Fan Works: Nuzlocke Comics

Here's a list of some of the known fan comics, written runs, screenshot runs, and misc runs inspired by Nuzlocke Comics.

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A lot of the other fan runs not on this list can be found here.

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    Hale's Emerald / Bern's Platinum Hard Mode 

Tropes seen in Hale's Emerald / Bern's Platinum Hard Mode:

  • Book Ends: "War... War never changes."
  • Freudian Excuse: One is provided for May's behavior.
  • Grave Humor: The prologue graveyard scene has two. A (ghost type) Gengar's epitaph reads "Lolwut?" A Mudkip's says "No one really liked him!"
  • Hypocritical Humor: The gate attendant at Amity Park refuses to let Bern take most of her Pokémon in. She proceeds to win a contest with Benzene and throw him/her/it at the attendant.
  • Medium Awareness: Steven. Except he takes it too far.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Not only between Pokémon, but between trainers as well.
  • Orphaned Series: The last anyone had seen of the author was his update for the Platinum 'locke's 11th installment, in mid-2011. A shame, since he had planned out two more runs afterwards.
  • Sequel Hook: One of the few multi-run comics that didn't use an obvious hook, with his Platinum run starring a different protagonist.
  • Shrinking Violet: The heroine of Platinum, Bern, starts out as this.
  • Shout-Out: May's extreme expressions are reminiscent of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
    • In the prologue, one of the many pokemon graves said 'Desmond' with 'See you in another life, brother.' referencing Fire Red: Hard Mode.
    • Towards the end of the first storyline comes a huge homage to Neon Genesis Evangelion.
    • One of the later chapters is called "Tears In The Rain" which is a reference to Blade Runner.
    • Hale's comic also shouts out Fate/stay night (the classic "Are you my Master?" scene) and even Kuso Miso Technique.
    • In the sequel, Bern's name may be a reference to Umineko no Naku Koro ni, though her personality isn't the same.
    • Part 5 of Bern's Platinum run has her catching (FINALLY) a male Shellos. The next scene is a Gender Flipped parody of one from Green Lantern, where Hal Jordan greets their newest recruit (a girl).
    • If characters named Mitch and Stella plus an abuser named Stanley aren't enough, then an obvious homage to the Skyward Scream makes it pretty clear Platinum is taking a couple cues from A Streetcar Named Desire.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Upon seeing Juan for the first time, Hale becomes completely aware of why he has so many fangirls.
  • Yandere: May. This is also Deconstructed over the course of the strip as it shows why she's so psychotically possessive of Hale. She gets better.

    Robotv7's Nuzlocke Challenge 

Tropes seen in Robotv7's Nuzlocke Challenges:

    Freddy's Nuzlocke Adventures 

Tropes seen in Freddy's Nuzlocke Adventures:

  • Badass: Several of his Pokémon, but props must be given to Connery, who survives a WEEZING SELF-DESTRUCTING.
    • Not really, he dug a hole to avoid the Weezing Self-destruct attack.
  • Call Back: Frequent throughout his Blue Run.
  • Gamer Chick: Erika's all-female gym is depicted as a very snide, prideful group of these. His Pokémon defeat them by going into Sincerity Mode and paying them compliments, and the ensuing Logic Bomb makes their heads explode.
  • Head Pet: Nibbles.
  • Multiple Head Case: Pierre.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Connery.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Used at the end of his first run, with the twist of making the cast out as Animated Actors. Does not appear to be canon, as seen by Brotodile's cameo in his second run. The Blue run also makes use of this trope as well, and it is every bit as hilarious and probably non-canon as the first.

    Nyachan's Nuzlocke Challenges 

Nyachan's Nuzlocke Challenges provide examples of:

    Petty's Nuzlocke Runs 

Tropes seen in Petty's Nuzlocke Run:

  • Lethal Joke Character: Lulu the Butterfree. Lulu never got boxed and survived the Elite Four. Now do you think Butterfrees are useless?
  • Mundane Utility: Rick the Voltorb/Electrode doubles as a music player. Each chapter he appears in also comes with "Rick's Playlist" featuring a relevant song.
  • Mundane Fantastic: Spuds and Barb, a large hulking plant monster, and a spiny poison mammal, working in human convenience store has shades of this. Mainly because no one seems to care or mind - until their size causes some wanton destruction
  • Non-Lethal K.O.: Every single time one of Locke's Pokémon KO's an opponent, with the probable exception of Gary's Raticate.
  • Official Couple: Spuds and Barb, who are also a Battle Couple. With the adoption of Spuds Jr. thrown into the mix, they've shot straight to Badass Family status.
  • Rule of Cool: Spoken word for word when Junior appears to have hatched as a Togetic.
    • Four of Locke's Pokemon [[note: namely, her Croconaw, Geodude, Paras and Hoothoot evolve at the same time when battling a Team Rocket grunt.]] In the comments, it's noted that only two of them actually evolved at that point (the others evolved during a grinding session afterwards), and that the others were depicted evolving in that moment due to a combination of this trope and for the sake of saving some time.
  • Shy Blue Girl: Barb.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The in-universe explanation for the death of Broseph the Graveler. In real life this happened due to a tragic misclick.
  • Time Skip: Officially stated to happen between LeafGreen and HeartGold, with three years between the two. In the meantime, Locke's trainer's license expired.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Barb again, especially when she evolves into Nidoqueen.
    • Barb has one right at the beginning when she learns Double Kick.
  • Trolling Creator: On April 1st of 2012, Petty claims to be ending the comic because she just doesn't have time anymore. (This after her updates have been getting less and less frequent for months.) Oh Petty, you sure are a stinker.
  • Troubled Abuser: Silver, who is a total jerk to all his Pokémon, but obviously has some serious issues of his own, especially if, like in the games, Giovanni turns out to be his dad.
  • Undying Loyalty: Silver's Bayleef toward him, despite suffering emotional and verbal abuse from him, not to mention risking physical harm on his behalf.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Simon the Dewgong, who appeared and died in the Sevii Islands update. He had a grand total of one panel.
    • And perhaps more importantly, Vinny the Magneton, who had a huge fanbase after his first appearance and then promptly died to a cheap crit the very next comic.
    • Janice the Spearow, Locke's first casualty, died a few panels after she was captured.
    • Broseph the Graveler who appeared in a few panels and self-destructed himself.
      • And now subverted as Broseph's BACK as of HeartGold- or a part of him is, as exploding apparently just makes more Geodude. Who knew?
    • The first death of HeartGold: Tilly the Rattata, killed in the panel immediately after being named. Yikes.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: Barb's "paper collection", which happens to contain a bike voucher.

    Apocalypse Johto 

Tropes seen in Saber's Nuzlocke run:

