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As the single most successful multimedia franchise of all time, it goes without saying that the Pokémon series has been parodied, homaged, and referenced in other works quite a bit. Most of these parodies, however, bear little actual resemblance to the franchise they are based on, and they are quite prone to Cowboy BeBop at His Computer. They tend to instead be general parodies of the concept of "Merchandise-Driven Gotta Catch Them All To Be a Master" Mons franchises from Japan that Pokémon paved the way for, such as Digimon, Tamagotchi, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Beyblade, Bakugan, and others of their nature.

If a series — especially a Western series, as opposed to a Japanese one — includes a Pokémon parody, certain elements are almost guaranteed to pop up:

As the last few points should indicate, this trope has evolved (pun unintended) ever since Pokémon proved to be far more enduring than it was initially thought to be. Most parodies nowadays come from its Popularity Polynomial-inducing Periphery Demographic, and are as such far more affectionate. The classic version of this trope, which typically dismissed Pokémon and others like it as a bizarre and ultimately insipid fad, is on its way out.

Contrast All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles, which is the other way anime is usually depicted in Western media, though some overlap is possible. Compare Sailor Senshi Send-Up.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Anohana The Flower We Saw That Day: Tetsudo suggests that Menma might have wished for a rare "Nokemon" game. The game's versions are listed as Opal, Gold, and Emerald, the latter two of which are the names of actual Pokémon games. They're played on a Bland-Name Product version of the GBA SP and most resemble FireRed and LeafGreen.
  • Asobi Asobase features "Bacteri Go", a smartphone game based on Pokémon GO.
  • Excel♡Saga has the Puchuu, a race of adorable yellow Pikachu-like creatures that can only say their own name—and, in typical Excel Saga fashion, turn out to be evil warlords.
  • Franken Fran: One story has Fran genetically engineering a mouse-like creature with an accelerated mutation speed, which could "evolve" over the course of a single generation into various forms. An unscrupulous rival scientist starts selling the creatures, and kids use them to battle for sport. One of the kids even looks like Ash.
  • Gag Manga Biyori: The sketch "Stickers 2" focuses on a licensing deal for stickers included with a food product based on Dokimon, an anime which proudly advertises having over 100 collectible creatures. Unfortunately, the artist charged with the task, Shimagi Shimami, inverts Furries Are Easier to Draw and is only capable of drawing the human protagonist, Takeru-kun. When accused of being an amateur, she reveals that she's created a Dokimon doujinshi before... where Takeru-kun is the only thing in existence. Her later attempt at drawing one of the creatures ("White Dragon") in a "lively" way results in a drawing of it roasting over a spit.
  • One Piece: An SBS revealed that there is a picture book series (the One Piece world's equivalent to manga and comic books) called Pocket-Mon, which seems to be also a parody of Doraemon, with the Pocket-Mon character shown being a Captain Ersatz of the robot cat himself.

