8 Crazy Pokemon Fan Theories That Are DEFINITELY True –
Pokémon has been one of gaming’s most beloved franchises for years now. For many children, it was their first foray into gaming, and is easily one of the most popular and successful handheld games of all time.
Because it lives so fondly in many peoples’ hearts, it’s one of those games that lasts in your memory long after you save the game and switch it off. This means that across the seven base games and hundreds of TV episodes, fans have concocted many theories about the backstory and lore of the universe.
While some are absolutely bonkers (like Ash being a clone accidentally created by Giovanni during his Mew research), others are so believable they simply have to be true.
Fitting so well you have to think they were on the creators’ minds during the design phase, many are coincidences that provide you with an interesting new head canon. Things like Gyarados originally being Dragonair’s evolution or Venomoth and Butterfree’s sprites being switched aren’t included, as they’re theories about the production side, rather than the lore of the world itself.
With all that in mind, let’s get started…
8. Voltorb Is A Haunted Pokeball
Voltorb is one of the angriest Pokémon; is this because they’re possessed? Famously little is known about Pokéball technology, and while that might be a quick get-out for writers to explain the magic, it leaves a lot of room for interpretation.
Household objects as Pokémon is not unique to Voltorb. Exeggcute, Vanilluxe and Rotom show us that. Plus Garbodor, but let’s try and forget that one exists, shall we?
However, making a Pokéball a Pokémon seems strange. In the Power Plant, you can even mistake items for Voltorbs and be attacked. This theory suggests that Voltorbs were once normal Pokéballs that caught a Haunter. As it tried to escape, it fused with the Pokéball, possessing it. That would explain why the creature is so angry, and so ready to self-destruct.
Being the only Ghost line in Generation I, Haunter possessing another ‘mon does make sense. Electrode being Genger fits too. Though the eyes don’t match quite as well as Haunter and Voltorb’s eyes, Electrode switches personality to positive, mimicking Gengar’s mischievous nature.
There’s no ghastly alternative simply because it’s too weak to break out of the ball, and therefore does not become a Pokéball poltergeist.
7. Lorelei & Will Are The Same Person
The theory that suggests Elite 4 members Lorelei and Will are the same person has evidence for and against it. For, there’s the fact they battle in the same room, but that’s hardly compelling. Giovanni is not Blue, after all. There’s also the fact they share similar teams, both featuring Jynx and Slowbro.
A coincidence, but not really enough.
Okay, so let’s look at their appearance. Both wear similar clothing with the same palette, both have hair that switches between red and purple and Will even covers up his face.
The big point against, as you might already be thinking, is that they’re different genders. But believe it or not, there is a canonically trans character. One of the NPCs in X/Y tells you she used to be a Black Belt (exclusively male) before ‘medical science’. Now that we know this is possible in the Pokémon world, there are ways to consider Lorelei and Will as one and the same.
Some versions of this theory suggests that Lorelei is a man, but given Will’s feminine stance, covering of the face (dysphoria?) and Lorelei’s confidence, it’s more likely that if this theory is true, Lorelei is actually a transgender woman.
6. Cubone Is A Kangaskhan Baby
Cubone has one of the most memorable Pokemon backstories, being succinct, tragic and unmistakeably tied to its iconic image. Cubone wears its dead mother’s skull over its face and spends its entire life mourning its lost matriarch.
This would be an engaging story if it were just one Cubone, like the attention seeking Jigglypuff in the Pokemon anime. But it’s not; this is the backstory for every single Cubone. So how does a species exist where a core part of their existence is a dead mother? Kangaskhan provides the answer.
Kangaskhan is the most parental Pokemon in Generation I, seeing as it carries its young around in its pouch. The skull Cubone wears bears an uncanny resemblance to Kanghaskhan too. In battle, this youngster doesn’t do much at all, basically sitting there while its parent fights for it.
This theory suggests that Cubone is that baby. It would explain why all Cubones are motherless, as the ones whose mothers live remain in the pouch. It also explains Cubone’s rather rudimentary movepool, bashing enemies with its skull or clubbing them with its bone. Perhaps the evolution into Marowak is a symbol of independence, something little ones still with Kangaskhan never get to experience.
5. In Sun & Moon, You’re The Rival
Newest base game release Sun & Moon felt like the most refreshing Pokémon adventure in years. Doing away with the standard formula to an extent, the changeup of gym mechanics is arguably the biggest development they’ve ever done, and the Alolan Pokemon were a breath of fresh air too.
There is a theory that goes some way to explaining why Sun & Moon has such a different feel. You’re not the protagonist. You’re the rival.
