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Pokémon Observation: Oshawott

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by , 15th September 2012 at 11:59 AM (2433 Views)
Anyway, thankies to @Karamazov; for allowing me to do this. He's doing character examinations, so far he's done quite a few, popular examples being Dawn and May. I thought it would be cool to do some Pokémon observations as well, because Pokémon are people...um...characters too. As always, I'll be trying to keep these observations bias free. I'll be leading with a character who is cute, well-received, but at the same time slightly disliked. He's often compared to his Sinnoh Water-type cousin, Piplup. Is he just a carbon-copy?


Burn Up, Oshawott!


Pokémon Summary

Oshawott has the blessing of being one of the new starters of Pokémon Black & White, a series of Pokémon games that broke the mold in a way and that tried new things. The minute Oshawott was unveiled, he was disliked for being ugly supposedly, potato-nosed, and received less praise than his other starter friends, Tepig and Snivy. I'll be talking about Ash's now. Ash's Oshawott is very personality filled, that goes without a doubt. There isn't one distinct behavior Oshawott sticks to, he has shown to be happy, easily angered, confident, lustful, cocky, scared, worried, and proud and many other things, he is definitely a very potent character in his own right and he often has very glaring interactions with just about every character in the show.

He's often compared to Dawn's Piplup, both very personality-filled, boisterous, marketable, and attention excessive. To show how different they are, I think Oshawott is a bit more mature than Piplup and a better battler. It would make sense if Oshawott was a better battler, given he’s not tailored toward contest the same way Piplup is. Oshawott also doesn’t have as nearly a strong attachment and bond to his trainer as Piplup. Oshawott is also less sly than Piplup whom is more teasing prone. Anyway, let’s see what the people think!

If you could describe Oshawott in one word, what would it be?

[9:30:34 AM] Tsutarja: Derp
[9:30:51 AM] Human: Awesomorable
[9:33:29 AM] Paperhorse: err um energetic? idk XD
[9:34:55 AM] SSJ_Jup81: Badass. in his mind :D
[9:44:56 AM] Karamazov: Motherfucker
[9:58:44 AM] Iteru: Underwhelming. In the sense that it gets a lot of focus but never really has a good, lasting impression mainly because its the arrogant, buttmonkey role in the group
[10:30:07 AM] Trainer Yusuf: Piplup
[10:03:10 AM] Atomic: cute
Dentogirl
Um.

Blue.
Character Interactions

Ash & Pikachu


Iris


Cilan


Tepig(Now a Pignite)


Emolga


Piplup


Character Development & Growth


Oshawott defeating Clay's Krokorok


Oshawott's growth throughout the series has been showcased many times and the Otter has probably grown the most throughout the whole series. Character development wise, Oshawott hasn't really changed much in character, he's the same funny, cute, tenacious little Pokémon he was from the beginning, although he has learned to battle without his scalchop. He has become quite the strong battler and has learned some strong moves, showcased some innovative techniques, and shown when he's faced with adversity he can walk the walk and talk the talk like a champ. His development from the physical side has been stellar. In early BW he would often show fear when being faced with an intimidating opponent, like Dewott, Pansage, or Timburr. Oshawott himself loves battling and will step-up to fight at times, like against Bianca's Daddy's Darmanitan, Burgh's Leavanny, or Stephan's Blitzle. That's the thing about Oshawott's character, he changes from the physical side but keeps the same persona and attitude everyone knows him for. It's a case of changing but staying the same.

Have the changes and growth with this character been good?

Yes and no. I can't really comment since he hasn't changed much character wise. He has become a strong Pokémon in his own right with much development into becoming a viable member of Ash's team. Yes, he's grown at a stable and believable manner.

Is this character memorable?



Oshawott is similar in personality to Piplup, so people usually associate his personality with the penguin's, but Oshawott does seem like a character that will be memorable for many. Charizard, Sceptile, Pikachu, these are or were really powerful Pokémon of their respective times. Oshawott will be remembered as being similar to them in a way, being known to get screen time and battles often intermixed with a few plot development episodes and becoming one of Ash's most reliable Pokémon.

Oshawott has a different battling style from Piplup's, Oshawott relies on his scalchop i.e. the shell on his chest to deflect and attack opponents. Pokémon using items as weakens haven't been too plentiful on Ash's team up until this point, Oshawott will also be known for his prominent screen time as well as bustling personality. I don't think this Pokémon will ever be forgotten so easily. I will probably always remember Oshawott as Ash's best Unova Pokémon and the one I cared about the most.

How they rank?

Let's see, after thinking about it. Considering this is the first observation.....

Ash's Unova Team
1.Oshawott

The Unova Gang Pokémon Overall
1.Oshawott

Next time:You guys choose what you want. Your choices are:

1.Cilan's Stunfisk
2.Iris' Excadrill
3.Ash's Krookodile
4.Ash's Palpitoad
5.Dawn's Mamoswine

Vote, please.

