In the Pokémon universe, humans live alongside magical creatures capable of incredible things, like teleporting, breathing fire and using unnatural healing abilities. Unfortunately, instead of using these powerful monsters to solve the world's problems, their first thought was 'How can we use these things to battle each other?' Despite all their attempts to convince others to the contrary, humans DO use Pokémon as tools of war, but a lot of them could be so much more. Here are just a few examples.
The Pokémon: Tyranitar has incredible strength. When enraged, it will go on a rampage, destroying mountains and burying rivers. After such an event, the local map has to be redesigned.
The Solution: Tyranitar is The Incredible Hulk of the Pokémon world. It has the capacity to be a serious threat to mankind, but in the right hands it could save the day. Natural disasters are the last things the human race is still afraid of, because they are so larger-than-life, and out of our control. A river flooding could cause horrible property damage and even cost lives. Also, towns close to active volcanoes are in constant danger, just look at Pompei from our world and Cinnabar Island from theirs.
Tyranitar has the power to alter the landscape in a fit of rage, so it's entirely possible it could also change the courses of rivers to keep settlements safe. And in the case of an erupting volcano, it could divert the flow of lava away from the people using makeshift walls made of pieces of rock it just crushed. Now that's what I call putting bad temper to good use!
The Pokémon: Snorlax mostly lives on mountains, but seems to like coming down to public roads and blocking paths from time to time. Mostly spending his days either eating or sleeping, it needs 900 pounds of food every day. His digestive system is strong enough to break down anything, even poisonous and rotten food, without Snorlax ever getting sick. He is docile enough to let small children jump around on his belly, but wake him up and he'll attack in a grumpy rage!
The Solution: Waste disposal is a big problem, mostly because there's no good solution. Burning it pollutes the air, burying it pollutes the ground and dumping it in bodies of water pollutes the water. In fact, the best solution the Pokémon world has is 'feeding it to Snorlax'. See, the great thing about everyone's favorite road block is that when the Pokédex says it can eat anything, it's literally anything. Poisonous plants, used tires, rotten food, hazardous waste... the big guy doesn't care. It isn't even cruelty; Snorlax will be fine after using the trash heap as an all-you-can-eat buffet. And with 900 pounds each day, a group of the big boned dudes could make a significant difference. There is a greater opponent than fellow Pokémon Snorlax could fight: the destruction of the environment. Why not let it fill its belly and Giga Impacting global warming back to its place at the same time?
The Pokémon: Ditto is a pink jelly-like creature that can transform into other Pokémon (also, according to the anime, it can transform into almost anything). Its DNA structure is incredibly flexible. It usually transforms into a rock to blend in the scenery and avoid being attacked.
The Solution: A freak accident or a kidney failure is all it takes for a person to be at death's door. At such times, organ transplants could save human lives. Unfortunately, donors are hard to come by. If only there was some way to mimic those organs... You know where this is going, right?
Shouldn't it be possible to clone lifeless parts of Ditto and using them to create artificial body parts? After all, it's entirely possible to carry around a whale in a ball, or create a digital Pokémon out of nothing, so it doesn't sound so Farfetch'd. Scientists could literally save thousands of lives with this pink little blob. And it wouldn't be as controversial as stem cells are in real life, so progress wouldn't be held back by morality. Also, 'human life saver' sounds infinitely better than 'Pokémon prostitute', so it should count as a win-win scenario for everyone involved.
The Pokémon: Abra spends 18 hours sleeping every day, focusing his psychic powers in preparation for its evolved forms. It can teleport its body to safety when attacked, making him quite difficult to catch.
The Solution: In a world where Abra exists, people still use trucks for delivery, as seen in both the games and the anime. That's such a waste. Using Abra's signature Teleport move would be efficient, fast, and convenient. Getting that new vinyl you ordered on Ebay by next day is cool. But getting it within 5 minutes as soon as your payment arrives would be cooler. Payment costs would decrease dramatically or cease to exist, and since Abra needs no fuel, it would be an extra environment-friendly solution.
It could also help saving lives. Remember the Ditto'ed organs? Those things could get to doctors in mere minutes to be put to good use.
The Pokémon: Gardevoir can see the future. When its owner is in danger, it can sense it in time, and use its psychic powers to protect them, even at the cost of its life.
The Solution: Julius Caesar. Shaka Zulu. Abraham Lincoln. These men are connected by one thing (other than the fact they are all leaders in the Sid Meier's Civilization series, of course). They were all men of great power and importance who got assassinated. If they had a Gardevoir to protect them, they may have lived to die of old age. They didn't have that luxury, but VIPs in the Pokémon world would be foolish NOT to get some extra protection from psychic creatures that can see assassination attempts in advance.
Gardevoir has a wonderful personality, with admirable traits. It's loyal, selfless, and brave. These qualities are perfect for the tasks of a bodyguard. It's elegant, unassuming looks also help it blend in at social events, adding to its effectiveness. Also, the Pokédex claims it can distort dimensions and create small black holes to protect its master. I don't know how that could help but it sounds rad as hell.
The Pokémon: Ninetales is mostly known for its beauty and longevity, both of which is legendary. It keeps a mysterious life energy in its tails. It has a lifespan of up to 1000 years. As such, many Ninetales used by trainers could possibly be family heirlooms originally caught by a great-grandfather or other ancestor.
The Solution: Slowing down the process of aging is big business, as most people strive to delay the inevitable for as long as possible. Despite this, Pokémon professors are not known researching whether this longevity can be applied on humans. Just like with Ditto, this shouldn't be considered crazy or impossible. Real-life scientists tirelessly research the immune systems of alligators for their ability to beat the HIV virus, hoping that could be the key to a cure. And when it comes to technology, the Pokémon world is way ahead of us!
Sure, I'm talking about splicing human DNA with that of a Pokémon, and some side effects could be involved. Still, I don't think there would be any complaints about the ability to breathe fire. In fact, that would be the most awesome bonus ever.