Chapter 9 Page 17

December 19th, 2014, 5:30 pm
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H0lyhandgrenade
December 19th, 2014, 5:10 pm
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I always make up these nicknames on the spot when lettering. But I figure you can tell.

Who could this fellow be? He's called Euphrate, with his Pikachu Volta. He's the OC of a very kind patron called EncrE over on Patreon. Thankyou for your support!

See y'all soon.
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GoogerGeiger (Guest)
December 19th, 2014, 5:33 pm
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It looks like this other Pikachu is female. Rat may look scared, but could it be that he's... in love?!
Harangue (Guest)
December 25th, 2014, 2:21 am
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@GoogerGeiger: I don't think it's a female. Judging from the eye scar, I'm guessing that's just a notch in its tail from a previous battle. And I believe Rat is looking at them with sorrow because he wishes he could be appreciated like that.
Critic
December 19th, 2014, 5:52 pm
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Is Rat scared, in love, jealous, or just in awe?
P-Dizzy (Guest)
December 19th, 2014, 5:58 pm
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At first I thought "Woah, where'd Kahn get a pikachu!?" Now I feel stupid.
Critic
December 19th, 2014, 10:43 pm
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@P-Dizzy:

I thought it was Kahn for a second too.
Draexzhan (Guest)
December 19th, 2014, 6:14 pm
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Rat's look of utter shock is like the greatest thing!
Tijopi11
December 19th, 2014, 6:14 pm
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Rat is definitely jealous- he wants to have that sort of relationship with Atty. Looks like this may be the gym where Rat shows what he's made of! Then again, has he even tried a move after all this time? Does he even know any electric attacks...?
Blank (Guest)
December 19th, 2014, 6:16 pm
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I would say Rat is jealous, cuz that Pikachu looks happy -- plus it doesn't have to walk! -- while he's all miserable and such.
Halosty (Guest)
December 19th, 2014, 6:46 pm
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@Blank: Sure, it may be happy, and it may be treated like a real friend, but Rat has a cute bandage! So... that's something, right?
HaikenEdge
December 19th, 2014, 7:10 pm
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That Pikachu has a scar over an eye. There's a story there.
(Guest) (Guest)
December 19th, 2014, 7:15 pm
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Yeah, who uses an Electric type in the water gym? Besides, you know, everyone?
dork (Guest)
December 20th, 2014, 4:24 pm
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@(Guest): Maybe that was meant in more of a "Why would you bring an electric type to a place where people are swimming? It's dangerous!" kinda way.
Q (Guest)
December 19th, 2014, 7:35 pm
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Wow, a Pikachu that invented the battery? That's some dedication. I'm funny, right? Right? Guys? Cause... Volta invented the battery? Guys? ...why isn't anyone laughing?
leo_dragon_knight
December 19th, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Poor rat.
Raxis (Guest)
December 19th, 2014, 8:33 pm
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Rat, I have a feeling you're finally about to get some love :D
Crimsonbolt (Guest)
December 19th, 2014, 8:39 pm
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anybody notice how Volta's tail is chipped?
Delta Pangaea (Guest)
December 19th, 2014, 9:21 pm
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I'm sort of imagining Volta playing the tough act. Then she pokes at Rat's bandage and his ear just falls off again.
Drewbie (Guest)
December 19th, 2014, 9:31 pm
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I think that's envy.
Rat is looking at a Pikachu whose trainer not only acknowledges it but relies on it in battle and appreciates it afterwards - as opposed to using it as a chump block.
ThePokeman92
December 19th, 2014, 9:47 pm
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What are you doing using a super-effective pokemon like that? Do it the hard way! :P
Nicknaaaaames (Guest)
December 19th, 2014, 10:23 pm
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I wonder why Atty never took Rat to the pokemon centre about that ear... maybe they could sew it back on or something?

also i still name all of my kanto starters after the 1st movie ones, nicknames are the best.
yaoi4evandnevayuri
December 19th, 2014, 10:26 pm
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Rat, if you think you need to prove yourself. Then I believe in you!!! <3
okamihanyu
December 19th, 2014, 10:48 pm
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Aww...Rat...
qazox
December 19th, 2014, 10:50 pm
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Rat's not quite sure what to make of Volta.
kakuloo
December 19th, 2014, 11:32 pm
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My interpretation is that Rat has just been forced to realize that he's going to be forced to fight in this gym. Or maybe that he'll never be as loved by Atty as that Volta is by Euphrate.
Amythyst (Guest)
December 19th, 2014, 11:50 pm
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@Soulstormraptor: Actually, female Pikachu have tails with heart-shaped ends. That's uneven and angular, not symmetrical and rounded like it should be if Volta was female.
mo-kun (Guest)
December 19th, 2014, 11:52 pm
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not so true @Soulstormraptor: the tail change didn't happen until the later gens, 4th to be precise, and Holy already said that this comic is sticking to straight, 1st gen logic and rules. I am guessing that the tail is an injury, like the scar a cross the pikachu's eye.
Goombaguy777 (Guest)
December 20th, 2014, 1:08 am
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Along with that @mo-kun:
Along with that information, another thing to note is that even if the gender signs WERE involved, female pikachu have HEART SHAPED tails, not just a notch, which makes that tail an injury.
Jonathan (Guest)
December 20th, 2014, 2:27 am
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Never! Abuse your type advantage? Who does that?

