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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' tends to attract a lot of rivals for various reasons.

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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' tends to attract a lot of rivals for various reasons.


** This has been a tradition since the beginning of the series. The hero character always has a rival whom they meet at various points of the game. The rival in [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue the first generation]] (called "Blue", officially) was a prototype for Gary Oak, Ash's rival in [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime]]. The hero's relation with the rival varies depending on the game; usually it's someone they've known for a long time. The one exception is in the second generation, where it's a stranger with a dark past. Most of the time, the rival is both an adversary and an ally, depending on the situation.

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** This has been a tradition since the beginning of the series. The hero character always has a rival whom they meet at various points of the game. The rival in [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue the first generation]] (called "Blue", officially) was a the prototype for Gary Oak, Ash's rival in [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime]]. The hero's relation with the rival varies depending on the game; usually it's is either someone they've known for from their childhood or a long time. The new neighbor; the one exception is in the [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver second generation, generation]], where it's a stranger with a dark past. Most of Depending on the time, situation, the rival is both jumps between being an adversary and an ally, depending on ally during your journey. From the situation.third generation onward, most rivals are of the [[FriendlyRival friendly type]], and from the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite fifth generation]] onward, having at least two rivals is the standard. ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' even gives you ''four''.



** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', you have ''two'' rivals. In ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' this gets upped to ''four''.



** Traditionally, the rival's starter Pokemon is the starter that has Type Advantage over your starter. The two exceptions are ''Yellow'' (where your only choice is a Pikachu, and the rival uses an Eevee) and ''Black and White'' where Cheren gets the one with Type Advantage while Bianca gets the remaining one.
*** In ''X and Y'', the opposite gender character gets the starter with the type advantage, and Shauna gets the remaining one, just like in ''Black and White''.
*** In ''Sun and Moon'', Hau is notable for being a solo rival who takes the starter with a disadvantage. He later makes up for it by using an Eeveelution of the advantageous type. [[spoiler: Later, a member of Team Skull named Gladion turns out to be a second rival. While he doesn't use any starters, his main Pokemon, Silvally, can change types with an item. He sets it to be the advantageous type over your starter.]] Of course, some have joked that [[spoiler:Professor Kukui]] is the real rival, given how [[spoiler:he has the starter with an advantage when you battle him in the Pokemon League.]]

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** Traditionally, the rival's starter Pokemon is the starter that has Type Advantage over your starter. The two exceptions are ''Yellow'' (where your only choice is a Pikachu, and the rival uses an Eevee) and ''Black and White'' games where Cheren gets the you have more than one with Type Advantage while Bianca gets the remaining one.
*** In ''X and Y'', the opposite gender character
rival (in which case, one rival gets the starter that's ''weak'' to yours). Your first trainer battle will usually be with the type rival that has the advantage, and Shauna gets the remaining one, just like with Hau in ''Black and White''.
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''Sun and Moon'', Hau is notable for Moon'' being a solo rival who takes the starter with a disadvantage. He later makes up for it by using an Eeveelution of the advantageous type. [[spoiler: Later, a member of Team Skull named Gladion turns out to be a second rival. While he doesn't use any starters, his main Pokemon, Silvally, can change types with an item. He sets it to be the advantageous type over your starter.]] Of course, some have joked that [[spoiler:Professor Kukui]] is the real rival, given how [[spoiler:he has the starter with an advantage when you battle him in the Pokemon League.]] only exception.


* ''VideoGame/RandalsMonday'': Kramer to Randal. They're always at odds and have similar skill sets. Both are [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarkers]] and both are experts at figuring things out (as Kramer is a detective and Randal is trying to unravel a StableTimeLoop).

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* ''VideoGame/RandalsMonday'': Kramer to Randal. They're always at odds and have similar skill sets. Both are [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarkers]] and both are experts at figuring things out (as Kramer is a detective and Randal is trying to unravel a StableTimeLoop).StableTimeLoop).
* The ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' video game ''VideoGame/ScoobyDooWhosWatchingWho'' had the Mystery, Inc. gang competing with a rival team of paranormal sleuths on a reality show called ''Ghost Scene Investigation''. The Ghost Scene Investigation team start out resenting Mystery, Inc. for overshadowing their popularity and constantly beating them to identifying the criminals disguised as ghosts.


