What your favourite Pokémon says about the type of queer person you are
There’s little doubt that Pokémon is inherently queer – in fact, ever since its debut in 1996, with the release of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green, the franchise has built a huge fan base within the LGBTQ+ community.
From queer-coded characters (Team Rocket, we’re looking at you), to the most fabulous, androgynous-presenting Pokémon, here is what we think your favourite character says about type of queer person you are.
He’s cute, he’s a classic, he’s an all-round gay icon. If Charmander is your favourite, you’re probably a sweet baby gay. You’re popular and a little shy, but willing to stand up for your friends no matter what the cost, because loyalty is one of the most important values to you. That, and staying out until 4am dancing to “Padam Padam”.
Starmie is a genderless badass: fierce, powerful and ready for a good time. If Starmie is your favourite Pokémon, you’re probably one of the coolest humans alive. You have a brilliant sense of style (much like Starmie, just look at the jewel) and you’re not afraid of going for what you want. You’re strong, confident and, of course, an absolute star.
The elegant and pink queer. As the lord, saviour and collective mascot for the trans Pokémon community, Sylveon is sweet, soft, and loved by all. If your favourite Pokémon is Sylveon, you probably have a pink gaming set-up (incredible, stunning, beautiful, we are jealous). Not to mention the fact that you’re also likely to be beautiful and elegant, and love to dance – to classy music, of course.
The stressed queer. Will somebody please give this poor baby a single day of rest? Psyduck’s Pokédex entry states that “It is constantly wracked by a headache” – and honestly, same. If Psyduck is your favourite Pokémon, please get some rest. You deserve it.
Pretty much the definition of gender ambiguity/gender fluidity. We too wish to be a genderless blob that can transform at will. If Ditto is your favourite, you’re definitely silly and goofy, you like to laugh and make others around you laugh. More importantly, you refuse to fit into any one box, but openly express yourself without shame or confinement. You do you!
Drag queen extraordinaire – mother, if you will – Jynx was once feared and worshiped as the ‘Queen of Ice’, so if Jynx is your favourite Pokémon, you have our utmost respect. You’re no doubt lively, strong, confident and a great performer. You absolutely know how to strut your stuff on the runway. Shantay you stay.
The chaotic yet shy queer: handsome, happy and energetic, but with a mischievous side. Oshawott is the embodiment of a short king. If this character is your favourite, you’re outgoing and don’t mind a bit of attention, despite your shyness. You may struggle to make friends at first, but once you’ve really got to know someone, you’ll really make the effort to keep them in your life.
The cool dad queer. If your favourite is Mr. Mime, you love a good dad joke, you’ll be ready at the airport 10 hours before your flight, and you live in a Hawaiian shirt. Also, like Mr. Mime, you probably slap people who interrupt you.
The big cuddly queer. Snorlax is the “bear” gay – loveable, cuddly and a little bit fluffy. What more could you want? If Snorlax is your favourite, you probably love a full meal followed by a nap. You’re also likely to be known for being laid back, and you definitely need some time alone to recharge after a busy day. Or any day.
The Halloween queer. Appearing only at night, to float around through the darkness, shrouded by purple mist. Hello? Gastly is the representation for all the autumnal, Halloween, pumpkin-spiced queers out there. If this is your pick of pokémons, you undoubtedly want to live in a haunted mansion on the top of a hill, your favourite movie is The Addams Family and you spend 99 per cent of your income on black eyeliner. Boo!
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