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Talk:List of references to Pokémon in popular culture

On the XKCD "not into Pokémon" trend

Does the trend about dismissing uninteresting stuff with "I'm not really into Pokémon" started at some point in 2007 between XKCD (and some others) webcomic readers counts as a reference of some sort? I'm willing to analyze the subject and look for factual references if this is considered worthy of a mention. --Solovino 22:30, 27 July 2009 (UTC)


I remember an episode where Fraiser shows up at a kid's birthday party and a woman (forgot her name) offers him some Pokémon punch. Fraser declines the offer and instead asks for coffee. Auragirl 02:09, 29 November 2011 (UTC)


In a new episode where a patient is storing a bunch of dangerous weapons, House mentions Arceus and the time space legend. No one else in the room understands what he is talking about.Auragirl 02:12, 29 November 2011 (UTC)

Homestar Runner

The fact that the Homestar Runner character The Cheat is based of Pikachu is incorrect, as The Cheat was created before Pokemon was really well known in the USA, (1996 The Cheat was created) However, I'm not denying that later on The Cheat was changed to look like Pikachu, just the fact that he was designed like him isn't true. Ugoz 08:37, 2 October 2009 (UTC)

Codename: Kids Next Door Reference

I have a picture if we want to add it. Animelover0018 06:07, 7 January 2010 (UTC)Animelover0018

Nickelodeon Magazine

I remember reading an old Nickelodeon magazine that showed what some comic/game/cartoon characters would look in real life (but not actually shown in real life, just realistic drawings). Among the group, Ash is there, trying to catch a butterfly with a net. Where would this go on the list? --Reversinator 19:55, 13 July 2010 (UTC)


What would be a good way to add Jeopardy's references to Pokémon, if it is able to be added? --Dr. Forrester 18:22, 22 November 2010 (UTC)

Suite Life on Deck

If one were to look in the episode "Party On!" when Sean Kingston is singing, Cody can be seen with a Pokewalker, possibly a reference to the fact that the Sprouse twins did an American commercial for HeartGold and SoulSilver Cyndaquil155 19:38, 30 December 2010 (UTC)


I think this site ( has some interesting references. --Siegfried 06:58, 24 January 2011 (UTC)


Warner Brothers did do a 3rd skit based off of Pokemon called "Pokemon Park" (A crossover between the anime and the movie Jurassic Park). Here's the clip if anyone wants to add it to the page. Pgj1997 18:49, 26 February 2011 (UTC)


Where would I put something about pokemon appearing in a french-canadian magazine numerous times?—★Pika3323 22:06, 11 April 2011 (UTC)


I was watching an episode of NCIS and a boy had a box of Pokémon cards that he used to hide a gun. do you think this should be mentioned? FrankTheTank000 21:40, 12 April 2011 (UTC)

That's violent =P—★Pika3323 00:14, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

Phineas and Ferb

I've watched an episode of Phineas and Ferb called 'De Plane! De Plane!'. In this episode, Dr. Doofenshmirtz builds a device to evaporate swimming pools by focusing sunlight. He calls this 'Greevil', which also happens to be the name of Cipher's leader in Pokémon XD. MetalMetroid997 11:53, 26 April 2011 (UTC)

It sounds more like a coincedence. It's just a portemanu of "Green" and "Evil" Pgj1997 18:12, 3 August 2011 (UTC)
Having the same name doesn't count as a reference if it's just a coincidence FrankTheTank000 21:47, 3 August 2011 (UTC)


I was watching Wizards of Waverly Place with my little sister and I noticed the wizards theme sounded like the same tune as the indigo league music. Also, in an episode of Good Luck Charlie someone drew a picture of an eevee on a chalkboard in the basement. Auragirl 02:13, 1 May 2011 (UTC)

kid vs kat

In an episode called ``Me Coop You Kat`` Kat builds a device that strongly resembles the Meowth balloon which is destroyed by Coop and Dennis.

Stay fit

I remember a PSA where a boy buys some Pokémon cards from a store. He finds a card he wanted but it gets blown away by the wind and he runs out of breath after attempting to get it back.

Angel City - Love Me Right (Oh Sheila): Poliwhirl Teddy?

In the music video for Love Me Right (Oh Sheila), one of the teddies (the blue one) lying next to singer Lara McAllen looks like it could be a Poliwhirl, but as there arent an close ups of it, I'm not 100% sure, is anyone else able to tell?

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Vuvuzela2010 00:34, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

Private Practice

I just walked into the room while my mom was watching the show and I saw something that's probably relevant. It's somewhere near the end, where a kid and his apparent dad are talking. The kid is holding a Reshiram action figure and puts it on the table before he turns on the TV. It's the episode that just aired today, "Step One". - unsigned comment from Knuclear200x (talkcontribs)

Thanks, I've added it to the page. Pikiwyn talk 18:46, 22 November 2011 (UTC)

League of Legends reference

In the PC game League of Legends, the character Skarner says his name ala-Pokémon style if he stays still in a bush for a random amount of time.

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Cho'Gath 02:12, 1 December 2011 (UTC)

I don't really consider that to be a reference. Jo the Marten ಠ_ಠ 02:17, 1 December 2011 (UTC)


I watched an episode of Futurama one day called 'A Leela of Her Own' and I noticed in one scene there was an alien with Ash's baseball cap from the original series on. Is this notable enough for me to add in? Pokedex493 00:03, 14 December 2011 (UTC)


Would references on the radio count? They played the Pokemon Theme on 97.3 Forth One this morning, as they were talking about how Pokemon was the top Christmas present back in the day. Vuvuzela2010 Δ 18:39, 14 December 2011 (UTC)

Trade & Battle: Card Hero

I have heard that there are references to Pokémon in the game Trade & Battle: Card Hero, developed by Nintendo R&D1 and Intelligent Systems; a game that became quite popular in Japan. Supposedly, amongst the references there is an NPC who remarks that everyone is out playing a game called "Rocket Monsters" and one of the NPCs idolizes "Team Pocket" as one of his favourite villains.

