Legends Arceus shall be a masterpiece
Agreed, although I wouldnt mind a character like Dawn who has flashy tournaments about her because I never really saw her fading into backgrounds when those episodes werent happening. She was very enjoyable enough on her own too and in filler episodes, a great chemistry with Ash and even in gym battles Ash had she could be of help. She to me was the perfect mix and part of the reason why shes my fav companionI think it also shows that they really DON'T need loads of big flashy competition arcs or whatever to make characters shine. Iris and Kiawe are kinda what I consider 'reliables', characters that don't get a lot of centre stage, but tend to get enjoyable episodes and supporting roles and while a lot of what they get are gradual tidbits in the grand scheme of things, it's still rather satisfying when it's all pieced together. Sure they did DO some tournaments, but not really ones orchestrated for their role specifically, they were just good at making themselves memorable.
Compare this to characters like May or Serena who DO get a lot of central focus designed for them individually, but many debate whether they made good use of it, and sometimes have the issue of slipping into the background whenever things aren't specifically about them. Goh is undergoing a similar status, even if he also has the benefit of chemistries (and not really having anyone else to compete with in his series anyway).