It’s Spooky Week here at Kotaku, and what better time to look back at Parasect, one of the most unsettling Pocket Monsters to date.
The Bug/Grass type evolves from Paras, and its name appears to be a portmanteau of “parasite” and “insect.”
— That Guy You Know (@Wacky_Will) 11 June 2013
I've never noticed how creepy paras is. I mean. Even the soulless parasect is more cute, alright. pic.twitter.com/9G17GJw9ME
— Amanda Thompson (@ManderpSays) 14 August 2015
— Connor Ottman (@AspringArtist64) 1 March 2017
What makes Parasect so unsettling is that it’s been taken over by a fungus.
I had no idea Parasect would have that creepy mouth wtf pic.twitter.com/vbQZmJLHAG
— PumpkinReptile (@limereptileart) 27 November 2016
That expression doesn’t help, though.
While Paras has pupils, Parasect’s eyes have turned white as if it’s become a soulless zombie. Perhaps it has! There’s a theory that Parasect isn’t even a Pocket Monster.
Parasect is reminiscent of a Scientific American article I once read called “Fungus Makes Zombie Ants Do All the Work” with the tagline “A tropical fungus has adapted to infect ants and force them to chomp, with surprising specificity, into perfectly located leaves before killing them and taking over their bodies.”
— Fi Plays Pokemon (@FiPlays) 30 July 2016
It’s really those white eyes. If Parasect had pupils, this zombie-mon would be cute!
— 九天を統べる永久の魔女…ひーちゃん (@famiglianera) 1 September 2016
But it doesn’t, so this infested Pokémon is the stuff of nightmares.
— David Szilagyi (@dsszilagyi) 12 August 2016