The two professors featured in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Professor Sada and Professor Turo, have become fan favorites. One is based on the future, the other on the past, but both have proven to be a highlight of the newest game right here in the present.

Now we’ve learned that these two were originally designed by none other than James Turner, former art director for Pokémon Sword and Shield. Turner announced his departure from Game Freak back in June, but apparently not before coming up with a few more designs for their next game! He shared the following original artwork on his Twitter:

While Turner has designed Pokémon since as far back as Pokémon X and Y on the DS, this seems to be the first time he’s worked on human characters. Not a bad note to go out on considering their popularity! Hopefully, the next Pokémon game’s professors can live up to them.

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1+ y ago

James Turner's first designs for the series were actually in Pokemon XD as far as we're aware, though mainline it was black and white!