Film Theory: Did Detective Pikachu Prove Pokemon's Greatest Fan Theory?

  • Published on Jun 8, 2019
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    Detective Pikachu has done so much better than Pokemon fans - and honestly, everyone else - were expecting. It hits that balance of current relevance and nostalgia. And on top of that, it holds the clues to a ton of Pokemon fan theories! Today Loyal Theorists, we are looking to Ditto. For a long time, fans have speculated on the origins of the pink little blob. I am here to tell you that Detective Pikachu has given us all the clues we need to figure out Ditto's mysterious origins once and for all!
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    Writer: Matthew Patrick and Justin Kuiper
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  • maiLbox _xobLiam
    maiLbox _xobLiam 13 hours ago

    We all know that this is wrong. Ditto is just Mewtwo's excrement. Duh.

  • Russell Holland
    Russell Holland 13 hours ago

    Or maybe Howard has a Machamp and a Cubone? And he's been training his Ditto that well?

  • Dylan C
    Dylan C 13 hours ago

    Wasn’t this ditto being failed copies of mew theory get confirmed a while ago? Even in things like pixelmon, the way of getting ditto is to fail cloning mew. That was in like 2015 ish I believe.

  • Dylan C
    Dylan C 13 hours ago

    First watchable video game film? Det Pika was a great film and what about Ready Player One? That was insane.

  • Ryuzenn443
    Ryuzenn443 14 hours ago

    Im pretty sure EVERYONE already accepted this "theory" as fact so Pat your back a bit less Matt.

  • EnigmaOfTheEchidna
    EnigmaOfTheEchidna 17 hours ago

    3:24 the screen tearing is unbelievable

  • Meredith Animates!
    Meredith Animates! 17 hours ago

    *Local 58 intensifies*

  • Poppomatic64
    Poppomatic64 17 hours ago

    Way to reference Chris and Jeremy 😂😂

  • Mees Smulders
    Mees Smulders 18 hours ago

    When two dittos meet each other in a battle after yeers of not seeing each other
    Ditto 1: you got captured to?
    Ditto 2: yeah ditto

  • DonoBarca :D
    DonoBarca :D 18 hours ago +1

    Ditto five confirmation

  • Jody Mitoma
    Jody Mitoma 19 hours ago

    Well as a 31 year old, this was a lot of fun to watch. :) I haven't been in the loop.

  • Iván Enns
    Iván Enns 20 hours ago

    That intro is glorious
    Good job guys


    What if they just used dittos dna and mews dna to replicate and evolve a new mew...

  • Josiah Kaminski
    Josiah Kaminski 23 hours ago


  • Jerome Alday
    Jerome Alday Day ago

    Lololololol this theory is already confirmed years ago.

  • ZaneTNS _
    ZaneTNS _ Day ago +1

    oh no i will have nightmares aaaa no why did you make a scary video on ahtahuhus something 58 oh no help a

  • Legendary X
    Legendary X Day ago

    My question is... Where’s Ash? Did Ash finally die? Or......

  • Blake Young
    Blake Young Day ago

    Its funny how new and mewtwo look different but one is supposed to be a clone of the other

  • Chairman Meow
    Chairman Meow Day ago

    Come on, we all fucking know very well what Ditto's purpose is.

  • Dana Mapalad
    Dana Mapalad Day ago

    Actually, I remember there was an instance of Blue (the girl one) fron pokemon adventures using her ditto as a mask to copy a person's face. So there is a canon moment where ditto transforms into something it doesn't see at that moment!

  • Estonian Bastard

    detective decker!

  • Mikanmeister
    Mikanmeister Day ago

    Good, now make Pokemon Rusty live action

  • don't touch my YouTube account you brat

    After that backstory scene in the near end of the movie, it all made sense. Why would ryan Reynolds play pikachu and the dad? Because he was the dad all along

  • Person Who likes cats

    I’m good at being alone at night. - Tim Goodman,Detective pikachu

  • Landon Beckman
    Landon Beckman Day ago


  • Ziizoe
    Ziizoe Day ago

    ugh, i hate it when people use pre 6th gen shiny pokemon in something of proof, they didn't pick the colors, they went one color pallet over and because they're both similar colors, they share very similar pallets, so they get switched to have similar pallets, which is the same reason there are so many blue pokemon that turn pink/purple, and why a bunch yellow/brown pokemon turn very slightly greenish and end up as disappointing shinies. it doesn't really damage the theory, but i just get annoyed whenever anyone uses it as proof or complains about a pre 5th gen shiny and says something like "why didn't they pick another color" as if they actually went through the trouble of picking 251 alternate pallets they thought most people would never see for gold and silver, much less going and programming in individual pallets instead of just probably (don't know for sure if this is how it actually technically works) just having it go "if X pokemon is shiny, pallet is +1" or something along those lines

  • Tensa Zangetsu
    Tensa Zangetsu Day ago

    Didn't that Ditto transform into a cannon in that episode to shoot down the Meowth Balloon? I don't remember if there was a cannon nearby, but all she said was"Ditto...Transform!" and it turned into a cannon. If it's memory is so bad, why did the cannon work properly?

