Someone figured out that Toothless from ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ looks just like Bulbasaur

Apparently there’s only so many ways to look ferocious and adorable at the same time. In 1996, when Nintendo first introduced Pokémon to the world, they started off with a character who perfectly fit the bill perfectly. Bulbasaur—part plant, part dinosaur—was the first ever Pokémon.

Pokémon Bulbasaur art

14 years later, when Dreamworks adapted author Cressida Cowell’s book into the computer-animated film How to Train Your Dragon, they knew they needed a character who was both scary and cute. They made a dragon with a big wide mouth and huge eyes and named it Toothless based its ability to retract its sharp teeth. He might look a little familiar.

Nine years later, someone figured out that the two characters were almost identical.

Twitter user @Geeky_Girl75 made the monumental discovery on Feb. 20, and with a little bit of Photoshopping, presented her findings to the world.

“I edited bulbasaur to toothless colors, and I have come to the conclusion that bulbasuar is just baby toothless.” she wrote.

Naturally, people were flabbergasted.

Everyone knows that Bulbasaur evolves into Ivysaur and eventually into Venusaur, but is there perhaps a third evolution. Could Bulbasaur, in fact, change from a plant type Pokémon into an electric/dragon type? Are the Pokémon and How to Train Your Dragon worlds secretly connected?

Probably not, but it’s fun to imagine.

David Britton

David Britton

David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.