- 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).
- 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 Warrior: Poor Atty gets splattered by the remains of a Pidgey that was too ditzy to get out of the way of an incoming lawnmower.
- Butt Monkey: Though most of the time he deserves it.
- 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.
- Death Glare: He's quite proficient with these.
- Distressed Dude: Due to being physically unfit and having little understanding of the outside world he ends up as this quite a lot.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The nicknames he gave to both Dragonthing (Charmander) and Rat (Pikachu) pretty much describe what they look like.
- Genre Savvy: Although he really doesn't understand his world, he's able to avoid most of Pokémon's cliches. Then there's this:Atticus: (to Dragonthing) Get back here! We don't run toward people talking about murder!
- Heroic BSOD: He suffers from one after nearly getting shot by Thaddeus, though he recovers fairly quickly.
- Hidden Depths: He's actually a talented artist who would much rather be sketching Pokemon than training them.
- Ineffectual Loner: He's not really one for friendships, hence his continued attempts to ditch George. She sticks to him like glue though.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Character Development is steadily shifting him towards this.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: On the other hand, George (and, to a lesser extent, Rat) get no favors.
- 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.
- Minion with an F in Evil: He joins Team Rocket only to later realize he sucks at stealing. His conscience gets in the way.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His attempt to stop the swarm of Bug Pokémon didn't end very well.
- 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.
- Smoking Is Cool: And apparently eating cigarettes is too.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Some people spell his name with a 'k' rather than a 'c'.
- Stoic Spectacles: He rarely puts them on though. So far, we've only seen him with them while he was drawing, so perhaps he's longsighted.
- Waking Up Elsewhere:
- 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.
- Ambiguously Brown: He's of Turkish descent, apparently.
- Beware the Nice Ones: See Big Brother Instinct. He was also pretty brutal to Dragonthing in his first battle with Atty.
- 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.
- When Atticus returns a letter from Mana to Kahn, Kahn asks him if he read it and tells him it's okay to be curious. Atticus denies it, saying there's nothing to curious about (btw, he did read it and jacked the Super Potion that was attached). Kahn defends his sister saying that while his own letters would be uninteresting, hers ARE. The way he phrases it, though, implies something else about Atticus and his sister...
- 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".
- Half-Identical Twins: With his sister, Mana.
- 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.
- Ambiguously Brown: She's of Turkish descent, apparently.
- Half-Identical Twins: With her brother, Kahn.
- 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.
- Cool Mask: Kinda looks like a Pokéball.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Subjects Atticus to one.
- Expy: Looks quite a bit like Tobi.
- Fan Nickname: "Rumplestiltskin" is fairly popular due to his "role" in another of the author's webcomics.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: He's basically what would happen if you really did fight a member of the Elite Four while just starting out.
- 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.George: ... It's a big bag.
- Curse Cut Short: When Mordecai finds what is most likely the last Pikachu in the burnt-down Viridian Forest.
- 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.
- Genre Savvy: She usually veers off into Wrong Genre Savvy, but she has her moments.
- Gotta Catch Them All: She doesn't seem all that interested in the league challenge, preferring to collect Pokémon. She does take the philosophy to its most disturbing conclusion... catch all of the Pokemon in the world. It isn't specified whether this includes trainer Pokemon or not, but with George, who can tell...
- Hypocritical Humor: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.
- Ms. Exposition: She often falls into this role, though some of what she says should definitely be taken with a grain of salt.
- Nice Hat: She might be trying to mimic Ash or one of the Pokémon protagonists. Hers even has a Watchmen pin on it.
- The Power of Friendship: A firm believer in this, though she has yet to convert Atticus.
- Put on a Bus: Atty rejects her proposal of continuing to travel together and leaves her behind in Pewter City.
- The Bus Came Back: ...And as of Chapter 8, she is back in full force.
- Say My Name: As she's being chased by the enraged swarm of Bug Pokémon:George: BREEENTTT!! BRENT!! WAIT FOR ME!! BREEENT!! Brent! Brent! Brent! Brent—
- 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).
- Tomboy: Appearance-wise, which lead to Viewer Gender Confusion for many, at least initially. Her personality, not so much.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Although it's usually obscured by her hood.