  • Action Girl: Candace the player character, Whitney, and Whitney's junior-trainers.
  • Action Survivor: Everybody.
  • After the End: It's called "Apocalypse Johto". 'nuff said.
  • Anti-Hero: Candace.
  • Anti-Villain: Silver, deconstructed when his methods are called out by Giovanni.
  • Apocalypse How: Wild Pokémon everywhere suddenly become murderously violent and begin attacking tame Pokémon and humans. Calamity ensues. At least Regional (Johto and Kanto are definitely affected), possibly Continental depending on how widespread the change is.
    • "Hoenn's gone."
  • The Apunkalypse: Some well-known characters are completely unrecognizable for their post-apocalypse makeovers.
  • Art Shift: Every time Candace sees a Kimono Girl, the Girl occupies a single page drawn in a Japanese woodcut-based style. Which only enhances the creepiness.
  • Badass
    • Badass Boast: Whitney would like to give Team Rocket a little reminder...
      Let me break this down for you. I'm Whitney. I'm a Gym Leader. One of the best. And I don't remember granting ANY of you permission to set foot in my city.
    • Badass Bookworm: Professor Elm faces down a swarm of mad Spearow the first day of the change to buy Candace time to escape, and lies to her that he'll be okay.
      • Whitney of all people turns out to have done her homework on Team Rocket, to the point of being able to analyze Giovanni's plans to his face, though even she was caught off-guard by Silver.
    • Badass Family: Judging by what little we saw of what happened in Hoenn, Whitney's family went down fighting.
    • Badass In Charge: Candace and Giovanni admire Whitney's ability to make people cooperate with her in a crisis.
    • Heartbroken Badass: Whitney, once when she and Candace split, and again when she learns her family didn't make it out of Hoenn.
    • Took a Level in Badass / Adaptational Badass: Everybody who survived the change was basically forced to grind levels in badass until it leaked out of their ears. Or die.
    • World of Badass: Justified. Everyone else is either dead or irreparably insane and doesn't have long left.
    • Candace deserves special mention.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted, Candace gets a lot of really horrible-looking scars and keeps them. (contains spoilers)
  • Bunny Ears Gym Leader: Whitney tells Team Rocket that while she has a reputation as a flighty airheaded socialite, she wouldn't have been a Gym Leader in the first place if she weren't still one of the best in the business. Her people skills also serve her tremendously after the change, since she's able to make people trust her and cooperate for survival.
  • Character Development: Several characters are shown having changed drastically after the Pokémon became dangerous. Some unexpected characters have cracked, taken levels in badass, or started playing hopscotch with the Moral Event Horizon.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Chuck is introduced giving a flying kick to a giant Corsola. He lost all his Pokémon and his wife in the aftermath of the change and the creation of Missingno and has been defending Cianwood by hand (and foot) ever since.
  • Cowardly Lion: Falkner develops into one.
  • Darker and Edgier: Manages to be more dark than many of the other runs simply by setting it at the end of the world, then going from there.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Whitney: You know, in all the research I did on Team Rocket and Giovanni... I never figured out where exactly he gets geniuses like you to work for him.
  • Death by Adaptation: About half of Johto if you're using the Gym Leaders and totaled cities as a baseline. Casualty count in Kanto is unknown at present.
    • A single vessel of refugees made it out of Hoenn. Whitney's family weren't on it.
  • Determinator: Definitely Candace.
    I'm going to stop the end of the world. And no one is going to get in my way.
  • Doomed Hometown: The prologue shows the destruction of New Bark Town.
  • Due to the Dead: Candace has her first ever loss, Hellacross the Heracross, tattooed on her left shoulder.
    • In Blackthorn City, we get a closeup (spoilers) revealing that she's similarly honored all her other dead Pokémon. (Visible tattoos, counterclockwise from top: Hellacross, Alastor the Gastly, Watchwing the Noctowl, Clutch the Exeggcute; not visible but implied: Flashpoint the Flaaffy, Crucible the Ninetales)
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Jasmine evacuated her people to the Lighthouse when Olivine City flooded, but couldn't make it in herself and was swept away and drowned outside. She was the only casualty in Olivine.
    • In the Prologue, Elm's Cyndaquil evolved twice before she eventually succumbed to the swarm.
  • Egopolis: Azalea Town is renamed to Bugsy Town, in honor of its 'defender'. It gets changed back once the tyrant falls.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Missingno definitely fits the bill, as does the thing that ate Silver's Gengar.
    • The thing that ate Silver's Gengar is now known to be Lugia, which had been dormant in Candace's unconscious, and is now awakening. It also created the illusory Kimono Girls.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Giovanni is more concerned with rebuilding Johto than anything else, and is not pleased with where his son's vendetta towards Candace leads.
  • Fastball Special: Before it evolved and became too large for it, Candace was fond of doing this with her Totodile.
    • Lampshaded when Candace mentions this to Whitney and Whitney refuses to believe Riptide was ever that small (at the time they're having the discussion, he's about the size of a small office building).
    • Fan Nickname: Riptide Missile!
    • And now it's been switched around and Riptide threw Candace!
  • Fed To Slowpoke: The fate of dissenters in Bugsy Town.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare / Not-So-Harmless Villain: The "Bugsy Town" arc does this for (Lord) Bugsy, Kakuna, Metapod, and Slowpoke. At Goldenrod City, we see a wild Abra Teleport a man's head off. In tender, loving detail.
    • Also, Silver/Seviper, who went from a Rival we barely saw, much less took seriously, to the HEAD OF TEAM ROCKET.
  • Fan Nickname: The aforementioned Riptide Missile. Candace has also been referred to as Candy and Zangoose, and Silver/Seviper is portmanteau'd into Silviper by some.
  • Gray and Gray Morality: Not only are Candace's actions getting more and more violent, but Silver has stated that his goal is to save Johto. He likely doesn't even realize this is also Candace's goal, since he thinks she's insane.
  • Heroic BSOD: Falkner has one after his father is killed in the change, and Candace slaps him out of it. Candace herself has one after killing Morty and is comforted by Whitney.
    • And now it looks like Whitney's having one after losing control of Crucible the Ninetales.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Lord Bugsy unleashes his Kakuna despite knowing it's succumbed to the change. Sure enough...
  • Humanoid Abomination: The Kimono Girls. Eventually revealed to be a psychic projection by Lugia, channeled by Candace, which is now awakening.
    • Frostbite the Jynx is a milder example, since she's not so much hostile as just (deliberately) creepy. She looks like a doll with disconnected joints and a creepy perma-grin.
  • Human Popsicle: To what extent is unknown, but seemingly a lot of things in Mahogany Town. Including the Gym Leader.
  • Hypocrite: Chuck tries to run off Candace as a threat... but he completely fails to do the same for someone who was genuinely insane and dangerous, Eusine. Justified, since Chuck's info on Candace comes from the dishonest radio broadcast, and Eusine seems to have been biding his time until she arrived.
    • The leader of Team Rocket turns out to be massively hypocritcal, claiming that Candace must be killed because she's become something monsterous, and yet going out of his way to try and make her suffer.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Candace's boots.
  • In-Series Nickname: Candycane and Zangoose for Candace, Seviper for Silver.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Flashbacks show that Whitney went from bimbo to Badass in minutes when the change hit.
  • Made of Iron: Candace, with hints of Iron Woobie. Seriously, would you keep going after this?
    Five cracked ribs, a dislocated shoulder, a sprained wrist, three severe perforations causing nerve damage along my left forearm, countless lacerations, massive blood loss, and the lingering effects of a near-fatal dose of Pokémon venom.
    Three months recovery.
  • Many Spirits Inside of One / Powers via Possession: Morty, driven insane and filled with evil spirits from the destruction of Ecruteak City. Candace eventually gives him/them a Mercy Kill, though Silver apparently captured a surviving Gengar.
  • The Missingno.: Extra emphasis on that "the" right there.
  • Man Behind the Man: Silver/Seviper is this to Giovanni.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Missingno is this. Amongst the few recognizable parts are a Poliwrath, Machoke, Staryu, and Shuckle. It gains more parts after absorbing other Pokémon.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Chuck stupidly puts Missingno's pokeball in a spot where anyone can just grab it and release it... which crazy!Eusine does. Much destruction ensues.
    • Clair evolves her Seadra into Kingdra... and it becomes too powerful for her to control.
  • One Degree of Separation: Whitney's father is Petalburg Gym Leader Norman, and Ruby (Reuben) is her little brother. They don't make it out of Hoenn.
  • Only One Name: Averted. In the latest update, several characters are introduced by first and last names.
  • Pokémon Motif: Team Rocket's ominous warnings about Candace compare her to a Zangoose, and the scarred side of her face roughly corresponds to a Zangoose's Facial Markings. Turns out their boss Silver has the code name "Seviper", Zangoose's biological enemy. Candace eventually adopts "Zangoose" as a nickname.
  • Power Born of Madness: The changed Pokémon are not only violently aggressive, but tremendously more dangerous. Pryce's Dewgong flash-froze all of Mahogany Town when he lost control.
    • Candace also has some of this... enough to bare-handedly strangle a Weavile.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Most of the remaining Gym Leaders seem to be reasonable, with the obvious exception of Lord Bugsy. Surprisingly, Giovanni is also pretty reasonable once he wises up to Silver's vendetta.
  • Red Baron: The Zangoose.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Whitney's "Shut Up" Kiss to Candace causes them to become an item. At the end of Volume 2, they break up.
  • Shout-Out: At least two to Star Wars, due to the author being a massive Star Wars geek (even his nickname, SABERinBLUE, is derived from Star Wars). Candace's Forretress has the nickname Death Star, and the title of chapter 4 is A Wretched Hive Badge.
    • New Bark Town's destruction by Spearow seems oddly reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Whitney delivers one to Candace during her Heroic BSOD.
  • Staring Down Lugia
  • She Who Fights Monster Pokémon: Candace is arguably as wild as the changed-over Pokémon by now, including killing Seviper's Weavile with her bare hands.
    • Silver's hatred of her makes him cold, calculating and uncaring about who else gets hurt in the course of his revenge upon her.
  • Story And Gameplay Segregation: The storyline of the comic differs tremendously from the actual gameplay of the Soul Silver game. Word of God is that cutscenes involving Ethan are awkward to play, since Ethan died with New Bark Town in the comic's storyline.
    • Word of God also says the author lost their notes on what happened in game a while back. No one would have noticed had it not been pointed out.
  • Time Skip: Every time Candace takes an attack that seems like it should kill her, the storyline skips a couple of months while she recovers. As of Blackthorn City, three or four years have passed since the change happened.
  • Unknown Rival: As much of a Jerkass the rival is, Candace is more concerned with how his Chikorita fled from New Bark. Compared to that (and the whole Apocalypse thing), he's hardly worth her time. Until he takes over Team Rocket.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Candace gives several, but the first is to Elm's Chikorita, who fled instead of trying to defend New Bark.
    • Candace also gets a few. Her siccing of Death Star on Jasmine Tower earns her one from Preston, for example.
    • Giovanni himself gets in on this when he calls out his own son, whose personal vendetta leads to the deaths of many of their men.
  • You Will Be Assimilated: This is a major part of Missingno's schtick, as it turns out. It gains parts and abilities from eating them whole- as in the case of Candace's Noctowl or Eusine's Electrode- or even just parts of them. Poor Beelzebub.

    Kynim's Nuzlocke Runs 

Tropes seen in Kynim's Nuzlocke Runs:

