Guys, Wally is so important. He has what appears to be asthma; breathing difficulties that clear up in the fresh air of Verdanturf. He accomplishes many things, he grows as a character, and he is great representation for those with asthma. He’s a great character first and foremost and I can identify with his struggles and making sacrifices, like moving or getting rid of pets, in order to breathe and not be miserable.
I looked up to him as a kid because having asthma isn’t easy. Especially considering things like Jimmy Neutron being on TV at the time (Carl Wheezer is bad.) I mean here is a character that has asthma and IT ISN’T A PUNCHLINE! I am so sick of nerdy/geeky characters getting asthma attacks and pulling out that ol’ inhaler as a “look how loser and outcast this character is! Lululul!”
The night I discovered I had it, I was hunched over in a chair, unable to breathe enough to cry because I hurt so much. In the Pokemon world where walking and being physical is a necessity for a trainer, not to mention sudden happenstances and scares, I can imagine it being very difficult for asthmatics.
So Wally is important. Thank you, Pokemon, for an awesome character that a new generation of asthmatic kids can look up to and see a role model. You made an awesome character that is so much more than his illness!
Hell yeah Wally. I always felt bad about beating him in game cuz I felt like I was kicking my own ass, but damn it was awesome seeing him get all the way to the end of victory road. He had more of a shot at becoming the champion than any other trainer you faced and I think the fact that he started with a pokemon like ralts that begins extremely weak with only growl for a move and trained it up to a powerful gardevoir (or in this case a fucking mega gallade) speaks VOLUMES and accurately parallels his own character growth.
Also he is an example of a male character that isnt traditionally masculine, aggressive, assertive, or “strong” but he still accomplishes so much!
So proud of my baby
(Also heck yeah to all the asthma stuff I hella feel you on that)
Yes to all of this!!!!