Shauna asks:

Do you think Hau could be the “official” (non-player) champion of Alola? Would that even be a good direction for his characterization? And what the heck even happened to his dad, anyway…?

If you’re asking for, like, a prediction or something… what would that even mean?  Does Alola need an “official” Champion?  What for?  The idea of making the player the Champion was pretty cool and made Alola’s endgame unique, and I think that for Game Freak to canonically designate an NPC as the “real” Champion instead would undermine that.  But purely in terms of how being Champion might affect Hau’s characterisation… well, funnily enough this is kind of the direction I tried to explore in the epilogue to my narrative playthrough journal of Moon version, where I imagined my character trying to prepare Hau for exactly that future.  So, read that and see what you think, I guess?

As for his dad… well, there’s a couple of lines at the end of Sun and Moon, when he’s talking to the player’s mother about Kanto, and Hau implies that that’s where his dad is.  He says his dad is a powerful Pokémon trainer but left to find his own space to grow because he didn’t like being a Kahuna’s son, which… y’know what, Pokémon trainers and daddy issues just go together, don’t they?  In the anime, Ash’s dad and Brock’s dad both left their families to become Pokémon trainers (Brock’s dad gets points for eventually coming back, but loses them again for having left his teenage son to care for about twenty-six squalling infants).  In the games, every player character’s dad except for Norman (who seems like a legit good guy; props to Norman) is absent.  Blue doesn’t have a dad that we meet, but his granddad always liked Red better and totally $#!ts on Blue when he loses the Championship.  Barry’s dad is the Tower Tycoon of the Sinnoh Battle Frontier; it seems implied that he’s kind of absent from Barry’s life too, and mostly relates to his son as a potential challenger.  Hugh’s dad is there, but Hugh’s parents both seem, like… low-key afraid of him, so he may not be a fantastic example.  Silver’s dad… holy fµ¢£, Silver’s dad, but honestly he is not even the worst, because the less said about N’s dad, the better.  Why is that a theme?  Mothers in Pokémon are often pretty nondescript, but they’re around, and generally presumed to be doing a pretty good job.  Why does every young male Pokémon trainer have a really $#!tty absent father figure who never told him he loved him and disappeared to some distant region to become a Pokémon master (or… regularly told him he hated him, and groomed him to become the messiah of a crazed dragon-cult)?  Is that… somehow thematically necessary to the concept of a story about growing as a person by travelling the country and making friends with magical creatures?  Is Lillie’s relationship with Lusamine an extension of the same fµ¢£ed-up dynamic to the mother-daughter axis, or should we blame that mess as well on the absent father, Mohn, whose disappearance apparently fuelled Lusamine’s obsession with Ultra Space?

I realise I’m just coming up with more questions in lieu of answering the original one, but seriously, Freud would have a field day with these people.

4 thoughts on “Shauna asks:

  1. Is Ghetsis really N’s father though? I mean… from what I recall, N was orphaned and Ghetsis found him and “claimed” to be his father, but I wouldn’t really consider his word worth much. And if we mean father as in raising him… well I think the wild Pokémon that took N in would be better considered father’s to him than Ghetsis.

    I suppose maybe it’s a matter of outlook? I just never really considered N as a son for Ghetsis, more like a tool…


    1. Well, N does *call* him “father” (albeit reluctantly) at the end of Black/White 2, so I think there’s *some* justification in us calling him that as well. Despite some physical resemblance, N’s backstory implies that Ghetsis is probably not his literal biological father, and I’m not willing to rule out the possibility that he was “conceived by the midichlorians,” but in a human legal and social context, I reckon Ghetsis is the closest thing to a dad he has.


    1. Oh, absolutely, he’s full of $#!t, but it would still be entertaining to watch him go to town on a bunch of unsuspecting Pokémon characters.

      (And perhaps more to the point, Nihilego’s references to the ego/superego/id theory of the mind suggest that, nonsense or no, Pokémon is not immune to the lasting cultural impact of Freud’s ideas on public perception of psychology)

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