Often we are reminded that Music Television (MTV) is no longer about the music with a few clicks on our remote control (or friends stating ‘Why isn’t it about the music anymore?!’); Jersey Shore, Real World (All X of them), Teen Mom (1, 2, & 3), Guy/Girl Code, and a slew of other television shows aimed at ‘reality’, and rarely about music, flourish on MTV. These shows are mostly comical takes on ‘reality’ but there are still a handful of these shows that are considered dramas (that awful SKINS show for instance). These shows (in my biased opinion) are rather atrocious and provide little more than mild entertainment on a guilty pleasure level – okay Girl Code is solid and I’m a guy. Yet I like the direction MTV is heading, but not necessarily the execution.
So why am I advocating for MTV to not return to the stalwart music network it once was?
Let’s start from the beginning.
Video Killed The Radio Star
MTV came onto the scene in 1981 with MTV co-creator John Lack stating: “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll!’ Hilariously, the music video for ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ by The Buggles (here’s that music video) played directly after the short statement from Lack; it was MTV’s first quick strike at radio. (Note: the music video for ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ was actually made in 1979, but was the first music video MTV played on the network.) This was the first introduction of ‘Video Jockeys’ (known as VJs), which were just Disc Jockeys (DJs) that played music, but the VJs played music videos not just music! A clear distinction that MTV made sure the viewer knew.
These VJs and MTV started a revolution in the music industry, an industry (like every other industry it seems) that was normally slow to adapt to change. It started simply enough as just band-made music videos, basic ones at that, which were provided free by the record companies of the artist or band that made the music video. The music videos were just seen as this fun, almost gimmicky product that a band could make to showcase their talent on the television as well as the radio. The first music videos were made prior to MTV’s creation, but MTV helped usher in the popularity of the music video.
The first wave of music videos were barely more than the artist or band ‘playing’ the song while images came across the screen, were the background of the band, or just all over the place in general. These early music videos resembled poorly constructed videos made by high schoolers, but the first foray into a new avenue of music production will always be tricky. Though, The Pretenders did an above average job for the ‘Brass In Pocket’ music video and they should be commended for it – here is that video – yet it is still a basic music video (by today’s standards).
The music industry started to catch up to this ‘MTV thing’ and realized how much potential MTV had to showcase their ‘products’ (artists/bands) on television. These basic music videos led to artists to actually become artists on stage, as well as in their music videos (as their record companies were shelling out the money to make better ones); all thanks to MTV airing the music videos in the first place. Playing these music videos made MTV wealthy since it now had an overwhelming amount of music videos to play, and the viewership of the American youth.
These music videos made money for the network, so MTV rode the music video money train which led to such events as Michael Jackson’s 14-minute ‘Thriller’ video, the rise of Madonna, the Video Music Awards (such a sham now though), and eventually to ‘Live Aid’ – benefit concerts located on two continents with 17 hours of live concert coverage. The music video success also led to non-music programming aimed at teenagers and young adults in the late 1980s. The programming was just as revolutionary, and successful, as the music videos had been for the network.
Though still revolving partially around the music, ‘Spring Break’ was a popular watch in 1985 from MTV that showed the young public could handle other programs on MTV not pertaining to music. In 1987, a quiz show named Remote Control aired. Remote Control is officially the first non-music programming for MTV. Here is a clip of Remote Control and, yes, that is Adam Sandler (he was a recurring guest on the quiz show). MTV News debuted in 1987 as well, giving the young audience a dose of reality in their programming.
American teenagers ate up Remote Control and other programming from MTV; such as YO! MTV Raps (credited as bringing hip-hop into the mainstream of Middle America), 120 minutes, Headbangers Ball, and Dial MTV. These programs prospered, but other than Remote Control these programs still revolved around music. MTV wanted to find perpetual success in non-music programming, as well as music programming. In 1992, MTV brought about one of the more controversial shows at the time: The Real World.
It was MTV’s first step into ‘reality-TV’, but the network was all about pushing into new territory and being the ‘purveyors of cool.’ The Real World (if you don’t know) is about seven strangers living together in a house located in a metropolitan city. The strangers interact with each other daily in various situations, which may lead to conflict, discussion, love, sex, or otherwise. The success of the first few seasons of The Real World can be attributed to the discussion on several topics that were rarely talked about on mainstream television from the point of view of young Americans: prejudice, politics, and sexuality, among others.
Among those topics, the amount of prejudice from castmates normally was on the forefront of the discussions. Joining The Real World was the first interactions many of the strangers had with people of a different race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and so forth – particularly jarring for the young white woman from the rural South in the first season. Some interactions went over swell; others not so much. It was a brilliant way of studying human interaction, even if several of the castmates did make asses of themselves at times.
Next MTV brought us the classic animated series Beavis & Butthead. The duo gave us wonderful lines such as: ‘I noticed you have braces… I have braces too.’, ‘My name is Cornholio!’, and ‘Shut up, Beavis.’ Okay those weren’t their best lines, but whenever I think of Beavis & Butthead I think of Beavis’ heavy breathing. The irreverent animated series inspired similar animated series across other networks. Again, MTV were the ‘purveyors of cool’ and brought in the cool first.
Through the 1990s MTV introduced more non-music and music programming to the airwaves: Total Request Live, MTV2, films, The Ben Stiller Show, Road Rules (a competition version of The Real World), and a litany of other programs. Many programs succeeded, but not all of the programming MTV distributed was successful or even memorable. Nonetheless, MTV was cutting-edge for teenagers and young adults. It was the television station parents didn’t want their children to watch, which made it even more appealing to the young crowd. A wave of change started to sweep over MTV in the early 2000s, however.
Wave of Change
In 2000, MTV introduced us all to the colorful cast of Jackass. Though I love the Jackass series, it marked the beginning of the end for music being the breadwinner on MTV – to make it clear: it is NOT the reason there is little to no music on MTV. MTV realized the potential of Jackass and noticed how cheap it was to make episodes of Jackass. MTV saw this potential and ran with it; with more seasons of Jackass (and films) and more programming revolving around ‘real life’ situations with cheap budgets. Shows such as Next, Room Raiders, Real World/Road Rules Challenge, The Osbournes, Newlyweds, Cribs, and several other shows that had touches of ‘reality’ but were scripted (if not scripted, edited heavily) and cheaply made.
