The trailer for the new Pokemon Sun and Moon dropped today, and with it came the announcement of three new adorable starter pokemon.
There's Litten, naturally everyone's favorite because a) it's a cat, and b) it provides endless fodder for "It's lit!" jokes. Rowlet, an owl with the body of a chicken nugget, that is either wearing a leaf bow tie or a bra. And last and definitely least, Popplio, a silly clown-seal that fully deserves all of the hate it is currently receiving on Twitter, because look at this thing:
Rarely does the internet ever agree on anything, but it's unanimous on this front — Popplio sucks. Bojack Horseman designer Lisa Hanawalt pretty much correctly identified that Popplio is a Miranda:
guys, we can't ALL be baby grass owls. One of us is gonna have to be that dopey seal pup— Lisa Hanawalt (@lisadraws) May 10, 2016
a plea…. pic.twitter.com/KlyoVvxKbT— kc grəən (@kcgreenn) May 10, 2016
Meanwhile, Rowlet is the most appealing pokemon to scammers who live for drama, aka the entire internet:
when u catch someone talkin shit behind ur back pic.twitter.com/BObC4UCaGX— Tiny Cartridge (@tinycartridge) May 10, 2016
What's most interesting about all of these responses are the very modern ways we're all reacting to this classic, beloved game of our childhoods. Pokemon is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, which means that those of us who grew up with the iconic series are now old enough to be on Twitter to make snarky jokes:
pretty soon nintendo is gonna run out of names and we're gonna have Pokemon Baja Blast and Code Red— tdoyle (@tdoyle_) May 10, 2016
And to reimagine pokemon doing very hashtag 2016 things:
my contribution to the pokemon community pic.twitter.com/DvkpNcer5B— Shini @ HIATUS (@Blazewyvern) May 10, 2016
Perhaps the most impressive part about all this is the insane speed at which the Pokemon fandom has churned out their interpretations. The trailer's been out for half a day and already we're seeing perfect mash-ups and way too many variants of extremely buff pokemon evolution predictions:
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA pic.twitter.com/mFJuyNllRk— Lobo (@JoestarWolf) May 10, 2016:
つまりこういうことになるのか…＞RT pic.twitter.com/5svTaoHdyn— 三代目将軍徳川ﾍｷﾞｮﾐﾂBLACKRX (@shoushin03) May 10, 2016
포켓몬SM 스타팅 최종진화 예상— [커미션]예하 (@prozac_00) May 10, 2016
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I couldn't be arsed to draw it nicely >:D, but this is gonna be the owl's final evolution and you know it pic.twitter.com/eVK96GCC2v— sіи (@lamentobento) May 10, 2016
Lastly, I present to you the most 2016 thing of all: an entire nation thirsting for a brand.
Can you imagine if the internet had been around at the height of the Pokemon craze? How many memes might have been birthed? How many Twitter fights we would have gotten into over which pokemon is best? (It's Psyduck, end of discussion.) Judging from the internet's explosive reaction today, it looks like we're making up for lost time.
If you want to see even more Pokememes, Kotaku has an exhaustive round-up of the best reactions here.