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I've been looking into it lately and I've slowly been uncovering the origins behind Pokèmon.

I know that Mudkip is the obvious Mudskipper.
Charmander is a salamander with a candle on its tail.
Squirtle is a turtle with a squirrel tail and a water gun glued to its back.


Magikarp and Gyarados originated from the legend of Carps being able to swim up a waterfall turning into dragons.


I want to be able to construct a list of all pokemon origins. If you have any, post them. All 649 are welcome.

Mudkip
Magikarp
Gyarados

That's three... Just 646 to go.

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Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:45 am
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There is a great number which have no special origin, such as the bird, squirrel and cat family of each Gen. So I'm gonna comment on something else.
Vulpix-Ninetales: Kyuubi, meaning nine-tailed fox, is a legendary Japanese creature.
Nincada-Ninjask-Shedinja: Nincada is a trainee ninja, Ninjask is a trained ninja and Shedinja is the lone ninja who wanders the world and has no clan.

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Ninetales/Zoroark: kitsune (Zoroark is also based around kabuki).
Arcanine: shishi.
Lotad/Lombre/Ludicolo: kappa.
Shiftry: tengu.
Espeon: nekomata.
Mawile: futakuchi-onna.
Nosepass/Probopass: moai.
Baltoy/Claydol: dogū.
Drowzee/Hypno/Munna/Musharna: baku.
Dusclops: chōchinobake.
Vileplume: rafflesia.
Tornadus: fūjin.
Thundurus: raijin.
Landorus: Inari.
Darumaka/Darmanitan: dharma dolls.
Meowth: maneki-neko.
Froslass: yuki-onna.
Ho-oh: houou.
Kyogre: Leviathan.
Groudon: Behemoth.
Rayquaza: Ziz.
Castform: teru teru bozu.
Chimecho: furin wind chime.
Altaria: peng.
Jirachi: based around the Japanese Tanabata festival.
Riolu/Lucario: jackal/anubis.
Dunsparce: tsuchinoko.
Sneasel/Weavile: kamaitachi.
Relicanth: coelacanth.
Omanyte/Omastar: ammonite.
Kabuto/Kabutops: horseshoe crabs.
Aerodactyl: pterodactyl.
Anorith/Armaldo: anomalocaris.
Lileep/Cradily: sea lilies.
Crandios/Rampardos: pachycephalosaurs.
Shieldon/Bastiodon: ceratopsian dinosaurs.
Tirtouga/Carracosta: protostega/archelon.
Archen/Archeops: archeopteryx.

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One of the ones i find most interesting is Nincada Ninjask & Shedinja being based of a Cicada

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CrazyRazey wrote:
One of the ones i find most interesting is Nincada Ninjask & Shedinja being based of a Cicada

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Oh wow, nice gif!
This little bug is awesome! :)
Also, {shedinja} is my favorite Ghost and {ninjask} is my favorite bug.

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I'm pretty sure we had a similar thread a while back. And I'm going to say the same thing. There's a series of articles here that go in-depth on the subject. They're quite interesting.

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I had a whole explanation of the fossil Pokemon's relations to actual prehistoric creatures, but then realized that Frost had already covered all of them, with links and everything. *claps* I've always loved the fossil Pokemon in particular, because of the inspiration they draw from extinct life forms, and how they're represented in Pokemon form. This is mainly due to my ambitions to enter the field of paleontology, since I've been a dinosaur nut for as long as I can remember.

Also, just to note, the name of an Armaldo I had in an old RP was Maloc, referencing the Anomalocaris, which it gets it's roots from.

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in my opinion, the people in the games are just high and are throwing rocks at various animal and beating each other up and stealing their money

Why are you here?

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extreme boredom and i have nothing better to do

i will be serious now :(

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