Here's something to think about... I was recently thinking about the nature of Pokemon battles, and how Pokemon seem to enjoy battling under the command of trainers. However, this seems somehow contradictory to how Pokemon are clearly shown to experience some sort of pain while battling. As it was brought up in the thread about animal abuse in the Pokemon world, Pokemon do not HAVE to obey their trainers. But I do wonder, does some degree of brainwashing occur here? Do Pokemon have to obey trainers with a certain number of badges, regardless of whether the Pokemon wants to fight? Do Pokemon regularly battle for fun in the wild? While we can see various examples of Pokemon enjoying battle, how much of this is their trainer's power of suggestion? Any thoughts?