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The Salamence Evolution line is the perfect Trans allegory

An often overlooked aspect of Pokemon games is that players have the Pokedex at their disposal to learn more about the creatures they catch and train or even discover the habitats of those they have only encountered in their adventures. The Pokedex is not an essential gameplay tool, and it is frequently used as a storytelling medium for a Pokémon Professor in a given region to tell players their starting Pokémon, then set off on a journey to research data on all of them. the creatures that live in the area. This is precisely why a Pokedex can include all kinds of information about a plethora of different Pokemon species, which can be vital for understanding the behavior and evolution of Pokemon.


On that note, Ruby Pokémon and Sapphire did something pretty interesting and unique with one of the Pokémon from the Hoenn region and the Pokedex entries from its evolution line. This Pokémon is Salamence, a formidable creature in games that works wonders as an attacker, but also fascinating when it comes to the lore around it and what it took for its previous evolutions to change so drastically. In fact, the first Pokémon in the Salamence evolution lineage is Bagon, a wingless creature who above all wants his body to change and develop the ability to fly and roam freely in the sky. The process behind Bagon’s evolution into Shelgon and later into Salamence is detailed by his Pokedex entries, and they make up the perfect trans allegory when it comes to human beings.

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Why Salamence is the ultimate trans allegory in Pokemon games


The original entries of Ruby Pokémon and Sapphire Because Bagon has stated that the creature desperately wants to get up into the sky and dive into the clouds, but the Pokemon can’t do it even if it tries all the time. Thanks to Pokedex entries from later Pokemon Generations it becomes clear that Bagon suffers tremendously from having a limited body unable to fly it, so he smashes his head in the rocks – something the Gen 7 Pokedex attributes to Bagon’s stress. Bagon apparently also can’t stand the sight of flying Pokémon birds because they have something he doesn’t have, and his destructive behavior is believed to be in fact a way for him to stimulate his own cells to make it evolve.

Transgender people often feel the same way because of gender dysphoria, which in Bagon’s case is likely another type of body dysphoria that’s not related to her gender, but rather her physical characteristics. This is reinforced by Pokedex entries from his evolution, as Shelgon appears to create a sort of cocoon around him – hiding it from others and from himself – as the Pokémon’s cells change to create a new body. More often than not, transgender people experience dysphoria in a way that makes them want to hide their bodies because they are not something they have chosen and do not match their gender identity.

This can take the form of very large clothes, feeling uncomfortable in social situations where trans people need to be more physical in some way, like dancing, or maybe even feeling uncomfortable. in public toilets or at the beach. Likewise, Shelgon, as a Pokémon suffering from body dysphoria, wants to hide so not to be seen by other creatures – not until it finally becomes Salamence, and learns to fly with it. its glorious wings. Likewise, transgender people often experience what is known as gender euphoria (which is the opposite of dysphoria) when they come out of their shells and their bodies change, through medical procedures.

All Salamence Pokedex entries through the Pokemon the show states that it was his long-held dream of flying that ultimately restructured his body to make him grow beautiful wings, and he happily soars into the sky whenever he can. For transgender people, their metaphorical wings are not meant to exist by mutating their own cells, but it remains an impeccable comparison to what human evolution means: to be able to express themselves in a way that makes them happy. and more aligned with their gender. identity. Trans people also often share the same level of deep emotional pain that Bagon did before they progressed, and although this is gender dysphoria at its peak, they find peace as they soar through a sky that is no longer the limit, but the background of new adventures.

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