Well since last few days there has been some controversy around misty, so i will keep it short, first both her psyduck and politoed were gag pokemon whose main role was to bring humour, there have been gag pokemon after them who also provided humour but atleast got major character development like for example with oshowatt who had to learn to keep his eyes closed underwater or to be less dependent without its scalchop, both politoad and psyduck didn't have that kind of development otherwise psyduck would atleast learn how to swim, that shows its one dimensional characteristics. Some of her pokemon may have gotten personality and development but it is not comparable to things pokemon ash and other pokegirls owned. Dawn's togekiss had far far more personality than most of misty's pokemon had. No, its not debatable, movies are considered non canonical, most of the movie reference has been put in english dub by 4kids only. Its timeline may coincide with main anime but what happens in those movies are not considered canon. Staryu was getting dominated, it is not a weak pokemon but it hasn't has gotten major feats, we dont know how strong marina was, ash's chikorita at that time was newly caught and was a rookie, whereas butch and casidy aren't exactly the most strongest trainers. So yeah it is maybe above average at best. And yes totodile is to this day considered one of the weakest pokemon ash has ever owned. No contest battles are still considered battles, since it is part of her may's goal so it should be considered. As for iris she entered multiple battle tournaments and reached later stages in ost of them even winning one of them. Not to mention she had battle with a rival and even fought a champion, and no i wont count TR battles otherwise serena who is a non battler have many battles, no matter how you see it she was much busier than misty and point to be noted that misty was present in twice amount of episodes than iris was, for a girl to be present in about 280 episodes misty was present in much less battles compared to iris and may that pretty much shows her relevance. No doubt her character progressed during OS, but it was miniscale compard to ash and the other pokegirls like may, dawn, serena, lillie or iris. Most of her development came in the 4-5 chronicle specials that just shows her contribution to plot in main series. As for her relevance yes she was a background character throughout johto, even in master quest outside 3 parter whirl cup what did she bring to the main plot, what was her contribution in lugia arc or red gyaradis arc as i recall ritchie and lance were more active in those arcs, or what did she do in that suicune episode, or in league arc or in gym episodes. Most of her stuff in master quest were plain old boring fillers which contributed nothing to the plot. So yeah she was pretty irrelevant, the reason given for her exit over brock and TR was that she was the least relevant character in the main cast. And how did misty character had depper substance dawn, serena, may and lillie were all the beginners who had to work hard from the scratch and had far more impactfull episodes than she ever had. Dawn had to struggle with contests, may had to struggle with her own battling style, serena had to struggle with her mother's wish and rhyhorn racing, lillie had issues with touching pokemon, iris was struggling with coming to terms with drayden that had way more substance with anything misty did. Like i said most of her character development came in few chronicles episode. She never added anything more than table than any other girl. Iris was a better version of misty with many things done right this time, not only she battled a lot in short span of time, she even became a successor to a gym, had a rival, all of her pokemon had different traits. As for dragonite, it was handled much better than with gyarados which happened in one episode, controlling dragonite resembles iris struggles with becoming a strong dragon type trainer. So yeah it was handled much properly, you are right axew though. Lastly about football, croatia in 1990 were brilliant generation, but in 2018 they were very lucky, it snot gonna happen again that powerhouses like brazil, germany, argentina were knocked out before semifinal and teams like italy and netherlands even didn't qualify in the tournament. Croatia were practicaly given a silver plate in there hands with easy route to the finals unlike france, had spain not fired there coach 2 days before the world cup or belgium not foolishly beaten england they would both have beaten this croatian team easily, croatia couldn't even beat ordinary teams like denmark or russia in normal time. So yeah that was more luck and less strategy and team play.