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The Pokédex - Extended Fanon Edition:

 6026 bwburke 94, Fri, 9th Sep '11 11:26:58 AM from Massachusetts Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
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I understand editing subpages is generally frowned upon by the original troper who wrote the entry, but blantant errors (the Pallet Town article called Blue [the boy] a Ground-type trainer) need to be removed.

Anyway, I'm doing the Darkrai entry tonight and Diglett line tomorrow, it appears.
I have an avatar now. Avatars are cool.
 6027 Umbramatic, Sat, 10th Sep '11 10:40:25 AM from WAAPT or PEFE Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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THIS HAS RESTORED MY FAITH IN TVTROPES.

Caps-lock gushing aside, the discovery of this little project has indeed convinced me to return when I was considering reducing myself to a mere browser due to certain... policy changes. (The reason I don't go into detail is partially because of said policy changes.)

Anyway, upon seeing this I had an overwhelming urge to contribute. If you guys could give me any tips as to how to start, I'l gladly take them. I particularly want to do the Electabuzz and Vulaby lines, as well as expanding some of the more sparse articles (I particularly want to do Human Culture sections for Pikachu and Ratatta).
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 6028 Tracer Bullet, Sat, 10th Sep '11 11:09:38 AM from A Dark and Rainy Alley
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[up] Electabuzz and Vullaby don't appear to have any existent claims on them, so feel free to get started. As for Pikachu and Rattata, you're welcome to compose some material for them, just keep in mind that their articles were authored by another one of our contributors, and that it would probably be best to ask their original author for his input regarding changes made to those articles.

In other news, no I haven't forgotten about Ledyba. Despite what my slug-like rate of composition would suggest.
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 6029 Umbramatic, Sat, 10th Sep '11 11:26:17 AM from WAAPT or PEFE Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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@Tracer Bullet: OK, I'll get started on Electabuzz today and try to get ahold of the Pikachu and Ratatta authors for permission to expand.
"There is no Fermi paradox! Any time space fairing aliens make it to Earth the cows get them!"
 6030 Silent Reverence, Sat, 10th Sep '11 11:42:06 AM from 3 tiles right 1 tile up
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Of course you can also always leave development comments here for the different entries, too. Also welcome!

 6031 Blissey 1, Sat, 10th Sep '11 12:46:51 PM from a random Pokčcenter Relationship Status: I know
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They're cuddly, cute, easy to wear, and promise not to poison you!

wait, what?

edited 10th Sep '11 12:56:57 PM by Blissey1

 6032 Tangent 128, Sat, 10th Sep '11 1:07:09 PM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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Wouldn't you love a venomous bunny for a Head Pet? wink

edited 10th Sep '11 1:07:19 PM by Tangent128

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 6033 Silent Reverence, Sat, 10th Sep '11 1:10:04 PM from 3 tiles right 1 tile up
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Yeah. And the trope page quote so specially applies... smile

(Anyway, yeah, Head Pet. And if not, they still have those claws and about the right size to cling to your clothes. Also, Nidoran♂!Maekrite was my head pet in the AU...)

 6034 Justice Man, Sat, 10th Sep '11 1:27:14 PM from Maryland !
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Whoa! I thought you were going Cruella De Ville on us there for a second.
 6035 Hobgoblin, Sat, 10th Sep '11 1:38:42 PM from the USA Relationship Status: Owner of a lonely heart
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Awww, that avatar of Nidoking x Nidoqueen is kinda cute. smile
 6036 Blissey 1, Sat, 10th Sep '11 3:31:40 PM from a random Pokčcenter Relationship Status: I know
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Whoa! I thought you were going Cruella De Ville on us there for a second.

101 Nidorans?
 6037 Hobgoblin, Sat, 10th Sep '11 3:45:08 PM from the USA Relationship Status: Owner of a lonely heart
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Nidorans are so cute. Especially the females.
 6038 Umbramatic, Sat, 10th Sep '11 5:21:09 PM from WAAPT or PEFE Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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Alright, here's my entry for the Electabuzz line. Feel free to point out any grammar or spelling mistakes. I'm gonna add in some appropriate links to certain trope/work pages later.

Electabuzz Line

Morphs [Oak Catalog #]

  • Elekid [#239]

  • Electabuzz [#125]

  • Electivire [#466]

Physical Description:

Elekid are small, rotund creatures, with distinctive yellow-and-black striped fur covering their bodies. They have no discernable toes and stubby legs, though despite this they are surprisingly fast. Their arms are proportionally large, and are often spun to charge their electrical attacks. Of particular note are the two horns on their head, the unusual shape of which inspired the look of some types of modern electrical plugs.

