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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.
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.
I edited bulbasaur to toothless colors, and I have come to the conclusion that bulbasuar is just baby toothless. pic.twitter.com/iyanMnuITJ— weeb. (@Geeky_Girl75) February 20, 2019
Naturally, people were flabbergasted.
The shiny bulbasaur we deserved.— nomadick (@r_pakks) February 20, 2019
OMG ITS BABY TOOTHLESS CARRYING A BUTTLOAD OF LETTUCE— Namocchi (@namocchiart) February 20, 2019
Turns out if you throw Bulbasaurs into thunderstorm they might bloom into night fury. pic.twitter.com/O8dCWJPX4b— MonsterSmike (@LeonTechno) February 21, 2019
So cute omg pic.twitter.com/oNrXoeoDdO— Aηуєℓ☆ (@angie_igl) February 21, 2019
Two childhood favourites at once— Heavy_Llamas (@LlamasHeavy) February 21, 2019
Toothless with an onion on his back— Mucrush ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@Mucrush) February 21, 2019
Imagine a regional variant Bulbasaur that has Toothless as the final evolution instead of a Venusaur with an altered appearance.— Matthew The Gamer (@Sea_Simian) February 21, 2019
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 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.