There are several similarities between the TV shows Pokémon and Lilo & Stitch concerning the nature of the characters, the nature of the enemies, and plot. The main character, a human, seeks as many made-up creatures, which can be identified by name or number, and which live in balls, as possible. However, in Pokémon, the main character, a 10-year-old boy named Ash, captures and uses the Pokémon for battle, and the main character in Lilo & Stitch, a young girl named Lilo captures and finds jobs for Dr. Hämsterviel’s evil “experiments” that would benefit society. Both shows feature enemies who are bent on stealing the main character’s fictional creatures. In Pokémon, Team Rocket (consisting of Jessie, James, and a Pokémon called Meowth) is intent on stealing Ash’s Pokémon, and in Lilo & Stitch, Gantu and his sidekick, and “experiment” called Reuben, plan to steal Lilo’s “experiments” and return them to Dr. Hämsterviel. Both shows also have characters whose purpose is to ostracize the main characters: in Pokémon, Gary Oak brags to Ash that he is better than him. In Lilo & Stitch, Mertle Edmonds and her friends constantly mock Lilo by saying she is weird.
Lilo & Stitch is very similar to Pokémon. In both shows, the main character strives to get as many
creatures as possible while warding off someone who attempts to steal his or her creatures.
Although Lilo & Stitch was based on a book, it is quite possible that Disney allowed Pokémon to
influence its plot.