With Ash Ketchum competing in the Pokémon World Championship, there have been many recalls to the show’s early days, and fans are nostalgic for his old characters. Brock in particular is a character that had a lot of comedic value and thus has become the source of many Pokémon memes.
Brock is the first gym leader that Pokémon fans encountered in the games and was Ash’s first friend in the anime series, so the Rock-type trainer has a long history for fans to play with creative memes. The world of Pokémon alone and its logical inconsistencies are always fun for some jokes, but Brock’s character in particular is fun to poke at.
10 The man with the answers
Not only is it good to have a man who knows his way around a hot air balloon, but a man who has knowledge of different Pokémon is essential to an adventure setup. When something needs explaining, Brock is usually the guy handing out a Pokémon exhibit, which is almost always helpful.
However, when May asks Brock about Arcanine’s extreme speed ability, his answer isn’t very helpful. Fans find this hilarious and it has become a recurring Brock meme. The writers certainly squeezed the snarky line.
9 What can’t he do?
On any Pokémon journey, it’s important to have someone who is resourceful. Ash and Misty could have wasted all their money stopping for takeaway if Brock wasn’t cooking, but he’s also the handy guy when it comes to vehicles. Whether it’s a boating adventure or an aerial chase, Brock seems to know well how to drive it.
The lore behind Brock’s knowledge of hot air balloon flying has never been researched, so fans will have to make up their own stories as to how that came to be. Brock is meant to be 16 years old, but maybe Pewter City and the Kanto region are lenient on their licenses. Not only is he all of these things, but Brock is also one of the best gym leaders.
8 Pewter City Gym
Pokémon gyms in the show tend to be cool in design, unlike the games where they’re all identical. However, Pewter City Gym looks particularly odd and fans also noted that the signage for the gym was in an odd position.
Instead of being just above the front door, the sign for the gym is way out of sight. The meme jokes that the designer must be someone who can’t see clearly. If Brock is to blame, this would make a lot of sense.
7 Brock’s problem
The running gag of Brock falling in love with every female character possible can be problematic at times, given how consistent and forward-thinking he can be. So the meme of every Nurse Joy in the Pokémon world getting a restraining order against him is probably justifiable.
15 feet isn’t a big restraining order, so Brock could probably still go to the Pokémon Center to get his team back to full health, but hopefully this would help him correct his bad behavior. He is, after all, only a teenager.
6 Team Rocket outsmarts them all
Team Rocket’s disguises are one of the funniest Pokémon memes out there, as their cheap antics always seem to get the best of Ash, Brock, and whoever accompanied them. With Brock years older and with all the knowledge he possesses, it’s especially surprising that he falls for disguises.
The laughing wolves meme format is always funny, but with the Pokémon character hairstyles and hats added, the format is even more amplified. Brock’s hair on top of the unamused animal is a great edit.
5 Starter options
Charmander is a beloved Pokémon and one of the most common starter picks of all. Unfortunately, selecting the fire type makes the gym against Brock quite a task. Only Charmander must vastly surpass Geodude or Onyx to stand a chance.
Players have found other strategies for collecting Pokémon to take on Brock, but for some players, he has been a major challenge to overcome. Good for Brock, who lives up to his name as a challenging gym leader rather than just being the first minor obstacle for a Squirtle to take a quick shot and move on.
4 How did he do it?
Pikachu’s confrontation with Brock is challenging and one of the first obstacles Ash must overcome. But according to the logistics of the games, it shouldn’t have been possible with Electric-type moves. Ash’s Pikachu has been overpowered, but for a young fan trying to understand, this moment was very confusing.
A Pikachu in any game wouldn’t have been able to deliver the same feat. However exaggerated they were, electrical powers wouldn’t work. The show’s logic has always worked a little differently, so for kids watching, there was a lot to unpack.
3 beat brock
No matter how good a Pokémon Trainer the player is in a previous installment, once they load into a new game, they still technically start from scratch. With a new lineup and a lack of supplies to get through fights, the logic of beating a gym leader without much training is absurd. Brock isn’t the best Pokémon Trainer for his type, but he’s still a strong fighter.
Some players can get through obstacles quite quickly, whether it’s a new save or a remaster of an old game, and many are familiar with the path to the Pewter City gym. A new trainer who gets his starter, travels through two routes, a city and a forest to arrive in half an hour and beat Brock is ridiculous.
2 Skip Trainer Battles
One of the most frustrating aspects of Pokémon games is when a player’s squad is running low, running out of drinks, and being inches from a town and safety when that familiar exclamation point shows up to ruin the day. Some trainers are unavoidable, but many can be dodged by a lack of eye contact. The Pokémon world can occasionally contain some of gaming’s most annoying NPCs.
Many fans have come to the conclusion that since Brock’s eyes are closed by the design, he doesn’t have to deal with the annoyances of these trainers. No eye contact means no fight, which would explain why his team is so low in Kanto.
1 Where did he go?
One of the long-running little mysteries in the Pokémon world is what happened to Brock in the Cerulean City episode. When Ash goes up against Misty, Brock disappears and says he has things to do.
This is never discussed. While it’s likely he was just written out so the writers can focus on Ash and Misty, fans have plenty of other theories. It’s likely fans will never know, and neither will the writers, but coming up with creative theories for what he does in his spare hours away from Ash is pretty fun.
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