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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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iEatCreepyPasta Featured By Owner 5 days ago
I love this - too bad HotDiggedyDemon had to steal the idea.
StreamEevee Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This Is Hilarious! Buttface... Lol
PinkiePieHime Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Look! Buttface is evolving!
Buttface evolved into McFartsAlot
StarvingStudents Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
so you've seen that cartoon huh?
PinkiePieHime Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
StarvingStudents Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you know i made my comic first, right?
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.…
whoz Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
there's a video just like this…
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.
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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