Rusty is the protagonist villain of the webseries Pokémon Rusty by Dorkly. He is very naive, but is determined to become the best Pokemon trainer there is. He looks up to his hero, Red.
Rusty has the same appearance as a regular Pokemon trainer, the only difference being that his eyes appear completely white, but this is due to a pair of glasses he wears. Apart from his eyes, he shares the same character sprite as Red (though with more of a darker color). He has light brown hair under his hat.
Rusty has very low intelligence and knows very little, if anything, about Pokemon and the Pokemon world and often kills his Pokémon on accident. Although he causes disaster almost everywhere that he goes, he is not outright malicious and often causes things out of chance or accident. He is very inspired by his hero, Red, even to the point of naming his Kakuna "Pikachu" after his hero's favorite Pokémon. He often gets discouraged during his journey, but he always bounces back, ready to fight on.
The series follows Rusty, as he is the protagonist. He randomly announces one that his destiny is to be a Pokémon trainer just before heading out into the world, getting a Kakuna from Professor Tree, which he nicknames Pikachu. He goes through a series of misadventures where he declares a random Bug Catcher as his rival and tries to evolve Pikachu in numerous, almost cruel, ways. He is caught off guard by Team Rocket who tries to steal Pikachu, but he "evolves out of pure happiness" the moment the Team Rocket member touches him. Rusty is punched by Pikachu and left, after which he calls his dad to pick him up.
As they ride home, they crash into a Snorlax and Rusty takes it as a sign that he must continue his journey. He makes his way to the Celadon Mall where he accidentally buys Professor Tree's bike filled with drugs. He eventually runs into Team Rocket again and he pursues them to Cinnabar Island where he challenges Blaine, thinking it's his destiny to defeat him. Rusty is dealt a crushing defeat and is discouraged, so Blaine gives him a seashell, claiming that it is a badge and it lifts Rusty's spirits once more.
Team Rocket Membership
He finally makes it to Team Rocket HQ under the alias of a new recruit named Russel or Reginald (The Team Rocket Member, Ron, cannot read Rusty's handwriting). He tries to rescue Pikachu, but his efforts are stopped quickly. Realizing that Rusty raised the now insane Pikachu, they welcome him to Team Rocket, also finding the drug filled bike.
He goes on a ride along with a Team Rocket Member, but they are caught by surprise by Red, who obliterates them and their car, apparently killing Pikachu as well.
He ventures on and passes through notable landmarks in his region like the Battlehaus, the Daycare and the Pokemon Tower, where he is haunted by all the Pokemon he killed in the past. His deceased grandfather comes to his aid before they can get their revenge.
He meets up with Professor Tree and watches a documentary with him before heading to the Viridian City Gym, which has a blockade of cops surrounding it. Rusty gets in through the back and goes to face Giovanni, but is shocked to discover that Pikachu killed him and took over Team Rocket. The police finally break through before Pikachu kills Rusty and they are both arrested and taken to jail.
End Status of Rusty's Pokemon
- Beedrill/Pikachu (alive)
- Zubats (2 released by Team Rocket, 1 drowned, 2 died of unknown causes, 3 in possession, as far as we know)
- Bulbasaur (assumed died of birth defect)
- Venmoth (incinerated)
- Vanilite (melted)
- Snorlax (permanently paralyzed, but alive)
- Cubone (bitten to death)
- Grimer (washed down the drain)
- At least 17 Bidoofs (though possibly more than that depending on how you interpret a couple scenes) (1 Burned, 1 thrown off a cliff, 1 shot, 5 dead due to being crammed in one ball, 7 ran over by a truck, 2 still alive, as far as we know)
- Rusty (if you count him catching himself) (in jail, hopefully forever)
- Dad (Left Behind at Pokemon Center)
- Geodude (alive, as far as we know)
- Pidgey (Flew Away)
- Paras (alive, as far as we know)
- Spearow (Roller coaster death)
- Koffing (Smashed by Snorlax)
- Machoke (Smashed by Snorlax)
- Politoed (Smashed by Snorlax)
- Grandpa (tapped in Pokeball, probably never coming out)
- Tentacool (electrocuted)