- 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.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Has shades of this, especially when she takes lessons learned from the Anime a little too close to the heart.
- Also, she took the motto, "Gotta Catch 'Em All!" a little too literally.note
- She also thought an ordinary Eevee was Bill stand-in Abel after a botched experiment with a cell separator. And then proceeded to put said Eevee into the machine, forgetting about him when Abel actually showed up. Also, the machine was a microwave.
- You Didn't Ask: Happens more often than Atticus would like.
Thaddeus and Trixabelle Vent
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.
- Berserk Button: Referring to Thad's short stature.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Thaddeus is fond of these.
- 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.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Along with their unique clothing, Thaddeus only has one arm.
- Hair Decorations: Trix's headband, as well as the ribbons she's tied into her ponytail.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Thaddeus is quite quick to anger.
- Sidekick: They're shown arguing about who's the sidekick to who in Mount Moon.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Almost a Verbal Tic with Thaddeus.
- 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.
- Expy: Commenters have pointed out that he shares many physical traits with Luffy.
- Nice Hat: A typical Bug Catcher's hat.
- Poor, Predictable Rock: Played straight, later explicitly called into question by Ricardo himself, after which he resolves to avert the trope.
- Talking Is a Free Action: Averted, Dragonthing takes out Ricardo's Caterpie in one hit, while the Bug Catcher is busy monologue-ing about the unbreakable bond of friendship he and his Pokémon share.
- 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.
- Expy: She bears some resemblance to Mello. Lampshaded by the author.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Yup, she and her Gym Leader are in a relationship.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: Both she and Serialslasher freak out when Dragonthing burns his paw.
- Ocular Gushers: Has a pretty minor version of this when Serialslasher gets his paw burnt.
- Sweater Girl: Sort of. No Fetish Fuel to be found here though, the jumper is far too large for her.
- 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.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Hands one to Atticus.
- To be fair, Dragonthing, the only Pokemon that could even hurt Stein's Onix, was already weakened.
- Dishing Out Dirt: If his Onix is anything to go by, he uses the Rock-type Pokemon expected of Pewter Gym, unlike Elle.
- Gentle Giant: Despite his intimidating build, he's a genuinely nice person. As long as you don't make his girlfriend cry. All bets are off then.
- Handicapped Badass: He has very bad eyesight, though he's not outright blind. His sense of smell sort of makes up for it.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Yup, he and Elle are in a relationship.
- I Let You Win: Concedes victory to Atticus after Bob falls, even though he had at least one other Pokemon.
- Meaningful Name: "Stein" is German for "stone".
- Raised by Wolves: There's a rumor that he was abandoned as a child and raised by a pack of Arcanine.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: He hands a smashing defeat to Atticus, prompting the boy to re-evaluate his training strategy.
- Handsome Lech: Hits on Pewter Jenny believing her to be one of the other Jenny's he has plans with, realises his mistake, then asks her out anyway.
- In-Series Nickname: Called 'Cap'n' by Elle and Stein.
- 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.
(Miss) Artemis Rubens
- Berserk Button: Dragonthing burning up the book she was reading did not improve her mood. Understandable, to be fair.
- Child Hater: Possibly. At the least she claims children are too noisy.
- Foil: To Atticus, both are jerks in their own rights, but while Atty is more toward apathy and is nice under it all, Artemis hasn't been given as much of a development, and as such only has had her callousness and quick temper pointed out in-story.
- Jerk Ass: To be fair, she did claim to be having a headache before Dragonthing destroyed the book she was reading, but she seems uninterested in doing her job and calmly mocks potential opponents, the customers at her gym, and her fellow Gym Leaders.
- Smug Snake: Insults Atticus as one of the worst trainers she's seen, in spite of Dragonthing giving her Golduck, Niobe, a run for its money despite Niobe holding a type and arena advantage over her.
- Underestimating Badassery: Challenges Atticus to a 3-on-1 match (in his favor) due to his possession of a Charmeleon. While his starter does have a type disadvantage against Niobe, Artemis has no idea of his complete roster, which happens to include a Pikachu and Oddish.
- Butt Monkey: Was this at the beginning of the series, due to Atticus' treatment, but has grown out of it.
- Combat Pragmatist: Atticus' teachings seem to be slowly getting through to her.
