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Who's that Pokemon? by StarvingStudents Who's that Pokemon? by StarvingStudents
A comic I've had in my head for years, but never put it down until now.

The video game and TV show have some strange differences, one of them being that the game's featured soundbites for Pokemon resemble a dial-up modem while the show almost always has the pokemon just say their own name, with some exceptions. So if a pokemon says its own name as its only mode of speech, does that mean every pokemon was simply named after the sounds it made? And how does that work with pokemon whose names derive from Latin, English, and Japanese origin? How were the very first Slowpokes supposed to know that when they were first spawned from Pokeprimordial ooze that their name would become a euphemism in American slang? ...Or maybe we are to believe that the slang term came from the sociological comparison to the pokemon: a slow person was jokingly referred to as a slowpoke based on the already existing slow pokemon "Slowpoke." But in that case, language itself would have had to have been descendant from the very sounds pokemon made... That would mean that pokemon actually invented language merely by making random sounds which humans imitated and then incorporated into their language using pokemon names as a basis for cognitive meaning. Take Ghastly for instance - it would say its name and then a human would incorporate the sound of the name to correlate with the characteristics of ghost pokemon within human language. Hence "ghastly" as a word relating to aghast, terrifying, scary, etc. So in the pokemon world, pokemon weren't named after their characteristics - characteristics were named after pokemon!

I feel like i just solved a mystery.

PS, if you want to reblog this, it's already on Tumblr here: [link]. Stop stealing my stuff you sluts.
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momo-lucario Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
did you make up this little fakemon here? even if it's something you literally made up with no serious intention, i want to draw fanart of it eventually. it's so cute XD 
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StarvingStudents Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Ha, yeah I just made it up off the top of my head.
I would love to see fanart of it, let me know if you ever make any :D
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juanito316ss Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor Wurple-er... I mean, buttface. :XD:
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TheLinguicaGuy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
"Wurple"? Sorry, but that sounds WAY too close to "Wurmple".
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StarvingStudents Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
What's a wurmple?
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:iconstarvingstudents:
StarvingStudents Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yeah, that bug with an ass for a mouth
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TheLinguicaGuy Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Ass for a mouth?
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StarvingStudents Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
His mouth looks like a butt.
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iEatCreepyPasta Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
I love this - too bad HotDiggedyDemon had to steal the idea.
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TheLinguicaGuy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
They didn't really. It's just a coincidence. I mean, the internet already uses butt jokes a lot, and a 10 year old kid making one isn't exactly a new discovery. It just fits either way.
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iEatCreepyPasta Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
eh, I guess so. 
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StreamEevee Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This Is Hilarious! Buttface... Lol
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PinkiePieHime Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Look! Buttface is evolving!
Buttface evolved into McFartsAlot
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StarvingStudents Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
so you've seen that cartoon huh?
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PinkiePieHime Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
yep
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StarvingStudents Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you know i made my comic first, right?
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ErikaJavert Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
This revelation into pokelinguistics is possibly the most profound (pokemon-related) thing I've heard all day.  Or perhaps ever...second only to the theory that humans are pokemon.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjnPyG…
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whoz Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
there's a video just like this
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fi9qKp…
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StarvingStudents Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I've seen that... cept my comic came out months before the video was published.
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metagross111 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's probably a coincidence, this isn't a completely original idea.
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StarvingStudents Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
i don't know if its a total coincidence. he did take the name Buttface, which isn't exactly the kind of thing that guy normally does in his cartoons; he's usually much heavier on profanity.
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TheLinguicaGuy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
I'm fairly certain that it's just a coincidence. I mean, the internet already uses butt jokes a lot, and a 10 year old kid making one isn't exactly a new discovery. It just fits either way.
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StarvingStudents Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The butt joke isn't the thing, its the fact that he used the actual word "butt." Have you seen his other videos? The guy swears like a sailor. He could have used any number of crass body parts but he chose to use the name "buttface." Its not like him.
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TheLinguicaGuy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
I know, but again, it's most likely a coincidence. In this comic, Ash forces the Pokémon to say the name he gave it, while in the HotDiggedyDemon video, the newly-discovered Pokémon just got really annoyed and refused to battle, so then Trubbish used Hyper Beam(?) and the Pokémon ended up in the hospital.
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kapanihan Featured By Owner Edited Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh noooo.. )'; I was hoping this wasn't true... I hate when other artists steal ideas... 
I actually just came from the video to check out your stuff since someone posted in the comments of how it was stolen.
And then magic happened and I found a hidden gem. 
Your work is great. 
Hope you're not starving too much x;


p.s. I think yours is much better and funnier *heart*
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8loodyrain Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There pretty different.
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rufftherian Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My god......
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Barthos01 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
"Grubdon."
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hesalreadyhere Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
The funny thing is that I actually get that reference.
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Cybermario Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
haha made my day, very fun! 
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GaiaMIX Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Uh, poor Wurple. Now he has to be called Buttface until he evolves, and his kids would also be Buttfaces.
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StarvingStudents Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Buttface evolves into Ass-hat.
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sokiane Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Dat mystery :D
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IbinJynxed Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They just say their name in the anime so that kids could learn them faster since there are so many and you can't see the names all the time like in the game. If you talk to any of the Pokémon in the main-series games [besides Pikachu in Yellow (and now its cry in X and Y)] they all say some onomatopoeia, not their names. Them saying their names in the show wasn't a choice by the people who made the games so in the world of the games they were probably named after their characteristics and not the other way around.
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Another-Color Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, that certainly doesn't explain Victreebel's "AAAAAAAAAAAHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" or Arbok's "SHEEEEWBAKAH!
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StarvingStudents Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I know that the English translators named them after existing characteristics - I'm just saying for the sake of the continuity in the Pokemon TV show universe, the only conclusion that makes sense is that the discovery of pokemon would lead to terms and catchphrases in the dialogue of that universe's dialect.
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Dragondog2233 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:C
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karlyjade Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student General Artist
This is really golden.
And when I read at the bottom "Stop stealing my stuff you sluts"...I just about peed my pants
hahahhahahhahahaha Kendall, you're pretty funny.
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deviantmaster92 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
He Reminds Me Of Billy From Billy And Mandy.
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NingNinja Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Brilliant! :D

Are you thinking of doing more Pokemon comics? Or was it in a temporary Pokemon obsession?
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StarvingStudents Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I have another comic about pokemon fusions I want to do, I just have to find the time!
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NingNinja Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm sold! :clap:
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xXAMemetic-EngineBXx Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Poor Wurple.

Have you made a sprite for Wurple?
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StarvingStudents Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nah, I've never done sprites before
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xXAMemetic-EngineBXx Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student General Artist
You could try.
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StarvingStudents Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Is there a specific way to do em? Or do people just figure it out in MS Paint?
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xXAMemetic-EngineBXx Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student General Artist
MS Paint, you do mostly them on MS Paint like how I do.
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Aelitalily Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE these facial expressions!! :D :D LOL
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StarvingStudents Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad somebody appreciates those!
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