When the Pokémon Company announced the new starter monster for Pokemon Sun & Moon back in May, the internet roasted the hell out of them. Some were excited for Rowlet, the round owl, but everyone hated Popplio, the smug-looking seal.
On Tuesday, we finally got to see what these unfortunate creatures evolve into:
Meet Dartrix, Torracat, and Brionne. They… are garbage.
— Zurba (@zurbrah) October 4, 2016
Dartrix evolved from the cute and chubby Rowlet, who was the only new starter people seemed positive about. Looks like that’s ruined now.
folks *tapping mic* you see this shit. instead of pokemon evolution they should call it *louder so people in the back can hear* emo-lution pic.twitter.com/7tpIOGcpB4
— leon (@leyawn) October 4, 2016
DARTRIX IS LITERALLY ROWLET'S EMBARRASSING MIDDLE SCHOOL PHASE……… pic.twitter.com/gSVL9wtZrP
— clay @ Garby Quest (@nurseruriko) October 4, 2016
dartrix looks like one of those stereotypical rich pretentious anime characters
— ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ (@ludahye) October 4, 2016
When people tell me Dartrix is the worst middle starter evolution of all time, forgetting that Quilladin exists pic.twitter.com/Jo3Cql3U01
— Caleb Ryor (@CableVGC) October 4, 2016
Dartrix point never
— ghost kunt (@zio_masada) October 4, 2016
Honey, you look so handsome!
NO I DON'T!!!
Lemme fixya hair. Don't move. pic.twitter.com/9PwtRbBnCX
— ☀️ Pat Gra-zi-o-si (@PatGraziosi) October 4, 2016
RIP Rowlet. And Torracat, the new evolution of Litten the fire kitten, is getting roasted too—for being too conservative.
There's nothing wrong with Litten's evo, it's just "bigger Litten". The other two evos have a ton of personality, which I love
— Joshua Wittenkeller (@TheJWittz) October 4, 2016
Brionne got more poppy, Dartrix got more sophisticated, and Torracat got… umm… bigger… That is how I see it at least.
— Joshua Andrus (@MagusAndrus) October 4, 2016
Dartix: Amazing! Rowlett is running away as the best starter! Top 150 for sure.
Torracat: Yawn. Nothing new here. Bottom 200.
— Do Not Watch The Game Of American Football, Please (@LakdifFlanchzed) October 4, 2016
Torracat, meanwhile, is basically Litten except buff and less scraggly-looking and that's kinda boring to me
— SKELETONS BRUH (@KaiMonkey) October 4, 2016
And what’s that on its neck?
can we mention torracat’s fire testicle yet
— Lyeekha (@LY33KH4) October 4, 2016
i know it's supposed to look like a bell but that thing on torracat's neck is like… a third, exposed, eyeball
— Maya (@yourfursonasgf) October 4, 2016
People do really want to see porn of Torracat, though, so I guess it’s got that going for it.
Can't wait to see the Torracat nsfw too
— Kai (@DarkTypeUmbreon) October 4, 2016
SOMEONE MAKE TORRACAT PORN PLEASE
— ✨PADZYAN✨ (@PADZYAN) October 4, 2016
theres already torracat porn
— Deuvir (@Bruyvern) October 4, 2016
Hoo boy. OK, moving on to Brionne, who evolves from the much-maligned circus seal, Popplio. The critics are surely going to destroy this one, right?
Everyone who hated Popplio is loving Brionne so I'm Warey
— Zack @ Making MIDI! (@Skeletondoggy) October 4, 2016
I LOVE BRIONNE SO MCUH GIVE ME 10
— gisla-chan (@magecreeds) October 4, 2016
*Insert "Watch who you call ugly in middle school" meme with images of Popplio and Brionne here*
— JJ💫 (@Thejourneyman66) October 4, 2016
I need Sun and Moon to get here already. Brionne is a little princess.~❤
— TheCynicalhound (@CynicalHound) October 4, 2016
There’s certainly plenty of hate for Brionne, but most of it seems to be centered on how “feminine” the evolution looks.
Dartrix and torracat are really awesome! But I don't like brionne… It's just to feminine 4 me :/ pic.twitter.com/7i2r2gCxIq
— RedFoxNintendo (@FoxNintendo) October 4, 2016
Brionne looks like she got eliminated in episode 2 of Drag Race pic.twitter.com/hMCDfMYmHu
— blink (@blinkCA) October 4, 2016
Same. And Brionne makes it worse…They should never make starters so feminine looking with that gender ratio. <.<
— TiamatRuler (Ibb) (@TiamatRuler) October 4, 2016
For the most part, though, Brionne’s not getting roasted like Popplio did. On the contrary, Brionne’s got many vocal defenders, some of whom have supportively claimed her as a trans girl Pokémon.
anyway brionne is my precious trans grammy award winning child and i love her
— i;m scrungy (@dear_scrungus) October 4, 2016
— Alternian Imperial Loyalist Pete Buttigieg Fan (@SamFateKeeper) October 4, 2016
imagine being that guy who won't use brionne because it's too "feminine" and you don't want to be gay
— Name cannot be blank (@tvxqueue) October 4, 2016
Sometimes, the opinions evolve with the Pokémon. Other times, though, it’s just a bigger Litten.