It’s been awhile since I made a thread like this, but here we go the two newbie girls in Ash’s group beat well seasoned Pokemon in a battle to beat May and Ash. Pikachu loses to Excadrill and Glaceon against Piplup. Which match was more believable than the other?
To me it seems like both contests were designed to help develop the characters of Iris and Dawn. Iris was just getting a handle on her relationship with Excadrill since it’s been a long time since the two of them worked as a team and won a battle. Dawn has been losing contest after contest and was questioning her path as a Coordinator. But in the long run it was like everything was handed to them on a silver platter to come out on top.
Honestly, one would think Dawn wouldn’t use Piplup since she just used it in a prior match against Kyle’s Crawdaunt and won. Considering this let May see all of Piplup’s attacks she’d know how to counter. Not to mention the battle didn’t seem fair considering the writers gave Glaceon a crappy move set beforehand; Ice Shard, Secret Power, Shadow Ball and Mirror Coat. Two of the moves were good but Secret Power and Ice Shard needed to go due to low Attack power on Glaceon’s side.
At the Don Tournament final round, it was obvious that it was at a disadvantage against a Ground type so like the match with Trip’s Snivy (when it was sick) it couldn’t use any electric moves. Pikachu just beat a legendary but still it lost to a far weaker Pokemon at the start of the series…
The thing that pissed me off about this match the most was how the writers greatly exaggerate Pikachu’s endurance in battle. It got way too tired way too fast in this battle. Against Flint’s Infernape it seemed like an impossible opponent to take down (must have been holding Evolite to raise its defenses, even though the stuff never existed til BW lol).
So which female victor seemed more unfair than the other? Honestly, I'd say Iris considering I hate her attitude toward everyone that she calls a kid. She makes more mistakes than the people she claims to be childish sometimes. But it takes a kid to know a kid I suppose.