Article Posted by randomspot555: Every Unova Poképun Explained
With the upcoming release of Black/White, there will be endless discussion on what the names mean and what puns they are based off of. Fortunately, Zorak of the Something Awful forums has done the work for everybody.
Here is the list, in all of it's unmodified glory:
Victini: V FOR VICTORY, also A Small Thing (tiny). Because that's it's thing.
Snivy: An Ivy Snake, also possibly snide but that's probably a coincidence.
Servine: A Vine Serpent. It's a Serpent that looks like a vine.
Serperior: A Superior Serpent. It's the previous thing but better.
Tepig: A Tepid (Warm) Pig. Slightly warm pig.
Pignite: A Pig that Ignites stuff. A PIG THAT SETS SHIT ON FIRE.
Emboar: An Ember Boar. This pig is on FIRE CONSTANTLY.
Oshawott: Ocean + Otter + Water! It's an otter that lives in the water/ ocean! Also Oshawa could be referring to River-crossing, like the city (near where there are sear otters!)
Dewott: Dew + Otter. Dew is water!!!
Samurott: Samurai + Otter. It's a Samurai Seal that uses shells as blades I mean come on.
Patrat: Patrol + Rat. It's a prairie dog/ meerkat: they watch things, and this thing has a WATCHING YOU theme.
Watchog: SAME THING REALLY BUT DIFFERENT (watch + Groundhog)
Lillipup: LITTLE + PUP. It's a small dog!
Herdier: It's a terrier that herds things. HERDIER.
Stoutland: Stout + Newfoundland (like the dog breed, they swim well and Stoutland can learn surf!!).
Purrloin: Purloin (Steal) + Purr like a cat. It's a dark type cat ok what do you expect.
Liepard: Lie + Leopard: DARK TYPE CAT.
Pansage: Pan (the genus of Chimpanzees) + sage (the plant). It's a plant monkey. Name also goes with the WE'RE WAITERS YO of the Gym leaders that use them.
Simisage: Simi (Infraorder of higher primates, includes chimps and us!) + sage (the plant). A bigger/ more advanced monkey.
Pansear: Pan + Sear (burn). More semi-cooking imagery.
Panpour: Pan + Pour (Pouring a bucket of liquid). ETC.
Simipour: DERP DERP
Munna: Moon + Luna, two words for the Moon (which this has a theme with, since they're associated with dreams and sleep). The mu in its name in Japanese can mean Dream which it also goes with too!
Musharna: the above, plus an onomatopoeia for eating possibly (MUSHIN' DAT SHIT). One of those carry overs.
Pidove: Pidgeon + Dove, two very related bird groups (basically the same group, different name).
Tranquill: A peaceful (TRANQUIL) bird. Quill means feathers, which a bird has. WORKS. Doves are symbols of peace, and Tranquill is supposed to live in a peaceful place where there's no war.
Unfezant: An unpleasant pheasant (this owns, shut up). It's supposed to be unpleasant to people not its trainer/ territorial so THERE YOU GO.
Blitzle: Blitz (lightning in German) + little. Blitz also refers to speed (ie, quick as lightning), so it's a fast/ quick/ electric zebra.
Zebstrika: A Zebra that strikes things, like lightning. Blitz (in its pre-evo as I mentioned) is often used for fast/ quick strike warfare so there you are!
Roggenrola: A NAME THAT OWNS. It's a ball-like rock, so making a Rock and Roller pun is totally justified imo.
Gigalith: Giga = big, lith = A ROCK. A big rock.
Woobat: A bat that woos people (ie, seeks affection/ court). It's a love themed bat so yeah!
Swoobat: A bat that makes people swoon!
Drilbur: Drill + Burrow. It's a mole with claws shaped like shovels.
Excadrill: Excavate + Drill. It's a mole that is literally a drill what the fuck do you expect from the name?
Audino: Audio + I Dunno. Audio because its supposed to have great ears, and the I Dunno thing is a carry over from the Japanese name with the same pun because it's supposed to be a nursing and helpful with medical conditions.
Timburr: IT'S HOLDING A TIMBER
Gurdurr: IT'S HOLDING A GIRDER
Conkeldurr: IT'S HOLDING CONCRETE AND is also Elder because it's the oldest one. Conk+Elder.
Tympole: Tadpole + Tympanum. The Tympanum is your eardrum, as well as the hearing organ in general for frogs/ toads. It's a sound-themed tadpole that has giant tympanums on the side of its head. Can also reference the Tymphany instrument, same root. Vibrations/ sound etc
Palpitoad: Palpitate (Shaking/ rumbling/ beating) + toad. Again, sound themed.
