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->''"I believe this is all happening for a reason."''

''[[http://www.nuzlocke.com/ Nuzlocke Comics]]'' is a retelling of the author's playthrough of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}} [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Ruby]]'', ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}} [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue FireRed]]'', and ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}} [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite White]]''. Seeking a new challenge, he decided to play the games with [[SelfImposedChallenge some additional rules]].

* First, he is only allowed to capture the first Pokémon he encounters on a route or location. If he fails to do so, tough beans.
* Second, if a Pokémon faints, it is considered [[FinalDeath "dead"]] and released (Or boxed).

Through these rules, he found a new respect for Pokémon that he originally considered trash. The webcomic details his playthrough with more dramatic and comedic emphasis.

The comic itself has spawned many fan comics hosted on its site as well as becoming a popular SelfImposedChallenge among the Pokémon fandom.

Apart from the name of the comic and the nickname of the author, the original set of the rules is also known as Nuzlocke. The fans are encouraged to do the same, and the most widely accepted rules are: the original two, with the exception to the first one that if you have caught the first Pokémon you encounter on the location, you're allowed to safely ignore it, you are allowed to catch all shinies (because they are so incredibly rare you may not even see one); and last, but not least, you should nickname everything.

Starting in September 2012, the website introduced two new non-Pokémon-related comics: ''Space Cat'' and ''[=SpeedRun=]'' (canceled as of April 2013). ''Space Cat'' may get its own page some time in the future.

Also see the [[FanWorks/NuzlockeComics list of fan runs]]. A [[Characters/NuzlockeComics character Page]] is now under construction.
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!!This webcomic provides examples of:

* AnyoneCanDie: Inherent in the AfterActionReport format.
* ApocalypticLog: As in the games, Ruby finds one about the creation of Mewtwo, narrated by [[spoiler:Gym Leader Blaine.]] Except he falls asleep during it.
* ArcWords: "It's all happening for a reason."
* ArtEvolution: Compare any given recent chapter with the first one and dare to say there's no improvement.
** TheArtifact: Ruby still lacks a nose, though everyone else is now drawn with one.
* ArtShift: A trademark visual of the main comic (which sometimes appears in the fancomics) is Pokémon randomly taking on the facial features of characters from different series, primarily ''Series/{{Lost}}''. The name Nuzlocke comes from one such instance.
* AttentionWhore: While other comics show Burgh as CampGay, the main one went a different route and made him this instead.
* TheBerserker: Buddy the Vileplume. Desmond the Mankey
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: Mewtwo, Lampshaded.
* BigBad: Maxie in season 1, and Mewtwo in season 2.
* BiggerBad: Groudon in season 1.
* BigNo: Used by the protagonist several times.
** Also used by Gary, when [[spoiler: he loses his final battle with Ruby]]. Fittingly enough this makes Ruby reply with a BigYes.
* BittersweetEnding: Most end this way, or with a DownerEnding.
** Played straight in his Fire Red run, [[spoiler: during the fight Mewtwo kills Sawyer and when Bruce finally defeats him, he and Ruby are caught in the explosion of energy, Afterwards Bruce is sent 40 years in the past and starts flying around, looking for Ruby. And then the last scene in the epilogue shows a blast of energy, [[SequelHook in Nuvema Town]].]]
* BlackComedy: Hilbert [[spoiler: ''[[DrivenToSuicide killed himself]]'']] after Cheren and Bianca pushed him too far. They get over it quickly and adopt Ruby as their new BFF.
* BlandNameProduct / NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: A main source of background humor is the highly creative use of this trope. Examples include: Vanniluxe Ice, Weepin Bell (Taco Bell), [[{{Film/ManOfSteel}} Mon Of Steel]], and many more.
* BloodFromTheMouth: A sure way of knowing when things are not looking good for a Pokemon.
* BloodKnight: Misty really seems to enjoy battling, like Desmond. [[spoiler: Fitting seeing as how she was the reason he died.]]
** Another one worth mentioning is Lt. Surge, who also [[spoiler: killed Kadabra]].
* [[EagleLand Braviary Land]] Unova is a type 2.
* BreakTheCutie: Squirtle, along with FreudianExcuse.
* BrickJoke: In Part 2 of the White Nuzlocke, Vincent says that Route 2 is a myth to tick off Ruby. At the start of Part 3, we find that Vincent ''actually believed'' it was a myth.
