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20 Oct 2011 07:31 pm

Sleep Tackle

"The RATTATA, not the GROUND!"

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20 Oct 2011 07:59 pm

My fellow pokémon artist and friendly neighborhood nemesis Justin Hall recently launched his own site to host his comic strips in a more comfortable fashion, and thus I felt compelled to give it some attention in the only way I can. His Sleep Tackle is one of my own personal favorites, but seeing as it's one of his earlier productions, I concluded that it was in need of some treatment. This would be a great opportunity to work in my site name, but I won't.

JHall's strips and jokes are similar to mine in the sense that he's not afraid to mix multiple genres or references, and also take a realistic approach to the pokémon world and all of its whimsical laws and mechanics. You may have already seen his Dragonite and Poison strips, so that should be reason enough to visit!

Enjoy my convenient excuse for not spending one of my own ideas for an update, see you for x weeks!

20 Oct 2011 08:09 pm


That's hilarious. I've always wondered why only a handful of moves have damage if you miss.

20 Oct 2011 08:13 pm


20 Oct 2011 08:15 pm

funny ironic things is after i read this while playing black version this happened after i said it wouldnever happen...*Facepalm*

20 Oct 2011 08:16 pm

I always wondered.

I personally find it more funny when you've spammed Double Team before getting put to sleep, and you manage to evade the attack.

Evade. While asleep.

Pokemon clearly laughs at logic.

20 Oct 2011 08:17 pm

There is always an excuse when they are sleeping, as they could of just rolled over to get comfortable, but when they are FROZEN... How do you miss a frozen Snorlax?

20 Oct 2011 08:51 pm

I checked out the comic you mentioned in the author comment.
Needless to say I won't be running out of nightmare fuel anytime soon :P

20 Oct 2011 11:31 pm

Butterfree, I'm sorry but... You just won an EPIC FAIL award just then.

... ... ...

But the comic and the artist get and Epic Win. ^_^

21 Oct 2011 01:03 am

LOL this is great.

21 Oct 2011 02:06 am

i've always wondered if the powder made them sleep if the user then used a physical attck ho come they don't get affected

21 Oct 2011 04:02 am

Someone should post this under Epic Fail on tvtropes.

21 Oct 2011 07:11 am


21 Oct 2011 01:28 pm

Lol, I've often wondered how that can actually happen XD.

21 Oct 2011 05:01 pm


21 Oct 2011 07:25 pm

Hello, i'm form spain and i love your comic (i read hall in 30 minutes)

21 Oct 2011 09:19 pm

@Font: Muchas gracias.

22 Oct 2011 08:01 am

I always pictured the sleeping pokemon rolling over in it's sleep and the attacking pokemon nosediving in the ground. lol But this is just more amusing.

24 Oct 2011 05:03 pm


I just can't stop laught XD eaAEHhhue

24 Oct 2011 06:34 pm

Great comic.

24 Oct 2011 09:32 pm

@Red Spearow: Except that would require going ON TVTropes, which is like being Rickrolled all day.

In other news, LOL

27 Oct 2011 09:25 pm

I really like your comics more :/ This other guys' just dont seem to have the same witty flare. . .

With that being said, this is hilarious XD and so true. and so annoying. why does this happen!?

28 Oct 2011 04:46 pm


Butterfree has Compoundeyes, so Tackle will never miss.

28 Oct 2011 07:27 pm


Not all Butterfree have Compoundeyes

29 Oct 2011 05:14 am


@tyler: So this guy has a Dream World Butterfree? >.<

30 Oct 2011 04:56 am


Tackle has 100% acc in B/W.

30 Oct 2011 12:43 pm

@Guest : well that is clearly red

31 Oct 2011 06:26 pm

Funny but outdated...

This is indeed funny and reminds me of all post B&W Pokemon games. For in black and white Tackle now has a 100% accuracy, instead of a 95% accuracy. But still funny and painful to remember all those times of tackle missing.

