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September 20th, 2016, 2:02 am

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posted by GamingNinja on September 20th, 2016, 2:11 am


YES! Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes!

...I think N will like this.

posted by Critic on September 20th, 2016, 2:14 am



I'm loving this!

posted by AGV (Guest) on September 20th, 2016, 2:18 am


I hope Wes Pokemon could come as well. Will be interesting to see their reaction to their Trainer new form^^

Wes: "You know, N, the words 'I told you so' are really fitting here."

posted by SkyHooves on September 20th, 2016, 2:18 am


I really hope Wes still has his Pokeballs with Umbreon and Espeon

posted by Option (Guest) on September 20th, 2016, 2:26 am


Fridge Logic : When they changed form, where are their clothes? Are they gonna turn back naked?

posted by Guest on September 20th, 2016, 2:36 am


Is that Gourgeist back there Lovrinna?

posted by Guest on September 20th, 2016, 2:38 am


"Oh" is right.

posted by PhantomCat on September 20th, 2016, 2:46 am


Huh. And here I was betting on Wes winding up as a Scrafty.

Now we have some interesting questions to answer: where exactly are they, for starters? N the Genius here worded his request in the worst way possible - "help us reach Mewtwo", not "take us to Mewtwo" - so simply getting them through the barrier between the worlds fulfills the terms of the request.

Also, they're now both susceptible to the XD process. Not sure if that's going to become relevant, but it would certainly be ironic.

posted by Malc Modnar on September 20th, 2016, 3:42 am


Now you see, until I saw this I would have said that giving N a sudden bout of idiocy so as to go "and then everyone was pokemons lol" wasn't sulfurbunny's style. I guess I was wrong, though it's evident from this page that the situation is not being played lightly or cheaply - @sulfurbunny is apparently a much better storyteller than I.

Either that, or N is actually some kind of devilish genius in the process of playing Hoopa like a fiddle, but at this point I think that theory of mine is deader than a doornail.

As an aside, I was totally rooting for the "Wes is an Eevee, Umbry and Espy never let him live it down" angle, but that would have just been a cheap laugh and, as I said above, sulfur is a much better storyteller than me.

posted by Shotgun Chuck (Guest) on September 20th, 2016, 4:43 am


"...why do I feel naked?"

posted by Tallen (Guest) on September 20th, 2016, 4:46 am


I actually didn't see this coming. Well played.

posted by CitrineCitrus on September 20th, 2016, 5:09 am

"No Seriously, I'm Really N"

Unless Wes has his Pokeballs on him still it's going to be hard to convince anybody that they're who they say they are. "Mewtwo, for the last time I really am N, just read my mind already! ...Wait what do you mean you can't?"

posted by XNerd2 on September 20th, 2016, 5:10 am


I bet you Friday's comic Wes will be all like: "N, mate, I'm never letting you trust anything ever again."

posted by Anon (Guest) on September 20th, 2016, 5:21 am


Screw every other artist, you're officially my favorite creator on Smackjeeves, xD

posted by Midnight_Cat on September 20th, 2016, 6:31 am


Least they got fairly powerful let's see if they know how to use them :)

posted by Midnight_Cat on September 20th, 2016, 6:32 am


@SkyHooves Unfortunately, I don't think they did, because that would make the Lovrinna problem as simple as using a Revive and a Potion (both of which any responsible trainer should have).

As for what I think of their new forms: They're lucky they both turned into bipedal Pokemon, since their muscles at least move more or less the same. In fact, all (conscious) humans so far have turned into bipedal Pokemon... I wonder if this is a coincidence...

posted by smartboyathome on September 20th, 2016, 7:55 am


Well, can't say as I was expecting that to happen.

posted by Nashew on September 20th, 2016, 8:16 am


I just knew that N would be a Zoroark!

posted by littlekirby61524 on September 20th, 2016, 8:44 am


As awesome as becoming a Zoroark is, there's one huge drawback: Since both of them are now Dark-types, it's quite possible Mewtwo won't be able to contact either of them (assuming he would talk to Wes) or read either of their minds to confirm they are who they claim to be.

posted by Blue (Guest) on September 20th, 2016, 9:50 am


Oh cool N still has green eyes. Also BWAHAAHAHAHAH!

posted by PJSam on September 20th, 2016, 9:53 am


Oh I get it. Wes is a Krokorok because he's (Poke)Australian, right?

posted by Cerulean94 (Guest) on September 20th, 2016, 10:19 am


womp waaaahhhhh


posted by Guest on September 20th, 2016, 11:06 am


That seems a little cheaty that they are in evolved forms. You never got to be evolved forms when you start in those games :D

posted by Kitleena on September 20th, 2016, 11:24 am



I'm in agreement here, but then, I guess it would make sense if evolutions were influenced by their ages. Otherwise, I'd say they totally lucked out on the RNG gamble. N's form is pretty powerful to start off with too, since he can use illusions that make him look like other pokemon. And Wes can learn bulldoze or earthquake at his evo.

