A rival doesn't have to be someone you hate. Rivalry comes in different forms. What you want really is irrelevant, it's what Gamefreak decides that matters. You may not like friendly rivals, but not everyone feels the same way.
Originally Posted by Covert Cactus
Also, Hugh isn't all that nice, from what I've seen of him so far, he's rather pushy and doesn't know how to answer the phone right(He answers be saying "What?").
Also, while you may not battle Hugh as much as other rivals, you see him far more and when you factor in tagging up, he pretty much beats out every other rival. They simply decided to have a different take on the rivalry this time, instead of battling all the time you work with each other and get stronger with each other.
Also, Cheren wasn't that nice either, he wasn't a jerk but he came off arrogant, thinking he knew everything. Bianca was nice though. Barry was hyperactive and wasn't exactly "so nice", he kept finning you, that's not very nice, and that was during Diamond, you don't get as rich in that game as you do in B/W/B2/W2. As for generation 3, it never really was rival focused at all, there wasn't anyone rude, but again, simply a different take on rivalry, would have been nice if they fleshed Wally out some more and kept the other playable character as a rival, at less I would have enjoyed it more.
So yah, they aren't really all that nice, they aren't complete jerks but they still have their own rudeness to them in some form, aside from Bianca and generation 3 rivals.
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