*** In ''Sun and Moon'', Hau is notable for being a solo rival who takes the starter with a disadvantage. He later makes up for it by using an Eeveelution of the advantageous type. [[spoiler: Later, a member of Team Skull named Gladion turns out to be a second rival. While he doesn't use any starters, his main Pokemon, Silvally, can change types with an item. He sets it to be the advantageous type over your starter.]]

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*** In ''Sun and Moon'', Hau is notable for being a solo rival who takes the starter with a disadvantage. He later makes up for it by using an Eeveelution of the advantageous type. [[spoiler: Later, a member of Team Skull named Gladion turns out to be a second rival. While he doesn't use any starters, his main Pokemon, Silvally, can change types with an item. He sets it to be the advantageous type over your starter.]]]] Of course, some have joked that [[spoiler:Professor Kukui]] is the real rival, given how [[spoiler:he has the starter with an advantage when you battle him in the Pokemon League.]]


* This has been a tradition in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' since the beginning. The hero character always has a rival whom he meets at various points of the game. The rival in [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue the first generation]] (called "Blue", officially) was a prototype for Gary Oak, Ash's rival in [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime]]. The hero's relation with the rival varies depending on the game; usually it's someone he's known for a long time. The one exception is in the second generation, where it's a stranger with a dark past. Most of the time, the rival is both an adversary and an ally, depending on the situation.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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This has been a tradition in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' since the beginning. beginning of the series. The hero character always has a rival whom he meets they meet at various points of the game. The rival in [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue the first generation]] (called "Blue", officially) was a prototype for Gary Oak, Ash's rival in [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime]]. The hero's relation with the rival varies depending on the game; usually it's someone he's they've known for a long time. The one exception is in the second generation, where it's a stranger with a dark past. Most of the time, the rival is both an adversary and an ally, depending on the situation.


* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has Marisa versus Reimu, and Marisa is/was (depending on whether you consider the events in PC98 game as having happened) even a stereotypical enemy-turned-rival. There's also the [[DeathIsCheap considerably more violent]] Mokou versus Kaguya. Recently, Reimu has gained ''another'' rival in fellow {{miko}} Sanae, whose shrine is quite popular among the people of Gensokyo.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has Marisa versus Reimu, and Marisa is/was (depending on whether you consider the events in PC98 UsefulNotes/PC98 game as having happened) even a stereotypical enemy-turned-rival. There's also the [[DeathIsCheap considerably more violent]] Mokou versus Kaguya. Recently, Reimu has gained ''another'' rival in fellow {{miko}} Sanae, whose shrine is quite popular among the people of Gensokyo.


* A rival is a staple RecurringElement in the ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'', but ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'' puts a different spin on it. When you first meet him, Oscar Dragonia has all the trappings of the rival character: he's in charge of the HellholePrison the protagonist Velvet was trapped in, he's a subordinate of the BigBad, and he fights her to a standstill during her escape in a [[HopelessBossFight battle you don't quite finish]]. After setting him up as someone who the party will be competing against for success, the game takes a hatchet to everything the player expects from a rival; he's a non-presence for most of the plot, and when he does appear, it's mostly so things can go FromBadToWorse for him. He ends up a villainous FailureHero through and through, a complete non-entity to the party only appearing to Velvet with all the presence and memorability of a traffic cone.

