Pokémon, everyone’s favorite cockfighting game, was tremendously inspired when it first came out. The creators took familiar animals and gave them exceptional abilities. Dogs were not listless house pets with insatiable appetites, but 350 pound, 6’3” majestic beasts that galloped across the land. Birds were not just stupid things whose shrill cries waken you in the morning, but giant swooping sky creatures that could whisk you across the land of Kanto.
When the second edition of Pokémon came out, people were still excited about it. Not only did the creators add some new evolutions (onix into steelix), but they also introduced prevolutions (pichu) and added a whole bunch of new Pokémon made of animals no one had thought to mythologize (mareep, the electric sheep; girafarig, the psychic giraffe.)
But, as with every compelling concept, Pokémon got tired. Where once Pokémon were based only on things that appeared in nature or in fantasy, they became increasingly based off of man-made creations. We forgave the creators for steel Pokémon, because although steel is processed, it still sufficiently evokes the tough, untreated underground for there to be a Pokémon form of it. But making Pokémon out of obviously factory-made things is an insult to our suspension of disbelief.
Not that the creators meant to laugh in the face of loyal consumers, but companies will go to hilarious extremes to reinvigorate a once-profitable idea.
If you thought Nosepass was stupid in Ruby and Sapphire, you will love his avuncular evolution, Probopass. Similar to Nosepass in color and nasal morphology, Probopass has the added advantage (???) of giant, perennially stunned eyes and a hilariously bushy Mr. Potato Head mustache (whose idea was this???). The best part about it is that instead of being genderless like many other Pokémon, Klefki for example, there is a 50/50 chance of your mustachioed Probopass being a chick. There is no reason for there to be female Probopasses except for creators to be like haha stupid kids will eat up anything.
Sources: huffingtonpost.com, pokemondb.net, dorkly.com
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