During this ‘wave of change’ there was a bright spot of non-music programming with the airing of True Life. True Life, like the first few seasons of The Real World, became this marvelous television show about human beings living their daily lives, except, unlike The Real World, these people were not put together in a house with strangers, but rather filmed for several days up to several weeks/months living their actual real life. True Life opened the eyes of Americans by showcasing how difficult it is to live with narcolepsy, heroin addiction, the difficulty of coming out to your parents, eating disorders, living from paycheck to paycheck, several unorthodox jobs, and so forth. It helped many Americans understand the pain and difficulty that their fellow Americans were facing on a daily basis; True Life is one of the best shows MTV has ever created. Yet, True Life still helped slowly push music out of the way, regardless of how great the program had become.
Total Request Live had begun to become a shell of its former self. Instead of showing the most popular music videos in the country with minor interruptions, Total Request Live became an audience shouting show with audience members saying ‘Hi to mom’ and expressing how much they loved the artist’s music video that was playing during the playing time of the music video. The music videos playtime started to dwindle as well. The Real World also began to unravel and was no longer a wonderful human study, but rather a platform for belligerent 20-somethings to do whatever they please. Several other successful music-programs were cut, or were relegated to MTV2.
Around this time as well, began the surge of Internet use and music piracy (Napster for those that don’t remember). Though this did not directly have anything to do with the slow decline of music video playtime, it was still quite the mess for the music industry. MTV already had a jump on the music industry, though, because MTV started to adapt/prepare for the future. A network can’t survive solely playing music videos, especially if another network blossoms in that arena, so MTV stuck to its guns and began creating the aforementioned cheap budget reality shows, while slowly pushing music videos out the door. But why was all of this a smart move for MTV, and for us?
Why was this a smart move?
In 2010 MTV changed its logo by dropping ‘music’ from it in an attempt to attract millennials (stupid word), even though music had not been a vital part of the network for over a decade, aside from the VMAs. Music videos can be seen in the wee-hours of weekdays (and possibly weekends), but consist of the same seven or eight music videos with the possibility of a new addition every other week.
Even though I absolutely love watching music videos (even the over-the-top ones), I know that the slow process of eliminating the music video programming was an intelligent move by MTV. Look at the technology we have: in our hands, in our homes, in our cars! We can watch, listen, and create our own music videos now. It takes little effort to find a music video on our phone, tablet, or laptop. YouTube has become the destination for music videos, not television. Why would I go to a channel that has music videos and wait for a music video I want to see instead of going to YouTube and type in the name of that song? It’s simply more efficient to use the Internet to see the music videos we want.
To add to this, where would a person go if they wanted the latest music news? Would that person wait around hoping that MTV would bring them the latest music news, or would that person peruse Facebook, Twitter, or elsewhere?
MTV noticed this and has nearly wiped out any music video (or music) content from its channels. It was a wise decision and has been working out for them lately. Yet MTV must harken back to its early days, not with music videos but with programming. As I have stated previously, MTV were the ‘purveyors of cool’ and whatever appeared on their channel was cool no matter what. Now MTV is openly mocked for making programs that are mainly about drama and partying, instead of pushing the boundaries they were once known for in their infancy.
There have been attempts at pushing the boundaries (that awful Skins show for instance, again), but MTV pushed so much in those attempts that it didn’t come off as realistic, or even remotely believable with suspending your belief of the show’s universe. Yet this is still the avenue that MTV needs to pursue in the future for their programming because partying reality shows can only take you so far (and if it takes them far then I give up on television completely). If MTV doesn’t want to pursue ‘cool’ again, then it needs to look towards other mediums to reach the newest generation of teenagers and young adults, or just be passed by like they passed by radio.
More cool, less ‘reality’ please.
(Big props for Palladia, though. Love that channel. And yes I know Skins was adapted from a British show named Skins.)
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Everyone knows about the Geico camel commercial. ‘Mike, guess what day it is?’ ‘Hump Day!!!!’ SO MUCH LULZ.
But really it’s annoying and so is this song. I’m just passing it along so you know whoever plays this in the future may have a few screws loose. Enjoy.
As we all know, Pokémon are either a single type, or a combination of two types from the eighteen total types available (of course with no doubled up types – no water/water types). Yet there are several Pokémon that have characteristics of three types that could warrant them getting a third type – should Game Freak ever venture into that sort of poppycock (you could possibly argue four for a handful of Pokémon, but that would get out of hand). Typically, though, the potential third type of a Pokémon is made apparent with abilities and moves, but that’s no fun.
There are two status moves introduced in Generation Six that do add a third type to Pokémon that already have two types: Forest’s Curse (adds the grass type) and Trick-or-Treat (adds the ghost type). Those status moves only work when used on Pokémon that are not the same type that the move is trying to add.
Why are those two moves important? Well, it seems that Game Freak may actually venture into that ‘poppycock’ in the future – okay not likely, it would be confusing for everyone – at least in the form of status moves! It still is enjoyable to speculate and discuss possible third types for some Pokémon, even if it will never happen!
Here are ten dual-typed Pokémon (final stage or standalone) that could have a third type if Game Freak allowed a third type:
Current type: Bug/Poison
What the third type could be: Flying or Fighting
Why Flying: Beedrill is, how do I put it, a bee! Bees have wings! Bees fly! Wings are normally a signifier for flight in our reality and the Pokémon universe, and Beedrill even fly in the anime (I know not canon in regards to game mechanics). I am, however, glad that Game Freak gave it the typing of Bug/Poison instead of the ever present, lackluster typing of Bug/Flying.
Why Fighting: Beedrill are aggressive suckers with those stingers as fists, and are ferocious with their attacks. It could make sense for a third typing to be fighting because of their aggression and their hand-to-hand (stinger-to-stinger?) combat with other Pokémon.
