Pokémon Anime Are you a regular watcher of the Pokémon Anime and its Movies or just an old fan? Come here, and take part in all the various ongoing discussions about the Pokémon Anime.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1    
Old February 9th, 2013 (7:28 PM).
venusaurleader's Avatar
venusaurleader venusaurleader is offline
     
    Join Date: Jul 2012
    Posts: 8
    What is your favourite rival of Ash in the Anime. Mine was Paul of the Sinnoh region I loved how the differences between them throughout the season changed and so did Paul especially after the Pokemon League in Sinnoh, I also think Paul was the toughest rival for Ash, what does everyone else think?
    Reply With Quote

    Relevant Advertising!

      #2    
    Old February 11th, 2013 (1:43 PM).
    Tybo1086 Tybo1086 is offline
       
      Join Date: Jan 2013
      Gender: Male
      Posts: 1
      Meh, I am indifferent to Paul. I love his team to death and have actually tried replicating it, but hes just so damn unlikeable and one note. Hes basically a Silver rehash minus everything that made silver cool. Hes just emo and Idk why they even used him. Barry is annoying, but he has likeability somewhat and hes not a moper. I guess the best rival Ash ever had was Gary, just in terms of how they started out. They were cut from the same cloth, with Gary beating ash at everything. When their journeys came along, ash was always trailing behind gary while gary was winning 10 badges. Ash only won 8. Ash slowly but surely caught up to Gary, and when Gary lost in the Indigo League, it cooled down his ego and arrogance, and soon he started respecting ash. At the end of Orange Islands, they had a one-on-one battle and Ash lost because his Pikachu was strong enough against Garys Eevee. When they meet again in the Silver Conference, while Gary still has a bit of a snark attitude, he isn't thinking he's hot stuff. Their battle is one of the series best, even if the end turns into Charizard fanservice. He took defeat like a man and later became friends with Ash later in Sinnoh when he was studying to become a researcher. Thats called character growth, something missing since 2002. Gary is the best rival Ash ever had and thats that. Also, ash has aged twice in the series, once in Indigo and once in a Pikachu Short(Maybe not Canon, but whatever), and yet hes still 10. Let this be a discussion on another topic. If anyone chooses to disagree, I hope you dont troll or burn me for this.
      Reply With Quote
        #3    
      Old February 11th, 2013 (1:48 PM).
      Captain Gizmo's Avatar
      Captain Gizmo Captain Gizmo is offline
      Legit Boss
      • Gold Tier
       
      Join Date: Sep 2012
      Location: Canada
      Age: 23
      Gender: Male
      Nature: Quiet
      Posts: 4,824
      I would say Paul was my favorite. He reminded me so much of Silver and he actually was a challenge for Ash to beat. I liked his attitude mostly.
      __________________
      ♥Plusle bro of Synerjee♥ | ♥Pink Mommy♥
      |3DS FC|
      Reply With Quote
        #4    
      Old February 11th, 2013 (2:26 PM).
      Seth Rollins's Avatar
      Seth Rollins Seth Rollins is offline
      Holding on to You |-/
      • Silver Tier
       
      Join Date: Dec 2012
      Location: Nah
      Age: 16
      Gender: Male
      Nature: Brave
      Posts: 2,493
      gary was the best, ash had trouble beating him and he was better at everything
      __________________

      The Underground
      Come and play mafia with us! You are always welcome.
      Reply With Quote
        #5    
      Old February 12th, 2013 (9:32 AM).
      Kotetsu-kun's Avatar
      Kotetsu-kun Kotetsu-kun is offline
      Unova League Rival
         
        Join Date: Dec 2012
        Location: Where Pokemon X Y takes place
        Gender: Male
        Nature: Quirky
        Posts: 31
        I'd say Gary. He's cool and he's a little young professor. I'd guess he would have his grandpa's job when he gets a doctorate. But I am a good candidate because my battle with Ash was pretty epic.
        __________________

        Ash+Cameron BFFs!
        Reply With Quote
          #6    
        Old February 12th, 2013 (11:09 AM).
        fenyx4's Avatar
        fenyx4 fenyx4 is online now
        HOENN CONFIRMED!
           
