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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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Cooljoshua567 Featured By Owner Edited May 6, 2016
Paul may have a bad attitude and treat his Pokemon harsher than necessary but you guys are acting like the man is some sort of evil dictator that literally whips his pokemon and starves them to death lol. He's not as bad as you people seem to think he is.

While I may agree that there are those that worship Paul for such unreasonable levels, you clearly have some sort of biased angst against him and are overplaying his "villainous tendencies". 

I can criticize Paul just as well as you or anyone else can but at the very least, it doesn't blind me from seeing that his character isn't the abusive toxic criminal that you guys are making him out to be.

Last point and this is in regards to Paul's Pokemon. Everyone has to remember that just as there are many different types of people, there are many different types of pokemon. Paul's pokemon aren't like Ash's, they do not seek "Friendship, Compassion, and a Warm Atmosphere". They are creatures that are looking primarily to obtain overwhelming strength and they believe Paul's way of doing things will let them achieve that goal.

Chimchar was a special case because it was explicitly stated that Chimchar was the only Pokemon that Paul put through such severe training because he wanted to drive Chimchar into a state of mental and physical exhaustion where it would have no choice but to rely on Blaze. This was obviously a grave mistake and I can never forgive Paul for doing so but at the very least, Paul released Chimchar instead of just abandoning it. 

Please don't reply to me saying that I'm just another one of Paul's "fans" because I will only roll my eyes and just sigh at you. 
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LilyNadesico Featured By Owner 4 days ago
"He's not as bad as you people seem to think he is."

Yes he is. He's a jerk who abuses his Pokemon, disrespects all those he thinks are beneath him, and cares about no one but himself.

"Paul's pokemon aren't like Ash's, they do not seek "Friendship, Compassion, and a Warm Atmosphere"."

Which means that Paul has failed as a Pokemon trainer. Bonds of friendship and camaraderie are the essence of a Pokemon trainer. Without them, you can only get so far before you hit a wall.

"Chimchar was a special case because it was explicitly stated that Chimchar was the only Pokemon that Paul put through such severe training..."

Once is too many.

"...but at the very least, Paul released Chimchar instead of just abandoning it."

Like that makes Paul any better.
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VirtualFlames Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  New Deviant
Lol, I absolutely adore Paul and his rebellious ways./
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RisenWarrior Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Rebellious is an...interesting way of putting it.
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LilyNadesico Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Oh joy. A Paul fanboy.
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mideila Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016  Student Artist
I tried to be as objective as possible. :) (Smile) Just IMHO: fav.me/d9qfqgj
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cela08 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016
Paul is basically a re-dressing of Silver but somehow more two-dimensional, less sympathetic, and without a reason to act the way he does.
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rkader11 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is funny
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rkader11 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well
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CommanderMs Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Student General Artist
Since it is never stated in the anime why Reggie never punished for his Pokemon Abuse except that one reason why it's because Paul always had cruel streak in which where Reggie is aware of. It makes wanna wish I want to beat the hell out of Reggie and cut his head, destroy his house by using explosive in which the bombs are planted in his house and write a word "Pathetic" on his forehead and have Reggie's body tied in his car while his head is cut and car is moving until blah blah blah his house is gone because I destroy them. This is similar to the 2004 Punisher movie in which Frank kills Howard Saint and tie his hand into the car and tell Howard that kills his family.
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JusticeGundam Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016
You said it! I'm glad there is at least a sane person in this quagmire of Paul apologists!

I mean, what do they care? Let us hate Paul as much as we want! 
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karsola Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016
You're creepy.
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Ask-Sky-and-Friends Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I like Ikarishipping because opposites attract.. And every encounter between the two of them end with me laughing XD and then there was that cuteish scene between them during the Sinnoh League.

Also Shipping has nothing to do with if it's possible or not... I mean.. people ship Elsa from Frozen and Jack Frost and they aren't even from the same story/universe...

