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All 386 Moemon! Gotta Catch 'em All!
Ever wondered what happens when you take Pokémon and combine them with impossibly cute anime girls? Well, you'd get Moemon. Moemon (short for "Moekko Monsters") is a Pokémon romhack of FireRed that replaces all of the Mons with Moe gijinka.

Most Moemon games, especially earlier ones, have no real plot changes, being the moe personifications of the Pokémon their main highlight, which obviously contribute to the popularity of the hack. After the original FireRed hack, other hacks, such as one of Emerald, emerged; however, the original and its derivatives are the most well known and referenced on sites such as Bulbapedia. The original Emerald hack also has its fair share of problems.

Many of the tropes that pertain to the original game this is hacked from also pertain here, and can be viewed on the original game's page. The game is still given some focus, as patches are released to update sprites and such, giving it improvements much like DLC does for any other game.

For some time time Moemon was limited to GBA ROM hacks of FireRed and Emerald, but other hacks have surfaced over the years using second (GBC) and fourth (NDS) generation games as a base.

There are many installments of Moemon in Japanese and some even in Korean, being just a small number the ones in English, but that number keeps gradually increasing over the years as there are dedicated groups of fans developing new installments with uptated sprites and features added in later generations for English speaking players to enjoy.

Tropes pertaining to the game:

  • Developer's Foresight: Carrying over from the actual games the ROMs were hacked from, there is a code which uses Spinda's personality value to generate exactly 4,294,967,296 (give or take) different variations of Spinda, or double that number if Shiny Spinda are considered different variations.
  • Downloadable Content: Addtional FireRed patches have been in the works, such as the early patch made by the Youtube User oOMikuMikuOo. Other patches kept getting updated with new sprites over time, such as the Moemon Fire Red Revival patch and even feature hacks like Mega Moemon FireRed that feature Moemon based on Pokémon from newer generations. These patches do not work on the Emerald hack; patching it in this manner results in a major Game-Breaking Bug.
    • This makes the latter patch one of the few known English Moemon games to feature Mons from newer generations.
  • Game Mod: Mostly of Gen III games, specifically FireRed and Emerald, though GBC and NDS romhacks exist.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: The appearances of the 'Moemon' don't change depending on the gender indicated by the game. While some (particularly the original Fire Red sprites) have an ambiguous design, most of them look clearly female, even when the game says otherwise, since this is kept mostly for mechanical purposes or in some cases just developer oversights.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: It's Pokémon, so this is to be expected, but, given how absolutely adorable every Moemon is, you will want to catch them all.
  • One Game for the Price of Two: Would be difficult, considering it is a ROM Hack, and thankfully this was averted in some of the ROM Hacks. Which are modified, making it easier to obtain all Pokémon.
  • Updated Re-release: With the original being a hack of Pokémon FireRed, it manages to be this twice, albeit unofficial. While FireRed was a remake, it could count as a stretch, and Moemon manages to replace all the Pokémon with ginjika, therefore making this game an updated rerelease of a rerelease. Mega Moemon FireRed go deeper into it, having features and Mons coming from later generations. Try not to think about it too much.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Smoked" for "Picked" in the early Emerald hack.

Tropes pertaining to the Moemon:

