Questionable Influence

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Questionable Influence is what happens when someone makes a joke, thinks of the logistics of it for way too long then makes a pokemon fan comic out of it. It is a character focused dramedy about a band of petty thieves goofing off and growing as friends as they travel across the Galar region. Among these thieves are an aggressive gluttonous Skwovet, a cosplaying wannabe villain and a delusional clearly human who claims she is a hybrid with a backstory that just doesn't quite add up. Though the entire team is not as on board with their villainy as they first thought. This comic is primarily intended for people who've seen Galar's story before and want something new, and people who want to see pokemon as important characters.

Despite the seemingly comical nature of the comic 3/4th of the main characters have dark backstories. General content warning for dark themes, including death both pokemon and human, sparse use of blood, lasting major injuries, neglectful/abusive parents/guardians, people in very bad mental states, ascended fridge horror, Arctozolt, Ditto, censored and pseudo swearing, main characters doing mean things to others with no remorse, a character unwittingly flirting with a minor though it never goes anywhere. All but the last three items on the list are taken seriously.

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ACottontail
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*Corrin was at a pretty high percent from fighting earlier. At this point, anything would send her flying, even a branch poke. Cue the high five, of doom!
*My friend's character Krystal makes a cameo here. She's opening the door to the gym. For the longest time I had that panel blank because I wanted to ask to use someone's character there, but then I chickened out of asking them and just drew my friend's character in that spot instead almost a year later. The cameos aren't coming quite yet, they won't really start to show until after the first gym battle.
*If Gloria kept going she probably would have won, only for Yuuya to run back to Corrin once Gloria wasn't looking.
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*Stopping to think about what happens to all those pokemon you release from a shiny hunt who are just plain normal, it can get pretty horrifying. Getting dumped on your own with your siblings, abandoned by your parents shortly after being born, all for something you had no control over. Yuuya and Ava were both one of these pokemon. And oh boy you know that if there's potential to to mess with my characters I'll take it. But in the pokemon world it's perfectly legal. What's wrong with letting pokemon "return to nature" and give them their "freedom". Overlooking the fact that these pokemon are younger than actual children, and are extremely easy pickings, both physically and mentally for omnivorous pokemon. The other chance these pokemon really stand is if they band together, toughen up, or through sheer dumb luck.

*Hey, remember back on page 17 when that Sobble gave Yuuya that pokeball. That was Yuuya's pokeball. It's one way to get into the ownership of your desired trainer.

*Oh boy shady angst! The plus side of the shady life is that you get to look hecking cool. The downside is losing everyone's trust through the lies you have to tell.
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ACottontail
*Remember how the content warning said that there are abusive/neglectful parents/guardians in this comic? If you brushed that off until now, yeah... I'm not going to sugarcoat the kind of trauma those things cause...
*Ren's my favorite member of Gloria's team. He is a massive toxic jerk, but he's interesting to write. I redid the lines part of the fight scene since Ren was just holding Jay to the ground for a very long time. It wasn't brutal enough for the beat-Jay-until-just-before-serious-injury vibe I was going for.
*Remember back on page 15 when Corrin trained up Yuuya by holding Rookidees in place. The consequences of their actions has come back to fight them.
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ACottontail
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*The move stockpile has always interested me. It's three every specific moves for a specific strategy, yet no one uses them. Granted stock pile can only get you up to +3 defenses, spit up is a base 75 power move with all the set up it takes, and rest is just a better version of swallow, not to mention spit up and swallow takes up 2-3 of your pokemon's move slots, and you lose the stockpile boosts after using them.

*I thought it would be interesting if the rival had mostly the same team. It also has great potential for foils, with Icarus's seriousness and lack of hope for our main characters being contrasted by Lizzie's joyful personality and hope that the team can change for the better. Ava's natural strength and self confidence being contrasted by Chestnut's lack of a spine and still being in training. And don't get me started on Ren.
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*Gasp! Imaginary police tape?! It's unbreakable for anyone under 13!

*When I saw Hop standing here I thought it meant a rival fight was coming up, so I trained everyone up. It turns out he just wanted to talk, so this Gloria rival fight shows you how it felt.

*In the pokemon world, people would freak out if you said one of your pokemon died. Pokemon dying in battle is extremely rare, to the point that you have to be extremely risky and reckless for someone to die(or run into an evil team, and there's none in galar). Even if Sundae's still alive, Corrin causally bringing up that he died is not going to go down well with most people.

*When two friends are fighting, and not rivals, I don't see them going that hard on eachother. And when your dealing with anarchists, good luck telling them they have to faint their friend to get exp.
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