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The Kids


The Primary protagonist.

  • Butt-Monkey: Especially in the early comics. Nowadays, he catches a break much more often.
  • Children Are Innocent: The only one more innocent than him is Bulbasaur.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Based on a couple instances, it's clear Charmander would have liked his mom around more often. The 2018 Christmas special confirms this.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Most of the strife between him and his father is played for laughs. Would you believe this trope was played even straighter in previous comics?
  • Missing Mom: His mom is confirmed to be dead. According to Nekoama, it wasn't exactly sunshine and rainbows for anyone.
  • Nice Guy: There isn't a single bad bone in this Pokemon's body. In fact, out of all of the kids, he seems to be the most considerate.
  • Only Sane Man: Tries more than often to be the voice of reason. It falls on deaf ears most of the time.
  • Tragic Keepsake: A milder version of this, as the scarf he got on Christmas was made (rather poorly) by his mom. He still loves it.

The Secondary protagonist.

  • Cool Shades: One of his more defining characteristics.
  • Fearless Fool: Often the one to make the more reckless decisions out of the gang.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish to Wartortle's Responsible.
  • Foster Kid: Not that he minds.
  • Genki Guy: He gets psyched for just about anything. He was doubly this when he was younger, if you can believe it.
  • Happily Adopted
  • The Lancer: Always the first to go head-first into any situation, rarely exercising any caution.
  • Not So Stoic: After boasting about how scary stories can't get to him, it's obvious that Charizard's story really got to him.
Buh Buh!

The Tertiary protagonist.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Gets his own comic story in "The Incredi-Buh Journey", in which he meets and helps the kids of the Johto starters.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Bulbasaur is excessively childlike even compared to the other children, can only speak in Pokémon Speak, and tends to eat game pieces. It could potentially be explained by how he's much younger than the others.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Stated (and shown) to be the youngest. And it shows.
  • Break the Cutie: Very briefly, but he did NOT take hearing about potentially dying in the Fall very well.
  • Catchphrase: "Buh-buh!". Then again, that's ALL he says.
  • Children Are Innocent: The youngest, therefore the most naive and optimistic of the gang.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Despite Bulbasaur only speaking in Pokémon Speak, his friends can understand him perfectly. It seems like the older 'mons have more trouble, though.
  • Pokémon Speak: Only Bulbasaur. Not even his cousin Ivysaur knows why he does that.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: It's almost criminal how adorable he is, really.

The Teens


Charmander's older brother.

  • Cool Big Bro: see One of the Kids.
  • Dumbass Teenage Son: Shows a couple signs of this, but not much.
  • The One Guy: The only male out of the teen trio.
  • One of the Kids: Likes to hang out with his little brother and his friends.
  • The Prankster: He won't even hesitate to pull any on his dad!
    • Taken to ridiculous extremes in the 2018 Halloween special, in which he and Venusaur stage a whole zombie apocalypse with their friends, fooling even Wartortle.

Squirtle's older sister.


Bulbasaur's older cousin.

  • Big Eater: Kind of like her uncle.
  • Cool Big Sis: Acts like this to Bulbasaur.
  • Language Barrier: Averted in regards to Bulbasaur. She understands him just fine. The other teens, not so much.
  • Mundane Utility: She knows Leech Seed, but she used it for an elaborate prank in the 2018 Halloween special.
  • Nice Girl: Doesn't seem to have a temper to speak of, and gets along with her cousin greatly.
  • The Prankster: Shares this with Charmeleon.

The Adults


Charmander's dad.

