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Tales of Elysium is a webcomic by Haychel and SlyGrovyle inspired by the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series of games, but going in a very different direction than the games usually do. It updates on Sunday and Tuesday.

The characters and plot points originated in comics and literature that the authors created for PMD-Explorers. By Mission 7, Haychel and Sly decided to abandon the storyline and create an alternate canon story incorporating their characters and their backstories.


Leon is a Riolu without a past, save for memories of Cold-Blooded Torture and a strange book that only he can open and with contents that change constantly. Vagus the Totodile is part of a rescue team that leaves their guild after being fed up with their corrupt boss. Together, they search for the mythical land of Elysium in hopes of finding answers to their past, present, and future.

This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: While Mycaelis and Vagus's Charizard mother Divina doesn't appear to have been this, their father, a Feraligatr named Gaius, constantly pushed them both to be stronger using Training from Hell. This has also had a bad effect on Mycaelis's personality. To put only one example, their father once caught a child-killing Sneasel and offered to let him go free...if he could kill Vagus. And he showed no signs of intervening when it looked like Vagus actually would die. And then punished Mycaelis when he intervened.
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  • Action Prologue: Featuring a Slowpoke caught in the middle of a battle between Rayquaza and Deoxys.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Compared to Nintendo's official designs for Riolu and Totodile, it's clear Haychel has deliberately given the protagonists a more enchanting appearance.
  • Agony Beam: One of the methods in which Leon was tortured.
  • All There in the Manual: Both the artist and writer have Deviant Art accounts that are sometimes used to delve deeper into the setting, including expanding on the relationship between Leon and Vagus.
    • It should be noted that some material created before 2014 — especially material dating back to their involvement in PMD-Explorers — isn't necessarily canon anymore.
  • Ancient Artifact: The book first appears in the prologue, 500 years before the story begins. Even then, it appeared to be in existence for quite some time.
  • Arc Symbol: The armbands worn by Team Spartan bear a Laconian symbol.
  • Asshole Victim: While Vagus and Mycaelis losing their parents was a tragedy, it can be said that their father deserved it due to his abhorrent treatment of both of them in order to make them strong.
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  • Awesome Aussie: Word of God is that Mycaelis's demeanour and his way of speaking are based on this stereotype.
  • Badass Family: Team Spartan is composed of two brothers and their adopted daughter.
  • Battle Couple: Leon and Vagus provide one of the rare Badass Gay examples of this trope.
  • Berserk Button: Don’t ever make a big mess in front of Aamon the Espurr; His crewmates warn Vagus that he doesn't like being talked to or given orders either.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Foreshadowed when the crew warns Vagus about Aamon the Espurr.
  • Bleached Underpants: Before the comic began, Haychel and Sly created a standalone porn comic starring Leon and Vagus entitled 'Now and Forever.' Word of God is that said comic isn't canon here, though.
  • Cool Sword: Miranda's Weapon of Choice, fashioned from a Skarmory feather.
  • Chekhov's Skill: At one point Leon's book shows him a number of different rope knots. Cue he and Vagus being accepted onto the Argo because he can tie a bowline knot (and is therefore of use to the crew) due to studying the book.
  • The Chosen Many: The Laconians are said to have once been the protectors of Elysium.
  • Elemental Powers: Well, they are Pokémon, after all...
  • Eyepatch of Power: Vagus has one of these due to a horrific injury that took place before the comic.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Volume 2 shows that Levi used to be an ally in Elysium until he was driven by envy. Why he's working for Fabius now remains to be seen.
  • Family of Choice: Meri and Noir are this for Leon; Kareena and Narda are this for Mycaelis and Vagus.
  • Fat Bastard: Team Spartan's guildmaster, a Toxicroak named Crass is quite on the chubby side, and is nothing short of arrogant and dishonest. He is evasive when Team Spartan accuses him of colluding with criminals and attempts to bribe Mycaelis and Vagus with a higher commission if they would drop matter entirely.
  • Flashback Nightmare: Poor Leon relives his memories of torture and imprisonment whenever he goes to sleep.
  • Funetik Aksent: Narda the Lanturn, who appears to speak with an Irish accent.
  • Girl Friday: Since Narda is a gossip, Team Spartan relies on her for valuable info in addition to her motherly support.
  • Glowing Eyelights of Undeath: While the 'hosts' are various Pokémon species, they all possess the same attribute: one eyelight each.
