Ever wondered what happens when you take Pokémon and combine them with impossibly cute anime girls? Well, you'd get Moemon. Moemon
(short for "Moekko Monsters") is a Pokémon romhack
that replaces all of the Mons
with Moe gijinka
. While requiring several downloadable patches to work correctly on an emulator, there is no real plot change, the entire game is simply moe personifications of Pokémon, which would obviously contribute to the popularity of the hack. Other hacks, such as one of Emerald
emerged after the original FireRed hack, however, the original is the most well known and referenced on sites such as Bulbapedia. The Emerald hack also has it's fair share of problems, which would border on Early Installment Weirdness
if it was the first installment. Many of the tropes that pertain to the original game this is hacked from also pertain here, and can be viewed on the original game's page. The game is still given some focus, as patches are released to update sprites and such, giving it improvements much like DLC does for any other game. Unfortunately, at least for the fans the game has, Moemon is currently only limited to GBA ROM hacks of FireRed and Emerald, no DS hacks such as the Sinnoh and Johto remakes have been shown to be in production at all.
Notably, there are many more installments for the Moemon in Japanese than in English, and many of them haven't been converted to English yet, such as updated sprites and the like, but some people are working on getting these through for English speaking players to enjoy.
Tropes pertaining to the game:
- Adaptation Distillation: In a way. Many players have known to enjoy Moemon even more than the original FireRed.
- Apathetic Citizens: This is standard for Pokemon, especially given the whole Team Rocket fiasco, but taken to new levels here in that no one sees any problem with capturing cute little girls to do battle. Of course, the players don't care either, but you'd expect a reaction.
- The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: Carrying over from the actual games the ROMs were hacked from, there is a code which uses Spinda's personality value to generate exactly 4,294,967,296 (give or take) different variations of Spinda, or double that number if Shiny Spinda are considered different variations.
- Downloadable Content: An additional FireRed patch is in the works, by Youtube User oOMikuMikuOo. It will contain updated sprites for all the Pokemon, and the sprites on the menu are updated as well. This patch does not work on the Emerald hack, patching it in this manner results in a major Game-Breaking Bug.
- This makes it the only known Pokemon game to change all sprites within a "generation", if one counts the FireRed and Emerald hacks as "Generation III" like the original games they're based off of.
- Game Mod
- Gotta Catch Them All: It's Pokemon, so this is to be expected, but, given how absolutely adorable every Moemon is, you will want to catch them all.
- One Game for the Price of Two: Would be difficult, considering it's a romhack, and thankfully this was averted. The starters and even Eevee are catchable, making it easier to obtain all Pokémon.
- Updated Re-release: With the original being a hack of Pokemon FireRed, it manages to be this twice, albeit unofficial. While FireRed was a remake, it could count as a stretch, and Moemon manages to replace all the Pokemon with ginjika, therefore making this game an updated rerelease of a rerelease. Try not to think about it too much.
- X Meets Y: Pokémon meets Moe Culture.
Tropes pertaining to the Moemon:
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Not counting every single Pokemon on the list, this version's Jynx is...rather adorable, compared to the other
- Ambiguously Brown: After the additional patch that updated the sprites was released, several Pokemon such as Jynx and Onix now qualify. It's very much a Justified Trope for Jynx, who now looks like what she is based on, ganguro (ガングロ face-black), a fashion trend in Japan.
- Badass Adorable: Every single 'mon.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: Aside from moe-ifying the mons, one could interpret the whole game as girls cosplaying
- Cute Monster Girl
- Cute Ghost Girl: The Ghastly and Shuppet lines. Duskull as well. With Duskclops, this is entirely and completely averted.
- Cat Girl: The Meowth and Skitty lines.
- Plant People: Any Grass-type, but the Oddish line, being based partially off Mandrake are the most notable.
- Little Bit Beastly: All others that don't fit specific subtropes are here.
- Snake People: The Ekans line.
- Our Dragons Are Different: The Dratini line. You wish your dragons were as adorable as this.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: Any of the fishgirls, honestly. Gorebyss however plays the common image fairly straight.
- Bishoujo Line: The premise of the entire series, super powered creatures becoming humanoid. However, this is a trait that is most notable in Emerald Moemon, as when they evolve, the mons take on more humanoid forms. In contrast, Kirlia takes a step backwards over the line. While commonly accepted by the fanbase as one of the sexiest Pokemon short of Loppunny, it's Moemon forms as Ralts and Kirlia are very adorable...then when it evolves, it's simply a regular Gardevoir. The latest patch, thankfully, fixes this.
- Combat Tentacles: What composes Tentacool and Tentacruel's hair...
- Darker and Edgier: People are enslaving cute little girls and keeping them in portable prisons, only looking after them when they wish now.
- Disc One Nuke / Magikarp Power: Everyone's favourite Magikarp > Gyarados, of course.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady - Many of the Moemon hacks (especially earlier ones) don't bother adjusting gender ratios.
- Elemental Powers / Elemental Absorption / Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: It's Pokemon, so naturally, it comes with the territory.
- Expy/Identical Stranger: Rapidash looks similar to Cassidy from the Pokemon anime for some reason here.
- Fanservice: Going by the design of each Moemon, especially with the most recent patch, this is definitely in play here.
- Fiery Redhead: The Charmander line certainly inspires this.
- Flower in Her Hair: The effect that moe-ifying them has on some Pokemon. Most grass types could qualify
- Hot Chick With A Sword: The Cubone line and Farfetch'd have this look about them here.
- Flying On A Cloud: Altaria.
- Killer Rabbit: Most fully evolved Pokemon, but Mewtwo takes the cake.
- Lovecraft Lite: Even the scarier mons are as adorable as hell.
- Little Miss Badass: Pretty much the player's entire team, despite the fact that all of the males appear female.
- Meganekko: Parasect.
- Moe Anthropomorphism
- Petting Zoo People: Played with in regards to the Hoenn hack, which have more animal features than the original 151.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Due to the designs, each moemon is pretty much this.
- Panty Shot: Delibird after the additional patch.
- Powered Armor: Due to a few changes in design, several 'mons appear to have this.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Occurs with quite a few of the Moemon, even ones you'd expect to have milder eye colours.
- Retcon: With the additional patch that updates sprites, a few Pokemon appearances were retconned, with skin darkening a few shades.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Even moreso than the actual Pokemon, this game is made of it.
- Sailor Fuku: After the patch that updates the sprites, many of the Moemon, particularly Vulpix and Sneasel, wear these.
- Sexy Santa Dress: Delibird after the additional patch.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Numerous species, but Vaporeon certainly takes the cake in terms of looks.
- Stock Animal Behavior: Seel and Shellder usually have their tongues hanging out
- Super Human Trafficking: Pretty much this entire game in a nutshell. Gets really noticeable when it comes to trading Pokemon. That's not even the worst of it, the worst is Team Rocket, who specializes in selling Pokemon, especially rare ones, and sells quite a few at the Game Corner. That's it, Red! Go buy your Humans!
- What Happened to the Mouse?: A variation, since the ROM hacks have only gotten up to Hoenn, meaning any Pokemon introduced after Generation III technically don't "exist".
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: You're capturing little girls in portable prisons. Neither you nor the NPCs are bound to care.