Is it also irritating for you that Rufflet/Braviary and Vullaby/Mandibuzz are gender counterparts? They're totally different from each other, based on different birds. While Rufflet and Braviary were based on sort of an eagle, Vullaby and Mandibuzz were based on vulture. It's not the same case of Nidoking and Nidoqueen, which share several similar aspects being both based on a rhino or dinossaur-like creature. It was a surprise for me when I noticed that Rufflet/Braviary were only male and Vullaby/Mandibuzz were only female.
A male Gardevoir is weird because of it's looks so making a Gallade was a smart idea since Gallade is only male.
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First, for designing them as gender counterparts. How could someone imagine they as relatives?
Second, for not stopping them to be gender counterparts before the release of the Gen V. Anyone could have said "It is odd they being related! Change this now!"
Ya same here I always thought mew was a girl
I don't understand how you get new ones.
Do they breed asexually? Do they divide like amoebas? Do they pop out of the ground? D:
Giving Pokemon genders always seemed so gimmicky to me.
Obviously they wanted to be able to have a way to replicate Pokemon, to give a reason for coming up with Magby, Smoochum, Elekid etc. etc.
I just wish they would have found a better way to accomplish that.
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i also always thought for some pokemon to have a certain gender was odd like you guys mention a machamp being female o.O
but anyway i thought mew was a baby pkm? least i remember some were in the show saying that it was one and it being male too just since its a baby it can come off as female same with celebi and jirachi o.o
The thing with being genderless, is that it seems to serve no purpose. Sure this means legendaries cannot breed, but baby pokemon have genders and are designed to be unable to breed. The only upside is that the legends cannot be affected by attract, but what is the main reason for this? Why don't these pokemon have genders? Is there some hidden reason behind this all? Only some legendaries in my opinion have an excuse to not have genders: Deoxys, the Regis,[Dialga, Palkia, Dialga, and Arceus (due to being godlike)].
If ungender Pokemons were gender since Generation II, nobody were going to complain about they being gender, but as in the introduction of genders they made some Pokemons being ungender, people now discuss why some gender Pokemons aren't ungender and why some ungender aren't gender. Well, the most acceptable theory is that non-legendary ungender Pokemons are based on objects in the real life. Hence they were not given gender. Voltorb, for example, is based on Poke Ball, Magnemite is based on a Magnet, Klang is based on gears, Metagross seems to be based on a cyborg-robot, etc. Then, any members might quote "And Geodude? Solrock? They are objects and have gender!". Well, I add a new detail, they were not based on objects made by humans, they are made of minerals made naturally by the nature. It seems that everything which is robotic or artifical is ungender in the Pokemon world.
Now, Pokemons that are based on living creatures (the majority) were given a gender, but we have exceptions. Most of the exceptions are legendaries and legendaries were not given gender probably to become unable of breeding. But this isn't indeed true. If a legendary shouldn't be breedable, Game Freak could just make them incapable of breeding, what happens with Nidorina, that in spite of not being a legendary, she is unable of breeding by any reason as long as her male counterpart, Nidorino, is able to.
As many members above said, I agree that:
-some ungender Pokemons should become gender (most legendaries);
-though some legendaries becoming gender, they were still unbreedable;
-ungender Pokemons should be able to breed with other of the same specie;
-some ungender Pokemons should be able to breed alone. Like some animals are capable of cloning/duplicating/regenerating themselves in real life.
Sometimes its stupid. There are pokemons with gender that makes less sense than a Solrock. And i find it weird that Nintendo put in gender differances but didnt change lets say Machoke. Im not asking for anything big, atleast put a lipstick on it.
And some of the legendaries really look like males. Terrakion for example.
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This is also something i find quite akward and confusing.
I can see why most legendaries cannot be either gender. I see them as a 'higher power' in the pokemon universe leaving them no need to have a gender. But as the OP said there are some genderless legends that are clearly more masculine than feminine and vice-versa. This is justified with their inability to breed (except manaphy).
But the bit that I cannot understand is regular generless pokemon. I understand how they are genderless because most genderless pokemon are based around man-made objects such as magnets with the magnemite line. But how can they breed with ditto?
Ditto is a special case i know, being able to transform into whatever it likes.
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Growing up I did think Mewtwo was Male and Mew was Female just based on the colour and design of them.
As for Genderless Pokémon it's a little complicated for me. Non-Legendaries such as Staryu, Electrode and Metagross never really struck me as being gender specific. They seemed more ambiguous and gender neutral.
Where as the Legendaries such as Azelf, Meloetta and Manaphy, they seemed to strike me as more gender specific. The colours and designs of them seem to suggest a certain gender as Azelf seems more masculine and Meloetta seems more feminine yet neither one of them have a clear cut gender. I guess this was implemented to stop us from breeding them to get more legendaries but then again baby Pokémon can't breed either which just complicates matters even more.
I guess since Legendary Pokémon are seen as the Gods of Pokémon who have created Time, Space, Land etc. that they much like some of the Gods of Mythology, don't have a clear cut gender. They're just powerful.
But in mythology the Greek, Roman, and Egyptian gods actually had clear genders.