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Pokemon and Rain? by JocelynSamara Pokemon and Rain? by JocelynSamara
Oh, hey. Look at this totally random and unexpected thing I whipped up! Why, you ask? Why not, I answer. :XD:

'Tis apparently the season where the gaming industry likes to release a dozen or so games I want all at once (I was slammed pretty hard about this time last year too). And one of this year's big releases is the upcoming latest installment of Pokémon: versions Black and White. With that in mind, I wanted to draw something Pokémon-y.

But since I'm still obviously trying to focus on my ongoing webcomic Rain (which has nothing whatsoever to do with Pokémon), I came up with this cute idea to make each of the main characters into Trainers. The end result created a rare instance in which I liked how it came out on paper even better than it looked in my head. They just look surprisingly fitting like this. In fact, it's made me realize just how versatile these characters are; I could totally keep doing crossovers like this and make them into Hogwarts students, Konoha ninjas, Jedi, Benders and all manner of other miscellaneous fandoms if I REALLY wanted to (I mean, I've already made them cosplay as the cast of Lucky☆Star).

But what about the picture itself? Let's talk about that.

The cast themselves are designed with a general mutt of design elements from miscellaneous trainers throughout the Pokémon franchise. Fara in particular, being the only adult of the main cast, I wanted to have portrayed as a Gym Leader... ironically, I think she looks a little more Team Rocket...

As for the Pokémon themselves, with this upcoming installment we're now up to a metric bajillion of these things to choose from. So why these five? The reasons probably aren't as deep as readers of the comic might expect. Hell, if I had announced I was doing this, I'm sure people might have suggested better picks for each character than the ones I picked. (Oh well...)

The only real restriction I placed on myself was that I wanted at least one Pokémon from each generation.

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(from left to right)
- I gave Gavin a Heracross, simply because he's a man's man. I mean, we can't honestly expect this guy to be walking around with something cutesy like a Clefairy or something, right? And Heracross is a lot of things... but I can't say it's cute (and it's worth mentioning, it was the most challenging thing for me to draw in this piece). I did debate giving him a Hitmonlee for a while though...

- Fara got a Dragonite. Again, as the only adult, I wanted her to be the only one with an evolved Pokémon. It's hard to say exactly why it works so well, but I really think Dragonite was just made for her; probably the cute face/frightening power combo. ^_^

- Rain was given a Plusle. Now don't think too hard about this one. I chose it simply because she has a pet rabbit in the comic. And I chose Plusle over Minun because she'd need something "positive" to keep her negativity in check (oh, that was lame).

- Maria admittedly had the least thought put in. Being the last one I thought of, she was stuck with getting something from the upcoming fifth generation (which I'm intentionally trying NOT to research so I can be surprised). The only fifth gen Pokémon I really know are the new starters, so I just went with Tepig (the fire starter), because I liked it best out of the three.

- I SO wanted to give Rudy a Magikarp and have him be all excited about it. But I'm happy with my choice of giving him a Drifloon. It's just odd enough to suit him and his holding onto like an ACTUAL balloon still amuses me.

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So, I hope you guys enjoyed this. If this gets a very positive reception, I may do more of these sorts of things in the future. ^_^

Oh, and read the comic here!

©2004-2011
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
I do not own Pokémon though. That's all Nintendo and GameFreak.
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cocolake3 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
i would think Rain would have a buneary, a shiny nidorino, a fennekin, (any one of the sinnoh lake guardians), a sylveon, and basically anything cute.
also, that drifloon would probably kidnap Rudy 
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Wiinner159 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Is it a sign how that the character in Rain I feel most like is Rudy and also he has my favorite Pokémon, Drifloon? (don't ask why I like Drifloon, I just do, who doesn't like purple ghost balloons who steal children... right?)
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mckenmic Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
id see rain as more of a Sylveon.
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BlackHeartV Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Rain is so adorable here :3
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:iconrextimina:
Rextimina Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
perfect
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Zeno-McArthy Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
LOOLLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLLOL
yes
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Fallenangel2002 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
XD
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mckenmic Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
um...well i think every one but rudes fit :3
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wolf-blazer Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student Interface Designer
RAIN use RELISTTIC CRY!
is super efective!
rudy use THE G WORD!
is not very efective...
RAIN U-...
AUNT FARA WIN THE BATTLE!
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Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Based on comments on a page of Rain (comments that helpfully directed me back here), methinks I shall put my brain to work and come up with teams for all five of the lovely folks depicted here! My only question is this: when devising the teams (say, Gavin's), should I stick with Pokemon introduced in that generation (Sunflora -hehe, Gavin with a Sunflora :XD:) or can I also include any Pokemon that appears in the main gameplay of that generation (Pidgeot)?
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Professional Writer
You don't even have to limit yourself to a particular generation. I just did that for the sake of this piece in an effort to try not to leave anything out. And since I could fit up to five here, with five generations, it just added up.

