Webcomic / Random Doom

Clockwise from far left: Scratch, Sibelius, Edna, Danny, Merry, Elizabeth, Matthew, Cotton, Napoleon, Rupert, Vincent, Veruka, Saria and Ross

Random Doom is a Pokémon webcomic and collection of fan works by TamarinFrog on DeviantArt about a Pokemon trainer named Elisa (formerly know as Jenna), but more importantly about her various Pokemon that she owns. The series started as single gag comics but expanded to have several well developed characters and stories. The series was expanded into a proper story. At the moment, Random Doom consists of:

  • Random Doom - A collection of 20 gag comics. Ongoing, last updated in March 2014.
  • Random Doom the Comic Series - The spin-off of the aforementioned gag comics. Consists of 7 (and counting) short stories:
    • "Riolu is Born"
    • "For the Love of Luvdisc"
    • "Ghost of Old Chateau"
    • "Dear Departed"
    • "Random Doom in Veilstone City"
    • "Once Upon a Dream (Part 1)"
    • "Once Upon a Dream (Part 2)" -Ongoing
  • What is Random Doom? - A collection of bios and backstories of various characters from Random Doom's various comics and side works.
  • Dozens upon dozens of peripheral pieces of art.

Also, for a collection of assorted fan works, it's popular. Really popular. To the point where Random Doom's comics have managed to gain the following of 7 running fan translations and have led to the creation of a small body of its own fan works.

On November 9th, 2012, the author has announced a revamp into the main series, due to many loopholes and mistakes she made about the timeline and the characters as well. As a result, every character had its story revised and even small edits happened in the first chapters to make everything more consistent to the ongoing story.

They can all be found here.

This webcomic contains examples of:

  • Art Evolution
  • Action Girl: Veruka, oh so very much.
  • Author Avatar: Prior the 2012 revamp, the Pokémon Trainer was called Jenna, who the name and even the appearance mirrored the original author. Later she changed her name to Elisa, changed her appearance and even made her 10 years older to distance the character from herself.
  • Berserk Button: Don't threaten Cotton or Veruka; Napoleon and Vincent respectively will not be happy. Also, it's not wise to tease of test Matthew's patience.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Cotton and Vincent.
    • Apparently Matthew also qualifies.
  • Badass Grandpa: Leopold and Matthew. Elizabeth is also apparently strong enough to hold Vincent aloft with one pincer and throw him with the force of a full tackle, qualifying her for this as well.
  • Butt-Monkey: Vincent.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Random Doom began trending towards more serious undertones and themes starting with the launch of its comic series. Thankfully, it has managed to do so while retaining its initial sense of humor and lovable cast of characters.
  • Character Development: The entire cast has evolved from their initial characters over Random Doom's lifespan. One of the most clear-cut examples would be Presto Sebelius' alterations since his introduction.
  • The Cynic: Elizabeth.
  • Dirty Kid; Vincent's first words are:
    Vincent: Dude, she's cute! Do you think I might have a chance to score?
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The Gengar from Ghost of Old Chateau had some decidedly nasty plans for revenge for Danny and Merry spoiling the locals' preparations for a party.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Danny really doesn't like it when Merry calls him "Poffin."
  • Escape Artist: Danny and Merry.
  • The Fool: Oh, Vincent, Vincent, Vincent, you lovable idiot. You're the klutziest, ditziest character in the strip, a hopeless fool for love and inimitable fountain of randomness. And that's exactly why the fans all love you.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Vincent has such a moment in Ghost of Old Chateau.
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin: Rupert and sugar, to the extent where he inadvertently causes a large chunk of Ghost of Old Chateau while attempting to get a soft drink.
  • Jerkass: A few of Elisa's Pokémon have their moments, especially Napoleon and Elizabeth.
  • Heartbroken Badass: MATTHEW. Arceus almighty, Matthew.
  • Keet: Scratch and Sebelius.
  • The Klutz: Vincent.
  • Hot-Blooded: Napoleon, also Veruka to a lesser extent.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: And how!
  • Perky Goth: Edna may be a witchlike ghost-type, but has a fun-loving (if mischievous) personality.
  • Plucky Girl: Saria.
  • Primal Fear: Vincent is terrified of the dark, the result of getting lost in a heavily Poke-populated cave as a young Riolu. This fear, however, is sometimes played for laughs.
  • Official Couple: Several. In the main cast alone, we have:
    • Vincent and Veruka
    • Napoleon and Cotton
    • Ross and Saria, although the two don't officially know it yet (See Twice Shy below)
  • Retired Badass: Leopold doesn't fight much now, but he won't say no to a worthy opponent. Matthew, on the other hand, was expressly forbidden to fight after he tore off part of Zorro's wing and possibly almost killed him.
  • Rickroll: No, seriously. There is an non-canon strip (the artist specified that it isn't an RD comic) that features Vincent trying to sing "Never Gonna Give You Up" to Veruka, as he clings to her tail and apparently gets dragged around. The fans sometimes refer to it as "LucarioRolled" or "VinceRolled."
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Young Vincent in Riolu is Born.
  • Shrinking Violet: Ross, especially around Saria
  • Stalker With a Crush: The Feraligatr from For the Love of Luvdisc.
    • Zorro the Mothim would also qualify for Elizabeth.
    • Edna may apply to this, for knowing (almost) everything about everyone and doesn't care to invade the personal space of other character in order to acquire the information she seeks.
  • Sticky Fingers: Danny.
  • Tsundere: Veruka is a type A.
  • Twice Shy: Ross and Saria. Possibly one of the cutest examples you'll ever find.