiments to increase the power of their soldiers, and Mew, from a project working on super powered Tyke Bombs. Gigyas was an uncontrollable failure that destroyed the universe, but before then, Mew was a complete success and was in the mass production stage when Gigyas lost it.

Seeing Gigyas was bringing about the destruction of the universe, his enemies defeated him by time traveling and changing history in EarthBound. Unbeknownst, however, is that Gigyas's sister project survived his Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum, creating an Alternate Timeline (he dies in both). Not a whole lot was left, just one baby Mew, some equipment that can still be seen in the Hall of Origin, and an unhatched egg, the last one being why anything survived at all. What would be named Arceus hatched from the egg, and it used the surviving data to create more tools and shape a new world to replace the old one.

As guessed above, Pokemon are one giant, hyper-adaptive genus with many subspecies. They were bred to be loyal, easy to heal, portable fighting machines, which is why they are okay with being contained and battling. There was also data on several flora projects that were supposed to run alongside them. Apricorns were specifically bred to take the monsters in and convert them to energy for storage and repairs, while berries were bred to increase their fighting efficiency, for example.

Their planet is like Earth is because the aliens wanted them to take Earth. Some Pokemon were based on surviving data, others simply took on forms of naturally developing species then outcompeted them. Pokemon prioritized on the animal kingdom in particular; the only animals who managed to survive were bugs (because of the staggeringly large number of niches they fill) and human beings, because of our intelligence. The order to Kill All Humans was lost in the Gigyas incident, so Pokemon substituted humans for their original masters and partnered with them. This didn't happen immediately; the human shaped egg group is a collection of failures by Pokemon to outcompete humanity before they accepted us as companions. Still, humans are not the masters Pokemon were bred for, so humans must continually prove their worth by catching them.

The Pokemon world experienced a catastrophic war and is now in the middle of an enormous conspiracy coverup.

Prior to the start of R/B/Y, there was a catastrophic war in which Pokemon were engineered as weapons and support units. The war destroyed most of society, so it was rebuilt with cheap, portable housing technology (which, due to ergonomic design, gives everything a cutesy, blocky look). This explains the absence of Red's father and both of Gary's parents, as well as a notable lack of young adult men, but plenty of women and children. This is also why no one minds that Oak is dangerously "close" to Ash's mum; it's cool, they're just doing their part to repopulate. The Nurse Joys and Officer Jennies are clones of a famously skilled battlefield nurse and military policewoman that went into "production" when the human population became dangerously low, and they all do exactly the same job because they weren't given normal childhoods or taught to do anything else.

Oak, and all of the other Pokemon researchers, are in on a coverup conspiracy to pretend the Pokemon War never happened. They're older than they look, but used lost pre-war tech to extend their lifespans. They took fake last names based on trees and plants as part of their pact to regrow society. They designed the Pokeballs as power-limiters that keep Pokemon attacks from being lethal. Pokemon have to battle or they don't develop normally, since they're genetically engineered to fight wars. His Pokedex isn't empty, it just displays pre-loaded info. He wasn't asking Ash to go out and discover new species, but rather to take inventory and see which species had gone extinct during the war.

Mewtwo is an illegal new Pokemon species created post-war, and the Pokemon Mansion was burnt down by government agents to try to prevent its creation, but they were too late. Lt. Surge has traps in his Gym because agents have come after him to silence him, since he's one of the few soldiers who hasn't gone along with the conspiracy and talks about the war openly. Legendaries are just super-weapon prototypes that were too expensive to mass-produce, or that only one survived of, and the government propagates the legendary myth so most trainers won't attempt to capture them. Red and the various Evil Teams are just too stubborn to listen. Guns exist in the Pokemon universe but are rare because military-grade Pokemon rendered them obsolete before the war even started — they're now basically antiques.

Alternatively, the Pokemon world experienced a catastrophic war....and is recovering fairly well.

This WMG is pretty much the same as the above one, but with a few alterations to details to make the ending a little bit happier.

