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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, movies and radio

Series/Movie Episode Details Image
100 Greatest 100 Greatest Toys with Jonathan Ross In 100 Greatest Toys with Jonathan Ross, Pokémon was featured as the 37th greatest toy, with emphasis being on the TCG, and the problems it created for schools dealing with the theft of cards.
30 Rock Stride of Pride Pokémon is a recurring theme in this episode with one of Jack's girlfriends. When referring to Jack's polygamy, she said that it was like Pokémon the way Jack had "gotta catch 'em all". Jack pluralizes Pokémon as "Pokémons" only to have her correct him. Jack brings up Pokémon numerous times throughout the episode in reference to his girlfriend, including referring to a text message he got as being "Pokémon'd". At the end of the episode, Liz writes a letter on her laptop, and also refers to "Pokémons" and her life as "little creatures running around".
97.3 Forth One N/A In an airing on 14 December 2011, the Pokémon Theme was briefly played, as the hosts mentioned that Pokémon was the top Christmas present at the height of its popularity.
American Dad! A Piñata Named Desire While Steve was remembering about he and his friends used to have sleepovers when they were little, a pink and purple Pikachu is seen on the t-shirt worn by his friend Toshi. APinataNamedDesire.png
Buck, Wild In the first act, Steve is upset about being seated at the kids' table, pointing out that the kids are playing with Pokémon cards and they are not very good. He yells at one of the kids for "wasting his Charizard".
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day Menma the Hero Tetsudō suggests that the wish Menma might want granted was to have a rare monster from a video game called "Nokezori Monsters" ("Nokemon" for short), which Jinta buys from the game shop Anaru works at. Anohana Nokemon.png
Austin Powers in Goldmember N/A The movie features people in costumes of Charmander and Pikachu among those running from "not Godzilla" in the Tokyo scene. The deleted scenes also feature background appearances of Meowth and Celebi costumes, the Pikachu car and a Dragonite plushie. Austin Powers Goldmember Charmander.jpg
Arthur Arthur Loses his Marbles Muffy says that she has fifty-four Dopeyman cards in a pack, in resemblance to Pokémon cards, and with one card a take on a Pikachu called "Stinkachu". ArthurLosesHisMarbles.png
Are We There Yet? The Bad Dream Episode After Nick says "You can't make a sequel for everything", Kevin says "They should've told that to the Pokémon people thirteen movies ago!" and then names all Pokémon movies up to M13, including MR.
Bad Santa N/A One child asks "Santa" for Pokémon.
Barter Kings Tazed and Confused During interviews for a new employee, one of the interviewees cites his history as a collector of Pokémon cards as relevant work experience.
Beast Machines Revelations, Part I: Discovery Jetstorm says "Gotta catch 'em all!"
Bernard's Watch N/A Bernard's room is often shown to have first-generation Pokémon posters.
The Big Bang Theory The Cooper/Kripke Inversion Even after being taken off his joint checking account with his wife until he learned the value of money, Howard Wolowitz still spent his lunch's allowance on Pokémon cards.
The Indecision Amalgamation When Sheldon and Amy are at an electronics store and Sheldon is trying to decide between buying a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One, advertisements for Pokémon X and Y are seen.
Brum Unknown Pokémon plushes can be seen at a stall in a fairground.
The Cleveland Show Ain't Nothin' But Mutton Bustin' While Cleveland and Rallo visit the County Fair, one of the stands has Gengar plushies. AintNothinButMuttonBustin.png
Codename: Kids Next Door Operation: A.R.C.H.I.V.E. A character that can be seen in the audience looks similar to Ash in his original series clothes. OperationArchive.png
Community Digital Estate Planning Hilda's long list of conversation topics includes "old man Trainer", "fly on a bird", "cinnamon island", and "seal along the shore", a reference to the Old man glitch. Also when Gilbert is escaping from Cornelius he changes into Missingno. for a split-second. Community.pngCommunity2.png
Detective Conan Unknown 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.
Drawn Together N/A One of the main characters, Ling-Ling, is a direct parody of Pikachu. He mentions that one of his pastimes is giving children seizures. Ling-Ling.png
Drunk History Boston After the retelling of the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art theft, a man says he knows how they must feel because he had $100 worth of Pokémon cards stolen as a kid including holographic Charizard (Base Set 4), Blastoise (Base Set 2), and Professor Oak (Base Set 88).
Dustin in Fowl Play N/A When Dustin the Turkey was wondering what new job he should get, Socky asks "are we going to become Pokémon Trainers?"
EastEnders N/A Doctor Anthony Trueman explains Yin and Yang to his ex Kat Slater, who then replied "Yin? Yang? You're not letting Pokémon characters take over your life?"
Emmerdale N/A Sandy Thomas plays an orange DSi, a sound effect from a Pokémon Ranger game is heard and he cries out in annoyance "Every time I get to the big boss Raikou on level 3, I need Gabby, only a child can work this wretched thing", much to his son Ashley's annoyance. However, the music that is heard from the game is the initial encounter theme, which is inconsistent with what Sandy had stated to have happened. Emmerdale Pokemon Ranger Guardian Signs.png
ER And in the End... A patient says "I am the chosen one, come to be known as Lugia." AndInTheEnd.png
Evil Con Carne Search and Estroy General Skarr and Major Dr. Ghastly create the Poké-Digi Tank. A parody of both Pokémon and Digimon. SearchAndEstroy.png
Everybody Loves Raymond Hackidu The episode focuses "Hackidu", which is a spoof of Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!. Ray's daughter Ally makes a trade with a boy, giving him a sizable stack of cards for just one of hers, called "Scramisaur". Ray thinks the trade is unfair, so he talks to the boy's father and the trade is reversed. Ray then learns that he shouldn't have gotten the trade reversed, and attempts to get the card back. Hackidu is also watched on TV during the episode. Hackidu.png
