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Why are the rivals so nice now?

Discussion in 'General Pokémon Discussion' started by Covert Cactus, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. Covert Cactus

    Covert Cactus <--- Halloween shiny

    In gen 1 and 2 your rival was douche bag. You hated him. Even after he lost Blue would still say talk sh*t and say smell you later. Beating him was better than beating the elite 4. In gen 2 your rival stole his starter and he was a douche too. In soul silver they tried making him out to be mean because he was misguided or whatever. I don't remember that in silver.

    I did not play gen 3 or 4 (except for soul silver but that hardly counts) and now your rival is a nice guy and your friend. When I picked up white 2 the other day I was tempted to name him douche but I stuck with Hugh instead. It turns out Hugh is not a douche, he just wants to be an awesome trainer. It's a respectable goal I guess but I didn't the same awesome feeling of victory when I battled him ONE TIME. I'm already at the fifth gym leader and we only battled once. I have a feeling we may have battled twice but I just can't remember. So why am I not battling a rival so much this time around. You battled with Cheren more than you do with Hugh.

    What happened between gen 2 and gen 5? Why is everyone so much nicer now? What happened to the rival you hated and took so much delight in defeating? Does anyone else feel this way? I want an actual rival, not a friend I feel sorry for. Honestly the only motivation I have for beating Hugh now is because I want to remain undefeated. Back in the old days though I could grind all day if it meant having a team powerful enough to beat my rival because I rather take the time to ensure my victory than lose to him. Just a random thought. ;474;
  2. Tonguetyd

    Tonguetyd Well-Known Member

    Feel sorry for?Why?
  3. Covert Cactus

    Covert Cactus <--- Halloween shiny

    Becaus he cries about team plasma stealing his sister's purrloin. I don't feel too sorry for him but he is still not the douche I loved to hate in the old games. Don't get me wrong though, I'll never let the rival beat me.
  4. Poliwhirl'sMittens

    Poliwhirl'sMittens Lorelei's Apprentice

    Well hate is just the thing. It's meant to be a kids game and they wouldn't want to promote striving to defeat someone because of hate. Instead friendly rivalries are being encouraged now.

    However, I do prefer the douchier rivals because it honestly did feel extra good beating them :/ Also, Silver underwent excellent character development.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012
  5. AgentPierce

    AgentPierce Mad science FTW!

    Then you're misremembering, as that WAS in the original Gold/Silver/Crystal as well. He started changing his ways after Lance kicked his butt in Mahogony Town.

    A rival isn't someone you hate. That's an enemy. A rival is someone who wants to accomplish the same goal you do so you compete against them. They don't have to be mean about it, in real life it's more preferable for rivals to show some good sportsmanship. Yes, douchey rivals can be fun in these games, but they shouldn't be the default personality for a rival.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012
  6. Will-powered Spriter

    Will-powered Spriter Pokédex Complete!

    It depends. 4th gen Barry is an example of a well written friendly rival, he's likeable and interesting but still obviously a rival. But yeah, Cheren, Bianca and especially the 3rd gen rival weren't fun at all. I do miss Gary-type rivals.

    (But I never really thought Silver was that great. Yes he went through character development but his original jerk characterisation was rubbish.)
  7. megamuncher

    megamuncher Shotgun Rivalry

    Yeah, Silver being a jerk seemed kinda forced.
  8. Thecatteam

    Thecatteam Well-Known Member

    I agree; Barry was a good rival. He wasn't overly mean, but he was rude. Although most of the time he didn't mean it, which makes him more friendly.
  9. Tonguetyd

    Tonguetyd Well-Known Member

    "I'll get stronger and crush every single member of Team Plasma!"

    Does that sound like crying to you?
  10. To be honest, the BW2 rival was only intrested in beating Team Plasma, not becoming as strong/better than you.
  11. randomspot555

    randomspot555 Well-Known Member

    That's because you are deluding yourself. The dialogue from the old GSC is 99.5% identical. The only new dialogue is from new scenes such as the Arceus/Celebi bonuses, new characters from Gen 3 and 4 showing up, etc...

    And this should pretty much end the thread.

    If you want to play only gens with jerk rivals, there ya go! You've had two generations of them.

    But Pokemon, for the better, has diversified them a bit. As Gen 3-5 require you to work together with your rival, it wouldn't make sense for you to do it if you were bitter enemies.
  12. Shayminslicker

    Shayminslicker Comes out of Nowhere

    Just remember some of them are your childhood freinds/negihbors!
  13. -Nator-

    -Nator- Psyperiority

    Hugh might be an even bigger joke than Barry...
  14. Thunderstrike18

    Thunderstrike18 Sandāsutoraiku

    I think they make your rival nicer because no one likes mean characters.I mean people could quit playing Pokemon because they are fed up with the mean characters/rivals.So now they try to make them nicer so people stay interested in the games.But when they make them nicer they still try to make them act like there stronger and tougher than you are.They also try and make the rival sound all cool and all kinds of that stuff.
  15. RadioHeat34

    RadioHeat34 Member

    I liked Cheren as a rival. I like how he deconstructed what it meant to be the Champion and I liked Bianca because she didn't have any desire to be a champion.
  16. Sigilyph2

    Sigilyph2 Trainer of Champions

    I think Nintendo would rather promote friendly competition and rivalries rather than fighting someone because you hate them, but I could be wrong.
  17. dirkac

    dirkac I smash your Boxes.

    You want to see a real Rival? Go play Platinum, your rival there is the perfect example of what a Rival should be.
  18. gliscor&yanmega

    gliscor&yanmega Well-Known Member

    A rival doesn't have to be someone you hate. Rivalry comes in different forms. What you want really is irrelevant, it's what Gamefreak decides that matters. You may not like friendly rivals, but not everyone feels the same way.

    Also, Hugh isn't all that nice, from what I've seen of him so far, he's rather pushy and doesn't know how to answer the phone right(He answers be saying "What?").

    Also, while you may not battle Hugh as much as other rivals, you see him far more and when you factor in tagging up, he pretty much beats out every other rival. They simply decided to have a different take on the rivalry this time, instead of battling all the time you work with each other and get stronger with each other.

    Also, Cheren wasn't that nice either, he wasn't a jerk but he came off arrogant, thinking he knew everything. Bianca was nice though. Barry was hyperactive and wasn't exactly "so nice", he kept finning you, that's not very nice, and that was during Diamond, you don't get as rich in that game as you do in B/W/B2/W2. As for generation 3, it never really was rival focused at all, there wasn't anyone rude, but again, simply a different take on rivalry, would have been nice if they fleshed Wally out some more and kept the other playable character as a rival, at less I would have enjoyed it more.

    So yah, they aren't really all that nice, they aren't complete jerks but they still have their own rudeness to them in some form, aside from Bianca and generation 3 rivals.
  19. Marbi Z

    Marbi Z Lop-And-Bunny!!!

    It's simply because they don't want to reference bullying... Do you know how bad bullying is these days?
  20. zapto369

    zapto369 Because I'm Worth It

    That makes sense actually. I figured it was just to give rival's more character development than Blue did (i.e. just the douche that goes around making fun of you).

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