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1997: Giant Animatronic Pokémon make a one-off appearance in the Pokémon anime.
2019: Giant Pokémon become an important gameplay mechanic in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

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  • Despite Pikachu not being officially part of the trifecta of Kanto starters, the revelation that Gary's starter was a Squirtle makes people realize that it was Ash who has the type advantage—a complete inversion of a tradition in the games. Of course, the fact that Ash's Charizard was his strongest team member during their climactic 6-on-6 probably has something to do with it.
  • In Episode 3 overall, Ash calls out Team Rocket for sending out two Pokémon at once because that's against Pokémon League rules, and therefore cheating. Misty suggests that Ash do the same, but he worries because double battles aren't in the League rules. Come 2002, upon the release of Ruby & Sapphire, Double Battles and Multi Battles (also known as Tag Battles) are introduced.
  • The Viridian Gym battle with Jessie saw her send out three Pokémon at once against Ash's three. It would take four generations for triple battles to be officially introduced to the game.
  • Episode 5 has Ash defeating Brock's Onix with a Thunder Shock after said attack sets off the sprinkler system in the Pewter Gym and soaked Onix in water, allowing its ground immunity to be bypassed. Gen 5 introduces the move Soak, which changes the target's type to Water, which is weak against Electric.
  • All that talk about Brock being a Casanova Wannabe...when HG/SS updated his look to make him a true Bishōnen.
  • In an early episode, Ash asks Brock what he knows about the local gym leaders, as he wants to be prepared. He specifically says to succeed, one must "know yourself, and know your adversary!". Brock is impressed, before Ash notes he "got that one from Dexter!". He's referring to his Pokédex, but still, it describes that character's, er, "work" philosophy quite accurately.
  • Episode 8 features A.J., an unofficial gym leader who puts his Pokémon through Training from Hell by fastening them with a "strength intensifier", a restraint that unlocks a Pokémon's potential but restricts movement. In Generation 3, cue the Macho Brace, an actual held item that...unlocks a Pokémon's potential but restricts movement. In-game art of the Macho Brace suggests it actually is the same item.
  • In the same episode, there's A.J's Sandshrew, who unlike wild Sandshrew can tolerate going for a swim. In Generation VII, Alolan Sandshrew shows up...and since it's part Ice-type it likely wouldn't mind going for a swim so long as it's cold water.
  • Goes hand in hand one of the "Harsher" entries: the gang's first impression of the eponymous Pokémon in "Charmander the Stray Pokémon"? "I think that this Charmander has an attitude problem." Hilarious, because that very Charmander would later turn out to be the gentlest of Ash's starter Pokémon...and harsh, because, well, who else would it evolve into 32 episodes later?
  • In several episodes including "Sandshrew's Locker", characters go underwater using a small mouth instrument that allows them to breathe. Courtesy of Korean designer Jeabyun Yeon, that thing actually exists now.
  • An early episode of the Pokémon anime featured giant Pokémon, with another before the Indigo League (With ancient civilizations involved), and a third one during the Hoenn arc. Decades later, it's finally a feature with the Dynamax phenomenon.
    • For bonus points, the Gigantamax phenomenon was shown to happen to a number of Pokemon species, with Pikachu being one such candidate. Cycling the point back to the anime after so many years, Ash's Pikachu has the Gigantamax factor as seen in Galar Episode 13.
    • Said feature is revealed one week after the release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) worldwide.
    • And before said film there was Pokémon Detective Pikachu, which featured a scene with kaiju-sized Torterra.
    • Jigglypuff's Final Smash, "Puff Up", in the Super Smash Bros. series predates the Dynamax mechanic by over a decade.
  • In episode 13, "The Mystery of the Lighthouse", at a time when there were only 150 species known, Bill theorizes that there "may be no limit" to the number, and it will take years to find them all. Since then, the number has, at present, grown to 890, and shows no sign of slowing down.
    • Furthermore, the episode aired in Japan in 1997. Fast-forward 15 years, and the anime itself is one of the longest-running TV shows ever in excess of 700 episodes, 15 movies, and one of the most popular video game series ever with no signs of slowing down.
  • In "A Chansey Operation" back during Season 1, the doctor recommends Ash and his friends could become competent doctors (being impressed by their handling of the sick Pokémon while he was out), but they choose to keep following their respective dreams. Come the end of DP, Brock decides to become a Pokémon Doctor.
  • An earlier episode had Ash, Brock, and Character of the Day Suzy denouncing the idea of making Pokémon look flashy by dressing them up with make-up and accessories, saying that it diminished their inner beauty. Misty and Team Rocket went against this view, and were made to look wrong for it. Come Generation IV and we have Super Contests, which partly depend on picking out accessories in order to garner points, and Dress-Up Rooms, which let the player go wild with accessories and backgrounds that sometimes may move and be flashy. Team Rocket's Jessie would later become a regular participant of Contests, with a few A Day in the Limelight episodes where we want her to win, as opposed to vilifying her for making her Pokémon look flashy. This is taken even further in Generation V, where the Pokémon Musicals rely solely on the types of accessories that Pokémon can wear in order to make them stand out from the rest of the performers, with Trainers only able to decide to toss away an accessory twice during the entire musical number.
  • The first season episode "Showdown At Dark City" features a pair of gyms competing for the right to be made official. Both sides use underhanded tactics to sabotage the other gym, up to and including fights breaking out on the street and sending out multiple Pokémon at once to physically assault the opponent. In the end, Nurse Joy reveals herself and states that neither of them deserve to be a gym. This was written before Dark became an official type in the series, before Beat Up became a genuine Dark-type move, and before the first Dark-type gym, in which the gym challenge genuinely consisted of being randomly attacked while walking down the street.
  • In the same episode, one of the gym names is called the "Yas" gym.
  • During the battle between Ash and Misty regarding who got to keep Togepi, Psyduck barged out...again...and Bulbasaur made short work of him by using "Tickle". This was during G1; Tickle later became a real move in G3. Meowth did the same in "Bound For Trouble", also during G1, he even called the attack.
  • Similarly Meowth performed an improvised "Scratch Fake Out" attack on Bulbsaur in the Johto episode "The Grass Route". Come G3, Fake Out is not only an official attack that works near exactly the same way, but it's part of the Meowth line's move set.
  • In The Tower of Terror, Ash and Pikachu got turned into ghosts by a wild Gastly, Haunter and Gengar. Years later, Generation VI introduced the move Trick-or-Treat, which changes another Pokémon's type to Ghost. Only Pumpkaboo and Gourgeist can learn it, though.
  • Anime!Lorelei only appeared during the Orange Islands saga. Come FRLG, we later learn Game!Lorelei's home is in the Sevii Islands. Coincidence?
  • In "The Heartbreak of Brock", Brock loses out with a girl to a doctor, causing Misty to proclaim, "Brock, even a Pokémon breeder can't compete with a doctor." Fast forward to the end of Diamond & Pearl, and Brock leaves Ash's group to become a Pokémon doctor.
  • In "The Ties that Bind", the announcer proclaims that Heracross' victory over Magmar was contributed to his "Guts". When game abilities are introduced, what would be one of Heracross' in-game abilities?
  • "Why? Wynaut?": the one time Ash had a justifiable means of jumping a hundred feet through the air, Team Rocket think it's impossible. What about their opinions on the other times it's happened?
  • Wobbuffet really is the strongest member of Team Rocket, but Jessie just can't use him properly. It may be idiocy on her part, but, until Generation IV, the physical/special mechanics weren't exactly precise (in one episode of Johto League Champions, Duplica mentions that Counter reflects physical attacks like Bite, which was technically inaccurate at the time, but has since been born out by the physical/special attack split in Generation IV). Contrast how well he's being used in Kalos.note 
  • The Team Shot at the end of the Black and White OP. Oshawott the Attention Whore is standing right behind Pikachu.
