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What are your game headcanons?

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Valerie feels like she originated from Johto. Dare I say she might even have been trained as a Kimono Girl in Ecruteak City? She exhibits such old-fashioned elegance and even with fairies, she definitely feels like she was trained in the classical arts back in the days!
That's actually canon.
 

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Towns are essentially rather isolated little clans. Each Gym Leader acts as a mayor to their town, and also helps to defend it from angry wild Pokemon who raid the town for food/revenge/whatever. The Elite Four + Champion also take on this role, although their duties are region-wide and not limited to a specific area. Each town has their own way of electing a leader: in some places it's a democratic vote (such as most of Unova), while it could be that the title is passed down (a lot of Johto + Kanto). Other places hold ability-based competitions to select a new leader (Hoenn).

Gym Leaders and Elite Four + Champion typically get together once a month to discuss the laws, recent events, and that kind of thing. Gym Leaders are meant to listen to the people in their town and act as a representative, which is why the leaders shape the law a lot more than the Elite Four do. However, the Elite Four oversee the leaders and if it's found that they aren't listening to the townspeople, then the E4 have the power to find a new gym leader. This is why Elite Four members are often seen travelling about; they're checking that each town is being governed properly.

Unova looks like it's a big, highly populated area - while it is more populated than other regions, it still isn't comparable to our world. Everything there looks flashy because Unova is so rich from its entertainment industry.

Transport like cars/planes/trucks are used sparingly because Pokemon dislike the pollution it causes. Humans typically just ride a Pokemon to their destination and cars/planes/trucks are for moving heavy cargo.
 

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Unova's original dragon was, in my head, actually a relatively small Legendary Pokémon that looked somewhat similar to Monodramon. What is told in legend as a single dragon "splitting" into three was actually a unique kind of evolution - the dragon evolved into two distilled beings at once due to the equal influence on it from the two brothers, and what would eventually become Kyurem was cast off as a Shedinja-like husk. And because it was an evolution, the process cannot actually be reversed. While Kyurem does have the ability to absorb one of the other dragons at a time with the help of the DNA Splicers, it could not contain both of the dragons simultaneously.

People in the modern day don't know what the original dragon looked like. Because depictions of it from before the "split" have not yet been discovered, the assumed idea of what it might have looked like can be found in Iris's Champion chamber - that would be the large dragon statue behind her throne.
 

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The Original Dragon arrived in the meteor in the Giant Chasm intact, the DNA Splicers is one of the missing pieces of the Original Dragon that was discovered, the other missing piece is yet to be discovered. The dragons can only be reunited if they are on the same side as each other aka, all three being owned by the same trainer, first step to fusion done, the DNA Splicers being the second step, with the final step to fusion still yet to be discovered because it's connected to that missing piece.

Basically, the restoration of the Original Dragon happens in steps: The three dragons must be on the same side first as for them to not have any reason to oppose each other, second step involves the DNA Splicers and the first fusion, the final step requires the missing piece for the final fusion to happen.
 

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I always thought that Reshiram and Zekrom were happier being separate, and it's Kyurem who was caught out and wishes to fuse back with the other two. Reshiram/Zekrom prefer being separate because it means they can fully support their chosen hero without having to compromise with each other.
 

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While they would support the hero, I always thought they too suffer from the separation because of always having the fight that can destroy a region being a possibility is something they wouldn't want. Having the thought of accidentally destroying a region when they don't want to in the first place is a form of suffering.
 
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Adding to that, that is also the reason why Zekrom and Reshiram freely revert to and from the stones.

They appear when they deem the hero worthy, but as soon as that trainer falls into a path of destruction like in the past that shaped Unova, the dragons are able to deem the hero unworthy, not supporting the hero with their power and reverting back to their stones.
 

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Weird and crossover one: Kyle Hyde from Hotel Dusk/Last Window is Shorts Boy and Dress Girl's father. Why? Because he thinks suits are comfy and easy to wear.
 

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The individual storylines of the Mystery Dungeon games aren't canonical to the main series, but I do like to think that those games paint a fairly accurate picture of how Pokémon live when they are isolated from and unseen by humans. Pokémon are not simply the equivalent of animals; I believe that they are wiser, more aware, and more capable than we tend to think they are.
 