Seismitoad: Seismic Toad. After all, seismic activity (Earthquakes etc) are the same exact thing as sound, just in the ground.
Sewaddle: Sew + Waddle. A silk producing caterpillar that is a baby (so it waddles). Also swaddle, which is to wrap a baby in cloth. MULTIPLE LEVELS.
Swadloon: Swaddle + Cocoon.
Leavanny: Leaf/Leaves + Nanny. It's a leaf bug that takes cares of babies, yup!
Venipede: Venomous centipede.
Whirlipede: Centipede rolled into a ball. Whirling Centipede.
Scolipede: Scolopendromorpha (Centipede group) + Centipede. Or maybe also/ instead Scoliosis + Centipede. Scoliosis is the curving of the spine. It's a centipede with its back bent.
Cottonee: It's a cotton ball. Corruption of cottony (RESEMBLING COTTON)
Whimsicott: A whimsical ball of cotton. It's got a mischievous theme, and it's based on the vegetable lamb of Tartary so hey!
Petilil: A petite (small) lentil (seed). Which it is! Might be lily at the end though.
Lilligant: An elegant Lily.
Basculin: A masculine/ aggressive bass. It's theme is how it's a PISSED OFF FISH/ AN ASSHOLE, which is a thing bass are known for being!
Sandile: A SAND CROCODILE.
Krokorok: A crook of a crok with a name that works in both directions.
Kroocodile: Krokorok except more obvious.
Darumaka: A Macaque that looks like a daruma doll. The maka also means crimson in Japanese.
Darmanitan: An orangutan who looks like a Daruma Doll. Darumas are also known as Darhma Dolls, hence the name. It even has a daruma mode it activates.
Maractus: A dancing Maraca-wielding Mariachi Cactus.
Dwebble: It's a hermit crab that Dwells in a Pebble.
Crustle: A crab with Crust/ stratum on it.
Scraggy: Craggy is to be rough, harsh, rough. LIFE ON THE STREETS IS TOUGH.
Scrafty: One has to be crafty and full of guile to make it on the streets...
Sigilyph: Sigil (sign/ image with magic power) + glyph (same). It's a weird psychic bird thing that looks like one of those.
Yamask: Yama is the lord of the dead in Hindu/ Buddhist mythology. It's a dead thing in a mask.
Cofagrigus: Sarcophagus + egregious (ie, outstanding). Also has some coffin in there. It looks like a pharaoh's sarcophagus so it fits well!
Tirtouga: Corruption of Tortuga, or turtle in Spanish.
Carracosta: Carapace + Coast. Sea Turtles hit dem beaches a lot. Additionally, more pseudo-Spanish stuff going on.
Archen: Archeopteryx inspired, obviously. Simpler name because... I dunno!
Archeops: Archeopteryx inspired + more name!
Trubbish: Trash and rubbish.
Garbodor: Garbage + Luchador. He's a garbage man that looks vaguely like a luchador. Alternatively, just Garbage + the -ador part, so it's just a Garbager.
Zorua: Zorro (Fox in Spanish) + Rua (Red hair). It's a fox with red hair sooo
Zoroark: The above, plus it's DARK so Zoroark. They're evil illusory foxes ok.
Minccino: Mink + Chino cloth possibly. It's a mink with a clothing/ cloth/ fur theme so it works.
Cicinno: Chinchilla + Chino cloth.
Gothita: A little goth. Goth + Lolita.
Gothorita: Goth + senorita.
Gothitelle: Goth + Mademoiselle. Also "tell", since it can see the future preow.
Solosis: A solo (single) + -sis (Latin for being in the "state" of, often dealing with biological processes). So it's a single cell existing alone.
Duosion: A duo/ splitting cellular structure. Yup.
Reuniclus: A nucleus of reunited structures. Also homunculus, a created man.
Ducklett: A SMALL DUCK
Swanna: A graceful swan.
Vanillite: A small vanilla icecream.
Vanillish: A biggerish vanilla icecream.
Vanilluxe: A deluxe vanilla icecream.
Deerling: A small deer. You could say it's an.... UNDEERLING.
Sawsbuck: This one is potentially very multi-layered. Sawbuck - A thing that holds wood to be sawn. Buck - male deer. SAWS is an acronym for the seasons. Yeaaaaaah.
Emolga: Corruption of the Japanese name. Emon = dressing/ drapery (flaps on the flying squirrel) + momonga (flying squirrel)
Karrablast: Karakauseli (escargot) + BLAST. It hunts escargot for their shells.
Escavalier: Cavalier (Knight) + Escargot (snail). It's a bug wearing a snail's shell so hey.
