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'''References to the Pokémon franchise''' are often made in other media. While {{p|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.
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This is a list of '''references to Pokémon in popular culture''', instances where television shows, music and video clips, or other non-[[Pokémon]] media explicitly mention the Pokémon franchise (or a specific {{OBP|Pokémon|species}}). This includes only ''notable'' references, where they must either refer to specific details of the Pokémon franchise, or else play an important role in the work making the reference. The following list is divided by the medium of the work, then sorted alphabetically by the name of the work making the reference.
   
==References in TV and movies==
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References that simply mention the Pokémon franchise, use a Pokémon catchphrase, or have a Pokémon character or item briefly appear in the background or as a visual gag are listed separately on the [[list of background references to Pokémon]]. They are also distinct from parodies, which are listed separately on the [[list of Pokémon parodies]]. This list also excludes mere resemblances between character designs, non-fiction shows mentioning the existence of Pokémon, or news shows discussing Pokémon-related news, as well as game show questions about Pokémon.
* The {{wp|South Park}} episode ''{{wp|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 {{pkmn|anime}} and video games to a lesser extent. [[Ash Ketchum]] and [[James]] are both parodied.
 
   
* {{wp|Ling-Ling}}, one of the main characters of {{wp|Drawn Together}}, is a direct parody of {{p|Pikachu}}. He mentions that one of his pastimes is [[EP038|giving children seizures]].
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==List of references to Pokémon in popular culture==
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===Science===
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* '''{{wp|Aerodactylus}} scolopaciceps''' was renamed from ''Pterodactylus scolopaciceps'' in October 2014 due to a newly discovered {{wp|taxon}}omic separation. The name refers to {{p|Aerodactyl}}, a Pokémon based on various pterosaur species because it "seemed a pertinent name for a genus which has been synonymous with ''Pterodatylus'' for so long due to a combination of features".<ref>[http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0110646#s5 PLOS ONE: The Problem of Cryptic Pterosaur Taxa in Early Ontogeny]</ref>
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* '''Bulbasaurus phylloxyron''', a species of dicynodonts (precursors to early mammals) discovered in January 2017. Although officially named after the bulbous shape of its nose, the scientist who named the species made several references to Pokémon on twitter while presenting the species. In addition, phylloxyron literally means "Razor Leaf". <ref name="Synapsid article">[http://blogs.plos.org/paleocomm/2017/01/31/synapsida-gotta-catch-em-all/ Synapsida – Gotta catch ‘em all!]</ref><ref name="Real-life taxonomic influence">[https://peerj.com/articles/2913/ An early geikiid dicynodont from the ''Tropidostoma'' Assemblage Zone (late Permian) of South Africa]</ref>
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* '''Chilicola {{p|Charizard}}''', a species of stem-nesting bee, which received its name in May 2016.<ref>[http://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=7731 A revision of ''Chilicola'' (''Heteroediscelis''), a subgenus of xeromelissine bees (Hymenoptera, Colletidae) endemic to Chile: taxonomy, phylogeny, and biogeography, with descriptions of eight new species]</ref>
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* '''{{wp|Pikachurin}}''', a protein discovered by Japanese researches in 2008, which helps carry electrical impulses from the eyes to the brain. The name refers to the Pokémon and to the protein possessing "lightning-fast moves and shocking electric effects".
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* '''Pokemon''' was the temporary name of gene {{wp|Zbtb7}}. The name officially stood for "POK erythroid myeloid ontogenic factor".
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* '''Stentorceps weedlei''' is the scientific classification of a species of wasps, received scientific classification. The species shares with {{p|Weedle}} the distinctive feature of having a spike in the middle of its head.<ref>[http://www.waspweb.org/Cynipoidea/Figitidae/Eucoilinae/Stentorceps/Stentorceps_weedlei.htm ''Stentorceps weedlei'' Nielsen & Buffington]</ref>
   
* In {{wp|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.
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===Television, radio, and film===
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| ''{{wp|30 Rock}}''
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| ''{{wp|Stride of Pride}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | Pokémon is a recurring theme in this episode with one of {{wp|Jack Donaghy|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".
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| ''{{wp|Ai Mai Mi|Ai Mai Mi: Surgical Friends}}''
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| ''You're No Friend of Mine!''
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| style="text-align:left" | During the next episode preview, Torijiro talks about how the author in her high school days was ambushed by kids throwing leaves and Poké Balls at her, yelling "Don't let her get away!" and "Weaken and catch her!"
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| ''{{wp|American Dad!}}''
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| ''Multiple episodes''
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| style="text-align:left" | In ''{{wp|Buck, Wild}}'', 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 {{p|Charizard}}".
   
* In one episode of {{wp|Arthur (TV Series)|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.'
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In ''{{wp|Shark?!}}'', when Roger notices that Steve left his {{p|Bulbasaur}}, he says he might as well go battle an army of {{p|Jigglypuff}}s.
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| ''{{wp|Attention Please}}''
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| ''To the sky!! At the time of departure...''
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| style="text-align:left" | The {{wp|All Nippon Airways}} 747 {{wp|Pokémon Jet}}, can be seen behind the {{wp|Japan Airlines}} flight conducting an emergency landing. {{p|Plusle}} and {{p|Minun}} can be seen on the body of the aircraft, while {{p|Pikachu}} can be seen on the tail fin.
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| ''{{wp|The Autocrats}}''
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| ''{{tt|Itse valtiaat – Kuningasmusikaali|The Autocrats – The King Musical}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | During this special musical episode, {{wp|Mauri Pekkarinen}} sings a song called ''{{tt|Politiikan Pokémon|The Pokémon of Policy}}''. In one of the chorus verses, Mauri describes himself as "the {{p|Pikachu}} of {{wp|Jyväskylä}}". This song, along with the other songs from this special, were later collected and published on a music CD titled ''{{tt|200 apinaa – Paavo kuninkaaksi|200 monkeys – Paavo for king}}''.
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|Animation Domination High-Def}}''
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|''Scientifically Accurate: Pokémon'' and ''Pikachu Gets Pokémon Rabies''
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| style="text-align:left" | The first episode spoofs Pokémon, referring to kids being thrown into the wilderness alone, as well as some of the kinds of Pokémon such as "a pile of gears" (presumably a {{p|Klink}}) and "a [EXPLETIVE] ice cream cone" (presumably {{p|Vanillite}}). The second feature Ash's Pikachu catching "PokéRabies" after fighting a rabid dog, leading to Pikachu having to be put down.
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| ''{{wp|Are We There Yet? (TV series)|Are We There Yet?}}''
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| '' The Bad Dream Episode''
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| style="text-align:left" | 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 [[Mewtwo Returns]].
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| ''{{wp|Barakamon}}''
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| ''Guys from Tokyo''
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| style="text-align:left" | Naru hands Kousuke a Poké Ball-like capsule containing shieldbugs. Kousuke, who hates insects, immediately screams and yells "Argh! Monster ball!" and throws the capsule just like Poké Balls are thrown.
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| ''{{wp|The Big Bang Theory}}''
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| ''The Cooper/Kripke Inversion'' and ''The Perspiration Implementation''
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| style="text-align:left" | In the first episode, even after being taken off his joint checking account with his wife until he learned the value of money, {{wp|Howard Wolowitz}} still spent his lunch's allowance on [[Pokémon Trading Card Game|Pokémon cards]]. In the second, when Sheldon asks a woman out at a bar, he says "I choose you," which he claims {{Ash}} did to {{AP|Pikachu}}. He specifically mentions that he is referencing Pokémon.
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| ''{{wp|Black (TV series)|Black}}''
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| ''Episode 5''
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| style="text-align:left" | The teacher asks one student if he drew a {{p|Pikachu}}.
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|Black Books}}''
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| ''He's Leaving Home''
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| style="text-align:left" | When Fran tells Bernard that he knows nothing about the modern culture, she lists a few examples of things he doesn't know, one of which is Pokémon. Bernard quickly interrupts her by saying that it's pronounced "Pac-Man".
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| ''{{wp|Camp Camp}}''
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| ''A Camp Camp Christmas, or Whatever''
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| style="text-align:left" | When the campers are opening up their Christmas presents, Nerris is seen playing with "Tapámon" cards, and a squared-out [[Poké Ball]] design can be seen on the back.
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|Chronicles of the Going Home Club}}''
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| ''Ultimate Decision / A Magnificent Training Camp / Starry Sky Imagination / Mankind's Greatest Invention is Air Conditioning ...and the dead freedom that results''
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| style="text-align:left" | There are two references in this episode. First, before the opening, Sakura's suggesting ideas for things to do in a training camp, and she says "We could also carefully breed the best [[Individual values|IVs]], then train our [[Effort values|EVs]] and form dueling parties." Later, the girls are talking about ultimate decisions when deciding between two things. During this, Sakura at one point says "Should your starter be a fire type or a water type?" while the screen shows images of a generic lizard and turtle. Botan then chimes in, saying "Yeah, no one goes for grass."
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|Community (TV series)|Community}}''
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| ''{{wp|Digital Estate Planning}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | Hilda's long list of conversation topics includes "{{ka|old man}} {{pkmn|Trainer}}", "{{m|fly}} on a bird", "[[Cinnabar Island|cinnamon island]]", and "{{m|Surf|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.
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.}}
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| ''Absolutely the Worst! Nendou's Father''
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| style="text-align:left" | Near the end of the episode, in order to stop Nendou's deceased father's spirit from following him, Kusuo Saiki detaches his soul from his body. He then proceeds to talk to the audience, saying "Now, boys and girls watching at home. Here's a question for you. I went from being a psychic to a ghost. Do you know what happens when a ghost-type fights a ghost-type in that world-famous video game? The answer is..." He then stops and performs an uppercut on Nendou's father, sending him into the sky, and then finishes his sentence by saying "...it's super effective!"
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|Doctor Who|Doctor Who}}''
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| ''{{wp|The Return of Doctor Mysterio}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | {{wp|The Doctor (Doctor Who)|The Doctor}} and Nardole arrive at the {{wp|Tokyo}} branch of Harmony Shoals. Nardole comments that it is empty {{wp|The Doctor (Doctor Who)|The Doctor}} replies "Yes, I created a distraction. I flooded downstairs with [[Pokémon Go|Pokémon]]".
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|Drunk History}}''
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| '' Boston''
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| style="text-align:left" | After the retelling of the 1990 {{wp|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)]].
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| ''{{wp|Emmerdale}}''
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| {{tt|N/A|An episode shown on 25 August 2011. ''Emmerdale'' episodes do not have titles.}}
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| style="text-align:left" | {{wp|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 {{wp|Gabby Thomas|Gabby}}, only a child can work this wretched thing", much to his son {{wp|Ashley Thomas|Ashley}}'s annoyance.
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|ER (television series)|ER}}''
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| ''{{wp|And in the End...}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | A patient says "I am [[M02|the chosen one]], come to be known as {{p|Lugia}}."
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|Family Guy}}''
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| ''Three Directors''
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| style="text-align:left" | At the end of the second story, Stewie says that Peter died chasing a Pokémon on the street, referencing reports of deaths of players playing ''[[Pokémon GO]]''.
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| ''{{wp|Fillmore!}}''
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| ''Test of the Tested''
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| style="text-align:left" | A cheerleading coach says that her team, while in a human pyramid, is "as strong as a {{p|Geodude}} using its {{m|Harden}} attack".
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|The Flash (2014 TV series)|The Flash}}''
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| ''Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash''
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| style="text-align:left" | When Cisco is thinking of random numbers for Cecile to guess, he then thinks "{{p|Bulbasaur}}". Cecile questions what a Bulbasaur is and Cisco said he wouldn't be thinking about Pokémon at a time like this. When Cecile then asks why Cisco is still thinking about Bulbasaur, Cisco says that he's the cutest one of all.
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| ''{{wp|Fresh Off the Boat|Fresh Off the Boat}}''
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| ''Where are the Giggles?''
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| style="text-align:left" | Several {{p|Pikachu}} plush toys could be seen in Deidre's toy room.
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|George Lopez (TV series)|George Lopez}}''
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| ''George Drives The Batmobile''
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| style="text-align:left" | After Benny passes out George tells Angie that in the eight hours it would take for her to wake they could take her to Mexico, put her in a {{p|Pikachu}} costume with a note saying beat me I have candy. Shortly after George says Pikachu a couple times while swinging his arms as if he was hitting a piñata with a bat.
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| ''{{wp|Good Vibes (U.S. TV series)|Good Vibes}}''
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| ''The Grass is Always Greener''
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| style="text-align:left" | 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 {{wp|eBay}} by his parents. Mondo then asks how much they spent on the "lame Pokémon tournament participant ribbon", a gold ribbon with a {{p|Pikachu}} on it, to which Woody claims that he won on his own.
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|Haiyore! Nyaruko-san}}''
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| ''Like a Close Encounter of the Third Kind'' and ''Great Conspiracy X''
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| style="text-align:left" | 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!")<ref>[http://nyaruref.blogspot.ca/2012/04/haiyore-nyaruko-san-episode-1.html NyaruReferences: Haiyore! Nyaruko-san Episode 1 References]</ref><ref>[http://nyaruref.blogspot.ca/2012/05/haiyore-nyaruko-san-episode-5.html NyaruReferences: Haiyore! Nyaruko-san Episode 5 References]</ref>
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|The Good Cop (Israel)}}''
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| ''Season 1, Episode 1''
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| style="text-align:left" | Pikachu plush in the background at 13:47.
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| ''{{wp|Himouto! Umaru-chan}}''
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| {{tt|N/A|Entire series throughout.}}
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| style="text-align:left" | During the opening of the series, Umaru walks to a table that has her signature hoodie and three Poké Balls, and interacts with the hoodie. In addition, in the episode ''Umaru and her rival'', after being told not to play with a cat souvenir, Umaru plays with it the next day alongside her hamster toys, calling it "Pocket Hamsters GK". She makes them battle, and during the battle, she starts by shouting "A wild Hamsaburou has appeared!" She then proceeds to summon the cat souvenir, shouting "Metal Nyankos! I choose you!" She makes the cat bob its head, saying that it makes Hamsaburou's defense fall while a health bar on the side of the screen drops by about half. She then reaches for a capsule to use to catch Hamsaburou, but trips and knocks the cat off the table, breaking it. Later, while trying to rebuild it, she remakes the head from scratch, but can't remember its face, and gives it a face similar to that of Pikachu's, with a voice shouting "Pukka!" Lastly, in between scenes, the room from the opening's reference appears, with a logo underneath it very similar to Pokémon's Japanese logo. Taihei walks up to a sleeping Umaru and tells her in a dialogue box "Umaru, starting today, you're a trainer!", to which she responds "Ugh, just five more minutes."
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| ''{{wp|House (TV series)|House M.D}}
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| ''{{wp|Perils of Paranoia}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | While having a discussion with his diagnostic team, {{wp|Gregory House|House}} says, "Which is why {{p|Arceus}} created a universe with three states of matter and 300 solid or liquid poisons that could cause his symptoms", upon which {{wp|Chris Taub|Taub}} asks, "Arceus?" House then suggests he look it up.
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| ''{{wp|Highschool DxD}}''
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| ''I Get a Familiar!''
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| style="text-align:left" | The familiar master, Zatouji (parody of Satoshi) is a parody of Ash Ketchum. He uses the phrase "Gotta catch 'em all" many times.
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| ''{{wp|Last Week Tonight with John Oliver}}''
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| ''Chiitan''
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| style="text-align:left" | Introducing the segment, John Oliver mentions Japan as "the country that gave us Pokémon", and a {{p|Jigglypuff}} appears on-screen. Oliver says, to the audience, to throw a [[Poké Ball]] at it (in the style of ''[[Pokémon GO]]''), and the on-screen Poké Ball does so, albeit too hard, resulting in the Jigglypuff exploding and spraying blood everywhere. Worth noting is the fact that, when it shows up, the Jigglypuff {{m|sing}}s with its voice from ''[[Super Smash Bros.]]''
   
