''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3553005/1/Morphic Morphic]]'' is a {{Pokemon}} fanfic intended as a {{deconstruction}} of "[[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Pokémorph Pokémorphs]]", a fandom term for a character with mixed human and Pokémon characteristics, generally at the level of PettingZooPeople. (Not to be confused with ordinary humans who can transform into Pokémon ŕ la {{Animorphs}}, which are also often referred to as Pokémorphs but do not appear in the fic.)

InAWorld that is basically RealLife [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: [[Recycled INSPACE with Pokémon! ]]
]], a group of scientists try splicing human and Pokémon genes to observe the results, intending to destroy them after finishing their tests and analysis of how they develop. This backfires horribly when the Stop Abortion Movement steps in and forces them to let the embryos develop and live. The scientists take them in as their own children; due to their strange mutations, life is difficult, but they manage.

...and that's where the Church of Holy Truth, a religious organization believing that the merging of humans and Pokémon is blasphemy and must be stopped at all costs, comes in.

The end result is a story that is is dark and with solid, believable characters. The Pokémorph children also have varied but realistic personalities, in many cases exploring what an average, normal person would do in the situations that the characters are thrown into.

There are also multiple "Dave and Mia discuss..." shorts, which can be found on the author's [[http://www.dragonflycave.com/fanfiction.aspx#morphic fanfiction page]] on [[TheCaveOfDragonflies her website]]. They involve [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dave and Mia discussing]] various subjects, including as of writing [[{{Asexuality}} sex]], [[DemocracyIsBad politics]], and [[SociopathicHero horror]].

