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Just like in the main series, Magikarp is a weak, pathetic fish Pokemon known for flopping around and nothing else. You catch a new one every time your previous one retires, either through maxing out its level and losing a match or... less favorable means.
- Hyperactive Metabolism: Magikarp never get full and gain instant power bonuses every time they eat.
- Joke Character: The main premise of the game is that because of this, people have found a new way of competing with the poor guys.
- Magikarp Power: Just like in the main series, there's a secret method of evolving Magikarp into its more powerful form as Gyarados. Either breaking the Everstone it's holding by tapping it too many times, or allowing it to evolve if asked to.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Since Magikarp is a bottom tier fighter in its own series, the people of Hoppy Town have turned to its reputed talent as a jumper to create their own contest of skill. Somehow, two fish flopping as high as they can has become a city-wide pastime.
- Not Allowed To Evolve: Invoked. Magikarp can get larger and stronger, but evolving forces them to retire.
- Palette Swap: All Magikarp have the same basic body shape, with the only difference being their patterns.
- Ambiguous Gender: Your character is designed to be androgynous, being based on the male character from Pokémon X and Y but with shaggy, face-concealing hair and hair clips.
- Blinding Bangs: Has face covering shaggy hair.
- Heroic Mime: Your character only ever speaks maybe in a few events, and only definitely when crying out during a career-ending situation (like your Magikarp getting carried away or blown up).
- Palette Swap: The NPC opponents in the league are all recolors of the player character model.
- Adaptational Wimp: The Elite Four are generally the most powerful trainers in the main series Pokemon games. Here? Three of them can be easily swept if you managed to train in the Expert League and maxed out your JP. If you didn't though ... you'll be in for a world of hurt.
- Ambiguous Gender: Just like your character, their gender is very ambiguous. However, some do wear more feminine-like clothing.
- Blinding Bangs: Like your character, their face is concealed.
- Palette Swap: They have different clothing, but basically use the same character model as the player character.
- Planet of Steves: All of them have Female Magikarps named Karpella.
- Expy: Clothing resembles Red.
- Final Boss: The last opponent you have to face in the Master League, the last league in the game. He also has a completely different "battle theme" compared to the rest of the opponents you've faced in the games - including the ones that play for the Elite Four and every fifth League opponent you face.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: The "cheering commentary" in the final boss battle is simply "Good Luck", as opposed to a swarm of "We love you (Magikarp Name)".
The mayor of Hoppy Town. He's the one who convinces you to become a Magikarp trainer and join the local leagues.
- Cool Old Guy: A former Magikarp trainer and league champion. He gives you decorations out of his own beloved pond to help you on your way.
- The Mentor: Gives lots of advice and insight into your progress.
- Old Master: He may be retired, but he's still a leading authority on Magikarp training.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Even when you mess up, he treats the experience as a lesson learned and always gives you another chance.
Man of Mystery
A strange man who encounters you
- Con Man: Two of his events, "Cheap Cheap" and "Jumping Lessons", can cause you to either get a training soda/more jump power or lose coins depending on what luck you have.
- Creepy Good: Tends to creep the player character out whenever he appears, but is otherwise a really nice guy.
- No Name Given: He's just called the "Man of Mystery", compared to other adult characters who have names like Roddy Tackle and Dr. Splash.
- Uncle Pennybags: Despite trying to con you sometimes, he'll randomly give you coins after some training sessions and sometimes after you lose a battle. If you lose 3 times in a row, he'll even give you 3 LP Restores.
A female scientist who goes around trying to do experiments to Magikarp.
- Creepy Good: Is seen as shady by the player character, but she intends no harm to you or your Magikarp.
- For Science!: A lot of her events are for scientific purposes.
- Gone Horribly Right: In "Macho Karp", if you give her your Magikarp, there's a chance it'll turn into a Gyarados, forcing you to retire.
Additional Pokemon who will take up residence in your pond as you progress.
- Assist Character: Support characters have a small chance of cheering Magikarp on and granting a certain boost to their jump power.
- Non-Player Companion: They serve the role of being your Magikarps' friends. In particular, Pikachu may have a play date with your Magikarp, where it will help fight off a hungry Pidgeotto.