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New, evolved Pokémon from Sun and Moon get roasted like the originals

They're taking almost as much heat as the starters they evolved from.

Feb 28, 2020, 10:52 pm*

Internet Culture

Jay Hathaway 

Jay Hathaway

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. 

Dartrix evolved from the cute and chubby Rowlet, who was the only new starter people seemed positive about. Looks like that’s ruined now. 

https://twitter.com/pillowfort/status/783296665360994304

https://twitter.com/pillowfort/status/783298885355761664

https://twitter.com/ArlowRyarda/status/783347128169033728

RIP Rowlet. And Torracat, the new evolution of Litten the fire kitten, is getting roasted too—for being too conservative.

https://twitter.com/TXChr15/status/783347751295811584

And what’s that on its neck? 

https://twitter.com/_mandotorres/status/783341240150478848

People do really want to see porn of Torracat, though, so I guess it’s got that going for it. 

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? 

Well, actually… 

There’s certainly plenty of hate for Brionne, but most of it seems to be centered on how “feminine” the evolution looks. 

https://twitter.com/bunsnail/status/783305202594091008

https://twitter.com/RyeButter/status/783302063828508672

https://twitter.com/WingedNoko/status/783291041382268928

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. 

https://twitter.com/8bit_ghost/status/783350297397690368

https://twitter.com/AbsoluteWoomy/status/783350498636107776

https://twitter.com/lesbianvulpix/status/783312414926331906

Sometimes, the opinions evolve with the Pokémon. Other times, though, it’s just a bigger Litten. 

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*First Published: Oct 4, 2016, 3:12 pm