So sometime last year, I did a little rant about character recycling, and emphasized how much I hated well-written characters being replaced by cheap knock offs, using Harley and Ursula *and Conway* as an example. However, since I made that post, I`ve talked with fellow fans and found they they do indeed hate Harley like a Seviper hates Zangoose, and yet are only mildly annoyed at Ursula.
I myself prefer Harley over Ursula, mainly because he came first, but for varying other reasons too. He had *though silly as they were* more reasons to dislike May over Ursula's single reason to hate Dawn *though, I don't like the girl much either, but a pokemon's tastes shouldn't be a deciding factor*. Whereas Pachirisu disliked Ursula's poffin and sealed Dawn's fate, May showed ignorance towards a pokemon that was clearly Harley's favorite, and then insulted it to his face, followed by an unintentional attack on his culinary prowess. Again, very silly reasons, but more substantial than Ursula's one.
Not to mention, Harley is better written and had a better development, but I feel this way about all of Advanced when comparing it to the fast-paced saga of Sinnoh. We had a short look into his past and got to clearly see all sides to his personality, not just the bitter part. After all, how many rivals can say that they openly show affection to their pokemon?
But I digress. This isn't about MY feelings, if it were I`d stick it in my blog. No, this is about the loyal users of this most wonderful site. So Bulbagarden I ask this: Who is the better contest rival, Harley or Ursula, and why?