Pokemon were still very much engineered to be weapon and support units, specifically they were designed to be Blood Knights, not only capable of battle, but always eager for it. This makes them the ideal super-soldier as not only are they super-powered, but they're immune to the psychological traumas that plague human veterans. Eventually, the war was won, but the government had a problem; pokemon were still running all over the country and not only were they breeding in the wild, but they still had the pre-programmed desire to fight. The government simply couldn't euthanize the pokemon though; they were publicized pretty heavily during the war in order to maintain civilian morale, so by the war's end, most pokemon were basically war heroes, making it impossible for the government to put them all down without igniting public outrage. However, the pokemon were in the wild, they were breeding, and their constant battles with one another was causing some collateral damage. What to do?

The Pokemon League was born not only out of entertainment, but out of necessity.

Trainers were sent out into the wild to capture the pokemon. Thankfully, a mild friendliness towards humans was part of their original genetic programming (mostly to allow them to better integrate into various military units), so taming them is fairly simple. Eventually, they allowed children in on it as well, if only to put more boots on the ground to catch pokemon and curb the wild population. Additionally, pokemon battles and tournaments were put in place to give the pokemon a healthier outlet for their bloodthirsty urges, as well as continue publicizing them as folk heroes.

And no, there's no conspiracy here (how do you cover up an entire war anyhow?). The war and its consequences are more or less public knowledge. Lt. Surge is a well-respected veteran of the war in Vermillion City, having specialized in working with electric types as they are not only lethal, but make excellent power sources for other machines of war.

Pokemon are a result of extraterrestrial viruses
A similar guess implied that an extraterrestrial virus mutated a number of humans, plants, and animals into Pokemon. Deoxys is an evolved form of the virus which gained sentience over time (Defense, Normal, Attack, and Speed forms are really just a small number of these viruses' forms). Prior to the evolution of Deoxys, various sentient beings all over the Universe would contract the virus and begin to mutate. The Legendary Pokemon are the oldest Mutated sentient beings in the universe. Once a planet becomes infected, legendary Pokemon arrive and facilitate the Pokemon speciation. On Earth, the Mew species was chiefly responsible for this. Mew bred a high number of regulatory slime beings known to humans as Ditto. Ditto DNA prevents hybridization between Pokemon species. Other legendary Pokemon would partake in the speciation process (Ho-oh creating the three legendary beasts).//Celebi and Dialga created a stable time loop to give the appearance that Pokemon had always existed on Earth.

The Move Curse's type was ??? because it has two types.
Each type is under the effects of whether the user is a Ghost-type or not; Non-ghosts will use a Normal-type Curse and Ghost-types use the Ghost-type curse.

The international logo will finally be changed.
The Japanese logo has so far went through 3-4 designs, changing with each new installment in the series. However, the international logo has been the same since its introduction in the late 90s.

A hypothetical Light Type would bring Unfortunate Implications to Dark Types.
In showing the latter are really evil Pokemon contrasting the Light type's good.

All legendary Pokemon that exist currently (and in the future) were the original 150 Pokemon created by Arceus
  • Ever wonder why we keep getting so many legendary Pokemon as the franchise continues, who are said to be ancient forces (with the exception of Mewtwo, Genesect, and any future man-made Pokemon)? Well after God created Arceus as an extension of himself, it grew independent and created the first 150 (and more if the series continues long enough) Pokemon: the legendaries we know now (and others in future generations). However, because of this new phenomenon, the heavens were thrown into anarchy when the angels and gods grew obsessed with their elemental powers and sought them out, waging war against each other, while God and Arceus had to work together to bring peace between both forces. While God handled the angels and other gods, Arceus halted the legendary Pokemon and put them all (save Mew) under a deep slumber, where they were scattered across the newly created earth and sealed off for a very long time. With the two legendary Pokemon remaining in the heavens, Arceus sent Mew (acting as Arceus' personal aide) to Earth in order to prevent any premature legendary Pokemon outbreaks and to input its DNA into the "sea of water", where an infinite amount of brand-new Earth Pokemon could be born and live in peace with humans. This caused the creation of the prehistoric Pokemon. And the rest is history.

