Pokémon Black and Pokémon White are coming and coming fast, but every single one of the new Pokémon we have seen can’t hold a candle to the first generation bad asses that we have grown up with and hopefully admire more than the latest Pokémon to be “discovered”. So in honor of the classic first generation of Pokémon I have made a list of the Top 5 Original Bad-Ass Pokémon that I’m sure will spark varying amounts of controversy, but none can deny their complete and utter bad-assery.
Back when we first started playing the classic games on the GameBoy we didn’t care about crafting a strategically balanced team — no, what we wanted was a team of the coolest Pokémon around and we had it! It didn’t even matter if they were all water-types because we took the words of Professor Oak to heart (unlike his grand-son Gary) and made a team of Pokémon we actually cared about, a team that we were proud to win with and lose with.
There are 151 original Pokémon so narrowing the list down to our top five was quite a daunting task, but Game Rant has completed the task for you, our Ranters, so without any further ado I present the Top 5 Original Bad-Ass Pokémon.
Traditionally bug Pokémon aren’t very cool, let alone bad-ass, but Scyther is more than the exception. This Pokémon is based off of one of the coolest insects in the animal kingdom — the praying mantis. This insect is known to actually eat its own male partner while mating, so Scyther comes from a cannibalistic background that should not only impress, but terrify any Pokemon trainer that wants this truly bad-ass Pokémon in their roster.
Scyther has a cool background, but they were able to take an awesome insect and make him look hardcore. Scyther has two razor sharp scythes for hands that can cut anything or anyone to ribbons, plus he has spikes that stick out of his head and thighs that I doubt anybody would like to get caught on. Scyther is one of the few Pokémon that is actually cooler than his evolved form and we here at Game Rant can’t ignore the bad-assness that Scyther brings to the table.
At least one of the original starters was bound to make this list, because they are without a doubt the coolest starters in Pokémon history. Turtles are usually not very cool though: they eat lettuce, slowly hobble from one side of their environment to the other, poop and sleep. Blastoise and his whole evolutionary line are the polar opposite of your average boring turtle. These guys are fast, cool looking, and can shoot vast amounts of water out of their mouths.
Somehow, during the evolution from Wartortle to Blastoise, he grows giant pearly white cannons on his back that are capable of pumping so much water that they are often used instead of fire trucks to extinguish burning buildings. You can just look at Blastoise and know he could kick the crap out of almost any Pokémon and that’s why he’s number four on our list.