If there was one Pokemon character (aside from Milo) that you could go out on a date with, who would it be?
I suppose it probably doesn’t count if I say Team Skull Grunt B from my dramatised playthrough of Moon Version, does it? Besides, I already dated him.
So… hmm. I like N a lot but he’s been through some $#!t and probably needs friends more than anything else. I like people who are into fun science or esoteric history, like Roark or Morty, and those common interests might be a nice foundation for a relationship. Cilan is a baker, which is a nice shared hobby, but I think the constant food puns would make me want to kill myself. Honestly, Norman… like, he would never leave his family so there’s almost no point even bringing him up, but you ever hear the expression “DILF”? Look, being a good dad is attractive; I’m only human, what do you want from me?
Are bad dads a constant in the Pokémon Universe? Like i can’t remember for the life of me a single good father in the franchise. Hell, the entire plot of the Detective pickachu movie hinges on a son being unable to recognize his own father’s voice.
Well, I can think of… a couple of good dads:
Professor Birch, in Ruby and Sapphire, seems to have a very strong relationship
with his child, May/Brendan (whichever one isn’t the player character), while
Norman, the player character’s father, is away all the time because he works in
a different city but seems like a decent enough parent when we actually get to
see him. Bianca’s dad in Black and
White… doesn’t really “get it,” but he’s at least trying not to be a
There is a standard explanation for this one, and there will
always be one person who brings it up, which is: “absent fathers are a theme in
Japanese fiction because Japanese fathers work 500 hours a day and are never
around.” That’s… true, and it
explains a lot of the $#!ttiness of many Pokémon fathers – like Palmer
in Diamond and Pearl being so distant from Barry, or Hau’s unnamed father in
Sun and Moon being off in Kanto somewhere doing god knows what. I think a lot of it really is just Pokémon’s
own priorities, though, and a general lack of interest in the families
of the player or other major characters (it would be fair to say, I think that
the plots of these games are not what you’d call “character-driven”). Like… fathers who are absent or distant
because they work all the time are also a theme of American fiction;
American fiction has practically created entire genres out of emotionally
stunted men’s obsession with their $#!tty father figures. But that’s not what the fathers of Pokémon’s
main characters are like; they’re just not there, with no explanation
and no relevance to anything. Plenty of
other characters have fathers who clearly exist, even if they’re not
around very much or aren’t very good parents.
It’s also fairly common for both parents to be equally absent (as
in Brock and Misty’s cases; I don’t think we ever meet Hau’s mother either). I think the presence of the main
character’s mother in each game is, in most cases, something of an admission
that, at a bare minimum, it would be weird for a child to grow up completely