1. He was a pivotal moment in the evolution of gender identity

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comic by sephko

2. Though kindly and supportive, people forget how PISSED OFF his original sprite looked at all times

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picture by RubiksPhoenix

3.  He's Infinitely Quotable

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4. He has kept up a lifelong commitment to studying violent supernatural monsters

 
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5.  His Japanese Name is Dr. Yukinari Okido

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6. He helped us hone our photography skills in Pokemon Snap

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comic by mare odomo

7. He can see you, ALWAYS

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picture by kiyokon.tumblr.com

8. He was the mentor to the first generation of Pokemon trainers

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picture by RoughReaill

9. And he's STILL looking out for Pokemon fans, even after they go to college 

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photo via kolbyqueso.tumblr.com



10. There's a trainer battle with him hidden in Pokemon Red/Blue's code

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No really, here's a video of DarkJumpSlash accessing this fight using a GameShark:

 


11. He's Got An Iconic Hairstyle

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GIF via hannahjpeace.tumblr.com

12. He is definitely the best professor in late-90s cartoon history

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picture by sponzar

13. He's like, the only father figure in the entire Kanto region. So it's natural we'd have a larger-than-life opinion of him

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picture via Mega_Dunsparce

14.  He seems like he'd be good at parties.

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drawing by Shannon Manor

15. He also might be batshit insane

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picture via PokeLogic.com