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This is what happens if you adapt anime into live-action.
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What if Pokémon were SCPs? is a series of videos detailing an alternate take on the Pokémon universe, inspired by the SCP Foundation, where the titled creatures are not depicted as everyday, anime-styled animals, but rather dark, mysterious, and occasionally dangerous creatures.

This page contains the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Heroism: Downplayed. While the SCP versions of Jessie and James are not like their cartoonish villain counterparts, they are still part of an organization who have done many morally questionable actions.
  • Adaptational Ugliness: To match the Darker and Edgier nature, the Pokémon are drawn to be less cute-looking and more nightmarish.
  • Arch-Enemy: The SCP Foundation's greatest threat to their Masquerade is a young teenager named Satoshi Matsumoto, who seems to be dead-set on exposing the SCPs to the world, an act that the Foundation is trying so hard to prevent.
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Foundation sent in their forces, including allied SCPs to try and contain Arceus but Arceus took them down in seconds.
  • Darker and Edgier: This is not the cutesty and colorful anime world you watched as a child, but a more nightmare-inducing and realistic take based on the SCP universe.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While the SCP will commit morally ambiguous deeds to accomplish their goals, murdering a teenager is one of the things they won't cross.
  • It Amused Me:
    • Mr. Mime is staying with the SCP Foundation because he is happy entertaining the members there. The SCP members genuinely enjoy his shows.
    • SCP members believe that Gengar can escape from its containment at any time, but it chooses not to as it's having way too much fun tormenting the people the Foundation sacrifices to it.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Professor Oakland is obviously based on Professor Oak.
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    • Jessie has a surname that is based on her original Japanese name, Musashi.
    • This world's version of Ash Ketchum's real name is Satoshi Matsumoto, a mix between his Japanese name, Satoshi, and his voice actress's name, Rica Matsumoto.
    • Blaine being the creator of Mewtwo is a good call-back to the character's role in Pokémon Adventures.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: The Drifloons can take away small children since they are very light, but they can't take fat children since they are… you know, fat. One fat kid encountered and captured a Drifloon because of this.
  • Tragic Abandoned Toy: SCP-P-354 (Banette) in Episode 6 has, in the rare occasions where it actually speaks to its captors at the SCP Foundation, repeated that it "must return to someone", and that this someone abandoned them. The Foundation have theorized that the doll which P-354 possesses was thrown away by a child beforehand, and that it seeks to track down its past owner. They have also speculated that perhaps P-354 would stop being a Serial Killer of children if it did find and kill its original owner (who, based on what little information they have, threw the doll away in California and now lives on the East Coast of America), but the Foundation is not willing to let that happen.
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