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Roleplay / Pokémon: The Shadow of Nemesis

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"You should just rename this roleplay 'Pokemon: Now Ten Times More Dysfunctional Than Neon Genesis Evangelion'."
one of the players summing up the roleplay's cast

It's roughly 20 years after the end of the games/anime, and the Pokemon World has changed quite a bit. Many of the older professors have already died of old age, leaving new ones to take their place. Gary Oak has taken over Professor Oak's position, and is now the leading Professor in the entire World. Aside from that, the Gym Leaders —and even the iconic Members of the Elite Four— have all retired from their days of Pokemon training and battling as well, leaving the younger generation to further themselves and allow a new set of trainers to rise to power.


Around 10 years ago, however, wild Pokemon suddenly started getting more and more aggressive. It was subtle at first, with wild Pokemon going into human towns and causing minor mischief. They'd usually steal food here and there, or would play a harmless prank or two if that was in their nature. However, soon it got to the point where the wild Pokemon were attacking trainers in broad daylight. Even new trainers, who were overwhelmed quite easily. This resulted in quite a few numbers of accidents that led to the passing of a law that increased the age of trainers to sixteen, and a provision that all trainers must at least travel in pairs.

Since then, the numbers of trainers have drastically decreased in number. However, the danger and the age hasn't seemed to stop the most adventurous, or in some cases, foolhardy, trainers. Our heroes are eight such trainers who are just starting out on their Pokemon journey. They include:


  • Abigail Blanchett, a grumpy Tsundere with serious ego problems.
  • Melody Avery Hemlock, Abigail's self-proclaimed 'Best Friend Forever', despite only having known her for a few minutes.
  • Ryley Grisdoe, a down-to-earth introvert and likely the group's least damaged member
  • Avery Garfield Grant, a ditzy Cloud Cuckoo Lander who aspires to be a Pokemon Professor.
  • Peggy Atkinson, a Nervous Wreck who is partaking on her Pokemon journey in order to get away from her Beloved Smother.
  • Alexander “Alex” Elric, a mini syndicate member with a Hidden Heart of Gold.
  • Jackson Grey, a girafarig-hating musician who arrives quite late to receive his first Pokemon. Left the team after his player had to leave due real life circumstances, only to return soon after.
  • Blake Winterhawk, son of Dragon-type gym leader Joseph Winterhawk who is out to prove to his father that Ice-types are better than Dragon-types.

Hilarity Ensues!

Pokemon: The Shadow Of Nemesis was a Pokémon Play-by-Post Game on Roleplayer Guild created by user Rune_Alchemist on April 1, 2015. It's set in the Johto region and combines elements from the anime, games, as well as some elements used for realism. So far, the group has only just left Elm's lab and is making their way through Route 29 to Cherrygrove Town, though certain members keep on insisting they go to Blackthorn instead.

This is mainly because the players can't stop procrastinating in the OOC, and while the characters are trying to move forwards, their players are having their own mini-saga which has caused four player, one being the GM Rune himself, to die - all by the hands of the same Neutral Good-aligned co-GM, no less - before returning to play their characters as ghosts. One of them has actually died twice due to Math puns. We're still not sure how this happened.

The roleplay was revived multiple times, with several characters being replaced, but now is permanently dead.

It also has two sister roleplays, Herculean Academy: The Top School For Aspiring Superheroes and The Spook Club, involving most of the same people.

Tropes featured in Pokemon: The Shadow Of Nemesis include:

