Pikachu turns into Doctor Strange, Alakazam imitates Severus Snape, and more Pokémon crossover with other iconic characters in new fan art.
A new collection from pokemon mash-up fan art sees the cute pocket monsters fused with characters from the pop culture landscape.
The series of images, uploaded to Reddit by artist Gabe Rod, shows multiple Pokémon dressing 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 academy. Not all mashups involve characters from superhero media, though; Lickilicky puts on Buu’s outfit from Dragon Ball ZPikachu has merged with murder class‘s Korosensei and Alakazam impresses his best Severus Snape. In one of the pieces in particular, the orb on Bulbasaur’s back has evolved into a Super Plant monster from Super Mario Bros†
The very popular pokemon franchise has always inspired a wealth of fan-created content, and mash-up pieces of fan art featuring the creatures, such as Rod’s collection, are becoming more common. Other recent examples include an illustration of the terrifying water Pokemon Gyrados giving Studio Ghibli’s Ponyo a ride, and a comedic depiction showing Magikarp achieving Naruto’s dream of becoming the Hokage of the Village Hidden in the Leaves.
The first video games in the franchise — Pocket Monsters: Red and Vegetablewhich were later renamed Pokemon Red and Blue — were released in 1996. Since then, there have been over 120 games under the pokemon umbrella and a competitive trading card game. There is also a wealth of anime series and movies, manga, books, toys and other types of merchandise.
There have been many recent developments for the pokemon franchise that goes beyond impressive mash-up fan art, such as the announcement of the Lost Origin expansion for the trading card game, which will mark the return of a popular mechanic. Especially the latest video games, Pokemon Scarlet and Purple, are expected to release exclusively for Nintendo Switch later this year. They will feature the same open-world gameplay as in Pokemon Legends: Arceus and a new Spanish-inspired region.
Moreover, Pokemon Scarlet and purple introduces the ninth generation of pocket monsters. The announcement trailer ended with a shot of the new starters, Fuecoco, Sprigatito and Quaxly. The three quickly became the focus of both massive fan excitement and passionate fan speculation, with a particular interest in what the Pokémon will look like in their eventual evolution.
Pokemon Scarlet and purple launching on November 18 exclusively for Nintendo Switch. a lot of the pokemon anime series, including the latest title in the franchise, Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Seriesare available to stream on Netflix.