The most overused Pokemon designs

Sea slugs


Here's another example where it's not so much the amount of sea slug based Pokemon that's surprising (there are only two evolutionary lines of sea slug-based Pokemon), but rather it's surprising that a whopping six designs based on sea slugs were introduced in a single generation in Diamond and Pearl.

Again, someone on the Pokemon design team must have really been inspired by sea slugs, because not only did they base legendary Pokemon Manaphy on the clione, but in a first-ever for the series, allowed a legendary to breed and produce offspring. Breeding a Manaphy produces another sea slug, Phione, who's basically a poor man's Manaphy but still officially maintains legendary status according to the Pokemon Company.

Also somewhat of a first, in the same generation Pokemon designers granted two distinct designs to a single Pokemon – both Shellos and Gastrodon have strikingly different appearances depending on whether they're from East or West Sinnoh. It's definitely not unheard of for the same species of Pokemon to have different forms, but Shellos and Gastrodon are unique because the difference in their two forms is purely cosmetic and based on geography.



Now, some of the cats shown here actually vary greatly in actual design, so not all cat-based Pokemon are offenders in the sense of being redundant. In fact, Snorlax may be (and is) the greatest Pokemon of all time, and Meowth is no slouch either. We only include them to show that Pokemon designers continue to churn out boring cat designs even after the original Red & Blue already contained the two best cats Pokemon has ever seen and will ever see. Possibly the four greatest cats, if you count Mew and Mewtwo.

In other words, we already have Snorlax and Meowth – why do we need all these second-rate cat designs like Skitty, Delcatty, Glameow and Purugly? They're not bad Pokemon, but their designs are markedly less inspired than their predecessors.

Pig noses


Pokemon designers seem to love hybrid pig creations. Mankey and Primeape are probably the most egregious offenses here – there's something really creepy about a "Pig Monkey" Pokemon. It's uncomfortably reminiscent of The Island of Doctor Moreau.

And why does the woolly mammoth have to have a pig nose? It's not so bad on Walrein since walruses already have flattish noses, but a stubby nose on an animal that usually has a large trunk is slightly disconcerting, almost as if it were amputated. Ew. With the name Mamoswine, we get that he's supposed to be a mammoth/pig hybrid, but it just doesn't work here. Maybe pig hybrids never work and everyone involved with creating Pokemon should once and for all give up on them. Agreed? Agreed. 



Generation after generation, we continue to see Pokemon that push the boundaries between man and beast. Lots of Pokemon are vaguely anthropomorphic, and in fact there's an entire egg group for Humanshape Pokemon. But things go wrong when a Pokemon design goes from "bipedal version of an animal that's usually a quadruped" to anything that resembles a sexy woman or a clown, or anything wearing shoes for that matter.

Of course the most horrific monstrosities were birthed in Red and Blue, Jynx and Mr. Mime being the most infamous. But it could easily be argued that Hitmonchan is equally bad, because he's basically just a human boxer in full uniform with a weird head. Since then, it seems Pokemon designers have toned it down a bit without completely learning their lesson – see Buneary, the sexy humanoid rabbit, for instance. Where will the madness end?

What did we miss? What kind of Pokemon are you sick of seeing generation after generation? Let us know in the comments below!

Jul 23, 2010

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  • ShokuaHyuga - September 26, 2010 6:04 p.m.

    I know just evrybody else has said it, but, how the hell did you guys pin Snorlax as a cat?! Anyhow; the pokemon model I'm getting tired of seeing is ghosts. Yes, the ghosts have been original in every new set of games, but they're going too far. Shuppet and Banette pushed the limit in Sapphire/Ruby, and then Diamond/Pearl had ghost ballons, Ghost Ballons! Drifloon and Drifblim were just f*cking ridiculous.
  • Sleepingsnorlaxlvl100 - August 30, 2010 12:08 a.m.

    @derbyt I AGREE
  • tstrike20 - August 13, 2010 4:57 p.m.

    Why is this on Gamesradar, and why would anyone care?
  • TinyButDeadly - August 8, 2010 2:15 p.m.

    I would like to see a Polar Bear pokemon.
  • ShotgunEric374 - July 26, 2010 1:50 p.m.

    wait wait wait snorelax is a cat?!?!?!?
  • rxb - July 26, 2010 12:20 p.m.

    All the pink ones remind me of Kirby.
  • philipshaw - July 26, 2010 9:17 a.m.

    All of this article is so true
  • tyeatsairplane - July 26, 2010 5:02 a.m.

    I'm pretty sure Raiku is a dog.
  • Romination - July 26, 2010 3:12 a.m.

    Yeah. Snorlax is NOT a cat. Just because it has pointy ears doesn't mean it's automatically a cat. It's more bearlike in nature.
  • axelgarcia1 - July 26, 2010 2:41 a.m.

    the new bird pokemon looks boring
  • samgardner94 - July 25, 2010 6:55 p.m.

    That Lopunny is fit
  • Xplosive59 - July 25, 2010 2:53 p.m.

    cocoon pokemon such as kakuna, metapod, silcoon, cascoon, and those thingys from gen 4 which i think are called burmys
  • boringarticles - July 25, 2010 7:26 a.m.

    I'm sick and tired of boring and uninspired Pokémon ... articles describing how Pokémon is boring and uninspired. If you haven't noticed somehow, EVERY video game these days copies Pokémon in having a collection aspect, or some reason to investigate every single monster/item/background element in the game, and either collect it, or get its rare items, or its soul or a piece of its DNA, or its research entry or whatever. This means that YOU ARE ALWAYS PLAYING POKÉMON IF YOU STILL PLAY VIDEO GAMES. The only reason I signed up for this site was to tell you to stop writing/approving/paying-for these boring and uninspired articles. How about making a game that sells better than Pokémon, which follows all of your "great" guidelines on how not to make a boring, uninspired game?
  • Defguru7777 - July 25, 2010 3:12 a.m.

    Say what you will, but Deoxys and Hitmonlee are awesome!
  • 510BrotherPanda - July 25, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    I agree with Samael; I said there should be a quetzal and hoatzin bird Pokemon in the last article. And since the hoatzin has a digestive system that supposedly works like a cow's, why not have it upchuck a smelly lump of cud? They already have Swallow and Spit Up, why not make Regurgitate similar in poisoning to Sludge Bomb?
  • GameManiac - July 25, 2010 1:33 a.m.

    This, as a Pokemon fan, really doesn't bother me. So what if designs are used too much. If Game Freak learns from their "mistakes", then that's fine with me, because I rarely complain about something so biased. Well, that explains Snorlax's ears. Who knew Clefairy was supposed to be Ash's first Pokemon. I certainly didn't.
  • Samael - July 25, 2010 12:49 a.m.

    While he is indeed the greatest Pokemon ever, Snorlax is not a cat. Far more hibernating bear-like, in personality if not appearance. I liked this article though. I do hope we'll see more creative Bird Pokemon, like Natu and Xatu.
  • JohnnyApplesperm - July 24, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    Good article. The pink blobs in the 1st gen always seemed odd to me and I always got them mixed up. Now, my interest in Pokemon dwindled right around when the 2nd gen came out (at that time I did not play the games though, got into them much later) so I really only like the OG151 and somewhat less, 2nd gen, so with that in mind, all the newer gens seem soo uninspired and... ugh. That said I'm enjoying the shit out of Soul Silver.
  • MediocreDinosaur - July 24, 2010 10:38 p.m.

    Jinx: the crack whore of Pokemon.
  • powergamer - July 24, 2010 8:34 p.m.

    Lame article.

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