* In the movie {{wp|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 a joke on some people not understanding.
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Later on in the segment, a {{p|Porygon}} plush makes a cameo.
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| ''{{wp|Lucky Star (manga)#Anime|Lucky Star}}''
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| ''Base of the Sun'' and ''Pandora's Box''
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| style="text-align:left" | In ''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{{tt|***|the anime censors this part}}n. In ''Pandora's Box'', Konata states that {{wp|Kinkaku-ji}} is gold, but {{wp|Ginkaku-ji}} isn't silver, referencing both the [[Bell Tower|Bell]] and [[Burned Tower|Brass Tower]]s, and {{game|Gold and Silver|s}}. She also wonders if they're like Po{{tt|*|the anime censors this part}}émon, and "if they have a {{game3|Ruby and Sapphire|Sapphire and Ruby|s}} or something".
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| ''{{wp|MAD (TV series)|MAD}}''
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| ''Multiple Episodes''
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| style="text-align:left" | Several ''MAD'' sketches have included references to Pokémon. These include notably "{{wp|Grey's Anatomy|Grey's}} In Anime" where a character wearing a Ash like that use a Pikachu-like character as a defribilator as well as a sketch in the episode ''Cliffordfield / Big Time Rushmore'' which features a skit about rejected Pokémon and "Pokémon Park" (a Pokémon-based spoof of ''{{wp|Jurassic Park}}''). Other sketches have included "Big League Pika-Chew" (in which Pikachu-based gum appears). "Pokémon of Interest" (a crossover with ''{{wp|Person of Interest (TV series)|Person of Interest}}'', and "Pokémonsters, Inc." (a crossover with ''{{wp|Monsters, Inc.|Monsters, Inc.}}''). Other sketches have used Pokémon to spoof other modern culture trend: "PokéHarmony" spoofing the dating website {{wp|eHarmony}}, "The less you know", spoofing ''{{wp|The more you know}}'' with alleged Pokémon facts, and "Psyduck" spoofing ''{{wp|Psych}}'' using the titular Pokémon.
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| ''{{wp|MADtv}}''
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| ''Season 5, Episode 16''
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| style="text-align:left" | In the "Reality Check" sketch, Belma Button mentions that she took her kids to ''[[M1|Pokémon: The First Movie]]'', chastising the Japanese for sending it to America. Tovah says, "Who drew it? Stevie Wonder?" and Belma says it sounds like the name of a homosexual Jamaican adult film.
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| ''{{wp|My Babysitter's a Vampire}}''
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| ''{{wp|List of My Babysitter's a Vampire episodes#Season 1: 2011|Friday Night Frights}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | When the ghost of {{wp|List of My Babysitter's a Vampire characters#Coach Ed|Coach ED}} ({{wp|Clé Bennett}}) haunts {{wp|List of My Babysitter's a Vampire characters#Ethan Morgan|Ethan Morgan}} ({{wp|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 {{wp|List of My Babysitter's a Vampire characters#Kurt the Hurt|Kurt the Hurt}} ({{wp|William Greenblatt}}). When it becomes clear that he cannot win, Ethan exclaims that he has "never won a fight" to which his friend {{wp|List of My Babysitter's a Vampire characters#Benny Weir|Benny Weir}} ({{wp|Atticus Mitchell}}) replies, "False; remember that time in grade 2 when I took your Pokémon lunchbox?"
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| ''{{wp|My Family}}''
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| ''{{wp|List of My Family episodes#Series One (2000)|Pain in the Class}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | After finding out that his mother {{wp|Susan Harper (My Family)|Susan Harper}} ({{wp|Zoë Wanamaker}}) has invited the parents of his school bully round to solve his bullying problem, {{wp|Michael Harper (My Family)|Michael}} ({{wp|Gabriel Thomson}}) says 'goodbye' to some of his possessions, including his Pokémon cards, commenting that he only had 212 left to collect{{tt|*|note: 251 Pokémon were know at the time}}.
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| ''{{wp|The Norm Show}}''
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| ''Artie Comes to Town''
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| style="text-align:left" | The first scene is a parody of Pokémon, as a boy named Tommy thought he was Ash. The skit featured actors dressed as {{p|Squirtle}}, {{p|Pikachu}}, {{p|Butterfree}}, {{p|Charmander}}, and {{p|Meowth}}. It features a Pokémon battle between Norm and Tommy.
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|''{{wp|Paper Towns (film)|Paper Towns}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | In the scene where Quentin, Ben, and Radar are scared while in an abandoned gas station looking for clues to where Margo can be, they wonder what they should do to calm themselves down. Quentin suggest that they sing a song — the first one that comes into their head. Ben then starts to sing the [[Pokémon Theme]]; Radar and Quentin join him as they together conquer their fear.
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| ''{{wp|Robot Chicken}}''
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| ''Multiple Episodes''
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| style="text-align:left" | Several skits in ''Robot Chicken'' have parodied Pokémon. Notable skits include "Poké Ball High Life" showing [[Ash Ketchum|Ash]]'s [[Ash's Pikachu|Pikachu]]'s party life in a Pokéball, "The Greatest Pokémon Generation" showing former Pokémon fans in their old age and "Timely Michael Vick Joke" in which Ash and Pikachu must battle {{wp|Michael Vick}} and his {{wp|Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting investigation|Rottweiler}}, and "Bloopers", in which an outtake from the Pokémon anime is shown. Other sketches appear in the episodes ''The Hobbit: There and Bennigan's'' where Ash plays tennis with Pikachu's Pokéball to punish his Pokémon, ''Freshly Baked: The Robot Chicken Santa Claus Pot Cookie Freakout Special: Special Edition'' where elves sing about making Pokémon toys for Christmas, ''Strummy Strummy Sad Sad'' where the daycare man is shown teaching Ash and friends how Pokémon eggs are made, and ''3 2 1 2 333, 222, 3...66?'' which features Ash and Pikachu battling {{wp|Henry Kissinger}} and another sketch featuring Ash-Greninja. In ''What Can You Tell Me About Butt Rashes?'', Ash has Glinda from ''The Wizard of Oz'' fight a Blastoise after Pikachu gets badly injured.
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|Saturday Night Live}}''
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| ''Multiple Episodes''
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| style="text-align:left" | In the "Pokémon Parents" skit of the ''Jennifer Aniston / Sting'' episode, a boy trades his holographic {{p|Charizard}} for weaker cards like {{p|Metapod}} and {{p|Diglett}}. {{p|Mewtwo}} and the [[M01|first movie]] are also mentioned. In the "Hardball" skit (''John McCain / The White Stripes''), Harry Belafonte refers to Pokémon as a slave trade wheel describing the unfair treatment of blacks. Finally, in "The Abacus Conundrum" skit of the ''Robert De Niro / Diddy-Dirty Money'' episode, a fake book is shown called "The Pokémon Directive" with a Pikachu on its cover.
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| ''{{wp|See Spot Run}}''
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| N/A
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| style="text-align:left" | James tells Gordon Smith that he had a nightmare of a {{p|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.
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| —
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|Searching (film)|Searching}}''
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| N/A
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| style="text-align:left" | There were many instances of Pokémon referenced throughout the film. The first, David shows Margot on Facetime his Pokemon t-shirt. The second time was when an online user asked Margot what her favorite Pokémon was, and she responded by saying {{p|Uxie}}, as it could erase memories; erase the memory of her mother's death. Margot also always has a {{i|Poké Ball}} keychain with her.
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|Servant × Service}}''
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| ''Don't Panic, Make a Scene, or Throw Away Your Job''
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| style="text-align:left" | Hasebe joins a discussion on anime with his coworkers accompanied by a montage of games he has played, including "Pokimon", a distorted {{p|Pikachu}} and {{p|Bulbasaur}}, and a [[Poké Ball]] sound effect.
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| ''[https://simpsonswiki.com/wiki/The_Simpsons The Simpsons]''
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| ''Multiple Episodes''
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| style="text-align:left" | Pokémon appears in several episode of the show, most notably in ''[https://simpsonswiki.com/wiki/Postcards_from_the_Wedge Postcards from the Wedge]'' where Bart is shown watching the [[Pokémon anime]] on TV, and wondering how it has managed to stayed so fresh, and in the short ''[https://simpsonswiki.com/wiki/Pokémon_Now%3F Pokémon Now?]'' released on YouTube, which parodies ''[[Pokémon GO]]''. Other brief mentions occurs in ''[https://simpsonswiki.com/wiki/Children_of_a_Lesser_Clod Children of a Lesser Clod]'' (where it's named as a child's favorite game), ''[https://simpsonswiki.com/wiki/Chief_of_Hearts Chief of Hearts]'' where a game called "Battle Ball" is said to "makes ''Digimon'' look like ''[[Pokémon]]''", and in ''[https://simpsonswiki.com/wiki/Let's_Go_Fly_a_Coot Let's Go Fly a Coot]'' where [https://simpsonswiki.com/wiki/Milhouse_Van_Houten Milhouse] wants his cheese cut in Pokémon shapes.
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|Strip Mall}}''
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| N/A
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| style="text-align:left" | In several episodes, an adult movie parody called ''Pokémemon'' 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.
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|
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|Teekyu}}''
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| ''Evolution with Senpai''
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| style="text-align:left" | Marimo exclaims "Let's go [[Gotta catch 'em all!|catch them all!]]" while she, Kanae, and Nasuno hold tennis balls like [[Poké Ball]]s and wear hats similar to [[Ash's hat|Ash's]]. Yuri exasperatedly responds "Is this Poké{{tt|**|the anime censors this part}}n?!"
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|Transformers Animated}}'' (Japanese dub)
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| ''Garbage In, Garbage Out''
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| style="text-align:left" | The episode's Japanese broadcast [[eyecatch]] is an homage to [[Who's That Pokémon?]], with Wreck-Gar being the silhouetted character.<ref>[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Garbage_In%2C_Garbage_Out "Garbage, In, Garbage Out" on TFWiki.net]</ref>
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|
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo}}''
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| Episode 13
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| style="text-align:left" | Si-ho's hospital roommate has a {{p|Gengar}} plush sitting on the windowsill.
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|
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|W.I.T.C.H. (TV series|W.I.T.C.H.}}''
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| Season 2 Opening (Non-American)
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| style="text-align:left" | In the European opening for the second season, Will's bedroom wallpaper features the 3rd Generation [[Starter Pokémon]] {{p|Treecko}}, {{p|Torchic}}, and {{p|Mudkip}}.
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* In an episode of {{wp|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!]]
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===Non-Pokémon video games===
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| ''{{wp|Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | In the fifth game (which takes place in Japan), turning on the television in the player's hotel room shows a program with flashing colours and a {{p|Pikachu}}-like character. Looking at the screen causes the game to remark "Don't stare at it too long, or you're likely to have a seizure!", a likely reference to the [[EP038]] incident.
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| ''{{wp|The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | There are a many items in the game which were inspired by Pokémon. One is called "[[MissingNo.|Missingno.]]", which will randomize all items picked up at the start of every floor.
   
