elite leaders

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★ we finished season two! ★ here are some small doodles i did while watching (including some pokemon au ideas lol)

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sinnoh gang goes to haunted house, it goes about as well as you’d expect

Although Gym Leaders are often strong enough to hold their own opposite Elites, they rarely utilise their full potential against amateur trainers. This is because Gym Leaders aim to advance their students’ capabilities, something that cannot be achieved through obliterating their team before it can land a hit. By battling a student in a downplayed manner that specifically exploits just one of their weaknesses, the student can recognise that weakness and learn to rectify it. 

For example, if a young trainer with a fast, hard hitting team showed up to a Gym, the Leader might focus on crippling said team with paralysis and then taking them down. This would show the young trainer that they had to devise a strategy to cope with status effects. Once they did that, the Leader would battle them in the same way and see if their student managed to defeat them. 

A good Gym Leader is one flexible enough to challenge trainers of a variety of strengths. They must be able to target the weaknesses of an accomplished trainer, but also to show a complete novice where they need to improve. There may be occasions where Gym Leaders go all out against students - some pupils may even request that they do so, to see how well they can cope in an honest battle - but the majority of Gym matches are considerably less intense than official ones. The way a Gym Leader would battle against students and the way they would battle at the PWT would be wildly different.

This is one of the reasons why the gulf between challenging Gyms and taking on the Elite Four is so wide. Elites are not teachers, and their reputation hinges solely on their number of victories and how they achieve them. They never accommodate their opponent’s battle style. For this reason, many trainers seek honest matches with a number of Gym Leaders before requesting a battle with an Elite. If you aren’t prepared, they will wipe the floor with you.

(This is also my fancy explanation for why the Gyms get more difficult as you progress through a region. It’s not that the Leaders increase in strength, but that they fight harder against those with greater ability.)

The public’s inability to grasp the pathology of our oligarchic corporate elite makes it difficult to organize effective resistance. Compliant politicians, entertainers, and our vapid, corporate-funded popular culture and news media hold up the elites as leaders to emulate. We are repeatedly assured that through diligence and hard work we can join them. We are taught to equate wealth with success. This narrative keeps us from seeing the truth.
—  Chris Hedges, Wages of Rebellion The Moral Imperative of Revolt 

“Pokémon is racist since there are very few dark-skinned trainers and none of them are important to the plot or game.” I’ve found this statement to be used sometimes in defense of those who wish to degrade Pokémon, and while I agree that the dark-skinned to light-skinned characters ratio is small, there are indeed some important dark-skinned trainers that I would like to point out. I’m not trying fetishize or show a bias to these characters, but I would like to make sure they are known as they are evidence against this claim.

Matt-One of two Team Aqua Admins who contributes to the conflict between the player and Team Aqua and is supposed to be a formidable opponent to newer players (he did support Team Aqua’s cause, making it a major fault of his)

Shelly-One of the Team Aqua Admins who also contributes to the conflict between the player and Team Aqua and eventually opens up to the player along with some other Team Aqua members (she, however, still supported Team Aqua’s cause)

Archie-Leader of Team Aqua and main antagonist in the conflict between the player and Team Aqua who not only manages to achieve his goal but also triumphs over Maxie if you play Alpha Sapphire, and tries to stop Maxie from destroying the world with Groudon’s power if you play Omega Ruby (although, to be fair, his goal was to fill the world with water using Kyogre’s power)

  

Lenora-The first Unova Gym Leader in Black and White who is director of the Nacrene Museum, is married to a light-skinned man (thus showing a canon interracial relationship in a Nintendo game which isn’t unhealthy as far as we know), and also works as an archeologist. One role of hers in the plot was related to the analysis of the Light/Dark Stone. Her art is different due to American censoring, but I have placed both versions here.

Grant-The second Kalos Gym Leader who also happens to be a trendsetter and carried the title of Grand Duke at the Battle Chateau in the anime (the highest ranking) and Marquis in the game, alongside the other male Gym Leaders.

Marshal-One of the Unova Elite Four who also acts as a support for Cheren once before the player’s rematch with him.

 

Iris-The final Unova Gym Leader if you play White and the Champion of the Unova League in Black 2 and White 2. If you play Black, she teaches your Dragon-type Pokémon the move Draco Meteor if they have high friendship. She was also a main character in the Pokémon anime who traveled alongside Ash for the Black and White seasons.

  

And let’s not forget that with the addition of X and Y into the Pokémon franchise, the player could choose from different skin tones. This means that arguably the most important character in X and Y, who defeats Team Flare, the Champion, and possibly the Grand Duke, possibly completes the Pokédex, possibly becomes the most stylish person in Lumiose City, and ultimately assumes the role of a master Trainer, could be dark-skinned. Add this to many dark-skinned NPCs along the way, and it makes quite a bunch.

I’ve probably missed some characters, but the given examples are all more than enough to get the point across. Again, I did not mean to fetishize these characters and openly admit that all of them have their faults, just like any other character. I also admit that they are just as important as others and are no more so. However, they do exist, and thus make up part of the Pokémon franchise. Thank you for reading, and sorry for the long post.

Okay, so me and my sister were talking and we got on the subject of pokemon. Unlike me, she’s not really into the games anymore. But, she remembers she played and enjoyed Diamond and Pearl. So, we thought it would be fun if I showed her some of the old characters from the games and she tried to guess who they are. (My sister’s words are in bold.)

Cyrus:

Oh, I know that guy. That’s Cyrus.

Saturn:

Oh, that’s a guy?? Is he Jupiter? Galactic Grunt maybe?

Jupiter:

Oh, so THAT’S Jupiter. Right?

