Blog entry by Alessia Martine
If you are a Pokémon fan, you might be perplexed by the fact that Ash Ketchum never really ages beyond ten years old. There is a fierce debate between fans over Ash’s age and the possible reasons for it. Various theories have come up over time that tries to explain how Ash never seems to age. But the most intriguing one makes the claim that Ash is not supposed to age like human beings because he is just another type of Pokémon. While the theory might sound far-fetched, you will find that the claim has sound logical arguments backing it up when you look closely.
Humans are Pokémon theory makes the case that the evolution of Pokémon is similar to aging in humans, and that is why Ash remains 10 for decades. This theory can also explain other characters like Brock and Misty, who don’t appear to age as well. But there are also counter-arguments to this that there have been old unevolved Pokémons on the show, which completely contradicts the Humans are Pokémon theory.
One more aspect that is at odds with the proposed theory is the fact that if experience points were all it took for Ash to evolve, logically, he should have evolved by now considering how many different Legendaries he has encountered so far. This further leads to other conflicting ideas that he might be using an Everstone, or he requires a trade item.
But the theory draws its credibility from the game. In the Gen 4 games, the Canalave library had a book that stated that once upon a time, people and Pokémon were quite similar with little or, in some cases, no differences between them. In fact, things were even clearer in the Japanese series as it was believed that there used to be marriages between them when they were the same species before they grew apart.
This is made to sound even more logical by the argument that if in the Pokémon world, all humans are Pokémon, then humans are also Pokémon. It further explains the inhumane toughness that is exhibited by the characters on the show. Team Rocket has to withstand many attacks, but they still somehow manage to always remain relatively unharmed by the proportion of attacks targeting them. This is also true for Ash, who can withstand powerful Thundershocks and Flamethrowers with little damage.
Ash is also able to lift bulky Pokémon with ease, which doesn’t seem to make sense. During a Hoenn-era episode, Ash managed to throw a caber, weighing more than half a ton. Such a task requires Herculean strength and doesn’t seem logical for a human being to execute. This further explains how most other trainers can haul around their Pokémon’s with relative ease.
But there are also many holes in the theory. One quite intriguing one is about language. The inability of Pokémon to learn the human language doesn’t fit the Humans are Pokémon theory. They are very efficient when it comes to communicating with others Pokémon, but there is a considerable lack of communication when it comes to humans.
Even in Detective Pikachu, there is a reference to this argument, as the movie explains that Pokémon react to the emotions and not the language of human beings. Even the game reference makes the case that in the Sinnoh history, humans and Pokémon led separate lives. There is also the theory that the Pokémon world’s years are much longer compared to the real world. So, the theory that Humans are Pokémon does have some compelling arguments that go in its favor. However, still, the arguments do have some logical inconsistencies when it is put to scrutiny. Over time there might be more theories that might resolve the contradictions, but it remains just a theory. It will need way more convincing arguments to make the theory much more credible.
Elina John is a self-professed security expert; she has been making the people aware of the security threats. Her passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. She writes for mcafee security products at mcafee.com/activate.