"And this adventure's supposed to be for little kids..."
Our protagonist. An apathetic young man, Atticus is kicked out of his house by his mum at the start of the story, claiming he needs to go on a Pokémon adventure. Due to having been somewhat of a shut-in, Atticus knows next to nothing about Pokémon and is very disconnected from the world he's living in. After being beaten by a childhood friend (sorta), he sets out to take revenge. Along the way, he meets various people, most insane, some slightly less so, and seems to be, dare we say it, softening up. At least towards Dragonthing, his starter. Known Pokémon: Charmeleon, Pikachu, Magikarp, Oddish
Anti-Hero: He really doesn't give a damn about the world around him, and is pretty mean to Dragonthing initially. By the time he reaches Pewter City his attitude sees a marked improvement, though he's still generally apathetic to people like George. Seeing as he's only just gotten his first badge, one can only wonder what Atty'll be like by the time he's got all of them (if he collects all of them).
Anti-Heroic BSOD: He suffers from one after nearly getting shot by Thaddeus, though he recovers fairly quickly.
Berserk Button: He gets very irate if anyone messes with his jumper. He gets furious if you pry too closely into his sketchbook.
Blood-Splattered Trainer: Poor Atty gets splattered by the remains of a Pidgey that was too ditzy to get out of the way of an incoming lawnmower.
Character Development: While he's still easily put-off by the weird mentalities of the people he meets, he's decidedly less antagonistic or rude to the ones he respects. One can see a clear evolution in his treatment of Dragonthing, whom he at first handled like she was an inanimate object (and a pretty worthless one at that), but now shows genuine signs of affection.
Creepy Monotone: Implied; the author said that the reason there isn't a question mark at the end of his questions is because his inflection rarely changes.
Laser-Guided Karma: His burning down of Viridian Forest catches up to him when he meets Thaddeus and Trixabelle again in Mount Moon.
Last Name Basis: When George asks for his name, he randomly gives her his last instead of his first name. The reason isn't made explicit, but the fact that he initially thinks of her as a stalker might have something to do with it... She learns his actual first name later on.
Nobody Calls Me Chicken: At the beginning of the story, Kahn proposes they battle for the remaining Bulbasaur, but Atticus dismisses him. He's goaded into the battle anyways when Kahn suggests he's afraid to lose, something which Atticus' pride won't stand for.
Non-Action Guy: Not that he's expected to be action-orientated given that he's a Pokémon Trainer, but it's made glaringly obvious due to the amount of dangerous situations he ends up in.
Not What I Signed On For: He's been reluctant to go on an adventure since day one, but it's not until Mount Moon that it causes him to snap.
Atticus: "Exploding fairies... forest fires... giant alligators... being trapped underground... I've had it. I did not sign up for this. Someone said something about happy adventures and friendships, did not say anything about nearly breaking your neck."
Only Sane Man: Compared to some of the people that live in the world of Pokémon, yes.
A humorous example; after knocking himself out with his own Pokéball, Atticus wakes up at Kahn's house, with Kahn's sister and several Pokémon right up his face, staring worryingly. Understandably, the guy freaks out.
Happens again after his defeat at the hands of Stein, this time in a Pokécentre surrounded by even more pokémon.
"Because some of us may need to take our opportunities for friendship wherever we can find them."
Atticus' neighbour, who coincidentally starts his journey on the same day that Atticus is forced to start his. Kahn is a kind of rival to Atticus, being more successful at the Pokémon Trainer thing, but he would probably prefer if they just got along. He also has a twin sister, whom he gave the remaining starter Pokémon, Bulbasaur (it would've gone to waste disposal otherwise). Known Pokémon: Wartortle, Nidoran (male), Nidoran (female)
Big Brother Instinct: Stealing the aforementioned Bulbasaur and giving it to his sister to cheer her up. Technically he and Atticus agreed to battle for it, as it would otherwise have gone to waste disposal.
Big Damn Heroes: He arrived just in time to stop Atticus from falling off a cliff.
Bishōnen: A more blatant example of this than Atticus.
Chronic Hero Syndrome: Kahn definitely has shades of this. Atticus even calls him out on it later, while he's being saved by Kahn. Kahn manages to turn the insult back on Atticus though, by suggesting that that would make Atticus the princess. Then there's also this gem, from just a bit earlier:
Atticus: Time's thin and Kahn's probably halfway to Pewter City by now. Hopefully I'll be able to catch up to him while he keeps stopping to better the lives of innocent bystanders-
Combat Pragmatist: Kahn doesn't really waste any time trouncing Atticus in their first battle, despite the fact that it's pretty clear that both Atticus and Dragonthing have absolutely no idea what to do. He does call it quits after a few attacks though, suggesting they continue "some other time".
Nice Guy: Probably the most well-intentioned, genuinely nice character in the main cast.
