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The whole world we have reset, our presence shall never be known. Those who have to leave their children and partners…it is a pain no one has the capability of understanding by themselves.

Pokéumans is a Pokémon fanfic written by Pokemonmanic3595, which has in turn spawned hundreds of spinoff stories and a Shared Universe. The original series focused on a Lucario Pokeuman named Brandon in the secret base under Long Island in America and his battles against the Mewtwo scientist, Mr. X.

Hidden from everyday society, there are certain people who can transform into Pokémon. These are called Pokéumans. Some want to live in peace with humanity, while others believe that they are a superior race.

But not all is well. A Secret War rages between the Pokéuman and the Pokéxtinction organizations. The former sees themselves as rebels, hiding from humanity due to fear of persecution or fighting against an oppressive system. The latter, on the other hand, fear the Pokéuman want a world ruled by only Pokéuman and thus, they strive to serve as humanities' guardians. Other parts of Pokéxtinction feel the Pokéumans should not exist at all, and are attempting to make sure of this themselves.


In November 2018 Pokemonmanic3595 began a rewrite of the original series called Pokéumans Remastered, to redo earlier scenes with the benefit of experience and clean up/remove some details that he was unhappy with the first time around. Any chapters of the original series that do not have a Remastered replacement are still canon, but if you want to get the amended and improved version of the backbone story then start here.

The group homepage can be found here.


Tropes found in the original Pokéumans series include:

