Not including Moltres since it's legendary... Anyway, there were very little fire types back in the day, same with ice really. So I thought this would be an interesting poll.
So, we have the classic Charmander family who at final stage of evolution turn dual typed, the powerful Growlithe family, the menacing looking Magmar who didn't have evos until Gen 2, and the speedy Vulpix and Ponyta families... Oh, and Flareon, who is meh.
• Whose design do you prefer?
• Who is the best battler?
• Who is the most useful?
• Who is the worst of all of them?
In terms of design, I prefer Ninetales, it's so beautiful looking and not generic red/orange colored like most, but a whitish–yellow. I do find Flareon cute though.
Best battler? Magmar with variety of moves and neat status, it has helped me a lot in the past at one point.
Most useful would go to Charizard with it's dual–typing, it can fly AND dig. With it learning steel and dragon moves now in the newer games makes it more awesome.
Worst of them... Uh... Well, Ponyta is annoying, but I love horses... I've never used Growlithe in battle except in Blue and XD really. But Flareon is no doubt the worst, it doesn't match up as well as the other fire–types and other two original evos.