The ending of the Johto plot also illuminates why Professor Elm entrusted the starter to the player rather than to the opposite-gender character:Quote:
Originally Posted by Professor Elm
Originally Posted by Kimono Girls
Professor Elm could have given a starter to the opposite-gender character, or he could have just observed their Marill. But he didn't do that, because he knew from Mr. Pokémon that his research wasn't the only thing at stake; the only way to summon Ho-Oh/Lugia was to find a truly gifted trainer and lead them on that path.Quote:
Originally Posted by Kimono Girls
The second starter may have been stolen, but it's not as if Elm had anything to do with that. By the end of the story, this is what happened:
Granted, the player and rival are not the only people whose Pokémon love them, but they are the only ones (at least in this set of games) who have come to understand the value of that relationship.Quote:
Guess what! The person who took the Professor's Pokémon has... come back to return it! That's the last thing I expected! Guess what Professor Elm said to him. "It seems that your Pokémon already likes you so much. For a Pokémon, the best happiness is to be with someone it loves. I think it should stay with you." Isn't it moving? It made me cry!
The one who took it... I mean the red-haired boy came up with the Pokémon. But I saw his face as he passed me here. He looked so happy!
To make a long story short, the third starter could not have been given to anyone. If that had been the case, it would have just ended up with the opposite-gender character. It is fair to say that the third trainer is just as bit as special as the other two owners of the Johto starters are.
To those who doubt that the reference means anything, this isn't the first time that Elm has left us wondering. His dialogue was changed from Gold/Silver to Crystal:
The research was never mentioned again as Elm suddently received an E-mail from Mr. Pokémon, and unlike in HGSS, Elm was really surprised by the discovery of the egg. So the above sentence was didn't go anywhere at the time, and yet now we know what it was about: Elm wanted the player to communicate with the starter. Maybe Game Freak didn't make the starter follow the player in Crystal because Yellow was only two years old, and they didn't want its main feature to be associated with another game so soon.Quote:
I'm writing a paper that I want to present at a conference. But there are some things I don't quite understand yet. So! I'd like you to raise a POKéMON that I recently caught.
My point? Just because a reference isn't explained right away, doesn't mean it never will.
Why are Prof Elm's starters so special? All the other profs do is just give you a pokemon for your journey. They didn't mean something deep about wanting to seek out the purest trainer or anything.
Really, I think Elm did what the other profs do and just gave it to someone. Nothing special, nothing dramatic. Just doing a professor's duty.
It's given that a number of Trainers begin their journey by receiving a starter Pokémon by a knowledgeable person like a Pokémon Professor. But is every Trainer entrusted by just any Pokémon? The kinds of starter Pokémon every Professor chooses are rare enough to not be able to be given to "random Trainers". I can imagine they evaluate and get to know the Trainers to which they give a starter. Sure, it's not as if they only pick geniuses or "special" people, but they wouldn't hand a starter Pokémon to just anyone -- like an irresponsible person. See Silver, for example. Why did he steal, if he could just as easily get one legally?
Now, when it comes to Prof. Elm's third starter... It's difficult to ignore a reference like this, or deem it coincidental when there's an obvious candidate for this position. There are Trainers that can receive a starter Pokémon, indeed. But who else is to the player's interest? Surely it could mean anyone, but it wouldn't have any point if that anyone isn't someone we know about. Moreover, let's not forget that many of Game Freak's programmers worked back when Crystal was being made. I think that it is a nice nod and not an unlikely one, especially when much more obscure things from GSC made a return, like Professor Silktree. I really like this reference. :-p
Perhaps he gave it to Red? That's why he was on the mountain. He was training?
Elm and Mr. Pokémon clearly played a role with bringing Ho-Oh back and is likely in league with the Kimono girls. The Player Character was probably the most likely candidate for the job, hence why Mr. Pokémon and Elm entrusted not only a starter, but a Togepi, whose final evolution basically seeks out the same thing as Ho-Oh, a kind hearted trainer.
The games also don't portray giving Pokémon out like they do in the animé. In almost all instances, Professors have given starters out because they essentially wanted something done in return (mostly completion of the Pokédex). It doesn't actually seem like their duty to give it to just anyone who happens to come knocking. They're special gifts.
He thought it was so useless and nobody was ever going to use it so he ate it and threw away the ball. Simple, or he sold it. Or he gave it to a random trainer.
I still maintain my Nod to Kris Theory...
@Serperior: Maybe, but then again they sort of look like they coukd be ten...I dunno. Maybe its like mariage where if you're not at the designated age you need parental consent or w/e...
Also, new theory: He could have given it to Cal.