The Pokemon franchise is a universe built up on conspiracy and trivia. Originally pitched as Capsule Monsters by Satoshi Tajiri, the project faced multiple rejections from Nintendo. It wasn’t until Tajiri acquainted with Shigeru Miyamoto that the idea finally began to pave way with Nintendo funding Capsule Monsters. The multi-billion dollar media franchise began development in 1990, taking six years to develop the entry Pokemon titles. Between the brink of bankruptcy, and unpaid overtime, the newly titled Pocket Monsters would finally see release on February 27th 1996, Pocket Monsters Green and Pocket Monsters Red. The rest is history.
Before the conspiracies are tackled. It’s probably best to start off with some Mew trivia. Mew is recorded and believed to be the ancestor of every Pokemon, although Arceus does come into play as also being the first. Originally, Mew was programmed secretly into the original games without Nintendo’s awareness. In fact, during an interview with Nintendo Power (134), the producer, and current CEO of the Pokemon Company Tsunekaz Ishihara revealed that Mew was created a few weeks before game development was completed.
Mew & Ditto
Mew & Ditto both weigh 8.8 lbs. They have the same sprite color scheme, including the shinies. They both learn Transform. Ditto can be found in Cinnabar Mansion. Cinnabar Mansion held many experiments between Mew and the clone Mewtwo. Ditto is a failed clone of Mew.
Grimer & Ditto
According to Pokedex entries, Grimer formed from the sludge exposed to X-rays from the moon, feeding on filthy things and born from polluted sludge in the sea. The theory is that, Grimers are mutated from the polluted and toxic-filled Dittos that lost the ability to transform. It is also safe to say that perhaps Grimer formed from the inanimate dead tissue of Ditto in the sea. Or, from a morbid standpoint, Ditto’s tissue matter could be used in factories. However, I’m personally convinced that Grimer form from mutated Dittos that lost the ability to transform. Long-term evolution in the series may seem possible since Kabutops bears similarity to Scyther, and Aerodactyl resembles Zubat.
Grimer, Koffing, and Trubbish
Since Grimer is the mutated Ditto, Koffing and Trubbish are also variations of Grimer. According to the game entry Pokedex, Koffing floats balloon-like with thin skin and toxic gases lighter than air. Pokemon Emerald states that by getting up close to its body, it’s possible to see through its skin to observe the floating gases. In various entries, the Pokedex notes the expansion of gas when exposed to heat. As for Trubbish, the Pokemon is said to form by a chemical reaction between garbage bags and industrial waste. Trubbish could be a mutation of Grimer covered in garbage bags. That wouldn’t be so farfetch’d since items have also been used to evolve Pokemon. However, in this case, it may be more mutation than evolution, sort of like a Pokemon with a reaper cloth, let’s say.
What’s very significant about the Grimer, Koffing, and Trubbish theory is that they resemble three states of matter. Solid (Trubbish), Liquid (Grimer), and Gas (Koffing).
Vanillite, Vanillish, Vanilluxe & Ditto, Koffing, and Wheezing
Vanillite is another Pokemon said to be formed from the environment. The Pokedex entry states that this Pokemon formed from icicles bathed through the energy from the morning sun. That sounds a lot like the opposite of Grimer, forming from a sea of toxins in the moonlight. Although there’s no conspiracy online about Vanillite’s origins. I personally believe that Vanillite were frozen Ditto transforming through the energy of the sunlight. What also makes this a huge factor, is that Vanillish’s smoky ice patterns resemble Koffing’s poison gas very closely! Also note the awkward eyes and mouth. Plus, Vanilluxe and Wheezing are dual-headed Pokemon that are also capable of floating.
Origins of Voltorb
Pokedex entries list Voltorbs as having been discovered when Pokeballs were introduced. Another entry stated that they were originally found at a Pokeball manufacturing company. According to Sapphire’s data, it is rumored that Voltorb formed from the Pokeball undergoing a powerful pulse of energy. Now look closely at Voltorb’s eyes? Do they seem familiar? They should. Voltorb and Haunter share the same pair of eyes. Thus, leading us all to theorize that Voltorb is none other than a Pokeball possessed by Haunter. By undergoing possession, that “burst of energy” ignited, eliminating the switch on the Pokeball and trapping the Haunter forever. Because it wants to get out, it gets so angry that it self-destructs. Also note the evolution forms. Electrode’s grin is similar to Gengar’s.
Presidential Election Conspiracy
After defeating the gym leader Brock, you are handed TM34 Bide. However, in the later entry titles, Bide would become TM08. Fill in the blanks on that one.
Evolutions Are Not What They Seem…
According to Chinese mythology, a Dragon’s Gate lies atop a waterfall. Carp would swim up this stream, attempting to jump the waterfall, but only so few would make the attempt. If a carp manages to make the final leap, and jump over, it would transform into a powerful dragon. This myth of course is meant to inspire courage and perseverance. So when we take a look at Magikarp, it only makes sense that it should evolve into Dragonite. Also notice the similar “fishy whiskers”. So what about Gyarados? Notice the serpent-like body. That only comes close to one pokemon in the Kanto region. Dragonair.
That’s not the only deceiving evolution on the list. For instance, Butterfree has the same eyes as Venonat.
This conspiracy is known as the The Tin Tower Reincarnations. 150 years before the games’ events, a lightning bolt struck the western tower. The flames engulfed for three days until the rain ended the fire. Ho-Oh came from the sky and resurrected three Pokemon that died in the tower. Each Pokemon were to embody the lightning that struck the tower, the flames that burned, and lastly the rain. The three resurrected Pokemon were said to be so terrifying, that they fled, knowing their powers were far too great. The theory goes, that Entei, Raikou, and Suicune, are reincarnated Flareon, Jolteon, and Vaporeon due to similar type sets and appearances.
The Post World War
If I can say, this is definitely my all-time favorite Pokemon conspiracy. The Pokemon World is set in a post-war era. You start as a fatherless orphan. Your rival has no parents, just his grandfather Professor Oak. Usually the able-bodied men are seen as hikers (drifters) or members of organized crime like Team Rocket. Most people you meet are children, some that have lost homes like bug catchers or schoolkids that attend boarding school. Fresh Water also costs more than Pokeballs, indicating contaminated water (like the Grimer example) and shortage of necessities. Lt. Surge is the only character that references the war, since no one wants to remember the terror.