Top Ten Worst Pokemon Designs

While the Pokémon franchise has had many well designed Pokémon, there are also Pokémon whose designs are boring, ugly, or uncreative. This is a list for those Pokémon. There are, of course, more Pokémon than the ones originally on the list who have bad designs, so feel free to submit them!
The Top Ten
1 Jynx Jynx, known in Japan as Rougela, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. She is known as one of the more humanoid pokemon.

While there are many humanoid Pokémon I could put on this list, such as Mr. Mime, Sawk, and Throh, which have bad designs, I chose Jynx for a number of reasons, most of which you've probably heard before. First off, its design bears resemblance to a certain horrible musician. Second, there's its original design, which of course had racist implications. Thirdly, it's just plain uncomfortable to look at, especially its 3D model, which has it swaying in a weird, hypnotic pose.

Designer 1: Let's make Nicki Minaj a Pokemon!
Designer 2: Good idea!

2 Muk Muk, known in Japan as Betbeton, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

While the concept of a slime monster is interesting, it was not executed well with Muk. Muk is literally just a pile of sludge, and unlike Grimer, it doesn't even have a pleasant expression on its face.

It's literally decomposing feces. How kid-friendly and adorable! Even Mega Kangaskhan had more thought put into it!

'Yawn,' the design is really lazy. It looks like, well, a giant blob of purple diarrhea.

3 Electrode

In the credits of the I Choose You movie, it shows the Poke Balls and as a joke they put Voltorb in there as well. Which means, if Voltorb is an exploding Poke Ball, why not make Electrode an exploding Great Ball? Yes, the shinies are references to Great Balls, but why not change Voltorb to black (Ultra Ball) and Electrode to purple (Master Ball)? Oh well. Just a thought. Other than that, Voltorb and Electrode is an atrocious design-wise.

Designer 1: Let's make an evolution of Voltorb. Let's call it Electrode.
Designer 2: Let's be "creative"!
Designer 1: I think we should make it bigger and put a different face on it!
Designer 2: No, that is too easy. Why don't we flip it over too?
Designer 1: Wow, that looks like a wonderful new Pokemon!

4 Probopass Probopass, known in Japan as Dainose, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

This Pokemon is so bad looking I had to vote for him. The first time I ever battled a Probopass in-game, I burst into giggles. Seriously, my friend and I had a good laugh over this guy. If nothing else, at least his design amuses me.

That Pokémon looks really stupid-looking. It looks like an Easter Island head statue that was painted blue and red by some painter, and someone decided to give that Easter Island head statue a mustache.

Probopass is ugly. It's a copy of Mario because it has a red hat and a mustache like Mario!

5 Krabby

Krabby, just as its name suggests, is a crab. At least Kingler did something slightly interesting with the concept, but Krabby really didn't.

6 Simisear

There's a reason this Pokémon was voted the least popular of all time in Japan. My criticism here could apply to all of the elemental monkeys, but in my opinion, Simisear looks the stupidest. From its ugly oversized ears, to its annoying expression, to the fact that the elemental monkeys are basically the same thing with changes to match each monkey's type and attribute of the whole "three monkeys" legend thing.

7 Seel

Designer 1: hey guys I have an idea! Let's have a seal Pokemon with a horn!
Designer 2: great idea! but what should we name it?
Designer 1: hm, it's a seal so let's replace the a with an e!
Designer 2: WOAH!

Seel is literally a seal. That's it. Like I've heard people say before, if you showed a drawing of Seel to someone, they probably wouldn't be able to tell that it was a Pokémon.

Sure, just get a seal, put a horn on its head, and replace the A with an E, and you've just created Seel!

8 Dugtrio

Dugtrio isn't creative, but how creative could they be? So they made Diglett, and Diglett was a good Pokemon. He was a cute little mole that nobody ever saw the full body of. Well, the designers wanted it to evolve but what was it supposed to evolve into? They couldn't just leave Diglett like that and call it a legendary Pokemon! There's nothing legendary about Diglett.

So they had to evolve it. There wasn't anything they could really do to be creative. So they had to do what they could and make three Diglett heads. It's not that bad of a Pokemon...

9 Klefki Klefki is a dual-type Steel/Fairy Pokémon introduced in the Pokémon franchise's sixth generation. It is known for its unique design, resembling a set of keys. Klefki's ability to collect keys and small objects adds a playful element to its character. Its Steel and Fairy typing makes it effective against... read more

Designer 1: Let's make another fairy type Pokemon.
Designer 2: I got a brilliant idea! It should be a-
Designer 3: Fidgets with key chain
Designer 2: What is he doing?
Designer 1: Screw your idea, a key chain Pokemon is probably the best Pokemon idea ever!

There's potential for a good design here. Maybe you could make it angel-based and have the "ring" be a halo above its head, or use the keys as fingers for the monster? Anyhow, it had potential, but it comes out really half-baked in the end.

Game Freak? Are you serious? The pokedex really says, It shakes its keys to scare its enemies away. That is so stupid. The next time I see my worst enemy, I'm going to just shake my keys! This is a bad design itself, just a keyring with keys on it. I sort of like Klefki I guess but it needs to be fairy and steel or something.

10 Herdier

Similar to Seel, Herdier just looks like a dog. While I know many people like dogs, when you're trying to make a Pokémon, you shouldn't make it look exactly like a real-life animal. Plus, there are already better dog-based Pokémon out there.

