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The Pokémon series is noted for having multiple, distinctly different canons. They often will make references to one another.
List of references
- Pokémon Yellow is a direct tribute to the anime.
- Pokémon Puzzle League is also heavily based on the anime, with Ash Ketchum being the player character and all other characters coming from the anime.
- In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, when Red was battled in Mt. Silver, Red's Pikachu's moves were changed from the original moves in Generation II to reflect Ash's Pikachu's moves in the Diamond & Pearl series.
- In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Clair has a Gyarados on her team, much like in the anime.
- The Jigglypuff with a marker appears in Pokémon Snap.
- Pokémon Channel uses the anime voices of Pokémon, including Maddie Blaustein's Meowth. It also features an episode exclusive to the game: Pichu Bros. in Party Panic.
- In the Japanese versions of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, one of the default names for Barry is Shigeru. In the English versions, one of the default names for Lucas is Ash.
- Riley appears to be based on Sir Aaron, a character that appeared in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. Riley has a Lucario, a Pokémon Aaron also had, and they both are capable of using the Aura. However, he appeared later in the anime.
- The mysterious GS Ball, a Key Item in Pokémon Crystal, was introduced during the Orange Islands arc.
- In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, a female NPC near the Lake of Rage makes a reference to the Pink Butterfree, commenting "Come to think of it, I've seen a pink Butterfree."
- In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, the Trainer at Zone 35 states "I've heard someone has the same team combination as me. Do you know him or her?". With a team consisting of Cacnea and Chimecho, the person has the same Pokémon that James has in the Advanced Generation series' Hoenn region arc.
- In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, a Pokémon Journal entry (which is registered in the Fame Checker) mentions that Misty worships the Elite Four member Lorelei, which may reference her interaction with Lorelei (identified in the dub as "Prima") in the anime. In addition, her message to the player mentions that she intends to use the Gym to get better, and once she does, she will hit the road and travel, which might allude to Misty's major role in the anime as one of Ash's traveling companions.
- In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, an NPC named Luis will sometimes participate in Pokémon Super Contest with his Pikachu, nicknamed Sparky, potentially referencing Ritchie's Pikachu Sparky.
- In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, an Ace Trainer appears on Route 224 who analyzes battles using her laptop and uses a Metagross in battle. This is a reference to the movie character Rebecca (having the same Japanese name, ヒトミ Hitomi), but in the English versions of the games she is named Jamie.
- In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, the two Ace Trainers that appear on the southernmost part of Route 229 have their teams based on those of Butler and Diane from Jirachi: Wish Maker. In the Japanese version, they have the same names as Butler and Diane, but in English their names do not reflect this.
- In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, Swimmer Katelyn on Route 220 is based on Lizabeth from Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea. In the Japanese version she has the same name as Lizabeth, but her English names does not reflect this.
- In Pokémon Stadium, Brock's team includes a Vulpix and Giovanni's team includes a Persian. In Pokémon Stadium 2, Misty's team includes a Togetic while Red's team contains a Tauros and the evolved forms of the three Johto starters (referencing Ash's Bayleef, Quilava and Totodile).
- In Pokémon Snap, Mew uses a bubble which acts like a shield. In Mewtwo Strikes Back, Mew were seen to create bubbles with it inside for the seemingly same reasons.
- The movie event Pikachu-colored Pichu and the Spiky-eared Pichu appear in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.
- In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, when the starter Pokémon is chosen the desk will appear in 3D on the Touch Screen, resembling Professor Oak's desk with the starter Pokémon seen in Pokémon - I Choose You!.
- After getting his phone number, Brock may offer to trade a Rhyhorn that knows the Egg Move Thunder Fang in exchange for a player's Bonsly.
- When a player enters Cerulean Gym with a Togepi as their walking Pokémon, it will start crying softly.
- In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, wild Stunfisk appear in Striaton City at night.
- The Super Smash Bros. series has various references.
- All Pokémon are depicted with their anime voices, though the Western language versions of Melee and for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U keep Mewtwo's Japanese voice.
- The Misty trophy depicts her in her original series clothes.
- The Meowth trophy depicts Team Rocket's Meowth with the guitar from Meowth's Party.
- The Pokémon Stadium stage in Super Smash Bros. Melee has four different terrain effects, corresponding to four different types: Fire, Water, Grass, and Rock, while the one in Brawl has a new set of four different terrain effects: Ice, Ground, Flying, and Electric. These reference the four fields of the Indigo Plateau Conference.
- In Melee's 44th Event match, Mewtwo Strikes!, Mewtwo uses Princess Zelda to beat the player in the Battlefield, a stage that has a star background. The name, the fact that Mewtwo uses Zelda, and the stage setting are clearly based on Mewtwo Strikes Back.
- In Brawl's 25th Event match, "The Aura Is With Me", the player battles as Lucario against Ness and Sheik on Spear Pillar. This is a clear reference to Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, where Lucario was an ancient Pokémon that had slept in hundreds of years, and Ash Ketchum himself even said "The aura is with me!" when in the Tree of Beginning.
- Pokémon Trainer's trophy in the English version of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS references the original Pokémon Theme, as well as Ash and three of his conpanions; Misty, Brock, and Iris.
- The Zapdos trophy in North American version of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS states that children looking up at storm clouds wonder if the Pokémon from "the second Pokémon movie" is there. PAL region releases simply state that it is from "the latest movie".
- In all Super Smash Bros. games thus far, Mew, upon being summoned, immediately flies away in a bubble. In Mewtwo Strikes Back, Mew was seen to create bubbles with itself inside, seemingly for protection.
- Mewtwo's design in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U incorporates aspects of its design in the first Pokémon movie that differ from its in-game model in Generation VI and its trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, such as more angular eyes and flatter ears.