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* A rival is a staple RecurringElement in the ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'', but ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'' puts a different spin on it. When you first meet him, Oscar Dragonia has all the trappings of the rival character: he's in charge of the HellholePrison the protagonist Velvet was trapped in, he's a subordinate of the BigBad, and he fights her to a standstill during her escape in a [[HopelessBossFight battle you don't quite finish]]. After setting him up as someone who the party will be competing against for success, the game takes a hatchet to everything the player expects from a rival; he's a non-presence for most of the plot, and when he does appear, it's mostly so things can go FromBadToWorse for him. He ends up a villainous FailureHero through and through, a complete non-entity to the party only appearing to Velvet with all the presence and memorability of a traffic cone.cone.
* ''VideoGame/RandalsMonday'': Kramer to Randal. They're always at odds and have similar skill sets. Both are [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarkers]] and both are experts at figuring things out (as Kramer is a detective and Randal is trying to unravel a StableTimeLoop).


* Riki is KunioKun's rival. In some games, such as ''Renegade'' or ''Crash N The Boys Street Challenge'', he serves as a boss fight or foe.

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* Riki is KunioKun's VideoGame/KunioKun's rival. In some games, such as ''Renegade'' or ''Crash N The Boys Street Challenge'', he serves as a boss fight or foe.


** Zero for ''VideoGame/MegaManX''.

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** Vile in the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series is practically a more psychotic version of Bass. Zero also acted as one, primarily during the ''X4''-''X5'' period where he and X were destined to fight (which did come to pass in ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'' before being [[AbortedArc swept under the rug for ''VideoGame/MegaManX''.the most part afterwards]]). [[https://youtu.be/ZAZwO5SwM_o The theme for that fight]] is even regarded as one of the most iconic Mega Man X series music themes.



** Bowser is sort of like this to Mario, kidnapping Princess Peach and being defeated all the time and usually teaming up with the Mario Bros. when there's a bigger threat.

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** Bowser is sort comes off as one of like this these to Mario from time to time, primarily due to [[LoveTriangle both of them being in love with Princess Peach]]. ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'' particularly takes the concept to its logical conclusion where Mario chases Bowser around the world to stop him from (forcibly) marrying Princess Peach.
** The ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' series portrays [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Donkey Kong]] and Bowser as rivals which explains why, in ''Mario Party 2'', DK always goes for the Bowser Bomb (which summons Bowser to the board). Later games make them [[{{Foil}} Foils]] by giving their spaces opposite functions: DK gives out Stars and coins while Bowser takes them away. On a similar note, DK himself may also act as a rival
to Mario, kidnapping Princess Peach and being defeated all the time and usually teaming up with the Mario Bros. when there's a bigger threat.depending on whether or not Nintendo feels like having him fulfill his [[FlipFlopOfGod (Grand)]]father's [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong role]].


* {{VideoGame/Wario|Land}} is [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'s rival, though it's doubtful whether Mario has ''noticed''.

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* {{VideoGame/Wario|Land}} is [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'s Mario's]] rival, though it's doubtful whether Mario has ''noticed''.


* {{VideoGame/Wario|Land}} is Mario's rival, though it's doubtful whether Mario has ''noticed''.

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* {{VideoGame/Wario|Land}} is Mario's [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'s rival, though it's doubtful whether Mario has ''noticed''.

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*** In ''Sun and Moon'', Hau is notable for being a solo rival who takes the starter with a disadvantage. He later makes up for it by using an Eeveelution of the advantageous type. [[spoiler: Later, a member of Team Skull named Gladion turns out to be a second rival. While he doesn't use any starters, his main Pokemon, Silvally, can change types with an item. He sets it to be the advantageous type over your starter.]]

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** Blaze was a bit of a rival to Sonic during the first half of ''[[VideoGame/SonicRushSeries Sonic Rush]]''.


-->'''Kyūmei-neko:''' Turns out, I can't win after all, ''nyan''.

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-->'''Kyūmei-neko:''' ''(after being defeated for the second time in a single episode)'' Turns out, I can't win after all, ''nyan''.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'', Kyūmei-neko develops a rivalry with Seimei after the latter whupped her butt at the end of the first chapterů only to have it ''[[RunningGag repeatedly]]'' whupped again afterwards, even in a ''[[DreamLand goddamn dream]]''.
-->'''Kyūmei-neko:''' Turns out, I can't win after all, ''nyan''.

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