1. Red, Blue, and Yellow - Professor Oak. C’mon, who did you think I was going to choose as Number 1? This is the guy who literally introduced us all to the world of Pokemon: the first character ever seen in the entire franchise. His dedication to the study of Pokemon, slight absent-mindedness, grandfatherly compassion and wisdom, and passion for his dream of recording data on all 150 known Pokemon made him a character with some depth in games that had few. The quirks and eccentricity added to him in later incarnations helped define him ever further. He’s one of the franchise’s finest human characters, if not the most.
2. Black and White - The somewhat inexperienced but hardworking, smart, and enthusiastic Professor Juniper gets the second spot here. The only female professor in a main game to date as well as the youngest, she’s got a great design, a charming personality, and a very active role in the game’s plot. A cool prof in both the first games and the sequels.
3. Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald - Out of all professors, Professor Birch is the one who gets out the most in his research. He prefers field work to staying in the lab analyzing things, and has no need for assistants to help him in this when he has his own kid doing it with him. His laid back, jovial attitude is welcoming as well. And I have to love how he looks so much like Dan Green, who was naturally cast as his voice in the dub.
4. Gold, Silver, and Crystal - The rather skittish and clumsy Professor Elm is a fairly interesting professor for the Johto region, and one I’m glad to have helping me, especially in important phone calls and giving me a Master Ball. The problem with his is that he’s always in Oak’s shadow. It’s Oak who gives you your Pokedex mission again, and he even does the game’s intro again, making Elm the only professor to not greet the players at the start of the game. Ouch!
5. X and Y - Ha! For once these games aren’t at the bottom. Professor Sycamore is really an average professor, owing most of his fame and popularity to looks alone. But let it not be said that he’s not good at what he does. His friendship with the evil Lysandre is also pretty interesting. Of all the professors, this man has the most charm and style.
6. Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum - Professor Rowan has to be my least favorite professor due to two big reasons. The character is not very expressive or endearing, and so much of his character is built around this one thing: he’s really, really old. He’s old enough to be Oak’s grandpa and was one of the people who helped him invent the Pokedex back in the day, and his age is used as justification for why ancient myths and legends fascinate him. There’s also talk about how he doesn’t get out enough because he’s so old. OMG, I get it! He’s old! Can we please have something else from you? No? Screw yow, old man!
Hey in regards to your TR VS TP post and what would have happened if they aired, I have a question. How do you think would have Iris' storyline been handled? Do you think that whole Iris two-parter in the Village of Dragons and Opelucid was pre-planned or did the writer have different intentions? We know Ash was going to battle Drayden, do you think that would have taken focus of Iris' story?
I think the basic elements - the Elder and Shannon, Iris battling Drayden again, the school - would have still been intact. Ash’s battle with Drayden probably would have simply been added on top of those things.
In the end I think we probably would have seen a four-episode Opelucid arc, similar to the Twinleaf Festival arc in DP, and Iris’s story wouldn’t have been so rushed. Maybe that would even be extended to Dragonite, but that’s pure speculation on my part. Perhaps Team Plasma would have made their appearance in Opelucid City as well, but again, speculation.
The Village of Dragons and Opelucid City episodes would probably be similar to what we got anyway, but there might have been an Ash vs Drayden or Iris for the final badge episode followed by Team Plasma’s re-introduction into the plot. “Rushed” though it may have been, I honestly prefer what ended up happening instead because that way Ash didn’t have to steal the spotlight in Iris’ arc and beat Drayden just to “show Iris up” like all her bashers kept hoping for.