  • Abusive Parents: Bianca's dad, who is misogynist and emotionally abusive to Bianca, and mentioned to be physically abusive to her mother. Upon hearing about the latter, Elesa escorts Bianca to the police station to report him to Social Services.
  • The Ace: Cheren views Nina like this.
    • Broken Ace: However, Nina feels immense amounts of pressure to live up to and surpass her parents, causing her to foster a lot of resentment towards her mother. Making this worse is how she's grown used to having her issues dismissed as 'not real problems' and coping with others' jealousy of her position.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Quite a few Pokemon and recurring characters get an "Extra" comic that details their backstories.
  • Always Someone Better: Kynim is this to her daughter, Nina. Nina herself is this to Cheren.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Kynim goes a different route than the games by having Reshiram and Zekrom become the personifications of the immense desire to seek truth and ideals from the twin kings.
  • Art Evolution: Compare the first Diamond Run issue with the most recent White Run issue and the progress is astounding.
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: N athaniel Graviel Harmonia.
  • Badass Adorable: Zach. Andy trumps him later in this department, being the shortest known Galvantula and still can dish out ass-kicking.
  • Berserk Button: Not too berserk, but bringing up Kynim is a good way to irritate Nina.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Strip 28 shows why it's a bad idea to upset a Pokemon Center Nurse.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Both Jojo and Rex are Hispanic and frequently utter phrases in Spanish.
    • The restaurant that N takes Nina to is named "The L'Navire" - French for The Ship.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: The explanations made for and against Pokemon battles in 036 and 037 both have legitimate points and give a deeper insight into the comic's universe.
  • The Casanova: Maximus, the Murkrow from Kynim's Diamond run. He immediately attracts Regina, Mel, and Annie when he appears.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The Diamond run is mostly comedic, and what angst there is tends to come from someone dying. The White run is much more dramatic, with a lot of character-driven angst as well as mourning over Pokémon deaths.
  • Characterization Marches On: N is initially depicted as creepy, twitchy and unpredictable. But over time, he is shown to be more - for lack of a better word - normal, though is still quite awkward and prone to getting worked up.
  • Chaste Hero: Zach, initially. Though it seems he is gradually outgrowing his naivety with evolution.
  • Creator Cameo: Kynim the artist has shown up as several characters in the comics.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Not mentioned, but an extra comic mentions Kynim is still residing in the Sinnoh region, which would explain why she isn't there to help Alder and the Gym Leaders with Team Plasma in Unova despite their presence to the region and the potential threat they are to her daughter.
  • Due to the Dead: Both heroines always make it a point to give the Pokemon they have lost a proper burial.
  • The Faceless: Bianca's father.
  • Fake Kill Scare/Implied Death Threat: The Shadow Triad "warns" Clay for arresting the Sages in Cold Storage.
  • Fallen Heroes: Several art pieces and the story implies that the that the reign of the twin kings didn't just end with region-wide destruction.
  • Foreshadowing: During the White run, Nina has just rung the bell on Celestial Tower and is experiencing a moment of peace with her fallen Pokemon. Lin, a psychic who serves as her guide, reaches out a hand to see if Nina is alright and is struck with a vision of Nina seemingly broken, with the shadowy figure of a Hydreigon looming behind her.
  • Gag Boobs: Skyla has these - sending Nina into Marshmallow Hell the moment she arrives.
    • This is even lampshaded by her character blurb and even Skyla herself.
    Blurb: Her boobs are legit airbags
    Skyla: *points to her boobs* I wouldn't want to kill anyone with these puppies! My fiancee might freak out if I ever did that! Hah!
  • Gay Best Friend/Camp Gay: Haisi in Diamond Run and in White Run, Burgh/Arti.
  • Generation Xerox: Even though his father was never shown in the comics, Haisi ends up as the head of the Battle Frontier of Johto and Sinnoh, an area in which Palmer was involved in.
  • Genki Girl: Diana, the Garchomp.
  • Heroic Sacrifice
    • Diamond Run:
      • Tyrus saves Annie from Fantina.
    • White Run
      • Walter, Peter, and Freddie help Nina escape a Throh in Pinwheel forest, at the expense of their lives.
      • Also, Jordan takes a critical blow for Mimi, dying in the process.
  • Happily Adopted: Freddie, the Pansear, and Bianca's Munna and Pansage, Charlotte and Eddie.
    • In an Extra, Lucas and Haisi got together and adopted a girl named Chrissie.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Lucas for Kynim.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Candice. She's depicted as a very cool gym leader.
  • Interspecies Romance: Amongst Nina's Pokémon, Laila the Petilil/Lilligant is totally dere for Zach the Dewott/Samurott, Jojo the Darumaka/Darmanitan and Rex/Rey the Sandile are pretty flirty Childhood Friends, and Jordan the Bliztle/Zebstrika has a soft spot for sweet Mimi, a Woobat/Swoobat.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Mimi takes in Andy when he is taken out to replace Jordan.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jordan is coined to be a "difficult" team member.
  • Keet: Zach, especially as an Oshawott.
    • The same can be said for Jasper, N's Joltik.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: Downplayed, but Kynim from the Diamond comic is well-known in the White comic, much to Nina's annoyance.
  • Letters 2 Numbers/Leet Lingo: Used frequently throughout the Diamond Run, especially by Haisinote . Completely absent in the White Run.
  • Magical Eye: N has these after obtaining the Light Stone.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The Hiker and Gurdurr responsible for Jordan's death do their best to make amends.
  • My Greatest Failure:
    • White Run
      • The simultaneous deaths of Freddie, Walter and Peter to a powerful Throh.
  • The Great Offscreen War: There was a massive war that occurred in Unova several centuries prior to the events of White.
  • Name's the Same: In the White run, Kynim the Diamond player character is a significant influence on the plot... and Kynim the artist makes a few background cameos.
  • The Nicknamer: Rex, the Sandile. He likes to call Nina, "Enana"note .
    • First Name Basis: As of Clay's gym, Rex has started calling Nina by her correct name.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Every time Nina and N cross paths, he manages to make progressively worse impressions.
  • Official Couple: Kynim and Roark, Haisi and Lucas
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: All Ghost-Type Pokemon are implied to have originally been another species before perishing. This does not stop them from dying again.
  • Painting the Medium:
    • The Shadow Triad use a different text and style of speaking compared to other characters.
    • Mentions of spoilery things (like N's full name) are blacked out. N's full name does get revealed eventually.
  • Parental Substitute: In all of the runs thus far, there has always been at least one team member who acts like a father/mother figure.
  • Powers via Possession and Willing Channeler: N seems to be gaining some powers from the Light Stone in the Part 36. Because of it, he is able to block Nina's usual physical attacks and and then fights back verbally, ultimately making Nina run away.
  • Precision F-Strike: When Nina vents to Cheren:
    Nina: How can I be a good trainer, when I still fucking fail to keep my pokemon safe?!
  • Really Dead Montage: Often takes the form of a Happy Flashback.
  • The Resenter: Cheren towards Nina, and Nina towards her mother.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Andy the Joltik. Even as a Galvantula, he is still tiny and adorable.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: N is not only the King of Team Plasma, but the descendant of a line of Unovan Kings.
    • Ironic Echo: As of Part 36, it is now Nina escaped using Run Away!
  • Scars Are Forever: Jordan retains the scar on his eye he received from Freddie.
    • Zach keeps the scar on his right arm that he received from Lenora's Watchog.
  • Ship Tease: Most notable in the White Run, where everything is shipped.
    • Laila is a Tsundere for Zach.
    • Jordan seems to have a soft spot for Mimi.
    • And in the Diamond run, Gohan and Shakti were totally not an item, according to the artist's notes on the omake comic featuring them. Tyrus's affections for Annie, however, were eventually reciprocated, as were Kynim's for Roark (big time!).
    • The White run's Q&A session included asking Nina whether she was more interested in Cheren or N. Hilarity ensued.
  • Shout-Out: Too many to list.
    • Team Gaga in the Diamond run still stands out.
    • Alder's personal assistant is The Lieutenant. Even more references is that the Shadow Triad use his weapons from the show.
    • The Diamond comic was littered with references to Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt just as much as Gaga.
  • Speaks Fluent Pokemon: In White, Nina, N, and Cedric Juniper.
    • It's mentioned in passing that this is an unusual ability, but not unknown in the 'verse.
    • Part 40 shows Ghetsis apparently talking with his Hydreigon.
  • Spin-Offspring: Nina has been confirmed to be the daughter of Kynim (the Diamond player character) and Roark. Many fans had been speculating this to be the case for a while.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Lucas in the Diamond run, for Kynim. "How do you know my clothing sizes?!" Eventually Haisi hooks up with Lucas instead.
    • In the White Run, the role is given to N who has developed a crush on Nina but doesn't know how to express it. Lampshaded in the credits, where he's billed as "Creepy Stalker", and in the Valentine's Day omake:
      Roses are red,
      Violets are blue.
      If a stalker asks you out,
      What do you do?
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Bianca's father is a real piece of work, and some of this has rubbed off on poor Bianca, especially at the beginning of the White run.
    • Byron's misogyny is played for laughs in the Diamond run, especially once Kynim gives him a taste of his own medicine and orders him to make her a sandwich after the fight.
  • Stealth Pun: Bianca speaks and behaves like she's from the Deep South, especially in the beginning. She's a Southern Bel.
  • Sticky Fingers: Pierre, Cheren's Liepard. Someone mentions that he's pickpocketing trainers, he steals Nina's bag, and attempts to steal Laila's Miracle Seed... only to Laila to hit him with a Magical Leaf.
  • Stun Guns: The Shadow Triad have electric kali sticks, which they use on Nina.
  • Talk to the Fist: How both Kynim and Nina often respond to all the nonsense around them.
  • Teasing Creator: Ky-nim the artist.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Each protagonist, and the majority of other trainers, try to avoid killing as much as possible and most deaths are depicted as accidental
    • In this universe, a Pokemon has a 30% chance of dying instead of fainting. But being a nuzlocke, all of Nina's Pokemon will die upon fainting.
  • Unknown Rival: In the Nuzlocke forums, the White run's N earned an award for "Best Extra". Enough said.
    • Although, as of Chapter 36, this may be getting averted with the plot becoming more serious.
  • Unsound Effect: PCHOOOOO is used as onomatopoeia for pokeballs.
  • Versus Character Splash: Before every major battle, mimicking the style from the game.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: In the Diamond Run, Fantina's was the first gym to claim casualties.
    • For Jordan in particular, it was Lenora's Herdier. So far, Nina has yet to suffer a casualty to a Gym Leader unlike her mother.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Kiki the Patrat and Peter the Pidove.
  • "Where Are They Now" Extra: Several of the Extra comics tend to give information on the characters from the Diamond Nuzlocke. Most notably, Haisi and Lucas are married and adopted a child, with their jobs as Frontier Head and Researcher respectively.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Bianca.

    Nessa's Emerald Nuzlocke Challenge 

Nessa's Emerald Nuzlocke Challenge:

    Ken's Fire Red Kick@$$ Mode 

Tropes seen in Ken's FireRed Kick@$$ Mode:

Kenneth "Ken" Alexander

Charlie the Charmeleon

Pecker "Senor Pecks" the Fearow

Buzzkill "Buzz" the Beedrill

Puff Daddy "Puff" the Jigglypuff

Leviathan "Levi" the Gyarados

  • The Dog Bites Back: Once he gains the teeth capable of doing the job. Tough luck for Ken.
  • Magikarp Power: Duh! He's a Gyarados!
  • Just Eat Gilligan: At one point, Ken really considered it.
  • Out of Focus: Levi hasn't made an appearance since Episode 14, and even before that his animosity with Ken made him unwilling to cooperate much at all.
  • The Unfavorite: Leviathan the Magikarp is this when Ken finds out he isn't the great monster of doom the salesman told him he was. And then he evolves...

