ITT we post the Lightning of any particular franchise
Stat wise Lucario's pretty good though. Physical AND Special coverage and it gets Adaptability when he goes Mega.
Plus considering Gen 1 Pokeys are usually remembered first, it's good that someone rocks Charizard off his throne.
Nigga Lucario is huge over in Japan.
A character is only a Lightning if the character isn't all that popular with fans and they're just huge with the dev team.
But people like Lucario and the games with him in are good.
Yes. Please post more lightnings.
I WANT TO RIDE THE LIGHTNING
The Lightning of Fallout: New Vegas is that faggot what be a huge bitch even if you agree with him and do as he say.
Fuck you Daniel, go fuck a Brahmin. Gimme that hat, s' all you good for.
I don't think you understand what a lightning is. The main aspect of a lightning is that they're pushed desipite a lot of people hating them.
but everyone straight up loves lucario, specially in japland
It's only the loud, butthurt ones in /vp/ who hate Lucario because Game Freak doesn't cater to their piece of shit 'mon nobody likes.
To be a Lightning, all of the following must be true:
>Shoehorned into everything
>Not the main character of the game that introduced them
>Hated by fans or otherwise unpopular
This means that the only Lightnings posted in this thread are Lightning herself and Marie.
This also means that Rosalina is not a Lightning, as she's popular with fans. Anyone who's played Mario Kart 8 should know this.
Depends on the Devil Gene. If they didn't have it? Sure. Still, he is at his prime, even at the age of 70. He stopped a bullet with his teeth in Tekken 6.
For real this time. Kazuya is gonna kill him.
I think this guy fits those requirements
DLC characters better be good
literally Riot's Lightning.
She got better in the 3rd game. But her personality in the first two games wasn't that good.
To be fair she didn't know what the fuck was going on. She knew less than Ragna did.
You're pretty funny.
Lars has a fun movelist, but everything about him is so pointless. He's just Heihachi's bastard child with stupid hair and maximum edge. But his movelist is fun.
real lightning coming through
Does Rayman even hold a candle to today's games?
I'm in no way saying Rayman wasnn't good when it released but it aged like milk. Try playing it today without nostalgia goggles.
This guy is probably the biggest Lightning there is.
Harley Quinn. Holy shit she's been forced into every Arkham game, Injustice, the new 52's version of Suicide Squad, and the Arkham animated movie about the Suicide Squad. Fuck that dumb slut, the Joker should have never had a sidekick.
Motherfucking Ryu. I cannot imagine a less interesting protagonist.
>also known as "good thing fucked up by incompetent developers who can´t into the franchise lore"
Oh yeah and she was slated to be one of the first DLC characters for MK vs. DC. That was a game that didn't even have Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, or Green Arrow, but they were going to add Joker but stupid and with tits.
That she sucked and fucked her way into getting.
Japan likes Lightning too.
She's more popular than Tifa.
Lucario is a perfectly designed pokemon.
He is gender neutral at first glance, so that keeps him open for both girls and boys to like him.
He has this stunning balance to him, he's one of the only mascots I can think of that is both cute, and badass.
He's extremely useful in gameplay, and has more to his creation then just "Dog in pants with the voice of goku
Wrong, Pikachu is just the franchise mascot which ended up there because every other fan liked him, besides he is not exactly being shoved down our throats as much as he is naturally in Pokemon merchandise.
People throw the term 'Lightning' around a lot, but Ryo is almost literally the Lightning of Digimon.
a lightning char is just someone the majority of people hate but the creators refuse to admit it
>In the fifth episode of the second anime, Marie plays a guitar version of Aria of the Soul. That this was Marie's first time playing an instrument, hinting that she may have musical knowledge, despite not having any memories at this point.
good job atlus
So, Lucario. The only people who like him are furfags.
Can someone explain what Batgirl is implying?
>The series mascot in a spinoff game
You might as well complain that wetness is being shoved down your throat because you get soaked every time you go out in the rain or jump in the pool.
>implying they didn't replaced him with 7 Lightnings
Katarina or Ziggs, recently Ziggs though being that some 6 updates were centered around him. Three icons are ziggs based. Katarina was the face of league of legends but has since died down, seems westerners did not like Katarina as much as easterners. Riven hasn't gotten a new skin in like 2 years.
