GOD. At a loss for a better term, Arceus is literally the god of the Pokemon universe - the creator of everything. Still, it's a Pokemon - meaning it can be captured and turned into an HM-slave and all the other horrible things that befall all other Pokemon. Hell, even though it's the Lord Almighty, it's still weak to Machoke and Hitmonlee (until you give it a plate, but that opens up a whole other discussion). Still, it's a pretty solid Pokemon, which feels like we're underselling it - since it's the Alpha and the Omega of the entire universe, but whatever.
Between Cresselia and Darkrai, the voters came out overwhelmingly for Darkrai - and it's not hard to see why (rhyme!). Darkrai literally gives people "horrific nightmares." Hell, sleeping Pokemon facing off against Darkrai lose health every turn (so, ya know, hide your Snorlax when Darkrai comes creeping around). Really, Darkrai is the personification (or...poke-onification?) of nightmares, which makes sense that it's a nightmare to face off against. It's even worse than dreaming that you showed up to school naked on the day of a test you forgot to study for WHILE FALLING INTO AN INFINITE CHASM and okay it's not that bad, but it's still a nightmare.
Garchomp is, objectively-speaking, awesome looking. It has missile-looking appendages on the sides of its head, a badass-sounding name, and - well - it looks like a dragon-shark, aka "the two coolest creatures anyone can think of." And that'd before bringing in its Mega Evolution, which would just make things unfair. It's no surprise that Garchomp has been banned from competitive play several times, given the fact that a it's a shark-dragon-missile combo borne of a child's wildest dreams.
It's hard to ignore a Pokemon based off the Egyptian god of death - it's even harder when that Pokemon is actually pretty solid. And wow, this is getting even harder than a Graveler when a bunch of people playing Pokemon X/Y were just GIVEN a Lucario for almost no reason AND the stone that evolves it into MEGA Lucario. On top of being a generally great Pokemon, it's one of the few non-Legendaries to star in its own Pokemon movie (that none of you ever saw, because...I mean, apparently there are like 16 Pokemon movies, and there's no way you saw any of them after Pokemon 2000, right?). By the way - in Japan, the movie refers to Lucario as "the wave-guiding Pokemon", which doesn't sound very cool, but we can ignore that one.
Lucario - he's no Bidoof, but he'll bidoof.
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