fuck you, sig.
I like ALL of Ash's starters, because they all have great personalities. The only two that are lacking on that are Torterra and Pignite, but they're better off than some of Ash's reserves. But I voted for Staraptor, not because it's my favorite Pokemon, but because it was the only one of Ash's Pokemon to beat any of Paul's in their first full battle (besides, IIRC, Monferno, but it fainted).
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I have claimed: Staraptor (01/12/13), Shiny Stone (02/12/13), and Limber (02/12/13).
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I went ahead and chose Inferenape mainly because I absolutely loved his backstory. You know, how he was released by Paul as a Chimchar, only to show him who's boss once he evolved into an Inferenape. And if it wern't for all that Ash did for him, who knows what would have happened to the poor little guy D: .
Thinking Top 5, I'd definitely say:
I'd go on a limb to say Charizard, Palpitoad, Bayleef were favs of mine in one point in time, but it varies with them.
Pikachu is my favourite of Ash's Pokémon, because Ash's Pikachu is adorable and I love watching the bond between Ash and Pikachu. However, I'm treating this poll as choosing between all of Ash's Pokémon aside from Pikachu, and I chose Bulbasaur.
Smart, strong, independent, team-player, diplomat, natural leader, refused to evolve, Grass-type - love him.
I love Ash's Donphan, Sceptile, Corphish, Torterra, Gible, Leavanny, Palpitoad and Boldore too; but his Bulbasaur is by far my favourite of his Pokémon.