* {{wp|Robot Chicken}} has done two sketches spoofing Pokémon.
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The Afterbirth DLC released a new item called a "Friendly Ball", which will be thrown when used, capture an enemy which will then fight other enemies when sent out.
   
* {{wp|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 {{AP|Pikachu}}'s anime art. In some episodes, various sound effects and BGM make a reference to Pokémon.
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Afterbirth† introduced a new item called Poke Go, which looks like a cellphone and resembles ''[[Pokémon Go]]'', where enemies will randomly join you upon entering a room. It also introduced a challenge called Pokey Mans, which is an obvious play-on of Pokémon, and uses the Friendly Ball, except it releases a random enemy each time it's thrown. It also introduced an item called {{m|Metronome}}, which has the item description "Waggle a finger", and every time it's used, it has the effects of a completely random item. The 1st booster pack also released an item called [[Mystery Gift]].
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| ''{{wp|Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | In Chapter 4, a researcher named Akemi Suedou asks the protagonists to investigate an "Eater," a digital creature that consumes data. Arata Sanada asks Suedou if he has any "secret weapons" at his disposal such as a "{{wp|Yo-kai Watch|camera watch that can detect hidden objects}}" or a "[[Poké Ball|ball that captured creatures can be stuffed into]]." Suedou states that Arata's examples are "oddly specific."
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| ''{{wp|The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | This RPG has several Pokémon references, which include {{p|Marowak}}'s Spine in Illunibi or the body of Peke Utchoo (whose name is parody of {{p|Pikachu}}). In Arkngthand, there is a {{p|Weepinbell|Weepingbell}} Hall while in the Urshilaku Burial Caverns, there is a section known as {{p|Kakuna}} Burial.<ref>[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Morrowind:Easter_Eggs Morrowind:Easter Eggs on The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages]</ref>
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''{{wp|Final Fantasy XIII-2}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | One of the possible answers to a Brain Blast quiz is ''Ochu, I Choose You!'' referring to the common catch phrase used in the anime.
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|
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''[[HarmoKnight]]''
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| style="text-align:left" | Five bonus levels feature music from Pokémon games: Champion Battle from [[Generation I]], Trainer Battle from {{Gen|V}}, and the Gym, Route 26, and Bicycle themes from {{Gen|II}}. Pokémon-shaped balloons and natural structures also appear.
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| ''{{wp|Hearthstone (video game)|Hearthstone}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | The flavor text of card "Thunder Lizard" is "What? THUNDER LIZARD is adapting!"(Japanese:……おや!? サンダーリザードの ようすが……!), which is a reference about pokémon evolving message in the game.
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The flavor text of card "Wing Blast" is "Emeriss uses Wing Blast. It's super effective!"(Japanese:エメリスの つばさのぼうふう こうかは ばつぐんだ!), which is a reference about type effectiveness message in the game.
   
