My favorite pokemon would be Butterfree. Even though Espeon is my 2nd favorite Poke, it still wouldn't have a shot at being my favorite if Charizard never existed. I grew up with a Butterfree, Nidoking, and Charizard by my side in Yellow version, but I started with the anime. With no Charizard, that would make Butterfree the anime and Yellow version pick of choice.
Not changing this sig until we get a new main series Tales game released on a Nintendo console in the US