Family Guy April in Quahog A poster depicting a superhero that strongly resembles a Machoke can be seen in Chris's room. AprilInQuahog.png
Fillmore! Test of the Tested A cheerleading coach says that her team, while in a human pyramid, is "as strong as a Geodude using its Harden attack". TestOfTheTested.png
Gabriel Iglesias N/A His friends have given him the nickname "Pikachu" and this is often referenced during his stand-up performances, occasionally mimicking Pikachu's voice.
George Lopez Unknown When George and Benny discuss ways to make money, the former suggests that the latter pretend to be a Pikachu in Mexico.
Ghost Stories (dub) Akane-san of the Broadcasting Room!! Voice of the Dead The Pokémon anime is referenced when Leo states that the broadcast begins right after Pokémon. Ghost Stories.png
Good Luck Charlie A L.A.R.P. in the Park The episode features a card game named "Pokeo", based on the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Yu-Gi-Oh!.
During this episode the characters mention type advantage, for example: "Grass power is no match for volcano power". A chicken character, called "Chikapu," has a name which is a distortion of "Pikachu".
Unknown A picture of an Eevee is drawn on a chalkboard in the basement.
Good Vibes The Grass is Always Greener When Mondo sees Woody's room for the first time, he comments on all the awards for competitions he has. Woody admits that many of them were purchased on ebay by his parents. Mondo then asks how much they spent on the "lame Pokémon tournament participant ribbon", a gold ribbon with a Pikachu on it, to which Woody claims that he won on his own. Good Vibes Pokemon.png
Green Lantern N/A A cartridge of Pokémon Sapphire can be seen in Dr. Hector Hammond's apartment. Green Lantern Pokémon.png
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy It's Hokey Mon! The episode features a trading card game named "Hokey Mon". ItsHokeyMon.png
Grojband Super Zeroes In this episode, the lead guitarist Corey tries to come up with a gimmick for their band, and is seen in a purple Pikachu costume.
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san Like a Close Encounter of the Third Kind and Great Conspiracy X Nyaruko summons her pets Shanta and Nephren-Car from a Poké Ball-esque object, during which she says 「君に決めた!」 Kimi ni kimeta! ("I choose you!")[1][2] Nyaruko.png
Hayate the Combat Butler Many episodes 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.
Heroes One of Us, One of Them and Dual Hiro Nakamura was called Pikachu once in each of those two episodes.
Hetalia: Axis Powers (dub) Episode 18 During a battle against the Axis Powers, America chooses China to fight and says, "China, I choose you!" After beating and capturing the Axis Powers, America then says, "Yeah, we caught them all!" Reference Hetalia.png
House M.D Perils of Paranoia While having a discussion with his diagnostic team, House says, "Which is why Arceus created a universe with three states of matter and 300 solid or liquid poisons that could cause his symptoms," upon which Taub asks, "Arceus?" House then suggests he look it up.
Infinite Stratos 2 Open Your Heart Tatenashi grabs Houki's breasts while saying Houki-chan getto da ze! ("Houki, caught you!"), a reference to the Japanese slogan of the Pokémon franchise, Pokémon getto da ze!.[3]
Inside Amy Schumer Clown Panties A 6-year-old Amy interviews states that the anime is one of his favorite TV shows.
Jackie Chan Adventures Tough Break A franchise called "Gnomekop" appears in an episode, which is Pokémon spelled backwards plus a "G". It also uses the slogan "Gotta collect 'em all", similar to Pokémon's Gotta catch 'em all! Gnomekop.png
Jeopardy! Several The franchise and parts thereof has been used in a number of clues and responses. JEOPARDYCLUE.png
Johnny Bravo 20,000 Leagues Over My Head Clam-League 9000 is a show which Johnny Bravo watches and enjoys. Due to his addiction with the show, Johnny goes to great lengths to secure all of the Clam-League 9000 toys, but unfortunately goes about it by deep-sea diving for actual clams. The Clam-League 9000 is somewhat of a lampoon fusion of both Dragonball Z and Pokémon. The main rival characters of the show bear resemblance to Goku, Vegeta and Piccolo, the latter of which were combined into one green skinned Antagonist.
Johnny Test Johnny'mon and The Return of Johnny'mon Two episodes 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 legendary Tinymon known as "Screechereen," which greatly resembles Shadow Lugia. Blast Ketchup's Tinymon, Kadoomerang, also slightly resembles Squirtle. Evolution and attacks are also featured. For example, Screechereen evolves from Cuddlebuns, who is said to be the weakest Pokémon. It turned out that it needs love in order for it to evolve into the legendary Tinymon. Something similar to link cables are also featured. In the plot, Johnny and his sisters get stuck in a Tinymon game and need to trade with a cable in order to get out. However, a battle must first be won in order to access that function. Johnnymon.png
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Law & Order: SVU Uncivilized A victim was last seen on his way to a store to buy Pokémon cards.
Home Invasions The father of the victim's boyfriend stated that his son still has his Pokémon cards.
Let's Go Quintuplets! Unknown There is a scene in which Krystal runs past a shop which has a Pikachu-esque plush in the window. Pikachu Itsutsugo Land.png
Lost Ji Yeon In a flashback, Jin is looking for a stuffed panda in a toy store that has an extensive amount of Pokémon merchandise on the shelves in the background.
Lucky Star Base of the Sun Kagami asks Konata if she has any talents besides making faces. Konata replies by stating that she can name every Pok***n. BaseOfTheSun.png
The Famous Shooter 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!", which is "Gotta catch 'em all!" in Japanese. TheFamousShooter.png
Pandora's Box 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 Po*émon, and "if they have a Sapphire and Ruby or something". PandorasBox.png
MAD 2012 Dalmatians / Grey's in Anime In the "Grey's In Anime" skit, Derek Shepherd (who wears a hat similar to Ash's) throws a Poké Ball-esque object, and a Pikachu lookalike, known as "Checkaflu", shocks the patient as the doctor says "clear!"