  • Accidental Pervert: The NPC who gives you the Bike Voucher speaks about his Rapidash. In normal Pokémon, his dialogue is already weird, but in the context of Moémon it makes him sound even weirder.
  • Action Girl: Several of the Moemon, as they have the skills to engage in combat.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Not counting every single Pokémon on the list, this version's Jynx is...rather adorable, compared to the original.
  • Ambiguous Gender: The original Fire Red hack had most of the Moemon appear as androgynous chibis that could be interpreted as either male or female, unlike later hacks which made Moemon (save a few) explicitly feminine looking.
  • Ambiguously Brown: After the additional patch that updated the sprites was released, several Pokémon such as Jynx now qualify. It's very much a Justified Trope for Jynx, who now looks like what she is based on, ganguro (ガングロ face-black), a fashion trend in Japan.
  • Anchors Away: Unown U's weapon of choice.
  • Artistic Age: First-stage Moemon tend to look young and appear older as they evolve, but this doesn't reflect their actual age.
  • Babysitter's Nightmare: Considering the supernatural abilities Moémon possess, it's not a stretch to think that some people would have a lot of trouble raising even baby Moémon.
  • Badass Adorable: Every single 'mon.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Kangaskhan and her child, since she's an Action Mom.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Every Moemon as a unique design, based on a specific Pokémon, combined with their own themes.
  • Balloonacy: Drifloon and Drifblim.
  • Big Eater: Swalot has a huge fork and knife.
  • Blind Mistake: Wynaut's Dex entry mentions her being blind and cheering when she hears the sounds of battle, not knowing that she's involved in said battle, and Panpour's mentions that she needs the help of Pansear and Pansage to get around.
  • Bonus Dungeon: The Lover's Cay, Clear Forest and Lost Murk areas in the Mega FireRed patch.
  • Child Soldiers: Despite several Moemon being or looking pretty young, they are used as weapons for combat, more noticeably by the games' antagonists.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: Aside from moe-ifying the mons, one could interpret the whole game as girls cosplaying, taken to the next level with Mimikyu cosplaying Moemon Pikachu.
  • Cute Bruiser: Several Moemon, most being Normal, Fighting and Dark-types.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Whismur plays this rather straight.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Logical, since all Moemon are designed to look like cute girls. Their full name is even Moekko Monsters.
  • Depending on the Artist: The actual designs of the Moemon (and where it lies on the scale of "Moe" vs "Fanservice") can vary greatly depending on both the base game and the creator of the ROM Hack for it. For example, one version might have the Magnemite line as a human girl with Magnemite-themed accessories while another has the line as a mechanical Robot Girl with Electronic Eyes.
  • Dog Walks You: The Wynaut line.
  • Drop the Hammer: The Metagross line.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Many of the Moemon hacks (especially earlier ones) don't bother adjusting gender ratios.
  • Electronic Eyes: Porygon line.
  • Elemental Powers / Elemental Absorption / Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: It's Pokémon, so naturally, it comes with the territory.
  • Ear Trumpet: The Roggenrola line has these.
  • Epic Flail: Pignite's and Emboar's signature weapon. Pignite's flail has a handle, and Emboar's is just a massive spiked ball on a chain.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: The reason why certain Moémon like Dugtrio are blonde, or the earlier patches that featured a blonde Torchic.
  • Expy: Early Rapidash used to similar to Cassidy from the Pokémon anime for some reason, more recent patches have Minun and Plusle that look similar to Rin and Len from Vocaloid, Shuckle and Musharna bear some resemblance to Flandre and Yukari from Touhou, Typhlosion resemble Jotaro Josui.
  • Eye Colour Change: Several lines change eye colors through evolution (or simply through a form change, like with Keldeo).
  • Fanservice: Downplayed, though there are sprites in some patches that look this way, most of the sprites are focused on the cute part.
  • Fiery Redhead: The Charmander and Ponyta lines certainly inspire this.
  • Flying on a Cloud: Altaria.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Quite a few Moemon do this.
  • Harp of Femininity: Unown V gracefully levitates while playing one.
  • Idiot Hair: The Pumpkaboo line, Cascoon, Silcoon and Crobat.
  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: Having your party wiped by cute anime girls must feel terrible.
  • Killer Rabbit: Several fully evolved Moemon, are adorable-looking girls weilding horrendously powerful attacks. Played more stright with Lopunny.
  • Lovecraft Lite: Even the scarier mons are as adorable as hell.
  • Little Miss Badass: Pretty much the player's entire team, despite the fact that all of the males appear female.
  • Lady of War: Venomoth, Dodrio, Kingdra, Serperior, Schooling Wishiwashi and several Legendary Moémon.
  • Magic Staff: Present in many sprites.
  • Magikarp Power: Everyone's favourite Magikarp > Gyarados, of course.
  • Moe Anthropomorphism: The entire point of the rom is to replace Pokémon (animal-looking monsters) by cute Moes.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: Woobat's Dex entry states that she hates having her hair trimmed. She outgrows this by the time she evolves into Swoobat.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Due to the designs, each moemon is pretty much this. They look like moe-ish girls. Moe-ish girls that can cause earthquakes with their inmense raw power.
  • Playboy Bunny: Unown L is the most straightforward example of this, though Lopunny and Azumarill have their own versions of the outfit as well.
  • Pointy Ears: Jumpluff, Gligar, Gliscor and Celebi.
  • Powered Armor: Due to a few changes in design, a couple of 'mons appear to have this.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Occurs with quite a few of the Moemon, even ones you'd expect to have milder eye colours, invoked on the case where certain Moemon actually acquire more aggresive looks or personality.
  • Retcon: With additional patches that updates sprites, a few Pokémon appearances were retconned, some of them have been several times.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Even moreso than the actual Pokémon, this game is made of it.
  • Robe and Wizard Hat: Unown G wears these.
  • Robot Girl: The Porygon line, becomes even more noticeable as she evolves, to the point that Porygon-Z became a Murderous Malfunctioning Machine.
  • Savage Spiked Weapons: Tepig has a morning star for a weapon.
  • Sailor Fuku: Early patches used to feature these for many of the Moemon, particularly Sneasel, wears these.
  • Seductive Mummy: Cofagrigus.
  • Shout-Out: Several MoeDex entries as well as some custom shiny variations.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Numerous species, but Vaporeon certainly takes the cake in terms of looks.
  • Technicolor Eyes: A large variety of Moemon feature these, including some based on black-eyed Pokémon.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Gender-inverted. The Nidoran♂ line and some male-only species are the only explicitly male Moemon. In the original Fire Red hack however, most of the Moemon looked rather androgynous.
  • Super Mode: Mega Evolution in the Mega Moemon FireRed and Emerald ROM hacks.
  • Super-Strong Child: Not all fully-evolved Moemon look like adults, and some of them can be really strong, and you can also have a level 100 not-fully-evolved Moemon.
  • Unusual Ears: There's a large variety of Moemon that feature animal ears.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Some of the sprites don't look very eager to battle, and Pineco's backsprite even has her looking back at the player with a worried expression, possibly aware that she may receive orders to self-destruct at any second.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: A variation, since most of the ROM hacks use Generation III as a base, in the few ROM Hacks that feature newer ones, there's are missing ones as each new generation keeps adding more mons.
  • World of Action Girls: Given that most Moemon are female.