(Dustox is one of many Pokémon that could also have a flying type, but I will do my best to avoid the whole ‘well it flies in the anime/has wings so it should be flying-type’ argument)
Current type: Water/Poison
What the third type could be: Dark
Why: Tentacruel is evil (dark type is known as evil type in Japan) just look at these Pokédex entries that were likely written by a ten year old kid on their first adventure:
Its 80 tentacles absorb water and stretch almost endlessly to constrict its prey and enemies. (Gold)
It lives in complex rock formations on the ocean floor and traps prey using its 80 tentacles. Its red orbs glow when it grows excited or agitated. (Emerald)
The tentacles are normally kept short. On hunts, they are extended to ensnare and immobilize prey. (X)
That sounds ‘evil’ to me, not to mention it would be terrifying to be immobilized and then slowly eaten/poisoned to death. Tentacruel has ‘cruel’ in its name for a reason, and dark type would fit as a third type for it.
Current type: Psychic/Flying
What the third type could be: Water or Dragon
Why Water: Hmm where to begin:
- In Pokémon Generation 2 related games, Lugia can only be found in Whirl Islands (with the Silver Wing of course), which are water filled.
- In Emerald, Fire Red, and Leaf Green, Lugia can be found in a similar locale, but that place is known as Navel Rock. Ho-oh can also be captured at Navel Rock, but is atop Navel Rock, while Lugia is found in the ‘basement’ next to a stream of water.
- Nearly every Pokédex entry of Lugia contains a mention of it being ‘Guardian of the Sea’ or something sea related. Check it.
- Whenever Lugia appears in the anime, Ash and co. are near a body of water.
Why Dragon: Lugia resembles a dragon, has access to a few dragon type moves (not necessarily the best reason to support it considering many Pokémon have access to a wide array of different type moves), and is suggested to be modeled after Ryūjin.
Current type: Rock/Grass
What the third type could be: Water or Poison
Why Water: Look at Cradily’s two abilities: Suction Cups and Storm Drain. Two abilities that are water related. Cradily is modeled after crinoids, which are sea creatures. It is apparent that Cradily could have the water type, albeit it has access to zero water type moves.
Why Poison: Crinoids (what Cradily is modeled after incase you have short term memory) are extinct relatives of sea anemones, and several types of sea anemones are venomous. This is supported by Cradily having access to a handful of poison type moves.
Current type: Grass/Flying
What the third type could be: Dragon
Why: Tropius is based off a sauropod (think Brachiosaurus, or ‘long-necks’ if you’re a fan of The Land Before Time), which doesn’t necessarily mean it should be a dragon, but sauropods have similar characteristics of dragons. Long necked reptile, large midsection, massive body in general, etc. Tropius also has access to three dragon type moves (through breeding and tutoring). I just always wanted Tropius to be Grass/Dragon because I’m selfish.
Current type: Dragon/Flying
What the third type could be: Normal
Why: Normal? Why normal you ask? Salamence should gain the normal type because it is the prototypical European dragon. I can see Salamence guarding a decrepit tower that contains a princess. It, to me, has a very boring design and color scheme as well; don’t mistake ‘boring’ for bad, however. Salamence can learn a litany of normal-type moves by leveling up (or relearning them), but several other dragons can learn normal type moves as well, so not a completely solid reason.
Why not fire type?: Nearly every dragon type ever could be potentially fire type.
May as well continue the dragon theme to three in a row.
Current type: Dragon/Flying
What the third type could be: Fairy
Why: Okay this one may be harder to argue than the previous two, but I’ll do my best. Dragonite has zero access to fairy type moves (unless it can learn a few in Generation Six), has no abilities that could be considered fairy type, and nearly all of Dragonite’s Pokédex entries make note of it being able to fly. So how could it have a third type in the fairy type?
Well Dragonite is based off European Dragons, as well as Fairy Dragons. I mean this decision is purely cosmetic, but look at Dragonite real closely. Doesn’t it seem like a cartoonish, fairy-like dragon, especially in comparison to its serpentine pre-evolutions? Dragonite has always appeared ‘cutesy’ to me, which does not necessarily mean all fairies are cutesy, but in this case Dragonite’s ‘cutesy’ and cartoonish design could garner it a third type in fairy. Maybe it gets the fairy type with a mega evolution?
Current type: Rock/Steel
What the third type could be: Psychic or Electric
Why Psychic: IT’S A BIG NIGEL THORNBERRY HEAD THAT CAN FLOAT. What other force could be able to do this? It lacks any psychic attack moves however.
Why Electric: Nearly every Pokédex entry references how Probopass ‘exudes strong magnetism’ and Probopass can learn a slew of electric type moves. Electric would be the better fit over Psychic.
Current type: Poison/Fighting
What the third type could be: Dark
Why: When I first came across Toxicroak some odd years ago I figured it was poison/dark, or dark/poison, because of the darker color scheme and ‘croak’ being the world that immediately jumped out at me – croak as in death, not the sound. Toxicroak also learns many dark type moves by leveling up, as well as being able to learn dark type moves from TMs and move tutors. There is nothing in the Pokédex entries that could sway it towards the dark type, but man does Toxicroak look villainous.
Current type: Fighting/Dark
What the third type could be: Grass
Why: Pangoro is based off the Giant Panda, which eats primarily bamboo (even though they have tummies built for meat eating not bamboo munching). Bamboo is a plant. What are plant-like Pokémon mostly typed? That’s right grass. This could be a weak tie-in, but Pandas live in forests (the thousand or so left in the wild that is) and several Pokémon have a secondary typing based on their environment, so why not a tertiary type based on their environment?
When Pancham was first leaked, I believed its evolution would be Fighting/Grass, but alas Pangoro became Fighting/Dark.
(Charizard could be included, but Charizard’s potential third type (dragon) got recognition in one of its two mega forms. I did not include Gyarados simply because, like Charizard, it has already been argued to death if it should get the dragon type or not.)
After doing this little activity, I understand why Game Freak does not give Pokémon a third type because A) many Pokémon could potentially deserve a third type and deciding on the third type could take time to get it right B) it would just be unnecessary in the grand scheme of all things Pokémon. Why make a Pokémon’s typing this uber complex process when it is relatively straight forward right now with two types max?
It was still fun to look over Pokémon that could have a third type, but now I fully understand why Game Freak does not, and likely will not, do this in the Pokémon games. It also gave me respect towards Pokémon that have unique typings, and a single type; it would be silly, and convoluted, to have a lot of the same dual typings just to have them.
What other Pokémon do you think would deserve a third type if Game Freak decided to add a third type to Pokémon?