  • Cosmic Dragneel
    Cosmic Dragneel Day ago

    And then gen 5 and 6. In ggen 5 we had a movie with mega mewtwo y wich was added in gen6

  • Chilling With Charlie Lynch

    Welcome To Film... ah game.. I really don’t know any more. So welcome to... Game Film theory. GIVE ME 10 likes please
    👇 thy

  • im fine
    im fine Day ago

    I remember a scene from the anime where Jesse and James shows a picture of Dragonite in a book, to a ditto, but instead of what they wanted, the Ditto transformed into the book

  • TacocatX
    TacocatX Day ago

    I’m sorry to say, but Howard’s ditto is special due to his experiments on it. I still think the failed mew clones theory holds up well though

  • Jengordyn Foreskin
    Jengordyn Foreskin Day ago +1

    Dittwo lol

  • Bayley Collins
    Bayley Collins Day ago

    Ditto's in sun and moon can transform into humans there called the ditto 5.

  • Mrplayers 321
    Mrplayers 321 Day ago

    Ditto: turns into mew two

  • Dawnphyre
    Dawnphyre Day ago

    during that subscription plug, that moment you realize 0.1% of Earths population is subscribed to your channel, that's pretty big really, considdering thats EVERYONE ON EARTH, and there's a good chunk of the world that doesn't even
    have internet... I mean a bad chunk.... I mean it would be bad to be in that chunk.... you get my point... we should help them

  • Neon
    Neon Day ago

    Rule, britannia
    Britannia rules the waves

  • Rashonna Norville

    Every body: Guyana.
    MatPat: Guiiana.

  • tchgs11 zdok
    tchgs11 zdok Day ago +1

    0:28 *should have done the surprised Pikachu meme*
    Perfect opportunity missed

  • Christina Parris

    Um... In the comics Green used her ditto as a mask

  • Payton S.
    Payton S. Day ago

    I’ve always thought of ditto as “just there. After this video I think of ditto as a failure. So basically being just there. Make sense?🤧

  • Matthew Hunt
    Matthew Hunt Day ago +1

    that was not the first watchable video game movie what about rampage?

  • Ivy Mitsuno [Ivychandessu]

    Sorry to say this fan boys/girls....still does not convince me, gimme a good reason besides "mewtwo and good graphics"

  • Sloppy Pancakes
    Sloppy Pancakes Day ago

    Can you do a Film Theory on the movie 9

  • carson cordova
    carson cordova Day ago

    Its true that Ditto can transform into any kind of Pokémon. But the problem is Ditto can be easily detected by just looking at the face even though it transformed into a different appearance. So most fans can be asking. Why Ditto can't change his face?

  • Brian Whelton
    Brian Whelton Day ago

    Is it weird that I kinda just assumed everyone knew this? 😂

  • Aidan Or
    Aidan Or Day ago

    Howard's ditto does get a few things wrong, the woman has a pink hand and the eyes are all wrong.

  • Alexander Harp
    Alexander Harp 2 days ago


  • Saleen Sundria
    Saleen Sundria 2 days ago

    But, like.... there were pokemon movies before Detective Pikachu... Although, I suppose those are more rooted in the anime than anything else.

    Also, edit: Before Arceus was introduced, the entirety of Pokemon pushes that Mew created all pokemon, which was why they wanted to clone Mew in the first place. It was always a power struggle. That failed. at least three times now.

  • Franklin Bonnefoy
    Franklin Bonnefoy 2 days ago

    The movie said it was a genetically enhanced ditto. Also the pokedex entry you just used said that Ditto can transform from memory, just that it would get details wrong. You kinda contradicted yourself for a theory that would've been answered had you done more research such as later dex entries and Pokemon books confirm Ditto is a failed clone. Also that the movie explicitly stated that Ditto was genetically enhanced. Sadly this didn't feel like much of a theory. Just a poorly researched statement

  • Lanz Dimaapi
    Lanz Dimaapi 2 days ago

    10:18 Clip:Used a ditto into a ditto
    10,000 years later:still using the coph move
    Furure longlonglonglonglonglonglong past ago:The legend says that they are still fighting.

