Who's That Pokémon?
Who's That Pokémon? (Japanese: だれだ？ Who is it?) is a question-and-answer segment that is featured in numerous episodes of the Pokémon anime. It has also been posted on The Pokémon Company International's official Facebook and Twitter accounts, on Niantic's Pokémon GO twitter account, and appeared in Pokémon X and Y as the puzzle for the Lumiose Gym.
For a complete segment listing, see List of Who's That Pokémon? segments.
In the English dub, Who's That Pokémon? was originally used from the episodes Pokémon - I Choose You! to Watt's with Wattson?; the segment later returned in In the Shadow of Zekrom!, after an almost seven-year absence. It occurs before and after the main commercial break during the episode. The silhouette of a Pokémon is shown, with someone usually asking the audience to guess the Pokémon that belongs to the given outline. After the commercial break, the name of the Pokémon is revealed, usually with the current main characters shouting the name of the Pokémon, as well as the cry of the Pokémon shown. The segment was retired at the end of the sixth season of the anime and was replaced with Pokémon Trainer's Choice, which was dropped from the dub after two seasons. At the beginning of Pokémon the Series: Black & White, it did not initially feature the Pokémon's cry after being revealed, although this returned in Triple Leaders, Team Threats!. For unknown reasons, Who's That Pokémon? was removed from the CITV airings of the first two episodes of Pokémon the Series: Black & White, and all following episodes use a slight international variation, showing the silhouette of the Pokémon at the mid-way point of the episode (as would be expected), and then revealing the Pokémon just before the end credits.
Early in its run, Who's That Pokémon? would feature a Pokémon who played a major role in that episode. In late Kanto it switched to featuring a Pokémon that played a major role in the following episode, although this wasn't always the case. When Johto League Champions began, Who's That Pokémon? became random, with the featured Pokémon playing a prominent role in that episode being a very rare occasion. Usually, the Pokémon featured would not appear in the episode at all, nor would it ever indicate a Pokémon being featured in a following episode. Also beginning with that season, the dub added a short hint onscreen to aid in the identification of the Pokémon until the end of the sixth season. When the feature returned in Pokémon the Series: Black & White, it originally featured a Pokémon that played a prominent role in the following episode before later switching to a Pokémon with a prominent role in that episode, beginning with A Sandile Gusher of Change!.
In line with the original Japanese version, the segment was slightly altered in Journeys, where instead of seeing the silhouette of a Pokémon, the viewer is shown a magnified part of their body. Ash Ketchum reads out the segment, but does not exclaim the answer.
Original Japanese version
In the original Japanese version, Who's That Pokémon? was used from EP001 to EP274 and then returned in BW061. In this version, it almost always featured a Pokémon that played a major role in that episode.
Starting in EP192, the segment was renamed Pocket Monster TV (written in English from EP211). There was no functional difference; however, the kids' voices were replaced with a computerized voice, the background was changed, and it showed the featured Pokémon's National Pokédex number. From EP211, the segment was revamped again, with the following segments being in widescreen. EP192 through EP210 were later altered to the updated version of Pocket Monster TV when released on VHS.
The segment was retired at the end of the original series, and was replaced in Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire with a generic eyecatch showing the main characters. This continued into Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl and long into Pokémon the Series: Black & White. Who's That Pokémon? returned to Japanese television in BW061. In this version, all of the types that the Pokémon is weak against are listed along with its name. Pikachu will use Thunderbolt to light up parts of the silhouetted Pokémon as a hint, as with Pocket Monster TV.
In Pokémon the Series: XY, the segment is slightly modified. Now called Pokémon Quiz, the segment presents the viewer with four flashcards bearing different silhouettes and asks them to identify the correct Pokémon. Usually, one card is Team Rocket as a decoy choice. The segment once again returned to the typical Who's That Pokémon? in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon.
- In the Japanese version, there are several occasions where the segment intentionally tricks the audience.
- In EP018, the silhouette is actually Brutella instead of a Pokémon.
- In EP056, the Pokémon is actually Jigglypuff from above rather than a perfectly spherical Pokémon like Voltorb or Electrode, a reference to the exam question within the episode.
- In EP082, the silhouette is actually a Daruma doll instead of a Pokémon.
- In EP111 and SM046, the silhouette appears to be Pikachu, but is actually just a transformed Ditto.
- In EP161, the Pokémon is actually Jessie dressed as a Venomoth. When the "Pokémon" is revealed, the narrator says "Venomoth", but the children shout, "Incorrect!"
- Mewtwo has made two distinct "Who's That Pokémon?" appearances. Its first treats it as a regular Pokémon by having it say its own name while in the second, it telepathically says "Prepare to battle", akin to its depiction in the anime.
- Right On, Rhydon! is the only episode, before Pokémon the Series: Black & White, to feature a Who's That Pokémon? in the Italian dub.