Source for Pictures:
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- Reviews: Pokemon X and Y Review – Catch ‘Em All Again (escapistmagazine.com)
- Pokémon of the Week: Eevee (chwomp.wordpress.com)
- What’s Missing In Pokémon X/Y? (chwomp.wordpress.com)
She did a great job on Saturday Night Live last night. I like Lady Gaga, but I didn’t know if she had the ‘comedy’ in her to do well on a show like SNL. She blew me completely away in nearly all of her skits and performances; she’s quite funny and plays several personalities well (which was obvious in her performances before, but that is beside that point).
Her opening monologue pokes fun at two different types of applause: 1) genuine applause about a statement/comment/performance and 2) pandering applause such as ‘Let’s Give It Up For New York!’ She (well a SNL cast member) also makes light of her not wearing pants during performances.
Here’s her opening monologue:
I apologize for not posting ‘Pokémon of the Week’ last week. Just been busy with life and all of its hazards.
This week’s ‘Pokémon of the Week’ is Eevee, which was suggested by mk109 (check out their blog!).
Eevee is a unique Pokémon for eight reasons, but we’ll get to that in a minute. Eevee is a normal type Pokémon, which means it has a weakness to fighting type moves, and an immunity to ghost type moves. It can learn a slew of normal type moves, which are not that great of moves. Even Eevee’s egg moves are subpar at best moves, but the moves Eevee can use are not important to Eevee at all. Eevee is a cute little Pokémon that would make a tremendous pet in the Pokémon universe or ours.
What is unique about Eevee, other than the aforementioned eight reasons, is that (up until Generation Five) you could not catch an Eevee in the wild – Castelia Park Black 2 & White 2. Eevee can normally only be ‘found’ as a gift, bought at the game corner in Gold and Silver (and their remakes), or bred from Eevee (or its evolutions). In Generation six, Eevee can be found in the wild on route 10. I made sure to snag one before I moved on in the game!
Here is a brief description of Eevee from Bulbapedia:
Eevee is a mammalian, quadruped creature with primarily brown fur. The tip of its bushy tail and its large furry collar are cream-colored. It has short, slender legs with three small toes and a pink paw pad on each foot. Eevee has brown eyes, long pointed ears, and a small black nose. This Pokémon is rarely found in the wild, and is mostly only found in cities and towns. However, Eevee is said to have an irregularly shaped genetic structure that allows it to adapt to many different kinds of environments. Eventually, Eevee may evolve to better suit its surroundings. According toPokémon Mystery Dungeon, Eevee has a naive personality. This means that it is childlike, playful, and friendly.
‘Eevee may evolve to better suit its surroundings.’ Hmm. Guess I should not hold it off any longer considering it is the most important part of Eevee. Eevee can evolve into eight different Pokémon, by far more than any other Pokémon. Each evolution is unique as well. Here are Eevee’s eight possible evolutions and how it evolves into that particular Pokémon (from Bulbapedia):
- Vaporeon when exposed to a Water Stone.
- Jolteon when exposed to a Thunder Stone.
- Flareon when exposed to a Fire Stone.
- Espeon when leveled up with high friendship during the daytime, includingmorning (Generation II onward, excludes areas with a Moss Rock or Ice Rock), or when leveled up with a Sun Shard in the Bag.
- Umbreon when leveled up with high friendship during the nighttime (Generation IIonward, excludes areas with a Moss Rock or Ice Rock), or when leveled up with a Moon Shard in the Bag.
- Leafeon when leveled up near a Moss Rock (Generation IV onward).
- Glaceon when leveled up near an Ice Rock (Generation IV onward).
- Sylveon when leveled up with a Fairy-type move and 2 Affection hearts inPokémon-Amie (Generation VI onward, excludes areas with a Moss Rock or Ice Rock).
Each evolution is a single type , and the only types remaining to become an ‘Eeveelution’ are:
- And technically an Eeveelution that is Normal (think of just a bigger Eevee if this were to happen)
- It is not a type, but there is not a ‘Mega Evolution’ of Eevee (or any of its evolutions)
With the reveal of Sylveon (fairy type), many Pokémon fans speculated that there would be another new Eeveelution that would be paired with Sylveon since Eeveelutions (aside from the original three) came in pairs. Alas, Sylveon is the only Eeveelution in Generation Six and is the only new evolution for a previous generation Pokémon!
As usual I include artwork from deviantArt and remember it is all their credit. This week its The-pink-vodka (CHECK OUT THEIR PAGE!) with an adorable painting of Eevee and Pikachu!
Thanks for reading! I appreciate it. Tell all your Pokémon loving friends!
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Mega evolutions have become an important part of the sixth Generation of Pokémon – arguably the most controversial part of the sixth generation – in the competitive scheme of things, and it is exhilarating to see a favorite Pokémon transform into even more of a badass. Only a select few Pokémon received a mega evolution (so far) in this generation. Some deserved the mega evolution, while a handful could be argued that they should not have received a mega evolution, but that is for another post. This post will pertain to the design of each mega evolution, and which designs I believe are the best, worst, and ‘meh’ designs. I am no graphic designer, or artist for that matter, so it will not be in technical terms of ‘good’ or ‘bad’ rather just an avid fan of Pokémon that has spent enough time playing games in the Pokémon universe to recognize good, bad, and just not my taste designs. If you disagree with any of my assessments please feel free to tear me limb from limb in the comments section!
(If you’re an old fan of Pokémon and just passing through, but have no idea what these gosh-darned ‘mega evolutions’ are, please click here for an explanation.)
The order is not ‘best to worst’ or ‘worst to best’ but rather the three Generation one starters then alphabetically. Each Mega Evolution will have an explanation and a rating (rating system below – more like rough guidelines). The list of ‘best to worst’ is at the end of this post if you just want to scroll to the bottom. Remember these assessments are in regards to designs, not if the mega evolutions are viable in competition.
Rating is based on a scale of 1 – 10 with 1 being ‘bad’ and 10 being ‘good.’ If two or more Pokémon share the exact score, I will place the one I believe to be slightly better in design above the others with exact scores.
The questions I will be thinking about, but not solely basing my decision on, while assessing a design:
- Does the mega evolution keep the inherent look of the non-mega design?
- Does the mega evolution noticeably change the original design?
