is a community (in the loosest sense of the word) of Pokémon Showdown players on 4chan
's /vp/ (Pokémon) board that serves as a self-regulating, self-maintained, 24/7 tournament. Depending on who you ask, Showderp is based around the concepts of creative and non-stagnant
teams, unorthodox but effective strategies
, and the ability to adapt to any situation tactically
instead of relying on copy-pasted competitive sets to carry your team.
…Or depending on who you ask, it might just be a chaotic mess
of Forced Memes
, spam, and name-calling.
Showderp started in Spring 2013 when a user named "LC Guy" started the first thread and acted as the original champ. It has somehow kept itself going, sustained entirely by the efforts of the mostly-anonymous users, for over a year and shows no signs of slowing down. The generally accepted rules are as follows:
If the above rules are confusing to you, lurk and watch some matches until you understand what’s going on, and for God’s sake don’t try to post anything.
- When the old "Showderp Champ" calls for a new Champ, the first user to post with a tripcode ID (tripfags, as they’re commonly known), becomes the new Champ.
- The first six (validnote ) Pokémon requests posted after the new Champ’s claim are the new Champ’s team. No exceptions. note
The requests can vary wildly in quality, and can be as specific as a fully-created moveset, something as general as the species name or “Something that reminds you of a cock”, or it could be one of the universally-accepted and recorded "Mememons" posted at the beginning of every Showderp thread. Purposely skipping a requested valid Pokémon is seen as very bad policy and will usually result in unanimous impeachment of the Champ by the other users.
- Champ goes into Showdown and builds the requested team, then searches for a random OU-tier (usually) match and posts the link to the battle in the thread. Everybody enters the match and commentates on the fight, often mercilessly heckling both the opponent and their own champ.
- Champ continues battling until he gets bored, he calls for a new team or new champ in the thread, and the cycle starts all over again.
Given the constantly-shifting nature of 4chan, it’s impossible to post a direct link to a Showderp thread. The best way to get there is to go to the /vp/ Catalog
, search for “Showderp” and click on the thread with the fewest replies. You can also access Showderp's private chatroom on Pokémon Showdown by typing "/join showderp" in the chat client or visiting play.pokemonshowdown.com/showderp after spending enough time in the thread and battles. The room is often in a state of restricted access and will tell most Showdown users that it "does not exist," so contact Ark Welder
, Ridaz, bumbadadabum, flippy or Slarty to get in.
For information on common Ebin Memes
seen in Showderp, check out the (in-progress) list at Characters.Showderp
This is 4chan after all, so there’s inevitably some NSFW content below and on the other pages.
Tropes present in Showderp:
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: Champs and teams change with (usually) little warning. If you’re new to the Showderp ride or just have slow Internet the new Champ will probably already be building his team before you even realize that old Champ retired.
- Arch-Nemesis: Smogon. Stupid people who need to "git gud". People who copy/paste sets directly from the Internet. People under the age of 18. People with dumb or edgy usernames, avatars, or Pokémon nicknames. Talonflame. Female Goodra.
- Beat Them at Their Own Game: Whether it’s Boostan Roostan out-stalling and slowly overtaking an enemy stall team or BOOM BOOM pulling out Foul Play to OHKO a very strong opponent, Showderp enjoys this. Expect a flood of “#REKT”, “NICE TACTICS FAGGOT” and “B-BUT SMOGON TOLD ME-“ in the chat following one of these.
- The Blind Leading the Blind: Sometimes occurs when a random viewer is being particularly hostile to the Champ and repeatedly moans that they would do much better. Cue Champ retiring, this random viewer becoming champ and proceeding to screw up even more than the last Champ did.
- Canon Name: If a requester asks for a specific nickname for the Pokémon they request, the champ is expected to comply. All the Mememons in the pastebin also have these, and their Canon Names are often the only things the requester will put in their post when summoning that specific Pokémon.
- Celebrity Impersonator:
- It's not uncommon for the viewers to try to convince their opponent that the Champ is a famous PokéTuber like Marriland, Shofu, or Haydunn, and that they're doing a live stream on Twitch for "Autism awareness". Sometimes it actually works.
- Not "Celebrities" per say, but the Showderpers will sometimes claim that they are "from Reddit :^)" or "le 9gag army xD", for irony's sake and as an attempt at stirring up hatred for these other websites. This usually does not work.
- Character Portrait:
- The viewers will often make fun of the opponent’s avatar, on top of everything else, especially if the opponent picked something “edgy” like Red or Giovanni.
- Since you can make your Pokémon shiny easily in Showderp, a common heckling line is “Nice shiny, opponent! Is it legit?”
- Com Mons: Expect to see one of these on Champ’s team at least every once in a while, including the infamous Choice Specs Weedle.