  • Action Girl: Starr and Amy, most notably.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Chapter 8 (Auditorium Advocates).
  • The Ageless: Mr. X apparently hasn't aged a day since the accident 100 years ago. Neither has Asula.
  • The Apprentice: AB the Riolu, who becomes Brandon's protegee.
  • April Fools' Day:
  • Alternate Identity Amnesia:
    • When Mew's soul is put into Darren's body, each time they switch control they don't remember anything the other saw or did.
    • When Brandon becomes Mega Brandon, he doesn't remember anything he did in that form. Which is a problem, because then Andy gets to torment him with it. In a sense, this is more like The Corruption since it doesn't exist until he is exposed to Lucarionite.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Commander Sarmen Cuczoff of the Long Island PRT.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Reggie the Grovyle delivers a beatdown to the MSN gang single-handedly while analysing their pathetic tactics and giving a "The Reason You Suck" Speech as he does. Suffice to say, levels in badass were taken.
  • Badass Bookworm: Starr the Lucario, who is often seen reading in their dorm. She has her own moments of awesome, particularly at the end of Chapter 9.
  • Bamboo Technology: The original Pokémon have lots of this, given how simply and in tune with nature they live.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Asula the Milotic, kind and wise headmistress of the Long Island base.
  • Beauty Is Bad: In contrast to Asula, Mindy the Lopunny.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Sakato Hanaturo the Vaporeon hardly says anything, although he opens up with time, and is too consumed by his training to spend time with people at the beginning of the story. But that training has made him a formidable fighter.
  • Big Applesauce: The 'Dimensional Gems hunt' mini-arc takes place in and around New York City.
  • Big Bad: Mr. X.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Reggie is this to Brandon and Team Dad to everyone else in the main team.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Ch. 9 has a mild one. Ch. 17 has an awesome one.
  • Big Eater: Mike the Ditto, particularly in his Munchlax form.
  • Big Fun: William the Snorlax.
  • Big Good: Asula. The Even Bigger Good is Mew.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The MSN gang spend a lot of time picking on Brandon early in the story and then really regret it later.
  • Butt-Monkey: Mike.
  • Cain and Abel: Mr. X and Asula.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Since Brandon's status as an Energy Channeller means he possesses a huge amount of latent energy, Mr. X is very keen to use Total Absorption to claim that energy for himself on top of his own incredible power. Conveniently doing so would also kill Brandon, so two birds, one stone.
  • Cave Behind The Waterfall: In Chapter 13, one of the Dimensional Gems is stashed here.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: Connor, Zane and Ryan, in the respective histories of Sakato, Nathan and Starr (See Death by Origin Story).
  • The Chosen One: Brandon seems pretty well qualified to be one of these given the way other characters talk about and his potential. Then Spiritus says that he's no more special than any other Energy Channeller in history.
  • Clear My Name: Chapter 4, where Brandon is set up for base treason.
  • Co-Dragons: The X-Trio.
  • Combat Pragmatist: A lot of Dustin of the Elite Four's strategy boils down to using all of his Ghost powers (and his disturbingly-uncaring attitude to his opponents' lives) to screw with them and cheat in any way he likes.
  • Consummate Liar: Mindy's specialty.
  • The CSI Effect: Mike tries to invoke this when acting as defense lawyer. Suffice to say, it doesn't work.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique:
    • Total Absorption, which grants enormous power but is fatal to the enemy (it literally consumes their aura) and can bring out a Superpowered Evil Side.
  • The Dark Chick: Mindy.
  • Death by Origin Story: Well, more like Capture And Brainwash By Origin Story, but Connor, Zane and Ryan suffer this unfortunate fate to give Sakato, Nathan and Starr something greater to fight for.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Officer Johnny. Also Reggie, but not to the same extent.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Chapter 14 mostly consists of Brandon going across this and slowly coming back, in response to the death of Reggie.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Chapter 17 sees Brandon and co. beat up no less than Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Reshiram and Zekrom. In one chapter, although two were offscreen.
  • Dwindling Party: The team entering the Poke Dimension was about ten or so party members - four chapters later there are three capable party members left, and that's including the ones that joined them mid-arc.
  • Eldritch Location: Mt. Temporal and Mt. Reverse.
  • Exposition Beam: Zygarde's 10% form communicates with Brandon by directly beaming information into his head.
