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I have a deep and seething hatred for Lechonk. They wanted their rando pig mon to be the next Bidoof so they gave it the dumbest possible name to appeal to meme culture.

I mean it worked, people worship the thing, I still hate it

I adore Smoliv because I’m a hypocrite
Not a particular fan of the name either, but Bulbapedia cites the (probably dialectical) Spanish word "lechón," apparently a term for some kind of wild pig/boar, as part of the name inspiration, which i think is pretty neat. I'm not a particularly fluent Spanish speaker (and I'm only really familiar with Latin American Spanish), so it's possible I'm getting some details wrong, though.
 
Not a particular fan of the name either, but Bulbapedia cites the (probably dialectical) Spanish word "lechón," apparently a term for some kind of wild pig/boar, as part of the name inspiration, which i think is pretty neat. I'm not a particularly fluent Spanish speaker (and I'm only really familiar with Latin American Spanish), so it's possible I'm getting some details wrong, though.
I've heard the word before as well, and I believe it does indeed refer to some variety of Pig, though I do not know the term or any Spanish culture well enough for the Specifics. I took it to be "Lechon" and "Oink" in a way that also let them make the meme name pun out of the combination.
 
The problem isn't "none of the terms used in this name aren't spanish/relevant", its "the result uses a meme thats already outdated and confined to r/chonker users and its extremely cringe worth it". Using lechón doesnt change the fact lechonk is cringy
 
The problem isn't "none of the terms used in this name aren't spanish/relevant", its "the result uses a meme thats already outdated and confined to r/chonker users and its extremely cringe worth it". Using lechón doesnt change the fact lechonk is cringy
I think it's pretty cringe-y too, honestly (at least partially because "chonk" doesn't even describe the Pokemon it's attached to), but I respect the mixing of a Spanish term into the name. Smoliv doesn't bother me as much because it works off of the same spelling variations that Pokémon is known to use, and without the spelling variations its name is just composed of two normal words (and "Smallive" just doesn't look good).

Also someone who never uses Reddit btw
 
Sorry, but as French native speaker, I don't see the problem with the name Lechonk ... Could you explain ?
"Chonk" (presumably derived from "chunk", variants "chonky" and "chonker") is a recent word primarily used to affectionately describe chubby animals. For whatever reason some people think it's a meme (and a dead one at that) and exclusively used by some niche subculture, which is just... demonstrably untrue.
 
Sorry, but as French native speaker, I don't see the problem with the name Lechonk ... Could you explain ?
A few years ago a lot of people started describing chubby animals with the word 'chonk' (presumably a play on 'chunky', one of English's many words for 'fat'). People who spent too much time online (especially on Reddit) started making meme terms like 'chonk' their entire personality and then a bunch of other people made hating that first group of people their entire personality, even now that the meme element is dead and it's just a pretty widely known word that some people like to use.

'Lechonk' specifically reminds people of an even earlier collection of internet terms like 'le epic bacon' (*shudder*), and so they think the name is a cynical ploy to gain attention by referencing meme culture, which, even if true, is... uhh... not a big deal imo?

To be fair, you'll definitely still find some of that old 'cringe' meme culture in the comments on any post by TPC that features Lechonk, but it's pretty benign and contained.
 
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Very clear explanations ! Thanks for the time spent ;)

In French, it's called Gourmelet based on gourmet and porcelet (piglet) ... No "fat word" hidden
And Lechonk is also funny because "Lech" could also come from lécher in French (to lick) and onk from groin / groink, the usual onomatopoeia made by pigs in France ... so it was first for me a piglet who likes to lick food ;)
 
Not a particular fan of the name either, but Bulbapedia cites the (probably dialectical) Spanish word "lechón," apparently a term for some kind of wild pig/boar, as part of the name inspiration, which i think is pretty neat.
Lechon is not a dialectical word; it's derived from leche (milk) since a lechon is specifically a suckling pig (a pig so young it can still only feed on milk)
also, when people think of a lechon, they don't usually think about the animal itself but of the dish made from that animal





this little guy's been roasted which is the most comon way to prepare a lechon but there are many others
 
I watch a lot of Pokemon challenge runthroughs, and every time like clockwork there's complaining about Pokestar Studios and the mandatory portion. It's maybe 5-10 minutes at most, people, it's not that freakin bad.
I think it's just more the fact that it's mandatory at all. Contests weren't, no one forces you to enter one or even enter the hall at all in RSE. That's the way it should be done (and I like RSE's contests, for context).

It's the same with capture tutorials. Sure, they're not that long but being forced to do them rankles. Just give me an option to say "no, thank you, I already know how to do this"* and be done with it.


*GSC do this, which is the single reason why they're the best games in the franchise
 
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I watch a lot of Pokemon challenge runthroughs, and every time like clockwork there's complaining about Pokestar Studios and the mandatory portion. It's maybe 5-10 minutes at most, people, it's not that freakin bad.
It would end up needing special attention in a challenge run since it doesn't have the same options as the rest of the playthrough. There are a lot of challenges that a forced fight using the riolu (? I haven't actually played B2W2 yet) is impossible within the rules, either because the moveset and stats can't support it (e.g. status moves only) or because using that mon would be forbidden (e.g. any monotype that isn't fighting). And if the segment is going to act as an exception, it's reasonable to mention it as one.

In other words, it isn't necessarily "Pokestar Studios has a required section with these conditions and that's bad for the game" and can easily be "Pokestar Studios has a required section with these conditions and this specific run needed to work around it."
 
I don't think that Gen 5 deserves all the praise it does receive. Like yeah the music and new pokemon are cool and all, but the stories in both games are rancid and the rivals, while ok, can be removed from the story and virtually nothing would change. Cheren is weird, N is delusional (in BW1 in B2W2 he's more redeemable), Bianca is annoying, and Hugh is nonexistent. The number of rival battles in both games is also weird in my opinion, like why does BW have at least 20, but B2W2 has like 4? I do remember Bianca, Cheren, and N from BW1, but I cannot remember anything about Hugh other than his obsession with Purrloins. I will say though, the manga was pretty fire so it has that going for it.
 
For whatever reason some people think it's a meme (and a dead one at that) and exclusively used by some niche subculture, which is just... demonstrably untrue.
What are you Talking about my guy it is a meme. That's an objective fact. And it wasnt niche subculture it was eeeeverywhere around 2018, its just that the actual memes are only found funny nowadays by redditors and tumblr people that moved to twitter.

Unfortunately it got swapped with chungus which is probably even worse.

Anyways BW manga arc being fire is so true. The only good arc honestly other than maybe the gen 1 ones
 
I’d argue that the last good Pokemon Adventures manga was ORAS. After BW2 they got pushed into making smaller, lower quality volumes to keep up with game releases but I feel they handled XY quite well despite that and ORAS, though short, is just super enjoyable. After that it’s just “whatever”
 

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