Which only shows how forcibly overpowered he is to shoe-horn him to Ash's level.Even if a few of his pokemon did evolve in between the first two battles, Trip did earn at least two gym badges before his rematch against Ash. One of those gym badges was earned by defeating Lenora, an opponent that Ash was initially unable to defeat with his own roster of pokemon a few episodes later.
Only because he's forced to be so he can compete with Ash. I can accept his being above a novice level but being able to not just beat Ash, but pwn him harder than Paul ever has? No. Should not happen. That's just downgrading Ash's abilities.Eventually one has to accept that Trip is far beyond the novice that he was introduced to be;
Which means he should at least be able to battle Trip more evenly.Ash also managed to defeat more experienced trainers and gym leaders within a short period of time on his first journey.
True enough, but that doesn't mean he should be able to pwn his rivals too incredibly easily, when one of his rivals is doing the same thing.If one is able to defeat gym leaders, then one is clearly not a "novice."
I don't see how losing to three out of eight gym leaders (two of which were free battles) raised the bar with gym leaders in DP.Just because DP had set the bar higher with gym leaders than ever before, it does not mean that one isn't a decent trainer when fighting and winning against gym leaders in other regions.
Being unable to use electric attacks should not have nerfed Pikachu so much that he would have been unable to defeat a Pokemon with no experience. Pikachu could still fight well with his other moves and that should've been the only thing that mattered since electric attacks have only half the normal effect on Grass-types, anyway.Yes, but it was important to remember that Pikachu did have a disadvantage in the first match as a result of interacting with Zekrom. Pikachu was unable to use his Electric-type moves and was exhausted rather quickly when he tried to use his other attacks,
Then we don't have to.but I wish not to get any further with changes in Pikachu's relative strength from DP to BW.
Just another example of how forced Trip's character is, by having a Servine so fast.Pikachu did lose quickly to Servine after the pokemon evolved in between the second battle.
Never before has Pikachu ever been defeated so easily by any Pokemon owned by a trainer for a short time. The only time that comes close is with Casey's Chikorita, and that wasn't really even a real battle and there's no telling that Pikachu would have lost for sure, anyway. BW is an all-time low for Pikachu in the beginning.Pikachu lost against many pokemon in all of these series, and not just BW.
Doesn't make Trip a good rival just because fans have to use that excuse to make him able to match Ash.We don't know what Trip does off-screen because the series isn't centered around his character. We can only assume that Trip has done a lot more training and caught a lot more pokemon than Ash did in the same timeframe. Ash was too preoccupied with having to interact with other characters and to stop TRio to properly train his pokemon.
Yet Pikachu only Ko'ed a Tranquill, who is a Normal/Flying-type, and only after it had already defeated two of Ash's Pokemon (and rather easily if I might add); and Snivy only KO'ed her evolved form by using Atrract and then spamming attacks until Servine was out. Hardly what I would call impressive feats. All that battle really did was make Trip look like we was leagues above Ash.Notice that the only pokemon that Ash used that were able to last against Trip in the second match were those that already had experience in battling. Pidove, Tepig, and Oshawott--pokemon that Ash did not truly train at that point--were horribly inexperienced and fell rather quickly.
And that, my friend, is exactly how Trip makes Ash look like a noob. And my whole original point.
Never said otherwise but even evolution doesn't guarantee success either.Evolution is usually an indication of improvement and strength.
Glad we're in agreement on that.Yes, it was a way for Trip to have an advantage over Ash before the battle started. Yes, it was done rather early for a rival character, and especially for a novice.
Not make him a rookie? Make him the secondary rival so he can safely be the underdog?But how else can Trip be an interesting and lasting rival for Ash if he didn't have at least that much of an advantage over his opponent?
A forced challenge kills the tension of the rivalry.The most important element to their relationship is that Trip can provide a challenge for Ash, despite Ash's experience in previous regions and despite the fact that Trip was introduced as a novice.
Fans' fault, not the writers'. I, myself, was never convinced that Paul was a rookie and if I didn't already know that Trip was, I wouldn't think he was either.Paul was introduced in the same way, and we assumed that he was a beginner trainer also.
And because he had a more original character and never beat Ash as easily as Trip has (sans Turtwig/Grotle vs Honchkrow, which was understandable given the circumstances). At least when Ash lost to Paul, he managed to give him a challenge before going down, and Paul's victories were more excusable than Trip's; with Trip, the battles mostly feel too one-sided in Trip's favor, and with little sense of a real rivalry between them.The only reason why he was given an excuse for his initial victories was that he was later revealed to have "just as much experience" as Ash a few dozen episodes later.
I honestly don't know why we're discussing all of this when most of your points still don't negate the fact that Trip is written to make Ash look like a newbie when he realistically shouldn't, no matter what the forced reasons may be.