    Comic Books 
  • Disney comics had multiple parodies of Pokémon. A pair of interesting examples:
    • Donald Duck and the Cicciomon Craze features Donald Duck trying desperately to make his nephews concentrate on their studies instead of playing with the new trend of Cicciomon games and cards. At the end he succeeds in his target by overloading them with gadgets until they're tired of them, only to discover that a full collection of Cicciomon cards is worth thousands of dollars a few minutes after throwing everything in the garbage.
    • Battle Beasties is once again based around Huey, Dewey and Louie going after a new brand of collectible creatures, discovering that they're real and live in another dimension, and the franchise was created after a toymaker accidentally found a gate for their dimension. They open it and the Battle Beasties are soon spread around all Duckburg, starting a hunt to get all them back in their dimension. A sequel also exists, with a new batch of creatures coming out of the gate and being controlled by an evil scientist.
    • Mickey Mouse and the Dark Matter Blot features an explicit Pokémon GO parody called Mouseghost being vital to the main plot, as Goofy's obsession with it ends up being vital in foiling the Phantom Blot's latest ploy with a dark matter generator (which somehow makes creatures in the game run away from the place where it's located).
  • Impulse has the titular character playing "Poxy Monsters" on what is obviously a Game Boy. In the Young Justice Crisis Crossover Sins of Youth, one of Klarion's spells bring the Poxy Monsters to life, emerging from "Game Guys", trading cards, and movie theaters showing Poxy Monsters: The Next Wave. The most prominent is a blue Pikachu called "Peekaboo".
  • The Brazilian comic Monica's Gang features Pokemão and Digimão (a pun with "mon" and the similar sounding Portuguese word for hand, "mão"). The 98th issue of the teen imprint, which was released around the time where Pokémon GO was most popular, features a parody of that with Five Nights at Freddy's expies.
  • A Spongebob Squarepants comic features SpongeBob collecting "Battle Monster" trading cards that feature all sorts of bizarre-looking creatures. Patrick finds a bunch of real Battle Monsters and he and SpongeBob bring them to Bikini Bottom, where they cause a mess.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Ever After High fic A Fairytale is a Metaphor, Maddie is fond of playing Polymon Go, even though it's not in style anymore. She mentions having a Leafasaur and looking for a Driporeon.
  • In Irreversible Damage, Greta pokes fun at Rowley’s “female” name, Rowlette for sounding like a “Battlemon” name.
  • The Discworld fanfic Gotta Catch 'Em All features a new collectable card game called "Coldimon" sweeping Ankh-Morpork. All of them have names referring to cold symptoms or remedies for some reason, including Snifflypuff, Lipbalmander and, of course, Pik-ah-ah-ah-choo. And, inevitably, a magical accident brings the damn things to life.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • High School D×D has Issei and Asia try to get their own familiars; while trying to catch one, Issei yells "Sprite Dragon, I choose you!". They are also guided by Zatouji, who wears a baseball cap and strives to become a Familiar Master.
  • Xanadu (Storyverse): Gamimon is an in-universe ripoff of Pokémon, centered around both a card and a video game, tweaked just enough to dodge lawsuits but otherwise a 1:1 translation of the "capture superpowered wild animals with handheld objects and make them fight each other" formula.

    Live-Action TV 
  • An episode of Everybody Loves Raymond had Ray's daughter become obsessed with an anime franchise called "Hackidu". From what we are shown of it, it seems similar to Pokémon having a trading card game (which forms the plot of the episode), as well as a creature called "Scramisaur".
  • Good Luck Charlie: Teddy once dates a guy who is obsessed with the game "Pokeoh", which is both a Pokémon parody and a Yu-Gi-Oh! parody. Her brother Gabe teaches her the ropes of the card game, which includes knowing the standard Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors that Pokémon is known for — such as "Flame" types being strong against "Plant" types.
  • The short-lived Comedy Central SNL spinoff series TV Funhouse featured Jokamel, which was basically this trope meets a Joe Camel advertisement, and with all the private part-tastic designs and attacksnote  it's quite possibly the most demented of the bunch, in typical Robert Smigel fashion.

    Print Media 
  • MAD had a feature in one 2000 issue caricaturing US politicians as Pokémon and describing their characteristic types, abilities, strengths and weaknesses as such. They also did "Hokéycon" in their usual parody feature format, though this mocked the human characters and Strictly Formula plots of Pokémon: The Series and players of the Collectible Card Game more than the monsters themselves.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The roleplaying game Big Eyes, Small Mouth has a supplement specifically for simulating this specific genre titled "Cute and Fuzzy Seizure Monsters", referencing the infamous Porygon episode.
  • Pokéthulhu is pretty much this trope as a game, while simultaneously skewering the Cthulhu Mythos.

