Step aside Alolan Exeggutor, there's a new tol boi in town - Gigantamax Meowth, which is being compared to the longcat meme.
Another Pokémon Sword & Shield trailer has recently dropped, this time featuring more meaty lore surrounding Gigantamax forms, a form select Pokémon can take when battling that gives them unique abilities and move sets. In the trailer, the timeless Kanto Region receives some love and a new collection of Pokémon is revealed to have the ability to Gigantamax. These creatures include Pikachu, Eevee, Charizard, Butterfree, and Meowth.
However, something about Gigantamax Meowth hit a familiar chord for some people. It wasn't long until people drew the comparison between this new Meowth to a long-forgotten meme - a meme that was an Internet sensation before memes even became mainstream: longcat.
Longcat was a meme that spawned on the Japanese textboard 2Chan sometime in 2004. It didn't gain traction in the west until it regenerated on 4Chan some years later, on which posters would frequently comment "longcat is long." This is a phrase that probably wouldn't be too out of place in 2019.
The comparison is justified considering the actual height of Gigantamax Meowth. At a whopping 33 meters or 108 feet and three inches tall, this Meowth towers over most Pokémon and is the tallest Gigantamax form revealed so far. (By comparison, Gigantamax Charizard and Alcremie are only 28 and 30 meters, respectively.)
The absurdity here is that Gigantamax Meowth looks like... well, a tall Meowth. The other Gigantamax designs either look fierce or make the Pokémon more visually appealing. Gigantamax Eevee looks like a giant, fluffy plush toy, Butterfree looks like a mega evolution, and Pikachu is back to its old chubby self, a homage to Ken Suigmori's original Pikachu design from the Pokémon Red & Green days.
Meowth, on the other hand, just looks silly - palpable but also funny to look at. It's by no means a terrible design, just a reminder of how goofy looking some of our favorite Pokémon are. Alolan Exeggutor is a prime example of this, as is the recently revealed Sirfetch'd that took the Internet by storm. Game Freak might be on to something here since all three of these Pokémon are either tall or wield some bizarrely elongated object.
Pokémon Sword & Shield will be released worldwide on November 15 for Nintendo Switch.