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I was looking at Scizor's pokedex page and wondered about the difference of the male and female sprites. The females "butt" was bigger than the males, why? (Sorry that came out weird, but I don't know the name of it)

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"Abdomen"? Maybe :P
I don't feel like looking up a full answer just to be swiped but since they're based off of bugs, it likely has to do with biology
I looked it up, female bugs abdomens are usually bigger according to multiple websites. (Also I couldn't read through all of it cause bug pics and I hate bugs)
Thanks SleepyDreepy.

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Scizor shares characteristics with flying red ants and mantises. It also shares characteristics with wasp-mimicking mantidflies.

According to Bulbapedia, Scizor may be based on red ants and mantises. When going to the Wikipedia pages linked in the Bulbapedia article, the following information can be found:

Fire ant queens, the reproductive females in their colony, also are generally the largest.

The abdomen tends to be slimmer in males than females, but ends in a pair of cerci in both sexes.

Furthermore, Scyther's Bulbapedia page states the following:

Scyther appears to be based on a mantis such as the Japanese giant mantis, with its arms being shaped like scythes.

The Wikipedia page linked in the article for the Japanese giant mantis includes this information:

Males are 68–92 mm in length, and females are 77–105 mm long.

This also explains why female Scyther and, by extension, Scizor, have a longer abdomen than male Scizor and Scyther.

TL;DR: The females of the insects they're based off of are larger than the males.

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The "butt" is actually an abdomen and the female sprites being bigger is probably a reference to queen ants.

The abdomens of queen ants are larger than those of other ants.