Male Grecian sphinxes and female Egyptian sphinxes weren’t unheard of back before they went extinct, they just were very rare. They’re like a species of pokemon that has a very high gender ratio, hah hah. Yes everything can relate back to pokemon for me.
Please tell me that there are some pokemon that are somehow canon
because I want to believe
I can imagine that some kid had wandered into a Japanese Avalon and used them as inspiration when he became a game developer as an adult. So I imagine some pokemon from the first game might be real. (Later games would be entirely imaginary; there can’t be THAT many varieties, surely.)
Alas, unlike Lewis Carroll’s work, pokemon remain under copyright. It’d be neat, and I wouldn’t mind seeing some drawn for these interregnums, I wouldn’t expect to see them in the comic itself.
Ninetails is essentially a kitsune. Most of it’s descriptions line up perfectly with kitsunes.
In fact, there’s many Pokemon based on mythology.
So wish granted, more or less! Just learn a little bit more about the lore behind different Pokemon origins!
Did some quick research and here’s other mythological pokemon and their associated myths, a few easier ones from the first three gen.
Vulpix & Ninetails = Kitsune; Meowth = Maneki-neko; Drowsee & Hypno = Baku; Magikarp & Gyardos = Dragon Carp; Lapras = Loch Ness Monster; Zapdos = Thunderbird
Natu & Xatu = Totem Creature; Espeon = Bakeneko; Dunsparce = Tsuchinoko; Ho-Oh = Fenghuang
Blaziken = Basan & Karura; Lotad = Kappa; Shiftry = Tengu; Sableye = Hopkinsville Goblin; Mawile = Futakuchi-onna; Whiscash = Namazu
Also many pokemon already exist in real life.
Paras and Parasect are representative of the Cordyceps fungus, Polywag is essentially translucent tadpoles, Caterpie is a Eastern tiger swallowtail caterpillar, Vileplume is the Rafflesia arnoldii, Luvdisc is a kissing gourami, Mudkip is an axolotl, Magikarp is a Yellow Rockfish, Krookodile is a gharial, Chatot is a yellow collared lovebird, Victreebel is a pitcher plant, and Sandslash is a pangolin just to name a few.
Whilst a list of which Pokemon which are based upon mythical creatures and what those mythical creatures are, is all well and good, such a list fails on answering the most crucial problem:
Which of those mythical creatures are canon within Skin Deep?
We already had kitsunes and phoenixes confirmed (Ninetails & Ho-oh). I’m sure there’s others.
The beard is too cute!
The male Grecian sphinx can become a new character in my opinion.
Both need to be made canon characters.
Everything can and should relate back to Pokémon
Can we see a Waheela? Or other Canadian cryptids?
I love his beard!!!
If there’s an uneven gender ratio for both sphinxes, did it affect their culture of relationships? I.E. are they more likely to be polyamorous or bigamist?
I love the female Egyptian sphinx! She’s so lovely, with the tasteful wig and the gauzy, um, whatever garment that is.