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If worlds in the multiverse are like continents, then Ultra Space is the oceans in between. Now, I think that's fairly obviously just by playing Ultra Warp Ride, but as it relates to Alola's mascot trio, lately I've been liking the idea that Necrozma are very, very ancient remnants from when the multiverse first formed (this could be why their bodies are made of superhot plasma - kind of like how the universe was crazy intensely hot right after the Big Bang and needed to cool down), and there may not even be very many of them left, if a great number of them even existed in the first place. On the other hand, you have Cosmog, which I imagine as popping up every now and again in the void of Ultra Space. But Ultra Space is a harsh, chaotic environment. The energy that flows through it naturally causes Ultra Wormholes to form in areas of higher gravity, and because both Necrozma and Cosmog are formed by this energy, they too have the innate ability to open wormholes, but only Necrozma and Cosmog's evolved stages are powerful enough to withstand the energy currents within Ultra Space. So upon genesis, a Cosmog will instinctively warp itself to the nearest world outside of Ultra Space (or just be blown about by the currents and caught in the gravity of a natural wormhole). But because they are so frail, few of these Cosmog survive, even upon arriving in their new world. Only the ones that are fortunate enough to land in a favorable habitat are able to grow and become Solgaleo and Lunala, who remember that world and come back around to it via natal homing when they feel it's time to reproduce. This allows them to ensure a stable cradle for their offspring, which circumvents Cosmog's normally very high mortality rate. This contrasts with Necrozma, which I've been thinking are probably biologically immortal but incapable of reproduction.
 
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Icirrus and Dendemille both grow their food with the help of their local wild Pokemon. Each harvest season, they have a harvest festival: in Icirrus, this involves sterotypically American barn dances and shindigs, while Dendemille's involves a bunch of weird rituals about fairy-type Pokemon and is kind of like Guy Fawkes Night in the UK. In both cases, part of the harvest is given to the wild Pokemon, who further divide it among themselves. Icirrus's harvest festival is the Unova equivalent of Thanksgiving.
 

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Another quick thought on Ultra Necrozma's biology (upon reading a good blog post from a fellow that I patron): Why does it travel to various worlds and share its energized light? Moreover, how does it continue to produce this light - since it's a prism, it shouldn't be generating its own, but rather converting it from something else that it is taking in.

Well, we know that the black prism Necrozma absorbs light, and ravenously so, as it was severely weakened by its bodily deformation brought on by the actions of the people in Ultra Megalopolis. But again, the concept is the same, whether we're talking black Necrozma or Ultra Necrozma. Both are based on prisms, which "consume" light, in a sense, so why should this not still hold true for Ultra Necrozma? Perhaps it simply required far less light in order to sate itself.

But let's go a step further. Consumption of light in order to fuel bodily processes reminds me of two things, the first of which is sun basking. That would be quite fitting, since Necrozma is a dragon, which are usually envisioned as reptilian, and many reptiles use the light of the sun in order to get going (maybe I've just struck upon something in regards to Alolan Exeggutor's Dragon typing?). So let's imagine that Necrozma seeks out worlds that are in orbit around stars in order to take advantage of that abundance of light.

But then, applying the logic of a prism, what goes into Necrozma should be refracted as something else. And that reminds me of another thing - photosynthesis. Many plants, of course, use light energy from the sun to fuel their biological processes, and the carbon dioxide that they draw in from the air is reduced, while oxygen is released. If Ultra Necrozma uses the light of nearby suns in order to provide itself with some energy, then we might surmise that just as plants draw in water and carbon dioxide from their surroundings, Necrozma is also drawing something in. Which leads me to its other typing, Psychic. Many Psychic-types are capable of absorbing mental energy, be it in the form of emotions or dreams. And it is hypothesized in Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon that the Z-Power Rings are actually fragments of Ultra Necrozma's body. We can look at the mechanics of said Z-Power Rings and observe a process similar to photosynthesis - they take in a Trainer's emotions, and release it as an aura of power. So perhaps Necrozma, in the same way that plants take the carbon dioxide of our breath and give us oxygen in return, absorbs the feelings of the people and creatures whose worlds it settles on and converts them into powerful energy that benefits them. And maybe when those feelings turn malicious, Necrozma becomes sick and unable to retain its form, until it eventually reaches a critical condition and shatters, as happened in Ultra Megalopolis.
 