Mars:

So that’s not Saturn ok

Charon:

Who the heck is that? Is he like Professor Oak’s less attractive brother? Oh maybe he’s like one of the grunts’ grandad. Yeah. He doesn’t even work there he just tagged along.

Roark:

Is that Archie?? Doesn’t he have red hair and glasses too? Did he rob a fire truck or somethin

Gardenia:

Peter Pan’s twin sister

Maylene:

Wii fit trainer

Crasher Wake:

Professor Oak in a mask. He gets really excited about Magikarp.

Fantina:

Jupiter again?

Byron:

Archie’s dad

Candice:

She looks like Pippi Longstockings

Volkner:

Yugioh

Cynthia:

Oh!! I remember her. Cynthia right?

Some more additions to the Teacher AU…

-Maxie is a geography teacher, however unlike Steven he’s extremely lazy and just sits his students down in front of a laptop and tells them to browse the internet because he really doesn’t want to have to teach.

-Lysandre teaches politics and he’s a preachy hipster who very obviously has a tumblr account. His whole class follow him and he follows them back.

-Ghetsis is that one terrifying, decrepit old ancient history teacher who never leaves his classroom and absolutely everyone in the school is scared shitless of him.

-Cyrus teaches physics and he’s actually a really good teacher, and always leaves his class either in shock horror or hooting with laughter due to his “I hate everything” attitude. He drops the biggest, meanest insults without batting an eye.

-Giovanni teaches economics. God knows if he’s actually good at it (because economics was always that one easy subject that even the most brain dead moron could get over 90% in.)

-Malva is the lazy sarcastic music teacher who hates children and her life and everyone thinks she’s really funny because she brutally mocks everyone and everything. Probably keeps vodka in a water bottle on her desk.

-Sidney is a perpetually bored English literature teacher who gave up on giving a shit long ago and now spends his days dryly insulting the commentary on every book he’s forced to teach.

-Drasna teaches ancient history and even though all her students love her to bits, they all still fail her class because her method of teaching is just “give ‘em 100000 pages of notes and hope something sticks.”

-Pryce is the 300 year old biology teacher who at one point during the school year will have to teach all the 14 year olds about sex ed ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡° )

Those are all for now… expect more soon!

Serpent Overview

The (hopefully) last sapient species in the world of TeaFeathers! Serpents are bipedal dragon people native to the continent. They rarely were in conflict with the Cat Clans, due to their prowess in magic the cats typically gave them their space. After the war between the Cat Clans and the Alecani/Pylura alliance, their territory got pushed a little further to the South as the alliance established their tribe borders. Alecani being powerful magic users themselves, they were a lot to contend with. However the serpents seemed to give their territory up rather willingly to the Alecani. Perhaps they were curating special magical locations in the northern reaches of their lands, and saw the Alecani might be fit guardians of these places themselves. Perhaps they simply wished to avoid conflict.

Serpents are the most magically inclined of all the sapient animals on this continent, with virtually no instances of individuals being born without magic. The elite spiritual leaders of the serpents, and some adept magic users, have wings and other enhanced features (horns, different colors, etc). The modifications depend on which spirits blessed the individual upon their initiation into the magical elite. Wings and other features are bestowed upon them after completing certain requirements and rituals.

Serpents can change their physical sex at will, with some effort of course. No one individual is male or female for the entirety of their lives. As you can imagine, gender roles don’t really play a part in serpent society. They come in a variety of colors depending on their region and magical inclination.  Thought I’d show a plain looking set as a base!

Random ORAS Headcanons
  • May likes to give her adversaries demeaning and rather vulgar nicknames. They’re often preceded my a military title for no explicit reason. For example: she calls Archie “General Dick Biscuit” and Maxie “Admiral Ass Donut”, and only stops once they’ve redeemed themselves after the Sootopolis incidents. Brendan acts like it annoys him, but, really, he thinks it’s hilarious.
  • Brendan is normally the calmer of the two, but for some reason gets extremely violent, angry, and competitive when playing video games. This includes innocent and calming games such as Yoga games and Tennis games, leading to comments like “I swear to Arceus, I will bludgeon you to death with this racket if you hit that!” Thankfully, he’s ludicrously good at almost all video games, so people rarely win and incur his wrath.
  • Although normally rather sweet and nice girls, May and her mother (in a world where she’s Norman’s kid) have an odd habit of making supremely perverted jokes for no particular reason without their innocent smile so much as faltering once. It’s the reason why Norman rarely eats around them; they have a habit of making people lose their appetites.
  • Maxie is actually almost legally blind without his glasses on; he legitimately can’t see a thing and will bump into things/trip/run into walls because he simply can’t see. Since he can’t have his glasses on 24/7, he has memorized the layouts of Magma base, Aqua base, and a few other key locations, and he’ll sometimes move around them at night in the dark. Occasionally, he’ll be in a room already and someone will turn on the light and get the crap scared out of them.
  • As part of their redemption, May made a mandatory agenda for Maxie and Archie which included spending time with each other to “build a bridge and get over it”. Maxie always wants to be reading and Archie really has not a lot to do, so Maxie usually sits on Archie’s weights and has the Aqua leader bench-press him along with the usual weight while he reads. It worked surprisingly well.
  • Wallace and Sidney like to troll Steven a lot by doing some of the classic pranks, like putting things in his shoes and the like. Once, they jokingly stole and hid his Metagrossite while his Pokemon were being healed at the center. Steven practically had a nervous breakdown and they had to give it back while talking to him like a 3-year-old to keep him from going insane. They’d agreed never to mess with his Metagrossite again, and also avoid his Mega Pin just to be safe.