List of background references to Pokémon

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This is a list of background references to Pokémon, instances where non-Pokémon media make a minor mention of the Pokémon franchise, merely use a Pokémon catchphrase, or have a Pokémon character or item briefly appear in the background or as a visual gag. The following list is sorted alphabetically by the name of the work making the reference.

Substantive references that play an important role or refer to specific details of the franchise can be found on the list of references to Pokémon in popular culture.

List of background references

Television and film

Series/Movie Episode Reference Image
Adventure Time Joshua and Margaret Investigations In one scene in the episode, Margaret is shown entering a weapons room. Among the weapons on the right wall is a small Poké Ball. Adventure Time weapons room still.jpg
American Dad! A Piñata Named Desire While Steve was remembering about he and his friends used to have sleepovers when they were little, a pink and purple Pikachu is seen on the t-shirt worn by his friend Toshi. APinataNamedDesire.png
The Autocrats Hirviövoimala When Paavo Lipponen is about to throw Erkki Tuomioja out of the window, Sauli Niinistö calms him down, reminding them that they both belong to the same party. To this, Erkki remarks that Paavo's party card has been "glued full of Pokémon stickers".
Bad Santa N/A One child asks "Santa" for Pokémon.
Austin Powers in Goldmember N/A The movie features people in costumes of Charmander and Pikachu among those running from "not Godzilla" in the Tokyo scene. The deleted scenes also feature background appearances of Meowth and Celebi costumes, the Pikachu car and a Dragonite plushie. Austin Powers Goldmember Charmander.jpg
Ballmastrz: 9009 To Catch A Princess" In the video game Ace is playing, he throws a gold ball at the princesses which then captures them just like the Poké Ball catches Pokémon. Ballmastrz 9009.png
Beast Machines Revelations, Part I: Discovery Jetstorm says "Gotta catch 'em all!"
Ben 10: Omniverse Rook Tales Max Tennyson and Sheriff Wat-Senn are competitively fishing and catch two fish that look like Magikarp and Gyarados. Ben 10- Rook Tales.png
Bernard's Watch N/A Bernard's room is often shown to have first-generation Pokémon posters.
Detective Conan Unknown Ash, Misty, and Brock make a cameo appearance as kids staying in a train station. However, the distinct facial features each possess, such as their hairstyles and Brock's eyes, were slightly altered and switched between them.
The Cleveland Show Ain't Nothin' But Mutton Bustin' While Cleveland and Rallo visit the County Fair, one of the stands has Gengar plushies. AintNothinButMuttonBustin.png
Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan Take responsibility, would you? Moriyama's son wears a Pikachu t-shirt.
Erkan & Stefan gegen die Mächte der Finsternis N/A When Erkan and Stefan meet Kartan they question him being Kartan while Stefan says that "The graphics are pretty cheesy on him. I'd say Pokémon is better then he is."
Ghost Stories (dub) Akane-san of the Broadcasting Room!! Voice of the Dead The Pokémon anime is referenced when Leo states that the broadcast begins right after Pokémon.
Green Lantern N/A A cartridge of Pokémon Sapphire can be seen in Dr. Hector Hammond's apartment. Green Lantern Pokémon.png
Grojband Super Zeroes In this episode, the lead guitarist Corey tries to come up with a gimmick for their band, and is seen in a purple Pikachu costume. Grojband Super Zeroes.jpg
The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It N/A Pokémon bed sheets can be seen on multiple occasions.
Hayate the Combat Butler Many episodes Pikachu has made background cameos; the pet tiger has referenced Pikachu when assuming himself to be the mascot character and in one episode the cast travel on a plane based on ANA Flights. In the sixth episode, a framed image of a blue Pikachu can be seen near the beginning of the episode. The image was based on one of Pikachu's anime art. In some episodes, various sound effects and background music make a reference to Pokémon.
Heroes One of Us, One of Them and Dual Hiro Nakamura was called Pikachu once in each of those two episodes.
