Pokemon Fan Crosses Bulbasaur and More With Game, Anime Characters
Pikachu transforms into Doctor Strange, Alakazam impersonates Severus Snape, and other Pokémon cross paths with other iconic characters in new fan art.
A new collection of Pokemon The mash-up fan art sees the adorable pocket monsters merged with characters from across the pop cultural landscape.
Uploaded to Reddit by artist Gabe Rod, the series of images features several Pokémon dressed up as iconic superheroes, including Mimikyu as Raven from Teen Titans Go!, Pikachu as Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Zubat as DC’s Batman, and Honchkrow as Fumikage Tokoyami from My hero academia. However, not all mash-ups involve superhero media characters; Lickilicky dons Buu’s outfit from Dragon Ball ZPikachu is merged with Assassination ClassroomKorosensei and Alakazam do their best impression of Severus Snape. Notably, in one of the rooms, the bulb on Bulbasaur’s back transformed into a Super Plant monster from Super Mario Bros..
The very popular Pokemon The franchise has always inspired a slew of fan-made content, and mixing fan art featuring the creatures, like Rod’s collection, is becoming increasingly common. Other recent examples include an illustration that sees the fearsome aquatic Pokemon Gyrados take a spin at Studio Ghibli’s Ponyo and a comic image that depicts Magikarp fulfilling Naruto’s dream of becoming the Hokage of the Village Hidden in the Leaves.
The first video games of the franchise — Pocket Monsters: Red and Greenwhich were later renamed Pokemon Red and Blue — were released in 1996. Since then, more than 120 games under the Pokemon umbrella were released and a competitive trading card game. There has also been a slew of anime series and movies, manga, books, toys, and other types of merchandise.
There have been many recent developments for the Pokemon franchise beyond impressive mash-up fan art, like the announcement of the Lost Origin expansion for the trading card game, which will mark the return of a popular mechanic. In particular, the most recent video games, Pokemon Scarlet and Purple, are set to launch exclusively on Nintendo Switch later this year. They will feature the same open-world style of gameplay found in Pokemon Legends: Arceus and a new Spanish-inspired region.
In addition, Pokemon Scarlet and Purple will introduce the ninth generation of pocket monsters. The trailer ended with a shot of new entrants Fuecoco, Sprigatito, and Quaxly. The three have quickly become the focus of immense fan excitement and heated fan speculation, with particular interest in what Pokémon will look like in their final evolution.
Pokemon Scarlet and Purple launching November 18 exclusively on Nintendo Switch. A lot of Pokemon animated series, including the latest title in the franchise, Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Seriesare available to stream on Netflix.