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What names do you choose for your rival

RavenRaziel98

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In many of the games you get to decide how the name of your rival will be. Do you have any "favorites" or "traditions" (like always using the same name or using names of friends/family members)? What names do you use?

When I was younger I usually used the name of my brother but at one point I just started to give them unusual and old fashioned (mostly german) names like Lutz, Eberhard, Heinrich, Horst or Jürgen because I considered it funnier.
 

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Usually one of the default names, he was Blue in Red, Silver in Crystal, Gary in FireRed (if I remember it correctly, we all know that rival's name is pretty forgettable) and Gerd in German LeafGreen.
 

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Cannon or default name too. I consider that I lack inspiration
 

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Usually the canonical/default name, unless I’m imagining the protagonist as a distinct character rather than a self-insert of myself. In that case, I’ll try to come up with a theme - like if I’m playing White 2, and I name Rosa “Daily,” I’ll name Hugh “Nightly.” (Which is an example of another thing I’m fond of, is taking words that don’t seem like names at all, but over the course of saying them so much throughout the playthrough, they begin to sound more plausible as names.)
 

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The default name.

Except in Diamond/Pearl/Platinum. That annoying character gets named Pest, Idgit, or something similar.
 

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Let’s see, I usually name myself God or Arceus so it’s hilarious when my rival says “Hey God”, hence I name it mortal. The best was in Red/Blue, Professor Oak’s dialogues really insulted his own grandson
 

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When I was little I'd always name him after my male best friend; nowadays I usually name them after my boyfriend. I can't quite remember what I'd named my rivals in the in-between period between those two... maybe after a fictional character I had a crush on?
 

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I used one of the recommended names because they were hilarious. Lutz was already a good one, but after I saw Jochen in the list I knew exactly what I had to do. Maybe I will use Karsten or Gerd for SP :D
 

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I tend to just go with the characters' canon names, too. lol A one-off case in the original Diamond was when I named him "Tyson" due to not knowing his canon name at the time, but every restart since then, it's always been Barry.
It's for the same reason I can never bring myself to nickname legendary Pokemon: to me, no other name really... fits, y'know?
 

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Bohr. Because they’re a real bore, am I right? cue laughtrack
 

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Default names, mostly because I have trouble coming up with names.
 

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I don't really give my rivals specific names for any reason. I just give them whichever names sound cool. Though for BDSP, I named my female MC Cosette and the rival Marius, as around the time I was playing the original DPPt games, I was heavily into watching the Les Miserables anime. Yes, there's an actual Les Mis anime.
 
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