Pokémon (Japanese: ポケットモンスター Pocket Monsters, ポケモン Pokémon for short) is an overarching media franchise by Nintendo, first appearing in 1996. The version has since inspired an array of media, including an anime, a card game, numerous manga, as well as various spin-off games.


The series focuses on the creatures known as Pokémon as well as their inhabited world, one full of legends, tales, and adventures. Several interpretations of the world explore different themes and elements. Most commonly, Pokémon coexist with humans and can be caught, trained and used in battles and other activities. Trainers, along with their Pokémon, travel across diverse lands, aiming to make their dreams become reality.