  • Great Big Book of Everything: Leon's book straddles the line between this and Tome of Prophecy/Fate: it shows Leon what it thinks he needs to know, although it's not very good at telling Leon why he needs to know it.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Levi the Gallade.
  • Harmful to Minors: Before being abducted and brutally tortured as child, Leon witnessed the gruesome murder of a Swellow he had just healed.
  • Healing Hands: Leon has shown the ability to do this. He gets it from his father, Chiron.
  • Healing Potion: Fabius possesses a potion that can revive the nearly departed, but it cannot heal fatal injuries or take away the pain.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Olly the Scrafty, who puts himself in the way of a lethal blow meant for Vagus before punching him off the Argo.
  • Pokemon Shield: One of the early villains, an Aggron named Slade, tries to pull this against Mycaelis. Mycaelis calls his bluff.
  • The Klutz: Olly the Scrafty.
  • Leave No Witnesses: As a shapeshifting Zoroark, Lorenzo can't afford to have bystanders blow his cover...
  • Loophole Abuse: Mycaelis promises Slade the Aggron to spare his life if he releases his hostage, but he never promised that Kareena would do the same...
  • Loyal Phlebotinum: The Book is very choosy on who is able to open it.
  • Made of Indestructium: The Book.
  • Magic Compass: Theseus's most prized possession.
  • Meaningful Name: Vagus is a latin word meaning 'wandering.'
  • Mixed Ancestry: The children of Laconians and ordinary Pokemon are called "Abnormals"; they're still stronger than most Pokemon, but nowhere near the level of Laconians.
  • Night of the Living Mooks: The fate of Mycaelis and Vagus's parents.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Levi ends up on the receiving end of one, courtesy of a furious Mycaelis, followed by some Punctuated Pounding.
  • Oblivious Janitor Cut: The Argo is under attack, yet Aamon the Espurr would rather concentrate on swabbing the lower deck.
  • Ominous Fog: When the Argo enters the mist that surrounds Elyisium, things start taking a turn for the worse...
  • Parental Substitute: Marvin the Floatzel and Narda the Lanturn were this for the orphaned Mycaelis and Vagus; Kareena is also an orphan and was raised since infancy by Mycaelis and Vagus.
  • Pirate: The crew of the Argo.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: Vagus is prone to these due to a medical condition he has known as "Lethargy", which causes him to get tired in battle faster if he puts too much strain on himself..
  • Punny Name: The Argo's Bronzong (known as the Bronze Bell Pokémon) is named... Isabell.
  • Reality-Writing Book: Solon the Slowking explains that The Book is ever changing due to the changing nature of fate.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Before leaving on his adventure, Vagus gives one to Mycaelis. Guess how well he takes it...
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Mycaelis and Vagus, which is also an Elemental Rivalry. The same could be said of their parents, albeit with the colours/elements reversed.
  • Removing the Head or Destroying the Brain: One of the few vulnerabilities of the 'hosts' since Fabius has yet to successfully reanimate a headless cadaver.
  • Shout Out: Vagus references that iconic scene in Kubrick's The Shining while invading Slade's hideout.
  • Silly Spook: Noir the Haunter.
  • Spoiler Cover: The cover image for the first volume gives away how the voyage on the Argo will end for Leon and Vagus.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: The Laconians.
  • Teleportation: While some Pokémon like Levi the Gallade possess this ability as a psychic move, the magnagates (and the magic ability to use them with entercards) from PMD: Gates to Infinity also exist in this universe.
  • Suspicious Spending: Vagus calls Crass out for the luxury items that decorate his office and would be beyond the means of an honest guildmaster.
  • Theme Naming: Very much a thing in this comic. Team Spartan uses a Laconian symbol; Theseus is the first mate of a ship named the Argo (which was originally sailing in the direction of Tartarus) and at least five other crew members (Idas, Tiphys, Atalanta, Castor and Pollux) are also named after Argonauts; Leon's name is short for Leonidas; and Solon is the first current resident of Elysium referred to by name.
  • Tomes of Prophecy and Fate: The book qualifies as a tome of prophecy and its ability to rewrite its prophecies qualifies it as a tome of fate.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: The crew of the Argo believes the Laconians to have been this.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The first casualties in the attack on the Argo are crew members that had yet to be named in the story.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Levi the Gallade addresses the group of young pokemon possessing Leon's book as children; This does not stop him from attacking them and almost killing Kareena.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: In PMD-Explorers, the Pokémon village is named Tao. For Tales of Elysium, the village is renamed 'Oat.'
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Above all else, Theseus wants to return Elysium.

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