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Meowth (Pokémon)

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Meowth seems to be based upon the Japanese legend of the 招き猫 ''{{wp|Maneki-neko}}'', also known as the lucky cat or beckoning cat. According to one legend, a cat raised its paw to welcome a lord and saved his life when a lightning bolt hit the spot where he had been standing. ''Maneki-neko'' are often used as charms in restaurants and shops to bring customers fortune and good luck. Statues of the cat are usually depicted holding a ''{{wp|Koban (coin)|koban}}'', an ancient coin used in Japan, like the one on Meowth's head. Meowth's color and pattern suggest that it also draws inspiration from {{wp|Siamese cat}}s. Its Japanese species name also suggests it is based on a ''{{wp|Bakeneko}}''.
Based on its appearance and [[Pokémon Sword and Shield|Sword]] [[Pokédex]] entry, Galarian Meowth may be based on {{wp|Norwegian Forest cat}}s, large fluffy cats with beard-like ruffs, aswith welltraits asof the {{wp|Vikings}} that kept the breed's presumed ancestors on their ships.
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