Pokémon Name References

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A list of Pokémon whose names are references to other things.

References to Other Media

  • The Pokémon Organization XIII: All are named after the fourteen members of Organization XIII, from Kingdom Hearts.
  • Aeropolis: A track from F-Zero.
  • Angelica, Chariot, Hookwolf, Sundancer, Teacher, and Trainwreck: Characters from Worm.
  • Airy: A fairy from Bravely Default.
  • Alduin: A dragon from The Elder Scrolls.
  • Amarant: Amarant Coral, a monk from Final Fantasy IX.
  • Ammy: The protagonist of Okami. (As well as the goddess Amaterasu, see the Mythology section.)
  • Andy and Miranda: From Andy Bear.
  • Aotabo: A youkai from Nuraryhion no Mago.
  • Ares: A bat from The Underland Chronicles.
  • Avada and Lumos: Spells from Harry Potter.
  • Ayla: A cavewoman from Chrono Trigger.
  • Bahamut: Named after the reoccurring summon/ enemy in the Final Fantasy series.
  • Banjo: A bear from Banjo-Kazooie.
  • Banquo: A character from Macbeth.
  • Belial: A common name for demons; more specifically, Belial Aensland of the Darkstalkers series.
  • Carbuncle: A Light elemental summon from the Final Fantasy franchise. Also a type of gemstone.
  • Carlotta: Named after the vain soprano in The Phantom of the Opera (and several woks inspired by it).
  • Carrie: The main character of the Stephen King book Carrie.
  • Champloo: Secondary character and Home Ec. Teacher of Disgaea 3.
  • Chirin: The main character of Chirin no Suzu.
  • Chessur: Named for the Chesshire Cat in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
  • Christine: The main female protagonist of The Phantom Of the Opera.
  • Crush: Named after one of the turtles from Finding Nemo.
  • Chun-Li: A fighter from Street Fighter.
  • Cirno: An ice fairy from Touhou.
  • Claudus: Lion'O's father in Thundercats (2011).
  • Coldsteel: An internet meme making fun of Sonic fan characters.
  • Crystallux and Iris: Summons from Golden Sun.
  • Deathscyther Mantisk, Polar Kamrotic and others: From the bosses of similar names from the Mega Man Zero series.
  • Detritus: A troll from Discworld.
  • Din: One of the three Golden Goddesses of The Legend of Zelda series.
  • Dixie: Named from a member of the Kong Family from Donkey Kong
  • Dood: Catch phrase of Prinnies from Disgaea.
  • Doopliss: A Duplighost from Paper Mario.
  • Dorfl: A golem from Discworld.
  • Elsa: An ice princess from Frozen.
  • El Santo: An iconic masked luchador character in popular Mexican culture.
  • Eowyn: A knight from The Lord of the Rings.
  • Erik: The titular character of The Phantom Of the Opera
  • Feist: A panda from Sonic (the comic series).
  • Foudre: A set of knives from Kingdom Hearts.
  • Flo: The imaginary sister of the character Deb from "Finding Nemo".
  • Frightful: Named after the peregrine falcon in the novel My Side of the Mountain (and it sequels)
  • Glenn: A frog from Chrono Trigger. Also known as Frog.
  • Grandleon: A sword from Chrono Trigger. Known as Masamune in the English version.
  • Grayson: Dick Grayson, a.k.a. Robin from the Batman franchise.
  • Hashmal: An Earth elemental summon from the Final Fantasy series.
  • Hecate: Named for the character from Macbeth.
  • Henry (Crewe): For a character from Once Upon A Time.
  • Hildegarde: An airship from Final Fantasy IX.
  • Hsien-Ko: A jiang-shi from the Darkstalkers series.
  • Hyp: A character from Land Before Time III.
  • Infinity: A reference to Infinity Edge, a sword from League of Legends.
  • Jack the Chandelure: Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • Jack the Spearow: Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Carribean.
  • Jadis: An ice queen from The Chronicles of Narnia.
  • Jaune: Jaune Arc, a hunter from RWBY. Also French for "yellow".
  • Kaiju: Named for the giant monsters that appear in Japanese media.
  • Kamella: The Magikoopa boss from Super Mario Galaxy.
  • Kirk: A captain from Star Trek.
  • Kong: Named after the Kong family from Donkey Kong.
  • Kurotabo: A youkai from Nuraryhion no Mago.
  • Lakitu: An enemy from the Mario series.
  • Leia: A princess from Star Wars.
  • LSP: Named after Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time
  • Luciano: Luciano Pavarotti, a famous tenor.
  • Lulu: A black mage from Final Fantasy X.
  • Luthia: An incoruptus knight in White Knight Chronicles II.
