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Why I Hate Paul

The Paul I am referring to is a character in the pokemon anime, who is currently Ash's primary rival while the group is in the Sinnoh region. Paul is really a varied character: on the Serebii.net forums, the Paul character discussion thread has, at the time of writing, nearly spans twenty pages, though most of it is saying how "awesome" he is. However, I do not think he is awesome. I hate him more than I hate Harley from the same show. I want to strangle Paul and break one of his limbs. Most probably won't know why I feel this way, so I will explain.

First, Pokemon are sentient beings in this setting. As Linkara pointed out in his review of "Captain Planet and the Planeteers #3," if animals were truly intelligent enough to make their own decisions and follow orders, animals would easily be given rights. Considering that many pokemon in this setting are shown to be smart enough to qualify, pokemon should have a bill of rights. In the real world, Paul's treatment of his pokemon would be classified as cruelty to animals and he would be arrested and sent to Juvenile court, regardless of whether or not his pokemon appreciated his method of training. Though seeing how the world lacks competent police officers and encourages ten year old children to wander around with no parental supervision with only tamed animals for protection, the government must be very inadequate.
While I'm on the subject, why haven't his pokemon objected to his training methods? Sure, they might want to get stronger, but considering that his training methods in the Tag Battle arc would've gotten Chimchar killed had it not been for Ash's intervention, wouldn't at least one or two of them start having second thoughts about their trainer? Heck, seeing how strong they are and how humans are pretty much powerless without technology, I'm surprised his pokemon haven't killed him by now. Pokeballs must have great taming powers to keep pokemon from generally rebelling against their trainers.

Second, why hasn't anyone reprimanded him? I know I'm stressing this, but why hasn't Paul been punished for his behaviour? He clearly abuses his own pokemon, physically as evident in the aforementioned Tag Battle arc and emotionally, as seen when blames his pokemon for defeats, even after he's stated that when a battle is lost, the trainer is at fault, which not only proves he's a hypocrite but also doesn't make much sense considering the pokemon have all the power in this setting. Shouldn't he have gotten some form of punishment by this point? Not even his older brother, Reggie (who I should note is more like Ash in personality and training methods), has done anything about this. Why in the name of Slaking's lazy ass hasn't Reggie done anything to discipline him? Is Reggie really hoping that Paul will eventually change his way, as unlikely as it is? If Paul crossed the line, outright killing pokemon and showing no remorse for this, would Reggie still be hoping for Paul to change? I highly doubt it.

Third, why would anyone want to be anywhere near him? Paul's character in the show is that of a condescending jackass who looks down on almost everyone, including those closest to him (when he admits that his brother was weak after failing to get the Brave Symbol and moving on with his life), and he's too arrogant to admit that he's flawed.
In real life, absolutely no one would want to be around him, let alone be associated with him. To be honest, I think the only reason Reggie even gives him a chance is because they're brothers. Also, consider the fact that Paul is supposed to be ten years old (and I say "supposed to" because given that he's said to be the same age as Ash, and how the creators have stated that Ash is still ten after more than five hundred episodes, I don't think many actually take that statement seriously). Most ten year olds are not like Paul at all, which would prompt most to wonder, "What is wrong with him?" It's likely that Reggie would've gotten many complaints about Paul's cold and heartless antics, and as patient as he might be, he will eventually run out of tolerance.
As for how he interacts with others, with Ash and friends in particular, he's the same as with anyone else: rude, arrogant, and generally unfriendly, despite that Ash and co have tried to be friendly every time they've crossed paths. I'm surprised that, seeing how unlikely Paul is to change his attitude, they still try to be friendly with him. If they were a normal group of teens, one of them (most likely Ash) would've given him a hard smack upside the head.
He's said to be respectful to superiors such as Nurse Joy, Professor Rowan, and Cynthia. However, seeing as how he ignored Nurse Joy's warning for Chimchar's safety in the Tag Battle arc (I'll detail this below), ignored Cynthia's encouragement to change into a more caring trainer, I get the feeling that it's mostly a façade. If he truly did respect them, he would've followed their advice.
With all of these in mind, why anyone interacts with him is a big question left in everyone's minds.

