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Reflections of the Pokémon Anime, Part 5

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However, something isn't quite right about seeing these Pokémon as real ghosts. The ghost of {{p|Marowak}} in Red, Blue and Yellow, for example, was revealed in the game as a Marowak, not a Gastly or {{p|Gengar}}. Supposedly, real ghosts maintain their forms (or have demonic-looking versions of their living bodies): stone maiden, Ambertwo and the ghost of Marowak. I think the real reason Ghost Pokémon frequent cemeteries and other unpleasant areas is not that they are deceased Pokémon, but they are Pokémon searching for negative emotions on which to feed, and there will always be plenty to be found in such dreary surroundings.
Another nail in the coffin (to use a somewhat disturbing, in this context, metaphor) for Ghosts-as deceased-spirits idea is the simple fact of {{Pokemon Eggs}}. All the basic-level forms of Ghost Pokemon hatch from eggs. This lends credance to the idea that they are living, but spectral, creatures.
Finally, Ghost Pokémon seem to have a wide variety of tricks to pull on others. Most Ghost Pokémon in the anime at least accomplish the hypnotizing of unwary travelers, creating poltergeist phenomena in buildings and grossing out people and Pokémon with cartoony gross depictions (eyes bulging out, disappearing except for their toothy grins, etc.). Yet, some seem very powerful and sophisticated. The Gastly of Stone Maiden's Peak was able to pose as a human, a human ghost, an animal (a mongoose, if memory serves) and even create a hybridized Pokémon that does not exist in either game or anime reality. The ghosts of the pirate ship, meanwhile, appear to share {{p|Latios}}'s sight-sharing ability, allowing others to see events as they remember them in an almost holographic manner. There does not seem to be a limit to a Ghost Pokémon's creativity.