Film Theory: Did Detective Pikachu Prove Pokemon's Greatest Fan Theory?

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Detective Pikachu has done so much better than Pokemon fans - and honestly, everyone else - were expecting. It hits that balance of current relevance and nostalgia. And on top of that, it holds the clues to a ton of Pokemon fan theories! Today Loyal Theorists, we are looking to Ditto. For a long time, fans have speculated on the origins of the pink little blob. I am here to tell you that Detective Pikachu has given us all the clues we need to figure out Ditto's mysterious origins once and for all!
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Writer: Matthew Patrick and Justin Kuiper
Editors: Koen Verhagen and BanditRants
Assistant Editor: AlyssaBeCrazy
Sound Editor: Yosi Berman


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Jun 8, 2019




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naz five
naz five 49 minutes ago
What I count canon is Kanto-unova
Meghan Croll
Meghan Croll Hour ago
Ditto actually was a failed as it said in one of the Pokémon game
Meghan Croll
Meghan Croll Hour ago
More funny
HisShadow 4 hours ago
Honestly having a Ditto that can transform into any Pokemon at will would be far more powerful than Mewtwo. Mewtwo is a physic type always. Ditto can become a dark type and wipe the floor with him. Howard's Ditto is the best Pokemon in the world of Pokemon.
deathgun 2934
deathgun 2934 7 hours ago
My theory is that dido is holding trading cards of every he’s ever seen like why did he turn into charzard and not rayquaza or Kyogre because he’s never met any other flying Pokémon he’s only seen charzard
LucasDB39 7 hours ago
Honesty I think everyone accepted the theory anyway originally
MarctheLightSpark Elliott
*People* : Detective Pikachu is the best video game movie! *Assassin's Creed Movie* : am I a joke to you?!
Diego Carvajal
Diego Carvajal 16 hours ago
There was a pokemon episode were team rocket steal a ditto and it was capable to transform in to any picture it saw
The Hidden Ninja
The Hidden Ninja 16 hours ago
A comment here says it just transformed into a book..
Wait did dobbs do his theory a few years ago
MR. Foop
MR. Foop Day ago
Sorry to rain on your parade, but they said in the movie that they experimented on pokemon, and ditto was one of them
Oscar Charles
Skip to 12:30, just made the whole video pointless.
Skye Lowell
Skye Lowell Day ago
as much as i like this video, i think it’s irresponsible not to mention that Junichi Masuda (the art director of the original Pokémon games) outright denied the theory that Ditto is a failed Mew clone, and that the greater context for the Stern quote about Ditto being “one of my father’s experiments” is that there were other genetic experiments that had nothing to do with Mewtwo- the giant Torterras, for example.
ZipplyZane 18 hours ago
I would not expect the art director to be an authority on lore.
Jaymz Cross
Jaymz Cross Day ago
In the one of the many Poké dexes it says that Ditto was a failed clone of Mew. (But wait didn't Matpat say don't trust the Poké dex?)
Scott Powers
Scott Powers 2 days ago
I wouldn't call this a video game adaptation movie as pikachu is not primarily a video game character, as pikachu and pokemon is more known through it's tv show and movies, nor does this movie involve the events of any particular movie. it's not even cannon in any way. the events of this movie are in no way related to anything in the pokemon lore or universe, and pikachu doesn't talk in the games, tv series, or movies, nor is he ever a detective in said media. pikachu isn't even a main character in any of the pokemon video games. he's just a pokemon you might run into and catch.
Elizabeth Evans
Elizabeth Evans 3 days ago
YAS i got the joke XD
SWasp 3 days ago
Maby, * just* Maby, all dittos are miew ore miew2 shit
Emily Valcourt
Emily Valcourt 3 days ago
I don’t know the Mario movie was a good time
Cormac Michael
Cormac Michael 4 days ago
Could the advanced Ditto be called a... Dittwo?
2:50 is that a jojo reference
Infinite Octopaw
Infinite Octopaw 4 days ago
The intro last too long, the rest is a theory recap of something that isn’t yours and only a few seconds of confirming something on Twitter. This was a waist of time.
VikingBush Gaming
