Fanon ideas on E4 members
by, 2nd September 2013 at 07:52 PM (287 Views)
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 five through eight).
I will focus on Gen 1 and 2 for now. Maybe, I will do the others later.
Lorelei- Even though Lorelei is an Ice type trainer, you can argue that her secondary typing was water with 4/5 of her pokemon having that typing. I think it's possible that she could have been a former gym leader at Cerulean City even though she is not a native there. It could explain Misty's worship of her.
Bruno- I think one of the trivia's for Bruno was that he was originally suppose to be the first gym leader until Brock was designed for that role? I guess he could be a predecessor to Brock (he has rock type pokemon on his team)? Or, he could also have been a gym leader at Saffron before Sabrina showed up.
Agatha- Not sure about Agatha. She was a childhood rival of Oak, possibly indicating that she's not a transplant from a different region. Maybe a place like Lavender Town use to have a gym? Maybe she trekked all the way to Johto and was an Ecruteak gym leader?
Lance- Orginally from Blackthorn, which does have a gym run by his family.
Will- Will and Karen are difficult because there is nothing much to indicate on their past (beyond the fact that the look related to Lucian and Agatha). One idea I can toss for Will was maybe he was a psychic trainer at Sabrina's gym. Maybe between Gen 1 and 2 he got stronger? Sabrina, maybe, was was offered a position as an E4 member, but declined due to having to deal with other issues and recommended Will for membership.
Koga- In Gen 1, I think Koga was promoted because of Giovanni's disappearance and Blaine's dedication to his gym. Sabrina was a pacifist and the Saffron city gym recently changed typings because of her (use to be a fighting type gym), so she probably had to deal with a rivalry of sorts between gyms and couldn't leave.
Karen- I like to think that Karen was a protege of Agatha and was recommended by Agatha after she retired
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