Are Ghost Pokemon Really Ghosts?

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    Question Are Ghost Pokemon Really Ghosts?

    Are "Ghost" Type Pokemon really the spirits of the deceased, or are they their own unique Pokemon type only given this name because of the spiritual appearance that so often typifies them?

    On the one hand, Ghost types tend to inhabit areas where one would expect to find the spirits of the deceased (i.e. The Tower in Lavender Town, Mt. Pyre, etc.)

    On the other hand, Ghost types exhibit many features which would indicate they are not the spirits of deceased Pokemon, but their own unique species (for instance, they can breed and hatch from eggs).

    So which is it?

    Last edited by Master Mew; 28th September 2010 at 10:41 PM.

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    Default Re: Are Ghost Pokemon Really Ghosts?

    ghosts in pokemon can eat, sleep, be touched, communicate, and most importantly can breed with other pokemon.

    I'm thinking they're just pokemon who have yet to be biologically figured out.

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    Default Re: Are Ghost Pokemon Really Ghosts?

    I actually made a theory on this before.

    To me, Ghost Pokemon are in fact the spirits of deceased Pokemon, but through some Pokemon logic that I can't think of any way to explain right now, they are still a Pokemon after death. Just a different one. And the diverse appearances of Pokemon, such as Banette, Froslass, and Shandera, to name a few, might have connections as to how the Pokemon died. For example, Frolass might be a Pokemon who died of hypothermia, Shandera might be a Pokemon who was burned to death, etc. etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ombrare View Post
    I actually made a theory on this before.

    To me, Ghost Pokemon are in fact the spirits of deceased Pokemon, but through some Pokemon logic that I can't think of any way to explain right now, they are still a Pokemon after death. Just a different one. And the diverse appearances of Pokemon, such as Banette, Froslass, and Shandera, to name a few, might have connections as to how the Pokemon died. For example, Frolass might be a Pokemon who died of hypothermia, Shandera might be a Pokemon who was burned to death, etc. etc.
    Nice theory! Wait... what did pure ghost types die of? Did they just die of death?

    It's kind of hard to explain, but I think that they were once normal pokemon, but since they lived in places with the deceased, they eventually evolved into ghosts themselves.

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    Isn't it stated ingame that they're just called "Ghost-type" because they resemble ghosts?
    So.

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    Default Re: Are Ghost Pokemon Really Ghosts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ombrare View Post
    I actually made a theory on this before.

    To me, Ghost Pokemon are in fact the spirits of deceased Pokemon, but through some Pokemon logic that I can't think of any way to explain right now, they are still a Pokemon after death. Just a different one. And the diverse appearances of Pokemon, such as Banette, Froslass, and Shandera, to name a few, might have connections as to how the Pokemon died. For example, Frolass might be a Pokemon who died of hypothermia, Shandera might be a Pokemon who was burned to death, etc. etc.
    An intriguing theory... so, Pokemon in Johto and Kanto don't die in fires? jk jk, it's a good theory, but I do think it has a few holes.

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    I say it's far more likely that Ghost types are regular Pokémon that have paranormal powers. In much the same way that fire types or water types are not literally fire or water.

    They are simply Pokémon with a very abnormal biology that allows them to be unaffected by normal attacks, they just phaze through their body.

    Actually, now that I look at alot of them, they all seem to resemble sea creatures of some kind, Misdreavus reminds me of a cuttlefish while Drifloon reminds me of a jellyfish.
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    I see it this way, in the Pokémon world, new Pokémon often seem to be created through very unorthodox methods. Like Grimer, who was born from sludge that got a mind of its own. Or Voltorb, apparently born from a Pokéball. And more recently, Yabukuron, who was originally a garbage bag until it morphed into a proper Pokémon.

    Ghost Pokémon are probably the same. They are "spirits" in the traditional sense, but in this world the spirits become viable Pokémon in their own right. Banette was once a doll, Drifloon was once a balloon, etc.

    Though it bears mentioning that, in the Pokémon world, things get very loopy as the game evolves and past generations get harder to reconcile. It's very likely that in Gen I, Gastly et al were simply intended to be the result of "dead Pokémon" (hence their exclusive appearance in Lavender), then breeding was invented, and Ghost Pokémon's designs/origins got more crazy and then everything just kinda got weird and hard to explain.
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    Default Re: Are Ghost Pokemon Really Ghosts?

    So... to those who said Ghost Poke's are, in one form or another, spirits of the deceased, do PEOPLE die and become Ghost Poke's as well?

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    Default Re: Are Ghost Pokemon Really Ghosts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Master Mew View Post
    So... to those who said Ghost Poke's are, in one form or another, spirits of the deceased, do PEOPLE die and become Ghost Poke's as well?
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    Default Re: Are Ghost Pokemon Really Ghosts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Master Mew View Post
    So... to those who said Ghost Poke's are, in one form or another, spirits of the deceased, do PEOPLE die and become Ghost Poke's as well?
    I should hope not! XD

    The games seem to point otherwise though, as human ghosts were seen in the Old Chateau. I would surmise it only applies to Pokémon in the case of something deceased. Or the "spirit" of an object as in Drifloon or Shuppet/Banette.

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    I imagine ghost pokemon to be some starnge form of biological gas..like gastly. Not all are poisonous though and some posess inanimate objects for bodies. They are called ghosts probably because when they were first discovered in pokemon land, people thought they were ghosts and the name just stuck. also i can imagine mischievous ghost pokemon pretending to be actual ghosts

    Because we saw an actual ghost pokemon in lavender town, the dead marowhak. So if pokemon died and became ghosts, shouldnt that marowhak have become just another ghastly or haunter?

    but i could be wrong.

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    Default Re: Are Ghost Pokemon Really Ghosts?

    Excepting Spiritomb (which is made of human souls), ghost-type Pokemon seem to be the spirits of deceased Pokemon that apparently retain all the abilities to eat, breed, and fight as they had in the life before.

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    Default Re: Are Ghost Pokemon Really Ghosts?

    Truly, what is their deal? There dark then ghost. Why not just dark?
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    if they are ghosts, then why do their trainer hug them? right?

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