Top 10 Pokemon Rivals

I'm listing the most memorable rivals of all time. They are the best of the best.

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I love Silver, not because he was an ass, because he was well developed, especially in HGSS. In general he goes from being cruel to Pokemon and trainers that are weaker compared to him and eventually saw what he was doing wrong and changed over time. They even used the friendship evolution mechanic to show his growth, which was very nice to see. I don't care for jerk rivals, I just want developed and likable rivals really. - Ruee

Also Silver was my first fictional character crush. I don't know why I had a crush on him. I guess it was his long red hair that spoke to me back then. - Ruee

Best character development of any rival. SILVER really deserves the number one spot on this list. - G10VANN1

Compared to blue... he's weak

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Blue was the most competitive rival. His pokemon were really well balanced. He even had his unique and memorable catch phrase, "Smell ya later." Also, he was always one step ahead of you, unlike other rivals. He really did feel like a rival to me. Which is why he's my favorite. (Not to mention he is really attractive)

I like how Blue is still a smug ass punk even in his adult years in Pokemon Sun and Moon. - Ruee

Can't wait to face him in Pokemon Sun! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

The battles between Red and Blue are version exclusives unfortunately. I think Blue is battled on moon. - Ruee

V2 Comments

He was underestimated by his family but that didn't stop him from doing what he wanted to do. You started as his mentor and then eventually he is ahead of you at getting badges, etc. I enjoyed seeing him grow and overcoming his illness. He felt like a real person. - Ruee

It was so satisfying to see him grow the character and help him develop throughout his journey this was especially shown in Omega Ruby and alpha sapphire. - G10VANN1

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Because he's confirmed as one of your rivals and he's awesome. - Ruee

And I'll talk about my thoughts on Gladion as a character and a rival when the game is out initially and finished the game. - Ruee

Wait, he's going to be one of my rivals in the game? COOL! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Gladion is better than his sister honestly. - WingedOracle

Not a rival, he's a person hired by team skull. - pokemonrater

When you are doing the Champion Title Defense and you face Gladion, he tells you that he wants to be the better rival. He considers you his rival. Therefore he technically is. - Ruee

V2 Comments

In the game, N was a real mystery and unique in his ways, especially the Zoroark theory about him. Ignoring how the anime butchered those, he is honestly one of the best characters in the series so far. - Swellow

He raises all sorts of interesting questions about innocence, corruption, and freedom. The storyline is unpraralleled, and one reason why I love Unova. - keycha1n

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Barry is the best. He's very funny. I'm glad he was in the game and in the anime too.

Barry is my favorite rival so far. Barry wasn't way too friendly like Serena or May and he wasn't a big mean jerk like blue or silver. He was in the middle. I also found his super hyper and impatient personality kind of funny and entertaining. He's friendly but on the same time make's me wanna win against him.
Also, your final battle with him was pretty tough.

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Hau is not one of the best rivals, but I really love his personality. He's probably the most laid back character in the pokemon universe and is very innocent. His reactions to things is also funny. He's a ray of sunshine basically. - Ruee


What I like about Bianca was that she wad never trying to best you. Sure, I like that the purpose of rivals was to push you to train harder, but she was a genuine person who acknowledged that the journey was never really defined by your strength - it was defined by the Pokemon.

Unnecessarily corny way to think about a Pokemon? I agree, but it's true on my part! - keycha1n

The Contenders


I feel like Lillie deserves to be number 1 because of her great story development and how well she was made. How she overcame her fears of heights, I bet a lot of us where sad to see her go. - Nebby

She's not really a rival, you don't battle her once during the game. - JThrill

12Brendan - Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald Version

He was a rival? I thought he was a chaotic neutral kind of character who worked for team Plasma? I can see N as a rival, but not Corless. - Ruee

14MayMay is a female companion to Ash in the generation 3 anime. She was also the female character in Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire. May (anime) debuted in the 275th episode, "Get the Show on the Road!" She was going to be a trainer, but wasn't excited about it. After meeting a more.

May deserves a higher place on this list.

18Gary Oak

Take this off the list. This is a list about the games, not the anime. - pokemonrater


Shauna is a very kind girl. She's also the only one who offered a trade with the character.

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