          Join Date: Aug 2008
          Location: Stuck in Generation 3 :(
          Gender: Male
          Nature: Timid
          Posts: 1,761
          The only rivals I'm really familiar with (in terms of exposure and interaction with Ash) are Gary and Paul (and Trip to some extent). Paul seemed to push the boundaries of what a rival does (like releasing Pokemon, dismissing "unfit" Pokemon, reluctance to team up with Ash during a battle IIRC, etc.), but Gary is classic. Ash and Gary hailed from the same starting point of Pallet Town, and flourished in each of their paths of being a Pokemon Trainer. Their climactic Silver Conference encounter and battle were outstanding (memorable for me, even), and both of them have matured in their own ways, taking cues from each other, at times.

          Plus, Gary did seem to drive Ash to do better frequently, even if he seemed like a jerk while doing it. "Gary was here! Ash is a loser!" comes to mind. While Ash usually just got riled up earlier in the series, it seems that, later on, he uses Gary's taunts as fuel to the fire of Pokemon Trainer excellence. Finally, Ash and Gary seem to acknowledge each other skill, yet they still wish to surpass each other (mostly Ash nowadays, since Gary doesn't journey as much as he used to in terms of Training).

          I haven't seem much of Trip, but despite his off-putting personality, he has potential, seeing as he wiped the floor with Ash (a "veteran" of at least Frontier Brain caliber, so to speak) as a rookie Pokemon Trainer.
          __________________
          "The balance of power has shifted." Regret | Solemnity | ElitenessIntensity

          Currently in intermittent forum activity for 2017. ;_; Credit to Game Freak for avatar and signature. @Fenyx4 on Bulbapedia for more about me. Tune into TOONAMI!
          Reply With Quote
            #7    
          Old February 12th, 2013 (11:19 AM).
          KriegStein's Avatar
          KriegStein KriegStein is offline
          Nuclear Reactor
             
            Join Date: Jan 2013
            Location: Slowly Freezing Finland.
            Age: 23
            Gender: Male
            Nature: Lonely
            Posts: 409
            Gary. He was the one I remember the best. I think he defined rival. He outclassed ash many times, he was overconfident, arrogant but also a good trainer. He gave Ash a fair challenge. I dont recal much about Paul... He was the one with dar purple hair right? What I remember is that he was a bit of ajerk. But as a rival that is kinda okay thing. Still for me it is Gary Oak and no one else. (Nostalgia is strong with me)
            __________________

            Reply With Quote
              #8    
            Old February 12th, 2013 (2:01 PM).
            zdude18's Avatar
            zdude18 zdude18 is offline
            Lone Wolf
               
              Join Date: Jan 2013
              Location: Illinois
              Age: 21
              Gender: Male
              Nature: Relaxed
              Posts: 169
              Gary. Classic Rivalry defined in their relationship. The apex of the rivalry was in the johto league when Ash beat him. Sad that he left to be a professor. Guess it runs in the family.
              __________________
              "No need to worry!" -- Dawn
              SoulSilver: 4256 2377 0912
              Platinum: 3483 1978 7658
              White 2: 3397 3474 0556
              Reply With Quote
                #9    
              Old February 12th, 2013 (9:05 PM).
              Hikamaru's Avatar
              Hikamaru Hikamaru is online now
              Razor Shell
              • Platinum Tier
               
              Join Date: Mar 2011
              Location: Australia
              Age: 24
              Gender: Female
              Nature: Quirky
              Posts: 47,301
              Paul, he's the most epic of them all. That League battle still lives on in my memory.

              I also loved his voice, and personality. Especially him dumping a Pokemon if it doesn't meet his "standards", a notable example catching 3 Starlys and ditching two of them cos they had terrible moves.
              __________________
              pair | tumblr | twitter | poketrivia | us/um | ama | supporter
              Reply With Quote
                #10    
              Old February 21st, 2013 (11:08 AM).
              Guy Guy is offline
              just a guy
              • Silver Tier
               
              Join Date: Sep 2008
              Location: Florida
              Age: 25
              Gender: Male
              Posts: 7,190
              Paul. Gary was a great first rival, but he certainly wasn't the best. I think it would have played out a lot better should the writers have really pushed the rivalry between Ash and Gary to its fullest potential. While the two shared some great moments together as friends and rivals, I would hardly call it the best. Then all hope was lost once Gary decided to pursue a different path.

              With Paul, the writers really played up the rivalry he and Ash shared throughout the entire Sinnoh Saga. It was actually the first time, I think, the writers really used Ash's rival as a continuous and strong plotline in the show. While a larger side of Paul's character was really straightforward, I wouldn't say he was entirely one note. However, this is Pokémon and one really shouldn't look for a character with an overly complex personality. The different between Paul vs. Ash and Ash vs. Gary, however, was that you could really feel the tension between Ash and Paul. Due to how polar opposite they were, it just made watching them butt heads all the more entertaining.