Sega's Dante > Gamefreak's Lightning
BTAS shipped Harley and Ivy together a lot. Harley/Ivy episodes would basically be moments where Harley snaps to her senses and realizes she's in a horrible abusive relationship with a sociopath that doesn't care about her. Heartbroken, Harley runs to Ivy who tells her about how she don't need no man and then Harley runs off back to Joker and the status quo is upheld.
true, but everyone loves her, though
>tfw no coming-of-age, prequel-type game where you venture as a quirky, young cynthia
What constitutes a "lightning" of anything?
Shitty thread OP.
Pikachu literally shoots lightning. Pikachu's in everything pokemon related regardless of actual ability. That's NOT being shoved down our throats? I think Pikachu is cute as fuck, but you've got to look at the reality of the situation. Pikachu was Lightning before Lightning was Lightning.
Somebody please explain to me why the personality-free lady from the worst generation is the most popular champion, especially when we've got a badass secret agent dragon master.
>Pikachu literally shoots lightning.
What the fuck does that have to do with anything? Are you autistic?
> Pikachu's in everything pokemon related regardless of actual ability.
Do you not remember the pokemania that followed R/B and Y initially releasing in the West? Everyone fell in love with him and he became the series mascot. Even today, the majority of fans like him. If a character is liked by the fanbase then they cannot by definition be a lightning.
No the joke was her design was a Lightning ripoff guys.
>light pastel hair
>Sleveless white top
>Shorts and combat boots
>wields a sword
>All those kids who played diamond and Pearl while in puberty
>That book about pokemon and people "eating at the same table"
>Lightning first appeared in 2009
>Lucario first appeared and was already taking up the "Lightning of Pokemon" role in 2007
>Despite this Lightning is not the Lucario of Final Fantasy
Try Gengar. He gets special treatment because he's Sugimori's favorite. Is it any wonder he got a horribly broken mega immediately despite not having any conceivable need for one?
>Are you autistic?
OP was being vague as fuck. Not everyone is a final fantasy fan, or can even name many of the characters. No, frequenting /v/ does not mean you should have in-depth knowledge of every game series.
I honestly think a lot of it comes from the shipping with Dawn. People think with their Penis, and age gap yuri is hot.
Stat wise Lucario is pretty met.
>Fire, Ground, Fighting weaknesses
>lol base 90 speed
>Frail as FUCK
>Offensive stats aren't actually that impressive anymore
Mega Lucario is straight up OP though, hence the ban.
this thing by bandai
i'll either get lucario or elizabeth from persona
tourneyfags are mad fun with their calculations and theories, its the casuals who are cancer and are boring as fuck because they never take anything seriously, so you can never have some fun with them.
>hurr how does something with fucking SHADOW TAG and those base stats AND THAT OFFENSIVE GHOST TYPING be OP,not to mention all that access to nifty utility moves
What, really? You can't figure it out on your own?
Proof that Lightning comes in many, many varieties, each one more shit-flavored than the last.
>What the fuck does that have to do with anything? Are you autistic?
It's a play on words anon. Are you not understanding that Pikachu is both Lightning and literally lightning?
Rest in peace Starmie ;_;
The anime did it? The fucking anime? I guess it kinda makes sense, since she's the most active Champion in that even though she never does shit in D/P, but holy shit the anime.
Lucario is a set up sweeper. Give him someone who shits out sticky web and another pokebro who knows baton pass. Give baton pass poke sword dance and give that same poke focus sash and EV train him in speed.
There you go. UU just shit itself.
i've been following those two ever since d/d/pt, and i've never seen one
His s.atk isn't impressive anymore due to creeping defensive bulk and the plethora of new special walls the fairy type introduced, defog replaced rapid spin as the best hazard removal tool, and Greninja can do everything he can but better. All of these have combined to render him utterly impotent against the big threats.
>Riven is a lightning ripoff
You're wrong. Get over it.
Katerina is Riot's Lightning.
It's a children's cartoon in the 90's, they can't be overt about the pairing. But Ivy does spend a lot of time trying to convince Harley that they should hang out a lot more than they do. It's pretty easy to read into that and more subtle clues like glances they give each other and see the two as being something like a lesbian couple (when they're together). Kind of like how people read lesbianism into Thelma and Louise. In any case there was enough of an implication there for it to be implied as a joke in a comic years later.
