Shout Out / Pokémon

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  • In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, one of the shelves on the abandoned Ship has a game device with two screens, but it's different than the one you're holding. It's either referring to an earlier model Nintendo DS or (more likely) one of the Game & Watch systems, some of which also had two screens.
  • Pokémon Diamond and Pearl has several references to Something Awful 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 Chorocojo's Let's Play 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 Let's Play became aware of this. His response? "Still one of the best things ever and I'm still grateful for/astonished by it."
    • The references are still there for Pokémon Black and White: In that Let's Play 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.
    • Even in Pokémon X and Y, it's possible there's reference to Chorocojo; this time to Platinum, which Nob actually actively commented in. It's not impossible that the first Gym Leader of Kalos, who uses Bug-types, is named Viola after Lady's signature Kricketune.
  • 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 Shout-Out 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 Pulseman. The St. Anne (English's S.S. Anne), Volt Tackle (named for Volteccer, which was in turn named for 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 Mario with a bucket on his head.
  • Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen: In the player character's house if they are female, a movie is playing on the TV. It features a girl with pigtails walking on a brick road. For the male character, as well as in the original, it features four boys on railroad tracks.
    • The player's TV in other games also references real-life movies, such as Big. Additionally, the French translations mention such things as a little boy with a monkey tail and a cool guy in a taxi.
    • Registeel, a Steel-type Golem-like Legendary Pokémon has a cry that sounds a bit like the Transformation sound.
  • In the German version, the Spearow in the house in northeastern Viridian City is called Willi.
  • In the French version, the fighting game on the third floor of the Celadon Department Store appears to be Street Fighter II, thanks to mention of Ken vs. Ryu, albeit misspelt.
  • 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 James.
  • 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 "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 Ken, Shuu, and Raoh.
    • We also get Sailor Eugene, who has a Krabby. Spongebob's boss, Mr. Krabs, is named Eugene.
  • Pokémon Black and White introduce Cobalion, Terrakion, Virizion, and Keldeo, which are shout outs to The Three Musketeers.
  • 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 The Mysterious Cities of Gold's opening song.
  • Pokémon fight! Ready, go!
  • Hit me with your best shot! (loses) Fired away!
  • I'm a ramblin', gamblin' dude!
  • We'll KNOCK YOU DOWN!
  • Never give up, never surrender!
    • In return, we'll refrain from causing massive damage to your assistant.
    • Generation IV brought us a red haired miner named Roark. Sound familiar?
    • Also from Generation IV is Volkner, who bears a suspicious resemblance to the Fourth Hokage.
  • In Generation III, you may have indulged in a double battle against "Young Couple Hal & Lois". Their names were changed in Emerald, then changed back in Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire.
  • Generation III liked these; there was also a Guitarist Kirk in Wattson's Gym.
  • Lt. Surge's outfit in HeartGold/SoulSilver bears more than a passing resemblance to Guile.
    • They had been leaning this way for a while, but in Black and White, Black Belts have a design that can be summed up as "what if Ryu was a Pokemon character?"
  • 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.
    • Look at Giegue from MOTHER. Then look at Mewtwo from Pokemon. Did we mention the psychic powers?
    • Similarly, compare Red and Ness. Both are preteen Heroic Mime protagonists of modern/urban based JRPG's (rather than medieval times/fantasy). Both are Primary Color Champions with caps, backpacks, and bicycles. Both have to collect 8 Plot Coupons over the course of the game. Both have a friend/jerk next door neighbor who after showing up in random places throughout the adventure ends up being part of the Final Boss battle. Both look very similar, though Red's redesign lessened the resemblance. In what may be a subtle nod to this, in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, after Ness courageously sacrifices himself to save Lucas, Lucas immediately teams up with the similarly confident and heroic Pokemon Trainer.
    • Pokémon Black and White hits 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 "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."
