May Birch: The Only Sane Woman of the cast. Sometimes drifts into Deadpan Snarker territory, and is kind of a bitch. May or may not be attracted to Brendan. She's also a Yaoi fangirl. Her starter is Mudkip/Marshtomp.
For a while seemed to be on the path to being an Orphaned Series, having suffered extreme Schedule Slip in August 2009, causing the comic to fall several months behind. It updated regularly for awhile, but the website posted the date that the comic was originally intended to be added (the October 30th comic was actually added June 25th, and so on). It appears to be updating as of this timenote August 11th, 2013, but with the alternate dates used it's hard to tell how regular the updates are and will be in the future.Not to be confused with Pokémon X and Y, the 10th anniversary CD album titled Pokémon X: 10 Years of Pokémon, Lugia (which has been referred to as "Pokémon X" in some media), or Pokémon Crystal (which was once known asPokémon X).
This comic contains the following tropes:
Accidental Pervert: Brendan is in May's house and May's mom says he should go introduce himself to May. Brendan walks to her room just as May is changing clothes.
Achievements in Ignorance: Brendan tells his Torchic to use Tackle. May points out that Torchic doesn't know tackle. Brendan just says "you just run and crash into something."
Arbitrary Skepticism: May repeatedly refuses to believe in Brendan's stories about Kanto-region Pokémon, such as the Onix. She also doesn't believe Team Rocket exists. This despite their world having hundreds of varieties of Pokémon, and her having encountered Team Aqua and Team Magma already.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Wally doesn't particularly care when May gives him plenty of good reasons why he would want to fight Monty, but he flips out when she says that Monty hates green.
Meta-example: on the forums, where one of the users was banned for, according to Recon: "Over spamming, posting pornographic links, constantly posting stupid and mispelled comments, and jaywalking."
Art Evolution: The author changes up the use of sprites, borders, etc. on everyone once in a while. Most noticeably, midway through he started using Pokémon Mystery Dungeon sprites for the Pokémon. When Rocky was changed, he became smaller than before and it was Handwaved as Rocky grooming himself.
Author Avatar: The author often does various odd jobs (mover, doctor, notary) for which he probably didn't want to bother using another sprite.
Author Filibuster: A comment about why a Pokémon egg counts towards your total of six Pokémon turns into a somewhat out-of-character discussion on how the law counting unhatched Pokémon as Pokémon means the world is run by religious fanatics to whom scientific reason does not appeal, which takes up two-thirds of the day's comic.
Berserk Button: If you don't like green, Wally will find you. As for Rocky, don't try to put him in his PokéBall.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Only in the holiday specials. However, Recon does appear in the main story on multiple occasions.
3. Only two Pokémon and one she knows she has type advantage on.
Generally speaking, Brendan wins a great many of his fights using pretty underhanded tactics (mainly Sand Attack spam to lower his opponent's accuracy and make all their moves miss. Several opponents have commented on how sheerly lame it is.)
Comically Missing the Point: Brendan describes May to Professor Birch, saying that she's 5'4", 100 lbs, brown hair, and then mumbles "nice... firm... breasts..." while drooling (it's a long story, okay?). Professor Birch looks shocked. After Brendan leaves, Birch gets excited... because he thinks May is cooking chicken breasts for dinner.
Confusion Fu: Though almost all characters use attacks and abilities that effect the chance of something happening, Brendan uses this to a even further effect by having Rocky use his Random attack which can be practically any move. It either won him fights or made him look really stupid, depending on his luck.
Brendan: "May. May. May. What did you think was gonna happen? WHAT is Mudkip gonna scratch with huh? WHAT?
Flamboyant Gay: Steven has been rendered as this in this comic, and he speaks with a stereotypical lisp.
Flanderization: Wally's obsession with green Pokémon may in part be based on the fact that all of his Pokémon in the Pokémon Special manga are green (Cacturne, Roselia, Flygon, Grovyle, Kirlia, and Kecleon). (Dismissed by Author.)
Some of the effects of moves run contrary to what would happen in the game, such as Sand-Attack making Vital Throw (which has no accuracy rating, so it ignores accuracy and evasion checks when attacking) miss. Additionally, critical hits are far more common in the comic than they are in the game.
Zubat's Astonish hitting May's Zigzagoon for no reason.
Imagine Spot: Rocky imagines Brendan commanding him when he is forced to fight Team Magma alone. Later, Brendan creates a plan to rescue Captain Stern, which is rendered in stick figures and is full-on delusional.
Interspecies Romance: Brendan's mom likes Machoke. Brendan was only able to convince his mother to let him go off on his journey by promising to catch a Machoke for her. When he finally does... it's a girl.
I Reject Your Reality: Monty, so much. Every time he loses, he instead claims that he has won and crushed his opponent. He also refuses to believe that he and May aren't together anymore.
Item Get: Heavily lampshaded in the whole comic. Every time Brendan gets an item, he holds the item up in a Link from Legend Of Zelda fashion, emitting a blinding light. The funny part is that Brendan himself is completely unaware of that. Also, this has been double lampshaded once.
Jerkass: Wally, May and Brendan all have their moments. Wally outright insults Brendan, Brendan makes sexist comments and gets angry over Wally and May catching more Pokémon, May set up their Pokenavs so any money the other two got in battle would go to her account
Only Sane Man: Brendan shifts between an idiot and this at times. He's capable of coming up with great arguments and leaps of logic, but other times he doesn't even know how simple concepts of the Pokémon world work.
'May': What's it with this guy always giving me his balls?
Schedule Slip: The comic's current situation. Recon updates them periodically, though he keeps the same date as when they should have been posted.
On August 2, 2011, the most recent comic was dated February 19, 2010. By September 2, 2011, the most recent comic was dated February 22, 2010.
He even makes a point of catching up on holiday special comics — so we had an April Fool's strip in August, for instance, as well as a Valentine's Day strip in June.
Though to his credit, he faithfully keeps the schedule slip from affecting the content of said strips. For example, the Valentine's Day 2010 comic is very bitter, reflecting his feelings as of February 2010, even though as he explained in the author's notes, he found a decent girl within a month of then (which would be more than a year before the comic was actually posted).
Sealed Evil in a Can: The April 17, 2009 comic shows that Groudon is one. This may also suggest that Kyogre might be one as well. Rayquaza (The one who was supposed to calm them down) and the Regis (Probably just golems doing whatever they are told to do) are still up for debate
The next comic suggests that Groudon is like this because Love Makes You Evil. Kyogre could be its lover, but that's nothing but wild speculation at this point.
Self-Serving Memory: Brendan remembers the results of his "Bullet Seed" joke differently than May or Wally.
Serious Business: Wally with the color green. Wally and Monty get into a Pokémon battle based on the fact that the latter's favorite shade of green is teal.
Author Recon even puts new episodes of the series in his news posts every time a new episode comes out. It helps that he was good friends with LittleKuriboh, the creator of The Abridged Series, in real life (thus the lampshaded Enforced Plug at the end of one of the episodes).
Top Ten List: Memorial Day 2005 saw a list of the top ten moments from the first two years of the comic. Looking at the results, Recon came to the conclusion that his readers enjoy anything that has to do with "naughty parts".
Sort of justified by the games themselves; the very first games would not allow you to step into tall grass without a Pokémon to protect you. Tall grass has wild Pokémon that can hurt or kill you. This is less of a problem if you're a Trainer, and considering that the comic happens over a period of several days, he's getting over it remarkably quickly in "real" time.