One of the best parts of having the newest Pokémon games blow up in popularity is getting to watch the fandom run wild with the characters to produce amazing jokes and lovely artwork. But if there’s one Pokémon I’d caution everyone to avoid searching for on social media, it’s Hatterene, a new fairy/psychic-type monster.
Well, I’d advise against it unless you want to witness some stuff that you might not be able to unsee.
Hatterne’s fandom grew quickly, even prior to the release of Pokémon Sword and Shield, after images of the unannounced Pokémon leaked on the internet. Fan artists latched onto Hatterene’s unusually curvy appearance —the witchy creature only spawns as a female —and immediately started sexualizing her.
After release, a wider swath of fans discovered that Hatterene had sassy animations, and these clips went viral on social networks like Twitter. Coupled with anthropomorphic design choices that make Hatterne look like she’s wearing a long, flowing dress along with a hat, Hatterene has now joined the (somewhat cursed) ranks of Pokémon sex icons such as Incineroar and Gardevoir. (Incidentally, it is also dangerous to Google those Pokémon.)
What makes this fandom-created narrative particularly amusing is that, if you actually examine Hatterne for more than a second, you realize that the voluptuous body that has made her famous ... isn’t actually a part of the Pokémon. Hatterene appears to be a small, alien-like creature that resides within a larger protective shell, a detail that is most visible when she enlarges into her Gigantamax form.
It almost looks like Hatterene is piloting a mech. Then again, even in her normal appearance, if you zoom in, you can clearly make out the Pokémon’s tiny stubby legs and arms. So while one portion of the fandom salivates over Hatterene, another segment of the Pokémon fandom keeps cracking jokes about what the fairy would “actually” look like if you stripped away her accessories.
Hatterene really grew on me. Didn't like it at first because it's blatantly "waifu: the pokemon" but I have to say it's genuinely cute. Especially that it's actually a midget and the body is just hair that's hilarious— Spacelocked (@Spacelocked_) December 2, 2019
Here's a funny draw request I did of bald meloetta and hatty pic.twitter.com/VYW6AOnxMd
i really dont get how yall are so horny for hatterene when shes literally just this under the hair/hat pic.twitter.com/3LUSDR577Y— Frozen 3: Let it Rip (@MulamboMan) November 26, 2019
By closer inspection, I learned the truth. pic.twitter.com/XRxzY5nMpM— ge-b@ (@MightyKow) November 27, 2019
hatterene being the pokemon equivalent of a gray alien little kid in a trenchcoat made out of hair to pretend it's an adult is the funniest thing for some reason pic.twitter.com/1fO0H3YeZb— eki got ran over by a reindeer (@funyanrinpa) November 28, 2019
My hatterene walking into my bedroom at 3AM about to beat me up for crying in my sleep pic.twitter.com/LAi9jF1Vju— cafhune @cosmatsuri (@cafhune) November 28, 2019
Hatterene’s actual lore also complicates her existence as a sex icon. According to the Pokedex, the pastel alien is extremely sensitive to strong emotions:
This Pokémon can read the emotions of creatures over 30 miles away. The minute it senses hostility, it goes on the attack.
And so another sect of the fandom keeps riffing on Hatterene’s violent tendencies, and how it’s at odds with her gentle exterior.
Hatterene and her pre-evolutions are hilarious pic.twitter.com/rt7Mf97Zdw— Smithi❄ (@Smacsmithi) November 22, 2019
My Hatterene after I get depressed after losing the Pokémon League pic.twitter.com/WMmbWqeDsX— Isopod Queen (@NaomiCampbellFG) November 24, 2019
i senz sum bad vybes in t’air, y’think y’were gon’ get away with it luv? pic.twitter.com/wYd5xRHLgG— Hatterene (@HattereneVEVO) November 24, 2019
No one:— the hormone monstress but male ️ (@roXas9620) November 22, 2019
Hatterene: hey im so glad u reached out. im actually at capacity/helping someone whos in crisis/dealing with some personal stuff right now, & i dont think i can hold appropriate space for u. could we connect [later date or time] pic.twitter.com/9npclV9PQx
Anyone: Shows Strong Emotions— Jolly Shizzy (シズィー) (@sponge_tweety) November 19, 2019
Any Hatterene in a 30 mile radius: pic.twitter.com/E1SJzcQPoy
Okay but what’s funny is that Gardevoir and Hatterene’s Pokédex entries state that they’re both very sensitive to emotions & Hatterene are known to fight viciously if they sense strong emotions. pic.twitter.com/fjGfPG1Mi3— Elite 4 Lux ⚡️ (@Luxeno) November 18, 2019
imagine:— biji (@heybiji) November 17, 2019
you're in your own home. you stub your toe and scream in frustration.
30 miles away, hatterene is on her way to come beat your ass pic.twitter.com/jIILF1nRyt
Of course, because this is the internet, some have just folded that hostile lore into their wank material — I’ve seen folks depict Hatterene as a controlling succubus who demands her partners show no strong emotions during sex, among other things.
Perhaps Hatterene’s feminine design sealed her lusty fate on the internet, but even so, it’s funny to think people are extremely horny over a tiny, bald alien that could have come out of Area 51.