Shiitake "Shii" the Gloom

Bill the Clefairy

Gary Oak

Daisy Oak

Shade the Ninja

    Manic's Screenshot Runs 

The first Manic saga

The second Manic saga

Non-canon runs

Tropes seen in Manic's Screenshot Runs:

  • A Million Is a Statistic: Manic appears noticeably less emotionally affected by his early deaths in Final Vega than he has been by previous deaths in other runs. Subverted after he is shown the reality of his situation.
  • Abusive Parents: In Derpy Emerald, Manic's mother is a prostitute and his father is an absentee; she is later redeemed. In Spirit Electrum, Peace!Manic's mother is an abusive drunk (in stark contrast to War!Manic's mother, who is loving and kind).
    • Also, Bianca's father in Paint It Black, though he comes to realize what he's become and promises to seek help when confronted by Elesa, Manic, and Bianca.
  • Alternate Timeline: Brought up in Spirit Electrum, where, in one of the universes, there never was a Manic that defeated Gary Oak and Mewtwo in Infernal Red, meaning that there was no power vacuum for Genwyn to occupy and start the war against Johto. The Manics from the "War" world and the "Peace" world swap back and forth between the timelines whenever they enter a new town for the first time, or when one of their Pokemon dies.
    • Remember the Slugma that Mike knocked out in Infernal Red on the Sevii Islands? Der Gnizalb happens in a timeline where this never happened, which resulted in the Slugma's power growing exponentially, as it had no natural predators, and eventually Slugma ascended to godhood. This resulted in the events preceding Der Gnizalb.
  • Alternate Self: Manic has one in Spirit Electrum.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Ike in Argent Ante.
  • Ass Kicks You: There's a scene in Infernal Red, in which Gary's Blastoise taunts Creosote (Snorlax) with the classic "Are you going to sit on me?" line. Creosote does just that. And gains a level doing it.
  • Back from the Dead: Rex, in Final Vega. Death returns to reclaim him later.
  • Baleful Polymorph: The trainers who previously failed to beat the game in Infernal Red turn up as wild Pokemon afterwards.
    • In Dark Stars, Manic himself even qualifies.
  • Berserk Button: For Manic in Spirit Electrum, trying to harm or forcibly weaponize Grant, or generally separating him from Manic.
  • Big Bad: Each run has its own. Derpy Emerald has Wallace, Infernal Red has Mewtwo, My Little Pokemon: Friendship is Super-Effective has the spirit of Wallace, Fatal Platinum has Cynthia, Paint It Black has Ghetsis, and Spirit Electrum has Red/Genwyn. Only after all five runs was the Big Bad finally revealed to be Wallace and Darkrai as a team.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Gustav from Derpy Emerald and Frieda from Paint It Black both invoke this; if you happen to speak Spanish or French (or are willing to play with a translator), you'll get more out of their dialogue.
    • Final Vega is, much of the time, one big version of this.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Dark Stars, Sophie battles Maylene. Against her final Pokemon, Cyrano is about to get killed by Counter, but then a fully-evolved Manic returns to the party to block the hit. He promptly takes down the Lucario via Close Combat.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Final Vega. In the final gameplay update, Manic's team successfully defeats Darkrai's team. However, the cost is high: the shade of Alder's Volcarona scores a critical Overheat on Yuki. She dies instantly.
  • Blessed with Suck: Being an Oracle may grant you near-omniscence, but they are still cursed with an inherently high chance of being killed eventually due to being specifically targeted by the Big Bad.
  • Break the Cutie: In Blinding Light, Max starts out as an upbeat, friendly, enthusiastic puppy. Then he is taught to kill, and forced to do so repeatedly despite his misgivings.
  • But Now I Must Go: Happens to every Manic except for the first one.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Found in My Little Pokemon: Friendship is Super-Effective. Rarity's special Pokemon Power appears, at first glance, to be Run Away as an additional ability. Considering how rarely the actual ability is used in the games, it appears to be useless... until it saves everyone's lives.
    • Another one that thankfully didn't have to be fired in Fatal Platinum; the last move that Franklin the Lopunny learned before asking to be retired from active duty was Healing Wish, which basically acts as a Full Restore on another party member in exchange for KOing the user. In the event that Manic ran out of time, Franklin would have used Healing Wish, sacrificing his life to give Manic one last day to finish his quest.
  • Crack Fic: His Donut run.
  • Creator Breakdown: Manic - the author - has been saddled with a number of health problems throughout the course of the first and second sagas, including but not limited to near-blindness (leading to the naming of "Slimcr" in Der Gnizalb), numbness over most of his body (including his hands), and multiple instances of the flu. This has caused more than one Schedule Slip but has yet to actually stop him from writing; it only slows him down.
  • Creepy Child: In Spirit Electrum's peace world, Joey is just another kid. In the war world, he's an allied agent and skilled sniper who is revealed to be following Manic around with orders to take him out if his behavior becomes too erratic.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Near the end of Paint It Black, Arthur enters the battle with N, having stated that it is his dream to defeat N's legendary dragon. Most major plot battles involve switching; not this one. Arthur stands there and defeats N's entire team single-handedly. Immediately afterwards, the same happens to Ghetsis' team; different pokemon, same result.
    • In DONUT'S ATOMIC KITTEN SLEDGE, Underwear solos the entirety of the Elite Four and then turns to being transport and backup for the remainder of the run.
  • Dark World: Manic's take on the Gen II remakes has him play both versions at once, switching perspectives every time he enters a town. He incorporates this into the story by building two designations for them, though it's never clear which is worse: Soul Silver, with its peaceful world and unpleasant NPCs, or Heart Gold with its war-torn environment but kinder NPCs.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Varas, Manic's rival in Spirit Electrum, knows... well... everything. He knows about all the different runs, he knows who the ultimate Big Bad is (and is, in fact, employed by him), and he understands that nothing that is happening is real; in fact, his stated goal is to win existence independent of the game world by destroying Manic. The fact that he blames Infernal Red's Manic for murdering his parents is just added incentive.
  • Deader Than Dead: Reflected upon when Jonas dies in Paint It Black. In a previous run, Dana had been reincarnated by Mew as repayment for services rendered. Here, Manic recalls that the local legendary Pokemon do not have that sort of power, and that any pokemon he loses is permanently gone.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Vile in the Marshall fight of the Elite Four. "Yee Haw."
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Invoked: another consistent rule of his runs is that in order for him to win, he needs to have defeated all one-time encounter Pokemon or face failure. Spirit Electrum exploits Loophole Abuse by catching Lugia, using it in his team, then having it be a casualty in the last battle of the run.
    • It's actually all legendary pokemon, not all one-time encounter pokemon. This is used to justify not fighting Slugma at the end of Der Gnizalb, which is a one-time encounter but not a legendary pokemon.
  • Distaff Counterpart / Spear Counterpart: Happens in Spirit Electrum with Lana and Link the Typhlosions.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: At the end of DONUT'S ATOMIC KITTEN SLEDGE, the team goes to "DIDNEYLAN".
  • Exact Words: Darkrai. While being consumed, Wallace complains that there was a deal. Darkrai replies, "THE DEAL WAS THAT I WOULD DISPOSE OF MANIC - AND I SHALL - AND IN RETURN, YOU WOULD FEED ME. AND YOU ARE. NO TERMS HAVE BEEN VIOLATED." The deal never included Wallace's survival.
    • Argent Ante's Whitney instates a rule that the two Pokemon Manic uses in the battle must be of different genders, thinking that it meant he'd have to have one male and one female. Cue her throwing a tantrum when Manic brings Metang.
    • In Blinding Light, the prophecy states that Zekrom awaits a hero. The hero is Max, not Vile - it never said what species the hero had to be.
  • Fantastic Racism: Exemplified by Genwyn, who is revealed in Paint It Black to despise all non-Kanto Pokemon.
  • Flat "What.": Manic's reaction to seeing the starter Pokemon in Final Vega.
    • Also his reaction to Proton saying he's the scariest and cruelest guy in Team Rocket.
  • Freak Out!: Manic in Derpy Emerald didn't take well he was infected with a condition that can cause his Pokemon to die if it faints.
  • Groin Attack: In Blinding Light, Vile has Zerzan "geld" Clay as his punishment.
  • Guardian Entity: Manic's Oracles, made to guide Manic through his quests and explain how to undo their circumstances.
  • Handicapped Badass:
    • Manic himself in Fatal Platinum, at the end of which he was literally unable to walk without help, but could still think hard enough about strategy to beat the League.
    • Ike in Argent Ante.
  • The Heart / Morality Pet: Grant the Togepi/Togetic.
  • The Hero: Manic in the Manic saga, Max in Blinding Light.
  • Heroic Mime: Mason from Blinding Light.
    • Explained by Vile in the Q&A: "He has no mouth, buffoon."
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Infernal Red, Trevor shoves Susan away from an exploding Koffing and takes the blast instead in order to prevent her from being killed in front of her daughter, Lacey. The sacrifice saves Susan and helps Randy to come to terms with his situation.
  • He's Back: Manic returns to the team in chapter 15 of Dark Stars.
  • His Name Is...: In Der Gnizalb, the last words of Matilda. "Pay attention to what's...to come...this is what...it is...to..."
    • Played for Laughs in the Donut run, in the scene where Susan returns from the dead temporarily as a ghost to tell Donut to teach Surf to Underwear. When leaving the mortal plane, she happily exclaims "Hey, there's my..." No points for guessing what it is.
  • I Choose to Stay: Aaron the Charizard in Infernal Red.
  • Ill Boy: Anyone infected with the Nuzlocke condition are this, but only those with the more aggressive variants have this trope applied more heavily.
  • Insistent Terminology: Roxanne the Bibarel is an HM specialist, thank you very much!
  • Interspecies Romance: Roxanne and Nero in Fatal Platinum. Lana and Jack in Spirit Electrum.
  • Jerkass: Anemoi the Lugia from Spirit Electrum. Until shortly before his demise, Jacob from Paint It Black. Iwao from Final Vega. Fenrir from Der Gnizalb, recently outdone by Beat.
    • Boris from Paint it Black is enough of one that it gets him removed from the team.
  • Keet: Max from Blinding Light, up until he evolves into a Stoutland.
  • Killer Rabbit: Franklin the Lopunny in Fatal Platinum pulls his own weight repeatedly in battles.
  • Language Barrier: A great big one in Final Vega. Japanese appears to be the local language. Most of the game text is in Japanese. The NPCs speak it. The Pokemon speak it. Whether we're talking about the protagonist or the player, Manic... doesn't. Being overcome, little by little. Manic eventually learns some Japanese via total immersion in the language for over a month, giving him enough knowledge to understand his pokemon but not enough to understand NPCs.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Quite a few spread throughout the games.
    • Ace the Beautifly from Derpy Emerald, the jaded stand-up comedian
    • Bela the Murkrow from Infernal Red, the escaped serial killer
    • Applejack the Flareon from My Little Pokemon: Friendship is Super-Effective, the...Flareon
    • Roxanne from Fatal Platinum, a Bibarel so utterly unstoppable that she literally pulls herself out of the PC box, rips through several doors to reach Flint, Manic, and the rest of the team, and informs the dying hero that she'll end him right then and there if Nero is dead.
    • Dawn from Paint It Black, a Cincinno who calls out her martial arts attacks.
    • Bump from Der Gnizalb, a Swalot who is very "special"
    • And we're not even getting into the first Donut run, in which Donut battled Mewtwo with a Butterfree and a Wobbuffet, and the real crowner of this? Mewtwo KO'd itself with Struggle.
  • Literal Split Personality: Each run in the Manic Saga gets its own distinct Manic. Derpy Emerald gets the original. After the run ends, each region gets its own aspect of Manic:
    • Kanto gets Manic, Self-Aware, to embody his knowledge of self and the fourth wall.
    • Hoenn gets Manic, Innocent, to embody his naivete.
    • Sinnoh gets Manic, Courageous, to embody his fearlessness.
    • Unova gets Manic, Experienced, to embody what he has learned.
    • Johto gets Manic, Determined, to embody his refusal to give up.
    • The saga ends with Manic, Ascendant, who is the result of combining six runs' worth of experience into one mind, who goes through the aptly named Final Vega.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Sugar, from Dark Stars, is one of The Charmer variety. She gets kicked off the roster after the team gives Sophie a Sadistic Choice - box Sugar, or box the rest of the team sans Manic.
  • Mind Screw: The plot as a whole. Starts with a simple humorous Emerald run, evolves into a mission to restore multiversal balance over a span of multiple decades of fragmented incarnations.
  • Name's the Same: Yuki in Final Vega is literally named after snow. Yuki in Argent Ante is named such because she's a Yuki-Onna.
  • Nintendo Hard: Packed with overpowered gym battles, difficult puzzles, and even some outright cheating, Manic's run of Vega is this. By the time he finishes the run, far more pokemon have died than in any of his previous runs.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Genwyn and its followers are a reference to this, since they enforce inherent superiority in Kanto Pokemon over all others, and to hunt down and kill Manic at the same time.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Manic's reaction to being told he isn't real in Der Gnizalb.
  • One of Us: Manic, Self-Aware (from Infernal Red) has stated that he "knows the tropes", even using some tropes by name in Spirit Electrum's finale.
  • One Linoone Limit: Utterly subverted in Spirit Electrum, where Manic notes that the rules give him the opportunity to ignore duplicate pokemon, not the obligation. He then expends time and resources gathering as many Linoones as he can to abuse Pickup. His effort is a failure, though; not a single one of the Linoones caught in this way has that ability... except for Trish.
  • The Plague: The Nuzlocke is depicted as a disease with many variants in this setting, with Manic from Fatal Platinum getting a Degenerative Necrotic variant and Alder getting an infectious variant.
  • Remember the New Guy: Argent Ante's Dell gets this treatment. Out-of-story, Dell was caught as a replacement for Simon the Ditto, the capture of whom was against the rules which author!Manic was only reminded of after the update with Simon's capture went live. Instead of bothering with a Rewrite of the previous update, Manic seems to have incorporated this into the plot.
  • Rip Van Winkle: Manic in Paint It Black. He is also genderbent into a girl as well.
  • Sadistic Choice: Straight through the fourth wall near the end of Spirit Electrum. After Manic beats Lance in a rematch, a vortex opens that acts as a joining point between the two worlds, just like the first time. The difference is that the first victory allowed Manic to shift as many pokemon between worlds as he chose. This time, Manic is forced to choose which world is allowed to survive and which one vanishes forever. The viewers are first shown the two possibilities where the War world is chosen and War!Manic commits suicide because he lost Grant, and where the Peace world is chosen and Peace!Manic becomes too preoccupied with the Champion's duties to carry on his quest. Eventually both Manics decide to Take a Third Option so that the two worlds are combined into a single world.
    • Dark Stars has one before the first gym, where Sugar the Smoochum can only stay on the team in exchange for the retirement of Gavin, Cyrano, Melita and Lewis. Of course Sugar gets the box in the end.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Roxanne from Fatal Platinum fits this stereotype quite well.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: "Der Gnizalb" is "Blazing Red" backwards - a reference to the ROM hack's title, Der Erif.
  • Sequel Hook: There's one at the epilogue of Final Vega.
  • Shout-Out: The first gym battle in Paint It Black is an Epic Rap Battle (though not so much 'Of History').
    • One could also consider the entirety of the My Little Pokemon: Friendship is Super-Effective run to be a Shout-Out, as it contains a crossover between the Pokemon universe and the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic universe (as alluded to in the title).
    • Final Vega has this:
    • In Blinding Light, Clay has an Excadrill named Simon. He commands it to "pierce" Oda during the gym battle.
    • Since Donut's dialogue consists of almost entirely Non Sequiturs, some of the lines he spouts are Shout Outs. Case in point:
    • Der Gnizalb has lots of shout-outs to Mega Man. For example, his starter is named Cutman, and after defeating Blaine, "GET EQUIPPED WITH FLAME CANNON" is displayed on the screenshot.
    • In Der Gnizalb, Manic doesn't want to forget Pond.
    • In Dark Stars, Manic's first usage of Close Combat is accompanied by the phrase, omae wa mo shindeiru.
    • Similarly, his first Ember and Sky Uppercut are accompanied by a "Hadouken" and "Shoryuken" respectively.
    • Ike from Argent Ante might be this or Name's the Same to the Ike in Fire Emblem.
    • The recent runs seem to have references to superheroes as a recurring thing. Specifically, Clark from Der Gnizalb, Bruce from Dark Stars, and Kyle from Argent Ante.
    • Sherry the Taillow is possibly a reference to Detective Conan, considering she was caught in the Mahogany Rocket Base in place of one of the Electrode powering the machine.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Sophie delivers one to Barry after the latter lets his Motor Mouth run for a good while in Part 34 of Dark Stars.
  • Speed Run: Manic (the author) had to complete his Fatal Platinum run within thirty days, or else he would have failed the run.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: Cassie in Der Gnizalb. She is a pirate, anyway.
  • Trapped in TV Land: The Fire Red run, played way Darker and Edgier.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Occurs in Paint It Black, when Jonas is killed. Already in a vulnerable state after the recent death of Jacob, Manic is informed that it's within her power to stop any more of her friends from dying, that all she has to do is quit and go home. After a Heroic BSOD, she does precisely that. A Rousing Speech delivered by some old friends is required to snap her out of it, and when she does, she hits the ground running.
  • Villainous Legacy: The entire second Manic saga. Manic is forced to contend with a version of each region that has had its timeline warped by Darkrai, despite its defeat. Why? Because until he fixes the timelines, none of his friends can go home without being instantly eradicated.
  • Villainous Valour: In Blinding Light, during the battle with N, Max remarks that - among Vile, N, Ghetsis, and Alder - none of them have goals that are good for Unova. After Ghetsis is killed by Zerzan, N decides that Max is right...and transforms a supposedly innocent handshake into a last-ditch effort to help Unova.
  • We Cannot Go On Without You: A consistent rule in Manic's runs are that starters cannot leave the party, and if they are killed, he loses the run immediately.
  • Wham Episode His Derpy Emerald run gets a bit more serious when Flannery freaks out and has her Torkoal attack Manic directly.
    • Also part thirteen of Dark Stars, "Farewell Tour."
  • Wham Line: Found in Infernal Red. "Professor Oak is dead."
    • Also found in Dark Stars. Manic has left the party.
  • Word Salad Title: The Donut runs have these and seem to change with every update.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Wallace, after Darkrai declares that he needs more power... and then proceeds to devour the greatest power source in the area.

