The Tragic Mystery of Pokemon’s Ghost Girl (Pokemon) | Game Theory

The Tragic Mystery of Pokemon’s Ghost Girl (Pokemon) | Game Theory


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Now then, with all that business out of the way,
for today’s video, I have one question for you:
Are you ready for a ghost story?
Because, for a series all about happy-go-lucky
romps alongside your favorite sapient ice cream cone,
Pokémon has some really scary themes,
themes that most of us just gloss over in our quest to be the best like no one ever was
I mean, sure, by this point, we’re all familiar with
the hauntings of Lavender Town and creepy Pokédex entries,
but those are just scratching the surface of the horrific tragedies that hide inside these games
The world of Pokémon has a shocking number of ghosts
and I’m not talking about Gengars and Gastlies,
I’m talking about real children dying
Throughout the series, we see repeated instances of ghost girls,
out-of-nowhere moments where you’re walking along, hunting for your next shiny Magikarp,
when the next thing you know, the girl you were standing next to fades away,
or just straight up pulls a Batman and disappears
and it’s always a ghost girl for some reason, I don’t know why
Apparently Game Freak thinks that it’s really creepy for a ghost girl to come up and say
“You’re not the one”
Joke’s on you, Game Freak
Growing up, that kind of rejection happened to me all the time
and those girls weren’t even dead
While you’re playing the game, these are the moments that make you stop and go, “Huh? That was weird”
before immediately seeing a Berry and continuing on your merry way
As a result, the stories behind these ghost girls have remained largely a mystery,
little bits of lore that are just waiting to be unearthed by the trainers who are willing to postpone their next gym badge,
and instead explore off the beaten path
So today, I want to start piecing together these mysteries, starting with the OG; the original ghost,
the Marvelous Bridge girl from Pokémon Black and White
Think back to Generation 5 of Pokémon, a trip back to the Unova region
In that game, when you visit the Marvelous Bridge that connects Nimbasa City to either Black City or White Forest,
you’ll catch sight of a girl who vanishes like a ghost if you get too close
and no, that was not just a sprite glitch,
the NPC standing next to her immediately reacts, saying:
“Huh… Wha… D-did she just disappear?”
If you explored the area near where she appears, and ahead to the Bridge’s eastern gate,
You’ll find an old lady who’ll tell you that a young girl used to play around the area with an Abra
before the bridge was built, and that was it
At the time of this game’s release, those were really all the clues that we ever got
as to who she was and why she was there just an odd little Easter egg of your casual run-of-the-mill bridge ghost
But the ghost girl would soon become part of a much larger
mystery while every other trainer moved on with their lives in the years following
Black and Whites release
More and more clues started to leak out as to who this character might be and to truly solve the mystery of the Marvelous Bridge
Ghost we’ll actually need to visit three separate games black and white the sequels Black 2 and White 2 and the previous
generation of games Diamond and Pearl all to uncover what really
Happened to this girl and why in Black 2 and White 2 a new area becomes?
accessible The Strange House
But strange is putting it lightly in addition to being full of ghost Pokemon when you explore the house the environment will constantly change
Furniture will be rearranged objects will shake it’s very clear that this place is being haunted by something or someone
Someone turns out to be a girl who when you speak to her says this: “An everlasting
dark dream an endless dream of darkness, Dad? Mom? Abra?
Where are you?” Let’s see a girl in a haunted house calling out to her parents and her pokemon Abra
Yeah, that sounds like it might be our girl her dialog then continues: “In the dark dream. I heard my dad’s voice.
Forget about the Lunar Wing, Stay here with me.”
and finally, “Oh,
the Lunar Wing. I
can’t take it now, but it’ll be okay. Please return the wing to the Pokemon
I was waiting on the bridge so I could return it myself.” A bridge you say? seems to me like this is our smoking gun
connecting the disappearing girl on the Marvelous Bridge in Black and White to the girl haunting the strange house in Black and White 2. After
