Legendary or not, they still fit in magic balls if you can manage to catch them.

One of the things that Japan is amazingly good at time and time again is creating an artificial demand for something completely superfluous.  Legendary Pokemon are one of these things.  While they do tend to be more powerful than your average "works from level 1 pulled-up-by-the-bootstraps" Pokemon, there is a feeling that while you're lucky if you can actually catch them, you're still not bonded closely to them from day 1 of your adventure, and to some extent, that does kind of put a cramp in my personal Trainer style.

But honestly, one of the main thing people ask about is who the new legendary Pokemon characters are going to be.  According to Bulbapedia, which is basically one of the best Pokemon resources online, there are actually 3 distinct kinds of Legendary Pokemon:

"While in English, all are typically grouped under the banner of "legendary", there are three distinct terms in Japanese that are used to refer to them. One, 伝説のポケモン densetsu no Pokémon, literally "legendary Pokémon", refers to Pokémon such as Kyogre and Groudon, who are featured prominently in the legends of the Pokémon world.

A second, 幻のポケモン maboroshi no Pokémon, literally "illusory Pokémon", refers to Pokémon seen so rarely, such as Mew, that some question their very existence. This term was translated in the Generation IV games as "mirage Pokémon", in reference to the various myths of Sinnoh, and many consider it to refer to Pokémon that are restricted to Nintendo events, not available during the course of normal gameplay.

The third and newest term is 神話のポケモン shinwa no Pokémon, literally "mythical Pokémon", which refers to the Pokémon which are spoken of as the creators of the Sinnoh region."

Source: http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Legendary_Pok%C3%A9mon

Having fire for hair has its perks.  One of them being able to curl up by the fire to take a nap AT THE SAME TIME.

But never fear, POKEMONth readers, I will not bore you with the long and (ostensibly) boring back story on all of these characters.  That's what we have Google for.  No, instead, I'm going to talk about the three types of Pokemon Legendary characters that *I* perceive when I play Pokemon.  Maybe they'll make you laugh-maybe they'll make you cry.  Maybe they'll simply make you want to smack me over the head with a giant foam Hulk fist (but hopefully not).  Without further ado, I present the Legendary Types:

TYPE 1: The gooey adorable, "I wanna take it home and love it and squeeze it and call it George" Legendary.

Face it, everything about these characters screams "baby".  They've got huge foreheads, adorably bright and shiny eyes, and they're tiny and fluffy and huggable!  Just looking at one of these legendary Pokemon might be enough to give you diabetes and revoke your Manliness Card if you're a guy.  Obviously, since I'm female, I can gush about them at length and wear cute keychains on my bag with their likenesses on it without fear of being accused of being a wuss (and no, I'm fairly ok with being a geeky person-I don't knock the trendy types for paying hundreds of dollars for ugly handbags, so I expect them to do the same for me).  Bottom line, these guys are always cute beyond belief, but they're also super powerful in that Earth-destroying, cosmic explosion sort of way.  Sure, they look like cute little baby-things, but they'll melt your face if you don't do what they want.

....Sounds like parenting to me!


TYPE 2: Cool and somehow also goofy at the SAME. DANG. TIME.

Legendary Pokemon are SUPPOSED to be legendary.  They're supposed to be the Pokemon equivalent of Michael Jordan, Indiana Jones, Albert Einstein and Luke Skywalker all rolled up in one.  But *WHY* must they always insist on looking so dorky?  I mean, for example, Entei looks like Hulk Colgan if he were covered in hair and had giant shards of glass sticking out of his butt.  Seriously? 

I'm supposed to WANT to capture this walking mullet?  And Raiku isn't much better.  He looks like Wilford Brimley crossed with Wolverine, only with a huge piece of cotton candy stuck to his butt. Diabeetus, indeed.

The best looking one of the three, Suiceine, is still kinda freaky, with a head protuberance that would make a stag beetle blush and giant flowing Prince hair.  Oh, and whatever those weird white ribbon things are that somehow NEVER seem to trip him, despite being twice the length of his body.

You even see this with Lugia and Ho-oh, as well as the legendary birda-Zapdos, Articuno and Moltres.  All of them have one or two little design things about them that make them simultaneously AWESOME and a bit dorky at the same time.

TYPE 3: "YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD MAKE THIS COOLER?!  LET'S ADD MORE CLUTTERY JUNK TO THE DESIGN!" (AKA: Were they just randomly adding stuff to this creature or what?)

This is actually one of my biggest Pokemon pet peeves (say that 3 times fast, now).  When a Pokemon character (and especially Legendary Pokemon) has so much added crap attached to it, the Pokemon starts looking like someone haphazardly slopped some stuff on based on some initial list of What People Find Cool.  I mean, not only do they add the armor, the weird spikes sticking out of somewhere (or everywhere), and then add a bunch of weird, unexplained tribal markings, you know someone's GONE TOO FAR.  When they start adding jewels or other sparkly things, it's time to take away someone's pen.  Seriously, I wouldn't be surprised if this Pokemon turned around and there was an entire kitchenette attached to his backside.  There's a reason why the original Pokemon are still well known even today when most of them are no longer available in the games.  When you take characters that are well-designed, it shows.  Obviously, the Pokemon appearances are glorified avatars for hard statistics (it sounds so un-romantic when I say it that way, though), but still, I'd prefer my pixelly character art to be fairly simple to decipher!

These grievances aside,  I generally enjoy the idea of Legendary Pokemon-elusive and hard-to-catch creatures of mystery.  Although I kind of wish I could just have a bazillion master balls and just catch them, there's something to be said of the sport of catching an almost-impossible to find Pokemon and making it into one of your team members.  However, it is frustrating to know that many of these Pokemon are Legendary largely because they don't actually appear naturally in the game without a special code.  Some of the Pokemon (like Mew) were only available in a contest for certain special players, and others were only available because you pre-ordered or happened to buy a certain piece of merchandise that allowed you to "get" that character as well.

Crass consumerism aside, this is a somewhat smart move, but on the other hand, if you truly want to "catch 'em all," you might end up having to do more than you had bargained in order to add one of these Legendary Pokemon to your team.


So, POKEMONthers, what is YOUR favorite Legendary Pokemon?

Personally I'm kind of a stickler for the originals-I love Mew (and I especially love the stage where you take pictures of Mew in Pokemon Snap-ZOMG).  But I'm also a fan of Jirachi-I mean, that's a cute little face and it's WEARING A STAR HAT (D'awwwww).

As for the rest of you, what has your experience been with Legendary Pokemon?  Do you catch them, kill them for the experience (HORRORS!), or do you tend to miss catching them?

I look forward to hearing from you in the comments! :)