Cliffordfield / Big Time Rushmore The episode features a skit about rejected Pokémon. Among these is Punchachu, a punching mouse with huge arms and small feet, whose Trainer looks like Max. Ironically, its special attack is kicking. Another rejected Pokémon is Glasstar, a bear-like creature made out of glass. Its special attack is "frailty". Another reject Pokémon is Buzzkill, an owl-based Pokémon that looks similar to Hoothoot, whose special attack is indifference. When told how it loves battles, all it said was, "meh" while shrugging its shoulders. The last reject Pokémon is Uncle Hank (who was just an old man). His special attack is Confusion; all he does is get confused about what was going on.
Pokémon Park / WWER The episode that features the skit "Pokémon Park", a spoof of Jurassic Park. An 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 characters similar to Charmander, Charizard, Magikarp, Gyarados, Pikachu, Pidgey and Bulbasaur. "Yu-Gi-Oh! Island" and "Digimon Island" are mentioned too. PokémonPark.png
The Straight A-Team / Gaming's Next Top Princess Misty is among the contestants in "Gaming's Next Top Princess," among the likes of Samus Aran, Princess Peach, Princess Zelda, Amy Rose, Felicia, Tifa Lockhart, Lara Croft, and Birdo. Misty in MAD.png
Pooh Grit / Not-A-Fan-A-Montana One skit features a brand of gum called "Big League Pika-Chew" (a take on Big League Chew), made of real live Pikachu, and it helps people in baseball by giving the ball a shock when they hit it with a bat.
Kung Fu Blander / Destroy, Bob the Builder, Destroy The "Kung Fu Blander" skit has Po, the main character of the Kung Fu Panda movie series, fighting the main villain of the second Kung Fu Panda movie, Shen. When he learns that only a hero in "black and white" can defeat Shen and that it isn't him, he resorts to pulling several items and characters matching the description to use against Shen. One of the objects Po pulls out is Reshiram and Zekrom. KungFuBlander.png
Twilight: Staking Dawn / Cookie Blue One skit shows "PokéHarmony", which spoofs the dating website eHarmony. It starts with a Geodude who can't get a date with a boulder, and then shows a female Hitmonchan paired up with a Machamp, a Bulbasaur who decided a Venusaur was right for her despite Venusaur being "evolved enough to be her father", and Mewtwo, who didn't need anyone. Ash Ketchum hosted the fake commercial.
Men in Black to the Future / Pokémon of Interest The "Pokémon of Interest" segment was a crossover between Pokémon and Person of Interest. John Reese was assigned to capture a Psyduck and bring it to Harold Finch. When using Poké Balls didn't work, he hits it with a shovel. Harold then turns to Ash and asks "What have you been doing for the past 14 seasons?!". This may have been a reference to when his voice actor Veronica Taylor was replaced by Sarah Natochenny in 2006.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Icarus / The Adjustment Burro The "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Icarus" skit was a crossover between the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and Kid Icarus. In the skit, Pikachu is shown to be part of the gang that harasses Pit, and Ms. Pac-Man uses Squirtle to extinguish the flames in the science lab.
Pokémonsters, Inc. / Bane and Kate This skit was a crossover between Pokémon and Monsters, Inc. In this skit, Ash Ketchum ends up in the world of Monsters, Inc. and goes crazy, attempting to catch all of the monsters. His Pignite and Krookodile are featured as well (but have different body styles/colors) throughout the skit, along with his Pikachu who appeared briefly at the end.
Les the Miz / The Lex Factor This episode featured a skit parodying The More You Know titled "The Less You Know". In this skit, the announcer claimed that Poké Balls were able to hold Pokémon because they're airtight, with a Trainer resembling Misty expressing disgust at the stench left behind after sending out her Squirtle.
Jaws the Great and Powerful / Off Their Spockers This episode featured a spoof of Psych called Psyduck, with the tagline "They'll pretty much let anything be a cop these days".
The Dullverine / Under the Dumb In the first sketch, a Japanese girl who tells Wolverine that they have to go to Japan to film The Wolverine is shown carrying a Pikachu umbrella. DullverinePikachu.png
Malcolm in the Middle Company Picnic (Part 1) Dewey is sitting at a picnic table with a boy and both Pokémon cards in their hand, and can be seen making a trade. There are also cards laid on the table. The boy then offers Dewey some candy, which he is not supposed to be eating due to hyperactivity. After eating it, Dewey freaks out and throws some of the cards in the air. CompanyPicnicPart1.png
Bowling A Charmander doll can be seen sitting on the bed in some episodes, along with a Squirtle doll. Charmander Malcolm in the Middle bowling.png
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Endless Eight (part two) Two Pikachu masks, a purple Turtwig mask, a yellow Chimchar mask, and an orange Piplup mask can be seen on display. EndlessEight.png
The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It N/A Pokémon bed sheets can be seen on multiple occasions.
My Babysitter's a Vampire Friday Night Frights When the ghost of Coach ED (Clé Bennett) haunts Ethan Morgan (Matthew Knight), threatening him that he'd ruin his life if he didn't win a trophy for their school, the young boy gets into a wrestling match with Kurt the Hurt (William Greenblatt). When it becomes clear that he cannot win, Ethan exclaims that he has "never won a fight" to which his friend Benny Weir (Atticus Mitchell) replies, "False; remember that time in grade 2 when I took your Pokémon lunchbox?"
My Family Pain in the Class After finding out that his mother Susan Harper (Zoë Wanamaker) has invited the parents of his school bully round to solve his bullying problem, Michael (Gabriel Thomson) says 'goodbye' to some of his possessions, including his Pokémon cards, commenting that he only had 212 left to collect.