exploring the house
the girl gives you a Key Item, the Lunar Wing and sends you back to the Marvelous Bridge where you can now encounter and
hopefully catch the legendary Pokemon Cresselia
Now all of that seems fairly straightforward the girl vanishes and the story seems to be resolved
But it’s just scratching the surface of what actually happened to her.
You see this ghost girl’s entire tragic backstory was laid out for us by the developers and we’ve just been
overlooking it for the better part of the last decade you see by this point
we all expect games like Dark Souls and FNAF to not wear their stories on their sleeves to instead hide the lore in nooks and
crannies item descriptions and secret Easter eggs, but to solve the case of pokemons ghost girl
we’re gonna have to do a similar sort of investigation scattered throughout the strange house or bookshelves each one referencing some random fact about
Pokemon or their moves
But when you actually stop and really read these entries and think about why they were put here
Inside this haunted house you start to get a sense of the real story that
Developers are trying to tell us they all have to do with Pokemon possessing sleep-related
Abilities first, there’s an entry about drowsy quote. There are Pokemon cold drowsy
They put others to sleep and eat their dreams eating nightmares can upset their stomach
Next there’s an entry about his evolution. Hypno again, each one carries a pendulum that it can swing to make people drowsy
It’s been said that a hypno once hypnotized a child and took it away end quote
We then learn about the move Dream Eater with this move a Pokemon attacks while the target is asleep and eats its dream it restores
HP equal to half the damage inflicted on the target with all this dream and nightmare talk
Is it a coincidence then that the girls first piece of dialogue inside the house is an everlasting
Dark dream an endless dream of darkness taking all that information into consideration
It seems like what the devs are trying to tell us is that the girl was trapped in an endless?
Nightmare and her parents were stuck on the outside
Researching every possible way to wake her up. That’s why the books are scattered around the house
The parents were researching her condition the bulk of their search was spent looking into Pokemon with abilities that could possibly heal her drowsy
eating dreams and Hypno’s hypnosis
Unfortunately, it didn’t work
Drowsy probably tried to eat the dream, but because it was such an intense nightmare
He couldn’t do it the solution to their problem. Wasn’t that?
straightforward we know this through two additional books on the shelves that help us complete the puzzle the first
Directly mentions the shadow Pokemon Darkrai to protect itself
It drives people and Pokemon away with terrible nightmares, and the next entry is about
Cresselia its wings shine like the crescent moon and keep nightmares away
So it would seem that the girl’s inescapable nightmares were caused by the legendary Pokemon Darkrai
The girl is put into this
Endless dark sleep and despite the family trying to get drowsy to eat her free
The intense nature of dark rides bad dreams are impenetrable
that’s why we also learn about Cresselia as
Cristela’s lunar wing is the only real counter to dark rise nightmares
Not only does the item description hint at this
We’ve actually seen it rescue a similar child in the past
If you rewind back to the previous
generation of games
Diamond and pearl we meet Eldridge a sailor who lives in connolly of city
Eventually, we learned that his son is caught in a horrible nightmare a nightmare that also appears to have been caused by dark ride
He doesn’t say too much about the incident except for one line
Our dark is watching me. Even though he never says the full name. Darkrai is the only
pokemon whose name starts with the letters da
RK and the only way to rescue him is by using you guessed it the lunar wing
there’s one other book in the strange house that were given access to one that specifically calls out the ability forwarn
quote a pokemon with this ability is alerted to one of the opposing pokemons moves high power moves will be
Recognized first it’s worth noting that drowsy and hypno are two of only six
Pokemon who are able to learn this move, so it’s definitely tied into this story
But how well this seems to be the last of the missing pieces and it tells us the order of events the parents bring in
Either a drowsy or hypno to use for warned or as it translates into the original Japanese
