List of references to Pokémon in popular culture

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References to the Pokémon franchise are often made in other media. While Pikachu is a common target due to its prominence as the mascot of the franchise, other Pokémon, characters, and elements of the various Pokémon series are often lampooned.

References in TV, movies and radio

Series/Movie Episode Details Image
100 Greatest 100 Greatest Toys with Jonathan Ross In 100 Greatest Toys with Jonathan Ross, Pokémon was featured as the 37th greatest toy, with emphasis being on the TCG, and the problems it created for schools dealing with the theft of cards.
30 Rock Stride of Pride Pokémon is a recurring theme in this episode with one of Jack's girlfriends. When referring to Jack's polygamy, she said that it was like Pokémon the way Jack had "gotta catch 'em all". Jack pluralizes Pokémon as "Pokémons" only to have her correct him. Jack brings up Pokémon numerous times throughout the episode in reference to his girlfriend, including referring to a text message he got as being "Pokémon'd". At the end of the episode, Liz writes a letter on her laptop, and also refers to "Pokémons" and her life as "little creatures running around".
97.3 Forth One N/A In an airing on 14 December 2011, the Pokémon Theme was briefly played, as the hosts mentioned that Pokémon was the top Christmas present at the height of its popularity.
Adventure Time Joshua and Margaret Investigations In one scene in the episode, Margaret is show entering a weapons room. Among the weapons on the right wall is a small Poké Ball. Adventure Time weapons room still.jpg
American Dad! A Piñata Named Desire While Steve was remembering about he and his friends used to have sleepovers when they were little, a pink and purple Pikachu is seen on the t-shirt worn by his friend Toshi. APinataNamedDesire.png
Buck, Wild In the first act, Steve is upset about being seated at the kids' table, pointing out that the kids are playing with Pokémon cards and they are not very good. He yells at one of the kids for "wasting his Charizard".
Animation Domination High-Def Scientifically Accurate: Pokémon Pokémon is spoofed in this series of ADHD shorts. References to kids being thrown into the wilderness alone, as well as some of the kinds of Pokémon such as "a pile of gears" (presumably a Klink) and "a [EXPLETIVE] ice cream cone" (presumably Vanillite).
Pikachu Gets Pokémon Rabies A short features Ash and Misty walking when he runs into a man and his dog. Thinking it's a Pokémon, Ash orders Pikachu to attack the dog, who in turn bites Pikachu. Oak tells Ash that Pikachu has "PokéRabies" (a possible take on Pokérus) and tells Ash he must put down Pikachu. Sadly, Ash ties Pikachu to a tree and shoots him with a gun, citing that the first shot "wasn't very effective" and continues to fire at Pikachu until he dies. Ash sees Pikachu's spirit dragged to hell, to which Oak replies, "All Pokémon go to hell!" The short ends with Ash encountering another Pikachu.
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day Menma the Hero Tetsudō suggests that the wish Menma might want granted was to have a rare monster from a video game called "Nokezori Monsters" ("Nokémon" for short), which Jinta buys from the game shop Anaru works at. Some other games that were referenced were Gold, Opal, and Emerald. Anohana Nokemon.png
Austin Powers in Goldmember N/A The movie features people in costumes of Charmander and Pikachu among those running from "not Godzilla" in the Tokyo scene. The deleted scenes also feature background appearances of Meowth and Celebi costumes, the Pikachu car and a Dragonite plushie. Austin Powers Goldmember Charmander.jpg
Arthur Arthur Loses his Marbles Muffy says that she has fifty-four Dopeyman cards in a pack, in resemblance to Pokémon cards, and with one card a take on a Pikachu called "Stinkachu". ArthurLosesHisMarbles.png
Are We There Yet? The Bad Dream Episode After Nick says "You can't make a sequel for everything", Kevin says "They should've told that to the Pokémon people thirteen movies ago!" and then names all Pokémon movies up to M13, including MR.
Bad Santa N/A One child asks "Santa" for Pokémon.
Barter Kings Tazed and Confused During interviews for a new employee, one of the interviewees cites his history as a collector of Pokémon cards as relevant work experience.
Beast Machines Revelations, Part I: Discovery Jetstorm says "Gotta catch 'em all!"
Ben 10: Omniverse "Rook Tales" Max Tennyson and Sheriff Wat-Senn are competitively fishing and catch two fish that look like Magikarp and Gyarados
Bernard's Watch N/A Bernard's room is often shown to have first-generation Pokémon posters.
The Big Bang Theory The Cooper/Kripke Inversion Even after being taken off his joint checking account with his wife until he learned the value of money, Howard Wolowitz still spent his lunch's allowance on Pokémon cards.
The Indecision Amalgamation When Sheldon and Amy are at an electronics store and Sheldon is trying to decide between buying a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One, advertisements for Pokémon X and Y are seen.
The Perspiration Implementation When Sheldon asks a woman out at a bar, he says "I choose you," which he claims Ash Ketchum did to Pikachu. He specifically mentions that he is referencing Pokémon.
Brum Unknown Pokémon plushies can be seen at a stall in a fairground.
The Cleveland Show Ain't Nothin' But Mutton Bustin' While Cleveland and Rallo visit the County Fair, one of the stands has Gengar plushies. AintNothinButMuttonBustin.png
Codename: Kids Next Door Operation: A.R.C.H.I.V.E. A character that can be seen in the audience looks similar to Ash in his original series clothes. OperationArchive.png
Community Digital Estate Planning Hilda's long list of conversation topics includes "old man Trainer", "fly on a bird", "cinnamon island", and "seal along the shore", a reference to the Old man glitch. Also when Gilbert is escaping from Cornelius he changes into MissingNo. for a split-second. Community.pngCommunity2.png
Detective Conan Unknown Ash, Misty, and Brock make a cameo appearance as kids staying in a train station. However, the distinct facial features each possess, such as their hairstyles and Brock's eyes, were slightly altered and switched between them.
Drawn Together N/A One of the main characters, Ling-Ling, is a direct parody of Pikachu. He mentions that one of his pastimes is giving children seizures. Ling-Ling.png
Drunk History Boston After the retelling of the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art theft, a man says he knows how they must feel because he had $100 worth of Pokémon cards stolen as a kid including holographic Charizard (Base Set 4), Blastoise (Base Set 2), and Professor Oak (Base Set 88).
Dustin in Fowl Play N/A When Dustin the Turkey was wondering what new job he should get, Socky asks "are we going to become Pokémon Trainers?"
EastEnders N/A Doctor Anthony Trueman explains Yin and Yang to his ex Kat Slater, who then replied "Yin? Yang? You're not letting Pokémon characters take over your life?"
Emmerdale N/A Sandy Thomas plays an orange DSi, a sound effect from a Pokémon Ranger game is heard and he cries out in annoyance "Every time I get to the big boss Raikou on level 3, I need Gabby, only a child can work this wretched thing", much to his son Ashley's annoyance. However, the music that is heard from the game is the initial encounter theme, which is inconsistent with what Sandy had stated to have happened. Emmerdale Pokemon Ranger Guardian Signs.png
ER And in the End... A patient says "I am the chosen one, come to be known as Lugia". AndInTheEnd.png
Evil Con Carne Search and Estroy General Skarr and Major Dr. Ghastly create the Poké-Digi Tank. A parody of both Pokémon and Digimon. SearchAndEstroy.png