  • Georgia's hatred towards the (back then) broken Dragon-type Pokémon and her dedication to building an anti-Dragon squad becomes this in Generation VI when Dragon-types are completely overshadowed by Fairy-types as the most powerful type, leading to some players act like her and started to develop alternative strategies as well as building entire teams to specifically counter fairies and nothing else.
  • The anime always makes a big deal about contest rivalries so it's funny when in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire when Lisia says there aren't rivals in contests.
  • Back in The School of Hard Knocks, Misty dreamed about Paris and Eiffel Tower. Fast forward 16 years, and we're introduced to Kalos, which is France-based.
  • Iris once mistook Ash's Charizard for a Dragon-type, (but can you blame her?). Pokémon X and Y would introduce Mega Charizard X, which is a Dragon-type.
  • The song Heroes (We Could Be) by Alesso and sung by Tove Lo wouldn't sound out of place in Pokémon. In fact, from the title alone, it sounds just like We Will Be Heroes, the English theme to Battle Dimension, and the similarity carries over to the chorus and lyrical themes.
  • In the Master Quest episode "Pop Goes The Sneasel", Jessie attempts to replace Meowth with a Sneasel. Sneasel's voice actor is Jimmy Zoppi, who ended up replacing Maddie Blaustein as Meowth a region later. For extra irony, Eric Stuart's James is almost as adverse to the idea as Meowth is.
  • More Meowth vs Sneasel irony. In the Advanced Battle episode "Hail to the Chef", Team Rocket is heckled by a Sneasel serving as a chef, overhearing Jessie boasting about being a top coordinatornote  and mocking Meowth for a lacking a skill like Sneasel. Come Sinnoh and Kalos regions, Meowth has learned culinary abilities, which Jessie frequently uses to win appeal rounds. Verges on poetic irony in "Performing With Fiery Charm", guess what species Pokémon they outdo...
  • In relation to that, "The Evolution Solution" had character of the day Professor Westwood V obliviously reading from a card how amazing and intellectual Meowth is. Westwood was voiced Nathan Price, Meowth's first voice actor note .
  • A Gastly transformed into a real-world mongoose in the Kanto episode "The Ghost of Maiden's Peak". Later regions introduced actual mongoose Pokémon in the form of Zangoose and Yungoos.
  • The infamous "aim for the horn" incident, where Pikachu defeats Blaine's Rhydon with a Thunderbolt despite the latter being part Ground-type and therefore No Selling Electric moves, becomes even funnier when watching Pokémon Origins - in which a Rhyhorn gets revenge and defeats a Jolteon with Thunderbolt.
    • Also, the Gen 3 games gave the Rhyhorn family (including Rhydon, which was the victim of said move) the Lightningrod ability. So not only is it immune to electrical attacks, probably to the frustration of those who can't tell between anime plot and game mechanics, but with that ability, as long as it's on the field, you can't aim an Electric attack at any other Pokémon!
    • Related to this, in the episode Tag! We're It...!, the first pair of opponents Ash and Paul face had... a Magmar and Rhydon. And the Rhydon had Lightningrod.
    • Another bit regarding Lightningrod. Even though Ash's Pikachu has Static, he balanced on his tail to dodge a berserk Thunder from Surge's Raichu. As of Gen 5, the Pikachu family has Lightningrod as their hidden ability.
  • Ash's Pikachu has the Fan Nickname "Godchu" for being seen as overpowered, including the aforementioned "Aim for the horn" incident. Come Super Smash Bros. 64, Pikachu (although it's obviously not Ash's) was found to be top-tier.
    • Contrast with Mewtwo. "We dreamed of creating the world's strongest Pokémon..." and he's bottom tier in Melee and MIA in Brawl.
  • Late in Black and White, Professor Oak would capture a Rotom, which would accompany him in his appearances since (specifically, the Holocaster segments in the XY series). In Pokémon Sun and Moon, a Rotom would involuntarily join the player character during the game, as the "Rotom Pokédex".
  • In their hurry to catch their plane back to Kanto at the end of XYZ, Team Rocket left behind a pair of Solrock and Lunatone figurines. As usual this is a nod to the upcoming Sun and Moon games, but it becomes even more hilarious because of the ironic fact that these Pokémon aren't even available in the Alola region.
  • The plot for the OS episode, "The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis". Two great and powerful Pokémon are summoned, who battle against each other and cause massive destruction. To avoid casualties, an even greater Pokémon must be summoned, who has the power that can halt both Pokémon and calm them down. Pokémon Emerald, anyone?
    • Similar to the above, the plot for the entire XYZ arc. A blonde girl adopts a baby Legendary Pokémon (who constantly tries escaping her bag), and has to learn more about it in order to return it to its home. Meanwhile, a shady organization needs the Legendary for their own ulterior motives, and pursues the girl and the legendary all the while. In the final battle, the Legendary reaches its final form and delivers the finishing blow to the Big Bad of the arc, thus saving the day. Hmmm...
  • In "Meowth Rules!", Meowth is found by a group of islanders (complete with stereotypical Polynesian-esque dancers and music), worshiped as a king and subsequently spoiled. Sun and Moon reveals that Alolan Meowth (found in Alola, based of Hawaii) became Dark-type after becoming vain and selfish due to being spoiled by islanders.
  • In the episode "Island of the Giant Pokemon", there are giant versions of other Pokemon Ash and the other have seen and not seen before. Which is also a bit amusing when you found out about Attack on Titan, and it's even funnier when Masafumi Mima, Pokemon's sound director, would sound direct the series years later.
  • The infamous 'Thunder Armor' Swellow used in the gym battle with Tate and Liza is oddly similar to the later 'Break Evolution' TCG mechanic. some of the cards even have electricity surging around them. Swellow BREAK was not among the cards made however.
  • In XY&Z Serena's rival Miette often teased Serena by saying that she would steal Ash away from her. In "Sun & Moon", Miette's Japanese voice actress (from her second appearance onward) voices Lillie.
  • The Marowak that Kiawe caught was powered up by the Wela Crown. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, they changed the Fire Trial Totem to a Marowak, where before it was Salazzle.note 
  • In DP077, "Staging a Heroes' Welcome!", Jessie's reaction to seeing that she didn't pass the appeals round is to have Color Failure and crumble to dust after saying "I don't feel so good..."
  • In DP172, Dawn's Togekiss establishes her Team Mom personality by casually deflecting an imperfect Draco Meteor from Gible that was heading towards Piplup. Two generations later, Togekiss is now immune to Dragon-type attacks by being retconned into being part Fairy-type.
  • Ash's reaction to returning to Kanto in the Sun & Moon series may seem familiar after the announcement of Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.
  • In the episode, Ash Catches a Pokémon, Ash catches a Caterpie without having to fight it, despite not being in the Safari Zone. Then came Pokémon GO and Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. Doubles when Masuda stared he considered this method more like BUG catching while the traditional is more like fishing.
  • The Johto-era episode "A Better Pill To Swallow" features a Shuckle farmer and his loyal Bellsprout, who he has named Spoopy. That word definitely wasn't in the Internet lexicon in the early 2000's.
  • In Hoenn, we see Team Magma and Team Aqua investigating a place of worship seemingly connected to Groudon and Kyogre located in Dewford Island. In the Gen VI remakes, there would eventually be a seeming place of worship for Groudon and Kyogre's Primal forms placed in Granite Cave, still in Dewford Island.
  • In "A Double Dilemma", Wobbuffet is disguised as Max, and two seasons later, Kayzie Rogers replaces Amy Birnbaum for the role of Max.
  • “Filling The Light With Darkness” had our heroes preparing to celebrate the Manalo Festival, which commemorates the first total eclipse of the sun in 21 years. The English dub of that episode premiered in North America on January 20, 2019, the day right before the Super Blood Wolf Moon lunar eclipse took place.
  • Yuko Sanpei, the Japanese voice actress of the ninja boy Sanpei from the XY series would eventually go on to voice another ninja.