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The Dragon Stones are in-fact, oozing with power constantly. This makes sense that despite them being stones, they are able to float to the desired spot as if they didn't weigh as much as a stone would. Contrary to the manga, the Dragon Stones are actually small enough for a 14-year-old trainer to hold them in one hand each.
 

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The routes in the games don't have paved roads because Pokemon absolutely destroy them through battles. The roads would need to be constantly repaired as trainers fight, and it's not worth the extra expenses for the region's government to do so. Since outdoor battles are infrequent in cities, they can afford to have sidewalks and roads because they won't require constant upkeep.

Routes have a larger diversity of Pokemon than just 4-5 species. For example, Caterpie in-universe can actually be found in trees all over Kanto, but are just found near Viridian Forest in the games because no players want to see Caterpie on every single route. Version exclusives also coexist in the same universe, the unavailable exclusive just never appears to the player when they pass through in the games.

The Masked Royal and Crasher Wake have fought at some point, and it was glorious.

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Rainbow Giovanni originates from the world of Detective Pikachu.

Many years ago, Mr. Fuji and Blaine worked at the Pokémon Mansion on Cinnabar Island. Also a part of their research team was Dr. Waals. We know how the bulk of this story goes - the project was aiming to create a powerful Pokémon from Mew's DNA, but it went awry when Mewtwo could not be controlled. The lab was wrecked, Mewtwo fled to Cerulean Cave, and Mr. Fuji retired to Lavender Town, hoping to find a way of atoning for what he'd been a part of. Dr. Waals felt a similar guilt, and tried to assuage it in a similar way - he had managed to escape the lab's destruction with a small sample of Mew's cells intact, and so he hoped to redeem himself by using those cells to create something that would benefit Pokémonkind. He relocated to Ryme City, where he founded the Pokémon Comprehensive Lab to that end.

However, without a protagonist in that world to stop him, Giovanni was free to dominate the Kanto region. He was able to strongarm Silph Co. into producing more Master Balls, and was also able to pressure Mr. Fuji into surrendering information about his research on Mew and Mewtwo. Within this information, Fuji mentioned Dr. Waals, and so Giovanni followed that trail. He was able to get his Rocket grunts to infiltrate PCL and swap out the Mew cells for some Mewtwo cells that Giovanni had extracted from the ruins of the mansion on Cinnabar. He also persuaded Roger Clifford of GNN into an alliance, promising him great influence and power in exchange for testing the R drug produced from Mewtwo's cells.

From there, the plot of Detective Pikachu plays out. By the end of it, Roger has been apprehended, but not before successfully developing a version of R that still allows the afflicted Pokémon to obey its Trainer. The few successful samples of this strain were quietly passed to Giovanni. However, due to the work of Tim Goodman and his Pikachu, Mewtwo was able to reclaim all of its cells, so Giovanni had no more with which to synthesize R. Mewtwo went off into hiding again after this. [insert the events of Detective Pikachu 2 here]

Giovanni was unable to locate Mewtwo on his own, but through certain circumstances, his research team became aware of Ultra Wormholes and Ultra Beasts. This gave Giovanni an idea - to capture a Mewtwo from a different universe. Eventually, Giovanni prevailed, and obtained a Mewtwo of his own thanks to the supply of Master Balls that he had ready at his disposal. But learning of other universes also expanded Giovanni's vision. Before synthesizing more R, he became fascinated with the power of the Ultra Beasts that his team had encountered, and concocted a plan to create an army of UBs that could be bolstered by the power of R. Using Team Rocket's interdimensional technology, Giovanni traveled to the world of USUM, which had become easily accessible thanks to the recent activity of Necrozma. Once in that world, Giovanni began to establish himself and his new Team Rainbow Rocket. He made the Aether Foundation his target, hoping to procure their UB-related data and technology (presumably, Aether didn't exist in this Giovanni's world), but ultimately, his attempt to conquer the institution was foiled.

However, he was able to slip away undetected, as we saw. We now know that he traveled to the world of Pokémon GO. And along with him, he brought what information he'd been able to collate about the Ultra Beasts, along with samples of their DNA. The combination of R with Ultra Beast biology resulted in a new phenomenon - Shadow Pokémon, which demonstrate the red eyes of an R-afflicted Pokémon but also the aura of an Ultra Beast. Giovanni began distributing these enhanced Pokémon to his followers, who now dubbed themselves Team GO Rocket.
 
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