    Video Games 
  • Fate Series:
    • Capsule Servant is a spoof of Pokémon where Shirou and Rin collect and battle with chibi Servants.
    • Fate/Grand Order has the April Fools' Day prank Fate/Grand Order Gutentag Omen, a spoof of Pokémon GO where the aim is to collect as many Servants as possible in real life because you have unlimited Saint Quartz for the day.
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 has the villain Warechu (called Pirachu in the dub), essentially a demonic Pikachu knockoff. He represents the "evils" of video game piracy. Additionally, protagonists Rom and Ram at one point are seen discussing a game called "Pocketed Monstrosities", which includes a character named "Eebee" (presumably based on Eevee).
  • Hypnospace Outlaw has SquisherZ, which basically is a cross between Pokémon and Ghostbusters, and features Blob Monsters of various types. In keeping with the Retraux late '90s aesthetic of the game, it comes complete with a rap video. While you can't play the game itself, it's promoted heavily within Hypnospace, and there's even in-universe religious sites trying to claim it's Satanic, much like what happened with Pokémon.
  • One Critical Choice in Let's Build a Zoo: Dinosaur Island is about a multi-media franchise called DinoMonsters, that's about tiny monsters that fit in your pocket, made by someone called Satoshi. The associated image even looks like the original "Who's that Pokémon?" Eye Catch from the English dub of Pokémon: The Original Series.
  • The PlayStation RPG Monster Complete World recycles pretty much the whole premise behind Pokémon but recycled in a medieval setting. You're a child who received a unique pet on your 10th birthday, and spends the whole game travelling various environments to capture and collect other exotic pets. There's even exactly 150 critters you can encounter throughout the game, the exact amount as Pokémon's first-generation.
  • NEO: The World Ends with You features FanGO, a game where you catch AR creatures in real world locations much like Pokémon GO, but featuring classic Final Fantasy monsters instead of original/bootleg Mons.
  • This is essentially half of the premise of Pocket Mortys, while the other half is being a Spin-Off of Rick and Morty.
  • Palworld is essentially a Black Comedy Pokemon spoof (albeit with gameplay more similar to ARK: Survival Evolved), and its advertising cheerfully plays up the Pokemon-like aspects for the sake of irony.
  • Rakuen has, in the chapter where you play as a dog, an unnamed smartphone game played by two kids that is most likely based on Pokémon GO, having to collect creatures in the "real world" and all that.
  • The Simpsons Game features the Big Super Happy Fun Fun Game stage, where Lisa and Homer have to catch creatures called Sparklemon. Lisa even gets new clothes based on Ash's.
  • The Sims 4: Kids Room Stuff introduces Voidcritters, a fictional collectible card game about creatures with five kinds of Elemental Powers that kids can play with. There's also an in-universe TV show, and plenty of furniture depicting Voidcritters in various packs.
  • Smite: Erlang Shen's "Monster Trainer" costume has him dress up akin to a Pokémon trainer and spout animal-related puns. His dog likewise gets a redesign to make it look like Pikachu.
  • Enemies encountered in Yakuza: Like a Dragon are referred to as "Sujimon", or "super jittery men". During the story, Ichiban meets Professor Morikasa, the "Sujimon Sensei". Morikasa invites Ichiban and his party to his "Sujimon Center", where he tasks them to discover all the Sujimon to complete the Sujidex. In Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, Ichiban is even able to engage in "Sujimon Battles" where he uses collected Sujimon to engage in underground battles as well as become a "Sujimancer" who summons Sujimon in battle.

    Web Animation 
  • Strong Bad Email: One series of trading cards that Strong Bad talks about in the enail "trading cards" is a Stinkoman card game The Cheat made up that parodies both Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!, with its point system and Cheatball speaking in Pokémon Speak. Strong Bad even describes the game as being "a cutesy Japanese-y game for little kids to play during recess, to make sure they don't get any real exercise."
  • The Brothers Chaps would go on to give it a more fleshed-out parody in Two More Eggs as "QblePon", whose character names and designs are distinctly in line with their bizarre, random sense of humor.

