A female Garchomp was used by one of the students of Pokémon Summer Academy in the first leg of the Pokémon Triathlon in One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!. A Garchomp appeared in the opening sequence of Zoroark: Master of Illusions. A Mega Garchomp appeared in the ending credits of Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction.
Volkner's Luxray debuted in The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore!, in which it was used in a Gym battle against Ash. It went up against Ash's Grotle before the match was called off when the lights went out. Luxray reappeared in The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!, in which it was used during Ash's rematch against Volkner.
Staraptor is based on the white-cheeked starling, a common species of bird found throughout Asia, combined with a bird of prey. Although it largely resembles the starling in appearance, much of its inspiration comes from hawks and falcons, particularly its predatory nature and aerial speed.