  • Eyes Are Mental: When Darren and Mew occupy the same body in later chapters, their eyes switch between yellow and pink depending on who has direct control.
  • Failure Knight: The fact Sakato wasn't fast enough to save his friend Connor is the driving reason behind his training to be the fastest Pokéuman pretty much ever.
  • Fictional Document: Spiritus' memoirs.
  • Fighting a Shadow: The legendaries fought by the heroes in the Pokédimension arc were actually mirages to protect the keys to Mt. Origin. Justified in that the legendaries have important jobs maintaining things like the flow of time and the balance of the ecosystem and such.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Elite Four:
    • Sanguine: William
    • Melancholic: Dustin
    • Choleric: Zeke
    • Phlegmatic: Rikuto
  • Fusion Dance: The scene in which thousands and thousands of Zygarde cells fly together into the campsite and unite to form Zygarde's 10% form.
  • Giggling Villain: Andy the Toxicroak.
  • Good All Along: Dean.
  • Healing Factor: Energy Channelling - an intense, instantaneous Healing Factor.
  • The Heart: Amy the Jigglypuff.
  • Heroic BSoD: Mega Brandon killing everyone in the Pokéxtinction camp sends Brandon into a severe depression.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Officer Johnny.
  • Hero-Worshipper: AB has plenty of this towards Brandon.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • The MSN, particularly Nat, had some of these uncovered through a Cerebus Retcon that showed just how crap it is to be the bullies no-one likes. But at least they have each other.
    • An enounter between Brandon and Rikuto after the former's Elite Four victory went into more depths of Rikuto's character and history, even if his origin story is several shades of weird.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: A very brief one in Chapter 9.
  • Hulking Out: Evil Cameron. Asula gets a go as well, but she mostly just gets bigger and Turns Red.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Rikuto admits after his fight with Brandon that even when he said he would fight all-out, he was still holding back. Then again, if he hadn't he would probably have killed Brandon.
  • I'm Having Soul Pains: Exposure to Yveltal's egg causes Brandon's very life force to be drained.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Mindy gives herself away by revealing that she knows about the Gemstone Files - something no-one in the base other than Asula would have known of.
  • In-Series Nickname: Brandon and Cameron often call each other 'Lucario Friend' and 'Hippopotas Buddy' respectively.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Andy was perfectly alright with Brandon and Darren capturing him and forcing him to accompany them - they lead him right to Xerneas, the being of life. And he had a tracker with him.
  • It's Personal: After Mega Brandon does serious damage to Andy the Toxicroak, Andy takes putting him down very personally. Personally enough to skip Mr. X's I Want Them Alive plan and just tell him it was a self-defence killing.
  • It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: The start of Chapter 4. Subverted.
  • Jerkass: MSN.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: AB's real name is used exactly once, and In-Universe only Brandon knows it.
  • Large Ham: Larry Bellowicvh the Loudred MC. Practically all of his commentaries are in caps lock.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    Brandon (narration): I felt like some jerk was [making him burn his tail repeatedly] on purpose for comedic relief.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Mike. Part of why he gets all the punishment is because he charges in head-first, or at least tries to.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: John Dason has a policy to be respectful and fight fair.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Sakato. And we do mean 'lightning'.
  • MacGuffin: The Gemstone Files, and then later the Dimensional Gems.
  • Made of Iron: Asula. As well as being ridiculously powerful, she also later shows ability to shrug off Pokéxtinction lasers that completely incapacitate weaker Pokéumans. Potentially justified in her really being roughly a hundred years old, and so having had plenty of time to train.
  • Many Spirits Inside of One: A slightly strange example: Mew uses Transform to turn himself into a Golurk so that Darren's extracted soul can be transferred into Mew's body, since Ghosts are not tied down to any specific body themselves. However, this means that control of said body flips between Mew and Darren intermittently, which takes quite some time for them to get the hang of.
    • This also leads to Alternate Identity Amnesia, which causes them to not remember anything that happens when the other takes control, except for a strange sense of 'Did I just go somewhere?'. Mew even seamlessly finishes his sentence on return.
  • Martial Pacifist:
    • Amy. She's only ten, and hates unnecessary fighting.
