The [[http://www.vdexproject.net VirtualDex Project]] (or, as it's commonly referred to, [=VDex=]) is a Pokémon fansite headed by Shirogane. It revolves around catching, breeding, and raising Pokémon (or in other words, thousands of mouse clicks).

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!!This website provides examples of:

* AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: Subverted. You already begin with a large discount while you're still new, but you will pay the full price of items once you've gain 5,000 Pokédollars or more, which disables the newbie discount. Besides inflation via player-run stores and auctions, however, the items you buy are the same price as they were in the games and stay so among all stores. In addition, pokeballs may be bought at a discounted price until after you purchase 30 or more pokeballs, in which case they'll resume their original price.
** Played straight if you have Bel as your partner, who will cause stores to increase their prices so long as he's there.
** Averted with the Secondhand Shop, as regular items bought from there are cheaper in price compared to pokemarts (for example, the pokeball can be bought for 180 pokedollars secondhand whereas it is sold for 200 base-price at pokemarts), but only if another member sold that item straight from their bag.
* AffectionateParody: Super Dungeon MASTER is one to old text-based adventure games.
* AntiGrinding: Pokémon stop gaining experience points on their own when they reach level 75, but can continue gaining experience through training or battling.
** Subverted as an update now allows the lead pokemon in your party to continue gaining experience until they reach level 100.
** Advertisement points also become this, as you obtain 1 point per unique viewer, but require more viewers per point once you've accumulated 100 points for that duration.
* BerserkButton: Elle is NOT a Voltorb. You also don't want to make comments on Regirock's height. Or the pattern on his forehead.
* BribingYourWayToVictory: There are quite a few items that can only be purchased for real money. However, many of the items can be found in player-run shops, and many other items, although would shorten time and in-game expenses if used, are not necessary to unlock features in the game, and are upgrades to pre-existing items that can be bought in-game (such as the master ball, the golden ticket versus the S.S. Ticket, and so on).
** And some of the donation Pokémon can be obtained from Gacha.
*** Only if other players release them, however.
* CollectionSideQuest: Many of the events, which include the variety of the pokemon featured, and sometimes an additional sidequest for special items or to find extra pokemon in the event. The easter mareeps further have achievements linked to them. Self-imposed challenges include collecting shinies, retros or second-frame Pokémon.
* CosmeticAward: The achievements and the custom goals
* DiscountCard: Yun's ability gives the player a discount that grows the closer they are to him.
* FratBro: The Bro Capsule gives your Pokémon a random nature based on the stereotypes and memes that stem from this trope.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Jan's ability, which boosts the happiness of caught Pokémon and maxes them out upon capture if Jan's own affection is maxed out and they were caught with a Friend Ball.
* {{Gijinka}}: It's not just a design choice, but a major part of the backstory.
** HumanityEnsues: Does it ''ever''.
* GogglesDoNothing: One event involved purchasing a pair of goggles from an in-game shop. They actually ''did'' do something, however--buying them netted you an achievement.
* HandsomeLech: Zan, who not only goes on and on about women, but offers tips to the player if male or neutral and hits on the player if female.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Hari and Nao
* LevelGrinding: The player within dungeons, as well as the Pokémon while training.
* TheNapoleon: Regirock
* PaletteSwap: In addition to shinies, which are canon, there are tons of palette swapped sprites that have been made available through events or as monthly donation promotions.
* PerpetualBeta: The game is stated outright to still be in beta, and over time Shirogane continues to tweak pre-existing features and add entirely new ones while the game remains publicly open.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Depending on the gender of the player, the color of their Pokécell and some text will change. Females are pink, males are blue, and a neutral player is green.
* PlayEveryDay: For as long as you play on the main site, your Pokémon will gain some experience points, eggs will grow closer to hatching, you automatically accumulate a bit of money, and certain partners will increase their relationship with you. If you are inactive, experience and money continue to accumulate for a few hours before stopping until you log on again.
* PurelyAestheticGender: You can change your character's gender at any time, but with the exception of one partner's reaction and how some characters address you (such as sir or madam), there is little difference between having one gender or none at all.
* RandomlyDrops: On rare occasions, a wild Pokémon you catch will come with a berry attached.
* RelationshipValues: The partners, who have varying ways to improve their relationships and whose abilities get better the closer they are to the player. They also give items tradeable for legendary-summoning items when their relationships are maxed.
* {{Retraux}}: Super Dungeon MASTER
* ShoutOut: The donation item, the Book Of Llunec, which [[PaletteSwap makes the Pokémon holding it shiny]] [[BishieSparkle in more ways than one]] [[Literature/{{Twilight}} by giving them the skin of a killer]].
** Many, if not most, of the site-exclusive natures are shout outs to something or other, including ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', PhoenixWright, internet memes, and ThisVeryWiki.
** There is a series of event Ponytas that was released in August. Fans picked up the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic My Little Pony]] reference in ten seconds flat.
** There are also event Dittos based on memes, such as [[http://partneryahoo.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/steve777_07/challenge-accepted.png Challenge Accepted]].
** An entire set of achievements is named after the lyrics to [[Disney/{{Mulan}} I'll Make a Man Out of You]].
* SocializationBonus: Some Pokémon need to be traded before they can be evolved (unless you give them eviolite). There are also points given when you feed another player's Pokemon that you can redeem for various useful items (including the aforementioned eviolite), as well as advertisement points you can trade for money accumulated when someone sees your team.
** Some of the events are based around this, such as 2011's holiday event where you could send presents to other users containing the seasonal item tiny bauble (pokemon, as well as items held by said pokemon, could also be included in these presents alongside the bauble).
** Other events encourage teamwork from the community, be it goals within events that shall extend or add bonuses to an event if the community completes it (including discovering all the methods of being able to breed halloween litwicks, finding all the messages to unlock the Lonely Rayquaza, then transform them into Radiant-natured shiny rayquazas), or encouraging members to share or loan pokemon otherwise to fit certain criteria (including giving away items like Chocolate Hearts in valentine to obtain Valentine Combees, or to loan Cyanide Mareep to encounter Cyanide Togepi)
* SpeaksInBinary: This appears to be a general trait of Porygon-Z. All of Z's quotes are in binary, and the shiny Porygon-Z from The Last Binary event has its personality blurb written in it.
* TeamMom: Allen, to a point his nickname is Mommy.
* {{Tsundere}}: Ada.
* UnlockableContent: Various options are unlocked when you own more Pokemon and gain badges, including the ability to trade, the ability to grow berries, the ability to encounter certain Pokémon normally not in the wild prior, ability to overcome obstacles on the map, and so on.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Both Ada and Lyrit are female and male respectively, but [[WholesomeCrossdresser cross-dress]] often, causing many to mistake them for the opposite gender. One of the [=NPCs=] even refers to Ada as "the angry dude-lady."
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Lyrit and Ada. Regice on weekends.
* {{Yandere}}: Lyrit
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