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Oops, sorry about that.The main issue with Arbok is that... it has no staying power or moments of spotlight, nor any reprisal of attention via regional forms or the like. Its only notable position in the spotlight is being Jessie's original partner in the anime.
Lemme put it this way. If it weren't for Smash Bros., Jigglypuff would've honestly faded to obscurity since it had only so much presence as a recurring Pokemon in the anime. It actually only barely survived getting dropped from the cast twice during development of Super Smash Bros. Brawl and the 3DS/Wii U installments respectively due to grandfather clause alone.
Alolan Exeggutor, Marowak, and Muk are examples of Pokemon that I could think of that owe renewed reputation to their regional formes; especially Exeggutor in the meme department and Muk for its viability in competitive play. Heck, even its fellow Team Rocket compatriot, Weezing, nabbed a memorable Fairy-type form over at Galar; and that too gave it new life with the fanbase.
...and Arbok's just sitting there at the corner. No Megas, no Gigantamax forms, no other role in the franchise, nothing.
No, both Arbok and Weezing are not usually associated with Team Rocket anyways in the anime. That's all.Isn't Arbok usually associated with TR anyways? Pokemon belonging to villains are rarely popular unless they've got a gimmick or quirk like Meowth for example (since it can talk in the cartoon).