Top 5 Pokémon Guys (From the Anime)
Generations of Poke-Dudes
Fair is fair. Since we've already looked at the five best female companions to Pokémon protagonist Ash Ketchum, it's time we do the same with the guys. Many of us remember the classic and squinty Brock as the first fellow to join Ash, but there have been several since. Are the poke-dudes we grew up with decades ago superior to the lads today's generation are watching? Which one serves as the best partner to Ash? Let's take a look at our countdown to find out!
Coming into fifth place is Cilan from Pokémon: Best Wishes. This series adapted the Generation 5 video games (Pokémon into a show where Ash traveled with companions Iris and Cilan. Cilan works as a "Pokémon Connoisseur." Supposedly, Connoisseurs excel in judging the compatibility between a Pokémon and its owner. In reality, Connoisseurs excel in never shutting up. I know that sounds harsh, but in almost every scene he's in, Cilan rambles on and on about the "flavors" and "recipes" he perceives from various situations. I have nothing against silliness, but his outbursts aren't funny and just waste time in the show. He's well-intentioned, a level-headed friend, and raises a few interesting Pokémon, but he's just too darn annoying and bland to be any higher on this list. Plus, his eyes are green. And I don't mean just his irises, I'm talking about most of his sclera (the part of your eye that's white) too. Isn't that weird?
4. Tracey Sketchit
The first guy on the list to have a last name is none other than Tracey Sketchit. Using that name, can you guess what he does? That's right, he travels the world to sketch Pokémon in his notebook. Tracey temporarily replaced companion Brock in the Orange Islands Pokémon season because Pokemon's creators feared American audiences would find Brock's squinty design to be racist. Eventually, they realized Americans actually liked Brock, so he was brought back while Tracey was shoved aside. Tracey wasn't with Ash as long as most others, but he was a gentle and loyal friend, always dedicated to helping others. He's fairly low on the list because he's arguably a bit bland, but every once in a while he delivered an amusing joke. Additionally, he trained fan-favorite Pokémon, Scyther, which further boosted his popularity.
3. Todd Snap
Third place in our countdown goes to Todd Snap. Todd joined Ash, Misty, and Brock for a couple adventures in the first season of Pokémon. As you can probably guess by his last name, Todd is a Pokémon Photographer, seeking to capture every Pokémon on film. He had a clearly defined goal and personality, even though he was only with the gang for a short while. He also rejoined the group for a couple more episodes in the Johto League Champions series. Plus, he even got his own video game! Pokémon Snap, for the Nintendo 64, let you play as Todd and work in the field to photograph many Pokémon in their natural habitat. Todd may not have as much recognition as the other fellows here, but he offered a unique character and a look at something other than battling in the world of Pokemon.
Clemont, from Pokémon X and Y, earns the silver medal today. Extraordinarily talented as a scientist, Clemont invented many wondrous invention despite his young age. He's even created a device to cross between dimensions. While he takes pride in his gadgets, he is modest and humble - in fact, he suffers from low self-esteem. I like Clemont's motivations for traveling with Ash because they make a lot of sense. Their journey will allow him to see the world, and he seeks to learn how to have confidence in himself like Ash does. Additionally, Clement operates his own Pokémon Gym (an arena where Pokémon battles take place), and acts as a role model for his little sister, Bonnie, who also joins Clemont and Ash in their travels. For his developed and likable character, he definitely deserves second place today. However, our number one spot will go to..
Not Max. He's not even getting an official spot on this list due to his grating personality. Max joined Ash, Brock, and May in the Advanced Generation series. Max is too young to raise Pokémon yet, so he spends his time studying them and critiquing battle tactics employed by Trainers. We'll cut him some slack since he's just a little kid, but he usually used his brains and knowledge arrogantly rather than humbly like Clemont. Max often proclaimed he knew the optimum strategies others should use, even though his ideas typically weren't ideal. He thankfully mellowed out over time, and he'll probably grow up to become a skilled scientist, but there are certainly more enjoyable characters in Pokémon.
The real number one dude Ash encounters is..
Yep, in this case, you can't beat the classics. Ash's first buddy Brock claims our top spot. Brock is a well-developed and generally likable character. He ran a Pokémon Gym before deciding to travel with Ash; he hopes to gain experience and become a Pokémon Breeder or Doctor. Brock served as something of a mentor to Ash, teaching him to stay calm and act rational even in trying circumstances. Still, he had his emotional outbursts, a dry sense of humor, and he could never resist a pretty girl. As a Trainer, Brock utilized powerful Rock type Pokémon, but his real expertise lay in developing strategies and caring for Pokémon. Additionally, as a young teenager, Brock was forced to take care of his nine younger siblings after both his parents left them. Can you imagine trying to look after nine kids by yourself in your early teens? Thankfully, his father eventually returned, allowing Brock to journey with Ash. Speaking of which, Brock has stayed with him longer than any other person. He left briefly in the Orange Islands arc, when Tracey Sketchit took over, but then returned and stuck with Ash for numerous seasons, even when the other companions would come and go. As a loyal friend, dutiful elder sibling, and entertaining character, Brock remains the best supporting guy we've experienced in Pokemon.
This ends our countdown of the best bros Ash could ask for. Even though the Pokémon show is designed for kids, the program still can present us with realistic and enjoyable characters. Each of the guys listed here have their own strengths, weaknesses, and insecurities that audiences of all ages can connect to. Except Cilan and Max; they're mostly just irritating. And if you're wondering why only two of the fellows here actually have a last name.. let me know if you figure it out. The Pokémon world is a strange place indeed. Thanks for reading!
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