Everybody Loves Raymond Hackidu The episode focuses "Hackidu", which is a spoof of Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!. Ray's daughter Ally makes a trade with a boy, giving him a sizable stack of cards for just one of hers, called "Scramisaur". Ray thinks the trade is unfair, so he talks to the boy's father and the trade is reversed. Ray then learns that he shouldn't have gotten the trade reversed, and attempts to get the card back. Hackidu is also watched on TV during the episode. Hackidu.png
Family Guy April in Quahog A poster depicting a superhero that strongly resembles a Machoke can be seen in Chris's room. AprilInQuahog.png
Fillmore! Test of the Tested A cheerleading coach says that her team, while in a human pyramid, is "as strong as a Geodude using its Harden attack". TestOfTheTested.png
Gabriel Iglesias N/A His friends have given him the nickname "Pikachu" and this is often referenced during his stand-up performances, occasionally mimicking Pikachu's voice.
George Lopez Unknown When George and Benny discuss ways to make money, the former suggests that the latter pretend to be a Pikachu in Mexico.
Ghost Stories (dub) Akane-san of the Broadcasting Room!! Voice of the Dead The Pokémon anime is referenced when Leo states that the broadcast begins right after Pokémon. Ghost Stories.png
Good Luck Charlie A L.A.R.P. in the Park The episode features a card game called "Pokeo", based on the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Yu-Gi-Oh!. Type advantages are mentioned ("Grass power is no match for volcano power") and the chicken character "Chikapu" is a parody of Pikachu. A creature named "Slugmar" is also mentioned, presumably a portmanteau of Slugma and Magmar.
Unknown A picture of an Eevee is drawn on a chalkboard in the basement.
Good Vibes The Grass is Always Greener When Mondo sees Woody's room for the first time, he comments on all the awards for competitions he has. Woody admits that many of them were purchased on ebay by his parents. Mondo then asks how much they spent on the "lame Pokémon tournament participant ribbon", a gold ribbon with a Pikachu on it, to which Woody claims that he won on his own. Good Vibes Pokemon.png
Green Lantern N/A A cartridge of Pokémon Sapphire can be seen in Dr. Hector Hammond's apartment. Green Lantern Pokémon.png
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy It's Hokey Mon! The episode features a trading card game named "Hokey Mon". ItsHokeyMon.png
Grojband Super Zeroes In this episode, the lead guitarist Corey tries to come up with a gimmick for their band, and is seen in a purple Pikachu costume.
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san Like a Close Encounter of the Third Kind and Great Conspiracy X Nyaruko summons her pets Shanta and Nephren-Car from a Poké Ball-esque object, during which she says 「君に決めた!」 Kimi ni kimeta! ("I choose you!")[1][2] Nyaruko.png
Hayate the Combat Butler Many episodes Pikachu has made background cameos; the pet tiger has referenced Pikachu when assuming himself to be the mascot character and in one episode the cast travel on a plane based on ANA Flights. In the sixth episode, a framed image of a blue Pikachu can be seen near the beginning of the episode. The image was based on one of Pikachu's anime art. In some episodes, various sound effects and background music make a reference to Pokémon.
Heroes One of Us, One of Them and Dual Hiro Nakamura was called Pikachu once in each of those two episodes.
Hetalia: Axis Powers (dub) Episode 18 During a battle against the Axis Powers, America chooses China to fight and says, "China, I choose you!" After beating and capturing the Axis Powers, America then says, "Yeah, we caught them all!" Reference Hetalia.png
House M.D Perils of Paranoia While having a discussion with his diagnostic team, House says, "Which is why Arceus created a universe with three states of matter and 300 solid or liquid poisons that could cause his symptoms", upon which Taub asks, "Arceus?" House then suggests he look it up.
Highschool DxD I Get a Familiar! The familiar master, Zatouji (parody of Satoshi) is a parody of Ash Ketchum. He uses the phrase "Gotta catch 'em all" many times.
Infinite Stratos 2 Open Your Heart Tatenashi grabs Houki's breasts while saying Houki-chan getto da ze! ("Houki, caught you!"), a reference to the Japanese slogan of the Pokémon franchise, Pokémon getto da ze!.[3]
Inside Amy Schumer Clown Panties A 6-year-old Amy interviews states that the anime is one of his favorite TV shows.
Jackie Chan Adventures Tough Break A franchise called "Gnomekop" appears in an episode, which is Pokémon spelled backwards plus a "G". It also uses the slogan "Gotta collect 'em all", similar to Pokémon's Gotta catch 'em all! Gnomekop.png
Jeopardy! Several The franchise and parts thereof has been used in a number of clues and responses. JEOPARDYCLUE.png
Johnny Bravo 20,000 Leagues Over My Head Clam-League 9000 is a show which Johnny Bravo watches and enjoys. Due to his addiction with the show, Johnny goes to great lengths to secure all of the Clam-League 9000 toys, but unfortunately goes about it by deep-sea diving for actual clams. The Clam-League 9000 is somewhat of a lampoon fusion of both Dragonball Z and Pokémon. The main rival characters of the show bear resemblance to Goku, Vegeta and Piccolo, the latter of which were combined into one green skinned antagonist.
Johnny Test Johnny'mon and The Return of Johnny'mon Two episodes featured Tinymon, with a Tinydex, Tiny Cubes that contain creatures, a character named Blast Ketchup, and the slogan "Gotta snatch 'em all!". The episodes feature a legendary Tinymon known as "Screechereen", which greatly resembles Shadow Lugia. Blast Ketchup's Tinymon, Kadoomerang, also slightly resembles Squirtle. Evolution and attacks are also featured. For example, Screechereen evolves from Cuddlebuns, who is said to be the weakest Tinymon. It turned out that it needs love in order for it to evolve into the legendary Tinymon. Something similar to link cables are also featured. In the plot, Johnny and his sisters get stuck in a Tinymon game and need to trade with a cable in order to get out. However, a battle must first be won in order to access that function. Johnnymon.png
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Law & Order: SVU Uncivilized A victim was last seen on his way to a store to buy Pokémon cards.
Home Invasions The father of the victim's boyfriend stated that his son still has his Pokémon cards.
Let's Go Quintuplets! Make Up for Mother's Day There is a scene in which Krystal runs past a shop which has a Pikachu-esque plush in the window. Pikachu Itsutsugo Land.png
Lost Ji Yeon In a flashback, Jin is looking for a stuffed panda in a toy store that has an extensive amount of Pokémon merchandise on the shelves in the background.
Lucky Star Base of the Sun Kagami asks Konata if she has any talents besides making faces. Konata replies by stating that she can name every Pok***n. BaseOfTheSun.png
The Famous Shooter The characters go to a festival, and Kagami has trouble catching fish as they just swim away from her. When she finally catches one, she shouts "get da ze!", which is "Gotta catch 'em all!" in Japanese. TheFamousShooter.png
Pandora's Box Konata states that Kinkaku-ji is gold, but Ginkaku-ji isn't silver, referencing both the Bell and Brass Towers, and Pokémon Gold and Silver. She also wonders if they're like Po*émon, and "if they have a Sapphire and Ruby or something". PandorasBox.png
MAD 2012 Dalmatians / Grey's in Anime In the "Grey's In Anime" skit, Derek Shepherd (who wears a hat similar to Ash's) throws a Poké Ball-esque object, and a Pikachu lookalike, known as "Checkaflu", shocks the patient as the doctor says "clear!"
