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Roleplay / Rocket HQ

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Welcome to Team Rocket
"I see you've made it to Team Rocket. Had enough with the good guys, I see? Funny. You had such a promising career. I wonder what went wrong?"

RocketHQ is a Pokémon roleplay group situated on Tumblr that has been up and running for nearly two years and counting. The premise is simple: for whatever reason, various characters in the Pokemon world, both canon and original have decided to join the villainous Team Rocket and take part in their nefarious deeds. Examples include burning down buildings, slaughtering innocents and raiding Olive Garden for it's delicious breadsticks.

It's just as chaotic and hilarious as it sounds.


RocketHQ provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Mostly from members who were forced to join because they had no where else to go.
  • Arch-Enemy: The International Police seems to be shaping up to be one for Team Rocket.
  • Ax-Crazy: Several of Team Rocket's members qualify, to varying degrees.
  • Bad Boss: Varies between the higher ranked members. Some like to abuse their power, while others act as Reasonable Authority Figures.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Happens here and there on occasion. Interestingly, while certain characters are relatively comfortable with the knowledge that their lives are being controlled by their muns, others are visibly disturbed, or downright resentful of their writers.
  • Canon Fodder: The Grunts are typically referred to by this In-Universe by Executive Proton.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Though many of them are known for being violent and immoral, some of HQ's residents aren't actually bad people and others are just Jerks with a Heart of Gold.
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  • Dysfunction Junction: HQ is basically the equivalent of a crazy family.
  • Eldritch Location: HQ itself. There is something distinctly off about the building, and the fact that it can seemingly regenerate any damage from getting lit on fire- which happens often- is probably one of the least strange things about it.
  • Face–Heel Turn: The premise involves characters in the Pokemon universe going through one of these and joining the villainous Team Rocket.

  • Freudian Excuse: Many of HQ's members have these.
  • Good Is Dumb: The local authorities aren't exactly the sharpest tools in the shed, something that Team Rocket fully takes advantage of on a regular basis.
  • Great Escape: On one occasion, several members of Team Rocket ended up getting arrested when they were recognized out in public by some innocent bystanders. In retaliation, a large group of HQ's members banded together to stage a prison break to free them.
  • Invincible Villain: Averted. Team Rocket's members are just as fallible as anyone else. As a whole, they're just very good at what they do.
  • Red Shirt: Any unnamed NPC Grunts typically don't have a very long lifespan.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: In-Universe only. Once you join Team Rocket, it's nearly impossible to leave- and they will hunt you down to make sure you don't leak any important information.
  • Running Gag: So many.
    • "(Name) broke the silence! Tackle them!"
    • Repeated use of the words shitnerd, mamafricker, shitlord, ect. Shitnerd Grunt, by extension.
    • Trips to Olive Garden, usually ending with the entire building on fire, copious amounts of stolen breadsticks and an optional police car chase.
    • "I hope you get erectile dysfunction!"
    • Dead Louis jokes.
    • "Fuck time travel!"
    • Don't touch the coffee machine.
    • Archer and paperwork.
    • Proton's fanfiction.
    • Team Rocket can't afford sprinklers, and the base getting burned to the ground as a result.
    • Gay for Gio2k14 and Gay for Gio2k15.
    • Everyone is gay for Giovanni. Everyone.
  • Serious Business: Disney movies, apparently. And Olive Garden.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The bad guys are the protagonists.
  • The Dreaded: Though there are members of Team Rocket that qualify as this within the organization itself, the group has gained a fearsome reputation- and rightfully so.
  • There Are No Therapists: Because they all quit.
  • Time-Travel Episode: Happened at one point. No one likes to talk about it much.
  • Torture Cellar: Team Rocket has one in the form of a dungeon. It is referred to as the 'Fungeon' by many characters.
  • True Companions: Arguably both in character and out of character.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Sometimes they go out to places like Walmart. Nine times out of ten it usually ends with everything on fire.

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