              The added storyline with Chimchar, although a bit forced at times, also gave their rivalry something extra and it had a pretty decent build up leading to their final match at the Sinnoh League. Which, in my opinion, is one of Ash's best battles against a rival.
              Reply With Quote
                #11    
              Old February 23rd, 2013 (8:20 PM).
              Jirachi504's Avatar
              Jirachi504 Jirachi504 is offline
                 
                Join Date: Feb 2013
                Gender: Male
                Posts: 30
                Quote:
                Originally Posted by zdude18 View Post
                Gary. Classic Rivalry defined in their relationship. The apex of the rivalry was in the johto league when Ash beat him. Sad that he left to be a professor. Guess it runs in the family.
                Definitely, Gary is a classic rival from what I have heard.
                Reply With Quote
                  #12    
                Old February 28th, 2013 (5:50 PM).
                Gary0ak's Avatar
                Gary0ak Gary0ak is offline
                TPP ROM Hacker
                   
                  Join Date: Jan 2013
                  Location: Pallet Town, Kanto
                  Gender: Male
                  Posts: 88
                  Ahem...
                  I think we all know who we are talking about here...
                  Reply With Quote
                    #13    
                  Old February 28th, 2013 (5:57 PM).
                  Rainbow Daaash's Avatar
                  Rainbow Daaash Rainbow Daaash is offline
                     
                    Join Date: Feb 2013
                    Location: Born in Detroit, living in Chicago currently
                    Gender: Male
                    Nature: Hardy
                    Posts: 37
                    Gary Oak - original and the best. He had 10 gym badges in Kanto; (somehow) he had the portal companion cube badge (no sh*t, look it up.) AND he had cheerleaders and a car. :/ And assuming they were the same age, kid had all this at age 10. If I were a 10 year old, I'd be feeling pretty lame right now. Way to go Gary Oak. Waaaay toooo goooooo.
                    __________________
                    Reply With Quote
                      #14    
                    Old March 1st, 2013 (4:36 AM).
                    oks.pikachu oks.pikachu is offline
                    Rookie Hacker :)
                       
                      Join Date: Feb 2013
                      Location: Philippines
                      Gender: Male
                      Nature: Gentle
                      Posts: 5
                      I'll go with Gary Oak......
                      Reply With Quote
                        #15    
                      Old March 1st, 2013 (10:36 AM).
                      d's Avatar
                      d d is offline
                      This is the title that appears beneath your name on your posts. Check the 'Reset' box if you wish to use the default title for your usergroup and post count.
                      • Platinum Tier
                       
                      Join Date: Mar 2013
                      Location: Alola
                      Gender: Male
                      Nature: Adamant
                      Posts: 1,769
                      Gary was here. Paul is a loser.

                      :)
                      Reply With Quote
                        #16    
                      Old March 3rd, 2013 (4:15 PM).
                      Gary0ak's Avatar
                      Gary0ak Gary0ak is offline
                      TPP ROM Hacker
                         
                        Join Date: Jan 2013
                        Location: Pallet Town, Kanto
                        Gender: Male
                        Posts: 88
                        Quote:
                        Originally Posted by Tutorial View Post
                        Gary was here. Paul is a loser.

                        Actually Gary wasn't there he is here. And yeah, Paul and Ash are losers.
                        Reply With Quote
                          #17    
                        Old March 4th, 2013 (2:45 PM).
                        Mezzo's Avatar
                        Mezzo Mezzo is offline
                        Secret lovesick I want to see you again!
                        • Crystal Tier
                         
                        Join Date: Feb 2009
                        Location: Milaturia.
                        Age: 20
                        Gender: Male
                        Nature: Lonely
                        Posts: 3,561
                        All of them. Gary Oak. <3 OMG THAT MAN OMG THAT MAN. ...Basically I just love his ultra-jerk attitude and how he has cheerleaders everywhere he goes. And I love it when he decides to become a professor. I just love everything about him so he naturally is my favorite rival. My second favorite would have to be Paul because he is so incredibly cold to his Pokemon. I love that about him and I love how he scans all his Pokemon and puts Ash down. I like it when everyone puts Ash down...yay!
                        __________________
                        Tumblr Twitter my pair Satoshi is gay Love love, me do, I'll always love you. Current theme.
                        Reply With Quote
                          #18    
                        Old April 2nd, 2013 (11:53 PM).
                        XeroNos's Avatar
                        XeroNos XeroNos is offline
                           