- Crazy Enough to Work: Some of the gimmicky movesets and tactics requested have no other option but this.
- Defeat Means Playable: Invoked with the “Pokémon Trainer” mememon, which is a Gallade holding an Iron Ball that knows the move Fling. If Gallade knocks out an enemy Pokémon by using Fling, that Pokémon is considered “captured” and a copy of it is used instead of Pokémon Trainer until a new team is built.
- Disqualification-Induced Victory: Happens sometimes, either because the opponent was AFK for too long or the viewers rused them into accidentally closing their browser window. When the opponent does this everybody pretty much treats this as a roaring success for the champ and a great cause for celebration. Notably, the champ is not allowed to let the opponent win this way, EVER.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: You think anybody actually LIKES the Champ? Wrong. However, in the context of each match Champ is almost always seen as the lesser of two evils and most everybody would prefer to see him win rather than the opponent.
- Dude, Where's My Reward?: Champ gains nothing more than A Day In The Lime Light for his efforts (and the rage he endures). They do it for free, after all.
- Emergent Gameplay: Invoked, often sarcastically, with the phrase “NEW METAnote ” when the champ or opponent uses an ineffective or extremely strange tactic. Sometimes meant honestly when an obscure tactic is actually pretty good.
- Foregone Conclusion: There will be times where Champ has a team of Com Mons with useless items and moves. Opponent has a team filled with legendaries. Still doesn’t stop the viewers from spamming “CHAMP WHAT ARE YOU DOING” and “You could have prevented this”.
- The Hero: The Champ is the closest thing Showderp has to this, and they often aren’t seen as such anyway.
- Idiot Ball: When the opponent grabs this, chat bursts into laughter and greentext arrows. When Champ does this, chat becomes a roiling pit of hatred and cursing. Being handed the idiot ball is commonly referred to as “having a stroke”.
- Showderp really, really hates opponents who copy-paste sets off of Smogon or other websites instead of developing their own teams, and yet almost every Showderp team has at least one Pokémon copy-pasted from their “Mememons” pastebin because it was requested.
- And on top of that, some of the most popular Mememon sets aren’t really all that different from Smogon sets. Skydoge (Shaymin-S) and Blood Totem (Sigilyph) are two examples of this.
- In the more meta sense, all of the "cancerous" stuff that the Showderp participants do, including the spamming and overuse of memes, is supposed to be ironic. Some people believe this still holds true, while others think that the influx of newfags who didn't get the irony have filled Showderp with unironic shitposting and completely ruined it forever.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Usually averted; Champ is not allowed to forfeit from any match, no matter how long it's been going or how inevitable defeat is. The viewers will, however, encourage the opponent to give up. Played straight when Champ is being risky with stat boosts and the viewers encourage them to "Stop greeding" and "just kill it already"
- Lethal Joke Character: A Sigilyph holding a Flame Orb, a Drapion that won't stop spamming Accupressure, a dancing Lilligant, a Clefable with Metronome as its only offensive option, a Togekiss with no STAB moves, and a Weedle with Choice Specs. This team was not copy-pasted from competitive play sites. This team was assembled by a group of six random strangers on the Internet who hate each other and had no idea what the other people were going to request. And this team is going to kick your Smogon-copying OU ass six ways to Sunday.
- Loophole Abuse: How some of the more unorthodox requests end up working. Also, Funbro the Slowbro revolved around this for trolling purposes (at least until he was banned).
- Memetic Mutation: Various phrases have reached local meme status for certain situations.
- “WHY CHAMP”, “CHAAAAMP”, “CHAMP HAD A STROKE”, and basically any incoherent swearing when Champ screws up.
- "[Opponent], do you have a cute little sister with cute little feet?"
- “It’s Happening!”, “You done it now!”, “OH BBY”, etc. when one of Champ’s Pokémon is given the opportunity to start setting up.
- “PRESS THE BUTTON!”, as the generally accepted term to tell Champ to use a powerful attack (most commonly Outrage).
- “NICE X, NERD!” to mock the opponent’s team, shiny Pokémon, items, moveset, ability, strategy, name, avatar, and basically everything else.
- “FINAL FORM!!!” as a request for Champ to continue boosting one of their Pokémon’s stats to the absolute limit, either because it’s necessary to be able to sweep the opponent… or just because they can and it’ll be hilarious.
- "You're fighting Marriland!"
- "BALK" when a Pokémon survives an attack either just barely or by a large amount.
- "STRONK" when an attack unexpectedly deals a lot of damage.
- Some sarcastic variant of "WOW, BIG DAMAGE" or "A HUEG AMOUNT OF DOMMAGE" when an attack does pathetic damage.