Electabuzz are significantly more primatoid than their pre-evolutions, having fully-developed hands with opposable thumbs, longer limbs, and a tail. Their horns also more closely resemble the nubs of a Girafarig at this stage.

Electivire are larger than Electabuzz, with a different pattern of stripes, black fingers, two tails (that are black with red tips as opposed to the striped single tails of their pre-evolutions), red eyes, and a set of teeth that is fairly disturbing to some observers.

Like almost all Pokémon, exceedingly rare alternate phenotypes exist – in Elekid, it manifests as brighter yellow fur, while Electabuzz and Electivire display orange fur (with the latter gaining blue eyes and tail tips as well). Obtaining one of these rare specimens is considered quite an accomplishment (if only for bragging rights.)

Notable Biology:

Like most Electric types, members of the Electabuzz line carry many electrochemical cells within their bodies for the purpose of using electrical attacks. Notably, the highest concentrations of these cells on the body differ depending on the evolutionary stage: Elekid carry them in the muscles at the base of their arms (hence their habit of “charging” attacks by spinning their arms), Electabuzz have more in their chest, while Electivire carry the most in their two tails. All forms, however, have a good number of these cells in their hands and fingers, contributing to the legendary power of their “Thunderpunch” attacks. Interestingly, breeding these Pokémon with certain other Pokémon will result in offspring that can use ice and fire based punches as well, leading to much cross-breeding. Electivire in particular are known to be able to breathe fire and cause massive earth tremors with the right T Ms.

One particular use for their electrical cells in the first two stages is the ability to use small electrical shocks to impair the opponent’s muscle function – though this only works if the opponent comes in direct contact with the Elekid or Electabuzz. Electivire, on the other hand, has a totally different use for its electrical cells – it can use them to absorb the electrical attacks of others and convert them into energy to be used by the muscles in its limbs – giving it a marked increase in speed and agility for a short time. A rare, recently discovered strain eschews the above skills for an enhanced metabolism that makes them immune to moves that would cause other Pokémon to grow drowsy or fall asleep.

While Elekid and Electabuzz are fairly common, Electivire are comparatively uncommon. This is because Electabuzz needs a specific concentration of a certain type of electrical energy in order to evolve. While this happens occasionally in the wild when an Electabuzz is struck by lightning in the right way (see Diet), in captivity an item known as an Electrilizer is used in conjunction with Trading Machines.

These Pokémon are all highly intelligent, with mental skills equal to or greater than that of other primate Pokémon, and even on par with some Psychic types.

Habitat:

Before humanity gained the ability to mass-produce electricity, Elekid/Electabuzz/Electivire troops followed thunderstorms, quickly moving on to another once the one they were following dissipated. As such, they are highly adaptable, and at home pretty much anywhere. Once humanity created its first power plants, however, their migration patterns changed, with many troops adopting a pattern of finding a power plant, raiding its electricity until the humans either chased them out or abandoned the power plant (in extreme cases), at which point the troop moved on to the next one. As such, they are often seen near human settlements.

Diet:

Elekid have a mostly herbivorous lifestyle, feeding on berries and other fruits, occasionally supplementing their diet with small mammal, bird, and Bug Pokemon. Electabuzz have a pretty even diet of animal and plant matter, feeding on larger prey than Elekid. Electivire are apex predators, hunting down large herbivore Pokémon and killing them with a combination of electric shocks from their tails and sheer force. Electivire, will, however, happily eat fruits and berries every so often.

However, all forms supplement their diet with large amounts of electricity, which helps keep their electrochemical cells in peak condition. In more natural settings, they congregate in areas where lightning is about to strike; in human-colonized areas, they converge on other sources of electricity, and are often responsible for blackouts when they eat too much.

Hazards:

Elekid pose relatively little threat physically, generally being more mischievous than aggressive, with most of their attacks being fairly weak. However, a fully-charged Thunderpunch (which they will use when sufficiently aggravated) will hurt a lot and potentially break small bones. Additionally, they have less control over their muscle-impairing shocks than Electabuzz, so be cautious and wear protective equipment when possible when handling an Elekid.

Electabuzz, being much larger, are capable of physically overpowering and even mauling a human when sufficiently incensed – and it’s hard to tell if something will anger an Electabuzz or not until it’s too late. While they lack true claws, their fists, arms, and fangs are all capable of lethal damage to a human.

Electivire expound on this threat – since they are the dominant members of their society in the wild, they often initially feel superior to the other Pokemon on the team, and will shove them out of the way when tough opponents are at hand. The heavy levels of testosterone in both males and females can cause them to experience severe bouts of aggression – most exemplified by poorly-trained, enraged Electivire beating on their opponents long after said opponents had given up. Even after overcoming this initial superiority complex, they are often protective of who they consider to be members of their “troop, ” and will assault any perceived threats if not properly socialized.

