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Artist’s Fascinating “PokéNatomy” Pokémon Pictorials Help Us Understand the Power That’s Inside

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At first glance, the realism in artist Christopher Stoll’s PokéNatomy gallery is jarring, but that’s really what’s so great about it: These are imaginative takes on not just what we’d see underneath a Pokémon’s cute (or not so cute) exterior, but how that all might work to produce the powers they use in battle.

Pikachu is my favorite example, not just because I’m a sucker for the iconic Pokémon mascot, but because there already are real-world creatures capable of generating a biological electric shock. They may not be able to project it in quite such an impressive display, but they have internal organs specifically designed to allow them to create electricity just like everyone’s favorite thunder mouse. Other Pokémon abilities are a bit more out there in terms of basis in real-life creatures, but Stoll’s explanations are pretty satisfying attempts to bring them in line with reality.

You can see the rest over on his DeviantArt page, and Stoll told us in a message that he’s got a whole lot of new ones on the way in the future, so keep an eye out for those to further your Pokéducation.

(via Laughing Squid, images via Christopher Stoll)

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