I guess back then we would have been surprised that he was battling Ash more than Gary, but that's it.
Given how he was handled in the recent tournament, hopefully something will happen that makes him more interesting. He did get knocked out of the very first round. The only problem will be he will likely ignore Ash again in their next encounter.
Not at all. He's a boring, picture-taking, poorly written douchebag.
What Egghatch said. A Paul rip-off who has no right to defeat Ash in the first Pokémon battle of the region.
Interesting rival, no. Interesting person, yes, very.
There's nothing wrong with Trip as a character, as the matter of fact, I find him to have the most interesting personality out of all of Ash's rivals, the only problem is though that Trip isn't handled very good as a rival. The writers are clearly not trying enough with him, they haven't made anything new out of the rival yet, they're just letting it stand still, which makes it quite uninteresting. So, the rivalry itself stands bland for me, but that doesn't make me dislike Trip in any way, just the way the writers are treating him as a rival.
I like him. I don't see what's the problem. He isn't mean or high tempered and he doesn't have to be. And compared to Snap, he is a much better looking photographer. He can take my picture any day.
No, definetly not, I find Trip to be nothing but a generic cartoon jerkass with barely any interesting characterization. He's basically what Paul was, but with everything that made Paul an interesting character ripped from him and watered down to the point where there is nothing left of him but a total jerk, at least Langley (I hate the name "Georgia") had some interesting characterization, and so did Paul, Trip however, is a very generic character with very little thought put into him.
Sometimes I see Trip as a blonde Paul. I think the writers wanted to keep Paul's popularity alive so they created a character with similar traits Ex: Ignoring Ash, Strong Pokemon (Made sence for Paul not so much for Trip him being a new trainer). I think that he could have been more of his own person. I'm glad he got some sort of backstory but he needs more. He needs somesort of breakthrough that changes him. It could happen we are early into the saga.
Absolutely not, he's worse than Gary in battling, he takes pictures like he's the papairazzi(sp?), and he thinks Ash is not epic because he's from Kanto
Seriously, this rival has the be the worse option for Ash, man.
Trip looks like Paul, shares Snap's hobby, and has Cheren's goal (since Cheren himself is a bit old for Ash)
Eventually we'll learn a bit more about him or he'll start to show a friendlier side. But up to this point, no more than Paul himself was (and I hated Paul. At least Trip treats his Pokémon right.)
I adore Shooti, I love his personality and I love his character and his battle style. The whole, he's a noob and shouldn't be able to beat Satoshi and shouldn't know what he's doing so early blah blah blah nonsense is just a load of garbage. Just because Satoshi didn't know anything about the world that was less than 5 feet away from his house doesn't mean every other newbie trainer starting out should be the same. Every person is different after all. Plus, anyone who can whoop Ash and Pikachu become insta-faves in my book. I personally can't wait to learn more about him! His rivalry with Satoshi isn't all that spectacular or interesting, save for whenever his Pokemon own Satoshi's. But I'm not gonna sweat over it, I love every episode he gets featured in and hope he gets some more appearances, so I'll just sit back and wait patiently for the writers to have Shooti do something awesome that makes me love him even more than I already do. I kinda wish he was Iris' rival though, their interactions with each other is just great.
And yes, everyone is different, but I can't recall the series portraying brand-new trainers as being competent in absolutely every area of Pokemon training and battling before Trip came along. Raising one Pokemon in getting it to like and respect you can be challenging enough depending on what you get, and refining its battling skills takes a lot of time and trial-and-error processes.
Trip not only has his Snivy perfectly synced with him before he's even started training it, but within ten episodes he's already got an additional five Pokemon that, as a trainer, he has to bond with and train at great lengths to get them to the level that he has them at now. If they established him as some sort of prodigy, maybe along the lines of Max or something, I could buy this a little, but they haven't. The only characteristics given to Trip are the camera quirk and his admiration for Alder - neither of which justify why he's so goddamn brilliant when he's just starting out. Overall, the writers have just been horribly lazy... both with Trip and his rivalry with Ash, which they can't bother even focusing on now because they just had to get Iris involved for no good reason.
Ash in general has been nerfed far beyond what I personally deem is acceptable in BW; getting his ass kicked by a guy who is not nearly as experienced, cultured, or hasn't struggled nearly as much as he has (that we've seen) is just rubbing salt in the wound.
Honestly, I see plenty of opportunities to round out Trip's character better by maybe addressing the fact that he is indeed new at this, and by winning most of the time he gets egotistical and starts taking on more than what he could normally handle. I also don't get his logic that's been displayed in the Don Battle, where he doesn't want to learn from other trainers to get stronger because it's so "basic". WTF? That just raises even more questions as to how Trip is excelling despite the handicaps he ought to be having.
If he's going to be Ash's main rival, there'd better be some damn good reasons for why he should be perceived as a threat. Right now, I don't see him as a real threat. Ash's true rival in BW isn't Trip, but rather the shit-tastic writing that allows Trip to bypass the typical newb trainer troubles so he can suddenly be on par with this much more experienced Kanto trainer.
Sometimes I'm thinking the writers really don't have a clue as to what to do with the guy for the long-term.
I honestly somewhat like Trip. Although to me, he seems like a hand-me-down Paul, who is a hand-me-down Silver, as a friend of mine would claim.
I don't think that Trip is an interesting rival at all. His interactions with Ash during the series at this point have been pretty dull. Trip acts like he's the more advanced trainer, even though this is his first journey, of the two and the way that they've overpowered him just so that Ash can lose feels incredibly jarring. Even with training his Pokemon more often, something which I think Ash needs to do more with his own Pokemon, it still feels like a poor reason to justify how Trip has been able to crush Ash in almost all of their matches. I actually didn't mind so much when Pikachu lost to an untrained Snivy. While I can understand why it did bother people and Pikachu's Quick Attack and Iron Tail should have been enough to defeat Snivy, I thought it was an interesting way to start out their rivalry and I was kind of willing to let it slide just to see how it developed from there. It was only when they had their second match that left Ash's team totally defeated that the rivalry started to bother me.
It also doesn't help that I don't think that there's much of any motivation for these two characters to battle, especially compared to Ash's other main rivals from previous series. Ash wanted to defeat Gary in an effort to prove his own skills as a trainer and to make Gary stop acting like a stuck-up snob by beating them. Considering they started their journeys at about the same time and this was mainly focused on when Ash was a new trainer, it kind of worked. The rivalry itself definitely could have been handled better, but overall, the motivation for Ash to want to battle Gary was fine. Ash's motivation to battle Paul was to show that his method of Pokemon training was valid and because of their opposite personalities, especially at the beginning of DP, there was tension in their interactions and that, along with the Chimchar storyline, just fueled their rivalry even further throughout the series. With Trip, it seems like Ash just wants to battle him for the shake of battling him, which doesn't sound like a good motivation for the main rival for the series. It also doesn't help that Trip seems to act like a jerk for no reason, especially with insulting Ash for being from Kanto, and Ash doesn't seem to respond to his comments like he really should. While Paul was definitely a jerk to Ash, mainly in the beginning of DP, there was at least a better reason for it due to their different training style and clashing personality traits.
There are some potentially interesting things about Trip, like his desire to battle the champion and how he went from being a fairly happy little boy, based on that flashback, to being a fairly cold and distant person who hasn't really shown much of any emotion. Though, I doubt that they'll explore anything beyond his desire to battle Alder and I don't have high hopes for this rivalry to get any better any time soon.