  • The infamous "donut" scene is particularly amusing in light of the later introduction of Glalie, a pokemon that is a combination of a riceball and hockey mask (original name Onigoalie, a pun on Oni, onigiri, goalie and kohri, Japanese for snowball). There's an extremely popular donut chain in Canada and the northern US, Tim Horton's, named after a famous hockey player.
    • The special "Hoopa: The Mischief Pokémon" features both riceballs and donuts, and makes the latter Hoopa's favorite food.
  • Both times that a Pokémon was chosen for Super Smash Bros. before their debut game was released instead of anime popularity, this Pokémon would eventually be a member of Ash’s team, tying in perfectly with the anime anyway.
  • A trailer for the movie Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys features a space battle between Ash riding Rayquaza and Deoxys. This never happens in the movie itself, however a similar situation does happen ten years later in the Delta Episode of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire where the player rides Rayquaza into space and smashes a meteor containing Deoxys which they then proceed to battle.
  • Remember Venustoise from the first season? Many years later, we get actual, similar Pokémon fusions with Black Kyurem and White Kyurem from Black 2 and White 2. Adding to this, it's unclear Black and White Kyurem are themselves fusions in the anime's continuity...
  • One of the Japanese openings of the anime series (the Johto arc specifically) had a refrain that started with "golden sun and silver moon".
  • During the brief point during the anime's Adaptation Expansion, it created the uniquely made Orange Islands arc, which featured a tropical region revolved around non-battle quests and other anomalies from the games such as existing Pokémon with appearance and type differences as a result of the climate change. The coincidental resemblance and expansion has even led some fans to theorise Sun and Moon are a spiritual adaptation of the Orange Archipelago region.
  • The fact that a Fire/Dragon-type was revealed the same day that Ash got defeated by Mega Charizard X, who shares said typing, got a huge laugh out of the fandom.
  • In the Orange Islands episode "Wherefore Art Thou, Pokémon?", Misty makes a couple of cracks about Ash being Oblivious to Love. For one of them, she commented that, maybe someday, he'll grow up. Nineteen years later, Ash is still 10 years old.
    Misty: You're not mature enough to understand.
    Ash: I am too!
    Misty: Well, someday you'll grow up.
    Ash: I already am grown up!
    • At the end of the episode, Ash wonders if people change when they get kissed. Misty replies that they will have to wait and see. Cue the XYZ anime and after Ash finally gets a kiss from his female partner, the series undergoes a radical Art Shift, along with a significant retooling of both the show's tone and Ash's characterization. It goes even further when Ash finally goes on to win the League in this particular series, something many fans were convinced would never, ever happen after how the Kalos League went down. Change indeed.
  • In 2006, there was an April Fools joke pulled by a Japanese fansite about an anime adaptation of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Spin-Off games. Later in the fall of that year when when the games made their American debut, Cartoon Network did air an anime adaptation alongside it.
  • There's also a scene where Ash makes a remark about how Shellder clamping on Psyduck's tail would make it a Psybro due to how Slowpoke evolves into Slowbro. In the same episode, Shellder clamps onto Psyduck's head. Guess how Slowking evolves from Slowpoke.
  • When Cilan's design was revealed, there were many jokes comparing him to Tamaki from Ouran High School Host Club. Mamoru Miyano would soon be revealed to be his voice actor.
  • In one episode, Ash inadvertently interrupts Trip while he battles a Palpitoad, causing the Pokemon to run away before Trip could catch it. In the next episode, Ash ends up catching a Palpitoad for himself. This is reminiscent of an incident in "Challenge of the Samurai." Samurai interrupts Ash, who's trying to catch a Weedle, and the Pokemon escapes.
  • In "Minccino: Neat and Tidy", Bianca tells Ash's Oshawott to use Hydro Pump, with Ash replying that he doesn't know it. Oshawott would later learn Hydro Pump in Best Wishes 2.
  • Way back in the first season episode "The Flame Pokémon-athon", there's a race where trainers ride their Pokémon, and one trainer is riding a Rhyhorn, which given the variety of Pokémon that can be used is shown to be not such a good choice, especially when there turns out to be a river crossing and Rhyhorn sinks like, well, a giant stone rhinoceros. Flash forward five generations and Rhyhorn racing is a serious Kalosian sport.
  • In a Kanto filler episode dealing with the theory that Clefairy came from space, there's a joke scene where a Mad Scientist invents a scanner that claims Clefairy, Jigglypuff and Misty (who was holding Togepi) are aliens. All three Pokemon would end up becoming Fairy Types 6 generations later. That scientist accidentally discovered a new type!
    • This also resembles Denzel Crocker from The Fairly OddParents, whose main goal is to prove the existence of...FAIRY GOD PARENTS! The fandom had a field day with Crocker references after the Fairy-type was revealed.
  • Ash's first Pokemon League battle ever takes place over a pool of water, and at one point, he orders Krabby to dive into it. Come Gen III, Dive becomes an official move.
  • Does anyone remember Team Rocket's old motto in the anime? Well, in Pokémon Conquest, your mission happens to be exactly that.
  • Misty May-Treanor was an Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist (the very best female beach volleyball player, like no one ever was) who first came to prominence a few years after the Pokémon anime's debut. During her career, Misty from Pokémon was replaced by May, and both of them are associated with the beach. Given that the franchise has never shied away from pop culture references such as Jessie & James and Sabrina, it almost seems like an intentional reference.
  • James's precious bottle caps suddenly became a lot more valuable with Pokémon Sun and Moon, where they are currency for Hyper Training that maximizes a Pokémon's IV's.
  • The Riolu that ultimately becomes Ash's in Journeys is in an egg that looks like a 10km egg from Pokémon GO. That's the egg it normally appears in when hatched in that game. The day that the episode premiered, Niantic Labs decided to roll out Riolu in 2km eggs!
  • The Tokimeki PokéLive! and TwinBee counterpart of Pastel from Twinbee has Cerise as her surname. Guess which Professor from Vermilion City in Journeys shares the same surname in English?
  • The scene where Brock explains the minute differences between the different Officer Jennys may be familiar to those who've dealt with anime fans fervently denying that an anime has Only Six Faces.
  • Brock once made the mistake of saying that Ash's Water-type Pokémon were weak to Fire-types (when he should have said Electric-Types). Come nearly 15 years later, the infamous battle between Ash's Greninja and Alain's Charizard seems to have accepted this idea. Not only that, Alain's Charizard knows an Electric-type move.
  • MAD had a segment called "Pokémonsters Inc. and in it, Ash was catching every single monster he saw, mistaking them for Pokémon. This inaccurate depiction of Ash actually is the key characteristic of Ash's new friend Goh, introduced six years after the segment aired.
  • In Episode 56, "The Ultimate Test", Jessie and James were expelled due to using two Pokémon at a time during a battle. Later on, in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Double Battles were introduced.
  • In Unova, Ash's rival Trip constantly boasts about his skill, claiming that he'll easily win the Unova League and that for him, it's little more than the first step to take Alder's place as the Champion. Not only does he end up losing the League in the first round, but years later, the Journeys series would reveal that Iris has become the new Champion instead, having dethroned Alder completely offscreen before Trip had any chance of reaching his idol.

    Core series games 
  • The ghostly Marowak in Lavender Tower in both Red and Blue and its Gen 3 remakes becomes this with the introduction, almost 20 years later, of the part-type Ghost Alolan Marowak.
  • Picnicker Heidi in Red and Blue complains that there should be a pink Pokémon with a floral print. Along came Black and White, which introduces the Munna line, pink Pokémon with floral primts. Given the reported number of unused designs for Pokémon, many which got used later, it could easily have been a Creator In-Joke at the time.
  • Giovanni's goal was vague in Red and Blue and its remakes, and was commonly theorized as wanting to capture Mewtwo to aid in his criminal activities and/or take over Kanto. In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, his final Pokemon is a Level 70 Mega Mewtwo (though ironically, he's implied to not be from a universe where he won like the other Rainbow Rocket leaders).
