Anyone who can catch a Snorlax must have some big balls!
Inb4 a pokéball that acts as a teleporter to a cell hosted in the moon…. just saying :-°
I’m gonna go with the data theory, more like “ghost in the machine”-ish though cause they’re never surprised when they’re let out. Data that is able to view but not interact with their environment…Makes you think…all those pokemon who refuse to get caught…they’re battling being digitized piece by binary piece…
That might mean that Wobbuffet from the anime is more impressive than we realized.
“What began as a conflict over the transfer of consciousness from flesh to machine…”
this strangely makes a lot of sense
The fact that there is a “Luxury Ball” would certainly seem to back up the “Ideal environment” theory.
It’s not just one of these theories. It’s size/data + environment combined. Pokeballs are The Matrix.
Ideal environment seems a little cruel, because you yank them from heaven into a battle field. Then again, maybe that’s why they’re so eager to fight.
Data theory is the only thing that makes sense. When your pokemon get beat up in a fight, you take them to a pokecenter. They don’t get healed, they just have their data overwritten. Pokemon are just programs, and the world of Pokemon is the Matrix.
Didn’t some of the manga have them visible, as shrunken versions of themselves (not crammed, but snug)? And they could see outside and tell what was going on.
I’ve been assuming some kind of empathetic link, so that since the trainer wants to battle, it influences the ‘mon to want to battle, too (and where the Magic of Friendship gets put into the plot).
Maybe that the badges that help trainers command higher-level ‘mons are because they’re made of some kind of psi-resonant alloys (which also doubles as an anti-forgery system). So, not also are the Gym Leaders looking at pokemon strength, but it’s also a system of making sure nobody (too) mentally unstable gains the capacity to control, say, Arceus. Like there’s a — well, not a creepy-pasta, but one of those “alternate interpertations” that points out that the only 25-45-ish year old men in the games are either in the military, or in organized crime; that all the people who are (would be) the dads of the PC and NPC characters died in a global war that used Pokemon, and that the whole League system is a subtle way of monitoring who’s got the most power after said war.