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"I want to be, the very best, that no one every was. To catch them is my real test — to train them is my cause..."

An Ancient Chinese proverb

Everyone knows the theme song, everyone knows the success story. Pokémon is one of the most successful RPG franchises in the world, and it continues to keep its popularity with each new generation. When I was a young girl, I adored the Pokémon television show. I own a ton of the action figures, which I would take to school and play in the grass with my friends as we came up with some fantastic poké-adventures. I had plushies (and still have plushies), I owned Red, Blue, and Yellow, and beat all three, as they were my car ride games I would play on my way to the cottage every weekend. Weirdly, I skipped Generations 2 and 3 (though I am currently remedying those with HeartGold and OmegaRuby). Heck, even my mom had a favourite Pokémon, which was sunglasses-wearing, yakuza-looking Squirtle and the team that made up the Squirtle Squad.

Everyone who is or has been a fan of Pokémon has a story to tell. In this feature, I asked the RPGamer staff to share their favourite Pokémon, selecting as many as they liked regardless of generation. I wanted them to share stories and love for these Pokémon who clearly mean something to them. Sometimes it's not about the statistics or the gameplay that make up why we love something. With over 700 Pokémon to choose from, it made it quite the task for the RPGamer staff members. Truthfully, I think their responses show a great deal of love for the series, which was the ultimate goal here.

I hope you enjoy this feature, and I encourage you to share all your favourite Pokémon memories on our forums, over Twitter with the hashtag #PokeMemories, any way you can. We'd love to hear about them.

Author's Note: Huge thank you goes out the staff for their wonderful write-ups, to Sarah McGarr for the awesome banner, and Becky Cunningham for all her artwork. You guys are amazing! Also big thank you to Bulbapedia for being the best source for Pokémon information and images. All images not drawn by Becky Cunningham are copyright to GameFreak and Nintendo.

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