  • The Cartoon Chronicles Of Conroy Cat gives us Bagémall, which revolves around catching various "Thangs" with paper bags. It's more of an Affectionate Parody due to the creator being a fan. Said creator also shamelessly admits that the Thangs follow a Digimon naming convention so he could have one called "Sexythang".
  • The El Goonish Shive NP non-canon storyline "Grace-a-Monsters" is a close parody of the franchise, except that all the Pokémon are Grace. The main trainers are Justin, Nanase and Ellen. Sarah and Diane appear as a Team Rocket parody, Team Bad Guys, except they're "basically licensed roleplayers pretending to be bad to help train, and make things more interesting for, new trainers".
  • Homestuck has Fiduspawn, a card game that Tavros plays which seems to be a parody of Pokémon with some elements of Alien. After the player throws an Oogonibomb in a similar fashion to throwing a Pokéball, a Face Hugger-like creature hatches and grabs a host plush and impregnates it, before an actual monster hatches out of it. Interestingly, there were no references to the battling aspect of Pokémon, as the main goal of the game seems to be breeding and collecting various Fiduspawn monsters.

    Web Originals 
  • Mortasheen is (or least began as) a parody of Pokémon with a Nightmare Fetishist Bio Punk twist. However, it quickly developed an identity of its own and is now seen as a unique work in its own right rather than a parody.

    Western Animation 
  • An episode of The Amazing World of Gumball has Gumball's little sister, Anais, attempt to use subliminal messaging in a cartoon to convince him to take her to a scary movie. Said cartoon is an homage to the Pokémon anime.
  • An episode of Angelo Rules had Angelo's younger brother Peter going crazy for the "Wiznimals" franchise, a mixture of Pokémon and random Japanese culture tropes (clan wars with some characters changing factions multiple times and others fighting to protect their families are mentioned). The episode has Angelo trying desperately to kill Peter's obsession for them so that he will not be forced to take him to the Wiznimals convention the next day, but at the end, he surrenders and brings him to the con... only for Peter's best friend Cooper to come and tell him that Wiznimals are for dorks, convincing him instantly and making Angelo's tentatives worthless.
  • One episode of Arthur had Muffy showing off her new "DopeyMon" cards, including, as Arthur and his friends point out, "Stinkachu".
  • Bob's Burgers has Burobu. Tina even lampshades this, "So Burobo's like Pokémon but just everybody's a slug?". The end credits for that episode were even a Suspiciously Similar Song version of the first English dub theme of Pokémon: The Series with pastiches of scenes from the anime's opening.
  • In Drawn Together, this is what Ling-Ling is. However, most of the jokes revolving around him aren't so much Pokémon references as general anime stereotypes.
  • The Emperor's New School had "Llámaballs", which is a parody of Pokémon: The Series with some elements from Dragon Ball Z in there.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy had "Hokey Monsters", a trading card game that Grim brought to life.
  • An episode of Johnny Bravo featured Clam League 9000, a bizarre Merchandise-Driven combination of Pokémon and Dragon Ball Z.
  • There are two episodes of Johnny Test featuring "TinyMon", and they contain a number of surprisingly accurate references to the franchise, such as trading and evolution via happiness. One of the creatures shown even looks like Shadow Lugia!
  • The ReBoot episode "My Two Bobs" focuses on a game called "Pantsu Hebi X", which is a parody of not only Pokémon, but also anime in general. Frisket even makes himself look like Pikachu by rebooting himself. "Pantsu Hebi" can also more or less be translated as "Trouser Snake"...
  • "The Game" episode of Recess is a downplayed example. It revolves around all the kids becoming obsessed with a collectable card game called "Ajimbo". The game itself doesn't particularly resemble Pokémon, but the episode aired at the same time as the Pokémon trading card game was becoming a massive fad with elementary-school-aged kids, making the parallels more obvious.
  • The Simpsons episode "Looking For Mr. Goodbart" had "Peekimon Get!" an obvious parody of Pokémon GO.
  • South Park had the infamous Chinpokomon, which were meant to control the minds of American children so America would be vulnerable to a Japanese attack. There's also some Bilingual Bonus in the parody name, as "chinpoko" is a Japanese term for "penis."


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Magic Pocket Slave Monster is a Pokemon Expy that exists in the world of the movie.

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