The Rival: Atticus definitely considers him this, though Kahn would probably prefer just being friends.
The Scrappy: In-Universe, though he might not know it. Everyone that we've seen (besides Gabe and his family) seem to hate him. Atticus is a jerk to him and all his friends seem happy that he's leaving and not coming back. One of them even says, "And good riddance" behind his back.
"Oh good, you're awake. I thought maybe you'd died."
Kahn's twin sister. Like her brother, Mana has an easy-going, sweet disposition and seems naturally inclined to help people (even Atticus doesn't faze her, which is saying something). Still residing in Pallet Town with her parents, Mana stays in touch with her brother via letters. Known Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Rattata
In the Hood: Since the artist wanted to incorporate some kind of wardrobe change for the character (that wasn't too fanservice-y), Mana gets to wear a Growlithe-themed hoodie in her second appearance. There's a bit of Author Appeal going on there as well.
Nice Girl: She helpfully smacks an embarrassing band-aid on the bruise on Atty's forehead.
Rapunzel Hair: Her hair would probably reach her knees un-braided.
"You've been training hard all day. On top of that, you've caught a few new pokémon. Your whole team's on one health, you're just about to go to the Pokémon Centre, and who should turn up? Gary. Fucking. Oak... Well. Or your rival of choice..."
A highly experienced trainer that Atticus and Kahn meet on Route 22. He calls Atticus out on battling Kahn while his Pokémon were already weakened (though in Atticus' defense he didn't know that) and proceeds to easily defeat Atticus in a Pokémon battle. He's known for wearing a mask, which is apparently popular enough to be sold as merchandise. George later explains that he's the newest member of the Elite Four. Known Pokémon: Feraligatr
"After all, making friends is what Pokémon is all about!"
A relentlessly cheerful, female trainer that Atticus meets in Viridian Forest. Intrigued by his unconventional methods, George proceeds to follow him around and has shown to be very difficult to deter. With her blind optimism, slight naivete and boundless knowledge on Pokémon, George is Atticus' polar opposite. More often than not, it is she that forcefully moves the plot along, due to her companion's generally passive personality. After Atticus acquires his first badge, he makes it explicitly clear to her he doesn't want to travel with her anymore, leaving her beind in Pewter City. Known Pokémon: Pidgey, Weedle
Bag of Holding: Can contain at least two sleeping bags, some sandwiches, a mask, a nintendo DS and probably some potions. The author lampshades this in the Alt Text by claiming George could've fit up to 99 sleeping bags (a reference to the item limit in the games) in her backpack, but not a single one more.
Damsel in Distress: She briefly becomes this when Atticus shakes her off his bag, causing her to lose her balance and fall to the ground, while the swarm of Bug Pokémon is about to catch up to them. Atticus turns around and goes to save his bag, which George had pulled off by accident, before dragging her along as well.
The Ditz: She has shades of this; Atticus manages to temporarily get rid of her by suggesting they take alternate routes through Viridian Forest and see who's the fastest. Atticus' face (the last panel) at her falling for it is absolutely priceless.
Foil: Her character seems to be almost deliberately designed to offset Atticus. First and foremost, she has the idealistic "Pokémon" mentality, she knows a great deal about Pokémon and the way her world functions and she is near-perpetually cheerful. By contrast, Atticus is a typical Grumpy Bear that is usually at a loss of what to do in the Pokémon world, which makes little sense to him.
George: Golly, he was annoying, wasn't he. I thought he was never going to shut up! He just went on and on and on, and couldn't understand that you just weren't interested!
Idiot Ball: She gets handed this during Atticus' rematch with Stein, when Atticus asks her what Bide does. While she is correct in saying that the user doesn't "attack for a bit", she neglects to mention that the user will pay back the damage it took during the waiting period. Commenters obviously weren't pleased when she mentions said tidbit after Dragonthing gets hit.
Stalker with a Crush: Atticus already thinks of her as a stalker. The crush part is yet to be decided, though there are little hints here and there that George feels attracted to him (e.g. her subtle way at prodding if he has a girlfriend and subsequent frustration when he expresses his boredom at their midnight adventure through Pewter City).
What the Hell, Hero?: She, rather surprisingly, is very pissed off at Atticus for accidentally burning Viridian Forest down. Also when he uses, Rat to take the brunt of a full powered Bide to keep DT healthy in battle.
Never My Fault: On the other hand, if he hadn't had to go back to save her, the whole situation would probably not have happened. She seems to realize the necessity later on.
A pair of oddly dressed, shady criminals first seen spying on George's attempt to catch a Pikachu. Apparently, they're part of Team Rocket, and have been on surveillance for quite some time, until Thaddeus decides to stir up some trouble. The two often quarrel, with the more childish Thad bringing out Trix's worst side, despite her attempts to stay above it. Known Pokémon: Butterfree (multiple), Raticate (belonging to Thaddeus)
Affably Evil: Trixabelle's "Have a nice day!" comments cements her as this. Her brother, not so much.
