The Pokemon franchise was first introduced in Japan in 1996 and has since started taking the world by storm through its anime series, video games, and trading cards. Outside Japan, it first became popular in Southeast Asia in 1997, followed by the Pacific Region and North America in 1998, then in Europe and South America in 1999. Before you knew it, there wasn’t a person on the planet who didn’t know about Pokemon. They are like virtual pets that look like real-life animals but with extraordinary powers and the mysterious ability to fit into a tiny Pokeball.
In 2016, Pokemon made a huge comeback with Pokemon Go, an augmented-reality smartphone game that allows players to literally chase down and combat Pokemon on the streets. The game is the closest thing we have to finally owning real Pokemon companions and achieving our Pokemon trainer dreams.
Enter, the Detective Pikachu movie in 2019. This gave us a fresh view of what a few of our dearest Pokemon would look like in the real world. The fantasy flick was a wonderful revival of the Pokemon craze, opening a floodgate for the return of Pokemon in the form of even more games, merchandise like Pokémon cards, and fan art all over the globe. Frankly, we can’t get enough of them.
Artist, Joshua Dunlop, totally gets us with his extensive collection of outlandishly realistic Pokemon art renderings that almost literally jump off the pages. His collection of fan art features First Generation Pokemon including the adorable yet temperamental Jigglypuff, the lazy Snorlax, and many more. Welcome to Pokemon paradise, trainers. Are you ready to catch them all?
Pikachu is Ash Ketchum’s best friend, but don’t underestimate the electrifying powers of this cutie pie. Dunlop’s “real-life” interpretation of Pikachu shares a huge resemblance to a rabbit.
No, this isn’t jelly. This pink blob with a face is Ditto. She’s classified as a normal type Pokemon, and has the exceptional ability to transform herself into any other Pokemon that she sets her mind to.
Just like in the video games, this very realistic version of the sleepy Snorlax is blocking the bridge. Strangely, this pocket monster species is hailed as one of the strongest Pokemon of all time. His thick layers of body fat make him immune to most attacks from other Pokemon. Moreover, when he decides to doze off, he becomes highly immovable. Snorlax’s main talent? Eating 400 pounds of food before feeling full.
Oddish is too adorable for his own good. However, like most Pokemon, cuteness does not factor out power. Oddish is a grass/poison type, and we all know that poison is never a good sign. Better not mess with this onion.
Need an aspirin, Psyduck? This little platypus looks confused all the time. He gets headaches, because he just doesn’t understand how powerful his psychic powers actually are. But don’t fret! Once he evolves into Golduck, he’ll be the master of his immensely strong skills.
She may be classified as a bug/poison Pokemon, but Venonat looks like she just wants to give you a hug. Just try to avoid her stun spore…and her sleep powder…and her toxic spikes. On second thought, how about just making a friendly wave at her?
We all have that one relative that hogs the microphone on karaoke night. Well, in the Pokemon world, that relative is Jigglypuff, a fairy type Pokemon. Sure, you could go ahead and doze off while she sings; just be ready to wake up with a sharpie mustache drawn onto your face.
Dratini’s strongest moves are Dragon Breath and Aqua Tail. Personally, I think that captivating people with her big and striking eyes is her true core strength.
Don’t look so blue, Gloom! Give it some time, and you’ll evolve into a happy Vileplume.
See? You evolved into a cheerful Vileplume! She just needed to go through a metamorphosis.
Water-type Pokemon have phenomenally fierce evolutions. Who would think that this warrior of a creature started out as an endearing Squirtle? Awww, they grow up so fast.
This isn’t just a typical rat. Raticate possesses abilities like Quick Attack and Hyper Fang. Oh, I suppose he kind of is like a typical rat after all. Wait, does this mean that all rats are Pokemon?
Alakazam is undoubtedly one of the most mysteriously and gloomy Psychic-type Pokemon ever to hit our TV screens. I present you with what he would look like if he was staring right at you.
Starmie is a dual-type Pokemon, being both psychic and water type. What would you do if you ran into this bewitching ten-pointed starfish on the beach?
Based on the Japanese folklore character ki-rin, Ponyta is just as majestic in reality as she is in the anime series. Just picture this fire type Pokemon whipping her fiery mane around, as she gallops faster than the wind.
Fire type Pokemon like Charmeleon are hard to miss. Just look for the flaming tail. They also have three other things in common: they’re fiery, fierce, and ferocious! And oh, did I mention that they like to set things on fire? Looking a lot like a baby T-rex, Charmeleon is the evolved form of Charmander and evolves into Charizard.
Let’s just say, if this water-type Pokemon were to exist in our world, I’d be more careful around corals when swimming in the ocean.
The name says it all – he’s the king of the sea. This water-type champ with prominent gills evolves from a charming Goldeen.
You guessed it, this laughing glob is none other than Muk, a poison type Pokemon that could swallow you whole if he wanted to.
Fun fact: Slowpoke evolves into Slowbro when a Shelldar latches onto his tail. So, if you happen to catch a Slowbro, you’ve got a two-in-one Pokemon. He may be slow, but he’ll be your “bro”. Get it? Slow Bro.
Slow Bro looks cute but you can’t tell the same for the Shelldar that has bitten his tail. As seen in the fan art, Shelldar teeth look like rows of tiny spikes.
21. Nidoran (Female)
Did anyone else ever wonder why the male Nidoran was always slightly more powerful than the female? Now, that isn’t fair. Wait ’till she evolves into Nidoqueen!
Mankey, clearly derived from a primate, is a fighter type Pokemon. Catch this guy, and you’ll have a gym buddy that will teach you some self-defense.
Sweet little Horsea wants to be your friend. Will you be her trainer?
This mesmerizing bug-type Pokemon is based on black-veined white butterflies. It is the culminating evolution of Caterpie, which is inspired by the real-world animal Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar. The evolution chart of this Pokemon is a fun nod to the evolution of a caterpillar into a butterfly, but you knew that, right?