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Pokemon Headcanon: Poison and Bug Type Analysis

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So when I have been doing these, I try to come up with my own analysis and merely use what's been done in the TV Tropes Pokedex for ideas. Sometimes I agree with a lot of what they have, and often I find things to add. But with this type, I have to admit, there's little to add to what they did for Poison types. Here's the link: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/FanonPokedex/PoisonType

Seriously, they covered everything very well, even the way Bug types used to counter Poison types. Just as a review, Poison types are the ones that have specialized themselves to wield poison and other toxic chemicals as a weapon. Toxcicity and the specific effects would depend on the chemical, and there's little doubt that there's an entire branch of toxicology in the Pokemon world dedicated to studying the various toxins of Poison types. Effects would also depend on the size and weight of the victim, the presence of any health problems, and the amount of poison administered.

For example, black widow poison is very strong. Stronger than a rattlesnake. But the chances of dying from a bite is 4 out of 100. Why? Because while a black widow bite is effective for prey, the amount of poison delivered isn't enough to cause a high chance of death in a young, healthy human adult of average weight.

It also appears that some Poison types are not immune to their own chemicals. I remember from that episode with Pokemon in the regular hospital that Jessie's Arbok had its own poison running through its body. It wasn't DEAD mind you, so it has some resistance, but it was still rendered unconscious. Some Poison types also produce chemicals that are not just toxic. From what I understand, Skuntank can learn Flamethrower. That means the chemicals it sprays out is highly flammable.

The only other thing I can add is that the weakness of Fairy-types to Poison type attacks may suggest that Fairy types are either usually small, and/or generally don't have very robust health, so their bodies are much delicate and don't fight off foreign chemicals as well as other types.

But since this is so short, I'll try to go over Bug types here too. Bug types are ones that are insectoid in nature, or an arachnid (I am sure there was some complaining on the type name from Pokemon researchers because of that). Although this definition might be based on general similarity to insects. Insects are supposed to have antenna, wings, a body divided into three segments, and six legs. Some Pokemon don't have that many legs or wings. Of course maybe regular insects still exist in the Pokemon world and that's how the idea of Bug typing came about, but "real animals in the Pokemon world" is another conversation all together, so let's move on.

Bug types are well known to evolve and level up quickly. Interesting isn't it? If I remember right, insects and bacteria tend to evolve (in the Darwinian sense) faster than other creatures. It is also possible that their habit of evolving faster is a trade-off. If it's a bug, then like bugs it might have a shorter average lifespan relative to other types. Because it has a shorter lifespan, Bug types would spend less time in each life stage, so they evolve and grow faster. If they are like bugs and they do have shorter lifespans, they would probably tend to have lots more offspring to also compensate for that shorter lifespan.

Bug types are known to have poor defense. This makes sense because most Bug types are rather small in size. And some insects have exoskeletons, which may not help them to take big hits. Looking at their moves, they rely on claws and horns and stingers to survive. They probably live and hunt in swarms as well, not unusual to think for a bug. Leech Life also indicates that some of them are blood drinkers. They also employ a number of toxic powders and use sticky string to immobilize prey or threats.

Their weakness to Fire types makes sense because you would think Bugs would live in forested areas, places that could easily turn into an inferno. Their weakness to Flying types makes sense because Flying types are usually birds, and birds sometimes eat bugs. Well, certain Bug types would be exempt from this rule, like the larger Pinsir. But they could also be hurt easier from aerial attacks. Their weakness to Rock types makes some sense in that their usual attacks, a mix of physical strikes or toxic weapons, might not be able to penetrate the rock armor. And given the strength and weight of Rock types, Bug types (the smaller ones) would be more easily crushed.

Bug types it would seem to me would also be a major element of the environment. Many of them may serve as regular pollinators for a variety of plants. Perhaps then, Bug types may tend to form friendships with Grass types, since the two would tend to live in proximity and rely on one another.

With regards to lines like Combee/Vespiqueen, I am quite puzzled over some of the details. The confusing thing is that the descriptions say Combee gather honey for their queen. They don't make honey, they gather it. The Pokedex entries for Platinum and Black and White says it "gathers honey from flowers...". Uh, no. No. No. I'm not an entomologist, but I know honey isn't made that way. And a quick check on Wikipedia confirms that yes, nectar from flowers is used to make honey. Those entries are either the result of some failure in the language translation or critical research failure that didn't get noticed. It certainly couldn't be censoring, because there would be no reason for that. And as a further bit of trivia, since I'm on the subject, honey is the one food that never spoils. Seriously. I've heard reports that they found pots of honey in the tombs of ancient Egyptians, and the honey was still perfectly good to eat.

I do find it interesting though that Combee doesn't have any poisonous moves. I suppose a living hive might be a bit different. But Vespiqueen does. Another interesting thing I take note of is how Vespiqueen and lines like Beedrill don't suffer the usual problems bees have with stinging, that being that it's a one time thing. When I bee stings you, it loses it's stinger. When that happens, it bleeds to death. So perhaps the two Pokemon are more similar to wasps and hornets in that regard, who don't have that problem, and can sting you however many times they feel like it.

I also wonder if perhaps Bug types would be more prone to being disease carriers. Many insects are the vessels of diseases. Malaria, West Nile Virus, the Black Plague, River Blindness, or Lime Disease to name a few. Of course just because a species can carry a disease doesn't mean it is. But still, that may be another danger of the bites of Bug Pokemon, diseases they may inadvertently be carrying that could be transmitted to reckless trainers or Pokemon.

And that's about it. Tell me what you think.

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Updated 16th April 2014 at 04:30 PM by reynard

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  1. Master Mew's Avatar
    Really thought provoking read, thanks for writing these!

    I don't really have any input that I'm dying to contribute here, just wanted to let you know I was reading along.
  2. reynard's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Master Mew
    Really thought provoking read, thanks for writing these!

    I don't really have any input that I'm dying to contribute here, just wanted to let you know I was reading along.
    Oh I don't mind at all. I'm just glad for any sort of feedback or the knowledge that someone actually likes these things. Thank you.

    Though I wonder, do you think people in the Pokemon world have allergies to Beedrill/Vespiqueen stings like we do to bee and wasp stings? And why in the world were the Pokedex entries for Vespiqueen and Combee messed up do you think? I mean the anime thankfully corrected it, but it's still weird.

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