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The rival this time feels like the first real RIVAL since Gen 2 to me.

#1SalsaSavantPosted 10/25/2013 3:42:32 PM(edited)
In Gen 3, May and Brendan were too friendly to be rivals. Edit: Same deal with Wally if you count him.
In Gen 4, Barry was just your annoying friend.
In Gen 5, Cheren came close, but he was still basically your friend who battled you, but he never really ACTED like he was too competitive with you.
Hugh was just using you for training.

But in Gen 6, Calem and Serena actually felt like they REALLY WANTED to beat you, and that they were frustrated at their losses. They acted...well, not jealous, per say, but they sure wanted to be as strong as you. They felt like they were someone who was really trying to be better than you, not just someone you battle multiple times.

Just my take on it though.
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#2StevenDrkPrincePosted 10/25/2013 3:39:39 PM
I agree.
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#3RomondPosted 10/25/2013 3:41:15 PM
I concur.
#4pokemonpokemon4Posted 10/25/2013 3:42:20 PM
But I digress...
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#5MarikofKrosaPosted 10/25/2013 3:43:34 PM
Actually I've felt they haven't lived up to their potential. I felt no satisfaction in beating them. Even Barry was more competent.
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#6Solar20xxPosted 10/25/2013 3:47:48 PM(edited)
You basically have the same exact opinion towards every rival that I did, except I say Serena came close like Cheren, but was much closer than him.

That probably doesn't even make sense, so I'll just say that I agree with you.

Oh, and I don't dislike any of the rivals except Barry and Tierno.
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#7ThatKippPosted 10/25/2013 3:46:38 PM
Gen 5 had the best rivals.
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#8SilverwyrmPosted 10/25/2013 3:47:55 PM
he was more an annoying kid with 2/3 pokemon that occasionally gave me money. I didn't even realize his presence mostly. We need a rival that...can rival us
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#9Geminia999Posted 10/25/2013 3:48:09 PM
inb4 Aren't jerks who you want to squash so they suck
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#10MeepKirbychuPosted 10/25/2013 3:53:39 PM
No, they were pathetic brats with hardly any Pokemon or real battling expertise. They weren't even fit to be called 'rivals'.