This honestly got me thinking about what makes a Pokemon loved by many. It's no secret that Pikachu is the most popular Pokemon. When something is constantly in your face, you'll build some bias for it. Its like playing your favorite mobile game which stops the play and makes you watch an ad. After watching the ad 300 times,m you finally click on it and download the game and check it out because the ads make it look fun and you want to give it a try. Pikachu is like an ad. Now, in your Pokemon games, you are forced to stop playing and do something Pikachu related. It's the mascot after all and with it being constantly being shoved down your throat, you build either some like or dislike for Pikachu. It's in the spin off game, focus of the movie and always the first mon you see in the anime when it reboots. Pikachu is a powerhouse Pokemon that no other franchise can seem to recreate. However, can we really say Pikachu is all that popular? Yes and no... What am I getting at? Pikachu's popularity was created. It was marketed to well. You want to buy a Pidgey plush? Too bad, here's a Pikachu instead. You can always buy a Pikachu, be it a coloring book, dolls, toys, shirts - anything you want, you can put a Pikachu on it. Even the actual Pokemon world loves Pikachu! It removed me from the game's story when I walked into an area where there were bushes shaped like Pikachu. It even spawned a Pokemon with identity issues that wants to be Pikachu so bad, it dresses like it so it can get some of the love... And it worked! Pikachu created a Pokemon species! This just make me realize that Pokemon is just out to make it money. Not a bad thing but its not treating us other Pokemon fans fairly... Lets take a look at another popular Pokemon, Pidgey. Its everywhere and often people first Pokemon. They are the go to bird Pokemon for a scene that needs a cute bird and provide a nostalgic look for the older Pokemon fans and to this day, still remain a fan favorite without the help of TPC. A Pidgey gets put into something and fans go "that's alright" but when it comes to Mewtwo, another popular Pokemon, the fans hate it. To put this into perspective, Pokemon X and Pokemon Y forces your very first encounter to be a Shiny-Locked Pidgey but, why a Pidgey? Why not a Pikachu or Eevee? Why not Starly or Flectchling, the Pokemon of the generation. They choose to give you a rare Pidgey instead. It's because they realize that most Pokemon fans love Pidgey. Pidgey, Pidgeotto and Pidgeot are the Pokemon people closely think about when they think about Pokemon. Just think about this. Most peoples first Pokemon isn't Charmander, Squirtlel or Bulbasaur, it was a Pidgey. Its the first Pokemon a lot of us caught. Its the first Pokemon we trained and one that helped us get around. Pidgey's popularity wasn't built. It wasn't ever designed to be a popular Pokemon. Its just a small bird and you can always get them but that Charmander you got from Oak? Did you earn it? Did you feel some kind of accomplishment from it? That Charmander was a starter deck- the thing you got for joining but the Pidgey was the booster pack, the first thing you earned and Pokemon X and Pokemon Y recreated that. That Pidgey reminded you of the first Pokemon most of us caught and was once again, the first Pokemon you caught. I know what you're thinking. Are you mad?! Are you really trying to say Pidgey is more popular than Pikachu?! Well... Yes and no. There is no doubt that Pikachu would have been popular without the help of TPC, but like Pidgey, what's special about Pikachu? Without its hold item, anime tie in and backing from the merchandise, what is liked about it? Both are small and cute and often seen in media. What exactly does Pikachu have that Pidgey doesn't? The answer is clear. Pikachu was designed to popular and Pidgey wasn't, yet the community prefers Pidgey. Pikachu has to be redesigned to be "cute" while Pidgey's design remained the same from day one. You remember the way Pikachu used to look? This actually brings me to another popular Pokemon, Eevee. Everyone loves it. The fact that it is, once again, small and cute and can evolve into many other things. Everyone loved it because it never had what Pikachu had but it still remained a top 20 favorite Pokemon from Kanto. Everyone like it because it was unique but look at Eevee now. Its not on peoples hate list, and for good reason too! Why did Eevee need this treatment. It was fine when it was in the Pidgey class with other popular Pokemon but now its branded as a mascot. Its getting everything now, and we wanted it too but its really the guerilla marketing people are hating. Get your Eevee game! Get your Eevee everything to the point were the fans are going "this is getting out of hand". Yes, we love Eevee but we loved it because it wasn't Pikachu. We loved it because it was something we could make into anything - that is was the start of something different. No one loved Eevee because we wanted to go all the way with it, its because we could evolve it, like most of, if not all of use did. I chose a Vaporeon and that's my Eevee story. What was yours? Now, they don't want Eevee to evolve, the one thing it was designed to do. No one ever said, I want to be the Elite Four with Eevee... Well, maybe that one guy but you get my point. Look at Pokemon GO for example. It is the worst thing about Pokemon right now. Its so bad that any Pokemon related Google search will link back to a Pokemon GO page. You want to figure out a moveset for your Pidgeot, too bad because all you'll get in a Pokemon GO moveset. When I get a notification for the game, its something along the lines of "for a limited of time, catch a special Pikachu and Eevee in a hat". I tell myself "I want a special Pidgey in a hat". What can't I have that? I'd love to have a Pidgey in a Christmas hat but I'm not allowed to have that because they think I want Pikachu and Eevee. Why not a Vaporeon in a special hat? For me, and I'm sure a lot of you, you're starting to dislike Eevee. What was special about it is gone and now its just another Pikachu, something we didn't need. Magikarp is another example of a Pidgey popular mon. People like the jokes and memes about it, which are everywhere and TPC jumped on it and did so in a way that doesn't infringe on the community on it. Magikarp Jump felt like the devs are paying attention to us. They didn't force a bunch of Magikarp stuff on us. It exist in the odd space were we go "this joke is funny, thanks for making us laugh". It's a Pokemon a lot of use got early one and took along with us and just like Pidgeot, Gyarados, got a Mega Evolution and are Pokemon a lot of us had through the adventure. This does bring me to my next point. It feels like to me, a fan of Pokemon that they aren't treating us right. A lot of Pokemon we love aren't getting the attention they deserve. We all like different Pokemon but we are always forced to love the few they want us to. When it comes to product and such, our picks are the same which reinforce or at least creates false love for Pokemon. Sure Pikachu has fans but when you're only allowed to only buy a Pikachu plush from Wal-Mart, TPC goes "yes, this is proof everyone loves Pikachu" or at least what other Pokemon they want when all we want is a plush of the Pokemon we like. As a Pokemon fan over the years, I was never able to buy the product I wanted and finally now can get... one. It's good enough but do other Pokemon fans feel they aren't treated fairly? I ask this because I read a lot of post about what people want for Pokemon and it honestly feel like there is some disconnect somewhere. Pokemon GO changed Pokemon and spawned a "easy" mode Pokemon game, a series which wasn't hard to begin with. It feels for me, my generation of Pokemon fans get our throw back every now and then but it still misses the mark. Its just the gen one Pokemon they want us to like and the occasional "remember this Pokemon" moments. I suppose I said all of this because I do want a Let's Go Pidgey so I can put one in a little hat and give it a hair style but what about you? Don't you wish you could enjoy Pokemon the way to want with the support of TPC?