Jigglypuff, known in Japan as , , is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Designed by Game Freak, their name is a combination of the words "jiggly" and "puff", intended to relate to their jelly-like appearance, and is both the singular and plural name of the species. First appearing in Pokémon Red and Blue, Jigglypuff has since appeared in almost every subsequent game in the franchise, including spinoff titles such as the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series and Pokémon Snap. In addition, the character has also appeared on various merchandise and been featured in a recurring role in the anime series and served as the focus for several printed adaptions of the franchise. Jigglypuff is voiced by Rachael Lillis in English in all appearances, and by Mika Kanai in Japanese. In live action musical Pokémon Live!, Jigglypuff is portrayed by Leah Smith.
Developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo, the Pokémon series began in Japan in 1996 with Pocket Monsters Red and Green, localized outside of Japan as Pokémon Red and Blue. The player assumes the role of a Pokémon Trainer whose goal is to capture and train creatures called Pokémon. Players use the creatures' special abilities to combat other Pokémon; certain abilities grant new ways to navigate the game's world, such as instantaneous travel between two areas.
Jigglypuff was one of several different designs conceived by Game Freak's character development team and finalized by Ken Sugimori for the first generation of Pocket Monsters games Red and Green, which were localized outside of Japan as Pokémon Red and Blue. Its Japanese name "Purin" derives from the Japanese loanword for custard or pudding. Nintendo decided to give the various Pokemon species "clever and descriptive names" related to their appearance or features when translating the game for western audiences as a means to make the characters more relatable to American children. Deciding to use a name better suited for its jelly-like appearance, the species was renamed "Jigglypuff", a combination of the words "jiggly" and "puff".
Known as the Balloon Pokémon, Jigglypuff is shaped like a round ball, with pink skin, large blue or green eyes, catlike ears, and a tuft of fur on its forehead. Its skin is rubbery and stretchy. It can inflate its body like a balloon (usually when it becomes angry; this is accompanied by a distinctive "honk" sound), or flatten its body, much like fellow Nintendo character Kirby. An exact limit to the size it can grow to in this manner is unknown. Jigglypuff are characterized by putting their enemies to sleep by singing a lullaby. They can easily adjust the wavelength of their voices to that of the brain waves of a sleeping being, allowing for their pleasing melody to put its audience to sleep. They sing without pausing to take a breath, so if the opponent is resistant to sleeping, they potentially run out of air. Game Freak's staff have noted Jigglypuff as both one of their and the public's favorite Pokémon, in terms of both anime and video game appearances.
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