Hi! I just wanted to start this thread to discuss one of my all-time favorite Pokémon: Unown. It seems to me that among the Pokémon community, the Unown aren't very well liked at all. This could be for a number of reasons, including the fact that they are weak in the games, they seem bizarre and out-of-place, and because people often view them a pointless excuse to catch variations of the same weak species. While i too am interested in seeing the Unown become as powerful in the games as they are in the animé, it is their weirdness and mysteriousness that makes me adore them, and so i have always felt very close to this species of Pokémon. (I have admittedly regularly trained at least one Unown in every game i've played that has had them.) As you can imagine, since i am so obsessed with them i have spent a great deal of time thinking about what they are exactly and how they fit into the world of Pokémon. So from all of the clues that have been given to us about the Unown in both the games and animé, i have formulated a theory about them.
The Unown seem to have at least some connection to Arceus, and they appear to be able to warp reality and create illusions in small numbers. (For those of you who have played HeartGold and SoulSilver, you may know that if Arceus is brought to the Sinjoh Ruins, it will "command" the Unown to create another Dialga, Palkia, or Giratina.) This leads me to guess that the Unown are responsible for the creation and maintenance of normal reality as we understand it in the Pokémon world. Remember the glimpse of the Unown Dimension in the third movie? All the Unown were arranged in patterns, moving in fixed sequences. It seems that when they are in small groups, they can create "illusions" or sub-realities, but in large groups, they define reality itself. They were most likely the mechanism by which Arceus created the Dragon and Lake Trios, as well as the world. The sequencing of the Unown probably affects the nature of reality. Also, when separated from a group, individual Unown may have distinct personalities. However, when in a sequence of two or more, they cease being individuals and take on the "persona" of the reality, so to speak, including all of the emotions behind it, which are written in their sequences. That is why at the end of the third movie, the Unown could no longer stop the crystal reality, because their psychic energy had reached the critical point where they were no longer individuals and in fact BECAME the illusion; i.e. they took on all of Molly's original feelings and desires, which formed a collective consciousness driving the formation of the reality. That is also why they stopped their actions right away once Entei shattered the sphere of psychic energy: they all returned to being individuals, and could then respond to Molly's current desires and leave. On a side note, the Unown probably took Molly's father to their dimension because of his strong desire to see them. They may have simply been acting naively, rather than maliciously. Sorry if that was all very confusing.
So what do you all think about this theory? Does anyone have any other ideas?