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

This is the best rival in Pokemon, no doubt. He's cocky, makes fun of you, and even stole Pokemon! It feels like NPCs make him out to be this cruel and unforgiving guy, and that's what makes a rival. I mean, nowadays, rivals are too friendly and aren't competent. They even heal your Pokemon! Silver is definitely my favourite of the many rivals in Pokemon, because he isn't some person who battles for the sake of battling. He battles to get you out of his way, so you don't mess with him again, and he will on occasion skip battles. He's even Giovanni's son, one if not the best evil team member in Pokemon games! I love Silver, and I'd love for Nintendo to make another character that's just like Silver, my rival #1!

He gives you a challenge and has character development. Why not?

Nostalgia factor

Best character development out of all the rivals

2 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.

He is the best rival yet. - Swiftfrost

The only person that actually cares if you’re in his house

I think he should be first place, like, HE IS SO EMO! and he's my fave character. I like how in the games, he suddenly treats you like a peasant, then over time, he kinda acts like your friend but then says that he's not tryina be your friend or anything. its sooo sad when he lost in the alolan league! I didn't want ash to win! ( soz for any spoilers whoever is watching the anime lol)


3 Wally

To see him from a meek and shy boy, to a determined trainer with a hands down the most badass battle theme is epic

He's humble, and positive

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.

4 Blue

The only rival to become champion, and also one of two rivals, to have their own gym

The best

Blue is my all time favorite, he's cocky, sarcastic, arrogant, and I looked forward to sending him to the pokemon centre, Silver is good also but just seems like a whiny kid who couldn't get a pokemon up to level 2 if his life depended on it. what I especially like about blue is that he WASNT nice to your charicter, Charicters like Hau, May/Brendon (Depending on who you choose) and well, almost all of them give you helpful items out of kindness, basically holding your hand, Blue?
Blue gives you a fame checker, some thing that bearly does anything, gives a sarcastic comment, and moves on, he's the only rival that motivates me to be the very best, like no one ever was

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.

5 N

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 was really cool! - RiverClanRocks

6 Barry

I hate him so much

Sometimes its less about how people are at the start of the games and how they changed throughout, and more how it was done. If your rival starts off arrogant, they don't need to be made humble by the end of the game. They can still be arrogant, but still be more cautious than when you first started. Its more about how Barry improved himself, and less about how much different of a character he was at the end of the game.

Whoever doesn’t like Barry is an idiot

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.

7 Hugh

Hugh has some real motivation here, unlike most rivals who just do this for fun *coughcoughHAUcoughcough* and keep their one dimentional personality throughout the series.

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?

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8 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.

Really nice yet still has character development and relevance to the plot. Well done GAME FREAK, you finally made a good friendly rival.(Barry doesn't count as a friendly rival due to how cocky and willing to beat the living daylights out of you.)

He is a good boy. 10/10 would be his friend again.

He's so friendly.

I genuinly care about him and want to grow stronger along side him

9 Cheren

I never hated Cheren, but recently I've restarted my game in White and I never realized how power hungry he was 'till recently. I still don't hate him, but I'm not sure if I'd say I like 'i'm (same goes for any other character). He kinda reminds me of Silver but slightly nicer. But yeah, Cheren, there's more to life than being stronger and proving your existence.
Also reminds me of Gaara with that existence thing and Shikamaru with his "What a bother" catchphrase.

Cheren is honestly the best rival ever. He’s a very honest person and he has one of the best character improvements ever.

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 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

The Contenders

11 Gary Oak Gary Oak Gary oak appeared in the anime series in seasons 1-5 . He was ash's rival and childhood friend . Though they had a dispute once they fought over a rusty pokeball they wanted for luck, which broke after they fought over it . Gary was the grandson of professor oak . He had cheerleaders & his own car. more.

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

He is a jerk

12 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

Are yall retarded? Lillie is not a rival, she does accompany you thru your journey but she never battle with you. But I gotta agree she is a great loli waifu.

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.

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13 Colress

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

14 Brendan - Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald Version Brendan - Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald Version

Why are the R/S/E rivals here! They are the worst! ORAS May and Brendan deserve higher since they are far better! - DemonSpiritGhostKitten

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

15 Paul

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

16 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.

17 Calem

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

18 Dawn Dawn Dawn is a character from Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. In the games diamond, pearl, and platinum version she was one of the playable characters you can choose from. She will be an assistant for professor Rowan if you choose her male counterpart, Lucas. more.

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

Sorry Dawn I don’t know why they put you on this list Theese are rivals Gary Colleress Giovanni meowth sawyen

19 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.

Typical Serena, receiving hate like it's her dayjob.

20 Shauna

She is cheerful and happy. She is the best of the three Kalos friends and I love her design

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.

21 Edgie (Pokemon Clover)

If you thought Gladion was an edge lord this dude is way worse

22 Tierno

You're kidding.

Rivals with personality:
Silver, Blue, Barry, Hau, Wally etc.

Boring rivals:

that's it
i think?

23 Trevor
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