Scyther and Scizor
|Scyther and Scizor|
|Pokémon series character|
Pokémon Red and Blue (Scyther)
|Designed by||Ken Sugimori|
|Voiced by (English)||Scyther: Eric Stuart (anime)|
|Voiced by (Japanese)||Scizor: Shinichiro Miki (Super Smash Bros. Melee)|
Scyther and Scizor, known in Japan as Strike (ストライク Sutoraiku?) and Hassamu (ハッサム?), are two Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise linked through evolution. Scyther evolves into Scizor when traded with a certain item. Created by Ken Sugimori, Scyther first appeared in the video games Pokémon Red and Blue, while Scizor was introduced in Pokémon Gold and Silver. They later appeared in subsequent sequels, spin-off games, related merchandise, and animated and printed adaptations of the franchise.
Design and characteristics
Scyther was one of 150 different designs conceived by Game Freak's character development team and finalized by Ken Sugimori for the first generation of Pocket Monsters games Red and Green, which were localized outside of Japan as Pokémon Red and Blue. Originally called "Strike" in Japanese, Nintendo decided to give the various Pokémon species "clever and descriptive names" related to their appearance or features when translating the game for western audiences as a means to make the characters more relatable to American children. Scyther's English name comes from the word "scythe," a tool used for cutting.
Scyther resembles a primarily green, human-sized praying mantis with accents of cream coloration. It has large, blade-like forearms and a pair of cream-colored wings. Its head is reptilian rather than insect in shape, with three small points, and its feet possess three claws. The female of the species have larger abdomens. Using its agility and speed, Scyther can create the illusion that there are more than one of itself. It leaps out of the grass and slices prey with its scythes. Scyther's coloring renders it invisible in grass. Scyther sharpens its sythes by cutting hard objects
Scizor is a human-size mantis similar to its evolutionary predecessor Scyther, with a thick, metallic red exoskeleton and crab-like claws. It is tougher and stronger than Scyther, but has lost its predecessor's speed and ability to fly. Instead, it spreads its wings to cool off, and flaps them very rapidly to heat up, or to blow air to cool itself off. The eye-like markings on its claws enable it to confuse prey by pretending to have three heads. Its demeanor changes, as well. While Scyther is a mantis-like predator, striking fast and simply evading potential pursuers, Scizor is more crab-like, with a conservative, defensive demeanor, in keeping with its greater defensive ability and lesser speed. Once it engages its foe, either in the wild or at the direction of a Pokémon Trainer in a Pokémon battle, however, it behaves more like Scyther, striking quickly with its powerful claws, raking more than pinching, and relying on its startling agility to evade attacks. In Pokémon X and Y, Scizor gained the ability to Mega Evolve into "Mega Scizor", with larger pincers and a more detailed armored appearance.
In the video games
In the video game series, Scyther can be acquired from either from the Safari Zone, or a trade in with game corner points in Pokémon Red, Pokémon Yellow, and Pokémon FireRed. In Pokémon Gold and Silver, and their remakes Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Scyther is found in the National Park's Bug Catching Contest. Outside of the main titles, it appears in Pokémon Snap, Pokémon Puzzle League, the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games, and the Pokémon Ranger games.
In Pokémon Stadium 2, Scyther stars in a mini-game alongside Pinsir called "Clear Cut Challenge", where each player chops a falling log for each round of the game. In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness Scizor is a famous explorer who is captured by Froslass in ice for several decades. The player defeats Froslass and frees Scizor, who bestows the Secret Rank upon the player's team in gratitude. Both Scyther and Scizor are NPCs in PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure and its sequel, PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond. Scizor appears from a Poké Ball in Super Smash Bros. Melee, flying around the stage and attacking anybody it comes into contact with.
In other media
In the anime, Tracey Sketchit catches a Scyther in the Orange Islands. It is aged and was recently removed from its clan by a younger, stronger Scyther. The bug Pokémon reconcile their differences through the interference of Team Rocket, and Tracey's Scyther is allowed to leave with him with its conflicts fully resolved. Tracey's Scyther is incredibly strong-willed, preferring to keep watch over the travelers while they sleep, as opposed to staying in its Pokéball. In the Johto arc, the Azalea Town gym leader, Bugsy, uses a Scyther against Ash, But this Scyther uses Sword Dance to repel fire attacks. Ash had Cyndaquil jump and use a Flamethrower from above Scyther when he was using Sword Dance to beat him.
In the anime, Scizor was first seen under the ownership of a trainer named Shingo who thought he could always predict the outcome of a match by the database on his computer in Wired For Battle. The Iron-Masked Marauder used a Scizor to retrieve Celebi in Celebi: Voice of the Forest. Gary Oak used a Scizor against Ash in Can't Beat the Heat!. In A Judgment Brawl, Katie used a Scizor to battle Ash's Swellow during the Hoenn League, and lost.
In Pokémon Adventures, Scyther is the first Pokémon Blue received. It is seen to have evolved into a Scizor prior to the events of Volume 9. He brings it on his journey to the Sevii Islands. Bugsy is seen with a Scyther in the Gym Leader faceoff.
Since it appeared in the Pokémon series, Scyther and Scizor have been met with generally positive reception. Both Scyther and Scizor have been featured in different kinds of merchandise, including the Pokémon Trading Card Game and various figurines. IGN called them as "so popular it's sickening" and praised its design, naming Scyther the best of the Bug-type Pokémon to appear in Pokémon Red and Blue and made stronger with its evolved form. IGN stated that they used it just because of its appearance. GamesRadar described Scyther as one of their office's favorite characters. GameSpy's Justin Leeper wrote that Scyther was better for "more macho gamers". Author Maria S. Barbo called Scyther "terrifying" and wrote that its design seemed to have similarities to dinosaurs.
GamesRadar wrote that Scyther continued to look fierce even after its evolution into Scizor. GamesRadar commented that while Scyther was cool, its evolution Scizor was even cooler. Another editor called it a "hybrid of a mantis and a gundam" citing it's "sleek exterior, powerful claws, and tender caress". IGN editor PokemonOfTheDayHunk stated that Scizor is an overused character, and "if you want to be original, stay away from this guy." 1UP.com's Kat Bailey called Scizor one of her favourite Pokémon which got much better in Diamond and Pearl. She also described it as the "vogue Pokémon" of competitive Pokémon battling. IGN ranked Scyther and Scizor as the 23rd and 19th best Pokémon respectively, saying "Scyther might be one of the best-designed Pokémon of all time" and that Game Freak managed to improve it, making Scizor "bigger, and stronger than his pre-evolution" and "one of the coolest Pokémon to come out of Generation II."
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