* {{wp|The Simpsons}} have made numerous references to Pokémon.
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The flavor text of card "Hir'eek, the Bat" is "REPEL’S EFFECT WORE OFF."(Japanese translation use a {{wp|kamishibai}} reference instead), which is a reference about the item repel.
** Pikachu has been seen in the Simpsons episode {{wp|Bart vs. Lisa vs. The Third Grade}} in Bart's satellite TV-induced hallucination.
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** The effects of [[EP038|Computer Soldier Porygon]] are also experienced by the family in the episode {{wp|Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo}} after they watch the local program "Battling Seizure Robots".
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** In the {{wp|The Simpsons opening sequence#Couch gag|couch gag}} of ''The Simpson'' episodes ''{{wp|'Tis the Fifteenth Season}}'' and ''{{wp|Fraudcast News}}'', {{wp|Maggie Simpson|Maggie}} was dressed up as a {{p|Pikachu}}.
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| ''{{wp|Hidden Folks}}''
** In the recent episode ''{{wp|Postcards from the Wedge}}'', Bart watches the {{Pkmn|anime}} on TV, with {{Ash}} in his [[List of clothing in the anime#Ash|Diamond and Pearl attire]] and his {{AP|Pikachu}}; and Bart questions how the series "has managed to stay fresh all these years" (a possible reference to how both the Pokémon anime and ''The Simpsons'' have been on the air for over a decade. He also mentioned {{wp|Thomas the Tank Engine}} in the same episode, another show that stayed fresh over the decades). The episode also aired the same day as the release of {{2v2|HeartGold|SoulSilver}} in the United States.
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| style="text-align:left" | On the camping level, one of the things to find is "Pika" a reference to Pikachu.
** In an episode called {{wp|Pokey Mom}}, Pokémon was referenced in which the family is watching an episode of {{wp|Kids Say the Darndest Things}} when the host, {{wp|Bill Cosby}}, is interviewing a guest:
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| [[File:Hidden Folks Pika.png|200px]]
:'''Cosby''': What do you like to play?
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|- style="background: #fff"
:'''Child''': Pok-ee-mon!
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| ''{{wp|Hyperdimension Neptunia (video game)|Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1}}''
:'''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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| style="text-align:left" | In Lowee, a nation that represents the Wii and Nintendo, the group has an exchange with guards that references Pokémon in various ways:
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::'''Lowee Guard''': Go! Dragon, I choose you!
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::'''Compa''': Go! Nep-Nep, I choose you!
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::'''Neptune''': {{p|Pikachu|Pika}}!
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::'''IF''': Oh! All right then! Go! Lady Vert, I choose you!
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::'''Lowee Guard''': Through rigorous training, people and monsters can become stronger! I've lived 'n trained with my fighting monster! And that will never change!
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|- style="background: #fff"
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| ''Jackbox''
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| style="text-align:left" | In Trivia Murder Pursuit, at least one of the questions can be related to Pokémon.
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| ''{{wp|Little Inferno}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | The description text for the Giant Spider item is written in the style of {{g|battle}} messages: "[[Wild Pokémon|A Giant Spider appears!]] [[Escape|You attempt to flee!]] Giant Spider attacks {{wp|Genji: Days of the Blade#Giant Enemy Crab|for massive damage}}!!"
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|[[File:LittleInferno.jpg|200px]]
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|''{{wp|Minecraft}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | As an easter egg, if the splashes.txt file is deleted but not the META-INF folder from the game's files, the only [http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Splash splash text] to be shown is "[[MissingNo.|missingno]]".
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|[[File:Minecraft-Missingno.png|200px]]
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| ''{{wp|Not a Hero}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | After the player completes a level, there is a random sequence of dialogue triggered. One of BunnyLord's lines in one of the dialogue sequences remarks how "this one time, when I lived in Justin's Vagabond Supplies Store, I damaged a Mudkip."
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| ''{{wp|Payday 2}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | Joy, a DLC character added in August of 2018 makes numerous video game shout-outs through her mask and voice lines. One of her possible answers to a pager from a downed guard is saying she was looking for her Pokémon and then asking if the guard answering her wants to trade Pokémon with her.
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| ''{{wp|Pony Island}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | If the player goes right when they see Louey for the first time, there are a bunch of references to [[Pokémon Red and Blue Versions]], including the [[Missingno.]] glitch. There is an achievement called [[Glitch City]] associated with the area.
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| [[File:Pony Island Pokemon References.png|200px]]
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| ''{{wp|Rune Factory 4}}
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| style="text-align:left" | Clorica says, "Fishing can be quite dangerous. Sometimes it's less {{p|Tentacool|tenta-'cool'}} and more {{p|Tentacruel|tenta-'cruel.'}}" Additionally, Dolce quotes "I choose you," tries to command a {{m|Thunderbolt}} attack, and references {{DL|Type|type effectiveness}}.
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| ''{{wp|Skullgirls}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | Several Pokémon quotes are used in the game. If the player wins a match without taking damage, the announcer says "It's super effective!". When facing Filia, Peacock says "Wild schoolgirl appears!" She may also say "I choose you!" when using her j.HK. The character of Molly also has a story mode portrait that references Wobbuffet, and Double has an alternate costume based on Ditto (both are able to transform into opponents and use their moves).
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| ''{{ink|Splatoon}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | In commemoration of Pokémon's {{pkmn|20th Anniversary}}, a {{ink|Splatfest}} was held on February 20, 2016 at 6:00 AM UTC, pitting players who prefer {{game3|Red and Blue|Pokémon Red|s}} against players who prefer {{game3|Red and Blue|Pokémon Blue|s}}{{tt|*|US and PAL regions}}/{{game3|Red and Green|Pokémon Green|s}}{{tt|*|Japanese region}}. When the results of the Splatfest were tallied by game region, Red lost to Blue and Green in all three regions. In the American version of the announcement, {{ink|Squid Sisters|Callie and Marie}} discuss {{p|Vulpix}} being [[Game-exclusive Pokémon|exclusive]] to Blue, and reference {{TRT}}'s original {{motto}}.
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| ''{{wp|StreetPass Mii Plaza}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | One of the puzzles distributed through SpotPass was for ''{{g|X and Y}}'' and depicts {{p|Xerneas}} and {{p|Yveltal}}.
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| rowspan=2 | ''{{smw|Super Mario Maker}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | A set of {{smw|Mystery Mushroom}} {{smw|Costume Mario|Costume}}s themed after the playable Pokémon in ''[[Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U]]'' can be unlocked by scanning their respective [[amiibo]]. The player also has a random chance of unlocking one after completing a 100 Mario Challenge. Unlike most amiibo costumes, however, the Pokémon costumes do not feature custom sounds or music.
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| style="text-align:left" | In commemoration of Pokémon's {{pkmn|20th Anniversary}}, an {{smw|List of officially released courses in Super Mario Maker|Event Course}} entitled {{smw|I Choose You!}} was uploaded on February 11, 2016. When the player completes this course, they will unlock a {{p|Bulbasaur}}, {{p|Charmander}}, or {{p|Squirtle}} costume. Completing the course three times will unlock all three. Unlike the Super Smash Bros. Pokémon costumes, these costumes have a full set of custom sound effects and music taken from {{2v2|Red|Green}}.
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| ''{{wp|Super Scribblenauts}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | In one level, a witch sends out monsters in a Pokémon Battle format.
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| rowspan=2 | ''{{wp|Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice}}''
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| style="text-align:left" | A fictional country featured in the game, Khura'in, has a popular game that considered "Khura'inese chess". The game is called, "Kachu'demahl", a play on "catch 'em all", and the objective of the game is to annihilate all of an opponents pieces. Each piece is also capable of utilizing a special move once per game, akin to [[Z-Moves]].
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* Two episodes of {{wp|Johnny Test}} featured Tinymon, with a [[Pokédex|Tinydex]], [[Poké Ball|Tiny cubes]] that capture creatures, a character named [[Ash Ketchum|Blast Ketchup]], and the slogan "Gotta snatch 'em all!".
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===Books, comics, and manga===
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* A ''{{wp|FoxTrot (comic strip)|FoxTrot}}'' [http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrot/2011/04/03 comic strip from April 3, 2011] has Jason and Peter playing catch. After he tossed, Jason shouted "I choose you, {{p|Gigalith}}!" He later mentioned he had played a lot of Pokémon recently as Peter questions why the ball was shaking. This strip was released weeks after the release of {{game|Black and White|s}}.
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* In {{wp|Rick Riordan}}'s book ''{{wp|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".
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* In the tenth book in the ''{{wp|Jigsaw Jones Mysteries}}'' series, ''The Case of the Ghostwriter'', Stringbean hires Jigsaw to take the case by offering him bubblegum, a {{wp|Darth Maul}} pencil eraser, a rubber band ball, $0.36, and a {{tcg|Diglett}} card. Jigsaw calls Diglett too common, so Stringbean instead offers a First Edition {{tcg|Gloom}} card, which he accepts.
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* A ''{{wp|Mother Goose and Grimm}}'' [http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2014/MGG-2014-05-31.gif comic strip from May 31, 2014] featured a pair of Pikachu. It portrayed how the species got its name in a satirical manner.
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* On the cover of the fourth issue of {{wp|Archie Comics}} third {{wp|Sabrina the Teenage Witch}} comic book series, Sabrina and her friend Chloe are playing a card game when bully Slugloaf walks by saying "Those [[Pokémon Trading Card Game|trading cards]] are so lame! There's no such thing as Pocket Monsters!" Sabrina magically makes a large monster appear from his back pocket in response.
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* In Volume 5, Chapter 1 of the ''{{wp|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 [[EP038|episode]] of a certain {{pkmn|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.
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* Mangaka {{wp|Ume Aoki}} frequently represents herself in her works as "Ume-sensei", a crude chibi representation of herself dressed as a {{p|Metapod}}. Ume-sensei most notably appears in Aoki's famed manga ''{{wp|Hidamari Sketch}}''.
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* In "What She Does Next Will Astound You", the third novel based on the BBC sci-fi drama {{wp|Class (2016 TV series)|Class}}, one of the dares on the website truthordare.com is to "play ''[[Pokémon GO]]'' underwater".
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* In a ''{{wp|Zits}}'' [http://comicskingdom.com/zits/2015-05-22 comic from May 22, 2015], Jeremy asks his mother if she has seen his [[Pokémon Trading Card Game|Pokémon cards]] and freaks out when she said she threw them out years ago. He tells her in the last panel that he and Pierce planned to ignite them.
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* A ''{{wp|B.C. (comic strip)|B.C.}}'' [https://www.gocomics.com/bc/2018/10/06 strip from October 6, 2018] has a clairvoyant tell of various species going extinct. When he clarifies that it does not apply to all of them, the scene zooms out to show a {{p|Charizard}}.
   
