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What you did

Posted April 19th, 2010 at 9:14 PM by Chibi-chan

In the original Pokémon Red/Blue, when you encounter your rival in Lavender Town he asks whether or not you know what it's like to have one of your Pokémon die. At this point in the game, he no longer has the Raticate that he had used in previous battles.

The last rival encounter that involved the Raticate in question was aboard the S.S. Anne. Your rival's Raticate sustained serious injury during the battle...but because he was aboard the crowded luxury cruiseliner at the time, your rival was unable to make it to the Pokémon Center in time. The real reason your rival is in Lavender Town is to lay his Pokémon to rest.

Despite the fact that you were unknowingly responsible for the death of your rival's Pokémon, he never directly tells you about it. He hides his grief and instead channels that energy into motivating him to pursue his dream of becoming Indigo League Champion. The death of your rival's Raticate effectively destroys his childhood innocence, hardening him. Although he never actively blames you for the incident, he subconsciously holds a horrible sense of resentment towards you.

He swears on his Raticate's grave to train become better than eventually make it to the hallowed halls of the Pokémon League.

Mere moments after your rival becomes champion, he is you. He fulfilled his promise to become champion...but he was never able to become better than you. His victory is painfully brief.

In the end, your rival is scolded by Professor Oak while you receive his praise. During the course of the game, you steal your rival's innocence, his championship, his dreams, and, ultimately, the love of his own grandfather.

How does this make you feel?
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    Hiidoran's Avatar
    I'm never playing a Pokémon game again.
    Posted April 19th, 2010 at 9:32 PM by Hiidoran Hiidoran is offline
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    Ho-Oh's Avatar
    Can we hold you to that Larry?
    Posted April 19th, 2010 at 9:41 PM by Ho-Oh Ho-Oh is offline
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    Zet's Avatar
    Gosh Chibi, a little late. I already blogged about the lavender town bit, but it was proven to bit completely different :P
    Posted April 19th, 2010 at 9:42 PM by Zet Zet is offline
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    Luck's Avatar
    I'm pretty sure his grandpa hated him since the beginning since he let you choose the pokemon first.
    Posted April 19th, 2010 at 9:55 PM by Luck Luck is offline
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    usami's Avatar
    It makes me feel very Skitty.
    Posted April 19th, 2010 at 10:06 PM by usami usami is offline
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    Her's Avatar
    Raticate wasn't a good Pokemon anyway, gosh
    Posted April 19th, 2010 at 10:38 PM by Her Her is online now
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    Ivysaur's Avatar
    I swear I closed a thread like this in Pokémon Trivia a couple of weeks ago.
    Posted April 20th, 2010 at 4:05 AM by Ivysaur Ivysaur is offline
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    Eucliffe's Avatar
    Don't ruin it for me D:

    /was it the same in Yellow?
    Posted April 20th, 2010 at 4:16 AM by Eucliffe Eucliffe is offline
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    Elite Overlord LeSabre™'s Avatar
    It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

    Really, Youngster Joey's Rattata/Raticate is in the top percentage of its species and it still sucks, so imagine how much Gary/Blue/Rival's Raticate, which likely isn't in that top percentage, must suck.
    Posted April 20th, 2010 at 7:47 AM by Elite Overlord LeSabre™ Elite Overlord LeSabre™ is offline
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    Zet's Avatar
    Originally Posted by Went View Comment
    I swear I closed a thread like this in Pokémon Trivia a couple of weeks ago.
    You did and the guy complained about it being closed
    Posted April 20th, 2010 at 5:20 PM by Zet Zet is offline

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