1. Welcome to Smogon Forums! Please take a minute to read the rules.
  2. Welcome to the Orange Islands! Please remember to read the rules. Come chat with us on our IRC channel and enjoy your stay!
  3. New to the forums? Check out our Mentorship Program!
    Our mentors will answer your questions and help you become a part of the community!

Pokémon Design Misconceptions

Discussion in 'Orange Islands' started by Flaming Piranha, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. Flaming Piranha

    Flaming Piranha

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2012
    Messages:
    252
    When I see a pokémon for the first time, I occasionally get mixed up about its design. For example;
    When I played Sapphire for the first time, I always thought Nosepass had one leg, and the other thing was its mouth, and it was whistling. But when I got Emerald and saw its animation, I facepalmed so hard.
    [​IMG]

    Similarly, when I first saw Woobat, I thought its nose was a single eye with a huge heart-shaped pupil, haha. Then it opened its eyes after it evolved into Swoobat and I then realized those tufts of hair next to it's "eye" weren't its arms after all.
    [​IMG]

    Have any of you guys experienced anything like this before?
  2. Celever

    Celever

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2012
    Messages:
    2,641
    Hmm, nice original thread. I like those! :D

    I thought that Crawdaunt was steel type for the longest time, because on colosseum, my first pokemon game, it shines in the light, and the thing on the top of its head looks very metallic.

    And I thought the same about Woobat lol.

    Oh, and for years I couldn't figure out Zubat's type. The first move it used was leech life, but it bears no resemblance to bug. I thought it must be flying, but then again you have venomoth. It also uses poison sting so early on.
    Never did it cross my mind to either look on bulbapedia, the pokedex or catching one to see.
  3. Flareon

    Flareon

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2010
    Messages:
    470
    I thought Zubat's ears were Eyes when I was little.

    Also, until recently, I thought Poliwag's mouth was a nose.
  4. Flaming Piranha

    Flaming Piranha

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2012
    Messages:
    252
    Another one I just remembered is Cradily, until a few days ago, when I looked at it properly for the first time, I thought the yellow markings on its forehead were its eyes...turns out the yellow glowing circles in its "mouth" are its real eyes. Ahh I feel so stupid
    [​IMG]
    brightobject likes this.
  5. Squishyfrog

    Squishyfrog

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2013
    Messages:
    132
    Well, Cradily is supposed to have "fake eyes" anyhow. But yeah, I thought that for awhile, too. =P

    This one isn't huge, but it still threw me off for awhile.
    [​IMG]
    I always thought Jumpluff feet were its hands. I never really cared about it enough to look up different pictures of it, so until just a few months ago I had thought that they were hands.
  6. inanimate blob

    inanimate blob

    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Messages:
    1,453
    [​IMG]
    I used to think Aron had three feet and sat on its "tail," and maybe spun kind of like Hitmontop or something. The anime proved me wrong, though.

    [​IMG]
    I also used to think that Roggenrola's ear was an eye, which I'm sure a lot of people did.
  7. Darknesscrusher

    Darknesscrusher

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2013
    Messages:
    234
    What... then what is it's eye? Roggenrola, that is.
  8. Flaming Piranha

    Flaming Piranha

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2012
    Messages:
    252
    I'm assuming it's blind, like Zubat or something
  9. Flareon

    Flareon

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2010
    Messages:
    470
    I thought this too :P

    Same with Lileep, Anorith and Armaldo.

    It doesn't have one, because it'd be too dark to see in the caves anyway, so it presumably doesn't need eyes, like Zubat.
  10. Celever

    Celever

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2012
    Messages:
    2,641
    Oh yeah, I fell for this one;

    [​IMG]
    You know the yellow marks just above the... mouth or whatever on dusknoir. They are meant to be fake eyes to ward of predators or something.