Note, however, that despite the above descriptions, the depiction of these creatures as mindless, savage brutes is pretty much untrue, and they can be very caring, loyal, and downright friendly Pokémon when given proper care. However, they are still far from “cute and cuddly” and it is not recommended to keep the latter two stages as pets, or let novice trainers use them. (With proper caution, Elekid can be owned by both as long as it is given access to an Everstone.) Some Leagues require Electabuzz to pass a behavioral test before their trainer is permitted to evolve it, due to the aformented issues.

As with all Electric Pokemon who feed on electricity, it is recommended not to leave electronic devices around this line, as they will likely be irreparably damaged from their electricity being siphoned at a rapid rate.

Courting and Childrearing:

Elekid are not sexually mature, and cannot breed even in captivity. Electabuzz mostly mate with the dominant Electivire of the troop. The Electabuzz show interest in mating (their mating season is year-round) by pursing their lips and cautiously approaching the dominant Electivire. If the Electivire is interested (which it usually is), it will take the Electabuzz and the two will go do their business in the bushes somewhere.

Elekid are born soon after, either through eggs or live birth –a common adaptation among mammal Pokémon. Due to the relative lack of females in the Electabuzz population, the entire troop assists in child-rearing – indeed, many Electivire act especially playful around their young, and even protect them from internal conflicts within the troop. Females nurse their young with milk and electricity from their electrical cells, until the baby is old enough to eat solid food and find its own sources of electricity.

Social Structure:

Most of the behavior of the Electabuzz line is dedicated to finding sources of electricity – whether natural or man-made. They migrate for miles, in troops of about 20 individuals, searching for thunderstorms and/or human electrical sources to feed on, picking up other food along the way. Leadership is determined mostly by luck. Any Electabuzz exposed to the proper type of electrical current will evolve into an Electivire. (On rare occasions, an Electabuzz will evolve itself by stealing an Electrlizer and figuring out how to activate it.) When this happens, one of two things will occur.

- If the Electabuzz troop is new and lacking an Electivire leader, they will accept the newly evolved individual as their new leader. This can occur whether the evolved individual is male or female – indeed, female Electivire get more respect and mating opportunities due to their rarity.

- If an Electivire already occupies the leader position, the two will fight until one is chased off and forced to form its own troop.

Examples of the latter are actually the most often seen wild Electivire, and their propensity for attacking other species more often out of desperation for food is a source of Electivire’s reputation as a bully.

Occasionally, a foolish young Electabuzz will try to challenge the dominant Electivire for rule of the troop. (Strangely, the challenger is almost always the same gender as the leader it’s challenging). This usually ends with the interloper soundly beaten and exiled from the troop (females are sometimes forgiven due to their scarcity), and they must band up with other loner Electabuzz, often forming a new troop in the process. [Note: These loner or new-group Electabuzz are the best to capture if you want a wild one – their social structure is either nonexistent or not fully-formed, leading it to more readily adopt you, your family and friends, and your Pokémon team as its new troop. Capturing the other two stages in the wild is not recommended, as Elekid are closely guarded by the parents, while Electivire become resentful toward their captors, often culminating in violence. If you really want to start with an Elekid, consult a Pokémon breeding faciltity.]

Attempts at breeding done by a subordinate Electabuzz are often met with infanticide of the resulting offspring by the leader.

In Human Culture:

Even before they were regarded as pests due to feeding on power supplies, the members of this line were often vilified as dumb brutes only capable of malice and occasionally lust. One of the most famous examples of the latter was a movie series where a giant Electivire from an island populated by prehistoric Pokémon kidnaps a woman and carries her up one of the largest skyscrapers in Castelia City, only to eventually be shot down by planes.

Certain cultures take a bizarre, though not entirely different, interpretation of the line. They distorted the latter two evolutions into demon and ogre like beings, which differed from their real-life counterparts in many ways – particularly in coloration, with the mythical creatures tending to be red or blue instead of yellow. This interpretation remains its own distinct entity, and is a common stock enemy in animated TV shows and video games from these regions.

Recently, humans have gotten more sympathetic toward these creatures, thanks to studies showing their innate intelligence. One Electivire specimen named Ellie is capable of speaking her own form of sign language, as well as communicating with humans via other means. Even the aformented giant Electivire received a more sympathetic interpretation. However, early revelations of the intelligence of these and other primate Pokémon lead to a movie where such Pokémon – the Electabuzz line included – successfully take over the world, and, despite the fact that most primate Pokémon seem comfortable with their position, the idea has remained popular enough that the movie received several sequels – as well as two reboots.


