Webcomic / Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Victory Fire


Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Victory Fire is a fan-made web comic by sulfurbunny.

The comic's story begins shortly after the events of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers games after Darkrai's defeat at the end of that game. However, even though Darkrai is still a major character, he is no longer the main villain. Victini takes over this role, having imprisoned the repentant Darkrai and is planning to use his abilities to further her own goals.

Meanwhile, a young girl named Jen wakes up to find herself an Audino, all alone in a strange world. She is hunted by a pack of Houndoom, but manages to escape them with the help of Gengar from the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team games. After Gengar successfully blocks one of Darkrai's nightmares, they both form an unlikely alliance and seek to find out why Jen became a Pokémon, with the help of Kecleon.

The comic features some exceptional artwork and writing, and successfully pulls together characters and plot threads from across the Pokémon continuity. It's a long runner comic since 2012 and has been regularly updated twice a week.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Victory Fire contains examples of:

  • Adult Fear: Jen's situation, being thrust into another world at the age of eleven.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: The ghost type has a reputation for being this. Both the Gengar twins and the Litwick qualify.
  • Anti-Hero :
    • Wes. He doesn't hesitate using...creative ways to get what he wants.
    • Gengar also gradually becomes this.
  • Anti-Villain: Darkrai and the Houndoom pack leader.
  • Apocalypse How: This is the result of Jen breaking the creation engine.
  • Arc Welding : Jen first runs into Gengar, who decided to live a secluded life after the events in PMD 1. In another part of the story, Mewtwo and N are trying to hunt XD002, which is later revealed to be Darkrai, the main villain from PMD 2. He is also hinted to be the same Darkrai used by Blake Hall.
    • Several places like Treasure Town, Explorers Guild and Great Canyon are visited too, and have a location set as the Almia region.
    • The Medicham from Team Charm is the same one from Team Meanies, Gengar's old team.
    • Similarly, Arbok from Team AWD used to be the Ekans on Team Meanies.
    • Kecleon is the same Kecleon used by Harrison in the anime.
    • Both Zekrom and Reshiram from Black and White make appearances, along with Wes from Pokémon Colosseum.
  • Collapsing Lair: Happened at the Buried Relic.
  • The Atoner:
    • Gengar, who felt that separating himself from society would make up for his past failures.
    • Darkrai, who remains chained up because he's afraid of reverting back to his conditioned personality and hurting someone.
    • Discussed by N and Mewtwo, due to their past.
  • Badass Grandpa: Kecleon, thanks to Gengar's nickname.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Jen, an eleven year old girl, is transformed into an Audino at the start of the story. Then later on N, Wes, and Lovrina also transformed into Pokemon.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Victini and Darkrai to an extent, as a result of XD process.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Team Charm, as in the Explorer games.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Implied to have happened to Darkrai and Victini.
  • Big Bad: Victini, who is using Darkrai as a front for her scheming.
  • Big Damn Heroes: This tropes used several times.
    • Gengar saving Jen from the Houndoom pack.
    • Later, the Wigglytuff Guild rescues both Jen and Gengar from the pack.
    • Another example would be Hoopa saving Mewtwo.
    • Gengar managed to save Darkrai right before the building collapsed.
  • Big "NO!": Gengar as Jen slipped and fell off the cliff. It gets better, though.
  • Brainwashed: Victini attempted to do this to Mewtwo, by turning him into a shadow pokémon. Fortunately for Mewtwo, he already overcame his own darkness, so it doesn't work.
  • Call-Back: Practically every character and plot point is a reference to and/or elaboration on something from a previous pokémon game.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Victini's V-create. Parodied with Jen's "Flying tackle attack".
  • Can't Catch Up: Kecleon is old and injured. He ended up to be Put on a Bus halfway through the story.
  • Character Development: Most notably Gengar, throughout the story. He started out preying on Jen, gradually caring for her, escaping to save himself but coming back to save her, until he willingly stayed behind to save Darkrai.
  • Confusion Fu: Gengar doesn't actually know how to fight like a pokémon, instead relying on dirty tricks and improvised moves which Gengar shouldn't know, such as Scratch or Sand Attack.
    • Jen also does some of this, with her knowledge of Taekwondo. Doesn't quite work against Mewtwo, though.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Gengar harshly told Jen that her mother would miss her if she doesn't return. This was done to convince her to return to the human world since she felt guilty for what her sister did.
    • Mewtwo also did this to Jen, to show her how a real fight would happen.
  • Dark and Troubled Past : It happened to many characters.
    • Both Darkrai and Victini went through experiments which turned them into shadow pokémon.
    • Gengar's action in the past led to Gardevoir being cursed for a thousand years, him being turned into a pokémon, and a barrier being created between the human world and the PMD world.
    • Kecleon lost his trainer and would have died had Celebi not saved him.
    • Mewtwo's background is the same as the first movie. This come back as a flashback during his fight with Victini.
  • Deadpan Snarker : Darkrai, during his conversations with Victini.
    Darkrai: (sarcastically) Oops. My bad.
  • Doomsday Device: The creation engine. Given its name, it's likely existed for a better purpose. However, Victini misused it for her own purpose.
  • Double Meaning: Mewtwo paraphrased his words exactly to make him sounded confident against Victini. However, Jen catched out and knew he's only buying them time.
  • Driven to Suicide: It wasn't intentional, but Kecleon had wanted to die anyway before Celebi saved him.
    • Darkrai is also implied to be this.
