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Raikou (Pokémon)

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Raikou is particularly based on the Thunder and Lightning gods of most cultures surrounding the world, mostly the 雷獣 ''{{wp|raijū}}'', a thunder demon of Japanese lore. It is said to be a creature that could take the form of a {{wp|tiger}}, {{wp|monkey}}, blue {{wp|wolf}} wrapped in lightning, and many other animals. Raikou is specifically based on its tiger form, while the Pokémon {{p|Manectric}} is based on its wolf forme. In regards to teethphysical build, Raikou is based on the ''{{wp|Smilodon fatalis}}'', a well-known but extinct species of wildcat often referred to as a saber-toothed tiger. Its color and pattern scheme are reminiscent to that of a {{wp|Bengal Tiger}}. The stripes that decorate Raikou's body also can be compared to zigzagging thunderbolts and perhaps even scars from claws. The white ruff around Raikou's face is akin to athe tiger{{wp|Siberian Tiger}}'s thick fur around its neck. In the anime, Raikou is shown to be very agile, swift, stealthy, and a cloudpowerful attacker, just like a tiger. The gray "plate" atop its head may be similar to Entei's head ornament, being either a helmet or crown that signifies courage and power.
The flowing purple mane on its back is likely meant to invoke the image of a {{wp|cumulonimbus cloud}}, the cloud type most often associated with thunderstorms.