- In the Japanese version of Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Rand has a line in which he notes that "someone said that dreams will someday become reality."
- A downloadable tournament has been made available for the Pokémon World Tournament based on the anime's Vertress Conference.
- In Pokémon X and Y, on Route 21 a male Rising Star had a Pokémon nicknamed "Ash Ketchum" in the Spanish version and "Misty" in the German version.
- In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, if the player has Steven's Shiny Beldum in their party at a certain point in the game, Steven will mention the player how he once, long time ago, fought against Mega Rayquaza alongside with a young man and his black Charizard, referring to the events of Mega Evolution Special II.
- In Pokémon GO, if the player nicknames their Eevee after one of the Eevee brothers (excluding Mikey), it is guaranteed to evolve into that brother's respective Eeveelution. In every other case, the form Eevee evolves into in Pokémon GO is random.
- In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version you receive a special Greninja from a certain Trainer.
Original sketch of Silver
- All anime canon is based on the world and events of the main game series.
- Ash's original clothes are almost identical to the original clothes of Red, while Gary's outfit is taken directly from Blue's; the Generation I one during the original series, as well as the Generation III clothes during the Advanced Generation and Diamond & Pearl series. Ritchie, in spirit of being designed to bear a resemblance to Ash, who was based on Red, also has clothes that are somewhat similar to Red's Generation I clothing.
- The beginning of Pokémon - I Choose You! was based on the intro of Red and Green.
- Todd Snap, the protagonist in Pokémon Snap, has accompanied Ash for two short periods of time, though this was before the game was released.
- In the episode The Battle of the Badge, Mewtwo's sprite from Japanese Blue can be seen on the wall of Giovanni's office.
- The special Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters out of the Gate! is based directly on Pokémon Mystery Dungeon. Another episode was produced for the game's sequel.
- Green Guardian, Pokémon Ranger - Deoxys Crisis! Parts One and Two, Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, and Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Parts One and Two are based on Pokémon Ranger, with Solana playing a large role in the two Advanced Generation series episodes and making a cameo in the movie and DP episodes, and Kellyn playing a large role in the Diamond & Pearl series episodes. The plot of each is based on a mission from the games.
- Several similarities between Paul and Silver have been noted, such as Paul's positioning in his stock art being almost identical to Ken Sugimori's original sketch of Silver. The character of Trip also bears similarities to Cheren.
- In Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, Meowth states that "diamond" and "pearl" would be great names for games. He is scolded to wait until next season.
- In The Brockster Is In!, when Team Rocket see what seems to be treasure, they reference every game from Gold and Silver to Black and White, only missing Emerald and Crystal. However, James references Black and White, though only in the dub.
- In the Best Wishes series, prior to the Eastern Unova arc, no pre-Generation V Pokémon appeared on the flesh (excluding Pikachu, Meowth, Giovanni's Persian and Roxie's Koffing). This is based on the fact that in Black and White, no Pokémon from previous generations can be caught in Unova itself until after the National Pokédex is obtained.
- Red's French (Sacha), German (Ash), Korean (지우 Jiu) and Chinese (小智 Xiǎo Zhì) names are the same as Ash Ketchum's names in the same languages.
- Misty's crush on Red is similar to the one the anime's version of the character has been suspected to have on Ash.
- Red's Pikachu also acts in a similar fashion to Ash's Pikachu from the anime.
- Armored Mewtwo appears in the fifth chapter. However, the armor (called "M2 Bind" in this canon) was designed in order to restrain Mewtwo, rather than concentrate its power, though it could be argued that Giovanni's statement to Mewtwo was a lie.
- The Team Rocket airship, which was also seen in the fifth chapter, greatly resembles the airship used by Giovanni in Mewtwo Returns.
- Latias has a human form who looks a lot like the one from the fifth movie.
- Latios and Latias have the ability of sharing their visions with one another and anyone near them, similar to the "Sight Sharing" power that Latios and Latias had in the fifth movie.
- A Jirachi is used to summon a fake Groudon in the sixth movie, while a Jirachi is used to summon a fake Kyogre in the Emerald chapter.
- Deoxys has an ability to duplicate itself, much like in the seventh movie. The duplicates look like those from anime.
- Johanna appears in a Pokémon Super Contest video where she has a Glameow.
- Gary's sister's existence (in the anime he was never revealed to have one).
- May gives Ash a town map, much like her game counterpart does to Red.
- TMs (which come from games and have never appeared in the anime) are shown in this manga.
- This series is loosely based on the anime.
- This manga is the most direct adaptation of Generation I games. It shows some events from games, which were omitted in other canons (e.g. Brock having a Jr. Trainer♂ as an apprentice, S.S. Anne's captain's sea sickness, the hunt for the Safari Zone Warden's dentures).
- The main characters' names are Satoshi and Shigeru, rather than Red and Green, however it's likely that these names are directly taken from optional names of the game characters, rather than the anime.
- When Brock's apprentice mentions the Elite Four, they appear as shadows in the same poses they had in their Generation I sprites.
- Satoshi without his hat looks a lot like Ash.
- Satoshi has a Pikachu, it however doesn't seem to be an intended reference, as this one wasn't Satoshi's starter and it eventually evolved.
- The Cerulean Gym building has a picture of Dewgong on the outside wall.
- Satoshi gets the Rainbow Badge from Erika, rather than winning it in the battle.
- This series is based on the world and events of the main game series.
- The main goal for the manga's main character Kenta Minamii is to become a great TCG player.
- Many locations and characters from the games appear on different cards, particularly Trainer cards.
- Many backgrounds for Pokémon cards are closely based on game locations, especially in the BW era.
- This game uses the same rarities as the TCG, with the exception of extra rare figures.
- This game has Trainer cards like those in the TCG, though their incorporation and usage is different.