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The Pocalypse is a flash webcomic story where Class 1 Zombie Apocalypse meets Robot Apocalypse meets Plant Apocalypse meets Vampire Apocalypse meets way too many other apocalypses at once. In fact, this apocalypse is so bad, quite a few people have begun to refer to it as The Pocalypse. The comic is an exercise in Tropes Are Not Bad, as it hits every major monster/disaster/post-apocalyptic trope while remaining highly entertaining and original.

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Joe wakes up in a hospital several years after the start of the Pocalypse, with no memory of what he's been doing in all that time. When he meets up with other survivors, they notice that something is different about him. Joe has been endowed with super strength, speed, and healing abilities among other things. The story follows Joe and his new companions as they try to survive and Joe slowly taps into his new powers.


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  • After the End: The entire world suffered from multiple apocalypses, ranging from zombies to plants to robots uprising, at the same time.
  • Apocalypse How: Planetary Type 1 (Societal Disruption) and Type 2 (Societal Collapse) as the humans still lived in well-defended settlements that still had varying degrees of technology (New Hammerston being one of the few modern settlements) and communication between each settlement (New Hammerston already a part of trade pact that unifies their currency with many more still being isolated). While the zombies, vampires, mutants, plants, and robots would have wiped out humanity during the simultaneous apocalypse; the contentions between these species—the stalemate between machines (who required extensive infrastructure to maintain their numbers) and plants (who only requiring sunlight for bolstering numerous flora-beings) while the latter is being hunted by more intelligent and stronger mutants, who is in turn placed in check by innumerable horde of zombies—are the reason on why the human population thrived, if not survive.
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  • Audience Participation: Character names and sometimes major plot decisions are left to reader polls.
  • Author Avatar: Author Joe makes frequent appearances in the Filler Scenes.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Jess starts to activate the self destruct on Sentinel when she thinks she and Terry are doomed to the vampires.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Bernie saves Jess and Terry from the vampires at the last second. Jess was just about to activate Sentinel's self destruct.
    • Scrufflebeck stops the missile from destroying the colony after Bernie can't catch it.
  • Black Guy Dies First: Chapter 3 starts this way, with the black survivor (Mark) being killed by the mutants.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Chapter 2 is much more plot-focused than the first, featuring several new characters. Also, Chapter 3 focuses on a new pair of survivors.
  • Crapsack World: Well, with four different apocalypses taking place at once...
  • Crazy-Prepared: Doc wears 3D glasses because you never know when you'll need to see the third - and best - dimension.
    • Bernie and Jess's father built The Base with everything needed for his family to survive anything.
  • Cursed with Awesome: The fate of those infected with the zombie-vampire hybrid virus. Their powers are immeasurable, but their bodies become grotesque and the bloodthirst is multiplied.
  • Deal with the Devil: Dominik is fond of these.
    • Joe makes a deal with Dominik in exchange for getting his body back from Inner Joe.
    • Doc makes a deal with Dominik that he can study him if he helps him escape and gives him an army to control.
  • Decoy Damsel: The girl "captured" by vampires in chapter 2, scene 26 is actually Genovera, Dominik's apprentice..
  • Dirty Old Man: The Doc asks to watch Jess change into her battle suit and offers to show her that "size doesn't matter."
  • Disappeared Dad: Bernie and Jess's father left a year ago, they haven't heard any news of him since.
  • Driven to Suicide: Rosa tries to open the curtains to end her existence as a vampire.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Non-physical version. Joe asks Rosa to marry him while she's passed out. He says if she consents to say nothing. He then insists that she's his wife.
  • Exact Words: Andrius's mother (whom he betrayed to the Church) forced him to promise he would not kill his brother. So he has Cross kill him instead.
  • The Faceless: Andrius, whose face is always completely framed in shadow except when he gets really angry.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Vampires, Zombies, Plant Monsters, Killer Robots, and Mutants.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: Greybane muses that the plagues might be the Earth's way of cleansing herself of humanity.
  • Glory Hound: Lieutenant Cross was perfectly willing to ignore distress calls and attempt murder just because the main characters got the missions he wanted.
    • Nick was willing to drug at least four guards (during, not that he was aware of it, a situation where they were really needed) just so he could sneak out and prove that he was a capable warrior.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Nick steals the EMP weapon, drugs a bunch of guards, and takes off on his own to prove to Jess that he's more worthy of her love than Terry or Joe.
  • I Lied: Bernie killing Gregory after interrogating him (during which he promised to spare his life).
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Andrius and Dominik are fond of doing this. Scrufflebeck can produce spikes from his body and uses them against vampires.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Joe does have his moments of being a decent human being, one of the examples is how he is disgusted at Cross and his delusions of glory, despite Joe himself stating earlier that he hated the survivor city.
  • Karmic Death: Genovera is killed when she attacks Terry and Jess despite them not meaning her and her vampires any harm. Unfortunately, Bernie was nearby. She threatens to call an army, but Bernie shoots her through the heart before she can do so.
  • Kick the Dog: The one thing to get Joe really angry during the church fight is when Dominik hurts Scrufflebeck.
  • Last Request: Andrius's mother made him swear never to kill Dominik.
  • Morality Pet: Scrufflebeck is apparently the only being Joe actually cares about, other than himself.
  • Never Split The Party: Jess makes it clear that things won't turn out well if they don't work together.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Andrius, Cross, Rosa, and Dominick the Zompires, and Scrufflebeck the Plant Puppy.
    • At the very beginning of chapter 9, Rosa also becomes part plant.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Joe walks in on Bernie comforting Rosa. He doesn't take it well.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Scrufflebeck transforms from his cute puppy form into a doppelganger of the mutants he kills.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Joe, manipulated by Andrius into freeing him.

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