Pokemon: The CRAZY Myths Behind The Games!
When it comes down to creating totally unique and creative beings such as Pokemon, in my opinion, you really cannot beat Asian design. For example, Studio Ghibli's creators consistently demonstrate more imagination then whole teams at Disney. You can take any anime series or animated film from Japan and it's design will feel like nothing you've ever seen before, I mean have you guys seen Akira?!
But even this abundance of creativity has its inspirations from the real world, and one such reference point for the creators of Pokemon have been real-life myths. These myths have thus been intwined into the creation of unique Pokemon. How many of them were you familiar with before this article?
Let's begin with one of the more obvious examples of inspiration, we'll get to the really creepy ones later. Vulpix, is based upon the infamous myth of the Nine-Tailed Fox, which shares its origin with Japan, China, Vietnam and Korea. The stories differ from each country but let me give you a taste of this creature's lore.
In China, it is said that if you eat a Nine-Tailed fox, you are protected against evil. The beast is also supposed to have the voice of a human infant, which I find terribly creepy. The foxes have also been known to possess the bodies of humans and usually using their power to gain access to the throne.
The most famous Japanese version depicts a courtesan who corrupted the mind and health of the country's emperor. She was chased away and revealed to be a fox. A while later she was seen devouring the bodies of women and children in a nearby village. A massive amount of troops was sent out to slay the beast, who was eventually killed and then turned to stone. The stone continued to release poisonous gas and killed anyone who touched it. I think Ninetails was a little friendlier. Amazing folklore.
This one isn't exactly creepy, it's just the fact that Dunsparce is such a hilarious Pokemon that I had to throw him in. Unless you are freaked out by snakes, this particular myth won't exactly be that freaky. But more on Dunsparce, check out the pole below to see the degree of his popularity! Dunsparce for president!!
This peculiar little Pokemon is actually based upon a very strange mystical creature that resembles a lizard, whose body appears to have been flattened by a car that ran over it. Tsuchinoko is that name of this creature that originates from Japanese myth. Instead of slithering, the Tsuchinoko is said to inch forward like a slug or snail. Other legends say that it can leap great distances, which could explain Dunsparce's adorable little wings. The Tsuchinoko also has twin fangs, another trait shared by Dunsparce in much cuter fashion.
Imagine this creature slowly moving along and then suddenly leaping towards your face with its fangs exposed. No thank you. It's kind of like Japan's version of a mermaid or maybe even Bigfoot in terms of fame, just not quite as large.
This creatures name, if presumed to be an abbreviation of a sneaky weasel, is an apt summation of its inspiration, a Kamaitachi. The name is a compound of the Japanese words for sickle and weasel, and the methods they use to prey on humans will change the way you see Sneasels forever.
These creatures hunt in packs of three and are allegedly super fast little monsters. They use this speed to get the better of us in a HORRIBLE manner! You ready for this?? The first Kamaitachi knocks you down, the second uses its razor-sharp talons to flay the flesh from your legs, and the third mends your wounds so you don't realise you've been attacked. All this happens in the blink of an eye; you think you just tripped, while three weasel monsters with huge claws run off chewing on your leg skin. Yep...
This is already quite a peculiar Pokemon, with a horrifying crocodile head growing out of the back of a sweet little creature in a dress. While this may have freaked you out as a child, wait till you see what the hell this things is based off of!!
Futakuchi-onna, is the name of the inspired mythical creature. It is a terrifying mouth that resides at the back of a woman's head, hiding beneath her long hair. It's a cautionary tale that warns women against dieting, that should they not eat enough, a second mouth would grow at the back of their head which would require twice the amount of food as normal. The creature eventually gains control of the woman's hair and begins to grab at food at random. Horrible.
Froslass, the strictly female Pokemon, is based upon the Yuki-onna legend. This tells the tale of an icy woman. One who floats atop of snow and guides unknowing men into her clutches with her icy breath and beauty. They are then consumed by a frost or a blizzard and never return again. It also been said that she drains the blood of her victims, sometimes invading homes and kidnapping children as they sleep. Myths are terrifying.
So these are all the creepy myths that I discovered around Pokemon, what else do you know of? Or just some more creepy myths!! Let me know in the comments!