* ButtMonkey: All the Pokémon Ruby keeps in his PC.
** Senor Fluff seems to be quickly getting this treatment. He does poor damage and has nearly died in all the matches he's been in. It's so bad that Ruby taught him Cut, effectively making him an HM Slave.
* TheCameo: Most comics give a nod to others, often the original, but the original comic finally threw one in during Episode 26- the viewers of Ruby's battle include Hale, Robot, Nya, Kotone, Locke and a number of other popular forum comic leads.
** The end of episode 31 gives us another - [[spoiler: Mewtwo has the names of many Nuzlocke trainers including the above, written on the wall of Cerulean Cave... And all of them are scored out, except Ruby, which is in the centre, enlarged.]]
* CerebusSyndrome: In a series surrounded by dead pokemon, the story gets somewhat heavy in Fire Red Hard Mode: Gary was the first realized rival in story, and he verbally abused his Squirtle; A Dark Knight motif creeps up along with the Lost References; Compared to the videogames, Team Rocket and Giovanni are given more motivation than being evil for the sake of it; There goal is to stop Mewtwo, who manipulated Ruby into killing the legendary birds and Mew.
* CreepyChild: Cheren and Bianca are so annoying they [[DrivenToSuicide drive Hilbert to suicide]]. They are mostly unfazed when they find out, uttering only a quiet "oh darn" and lamenting that they now need to find a new best friend... To love forever.
* CurbStompBattle: Nearly all of Ruby's battles with Gary.
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in their last battle where Ruby easily beats Gary's first four Pokémon, but when Gary calls out Arcanine, [[spoiler: it manages to kill both Buddy and Doakes, and later Blastoise manages to kill Blamo as well]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: Naturally, making the Pokémon ''die'' instead of faints creates this. However, it can sometimes veer into parody given how over the top it is.
** And, as noted below, it's usually about equally dark with the ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' manga, so YMMV.
* DeadpanSnarker: Sawyer the Pidgeot(to) has shades of this.
* {{Determinator}}: '''''Ruby.''''' No matter what the challenge throws at him he simply will ''not'' give up, because if he did, all the allies he's lost will have [[SenselessSacrifice died for nothing]].
* DidntThinkThisThrough: "What? It's really hot and everyone is dying? I don't understand... how could water be GOOD?"
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Mew.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: Sawyer loves pulling this one on Team Rocket mooks. Hell, he does it to the same mook [[NoKillLikeOverKill twice.]]
** While not a villain, [[spoiler: Pauly the Timburr]] dies like this.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Season 1. Which leads to...]]
** FailureKnight
* DrivenToSuicide: After showing up in Hilbert's house at the beginning of White: Hard Mode Ruby finds a suicide note where he says he had to get away from "Them". Then finds Hilbert's hanged corpse in the closet.
* DynamicEntry: Performed by [[AttentionWhore Burgh]] [[http://nuzlocke.com/pokemonhardmode.php?p=63 here.]]
* FakeDifficulty: Due to the random nature of the game playing a big part of the game, the Nuzlocke challenge tends to involve more grinding and random deaths.
* {{Fanservice}}: [[http://www.nuzlocke.com/pokemonhardmode.php?p=60 Naked college-age Professor Juniper.]]
* FantasticRacism: Ruby's new "friends" don't seem to think too well of Kanto or Hoenn. As well as most Unova residents when he brings up his Hoenn origins.
** Shockingly enough, not Ghestis. The Sages on the Other Hand...
* FireForgedFriends
* FollowTheLeader: Many other players made their own comics of playthroughs with these same rules with one or two added ones. This became known as the Nuzlocke Challenge.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: Mewtwo creating the Nuzleaf ghost for Ruby has been hinted at since the start. He is clearly only visible from Ruby's POV as shown when he question's the Nuzleaf in the first episode, showing that Ruby was talking to a empty chair, later on he ask why he can see partner's ghost without the Silph Scope which Nuzleaf dismisses as their extremely close bond making him visible, and to hammer it into the ground that there is something not right with his ghost when he's talking with Meowth's ghost in Pokemon Tower it switches to a similar point of view from the start of Fire Red. But unlike Nuzleaf, you can see Meowth's ghostly shape on the tombstone.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Parodied with [[spoiler:Maxie, who wants to expand the land because a wave destroyed a sandcastle he made]]. Played a little more straight with [[spoiler:Giovanni, who was constantly beat in battle by Professor Oak as a child and wants to prove himself]].