  • The old man you trade a Raichu for an Electrode on Cinnabar Island in Red and Blue and the remakes was infamous for saying "Your Raichu went and evolved." While it was unchanged dialogue from the Japanese Blue (where the trade was a Kadabra for Graveler, two Pokemon that DO evolve by trade), it's amusing today given the reveal of Gorochu, a scrapped evolution of Raichu.
  • Missingno's resemblance to a QR code in the GameBoy games, combined with the fact that the glitch which causes it to appear also lets you encounter rare Pokémon at random, is somewhat ironic, given how in Pokémon Sun and Moon, you can use QR codes to catch bonus Pokémon.
    • One of its little quirks is that, due to not having a back sprite, he'll appear as the last Pokémon loaded into memory. This later became Zorua and Zoroark's signature power - they'll appear as the last Pokémon in the team.
  • Some unused battle data exists for Professor Oak with levels higher than Blue's final team, and even has the fully evolved starter not chosen by Blue nor Red. This suggests he was meant to be a Bonus Boss or even a True Final Boss. Then, Pokémon Sun and Moon presents Professor Kukui as the final obstacle of the Pokémon League before the player becomes Champion, and he uses the fully evolved starter neither the player nor Hau chose.
  • Lass Joana in Yellow and the Let's Go games asks if you have a Pikachu, and is more specific in the latter ("Hey, do you have a big Pikachu?"). One year after the Let's Go games... let's just say she turned out to be a huge fan of Gigantamax Pikachu.
  • The PokéGod rumors waaaaaaaaay back in the original games would be later true: meet Arceus.
  • Route 34 from GSC and its Gen 4 remakes is the route containing the second daycare in the series, which may not seem like much, but now it also introduces the concept of breeding. (Kanto's daycare south of Cerulean City only held one Pokémon at a time and also was only useful for raising levels. In the remakes of the first generation, breeding isn't available until the Elite Four is defeated and at a completely different daycare.)
  • One of the working titles for Crystal was Pokémon X.
  • In the Rocket Hideout of Gold/Silver/Crystal, at one point, you're attacked by two grunts who claim that you cannot take them both on at once. Come the next generation, and you have "double battles", with the protagonist routinely taking on two trainers at the same time. Appropriately, the same scene in the remakes turns the encounter into a double battle.
  • The original starting town for Gold and Silver was to be called Silent Hills.
  • "Tentaquil" was a meme of a fake pokemon that originated on 4chan, and it looked vaguely like a blue and deformed Politoed with stripes. When the 1997 beta of Pokemon Gold and Silver was datamined, it turns out that Politoed's original design concept looked strikingly similar to that of "Tentaquil".
  • Pokémon Vietnamese Crystal had the game unintentionally making Silver have a very heated relationship with your character, to the point of him outright declaring his love for you. Come the remakes, and Lyra (the female Player Character) x Silver is a Fan-Preferred Couple.
  • In 2013, Steven Stone was no longer the only Steven with a close connection with rocks; the fact that the game's called Ruby & Sapphire only adds to this, plus Steven Stone's father bearing a noticeable resemblance to an elderly version of Steven Universe.
    • He's also an avid collector of stones and rocks. Doesn't seem that interesting of a fact in the original, but in the remakes we finally get to know more stones he's researching - Mega Stones.
  • The "Hoenn Confirmed!" meme became one after the announcement of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
  • A scientist in Devon Corp. back in Ruby and Sapphire stated "I'm trying to develop a device that visually reproduces the dreams of POKÉMON... but it's not going well." Munna's evolution, Musharna, can release "Dream Smoke", a materialization of the dreams it has eaten. With it, Fennel created a device that lets you "sync" your Pokémon with the official website and do minigames and such with it, and catch special Pokémon.
  • Some people have noticed how much the updated female Team Magma grunts from Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire look like Dawn.
    • Or how much the female Schoolkid looks like a little version of Hilda.
  • All the rumours about going into space to fight Deoxys that circulated when the originals came out, seeing as of Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire it actually happens.
  • The pose Team Magma members make before battling in Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire resembles an upside-down dab, about a year before it became memetic.
  • Archie's redesign in Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, coupled with his facial hair and expression in-game makes him look like Selkie from My Hero Academia.
  • Elite Four Phoebe from Ruby and Sapphire dresses like a Hawaiian dancer. Immediately following Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Sun and Moon would introduce an actual Hawaii-inspired region, leading to much speculation she was originally from there.
  • Sinnoh Folk Tale 2 in Canalave Library of Diamond/Pearl/Platinum was a Mind Screw at the time, but it makes a lot more sense now if you consider the Pokémon in question was probably a Zoroark.
  • Gardenia from Diamond/Pearl/Platinum has a known fear of Ghost-types, and at one point, even shows fear at the possibility of there ever being a Grass/Ghost type. Well, here's hoping she doesn't want to visit Kalos anytime soon, lest she face a Phantump/Trevenant or Pumpkaboo/Gourgeist. Or Alola, where a Decidueye or Dhelmise may be awaiting for her.
  • Hearthome City from Diamond/Pearl/Platinum introduces us to Ghost-type Gym Leader Fantina, who often peppers her speech with French whilst also speaking broken English. She's also stated to be an immigrant from another country. We're later introduced to the Kalos region, an area based on France which isn't stated to be part of the "Pokèmon Nation". It's still not known if Fantina is Kalosian, though.
  • In Diamond and Pearl, there's a Psyduck in one Pokémon Center who, when talked to, says an onomotopoeic version of Psyduck's in-game cry: "Gaga guwawa!" Several years later, someone noticed the box's resemblance to the hook of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance".
  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Pokémon trainer's final smash was Triple Finish. The Gen 5 games Black & White, released after Brawl, introduced Triple Battles. Combination attacks were added, too, but only between two Pokémon at a time, and the results are supporting field effects rather than flashy Limit Breaks.
  • People often claimed that Team Plasma from Black & White is the Pokémon PETA. A while later...
  • The pre-release names for the Machop line are Kara-tee, Kung-foo, and Ju-doh, even though they are based on bodybuilding wrestlers. The Gen 5 games Black & White introduced Sawk, the Mienfoo line, and Throh, Fighting-types based on karate, kung-fu and judo respectively.
  • Reshiram is a feminine blue-eyed dragon with white feathers and plumes, breathes fire, has a heavy resistance to fire itself and is immune to burns, and is heavily associated with a dragon-themed sacred place. It's as if Daenerys Targaryen was reincarnated as her own spirit animal. Even better in that Game of Thrones debuted the same year Pokémon Black and White were released internationally, and the Targaryen house sigil is a three-headed dragon just like Hydreigon.
  • After Sun and Moon were released, the debate over older Gen Pokémon — namely from the Kanto set — reared itself again. After having complained about Black and White going for something wholly new, the fact that for the second Gen in a row, Kanto Pokémon get another spotlight, some fans are looking back at this with a peculiar sense of irony. It was only slightly placated by the fact that a number of the returning mons have had alterations done. This is a mistake rectified in Sword & Shield, where Unovan Pokemon get a bit of the spotlight in regional variations.
  • Monster Hunter: World, released 7-8 years later, headlined the fifth generation of its respective franchise and served as a soft reboot in its own right. It also introduced a roster of mostly-new monsters (eschewing most of the older ones), including a white, ethereal fire-breathing Elder Dragon,note  similar to Reshiram, and a black Elder Dragon with physical prowess, similar to Zekrom. Its expansion, Iceborne, re-introduced many older monsters (much like Pokémon Black 2 and White 2) as well as a gray ice-based Elder Dragon covered in ice armor similar to Kyurem.
  • The day Black 2 & White 2 came out, an user at GameFAQs made a thread about how Iris could be the Champion, hinted by Drayden becoming the seventh Gym Leader. It did. The truly hilarious part of all this was that the second post stated that there was "a 0% chance of this happening". Irony of epic proportions ensued and the quote gained a somewhat memetic status.
