Film Theory: Did Detective Pikachu Prove Pokemon's Greatest Fan Theory?

  • Published on Jun 8, 2019
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    Detective Pikachu has done so much better than Pokemon fans - and honestly, everyone else - were expecting. It hits that balance of current relevance and nostalgia. And on top of that, it holds the clues to a ton of Pokemon fan theories! Today Loyal Theorists, we are looking to Ditto. For a long time, fans have speculated on the origins of the pink little blob. I am here to tell you that Detective Pikachu has given us all the clues we need to figure out Ditto's mysterious origins once and for all!
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    Writer: Matthew Patrick and Justin Kuiper
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  • SteVoBooZe
    SteVoBooZe Day ago

    Shiny ditto duuuh case solved

  • I should be studying

    12:52 kinda random, but do u think Mime's shoulder, thing looks like doge balls?

  • Mathieu Lemieux
    Mathieu Lemieux Day ago

    I don't think spoiler alerts matter.
    I pretty much knew all the twists before watching the movie because of all the spoiler videos appearing in my suggestion feed. I didn't watch any, but everything important was in the thumbnails.

  • Vanessa Sedlezky

    I’ve already known about the failed ditto clone thanks to pixelmon 😇

  • Nicholas Chua
    Nicholas Chua Day ago

    Can we get a "Which element in Avatar The Last Airbender is the strongest element?" theory?

  • NightMareEx
    NightMareEx Day ago


  • Dadiv Derr
    Dadiv Derr Day ago

    If there isnt a Missigno in the movie, its not a real Pokemon movie.

  • MisAce2500
    MisAce2500 Day ago

    Ayee! My boi JEREMY JAHNS!!!

  • vaibhav warrier
    vaibhav warrier Day ago

    I thought this was always known.

  • mega man 1987
    mega man 1987 Day ago

    Didn't ditto morped into a buffolaunt in detective pikachu

  • James Black
    James Black Day ago

    Check you ego it is growing fast.

  • Amirio
    Amirio Day ago

    Why you sleeping on gold, silver, and platinum?

  • Mythic Windy
    Mythic Windy Day ago

    What if you do a video about a theory of cyberchase bc how the hell did they get in and out of those computers and why?

  • KingSlayer Outdoors

    I wouldn’t call this a theory, it’s basically just a fact that isn’t officially outright said

  • DarkMorningFilms

    I hope you get that 10 mil man!

  • gamer1000%
    gamer1000% Day ago

    It annoys me how the villain say mewtwo is "the strongest pokemon" likeeeee.... what about arceus? the bad guy even has a Arceus statue in his building >.>

  • Sydney Cicero
    Sydney Cicero Day ago

    I always thought ditto was apart of mew and mewto. Because I thought they had they same genetics.

  • jrch mgn
    jrch mgn Day ago

    I want to catch that torterra island.

  • Jay Simpson
    Jay Simpson Day ago

    If you dont make a theory about the movie "brightburn" I'll cry, you're the only one to trust with it

  • Chase Sutcliffe
    Chase Sutcliffe Day ago

    Good video, but it's pronounced kan-toe, not KHAN-toe

  • Ayano Aishi
    Ayano Aishi Day ago

    but what if ditto will evolve to mew and mew to mewto

    what if?
    naaa just kidding

  • Moaz
    Moaz Day ago +2

    the dittos in sun and moon can also become humans

  • Ryan Martinez
    Ryan Martinez 2 days ago

    This ditto isnt a "special" ditto. It still transformed with the stupid goofy expression Duplica's ditto did. Meaning it did it from memory as it "got details wrong". The fact that it manifested as the stupid face was just a design choice, im sure.

  • Frosty Plays LOL
    Frosty Plays LOL 2 days ago

    Isn't the mortal kombat the first watchable video game movie?

  • Brianna Walker
    Brianna Walker 2 days ago

    Minor Spoilers Matpat!?!

  • ClefairyFairy123 Snowflake1

    Makes me wonder if Ryme City and Leaven Town (see train ticket) are going to be in future generations of games or if it's an alternate parallel world, be it Galar or some other region? Only time will tell...

    DJ SONG 2 days ago +1

    When my Best Friend saw Detective pikachu: AWWWW SO CUTE
    When she saw sonic from the movie:

    • Mir Fares Kazmi
      Mir Fares Kazmi Day ago +1

      Awww so cu- OH MY GOSH! KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!! *takes out a flamethrower*

  • christian jaye
    christian jaye 2 days ago +1

    Where the heck is detective pika in phillipines

  • unseen duping delight

    I used to like gt and mp , now he just annoys me. Sorry bitches

  • John Pratts
    John Pratts 2 days ago

    Mortal Kombat is the first watchable Vid Game movie.

