But why not also pick apart the huge elements we thought we understood? What seemed like obvious Pokémon truths are now being reexamined and reshaped, thanks to a dedicated fanbase with an encyclopedic knowledge of Nintendo and Game Freak’s collaborative creation.
These theories, along with many other great ones, can be found en masse on Pokemonconspiracies, a dedicated subreddit that explores each fan theory — no matter how weird.
1. Why Abras always teleport away
Abra is not as dumb as all the other Pokémon. It is savvy to this whole “catching” thing and isn’t too keen on it. It uses its only move, Teleport, to avoid humans and, well, captivity. A redditor who has since deleted their account explains,
“In the wild, whenever you come across an Abra it always teleports away, that being the only move it knows. This is because Abra is the only kind of wild Pokemon that recognizes that you, a trainer, are trying to cram it into that pokeball. Alakazam has an IQ of 5000, so Abra is most likely also extremely intelligent. They are very distrustful, or scared, of humans. After being caught, all it tries to do is teleport away, back to safety. When it keeps being thrust into battle and gains enough experience, it acknowledges that it will have no choice but to fight. This is when it evolves into Kadabra. Eventually, like most Pokemon, Kadabra will start to trust it’s trainer, and fight for him/her happily.
“Now, Kadabra can only be evolved through a trade. This is because, when traded, they are suddenly forced to belong to a new human. Instead of the one it now loves and and trusts, Kadabra is now with a total stranger. Feeling scared and threated, Kadabra evolves into an even more powerful form so that it can protect itself from this human.”
2. Cubones hunt Kangaskahns
This proposal opposes a common, widely held theory that Cubone is the orphaned child of a Kangaskahn. This theory instead unpacks a possible “>predator/prey relationship between the two Pokémon.
Cubone knows the move Boomerang. Kangaskahns are kangaroos. Boomerangs were used to hunt kangaroos.
“Marowak have various tribes all over the world, and when these tribes were beginning to be formed, to tell the difference between members of the tribe, the original members all went on a mass hunt of Kangaskahn, took their skulls, gave them tribe markings, and used them as headdresses.
“When each member pass[es] away, their eldest child [takes] their headdress and wore it, part in remembrance, and part to honour tradition. They don’t wear the skull of their ancestor, they wear the skull their ancestor wore as a headdress.”
3. Why Brock’s eyes are always closed
This theory peeks a bit out of Pokemon universe and dips into Greek Mythology to explainwhy Brock’s eyes are always closed.
Cursed like gorgon Medusa, Brock can never make eye contact with someone, or else he will turn them into stone. Which is why he took to training rock type Pokémon. Stones can’t be turned into stone.
4. Team Rocket are in purgatory
We wouldn’t truly be delving into conspiracy theories if things didn’t get a little dark. Redditor GengarGrey explains why Team Rocket is always cartoonishly failing, as well as why time in the Pokémon universe never really passes.
“My friend Skai suggested as a joke that Team Rocket is in purgatory punishing themselves over and over for the time when they separated a boy from his Pikachu in real life. They accidentally killed the Pikachu and the boy committed suicide, so they relive the incident in a million ways to foil their own attempts and set things right. It would tend to explain why Ash doesn’t grow up and Pikachu doesn’t evolve. They remain as Jesse, James, and Meowth remember them.”
5. Ash’s father is Pikachu
Citing Pikachu’s unique tendencies: not wanting to be inside a Pokéball, not wanting to evolve and its above average grasp of the human language, Rand0mSynth3sis takes a big swing and asserts that Pikachu is actually Ash’s father. Sort of.
“Ash’s father was a friend of Professor Oak’s in Pallet Town, much like Ash is now. While working on a risky experiment involving a Pikachu (as a power source or as the specimen), Ash’s father somehow got in the way of the experiment and his soul/essence was placed inside the Pikachu, leaving his own body either dead and empty or replaced by the Pikachu’s essence, which would make him seem crazed and/or deranged.
“Once released from the Pokeball, the Pikachu attacks randomly and even makes fun of Ash. He may have temporary memory loss at this stage or he may just be very scared and not in control of his new body outside a Pokeball. Upon getting to know Ash and Delia [Ash’s mom] better, he may remember his past and decides that he doesn’t need to be afraid, as his family still loves him. Here, we can argue that Delia may know the true identity of Ash’s Pikachu. If she (as a student and friend of Oak’s) also knew about the experiment, she may have her guesses as to why the Pikachu is so special and where her husband really went. If this is the case, she decided to let Ash start his Pokemon journey despite her motherly fears because she knows he is in good hands with his father.”
6. Why starters aren’t found in the wild
Wolvenfire86 wonders why starter Pokémon can’t be caught in the wild. The answer they landed on makes a pretty logical point.
“My theory is that when humans first learned how to catch Pokemon, these ones were some of the first to be caught en mass because they were reasonably powerful, highly intelligent, could be easily controlled/tamed and have powerful evolutions. They were the first captured Pokemon that started a great change in man’s lifestyle…they were the “Starters”. But humans caught them in excess (as well as Eevee’s because they were very popular too). Now they are endangered and have no natural habitat. They are considered “Protected Pokemon”, which is why only scientists have them. The islands on Pokemon Snap Islands are nature reserves, or free roaming zoos, which is why you can just take pictures there and not catch anything.”
7. Why Ash never ages
Though a popular theory on Ash’s agelessness revolves around the idea of a lightning induced coma, redditor Spanish_3 offers a much briefer, logical explanation for why Ash is perpetually 10 years old.
The item meant to keep Pokémon from leveling up has been sitting in Ash’s backpack, unintentionally keeping him 10 for the past 20 years.
8. Why Meowth is always trying to get Pikachu
Maybe not so much a conspiracy theory as it is a simple justification, lukazekian’s 10 year old son pointed out to him and his wife that “the reason Meowth is trying to catch Pikachu is because he’s a mouse.”
Just some straightforward animal instinct — mind blown.
9. Missingno led Red to isolation on Mt. Silver
One of the most epic moments in Pokémon gameplay is stumbling upon the game’s hero, Red in isolation on Mt. Silver in versions Gold and Silver, and proceeding to battle him. Artist Dalf created a thorough comic told through the glitch Pokémon Missingno’s perspective — weaving two open-ended Pokémon stories into one beautifully narrative justification.
10. Gym Leader: An enormous, first-generation encompassing theory
This. This is the comprehensive, mac-daddy of Poké conspiracies. Redditor Kulper rolls up his/her sleeves and dives headfirst into all things first generatino with a post aptly titled “A deconstruction of the first-generation Pokemon universe” I recommend giving the whole post a read through, but some of the highlights include:
– Red and Blue are bioengineered humans made by Professor Oak
– Items found on the ground are leftover remains from trainers devoured by wild Pokémon
– Pokeballs leak radiation proportional to the mass of the Pokemon contained within, and the amount of radiation that the human trainer can safely withstand is proportional to their own body mass. This is why most Youngsters have only a Rattata or Pidgey and Hikers can handle Onixs or Geodudes
– Leveling up and evolutions are effects of radiation