* Misty from the ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' anime came under a ''lot'' of fire when her character went from complete {{Tsundere}} to [[TeamMom more motherly]] upon obtaining Togepi; the jury is still out on whether it's legit character development or lazy writing, but a lot of the criticism levelled at her ''is'' pretty unfair. Being motherly towards Togepi didn't make her any less of a competent Pokémon trainer.
** Being caring towards her Pokémon ''is'' a strong character trait in Misty's case: a good example is the episode where we learn [[spoiler: how she tamed her berserker Gyarados: by [[TakingTheBullet taking a Poison Sting]] for it during a battle with a bunch of rogue trainers.]] And Togepi, being a baby Pokémon, logically needs more care than average. Maybe it wasn't well-written, technically speaking, but it's not ''that'' farfetched.
*** Plus, even before Togepi she displayed motherly qualities, most notably towards the Horsea she rescued in ''Tentacool and Tentacruel'' and later Jigglypuff when they first found it.
* May and Dawn have also been bashed for being girlier than Misty and being Coordinators rather than full-time Pokémon trainers or breeders. Never mind that there are several male Coordinators like Drew and Harley. Harley himself [[http://archives.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/e/e4/Harley.png is shown to have]] [[http://archives.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/3/34/Mayley.png EXTREMELY archetypically girly traits]] in canon, but he's "allowed" to have those without having fans bitch him out whereas May is bashed and hated for being more or less feminine.
** Then again on another note, due to how quickly she dealt with [[spoiler: Mamoswine]], Dawn might actually have more potential as a trainer than ''Ash''. And she's the first dress-wearer...
* When ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' was released, {{Fanon}} immediately labeled the female PC as a confident tomboy with plenty of battle prowess. When it came for ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' came to adapt the games, fans bashed the PC's counterpart, White, as she turned out to be a NeutralFemale with no knowledge of Pokémon battling. Never mind that:
** 1) It was still early in the arc with plenty of time for her to grow into a proper ActionGirl. [[LetsGetDangerous Yellow]] and [[LadyOfWar Platinum]] didn't start out as badasses.
** 2) She has a full time job that doesn't leave her room for Pokémon training.
** 3) Said job is actively ''running her own business'', an impressive feat for a girl in her midteens.
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