Actually no you hit the nail on the head- and if not an official starter, why not something of value? A Magikarp is a weak pokemon yes, but in the wrong hands it can also be a very dangerous pokemon. As shown with the one that was abused by James when he kicked it and then insulted it, and it had been as loyal and faithful and as obedient as a Magikarp could be.
Originally Posted by Semreth
The other thing is a Magikarp is TO WEAK. Angel, a character I had made who had bought/obtained a Magikarp, tho she had a Charmeleon, found a loop hole. She used the fish as a bludgeon and whacked Geodude, Zubat and Pidgey with it, sending the aformentioned pokemon flying away. And thus with this training he was able to wield deadly tackles and splash attacks, using those rock like bone scales upon its body to the deadliest degree.
But the only thing is, your trainer is just starting out. All she has for protection is a single, mostly worthless, magikarp.
Your character is to much of an underdog, and the relationship/warming up to the Magikarp is to quick. She buys the most worthless one ever, thinking it won't require any hard work at all when, far from it, a Magikarp requires the most training and the most effort to level up. You ever use one ingame? It's horrible to level up, bait switch bait switch, it gets to lv 15 and you can start to do minimal damage here and there but it's mostly bait and switch untill level 20. I do not see this magikarp really evolving or being of any use, unless thrown, used as a weapon or anything of that sort. But then your character doesn't strike me one as to have a pokemon or even obtain one to shut her dad up.
It seems you tried to poorly give your character a weakness, and in the rest of the place she comes out as a mary sue. I'm sorry, but she does. Her dad pesters her to become a trainer, to shut him up she buys the one that requires the least amount of effort and is the weakest thing ever, a Magikarp. Which as I said is only half true- it is weak but it is far from an easy street thing. She then instantly bonds with it, forgetting the fact it evolves into a Death incarnate pokemon, and forgetting the fact she disliked pokemon entirely.
Her father who was a bum ex trainer now turns out to be someone who had something people wanted, and he disappears. Leaving his daughter alone, either he was kidnapped or he just ditched her, who knows, and his daughter is alone with a Magikarp. Then thugs and etc start pestering her, and instead of going to the police with this, like any sane person being stalked by scary, crazy people who seem to have the wrong person, I mean with how her father acted with what you said, wouldn't she doubt he did anything with his life after failing?
You have her suddenly decide no I'll save him! I don't need protection from wild pokemon! I just have a magikarp!
And then of course everyone is after her.