prophetic dream and that move tells them what happened to the girl what move a
Pokemon had performed on her to trap her in this never-ending
darkness this in turn is how the father of our ghost girl knew to look into dark rise nightmares and ultimately
Crecelius lunar wing as the cure the girls second dialogue says in the dark dream
I heard my dad’s voice forget about the lunar ring. Stay here with me
it
Might be tempting for us to assume that the second part of the sentence is the girl telling us what her dad said after all
She starts by saying that she heard her dad’s voice
but if we dig deeper
it’s clear that she isn’t quoting her father at all throughout pokemon black and white when a character’s
Dialogue includes them quoting a different character. We actually see quotation marks
For example when the player battles shaunt all of the Elite Four for a second time, she’ll talk about Vulcan
ur saying
do you know thunderbolt was his first greeting to me note the single quote marks around the words that voltner said because she’s
quoting him
So when the girl says forget about the lunar wing stay here with me
She isn’t repeating the words her father said there are no quotation marks
This is instead the girl crying out to her father
Her father went out in search of the lunar wing, but the girl didn’t want him to go
She wanted him to stay by her side
But she couldn’t let him know that because she was trapped in this dark nightmare and viewed in this light
This story takes an even more tragic turn
Maybe she knew that it was already too late
And she just wanted her father to be there in her final moments where maybe she was just scared and her father’s
Comforting presence was the one thing that enabled her to persevere through the everlasting dark dream
So here we have the final and complete and tragic story of the ghost girl
We have a young girl just like Eldridge’s son before who one day is stricken with inescapable nightmares
The parents don’t know what to do using drowsies Dream Eater ability to try and make the nightmares go away
But when that doesn’t work, they use a hypno with forwarn to see what exactly is going on. Thanks to that move
they learned that it was the legendary dark cry that did this to her and that the only way to counter a
Pokemon that strong was with the power of another legendary crecelius lunar wing
The father goes out in search of the item that’ll save his daughter’s life
Unable to hear her begging him to stay by the time her father finally does return though
it’s too late the girls already passed on unable to wake from her nightmares and her father leaves the lunar wing in the room as
Memento of the girl that he lost forever the parents leave the house and many years later the house becomes
Overrun with ghost Pokemon and the marvelous bridge was built where the ghost girl wanders to this day
Trying to return the unused
Lunar wing to the pokemon that it belonged to and that is the sad and tragic story of pokemons
First-ever ghost girl who just simply started off as a randomly
Disappearing NPC there is admittedly one big question here that I think remains on address
We know that the girl was plagued by dark cries nightmares
And we know that her parents were unable to break the spell in time
But why would dark cry do this to her in the first place?
Dark rise pokedex entry indicates that it’s not a malicious Pokemon that it doesn’t intentionally prey on the weak
It uses its nightmares as a defense mechanism. So why would dark cry afflict this young girl who prison we pose?
No threat to it. I’m not a hundred percent sure. It doesn’t seem like the evidence
Is there eldritch his son-in diamond and pearl was also afflicted so maybe dark righteous missus?
Sometimes in the movie the rise of Darkrai
It turns out that a girl’s grandmother had met and befriended Darkrai whose nightmares ended up helping them save the world
It turns out that the nightmare told me just what I needed to do. The nightmares were prophecies that ultimately helped avoid an apocalypse
So maybe that’s the case. I’m not entirely sure there doesn’t really seem to be enough evidence there to make a judgment call
This is all just speculation. Honestly, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments
Help me finish up this theory. But there you have it theorists, man
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100 thoughts on “The Tragic Mystery of Pokemon’s Ghost Girl (Pokemon) | Game Theory