    Aouli's Nuzlocke Run 

Tropes seen in Aouli's Nuzlocke run:

    Nonparael's Nuzlocke Runs 

Tropes seen in Nonparael's Nuzlocke runs:

    Landwalker's Nuzlocke Runs 

Tropes seen in Landwalker's Nuzlocke runs:

    Death's Nuzlocke 

Tropes seen in Death's Nuzlocke:

  • Art Evolution: Won the "Most Improved Run" award in 2012.
  • Badass Adorable: Very rare for a Feraligatr, but Hamma is definitely this.
  • British Accents: Bruce the Growlithe has one.
  • Cancellation: The comic series sadly suffered from this when the artist lost interest in the plot.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: A trend somewhat criticized by the artist himself, and apparently part of the reason the serious was cancelled.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Ampsen the Electrode.
  • Fake Kill Scare: The author pulls one off in video form with Hamma, his starter.
  • Fourth Wall Observer: Jazz as a Slowbro.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Appears to be played straight with Jazz the Slowpoke, but subverted when he evolves and it is revealed that he was just supposed to keep watch on James and protect him.
  • Grumpy Bear: Bruce the Growlithe.
  • Identity Amnesia: How Shini became James, apparently. Chuck hints that something similar happened before, when Ethan became Shini.
  • I Have Many Names: The protagonist was originally named "Shini", but this was later changed to "James". Chuck, his father in this run, calls him "Ethan" at one point of the comic.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Jazz as a Slowpoke.
  • The Voiceless: Hamma and Jazz, though the latter grew out of it.
  • Who Names Their Kid Shini?: Wondered by Shini himself at the beginning of the comic, again after he becomes James, and yet again every time someone addresses him by it. Chuck indicates that Shini named himself that.
  • Wrap It Up: After canceling the comic, the artist decided to do a series of written summaries to explain how the plot would have progressed if he finished.

