The Eeveelution who says "Rawr!"
- Dec 13, 2017
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Okay, maybe I should have said "Tobias with a backstory". And yeah, I don't mind the way Ash lost to Tobias, and Alain definitely could have used a loss as a wake-up call, since his pursuit of power was clearly consuming him.Technically speaking, he did lose to Siebold in the first Mega Evolution special, but that was his only on-screen defeat if I recall correctly and they spent the last chuck of XY making Alain and his Charizard ridiculously overpowered and broken. The fact that he only used two Pokemon up until the Kalos League finals still frustrates me to no end.
While he does remind of me Tobias in regards to how he was ultimately there to defeat Ash, I wouldn't say that he's Tobias done right. That is mainly because I still find Alain way more frustrating than Tobias. Yeah, Tobias came out of nowhere with overpowered Legendary Pokemon on his team to sweep the Sinnoh League, but that never really bothered me. As cool as it would have been for Ash to win the Sinnoh League, there just wasn't any time for that. They had to wrap things up and move towards BW. I understand why it was so infamous, but it was a better way to handle Ash's defeat after he finally defeated Paul than if he lost to a regular trainer. He went out in a blaze of glory and was the honorary runner up for defeating his Darkrai. Alain had a backstory and motivation built up through the Mega Evolution specials, but he just became more boring for me due to how broken he was and unlike with Tobias, I couldn't just write it off as Legendary Pokemon being automatically overpowered. It was just clear favortisim for the Charizard line. Plus, I don't think that winning the Kalos League really mattered in the end for Alain or affected his storyline nearly as much as the Team Flare arc did. I'm fine with Tobias simply because he is designed to be overpowered from the start to kick Ash out of the Sinnoh League, while the screentime for Alain made me dislike him because of how overpowered he eventually became.