The guy who localized the English versions of Red and Blue hated professional wrestling
How exactly does Wailord perform a body slam, a move that consists of scooping up your opponent's body and slamming them on their head (back made to look like the head when done right)? That always bugged me but then I learned it cannot. The Japanese version is called "Lean On", which a whale most definitely can do. Why does submission suck in accuracy and damage the user? Because it is not a submission hold, it is a "hell wheel". Why is splash, the finishing move of Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and Ultimate Warrior useless? It is not a splash, it is a hop. Tackle and take down are not tackles or take downs at all. They are "body blows" and "charges". Notice the pattern here? Weak, ineffective or just plain inaccurate moves are given professional wrestling names as a stealth insult. Vince McMahon should sue Nintendo of America for libel and defamation of character! Okay, we know he won't do it because he's in the "entertainment business" but enough smaller promoters could band together for the same effect. Only agree to settle if they fix the translations!

If there is a Light type then it's relationship with dark is...
That both types will be super effective on each other. Light will also have a tye advantage over Water, Ghost and Fairy-types while being weak to Psychic.
  • It's Dark as in evil, not Dark as in night. We already have it's opposite - it's called Fairy. Saying that a hypothetical Light-type should be super-effective on our Dark-type is as nonsensical as being surprised at how criminals can survive in sunlight.

The EV system is artificial and governed by the Poke Balls
That's why wild Pokemon don't have EVs. It also might explain the Cap of EVs - they're maintained so one Pokemon doesn't become uber-powerful and do real damage. It also might explain the "wild Pokemon are jealous of human-trained Pokemon" bit in the first episode of the anime - they're jealous because they (somehow) know that human-trained Pokemon will always be stronger then them.

Pokemon Red and Blue is a Marxist allegory
  • The Player Character is the proletarian everyman, hailing from a small, nondescript town, who opposes the massive oppression of the bourgeois (Team Rocket/The Elite Four).
  • The country appears to be run by a crime syndicate who own most of the major companies.
  • The rule of law has collapsed to the extent that people can beat up other people and not get arrested.
  • You can capture a godlike being (Mew) which symbolizes the Marxist assertion that everything is material.
  • And the only stable place in the region is the Pokemon centers, which seem to be socialized medicine at its finest.
  • Also, there are no traditional farms because Marx despised peasants and the large majority of communists leaders wiped them out.

A majority of the food in the pokemon world are water and bug type pokemon
  • That's why you see so many Fisherman and Bug catchers in every game and why they catch so many of the same pokemon every day. You ever notice that in Gen III they're always calling you about that same bug or water type they caught over and over? It's not a coincidence it's because they're paid to catch them and they're selling them for people to eat. Presumably this is acceptable in the pokemon world because most fish and bugs (and possibly birds) are seen as more "dim" than other types of pokemon.
    • Plus mammalian and reptile pokemon like nidorans, tauros and ursaring and all the dragon are not only intelligent, but are typically extremely dangerous. While fish birds and bugs would be relatively more simple to catch and breed to eat. Heck pokemon like Tyranitar are even known go on rampages and destroy whole ecosystems and towns if they're disturbed (Tyranitar's pokedex entries even say it can crumble mountains and bury rivers which would destroy water and food supplies for humans). So they're seen as more trouble than they're worth to hunt and are avoided.

The Child Soldier Theory
  • Similar to some of the WMG's above the Pokemon world is recovering fairly well from a massive, possibly world, war. Like the ones above this could explain the reason as to why there are mainly, young people, old people and woman around. The catch is that as evil teams such as Team Rocket started appearing the Government realized that it couldn't handle these new threats whilst trying to fix all the problems made by the war. So what do they do. The Government creates a type of microchip (or other brain altering program) and have it placed into babies and other very young children. These chips don't cause mind control as such, instead it makes the kids implanted better at bonding with Pokemon, as well as a subtle enhanced intelligence to make them skilled in battle. The chips other and more important feature is to install a strong moral code inside the children, this is why you don't refuse battles and, more importantly, the reason as to why you, a ten year old child, starts to mess with the native evil teams plans.

More or less the Government has created child soldiers to fight their battles for them.Sorry for the wall of text.