    Nuzlocke: The Gold Standard 

Tropes seen in Nuzlocke: The Gold Standard

  • Action Girl: Amy and Kate.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Ch. 8 (Tricks, Towers and Troublemakers).
  • Adorkable: Bill is described with exactly this word.
  • All-Natural Snake Oil: Cianwood Secret Potion is apparently made with all natural ingredients. But, as Mike internally notes, 'Hemlock is natural. So are bears.' The lighthouse Ampharos effectively receives a Hideous Hangover Cure.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Gamma the Unown and Solenoid the Magneton. This works out in their favour, because it means Gamma is immune to Miltank's Attract.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Mike's four main reasons for wanting to Kate to survive in Chapter 12: she's a good friend of his and he values her company, he wants as few people to die on this journey anyway, she's the last one left from after Goldenrod City and if she dies, the next longest-serving member of the team will be Colin.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Jasmine, especially after realising she was partly responsible for killing Mike's starter.
  • Author Avatar: When the author drops in to get revenge on Harry, he appears as a Butterfree with dark blue eyes.
  • Author Catchphrase: 'This team was getting more and more diverse/interesting/insert-suitable-alternative by the day'.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Lisa the Jigglypuff, who knows Thunder and Fire Punch.
  • Blatant Lies: Mike protests that he wasn't scared of flying on Kate's back, merely 'startled'.
    Kate: If by that you mean you clasped your arms around my chest, screamed like a girl all the way back and swore to never fly on anything more unprotected than a passenger plane, then yeah. You were pretty 'startled'.
    • And then when they set off after the Goldenrod City rescue, Mike comments on how nice it is to be travelling in the countryside again. Kate then dryly brings up that before then they'd had two weeks of no training whatsoever, to which Mike responds 'I don't have the faintest idea what you're talking about'.
  • Big Eater: Implied Trope: According to Mike, Nikki and he 'can eat a small country's worth of confection.'
  • Big Fun: Chuck.
  • Big "NO!": Colin gives a very big one of these when he realises he missed evolving into Espeon by thirty seconds.
  • Bilingual Bonus: When trying to improve his Fauxreigner disguise Mike gives a parting 'good luck phrase', which approximately translates from Russian as 'What the heck am I saying?'.
  • Bluff The Imposter: Mike tries to do this with the fake Radio Tower Director, firstly by calling out his Dissonant Serenity and then with I Never Told You My Name tactics. He manages it eventually when the Director reveals he knew Lance was at the Mahogany Hideout, even when he just said he didn't.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Dan the Mankey.
  • Bond One-Liner: Attempted, having just defeated the Lake of Rage Gyrados:
    Colin: I guess his problem was being wet behind the ears.
  • Breakout Character: A tragic example - Kate ascends from being a member of the Five-Man Band to main non-human character by dint of being the only one still alive in the end.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Professor Elm is good-naturedly depicted in such a way. Goodness knows what he was researching at the start of the series when Mike walked in.
  • Burial at Sea: Lisa, and then Harry. On the same route.
  • Can Not Spit It Out: Silver's Quilava Lee spends a long time dancing around the fact that he has a huge crush on Kate, getting tongue-tied and embarrassed merely from being around her. It is entirely unrequited on Kate's part.
  • Captain Oblivious: During his Day in the Limelight after rescuing Goldenrod City, Mike's Pokemon team once again spend all his money for him on all the various entertainments the city has. Mike doesn't realise in the slightest this time.
  • Catch Phrase: Gamma's repeated use of the word 'fascinating'. It even describes its own death in such a way.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Averted. The author says that he deliberately doesn't focus too much on the hardships of their journey and on recent deaths to keep the story moving and avoid it being bogged down in angst.
  • Cheerful Child: Sammy and Lisa.
  • Compensating for Something: Kate's speculation in this line regarding the size of the Rocket Admin's office is mercifully cut shut by the arrival of Silver before she can finish her sentence.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Gym battles are sped up somewhat, but Falkner, Bugsy and Chuck were reportedly thrashed easily even in the actual playthrough.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Quite a bit of it, although Kate gets the most fun.
    • Any scene with Mike and Silver gets this thrown about everywhere.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: To save time getting into and through the Radio Tower when Team Rocket takes over, Mike sends Solenoid on ahead to get him a Team Rocket uniform. However, he wasn't specific enough, leading to...
  • Double Entendre: Those of you who didn't catch the double implication of the scene where Togepi's egg hatches, treasure your innocence. Lacking context, their statements make it sound like Mike is the father.
    • Colin also insists on rephrasing the boulder-pushing puzzles of Ice Path in terms of 'playing with your balls'.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Mike is actually named Mick, but hates being called that.
  • Expy: Clyde, of Dudley from Street Fighter, even quoting some of Dudley's notable catchphrases. See Gentleman and a Scholar.
  • Fan Disillusionment/ Broken Pedestal: When Mike first meets Lance at the Lake Of Rage, he idolises him as one of the strongest Trainers in all of Johto (even thought he doesn't know about his job as Champion). Then after repeated instances of him acting like a jerk during the Hideout infiltration - particularly when he 'saw how well you were doing (against all the Grunts and the Admins) that I hung back' -, he comes to realise that Lance is actually kind of a dick in reality.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Bill refers to Colin sleeping on his keyboard while he was working "as if it was the eighth cardinal sin".
  • Five-Man Band: Pre-Goldenrod City Gym
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Whitney, when Mike returns to Goldenrod City. He still agrees to help her, but only after casually taunting her (complete with But for Me, It Was Tuesday) and making his opinion of her clear. It doesn't help that she gives him the Accidental Misnaming treatment even when dramatically trying to appeal to him for help.
    Mike: Sorry... Whitney, isn't it? Or am I thinking of the pretty one?
  • Fourth Wall Observer: Harry the Sudowoodo. He was originally from a different series by the same author and was dragged over to this series as a punishment for breaking the Fourth Wall too much in that work, which should say everything.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Jasmine. And Amphy loves her back for it.
  • From Bad to Worse: From getting lost in Dark Cave to getting lost in Mt. Mortar, and then getting lost in the Whirl Islands.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: Clyde. Polite and respectful, speaks with class, acts with gentlemanly etiquette, issues full challenges even when grinding against wild Pokemon and frequently comes to conflict with more self-serving loutish types (particularly Team Rocket, and Colin).
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Language is kept clean in this run.
  • Gory Discretion Opening: When Lisa doesn't get Infant Immortality, the chapter starts with the team grieving, the death having happened offscreen as a form of compensation.
  • Hand Wave: Every time the game Hand Waves something, the narration actually says that the character 'waved a hand' as they said it.
  • Harmless Villain: Mike regards Team Rocket as this by the end, not without justification. He at least feigns surprise at TR managed to actually be successful in the Goldenrod City takeover chapters, and Kate says that she's getting bad memories throughout the whole experience - not because of Team Rocket, but because they're in Goldenrod City.
  • Head Pet: Kate acts as one because she actually rejects Mike's offers to perch on his arm, preferring to do it her way.
  • Heroic BSOD: Some of the more tragic deaths trigger a flat-out one of these in Mike.
  • Humiliation Conga: Pryce's Gym, at least at first and mostly due to Mike's inability to deal with Frictionless Ice. Fortunately the Gym battle went better.
    • And then it gets even worse for the Ice Path.
  • If I Had a Nickel: Said in response to Clair asking 'How could I possibly lose?!'
  • I Like Those Odds: Considering the size of each side in the Goldenrod City chapters - him and his six Pokemon versus the entirety of Team Rocket's finest troops - Mike concludes 'Team Rocket didn't have a chance'.
  • Iron Woobie: After the events of both Goldenrod and Olivine Gyms, Mike still finds the motivation to go on. Mostly, that "I'll be damned if I let their deaths go to waste now".
  • In Which a Trope Is Described: Each chapter starts with a selection of phrases foreshadowing the events of the chapter. Apparently, they're deliberately phrased to sound as odd as possible.
  • Jerkass: Colin, of the 'insufferable' variety. Condescending and aggravating, he only gets away with not being throttled because the team, as much as they hate to admit it, need the advantages he brings.
  • Killed Mid-Attack: Sammy. Just before he launched a huge Razor Leaf volley, Jasmine's Steelix used Iron Tail and killed him instantly.
  • The Lad-ette: Kate the Spearow. She even threatens to peck Mike in the face on occasion.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Lots of it. From much Fridge Logic to weird item handouts to creepily identical NPCs to the behaviour of certain characters to Mike's Kleptomaniac Hero tendencies.
    • The author even lampshades his own writing, like when Mike comments 'For some reason, I always seem to have at least two of you guys out of your Poke Balls whenever we go anywhere'.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Clyde, an Expy of the trope's namer.
    • Beryl, as well, tells Jasmine's Magnemite that "I will fight you fair and square, and then that will put an end to this".
  • Ludicrous Precision: Solenoid can measure how long it takes Mike to catch up to it in Goldenrod City down to the second.
  • Made of Iron: Given how much Mike falls off things in the area of Ecruteak and Olivine City, and then the fiasco with the boulders in Ice Path, this can be presumed about him.
  • Meaningful Name: Gamma the Unown, after part of the infrared spectrum that the radio waves Unown are known to emit is also on.
    • Solenoid the Magnemite. A 'solenoid' is a tight coil of wire that exhibits a magnetic field when an electric current passes through it.
    • Whitney's Miltank is named Kira for a reason.
  • Mood Whiplash: About as severe a one as you can get - from Chapter 5.5, a cheerful Lonely Island parody about Mike's Pokemon blowing all his money in Goldenrod City, to Chapter 6 in which four named characters die.
  • Motive Decay: The protagonist gets this, unusually enough - lapping up all the media attention after rescuing Goldenrod City causes him to have to remind himself that he actually is a trainer and that his goal is to become a Pokemon Master, not just roll around on piles of publicity money.
  • Multiple Head Case: After Solenoid evolves into Magneton. Its sentences get passed around its three heads at random intervals, sometimes doing a full lap in one speech.
  • My Greatest Failure: The series author believes that his run of Goldenrod City Gym in which four Pokemon died, three of them to the same opponent, is probably the biggest failure ever recorded in a Nuzlocke run that didn't wipe out the entire party.
    • And then his starter, a Meganium no less, dies.
  • Named After Someone Famous: All notable Fighting types are named after characters from Fighting games, and all Gym leaders' Pokemon after Bugsy are given names to be these as well.
  • Nice Girl: Amy, Lisa, Nikki. The mantle gets passed on throughout the story.
    • Nikki becomes more of The Ditz sometimes as well.
  • No Name Given: The Togepi baby, who was Boxed immediately. Reportedly, in the actual playthrough the Egg never actually hatched at all.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: When particularly stupid/silly lines are quoted from the game (not to mention the part where, in the game, instead of using Fly Lance literally spirals into the sky and disappears), the author tends to put in a short disclaimer to say that this is a genuine thing from the game.
  • Official Couple: Alexander and Amy.
  • One of Us: Chapter 4 is titled 'Fetch The Phlebotinum' (referring to the Slowpoke Tail item). The author's comment on this is simply 'I always wanted to have a chapter with that title.'
    • One of the titles Harry makes up about himself is 'Hanger of Lampshades'.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The disaster in Chapter 6 was so bad that the Author apparently forgot his usual Nuzlocke recommendation in the artist's description.
    • When Colin is being quiet and no-one tells Harry to stop breaking the Fourth Wall, you know they're upset about Lisa's death.
  • Ow, My Body Part!: When Mike falls into Ruins of Alph the first time, he tells the researcher 'I think I bruised my appendix'. The second time, it's his coccyx. When he falls through the floor of Olivine Lighthouse, he cries 'Ow, my fovea!'.
  • Painting the Medium: Falling is denoted with increasingly shrinking sub-script.
    • The tutorial woman's insistence is conveyed with caps lock and dashes combined together. She even lampshades it.
  • Percussive Maintenance: On Solenoid's first appearance, its magnetism cause Mike's Poke Gear to malfunction. Mike responds by desperately pressing every button in sight and thumping it hopefully.
  • Phrase Catcher: 'Shut up, Harry'.
  • Place Worse Than Death: Mike regards Goldenrod City to be one, after his battle with Whitney.
  • The Prankster: Charlotte the Gastly.
  • Punny Name: The series' name, for one.
    • Beryl the Geodude/Graveler.
    • Several of the In Which a Trope Is Described lines at the start of chapters, including 'The Cold Light of Mourning', 'For Whom the Doorbell Tolls' and 'Overexposure to Gamma Radiation' (Gamma is the name of the Unown that took Bugsy's Gym down so fast it wasn't even worth showing it in the story).
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Colin tries these on his first appearance, but they aren't very effective. Amy's are super effective.
  • Rage Against the Author: Downplayed version: Rather than being angry, Harry makes continual jokes at the author's expense.
  • Rage Inducing Slight: Silver blocking Mike in the Goldenrod Underground really frustrates him as he's trying to find the Director and prompts him to shout at his rival, only for Silver to turn it right back round to him again ranting about why he believes he has the rights to stop Team Rocket.
  • Reality Ensues: Dumping a Miltank in a river during Ch. 5.5 as part of a cheery song parody comes back to bite Sammy later.
    • Dan has in fact been peer-pressured into fitting the 'rowdy Mankey' image, when actually he's a nice guy.
  • Rick Roll: When Nikki uses Perish Song against Clair's Kingdra, Mike says he can make out the words of the song that can kill in three turns. It is, of course, Never Gonna Give You Up.
  • Running Gag: Silver's unnaturally red hair and strange dress sense.
    It was like a dye made from the exoskeleton of Scizors.
    • Mike's Poke Gears getting broken.
    • The Radio Tower takeover chapters had a Running Gag of different unfortunate people encountering Mike Disguised in Drag (the Rocket Executive, the Director, his rival, etc etc.).
  • Shout-Out: Everything from Pokémon Black 2 and White 2:
    A million Pokedollars! What do I look like, the kid from Brycen-Man?