As for Wes, all I can really say about him is crickey mate!

posted by XD-MADNESS on September 20th, 2016, 11:31 am


N, ya dun goofed.

You know, I don't think N reads enough, because if he'd gone through as many fantasy stories as I have where the exact wording of your request and such things are very important, he'd have been a lot more suspicious and a lot more careful in the phrasing of his wish. Now they don't know where they are, where Mewtwo is in relation to them, or how to get home.

I bet next page Wes is berating N up and down for being an idiot.

(Is that pink thing in the corner Lovrina...?)

posted by ReaderWriterNerd&Geek (Guest) on September 20th, 2016, 12:02 pm


I see that N follows Discworld Logic and retains his eyes no matter the shape. Ho boy Wes is never going to let him live this down.

posted by plokman on September 20th, 2016, 1:08 pm


I would say that's unexpected but it was totally expected.

So Lovrina's a Gourgeist?
The hair might be a good reason...

Or it could be someone else.

posted by WiispNightmare on September 20th, 2016, 1:27 pm

  Well then

They better hope they don't come across any fairy types, or they're both screwed typewise. Even if Wes does still have Espeon and Umbreon, that's only 1 of 4 conscious pokemon that aren't weak to fairy...


If Wes does have his pokemon, does N still have that misdreavus on him too? :o

posted by shinygiratinaz (Guest) on September 20th, 2016, 1:44 pm


a little surprising... but makes sense. everybody in the comments of the last page (including myself) was expecting them to turn into small cute pokemon. but Lovrina is still unconscious and they still need to carry her. cant wait 'till Friday!!

posted by guest (Guest) on September 20th, 2016, 2:20 pm

  I saw this coming.

I saw it coming, if you remember? that island is under the control of one of the legendary Pokemon. As such, only Pokemon are allowed to inhabit the inland. Meaning of course, if they arrived as Human beings, not only would they stick out, they would be in serious trouble with the Legendary.

posted by mymom2000 (Guest) on September 20th, 2016, 2:32 pm


Hmmm....I just noticed something funny...every human that has been transformed into a Pokemon has taken on a humanoid form (that is to say they rely on their hind legs to walk). Not sure if this actually means something or if I'm just overthinking it :)
Also, question for the author: Do you dislike drawing people? N and [that other guy, I forget his name] only appeared for about a chapter, and they became Pokemon by the end of it :P

posted by Midnight_Cat on September 20th, 2016, 5:34 pm


*looks at comments* it was pretty obvious that would happen. I mean it was pretty much set up from the moment Wes was suspicious.

posted by Littledc on September 20th, 2016, 6:12 pm


I'm quite happy to draw people, but it's a PMD comic :P

Yes, specifically selecting bipeds with hands or at least manipulator appendages. That way everyone will move around in a similar manner, eye contact between individuals can be made naturally and group shots make sense. I don't want the extra hassle of having to constantly lampshade day-to-day tasks with a quadruped. I know a lot of PMD comics are fine with it, Eevee and Vulpix may be the most popular protagonists overall, but I've never been quite able to justify in my head how a creature without hands could manage a bag full of apples!

aw thanks :) and yes, VF is updated twice a week, every week, same time every week, and has been ever since it started. We may well be the most reliable fan comic on the internet at this point.

posted by sulfurbunny on September 20th, 2016, 7:17 pm



Dear Sulfurbunny,

Your comic is amazing!!! The characters complex, the plot mysterious, and the artwork beautiful! Gengar and Jens friendship is so sweet, and i have always been a fan of N and Mewtwo. You are really good at this. You picked simply the best forms for N and Wes (Which is quite hilarious that. pop! they are now Pokémon!)You are a skilled artist and writer, leaving us hooked at every turn. This is the most magnificent comic I've ever read, and i will belligerently defend it. You are talented!

posted by Dragonoddity (Guest) on September 20th, 2016, 7:42 pm


Inb4 Jen also made a wish on Hoopa to find a way to get her sister out of the nightmare and Hoopa did the same thing she did to Wes and N.