So, if the generation limit makes choosing easier, then by all means. But if you find yourself frustrated because you think Gavin might look spiffy alongside a particular 5th Gen or something, then I don't think you should hold back. ^_^

Heh. I can't wait to hear what you come up with.
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cocolake3 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 1, 2015
give Rain lots of cute pokemon and Fara lots of really bulky pokemon
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Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Glad to hear it! Though I CAN promise that Gavin will not have a Sunflora.
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Dragolhnian Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool I am a huge pokemon fan and sir/madam this is great art.

I own 29 legendary pokemon in Black version and trust me I don't use codes, I think it takes the fun away I got them through events, trades, and caught them.

Did you know 75% of all people who play pokemon use cheats? I'm one of the 25% who don't if you are too let me know.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Writer
I don't cheat. Like you said, I'd rather play it the way it's MEANT to be played. While I've never actually caught them all in any game, I wouldn't feel right if I cheated to get there. The same goes for any game.

Realistically, I probably never will catch them all, but I still have fun going through and collecting as many as I can. ^_^
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cocolake3 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
I can help you, I finished the national dex in Y and in Alpha Sapphire
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Dragolhnian Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay anothers not a cheater good luck catching them try trading and going to events.
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
This is just beautiful... in so many ways... (about to cry). You know what? Screw high school, and just send the lot of them on a Pokemon adventure!
Seriously, though... the outfits, expressions, and Pokemon just match the characters so perfectly. This is flat-out awesome.
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Jax-Oh1 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Tepig FTW! ;)
nice pic of a good comic cast in one of my fav universes.
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Zannathedragon Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Hey heard about this from a good friend of mine, its amazingly put together! I love how all the gens are sorta there together! The only thing I'd have to say is that the Dragonite's grin could be a bit higher and show some lip, and the Tepig's smile is a little low, but I love it otherwise, great work!
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transweirdboy Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
Cuteeeee ^_^
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you! :D
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Kleptoid Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
o0 nice ness
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks! I'm glad you like it! :XD:
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Kleptoid Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
^__^ no problem XD
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DCHorror Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Filmographer
It took me a moment to notice, but I realized that you used a pokemon from each generation and I laughed.

Sneasel and Sudowoodo seem like they'd also be good fits for Gavin, though so would Scyther.

Rain, Fara, and Rudy seem to have pretty good choices, though Skitty seems like it'd be good for Rain as well.

Maybe I'm off, but it seems that Maria would be better suited with the grass starter than the fire one based on her personality.

I like the design mishmash. Aunt Fara especially reminded me of Clair because of the pokemon and clothes. I can't recognize what you used to build Gavin's outfit.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional Writer
I don't know why, but I completely forgot about Scyther until I'd already nearly finished Heracross, and just decided I didn't feel like starting over. Sneasel probably would've worked too, now that you mention it.

And Skitty would've probably been a good choice for Rain too. I also considered virtually any of the Eeveelutions for her.

I don't know much about the new starters except for their names. Personally, I just knew I wanted to give Maria a fire type due to her occasionally very fiery personality. ^_^

Gavin's design is mostly based Ash's design from the show, what with the pop-collar jacket from his original design and the pants from later seasons.
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DCHorror Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I said Sneasel cause he reminds me of Silver. That being said, Heracross is awesome, a much better opposite to Scyther than Pinsir ever was.

Rain would look cute snuggling a Flareon.

Me neither, I just suggested the smug snake cause in the first few pages that had her she came off pretty smug.

Nice. I would have never guessed(I stopped watching the show after Misty left).
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chihuahua0 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Student Writer
I love Fara's outfit. It looks like that Chinese dress.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional Writer
Though it's not intentional, you're right, it DOES kind of look like that.

I love those things too! :XD:
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DivineValley Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
Lol this is cute! I myself prefer Bulbasaur! I miss generation 1.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional Writer
Yeah, Bulbasaur! :XD:
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DivineValley Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
I'm always a grass type in the Pokemon quizs. Mostly Bulbasaur or Chikarita sometime
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Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
...................................
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:love:
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional Writer
Your ellipses speak volumes. :D
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Student Writer
Well this is odd, but strangle kind of interesting.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional Writer
I'm okay with "odd by interesting". :D
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Student Writer
Well that's good.
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HiSenshi Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
o.o

...I LOVE IT!! ^^ /

Any chance you'll be working on a small side-story for this? Just outta curiosity... ^^*

~ Hi-chan <3
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks! I'm glad you like it! :D

Actually, I keep coming up with amusing little skits surrounding this idea of them as trainers. I don't know if a do any kind of cohesive story, but I might play around and do some joke pics in the future elaborating on this.
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vidwatcher1121 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
I wondered why I didn't recognize the one in Maria's arms. I thought it was some tiny shiny Drowzee or something.

