I was playing ruby, blind, I picked the fire starter like I usually do despite how bad Torchik looked. My biggest what the heck? When it evolved into Blaziken, the worst looking pokemone I had ever seen.
In Platinum i traded one of my pokemon on the GTS for a Prinplup it was a japanise one. I bred it and hatched the egg for my Piplup, and it was my first ever shiny (and only so far, not counting red Gyarados in G/S/C)
The other was a bit like the TC's i was at my friends and we were playing his Ruby version. He was batteling Groudon, my friend used up all off his ultra & great balls. Then on the first poke ball he uses he catches it.