Misty AVOIDING water in one episode?
Posted: Posted May 15th, 2017 by Aqua Flame
I'm a big fan of female characters of fire or water element (I don't know why), Misty being an example of the latter as a Water Pokemon trainer and a water lover, but what really irks me is how Misty deliberately AVOIDS water in Holiday Hi-Jynx, and is singled out for it.
If she wants to get out of the rain as much as Ash and Brock do, as is the case in many episodes, I can accept that (even though you'd think she'd like the rain as long as there's no lightning). However, on the raft, Misty is using Jynx's hair as an umbrella but Ash and Brock aren't. Why does she mind the rain where Ash and Brock don't?
Even if she just didn't want to get wet (which I'd think is atypical of water lovers), what about that time where Ash and Brock are pushing the raft into the water (which is shallow at that point) and Misty is standing on the raft? Not only is she not helping Ash and Brock but she's adding her own weight to it! She doesn't even want to step into shallow water?
A similar thing to the raft thing happens with Golem in one episode of Monster Rancher, except Golem hates water (being a rock creature). Misty's supposed to love the water so why doesn't she even want to touch it this episode?
Thank goodness that episode doesn't fit into canon. Same with Snow Way Out, which is too dark and miserable for my taste.
Maybe I'm thinking too much into it, but I find it kind of annoying finding characters of fire or water element not being associated with said element much. It's one thing to simply not do it at times, it's another to deliberately avoid it! Compare another episode where Ash and Brock fall into a hot spring, and Misty doesn't, nor does she join them despite them asking her to. And it was written by the same guy too, though he has sometimes had her go for a swim
(She has a fire counterpart too - a dragon in an obscure cartoon. Her name is Princess Flame, and I think she's really cool, and she's a formidable warrior princess, but she never breathes fire (despite her name), except once, where she blows a small flame during sewing. (At least Misty goes for many swims, and engages in two underwater Pokemon battles, Flame is only ever associated with fire once) There's a point where her lover, Flicker, breathes fire at a chain to lower the drawbridge in an apparently time-sensitive situation, why didn't she contribute to it? She had just demonstrated her exceptional strength that episode)
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