CONTEST: May's or Dawn's rivals, who's your favorite?

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    Default May's or Dawn's rivals, who's your favorite?

    So who's rivals is your favorite? May's or Dawn's? Personally I like May's better since I think Drew is just plain awesome. Solidad seems like an older sister to May and Drew. Even though Harley is hilarious.

    I'm not sure about Dawn and her rivals. I love Dawn in all but I'm not really a fan of Zoey and Kenny all that much.
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    Default Re: May's or Dawn's rivals, who's your favorite?

    May's rivals were great. Even the ones who only appeared in 2 episodes for a contest were memorable. Drew had good interactions with May. Harley's a creepy, obsessive guy who makes me laugh. Solidad, although she only appeared in the 3 Kanto Grand Festival episodes was a good addition to the group. She was mature, and interacted easily with them. She had a degree of insight into both Contests, and people that was interesting to see.

    Dawn's rivals, on the other hand, were less great, in my opinion. Kenny annoyed me, mostly, and while I didn't mind Zoey, she just didn't impress me. Nando interested me, but then he got so little screentime and focus that it killed his character. Ursula was actually a good rival. She had some sort of vendetta against Dawn. But she could have been a lot better, if she had gotten at least one much needed win against Dawn.
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    Default Re: May's or Dawn's rivals, who's your favorite?

    I moved this thread to the Anime forum (Professor Orchid's Live Caster) because I felt this topic is more suitable there.

    Anyway, as for the topic, since I never experienced both series, I am not familiar with them, although from what I heard, May's rivals are better for being actually rivals, unlike Dawn's, whose rival don't make good rivals.

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    Default Re: May's or Dawn's rivals, who's your favorite?

    Problem is most of Dawn's rivals weren't really rivals.

    Zoey = More of a mentor and good friend
    Kenny = Kinda just treated as a childhood crush and a punching bag, she beats him in his first appearance and he fails out of the GF.
    Nando = Had no rivalry with Dawn whatsoever

    The only real rival Dawn had was Ursula. And even then Ursula lost against her all 3 times.

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    Default Re: May's or Dawn's rivals, who's your favorite?

    Both
    I feel like May's rivals were the most fitting as rival characters to May and Dawn's rivals were the most fitting as rival characters to Dawn
    May's story was in a way that she needed "mean" rivals to push her to do her best, while Dawn's story was more about needing supportive friendly rivals to help her get out of her depression and a figure to try to reach their level (like how amazed Dawn was when she watched Zoey VS Nando in the GF, saying that THIS is a true Contest Battle and that she's still not on their level yet)
    So each set of rivals worked the best for their respective main character

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    Default Re: May's or Dawn's rivals, who's your favorite?

    May had Harley. That's a pretty tough act to follow.

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    Default Re: May's or Dawn's rivals, who's your favorite?

    May's rivals win by a long shot. Drew and Harley are amazing. And all her one-shot rivals were great too.

    Dawn's only good rival was Ursula.
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    Default Re: May's or Dawn's rivals, who's your favorite?

    May's rivals were definitely better; they're sort of the deciding factor in my preferring May's quest over Dawn's as a whole. Beyond the subliminal Contestshipping vibes, Drew was a legitimately good character and rival and probably one of the anime's better attempts of making a rival that's in the gray area between friendly and antagonistic. And I don't think I need to tl;dr about how amazing Harley was; he's the kind of character/rival that you just can't replicate no matter how hard you try.

    The clashing dynamics also played a part in why I preferred May's rivals. May started out very self-conscious and uncertain of herself, so having her being pushed around by strong-willed rivals through misunderstandings and whatnot made for great entertainment. I'd be remiss to neglect mentioning May's one-shot Hoenn rivals, most of whom were a step above the casual CotD you'd get from this show.