- Does the mega evolution improve the original design?
Would you go on a date with the mega evolution?
- Does the mega evolution design fit in the Pokémon universe?
- Do the accessories added to (some) mega evolutions improve the overall design?
- If a new type is added, or removed, does the mega evolution uphold the new typing in the design?
(note: Not all mega evolutions have official art out yet, so there will be discrepancies among pictures.)
Mega Charizard X
Charizard X finally gives us the Fire/Dragon Charizard that we have always wanted, and needed – okay well maybe not needed. (I still could have sworn Charizard was part dragon when I was eight and playing Pokémon Red…)
Charizard is one of two Pokémon to receive TWO mega evolutions, and one of six mega evolutions to add, drop, or change a type! Quite an exciting time we live in, but something seems off with Charizard X. The new wing design is great, the blue flames pouring out of Charizard’s mouth are a nice touch, and it definitely is worth noting the new spiked shoulders, but what is up with the coloration of Charizard X? Blue and black? It actually works with the design here, but it’s just bizarre to go from orange and cream to blue and black. There has been no official explanation (Game Freak normally does not expand upon the Pokémon universe’s many unanswered questions), either, as to why Charizard X becomes black and blue, yet many could argue that it is to differentiate between Charizard X and Charizard Y. Or science vs. nature as a few have speculated.
Nonetheless, Charizard X definitely emits cool and this design (and typing) satisfies since Charizard looked like a dragon type from the beginning of the series.
Mega Charizard Y
Charizard Y keeps the same typing as the original Charizard (this is standard for all but six mega evolutions). Noticeable differences from original Charizard and Charizard Y are: a third horn protruding from the head, several small spikes and one large spike on the tail, wing like additions to the wrists, spikes on wings become larger and appear to be sharper, and overall larger wings than the original Charizard. Yet right away you can tell this is inherently Charizard, but that can be attributed to the orange and cream coloration more than anything.
Charizard Y isn’t nearly as lethal looking as Charizard X, but Charizard Y is much sleeker and keeps the original Charizardness that we all love – well, that most of us love.
When Mega Venusaur was revealed I laughed. I looked up reactions on various sites to see what everyone else thought of this mega and noticed they were laughing too. I laughed a bit more and then realized that Mega Venusaur has more going for it than at first glance, and that it does not take much for me to laugh.
For starters, the flower on Venusaur’s back has grown larger, taller, and more vibrant. There are vines that are attached to the flower and Venusaur (it does not look apparent where the vines begin and end), and the leaves around the flower on regular Venusaur have also risen with the flower, leaving blue colored leaves on Venusaur’s back. It may not be the case, but Venusaur appears to have been lightened in color. What is the case is that Venusaur has been adorned with a cute pink flower on the forehead. Really ties the mega together.
Not much difference at first glance, but noticeable differences from the original design once you begin to dig deeper. Still, though, Venusaur is not too easy on the eyes.
Instantly I am drawn to the arm cannons and the MASSIVE cannon perched on Blastoise’s back. How the hell did that thing get so big? (That’s what she said.) The arm/wrist cannons make Blastoise’s hands appear smaller.
Regardless of that huge rig on Blastoise’s back, Mega Blastoise actually has noticeable differences from the original design, though we must look closer. Instantly I am drawn to that manly chin. That chin just exudes manliness. Next I notice Blastoise is slightly rounder than before, and definitely bulkier than the original design, yet that could be in part because of the cannon on its back. Blastoise’s ears have shifted backwards and point outwards more than the original design.
Other than the new cannons, there is nothing extravagant or wild about Mega Blastoise. Same color, roughly the same design, and one very manly chin.
Right away I am drawn to the two crystals jutting out of Mega Abomasnow’s backside. (I’m going to say they are jutting out of the back of Abomasnow, not Abomasnow’s buttocks – but you can see it however you’d like to see it.) The crystals appear to look like crystal missiles about ready to be launched from a silo, or the crystals can be argued to resemble jet engines in ice form. Two incredible touches that add to the enormity of Mega Abomasnow.
Mega Abomasnow has the same color scheme, eye color, and general mouth shape as Abomasnow, but definitely looks to be the angrier brother of Abomasnow with the furrowed brows, hulking fists, and just overall bulk to the design. This is one yeti I would steer clear of regardless of any possible circumstance.
Mega Absol just got a whole lot more angelic with those wings. That seems counter-productive to a dark type though. Nonetheless, Absol needed an evolution of some sorts and I am glad it got one. Yet I still cannot really get used to this mega evolution. There are several visible differences from regular Absol, however: the sickle-like horn has become thicker and less menacing (along with a second smaller horn), Absol’s hair on its head has grown longer, each ankle/paw has gained more fluff and a spike, the tail has three points (it looks like a bad comb to me), and, of course, Absol has gained two wings.
This design just doesn’t do it for me, and I’m at a loss for words why. It could be the angelic wings given to a dark type, it could be the lack of ‘badass’ in a mega evolution, or it could be that Absol has somehow become even more ‘emo’ than the original design. Now there’s nothing wrong with being emo, but I can just picture Mega Absol smoking a cigarette and scoffing, ‘Nobody gets me.’
Actually, I can see Absol doing that, but Mega Absol doing a ‘hair-flip’ and scoffing ‘Nobody gets me.’
So, uh, yeah let’s begin where everything went wrong with this mega evolution.
The ‘fingers’ on Mega Aerodactyl actually look dangerous, and the spikes along the tail/back are fitting, but what is going on with that ghastly ‘beard’ and those horns on the side of the face? Seriously, did Game Freak take one look at Flexo and say, ‘That’s what we want Mega Aerodactyl to look like!’ It just does not appear that much thought was put into Mega Aerodactyl because it is just regular Aerodactyl with paler skin and black stones all over its body.
Mega Aerodactyl was a big disappointment and could have had a better design than this bearded mess.
Now this is a tank Mega Evolution if I ever saw one. Aggron somehow gets BIGGER and more badass than before. Aggron gains wrist spikes (what is up with adding to the wrists of mega evolutions?), the spikes on the shoulders have grown rounder, the piercing horn that pointed forward has now been shifted to point straight up (as well as a new horn on the chin of Mega Aggron), and has gained a much wider stance to handle all the additional weight gained through the mega evolution. The tail of Mega Aggron gets much thicker as well.