My Hero Christmas When Ultronian superhero Thermoman, aka. George Sunday (Ardal O'Hanlon) is visiting his cousin Arnie (Lou Hirsch) in Las Vegas to ask him about the human holiday of Christmas, he says that he doesn't understand Christmas as although it is the season of goodwill, he says he was in Manchester the previous day to stop a pitched battle. Arnie asks if it was between rival gangs, but George says it was "three mums wanting the last Pokémon".
The Norm Show Artie Comes to Town The first scene is a parody of Pokémon, as a boy named Tommy thought he was Ash. The skit featured actors dressed as Squirtle, Pikachu, Butterfree, Charmander, and Meowth. It features a Pokémon battle between Norm and Tommy. ArtieComesToTown.png
Oblivious N/A During a speed round in a sushi bar, Regan Burns asks the contestants, "Pikachu is a character in what cartoon?" Another one of the contestants answered the $20 worth question correctly, the answer being Pokémon.
Osmosis Jones N/A When Ozzy tries to stop Drix from leaving Frank's body, one of the germs carries a Pikachu, as a joke on allergies. Osmosis Jones.png
Pinky Dinky Doo N/A In several episodes, Tyler is shown talking about or playing with action figures called "Moo-Moo Miggy Monsters", which is based off of Pokémon. In one episode, Tyler plays a video game with a style very similar to Pokémon.
Portlandia Alexandra In a sketch depicting a pair of Japanese toy specialists assisting a worker at the fictional Jewel Case Inc. in becoming more noticeable, a Victini figure, among many other toys, is placed on the worker's desk as a conversational piece. Portlandia.png
Private Practice Step One An action figure of Reshiram is shown in this episode.
Ranma 1/2 And the Challenger is... A Girl?! The dub inserts multiple references to Pokémon airing on television. It should be noted that these are dub only, as the original Japanese episode was written and aired several years before Pokémon Red and Green were even released.
ReBoot My Two Bobs The episode's featured game is a game entitled "Pantsu Hebi X", which is a parody of both Pokémon-styled battles and anime in general. In it, the dog character Frisket reboots itself to resemble Pikachu. ReBoot.png
Recess The Game The addictive card game featured in the episode, named "Ajimbo", appears to be a a parody of the Trading Card Game. Ajimbo.png
Robot Chicken Cracked China A skit titled "Pikachu Secret" in the episode parodies the anime. In its running time of 62 seconds, things happen such as Ash wondering when Misty is going to "shut up and make dinner", Gary calling Ash "ass", and Ash's Pikachu grinding another while inside its Poké Ball. PikachuSecret.png
Junk in the Trunk A skit titled "Bloopers!", which runs for 5 minutes and 13 seconds, has 26 seconds which is devoted to parodying the anime. Pikachu and Squirtle are having a conversation in Pokémon speak. Eventually, Squirtle breaks custom and starts speaking with profanity-riddled dialogue in human tongue, claiming the Pokémon speech makes no sense at all. Pikachu asks "Earl" to say the line or he'll get the gas with skunk spray, to which Squirtle asks the kids to "go read a book or something". AS-PikaandSqui.png
Chirlaxx In the beginning of one skit, George W. Bush is seen playing a Pokémon game on his Game Boy and says "Taste Poké-flame, Chirlaxx!"
Caffeine-Induced Aneurysm A skit involves some children playing with Pokémon figurines and an old man exclaims that back in his day there were only 150 Pokémon, and his wife informs him there were actually 151. He exclaims that she is a nerd, and then dies of a heart attack. Saddened, she then proclaims "That's how he would have wanted to go."
Walking Dead Lobster A skit simultaneously parodying the Pokémon games and the Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting ring case involved Michael Vick challenging Red (named Ash in this) to battle with a Rottweiler. Pikachu uses Thunder Shock, lowering it to one HP, which leads to Vick torturing the dog to death. He is then arrested and eventually goes back to the NFL, with money raining down on him and "Vick Wins" in the text box, leaving Ash confused.
The Hobbit: There and Bennigan's Ash and Misty are shown playing tennis, and Misty questions why they're playing with a Poké Ball. Ash says it's because Pikachu peed on his rug, and Pikachu then comes out of the Poké Ball and vomits from motion sickness.
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei Not Losing to Elbows, Not Losing to Knees 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. NotLosingToElbows.png
Saturday Night Live John McCain / The White Stripes In a "Hardball" sketch, Harry Belefonte (played by Tracy Morgan) makes many references to the unfair treatment of blacks. One of his references is "Pokémon is a slave trade, Pikachu is the slave master!"
Robert De Niro/ Diddy-Dirty Money In "The Abacus Conundrum" skit, one of the fake books listed is called "The Pokémon Directive," and has a Pikachu on the cover.
See Spot Run N/A 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 what a Pokémon is, as some people may not understand.
Sex and the City 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." BoyGirlBoyGirl.png
The Simpsons Bart vs. Lisa vs. The Third Grade Pikachu can be seen in Bart's satellite TV-induced hallucination BartVsLisaVsThirdGrade.png
Pokey Mom The episode's title is based on the word "Pokémon".
Children of a Lesser Clod The family are watching an episode of Kids Say the Darndest Things when the host, Bill Cosby, is interviewing a guest:
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...
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Postcards from the Wedge Bart watches the Pokémon anime on TV, with Ash in his Diamond and Pearl attire and his Pikachu; and Bart questions how did the series "stay so fresh", as a possible reference to how both the Pokémon anime and The Simpsons have been on the air for over a decade. This episode aired on the same day as the release of HeartGold and SoulSilver in the United States. PostcardsFromTheWedge.png
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In the couch gag, Maggie is dressed up as a Pikachu. TisTheFifteenthSeason.png
Thirty Minutes over Tokyo The effects of Electric Soldier Porygon are experienced by the family in the episode, after they watch the local program "Battling Seizure Robots". ThirtyMinutesOverTokyo.png