Cliffordfield / Big Time Rushmore The episode features a skit about rejected Pokémon. Among these is Punchachu, a punching mouse with huge arms and small feet, whose Trainer looks like Max. Ironically, its special attack is kicking. Another rejected Pokémon is Glasstar, a bear-like creature made out of glass. Its special attack is "frailty". Another reject Pokémon is Buzzkill, an owl-based Pokémon that looks similar to Hoothoot, whose special attack is indifference. When told how it loves battles, all it said was, "meh" while shrugging its shoulders. The last reject Pokémon is Uncle Hank (who was just an old man). His special attack is Confusion; all he does is get confused about what was going on.
Pokémon Park / WWER The episode that features the skit "Pokémon Park", a spoof of Jurassic Park. An unknown Professor invited Ash (who has curly hair and glasses), Misty (who holds a DS and has blond hair), Jessie (with blue hair) and James (with green hair). It features characters similar to Charmander, Charizard, Magikarp, Gyarados, Pikachu, Pidgey, and Bulbasaur. "Yu-Gi-Oh! Island" and "Digimon Island" are mentioned too. PokémonPark.png
The Straight A-Team / Gaming's Next Top Princess Misty is among the contestants in "Gaming's Next Top Princess", among the likes of Samus Aran, Princess Peach, Princess Zelda, Amy Rose, Felicia, Tifa Lockhart, Lara Croft, and Birdo. Misty in MAD.png
Pooh Grit / Not-A-Fan-A-Montana One skit features a brand of gum called "Big League Pika-Chew" (a take on Big League Chew), made of real live Pikachu, and it helps people in baseball by giving the ball a shock when they hit it with a bat.
Kung Fu Blander / Destroy, Bob the Builder, Destroy The "Kung Fu Blander" skit has Po, the main character of the Kung Fu Panda movie series, fighting the main villain of the second Kung Fu Panda movie, Shen. When he learns that only a hero in "black and white" can defeat Shen and that it isn't him, he resorts to pulling several items and characters matching the description to use against Shen. One of the objects Po pulls out is Reshiram and Zekrom. KungFuBlander.png
Twilight: Staking Dawn / Cookie Blue One skit shows "PokéHarmony", which spoofs the dating website eHarmony. It starts with a Geodude who can't get a date with a boulder, and then shows a female Hitmonchan paired up with a Machamp, a Bulbasaur who decided a Venusaur was right for her despite Venusaur being "evolved enough to be her father", and Mewtwo, who didn't need anyone. Ash Ketchum hosted the fake commercial.
Men in Black to the Future / Pokémon of Interest The "Pokémon of Interest" segment was a crossover between Pokémon and Person of Interest. John Reese was assigned to capture a Psyduck and bring it to Harold Finch. When using Poké Balls didn't work, he hits it with a shovel. Harold then turns to Ash and asks "What have you been doing for 14 seasons?!", referencing how many seasons the anime was up to at this point.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Icarus / The Adjustment Burro The "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Icarus" skit was a crossover between the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and Kid Icarus. In the skit, Pikachu is shown to be part of the gang that harasses Pit, and Ms. Pac-Man uses Squirtle to extinguish the flames in the science lab.
Pokémonsters, Inc. / Bane and Kate This skit was a crossover between Pokémon and Monsters, Inc. In this skit, Ash Ketchum ends up in the world of Monsters, Inc. and goes crazy, attempting to catch all of the monsters. His Pignite and Krookodile are featured as well (but have different body styles/colors) throughout the skit, along with his Pikachu who appeared briefly at the end.
Les the Miz / The Lex Factor This episode featured a skit parodying The More You Know titled "The Less You Know". In this skit, the announcer claimed that Poké Balls were able to hold Pokémon because they're airtight, with a Trainer resembling Misty expressing disgust at the stench left behind after sending out her Squirtle.
Jaws the Great and Powerful / Off Their Spockers This episode featured a spoof of Psych called Psyduck, with the tagline "They'll pretty much let anything be a cop these days".
The Dullverine / Under the Dumb In the first sketch, a Japanese girl who tells Wolverine that they have to go to Japan to film The Wolverine is shown carrying a Pikachu umbrella. DullverinePikachu.png
MADtv Season 5, Episode 16 In the "Reality Check" sketch, Belma Button mentions that she took her kids to Pokémon: The First Movie, chasting the Japanese for sending it to America. Tovah says, "Who drew it? Stevie Wonder?" and Belma says it sounds like the name of a homosexual Jamaican adult film.
Malcolm in the Middle Company Picnic (Part 1) Dewey is sitting at a picnic table with a boy and both Pokémon cards in their hand, and can be seen making a trade. There are also cards laid on the table. The boy then offers Dewey some candy, which he is not supposed to be eating due to hyperactivity. After eating it, Dewey freaks out and throws some of the cards in the air. CompanyPicnicPart1.png
Bowling A Charmander doll can be seen sitting on the bed in some episodes, along with a Squirtle doll. Charmander Malcolm in the Middle bowling.png
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Endless Eight (part two) Two Pikachu masks, a purple Turtwig mask, a yellow Chimchar mask, and an orange Piplup mask can be seen on display. EndlessEight.png
The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It N/A Pokémon bed sheets can be seen on multiple occasions.
Modern Family Playdates
My Babysitter's a Vampire Friday Night Frights When the ghost of Coach ED (Clé Bennett) haunts Ethan Morgan (Matthew Knight), threatening him that he'd ruin his life if he didn't win a trophy for their school, the young boy gets into a wrestling match with Kurt the Hurt (William Greenblatt). When it becomes clear that he cannot win, Ethan exclaims that he has "never won a fight" to which his friend Benny Weir (Atticus Mitchell) replies, "False; remember that time in grade 2 when I took your Pokémon lunchbox?"
My Family Pain in the Class After finding out that his mother Susan Harper (Zoë Wanamaker) has invited the parents of his school bully round to solve his bullying problem, Michael (Gabriel Thomson) says 'goodbye' to some of his possessions, including his Pokémon cards, commenting that he only had 212 left to collect.
My Hero Christmas When Ultronian superhero Thermoman, aka. George Sunday (Ardal O'Hanlon) is visiting his cousin Arnie (Lou Hirsch) in Las Vegas to ask him about the human holiday of Christmas, he says that he doesn't understand Christmas as although it is the season of goodwill, he says he was in Manchester the previous day to stop a pitched battle. Arnie asks if it was between rival gangs, but George says it was "three mums wanting the last Pokémon".
The Norm Show Artie Comes to Town The first scene is a parody of Pokémon, as a boy named Tommy thought he was Ash. The skit featured actors dressed as Squirtle, Pikachu, Butterfree, Charmander, and Meowth. It features a Pokémon battle between Norm and Tommy. ArtieComesToTown.png
Oblivious N/A During a speed round in a sushi bar, Regan Burns asks the contestants, "Pikachu is a character in what cartoon?" Another one of the contestants answered the $20 worth question correctly, the answer being Pokémon.
Osmosis Jones N/A When Ozzy tries to stop Drix from leaving Frank's body, one of the germs carries a Pikachu, as a joke on allergies. Osmosis Jones.png
The Pacifier N/A A Pikachu plush is seen in the Plummer residence.
Pinky Dinky Doo N/A In several episodes, Tyler is shown talking about or playing with action figures called "Moo-Moo Miggy Monsters", which is based on Pokémon. In one episode, Tyler plays a video game with a style very similar to Pokémon.
Portlandia Alexandra In a sketch depicting a pair of Japanese toy specialists assisting a worker at the fictional Jewel Case Inc. in becoming more noticeable, a Victini figure, among many other toys, is placed on the worker's desk as a conversational piece. Portlandia.png
Private Practice Step One An action figure of Reshiram is shown in this episode.
