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*** What's even more sad about switching out his original partner? [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0cXpOnfX6I He wanted for both of them to go to the Pokémon League together.]] It ended up being a promise he couldn't keep.


** Notice how Unovan Yamask have a one-dotted SingleTear on their eyes? [[TearsOfFear Galarian Yamask's tears a double-dotted]].

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** Notice how Unovan Yamask have a one-dotted SingleTear on their eyes? [[TearsOfFear Galarian Yamask's tears a are double-dotted]].

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* If you thought Unovan Yamask's lore was sad, wait until you hear about their Galarian cousins. Galarian Yamask have lost control of their own spiritual bodies thanks to the cursed stone slab they're forced to carry around, which is slowly sapping their energy away until there's nothing left. What's worse, it's implied that when they evolve, the relic completely assimilates Yamask, making the poor little ghost [[KilledOffForReal disappear out of existence]], with its energy being used by the stone slab to incorporate more stones into its body and form a Runerigus.
**Notice how Unovan Yamask have a one-dotted SingleTear on their eyes? [[TearsOfFear Galarian Yamask's tears a double-dotted]].


* Like Alder before him, Mustard lost his first Pokemon which effected him to the point he frequently lost battles afterwards, losing his title as Champion to boot, this is thankfully something the player never gets to experience in game, but it really hits home on the reminder that for the majority of them, Pokemon are also not immortal and are subject to death, it leaves an empty feeling of the idea of the player someday losing their own starter Pokemon: especially if they kept it since the begining.

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* Like Alder before him, Mustard lost his first Pokemon which effected affected him to the point he frequently lost battles afterwards, losing his title as Champion to boot, this boot. This is thankfully something the player never gets to experience in game, but it really hits home on the reminder that for the majority of them, Pokemon are also not immortal and are subject to death, it death. It leaves an empty feeling of the idea of the player someday losing their own starter Pokemon: especially Pokémon. ''Especially'' if they kept it since the begining.beginning.

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*Like Alder before him, Mustard lost his first Pokemon which effected him to the point he frequently lost battles afterwards, losing his title as Champion to boot, this is thankfully something the player never gets to experience in game, but it really hits home on the reminder that for the majority of them, Pokemon are also not immortal and are subject to death, it leaves an empty feeling of the idea of the player someday losing their own starter Pokemon: especially if they kept it since the begining.


*** Compounding that is that Oleana had the same background as Bede. Meaning that she probably sees Rose in the same light Bede does—and thus is very aware that ''he''seeks to be Rose’s favorite. This isn’t just using him and throwing him away—''[[GreenEyedMonster she’s actively ridding herself of the competition!]]''

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*** **** Compounding that is that Oleana had the same background as Bede. Meaning that she probably sees Rose in the same light Bede does—and thus is very aware that ''he''seeks ''he'' seeks to be Rose’s favorite. This isn’t just using him and throwing him away—''[[GreenEyedMonster she’s actively ridding herself of the competition!]]''


*** Compounding that is that Oleana had the same background as Bede. Meaning that she probably sees Rose in the same light Bede does—and thus is very aware that ‘‘he’’ seeks to be Rose’s favorite. This isn’t just using him and throwing him away—‘’[[GreenEyedMonster she’s actively ridding herself of the competition!]]’’

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*** Compounding that is that Oleana had the same background as Bede. Meaning that she probably sees Rose in the same light Bede does—and thus is very aware that ‘‘he’’ seeks ''he''seeks to be Rose’s favorite. This isn’t just using him and throwing him away—‘’[[GreenEyedMonster away—''[[GreenEyedMonster she’s actively ridding herself of the competition!]]’’competition!]]''

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**** Compounding that is that Oleana had the same background as Bede. Meaning that she probably sees Rose in the same light Bede does—and thus is very aware that ‘‘he’’ seeks to be Rose’s favorite. This isn’t just using him and throwing him away—‘’[[GreenEyedMonster she’s actively ridding herself of the competition!]]’’


** In regards to Hop's switching out his team members, the most notable thing when you battle him for a fifth time is the complete absence of Wooloo - Hop's first Pokémon he's had long before the start of the game and been using alongside his starter since the first battle against him, something practically unheard of among the rivals in Pokémon games, the Pokémon he leads with in every fight, and the Pokémon mentioned even in his League Card. You ''know'' the loss to Bede hit him hard when he even traded out his original partner.
** Even before his [[BreakTheHaughty battle with Bede]], if you look inside Hop's house, it's ''filled'' with Leon's trophies and accomplishments, to the point where even in the living room there's a photo of Leon framed next to ''his jersey'' over the fireplace rather than anything of Hop. The whole thing really gives the impression of some ''serious'' ParentalFavoritism, and even before he starts actively doubting himself more it's clear Hop's connection to the "undefeated Champion" comes with its fair share of burdens.

