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* The Grubbin line is surprisingly popular for several reasons. Grubbin for being the first Pokémon based on a beetle grub as well as being adorable. Charjabug for its amusing design and its unique ability. Vikavolt for being a badass, menacing stag beetle. Grubbin evolution forms being Bug/Electric type also makes this line rather well-received. The fact that Vikavolt's design and name is a ShoutOut to the [[VideoGame/{{Gradius}} Vic-Viper]] helps, earning the affection of ''Gradius'' fans.

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* The Grubbin line is surprisingly popular for several reasons. Grubbin for being the first Pokémon based on a beetle grub as well as being adorable. Charjabug for its amusing design and its unique ability. Vikavolt for being a badass, menacing stag beetle. Grubbin evolution forms being Bug/Electric type also makes this line rather well-received. The fact that Vikavolt's design and name is a ShoutOut are [[ShoutOut references]] to the [[VideoGame/{{Gradius}} Vic-Viper]] helps, earning the affection of ''Gradius'' fans.

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* Miette, Serena’s rival from the Kalos arc, has a sizable fanbase.


* The Grubbin line is surprisingly popular for several reasons. Grubbin for being the first Pokémon based on a beetle grub as well as being adorable. Charjabug for its amusing design and its unique ability. Vikavolt for being a badass, menacing stag beetle. Grubbin evolution forms being Bug/Electric type also makes this line rather well-received.

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* The Grubbin line is surprisingly popular for several reasons. Grubbin for being the first Pokémon based on a beetle grub as well as being adorable. Charjabug for its amusing design and its unique ability. Vikavolt for being a badass, menacing stag beetle. Grubbin evolution forms being Bug/Electric type also makes this line rather well-received. The fact that Vikavolt's design and name is a ShoutOut to the [[VideoGame/{{Gradius}} Vic-Viper]] helps, earning the affection of ''Gradius'' fans.


** Ash's Meltan, for both being a cute little powerhouse, being Ash's first [[OlympusMons Mythical Pokemon]], having a fun dynamic with Rowlet, and evolving into the powerhouse Melmetal.

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** Ash's Meltan, for both being a cute little powerhouse, being Ash's first [[OlympusMons Mythical Pokemon]], having a fun dynamic with Rowlet, and evolving into the powerhouse gargantuan Melmetal.


** Ash's Meltan, for both being a cute little powerhouse, being Ash's first [[OlympusMons Mythical Pokemon]], having a fun dynamic with Rowlet, and potentially evolving into Melmetal.

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** Ash's Meltan, for both being a cute little powerhouse, being Ash's first [[OlympusMons Mythical Pokemon]], having a fun dynamic with Rowlet, and potentially evolving into Melmetal.the powerhouse Melmetal.
** Just to complete the Alola team, Ash's Lycanroc fits the bill as well for not only being a big loveable mutt but serving as Ash's main powerhouse throughout ''Sun and Moon'', so much it ultimately [[spoiler: wins Ash his first ever games-based Pokemon league]]. Such a bone throw naturally rose Lycanroc up a good deal among Ash's roster.


* Ash's Meltan, for both being a cute little powerhouse, being ASh's first [[Olympusmons Mythical Pokemon]], having a fun dynamic with Rowlet, and potentially evolving into Melmetal.

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* ** Ash's Meltan, for both being a cute little powerhouse, being ASh's Ash's first [[Olympusmons [[OlympusMons Mythical Pokemon]], having a fun dynamic with Rowlet, and potentially evolving into Melmetal.

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* Ash's Meltan, for both being a cute little powerhouse, being ASh's first [[Olympusmons Mythical Pokemon]], having a fun dynamic with Rowlet, and potentially evolving into Melmetal.


** Harrison: he's pretty much the only one of Ash's league-only rivals who actually ''earned'' his victory over Ash by virtue of being a WorthyOpponent, and thus is pretty much the only one of Ash's league-only rivals who is near-unanimously liked by the fandom, instead of being a BaseBreakingCharacter or TheScrappy.

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** Harrison: he's pretty much the only one of Ash's league-only rivals who actually ''earned'' his victory over Ash by virtue of being a WorthyOpponent, and thus is pretty much the only one of Ash's league-only rivals who is near-unanimously liked by the fandom, instead of being a BaseBreakingCharacter or TheScrappy. He also gets coolness points for [[AdaptationalEarlyAppearance being the first-known trainer to use a Blaziken]].


