Fans took the theory that Nurse Joy is a Pokémon and ran with it. As one Redditor theorized in the comments, “Maybe everyone is a Pokémon. Maybe Ash is the only human left after The Great Conflict.” Along the same lines, others brought up the possibility that Officer Jenny is also Pokémon. While a big hole in the Nurse Joy as a Pokémon theory is the fact that most Pokémon only speak a few words at most, NS479 filled in the gap with this explanation: “Alternatively they all learn to talk like humans like Meowth did. That’s why they can’t use moves.” This point totally opens up the theory since Meowth proves that it’s possible for Pokémon to learn human speech, but for a surprisingly dark reason.
If you’re still not convinced, remember, there’s more to “Pokémon” than it first seems, like sneaky little details adults catch about the franchise. Take the fact that Phantump is literally the spirit of a dead child, or that Drifloon’s whole deal is stealing away the souls of children to the underworld. There’s plenty more creepy and reality-bending content in the franchise that will make viewers question what they thought they knew.
Considering how tough it would be to live as a human in the “Pokémon” world, it makes sense that Nurse Joy might not even be human at all. Take it or leave it, it’s a fascinating fan theory from the continuously vibrant “Pokémon” community.