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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • With the message Team Plasma spreads in Pokémon Black and White, interpretations go from them being a group of well intentioned extremists, straw hypocrites, anti villains, or a mix of the three. How they interpret N is a whole different story.
    • Given the large number of variations on the same stories, there's quite a bit of this within the spinoff comics as well. One of the more common interpretations in runs of the first gen and its remakes is the common Fanon theory of Blue/Gary being Oak's Unfavorite while his grandfather favors the MC appears quite often. Other runs paint him as a flat-out Jerkass, while others split the difference for a Jerkass Woobie.
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    • Another frequent point of variation: how gym leaders and other trainers respond to death on the battlefield. Any given gym leader could be portrayed as a professional who has accepted death as a natural consequence of battle, a friendly foe who's honestly shocked at seeing their opponent's pokemon die, or an utter Jerkass who gloats and rubs the loss in their face.
    • Professor Oak, Bill, and Mr. Briney are often portrayed as creepy perverts, as well.
    • In almost any Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald run you read, Norman will be interpreted as a trainer who is so obsessed with Pokemon that he neglects spending time with his family.
    • In the same vein, Archie is seldomly portrayed as anything more than a moron. Maxie has a few moments ("How did I not see water is GOOD?!"), but he is generally shown as more intelligent and having greater thought out motives.
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    • Also in Hoenn runs, Wallace tends to be depicted as Camp Straight and in a relationship with Winnona. This is probably influenced by Pokémon Adventures.
  • "Common Knowledge":
    • The original challenge did not have "No Legendaries" as a rule (Legendaries weren't caught simply because they weren't the first encounter Nuzlocke ran into in their area), nor was "Blackout/Whiteout = Game Over" part of the original rules. ( Ruby ended the way it did probably because the author felt turning the loss against the Champion into a Downer Ending worked well from a story perspective) In fact, "you must nickname all your Pokemon" is generally accepted as part of the core Nuzlocke rules these days, but even that wasn't the case in the original either. The only two rules the first challenge used were stated in the first panel: "Release a Pokemon if it faints" and "Have to catch the first Pokemon on each route and nothing else".
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    • The original comic wasn't called "Nuzlocke" nor did it ever use the term "Nuzlocke" to refer to the challenge. Nuzlocke was the name of a recurring character, but the name of the series was "Ruby: Hard Mode".
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome: Plagued with it to a degree. Despite the random nature of the game and how death can result in some odd teams, a lot of the comic makers tend to make similar choices of starter Pokemon and likely make similar choices on keeping mons if they are able to use them. A Johto locke that picks Chikorita tends up attract intrigue and curiosity since it is a rare occurrence while a Sinnoh locke that picks a Chimchar is regarded as another run-of-the-mill Nuzlocke.
    • And most people are almost always going to get, the bug type, the rodent, the bird, and a zubat at some point. Just cause of how common they are.
  • Memetic Mutation: The Nuzlocke Challenge rules have since then become very popular among players.
    • "It's all happening for a reason."
  • Shipping: In spinoffs, the Player Character with Pokemon Gym Leaders/NPC:
    • A LOT of Nuzlockers seem to have waifu-time with their favorite Gym Leaders. Or, more recently, with N. Here's actually a few Nuzlockers who shipped rivals with Gym Leaders.
      • Or, if there's more than one rival (like in Ruby and Sapphire, Diamond and Pearl, Black and White, and X and Y), rivals with each other. Kynim's Diamond Nuzlocke is a noteworthy case of this, as one of the endgame pairings is the two male rivals.
  • Misaimed Fandom: The Nuzlocke challenge itself qualifies—the creator of Pokemon stated that he wanted the Non-Lethal K.O. system in there partly so that the game doesn't become impossible and partly because he didn't want children to grow up associating death with losing a game. Didn't stop this self-imposed challenge from becoming a thing.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: A pretty normal occurrence in Nuzlocke runs. Due to the rules, players often end up having to use Pokemon they don't normally use, and consequently develop newfound respect and appreciation for them.
  • Stop Having Fun, Guys: It is to be expected, given it is part of the Pokemon fandom, albeit rare. There are some who take the challenge rather seriously and will criticize the teambuilding of other players (if they are sharing the progress and results of their challenge) even though one of the premises of the challenge involves adapting to having no choice on what mons you can use outside of ones given as gifts.
  • Strawman Has a Point: There's something to be said for N's claims — that Pokemon battles are cruel, selfish, and only result in Pokemon being hurt — on a normal playthrough. On a Nuzlocke run, he's pretty much right.
  • Tear Jerker: Whenever a Pokemon dies. Deserves its own page...
  • The Woobie: Chances are you will come across a character who has suffered so many hardships, be it the loss of a friend, a crushing defeat, or even personal matters, that you can't help but want to hold them and comfort them.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Very often a new team member will be given an interesting and unique personality... only to be either permaboxed or quickly die to a random critical hit. Of course, this is sort of forced by Anyone Can Die combined with Real Life Writes the Plot.
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness: The comics tend to vary from both extremes of this.
  • Wangst: Once you apply Fridge Logic to the Nuzlocke comics.

