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Reasons the Pokemon Universe Is Actually Really Disturbing

Updated July 25, 2018 31.3k votes 7.7k voters 1.4m views13 items

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A lot of the Pokeverse only really works because it's set in a world that runs on more positivity than our own. Sure it's been said before, but Ash, Misty, and Brock are basically vagrant children wandering around, squatting at hospitals — but, hey, that's alright in the Pokeworld! Assuming the Kanto region ran off of real world logic, things would get really bad really fast.

Whether it's the obvious stuff like massive bees or the more nerdy, specific stuff like nightmarish road layouts of the different regions, the Pokemon world is a death labyrinth unfit for human life. Maybe don't read these creepy Pokemon facts before setting off on a Pokemon GO walk, but if you do, just pray you don't run into an XL Beedrill.

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    The Huge Murder Bees

    The Huge Murder Bees
    Photo: Miss Alli M. / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

    You know how bees and wasps are terrible, despite their small size? Meet Beedrill, a 60 lb hornet! According to the Pokédex they travel in swarms. Imagine, if you will, a cloud of dog-sized bees. What a world to live in.

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    The Ghosts

    The Ghosts
    Photo: Cartoon Network

    Ghosts are real in the Pokéverse and they are out to get wandering trainers. Whether it's Misdreavous (who wants to eat a trainer's emotions) or Gourgeist (who wants to eat a trainer's flesh), it's imperative to keep an eye on the shadows in the wild world of Pokemon because the moment you don’t, that’s when they get you.

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    The Sea Monsters

    The Sea Monsters
    Photo: Cartoon Network

    A lot of the creepiness of the Pokeverse comes from the fact that the setting is full of carnivorous hellbeasts the size of school buses, lurking around every corner and below the surface of every body of water. The ocean in our own world is already dangerous, but if surfing is to be believed in the Pokemon games, it’s impossible to make it a few meters in the water before being attacked by a giant jellyfish.

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    The Cosmic Horrors

    The Cosmic Horrors
    Photo: Cartoon Network

    "Cosmic horror" is a general term to describe the kind of fright you get when you realize that the universe doesn’t care about you even one bit.

    There are Pokemon out there with truly terrifying implications. Whether it’s the ghost types that raise questions about what becomes of us after death, or something like Yveltal with a Pokedex entry that suggests he’s the load-bearing beam of all life, in the Pokeverse, you are just a small, insignificant piece in a cosmic game.

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