  • M. Bush: An enemy from Paper Mario.
  • Makoto: Makoto Kino (aka Sailor Jupiter) of Sailor Moon.
  • Marceline: Named after the Vampire Princess from Adventure Time
  • Margaret: Boss from No More Heroes 2.
  • Maul, Sidious, and Revan: Sith Lords from Star Wars.
  • Mayonaka, Taisho and several Nidoran characters in Johto are named after characters in Black Albino.
  • Merasmus: A sorcerer from Team Fortress 2.
  • Moogle and Tonberry: Recurring species from Final Fantasy.
  • Molly: A character from Pact.
  • Morgana: After the anatagonist in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea.
  • Morrigan: A succubus from the Darkstalkers series of fighting games.
  • Mr. Fish: A Gyarados in Manly Guys Doing Manly Things.
  • Mufasa: Named after the character in The Lion King franchise.
  • Muhammad: Named after the famous Boxer Muhammad Ali, and the Prophet Muhammad of Islam lore.
  • Nadia: A princess from Chrono Trigger. Also known as Marle.
  • Nora: Nora Valkyrie, a hunter from RWBY.
  • Oersted: A knight from Live a Live.
  • Odette: Named after the princess who is transformed into a swan from The Swan Princess.
  • Omega: A robot from Sonic.
  • Phoenix: Character from X-Men.
  • Pierre: The son of Christine and Erik that appears in The Phantom Of the Manhattan
  • Piglet: Named after a Piglet from Winnie the Pooh.
  • Pokéteco: From Pokéteca, the Spanish-language Bulbapedia sister site.
  • Ponzi: After the model for pyramidal scams of the same name.
  • Prinny: A species of penguin from Disgaea.
  • Rain: The title character of the webcomic Rain.
  • Rascal: The Rascal Flame Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.
  • Ridley and Kraid: Recurring bosses from Metroid.
  • Rikuo: A youkai from Nuraryhion no Mago.
  • Rouge: A bat from Sonic.
  • Rook Bartley: The character of the same name from Robotech.
  • Ruto: A Zora from The Legend of Zelda.
  • Samus: A bounty hunter from Metroid.
  • Sasorina: One of the villains from HeartCatch Pretty Cure.
  • Scarlett: A Southern Belle from Gone With The Wind.
  • Shiva: An Ice elemental summon from the Final Fantasy franchise.
  • Shinobu: A character from No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2.
  • Silver: A psychic hedgehog from Sonic.
  • Silvermist: One of the fairies from the Tinkerbell movies.
  • Shantotto: A black mage from Final Fantasy XI.
  • Sho: A Reaper from The World Ends With You.
  • Slightly: One of the Lost Boys from Disney's Peter Pan.
  • Snow: Snow Villiers, a fist fighter from Final Fantasy XIII.
  • Spike: The bounty hunter from Cowboy Bebop.
  • Squall: The male protagonist of Final Fantasy Ⅷ.
  • Stoatine Officer Stokes: After investigator Nick Stokes from C.S.I.
  • Strahl: An airship from Final Fantasy XII.
  • Straybow: A mage from Live a Live
  • Sunstrider: Kael'thas Sunstrider, a Blood Elf prince from Warcraft.
  • Sylph and other "elementals": Summon spirits from the Tales of series of games.
  • Terry: Terry McGinnis, a.k.a. Batman from Batman Beyond.
  • Thoreau: Named after one of the Pixls from Super Paper Mario.
  • Tifa: Tifa Lockhart, a fist fighter from Final Fantasy VII.
  • Titan: An Earth elemental summon from the Final Fantasy franchise. Also a reference to the Titans of Greek myth.
  • Tinny Tim: Named after a Robot from Futurama who is designed after Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol.
  • Tricky: A dinosaur prince from Star Fox Adventures.
  • Tsurara: A yuki-onna from Nuraryhion no Mago.
  • Vanamonde: Named after the coffee-loving character from the webcomic Girl Genius.
  • Vayne: Vayne Solidor, a prince from Final Fantasy XII.
  • Vega: Spanish ninja and secondary villain in the Street Fighter series.
  • Vivi: A black mage from Final Fantasy IX.
  • WHITEBEARD: The pirate of the same name from One Piece.
  • Wilbur: A pig from Charlotte's Web
  • Wolvie: A diminutive form of Wolverine of the X-Men.
  • Wrex: A Krogan from Mass Effect.
  • Xel'lotath: An eldritch abomination from Eternal Darkness.
  • Yomi: A schoolgirl from Azumanga Daioh.
  • Yukikaze and Kagero: Weapon skills from Final Fantasy XI.
  • Yuna: A summoner from Final Fantasy X.
  • Zell: Zell Dincht, a fist fighter from Final Fantasy VIII.
  • Zorro: The titular character of the 1919 comic Zorro (and all the other media it inspired).
  • 9: Named after the Tim Burton produced movie.

