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.

https://twitter.com/lisadraws/status/730085395312967680
https://twitter.com/modernscumbag/status/730073561717608448

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.

https://twitter.com/xpatriciah/status/730427350391869440

https://twitter.com/joeparlock/status/730155477343031298

I’m with them, folks. Popplio is great.