Ranma 1/2 And the Challenger is... A Girl?! The dub inserts multiple references to Pokémon airing on television. It should be noted that these are dub only, as the original Japanese episode was written and aired several years before Pokémon Red and Green were even released.
ReBoot My Two Bobs The episode's featured game is a game entitled "Pantsu Hebi X", which is a parody of both Pokémon-styled battles and anime in general. In it, the dog character Frisket reboots itself to resemble Pikachu. ReBoot.png
Recess The Game The addictive card game featured in the episode, named "Ajimbo", appears to be a a parody of the Trading Card Game. Ajimbo.png
Robot Chicken Cracked China A skit titled "Pikachu Secret" in the episode parodies the anime. In its running time of 62 seconds, things happen such as Ash wondering when Misty is going to "shut up and make dinner", Gary calling Ash "ass", and Ash's Pikachu grinding another while inside its Poké Ball. PikachuSecret.png
Junk in the Trunk A skit titled "Bloopers!", which runs for 5 minutes and 13 seconds, has 26 seconds which is devoted to parodying the anime. Pikachu and Squirtle are having a conversation in Pokémon speak. Eventually, Squirtle breaks custom and starts speaking with profanity-riddled dialogue in human tongue, claiming the Pokémon speech makes no sense at all. Pikachu asks "Earl" to say the line or he'll get the gas with skunk spray, to which Squirtle asks the kids to "go read a book or something". AS-PikaandSqui.png
Chirlaxx In the beginning of one skit, George W. Bush is seen playing a Pokémon game on his Game Boy and says "Taste Poké-flame, Chirlaxx!"
Caffeine-Induced Aneurysm A skit involves some children playing with Pokémon figurines and an old man exclaims that back in his day there were only 150 Pokémon, and his wife informs him there were actually 151. He exclaims that she is a nerd, and then dies of a heart attack. Saddened, she then proclaims "That's how he would have wanted to go".
Walking Dead Lobster A skit simultaneously parodying the Pokémon games and the Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting ring case involved Michael Vick challenging Red (named Ash in this) to battle with a Rottweiler. Pikachu uses Thunder Shock, lowering it to one HP, which leads to Vick torturing the dog to death. He is then arrested and eventually goes back to the NFL, with money raining down on him and "Vick Wins" in the text box, leaving Ash confused.
The Hobbit: There and Bennigan's Ash and Misty are shown playing tennis, and Misty questions why they're playing with a Poké Ball. Ash says it's because Pikachu peed on his rug, and Pikachu then comes out of the Poké Ball and vomits from motion sickness.
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Love Means Having to Say You're Sorry Clarence drops the Pokémon cards he was holding while running away from Harvey, prompting Harvey to shout out "Wait, Clarence! You dropped your Pokémon cards."
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei Not Losing to Elbows, Not Losing to Knees When Abiru says Nozomu would look good with a tail, he was pictured with various tails including those that resemble the tails of Pikachu and Glameow. NotLosingToElbows.png
Saturday Night Live Jennifer Aniston / Sting In the "Pokémon Parents" skit, a boy trades his holographic Charizard for weaker cards like Metapod and Diglett. Mewtwo and the first movie are also mentioned.
John McCain / The White Stripes In a "Hardball" sketch, Harry Belefonte (played by Tracy Morgan) makes many references to the unfair treatment of blacks. One of his references is "Pokémon is a slave trade, Pikachu is the slave master!"
Robert De Niro / Diddy-Dirty Money In "The Abacus Conundrum" skit, one of the fake books listed is called "The Pokémon Directive", and has a Pikachu on the cover.
See Spot Run N/A James tells Gordon Smith that he had a nightmare of a Charizard trying to burn him, in resemblance to Ash's Charizard. James also tells him what a Pokémon is, as some people may not understand.
Servant × Service Don't Panic, Make a Scene, or Throw Away Your Job Hasebe joins a discussion on anime with his coworkers accompanied by a montage of games he has played, including "Pokimon", a distorted Pikachu and Bulbasaur, and a Poké Ball sound effect. ServantxService.png
Sex and the City Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl... While looking at pictures at Charlotte's gallery, Samantha says, "You know, women dressing like men is very popular right now", to which Carrie replies, "And here I thought it was Pokémon". BoyGirlBoyGirl.png
The Simpsons Thirty Minutes over Tokyo The effects of Electric Soldier Porygon are experienced by the family in the episode, after they watch the local program "Battling Seizure Robots". ThirtyMinutesOverTokyo.png
Pokey Mom The episode's title is based on the word "Pokémon".
Children of a Lesser Clod The family are watching an episode of Kids Say the Darndest Things when the host, Bill Cosby, is interviewing a guest:
Cosby: What do you like to play?
Child: Pok-ee-mon!
Cosby: Pok-ee-mon?! With the Pok-ee and the mon and the thing where the guy comes out of the thing...
Bart vs. Lisa vs. The Third Grade Pikachu can be seen in Bart's satellite TV-induced hallucination BartVsLisaVsThirdGrade.png
'Tis the Fifteenth Season
Fraudcast News
In the couch gag, Maggie is dressed up as a Pikachu. TisTheFifteenthSeason.png
Postcards from the Wedge Bart watches the Pokémon anime on TV, with Ash in his Diamond and Pearl attire and his Pikachu; and Bart questions how did the series "stay so fresh", as a possible reference to how both the Pokémon anime and The Simpsons have been on the air for over a decade. This episode aired on the same day as the release of HeartGold and SoulSilver in the United States. PostcardsFromTheWedge.png
Chief of Hearts Bart plays a game called "Battle Ball" (a take on Bakugan) and one boy says that the game "makes Digimon look like Pokémon". ChiefOfHearts.png
Treehouse of Horror XXV At the end of the episode, various alternate universe versions of the Simpson family appear. One of these alternate universe versions of the family is based on Japanese popular culture, including Maggie as Pikachu. Treehouse of Horror XXV.png
Let's Go Fly a Coot Milhouse said he wanted the cheese cut like Pokémon characters, not The Muppets. Let's Go Fly a Coot.png
Smosh: The Movie N/A The plot of the movie revolves around Anthony and Ian going inside YouTube and changing an embarrassing video of Anthony singing a parodied version of the Pokémon Theme while failing to do a backflip. Additionally, numerous references to a series called "Magic Pocket Slave Monsters" are seen throughout the movie, including an arcade machine that features a parodied version of Ash Ketchum whipping a parodied version of Pikachu, albeit with circular ears, scars, and an eyepatch. The machine also parodies Poké Balls with cube-shaped versions.
South Park Chinpokomon The episode parodies Pokémon and fad culture in general. The line of toys have additionally made cameos in many subsequent episodes. Near the end of the episode Kenny McCormick dies of an epileptic seizure as a reference to the banned episode Electric Soldier Porygon. The episode additionally heavily parodies the anime and video games to a lesser extent. Ash Ketchum and James are both parodied. Some of the "Chinpokomon" seen closely resemble Pikachu, Meowth and Charmander. Chinpokomon.png
SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom The clock at the bus station resembles a Poké Ball.
Sailor Mouth Onix's name is written on the dumpster where SpongeBob learns the bad word.
Steven Universe Steven the Sword Fighter A figure in Steven's room looks like a Pikachu merged with a Moogle. Pikachu SU.png
