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Top 10 Awesome Pokémon Theories

In between "Pokémon" journeys, Jeremy enjoys working as a pharmaceutical chemist and campus manager.

The Best Pokémon Theories

If you Mist several common Pokémon misconceptions, you can Dig into that here. But on this fine Sunny Day, give me a Helping Hand as we Reflect on ten Pokémon theories—not glitches or rumors, but hypotheses that may Defog some unanswered questions of the Pokémon world!

Okay okay, I'll Knock Off these puns before you Self-Destruct. Here are ten awesome theories throughout the Pokémon world!

Were Venomoth and Butterfree's designs switched?

Were Venomoth and Butterfree's designs switched?

10. Were Venonat and Caterpie's Evolutions Switched?

The Theory: Any Pokémon Master can tell that the above picture has the final evolutions mixed: Metapod should evolve into Butterfree and Venonat to Venomoth. But on closer inspection . . . look how many similarities Venonat has to Venomoth and Caterpie/Metapod to Venomoth. Thus, the designs must have been switched.

Is It True? Hard to confirm, but it certainly would make sense. Venonat in particular greatly resembles Butterfree far more than Venomoth. Butterflies and moths have similar forms, likely leading to a naming error at some point.

Gengar and Clefable Similarities

Gengar and Clefable Similarities

9. Is Gengar Clefable's Shadow?

The Theory: Two of the original 151 Pokemon, Gengar and Clefable, are actually connected: Gengar being Clefable's shadow. After all, check out the similar ears, hair, and bodies.

Is It True? Hmm . . . Let's see. Both are mysterious Pokemon, with Gengar being a ghost and Clefable said to come from the moon. Also, neither can harm the other with its primary attacks (Ghost moves fail against Normal types, and vice versa). That said, because the former evolutions of these two have little in common, I'm inclined to cite this one as a fun coincidence.

Mew and Ditto

Mew and Ditto

8. Is Ditto a Failed Mew Clone?

The Theory: Remember how Mewtwo is cloned from Mew? What if there were many failed attempts to create Mewtwo, and those failures are actually Ditto?

Is It True? As true as you can get without being outright confirmed by Nintendo. Ditto and Mew share the same weight, almost the same height, are the two only original Pokémon to learn Transform, and Ditto is found in Cinnabar Mansion in Pokémon Yellow, where the experiments on Mewtwo took place! Not only that, but both Mew and Ditto have a pink base color and a light blue shiny form.

Is Blue's Raticate dead?

Is Blue's Raticate dead?

7. Did You Inadvertently Kill Blue's Raticate?

The Theory: You fight your rival, Blue (known as Gary in the anime), several times throughout the Gen. 1 games. After your S.S. Anne battle, he rushes to a Pokémon Center but is too slow and his Raticate dies from its wounds. This is why you next see Blue in the Pokémon Tower . . . he's mourning his loss.

Is It True? I'm not convinced. While Pokemon games can be surprisingly dark at times (several Pokédex entries are incredibly depressing), you'd think Blue/Gary would at some point just tell you if this happened.

That said, there are some interesting factors that make it semi-plausible. The theory would explain Blue's presence as the Pokémon Tower, and it would answer why there's an empty slot in his team at that point. Even if Blue no longer wanted to train Raticate, why not at least have an extra creature in reserve until he filled the position? Good questions, but I maintain this makes more sense as an interesting coincidence.

Psyduck and Golduck

Psyduck and Golduck

6. Are Psyduck and Golduck's Names Switched?

The Theory: Psyduck evolves into Golduck, where it gains increased Psychic abilities. So, shouldn't the golden-colored Psyduck be named Golduck and the blue-colored ESP wielding Golduck named Psyduck?

Is It True? I'd say yes. Before Pokémon was a worldwide sensation, the original games were full of glitches, and it seems, mistakes. Likely the two names were accidentally reversed.

Are Charizard and Cubone related?

Are Charizard and Cubone related?

5. Is Cubone a Charmander Who Lost Its Mother?

The Theory: Cubone is known to wear its dead mother's skull. Could Cubone be a Charmander donning its mother's (Charizard's) bones as protection?

Is It True? Admittedly it's pretty intriguing how much Cubone's skull resembles Charizard's head structure. However, Charmanders are said to die when the flame on their tail goes out, meaning either this theory isn't true or Cubones are rare specimens who can survive the missing flame. Additionally, there may be a more plausible theory . . .

Are Cubone and Kangaskhan connected?

Are Cubone and Kangaskhan connected?

4. Is Cubone a Baby Kangaskan Who Lost Its Mother?

The Theory: Again, Cubone is known to don its deceased mother's skull. Could Cubone actually be the baby Kangaskhan seen in the adult's pouch?

Is It True? Probably. Kangaskhan are known to carry their babies, as you can see above. You can also see the depiction of how Cubone might look if its mask were removed, and it heavily resembles the infant Kangaskhan. Add in similar stomachs, eyes, and tails on Kangaskhan and Cubone's evolution, Marowak, and you've got some pretty convincing evidence.

Former President and Vice President Barack Obama and Joe Biden

Former President and Vice President Barack Obama and Joe Biden

3. Did Pokémon Predict the 2008 Election?

The Theory: In 2008, Barack Obama and Joe Biden ran for the positions of President and Vice President of the United States. Way back in the original Pokémon games, defeating Gym Leader Brock gives you the TM Bide.

Is It True? Unless you seriously believe a children's video game influenced a presidential election over a decade later, I think we can throw this one out. Still, it's a fun tidbit that several Pokémon fans have never heard of.

A connection between the Legendary Beasts and Eeveelutions?

A connection between the Legendary Beasts and Eeveelutions?

2. Were The Legendary Beasts Originally Flareon, Jolteon, and Vaporeon?

The Theory: We know that the Legendary Beasts Entei, Raikou, and Suicune were created when Ho-Oh revived three deceased Pokémon from a massive fire in the Brass Tower. Could the three Pokémon originally have been Flareon, Jolteon, and Vaporeon?

Is It True? Probably! The types match up, and it's not implausible to think that being revived by Ho-Oh would grant a more powerful form. Plus, all the Trainers in Ecruteak City, where the Brass Tower is located, seem oddly fond of the Eevee evolutions.

Is Red the son of Gym Guy?

Is Red the son of Gym Guy?

1. Is Your Dad The Gym Advice Guy?

The Theory: Remember this dude, the gym guy (I like to call him Jim) who somehow happens to be at every gym right before your match? Why is he traveling through the gyms at the same time as you . . . unless it's because he's your long-lost father, trying his best to indirectly aid his son?

Is It True? Many theories try to explain the missing father in Pokémon games. While I'm still skeptical, this seems the most plausible by far. The theory states Gym Guy left his wife (your mom) when she was pregnant, afraid to become a father. Years later, he's too ashamed to fess up, but attempts to guide you through the Pokémon World as best he can without letting on.

It's interesting . . . but a little more evidence could really turn this from "cool idea" to "concrete hypothesis." Still, it's a fun concept that many are still unaware of.

More Pokémon Theories

Today we've just Scratched the surface of Pokémon theories and will undoubtedly Return to Tackle more of the most intriguing Pokémon mysteries.

But for now, I'll give it a Rest and see you at our next Pokémon countdown!

© 2017 Jeremy Gill


Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on December 26, 2017:


Thank you. Interesting point, I suppose more theories revolve around the original batch both because they've had more time to be explored and because many nostalgic fans are more interested in them.

Of course, there are good theories about newer creatures too!

Protoman on June 02, 2017:

Nice article! Seems to focus on the original pokemon but I guess those are the most popular anyways