Charizard was fitting, even though he could have beat Ritchie if he didn't spend nearly the whole episode trying to get away from Team Rocket.
The only reason I thought that Ash could have won the Sinnoh League was because of how much attention his rivalry with Paul was getting throughout the series. It seemed entirely possible that they would put their match in the final round of the League and his progress as a trainer made it seem possible too. I didn't really see any foreshadowing with the Elite 4 though. I took it more as the writers taking advantage of characters from the current generation, instead of making some members appear much later like they did with the Kanto Elite 4. While I agree that using Legendary Pokemon is cheap, I don't see how he shouldn't be allowed to compete because of that. He still earned his badges and didn't cheat in his matches. Using overpowered Pokemon doesn't seem like a good enough reason to keep someone from competing in a League.Originally Posted by BlazingQuilava
Being disqualified for only have five Pokemon on him sounds more like something that should have happened, or at least could have, instead of kicking someone out just because they used Legendary Pokemon. It is cheap, but it still isn't ground for disqualification in my opinion. I agree that the battle was rushed and I would have preferred it being two episodes long to fix that, but I don't think that it put Ash in a negative light. I don't think that he made the best choices for a couple of his Pokemon, but we went in fighting strong and Pikachu vs. Latios was a pretty awesome way for him to go out. He was the only one to defeat Darkrai, which kind of makes him the honorary second place winner of the tournament, and he still looked like a competent and skilled trainer. That's much more than I can say for his battle against Cameron. Cameron made some really terrible decisions with using Swanna and Perrothorn when he did, but Ash made some terrible choices too with using Ohsawott against Hydregion, keeping Pignite against Samurott and using Snivy in general. Nothing Ash did made me think that he should have won, although it was still bad to lose to someone like Cameron. Tobias was a plot device for Ash to lose and Ritchie and Cameron have character, but I don't see how that's necessarily better. With Cameron, he was annoying and Ritchie was pretty bland, although kind of a likable bland.Originally Posted by BlazingQuilava