* Harley, because he's such a {{Jerkass}} and yet [[LaughablyEvil damn FUNNY]] at the same time. He was also the first genuinely antagonistic rival in the series who remained an antagonist and didn't change his behavior, which the fans greatly appreciated.
* Ursula, a one-shot character of the day that become a full-fledged rival for Dawn in the next season due to fan popularity for being an antagonistic rival; separating her from Zoey, Kenny, and Nando.


* The two Eeveelutions of this generation, Espeon and Umbreon, are also immensely popular. They are competitively useful, have powerful stats, and are [[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Wes's starter and signature Pokémon]]. They're also badass researchers in ''PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity''. They're also deemed the most visually stunning of all the Eeveelutions, and the ones you are most likely of running into fanart of. Espeon is made further popular in ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'', due to being the second strongest Eeveelution in terms of CP, just not far behind Vaporeon, while its Psychic typing makes it very useful in gym battles.

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* The two Eeveelutions of this generation, Espeon and Umbreon, are also immensely popular. They are competitively useful, have powerful stats, and are [[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Wes's starter and signature Pokémon]]. They're also badass researchers in ''PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity''.''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity''. They're also deemed the most visually stunning of all the Eeveelutions, and the ones you are most likely of running into fanart of. Espeon is made further popular in ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'', due to being the second strongest Eeveelution in terms of CP, just not far behind Vaporeon, while its Psychic typing makes it very useful in gym battles.


** Ash's Torracat. It already got attention when it first appeared in the trailer as a Litten, before the series had even premiered. While Littens in general are already quite popular due to their grumpy attitudes, Ash's Litten had further appeal by adding in a HotBlooded nature and a tendency to burn Ash much like his past fire-types. Then its character got really fleshed out with it trying to look after the elderly Stoutland who [[spoiler:ended up [[TearJerker passing away]]]]. By the time Litten joins Ash's team it already had a special place in the fans' hearts.

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** Ash's Torracat. It already got attention when it first appeared in the trailer as a Litten, before the series had even premiered. While Littens Litten in general are already quite popular due to their grumpy attitudes, Ash's Litten had further appeal by adding in a HotBlooded nature and a tendency to burn Ash much like his past fire-types. Then its character got really fleshed out with it trying to look after the elderly Stoutland who [[spoiler:ended up [[TearJerker passing away]]]]. By the time Litten joins Ash's team it already had a special place in the fans' hearts.


** Katie from the Hoenn League gained many fans for being a relatively intelligent trainer who actually incorporated [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration strategies from the games]] into her battle against Ash, such as using certain moves to weaken Ash's Pokemon before switching Pokemon mid-battle to utilize type advantages, and also forcing Ash to do the same. Some viewers actually hoped she would win in her battle against Ash simply due to favoring her battle style over Ash's.

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** Katie from the Hoenn League gained many fans for being a relatively intelligent trainer who actually incorporated [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration strategies from the games]] into her battle against Ash, such as using certain moves to weaken Ash's Pokemon before switching Pokemon mid-battle to utilize type advantages, and also forcing Ash to do the same. Some viewers actually hoped she would win in her battle against Ash simply due to favoring her battle style over Ash's. It helps that she's very popular with Twitch.


* [[HotBlooded Burgundy]] only appeared in one episode originally. Immediately after her design was shown, fanart exploded, and she became a LauncherOfAThousandShips. Then during the Club Battle arc, she had some {{Character Development}}, and later developed a hilarious VitriolicBestBuds relationship with Georgia.
* Georgia, Iris' "Dragon Buster" rival, is well-liked for having a rounded character and JerkWithAHeartOfGold tendencies.


* Kris will always have a special place in the hearts of fans for being the very first playable heroine in the series. To this day many are still sad that she was replaced by Lyra in the remakes and isn't really acknowledged anymore, though [[ThrowTheDogABone Pokémon Crystal finally coming to the 3DS Virtual Console]] marks a moment of celebration for Kris fans.

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* Kris will always have a special place in the hearts of fans for being the very first playable heroine in the series. To this day many are still sad that she was replaced by Lyra in the remakes and isn't really acknowledged anymore, though [[ThrowTheDogABone Pokémon Crystal finally coming to the 3DS Virtual Console]] marks a moment of celebration for Kris fans. Furthermore, she has been confirmed to return in ''Pokémon Masters'', much to the fandom's excitement.


* Lopunny. Received a massive boost in competitive usage along with a Mega Evolution. Is really popular among fan-artists [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom for some]] [[PettingZooPeople reason]].

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* Lopunny. Received a massive boost in competitive usage along with a Mega Evolution. Is really popular among fan-artists [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom for some]] [[PettingZooPeople some reason]].

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