Until Ash actually emotes something other than "happy-go-lucky", then an idea like that would never come to fruition. If Ash actually got upset at his losses and slowly begins to realize that after all of his failures, that he may not be cut out for being a Pokemon Master, then it would be really interesting. Sort of how like Gary realized that being a Trainer just wasn't suiting him but actually built upon and not just made out of nowhere. Show him actually getting upset when he loses and wonders why he isn't doing as well as he thought he would. Stop having him try to be everyone's friend and have him actually care about the competition.
Personally, it sounds like a pretty good idea and can make an easy transition to another goal that is actually obtainable rather than the vague Pokemon Master goal that they have no clear intention of actually revealing what it is. But if my gut tells me anything, its that a "Pokemon Master" is a subjective term. Sort how like in stories where they say the hero will find a great treasure at the end of his journey, only for him to realize that the real treasure was the journey and the friends he made along the way. I have always called BS on stories like that, since its like going on an arduous journey, only to be kicked in the balls at the very end.
I say just give Ash the Frontier brain spot he was offered and end his "journey" already.
Ash becomes a better trainer each time he uses an old pokemon, he's just not used to new stuff.
That's why he always grabs Pikachu to any new region xD
What's annoying is that he got better in AG and DP and now he seems weaker than he was in Johto
The sad truth is that Ash will probably never win a league *sadface*
I find it sad that ash's Unova Team is probably the weakest team he had in the franchise. Although I don't see how evolution to Oshawott would help, I would've liked it if the team got more development. In AG and DP, he wasn't too weak, and is constantly reminded in DP that there is always stronger trainers (Cynthia & Paul) while AG he was never really too proud.
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I agree that Ash not winning some battles he should is unfortunate. There should be battles which definitely show that he is also just a beatable trainer but sometimes you wait for some awesome moments and then the hero you have had in your childhood loses again. He has a variety of characteristics which make him a likeable and deep character such as really showing how much he cares about his Pokémon and loves them. He even wanted to release Pikachu just so it can be happy with other Pikachus. Still, while I totally understand and like the concept of a hero who fails and learns there should be more big success moments. The Indigo League was very sad but it pretty much was necessary. Nevertheless it does not need to be like that in almost every league.
And yet Ash shows how badash/s he really is in the movies all the time and I personally love that.
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They make him weak so that he doesn't destroy every young trainer in the show the writers introduce. Otherwise the series would be boring if he one hit KO's everything. Still it's no excuse for what they do with him. I don't even think the writers know which direction to go with him anymore.
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Next time if the writers are gonna pull a Tobias on us, at least have the decency to put him in the first episode so we know from the beginning to not want ash to win.
Even if they do give him another Paul, the writers will still want a young rookie trainer in the series. It seems to be their favorite character to focus on. Look at all the focus Dawn got as a rookie but when they start building experience on her they back off. The writers love to have young trainers on the show, sometimes they make Ash represent them like in BW. I'm not saying it's good but it's what happens. It's another reason you won't see another trainer on the main cast go for Gyms, because you just know there will be a time when Ash fails and the young trainer doesn't and fans will cry BS. And in these tournaments, if the rookie somehow beat Ash or his rival, it would look unreal, yet it's not fair to the young trainer to always have to be put below Ash and the rival every tournament. There's a lot of factors into why they do it, and it before anyone says don't add a young trainer, if they don't add a young trainer then Ash will fit that category by default. So pick your poison.
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I still think that Iris and Cilan could've been the rookies for BW with Ash helping them.
Considering how Ash will forever be the protagonist as long as the Pokemon games remain popular, I was never disappointed by his progress and development as a trainer until BW. From beginning of Kanto - end of Sinnoh, Ash only became better.
Kanto: Top 16; If not for Charizard, he would have made Top 8. Seeing how Ritchie took Assunta down to her last Pokemon, we could theoretically assume that Ash would have done the same, or perhaps even have won.
Orange Islands: Champion
Johto: Top 8; He almost beat Harrison. Harrison took Jon Dickson (the eventual Champion) down to his last Pokemon without even using Blaziken (his strongest Pokemon); it's very possible that if Harrison had Blaziken, he would have beaten Dickson. Ash is basically on the same level as Dickson, more or less.
Hoenn: Top 8; He almost beat Tyson, the eventual Champion.
Battle Frontier: Champion; Offered to be Frontier Brain (basically he's Frontier Brain caliber)
Sinnoh: Top 4; He defeated two legendaries and nobody in the entire Sinnoh League could even defeat Darkrai; Basically the best trainer in all of Sinnoh barring the Elite 4 and Tobias.
In each region, he only got better and became more experienced/strategic. Ash was Frontier Brain level by the end of Hoenn, and became even better in Sinnoh. That's a long way from what he was in the beginning of the show.
I agree, it would be nice for Ash to once in a while stomp up and coming trainers in filler episodes. However, I don't mind that in league conferences, every match of his goes down to the wire.
Why not? Because every trainer in the league also received 8 badges (that Ash worked very hard to obtain) and are equally as capable. So each match should technically be challenging.
Of course, BW ruined the continuity by giving Ash a 'reset,' but that's already well discussed and complained about.
We got a look in DP how strong Ash has become.
But, BW just changed all that effort in to nothing. It's like he's starting off again.
Looking back at his arsenal, he has loads of powerhouses.
His BW team needs a mass amount of quick evolutions.
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Again. No one is asking for Ash to just one hit KO every Trainer he meets. We just want more consistency from. Show that he is actually progressing towards a goal instead of having always lose under the guise of "Well, there's always something he can learn".