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contains XY stuff. also mythology, etymology, history, and science.

Posted July 11th, 2013 at 11:57 PM by Anna
Updated April 18th, 2015 at 5:52 PM by Anna
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I still don't really see the point of forms, but I was reading something and now see what might have been part of their inspiration. A fair few of the Pokémon that switch between forms seem to be kind of representative of the robust and gracile morphology of closely related animal species. The gracile and robust principles are also part of sexual dimorphism and do make an appearance in Pokémon, though possibly only in the Pidove line. I dunno this might be common knowledge but I actually thought about it this time.

I think fairies are great. They will wreck you. And there are so many directions to go with Fairy Pokémon. Oh and they absolutely must be weak to steel, because isn't it common knowledge that fairies are repelled by iron?
Originally Posted by Wikipedia
"Cold iron" is sometimes asserted to repel, contain, or harm ghosts, fairies, witches, and/or other malevolent supernatural creatures. This belief continued into later superstitions in a number of forms:
  • Nailing an iron horseshoe to a door was said to repel evil spirits or later, to bring good luck.
  • Surrounding a cemetery with an iron fence was thought to contain the souls of the dead.
  • Burying an iron knife under the entrance to one's home was alleged to keep witches from entering.
Originally Posted by Folklore of Discworld
...though they might, just occasionally, bring good luck, they are far more likely to inflict diseases, kidnap people, and steal human babies, replacing them with their own sickly and mentally deficient 'changelings'
Originally Posted by Wikipedia
Jenny Greenteeth is a figure in English folklore. A river hag, similar to Peg Powler or a grindylow, she would pull children or the elderly into the water and drown them. She was often described as green-skinned, with long hair, and sharp teeth.
They. Will. Wreck. You.

European Themes
I feel like I'm going to know a lot more about the origins and inspirations of this generation. I'm much more familiar with European culture, folklore, and history than I am with Japanese. It makes things much more fun for me when I can easily understand where they come from and how they were developed into what we eventually see.

Team Flare/Flair
Love 'em. Ain't they stylin'? I can see them using fire for sure, and maybe electric or psychic 'mon as well. I mean really, just 'cause Magma's done fire before doesn't mean another team can't use fire. We've had three teams that favoured poison types. I don't think anyone's complained as much about that.

This lil thing better be a plague doctor Pokémon. Give it an evolution that's poison/fairy. That'd make it the creepiest Pokémon ever I mean not even any of the ghosts can compare. I love it so much already and I'll be so so disappointed if it's not a plague doctor. I mean it's already been named as the perfume Pokémon...
Originally Posted by Wikipedia
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, some doctors wore a beak-like mask which was filled with aromatic items. The masks were designed to protect them from putrid air, which (according to the miasmatic theory of disease) was seen as the cause of infection.

It was mentioned to me that the 'X' in Xerneas might be pronounced as an 'H' by Spanish speakers, instead of as 'Z' or 'Ck' as most seem to prefer. The lattermost fits with the Bulba-listed origins of Xerneas' name- Cernunnos (Celtic god of probably nature or fertility), cervus (Latin for 'deer', pronounced 'kehr-woos), and Ceryneian Hind (giant deer sacred to Artemis; capturing it was the third labor of Heracles). All of these are pronounced with the 'K' sound. The middle option seems to have just come from the English-speakers' preferred way of using X at the beginning of a word. However, the former reminds me of something else- Herne the Hunter, whose first appearance in written record is in Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor. Herne is/was a very localized legend, confined to the Windor Forest/Berkshire area, so it's not likely that he's related to the previously mentioned legends.
Let's quote Shakespeare, because I found my massive frickin book of his complete plays.
Originally Posted by The Merry Wives of Windsor (Act IV, Scene IV)
There is an old tale goes that Herne the Hunter,
Sometimes a keeper here in Windsor forest,
Doth all the winter-time, at still midnight,
Walk round about an oak, with great ragg'd horns;
And there he blasts the tree, and takes the cattle,
And makes milch-kine yield blood, and shakes a chain
In a most hideous and dreadful manner.
Essentially, he's a ghost huntsman who wears (?) giant antlers and rattles chains and makes cows produce blood in place of milk and all that fun stuff. And he haunts the oak he hanged himself on, according to Samuel Ireland.
There's probably not really an intentional connection, but it's interesting that there would be those particular similarities. Especially since Xerneas is said to be a Life Pokémon and Herne is a ghostie.

Professor Platane
I'll get it out of the way immediately: he's a hottie.

His name is French for a plane tree, the genus Platanus. North Americans often call them Sycamores, and therefore that will likely be his English name if it is changed. If they chose this tree for a reason, then the reason is likely found in the European cultural history of the tree. The most notable thing is that the Tree of Hippocrates at Kos was a Platanus orientalis. Hippocrates, "Father of Medicine", right? Greek culture is probably being incorporated in the European mashup of Kalos (see Ceryneian Hind above). That combined with the apparent life cycle theme of XY makes it seem very likely that Professor Platane will specialize in medicine.
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    Mana's Avatar
    I'm from Berkshire and I've never heard of Herne ;( I feel like a failure.

    I love the plague doctor idea though!
    Posted July 12th, 2013 at 2:38 AM by Mana Mana is online now
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    After seeing a whole bunch of fan art on Tumblr, I'm rather convinced Shushup is a plague doctor. It's the mask like beak that give it. I'll be sold on to liking it if it really does evolve into one.
    Posted July 12th, 2013 at 5:31 AM by Treecko Treecko is offline
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    Fairies really should be weak to Steel. It fits the mythology and helps to balance out the types more.
    Posted July 12th, 2013 at 8:28 AM by Esper Esper is offline
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    The plague doctor pokemon would quickly become a favorite of mine!
    Posted July 12th, 2013 at 10:53 AM by Omicron Omicron is online now
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    @Swifty: he's been kind of melded into the generic 'horned forest gods & legends' so that's not really surprising. I only know about him because of Discworld haha.

    @AW & Omicron: RIGHT?! So cool.

    @Scarf: Discworld!

    I didn't really think of it until I was re-reading Folklore of Discworld and was like OH YEAH that is obvious and should be a thing!
    Posted July 12th, 2013 at 10:57 AM by Anna Anna is offline
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    Ludger's Avatar
    I agree with everything in this blog ANNAAAAAAA
    Posted July 12th, 2013 at 11:51 AM by Ludger Ludger is offline
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    Man, if that plague doctor thing is real, I'd be SO hooked.
    Posted July 12th, 2013 at 2:54 PM by Honest Honest is offline
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    TheMasterLucario1's Avatar
    The plague doctor idea would be great with shushups and then have it when it evolve become a dual type of fairy and dark.
    Wait magma was fire or was it ground or fire and ground?
    I always thought they were ground type team?
    Posted July 14th, 2013 at 5:24 PM by TheMasterLucario1 TheMasterLucario1 is offline
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    @Dipu YEAH I HOPE IT'S ACTUALLY A THING i'll be so disappointed if not

    @TML1 That's something I've been seeing a lot? Like I always thought Magma was fire bc lava and counterpart to Aqua but now that I look at it it seems like they totes were ground the whole time whaaaaat
    Posted July 14th, 2013 at 6:58 PM by Anna Anna is offline
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    TheMasterLucario1's Avatar
    I feel like I should go back and play ruby or emerald again to refresh my memory lol but it would make sense since the legendary pokemon name is groundon :b
    Posted July 15th, 2013 at 6:19 PM by TheMasterLucario1 TheMasterLucario1 is offline

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