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Look very closely in the stands of Kanto's stadium after Ruby defeats Lorelei. One of the signs reads [[ScheduleSlip "UPDATE FASTER."]]
** In the news broadcast after Ruby beats Bruno, the newsticker at the bottom reads "Scientists yet to find slower source than Nuzlocke.com."
** Whenever the creator makes a creative BlandNameProduct, it tends to get the attention of the fandom.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Ruby has these. The angel is, of course, [[TheObiWan Nuzleaf]]. The devil is [[TheRival Gary]]. He... isn't very good at [[TheCorrupter his job]].
* [[spoiler: GoOutWithASmile]]: [[spoiler: Buddy, who knows he won't be able to survive the next turn, but that his death will buy Ruby time to heal.]]
** [[spoiler: Desmond as well, seeing as he knew he did enough damage on Misty's Starmie for Ruby to take it out with his next Pokémon.]]
** [[spoiler: And in the White Run for Senor Fluf too, right after his first victory. His words before going don't make it any better.]]
* {{Grimmification}}: For Pokémon.
** DependingOnTheWriter, most of the runs really are no darker than the ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' manga series.
* HarderThanHard: Especially when you add ''even more'' rules, such as never using items or ''[[UpToEleven never using Pokémon Centers]]''.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Gary's Blastoise]] seems to be pulling one off.
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler: After Ruby defeats Mewtwo and seemingly dies in the energy blast, Giovanni finds a photo of Ruby and his Sceptile. Overcome with guilt, he turns himself in to the police and confesses everything.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Several of Ruby's Pokémon give their lives to keep him safe in the more dangerous battles.
* HulkSpeak: Bruno.
* HypocriticalHumor: Erika only collects beautiful Pokémon.
* IncrediblyLamePun: [[http://www.nuzlocke.com/pokemonhardmode.php?p=28 "I guess that makes you my "WING MAN."]]
* InTheBack: N's Nacrene team seem to be fond of trying to do this on Ruby's mons. [[spoiler: One of them succeeds in slaying Fluf this way]].
* IronicEcho: [[http://www.nuzlocke.com/pokemonhardmode.php?p=34 "...That would be breaking the rules."]]
--> '''Giovanni:''' ''What'' rules?!
** This IronicEcho is also done earlier in ''[=FireRed=]'', but PlayedForLaughs that time.
** [[http://www.nuzlocke.com/pokemonhardmode.php?p=53 Well then, you picked the wrong Pokémon.]]
* JerkAss: Gary Oak is this, hands down.
** Burgh. He constantly talks down to Ruby and steals credit for defeating Team Plasma in Navreene.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ruby himself.
** Ruby's newly caught Victini as well.
* LoopholeAbuse: Many people were surprised when Ruby caught Victini, since he'd refused to catch any other Legendaries up to that point. As it turned out, Ruby refused to catch earlier Legendaries because they weren't the first Pokemon encountered in their respective areas. Victini was.
* MeaningfulName: Ruberto Normanson. This is the name of the main character, ''Ruby,'' who is the ''[[PunnyName Son]]'' [[PunnyName of a guy named]] ''[[PunnyName Norman.]]''
* MoodWhiplash: Many of the runs will poke fun at exaggerated character traits of trainers and general FridgeLogic, then hit you with a [[TearJerker tragic death scene]] ''immediately'' after.
* MushroomSamba: One of the (ab)uses of the Dream Mist as one of Fennel's "experiments" with Juniper in their Castelia University days can attest.
* MyOwnGrandpa: Sort of. The reason Norman prefers Pokémon to family is [[spoiler: because Bruce flew past his window as a child while HIS father was attempting to say that family was more important.]] Because of this, Ruby turned out the way he did, and would eventually end up taking the Nuzlocke challenge, resulting in the events of the Ruby and Fire Red comic, which caused him [[spoiler: to attempt to attack Mewtwo with Bruce, causing the rift in the space-time continuum that made Bruce go into the past.]]
** Repeated AGAIN with the same Pokémon in the last part of the epilogue: [[spoiler: Bruce flies around more, and his faaaar past self sees him... and comments on how that will be him.]] [[DramaticIrony If only he knew...]]
