Pokemon Origins

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I always thought that was meant to be a weight-lifting belt

That’s a great point!  I hadn’t thought of that.  It’s quite possible, I will add it to the article.  :)

Bunnelby & Diggersby

Introduced as the “common rodent” Pokemon of the Kalos region, Bunnelby is obtainable early in the game. It’s immediately clear that Bunnelby is based upon rabbits and hares. One of the first things you may notice about Bunnelby is its ears. Here is the Pokedex entry from Pokemon Y:

It has ears like shovels. Digging holes strengthens its ears so much that they can sever thick roots effortlessly.”

The ears of a Bunnelby were made to look like hands and work like shovels, and are used for digging burrows through the earth. Bunnelby also has patches of dark brown on it’s fur, making it look like it is covered with dirt or mud.

Bunnelby’s name most likely comes from the words bunny and tunnel.

At level 20 Bunnelby evolves into Diggersby. Diggersby’s ears have grown much larger and are now clearly meant to resemble powerful arms used for digging and excavating.

Other than a rabbit, the most evident piece of inspiration for Diggersby’s design is that of excavation and constuction workers. Diggersby has a brown patch of fur on its face, giving it a “five-o-clock shadow” look. This, coupled with the fact that the Pokemon are known to lounge about lazily after working, help it fit into the trope of a construction worker. Diggersby’s powerful “ear-arms” are clearly used for digging and excavating and are most likely based on construction vehicles such as backhoes and excavators. Both of these vehicles (and others like them) are used for excavating and digging (sounds familiar). They consist of a digging bucket on the end of a two-part articulated arm (that also sounds familiar). Both Pokedex entries offer strong evidence in favor of this theory.

"With their powerful ears, they can heft boulders of a ton or more with ease. They can be a big help at construction sites." - Pokedex entry, Pokemon X.

"As powerful as an excavator, its ears can reduce dense bedrock to rubble. When it’s finished digging, it lounges lazily." - Pokedex entry, Pokemon Y.

The Pokemon also now has a band of thick fur surrounding its waist. This band of fur could possibly be inspired by a garment called a Haramaki. There are two types of Haramaki. The first is a type of armor worm by samurai in feudal Japan. The second is a more modern item of Japanese clothing that covers the stomach. Both are equally interesting to consider as inspiration for the band of fur on Diggersby. BUT considering how Diggersby is so heavily inspired by construction workers and their vehicles, I think it is even more fitting that the band of fur makes Diggersby look like a construction worker “sitting” in his backhoe or excavator. I almost expect the Pokemon to pull out some levers to control his massive “ear-arms”.

Diggersby’s name most likely comes from the words digger and bunny.

Another interesting theory for both Pokemon is that they may have been inspired partially by dust bunnies.

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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.

Working on some new articles :)

lonewookie:

Just saw this at my university’s store!

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Just saw this at my university’s store!

fantasticfakemon:

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.
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fantasticfakemon:

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.

CHECK IT OUT!

#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.

Name:

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.

Name:

Corruption of cottony / cotton

#165 - Ledyba

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

Name:

Corruption of ladybug / ladybird.