...to Discworld:
Sage: Ho-Oh is a great and proud being.

...to the infamous MAHVEL BAYBEE! video:
Author's description: Chuck was honestly defeated in about as much time as it took for you to read it in the story up there. Where yo' curleh moustache at?

  • Shrinking Violet: Amy. Timothy, drastically so.
  • Shutting Up Now: From the author's comment on the chapter where Lance's pedestal was broken for Mike:
    ...Then I played through this section of the game and both Mike and I realised that actually Lance is kind of a dick. No two ways about it. He's a dick. And we've already got Colin for that, so there's only room for one dick in this series, and I should stop before I say something really awkward.
  • Stranger Behind the Mask: In-Universe - Mike is disappointed to discover that the last Rocket Executive isn't someone he knows already.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Morty. Even when he tells Mike 'may the best man find the Legendary first', he still mentally adds 'which will clearly be me'.
    • And Colin. Very much Colin.
    • Clair also acts if anything slightly more like this than she actually does in the game.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: The scene in which Charlotte was captured.
    • Also the dramatic description of Mike coming back down Rt. 44 to New Bark Town and coming back to his origin point again, only to append on that 'Later that day they flew back up to Blackthorn again and took the home road again, this time getting all the items on the opposite side of the river. Waste not want not.'
  • Spock Speak: Gamma uses quite a lot of this.
    • Solenoid as well, although not as much. More Literal-Minded - when asked 'Anything else about yourself you'd like to say?', it answers 'Yes' and then doesn't say any of those things until specifically asked again. This goes very interestingly for Mike when he asks it to fetch him a Team Rocket uniform, 'the first one you find'll do'.
  • Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard: Kate's reaction to Mike saying that there can't be any ninjas in Mahogany Town because he can't see any.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Mike's opinion of the sign on the Mahogany Town shop Team Rocket is using. 'No denial can be that specific without knowing something particular.'
  • Team Mom: Beryl. Calm, collected, gives out guidance and team therapy when needed and is always the one with the wise words and her head on straight.
  • Tempting Fate: On the way into Ice Path, Mike asks 'How bad exactly can it be?'. The In Which a Trope Is Described lines at the top of the chapter describes the Ice Path section as 'Frozen Hell', which answers his question.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Colin's opinion of the whole 'having a Trainer' thing.
  • Trash Talk: Dan does a lot of this, before he discovers that he doesn't have to pretend to be rowdy.
  • Tonight Someone Dies: Chapter 6 bears this warning.
  • Upper-Class Twit: The Director of the Radio Tower is portrayed as one of these, oblivious to what's actually going on around him and splashing his plummy and overly-elaborate speech all over the place. Mike considers gagging him again as soon as he rescues him.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Mike and Kate by the later stages of the run.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Carlos and Zach, both of which die in the same chapter they are introduced.
    • Archie the Spinarak, Charlotte the Gastly and the baby Togepi are Boxed in the same chapter as they were caught, and Rachel the Nidoran never got any spoken dialogue.
  • Word of God: As you may have spotted from all the Pot Holes, the author has much to say about his own series.
  • Who Are You Calling Names?:
    Rocket Executive: I'll happily argue with you, but that Rock type looks pretty hardy and I'm certainly not picking a fight with your sea monster.
    Nikki: Who are you calling a sea monster?!
    Beryl: Yes, she's right! You'll start hurting feelings on top of your other crimes next!
    Nikki: Er, no seriously... Who's he calling a sea monster?
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Apparently, Silver's real name was so horrifically embarrassing that Mike lied to the police to spare him the indignity. Said real name has not been confirmed as of yet.
  • You Have No Chance to Survive: The fake Director gives Mike the card key to get into the Underground because he knew M Ike would fail, but he wanted to watch him try. This didn't work out for him.
  • You Put the X in XY: The incredibly frustrating Blackthorn City Gym is described as 'Putting the Thorn in Blackthorn'.
  • Your Little Dismissive Diminutive: Used to compare Mike and Nikki to the red Gyrados: 'The monster that rose out like an apocalyptic god loomed over the boy on his little swimming pet.'

    Kit's Nuzlocke Adventure 

Tropes found in Kit's Nuzlocke Adventure

  • Alpha Bitch: Cynthia. Later revealed to be Angelica from Rugrats all grown up!
  • Art Shift: In the Platinum run, Lyra is drawn in the style of Kimba the White Lion, while Fortune the Ponyta is drawn in the style of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
  • Awesome Aussie: Kit. Played for laughs when Skyla is revealed to actually be a guy named Skyler, but Kit says Skyla due to his Australian accent.
  • Babies Ever After: Zero and Lithium in the Platinum run.
  • Born Lucky: Kit. He finds two Shinies in two successive runs - and they're both the same species.
  • The Chewtoy: Silver. Everyone thinks he's evil and treats him as such when he's really not. Everything's just a huge misunderstanding.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Kit. He thinks his Torchic is a football, initially thought Zigzagoons were pine cones (thus naming the one he caught "Pinecone") and mishears "Rock Types" and "Jock Types" (thought he still realizes they'll be hard on Torchic because "Jocks beat footballs"). All in the first two strips.
    • The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: When Torchic evolves he assumes it's become a bowling pin. And somehow puzzles out that Fighting types beat Rock types while still thinking about bowling pins.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: Radical the shiny Crobat in the Platinum run.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Zero in his Platinum run
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Played with since Kit thinks in "football types", "jock types", and "frat types" to name a few, though it usually still works out along the same lines as the normal games'.
  • Everybody Lives: Kit's goal in Platinum is to collect the Spoink Balls so he can revive everyone who died in Sapphire. It works, but he has to catch them in the Pal Park to really bring them back, and before he can he's sent into the Unova dimension. Thankfully Rayquaza's nice enough to keep their spirits hanging around until he gets back.
  • Fratbro: Brawley. One of the first thing he asks is if Kit's been to any good keggers.
  • Generation Xerox: Averted, Ion the Lucario acts nothing like either of his parents.
  • Greek Chorus: Kit's remaining Pokemon from both his previous runs during Black and Black 2. Including the dead ones, and the ones from the Black glitched run.
  • Idiot Hero: Kit, though he has his smarter (or at least more Genre Savvy) moments.
  • Interspecies Romance: Zero and Lithium. Psyche and Felony. But unlike most of these that happen in Nuzlockes, these two pairs can breed.
  • I Lied: Rayquayza, to avert a very heavily bitter bittersweet ending for Black 2. He could revive the Unova Pokemon in the end.
  • Large Ham: Kit
  • Lethal Joke Character: Felony the Liepard in Black 2 was such a badass it earned the award for Pokemon of the Year for the 2013 Nuzlocke awards. He even finished off Iris' last mon.
  • Loophole Abuse: Invoked in Platinum with the Pastoria's Swamp where Zero interpreted the Safari at six different areas, catching six different Pokemon.
    • Kit later does this again to justify Lyra not dying on Iron Island. It's implied her horrible death by Random Number God was Laser-Guided Karma for the choice.
    • Kit can justify out-of-universe knowledge via a few things, usually a PC Pokemon or another Pokemon simply using the internet. One of his Pokemon learned Surf but he'd already done the surfer motif, so it became an expert web-surfer instead. Another Pokemon was from the future, thus having some future knowledge. Leafeon was a Terminator parody, with all the technical abilities it implied.
    • Kit caught Kyogre by making sure it was the first Pokemon he saw in the area by using a lot of Repels and then covering his eyes for good measure. He acquired Keldeo as a gift, and admitted he was unsure what the rules said about that.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Baskerville in Platinum, she's even called such. She uses it to help out Lyra early on, but later does it for her own amusement.
  • Mind Screw: The Black Run, on account of it being caused by Giratina's powers making a distorted Unova for Kit to traverse. Out of universe it's because Kit used a chest code to sequence break and the game went nuts.
  • No Fourth Wall: It starts wearing thin by the end of the Emerald run, but by Platinum all pretext is abandoned.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Invoked by Kit. Since Brawley's Pokemon all act like frat boys, the move Peck by a male Combusken throws them into confusion since they're all trying to defend their heterosexuality to each other, to the point where Brawley forfeits.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Grymloq the Rampardos is a Genius Bruiser, but likes to hide it by speaking in Hulk Speak. And because it's fun.
  • Only Sane Man: Awesome the Crobat.
  • Pungeon Master: Smugleaf
  • Random Number God: Sometimes it becomes very important. Lyra missing twice in a row against a Frosslass leads to her death. As does his Leafeon missing twice against a Graveler, which then Exploded.
  • Red Baron: Felony, the One Hit Point Wonder. Also known as The World's Strongest Liepard.
  • The Rival: Lyra often asks other Pokemon on the team to be her rival, due to her ability. None of her rivals tend to live very long.
  • Running Gag: "Grass Pokemon grow back, right?"
    • Kit's seemingly-irrational hatred of Water types.
  • Sequel Hook: All except for Black 2 end this way:
    • Sapphire ends with Kit deciding to travel to Sinnoh to collect the Spoink Balls to revive everyone he's lost.
    • Platinum ends with him breaking Giratina/Rod Serling's Pokeball, sending him into a distorted Unova.
    • Black ends with him now in the real Unova.
  • Shout-Out: A lot of them, and they're all over the place.
    • Team Aqua is made up of Popeye characters and the lead from Waterworld.
    • INGTBS the Grumpig clearly had a Dragon Ball on his head as a Spoink. This later becomes a plot point, as the remaining six being collected becomes the plot of the Sinnoh run.
    • Zero the Lopunny is named after Megaman Zero and has a Digimon theme.
    • Grymloq the Rampardos is a double reference (Or a reference to a reference) as per Word of God. He's named after a Carnosaur mount from Warhammer Fantasy, which was in turn named after the Dinobot Grimlock.
    • Giratina is Rod Serling
    • Both Phoenix from Platinum and Sobek from Black 2 wear Triangle Shades, which are explicitly referred to as Kamina glasses in the epilogue.
    • Shauntal is a blatant Velma Expy, and is a fan of The Luxray King.
  • Straight Gay: Peri Peri the Blaziken.
  • Troll: Rayquaza. To the point where he outright lies about not being able to revive the fallen Unova Pokemon, just to see if Kit believed him.
  • Unfortunate Names: Kit intentionally names Kyogre "Murderer" for killing INGTBS before Kit could use the Master Ball.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Common for Nuzlockes, but Kit manage this for both his Platinum and Black 2 starters. Niether even gets to evolve.
  • Wham Episode: Sapphire 35. INGBTS dies from one Hydro Pump from Kyogre, whom Kit then catches.
    • Sapphire 58: Peri Peri dies and Kit freezes up, forcing Awesome to release Kyogre to keep the battle going.
    • Sapphire 64: INGBTS' ghost reveals that if Kitt collects the Spoink Balls, he can revive every he's lost.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: The Soul Silver run, apparently Kit's first journey which he forgot for some unspecified reason somehow involving Mewtwo.