Any sort of constructive feedback is appreciated.

edited 12th Sep '11 11:25:18 AM by Umbramatic

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 6039 Hobgoblin, Sat, 10th Sep '11 5:25:49 PM from the USA Relationship Status: Owner of a lonely heart
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I liked the article...but I'm disturbed at the idea of an Electivire raping a human. o_o
 6040 Umbramatic, Sat, 10th Sep '11 5:33:46 PM from WAAPT or PEFE Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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[up] I drew a lot of inspiration from gorillas and other great apes, who I think may have done such things on occasion (possibly chimpanzees.) However, if it's too much Squick I can remove it.

EDIT: And I know other animals of varying intelligence have sexually assaulted humans. Though I didn't necessarily mean "rape".

edited 10th Sep '11 5:40:20 PM by Umbramatic

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 6041 Tracer Bullet, Sat, 10th Sep '11 5:49:48 PM from A Dark and Rainy Alley
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O_O

That Electabuzz article looks really impressive for something that was developed in less than a day.

I can only really think of three things that I'd change off the top of my head for the article:

  • Altering the Morphology markup.
  • Considering dropping or otherwise making the reference to less savory sexual antics more opaque. (Seeing as that dabbles a bit with the TMI part of our style guidelines.)
  • Considering elaborating on Electabuzz et al's habitat. What sort of environment do these creatures chase storms and power plants in? Grasslands? Forests?

Other than that, it looks like a very solid start for an article, and I look forward to seeing it evolve and grow. Along with your future articles as a contributor here.

edited 10th Sep '11 5:50:04 PM by TracerBullet

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 6042 Hobgoblin, Sat, 10th Sep '11 5:50:32 PM from the USA Relationship Status: Owner of a lonely heart
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Nah, it's fine. smile
 6043 Umbramatic, Sat, 10th Sep '11 6:04:10 PM from WAAPT or PEFE Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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@ Tracer Bullet: Thanks, and I think that the speed at which I got it out has something to do with how I write - I mull over things in my head for a long while, forming a plan, then I just kinda dump it out on paper and edit it as I go. I'm surprised that it actually works as much as it does, though. It probably helps that I'm VERY passionate about this subject.

As for your three suggestions:

1. What exactly about the markup do you want changed?

2. Yeah, I'm probably gonna tone that down, or even remove it entirely. I wasn't quite sure about the whole TMI thing - thanks for reminding me.

3. They're nomadic and adaptable, and so can live pretty much anywhere. They prefer mountain ranges and grasslands where lighting strikes a lot, though.

Thanks for the feedback.

@Hobgoblin: I'm changing it anyway, as per Tracer Bullet's request.

edited 10th Sep '11 6:05:29 PM by Umbramatic

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 6044 rmctagg09, Sat, 10th Sep '11 6:40:20 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
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You should have it be more like this:

  • Pokemon [#???]

Hugging a Vanilluxe will give you frostbite.

It's typed rmctagg09.
 6045 Tracer Bullet, Sat, 10th Sep '11 6:41:15 PM from A Dark and Rainy Alley
Guess Who...?
Oh, it's just that a recurring trend of ours is to organize morphs with bullet points. For example:

  • Base Form [# XXX]
  • First Evo [# YYY]
  • Final Evo [# ZZZ]

It's more of a nitpicky thing than anything.

EDIT: The ninjas are out today.

edited 10th Sep '11 6:41:39 PM by TracerBullet

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 6046 Umbramatic, Sat, 10th Sep '11 6:45:56 PM from WAAPT or PEFE Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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Done.

EDIT: I'm having trouble potholing to the Youkai page for the references to Oni, since potholes for one-word tropes almost never work for me. Any help?

edited 10th Sep '11 6:58:55 PM by Umbramatic

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 6047 rmctagg09, Sat, 10th Sep '11 7:02:13 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
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Do something like [[{{Trope}} Text]].
Hugging a Vanilluxe will give you frostbite.

It's typed rmctagg09.
 6048 Umbramatic, Sat, 10th Sep '11 7:08:36 PM from WAAPT or PEFE Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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[up] Again, done. Thank you very much.

EDIT: I'm probably gonna work more of the canon Pokedex info in there somehow... just not sure when.

EDIT 2: Put in the standard "don't leave electronics around Electric Pokemon" warning, since I forgot to put it in initially despite my previous plans to.

edited 10th Sep '11 8:20:36 PM by Umbramatic

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You Kai works for me, try capitalizing a random letter.
 6050 Umbramatic, Sun, 11th Sep '11 9:59:00 AM from WAAPT or PEFE Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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[up] Eh, it seems fine the way it is.

EDIT: Just realized I spelled Electivire wrong EVERY FRIKIN TIME. I'm in the process of editing it all.

edited 11th Sep '11 12:26:24 PM by Umbramatic

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