• Hey everyone! The Writer's Workshop is hosting an exciting event, Trainers of Fanfiction! It's a community event focused around your characters! Click here to check out the event and sign up!

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

Dreams of electric Bulbasaur
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.

Read more on Bulbanews
 
Something
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.
 
New Member
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...
 
Ol' Brown Eyes is back
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!
 
Sandstorm Trainer
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!
 
fwee.
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!
 
Certified Renard fanboy
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.
 
Well-Known Member
...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.
 
Keep Moving Forward
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?
 

moa

Registered User
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.
 
A magical girl, transforming very slowly
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.
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...
 
The Greatest Pokémon Ranger
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.
 
A magical girl, transforming very slowly
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.
 
rewrites your life
I also hope for an evo, since it being so popular does mean an evo would be used.
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.
 
The Possibly Fake
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.
 
Top