* ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' has several references to SomethingAwful as a result of Nob Ogasawara, one of the series' lead translators, frequenting the forums under the pseudonym Douglas Dinsdale. For example, a female trainer with a Wooper is named "Roxy" after the name chosen for the main character of LetsPlay/{{Chorocojo}}'s LetsPlay of ''Pokémon Crystal'' that decided to get rid of her Totodile because it was evil, and replaced it with a Wooper. Also, after you fight an Artist trainer, he tells you he's been inspired to paint a picture called "My Pokémon is Fight!", a reference to Zack Parson's book ''My Tank Is Fight!''
** The writer of said LetsPlay became aware of this. His response? [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming "Still one of the best things ever and I'm still grateful for/astonished by it."]]
** The references are still there for ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'': In that LetsPlay from Crystal, Roxy finds a Pikachu and names it Gesundheit. The only non-Unova Pokémon before the National Pokédex is a NPC Pikachu in Castelia City, more specifically in the Name Rater's house. The name? Gesundheit.
*** Nob Ogasawara has actually been part of the translation teams of the franchise from the beginning to ''Platinum'', but ''Diamond and Pearl'' was the first time he actually started putting memes into the translation.
* At Dragonspiral Tower, as you get closer to the top, you can hear things going crazy and someone is shouting "Burn, baby, burn!"
* There is also an old lady who tells the player character that she doesn't have any stairs in her house, a ShoutOut to an IRC prank-cum-sign/countersign which was popular on the forums for a while.
* In ''Diamond and Pearl'' the receptionist at the Team Galactic HQ exclaims "Cosmic energy for the win!"
* The ''Pokémon'' series in general, but ''Diamond and Pearl'' especially, reference the also-developed-by-Game Freak ''VideoGame/{{Pulseman}}''. The St. Anne (English's S.S. Anne), Volt Tackle (named for Volteccer, which was in turn named for [[Anime/{{Tekkaman}} Voltekka]]), and even the main villains of ''Diamond and Pearl'' are shout outs, as is the Pokémon Rotom. There's also that one point in the original games where, upon viewing an SNES console, you're told it's a game featuring [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_&_Wario Mario with a bucket on his head.]]
** [[http://archives.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/3/32/403Shinx.png Shinx]] looks rather like the famous Creator/OsamuTezuka [[Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion character]] [[http://www.kimbawlion.com/EarsKc.jpg Kimba The White Lion]].
* Pokémon ''[=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]'': In the player character's house if they are female, a movie is playing on the TV. It features [[Film/TheWizardOfOz a girl with pigtails walking on a brick road]]. For the male character, as well as in the original, it features [[Film/StandByMe four boys on railroad tracks.]]
** The player's TV in other games also references real-life movies, such as ''Film/{{Big}}''.
** Registeel, a Steel-type {{Golem}}-like Legendary Pokémon has a cry that sounds a bit like the [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Transformation]] sound.
* Beauty Nevah in ''XD'' has a Cacnea and a Chimecho on her team, and her introduction speech says that there's someone else out there with those two Pokémon. That statement isn't true anymore, but since this was a Generation III game, she was talking about [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} James]].
** If you get the villa in ''Platinum'', then people will come and visit you there every day. On the days that Volkner and Flint visit you together, he mentions to Volkner his idea of [[Manga/BoboboboBobobo having his Pokémon hide in his Afro and jump out to attack instead of using Poké Balls]].
* ''Gold and Silver'' has Earl, the strangely-speaking Pokémon teacher in Violet City, asking "want to be {{a winner is you}}?". ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'', meanwhile has your rival ask [[Film/TheDarkKnight "Why so serious?"]] when sending out his last Pokémon.
* In the French localization of ''Crystal'', the three Sages that test your worthiness to enter the Tin Tower are named [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Ken, Shuu, and Raoh]].
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' introduce Cobalion, Terrakion, Virizion, and Keldeo, which are shout outs to ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers''.
** The games also introduced the [[TheGreys alien-like]] Elgyem, who evolves into Beheeyem at Level 42, a reference to ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''.
*** They also bear a resemblance to the aliens from ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds''.
* In the French version of ''Pokémon Gold'' and ''Silver'', a NPC trainer near Tohjo Falls will say, after being defeated: "''Enfant du Soleil, tu parcours la terre le ciel, cherche ton chemin, c'est ta vie c'est ton destin''". Those are the first lines of the French version of ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold''[='=]s opening song.