The Contenders
11 Luvdisc Luvdisc, known in Japan as Lovecus, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Remember back when Gen 5 came out and Alomomola was released? That would have been great for both of them, and possibly, Luvdisc wouldn't be looked at as a bad Pokemon. But no, Alomomola isn't the evolution. It's just another pointless water Pokemon they threw in there to fill space. Gen 5, in my case, is just one of the worst generations for Pokemon design. Seriously!

You have an ice cream cone, a bloodshot-eyed rat, dumb-looking monkeys, chandeliers, and... a mountain of trash? Also, the names Black and White just make it seem even worse. Black and White? Ugh... dull, ugly colors - blech! What I'm saying is that Alomomola should get the record for the most confusing Pokemon because it looked like Luvdisc.

12 Klink

Klink is just a pair of two gears. The whole evolution line is just gears. Klink doesn't even have a particularly pleasant expression. Its mouths are open in expressions of shock, and both of them have an x instead of one of their eyes.

It doesn't look like it fits in with other Pokémon of the franchise. It would fit better as being a One Piece character instead, if One Piece does have modern-styled gears. That's how out of place it looks.

13 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime, known in Japan as Barrierd, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

I detest Mr. Mime. Its feet are weird, it has odd joints, and its face... its face is literal nightmare fuel. And its 3D sprite will haunt me forever. I don't really like mimes that much, and Mr. Mime just makes it worse. I compare it to a festering wound you cannot get rid of. It's always there, pantomiming walls with its face that says "I will murder you."

When I encounter one, I send out a Pokémon and just let them destroy the creepy thing. And this is coming from the person who likes Garbodor and Stunfisk.

14 Stunfisk

Read his description. He can get stepped on by a sumo wrestler and be unhurt.

Sumo: steps on Stunfisk
Stunfisk: smiles, shocks sumo with a massive volt of electricity
Sumo: extra crispy

I think he is cute and unique. Awesome typing. I think it may be based off of the stargazer, a fish that spends its time buried in the ocean floor and is electric. Unfortunately, the ORAS and X and Y sprites are flat, to say the least. Not flat like "no detail" flat, flat like very flat.

I don't know what this thing is, but it looks very much like a deformed flounder.

15 Alolan Dugtrio

Before you guys get on me about it, I know what Pele's hair is. I just wish the concept was executed better than just sticking wigs onto Dugtrio. At first, it was funny, but now it's just really stupid.

16 Druddigon Druddigon, known in Japan as Crimgan, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

I wouldn't be surprised if one of Game Freak's designers had a kid who threw this design as a drawing they made in elementary school and begged to have it put in the game.

An insult to dragons everywhere! This thing looks like a deformed dinosaur that was left in the sun near expired ice cream.

An insult to all Dragon-Types. It looks like a crayon drawing that was run over, then left in the sun.

17 Garbodor Garbodor, known in Japan as Dustdas, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise introduced in Generation V. It is categorized as the Trash Heap Pokémon.

It's a big pile of trash that someone puked on.

18 Voltorb Voltorb is an Electric-type Pokémon introduced in the Pokémon franchise's first generation. Resembling a Poké Ball, Voltorb often surprises trainers by self-destructing in battles. Its unique design and explosive abilities add an unexpected element to battles, making it both a challenge and a strategic... read more

It's one thing to make a Pokemon based on an object, but it's quite another to slap a face on a fictional one and call it a PKMN.
Why does Voltorb exist? Anything would be better than this. At least Electrode was somewhat original.

All right, we have 148 Pokemon so far. What should we do next? I know, let's get a poke ball, stick eyes on it, and have it evolve into an upside-down poke ball with eyes.

Hands down the worst Generation I design, if not the worst in the entire series. What's so special about a Pokeball with a face?

19 Lickilicky

This thing looks very unattractive.

20 Castform

While Castform is a cute Pokémon and has its weather-based forms, that's basically all that it's got going for it. Not only does it stink in battle, its normal form has a boring color scheme, and the "questionable" grey things below its head.

Why does it have breasts? Is it going for the sexy weather girl look?

For real, just look at what's below Castform's head.

21 Charizard Charizard, known in Japan as Lizardon, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Charizard first appeared in the video games Pokémon Red and Blue and subsequent sequels. They have later appeared in various merchandise, spinoff titles and animated... read more

Charizard is a piece of overrated, flaming crud.

Charizard is a piece of overrated junk.

22 Vanilluxe Vanilluxe is an Ice-type Pokémon introduced in Generation V. It evolves from Vanillish. It is the final form of Vanillite. It is known as the Snowstorm Pokémon.

Designer 1: Hmm. What new Pokemon should we add to the Vanillite family?
Designer 2: What about we add another head to Vanillish?
Designer 3: Not a bad idea. I just type that in the code. BEEP BOOP BLOOP
Man: What is that Pokemon?
Boss: You three are fired.

Sure enough, it's got good offensive properties, but its design... Just NO!

Basically, just a living ice cream with two faces?

23 Unown Unown is a Psychic type Pokémon from the Johto region, taking on the form of letters and punctuation. It is often considered the weakest Pokémon, with low stats and access to only one move, Hidden Power (which can be learnt by nearly every Pokémon anyway)

This is a terrible Pokemon. It wastes a whole room in Pokemon Heart and Gold, and it's really annoying when you have to catch them to get awards.

Alphabet Soup is more like it. All it needs to become alphabet soup is, well, soup.

24 Klinklang

If you thought Voltorb was bad, here are three Magnemites stuck together. I can go all day with this.

25 Landorus Landorus, known in Japan as Landlos, is a Legendary Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Landorus' new form just looks like a really angry cat.

True that. It looks like the genie from Aladdin.

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