    • HeartGold/SoulSilver adopted a quirky self-referential style of humour which reminds one somewhat of the MOTHER series' humour style.
    • In X and Y, 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 could be referencing HarmoKnight or MOTHER 3.
  • At the Poké Transfer Lab: "This kid is a Pokémon Trainer who has all the Gym Badges. All of them!"
    • It gets better. The first time you transfer Pokémon, the Professor says "Well, let's begin. Allons-y!" After you're done: Great! Molto Bene!
  • In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, you fight a trainer named Kirby. He has one Cleffa on his team, a species generally known as the "Star Shape Pokemon". It's also pink, round, and cute.
  • Cacnea heavily resembles a Mook from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards.
  • Mareep is... an Electric sheep.
    • Using the QR scanner to scan the QR code generated by a Windows 10 Blue Screen of Death always results in a Mareep. Androids really do dream of 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 Philip and Dick.
  • Krookodile, the final evolution of Sandile, looks an awful lot like a Kremling, not to mention it uses the Xtreme Kool Letterz trope.
  • One trainer you can fight in Pokémon Black and White 's Undella Town is a rich young boy named Draco. His father owns a large villa.
  • Several Pokemon are based off of various Kaiju from the Toho films.
    • Tyranitar is based off of Godzilla.
    • Nidoking and Nidoqueen, especially the former, have a strong resemblance to Baragon.
    • Hydreigon seems to have a purposeful resemblance to King Ghidorah, both sharing a very destructive nature and having the same basis in the Yamata no Orochi.
    • Larvesta and Volcarona have passing resemblances to both the Larva and Imago forms of Mothra respectively, and the latter is even named Ramoth in the German translation, being a rather obvious anagram.
  • In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, on Route 127, there is a fisherman Jonah who has a Wailmer.
  • The Dark (Evil in Japan) type is weak against Bug and Fighting. Ledian, 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 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 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 "Dancer In The Street"note .
  • During the Memory Link between Skyla and Elesa, we get the following conversation: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! And don't call me Shirley!
  • In Generation II and IV, there are three Bug Catchers on Route 2, named Rob, Doug, and Ed.
    • There are a pair of Bug Catchers, fought as a double battle in Gen IV, who share their names with the Everly Brothers.
  • In Black and White 2, there are two Black Belts named Rocky and Drago in Seaside Cave, who use Roggenrola and Scrafty, respectively.
  • Ghetsis faces down Gym Leader Clay, a sheriff strongly reminiscent of John Wayne, with a small army to demand the return of his imprisoned gang members. That's the plot of the John Wayne classic Rio Bravo.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, there is a trainer called Fisherman Tully.
  • In Diamond and Pearl, there's also a Lass which challenges you by saying "I spy with my little eye"...
  • Generation V introduced a move called Smack Down. It's Rock-type, of course.
  • 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 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. 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 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 seems obvious.
  • In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, an old man says, "One does not simply walk into a Mirage spot", which is a nod to Boromir saying that one does not simply walk into Mordor.
  • In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, there is a doll of a Skitty wearing a dress (Though the player doesn't actually see it) it's called "Hi Skitty".
  • In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, when the language is set to French, Brawly mentions power coming from staring at a Helix Fossil for days on end.
  • Your rival in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum who runs everywhere? His default name is Barry.
  • The infamous Pike Queen Lucy from Emerald greets you before her first battle against you by stating that she is the law, directly quoting Judge Dredd.
  • Hoopa is a reality-warping trickster who uses portals to get around places. Sound familiar?
  • A rich man in Kalos mentions his one hundred and one Furfrous.
  • In the official card game, most of the types gets a different symbol. Dark's symbol is a black upside-down crescent moon.
  • That Dark symbol isn't the only one—in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, a Fairy Tale Girl challenging you for your seat demands that you move, or else!
  • In Sun and Moon, Mario's outfit (sans hat) is on display in the Hau'oli City apparel shop.