  • For people talking about the actual first ghost girl, just because it was there FIRST, that doesn't mean that it was the first to have a complete story. As we see here, they can span in different games. This ghost girl was the ORIGINAL finished story girl.

  • Maybe the girl with the Abra is trapped between realities and she can't get back because she was separated from her Abra. Who was probably caught by another trainer

  • Darkrai's dex entries in all games. Dex gives a lot of info.
    Diamond: It can lull people to sleep and make them dream. It is active during nights of the new moon.
    Pearl: Folklore has it that on moonless nights, this Pokémon will make people see horrific nightmares.
    Platinum: To protect itself, it afflicts those around it with nightmares. However, it means no harm.
    Heart Gold and Soul Silver: It chases people and Pokémon from its territory by causing them to experience deep, nightmarish slumbers.

    Darkrai is strong enough to inflict nightmares on groups of people and pokemon. The pokemon represents the new moon phase, darkness, nightmares, and fear. It's ability is called Bad Dreams which reduces the hit points of a sleeping pokemon.

    Cresselia is the other half of this story and just as important. They represent the crescent moon, light, dreams, and happiness with dreams. Cresselia is the dreamcatcher for nightmares. Her feather wakes up people and pokemon from Darkrai's nightmares.

    Diamond and Pearl: Shiny particles are released from its wings like a veil. It is said to represent the crescent moon.
    Platinum: On nights around the quarter moon, the aurora from its tail extends and undulates beautifully.
    Heart Gold and Soul Silver: Those who sleep holding Cresselia's feather are assured of joyful dreams. It is said to represent the crescent moon.

  • I was playing this in a playlist while I played my pokemon X game and without realizing it, I found the "No, you're not the one…" ghost. odd.

  • black and white didn’t have the first ghost girl…
    what about the haunted mansion in pokemon diamond pearl platinum where you get rotom?? there’s TWO ghosts there….

  • I may have an answer. I have an old game called Pokémon ranger. In the game, you travel around the area like always taking down here the thing the exact pokemon. Darkrai is the Pokémon at the end of the game, is Pokémon of the lunar wing, as well as two others. As the pokemon anger grows or if the case the crystals making it angry it sucks in the main villain into its self and darkness would engulf the town. it causes the entire town and area to go to sleep.I never really thought much of it till now.

  • Just imagine the grief that the father feels that he unknowingly took his daughter's only comfort away, himself, in order to save her… I'd never want to be in his position. 😔

  • I've been doing more research about the ghost girl that died in the story her dad worked in the city of pixel tamers of Pokemon more pieces are coming together

  • Wait, what about the hypno in Fire red and Leaf green, that kidnapped the little girl and took her to berry forest? Same guy?

  • Hi matpat i think that darkrai just one day might have be in that house and was trying to give the pokemon Nightmare's but than it misses

  • Maybe the kids were wondering, saw darkrai, threw a pokeball at it but since darkrai was so strong, broke out, and zapped the children that had no clue what Pokémon they were dealing with

  • Dark Void is a move that only Darkrai learns and in a double battle, Dark void if it hits makes both pokemon of the opposing person's Pokemon on the field both fall asleep so maybe she was trying to kill or catch darkrai and he dark voided her and her Pokemon. Or maybe she was trying to help him with something or just came across It (It's genderless so yeah) and Darkrai thought she was trying to harm him, nOw tHaTs jUsT a tHeOrY a gAmE tHeOrY

  • It goes to show you that we are better off not having real life pokemon on real life. We are having enough trouble with human terror, Pokemon terror is so OP against humans, it's scary.

  • Maybe those kids were out playing and accidentally made darkrai think that they ment harm when they were just playing around

  • Yeah, but what if the thing you determined wasn't a quote was actually Darkrai talking to her because it wanted a friend

  • Yeah there are some messed up Pokémon. I think it’s name is Drifloon. It looks like a balloon and gets kids to hold on to it. It takes them to an excluded place where it steels the soul out of them, leaving a lifeless body behind

  • Side note, and I’m half asleep: Cresselia and Darkrai are part of the Mythical class of Pokémon, not Legendary.

    Maybe I’m just getting too technical.

  • Fat pat I think of that may be that dark ride is doing it by transforming into a human or not controlling his power what's your guess

  • There are Plenty of Pokemon with dark in their name:
    Chdarkizard
    Magicdark
    Medarkpod
    Rydarkdon
    Darkticuno
    Nidarking and Cloystdark!

  • dark rise? dark ride? dark cry?
    BTW

    i think the girl did something that made darkrai(is it darkrai?) think its indanger and to prtect it self it gave her nightmares as it said on the pokedex entry "to protect itself, it inflicts nightmares to people around it. however, it means no harm" the quote "to protect itself", darkrai is protecting him self though it means no harms he just want to scare does people trying to hurt it ( "it" 'cuz i dont know the gender)

    maybe darkrai want to remove the nightmare but it cant because it cant. darkrai can only give nightmate but not remove them.

    but hey that just a THEORY!
    a GHOST THEORY

  • dunno about a ghost that first girl seems like her Abra just teleports her….. also wasn't there a old man ghost in one gams??? so there not all girls