  • A user at GameFAQs made a thread about how people in the games should be outright attacked or even killed. Well, it turns out, Ghetsis tries to have Kyurem freeze the player character alive during the climax in Black 2 & White 2.
    • And then there's Pokémon X and Y where the legendaries are themed around life and death, and Lysandre plans to use their power to kill all life on Earth and start over.
  • Many people thought that Ghetsis' threat to the player in Black 2 & White 2, which was widely believed to be a blatant death threat, would be censored in the NA release to apply Never Say "Die". Turns out, it was - however, it turned out to have been that way in the Japanese version too after a retranslation, and it wasn't bowdlerization at all!
  • Hacked Pokémon "Wondertomb" and "Wondereye" are Ghost/Dark-types with no weaknesses and Wonder Guard, effectively making them invulnerable to attacks. Now we have the Majin, the villain of Ghost Eraser which is a Ghost/Dark-type with Wonder Guard.
    • On a related note, this would be the last gen where this particular combination would lack of any weakness, as the next Gen would introduce the Fairy type, which counters the Dark type.
  • Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth basically took the " Zoroark disguised as a guy who gives you a TM" scene in Black 2 & White 2, and made an entire plot point about it.
  • One of the Pokestar Studios movie involves a woman growing to an extreme size after accidentally being caught by a Pokeball. In Sword and Shield, it’s the game’s main mechanic: Dynamax.
  • Back in the late 1990s, there were many playground rumors (most of which also appeared on the Internet) detailing how to get "Poké Gods," even more powerful versions of certain Pokémon such as the starters, Mewtwo, and Raichu. Cut to X & Y, and we now have even more powerful versions of Mewtwo, the Kanto Starters, and many others. Now if there were only Mega Nidoking (Nidogod) and Mega Nidoqueen (Nidogoddess).
    • Butterfree, who was also rumored to evolve into a Poké God, did not receive a Mega Evolution, however it did eventually get a Gigantamax form in Sword & Shield.
    • Similarly, there were jokes claiming that you could evolve Dragonite into Yoshi, or Lickitung into Luigi, by methods involving holding the Game Boy upside down. Now that the 3DS comes equipped with a motion sensor by default, one Pokémon in X & Y (Inkay) evolves through just that method!
  • There was a comic where Blaziken threatens Fennekin not to evolve into yet another Fire/Fighting. This was before the Fire/Psychic Delphox from X & Y was revealed.
  • Some fans have been anticipating a "Dark/Psychic/Fighting" type triangle for starter Pokémon for a while, if only to have a change of pace from the traditional Fire/Water/Grass type triangle. Although the fully-evolved stages of the Kalos starter Pokémon in X & Y end up maintaining the classic Fire/Water/Grass type triangle, their dual types are something to gaze upon: Greninja is Water/Dark, Delphox is Fire/Psychic, and Chesnaught is Grass/Fighting, allowing the long-purported type triangle to "pseudo-manifest" as secondary types in the Kalos' starters' final type combinations. Though, on the Pokémon they're on, it doesn't amount to a complete balance. If anything, it one-sides the triangle even further. Grass/Fighting vs. Fire/Psychic means the fox (just on types alone) will always win.
  • Early on when Digimon first released internationally, many complained that it copied Pokémon, now that Mega Evolutions have been included in X & Y and Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, many people have been claiming Pokémon is ripping off Digimon.
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance featured Mons as party members, which naturally drew comparisons to Pokémon, one of the major aspects of that game's Mons was that it had a virtual pet aspect similar to Nintendogs for you to bond with them. It was rather amusing that little more than a year later, Pokémon did the same thing in X & Y with Pokemon Amie.
    • People made Organization XIII jokes since Xerneas' name was revealed before the release of X & Y. And thus, they begun unscrambling the letters to figure out what the original name was. Take away the X, and you get Serena.
    • Yet another Kingdom Hearts example: Kingdom Hearts II introduced everyone to the "Get up on the Hydra's back!" meme, which received some use in Pokémon after the introduction of Hydreigon, especially since a similar scene happens in the anime. And then X & Y not only introduces the Fairy-type that dominates the dark dragon in all aspects, but also a fairy Pokémon that has the proper secondary type to double-resist both of Hydreigon's innate types: Klefki, the key Pokémon.
  • One of the new trainer classes is "Brains and Brawn", which pairs a Psychic and a Black Belt. The anime did this long before X & Y back in 2009 with a tag battle pairing the two against Ash and Paul.
  • Several Guides for Pokémon Red & Blue erroneously claimed that Hyper Beam was super effective against Dragon-types. Mega Gardevoir and Sylveon's Pixilate ability in the Gen 6 games, which turns Normal attacks into Fairy type, as well as the Refrigerate ability that turns Normal attacks into Ice attacks, make this a possibility.
  • This comic shows various ludicrous "Mega Evolution" ideas. However, Mega Alakazam does exist... and he's seen juggling a huge amount of spoons. Mega Slowbro exists now, too, and it looks exactly like in the picture!
  • Remember the Galactic grunts trying to get honey? Well, X & Y allows you to use honey to initiate horde battles. Meaning that you can use it to attract Pokémon in great numbers.
  • "KISEKI" would have been a fitting end credits song for Mewtwo Strikes Back, considering how its lyrics basically state "all life is equal" and "life is worth living to its fullest," which (aside from being major themes in AZ's story) are basically the entire Aesop that Mewtwo learns over the course of the movie, especially in the Japanese version. Not to mention that you can catch Mewtwo itself in X & Y.
    • Love Live! Sunshine!! would later release the similarly-named "Kiseki Hikaru" (appropriately, Shining Miracle in English), which even has a similar melody and key change section.
  • In a bootleg game for the Nintendo Entertainment System, "Pokémon 4-in-1," there is a game called PicaClick, where you randomly click blocks. Guess what you do in the Global Link attraction, "Balloon Popping"?
  • An episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series has Joey make intentionally horrible Mega Charizard puns while riding a Baby Dragon (which very vaguely resembles a Charizard). Mega Charizard X, revealed a few days later, bears a much greater resemblance to the Red-Eyes Black Dragon — Joey's signature card.
  • The female character is named Serena, in the generation that introduces the Fairy-type, which is affiliated with moon powers, thus inviting Sailor Moon comparisons.
  • There was a compilation album of themes from the American dub of Pokémon that went by the title Pokémon X (which can be found in digital format on iTunes, for those curious). It was released to commemorate the show's tenth anniversary, back when the dub had just hit the Battle Frontier portion of Advanced Generation, quite some time before there was a Gen IV, let alone V and VI.
    • Additionally, the webcomic Pokémon-X existed, to which the author commented on the games via Twitter.
  • With its flat, wide base, its long "neck", and metallic green color, the Ultimate Weapon portrayed in the backstory cutscene of X & Y bears a striking resemblance to Celesteela.
  • Take a look at the Anistar Gym's leader Olympia from X & Y. Now take a look at Lunala. For bonus points, Olympia is a Psychic-type leader and Lunala is half-Psychic type.
  • Prior to the exploit getting patched, hackers could create QR codes that they could scan to inject hacked Pokémon into their games. Come Sun and Moon, and you can use a QR code scanner to get certain event Pokémon note .
  • Pokémon variants were a popular drawing fad around 2014-2015. Come Sun and Moon, and it turns out that Pokémon varying greatly between regions is canon.
  • Similarly to the above, a fan game called Pokémon Insurgence had Delta Pokémon, which were special versions of classic Pokémon with different typings. Fast forward to Sun and Moon, and a very similar concept is introduced. This also applies to the Delta Species line in the Pokémon TCG, which gave majority of Pokémon different typings. For added humour, Delta Species Sandslash is Fighting/Steel.
