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While 2016 may have been a rough year by most measures, there is one thing it did right: Pokémon.
The beloved franchise celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016, and by pretty much any measure, it was a banner year. Between the worldwide phenomenon of Pokémon Go (still being improved upon, now featuring second-generation pocket monsters) and the remarkably fresh seventh-generation entry Pokémon Sun and Moon, Pokémon rewarded newcomers and longtime fans alike with high-quality, unique, and endlessly addictive RPG gaming. That’s not even mentioning the new card game expansions and the animated show’s 19th season.
All of the attention on Pokémon has mutated in bizarre and entertaining ways: Every Pokémon if they were Dickbutt, every Pokémon if they were Garfield, sexy Wicke-mania, weird Russian popPokémon, and of course, the obligatory gay porn parody.
That’s to say nothing of the Pokémon memes. There have been too many to catch them all, but here were some of our favorites.
The best Pokémon memes
Get in the Bag, Nebby
One of the best running jokes in Pokémon Sun and Moon is Nebby, a legendary Psychic-type Cosmog Pokémon, who is supposed to be kept secret in Lillie’s bag. Only problem is Nebby and bags go together like oil and water.
Pokémon is nothing if not addictive. And, you know, every time you sang along to the show’s theme song, you did promise to be the very best. What are you going to do, break a promise? On the other hand, jobs pay money. Tough choice.
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Spend all day grinding
The disappointment is palpable.
Rock Smash finally makes sense
That rock is sturdy-looking, but it also looks like it could be walked around without much trouble. Also it kind of looks like a big chair. Maybe a sleepy Pokémon could nap in it?
Can’t climb a cliff
It’s entirely possible that there is an untold subplot about every Pokémon character’s parents were murdered by small cliffs.
When you start learning the correct way to say Poké-names
We know all too well that the pronunciation struggle is real. Kyogre and Rayquaza say hi, by the way.
Pokémon Go is the best for this kind of thing
Ha! Dumb man doesn’t know he’s in a Pokémon meme.
The Dog, you see, doesn’t know
Ha! Dumb dog doesn’t know he’s in a Pokémon meme.
Dugtrio = Masters of the Universe
This is even more obscene than those Diglett dick pics that started cropping up after Pokemon Go.
I believe you will find this meme certifiably “dank”
Litten is a starter Pokémon in Sun and Moon and is named as such because, you see, Litten is a fire cat. So I suppose you could say these Pokémon are “lit,” but I wouldn’t.
Uhhh… Now That’s What I Call A Dank Meme™.
The new art style in Sun and Moon has been celebrated by most, but not the most ardent of Wailord fans.
The best visual metaphor for this garbage year is Pokemon Sun and Moon’s creepiest Pokemon: Mimikyu.
"describe 2016 with one picture" pic.twitter.com/weY4RiocCJ— SPLATOON 2 HYPE (@SplatoonSwitch) November 11, 2016
Grant Pardee is a writer and producer specializing in digital video, social media, and web culture reporting. He has produced videos for Fullscreen, SourceFed, and Funny or Die, and his work has been published by Vice, McSweeney's, and Rooster Teeth.