Film Theory: Did Detective Pikachu Prove Pokemon's Greatest Fan Theory?

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    Detective Pikachu has done so much better than Pokemon fans - and honestly, everyone else - were expecting. It hits that balance of current relevance and nostalgia. And on top of that, it holds the clues to a ton of Pokemon fan theories! Today Loyal Theorists, we are looking to Ditto. For a long time, fans have speculated on the origins of the pink little blob. I am here to tell you that Detective Pikachu has given us all the clues we need to figure out Ditto's mysterious origins once and for all!
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    Writer: Matthew Patrick and Justin Kuiper
    Editors: Koen Verhagen and BanditRants
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    1. Soviet Union

      best movie about a game is the warcraft movie

    2. ycody lawson

      Like 99.9%sure

    3. ycody lawson

      Mat buddy it was confirmed via Pokemon movie plus if not mistaken game as well or was it an episode I forget but do know its canon

    4. Goattacular

      I once successfully bred a mew with a ditto in Pokemon Crystal. Never got the egg to hatch, though. Sadly, the internal battery died years ago, and the game will no longer hold save data. :(

    5. Andrew Stonerock

      mew is the ancestor of all Pokemon, originally there was only Mew. Then Mew started evolving into the other species depending on where they lived. I kind of always figured Mew, Ditto, and Mewtwo were related. It just made sense to me.

    6. Crystal Mahler

      You do know that the ties between mew, mewtwo and ditto for absolute YEARS! So you finding that ditto discovery was VERY old news.

    7. YoloMasterGamerTag

      That’s an old fact though... that ditto was a fail experiment of new when they were trying to make mewtwo

    8. Elesa Brooks

      The big thing about Mewtwo that you forgot to mention that is the actual reason Mewtwo was the succesful clone if Mew.... Because it's mixed with human DNA, which would further add into Ditto being able to transform into humans which we've never seen before if it was genetically modified with Mewtwos DNA.

    9. Jay Comic

      I honestly thought this was gonna be on ash’s dad

    10. CMP Creepers

      Did mr.mime die to mime fire or what???

    11. AG Simpson

      This was made on my birthday lol

    12. eeveeongirl

      Still love that in the movie that even the advanced ditto isnt perfect, like it can't make a human face (eyes specifically) which is just fantastic. Even the human mind is incapable of imagining a new human face and ends up using faces of people we have seen when we task it to do so. So the fact that ditto also cannot accomplish this was a wonderful idea. Also my friend and I were floored when they pulled the ditto card, we had completely forgot about the ditto and how it could change into humans even though they show it in the background, truly detective pikachu was great and I can't wait to buy it.

    13. blflotilla

      Guess what dittos and smash his new name is Kirby Kirby and Ditto can both transform just by looking at someone just that Kirby can suck up them and Jane the power Ditto just looks at him their powers are inseparable so I think that Kirby might have just been a different person of ditto think of it this way you did say that in some games ditto with pink right well maybe that was just Kirby because Kirby's also pink and Kirby can also transform into people maybe out of nowhere he has all the Pokemon and he can just transform when he sees his enemies because he has all the Pokemon in his mouth Make that a theory thank you for doing that for you and good night

    14. Samuel Harrison

      Oh my god ditto has gone super ditto!

    15. Willem654

      putting ditto in daycare in the games makes egg with all the pokémon that can make eggs.

    16. The_genisis895

      Or the ditto saw mewtwo and, because mewtwo can transform into creatures from memory, ditto could too.

    17. Annie L

      Umm nice trick ditto is beside lab mewtwo is in a area that is just like it in u moon and ditto are in the meadow in x and y in front of the cave and my theory is they tried to make mewthree and filaed

    18. naz five

      What I count canon is Kanto-unova

    19. Meghan Croll

      Ditto actually was a failed as it said in one of the Pokémon game

    20. Meghan Croll

      More funny

    21. HisShadow

      Honestly having a Ditto that can transform into any Pokemon at will would be far more powerful than Mewtwo. Mewtwo is a physic type always. Ditto can become a dark type and wipe the floor with him. Howard's Ditto is the best Pokemon in the world of Pokemon.