* [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Pokémon fight! Ready, go!]]
* [[Music/PatBenatar Hit me with your best shot! (loses) Fired away!]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramblin%27_Gamblin%27_Man I'm a ramblin', gamblin' dude!]]
* We'll [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI KNOCK YOU DOWN]]!
* [[Film/GalaxyQuest Never give up, never surrender!]]
** In return, we'll refrain from causing [[ForMassiveDamage massive damage]] to your assistant.
** Generation IV brought us a red haired miner named Roark. Sound [[Literature/TheFountainhead familiar?]]
** Also from Generation IV is [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_laj2c7R3Ve1qbe7n1o1_400.jpg Volkner]], who bears a suspicious resemblance to the [[{{Naruto}} Fourth]] [[http://images.wikia.com/naruto/images/0/0e/Yondaime_full.png Hokage]].
* In Generation III, you may have indulged in a double battle against [[Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle "Young Couple Hal & Lois".]]
** Though their names were changed in ''Emerald''.
* Generation III liked these; there was also a [[Music/{{Metallica}} Guitarist Kirk]] in Wattson's Gym.
* [[http://archives.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/8/8f/HeartGold_SoulSilver_Lt_Surge.png Lt. Surge's outfit]] in ''[=HeartGold=]/[=SoulSilver=]'' bears more than a passing resemblence to [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Guile...]]
* ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' shout outs are a recurring trend in the series, with examples present as far back as the original ''Red and Blue''. The involvement of Creatures, Inc. on the series may have something to do with it.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' hits ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'' in particular: the Waitress trainer class bears a strong resemblance to Tazmily villager Tessie, Drilbur (who strongly resembles the Mischievous Mole enemy) evolves into Excadrill (a mole with drill hands like Reconstructed Mole), there is a Dark/Dragon line, and the song [[spoiler:"N's Farewell"]] contains ''note for note'' a portion of the ''Mother 3'' Love Theme, as well as fragments of "Letter to You, My Sweet."
** Look at [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110822040746/earthbound/images/1/10/Giygas_In-Battle_Mother.png Giegue from MOTHER]]. Then look at [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/7/78/150Mewtwo.png Mewtwo from Pokemon]]. Did we mention the psychic powers?
** ''[=HeartGold/SoulSilver=]'' adopted a quirky self-referential style of humour which reminds one somewhat of the ''MOTHER'' series' humour style.
** In X and Y, there's a man in a Center remarks about a game he's been playing recently, where you play as a boy that goes around beating up enemies to the beat of music. It also could be referencing ''VideoGame/HarmoKnight.''
* At the [[OldSaveBonus Poké Transfer Lab]]: "This kid is a Pokémon Trainer who has [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} all the Gym Badges. All of them!]]"
** It gets better. The first time you transfer Pokémon, the Professor says "Well, let's begin. [[Series/DoctorWho Allons-y!]]" After you're done: Great! Molto Bene!
* In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, you fight a trainer named Franchise/{{Kirby}}. He has one Cleffa on his team, a species generally known as the "Star Shape Pokemon." It's also pink, small, and cute.
* Cacnea heavily resembles a {{Mook}} from ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards''.
* Mareep is... an [[Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep Electric sheep.]]
** Its name is an anagram of "ampere".
** An episode of the anime was called "Do Magnemite Dream of Electric Sheep?" in Japan, and two background characters in the episode were revealed to be named [[Creator/PhilipKDick Philip and Dick.]]
* Krookodile, the final evolution of Sandile in ''Pokémon Black And White'', looks an awful lot like a [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Kremling]], not to mention it uses the XtremeKoolLetterz trope.
* One trainer you can fight in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' 's Undella Town is a rich young boy named [[Franchise/HarryPotter Draco]]. His father owns a large villa.
* Several Pokemon are based off of various {{Kaiju}} from the Toho films.
** Both Feraligatr and Tyranitar are based off of Franchise/{{Godzilla}}.
** Nidoking and Nidoqueen are based off of Baragon. This is because Baragon is very popular in Japan and has made cameos in several shows and video games.
