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Vullaby and Mandibuzz are a bit lazy, but what do you expect? You can't do much with a vulture. It's the same with the Vanillite line--you can only go so far with ice cream. (That said, Vanillite ain't nearly as lazy as Cherubi. Oh hey. A cherry. With a face. That eats it freaking twin. Big woo.) Golett and Golurk, however...
You have to admit, they are pretty danged original. I would have never thought of mixing a golem with a bit of giant robot. Seriously, that's some high grade awesome right there.
Me personally, I have to throw Bidoof out there. Yes, we get it--you're a beaver. But you're not even that cute of a beaver. -.-;
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One of the reasons I dislike the Vanillite line so much is because these ice-cream Pokemon could have been awesome had they not been so poorly designed. Talk about a unique concept ruined by shoddy execution.
Alakazam is pretty lazy too, I don't know who thought it would be a good idea to make it look more plain than its pre-evolved form. Even if the loss of the tail was intentional, whatever happened to all the occult markings it had as a Kadabra?
Probably Exeggute. I get a feeling someone had half a dozen eggs left in their fridge and they decided "Hey let's turn my breakfast into a Pokemon."
I kinda feel bad for picking on Gen I. True, almost all of them consist of "thing > bigger thing", but it was Nintendo's first time and all, you have to give them that.
I can't really think of any lazily-designed Pokémon at the moment (though I'm sure they exist), but I can name a few lazily-conceived ones. I ranted about the Tepig line a lot in my intro post, plus Ducklett/Swanna feel redundant as we already have a much better ügly duckling" line in Feebas/Milotic.
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I would say Pidgey, definitely. It's just a simple bird, no strings attached.
Kanto had the most lazily designed Pokémon, like Pidgey, Voltorb, etc. But at that time, Pokémon was a thing which was completely out of the world, so the creators had to make creatures which looked earth-like, like as I said, Pidgey, Rattata, Pikachu, and even the bugs (almost every one of them).
Johto, I'd say, had the best Pokémon, though some Pokémon may be excluded from being nicely designed. After Kanto's Pokémon style's, even Unova isn't that much impressive (Lillipup, Patrat, Foongus etc.), they created them on the basis of our generation (straight lines, round, cute).
I might have approached it wrongly, but you get the idea. :)
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I actually Favor simplistic design over the more complicated and flashy ones. I don't think I ever got the feeling any pokemon were "lazily" designed. I mean most have some sort of back story or purpose for being the way they are. I don't care for Emboars design at all though...
Last edited by NeoFlame; 29th November 2012 at 10:33 AM.
Looking through a few of the pages, I see that most people either pick the most simple designs or the most ugly designs, but those aren't really considered lazy to me!
My least favorite Pokemon designs are chosen for a reason, and that's because their designs are so lazy that it makes my head hurt...
First off is Spiritomb... the first Pokemon that made me RAAAGE when I saw it for the first time.
Then they did it again with Cryogonal. Both Pokemon are random abstract designs with no aesthetics to them whatsoever. I hope Nintendo doesn't make any more of these types of Pokemon...
For all the crazy ideas that later Generations have had with Pokemon designs, nothing can beat the original 151 for lack of originality in hindsight. I mean, Voltorb and Electrode. Yes, the concept is interesting but what is it ultimately? It's a ball with eyes that evolves into a bigger upside down ball with eyes. And Magnemite into Magneton? It's a magnet that evolves into three of the same magnet. They aren't even attached to each other.
There are more but those are the ones off the top of my head. ;)