All three Johto starters are good in their categories. I have no reason to hate that cunning crocodile (HOOK) WHO STUFFED HIM (HOOK) WHO MADE HIM INTO A GIANT CLOCK (HOOK) And who didn't believe I could do it?
Same for Pikachu, Venomoth, Lapras, Lilligant, Sigilyph, etc.
I like Venomoth quite a lot. I even thought EV train one but I guess I should wait till the next gen. Especially since its Poison type has some interesting new effectiveness against some special new type :D