Posted by Rob Harris @RHarris
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The votes are in for the world's first Pokémon election and, out of 720 different species of Pokémon competing, one winner has been crowned the fan favorite. Long time trainers, however, might be surprised by the result as franchise stalwart Pikachu didn't even make the top three.

Instead, the electric old-timer was pushed aside to make room for later generation entries. The winner? Bipedal, frog-like Pokémon Greninja.

Winner of the Pokémon election: Greninja!

Oricon Style reported that a total of 562,386 votes were cast, with 36,235 of them going to the winner.

Greninja will become available as a free download when the Pokémon XY&Z movie comes to cinemas this summer. To take advantage of this prize, you'll need a 3DS and a copy of Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire.

For those interested, here's the top 5 rundown:

5. Sylveon

Generation: VI

One of Eevee's final forms, alongside Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, and Glaceon.

4. Pikachu

Generation: I

The long running mascot of the franchise and Ash's personal pet mouse, Pikachu was surely the favorite to win.

3. Mew

Generation: I

The last Pokémon in the Kanto Pokédex and exprimental ancestor of Mewtwo.

2. Arceus

Generation: IV

Known as 'The Original One', Arceus is the possible creator of the entire Pokémon universe.

1. Greninja

Generation: VI

This dual-type Water/Dark Pokémon is the evolutionary partner of Frogadier and Froakie.

The top 12 worked out like this:

So there you have it. The people have spoken, and they've named Greninja as their poke representative. Which Pokemon would've got your vote?