Rose's Room Steven is seen playing the "Golf Quest Mini" videogame, which includes references to several Pokémon elements such as the character "Prof. Sandtraps", the professor's laboratory, the line "We're gonna sink 'em all", the battle trigger system, an NPC that looks like Brock, and the seven-character limit for the player's name. The game also has references to The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy, among others. Steven Universe Golf Quest Mini.png
Steven enters an illusion version of his hometown, created by his mother's magical room. The illusion's erratic recreation of the actual town resembles usual video game bugs, with the background music playing during the sequence being called "Glitch City" in reference to the fan term used by Pokémon players. Steven Universe Glitch City.png
Keep Beach City Weird One of Ronaldo's posters scattered throughout the lighthouse in the background shows the paranormal sighting of a "psychic duck", a reference to Psyduck. Steven Universe Psyduck.png
Cry For Help When Amethyst opens the fridge, a product named "MooMoo Milk" can be seen inside. Steven Universe MooMoo Milk.png
Strip Mall Unknown In several episodes, an adult movie parody called Pokememon is used as an on-going plot device. The lead actress of the film is seen dressed similar to Misty's original design, and her role's name is Fisty, a further play on the character.
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Odd Couples In multiple episodes, a toy Poké Ball can be seen on a shelf in Zack and Cody's bedroom.
The Suite Life on Deck Unknown Woody can be seen reading a Pokémon book.
The Switch N/A One of the channels Sebastian flips through randomly shows the cameo of Lucas in Giratina and the Sky Warrior. The Switch Lucas.png
Teen Titans Go! Man Person Cyborg and Robin high-five after catching all of Beast Boy's escaped body parts. The caption: "Caught 'em All" is shown in this scene, referencing the Pokémon logo and motto. Caught 'em all.png
That's So Weird Unknown Pokémon has been mentioned multiple times in the series.
Toradora! No Matter What Minori Kushieda finds Ryūji Takasu thinking and says 「ため息ゲットだぜ!」 Tameiki getto da ze! ("I caught your sigh!"), a shout out to the Japanese slogan of the Pokémon franchise, 「ポケモンゲットだぜ!」Pokémon getto da ze!. She also referenced other popular franchises, such as Yu-Gi-Oh!. NoMatterWhat.png
Transformers Animated (Japanese dub) Garbage In, Garbage Out The episode's Japanese broadcast eyecatch is an homage to Who's That Pokémon?, with Wreck-Gar being the silhouetted character.[4]
TV Funhouse Mexicans Day In this short, the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company has agreed to stop using Joe Camel to advertise cigarettes to children and will instead make him a character in a tobacco-free cartoon called "Jokámel". This parody of the Pokémon anime stars a Pikachu-like Jokámel, near-exact copies of Ash, Brock, Misty, Jessie, and James, and sexual parodies of Pikachu, Meowth, and Geodude. Throughout the show, the audience is told to buy Jokámel merchandise and given subliminal messages to buy Camel cigarettes. Jokámel.jpg
Tween Academy: Class of 2012 N/A In Kara's room, a Pikachu hat can be seen on an Astro Boy statue.
Ultraman Tiga (English dub) Attack of the Crow-Men As the Crow-Men threaten to shrink and distribute the GUTS gang, they say that they'll be bigger than Pokémon.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (US) N/A A question for $500,000 was Which of the following characters is not considered a "Pokémon"?, with the possible answers being A) Jigglypuff, B) Frodo; C) Squirtle; and D) Pikachu. After the 50/50 lifeline was used, the two remaining answers left were A and B. The contestant then took the money, leaving with $250,000.[5]
N/A A question for $8,000 was As any Pokémon-loving kid could tell you, Pikachu is primarily what color?, with the possible answers being A) Red, B) Yellow; C) Green; and D) Blue. After the Ask the Expert lifeline was used, the contestant correctly answered B.[6]
Whose Line is it Anyway? Season 2, Episode 32; Show No. 235 Pokémon was one of the audience's suggestions used in a playing of "Film, TV & Theatre Styles", which was played out by series regulars, Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie, and the episode's fourth chair, Karen Maruyama. When Pokémon was used as a style for the scene, Karen says in a purposefully bad Asian-style accent, "Harro, [sic] I am Ichi!" She stiffly walks up to Ryan and says to him, "Please don't go!" to which he responds, "Oh, you're making my tail catch on fire!" and pretends to spew a flame from a tail, most likely referring to Charmander. As Karen turns to Colin and walks up to him, Colin spreads his arms apart and shouts, "Jigglypuff!" Karen pretends to shoot beams from her eyes, and she and Colin both jump and walk around on stage. Ryan then walks up to them and yells in a high-pitched, drawn-out voice, "Pikachu!" After Karen bobs over in front of Ryan like a drinking bird for a moment, host Drew Carey sounds the buzzer to freeze the players and change the style. Pokémon was also suggested by another audience member in a later episode's playing of the same game, but it was not used. Whose Line Pokémon.jpg
Season 3, Episode 34; Show No. 343 However, Pokémon was used again for a different playing of the same game, even though no audience members were intelligibly heard making that suggestion. (Though on the other hand, anime was an audience suggestion.) Kathy Greenwood is the fourth chair for this episode, joining Colin and Ryan in "Film, TV, & Theatre Styles". This was a different portraying of a Pokémon "style" in comparison to the playing in show #235. When Pokémon was used as the last style for this playing's scene, Colin shouts out, "Pikachu!" in a high-pitched voice this time instead of Ryan, causing the audience to burst out in laughter as he started walking around the stage. He then pretends to shock Ryan, who yells, "Ow!" in response and does his Charmander pose used in show #235. Colin turns around, shouts "Pikachu!" again, and walks to the other side of the small stage. He then turns back to Kathy and Ryan and sends more "shocks" towards them, causing Kathy to hop a bit on every "shock" sent towards her. (It had no effect on "Charmander Ryan", who was looking away and continuing to do his pose.) Kathy maintained her scene's character throughout the style, pretending to point a handgun at Colin. Drew sounds the buzzer several times afterwards to end the game, sending the cast members back to their seats. He also awards 1,000 extra "points" to Colin for his "Pikadoo" act (getting Colin to say, "Pikachu", once more to correct Drew, which also causes Ryan to say, "Bless you",) and says to him, "Oh, I'd love to see you and your wife going at it, man".
Wipeout (as Winter Wipeout) Baby, It's Blob Outside One of the contestants in this episode, Mika Mori, was given the nickname "Mikachu" in the episode. At one point during the episode, show co-host John Henson said that Mika was Jigglypuff'd about the height of the hurdles.
Yin Yang Yo! Smoke and Mirrors Smoke catches Yang in Prison Prism (Poké Ball spoof), while later Mirrors catches Yin with it. They later force them to fight against each other in a tournament. Yin Yang Yo Poké Ball spoof.png
Yo-kai Watch Yo-kai Watch Episode 69 When Zashiki-warashi reads a book about the information about ghosts while hiding from Whisper, Jibanyan, and Hikikmori, thinking they were monsters, the picture on a page he's reading resembles three ghosts that resembles the bodies of Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar.
Yo-Kai Watch Episode 83 While Nate is reading a magazine, an ad can be seen in the page to the left with a character who slightly resembles Ash in his XY attire.
Your Face Sounds Familiar Philippines, Season 1, Week 9 When contestant Jay R selected Billy Crawford on the Iconizer, he sings part of the Pokémon theme.
Yowamushi Pedal Ride.2 To Recruit More Members Sakamichi asks Shunsuke about his favorite anime, to which he confusingly replies "Nekoemon", a possible reference to Pokémon. Yowamushi Pedal 01.png

