Top 10 Pokemon Rivals

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

The Top Ten

1 Silver

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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2 Blue

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)

He sucks. Just your typical type of bully with no sort of personality whatsoever. Silver was much more better in my opinion. - HeavyDonkeyKong

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

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3 Wally

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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4 Barry

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.

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.


5 N

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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6 Gladion Gladion Gladion is a fictional character introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon. He works for Team Skull. He serves as a rival character to the player in Pokémon Sun and Moon.

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

Gladion is better than his sister honestly. - WingedOracle

Gladion is very well made in the way but honestly I prefer Lillie - Nebby

I like Gladion quite a bit and he deserves to be on this list but I still prefer Lillie - Nebby - Nebby

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8 Bianca

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

9 Cheren

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

10 Lillie Lillie Lillie is a fictional character introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon. She serves as one of the player character's allies and traveling companions during the course of the game.

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

Whilst not a rival, Nebby and Lillie are the perfect duo. Whilst they never battle, they develop wonderfully. - mattstat716

The Contenders

11 Colress

People say Colress was your rival. "However, I disagrees." N was your rival though. - HeavyDonkeyKong

12 Serena Serena Serena has proven to be a kind and polite girl but she can also be openly rebellious towards her mother, Grace. In Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!, she refused to wake up when Grace ordered her to, and gave a sassy response to her mother's call to watch the news. This tumultuous relationship more.

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.

Really? - ModernSpongeBobSucks

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13 Calem

Calem and Serena are literally the same it just depends on what gender that you pick in my opinion. - HeavyDonkeyKong

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14 Hau Hau Hau is a fictional character introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon. He is the grandson of the Island Kahuna for Melemele Island, Hala. He serves as the rival character and ally to the player in Pokémon Sun and Moon.
15 May May May 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.

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17 Brendan - Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald Version Brendan - Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald Version
18 Gary Oak Gary Oak

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

19 Dawn Dawn
20 Tierno
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