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References to the Pokémon franchise are often made in other media. While Pikachu is a common target due to its prominence as the mascot of the franchise, other Pokémon, characters, and elements of the various Pokémon series are often lampooned.
References in TV and movies
- The South Park episode Chinpokomon parodies Pokémon and fad culture in general. The line of toys have additionally made cameos in many subsequent episodes. During the episode Kenny dies of an epileptic seizure as a reference to the banned episode EP038. The episode additionally heavily parodies the anime and video games to a lesser extent. Ash Ketchum and James are both parodied.
- In Osmosis Jones, when Ozzy tries to stop Drix from leaving Frank's body, one of the germs carries a Pikachu, as a joke on allergies.
- In one episode of Arthur, Arthur Loses his Marbles, Muffy has fifty-four Dopémon cards in a pack, in resemblance to Pokémon cards, and with one card a take on a Pikachu called "Stinkachu".
- In the movie See Spot Run, James tells Gordon Smith that he had a nightmare of a Charizard trying to burn him, in resemblance to Ash's Charizard. James also tells him on what a Pokémon is, as some people may not understand.
- In an episode of Jackie Chan Adventures, a franchise called "Gnomekop" appears, which is, Pokémon plus the "G", spelled backwards. It also uses the slogan "Gotta collect 'em all", similar to Pokémon's Gotta catch 'em all!
- Hayate the Combat Butler features references to numerous anime and manga series, including Pokémon. Pikachu has made background cameos; the pet tiger has referenced Pikachu when assuming himself to be the mascot character and in one episode the cast travel on a plane based on ANA Flights. In the sixth episode, a framed image of a blue Pikachu can be seen near the beginning of the episode. The image was based on one of Pikachu's anime art. In some episodes, various sound effects and background music make a reference to Pokémon.
- Cosby: What do you like to play?
- Child: Pok-ee-mon!
- Cosby: Pok-ee-mon?! With the Pok-ee and the mon and the thing where the guy comes out of the thing...
- In The Simpsons Comics, there is a story called An Anime Among Us, in which Bart has a dream sequence which contains numerous references to Japanese traditional and popular culture, including anime such as Sailor Moon and Pokémon. The most prominent references to Pokémon are Bart dressed like Ash Ketchum, a Pocket Goblins (Pockegob) Trainer, and Santa's Little Helper is a reference to Pikachu (Santa-choo). Bart fights against a trio from "Team Sprocket", with Jessica Lovejoy appearing as Jessie, Nelson Muntz appearing as James, and Martin Prince in a Meowth costume (Cat Scratch-eth). This story is available in Bart Simpson Comics issue #12 as well as the collection book Big Bratty Book of Bart Simpson.
- Two episodes of Johnny Test featured Tinymon, with a Tinydex, Tiny Cubes that contain creatures, a character named Blast Ketchup, and the slogan "Gotta snatch 'em all!". The episodes feature a Tinymon known as "Screechereen," which greatly resembles Shadow Lugia in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. Evolution and attacks are also featured. For example, Screechereen evolves from Cuddlebuns.
- Lucky Star makes several references to Pokémon. In one of the episodes, the characters go to a festival, and Kagami has trouble catching fish, as they just swim away from her. When she finally catches one, she shouts "get da ze!", correctly translated to "Gotta catch 'em all!". In another episode, Konata states that she can name every Po**mon. In a third instance, Konata states that Kinkaku-ji is gold, but Ginkaku-ji isn't silver, referencing both the Bell and Brass Towers, and Pokémon Gold and Silver. She also wonders if they're like Poké***, "with sapphire and ruby and stuff".
- In one episode of the anime Detective Conan, Ash, Misty and Brock make a cameo appearance as kids who were staying in a certain train station. However, the distinct facial features each possess, such as Brock's eyes, their hairstyles, etc., were slightly altered and switched between the three kids.
- In the 2003 movie, Bad Santa, one child asks "Santa" for Pokémon.
- In episode four of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, when Abiru says Nozomu would look good with a tail, he was pictured with various tails including those that resemble the tails of Pikachu and Glameow.
- In an episode of Brum some Pokémon plushies can be seen at a stall in a fairground.
