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Pokémon being called it

Discussion in 'General Pokémon Discussion' started by SeanWheeler, Oct 19, 2018.

  1. SeanWheeler

    SeanWheeler Member

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    One thing that I've always found odd, most Pokémon are characters with genders yet Nintendo has always referred to them as "it." And you know how people find "it" as insulting, it's can be cringey when anthropomorphized animals are called "it" because they are so close to humans that the pronoun "it" just doesn't sound right. People even use "he" and "she" for their pets. There have been a few instances where Pokémon were referred by gendered pronouns but they've mostly called it. Even Meowth from Team Rocket was called "it" despite being the most human Pokémon in the show. I'm just wondering, does it feel right to call Pokémon it?
     
  2. PinkIceFox

    PinkIceFox PinkIceTales!

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    I tend to call pokemon that I don't know the gender of 'it'. Though in the games they do it so they don't have to change dialogue flags for gender as well as the species name of the pokemon. However if I know the pokemon is male or female (through gender dimorphism, straight up clarification from an event in the anime, or anything else) I'm going to call it he or she.
     
  3. SeanWheeler

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    Well, at least we're not calling one Pokémon "they" right? Using plural pronouns for a singular specific subject just sticks out as being not right. Sure people are accepting "they" now, but if anyone called me "they" when I was alone or an individual character was called "they," it's just plain confusing. It can be offensive if someone was called the wrong pronoun. I would prefer to call male Pokémon he and female Pokémon she. You can pick "he" or "she" for genderless Pokémon depending on whether they seem more masculine or feminine.
     
  4. Prof. SALTY

    Prof. SALTY The Scruffy Professor

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    I call most pokemon species "he" unless their design is feminine or I'm referring to a specific pokemon. I'm not super comfortable calling anything "it".
     
  5. Gengarzilla

    Gengarzilla "You thought Dugtrio and Magnezone were asshats?"

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    He for males, she for females, it for genderless (and unconfirmed when it comes to the anime) or when referring to a whole species. I don't intend to make standard Pokémon conversation more difficult for myself.
     
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    Skalesgon Member

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    I call my partners he or she.
     
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  7. SylveonSparklit

    SylveonSparklit ~Korrina fangirl~

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    I like seeing them as he, she, or 'they' (gender is over rated, so.... :p).

    'It' doesn't really feel right to me. Its not like we call our pets 'it', and they're even less like us than pokemon are o.o;
     
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