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(Moving Nidoran to its own little section. You know, females should be listed first, since Nidoran♀ comes first :P)
(I decided to move this around, just revamp the entire page. I'd love opinions.)
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==Pokémon==
 
==Pokémon==
   
===Nidoran===
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===Gender differences===
The [[Nidoran]] family is a special case in terms of gender. Introduced in [[Generation I]], before gender was known for all Pokémon, {{p|Nidoran♀}} and {{p|Nidoran♂}} are considered separate species of Pokémon and indeed share many differences, from appearance to moveset. However, since Generation II, a Nidoran♀ egg has a 50/50 chance of hatching into either a Nidoran♀ or a Nidoran♂, arguably making them related.
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[[Generation IV]] premiered minimal [[List of Pokémon with gender differences|differences in sprite]] between two Pokémon of the same species. For example, a male {{p|Raichu}} will have the full tail seen in previous games, while the female is missing the very tip of it.
   
{| align="center" style="background: #{{normal color dark}}; -moz-border-radius: 10px; border: 5px solid #{{normal color}}"
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===Gender-based evolution===
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Some Pokémon [[evolution]]s can only be obtained if they are of a certain gender:
! style="background:#0070f8; -moz-border-radius-topleft: 5px;" | Male
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* Female {{p|Combee}} evolve into {{p|Vespiquen}} at level 21. Male Combee never evolve.
! style="background:#e82010; -moz-border-radius-topright: 5px;" | Female
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* Only male {{p|Kirlia}} can evolve into {{p|Gallade}}.
|- align="center" valign="bottom" style="background:#{{normal color light}}"
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* Only female {{p|Snorunt}} can evolve into {{p|Froslass}}.
| [[Image:032.png]]<br>{{p|Nidoran♂}}
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* At level 20, female {{p|Burmy}} will evolve into {{p|Wormadam}} and male Burmy evolve into {{p|Mothim}}.
| [[Image:029.png]]<br>{{p|Nidoran♀}}
 
|- align="center" valign="bottom" style="background:#{{normal color light}}"
 
| [[Image:033.png]]<br>{{p|Nidorino}}
 
| [[Image:030.png]]<br>{{p|Nidorina}}
 
|- align="center" valign="bottom" style="background:#{{normal color light}}"
 
| [[Image:034.png]]<br>{{p|Nidoking}}
 
| [[Image:031.png]]<br>{{p|Nidoqueen}}
 
|}
 
 
===Unofficial counterparts===
 
 
Gender also allowed for many Pokémon to have unofficial male and female counterparts, as demonstrated below.
 
   
 
{| align="center" style="background: #{{normal color dark}}; -moz-border-radius: 10px; border: 5px solid #{{normal color}}"
 
{| align="center" style="background: #{{normal color dark}}; -moz-border-radius: 10px; border: 5px solid #{{normal color}}"
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! style="background:#0070f8; -moz-border-radius-topleft: 5px;" | Male
 
! style="background:#0070f8; -moz-border-radius-topleft: 5px;" | Male
 
! style="background:#e82010; -moz-border-radius-topright: 5px;" | Female
 
! style="background:#e82010; -moz-border-radius-topright: 5px;" | Female
|- align="center" valign="bottom" style="background:#{{normal color light}}"
 
| [[Image:128.png]]<br>{{p|Tauros}}
 
| [[Image:241.png]]<br>{{p|Miltank}}
 
|- align="center" valign="bottom" style="background:#{{normal color light}}"
 
| [[Image:313.png]]<br>{{p|Volbeat}}
 
| [[Image:314.png]]<br>{{p|Illumise}}
 
|- align="center" valign="bottom" style="background:#{{normal color light}}"
 
| [[Image:381.png]]<br>{{p|Latios}}
 
| [[Image:380.png]]<br>{{p|Latias}}
 
 
|- align="center" valign="bottom" style="background:#{{normal color light}}"
 
|- align="center" valign="bottom" style="background:#{{normal color light}}"
 
| [[Image:475.png]]<br>{{p|Gallade}}
 
| [[Image:475.png]]<br>{{p|Gallade}}
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| colspan="2" style="background:#{{normal color}}; -moz-border-radius-bottomleft: 5px; -moz-border-radius-bottomright: 5px;" | <small><nowiki>*</nowiki>Can be either gender</small>
 
| colspan="2" style="background:#{{normal color}}; -moz-border-radius-bottomleft: 5px; -moz-border-radius-bottomright: 5px;" | <small><nowiki>*</nowiki>Can be either gender</small>
 
|}
 
|}
 
===Gender differences===
 
[[Generation IV]] premiered minimal [[List of Pokémon with gender differences|differences in sprite]] between two Pokémon of the same species. For example, a male {{p|Raichu}} will have the full tail seen in previous games, while the female is missing the very tip of it.
 