  • Darkrai wanted the territory probly came in one day while the family was out and thought of them as invaders hitting the girl with dark void and putting her to sleep and of course his ability gives her nightmares he then realises it's there home and not free territory he leaves but it's to late the damage has been done the girl is down for the count and on the fathers trip for the lunar wing she passes….. that's theory one theory 2 is the parents were dream scientist or whatever there called like a dreamoligist or whatever and Darkrai felt threatened after all they learned about forwarne they now new Pokemon had the ability to sense darkrai's dark void meaning they could now locate him and hey new drowzee could eat dreams should they fall into his sleep trap but at the cost of stomach aches should he eat nightmares they also learned hypno had no such weakness but could be used to lure Darkrai away from his hiding much the same as he did with the child they had all they needed to ensnare Darkrai in there trap they were prepared for all he could throw at them but they underestimated his power they never could have guessed that dark void would be such a permanent sleep he puts there child to sleep as a warning "stay away I just wanna live in peace" Darkrai himself unaware that his power is so much stronger on young kids then it would be on a Pokemon then that's were the final book comes in the lunar wing after legend (and actual events) of it dispelling all nightmares and sleep effects the father sets out for the legendary creselia the Pokemon that would make there dreams come true (there dreams as ironic as there work on dreams was there dream was to stop there daughters dream poetic enough for you) by the time the father returns his daughter had passed but like I guess she wasn't suffering as much as you make it seem like she never spoke of fear or horrible things she just had a dark dream the drowzee and hypno must have been doing there job not eating enough to wake her but enough that she wasn't having a nightmare just empty blackness almost comatose she still heard and felt everything around her she just couldn't react….
    that's theory 2 theory three is maby it's the cause of a newborn Darkrai one that has absolutely no control of its power I mean in game dark void almost never misses even for a a move with less accuracy then dynamic punch it hits surprisingly alot and in the movie when he uses it those sleep orbs just fling out everywhere so a Darkrai with the power control of Terra would be excessively harmful to its surroundings
    but hey those are just theory's a counter-theory

  • 10:20
    Tbh, if you know how to analyse stuff that are for 6th graders, then you’d understand
    That the FATHER is trying to HELP the girl by GETTING the lunar wings, so it would make sense that the father ISNT saying forget about the lunar wings.

  • It all sounds like an analogy for depression. You have a family who doesn’t understand why their daughter is trapped in such darkness but couldn’t save her from it no matter how hard they tried

  • Red is hypnotised by hypno in the events between gen 1 and 2 let me explain:
    So we know between gen 1 and 2 theres a 3 year gap
    Also maybe hypno hypnotised red
    This is also a reason how red can survive mount silver
    I can’t see a trainer regularly getting water from a blastiose or food from a venusaur so maybe hypnosis
    And you might free red from hypnosis after you beat him in g/s/c or hgss

  • Matpat. Its simple. Remember that Smeargle, the pokemon that can learn any move in the game due to its signature move named sketch, could have seen Darkrai use Dark void. Its also likely that this a Smeargle with the Naughty, Rash, or Hasty nature explaining why it used the move in the firsr place. Dont worry I double checked. Smeargle is encounterable in all 3 games mentioned here

  • I like to think that the ghost girl from x and y is the same girl as the one from black and white, and that 'the one' she's looking for was the protagonist in black 2 and white 2 to thank them for returning the lunar wing.

  • So is the girl dead now yet still affected by the nightmare? Was her parents threatening Darkrai to cause him to attack their daughter?

  • It is very possible that the girl just came across Darkrai in the wild cause he is one of the few legendary pokemon that roam rather then stay in one place. If she came across Darkrai like most people she might have tried to talk or interact with him and went to far making Darkrai use nightmare ability in self defence

  • I know why that happened it's because sometimes he can make mistakes and accidentally shoot them and hit them

  • Hey MatPat your theory is really solid except for the fact that at 10:04, I am almost certain this is the Dark Dream itself (By acting as her dear father) tricking the girl into rejecting the Wing’s treatment and remaining in this Dream. Thus she is left their forever unable to wake up and feeling remorse over her incompetence (thus wanting to return the wing since it was not used). Sorry this is late but I really hope you read this, love your well researched and pieced theories.

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