                          Join Date: Jan 2011
                          Location: Finding new Challenges !!
                          Age: 27
                          Gender: Male
                          Nature: Brave
                          Posts: 3,015
                          So far Trip and old Paul really inspired me. Man they should feature Trip again. I really miss him. That was also very unfair of them when they dumped him after that Unova League so suddenly
                          Reply With Quote
                            #19    
                          Old April 3rd, 2013 (7:36 AM).
                          Aquacorde's Avatar
                          Aquacorde Aquacorde is online now
                          -- don't you dare look back
                             
                            Join Date: Jul 2004
                            Location: Ankh-Morpork
                            Age: 24
                            Gender: Female
                            Nature: Bold
                            Posts: 10,236
                            Gary was always fantastic and I think will always be the best 'proper' rival for Ash. But in terms of a friendly rivalry... Stephan. I really love him. ♥ I like how he and Ash are great competitive friends and have fun together but take each other absolutely seriously in battle. :3
                            __________________
                            Sorley
                            BEYOND

                            Mihira Anand
                            Journey Optional

                            Roleplay Theatre
                            Reply With Quote
                              #20    
                            Old April 3rd, 2013 (10:38 PM).
                            XeroNos's Avatar
                            XeroNos XeroNos is offline
                               
                              Join Date: Jan 2011
                              Location: Finding new Challenges !!
                              Age: 27
                              Gender: Male
                              Nature: Brave
                              Posts: 3,015
                              But I say in just two or three episodes Ash became more close to his new Rival Cameron. Man He sure has tough Pokes but looks like a real funny fellow
                              Reply With Quote
                                #21    
                              Old April 4th, 2013 (10:18 PM).
                              Gligar's Avatar
                              Gligar Gligar is offline
                              Bruhfication Sayan
                              • Silver Tier
                               
                              Join Date: Apr 2013
                              Location: Dubai
                              Age: 15
                              Gender: Male
                              Nature: Sassy
                              Posts: 1,375
                              Gary.Nothing better than an the first rival.He's cooler than the other rivals
                              __________________
                              Reply With Quote
                                #22    
                              Old April 6th, 2013 (12:56 PM).
                              Toshiro.'s Avatar
                              Toshiro. Toshiro. is offline
                              • Silver Tier
                               
                              Join Date: Apr 2009
                              Location: Johto
                              Age: 24
                              Gender: Male
                              Posts: 4,811
                              Gotta go with Gary on this one. He was an awesome character, and a perfect rival for Ash in the series. I loved the relationship between those two. They were rivals, but deep down they were friends. Gary was also just an awesome trainer in general, and had all my favorite Pokemon on his team lol.
                              Reply With Quote
                                #23    
                              Old April 7th, 2013 (10:40 PM).
                              XeroNos's Avatar
                              XeroNos XeroNos is offline
                                 
                                Join Date: Jan 2011
                                Location: Finding new Challenges !!
                                Age: 27
                                Gender: Male
                                Nature: Brave
                                Posts: 3,015
                                Yeah Gary could come back in the anime as he was the first rival of Ash as well as his closest one
                                Reply With Quote
                                  #24    
                                Old April 12th, 2013 (4:42 AM).
                                Myc Shredder's Avatar
                                Myc Shredder Myc Shredder is offline
                                   
                                  Join Date: Mar 2012
                                  Gender: Male
                                  Posts: 81
                                  Gary for being the counterpart to the classic rival persona in RBY. Paul for character depth & his soul-crushing wins against Ash. Every other rival was just soft.
                                  __________________






                                  Reply With Quote
                                    #25    
                                  Old April 12th, 2013 (7:50 AM).
                                  pokefangames's Avatar
                                  pokefangames pokefangames is offline
                                  Sinor Trainer
                                     
                                    Join Date: May 2012
                                    Gender: Male
                                    Nature: Calm
                                    Posts: 18
                                    My fa is gary, but team rocket in seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 14 are pretty cool too
                                    Reply With Quote
                                    Reply
                                    Quick Reply

                                    Sponsored Links
                                    Thread Tools

                                    Posting Rules
                                    You may not post new threads
                                    You may not post replies
                                    You may not post attachments
                                    You may not edit your posts

                                    BB code is On
                                    Smilies are On
                                    [IMG] code is On
                                    HTML code is Off

                                    Forum Jump


                                    All times are GMT -8. The time now is 9:53 AM.