Difference between revisions of "Zygarde (Pokémon)"

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→‎Trivia: Adding note that Jormungandr is an ouroboros and explained, expanded upon the Nidhoggr section, and removed the reference to Loki unless contested.
(→‎Trivia: Adding note that Jormungandr is an ouroboros and explained, expanded upon the Nidhoggr section, and removed the reference to Loki unless contested.)
 
===Origin===
Zygarde 50% Forme's appearance is based on a serpent in the shape of the letter Z. It may also draw inspiration from the sea serpent {{wp|Jörmungandr}} and the dragon {{wp|Níðhöggr}}.
Zygarde 50% Forme's appearance is based on a serpent in the shape of the letter Z. It may also draw inspiration from the sea serpent {{wp|Jörmungandr}} and the dragon {{wp|Níðhöggr}}. According to the {{wp|Prose Edda}}, Jörmungandr is a child of {{wp|Loki}} who was tossed into the great ocean that encircles {{wp|Midgard}} by {{wp|Odin}}. The serpent grew so large that he was able to surround the earth and grasp his own tail. As a result, he received the name of the Midgard Serpent or the World Serpent. When Jörmungandr lets go of his tail, the world will end. {{wp|Níðhöggr}} is the dragon from the {{wp|Poetic Edda}} which resides at the bottom of the world tree {{wp|Yggdrasill}} and gnaws at its roots. Níðhöggr is identified as both a dragon and a serpent in the {{wp|Skáldskaparmál}} section of the {{wp|Prose Edda}}. The patterns spread across Zygarde 50% Forme's body are very similar to {{wp|ribose}} and {{wp|deoxyribose}} molecules. Its tail's shape is possibly based on {{wp|base pair}} {{wp|codons}}, the essential building blocks of the {{wp|DNA}} {{wp|double helix}}.
 
According to the {{wp|Prose Edda}}, Jörmungandr is a child of {{wp|Loki}} who was tossed into the great ocean that encircles {{wp|Midgard}} by {{wp|Odin}}. The serpent grew so large that he was able to surround the earth and grasp his own tail. As a result, he received the name of the Midgard Serpent or the World Serpent. When Jörmungandr lets go of his tail, the world will end. Jörmungandr is a classical example of an {{wp|ouroboros}}, an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or a dragon eating its own tail. The ouroboros is used to represent cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself; it can also be used to represent something which exists in or persists from the beginning with such force or qualities it cannot be extinguished. The ouroboros is also a common symbol in {{wp|alchemy}}, where it was commonly used as a sigil, and symbolizes the circular nature of an alchemist's work.
 
{{wp|Níðhöggr}} is a creature described as both a dragon and a serpent in the {{wp|Skáldskaparmál}} section of the {{wp|Prose Edda}}. Níðhöggr resides at the bottom of the world tree {{wp|Yggdrasill}} and gnaws at its roots, and lives in {{wp|Náströnd}}, chewing on the corpses of those guilty of murder, adultery, and oath-breaking. It comes from the dark mountains of {{wp|Niðafjöll}}. The first part of Níðhöggr's name, {{wp|nīð}}, was a term for a social outcast who had lost honor and gained the reputation of a villain in historical {{wp|Viking}} society.
 
The patterns spread across Zygarde 50% Forme's body are very similar to {{wp|ribose}} and {{wp|deoxyribose}} molecules. Its tail's shape is possibly based on {{wp|base pair}} {{wp|codons}}, the essential building blocks of the {{wp|DNA}} {{wp|double helix}}.
 
Zygarde 10% Forme appears to be based on {{wp|Fenrir}}, one of the children of Loki. In Norse mythology, Fenrir is a monstrous wolf which was foretold to bring the gods great trouble and harm. Because of this, the gods prepared three {{wp|Legcuffs|fetters}} to bind him. Only the last of the shackles, {{wp|Gleipnir}}, a ribbon-like binding created by dwarfs, could hold him. The green scarf-like object around Zygarde 10% Forme's neck could be based on Gleipnir, which is said to hold until {{wp|Ragnarök}}. Zygarde 10% Forme's razor sharp teeth may be an allusion to Fenrir biting off the right hand of {{wp|Týr}}, who courageously placed it in the Fenrir's jaws at his request, a false pledge of good faith meant to trick Fenrir. This Forme could also be based on {{wp|Garmr}}, the dog of Hel and watchdog that guards Hel's gate. Zygarde 10% Forme's appearance resembles a {{wp|Doberman Pinscher}}.
 
Zygarde Complete Forme is possibly based onoff of {{wp|Hel (being)|Hel}}, the ruler of {{wp|Hel (location)|Helheim}}, the realm of the dead in Nordic myth. Along with Jörmungandr and Fenrir, Hel is a child of Loki. Most incarnations depict her as a half alive and half dead being, which may have inspired Zygarde's theme of the balance between life and death. The uppermost section on Zygarde Complete Forme resembles a crown with jewels embedded within it, which may be a reference to Hel's title of Queen Hel in {{wp|Bartholomeus saga postola}}. It is also possible that the Complete Forme is based on Loki himself. Loki, like Fenrir and Jörmungandr, fights a god during Ragnarok and is ultimately killed. The colors on Complete Forme's chest match the colors of the real-world {{wp|flag of France}}, the country which inspired the [[region]] of [[Kalos]]. The red and blue markings on either side of Zygarde Complete Forme may represent Yveltal and Xerneas, as this Forme exceeds both of their powers.
 
Zygarde Cell and Zygarde Core are based on cells. Both look similar to {{wp|flatworm}}s, specifically those in the genus {{wp|planaria}}. Their appearances resemble the wide body of the {{wp|Tsuchinoko}}. The hexagons on them could represent a cell's membranes.
 
The order of Zygarde's 10%, 50%, and Complete Forme mirrors how powerful their counterpart is: Fenrir and Jörmungandr being below gods, and Hel or Loki being on equal-footing with the gods.
 
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