Early in the morning of April 1st 2011, a [[http://www.dragonflycave.com/morphic2-1.htm sequel written by a new author]] was posted. In the evening, however, it was revealed to be a hoax, and [[http://www.dragonflycave.com/realmorphic2-1.htm the real chapter]] (written by the original author) was supposedly posted. The day after, it was revealed that, too, was a hoax.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AlternateUniverse: Pokémon are not as powerful as they are in the games, and are also less important politically. (The world is not ruled by gym leaders and the Pokémon League, for example.)
** To be fair, only [[PokemonSpecial Pokémon Special]] (itself an AlternateUniverse) established that the world was ruled by the League, we don't see any really powerful Pokémon because the villains use guns and everyone else with a Pokémon only use them as pets. I don't think the author even mentioned what region/country the story takes place in, nor does it really apply to the story. Of course given that this story is much more DarkerAndEdgier compared to mainstream Pokémon, it would probably be safe to assume that this is the case.
** Wherever it takes place, Peter does mention having started training, and at the end is slightly upset that because of [[spoiler:the permanent house arrest]], he'll never get to be a Gym Leader. It's likely safe to assume that training is still important in this universe, it just gets less mention because the story focuses more on the kids dealing with their Pokémon DNA.
* [[spoiler:AnyoneCanDie]]: [[spoiler:Kids are not immune to bullets.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Cruelly subverted in chapter 13, where Lucy arrives far too late to save most of the kids.]]
* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding]]: [[spoiler:Mia and Will are dead and the kids are going to be under house arrest for the rest of their lives...but the Church of Holy Truth is no longer a threat, Gabriel was saved, and the kids' fates could have been a ''lot'' worse if Dave hadn't pulled strings.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Most of the kids, especially Gabriel, who was fused with a ''[[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Slugma_(Pokémon)#Behavior Slugma]]''. Also, Katherine needs to be in sunlight constantly or she gets tired and groggy. Peter gets hit with this the least out of all the kids.
* BloodKnight: Every Pokemorph has at least some aspect of this--Mia the most, Lucy and Gabriel the least.
* BreakTheCutie: A male variant. [[spoiler:Gabriel]] is the "snap" variety; he does not take well to [[spoiler:Brian's death]].
** Almost everything from [[spoiler: Chapter 7]] onwards could be considered BreakTheCutie for [[spoiler: Gabriel. His dad dies, he gets kidnapped, two of his friends die when they come to save him, and then he nearly dies after figuring out how to use fire attacks]].
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Subverted with Felicia, who is killed the instant it looks like she's going to be useful.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Monica Sellers is given a very brief mention in chapter 4. Later on, she tries to warn Dave about the Church of Holy Truth's real plans. Unfortunately this [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom directly leads to Gabriel getting kidnapped]].]]
* CloudCuckoolander: Mia is a rare non-comedic example, seeing as she simply ''does not understand'' society's conventions to any real degree.
* DesignerBabies: Well, duh.
* {{Determinator}} / TheUnfettered: Dave. He regularly goes to court and pulls strings to the point of obsession in order to give the Pokémorphs a normal life. (This is an interesting juxtaposition with his normal JerkAss personality)
* FreakOut: In chapter 13, [[spoiler:Lucy when she sees that Mia is dead. It's so bad that she uses ''[[OhCrap Perish Song]]'']].
* GuiltComplex: [[spoiler:Jack]] and [[spoiler:Katherine]] get this during the ending. The former because [[spoiler:he was the one who led the suicidal rescue mission in the first place]] and the latter because [[spoiler:she was the most "[[TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody mature]]" of the Pokémorphs and repeatedly kicks herself for not knowing any better and stopping the others]].
* IncrediblyLamePun: In a non-fictional example, [[http://www.dragonflycave.com/tqftl/blog.aspx?c=entry&a=232#comments this]] series of comments, starting from one Mudskipper and in retrospect painfully obvious.
* [[spoiler:InterruptedSuicide]]: [[spoiler:Jack]], arguing that IAmAMonster. [[spoiler:Gabriel talks him out of it, on the basis that Gabriel deserves to die a lot more than Jack does.]]
* JerkAss: Dave.
** Subverted, as he is also extremely selfless when it comes to protecting the Pokémorphs, and [[{{Determinator}} will stop at]] ''[[TheUnfettered nothing]]'' to ensure their safety and survival. The juxtaposition is rather intriguing and somewhat bizarre.
*** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: ...[[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation maybe]]?
* {{Kid Hero}}es: Natch.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Eight Pokémorphs distributed across six homes, with each home also having (usually two) parents and optional extra siblings, though not much tends to be seen of them. This wouldn't be that much in, say, a TV show with several seasons, but this is a fourteen-chapter fanfic. This in combination with the slow progress of the fic has led to many readers forgetting who everybody is between chapters.
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: The kids' personalities seem to be, at least in part, based on the Pokémon they were fused with. In addition, it's later revealed that [[spoiler:it also makes them feel violent and aggressive sometimes]].