- Some regions outside of North America using the American dub of Pokémon: Black & White, show the second part of Who's That Pokémon? at the end of the episode instead of straight after the commercial break. This is likely done because several TV channels don't broadcast the commercials in the same break as the U.S. version.
- This was reverted to the old way in some areas at the beginning of Adventures in Unova.
- The Japanese version of New Places...Familiar Faces! marks the first time a Pokémon has ever left the screen during the segment.
- Starting with A Shockingly Cheeky Friendship!, the Who's That Pokémon? segment has not been leading into or coming back from the commercial break in the United States. This may be due to Cartoon Network airing Mixels shorts during Pokémon.
- This segment is skipped by Netflix and Pokémon TV on their prints of Indigo-era and Orange Islands-era episodes. It's also skipped on the digital home video release of the Indigo League.
- In the original Japanese versions, the text reading "Pocket Monsters" would open up with lightning flashing around it. The lightning that opened the text was later removed following the EP038 incident.
- Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl is the only series to not feature the segment or have a game in between.
- The segment is mostly narrated by Ash and his friends in both dubs, while Ash narrates for the finale episodes of Pokémon the Series: Black & White and Pokémon the Series: XY, as well as the opening episode of the first mentioned series. As of Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon, other characters also narrate the segment.
- Porygon's appearance in the Who's That Pokémon? segment of A Way Off Day Off marks the only time Porygon's English voice has been heard in the anime.
- In Primeape Goes Bananas, Primeape's nostrils are missing.
- In Little Big Horn, Totodile's nostrils are missing.
- In Wired for Battle!, Cyndaquil's arm is missing.
- In The Art of Pokémon, Beedrill is stated to be the evolved form of Weedle, when it is actually the final evolution of Weedle.
- In As Cold as Pryce, the word Magnemite uses the incorrect plural form of Magnemites.
- In Some Like it Hot, Mantine is stated to be the heaviest Generation II Pokémon when it is actually the second heaviest after Steelix.
- This same mistake occurs in The Official Pokémon Handbook 3.
- In Tree's a Crowd, tail is misspelled as tale.
- In On a Wingull and a Prayer!, Sentret's face is missing.
- In Sharpedo Attack!, balloon-like is misspelled as baloonlike.
- In A Hole Lotta Trouble, Vigoroth has its footprint included in the space between its left arm and its left leg.
- In Seeing is Believing!, Wurmple has a white square covering part of its body.
- In The Spheal of Approval, Nuzleaf has a white square covering part of its left wrist and the hint has an extra in.
- In Minccino—Neat and Tidy!, Minccino is misspelled as Mincinno. This was fixed in the American DVD release.
- In Beheeyem, Duosion, and the Dream Thief!, when the segment asks "Who's that Pokémon?", there is no logo for Pokémon Black and White underneath the silhouette of Beheeyem.
- In Legend? Go! Friends? Go!, the logo and answer stay onscreen a frame too long as the episode's events resume.
In other languages
|Arabic||احزروا من هذا البوكيمون!|
|Bulgarian||Кой е този Покемон?|
|Croatian||Tko je taj Pokémon?|
|Danish||Hva' er det for en Pokémon!?*|
Hvem er den Pokémon!?
|Dutch||Wie is deze Pokémon!?|
Tunnetko tämän Pokémonin?*
|French||Canada||Quel est ce Pokémon?|
|Europe||Quel est ce Pokémon?|
|German||Welches Pokémon ist das?|
|Greek||Ποιό είναι αυτό το Πόκεμον;|
|Hindi||ये कौनसा पोकेमोन है? Ye kaun sa Pokémon hai? *|
बताओ ये कौनसा पोकेमोन है? Batao ye kaun sa Pokémon hai *
ये कौनसा पोकेमोन है? Yeh kaun sa Pokémon hai? *
|Italian||Chi è quel Pokémon?|
|Norwegian||Hvilken Pokémon er dette?|
|Polish||Co to za Pokémon?|
|Portuguese||Brazil||Qual é esse Pokémon?*|
Quem é esse Pokémon? *
Quem são esses Pokémon?*
|Portugal||Quem é este Pokémon?|
|Russian||Что это за Покемон?*|
Это что за Покемон?
Кто поймает всех?*
|Serbian||Koji je ovo Pokémon?|
|Spanish||Latin America||¿Quién es ese Pokémon?|
¿Quiénes son esos Pokémon?*
|Spain||¿Cuál es este Pokémon?|
|Swedish||Vad är det för en Pokémon?*|
Vad är det här för Pokémon?*
Vem är Pokémon?*
|Tamil||எட்டி என்ன போகிமொன்? Eddi enna Pokémon? *|
|Telugu||ఎవరా పోకెమోన్? Aevaraa Pokémon? *|
|Turkish||Kim bu Pokémon?|
|This episode article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|