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.
Ash Never Grows Up
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.
Poké Balls Use Quantum Mechanics To Convert Pokémon To Light
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."
Ash Isn't Pikachu's First Trainer
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.
AZ From Pokémon X/Y Actually Represents Players Who Abandoned The Series
Reddit user Irish33 has some great insight on why AZ from Pokémon X/Y is so old, and why he has such a unique connection with early Pokémon: "In my theory, AZ represents the people that were attracted to Pokémon Red and Blue as kids, and today swear off the series because 'there's [sic] too many Pokémon,' or 'they made it too complicated.'"
Irish33 reasons that AZ is much older and an adult, as original Red/Blue players would be. He treasures a certain Pokémon that is no longer in the world, and goes so far as to destroy all other Pokémon in his quest to revive that nostalgic partner. This could be representative of the nostalgia that gamers hold onto RBY. In the end, he recalls that people, when they were children, were fascinated with raising and finding new Pokémon. He remembers that joy in first discovering Pokémon, which could also be gamers of RBY coming to terms with all the new generations of Pokémon and realizing that the franchise is still a grand adventure.