References to Mythology

  • Ajax: Greek hero of the Trojan War.
  • Arthur: The English king of legend.
  • Ammy: Short for Amaterasu, Japanese goddess of the sun. (Also a reference to a video game character, see above)
  • Ao: Maori light deity.
  • Anhur: Egyptian god of war.
  • Aquarius: The constellation depicting a water bearer in the Greek zodiac.
  • Barsamin: Armenian sky god.
  • Boreas: God of the north wind from Greek myth.
  • Caitsidhe: A fairy cat from Celtic myth.
  • Caliburn: Sword from Arthurian legend.
  • Cerberus: Three-headed hound from Greek myth.
  • Cetus: Sea monster from Greek myth.
  • Charybdis: Sea monster from Greek myth.
  • Cun Annwn: Spectral hounds of the Wild Hunt from Welsh myth.
  • Dolos: Greek trickster spirit.
  • Fafnir: A dragon from Norse mythology.
  • Fenrir: The chained wolf from Norse mythology.
  • Florea: A portmanteau of "flora" and "Rea", the latter being a greek goddess who would grant flowers as a blessing.
  • Fortuna: After the Roman goddess of fortune and luck.
  • Galahad: Named after one of the Knights of the Round Table.
  • Garuda: Divine bird from Hindu myth.
  • Gaia: Named after the Greek titan.
  • Gnowee: Australian solar goddess.
  • Goblin: European monster.
  • Hadur: Hungarian god of fire and war.
  • Hecate (the Zoroark): Named for the Greek goddess of magic.
  • Hel: The Norse goddess of one of the Underworlds.
  • Helios: Named after the sun god of Greek myth.
  • Hercules: Hero from Greek myth.
  • Hermes: Messenger of the gods from Greek myth.
  • Hildr: One of the Valkyries of Norse myth. Lit. "Strength".
  • Hitodama: After the Japanese variant of the will o' wisp.
  • Hysmine: Greek personification of battle.
  • Kitsune: Named for the common English way of referring to the Kyūbi no Kitsune
  • Khione: Named for the Goddess of Snow in Greek Mythology.
  • Ku: Hawaiian god of war.
  • Lern: The Lernian Hydra.
  • Lethe: Named after the Underworld river of oblivion in Greek Mythology.
  • Mercury: Messenger of the gods from Roman myth.
  • Merlin: Wizard of Arthurian legend.
  • Mordred: Infamous knight of Arthurian legend.
  • Noah: The man who built an ark to survive the great flood in the Christian Bible.
  • Neptune: God of the sea from Roman myth.
  • Nimue: The Lady of the Lake of Arthurian legend.
  • Pankaja: "Born of mud," also a name of the Hindu deity Brahma.
  • Peng: Giant birds from Chinese mythology.
  • Phlegethon: Named after the Underworld river of fire in Greek Mythology.
  • Psychopomp: A guide to the afterlife.
  • Roc: The giant birds from Persian and Arabic Mythology
  • Sandy: A Reference to the Mythical Sandman.
  • Selene (all of them): Named for the Titan of the Moon in Greek Mythology.
  • Serket: Goddess of scorpions from Egyptian myth.
  • Thesan: Etruscan goddess of dawn.
  • Vahagn: Armenian god of war and victory.
  • Wendi: A foreshortening of wendigo, a man-eating, yeti-like monster.
  • Zeus: God of thunder from Greek myth.

