Hajime Isayama when he finishes a new chapter
“At this rate, I won’t be able to look cool in front of Juvia!”
POKEMON ISN’T DOG FIGHTING OR SLAVERY.
Now, I know a lot of people don’t really need to be told this, but this idea is much more popular than it should be, and that is, at all.
Many people say that Pokemon can be compared to slavery and dog fighting, and though a lot of people have brushed it off, I decided to actually look into the games and see if I could debunk this in anyway. This post will be filled with evidence proving that Pokemon is as pure… not including creepy pokemon, as it should be.
One obvious indicator that Pokemon aren’t slaves, is in the Anime, Ash gets a Charizard, who is quite possibly the laziest Charizard ever. He doesn’t follow Ash’s commands, but, this being in the Anime, I could understand why people would easily brush this off.
Charizard imitating a Slaking.
But, Pokemon them selves are known to not always follow the Trainer’s commands in the game. If you do not have enough badges, and a pokemon you got from a trade has too high of a level, that Pokemon will deliberately disobey you in battle.
“Charizard won’t listen!” - Text when a Pokemon disobeys.
Now, you may say that this is just the pokeball making sure that trainers don’t get unfair advantages in the gym battles, but that’s not it. What if I were to tell you the pokeball didn’t have any control on a pokemon?
Now, many people say that pokeballs actually change a pokemon’s mind, making them willing to obey their trainers. To this, I say bullshit. You see, every indivual pokemon have what we call “happiness”, but what we’ll be looking at is “base happiness”, how much happiness a pokemon has when you first catch it.
Base happiness can be easily separated into groups, like for example, a pokemon usually has about 70 base happiness, but happier pokemon, like Happiny, have 140 base happiness, while psychic pokemon usually have 35, and legendaries get a whopping 0.
Now, you may say that this proves the existance of brain washing even more, it just shows that it isn’t perfect and, the stronger the pokemon, the harder it is to change it’s mind. Well, my friend, let me point you to the one exception, Bunneary:
One angry son of a bun.
Looks like a pretty happy creature right? It’d probably snuggle up to you next to the fire place. Yeah, maybe if it didn’t have a whopping 0 happiness rating. You may counter with “bunnies are just constantly angry”, but my thought is; if a pokeball can’t brain wash a buneary, it can’t brain wash anything.
Now, there’s still room for doubt here, for example, what about pokemon struggling while you catch them? What’s up with that? Well, there’s an easy way to explain this as well.
Going back to the fact that we know pokemon can think freely, as shown by the disobedience, then what if a pokemon struggling in a ball and fighting, even in the wild, is just the pokemon challenging the trainer?
Pokemon from other trainers may not follow a trainer’s demands because they’re not impressed with how many badges they have, and there for will just loaf about. Wild pokemon show the same resistance when in battles because they want to know they’re getting captured by a trainer that’s worth their capabilities. Arceus wouldn’t want to get caught by any plain ol’ Joey, he wants to be captured by the best there ever was.
He’s literally a god, I doubt he can be brainwashed.
The stronger pokemon having lower base happiness is just because they’re sour pusses that they actually got caught, as if they lost a duel, but of course they warm up to you as they realise just how honorable you are as a trainer.
So, I now hope you understand the true, pure nature of pokemon, and why Team Plasma were in the wrong, even ignoring their more horrible nature. If anyone even tries suggesting that pokemon is nothing more than mindless animal violence, now you’ll know better, and maybe will be able to educate them too.
I know this was long, but I hope it was a good read, and I wish you all a good day.