Of the hundreds of Pokémon who have released over the years, Mewtwo remains one of the most popular ones out there. A member of the original Generation I lineup, Mewtwo was the most powerful Pokémon in existence at the time. Since then, it has appeared in later Pokémon games and the anime, serving as the main antagonist of the franchise's first movie, Mewtwo Strikes Back. This is where many Pokémon fans first learned about how Mewtwo came into existence.
Mewtwo's origin is a complicated one, and it resulted in some weird and unique elements of the Pokémon's biology. Here are some interesting things about Pokémon #150 that you might not know.
Mewtwo Was Born From Mew
One crucial aspect of Mewtwo's origin story is that it wasn't born naturally. Instead, it was artificially created based off of the DNA of Mew, which is said to be the genetic ancestor of all Pokémon. Through several different experiments and gene-splicing procedures, this new Pokémon was given a more human build and a sadistic personality that only amplified its already strong psychic abilities.
However, while Mewtwo's creation was unnatural in every recounting of the tale, the way the Genetic Pokémon came into the world differs between different mediums. According to a diary entry found in the original games, Mew "gave birth" to Mewtwo, but experiments that happened prior to conception led to the Pokémon becoming monstrous and mutated. However, is directly contradicted in Mewtwo Strikes Back, which shows that Mewtwo was cloned in a lab from DNA found on an old fossil of Mew.
Mewtwo Has Some Key Differences From Mew
Since Mewtwo was created from Mew's DNA, the two Pokémon have some similarities in appearance. However, Mewtwo's heavy genetic mutations gave it plenty of unique attributes. Mewtwo is much taller, has a thicker tail, horns growing out of its head, long arms with spherical fingers and the ability to speak telepathically with other humans. On the other hand, Mew is barely a foot tall, has tiny cat-like paws and ears, a slim tail and a very big nose.
While Mew doesn't have Mewtwo's ability to speak telepathically, it does have the DNA of every single Pokémon, which allows it to learn a wide variety of attacks. This make Mew exceptionally powerful, despite not having the menacing appearance and personality of its clone counterpart.
Mewtwo Absorbed Another Pokémon's DNA
Mewtwo may have the DNA of Mew within it, but that isn't the only time the legendary Pokémon crossed with another. In the manga Pokémon Pocket Monsters, Mewtwo had a run-in with an obnoxious and annoying Clefairy, one of protagonist Red's main traveling companions. During one of their encounters, Clefairy ended up absorbing some of Mewtwo's DNA and inheriting its powers. In another encounter, Mewtwo absorbed some of Clefairy's DNA instead. While the DNA swap didn't drastically change Mewtwo's physical appearance, it did undergo a major personality change.
Mewtwo Grows Extra Appendages During Mega Evolution
While Mewtwo doesn't evolve into or from another Pokémon, it is capable of Mega Evolution, and even has two different Mega forms: Mega Mewtwo X and Mega Mewtwo Y. These cause Mewtwo to drastically change in both appearance and ability.
Like other Megas, Mewtwo gains a 100 point boost to its base stats, with Mega Mewtwo X mainly getting a boost to its physical attack, and Mega Mewtwo Y increasing its special attack. Plus, while Mega Mewtwo Y remains a pure Psychic-type, its counterpart becomes a dual Psychic/Fighting-type.
As for its appearance, Mega Mewtwo X grows an entire foot in height to seven feet tall. It also gains an additional tube in the back of its neck, which was an already strange aspect of Mewtwo's physiology in its basic form. On the other hand, Mega Mewtwo Y is much smaller at around four feet tall. Additionally, Mega Mewtwo Y loses both its tubes and its tail in favor of a tail-like appendage growing out of its head.
Mewtwo Has Human Cells In Its Body
The Pokémon Adventures manga also featured an appearance from Mewtwo. Its origin story is generally the same, being created in a lab and having violent tendencies. In the manga, however, Mewtwo shares a connection with Kanto Gym Leader Blaine, who (in the manga only) was one of the Team Rocket scientists who created the Pokémon.
Blaine reveals that, during Mewtwo's creation, he did not have enough of Mew's cells to complete the cloning process. Because of this, Blaine decided to use some of his own cells to complete Mewtwo before leaving Team Rocket. This caused Blaine and Mewtwo to become connected in a way neither could sever, something that would play a role throughout the series and establish a complex relationship between them.
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