Top 5 Pokemon Theories

With the announcement of Pokemon Sun and Moon, we look back at our favorite Pokemon theories

Pokemon has been around in pop culture for 25 years now, and obviously, these are just a few choice theories floating around the internet. If your favorite one didn't make the cut, let us know in the comments!

1. The origin of Cubone 

 Have you ever looked at a Kangaskhan's baby? The ones in the pouch? Look at his horns. Don't those look awfully familiar? That's because it's the same shape as Cubone's skull-hat, which is not a coincodence. 

"This catchable Pokemon is M', Missingno's sister. M' is actually a scrapped prototype of Marowak. This theory can be confirmed if you catch a M' and level it up, it evolves into a Kangaskhan."

There are a number of theories on how it would have worked, but basically, the baby Kangaskhan in the mother's pouch is supposed to be a baby Cubone pre-tragedy. This makes Cubone the first "evolution" after it's seperated from its mother. It would then evolve into a Marowak, and eventually into a Kangaskhan. This is actually less of a theory and more of a scrapped idea that was dug up from the game files. According to the Fan Theories Wiki, this was actually written into the game before launch, but was taken out because it was too dark for a kids game, and the lore was scrapped and Marowak was re-scripted to be the final evolution. The proof actually lies in another hidden component in the game: The "mid-tier" Marowak was actually moved to an unnumbered slot on the game's listing instead of being deleted. 


2. What is Wabbuffet?

What is Wabbuffet? Well, the simple answer is he's the the patient pokemon: A blue, wobbly pokemon with a black tail with eyes. He's patient because he never initiates attacks and only retaliates.

The more complicated answer is: Wobbuffet is that small, black tail with eyes and the loud, wobbly blue figure is his decoy. In his description across multiple games, his small black tail is mentioned, as well as a counter attack using his pumped up "body". It's said that he hides in dark caves to hide his tail and that he can't endure attacks on his tail, causing him to counter attack if it happens, which implies that attacks on his blue portions don't bother him much. This must be because it's just a punching bag used to distract predators from the important part of Wabbuffet: The sentient tail. The fact that both Wynaught and Wobbuffet have a tail with eyes shows that it's important, along with its recurring mention in the pokedex. The "punching bag" also always has it's eyes closed, implying that maybe it's just an artificial face.


3. Pokemon War Theory

This theory has been spinning around forever, and would be a disservice to leave out. It's thought that there was a great war before the events of Pokemon Red and blue. To quote a Creepy Pasta post:

You have no father, and your best friend is an orphan.

Children are going to a journey around the world.

Your mother accepts you as the man of the house, making your own decisions.

Old man warns you of dangers around the corner.

Most people you meet are children and/or gym leaders.

Most adult men are either very old, or have a job related to the military or organized crime.

Hospitals and gyms are everywhere, but no forms of entertainment such as movie theaters.

LT Surge tells you: ""Hey kid! What do you think you're doing here? You won't live long in combat! That's for sure! I tell you what kid, electric Pokèmon saved me during the war!"

You now realize that there was a war in Kanto.

Your father died, and your rival lost his parents.

You are among the first generation of people to live in peace at post-war time.

Now of course, this is more of a fun theory to explain some of the glaring plot holes in the Pokemon world, but it does fit neatly into the mythos. LT. Surge's mere existence is what brought this theory to life. He vaguely mentions a war, but doesn't expand upon it. This happens in fiction all the time, but over the years, more and more of the evidence talked about piled up, making this one a plausible theory.


4. Koffing & Weezing: A Team Rocket Experement

Koffing and Weezing are a strange set of Pokemon to be wandering around in the natural world. You'll have to use a little suspension of disbelief on this one to see where we're going with it, because of course MOST Pokemon make no sense in a natural world.

Koffing and Weezing seem to be an embodiment of pollution, which is mostly a human creation, so how much of a stretch is it to say that these pokemon were a human inventions? They even have a human warning label on them: A skull and Crossbones. 

Most Team Rocket grunts use Koffing or Weezing, and yet they're only found in the Factory in Pokemon  Red & Blue. Theory: Team Rocket created Koffing and Weezing and the factory was theirs. 

According to a Reddit post about this theory, there weren't many Ghost pokemon in generation 1 (There was only Gastly, Haunter and Gengar) but ghosts would make excellent thieves as they can go through walls, disappear and scare victims. 

But in classic Team Rocket fashion, instead of legitimately trying to catch Ghost pokemon to attain these qualities, they tried to cheat and make their own. Needless to say, it didn't go very well, but they were left with an untold number of failed experiments. What better thing to with those failed ghosts than to give them to the lower ranks of your army?


5. Mew and Ditto

Ditto is a failed Mew. Same color, even their shiny variants. MewTwo is called "the only 'successful' clone of Mew." making ditto a failed clone. Both genderless, both have the same base stats. They both are the only pokemon to use transform. Mew and Ditto can learn every move (ditto = temporary. Mew = permanent) Their height and weight are really similar as well. Mew Two is said to have been created on Cinnabar Island, a place crawling with Ditto.


Last week marked the 25th anniversary of Pokemon, going by the Japanese release, and after the announcement of Pokemon Sun and Moon, it seemed appropriate to do another Top 5 video about pokemon. We did one a while ago about the top 5 pokemon spin-off games, but decided this one should be a tribute to the main series and the various secrets and interests it holds.

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