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Webcomic / Lil Char and the Gang

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A Pokémon parody series by Nekoama.

Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur are young 'mons living with the teenage Charmeleon, Wartortle, and Ivysaur, as well as their parents Charizard, Blastoise, and Venusaur. They go on typical childhood adventures to the annoyance of the teenagers and the exasperation of the parents. There are no humans to be seen.

The comic has a similar flavor to Calvin and Hobbes, being mostly about kids being kids.

Can be found here.


This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Ambiguous Disorder:
    • Bulbasaur is excessively childlike even compared to the other children, can only speak in Pokémon Speak, and tends to eat game pieces. It could potentially be explained by how he's much younger than the others.
    • Sobble being distressed by Grookey's loud music and panicking at Scorbunny's ball being too fast is familiar to people with sensory processing issues and poor hand-eye coordination, many of whom are on the autism spectrum.
  • Blatant Lies:
    Venusaur: Bulbasaur! You're not trying to sneak a cookie, are you?
    Bulbasaur: (angelic Puppy-Dog Eyes, while his hands/front paws are inches away from the cookie jar) Buh buh!
  • Brick Joke: The "plant Pokemon die in Fall" joke from the very first four comics ("Bulbasaur in Fall") reappear in "Oddish in Fall(ish)".
  • Childhood Friends: The trio's dads, and as we later learn in "The Good Old Days", Charmander's mom, were this.
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  • Comic Trio: Squirtle is scheming, Bulbasaur is dumb and Charmander is helpless.
  • Cool Shades: Squirtle's most defining characteristic, design-wise.
  • Delayed Reaction: Charmander, when Squirtle informs him that Venusaur just got a new fridge delivered in a box.
    Charmander: Okay...? What's the big deal with- (eyes go wide) a box... as big as a fridge...
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Eevee's evolutionary crisis is similar to someone struggling with their parents' expectations for them - education, career, sexuality/romantic orientation.
  • Double Take:
    Blastoise: Heh heh, [Squirtle] stuck in a... He's WHAT?!?
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Oh man, where to begin? Back then, the art style was much more exaggerated, Charmander was the sole star out of the trio, he was a bit more of a Jerkass, and somehow, Charizard was even more of a Jerkass, causing outright misery for his son. Charizard also swore. A lot. Thankfully, all of this was toned down significantly in later comics.
  • Epic Fail: Charmander somehow manages to lose at chess to Bulbasaur, who doesn't understand the rules of the game and spends most of the time eating the pieces.
  • Fantastic Racism: Ghost-type Pokémon apparently face discrimination and are considered taboo due to their undead nature, so much that Eevee is reluctant to come clean to anyone about her friendship with Misdraevus.
  • Fridge Horror: In-Universe. Charmander and Squirtle think Bulbasaur is going to die in the fall when his plant half dies. The teenagers tell them instead that they have to bury him in the ground or the plant will suck all the life out of him. Charizard has to set them straight.
  • Happily Adopted:
    • Squirtle, to the point of decorating the picture of him and his family on adoption day.
      • We learn in "The Good Old Days" that Charmander's mother was adopted by Blastoise's parents, making Mrs. Charmander Bastoise's adopted sister and, by extension, making Charmander and Squirtle cousins.
    • Pidgey might be this, unless one of his dads is his biological dad.
  • Has Two Daddies: The punchline of a comic where Pidgey challenges Charmander to a "my dad can beat your dad" competition—Pidgey bets Charmander that Charizard can't beat Pidgeot to a flying race. He does and the two handle things quite amicably...then Charmander points out that Pidgey has two dads, and insists that Charizard has to race them both (Pidgey's other dad seems a lot more reluctant though).
  • Here We Go Again!: Charizard and Pidgeot have a race at the behest of their sons, who each are having a "my dad can beat your dad contest". Charizard wins and Pidgeot is a Graceful Loser, but unfortunately for Charizard, it turns out Pidgey has two dads, and now Charmander wants him to race the other one.
  • Kids Prefer Boxes: Squirtle and Charmander are ecstatic at the mere thought of playing with the box that Venusaur's new fridge arrived in.
  • Misery Builds Character: Or in Charizard's case, "Dying builds character".
  • Missing Mom: The kids are primarily raised by their fathers. Bulbasaur's mom lives in Johto and he visits her in a story arc, but Squirtle was adopted, and Charmander's mom is dead (exactly how is uncertain), though she appears in a Christmas flashback.
  • Mythology Gag: The book "The Hunt for Missingno." refers to a glitch in Pokemon Red and Blue.
  • Odd Friendship: Eevee and Misdreavus. The latter is a Ghost-type, who apparently face a fair bit of scorn for essentially being undead.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Charmander is disappointed to discover that despite the Char family being considered "fire dragon" Pokemon, he will not actually be a Dragon-type once he evolves into a Charizard.
    Charizard: Welcome to life, son. It's disappointing.
    Charmander: Wait, but... Dragonite is a Dragon-type and we're not?
  • Pokémon Speak: Bulbasaur. Not even his cousin Ivysaur knows why he does that.
    • "Never Growing Up" shows that Eevee's younger sibling, Eevee Jr., speaks this way too. It's implied that he's even younger than Bulbasaur.
  • Tempting Cookie Jar: Bulbasaur ends up with the jar on his head. Hey, at least he offers his mom a cookie when she sees.
  • The Silent Bob: Despite Bulbasaur only speaking in Pokémon Speak, his friends can understand him perfectly. It seems like the older 'mons have more trouble, though.
  • Shout-Out: "The Dark Secret of Lavender Town", a book in Clefairy's cave, refers to a Pokemon creepypasta.
  • String Theory: Conspiracy Theorist Clefairy has this board in his lair/cave.
  • Surfer Dude: Quilava gives off this vibe, constantly using "bro" and talking about life being a journey and all that.
    Charmeleon: I freakin' hate that guy.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Averted. Most of the female characters have no features or accessories marking them as female, unless the Pokemon has gender-based features in the games. Newer readers often have to be told that, for instance, Wartortle and Ivysaur are both girls.
  • Wham Line: Played for laughs when, during a father-son barbecue, Pidgey challenges Charmander to a "my dad can beat your dad" contest—in this case, a flying race. Charizard wins, Pidgeot sportingly concedes defeat, and then Charmander says...this:
    Charmander: Pidgey has two dads. You have to race the other one now.

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