Pretty much my view on him as well.I still think he's a huge jerk. He's a compotent battler, but he isn't an all around nice person. What he said to Maylene in "Lost Leader Strategy" really irked me.
In the end, Ash will probably beat him. Paul will still have a stick up his butt, but maybe in due time he'll be a litte less intense.
So overall, I like him as a character, but I hate him for the way he treats his pokemon, and other people.
Heh, the first time I heard about Paul, that was my impression of him as well. Though I seriously doubt that they really intended him to be modelled after competitive battlers, the similarity is almost too coincidental.I think Paul is the spitting image of a normal person who plays pokemon competitively. We breed tirelessly for a certain pokemon with a certain move that makes it so special. If its IVs don't live up to potential, we look for a new one. We endlessly train the pokemon from birth to lvl 100. Anyone see where I am going with this?
Maybe Paul makes some of us a bit nervous because we are just as guilty as him when it comes to training. Would you hesitate to answer if you were compared to Paul?
Meh, seriousness aside. Paul is definitely something new to the anime. After Paul, it'd be hard to top him!