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The ‘tweet like Pokemon are real’ meme is spreading like wildfire

Fans are tweeting from inside the world of their favorite franchises.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Posted on Nov 30, 2021   Updated on Dec 2, 2021, 10:45 am CST

If you’ve been on fandom Twitter this week, you’ve probably seen the “tweet like X is real” meme. Starting with a viral Pokémon prompt on Saturday, fans have started envisioning what it would be like to livetweet from their favorite media franchises—and the results are hilarious.

Like, sure. Pokémon takes place in a whimsical and delightful fantasy world! But what if you were just a regular bystander to the drama, getting harassed by Meowth or crashing your car into a Pangoro?

The original “tweet like Pokémon were real” post has now been retweeted more than 25,000 times, but that’s small fry compared to some of its QRTs. Meanwhile, the meme has quickly spread to other Pokémon-adjacent fandoms in the anime and gaming sphere.

The best “tweet like X is real” tweets fall into one of two categories: Mundane everyday updates from a fantasy setting (“Should’ve never drunk that cactus juice now I’m in the spirit world,” says someone from Avatar: The Last Airbender), and satirical live-tweets of ridiculous moments in canon:

A lot of Twitter prompt memes are a little same-y, but honestly, this one is great. Who among us hasn’t daydreamed about what life would be like in an IRL Pokémon universe?

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*First Published: Nov 30, 2021, 3:07 pm CST