An aside: I am glad Mega Aggron is pure steel because I never believed the Aggron line should have the rock typing. It is a cool, and helpful, typing, but the Aggron line does not scream ‘part rock type’ like it does ‘full steel type.’
I have never been too fond of Aggron, but this is definitely one of the better mega evolution designs.
Alakazam just became even more sage with this mega evolution. The growth of an impressive beard, an additional three spoons, and a paling of colors makes Mega Alakazam one of the best mega evolutions. Sure, Alakazam had slick facial hair (I’m not sure of the exact name of this type of mustache though) before the mega evolution, but that beard just sends Alakazam’s sagacity through the highest ceiling imaginable. I feel wiser just looking at Mega Alakazam.
Mega Alakazam levitates the five spoons in the air and its feet clasp together like a pair of hands. Mega Alakazam is fitted with an oval shaped ruby (if it is another gem please let me know – it looks like a ruby to me) that is placed on its forehead. The ‘sleeves’ on Mega Alakazam’s wrists become larger, or baggier in a sense, and Alakazam’s round shoulder pads become pointy. Seriously, though, Game Freak really must have thought that mega evolutions really needed wrist accessories.
This mega evolution takes a solid looking Pokémon and makes it even better. Mega Alakazam exudes ‘psychic type’ tremendously.
Mega Ampharos, the Fabio of mega evolutions. Just look at that gorgeous white mane for a minute and really let it soak in your mind.
Done yet? Okay, good. Well when Ampharos mega evolves into Mega Ampharos, not only does it gain flowing white hair, it also gains the dragon type. I am still a bit unsure on why Ampharos was given the dragon type, and, yes, I realize the Japanese name of Ampharos (Denryu) translates into ‘electric dragon.’ Regardless, Mega Ampharos brings the beauty to the mega evolutions.
Along with the white hair and new dragon typing, Ampharos’ ears grow into hornlike appendages, and the previously sheared tail has become a wooly bush with several small red gems. The red gem on Ampharos’ forehead has grown slightly larger on Mega Ampharos’ and glows vividly. This is not the most creative mega evolution, but this mega evolution still does a great job of keeping Ampharos as Ampharos while adding slight modifications to the design.
Sure, you can argue ‘Well it’s just a wig and a bushy tail and that’s it’ and that is true, but that ‘wig and bushy tail’ works incredibly well in this instance.
Never once in my Pokémon
career fandom did I ever want a Banette. I like ghost-types (Duskull is one of my favorites), but Banette, and its pre-evo Shuppet, just did not do it for me. I do not know if it was the lack of creepiness (yes, I have read the Pokédex entry), or just what I believed to be a bad design – I just did not like Banette whatsoever. The gold tail was crap, the zipper dumb, and the tail appearing from the head looked strange, but not in a good way for a ghost-type.
Fast forward to its mega evolution reveal (more like leak), and I just HAD to find a Banette and its mega stone! This mega evolution is eerie, yet cute; terrifying, yet gorgeous. It is hard to put a single word on Mega Banette, but I will do my best. Mega Banette is: spookilicious. I’ll get back to that another time.
Banette gains zippers on its hands, torso, its tail (which is more of a hat on Mega Banette), and one across its face through an eye. Zipper mania! What I like about these zippers is that
a wang-dang-doodle something actually comes out of it. Purple fingers come through the hand zippers, and two legs through the torso. It makes Banette’s normal design look so terrible in comparison (sorry if you like Banette’s regular design) and is definitely near the top of best looking mega evolutions.
Blaziken the fire/fighting chicken of Generation Three, and fan-favorite. Game Freak needed to not screw it up (just like Lucario below and Charizard above) and they did not screw it up – kinda.
The ‘hair’ regular Blaziken has is now all gelled up with AXE molding cream and are now wing-like in shape that point upwards. Blaziken loses its yellow feathers that are replaced with red ones. and normally where the red feathers are, are now replaced with black feathers (except on the face and arms). Blaziken’s wrist flames are now long wrist flames that look hot to the touch. The chest ‘X’ on Blaziken is more clean cut as well now.
Overall not a bad design here, but nothing impressive. Game Freak tried and did an okay job with this mega evolution but it will reside in the middle of the pack for me.
Mega Garchomp may slice your head off if you speak ill of it. Mega Garchomp loses the fin-wings and gains two sharp as heck scythes, a la Kabutops/Scyther. The two scythes definitely add to the badass factor of an already badass Pokémon. Mega Garchomp gains spikes along the red abdomen, as well as a red spike per kneecap. The tail becomes more crescent-like. I’m not really sure how you could console your Mega Garchomp after a loss without killing yourself; don’t lose I guess! Straight up killing machine.
My only complaint about Mega Garchomp is the manly chin and general shape of the head. What is up with that? It looks as if it had horrible Poképlastic surgery performed to replace its chin. Yes, the chin is very manly, but it just does not look right on this mega evolution.
Lady Gardevoir got a mega evolution (well, so did Gentlemen Gardevoir hehe) and it gave her a crinoline. Oh yeah, Gardevoir (mega or not) is also now part fairy! Appropriate for a lady with such grace (sorry male Gardevoir).
Yet the crinoline is really the only thing that pops out in this mega evolution. Gardevoir’s arms become white as to appear like fanciful gloves and the chest ‘spike’ opens ever-so-slightly to have two ‘spikes.’ That’s about it. Oh, and a slight haircut. There is not more to Gardevoir than that. This mega is the definition of ‘meh’ for me.
Gengar – a favorite for many from Generation one and on – may have one of the more unusual looking mega evolutions. But that does not make it a bad one.
Mega Gengar literally passes through the ground and loses part of its body (this picture reveals it actually has little feetsies). Which makes sense because ghosts can go through objects. Gengar gains a yellow eye that does not blink on its forehead and its wrists become frilly, or spiky. I’m nearly positive that Game Freak wanted every single Mega Evolution to have improved wrists. The ears become significantly longer and the spikes on Gengar’s back grow larger. Gengar keeps that patented devilish smile.
I like this Mega evolution for its overall simplicity and the nice little touch of it sinking through the floor. (Oh and supposedly the yellow eye can see ‘other dimensions’ but I just think Gengar has bad eyesight in its regular two eyes.)
