Stuff - References
Pokémon is just about everywhere, there's no escape from it. But probably the greatest thrill for a Pokemaniac is to hear a Pokémon reference on his favorite TV show! Pokémon has sprouted up more than a few times in conversations of TV characters, and you'll find a small portion of them below.
South Park - Probably the most infamous reference to Pokémon is an episode of South Park entitled "Chinpokomon". The entire episode revolves around the boys becoming obsessed with the latest fad from Japan, Chinpokomon. The show pokes fun at the massive merchandising and the infamous seizure incident ("Oh, my God! Kenny's having a seizure!"). Eventually, it is revealed that the Chinpokomon carry subliminal messages to children and it is a Japanese government plot to overthrow the United States and bomb Pearl Harbor again. In the end, however, everything works out and everyone learns an important lesson... what that lesson is... um, we're not quite sure yet...
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - During the first season of the hit ABC gameshow, a $125,000 question was "Which one of these is not a Pokémon?" and it listed three Pokémon and a different name. The man used his last lifeline and narrowed it down by two, leaving the names "Frodo" and Jigglypuff. Obviously, this guy was not a Pokémon fan, as he didn't know that Jigglypuff was really a Pokémon! Not wanting to risk the money he had already won, he walked with his $64,000. I'm betting he got a lot of Pokémon gifts that Christmas...
The Critic - Remember "The Critic"? No? You're not alone. It was made by the same people who brought you "The Simpsons.", but it was canned after only two seasons. It has recently come back as 4 minute shorts available on-line at AtomFilms.com. Anyway, in the third short, Jay Sherman reviews "The Patriot", and his guest host is none other than Pikachu. In true "Critic" fashion, Jay 'outs' Pikachu, who leaves in a huff, only to come back at the end of the short and ask what Jay is doing next Saturday... Pikachu also appears in the background in Short #4.
Norm - Norm was a TV show that ran for three seasons on ABC, and starred Norm MacDonald, a former Saturday Night Live actor, as a gambling hockey player put on probation to work in a counseling center. In one episode, to try and appeal to his younger audience, Norm dedicated the opening sequence of his show to Pokémon. In the sequence, Norm counsels a boy who thinks he's Ash Ketchum. Norm mocks the boy, who in turn shows off his Pikachu. Norm also has Pokémon, a Squirtle and a Butterfree (cast members, in Pokémon costumes), but Squirtle refuses to fight ("It stings when I squirtle") and the Butterfree just wants to throw a chair at Ash. In the end, Pikachu roasts Norm. The writers obviously did some research with the little details (Ash turning his hat around, flashy backgrounds when Norm throws a Pokeball), but most of the older audience probably didn't understand a thing about it.
Everybody Loves Raymond - In one episode, Ray's daughter Ally is looking for a rare Wackey Doo card, which is obviously a reference to Pokémon cards. Ray thinks she only wants it because it's very expensive, but then he learns that she only wants it because it's her very favorite character. Ray ends up traveling all over to find the card, finally finds it and gives it to his daughter who thanks him with a hug. Then she promptly folds it in half and sticks it in her pocket. In other episodes, you can often spot a Pikachu doll in the bookshelf over the stereo.
Yes, Dear - In this sitcom about two families living with each other, Jimmy comments that Greg isn't letting his young son grow up. Greg replies, "This coming from the man who has more Pokemon cards than credit cards." Jimmy retorts, "Hey, you can make fun of me now, but I've got a mint condition Pikachu that will put my boys through college."
The Powerpuff Girls - In some shots of the girls' bedroom, you can see a vaguely Pikachu- shaped pillow in the corner.
Becker - In one episode, Becker talks to the owner of a Chinese Restaurant, who had just recently started a failing on-line business selling shoelaces. He asks Becker if he's interested in Pokemon shoelaces. Becker shakes his head no, and the owner sighs "I'm gonna die with those stupid things."
The Simpsons - In an episode where the Simpsons go on a bargain rate trip to Japan, Bart watches TV in the hotel and turns on the "Seizure Robot Show", where the screen starts flashing, causing the entire family to go into seizures. A direct reference to the infamous seizure incident in Japan. Another episode has Bart hallucinating in class, with his classmates transforming into the Three Stooges, Bender (from Futurama) and Pikachu.
Malcom in the Middle - In a few episodes, you can see a Squirtle or Charmander plush doll adorning one of the boys' beds.
The Job - This ABC TV show stars Denis Leary as New York City cop Mike McNeil who is more than a little morally corrupt. In the pilot episode, he gets irritated that his unit has to waste time learning about counterfeit Pokémon cards, and he ducks out on the meeting. At the end of the episode, however, he calls one of his friends to learn how to tell if his son's cards are fake. He also mis-spells "Jigglypuff".
Late Night With Conan O' Brien - One night during the monologue, Conan reported that the middle east had banned Pokémon, because it supposedly promoted Judaism. Conan then said "And in a related story, Pikachu has canceled his Bar Mitzvah."
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno - During the annual "Tonight Show Thanksgiving Day Parade", Pikachu walked by the crowds, only to be tackled and attacked by Barney the Dinosaur.
Parkemon:The First Short - Chris and Bobby Crosby, the forces behind the on-line comic Superosity, created a hilarious mix of South Park and Pokemon. Enjoy as Pikacartman swears and chows down on Jiggly-poofs!
The Daily Show - When Pokémon: The First Movie was about to be released, Jon Stewart reported on the Pokémon cards to be given out with the movie tickets. He reported on the strong security of the cards, that were transported by plane and placed in an armored truck, which was only fully complete when the security guard crossed his arms. There was also a few words with a woman I believe was Leslie Swan, and a shot of a person in a Pikachu costume looking at the cards. Jon then said "The man in the costume later said to his mother at least he wasn't turning tricks anymore."
The Daily Show - When American Taliban member John Walker was indicted on federal charges, cameras were not allowed in the courtroom, but the Daily Show sketch artist was there to make sketches of the proceedings. However, the drawings were done by Stewart's nephew Timmy, who drew the events in crayon and eventually had everyone eaten by a monster. He draws Pikachu behind Walker in one picture. ("...and apparently Pikachu was there...")
Austin Powers in Goldmember - As Austin chases the evil Goldmember in a car chase down through Tokyo, his car sideswipes and knocks a Godzilla float into a crowd of people. Among the panic crowd are two people dressed in Charmander and Pikachu costumes. You can also find Celebi and the Pikachu VW in the deleted scene with Fook Yu and Fook Mi.
Line Is It Anyway? - In one game called "Movie Styles", Drew Carey
takes suggestions from the audience about different movie and TV styles,
and the actors then have to act out an everyday scene, but then have to
change to a different style of movie or TV theme when the buzzer goes off.
Occasionally, Pokémon is used, which usually sends the actors running
around the stage shouting out "Pikachu!" or "Jigglypuff!"