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Webcomic / Distortion Nuzlocke

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God knows, some parents aren't cut out to be parents. Sometimes, that's all it takes.

Distortion Nuzlocke is a unique entry in the popular Nuzlocke Comics. It's hand-drawn with pencils and crayons, and the story itself is an allegory; the Pokemon world isn't real, but the main character, Johnny, envisions it to cope and interact with his very hard life.

With a gang of bullies picking on him, a no-good father, and a thirst to prove himself, Johnny's fantasies blur the line between sanity and madness... and it isn't long before people start to notice.

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This comic contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Johnny's dad, who's imagined as Giovanni. He outright tries to kill him at one point.
  • Action Survivor: Johnny barely scrapes by in his adventures.
  • Allegory Adventure: In-universe. Everyone Johnny encounters is imagined as part of the Pokemon world, and each of his Pokemon represent something about him.
  • Big Bad: Mr. Fangen/Giovanni is the main source of conflict in the story, and is responsible for a majority of Johnny's issues.
  • Break the Cutie: Johnny's already pretty messed up, but his fantasies and the trouble he goes through cause him even more pain.
  • The Bully: Johnny's nameless bully, who he imagines as Blue Oak.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: The Pokemon and the adventure help Johnny to gain the courage to fight back, the wisdom to fight effectively, and the drive to help those he cares about.
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  • Cool Old Guy: Mr. Fuji saves Johnny from Mr. Fangen by grabbing his shovel and knocking him senseless, then tells him off.
  • Darker and Edgier: Besides the fact that the Pokemon aren't even real, it contains a lot of violence and sanity slippage.
  • Driven to Suicide: After getting beaten to the point of near-death at St. Blaine's, Bill hangs himself.
  • Kick the Dog: Blue killing Johnny's pet rat.
  • The Mentor: Hitmonchan takes this role after Johnny is sent to St. Blaine's.
  • Sanity Slippage: Johnny goes through this more and more as the story goes on.
  • Shovel Strike: Johnny's dad goes after him with a shovel.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Mr. Fangen appears to be a respectable chemist and concerned father. He is anything but.
  • Wham Episode: Any of the Giovanni encounters, since in reality it's Johnny facing down his dad.
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  • Your Cheating Heart: Johnny catches Mr. Fangen cheating with his wife on Erika.

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