Pokemon Scarlet & Violet’s New Teachers Are Game Freak’s Gift To Fan Artists Around The World

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet just revealed the games’ teacher duo, and boy, do these crafty Game Freak artists know what they’re doing. The first four Pokemon teachers were all just boring men, there to lend a sense of authority and eccentricity, and ground the game as a scientific endeavor, not just a blood sport. Black and White’s Unova gave us Juniper and changed the pattern. A younger woman, Juniper was ripe for fan art, and the community accepted. The smoldering, brooding Sycamore kept that beat, as did the shirtless Kukui. The old Magnolia was out of sync, but it was just a fake to pave the way for Sonia’s intervention.

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Pokemon knows exactly what it’s doing with these professors. Sada looks like a more punk version of Raquel Welch in One Million Years BC with his ripped clothes, firm abs and jagged cut, while Turo looks like a cyber dad with his sturdy beard and effortlessly styled hair. I call it early – these go way to the top of the hottest professors list, and Gen 10 will need an absolute smokeshow to drop them.

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Don’t let their beauty fool you though. While the trailer offered a brief look at the two, the official artwork released in tandem with the trailer provides much more detail. As you may have noticed in my previous description, cavewoman and cyberprof don’t really seem like appropriate themes. That, and the obvious differences in design and inspiration between the two Legendaries – one looks much more metallic and futuristic, the other earthy and natural – suggest that the game will take place in two time periods. The biggest question now is how exactly does it work.


Legends: Arceus is clearly acting as a model for Gen 9 here, so we may spend some time in the past, with Sada as a teacher, and others in the future, where we report back to Turo. Two games in one, combined for a single adventure that spans eternities. However, they could also be two separate games. Legends: Arceus is the first mainline game to not have a symmetrical title alongside it, and fans have long complained about cheap Pokemon money selling two versions of the same game. What if this time it wasn’t what was happening ? What if Scarlet takes place in the past and Violet in the future? Both games can follow the same basic scheme, but contain different characters, different versions of the settings, or even completely different Pokémon.


If so, I’ll venture into Pokemon Scarlet with Professor Mom, but I wouldn’t mind Dad having joint custody of me if the time periods are two parts of the same game. always lucky that just like you got teleported back in time in Legends: Arceus, Sada was in Scarlet & Violet too – it’s not like we always have to be the main character in everything, you know – but either way, this suggests Pokémon is trying to think differently and not just give us Iberian-themed versions of trusty old Pokémon Red and Blue. With open-world exploration not tied to the storyline, it feels like things are wide open.

I’ve been scared to hope for Pokemon, especially after Galar has wasted its potential, titles have been delayed left and right, and Pokemon are still finding a way to sabotage themselves. But God help me, Pokemon just became my most anticipated title of the year again, and not just because of Professor Sada. But like, still mainly because of Professor Sada. Mom? Sorry.

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