    On the other hand, we had Dawn, who was a fundamental opposite in being self-assured and confident from the beginning (helped that she already liked Pokemon and knew what she wanted to be right from the get-go). While Dawn was humbled over time by her rivals, there was hardly a trace of conflict between Dawn and her rivals. Most of them were friendly - Nando was a total Red Herring of a rival, Kenny was no doubt the blandest rival ever conceived on this show (plus the most meaningful thing he ever did was be mowed over by Dawn in their first match and teach Ash's Turtwig Energy Ball), Ursula was a great character, but was marred by losses without ever getting a win against Dawn (despite having way better Contest moves, imo)... Jessie was at her absolute best for this Contest saga (an improvement over being a joke in AG) but went out with a pretty pitiful bang. Zoey at least benefited from character development, but she still had potential that was never tapped upon and thus remained sort of a so-so rival in my eyes.

    So yeah. Whenever I think of memorable Contest rivals on this show, Drew and Harley will always come to mind first. They were just better characters conceptually, had more dynamic development, and undeniably had a better sendoff than any of DP's rivals (even if Zoey did win the GF - was I the only one who thought it was BS that Sinnoh's GF came down to a bunch of newbies?).

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    Default Re: May's or Dawn's rivals, who's your favorite?

    I prefered May's rivals a lot more. Drew was the typical pretty boy, Harley was the creepy guy who was likeable for some reason. The only boring one was Solidad.

    Dawn's though, were boring. Her main rival, Zoey, didn't really come across as a rival at all to me. As others have also said, the only real rival she had was Ursula, who didn't do much at all.

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    Default Re: May's or Dawn's rivals, who's your favorite?

    I do have to remind myself that at DP's start, I actually really liked Zoey. She seemed to be interesting at the beginning, but it was somewhere around the Aipom/Buizel trade ep that she started to become more pushy and thus less enjoyable. And then after that....she just kept appearing...and well...there was nothing else to say really. I did really enjoy how at the Snowpoint eps however how heavily the writers pushed the Zoey/Candice pairing. I was happy to see a lesbian relationship promoted in the show in a mature and sophisticated manner. We did get some good battles out of her too.

    Its kind of a shame Ursula came too late in DP to really make an impact. As much as I liked her, I know her character got screwed over by her late arrival. I keep on wishing she had Kenny's place as Dawn's childhood friend, but she had the same personality. It would have been great.

    So for me May's rivals edge out, but Ursula saved the tail-end of Dawn's arc.

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    Default Re: May's or Dawn's rivals, who's your favorite?

    How can you top Harley?

    Dawn did have Ursula. But for whatever messed up reason, Kenny was favored over her. o_O

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    Default Re: May's or Dawn's rivals, who's your favorite?

    May's rivals. By a MILE. I mean seriously, Harley was like the best contest rival ever and Drew's interactions with May never failed to be interesting.

    On the other hand, besides Ursula, Dawn's rivals were all meh. (IMO)

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    Default Re: May's or Dawn's rivals, who's your favorite?

    I will say May's rivals were more interesting as well. The main ones were made for conflict, and the others were quirky and still fun to watch. Dawn ended up with so many rivals that not too many one shots were done, and the one I remember was fairly interesting, but she was never seen again. The main ones were made for a different purpose than May's were. Well, at least most of them were. I'm not against the idea of friendly rivals, as long as they still are interesting. They just didn't seem as interesting. Nando might have been, but they didn't play around with him enough, and Ursula just wasn't around enough, either. Kenny was interesting in his own way, but as a threat, no. May's rivals were just more entertaining.
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    Default Re: May's or Dawn's rivals, who's your favorite?

    May's rivals were much more interesting (you just can't top Harley.) Dawn's rivals didn't really feel like rivals. If Ursula was introduced earlier then that would ahve made things more interesting. Instead Dawn's "rivals" were a girl who was more like a mentor to her and a childhood friend with a crush.


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    Default Re: May's or Dawn's rivals, who's your favorite?

    so, is this a serious question? Are you just waiting to see if somebody out there will try to give a reason behind liking Hikari's rivals better? But yeah, Haruka's rivals by a long shot (hell, even Saori managed to be interesting despite being such a late arrival, and I'm not even counting the one-shots here). All Hikari had was Urara, and Musashi acting competent to an extent.
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