* A episode of {{wp|The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy}} had a trading card game called "Hoke mon". When Grim made the cards real, the event caused destruction of the city.
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===Real life===
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* During a Republican debate for the {{wp|United States presidential election, 2012|2012 United States presidential election}}, candidate {{wp|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 ''{{so|The Power of One}}'', the theme song for the [[M02|movie of the same name]]. During his withdrawal speech, he reused the line but with proper attribution.
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* During a July 2016 campaign event for the {{wp|United States presidential election, 2016|2016 United States presidential election}}, candidate {{wp|Hillary Clinton}} said "''I don't know who created Pokémon GO, but I'm trying to figure out how we get them to have Pokémon GO to the polls.''" At the time, the mobile game ''[[Pokémon GO]]'' was at the height of its popularity.<ref>[https://www.destructoid.com/hillary-clinton-wants-you-to-pokemon-go-to-the-polls--375040.phtml Hillary Clinton wants you to 'Pokemon Go to the polls' | Destructoid]</ref>
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* In April 2014, the [https://www.facebook.com/carnivore.pangolin Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program] and {{wp|CNN}}'s [http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/09/opinion/sutter-change-the-list-vote/index.html Change the List] project held a poll to name a {{wp|pangolin}} rescued from traffickers as part of a campaign to raise awareness for the endangered mammal. Of the top five choices from CNN comments, the name "{{p|Sandshrew}}" won the official [https://www.facebook.com/questions/10152451840746509 Facebook poll]. Sandshrew the pangolin now lives in a {{wp|Vietnam}}ese national park.
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* To promote their 2016 King of Trios tournament, professional wrestling company {{wp|Chikara (professional wrestling)|CHIKARA}} used several allusions to Pokémon, including using the "Who's That Pokémon?" feature to reveal competitors, a parody of the [[Pokémon Theme]], and even Director of Fun {{wp|Mike Quackenbush}} dressing as [[Ash Ketchum]].<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC_ytp5-qWw CHIKARA: King of Trios 2016 advance tickets on sale tomorrow! - YouTube]</ref>
   
* An episode of {{wp|The Norm Show}} had a parody of Pokémon when a boy named Tommy thought he was Ash. The skit featured actors dressed as {{p|Squirtle}}, {{p|Pikachu}}, {{p|Butterfree}}, {{p|Charmander}}, and {{p|Meowth}}.
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===Music===
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* A song from {{wp|Lil' Kim}}'s album ''{{wp|The Naked Truth (Lil' Kim album)}}'', "Get Yours", makes a reference to the common mispronunciation of "Pokéman".<ref>[http://youtu.be/nRJ446_liMs?t=52 Lil Kim's "Get Yours' (feat. Sha-Dash & T.I.)" on YouTube.com]</ref>
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* The {{wp|Azealia Banks}} song "Bitch Is Ill" makes a lewd comparison involving the electricity of a Pikachu.<ref>[http://youtu.be/5hngZkblwUM?t=168 Azealia Banks' "Bitch Is Ill" on Youtube.com]</ref>
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* The Nintendocore-band "Oak's parcel" is named after [[Professor Oak]] and has several Pokémon-themed songs.
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* The music group {{wp|Starbomb}} features many songs that parody other video game franchises, but two in particular parody Pokémon. The first song, [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5dEiP8DZV8 I Choose You to Die], tells the story of [[Ash Ketchum]] being sent to jail for beating up his Pokémon out of pleasure after defeating the [[Elite Four]], before being shot in the groin by Pikachu after Pikachu posted Ash's bail; the followup song, [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCbl-12QV2c The NEW Pokérap!!], features [[Brock]] describing to Ash all the new Pokémon that were discovered during his time in the hospital after the events of the first song.
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* A song from Japanese musician {{wp|Kenichi Maeyamada}}, {{tt|リア充ってこんなもんだっけ?feat.ディスクン星人|Riajū tte kon'na monda kke? feat. Diskun Seijin}} ''Is this what it's supposed to be like to have a girlfriend?'', mentions the wish of catching a girlfriend in the same manner Ash celebrates catching a new Pokémon, as well as the slogan of the franchise in Japanese, saying "念願の彼女ゲットだぜ!! ''Nengan no kanojo [[Gotta catch 'em all!|getto da ze!]]''", as the character singing the line has Ash's face, holding a sphere with a female face inside, much like a Poké Ball.<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26IPBZAfsbE リア充ってこんなもんだっけfeat.ディスクン星人]</ref>
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* German rap group "Dicht & Ergreifend" mention [[Pokémon GO]] in their song [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp6V0q3RtEY Don't believe the like].
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* South African band "Die Antwoord" made several references to Pokémon:
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** In the music video to [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcXNPI-IPPM Baby's on fire], singer Yolandi Visser is wearing shoes looking like Pikachu.
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** In [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXlZfc1TrD0 Banana Brain], there is the line "You're so cute like Pikachu".
   
*In ''Dustin's fowl play'', when {{wp|Dustin the Turkey|Dustin}} is wondering what new job he should get, Socky asks ''are we going to become Pokémon trainers?''
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* On ''{{wp|The Annoying Orange}}'', in "Marshmallow's Christmas Sock (12 Days Of Christmas)", 3 Pokémon were one of Marshmallow's gifts.<ref>[https://youtu.be/jQnqyMOQmlA?t=36 Annoying Orange - Marshmallow's Christmas Sock (12 Days Of Christmas) on YouTube.com]</ref>
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* ''{{wp|Cyanide and Happiness}}'' has referenced Pokémon in a few comics.
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** [http://explosm.net/comics/421 One comic] made a joke about Ash catching all the STDs.
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** [http://explosm.net/comics/628/ A second comic] had two people playing Rock, Paper, Scissors with one declaring "Bulbasaur beats everything".
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** [http://explosm.net/comics/979/ A third comic] had Ash releasing a dead Pikachu from a Poké Ball because he forgot to make air holes.
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** [http://explosm.net/comics/3023/ A fourth comic] had two people saying they were a fan of ''Pokémon'' and ''The Legend of Zelda''.
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** [http://explosm.net/comics/4502/ A fifth comic] has Ash try to catch a dog before the dog takes the Poké Ball and catches Ash instead.
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* ''{{wp|Death Battle}}'' has four battles featuring Pokémon:
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** The first was [[Ash's Pikachu]] vs. {{wp|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 {{t|Electric}} typing and reliance on a Trainer.<ref>[http://www.screwattack.com/shows/originals/death-battle/death-battle-pikachu-vs-blanka Death Battle: Pikachu vs. Blanka]</ref>
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** The second was a three-way free-for-all between a wild {{p|Venusaur}}, {{p|Charizard}} and {{p|Blastoise}}. Blastoise was found to win 48% of over 7,000 simulated [[Pokémon battle]]s between the three Pokémon using game mechanics and was thus declared the winner of the battle.<ref>[http://www.screwattack.com/shows/originals/death-battle/pokemon-battle-royale-death-battle Death Battle: Pokémon Battle Royale]</ref>
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** The third was a battle between [[Red (game)|Red]] and {{p|Charizard}} against Tai and Agumon of ''{{wp|Digimon}}'' fame; the battle ended in Tai's favor, due to the superior bond between Tai and Agumon as opposed to Red and Charizard.<ref>[http://screwattack.roosterteeth.com/episode/death-battle-season-2-32 Death Battle: Pokémon vs. Digimon]</ref>
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** The Fourth was a battle between {{p|Mewtwo}} and {{wp|Shadow the Hedgehog}}; the winner was Mewtwo, due to having a wide range of abilities from reading minds to being able to heal itself, as well as using it's knowledge against Shadow. Mewtwo also appeared in a joke episode against Vegeta of ''{{wp|Dragon Ball}}'' where the winner was the Internet.
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** The Fifth was a battle between {{p|Lucario}} and Renamon of ''{{wp|Digimon}}''; the winner was Lucario, due to a wider arsenal and greater physical strength.<ref>[https://roosterteeth.com/episode/death-battle-season-4-lucario-vs-renamon Lucario VS Renamon - DEATH BATTLE! - Rooster Teeth]</ref>
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* ''{{wp|Epic Rap Battles of History}}'' featured a battle between Ash Ketchum and Charles Darwin.
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* During the ''{{wp|Hetalia: Axis Powers}}'' 2011 Christmas event, Ladonia was passing the time playing Pokémon on his [[Game Boy]] and stated his favorite Pokémon was {{p|Stunfisk}} in his rushed introduction to Denmark.<ref>[http://www.hetarchive.net/scanlations/xmas2011/2011_12_5.php Hetalia 2011 Christmas Event, page 5]</ref>
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* ''{{wp|Homestar Runner}}'' has made a number of references to the series, usually playing on Pikachu's similar appearance to the character of [http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/The_Cheat The Cheat].<ref>[http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/Pokémon Pokémon on HRWiki.org]</ref> In particular, Pikachu appears on screen during "[http://www.homestarrunner.com/cheatvideo.html The Cheat Theme Song]", when the lyrics are "Who's the man that looks like The Cheat?"
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* On the virtual pet site ''{{wp|Neopets}}'', a Pikachu can be seen on the Gallery of Evil page.<ref>[http://www.neopets.com/evil.phtml Neopets - The Gallery of Evil]</ref>
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* In the third installment of SamBakZa's ''{{wp|There She Is!!}}'' series, the character Doki chases and tries various methods of capturing a fleeing Nabi. When all of her attempts fail, she uses a [[Poké Ball]], throwing it at Nabi's head and knocking him down.
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* One of the screensavers included in {{wp|XScreenSaver}} is called "JigglyPuff" ''(sic)''.<ref>[http://www.jwz.org/xscreensaver/screenshots/ XScreenSaver: Screenshots]</ref>
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* TeamFourStar's ''Dragon Ball Z Abridged'' contains a running joke in Season 1 where Nappa calls Chiaotzu a "Pokémon". He tries to throw a [[Poké Ball]] to catch him, but this fails, as Vegeta tells him he has damage him significantly first.
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** In the stinger at the end of Episode 47, Imperfect Cell is shown "[[Evolution|evolving]]" into Semi-Perfect Cell, in the same Game Boy style of a Pokémon evolving in {{game|Red and Blue|s}}, complete with background music.
   
* ''{{wp|Austin Powers in Goldmember}}'' features people in costumes of {{p|Charmander}} and {{p|Pikachu}} among those running from "not Godzilla" in the Tokyo scene. The deleted scenes also feature background appearances of {{p|Meowth}} and {{p|Celebi}} costumes, the Pikachu car and a {{p|Dragonite}} plushie.
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* [[List of references to popular culture in Pokémon]]
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* [[List of background references to Pokémon]]
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* [[List of Pokémon parodies]]
   
* In episode 3 of the second season of {{WP|The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya}}, two {{P|Pikachu}} masks, a purple {{P|Turtwig}} mask, a yellow {{P|Chimchar}} mask, and an orange {{P|Piplup}} mask can be seen.
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* [https://simpsonswiki.com/wiki/Pokémon Pokémon at Wikisimpsons]
   
* {{wp|Lucky Star (manga)#Anime|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 [[List of Pokémon|every Po**mon]]. In a third instance, Konata states that {{wp|Kinkaku-ji}} is gold, but {{wp|Ginkaku-ji}} isn't silver, referencing both the [[Bell Tower|Bell]] and [[Burned Tower|Brass Tower]]s, and {{game|Gold and Silver|s}}. She also wonders if they're like Poké{{tt|***|It should be noted that the anime censors the last part of the name}}, "with {{game3|Ruby and Sapphire|sapphire and ruby|s}} and stuff".
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*In one episode of the anime {{wp|Case Closed|Detective Conan}}, {{Ash}}, {{an|Misty}} and {{an|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.
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* In the 2003 movie, {{wp|Bad Santa}}, one child asks "santa" for Pokémon.
 
