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Anime rivals development

AuraChannelerChris

The Dragon / "Dog"
I can’t really be all the excited for Marnie right after Gladion. I really hope the game developers/anime writers don’t think being edgy=rival material. It was cool at first but will be boring if don’t exactly the same way a second time.
You mean third. Ash had Alain as the first edgy rival of the string.
 

AuraChannelerChris

The Dragon / "Dog"
Alain didn’t really strike me as edgy; mostly just brooding and a hero complex but I could see it.
Dressed in dark clothing (for whatever reason coughedgycough) from his lab getup? Check.

Anti-social with irrational ideas tossed in for good measure? Check.

Uses a whole bunch of serious-looking Pokemon (except the strange Unfezant)? Check.

Likes growling like a madman? Check.

Screws everyone in battle real good without a single hint of emotion? Check.

Is completely immune to comedic antics and can only look the other way? Check.

Brushes everyone off because they're low in his list of priorities except a pushy girl and a guy who owns a super legendary form he constantly burned to death? Check.

Boss has a lion's mane fused to hair and beard and wears dark clothing as well? Check.

Apparently modeled after Anakin Skywalker, the epitome of edginess? Check.

Yes, he brooded, but he was edgy as ****.
 

Leonhart

Imagineer
Beet reminds me of Shinji after reading more about his goal in the games, although he seems somewhat more like a potential villain to me than just another serious rival. I hope that his anime persona is at least consistent with his game counterpart, and that Hop will become more like Jun or Hau and serve as the friendly rival for Satoshi.
 

Sham

redeemed hero and true friend
Beet reminds me of Shinji after reading more about his goal in the games, although he seems somewhat more like a potential villain to me than just another serious rival. I hope that his anime persona is at least consistent with his game counterpart, and that Hop will become more like Jun or Hau and serve as the friendly rival for Satoshi.
Was Barry really a friendly rival? I mean he undermined Ash a lot and insulted him.
 

Zoruagible

Lover of underrated characters
If Marnie becomes Ash's Galarian rival, then my faith in the new saga might increase. I could deal with Hop and Bede becoming Ash's rivals too I guess but I don't think they'd offer anything that we haven't already seen with previous rivals.
Bede looks different, he has that 'stuck up' look about him. Besides it's about time the anime and game had a rival that was an asshole again.

Won't fault you on Hopp though, I hope he doesn't show up at all. He is Hau's Galar form and nothing more. Same animations, relations to a powerful trainer in the region, clearly the underdog rival....

I just hope they don't do with Marnie what they did with Gladion, give her a team that practically screams 'edgelord'. Gladion has Midnight Lycanroc(The edgy one), Silvally(Edgy legendary), Zoroark(Lucario's edgy cousin whose nowhere as cool as the original), and Umbreon... So basically I hope they don't throw Corviknight and Obstagoon on her team just because of her edgy appearance
 

Leonhart

Imagineer
Sham said:
Was Barry really a friendly rival? I mean he undermined Ash a lot and insulted him.
I don't remember him insulting Satoshi, although I haven't watched the DP saga in ages so who knows, maybe I'm forgetting. But I mostly meant that despite Jun's tendency to be rather blunt and quick to anger, he was less of a jerk than Shinji at least.
 

LilligantLewis

Bonnie stan
Zoroark(Lucario's edgy cousin whose nowhere as cool as the original)
How are Zoroark and Lucario related? Is it just because they are both the only two non-legendaries to get featured roles in movies?
 
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