Imagine, if you will, a fictional universe in which Pokémon exist in Gotham City. Now, imagine that each Batman villain gets to pick a starting Pokémon. They won't necessarily be battling other Pokémon, but rather assisting the villains in their misdeeds.
Who would each Batman villain choose as their starting Pokémon? Don't think too hard about it, because the answers are here on this list. Read on to find out who characters like Poison Ivy, Bane, and even Hush would pick as their starting Pokémon.
The Joker Chooses GengarPhoto: DC Comics/The Pokemon Company
If the Joker was a Pokémon, he would undoubtedly be a Gengar. This mischievous Pokémon delights in messing with people and scaring them, as evidenced by the first Pokédex entry in Pokémon Red: "Under a full moon, this Pokémon likes to mimic the shadows of people and laugh at their fright."
Given Joker's appetite for sadistic pranks and psychological warfare, he would definitely pick Gengar as his starting Pokémon. Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight? Gengar has!
Clayface Chooses DittoPhoto: DC Comics/The Pokemon Company
There have been a handful of Clayface-style villains throughout Batman's history, but almost all of them share the ability to shapeshift. Enter Ditto, the Normal Pokémon capable of transforming into an exact replica of not only any Pokémon, but any physical object. It's scary enough to think that Clayface can imitate any person, but having a Pokémon alongside him that can do the same? Look out, Gotham.
Victor Zsasz Chooses ScytherPhoto: DC Comics/The Pokemon Company
The serial killer Victor Zsasz is one of the scarier Batman villains, mostly because he's just a normal person who loves killing people with knives. Zsasz cuts a tally mark into his body after killing each victim, serving as a grim reminder of his pension for murder. When it comes time for Zsasz to choose a starting Pokémon, his eye is drawn to Scyther, the scythe-wielding Grass Pokémon who can slash through logs like butter. Add its ninja-like speed, and Scyther becomes the perfect assassin to work alongside Zsasz.
The Riddler Chooses MissingnoPhoto: DC Comics/The Pokemon Company
The Riddler, Edward Nigma, would be over the moon if he discovered the glitch Pokémon Missingno. What is it? Where did it come from? Even if it had no practical purpose in battle, the Riddler would delight in choosing Missingno as his starting Pokémon, due to its mysterious nature.