** And there's also an example of this that borders on [[ArtisticLicenseBiology You Fail Biology Forever]]: Katherine, due to the fact that Roselia mature much faster than ordinary humans, is physically much older than the other Pokémorphs. Okay. But the story apparently interprets physical age as mental age; she skips grades, eventually learns how to drive, and is often regarded as the wisest and most mature of the group. Except that ''she is the exact same age as everyone else mentally'' -- none of that would ever be possible in RealLife.
*** Her capacity for rational thought, judgement, processing power, hormone levels etc. develop at the speed of her brain, which is the same accelerated speed at which the rest of her body ages. However, she has still only actually lived in the world for ten years, the same as everyone else, making her just as ''inexperienced'' as they are.
*** ''Sort of'' [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Dave in one of the "Dave and Mia discuss..." bonus chapters. He points out that while she looks and acts more like a teenager, she's still technically ten.
* MissingMom / ParentalAbandonment: Jean. Ironic, as her mom specifically volunteered to take her.
* MoodWhiplash: [[spoiler:Chapter 13. Previously, the story started drifting into an optimistic, kid-adventure-style sort of plot. But when the kids actually try to launch an all-out assault, we are reminded that [[AnyoneCanDie kids are not bulletproof]].]]
** And before then, [[spoiler:Chapter 7]]. It goes from Jean bragging about the movie contract to [[spoiler:Brian getting killed]].
* NiceGuy: Brian and Gabriel.
* PersonalityPowers: Overlaps with TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody; the kids' personalities tend to match the Pokémon they were fused with. Inverted with Gabriel, however, who is a NiceGuy.
* PetTheDog: Dave ''is'' genuinely a JerkAss, but he gets fonder of the Pokémorphs eventually (especially Jean and Mia), and in some of his interactions with Mia (mainly the Dave-and-Mia-discuss chapters), he's quite noticeably less of a JerkAss.
* PettingZooPeople: Most of the Pokémorphs are mostly human with a few Pokémon features.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gabriel internally calls Dave out on a truckload of things [[spoiler:at Brian's funeral]].
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:Brian]].
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Will and Mia]].
* ShoutOut: Gabriel and Brian's mystery novel has the same plot as an Icelandic murder mystery novel.
* SirSwearsalot: There is a lot of swearing, at least 90% of which is in Dave's dialogue and internal monologue.
* SociopathicHero: ''Mia''.
* SpoiledBrat: Jean.
* TakeThat: Part of what kicks off the plot is the mention of a series of books about a HalfHumanHybrid named "Sarah Hooter" fighting an evil organization. [[MaximumRide Why does that sound familiar?]]
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: [[spoiler:Chapter 13, the WhamEpisode.]]
* ThisIsReality: In chapter 12:
-->'''Dave''': This isn’t some fucking kids’ action movie where the good guys win. This is real life with real-life murderers waiting to murk the life out of you because the invisible man in the sky told them to do it. You’re just a bunch of kids. By God, Jean, you’re all going to fucking die.
** [[spoiler:[[{{Foreshadowing}} He's]] [[AnyoneCanDie right]].]]
** Also in chapter 14. Dave likes this trope:
-->'''Dave''': Thing is, the heroes you read about in books aren’t real. There’s always a writer watching over them and making sure they win out in the end and the bad guys get caught. In the real world, we aren’t that lucky. There’s nobody watching over us, and the bad guys win all the time.
** Will also gets a brief moment of this in Chapter 6.
-->"If only he were a fictional character everyone would probably love him."
* ThouShallNotKill: [[spoiler:Subverted in chapter 13, when the kids opt to knock out or paralyze the religious extremists instead of killing them, they get up again just when the kids think they're safe. The result is not pretty. It only gets better when they start killing the fanatics.]]
* TransformationTrauma: In chapter 13, [[spoiler:Jean accidentally touches a Fire Stone and]] evolves. However, since they're only part Pokémon, ''only half of them evolves''. Their human body struggles to keep up, and the result is...not pretty.
* UncannyValley: Referenced InUniverse in chapter 13.
* WhamEpisode: ''Two''. The first is [[spoiler:chapter 7]], in which things start going downhill fast and the SacrificialLamb dies, and another in [[spoiler:chapter 13]], not only because it contains extreme MoodWhiplash, but also because [[spoiler:AnyoneCanDie]] comes into effect.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Most of the morphs, though especially Mia and Katherine. Lucy is the only one OlderThanTheyLook.

!!Tropes used in the AprilFoolsDay "sequel":
* AlternateUniverse: The "real" version was stated by WordOfGod to be an "alternate universe".
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Mia and Will. Not really.]]
* EasyEvangelism: Bubbles pulls this one on Jean. Dave is at least a bit more canny...
* GenkiGirl: Bubbles [[spoiler:who is really Isaac Daniels's Mew]].
* NotAsYouKnowThem: Almost everyone in the version by the "new" author. Justified in that the author in question never actually read Morphic, and was just given a bunch of short, one-sentence descriptions of each character. The defining moment of which is when a dead Mia [[ParentalIncest suddenly has the hots for Dave]] [[{{Yandere}} and starts chasing him all over the afterlife]].
** Averted in the "real" version, where the author even says she was trying to keep Dave as in-character as possible.
* StealthParody