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Pokemon Fans Reveal The Weird Origin Of Their Names

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Joseph Kime

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14th Jan 2022 18:20

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Pokemon is, on paper, a pretty bizarre game series, and its litany of creatures are a brilliant example of this. But, just where do those seemingly random names come from? Turns out, it's real life. 

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Though the first 151 beasties that the Pokemon series had to offer are incredibly creative, the franchise has taken quite the peculiar turn with a movement from twists on traditional creatures to granting sentience to cogs, ice cream cones, and even keyrings.

It's not just the genetic makeup of 'Mon that makes them so strange - because it seems like they've got some weird naming conventions too.

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Reddit Post Exposes Weird Pokemon Names

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One post on Reddit has accumulated comments from fans of the Pokemon franchise, explaining the names of Pokemon that we never realised had actual thought and reason behind them.

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The thread points out that Elgyem and Beheeyem, the peculiar alien-looking Pokemon, are named as such because they sound like "LGM" and "BEM" respectively - both meaning "little green man" and "bug-eyed man", both descriptors for fictional aliens.

It also turns out that Deino, Zweilous and Hydreigon's names all correspond with the number of heads they have - with eins, zwei, and drei being one, two, and three in German. This is similar to the naming convention of Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres counting upwards in Spanish.

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Another added, "Sawsbuck - the first 4 letters of their name is an acronym for the seasons of the year: Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring." A final fan concluded, "Sudowoodo is Pseudo Wood, it looks like a tree, but is a rock type." Another Pokemon fan has been able to prove just how unusual the game's creatures are.

Pokemon Fan Creates AI Pokemon

As further proof that Pokemon designs are so incredibly out-there, one fan of the series has created an AI that develops its own Pokemon, and they all look eerily accurate to the real thing. 

Max Woolf on Twitter has shared images of Pokemon that we'd believe were completely real additions to the franchise if it weren't specified that they were invented by an AI that has looked at every single design in the franchise's history.

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It's clear that the designs and names of the Pokemon we know and love are incredibly strange, but really, we wouldn't have them any other way. We can complain about how odd Klefki is, but how much weirder are they from Camerupt... a lava camel?

The games are completely bonkers, and gamers clearly know it. Chances are, though, with the constant progression of the series, it's only going to get weirder from here. To be honest, we're alright with that.

 

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Palworld Trailer Lets You Harvest Pokemon Organs

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Tom Chapman

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21st Jan 2022 16:51

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