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Old October 28th, 2012 (01:32 PM).
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Huh..I did the same thing because i didn't know what to name him.
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Old October 29th, 2012 (09:34 AM).
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I now feel less stupid after seeing all of these replies. I thought I was just answering a legit question. ??? is better then Silver imo (had Gold at the time) so it work out pretty well.

To this day I don't know what I should name him. Blue was always Gary to me because it was clear that on Yellow that he was Gary being Oak's grandson and on Red/Blue it was the same deal (though I am aware of the manga the anime just happen to hit me first). I may just stick with ??? when I play the 2nd gen again. Do the guy even have a canon name in the game files or something?
Silver is pretty near canon. That's the name he's given in Gold and Crystal if you don't enter a name, and its used as placeholder data in HG/SS until you can name him.

And yes, I named him ??? as well. My reason was twofold: The oddity of someone calling themselves ??? made the "name" stick in my mind, and I didn't want to lie to a police officer (this was before I found out that Pokemon has the most incompetent police ever). Nowadays I call him Silver because I like to keep as close to canon as possible, and no other name seems to fit.
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Old November 10th, 2012 (10:49 AM).
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Yeah, first time I also called my rival ???, but after that I started naming him James.
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Old December 1st, 2012 (05:36 PM).
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When the officer asked for his name, I didn't know what to put down either... so I just put Rival down. I mean, if you don't know him, and he's your rival, it seems the logical thing to do.

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Old December 7th, 2012 (06:37 PM).
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When I first played Pokemon Silver, I really did give him the name "????" because thats what the police officer said. I felt like a complete idiot once I found out from one of my friends that I could have named him whatever I wanted,so when I got Pokemon Gold two weeks after Pokemon Silver, I never made that mistake again. I am glad that I am not the only one that made this error too


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Old December 8th, 2012 (07:45 PM).
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I never called him ???, a young me just put his name as the F word, of course with the 'er'.

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Old December 8th, 2012 (07:59 PM).
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LOL, that's pretty funny, but I named my rival
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Old December 8th, 2012 (08:18 PM).
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I never name my starter ???. It seems to be a bad name.

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Old December 9th, 2012 (01:09 AM).
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I think a lot of people did that; I know I did, and I was a pretty smart kid.

On subsequent playthroughs, he was always some variation of "jerk."
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Old December 9th, 2012 (03:30 AM).
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I was young and I thought "?" Had a pronounciation that sounded like Zzz so I named him "Zzz" xDD

Now I know though. ? Isn't pronounced like that.
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Old December 9th, 2012 (07:39 AM).
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On my first Crystal run through, I named him ???. Any game after that I named him. In HGSS they changed it so he drops his trainer card and "you see his name"", but thats a whole different story.
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Old December 9th, 2012 (07:24 PM).
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The first time I played Silver, I named myself Silver because it was my favorite color. Though I didn't name him ???, I named him Gold, because of the other version. The problem was that I wanted to play as my rival because I though he was cool. A lot of people said he was a jerk, which he is. But there was a reason for that, and I liked his story. Despite the fact you really don't learn about his back story full in detail in Silver, Gold, or Crystal.

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Old December 10th, 2012 (03:10 AM).
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Hahahaha I used to do that too! I was quite young at the time; I really thought my rival's name was ??? and put it as such when the policeman asked me for it. xDD Now of course I know better and during my first play of SoulSilver, I named him Silver because that's his real name.

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Old December 10th, 2012 (04:50 AM).
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When I first played Pokémon Gold, I do remember calling the rival ???. It's funny how I used to think that was what he was supposed to be called back then.
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Old December 12th, 2012 (07:06 AM).
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Since im getting silver today i think im actually gonna name him ??? for the hell of it!

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Old January 3rd, 2013 (10:53 PM).
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Man, all my life I thought I was the only one who ever did this! Thank goodness it's not just me! Haha
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Old January 4th, 2013 (02:54 AM).
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I love how there's so many others than just me xD I now put in Silver when I play HeartGold but as a child I picked ??? But then wondered how his name would be that if it has to be said, sort of hard to say ??? Unless you say question mark three times xD
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Old January 4th, 2013 (03:06 PM).
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Hahaha. I did this too. But at the last second I realized that It's your chance to name him. So I restarted the game from my save point and continued my adventure and named him something else. It's because I love to give my rivals name xD

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Old January 4th, 2013 (03:18 PM).
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I also named him ???! I don't even get why though, haha. How did we all think that was seriously his name?
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Old January 4th, 2013 (04:04 PM).
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LMAO thank God I'm not the only one who called him ???. Like most of the others here, I though that I was the only one who did that.
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Old January 4th, 2013 (04:35 PM).
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Wow. Though I didn't name my rival ???, I remember thinking that was his actual name. But I thought a little more about it, and came up with Silver as the name, as I thought you were supposed to guess his name right, and the version was Silver. It is really interesting how a lot of people thought similarly though on how is name is ???.
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Old January 4th, 2013 (04:38 PM).
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I named him Dragon.
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Old January 4th, 2013 (05:06 PM).
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My sister told me that you had name him ???, and eventually they would figure out what his name is during the game. I listened to her during my first playthrough of Silver. The only reason I listened to her was because she said her cousin told her it. After I got the walkthrough for Silver, I saw she was full crape.
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Old January 4th, 2013 (07:36 PM).
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Quote originally posted by LividZephyr:
Was I the only one to take this seriously, and when the policeman asked what the rival said his name was, put those three question marks? In Silver, I did just that - it was a brilliant way to name one's rival, but he gave his name as ??? so I named him ???.

I might still do that today just for the lulz but back then I was a stupid kid. I thought that was his name! I laugh at myself sometimes but really, this one is GOLD xD (pun intended!)
I did that when I played it for the first time. I couldn't take a hint.
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Old January 8th, 2013 (04:15 AM).
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Yes, I named him ??? on the first time too....

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