References to Science

  • Allia: Named for the scientific name for onions.
  • Ana: Short for anaphase.
  • Anguis: The scientific genus for a group of limbless lizards.
  • Atlas: Named after David Atlas, a pioneer of radar forecasting.
  • Arbor: Latin for tree
  • Artemia: The scientific genus for brine shrimp, aka sea monkeys.
  • Bohr: After the famous chemist, Niels Bohr.
  • Chrome: The metal and the internet browser.
  • Cobalt: After the metal of the same name.
  • Conifer: Named after the division of woody plants that are known for producing cones and is mostly comprised of evergreens.
  • Coulomb: After the SI unit for electric charge.
  • Galvani: Named for Luigi Galvani, Italian inventor and physicist.
  • Gamma: Named for gamma correction.
  • Lepi: Short for Lepidoptera, the order that contains butterflies and moths.
  • Lucani: Named after the stag beetle family, Lucanidae.
  • Mastio: Short for mastiodon.
  • Nudi: After nudibranch.
  • Ovis: After the scientific name for domestic sheep, Ovis aries.
  • Pallad: Short for the element Palladium.
  • Pica: A disease whose sufferers are known to eat rocks.
  • Pici: Named after the scientific order Piciformes, which includes toucans and woodpeckers.
  • Röntgen: Named after Wilhelm Röntgen, the German physicist who first produced and detected X-rays.
  • Tyto: After the scientific name of the common barn owl, Tyto alba.

Other

  • Akiko: Named after the Japanese author, poet, pioneering feminist, pacifist, and social reformer Akiko Yosano.
  • Ali: After the boxer Muhammad Ali.
  • Aliroz: After a troper.
  • Aya: Hebrew for falcon.
  • Baleno: Italian for spark or flash.
  • Butterscotch, Minty, Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Bubblegum: All named after flavors of candy.
  • Brun: French for brown.
  • Canis: After the scientific name for domestic dogs, Canis lupus domesticus.
  • Copperfield: Named after the illusionist David Copperfield.
  • Dirus: Latin for dread.
  • Felis: After the scientific name for domestic cats, Felis catus.
  • Florence: The lead singer of Florence and the Machine.
  • Glossa: Means language in Greek.
  • Fulmen: Latin for lightning.
  • Habakkuk: After Project Habakkuk, which had the goal of making an aircraft carrier out of pykrete.
  • Hoarfrost: After the type of frost.
  • Joan: Named after Joan of Arc.
  • Kaminari: Means thunder in Japanese.
  • Keys: Named after the troper, Keys2tkingdom.
  • Lua and Python: Named after programming languages.
  • Monochrome: Named for the fact that he has a black and white color scheme.
  • Musashi: After the famous samurai Miyamoto Musashi.
  • Nix: The Latin word for ice.
  • Pyra: Latin for bonfire.
  • Rey Veneno: Means "Poison King" in Spainish.
  • Rio Spanish for river or stream (in regards to the fact the Riolu line learns many "flowing" attacks - particular beam type moves.)
  • Seamstress: A lady who earns her living by sewing.
  • Sage Lee: Name based on an incorrect naming of a troper in a newspaper.
  • Solus: Double meaning. Latin for "solitary" and Old Irish for "shining light".
  • Una: Icelandic for "happiness".
  • Zanna: Italian for fang.