14 Pokemon You Didn’t Realize Were Based On Real World Things

1. Poliwag is based on translucent tadpoles


Photo Credit: National Geographic

Sure you know Poliwags are meant to be tadpoles (and if you didn’t…you probably have time to think about things other than what Pokemon are based on. Good for you). But the weird thing about Poliwag is a certain design choice that most wouldn’t think has any significance. The swirl on Poliwag’s (as well as Poliwhirl and Poliwrath’s) stomach isn’t just an aesthetic design – it’s based on some species of translucent tadpoles’ visible, swirled intestines.