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

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

Voted for him because he is hot

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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.

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 is better than his sister honestly. - WingedOracle

Why cause looks cool
Talks cool
And fights Pokemon battles even more cool

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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

Wally was such an adorable character. He might not be tough like most rivals, but he is just so likable.

He is so cute - AlbertAngrySami

Wally is the definition of character development... simply.

4 Blue

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

Blue was champion. Only N can also claim that title as rival. Oh yeah, Blue's Pokémon we're higher levels than N's.

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5 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.

He's just really funny.

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.

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6 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 was really cool! - RiverClanRocks


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7 Hugh

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

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

8 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

9 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.
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

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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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.

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20 Tierno

You're kidding.

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

Boring rivals:

that's it
i think?

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