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A Pokémon-based Webcomic by Scott Ramsoomair. The series was not updated on a set schedule. The comic is a humorous take on the plot of the (remakes of the) first generation of Pokémon games (specifically, being based on the creator's run through his own Pokémon Fire Red game).

The series went on an unscheduled hiatus along with VG Cats in 2018. In 2020, Scott stated that Super Effective would not continue. The website that hosted the comic does not work as of 2022. Archives can be found here: 1 to 40, 41 to 68, 69 to 86.

There is a nascent character sheet; please place tropes pertaining to characters shown in this work there.

Tropes used in this work:

  • Brick Joke:
    • On page 14 the old man that shows you how to catch Pokémon falls asleep. Five pages later he wakes up and finishes what he was saying. Fifty pages later, there's a story about this old man in the newspaper
    • On page 26 the clerk at the Pokémon Mart reveals that repel is actually his pee. A mere 42 pages later on page 68, Red uses this bit of trivia against Blue/Douche, who had coated himself in the stuff.
    • The serial killer Pikachu that escaped Prison is caught by Green.
  • Fake Difficulty: Lampshaded. The comic pretty much points out how cheap it is of the game to have an encounter with Blue right outside of Mt. Moon, meaning that the player's Pokémon are all weakened and unprepared for battle (meaning that they get their asses kicked). It should be noted, however, that this doesn't happen in the games. The player's next battle with Blue in the games (after Professor Oak's lab and optionally, Route 22) doesn't occur until Cerulean City and the player can heal their Pokémon at the Pokémon Center first.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Brock wants to go with Red on his journey and breed.
  • Insane Troll Logic: This strip has the old man believing that the theory of evolution is wrong because Mankeys still exist despite the fact that humans evolved from Mankeys.
  • Kinda Busy Here: Red's attempt to sneak past a swarm of sleeping Zubats is interrupted by a call from his mother.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Happens on page 68, with Douche remarking that it seemed like Red was in Mt. Moon FOREVER. It took Red three real life years to get through that cave.
  • Late to the Realization: The Slowpoke News will report on subjects that happened over anywhere between half a year and 3 DECADES earlier. Somehow, its 2nd installment managed to be accidentally accurate by claiming that Steve Jobs was stepping down from head of the company for "health reasons".
  • The Silent Bob:
    • Subverted. Red may play this trope straight, but Word of God says that the addition of the Pokédex allows the main character to have a voice (even if it is one he very rarely agrees with). And other characters act like Red talked to them.
    Douche: We need to have a bit of a talk here, Red. So keep quiet.
    • This comic shows Red is perfectly capable of speech as he whispers to Douche about the nature of Repel Spray. We don't get to see what he says though.
  • Silent Protagonist: Red, who never says a word.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Green, the only female main character.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: A mild example with the Super Nerd Red rescued from Team Rocket. He offered Red a fossil...only if Red battles him first. Naturally, Red tied him back up and made on his way. It helps that Red is very much an Audience Surrogate at this moment, as anyone who has played the games wanted to clock the guy in the jaw.
  • This Just In!: As delivered by Slowpoke whenever a famous person dies, utilizing Delayed Reaction.
  • Younger Than They Look: Green is a bit more developed than her being 10 would suggest (though it's possible she's older, as her age is stated by the somewhat senile Professor Oak).