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.
Cilan's (few) strengths:
- Raises a few interesting Pokemon
- Not as immature as Iris
- Probably hasn't murdered anyone recently
Thi guy scares me. After all, his eyes are green. And I don't mean just his irises, I'm talking about his sclera (the part of your eye that should be white).
Never trust a man with demonic eyes.
4. Tracey Sketchit
Using Tracey's lastname, 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.
- Lucky enough to debut in one of the better seasons of Pokemon
- Also raises some interesting Pokemon (Scyther, and a sneak peek at the Generation 2 Marill)
- Actually has a last name (Cilan's is probably Souleater)
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 arguably a bit bland, but the lovably corny writing of the Orange Islands arc helps alleviate this.
3. Todd Snap
Todd joined Ash, Misty, and Brock for a couple adventures in the first season of Pokémon, and also appeared in some Johto episodes. As you can probably guess, Todd is a Pokémon Photographer, seeking to capture every Pokémon on film.
- Unique goal (he's not a Trainer, Breeder, or Contest performer)
- Also has a last name
- Stars in classic Nintendo 64 game Pokemon Snap
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.
- Intelligent and kind
- Surprisingly skilled battler
- Fleshed out; he's got self-esteem issues but also harbors a strong dedication to his younger sister and Ash
Additionally, Clement operates his own Pokémon Gym, easily earning him second place. However, another Gym Leader seizesthe gold medal today..
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.
Meh, 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.
- Multi-layered character; he's a Gym Leader, mentor to Ash, big brother to several younger siblings, hopeless romantic, etc.
- Traveled with Ash longer than any companion (male or female)
- Offered some hilariously bad puns
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.