History Characters / PokemonProtagonistsAndRivals

21st May '18 7:10:40 PM acrobox
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** Downplayed in another aspect, but the Player Characters and Rivals have access to Starter Pokemon, which come in elements that can have dramatic influence on the early game battles (e.g. at least three generations have games that lead off with Rock-type Gym Leaders, which are easy to run roughshod over because you have access to Grass or Water types should you choose).

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** They are also among the few people to ever be gifted the Pokedex. This gives some some amount of InUniverse StatOVision as they can analyze monsters they've never seen before, and get even more detailed readouts of monsters they own.
** Downplayed in another aspect, but the Player Characters and Rivals have access to Starter Pokemon, which come in elements that can have dramatic influence on the early game battles (e.g. at least three generations have games that lead off with Rock-type Gym Leaders, which are easy to run roughshod over because you have access to Grass or Water types should you choose).choose where most of the kids in your neighborhood only have access to Normal and Bug types).
21st May '18 8:32:18 AM Tavernier
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* UniqueProtagonistAsset: The player characters universally have a greater affinity for Pokemon than basically everyone else on the planet, and can train Pokemon to reach heights of power even beyond trainers who have been working with Pokemon for decades.

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The player characters universally have a greater affinity for Pokemon than basically everyone else on the planet, and can train Pokemon to reach heights of power even beyond trainers who have been working with Pokemon for decades.decades.
** Downplayed in another aspect, but the Player Characters and Rivals have access to Starter Pokemon, which come in elements that can have dramatic influence on the early game battles (e.g. at least three generations have games that lead off with Rock-type Gym Leaders, which are easy to run roughshod over because you have access to Grass or Water types should you choose).
14th May '18 7:26:31 AM Killerweinerdog
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* CoolHat: Brendan's traditional [[https://twitter.com/SUPER_32X/status/40800048816209920 knit cap]], though a not-insignificant portion of the fandom likes to portray him as having white hair.

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* CoolHat: Brendan's traditional [[https://twitter.com/SUPER_32X/status/40800048816209920 knit cap]], though a not-insignificant portion of the fandom likes to portray him as having white hair.[[note]]His ''actual'' hair can be seen poking out the side in front of his ears; he's a (very light) brunette.[[/note]]
13th May '18 6:06:58 AM nighttrainfm
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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: A loner that prides himself on his power, and looks down on weaklings, he can back up his talk too. The Victory Road in ''Gold and Silver'' and its remakes is the only Victory Road in the series devoid of trainers. The reason? [[OneManArmy Silver defeated them all.]]

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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: A loner that prides himself on his power, power and looks down on weaklings, he weaklings. He can back up his talk too. The too; the Victory Road in ''Gold and Silver'' and its remakes is the only Victory Road in the series devoid of trainers. The reason? [[OneManArmy Silver defeated them all.]]


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* StockShonenRival: Very much so. He starts out as an ArrogantKungFuGuy before mellowing out by the endgame.
3rd May '18 5:07:11 PM rjd1922
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1st May '18 8:16:33 PM Tavernier
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* AwesomeBackpack: In ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'', thanks to the mechanics introduced in ''Diamond and Pearl'', it has no limit on the number of items it can carry, unlike in the original games.

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* AwesomeBackpack: AwesomeBackpack:
** Downplayed in the original games, where the backpack he used had pockets that various items could be sorted into, giving him four times the carrying capacity of Red's.
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In ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'', thanks to the mechanics introduced in ''Diamond and Pearl'', it has no limit on the number of items it can carry, unlike in the original games.



* ImpliedLoveInterest: Brendan and May even more in remakes. Scenes have been added that make it seem like the player and the opposite gendered rivals are in love with each other, such as the date at the Mossdeep Space Center after the end of the Delta Episode. However, the only time that the term "boyfriend/girlfriend" is used is when an ad on the PokéNav+ jokes about the player character finding a love interest using the Item Finder.

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* ImpliedLoveInterest: Brendan and May have a smidgeon of ship tease in the originals, and even more in remakes. Scenes have been added that make it seem like the player and the opposite gendered rivals are in love with each other, such as the date at the Mossdeep Space Center after the end of the Delta Episode. However, the only time that the term "boyfriend/girlfriend" is used is when an ad on the PokéNav+ jokes about the player character finding a love interest using the Item Finder.
1st May '18 6:36:46 PM Nightlingbolt
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* RelatedInTheAdaptation: In games that feature both protagonists, their families will be different depending on who you play as. It's most noticeable in the Hoenn games, where Brendan or May's father can be either Norman or Professor Birch. Oddly, despite May being Norman's child in the anime, along with Brendan making a few cameos, Birch never even hints at being a father.
30th Apr '18 6:25:42 PM Tavernier
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* BackToBackBadasses: While this has technically been around as far back as ''Gold'' and ''Silver'', ''Diamond'' and ''Pearl'' make it their bread and butter, giving the player character no less than ''seven'' potential team-ups as you progress through the game.