Original comic:

  • Broken Base: Episode 8 of White: Hard Mode has been getting this for having Ruby catch Victini, showing the "No Legendaries" rule is not in effect, resulting in either people okay with it (mostly due to the mon's personality) or crying "ruined".
  • Complete Monster: Mewtwo is the Big Bad of the FireRed arc. A clone of the legendary Pokémon Mew, Mewtwo grew a hatred for humanity due to being tortured by one of the scientists who created him. After killing a scientist who took no part in his torture in a rage and destroying the laboratory he was created in, Mewtwo came across Mew, who trapped the former on a deserted island in hopes that it would give Mewtwo time for his anger to subside. Despite calming down and regaining sanity, Mewtwo still held his hatred of humanity despite knowing not all of them are cruel, attempting to slowly choke a human who accidentally washed on the island shore to death, simply because he believes it's been too long since he's killed somebody. Looking for a way to break the seal that keeps him trapped on the island, Mewtwo deceives Ruby into killing the three legendary birds, who kept Mewtwo's power restrained, by pretending to be the ghost of Ruby's deceased Nuzleaf. After Ruby defeats Gary and is about to be crowned Elite Four Champion, Mewtwo breaks the minds of everybody in the stadium except for Ruby, and frames Mew for it, intending for Ruby to kill Mew and completely break the seal. Mewtwo mocks Ruby for being tricked by him and proclaims that he looks forward to enjoying his newfound freedom, and might as well Kill All Humans while he's at it, promising to kill Ruby last as his way of "thanks".
  • Growing the Beard: The Ruby run was good, but rough around the edges. The Fire Red run saw a general improvement in the art, dialogue, characterization and plot, and was an even better series.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In late Feb 2017, the author's car was broken into and his 3DS and all his Pokémon games were stolen. This meant that that he lost all of his friends in real life whether they lived through the story or not. The only legacy left of them would be the webcomic itself where he already written down the notes for White.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the Fire Red comic, Marowak's ghost is "defeated" in essentially the same way it is in Pokémon Origins.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Ruby is by no means a total jerk, and he warms up to any Pokemon he initially hates, but he's often a bit cynical in some chapters. You'd be too if your own father favored a Slakoth over you, you watched several Pokemon die, lost all your remaining teammates against the champion, almost lost everyone against another, were used by an all-powerful legendary who proceeded to kill another party member, and flung three years into the future in the aftermath without the remaining one of your Pokemon, where the cycle starts again via a certain green-haired Pokemon rights activist. Guy's got it rough...
    • Blastoise also counts to an extent after all the crap he took from Gary despite being a repeated Hero Killer for Meowth and Blamo. As such, his The Dog Bites Back moment feels all the more cathartic.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Ghetsis crosses it in episode 12 when he murdered Ruby's Charizard and then sealed his wife Isis in Relic Castle, killing her because they tried to stop his plans to take over Unova, along with admitting that getting rid of her made him feel free.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Marowak's Ghost in this comic, Mewtwo's wall of Nuzlockers in the Fire Red run, and as of White, N's Pidove. Coo.
  • Squick: Torkoal used Attract!

