Webcomic / Super Effective
by Scott Ramsoomair
. It is ongoing, but updates slowly and irregularly note
. The comic is a humorous take
on the plot of the (remakes
of the) first generation
games (specifically, being based on the creator's run through his own Pokémon Fire Red
game). It can be seen here
There is a nascent character sheet
; please place tropes pertaining to characters shown in this work there.
Tropes used in this work:
- Adaptational Villainy: Pikachu is reimagined into an Ax-Crazy serial killer.
- Anachronism Stew: The strip mixes elements from both the Gen I originals (UI elements, battle screen, black and white presentation) and the Gen III remakes (character and building designs, Green, movesets).
- Anguished Declaration of Love: The infamous Shorts Boy appears like this, trying to tell Green she's cute. He instead spouts his infamous line, causing his own Face Palm.
- Blatant Lies: Viridian City's Gym Leader is not trying to conquer the world, he's just getting his milk.
- Breaking News: As delivered by Slowpoke whenever a famous person dies, utilizing Delayed Reaction.
- Big Damn Heroes: Charmander versus the Zubat swarm.
- Brick Joke: On page 14 the old man that shows you how to catch Pokémon falls asleep. Five pages later he wakes up and finishes what he was saying. Fifty pages later, there's a story about this old man in the newspaper
- On page 26 the clerk at the Pokémon Mart reveals that repel is actually his pee. A mere 42 pages later on page 68, Red uses this bit of trivia against Blue/Douche, who had coated himself in the stuff.
- The serial killer Pikachu that escaped Prison is caught by Green.
- Canned Laughter: Ratata was just pretending to be caught!
- Delayed Reaction: Slowpoke of the "This Just In" segments.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: "If we came from Mankeys... THEN WHY DO WE STILL HAVE MANKEYS?!"
- Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Brock thinks it's funny that some Trainers chose a Fire-type starter before coming to his Gym first (Both of Brock's Pokémon are dual-type Rock/Ground, both of which have type advantages over the Fire-type, which in short would make for a humiliating defeat to Red's Charmander). He's utterly humiliated when he finds out Charmander can learn Metal Claw, possibly due to Genre Blindness as Charmander can for Leaf Green but couldn't in the original games.
- Emoticon: Nurse Joy's facial expression exhibits traces of the "Awesome Smiley" on this page.
- Enfant Terrible: Green, who taunts older men with innuendo and mows the tall grass wild Pokémon hide in..
- Eyes Always Shut: Lampshaded and Subverted.
- Eye Take: Brock after Red's Charmander defeats his Onix.
- Similar situation between a Hiker and Green, after Pikachu shivs the Hiker's Geodude.
- Face Palm: Red hurt himself in the confusion.
- Fake Difficulty: Lampshaded. The comic pretty much points out how cheap it is of the game to have an encounter with Blue right outside of Mt. Moon, meaning that the player's Pokémon are all weakened and unprepared for battle (meaning that they get their asses kicked).
- Except in the actual games, the encounter with Blue is north of Cerulean, and you have to pass through the city before that encounter. If you don't stop at the Pokémon Center, that's your fault.
- Fearful Symmetry/Mirror Match/Mutual Disadvantage: The Zubat vs Zubat battle.
- Funny Background Event: In the first panel of strip #74, the word "penis" is spelled out in Unown writing on the chalkboard.
- Gory Discretion Shot: *SHIV* *SHIV* *STAB* *SHIV*
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Parodied with Blue, or as Red named him, DOUCHE.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Happens to Red when he spots a Pikachu but has no pokeballs.
- Innocent Innuendo: Brock wants to go with Red on his journey and breed.
- Insane Troll Logic: This strip has the old man believing that the theory of evolution is wrong because Mankeys still exist despite the fact that humans evolved from Mankeys.
- Kinda Busy Here: Red's attempt to sneak past a swarm of sleeping Zubats is interrupted by a call from his mother.
- Lampshade Hanging: A possible one on page 68, with Blue remarking that it seemed like Red was in Mt. Moon FOREVER. It took Red three real life years to get through that cave.