Unlike every other game, Hau (the alleged rival) picks the Pokémon you have type advantage over. This gives you an immediate upper hand against him whenever you too meet. But much like the rivals do in all the other games, you maintain this advantage throughout.
It might not seem much now, but playing through the first game and beating Lance in the League felt fantastic, only to discover that Blue had gotten there first. Like he always does. In Sun and Moon, you’re there first, every single time. Tied together with Hau’s sweet and helpful nature (along with his fairly blank personality) and it points to one thing. Hau is the protagonist of this story, and you’re the rival who’s always one step ahead.
4. Ash Is Dead
A lot of TV shows have a ‘protagonist is dead’ theory somewhere, but here it’s got some legs. There is the fact that he doesn’t age, although a lot of cartoons have this issue and it doesn’t always mean there’s a death going on.
In the likes of Family Guy or The Simpsons, while there are minor developments in Quahog and Springfield, it feels like the episodes could occur in almost any order without much difference to the plot. In Pokemon, Ash clearly makes progress, moving from town to town, region to region, losing League to League.
One of the main ropes tying this theory together is the legendary Johto Pokemon, Ho-Oh. Soon after Ash’s near death experience with a swarm of Spearow, he sees the creature sparkling through the air. Despite the fact Ash is in Kanto, Johto is nearby, and it’s expected Ho-Oh would roam the skies freely, being a mighty bird and all.
Ho-Oh is said to grant eternal happiness to all who see it. Is it a symbol of Ash in heaven? Perhaps this is why Ash loses the League every time. It gives him a sense of purpose. If he wins, that purpose his over.
3. Gengar & Clefable Are Light & Dark
With all the myths and legends being used as inspiration for many Pokémon designs, it’s not surprising that fans have been trying to figure out the mythos between each Pokémon themselves. While some links are little more than similarities and colour or minor features, the Clefable and Gengar link goes a lot deeper.
Their body shapes are startlingly similar, yet not so much that they feel like uninspired ripoffs. It’s not just a Ken/Rye pallette swap either. It’s almost as if Gengar is Clefable’s shadow…
Before the introduction of Fairy typing, Clefable’s Normal type and Gengar’s Ghost type meant the two could not touch each other, at least not with STAB moves. Plus, Gengar is literally called the shadow Pokemon. If Clefable’s tail uncurled and its spines stood on edge, that’s exactly what it would be.
Why put so much time into such a backstory though? Well, prior to the genius marketing decision to make Pikachu the franchise mascot, Game Freak were planning on it being Clefable. Perhaps had this original plan played out, we’d have seen Clefable represent the light side of the pokemon world, and ghostly Gengar represent the dark.
2. The Great War
Ever wondered why so many fathers in the Pokémon world are nowhere to be seen? Not only that, but there are children out exploring the world as if they were mature adults, and in some cases young characters like Brock, Misty and Blue are holding down gyms. One theory suggests it’s because a lot of adult male characters died in the great Pokémon war.
The fact there was a war with Pokémon involved is just straight up canon. Lt Surge tells you as much when you battle him in the Kanto region. It makes sense too; humans have always found more and more elaborate ways to kill each other in warfare. In a world with Arcanines and Alakazams, why wouldn’t they be weaponised?
In fact, Lt Surge typifies the adults you meet in Pokémon. The majority of them are either older (like that dude who shows you how to catch Weedle), gym leaders, scientists (therefore not on the front lines) or members of Team Rocket.
Of course, none of this explains why there’s only one bed in your house. The house you and your mother share. Night night, Red. Night night, mom.
1. Blue’s Raticate Died, But You Didn’t Kill It
The theory that you, the player, killed Blue’s Raticate on the SS Anne is one of the most well known Pokemon theories. In case you haven’t heard it, the basic idea is that after your battle on the SS Anne, Blue cannot get to a Pokecentre in time. As a result, his Raticate dies.
However, this theory doesn’t really hold up. You can carry a fainted Pokemon around with you forever without it dying, so why would this Raticate be different? However, while the rest of his party stays with him, that is Raticate’s last hurrah. And there is a considerable amount of evidence that it did indeed die.
For one, Blue literally says we don’t know how it feels to have a Pokemon die, implying that he does. What’s even more interesting is the fact Blue tells you he’s just caught a Cubone. Yet, there’s not one in his party. Well, it must have been transferred to the PC, right? Except there’s a free slot in his party. A free slot where Raticate once was.
Conclusion: Raticate did die, but in the Lavender Town tower and not on the SS Anne.