I see a lot of people posting that the 2nd stage of a family is better than the 3rd, but just keep in mind that the 1st stage still exists haha
Well in a lot of the cases posted the 2nd stage is either a more stylized version of the 1st stage (Wartortle, Charmeleon), mostly just a larger version of the 1st stage (Dragonair), or originally fully evolved into something awesome but then ruined by a bad 3rd stage later(Rhydon).
Off the top of my head... Ivysaur, Charmeleon, Bayleef, Quilava, Grovyle, Braixen, Frogadier, Jigglypuff, Kadabra, Haunter, Magmar, Dragonair, Pupitar (not because I like Pupitar that much, but because I dislike the other 2 :p), Vibrava, Kirlia, Lombre, Lairon, Metang, Gabite, Vanillish, Fletchinder, Floette... probably a few I'm forgetting too.
~ Master of Electricity ~ 3DS FC: 3239-2743-8918 Pokemon Y Safari: Fraxure, Sliggoo, Dragonair
I usally prefer Wartortle's design to it's overwight evolution, I like Rhydon bettter than it's fugly evo as well,personally I find Braixen cooler looking than that mess they call Delphox. Also prefer Dragonair over Derpy the dinosaur, Dewott looks better than it's lame quadrapedal evo as well.
FC: 1005-8916-0531 Pokemon X Safari: Dark. Nuzleaf, Sableye, Sneasel.