That fight did produce two of my favorite moments in the series though.
Alright, hear me out.
This is not an attempt at a narrative defense of Tobias' existence, don't worry. What I am instead trying to convey is a weird form of "one man's trash is another man's treasure". Because all the things that make Tobias so rage-inducing and indefensible for Pokeani diehards, some of whom have had the misfortune of witnessing his roflstomp of Ash as it was first airing, are exactly what make him so utterly fascinating to me as an outsider.
Here we have a character who was explicitly designed for the purpose of making the main protagonist of a long-running television lose a big tournament arc by unleashing a duo of monsters so powerful and mystical within the setting that they once had entire movies centered around them. This character did not receive any sort of buildup, nor even the most haphazard and last-minute excuse backstory one could think of to address his power level. They didn't even reveal his full team. Upon acquiring his win, this character would never be seen or acknowledged again.
In their hilariously ill-conceived, deeply cynical ploy to deprive Ash of a win and continue the series, the DP anime accidentally created what is, to me at least, one of Pokemon's most intriguing mysteries. I quite simply cannot think of another character from a remotely well-known work of fiction quite like him. There are asspulls, and then there's Tobias. He has a similar appeal to me as one of those incredibly convoluted franchise timelines like Zelda or Dragon Quest, a strange puzzle that my brain from time to time goes to work trying to solve. Nobody else has ever made me joyfully waste so much time coming up with ideas about who he is, what his goals are and the experiences he must have gone through to wear that regal garb and have the partners he does.
I massively doubt Aim To Be a Pokemon Master will choose to touch upon him, but I honestly hope it doesn't and Tobias remains this inexplicable phantom trainer shrouded in mystery. For better or worse, that's what makes him stand out in the vast tapestry of Pokemon's multimedia empire.
To be fair on the "it's pretty strong" take, the movie is canon and he did watch a Darkrai in that film take on the Avatars of the Space-Time Continuum, going even against Palkia and taking quite a while to go down against both of them. It's also funny to me imagining Ash repressed the Sinnoh League semi-finals because that Darkrai BS was simply too much for the human brain to comprehend.The anime did I think make a reference to him, very obliquely: in the Darkrai/Cresselia 2 parter has Ash go "yeah i've dealt with Darkrais before"
And the only reason I don't think it's referencing the original Darkrai/Cresselia episode is because the way he talks about it, or at least the way its delivered in the dub, was very "yeahhhhhh it's. Pretty strong...." in a way of "yeah he had a ridiculous fight against it" and less "we saw it do weird stuff in an awkwardly animated episode nobody likes" (& far lesser, the movie)
well it got chuckle out of me at least.
The way I read it is Spidops is about to get the drop on this scytherok but wtf this is Tarountola bullying D:
Spidops use their offsprings as bait NOTEDThe way I read it is Spidops is about to get the drop on this scyther
*Looks at like half the dex entries for Ghost- and Dark-type Pokemon*Game for kids btw
"Don't talk to me or my son ever again."The way I read it is Spidops is about to get the drop on this scyther
Huh, burying the lead there a bit GF. Here, let me give this a try:An item to be held by a Pokémon. This herb will allow the holder to mirror an opponent's stat increases to boost its own stats—but only once.
A little lengthier but I think informs on both of its useful functions and even adds a bit of flavor text.A Pokemon holding this reflective leaf will copy the opponent's stat increases—but only once. If held during a picnic, this Pokemon can learn another Pokemon's Move if it could hatch from an Egg knowing it.
I am surprised you hadn't asked yourself how Grimmsnarl is meant to learn its newly gained Parting Shot egg moveSo, just found this out: When having a picnic, if a Pokemon is holding a Mirror Herb and has an empty move slot, if there's a Pokemon which knows a Move it can learn via Egg Move it'll learn that move; won't even use up the Mirror Herb.
Well what brought it to my attention was that the following, which started with one of your above posts:I am surprised you hadn't asked yourself how Grimmsnarl is meant to learn its newly gained Parting Shot egg move
Is "Egg Move" an official term?That said that description still wouldn't work, because it works on moves yo ucan't actually pass along by breeding, its why various male & genderless-only Pokemon suddenly got "egg moves". I wonder if guide books might start referring to them as "Shared Moves" or something to that effect.
It gets thrown around in Guide Books and I assume the occasional official post, though I don't know if they're referred to as such anywhere internally.Well what brought it to my attention was that the following, which started with one of your above posts:
Well, glad to see they're using that data space for male-only & gender unknown Pokemon for something.
- Sees your post mentioning this is a kid's game.
- Originally was going to post one of JWittz new videos going through the weird dex entries in SV.
- Decided they didn't really have that many child unfriendly stuff, though one part which got my attention was him joking he knows where the little mouse in Maushold comes from since he has a kid.
- Curious if Maushold has a gender, checked it on Bulbapedia. It doesn't as expected.
- I then noticed it was in two Egg Groups. Odd, didn't think there was a Gender Unknown Pokemon with two Egg Groups before (there are, not common but there's a handful).
- Decided to check Moves and, to my surprise, it does have Egg Moves.
- Confused, I checked online to see if it's possible to get them, and that's when I learned about Mirror Herb's more handy use.
Is "Egg Move" an official term?