Dangerously Short Skirt: Trixabelle, after she switches her original attire for the standard Team Rocket uniform. She's none too happy about it.
Darker and Edgier: They're a much darker version of Team Rocket than the anime and even the games, what with their constant swearing and Thaddeus averting Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him? by pulling a gun out on Atticus. They also don't seem to mind burning down an entire forest, incidentally killing any trainers that were also present, for as of yet unknown purposes.
Deadpan Snarker: Both of them, usually at each other, which is made more obvious in the "Ask Atty Anything" extra:
Thaddeus:(when asked about his missing arm) What about it. Look I dropped it somewhere, okay? ... Trixabelle:(To Thaddeus) Oh and I suppose I was the one who copied you when it came to wearing eyeliner. Thaddeus: Tch, you're jus jealous cuz I can do it better than you. Trixabelle: That you can wear makeup better than your sister is something no man should be bragging about, Thaddeus.
Evil Brit: Thaddeus uses quite a few British slang words, and has been confirmed British by the author.
Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Averted for once in Pokemon! Thaddeus came close to just shooting Atticus simply for annoying him, but Trixabelle talked him out of it. The same thing happens again in Mount Moon, with a scientist stopping Thaddeus this time rather than Trixabelle.
"The battle's still burning! Come at me!!"
A typical Bug Catcher that Atticus encounters in Viridian Forest. Ricardo challenges an unwilling Atticus to a battle, emboldened by the latter's lack of knowledge and careless training methods. His Pokémon don't put up much of a fight however, and Atticus swiftly aborts the battle, finding it much too tedious. Dejected, Ricardo later resolves to broaden his horizons by raising more than just Bug Pokémon, but unfortunately, strays in the path of an angry swarm of Bug Pokémon before being able to act on said resolve. It's unclear whether he survived the encounter. Known Pokémon: Caterpie, Metapod (five)
Ellenora, or Elle, as she's more commonly referred to, is a trainer working at the Pewter Gym. Atticus battles and defeats her, thinking she's the Gym Leader, but only succeeds in earning the wrath of the actual Gym Leader, her boyfriend. While good-natured, Elle is shown to be somewhat simple-minded and doesn't always seem to consider the consequences of her actions. Known Pokémon: Diglett, Sandslash
Badass Cape: She's briefly seen with one when Atticus meets her (possibly to reinforce the belief that she is the Gym Leader, since the author likes to trick her readers), though she soon sheds it.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Like her boyfriend, she is quite a capable trainer, but also a bit eccentric. For example, she up and forgets about Atticus within the span of a day, the trainer whose jumper she practically stole.
Defeat Means Friendship: This trope comes into effect when the newly-evolved Dragonthing bursts into the gym and she mistakes it for a wild Pokémon. Instead of sending out a Pokémon of her own, she sends out her boyfriend to defeat it, so she can catch it.
Dishing Out Dirt: Both her pokemon are Ground-type. Strange, given she works at a Rock-type Pokemon Gym.
Dumb Blonde: She's not outright dumb, just a bit simple-minded.
"You're a man. Act like one and face up to what you started."
The Gym Leader of Pewter Gym, Stein is an intimidating giant of a man that suffers from bad eyesight. This does not deter his battling skills though; he easily crushes Atticus in their first match. It's later revealed that his severity was because Atticus had made Elle cry. While good-natured, Stein is shown to be somewhat simple-minded and doesn't always seem to consider the consequences of his actions. Known Pokémon: Onix
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: While he's a capable Gym Leader and looks very tough, he's also rather simple-minded. He crashes through the ceiling of his own gym without a thought, and later abandons his post to go on a vacation with his girlfriend.
"... I know you're in there. And I bet you know exactly what happened here."
An implied Gym Leader, nicknamed Cap'n, who acts like a boss to Elle and Stein. He's investigating the cause of the fire that burned down Viridian Forest, with Atticus and George barely escaping his suspicion. Known Pokémon: Pikachu
Reasonable Authority Figure: Compared to people like Prof. Oak and Stein, definitely. His skirt-chasing activities aside, Mordecai looks to be one of the most reasonable, well-balanced adults in the comic yet.
Species: Charmander => Charmeleon.
Atticus' first Pokemon, she was pretty much picked at random by her trainer. She's ever eager to serve, but unfortunately bound to a trainer who doesn't really care and is, intially, treated poorly. Like other Pokémon, Dragonthing didn't know how to attack without the help of a trainer, but being bound to Atticus seems to have had an effect on her. She later evolved into a Charmeleon during an all-night grinding session.
I Can Still Fight: Dragonthing can be incredibly stubborn about continuing a fight despite being on a clear losing side.
