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Old June 25th, 2008 (11:02 PM).
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Well seeing the pokemon food thread, I thought of a question...

Has anyone noticed in the anime there are other animals in Pokemon?

I believe Cerulean Gym has a bunch of fish, and if I'm not mistaken I've seen pidgeys go after little worms or something.

Is there an explanation for this, or is it it just a plot device?
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Old June 25th, 2008 (11:17 PM).
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I think animals are just used as minor plot devices in Pokemon. They aren't going to show Pidgey eating a Wurmple of course, so they use worms, because everyone knows birds to eat worms and nobody really has a problem with it.

Besides prey, like in the fish example, they're just kind of there. Fish add to the theme that Cerulean's Gym is a Water-Type Gym, and back in the days of Kanto, they didn't have enough fish Pokemon to replace real fish with Finneons and Barboaches.

IMO, animals in the Pokemon world are considered "less interesting" or "less important", and thus are uninvolved in the action. I'd think that the only animals there are just the smaller, more prey-like ones, also. After all, there's plenty of references to fish, insects, and birds, but you don't see a bear or a komodo dragon or anything like that appearing any time.
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Old June 26th, 2008 (12:36 AM).
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^I'm surprised that the anime could use that because you'd think that with Pokemon abilities, they'd all be exterminated.
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Old June 26th, 2008 (07:42 AM).
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Maybe they're special Poke worms or something that we've never heard of.

As for the fish... you've lost me.
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Old June 26th, 2008 (10:38 AM).
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Where would they get their meat? Surely they wouldn't slaughter Miltank.

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If you remember the Pokemon episode "Ghost of Maiden's Peak", Gastly summoned a giant Mongoose.
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Old June 26th, 2008 (01:13 PM).
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True. The natural animals of our world likely like in somewhat harmony with the Pokemon.
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Old June 26th, 2008 (07:37 PM).
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Team Rocket tried to steal ham from Nurse Joy once then a houndour stole it from Team Rocket (something like that, I don't remember too well).
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There are a lot of secrets in the Pokemon world that awaits for discovery
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Old June 26th, 2008 (08:11 PM).
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Pokemon are just animals that can shoot lasers. We all know that animals eat each other. We have animals as pets, but we except that in the wild they eat each other to live. The thing about Pokemon is, they are so cute and have been given so many human like characteristics that it feels weird to think of them eating each other. They have a language and can even speak Japanese (English in america).
I personally thing that the Pokemon don't really have their own language and that Pokemon don't have the ability to speak ours. I always saw those things as something they put into the anime. Pokemon are animals that can shoot laser and nothing more, they eat each other to live. I have nothing more to say. I will take my leave.
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Old June 26th, 2008 (10:16 PM).
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In the anime, I heard the drink Far'fetched soup.
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Old June 27th, 2008 (02:36 AM).
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Quote originally posted by こがおかみ:
Where would they get their meat? Surely they wouldn't slaughter Miltank.

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If you remember the Pokemon episode "Ghost of Maiden's Peak", Gastly summoned a giant Mongoose.


I'm not too sure about the first one; animals are animals, and humans always have a taste for trying something new :x
Anyways, if there are other animals, wouldn't they be exterminated due to Pokemon being more able to fight?
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Old June 27th, 2008 (04:17 AM).
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I JUST FIGURED OUT SOMETHING LOGICAL.

MAYBE, all the pokemon are simply our animals evolved in the near future. Just imagine it, Mice start getting the ability to create electricity... lol.
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Old June 27th, 2008 (06:43 AM).
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Quote originally posted by Horyo:
I'm not too sure about the first one; animals are animals, and humans always have a taste for trying something new :x
Example being, SlowpokeTail from the GSC Generation; at least in the games. I kinda remember some guy saying it was pretty tasty, in the game.

But if you think about it, the Anime is a kid's show; they're not gonna make kids think that people slaughter Pokemon for food. However, if you read some of the 'Dex descriptions, Taillow and Starly are said to prey on Wurmple. So Pokemon eating Pokemon is somewhat used. But not in the show. Either the show adds them for effect of environment or to avoid kids seeing the true, gruelling nature of Pokemon, or there are normal animals in the world of Pokemon, which would explain all the meat references, and such.
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Old June 27th, 2008 (05:14 PM).
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I guess this calls into question what we can trust: the game or the show?
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Old June 27th, 2008 (05:25 PM).
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Quote originally posted by Horyo:
I guess this calls into question what we can trust: the game or the show?
Well, the games existed before the show.
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Old June 28th, 2008 (08:51 AM).
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Quote originally posted by こがおかみ:
Where would they get their meat? Surely they wouldn't slaughter Miltank.
I'd probably prefer a Pikachu, but I certainly would.

I think they're just plot devices, though a worm Pokemon would be interesting...
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