“A trash bag … are you kidding me?”
That was what the nay-sayers were saying about the Generation 5 Black and White Pokémon. Every time a new game comes out, fans are usually critical of any new sprites, and think that new ones always pale in comparison to the older, tried and true Pokémon.
“… but a TRASHBAG?”
Ahem .. from Bulbapedia: Trubbish (in Japanese: ヤブクロン “Yabukuron”) is a POISON-type Pokémon. Trubbish evolves into Garbodor (in Japanese: ダストダス “Dustdas”) at level 36, where it remains a POISON type. There is no Mega-Evolution for this Unova Pokémon – thank goodness.
Trubbish (the “Trash Bag Pokémon”) and Garbodor (the “Trash Heap Pokémon “) are not among my favorites, but I can certainly defend their existence.
If you have been to the New York – New Jersey area, you know that you will see a lot of trash along the roads. Not just litter, but BAGS of trash that has not been picked up, and will likely NEVER get picked up. This is especially true for neighborhoods along transportation routes, and the older, poorer parts of town. Look, I’m not trying to insult you Newark – but how can you put up with it?
I am sure that Pokémon’s GAMEFREAK developers from Japan were impressed by the piles of trash, lining the roadways of what is supposed to be America’s greatest city. It is not surprising trash was made into a character.
Furthermore, you have to remember what Pokémon are. Pokémon are NOT animals. They often take the shape of an animal, but they sometimes take the form of an inanimate object (an ice cream cone, a set of gears, etc.). Sometimes they take a humanoid form (Mr. Mime, etc.), which creeps me out a little. I don’t like it when they take humanoid form, but they are just trying their best to communicate to our limited human perceptions. It is true that Pokémon are affected by, and can be controlled with electromagnetic radiation (and thus can be stored in a Pokéball or PC storage box).
However, Pokemon are spiritual beings. They take the form of things which our human minds can understand. Yes, it is usually some type of animal (cat, fish or even dragon). We as humans cannot understand their true form, so they appear to us as something familiar. (Pikachu is a mouse – but is not really a mouse. He takes the shape of something which we can relate to, and this calls to our emotions.)
There is a spirit — with feelings — in most everything …in the rocks, in the forest, in the wind and waves. Even in your household appliances. Isn’t it funny that you usually refuse to see them? Pokémon take their respective forms, not because they are those things, it is so we can better acknowledge them.
… OK, so the trash bags. Indeed there are a lot of trash bags in the rough parts of the Unova Region (er… I mean the New York metro area). It is not surprising that a poison type would appear to us as abandoned garbage. … and what does that say about us?
I was able to get a good nickname from the Pokémon Name-Rater’s web page. (His page is linked here, however always remember that Mr. Name Rater hates you.) One user said that he named Trubbish after the day of the week when his garbage was picked up.”Tuesdays“.
Of course names like “New Jersey” or “Newark” would be appropriate, as well as other decaying urban areas with poor sanitation services. “EastSt.Louis” for example.
Perhaps you could use one of those “made up” urban names for the poisonous-attitude, obese and belligerent “social justice” warriors i run into once in a while. “LaQueefa” for example. Name one “S.J.W.” and send it over the WonderTrade. Punk rockers in the games usually have Poison types, so you could use sick punk names like Dinah Cancer. Garbodor is shaped like some type of matador, but I’m not sure I can give it matador type names like “Pork Sword“. How about “Greta Garbage” as a play on legendary actress Greta Garbo?
I have used the name “Trashish” by combining the words trash and hashish. I was thinking “Akeem” might be funny. If you have seen the Eddie Murphy movie “Coming to America”, he makes the great comedic line: “When you think of garbage — think of Akeem!” Scene linked here!
Names like “Hefty” might be good, as that is a brand name of trash bags. Hey Bob … remember how we used to have a running joke about Hefty’s “Steel Saks“? Saks … HA.
What is the name for your bag of trash? Please comment.