The Pokémon franchise has been going strong since the American release of Red and Blue way back in 1998. Since then, the world has seen over six generations of Pokémon, countless remakes, and a grand total of over 800 Pokémon. Launching alongside the Gameboy titles was the critically acclaimed anime, Pokémon: The Original Series. As of July 2017, there have been at least six different generations and fourteen different seasons, totaling almost 1,000 episodes (and counting!). Following the popularity of the games and anime, fourteen different Pokémon films have been made.
With so much media to dig through, it's totally understandable that there are so many Pokémon fan theories and conspiracy theories. So many mysteries remain unsolved, including questions about the original duo, Ash Kethcum and Pikachu! Well, get your tinfoil hats ready, because this list is going to dive into some of the weirdest Pokémon fan theories you've ever heard.
Reddit user KokoaKuroba discovered a clue that might explain why Ash is permanently 10 years old. In the first episode of the original Pokémon anime, Ash encounters the legendary Pokémon, Ho-oh. The PokeDex entry for Ho-oh says, "Anyone seeing [Ho-oh] is promised eternal happiness."
KokoaKuroba believes that eternal happiness for Ash is being on a permanent Pokémon journey as a 10-year-old.
Nerd alert! Reddit user nameless88 came up with a very detailed and complex theory about how Poké Balls could use quantum mechanics to convert Pokémon to light and store them as data. Essentially, "Pokémon convert matter to energy, Poké Balls exploit this in them and force this change to occur, storing them as data and light.
There's some actual science in the show that backs it up."
Reddit user Oufour put together a very detailed and well-sourced theory on why Pikachu likely had another trainer before Ash. Think about it - they have a rocky start because Pikachu is too unruly for him to train. Pikachu has a unique Poké Ball that fans rarely see because someone must have let him roam free all the time, which is why he's always out walking around with the gang.
The list goes on, but the community seems to agree this one's pretty likely.
Reddit user friendlyteddie has a theory on why Ash's Squirtle and Bulbasaur never evolve. The Redditor speculates that after Squirtle and Bulbasaur see Charmander rapidly evolve into Charizard in the span of a few episodes, the water and grass type are shocked to see their fire type friend change so much. friendlyteddie writes:
"[Charizard] no longer obeys Ash, even going so far as to physically harm him. I believe that after seeing this, both Squirtle and Bulbasaur were traumatized, believing that evolution would completely change them, and possibly cause them to hate their friends and trainer. As a result, they make an agreement between the two of them that neither would evolve, hence they live the rest of their lives in their base forms."