* MythologyGag: In Epilogue 6, Blastoise finds [[spoiler: [[UrbanLegendOfZelda Mew inside of a truck]].]]
** The guardian of Cerulean Cave having comically large hair, which is a joke about the positioning of his sprite in the Gen 1 Games making it look like it was his hair instead of the entrance to the cave.
** Burgh lets Ruby pick the Radio station on the way to Castelia City, it turns out to be a radio station devoted entirely to Trumpets.
--->'''Burgh:''' "Oh God, you're from Hoenn, aren't you?"
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Part 31 reveals that [[spoiler: the Legendary Birds were keeping Mewtwo's power in check and Ruby was being manipulated by Mewtwo to kill them by talking through an illusion of his Nuzleaf.]] Also [[spoiler: Bruce's request during the fight with Gary was the reason Buddy and Doakes died.]] And remember [[spoiler: Team Rocket's efforts to steal and take over]]? Turns out that they were [[spoiler: researching ways of finally stopping Mewtwo before he got free]] and Ruby [[spoiler: ruined their efforts]]. Oops.
** In a more humorous version, the reason Norman considers Pokémon above his own family? [[spoiler: Bruce flew past his window as a child while looking for Ruby in the past.]]
** During the battle at Nacerene City, N coldly blames Ruby for [[spoiler: Hank and Fluf's deaths]].
* NobodyCallsMeChicken: In season 3 Cheren and Bianca imply Ruby isn't up for the challenge to get him to participate in the Unova league.
* OhCrap: CRITICAL HIT!
** Self-Destruct.
** Ruby has a ''major'' OhCrap moment moments after leaving Victory Road and learning that Gary has just become the new Champion.
* OneLiner: Ruby hands these out like candy.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Until Chapter 7 of White, he was always called "Ruby" when his actual, full name is "Ruberto Normanson".
* PokemonSpeak: Averted; most of the Pokemon in this comic are capable of full, coherent sentences and regularly hold conversations with humans.
* PyrrhicVictory: Yeah, Ruby [[spoiler:beat Gary]], but [[spoiler:Bruce and Sawyer are the only survivors. Pony, Blamo, Doakes, and Buddy are all dead.]]
** The finale also counts, [[spoiler:He thwarted Mewtwo's plan to escape from the cave]] But [[spoiler:He and Bruce get separated by the explosion while Sawyer dies in the fight.]]
** [[spoiler:Senor Fluff dies after avenging Hank AND after his first victory]]
* PsychoticSmirk / SlasherSmile: Mewtwo
* RaptorAttack: Those Scythers during Safari Zone.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The comic is based on the author's actual experiences in the game.
* {{Retirony}}: [[spoiler: Poor Loudred was just one level away from evolving.]]
* RunningGag: Ralph: "Man, they don't pay me enough..."
** Munna's/Musharna's Dream Mist making people halluci- AAAH IT'S SATAN!
** The reactions of Unova residents to Ruby being from Hoenn.
** Victini's claim of being 200 years old.
* RuleOfFunny: Apparently, the only reason Nuzlocke made Ruby pick Oshawott as his starter in [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite White]].
* SelfImposedChallenge: The idea behind the comic.
* SequelHook: Used in most instances where a writer does multiple runs, to justify using the same character.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Lieutenant Surge.
** Subverted, he's fully aware that the war is over and he's never going to relive those days again. However his flame is lit very briefly when he fights Ruby.
* ShoutOut:
** There are many, many Series/{{Lost}} references throughout the comic. The author himself admits to being "a huge fan of ABC’s show LOST, to the point of obsession." The name of the comic itself consists of a ShoutOut to Lost (Nuzleaf + John Locke).
** The Fire Red arc also has a few references to ''Film/TheDarkKnight.''
** When Groudon is unleashed upon Hoenn, it cries [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers "Ah! After ten thousand years I'm free! Time to conquer Earth!"]]
** "Good Ruby" is likely a reference to [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Hank Hill's]] infant half-brother "Good Hank".
** In the background of one of the Fire Red epilogue comics, The Creation Of Adam is done with [[http://www.nuzlocke.com/pokemonhardmode.php?p=52 Arceus]].
** [[http://www.nuzlocke.com/pokemonhardmode.php?p=14 HEAVEN OR HELL...]] [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear LET'S ROCK!]]
