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An earlier version of this article appeared on this website in February, 2014.


  • rick-mcdowell - June 8, 2014 1:45 p.m.

    Hmmm. To think, I always thought Sabeleye was based on early artists' depictions of Gollum in The Hobbit. His homicidal affinity for hoarding jewels in dark caves was always a red flag on this. Elgyem and its evolution, however, are certainly rooted in UFOlogist lore. Its pokedex entry in Black/White reeks of the 1947 Roswell incident.
  • Sionnie - May 30, 2014 2:07 p.m.

    I'd like to know what lucario is based on.
  • Kirbita22 - January 10, 2015 3:04 p.m.

    I´m pretty sure Lucario is based on the Egyptian deity Anubis, who decided the fate of the souls of the dead based on their actions during life and was ussually drawn with the head of a jackal. .u.
  • jade-anthony - May 9, 2014 6:42 a.m.

    Lugia is based on Ryujin, dragon God of the sea in Shintoism.
  • darkcell-percival - April 9, 2014 5:13 a.m.

  • Kirbita22 - January 10, 2015 3:19 p.m.

    Actually a tsukumogami, pretty much the same thing :v
  • Syracuse - February 8, 2014 10:59 a.m.

    Wow, really enjoyed reading this article. Learned a lot I didn't know about the various faiths and myths. I hope you consider making a continuation of this article, to address the many other pokemon that share these kinds of references.
  • gopikmin - February 6, 2014 8:45 a.m.

    The Hoenn cover legendaries are based on Jewish legends too.Kyogre is the Leviathan, Groundon is the behemoth and Rayquaza is apparently based on the Ziz. The original legendary bird trio are based on a variety of mostly eastern myths. Moltres for example is speculated to be based on the phoenix but also Suzaku, the Guardian of the south. Their french names are also interesting with Articuno having Odin in its name in french, Zapdos having Thor and Moltres having Ra Ludicolo is a mexican Kappa. Manetric is also based on the Jackal though that's more of a reference to a living animal than the Egyptian lore
  • zelta38 - February 5, 2014 10:31 a.m.

    Ash "photobombing" a classical painting is just plain epic!
  • shawksta - February 5, 2014 9:54 a.m.

    Neat to know what Dunsparce is based on. Also it took really hard work but but Game theory found the deep inspiration of Jinx being different variations of the Yama Uba. However the only thing Jinx doesnt have is the supposed Mouth in the back of their head. Also there's another type of the term "Gangoro" called "Yamanba" which is similar except the style is meant as an inspiration of the Yama Uba. Thus Jinx's dark face. Its all japanese Folklore.
  • EternityUnknown - February 5, 2014 7:14 a.m.

    Ho-oh is a Houou/Hou-ou (a Japanese Phoenix) Klefki is probably based off the idea that ghosts possess lost items (in this case keys) Raikou is probably a Raiju Jynx may also be a Yuki-Onna (she's a female ice-pokemon), or more likely a Yama-Uba
  • TheGooseinator - February 4, 2014 11:10 p.m.

    Golduck is a kappa. They're both monkey-like duck creatures with bowl like features on their heads.
  • iamvishnu - February 4, 2014 7:42 p.m.

    I did a bit of research for myself a few years ago, and I'm pretty sure that Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza are based on the hebrew myths of Behemoth, Leviathan, and Ziz, respectively. Although Ziz is described as a griffin, the similarity of the trio is rather significant. Look it up if you don't believe me.
  • JMarsella09 - February 4, 2014 5:51 p.m.

    Really guys, no Ninetales?
  • KNITEpanda - February 4, 2014 11:23 p.m.

    Did you NOT read the last frame?
  • JMarsella09 - February 5, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    Nope! I never read those... I guess I should start...
  • EAC73 - February 4, 2014 5:42 p.m.

    Great article, I like the Pokemon you picked. What's even better, is that this is just the beginning of the list of Pokemon based on mythology. Can we see a continuation of this article sometime Lucas?
  • J-Fid - February 4, 2014 5 p.m.

    There are so many of Pokemon like these. Just about every legendary would qualify for this list.
  • sweetchiliheat - February 4, 2014 4:20 p.m.

    I always thought Raikou was a better fit for a Raiju. I mean, their names are practically the same.

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