Who's That Pokémon?
Who's That Pokémon? (Japanese: だれだ？ Who is it?) is a question-and-answer segment that is featured in numerous episodes of the Pokémon anime. It has also been posted by the official Facebook and Twitter Pokémon accounts and appeared in Pokémon X and Y as the puzzle for the Lumiose Gym.
For a complete segment listing, see List of Who's That Pokémon? segments.
In the English dub, Who's That Pokémon? was originally used from the episodes of Pokémon - I Choose You! to Watt's with Wattson?; the segment later returned in In the Shadow of Zekrom!, after an almost seven year absence. It occurs before and after the main commercial break during the episode. The silhouette of a Pokémon is shown, with someone usually asking the audience to guess the Pokémon that belongs to the given outline. After the commercial break, the name of the Pokémon is revealed, usually with the current main characters shouting the name of the Pokémon, as well as the cry of the Pokémon shown. The segment was retired at the end of the sixth season of the anime and was replaced with Pokémon Trainer's Choice, which was dropped from the dub after two seasons. At the beginning of the Black & White series, Who's That Pokémon? began to be featured again. It did not initially feature the Pokémon's cry after being revealed, although this returned in Triple Leaders, Team Threats!. For unknown reasons, Who's That Pokémon? was removed from the CITV airings of the first two episodes of Pokémon: Black & White, and all following episodes use a slight international variation, showing the silhouette of the Pokémon at the mid-way point of the episode (as would be expected), and then revealing the Pokémon just before the end credits.
Early in its run, Who's That Pokémon? would feature a Pokémon who played a major role in that episode. In late Kanto it switched to featuring a Pokémon that played a major role in the following episode, although this wasn't always the case. When Johto League Champions began, Who's That Pokémon? became random, with the featured Pokémon usually not playing a prominent role in that episode, nor did it indicate a Pokémon being featured in a following episode. Also beginning with that season, the dub added a short hint on-screen to aid in the identification of the Pokémon. When the feature returned in Pokémon: Black & White, it originally featured a Pokémon that played a prominent role in the following episode before later switching to a Pokémon with a prominent role in that episode, beginning with A Sandile Gusher of Change!.
Original Japanese version
In the original Japanese version of the show, Who's That Pokémon? was used from EP001 to EP274 and then returned in BW061. In this version, it almost always featured a Pokémon that played a major role in that episode.
Starting in EP192, the segment was renamed Pocket Monster TV (written in English from EP211). There was no functional difference; however, the kids' voices were replaced with a computerized voice, the background was changed, and it showed the featured Pokémon's National Pokédex number. From EP211, the segment was revamped again, with the following segments being in widescreen. EP192 through EP210 were later altered to the updated version of Pocket Monster TV when released on VHS.
The segment was retired at the end of the original series, and was replaced in the Advanced Generation series with a generic eyecatch showing the main characters. This continued into Diamond & Pearl series and long into the Best Wishes series. Who's That Pokémon? returned to Japanese television in BW061. In this version, all of the types that the Pokémon is weak against are listed along with its name. Pikachu will use Thunderbolt to light up parts of the silhouetted Pokémon as a hint, as with Pocket Monster TV.
In the XY series, the segment is slightly modified. Now called Pokémon Quiz, the segment presents the viewer with four flashcards bearing different silhouettes and asks them to identify the correct Pokémon. Usually, one card is Team Rocket as a decoy choice.
- In the Japanese version, there are several occasions where the segment intentionally tricks the audience.
- In Beauty and the Beach, the silhouette is actually Brutella instead of a Pokémon.
- In The Ultimate Test, the Pokémon is actually Jigglypuff from above rather than a perfectly spherical Pokémon like Voltorb or Electrode.
- In A Scare in the Air, the silhouette is actually a Daruma doll instead of a Pokémon.
- In Hello, Pummelo!, the silhouette appears to be Pikachu, but is actually just a transformed Ditto.