...I was playing one of the fourth gen games when I saw this. Creepy...
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UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I looked over the pic, read the description and all other comments (good read) and I have to say I'm impressed.

I used to be embarrassed by mentioning pokemon because of a friend of mine (why too into the american dub tv show). But seeing as you find inspiration from it makes me want to give it a chance again. Especially since its developers (Ape I think) also contributed to the mother games. So they aren't horrible.

It also serves as a good psychological context for the characters. They way they dress and choice of favorite pokemon helps us understand them as people. For Gavin and Rain, you were so right. Gavin needs something physically strong as a way for himself to also be strong (not necessarily show off masculineness), while Rain does need something to keep here mind focused rather than distracted by all the drama. Fara is absolutely strong for reason's we discussed, legends tell of dragons having the strongest maternal instinct, so with her position its really appropriate. Because you have a new gen for Maria its hard to say more, though if Rain's because beautiful, Maria's might become more dashing and strong (they are kind of polar opposites). And Rudy, who is so free and whimsical in the mind makes him appropriate to have such a pokemon, honestly it really can be one of my fav pics and don't mind your choices.

As for more parodies, I would like that (still love the lucky star) and even some 4koma of the parodies as well. It just seems so appropriate as a filter for ideas I think. Still, you were right most about this. Rain could have been fantasy, slice of life, and even pokemon parody because the characters and their interactions are so real. As a creator I imagined the same for mine, which only renews my love for the original story. And even though its just a little fun, it just shows that you are Rain's true #1 fan.

And yes, Pokemon girls wear some of the best clothes.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Writer
When Pokemon first came out in the US, I was obsessed. But I sort of fell out of it literally just when the second generation came out. Perhaps I thought I "grew out of it". Fast forward to several years later, a friend of mine introduced me to emulators, and for the sake of curiosity, I downloaded Pokemon Ruby of the third gen... and became obsessed all over again. The emulator version had a glitch late in the game though so I couldn't finish it... until I just ran out and bought it... and then Emerald... and then Fire Red... and then...

Pokemon is often relegated to just being a "kiddy thing". But if you get past the cute exterior (which I don't really mind, personally), it features simplistic gameplay (as one of the few remaining traditional RPGs left these days), but can also be extremely challenging due to it's focus on strategizing (unless you break the game with Legendaries). Frankly, I love this series for all of the reasons I love the Dragon Quest series; it gives me the same vibe the whole way around (in fact, I'm pretty sure Pokemon was even inspired by the monster collecting aspect of DQ5, but don't quote me on that).

If we all like seeing the Rain cast decked out as though they're from other fandoms, I probably should keep doing these. It IS quite a bit of fun. ^_^
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UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Look forward to various fandom associated with Rain. I'm sure it will still feel like Rain in all its beauty regardless of shape and size. Though Azumanga Diaoh would be cool for Rain, it would seem more like a double negative.

I also would like to take the time to say that I'm okay with 'kiddy things'. My main problem is when someone makes a piece so 'kiddy' it becomes unrelatable. Prime examples are like this: good beats bad, bad hurts people, and good is always liked. Up to a certain point it begins to not make sense. I thought Pokemon was a little weird when I got older, but as a matter of 2 years ago I became curious about the games again. And similar to what you said, they were simple, but surprisingly deep like you would expect from japan. And slowly I discovered that it really does teach us about having pets and that no matter how hard it gets, you still have them to look to. At least that is how I see it, and it really is fun when you throw away any preconception previously had.

And as for being cool, ever since I saw Ridley(Metroid) get taken down by Pikachu and the Trainer assist Lucas in SSBB the whole 'Pokemon is lame' I was told over and over was forever buried.
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Werewolf-Hero Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love it but Rain should have a Febas
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Writer
I did consider that briefly because I know Rain would LOVE Milotic. But she would probably not be as fond of Feebas until then... -_-
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Werewolf-Hero Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Now I want to see Rain as a Coorator with one.
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PrincessJessica Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
that's cute
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you! :D
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dragon8writer Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
oh god... the starting question hit me immediately.

"Are you a boy, or a girl?" >,>

The picture's good, though. :)
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