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A Pokémon parody series.

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.


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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.
  • Cool Shades: Squirtle's most defining characteristic, design-wise.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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 Jotho 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.
  • 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.
    [beat]
    Charmander: Wait, but... Dragonite is a Dragon-type and we're not?
    Charizard: DO YOU THINK QUESTIONS WILL CHANGE THINGS?
  • Pokémon Speak: Only Bulbasaur. Not even his cousin Ivysaur knows why he does that.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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