Pokeumans originally was a fanfic series by a user named Pokemonmanic3595, but then other people took interest in the concept and a whole online group on deviantART was born of writers who wanted to produce their own series based on the concept, with hundreds of spin-offs and side-stories creating a hugeShared Universe.Millions of years ago, not long after the dinosaurs were wiped out, humanity was developing. However, alongside humans were a race of strange creatures that would now be recognised today as Pokemon. They lived with the humans and, as they were far more advanced, helped them grow. They worked together and lived together in harmony. Some Pokemon even found stones that could temporarily turn them into humans and lived closely with the humans, marrying and having children. All was well, for now.Unfortunately, Humans Are Bastards. As the humans grew more intelligent they began to exploit and mistreat the Pokemon, leading to terrible war. Eventually the Legendary Pokemon created a portal to another dimension for the Pokemon to live without the humans in peace. They used the powers they had to undo everything they had ever taught humanity and leave them the way they were before, erasing all knowledge of their existence. All the Pokemon then departed to to alternate dimension, leaving only Mew to watch over the humans in disguise.Fast forward to the 20th century. A scientist known only as Mr. X attempted to use a hair of Mew he discovered accidentally to create a full clone of the legendary. However, the experiment went horrifically wrong and the machine exploded, killing everyone but Mr. X and his research assistant and transforming Mr. X into a Mewtwo, as well as giving him knowledge of the original Pokemon. Moreover, the disaster released a 'genetic shockwave' across the world, and people, usually in their teenage years, whose ancestors had been Pokemon would find themselves irreversibly transforming into the species in their genes at random times.Mr. X declared these transformees impure and sought to remove them from the world, creating the Pokextinction organisation and building an army by capturing and brainwashing transformees with the use of sleeper agents. In response Mew created the Pokeumans organisation, setting up secret bases around the world for the children to be protected and learn how to use their new abilities properly. He also took on a new disguise - Satoshi Tajiri. He used this to create the games to give the transformees fore-warning about what they would become, as liking the games is a strong indicator of being a Pokeuman. To this day a war is fought in secret, using memory erasure to hide it from public and replacing lost transformees with clones to live out their lives unknowingly. This is a series where The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You.The original series focused on a Lucario Pokeuman named Brandon in the secret base under Long Island in America. However, spin-off series since then have used every species from Rattata to Salamance and been set in every corner of the world.The group homepage can be found here.
Tropes found in the original Pokeumans series include:
Beware the Quiet Ones: Sakato Hanaturo the Vaporeon hardly says anything, although he opens up with time, and is too consumed by his training to spend time with people at the beginning of the story. But that training has made him a formidible fighter.
Big Applesauce: The 'Dimensional Gems hunt' mini-arc takes place in and around New York City.
The Chosen One: Brandon seems pretty well qualified to be one of these given the way other characters talk about and his potential. Then Spiritus says that he's no more special than any other Energy Channeller in history.
Clear My Name: Chapter 4, where Brandon is set up for base treason.
Noodle Incident: Mike's prankster tendencies lead to several of these: his 'soap bubble fiasco' is Asula's office, his first attempt at a Groudon transformation and numerous incidents involving 'Electrode bombs'.
There was also something on April Fools Day (in-universe) that involved a guy named Willy getting flushed down the toilet. This lead to Mike being Hoist by His Own Petard in Chapter 10.
Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In Chapter 17, only Brandon's side of the team are shown in their battles. That means we never get to see more than a brief glimpse of the other guys taking down Palkia and Reshiram.
Anyways, have you and Starr sealed the deal yet? Or are you both going to foolishly convince each other that you're just friends? I've lived with Starr for six months, and I've never seen her look at someone the way she looks at you!
All of this is rendered totally meaningless by a preview of the Pokeumans sequel that revealed that not only do Brandon and Starr get together by that point, but they have a kid.
Shout-Out: Lull periods are marked with reference to them enjoying various games, films, shows etc while giving time for plot points to develop.
