I feel foolish for thinking this now, but when Ash and Trip's third battle ended in a tie, I actually had some hope this would be the turning point - Could this finally be a rivalry that isn't extremely one-sided up until the final battle? Little did I know that, rather than take the rivalry in a new and interesting direction, it began to have no direction whatsoever.
Ash and Trip haven't battled again since then; why does BW have such a problem with characters battling their supposed main rivals? I must admit that I have (unintentionally) enjoyed Trip's fall from glory, but his trainer abilities are too inconsistent. It now feels like everyone aside from Ash can easily defeat him, but whilst Ash himself could probably defeat all but the most elite of trainers, he continues to remain one step behind the newbie trainer every step of the way. It just doesn't make any sense, and makes a mockery of every battle in the show.
Trip has appeared so rarely, I was beginning to forget he even existed. Not that I'm complaining, but how was I ever suppose to take interest in the rivalry when I hardly know anything about one of the characters, or his Pokemon and their training?
Who is this git?
Damn, that looks much better. That would also make the embarrasing first battle feel more realistic. Pikachu vs Litwick? My bet is with the ghostly candle. Maybe Trip would have a good reason to mock Ash then, with Pikachu's first move used in the battle being Quick Attack...
Bottom Line, It'd be basic to give Ash a main rival who is good.
He hasn't appeared since the last Donnamite, I think... so while I still hate him, I kinda do hope for more development from him
he has kicked Ash's butt, he lost miserably in the two last tourneys, he hates Ash without reason, and the worst... he never greets. if there 4 reason to hate Paul, then there are 5 to hate Trip.
that is why I sometimes doubt if really Bianca is an Ash's rival. Anyway now I wonder if really wasa great idea replace Cheren by Trip :(Ash and Trip haven't battled again since then; why does BW have such a problem with characters battling their supposed main rivals? I must admit that I have (unintentionally) enjoyed Trip's fall from glory, but his trainer abilities are too inconsistent. It now feels like everyone aside from Ash can easily defeat him, but whilst Ash himself could probably defeat all but the most elite of trainers, he continues to remain one step behind the newbie trainer every step of the way. It just doesn't make any sense, and makes a mockery of every battle in the show.
Ash and Gary had one thing that united them, the broken pokeball symbolizing... ehhh ... I do not remember, but this was something symbolic. Paul and Ash had something more linker: Chimchar. But Ash and Trip what do they have? NOTHINGLike I said, a beginner for a rival worked well with Gary, since Ash was also just starting out. This time though, I just find it a bit irritating and odd that Trip has been wiping the floor with Ash despite the obvious experience gap between the two, post-DP memory loss or not. If Trip were more like Paul, experience wise, then the rivalry would have been a bit more believable and enjoyable. His overconfident attitude also annoys me a bit.
First, if I remember correctly, Pikachu who was nothing but a true mouse with no purpose, lost because it just had it's energy drained. That is not Trip's fault. It's Ash's for not seeing if Pikachu was healthy enough to battle. Since things like this usually happens to Pikachu, Ash was supposed to know better.
Next is the battles, the first one he lost, the second match between him and Ash he did lose, but he tied with him after that.
Third, it's again not Trip's fault that Ash has lost the other Don battle torunaments. If I yet again remember correctly, he was up against Iris in the finals and lost to her. Trip didn't even battle him, he battled someone else and lost. The next tournament he was up against Bianca. He didn't yet again had nothing to do with Ash's loss. It was someone else.
And fourth, he doesn't hate Ash, he just think he's a boonie, which is another word for dumb, which in most cases he is depending on the situation. As far as greeting is concern, I don't remember Gary or Paul greeting Ash nicely, he would just come up to them call them their names and they would seem annoyed or something. Typical main male rival persona.
He WAS. I especially liked the extra depth he got in BW22, 31 and somewhat 52. But most of the time he's an odd, dull cross between Gary and Paul. His defeats in both Don Tournaments certainly don't help his case much.
And yes, it's not much of a rivalry. Even the short lived League rivals had more going for them...
