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Big Panda

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Big Panda last won the day on January 22

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    Fat and happy(ish)
  • Birthday 10/10/1992

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    Sonic...otherwise I wouldn't be here, Pokemon, Doctor Who, Kingdom Hearts.
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  1. It’s funny how the Pokemon games ditched the asshole rival trope after Gen II, but the anime kept on with it up to Gen V.

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Barry was a decent rival. Friendly, but there was competition there. May/Brendan never felt like a rival, Cheren and Bianca felt like very forced personalities, Hugh felt needlessly edgy, the XY squad are literally the worst characters ever, Hau is a waste of screentime. I prefer to pretend that Trace doesn't exist...

      Friendly rivals are only part of the problem. I prefer that they're antagonistic towards the player, but as long as there's a sense of actual rivalry then I'm happy.

      What do people generally think of Paul and Trip? From what I've seen, they're a bit OTT and lacking depth. Antagonistic for the sake of it, with no real connection to the other characters. 

    2. Big Panda

      Big Panda

      What makes Paul interesting is his gradual development throughout the course of the series. He starts off thinking Ash is a weak trainer before eventually starting to see him in a different light due to their shared experiences (their full six-on-six battle at Lake Acuity being a notable turning point).

      Trip is just an obnoxious newbie trainer who got deservedly knocked down a peg when he lost to Ash in the first round of the Unova league.

    3. Sega DogTagz

      Sega DogTagz

      Trip was a wanna-be Paul who felt incredibly un-earned.

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