Top 10 Pokemon RivalsG10VANN1 I'm listing the most memorable rivals of all time. They are the best of the best.
The Top Ten
Best character development of any rival. SILVER really deserves the number one spot on this list. - G10VANN1
Compared to blue... he's weak
The best way to get pushed to being the very best is by having a rival who is pure evil - lukemcnamara72
The only problem is he was weak. very weak - boltslegendV 9 Comments
Wait, he's going to be one of my rivals in the game? COOL! - ModernSpongeBobSucks
My favourite character from all the games. He's the only rival with a literally cool badass attitude. GO GLADION!
Gladion's so cool in the anime!
I'm Quite Like Gladion Plus He Is REALLY Strong I Was Down To My Mega Lucario When I Battled Him To Defend My Title And I Had WAY Higher Leveled Pokémon Than HimV 6 Comments
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
Wally was such an adorable character. He might not be tough like most rivals, but he is just so likable.
He's humble, and positive
Wally is the definition of character development... simply.V 1 Comment
Blue was the one to shape Red into being the amazing trainer he is now. You always wanted to defeat him because of his cocky and arrogant additude. He later became a gym leader after being defeated as champion. He had character development. Childhood friend, then a bully, and after Red's dissapearance, he turned out to be caring too. He was a true rival. Silver was a criminal, and I never found him too fascinating. He was just an edgy kid with daddy issues. Gladion is interesting, but he didn't have enough screen time. Wally...well, Wally is adorable and I've always loved him but I find in terms of rivals, Blue wins. He has a good team, unique personality, and was actually strong. Silver on the other hand...was he the one to come back for Sun and Moon, and to be recognized as a champion, gym leader, and Battle Tree boss? Nope.
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)
Sure Blue was good of a rival in the terms of wanting to kick his ass but that's all you can like about him in the kanto games. And it bothers me to no end that everyone feels that most of the rivals aren't rivals because they don't have that aspect. Look the definition of rivalry is competing against each other and having the same kind of motive, not "This guy is so mean to me I want to punch him in the face". - Rue
Tf is blue doing so low? He actually became a champion, like what, he should be 1st, the ultimate doucheV 7 Comments
While most don't really think of him as a rival due to his role as a primary antagonist, this really just adds to the rivalry developed between him & Hilbert/Hilda. I love his gimmick of using whichever Pokemon are in the general area to help him, instead of having a concrete team. I love his battle theme, with the music box remix in the sequels being some of the creepiest background tracks in the history of the games. And I honestly believe his backstory is the best in the series so far. (Still, his anime adaptation could have been WAY better)
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 probably has the most developed character out of any rival in any game. How he ties in with Team Plasma and the story in general is amazing. Game Freak did perfect creating Natural Harmonia.
HE IS BADASSV 4 Comments
Barry started off as an incredibly impatient rival acting incredibly impulsive and refusing to ever slow down, in the games Barry is way too confident and determined to be the best, but after losing again and again despite all his strategies he addresses his own flaws and develops, Barry manages to be an incredibly memorable rival and character despite not being a total ass like some other well known rivals.
He actually gave a crap about defeating Team Galactic, and was always two steps ahead of you and you always felt like he was the stronger trainer out if the Trio
Barry is the best. He's very funny. I'm glad he was in the game and in the anime too.
Almost as douchy as Blue, but actually developed as a character. He was actually sad when he lost to Jupiter, but still helped in the end with fighting Galactic.V 4 Comments
Even though his sub plot is kinda retarded and may have a sister complex... he is still one of my most memorable rivals with his theme, caring to get back something important for his sister and was pretty cool to Hilbert/Hilda. Plus he pretty hot and I gotta love his hair
Hugh is a fine rival but his sub plot is so stupid like we hardly know about her sister and she never said anything about her Purrlion. It's hard to engage in Hugh's motive. - Rue
Cool Hugh is one of my favourites. Is Hau a rival?
I think Hugh should be the top rival the other ones sucks like wally, n, calem, brendan, serena, may, tierno, trevor, cheren, and bianca. why can't be the top trainer he shows bravery and strength and he trains harder.
This is why I think Hugh is better
A true cinnamon roll
Such a nice guy
HE IS SUCH A SWEET LITTLE NUGGET I LOVE HIM
I hated Cheren; always acting like he was "so smart" and "so special". Yet he got his ass kicked by a level 40 Azumarill with 3 HM moves. Bravo, Cheren, bravo. - mattstat716
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
Didn't really battle you to be better than you; battled you to see how you've done in a sense. - mattstat716
Take this off the list. This is a list about the games, not the anime. - pokemonrater
He is a jerk
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
Lillie isn't a rival but she's my favourite character.
Whilst not a rival, Nebby and Lillie are the perfect duo. Whilst they never battle, they develop wonderfully. - mattstat716
People say Colress was your rival. "However, I disagrees." N was your rival though. - HeavyDonkeyKong
He was strong. He fought well against us and well with us while battling team aqua/magma. He was able to be your friend while still being able to push you harder
Calem and Serena are literally the same it just depends on what gender that you pick in my opinion. - HeavyDonkeyKong
Calem is the worst rival.
CALEM IS BEST RIVAL! I just think he's hot.And in Victory Road he nearly beat me.My battery died but he technically beat me sooo yeah.Calem,probably the hottest rival.If US and UM make a hotter one then I'm all eyes
May deserves a higher place on this list.
This list is about the games, not the awful anime. - pokemonrater
They should have specified, it should have been named top 10 Pokemon rivals from the games. - egnomac
Dawn is your friend, she battles along side you, not against you. Berry is the character who fits the Rival role. - Rue
She was competitive and a good friend
Why. Just why. She was the least developed of ANY rival in the series. Don't get me started on her anime version. - RiverClanRocks
She's my second least favorite due to being bland. Blue was even worse though however. Blue was just a typical bully in my opinion. - HeavyDonkeyKong
Anybody who hates gen.6, I hate.
Typical Serena, receiving hate like it's her dayjob.V 2 Comments
Rivals with personality:
Silver, Blue, Barry, Hau, Wally etc.
Shauna is a very kind girl. She's also the only one who offered a trade with the character.
Shauna was one of my fave characters because her personality is that she's a girly trainer who cares about her Pokemon very much.Each of her Pokemon represented something about her.Starter was just the starter.Delcatty represents her cute personality.Talonflame(I Think)represents she is a determined trainer. Second,she's a rival we don't know much about.She might come from Vaniville Town or Snowbelle City.I think she's from another region or maybe Anistar City. Tierno is from Snowbelle City.
Related ListsTop Ten Pokemon Rivals with the Best Battle Theme Top 10 Rival Characters from the Pokemon Franchise Hardest Pokemon Ash Rivals Top Ten Best Undertaker Rivals Biggest Lions Rivals
2 years, 167 days old
Top Remixes (9)
3. Gary Oak
View All 9