Also if human can become Pokemon, then maybe Pokemon can become humans? Would be a shock for Mewtwo if it happens to him

posted by Head cannon (Guest) on September 20th, 2016, 9:15 pm


...... Wes just don't be a Liability.

posted by Dragongirl101 on September 21st, 2016, 12:08 am


And poor Wes is STILL shorter than N

posted by Dragongirl101 on September 21st, 2016, 12:10 am


Not much changed for N really, since Zoroark can transform.

posted by bla bla bla (Guest) on September 21st, 2016, 12:13 am


Wait, I just realized something. If they're there, how are they going to get the purification tech to fix Victini, Darkrai, or any other infected mons. Mewtwo resisting it is one thing because he is powerful enough to do that obviously. But I don't see that happening with any others.

Basically, they really will eventually need to cross back over to retrieve the shadow tech, which means Mewtwo might need to find a certain someone who changed his mind about carrying out mass genocide.

Im talking about Miror B of course! Man, these two go way back I swear. Never has there been truer friendship than Miror B and Mewtwo! Heck, they're practically war buddies, always buying each other rounds at the bar :)

hmm? Oh yeah, I recall there being somebody else too, but the boy's name eludes me somehow....ahh who cares, Miror B confirmed! Yeeeehaaawww!!! XD

posted by Dark Matter on September 21st, 2016, 12:36 am


Hmm....I feel the power of inspiration flowing from this comic....I must go draw now, bye

posted by Midnight_Cat on September 21st, 2016, 8:44 am


I like the little touches on their designs, such as N's hair bead being green, and Wes' mask looking like his goggles.

posted by MatrixMercenary on September 21st, 2016, 6:08 pm


@Cerulean94 sorry, but, the orre region is based off arazona USA. He's a US citizen mate.

posted by AuraFlash (Guest) on September 22nd, 2016, 5:53 am


I never even thought of Krokorok or Gourgeist. Intresting, but fitting. And just a thought - if the Mewtwo from the anime is here, then this whole thing takes place in that world, right? But N's eyes in the anime were blue instead of green. I mean, I don't have a problem with this XD I was just wondering.

posted by Sealinia (Guest) on September 22nd, 2016, 6:28 pm

*Slowclap* Well played Sulferbunny, well played indeed.

Quote: "Mewtwo, for the last time I really am N, just read my mind already! ...Wait what do you mean you can't?"

WES as he Facepalms Epicly: "N! YOU ARE A DARK TYPE, THE SAME GOES FOR ME TO! Of course he can't read your mind or mine!"

@sulfurbunny Well played man, I knew N would be a Legendary, wasn't sure you would go with that one, as for Wes and the Girl, I didn't expect either really, and I really hope Wes' Pokemon and the misdreavus made it across with them. REALLY I do hope so, can just imagine Espeon and Umbreon having fun at Wes' expense. And what if the Misdreavus started to hit on N or Wes because they are Pokemon that she likes. Best make sure none of them end up in Daycare.

But I didn't expect for Lovrinna to end up as one of the new Pokemon, but the pink hand hair suits her, I hope her Pokemon can teach her how to be one, that would end up being a very cute scene.

Please make it happen in some way or format @sulfurbunny, PLEASE! I'm on my hands and keens here before you!

posted by MercenaryX on September 22nd, 2016, 9:03 pm



Zoroark isn't a legendary though. Don't think he's pseudo legend status either, but not sure about it tbh.

posted by Guest on September 22nd, 2016, 11:28 pm



posted by Starlyte on September 23rd, 2016, 6:28 am


Zoroark's not a legendary of any kind (and its stats aren't even that good tbh), it just had an unusual limited initial method of acquisition, somewhat like Rotom (only one, special encounter with legendary music, DPP) and Eevee (only one, gift RBY) in prior gens. Like them, it's also catchable in the wild nowadays.

posted by sulfurbunny on September 23rd, 2016, 7:21 am



Especially if you play pokemon go, my area is saturated in eevees. Mind you i only play it very sparingly, i live next to a park so I don't have to worry about issues like the stories going on with this game. At least it got kids to go outside and get some exercise.

