Pokemon takes inspiration from a variety of sources to create the little monsters we see in the franchise. Between landmarks, objects, and famous people, Game Freak’s designers use suggestions of reality to store the Pokédex. From the earliest days of Kanto, one of the franchise’s biggest inspirations has been Animal Kingdom.
Many Pokemon clearly refer to common animals. Ekans is a snake, Ratata is a mouse and Bedril is a bee. There are still those more specific rescuers. The Pokemon Company traveled to the mountains of Asia to find a group of small mammals that served as Pikachu’s muses.
Among the less obvious examples, many strange Pokemon are also copies of real animals that we don’t see very often. Meet some Pokemon that look like strange animals in real life.
Small black eyes and transparent belly should not confuse you. Poliwag is inspired by the larval stage of frogs, the tadpoles. The name of the Pokemon refers to the animal, as “polliwog” is the English term for paws.
From the inspirational muse, Polywag inherited a long tail, fins and external gills. The insides of the paws are also fully visible, a feature that the polywag has with its circular abdomen.
Cicadas are animals that we usually hear but rarely see. If you belong to the number of people who have not seen a cicada up close, know that this insect looks like a nincada.
This animal can spend 17 years of its life underground as a larva. When he emerges, he changes his shell and takes on the white colors of Ninkada. Another similarity that Pokemon has to reality is that one of Ninkada’s evolutions is the Shedinja, which is the dead shell of the remaining Cicada. The Pokédex says that the Shedinja comes to life after the shell is possessed by a ghost.
Focus on the antennae. Despite having no arms, Wooper is believed by many to be the Pokémon representation of the Axolotl. If you’re not sure what the name is, an axolotl is a type of aquatic salamander that has external gills on its head.
The axolotl is amphibious, contributing to its similarity to the Wooper, which carries both aquatic and terrestrial types.
Even if they wanted to, The Pokemon Company couldn’t deny that Caterpy was inspired by the caterpillar form of the swallowtail butterfly. Although the evolution of the insect Pokémon deviates from the original model, Caterpy shares many similarities with the animal found on the east coast of North America.
Starting with the mimicry of eyes on the head as an evolutionary strategy for the survival of this animal.
At the bottom of the sea live animals that are more like mythical creatures. Dragalji is inspired by one of these figures. Pokemon is a leafy sea dragon, a fish from Australia that simulates eating seaweed to escape predators.
Well! We won’t exactly talk about the animal here, but there’s no way to miss Victribel. Kanto’s plant Pokemon is a reproduction of the pitcher plant, a carnivorous species that has pitcher-shaped leaves.
The leaves of the plant serve as a trap to catch prey and have a good dose of digestive fluid inside.
Luvdisc is inspired by real fish. Although the Pokemon model doesn’t have a heart shape, Luvdisk’s muse doesn’t really jump when kissed. Luvdisk is inspired by Beyador, a fish that has a habit of kissing other fish.
Studies have shown that the animal’s behavior does not involve love, but social dominance habits and hierarchical disputes, such as fighting between males and females.
Sea snails are a big inspiration for Shellos. In more technical terms, this Pokemon is inspired by nudibranchs, a sub-group of more than 3,000 species of molluscs.
To illustrate the diversity of this type of marine life, Generation IV Pokémon introduced Shellos in two forms. The pink form lives in the sea to the west in the Sinnoh region, while the blue form lives in the sea to the east.
Bruxish is a Pokemon that can be found in any episode of the reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race or in the seas of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans. In the animal world, Pokemon have many similarities to triggerfish.
The small animal inspiration in Brooks shows up in the water pig’s tail and even in the Pokemon’s exaggerated color choices.
Fennekin is a breeding Pokémon of a specific species of fox, Fennec foxes. Also called the desert fox, these are small animals that are native to the Sahara desert in Africa.
While Fennekin is a fire Pokemon and has ears that shoot fire, desert foxes release body heat to survive the high temperatures of their natural habitat.