 
===Gender-based evolution===
 
Some Pokémon [[evolution]]s can only be obtained if they are of a certain gender:
 
* Female {{p|Combee}} evolve into {{p|Vespiquen}} at level 21. Male Combee never evolve.
 
* At level 20, female {{p|Burmy}} will evolve into {{p|Wormadam}} and male Burmy evolve into {{p|Mothim}}.
 
* Only male {{p|Kirlia}} can evolve into {{p|Gallade}}.
 
* Only female {{p|Snorunt}} can evolve into {{p|Froslass}}.
 
   
 
===Single-gender Pokémon===
 
===Single-gender Pokémon===
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|-
 
| colspan="6" style="background:#{{normal color light}}; color: #{{normal color dark}}; -moz-border-radius-bottomleft: 5px; -moz-border-radius-bottomright: 5px;" |
 
| colspan="6" style="background:#{{normal color light}}; color: #{{normal color dark}}; -moz-border-radius-bottomleft: 5px; -moz-border-radius-bottomright: 5px;" |
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|}
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===Gender counterparts===
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====Nidoran====
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The [[Nidoran]] family is a special case in terms of gender. Introduced in [[Generation I]], before gender was known for all Pokémon, {{p|Nidoran♀}} and {{p|Nidoran♂}} are considered separate species of Pokémon and indeed share many differences, from appearance to moveset. However, since Generation II, a Nidoran♀ egg has a 50/50 chance of hatching into either a Nidoran♀ or a Nidoran♂, arguably making them related.
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{| align="center" style="background: #{{normal color dark}}; -moz-border-radius: 10px; border: 5px solid #{{normal color}}"
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|-
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! style="background:#0070f8; -moz-border-radius-topleft: 5px;" | Male
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! style="background:#e82010; -moz-border-radius-topright: 5px;" | Female
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|- align="center" valign="bottom" style="background:#{{normal color light}}"
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| [[Image:032.png]]<br>{{p|Nidoran♂}}
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| [[Image:029.png]]<br>{{p|Nidoran♀}}
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|- align="center" valign="bottom" style="background:#{{normal color light}}"
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| [[Image:033.png]]<br>{{p|Nidorino}}
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| [[Image:030.png]]<br>{{p|Nidorina}}
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|- align="center" valign="bottom" style="background:#{{normal color light}}"
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| [[Image:034.png]]<br>{{p|Nidoking}}
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| [[Image:031.png]]<br>{{p|Nidoqueen}}
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|}
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====Volbeat and Illumise====
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Much like the Nidoran family, an {{p|Illumise}} egg may result in a {{p|Volbeat}}, making them related.
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{| align="center" style="background: #{{normal color dark}}; -moz-border-radius: 10px; border: 5px solid #{{normal color}}"
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|-
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! style="background:#0070f8; -moz-border-radius-topleft: 5px;" | Male
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! style="background:#e82010; -moz-border-radius-topright: 5px;" | Female
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|- align="center" valign="bottom" style="background:#{{normal color light}}"
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| [[Image:313.png]]<br>{{p|Volbeat}}
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| [[Image:314.png]]<br>{{p|Illumise}}
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|}
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====In the Fandom====
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A few Pokémon are considered "related" by fans of the franchise, due to perceived similarities. Among the most common examples is that of {{p|Tauros}} and {{p|Miltank}}. Due to Tauros and Miltank appearing to be based on the genders of a [[wp:Cattle|cattle]], a bull and cow respectively, many fans consider them to be gender counterparts. However, Tauros and Miltank debuted in separate generations, generations [[Generation I|I]] and [[Generation II|II]] respectively, and a Miltank egg cannot hatch into a Tauros, nor can an egg resulting in a Tauros breeding with a {{p|Ditto}} become a Miltank. This contrasts with the relationship of the Nidoran family as explained [[#Nidoran|above]].
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Another example is that of {{p|Latias}} and {{p|Latios}}, referred to by some fans as [[Lati@s]]. While there is arguably an obvious connection between these two Pokémon, they cannot breed, and thus cannot produce eggs of one another. Thus they are unrelated, in terms of reproduction anyway.
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{| align="center" style="background: #{{normal color dark}}; -moz-border-radius: 10px; border: 5px solid #{{normal color}}"
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|-
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! style="background:#0070f8; -moz-border-radius-topleft: 5px;" | Male
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! style="background:#e82010; -moz-border-radius-topright: 5px;" | Female
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|- align="center" valign="bottom" style="background:#{{normal color light}}"
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| [[Image:128.png]]<br>{{p|Tauros}}
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| [[Image:241.png]]<br>{{p|Miltank}}
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|- align="center" valign="bottom" style="background:#{{normal color light}}"
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| [[Image:381.png]]<br>{{p|Latios}}
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| [[Image:380.png]]<br>{{p|Latias}}
 
|}
 
|}
   

Revision as of 23:55, 27 November 2009

Gender is a feature released in Generation II, first for the Pokémon themselves, and then, in Pokémon Crystal, for the player characters. This feature allowed for Pokémon breeding, as well as introduced the concept of a Pokémon egg to the series. Gender makes no difference in the stats of a Pokémon after Generation II, unless the two Pokémon are a different species entirely, such as Nidoran.