    You got me nintendo! I didn't fall for cradily though ;)
  11. Eagle4

    Eagle4

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2012
    Messages:
    1,571
    [​IMG]

    I thought that Anorith's eyes were the red markings, until 3 days ago actually.
  12. Flaming Piranha

    Flaming Piranha

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2012
    Messages:
    252
    Haha, I never fell for Dusknoir's nipple-eyes xD
    But back in the Ruby/Sapphire days, I also always thought Masquerain's wings were its eyes...now I realize how retarded I was. It's basically exactly the same as Surskit but with huge wings and a red face
    [​IMG]
  13. Krabmeat

    Krabmeat

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2010
    Messages:
    28
    oh man, dat ditto.....

    I thought FOREVER that the R/B sprite looked like some sort of severed head off some kind of animal.

    [​IMG]


    seriously, look at this thing:

    [​IMG]
  14. inanimate blob

    inanimate blob

    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Messages:
    1,453
    [​IMG]

    Another weird one. Pelipper's back sprite in RSE is on the ground...I used to think Pelipper was either a Water or Water/Ground type, because I thought being on the ground changed it's typing! (I had no idea about the summary screen until about a year or so after playing Pokémon).
  15. Flaming Piranha

    Flaming Piranha

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2012
    Messages:
    252
    Can't unsee ;_;
    Blame Game Freak's terrible Gen 1 spriting skills
  16. Jean mi

    Jean mi

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2012
    Messages:
    229
    About Armaldo :

    [​IMG]
    I thought during a long time that its eyes are the red thing in the middle of its head instead of the white things outside.
    brightobject likes this.
  17. Flaming Piranha

    Flaming Piranha

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2012
    Messages:
    252
    That seems to be a popular one - another one I noticed was Metapod. I just saw this picture and I don't know which one I want to side with, hahah
    [​IMG]
  18. Flareon

    Flareon

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2010
    Messages:
    470
    When I was little, I didn't know which side Metapod was facing, and thought it had a big nose (facing left) from RBY's sprite.
  19. Phadunk

    Phadunk

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2007
    Messages:
    3,202
    That Armaldo and pre-evo is really freaking me out. I HAD NO CLUE.
  20. Zabel Zarock

    Zabel Zarock

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2013
    Messages:
    130
    I second Nosepass. For the longest time I thought its foot was its mouth and I thought it was the dumbest looking pokemon because of that mistake.

    [​IMG]

    I always thought Drapion kept its Bug typing because it was a scorpion. You should know how the Elite Four turned out.
  21. Flaming Piranha

    Flaming Piranha

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2012
    Messages:
    252
    Similarily to what Zabel Zarock said, I always thought Golduck was part Psychic type back in Red, seeing as it could learn lots of Psychic type moves.
  22. Cobraroll

    Cobraroll
    is a Community Contributor

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2011
    Messages:
    1,223
    When I first saw it, I thought Hitmonchan's skirt shorts were some sort of beard. I know that's a pretty hard misconception to make regardless of game (its sprites are always rather clear on that point), but at that point I only had the first TCG card to compare to.

    In early artwork, Venusaur also appeared to have a rather flat, derpy face.

    And yes, Metapod. It took me ages to realize which side was actually the front.
  23. Flaming Piranha

    Flaming Piranha

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2012
    Messages:
    252
    You mean this?
    [​IMG]
    I can see where you're coming from. If you cover up the mouth with your finger, it actually kinda looks like he has a moustache, beard, and a big black mouth, hahaha
  24. Quanyails

    Quanyails
    is an Artistis a Community Contributor

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2011
    Messages:
    595
    [​IMG]
    I had once thought Shiftry's nose was some sort of beak. The backsprite didn't help that assumption. I was quite disappointed to find out that in actuality, it had a large head with a pointy nose.

    [​IMG]
    One that still bothers me is Aron's R/S sprite. The dot on the bottom of its head still resembles a gaping mouth to me, and the spikes on its body make it look like it has one arm pointed toward the sky while balancing itself on the other one.
  25. Mario With Lasers

    Mario With Lasers Self-proclaimed king
    is a Forum Moderator Alumnusis a CAP Contributor Alumnus

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2006
    Messages:
    7,133
    Metapod really doesn't help it case by moving its eyes at will.

    [​IMG][​IMG]

Users Viewing Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 0)