 
* In ''Codename: Kids Next Door'' a character in the background looks like Ash in the episode "Operation: A.R.C.H.I.V.E."
 
 
* In episode 4 of {{wp|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 the {{wp|Beast Machines}} episode ''Revelations I - Discovery'', {{wp|Silverbolt (Beast Wars)#Beast Machines|Jetstorm}} says, "[[Gotta catch 'em all!]]".
 
 
* In an episode of ''{{wp|Brum (TV series)|Brum}}'' some Pokémon plushies can be seen at a stall in a fairground.
 
 
* In one episode of ''{{wp|Fillmore!}}'', a cheerleading coach instructs her team to build a human pyramid "as strong as a Geodude using its {{m|Harden}} attack".
 
 
* In the {{wp|And in the End...|final episode}} of the hospital drama ''{{wp|ER (television series)|ER}}'', a patient says, "I am the Chosen One, I am Lugia."
 
 
* In one episode of {{wp|George Lopez (TV series)|George Lopez}}, when George and Benny discuss ways to make money, the former suggests that the latter pretend to be a {{p|Pikachu}} in Mexico.
 
 
* In the 17th episode of the {{wp|Ghost Stories (anime)|Ghost Stories}} dub, the anime is referenced several times.
 
 
* In the {{wp|MAD (TV series)|MAD}} series, in the "{{wp|Grey's Anatomy|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 {{wp|MAD (TV series) |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 {{p|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 {{m|Confusion}}, (all he does is get confused and go stand in the corner). The final reject Pokémon was a {{p|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.
 
 
*In some episodes of the Suite Life of Zack and Cody, a toy Poké Ball can be seen on a shelf in Zack and Cody's bedroom.
 
 
*In an episode of the Suite Life on Deck, Woody can be seen reading a Pokémon book.
 
 
*Pokémon has been mentioned multiple times on the Canadian sketch comedy series That's So Weird.
 
 
==References in non-Pokémon games==
 
*In ''{{smw|Yoshi's Story}}'', the stages ''{{smw|Jelly Pipe|Stage 2-3}}'' and ''{{smw|Torrential Maze|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 ''[[smw:Mario Artist|Mario Artist: Paint Studio]]'', one of the official pictures shows somebody drawing a silhouette of Pikachu.
 
 
*In ''{{wp|Animal Crossing}}'', one of the random items a villager may ask players to collect is ''[[Pokémon Pikachu]]'' (but the model is actually ''[[Pokémon Pikachu Color]]'')
 
 
*In ''{{smw|Wario Land 3}}'', one of the game's 100 treasures is a ''[[Pokémon Pikachu]]'', however, the player cannot interact with it.
 
 
*In ''{{wp|Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction}}'', there's a skill point titled "Gotta Catch Them All", a reference to the franchise's now defunct slogan.
 
 
* In the Zelda series, the ''{{zw|Keaton}} Mask'' introduced in ''[[zw:The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|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 ''[[zw:The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask|Majora's Mask]]'' where wearing it in certain areas would lead to ''{{zw|Keaton}}'' himself appearing, though this version of the character was revealed to be a {{wp|kitsune}}. The mask also has a background cameo in ''[[zw:The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker|Wind Waker]]''.
 
 
* In ''{{smw|Super Mario Galaxy}}'', there is a [[Poké Ball]]-shaped planet in the {{smw|Buoy Base Galaxy}}. Inside it is a {{smw|Power Star}}, which is needed to finish the level, possibly a reference to the Poké Ball's importance in the [[Pokémon games]].
 
 
*In ''{{wp|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.
 
 
*''{{wp|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 {{p|Pikachu}} and {{p|Squirtle}}.
 
 
==Other references==
 
* In the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade there are hot air balloons of [[Pikachu]] and a [[Poké Ball]].
 
** In 2010, [[Reshiram]] and [[Zekrom]] was also seen in the parade.
 
 
* {{wp|Homestar Runner}} has made [http://www.hrwiki.org/index.php/Pikachu a number of references to the series], usually playing on Pikachu's similar appearance to the character of The Cheat. In particular, Pikachu appears on screen during "[http://www.homestarrunner.com/cheatvideo.html The Cheat Theme Song]," when the lyrics are "who's the guy who looks like The Cheat?"
 
 
* Parts of the insert song in part 3 of the popular flash cartoon series ''Charlie the Unicorn'' bear resemblance to the original [[Kanto Pokérap|Pokérap]].
 
 
==External links==
 
*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqhS90ONhAQ Pokémon Sketch]
 
*[http://filmcow.com/charlietheunicorn3.html Charlie the Unicorn 3]
 
 
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This is a list of references to Pokémon in popular culture, instances where television shows, music and video clips, or other non-Pokémon media explicitly mention the Pokémon franchise (or a specific Pokémon). This includes only notable references, where they must either refer to specific details of the Pokémon franchise, or else play an important role in the work making the reference. The following list is divided by the medium of the work, then sorted alphabetically by the name of the work making the reference.

References that simply mention the Pokémon franchise, use a Pokémon catchphrase, or have a Pokémon character or item briefly appear in the background or as a visual gag are listed separately on the list of background references to Pokémon. They are also distinct from parodies, which are listed separately on the list of Pokémon parodies. This list also excludes mere resemblances between character designs, non-fiction shows mentioning the existence of Pokémon, or news shows discussing Pokémon-related news, as well as game show questions about Pokémon.

List of references to Pokémon in popular culture

Science

  • Aerodactylus scolopaciceps was renamed from Pterodactylus scolopaciceps in October 2014 due to a newly discovered taxonomic separation. The name refers to Aerodactyl, a Pokémon based on various pterosaur species because it "seemed a pertinent name for a genus which has been synonymous with Pterodatylus for so long due to a combination of features".[1]
  • Bulbasaurus phylloxyron, a species of dicynodonts (precursors to early mammals) discovered in January 2017. Although officially named after the bulbous shape of its nose, the scientist who named the species made several references to Pokémon on twitter while presenting the species. In addition, phylloxyron literally means "Razor Leaf". [2][3]
  • Chilicola Charizard, a species of stem-nesting bee, which received its name in May 2016.[4]
  • Pikachurin, a protein discovered by Japanese researches in 2008, which helps carry electrical impulses from the eyes to the brain. The name refers to the Pokémon and to the protein possessing "lightning-fast moves and shocking electric effects".
  • Pokemon was the temporary name of gene Zbtb7. The name officially stood for "POK erythroid myeloid ontogenic factor".
  • Stentorceps weedlei is the scientific classification of a species of wasps, received scientific classification. The species shares with Weedle the distinctive feature of having a spike in the middle of its head.[5]

Television, radio, and film

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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".
Ai Mai Mi: Surgical Friends You're No Friend of Mine! During the next episode preview, Torijiro talks about how the author in her high school days was ambushed by kids throwing leaves and Poké Balls at her, yelling "Don't let her get away!" and "Weaken and catch her!"
American Dad! Multiple episodes In Buck, Wild, 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".

In Shark?!, when Roger notices that Steve left his Bulbasaur, he says he might as well go battle an army of Jigglypuffs.

