Why I guess some people idealize Red
by, 17th August 2013 at 03:09 PM (1635 Views)
I watched the trailer and I wondered "Hey, why do people idealize Red? And why do they always compare Ash unfavorably to him?". Then it came to me.
While there are a lot of reasons why Red is represented as an overly idealized trainer [You must learn those elsewhere], I think a big reason is this: Red is Ash's foil.
A foil usually has negative traits to emphasize the protagonist's positives. But in this case, the roles are reversed. Red's positive traits are calculated specifically to highlight and make up for Ash's perceived negative traits.
- Ash is a loudmouth, Red is always silent
- Ash is incompetent, Red is the strongest trainer in the world
- Ash always travels and meets new friends, Red stays in one place and has been separated from his friends for a while
- Ash is outgoing, Red is usually portrayed as an introvert
(Disclaimer: This is using the most common portrayal of Red and is in no way a descriptor of absolutely every single depiction of Red, all of which are equally valid)
tl;dr My guess is that people idealize Red because they're unsatisfied with Ash.
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