- The Four Loves: Of the friendship variety. She just wants her Trainer to love her, the poor girl.
- Get a Hold of Yourself Man:
- After seeing the swarm of Bug Pokémon heading their way, Dragonthing bites Atticus to knock him out of his horror-induced paralysis.
- After the trip through Mt. Moon caused Atticus to snap, Dragonthing simply licks his cheek, bringing his sanity back.
- Kill It with Fire: Being a Fire Pokemon and all. Though she doesn't actually use any fire attacks until late into the fourth chapter.
- I Can Still Fight: Dragonthing can be incredibly stubborn about continuing a fight despite being on a clear losing side.
- Level Grinding: She does this overnight, evolving into Charmeleon as a result.
- Mundane Utility: Atticus uses her tail as an impromptu lighter on occasion.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Though George claims she won't be this after she evolves.
- Samus 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.
- Single-Stroke Battle: Against Kahn's pokemon in their second fight, most notably Squirtle.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: George claimed that she would do this if she became a Charmeleon, but she turned out to be wrong about it.
- 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.
- 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.
- A Twinkle in the Sky: It's both hilarious and kinda sad.
- Butt Monkey: Seems to have taken the place of Dragonthing as the comic's primary chew toy.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: It's on the receiving end of one these. Twice. Poor, poor Rat...
- Heroic Sacrifice: Hilariously subverted - Atticus forces Rat to take the Bide attack meant for Dragonthing!
- Made of Iron: Doesn't just survive the Bide attack, but gets up almost immediately after to wander off in the direction of its trainer.
- Series Mascot: It's a freaking Pikachu, for Christ's sake. 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.
- The Cavalry Arrives Late: Goes in to save Atticus and Dragonthing from Niobe, only for the Golduck to be stopped by Oddish's Stun Spore. Justified, as it appears Rat wouldn't have made it to Atty and DT anyway given how far he\she was when Niobe was just a step away from attacking.
- 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.
- A Handful for an Eye: Its Sand-Attack, which blinds Dragonthing for the remainder of their battle.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Since it's a Ground-type Pokémon.
- 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.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Since it's a Ground-type Pokémon.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: For Sand-Attack, as well as the more offensive-oriented Rollout.
- High-Class Glass: It's shown wearing one in Elle's fantasy.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: As mentioned above, Serialslasher and Elle start bawling because of a slight burn.
- Nice Hat: Appears typically British in the aforementioned fantasy; a top hat, monocle and a cup of tea.
- Counter Attack: His Bide attack, which Atticus initially has some trouble with.
- Gentle Giant: While he's certainly not gentle in battle, Bob looks decidely less intimidating while enjoying a sandwich. Yes, the author managed to make an Onix look cute.
- High-Class Glass: It's shown wearing one in Elle's fantasy.
- 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.
- 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, even when its finally allowed to swim. 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.
- Oh, Crap: When tossed at the Clefairy horde.
- Super Drowning Skills: even when put into a swimming pool in the Water Gym, Fish just begins to freak out and use splash.
Trainer: Khan (formerly); Atticus (currently)
- Big Damn Heroes: While she does seem mindless, she eventually Saves Atticus and Dragonthing from Niobe with a Stun Spore attack.
- 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. Even her Big Damn Heroes moment is silly and random, though it could be a sign that she's not nearly as mindless as she looks.
- Chekhov's Gun: Yes, the little silly Oddish that randomly dances in the background for most of her screen time just saved her trainer by using said dancing to release a stun spore
- Genki Girl: Her smile hasn't faltered since her first appearance and neither has her energy.
- Perpetual Smiler: Atticus' dry attitude does little to deter her cheerfulness.
- Determinator: Even when hit with Oddish's Stun Spore, Niobe directly goes against her trainer's orders to switch opponents and continues to go after Atticus and Dragonthing.
- Foil: Towards Dragonthing; They both are female, have a somewhat similar body structure, are of opposing types, are pragmatic in their fighting, and while Dragonthing is sweet and calm, Niobe is violent and cold. Even their designs oppose each other, as Dragon thing is softer in look than Niobe's more angled structure.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: Niobe doesn't hesitate to charge Dragonthing again despite Attikus having just barely fished her seemingly-unconscious body from the pool they were fighting in.