‘Yes! Gyarados got a mega evolution too! Hooray, this means he’ll (I sometimes give Pokémon over-arching genders) get the dragon-typing just like Charizard X right?’ – my line of thought when I became aware of Mega Gyarados. I was slightly disappointed that it did not get a dragon typing.
Gyarados did not get a dragon typing, instead it got dark typing, which actually is not that terrible when you think about it competitively. Now where exactly is the ‘dark type’ in Mega Gyarados, though? Let’s see.
The crest on its forehead is now much larger and is black, and the barbels (as Bulbapedia puts it) are also much larger and black. The underside of Mega Gyarados is black thrice, but guess what? Coloration of a Pokémon does not necessarily equate to type! The reason Mega Gyarados is dark type because it is still so damn evil looking (dark-type is known as ‘evil-type’ in Japan) and I’m sure Game Freak was tired of having to explain to people why Gyarados is part flying type – okay, that’s more like I was tired of explaining it to people. Along with new black accessories, Gyarados sports two dorsal fins (probably wrong there with the type of fins), red scales, and a compact size.
Still, doesn’t Mega Gyarados look a lot like a shrimp to you? It’s absolutely the most terrifying shrimp I have ever seen, but still looks like a shrimp. I would giggle a lot if I saw this thing destroying my town.
What happened to my magnificent rhinoceros beetle? Now it’s this hulking behemoth with a quaint antennae and a cute little nose… I can’t stay mad at Heracross or its mega evolution. I love the bulkiness.
As you notice, there’s a large horn ,with two small spikes on that large horn, jutting out of Heracross’s noggin and Heracross is a lighter blue than in its original state. Heracross no longer has wrists because
large tumors have grown its forearms have become much thicker consuming the wrists, and a smaller horn rests in between Heracross’s eyes – just above its mouth. Mega Heracross, also, has what looks like a vent on its chest, and orange markings throughout its body.
I was savagely against this design at first glance, but I have come to terms with it and I quite like this fat bugger. I also think its muscular forearms would be very squishy.
If mega evolutions filled up Pokédex slots then this should have been Pokémon 666 (the number of the beast is actually 616), but I guess Vivillon will do. Houndoom’s horns now point upwards and appear to be thicker; it gains a bone-structured breast plate that has horns jutting out from around the neck; there no longer are bands on Houndoom’s hind legs and there are now four total bands (which are broken) on the front legs; its tail is split down the middle and the base of the tail is now protected by bone-like armor.
THERE’S SO MUCH GOING ON IN THIS MEGA EVOLUTION. IT EXCITES ME SO.
There are also two horns that look like elephant tusks coming out from Houndoom’s upper back that come under the bone breast plate.
I’m just in awe of how badass Houndoom is now. It’s just so sinister now, so malicious, so deadly. This is the supreme Mega Evolution. I would definitely buy a figurine of this mega evolution and I never buy figurines or plushes.
This mega evolution will be assessed with a different approach because of the lack of change in the main Pokémon in question. As you can see, Mega Kangaskhan has not changed at all, but that little guy (or gal) in the pouch has finally decided to battle alongside momma Kangaskhan!
Yet this causes even more confusion. Does the little guy/gal become an adult ever? Why does Kangaskhan not have a pre-evolution if this is possible with the mega evolution? Why is the pup a different color? Okay that one can be explained: most pups, kits, children of animals begin as one color and end up the same color as the adults.
But this design is more towards the competitive nature of the Mega evolution and there is not really much to assess design-wise because all that has happened is Kangaskhan’s baby has become a fighter.
Unsurprisingly Lucario received a mega evolution – unsurprising because it is one of the more popular Pokémon and Game Freak has to get that cash money out of popular Pokémon! It was one of the first revealed Mega Pokémon too, so I guess you could say it was surprising Lucario did receive a mega evolution. Whatever. Let’s move on.
Lucario is a fan-favorite, so Game Freak had to do a solid job of keeping Lucario a fan-favorite. I believe they succeeded. Mega Lucario adds red colored feet and paws, a cream colored cape (same as the chest), and an extension of each of the four ‘appendages’ coming from Lucario’s head (2 of the longer appendages have red added to their tips). I still do not understand what those appendages are, but I like’em a lot more on Mega Lucario than regular Lucario.
Lucario’s feet gain two spikes each (one small and one large), the cream fur around Lucario’s neck grows slightly outward to give Lucario a nice rugged look, and black stripes appear on Lucario’s legs and arms. All in all, a good mega design that does not smother Lucario with accessories or needless apparatuses.
Manectric is the version exclusive counter to Houndoom.
Mega Manectric is a moving lightning bolt with horns. It appears to be extremely top heavy, and seemingly would topple over with even the slightest push. It is necessarily a bad design, just one that is not practical for a creature that needs to battle other creatures. How can Manectric move gracefully without tumbling?
The hips of Mega Manectric have now become ripe with blue fur (instead of yellow spiky hips) and the claws of Mega Manectric have become red like the blood it seeks. Still, I cannot really get behind this mega evolution because it is essentially ‘Let’s take an electric Pokémon and turn it into a lightning bolt!’
‘Even better idea; let’s just put a lightning bolt ON the Pokémon!’
As mentioned before, there are certain Pokémon that needed some type of evolution to stay relevant – competitively and in general. Mawile is one of those Pokémon, and while I wanted it to have a real evolution, a mega evolution will do the trick. Also the retconning helps too.
I have always been irked by Mawile because it is always facing away from you. I get that the metal mouth sprouting out from its head is the main weapon, but does every single sprite of Mawile have to be facing away from you? The anime does showcase Mawile from the front, though. Just a mini rant.
Mega Mawile changes the color of Mawile’s pants (Bulbapedia calls it fur) from yellow to magenta (along with the fur near the paws), and a second metal mouth pops up alongside the original mouth. The mouths are more sinister looking than the original mouth on Mawile because of jagged looking teeth and a wavy shape that makes it disturbing to me for some reason – disturbing in a good way?
This mega evolution is not bad, but it is not great either. It does a great job of keeping Mawile inherently Mawile, but it does not expand upon Mawile well with only a color change in some areas, and an additional metal mouth.