* ShutUpHannibal: After Surge [[spoiler: kills his Kadabra]] and launches into a speech about how fighting makes [[NotSoDifferent them both feel more alive]], Ruby cuts him off.
* SorryThatImDying: [[spoiler: Pony, TheSilentBob, is the first to fall in Ruby's [=FireRed=] League challenge. As he dies, he speaks for the first and last time, apologizing to Ruby.]]
* SpamAttack: '''MAGNITUDE'''
** [[AttackPatternAlpha "Destiny Red"]] consists of a Pokémon with a type advantage spamming an attack they get [=STAB=] from.
** Ruby loves using Blast Burn. It gets lampshaded by one of the newcasters in his E4 battles.
* TheLancer: Sceptile in season 1, Sawyer in season 2.
* TheMerch: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the comic "Nuzlocke Sells Out".
* TheObiWan: Nuzleaf, and very briefly, Meowth.
** [[spoiler: TheManBehindTheMan: Mewtwo, who seems to have created the spirit of Nuzleaf as a psychic projection.]]
* TheStoner: Erika.
** Fennel used to do "experiments" with Dream Mist with Juniper.
* TakeThatMe: Ruby the artist ''knows'' he tends to fall into ScheduleSlip frequently, and uses it as a joke.
* ThatCameOutWrong: "Okay, Buddy... suck 'em dry."
* TemptingFate: Ruby seems to do this from time to time, which happens right before another mon dies.
** "There is nothing wrong with people from Hoenn" said by Ghetsis with Ruby about to break into a window from behind while on a vehicle.
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* TheUnfavorite: Luke (Oshawatt) is this to Ruby, at least compared to past starters. He's starting to warm up to him though. Especially so after evolving and being a key player in his team, so he might have molded out of this.
* [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks Throwing Your Shell Always Works]]: How Luke finishes of Lenora's Watchog.
* TonightSomeoneDies: In the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Pokémon White]] run:
-->''As the party looked out upon Nacrene City... They knew not it was death that awaited them.''
* TooDumbToLive: "GODDAMMIT RALPH!"
* TookALevelInBadass: Buddy, quite literally. He started out as a hippie-like Oddish, but then Ruby shoved a Rare Candy, Leaf Stone, and a couple [=TMs=] down his throat...
** Then there is Luke who goes from being TheUnfavorite on Ruby's teams to evolving into a decent fighter who can take on Lenora's Watchog.
* TrueCompanions: If you're doing the challenge right, your Pokemon are like this.
* UnbuiltTrope: Ruby ''lost'' the Nuzlocke Challenge that started it all, his Fire Red run ended in a PyrrhicVictory, and N flat-out [[WhatTheHellHero called him out]] in the White run for playing by rules that get his Pokemon killed. To contrast, many of the spinoffs have happy endings.
* WhamEpisode: Episode 31 of Fire Red... Oooh, boy. [[spoiler: Okay, some people guessed Nuzlocke was evil/pulling the strings for Mewtwo, but the [[RoomFullOfCrazy names crossed out]] was a special touch.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: One of Ruby's biggest reasons for taking the challenge is to impress his father, Norman, who always valued "Good-Ruby" the Slakoth/Vigoroth over him.
** Luke the Oshawott also seems to want to prove himself to Ruby. His evolution [[spoiler: and being used to fight Lenora for the victory]] may have achieved this.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Every one of Ruby's Pokémon that dies from Poison.
** Juliet the Spearow.
** The Medicham he caught before the Elite Four.
** Hugo the Snorlax, Keith the Hitmonlee, and the Unnamed Eevee and Ryhorn in a more humorous example as Ruby leaves them in the box and gave the Eevee away and Hugo was only used once to move some boulders. And very briefly with an unnamed Kabuto when asked about the fossil he got at Mt.Moon.
** A rare human example would be Hilbert.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Ruby wonders this about Hilbert... Until he [[DrivenToSuicide looks in the closet.]]
** Burgh wonders if Ruby's real name, ''Ruberto'', is even a real name.
* XCalledTheyWantTheirYBack: Ruby to Norman: "SonicTeam called, [[TakeThat they want their '''suck''' back."]]
* YankTheDogsChain: Fluf finally got a victory [[spoiler: a page before getting attacked from behind by N's Tympole and dying]].
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: Appears rather often.
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