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-Mewtwo-
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Published: October 22, 2012

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Mewtwo is imperfect. He was created in an attempt to clone the ancestral Pokemon, Mew. Mew's origins are not known, what is known is that within its DNA lies the building blocks to all Pokemon. Mew has the appearance of an embryo and it seemingly never ages. Mewtwo did not receive this genetic perk. At first hatching it appeared to be a perfect success, though the clone started growing. It eventually grew too strong to be kept under restraint, in its escape destroyed the research facility it was created in. In this purge it freed other undeveloped Mew clones. The cloned sludge, left without a body or identity, yet still with the incomplete building blocks of all Pokemon wander aimless seeking others of their kin. They are known as Ditto and have become a plague on wild Pokemon, killing an absorbing their prey and filling their broken DNA with strains from the world's Pokemon species.

Design wise, I really wanted to bring the theme of birth and life into Mew and by extension, Mewtwo. They both have an umbilical cord ending in a placental brain wrapping around their tail. Mewtwo shares traits with many other Pokemon species as Mew was never supposed to grow, so it took on traits of various Pokemon from its genetic party bus of DNA.

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WildfireBecky's avatar
WildfireBecky|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not even gonna try to lie, this DOES look disgusting, but it was executed extremely well, and the description provides explanation for why. Awesomely terrifying work!
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FluffyRex|Hobbyist General Artist
Oh god that is weird
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Jackfrost-300-truefr|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Um stuff of nightmares ahhhh
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OpalMoonArts|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mew two is almost like a giant feline ambrio this is amazing realistic art I give a million thumbs up to this no judgement.
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Aislein's avatar
Aislein|Professional General Artist
Hoo if Mewtwo really looked something like this I wouldn't have tried so hard to catch it in game bc dayum son that's scary xD
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Tornado-Girl|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed
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okokchill|Professional Digital Artist
Omg nice fan work
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Unknow0059|Hobbyist General Artist
Mewtwo, the Testicle Pokémon
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CrowClaws|Student Digital Artist
Not sure if I commented on this one in the past, but I love how "disgusting" it is, as other people say. If pokemon were real does anyone really think it'd all be sunshine and rainbows? Especially for attempted clones? I LOVE any concepts that make Pokemon dark and scary, and this one has been a favorite for a long time. It'd be too much for the movie (which I saw and loved) but I hope someday there can be projects incorporating your works or similar that paint Pokemon in an actual realistic light. 
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RoyalLeopard|Hobbyist Digital Artist
We saw in the Detective Pikachu movie that Mewtwo in real life looks a lot different from this, but this is still amazing. Great job 
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Unknow0059|Hobbyist General Artist
Haha. As if their version is better than this? No, not at all.
Their Mewtwo looks way worse actually. They weren't trying to make pokémon into realistic animals, they were trying to put as-is pokémon as realistic CG characters into a world.
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AIRanimechiicEdited |Hobbyist General Artist
except RJ Palmer (arvalis)^ did concept art for the detective pikachu movie
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Unknow0059's avatar
Unknow0059|Hobbyist General Artist
That's near irrelevant.

I'm saying one art style is more realistic than the other, and what we got in the movie is not as realistic as this. Simple as that.
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RoyalLeopard|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I prefer the movie version of Pokemon, but that's just opinion.
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DarkNightsAwait's avatar
can we not
please
please this thing is terrifying
i like it but jesus christ that's terrifying
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Randomixx8991's avatar
This is good. Creepy, but good.

But fortunately, they didn't do this for his appearance in Detective Pikachu. That would have probably been a bit too much.
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SoNiCExe125|Hobbyist Artist
Absolutely grotesque, you destroyed them.
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CJCroen|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, because Mewtwo, the manmade Frankenstein's Monster-style abomination that was born from a science experiment gone horribly awry, should TOTALLY look like a cute widdle kitty cat in a realistic form.
Say what you will about this version of Mew, but I think RJ captured everything cool about Mewtwo here.
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serious-sam-64-64|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mew looks like a fetus, and Mewtwo looks like a Flood monster from Halo
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Oh god that's an umbilical cord. Disgusting, and absolutely genius
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FossilFightersTrash|Student General Artist
Very interesting concept design. It’s not personally my favorite, a little too grotesque for my preference (and personally when I draw realistic Pokémon, I stay pretty strict to the official design and keeping those details; but that’s just me), but I understand how it relates to Mewtwo’s rather dark and unnerving backstory. Very well, actually. It’s not meant to be a pretty-looking Pokémon, this one, and you captured that well. 👍
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jekblom's avatar
If I saw that thing standing tall and watching me from the distance I would shit myself.
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RoseflightTheWarrior|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The reason Mew is so rare and elusive is probably bc they're endangered if they're just weak jelly blobs. Jelly blobs with psychic skills, but still too squishy.

BTW, I'm curious how Meltan would be incorporated into this kind of backstory.
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