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September 8th, 2017, 1:43 am

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You know, this genuinely surprises me, knowing that Mewtwo apparently has some human DNA in him. 'Cause I was just thinking tonight, about the philosophy of street racing, and I kind of realized that competition, really, is an instinctive thing for us. The worst communist overlords and safety ninnies may try to break us of it, but the urge remains there. Before cars, people raced with their horses or their own feet. People still race airplanes, boats, anything else. Anything that can be used to move a person from one place to another has probably been used for racing at one point and probably will be again. And then there are so many other forms of competition which test aspects other than speed... it happens everywhere, in all cultures, for fun, for proof of ability, for settling grudges, and probably for a lot of other reasons I can't think of.

Then, the other part of him is Pokemon, and if what Lopunny implies here is true, Pokemon will battle just for the sheer unvarnished lulz of it. Probably the only reason in-universe equivalents of PETA haven't gained more traction.

So while on one hand, I can kind of understand why this concept would be foreign to him, but on the other hand, it doesn't make complete sense. Well, until you realize that 1. even in his younger days there wasn't much that could challenge him and 2. he's used to taking himself, his strength, and everything in general way too frickin' seriously. I guess, because he was engineered as a weapon, it never occurred to him to stop pushing himself and take a break. A very peculiar form of workaholism, then. Hopefully Lopunny can cure him of it, but I have my doubts.

Fun fact: My new avatar is a drawing someone else did of my car that I drove until about a month ago. Unfortunately, I kind of went full potato and put too much oil in it, and Bad Things happened that I can't afford to fix right now. Getting me to work in its stead is a $280 Ford Escort with its own litany of potentially dangerous problems. I had originally planned to make this the summer I put the pictured car back in top condition and started racing on the mountain roads around this valley, but it just didn't work out that way. Don't worry though, my V6 Vixen will someday stumble up from the ashes like a really stupid phoenix, and take to the road again to remind everyone else how lucky they are to have never experienced a Chevy Cavalier or anything equivalent!

posted by Shotgun Chuck on September 8th, 2017, 3:01 am


her face in the last panel...

posted by somerandomguynumber1 on September 8th, 2017, 3:05 am


I started reading this like a couple of weeks ago and just caught up last night. I love this comic. Still loving the nickname for Mewtwo! Lopunny's face in that last panel, tho...

posted by Vulpix9393 on September 8th, 2017, 7:10 am


What's wrong with her face then?

posted by Someone (Guest) on September 8th, 2017, 7:39 am


@Someone: That would be the return of the Smile of Sadistic Help. Last seen on Wes, where it was "I'm going to make you talk to N whether you want to or not". Here, it's "I'm going to make you have fun, and beat your sorry butt several times in the process". As noted before, sulfurbunny is really good with expressions, and character development.
But now, Boss Kitty, behold: board games. As far as I know, this isn't from any of the games. I do hope we get a full explanation of this, I'm curious as to what pokemon came up with for a game.

posted by Guest_3 (Guest) on September 8th, 2017, 9:47 am


Is that the Mayan Calendar

posted by Nashew on September 8th, 2017, 1:25 pm


Oh he about to have some fun

posted by Neolancer on September 8th, 2017, 7:12 pm


Why do I have a terrible feeling that she's gonna go all chessmaster on him? But then again I really do wanna see mewtwo teacher how to play chess.

posted by MercenaryX on September 9th, 2017, 3:24 am


@Shotgun Chuck: Ford Escorts are solid cars. I probably would have inherited my grandma's old one if I hadn't totaled it.

posted by spudwalt (Guest) on September 9th, 2017, 4:14 pm


I wonder if that is somewhat similar to the berry mixing mini-game in RSE? I know some people who would go out of their way to create the best pokeblocks they can to maximize their effects.

posted by Zeusie92 (Guest) on September 10th, 2017, 10:58 pm


Board game?

posted by supercomputer276 on September 11th, 2017, 11:26 am



posted by NikuComics on September 11th, 2017, 12:41 pm

  @Shotgun Chuck

That's not a human thing, that's an animal thing..
We've got to compete for mates and evolution make sure we enjoy doing what we must do to survive because when we enjoy it we tend to be better at it..

Humans among some other species aren't that competitive minded when you think about it..
Imagine just how competitive must be a creature that has only 1 in a 100 chance to reproduce..

posted by Weedborn on September 15th, 2017, 4:23 am


@Weedborn I don't know about you but when I'm trying to outrun someone it's got nothing to do with impressing females.

I'm going to be completely honest here, that argument (that anything & everything has to do with reproduction somehow) is one of my most hated ideas, right up there with a couple that would probably get sulfurbunny to remove all comments entirely if I mentioned them due to the risk of starting a sociopolitical argument.

I'd also like to add that if you do race, or compete in a sport, or anything like that, and you're just doing it for the ladies, not because you enjoy it? You're doing it for the wrong reasons.

posted by Shotgun Chuck on September 16th, 2017, 12:29 am


@Shotgun Chuck This is equally and super true when it come to the pokemon mystery dungeon anime specifically the 2nd one.

posted by MercenaryX on January 15th, 2019, 4:12 pm