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Is gengar based off a black cat or something?

1 vote

Some weird black/purple whatever cat that is standing up. Because black cats are said to be unlucky and Gengar is a ghost which exemplifies the bad luck part.

Please answer the question in either a yes and no and explain it.

asked Apr 1, 2012 by HellDoom

2 Answers

4 votes
 
Best answer

Yes, it is based off of cartoon cats or ghosts, Cheshire Cat, and people's shadows.
Source: http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Gengar

answered Apr 1, 2012 by Celestial★Hurricane
edited Apr 1, 2012 by Celestial★Hurricane
3 votes

Yes,Gengar Is based of a cartoonish ghosts, cats, or a Cheshire Cat,and possibly on a distorted shadow of a human being like shadow people.

Name Origin

Gengar's name is possibly a shortening of doppelgänger - a ghostly double of a person, which would be a fitting name for a Pokémon with a habit of pretending to be a person's shadow. The kanji 幻, which can be read "gen", can be used for words meaning "phantom" or "illusion". There is also a striking pronunciation similarity to the Danish word genganger - a person who returns as a spirit after death.
Source
I love Weird things ¯(°_o)/¯

answered Apr 1, 2012 by (Abnormal1!)
edited Apr 29, 2012 by (Abnormal1!)
I saw a picture where he was with the Cheshire Cat, they looked exactly alike lol.