  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Peggy to Abigail, after being pushed a little too far.
  • The Atoner: Alex could qualify, since he used to work for a crime syndicate and is now trying to work as an honest-living trainer.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Melody seems like a nice girl, but has already had slight urges to attack others who have been getting too close to Abigail.
    • Blake is frequently seen supressing his emotions whenever he witnesses something wrong be done to his friends but has also been shown to snap at times, such as when Abigail insulted Peggy, Avery and Melody.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: The normally shy and quiet Peggy didn't take kindly to a Sentret trying to steal her hat.
  • Born Unlucky: Avery.
  • Butt-Monkey: Avery and Peggy are both shaping up to be this, though Avery seems to be taking it much easier.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Avery seems to run by a very different logic from the rest of his teammates.
  • Colour Coded Characters: Each character is represented by a different colour.
  • Color Contrast: Of the Green/Purple variety. Abigail is represented by purple and is confident, ambitious, keeps people at an arm's length, and is a bit of a Jerkass who sees herself as better than others. Meanwhile, Peggy is represented by green and is shy, timid, wants desperately for people to like her to the point of being a bit of a people pleaser, and is a Nervous Wreck who feels she has to prove herself and has a deep-seated fear of being seen as a burden. The two already have a bit of a disliking towards one another and, as they are both aiming to take the Gym Challenge, it is possible they may become rivals.
  • Cool Old Guy: Peggy's grandpa, who seems to have been her main inspiration for becoming a trainer. Also lapses into Too Cool to Live, as he dies shortly before Peggy comes of legal age to begin her journey.
    • To a lesser extent, Professor Elm could be considered this as not only is he still around after all these years, but he's still doing his job as a Professor and doing his best to help new trainers, especially considering how much more dangerous being a trainer actually is these days.
  • Cute and Psycho: Melody and her Mareep, Tesla.
  • Daddy's Girl: Peggy is hinted to have been quite close to her dad before her parents divorced.
  • Darker and Edgier: Only a little, so far, though this might change over the course of the story.
  • The Ditz: Avery has good intentions, but his somewhat peculiar way of seeing the world...
  • Dysfunctional Family: The Atkinsons seem to be this. See In the Blood below.
  • Dysfunction Junction: If you read the character list above, you've probably figured that out by now.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Peggy's Houndour really didn't like Melody upon first meeting her.
  • Expy: Melody is basically Yuno Gasai. She even has long pink hair.
  • Freudian Trio: A meta example with the roleplay's three GMs. Chaotic evil Ogo is the Id, neutral good Bunny is the Superego, and true neutral Rune is the Ego.
  • Friendless Background: Both Melody and Peggy didn't have many friends before they started their journey, which lead to Peggy becoming incredibly shy and Melody becoming... erm...
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Peggy, unlike her Houndour, is completely blind to Melody's true nature.
    • Despite being insulted by her, Avery immediately takes to Abigail. He also seems to think Peggy is a survivalist.
  • Idiot Hero: Avery. Just... Avery.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Melody, to scary degrees.
    • Peggy as well, though due to her shyness, she is less active in her pursuit of friendship than Melody is.
    • Abigail, though she'd probably never admit it.
  • In the Blood: It seems being a Nervous Wreck runs in Peggy's family, most notably in the female line.
  • Jerkass: Abigail, who introduces herself to Peggy and Avery as aiming to be the best the trainer in the region, and subsequently informs them that the two of them are losers who better not slow her down.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Possibly. She's decent enough to apologise to Melody after her Nidoran attacks Melody's Mareep.
      • Alex, too: he's an ex-mobster and a little cocky, but he's probably the trainer who loves Pokemon most out of everyone in the group, and he's one of the first people to try and help Peggy when she starts hyperventilating in the lab.
  • Knife Nut: Melody carries a switchblade around her for “cooking and self-defense”.
  • Leitmotif: Some of the characters have their own theme songs.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Melody. So much so that once she finds a way to get rid of loneliness, she latches onto it and refuses to let go.
    • Abigail, though she'd never admit she was 'lonely'.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: See Noodle Incident below, although whether said boy was actually murdered is as of yet unknown.
  • My Beloved Smother: Peggy's mother Erica is scarily overprotective of her daughter, rarely letting her out of the house and continuously calling her to make sure she's okay when Peggy is out of her sight.
  • Nervous Wreck: Peggy. And her mother too.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, when Melody was younger, there was an incident concerning Melody's friend, a boy who had a crush on said friend, and a stapler.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted multiple times.
    • AVERY Garfield Grant and Melody AVERY Hemlock.
    • One of the Team Nemesis Admins Nyx shares the same name with a gang member from Pokemon X And Y.
    • Peggy's mother, Erica, has the same name as the Kanto gym leader.
  • Only Sane Man: Ryley and Blake are the most down-to-earth and least broken characters of the group.
  • Posthumous Character: Peggy's grandfather died one year before the start of the roleplay, yet he pops up occasionally in Peggy's flashbacks, and seems to have been an important factor in her deciding to become a trainer. He also acted as a substitute for Peggy's father after her parents divorced.
  • Put on a Bus: Jackson, after his creator left the roleplay.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Melody has pink hair and is very sweet. Most of the time.
  • Shout-Out: Apparently, this roleplay takes place in the same universe as Twitch Plays Pokémon as Melody claims she ran across some Helix Cultists on her way to Elm's lab.
    • She even contemplated catching a Pidgey and naming it 'Bird Jesus'.
  • The Napoleon: Alex. He's 5'3", hot-headed and cocky to boot.
  • The Syndicate: When he was younger, Alex joined the syndicate at his mobster uncle's prompting, only leaving after discovering the Pokemon abuse that he was unintentionally participating in.
  • Town Girls: Abigail is Butch, Melody is Femme, and Peggy is Neither.
  • Tsundere: Abigail.
  • Yandere: Melody is this for Abigail, and a non-romantic example... well, mostly.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Abigail and Melody have purple and pink hair respectively.

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