11. Braviary

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Galvantula, Braviary, Golurk, Haxorus, and Excadrill all the way. (Jacob Matthews)

BEHOLD - AMERICA, THE POKEMON. No, I'm sure Braviary has some impressive stats and interesting strategies and all but I can't help but tear up thinking about freedom and the Constitution and hot dogs and fireworks and baseball and other patriotic America things. It's frequently described as a "fierce warrior" who never gives up no matter what, and ya know what? That IS just like America, which never gives up at anything (even if that thing is "rampant obesity").

 

10. Chandelure

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Chandelure stilll did make it into my top 10 though. (Jacob Staben)

A lot of people complain about Pokemon just making random objects into sentient beings as an easy way to come up with new Pokemon (and Gen 6's Klefki might be the folks over at Pokemon HQ giving them an ironic nod), but it's hard to not love Chandelure. It's a Ghost-Pokemon, which automatically earns it some points for giving off a creepy vibe, but gets even better with its spectral flames. And, really, its whole line wins so many points for having some of the creepiest Pokedex entries in the entire series, indicating they steal peoples' souls and use them as fuel for their ghostly fires. How anyone gets any sleep in the world of Pokemon is a complete mystery.

 

9. Serperior

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Serperior master race (James Hynes)

Here's something unusual - this is the first Top 15 Generation that has not included the fire-starter - and given the fire-starter for Black/White was a wrestling fire pig, that's more than a little surprising. What's even more surprising is the grass-type made it into the top 10 - then again, all that surprise drains away when you realize it's Serperior, the excellently pun-named grass-serpent thing (poor Snivy grew up and lost all its limbs, like an inverse Dragonite). With its elegant design and popped collar, Serperior is a fine-lookin' Pokemon, and proof that you don't need to have fire bursting out of your body to be awesome.

 

8. Volcarona

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Quiver Dance, Bug Buzz, Flamethrower and Hurricane. I am fairly sure you can just sweep the entire game with just this guy. So strong, and so pretty. (Ewan O'Keefe)

Volcarona feels good because it feels earned - it starts life as Larvesta, a grubby little caterpillar-thing, and doesn't evolve until level 59. Even Dratini has a middle evolution before Dragonite to help ease you along. Once you evolve it, it's like the end of a long journey - except instead of learning about the power of friendship or whatever, you get a fire-butterfly that does Quiver Dance and decimates anything that gets in its way.