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June 23rd, 2017, 1:57 am

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Poor Gengar is never going to live this down now, is he?

posted by Shotgun Chuck (Guest) on June 23rd, 2017, 2:09 am


@Shotgun Chuck: nope, not a chance.

And that is one way to brake the ice, tell Embarrassing secrets about other people in your group. At-least now Jen has blackmail material.

posted by MercenaryX on June 23rd, 2017, 2:14 am


I'm not sure if I'd even call the first one bad, so much as confused and freshly-woken by very nearby violence. And then set on fire by hellhounds.

posted by Guest on June 23rd, 2017, 2:29 am


Team Meanies!

posted by ScorptionTalent (Guest) on June 23rd, 2017, 6:14 am


Oh I can feel the gears in Jen's head turning from here with all the comedic possibilities.

posted by Meemie7 on June 23rd, 2017, 7:23 am


aww, this guy's a sweetheart. =D

posted by Nashew on June 23rd, 2017, 7:59 am


Well Gengars life is ruined.

posted by PJSam on June 23rd, 2017, 8:21 am


The first time I played Blue Rescue Team I couldn't take Gengar's team seriously. Not only they called themselves "Meanies", they also wanted to take over the world...

I bet Gengar is gon' be red from embarassment when Jen mentions this

posted by DKWIdoin on June 23rd, 2017, 11:10 am


Good ol" team meanie. Gotta love em!

posted by Gen (Guest) on June 23rd, 2017, 12:42 pm


Better reveal than anything in E3.

posted by starelement on June 23rd, 2017, 4:15 pm



posted by Guest on June 23rd, 2017, 7:16 pm


@DKWIdoin: I was like, what, 11? And I still couldn't take it seriously. I was like, Team Meanies? Seriously? 0/10 try harder.

(I called my team Minutemen, by the way, because 'Murica)

10+ years on, what they and their world domination dream remind me most of is my never-went-anywhere attempt of a few years ago to start an anti-brony crew and gaming clan with the end-goal of taking control of every internet forum via subterfuge and using that control to make enjoying My Little Pony a bannable offense everywhere. Yep. That's what I wanted to do with my life as a teenager. And that's what Team Meanies reminds me of. (I called that the Partisans by the way).

posted by Shotgun Chuck (Guest) on June 23rd, 2017, 11:50 pm


Oh, Jen's going to just have a BALL with this.

When I played the game, I was just all "WELP, at least they're being HONEST about it! Could be worse!"

posted by Phantom of the Webcomics on June 24th, 2017, 1:12 pm


You know what my favorite part of this webcomic is? the facial expressions. I mean, just LOOK at Jen's face!

posted by thelinkmaster001 (Guest) on June 25th, 2017, 7:53 pm


Coming back and thinking about it, this strip right here, and more specifically Tyranitar, perfectly shows why I constantly pagejack to crack on the Ninetales that cursed Gardevoir. Tyranitar are known for being, and apparently supposed to be, violent and aggressive to a ridiculous degree; mountain-crushing death machines that you will not approach if you value your life. But this one obviously decided to rise above that. The "that's just how [species] is" excuse, and the idea of every Pokemon of a given species having the same personality, jags, behavior pattern, etc. works, but only sort of, if you take the "Pokemon are dumb animals, but with superpowers" angle, and for a while the main-series games sort of did. But it turns out they aren't. They have sapience and free will both. And thus, it goes back to what I said in my original long-winded, not-as-eloquent-as-I'd-hoped diss post against Ninetales - Gardevoir had never even looked at him funny and human!Gengar obviously wasn't worth chasing at that point. He could have chosen to be the better 'mon, let the whole thing go, and thus rendered the entire incident a nonissue. But he was so uppity about his precious, precious tails that he actually thought cursing Gardevoir as a substitute, then crying crocodile tears over it, was the right course of action... and that lead to the formation of the No Huminz Alowd Klub, without which this whole time/space decay bull manure wouldn't even be able to happen in the first place. Now all the Pokemon he wanted to save from ordinary, run-of-the-mill jerks might dissolve into nothingness because he'd rather use his species' bent for horrifyingly disproportionate retribution as a justification (and if you've ever played MD Rescue Team, you might remember that he very much does do this) than fight against it. *insert sarcastic clap here*

Given that Tyranitar at least shows that Pokemon are capable of choosing not to be walking 'Dex entries, at least in terms of personality and behavior, I have to imagine there are at least a few Ninetales out there who aren't Dan from Dan Vs., and I'd assume they get very tired of regurgitating some kind of "we aren't all That Guy" speech at everyfrickingone they meet.

posted by Shotgun Chuck (Guest) on July 17th, 2017, 4:58 am


@Shotgun Chuck(guest) One of the simpler things that kinda goes unsaid about why this Tyranitar probably chose to rise above what the rest of his brethren were doing-and that is kinda seen by how much smaller he is than the one that attacked the Houndoom-sure, I don't mean to discount that he was one of those Pokemon that had a conscience and chose to carve his path on his own accord-but I can't help but consider what the alternative implies.
Circumstance can be a very good persuader, and given that I'm pretty sure that the size difference between the two Tyranitars was quite possibly intentional-it does seem like the author is subtly also showing us that not all pokemon are capable of changing on their own, but that isn't necessarily something to worry about as their experiences, or their differences can be the motivators that help them find the path.
(Also just to clarify why Tyranitar's size would have been a motivator for completeness, Tyranitar are a pretty strength reliant pokemon what with their ability to move mountains and level the ground-physical size would obviously put enough of a hinderance to that ability, and given their hostile nature-its quite possible that this Tyranitar was mocked at,shamed and possibly the brunt of many jokes in his clan due to his size-all of which could have played a role in his transformation.)

posted by Ethan9750 on July 20th, 2018, 4:15 pm