  • Everybody Knew Already: Gengar was a human. In universe, both Jen and Kecleon figured this out quickly. Even readers who were unfamiliar with PMD could guess it correctly.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Victini doesn't understand why Darkrai is trying not to revert back to his programmed personality, because of her status as a Shadow Pokémon.
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: The cover for the Book 6 shows one of these.
  • Fish out of Water : As Kecleon pointed out, Jen and Gengar don't act or fight like Pokémon.
  • Ghibli Hills: Several places, as the background is drawn in exquisite detail.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Cipher is responsible for creating Shadow Pokémon in the first place. Especially Lovrina.
  • Heel–Face Turn : Houndoom. Subverted in that he was never evil in the first place.
  • Hidden Depths: Some characters qualified.
    • Graveler, who initially seems cold-hearted. It turns out he just really wants to protect the other Pokémon who live in his cave.
    • Similarly, the Houndoom was trying to capture Jen just to ensure his pup's safety.
    • Wigglytuff, as par as on the games. He quickly deduced that Jen must be a human.
  • Hope Spot: Mewtwo managed to show immunity against Victini's 'V-create' effect. For a moment, it seemed that he would win.
    • Used again with Mewtwo's Mega Evolution. It didn't last long.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Both Gengar and Jen didn't quite know how to use their power at first.
  • I Choose to Stay: Jen decided to save Gengar instead of trying to go home, even when she had the chance.
  • I Have Your Daughter : The threat is used to manipulate the Houndoom to capture Jen.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gengar once again, with more heavy emphasis on the heart of gold part.
  • Kiai: Used a lot, mostly by Jen and Gengar.
  • Kid Hero: Jen, who is only eleven, deconstructs this trope, in that she never asked to become a Pokémon.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Gardevoir, as in canon. It didn't last long.
  • Literal Genie : Hoopa.
    Weavile: Get us down off this mountain.
    Hoopa: Hee hee... Just "down"?
    Weavile: Safely!
    • Later, N asks Hoopa to help him, Wes, and an unconscious Lovrina to reach Mewtwo. As a result, Hoopa just drops them in the middle of a random forest, transformed into Pokémon, with no idea where they are.
  • Make a Wish : Jen used this in desperation. She managed to heal Gengar.
    • Apparently, a wish from a legendary is required to summon a human to the PMD world.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Victini's original plan was to portray herself as the hero protecting the scared and alone Jen from Darkrai. Unfortunately for her, Jen didn't stay alone for long enough.
    • Gengar references his past as one of these, noting that the differences between pokémon and human thought patterns make them easily led.
  • Meanwhile, Back at the Other Side: The story's shifting between the protagonist in the pokémon world (Jen and Gengar), to the humans in the human world (N and Wes), and to the 'villain' side (Victini, Darkrai and Houndoom for a while). Mewtwo is the only one who goes freely between two worlds.
  • Mega Crossover : This fic has taken plot points, characters, and elements from PMD Rescue Team and Explorers, Colosseum and XD, Pokémon Ranger (with the mention of Blake Hall), Pokémon Black and White (with N's appearance and places like Johto and Hoenn being mentioned), and the anime.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong : Pokémon often act like this in regards to their trainer, as shown by Lovrina's Misdreavus.
    • Another example would be Gardevoir protecting Gengar in the past.
  • Non-Action Girl: Jen, partly from still being a kid, and partly because Audino aren't terribly strong.
  • No-Sell: Victini's ability to corrupt hearts doesn't work on Mewtwo.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Kecleon claimed Gengar is the most stubbornly corporeal ghost he ever met. Justified since he was originally a human.
  • Pronoun Trouble: All legendaries are genderless, however they are called using he/she pronouns. Hoopa is being an exception so far.
    • Mewtwo and Darkrai use he.
    • Victini and Celebi use she.
  • Retired Badass: Kecleon, who was literally in retirement until Celebi asked for him to help Jen.
  • Secret Test of Character: There are several requirements necessary to open the door leading to the creation engine. Unfortunately, Victini figured out a way to trick the door.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism : Victory Fire leans heavily on the idealism side. Kecleon, for instance, believes there is no evil Pokémon, only humans capable being evil.
    • Redemption and getting a second chance is a major theme in Victory Fire.
  • Spanner in the Works: Jen successfully derailed Victini's plan by destroying the Creation Engine.
  • Tempting Fate: N claimed he was never wrong to trust a pokemon before.
  • The Cameo: The S.S Anne and the Silph logo appear near the start of Book 6, when N is going to meet with Wes.
  • The Power of Friendship: As in the canon, Mewtwo figured out a bond between human and pokémon is required to activate Mega Evolution.
  • The Reveal:
    • Darkrai and Victini are XD002 and XD003, respectively.
    • N and Mewtwo have teamed up to track Darkrai.
    • The Houndoom pack leader just wants to get his pup back, and is being manipulated by Darkrai into hunting Jen.
    • It is later revealed that Jen is Lovrina's sister
  • Third-Person Person: Hoopa appears to be this.
  • Translation Convention: As in the games, Pokémon are perfectly understandable to Jen from the get go. This doesn't mean that she or Gengar can understand other human languages, though.
  • Villainous Valor: The Houndoom leader rushes into battle against a freshly awakened Tyranitar to protect the others. It doesn't go well for him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Victini. She kidnapped the Houndoom child and then tortured her to make Gengar open the door.
  • Wild Card: For some reason, Hoopa is shown to be interested in Mewtwo, enough to interfere and save him from Victini.
    • Also, Hoopa is responsible for bringing N, Wes, and Lovrina to the PMD world.

Alternative Title(s): Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Victory Fire