Does anyone who can understand Japanese know which NPCs? (I own the game, but the save battery on it is dead) I also wonder if there are any references to Pokémon in the sequels, High Speed Card Battle: Card Hero and the Japanese DSiWare game Card Hero: Speed Battle Custom --Chickasaurus 18:52, 20 December 2011 (UTC)

Reference in the AnoHana anime

A fateful encounter

I was at walmart and played a demo of a dungeon crawler game on a wii. The character was level 3 and was traveling with a man and a weird squirl thing. I was supposed to get through a forest area and had to fight creatures that resembled qwilfish, parasect, and beedrill. I don't know what game it was, does anyone know what i'm talking about? Auragirl 01:46, 26 December 2011 (UTC)

Another reference

There is a reference there to Pokémon, one of them [more precisely, the one in blue clothes] something about Pokémon accessory (in my dub, it was pencil case [or however it is called]), not sure about original, so I can't enter it. Marked +-+-+ 17:40, 12 January 2012 (UTC)

Mmmhm, at 06:11 in the video, the person says "Remember that time in grade 2 when I took your Pokémon lunch box?" Don't know how notable this is, Let's see what others think. --Tails0600 12:16, 18 January 2012 (UTC)

Law & Order: SVU

In tonight's episode "Home Invasions", the sole living victim's boyfriend's father used the fact that his son still has his Pokémon cards to make example of his sexual immaturity, as the girl was found with herpes. I'll provide full details later, but I figure I notify the basic stuff first. If anyone else watches the show and would be able to add it with proper info in the proper place, go ahead. PS: the pronunciation was more Pokey-mun--SandmanDP 03:43, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Have added it. Feel free to move it if needed and add in more info. Frozen Fennec 03:52, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Resident evil

On my resident evil the mercenaries 3D there is a skill called thunderbolt at first I thought nothing of it but when i fully upgraded it something familiar happened it shows electricty coming from the sky much like in super smash bros. brawl but blue may i add this? VENUS,MEGA,SCEPT,TORTE,SERP 18:46, 18 May 2012 (UTC)

"Thunderbolt" is an actual word, meaning a bolt of lightning accompanied by a thunderclap. While it's possible that it could be a reference, I suspect it's more likely just using a word for its meaning. Werdnae (talk) 20:27, 18 May 2012 (UTC)

That's why i thought nothing of at first but its effect is that physical attacks against enemies gains electric properties like static electricity but stronger thats why i think its name is a reference.VENUS,MEGA,SCEPT,TORTE,SERP 19:17, 20 May 2012 (UTC)


Shouldn't there be an warning or something, as this article contains some worse than G-rated stuff. I think. プリングルズ/品客薯片/ప్రింగిల్స్ 01:53, 20 May 2012 (UTC)

Such as?--ForceFire 04:11, 20 May 2012 (UTC)
The Law & Order thing. That might be offensive to younger people. And reference to more mature shows. プリングルズ/品客薯片/ప్రింగిల్స్ 04:15, 20 May 2012 (UTC)
I think we should be able to make this page G, or even PG-rated without getting rid of vital information. That L&O entry had a lot of unnecessary information which could be questionable for kids. I don't feel, just because we refer to South Park, Law & Order, or Robot Chicken, that the page should have a warning on it. While these shows aren't meant for children, we're not covering any inappropriate information. It's totally on the reader if they go and watch the episode we mention. Jo the Marten ಠ_ಠ 04:23, 20 May 2012 (UTC)
I guess you're right. プリングルズ/品客薯片/ప్రింగిల్స్ 15:15, 21 May 2012 (UTC)

Let's Go Quintuplets

I'm not sure what the episode is called in English since I only have the Japanese version, but there's a scene where Krystal runs past a shop which has a pikachu-esque plush in the window. It probably isn't worth adding, but here's a shot of it in case it is: 12:06, 22 May 2012 (UTC)


It says that there's a drawing of eevee on the chalkboard but it says that the episode is unknown and there's no picture supporting this PLUS I looked it up and still didn't find anything to support this.There should be at least a small piece of proof.VENUS,MEGA,SCEPT,TORTE,SERP (talk) 19:48, 15 June 2012 (UTC)

The Big Bang Theory

In the episode where howard and Raj huy a 3D printer, howard says that he spent all his money on Pokemon cards. Auragirl (talk) 18:59, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

The Colbert Report

On February 28 on "The Colbert Report", Steven Colbert was talking about people giving away memorabilia of the pope. He makes a joke about Pokemon, or "PoPeMon", and he says afterwards "God Bless 'em All!" Someone should put this in the article. JacobtheDoduo (talk) 22:53, 1 March 2013 (UTC)


Smosh has MANY Pokemon references, including a music video. Should these videos be included? Chaossy (talk) 13:38, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

I doubt YouTube videos are notable enough. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy Smosh, but this page is for TV shows, movies, other video games, etc. MasterZ (talk) 01:35, 9 April 2013 (UTC)

Malcolm in the middle

The same Squirtle Doll dat in the episode Bowling is, is in a episode season 2 "Carnival" [1] --Altruis でんき 14:19, 24 March 2013 (UTC)

Pinky Dinky Doo

Not sure if it's a popular enough show, but an action figure craze among Tyler and his friends called Moo Moo Miggy Monsters is an obvious parody of Pokémon. There's even a scene where he plays a video game about them with a battle style just like Pokémon. Add? MF231 00:00, 30 April 2013 (UTC)

In Response to Pinky Dinky Doo

Anything that mentions it is good, even if it isn't that popular, so go ahead and add it! User talk:Lizarddolphin 19:09 30 April 2013 (UTC)

My Little Pony

So, why is the MLP bit listed here? All that happens in the actual episode is that Twilight gets angry and turns into a Rapidash-like figure. It's just temporary for a quick gag, and more importantly, it isn't actually a Rapidash, just something that looks like one. It goes completely unnamed for the entirety of its appearance. It wasn't meant to be a Pokémon reference, I don't think. It's seriously Twilight, not Rapidash, so I'm betting that there was a brony who was being annoying (big surprise) and just added it for the sake of adding it, so I'm removing it now. --GoldenSandslash15 (talk) 19:40, 25 June 2013 (UTC)

Servant x Service

In episode 2 of the anime Servant x Service, Hasebe joins a discussion on anime with his coworkers and has a montage of games that he has played, where Pokimon, a spoof of Pokémon, was listed, as well as a distorted Pikachu and Bulbasaur. --GymLeaderChuck (talk) 18:23, 19 July 2013 (UTC)

Saturday Night Live

I can't be sure, if it was actually the Jennifer Aniston/Sting episode, but Jennifer Aniston was a mom, and they were talking about the 1st Pokemon movie, with Mewtwo, and they were also talking about the cards where the "son" traded his holographic Charizard for a bunch of weaker cards (like Metapod, Diglett). I believe Darrel Hammond was the father. --Dman dustin (talk) 20:23, 18 November 2013 (UTC)

Strip Mall on Comedy Central

They made fun of Pokémon in the show Strip Mall, which aired on Comedy Central in the 90's. Its super long ago, but I remember the show was about adult movies being filmed in a strip mall. Well at some point they spoof Pokémon and the lead actor gets put in a Coma. In the hospital the guy gets outted about his "Acting career" to his girlfrind by a nurse wanting an autograph. She says she accidentally bought it for her kids and on the cover the guy is a Pikachu. At some point he wakes up from the coma and is then knocked back out by the enraged and sickened girlfriend. Yamitora1 (talk) 11:46, 29 December 2013 (UTC)