Chief of Hearts Bart plays a game called "Battle Ball" (a take on Bakugan) and one boy says that the game "makes Digimon look like Pokémon". ChiefOfHearts.png
Treehouse of Horror XXV At the end of the episode, various alternate universe versions of the Simpson family appear. One of these alternate universe versions of the family is based on Japanese popular culture, including Maggie as Pikachu. Treehouse of Horror XXV.png
South Park Chinpokomon The episode 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 Electric Soldier Porygon. The episode additionally heavily parodies the anime and video games to a lesser extent. Ash Ketchum and James are both parodied. Some of the "Chinpokomon" seen closely resemble Pikachu, Meowth and Charmander. Chinpokomon.png
Steven Universe Steven the Sword Fighter A figure in Steven's room looks like a Pikachu merged with a Moogle. Pikachu SU.png
Strip Mall Unknown In several episodes, an adult movie parody called Pokememon is used as an on-going plot device. The lead actress of the film is seen dressed similar to Misty's original design, and her role's name is Fisty, a further play on the character.
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Odd Couples In multiple episodes, a toy Poké Ball can be seen on a shelf in Zack and Cody's bedroom.
The Suite Life on Deck Unknown Woody can be seen reading a Pokémon book.
Teen Titans Go! Man Person Cyborg and Robin high-five after catching all of Beast Boy's escaped body parts. The caption: "Caught 'em All" is shown in this scene, referencing the Pokémon logo and motto. Caught 'em all.png
That's So Weird Unknown Pokémon has been mentioned multiple times in the series.
Toradora! No Matter What 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!. NoMatterWhat.png
Transformers Animated (Japanese dub) Garbage In, Garbage Out The episode's Japanese broadcast eyecatch is an homage to Who's That Pokémon?, with Wreck-Gar being the silhouetted character.[4]
Tween Academy: Class of 2012 N/A In Kara's room, a Pikachu hat can be seen on an Astro Boy statue.
Ultraman Tiga (English dub) Attack of the Crow-Men As the Crow-Men threaten to shrink and distribute the GUTS gang, they say that they'll be bigger than Pokémon.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (US) N/A A question for $500,000 was Which of the following characters is not considered a "Pokémon"?, with the possible answers being A) Jigglypuff, B) Frodo; C) Squirtle; and D) Pikachu. After the 50/50 lifeline was used, the two remaining answers left were A and B. The contestant then took the money, leaving with $250,000.[5]
N/A A question for $8,000 was As any Pokémon-loving kid could tell you, Pikachu is primarily what color?, with the possible answers being A) Red, B) Yellow; C) Green; and D) Blue. After the Ask the Expert lifeline was used, the contestant correctly answered B.[6]
Whose Line is it Anyway? Season 2, Episode 32; Show No. 235 Pokémon was one of the audience's suggestions used in a playing of "Film, TV & Theatre Styles", which was played out by series regulars, Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie, and the episode's fourth chair, Karen Maruyama. When Pokémon was used as a style for the scene, Karen says in a purposefully bad Asian-style accent, "Harro, [sic] I am Ichi!" She stiffly walks up to Ryan and says to him, "Please don't go!" to which he responds, "Oh, you're making my tail catch on fire!" and pretends to spew a flame from a tail, most likely referring to Charmander. As Karen turns to Colin and walks up to him, Colin spreads his arms apart and shouts, "Jigglypuff!" Karen pretends to shoot beams from her eyes, and she and Colin both jump and walk around on stage. Ryan then walks up to them and yells in a high-pitched, drawn-out voice, "Pikachu!" After Karen bobs over in front of Ryan like a drinking bird for a moment, host Drew Carey sounds the buzzer to freeze the players and change the style. Pokémon was also suggested by another audience member in a later episode's playing of the same game, but it was not used. Whose Line Pokémon.jpg
Season 3, Episode 34; Show No. 343 However, Pokémon was used again for a different playing of the same game, even though no audience members were intelligibly heard making that suggestion. (Though on the other hand, anime was an audience suggestion.) Kathy Greenwood is the fourth chair for this episode, joining Colin and Ryan in "Film, TV, & Theatre Styles". This was a different portraying of a Pokémon "style" in comparison to the playing in show #235. When Pokémon was used as the last style for this playing's scene, Colin shouts out, "Pikachu!" in a high-pitched voice this time instead of Ryan, causing the audience to burst out in laughter as he started walking around the stage. He then pretends to shock Ryan, who yells, "Ow!" in response and does his Charmander pose used in show #235. Colin turns around, shouts "Pikachu!" again, and walks to the other side of the small stage. He then turns back to Kathy and Ryan and sends more "shocks" towards them, causing Kathy to hop a bit on every "shock" sent towards her. (It had no effect on "Charmander Ryan", who was looking away and continuing to do his pose.) Kathy maintained her scene's character throughout the style, pretending to point a handgun at Colin. Drew sounds the buzzer several times afterwards to end the game, sending the cast members back to their seats. He also awards 1,000 extra "points" to Colin for his "Pikadoo" act (getting Colin to say, "Pikachu," once more to correct Drew, which also causes Ryan to say, "Bless you,") and says to him, "Oh, I'd love to see you and your wife going at it, man."
Wipeout (as Winter Wipeout) Baby, It's Blob Outside One of the contestants in this episode, Mika Mori, was given the nickname "Mikachu" in the episode. At one point during the episode, show co-host John Henson said that Mika was Jigglypuff'd about the height of the hurdles.
Yin Yang Yo! Smoke and Mirrors Smoke catches Yang in Prison Prism (Poké Ball spoof), while later Mirrors catches Yin with it. They later force them to fight against each other in a tournament. Yin Yang Yo Poké Ball spoof.png
Yowamushi Pedal Ride.2 To Recruit More Members Sakamichi asks Shunsuke about his favorite anime, to which he confusingly replies "Nekoemon", a possible reference to Pokémon. Yowamushi Pedal 01.png