Hetalia: Axis Powers (dub) Episode 18 During a battle against the Axis Powers, America chooses China to fight and says, "China, I choose you!" After beating and capturing the Axis Powers, America then says, "Yeah, we caught them all!"
Hollyoaks Episode 4505 As Jude Cunningham leaves Nightingale's, Tony Hutchinson asks where she's going and Jude responds "To catch Pokémon", referring to Pokémon Go.
Home Invasions N/A The father of the victim's boyfriend stated that his son still has his Pokémon cards.
Interviews With Monster Girls The Dullahan Surpasses Space-Time When Machi, Hikari, and Yuki are group texting each other, Yuki's text profile image is three Piplup together.
Infinite Stratos 2 Open Your Heart Tatenashi grabs Houki's breasts while saying Houki-chan getto da ze! ("Houki, caught you!"), a reference to the Japanese slogan of the Pokémon franchise, Pokémon getto da ze!.[1]
Law & Order: SVU Uncivilized A victim was last seen on his way to a store to buy Pokémon cards.
Let's Go Quintuplets! Make Up for Mother's Day There is a scene in which Krystal runs past a shop which has a Pikachu-esque plush in the window. Pikachu Itsutsugo Land.png
Lost Ji Yeon In a flashback, Jin is looking for a stuffed panda in a toy store that has an extensive amount of Pokémon merchandise on the shelves in the background.
Lucky Star The Famous Shooter The characters go to a festival, and Kagami has trouble catching fish as they just swim away from her. When she finally catches one, she shouts "get da ze!", which is "Gotta catch 'em all!" in Japanese.
MAD The Straight A-Team / Gaming's Next Top Princess Misty is among the eliminated contestants in "Gaming's Next Top Princess", among the likes of Amy Rose, Felicia, Tifa Lockhart, Lara Croft, and Birdo. Misty in MAD.png
Kung Fu Blander / Destroy, Bob the Builder, Destroy The "Kung Fu Blander" skit has Po, the main character of the Kung Fu Panda movie series, fighting the main villain of the second Kung Fu Panda movie, Shen. When he learns that only a hero in "black and white" can defeat Shen and that it isn't him, he resorts to pulling several items and characters matching the description to use against Shen. One of the objects Po pulls out is Reshiram and Zekrom. KungFuBlander.png
The Blunder Games / The Poop-seidon Adventure The opening of the "Blunder Games" segment shows a Pikachu float in the style of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Icarus / The Adjustment Burro The "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Icarus" skit was a crossover between the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and Kid Icarus. In the skit, Pikachu is shown to be part of the gang that harasses Pit, and Ms. Pac-Man uses a Squirtle to extinguish a fire in the science lab.
The Dullverine / Under the Dumb In the first sketch, a Japanese girl who tells Wolverine that they have to go to Japan to film The Wolverine is shown carrying a Pikachu umbrella. DullverinePikachu.png
Malcolm in the Middle Company Picnic (Part 1) Dewey is sitting at a picnic table with a boy and both Pokémon cards in their hand, and can be seen making a trade. There are also cards laid on the table. The boy then offers Dewey some candy, which he is not supposed to be eating due to hyperactivity. After eating it, Dewey freaks out and throws some of the cards in the air. CompanyPicnicPart1.png
Bowling A Charmander doll can be seen sitting on the bed in some episodes, along with a Squirtle doll. Charmander Malcolm in the Middle bowling.png
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Endless Eight (part two) Two Pikachu masks, a purple Turtwig mask, a yellow Chimchar mask, and an orange Piplup mask can be seen on display. EndlessEight.png
Modern Family Playdates Monte, Lily's classmate, said his hobby is collecting Pokémon.
My Hero Christmas When Ultronian superhero Thermoman, aka. George Sunday (Ardal O'Hanlon) is visiting his cousin Arnie (Lou Hirsch) in Las Vegas to ask him about the human holiday of Christmas, he says that he doesn't understand Christmas as although it is the season of goodwill, he says he was in Manchester the previous day to stop a pitched battle. Arnie asks if it was between rival gangs, but George says it was "three mums wanting the last Pokémon".
Osmosis Jones N/A When Ozzy tries to stop Drix from leaving Frank's body, one of the germs carries a Pikachu. Osmosis Jones.png
