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Old February 23rd, 2013 (12:05 AM).
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Yes, what did you name Professor Oak's grandson? And what did you name ??? in GSC after you realized that his name wasn't actually ???...?!

I realize there's a thread about the GSC rival, but that's more aimed towards whether you thought his name was ??? or not, and this one is to tell us what you named him once you realized it wasn't...unless you just really like that name for some reason!

I haven't played RBY in a while, but I do remember I named my rival in Blue Shigeru since that's Gary's Japanese name. As for GSC, I named him Octopus on Crystal, Coach on Gold, and today, I was in biology playing my newly re-batteried Silver, so...I named him Biology. Because...it was boring me. lol
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Old February 23rd, 2013 (1:44 PM).
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    On Blue and Silver, I named my rival after my cousin who introduced me to Pokémon, who is in a way a rival of mine IRL. On Yellow, I named him Gary (seeing how that game was modeled partially on the anime, although on my first run through that game, I named him Blue.)
    I don't remember exactly what other names I gave rivals in my other games (Gold, and Crystal), and I have done multiple playthroughs of some versions.
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    Old February 23rd, 2013 (3:17 PM).
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      I always named him after my brother, who was the one who got me the games. Nowadays if I have to name my rival, it'll be after a friend of mine or something.
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      Old February 23rd, 2013 (4:53 PM).
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        I used to call him Gary when I was a kid, and during my teenage years I always gave him a stupid name like Dicks or Douche. Now I name him after my cousin, who is kind of my IRL rival, since we always have link battles.
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        Old February 23rd, 2013 (11:20 PM).
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        I was never all that creative with my rivals' names when playing through the games, even as far back as the originals. In Yellow, I named my rival Gary (since Yellow had similarities to the anime), and in Gold, I actually named my rival ??? the first time, with my second go-around naming him Silver.

        I did consider naming one of my rivals after a few friends or one of my cousins, but they never seemed to use any of the same Pokemon so I didn't bother.
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        Old February 23rd, 2013 (11:46 PM).
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          I always named my rival after the manga name, like for the rby rival, I named him Green, and the gsc rival Silver. But my younger brother would name them completely random and silly names such as Cheese for rby rival, and pingpong for gsc rival. *Sigh* I never understood him lol
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          Old February 24th, 2013 (4:27 AM).
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            I named my rival in Blue... CoOkIeS.
            As for ???, I named him... SOS. I meant sauce (And me Ketup, I meant Ketchup), but hey, I was a kid back then.
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              I called both of them by their original names. I am not a creative person.
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              Old March 5th, 2013 (2:21 PM).
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              I used to give him random names when I was younger and playing Crystal. In HG I just call him Douche 'cause well... he is a douche.
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                I gave them the original names, but it was funny having a rival in Gen II with the name ???
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                Old March 6th, 2013 (4:05 PM).
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                  I remember when I first brought Blue I thought your rival resembled Ash (I don't know if I'm the only one but he kinda does) so I ended up naming him that, little did I realize that I was actually using Ash's game counterpart. I ended up calling him Gary in subsequent files.

                  And I named ??? Silver I think.
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                    I would just mash the A button so my name and my rivals name was always AAAAAAA. It was the most annoying thing when I went to the fights thinking I was talking.
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                    Old March 6th, 2013 (5:18 PM).
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                      In Red, I named my rival Gary because of the TV show. It stuck to the point where I kept on using it on Fire Red. In Leaf Green though, I alternate between Gary and Blue.

                      In Gold, I named ???? Gio, after my best friend. I kept the name when I found out that Silver is supposed to be Giovanni's son because the names are so closely related. I even still use it to this day in Heart Gold.
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                      Old March 6th, 2013 (7:13 PM).
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                        Well, in my recent playthrough, I named him Mayuri after one of my internet friends. I believe that originally, I named him Shadow because he reminded me of Shadow the Hedgehog. Red and black colors, cold and calculating, but then realises his errors and fixes them
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                        Old March 10th, 2013 (1:13 AM).
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                        I didn't really name my rival in RGBY because I never played my own game--people let me borrow theirs, lol x3

                        I also didn't really name my rival in GSC because my friend was sitting next to me watching me play, and being 1st graders or so at the time, he saw nothing wrong in taking my game from me at that point, and just selecting "END."
                        "Look, now they named him Silver for you!"
                        I always wondered what my grade-schooler mind would have named him! XD

                        Thinking back on it, I guess I never got to name my rivals as a child!! xD
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                          it depends on which version.in gold,my rival is silver;in silver,my rival is gold;in crystal,my rival is blank~
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                          I usually name my rival after my brother or a best friend of mine. But i think the very first time i played Yellow i named him Gary because of the Anime, and the first time i played Crystal i named him like my brother
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                          Old March 17th, 2013 (11:39 PM).
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                            I either call him Gary, like his anime counterpart or simply just random names that got to do with the a word or f word simply because I was young then and thought that it was cool to name my rival that and I did it.
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                            Old March 21st, 2013 (12:24 AM).
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                            I enjoyed naming my rival various names, I think in Crystal I called my rival ??? back when I was maybe 6 or 7 and having a go on my sister's game, because I actually truly thought that was his name even though it was obvious it wasn't. Ah what the heck, I was a kid so yeah. :3

                            As for good ol' Professor Oak's grandson I called him Gary, just because I wasn't feeling in too much of a creative mood as well as it seemed like a fitting name seeing as Yellow was based off the anime.
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                            Old March 21st, 2013 (5:05 AM).
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                              The first time I played Yellow, I was 6 or something. I named my rival "Bad Boy" no joke. Now I tend to call him Gary. As for the rival in Silver, I named him Mark, mainly named after my friend, I don't use that name much anymore.
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                                I always named the Rival in Yellow Loser but now I name him Blue as that is him real name. In Crystal I named my rival ???. Now I name him Silver as that is him real name.
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