In celebration of Pokemon’s 25th anniversary, The Toy Zone asked a simple question: which of the original 151 Pokemon is your favorite? And then they asked that question to every country on Earth.
Naturally, the only way to answer this question is by enlisting the help of Google, so The Toy Zone analyzed Google Search volume for the month of February 2021 and then presented that information in a series of infographics breaking down the favorite Pokemon by country.
The easy winner overall was of course Pikachu. Seemingly the perennial Pokemon mascot, Pikachu was the subject of almost 10% of all Google searches for February. After that came Charizard, then Onix, then Mewtwo, and then Eevee.
Bulbasaur, sadly, didn’t even rank in the top ten.
There were, however, some notable departures from the overall trend once you start breaking the data down by country. Europe’s most popular Pokemon was actually Abra, accounting for the majority of the continent’s search history. Charizard might have taken more countries, but Abra takes it in terms of overall search volume.
In North America, Gengar is actually the most-searched-for Pokemon thanks to a lot of searches coming out of the United States. Why does the US really love Gengar? No idea, but way to buck the trend.
In South America, the most-searched-for Pokemon is actually Onix. That might be because Onix shares a name with Latin America’s best-selling car between 2016 and 2019, or it might be because Onix gets its name from onyx, a valuable mineral from the region. Either way, South Americans searched for Onix the most, but Charmander took the top search for the most countries.
As for the rest of the world, including the Middle East, Asia, Oceania, and Africa, Pikachu is their bae.
You can check out the full results over on The Toy Zone. And to see which Pokemon is the favorite of Japan, check out our previous coverage on The Pokemon Company’s recent survey that included all 800+ Pokemon.
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The hamsters are so far into their long-con that they’ve managed to acquire a bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo and used that to convince the fine editors at TheGamer that they can write “gud werds,” when in reality they just have a very sophisticated spellchecker program installed in the robot’s central processing unit.
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