Everyone whom has ever watched (The first, second and third seasons) Pokemon should know whom Misty is, she was the fiery redhead that kept both Ash and Brock in check, while pokemon was in it's height. Despite having three older sisters who are known to be famous/ gorgeous, Misty was called the Tomboyish Mermaid. Some of her accolades are
- Beating Jessie in a Princess Day Tournament
- Is the Current Cerulean City Gym Leader
- IS the only Gym leader to appear in Super Smash Brothers (Trophy)
- Is the youngest and only female trainer in Pokemon to be a water Gym leader.
- Champion of the Alto Mare Race in Pokemon Heroes
- Champion of the Seaking catching Day
- Top 8 in the whirl island tournies
Despite all that she accomplished, she was replaced by May in the Third Generation. Misty's goal was simply to be the best Water Pokemon trainer, wheather it meant beating the girls or the Boy's her goal seemed to rival Ash's in a since. Though she makes appearances from time to time it's simply to appease long term fans. Misty had such a "swag" about her that just made her chemistry with Ash amazing. Ash and Misty had 3 battles with each other, the first was a tie, as Team Rocket interrupted, the Second Ash won, but Misty claimed the Prize, which was Togepi and the final Ash Won all of them considered to be the top battles in the history of the show.
I personally was never a fan of May, she was whiny, and overly emotional (but then again she is a 13 year old girl so i guess it's to be expected), I felt it was disrespectful to replace Misty with a girl whom didn't even like Pokemon! Eventually she tried it though starting her journey off with Torchic; in doing so becoming the first ever female Protagonist to start a journey. She had one Gym battle in her exploits and she was defeated, by Roxanne; she changed her mind and became a Pokemon coordinator. I hated the whole introduction of Pokemon contest it was Pokemon's way of saying. "You girl's aren't good enough to compete with Ash" . May eventually comes into her own and decides on what she wants to do. Win ribbons in different, regions and become the top coodinator.
- Collected 10 ribbons from different regions
- Runner up at the Wallace Cup
- Placed in the Top 8 in Kanto coordinator tourney's
- Place in top 4 in the hoenn tourneys
Then we get Dawn, and I knew she would be my favorite, when I watched the first episode of Pokemon and saw that Ash didn't show up until the last 10 mins. The thing about Dawn is she was essentially a female Ash; and she didn't take any crap from him either. They bickered they argued and still seemed to fit like brother and sister. Dawn started off a pokemon trainer and a coordinator, wanting to pursue being a pokemon champion. I applauded this at first, even though she would eventually be reduced to just contest. Dawn had a strong since of confidence that is needed for being a pokemon trainer; which separates her from May. I believe Dawn was brought in to challenge Ash's right to be a main character. Dawn tried a few gym battles, and Ash tried a few Contest; neither of them succeding; For a brief time and period it seemed as if Dawn and her Hilarious Piplup where upstaging Ash.
5 Sinnoh Ribbons
Heathrome Tag battle Contest Runner up
Hearthrome Collection winner
Pokemon Ping Pong tourney winner
Twinleaf Festival battle winner
Grand Festival Runner Up Anyways we lose Dawn and now it's just blah, She was a great supporting character, unlike Brock who is starting to sound creepier as the series goes on. It would have been great to see her go up against the likes of Misty, Gary and Ritchie some of Ash's older rivals Anyways, she and Ash teamed up a few times during their time togather which are also ranked at the top as some of the best battles.
Now we have Iris, whom is in this 5th Generation of Pokemon. she is the 8th Gym leader of The Black and White series, which really gets confusing. Anyways not only do we lose, Dawn in the NEW GEN WE lost Brock as well. I haven't watched to much of the new series to know about IRIS , but she must be the first black female character.
What is it about the series that just makes it easy to replace a long term character like Misty or Dawn for that matter, Misty traveled with Ash for 3 seasons and Two generation. May got 2 and Dawn got 2 but no one every makes it into the next gen why?