Hey everyone. I'm new to the forum aspect of Giant Bomb so I figured I'd try it out. This is a question that is normally interesting because I usually get really varied answers. My favourite pokemon is Houndoom. I love the idea of walking through a region with a pokemon literally at your side and I like that idea even more when you have a dog that can breath fire at your side.
I watched Pokemon as a fifth grader like 12 years ago, I used to run home to watch the show. Since then I haven't seen anything Pokemon - never played the games either.
From those days my favorite was the red one with the fire because when he evolves into a dragon and becomes distant from the kid and disobedient, I think that was the first time I ever felt melancholic, and seeing the kid's reactions and alienated face painted in disbelief taught me for the first time what heart break was.
I'm from the old generation of Pokemon, and I don't really like Pokemon anymore. When I did like Pokemon, I had several favorites.
Eevee, because of the many forms that it can take.
Articuno, because I like birds... I guess?
Gengar, because of that crazy smile
Charizard, because he is a very strong fire pokemon
Pikachu, because... do I really have to explain that?
Mew, because he was the coolest and newest Pokemon.
Psyduck, because of what FourWude said.
and Alakazam, because he likes bending spoons.
My criteria for a pokemon being good is usually just two things. A, do they look cool? And B, do they have a good overall potential? Here's some off the top of my head.
Charizard because it was my first good pokemon as a kid
Absol because it has blades coming out of its body. It can also be an amazingly strong pokemon
Froslass because it's somewhat of a rare thing to see and it's capable of being a real asshole in battle
Ok, I look like the biggest nerd now, so I'll stop.
Totodile. I remember before pretty much any info about the 2nd Gen game were out in America. I went to the mall one day and a place was selling japanese Pokemon cards and they had a Totodile card I had to have it. Totodile was instantly my favorite Pokemon and I would stare at that card waiting for the day I could get my own Totodile. Never before or after have I ever been so hyped for anything in my life. Also it doesn't hurt that he was Ash's best pokemon in the anime.
Charizard because he is a fucking dragon! I also thought Arbok looked really awesome but I never liked how he played so I never got to use him until they added dark powers to the game and I got to keep him as my token dark character for when a Psi pokemon would appear. I also loved Abra/Kadabra/Alakazam and the Ghastly/Haunter/Gengar evolutions.