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Reasons the Pokemon Universe Is Actually Really Disturbing

Updated July 25, 2018 31.5k 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 Mad Scientists

    The Mad Scientists
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    Pokemon is full of enough awful experiments to give any ethical scientist a heart attack. Whether it’s cloning sentient, hyper-intelligent Pokemon like Mewtwo or creating life in computers like Porygon, the Pokeverse is full of scientists who are too busy asking if they can, without even considering whether or not they should.

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    The Living Pollution

    The Living Pollution
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    Pokemon like Grimer, Muk, and Trubbish are living creatures formed from humanity’s refuse. Really let that wash over you: every time you throw away a piece of trash, there's a chance it could get up and walk right off to live a life of its own as a pocket monster. Here's hoping you didn’t throw out anything incriminating.

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    The Arsonist Animals

    The Arsonist Animals
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    There are lots of Pokemon that either breathe fire or are literally on fire. A bunch of them, like Fletchinder, actually live in places that seem to be full of flammable things, like residential homes. This raises the question: How busy are the fire departments in the different regions? If a fire can be started by a lizard with a flame tail just walking through town, how can firefighters even begin to keep up with the blaze?

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    The Homeless Kids with Superpowered Pets

    The Homeless Kids with Superpowered Pets
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    Imagine you are a kid, just out in the world. You have no father and your mother has abandoned you. You also have a pet that can kill things with its mind. Would you use these powers responsibly? Or would the world would only be made worse by letting people have pets of mass destruction?

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