Pokemon Go’s Team Leaders, as seen through the lens of Tumblr fandom

Thursday, 28 July 2016 07:11 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Pokemon Go and its charismatic Team Leaders have lit a fire in the hearts of artists everywhere. Just look at these gorgeous works.

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The Pokemon Go panel at San Diego Comic Con revealed the leaders of Team Valor, Mystic and Instinct – previously rendered only as mysterious silhouettes.

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Immediately, the Pokemon Go fandom on Tumblr embraced their glorious leaders with a fervour bordering on obsessive. Let’s take a tour through some of my favourite posts, because this is my party and I do what I want.

The best thing about the Pokemon Go Team Leader reveal is that the love for Candela, Blanche and Spark quelled tensions between the warring factions almost immediately. The character of the teams themselves has been rewritten for many players, as exemplified in this cartoon.

http://paradoxicalpotato.tumblr.com/post/147968529371/i-love-how-the-pokemon-go-teams-went-fromto-this

The leader of the firey Team Valor, Candela’s smize seems to have been interpreted as a sign of a warm and friendly nature with a healthy competitive streak. She’s rad as heck, and seems to be the heart of the group of three Pokemon Go Team Leaders.

http://luriel.tumblr.com/post/148018180679/doodling-around-much-love-for-candela-our-fiery

http://naminespotd.tumblr.com/post/147980165458/candela-leader-of-the-team-valor-from-pokemon-go

http://adyon.tumblr.com/post/147980343129/candela-team-valor-represent-saw-the-leaders

http://athenawyrm.tumblr.com/post/147979030153/team-valor

http://mstrmagnolia.tumblr.com/post/147971587426/queen-candela

http://ravefirell.tumblr.com/post/148002241818/candela-is-hot-uu-i-wouldnt-have-mind

http://obsy3.tumblr.com/post/148001547403/candela

http://thegadgetfish.tumblr.com/post/147919001398/team-valor

http://houdidesu.tumblr.com/post/147922938553

Blanche, whose gender-neutral appearance is a welcome bit of representation, is a much cooler character. But behind their calm and focused appearance lies a socially awkward heart – according to the Pokemon Go fandom.

http://smrth.tumblr.com/post/148017616929/i-really-like-the-pokemongo-team-leaders-blanche

http://lizdoodlez.tumblr.com/post/148081863969/pokemon-go-team-mystic-by-umbreongal

http://surfacage.tumblr.com/post/148004130649/candela-candela-well-theyre-not-wrong

http://dainjdraws.tumblr.com/post/148071848728/blanche-3-speedpaint-deviantart

http://kiaratogushi.tumblr.com/post/148085610578/mystic-wisdom

http://reipx.tumblr.com/post/148076854996/some-blanche-scribbles-from-my-twit

Even before the Pokemon Go Team Leader reveal, there was a meme going around showing Team Instinct as a bit of a confused klutz – presumably because Valor and Mystic tend to dominate the scene. The official illustration of Team Instinct leader Spark is an energetic-looking fellow, and the fandom has run with an interpretation best summarised as “clueless memelord” – but a very good-looking, extremely kind, and super likeable one.

http://sakihokoru.tumblr.com/post/148074837219/my-friend-and-i-joined-instinct-because-it-seemed

http://caemielilium.tumblr.com/post/148085635339/i-had-to-draw-him-my-wise-master

http://spookabloo.tumblr.com/post/148074949041/help-me-ive-fallen-and-i-cant-get-up

http://xmaskedhawk.tumblr.com/post/148084222760/here-come-dat-boi

http://kash-phia.tumblr.com/post/148082602277/cant-wait-for-pokego-to-come-out-in-bangladesh-so

http://wings-of-amnesty.tumblr.com/post/148075222869/im-so-glad-to-have-this-cutie-as-my-leader

http://animefan0456.tumblr.com/post/148082104186/all-i-want-to-do-is-draw-a-bunch-of-spark-fan-art

http://ignisarts.tumblr.com/post/148084180507/love-team-leader-3

http://jacobfryedesu420.tumblr.com/post/148075580564/actual-sweet-potato

http://beerdrops.tumblr.com/post/148081704537/group-hug-3c

My favourite Pokemon Go Team Leader posts show interactions between the three, contrasting their varying (imagined) personalities. Maybe it says more about who I follow than the general state of the Pokemon Go fandom, but there’s definitely a fair bit of Candela/Blanche shipping going on. (I believe the tag is “Blanchela”.)

http://captainosaka.tumblr.com/post/148011746169/here-we-have-our-pokemon-go-gym-leaders-doin

http://chishionrnr.tumblr.com/post/147959501190/i-love-this-meme-based-off-this-great

http://lahpiki.tumblr.com/post/148013461802/who-the-heck-wants-a-rattata-instead-of-a-hug-am-i

http://bevsi.tumblr.com/post/148038303261/blanchela

http://cascend.tumblr.com/post/148073487683/morning-routine

http://reef1600.tumblr.com/post/147988823721/i-have-no-regret-jump-into-a-ship

http://bapogichi.tumblr.com/post/147993558017/pokemon-go-unblurry

http://loudsalmon.tumblr.com/post/147958437284/trainers-with-their-fav-eeveelutions-aaa

http://fruitycupid.tumblr.com/post/147969506004/i-love-the-designs-of-the-team-leaders-but-most-of

http://feredir.tumblr.com/post/147972351474/group-hug

http://futarinokizuna.tumblr.com/post/148084076816

There’s a heck of a lot more out there – click any of the tags in the posts above for stacks of Pokemon Go art from talented artists all over the world. Remember when you’d have to flick through the reader submitted art pages in magazines to see this sort of stuff? I love the Internet.