** Hydreigon is based off of King Ghidorah. His Japanese name "Sazandora" is a reference to the name "King Ghidorah".
** Larvesta and Volcarona are Mothra Larva and Mothra Imago.
** Haxorus is Gigan with some blades shifted around.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', on Route 127, there is a fisherman [[Literature/TheBible Jonah]] who has a Wailmer.
* In the English dub of the fourth movie, ''Celebi: Voice Of The Forest'', there's a trainer named [[CrocodileDundee Dundee. He's got a Croconaw, a crocodile Pokemon.]]
* The Dark (Evil in Japan) type is weak against [[KamenRider Bug and Fighting.]] Pawniard and Bisharp also bear a good resemblance to tokusatsu heroes.
* To build on music references, in Pokémon Black and White 2, the guitarist of Roxie's band is named [[GreenDay Billy Jo.]] The band is also a three member band with a guitarist and a bassist providing vocals. It should be mentioned though, that said guitarist is female.
** The Poison-themed Gym featuring a rock band is a bit of a pun referencing the band Poison.
** Speaking of Gym Music in ''[=B2W2=]'', there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pTFLxeg6tg Elesa's Gym theme:]] when she makes her entrance, and the traditional Gym tune kicks in, you can hear that the soundfont used borrows some vocal bits from [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou "Dancer In The Street"]][[note]] (Heard when fighting Pig Noise.)[[/note]].
* During the Memory Link between Skyla and Elesa, we get the following conversation:[[note]] [[DontExplainTheJoke Made even better by the fact that Skyla is a pilot]][[/note]]
-->'''Skyla''': Hey, as long as we're hanging out, surely you wouldn't mind having a Pokémon battle with me, right?
-->'''Elesa''': You bet! [[{{Film/Airplane}} And don't call me Shirley]]!
* In Generation II and IV, there are three Bug Catchers on Route 2, named [[Series/RedDwarf Rob, Doug, and Ed]].
** There are a pair of Bug Catchers, fought as a double battle in Gen IV, who share their names with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everly_Brothers the Everly Brothers]].
* In Black and White 2, there are two Black Belts named [[Film/{{Rocky}} Rocky and Drago]] in Seaside Cave, who use Roggenrola and Scrafty, respectively.
* One issue of the manga had Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar [[note]] one wants to say "Gastlies," "Haunters," and "Gengars"[[/note]] infesting a town and being captured by some {{Ghostbusters}}-type characters.
* Ghetsis faces down Gym Leader Clay, a sheriff strongly reminiscent of JohnWayne, with a small army to demand the return of his imprisoned gang members. That's the plot of the John Wayne classic ''RioBravo''.
* In ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'', there is a trainer called [[ASongOfIceAndFire "Fisherman Tully"]].
** Route 20 has [[SesameStreet Bird Keepers Bert and Ernie and a Swimmer Elmo]].
* In ''Diamond and Pearl'', there's also a Lass which challenges you by saying "[[Music/RobbieWilliams I spy with my little eye]]"...
* Generation V introduced a move called Smack Down. It's [[DwayneJohnson Rock]]-type, of course.
* In ''Crystal'', there is a trio of sages that you must fight to reach the Bell Tower. Their names in the French localization are [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Ken, Shuu, and Raoh]].
* ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' seem like they may have been designed with ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' in mind, both the original and the [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Disney]] version. Along with the France-based setting and the "beauty" theme, there's also a tragic, deformed giant heavily involved with a loved one, a genocidal AntiVillain who is also tragic but nonetheless believes in mass extermination [[WellIntentionedExtremist for the greater good]][[note]]which is closer to the original Frollo than the Disney version[[/note]], and closing credits set to an AwardBaitSong and a parchment-like background[[note]]lifted straight from the Disney version[[/note]]... all that's missing is the "parental abuse" subplot[[note]]which was already covered in ''Black'' and ''White''[[/note]] and an analogue to the Notre Dame cathedral itself.
** The [[spoiler: Kalos Pokémon League]] is very cathedral-like in structure. [[spoiler: Makes sense, as the final battles are fought there.]]
* New Pokemon Sylveon has blue eyes, odango-like ribbons, and has the moon as a background as well as a moonlight-based damaging move. [[Franchise/SailorMoon Sound familiar?]]
** [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism On the other hand]], it's a PerpetualSmiler WeaselMascot in or around the UncannyValley with strange cosmic powers and long, drooping bows near its ears. [[PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Contract?]]