Pokémon

Gender differences

Generation IV premiered minimal differences in sprite between two Pokémon of the same species. For example, a male Raichu will have the full tail seen in previous games, while the female is missing the very tip of it.

Gender-based evolution

Some Pokémon evolutions can only be obtained if they are of a certain gender:

Male Female
475.png
Gallade
282.png
Gardevoir*
362.png
Glalie*
478.png
Froslass
414.png
Mothim
413.png
Wormadam
*Can be either gender

Single-gender Pokémon

Several Pokémon are also only of one gender, yet do not have an official or unofficial counterpart of the other. Most of the single-gender Pokémon with no counterpart are female, and only six evolution families total (five of which are female-only) are of this type.

Pokémon Gender Pokémon Gender Pokémon Gender
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Happiny
238.png
Smoochum
236.png
Tyrogue
113.png
Chansey
124.png
Jynx
106.png
Hitmonlee
242.png
Blissey
416.png
Vespiquen
107.png
Hitmonchan
115.png
Kangaskhan
488.png
Cresselia
237.png
Hitmontop

Gender counterparts

Nidoran

The Nidoran family is a special case in terms of gender. Introduced in Generation I, before gender was known for all Pokémon, Nidoran♀ and Nidoran♂ are considered separate species of Pokémon and indeed share many differences, from appearance to moveset. However, since Generation II, a Nidoran♀ egg has a 50/50 chance of hatching into either a Nidoran♀ or a Nidoran♂, arguably making them related.

Male Female
032.png
Nidoran♂
029.png
Nidoran♀
033.png
Nidorino
030.png
Nidorina
034.png
Nidoking
031.png
Nidoqueen

Volbeat and Illumise

Much like the Nidoran family, an Illumise egg may result in a Volbeat, making them related.

Male Female
313.png
Volbeat
314.png
Illumise

In the Fandom

A few Pokémon are considered "related" by fans of the franchise, due to perceived similarities. Among the most common examples is that of Tauros and Miltank. Due to Tauros and Miltank appearing to be based on the genders of a cattle, a bull and cow respectively, many fans consider them to be gender counterparts. However, Tauros and Miltank debuted in separate generations, generations I and II respectively, and a Miltank egg cannot hatch into a Tauros, nor can an egg resulting in a Tauros breeding with a Ditto become a Miltank. This contrasts with the relationship of the Nidoran family as explained above.

Another example is that of Latias and Latios, referred to by some fans as Lati@s. While there is arguably an obvious connection between these two Pokémon, they cannot breed, and thus cannot produce eggs of one another. Thus they are unrelated, in terms of reproduction anyway.

Male Female
128.png
Tauros
241.png
Miltank
381.png
Latios
380.png
Latias

Trainers

Starting in Pokémon Crystal, players were given the option of choosing their Trainer's gender at the start of the game. Since then, every game in the main series has had that choice.

Game Male Female
C File:Gold crystal.png
Gold
File:Kris.gif
Kris
R File:Brendan.png
Brendan
Spr RS May.png
May
S
FR Spr FRLG Red.png
Red
Spr FRLG Leaf.png
Leaf
LG
E Spr E Brendan.png
Brendan
Spr E May.png
May
D File:Koki.png
Lucas
Spr DP Dawn.png
Dawn
P
Pt File:Lucasplatinum.png
Lucas
File:Dawnplatinum.png
Dawn
HG File:HibikiHGSS.png
Gold
File:HGSS Kotone.png
Kotone
SS

In side games

Many side games in the Pokémon franchise also allow the player to choose between a male or female player character as well.

Game Male Female
Pokémon
Card GB2
TCG1 Mark.png
Mark
File:Mint 2.jpg
Mint
Pokémon
Ranger
Ra Lunick f.png
Lunick
Ra Solana f.png
Solana
Pokémon
Ranger:
Shadows of
Almia
Soa Kellyn ra f.png
Kellyn
Soa Kate ra f.png
Kate

Trivia

  • Due to the programming in the Generation II games, female Pokémon can never have a maximized Attack stat unless they are a female-only species such as Miltank; this is because female Pokémon cannot have Attack IVs greater than or equal to a value based on their gender ratio. Female-only species have a 100%, or sixteen-out-of-sixteen, chance to be female, so their Attack IV can be anywhere in the 0-15 range, which is sixteen values. Pokémon who have a 12.5% chance to be female, such as starter Pokémon, only have a two-out-of-sixteen chance to be female, which means that they can only have a zero or one Attack IV. Because the majority of Pokémon species have a 50/50 gender ratio, a typical female Pokémon cannot have an Attack IV greater than seven (corresponding to the 0-7 IV range). In later generations, female Pokémon do not have these restrictions.