References in non-Pokémon games

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Animal Crossing Villagers may sometimes accidentally leave belongings with another villager and either the villager that it was left with or the one that lost it may request that it be returned; one of the possible items that can end up lost is a Pokémon Pikachu (but it is actually a Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS). However, players cannot get one of their own. Note that this is only in the Nintendo GameCube game, with later games having items the player can actually obtain (such as clothing and furniture) as possible lost items.
Chee-Chai Alien When starting the game for the first time, a character called "Saraba" introduces himself to the player. He says that Pokémon is undesirable. Instead, the player must help him save planet Earth and space by clearing it from dark matter. This game was developed by Creatures, who own one third of the copyright to the Pokémon franchise.
Sid Meier's Civilization V There are several Pokémon-themed achievements in this Steampowered game. These include achievements named "It's Super Effective!" and "Gotta Catch 'Em All".[7]
DC Universe Online A feat in the game titled "Gotta Catch 'Em All" is achieved when players beat at least one player for every one of the six initial set of powers available in the game.
Draw Something Players are able to draw a Pikachu, earning one coin if chosen.
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind This RPG has several Pokémon references, which include Marowak's Spine in Illunibi or the body of Peke Utchoo (whose name is parody of Pikachu). In Arkngthand, there is a Weepingbell Hall while in the Urshilaku Burial Caverns, there is a section known as Kakuna Burial.[8]
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas In the city of Los Santos, San Andreas, there is a gift shop featuring signage of Ash Ketchum, Pikachu and Squirtle. It is inaccessible, plays no role in the storyline and exists solely as scenery. It's inclusion is an anachronism as San Andreas is set in 1992, while the characters featured were not released until 1996.
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.
Henry Stickmin: Stealing the Diamond When Henry gets to the Tunisian Diamond in the Epic Ending, to find that night guards patrol there, a Poké Ball is one of the options Henry can choose.
Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 At the beginning of Chapter 8 on the True End route, Rom and Ram (twin sisters who personify the Nintendo DS) mention playing the "Pocketed Monstrosities" games:
Ram: Lowee's best games are easily the ones in the "Pocketed Monstrosities" franchise. You catch and raise 1,510,376 monsters.
Rom: Oh, yeah. I was playing it earlier and I captured the Eebee monster
Ram: No way! I really want that one! Gimme.
Rom: I'll give you its parents later. They're both fourth generation, so you'll probably get one from them.
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There is a mouse villain character named "Pirachu," a pun on both "Pikachu" and, given the general motif of the Neptunia franchise's villains, "piracy."
Kid Icarus: Uprising After players defeat the Kraken as part of Dyntos's Three Trials, Pit calls the Kraken a "Tentafool", possibly a reference to Tentacool.
The Legend of Zelda 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. Legend of Zelda Keaton Mask.png
Little Inferno The description text for the Giant Spider item is written in the style of Pokémon battle messages: "A Giant Spider appears! You attempt to flee! Giant Spider attacks for massive damage!!" LittleInferno.jpg
Mario Artist: Paint Studio One of the official pictures shows somebody drawing a silhouette of Pikachu.
Minecraft As an easter egg, if you delete the splashes.txt file but not the META-INF folder from the game's files, the only splash text to be shown is "missingno". Minecraft-Missingno.png
Monster Legends Two monsters resemble Pokémon: The Turtle resembles Lapras and the Thunder Scout Zapdos. MonsterLegends Zapdos.pngMonsterLegends Lapras.png
Pikmin The S.S. Dolphin's ship part called the Bowsprit resembles a Poké Ball.
Poker Night at the Inventory Strong Bad asks Max if he's a Pokémon (pronounced as Poke-mon).
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction There's a skill point titled "Gotta Catch Them All", a reference to the franchise's original slogan.
Rune Factory 4 Clorica says how "[F]ishing can be quite dangerous. Sometimes it's less tenta-'cool' and more tenta-'cruel.'" Additionaly, Dolce quotes "I choose you" line, trying to command to use Thunderbolt, referencing type effectiveness along the conversation.
Runescape While a player is training the Dungeoneering skill in Daemonheim, after every floor players can receive a title. One of them is I choose you!, received for summoning 6 or more familiars.
Super Mario Galaxy There is a Poké Ball-shaped planet in the Buoy Base Galaxy. Inside it is a Power Star, which is needed to finish the level, possibly a reference to the Poké Ball's importance in the Pokémon games.
The Simpsons Game The game features "Sparklemon" in the level "Big Super Happy Fun Fun Game". Homer and Lisa must travel to three temples where they fight the Sparklemon in turn-based battles before they can collect them in "capturing balls". The first two Sparklemon are based on Pikachu and Squirtle. One of the Sparklemon also uses a strike called "Scratch Attack". Type matchups is also presented in the form of moves' super-effectiveness, resistance, and immunity. The Simpsons Game.png
StreetPass Mii Plaza One of the puzzles that was distributed through SpotPass was for Pokémon X and Y and depicts Xerneas and Yveltal. While the puzzle is no longer being distributed over the through SpotPass, players may still access it by StreetPassing someone who has at least one piece of it, selecting the puzzle in question when viewing the other player's pieces, and taking a piece of it. (As with all games' StreetPass functions, including Pokémon, the same player may only be StreetPassed once every eight hours, meaning obtaining other pieces require either more StreetPasses or the use of Play Coins to obtain a random piece for the player's puzzle collection.)
Super Scribblenauts There is a level where Maxwell has to defeat a Witch's monsters which is set out as a Pokémon Battle format.
Tomodachi Life An item named the Trucker Hat is sold in the Hat Shop for Miis to wear. Its description says, "This hat is the best. In fact it's the very best. Why? Slip it on and find out!" This hat resembles one worn by Red during Generations I and II. Tomodachi Pokemon Reference.png
Trade & Battle: Card Hero There are a few spoofs on the Pokémon franchise in this Game Boy Color game developed by Nintendo and Intelligent Systems. One example of these references is an NPC who exclaims that he has been watching the show "Rocket Monsters".[9]
Wario Land 3 One of the game's 100 treasures is a Pokémon Pikachu; the player, however, cannot interact with it.
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.