(Sometimes I swear the Plasma Embargo derailed the whole damn series...)
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I never cared for him since his debut. Not only because Paul raised the bar too high...but because he was just so...bland. I hate his design, and he contributes nothing in most appearances that we didn't see better with any other rival. He's also not funny so he can't be played for comic relief.
I can see Trip being completely forgotten about by most fans after BW ends. When people think of Ash's main rivals they'll think of Gary and Paul...Trip will never be mentioned alongside those two.
Nah, we'll all remember him after BW ends... as the worst character of all time, that is.
I really thought he has potential since the first episode, but he is pretty much now the most forced rival ever.
And no Pokémon Fan, advertising Trip as a powerfull rival doesn't work.
I mean , All the Growth that Ash had in DP, There Noway Some Rocky like Trip could be Superior then Ash!
But Writer reverse Ash's Growth & depowered Pikachu to Make Trip superior then Ash and make Pokemon as fun as the first series!
But it failed
No matter how much Writer goes for a NEW START & make Ash act like a Rocky , All Those 5 year of Journey won't get wash away.
SO , Trip Superiority Look's too Fake & Unrealistic ! He's Rivalry with Ash doesn't feel real Ether ! It feel like Writer trying to force something on us to accept !!!
Your right , Trip could have been a great Character
If Writer didn't Over-glorified him!!!
Why do you think People are So Pissed About Iris catching a Dragonite! She's a Dragon Trainer who's catching her 2ND Dragon type pokemon and Dragonite is a 2ND Best Dragon Pokemon!
So, Why Does Iris popularity fall when she caught something as amazing as a Dragonite???
Misty Still more Popular then her But Misty never received that much development & her Team sucked !
So , Why Misty still So Popular then Iris ? Is it Because of her Tanned-Skin!
NO! Its Because Writer Over-glorified Iris by mainly using Ash as a bait to Show her Battling Talent and giving Iris a Mega Powerhouse Like Dragonite When Ash never caught anything that goes near a Dragonite!
Just Like how Writer Over-gloried Trip by giving him a fake Superiority !!!
If Trip was treated like a REAL ROOKIE who develop step by Step with Ash's Help! If Trip was a rival who act unfriendly toward ash but admire him deep inside & Appreciate Ash's help
So What If Trip Sucked at first ? May sucked too but she develop into fine Trainer !
Plus , Trip is Rookie now So its a Appropriate Time for Trip to make Several Mistake and sometime get Humiliated Like Ash , May & Dawn got! But its not Appropriate Time for Ash to act like a Rookie because that time passed 15 year ago!
Writer could show Trip's talent by making him defect Ash's other Unova rival & Trainer ! Specially Trainer who was Stronger then Trip at first . Like Steven for Example!
If Writer simply make Ash & Trip rivalry like a rivalry between carefree Powerful Experienced Trainer And A Serious minded Antisocial Rookie then People Would accept that !
But Writer did the opposite !They made Trip superior to Ash but inferior to other rival!
And Since Writer Did the Opposite , They got the Opposite result !
That's Why People are Looking Forward to the NEW RIVAL!!! Because we hope that this rival might save Ash from being further humiliate by a Rookie! We hope this New Rival gonna take Trip's place as the new Main rival So there will be no need for Ash to be inferior to a Rookie!!!
Don't like him, mostly for the same reason I disliked Paul. I mean, yeah, at the beginning I thought it was pretty cool, a rival who's less of a generic friend and more of a... well, rival. Then it goes on and you realize that this character is going nowhere. The rivalry is going nowhere. Ash is going to lose again and again until the last battle, and the rival evolves at the bare minimum required by a kid's show. Trip showed shades of becoming interesting with the whole Alder thing, but that hasn't been brought up since.
He just strikes me as Paul-lite, and Ash's constant defeats are even more ridiculous considering the experience under his belt, but to be fair, that's not really something that can be blamed on Trip's character, it's more the writing requiring a beginner Ash instead of seasoned veteran Ash. That's really been the theme of the anime since the whole Plasma delay, disappointment.