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Red and Blue

Rivals Red and Blue.

Rival (Japanese: ライバル Raibaru) is a Trainer Class in the game that battles the player often throughout the main storyline. A rival in the game can be a childhood friend of the player (in the case of Cheren, Bianca, Barry, and Hugh) or a bully (in the case of Blue and Silver). When the player is choosing a starter Pokémon, the rival will usually get the type that is strong against the players Pokémon, for example: If the player chooses a grass-type Pokémon, then the players rival will pick up a fire-type Pokémon. Some exceptions include Dawn, Lucas, and Bianca, who all choose the Pokémon with a type disadvantage. Wally starts out with a Ralts, rather than a conventional Hoenn starter. Also, the player can sometimes give their rival a name. The names of the rivals that cannot be named are: Wally, Brendan, May, Bianca, Shauna, Calem, Serena, Tierno and Trevor.

In the game

Having a rival as the player's opponent was introduced in Generation I with the popular rivalry between Blue/GreenJP and Red. A rival usually appears in the main game series throughout the game challenging the player to Pokémon battles. Rivals mostly appear early in the main story line. Their starter Pokémon are usually the one that has a type advantage against the Pokémon that the player has chosen, for example: If the player chose Charmander, the rival will choose Squirtle, because Water is strong against Fire. Some exceptions are Bianca and Shauna who choose the starter that is weak against the player's. Most of the player rivals depend more on strength than strategy.

Kanto Johto Hoenn Sinnoh Unova Kalos
Blue (FRLG) Silver Pokemon ORAS Brendan Pokemon ORAS May Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Wally Barryz Cheren Bianca BW B2W2 Rival Calem XY Serena
Blue/Green Silver Brendan May Wally Barry Cheren Bianca Hugh Calem Serena

Semi-Rival

Semi-rival (Japanese: 半ライバル hanraibaru) is a rival who is more than a Pseudo-Rival but less than a Rival. They will battle the player, but much less frequently than a full Rival.

Kalos
XY Shauna XY Tierno XY Trevor
Shauna Tierno Trevor

Pseudo-Rival

Pseudo-rival (Japanese: 擬似ライバル Giji Raibaru) is one of the main protagonists from the main Pokémon video game series. They are seen as a helping hand in bringing you useful information, giving you useful items and helping you during tag battles. They are seen as rivals in being more in a competitive manner in completing the Pokédex instead of participating in Pokémon battles.

Johto Sinnoh Unova
Gold Lyra Platinum Lucas Platinum Dawn Black2 White2
Ethan Lyra Lucas Dawn Nate Rosa

Anime

In the anime series, many rivals for the main characters has been appeared. The rivals in the anime can be compared to that in the video games. The main characters also learns a lot from their rivals during their competitions. Known rivalries in the series:

See also

Kanto Johto Hoenn Sinnoh Unova
Blue (FRLG) Silver Pokemon ORAS Brendan Pokemon ORAS May Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Wally Barryz Cheren
Blue Silver Brendan May Wally Barry Cheren
Unova Kalos
Bianca BW B2W2 Rival Calem XY Serena XY Shauna XY Tierno XY Trevor
Bianca Hugh Calem Serena Shauna Tierno Trevor

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