Fourth, he's become the creator's pet. In the many times I keep my eye on the show, I find myself desperately hoping the writers would give him some form of karma. Much to my annoyance, they do not. Even if they do give him some karma, it never lasts: I can think of at least three cases where he could've used a good smacking: the first is a particularly frustrating case when Paul's victory against Ash after having a humiliating loss against Brandon's regi trio. After all, what better way to break him and get him to start rethinking his priorities by beating him after a particularly horrible loss? Instead, they have Paul win against Ash in a very one-sided battle, with Paul pretty much learning that no matter who he loses to, Ash will be his punching bag.
Another case I hoped for a good smacking was for a gym leader to confiscate and refuse to hand Paul a gym badge due to his rude and condescending gloating after getting the Veilstone Gym badge from Maylene. Maylene was pretty much a new gym leader at this point, and gym leaders command respect, no matter how new they are. By all means, Maylene should've forbid him the badge because he didn't treat her with the respect that gym leaders deserve.
The aforementioned tag battle arc is another point that could've given him the chance to be taught the error of his ways. After Chimchar was rescued by Ash and put into recovery, Nurse Joy warned him not to put the injured pokemon into battle because the injuries are numerous; naturally, being the insensitive jerk he is, he ignores the warning, knowing that a rival pokemon that Chimchar feared would be there, stupidly thinking that Chimchar would fight with more fury: as expected, Chimchar froze in fear, which is what happens most of the time in real life. Again, why in the name of Slaking's lazy ass didn't Nurse Joy report this? In the real world, people such as her are required to report such abuses to authorities, though considering Japan is drastically behind on the whole reporting abuse issue, it just leaves negative implications. Had I been in her position, I would've reported him to the authorities, complete with the threat of removing him from the tournament if he ignored the warning, as well as following on that threat.
Seriously, the lack of punishment and defeats lead me to believe that Paul is like a cheating spoiled brat who has to win, and the writers are following his demands. I swear the only reason he isn't on the TvTropes Wesley page is because of his Draco in Leather Pants status, which is described below.

Fifth, the fanbase adores him for all the wrong reasons. I have to admit, this is one of my biggest gripes with the character. It wouldn't be so bad if the audience treated him appropriately, but they don't. Instead, he's glorified and held in a positive light in spite of his generally repulsive attitude, which gets downplayed. While the entire fanbase doesn't adore him and shares some of my sentiments, those who don't raise him to god status are the vast minority.
Many say they like Paul because how he's isn't a "goody two shoes" rival like many rivals in the show. In real life, a rival like Paul is the last kind of rival you'd want; since he's an arrogant bully who'd more likely drain the fun out of everything (it wouldn't surprise me if a lot of trainers who lost to Paul gave up training all together). A good rival is someone who provides a challenge, but is a good sport and gives friendly encouragement.
Another point that drives me crazy with the fanbase is that they do romance stories with him and Dawn. Forgetting the fact that they barely have any interaction in canon, their personalities are the exact opposite: Dawn is a cheerful girl (when she isn't faking smiles through all of the defeats she's gone through) who is supportive of her friends and participates in contests; in contrast, Paul only goes into battling and is, as I've said before, a cold, condescending jackass who'd more likely make you want to slit your wrists when you're in a depressed mood. And then there are the people who pair him up with Ash, of all people; first, this is a kids' show, so romance is likely light at best, if close to nonexistent. Second, knowing how dull Ash is with romance and how Paul only thinks about battling, a romance with the two characters is near impossible. Third, it's very unlikely that they'd strike in a homosexual relationship, even if Japan is more lenient on the whole subject.
No matter what Paul does, the fans who worship the ground he walks on will downplay the horrific stuff, such as Chimchar's abuse in the Tag Battle arc. Even if he destroys a clutch of pokemon eggs after beating up the guarding parents, even if he murders people, or even if he nearly destroyed a town, they'd still fawn over him, where normally most people would consider him a monster after any of those actions (and if the writers had their heads on right, the characters would start treating him appropriately).
Granted, Paul battles more like someone who plays the games, using type advantages and switching pokemon as needed, in contrast to our protagonists who seem to be contractually obligated to be stupid. But that does not give him the right to be an absolute asshole to everyone.