Ok, doing some research and finding a youtube clip... It turns out that Strip Mall's adult movie spoof of it was called "Pokememon" and one of the actresses (dressed up like Misty) involved even tells the director that "there's a cartoon just like this" We'll leave the discussion of the youtube clip there...
So should this be added, or because it is a little adult in nature should it not be added? I know you guys have Ling-Ling from Drawn Together mentioned, and that show is all kinds of adult...but what is the rule of thumb for this kind of thing? I know for a fact the Parody surfaced in at least two episodes, one in which it was being made, another in which I described earlier. There might be more episodes involved, I am not sure without rewatching the actual show. Yamitora1 (talk) 16:51, 5 February 2014 (UTC)
If it's a reference, add it. It's a TV show. Unless the reference image has nudity in, it's fine. ☆The Solar Dragon☆ 17:07, 5 February 2014 (UTC)

Better Homes and Gardens

In certain episodes of Better Homes and Gardens, I just saw a Pikachu plush toy, could someone add this and the picture? --Cinday123 (Talk) 23:52, 1 March 2014 (UTC)

References are intentional. This sounds more like a coincidence. Jo the Marten ಠ_ಠ 03:31, 2 March 2014 (UTC)
So Pokémon plush toys in a lifestyle show counted? --Cinday123 (Talk) 03:49, 2 March 2014 (UTC)

Not sure where this would go

In one of the There She is!! episodes, the rabbit character (Doki) throws a Pokéball at the Cat character (Nabi).

There She Is!! is a Flash cartoon series produced by a three-person team and hosted on the Korean website SamBakZa.

I am not certain, but I believe at least one of the There She is episodes showed on G4 at some time or another. Yamitora1 (talk) 07:00, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

Ben 10

In Ben 10 Omniverse, episode "Catfigth" appears a big fish looks like Magikarp --HoopsterJohn (talk) 18:13, 24 April 2014 (UTC)

Put My Little Pony Back in!

I think it's obvious that the joke in My Little Pony was a parody of Rapidash. It may be a joke about her getting so mad that she catches fire. But try comparing this shot to Twilight's normal form and Rapidash. Who does she look more like? She looks more like Rapidash than herself. Really. Let's compare. Normally Twilight has purple fur. This Twilight has light yellow fur like Rapidash. Normal Twilight has purple eyes. This Twilight has red eyes. Normal Twilight has straight black mane with a pink streak. This Twilight has fiery mane like Rapidash. Her cutie mark is gone. And there are other ways that they could have used this effect. One is to make her completely engulfed in flames like Human Torch. She could get an aura of flame without changing color. She can just turn red. Or she can get mad with out any exaggeration. They can even take that scene out. It's not that important to leave it in. Twilight finally accepts the Pinkie Sense immediately after that Rapidash freak-out. While her body shape, height and art-style remained the same and her mane flames higher than Rapidash, she still obviously resembles Rapidash. How can that be unintentional? How would you know if some of the references on this page were intentional? Did the companies state they were? I think if an image obviously screams Pokémon like this, it should be added intentional or not. It doesn't matter if it's brief. It doesn't matter if it's just a character looking that way. It's obvious that Hasbro took advantage of Rapidash's unicorn look, the cartoon physics of bursting into flames when your angry and the fact that their show was attracting a broader audience than intended. I want that My Little Pony reference back in! And My Little Pony had later references for the bronies, like non-anthropomorphic versions of Mordekei and Rigby from Regular Show appearing as Fluttershy's animals. Sure, Regular Show may not have anything to do with Pokémon, but it shows a pattern and helps my Rapidash case. SeanWheeler (talk) 04:34, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

Seriously? Look at me! I'm a Rapidash! How obvious could I possibly get? You think this is an accident? How is an accident? I usually have purple fur! There are some images on this page that don't even show the Pokémon reference as it is in the dialogue. But me? I'm am so obvious! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? RAWR!!!

Let the picture speak for itself. Thank you Twilight. Oh shoot, I just made my first brony meme! Oh well, not like this joke was DONE TO DEATH! There are YouTube vids on this scene, many people commented on Twilight evolving into Rapidash, reviews of Feeling Pinkie Keen has compared her to Rapidash, TV Tropes has noted this scene as a Rapidash cameo. Even the My Little Pony Wiki has joked about this image of Twilight "evolving" into Rapidash. How do you know that this isn't supposed to be a Pokémon nod? She looks too much like Rapidash. There are other ways Hasbro could have done this. I would be surprised if the producers stated that it has nothing to do with Rapidash. Also, there is a reason why there is the Togepi template on the article. I think this is okay to add in the article. If someone won't add it, I will! SeanWheeler (talk) 01:11, 3 July 2014 (UTC) I don't understand how Twilight blatantly turning into Rapidash would be unintentional? Look. 7ec80725-e660-43ba-8989-36c36dda338d_zps6103436f.png078Rapidash.png 8936643c-a38d-41fc-949d-5a6dd8a41d2a_zps24d7d761.png Here's a comparison between Twilight Sparkle and Rapidash. Now tell me, doesn't that moment when Twilight got mad make her look a lot like Rapidash? Red eyes, check. Fire mane check. Whitish yellow fur, check. Lack of cutie mark, check. She looked like a hybrid of herself and Rapidash. In fact the Rapidash is more noticeable than Twilight. She looks like a Rapidash that was transported into MLP universe. Also, how do we know that it was unintentional? Did you know what other ways she could get angry without turning into Rapidash? In fact the anger didn't need to be there in the first place because Twilight instantly calmed down and accepted the Pinkie Sense. Look at her original look. She's purple! And has straight hair with magenta streaks. And she has a cutie mark. She briefly loses that when she turned into Rapidash. And I have to disagree with Golden Sandslash when he pointed out that it was not meant to be a Pokémon reference. It obviously was a Pokémon reference. Why else would Twilight look like that? I mean look at the context. Pinkie Pie has this "Pinkie Sense". She shivered and sensed that a really big "doozy" would happen. The mane 6 get chased by a hydra. They escape the Hydra, but Pinkie's Sense kept tingling, meaning the Hydra wasn't the doozy. Twilight was surprised and confused at what could be doozier than a hydra. Pinkie told her she don't know. Twilight then turned into Rapidash for a second and quickly calmed down and finally believed in the Pinkie Sense. While it wasn't really Rapidash in-story, she clearly resembled one. Was it needed in the episode? No. Did Hasbro know of the Brony fandom? Possibly. Was it intentional? Most likely. Were there other references in My Little Pony to other franchises? Yep. So I'm very convinced that this was meant to be a Poké reference. And very fitting since the pre-evolved form of Rapidash was Ponyta. SeanWheeler (talk) 04:28, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

