The world of Pokémon is riddled with dark, twisted secrets. That’s right, the bright, gentle world where ten-year-olds go out into the wilderness to catch monsters twice their size to make them fight for money, glory and fame is darker than you thought.
Go figure, right?
Here are some of the most interesting and disturbing ones we came across.
5) Cubone’s Missing Link
Kangaskhan is a marsupial Pokémon that doesn’t evolve. When you breed it, it hatches fully grown with a baby in its pouch. Ok, super weird.
Now let’s consider Cubone: It’s got the same coloring as Kangaskhan, even its shades of grey in the original games. Cubone is known as the “orphan” Pokémon, wearing its mothers skull on its head.
The theory is that the glitch Pokémon known as Missingno is the missing evolutionary link between the two.
The collective minds on 4chan came up with this theory, and it actually makes a lot of sense.
I like it because it explains Missingno–before the release of the original games in Japan in 1996, Cubone evolved into Kangaskhan, eventually. The dev team removed the “missing link” middle evolutionary step. Rather than deleting it, they hid it in code and gave it the Pokédex number of zero.
That’s the same number as the infamous Missingno, the glitch Pokémon off the coast of Cinnabar. (A lot of weird stuff happens there, doesn’t it?) Not convinced? Don’t forget this: When Missingno evolves, it evolves into Kangaskhan.
4) Team Rocket Leaders Hook Up
Giovanni, well known leader of Team Rocket and the Viridian City gym, has a child. That was revealed a couple years back when they had a Celebi event in the fourth-generation games. You time travel three years into the past and see a conversation between the evil leader and his son.
Wait a second, his son looks like–holy crap–it’s your rival, Silver! No wonder every time you battle him he mentions how stupid you are for caring about your Pokémon. I guess we know where he got his sour attitude.
Now that we know who Silver’s dad is, let’s look to the other side of this.
In the second-generation Pokémon games (Gold, Silver and Crystal) a Team Rocket executive named Ariana serves as Giovanni’s replacement. That being the case it isn’t too big a stretch to assume that during the previous Team Rocket regime, she probably knew Giovanni very well. She also has the same hair color as Silver, and the same color and style as a young Team Galaxy executive named Mars.
If you haven’t already guessed it, Ariana is Silver and Mars’ mother, and, as previously revealed, Giovanni is their father! Well, at least he’s Silver’s, but that still means that Giovanni and Ariana got it on. What’s worse is that we all know how insufferable Team Rocket can be, so best of luck getting that angsty, angry image out of your adolescent head.