The Pacifier N/A A Pikachu plush is seen in the Plummer residence. The Pacifier Reference.png
Portlandia Alexandra In a sketch depicting a pair of Japanese toy specialists assisting a worker at the fictional Jewel Case Inc. in becoming more noticeable, a Victini figure, among many other toys, is placed on the worker's desk as a conversational piece. Portlandia.png
Private Practice Step One An action figure of Reshiram is shown in this episode.
Robot Chicken Things Look Bad for the Streepster Although the sketch in question is mostly a spoof of The Hunger Games, Super Smash Bros. and Animal Crossing, a Charizard does pop out of a Poké Ball and burn Mario. SSB RC Charizard.png
Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals I'm Going to Teach Konohamaru Kempo While Rock Lee is letting Neji use a transformation jutsu, Neji is seen wearing a Pikachu costume with a large set of two teeth. Rock lee & His Ninja Pals.png
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Love Means Having to Say You're Sorry Clarence drops the Pokémon cards he was holding while running away from Harvey, prompting Harvey to shout out "Wait, Clarence! You dropped your Pokémon cards."
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei Not Losing to Elbows, Not Losing to Knees When Abiru says Nozomu would look good with a tail, he was pictured with various tails including those that resemble the tails of Pikachu and Glameow. NotLosingToElbows.png
Sex and the City Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl... While looking at pictures at Charlotte's gallery, Samantha says, "You know, women dressing like men is very popular right now", to which Carrie replies, "And here I thought it was Pokémon".
The Simpsons Bart vs. Lisa vs. The Third Grade Pikachu can be seen in Bart's satellite TV-induced hallucination. BartVsLisaVsThirdGrade.png
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In the couch gag, Maggie is dressed up as a Pikachu. TisTheFifteenthSeason.png
Treehouse of Horror XXV At the end of the episode, various alternate universe versions of the Simpson family appear. One of these alternate universe versions of the family is based on Japanese popular culture, including Maggie as Pikachu. Treehouse of Horror XXV.png
SpongeBob SquarePants Sailor Mouth Onix's name is written on the dumpster where SpongeBob learns a bad word. SpongeBob SquarePants Sailor Mouth.png
Spy Kids N/A A face of Pikachu can be seen without a nose on Fegan Floop's finger.
Steven Universe Steven the Sword Fighter A figure in Steven's room looks like a Pikachu merged with a Moogle. Pikachu SU.png
Keep Beach City Weird One of Ronaldo's posters scattered throughout the lighthouse in the background shows the paranormal sighting of a "psychic duck", a reference to Psyduck. Steven Universe Psyduck.png
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Odd Couples In multiple episodes, a toy Poké Ball can be seen on a shelf in Zack and Cody's bedroom.
The Switch N/A One of the channels Sebastian flips through randomly shows the cameo of Lucas in Giratina and the Sky Warrior. The Switch Lucas.png
Teekyu A Bug's Life with Senpai A Parasect is shown.
Teen Titans Go! Man Person Cyborg and Robin high-five after catching all of Beast Boy's escaped body parts. The caption: "Caught 'em All" is shown in this scene, referencing the Pokémon logo and motto. Caught 'em all.png
Toradora! No Matter What Minori Kushieda finds Ryūji Takasu thinking and says 「ため息ゲットだぜ!」 Tameiki getto da ze! ("I caught your sigh!"), a shout out to the Japanese slogan of the Pokémon franchise, 「ポケモンゲットだぜ!」Pokémon getto da ze!. She also referenced other popular franchises, such as Yu-Gi-Oh!.
Tween Academy: Class of 2012 N/A In Kara's room, a Pikachu hat can be seen on an Astro Boy statue.
Ultraman Tiga (English dub) Attack of the Crow-Men As the Crow-Men threaten to shrink and distribute the GUTS gang, they say that they'll be bigger than Pokémon.

Non-Pokémon video games

Game Details Image
Fastlane: Road to Revenge The slug event’s item is shaped like a Poké Ball. Fastlane.png
Simon's Cat - Pop Time There is an achievement that grants the player five coins for saving fifty critters called "Gotta save 'em all!", which is based on the franchise's original slogan, "Gotta catch 'em all!". Simon's Cat - Pop Time.png

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