It is not obviously a Pokemon reference. I saw the episode once upon a time and the thought that she looked like Rapidash never crossed my mind. Anger and fiery/red go hand-in-hand. She got angry so she got bitchin' flames for hair and red eyes against a red background. I'm not an artist, but I can see the white fur being because it just looks better than keeping the purple; or maybe it's just keeping in line with the fire theme: white hot. And the cutie mark could have been forgotten or could have been deemed trivial or in-the-way.
You're playing a guessing game. I'm not sure I care how this turns out, but you're clearly way too invested in this for your judgement to be considered "objective". Tiddlywinks (talk) 04:46, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
Maybe the thought of Rapidash didn't cross your mind because you weren't thinking of Pokémon? You can finally get some jokes if someone points it out for you. The Princess Twilight didn't make me think of Zelda: Twilight Princess until Joshscorcher pointed it out in his review. But I totally think the Twilight Princess thing was coincidental. Her turning into Rapidash wasn't. And was it that necessary for her to turn into that Rapidash-like pony for a second right before believing in Pinkie Pie? Your playing a guessing game too. Golden Sandslash played a guessing game when he decided the MLP reference shouldn't be there. You guys agreed on one complaint. And I disagree with that complaint. Unless there is a source saying it was accidental, I'll keep insisting. SeanWheeler (talk) 13:21, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
After discussing with a couple of other staff, we feel that that since it's not clear that it is intentional or likely intentional, we shouldn't list it. Majority of the references we do list is rather obvious, where this one feels more like a coincidence if anything. --Pokemaster97 16:16, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
How is this not clearly intentional? I look at it and keep guessing this might have happened.
Lauren Faust: We now have a fanbase of grown males liking Friendship is Magic. We should do something about it.
Cartoonist: How can grown man like ponies and rainbows?
Faust: I don't know. But I'm sure some of these people like Pokémon. So let's see if we can make a joke in the show.
Cartoonist: Okay.
Faust: There is this Pokémon named Rapidash. It's a Fire unicorn. In the My Little Pony episode we're working on, Twilight should get so angry that she turns into a Rapidash cameo. I'll give you a picture of Rapidash. Now try applying a Rapidash skin on Twilight in her burst of anger.
Cartoonist: Okay.
The cartoonist gets the FRLG artwork of Rapidash, and with his editing tools, copies Rapidash's colors onto Twilight. Removes her cutie mark. Replaced her mane with flames. Looking closely at Rapidash's eyes and noticing it has no pupils in its red irises, he removes Twilight's pupils. Now tell a scenario that makes it an accident. Also if the image gets deleted, it will mess up the thumbnail in one of my comments. SeanWheeler (talk) 17:35, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
There are plenty of image hosting services out there; if you want to use that image in a post, you should use on of them—Bulbagarden Archives is not an image hosting service. Anyway, providing a possible way for it to be a reference does not make it clear that it is intentional or likely intentional. I know My Little Pony does have plenty of pop culture references, but since there is significant uncertainty about the reference being intentional, I do not think it warrants inclusion here. --SnorlaxMonster 17:52, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
How do I make a photobucket image a thumbnail and retain my joke in the caption about Twilight herself being angry at you guys? Is there a way to put photobucket images in thumbnails? Or can we only do that with Bulbagarden Archives images? SeanWheeler (talk) 18:50, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
Do you mean the thumbnail here? If we delete the image, it's not longer relevant here anyway. --SnorlaxMonster 18:54, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
I find the caption in the thumbnail a part of my message. If we delete the image, we'll get a red link with a caption, and people wouldn't get the joke if all they see is a red link. Unless you know how to make thumbnails of images hosted from photobucket, that image isn't going anywhere. SeanWheeler (talk) 20:31, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
And another thing, does someone have the first season on DVD? If you do, can you watch Feeling Pinkie Keen with the commentary? Can you tell me what the commentators said at that scene? And not some bronies commenting. There's already a lot of let's watch where they joke about Twilight evolving into Rapidash. But just the producers commentating on the DVD. SeanWheeler (talk) 21:07, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
Also, if you thought something like this was unintentional, how do you know if all the other references were intentional? I mean, what if a kid from Kids Next Door cosplayed as Ash was an accident? That may be unlikely but I have a hard time believing that a state of anger that makes Twilight look more like Rapidash than herself. I know there is a cartoon effect of bursting into flames when angry, but I think Hasbro took advantage of the fiery anger effect and thought of Rapidash. After all, Rapidash was one of the original Kanto Pokémon. And even if some of you didn't get the joke at first, a lot of bronies who know about Pokémon got the joke. And the Togepi speculation template is there for a reason. Twilight didn't have to turn white when on fire. She could have turned red. Her pupils didn't have to turn red and merge with her irises. Her mane didn't have to be totally replaced with flames. There is no reason to think it was unintentional and excuses are only good for preventing Nintendo from suing Hasbro, and considering it's really just Twilight getting fiery mad and is a lot shorter and her mane is rising higher, I think Hasbro was already safe. Ling-Ling from Drawn Together doesn't look that much like Pikachu. I think Twilight flaring up really deserves a mention. It's blatantly obvious to me. If it's not obvious, that's your opinion. But many bronies agree that she turned into Rapidash. It was even joked about in Twilight's gallery on My Little Pony Wiki, as well as the episode gallery. TV Tropes listed it as a Shoutout. Many Youtube videos joked about Twilight being Rapidash. It's pretty much a meme. I think something so noticed that it achieves meme status should be listed here, don't you? In fact, Rapidash helped the joke. So I do not think this is an accident. Thanks Nintendo for designing a Pokémon that MLP could use for a joke. SeanWheeler (talk) 18:55, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

(reset indent) You know, it gets boring when I become the only one talking on a talk page and no one is commenting. The resemblence is too uncanny for a coincidence. It's so obvious that there's a meme. Thinking of Rapidash would help out the joke. Turning her into Rapidash wasn't a coincidence, it was a clever joke. And it was unnecessary to the episode. Based on all of my reasons, are we still going to ignore it and brush it off as a coincidence or accept it as a sneaky Rapidash cameo? How does it feel like a coincidence? The fiery anger just makes the reference brilliant. Are we going to delete my image? If so, how am I going to change that thumbnail? SeanWheeler (talk) 16:31, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