And that is why I hate Paul so much. Every time he shows up, the audience is bound to ignore all of the harsh and heartless training he puts his pokemon through and defend him when those who don't share their opinion try to tell them his flaws. It's enough to make me want to take that black pokedex of his and shove it up his ass, or punch the writers for not giving him any karma for his actions. It frustrates me to no end.
Someone in deviantart, PLEASE put this in the correct location. Your system's hard to figure out.

As for the "Captain Planet and the Planeteers #3" review I mentioned in the first point, here. [link]

I know I'm gonna get flames from some people, but that's what marshmallows are for! :) Honestly, this has been on my chest for a while.
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LilyNadesico Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Ignore those stupid Paul fangirls. They are ranting because they know you're right about Paul and they have no argument.
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mideila Featured By Owner Edited 11 hours ago  Student Artist
The arguments I brought.
I understand that some people may not like Shinji, because of his difficult personality and a certain callousness.
But when haters cross the line and compare him almost with a maniac... No, sir. Just no.
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LilyNadesico Featured By Owner Edited 7 hours ago
What is there to like about Paul? And yes, he did cross a line when he tortured and then abandoned Chimchar. I'm never going to forgive him for that.

Paul is a bad person, he's always been, and he'll always be. 
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mideila Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago  Student Artist
I tried to be as objective as possible. :) (Smile) Just IMHO: fav.me/d9qfqgj
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caird56 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*sigh* okay look.....

1. His pokemon could have left if they want, but did they no~

2. chimchar had it easy... Tepig and Charmander were abandoned...  CHIMCHAR WAS RELEASED!!!

3. he doesn't need to be punished also, I really don't think officer Jenny would be like "oh you didn't abuse any pokemon you attacked your to train even when it was on the verge of fainting like all pokemon end up doing at some point, this is the only time this has happened and then you released it not like you left it to die and this was all come with  me you're going to jail!" .... T^T no!

4. Reggie cares for Paul so he probably mentioned it like "Maybe you should be a bit more gentle?" but Paul probably ignored him Paul is quite stubborn but then again his what 10-12? I'm 13 and I'm damn stubborn all the time!

5. the writers are showing that Paul is evolving as a character and becoming more gentle with his pokemon as time goes by.

6. As for the maylene incident... Veilstone is Paul's hometown, We don't know he might have something against the whole town?!

7. And for Chimchar ever heard of conquering your fears?

8.okay skipping some points just to say, FINALLY SOMEONE UNDERSTANDS HOW IKARISHIPPING CAN NOT BE!!!! (on another note I'm a comashipper but he did have a sunset scene with Ash... WHICH I WILL REMIND YOU WAS BECAUSE PAUL HAD BECOME A BETTER PERSON!!!!)
*Ahem* anywho

9. and now I see the comashipping point.... T^T seriously I just ship them I know it won't be a thing in the anime it's ridiculous!!! no matter if it is an anime it's still a kid show and people have shippings for fun and tbh I ship them cause I'm an anti-homophobe (seriously I hate them more than you hate Paul) but I know that it won't be a thing.