Hope you enjoyed this! :)
I would also like to thank @Karamazov; @Iteru; @Tsutarja; @Human; @Trainer Yusuf; @Atomic; @Paperhorse; and @SSJ_Jup81; .

This observation was made thanks to contributions from viewers like you. Thank you.
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Updated 1st January 2013 at 10:45 AM by Bubble Frog

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  1. Tsutarja's Avatar
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    This is a good article, though I noticed many tiny mistakes.

    Overall, I don't know how to feel about Oshawott. I can somewhat agree that he has underwent most development but when I look at him as a whole, he still suffered from many embarrassing losses such as against fire types. While I do appreciate the effort from the side of our writers, I feel like he's overused and a blatant Piplup copy which makes me not like him that much.

    I just wish he would evolve, then I'd like him more. :/
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  2. Bubble Frog's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsutarja
    Overall, I don't know how to feel about Oshawott. I can somewhat agree that he has underwent most development but when I look at him as a whole, he still suffered from many embarrassing losses such as against fire types. While I do appreciate the effort from the side of our writers, I feel like he's overused and a blatant Piplup copy which makes me not like him that much.
    Yeah, it sucks he had to lose for the sake of the plot. Bianca's Dad's Darmanitan, I can understand. Chili's Pansear, though? What the hell? He was knocked out cold by Simisear. He did beat an Emboar in the movie and help save everyone from homicidal Litwick and Lampent if that counts. I kinda wish he would evolve as well.
  3. Tsutarja's Avatar
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    Yeah, I mean, he's obviously there for the sake of selling toys and other merchandise in Japan. Perhaps I would like him if he wasn't so much like Piplup. :/

    I mean, I liked Piplup in DP, but one is enough. :I
  4. HumanDawn's Avatar
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    I don't view Oshawott as a Piplup expy. Their personality is too different.
  5. matt0044's Avatar
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    Honestly, I wish that it'd evolve. I mean, those Oshawott plush toys will still be there and who's to say there isn't a young Dewott or Samurott fan out there who wish Ash owned one. *sigh* But pleasing everyone is near impossible I suppose.
  6. Trainer Yusuf's Avatar
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    Nice post. I like it even though I disagree.

    It would make sense if Oshawott was a better battler, given he’s not tailored toward contest the same way Piplup is.
    Unfortunately that isn't the case, as Oshawott has failed to gain any major victory for Ash besides Clay, Cilan, Stephen, and Trip battles, which is frankly given the attention it gets, is inadequate.
    Oshawott also doesn’t have as nearly a strong attachment and bond to his trainer as Piplup.
    The difference is microspic however.
    with an intimidating opponent, like Dewott,
    Oh yeah, that happened. Just like Venustoise. Well, goodbye evolution, welcome Oshawott socks and keychains.
    That's the thing about Oshawott's character, he changes from the physical side but keeps the same persona and attitude everyone knows him for.
    Which is admittably is a thing about him I like, but much like Pignite's attachment issues, it is not addressed enough, or at least enough to satisfy me. And of course, that is yet another thing same as Piplup, just far more on the foreground.

    Unfortunately I despise all of the Unova Pokémon in the main cast to varying levels, so I couldn't care less about him at this point.
  7. Karamazov's Avatar
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    ugly supposedly, potato-nosed,
    and because he looks like a baby clown. :3c
  8. Lumi's Avatar
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    I hope you do one for Snivy someday.
  9. SSJ_Jup81's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gotpika
    Yeah, it sucks he had to lose for the sake of the plot. Bianca's Dad's Darmanitan, I can understand. Chili's Pansear, though? What the hell? He was knocked out cold by Simisear. He did beat an Emboar in the movie and help save everyone from homicidal Litwick and Lampent if that counts. I kinda wish he would evolve as well.
    Didn't Pikachu lose to Hyappu when they first went to the Sanyo gym? That was just as bad. An electric type losing to a water type. That aside, losses don't bother me much, as long as it's an entertaining or comedic loss....then again, when it comes to battles in general, I'm pretty apathetic towards them...like I don't care one way or the other over them.

    Oh, I would also describe Mijumaru as having an inferiority complex, hence his need to try to show off and prove himself.
  10. Lord Clowncrete's Avatar
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    Good job! I wouldn't call it a piplup copy because...it doesn't annoy me as much as Piplup did.
  11. Caseydia's Avatar
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    A blog like this one needs one for each of the starters because Tepig was treated like crap from the fan base. I agree that Oshawott has alot of charm to him but I wish that it's appearance was more usefull and not just out and about. There is already Pikachu and Axew. Somebody needs to take a break.
    Updated 1st October 2012 at 11:49 AM by Caseydia

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