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We all have fond memories of the PokÚmon world, and many of us have maintained or rediscovered our fandom over the years. But often, the official fluff is... lacking. Sometimes the Pokédex entries are absurd - sometimes egregiously. note  In addition, we're lacking pretty much every non-battle related bit of information about the world. Answers to questions like: What kind of nests do Nidoran build? Do wild Charizard care for their young? Who pays to operate Pokémon Centers? Realistically, are any species declared simply too dangerous to legally train?

So that's where we come in. In March 2010, The Pokédex - Extended Fanon Edition was founded. Since then, we have been busy in our little corner of the Video Games forum creating pages filled with unofficial fluff to more fully flesh out the creatures, the places, and other fixtures of the world of Pokémon.

Here's what we've got so far:

Please do not edit the subpages or start new subpages unless there is a corresponding entry on the thread. If you('re not a staff member and) want to tweak an entry or see something that needs to be tweaked, please bring it up with the entry's OP on the thread or via PM first. If you're looking to add an entry, submit it on the thread before you make a subpage for it. Letting us know what you plan on writing about in advance is not only strongly encouraged, it is required. Articles that are not submitted according to this procedure will be subject to being delisted and/or deleted at the discretion of the contributors in the thread.

We're very open to new contributions and contributors (or lurkers, if you swing that way). Wanna see our discussion or contribute something? Why don't you come and check out our forum thread? Want to meet us live? We do have a chatroom at the address xmpp://poké é . You can follow these instructions to add our chatroom to your Jabber-capable client or connect via a web interface.

The Entries Provide Examples Of:

The Thread Provides Examples Of:

  • Adaptation Distillation + Adaptation Expansion: as shown with the "mission statement": "Hopefully, creating or collecting the pieces of Fanon to fill in the gaps, making a more coherent and immersive world." For this purpose, some particular details from the original medium are worked around and explained, such as some Good Bad Bugs and the lack of scale in some Pokédex entries.
  • After the End: While the regulars still aren't sure exactly what occured, the general consensus is that something utterly devastating happened in Orre at some point, turning it into the crime-ruled desert it is now.
  • Decon-Recon Switch: The project is being approached with a realistic standpoint in regard to the consequences of actions, but "Grimdark" is mostly defied. One of the key ideas expressed early in the thread is that "a dangerous world isn't necessarily a hellhole" — it just means people can't afford to be idiots.
    • For instance, pretty much any species of Pokémon can seriously trash someone even worse than the usual Fridge Logic applied to the franchise would imply. However, most entries in the 'Dex have a section reserved for hazards and advice for how to train a species safely, or confront them without pissing them off.
    • It helps that even though they're stupefyingly powerful, Pokémon are also sentient (some psychics appearing sapient), living beings with their own societal norms, and most Pokémon of any species would consider random, unprovoked acts of extreme violence just as distasteful as humans do.
  • Depending on the Writer: Individual quality of articles can vary by writer.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: With the Pokéwalkers. Invoked.
  • It's Been Done: A number of other prominent fanon 'dexes were active long before ours. An example...
  • Patchwork Fic: Understandable, considering the numerous canons the franchise has.
  • Rolling Updates: inherent to the nature of the entries — because of how different species are related, several entries undergo continuous discussion in search of cross-references, fixes in habitat, and behaviour and other explanatory details. As of 2011, the Generation II Starters are specifically undergoing this procedure.
  • Running Gag: Tauros tends to get killed a lot.
  • Shown Their Work: Quite a few entries derive the biological structures and behaviors of the Pokémon they describe from their real life analogues.
  • Speculative Biology: The PEFE documents the creatures as if writing a scientific article about real-world animals, dealing their biology, behavior, reproductive habits, diet, and depictions in human culture.
  • Wall of Text: Some of the entries can be quite lengthy.