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Discussion in 'Beachfront Hangout' started by The Ultimate Umbreon, Dec 6, 2017.
There are many Pokemon but it seems like some see more light than others...
Starting off here, a recent entry in Bewear. He shows up every other episode in the SM anime and has seen a ton of TCG attention.
I like him...
But i hate how much attention PTCi pays to him and no the the other kanto starters (especially in the games: why does he get two megas? And both are really good?)
Pikachu is VERY overused in the anime, video games, and tcg, Meowth is slightly over used. An underused Pokemon that I don't think have seen in the anime yet is Phione.
Pokemon like Mewtwo, Lucario & Greninja are very overused, especially by fans of Pokemon.
Obvious mascot tier stuff like Pikachu, Lucario, Charizard, etc... See more light than others due to being overwhelmingly popular, but that kind of creates a feedback loop that supports itself. If half the products are Lucario themed, then half the sales are for Lucario- so the audience must love Lucario! Let's increase that to 60% of products... It's why some Pokemon will always be the 'super cool popular badass' Pokemon. Every generation will introduce one or two of these, plus a few fan favorites that people like because it's cute (Mimikyu and Vulpix-alola being the most recent examples).
If I had to make a list of 'Pokemon that are too popular for their own good" it would probably look like this...
*Debatable as to if it should be on the list
Eevee (all eeveeloutions apply)
I've obviously left a couple extras out (Cosmog, for example) because it didn't necessarily feel like Cosmog merch is being pushed out for the sake of pushing it out, unlike some of the Pokemon above. Also interesting to note, I felt that Gen 2 only had one Pokemon that could be put on this list- and even then, it's still pretty questionable.
Gen I in general. Yeah, I get it's the one that started it all and it's the most recognizable by those outside the fandom, but newer Pokémon deserve some time in the spotlight, too. This even extends to Kanto as a whole: Gen VI is the only one that features no Kanto characters. It's as if the global government is seated in Saffron City or something.
Phione made its only anime appearance in an episode of the Diamond/Pearl series.
Anyway, I think Gardevoir is one of the overused Pokemon, as it got a Mega Evolution, which was was represented twice in the TCG in two different cards (in Primal Clash and Steam Siege), is a playable character in Pokken Tournament, and an assist Pokemon in Smash Bros.
Also agreeing with Bewear as it got way too much love in the early Sun/Moon TCG days and is a recurring character in the Sun/Moon anime.
Meowth is also way too represented when it comes to TCG cards. Roaring Skies and Fates Collide had a Meowth in each, but no Persian to accompany them.
Bewear is stupid.
The Route 1 birds. They have just been dumb since past Sinnoh
You can't say gen one if you mean Charizard, Pikachu and Mewtwo. There are other gen one Pokemon I wish got attention. I want more things and product with Pidgeot. I would love to buy a Pidgeot plush and not have to spend 400 bucks to do so. I mean, they use Goldeen way too much. Would love for Pikachu to get some attention. Pikachu is the reason other Pikachu clones don't evolve.
Not sure if this quite counts, since they don't use it to sell merch, but Tyranitar is pretty overrated. Due to him being strong in Pokemon GO, people assume he must be good in the other games. Though he's been fairly good in the VG, the last playable Tyranitar in the TCG was years ago, unles you count the M Tryanitar EX/Bats deck that is mediocre at best.