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Gotta Meme 'em All: Genetics and Smugleaf

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"Meme" is a term first coined by evolutionary biologist {{wp|Richard Dawkins}} in his 1976 book ''{{wp|The Selfish Gene}}'' to refer to how a gene might possibly acquire traits by being transferred culturally rather than through biological replication.
 
{{quote|Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches. Just as genes propagate themselves in the gene pool by leaping from body to body via sperms or eggs, so memes propagate themselves in the meme pool by leaping from brain to brain via a process which, in the broad sense, can be called imitation.|Richard Dawkins|Richard Dawkins, ''The Selfish Gene''|cat=no}}
 
This word is derived from the Greek word "mimeme", which means "imitated thing". A meme, as explained in Dawkins' book, is any behavior, idea, or trend that is transferred from one human to another.
The fan-made concept for this Pokémon's nomenclature was that it is a Grass type, explaining the word "leaf", and that it had a cocksure look on its face, hence the word "smug". This became popular among the Pokémon fandom and arguably became what many call a "forced meme". A forced meme is when an idea for a meme is used repeatedly by a small group of people in hopes of having it catch on, but the attempt usually fails as it is used to the point of aggravating many others. Despite this, there were others who believed that Smugleaf was the next big thing, and often used it to troll, or annoy, others.
 
{{quote|...what's so special about this Pokemon, you ask? Unlike the other Pokemon, Smugleaf is a Pokemon full of win. It has so much win, Some Argue that it is the new Mudkipz, despite it not being as kawaii as Mudkip. And some say that its better than Mudkipz. '''Yes, a Pokemon that even outranks Mudkip.''' With it, Nintendo has successfully created the world's first Troll type Pokemon.|Encyclopædia Dramatica|''Encyclopædia Dramatica'', a website that documents internet drama|cat=no}}
 
This meme met its demise when the Unova starter Pokémon's English localized names were revealed, with the Grass-type starter Pokémon's name being {{bp|Snivy}}. Due to the overexposure it caused, [http://www.kotaku.com/5538319/pokemons-smugleaf-a-meme-in-the-making/ a Kotaku article] published about it is also thought to have caused it to die.