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11 Anatomical Illustrations That Prove Pokémon Could Totally Be Real

Katie Cannon February 8, 2016
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Okay, buzzkills, we get it: Pokémon aren’t *real.* They’re anime characters. Video game pets. Distinctly fictional. WE GET IT, OKAY?

But now that the cartoon creatures have infiltrated the ~real world~ via POKÉMON GO, Pikachu and the gang seem more and more like legit wildlife everyday. And thanks to these detailed renditions of Pokémon anatomy by artist/science savant Christopher Stoll, Pokémon are now totally plausible members of the animal kingdom.

Stoll has posted a series of textbook illustrations of Pokémon anatomy on DeviantArt, accompanied by background info on each species and encyclopaedic explanations for each physical feature.

He’s done 11 thus far, but we’re hoping he’ll expand his project to include the entire Pokédex.

Read on for insight into your fave Pokémon’s inner workings, and the answers to all the burning biological questions you’ve never thought to ask. Click each image to zoom in and see the artwork on Stoll’s DeviantArt page.

Pikachu

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Bulbasaur

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Jigglypuff

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Charmander

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Squirtle

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Voltorb

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Koffing

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Magikarp

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Oddish

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Horsea

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And finally, a hilarious trolling of the Rattata:

who Stoll is clearly not all that fond of.

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Fictional biology is kind of Stoll’s wheelhouse; he’s also written A NATURAL HISTORY OF THE FANTASTIC,  an “art-book bestiary” on “the anatomy, behavior, and origins of over 20 amazing fantasy creatures.” Buy it on Amazon.

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