  • Brendan Albert
    Brendan Albert 2 days ago

    New theory, who is the real DP? Deadpool(from the movie) or Detective Pikachu? Both played by Ryan Reynolds

  • dragon slayer
    dragon slayer 2 days ago

    Pikachu: Tim...I am your father...

  • Logan 24
    Logan 24 2 days ago

    It’s 52% weaker and new is 152 in the pokedex

  • maiLbox _xobLiam
    maiLbox _xobLiam 2 days ago

    We all know that this is wrong. Ditto is just Mewtwo's excrement. Duh.

  • Russell Holland
    Russell Holland 2 days ago

    Or maybe Howard has a Machamp and a Cubone? And he's been training his Ditto that well?

  • Dylan C
    Dylan C 2 days ago

    Wasn’t this ditto being failed copies of mew theory get confirmed a while ago? Even in things like pixelmon, the way of getting ditto is to fail cloning mew. That was in like 2015 ish I believe.

  • Dylan C
    Dylan C 2 days ago

    First watchable video game film? Det Pika was a great film and what about Ready Player One? That was insane.

    • Brainstorm Entertainment
      Brainstorm Entertainment 2 days ago

      I DO believe that by "video game movie" they mean a movie based OFF of a video game, not a movie ABOUT videogames

  • Ryuzenn443
    Ryuzenn443 2 days ago +3

    Im pretty sure EVERYONE already accepted this "theory" as fact so Pat your back a bit less Matt.

  • EnigmaOfTheEchidna
    EnigmaOfTheEchidna 2 days ago

    3:24 the screen tearing is unbelievable

  • Meredith Animates!
    Meredith Animates! 2 days ago

    *Local 58 intensifies*

  • Poppomatic64
    Poppomatic64 2 days ago

    Way to reference Chris and Jeremy 😂😂

  • Mees Smulders
    Mees Smulders 2 days ago

    When two dittos meet each other in a battle after yeers of not seeing each other
    Ditto 1: you got captured to?
    Ditto 2: yeah ditto

  • DonoBarca :D
    DonoBarca :D 2 days ago +1

    Ditto five confirmation

  • Jody Mitoma
    Jody Mitoma 2 days ago

    Well as a 31 year old, this was a lot of fun to watch. :) I haven't been in the loop.

  • Iván Enns
    Iván Enns 2 days ago

    That intro is glorious
    Good job guys


    What if they just used dittos dna and mews dna to replicate and evolve a new mew...

  • Josiah Kaminski
    Josiah Kaminski 3 days ago


  • Jerome Alday
    Jerome Alday 3 days ago

    Lololololol this theory is already confirmed years ago.

  • ZaneTNS _
    ZaneTNS _ 3 days ago +1

    oh no i will have nightmares aaaa no why did you make a scary video on ahtahuhus something 58 oh no help a

  • Legendary X
    Legendary X 3 days ago

    My question is... Where’s Ash? Did Ash finally die? Or......

  • Blake Young
    Blake Young 3 days ago

    Its funny how new and mewtwo look different but one is supposed to be a clone of the other

  • Chairman Meow
    Chairman Meow 3 days ago

    Come on, we all fucking know very well what Ditto's purpose is.

  • Dana Mapalad
    Dana Mapalad 3 days ago

    Actually, I remember there was an instance of Blue (the girl one) fron pokemon adventures using her ditto as a mask to copy a person's face. So there is a canon moment where ditto transforms into something it doesn't see at that moment!

  • Estonian Bastard
    Estonian Bastard 3 days ago

    detective decker!

  • Mikanmeister
    Mikanmeister 3 days ago

    Good, now make Pokemon Rusty live action

  • don't touch my YouTube account you brat

    After that backstory scene in the near end of the movie, it all made sense. Why would ryan Reynolds play pikachu and the dad? Because he was the dad all along

  • Person Who likes cats

    I’m good at being alone at night. - Tim Goodman,Detective pikachu

  • Landon Beckman
    Landon Beckman 3 days ago


  • Ziizoe
    Ziizoe 3 days ago

    ugh, i hate it when people use pre 6th gen shiny pokemon in something of proof, they didn't pick the colors, they went one color pallet over and because they're both similar colors, they share very similar pallets, so they get switched to have similar pallets, which is the same reason there are so many blue pokemon that turn pink/purple, and why a bunch yellow/brown pokemon turn very slightly greenish and end up as disappointing shinies. it doesn't really damage the theory, but i just get annoyed whenever anyone uses it as proof or complains about a pre 5th gen shiny and says something like "why didn't they pick another color" as if they actually went through the trouble of picking 251 alternate pallets they thought most people would never see for gold and silver, much less going and programming in individual pallets instead of just probably (don't know for sure if this is how it actually technically works) just having it go "if X pokemon is shiny, pallet is +1" or something along those lines

  • Tensa Zangetsu
    Tensa Zangetsu 3 days ago

    Didn't that Ditto transform into a cannon in that episode to shoot down the Meowth Balloon? I don't remember if there was a cannon nearby, but all she said was"Ditto...Transform!" and it turned into a cannon. If it's memory is so bad, why did the cannon work properly?