- In one episode of Fillmore!, a cheerleading coach instructs her team to build a human pyramid "as strong as a Geodude using its Harden attack".
- In one episode of George Lopez, when George and Benny discuss ways to make money, the former suggests that the latter pretend to be a Pikachu in Mexico.
- In the MAD series, in the "Grey's In Anime" skit, one of the doctors (who wears a hat similar to Ash's) throws a Poké Ball-esque object, and a Pikachu lookalike, known as "Chekaflu", shocks the patient as the doctor says "Clear!"
- Another reference to Pokémon in the MAD series is the episode that features the rejected Pokémon skit. Among these is a punching mouse with huge arms and small feet. Ironically, its special attack is kicking. Another rejected Pokémon is a Teddiursa-like creature that looks as if it is made out of glass. Its special ability is being fragile. Another reject Pokémon is Your Uncle Frank. His special attack is Confusion, (all he does is get confused and go stand in the corner). The final reject Pokémon was a Hoothoot-like Pokémon that was a dead-beat when it came to battling. When told how exciting battling was all it said was, 'Ehh', and shrugged its shoulders.
- Another reference is the episode that featured Pokémon Park, a spoof of of Jurassic Park, when a unknown Professor invited Ash (who had black curly hair and glasses), Misty (who is holding a DS and has blond hair), Jessie (who had blue hair) and James (who had green hair). It features a Charmeleon and Charizard reference and a Magikarp reference.
- Pokémon has been mentioned multiple times on the Canadian sketch comedy series That's So Weird.
- In an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, Ally makes a trade with a boy that Ray doesn't agree with. They trade "Hackidu" cards which are a spoof of Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!.
- In the Sex and the City episode Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl, while looking at pictures at Charlotte's gallery, Samantha says, "You know, women dressing like men is very popular right now," to which Carrie replies, "And here I thought it was Pokémon."
- In the American Dad! episode A Pinata Named Desire, while Steve Smith was remembering about he and his friends use to have sleepovers when they were little, a pink Pikachu is seen on the t-shirt worn by his friend Toshi.
- In the The Cleveland Show episode Ain't Nothin' But Mutton Bustin, while Cleveland and Rallo visit the County Fair, one of the fair stands has Gengar plushies.
- In Toradora! episode 21, Minori Kushieda finds Ryūji Takasu thinking and says 「ため息ゲットだぜ！」 Tameiki getto da ze! ("I caught your sigh!"), a shout out to the Japanese slogan of the Pokémon franchise, 「ポケモンゲットだぜ！」Pokémon getto da ze!. She also referenced other popular franchises, such as Yu-Gi-Oh!.
References in non-Pokémon games
- In Yoshi's Story, the stages Stage 2-3 and Stage 2-4 are made out entirely out of newspaper clippings, the text: Pikachu, among others, is seen. So far, it has only been seen in one or two areas.
- In the Zelda series, the Keaton Mask introduced in Ocarina of Time bears a strong resemblance to Pikachu. It is mentioned in the game that Keaton "has been really popular lately", the game was released in 1998 when the fad level of Pokémon was still sharply on the rise. The item returned in Majora's Mask where wearing it in certain areas would lead to Keaton himself appearing, though this version of the character was revealed to be a kitsune. The mask also has a background cameo in Wind Waker.
- In Harvest Moon 64, if the characters Karen and Kai were to marry and have a child, their child will be dressed in a Pikachu costume.
- The Simpsons Game features "Sparklemon" in its Japanese level. Homer and Lisa must travel to three temples where they fight the Sparklemon in turn-based battles before they can collect them in a "capturing ball". The first two Sparklemon are based on Pikachu and Squirtle.
- Parts of the insert song in part three of the popular flash cartoon series Charlie the Unicorn bear resemblance to the original Pokérap.
- In the book Babymouse: Cupcake Tycoon, Pikachu is one of the many "people" seen watching an interview. It is later assumed that the same Pikachu was one of the two thousand "people" to buy Babymouse's cupcakes, as referenced by the narrator asking Babymouse how she was going to get her cupcakes to Japan.
- In Neil Gaiman's novella Coraline, the illustration on page 88 shows a Pikachu head among several other toys.