  • Jêññý Aņïmåťĕš

    I thought this was canon before??

  • pinkGlitter boi
    pinkGlitter boi 2 days ago

    I watched the movie WHAT ARE YOUR QUESTIONS

  • Iamsandman 43
    Iamsandman 43 2 days ago

    At the end of that episode where they met ditto he transformed into a cannon tho

  • Lizardmaster55102 Momo

    As a Pokémon nerd I knew this stuff years ago. I hate to say this but this isn’t really news, we’ve known that ditto was a failed clone of mew for years now.

  • Wave Master
    Wave Master 2 days ago +1

    I guess Matt Patt doesn't realize that the mew and ditto connection is fact and not a theory, also yeah ditto's can transform into anything at will. They tend to change into enemy pokemon if they fight, but they can transform into ANYTHING at all whenever they want to. Even weapons if you follow the anime in the ditto episode. Also note Ditto's make perfect copies in thier transformations, only the anime ditto from that episode couldn't make a perfect transformation. Something people keep forgetting and like in the movie they even use it have ditto eyes instead of the human eyes. Which is just inaccurate, and one of the only complaints I have with the movie.

    So to review If you accept everything put out as fact about ditto's they can become anything they ever want to be and that includes somehow transforming into cannons if they want and firing weapons. It is actual fact stated in the lore of pokemon that Arceus "Arceus is thought to have created the Sinnoh region and possibly the entire Pokémon world, the lake guardians Uxie, Azelf, and Mesprit; and the creation trio Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. Because of this, Arceus is thought to be one of the most long-lived of all Pokémon species. It has the power to recreate the creation trio as well, presumably to guard the dimensions when a Trainer has caught one of them. According to the anime, its power can also bring back things that it once destroyed, make certain things vanish into thin air, or to halt time." as stated by the pokedex entries, Arceus also created mew with the genetics of every pokemon to ever be made anjd it's job so to create life. So every pokemon we see in the pokemon universe is almost entire created by mew procreations. With the exceptions of certians ones like Palkia, Dialga and Giratina. Those are over seen by Arceus our pokemon god. Also remember that humans in the pokemon world are also considered the same as other pokemon.

    They had married pokemon, and even died and became pokemon, in death or reincarnation or straight up turn into one while sleeping if they have increadibly high iq's. So Arceus is god of all beings in the pokemon universe. Cannon fact, Mew is just a pokemon tasked with a job, like how some pokemon are stated to have pushed the continents' tectonic plates around, or oversee all of space or time etc... And Ditto carries those same super genetics even as failed clones.

  • ScarfFox and Friends

    So the ditto in detective pikachu is actually dittwo

  • oh yeah yeah
    oh yeah yeah 2 days ago

    just came from local 58, hope thisll fix me 😅

  • Zushi Navalta
    Zushi Navalta 2 days ago

    Matpat: toy story bad
    *ditto is the remnant of repeated genetic experiment*
    Matpat: pokemon good

  • Lifefighter _YT
    Lifefighter _YT 2 days ago

    PunkExMachinima:Mew Goo
    Me (A true genius):A piece of living solid liquid containing DNA of every recorded monsters with extraordinary powerful self defense abilities which are used for enslavement.

  • Maya Luna Gijon
    Maya Luna Gijon 2 days ago life has been solved

  • Billy C TV
    Billy C TV 2 days ago

    Mr. Mime still probably...
    Banging Ash's Mom

  • _ CJEMM5D _
    _ CJEMM5D _ 2 days ago

    I have a book about Pokemon and it says that ditto is a failed clone of mewtwo

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    _ CJEMM5D _ 2 days ago


  • tails doll chao Heartless Roxas

    Tim's father was inside of pikachu the Whole time and Mute to Erased Pikachu memory

  • Puzzle Frog16
    Puzzle Frog16 2 days ago

    Wait if ditto came before Mewtwo ,would that then make ditto Mewtwo and then make Mewtwo mewthree

  • Solex Gruthor
    Solex Gruthor 2 days ago

    I have you a theory, Matpat! I literally just started watching the movie and I'm only a few minutes in. When Tim walks into his dad's apartment "Angels with Dirty Souls" is playing on the TV. They don't show that it's Home Alone, and Tim comments that his dad is still watching those "old detective" movies. That particular movie franchise only exists in the Home Alone universe. Do Detective Pikachu and Home Alone share the same universe?

  • Wayne Lee
    Wayne Lee 2 days ago

    Did you call it the...

