I like Red/Ash, he has such a good bond with his pokemon. Especially Pikachu!!! I cried in the episode were Ash thought Pikachu would be better off with the other wild Pikachus and tried to leave him. Nothing will ever break Ash and Pikachu's friendship!!! Hahaha.
Red/Ash for sure. How can you not remember the Pikachu bond?
Gold/Ethan for the win ! I really like his sprite in HGSS. He has done way more for the Pokémon world than Red. I'll make a side by side comparison:
- Gold has 16 badges, Red only 8
- Gold has defeated Team Rocket 3 times (Slowpoke Well, HQ, Radio Tower), Red only 2 times
- Gold has defeated Lance AND Red, Red only Blue
I can see however why people like Red so much, he's from the originals after all. And if you want to count the anime, yeah... I don't know what to say...
Black comes in on second, just because I lijke his sprite so much. Ruby is cool too, he has awesome hair (that happens to be a hat, GASP)
I gotta go with Red hands down here. He is possibly the coolest protagonist of the Pokemon series and I always enjoyed playing as him in Red/Blue/Yellow as well as fighting against him in Gold/Silver/Crystal. Though, I don't consider the Red in the gen 3 games as the same character from the older games. I feel that he's a different character altogether in FireRed and LeafGreen, despite sharing the same name.
Gold/Ethan and Crystal/Kris fall in as a close second to Red/Ash for favourite Pokemon hero for me.