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— Bruh. (@Geeky_Girl75) February 20, 2019
Naturally, people were flabbergasted.
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— Aηgєℓα ☆ (@angie_igl) February 21, 2019
Two childhood favourites at once— Heavy_Llamas (@LlamasHeavy) February 21, 2019
Toothless with an onion on his back— Mucrush (@Mucrush) February 21, 2019
Imagine a regional variant Bulbasaur that has Toothless as the final evolution instead of a Venusaur with an altered appearance.— Matty Kong (@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.