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Webcomic / CharCole

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CharCole is a webcomic drawn by Kyrio, set within the Pokémon world.

It follows the misadventures of Cole Nero. Though the son of the local Pokémon professor, he was actually never that interested in becoming a Trainer. But on his 18th birthday, he finds himself dragged along on a Pokémon journey anyways- on the other side of the Pokéball.

An encounter with a badly-programmed reconstructor/teleporter leaves him stranded in the woods as a Charmander. Confused, he accidentally lets himself be caught by neophyte trainer Brian Wheaton, who makes up in enthusiasm what he lacks in competence.

Unable to communicate his predicament to the human world for the time being, he reluctantly goes along with Brian- and soon begins to fear just how naturally he takes to battling. Then a 2000-year-old psychopathic Mew gets wind of his situation, and things start getting complicated...

This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Anime Hair: Several of the human characters; comes from being Pokemon-based.
  • Tongue-Tied: Cole is limited to Pokémon Speak, preventing him from telling any humans about his condition. Or at least that's what he thinks. It turns out he's wrong.
  • Transformation Comic: Somewhat: it caused Cole's predicament, and is the catalyst for the entire comic.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Cole's power surge in his first gym battle, triggered by a memory of his apathetic parents, which nearly causes him to torch his opponent Ivysaur to death.
  • Webcomic Time: Roughly two years out-of-comic cover a week within, with the second year covering approximately 24 hours.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 9, Psycho Safari. Cole tries to write a message to Professor Cedar and explain his situation, only to find out the Prof. had put two and two together and knew Cole was a Charmander all along. Cole then agrees to some stress tests, which consist of Prof. Cedar trying to shoot Cole's head off while he runs for his life. Dante tries to intervene, but this just leads to him getting shot at. To save Dante, Cole literally catches on fire and stops the bullet with his freaking hands, all while remaining in control unlike his previous tastes of power. Even Maoh was impressed.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: A major contributor to the friction between Cole and his father.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Maoh was supposedly granted a "taste of divinity", including immortality, according to a story in the comic. Now he's rather unstable, to put it mildly.