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? Uh.. we'll get to that. Well, for better or worse, this is the five best bros from the anime!
Coming into fifth place is Cilan from Pokémon: Best Wishes. This series adapted the Generation 5 video games (Pokémon Black and White) 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 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.
Never trust a man with demonic eyes.
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 season because Pokemon's creators feared American audiences would find Brock's design to be racist. Eventually, they realized Americans actually liked Brock, so he returned and Tracey left.
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 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
odd joined Ash, Misty, and Brock for a couple adventures in the first season of Pokémon. As you can probably guess, 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 an early 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 invents 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's 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 wants to have confidence in himself like Ash does.
Additionally, Clement operates his own Pokémon Gym 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. This twerp 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. Cut him some slack since he's just a little kid, but he spent his screen-time bragging and criticizing, and being an obnoxious know-it-all.
He thankfully mellowed out over time, 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 was a well-developed and generally likable character. He ran a Pokémon Gym before deciding to travel with Ash, and hopes to gain training to 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 Ash longer than any other person, even Misty! As a loyal friend, dutiful elder sibling, and entertaining character, Brock remains the best supporting guy we've experienced in Pokemon.
Which guy served at the best companion to Ash?
This ends our countdown of the best bros Ash could ask for. Even though the Pokémon show is designed for kids, it's still nice when they take the efforts to present likable and complex individuals.
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 grating. And if you're wondering why only two of the fellows here actually have a last name.. well, the Pokemon world is a mysterious place.
I'll see you at our next countdown!