  • Continuing on this, one common "type swap" in the fandom were Ice-type Vulpix/Ninetales. Take a wild guess as to what type the Vulpix/Ninetales variants are. Goes double for users of the adoptable site Global Pokédex Plus, where a snow-themed (albeit not Ice-type) Vulpix line is a novelty line.
    • Speaking of GPX+, the site also featured novelty variants of Meowth and Persian with grey fur and blue forehead gems that strongly resemble their Alolan forms, three years before the release of Sun and Moon.
  • Back before the release of Pokémon Black and White, there was a fake Pokémon passed around as real. It was a sad, blue and white fish. Now we have Wishiwashi, who is a fish that fits that description.
  • Raichu's Surf animation in Pokémon Stadium had it use its tail as a surfboard. This would become Alolan Raichu's default stance in the Gen 7 games.
    • Speaking of Raichu, the explanation given to its Alolan variation was that Raichu ate too many sweet, fluffy pancakes. While that's just a joke explanation by Alolan residents, Raichu's form change actually has something to do with its diet, as stated in its Pokédex entries.. In the "Pokémon Paparazzi" of the Indigo League Arc in the anime, Pikachu ate pancakes.
    • Also from the anime, "The Pi-Kahuna" features a blue-eyed Pikachu, Puka, who could sense waves. Alolan Raichu is part Psychic type and also has blue eyes, leading to many fans remarking that Puka evolved.
  • A running joke among fans is how Snorlax's sprites/models, when ordered by generation, make it appear like it's trying to stand up. It finally accomplished this feat in Gen VI... and, come Gen VII, it gains (via an exclusive Z-Move) the ability to jump to an extreme height, then slam on the opposing Pokémon. Looks like standing up gave it a little too much power.
  • Another meme revolves around the villain teams' first letters spelling out "GRAMPS." Team Skull solidifies this theory, with Team Flare and the Aether Foundation being the odd one out. Or you could interpret it as 'F*** GRAMPS', as shown in this picture. Or some have interpreted the acronym as "GRAMPS AF" to include the Aether Foundation.
  • A very popular image in the Pokémon fandom is a reversed GIF that makes it look like Ash is flinging Pikachu into space. In the animation for Pikachu's Catastropika Z-Move, the Trainer throws Pikachu into the air in a similar manner.
  • It turns out that, years ago, someone made a Fakemon set of electric bugs (though they looked more like batteries and circuits rather than actual bugs), with the middle Evolution being based on a battery with a name similar to Charjabug.
  • In 2013, a DeviantArt user created a Fire/Dark-type tiger Fakémon named Incineroar. In 2016, Litten's final evolution was revealed to be exactly that (but with a much different design). Many fans promptly hailed the artist as a prophet.
  • It turns out that someone on This Very Wiki thought of the names Sun and Moon long before Nintendo used them.
  • This fanart, featuring Azura from Fire Emblem Fates and Popplio was drawn solely because Azura had water magic. And then Popplio's final form, Primarina, was revealed, which can be easily described as "Azura, but a seal-mermaid".
  • You know about the "Get in the bag Nebby" meme? Well, apparently, on July 8th 2016, this duffel bag with the words "I Love Nebby" written on it came out.
  • As noted by CN themselves, Steven accidentally predicted the three starters' final forms.
  • When images of Pokémon Sun and Moon's Z Crystal were revealed alongside its Japanese logo in early 2016, it was pointed out how it suspiciously resembled a Burst Heart from Pokemon Reburst, right down to the shape. Given that this coincided with fan speculation about the (rather divisive) theory of Ash-Greninja being not just a simple Super Mode, but potentially a Fusion Dance, following its reveal to be usable in-game - the similarity between Z-Crystals and Burst Hearts set the Epileptic Trees over what exactly this could mean, on fire. Consequently, many well-known Pokémon bloggers started referencing the Pokemon Reburst manga, to support their theories that it was going to be the next major game mechanic. While any presumed connection was eventually debunked with the explanation of the Z-Crystals and their Z-Moves... during Pokémon Sun and Moon's climax, the Big Bad does actually end up fusing with the Ultra Beast (later revealed to be extradimensional Pokémon) Nihilego, right before your final battle against them.
  • After Lusamine was revealed someone on Twitter instantly concluded that Lusamine was the main villain and played Blumenkranz with a video of it zooming in onto Lusamine, with the reason being is that it's one of the best villain songs. Turns out Lusamine is a Ragyo Expy.
    • 2 and half years before the games came out someone made a Blumenkranz remix of what it would sound like in a Pokemon game. We actually got Ragyo in a Pokemon game.
  • This fake 4chan "leak" used to "clarify" the leaked Pokémon that would become Decidueye, Incineroar, and Primarina managed to accurately predict a very major plot point in Sun & Moon; it states that Lillie is the daughter of the game's true villain, who leads a rich company on the artificial island (although the "leak"'s villain is male, and has a completely different goal from the actual games). Afterwards, they posted another false leak on the three Tapus aside from Koko; "Tapu Lele", "Tapu Hee", and "Tapu Lono". "Tapu Lele" outright shares its name (but not its appearance or typing) with one of the actual Tapus, while "Tapu Hee" and "Tapu Lono" share the Water/Fairy and Grass/Fairy typing with Tapu Fini and Tapu Bulu respectively.
  • The Gen 7 games state that every single Gengar is a former human. Suddenly, Ninetales's curse in Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team sounds much less special... unless Ninetales cursed the human of the legend to become a Gengar precisely because of this. Or all Gengar were cursed humans.
  • When the then-unnamed Nihilego was first revealed in a trailer, many fans jumped to the conclusion that Lillie secretly was the Ultra Beast. Lillie is an Expy of N Harmonia Gropius; a common fan theory about N is that he is secretly a Zoroark in disguise.
  • Smogon once had an article titled 'Moves Pokémon SHOULD Have, But Don't' (posted in Generation 4) which listed Flygon not having Dragon Dance and implying it should get it. Guess what it got in Sun & Moon...
  • Another 3DS title released at the time of Sun & Moon featured a villainous president of a rich, successful foundation, having an... "interesting" relationship with their daughters, the reason for their villainy being their loved one disappearing into an alternate dimension and them intensively researching what took their loved one away but falling under its control, all while their loved one survived and managed to return to their home dimension, unbeknownst to them, and finally fusing with the thing that took their loved away for the final battle. Gladion's battle theme even sounds similar to the boss theme.
  • Sun & Moon isn't the only Pokémon related work in which the Pokémon-obsessed main villain (whose child/children disagree with their methods) fuses their consciousness with a powerful Pokémon that can produce a mind-affecting chemical note .
  • Sun & Moon isn't also the only Pokémon game in which the publicly-known villainous team is just a front for a more covert and much more sinister villainous organization. Both games also feature a young man with connections to the front organization who is trying to bring down the real masterminds, and a girl on the run from said masterminds because she possesses something they want. Lastly, both games feature unusual Pokémon that require special Poké Balls to capture.
  • All the jokes made referring to Solgaleo as Liger Zero become even more hilarious, now that Necrozma's formes in Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon look like Solgaleo and Lunala decked out in armor resembling itself.
  • The comparisons between Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon and Ultra Series sprung up as well, with more countless references of that franchise by having Ultra Recon Squad being Reasonable Authority Figure Human Aliens, Ultra Beast being explained as Pokémon from other dimensions, and yes, Ultra Necrozma being compared to Ultras from the TV series (especially Ultraman King and Ultraman Noa), with its signature Z-Move, Light That Burns The Sky, being similar to Ultra Beams used by Ultras in the shows.
  • A Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen hack named Pokémon Turquoise had Giovanni as the Champion, and while his team was mostly Ground-types his ace was a Level 70 Mewtwo. In Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon, his team consists of mostly ground-types, but his final Pokémon is a Level 70 Mega Mewtwo.
  • A game hack, Pokémon Dark Rising 2 previously had Giovanni forming a Legion of Doom, a plot that is repeated in Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.