    22. deathgun 2934

      My theory is that dido is holding trading cards of every he’s ever seen like why did he turn into charzard and not rayquaza or Kyogre because he’s never met any other flying Pokémon he’s only seen charzard

    23. LucasDB39

      Honesty I think everyone accepted the theory anyway originally

    24. MarctheLightSpark Elliott

      *People* : Detective Pikachu is the best video game movie! *Assassin's Creed Movie* : am I a joke to you?!

    25. Diego Carvajal

      There was a pokemon episode were team rocket steal a ditto and it was capable to transform in to any picture it saw

      1. The Hidden Ninja

        A comment here says it just transformed into a book..

    26. Scooby2010Nat

      Wait did dobbs do his theory a few years ago

    27. MR. Foop

      Sorry to rain on your parade, but they said in the movie that they experimented on pokemon, and ditto was one of them

    28. Oscar Charles

      Skip to 12:30, just made the whole video pointless.

    29. 26Zachary Sosin


    30. Skye Lowell

      as much as i like this video, i think it’s irresponsible not to mention that Junichi Masuda (the art director of the original Pokémon games) outright denied the theory that Ditto is a failed Mew clone, and that the greater context for the Stern quote about Ditto being “one of my father’s experiments” is that there were other genetic experiments that had nothing to do with Mewtwo- the giant Torterras, for example.

      1. ZipplyZane

        I would not expect the art director to be an authority on lore.

    31. Jaymz Cross

      In the one of the many Poké dexes it says that Ditto was a failed clone of Mew. (But wait didn't Matpat say don't trust the Poké dex?)

    32. Scott Powers

      I wouldn't call this a video game adaptation movie as pikachu is not primarily a video game character, as pikachu and pokemon is more known through it's tv show and movies, nor does this movie involve the events of any particular movie. it's not even cannon in any way. the events of this movie are in no way related to anything in the pokemon lore or universe, and pikachu doesn't talk in the games, tv series, or movies, nor is he ever a detective in said media. pikachu isn't even a main character in any of the pokemon video games. he's just a pokemon you might run into and catch.

    33. Elizabeth Evans

      YAS i got the joke XD

    34. SWasp

      Maby, * just* Maby, all dittos are miew ore miew2 shit

    35. Emily Valcourt

      I don’t know the Mario movie was a good time

    36. Cormac Michael

      Could the advanced Ditto be called a... Dittwo?

    37. Kyrem006急冷零度零度陸

      2:50 is that a jojo reference

    38. Infinite Octopaw

      The intro last too long, the rest is a theory recap of something that isn’t yours and only a few seconds of confirming something on Twitter. This was a waist of time.

    39. VikingBush Gaming

      Ok matpat listen not to make your work feel like it was a waste but it was kinda already widely known by hardcore pokemon fans that ditto is a failed Mewtwo, like it's in the game lore and sometimes when trying to clone a mew into a Mewtwo you actually get a ditto

    40. Steven Feige

      Am i the only one who is hoping for a live-action version based off of Pokemon Emerald? With May or Brendan? I think that'd be dope and they could set up a cinematic universe from it. They could title the movie "Hoenn" or "Emerald".

    41. Winterealicsplayz

      Why cant the ditto in detective pikachu turn into a mewtwo as its like super

    42. Phoenix Fury

      I thought this was a fact

    43. Daniel Adami

      This theory was solved a long time ago though MatPat!

    44. 3pic boss

      Mutu and ditto a crossover hm note to self Pokemon a game game theory crosses over film theory

    45. Flux

      Why does the gas effect ever other Pokémon but the main pikachu maybe something deeper

    46. Shoe Shack

      Hey, so like, super ditto. In the Pokemon ranger game (the one with ukulele pichu ans summoning signs, I can't recall its name) One of the main boss persons has a ditto. It can change at will into Pokemon without them being present. Just interested in thoughts if anyone's seen it.

