How would one organize Pokemon by design rather than type?
by, 29th November 2013 at 11:30 PM (5228 Views)
I was thinking about this today, over the years there are certain "types" of Pokemon designs that have arisen, and I'm wondering if perhaps we could come to a consensus as to the various categories Pokemon fall under when it comes to their design style. I don't mean simple "under designed/over designed", but I mean the different types of design that inhabit the franchise. I've come up with such categories as:
* Cartoon Animal: The most common design that pops into mind for most people when you mention Pokemon, these are the various Pokemon based off basically a simple animal with a slightly exaggerated, cartoonish look. Often they are also given a simple elemental attribute, usually expressed through their color scheme. Examples include Pidgey, Spinarak, Treecko, Hippopotas, Blitzle, and Fennekin. Also Cartoon Plant, in some instances, which are more or less the same.
* Elemental: Pokemon that express a more abstract concept, possibly embodying their very element they represent, and aren't immediately likened to an animal though they may have animal characteristics. Often they are amorphous. Examples include Gastly, Wobbuffet, Exploud, Rotom, Boldore, and Spritzee.
* Kaijin: Pokemon based off such monsters seen in Godzilla and Ultraman, which was a big influence it seems based on the early Capsule Monster notes where expies of such monsters were given as proto Pokemon. These Pokemon tend to resemble animals, but aren't necessarily any known animal, and while most are somewhat humanoid shaped they don't express very human-like emotions, instead being rather monstrous. Often quite powerful. Also includes Pokemon based off the more monstrous Yokai, and many Legendaries. Examples include Magmar, Tyrannitar, Aggron, Garchomp, Hydreigon, and Barbaracle.
* Anthropomorph: One of the more "contested" design themes, these Pokemon often are very humanoid in shape and appearance, bar possessing some special attribute or characteristic of an animal, usually that of a lower form. They're usually associated with being rather strong, or at least above average, and often Psychic or Fighting. Examples include Alakazam, Hitmontop, Blaziken, Lucario, Gothitelle, and Chesnaught.
* Object: Pokemon that are living objects more or less, although still possessing animal-like traits like most Pokemon, this category isn't really liked by a lot of fans, but has always been present since Gen 1 and is likely the result of the idea of Yokai possessing objects in Japanese myth. Even though "rocks" are objects, I count most rock Pokemon in Elemental as people see rocks as organic elements. Examples include Magnemite, Unown, Baltoy, Bronzor, Klink, Klefki.
Naturally, some Pokemon may fit into more than one category. What do you guys think, are these categories too broad. Too specific?
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