Dragonthing Is A Girl: The comment section for the page revealing Dragonthing's gender was full of surprised reactions, most likely because the author also continually referred to Dragonthing as a 'he', to keep up the illusion. Atticus was likewise surprised.
The Four Loves: Of the friendship variety. She just wants her Trainer to love her, the poor girl.
Yank the Dog's Chain: She successfully manages to take down Kahn's entire party. Turns out they were already sufficiently weakened from training beforehand and couldn't put up much of a fight.
Atticus' second pokemon. Rat is caught more or less at random in Viridian Forest and doesn't reappear until Pewter Gym, where it undergoes a crushing defeat. Despite a level-grinding session, Rat is not of much more use in the rematch. Atticus forces it to take a brutal attack meant for Dragonthing, after which it is flung out of the building. It later crash-lands at the edge of Pewter City, dithers for just a second and then runs after its trainer to catch up.
Ambiguous Gender: For now anyways. It's called "it" for a reason. Due to the comic being based on the author's experiences in the original Red and Blue games, gender differences introduced in Generation IV don't count here, meaning Rat could still be female.
In-Universe: Ash is revered a (long-dead) champion in this continuity, so every trainer today wants a Pikachu for themselves.
Shock and Awe: Rat is an Electric-type and seems to at least know Thundershock.
Undying Loyalty: In its first reappearance (after being caught), the poor thing is forced to take on a giant Onix and is subsequently crushed. In the rematch, it gets smacked right out of the Pewter City Gym by the same Onix and crash-lands at George's feet later in the day. The first thing it does? Follow after its trainer, who hasn't exactly treated it with much affection since he caught it.
Elle's first seen Pokémon, Gutripper looks largely harmless and is therefore immediately underestimated by Atticus, who calls it "a thumb sticking out of the ground". Its high speed coupled with its ability to pop in and out of the ground allow Gutripper to evade Dragonthing's initial attacks, but it eventually falls after two Ember attacks.
Fragile Speedster: It's incredibly fast, scratching Dragonthing within the blink of an eye (probably because the author didn't want to step out of canon by drawing a visible claw or something similar) and easily dodging the first counterattacks. It goes down after it's hit twice by an Ember attack though.
Killer Rabbit: To people like Atticus, who only have Pokémon with a type disadvantage, Gutripper can be a big threat.
Worm Sign: When it uses its Dig attack, which allows Atticus to warn Dragonthing ahead of time. He orders her to use Ember at the ground just as Gutripper surfaces, defeating it.
Elle's second Pokémon, Serialslasher looks a lot more intimidating than its teammate, but is also a lot more of a wimp. Even though it has the upper hand for practically the entire battle, it technically forfeits (Elle recalls it from the battle) when Dragonthing burns its paw.
Stein's only known Pokémon, though he claims to have others, Bob is a force to be reckoned with. He manages to take out both Dragonthing, who had just been healed up by a Super Potion, and Rat, who admittedly had had no training yet, in one hit in their first battle. Even when Dragonthing has evolved, Bob proves to be a difficult opponent, but he is eventually defeated by an onslaught of Ember attacks.
Mundane Utility: Stein uses him as a form of transportation when going to the grocery.
Nice Hat: Wears a top hat in the aforementioned fantasy.
One-Hit Kill: As mentioned in the blurb, Bob literally crushes both of Atty's Pokémon in a single hit.
Taking You with Me: Does a failed attempt at this in the rematch. The evolved Dragonthing (as well as Atty and George, who were also in the path of the attack) manages to dodge Bob's last-ditch move, in which he attempts to collapse on top of her.
Sold to Atticus by Russel the shady salesman, it has proven about as useful as you'd expect from a Magikarp. It was used by Team Rocket executive Estelle to clear a path through a large group of explosion-happy Clefairy, preventing Estelle and Atticus from being trapped inside Mount Moon, so there's that at least.
Butt Monkey: Seems to be a running theme with Brent's Pokemon; although it escapes a beating by an Onix, it later gets thrown into a horde of twitchy Clefairy that all use Metronome to Self-destruct... the resulting explosion causes a massive cave-in.
The Load: A literal Fish out of Water, there's not much this poor fish can actually do until it evolves. If it ever evolves, as Atty's seems very disinterested in raising it.
Made of Iron: Survives a horde of exploding Clefairy and the resulting cave-in.
A happy-go-lucky Pokemon, Oddish was caught by Kahn at some point and subsequently given to Atty as a gift; the latter had joined Team Rocket, but wasn't doing very well at stealing Pokemon. She has mostly been seen hopping about energetically, unaffected by Atty's apathy.
Cloudcuckoolander: Compared to the other Pokemon. While most of them have been shown to have at least some degree of human-like understanding, Oddish has yet to actually acknowledge her new trainer.
Genki Girl: Her smile hasn't faltered since her first appearance and neither has her energy.