10. finally all I'll say is I'm basically Paul as a girl, I'm cold to everyone and I'll do anything to prove or state anything, just like Paul. I'm basically an asshole to everyone I know, but, I have reasons just like Paul might, my mum left me and abused me, (not trying to be an attention freak!!) but maybe Paul was the same, maybe that's why he lives with his brother, everyone has there reasons for things like these even though we may never know why Paul is like this, we still can't judge and I've been saying this throughout PAUL BECAME A BETTER FUCKING PERSON I'VE HEARD THESE EXCUSES OVER AND OVER NOT ONE NEW OR CREATIVE ONE!! IT THE SAME EVERY TIME!!!! AND THESE REASON I'VE COUNTERED AT YOU ARE REASONS WHY PAUL IS AN AMAZING CHARACTER!!! (okay except the shippings but I'm not the in mood for shipping wars... T^T)
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mideila Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Artist
In the end you are very angry. Don't do that.Sweating a little... 
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caird56 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just at the end ^_^
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rkader11 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lmao ikr this entire rant is just plain dumb
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caird56 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i know because Paul is a good person! well... after the league XD that's why I want him to return to see how nicer and better he has become!
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rkader11 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same but I doubt cause lots of the actual good characters in the anime are gone at this point
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caird56 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah~
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CommanderMs Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Student General Artist
It would have been better if Ash and Infernape rejects Paul's apology by punching him in the face after Ash defeats Paul in the Sinnoh League and refused to forgive Paul for what he did to Maylene,Infernape, and the Pokemon he betrays unless Paul can redeem himself by atoning his sins and apologizing to Maylene.
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ChiharuBlue Featured By Owner Edited Oct 30, 2015
I rather have Paul than have some trainer kissing up its Pokemon
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LordAresWar Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I still love paul the lnly think I hate was how he treated his pokemon cause I for one would neber blame my horse if we lost a competion but really I kinda like his adittude probably caise ots similar to mine I can be a major ass to people. But people are also hypocrites of him cause many people who play the games have released pokemon for being weak for left them in the pc for the rest of eternity sl yeah cant really complain.
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ChiharuBlue Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015
I like Paul too, because different than anyone else. Everyone else just wants a trainer to just kiss its Pokemon and make out with it.😕
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LilyNadesico Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
Paul haters aren't hypocrites. We see how he abuses his Pokemon and hate him accordingly.
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Sailor-Touko667 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015
FINALLY!!!! Someone gives the right reasons for why we hate Paul!!! He's the worst rival Ash has had yet!
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Gellybelly1 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016
I don't know, I'm thinking about Trip right nowDon't SMUSH me
But I absolutely love this. My thoughts exactly.Tantrum Emoticon 
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Sailor-Touko667 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016
While he had the worst rival, Dawn's rival Zoey was the best!
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Gellybelly1 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 31, 2016
With that one  I would have to agreeMeow :3 
If I can remember correctly, I remember her being the fairest of them all
... now I sound like something outta a fairy taleHehe...,, Emote 
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Sailor-Touko667 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016
Zoey was kind but a tough opponent, she was a good friend, she was what a rival should be!
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FireChick12012 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
You know what infuriates me the most? Of all the English dub names they could have given him, they named him Paul. My BEST FRIEND, who I have known since 2nd grade and is a fellow Pokefan like me, has his name being sullied by a terrible rival character.
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Codrian-Senpai-Sama Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are a wonderful person for making this. ;w;

I hate him. I hate him immensely. Well, I hate bad guys in general, but he's just... ugh...
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Red-Jirachi-2 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015
Ri2's Brave New World was perfect at showing what a monster Paul is
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Ryuseitheferret Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015
Yeah, the show could've had an answer to Ken Ichijouji, but they missed the chance. Paul began as a competitive battler stereotype, and he left as a competitive battler stereotype. And they didn't even have the decency to make him leave with a giant "HAX!!!111!!!" rant.
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clenter789 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
i like Paul he is like a trainer in real life EV and IV treaining,type adventge,good moves and very strategies
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LilyNadesico Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
Thank Arceus real life trainers aren't assholes like Paul. At least, not all of them.
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llDracoll Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015
As much of an abusive jerk he was in the DP series, I don't think that was exactly the problem, but the fact that other than those two adjectives, he had NO other traits whatsoever. He could have been an interesting rival, one you'd love to hate, but he was neither.