I thought zoroak was a legendary, mind you the fact that it has a child form didn't seem to click since we have Mamphrey. I got one when they first came out and it net me a freaking Celibi, FROM JAPAN!

At least Mamphery was the excuse I was thinking of at the time, and it proves legendarys can breed, just not in any meaningful way for players in the game.

posted by MercenaryX on September 23rd, 2016, 12:40 pm


Well, i was thinking along the lines of Mamphry. The breedable legendary pokemon? Mostly because I thought it was the same.

Also if you play pokemon go in my area you will find that there are eevees everywhere. I don't play Pokemon go all that much, yes it helped get kids outside for exercise, but it has just done as much harm as good.

posted by MercenaryX on September 23rd, 2016, 1:21 pm


Well at least now N can sucker punch Hoopa for that delicious 4x damage next time they meet.
This was the only right pokemon for N to turn out as, he already had the hair.

Oh, and also illusions.

posted by Pokémonpronoreally (Guest) on September 24th, 2016, 12:25 pm


@SkyHooves I'd feel fairly safe wagering that Wes's pokemon didn't come with. After all, N specifically said "the three of us". Hoopa, as a pokemon, would likely count Wes's mons as their own individuals, meaning for them to come along, N would have had to have asked about helping the FIVE of them reach Mewtwo.
Also, somebody already pointed out the missing clothes, so the Wes's pokeballs are likely wherever his clothes are, possibly in a pile on the lab floor, with Espeon and Umbreon either still in their balls, or they're out and wondering what happened.

posted by Guest (Guest) on September 24th, 2016, 5:11 pm


Please let Wes's Pokemon come with him

posted by bey108 (Guest) on September 27th, 2016, 8:20 am


@guest (Guest)
Well, I wouldn't say that, they may have been transported and more then likely their clothing came with them, but got lost in transit, and since all three pokemon, yes I'm including the Ghost, where with the clothing, there's a chance that they got pulled along and the clothing was either dropped off else where or desloved knowing how this kind of transformation and transport works in Sci-Fi and Magical like settings, but the balls could still be intact and let them out before they failed and they are near by, that's my hope, I want Wes' pokemon as well as the Ghost one to be there, and be all Happy for her master to be a pokemon now that she wants her to experience life as pokemon in a very excited way to the point that it comical.

posted by MercenaryX on September 29th, 2016, 2:06 pm


Well some people already think N is a zoruark, so that makes sense. Also will gourgeist lady wake up now?

posted by the kitty cat king on October 1st, 2016, 8:29 pm


Now I almost want one of the mons they run into to try flirting with Wes, just to see him freak out and then try to explain the freakout without saying he used to be human (because low profiles).

posted by Guest (Guest) on October 3rd, 2016, 12:55 am


Nah, I bet Hoopa is just going to hold their Pokémon for ransom until they do his bidding.

posted by Guest on October 4th, 2016, 10:41 pm


Is it bad that i don't like Wes as a Krokoroc. I saw him as more of a Riolu or Purrloin.

But I'm so happy it went this way! For years I thought N as a Zoroark was so perfect!!

posted by Ninja Kitten XP on October 6th, 2016, 4:08 pm



posted by Fagoli (Guest) on October 21st, 2016, 2:27 am


I see a PHO in the background (pink-haired object)

posted by ZanarNaryon on November 2nd, 2016, 3:01 pm


Congratulations, you played yourself

posted by Tracey on December 3rd, 2017, 4:02 pm


...y'know, I had alot of ideas for how this'd go wrong. This. This was not one of them

posted by General Lemarc on January 29th, 2018, 8:16 pm



Oh well I guess this is a problem

posted by Carter (Guest) on May 3rd, 2018, 9:29 am


be careful what you wish for!

posted by Guest on June 13th, 2018, 7:16 am

  Oh my gosh

I always imagined if N would be a Pokémon then a Zoroark

posted by Vickypedia (Guest) on July 14th, 2018, 10:50 am


This is where to find laughter, folks!

posted by Weter 23 on August 26th, 2018, 10:44 pm


Fainted jerk-o-lanturn in the background

posted by Angrybord on May 1st, 2019, 3:47 pm

  Y E S

this is Very Good

posted by IndieGoHome (Guest) on June 30th, 2019, 11:29 am