Fanfic / Pokeumans

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 huge Shared 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:

Tropes applied to many stories across the group or the group as an entity:

  • Alternate History
  • 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.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Almost all base leaders and (naturally) Elite Four members are extremely capable fighters.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Not everyone takes their transformation as well as others. If not because of the species, it's because of the fact they can't leave the base for fear of capture and torture.
  • Blind Obedience: The majority of Pokextinctionists are totally unquestioning of their orders and what they're doing - if they were conditioned to see themselves as being in the right anyway.
  • Blood Knight: Given that battling is the backbone of the games, Pokeumans often battle just for fun and training is a main focus of their schedules.
  • Brainwashing: How Pokextinction builds their army.
  • 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.
  • The Cameo: Some protagonists of early spin-offs set in Long Island went beyond cameo to becoming major characters of the original series (a possible form of Official Fan-Submitted Content). These aside, there have been a series of smaller cameos as well, and spin-offs cameo each other frequently.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Pokextinction.
  • Child Soldiers: Given that Pokeumans are prone to transform in their teens, this was sadly inevitable.
  • The Chosen Many: The Chosen One is not a very common trope (The Chosen Zero and The Unchosen One are much more common), but it happens sufficiently often that this trope is somewhat present.
  • Combat Pragmatist: A common element of Pokeuman battles is using moves in ways other than the obvious.
  • Continuation: The spin-off series, extending the group premise to all around the world.
  • Continuity Snarl: In such a large Shared Universe these are inevitable, but fortunately on the whole they're only minor ones, and the vast majority are sorted before they become a problem.
  • Direct Line to the Author: The events that happened to the Pokeuman characters are supposed relayed to the clones by Psychic messaging so that they think it was their own creation and write a story about it.
  • 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.
  • Fan Verse: And a big one. As of December 2014 the group has over six-hundred members, although many of them no longer active.
  • 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.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Yep, Pokextinction's got those.
  • From Beyond the Fourth Wall/ The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Secret bases, memory erasure, clone replacements: the issue is not 'this could be happening around you without you knowing' so much as 'this could have happened to you without you knowing'. See Direct Line to the Author.
  • 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.
  • Human Furniture Is a Pain in the Tail
  • Humans Are Bastards: The entire problem originally, and still shows its ugly face nowadays.
  • Humanshifting: Humanisation tech allows for Pokeumans to become human, although wearing it for too long can cause genetic mutations.
  • Inter Species Romance: The original Pokemon, who had families with humans. Also any Pokeuman falling in love with any species not the same as them is technically this.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: No-one chose this transformation, after all.
  • Just Woke Up That Way: Several transformees discover the beginning of their changes as they look in the mirror in the morning. Bonus points are lost if they just had a dream about being the species in question (one of the group's Pet Peeve Tropes).
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: A cameo of the Mindwalker spin-off in the Original Series gave away one of that series' spoilers (namely, who killed Fang the Serperior).
  • 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 (particularly its God-Mode Sue protagonist).
  • 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.
  • Magic Genetics: Powerful ones, even by the normal standard - these hijack your entire genetic code and kick in after centuries.
  • 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. They then erase everyone's memory, which means you could be one.
  • Masquerade: Pokeumans and Pokextinction live in societies hidden from humans, hiding in underground bases and erasing the memories of anybody unfortinate enough to discover the secret.
  • Meaningful Name: The Pokeumans, and Pokextinction.
  • Memory-Wiping Crew: This mostly appears to conducted by Pokextinction, actually, since they have better control over their own clones. It helps that they also have no scruples whatsoever about this sort of thing and benefit from the public not knowing about their gradually-expanding empire. The PRT have also been known to fulfil this role occasionally, though - apparently, maintaining The Masquerade is the only objective both sides hold in common.
  • Metamorphosis: This transformation can only be undone temporarily. Once it happens to you, you're in for life.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Brainwashed Extinctionists have glazed over grey eyes.
  • 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.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Don't mess with Pokextinction.
  • Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The Dream messengers often serve as this (given that they're all linked through the Board). Don't expect straight answers in a hurry.
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone: And we mean everyone, to the point of becoming a Pet Peeve Trope.
  • Recursive Fanfiction
  • Red Baron/ Superhero Sobriquets: Other characters that have acquired heroic titles within or from around the group include:
  • Replacement Goldfish: The clones.
  • 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.
  • Shared Universe
  • Slow Transformation: It takes a full week.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The spelling of Larry the Loudred MC's surname varies depending on the series: variations include Belowitch, Bellowhich and Bellowich.
  • Spirit Advisor: A common trope, albeit quite cliched if they don't actually do anything helpful.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else: Both disguised Pokeumans and Pokextinction sleeper agents look like totally normal people. Because they are.
  • They Look Like Us Now: See Humanshifting.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: The small number of spin-offs that have had the clone realise their true nature have had one of these moments, and usually a bout of Cloning Blues. Fortunately, the group is pretty acknowledging that Clones Are People, Too.
  • Villain Protagonist: There have been a few spin-offs focusing on members of Pokextinction, although they usually realise what is is that they're doing and break away.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: See Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: much personal drama and angst has been brought out in multiple series over this issue.