He is supposed to have other traits, such as his past experience in other regions, but even that was never shown in practice (Like in the infamous Tag Battle saga, you'd think he'd know that fielding a weakened Pokemon would jeopardize his chances of winning, but no), so you end up with that flat-as-a-pancake rival that just happened to be the abusive jerk.
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revolverwingstudios Featured By Owner Edited Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Paul's 10? He looks like a grumpy 30-year old.

Another point that drives me crazy with the fanbase is that they do romance stories with him and Dawn.
Pretty much my MAIN problem with him. It says a lot, considering I don't ship Ash with Dawn ( or even everyone else actually)

What's worse is that the writers clone him for Best Wishes. At least Trip isn't as bad as Paul.
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LordAresWar Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In my opinion trip was worse since he trick tepig and left him tied up and the poor thing was starving. Oaul just released chimchar and chimchar would have lived be sad but live.
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LilyNadesico Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
That was not Trip, that was Shamus. 

Paul also insulted Chimchar, treated him as garbage and abused him. That's just as bad.
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CommanderMs Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Student General Artist
Fofa, tell me, What do you think will happened if Paul is nicer from the start of DP Saga. Do you like him if he is a nice guy instead of a intensive jerk he display in the series. Also, even after reformed, Paul is still hated by a number of fans today. Mainly because he is remorseless, heartless, and had no soul.
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FireChick12012 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
.....Can I marry this rant?
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CommanderMs Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Did you know that Paul was supposed to have his own episode, just like Dawn and Brock did. It involves Paul returning back to Snowpoint City to have a rematch with Brandon and Zoey watch his battle. However, because of the number of fans that dislike Paul for the kind of person he is, nobody wants to create an episode about that monster. Which is very good thing for him.
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Margolias-Lulamoon Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Source plz?
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CommanderMs Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Student General Artist
You are right about Paul, Paul is never awesome and he is deemed unpopular to the fans who hated him so much.
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CommanderMs Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Student General Artist
In the Let's Join Hands ending theme of Black and White anime, it would have better if Gary is holding hands with Barry instead of Paul because is a monster and Paul should have been written out of the anime or never ever seen again.
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CommanderMs Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Student General Artist
Paul, in the anime, should have been called a monster for abusing his Pokemon or someone should hire an assassin and kill Reggie in order to make Paul have his punishment.
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rareware64 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This rant is rather childish.
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LilyNadesico Featured By Owner Edited Apr 8, 2015
Not at all. I think she explained everything that is wrong with Paul, perfecty.
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rareware64 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There are more things wrong with TPCi dub as a whole, and at this point, you're not supposed to take Pokemon seriously when they got their hands on it. And compared to the rest of the whole cast (which are ear-grating, excluding the 4kids actors) Paul is mute, which is a good thing.

And calling him a spoiled brat? That's cheap.
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LilyNadesico Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
I agree completely with this rant, and with everything it called Paul.
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rareware64 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brown nose.
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LilyNadesico Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Really? Resorting to name calling, are we?
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rareware64 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, yes we are. I'm just messing with ya, calm down.
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AnimeChildhoodFan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
"Paul was just one of MANY things wrong with DP."

And the saddest part is that he was one of the smallest problems with that saga. I still agree with everything you've said here, though.
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SkeeterMania Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anything else to bring up (in case you want to continue Deviantart)?
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Gloverboy23 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You should do one of Seto Kaiba, lad. HIM I REALLY HATE!!
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AnimeChildhoodFan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
I like Seto in Seasons 1, 2, and 5: it's in the middle seasons he's a dick, IMO. He at least cares for his little brother and recognizes others' strengths, albeit begrudgingly. The only thing I don't like about him is how much he puts down Joey, but with time, he comes to respect Joey's strength.
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