Other references

Books, comics and manga

  • The Simpsons Comics make several references:
    • 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 becoming 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.
    • In the story Destroy All Manga!, many references to various manga and anime are made, including Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, and Pokémon. A series called "Porkymen" features many Pokémon-like creatures, including "Pikkanoze", a creature which shares striking resemblance with Pikachu. Creatures similar to Venusaur, Onix, Blastoise, Geodude and Gengar are also shown. When Porkymen are chasing Mr. Sparkle, Pikkanoze says, "Catch Mr. Sparkle, my Porkymen comrades! Catch him all!!!" When Mr. Sparkle encases Porkymen in soap bubbles, Pikkanoze says that it's "somewhat familiar". This story is available in Simpsons Comics issue #45 as well as the collection book Simpsons Comics Unchained.
    • In the story All's Veldt That Ends Veldt!, Maggie watches the aforementioned "Porkeymen", which is shown to use a Pokémon-like slogan "Gotta pitch 'em all!". When Maggie watches the show, Pikkanose's eyes release rapidly flashing light, causing Maggie to become hypnotized. This is obviously a reference to the infamous "seizure episode". This story is available in Bart Simpson Comics issue #7 as well as the collection book Big Bad Book of Bart Simpson.
    • In the story Day of the Nerd, Comic Book Guy dresses up like an anime character, using XL contact lenses to make his eyes seem like anime eyes, black laser lights to create himself speed stripes whenever he moves quickly, and a yellow cat he calls, "Comicachu", an obvious reference to Pikachu. This story is available in Simpsons Comics issue #73 as well as the collection book Simpsons Comics Beach Blanket Bongo.
  • In Jennifer L. Holm's 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.
  • In the Love Hina manga, the main character, Keitaro Urashima, can be seen with a Pikachu photo sticker while he checks his photo album filled with pictures of himself.
  • In the novel Mad Dogs, Pokemon (sic) was mentioned as one of the fads that had passed around CHERUB campus.
  • In the tenth book in the Jigsaw Jones Mysteries series, The Case of the Ghostwriter, Stringbean hires Jigsaw to take the case by offering him bubble gum, a Darth Maul pencil eraser, a rubber band ball, $0.36, and a Diglett card. Jigsaw calls Diglett too common, so Stringbean instead offers a First Edition Gloom card, which he accepts.
  • In Volume 5, Chapter 1 of of the Sword Art Online light novel series, when discussing possible ways for someone to shoot a bullet in virtual reality and kill someone else in real life, Kirito mentions an instance in which animation effects in an episode of a certain anime caused children across Japan to become sick. This reference was not retained in Episode 1 of the anime adaptation's second season, which directly adapts the chapter.
  • In Rick Riordan's book The Mark of Athena, war-crazed Coach Hedge is sailing a ship while singing the Pokémon Theme, replacing the Gotta catch 'em all! catchphrase with "Gotta Kill 'Em All".
  • In another Rick Riordan's book, The Throne of Fire, the protagonist Carter wakes up in an hotel room wearing Pokémon pajamas featuring Pikachu.
  • A Mother Goose and Grimm comic strip from May 31, 2014 featured a pair of Pikachu. It portrayed how the species got its name in a satirical manner.

