Our Ten Most Highly Prized Pokemon Memes!

We scanned the real world and virtual world to find the very best Pokemon memes

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Pokemon, short for Pocket Monsters, are animated creatures that players collect, trade, and pit against other Pokemon. Our ten favorite Pokemon memes are below, each ready to do battle against all other memes. 

What Do Pokemon Memes Mean?

The Pokemon slogan, "gotta catch 'em all," affirms the inherently obsessive nature of Pokemon play. This notion is both embraced and mocked by Pokemon memes. 

How Are Pokemon Memes Used?

Players collect their favorite Pokemon, scour their neighborhood in search of rare Pokemon, and take pride in knowing the various strengths and weaknesses of their Pokemon. Pokemon memes revel in the joys and the pitfalls of this compulsion. Pokemon memes remind us that even the cutest of Pokemon can lead players down a dark path, and sometimes that's okay.

Homer Simpson goes crazy for Pokemon memes.
Homer Simpson goes crazy for Pokemon memes.

Think The Simpsons are everywhere? Pokemon are everywhere, in trading cards, video games, manga, movies, television, even smartphone apps. Pokemon memes surrender to this truth like paper covers rock. More »

There are too many Pokemon for even a Pokemon professor to memorize.
There are too many Pokemon for even a Pokemon professor to memorize.

You collect Pokemon, train Pokemon, battle your Pokemon against other Pokemon, and rise to the level of Pokemon Professor. Then you die. Pokemon memes can't fight the crushing fear that there's more to life then Pokemon. More »

Satoshi and Pikachu love playing Pokemon.
Satoshi and Pikachu love playing Pokemon.

Just like ten-year-old Satoshi, famous collector and trainer from the popular Pokemon animated series, Pokemon memes are driven to have the most and the best Pokemon. After all, you don't play Pokemon to win. You play Pokemon to have more Pokemon to play. More »

Even adults can be tricked into thinking there's a rare Pokemon inside.
Even adults can be tricked into thinking there's a rare Pokemon inside.

The introduction of the Pokemon smartphone app, a sort of digital scavenger hunt for new and rare Pokemon, not only accelerated the obsessive nature of Pokemon collecting, it snared millions of adults into the larger world of Pokemon. This Pokemon meme is a variation on the theme of Pokemon obsessiveness, but one of the better ones. More »

Luck as much as smarts is necessary to win at Pokemon.
Luck as much as smarts is necessary to win at Pokemon.

There are 807 official Pokemon, plus more than one hundred semi-official "glitch" Pokemon. Each possesses unique strengths. But, wait. There's more! Pokemon is an app, a card game, a television series, a line of toys, a licensing juggernaut. Even the most "otaku" of Pokemon player can't keep up with it all. Self-deprecating Pokemon memes acknowledge this truth. More »

Pikachu is always ready to do battle no matter who the opponent.
Pikachu is always ready to do battle no matter who the opponent.

Pokemon memes happily employ the fierce but beloved Pikachu to help them fight all their other battles. More »

Even Pikachu can get tired of just how popular Pokemon has gotten.
Even Pikachu can get tired of just how popular Pokemon has gotten.

A few brave Pokemon memes speak truth to Pokemon power. Not everyone loves Pokemon. Enough, already. More »

The Internet loves to mock those who are obsessed with Pokemon.
The Internet loves to mock those who are obsessed with Pokemon.

Pokemon players walk around their city and stare into their smartphone, hoping to spot a prized Pokemon. Of course, Pokemon memes are going to make fun of this. Looking for that rare Snorlax Pokemon? Right down here. More »

A man in a Pikachu costume is ready to collect you.
A man in a Pikachu costume is ready to collect you.

Instead of Pikachu fighting on your behalf, he's now about to fight you. Like the rest of the Internet, Pokemon memes love them some irony. More »

SpongeBob knows that adults also love to play Pokemon.
SpongeBob knows that adults also love to play Pokemon.

We saved our most highly prized Pokemon meme for last. SpongeBob SquarePants shows up to remind us that Pokemon is (not just) for children. As if we needed reminding. More »

Feed Your Pokemon Meme Addiction Forever

Just like Pokemon are everywhere, Pokemon memes are everywhere. There's a Pokemon meme Twitter account, a Pokemon meme Facebook page. You're never more than a swipe away from feeding your Pokemon meme fix. That's a good thing, right?