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.

Why Fans Hate The Ice Cream Pokémon, Vanilluxe, Vanillish & Vanillite

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.

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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.

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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.

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How I Met Your Mother’s Lost Lottery Gag (& Cameo) Explained

Jorge Garcia had a special appearance on How I Met Your Mother in season 6. Here's how the cameo referenced a key aspect from ABC's Lost.

How I Met Your Mother’s Lost Lottery Gag (& Cameo) Explained

season 6 featured a special guest appearance by Jorge Garcia and with it came an amusing lottery reference that most fans would appreciate. In total, Garcia appeared in two episodes on the CBS sitcom. His character was named Steve Henry, but his numerous misfortunes gave him the nickname of "The Blitz." Here's how an element from Lost was tied into How I Met Your Mother and how it was made even funnier later in the series.

Steve was an old friend of Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) and Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel) since the trio went to Wesleyan University together. He had a habit of leaving certain events early and missing out on epic moments in which he would always learn about it later. Steve ended up inheriting the "Curse of the Blitz" named after a Wesleyan student who left just before the college became co-ed. Due to the curse, most of Steve's friends referred to him as "The Blitz."

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Garcia made his first How I Met Your Mother cameo in the season 6 episode "Blitzgiving." The day before Thanksgiving, Ted decided to leave the bar early and missed a fun night with his friends. Coincidentally, Ted's friends were joined by The Blitz at MacLaren's and lifted his curse. Steve was briefly freed and Ted took on the curse instead. While detailing the events of the wild night, Marshall was dared to send an explicit picture to a random number. Steve popped up next to Marshall and quickly threw out "4815162342.To those not familiar with , the number may have seemed random, but it held a deep meaning to Garcia's time on the ABC drama.

Garcia played Hugo "Hurley" Reyes for all six seasons of Lost, spanning from 2004 to 2010. Prior to being on a plane crash that sent Hurley to a mysterious island, the character was involved in a tragic accident that caused him to seek psychiatric care. A fellow patient had a habit of repeating the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42. When Hurley got out of the facility, he used those six numbers for the lottery and ended up winning the $114-million jackpot. Following the big win, Hurley immediately started to experience bad luck. The numbers then appeared periodically throughout Lost and even represented factors of an equation that predicted when humanity would end.

Even though Ted became The Blitz, he found a way to pass the curse onto Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris). Barney, in turn, passed the curse back to Steve by the end of the season 6 episode. Garcia made a second cameo in the How I Met Your Mother season 9 episode "Gary Blauman", which revealed that Steve's bad luck continued after he acquired a gambling habit. In fact, he just missed out on winning the jackpot on a slot machine at the casino. Steve had previously claimed that his misfortune was like "being stuck on an island for ages" as a reference to Garcia's time on Lost. Let's just hope that Steve stayed away from any travel on planes.

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