Nintendo / Pokémon

Justice for Ash’s Kingler

I still can’t believe Ash caught this thing by fighting it with a stick.

Krabby and Kingler, two crab Pokémon
#098 Krabby & #099 Kingler” by Figure Focus is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

For We Got This Covered, Ryan Galloway took a deep dive into a Reddit thread all about Ash’s Kingler:

Fans on aren’t just looking for justice for Kingler, they’re also noting all of the times that Ash has acted similarly giving the same treatment to other Pokémon including his Muk and Tauros.

Some fans suggested that perhaps he is catching these Pokémon simply to troll Professor Oak, and given his decision making this could be a likely explanation.

You can read the referenced thread in full on Reddit. I agree with the sentiment though; the Krabby was mistreated from start to finish and deserved better. But you could say that about so many of Ash’s Pokémon.