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I think the origin of this Pokémon is a Hare. More specifically, a European Hare. I think it is part rabbit too and it looks more like a rabbit than Buneary, to be quite honest. What do you guys think? Dialgafan1 (talk) 19:45, 8 August 2013 (UTC)
I definitely thought of a hare when I saw it too. At the very least it is a different species of rabbit then Buneary. It's also possible this rabbit/hare represents a wild one, where Buneary is a depiction of a domesticated one.CoolDudeAl (talk) 05:58, 9 August 2013 (UTC)
Just thinking outside the box here. Is there, perhaps, just a slight possibility, that it is actually, not necessarily related to, but, perhaps, in part, based off Buneary itself? In the same way Pikachu is based off a mouse, and other similar rodents, could Bunnelby be based off of Buneary and rabbits/hares? The English names are similar, they are both certainly "rabbit-esque", and they both use their ears to attack. "...These powerful ears are strong enough to chop right through thick tree roots...". Change "chop" to "smash", and "thick tree roots" to "large boulders", and it looks like we have a strong similarity with a certain other rabbit-like Pokémon. This may be totally nonsensical, and quite simply, a ridiculous concept, but it wouldn't be the first time that the Pokémon franchise has based, or at least, been suspected to have based, a Pokémon on something from an RPG or franchise, is it possible that they could have based a Pokémon on one from their own franchise? A similar sort of thing appears to have happened with the franchise mascot - Pikachu, with each generation bringing out a new, petite electric type rodent, with cheek pouches (the newest, of course being Dedenne), but that's a different matter, and is more of a trend or pattern, whereas, the whole Buneary - Bunnelby situation that I have mentioned above is not. I appreciate your time reading this extremely long comment riddled with commas. Thank you.--ShinyPatch (talk) 16:32, 13 August 2013 (UTC)
- Without compelling non-circumstantial evidence, I'm skeptical. Two Pokémon can be based on the same thing without one being based on the other, and I see nothing in Bunnelby's design to suggest Buneary specifically as a source rather than just rabbits and hares in general. Pumpkinking0192 (talk) 19:18, 13 August 2013 (UTC)
- Yes, but there is nothing that I know of that can destroy large objects with its ears that Bunnelby could be based on, although I do understand your skepticism, I am in fact skeptical of my own statement myself! I just thought that there was a possibility, although slight. They also both have the same typing as eachother.--ShinyPatch (talk) 20:36, 13 August 2013 (UTC)
I disagree about Bunnelby being based on a hare, and would argue that the primary inspiration behind it is most definitely a rabbit. My reasoning is that the name and all the information we currently have about it indicate that digging and residing in underground burrows are its defining characteristics, all things that are done by rabbits in real life, but not by hares. Whereas rabbits, like Bunnelby, are burrowing creatures that live underground, hares live entirely above ground and shelter in grass.Garrison-san (talk) 19:45, 16 August 2013 (UTC)
Korean name meaning for Bunnelby/Pareubit (파르빗)
- 파다 pada, dig
- A corruption of 라빗 rabit, English word "rabbit".