Pokéology: Ditto

Hey guys! I’m glad to see you guys still enjoy the article. I’ve gotten some messages about possibly being helped out with it, but I should be fine– I very much love that people would want to help, but sadly I must keep myself a routine and push myself to achieve things!

See, random fact– I’m aiming to be a fighter pilot in the future. Funny right? But hey, it’s a job where you have to get things done in perfect time, so might as well start small.

I go through a rather large process of figuring out which Pokémon I’m going to do, and honestly I get to what looks to be a good one and then I get stumped. Kinda like Venonat– it seems to be a gnome or an egg of some sort, but it makes no sense at all.

Either way, today we’re focusing on Ditto. Well, you could say we’re focusing on any Pokémon you want, but that’d take a lot of uses of transform.



Well, this is kinda awkward.


It’s a face you all know, the iconic smiley face. It’s a colon, and then a parenthesis. Pretty straight forward, but this was actually confirmed by Masuda and Sugimori themselves in a magazine– they saw the iconic yellow smiley face and made it into a Pokémon. So that would make my job easier, if it wasn’t for the fact Ditto isn’t just a hovering smiley face.

See, anyone who has played an RPG game knows it isn’t complete until it has a slime monster, or  some form of gelatinous blob. Ditto clearly helped fill this role for the Pokémon series, and it makes sense. It’d be difficult to find me a single fantasy RPG that does not have some slime monster in it.

To be fair, Ditto’s pink, so there is more to that– well, in my opinion.

Okay, this one is kinda a conspiracy theory, and doesn’t have much to back it up, but here’s an idea.

I’ve always been under the assumption that Mew and Ditto are the same in some form– let’s say all Dittos are simply Mews in hiding? That’d be kinda crazy, sure. But how about the direct offspring of Mew?

I guess I need to really explain why I think this.

Now, Ditto and Mew are the same weight, have the same color(for the most part, I get that ditto is purple), the same shiny color, the only two Pokémon to learn transform, the same stats in Performance for the Pokeathlon… Plus, there is said to be more than one Mew, and that they were once only thought to be rare for their ability to hide.

Maybe, just maybe, all those Mews could hide extremely well– they did a great job turning into dittos, which promptly could not reform back into their old shape; maybe due to memory loss?

I think this is a logical theory, but still kinda one of those ‘believe-it-or-hate-it’ things.

Finally, here’s a picture of an Amoeba.

Watching these things under a microscope, many things became apparent to me– one, that they look a lot like a flat ditto, and two, that they have little arms all over the place.

The blob shape, concept of transforming, it makes sense that they would make Ditto some form of an amoeba. Amoeba could really look like any cell they wanted if they were intelligent enough to shape themselves specifically.

I just offended a family of amoebas somewhere.




I don’t think any of us has ever seen such a happy looking fella. He just has an eye to eye smile, and clearly loves being a Ditto.

I’d ditto that– who wouldn’t love being a Ditto?

They have no defined shape, and the only apparent organ are their two eyes and a mouth, the characteristic smile of a ditto.

The form they take most commonly is a simple, transparent blob with their characteristic smile, they tend to also have two semi-defined arms, and two bumps on their head.

It seems that they do not need to be a single form, and can remove  parts of the blob if need be. Basically, any predator that comes at it would just get a face full of blob, and the Ditto would be scurrying off in their predator’s form.

Ditto can take the shape, density, texture, and color of another Pokémon, and very quickly put it to use. That means that Ditto has a brain much more powerful than any other biological creature, as the processing it would take to do this would beat out cuttlefish by decades. For example, Cuttlefish take a couple seconds to simply process color and texture, imagine how much time it’d take a Cuttlefish to shape, texture, color, and stretch themselves to be all the perfect variables! Many minutes at the least. Kinda like the computing needed to teleport someone– you would need to reconstruct the entity perfectly. The kicker is, Ditto has only its observations of the Pokémon to seeming copy it. That’s an achievement, especially when Ditto does it all instantly!.

However, Ditto has no obvious brain, so one must assume every cell is highly unspecialized, and can form into any type of cell needed at that moment before being replaced by new, unspecialized cells. This would be a very large accomplishment for a biological entity.

However, it could always just be a blobby Mew.


So there you go! What’s your opinion? Is it a Mew that has no form? Or is it just a creepy blob? Or even a cute blob?

Love every single comment, so don’t be afraid to reply! I’ll try to get back to you.


  1. Ditto is a great choice! I’ve heard many rumours that Ditto is actually a failed experiment to replicate a Mew. Various sources say that before Mewtwo came about, Team Rocket attempted many times to clone a Mew, however they just turned into pink blobs…

    Also you said “cuddlefish” the first time, you might want to change that. Unless you meant cuddlefish in which case I want one.

    Great article though 😀 I liked all the different design concepts.

    1. Completely logical! So much stuff about Ditto that raises questions.

      I would love a ‘cuddlefish’. Ah well, that’s what I get for writing this at 1 AM.

      Thanks though!

  2. I’ve always been a fan of the theory that Ditto are unstable Mew, or Mew that couldn’t stay stable in that form. For example, take a look at Eevee. Several of Eevee’s Pokedex entries state that it’s extremely rare due to the unstable nature of its genetic makeup (which, of course, is the reason different factors can influence Eevee’s evolution results).

    By that reasoning, a Pokemon that can transform its shape at will would very likely be even more unstable– but rather than having a high mortality rate like in Eevee’s case, Ditto is the result of a Mew destabilizing the the point it is no longer able to take on a solid physical form, but it can still put up the appearance for a short amount of time.

    For all we know, there could be thousands upon thousands of Mew, but all but a handful are genetically stable enough to stay as ‘Mew’ and the rest degrade into ‘Ditto’. The genetic backlash could also result in the loss of the Mew’s inherent Psychic abilities upon becoming Ditto.

  3. What if the games developers just made Mew and Ditto similar without ever thinking about a backstory, leaving people still making up connections 15 years later when there are none?

    This happens a lot in fiction. If it isn’t clearly indicated by the game, that’s likely because even the developers never gave it an explanation.

  4. I love all of your articles Mechanos but for some reason I really loved this one and my favourite so far 🙂

    Hope i get to see your take on Electabuzz someday 🙂

    P.s best of luck in your endeavours to be a fighter pilot mate 😀

  5. My favorite Ditto theory is definitely the botched cloning attempts, a lot of people theorize that for a few reasons, Ditto is the same color as Mew, the only other Pokemon besides Mew that can learn Transform, and the fact that Ditto are found in the abandoned mansion where Mewtwo was eventually created. Too bad Team Rocket didn’t realize what they had, might have been able to make some serious cash off of selling Pokemon that can breed with almost any other Pokemon, lol.

    And I also love the articles, definitely one of top faves on the site, I look forward to an Eevee article, I actually had an idea where you could do a week long thing posting an article everyday for a week, starting with Eevee on Tuesday then Vaporeon-Wednesday, Jolteon-Thursday, Flareon-Friday, Espeon-Saturday, Umbreon-Sunday, Leafeon-Monday and finish with Glaceon the next Tuesday, but I seriously doubt you’d have time to do that, lol.

  6. I always thought Ditto was just supposed to be like a blob of modelling clay. Since you can reshape anything made with clay into something else? I dunno lol that’s what i thought it was since i played pokemon red xD

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