  • Acrofatic: Despite putting on more than a couple pounds over the years, he's more than capable of winning a flying race against a Pidgeot. Twice, possibly.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: He found Squirtle's Easter mishap to be more than chuckle-worthy.
  • Abusive Parents: More emotionally so, but not nearly to the extent in the original comics.
  • Berserk Button: Didn't take Pidgey's boasting about his dad seriously right up until he said he'd lose because he was "fat".
  • Childhood Friends: Grew up together with Venusaur.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: As far as he's concerned, Charmander will be a Fire/Flying type and only a Fire/Flying type, as per the norm.
  • Happily Married: Seemed to be with his wife in flashbacks 3 years prior to the story.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Sends Charmander and Sandshrew out into the rain with some coats. His reasoning despite the obvious hazards of sending them into what might as well be an acid bath? "Dying builds character". It gets a littler harsher when you consider that his wife dying probably did build his character (in all the wrong ways).
  • Jerkass: Stands out as one of the more mean-spirited characters.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Despite his incredibly harsh tone, most of the time he's not wrong about a situation.
  • Misery Builds Character: His entire outlook on life.
  • Morality Chain: As shown in the 2018 Christmas special, his wife seemed to bring out the best in him.
  • Not So Different: He used to be pretty reckless in his youth, just like his son. The only difference was that Charmander isn't accidentally setting trees on fire.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: Although he doens't like his son's often reckless actions, he was rather guilty of being ten times worse when he was he son's age. Just ask Venusaur about the Koffing incident.
  • Perpetual Frowner: It's saying something when one of the few times he smiled was when Squirtle messed up during an Easter egg hunt.
    • A more benign example of him lightening up was when he won a race against Pidgeot on Father's Day.
  • Pet the Dog: Gave Charmander a scarf his wife knit on Christmas Day. Despite its ragged condition, the kid treasures it.
  • Slasher Smile: Nekoama has gone on record saying that making him smile is hard due to how out of place it looks on him. This trope is played in full when he tells a scary story during a camping trip.
  • Sliding Scale of Parent-Shaming in Fiction: Charizard dances on a fine line between type II and III, being emotionally apathetic and even abrasive towards his son, but ultimately wanting him to become more savvy and independent as a result.
  • Tough Love: His entire approach to parenting is this. He believes that by acting strict all the time, Charmander can get though life without having to be told what to do. Blastoise seems to agree with a part of this, as shown when he discusses with Pidgeot what to do when his kid gets stuck on a tree.
    Blastoise: Tell you what, why don't you go get some ice cream instead and he can wait until we're done to get down. Maybe he'll learn something.
    Pidgeot: Ha, you're hangin' around Charizard too much.


Squirtle's dad.

  • Doting Parent: Considers his children his biggest boon.
  • Good Parents: Easily the best dad out of the three. The kids certainly agree. After all, who else has an ice-cream cake for every get-together?
  • Foil: To Charizard, being a much more fun-loving and calm parent than him.
  • Nice Guy: Patient, laid back, and wants nothing but the best for his children.
  • Unflappable Guardian: The more competent of the parents, natch.


Bulbasaur's dad.

  • Amicably Divorced: Despite being regions apart, he allows Bulbasaur to visit his mom across Johto on occasion.
  • Bumbling Dad: Not exactly the brightest bulb around.
  • Childhood Friends: He and Charizard grew up together.
  • Good Parents: Despite his shortcomings, he truly does appreciate everything his son does for him.
  • Hands-Off Parenting: Venusaur seems to content himself doing nothing as his son and his friends do whatever they want.
  • Lazy Bum: His least endearing quality is his sheer unwillingness to do most work. It's not totally severe though, and Bulbasaur loves him all the same. Though his laziness might have something to do with him being divorced, with the emotional toll that implies.
  • Parental Obliviousness: He just sort of leaves problems to resolve themselves when they happen.

Other Characters


A friend of the main trio.

  • Ambiguously Jewish: Celebrates Hanukah, and thrives on Latkes during that time.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: As with the rest of his kind, water is lethal to him. It doesn't stop Charizard from sending him and Charmander into the rain to go outside.

    Growlithe and Flareon

Two bullies who like to pick on the gang, especially Charmander.

  • Alpha Bitch: Literally in Growlithe's case.
  • The Bully: Growlithe is this in particular to Charmander, particularly because he hasn't learned the move "ember".
  • Jerkass: Not the most particularly pleasant pokemon around.
  • Hidden Depths: Growlithe seems to really like "The X-Y Files". Three guesses as to what that represents in this world.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Get drenched by Squirtle after their actions worsen the situation in the cave (and after they insult Bulbasaur).
  • Too Dumb to Live: Flareon's solution to putting out a fire started by Growlithe is to use a fire move. The Clefairy's reaction is entirely justified.

    The Johto Starters

A trio similar to the main trio, but featuring starters from the Johto Region. They include Cyndaquil, Chikorita, and Totodile.


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