Pokémon has remained a staple of pop culture since it was first introduced for the Game Boy back in 1996. Various iterations of the franchise, from the anime TV series to the short-lived Pokémon Live! musical, have boosted its popularity among mainstream audiences. Plus, Pokémon Go allowed fans to merge the iconic universe with real life, and introduced a whole new generation of fans to the franchise.
Perhaps the most iconic image of the Pokémon universe is Pikachu, Ash’s very first Pokémon. With the first ever live-action Pokémon movie coming up, Nintendo is once again thrusting Pikachu into the spotlight with Ryan Reynolds voicing the world’s cutest yellow pocket monster.
Of course, the franchise would not have remained popular for this long without legions of dedicated fans, some of whom have taken it upon themselves to reimagine the host of wholesome characters as something a little more sinister. Some have even created crossovers with other epic franchises like Disney cartoons and Star Wars.
The list includes some of the most imaginative fan art across that put an ominous spin on our most beloved childhood icons. Some of them are simply reimaginings, others are straight-up mashups with classic villains from various franchises. Not all of them are specific characters; some are generic Pokémon who’ve been transformed into a more evil version. The list also draws from all media and platforms. None of the antagonists from Pokémon are included, though, since they are the villains to begin with.
Here are 25 Classic Pokémon Characters Reimagined As Villains.
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