Popplio is to the three newly revealed starters for Pokémon Sun and Moon as Jan Brady is to The Brady Bunch. Singled-out, picked on, ridiculed and razzed right into submission. “Rowlett, Rowlett, Rowlett!,” Popplio whines into the abyss.
Gamers always gravitate towards a favorite Pokémon whenever a new generation of starters is revealed. However, social media use has never been this huge during a new round of starters. The result? The swelling of an internet tide of hate. It started with a poll, then came the avalanche.
Now that you've met Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio, which do you think has the most potential? #PokemonSunMoon
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) May 11, 2016
#Popplio likers are definitely OK with clowns and therefore not to be trusted
— ＢＲＩＡＮ (@tabbouleh_rasa) May 12, 2016
guys, we can't ALL be baby grass owls. One of us is gonna have to be that dopey seal pup
— Lisa Hanawalt (@lisadraws) May 10, 2016
Look guys I'm just gonna say it, Popplio is the absolute WORST looking starter Pokemon in the entire franchise
— Lonely Goomba (@LonelyGoomba) May 11, 2016
Popplio is the worst water starter EVER. Way to ruin a beautiful lineage.
— david (@modernscumbag) May 10, 2016
here's my opinion on the starters:
litten – tries hard, accomplishes little
rowlet – Owl
popplio – terrible clown from the sea. cast it back
— ruben ferdinand✨ (@urbanfriendden) May 10, 2016
Popplio evolves, folks. This crazy dog seal could wind up turning into a gargantuan beast of nature, and Popplio will remember. Let’s see what kind of goofy fire cat you get with Litten when Popplio evolves into some sort of hell seal with a lust for destruction.
Of course, every internet movement is met with a counter. I’ve actually seen more people giving Popplio love than hate as the word spread that he was the “lamest” of the three starters. The love often includes art.
Things we as a species don't deserve:
– His neck ruffles
– His cute nose
— Joe Parlock (@joeparlock) May 10, 2016
i love popplio, protect popplio (im going to draw this thing all day) pic.twitter.com/aZHse6e63w
— Sylladexter (@Sylladexter) May 10, 2016
Im starting a Popplio defense squad… 😤 pic.twitter.com/fYuze7hXSt
— (:ᘌ ⌒ﾞ)_ 三 (@cosumik) May 10, 2016
I’m with them, folks. Popplio is great.