Hale's Emerald/Platinum Hard Mode:

Apocalypse Johto:

  • Fridge Brilliance: Giovanni is startled when Candace disguised as a Rocket greets him with "Hail Giovanni!", because he's not the leader of Team Rocket any more. She blew her cover.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Candace breaking and entering into the Olivine Town lighthouse, now a shrine to honor Jasmine who sacrificed herself to allow the rest of the town to survive, by way of Forretress' Mirror Shot to get the badge, considered a sacred object by the survivors, was viewed as this by some people.

Nyachan's Nuzlocke Challenges:

  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: So much in her Pearl run, between Lily/Gary and Lily/Kess, that she had to threaten to holler at the mods in the opening post of her Sapphire run. Gary won, if you're interested, but Word of God says the author originally intended Lily to end up with Kess before doing a total 180, which was probably the cause of this.

Lyrax's Gold Run:

  • Moral Event Horizon: Lyrax's Gold run immediately establishes the rival as irredeemable when he steals both of the leftover starters, apparently just so he could tell Lyrax "Don't follow me or I'll kill one of them." He does.

In Azza's Run:

  • Moral Event Horizon: Charmeleon (and his trainer as well) make it clear they're well over the line when Raticate argues that the murder of innocent Pokemon was completely unnecessary, and demands to be released from the team. They do so, but then Charmeleon claims that since Raticate is now a wild Pokemon, he can do whatever he wants, and very brutally murders Raticate as well.

Shining Ace's Nuzlocke:

Manic's Screenshot Runs:

  • Nausea Fuel: The ways Stan is described as having killed the gym leaders in "Super Stan's Super Awesome Adventure!"

Kit's Nuzlocke Adventure:

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Cynthia as a raging Alpha Bitch who mocks Kit whenever she can. To the point where secretly a grown up Angelica from Rugrats!
    • Silver as just a nice guy everyone hates for no reason. He noticed Elm drop a starter's Pokeball and tried to give it back, Elm accused him of stealing, and he fled.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Kit considers Kyogre killing his Grumpig to be this, even nicknaming the legendary "Murderer"
    • Baskerville manipulating Fortune into hugging her in frount of Lyra, after finding out Lyra had a crush on him. She's killed off pretty soon after, only expressing remorse for doing this when she's about to die.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Black run, due to it being the interpretation of the glitchiness that occurred when the author used cheats to sequence break in the game.

Jet's Black Nuzlocke

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: While most people like to portray N as a Psychopathic Manchild and play up his innocence, creepiness or creepy innocence, this one portrays him as extremely serious and rational, evidently playing up how seriously he takes his status as Team Plasma's leader. He retains his social awkwardness, though.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Broccoli and Bottles' deaths were as horrifying as they were heartbreaking.
    • The nightmare Jet has just before her battle with Lenora—if the savage looking Watchog and Herdiers eating Firedog, Lilly and Leer don't scare you, than the downright demonic looking version of Lenora looming over them and laughing maniacally will. And then Broccoli and Bottle's ghosts show up...

Other comics:

  • Nightmare Fuel: The Unnamed Protagonist from Pitch Black is a terrifying, evil, sadistic protagonist. From the beginning it's established that he's NOT a good character, (Considering we see his first activities IMPALING POKEMON ON HIS PICKET FENCE). From then on, any Pokemon he catches he forces to fight and brutally murder his friends and family and sees them nothing more as tools, even going as far as to KILL his own Pokemon. Basically, he's an even worse version of Paul. His Oshawott, Icarus, MAY be just as bad.

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