Pokemon Origins

Fletchling, Fletchinder, & Talonflame

Fletchling is based on two closely related birds: the Japanese Robin (Erithacus akahige) and the Ryukyu Robin (Erithacus komadori), both of which are also known by the name komadori. This is even more obvious when you consider the fact that Fletchling’s species name is the “Tiny Robin Pokemon”.

Fletchling’s name most likely comes from the words fletching, fledgling, and hatchling.

At level 17, Fletchling evolves into Fletchinder. Upon evolving the Pokemon grows in size, but that’s not all. Although it retains much of the coloration inspired by the Ryukyu and Japanese Robins, its body appears to be based more upon birds of prey, such as falcons, kites, goshawks, and eagles. Consider Fletchinder’s speed as detailed in the Pokedex entry from Pokemon Y:

"The hotter the flame sac on its belly, the faster it can fly, but it takes some time to get the fire going.

With this emphasis on speed, it is even more likely that the basis for this Pokemon is the Peregrine Falcon, which is the fastest member of the animal kingdom, reaching over 200mph in a high speed dive.

Fletchinder’s name most likely comes from the words fletching, fledgling, cinder and tinder.

The final evolution of this line, Talonflame, is a larger, faster, and more powerful Pokemon than its previous stages. Here is the Pokedex entry from Pokemon Y:

"When attacking prey, it can reach speeds of up to 310 mph. It finishes its prey off with a colossal kick."

Even more emphasis is placed on Talonflame’s speed, which makes it pretty clear that the Peregrine Falcon is a huge source of inspiration for this mighty bird. Talonflame even gains some features that make it look more like the falcon. Talonflame now has red bands speckled across its underside, much like the dark brown, or black, bands on the Peregrine Falcon.

Talonflame’s name comes from the words talon, flame, and inflame.

Another interesting note is the flame markings on the body of Talonflame, which can also been seen emerging on Fletchling and Fletchinder. These markings look like flame decals that are found on some cars and motorcycles. These designs can symbolize fire (both Fletchinder and Talonflame are Fire/Flying type) as well as speed.

Another very possible piece of inspiration for all three Pokemon are arrows and their fletching.  A fletching is what stabilizes an arrow during flight, and is often made from feathers.  If you look at the design and shape of the tail-feathers of these three Pokemon, you will see that that may have been inspired by the fletching on arrows.  This would also fit well with the heavy theme of speed.

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I am currently working on another site called simply8bit!  The site has gaming news, reviews, and much more.  Today I started a weekly feature called Fakemon Fridays.


#547 - Whimsicott

Whimsicott takes inspiration from the same things as its pre-evolution, Cottonee.  It is most likely based on the cotton plant.  It may have also drawn inspiration from cloudssheep, or the legendary Vegetable Lamb of Tartary.  Whimsitcott also has what appear to be curled horns.  This could be further evidence of it being partially based on sheep.


whimsy / whimsical + cotton

#546 - Cottonee

Cottonee is most likely based on the cotton plant.  It may have also drawn inspiration from clouds, sheep, or the legendary Vegetable Lamb of Tartary.


Corruption of cottony / cotton

#165 - Ledyba

Ledyba is based on the Coccinellidae family of bugs, also known as ladybugs or ladybirds.


Corruption of ladybug / ladybird.

#124 - Jynx

The origins of Jynx are complicated and controversial.  I’m not going to go into great depth on any specific piece of Jynx’s inspiration, but will provide links for more information on each.  

Also, Bulbapedia has a GREAT article on the origins of Jynx, which I suggest reading.

Jynx is possibly based on blackface, a form of theatrical makeup that created a stereotypical caricature of black people.  Blackface made its way to Japan, and lost most of its racial connotations, which may explain how a potentially offensive design was created in the first place.  Once Pokemon was released, there was a fuss about this possible connection and the design of Jynx was promptly changed (You can see the original design vs. the current design above).

Jynx may have taken some inspiration from blackface, but it certainly is not the only thing that inspired the Pokemon.  

Jynx could be based on the Japanese fashion trend Ganguro, which is “an alternative fashion trend of blonde, pink or silver hair and tanned skin among young Japanese women that peaked in popularity around the year 2000”.  This actually makes sense when you remember Jynx has blonde hair.

The design of Jynx was also likely influenced by various legends and folklore.  

There is the Yama-uba, or “mountain hag”.  

"The yama-uba’s traits included white-blonde hair, a tattered red kimono, a large, prominent mouth and a penchant for entrancing and seducing unwary travelers."  -from the Bulbapedia article

Here is another good article on the Yama-uba.  

Because of her Ice typing, Jynx is very likely inspired by the Yuki-onna, or “snow woman”.  Another good article on the Yuki-onna is here.  The Yuki-onna is even known to freeze men with sex or a kiss.  I don’t know about the sex part, but kissing certainly sounds like Jynx to me.

With Jynx’s Ice typing, possible blackface connections, and the fact that Jynx were seen as Santa’s helpers in the anime episode “Holiday Hi-Jynx”, it is also a possibility that Jynx is based somewhat on Zwarte Piet.  Zwarte Piet is the companion of Saint Nicholas in Dutch folklore and plays a similar role to Santa’s elves.  Zwarte Piet is also often depicted using blackface, which makes it seem like less of a coincidence.

And the last piece of inspiration for Jynx comes from opera.  The stereotypical “fat lady” in Nordic or Viking dress is a possible inspiration for this enigmatic pokemon.  This can be seem in Jynx’ dress, hair, and size.  Also, the sprite for Jynx in Pokemon Emerald depicts her singing.

Jynx is not based specifically on any one of these, but I strongly believe that Jynx took at least a little bit from each one.  Again, I highly recommend reading this great article on Bulbapedia.


jinx (A person or thing that brings bad luck)

#477 - Dusknoir

Dusknoir seems to be based on several different things.  Like Dusclops, it is based partially on Chōchinobake, haunted paper lanterns from Japanese folklore.  It is also likely based on the Yamawarawa from Japanese folklore.  Like Dusclops, Dusknoir also seems to draw inspiration from the cyclops and mummies.


dusk + noir

#434 - Stunky

Stunky is based on a skunk.


skunk + stunk + stinky