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** In regards to Hop's switching out his team members, the most notable thing when you battle him for a fifth time is the complete absence of Wooloo - Hop's first Pokémon he's had long before the start of the game and been using alongside his starter since the first battle against him, him - something practically unheard of among the rivals in Pokémon games, games - the Pokémon he leads with in every fight, and the Pokémon mentioned even in his League Card. You ''know'' the loss to Bede hit him hard when he even traded out his original partner.
** Even before his [[BreakTheHaughty battle with Bede]], if you look inside Hop's house, it's ''filled'' with Leon's trophies and accomplishments, to the point where even in the living room there's a photo of Leon framed next to ''his jersey'' over the fireplace rather than anything of Hop. The whole thing really gives the impression of some a ''serious'' impression of one of two things, or possibly both: ParentalFavoritism, and even whether it's unintentional or not, or a potential InferioritySuperiorityComplex. Even before he starts actively doubting himself more more, it's clear Hop's connection to the "undefeated Champion" comes with its fair share of burdens.



** There's also Rose's frowning and his pre-battle animation of looking down at his Ultra Ball during the player's confrontation with him near the end of the game - while the way he's written can be rather confusing, it's painfully clear from how he's animated that Rose doesn't enjoy the extremes he feels he has to go to for the sake of his region's prosperity. After all he's done for Galar and how genuinely he was motivated by his care for it, it can hurt a little seeing him destroy his entire reputation within one night from his desperation to keep it alive.

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** There's also Rose's frowning and his pre-battle animation of looking down at his Ultra Ball during the player's confrontation with him near the end of the game - while the way he's written can be rather confusing, it's painfully clear from how he's animated that Rose doesn't enjoy the extremes he feels he has to go to for the sake of his region's prosperity. After all he's done for Galar and how genuinely he was motivated by his care for it, it can hurt a little seeing him destroy his entire reputation within one night from his desperation to keep it alive.


* Bede, while a considerable JerkAss and probably the smuggest rival since Blue, ends up becoming pretty sympathetic when you read his League Card. Orphaned at a young age, he [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer didn't get along with any of the other children]] and in general doesn't seem to have had anything to really live for until Chairman Rose gave him a Pokémon and gave him a sponsorship. While he might be a JerkAss, knowing [[WellDoneSonGuy his dedication to the Chairman and his smug attitude over being "chosen" is likely because it's the only thing he's ever had to aspire to]] - especially when all this is for a man who doesn't even remember his ''name'' at first - is incredibly depressing.

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* Bede, while a considerable JerkAss and probably the smuggest rival since Blue, ends up becoming pretty sympathetic when you read his League Card. Orphaned at a young age, he [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer didn't get along with any of the other children]] and in general doesn't seem to have had anything to really live for until Chairman Rose gave him a Pokémon and gave him a sponsorship. While he might be a JerkAss, pompous jerk, knowing [[WellDoneSonGuy his dedication to the Chairman and his smug attitude over being "chosen" is likely because it's the only thing he's ever had to aspire to]] - especially when all this is for a man who doesn't even remember his ''name'' at first - is incredibly depressing.


* Just after you beat the Motostoke gym and are about to head to Hammerlocke, Bede and Hop get into a battle off-screen. When you meet Hop again, it turns out that Bede said something to Hop that made him feel like he's just dragging down his older brother Leon's name. After this, it takes several more battles with Hop to restore his self-esteem.
** Hop does mention what Bede told him the next time you meet him: that he was dragging Leon's name through the mud by being such a bad trainer. His loss against Bede really put him in such a bad funk that he even ''swaps out his entire team save for his starter'' for his fight against the player on Route 7. Yes, you ''know'' this hit him hard when he even traded out his very first Pokémon, Wooloo.
** Basically ''any'' time you face off against, and beat, Hop, is partially this. He's one of the Rivals you feel really bad about beating.
** Speaking of beating Hop, his defeat animation after the Champion's Cup semifinals, and in the Slumbering Weald before Sordward and Shielbert arrive, has him ''physically tremble'' before accepting his loss. You can tell he was absolutely trying his hardest not to break down at the prospect of not being the one to face off against Leon and become the champion. The Slumbering Weald part isn't made much better due to him immediately losing ''again'' to Sordward/Shielbert. Poor kid can't catch a break...
* Team Yell had disrupted the Gym Challenge for a pretty good reason. They want everyone to be aware that there is a Dark-type Gym in Spikemuth.
* Since Bede has no family, you may feel bad for him. It says something when grumpy old Opal taking him as a successor is an ''improvement''.

