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August 9th, 2013, 3:31 am

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This comic is making Gengar move up on my fav pokemon list
Sorry for another question but what made you want a none evolving protagonist.

posted by Imperial on August 9th, 2013, 3:43 am


@Imperial - We like Gengar too! :)

It's fairly well established that personality changes are common when a pokemon evolves. What that would do to a human in a pokemon's body, we weren't sure. We felt it was important for Jen a) to not start off in a powerful form i.e. fully evolved, and b) to be able to reach her full potential without requiring evolution which might push her further away from her humanity.

posted by sulfurbunny on August 9th, 2013, 5:03 am


Well I really like the ideas you come up with as they're always so outstanding Sulfur^_^

posted by Lady Darkrina on August 9th, 2013, 7:08 am



heh, ya know that's an interesting concept right there, thinking about it i reached 3 conclusions.
1) i assume Arceus had a hand in Human => pokemon transfers, so he can prevent any mental problems from the start through evo.
2)The humans mind is naturally assertive and nothing happens.
3) they develop a split personalty (a charmander would be a great to do this with)

the last of the three is a great idea for Character development and would create a sub plot to allow the story to become more complex, but in a good way.

(4... their personality changes and you can use that to the story's progression)

posted by Ziliath on August 9th, 2013, 8:45 am


That's the spirit, Gengar! ( err... no pun intended.) :3

posted by Luigi_96 on August 9th, 2013, 8:49 am


no one will judge you gengar, your awesome in my book, human or not.

posted by denma (Guest) on August 9th, 2013, 1:51 pm


I like the little Oddish hanging out in that corner there :)
And Gengar is just the cutest thing ever let me hug him

posted by Jayelle (Guest) on August 9th, 2013, 5:02 pm


Aww! Go Gengar go!

posted by Mewtwo3642 (Guest) on August 9th, 2013, 11:40 pm



posted by darkloveforanime123 on August 10th, 2013, 1:23 am


Fighting against your self and the shadows of your fear. Hmm... makes me wonder if the transfer from human to pokemon is determined by personality type like it is in the explorer games... would that mean that all gengars are cowards at heart? It also curious that he (I think gengar is a he) never give his name out, like he's running away from himself.

posted by Black Adder on August 13th, 2013, 1:51 am


In response to Ziliath's now-four-year-old comment: I came up with a fourth option. You see, the idea that every pokemon of the same species would have exactly the same personality and habits can sort of work if you start with the assumption that pokemon are just superpowered animals, but even then, there will be some variance, and the main games acknowledge this through "natures" that affect stats. If we start with the assumption that pokemon are sapient species, it makes very little sense at all, since that's when things like morals and differing experiences come into play. Evolution might bring different instincts, but the tendency to act on them would very definitely be tempered by the pokemon's pre-existing decisions, beliefs, and experiences. Though, on the other hand, Lombre in the original PMD was worried about becoming carefree upon evolution when it became possible again, so who knows. But then on the other other hand, that's the only time that I know of that Lombre have been portrayed as worry-warts, so who knows.

posted by Shotgun Chuck on August 8th, 2017, 12:29 am