Looking back at the history of the pokemon carts. Who do you think was overall the most hardest, and or symbolic NPC? My vote goes for Red, the original protagonist. Overall he wasn't hard at all considering that I beat him with mid 40's level pokemon in G/S/C. Although symbolism wise, he represent the first, true in-game boss. The true champion, the man who stands above all as the strongest... with a lv. 81/88 Pikachu. If you look at his team, it consists of pokemon that you would get from events occurring in Pokemon Yellow in both G/S/C and HG/SS. Pikachu as his starter, Charizard, Blastoise, and Venusaur were gotten in game. Lax is obvious, two blocked the path to cycling road, and Lavender/Fuchsia. And Espeon from the eevee that he would recieve in Celedon, and the Lapras he recieved from Silph co. in HG/SS. Pearl and Steve are close seconds, but in my opinion, Red will always stand above them all. Also, please don't penalize me as this did not really apply to any generation, because there isn't a forum for general pokemon discussion that is not relevant to any specific gen.