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Is Arbok not a popular Pokémon?

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Alright. Practically every topic I've seen from you comes from either incredibly specific topics and/or your obsession with quote-on-quote 'popularity'. But for once. I'm answering here just cuz I feel like it at this moment.

The main issue with Arbok is that... it has no staying power or moments of spotlight, nor any reprisal of attention via regional forms or the like. Its only notable position in the spotlight is being Jessie's original partner in the anime.

Lemme put it this way. If it weren't for Smash Bros., Jigglypuff would've honestly faded to obscurity since it had only so much presence as a recurring Pokemon in the anime. It actually only barely survived getting dropped from the cast twice during development of Super Smash Bros. Brawl and the 3DS/Wii U installments respectively due to grandfather clause alone.

AExeggutor, Marowak, and Muk are examples of Pokemon that I could think of that owe renewed reputation to their regional formes; especially Exeggutor in the meme department and Muk for its viability in competitive play. Hell, even its fellow Team Rocket compatriot, Weezing, nabbed a memorable Fairy-type form over at Galar; and that too gave it new life with the fanbase.

...and Arbok's just sitting there at the corner. No Megas, no Gigantamax forms, no other role in the franchise, nothing.
 
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The main issue with Arbok is that... it has no staying power or moments of spotlight, nor any reprisal of attention via regional forms or the like. Its only notable position in the spotlight is being Jessie's original partner in the anime.

Lemme put it this way. If it weren't for Smash Bros., Jigglypuff would've honestly faded to obscurity since it had only so much presence as a recurring Pokemon in the anime. It actually only barely survived getting dropped from the cast twice during development of Super Smash Bros. Brawl and the 3DS/Wii U installments respectively due to grandfather clause alone.

Alolan Exeggutor, Marowak, and Muk are examples of Pokemon that I could think of that owe renewed reputation to their regional formes; especially Exeggutor in the meme department and Muk for its viability in competitive play. Heck, even its fellow Team Rocket compatriot, Weezing, nabbed a memorable Fairy-type form over at Galar; and that too gave it new life with the fanbase.

...and Arbok's just sitting there at the corner. No Megas, no Gigantamax forms, no other role in the franchise, nothing.
Oops, sorry about that. :oops:
 
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Isn't Arbok usually associated with TR anyways? Pokemon belonging to villains are rarely popular unless they've got a gimmick or quirk like Meowth for example (since it can talk in the cartoon).
No, both Arbok and Weezing are not usually associated with Team Rocket anyways in the anime. That's all.
 
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No, both Arbok and Weezing are not usually associated with Team Rocket anyways in the anime. That's all.
Maybe not in the anime, but Masters had Arbok and Weezing paired with Jessie and James, and they are the only non-Meowth Pokémon they use in LGPE.
 
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Well, I'm sure it's not in the Top 30 Pokemon you think when talking about the Kanto region, proven scientifically. However I'm not sure If i'd call it underrated as I'm sure Rocket fans like it and I've seen it in many Kanto teams.

As for myself I like it too, because of its unique concept.
 
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Arbok isn't nearly as popular as other gen 1 Poison Types. I think its partially to do with it being a Snake and a Poison type on top of it, which plays into many peoples fears. The only thing it had going for it was that it was owned by Team Rocket with Jessie owning one. Imo, Arbok was one of the less inspiring Pokemon in gen 1 and it didn't help either that in gen 3, Seviper became a thing, who looks way more menacing than Arbok and actually has something going for it with its rivalry with Zangoose (Although the anime missed the opportunity for a gag here big time, since they should have given James a Zangoose).

Arboks stat aren't that great either, especially when comparing it with the gen 1 stats of the Poison types.
 
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