Seriously, I always felt like a bit of a dick using my purpose - build pokemon against gym trainers. Not the leader so much, because they're meant to be tough.
darkgloomie (Guest)
December 20th, 2014, 4:48 am
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yeah, only newbs bring Electric types to a Water gym.

Grass types is clearly the way to go.
Foxblaze
December 20th, 2014, 7:59 am
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I love your idea for the female Pikachu tail shape, much more sensible than that stupid heart shape
MilkyTea
December 20th, 2014, 8:21 am
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I could be wrong, but, seeing how Rat was used as a meat-shield in his first (and only) match to date, I get the feeling he's scared of being used in battle again, at all, expecting the same strategy again.
FireIceLightning (Guest)
December 20th, 2014, 8:56 am
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I also believe that Pikachu is female. Mostly because of the eyes though, not the tail
Chelvo
December 20th, 2014, 9:44 am
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I'm curious now who the Gym Leader is...
Amythyst (Guest)
December 20th, 2014, 10:39 am
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@Soulstormraptor: And change your name to 343 Guilty Spark?
Meemie7
December 20th, 2014, 1:35 pm
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Okay, I'm interpreting this in two different ways: Rat is jealous that the female Pikachu's trainer seems to show affection towards his Pikachu unlike you-know-who or RAT IS IN LOVE!!!!!

I am praying for the latter.
FireFang1331 (Guest)
December 20th, 2014, 6:22 pm
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Why does everyone see love or anger/jealousy in Rat's eyes? I see fear. Pure fear. That little mouse is terrified of that far more badass mouse. That's what I see at least.

Also, I'm GUESSING that Volta is a female, however I'm going more off of the name than the tail, seeing as the tail shape is wrong plus this gen that the story is based in did not have gender differences (then again it didn't have genders at all that WE knew of and yet DT is female. *shrugs*

Pretty sure the notch in the tail is probably more of an injury, like the scar over he/she/it's eye. Also, we don't even know if Rat is female or not yet XD Technically Rat's gender hasn't been officially stated by any human. (And I don't believe Atty saying him or her counts because he couldn't tell that DT was a girl XD)

P.S. I love this comic so much
Drewbie (Guest)
December 21st, 2014, 2:25 pm
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@FireFang1331: Hey, there's plenty of fear when love is involved. Mostly people being too afraid to go talk to such possibilities.
Like when you see someone so beautiful that you just don't feel worthy...and...what, just me?
Endulos
December 20th, 2014, 9:56 pm
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That doesn't look like any look of jealousy I've ever seen. It looks like one of sadness because Rat doesn't have that sort of relationship with his trainer.
FireFang1331 (Guest)
December 21st, 2014, 12:30 am
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@Endulos: Yeah, sadness is another one I could see. Just all this talk of 'love' or 'jealous' just doesn't make any sense to me, judging by the expression in Rat's eyes. But eh, maybe they're seeing something I'm not lol
evillis (Guest)
December 21st, 2014, 9:22 am
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just caught up from chapter one omg took a while but it was worth it haha
Seranatis
December 21st, 2014, 10:21 am
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Mm yeah! So which one of Misty' sisters you going with?
I mean she had like, three of em as I recall and from the trend this has followed I know you ain't gonna go with Misty.
Regardless, looking forward to more!
T.Wood (Guest)
December 21st, 2014, 12:13 pm
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You're all seeing love, or jealousy, or even fear! Or sadness. Too me, it looks like love - a love that shall go woefully unrequited.
Guest
December 22nd, 2014, 12:09 am
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Rat looks terrified at the prospect that he may be the front liner of any upcoming battles.
T.Dive (Guest)
December 22nd, 2014, 6:15 pm
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Nah, this is definitely sadness mixed with fear.
The prospect that he may be used in combat, the sadness that he doesn't have a good relationship with Atty, and... Yeah.

Poor rat.
Lady Darkrina
December 23rd, 2014, 2:11 pm
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Aww.. I really feel sorry for Rat here.

Yeah, I definitely agree with most of the comments here. I feel like Rat is scared that he'll be kept on getting used in battle but never be loved as much by Atty as Volta is by Ephurate. That's very sad..
Guest
December 28th, 2014, 2:46 pm
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He's just sad that his trainer doesn't give the same kind of love
Unclever title
January 12th, 2015, 12:56 pm
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Rereading this... I think Rat MIGHT just actually volunteer to battle at some point in this fight...
chaos-of-vinnie
May 16th, 2015, 11:31 am
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OH no Rat don't look like that D':