I have been making a lot of points about why it can't be a coincidence.
  1. She looks so much like Rapidash.
    1. She had Rapidash's white fur instead of her normal purple fur.
    2. She had Rapidash's fiery mane instead of her black hair with magenta streaks.
    3. Her cutie mark is gone.
    4. Her eyes are red like Rapidash. Her eyes are normally purple with black pupils but in this frame, her irises and pupils are both red like when you take a closer look at Rapidash.
    5. The only thing that resembles Twilight was her art style, bodyshape and eyelashes.
    6. If I took this image out of context and you never saw the episode, you wouldn't think this is Twilight Sparkle. You'd think this is some fanart of Rapidash.
  2. There are other ways Hasbro could have done this.
    1. They could have made her a Horse Torch (as in a parody of the Human Torch of the Fantastic Four).
    2. She could have gotten an aura of flame without changing color.
    3. Her fur could have turned red.
    4. She can get mad without any effects.
    5. They could have removed the joke completely.
  3. What if some of the references were unintentional?
  1. Ling-Ling looked nothing like Pikachu.
  1. There is a Togepi notice on this page.
  2. This joke was unnecessary in the story because Twilight immediately accepts Pinkie Pie's Pinkie Sense when she calmed down.
  3. It was a joke.
  4. It looks like Hasbro took advantage of Rapidash resembling a fiery unicorn, the mad-on-fire cartoon effect and the fact that Twilight herself is a unicorn to make this brilliant joke.
  5. My Little Pony had other references.
    1. In Return to Harmony, the maze was a big homage to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
      1. The Maze had Hogwarts styled flags.
      2. Twilight tells the Mane 6 to regroup at the center of the maze. That was where the Twiwizard Cup was and when Harry Potter and Cedric Diggory decided to touch the cup together for a tie.
      3. The Mane 6 faced obstacles in the Maze. There were obstacles in the Twiwizard Maze.
        1. The obstacles changed their personalities to become the opposite of their elements. Dumbledore told the champions "you'll find people change in the maze." Imposter Moody puts the Imperius Curse on Viktor Krum to control him and hinder the champions other than Harry.
      4. When Rainbow Dash flew away forfeiting the Maze while the other ponies watched from far away, it was similar to when Harry shot red sparks to the sky signifying Fleur Delacour being out of the maze.
        1. Something happened after that. In Harry Potter, a huge burst of wind blew. In My Little Pony, Discord ended the game because Rainbow broke the rules.
    2. The Dragon in Dragonshy resembled Smaug from The Hobbit.
      1. When Rarity flatters the Dragon, it was like when Bilbo Baggins flatters Smaug.
        1. There was also a Pirates of the Caribbean reference when Rarity wore the Dragon's jewels like Captain Jack Sparrow wearing jewels in Isla De Muerta when talking to Captain Barbossa.
      2. Rarity states she was this close to getting that diamond like how Bilbo was so close to getting the Arkenstone. Interestingly, this scene contradicts with Rarity's Element of Generosity.
    3. Mordekei and Rigby from Regular Show makes cameos as Fluttershy's pets in The Stare Master.
    4. Fluttershy's bear looks like Baloo from the Jungle Book.
    5. In Bats, during Applejack's musical number, the Batman icon blatantly appears in the shape DC trademarked in the background.
      1. In that same episode, Pinkie Pie references Dracula by wearing vampire fangs and saying "Stand back! I vant to suck it's juuiiiccce!"
    6. Another Batman reference appears in the Mysterious Mare Do Well. There are rally posters of the Mare Do Well that look like the poster for Batman: The Animated Series.
      1. The Mare Do Well dresses in Black and is as mysterious as Batman.
      2. When it turns out that the Mane 6 other than Rainbow Dash were the Mare Do Well, it's like Mystery of the Batwoman when the Batwoman was three people.
      3. Rainbow called herself your friendly neighborhood Rainbow Dash, which is like the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
        1. And in that same sentence, she said "Have no fear, your friendly neighborhood Rainbow Dash is here" which references Underdog.
      4. In It's About Time, Twilight goes back in time with an important message from the future, similar to Heroes when Hiro Nakamora goes back in time to tell Peter "Save the cheerleader, save the world."
      5. In Power Ponies, the Mane 6 plus Spike were transported to a comic book world.
        1. Spike as Humdrum was like Robin or Bucky.
        2. Twilight as the Masked Metahorn was like Iceman or in the laser blast moment, Cyclops.
        3. Pinkie Pie as Fili Second was as fast as the Flash.
        4. Rainbow Dash as Zap had weather powers like Storm.
        5. Rarity as Radiance can make light constructs from her jewelry like the Green Lantern.
        6. Applejack as Mistress Mare-voulous has a lasso like Wonder Woman. When you know she's the Element of Honesty, you'll get the Lasso of Truth joke.
          1. She has Hoofarangs like Batman's Batarangs.
            1. They can also reference how Wonder Woman can use her tiara as a boomerang.
          2. Her name is based on Ms. Marvel.
        7. Fluttershy as the Saddle Rager would turn into a monster when she's angry like the Hulk.
    7. There were so many references that the fan film Double Rainboom overused references.
  6. If you delete my image, the thumbnail in my previous comment will get messed up.
    1. I do not know how to make thumbnails for photobucket images.
    2. The caption was important to one of my previous comments: "Let the picture speak for itself. Thank you, Twilight. Oh shoot, I just made my first brony meme."
    3. Deletion will vandalize my comment. You don't want to mess with someone else's comment, do you?
  7. It has become a meme.
    1. There are many jokes about it on Youtube.
      1. A video titled MLP: FIM S1E15 "Feeling Pinkie Keen" Twilight turns into a fire pony/Rapidash.
      2. A video titled Twilight Sparkle (Rapidash)
      3. A video titled Twilight Sparkle is Evolving. It even had the evolution music (but the uploader used Glalie's cry) and a textbox.
      4. A video titled Twilight Turns Into Rapidash with Fitting Music
      5. There is a video that details the references in the show and counts Rapidash as one of them.
        1. In fact that scene was in the thumbnail of the video.
      6. In Pokémon Re-inacted by Ponies, Twilight was Rapidash.
      7. Twilight Sparkle evolved into Rapidash?
      8. There is a Sparta Remix
      9. Some Bronies drew Twilight Rapidash in sidewalk chalk
      10. Twilight Sparkle - Twilight Sparkle evolves into Rapidash
      11. There is even a Blender version
      12. Now let's see what the reviews and reactions to the episode.
        1. In Joshscorcher's review, Zane says "Congratulations! Your Twilight evolved into--" only for Josh to interrupt saying "No! Everyone's made that joke!"
        2. It was a sin in Cinemare Sins as "Your Twilight Sparkle evolved into Rapidash" complete with the evolution music.
        3. Shanmul1995 mistook her for Ponyta.
    2. There's a lot of fanart of Twilight as Rapidash on Google Images
    3. Even the Wikia for My Little Pony joked about it in the galleries for feeling Pinkie Keen and Twilight Sparkle.
  8. The reference listed on this page was one step to leading me up to being a brony.
  9. There was a reason why people a couple times tried to put it back in. It was so obvious to them.
  10. We had that reference in the list until Golden Sandslash pointed out it shouldn't be there with an invalid point.
    1. So what if it gets entirely unnamed. Most of the reference get unnamed too. If they get named with a picture, Nintendo might come after them.
    2. He blatantly called her a Rapidash-like figure.
    3. He just guesses that it wasn't a Pokémon reference when a lot of evidence point otherwise.
    4. So what if it wasn't really Rapidash? A lot of references on this page have cameos that aren't really the Pokémon represented.
  11. Some of you like Tiddlywinks may not have got the joke at first. That's because you forgot about Rapidash. I forgot about Twilight Princess until Joshscorcher joked about it.
  12. Thinking of Rapidash makes the joke more funny than when you don't remember Rapidash.
Is this enough proof for you? SeanWheeler (talk) 21:12, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends

