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I mean, it just looks like a snake. Samurott is a samurai, and Emboar is a wrestler, but what is Serperior based on?

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Check Serperior's Bulbapedia page. It has a wealth of information on the origins.

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Serperior is based on multiple species of snakes and limbless lizards, such as Oxybelis fulgidus, Ahaetulla nasuta, and Ahaetulla prasina (species of vine snakes), as well as the emerald tree boa, ball python, and possibly Burton's legless lizard. The shape of its head and the extensions on its collar may be based on the bird of paradise or false bird of paradise flowers, a cobra's hood, or a snake's shed skin. Serperior may also originate from Quetzalcoatl, a green, feathered serpent deity. Its body markings resemble the acanthus leaf motifs popularized during the Renaissance.

Ken Sugimori has said that Snivy, Servine, and Serperior are based on French royalty, specifically mentioning the anime The Rose of Versailles as inspiration.1 The fact that Serperior amplifies sunlight in its body, as stated in its Pokédex entry, may be an allusion to King Louis XIV of France, who famously referred to himself as the "Sun King". Its white face also alludes to the skin whitening fashion, mostly used by the European aristocracy in the 17th century. The dark green design on its chest seems to form a fleur-de-lis, a French insignia that is used on many European noble families' and nations' coat of arms. Along with its regal look, Serperior's ability to seize opponents with its piercing stare is a reference to the basilisk, the king of serpents in European legend.

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Damn I just thought it was snake