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Which region had the best Gym Leaders?

Discussion in 'Poképolls' started by NovaBrunswick, Jan 11, 2020.


Which region do you think had the best Gym Leaders?

  1. Kanto

    4 vote(s)
  2. Johto

    6 vote(s)
  3. Hoenn

    5 vote(s)
  4. Sinnoh

    9 vote(s)
  5. Unova

    9 vote(s)
  6. Kalos

    2 vote(s)
  7. Galar

    13 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Leonhart

    Leonhart Imagineer

    Is it weird that the Kanto Gym Leaders are memorable to me mostly because of the TCG and not the games or anime itself? I didn't mind them in the video games of course, and the anime actually made some of them more interesting, but whenever I picture the Kanto Gym Leaders I always envision their TCG artwork.
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  2. Prof. SALTY

    Prof. SALTY The Scruffy Professor

    That one is pretty heavily implied
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  3. NovaBrunswick

    NovaBrunswick Canada Connoisseur

    I always remember the one of Misty doing a sort of "rock-paper-scissors" pose at the viewer with her Horsea, and the one of her hugging her Staryu, (apparently) naked. I think that one was only in Japan though - the Western version just has Misty in tears (in her clothes, obviously).
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  4. Leonhart

    Leonhart Imagineer

    Yes, there was a TCG card that showed Kasumi (Misty) naked, although it wasn't necessarily graphic and was more artistic than anything else from my perspective. I liked the English TCG version of that card more however, because it showed Zenigame (Squirtle) wiping away Kasumi's tears, which I thought looked cuter. I really like Kasumi in general and she's definitely among my favorite Gym Leaders overall, not just from Gen I.
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  5. Ubermuk

    Ubermuk Sticky & Sweet

    Kanto. I know that it's the most obvious genwunner type answer but screw it, I loved the Kanto gym leaders. Sabrina was the best one because she had crazy psychic powers.
  6. Reinhardt

    Reinhardt Well-Known Member

    I'd say the Gym leaders for Unova and Galar are my personal favourites. I like how many of the Gym Leaders in Unova had other jobs besides running their gyms, Elesa is a fashion model, Skyla is a pilot, Drayden is Opelucid City's mayor etc., it gives them a bit more character than just "this person you need to defeat to move the story forwad".
    I like a lot of the Galar Gym Leaders too, the League Cards are a great way to flesh out the characters without any lengthy exposition during the main story, like Gordie and Melony possibly having a strained relationship due to a falling out, and Bea's tough exterior hiding a little cutie who loves sweets and has problems expressing herself because of her harsh upbringing.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2020
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  7. KyogreThunder

    KyogreThunder Call of Fate

    I'll go with Unova, since I really liked Lenora, Elesa, Skyla, Drayden, Iris (in White) and Cheren.
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  8. Mr.Munchlax

    Mr.Munchlax Thunder Trainer

    Personally, I consider the Kahunas as Alola's equivalent to the gym leaders since you had to battle them to get the obedience stamps & be able to travel to the next island (with the best one probably being Nanu), but I still like Galar & Unova the best.

    Unova was the first region where I distinctly remembered all of the gym leaders since each of them made a lasting impression. They all were tied to the overall plot of the story in some way & had their own passions & personalities outside of heir gyms.

    Galar was the best since they're the first gym leaders in the 3D games that weren't pushovers (except for Gordie). Though they didn't have a larger role in the story of Sword & Shield (aside from maybe Piers & Opal), they were also just as distinctive and memorable as Unova's gym leaders so battling them was still a great experience. Plus, the gym stadiums & the champion cup made battling them even more fun. The only thing I wish is that we got to see more of their personalities outside of their league cards such as a cutscene of Gordie talking with Melody or finding Bea trying to grab a few sweets.

    Sinnoh & Kalos are probably tied for my third favorite, but I remember those gym leaders more for their portrayals in the anime than in the actual games. I mean, how many people who grew up when Gen 4 was out can honestly look at Byron and not hear the phrase "I LOVE FOSSILS!!" shouting in your head?
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2020
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  9. TwilightBlade

    TwilightBlade Well-Known Member

    Sinnoh had Candice, Roark, Volkner and Maylene so that was my favourite region when it came to Gym leaders. Johto and Kanto have some good ones as well. :]
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