Someone deleted the reference to the "Cuckoo for Coco Cards" episode when Bloo said he had all 150 of the original set. I think they were going for a Pokémon reference there. The plot of the episode involved Coco making "Foster's Cards", which were basically trading cards of Foster's friends. Bloo became desperate for some cards, and after whining to get them, he said, "I've collected all 150 Foster's cards!" shortly before Coco announced she was making a "Series 2". This sounds like a blatant parody of how Pokémon fans were; whining and becoming desperate for them, and then when they collected them all, Generation II came out. Many of the Pokémon parodies seem to use this, so I wouldn't be surprised if that were the case here. Matty (talk) 06:54, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

150 could mean anything. It doesn't specifically refer to the original Kanto Pokémon. SeanWheeler (talk) 14:35, 4 July 2014 (UTC)


On the episode "Mexican Day" of TV Funhouse (a short lived show on Comedy Central based off the SNL cartoon shorts) their was a cartoon short called Jokamal. The plot was that RJ Reynolds has agreed to stop using Joe Camel to advertise cigarette to children. Instead, the company has decided to make a tobacco free cartoon called Jokamal. It is a parody of the Pokemon cartoon with Joe Camel as Pikachu. Throughout the show, the audience is told to buy Jokamal merchandise and is given subliminal messages to buy camel cigarettes.

A link to short can be found here. Warning, NSFW!


Corntown (talk) 15:51, 10 December 2014 (UTC)Corntown


A "choose-your-own-adventure" indie game. In it, one of the charachters (Garret) says "Bug types are weak to fire types.", referring to Pokémon.Partone (talk) 13:02, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

Edit: I wanted to bring this to attention, but does this count as "Pop Culture"? Partone (talk) 13:08, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

It has its own website and is available on Steam, so I'd say so. It's not just some random flash game. —TheVeryBest 20:57, 1 April 2015 (UTC)


A few days back, i was seeing Shinchan. I don't remember the episode name but in that episode Shinchan goes to a book shop and picks up a book to read. The interesting thing about that book was it had an image of a famous pig in that particular series and that pig was all coloured as Pikachu. I will try to add the pic as soon as i find it Pratik_12 (talk) 04:39, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

Real life Aerodactyl

One more for the Real World section; --HoopsterJohn (talk) 17:49, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

Serebii forum topic

Our friends at Serebii also discussed Pokémon in other TV shows. I simply don't have time to research them all, so I'll archive it here in Talk. —TheVeryBest 20:19, 8 April 2015 (UTC)


In today's Zits' comic, there is a Pokemon reference. I noticed that, based on the way this page links to comic references, it won't work quite as well for linking to a page, mainly because none of the newspaper comics websites have unlimited access to comic strips. Would it be a good idea to save the image of this comic strip in another website or this website?

By the way, this is the strip in question:

Thanks for reading. Winstein (talk) 06:51, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

It's possible to link to the static image. They can't stop you looking at that, only the pages that load the ocmics. To stop that link, they'd have to reprogram the site, I think. CycloneGU (talk) 06:56, 22 May 2015 (UTC)
Tried both links, and they seem to be dead. However, I can do a quick search and find a working page/image. Berrenta (talk) 11:53, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

I'm kind of disappointed that this isn't in here.

In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice For All, the main character, Phoenix Wright says, "Adrian Andrews! I choose you!" as he accuses her. This is clearly a reference to Ash.

Unfortunately, I don't have a screenshot right now, but I'll try to get one. I would edit the article myself, but I kind of ended up drowning in the code, so I think someone else could do it better.

Anyway, if someone else finds a screenshot first, I'd like to see this in the article.

JacenBoy (talk) 20:31, 5 August 2015 (UTC)


I was watching a Tamagotchi! episode (Cheery Cherry Blossoms), when I realized that the Poké Ball send out sound played when the flowers blossomed. Add if you see this. PokeTrainer20 (talk) 00:08, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

Monster Kid from Undertale is possibly a reference to Scraggy?

Here is a link to a picture of Monster Kid : and here : Is this not a reference? - unsigned comment from Mrdanno (talkcontribs)

Yeah, possibly. And please sign future talk page comments. --リックEO (メッセージ) 02:11, 16 November 2015 (UTC)

Other Noticed References

Two of which. The first being to the show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, in the episode "Uncivilized", which has a detective mention that a kid who was killed was going to a comic book shop to get Pokémon cards. The other is in the video game Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1, in which there is dialogue that spoofs Pokémon. With the "I choose you" line and Neptune flat out saying "Pika". Pikatwig (talk) 01:26, 24 January 2016 (UTC)

Those are already on the page. glikglak 01:30, 24 January 2016 (UTC)
I see the former, but not the latter. Pikatwig (talk) 01:33, 24 January 2016 (UTC)
What about my contribution on Modern Family? --HoopsterJohn (talk) 23:49, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Unfortunately, it's been so long that I forgot most of the details, and the episode, but basically something happened to Harvey, scaring someone off. He goes back to normal and Harvey shouts out "Hey wait, you forgot your Pokemon cards.

Sorry for the lack of details, it's been years since I saw that show. Unowninator (talk) 20:20, 26 April 2016 (UTC)

I found a video of the clip. Can we please add it? Unowninator (talk) 17:08, 27 April 2016 (UTC)

Well it's been over a week & I still don't know the episode name. Should I still add it? Unowninator (talk) 22:45, 5 May 2016 (UTC)

Digimon Cyber Sleuth

One of the lines in the game references the monster balls. [2] Trainer Yusuf (talk) 19:37, 30 May 2016 (UTC)

The Simpsons Homer playing pokemon go

in a recent simpsons ad, homer is playing some kind of game on his cellphone, swiping as he recites various pokemon names.

is this something that should be mentioned, and if so which section of the article not sure if it belongs in TV or web as i don't know if this has aired on television or not. Yamitora1 (talk) 10:52, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

Added --Raltseye prata med mej 13:20, 15 August 2016 (UTC)


Season 6 Episode 19: Hide and Seek, there is a scene where the mother goes into the room of a kid and cleans his room and he picks up a box but the kid says that it is "Pokemon Cards", and there are a few there, it's in the beginning of the episode, just saw it on 5USAl, thought it would bring up interest (DeinoVulpixfan18 19:21, 31 August 2016 (UTC)) DeinoVulpixFan (DeinoVulpixfan18 19:21, 31 August 2016 (UTC)) Apologies if I didn't sign in properly, and I wasn't sure how to create a new heading

Kill la Kill has an Elite Four and a Kanto region. Coincidence?