  • Cosmic Dragneel
    Cosmic Dragneel 3 days ago

    And then gen 5 and 6. In ggen 5 we had a movie with mega mewtwo y wich was added in gen6

  • Chilling With Charlie Lynch

    Welcome To Film... ah game.. I really don’t know any more. So welcome to... Game Film theory. GIVE ME 10 likes please
    👇 thy

  • im fine
    im fine 3 days ago +2

    I remember a scene from the anime where Jesse and James shows a picture of Dragonite in a book, to a ditto, but instead of what they wanted, the Ditto transformed into the book

  • TacocatX
    TacocatX 3 days ago

    I’m sorry to say, but Howard’s ditto is special due to his experiments on it. I still think the failed mew clones theory holds up well though

  • Jengordyn Foreskin
    Jengordyn Foreskin 3 days ago +1

    Dittwo lol

  • Bayley Collins
    Bayley Collins 3 days ago

    Ditto's in sun and moon can transform into humans there called the ditto 5.

  • Mrplayers 321
    Mrplayers 321 3 days ago

    Ditto: turns into mew two

  • Dawnphyre
    Dawnphyre 3 days ago

    during that subscription plug, that moment you realize 0.1% of Earths population is subscribed to your channel, that's pretty big really, considdering thats EVERYONE ON EARTH, and there's a good chunk of the world that doesn't even
    have internet... I mean a bad chunk.... I mean it would be bad to be in that chunk.... you get my point... we should help them

  • Neon
    Neon 3 days ago

    Rule, britannia
    Britannia rules the waves

  • Rashonna Norville
    Rashonna Norville 3 days ago

    Every body: Guyana.
    MatPat: Guiiana.

  • tchgs11 zdok
    tchgs11 zdok 3 days ago +5

    0:28 *should have done the surprised Pikachu meme*
    Perfect opportunity missed

  • Christina Parris
    Christina Parris 3 days ago

    Um... In the comics Green used her ditto as a mask

  • Payton S.
    Payton S. 3 days ago

    I’ve always thought of ditto as “just there. After this video I think of ditto as a failure. So basically being just there. Make sense?🤧

  • Matthew Hunt
    Matthew Hunt 3 days ago +1

    that was not the first watchable video game movie what about rampage?

  • Ivy Mitsuno [Ivychandessu]

    Sorry to say this fan boys/girls....still does not convince me, gimme a good reason besides "mewtwo and good graphics"

  • Sloppy Pancakes
    Sloppy Pancakes 3 days ago

    Can you do a Film Theory on the movie 9

  • carson cordova
    carson cordova 3 days ago

    Its true that Ditto can transform into any kind of Pokémon. But the problem is Ditto can be easily detected by just looking at the face even though it transformed into a different appearance. So most fans can be asking. Why Ditto can't change his face?

  • Brian Whelton
    Brian Whelton 3 days ago +2

    Is it weird that I kinda just assumed everyone knew this? 😂

  • Aidan Or
    Aidan Or 4 days ago

    Howard's ditto does get a few things wrong, the woman has a pink hand and the eyes are all wrong.

  • Alexander Harp
    Alexander Harp 4 days ago


  • Saleen Sundria
    Saleen Sundria 4 days ago

    But, like.... there were pokemon movies before Detective Pikachu... Although, I suppose those are more rooted in the anime than anything else.

    Also, edit: Before Arceus was introduced, the entirety of Pokemon pushes that Mew created all pokemon, which was why they wanted to clone Mew in the first place. It was always a power struggle. That failed. at least three times now.

  • Franklin Bonnefoy
    Franklin Bonnefoy 4 days ago

    The movie said it was a genetically enhanced ditto. Also the pokedex entry you just used said that Ditto can transform from memory, just that it would get details wrong. You kinda contradicted yourself for a theory that would've been answered had you done more research such as later dex entries and Pokemon books confirm Ditto is a failed clone. Also that the movie explicitly stated that Ditto was genetically enhanced. Sadly this didn't feel like much of a theory. Just a poorly researched statement

  • Lanz Dimaapi
    Lanz Dimaapi 4 days ago

    10:18 Clip:Used a ditto into a ditto
    10,000 years later:still using the coph move
    Furure longlonglonglonglonglonglong past ago:The legend says that they are still fighting.