    • Cameron can also be seen as this, but he'll fight if he absolutely needs to.
    • Sakato's Mightyena roommate Austin also qualifies. He absolutely hates conflict.
    • All of the original Pokémon live this way, apparently.
  • Meaningful Name (specific to the original series): Rikuto Hadoryu's surname translates as 'Surging dragon'.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard:
    • Reggie catches quite a nasty dose of this.
    • Also Mr. Raso, Cameron's mentor.
  • Mission Control: Darren assumes this role in the early stages of the last story arc.
  • The Mole: Dean of the X-Trio.
  • Mother Nature: Xerneas is practically depicted as being this, with her ability to revitalise anything and gentle, warm persona.
  • The Mourning After: See Despair Event Horizon.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: Brandon is often quite embarassed by his wagging tail, especially in early chapters.
  • Mysterious Waif: Kyle Uchia the Lucario-Ninetales hybrid. See Waif Prophet.
  • Never Found the Body: Mr. Raso, who had a strong relation with Cameron.
  • Nice Girl: Starr, and Amy. Definitely Amy.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Mike's prankster tendencies lead to several of these: his 'soap bubble fiasco' is Asula's office, his first attempt at a Groudon transformation and numerous incidents involving 'Electrode bombs'.
    • Something non-specified also happened on April Fools Day (in-universe) that involved a guy named Willy getting flushed down the toilet. This lead to Mike being Hoist by His Own Petard in Chapter 10.
  • Not So Different: Andy tries to torment Brandon with this after Mega Brandon kills a camp of Extinctionists. It actually comes very close to working.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In Chapter 17, only Brandon's side of the team are shown in their battles. That means we never get to see more than a brief glimpse of the other guys taking down Palkia and Reshiram.
  • Old Master: Xatu of Otium Village.
  • One-Letter Name: Mr.X.
  • One-Man Army: Asula, what with managing to force entry into Mr. X's direct hideout in Chapter 17 Part 2 and then only a single chapter later staying back to fight off an entire army of Pokextinctionists. As well as being able to do more damage in one attack than most of the other characters can do in several.
    • What was it that ended the Great War? Zygarde. That's it. Just Zygarde. With its immense power, it restored a state of Order to the damaged world. However, the knowledge that the Order wouldn't last prompted the mass emigration to the Pokédimension.
  • Only the Worthy May Pass: Spiritus tells Brandon that Xerneas and Yveltal, the original Energy Channellers will only descend to help him once he is sufficiently worthy. When that will be, who can say.
  • Out of Focus: Some of the characters that didn't make it into the Spotlight-Stealing Squad like Travis the Raichu got some of this, although they have come back in later chapters.
  • Painting the Medium: When Austin the Umbreon uses Confuse Ray on Brandon, Brandon hears the names of all Austin's moves backwards.
  • The Prankster: Mike is all over this trope.
  • Pre-Knockout One Liner: A simple and direct one from Chapter 7:
    Dustin: No! I cannot lose!
    Brandon: Yes you can. [Iron Tail to the face]
  • Punny Name:
    • Larry Bellowich the Loudred.
    • The author has personally confirmed that the joke of the Arcanine police officer being named Officer Johnny (when all the police officers in the Pokemon anime are named Officer Jenny) is purely accidental.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: AB is prone to use these in attempts to persuade Brandon, although they don't always work.
  • The Quiet One: Kyle and Sakato in the main squad.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Cameron's leads to a Superpowered Evil Side.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Asula, who was there when Mr. X's experiment went so wrong in the first place.
  • Running Gag:
    • Brandon getting knocked out. It's been dropped in later installments, but at his peak he was going about five times a chapter.
    • Mike getting punched, usually by Starr.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: See Soul Jar.
  • Seer: See Waif Prophet.
  • Ship Tease: Brandon and Starr do a lot of this.
    • Shipper on Deck: In Chapter 10 Mike gets to play Meta Guy to say what everyone was thinking:
      Anyways, have you and Starr sealed the deal yet? Or are you both going to foolishly convince each other that you're just friends? I've lived with Starr for six months, and I've never seen her look at someone the way she looks at you!
  • Shout-Out:
    • Lull periods are marked with reference to them enjoying various games, films, shows etc. while giving time for plot points to develop.
    • The chief librarian at Long Island is a Noctowl named Mr. Lechku.
  • Sizeshifter: John the Dewott's special ability.
  • Spirit Advisor: Spiritus, Brandon's Dream Messenger who meets with him at night in the Dream Dimension. Later, the spirit of Reggie takes the day shift.

