Pokemon is known for having adorable creatures spanning all different types of elements and properties, from cute water dogs to cuddly electric mice. But there are some aspects of Pokemon that aren't as...innocent. You know, some aspects that include dead spirits, posession, kidnapping, and metamorphosis. Here's a look at some of the more disturbing creatures, as told by their Pokedex entries.
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Wears the skull of its deceased mother. Its cries echo inside the skull and come out as a sad melody. - Pokemon Yellow
Cubone is the stuff that brings tears to your eyes. It’s locked in a state of perpetual grief, mourning the death of its mother. And yet, we continue to capture them and force them to fight things for our entertainment. That’s...that’s pretty rough.
A lonely Pokémon, it conceals its terrifying appearance beneath an old rag so it can get closer to people and other Pokémon. - Moon Its actual appearance is unknown. A scholar who saw what was under its rag was overwhelmed by terror and died from the shock. - Sun
Mimikyu and Cubone have a lot in common. They’re hiding their appearance and share an equally depressing backstory of loss, rejection, and tragedy. Just the fact that it hides itself in an effort to get closer to others makes it one of the loneliest-sounding, most misfit Pokemon of the bunch.
It is rumored that a boy with psychic abilities suddenly transformed into Kadabra while he was assisting research into extrasensory powers. - Emerald
It happened one morning - a boy with extrasensory powers awoke in bed transformed into Kadabra.- FireRed
Kadabra's presence infests televisions and monitors with creepy shadows that bring bad luck. - Moon
Kadabra has conflicting origin stories, but whether it sounds like the origin of a Marvel villain or a Kafkaesque nightmare, it’s still a horrifying thought for a boy to one day morph from human to full-on Pokemon. This only gets creepier when you consider the somewhat eerie nature of its psychic abilities.
According to old tales, these Pokémon are stumps possessed by the spirits of children who died while lost in the forest. - Pokemon Y
For a Pokemon that looks like a cute, kid-friendly Halloween decoration, Phantump is ironically a creature animated by the souls of kids who supposedly died in the woods. For a game that skews relatively young...this is pretty dark.
A mushroom grown larger than the host's body controls Parasect. It scatters poisonous spores. - Pokemon X
Parasect (the name being a portmanteau of parasite and insect) is basically the Last of Us clickers of the Pokemon world. A parasitic fungus takes control of its body, as we see from the small mushrooms on Paras’ back. Once it gets big enough, Parasect loses itself and becomes a mere vehicle for the fungus itself. We can see this from the oversized toadstool on its back and its dead, white eyes. Nature can be pretty awful, even in the happy world of Pokemon.
Stories go that it grabs the hands of small children and drags them away to the afterlife. It dislikes heavy children. - SunIf for some reason its body bursts, its soul spills out with a screaming sound. - Moon
Drifloon is like the Peid Piper of death in the Pokemon universe. Seriously Game Freak, what’s up with all the creatures that want to cause harm to children?
A cursed energy permeated the stuffing of a discarded and forgotten plush doll, giving it new life as Banette. The Pokémon’s energy would escape if it were to ever open its mouth. - Alpha Sapphire
Banette generates energy for laying strong curses by sticking pins into its own body. This Pokémon was originally a pitiful plush doll that was thrown away. - Omega Ruby
Bantte is basically the Chucky of the Pokemon universe; a toy posessed by a hateful spirit, on a mission of vengeance to find the kid that threw it away. It’s like Toy Story, but horrible and 100% not rated G.
Although Gorebyss is the very picture of elegance and beauty while swimming, it is also cruel. When it spots prey, this Pokémon inserts its thin mouth into the prey’s body and drains the prey of its body fluids. - Alpha Sapphire
Gorebyss’ most disturbing quality is how equally beautiful and savage it is. Like a twisted mix between a spider and a mosquito, it inserts its mouth into the body of its prey and eats its insides. For a Pokemon that would make a decent plus collectible, it’s a pretty awful thought to consider.
Darumaka's droppings are hot, so people used to put them in their clothes to keep themselves warm. - Omega Ruby
Darumaka isn’t horrible in the same vein as some of these others, but the idea that citizens in the world of Pokemon are covering themselves with its droppings to make themselves warm is...a special kind of disturbing.
According to many old tales, it creates friends for itself by controlling sleeping children on starry nights. - Y
Why is it the actions of some of these really creepy Pokemon sound like the more well-told creepypastas from the depths of the internet? It’s admittedly different from the other Pokemon with a penchant for posession, but that doesn’t make it any less terrifying.