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Pokeball

on Dec 14th 2017

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26 Responses to “Pokeball”

  1. Winter Wallaby Dec 14th 2017 at 12:46 am 1

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    Having successfully hunted and caught all the Pokemon, he’s now considering hunting the most dangerous game of all: humans. Which, in this case, is just this lazy guy stuffing his face with a sandwich.

    I liked SMBC’s similar take on “the most dangerous game”: https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/hunting-man

  2. PeterW Dec 14th 2017 at 01:00 am 2

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    Are you… not familiar with “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell? It’s a pretty popular reference for something nobody seems to actually talk about having read the short story, they just know what the phrase refers to.

  3. Cidu Bill Dec 14th 2017 at 01:25 am 3

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    I do know the story, and figured this was a reference to same, but… I just don’t see how this is holding together as a joke.

  4. PeterW Dec 14th 2017 at 01:55 am 4

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    Ash set out to catch every pokemon in existence (”gotta catch ‘em all”). What do you do when you’ve accomplished that?

  5. Minor Annoyance Dec 14th 2017 at 02:04 am 5

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    PeterW: Are you not familiar with the original movie version, a pre-code classic that used the “King Kong” jungle sets? Leslie Banks is the warped hunter who stalks human prey on his private island and has them mounted; Joel MacCrea washes ashore and becomes the hunted; and Fay Wray is a fellow castaway who Banks intends just to mount (creepy wink wink).

    The story was ripped off and parodied multiple times; I remember “Get Smart” did an episode which, as you observed, assumed a familiarity with the source story.

  6. Kamino Neko Dec 14th 2017 at 03:22 am 6

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    This has an issue if you actually know Pokemon, of course.

    Several of the Legendary Pokemon are literal gods. If he caught the Creation Trio and Arceus, then humans - especially non-trainers - are nowhere near the most dangerous game. (Even trainers aren’t much to worry about, since the Legendaries are unique, so Ash has them outgunned.)

  7. fleabane Dec 14th 2017 at 03:55 am 7

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    I think the joke is exactly what ww says it is and what we all think it is.

    It’s just astonishingly tepidly done and empty of any impact. Which is very surprising for the usually pointed and on-key Cyanide and Happiness.

  8. Arthur Dec 14th 2017 at 04:07 am 8

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    I don’t know much of Pokemon. That said, I believe there are
    powerful and dangerous ones. So the joke is that after catching
    all of *them*, he turns to what’s generally known as “the most
    dangerous game”, who doesn’t look very dangerous.

  9. Carl Dec 14th 2017 at 07:14 am 9

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    I read it completely differently. His heart was empty, right?

    I read it as his realizing that for all the outward adventure and thrills, he had never really risked himself, his soul. Now he was going to chance his heart–he’s falling in love with this sandwich-eating person.

    That’s what I read into it, anyway.

  10. James Pollock Dec 14th 2017 at 07:54 am 10

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    I agree that the joke is the one we’re all seeing here.
    I think it’s a better joke than the consensus here thus far, however, if you are familiar with the games.

  11. JHGRedekop Dec 14th 2017 at 08:49 am 11

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    SMBC has more than one “Most Dangerous Game” strips. There’s also this one, which became the cover for a SMBC collection: https://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=1488

  12. Powers Dec 14th 2017 at 10:16 am 12

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    It took me years to realize that “Game” had a double meaning in that title.

  13. Winter Wallaby Dec 14th 2017 at 11:53 am 13

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    KN #6: I don’t think that’s an issue with the comic, because the punchline of the joke is that humans aren’t actually “the most dangerous game,” despite the expression. Here, the allegedly “dangerous game” is just some lazy guy with a sandwich.

  14. fleabane Dec 14th 2017 at 02:22 pm 14

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    Hmm… I guess the joke that the “most dangerous game” is a misnomer because people are not at all dangerous is a fair joke. But that doesn’t tie into framing it into a pokemon story at all.

  15. Joseph K. Dec 14th 2017 at 03:09 pm 15

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    I thought the question was, “what the heck is a pokeball?” Is that even a thing? (too lazy to google)

  16. Kamino Neko Dec 14th 2017 at 03:34 pm 16

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    Pokeballs are one of the key mechanics of the games (and, as a consequence, the anime)…they’re what the pokemon are caught in. The basic red and white pokeball is iconic, but really stops being used by midgame, in favour of various more effective variations - some that are just generally better, some that give bonuses to catch specific types, Master Balls, which are guaranteed to catch anything (basically necessary for the Legendaries)…

  17. Kamino Neko Dec 14th 2017 at 04:27 pm 17

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  18. r2t Dec 15th 2017 at 01:43 am 18

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    its pretty straightforward unless youre not too familiar with Pokemon.In Pokemon the Nintendo video game/anime/manga which has been around for over 21 years (it came out in Feb of 1996 ) there are many creatures you can capture and tame using the pokeballs.The phrase “got to catch them all ” is the goal of many trainers including Ash the main protagonist in the anime version of Pokemon.
    This strip is just the joke that after he has captured every pokemon he still feels empty inside and decides to start capturing humans who are “the most dangerous game(creature) of all” though in this strip its shown most humans are hardly dangerous in any way.Not to mention its illegal in every society to capture and hold prisoner other humans.

  19. James Pollock Dec 15th 2017 at 04:45 am 19

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    “The phrase “got to catch them all ” is the goal of many trainers including Ash the main protagonist in the anime version of Pokemon.”

    MUCH more significantly, it is the goal of people who play the games. Some of whom devoted a LOT of time and effort towards doing it. Some of whom are STILL devoting a lot of time and effort towards doing it…

  20. Kamino Neko Dec 15th 2017 at 05:44 am 20

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    I find it fascinating that you people are interpreting it as ‘that guy’s not dangerous at all’, since there’s literally nothing about it that suggests he’s any less dangerous than any other human.

  21. Winter Wallaby Dec 15th 2017 at 12:33 pm 21

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    KN #20: A guy stuffing his face with a sandwich, with bulged cheeks, while getting crumbs all over his face, is pretty standard comic convention for “lazy, out-of-shape, schlub.”

    True, even Rambo probably sometimes gets bits of sandwich all over his face, but those are his off days.

  22. r2t Dec 15th 2017 at 01:34 pm 22

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    @KN #20 theres nothing suggesting that hes at all any more dangerous then a typical out of shape average person who in the scheme of animals isnt a particular threat without weapons

  23. Kamino Neko Dec 15th 2017 at 01:35 pm 23

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    Not in my experience - that’s ‘wait, what’s happening?’, not ‘loser’.

  24. fleabane Dec 16th 2017 at 03:45 am 24

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    @18

    With the exception of possibly Joseph K,I think we all understand the Pokemon and the void in the heart and the “most dangerous game”. We just don’t get why any of it is supposed to be funny or even thoughtful.

    On third thought, the “wait, what’s happening” is the best interpretation of the guy with the sandwich. He’s innocently walking along and suddenly there’s Ash eyeing him as prey.

    But it’s still not very funny.

  25. Singapore Bill Dec 17th 2017 at 03:15 am 25

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    @ Carl (9) This will be my interpretation of the comic going forward as well. I like it much better than my initial, mundane interpretation (the one everyone else has presented). Yours is genius!

  26. James Pollock Dec 17th 2017 at 10:40 am 26

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    “in the scheme of animals isnt a particular threat without weapons”

    He has a human brain, which, at present, is what makes man an apex predator.

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