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Old September 14th, 2013 (11:10 AM).
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Favorite Rival: Barry! He's very different from the other, more mellow/calm rivals we had in the games but that's what made him cool. I loved his portrayal in the anime and how amusing he was to watch.
I definitely loved Barry in the anime as well, and really felt like they nailed it at keeping the character as close to the original character as possible. Actually, he's the first character whom I felt like they actually replicated the personality of from the games, and the fact that he was a side character only added to that. All of the gym leaders, May, Dawn, etc., they've always felt like their own characters, rather than someone take from their games, but of course it's also limited what they can do with characters you only ever meet once. But yeah, I really like Barry in the anime :p

I also kinda liked him as a rival, because, unlike rivals like Blue and Silver, he wasn't ever a jerk about losing, despite being just as set on beating you as both of those. However, I still kinda feel like he falls under the category as "friend whom you occasionally battle", just like Cheren and Bianca, as his personality in my mind just doesn't really fit that of a rival. I mean, putting it in perspective, while playing PokeMMO, I battled Alex about as many times as I battled my rival, always set on winning, but I never really considered him a rival. The only reason I'd feel differently about it with Barry is because he wasn't ever actually my friend. I didn't know him before playing the game, and thus it feels like his only purpose in the game is to battle me. But if I was actually the main character, I'd most likely have felt different about it :p But then again, I guess the definition of a rival can vary between people, so that's just how I feel about it all ;)

Guess it's time for a new topic, since we've had the same one for months now? :p

Which rival do you dislike the most? Any specific reasons?
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Old September 14th, 2013 (02:27 PM).
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Answer the current topic: I definitely like Green's battle music because when I always hear it I feel energize and relaxed.
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Old September 15th, 2013 (04:50 PM).
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I personally disliked the Hoenn rivals the most, mainly because they were mainly non-existant. They only showed up a handful of times, and on top of that they were extremely easy to beat! In my opinion, they don't count as rivals. They never worked towards the same goals, and they were more helpful than hindering, much like the rest of the awesome ones.
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Old September 18th, 2013 (04:46 AM).
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Favorite Rival: Cheren. I just love how knowledgeable he is on Pokémon. He may be a bit judgmental, but he manages to maintain his cool at all times and always makes smart choices. Also, I really like the way that he dresses. It's simplistic, and it's pretty stylish as well!

In my Pokémon Black version, I had a very hard time defeating him in the Victory Road. Scrafty was the only Pokémon that was able to save me from him. If it wasn't for Scrafty, then Cheren would've sent me back to the Pokémon Center and made me go into the Victory Road again just to rebattle him. xD I would have been a bit upset about it.

What is your favorite Rival battle theme?
May/Branden battle theme is my favorite. Whenever I heard this song in Pokémon Emerald, it always motivated me to get my opponent defeated. And when I was younger, this song used to be stuck in my head a lot. Silver battle theme would have to be my second favorite, because every time I hear this song, it reminds me of my childhood.
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Old September 18th, 2013 (08:51 AM).
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Aw yeah! Pokémon rivals! Always the best and most memorable characters in my opinion :D

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Favorite Rival: I like Wally, N, and Gary/Blue, but N wins because of reasons.
Answer the current topic: the Ruby/Sapphire rival theme is my favourite, but Black/White comes close.
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N is a pretty awesome guy, but his hair is just weird...
I don't like both of them, but it doesn't matter if you do. xD

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Favorite Rival: Barry! He's very different from the other, more mellow/calm rivals we had in the games but that's what made him cool. I loved his portrayal in the anime and how amusing he was to watch.
What is your favorite Rival battle theme?: The R/S/E rival battle theme was great, though I'm still a little upset that they barely got any screentime and basically served no purpose. Could have done so much more with May and Brendan.

The above two were also the easiest to defeat and none were particularly very hard. Hm, well, I suppose Green/Blue's last battle in the E4 was pretty tough, though it never did make struggle all that much.
I liked Barry too, he was indeed very unique.
Not a big fan of the theme, but I agree that they could've done much more.

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I definitely loved Barry in the anime as well, and really felt like they nailed it at keeping the character as close to the original character as possible. Actually, he's the first character whom I felt like they actually replicated the personality of from the games, and the fact that he was a side character only added to that. All of the gym leaders, May, Dawn, etc., they've always felt like their own characters, rather than someone take from their games, but of course it's also limited what they can do with characters you only ever meet once. But yeah, I really like Barry in the anime :p

I also kinda liked him as a rival, because, unlike rivals like Blue and Silver, he wasn't ever a jerk about losing, despite being just as set on beating you as both of those. However, I still kinda feel like he falls under the category as "friend whom you occasionally battle", just like Cheren and Bianca, as his personality in my mind just doesn't really fit that of a rival. I mean, putting it in perspective, while playing PokeMMO, I battled Alex about as many times as I battled my rival, always set on winning, but I never really considered him a rival. The only reason I'd feel differently about it with Barry is because he wasn't ever actually my friend. I didn't know him before playing the game, and thus it feels like his only purpose in the game is to battle me. But if I was actually the main character, I'd most likely have felt different about it :p But then again, I guess the definition of a rival can vary between people, so that's just how I feel about it all

Guess it's time for a new topic, since we've had the same one for months now? :p

Which rival do you dislike the most? Any specific reasons?
I don't really watch the anime, but I did see one episode with him and I think he is pretty good in the anime.

