In recent months, thanks to the app Pokémon Go, the Pokémon hype that first arose in the 90s has once again resurfaced. The animated series that was adored by many children growing up has been given its second life. The youngsters that were devoted to the show when they were kids are re-discovering their adoration for all things Pokémon. Now these fully grown adults, are able to wander around capturing their favorite Pokémon through their phones (talk about childhood dreams coming true). Not only this, but the entire franchise is being introduced to an entire new generation. Yes, many young kids who missed out on all the Pokémon hype the first time have been given the opportunity to discover it all for themselves.
So, with this resurgence of Pokémon, comes all the fun facts surrounding the show. One of the most interesting aspects of the show is the Pokémon creatures themselves. We all have our favorite Pokémon for our own personal reasons. What many of you may not realize though, is that these Pokémon, are very often based on real life animals. Yes, the inspiration for your favorite Pokémon had to come from somewhere, and many come from things already living in the world around you. This doesn’t just stop at animals though, as some Pokémon are actually inspired by plants.
This article will take a look at which animals inspired which Pokémon and what exact aspects of these animals Pokémon creators had in mind when creating the animated creatures. Some of the instances on the list you may have already been aware of, but some may be new to you. One thing is for sure, it’s very interesting to learn that Pokémon are not as far-fetched as one may have first assumed.
15 Caterpie/ Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar
14 Magikarp/ Yellow-Eyed Rockfish
13 Poliwag/Translucent Tadpole
12 Gorebyss/ Long-nosed Chimaera
11 Drowzee /Malayan Tapir
10 Emolga/Flying Squirrels
9 Vileplume/ Rafflesia Arnoldii
8 Victreebel/ Pitcher Plant
7 Luvdisc/ Kissing gourami
6 Mudkip/ Axolotl
5 Krookodile/ Gharial
4 Chatot/ Yellow-Collared Lovebird
3 Sandslash/ Pangolin
2 Bulbasaur/ Frog
1 Pikachu/Pika Mouse
Pikachu is arguably the cutest Pokémon of all and Ash's personal favourite; however, if you weren’t aware, this much loved Pokémon was inspired by a very small mammal known as the pika mouse. It’s easy to see how this mouse inspired the creation of Pikachu as it is a very cute creature, in its own right. The pika family includes 30 different species, however, there only exists about 1,000 of these mice altogether. The Pika can be found in the isolated mountain regions of Asia, particularly in locations like China and Tibet. This mouse is often referred to as the ‘whistling hare’ due to the large piercing alarm call it makes. This is similar to the “pika pika” calls Pikachu is famously known to make; of course this only makes the Pokémon more adorable. One similarity the pika mouse does not possess is Pikachu’s tail, where the Pokémon famously generates its power. In fact, the pika mouse possesses no tail whatsoever.
Sources: Dorkly, Youtube, Wikipedia
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