Uploading a sketch cuz I’m a lazy, sick bitch. Here’s a shiny Blaziken.
When I was a kid, my father used to get me GBA roms and the emulator to keep me occupied. Most of the games were in Japanese and one of them was Pokemon Ruby. As a Pokemon fan I WAS STOKED!
Normally I’m a grass starter. But when I loaded up the game and checked the starters, the Torchic caught my eye. Reason being it looked like a baby Ho-oh - and I love Ho-oh on my Gold version. I didn’t even know it’s original name (because it was in Japanese) so I chose it and named the Torchic Ho-oh.
Even after getting the English hard copy I still chose Torchic and named him after Ho-oh. To this day I’ve been strongly compelled to choose Torchic over the others in Gen 3.