Pokemon Facts: Top 4 pieces of interesting trivia from the popular franchise

Pokemon has numerous mysteries and plenty of behind-the-scenes trivia that has often surprised the loyal fan base that the game has. How many of these facts did you know?

Pokemon is one of the most popular franchises of all time; Credit: Twitter

Pokemon is one of the most popular franchises in the world currently, and the same seems set to continue in the coming years as well. With fans from all corners of the world closely tracking each and every aspect of the game, one would expect very few things capable enough of catching them by surprise. However, there are numerous mysteries that the loyal fanbase is still poring over with plenty of behind-the-scenes trivia as well that continues to catch the fans by surprise.

Here is a look at some of the pieces of Pokeman trivia which are certainly quite interesting in nature:

Pikachu was originally not supposed to be the Franchise Mascot

Pikachu is one of the most popular characters in the world of Pokemon, with kids attempting to emulate his adorable style of communication. The love and affection shared by the Pokemon and Ash is one of the highlights of the franchise, with the emotions involved capable of inducing tears. However, it is certainly interesting to note that the original plot of the anime saw Ash receive a Clefairy, another cute and tiny Pokemon. Clefairy, one of the first Pokemon ever designed is capable of speech with a wicked sense of humour. He was set to be the mascot of the franchise which was later changed to Pikachu, due to the latter’s appeal to female viewers. Pikachu’s yellow colour was also considered more distinct in nature, enabling him to stand out among the rest.

Reference to Pokemon in US Presidential Candidate’s Speech

Lyrics from the theme song of Pokemon: The Movie 2000 were used in Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain’s speech back in 2011, before being attributed as the words of “a poet”. Pokemon fans were quick to call foul as they recognised the quote, with the candidate going on to suspend his campaign soon after. Cain’s suspension speech further saw more lyrics from the song being recited, before being correctly attributed. This marked the first instance of a Presidential candidate uttering the word ‘Pokemon’ in an official speech. It might not be the last such mention though.

Pikachu’s appearance on official currency

The South Pacific island of Niue prints its own cash, with some special coins created as well. They further accept New Zealand currency. The government decided to celebrate the Pokemon series and pay tribute by featuring Pikachu on the back of their one-dollar coin in 2001. Meowth, Squirtle, Bulbasaur and Charmander were some of the other characters given the same honour. The coins have gone on to become collector’s items with Niue following it up with a series of Star Wars coins in 2011.

Rhydon was the first Pokemon ever created

Rhydon was the first Pokemon designed by illustrator Ken Sugimori, who further stated that a lot of the original designs for Pokemon were based on dinosaurs. He also has the honour of having the index number 1. Lapras is another Pokemon that was designed quite early by Sugimori barring Clefairy as mentioned earlier.

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