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On the Origin of Species: Mawile: Investigating the inspirations behind Pokémon

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  1. BulbaBot

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    On the Origin of Species: Mawile: Investigating the inspirations behind Pokémon

    In another column exploring the likely cultural and zoological origins of Pokémon species, we take a look at the Deceiver Pokémon, Mawile.

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    Interesting indeed. Mawile has always been one of my favorites.

    I didn't know much about futakuchi-onna though.
     
  3. Senzura

    Senzura Insanity is the one truth

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    Woot! Charles darwin aint got nothing on these articles!
     
  4. Iteru

    Iteru The Deputy Deputy Chief of Staff

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    You have proved again while your editorials are the best on Bulbanews.

    While I have never been a fan of Mawile, its inspiration is fascinating. Can't wait to read the next one.
     
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    when i was first playing ruby i thought this pokemon was really cool looking and thought it was neat. but then started fighting with it...not so great...
     
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    Iv'e always liked Mawile and it's inspiration is pretty interesting. Nice article.
     
  7. Jesse GS the II

    Jesse GS the II Ol' Brown Eyes is back

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    I really enjoy these Origin of the Species articles. I'm always intrigued by the connections that Pokémon share with Japanese culture and folklore, and I'm learning a lot this way. Keep 'em coming!
     
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    Very cool article, I always thought Mawile was awesome, even though I've never actually used one. It was nice hearing about the myth it's based on.

    I hope it gets an evolution in Gen V too!
     
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    Mawile's one of the few Pokemon from Gen III whose design I really liked, and this article was really interesting to read. Nice job!
     
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    Dam fine article.

    I think I'm one of the few people who doesn't want a new evo. I'm afraid the cuteness factor would be ruined. In my Ruby playthrough, it has yet to be knocked out. I love Mawile to bits.
     
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    Very cool--it's always fun to learn about where the Pokemon came from.
     
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    Very well written.
     
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    ...why the hell is this it's own article? The Bulbapedia article has a link to the wikipedia article on the futakuchi-onna anyway, making this even more pointless.
     
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    Another interesting article.

    Mawile is a very overlooked Pokemon, as it seems though that its version exclusive counterpart, Sableye gets a bit more attention due to its immunity to most types.

    I haven't ever completely gotten Mawile though, in its official artwork are the teeth coming from its horn and you are looking at its back?
     
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    yes in the official art we are looking at his back, and his back sprite is his front, weird but awesome, mawile really needs an evolution.
     
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    This was my position for a very long time... there's always the chance that a new evolution will ruin a favourite Pokemon. But Mawile seems to share design elements with Kirlia, which makes me hopeful that a future evolution would be Gardevoir-like, rather than going the usual route of just making everything bigger and meaner looking.

    Then again... I hope they don't make an evolution that's too good. Otherwise there'll no longer be a place for her on my team of NU misfits...
     
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    Interesting. I'll admit I've never been a major fan of mawile, only catching it once in my entire history of gaming and then never bothering to use it. I also was surprised to see it as a steel type (that's one thing the article didn't explain). I get the steel teeth bit, but being a deceiver makes you think of dark types. Oh well.

    I also hope for an evo, since it being so popular does mean an evo would be used.
     
  18. Bikini Miltank

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    It's true that Mawile looks more like a Dark or Normal type than a Steel type. I do have a pet theory about the typing... though it's more to do with game mechanics than Mawile's origins. It's a counterpart to Sableye, and I think the intention was to create two Pokemon whose unusual typing made them naturally very defensive: Sableye has no weaknesses, and Mawile has a ton of resistances. That's the only reason I can come up with: they needed a non-evolving, pure Steel-type to pair with Sableye, and Mawile just happened to fit the bill.
     
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    Actually, that wouldn't be a bad idea; we've seen Game Freak is breaking many "paired exclusives" by giving one counterpart a(n) (pre)evolution and not to another (Gloom, Gligar, Mantine, Dusclops are some popping to my mind right now).

    I actually like these thorough analyses of Pokémon origins (despite what I thought on the first part of the series). I can't wait to see which one will be analyzed next.
     
  20. Joshawott

    Joshawott The Possibly Fake

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    I find articles of Pokémon based off Japanese mythology really interesting. In particular, Froslass became one of my favourite Pokémon after I learned of her origins (seriously, write an article on it!).

    Having said that, I've always loved Mawile anyway, it's cute. This article, made it more awesome.
     
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