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Are Ghost-types actually ghosts?
Topic Started: May 25 2015, 09:52 PM (2,270 Views)
OniLink147
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In Pokemon we have seen it described both ways. Ghosts are able to reproduce, eat, and generally have biological needs, but their Pokedex entries often state that they are straight up dead things that have come back. Which do you think they are?
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Jacquerel
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I think that they are both, some ghosts being actual reanimated beings, some being the children of other ghosts, and some being (like voltorb) something more like the reanimation of concepts.
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Lysander99
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Personally, i'm of the opinion that the original maybe have been an actual ghost, but it is now a full species of pokemon. I could see how every so often someone might become a ghost pokemon through other means. I mean, there's a whole host of things that can happen to turn you into a pokemon anyways.
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Captain_Six
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I go with the idea that ghost pokemon are beings made from and manipulators of ghostly energy. They are not literally ghosts in the same way that Bug pokemon are bugs. They are more like how a Rock pokemon are composed of rock, manipulate rock, but are not the same thing as a roadside pebble. Likewise I believe that Ghost pokemon are different from the lower-case ghost, even if they might be made from the same spectral material.

I consider the idea that ghost pokemon are deceased humans or pokemon to be your standard pokedex weirdness.
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Dr.Webster
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It seems that ghost types are many things. The ghastly family is gaseous creatures from another dimension, banette is a toy that wants revenge, yamask is a soul of the dead, the list goes on for this pokemon type.
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Aroven
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It could be both in that when someone dies, the imprint of their death might echo out into Ghost type energy (or Anima or whathaveyou). Dead guy's soul moves on, and if he bites it hard enough or in a particular way, he probably births a baseline ghost poke. Side note: This makes some ghosts rather squicky- Spiritomb was likely birthed by a massacre.
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CorpseMoney
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I think it depends on the setting, they can literally be ghostly type beings who can also be captured and battled, or they can be pokemon with ethereal and supernatural characteristics.
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Mr. Seal The Albatross
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I like to think ghost types are more based around having certain characteristics people normally would see as similar to ghosts, but aren't exactly ghosts themselves. Sableye isn't exactly a ghost, but his powers and move list seems to show he has some powers a ghost has.
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Blackhawk748
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Its a mixed bag, as has been said. Phantump is apparently the soul of a lost child, whereas i see Duskull as just a Pokemon with ghostly attributes
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charon
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What I wanted to comment has already been covered closely by Captain_Six/Mr. Seal The Albatross.

I need to bring up the Marowak from Gen-I. It was the literal ghost of a deceased Marowak, it was not in any sense a Ghost-type Pokemon.
That alone in my view proves that "literal ghosts" and Ghost-type Pokemon are two different things.

And let's not forget that there are some Pokemon who gain the Ghost-typing upon evolution, without dying in the process.

Ghost-type Pokemon are usually just weird, often gaseous, kinds of organisms. They are creatures that can seem physically abnormal. Of course being that way, it is easy to confuse them with actual ghosts, which is why the type is called that.
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