  • UB-05: Gluttony, also known as Guzzlord, is a shout-out yo the Gaping Dragon from Dark Souls, as both are otherworldly dragons that are obsessed with eating and are notable for their gargantuan amount of hit points.
  • UB-04: Blaster (Celesteela) is a Pokemon based on the Japanese legend of Kaguya-hime, and has a main motif based on large-scale projectile fire and bullets.
  • Very early on, you run into Kukui experimenting on moves with his Rockruff, and he directly quotes Reggie Fils-Aime's infamous "My body is ready."
  • Another Kukui example: Kukui moonlights as a Pro Wrestler called 'The Masked Royal. At one point, he tells Guzma that, "to be the man, you gotta beat the man!"
  • Alolan Ninetales is an Ice/Fairy type with nine tails. Ninetales is the strongest Pokemon.
  • Wishiwashi is a Pokémon based on a Pacific sardine, making its School Form a literal Sardine Submarine.
  • Golurk's design is based on the Super Robot Tetsujin 28 Go. Its Japanese name, Goloog, is a nod to another iconic Humongous Mecha, the MS-14 Gelgoog from the original Mobile Suit Gundam.
  • Xerosic bears a strong resemblance to Dr. Eggman.

     Anime 
  • In the English dub of the fourth movie, Celebi: Voice Of The Forest, there's a trainer named Dundee. He's got a Croconaw, a crocodile Pokemon.
  • "The Joy of Water Pokémon", from the Johto series, features a book called "A Spring Without Pokémon" and a Nurse Joy who dedicated her life to studying and restoring a polluted environment. It's an allusion to biologist Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, which kickstarted the American grassroots environmental movement.
  • In episode 14 of X and Y Serena becomes convinced the mansion they're in is alive and eats people. After seeing pictures of an old woman in it she's adds to that theory the woman's ghost is possessing the house. Both of these are references to the film Monster House, with Serena's imagine spot even looking like the titular house in the film.
  • One to Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, of all things. Episode 57 has Meowth striking poses resembling Funny Valentine's, Joseph Joestar's, and Jonathan Joestar's, all while spouting Dio's familiar phrase.
  • In the Best Wishes series of the anime, there is a rescue team that travels by aircraft, is lead by Jeff, and the main team consists of his sons. One of the sons is named Virgil, just to drive the point home.
  • Musical shout outs can be found from time to time, usually in episode titles such as "Smells Like Team Spirit" or "Tears for Fears". The stealth shout-out award goes to Casey, however, when watching a (losing) baseball game, she says, "Where have you gone, Cory DiMario?" Meowth does one in XY17: "You gotta keep 'em separated!"
  • Oscar and Andi in "The Bicker the Better" to Rose of Versailles.
  • BW057 has Charles, a Kamen Rider homage so obvious it hurts.
  • Wild Jenny in "Stealing the Conversation" is suspiciously similar to Dirty Harry.
  • The contraption AJ put on his Sandshrew is a reference to the 1960s baseball anime Kyojin no Hoshi
  • In the Japanese version of "Bulbasaur and the Hidden Garden" James says "Tornado!" before striking a baseball pitcher pose and says a wind storm caused by Ash's Pidgeotto is like Nomo Hideo, a reference to a Japanese baseball player whose nickname was "Tornado".
  • In "Electric Shock Showdown" Jessie does a cheer pose similar to the protagonist of Aa! Hana No Ouendan.
  • In XY 100, "A Dancing Debut", Meowth looks at a strange drawing and thinks it might be an Ekans that has swallowed a Mamoswine. Jessie decides it's a hat. (They're both wrong.)
  • The Latin American Spanish dub has James reference love songs. Here's just the ones from the RocketShipping page.
  • The series has a girl named Sakura, who has an Espeon, a Pokémon which resembles the Clow Card Dash. In addition, at the beginning of the Wallace Cup, two minor characters are shown who resemble Sakura and Tomoyo.
  • In the episode, "The Pi-Kahuna", the Japanese name for the giant wave, Humunga-Dunga, is "Big Tuesday", a reference to the 1978 surfing movie Big Wednesday, and the Japanese names for Jan, Puka, and Victor are Jan, Michael, and Vincent, respectively, each named after the film's star, Jan-Michael Vincent.
  • In Episode 258, Team Rocket are disguised as Heidi and Peter from Heidi, Girl of the Alps. While this reference is lost on most Americans (since the only thing to come out of the series in English was a compliation film), the Italian dub goes further with this by including lines from the theme song.
  • Aria from episode 21 of ''XY looks an awful lot like Aira and Sophie.
  • In XYZ episode 37, Hawlucha enters a state where it is glowing red and occasionally emitting steam, very reminiscent of Gear Second.
  • In Pokémon XYZ episode 42, Ash-Greninja used its heightened sense to pinpoint Chespie inside the Megalith Zygarde and marked the crystal part as the main target, similar to the Byakugan of Naruto.
  • In Pokémon XYZ episode 43, Squishy and Z2 gathering all Zygarde cells inside planet earth on one spot and combining into Zygarde Complete Forme is a direct reference of doing a spirit bomb and fusion from Dragon Ball Z.
  • In Pokémon XYZ episode 43, Zygarde's complete form does an attack that looks almost identical to Giga Drill Breaker.
  • The first Sun and Moon opening has a punching scene that is very similar to the end of of One-Punch Man's opening.
  • Mewtwo's backstory in Pokémon: The First Movie is one big shout out to Astro Boy. Both involve similar-looking scientists whose children died in car accidents (Amber's only being depicted in the original Radio Drama). The scientists react by creating a Replacement Goldfish however end up failing (AmberTwo died while Astro was not a perfect replica of Tobio).
  • In the Japanese version, Meowth's crush Meowzie is named "Madonnya" after Madonna.
  • Hoenn episode "A Poké-block Party" is one big shout-out to Takeshi's Castle, from the crazy presenter to the challenges: a maze, crossing a river on logs, Dragon Lake... Team Rocket adds an extra shout-out when Jessie fakes a collapse.
    "Oh no, I've fallen and I can't get up." ''[shoves twerps into river]]
  • In Pokémon S&M episode 18, Bounsweet's evolution to Steenee is inspired by the Magical Girl genre.
  • In a recent episode of Pokémon S&M, Akko Kagari can be seen in the distance.

    Pokemon Adventures 
  • The Safari Zone logo looks like the Jurassic Park logo.
  • Dia has a Nintendo Wii and all its different controllers in his room, similar to how in the games the player character always has the current Nintendo console in their room.
  • In the HeartGold and SoulSilver chapter, a character named Jet resembles Jet Link from Cyborg 009. He even has the same name!
  • Platinum's family name comes from the Berlitz Corporation, a worldwide company meant to train people in language and global leadership skills.
  • In the BW chapter, a Biker wears a jacket that says GOD SPEED YOU, referring to a 1976 Japanese documentary.
  • Two of Cheren's male students are apparently Ness and Porky, while two female ones appear to be Love Live! characters.
  • One issue had Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar note  infesting a town and being captured by some Ghostbusters-type characters.

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