Pokémon Sword and Shield memes have fans dying for their favorite starters

Pokémon Sword and Shield, the new core Pokémon games, have just been announced, and fans are already filled with joy for a new generation of monsters to catch. Most notably, Pokémon fans are finally getting that fully 3D home console Pokémon experience, plus a trio of delightfully cute starter Pokémon. Like anything cute and cuddly, the internet glommed onto Pokémon Sword and Shield like Jigglypuff to a sharpie.

First, there was the obvious comparison to one of our favorite Pokémon memes of yesteryear, “Surprised Pikachu.”

There were plenty of thoughts and aspirations for how Grookey, Sobble, and Scorbunny will evolve. Even though most starter Pokémon begin as adorable little snugglebugs, they more often than not evolve into total badasses by their third form.

Scorbunny and Sobble were clearly fan favorites (poor Grookey), and already people are warring over who is the cuter Pokémon.

Summer Wars fans represent.

Sobble’s soft look was compared to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper duet performance from the Oscars. We’ll let you judge Sobble’s level of bedroom eyes.

Since Pokémon Sword and Shield have a particularly European look to them, what with the Big Ben-looking clocktower and gentle countryside, it’s only fair that plenty of Brexit jokes were made. Hopefully, a Pokémon-based economy can stand on its own.

I’m particularly in love with this one that will evoke plenty of nightmares.

You’ve got the cast of Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz posing a serious challenge to new Pokémon trainers.

Pokémon Sword and Shield will be released in late 2019.

Joseph Knoop

Joseph Knoop

Joseph Knoop is a gaming writer for Daily Dot, a native Chicagoan, and a slave to all things Overwatch. He co-founded the college geek culture outlet ByteBSU, then interned at Game Informer, and now writes for a bunch websites his parents have never heard of.