Denny Sinnoh's "Akihabara Starlight"

Houndour and Houndoom.  These Dark and Fire type Pokemon are based on the Doberman Pinscher dog breed. I nickmamed a female Houndour “Black Betty” after the 1970s song “Black Betty” by RamJam.  I think the name will still fit when she evolves into Houndoom. “RamJam” is also a good name, because the evolved form does have “ram-like” horns.

houndour houndoom evolution

RamJam’s cover song is also an “evolution” of a famous song credited to American blues legend Lead Belly.  Whenever I hear this song it takes me back to the 1970s when I would go to these big rock music concerts at the Cleveland Coliseum.   RamJam was on the bill with “Black Oak Arkansas” and  “Lynryd Skynyrd” and others from my hazy 1970s memory.  I can remember the clouds of marijuana smoke billowing throughout the hall, and if the line was too long for the men’s room trough, you could just piss on the walls, as most drunken-biker-yahoos would do.  Me?  No, I do not smoke marijuana thank you, and after I step around these puddles of vomit, I’m going to need what the drunks called a “faggot pisser”, i.e. a stall with a door.  But I digress …

I have also named them “Snarky Barky”, “Baltimore” and with just 12-letters enough — “BurnBabyBurn.” I also use “Chilli” and “Chilli-Dog”. Oddly, “Shlong Dong” is allowed. 

I have named male Houndooms “Devil Dog” but so many Pokefans are hesitant to name anything with the word “devil” in it.  The Japanese names for these Pokemon are “Delvil” デルビル and “Hellgar” ヘルガー

Indeed, they look like “the hounds from hell”.  The name Devil Dog may also refer to a motivational nickname for a United States Marine.  The nickname was coined in World War II. Unfortunately, Devil Dog mascots are usually bulldogs rather than Dobermans.

Devil Dogs may also refer to the wonderful “devils food” chocolate and cream snack cakes from the Drake Company.


Mmmmmm … Black Betty


Comments on: "Pokémon Nicknames: Houndoor and Houndoom." (3)

  1. Hmmmm… Black Betty is a good name…. But it’s too short for a big dog like houndoom… Is theirs big version for Betty? Just like mike is Michael? Betsie is one letter more, but it seems more “cutsie” that Betty…. So I think you should leave it for now.


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