5 Terrible Life Lessons That Pokemon Taught Us All

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Pokemon is one of those shows that everyone has some sort of history with. Whether you were a die-hard fan or simply watched it while getting ready for school, everyone knows who Pikachu and Ash are. But despite being a staple in our childhood, Pokemon actually taught kids some pretty questionable lessons. And when we say questionable, we basically mean reallyreallybad — animal cruelty is NEVER okay, people!

Don’t get us wrong — we’ll never stop loving Pokemon, but we’re just sayin’ you shouldn’t take much of what the show teaches too seriously. ‘Cause that would just end extremely badly…

1. You’ll receive glory if you have your pets fight to the death. Basically, the entire premise of the show revolves around animal cruelty. SO not okay.

2. And while you’re at it, keep those pets contained in PokeBalls. Again with the animal cruelty! Pretty sure Blastoise would rather have room to roam free…



3. No parents, no problem! How does no one seem to care that Ash’s mom kicked him out of the house when he was 10 YEARS OLD?! And, as the story progresses, he, Brock and Misty can’t be much older than 15 of 16, so where the heck are their parents when they’re out there trying to catch ’em all?!

4. Underage gambling. While no one on the show or in the anime series bet money during battles, children IRL were inadvertently taught to gamble other cards, games, and sometimes even money for the best Pokemon.

5. Pets are collectors’ items. If people were to take the “gotta catch ’em all” slogan seriously, everyone would be going around trying to capture as many animals as they could. Quality over quantity when it comes to pets, people!

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