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Japanese 'Pokémon' fan poll crowns a favorite other than Pikachu

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Pikachu is undoubtedly the most famous Pokémon out there, but as it stands, apparently it isn't the people's favorite. According to the Pokémon General Election 720, the distinct honor of "favorite" Pokémon goes to a very different monster: Greninja.

Surprisingly, Pikachu didn't even place in the top three, with Greninja, Arceus and Mew rounding out the top spots. These results came quite early after voting began on April 15, and the preliminary results even placed Greninja, Arceus and Mew at the lead. When ballots closed on May 9, the full results found everyone's favorite electric mouse in fourth place, with Pokémon like Charizard, Eevee, Sylveon and others filling the slots.

The final evolution of starter Froakie from Pokémon X & Y has been quite popular with fans over the last year or so, which could be attributed to the fact that Greninja has both appeared in Super Smash Bros. as a playable character, and a formidable one at that. The Greninja amiibo that was previously released likely had a hand in its popularity as well.

The complete results are as follows:

1. Greninja
2. Arceus
3. Mew
4. Pikachu
5. Sylveon
6. Genesect
7. Rayquaza
8. Zygarde (50% form shown)
9. Charizard
10. Meloetta (Aria form shown)
11. Mewtwo
12. Eevee
13. Jirachi
14. Darkrai
15. Lucario
16. Diancie
17. Hoopa
18. Keldeo
19. Victini
20. Manaphy

Which Pokémon is your favorite?

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