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Japan's 100 most popular Pokémon have been crowned

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Number one is not our choice, that's for sure

More than half a million Japanese Pokémon fans have weighed in: Greninja is the most popular Pokémon. The Pokémon Company crowned the water/dark-type in a live ceremony held earlier today, alongside 99 other beloved monsters.

Greninja garnered a little more than 15 percent of the overall vote, although with 721 other Pokémon to compete with, that represented a wide enough margin to take the win. Alongside the vaunted title of Most Popular, Greninja will receive a special Pokémon distribution campaign this summer. Attendees of the next Pokémon movie will be able to download the character into Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire; the contest launched as a promotion for that film.

Coming up behind the ninja frog and Super Smash Bros. combatant is a stranger choice: Arceus, the so-called god of all Pokémon that joined the Pokédex during Diamond and Pearl. It's followed by classic legendary Mew, series mascot Pikachu and pastel Eevee-lution Sylveon to round out the top five.

Here's the top 25. The full list of 100, in picture form, is here. Feel free to bicker over the placement of your favorites in the comments below; please note that this writer believes Charmander was robbed. (It's a better round-up than Japan's most handsome Pokémon, at least.)

  1. Greninja
  2. Arceus
  3. Mew
  4. Pikachu
  5. Sylveon
  6. Charizard
  7. Genesect
  8. Rayquaza
  9. Meloetta
  10. Zygarde
  11. Mewtwo
  12. Eevee
  13. Jirachi
  14. Darkrai
  15. Lucario
  16. Diancie
  17. Hoopa
  18. Keldeo
  19. Victini
  20. Manaphy
  21. Reshiram
  22. Kyogre
  23. Kyurem
  24. Magnemite
  25. Shaymin