First off, what’s good forum!!! I’m on Thanksgiving Break, so I wanted to post a thread since I haven’t done so in a long time.
I’d say that both rivals of Ash (well I consider Paul a true rival; while Trip…well honestly I still don’t see a real rivalry between the two trainers. Trip probably just sees him as an annoyance which I can’t blame him for) took a hard punch to the gut when their hero let them down (in Trip’s case) or childhood-obstacle effortlessly defeated them (in Paul’s case).
Paul carried that sense of resentment toward his brother since he was a beginning trainer since he changed “careers” from trainer to breeder after losing to Brandon. It affected not just the way he trained his Pokemon, but the way that he battled, his attitude and how he interacted with other people.
Trip was younger than Paul (I’m assuming since Paul had just gotten his Turtwig as his starter Pokemon before he saw Reggie lose so he was at least 10, while Trip said that “when” he became a trainer he would train hard, win the league and challenge Alder hinting that he wasn’t even 10 yet) when he and Alder promised each other to battle one day in the Champion League.
So, while Paul carried around that bitterness for years, Trip had a sense/duty of learning all that he could and becoming strong enough to face Alder in battle one day. One the other side, Paul trained to get stronger but in the exact opposite way of his brother.
I felt bad for Paul since he got the chance to face Brandon, but was blinded by rage when Brandon struck a nerve and his battle strategy got sloppy and he faced a brutal defeat in front of his brother and peers. Trip got his childhood dreams crushed when his hero turned out to be no more than a girl chasing, not to be taken seriously in battle kind of trainer (falling asleep in battle against Ash, well to be honest if I was battling BW series Ash I’d probably fall asleep too…) and then NOT remembering the promise you made hurt Trip to the core. Like the saying goes, “Never meet your heroes”
One thing that added fuel to the fire was Ash; before facing Brandon, Paul was shocked to hear that Ash beat the trainer that his brother could not. Trip got the chance to battle his idol since childhood but Ash was blocking his chance. I mean really Ash; you’ve never beaten Trip since you two met so why get in the way? If I were Trip, I’d give Ash a swift blow to the jaw because Ash needs to grow up…oops my bad he’s still just 10…
Too bad we never got to see a rematch between Paul and Brandon or Trip sticking around to see Alder put his foolishness aside and he alone stopped and helped out that Gigalith.
So, which “defeat” seemed worse? Put aside the fact that you may not like Paul or Trip but to the situations that they both went through.