Pokemon is not always the ideal franchise for people who are easily shocked. This is, after all, a franchise defined by little pocket-sized monsters with bizarre characteristics and forms who repeat their names over and over again. Still, the six weird Pokemon toys really went above and beyond.
1) Pokemon Cologne
While some people will debate about whether or not Pokemon cologne constitutes a toy, it probably should have been. Few people who were old enough to really need cologne would ever really trust Pokemon cologne. However, this product was still manufactured anyway, and hopefully it was nothing more than a toy for a lot of people. The scent for the cologne was about as good as people would expect it to be given its highly suspect origins. It smelled like the cheap perfume that it was. The target market for Pokemon is usually not going to be interested in perfume in the first place, which makes this product selection that much stranger to contemplate from the standpoint of both marketing and simple common sense.
2) Smelly Mud Cards
During the height of the Pokemon craze, there was no real incentive to not create fake Pokemon cards. However, some of the frauds were much weirder than the ones that they were trying to emulate. There never was an official Pokemon called Smelly Mud, but there was a famous counterfeit card that suggested there was. As such, there may as well have been. It is hard to imagine a name that sounds more like a joke for a Pokemon than something like Smelly Mud. In fact, it sounds like the sort of joke that a kid would come up with in the first place. However, that still manages to put it ahead of some of the other counterfeit cards.
3) Big Mouth Bat Cards
The name Big Mouth Bat already sounds like a joke, and it may as well have been. However, plenty of people thought that these counterfeit cards referred to real Pokemon monsters within the official canon, and they probably still found themselves trying to explain to people who monsters called Big Mouth Bat could possibly be intimidating.
4) Naughty Ball Cards
People were clearly cranking these counterfeit cards out very rapidly, or they would have surely recognized just how bizarre a lot of these card names sounded, and how inappropriate some of them would be under most circumstances. However, these counterfeit cards have achieved their own fame in the fandom, at least to a certain extent. Many people consider Naughty Ball cards to be classics in their own right, albeit of the infamous variety rather than the famous variety.
The Naughty Ball Pokemon monsters would bump into things and explode, more or less turning themselves into weapons in the first place. As such, it is reasonable to believe that the very inappropriate name that they were given was an accident, and at least their power doesn’t have the same weird subtext. However, this set of counterfeit cards still managed to become a joke for well over a decade.
5) Turkey Warrior Cards
Calling someone a turkey warrior would be an insult under any other circumstances. However, someone someplace did think that this would be a convincing counterfeit name for a Pokemon monster, so it must have sounded truly frightening to this person. Many people understandably found this card to be funny rather than scary or powerful. While the name is nowhere near as inappropriate as some of the other contenders, there is still something strangely creepy about it. However, for most kids, this is a card that was probably just going to sound silly rather than creepy. Still, they probably got an amusing surprise when they reflected upon the card when they were adults.
6) Pokemon Toys that Look Like Computer Mice
There really was no need to add a ball to the base of Pokemon toys that would manage to track minutely and accurately every action of a person’s hand, but they were manufactured anyway. In all likelihood, a lot of kids removed the ball part of the toys. Some of them might have swallowed them. These toys were never intended to replace computer mouses and they never could anyway. As such, the inclusion of the ball in the first place is that much more bizarre.