Paul isn't that bad of a person... And he doesn't exactly abuse his pokemon.... He just pushes them to their absolute full potential and if he doesn't think they will work for his team he releases them into the wild... Which it better than those trainers who keep them locked inside a pokeball for all eternity... It's more humane than those assholes who abandoned poor Charmander and Tepig leaving them to think that their trainer would return for them. Paul doing what he did to Chimchar was the best thing he could have done. 

He isn't evil.. and he hasn't killed his pokemon... And his pokemon that he's kept seem to care about him... So he might be different with the pokemon he's grown attacked too.. And he's never given up on his starter. He's just an antisocial kid who has his own way of being the very best. You can't compare him to Ash. Because him and ash have different backstories, personalities, likes and dislikes.... He has a lot of undesirable traits that's for sure... but he isn't a terrible character.
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Ugh, another Paul apologist.
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Ask-Sky-and-Friends Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Just because I like a character from an anime for 7 year olds doesn't make me an apologist. 

I like Paul as a character. I see the good in his character. And he was a good rival for Ash. Not every person in pokemon can be a little bitch all the time. All he was, was the exact opposite of Ash. He was basically a competitive battler. 
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TeamSoulHeart Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
JusticeGundam is such a bitch XD 

He blocked me like the scared little kid he is XD Who blocks someone for disagreeing with them? Haha XD What a little kid XD Paul didn't even do anything that terrible and he's going batshit XD So childish XD I didn't think 7 year olds were aloud on this sight XD Go home to mommy and daddy kid 
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Ask-Sky-and-Friends Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha Truuuu~ He did the same to me Haha! He probably just got his lwittle feelings hurt because someone likes a character he doesn't like! How childish can you get???
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JusticeGundam Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
I hate Paul, and I think he should have no fans. He was an asshole and an abuser, and his so-called "redemption" was too little too late. 
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CommanderMs Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Student General Artist
JusticeGundam, since you the hate that villainous scum Paul, then tell me. What is Red from Pokemon Origin is gonna react when he found that Paul dose not love his Pokemon, acts like a jerkass monster to anyone, cares about power, being a bad sport, and looking down on other and insulting his Pokemon. Is Red(Origin) gonna react the same as Ash did except that he calls Paul a even bigger enemy to Pokemon and calls out Paul for using Pokemon as tools for winning and to get stronger.
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JusticeGundam Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
He will crush Paul with his best team and call Paul a disgrace to all Pokemon trainers.
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CommanderMs Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Student General Artist
What if Red(Origin) and Ash team-up against Paul, since Ash hates Paul's Pokemon training and Red(Origin) hates Paul for using his Pokemon as tools for winning and saw Paul's inability to love and care for Pokemon. Also, is Paul gonna Red(Origin)'s archenemy.
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TeamSoulHeart Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
You're such a little bitch ass child XD It hurts! What a little kid XD You're more of an asshole than Paul XD

Anyone who hates little kids has major issues! I mean seriously! Paul's like 10! Maybe 11!

You're such a baby!!  What a little bitch XD
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JusticeGundam Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
Just because Paul is a kid... or should I say, a brat... doesn't mean I can't hate him, especially if he's an asshole (like he is).

Anyone who excuses Paul for his behavior has major issues as well, and worse than I do.
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karsola Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016
You are overly cruel in some paragraphs.
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JusticeGundam Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
She's just saying what needs to be said.
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karsola Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016
And her words still cruel.
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JusticeGundam Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016
Paul deserves it.
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karsola Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016
No, but you yes, crazy maniacs.
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UGSF Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016
I agree with you perfectly on your rant about Paul as it need some me be said, hell I am making him out to be a dick who is getting what he deserves in my Pokemon Rise of Heroes story.
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LilyNadesico Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016
That stupid Paul fangirl blocked me. Typical of those who put Paul on a pedestal. They only make me hate him more.
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LilyNadesico Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016
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 Feb 9, 2016  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 Feb 9, 2016
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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CommanderMs Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Student General Artist
Paul deserves to die in cold-blood after his Pokemon are killed off for real.
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LilyNadesico Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016
What have his Pokemon done wrong?
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mideila Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Student Artist
He was cruel, but now he is different. 
Unfortunately there are those fixated personality as you who are not able to move on and let go of the past.
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LilyNadesico Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016
There are things that can't be forgiven by just saying "Sorry".

