Talk:Jaxi

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Jaxi is not a Lion[edit]

Jaxi is not a Lion because:

1. He has spots 2. His name is a combination of Jaguar and Taxi 3. That's not a mane is That's not a mane, it's a kind of collar

--VoyagerDefault (talk) 17:12, 5 October 2017 (EDT)

I'm gonna agree with this. The area is based on Mexico, and therefore draws its inspiration from the surrounding areas. With that in mind, wouldn't it make sense for this to be a jaguar, an animal that is local to Central and South America, rather than a lion, which is only native to Africa? Besides, jaguars are often featured in Mesoamerican cultures, hence its appearance. Hello, I'm Time Turner. 17:26, 5 October 2017 (EDT)
Looks like it can be interpreted either way to me. The beard also resembles something on Egyptian artifacts. While I think the initial basis was indeed MesoAmerican, it looks to me like they may have thrown in some details from another desert culture (ancient Egyptian) to spice things up and keep them from being too trite. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 20:08, 5 October 2017 (EDT)
I'm pretty sure it's based on Xolotl, of Aztec mythology. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xolotl
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I'd say given that the now-confirmed JP name calls it a lion, that it's a lion. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 04:45, 6 November 2017 (EST)

Individuality[edit]

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While apparently some text from outside the game refers to this as a species, the game always treats the rideable Jaxi as an individual. Not only do the Jaxi stations ask if you want to "Call the Jaxi," there's the fact that the first time you meet him, atop Jaxi Ruins, you have to pay a fee before you ride him, and this never happens again. It seems unlikely that multiple characters would accept payment given to another person. Thirdly, there's the fact that only one moving one can appear at one time, and is the former South-facing statue atop the Inverted Pyramid. While the "dormant" ones seem to be of the same species, they are never interacted with beyond having the rideable one "visit" one and putting Cappy on the tail of another, so it seems misleading to refer to the rideable ones as a species. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 00:50, 20 May 2018 (EDT)

It looks like the Japanese text does support this notion since the Jaxi taxi is basically referred to as the Jaxi Bus while the Jaxi Ruins drops that part from the name, suggesting that the rideable character is a unique member of its species. The other languages seem to lose this detail, but even then, I'd say this case is still clear in context. LinkTheLefty (talk) 11:24, 20 May 2018 (EDT)