10 Pokémon Inspired By Real-World Mythological Creatures

Gotta define 'em all.

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Since its debut in 1996, the Pokémon franchise has taken over the world. Each iteration of the monster-catching video game introduces a slew of new Pokémon - many of which might look oddly familiar to Trainers.

It's no secret Pokémon draws massive inspiration from the real world when designing these creatures, either. Wouldn't it be easier to bring pre-existing fables, legends and objects to life in the form of adorable monsters? Duh.

Some animal influences are readily apparent in Pokémon, with names like "Caterpie," "Krookodile," and "Seel." Others have tongue-in-cheek names, like flipping their spelling (a la "Ekans" and "Arbok"), while more subtly nod to their animal influencers—typically via their appearance.

Similarly, plenty of natural plants make the real-world Pokémon roster. Victreebel's evil grin and distinct bucket mouth bear more than a passing resemblance to the carnivorous pitcher plant, while Gen IV's Carnivine is clearly inspired by the carnivorous Venus flytrap and its razor-sharp plant-jaws.

Like plants and animals, the monster designers have drawn inspiration from Japanese folklore, Norse gods, Midwest American-aliens, and more.

Some of the world's biggest legends hide beneath some of Pokemon's biggest monsters, including plenty of Legendary creatures.

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