- Late to the Realization: The Slowpoke News will report on subjects that happened over anywhere between half a year and 3 DECADES earlier. Somehow, it's 2nd installment also managed to combine this trope with Too Soon...
- Level Grinding: Lampshaded and discussed. After watching him shuffle around the same patch of grass for hours on end, two NPC trainers wonder if Red has gone insane.
- Literal Metaphor: "Smell ya later!"
- The Missingno.: In this stri-GUFY3W4578GTWUFBIOEUDOFJOE45#%219^&$nnnnnnnnnnn
- Mythology Gag: *ahem* "Prepare for trouble."
- "No. Just... No" Reaction: Red's response to Brock's request to tag along on his journey so that they can breed.
- Also— "It's my PEE..." a revelation of how Repels are made.
- Oblivious Mockery: Brock, while standing next to Red, who just happens to have chosen fire:
Brock: You know, some people actually come here choosing FIRE as their starter Pokémon. Crazy, huh?
- Only Sane Man: To some extent, Red is the human character who seems to make the most sense. Prof. Oak is forgetful, his assistant is a pedophile, Green is an Enfant Terrible, the Old Man is a geezer who complains about the term "evolution", Brock is creepy, the Team Rocket grunt tries to enforce his decrees by Pokémon battles, the pokémaniac is all too willing to battle someone who just untied him, and Red's Pokédex can't get over its juvenile sense of humor. About the only characters that have more sanity than Red are those two kids on Page 32 (see Level Grinding above).
- Organ Theft: In case you wonder what happened when all your Pokemons fainted, and how you're suddenly in a Poke-Center.
- Orphaned Etymology: The Pokedex lists Pikachu as a "Mouse", something that shouldn't exist given that all the living creatures in-universe are Mons. Lampshaded by Green.
- The Power of Friendship: Red tries to forcefully capture Clefairy, but it escapes and looks sternly back at him. Can't blame a guy for trying... Clefairy shrugs it off and willingly captures itself afterward.
- Rage Quit: What Red does when Blue picks a water-type moments after getting a fire-type.
- Rare Candy: Green dumps an ENTIRE case into her Bulbasaur.
- Senior Sleep Cycle: The Old Man in Viridian City.
- Shout-Out: This one to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, and the health-care debate and the Awesome Smiley.
- The Silent Bob: Subverted. Red may play this trope straight, but Word of God says that the addition of the Pokédex allows the main character to have a voice (even if it is one he very rarely agrees with). And other characters act like Red talked to them.
Blue: We need to have a bit of a talk here, Red. So keep quiet.
- Silent Protagonist: Red, who never says a word.
- The Smurfette Principle: Green, to a minor extent. She is the only female main character.
- So Much for Stealth
- Take That!: To Digimon. Who's That Pokémon?
- Talking Is a Free Action: Subverted. While Blue is busy monologuing about their rivalry, Red takes the chance to win the battle.
- Tantrum Throwing: Red snaps when a Zubat keeps making his pokemon confused and chucks a pokeball at it in frustration.
- Title Drop: Page 34 when Charmander gets a Critical Hit on Geodude.
- And on Page 71 when Pikachu escapes the prison.
- Ungrateful Bastard: A mild example with the Super Nerd Red rescued from Team Rocket. He offered Red a fossil...only if Red battles him first. Naturally, Red tied him back up and made on his way. It helps that Red is very much an Audience Surrogate at this moment, as anyone who has played the games wanted to clock the guy in the jaw.
- Unit Confusion: This comic.
- Unsound Effect: This comic loves using them. It's Pokémon, after all.
- Urban Legend of Zelda : A famous one is referenced here.
- Videogame Cruelty Potential/Videogame Perversity Potential: Running themes with naming. Red names his rival "Douche," and his Pokédex tends to suggest perverse or simply childish names for the Pokémon Red captures. So far, his Pidgey is named Butts ("Butts used Gust!"), but he's decided against naming Metapod Penis ("Penis used Harden!").