I agree.

I hate Cheren, I don't really know why, he's just so annoying lol.

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Favorite Rival: N
Answer the current topic: I definitely like Green's battle music because when I always hear it I feel energize and relaxed.
N is a cool guy, BUT WHY DID HIS HAIR HAVE TO BE GREEN???
His theme is pretty good yeah, it's very memorable.

Quote originally posted by heretostay123:
I personally disliked the Hoenn rivals the most, mainly because they were mainly non-existant. They only showed up a handful of times, and on top of that they were extremely easy to beat! In my opinion, they don't count as rivals. They never worked towards the same goals, and they were more helpful than hindering, much like the rest of the awesome ones.
I completely agree.
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Favorite Rival: Cheren. I just love how knowledgeable he is on Pokémon. He may be a bit judgmental, but he manages to maintain his cool at all times and always makes smart choices. Also, I really like the way that he dresses. It's simplistic, and it's pretty stylish as well!

In my Pokémon Black version, I had a very hard time defeating him in the Victory Road. Scrafty was the only Pokémon that was able to save me from him. If it wasn't for Scrafty, then Cheren would've sent me back to the Pokémon Center and made me go into the Victory Road again just to rebattle him. xD I would have been a bit upset about it.

What is your favorite Rival battle theme?
May/Branden battle theme is my favorite. Whenever I heard this song in Pokémon Emerald, it always motivated me to get my opponent defeated. And when I was younger, this song used to be stuck in my head a lot. Silver battle theme would have to be my second favorite, because every time I hear this song, it reminds me of my childhood.
I actually hate his personaility and his clothing, the Victory Road battle was pretty hard though

I dislike the trumpets in Hoenn music, but I can see why so many people like it. Silver's theme is indeed very awesome.
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Old September 18th, 2013 (09:21 AM).
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Favorite Rival: Silver! His attitude toward the player and pokemon just screamed"I'm going to beat you",which made him my fav.him being Giovanni's Son was the icing on the cake.
What is your favorite Rival Battle Theme?:N's Final Battle! it was an epic battle and the music fit that so well.
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Old October 3rd, 2013 (04:07 PM).
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Well, I finally got my Gold, and finally got it to save, so I just barely beat Silver.
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Old October 28th, 2013 (05:41 AM).
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Answer the current topic: It's hard, but I dislike Cheren, just a little. I think it's because he was quite ignorant to begin with.. I didn't like his attitude really.
Although, saying that, I don't dislike him as much anymore. It's obvious he's learned more about Pokemon, and I think that was good for him
BUT I DO HATE IT WHEN YOU HAVE 1 POKEMON WITH 1 HP LEFT AFTER A TOUGH BATTLE AND HE JUST APPEARS, DEMANDING ANOTHER BATTLE. UGH D:
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Old October 28th, 2013 (06:52 AM).
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Current Topic:Cheren, he doens't have that "rival attitude" like Green or Silver. One of the things I love most in Pokemon games are the rivals and Cheren failed to meet my expectations.
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Old October 31st, 2013 (12:23 PM).
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Hey guys! Adding all of the new members to the list, though I don't know where LolPizzaLol has been lately :( Anyways, might as well just present you all with a new topic in hopes that it'll spout some activity :p

Which rival did you find to be the most difficult? And likewise, which did you find to be the easiest?
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Old November 1st, 2013 (12:05 PM).
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Which rival did you find to be the most difficult?
Blue, his team has a lot of different types and he always shows up in the worst situations. >.>
which did you find to be the easiest?
Without couting with the XY rivals, Bianca, never had a hard time against her.
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Old November 2nd, 2013 (03:55 AM).
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Which rival did you find to be the most difficult?
Blue, his team has a lot of different types and he always shows up in the worst situations. >.>
I can definitely agree there. I believe I mentioned it in my OP as well, but yeah, the fact that he has such a diverse team, filled with some of the stronger Pokemon of the generation (well, at least the Arcanine and Alakazam :p) really proved for his battles to be tough, although admittedly, I personally didn't really start struggling until I got to the last 3 rival battles. But I can definitely agree, if you hadn't played the game before, and had no idea when he'd show up, he definitely does show up at the worst times. Like, I was definitely not prepared to battle him at the end of SS. Anne or at the top of Silph Co. the first few times I played the games, which usually meant problems :p

As for the rival I personally found to be the hardest, while I probably would've agreed with you on Bianca, I just simply haven't played B/W yet. So in my experience, the easiest rival so far would've probably had to be Wally. While May/Brendan weren't really supposed to pose as much of a threat, I honestly almost always had a hard time with them in my first few playthroughs, though you can blame my lack of strategy in choosing Pokemon, and lack of effort put into training them for that :p But yeah, Wally was definitely no threat at all, and considering the few amount of times he actually shows up, I would've expected him to just shoot up through the roof between each battles, but no. In my most recent playthrough of Sapphire, I was actually afraid of having to battle him at the end of the Victory Road, because my Pokemon were extremely underleveled for that area, so a lot of them had fainted at that point. But what do you know, I managed to take out his entire team with my Gardevoir, so I'd almost call him one of the weaker trainers in there. So yeah, definitely the weakest in my opinion :p
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