  • night hunter
    night hunter 2 days ago

    I beat the elite four with dittos only

  • Natsu Fullbuster
    Natsu Fullbuster 2 days ago

    But Arceus and Victini (and some other pokemon) also has equal base stats like Mew (just higher/lower or the same). So are they connected?

  • Benji M
    Benji M 2 days ago

    That was the cosmononaut variety hour who said the movie was watchable in case you guys didn’t know

  • Robert Bernard
    Robert Bernard 2 days ago

    Mew = you
    Mewtwo = you, too
    Ditto = me too

  • Matthew Gooding
    Matthew Gooding 2 days ago

    Ditto transforms into a goddamn cannon in the anime.

  • Hamual The Great
    Hamual The Great 2 days ago

    I thought this was proofed already

  • Harmless Panda
    Harmless Panda 2 days ago

    PLEASE!! Do a game of thrones theory about Bran being the real villian of the show. That he saw how things would end and did nothing to stop it because he was evil, and let it all happen to begin with. So he would get the crown.

  • Lisa Zeiler
    Lisa Zeiler 2 days ago

    You forgot the cursed Pokemon game Pokemon Black.......

  • Jaxson Woodyard
    Jaxson Woodyard 2 days ago +1

    2:18 actually it’s 151

  • Creation Animations
    Creation Animations 2 days ago

    In the pokedex entries it says that if it does it by memory it gets details wrong so what if since humans have better memory it was really a human inside a ditto since they do have the ability to do it. AND ALTHOUGH you might say it doesn’t have a headband thing they might have only needed the headband for mewtwo since it is such a powerful physic type.

  • chicken thing
    chicken thing 2 days ago


  • Andre Kröger
    Andre Kröger 2 days ago

    I think this Ditto bends the existing rules to fit into the story. The copies aren't flawless. Look at the faces. They're a mess.

  • Alucard Fahrenheit Tepes

    10:33 the sound glitches out


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  • michael james
    michael james 2 days ago

    Mewtwo should come back to pokemon make a new movie

  • Gacha Sweetie
    Gacha Sweetie 2 days ago

    MatPat I watched the movie with my friend that same day you did, I am happiness

  • justin Singh
    justin Singh 2 days ago

    Before every other pokemon there was all new and most of the mew changed to their environment

  • Chris Cary
    Chris Cary 2 days ago

    2:20 one hundred and fifty ONE, you're even showing mew... Number 151

  • WerewolfB312
    WerewolfB312 2 days ago

    I thought the ditto was just a pink/purple T-1000

  • linkzellda
    linkzellda 2 days ago +17

    Here is a theory for you... How strong is Ash, I mean we seem him lifting Pokemon that are heavy.

  • Tammi Tennant Sanders

    You never know that obout mew and mew two

  • Prof. Gary
    Prof. Gary 2 days ago

    Ditto was an evil lil b in the movie

  • GameStellar
    GameStellar 2 days ago

    Me 5 minutes trough the video: “Just come to the fucking point”

  • rana mukaled
    rana mukaled 2 days ago

    I just realized that mewtwo’s power might be the reason that meowth can talk

  • Amazing Wolf
    Amazing Wolf 2 days ago +3

    "It must be some kind of super ditto"
    Or, y'know, it could just be looking down at the crowd and seeing those pokemon and copying them

  • Mr.Memes
    Mr.Memes 2 days ago

    what if you evolve dido

  • Hamster Main Here :3

    But what if that super ditto was mew transform? Cause new can transform, and possibly without having to see em

  • Zachariah Bolivar
    Zachariah Bolivar 2 days ago

    Background music sounds like some Naruto happy background music

  • Bird Guy9327
    Bird Guy9327 2 days ago +114

    In one of the Pokédex books it explicitly says ditto was a failed clone of mew

  • pikachumaster87
    pikachumaster87 2 days ago

    Guys just quick spoiler alert I'ma tell u rn what this mistery is all about.

    Detective Pikachu IS Harry.

    Gasically when Harry and his pokemon, PIKACHU crashed, Mewtwo took the soul of Harry and put it into the living Pikachu, leaving him with Amnesia. Because Mewtwo took away all of the memories of Harry/detective Pikachu.

  • bekah saxon
    bekah saxon 2 days ago +3

    by this logic arent greninja and turtle guy who's name I don't know also mew clones?

    • Lazy Assassin
      Lazy Assassin 2 days ago

      Not necessarily clones, Though altered by mew dna i think.

  • Celeste
    Celeste 2 days ago +4

    Just wanna day my bro watched DP and I guessed The Plot Twist 😂

  • Dominic Dorsner
    Dominic Dorsner 2 days ago

    if the theory is ditto is a failed clone of mew we have known that for years.