Attention Please To the sky!! At the time of departure... The All Nippon Airways 747 Pokémon Jet, can be seen behind the Japan Airlines flight conducting an emergency landing. Plusle and Minun can be seen on the body of the aircraft, while Pikachu can be seen on the tail fin.
The Autocrats Itse valtiaat – Kuningasmusikaali During this special musical episode, Mauri Pekkarinen sings a song called Politiikan Pokémon. In one of the chorus verses, Mauri describes himself as "the Pikachu of Jyväskylä". This song, along with the other songs from this special, were later collected and published on a music CD titled 200 apinaa – Paavo kuninkaaksi.
Animation Domination High-Def Scientifically Accurate: Pokémon and Pikachu Gets Pokémon Rabies The first episode spoofs Pokémon, referring to kids being thrown into the wilderness alone, as well as some of the kinds of Pokémon such as "a pile of gears" (presumably a Klink) and "a [EXPLETIVE] ice cream cone" (presumably Vanillite). The second feature Ash's Pikachu catching "PokéRabies" after fighting a rabid dog, leading to Pikachu having to be put down.
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 Mewtwo Returns.
Barakamon Guys from Tokyo Naru hands Kousuke a Poké Ball-like capsule containing shieldbugs. Kousuke, who hates insects, immediately screams and yells "Argh! Monster ball!" and throws the capsule just like Poké Balls are thrown.
The Big Bang Theory The Cooper/Kripke Inversion and The Perspiration Implementation In the first episode, 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. In the second, when Sheldon asks a woman out at a bar, he says "I choose you," which he claims Ash did to Pikachu. He specifically mentions that he is referencing Pokémon.
Black Episode 5 The teacher asks one student if he drew a Pikachu.
Black Books He's Leaving Home When Fran tells Bernard that he knows nothing about the modern culture, she lists a few examples of things he doesn't know, one of which is Pokémon. Bernard quickly interrupts her by saying that it's pronounced "Pac-Man".
Camp Camp A Camp Camp Christmas, or Whatever When the campers are opening up their Christmas presents, Nerris is seen playing with "Tapámon" cards, and a squared-out Poké Ball design can be seen on the back.
Chronicles of the Going Home Club Ultimate Decision / A Magnificent Training Camp / Starry Sky Imagination / Mankind's Greatest Invention is Air Conditioning ...and the dead freedom that results There are two references in this episode. First, before the opening, Sakura's suggesting ideas for things to do in a training camp, and she says "We could also carefully breed the best IVs, then train our EVs and form dueling parties." Later, the girls are talking about ultimate decisions when deciding between two things. During this, Sakura at one point says "Should your starter be a fire type or a water type?" while the screen shows images of a generic lizard and turtle. Botan then chimes in, saying "Yeah, no one goes for grass."
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.png
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Absolutely the Worst! Nendou's Father Near the end of the episode, in order to stop Nendou's deceased father's spirit from following him, Kusuo Saiki detaches his soul from his body. He then proceeds to talk to the audience, saying "Now, boys and girls watching at home. Here's a question for you. I went from being a psychic to a ghost. Do you know what happens when a ghost-type fights a ghost-type in that world-famous video game? The answer is..." He then stops and performs an uppercut on Nendou's father, sending him into the sky, and then finishes his sentence by saying "...it's super effective!"
Doctor Who The Return of Doctor Mysterio The Doctor and Nardole arrive at the Tokyo branch of Harmony Shoals. Nardole comments that it is empty The Doctor replies "Yes, I created a distraction. I flooded downstairs with Pokémon".
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).
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.
ER And in the End... A patient says "I am the chosen one, come to be known as Lugia."
Family Guy Three Directors At the end of the second story, Stewie says that Peter died chasing a Pokémon on the street, referencing reports of deaths of players playing Pokémon GO.
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".
The Flash Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash When Cisco is thinking of random numbers for Cecile to guess, he then thinks "Bulbasaur". Cecile questions what a Bulbasaur is and Cisco said he wouldn't be thinking about Pokémon at a time like this. When Cecile then asks why Cisco is still thinking about Bulbasaur, Cisco says that he's the cutest one of all.
Fresh Off the Boat Where are the Giggles? Several Pikachu plush toys could be seen in Deidre's toy room.
George Lopez George Drives The Batmobile After Benny passes out George tells Angie that in the eight hours it would take for her to wake they could take her to Mexico, put her in a Pikachu costume with a note saying beat me I have candy. Shortly after George says Pikachu a couple times while swinging his arms as if he was hitting a piñata with a bat.
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
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!")[6][7] Nyaruko.png
The Good Cop (Israel) Season 1, Episode 1 Pikachu plush in the background at 13:47.
Himouto! Umaru-chan N/A During the opening of the series, Umaru walks to a table that has her signature hoodie and three Poké Balls, and interacts with the hoodie. In addition, in the episode Umaru and her rival, after being told not to play with a cat souvenir, Umaru plays with it the next day alongside her hamster toys, calling it "Pocket Hamsters GK". She makes them battle, and during the battle, she starts by shouting "A wild Hamsaburou has appeared!" She then proceeds to summon the cat souvenir, shouting "Metal Nyankos! I choose you!" She makes the cat bob its head, saying that it makes Hamsaburou's defense fall while a health bar on the side of the screen drops by about half. She then reaches for a capsule to use to catch Hamsaburou, but trips and knocks the cat off the table, breaking it. Later, while trying to rebuild it, she remakes the head from scratch, but can't remember its face, and gives it a face similar to that of Pikachu's, with a voice shouting "Pukka!" Lastly, in between scenes, the room from the opening's reference appears, with a logo underneath it very similar to Pokémon's Japanese logo. Taihei walks up to a sleeping Umaru and tells her in a dialogue box "Umaru, starting today, you're a trainer!", to which she responds "Ugh, just five more minutes."
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.
Highschool DxD I Get a Familiar! The familiar master, Zatouji (parody of Satoshi) is a parody of Ash Ketchum. He uses the phrase "Gotta catch 'em all" many times.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Chiitan Introducing the segment, John Oliver mentions Japan as "the country that gave us Pokémon", and a Jigglypuff appears on-screen. Oliver says, to the audience, to throw a Poké Ball at it (in the style of Pokémon GO), and the on-screen Poké Ball does so, albeit too hard, resulting in the Jigglypuff exploding and spraying blood everywhere. Worth noting is the fact that, when it shows up, the Jigglypuff sings with its voice from Super Smash Bros.

Later on in the segment, a Porygon plush makes a cameo.

Lucky Star Base of the Sun and Pandora's Box In 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. In 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".
MAD Multiple Episodes Several MAD sketches have included references to Pokémon. These include notably "Grey's In Anime" where a character wearing a Ash like that use a Pikachu-like character as a defribilator as well as a sketch in the episode Cliffordfield / Big Time Rushmore which features a skit about rejected Pokémon and "Pokémon Park" (a Pokémon-based spoof of Jurassic Park). Other sketches have included "Big League Pika-Chew" (in which Pikachu-based gum appears). "Pokémon of Interest" (a crossover with Person of Interest, and "Pokémonsters, Inc." (a crossover with Monsters, Inc.). Other sketches have used Pokémon to spoof other modern culture trend: "PokéHarmony" spoofing the dating website eHarmony, "The less you know", spoofing The more you know with alleged Pokémon facts, and "Psyduck" spoofing Psych using the titular Pokémon. PokémonPark.png
MADtv Season 5, Episode 16 In the "Reality Check" sketch, Belma Button mentions that she took her kids to Pokémon: The First Movie, chastising the Japanese for sending it to America. Tovah says, "Who drew it? Stevie Wonder?" and Belma says it sounds like the name of a homosexual Jamaican adult film.
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*.
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
Paper Towns N/A In the scene where Quentin, Ben, and Radar are scared while in an abandoned gas station looking for clues to where Margo can be, they wonder what they should do to calm themselves down. Quentin suggest that they sing a song — the first one that comes into their head. Ben then starts to sing the Pokémon Theme; Radar and Quentin join him as they together conquer their fear.
Robot Chicken Multiple Episodes Several skits in Robot Chicken have parodied Pokémon. Notable skits include "Poké Ball High Life" showing Ash's Pikachu's party life in a Pokéball, "The Greatest Pokémon Generation" showing former Pokémon fans in their old age and "Timely Michael Vick Joke" in which Ash and Pikachu must battle Michael Vick and his Rottweiler, and "Bloopers", in which an outtake from the Pokémon anime is shown. Other sketches appear in the episodes The Hobbit: There and Bennigan's where Ash plays tennis with Pikachu's Pokéball to punish his Pokémon, Freshly Baked: The Robot Chicken Santa Claus Pot Cookie Freakout Special: Special Edition where elves sing about making Pokémon toys for Christmas, Strummy Strummy Sad Sad where the daycare man is shown teaching Ash and friends how Pokémon eggs are made, and 3 2 1 2 333, 222, 3...66? which features Ash and Pikachu battling Henry Kissinger and another sketch featuring Ash-Greninja. In What Can You Tell Me About Butt Rashes?, Ash has Glinda from The Wizard of Oz fight a Blastoise after Pikachu gets badly injured. PikachuSecret.png
Saturday Night Live Multiple Episodes In the "Pokémon Parents" skit of the Jennifer Aniston / Sting episode, a boy trades his holographic Charizard for weaker cards like Metapod and Diglett. Mewtwo and the first movie are also mentioned. In the "Hardball" skit (John McCain / The White Stripes), Harry Belafonte refers to Pokémon as a slave trade wheel describing the unfair treatment of blacks. Finally, in "The Abacus Conundrum" skit of the Robert De Niro / Diddy-Dirty Money episode, a fake book is shown called "The Pokémon Directive" with a Pikachu on its 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.
Searching N/A There were many instances of Pokémon referenced throughout the film. The first, David shows Margot on Facetime his Pokemon t-shirt. The second time was when an online user asked Margot what her favorite Pokémon was, and she responded by saying Uxie, as it could erase memories; erase the memory of her mother's death. Margot also always has a Poké Ball keychain with her.
Servant × Service Don't Panic, Make a Scene, or Throw Away Your Job Hasebe joins a discussion on anime with his coworkers accompanied by a montage of games he has played, including "Pokimon", a distorted Pikachu and Bulbasaur, and a Poké Ball sound effect. ServantxService.png
The Simpsons Multiple Episodes Pokémon appears in several episode of the show, most notably in Postcards from the Wedge where Bart is shown watching the Pokémon anime on TV, and wondering how it has managed to stayed so fresh, and in the short Pokémon Now? released on YouTube, which parodies Pokémon GO. Other brief mentions occurs in Children of a Lesser Clod (where it's named as a child's favorite game), Chief of Hearts where a game called "Battle Ball" is said to "makes Digimon look like Pokémon", and in Let's Go Fly a Coot where Milhouse wants his cheese cut in Pokémon shapes. PostcardsFromTheWedge.png
Strip Mall N/A In several episodes, an adult movie parody called Pokémemon 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.
Teekyu Evolution with Senpai Marimo exclaims "Let's go catch them all!" while she, Kanae, and Nasuno hold tennis balls like Poké Balls and wear hats similar to Ash's. Yuri exasperatedly responds "Is this Poké**n?!"
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.[8]
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo Episode 13 Si-ho's hospital roommate has a Gengar plush sitting on the windowsill.
W.I.T.C.H. Season 2 Opening (Non-American) In the European opening for the second season, Will's bedroom wallpaper features the 3rd Generation Starter Pokémon Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip.

Non-Pokémon video games

Game Details Image
Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator In the fifth game (which takes place in Japan), turning on the television in the player's hotel room shows a program with flashing colours and a Pikachu-like character. Looking at the screen causes the game to remark "Don't stare at it too long, or you're likely to have a seizure!", a likely reference to the EP038 incident.
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth There are a many items in the game which were inspired by Pokémon. One is called "Missingno.", which will randomize all items picked up at the start of every floor.

The Afterbirth DLC released a new item called a "Friendly Ball", which will be thrown when used, capture an enemy which will then fight other enemies when sent out.

Afterbirth† introduced a new item called Poke Go, which looks like a cellphone and resembles Pokémon Go, where enemies will randomly join you upon entering a room. It also introduced a challenge called Pokey Mans, which is an obvious play-on of Pokémon, and uses the Friendly Ball, except it releases a random enemy each time it's thrown. It also introduced an item called Metronome, which has the item description "Waggle a finger", and every time it's used, it has the effects of a completely random item. The 1st booster pack also released an item called Mystery Gift.

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth In Chapter 4, a researcher named Akemi Suedou asks the protagonists to investigate an "Eater," a digital creature that consumes data. Arata Sanada asks Suedou if he has any "secret weapons" at his disposal such as a "camera watch that can detect hidden objects" or a "ball that captured creatures can be stuffed into." Suedou states that Arata's examples are "oddly specific."
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.[9]
Final Fantasy XIII-2 One of the possible answers to a Brain Blast quiz is Ochu, I Choose You! referring to the common catch phrase used in the anime.
HarmoKnight Five bonus levels feature music from Pokémon games: Champion Battle from Generation I, Trainer Battle from V, and the Gym, Route 26, and Bicycle themes from II. Pokémon-shaped balloons and natural structures also appear. Harmonknight.jpg
Hearthstone The flavor text of card "Thunder Lizard" is "What? THUNDER LIZARD is adapting!"(Japanese:……おや!? サンダーリザードの ようすが……!), which is a reference about pokémon evolving message in the game.

