If Trip's mold wasn't to be the upstart trainer, he'd be a lot better off. He's a fusion of Gary's cockiness and Paul's brains, which rolls him into a cocky prodigy with... Not much in the way of endearment for other people to care about him.
As someone above me's said, it'd be a lot better if Trip was given more to his personality quirks so we could feel for him, since otherwise, he's a brat akin to how people see Iris, and we already have enough haters of one character in the anime.
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