When it boils down to it which region had the worst of the worst in terms of gym leaders?
For me I’d say the things to consider are which gyms were usually closed most of the time or had Ash perform some kind of stupid errand for the leader in order to get to battle them. Location of the gym, what kind of leader the person Ash battled was (in terms of being a dick, bitch, cold-hearted, cheery, etc.).
Overall when I think about these things I would cast my vote for Sinnoh. Which is ironic because I think in the anime it had the BEST gym leaders because we really got to see Ash shine in terms of tactics. Not to mention the leaders were not just one episode faces that we never saw again. There were story arcs in each city and then we’d have a gym battle.
It’s just that there were so many times Ash arrived at a gym and for whatever reason didn’t battle. Fantina was either away or refused to battle almost half a dozen times before she fought Ash. Bryon’s “special training” was going to dig on Iron Island, Maylene was having suicidal thoughts (well not really but seriously after the beating from Paul who wouldn’t?) and that goes along with Volkner’s emo-behavior after his lover…I mean friend Flint went to the E4.
Sure Sabrina was a bitch, Erika denied Ash a battle since he hated perfume, Blaine’s gym was inside the volcano then on top of it meaning any Pokemon (that wasn’t a fire type) would die instantly if it hit the lava, and the list goes on. However, Sinnoh TO ME seems to come out at #1 on the list.
Unova…well that entire gym series sucked balls. The only battles that were good with Clay and Brycen (the Ice leader) the first 4 battles sucked but the leaders were “meh.”
What do you think?