Denny Sinnoh's "Akihabara Starlight"

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Elaine doing “Teeter Dance” . Confused now?

Spinda (in Japanese: パッチール  “Patcheel”) is a Normal-type Pokémon. Basically, Spinda is a spinning panda, however its ears are long enough for Spinda do be some type of rabbit. Spinda would make an adorable plushie.

Spinda does not evolve from or into any other Pokémon, but perhaps a future game will feature a “Mega-Evolution Spinda” with even more evolved dance moves! It is interesting that no two Spinda have the exact same spots!

It is interesting that no two Spinda have the exact same spots!

I suggest the name “Elaine” or “Benes” for female Spinda. You may remember the Elaine Benes character from the 1990s TV series Seinfeld. Elaine is a sophisticated New Yorker, who oddly has terrible dance moves. The joke is that she thinks she is a great dancer, but is clueless as to how awkward and embarrassing she really is. Here is a clip.

The awkward dancing is appropriate, because Spinda’s signature move is “Teeter Dance” which confuses all surrounding Pokémon. The move is great for triple battles, because Spinda will confuse all of the opponents. Be careful however, as your other two Pokémon will also become confused. Make sure your Pokémon have a Lum Berry or have an ability which negates confusion.

I also like the name “Shadowdancer. I have also used the name “Spice Girl” after the dated British singing group The Spice Girls.

Oddly, I never found them to be the least bit sexy. I think I was just confused ...

Oddly, I never found them to be the least bit sexy. I think I was just confused …

“Chubby” or “Checker” may also be good for males. The name of the famous 1950s singer with writers block. The story with Chubby Checker was that after he had a big hit with The Twist, he could only compose songs which sounded exactly like “The Twist”. His follow-up hit was called Let’s Twist Again, which used the same music as the original.  All his music was made for twist-type dancing. I should not be too critical however. If I am ever in an awkward predicament where I must dance to a rock song — guess what I do.

I have also named Spinda “The Twist”. I think it works better if you leave “The” in. “Watusi” or “The Watusi” is another cute name for the 1960s dance.

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Both of these dances are mentioned in The Beatle’s Revolution #9, … but I digress.

A reasonable nickname might just be Spinda’s Japanese name Patcheel”  which should work for male or female.


Please enjoy this Spinda cosplay slideshow!

“… Denny hurt himself in his confusion …”

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Please comment: What is the name for your confusing spinning panda rabbit?


Comments on: "Pokémon Nicknames: Spinda" (4)

  1. I sooooo love Seinfeld!! One of the most hilarious and well written shows ever no doubt! The Elaine dance episode is one of the great ones. I’m not too familiar with Pokemon but I must say that the Spinda cosplay here is most cute~♥ ^^!

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  2. The Spice Girls were alright, although that GIF isn’t too flattering.


    • Agreed. My niece was a big fan of them. All good looking women. Not one of them my type however. Not one.

      My Music History: I remember when I was not liking a lot of the “new” rock music coming out in the late 1990s. I had a hard time finding alt-rock groups I liked to any depth. Whenever I would be asked, “what artists I liked,” I would pretend to think for a moment and say “… ah, … the Spice Girls …”

      Also Elvis Costello made a cameo in their movie … so how could one be more coolly intellectual is that?

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  3. Thank you for the name suggestions! I named my Elaine Benes!

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