1. He's 17 years old and not just some stupid preteen or early teen. 2. He has an actual well developed backstory. 3. He's a badass. 4. He has an evil smile. 5. He turned from a criminal to a hero. 6. He doesn't catch wild Pokémon, he steals them from trainers. 7. He gets to save a damsel in distress. 8. He starts off with two strong and fully evolved Pokémon and his first battle shows how much he's overkill.