- In The Bug Stops Here, the Pokémon is actually Jessie dressed as a Venomoth. When the "Pokémon" is revealed, the narrator says "Venomoth", but the children shout "Incorrect!"
- Mewtwo has made two distinct "Who's That Pokémon?" appearances. Its first treats it as a regular Pokémon while in the second, it telepathically says "Prepare to battle", akin to its depiction in the anime.
- Right on, Rhydon! is the only episode, before the Best Wishes series, to feature a Who's That Pokémon? in the Italian dub.
- In versions outside of North America created from the American dub of Pokémon: Black & White, the second part of Who's That Pokémon? is shown at the end of the episode instead of straight after the commercial break. This is likely done because several TV channels don't broadcast the commercials in the same break as the U.S. version.
- This was reverted back to the old way in some areas at the beginning of Adventures in Unova.
- Many of the Who's That Pokémon? chosen for the international Johto Journeys episodes, especially earlier in the season, provide some foreshadowing by featuring the Pokémon that would be the subject of the next episode.
- The Japanese version of New Places... Familiar Faces! marks the first time a Pokémon has ever left the screen during the segment.
- Starting with A Shockingly Cheeky Friendship!, the Who's That Pokémon? segment has not been leading into or coming back from the commercial break in the US. This may be due to Cartoon Network airing Mixels shorts during Pokémon.
- This segment was skipped by Hungama TV in India for about half of season 1. It was started after that, but is still occasionally skipped in between.
- This segment is also skipped by Netflix on its prints of Indigo-era and Orange Islands-era episodes.
- In Wired for Battle!, Cyndaquil's arm is missing.
- In The Art Of Pokémon, Beedrill is stated to be the evolved form of Weedle, when it is actually the final evolution of Weedle.
- In As Cold as Pryce, the word Magnemite uses the incorrect plural form of Magnemites.
- In Some Like it Hot, Mantine is stated to be the heaviest Generation II Pokémon when it is actually the second heaviest after Steelix.
- In Tree's a Crowd, tail is misspelled as tale.
- In On a Wingull and a Prayer!, Sentret's face is missing.
- In Sharpedo Attack!, balloon-like is misspelled as baloonlike.
- In A Hole Lotta Trouble, Vigoroth has its footprint included in the space between its left arm and its left leg.
- In Seeing is Believing!, Wurmple has a white square covering part of its body.
- In The Spheal of Approval, the hint has an extra in.
- In Minccino—Neat and Tidy!, Minccino is misspelled as Mincinno. This was fixed in the American DVD release.
- In Beheeyem, Duosion, and the Dream Thief!, when the segment asks "Who's that Pokémon?", there is no logo for Pokémon Black and White underneath the silhouette of Beheeyem.
In other languages
|Arabic||احزروا من هذا البوكيمون!|
|Bulgarian||Кой е този Покемон?|
|Danish|| Hvem er den Pokémon!?|
Hva' er det for en Pokémon!?*
|Dutch||Wie is deze Pokémon!?|
|Finnish|| Tunnetko tämän Pokémonin?*|
|French||Canada||Quel est ce Pokémon?|
|Europe||Quel est ce Pokémon?|
|German||Welches Pokémon ist das?|
|Greek||Ποιό είναι αυτό το Πόκεμον;|
|Hindi|| ये कौनसा पोकेमोन है? Ye kaun sa Pokémon hai? *|
बताओ ये कौनसा पोकेमोन है?Batao ye kaun sa Pokémon hai *
ये कौनसा पोकेमोन है? Yeh Kaun Sa Pokemon Hai? *
|Italian||Chi è quel Pokémon?|
|Polish||Co to za Pokémon?|
|Portuguese||Brazil||Quem é esse Pokémon?|
|Portugal||Quem é este Pokémon?|
|Russian||Это что за Покемон?|
|Spanish||Latin America||¿Quién es ese Pokémon?|
|Spain||¿Cuál es este Pokémon?|
|This episode article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|