- May 30, 2011
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Maybe it has happened before. Maybe not. I can imagine that in the real world, someone like Paul would have become a juvenile delinquent, get thrown into detention centers, jail cells, etc.
That's a bit over judgmental for someone who has not seen the entire series.
Paul might not have heartfelt Hallmark friendships with Pokemon as Ash does but hard does not have to be abusive and in Paul's case it's consent that differentiates it. His Pokemon are brutes who understand and appreciate his technique and he attempts to select them based on that compatible drive.
He might condemn Pokemon for not being strong enough but that's just his way of saying 'if you can't take the heat get out of my kitchen' which is disagreeable for being asinine but valid and don't we all kind of do that in the games? Don't we tend to throw away the ones whose stats we don't like?
Chimchar was the exception due to a case of incompatibility. Due to his trauma with the Zangoose positive/affectionate encouragement was just more effective for him than pushing, something Paul just didn't understand and wasn't willing to provide and despite Chimchar's suffrage with Paul, Infernape shows a level of respect in their brief interactions in Paul's recent Journeys appearance.
As for authorities and iconic figures such as professors, I don't believe such characters have ever witnessed him training and Paul respects their experience and advice. It's just novices and those he doesn't see as pushing their Pokemon that he looks down on.
His Journeys appearance is once again a good example. He was offered a gym leader position so went to Professor Oak to expand his knowledge of Pokemon.
He's not just some asshole who just gets a kick out of bullying others, he's dedicated to being a proper educated trainer and actually doesn't even like the spotlight of big tournaments so only participates in them if he feels there is something of value he can get from them.