Weird that I believe both of these. And Silver was my Gen 2 game. Nope. Rainbow Phoenix. Nor the movie, since it was a big pile of fantastic narrative pieces squandered about and not enough people have realized it yet. Which is sad because the darn thing really did have so much cool stuff to work with, the prescence of which probably being what carried it with people.
But nostalgia aside, the degree to which he's held up against the series continual power creep is astonishing. Almost as if he was intentionally over the top in Gen 2 just to future proof him.