  • Jêññý Aņïmåťĕš

    I thought this was canon before??

  • pinkGlitter boi
    pinkGlitter boi 4 days ago

    I watched the movie WHAT ARE YOUR QUESTIONS

  • Iamsandman 43
    Iamsandman 43 4 days ago

    At the end of that episode where they met ditto he transformed into a cannon tho

  • Lizardmaster55102 Momo

    As a Pokémon nerd I knew this stuff years ago. I hate to say this but this isn’t really news, we’ve known that ditto was a failed clone of mew for years now.

  • Wave Master
    Wave Master 4 days ago +1

    I guess Matt Patt doesn't realize that the mew and ditto connection is fact and not a theory, also yeah ditto's can transform into anything at will. They tend to change into enemy pokemon if they fight, but they can transform into ANYTHING at all whenever they want to. Even weapons if you follow the anime in the ditto episode. Also note Ditto's make perfect copies in thier transformations, only the anime ditto from that episode couldn't make a perfect transformation. Something people keep forgetting and like in the movie they even use it have ditto eyes instead of the human eyes. Which is just inaccurate, and one of the only complaints I have with the movie.

    So to review If you accept everything put out as fact about ditto's they can become anything they ever want to be and that includes somehow transforming into cannons if they want and firing weapons. It is actual fact stated in the lore of pokemon that Arceus "Arceus is thought to have created the Sinnoh region and possibly the entire Pokémon world, the lake guardians Uxie, Azelf, and Mesprit; and the creation trio Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. Because of this, Arceus is thought to be one of the most long-lived of all Pokémon species. It has the power to recreate the creation trio as well, presumably to guard the dimensions when a Trainer has caught one of them. According to the anime, its power can also bring back things that it once destroyed, make certain things vanish into thin air, or to halt time." as stated by the pokedex entries, Arceus also created mew with the genetics of every pokemon to ever be made anjd it's job so to create life. So every pokemon we see in the pokemon universe is almost entire created by mew procreations. With the exceptions of certians ones like Palkia, Dialga and Giratina. Those are over seen by Arceus our pokemon god. Also remember that humans in the pokemon world are also considered the same as other pokemon.

    They had married pokemon, and even died and became pokemon, in death or reincarnation or straight up turn into one while sleeping if they have increadibly high iq's. So Arceus is god of all beings in the pokemon universe. Cannon fact, Mew is just a pokemon tasked with a job, like how some pokemon are stated to have pushed the continents' tectonic plates around, or oversee all of space or time etc... And Ditto carries those same super genetics even as failed clones.

  • ScarfFox and Friends

    So the ditto in detective pikachu is actually dittwo

  • oh yeah yeah
    oh yeah yeah 4 days ago

    just came from local 58, hope thisll fix me 😅

  • Zushi Navalta
    Zushi Navalta 4 days ago

    Matpat: toy story bad
    *ditto is the remnant of repeated genetic experiment*
    Matpat: pokemon good

  • Lifefighter _YT
    Lifefighter _YT 4 days ago

    PunkExMachinima:Mew Goo
    Me (A true genius):A piece of living solid liquid containing DNA of every recorded monsters with extraordinary powerful self defense abilities which are used for enslavement.

  • Maya Luna Gijon
    Maya Luna Gijon 4 days ago life has been solved

  • Billy C TV
    Billy C TV 4 days ago

    Mr. Mime still probably...
    Banging Ash's Mom

  • _ CJEMM5D _
    _ CJEMM5D _ 4 days ago

    I have a book about Pokemon and it says that ditto is a failed clone of mewtwo

  • _ CJEMM5D _
    _ CJEMM5D _ 4 days ago


  • tails doll chao Heartless Roxas

    Tim's father was inside of pikachu the Whole time and Mute to Erased Pikachu memory

  • Puzzle Frog16
    Puzzle Frog16 4 days ago

    Wait if ditto came before Mewtwo ,would that then make ditto Mewtwo and then make Mewtwo mewthree

  • Solex Gruthor
    Solex Gruthor 4 days ago

    I have you a theory, Matpat! I literally just started watching the movie and I'm only a few minutes in. When Tim walks into his dad's apartment "Angels with Dirty Souls" is playing on the TV. They don't show that it's Home Alone, and Tim comments that his dad is still watching those "old detective" movies. That particular movie franchise only exists in the Home Alone universe. Do Detective Pikachu and Home Alone share the same universe?

  • Wayne Lee
    Wayne Lee 4 days ago

    Did you call it the...