ATB’s Top 25 Pokemon: (5) Mewtwo

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This is At the Buzzer’s list of the top 25 Pokemon of all-time. We’re in the serious business zone now, counting down one by one through the top 10 until we reach the very best. For more information, click here or check out the Related Links down at the bottom of the post. Don’t forget to vote on how we did in the poll below!

Today’s Pokemon was created by a scientist after years of horrific gene splicing and DNA engineering experiments. Its DNA is almost the same as Mew’s. However, its size and disposition are vastly different. Its cold, glowing eyes strike fear into its enemy. Because its battle abilities were raised to the ultimate level, it thinks only of defeating its foes.

5) Mewtwo (5 votes, 221 points)

Chris: Look, I’m just gonna lay this out there from the beginning. I hate Mewtwo. It’s not Mewtwo’s fault; it’s the fault of every prepubescent, snot-nosed little 8-year-old out there who thought it would be hilarious to use a Game Shark and make a team of six Mewtwos in Pokemon Red/Blue. Remember, in that generation, “Special” was SATK and SDEF combined, so he was even more OP than usual.

Even if you managed to win against those kids, there was no excitement there. Just emptiness inside. No, I’m not bitter.

In the anime, Gary probably feels as bitter as I feel — I mean, don’t feel. He strolls up to the gym just before Ash, in his convertible full of hot cheerleaders (and we don’t ask why he’s driving, where he got the girls or where he got the car, because Gary Oak), and he prepares to fight the gym leader. Giovanni is waiting inside, and he has a present for Gary in his quest to get the eighth badge: a Mewtwo. Gary’s Arcanine and Nidoking, despite being out at the SAME TIME, die a miserable death and that’s that.

(Of course, Gary still somehow gets that eighth badge at some point — and two other badges, because Gary Oak.)

The point is this: Mewtwo is broken. Some people appreciate that quality in a Pokemon. Others just enjoy his back story or his prominent role in the first Pokemon movie (and remember, this genetically manufactured Psychic Pokemon has a mind-controlled Nurse Joy doing his bidding, so he’s doing okay for himself). Still others, like me, thought the diaries in the Cinnabar Mansion made for an intriguing story.

But I can’t fully support Mewtwo, because he’s too overpowered. And I’m not bitter.

Shaun: I’m not ashamed to say I abused Mewtwo in the original just like everyone else. After having to catch him the hard way because I blew my Masterball prematurely on Zapdos, we created a bond that devastated the Elite 4.

Because here’s how I work — most people think using cheats in games is, you know, cheating. I don’t. To me, it adds another layer of mythos I create in my head. The most fun I ever had in Goldeneye was turning on the invincibility, all weapons, and invisibility cheats in the dam level, and pretending that I was basically a Predator Terminator that was sent to eliminate their base. Hordes of enemies resisted and then begged for their lives as I, now an unstoppable force, went nuclear and wiped them off the map.

That’s how it felt when I was Mewtwo in the Elite 4. I mean, technically, it wasn’t cheating–but it was, wasn’t it?

I made sure I got to the point where I used nothing but Psychic throughout every single matchup. In my head, the Elite 4 and champion begged for their lives as I ruined their Pokemon with my gene spliced monstrosity. Then, I executed Gary’s Pokemon and mind crushed him for being such a jerk to me. From there, I usurped Giovanni’s role and took control of Team Rocket, then ruled the world with an iron, psychic fist.

Yeah…me and my Mewtwo had some good times.

Jason: Mewtwo is only 5th?! It’s a conspiracy I say! Who made this list? Team Rocket?! You Team Rocket types have been out to besmirch Mewtwo’s good name every since he escaped your clutches (twice!) and killed all your mans. Why can’t you guys just let it go? You think I haven’t noticed you trying to pretend like Mewtwo doesn’t exist? Well think again! I’m just supposed to believe that Mewtwo getting replaced in Smash Brothers was some kind of crazy coincidence?! You think I didn’t notice all that campaign money you were kicking to Lucario back in the day?

Mewtwo’s been on real world currency, and in three separate motion pictures! He’s one of only two Pokemon to have more than one Mega Evolution, both of which have the highest base stats of ANY POKEMON! He’s so cool, they even went back and gave him a signature move AFTER his release; because time and space mean nothing to him! You aren’t fooling anyone but yourself if you don’t think he’s the best. I’m on to you Giovanni… I’m on to you…

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