I always wondered about how characters become apart of the E4. We know how trainers become Champions: obtain 8 badges, defeat the E4 and current champion if there is one.
I subscribe to the theory that E4 members are promoted Gym Leaders and Frontier Brains through recommendation. Sadly the only solid proof are Koga and Caitlin, but it does leave cool fanon ideas for the other characters.
I think generally the League picks from the upper quartile of Gym Leaders (gyms
Today, I was reading on a different website about the difficulty of certain gym leaders people had in the games, and one of the more common names I found listed for Kanto is Brock.
I will honestly say that I thought it was surprising. This not a knock down on Brock, but I never found him difficult. Even if you had a disadvantage against him (starting with either Charmander or Pikachu), I felt there was a few options to defeat him.
In Yellow, Mankey and Nidoran were
The Dengeki/EToP, I discovered, is probably my favorite version of Misty. Dengeki, as a manga, is an adaption of the anime verse with very notable differences. This Misty, IMO, took the anime template and improved it.
This Misty is an experienced trainer and is also a mentor to Ash like in the anime. My preference in Dengeki Misty over the Anime Misty can seen in the different portrayals of Ash obtaining