Real world

  • In 2008, Japanese researchers discovered a new protein which helps carry electrical impulses from the eyes to the brain and named it Pikachurin. According to the researchers, the decision was based on both Pokémon and protein possessing "lightning-fast moves and shocking electric effects".
  • Zbtb7, a gene that discovered by a geneticist from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City, was originally named "Pokemon", stands for "POK erythroid myeloid ontogenic factor".
  • During a Republican debate for the 2012 United States presidential election, candidate Herman Cain quotes a 'poet' saying "Life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it's never easy when there's so much on the line." These are actually the beginning lines of The Power of One, the theme song for the movie of the same name. During his withdrawal speech, he reused the line but with proper attribution.
  • In an interview with CultBox, Hollyoaks actor Andrew Still, who portrays Joel Dexter in the series, was asked what TV show reminded him of his childhood, to which he replied: "Definitely Pokémon. I remember going to a childminder when I was around 5 and me and all the other kids there would sit religiously around the TV and watch it".[10]

Songs

Websites

  • Homestar Runner has made a number of references to the series, usually playing on Pikachu's similar appearance to the character of The Cheat.[13] In particular, Pikachu appears on screen during "The Cheat Theme Song," when the lyrics are "Who's the man that looks like The Cheat?"
  • On The Annoying Orange, in "Marshmallow's Christmas Sock (12 Days Of Christmas)", 3 Pokémon were one of Marshmallow's gifts.[14]
  • During the Hetalia: Axis Powers 2011 Christmas event, Ladonia was passing the time playing Pokémon on his Game Boy and stated his favorite Pokémon was Stunfisk in his rushed introduction to Denmark.[15]
  • One of the screensavers included in XScreenSaver is called "JigglyPuff" (sic).[16]
  • On the virtual pet site Neopets, a Pikachu can be seen on the Gallery of Evil page.[17]
  • The virtual pet site Subeta contains several references to Pokémon, including an item which heavily resembles a Poké Ball called Spherical Self-Contained Capture and Storage Unit[18] and two items that parody Pokémon Red and Blue.[19][20]
  • Death Battle has two battles featuring Pokémon:
    • The first was Ash's Pikachu vs. Blanka. Blanka was declared the winner due to his self-taught survival skills, electric resistance, and his greater strength and size compared to Pikachu giving him an edge over Pikachu's Electric typing and reliance on a Trainer.[21]
    • The second was a three-way free-for-all between a wild Venusaur, a wild Charizard and a wild Blastoise. Blastoise was found to win 48% of over 7,000 simulated Pokémon battles between the three Pokémon using game mechanics and was thus declared the winner of the battle. [22]
    • Additionally, in the Vegeta vs. Shadow the Hedgehog battle, when Shadow sends Vegeta to the Moon, a recolored Ducklett wearing a space helmet can be seen.
  • The coloring game on children's author Dav Pilkey's website was once called "Pilkeymon's Paintbox"[23] and featured a Pikachu-like boy as its menu icon.[24] After the site's 2013 redesign, the game was renamed "Pilkey Painter" and the menu icons were removed.
  • In the third installment of SamBakZa's There She Is!! series, the character Doki chases and employees various methods of trying to capture a fleeing Nabi. When all of her attempts fail, she uses a Poké Ball, throwing it at Nabi's head and knocking him down.

See also

References

  1. NyaruReferences: Haiyore! Nyaruko-san Episode 1 References
  2. NyaruReferences: Haiyore! Nyaruko-san Episode 5 References
  3. Infinite Stratos 2 - Her breast are bigger than mine!
  4. "Garbage, In, Garbage Out" on TFWiki.net
  5. $500,000 Pokémon question on WWTBAM
  6. Pokémon...Expert? (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire)
  7. Sid Meier's Civilization V global achievement stats on Steam
  8. Morrowind:Easter Eggs on The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages
  9. Trade & Battle: Card Hero - Text Dump
  10. 'Hollyoaks' star Andrew Still's TV choices - CultBox
  11. Lil Kim's "Get Yours' (feat. Sha-Dash & T.I.)" on YouTube.com
  12. Azealia Banks' "Bitch Is Ill" on Youtube.com
  13. Pikachu on HRWiki.org
  14. Annoying Orange - Marshmallow's Christmas Sock (12 Days Of Christmas)
  15. Hetalia 2011 Christmas Event, page 5
  16. XScreenSaver: Screenshots
  17. Neopets - The Gallery of Evil
  18. SubetaLodge - Spherical Self-Contained Capture and Storage Unit
  19. SubetaLodge - Betamon: Azure Gamepet Game
  20. SubetaLodge - Betamon: Crimson Gamepet Game
  21. Death Battle: Pikachu vs. Blanka
  22. Death Battle: Pokémon Battle Royale
  23. http://web.archive.org/web/20120622114244/http://www.pilkey.com/painter.php
  24. http://web.archive.org/web/20080403031704/http://www.pilkey.com/games.php


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