Why Fans Hate The Ice Cream Pokémon, Vanilluxe, Vanillish & Vanillite
One of Pokémon's most hated designs is the ice cream line - Vanillite, Vanillish, and Vanilluxe. Here's why fans think these Ice-types are so bad.
So-called "inanimate object" Pokémon draw quite a bit of negative attention from the series' community, and Vanillite, Vanillish, and Vanilluxe are usually near the top of many fans' "worst Pokémon ever" lists. These particular animated inanimate objects are notorious for being bad designs, but are the Ice-type ice cream Pokémon really that terrible?
As the highest-grossing media franchise, Pokémon has many, many fans, which means every Pokémon is someone's favorite. But with almost 900 creature designs, some are inevitably seen as ugly or otherwise "bad" by the general fan base. Many of the best-looking designs incorporate inspiration from multiple cultures, animals, and items, so inanimate object Pokémon attract hate for being "just an object." Trubbish, the Trash Bag Pokémon, and Klefki, the Key Ring Pokémon, for example, are accused of being "just a garbage bag" and "just some keys," respectively.
Vanillite, Vanillish, and Vanilluxe receive similar criticism, as fans believe they're boring and dumb for being "just living ice cream cones." Here's why Pokémon fans dislike these Ice-types - and whether they might deserve the hate.
Known as the Fresh Snow, Icy Snow, and Snowstorm Pokémon, Vanillite, Vanillish, and Vanilluxe were introduced in Pokémon's fifth generation games, Black and White. Gen 5 is responsible for bringing many notorious Pokémon designs to life, such as Klingklang, the "elemental monkeys," Amoonguss, Stunfisk, and Trubbish, and the Vanillite line is often listed among these poor additions. Created by Game Freak's James Turner - the developer who deleted many behind-the-scenes Pokémon tweets earlier this year - the Vanillite line is reviled because it's "just ice cream," but also because Vanilluxe is essentially two Vanillish stuck together. It's an evolution trope many Pokémon fans find lazy (see Dugtrio and Dodrio).
Some fans, like Reddit user 11Slimeade11, defend Vanilluxe, explaining there actually is some creativity to its design origins. The line appears to be based on a particular style of British ice cream called the 99 Flake, consisting of soft-serve in a cone with a Cadbury Flake bar stuck in the top. Vanilluxe, then, is based on version of the desert, which looks almost exactly like the Pokémon. According to , Turner also said the line's face designs are based on American food mascots like the Pillsbury Doughboy.
A deep and interesting origin can often save a visually or statistically lackluster Pokémon. 's disgusting fossil Pokémon, for example, are made cooler by their likely origins in the fossil mismatching of early paleontology. But, while it's interesting to learn Vanilluxe was designed around a dessert specific to its creator's home country, this fact doesn't necessarily add any significance to the line's origins. Gen 5's Unova region is based on New York, so Vanilluxe's British design doesn't make it fit better in its habitat (unlike many of s creature origins), and there's not much deep history to connect it to its real-life counterpart. One could argue that, if Vanilluxe's design was more redeemable because it's based on a Double 99, Trubbish would be a better Pokémon if it was based on a particular brand of English garbage bags. Even with their specified origins, Vanillite, Vanillish, and Vanilluxe just aren't that interesting, which is perhaps the worst thing a Pokémon can be.
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Pokémon Black and White released on March 6, 2011, for the Nintendo DS.