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Paradoxes Unleashed: The Mind-Bending Mysteries of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, an extraordinary paradox has emerged, thanks to the Indigo Disk DLC. This DLC not only introduces new Paradox Pokémon t...

David K Jan 22, 2024
Paradoxes Unleashed: The Mind-Bending Mysteries of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, an extraordinary paradox has emerged, thanks to the Indigo Disk DLC. This DLC not only introduces new Paradox Pokémon to the franchise but also unravels a conceptual contradiction that adds an undeniable twist to the games' plot. Brace yourself for mind-bending impossibilities and paradoxical puzzles as we delve into the intriguing world of Scarlet and Violet.

The origins of the Paradox Pokémon in these games remain shrouded in uncertainty. Descriptions of these enigmatic creatures predate Professor Sada and Turo's time machine. Whether they are primal and savage or futuristic and calculating, these Pokémon introduce a new dimension of strangeness to a franchise already steeped in time travel and parallel worlds. But now, it seems that Scarlet and Violet harbor more than just physical paradoxes.

During the encounter at the Crystal Pool in Kitakami, the player character reveals the modern name of Scarlet or Violet's mascot Legendary Pokémon to the original Sada or Turo. However, the professor refers to it by its Paradox name, Winged King or Iron Serpent, indicating that the name "Koraidon" or "Miraidon" hasn't occurred to them yet. This encounter becomes the crux of a major paradox, as it prompts the professor to adopt the Paradox name when they return to the past. Talk about a paradox inception!

In Pokémon Scarlet, the protagonist learns about Koraidon from Arven, who presumably learned its name from his mother, Sada. However, the encounter at the Crystal Pool reveals that Sada herself learned the name from the player character. So, in essence, nobody seems to have initially come up with the name "Koraidon." This creates a time loop without a discernible start or end—a self-sustaining sequence of events that defies logic. It's a brilliantly baffling example of a bootstrap paradox, also known as an ontological paradox.

Now, let's not forget that Sada and Turo raise the possibility of coming from an alternate timeline, suggesting a linear spread of information. The fact that they traded their copy of Heath's book for Briar's book would otherwise be a paradox itself. After all, the same book was the key to the time machine, which would be impossible if the professor had already traded it away. But considering that this conversation generates a paradox anyway, why not add another one to the mix?

If you happen to speak to Arven in his dorm room after this event, he'll notice the book carried by the protagonist but won't realize that it's the exact same copy his parent owned. Oh, the irony!

The journal in the Area Zero Underdepths confirms that the professor who perished in that game had experienced some version of the encounter at the Crystal Pool. Whether the professor traveled to another timeline or not, they inevitably met an analog of the protagonist and presumably received the name Koraidon or Miraidon from them. Thus, a similar paradox unfolds regardless, turning this into a mind-boggling spectacle with various alternate professors traversing the Pokémon franchise's multiverse.

As if the previous paradoxes weren't enough, the same conversation can generate yet another one, albeit an optional one. When the protagonist first spots the professor emerging from the mist, they can ask if the professor is the AI version. The professor's reaction makes it clear that they haven't built their AI double yet but find the idea intriguing. Technically, discussing the AI here creates another bootstrap paradox. However, since the professor inevitably creates the AI, they would have had the idea regardless, effectively nullifying the paradox to some extent. Talk about bending the rules!

Despite all these contradictions, the time loops established by these paradoxes remain contained and stable. There's no mention of any threat to the timeline's stability or the world in general. It seems these paradoxes are simply subtle and captivating additions to the scene, beautifully woven into the narrative of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. However, it is quite unfortunate that the protagonist has no choice but to tell Arven about the encounter. Oh, the tangled web we weave!

Paradoxes like these are inherently irreconcilable, and they can be frustrating at times, especially if they seem to undermine the broader story. However, in this case, the existence of multiple paradoxes surrounding the professors feels remarkably fitting. Professors Sada and Turo are intrinsically linked to their beloved Paradox Pokémon and the concept of time travel. In this context, these additional complications to their existence appear perfectly natural within the captivating world of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

Source: Nintendo of America/YouTube