Other fancomics include examples of:

  • A Father to His Men: Oftentimes, though not always, Nuzlocke Pokémon will be fiercely loyal to their trainers, even by Pokémon standards.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Some would say this is half the fun.
  • Ambiguous Gender: A few protagonists are this, but it is widely used in Para's Nuzlocke to the point where one of the most asked questions of the author is "What is Para's gender?"
  • Bittersweet Ending: Kai's run ends with all her Pokémon apparently alive. They leave her while she sleeps, noting that it would be too dangerous for her to follow them. It ends as a Shout-Out to Inception.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Anytime a Pokémon coughs up blood, it's not a good sign.
  • Break the Cutie: Many, many runs involve the main character beginning as optimistic children who run headfirst into battle... and realize that Anyone Can Die.
    • I Let Gwen Stacy Die is also a common reaction.
    • Notably Alterity, where Robin struts out of Littleroot Town, demands Talon use Thunderbolt, and is soon smacked upside the head by reality.
    • It's a Hard Life, with both Robin and Puck.
  • Crossover: Occasionally, the authors will let each other's characters appear in the comics, sometimes going as far as shipping them with each other.
    • Also, Amastroph's and Petty's comics include 'mon cameos from Pokémon Quartz.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass / Lethal Joke Character: On a rare occasion, some Nuzlocke comics will show that some mons aren't exactly as pathetic and laughable as most would think.
    • Prime example: Butterfree. Who knew that such an early pokémon, such a delicate-looking bug, would end up able to be so awesome?
  • Death by Adaptation: Almost every Nuzlocke comic have Gary's Raticate dead.
  • Deconstruction Fic: Wasserbienchen's In Black And White is this for the Pokémon franchise as a whole, tying in the cheerful Pokémon world with a creepy and realistic portrayal of Pokémon training as animal abuse through the application of Fridge Logic.
  • Depending on the Writer: What is Nuzlocke? Does the term have any meaning within the world itself? Is it a Self-Imposed Challenge, a curse, or simply an unnamed rule of the world?
    • Can trainers understand what their Pokémon are saying? If so, how? Can only some of their Pokémon communicate with them, via human speech or telepathy, or can all of them speak freely?
    • Naming is variable. Is it just a nickname, or do wild Pokemon have no name at all? Does the new name override their previous one? Are they human-like names, or, well, not? Kindle-flower's run suggested that wild Pokemon do have names, but they don't translate well into human languages so they just let their trainer give them a name they can reasonably use.
    • The scale of the region is pretty much variable. To take Johto as an example, in some stories Violet City is a day and half's walk from New Bark Town whereas in others Mr. Pokemon's house is a matter of hours away from Goldenrod City.
  • Fake Kill Scare: Used often enough to be considered another unspoken tradition.
  • Green Thumb: It's common for Red/Blue/Fire Red/Leaf Green Nuzlockers to choose Bulbasaur as their starter. In the comic, it may be justified as the character thinking it's cute or favoring grass types in general, but strategically speaking, it is the best to start with when you want to make a run with as few casualties as possible, since it has a type advantage against the first two gyms. And its Poison typing gives it an immunity to poisoning.
    • Subverted in Gold/Silver/Crystal/HG/SS runs. You'll be hard-pressed to find a Nuzlocke that has a player choosing Chikorita. The poor grass type has a type disadvantage against BOTH the first two gyms. Really, if you counted, Cyndaquil is by-and-large the most popular starter for Johto with Totodile as a close second. Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald nuzlockers usually prefer Torchic and Mudkip (the latter for its memetic status). However, the aversion to grass types isn't as egregious in Gen 3 as it is in Johto.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Any appearance of a Rock-type Gym Leader prompts as many of these as you can think of. In more modern runs it's now often played differently, with the Trainer saying 'What, aren't you going to say you're about to rock my world or something like that?'. Failing that, the comment threads should supply plenty.
    • In Petey's run, every Gym Leader got one of these.
  • Left Hanging: A lot of Nuzlockes are abandoned for various reasons, though a lot of artists who do this simply admit that it's pure laziness.
  • Lonely at the Top: A lot of trainers end up feeling disillusioned, miserable and guilt ridden because of all the deaths that they are indirectly responsible for. Sometimes remedied with a You Are Not Alone moment from their Pokémon.
  • Love Hurts: For Arceus's sake, don't ship in a Nuzlocke comic! As it will happen very often. Through there's a few exception. Most notably Barb and Spuds.
    • Heck, it hurts for humans as well. There's one Nuzlocke comic where Cheren is in love with Bianca... But not only is she a lesbian, but she's dating Elesa. And he didn't know these two things until a bit after he lost to Elesa. Needless to say, it hurt for both sides.
  • One Pidgey Limit: Some comics will have a "Dupe Clause" in the rules, which will allow them to catch another Pokémon on the route if they already have one from a previous route. For plot and gameplay purposes, it makes sense to not have three or four of the same Pokémon.
  • Only Sane Man: A lot of Nuzlockes that put comedic focus on the Fridge Logic and character interpretation have a habit of making the protagonist come off as this.
  • Perspective Flip: Blue: The Other Guy's Story flips the roles of The Hero and The Rival.
  • Playing with Fire: Fire-types tend to be popular starters outside of the first gen and remakes thereof. Especially in Sinnoh, where decent Fire-types are rare otherwise and quite handy.
  • Rocks Fall Everybody Dies: Amastroph's Platinum run ends with Dlelewhoop the Kricketune murdering everybody and becoming Dennis (Genesect), destroyer of worlds.
  • Running Gag: Across multiple Nuzlocke's even. For whatever reason, pretty much every Platinum run has the main character explicitly avoiding the plot dialog with Cyrus in Mt. Coronet.
    • "PCHOOOOO" seems to be a popular onomatopoeia for pokeballs.
  • Schedule Slip: It's been pointed out that the gap between comic updates tends to slow down as the Nuzlocker nears the end. It can probably be chalked up to the final strips being longer, better drawn, and overall fatigue from doing so many comics.
  • Taking You with Me: Selfdestruct/Explosion, the bane of every Nuzlocker's career. Also sometimes a Heroic Sacrifice, like in Petty's Nuzlocke above. There are also times where a Pokémon will die from poison or recoil after killing off a harsh enemy, as in Wasserbienchen's In Black And White with her Herdier or Marriland's first Nuzlocke and Tentacool.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: In Colonel Darren's Time and Space Journey comes The Reveal that this version of Darren is a Gengar, created by Giratina to replace his fallen champion after Cyrus found himself in a Stable Time Loop and murdered his infant adversary.
  • Wham Line: From Kotone's Nuzlocke adventure Earlier today... I died, didn't I?
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Expect this to come up a lot, especially if the concept of the Nuzlocke is a plot point, since in most of them, the hero will get called out for allowing his Pokemon to die, often in preventable situations. Especially when it's a Black and White run and the person doing the calling out is N.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Many, many of the weaker Pokémon will come across as this. This can be Played for Laughs or for drama, depending upon how dark the Nuzlocke is.