People discover where Pokemon really got its name

The Pokemon Company, which is now worth around $92 billion, has been around for almost three decades – but fans are only just discovering what it stands for.

Pokemon has been around for almost 30 years – but many people are only just learning what its company name actually means.

It’s the brainchild of Japanese video game designer Satoshi Tajiri which evolved from a trading card game into a franchise encompassing video games, animated series, movies, and a plethora of other media offerings.

Boasting an estimated value of a staggering $92 billion, Pokemon reigns supreme as the highest-grossing media franchise of all time.

The journey began in Japan in 1996 with the launch of Pokemon Red and Green, followed by the North American release of Pokemon Red and Blue in 1998, which coincided with the debut of its animated series.

Meanwhile, 1999 marked the arrival of the Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG) in Europe and North America, aligning with the premiere of its first animated movie in the United States.

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While seasoned Pokemon aficionados are well-versed in the franchise’s storied past, newer fans are often unaware of how it all started.

A Reddit user recently expressed their astonishment upon learning the true meaning behind the company’s name, posting: “I never realised Pokemon stood for Pocket Monsters.”

This prompted another to said: “It shows your age when there are people out there that didn’t know that Pokemon stood for Pocket Monsters and Digimon stood for Digital Monsters.”

Commenting on this revelation, another user said: “Oh… me too. I miss those cards! Have a bin full of them and got so excited every time I got a holographic card.”

On Quora, one user provided insights into the origins of the name Pokemon: “The term ‘Pokemon’ is actually a portmanteau of two words: ‘pocket’ and ‘monsters’. The concept of Pokemon as ‘pocket monsters’ comes from the idea these creatures are small enough to be carried in a pocket, like a companion.

“Despite many Pokemon resembling animals rather than traditional monsters, the term ‘monsters’ in this context implies any fantastical or fictional creature. In the Pokemon realm, these beings come in all forms and sizes, ranging from animals to mythological entities and even anthropomorphised objects.


    “The term ‘monsters’ in the name ‘Pokemon’ is applied to encapsulate this broad range of entities that trainers can capture, train, and battle with. Thus, while numerous Pokemon may appear more similar to animals than conventional monsters, the term ‘Pocket Monsters’ mirrors the diverse and innovative nature of the creatures unearthed in the Pokemon universe.”

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