- Sep 27, 2007
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I suspect this is partly Ash's long-running underdog factor at play--if he sent out a Garchomp against Paul he'd have a perception of being the stronger of the two (side note: looking back I find it odd Paul didn't have a psuedo back in DP as I recall. It's not like those were locked off or anything since Tyson used one in AG).One thing I think it's worth noting is that despite the whole "no Pokemon is truly evil" deal, the anime still has some noticeable biases when it comes to depicting certain species which actually often mirrors how certain animals are more prone to being villainized than others: stereotypically cute and/or cool Pokemon are almost always depicted in a heroic and sympathetic light, while the more intimidating-looking ones are, although rarely outright villainous, still more likely to be in an antagonistic position, most notably being under the command of rivals. I mean, during DP Paul was the most hostile rival Ash had ever had, and just look at his team: almost every single Pokemon he's seen using is a species that's either large, intimidating, or a combination of both, and the most egregious exceptions (Chimchar, Azumarill, and the Starly trio) were quickly removed.
Even when he got final form psuedos they're probably the two cutest and least intimidating ones (Goodra and Dragonite) despite possessing equal power to the others in-game.
I wonder how Meowth fits into that, though--he's very, very cute despite the most famous one being a villain, but on the other hand cats are very prone to villainization and he's been softened over time (honestly looking back in early Kanto I felt the TRios interactions suggested that while Jessie and James were old friends Meowth was less close and held himself above them, though later on it often turned into Jessie terrifying Meowth and James instead). I guess another cute Pokémon who was allowed to be pretty close to villainous was Sho's Raichu almost beating Pikachu to death.
Although even ignoring the underdog thing, Beedrill and Ursaring were often portrayed as menaces in the wild.
Though when you look at it I think the writers didn't feel too attached to "no evil Pokémon" concept overall, considering things like the giant Claydol in AG or the villainous Malamar in XY.