This thread may or may not just be an excuse for me to complain about Pokemon Sword. I finished it this week, my first time seriously playing a Pokemon game since Platinum. Despite having a generally pleasant time catching 'em all, I wound up really disliking the game on balance, partially because of how braindead the story was (sure, it's meant to be kids' game, but kids deserve better than this tripe) and partially because of how utterly detestable I found Hop. Every time that guy opened his mouth to talk about how great he was or did his stupid winky face and spouted the same quip about type matchups literally every single time I used a super effective move, a part of me wanted to snap my Switch in half. Dude is a distilled essence of smug condescension that wished on a star to become a real boy and I hate his stupid stupid face.
Anyway, what NPCs have y'all found to be so terrible that they ruined or came close to ruining a game for you?