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Second Stage Pokémon You Like Better Than Their Final Stage

Lightning Flame Blast

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-Hakamo-o over Kommo-o
-Torracat over incineroar (though I love both)
-Grovyle over Sceptile (barely)
-Pikachu over Raichu (again barely)
-Croagunk over Toxicroak
-Growlithe over Arcanine
-Electabuzz, Magmar and Rhydon over their gen IV evos

All I can think of right now.
 

prog rocker

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Ivysaur definitely lol.

Gothorita > Gothitelle as well but I like Gothitelle too.
I forgot about Gothorita. I guess I never put attention to Gothitelle because it reminds of those weird enemies from the Subspace Emissary.
 

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Rhydon. Rhyperior is not pretty to look at. Same goes for Electabuzz, Electevire won't win any beauty pageants anytime soon.

Magmortar is tolerable in my eyes, so I didn't list Magmar.
 

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Wow, what is everyone's problem with Dragonite?
The transition is a completely different design from the prior form, as if it were an unrelated Pokemon.

(...ever notice how Butterfree looks kinda like a winged Venonat?)

Rhydon. Rhyperior is not pretty to look at. Same goes for Electabuzz, Electevire won't win any beauty pageants anytime soon.
Oh boy does that open a can of Wurmples. A lot of Sinnoh's cross-gen evolutions just look ... y'know, bad.
 
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The transition is a completely different design from the prior form, as if it were an unrelated Pokemon.

(...ever notice how Butterfree looks kinda like a winged Venonat?)
There's a theory floating around that Venomoth and Butterfree got switched around, but since no developer has commented on it, there's no way to know if it's true.
 

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The biggest example I can think of is how much I prefer Quilava to Typhlosion. It's one of the few Fire-types that I like, actually. :x
 

Camille

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Torracat and Braixen both look sleek and elegant, but Incineroar and Delphox are really disappointing. Although I do like Typhlosion, Quilava is slightly more cool-looking.
 

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Wow, then I'm the minority that actually likes Incineroar, but hates Torracat.

Also, I forgot about Floette.
 

GhostLucario

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Electabuzz and Magmar- I prefer them over their evolutions, which I hate
Torracat- Incineroar is my most hated mon
Ivysaur- I never liked Venusaur
Vigoroth- Slaking is ok but I prefer Vigoroth's design so much more.
 

TheHungryBox

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Ivysaur
Charmeleon
Wartortle
Clefairy
Jigglypuff
Rhydon
Chansey
Magmar
Flaaffy
Servine
Dewott
Krokorok
Gothorita
Fraxure
Braixen
Torracat
Steenee
Hakamo-o

that's not to say i dislike or hate any of these (tho i don't care about nethier Serperior nor Delphox)
 

TheHungryBox

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Electabuzz and Magmar- I prefer them over their evolutions, which I hate
Torracat- Incineroar is my most hated mon
Ivysaur- I never liked Venusaur
Vigoroth- Slaking is ok but I prefer Vigoroth's design so much more.
what about Rhydon, Dewott and Gothorita?

just saying
 

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Even though the line is pretty bad and I'm not fond of it, I do like Bayleef's design better than it's final form. It has a nice design, doesn't look too goofy or out of place in its line, strikes a nice balance between cute and tough, the leaf with a notch on its head is a nice detail, and it has a cute cry. So, while the line as a whole is not a favorite of mine, I do like Bayleef more than the rest of its line.
 
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Dividing this into four categories...

Pokemon that have final stages I like, but are still reluctant to evolve:
Dragonair, Pikachu, Bayleef, Dewott, Floette.
Pokemon that have final stages that are just decent/okay and I wish they were a little different: Jigglypuff, Machoke, Rhydon, Prinplup, Braixen.
Pokemon that have final stages that I don't like: Poliwhirl in Gen I (Politoed is what Poliwrath should've been in the first place), Torracat.
Pokemon that have final stages that should go die in a fire: Vanillish. (Okay I don't like Vanillish that much either but if I could pick between a sentient ice cream cone with one face and a sentient ice cream cone with two faces I'd pick the former. And Vanillite beats both of its evolutions in sheer adorableness, so there.)
 
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Dragonair is the only one that stands out to me, really.

Does Heracross count? Its mega is...very awkward looking.
 

Vortigern

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Magmar. Always Magmar. Why did they have to do what they did to you? :(
 

Gengarzilla

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Literally none of them because I care far far more about battling capabilities than something so trivial/inconsequential as design. Porygon2 in particular is a no go; that demon wronged me so hard on my favourite PMD game once.
 
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