Oh Medicham, you fighting/psychic devil, you. You were already ridiculous looking to begin with and now Game Freak adorns you with a turban, a gem skirt (no idea what that is called), and gold wristlets… You look much better in your mega evolution. Medicham is very sage looking with its mega evolution (no where near Mega Alakazam’s sageness) and beautifully calm.
I always felt that something was off with Medicham, like it needed a shirt or had tumors in its thighs. This may be the only exception where too many accessories is quite all right. I like this mega evolution much more than the original, but I still don’t really like it. Sorry, Medicham fans.
Mega Mewtwo X
Mewtwo already was a badass, but golly gee willikers Mega Mewtwo X is twice the badass that Mewtwo is (don’t hurt me Mewtwo). Mewtwo X appears to have hit the gym hard with an overall more toned figured than Mewtwo, and the way Mewtwo X stands is more upright than Mewtwo. Mewtwo X has two purple ‘growths’ across its shoulders, and the tail is much shorter as it rolls up slightly at the end. Mewtwo’s face got a lot more serious as well. I’m not sure if ‘serious’ is the right word, but that look Mewtwo X has on its face is something fierce.
This fierce looking human made Pokémon is just stellar looking and a force to be reckon with in the weight room. With those muscles, I now understand why it gains the fighting type!
Mega Mewtwo Y
Mewtwo Y was the first mega evolution to be revealed and one that caused quite the uproar (even before it was known as a ‘mega-evolution). There were many befuddled Pokémon fans, including me, but I have grown to like and accept Mega Mewtwo Y.
This mega evolution of Mewtwo has been theorized (it may have been a leaker that said this though) to make Mewtwo look more like its relative, Mew. It does have Mew-like qualities being that it is smaller, rounder, and overall being just a little cutie! Mewtwo Y also gains a tail coming out from its head (Bulbapedia calls it an appendage; it’s a tail, it just happens to come out of Mewtwo Y’s head), plumb looking fingers and toes, and what appears to be some sort of a half-halo on top of its head. The chest gains a few spikes.
Now this is not my favorite mega evolution, but it is not a bad one either. Sure, many people nerdraged a bit (myself included) at the sight of it, yet I like the fan/leaker theory about how Mewtwo Y is supposed to look more like Mew. I can appreciate that and recognize that Game Freak did a great job of keeping Mewtwo, Mewtwo and still having one of its mega evolutions similar to Mew.
I was so stoked when I heard Pinsir was getting a mega evolution because it needed an evolution – any kind of evolution. It was left behind in Generation two when Scyther got an evolution and Heracross was determined to have no relation to Pinsir (many speculated at the time that Heracross was Pinsir’s evolution). I was so, so, so stoked. Then the first picture was revealed of Pinsir’s mega evolution I became so, so, so morose.
This is the best you could do Game Freak? Really?
Pinsir now gets wings, which is a bit too late because the original design is based on a stag beetle and stag beetle (for the most part) can fly. I get it – Pinsir cannot fly without a mega evolution, but just adding wings does not make a mega evolution. The horns get larger and have more spikes, and Pinsir gains strange looking elbows as well, yet it just feels like there was little to no thought put behind this mega evolution.
Oh boy. Look at this thing.
First off one can tell this is Scizor, but one can also notice that this does not look much like Scizor at all (aside from the body structure, color scheme, and head.) Scizor has dumped the boring clamps for lethal serrated blades that also have a clamp mechanism. The legs now are triangular polygons that come to a silver point at one end, which is my least favorite part of this design. Scizor gains black shoulders, a black crest adorned on the head, and black ‘thighs.’ The abdomen is also black, but was black in the original Scizor design.
I had always slightly disliked Scizor because Scyther had always been a favorite of mine in Generation One, and it was difficult to obtain Scizor if you did not have a friend that was willing to trade with you (plus I normally used the Metal Coat on getting on Steelix). Scizor just felt abnormal as well because it went from a green mantis with deadly scythes to a red mantis with clamps? My young mind could not comprehend the rationale behind the evolution. Eventually I got over the petty dislike and welcomed Scizor’s design, but this mega evolution makes Scizor’s original design look so bland.
What is great about this mega evolution is the aforementioned ‘one can tell this is Scizor’ and knowing it is a completely changed Pokémon.
Seen as a version-exclusive Pokémon to (Mega) Aggron, Mega Tyranitar also comes in super bulky and tank-like. Except I am not near as fond of Mega Tyranitar as I am Mega Aggron. The spikes that grow out of Mega Tyranitar’s chest plate are irregular in length and they make Mega Tyranitar goofy looking. Are the spikes suppose to simulate an explosion coming from Mega Tyranitar’s chest to add to the badassery? Or do the spikes move in the wind? I am not quite sure, but those spikes just feel wrong.
Mega Tyranitar is not a complete loss, though. I absolutely love how the chest plate is red and looks an awful lot like Pupitar. The spikes on the kneecaps are a nice touch as well, and I cannot complain about how great the longer tail looks. I am neither fond or against the new horns on Mega Tyranitar.
That’s all, folks; now here are the rankings. Feel free to disagree in the comments, kind and malicious words are allowed.
Order of best to worst:
1. Mega Houndoom (10)
2. Mega Alakazam (8)
3. Mega Scizor (8)
4. Mega Banette (8)
5. Mega Abomasnow (8)
6. Mega Mewtwo X (8)
7. Mega Ampharos (7)
8. Mega Aggron (7)
9. Mega Heracross (7)
10. Mega Charizard X (7)
11. Mega Charizard Y (7)
12. Mega Gengar (7)
13. Mega Lucario (7)
14. Mega Garchomp (7)
15. Mega Blastoise (6)
16. Mega Mewtwo Y (6)
17. Mega Gyarados (6)
18. Mega Venusaur (5)
19. Mega Tyranitar (5)
20. Mega Mawile (5)
21. Mega Blaziken (5)
22. Mega Absol (5)
23. Mega Medicham (4)
24. Mega Manectric (3)
25. Mega Gardevoir (3)
26. Mega Aerodactyl (3)
27. Mega Pinsir (1)
Inconclusive: Mega Kangaskhan
Source of picture: Bulbapedia (Some of which were scanned from CoroCoro).
Thanks for reading!