A Story about the Red/Blue Rival Nobody Knew...

Posted by Blubba (527 posts) -

Saw this on a friend's Facebook page... 
 
In the original Pokémon Red/Blue, when you encounter your rival in Lavender Town he asks whether or not you know what it's like to have one of your Pokémon die. At this point in the game, he no longer has his Raticate that he used in previous battles.Your rival battle before this took place aboard the S.S. Anne. Your rival's Raticate sustained serious injuries from the battle...but, because crowding and confusion on the luxury liner, he was unable to make it to a Pokémon Center in time and the Raticate passed away. The real reason your rival is in Lavender Town to begin with is to lay his deceased friend to rest.Despite all of this, your rival never outwardly tells you that you're responsible for the death of his Pokémon. He hides his grief and instead channels that energy into the motivation he needed to continue his quest to become Indigo League Champion. The death of his Raticate effectively destroys your rival's impish, childhood innocence. Although he tells himself that he doesn't hold you responsible, he subconsciously holds a great deal of resentment towards you which further fuels his ambitions.Tearfully swearing upon his Raticate's grave to not fail in what he set out to do, he trains hard in hopes of becoming better than you...defeating you...and to eventually make it to the Pokémon League. Mere moments after he became Indigo League champion, he was defeated...by you. Although he fulfilled his promise to his fallen Pokémon, it was only for a painfully brief instant.In the end, your rival is scolded by his grandfather while you receive the professor's praise. During the course of the game, you steal your rival's innocence, crush his dreams, and ultimately snatch away the love of his own grandfather. Oh, and by the way, your rival doesn't have any parents. He's an orphan.    

#1 Posted by Blubba (527 posts) -

Saw this on a friend's Facebook page... 
 
In the original Pokémon Red/Blue, when you encounter your rival in Lavender Town he asks whether or not you know what it's like to have one of your Pokémon die. At this point in the game, he no longer has his Raticate that he used in previous battles.Your rival battle before this took place aboard the S.S. Anne. Your rival's Raticate sustained serious injuries from the battle...but, because crowding and confusion on the luxury liner, he was unable to make it to a Pokémon Center in time and the Raticate passed away. The real reason your rival is in Lavender Town to begin with is to lay his deceased friend to rest.Despite all of this, your rival never outwardly tells you that you're responsible for the death of his Pokémon. He hides his grief and instead channels that energy into the motivation he needed to continue his quest to become Indigo League Champion. The death of his Raticate effectively destroys your rival's impish, childhood innocence. Although he tells himself that he doesn't hold you responsible, he subconsciously holds a great deal of resentment towards you which further fuels his ambitions.Tearfully swearing upon his Raticate's grave to not fail in what he set out to do, he trains hard in hopes of becoming better than you...defeating you...and to eventually make it to the Pokémon League. Mere moments after he became Indigo League champion, he was defeated...by you. Although he fulfilled his promise to his fallen Pokémon, it was only for a painfully brief instant.In the end, your rival is scolded by his grandfather while you receive the professor's praise. During the course of the game, you steal your rival's innocence, crush his dreams, and ultimately snatch away the love of his own grandfather. Oh, and by the way, your rival doesn't have any parents. He's an orphan.    

#2 Posted by LiquidPrince (15912 posts) -

Yeah, I've read this before. The original author obviously thought about that too much.

#3 Posted by JJOR64 (18954 posts) -

Haha.  I never really thought about that.

#4 Posted by Apathylad (3066 posts) -

#5 Posted by Jack268 (3387 posts) -

I have read this before though. But really, I don't see why Gary would be salty, I mean, he's Gary Oak for christ's sake.
#6 Edited by RecSpec (3803 posts) -

He seems to come to terms with everything by the time Gold/Silver rolls around.
 
I wonder if they changed any of that in FireRed/LeafGreen.
 
I noticed your rival in HG/SS is less of a prick than he was in the original games.
(Of course this is them matching the games to the manga, but still)
 
Also, how fucking weak would it be to have the Champion have a goddamn Raticate in his team?

#7 Posted by supermonkey122 (816 posts) -

Or he deposited it the PC.
#8 Posted by Snail (8595 posts) -

WHAT HAVE I DONE.
#9 Posted by keyhunter (3207 posts) -

This again!
Also he supposedly caught a metric fuck tonne of pokemon, I doubt this was the case. Probably switched em up.

#10 Posted by KarlPilkington (2719 posts) -
@Snail said:
" WHAT HAVE I DONE. "
#11 Posted by Underachiever007 (2468 posts) -
@Snail said:
" WHAT HAVE I DONE. "
#12 Posted by EuanDewar (4893 posts) -
@LiquidPrince said:
" The original author obviously thought about that too much. "
#13 Posted by I_smell (3924 posts) -

He says in the cartoon that he allways rotates his Pokemon so there's no weak link in his team.
 
I remember this quote specifically because I didn't know what that meant, and thought he literally rotated his Pokemon.

#14 Posted by Icemael (6316 posts) -
@I_smell said:
" He says in the cartoon that he allways rotates his Pokemon so there's no weak link in his team. "
He also rolled around in a really nice car with a bunch of hot chicks that idolized him. 
 
So I think he's fine.
#15 Posted by ajamafalous (11959 posts) -
@I_smell said:
" I remember this quote specifically because I didn't know what that meant, and thought he literally rotated his Pokemon. "
NOW WE KNOW HIS SECRET.
#16 Posted by Neorecon19 (35 posts) -

Even if the Raticate did die, its mostly Blue`s fault for forcing it to battle in a way that caused it to die.

#17 Posted by Vuud (1959 posts) -

As badly as they can fuck each other up, I don't think it's possible for pokemon to kill each other in this universe. But they can die, I think. Anyway your rival is a big fat jerk, he got everything he deserves. Gary in the cartoon show was waaaay worse though, with his stable of bitches and sports car and all that.

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