I do like this little thing they put at the end of the Gym battle with Clemont’s statement and how it contrasts with what he says in XY003, and both times it preceded a group hand touch.
Waaay back in XY’s beginning Clemont sought to travel with Ash as way of learning to become a better, stronger person, someone more assertive, more confident and jusst all around a more capable guy. He figured he needed Ash’s bravery to learn that.
And now, when all’s said is done, Clemont asserts himself back into the group as a vital member who has to watch Ash and be the brains to his brawn, basically he now believes that he needs HIM instead of the other way around. It’s a great way to show how far he’s come and represents a new chapter of Clemont’s growth if that was their intention.