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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.

Black cats are lucky, Doom.

They are only unlucky on Black Fridays.
that sounds so racist saying black cats are unlucky and white ones aren't.
^ Saying that a black cat being unlucky is racist is just stupid. You aren't saying black people are bad luck, you're saying black cats are bad luck. Cats don't have a race, they're just cats. It's like one person saying "I don't like black coffee." and then another person saying "That's racist you don't like black coffee hurr durr." It makes that person sound like an idiot because black coffee ≠ a black person. If someone says a sentece with the word "black" or "white" or "yellow" in it does NOT always make it relative to a race.

For clarification, I did not just call you an idiot. It's just how I feel about that kind of comment. If I went too far just tell me :)
coffe isn't alive.... and what makes humans so special to have "races" but not cats. humans don't have races, but just different skin colors
Astro is right though. It isn't meant in a racist sense.
This is necroposting anyway, let's stop.

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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

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Really? I never knew that was true!
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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.
I love Weird things ¯(°_o)/¯

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I saw a picture where he was with the Cheshire Cat, they looked exactly alike lol.