While challenging the Battle Factory in Johto's Battle Frontier, a Pokemon Trainer battles with you, and tells you (after defeating him):

You're just SHELLOS, if I say so myself.

I am Gen I & II Pkmn Trainer, so I don't really know what the characters of the new Pokemon are (for example, I would know that a Blissey would care for others). What does that Trainer mean? In other words, what does SHELLOS mean in this context?

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After being defeated:

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It's a pun. "Shellos", the name of a Pokémon, sounds like "jealous". The trainer is saying you're just pretending you're not interested in his lifestyle, while actually being jealous of him.

In this case, "envious" would be the correct word to use, but "jealous" is commonly misused as a synonym of "envious".

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    I heard the pronunciation of the word Shellos on Google Translate, and it seems that you are right. Maybe if I was a native speaker (or a proficient enough one) I could have thought of that, but nope, so thanks!
    – gsamaras
    Jun 29, 2019 at 14:31
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    @gsamaras: I'll be honest, I wouldn't have understood it at first either, and I'm a native speaker. I can only imagine how much harder it'd be to figure out as a non-native speaker...
    – V2Blast
    Jun 29, 2019 at 23:34
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    Keep in mind that this game is translated from Japanese and puns are usually hard to translate. I'd imagine most get dropped and some of them just end up like this. Jun 30, 2019 at 13:54
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    @V2Blast Same, I would have needed it to be spelled "Shealous" to be able to potentially get the joke, and even then, I'm not convinced I would have figured it out.
    – Davy M
    Jul 1, 2019 at 3:50
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    @Michael (I assume you've probably looked this up by now) but for others; jealousy is (originally) the fear of somebody taking away what you have (e.g. seducing your partner), envy is resentment from somebody having something you don't (e.g. your neighbor now being with your ex-partner...after they seduced them).
    – Bilkokuya
    Jul 1, 2019 at 9:28

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