** Similarly, Mega Diancie from ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire'' bears an uncanny resemblance to [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Goddess Madoka]] - which is even more "unseeable" than the Sylveon/Kyubey comparisons.
* The first gym's gimmick is you being forced to traverse a gigantic spider web. The last trainer you fight just before reaching Viola is a [[Literature/CharlottesWeb Lass named Charlotte]]. Speaking of the Gym Leader at the end of the spider web, Viola is a [[Franchise/SpiderMan photographer]].
** Xerneas shares similarities with The Spirit Of The Forest from the film ''PrincessMononoke''. Both resemble deer-like creatures with elaborate antlers. Both are associated with the ability to bring life. And, both are considered powerful creatures of legend in both their respective franchises.
** One of the people in the Furfrou fanciers' cafe in Lumiose City mentions that he gives a good-bye kiss to each of his Furfrou before heading to work. [[Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians All 101 of them.]]
** After defeating the first trainer on Route 10, he will respond with: "Wow! You and your Pokemon's power levels are incredible! [[Anime/DragonBallZ They're over 9,000 for sure!]]"
** "Only Team Flare's [[Music/TheBeeGees stayin' alive, stayin' alive]]."
** A trainer in Victory Road greets you with "After all the training I've received here on Victory Road, [[Memes/{{Nintendo}} my body is ready!]]"
** During your final battle with [[spoiler:Lysandre]], he adopts a strange tentacled harness that strongly resembles [[Film/SpiderMan2 Doctor Octopus]].
** One female [=NPC=] in Lumiose City asks if you have heard the story of ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast'', which, according to her, is about a prince who got turned into a Pokémon and a woman who loved him in spite of it. [[FridgeBrilliance If the real life story is anything to go by, the Pokémon version probably originated in Kalos, the region X and Y take place in.]]
** The Anistar Gym starts off as a seemingly normal-looking tiny room until you step in the center and it reveals to be [[BiggerOnTheInside a huge maze filled with various Pokemon-themed constellations.]] Sounds like a subtle shout-out to a [[DoctorWho certain science fiction series]], doesn't it?
** Once you will defeat a certain Preschooler on Route 4, she will say "[[Memes/TheLegendOfZelda Hey! Hey! Listen!]]"
* One of the {{Flavor Text}}s for Super Training in X and Y is "Float like a Butterfree, sting like a Beedrill", a reference to Muhammed Ali's famous quote, "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee," which was often his strategy during boxing, besides the Rope-a-Dope. Remember - you can't hit what you can't see.
* In X and Y, on Route 15, you can find a Hex Maniac standing in front of a ruined building. What's her name? [[{{Literature/Carrie}} Carrie.]]
** And she has a Litwick in her team, another nod to the book.
* One of the battlers in the Battle Tower is named Bug Catcher Tajiri. The creator of Pokemon is Satoshi Tajiri, who says that he based Pokemon on his childhood pastime of bug catching.
* At the Village Bridge in Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2, you can find an Artist named [[Creator/VincentVanGogh Gough,]] whose only Pokemon is a Sunflora. The reference is made more blatant in Japanese, where his name is Vincent.
* Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre's "Primal Reversion" transformation was triggered in the past by absorbing massive amounts of "nature's energy", which gave them a massive increase in power, in addition to unique markings and physical transformations to their body. [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Sounds like Groudon and Kyogre were the first to use Sage Mode]].
* Fire Blast explodes in the shape of, and in the Japanese version is named after, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daimonji Daimonji]], the climax of the Japanese Bon Festival.
* Cyrus's goal was to create a universe where emotions were a thing of the past because they caused violence, where logic and order were the rule, and, looking at his followers, where bowlcuts are as far as the eye can see. Combine that with the overall space/sci-fi look of Team Galactic and his inspiration [[StarTrek seems obvious]].
* The two characters of the day in the 99th episode of the ''Best Wishes'' series of the anime, Soren and Rocko, are named [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Sora(n) and Riku]] in the Japanese dub.
** Corey ([[ViewersAreMorons or Gary Oak in some dubs]]) is also named Sora(o) in the Japanese dub of ''Mewtwo Strikes Back'', but the film predates ''Kingdom Hearts'' by almost four years, so it doesn't count.