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Recent study shows Pikachu is NOT the most popular Pokémon… so who is?

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Pikachu is not the most popular Pokémon… so who is?

Beginning almost 27 years ago, the adventures of Ash Ketchum and Pikachu won the hearts of millions worldwide. Their journey and relationship became a staple for the Pokémon franchise, as the two characters skyrocketed to fame.
You would think after all their success that Pikachu would be the most popular Pokémon, but a recent study shows different.
Charizard, Ash and Pikachu via Screen Rant
Charizard, Ash and Pikachu via Screen Rant
So who is the most popular Pokémon in this day and age?
In a recent study, Solitaire Bliss discovered the top 10 popular Pokémon via multiple search engines. Using data from Google, Bing and Yahoo, they were able to figure out which Pokémon were being searched on a regular basis.
Rank
Pokemon
Google Searches
Bing Searches
Yahoo Searches
Total
1
Charizard
234,000
3,000
3,700
240,700
2
Gardevoir
152,000
2,500
3,900
158,400
3
Sylveon
131,000
1,900
4,400
137,300
4
Lucario
122,000
2,000
2,200
126,200
5
Gengar
110,000
1,700
1,800
113,500
6
Umbreon
109,000
1,700
2,300
113,000
7
Garchomp
92,000
800
900
93,700
8
Mimikyu
80,000
1,800
2,500
84,300
9
Rayquaza
80,000
1,100
1,300
82,400
10
Greninja
70,000
1,400
1,700
73,100
Top 10 Pokemon via Solitaire Bliss
With over 240,000 searches across all three engines, Charizard takes the cake as number one in internet searches. Number two, Gardevoir, was almost 100,000 searches behind.
Every Pokémon behind number one is close, but Charizard takes a heavy lead. Such an awesome creature deserves to take number one, especially since it has been around from the start.
Charizard, Ash and Pikachu via Bulbapedia
Charizard, Ash and Pikachu via Bulbapedia
The second Pokémon, which surprised me, was Gardevoir. Gardevoir was first introduced in generation three with Pokémon: Saphire and Ruby. It was the third evolution, following Ralts and Kirlia.
Gardevoir via The Nerd Stash
Gardevoir via The Nerd Stash

Only 2 Pokémon in the top 10 are from Gen. 1... with multiple other generations filling the list.

The next Pokémon besides Charizard who is also from the first generation on this list is Gengar. In fact, Gengar is the only other Pokémon from the first generation in the top 10.
Every other Pokémon on this list span across all the generations. The most recent generation displayed in this list is generation seven, where Mimikyu resides. This ghost Pokémon was first introduced in 2016 in the Pokémon: Sun and Moon series.
Mimikyu via Pokemon Wiki
Mimikyu via Pokemon Wiki
Pokémon's pull in the pop culture world is incredibly prominent. Not only are the video games huge sellers, but the anime and trading cards are also just as popular.
Bryson Maddock
Bryson Maddock
Editor | Twitter @unamusedbryson
Bryson Maddock is an avid esports enthusiast and writer who has developed a strong connection with the world of esports. Outside of writing, Bryson also is a professional esports caster and developed twitch streamer.