This fanart accurately depicts the Kaiju Destroyah, the monster that killed Godzilla in 1994's Godzilla Vs. Destroyah. Ok, it was more complicated than that, but that's the gist. Much like Giritina, Destoryah had two forms, one serpentine and one... not. Not sure how you would describe the normal form. Also like Giritina, Destroyah is considered flat out evil. Unlike most Kaiju who have redeeming qualites, or are just beasts, Destroyah is just malicious.
I have no idea if this is the basis for the anti-matter dragon, but it makes me curious.
This one is deceptively complicated. One might look at Monmen and think, "It's just a cotton spore/ball, ergo Erufuun is a cotten plant." Well, that is true, but in a roundabout way.
In the Middle Ages, folks didn't know where cotton came from. I'm not exactly sure when the legends about the following sprang up, but by the mid 1400s the legend of the Vegetable Lamb of Tartary existed. It all began- as far as I can tell- when Sir John Mandeville wrote a book of travels, similar to Marco Polo's (Or Gullivar's Travels, considering the contents, but I digress). In it, he talked shortly of a strange plant that grew in Tartary, an area of Asia, that when cut, revealed flesh similar to that of a lamb.
Over the centuries, more were added to the legend. Some said the lamb resembled a true lamb, and was a fruit hanging in the air, suspended by a umbilical cord-like stem. Other said that its blood was sweet, like honey. Outright hoaxes were created, using a fern now called the Cibotium barometz, Barometz being another name for the Vegetable Lamb. When the C. barometz is prepared and inverted, it can resemble the descriptions of a vegetable lamb, as seen here. This is kinda comparable to a botanical equivalent to a Fiji Mermaid, or a Jenny Haniver, longstanding hoaxes using animal carcasses. In fact, Wikipedia has it as one of three entries under the Botanical Cryptids template, alongside man-eating trees and a nasty tree called Umdhlebi.
The Vegetable Lamb lives on as a reminder of how silly Medievil bestiaries could be, cropping up from time to time in modern collections of fancifal animals, such as Jorge Luis Borges' astounding Book of Imaginary Beings, in which the inspirations for a few other Pokemon are also included. I'll probably end up referencing back to this book again if I keep doing these.
So, in short, Erufuun is based on an explanation for the source of cotton. But in typical Pokemon fashion, it uses exaggerated characteristics and folklore to make it more interesting.
EDIT: Here'san article on the excellent Museum of Hoaxes site about Mndeville, including an early depiction of the lamb. Strange stuff indeed.
The first fifth gen feature, with an opening from SuperSeaking from the Bulbapedia forums!
Uniran, Daburan and Rankurusu
You guys know how Rankurusu and its pre-evolutions are based on cells, right? Well, it occurred to me that each evolutionary stage is actually based on a different phase of cell mitosis. This is supported by the middle evolution Daburan being called the Splitting Pokemon, or even the Mitosis Pokemon.
Yuniran is based off the interphase, where organelles, DNA, etc are duplicated for division. Interphase is not actually considered part of Mitosis, although it is much longer. This would explain why it evolves at the late level of 32. I think the yellow thing attached to the nucleus is supposed to represent something, although Im not sure what.
Before cells divide, Im pretty sure they make more cytoplasm, which causes them to expand. Daburan does look bloated compared to the rest of its evolutionary family, so this is likely what happened.
Rankurusu is when the cell actually starts to divide. Centrioles move to opposite sides of the cell, creating spindle fibers. Rankurusus arms likely represent the centrioles and spindle fibers. The nuclear membrane dissolves, and the spindle fibers pull the genetic material to opposite sides. The cell nearly pulls itself apart, and pinches itself in two. Rankurusu never actually loses its nuclear membrane and it never completely splits into two cells, but it kinda looks like its trying to. Also, notice how Daburon has one ear-thingy, and Rankurusu has two. This seems to be referencing how everything Rankurusu has got divided in two.
Along with these physical similarities, Rankurusu also displays abilities that cells have. For example, it learns Explosion, which could represent apoptosis, which is basically a cell intentionally blowing itself up.
Sorry if a lot of you guys thought this was obvious, I just wanted to point it out for people that hadnt thought of it.
However, this is just one half of their inspiration. The other half is decidely more... shall we say, adult? You see, for most of human history, people just flat out didn't understand how women got pregnant. Oh sure, they understood sex was part of it, as was that sticky white substance. That was known as far back as 3000 years ago- check the hilarious Biblical story of Onan for a particularly hilarious example.
You see, in 1684, Mathmatecian and Physicist Nicolaas Hartsoeker discovered sperm cells in semen. Yes, it took that long. The guy came up with the idea that inside these cells were preformed little humans. Thus began the Preformation theory, as well has the preformation variation on the Homunculus, a relic of the Alechmists from the Middle Ages. They even went as far as to say that the Homonculi had Homonculi inside them, thus explaining how Original Sin existed- all of us had sinned inside Adam.
The original Homunculi were artificially created humans- a fine example can be found in Goethe's classic Faust. This is the most recognized version of the name, as the Spermitist theory has long faded into obscurity. A fine example of this in a modern game was the Homonculi enemy in Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, which was a small artificial human still connected to a vat of acids via an umbilical cord.
And in case you think I'm reaching on this, Rankurusu's name has the Japanese equivalant to Homunculus in it, homonkurusu.
On topic, another of the 2d sections has been revealed, this one based on Alpine Climbers, a 1936 Mickey/Donald/Pluto cartoon. So far, the 2d sections include Steamboat Willie, Lonesome Ghosts, Mad Doctor, Plutopia, Clock Cleaners and Alpine Climbers- a great selection of classic cartoons, although only one is from later than the 30s.
Remember the Napoleon/Empoleon thing? I just noticed something that makes me feel stupid- Napoleon was emperor of France, and Empoleon is based on an emperor penguin. It's taken me four years to get this. =/
I don't think most TM moves have much thought behind them, but occasionally you'll see a breeding move that has some behind it- case in point, Politoad can learn Bounce by breeding, a pretty obvious reference to frogs hoppin'.