The canon of Pokémon is intentionally vague for marketing reasons.
Making things your own is what Pokémon is all about and giving players free rein of their Pokémon universe helps sell games. The biggest questions are entirely unanswered. Like, what is a Pokémon Master, anyway? Tajiri won't even define what it means to be a "Pokémon Master" because it's open to interpretation and creates an unreachable goal that sounds plausible. It's not just joyous materialism that makes Pokémon special, but the openness. Why else would we have such a wildly creative fandom? It all contributes to brand loyalty.
  • If you ask most people, their head canon consists of a mishmash of game, anime, card, manga, and fan material. The different mediums compliment and flesh out one another and combine to make TONS AND TONS OF MONEY.
  • The openness of the Pokémon world also serves to make it more realistic in some ways. Nothing is handed to us in science and history, word changes from person to person, people make up legends (see: Hypno's Lullaby and other fanworks) and their own explanations for things.

The Live Action movie will be co-produced by Legendary Pictures.
They are one of the two leaders in the bidding war, and have worked on projects such as Godzilla, Pacific Rim and Jurassic World. If the Pokemon Company is involved, it could make for a passable movie.

Hilda became Shizuku Osaka, or stumbled into the Love Live! universe somehow, and is currently dating her.
Hilda became tired of living in both Hilbert's and N's (And by extension, Red's) shadows, so she decides to move to another universe where she will be respected, either meeting Shizuku Osaka and becoming a famous School Idol alongside her and they become a couple in the process, or Hilda created a new backstory for herself and got a girly makeover and legally changed her name to Shizuku Osaka.

In the games, you aren't catching the actual Legendary Pokemon, you are capturing their Avatars.
You are catching their shadows. This is why it's no big deal (or even touched on in the plot) if you capture one, but in the anime movies it could destroy the world; those are the actual selves.

The setting is a colony world that was low on animal DNA for terraforming.
Oh, they had plant DNA, plenty. But the ship that brought the settlers was damaged; and a limited amount of DNA was available. So they had a plan. They created a chimera, a Pokemon; that would adapt quickly to surroundings; but especially responsive to human spiritual rhythms. The sample would branch out, grow complex, grow its own taxonomy; a lineage of types and species. The more humans interacted with them, the more diverse they would become; as well as terraform the planet into something livable.The original scientists didn't have enough time; this went way beyond a human lifespan. They spread what technology they deemed crucial for maintenance; as well as human-like species of Pokemon to train each generation how to use them."Pokemon Researchers" would spread the ritual, even if their generation didn't know why. By getting humans, especially children, to interact with Pokemon and bond with them by transfering them to energy and back and thus increasing the connections. Hence everyone has to Gotta Catch Them All.

The Order of St. Nuzlocke is a thing in the Pokémon universe.
Some Pokémon trainers felt constant battles were cheapening the experience. Beat a pokemon to unconsciousness, then revive them and keep doing it? So they came up with the Nuzlocke rules; if a pokemon loses, they stop being a battler. Whether this means they become "house" pokemon, or released is a subject of debate. There are rumors of battles to the death, but none are substantiated.

The varying types of follow-up games in a generation since Gen V are an attempt to boost sales of the initial versions through uncertainty.
The first few generations followed the pattern of having two initial versions, then an Updated Re-release third version (along with remakes of previous generations in Gens III and IV). This led a lot of people to skip the initial games and wait for the "inevitable" superior third version instead. So since Gen V, Game Freak has mixed things up when it comes to follow-up games (from sequels instead of an update and no remake, to no sequel or update but a remake, to two versions of an update and a remake), to make people unsure of what sort of games would come next, thus making them more willing to get the initial games which might be their only way to play that particular story.

Lapras’s horn is specifically based on the “Gargoyle Head” Loch Ness Monster photo.
Lapras is clearly intended to be a Stock Ness Monster, as its Japanese name is “Ness” and it was introduced as a very rare, near-extinct species. The parts of its appearance that don’t match plesiosaurs as paleontology knows them (shell, ears, horn), may reflect the fact that Nessie has been suggested to be other animals besides a plesiosaur and sometimes been drawn as a chimerical creature unlike any specific animal. Lapras’s horn, in particular, may have been inspired by this famous alleged photo of the Loch Ness Monster’s head from the 70s, which showed a plesiosaur-like head with one or more horns at the center of its head, kind of where Lapras’s is. This photo was very famous at the time and even published in Nature, but somewhat embarrassingly later turned out to be of a tree stump on the lakebed.

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