But that opens up the question why the first evolutions, the Nidorinos, resemble horned rodents. And then there's the question of why they were the only like to be given a gender-species divide as well.
I always thought the Nidoran's were based on Triceratops, and Nidoking bears a strong resemblance to Armadon from Primal Rage, another bipedal triceratops.
It makes a specific mention of the mustache being iron filings attracted by Probopass' magnetic nose, and using a magnet to draw facial hair with iron filings is what Wooly Willy (and a shitload of other kids' toys) is all about. I don't think magnets or iron filings are involved in Groucho glasses at all, so Wooly Willy is probably a stronger connection.
I don't know if Wooly Willy started the whole iron filings mustache thing, though. I always just thought it was just a... generic toy thing.
I'm not convinced Groucho glasses have anything to do with it...
Groucho glasses consist of a nose, a mustache, huge eyebrows and, most importantly, glasses. Probopass is missing those last two, meaning he has as much in common with Groucho glasses as Mario does. Or as Tom Selleck does.
Let it be publicly known that I apologize for bringing up Probopass. As penance, a bunch of yokai based Pokemon! Yokai are the Japanese equivalent of demons, BTW.
Drowzee (Baku) and the Lotad family (Kappa) have already been brought up. Froslass is another great example. She is based on Yuki-onna, a well known Yokai that is the ghost of a woman who died in a snowstorm. For some reason, she now kills mortals by controlling snowstorms.
Snorunt, on the other hand i sbased on the Zashiki warashi. a type of ghost that inhabits houses and cared for like a child. Part of its name means tatami mat, and may be the reason for Snorunt's "hat". It is also partially based on the Yukinko, a Japanese snow sprite.
The Ninetails family and perhaps the Zorark family are based on the Kitsune.. Kitsune, AKA keatons, are sometimes mischievous, sometimes benevolent fox spirits. Ninetails ability to grow more tails as it grows older is based explicitly on Kitsune.
Shiftry are based on tengu. Tengu are crow demons with big ol' noses and fans for arms. Tengu Man, from Mega Man, is a good example of what one looks like, actually, An interesting note about this family is that it was exclusive to Ruby, whereas the Ludicolo family was exclusive to Sapphire- both based on very well known, popular Yokai (in Japan, at least.)
Not quite Yokai, but the Torchick family is based on the Basan, a fire breathing chicken of Japanese bestiaries. Yeah. Fire breathing chicken.
Jolteon and the Manetric family may be based on Raiju, thunder god Raijin's pet.
Absol is perhaps based on two disparate beasts- the Barghest. a Celtic cat/dog beast that portends doom to those who see it and the and the Kutabe, a white beast that portends doom to those who see it. As in, it tells them about doom.
.Spiritomb is based around the 108 temptations of Buddhism. This is why the number 108 occurs so much with it- it is 108 spirits who gave in to the 108 temptations and were imprisoned in the Odd Keystone for it.
Zigzagoon's family is an aversion- while based on Tanuki, they are based on the factual Racoon Dogs, and not the mythical Tanooki. Wouldn't want to see one of those anyways- giant balls are something I want to keep out of Pokemon, thank you very much.
And lets end on a whimsical note. Snorlax may be based on Totoro. Which would make Munchlax Chu Totoro. I can see it:
Absol is definitely a Kutabe. Its got the bat wing ear thing. I'd say, like 85% of Pokemon are based on something Japanese, which is sort of disappointing because Pokemon is (if not more than Japan) very popular in the west.
Also, I never put two and two together with that whole Snorlax/Munchlax Totoro/baby Totoro thing. That's awesome, and it makes sense because Totoro slept a lot.
Nester the Lark: Here's an archive of results from the Everybody Votes channel. I found my poll question in the US English section for September 1, 2009.
Apr 30, 2021 10:14:55 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Do you consider yourself to be more of a ... Romantic: 39.1% Realist: 60.9% This one, right? So… what's your own vote to that question? (I'd have picked realist.)
May 6, 2021 9:58:40 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: ^ At the time, I think I picked romantic. Not sure what I'd pick today. I feel like I'm somewhere in between.
May 6, 2021 10:54:32 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Lately, the forum feels more like "Nester & YL's clubhouse."
May 29, 2021 11:45:28 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Looking at the other members' last online date, I can safely say that this place is pretty much inactive by now.
Jun 12, 2021 1:38:16 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Looking at an old post I wrote two years ago, I noticed I misspelled "threw" as "through," and now I'm angry at myself.
Jun 13, 2021 16:05:31 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: …Why am I still seeking gaming news when I have 7 games yet to complete and at least 2 more that I plan to get? (EDIT — Oh right, Ys IX has a confirmed release date. That makes at least 3 games I'll get later.)
Jun 14, 2021 10:18:41 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: My current plan is to play Atelier Firis DX now, which online guides suggest is long. Atelier Lydie & Suelle DX will likewise be long (longer than the original too, due to DLC, DX additions and I'll make the best items). I'll maybe play Ys Origin after.
Jun 14, 2021 10:28:43 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Not sure about what I'll play after. Another Atelier game will probably be out by then, either completing the Secret series or giving us Arland 5. Either way, I'll probably play those before going elsewhere. Dusk will have to wait for quite a bit…
Jun 14, 2021 10:31:02 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Wondering if I should get Mario Golf at launch or wait a couple of months. I have so many other things to play that my gaming (and wallet) might need a little breathing room.
Jun 17, 2021 9:23:48 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: The problem with playing Hyrule Warriors and a modern Ys game at the same time is that even though the combat feels somewhat similar, the controls are completely different, and I get confused.
Jun 23, 2021 8:57:58 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Yeah I'm here, but kinda vaguely. Sorry, I haven't had too much to say lately.
Jul 8, 2021 11:28:57 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: By the way, I don't know if you guys have been keeping up with OCR on YouTube, but apparently they're dropping an album for a game I grew up on, Jet Force Gemini. Really pumped; I'll post a review when they finish.
Jul 8, 2021 11:30:44 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Or at least when my Top 3 from that game are on the Toobz. Just one more song to go.
Jul 8, 2021 11:31:13 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I feel like I've been neglecting the forum more than usual lately. Been distracted by other things. I'll try to post something when I get the chance.
Jul 16, 2021 10:38:22 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I don't have time to make posts. Atelier Firis DX takes forever to play. When I'm not playing, I'm in a read-only mode, reading guides and watching (unrelated) videos.
Jul 17, 2021 13:25:38 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: On that note, I'll probably make a review on the whole trilogy, so it will be a while until I talk about these games in details here. I can say Atelier Firis DX has far exceeded my expectation and has taken over Totori as my 3rd fav.
Jul 17, 2021 13:31:06 GMT -5