Okay, court is now in session. All rise for the judge.
Formality aside, after having a review of the situation, I'd wish to petition forward a trial towards a potential ASBO to URPG society, a creature so dangerous it has the potential to completely destroy the hopes and dreams of many.
I bring you, Scyther.
So, why take him to court, you ask? I feel that, as a starter, he falls into the category of Uber, and shouldn't be allowed as a starter, on battling reasons.
First, a look at his stats. While his 344 HP isn't the highest, for starters it's a substantial chunk, which when backed by his comfy defenses of 259 apiece, means you'll be hard-pressed into killing it in a couple of attacks. While his special attack of 209 isn't the greatest, it has potential with his natural movepool and access to Vacuum Wave to break apart his rock type enemies who would otherwise sponge him.
However, his final stats are the major worry here.
Whichever way you look at it, 319 Attack is brutal. Scyther, in fact, has the highest attack stat of any first stage pokemon. The next highest is Krabby, who is let down by his vulnerability to special moves, which Scyther can gladly tank off with his impressive bulk. This is only magnified by the natural ability of Swords Dance, and after a single dance, Scyther effectively runs the same sort of attack as a Choice Band Salamence, which is a terrifying prospect, even in the competitive OU metagame.
This is of course supplemented by his Speed, also the highest at 309 of any stage one pokemon, with the next fastest being Voltorb, who isn't taking much from Scyther's enormous attack. While it may be argued that this speed and power can be nullified by burning or paralyzing, the problem is that Scyther will likely have you nearly dead before then, due to his other traits.
His movepool, for example. Following DPPt rules, Scyther has access to Agility, doubling Speed, and the aforementioned Swords Dance, doubling Attack, as well as Double Team, which is a moot point. His offensive movepool is backed with the power to destroy ghosts with Night Slash, accompanied with Focus Energy for that crit hax fun, as well as STABed X-Scissor which has the base strength akin to Lucario's Iron Head. Then there's the matter of Wing Attack.
As a base 60 attack, boosted to 90 by STAB, Scyther also gets the Technician ability, increasing that to a monstrous base 135 attack coming off of 319 attack, or 638 if it dances first turn. Even things that resist it will be hurting, and if anything is even neutral, Wing Attack will likely OHKO, a nasty detail. Using Steels or rock types? It gets Brick Break for those too via TM.
So, is anything capable of killing Scyther? If it has set up a dance, you'll likely need Onix to defeat it, or something capable of using priority. But then that's why Scyther can use tech-boosted Vacuum Wave for your Ice Sharders, and Quick Attack for anything else. And if you're using something to try and outlast, a critical from Slash or Night Slash will end your game.
In short, Scyther is incredibly overpowered, and if he isn't banned, it may lead to a world where everyone starts with him, resulting in speed ties between battling bugs to see who WA's first, something dreadful.
Which is why I wish to put forward this court case for the public to decide, giving my evidence. Ban, or don't ban?