  • Like Noibat and Incineroar before it, Poipole was also the name for a fan-created Pokémon many years before the official Poipole was released in Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.
  • When Magearna was revealed, many thought that it would be added in Gen VI in a hypothetical Pokémon Z, though others shut it down as the games never added brand new Pokémon species in the middle of a generationnote . Then Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon threw everyone a curveball by doing just that!
  • Remember how, at the end of the Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Team Rainbow Rocket arc, Giovanni ended up contemplating which world to attack next? Yeah, by the looks of it, he ended up choosing ours.
  • Pokémon Brown was a common playground rumor back in Gen I. Let's Go, Eevee! is essentially a modern take on the same idea.
  • At one point in HeartGold and SoulSilver, the player gets ambushed by Team Rocket, only for Lance to point out how "unfair" and "sneaky" a two-on-one battle would be. This becomes much more ironic now that the co-op mode allows the player to essentially do the same to opposing Trainers.
  • When the Spaceworld demo from Pokémon Gold and Silver was datamined and published in 2018, there have been shown to be many early Pokémon who were never released hidden in the game's files. One of those unused Pokémon is Animon, an evolution of Ditto requiring a Metal Coat (like Steelix and Scizor, who require a Metal Coat to become Steel-type). Then the newly-introduced Pokémon Meltan was shown to be a Steel-type and its Blob Monster appearance has been compared to Ditto even before it had been officially revealed. Its reveal trailer even shows that Ditto have been known to transform into Meltan for some reason.
  • Aoi Yūki voiced another Eeveenote  and a Flareon before the Partner Eevee in Let's Go Eevee!. Sounded familiar from different Pokémon?
  • The Fire and Grass Starters from the Gen 8 games, Scorbunny and Grookey, highly resemble a fake leak made many months ago involving similar fakemon. In the case of Scorbunny, the poses are even similar!
  • During the lifespan of Pokémon Black and White, Pansear (a Fire-type Elemental Monkey) was compared as a Suspiciously Similar Substitute to Chimchar (who was a Gen IV Fire-type starter Pokémon from Diamond and Pearl). Come Sword and Shield, Grookey, the new Grass-type starter, was quickly compared to Pansage, a Grass-type Elemental Monkey who was also a counterpart to Pansear, making this a case of Recursive Adaptation.
  • There was a Pokémon fanfic entitled Sword and Shield by Kayasuri-n more than a decade ago in 2007.
  • There is an entire DeviantArt account full of Fakémon inhabiting a region called Galar. Comments have been flooded in the page about this game's region. It has since been renamed following the official Galar region's announcement.
  • There was a Pokémon fan trailer by YouTube channel Jimmy Tumor named Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are Officially coming to the Nintendo Switch! fanmade that was only published three weeks prior to the official announcement.
    Jimmy Tumor: WHO CALLED IT?!
  • One part of the long running Pokémon fanfic Ashes of the Past involves the Swords of Justice traveling from Unova to the Pokémon equivalent of London and reaching Kalos by the Pokémon equivalent of the Eurotunnel. The chapters with that plotline were released in late 2014, way long before the official reveal of the Galar region. For bonus points, the Swords were three of the Pokémon discovered to be hidden in the game files.
  • This fanmade map (along with other maps based on the UK) on DA also predicted the region.
  • About half a year earlier (May 11, 2018) Mr. Buddy made a video speculating on what a region based off England would be like. Then there was THIS video, which was made over 3 years earlier (October 15, 2015).
  • Prior to Scorbunny being compared to Max, Max himself was compared to a Pokémon in Poker Night at the Inventory.
  • While not relating to the game itself, this video predicts how many Pokémon fans interpreted Gloria as a Violent Glaswegian.
  • A year before the reveal, a Pokémon Diamond and Pearl version of the UK national anthem was uploaded.
  • Upon the introduction of Mareanie as a predator of Corsola, some fans speculated on an evolution or variant of Corsola that's a Ghost type from being hunted by Mareanie. Enter Galarian Corsola and Cursola... though its undead nature is instead by man-made pollution. Furthermore, this variation of Corsola became undead long before any Mareanie appeared to stalk and consume them, prompting Mareanie to ditch this particular variation.
  • Speaking of Corsola, a fan artist conceptualized a Water/Ghost "bleached coral" variant of Corsola back in 2017 that looks remarkably similar to Galarian Corsola, who would be introduced roughly two years later.
  • The "kilogram of steel" scene from Limmy's Show was parodied in a comic with Gloria and Victor and is now a bit funnier thanks to the fact that one of Galar's first Pokémon revealed is Corviknight, a Flying/Steel type bird Pokémon.
  • The initial Ultra Series inspiration behind Pokémon's concept became all the more fitting with the introduction of the Dynamax transformation, which lets Pokémon become giant-sized for three turns, much like most Ultras being active for three minutes. Which gets even more hilarious as there were two Ultramen with names that made up the word.
  • In the ROM hack Pokemon Sweet Version, there is an Apple-type version of Gulpin named Applin. Come Sword and Shield, and a Pokémon named Applin makes its debut, though it's a Wyrm in an Apple.
  • The fangame Pokémon Reborn had a Steelix grow enormous due to PULSE energy. With the introduction of the Dynamax mechanic, you can have a giant Steelix of your very own!
  • A post by a random 4chan anon predicted Sinistea and Polteageist, right down to the latter Pokémon's name, five years before Sword and Shield came to be.
  • A common meme before the games released involved Wailord, then the record holder for biggest Pokémon, being Dynamaxed and becoming even bigger. While it doesn't grow to ridiculously large sizes once Dynamaxed, it does gain something else big: it has the highest potential HP of any Dynamaxable Pokémon, at 1088.
  • The concept of Dynamaxing makes one of the Pokestar Studios movies, The Giant Woman!, even funnier in hindsight, as it essentially goes from "strange concept movie" to "weird Dynamax-themed Galarian import fetish flick" in an instant. The protagonist's older sister even accidentally makes herself grow into a giantess by getting herself caught in a Strange Looking Pokeball, which could well be a Dynamax-mode Pokéball.
  • The "Galar Border Control" webcomic by Wooden Plank Studios has a Zoroark sneak into Galar under the guise of a Charizard, only for a blunder during a Championship battle causes it to immediately become a fugitive. Come the Expansion Pass, where one of the returning Pokémon is a Zorua, rendering said Zoroark off the lam.
    • Many players have also pointed out that Dracovish, the fossil mon that has difficulty breathing on land because it has a fish head, partners perfectly with Araquanid from the previous generation. Araquanid uses a water bubble as a helmet to breathe on land, and has a protective instinct towards weaker Pokemon which it brings into its bubble. A popular comic has Araquanid give Dracovish a water helmet of its own to help it breathe. This is also a partial case of Gameplay and Story Integration, because Araquanid learns Entrainment to transfer its Water Bubble ability to other Pokémon (which is animated with its arms moving just like the comic depicts), and it doubles the power of Water type attacks, making Dracovish's Fishious Rend even more ridiculously powerful. Unfortunately, (or fortunately for competitive players) this wears off at the end of the battle.
  • In Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, a magic spell called "Granwyrm" summons a giant dragon made of fire which immediately then flies towards the target and obliterates it. Come Pokémon Sword and Shield, where Gigantamax Charizard's Secret Art G-Max Wildfire does the exact same thing.
  • Also concerning Gigantamax Charizard: it's a gigantic Kaiju with some Not Zilla elements that's associated with fire and is a bipedal winged dragon that lacks the Dragon type. All this also describes a Yu-Gi-Oh! monster from several years prior: Dogoran, the Mad Flame Kaiju, a FIRE attribute Dinosaur-type monster that resembles a Godzilla-like dragon. Its card artwork even has flames protruding from its head and mouth similar to Gigantamax Charizard!
  • In a Ultra Sun dex entry, Kabuto was said that living specimens of this Pokemon could be seen in a certain region, which was a rare sight. Now, where exactly can you find them now?
