Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm since its launch this summer. Naturally, the internet has been flooded with pictures and memes of the game, such as rare sightings of Pokémon, the ongoing feud between Teams Valor, Mystic and Instinct, or what happens when you transfer Pokémon and receive candies in return. Even after a few short weeks, one guy managed to catch all available Pokémon in North America!
With Pokéfans glued to their phones playing a game that encourages players to explore the world, it wasn't long until an awkward Pokémon encounter surfaced on the internet!
This picture has influenced numerous conversations in my personal life, most revolving around other inappropriate places to find certain Pokémon. While I will not list specific examples to not offend anyone, those conversations sparked another idea: places and moments in iconic movies that would be equally entertaining (and just a bit wrong in some cases). Here are some of the best and worst times in popular movies to find Pokémon!
Warning: Spoilers will follow if you have not seen these movies!
Magnemite In The Green Mile
The story of John Coffey in The Green Mile really hits home for anyone who has seen the movie. Being sentenced to death after a wrongful conviction is one thing, but winning over the hearts of the guards and the viewers throughout the film makes his execution extremely difficult to handle. Although we feel a deep connection with Coffey, there is one person's death that is a bit harder to watch: Eduard Delacroix.
If there is a list of places you should really not play Pokémon Go, an execution would definitely be on that list along with funerals, religious services and Blink 182 concerts (seriously, they deserve ALL your attention). This rule applies even more so when a man is cooked alive via electricity instead of a relatively quick death. Still, if you were to play the game at a time like that, it would be funny (in the worst way possible) if you saw a Pokémon like Magnemite right behind the prisoner. Maybe the Magnet Pokémon was the reason for the botched execution (besides the dry sponge).
Aerodactyl In Jurassic World
It's long been theorized that the type of Pokémon you find depends on the geography around you. For example, grass and bug types near parks and woods, rock and ground-types on hiking trails, ghost-types near graveyards or only at night, and so on. With this in mind, you would think a place like a waterpark would be swimming with water-types. Sadly, that was not the case when I went over the summer. However, if this theory was true, I know the perfect place to find some fossil Pokémon!
In every movie in the Jurassic Park franchise, there has been an outbreak/attack from an ancient creature. In Jurassic Park III and the most recent Jurassic World, the threat of prehistoric flyers like pterodactyls and dimorphodons caused major problems from up above. Kind of similar to when an Aerodactyl flew out of a cavern in the episode "Attack of the Prehistoric Pokemon." While it would be awesome to catch a relatively rare Pokemon, doing it while dodging talons and teeth would add a bit too much IRL gameplay than I would ever want.
Grimer/Muk In The Shawshank Redemption
Using that same train of thought of finding Pokemon in places that fit their typing, there are some Pokemon people would just want to avoid. As much as I love Charmander, if I had to risk lighting myself on fire to find one, that's just not worth it. That being said, the one type I would absolutely HATE to find would be poison types. Murky areas, foul smells, and possible toxic fumes just does not sound appealing. Case in point, there is one iconic scene that I'm sure would be crawling with Grimer or Muk:
Not exactly the best time to play the game, with the combination of human waste and the whole escaping from prison part, but hey, some diehard fans just love to push the boundaries of when and where they play the game (just ask the guy who sideswiped a cop car). I guess if you were that desperate to find the sludge Pokémon, crawling through that 500 yards of vileness is bound to result in at least one showing up. At the very least, you'll gain a little bit of hatching distance on your eggs. Not a lot, but every bit counts, right?
Zubat In Little Nicky
This is possibly the last time I enjoyed Adam Sandler as an over-the-top character, but that's besides the point. Late in the movie, during the final showdown between Nicky and his brother Adrian, a lot of goofy antics go down such as transformation battles, demon pillow fights and getting trapped in an enchanted flask with their third brother, Cassius (to name a few). At the end, there is a special cameo appearance by, well just watch (like I said, spoilers).
Anyone remember that real-life story of Ozzy? In my opinion, that scene would have been a lot funnier and slightly more satisfying if Adrian transformed into a Zubat instead. Even in Pokémon Go, it feels like you can't pull up the game without a Zubat waiting for you (much like traveling through any cave in the Pokémon games). On top of that, the movement patterns of Zubat make it rather annoying to catch. I know I'm not the only one who wasted more Pokéballs on Zubat than I'd like to admit. If only we could really attack these suckers in the game.
Electrode In The Hurt Locker
Besides running into the super-common Pokémon like Pidgey, Rattata, and Weedle, there are a couple other equally annoying Pokémon encounters from the original games. Exploding/self-destructing Electrode might be a close second on my list of grievances, edging out Abra using Teleport by just a hair. Granted they are not the only Pokémon that learn this attack, but Electrode have definitely become synonymous with the move over the years (Smash Bros., anyone?)
There is no better place to find an Electrode than in a movie centered around finding and disarming bombs like The Hurt Locker. And what better way to stop an Electrode from exploding than to catch it before it has the chance? Jeremy Renner is the perfect man for the job with his ability to defuse bombs and pinpoint accuracy from playing Hawkeye. Let's just hope the Electrode doesn't shake loose.
Meowth In Silence Of The Lambs
Throughout over 900 episodes of Pokémon, there has been one running gag that has stood the test of time: Team Rocket's quest to ruin Ash's life. Yes, in actuality their mission is to steal Pokémon for their boss, Giovanni. But after hundreds of failed attempts, you would think they would leave Ash and company alone. Jesse, James and Meowth have tried plenty of things, but some tactics have become their signature moves. Weird mechanisms, "clever" disguises, and/or the use of trap holes normally make their ways into their schemes. Kind of sounds like someone else:
For those unfamiliar with Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs, he pretty much sounds like Team Rocket material. Eccentric persona, kidnapping/trapping people in pits, and a knack for costumes; he definitely fits the bill. How sad would it have been if Catherine found a taunting Meowth staring down at her instead of Precious. Not exactly the creature she was hoping to catch at that moment.
Cubone In The Land Before Time
Cubone might possibly be the saddest Pokémon out of the 700+ that now exist. If you don't believe me, read its Pokédex entries. All of them include its dead mother, wearing her skull to hide its face, staining the skull with its tears, the sound it makes from crying, or some combination of the aforementioned descriptions. Most people who would think of a mother dying in a movie would think of Disney, considering most main characters are either orphans or have only one parent. There is one death scene that comes to mind that really tugs at the heartstrings:
I don't think there is a single person who didn't tear up after watching Little Foot's mom die in front of him. I could totally see a Cubone in the background of the scene looking for its lost mother, watching Little Foot and his mother's final moments and then crying out into the night sky. And that's where you come in, good trainer! You throw your Pokéball, catch it and send it off to Professor Willow for more candies. At least now it'll be off in a better place (I think).
Sure, the fact that landmarks and special places around the world are Pokéstops and Gyms makes players want to take advantage every second. But let's be honest: There is a time and place to play this game. We should take a break every once in a while to appreciate the areas we're witnessing whether it be a nice park, a national monument or just a cool-looking old building. More importantly, we should respect the significance of the places we go to like historic museums and memorials. Otherwise, we might run into more problems like this:
Check out other times that Pokémon have made their way into unexpected movie and TV shows in the video below:
What other movie appearances would you expect to find a Pokémon?