Feature – Dark Side of The ‘Mon

Posted: April 5, 2012 in Feature, Pokémon, Ramblings

Pokémon has been around for over a decade now. And many unexplained matters do raise some concern when mentioned and you really think about it. Taken from Pokédex entries and flavour texts from the cards of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, these articles aim to bring these matters to the forefront of your mind and maybe change how you feel about Pokémon forever…

1-1 – Making Friends by Beating the Crap out of ‘em all.

In the game it’s easy to imagine yourself catching Pokémon with no problems but what you’re actually doing is harming animals. In the game this is not an issue as it’s simply a game, but what about the anime? Watching Pokémon being harmed simply to enslave them would be something most disturbing for its children viewers. This is probably why the majority of Ash’s Pokémon joined him out of some form of mutual respect as opposed to having been beaten into submission.

1-2: Meat.

All Pokémon are animals, and people eat animals. Therefore, people eat Pokémon. The anime makes regular references to meat based foods: burgers, stews and the like and it is very hard to imagine everyone in Kanto, Johto and beyond all being vegetarians (see 1-2). So what Pokémon are being slaughtered in the pursuit for tasty meat products? Some of the most logical choices are:

Beef: Miltank/Tauros
Lamb: Mareep/Flaafy
Pork: Spoink/Grumpig/Tepig/Pignite/Emboar
Chicken: Torchic
Seafood: Too many fish-like Pokémon to mention.
Shellfish: Shellder/Cloyster

Yum yum! Naturally there are many more similar choices for almost every dish. If they run away or break out of Pokéballs, they don’t want to be your friend. They want to be your dinner.

Taken from certain Pokédex entries:

Pinsir:

It grips prey with its pincers until the prey is torn in half. What it can’t tear, it tosses far.

If you’re looking around in the wild grass for new friends and find an Audino almost cut in half, you can be sure this has been a failed Pinsir snack attack. Tread with caution, there may be more around…

 

Darumaka:

Darumaka’s droppings are hot, so people used to put them in their clothes to keep themselves warm.

Not content with using a Pokémon’s attacks to make their lives easier, residents of Unova have gone that one step extra by taking this little hot Pokémon’s discharges to save money on their heating bills. This is probably outweighed by the cleaning bill.

Yamask:

Each of them carries a mask that used to be its face when it was human. Sometimes they look at it and cry.

The concept of Ghost Pokémon did create an unusual question. Were these the spirits of Pokémon or people? Yamask answers for itself at least by saying it used to be a real person. Perhaps this could be considered karma for those who abused Pokémon when alive. The master then becomes the slave. For the ghost Pokémon who were Pokémon in the living world, the slavery doesn’t end. Noone knows what happens to ghosts after they stop existing, but maybe it’s the same with humans that it leads to the sweet bliss of freedom everyone wishes for in the end.

Litwick:

While shining a light and pretending to be a guide, it leeches off the life force of any who follows it.

This was documented quite grimly in the anime episode Scare at the Litwick Mansion!, where Team Rocket were almost drained of their life and along with some Lampent tried to take the life force of Ash and friends. That’s right – they tried to murder them. Some Pokémon may have been unhappy and even aggressive towards their trainers, Ash’s Charizard being a prime suspect. But burning hot flames never bothered Ash much, Litwick on the other hand wanted to suck the life out of our heroes and villains and send them into the Ghost World.

I hope you’ve found this experience educational. To be continued…

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