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MissingNo. --Interpretation-- by MalamiteLtd MissingNo. --Interpretation-- by MalamiteLtd
EDIT: If you're looking for a more recent, better depiction of this interpretation (animated, even!), take a look here:



During the Team Rocket era, many experiments were conducted by Team Rocket scientists to create a powerful clone of the mythical Pokémon "Mew." As the experiments were worked on, a failed experiment caused by a glitched protocol was brought into fruition. The strange make-up of the creation was of otherworldly power and form, beyond normal comprehension. Such strange powers were capable of altering the world itself. But it was unstable; anything near its presence risked memory loss, irreversible transformation, and even complete disappearance. Scientists and tech experts quickly readied a mechanism to capture and contain the bizarre accidental experiment. Once it had been captured in the mechanism and stored away in an undisclosed location, all data and accounts of the experiment were since destroyed and never heard of again. Despite this, there were many rumors speaking of the lost experiment, since named "MissingNo." for its undocumented status, and there were beliefs that it could transcend its boundaries as it had in the past.

It was not long after these experiments that various reports of a strange entity began to emerge. From unusual minor circumstances to unexplainable disappearances of both people and Pokémon, many witnesses stated that the culprit behind the actions was of a bizarre and unstable nature. Those that were said to come closest to the creature were unable to remember anything about the circumstances. Because of this, a number of people speculated that the fabled "MissingNo." experiment has returned to the world, possibly for revenge (if its intellect (?) could even comprehend such ideas).

Descriptions of MissingNo. in its present state describe a spherical form composed of raw instability and indescribable visual randomness. A strange belt-like apparatus surrounds the sphere, with a circular plate at one portion, said to be its "face." Some claim that it materializes a set of hands from the same unstable matter that composes its spherical main "body." Some accounts mention that it's able to compact its form into the circular plate, dissipating its body and retracting the belt, in order to appear inconspicuous. Allegedly, its nature is to wait for someone or something to come near it while in its compact state; when something came near, it would suddenly regain its normal form, swallowing its victim within never to be seen again. It's speculated that the victims it captures are MissingNo.'s very sustenance.

As of its current state it is difficult to determine what it is, or has become. Some state that, while it holds an unstable form, it is in fact a Pokémon. But because there is no clear logic to its actions as a whole, it is difficult to confirm.


Yes, it's a try at making something out of MissingNo., the famed glitch of the original Pokémon game. But in a way I kinda like how it looks. I'm not entirely sure how the idea of this "form" came to be, but here it is.

In motion, the unstable spherical body and hands do not maintain a single appearance for a prolonged period of time, constantly changing in numerous ways, some that traumatize and some that can risk one's health at its very sight. Naturally, its "face" is comprised of font characters.

Pokémon © Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, etc.
Art © 2011 Malamite Ltd.
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Dantheman3356 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Maybe it could have a move called MISSING that would act like Perish Song, but instead of 3 turns and then death, it would take 1/3 of its HP each turn with the message *Something tried to consume (POKEMONNAMEHERE)!*
Dantheman3356 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Am I the only one who really wants this to be a Pokemon?
MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The redesign is a little better.
MissingNo. v.2 by MalamiteLtd
Optinal Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OCEANSCENTED Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Haha, this is genius
MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Many thanks!

Though, I think the update looks better.
KateVunza Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Funny, I wanted to make something out of MissingNo... but why bother now, after you've summed it up so perfectly? I liked your twin stories on MissingNo vs. Leppricon (did I spell that right?)
MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I did my best to present MissingNo. in a fairly proper manner.

It's more "MissingNo. vs 'Black Jack.'" Black Jack is a fairly unique Leppicorn (you were close on the spelling), and acts different from normal ones.
kingwog Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
that was epic... I now know the danger of my level 0 MissingNo
MalamiteLtd Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've improved a bit on the design since. [link]
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