    47. Ryan Morgan Christison

      Theory: Detective Pikachu is Ash’s Pikachu which is actually a Ditto unaware it’s a Ditto...

      1. Ryan Morgan Christison

        @AyeItzMJ =O

      2. AyeItzMJ

        @Ryan Morgan Christison ditto took the form of the antagonist's son and his female assistant.

      3. Ryan Morgan Christison

        @AyeItzMJ... who was a ditto?

      4. AyeItzMJ

        @Ryan Morgan Christison your theory doesn't work cuz detective Pikachu is revealed to be the protagonist's father with memory loss.

      5. Ryan Morgan Christison

        AyeItzMJ lol of course not

    48. Amethyst_Wolf

      I think that specific ditto was actually a clone of mew two; as a clone of a clone it would explain the extra instability shown when it was defeated

    49. Marco O.

      Did anyone else get irked by the fact that only one Ditto in the anime had a derpy face when it transformed and the guy the boss man in Detective Pikachu managed to take it from the little girl and employ it?

    50. Megan Carpenter

      world of war craft movie

    51. Kumohoshi

      Wasn't there an anime episode where Ditto transforms into a cannon and shoots down Team Rocket's balloon, or did my memory make that up?

    52. Gamer Phoenix

      Hasn’t everybody known this for almost 20 years?

    53. Philip Bonev

      Stop saying first watchable or something game movie: Tomb Raider 2018 was ok Rampage was ok Resident Evil was good Warcraft had some problems, but the movie was good. BTW I liked Detective Pikachu :)

    54. Fiona Redfern

      Perfect intro is PERFECT. If Pokemon: Detective pikachu ISN'T coming out on DVD... *then let there be total CHAOS!!!!*

    55. squid king

      Ditto is actually mewtwo clone after mewtwo exploded because its psycic power boom theory idea

    56. Dana Marlowe


    57. PyroPlayz - Gaming

      What about how mewtwo fuses and separates Pokémon?! Do a theory on that!

    58. Gabe Da Golden gamer

      i think that ditto is mewtwo's dad

    59. Marcus Stevens

      Mewtwo's consciousness-transfer powers COULD also explain the Mystery Dungeon series to a degree... Also, did anyone else expect Howard's Eevee to be like Red's Eevee from the manga? The one that can switch between Eeveelutions at will?

      1. Gebeto TV


    60. Dolphintale 2014

      That window mr mime was looking through looks just like mine.😂😅😱

    61. Erik Andre

      The pikachu might be ashes theory is invalid now tho. Since the pikachu was actually just deadpool guy.

    62. Kodiak

      eh Matpat, i do wanna burst your bubble, i knew since 2000 that Ditto is the failed clone of Mew. i got my Yellow Edition 1999 or so and i immediatly knew that, especially since i have seen the very first Movie.

    63. Marcos Esteban

      Wellllllll your theory of bad videogame movies was wrong

    64. Lime minigun

      Ditto has seen bad shit

    65. Maludir Corona

      Uhm did he forget about the Pokémon Village in Gen 7? 😅

    66. Andrew Morosky

      Theory starts at 7:33

    67. Elite Sting

      We’re also getting Armored Mewtwo in Pokemon Go very soon as of now and here’s this 🤔

    68. Sweet Seduction

      "A more important mystery" ??? ....a Man DIED, Mat Pat *smh*

    69. Emily Geier

      Wait is that Justin from Every Day?

    70. cynran fantastic

      I thought the Ditto origin is common knowledge in pokemon i guess not 🙁

      1. Kozar Szajduk

        It's never explicitly said anywhere in Pokemon games or otherwise that Ditto IS a failed Mew clone, it's just assumed.