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If humans are animals shouldn't humans in Pokemon be Pokemon too?

#11coreekymonPosted 4/23/2014 1:16:46 AM
The_Sol_Blader posted...
If we evolved from Mankey, why are there still Mankeys?


This is a common misconception, we didn't evolve from Mankeys we share a common ancestor with Mankeys.
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#12MarikhenPosted 4/23/2014 2:06:45 AM
coreekymon posted...
The_Sol_Blader posted...
If we evolved from Mankey, why are there still Mankeys?


This is a common misconception, we didn't evolve from Mankeys we share a common ancestor with Mankeys.


Even if it wasn't a case of shared ancestry there's nothing to say that "evolved" descendents need to kill off their forebears. So long as the forebears remain in an environment to which they are suited while the "evolved" descendants remain elsewhere it's entirely plausible that you could have a situation where humans and mankeys are alive in the same time period.
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#13xanderfoxPosted 4/23/2014 3:14:57 AM
The only things that separate humans from the other pokemon is the same thing that separates us from other animals in the real world. Our intelligence and technology. No other animal is smart in quite the same way as a human and of all tool users human actually develop technology to accomplish goals, we create and modify tools and build on the creations of our fellows. So in the pokemon world the reason humans aren't also being force to battle comes down to the fact that humans invented pokeballs.
#14SaphirahPosted 4/23/2014 3:26:23 AM
Why can't Alakazam be a Pokemon Trainer then
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#15ArcasaurusPosted 4/23/2014 3:34:41 AM(edited)
A boy turned into a Kadabra, so yeah. Not to mention most ghosts.

But Pokemon are kinda distinct from animals too, I think. See RBY/FRLG in the S.S. Anne, where a chef talks about cooking all sorts of animals like eel and salmon. There are also a couple of Pokedex entries in those games that like to reference Indian Elephants for some reason. >_>
#16gamester_12345Posted 4/23/2014 5:04:01 AM
Arcasaurus posted...
A boy turned into a Kadabra, so yeah. Not to mention most ghosts.

But Pokemon are kinda distinct from animals too, I think. See RBY/FRLG in the S.S. Anne, where a chef talks about cooking all sorts of animals like eel and salmon. There are also a couple of Pokedex entries in those games that like to reference Indian Elephants for some reason. >_>


I just call that down to early installment weirdness. maybe the Kanto was actually the real Kanto at the time of Red/Green's release, but said region name was unnamed outside of Japan, possibly to make it regionally neutral as possible. (remnants of this is implied with Silph having a branch in Russia somewhere, Lt Surge being American, Mew being found in South America and so on.)


Later on they had sequels in development due to the reinvigorated interest in the Gameboy due to Pokemon, which they eventually dropped the 2 from Pokemon Gold/Silver, may or may not be expanded due to the general Japanese-ness of Johto, but it was implied that Johto is more rural and is only gaining technological improvements in general. (if only so far was the Magnet train from Saffron to Goldenrod).

Because really, Red/Blue had teleportation panels, spinning tiles, artificially created Pokemon, PC storage systems....but no forms of transportation besides Bikes and Boats, which feels like some sort of Sci-fi technological stasis, whilst Johto is more traditional. (Kimono Girls, Tin/Bell tower, old Team Rocket Ninja Hideout, Dragon's Den) after the 2nd lot of games they decided to go full-out into Fantasy territory, to the extent that Mew was apparently discovered on an island near Hoenn instead of South America. (though the latter origin is seldom referenced, except in remakes where it's expected to be)
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#17ArcasaurusPosted 4/23/2014 5:19:15 AM
gamester_12345 posted...
Mew was apparently discovered on an island near Hoenn instead of South America. (though the latter origin is seldom referenced, except in remakes where it's expected to be)


Faraway Island isn't near Hoenn. That's why it's called "Faraway" Island. Also, it's still Guyana, it's just that the map didn't call it that.

The games haven't gone back on the Pokemon world sharing elements from the real world. For example, in Emerald (the same game that Faraway Island's in), Poliwrath's Pokedex entry mentions the Pacific Ocean, and still mentions it even now in X. FRLG still kept all the references to the real world like locations and animal references, and B2W2 tied into that by establishing that Unova's supposed to be part of America with some background information about Lt. Surge.

There are less connections made with the real world now, sure, but they haven't overwritten what's already established.
#18BestInTheWorId(Topic Creator)Posted 4/23/2014 9:58:26 PM
ExcIusivity69 posted...
This video should answer your question http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjnPyGFYKrI


Was worth the watch.