- "Crit mattered", either when a Critical hit bypasses a Pokémon's defensive boosts and KOs it when normally it would have survived, or sarcastically when the Pokémon had very low health and would have fainted anyway.
- “rekt”, “#REKT”, or “Shrekt” almost every single time the Champ knocks out an opponent’s Pokémon.
- “OU: The Team: The Movie: The Metagame: The Experience 2: Electric Boogaloo” when seeing a team that is very typical of the tier and a suspected copy-paste.
- “Nice team. Did you build it yourself?”
- [VIEWER] HAS REPORTED [OPPONENT] FOR THE FOLLOWING OFFENSE: HACKING. IF YOU WANT TO APPEAL THIS BAN, PRESS CTRL+W NOW.note
- “>” or alternately “>>>>>>>” when Champ or the opponent does something stupid or unexpected, with the implication that what just happened was so unbelievable that the viewer couldn’t even finish their greentext statement.
- “Status when?”/”Crit when?”/”Boosts when?”, bemoaning the lack of a status effect, critical hit, or random status increase occurring (the latter mostly with Boostan Roostan).
- “Status/Crit/Boosts never” is a common response.
- “It’s ogre”, when predicting that Champ will lose.
- Emoticon faces like ":^)" at the end of purposely stupid remarks.
- "Donk" or "Dink" when a switch-out causes an attack to be a No Sell or not very effective. This may be either the Sound of No Damage or a shortened version of "Predonk" from "Predict", as in "predicted that attack and nullified it".
- "GREED" when either Champ or the opponent are getting risky with unnecessary stat boosts and might be setting themselves up to get KO'd.
- Alternately, "Yes, goy, greed more!" to encourage the opponent to keep greeding so that the Champ can buy time to fix the situation.
- "Thanks, RNG", when a move with a random effect does something useless.
- “Would you a X y/n?”, as casual banter asking if the other viewers would have sex with whatever X is, be it a Pokémon that was just sent out, an avatar, the Champ or opponent, or something completely out of context.
- “y”, “n”, or “/” as responses to the above poll.
- "great!" when the champ does something useless or gets Out-Gambitted.
- "We did it, 9gag/Reddit!" After winning a match.
- Calling the Champ a word slightly similar to “Champ” as a derogatory remark. Examples include Chimp, Chump, Lump, Lamp, and Limp.
- "ebin": A slang term common to imageboards, usually meaning "this isn't as awesome or clever as you think it is, or indeed, at all awesome or clever."
- Moe Anthropomorphism: Show-Tan, the pink-haired, cheery mascot of Showderp. She'll root for champ and then cut his fucking throat if he dares to screw up at a vital moment. Showderp has also created "Smogon-Tan", the characterization of Smogon's beliefs and a rival to Show-Tan, with an Aegislash motif.
- Moral Myopia: To a degree. The purpose of the group is to show that atypical sets can compete with the usual pick-and-mix, but if they encounter a trainer using a suboptimal setup, they'll usually break out the snark.
- Never Accepted in His Hometown: They’re called the “Champs of Showderp” but they’re usually treated as butt-monkeys, especially if they aren’t popular or skilled.
- No Item Use for You: If requested, obviously, but it’s more common for trolls to request an item on a Pokémon that gets no benefit (or actually an impairment) from its’ use.
- Player Punch: Often sarcastically invoked when a shitmon on Champ’s team goes down, prompting messages of “nuuu!”, “;_;7”note or “rip” in the chat. Less sarcastic when a good Pokémon that could have won the match is unexpectedly KO’d.
- Shout-Out: Plenty of the names of the memes are references to other media.
- Stupidity Is the Only Option: When Champ is forced by requests to do things that will most definitely not benefit himself.
- Victory Is Boring: One of the main reasons Showderp continues to function: if the same unbeatable set was used every time, there would be no reason to keep going. The randomness of community suggestions keeps the tourney going.
- Victory Quote: “rekt” is most commonly used, both by the winning champ and most of the viewers. If the opponent has the nerve to do one of these, it will be mocked for the next few minutes.
- Violation of Common Sense: Most champs could probably build a better set on their own than what Showderp gives them, but the rules must not be broken!
- We Win Because You Didn't: As long as Champ didn’t get beaten 6-0 (that is, didn’t knock out a single opponent Pokémon), the viewers will claim “We did it, guys!”. Somewhat justified in that Champ’s team isn’t usually battle-ready to begin with.
- What the Hell, Hero?: It’s not a question of if the Champ will do something that makes the entire lobby angry at them, but when. The amount of anger exhibited at Champ for stupid mistakes very quickly delves into Disproportionate Retribution territory.
"God damn it, I'm sick of this bullshit. New champ."