The battle with Elesa, on the other hand, does make him look like a complete idiot. I don't think that Kanto Ash would have made a mistake that stupid and that's saying a lot. I still prefer the battle with Roxie in a way since at least Ash did have a couple of decent strategies, even though his team still came off as underdeveloped, and Roxie looked like a good trainer, despite being ridiculously overpowered. The battle with Elesa makes Ash look a lot worse in my opinion.
I thought that Cheren was okay, or at least better than I thought that they would handle his B2/W2 personality. Technically speaking, it wasn't even a real Gym battle. It was a special one-on-one match with a Gym Leader since Cheren was still getting used to his new role and I don't think that the field was completed until just before the match. That's probably why it isn't mentioned on this poll.Originally Posted by EmotionalTensionPKMN