Xanatos Gambit: Mr. X was running a very subtle one of these in Chapter 9: If the X-Trio and brainwashed prisoners defeated Brandon's team then the war would be as good as won, but if the heroes took their rescued loved ones back to the base then Ryan's deep-seated brainwashing would cause him to bring a horde of Extinctionists to Long Island.
Ascended Fanon/ Canon Immigrant: The Board Of Dream Messengers was a concept created in the wake of the extremely high number of people with a Spirit Advisor appearing in series. It was introduced in the Ares spin-off, but is now widely recognised as the group.
The use of the term 'Extinctionist' to refer to Pokextinction members first appeared in an early spin-off.
The official name of the knock-out gas carried by Pokextinction sleeper agents (Concoction Subconica) was first used in the Dragon Island spin-off. Similarly, the name of the coma that transforming Pokeumans often go into (Metamorphic Comatose, or Segnisscriptor) first appeared in the Winner Takes All story.
Author Appeal: Most people use their favourite species as the protagonist's species. The canon accounts for this - the genes in your ancestry influence your choice of favourite species.
Butt Monkey: If Mike is the Butt Monkey of the original series, the MSN Gang are the Butt Monkey of the whole group. Pretty much any spin-off set in Long Island involves them getting their asses handed to them.
Calling Your Attacks: Whether or not this was necessary was the subject of debate for some time. It was eventually decided that it wasn't, but most characters do it anyway.
Extranormal Institute: Pokeuman bases are effectively schools, but with some non-standard lessons. Pokextinction bases are the same, but with subtle brainwashing.
Fake Memories: The clones are given full memories of the person they replace so that even they think they're the real one. When you look at it, Mr. X is running a worldwide Memory Gambit.
Fantastic Racism: What the problem was in the first place, and certain species are still disregarded by others even within bases.
First Law of Gender Bending: If fate/ancestry determines that a boy will become a female-only species, he's going to become a she. This is irreversible. The reverse is also true. If a girl becomes a Nidoking then he's now stuck that way too.
Good Is Not Soft: Given how important battling and combat skills are, pacifism is possible but not easy.
The Great Offscreen War: Often referred to as 'The Great War', the original conflict between people and Pokeumans. Few details are known, except for what caused it, what ended it and the fact that it went really badly for both sides involved.
Heroes R Us: The Pokeumans organisation, who train students among other things to be prepared to fight Pokextinction.
Higher-Tech Species: Pokeumans are way more technologically advanced than humans. Exhibit A: teleportation devices.
Hollywood Genetics: Given the role that genes play in the setting of the group, there has been a little of this and a little Unscientific Science to accompany it. Fortunately, not on the level that it becomes an actual problem.
Let Us Never Speak of This Again: The Chosen series, which everyone (including its own author) acknowledges as a perfect example of how not to do it. Mentioning it and being told to shush up has become a sort of group in-joke.
Lotus-Eater Machine: Pokextinction has machines for this: they simulate the person's human life until an hour of (real) time has passed, by which point they are totally brainwashed.
Made of Iron/ Healing Factor: Brandon's Energy Channelling aside, it is pretty well established canon that Pokeumans are far more resistant and recover from harm faster than normal humans do.
Manchurian Agent: Pokextinction uses normal people as sleeper agents: upon seeing a transforming Pokeuman they say 'You're one of them' and attempt to capture them with canisters of purple knockout gas.
Mutant Draft Board: Joining either the Pokeumans or Pokextinction is mandatory for a transformee (let's all hope they join the right one), but this isn't enforced by The Government as in other versions of this trope. The reason that it's mandatory in this series is that quite simply if the public knew these transformations were happening they would freak out.
Retcon: Originally it was Brandon's Energy Chanelling abilities that meant he could recieve messages in the Dream Dimension, but this was changed and now it's open to all.
Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: You could find pretty much point you liked on the scale somewhere in the group gallery. Most series are more idealistic, but depending on how much of the dramatic/tragic aspects of the premise the author brought out you could find anything on the cynical end from Mind Rape to Kill 'em All.