16 Pokémon We Didn’t Know Had Mythical Origins
They are famous for being pocket monsters that kids (and even some adults) collect. They train them to become the best they can be in order to battle it out against their friends' Pokémon. But what else is there to know about these little creatures? For starters, did you know that the name 'Pokémon' is actually a combination of two Japanese words – 'pock' meaning 'pocket', and 'mon' meaning 'monster'? Pokémon originally started out as a video game for the Nintendo Game Boy before branching out into an anime series, movies, merchandise, and much more. With over 800 different species of Pokémon now identified, there is sure to be one (or more!) that you can't help but love. So why not learn a little more about these fascinating creatures? You might just be surprised at what you find.
You may look at the simple designs of Pokémon, especially in the first generation, and come to the conclusion that the developers were just lazy. Mean, a Pokéball with eyes? Come on! However, many designs are pulled straight from Japanese mythology that is unfamiliar to western fans. Here's why a "Pokéball with eyes" is actually valid and why Lickitung is a vile creature from the depths of Hell.