Jumping sharks is no problem for this sly looking simian.
‘Cause he’s a grass type. Haw.
Primates are awesome, so Simisage was already guaranteed to get into my good books, but then they go an make him the definition of 70’s cool with his huge pompadour and the opportunity to nickname one in-game as ‘The Fernz’, so it was inevitable that this guy would shoot to the top of my favourites list. The cheesy perpetual thumbs up only serves to make this guy that much cooler.
I’m also very fond of pokemon whose appearance is based on clever wordplay or puns, so this guy is no exception. ’Yanki’ (Japanese for a deliquent youth during the 70s, hence the FONZ), ’Yanagi’ (for Willow Tree, hence the grass type) and of course ‘monkey’ (from ‘monkey’, hence the monkey).
Sadly, it’s lost on western audiences, but I think being a random pomdadour monkey is just as charming.
Exeggutor is easily one of the coolest 1st generation pokemon. It looks freaking bizarre, has hilarious expressions, and is a walking psychic palm tree. When you first think of a tree monster, 9 out of 10 it’s probably going to be a twig nosed, branch armed, leafless monstrosity that walks around on it’s roots. But that ain’t the Exeggutor way!
….oh right. LEAST favourite.
Omelette you in on a little secret; I’m not an Exeggcute fan. Sure, I can crack a few cliché egg yolks that I’ve managed to poach over the years whenever I bring him up, but how often is that?
I think it really is the fact that Exeggcute is just a bunch of eggs that I just don’t like. The fact that a bunch of fallen Exeggutor heads band together to survive (and eventually become an exeggutor again) is admittedly pretty interesting, so it is at least conceptually sound.
Sometimes you just gotta be shallow I suppose!