18 Temmuz 2017 Salı

Analysis of Types: Chapter 6: Flying-type: Part 3: In-Universe Symbolism and Mythology

So, what is Flying-type's role, really?

The Legendaries and Their Role:
Because Flying-type has three groups of Legendaries, the groups themselves will be discussed rather than the individual ones.


Rayquaza is based off Ziz, who is believed to battle with Leviathan and Behemoth at the end of the world. Its Mega Evolution seems to be based off Baal from the Baal Cycle. Both forms represent the sky, specifically the layers of sky that have different compositions of the minerals of sky.


Winged Mirages:

Each of the Winged Mirages represent a season and its weather, winter and snow for Articuno, summer and rain for Zapdos, spring and sunny weather for Moltres.


Tower Duo:

Based on the birds on the two Buddhist towers of Kyoto, Kinkaju-ji and Ginkaku-ji, Lugia represents storms, while Ho-Oh represents rainbows at the end of a rain.


Kami Trio:

Each of the Kami trio designed to look like clouds, representing their weathers, tornado for Tornadus, thunder storm for Thundurus, and harvest season for Landorus. Each of them are based on Shinto Kami that reside in clouds, Fujin for Tornadus, Raijin for Thundurus and Inari for Landorus.

Note: Yveltal will not be listed here. It will be listed in Dark-type.

The Trainers and Their Roles:

The first Flying-type specialist in the game, he is a traditional bird keeper. His title "The Elegant Master of Flying Pokémon" references his bishounen-ness. He tries to follow in his father's steps, who is MIA in all canons except Adventures.


Though she has the title of "The bird user taking flight into the world.", she looks more like a sky driver, like Sky Trainers. She continues the grace theme.


Called "The Highflying Girl", she is a pilot who in B2W2 helps you get to the Natural Reserve. She is pals with Elesa who she asks for help in a change of persona in-between BW and B2W2, and is generally friendly and silly.


The Elite Four member of Alola, taking the place Hapu would have taken if she was old enough, she is the daughter of the owner of the Grand Resort. She is a professional golfer. She apparently uses Trick Room to train herself against the speed of her type... which is hilarious in hindsight because her choice of Pokémon except for Crobat and Oricorio are slow.

The Overview:

The Legendary Pokémon are all tangentially or directly connected with weather. Since Flying-type does not have a true area effect move besides Tailwind, this will likely remain for the foreseeable future, especially since Terrain moves do not effect Flying-types. Flying-type has also not fully started introducing Flying-type Pokémon with Flying-type as their primary type, so lesser duos and trios with Flying-type as their secondary type will likely continue on.

In terms of trainers, the most common themes seem to be gracefulness and desire to study with a corresponding feeling of incompleteness, fitting for the type. The vast majority of Flying-type moves have the Cool category in contests, and Flying-types generally take time to evolve, and are generally paired with other types. The differences in the tiers of the trainers also represent the evolution of the type, Falkner represents the initial role of Flying-type, Winona and Skyla represent the status of the type in their respective regions, and Kahili represents the evolution of Flying-type into a true antithesis to Ground-type.

Flying-type still has a long way to go, however. There are more roles it can fill in for the future, but the versatility and balance of the type will likely allow those roles to be filled. 

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