  • The gen I move known in Japan as "Tail Wag" was dubbed "Tail Whip" in English. Gen V was when a move that actually involved hitting a Pokemon with one's tail would be introduced, originally as "Sweep Slap" but still described as such in its description.
  • Monster Hunter: World introduces the monster Zorah Magdaros, a titanic Elder Dragon like Dah'ren Mohran or Lao-shan Lung with a colossal volcanic system on its back. Come Sword and Shield and the new Pokémon Coalossal has a Gigantamax form that fits that exact description, but with smoldering coal instead of a volcano. It even looks like Zorah Magdaros!
  • Like the above "Hoenn Confirmed!" meme, the "Sinnoh Confirmed!" meme became this too after the announcement of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl.
  • In Black and White and its sequels, sometimes the Item Poké Balls will turn out to be an Amoonguss in disguise waiting to attack the player. Ten years later in 2020, the game Among Us, which is about finding an imposter in disguise and sounds similar to Amoonguss, would be widely popularized.

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  • There's a set of scenes in Pokémon Snap where Koffing chases after a Jigglypuff. After Gen VI, which introduces the Fairy type (which the Poison-type has an advantage against) and Jigglypuff being turned into one member of the type, it takes a whole new meaning.
  • Near the end of Hey You, Pikachu!, you have to follow Pikachu while he goes out shopping. What's your stealthy cover? A cardboard box. Made even funnier with Pikachu and Solid Snake crossing paths twice.
  • Pokémon Colosseum:
    • Ein's personality, intellect, creations, and even hairstyle and dress sense are all very similar to Sosuke Aizen.
    • May also cross over into Harsher in Hindsight, depending on how you view the issue. One of the commercials for the game depicted an angry mob, with a man prominently shouting "We will get our Pokémon back!", which becomes almost prophetic in light of the outrage in the announcement that the Gen 8 games wouldn't get support for Pokémon not in the region's PokéDex.
  • Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness:
    • The Hexagon Brothers are obviously a Shout-Out to Super Sentai. However, they beat Sentai to the punch with a purple/violet ranger - 2 years before Sentai would have their first official one - and a brown ranger - 4 years before a wannabe ranger would take those colors.
    • Cipher Peon Lobar (the one with the Shadow Duskull fought during the ONBS invasion) uses Pokémon that all happened to gain evolutions in Generation 4. (Duskull, Misdreavus, Sneasel and Yanma)
  • On April Fools' Day in 2014, Google announced that Pokémon had taken up residence in Google Maps and challenged users to go catch 'em all using their map app. Their promotional video is almost prophetic frame by frame of what ended up being Pokémon GO. Even better is that the one of the dev houses, Niantic Labs, started off from Google before becoming independent. It was later revealed in a Famitsu interview with Niantic Labs that they actually got the idea from that April Fool's joke.
    • Capture Pokémon in the real world? So we all live in a Pokémon World?
    • In the competitive circle, Zapdos is the most popular Pokémon of choice among the three legendary birds. Here, Team Instict, who is represented by Zapdos, is the least popular of the three.
    • Spark being compared to Owain/Odin became very appropriate after Kaiji Tang, the voice actor for those characters, mentioned that he wouldn't mind doing voice work for Spark (even though he's a Team Valor player). Even funnier, he did eventually get the role of an electric-type in the Pokémon universe: Detective Pikachu!
    • The very fact that the characters are designed by Yusuke Kozaki and that the team leaders bear some resemblance to Fire Emblem charactersnote  is somewhat funny, since Pokémon and Fire Emblem have crossed over already and Fire Emblem Fates has been compared to a Pokémon dual-release.
    "Hello, Player, I am available to analyze your motherfucker, if you wish."
    "Overall, your motherfucker is a wonder! What a breathtaking Pokemon!"
    "The size of your motherfucker is... colossal. This is indeed exceptional. Fascinating!"
    • The Fire Emblem jokes became even funnier after Three Houses came out, what with the three major factions of Black Eagles, Blue Lions, and Golden Deer being effective analogues to Valor, Mystic, and Instinct.
    • The rivalries between the three teams, especially their mascots. Apparently, there was a part of "Disturb not the harmony of fire, ice, and lightning, lest these titans wreak destruction upon the world in which they clash" that was unclear to some players...
    • Wild Ditto being disguised as other wild Pokémon, only being revealed when captured, was the plot of an Awkward Zombie post from 2010.
    • Speaking of memes, the "Hoenn Confirmed" meme was revived during the 2017 Halloween event in GO, three years after its previous use in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
    • Some fans have pointed out that Prof. Willow and Candela somewhat resemble Guzma and Olivia respectively.
    • Smooth McGroove's Parody song of "Gotta catch'em all" from the anime, titled "Try to catch a few" perfectly encapsulates what being a Pokémon Go player in a rural area, or just about any place with little to no Pokestops and other players feels like.
    • Remember how in the game's early days, one heard many a horror story about players getting reeled in by a Lure laden Pokestop to their deaths or getting mugged? Well, now that Team GO Rocket is in the game, instead of inadvertently going to a Pokestop guarded by a criminal, one purposely runs towards the Pokestop guarded by the in-game criminal, in the promise of a free Shadow Pokemon with good stats!
    • The 2020 season of the Pokémon anime is all about Ash and company's globetrotting adventures while they do research for Professor Sakuragi, much like the players and their research for Professor Willow. Even Ash's new partner Goh fits the bill, as he's got the dark skin and name the male trainer tends to get in GO fanon.
    • The game's Community Day event features an exclusive Elite move for the featured Pokémon (the starters would get Frenzy Plant, Blast Burn or Hydro Cannon, for example) among other bonuses. Up to January 2020, it was Niantic who decided who was going to be featured, with a set pattern of mon-starter up to the furth generation. But this trend was broken for February 2020, where Niantic left to the community to decide which of the four mons should be featured in the month: Rhyhorn, Machop, Dratini and Vulpix (both Kantonian and Alolan). The eventual winner was Rhyhorn, with Machop on second place. Come January 2021 and who would be the first featured mon? Machop. And its featured Elite move, the same one it was proposed on the ballot? Payback.
  • In the Isle of Armor in Sword and Shield's Expansion Pass, Honey tries to contact other regions to have their Champions battle the player (after enough Watts have been donated) but this fails due to Galar being too far away. Come late November 2020, Gloria, the female player character of Sword and Shield, is added to Pokémon Masters, where she is now able to meet and battle characters (including Champions) from every past region.


Trading Card Game and Tabletop Game

  • The Lv. X Pokémon Cards from the Diamond and Pearl sets are played by evolving your Active Pokémon that has the same name as the Lv.X card, thus evolving your already fully-evolved Pokémon to an even stronger form. Mega Evolutions don't seem like such a novelty concept for the franchise now.
  • A lot of attacks that debuted in the games in the later generations have been around the card game for ages, such as Feint, Psyshock (Which was actually Confusion in the Japanese cards) and Hurricane (Some Pidgeots have Gale, which is Hurricane's Japanese name).
  • The Japanese art for the Jungle expansion depicts Exeggutor with an elongated body. Then came the August 2016 trailer for Pokémon Sun and Moon, which revealed Exeggutor's Alola Form.
    • Alternatively-typed Pokémon that appear in a far-off region? Alolan Formes might be the well-known version of this, Holon's Delta Pokémon first appeared in 2005.
  • There's a card called Rocket's Meowth which is labeled as a Dark-type Pokémon. This was likely because it was based on Team Rocket's Meowth (there's a Rocket's Wobbuffet card as well), but Sun and Moon gives us Alolan Meowth, which is... a Dark-type.
  • Grand Master Courtney is a Fiery Redhead with pigtails who uses a Fire deck. Seems Flannery has an Alternate Self.
  • The Science Club Master is named Rick. I wonder where Morty ran off to...


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