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* BackToBackBadasses: While this has technically been around as far back as ''Gold'' and ''Silver'', ''Silver''[[note]]A certain NPC pulls a BigDamnHeroes in Team Rocket's base when the player is cornered by two Rockets, meaning you only have to fight one of them.[[/note]], ''Diamond'' and ''Pearl'' make it their bread and butter, giving the player character no less than ''seven'' potential team-ups as you progress through the game.



* ShipTease: With tons of characters, including Barry, Cynthia, Riley, Cheryl, and between themselves on a couple occasions. Mars even calls them a "lovey-dovey couple" on the Spear Pillar.

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* ShipTease: With tons of characters, including Barry, Cynthia, Riley, Cheryl, and between themselves on a couple occasions. Mars even calls them Lucas and Dawn a "lovey-dovey couple" on the Spear Pillar.at Lake Verity.
29th Apr '18 1:08:45 PM Tavernier
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* UniqueProtagonistAsset: The player characters universally have a greater affinity for Pokemon than basically everyone else on the planet, and can train Pokemon to reach heights of power even beyond trainers who have been working with Pokemon for decades.
29th Apr '18 12:52:18 PM Tavernier
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* DisappearedDad: As the protagonist, they live alone with their mother. Their father never makes an appearance, nor is any explanation given for his absence[[note]] Although the player's father is offhandedly mentioned several times throughout the series. In ''[=FireRed=]'' and ''[=LeafGreen=]'', he is mentioned when examining a television in the Celadon Department store ("A sports game! Dad'll like that!"). The player's father is also mentioned by Tower Tycoon Palmer in ''Diamond'', ''Pearl'', and ''Platinum'' if they beat his team of legendaries ("... I went out to the lake with your father that day... We were attacked by a wild Pokémon. We fended it off, but I don't recall how."). In ''Black'' and ''White'', when examining the television in the player's room the text states that it was bought by their father ("It's a new, flat-screen television that Dad bought!"). In Gen VI, the only mention is to say that his wife's Rhyhorn ran into him at the end of a race ("A memory from when I was a Rhyhorn racer? There was the time I couldn't stop at the finish line. Your dad was waiting there, and I sent him flying..."). Most dads remain to be seen, but it appears that many of the protagonists are fairly familiar with their own fathers[[/note]]. Averted in ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' and their remakes, where the player character's father is the 5th Gym Leader.

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* DisappearedDad: As the protagonist, they live alone with The player character generally only has a mother as a regular figure at home; their mother. Their father never makes an appearance, nor is any explanation given for his absence[[note]] Although dad (with the player's father notable exception of ''Ruby'', ''Sapphire'', and their various remakes) is offhandedly mentioned several times throughout absent, usually without explanation. That said, the series. characters can be generally assumed to at least ''have'' dads.
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In ''[=FireRed=]'' and ''[=LeafGreen=]'', he is mentioned when the Kanto games, examining a television certain TV in the Celadon Department store ("A will cause the player character to indicate his dad likes sports game! Dad'll like that!"). The player's games.
** In the Sinnoh games, the player character's
father is also mentioned by was old friends with Tower Tycoon Palmer in ''Diamond'', ''Pearl'', and ''Platinum'' if they beat his team of legendaries ("... I went out to the lake with your father that day... We were attacked by a wild Pokémon. We fended it off, but I don't recall how."). In Palmer.
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''Black'' and ''White'', when examining ''White'' indicate that the television in the player's player character's room the text states that it was bought by their dad
** In ''X'' and ''Y'', Grace mentions running into the character's
father ("It's a new, flat-screen television that Dad bought!"). In Gen VI, the only mention is to say that his wife's Rhyhorn ran into him at the end of a race ("A memory from when I was a Rhyhorn racer? There was the time I couldn't stop at the finish line. Your dad was waiting there, and I sent him flying..."). Most dads remain to be seen, but it appears that many of the protagonists are fairly familiar with their own fathers[[/note]]. Averted in ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' and their remakes, where her Rhyhorn.
** In the Alola games,
the player character's father is the 5th Gym Leader.still working in Kanto.
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