Posted April 10th
=I am the most fly gangsta-ass mothafukka
Blue really was though. None of the other rivals compare. Silver is an emo kid with daddy issues (but I repeat myself), Wally is literally Wendell from The Simpsons, May's devoted fan following has always been suspicious and Brendan may as well not exist. I can't even remember the names of anyone after that.
Blue always beats us to the next gym and is likewise one step ahead of us at every point throughout the adventure. He got passage aboard the S.S. Anne first, and he didn't have to listen to an old man confess the uncomfortable feelings he harbors for his Rapidash in order to do so. His (likely) reason for being at Pokemon Tower is far more emotionally resonant than our own. He walks around Silph Co. - a corporate headquarters turned organized crime hideout - like he owns the place. And he beat the Pokemon League [i]first[/i]. He is the real Pokemon League Champion! We have all been lied to! Other regions may require you to beat the previous Champion, but this fact is never established for Kanto over the course of Red/Blue/Yellow. Simply put, Blue defeats the League, becomes the legitimate Champion, and then because "Professor" Oak is super sketchy this achievement [i]is never officially acknowledged[/i] and we get the title because we happened to beat him in an unsanctioned match after he won a decisive victory over the League. My point is, he won first and that's what matters. Red is a fraud, who over the course of three years shirks is responsibilities and becomes a cave hermit. Lance is then quietly assigned the title of Champion so as to keep up appearances for the League.
And so they bought off Blue with the Viridian Gym. This was a easy decision for the League, who had an opening anyway and was desperate to discretely fill the spot without making their long standing affiliation with Team Rocket's leadership public knowledge. Sure, it's not a bad gig, but you can see the toll Blue's burden of silence has taken on him. He would rather sulk on the ruins of Cinnabar Island than administer any stewardship over the Earth Badge, as is his job. Indeed, both Red and Blue are delinquent in their duties, further suggesting at the deception that has corrupted the Pokemon League from the inside out. Is it really any surprise, with Team Rocket in marked decline, that the Pokemon League finds itself without the funding to do so much as build a new gym for Blaine and the Fire Badge?
Posted April 10th
Yes, something about Blue's characterization made you THIRSTY for a self improvement montage. Even when you do beat him during the game, blue's hubris doesn't allow victory to taste nearly as sweet as it should, nor does it really engender any respect for you as a person in his sight. Frustrating but motivating.
Wally was too fragile to have fun with and Silver was too dark. He gave off a serial killer vibe the whole time. Gen 4 was the least memorable. Gen 5 had Cheren and Bianca. Cheren was a cool calculating cat, the kind you'd take calculus with in college. Bianca was a slightly klutzier and vastly more buffoonish version of May. I appreciated N' aloofness.
[quote]His (likely) reason for being at Pokemon Tower is far more emotionally resonant than our own. [/quote]
At least we killed his Raticate, amirite.
Edited April 10th
[quote]Blue really was though. None of the other rivals compare[/quote]basically true, which I think I've talked about at length before
[quote]Silver is an emo kid with daddy issues (but I repeat myself),[/quote]he's hardly even a rival so much as some asshole you run into every so often
[quote]Wally is literally Wendell from The Simpsons,[/quote]could never take him seriousl;, he's the Make-a-Wish Foundation of rivals
[quote]May's devoted fan following has always been suspicious and Brendan may as well not exist[/quote]they drift off more into the "friend" territory, like Bianca and Hau, which I don't really group with the rivals. With them it felt more like "hey buddy how've you been, let's show off our animal pals" rather than someone I felt any incentive to beat. I like May, but as a [i]rival[/i] she and Brendan are sorely lacking.
Gladion wasn't bad, but I doubt they'll ever match the standard they set the first time around where the punk next door was always a step ahead and kinda cooler than you, all the way to the twist of him being the surprise "final boss" of your quest.
(he's also one of the best champions, length of reign aside)
Posted April 10th