Pokemon Journeys made Leon’s strength clear in battle, but it left a surprising revelation for his Finals with Ash.
Kodoani.com – Pokemon Journeys is nothing if not a testament to Leon’s strength, almost surpassing that of Ash even after Ash defeated him in the Masters Eight Finals of the World Coronation Series. Leon spent his scattered appearances throughout Journeys immersing himself in the series’ strongest trainers and getting lost as soon as he left his field. Declared the Invincible Champion of Galar, he claims to have never lost a battle before and is afraid to know what it’s like to lose. However, a flashback during his battle with Ash revealed that Leon’s proper title was Galar’s rogue and easily defeated Champion as young Ketchum was not the first to defeat. he.
Leon conquered the Galar League on his first try, completed the Gym Challenge, and won the Championship Trophy in a string of battles that didn’t even end. Once, he invited 100 powerful trainers from all over the world to challenge him and beat them all. Ash is the first person to ever defeat more than two of Leon’s Pokemon in a single battle. The winner of the inaugural World Coronation Series, Leon is almost offensive because of how stupid he makes his opponents look, be it Gym Head, Elite Four or other Champions.
Leon loses the first match
As Leon prepares for the Finals with Ash, he suddenly remembers his first battle as a child. During this battle, Leon sent his Charmander to fight Sonia’s Rookidee. Not understanding why he suddenly thought of that battle, Leon went out to fight Ash and took control of the match despite spending most of its time at a numerical disadvantage. Only in the fourth and final episode of this battle, after losing to Ash, was Leon revealed that Leon had lost that battle to Sonia.
While not telling Ash out loud that he lost, Leon did admit that this battle taught him all about Pokemon battles. It’s no big deal that Leon once lost in a quick battle between kids and small Pokemon, but it’s an interesting omission from someone who has spoken openly about how he’s never lost before. . Perhaps it was the tears of disappointment from that battle that made Leon so obsessed with victory that he grew up to become a Champion and officially the greatest coach in the world before he was even born. he lost again.
This revelation is very important for Leon’s character Arc
Between the battle with Sonia and the battle with Ash, it seems that Leon has never experienced another challenging battle. He went to practice after defeating Sinnoh Elite Four’s Flint because he and his Charizard couldn’t put their full strength into it. He only needs three Pokemon to defeat Diantha, the Kalos Champion, in a 6v6 battle. Leon’s strength in battle is so overwhelming that it makes his battles uninteresting. Leon is a Champion just like Lance, Steven, Cynthia, Iris, Diantha and Ash, and the rest of his peers are some of the most interesting and popular characters in the series. The fact that Leon has to be on par with them in terms of title and superior strength but is left unconcerned due to his championship talent is not a good thing for his character or the series.
Galar’s undefeated champion is not an attractive character as he has no challenges to overcome. Leon who was so shaken by the first loss that he went years without losing again and handled it gracefully when he lost was much more enjoyable. Leon’s invincible legacy falling at the hands of Ash Ketchum was huge for both of them, as Leon now has a new impetus to keep improving, while Ash finally has a proven fighting talent. clearly real. While it’s odd that Leon is so completely dishonest about having lost before, it’s still gratifying to watch him lose to Ash.