Tropes applied to spinoff stories:

  • Alternate History
  • Author Appeal: Most people use their favourite species as the protagonist's species. Justified Trope - the genes in your ancestry influence your choice of favourite species.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Only the best fighters get to have any authority in a Pokéuman base.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Not everyone takes their transformation as well as others. If not because of the species, it's because of the fact they can't leave the base for fear of capture and torture.
  • Blood Knight: Pokémon (and Pokéumans) are naturally combative.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Depending on the writer.
  • The Cameo: Some protagonists of early spin-offs set in Long Island went beyond cameo to becoming major characters of the original series (a possible form of Official Fan-Submitted Content). These aside, there have been a series of smaller cameos as well, and spin-offs cameo each other frequently.
  • Child Soldiers: Given that Pokéumans are prone to transform in their teens, this was sadly inevitable.
  • The Chosen Many: The Chosen One is a common enough that this trope is somewhat present.
  • Combat Pragmatist: A common element of Pokéuman battles is using moves in ways other than the obvious.
  • Continuation: The spin-off series, extending the group premise to all around the world.
  • Continuity Snarl: In such a large Shared Universe these are inevitable.
  • Energy Weapon: Yep, Pokéxtinction's got those.
  • Extranormal Institute: Pokéuman and Pokéxtinction bases are effectively schools, but with some non-standard lessons.
  • Fantastic Racism: What the problem was in the first place, and certain species are still disregarded by others even within bases.
  • Fan Verse
  • First Law of Gender-Bending: If fate/ancestry determines that a boy will become a female-only species, he's going to become a she. This is irreversible. The reverse is also true. If a girl becomes a Nidoking then he's now stuck that way, too.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Given how important battling and combat skills are, pacifism is possible but not easy.
  • The Great Offscreen War: Often referred to as 'The Great War', the original conflict between people and Pokémon. Few details are known, except that it went really badly for both sides involved.
  • Heroes "R" Us: The Pokéumans organisation, who train students among other things to be prepared to fight Pokéxtinction.
  • Hollywood Genetics: Given the role that genes play in the setting of the group, there has been a little of this and a little Unscientific Science to accompany it. Fortunately, not on the level that it becomes an actual problem.
  • Human Furniture Is a Pain in the Tail
  • Humanshifting: Humanisation tech allows for Pokeumans to become human, although wearing it for too long can cause genetic mutations.
  • Inter Species Romance: The original Pokémon, who had families with humans. Also any Pokéuman falling in love with any species not the same as them is technically this.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: No-one chose this transformation, after all.
  • Just Woke Up That Way: Several transformees discover the beginning of their changes as they look in the mirror in the morning. Bonus points are lost if they just had a dream about being the species in question (one of the group's Pet Peeve Tropes).
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: The Chosen series, which everyone (including its own author) acknowledges as a perfect example of how not to do it (particularly its God-Mode Sue protagonist).
  • Made of Iron/Healing Factor: Brandon's Energy Channelling aside, it is pretty well established canon that Pokéumans are far more resistant and recover from harm faster than normal humans do.
  • Magic Genetics: Powerful ones, even by the normal standard - these hijack your entire genetic code and kick in after centuries.
  • Manchurian Agent: Pokextinction uses sleeper agents.
  • Masquerade: Pokéumans and Pokéxtinction live in societies hidden from humans, hiding in underground bases and erasing the memories of anybody unfortunate enough to discover the secret.
  • Memory-Wiping Crew: Conducted by both Pokéxtinction and the PRT to maintain The Masquerade.
  • Metamorphosis: This transformation can only be undone temporarily. Once it happens to you, you're in for life.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: The brainwashed have glazed over grey eyes.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Pokéumans acquire new natural instincts on transforming, to help them handle their new powers/senses/number of legs etc. One may pick up certain traits of the species like those seen in the Pokédex (e.g. Zangoose and Seviper instinctively hating each other).
  • Mutant Draft Board: Joining either the Pokéumans or Pokéxtinction is mandatory for a transformee, but this isn't enforced by The Government as in other versions of this trope.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Don't mess with Pokéxtinction.
  • Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The Dream messengers often serve as this (given that they're all linked through the Board). Don't expect straight answers in a hurry.
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone: And we mean everyone, to the point of becoming a Pet-Peeve Trope.
  • Recursive Fanfiction
  • Replacement Goldfish: The clones.
  • Retcon: Originally it was Brandon's Energy Chanelling abilities that meant he could receive messages in the Dream Dimension, but this was changed and now it's open to all.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: One could find pretty much point you liked on the scale somewhere in the group gallery.
  • Shared Universe
  • Slow Transformation: It takes a full week.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The spelling of Larry the Loudred MC's surname varies depending on the series: variations include Belowitch, Bellowhich and Bellowich.
  • Spirit Advisor
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Disguised Pokéumans look like normal people.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: The small number of spin-offs that have had the clone realise their true nature have had one of these moments, and usually a bout of Cloning Blues.
  • Unreliable Expositor: The official group page has two conflicting accounts of how the war between Pokéumans and Pokéxtinction came to be.
    • Details common to both versions: After the dinosaurs went extinct, an advanced species called Pokémon became the dominant species on Earth. Eventually, humans evolved. Pokémon used special stones to disguise themselves as humans and had families with the humans, passing down their genes. Eventually, Pokémon and humanity went to war. The war ultimately resulted in the Pokémon wiping the humans' memories of them and leaving Earth for another dimension, leaving Mew behind to observe the humans and make sure they were forgotten. Eventually, in 1910, a man named Mr. X had an encounter with Mew. This encounter caused a genetic shockwave that turned the Pokémon genes from recessive to dominant, transforming affected humans into Pokémon and killed Mr. X's entire party save himself and one other survivor (established in the original series to be Asula). Mr. X himself was transformed into a Mewtwo, and founded Pokéxtinction to wipe out the Pokémon once and for all. Mew founded the Pokéumans to combat him, and eventually took the form of Satoshi Tajiri to create the Pokémon games as a tool to scout for potentially affected humans.
    • According to the Pokéumans, the Pokémon society was a utopia. Humanity's intelligence developed far faster than their morals, and they eventually began to enslave and exploit Pokémon, leading the Pokémon to rebel. Mr. X found one of Mew's hairs and accidentally caused the shockwave when he tried to restore it to a living organism. His founding of Pokéxtinction is driven by anger at Pokémon for rebelling against the rule of humans. Mew and the Pokéumans' ultimate goal is to create a world where Pokémon and humanity can live in peace and harmony.
    • According to Pokéxtinction, the Pokémon society was a Social Darwinist hellhole. When humans evolved, Pokémon enslaved them and subject them to horrific experiments, including breeding. Eventually, humanity rebelled and drove the Pokémon off of Earth. Mr. X was exploring the jungles of South America when Mew appeared, beat the shit out of him, and murdered his entire party save him and one other survivor. Mew unleashed the shockwave himself in order to restore rule of Earth to the Pokémon. Mr. X founded Pokéxtinction to stop him and save humanity from the Pokémon, and Mew founded the Pokéumans as an extension of his will.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: See Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: much personal drama and angst has been brought out in multiple series over this issue.

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