References in non-Pokémon video games

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Ace Attorney In the episode Farewell, My Turnabout in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All, when Phoenix accuses Adrian Andrews of killing Juan Corrida, he shouts "Ms. Adrian Andrews! I choose you! You are Mr. Corrida's killer!"
Animal Crossing Villagers may sometimes accidentally leave belongings with another villager and either the villager that it was left with or the one that lost it may request that it be returned; one of the possible items that can end up lost is a Pokémon Pikachu, but it is actually a Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS. However, the player can't get one of their own. Note that this is only in the Nintendo GameCube game, with later games having items the player can actually obtain (such as clothing and furniture) as possible lost items.
Angry Birds Seasons One of the Bird Wear items that Chuck, the yellow bird, can wear resembles a Pikachu's ears, tail, and stripes. Angry Birds Seasons Pika Chuck.png
Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator In the fifth game (which takes place in Japan), turning on the television in the player's hotel room shows a program with flashing colours and a Pikachu-like character. Looking at the screen causes the game to remark "Don't stare at it too long, or you're likely to have a seizure!", a likely reference to Electric Soldier Porygon.
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth There are two items in the game which were inspired by Pokémon. One is called "Missingno.", which will randomize all items picked up at the start of every floor. The other is called a "Friendly Ball", which will be thrown when used, capture an enemy which will then fight other enemies when sent out.
Chee-Chai Alien When starting the game for the first time, a character called "Saraba" introduces himself to the player and mentions Pokémon (Japanese ポ… …ポケモン ちゃうよ) in the middle of explaining the in-game universe. Chee-Chai Alien Pokémon.png
Sid Meier's Civilization V There are several Pokémon-themed achievements in this Steampowered game. These include achievements named "It's Super Effective!" and "Gotta Catch 'Em All".[7]
Conker's Bad Fur Day Dummied data for the scene where Conker meets with Don Weaso had a deleted portion where Don Weaso attempted to bludgeon Pikachu when it arrived at his area with a baseball bat while he was meeting with Conker, as well as his afterwards making a dark reference to the tagline "Gotta Catch 'Em All!". According to Chris Seavor, the scene ended up cut because Nintendo "weren't too keen on having their baby bashed."[8][9]
DC Universe Online A feat in the game titled "Gotta Catch 'Em All" is achieved when players beat at least one player for every one of the six initial set of powers available in the game.
Draw Something Players are able to draw a Pikachu, earning one coin if chosen.
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind This RPG has several Pokémon references, which include Marowak's Spine in Illunibi or the body of Peke Utchoo (whose name is parody of Pikachu). In Arkngthand, there is a Weepingbell Hall while in the Urshilaku Burial Caverns, there is a section known as Kakuna Burial.[10]
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas In the city of Los Santos, San Andreas, there is a gift shop featuring signage of Ash Ketchum, Pikachu and Squirtle. It is inaccessible, plays no role in the storyline and exists solely as scenery. It's inclusion is an anachronism as San Andreas is set in 1992, while the characters featured were not released until 1996.
Grand Theft Auto V One of the cars, Infernus, present in the game feature Pokéball Designed tail lights. GTA V Pokéball.png
Harvest Moon 64 If the characters Karen and Kai were to marry and have a child, their child will be dressed in a Pikachu costume.
HarmoKnight 5 bonus levels use music based off Pokémon games: The Gym, Route 26, and Your Bicycle from Generation II, Champion Battle! from Generation I, and Trainer Battle from Generation V. There are also Pokémon balloons, and structures made of snow, sand, stone, etc. Your bicycle is also featured as one of the three playable stages in the demo version of the game and replaces the second stage, excluding the tutorials.
Hatoful Boyfriend When the protagonist visits Okosan for the first time at the school's track, Okosan had with him some pudding that he was rejecting. The text at one point in the conversation displayed "Okosan used Wing Attack! It's super effective!"
Henry Stickmin: Stealing the Diamond When Henry gets to the Tunisian Diamond in the Epic Ending, to find that night guards patrol there, a Poké Ball is one of the options Henry can choose.
Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 At the beginning of Chapter 8 on the True End route, Rom and Ram (twin sisters who personify the Nintendo DS) mention playing the "Pocketed Monstrosities" games:
Ram: Lowee's best games are easily the ones in the "Pocketed Monstrosities" franchise. Players catch and raise 1,510,376 monsters.
Rom: Oh, yeah. I was playing it earlier and I captured the Eebee monster.
Ram: No way! I really want that one! Gimme.
Rom: I'll give you its parents later. They're both fourth generation, so you'll probably get one from them.
There is a mouse villain character named "Pirachu", a pun on both "Pikachu" and, given the general motif of the Neptunia franchise's villains, "piracy".
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 While the group was traveling in the nation of Lowee (the nation that represents the Wii and Nintendo) they encounter the guards and have an exchange that references Pokémon in various ways:
Lowee Guard: Go! Dragon, I choose you!
Compa: Go! Nep-Nep, I choose you!
Neptune: Pika!
IF: Oh! All right then! Go! Lady Vert, I choose you!
Lowee Guard: Through rigorous training, people and monsters can become stronger! I've lived 'n trained with my fighting monster! And that will never change!
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3 The game introduces an NPC from the aformentioned Lowee named Mr. Akai, a boy with a backwards hat and a messenger bag with a Pikachu-like design. Mr. Akai, like Red, rarely speaks, at least until he finally receives his copy of "Pocketed Monstrosities".
When the child IF challenges the Alternate Dimension Vert to a game of cards, Nepgear mentions how the Vert of her world was unbeatable at "Pocket Monstrosities" against the twins Rom and Ram.
Kid Icarus: Uprising After players defeat the Kraken as part of Dyntos's Three Trials, Pit calls the Kraken a "Tentafool", possibly a reference to Tentacool.
Little Inferno The description text for the Giant Spider item is written in the style of Pokémon battle messages: "A Giant Spider appears! You attempt to flee! Giant Spider attacks for massive damage!!" LittleInferno.jpg
Mario Artist: Paint Studio One of the official pictures shows somebody drawing a silhouette of Pikachu.
Minecraft As an easter egg, if the splashes.txt file is deleted but not the META-INF folder from the game's files, the only splash text to be shown is "missingno". Minecraft-Missingno.png
Monster Legends Two monsters resemble Pokémon: The Turtle resembles Lapras and the Thunder Scout Zapdos. MonsterLegends Zapdos.pngMonsterLegends Lapras.png
Pikmin The S.S. Dolphin's ship part called the Bowsprit resembles a Poké Ball.
Pocket Mortys Based off the cartoon Rick and Morty, Rick has his Mortys battle other Mortys in a turn-based RPG within the multiverse. There are even badges to be collected by defeating other Ricks in a Morty battle. A Morty Manipulator Chip functions similarly to a Poké Ball, which will cause that Morty to join the player if its HP is low enough. Even the name is based off "Pocket Monsters", and Rick automatically engages in battle if he walks in the sight of an NPC, and the Mortys follow Rick just like Pikachu in Pokémon Yellow.
Poker Night at the Inventory Strong Bad asks Max if he's a Pokémon (pronounced as Poke-mon).
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction There's a skill point titled "Gotta Catch Them All", a reference to the franchise's original slogan.
Rune Factory 4 Clorica says how "[F]ishing can be quite dangerous. Sometimes it's less tenta-'cool' and more tenta-'cruel.'" Additionaly, Dolce quotes "I choose you" line, trying to command to use Thunderbolt, referencing type effectiveness along the conversation.
Runescape While a player is training the Dungeoneering skill in Daemonheim, after every floor players can receive a title. One of them is I choose you!, received for summoning 6 or more familiars.
The Simpsons Game The game features "Sparklemon" in the level "Big Super Happy Fun Fun Game". Homer and Lisa must travel to three temples where they fight the Sparklemon in turn-based battles before they can collect them in "capturing balls". The first two Sparklemon are based on Pikachu and Squirtle. One of the Sparklemon also uses a strike called "Scratch Attack". Type matchups is also presented in the form of moves' super-effectiveness, resistance, and immunity. The Simpsons Game.png
The Simpsons: Tapped Out In the quest "I am the Lizard Queen! Pt. 4" introduced in Level 60, Cletus asks for three giant stuffed Pikachus when he thinks he won the ring toss three times. Tapped Out Pikachus.png
Splatoon When the Moray Towers are presented as a possible arena for multiplayer battles, there is a possibility that Callie and Marie will reference Pokémon.
Callie: Rollers are super effective here!
Marie: Chargers are the very best, like no gun ever was!
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In commemoration of Pokémon's 20th Anniversary, a Splatfest was held on February 20, 2016 at 6:00 AM UTC, pitting players who prefer Pokémon Red against players who prefer Pokémon Blue*/Green*. The Splatfest, like all Splatfests, will be divided and tallied by game region. At the end of the Splatfest, in all three regions, Red lost to Blue and Green.

