The world has forever been imprinted with the words "Pikachu, use thunderbolt!" Ever since Ash Ketchum picked up his little yellow friend in the anime series, every child across the world wanted a Pikachu of their own. The sales of video games skyrocketed, plush toys in Pikachu's likeness flew off the shelves...everyone had to have a Pikachu one way or another.
If you ever spot a random person wearing a Pokemon hat, it's almost 100% guaranteed to be a Pikachu hat. But why is that exactly? Out of the original 151 Pokemon to choose from, why did Ash get set up with a mouse that shoots electricity? How did Pikachu become the face of Pokemon?
It can't be because Pikachu happens to be cute and cuddly -- there's a wide array of Pokemon creatures that're adorable. It isn't because of his strength, because no Pikachu could ever fight off a Lugia. For a take on both sides of the argument, here are eight different Pokemon that could have also been the face of the franchise for one reason or another.
If one of these eight had been chosen instead, what would the series be like today?