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Mindy (Pokémon)

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About

Mindy is an infamous NPC in the Pokémon franchise that has long drawn the ire of the games' fandom. In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and Platinum, Mindy offers to trade the player a Haunter in exchange for Medicham. Traditionally, Haunter only evolves into Gengar via a trade. However, Mindy's Haunter is holding an Everstone, which prevents it from evolving. This led to intense frustration from players and led to the creation of memes characterizing Mindy as a scam artist and a troll.

Origin

In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, released on September 28th, 2006, and later Pokémon Platinum, the player can meet an NPC named Mindy in Snowpoint City[1] who offers to trade her Haunter for the player's Medicham. Since the first generation of Pokémon games, Haunter has only evolved into Gengar upon being traded. However, Mindy's Haunter is holding the "Everstone" item, which prevents a Pokémon from evolving, and she does not relay this information to the player before the trade. This led players to express frustration that they had been tricked by Mindy.

One of the earliest known threads online about Mindy was posted in GameFaqs[2] on April 5th, 2009, by user PerfectBlank (shown below).


NINTENDODS POKEMO PLATINUM I hate Mindy Pokemon Platinum Version Home DS Search for help New Guides Q&A Cheats Saves Reviews Media Topic Archived You're browsing the GameFAQs Message Boards as a guest. Sign Up for free (or Log In if you already have an account) to be change how messages are displayed, and view media in posts. Boards » Pokemon Platinum Version » I hate Mindy PerfectBlank ▾ 14 years ago The girl in Snowpoint City that asks if you would like to trade her Haunter for your Medicham. I did the trade but then I realized Haunter was holding an Everstone and it didn't evolve to Gengar. I hate Mindy

Spread

Over the following 15 years, Mindy generated a significant anti-fandom among Pokémon fans. On October 24th, 2015, the subreddit /r/FuckMindy[3] was created, devoted entirely to expressing anger at the character. The subreddit gained over 23,000 members in eight and a half years. She also became a notable antagonist in the Pokémon fanfic Pokémon Shattered Dimensions.[4]

The Mindy anti-fandom also led to the creation of memes about the character. For example, on May 20th, 2019, Redditor GeneralBrownie posted an I Miss The Internet edit to /r/Pokémon,[5] gaining over 960 points in five years (shown below, left). On June 13th, 2021, Redditor Massive-Pattern-7369 posted a Traumatized Mr. Incredible edit to /r/pokemon,[6] gaining over 6,500 points in three years (shown below, right).


000000 I MISS Pokémon B Haha! Did my HAUNTER turn into something else? Just kidding! u/GeneralBrownie JOHN J JOHN Never mind JOHN JU GOODBEARCOMICS.com If you do, would you like to trade your MEDICHAM for my HAUNTER? YES NO PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW PEOPLE WHO KNOW...

Mindy was also the subject of multiple Trade Offer memes in 2021. For example, on April 21st, 2021, Twitter user @UltimaShadowX[7] posted a Trade Offer meme about Mindy, gaining over 960 retweets and 7,100 likes in three years (shown below, left). On November 27th, Twitter user @Vivivooovoo[8] posted an edit that gained over 1,000 retweets and 6,200 likes in two and a half years (shown below, right).


Trade Offer ! I recieve: You recieve:


Various Examples


me: "mindy can we trade for gengar" mindy: "we have gengar at home" gengar at home: POKÉMON POKÉ POSTING Mindy sent over Gaspar. EVERSTONE HAHA! DID MY HAUNTER TURN INTO SOMETHING DIFFERENT? JUST LIDDING!" I MADE IT HOLD SOMETHING THAT PREVENTS IT FROM EVOLVING... 55 FUT Mindy: Looks like I should have kept him Gaspar $430 88/88 Mindy sent over Gaspar. w-- the Haunter I got did not evolve into Gengar what a scam I got an Everstone! I really needed one! U GENÜLDS O 0 of Haunter holding an everstone Mindy Medicham What the hell is this? Am

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External References

[1] Bulbapedia – Snowpoint City

[2] GameFaqs – I Hate Mindy

[3] Reddit – /r/fuckmindy

[4] Fandom – Mindy

[5] Reddit – /r/pokemon

[6] Reddit – /r/pokemon

[7] Twitter – UltimaShadowX

[8] Twitter – vivivoovoo

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