In the US version of the announcement, Callie and Marie discuss Vulpix being exclusive to Blue, and reference Team Rocket's original motto.

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StreetPass Mii Plaza One of the puzzles that was distributed through SpotPass was for Pokémon X and Y and depicts Xerneas and Yveltal. While the puzzle is no longer being distributed through SpotPass, players may still access it by StreetPassing someone who has at least one piece of it, selecting the puzzle in question when viewing the other player's pieces, and taking a piece of it. (As with all games' StreetPass functions, including Pokémon, the same player may only be StreetPassed once every eight hours, meaning obtaining other pieces require either more StreetPasses or the use of Play Coins to obtain a random piece for the player's puzzle collection.)
Super Mario Galaxy There is a Poké Ball-shaped planet in the Buoy Base Galaxy. Inside it is a Power Star, which is needed to finish the level, possibly a reference to the Poké Ball's importance in the Pokémon games.
Super Mario Maker A set of Mystery Mushroom Costumes themed after the playable Pokémon in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U can be unlocked by scanning their respective amiibo. The player also has a random chance of unlocking one after completing a 100 Mario Challenge. Unlike most amiibo costumes, however, the Pokémon costumes do not feature custom sounds or music.
In commemoration of Pokémon's 20th Anniversary, an Event Course entitled I Choose You! was uploaded on February 11, 2016. When the player completes this course, they will unlock a Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle costume. Completing the course three times will unlock all three. Unlike the Super Smash Bros. Pokémon costumes, these costumes have a full set of custom sound effects and music taken from Pokémon Red and Green. Mario Maker Kanto Starters.png
Super Scribblenauts There is a level where Maxwell has to defeat a Witch's monsters which is set out as a Pokémon Battle format.
Tomodachi Life An item named the Trucker Hat is sold in the Hat Shop for Miis to wear. Its description says, "This hat is the best. In fact it's the very best. Why? Slip it on and find out!" This hat resembles one worn by Red during Generations I and II. Tomodachi Pokemon Reference.png
Trade & Battle: Card Hero There are a few spoofs on the Pokémon franchise in this Game Boy Color game developed by Nintendo and Intelligent Systems. One example of these references is an NPC who exclaims that he has been watching the show "Rocket Monsters".[11]
Vortex Point 4 Ruben's neighbor owns a Pikachu doll. VP4 reference.png
Wario Land 3 One of the game's one hundred treasures is a Pokémon Pikachu, a treasure in the Green Chest that is located in the Big Bridge; however, the player cannot interact with it.
Yoshi's Story The stages Stage 2-3 and Stage 2-4 are made out entirely out of newspaper clippings, the text: Pikachu, among others, is seen. So far, it has only been seen in one or two areas.

References in tabletop games

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game A Spell card released on January 15, 2015 is titled "A Wild Monster Appears!" It allows the player to freely summon a Special Summon monster if no monsters are on their side and the opponent is controlling at least one monster. A Wild Monster Appears Yu-Gi-Oh card.png

References in books, comics and manga

  • In the Love Hina manga, Keitaro Urashima can be seen with a Pikachu photo sticker while he checks his photo album of himself.
  • Mangaka Ume Aoki frequently represents herself in her works as "Ume-sensei", a crude chibi representation of herself dressed as a Metapod. Ume-sensei most notably appears in Aoki's famed manga Hidamari Sketch.
  • The Simpsons comics make several references:
  • In the tenth book in the Jigsaw Jones Mysteries series, The Case of the Ghostwriter, Stringbean hires Jigsaw to take the case by offering him bubble gum, a Darth Maul pencil eraser, a rubber band ball, $0.36, and a Diglett card. Jigsaw calls Diglett too common, so Stringbean instead offers a First Edition Gloom card, which he accepts.
  • In the novella Coraline, the illustration on page 88 shows a Pikachu head among several other toys.
  • In the novel Mad Dogs, Pokemon (sic) was mentioned as one of the fads that had passed around CHERUB campus.
  • In Volume 5, Chapter 1 of of the Sword Art Online light novel series, when discussing possible ways for someone to shoot a bullet in virtual reality and kill someone else in real life, Kirito mentions an instance in which animation effects in an episode of a certain anime caused children across Japan to become sick. This reference was not retained in Episode 1 of the anime adaptation's second season, which directly adapts the chapter.
  • In the book Babymouse: Cupcake Tycoon, Pikachu is one of the many "people" seen watching an interview. It is later assumed that the same Pikachu was one of the two thousand "people" to buy Babymouse's cupcakes, as referenced by the narrator asking Babymouse how she was going to get her cupcakes to Japan.
  • In the webcomic Homestuck, Tavros Nitram is shown playing a game called "Fiduspawn", which is similar to Pokémon.
  • A FoxTrot comic strip from April 3, 2011 has Jason and Peter playing catch. After he tossed, Jason shouted "I choose you, Gigalith!" He later mentioned he had played a lot of Pokémon recently as Peter questions why the ball was shaking. This strip was released weeks after the release of Pokémon Black and White.
  • In chapter 6 of the Touhou Project manga series Wild and Horned Hermit, main characters Reimu and Marisa are poisoned by an electric creature while trying to tame it. After the situation is explained to their friend Sanae, she wonders if the poison was caused by an eel or a catfish, or an "electric rat", and is shown thinking of Pikachu. Upon later discovering the poisoning was caused by a Raijū, she thinks of Pikachu again, but with its face crossed out.
  • In Rick Riordan's book The Mark of Athena, war-crazed Coach Hedge is sailing a ship while singing the Pokémon Theme, replacing the Gotta catch 'em all! catchphrase with "Gotta Kill 'Em All".
    • In another Rick Riordan book, The Throne of Fire, the protagonist Carter wakes up in an hotel room wearing Pokémon pajamas featuring Pikachu.
  • A Mother Goose and Grimm comic strip from May 31, 2014 featured a pair of Pikachu. It portrayed how the species got its name in a satirical manner.
  • In the volume #1 of Silk while the titular heroine is fighting Dragonclaw, she asks if that is a Pokémon name, and if they're "still a thing". She also owns a Staryu plush doll.
  • A Zits comic strip from May 22, 2015 has Jeremy ask his mother if she has seen his Pokémon cards, and he freaked out when she said she threw them out years ago. He tells her in the last panel that he and Pierce planned to ignite them.

