Just For Fun: The Pokédex - Extended Fanon Edition
We all have fond memories of the Pokémon world, and many of us have maintained or rediscovered our fandom over the years. But often, the official fluff is... lacking. Sometimes the Pokédex entries are absurd - sometimes egregiously. * Our personal favorite would be that Onix are apparently less dense than water unless their bodies are less than a foot in diameter. In addition, we're lacking pretty much every non-battle related bit of information about the world. Answers to questions like: What kind of nests do Nidoran build? Do wild Charizard care for their young? Who pays to operate Pokémon Centers? Realistically, are any species declared simply too dangerous to legally train?
So that's where we come in. In March 2010, The Pokédex - Extended Fanon Edition was founded. Since then, we have been busy in our little corner of the Video Games forum creating pages filled with unofficial fluff to more fully flesh out the creatures, the places, and other fixtures of the world of Pokémon.
Here's what we've got so far:
AN IMPORTANT NOTE Please do not edit the subpages or start new subpages unless there is a corresponding entry on the thread. If you('re not a staff member and) want to tweak an entry or see something that needs to be tweaked, please bring it up with the entry's OP on the thread or via PM first. If you're looking to add an entry, submit it on the thread before you make a subpage for it. Letting us know what you plan on writing about in advance is not only strongly encouraged, it is required. Articles that are not submitted according to this procedure will be subject to being delisted and/or deleted at the discretion of the contributors in the thread.
Species Entries:* Base 'Dex numbers are in brackets.
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The Entries Provide Examples Of:
And Knowing Is Half the Battle: In a world of creatures capable of awesome (and destructive) feats - even when untrained and in the wild, it only makes sense that an all-encompassing Pokédex includes Trainer Notes on how to deal with them, both when faced in the wild and when taken as training companions.
Big Eater: Several, including a few that you wouldn't expect.
Bizarre Alien Biology: Most Pokémon with beam attacks are able to use them because they have specialized organs which permit them to do so; for example, most Water Pokemon can spew water from their mouths because they possess a special water bladder that can provide ballast while swimming and be compressed to expel its contents at a moment's notice, while Fire- and Ice-Types have pyro- and cryo-sacs, respectively.
Bloodier and Gorier: The thread doesn't exactly revel in it, but this trend is just prevalent enough to be noticeable. Several entries love to discuss the myriad ways Pokémon can kill each other (or humans!) See Impaled with Extreme Prejudice below for an example. It is still kept reasonable and under check.
Body Horror: What the mushroom on Paras's back does to its body.
Combat Tentacles: Numerous Pokemon, including Lileep, Cradily, various Grass types using Vine Whip, and Octillery.
While Giratina takes the cake (and the silverware, and the plate, and the table) on this one, quite a few Pokemon eat things that you would not expect a macroscopic organism to be able to derive sustenance from. For instance, Phanpy and Donphan like to eat rocks (including Geodude and Graveler). They also eat a lot of meat, despite being based on elephants.
Green Rocks: Regicite, an extremely rare non-metal compound; it is the reason why Regice doesn't melt in molten iron, why Registeel's body is so impossibly strong and flexible, and how some Ice types like Vanillite and Cryogonal exist at all. Even in-universe scientists don't know what its full properties are.
Mind Rape: Implied in the Sigilyph entry to have happened to a tomb robber who tried to remove a jewel and was captured by the titular Pokemon.
No Biochemical Barriers: Averted with prehistoric Pokemon revived from fossils, as they require special diets and medical care due to a lack of resistance towards modern pathogens.
No Kill Like Overkill: The Entei article recounts a story where a ship where Entei had stowed itself away was being attacked by pirates. They were not only confronted by the horribly powerful Legendary Fire Pokemon, but it sent out a psychic SOS-signal to every wild Pokemon nearby - which included several Gyarados, Tentacruel, Fearow, and even Kyogre.
Even while still under training by a human, several Pokémon, like Nidoking and Luxray, are prone to simply turn tail and maul (even devour) their own (ex-)Trainer if the Trainer's efforts to keep them happy aren't well received.
The Thread Provides Examples Of:
Adaptation Distillation + Adaptation Expansion: as shown with the "mission statement": "Hopefully, creating or collecting the pieces of Fanon to fill in the gaps, making a more coherent and immersive world." For this purpose, some particular details from the original medium are worked around and explained, such as some Good Bad Bugs and the lack of scale in some Pokédex entries.
Deconstruction/Reconstruction: The project is being approached with a realistic standpoint in regard to the consequences of actions, but Grim Dark is mostly defied. One of the key ideas expressed early in the thread is that "a dangerous world isn't necessarily a hellhole" — it just means people can't afford to be idiots.
For instance, pretty much any species of Pokémon can seriously trash someone even worse than the usual Fridge Logic applied to the franchise would imply. However, most entries in the 'Dex have a section reserved for hazards and advice for how to train a species safely, or confront them without pissing them off.
It helps that even though they're stupefyingly powerful, Pokémon are also semi-to-fully sentient (some psychics appearing sapient) beings with their own societal norms, and most species of Pokémon would consider random, unprovoked acts of extreme violence just as distasteful as humans do.
Patchwork Fic: Understandable, considering the numerous canons the franchise has.
Rolling Updates: inherent to the nature of the entries — because of how different species are related, several entries undergo continuous discussion in search of cross-references, fixes in habitat, and behaviour and other explanatory details. As of 2011, the Generation II Starters are specifically undergoing this procedure.