So why are all the pokemon professors named after trees?

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So why are all the pokemon professors named after trees?

Postby Never thirsty! » Sun May 04, 2014 2:35 pm

Elm, Oak, Birch, haven't played diamond pearl or platinum I watched the first episode or 2 in the series Juniper forget the one in x but pretty sure it was a tree or else I wouldn't have thought “Come on guys another tree seriously?”
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Re: So why are all the pokemon professors named after trees?

Postby goldenspines » Sun May 04, 2014 3:14 pm

I googled this and I will share the results of what I found.

some guy on a pokemon forum wrote: The same reason all saiyans are named after vegetables.

Theme naming is quite common in Japanese media, it makes it much easier to remember and come up with new names.

another guy on a pokemon forum wrote: I think it's due to trees being known in folklore to be wise and all knowing, in a sense. Since a Pokemon Professor's basically the embodiment of those attributes, they named them after trees/plants. The trend started strongest with Oak, as oak trees are known as old and wise (exactly what Professor Oak is).

THIS GUY wrote: They're all secretly Ents.


Interestingly enough, people also have the theory that Ash will become a pokemon professor later in his life because of his name.

More reference about each pokemon professor and what they study: http://pokemon.wikia.com/wiki/Professor


And this: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Why-are-t ... 1092390498

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Re: So why are all the pokemon professors named after trees?

Postby faithb4sight » Sun May 04, 2014 3:57 pm

Interestingly enough, people also have the theory that Ash will become a pokemon professor later in his life because of his name.


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Re: So why are all the pokemon professors named after trees?

Postby DaughterOfZion » Sun May 04, 2014 4:18 pm

Like Goldy quoted/said, theme names are pretty popular in Japan. It's all over the Pokemon franchise as well, it isn't only the professors. Most cities in each region have theme names, ie Kanto's cities have a color theme: Cerulean City, Lavendar Town, Pallet town (Yeah pallet isn't a color but what do you put on a pallet? colors/paint). Most obvious are the game names in each generation following theme name conventions. Not all the themes are as obvious Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald but they're there if you look hard enough for them.
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Re: So why are all the pokemon professors named after trees?

Postby LastLfan » Sun May 04, 2014 7:25 pm

I like the whole ash professer theory. Most starting towns are also related to plants in some way such as newbark twinleaf and littleroot
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Re: So why are all the pokemon professors named after trees?

Postby Nate » Sun May 04, 2014 10:29 pm

DaughterOfZion wrote:Not all the themes are as obvious Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald but they're there if you look hard enough for them.

Except Sinnoh which has no common theme to the names!
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Re: So why are all the pokemon professors named after trees?

Postby Laiseran » Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:54 pm

It makes me wonder if anyone has made a Pokemon/LotR crossover? That would be cool to see.
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Re: So why are all the pokemon professors named after trees?

Postby mdmrn » Mon Feb 09, 2015 7:16 am

I personally like the theory that they're all secretly Ents...

But interesting nonetheless. :)
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