In the Pokedex entry for Magikarp in Pokemon Leaf
Green, it states that in the distant past, Magikarp used to
be somewhat stronger. Relicanth is an ancient Pokemon.
My theory is that a long, long time ago there was a great
migration of Relicanth inland, they then slowly changed
into Magikarp, losing their power in the process due to lack
of use. Some Relicanth stayed in the deep ocean though,
which is why i can find them still in ocean trenches.
When you' re heading up Route 217 to Snowpoint City for
your seventh badge, there' s a small house near the ice
rock where you level up your Eevee to get a Glaceon. If
you enter it, the lights are turned off and a woman is sitting
alone and unmoving at the table. She talks in a creepy
whisper about how she never gets visitors any more and
please, take this, and you get a Spell Taggin item that
enhances ghost types. And if you recenter the house after
leaving, it' s nowone there. Barrer. Not to
mention a trainer that' s near the cabin mentions legends of
hauntings in the area...
Since it' s in an region, she gives you the Spell
Tag which enhances Ghost Type moves, and people talk
about recent hauntings, the woman may have been a Fro-
slaes in disguise. Which may make things creepy when
you realize that if it was indeed a Froslass, she could have
frozen you and turned you into one of her trophies forever!
Most of us have heard of Gary' s Ratticate; On his team
on the S. S. Anne, yet gone in Lavender Town. Others
have lingered on the concept of naming Gary, often
taking advantage of this for their own amusement. Be-
sides, Gary' s a jerk, he deserves the ridicule, right?
But as I played my way through Red, I noticed some-
thing. The Flest couple of battles and dialogue with Gary
aren' t what some make them out to be. In the beginning,
he' s simply annoyed with his senile and unfair grandia-
ther, who allowed you, a neighbor, not even family, to
choose your Pokemon before him. But he held little re-
sentient, merely choosing a Pokemon with a type ad-
vantage because it was the smart thing. You would do
the same, admit it. He challenges you to a friendly
battle, gives you a playful challenge (I' ll fill out my Poke-
dex before you!), and leaves.
The next time, he spots you on his way back from Bill' s.
Upon his defeat, he gives you his advice, to go see Bill
and get more in your Pokedex, like he just did. Even on
the SS. Anne, he tries to compare his Pokedex with
yours, and tells you to help the captain to receive Cut.
This is where Gary' s friendly rivalry ends.
The next time you see him is Lavender town. Having
failed to get his injured Ratticate to a PC in time, he' s
come to mourn for his friend' s death when, lo and
behold, you appear. The last person poor Gary wants to
see. He makes a comment about not being able to kill
your Pokemon, but how he' ll sure as heck try. I haven' t
read a Nuzlocke who hadn' t lost a teammate to Gary
here. An eye for an eye, right? He leaves as soon as he
loses, unable to bear the humiliation of failing to avenge
Gary becomes obsessed. He grinds his team, then lying
in wait for you to come through... You came, of course,
drawn by the Rockets and Silph Co. Gary' s grudge was
so deep, his desire to defeat you overpowered the -
pittance of stopping the Rockets.
Another loss, and Gary becomes borderline insane. He
camps on Victory Road, savagely defeating any trainers
who try to pass to get to the Elite four, grinding his team
to the max. Each day he waited for you, waited to win
the defeat he deserved, he needed... But still you -
felted him. Gary had only one option, to beat you at
your own game. He his Pokemon for the
last time and blazed through the Elite Four, claiming his
rightful title of Champion. But he had just barely gotten
to the top when you came right behind him...
And, being the hero, you defeated him for the last time.
Professor Oak rushed to the scene at the tale of your
success, but where was he when his own grandson was
champion? Oak never cared about Gary, Gary was
merely a nuisance whose name wasn' t even important
enough to remember. Gary was replaced by the
stranger next door, be it Red or Ash or whatever your
So, lets recap.
You stole Gary' s name, replacing it with with something
for your own amusement. You stole his choice of Poke-
mon, for he was forced to choose the advantage over
whatever you chose. You stole his advice, leaving him
nothing in return. You stole his Ratticate, and squashed
Gary' s try for redemption. You stole away his reason,
his sanity, his life. You stole his title, and you stole his
grandfather' s love. In the end, Gary is left, broken,
insane, grieving... the one person he tried to befriend
had crushed him.
And we wonder why he was such a prick.
But maybe he' s not the bad guy here.