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Pokemón (subculture)

Pokemón is the name of a subculture among Chile's youth that surfaced in the mid-2000s[1][2] and began to decline in late 2009.[3] The youth culture (as of 2012) is considered extinct.[4] They were readily identifiable by their angular and pressed hairstyles,[5] reminiscent of characters from the Japanese media franchise Pokémon.[6][7] It was one of the largest and better known urban youth cultures in the country.[8]

Pokemones dressed similarly to other scenes, such as otaku and emo, but they were not followers of anime like the former, nor shared the musical tastes of the latter.[9] Apart from borrowing aspects from the emo, like the sideswept bangs, the Pokemones also shared some aspects typical to the punk and the local "hardcore" subculture. Pokemones were livelier, more extroverted than the emo and otaku stereotypes. Most Pokemones were teens. During parties they danced to reggaeton music, while kissing and groping with as many people (male or female) as they could, which they called poncear.[5] They made extensive use of the Internet, trading photos of themselves on image-sharing site Fotolog and communicating through MSN Messenger.[5][9]

Pokemones were usually from the Chilean middle and lower class. They were frequently juxtaposed against another group, the so-called peloláis, well-to-do girls with long, straight fairer hair from private, Catholic schools.[10]

In January 2008, Internet messages surfaced urging violence against Pokemones (mainly because of borrowing aspects from other subcultures, such as emo hair, Santiago's main student leaders.[8]

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  7. ^ Pokemones vuelven a clases, a video report by TVN on their official YouTube channel. (Spanish)
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