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Vaporeon is a first-generation Water type Pokémon that resembles a mixture between a cat, a fox, and a fish. In addition to being a popular fan art subject, a copypasta from 4chan describing Vaporeon’s supposed sexual compatibility with humans became known in the late 2010s and early 2020s for its unsettling nature.
Vaporeon debuted in Japan as the 134th Pokémon in Pokémon Red and Blue on February 27th, 1996. It was introduced to a larger audience with worldwide releases of the game between September and October 1998. As one of the three original “Eeveelutions” of the Pokémon Eevee, Vaporeon is obtained by exposing Eevee to a Water Stone.
The Pokémon has been popular since its debut. An Urban Dictionary definition for Vaporeon describing its appearance was posted by user Someone you may never meet on October 13th, 2003. Over 21,000 fan art illustrations are tagged with #vaporeon on DeviantArt. Additionally, thousands of posts mentioning Vaporeon can be found on archives for /vp/ and /v/.
A copypasta describing Vaporeon’s supposed sexual compatibility with humans was posted on 4chan’s Pokémon-dedicated board /vp/ on December 4th, 2018. In the copypasta, the author explains how they believe a female Vaporeon’s physical characteristics and movepool make it the most ideal Pokémon for sexual intercourse with human males.
On April 4th, 2019, a screenshot of the copypasta was posted on subreddit r/unwholesomememes, where it received 56 points (shown below, left). On April 14th, the same screenshot was spliced with a reaction image of Dr. Phil and posted on r/dankmemes by u/jk7827, where it received over 5.4k upvotes and 120 comments (seen below, right). In the thread, users expressed dread and anticipation over the possible Rule 34 illustrations that could be inspired by the copypasta.
A reading of the copypasta was uploaded by YouTuber ArkadaQT on December 16th, 2019. It received over 40,000 views in five months.
On January 3rd, 2020, an image referencing the copypasta the meme was posted by u/jojojojojonesy on r/dogelore, where it gained 1,600 upvotes and 73 comments (shown below, left). Another image referencing the copypasta and the “I wish to be IRRESISTIBLE to men!” exploitable image was posted to r/furry_irl on April 21st by u/clockworkzorua, where it received 1,500 upvotes and 46 comments (seen below, right).
Over 2,500 search results referencing the copypasta are found on Google as of May 28th, 2020, with more than 350 posts and comments from Reddit alone.