Cyndaquil was and it got 10 seconds of screentime in the league.
Its no surprise that Ash's Kanto Pokemon return over and over, and Ash's Hoenn Pokemon were used so much and got major wins. His Sinnoh team also made Ash look like the strongest he ever did.
So I would say, the teams he got all the starters in, excluding Kanto, tended to be his worst. The Johto and Unova teams are painfully mediocre.
You didn't address directly.
I think Unova is the worst developed, sure they're strong, but no real improvement.
Well I wouldn't call this an unpopular opinion, but here goes:
- Ash's Kanto, Hoenn and Sinnoh Pokemon tend to be his strongest and best trusted Pokemon. They have almost all of the major wins in the anime and propelled Ash to new heights.
- Ash's Johto and Unova teams are underwhelming, the few wins they get don't really compare to the other teams. He has a few standout Pokemon on each, like Heracross and Krokorok, but one strong Pokemon cannot save an entire team.
Another for me: All of the Kanto and Johto Pokemon had better personalities than most, if not all the others.
I also didn't like the personalities of Ash's Johto pokemon sans Bayleef. Cyndaquil had virtually no personality at all and its only gimmick was getting its flame lit. Totodile's dancing/obnoxious personality I actually never liked even as a kid. I always viewed Totodile as, "trying too hard." Noctowl had zero personality but then again all the birds don't.
Bayleef was literally the only Johto Pokemon to have a well developed personality. All the others were just gimmick oriented and the writers didn't develop them past their gimmicks. Remove Totodile's dancing and what's its personality?
Noctowl being, "wise and observant" means little when these traits disappeared after its capture episode and became a generic bird for the rest of the saga. Even its psychic abilities were almost never used back in Johto.
I think the writers did an extremely poor job with the Johto Pokemon, almost as if they purposely handled them badly just so they could bring back the more popular Kanto starters when the saga was drawing to a close.
Its self-explanatory but: Totodile just liked to relax, kick back and have fun, without a care in the Pokemon World.
Noctowl was still wise and observant, which is why it was relied on to help find Team Rocket much of the time. The traits that disappeared were its prankster traits.
Why would they handled them "badly" on purpose? Maybe to you, they tried and failed.
Bulbasaur/Squirtle/Charizard constantly that the Johto Pokemon were never given that star treatment. They had the misfortune of directly following Ash's popular classic Kanto team and didn't break out on their own due to their lackluster development and personalities. The writers had the Kanto starters return for the the league because that's who we wanted to see battle. After that the Johto starters were dumped for the rest of the series pretty much.
It wasn't until Hoenn started where Ash's team could break out of the shadows of the previous ones and stand on their own. Unfortunately the Unova Pokemon fall into the same trap now, but I guess nobody really cares here.
Pikachu. This was their first attempt at making a long journey for a whole generation, so it's practically expected that they would make more noticeable mistakes. It doesn't excuse all of them, but it isn't surprising in retrospect. Still, what the Johto team lacked for battle, they made up with their personalities and I think that was a good step forward for the writers. Bayleaf and Cyndaquil were definitely strong, especially when Cyndaquil was in so many Gym battles, and Noctowl's one Gym battle is better than anything Pidgeotto ever did. Totodile was weak unfortunately, but it still had more personality than Squirtle did.
That was most likely because they learned from their mistakes and Hoenn as a whole didn't rely on previous generations like Johto did with Kanto. While Ash's Unova Pokemon are pretty lackluster, I'm not sure if it's just because he has the three starters again. I think that the main problem with the Unova team is that they gave Ash too many Pokemon and haven't really done much with any of them.Originally Posted by The Fighting Misty
I like Thunder Armor.