Just For Fun: The Pokédex - Extended Fanon Edition
aka: Fanon Pokedex
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
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.
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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.
- Bland-Name Product: Frillish's entry has the company "Brungles"* .
- Blob Monster: The thread's take on Grimer and Muk.
- 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.
- Death from Above: Explored in detail in a few Flying-Types' entries.
- Doing In the Wizard: Especially in comparison to Pokémon Special.
- Eldritch Abomination: The Cinnabar Anomaly and Unown. Also Giratina.
- Eldritch Location: The home dimension of the Unown.
- The Empath: Ralts and its evolutions.
- Extreme Omnivore: GIRATINA.
- 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.
- Fanon: Obviously.
- Geas: How Pressure is described to work.
- 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.
- Umbrate is the Ghost-type's answer to Regicite.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How Horn Drill works. When used by Rhydon in the wild, the creatures like to follow this up by spinning the drill and turning their victim's insides to so much bloody salsa; for this reason, trainers are required to blunt a Rhydon's drillbit before it can be used in officially-sanctioned Pokemon tournaments.
- Killer Rabbit: Tons.
- Kill 'em All: This is what happens when you successfully piss a legendary Pokemon off. As cool as it may sound, if you value your life (And that of everyone around you), never try it.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Plenty.
- Like Reality Unless Noted: Kind of an issue in some entries, considering the ambiguities of the Pokemon world.
- Mama Bear: If you're dumb enough to harass the young of a Pokémon species that actually cares for their offspring, you probably deserve whatever happens to you...
- Memetic Mutation: Many of the articles reference the usual memes, with varying degrees of subtlety.
- 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.
- Personal Space Invader: A favored tactic of Lileep and a few other Pokemon if threatened or hunting.
- Physical God: Pretty much any Legendary Pokemon.
- The Red Stapler: A few in-fanon examples pop up from time to time.
- Restraining Bolt: Regigigas' "Slow Start" ability is implied to be this. It does not know why it was placed there, and gets angry if you ask.
- Sticky Paws: Zigzagoon and Linoone.
- Shout-Out: to different franchises, when appropiate. Notable examples include:
- Starfish Aliens: Deoxys and the Elgyem line.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Every. Single. Pokémon. And for good reason.
- 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.
- After the End: While the regulars still aren't sure exactly what occured, the general consensus is that something utterly devastating happened in Orre at some point, turning it into the crime-ruled desert it is now.
- 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.
- Depending on the Writer: Individual quality of articles can vary by writer.
- Fanon Discontinuity: With the Pokéwalkers. Invoked.
- It's Been Done: A number of other prominent fanon 'dexes were active long before ours. An example...
- 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.
- Running Gag: Tauros tends to get killed a lot.
- Shown Their Work: Quite a few entries derive the biological structures and behaviors of the Pokémon they describe from their real life analogues.
- Wall of Text: Some of the entries are quite lengthy.