- Aug 19, 2019
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With your other points, I don't think I can disagree with those, so I'll just respond to this one.I definitely remember seeing some complaints about Dawn getting a Togekiss. She was handed a fully evolved Pokemon on a silver plate, she didn't really have to do much with it and Ambipom deserved to get to the Grand Festival more so than Togekiss. While Iris isn't the only character who had things handed to her, I don't think that's a really good defense either. For all of the problems with both May and Serena's storylines, they still made believable progress over the course of their respective series and they did work towards their accomplishments. I don't really feel the same about Iris. Everything being handed to her on a silver plate was the norm for Iris's storyline. None of her accomplishments felt earned or justified, which I think is a key difference between Iris and the other female leads.
In my opinion, the only times I felt that Iris got things handed to her was when she not only caught that powerful Dragonite, but she was allowed to win 2 rounds during the cup despite it disobeying her. I even begrudgingly agreed with Georgia that she and Dawn lost to Dragonite, not Iris. Even Iris herself admitted to Dawn that she didn't like the fact that she got that cheap win. Plus, this came back to bite Iris in the ass when Dragonite threw a huge temper tantrum after Ash's Krokorok evolved into Krookodile (my guess is that Dragonite only agreed to obey Iris because it didn't see Ash's Krokorok as an opponent it could lose to until it evolved).
While I don't think Iris achieved her goals battle-wise, she was able to connect with Dragon type Pokemon spiritually. That's another aspect of being a Dragon master (another example of this would be when Clair connected with that raging Shiny Druddigon before it wanted to be caught by her). As far as Iris not catching enough Dragon Pokemon, there is some fridge brilliance that can justify this: Lance stated in the games that Dragon Pokemon are difficult to capture and raise. I think the writers didn't have any idea what to do with Iris' goal battle wise, so they just gave her other obstacles to overcome, such as her Excadrill being disobedient because it believed that it failed Iris when it lost (also due to Iris' inconsideration to its feelings), Emolga being a strong, but lazy battler who would rather use volt switch and gorge itself with food. Dragonite's disobedience was the only one that was due to Iris' lack of experience as a trainer.
I would also like to point out that people love to harp on about how Iris' Dragonite is weak while comparing it to Ash's Charizard when the two battled. Fans forget that before Ash's Charizard was trained by Liza from the Charicific valley, it was actually the weakest Charizard out of the other species as well. Ash had much more issues training Charizard than Iris did with her Dragonite (the only difference is that Ash caught it as a Charmander while Iris was just handed a Dragonite). Dragonite was a wild pokemon when it was caught, so I do think it's justified in being weaker than the other well-trained dragon types it went against (Drayden and Clair).