Amoongus: A humongous fungus. Also A FUNGUS AMUNG US.
Frillish: A frilly jelly fish. It's royal so.
Jellicent: A magnificent jelly fish. It's royal so.
Alomomola: It's a mola mola (sunfish) that is motherly to stuff (MOM).
Joltik: Jolt + Tick (Which arachnids!)
Galvantula: Galvanize (stimulated with electricity) + Tarantula.
Ferroseed: A ferrous (iron) seed.
Ferrothorn: An iron thing with spikes.
Tynamo: A tiny dynamo.
Eelektrik: An electric eel/ lamprey/ leech.
Eelektross: A big electric eel/ lamprey. Albatross are the biggest birds so THERE YOU ARE.
Elgyem: A Little Green Man. Term for aliens.
Beheeyem: A Bug Eyed Monster. Again!
Litwick: A lit candle wick.
Lampent: A lamp here to take you to hell so repent your sins. Lamp + Repent.
Chanelure: A chandelier that lures your soul and burns it to a crisp.
Axew: Axe. Accent on the x here. Bladed dragon.
Fraxure: Fracture. Accent on the x again.
Haxorus: Hack + us to make it sound very dragon-y. If you didn't catch it, the x refers to cutting shit.
Cubchoo: A sneezing (achoo!) bear cub.
Beartic: An arctic bear.
Cryogonal: An octagonal snowflake cryin' like a babby. Cryo- also refers to cold/ freezing so M-M-MULTI PUN.
Shelmet: Shell + Helmet. It's a snail with a shell for a helmet.
Accelgor: Accelerate (because it's a ninja) + gor because it sounds cool probably.
Stunfisk: Because Stun Fish sounded too obvious. Also fisk is kind of insulting and this fish is probably insulted a lot.
Mienfoo: Mien (Appearance/ Behavior/ Personality) + Kung Fu. It does have the appearance of a Kung Fu Master. Mien is also an ethnic term for several Chinese ethnic groups, some of which immigrated heavily to the US (UNOVA)
Mienshao: Mien + Shao, which is a common Chinese surname refering to nobility/ royality.
Druddigon: It's a Ruddy Faced Dragon. Druddigon.
Golett: It's a smaller golem. -Let is a diminutive suffix.
Golurk: A golem created by an ancient civilization and left to lurk on this earth.
Pawniard: Pawn (as in the Chess piece) + Poniard (A small sharp dagger).
Bisharp: Bishop (as in the Chess piece) + Sharp (AS IN ITS GONNA CUT YOU WITH ITS SHARP BLADES)
Bouffalant: Buffalo + Bouffant/ Bouffante. It's a buffalo with a puffy afro what do you want???
Rufflet: It's a ruffled/ fuzzy headed little eaglet.
Braviary: A BRAVE BIRD. It flies so its' Aviary. Brave + Aviary. BRAVIARY.
Vullaby: Vulture + Lullaby because it's a big ol' baby in an egg-shell.
Mandibuzz: Mandible (BONES) + Buzzard (you know, like vultures).
Heatmor: Heat + EATMORE because he's an anteater that loves to eat...
Durant: A durable ant. It's a steel type so yeah. It isn't very durable against ^^ though.
Deino: Ein (One in German) + Dino.
Zweilous: Zwei (Two in German) + Zealous.
Hydreigon: Drei (Three in German) + Hydra + Dragon.
Larvesta: Larva + Vesta (Greek Godess of the Hearth, symbolized by the sacred fire that burned eternally in her temples)
Volcarona: Volcano + Corona. It's sun-god moth found near volcanos so yeah
Cobalion: Cobalt, as in the metal and color. It's a steel type so yeah. Also a beast so -lion.
Terrakion: Terracota (color and material) + Lion. An Earth Beast, in other words.
Virizion: Viridian (Green)/ Viradarium (Garden) + Lion. A Plant Beast.
Tornelos: It's a tornado god.
Voltolos: It's a lightning god.
Reshiram: It's just a name. The shira in it is from shiro, or white. Re was used because it sounds softer, what since it's Ying.
Zekrom: It's just a name. The kro in it is from kuro, or black. Ze was used because it sounds harsher, what since it's Yang.
Landlos: It's a land god.
Kyurem: Kyuurei (rapid cooling) + Rei (Zero). It's a dragon of absolute zero cold/ so YUP. It's Wuji after all.
Keldeo: Name is from Kelp/ Kelpie, that ol' Celtic water horse.
Meloetta: Melody + etta (female suffix). As expected.
Genesect: A genetically engineered/ modified insect. Alternatively also a GENOCIDAL insect.