Blaziken was my first. My partner. The pillar of the ragtag collection I pulled together in the GBA days.
Blastoise was my tank. Reliable, steady, able to take hits and deal them in equal measure.
Empoleon was my performer. He dominated no matter where he was, be it the stage or the battlefield, and I loved him all the more for it.
Emboar was my powerhouse. A rough and tumble brawler always ready to charge in and damn the consequences.
Samurott was my fighter. I didn't care that he was an otter, I only cared that he was my starter. We fought, trained, bled and fainted together, and that meant everything to me.
Chesnaught was my eye opener. He introduced me to a new style, a more passive way of fighting. With him, a good defence was the best offence.
And now, I have a Torracat. I haven't travelled far with him, but he has taught me the value of a support team, of tactics, of choosing when to fight your battles and who to fight them with.
So, when you ask me "Who's your favourite starter?"
You are asking a man who has experienced the best and worst of the Pokemon world.
You are asking someone who has trained a starter of every type available.
You are asking someone who loves them all for who they are, and the memories that he shares with them.
You are asking a Trainer.
And Trainers do not discriminate.