All Hallows’ Eve is upon us, and with it comes the celebration of everything spooky. Although there are several cute Pokemon that we all love, there is also a section of the pocket monster catalogue that you definitely wouldn’t want to run into on a dark night. In this article, we take a look at the creepiest Pokemon of the franchise and share the dark inspirations behind them.
Gengar is one of the ultimate old-school creepy Pokemon, being the final form of the ghost-type Ghastly. Gengar has always looked the part, with a huge sinister smile and its spiky body. The Pokemon Sun & Moon Pokedex entry for this Pokemon reads – ‘Should you feel yourself attacked by a sudden chill, it is evidence of an approaching Gengar. There is no escaping it. Give up’… gulp!
The Ultra Sun Pokedex entry for Banette reads – ‘It’s a stuffed toy that was thrown away and became possessed, ever searching for the one who threw it away so it can exact its revenge’. This basically means that it is trying to hunt down the innocent child who got rid of the original toy!
When most people think of Halloween, they think of pumpkins, and when it comes to pumpkins in the Pokemon franchise, one Pokemon evolution line comes to mind – Pumpkaboo and Gourgeist. In the Pokemon Y Pokedex entry for Gourgeist, it reads – ‘It enwraps its prey in its hairlike arms. It sings joyfully as it observes the suffering of its prey’. A sinister description for a sinister Pokemon.
Mimikyu is no doubt a creepy Pokemon, wearing a crudely designed Pikachu disguise, which makes it look like the Annabelle doll of the Pokemon franchise. No one knows what the Pokemon really looks like under the disguise, but it can’t be good. The Ultra Moon Pokedex entry reads – ‘A gust of wind revealed what hides under this Pokémon’s rag to a passing Trainer, who went home and died painfully that very night’.
Drowzee is a Pokemon who has been around since the very start. It’s design is based upon a Japanese myth about a supernatural creature known as the ‘Baku’, which eats the dreams of sleeping people. What is creepy about Drowzee is that it can intentionally put people to sleep to feast on their dreams. Drowzee is a fussy eater, however, as it prefers to eat the dreams of children as they are more inocent, which makes them more delicious… apparently.
Mawile is another Pokemon based on Japanese folklore. This time, it is a monster called the futakuchi-onna, which is a woman with a huge mouth on the back of its neck. The myth starts with a woman who doesn’t eat much prior to getting married, as a result of the hunger, a second mouth magically appears on the back of her head as a result of a supernatural disease, mumbling spiteful and threatening things to get the woman to eat. It seems that Mawile certainly lives up the the creepy folklore its based on, with the Pokedex entry describing it as – ‘A cunning and terrifying Pokémon, its cuteness makes opponents let down their guard—and then it swallows them whole with its huge jaws’.
We have to include Cubone on the list of creepy Pokemon, although the story is quite tragic. This Pokemon wears the skull of its dead mother, as it can’t accept she’s gone. Those who played the original Pokemon games will no doubt remember the terrifying Lavender Tower, which had some of the creepiest music in video game history. While trying to find out the entity haunting the tower, we come across the ghost of Cubone’s mother, who was killed by Team Rocket and is looking for their orphaned child.
As we have seen in this list, there are several Pokemon based on supernatural folklore. One of the earliest to enter the franchise was Houdoom, which is based upon hellhounds that are tasked with dragging damned souls down to the devil. Houndoom certainly looks the part with its horns, black and red colour and pointed tail. Its first Pokedex entry, in Pokemon Gold, reads – ‘If you are burned by the flames it shoots from its mouth, the pain will never go away’.
While Phantump is a ghost-type Pokemon, its small and unopposing appearance may lead you to believe that it is friendly. Wrong. Pokemon Sun’s Pokedex entry states – ‘These Pokemon are stumps possessed by the spirits of children who died in the forest. Their cries sound like eerie screams.’ Yes, this Pokemon is literally controlled by the spirits of several dead children.
With these dark and twisted inspirations and descriptions, it’s clear that even something as innocent as the Pokemon franchise can have its fair share of nightmare fuel. The Digimon franchise recently released its first horror-themed anime series; would you like to see something similar for the Pokemon franchise? There are certainly plenty of spooky Pokemon that could fill the role of the villain.
Mathew Parkes – Ludkins Media Editor-in-Chief
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