Other references

Real world

  • Zbtb7, a gene discovered by a geneticist from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City, was originally named "Pokemon", stands for "POK erythroid myeloid ontogenic factor".
  • In 2008, Japanese researchers discovered a new protein which helps carry electrical impulses from the eyes to the brain and named it Pikachurin. According to the researchers, the decision was based on both Pokémon and protein possessing "lightning-fast moves and shocking electric effects".
  • In an interview with CultBox, Hollyoaks actor Andrew Still, who portrays Joel Dexter in the series, was asked what TV show reminded him of his childhood, to which he replied: "Definitely Pokémon. I remember going to a childminder when I was around 5 and me and all the other kids there would sit religiously around the TV and watch it".[12]
  • In July 2011, Stentorceps weedlei, a species of wasps, received scientific classification, with the name being in reference to the Pokémon Weedle. Both Weedle and Stentorceps weedlei exhibit the distinctive feature of having a spine in the middle of the organism's head. [13]
  • During a Republican debate for the 2012 United States presidential election, candidate Herman Cain quotes a "poet" saying "Life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it's never easy when there's so much on the line". These are actually the beginning lines of The Power of One, the theme song for the movie of the same name. During his withdrawal speech, he reused the line but with proper attribution.
  • The Prosecutor General of Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya became the focus of international media attention due to her appearance after a video of her at a press conference on her appointment of Prosecutor General of Crimea on 11 March 2014 was uploaded to YouTube. Upon learning of her popularity, she was unhappy with the media attention being focused on her looks rather than her career, stating “I am a lawyer, not a Pokémon or something”.[14]
  • In April 2014, the Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program and CNN's Change the List project held a poll to name a pangolin rescued from traffickers as part of a campaign to raise awareness for the endangered mammal. Of the top five choices from CNN comments, the name "Sandshrew" won the official Facebook poll. Sandshrew the pangolin now lives in a Vietnamese national park.
  • In October 2014, the extinct pterosaur Pterodactylus scolopaciceps was renamed Aerodactylus scolopaciceps due to a newly-discovered taxonomic separation. It is named after Aerodactyl, a Pokémon based on various pterosaur species, because it "seemed a pertinent name for a genus which has been synonymous with Pterodatylus for so long due to a combination of features".[15]
  • In May 2016, the Pokémon Charizard became the inspiration for the naming of Chilicola charizard, a species of stem-nesting bees.[16]


  • A song from Bow Wow's album Wanted, "B.O.W.", has the lyrics "Get up out the stores like Pokémon did".
  • A song from Lil' Kim's album The Naked Truth (Lil' Kim album), "Get Yours", makes a reference to the common mispronunciation of "Pokéman".[17]
  • Parts of the insert song in part three of the popular flash cartoon series Charlie the Unicorn bear resemblance to the original Pokérap.
  • A song from The Lonely Island album Turtleneck & Chain, "Japan", mentions dumping Pokémon in the river.
  • Scottish band Alestorm released a T-Shirt with a Snorlax-like monster on it. The band's name is printed in the same style as the Pokémon logo, and the text under it reads "Gotta drink 'em all".
  • The Azealia Banks song "Bitch Is Ill" makes a lewd comparison involving the electricity of a Pikachu.[18]
  • The song Mama Bird by Flynt Flossy (Turquoise Jeep) makes reference to Pokemon, saying "Like Ash, baby, yo I gotta catch 'em all". [19]


  • The coloring game on children's author Dav Pilkey's website was once called "Pilkeymon's Paintbox"[20] and featured a Pikachu-like boy as its menu icon.[21] After the site's 2013 redesign, the game was renamed "Pilkey Painter" and the menu icons were removed.
  • Homestar Runner has made a number of references to the series, usually playing on Pikachu's similar appearance to the character of The Cheat.[22] In particular, Pikachu appears on screen during "The Cheat Theme Song", when the lyrics are "Who's the man that looks like The Cheat?"
  • On the virtual pet site Neopets, a Pikachu can be seen on the Gallery of Evil page.[23]
  • During the Hetalia: Axis Powers 2011 Christmas event, Ladonia was passing the time playing Pokémon on his Game Boy and stated his favorite Pokémon was Stunfisk in his rushed introduction to Denmark.[24]
  • On The Annoying Orange, in "Marshmallow's Christmas Sock (12 Days Of Christmas)", 3 Pokémon were one of Marshmallow's gifts.[25]
  • One of the screensavers included in XScreenSaver is called "JigglyPuff" (sic).[26]
  • Cyanide and Happiness has referenced Pokémon in a few comics. One comic made a joke about Ash catching all the STDs. A second comic had two people playing Rock, Paper, Scissors with one declaring "Bulbasaur beats everything". Another comic had Ash releasing a dead Pikachu from a Poké Ball because he forgot to make air holes. A fourth comic had two people saying they were a fan of Pokémon and The Legend of Zelda.
  • In the third installment of SamBakZa's There She Is!! series, the character Doki chases and tries various methods of capturing a fleeing Nabi. When all of her attempts fail, she uses a Poké Ball, throwing it at Nabi's head and knocking him down.
  • The virtual pet site Subeta contains several references to Pokémon, including an item which heavily resembles a Poké Ball called Spherical Self-Contained Capture and Storage Unit[27] and two items that parody Pokémon Red and Blue.[28][29]
  • Death Battle has two battles featuring Pokémon:
    • The first was Ash's Pikachu vs. Blanka. Blanka was declared the winner due to his self-taught survival skills, electric resistance, and his greater strength and size compared to Pikachu giving him an edge over Pikachu's Electric typing and reliance on a Trainer.[30]
    • The second was a three-way free-for-all between a wild Venusaur, Charizard and Blastoise. Blastoise was found to win 48% of over 7,000 simulated Pokémon battles between the three Pokémon using game mechanics and was thus declared the winner of the battle.[31]
    • Additionally, in the Vegeta vs. Shadow the Hedgehog battle, when Shadow sends Vegeta to the Moon, a recolored Ducklett wearing a space helmet can be seen.
  • Beginning on February 18, 2015 the official Robot Chicken Twitter account was "taken over" by Meowth of Team Rocket and renamed MEOWTHbot Chicken.[32].
    • It was later changed to Robot Charmander before being renamed yet again to Robot Pikachiken. The Twitter account has since reverted back to normal.

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