I recently started watching an anime called Kill la Kill on adultswim's website & I noticed 2 things: the show has an Elite Four, and it also has a region called Kanto. I don't know much about Japanese culture, but both those things are in the Pokemon games. Should we add Kill la Kill here? Unowninator (talk) 18:29, 3 October 2016 (UTC)

Kanto is an actual Japanese region and the four generals is a very common trope. glikglak 18:44, 3 October 2016 (UTC)
Okay then, nevermind. Thanks for the info though. Unowninator (talk) 19:06, 3 October 2016 (UTC)


Danganronpa 3 has a character named Miaya Gekkogahara (spoilers in link). Her name contains Greninja's Japanese name, Gekkouga, and she wears a scarf that's kind of reminiscent of Greninja's tounge. Is this compelling enough evidence for her to be added to the article? -- Umbee (talk) 17:46, 4 October 2016 (UTC)


Professional wrestling company Chikara Pro had several allusions to Pokémon for their 2016 King of Trios tournament, including using the "Who's That Pokémon" feature for revealing trios, Director of Fun Mike Quackenbush dressed as Ash, and even a knock-off theme and logo. Here's an example: Dodgyprose (talk) 05:54, 21 October 2016 (UTC)

Sure feel free to add that, it would go under Other references#Real world. --Raltseye prata med mej 11:14, 21 October 2016 (UTC)

A question about references in pornografical material

Would it be acceptable to add a section about pornmovies that reference Pokémon and keep that section twice foldable or something like that? Without linking to any of them of course. --Raltseye prata med mej 15:36, 2 November 2016 (UTC)

No. Such a list is not at all necessary. Tiddlywinks (talk) 15:52, 2 November 2016 (UTC)
Okay thanks anyway for quick reply. ^^ --Raltseye prata med mej 16:00, 2 November 2016 (UTC)

This article will be cleaned up

This article, as it stand, is a complete mess. Many references aren't references at all ; others are far too debatable, and every little background appearance is mixed in without rhyme or reason with explicit, clear references. As a result, this is what the staff intends to do with this article :

-"List of Pokémon Parodies" will be split off as its own article. Anything that is not actually Pokémon but instead a disguised version of Pokémon (eg, chin-poko-extra-mon, the seizure anime in the Simpsons) will go there.

-"List of background references to Pokémon in popular culture" will be made into a child of this article. Background references are those where the Pokémon reference is something that the main characters don't comment or interact with: a secondary character or extra wearing a pikachu shirt ; a charmander figure sitting on a shelf ; a pokémon poster in the background in a store, etc.

-In all cases, a reference need to be absolutely clear. A red and white circular form ; an unspecified blue wrestler and so forth are not clear (unless you have a a reliable source saying the creators deliberately put that in to refer to Pokémon).

-For TV, fiction and non-fiction (including wrestling and reality shows as well as comedy show and gaming show) are to be split in separate sections.

-For Real World references, only lasting, long-term references. Naming something after Pokémon (a life form, an asteroid, a product, etc) is a reference : mentioning Pokémon in an interview or theming an occasional event after Pokémon isn't.

-For music, explicit, clear pokémon references in a song (or in the band's name) belong in the main article ; background references in the video clip, in the band's fashion styles, etc, go into background references. (Parodies still go into parodies).

-Please don'T add any further websites. We haven't yhet decided how to handle those, but we don't want further additions for now.

Please keep those in mind before adding anything new. Changes will be implemented over the next while. --Evil Figment (talk) 07:31, 27 December 2016 (UTC)

As an ordinary editor here (and maybe even as part of the community that drives this encyclopedia), I would just like to say that I extremely welcome this level of (preceding) communication. Nescientist (talk) 10:27, 28 December 2016 (UTC)
I think it could do with some cleaning up and splitting. I also think that comics and websites and other sections should be given tables too. As for websites, on Wikisimpsons, we have a policy that if the pop culture thing referencing The Simpsons has a Wikipedia article, it's notable enough for a mention on the page. I think this could work for the websites. Websites must have a Wikipedia page to be notable enough. ☆The Solar Dragon☆ 22:45, 28 December 2016 (UTC)

Bulbasaurus phylloxyron

They do actually state in the first article referenced here that the creature was not named after Bulbasaur but rather its bulbus nose, but I don't know how to word it or if it's even trivia worthy considering it's a coinsidence. --Raltseye prata med mej 17:00, 2 February 2017 (UTC)

It is NOT a coincidence. The person who named the species has outright said that “similarities between this species and certain other squat, tusked quadrupeds may not be entirely coincidental.” in the contest of being asked about Bulbasaur.
It's a "OFFICIALLY it's named for the bulb-shaped nose, but we all know why I really did it" sort of situation, and a very deliberate and confirmed reference. As far as Bulbapedia is concerned, this is definitely a Pokémon reference.--Evil Figment (talk) 05:53, 13 February 2017 (UTC)
In addition, it's just been pointed out to me that Phylloxera (not phylloxyron) literraly means leaf razor. A fact that the author who named Bulbasaurus highlighted on twitter with an actual "Bulbasaur used razor leaf!" screenshot. In case there was any leftover doubt as to how "coincidental" this is (not). --Evil Figment (talk) 06:01, 13 February 2017 (UTC)
Okay, didn't know about that. Also, there's really no need to be so passively aggressive. --Raltseye prata med mej 08:34, 13 February 2017 (UTC)

Spongebob and Coronation Street

I have an issue with the clock in Spongebob, it is just a red and white circular clock, is that really a reference to pokemon or is it just a coincidence.

As for the Coronation Street on it just says that a charcter says it. Well what is the name of the character that's rather incomplete. It could also do with the date the episode was broadcast on.

Should the Spongebob one remain? Does anyone know the required detail for the Coronation Street one?Sly Fox (talk) 10:39, 22 April 2017 (UTC)

Yandere Simulator Delinquents

If you play Yandere Simulator starting the April 15, 2017 build in front of the delinquents, press space quickly 10 times to get them to dance like Team Skull Grunts. Nyanocelot55 (talk) 01:40, 25 July 2017 (UTC)

Tonight's Robot Chicken did 2 different Sketches of Pokemon.

