Video Game: Create-a-Pokémon

Create-A-Pokemon is a Pokémon metagame created by Smogon, which attempts to create Pokémon that have specific roles in the metagame. Eleven were created for Generation IV. The CAP process was then suspended until the Black and White metagame stabilized. A popular spinoff, Create-A-Pokémon Anime-style Battling (CAP ASB) was formed to keep the forum alive in the meantime. A new Create-A-Pokémon project for Generation V began in February 2011 and restarted the numbering system at 1. In addition, a new portion of the process was dedicated to creating a pre-evolution for the CAP. All CAPs so far can be found here.

Create-A-Pokémon gives examples of:

  • Butt Monkey: Most Create-A-Pokémon Pokémon have fluff that makes them predators of Delibird. Even the shrimp and snail.
    • It's not even exclusive to the main forum. The Training mode of Battle CAPacity pits you against a sack that shows multiple signs of containing a Delibird. You're training against that thing.
  • Fighting Game: A fan-made game using the CAP characters (and submissions CAP 6 from Wyverii and CAP 7 from DougJustDoug) called Battle CAPacity.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: CAPs do not always turn out the way the process hopes they do. The most notable example is Krilowatt, which rather than fulfilling its point of being a utility counter instead abused its ability Magic Guard to spam fast, recoil-less-Life-Orb-boosted attacks from its bizarrely expansive movepool. It even had the raw bulk to be virtually unkillable - and it was the last straw before the CAP Pokémon received a massive nerfing.
    • Voodoom is a subversion - it turned out to be nigh-incompatible with its intended partner Togekiss, but it worked very well with Zapdos. As its point was to inspect how offensive pairs worked, it is considered one of the best CAPs to date, despite failing the proposed concept.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Several CAPs before movepool revisions were far more potent than the standard Mon, leading to teams made entirely out of CAPs that could do VERY well in the metagame. Additionally, the revisions for the first three CAPs were this as well: people were trying to buff up Syclant, Revenankh, and Pyroak. The results? Syclant generally averted this trope (thanks to Scizor still being more effective than it, although Syclant gained an interesting niche as a suicidal Spikes lead) but Revenankh turned out to be nigh-impossible to kill due to the increased bulk it gained, and Pyroak turned from a Master of None into a Dragon-Dance-spamming Game Breaker.
    • Avoided with Necturna avoiding a bullet from the generation 6 changes to the move re-learner that allows mons to relearn event and egg moves but ONLY if they originated in gen 6, if it would had applied to necturna it would had become a far better smeargle and most likely a incredibly broken Pokemon Necturna avoids this by exploiting the fact it's considered a previous gen transfer for the general cap metagame which bars it from exploiting the change to the re-learner and to account for potential further changes it's now a clause were it can only have one sketched move period even if the previous stuff changes in a future gen.
  • Nerf: Movepool revisions were this for Syclant through Krilowatt.
  • Original Character: All of them.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Scratchet.
  • Running Gag: Between every CAP and Delibird.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: One moderator's post answers the permissibility of the move Doom Desire for a concept as current policy states while he ends the post with "Dems be da rules, folks."

Alternative Title(s):

Create A Pokemon