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Why is it possible for Mr.Mime to be female, and Gardevoir to be male?

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Why does Game Freak make these? (Silly question, I know.)So strange...

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Mr. Mime is an ENGLISH name for the Pokemon, not the ORIGINAL JAPANESE name: Barrierd.
I don't understand the point of bumping this question to point out something that is already pointed out in the answers.

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Okay, here are the reasons.


When first introduced, Mr. Mime's Japanese name was バリヤード, pronounced ba.ri.ya-do. Pretty obviously, its name means barrier, a reference to its mime skills and the most common & well known mime of invisible walls. So originally, the designers of バリヤード never intended it to be gender specific, unlike examples such as Sawk. That's why バリヤード has a 50/50 gender ratio. Only when it was given an English (and most other European) name did the gender confusion occur. Additionally, gender didn't arrive in the games until Gen II, so no Pokemon even had a gender apart from NidoranM/F.

As for Gardevoir, it's not meant to be ultra feminine. Its design is based upon a knight wearing a cape, as per its Japanese name, サーナイトpronounced sa-na.i-to, i.e. Sir Knight. So the question should really be, "why are there female Gardevoir?" Its designers only compounded the confusion by introducing Gallade, which fans (mis)interpreted as an ultra-masculine form of Kirlia. Then Gardevoir was made even more confusing with Mega-Gardevoir, which was again (mis)interpreted by fans as wearing a wedding dress and dubbed (in poor taste) "Mega-waifu". Gardevoir was supposed to be an elegant knight based upon the the idea of chivalric tradition from the European middle ages, and/or influenced by the operatic portrayal of this idea. It's supposed to be some form of personal guardian, as indicated by its Pokedex:
>It will try to guard its trusted Trainer with its life. It has the ability to see the future. (Diamond)
>It unleashes psychokinetic energy at full power when protecting a Trainer it has bonded closely with. (HGSS)
>To protect its Trainer, it will expend all its psychic power to create a small black hole. (X)

So while Gardevoir does have a gender confusing name in Japanese, it was never meant to be a solely female species, unlike Jynx or Froslass. However, some fans projected their Pokefillia fantasies upon Gardevoir, making the entire species ultra feminine, when it was really supposed to be an elegant masculine knight. As Tamashii Hiroka puts it, "sorry, but your waifu is kind of a dude".

Tamashii's video, where she talks about overrated Pokemon and Gardevoir is #9. Also explains the projections it has from the Pokefillia community.

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O_O didn't expect that :/
I like it! But at f i r s t glance , gardevoir looks like an " elegant " as this term fits her/him/it ( when you don't know it's an it ) better. So it " looks like an elegant pokemon " as it's the partner of a very elegant champion ( ehem.... Diantha ).
If anything, Gardevoir looks like a knight and a female all at once, and that kind of really confused me except when I thought, OF COURSE! She's a female knight. Have you seen Brave? Ya, she's like Merida. If she shoots arrows, well that's a question that I can't answer. In Japanese, her name should not be Sir Knight, but Miss Knight. Either that, Game Freak, or Gallade should have been only female. As for Mr. Mime, well, it still looks like a male no matter what name it has...
Ok, this is crazy! Game Freak shouldn't have come out with these Pokemon!
Merida's a Disney princess. Gardevoir is a Sorceress Knight Supreme.
My question is if Game Freak originally made it (?) to look like a male and then completely forgot and made it look like a female. And that answer also answers the question if Gardevoir has legs. Yes, but its not supposed to because if that flowie thingy that everyone calls a dress is a cape, then Gardevoir shouldn't have legs in my opinion.
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This is fairly easy to answer - you are only looking at the English names. In English, it should appear that Mr. Mime would be male, and Gardevoir female. Looking at the Japanese, however, suggests this was not GameFreak's intent.

Mr. Mime

Firstly, Mr. MIme was named BEFORE the gender mechanic was introduced.
Secondly, its Japanese name translated to something along the lines of "barriered", probably referencing Barrier, Light Screen, and Reflect, which were all moves Mr. Mime was famous for in Gen I. As you can see there is no intonation of gender there.


Gardevoir is even more interesting. Its Japanese translation is approximately "Sir Knight", so if anything it should be a male-only Pokemon, going by its Japanese name.

So, in short, I don't know, except to say that GameFreak wanted it that way!

Source: Mr. Mime and Gardevoir

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