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* Just after you beat the Motostoke gym and are about to head to Hammerlocke, Bede and Hop get into a battle off-screen. When you meet Hop again, it turns out that Bede said something to Hop that made [[CurbStompBattle thoroughly defeated him]], insulting him feel like he's just both before and after for dragging down his older brother Leon's name. After this, it takes several more battles with Hop to restore his self-esteem.
** Hop does mention what Bede told him the next time you meet him: that he was dragging Leon's
brother's name through the mud by being such a bad trainer. His loss against Bede really put him in such a bad funk that he with his lack of skill and even ''swaps questioning if he has anything to show of his own with how much he talks about Leon and the protagonist's skill over his own. After this, Hop spends the next several battles putting himself down and swapping out his entire ''entire'' team save for his starter'' for his fight against starter, and it takes until after the player on Route 7. Yes, obtains the sixth badge before Hop's finally able to regain his spirit and start using his older Pokémon again.
** In regards to Hop's switching out his team members, the most notable thing when
you battle him for a fifth time is the complete absence of Wooloo - Hop's first Pokémon he's had long before the start of the game and been using alongside his starter since the first battle against him, something practically unheard of among the rivals in Pokémon games, the Pokémon he leads with in every fight, and the Pokémon mentioned even in his League Card. You ''know'' this the loss to Bede hit him hard when he even traded out his very first Pokémon, Wooloo.
original partner.
** Even before his [[BreakTheHaughty battle with Bede]], if you look inside Hop's house, it's ''filled'' with Leon's trophies and accomplishments, to the point where even in the living room there's a photo of Leon framed next to ''his jersey'' over the fireplace rather than anything of Hop. The whole thing really gives the impression of some ''serious'' ParentalFavoritism, and even before he starts actively doubting himself more it's clear Hop's connection to the "undefeated Champion" comes with its fair share of burdens.
** Basically ''any'' time you face off against, against and beat, Hop, defeat Hop is partially this. He's one of the Rivals you feel really bad about beating.
It isn't new for rivals in Pokémon games to take losing badly, but no other rival goes quite as far in hammering in just [[PlayerPunch how badly their constant and inevitable defeats at your hand]] are affecting their self-esteem.
** Speaking of beating Hop, [[https://imgur.com/a/3A1AKM6 his defeat animation after in the Champion's Cup semifinals, and semifinals]] (and in the Slumbering Weald before Sordward and Shielbert arrive, arrive) is ''devastating'', showing him instinctively grimace as the camera pans behind him to hide his face while he briefly shakes and has him ''physically tremble'' to force himself out of it before accepting his loss. You can tell he was he's absolutely trying his hardest not to break down at the prospect of not being the one to face off against Leon and become the champion.champion, and the fact this comes ''after'' he's managed to overcome the worst of his self-doubt and learned to stick with his original partners just makes it even more heartbreaking. The Slumbering Weald part isn't made much better due to him immediately losing ''again'' to Sordward/Shielbert. Poor kid can't catch a break...
*** The fact Hop is still so supportive and a good sport towards the player character, even with how visible it is it ''pains'' him to lose. The way he forces himself to stop shaking and the defeated smile he gives before just thanking them for being the one who made it that far with him hurts to watch.
---->'''Hop:''' [Player]... Thanks, mate. I'm really glad you were the one here with me.
* Team Yell had disrupted Yell's situation, while not to the same degree as [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Team Skull's]], ultimately turns out to be quite sad and understandable. They're the Gym Trainers of the Dark-type Gym in Spikemuth, a small and shabby-looking town which has fallen into relative obscurity largely due to its lack of a Power Spot for Dynamaxing, whose Gym Leader himself has entered something of a depression due to blaming himself for the situation. Marnie, his younger sister, wants to compete in the Gym Challenge for and become Champion so she can help restore Spikemuth, and Team Yell have essentially formed to cheer her on as the only representation from their little town and to try and help get their town and Gym back on the map. They aren't even really villainous at all - they ultimately just want to support any rising star from their humble little town in any way they can.
* Bede, while
a considerable JerkAss and probably the smuggest rival since Blue, ends up becoming pretty good reason. They want everyone sympathetic when you read his League Card. Orphaned at a young age, he [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer didn't get along with any of the other children]] and in general doesn't seem to have had anything to really live for until Chairman Rose gave him a Pokémon and gave him a sponsorship. While he might be aware a JerkAss, knowing [[WellDoneSonGuy his dedication to the Chairman and his smug attitude over being "chosen" is likely because it's the only thing he's ever had to aspire to]] - especially when all this is for a man who doesn't even remember his ''name'' at first - is incredibly depressing.
** This, of course, can make it quite hard to watch him get ''disqualified'' from the Gym Challenge by the Chairman after his attempt at destroying the mural in Stow-on-Side. It's the first time the player will see Bede [[BreakTheHaughty legitimately shocked]], and he [[AintTooProudToBeg pleads for the Chairman to consider alternatives before being dragged away]] - while his punishment is arguably warranted, when you consider battling and assisting the Chairman's goals is essentially Bede's entire life and he's being disowned by the closest thing he's ever had to a parent, it becomes ''very'' hard not to pity him. It doesn't help
that there is a Dark-type Gym in Spikemuth.
* Since
Sonia specifically brings up how she heard Bede has no family, family afterwards.
--->'''Bede:''' You...
you may feel bad for him. It says something when grumpy old must be joking, right? You're disqualifying me from the Gym Challenge? But you're the one who endorsed me! There are a hundred different ways we could sort this out... why are you choosing the worst possible option?!
*** Made worse by the fact that, while still a crime, Bede was ultimately following Oleana's orders, and as
Opal taking him as a successor later puts it, he was used by her and thrown away. In the end, no matter how rude he is, Bede is essentially a youth with no family who loyally followed orders from the closest thing he had, only to be discarded like trash by said people in his bid to try and please them. It's really no wonder he's an ''improvement''.asshole.
** It doesn't help that, for most of the game, Bede is depicted with DullEyesOfUnhappiness unlike any other character, almost driving home just how miserable his entire existence really is. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments After he's been taken in by Opal, the effect is noticeably absent.]]