Do I include them both in the same row? Or should I make 2 different rows for each Sketch? ¿¡Unowninator?! (talk) 04:40, 5 February 2018 (UTC)

If it's still one episode it should be one row. --Raltseye prata med mej 09:06, 5 February 2018 (UTC)
Thanks Raltseye. One last question: should I go into more detail about the Greninja sketch? (Look at the image I uploaded) ¿¡Unowninator?! (talk) 17:23, 5 February 2018 (UTC)
Yes, the present description is a little short, also I think it should be two images rather two composed into one. --Raltseye prata med mej 17:44, 5 February 2018 (UTC)
Are you saying to make both images 200px? ¿¡Unowninator?! (talk) 20:29, 5 February 2018 (UTC)
Yes, preferably. --Raltseye prata med mej 21:38, 5 February 2018 (UTC)

Family Guy

The episode "Three Directors" had a bit in which Stewie says that Peter was killed while chasing a Pokemon into a street, which is referencing the Pokemon GO controversies - unsigned comment from IAm Mimikyu (talkcontribs)

Well then add it! :) --Raltseye prata med mej 16:41, 12 February 2018 (UTC)
They might not know how to edit the table properly, Raltseye. Anyway, isn't the episode called Peter Gets Fired? ¿¡Unowninator?! (talk) 17:05, 12 February 2018 (UTC)
I was just trying to be encouraging. Don't know, I don't really watch Family Guy. --Raltseye prata med mej 17:07, 12 February 2018 (UTC)

Parodies removed. Is this temporary or is the page being split?

Are the removed parodies going to be placed elsewhere? Or should I tag those pics for deletion? ¿¡Unowninator?! (talk) 21:15, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

Being split. Whatever fits the criteria is being moved to the sandbox for now, which will later be mainspaced when it's good to go. AdilTalk page 21:34, 29 April 2018 (UTC)
Why is this necessary anyway? I feel like it'll add more confusion and also annoyances, especially if someone doesn't know which one it belongs in. ¿¡Unowninator?! (talk) 00:45, 30 April 2018 (UTC)
Refer to #This article will be cleaned up. Tiddlywinks (talk) 01:53, 30 April 2018 (UTC)

New Criteria - Respect them!

Now that the page is in the process of being cleaned up, the following are the requirements for any new entries.

  • The reference must be explicit. It can't be that something "looks like" a Pokémon character, Pokémon logo, etc.
    • If you're not sure whether something is Pokémon, or feel that you need to ask, or feel that you need to say it "resemble" a Pokémon: do not include it.
  • The reference must be significant: Minor mentions and background appearances are to be listed separately.
    • It can't be just a mention of the existence of the Pokémon franchise (like "Pokémon? That used to be popular here" or "Pokémon is going to be on TV soon!")
    • It must be something lasting: a celebrity or politician name-dropping Pokémon in a speech or interview is not significant unless the reference itself become particularly important.
    • It must be more than costuming or accessories: characters wearing Pokémon clothes, or Pokémon items appearing in the background of a scene, or one-shot sight gags are background references.
  • Game shows questions and factual mentions of Pokémon in news and similar shows are not references or mentions.
  • People mentioning Pokémon in an interview (or in a speech, etc) is not a reference, unless the speech's mention of Pokémon become particularly notable
  • The reference must actually be to Pokémon itself. Parodies of Pokémon (things that look very much like the Pokémon franchise, but deliberately have another name, like Chinpokomon) are listed separately.
  • Websites can only be included if the website itself (not its creator) has its own Wikipedia entry.

--Evil Figment (talk) 21:49, 1 May 2018 (UTC)

It's been pointed out to me that a useful rule of thumbs to distinguish between mention and reference is asking yourself whether you can easily replace Pokémon with Digimon (or with a random specific digimon) in the sentence. If the dialogue still works largely the same after making the change, then it's a mention (and doesn't warrant inclusion). If this significantly alter the sense of the dialogue, ruin the joke, require altering a lot of lines, or require hunting down a very specific digimon (instead of using any random digimon) to keep the sense intact, then what you have is a reference, and may warrant inclusion on the list.
  • The Doctor flooding downstairs with Pokémon to distract people: here, "I flooded downstairs with Digimon" does not work, because the joke and plot rely on the specific Pokémon Go game and its mechanisms. This is a reference.
  • The "Arceus" comment in House: here, "Agumon invented hundreds of poison" doesn't make much sense. A specific Digimon might work for the joke, but since we have to figure out a very specific digimon, this joke relies on the characteristics of a specific pokémon: it is a reference.
  • In the Ghost Stories example, a broadcast "begins right after Pokémon". Changing this to "right after Digimon" result in a sentence that means the same thing: it's a mention, and should be left out.

--Evil Figment (talk) 00:37, 2 May 2018 (UTC)


Where would references within a webcomic go in this page? Comics? Websites? A new section entirely? --Lone_Garurumon 07:26, 2 May 2018 (UTC)

Website, if they meet the condition (eg, the specific webcomic must have its own wikipedia entry). --Evie (talk) 18:20, 3 May 2018 (UTC)

Game & Wario

In the "Gamer" minigame in Game & Wario, one of the screens on 9-Volt's TV features a bear that strongly resembles Teddiursa running alongside two rabbits. Is this noteworthy? Here's a video with the time stamp (look at the TV): [3] BNKTalk 21:50, 6 February 2019 (UTC)

It's a very general bear picture, I don't think it's overly noteworthy --Spriteit (talk) 01:01, 7 February 2019 (UTC)


A book called Solitaire by Alice Oseman mentions Pokémon about 3 times, but I don't know if it should be here or on this page. It was played by the protagonist and a childhood friend when they were young, then when they meet up they talk about how they use to play it together. It's a very minor appearance but is mentioned multiple times and talked about in full conversations. Pallukun (talk) 14:02, 15 January 2020 (UTC)

Private Practice

Mason, one of protagonists's son plays TCG Pokémon in several episodes, he indeed mentions several Pokémon names to another kid too, is it count to put on the page?

The Emperor's New School

Not a lot of people know about this, but there is an episode of the Emperor's New School with a segment called "Llamaballs" which is a parody of Pokemon with elements from Dragon Ball and the title of it is even done in the style of the first dub season. It's here from 7:07-9:26 Mimikyu (talk) 16:04, 18 March 2020 (UTC)

Borderlands 3

In Borderlands 3, there is a legendary grenade mod named "Moxxi's Bouncing Pair" where its red text say "Prepare for trouble, and make it double." referencing Team Rocket's motto. Daniel92234 (talk) 16:20, 5 September 2020 (UTC)

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