Because it takes so long to say "you're such a kid." I don't really care for the phrase either, but I don't see why a big deal is being made out of it. Granted, it did annoy me a little at first, but friends call each other names (playfully) all the time. And the only main character I can think of that has a personality/attitude similar to Iris' is Misty. None of the other main characters, as far as I know, ever called Ash names on a regular basis. Nor do I remember any of them being scolded numerous times either, at least in regards to their personality, besides Brock. But that's getting off-topic.Yeah, that was the two-second inconsequential gag that I mentioned earlier. Even if she does get called out on it, nothing changes. It lasts all of a few seconds and then gets completely ignored afterwards. She doesn't have to be called out every time, no, but when she REALLY gives Ash shit that he doesn't deserve (like insulting him for not knowing what Battle Clubs are since they don't exist in his region or holding up his end of a bet), it would be nice to see Iris not get away with that kind of rude behavior all the time. Like I said, main characters before BW who had these kinds of attitudes were often called out on and/or scolded, and rightfully so. Even if Iris isn't malicious, she really overdid the shtick early on in the series and it honestly did nothing but eat up time that could've been used for something more useful and worthwhile.
The Excadrill thing should've been handled better, I agree, but I don't think Iris' development is that lazy. I honestly can't help but think you are comparing her to Dawn and May, at least subconciously, because none of the sidekicks were ever really developed that much. Iris has no goal besides evolving Axew and becoming a Dragon Master, which it's not clear as to what that even means. Maybe you should explain how exactly Iris should be developed then, because right now, it just seems to me like you are just bitter than she's even on the show in the first place.I suppose you're new to this, because we've explained dozens of times that we don't want Iris getting the kind of exposure that Dawn had and the amount of screentime she gets is just fine. It's how they use the time that I have a problem with; being a sidekick is no excuse to be lazy with character development, especially when the writers establish a major subplot for Iris and completely and totally half-ass it after dragging it out for half a year with barely any mention of it since it was established.
If the viewers can see it plain as day, then why does it take it being called out on for you to be content? Is Iris supposed to be punished before you can relate to her? Also, what exactly is Iris supposed to learn from somebody telling her that calling someone a kid is mean? All that will really happen is that she won't say it anymore. That's not much development at all in my eyes.And really, Iris has more than just a "couple" of flaws, IMO. But like I said, most of her flaws aren't even recognized as such in the show even if the viewers can see the flaws plain as day.
First off, her and Ash hardly ever bicker. And I think Cilan is more involved because the writers are making a point that they don't want him to be another Brock. That should be obvious though.Cilan entertains me; he's doing just fine in his role, so I have no issues with him. Iris, on the other hand, does not entertain me in the least. Her bickering with Ash is repetitive, annoying, and a chore to sit through. That's how I feel about it, anyway. I dislike her personality and while the flaws she has now should in theory help her grow to be more well-rounded by the end, with every passing episode that focuses on her, she only gets more inconsistent, unjustified, and harder to like. And in episodes that don't focus on Iris, she's often standing there in the background and on occasion spouting negative remarks that are usually uncalled for. There've been plenty of opportunities that passed that could've fleshed Iris out a little more in subtle ways, but instead they just leave her there as background fodder. Sure, you can say that's because she's a sidekick, except Cilan tends to be much more involved and proactive even when the episodes don't focus on him.
That's cool and all, but it seems there's some unnecessary double standards between Cilan and Iris, who I feel are meant to fulfill almost the same purposes: entertainment. If you don't find Iris entertaining, great, but it's not fair that one thing can work for Cilan but not Iris.Yes, I'm sure this'll be torn to bits with "subjective blah blah blah" buit the point is that our disdain for the character and the writers who we believe are mishandling her is not unfounded, it is not blind hatred and rage, it is not a "warped point of view", and it's not wrong. There is no "right" or "wrong" here.
You aren't thinking hard enough then. Iris enjoys nature and isn't afraid to get her hands dirty. Some people would find that to be an appealing and unique trait (for girls on this show, at least) but I suppose you don't. The writers can't please everybody though, so maybe she will never be likable to some. Oh well.Yeah. Problem is, I've honestly tried to think about aspects of Iris that I like - that appeal to me. And you know what? I can't think of one single thing. Not one trait, detail, or reason so far shines out to me and that's not me just focusing on the negative traits. I really cannot see a reason to like her. And for as long as these kinds of debates have transpired, not one person here has even tried bringing up a good point that is unique to her (because saying "she likes her friends" or "she cares about her Pokemon" are not unique good traits; those are prerequisite traits for every main character in this show).