The flavor text of card "Wing Blast" is "Emeriss uses Wing Blast. It's super effective!"(Japanese:エメリスの つばさのぼうふう こうかは ばつぐんだ!), which is a reference about type effectiveness message in the game.

The flavor text of card "Hir'eek, the Bat" is "REPEL’S EFFECT WORE OFF."(Japanese translation use a kamishibai reference instead), which is a reference about the item repel.

Hidden Folks On the camping level, one of the things to find is "Pika" a reference to Pikachu. Hidden Folks Pika.png
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 In Lowee, a nation that represents the Wii and Nintendo, the group has an exchange with guards that references Pokémon in various ways:
Lowee Guard: Go! Dragon, I choose you!
Compa: Go! Nep-Nep, I choose you!
Neptune: Pika!
IF: Oh! All right then! Go! Lady Vert, I choose you!
Lowee Guard: Through rigorous training, people and monsters can become stronger! I've lived 'n trained with my fighting monster! And that will never change!
Jackbox In Trivia Murder Pursuit, at least one of the questions can be related to Pokémon.
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
Minecraft As an easter egg, if the splashes.txt file is deleted but not the META-INF folder from the game's files, the only splash text to be shown is "missingno". Minecraft-Missingno.png
Not a Hero After the player completes a level, there is a random sequence of dialogue triggered. One of BunnyLord's lines in one of the dialogue sequences remarks how "this one time, when I lived in Justin's Vagabond Supplies Store, I damaged a Mudkip."
Payday 2 Joy, a DLC character added in August of 2018 makes numerous video game shout-outs through her mask and voice lines. One of her possible answers to a pager from a downed guard is saying she was looking for her Pokémon and then asking if the guard answering her wants to trade Pokémon with her.
Pony Island If the player goes right when they see Louey for the first time, there are a bunch of references to Pokémon Red and Blue Versions, including the Missingno. glitch. There is an achievement called Glitch City associated with the area. Pony Island Pokemon References.png
Rune Factory 4 Clorica says, "Fishing can be quite dangerous. Sometimes it's less tenta-'cool' and more tenta-'cruel.'" Additionally, Dolce quotes "I choose you," tries to command a Thunderbolt attack, and references type effectiveness.
Skullgirls Several Pokémon quotes are used in the game. If the player wins a match without taking damage, the announcer says "It's super effective!". When facing Filia, Peacock says "Wild schoolgirl appears!" She may also say "I choose you!" when using her j.HK. The character of Molly also has a story mode portrait that references Wobbuffet, and Double has an alternate costume based on Ditto (both are able to transform into opponents and use their moves).
Splatoon In commemoration of Pokémon's 20th Anniversary, a Splatfest was held on February 20, 2016 at 6:00 AM UTC, pitting players who prefer Pokémon Red against players who prefer Pokémon Blue*/Pokémon Green*. When the results of the Splatfest were tallied by game region, Red lost to Blue and Green in all three regions. In the American version of the announcement, Callie and Marie discuss Vulpix being exclusive to Blue, and reference Team Rocket's original motto. Splatoon Red vs Blue Splatfest.png
StreetPass Mii Plaza One of the puzzles distributed through SpotPass was for Pokémon X and Y and depicts Xerneas and Yveltal.
Super Mario Maker A set of Mystery Mushroom Costumes themed after the playable Pokémon in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U can be unlocked by scanning their respective amiibo. The player also has a random chance of unlocking one after completing a 100 Mario Challenge. Unlike most amiibo costumes, however, the Pokémon costumes do not feature custom sounds or music.
In commemoration of Pokémon's 20th Anniversary, an Event Course entitled I Choose You! was uploaded on February 11, 2016. When the player completes this course, they will unlock a Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle costume. Completing the course three times will unlock all three. Unlike the Super Smash Bros. Pokémon costumes, these costumes have a full set of custom sound effects and music taken from Red and Green. Mario Maker Kanto Starters.png
Super Scribblenauts In one level, a witch sends out monsters in a Pokémon Battle format.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice A fictional country featured in the game, Khura'in, has a popular game that considered "Khura'inese chess". The game is called, "Kachu'demahl", a play on "catch 'em all", and the objective of the game is to annihilate all of an opponents pieces. Each piece is also capable of utilizing a special move once per game, akin to Z-Moves.

Books, comics, and manga

  • A FoxTrot comic strip from April 3, 2011 has Jason and Peter playing catch. After he tossed, Jason shouted "I choose you, Gigalith!" He later mentioned he had played a lot of Pokémon recently as Peter questions why the ball was shaking. This strip was released weeks after the release of Pokémon Black and White.
  • 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 the tenth book in the Jigsaw Jones Mysteries series, The Case of the Ghostwriter, Stringbean hires Jigsaw to take the case by offering him bubblegum, 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.
  • 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.
  • On the cover of the fourth issue of Archie Comics third Sabrina the Teenage Witch comic book series, Sabrina and her friend Chloe are playing a card game when bully Slugloaf walks by saying "Those trading cards are so lame! There's no such thing as Pocket Monsters!" Sabrina magically makes a large monster appear from his back pocket in response.
  • In Volume 5, Chapter 1 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.
  • Mangaka Ume Aoki frequently represents herself in her works as "Ume-sensei", a crude chibi representation of herself dressed as a Metapod. Ume-sensei most notably appears in Aoki's famed manga Hidamari Sketch.
  • In "What She Does Next Will Astound You", the third novel based on the BBC sci-fi drama Class, one of the dares on the website truthordare.com is to "play Pokémon GO underwater".
  • In a Zits comic from May 22, 2015, Jeremy asks his mother if she has seen his Pokémon cards and freaks out when she said she threw them out years ago. He tells her in the last panel that he and Pierce planned to ignite them.
  • A B.C. strip from October 6, 2018 has a clairvoyant tell of various species going extinct. When he clarifies that it does not apply to all of them, the scene zooms out to show a Charizard.

Real life

Music

  • A song from Lil' Kim's album The Naked Truth (Lil' Kim album), "Get Yours", makes a reference to the common mispronunciation of "Pokéman".[12]
  • The Azealia Banks song "Bitch Is Ill" makes a lewd comparison involving the electricity of a Pikachu.[13]
  • The Nintendocore-band "Oak's parcel" is named after Professor Oak and has several Pokémon-themed songs.
  • The music group Starbomb features many songs that parody other video game franchises, but two in particular parody Pokémon. The first song, I Choose You to Die, tells the story of Ash Ketchum being sent to jail for beating up his Pokémon out of pleasure after defeating the Elite Four, before being shot in the groin by Pikachu after Pikachu posted Ash's bail; the followup song, The NEW Pokérap!!, features Brock describing to Ash all the new Pokémon that were discovered during his time in the hospital after the events of the first song.
  • A song from Japanese musician Kenichi Maeyamada, リア充ってこんなもんだっけ?feat.ディスクン星人 Is this what it's supposed to be like to have a girlfriend?, mentions the wish of catching a girlfriend in the same manner Ash celebrates catching a new Pokémon, as well as the slogan of the franchise in Japanese, saying "念願の彼女ゲットだぜ!! Nengan no kanojo getto da ze!", as the character singing the line has Ash's face, holding a sphere with a female face inside, much like a Poké Ball.[14]
  • German rap group "Dicht & Ergreifend" mention Pokémon GO in their song Don't believe the like.
  • South African band "Die Antwoord" made several references to Pokémon:
    • In the music video to Baby's on fire, singer Yolandi Visser is wearing shoes looking like Pikachu.
    • In Banana Brain, there is the line "You're so cute like Pikachu".

Websites

  • On The Annoying Orange, in "Marshmallow's Christmas Sock (12 Days Of Christmas)", 3 Pokémon were one of Marshmallow's gifts.[15]
  • Cyanide and Happiness has referenced Pokémon in a few comics.
    • One comic made a joke about Ash catching all the STDs.
    • A second comic had two people playing Rock, Paper, Scissors with one declaring "Bulbasaur beats everything".
    • A third comic had Ash releasing a dead Pikachu from a Poké Ball because he forgot to make air holes.
    • A fourth comic had two people saying they were a fan of Pokémon and The Legend of Zelda.
    • A fifth comic has Ash try to catch a dog before the dog takes the Poké Ball and catches Ash instead.
  • Death Battle has four 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.[16]
    • The second was a three-way free-for-all between a wild Venusaur, Charizard and 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.[17]
    • The third was a battle between Red and Charizard against Tai and Agumon of Digimon fame; the battle ended in Tai's favor, due to the superior bond between Tai and Agumon as opposed to Red and Charizard.[18]
    • The Fourth was a battle between Mewtwo and Shadow the Hedgehog; the winner was Mewtwo, due to having a wide range of abilities from reading minds to being able to heal itself, as well as using it's knowledge against Shadow. Mewtwo also appeared in a joke episode against Vegeta of Dragon Ball where the winner was the Internet.
    • The Fifth was a battle between Lucario and Renamon of Digimon; the winner was Lucario, due to a wider arsenal and greater physical strength.[19]
  • Epic Rap Battles of History featured a battle between Ash Ketchum and Charles Darwin.
  • 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.[20]
  • Homestar Runner has made a number of references to the series, usually playing on Pikachu's similar appearance to the character of The Cheat.[21] 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 virtual pet site Neopets, a Pikachu can be seen on the Gallery of Evil page.[22]
  • In the third installment of SamBakZa's There She Is!! series, the character Doki chases and tries various methods of capturing a fleeing Nabi. When all of her attempts fail, she uses a Poké Ball, throwing it at Nabi's head and knocking him down.
  • One of the screensavers included in XScreenSaver is called "JigglyPuff" (sic).[23]
  • TeamFourStar's Dragon Ball Z Abridged contains a running joke in Season 1 where Nappa calls Chiaotzu a "Pokémon". He tries to throw a Poké Ball to catch him, but this fails, as Vegeta tells him he has damage him significantly first.
    • In the stinger at the end of Episode 47, Imperfect Cell is shown "evolving" into Semi-Perfect Cell, in the same Game Boy style of a Pokémon evolving in Pokémon Red and Blue, complete with background music.

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