Ok matpat listen not to make your work feel like it was a waste but it was kinda already widely known by hardcore pokemon fans that ditto is a failed Mewtwo, like it's in the game lore and sometimes when trying to clone a mew into a Mewtwo you actually get a ditto
Steven Feige
Steven Feige 5 days ago
Am i the only one who is hoping for a live-action version based off of Pokemon Emerald? With May or Brendan? I think that'd be dope and they could set up a cinematic universe from it. They could title the movie "Hoenn" or "Emerald".
Why cant the ditto in detective pikachu turn into a mewtwo as its like super
Phoenix Fury
Phoenix Fury 5 days ago
I thought this was a fact
Daniel Adami
Daniel Adami 6 days ago
This theory was solved a long time ago though MatPat!
3pic boss
3pic boss 6 days ago
Mutu and ditto a crossover hm note to self Pokemon a game game theory crosses over film theory
Flux 6 days ago
Why does the gas effect ever other Pokémon but the main pikachu maybe something deeper
Shoe Shack
Shoe Shack 6 days ago
Hey, so like, super ditto. In the Pokemon ranger game (the one with ukulele pichu ans summoning signs, I can't recall its name) One of the main boss persons has a ditto. It can change at will into Pokemon without them being present. Just interested in thoughts if anyone's seen it.
Ryan Morgan Christison
Theory: Detective Pikachu is Ash’s Pikachu which is actually a Ditto unaware it’s a Ditto...
Ryan Morgan Christison
@AyeItzMJ =O
AyeItzMJ 4 days ago
@Ryan Morgan Christison ditto took the form of the antagonist's son and his female assistant.
Ryan Morgan Christison
@AyeItzMJ... who was a ditto?
AyeItzMJ 4 days ago
@Ryan Morgan Christison your theory doesn't work cuz detective Pikachu is revealed to be the protagonist's father with memory loss.
Ryan Morgan Christison
AyeItzMJ lol of course not
Amethyst_Wolf 7 days ago
I think that specific ditto was actually a clone of mew two; as a clone of a clone it would explain the extra instability shown when it was defeated
Marco O.
Marco O. 7 days ago
Did anyone else get irked by the fact that only one Ditto in the anime had a derpy face when it transformed and the guy the boss man in Detective Pikachu managed to take it from the little girl and employ it?
Megan Carpenter
Megan Carpenter 7 days ago
world of war craft movie
Kumohoshi 7 days ago
Wasn't there an anime episode where Ditto transforms into a cannon and shoots down Team Rocket's balloon, or did my memory make that up?
Gamer Phoenix
Gamer Phoenix 8 days ago
Hasn’t everybody known this for almost 20 years?
Philip Bonev
Philip Bonev 8 days ago
Stop saying first watchable or something game movie: Tomb Raider 2018 was ok Rampage was ok Resident Evil was good Warcraft had some problems, but the movie was good. BTW I liked Detective Pikachu :)
Fiona Redfern
Fiona Redfern 8 days ago
Perfect intro is PERFECT. If Pokemon: Detective pikachu ISN'T coming out on DVD... *then let there be total CHAOS!!!!*
squid king
squid king 9 days ago
Ditto is actually mewtwo clone after mewtwo exploded because its psycic power boom theory idea
Dana Marlowe
Dana Marlowe 9 days ago
PyroPlayz - Gaming
What about how mewtwo fuses and separates Pokémon?! Do a theory on that!
Gabe Da Golden gamer
i think that ditto is mewtwo's dad
Marcus Stevens
Marcus Stevens 10 days ago
Mewtwo's consciousness-transfer powers COULD also explain the Mystery Dungeon series to a degree... Also, did anyone else expect Howard's Eevee to be like Red's Eevee from the manga? The one that can switch between Eeveelutions at will?
Gebeto TV
Gebeto TV 8 days ago
Dolphintale 2014
Dolphintale 2014 11 days ago
That window mr mime was looking through looks just like mine.😂😅😱
Erik Andre
Erik Andre 11 days ago
The pikachu might be ashes theory is invalid now tho. Since the pikachu was actually just deadpool guy.
Kodiak 12 days ago
eh Matpat, i do wanna burst your bubble, i knew since 2000 that Ditto is the failed clone of Mew. i got my Yellow Edition 1999 or so and i immediatly knew that, especially since i have seen the very first Movie.
Marcos Esteban
Marcos Esteban 12 days ago
Wellllllll your theory of bad videogame movies was wrong
Lime minigun
Lime minigun 12 days ago
Ditto has seen bad shit
Maludir Corona
Maludir Corona 12 days ago
Uhm did he forget about the Pokémon Village in Gen 7? 😅
Andrew Morosky
Andrew Morosky 13 days ago
Theory starts at 7:33
Elite Sting
Elite Sting 13 days ago
We’re also getting Armored Mewtwo in Pokemon Go very soon as of now and here’s this 🤔
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