This is a bit of a random one, but I was pondering around for ideas tonight and inspiration hit when a wild Cubone appeared in front of me on Pokemon Go.
It made me think about the origin stories of some of these pokemon. The Pokedex tells you every game what the ‘history’ of the creature is and sometimes they don’t quite stack up to scrutiny.
Here’s Cubone’s story:
It wears its mother’s skull, never revealing its true face. If it is sad or lonely, the skull it wears shakes, and emits a plaintive and mournful sound. Cubone pines for the mother it will never see again. … Seeing a likeness of its mother in the full moon, it cries.
Well if thats the case Mr Pokedex – why do Cubone hatch with skulls on their head, huh?
What if the mother lays the egg and then legs it, or at least doesn’t die? What would it become then?
The long time theory has been that the Cubone species shares a history with Kangaskhan.
That perhaps an abandoned Kangaskhan baby dons the skull of its mother and takes one if its bones as a weapon, wandering the world alone to avenge her death.
They seem to nod to this slightly in Pokemon Sun and Moon, by having Kangaskhan appear only as a support Pokemon for Cubone.
Its almost like the mother and baby Kangaskhan are watching over the Orphaned little fella.
Then it made me think – what if actually Cubone is wearing the skull of its deceased father?
Male Kangaskhan simply don’t exist in Pokemon.
That could be because some monstrous explorer has travelled the world poaching them. Or it could be something else entirely.
What if mature females kill mature males as part of the breeding process and they’re simply not seen during this process?
The Kangaskhan babies spend a hugely long time in their mother’s pouches. So they take time to mature into adults.
Perhaps all Kangaskhan babies mature into adults and go straight into the baby process from the get go.
So if all the mothers meet, let their teenage offspring leave the pouch, and straight away the men are devoured as part of the mating process, then we’re left with a hole where the men disappear.
What if some males can be opt out of the mating process, choosing instead to protect their matriarchy by being given ‘their mother’s skull’ which is actually a skull they own from their mating process and not their literal skull!
Receiving this ‘gift’ would lead to them becoming a sad and lonely Cubone and evolving into Marowack when they are mature enough to overcome their sadness.
This would make sense as the corpses of their males would be strewn all over their mating areas. Picked clean by the hungry mothers.
It isn’t far fetched to think that they might keep the skull and a bone on hand for a cheeky memento.
If a baby is picked to become a ‘defender’ then it gets to live its life outside of the pouch, stunted and shrunk, a lone protector.
This would make sense too because since Pokemon Hunters have started to catch Cubone in their droves, they’ve whittled down the protective pool, lowering Kangaskhan numbers.
Gastly, Haunter and Gengar
Some might say its laziness on the designer’s part. But Gastly looks a heck of a lot like a shell-less Cloister. Gengar looks like the ghost of a Clefable.
I think that doesn’t quite add up because it would be odd for the ghost of one pokemon to evolve into another, and another.
Instead I propose that certain other pokemon are actually inanimate objects that have been possessed by ghost pokemon.
Take a look at all of the mechanical pokemon, like Electrode and Voltorb.
I also think Grimer and Muk are a bit too dubious to be ‘living lumps of sludge’ and it seems far more likely that they’re possessed.
There is canon for this in later generations. In Sun and Moon there is a ghost type Pokemon that possesses sand and takes the form of a sandcastle.
It seems like that generation’s equivalent of Grimer and Muk. We also have a possessed keyring, a possessed tree and numerous other scenarios where a ghost has taken over a host of some kind.
Rotom as a species comes in so many forms because it can possess a cooker to be fire type or a lawnmower to be grass and so forth.
In recent games Rotom have even been used to create a ‘living’ Pokedex that can interact with the user and float around because it has a ghost inside of it.
So it seems all too plausible that some ghost Pokemon prefer to stay as ghosts and float around ‘as is’ – some prefer to cling to the physical world and have built their own unusual creatures to interact as.
Over time this would’ve become a normal seeming thing for both the Pokemon and the humans alike.
My theory is you don’t see many Magnemite, Grimer, Electrode and so forth in ancient times when technology and pollution weren’t around.
There may have been metal Pokemon of course, but even the ‘ancient’ Magearna Pokemon was ‘man made’ and ‘imbued’ with a soul. What’s to say these Pokemon aren’t a more natural version of that?
Lastly I want to talk about Plusl and Minun
They look like a slight alternative to a baby Pikachu (called a Pichu)
I wondered whether they were like the ‘malnourished’ form of baby Pikachus. They don’t evolve.
Since one has a positive charge and the other has a negative charge I wonder whether this is what happens to a Pichu if their charge is imbalanced, and depending which way the imbalance goes, you either get a Plusl or a Minun.
That would make sense to me, and it would be easily written in because it can’t be often a Pikachu/Raichu creates an egg that gets mistreated enough to affect the babies ‘charge.
Once they’re born as a Plusl or a Minun they are only able to produce their own type, you can breed them with each other but usually they will take the mother’s form.
What if you could breed them and in some rare instances their offspring were Pichus?
This would make a perfectly balanced middleman and introduce some ‘defective’ Pokemon that develop their own skills and blood lines.
The super rare legendary Victini also looks a bit like a burnt out Plusl.
They’re fire and psychic type, which could explain it. Like the charge goes so extreme that they burn out and become so ridiculously charged that they’re rare legendary Pokemon with more power.
That last bit might be a bridge too far.
Are there any other Pokemon theories you have? What do you think of these?