And I don't think he's really different. In my opinion, he's ACTING nicer just because he wants to see if that will really make him stronger, but he isn't really interested in becoming a better person.
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LilyNadesico Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016
mideila :

No, Paul is not worthy of respect, and does not deserve forgiveness. His "redemption" was rushed and poorly written, and he didn't even apologize to Infernape. He'll still be an asshole, he'll just be more careful to hide it. 
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mideila Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Student Artist
Well in our world live different people. With the same success it is possible to hate half the world, in which people do not violate the law just because they fear punishment, not because they have moral principles.

Like I said, his stiffness in the past no denying it, but now for one reason or another he tries to become better. It is worthy of respect. All the best.
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caird56 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  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 Feb 4, 2016  Student Artist
In the end you are very angry. Don't do that.Sweating a little... 
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caird56 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just at the end ^_^
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rkader11 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lmao ikr this entire rant is just plain dumb
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caird56 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  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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CommanderMs Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Student General Artist
Lies!, all lies!, It would have better if Ash did not forgive Paul so easily and give a slap in the face because he never apologize to Maylene, being a bad sport, betraying his pokemon. And Infernape should have attack that scumbag Paul and give him No-Barred Hold Beatdown in the Sinnoh League after he defeat Paul's evil Electavire. And Infernape should have seek revenge on Paul and Electavire for making Infernape suffer the pokemon abuse that villainous Paul given it to Infernape as a Chimchar.
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caird56 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh~ so you're one of those haters..... at least Fofa had proper reasonings and won't go berserk like you~

Ash is well.... Ash. It's his natural instincts for him to forgive that's just him. Maybe he did apologize to Maylene we don't know and by doing so during that battle he betrayed his pokemon in what way? To be honest the meanest we see him in the anime was when he wasn't going to take his Pokémon to the Pokécenter.

Infernape wouldn't do that, watch the series again Infernape just wanted to to prove how strong he was and how much potential Paul denied. Electivire had nothing to do with how Paul treated his Pokémon, So why would Infernape seek revenge on Electivire? The worst Paul did to Chimchar was ignore it in the battle before RELEASING NOT ABANDONING (The difference would be is if Paul left and told Chimchar he was coming back. Charmander and Tepig had it worse.) him. Infernape did prove his point by beating Paul's Electivire that was that. Infact Paul smiled at Ash and Infernape after the battle, so what else?
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CommanderMs Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Student General Artist
Caired56, the only reason why I like Infernape to get revenge on Paul was because he never gets punished and Ash forgive Paul so easily. For me, if I was in Ash place right about now here is what will I do with Paul: play fire with fire, stop being friendly to him after the tag battle match, call Paul a villain and finding out why Paul is a jerk that deserve to die. Also, use Mega Evolve Pokemon to fight that scum Paul before he could change his ways. Also, I prefer a darker and edgier Ash to take down Paul in which where he is an Anti-Hero with no problems sacrificing his Power of love in favor giving Paul a No-Holds Barred Beatdown. Hahahahhahaha! It's pretty dark and crazy right.
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caird56 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well he shouldn't be punished cause he wasn't doing anything wrong, other than being mean personality wise and skipping a head you say find out what happened to make him a jerk, well maybe he had a bad childhood, parent died and a young age, was physically hurt by a pokemon something like these could have happened I'm more closed off and I'm pretty much like Paul's personality. To top this off Paul stated that after Reggie gave up he strived to do what he couldn't and become stronger. That's why he challenge Brandon so early.

Again might I add people did hate Paul for these things in the anime and showed it, but even when Paul knocked Ash down he got back up! He kept fighting to beat Paul and that's who Ash is, yet again he's friends with everyone or at least wants to be~ (excluding people like team rocket and bounty hunters.) So if this is you feel free to treat him like that but this is Ash, that just isn't Ash.
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rkader11 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  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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