01 Nov 2011 09:07 am

100 Accuracy can still miss >>

04 Nov 2011 06:29 pm

@Gard: Only if the enemy used Sand-Attack, Double Team, is equipped with a Bright Powder, you have your pokemon equipped with an item that lowers its accuracy, or your pokemon has an ability that lowers its accuracy. Otherwise, no, 100% accuracy cannot miss. And the way the comic is going, it suggests that Sand-Attack/Double Team/Items/Abilities are not being used, thus the miss was just dumb luck.

05 Nov 2011 06:38 pm

@Michael: actually 100% accuracy moves can miss. their accuracy is actually 99.99%. It's happened to me in the games in the absence of those specific items, moves in play, and abilities.

05 Nov 2011 07:03 pm

@tyler: At this point, I'll put it this way, I have never had a move with 100% accuracy miss without the use of moves, items, or abilities that lower accuracy. For example, what move, on what pokemon was it that you missed with?

06 Nov 2011 07:48 pm

@tyler: I think you're referring to Gen 1 when every move had a 1/256 chance of doing nothing (e.g. a 100% accurate move would actually be ~99.6% accurate, a 85% accurate move would actually be ~84.7% accurate, etc.).

I guess this could be RBY when the 1/256 chance existed or before Butterfree had Compoundeyes (also applies to GSC) or maybe Rattata used Mud Slap or Double Team...

07 Nov 2011 01:07 am


loved the comic i have a feeling i know alex hmmmmmm...

07 Nov 2011 03:57 pm



The trainer and the pokémon involved are based on the RBY games, so during that time, Tackle could indeed miss. It doesn't in Black/White. And this being a homage strip, substituting Butterfree with something else was out of the question.

All of my strips can at some points be broken down by explanations and real facts, but that's also why they're funny to begin with.

07 Nov 2011 06:34 pm

@Bumbazzle: lol, true true. Reason why I stated that its outdated but still funny.

08 Nov 2011 02:37 am

hilarious and true

08 Nov 2011 07:22 pm

@AxelThePokegodTrainer: Actually, in the games, this can't happen anymore. Only in the first two generations could this happen, assuming that the Rattata is wild. In Generation III, Butterfree got the CompoundEyes ability, meaning that if its Accuracy or the foe's evasion was not altered, Tackle was 100% accurate. Then, in Generation V, Tackle itself became 100% accurate. And Rattata can't naturally learn Double Team or Sand-Attack. The only way this could have happened is if the trainer had a Manaphy or Smeargle use Double Team a few times and Heart Swap the evasion boosts to Rattata beforehand.

25 Nov 2011 08:07 pm


Am I the only one here that knows that CompoundEyes only negates the REDUCTION of accuracy. Therefore, anytime before Gen V, this could happen.

28 Nov 2011 10:24 pm

One time, my Lilligant do that with a Sigilyph, only the thing-with-a-super-complicated-name AVOIDED the attack. Three times. After that, it wake up and keep avoiding the attack, but that is not as strange as when it was asleep

(Sorry my terrible english, i´m from Argentina)

15 Dec 2011 04:16 am


that is sooooooooooo funny, that always happens to me and I'm like WHAT THE HECK! its sleeping how'd you miss!!!

19 Dec 2011 07:39 am


wow sucks for butterfree... BUTTERFREE'S FUTURE...... failure

26 Jan 2012 12:00 am

It may be late to post a comment on this one, but the same thing happened to me in FE8 a.k.a. FESS. Colm was sleeping, and yet he dodged a LANCE for gods sake. Colm be epic, unlike the Butterfree, who deserved beating by sticks and death by fire.

10 Jun 2012 02:41 am

@akamaru1414: You're thinking of Keen Eye. Compoundeyes makes all moves known by the user more accurate, meaning it would've bumped Tackle's accuracy up to 100%.

11 Dec 2012 05:28 am


Butterfree would have been able to attack after or Rattata would have woken up. Besides, all the coments are about if the comic is right or not.

13 Apr 2013 05:35 pm


Rattata looks so cute while sleeping...

08 May 2013 02:24 am