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What Pokemon do you think best captures the idea of an "Evil" Pokemon.

Discussion in 'General Pokémon Discussion' started by shoz999, Oct 29, 2018.

  1. shoz999

    shoz999 Sonic's the name! Speed's my game!

    Halloween is nearing so what better way to celebrate than to discuss about the more darker aspects of the Pokemon series, the idea of an "Evil" Pokemon. Regardless of what your beliefs, there definitely exist Pokemon that are raised with horrible and nasty personalities. However what about Pokemon that just exist like this straight from the start? A Pokemon that could convince a man or woman who believes more in the grey area of things, that a Pokemon can be born evil. If you can't think of any examples, then the latter of Pokemon raised as mean-spirited Pokemon with horrible personalities to them also count.

    I'll get started with possibly the most obvious one, introducing this Pokemon through a comic. You may or may not be surprised what comes. There is little to no spoilers down below in the comic, only giving you a idea, a premise on what this chapter below is about.



    Don't know about you but if they ever adapt the Platinum Arc into an anime, it would be perfect to air it during Halloween season. Anyways, if you skipped past the small spoiler, don't worry. Your not missing much. If you have no clue what I'm talking about at this point, the Pokemon I'm referring to is none other than Giratina, King of the Distortion World and Ruler over Anti-matter. According to his Pokedex entry, "It was banished for its violence. It silently gazed upon the old world [The Pokemon World] from the Distortion World." To many Pokemon fans, this simple entry makes Giratina out to be the "Pokemon devil" of the Pokemon world as he shares similar origins. If that wasn't intimidating enough, this dragon is not as slow as he looks. As you've seen in the scene above, his Shadow Force attack allows him to pop in and out very fast regardless of what form he takes on. However what's interesting is how each of it's adaptations explores Giratina quite differently.

    Giratina has had quite a number of interesting adaptations over the years. Also just stop and look at this amazing official artwork of Giratina from the Pokemon Adventures manga! This looks almost like Ken Sugimori's work!
    • In the games, Giratina is depicted as a scary monster at first but as you explore the Distortion World it soon becomes clear that Giratina is no different from a lot of territorial Pokemon. It's enraged because Cyrus tried to destroy the universe, affecting Giratina's home the Distortion World. It's not only until the player calms it that Giratina starts to understand.
    • In the anime, Giratina holds a similar role. Is a very aggressive Pokemon who seeks revenge against those who harm it's home until Ash & Co. comes and calms it's rage. Interestingly his home is not called the Distortion World but is rather called the Reverse World.
    • In the manga, Giratina is more adapted from it's Pokedex entry as an aggressive Pokemon known for it's violence. Unlike the games and anime, Giratina has a grudging nature against Dialga and Palkia for keeping it trapped inside the Distortion World. The Distortion World isn't really his home but his cage. This Giratina is a more realized version of it's darker Pokedex Entry and because of this, this is one of the few adaptations that actually adapts it's Pokedex Entry into question, more fans have taken Giratina's Pokedex entry seriously and ask the question as to what did Giratina do so terrible and so violent that got him banished in the first place. Is he the villain or is he the victim? The question is never answered but Giratina's story does leave a big mystery behind that could be explored in future story arcs.
    • In the Pokemon Generations adaptation, Giratina, although is hinted to be territorial, takes a more guardian/savior role where he rescues Dialga and Palkia and takes Cyrus prisoner. Interestingly, instead of Giratina destroying Cyrus as the territorial violent Pokemon he is in other adaptations, he's portrayed as more calm and understanding, allowing Cyrus to stay in the Distortion World.
    It's from these roles that we get an idea that Giratina can be the aggressor, the territorial or the savior of the Pokemon world. Now is Giratina an "evil" Pokemon? It's Pokedex entry is never really discussed in the anime and Generations adaptation but in the games it is hinted at least one point in it's life of being this destructive-natured Pokemon long ago and in the manga it is portrayed as being the destructive-natured Pokemon right now, trying to escape it's own prison. Evil? Probably not. Destructive-natured? It seems in most of his adaptations, at one point of Giratina's life. Yes which asks the question? Why? At this point it's just speculation but I can tell you it would make an awesome post-game episode for the Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes and an awesome future story arc for Pokemon to explore in the Pokemon Adventures manga.

    So I got mines out of the way. What about you guys?
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2018
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  2. "Pokémon not bad guys! Pokémon do bad things... because Master bad!" - Ekans
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  3. NovaBrunswick

    NovaBrunswick Canada Connoisseur

    I don't think any Pokémon is born inherently evil, humans or other Pokémon make them evil. While Giratina might be perceived by some as 'evil' due to it committing a terrible atrocity which has never been specified causing it to be banished to the other dimension, I think of it as more like a figure who keeps order with Dialga (time) and Palkia (space).

    Even the Pokémon who belong to evil teams like Team Rocket, Team Galactic and Team Plasma weren't evil when they caught them; they were made evil by their human masters. Team Rocket's Meowth wasn't evil originally, he was just an alley cat in Hollywood who was trying to get around.
  4. Captain Jigglypuff

    Captain Jigglypuff Leader of Jigglypuff Army Staff Member Moderator

    The only truly evil Pokémon I can think of is that Malamar that was using the Officer Jenny to do its bidding.
  5. shoz999

    shoz999 Sonic's the name! Speed's my game!

    One particular Pokemon that I think can potentially be evil is Hypno. In FireRed and LeafGreen, children around the town are often warned to stay away from the Berry Forest as Hypno roam there. In fact, there's actually a side quest there where you, Red, have to save a lost girl from Hypno. Although I suppose you could say they are more like troublemakers but one that really sends a shiver down people's spines is the haunted school quest in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon that has lead many theories on what happened to the kid who was picked up by Hypno. Regardless, an actual Hypno does show up at the school looking for children and it's your job to defeat it. If you read it's Pokedex Entry, Hypno is like the embodiment of nightmares. Don't know about you but that's villain potential right there in the anime and manga.
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  6. Tsukuyomi56

    Tsukuyomi56 Gesshin Powered

    Darkrai is a bit tricky to pin down, the one at New Moon Island in Sinnoh is implied to isolate itself on purpose so as few Pokémon/humans are affected by its nightmares and you have a case in BW2 where it supposedly had a hand of causing the demise of the Ghost Girl in the Strange House. Its portrayal in the Explorers series of Mystery Dungeon could be considered evil in which..

    It “created” the ruined future by sabotaging Temporal Tower and attacked the player/Grovyle on their way to the past. It even went as far as using nightmares to demotivate the player into thinking they have no right to exist.
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2018

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