* Chairman Rose looks utterly heartbroken to disqualify Bede from the gym challenge. [[DisappointedInYou It was justified]], but his facial expression makes it clear he doesn't want to. [[BreaktheHaughty Bede even begs him to reconsider]].

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* Given his [[PerpetualSmiler general expression]], it can be rather striking to see Chairman Rose looks utterly heartbroken looking legitimately saddened to disqualify Bede from the gym challenge. [[DisappointedInYou It was justified]], but While there's quite a bit of room for doubt, if you genuinely believe his facial expression makes it words on seeing his younger self in Bede, it's pretty depressing to see the guy be forced to disqualify someone he genuinely cares about.
** There's also Rose's frowning and his pre-battle animation of looking down at his Ultra Ball during the player's confrontation with him near the end of the game - while the way he's written can be rather confusing, it's painfully
clear he from how he's animated that Rose doesn't want to. [[BreaktheHaughty Bede even begs enjoy the extremes he feels he has to go to for the sake of his region's prosperity. After all he's done for Galar and how genuinely he was motivated by his care for it, it can hurt a little seeing him destroy his entire reputation within one night from his desperation to reconsider]].keep it alive.


* Chairman Rose looks utterly heartbroken to [[spoiler: disqualify Bede from the gym challenge]]. [[DisappointedInYou It was justified]], but his facial expression makes it clear he doesn't want to. [[BreaktheHaughty Bede even begs him to reconsider]].

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* Chairman Rose looks utterly heartbroken to [[spoiler: disqualify Bede from the gym challenge]].challenge. [[DisappointedInYou It was justified]], but his facial expression makes it clear he doesn't want to. [[BreaktheHaughty Bede even begs him to reconsider]].

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* Chairman Rose looks utterly heartbroken to [[spoiler: disqualify Bede from the gym challenge]]. [[DisappointedInYou It was justified]], but his facial expression makes it clear he doesn't want to. [[BreaktheHaughty Bede even begs him to reconsider]].

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** Speaking of beating Hop, his defeat animation after the Champion's Cup semifinals, and in the Slumbering Weald before Sordward and Shielbert arrive, has him ''physically tremble'' before accepting his loss. You can tell he was absolutely trying his hardest not to break down at the prospect of not being the one to face off against Leon and become the champion. The Slumbering Weald part isn't made much better due to him immediately losing ''again'' to Sordward/Shielbert. Poor kid can't catch a break...


** What's worse, similar to Corsola, the competitive battling scene is taking an interest in the Drake based mons, namely Dracovish and its Strong Jaw + [[ManBitesMan Fishious Rend]] combo, which, under rain and with a Choice Band, can OHKO the aforementioned Corsola and hits like a nuke on everything else. So people will keep spawning these abominations just because they're abnormally strong.

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** What's worse, similar to Corsola, the competitive battling scene is taking an interest in the Drake based mons, namely Dracovish and its Strong Jaw + [[ManBitesMan Fishious Rend]] combo, which, under rain and with a Choice Band, can OHKO the aforementioned Corsola and hits like a nuke on everything else. So people will keep spawning these abominations ''en masse'' just because they're abnormally strong.strong. Makes one wonder how far we as Trainers should have to go to get a competitive edge...
** What's possibly just as bad is ''releasing'' them. You, knowing full well that these affronts to nature have an extremely high chance of dying soon after they go back out into the wild, due to their numerous physical deformities and conditions, and choose to do so anyway. However, it may count as a MercyKill of sorts, as while they were suffering when with you, they may at least have had fun at camp, and when they die out in the wild, they won't be suffering any more.

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