>the slightest clue
Yes they do. Besides that, this is /v/. No one on /v/ is so ultra casual that they would play a game like Pokemon without knowing some of the most basic things like base stats,
This shouldn't be making me sad.
Nah, she was destined to be the heroine from day 1. Celica is the closest thing to a Lightning due to how much she SUDDENLY MATTERED OUT OF NOWHERE, EVERYONE LIKE HER, but she's not even that bad.
>use purely offensive team in 4th gen
>lucario is main player on team
>one swords dance; kill everything
>quit mid-4th gen because battling wasn't pue anymore
i got up to 9th on shoddybattle and 17th on smogon, i should not that scarfed celebi and hustle togekiss was almost as important as lucario
Old and busted. Not only is it's epcial attack lackluster and has been for a while, but it's most important niche as an offensive spinner (hazard remover) has been defunked by the buff to defog. Also the nerf to rain hurt it.
Man I had so much fun with my Spec'd Starmie last gen. Specs + Rain + STAB Hydro Pump had the potential to 2HKO Blissey on the switch after Stealth Rocks. It was cuhrazy.
No, see, part of being a Lightning is having that one faggot on production/development who keeps pushing the piece of shit character.
Also, Lightnings are never the bad guys. Thrall is a mary sue because he's Metzen's self insert, for fuck's sake the guy not only writes everything for him, but even voices him.
>literally goes back in time to prevent his defeat
>a defeat which should have resulted in his own death
>a death which EVERYONE wanted
if that's not plot power armor I don't know what is
"Damn it, I like talking about guys like Thrall. I'll tell you for nothing, Thrall is the most important person on Azeroth."
LISTEN TO THIS FUCKER TALK ABOUT THRALL
IT'S LIKE HE'S ABOUT TO JIZZ BLOOD JUST FROM SAYING THE STUPID OVERPOWERED CUNT'S NAME
Lance didn't have any kind of complex personality, but Cynthia had fucking nothing. I'd rather have the heroic badass who plays a role in the story than the woman with literally no personality who makes a cameo in the story.
She doesn't count due to being established from the beginning
This schmoe though…...
Why do tits need a personality anyways?
A villain is only given plot armor to give the good guys something to do.
Garrosh fucking dies in a side quest for fuck's sake, killed by none other than green Lightning himself.
In Japan there was a big competition for the most popular eroge character. They expected a waifu to win. But Rance won so they changed it to the most popular eroge heroine.
Rance is the complete opposite. He's popular as fuck with the fanbase
>not the main character
Look at the cover of ffxii. Fucking LOOK AT IT
Are you kidding? Lance has absolutely no back story. He's just like "help me stop the rockets", and that's it. He does nothing else.
Cynthia, however, has a backstory (was born in Celestic Town, went on a Pokedex journey just like MC), actually helps you out at multiple points in the story(secret medicine, togepi, giratina, etc), and actually does things other than sit around waiting for challengers.
>Thrall is the most important person on Azeroth
Isn't he though?
I mean, he was the warchief and is a powerful shaman.
Besides he didn't even get that much coverage in BC or WotLK
it's only in Cata that he gets more attention since the earth and nature and shit were in trouble.
he's still wrong about her not being the main character, but this post doesn't mean shit
Everyone hated this fucker before MGR turned him into a badass.
No you're just wrong, the gen 2 games were the best generations. After the 3rd generation it died off, pokemon really lost its charm. The legendaries stopped being so legendary, no back story. X and Y was the worst generation as it produced close to 20 bad pokemon.
2 was so good because of kanto and johto, hoenn is a close second.
>Celica not bad
>"Oh Mr. Hakumen, you were always so kind and funny"!
By then I wanted to fucking punch her in the fucking mouth. Too bad I would have to waste money on her just so I can Relius' Astral on her and hope she gets horribly raped and mutilated
he was just the inexperienced rookie in MGS2
the only reason people didn't like him was because he WASN'T SNAKE
which was understandable because they just wanted the main character from the first back only to have a completely different person sprung on them
I didn't say backstory, I said story. Cynthia shows up and tells you about some stuff she did, gives you an egg, and that's about it. Oh, and fuck Platinum. I guess we should say Wallace was a better Champion than Steven, too.
[spoiler/] Not always loving that femboy pussy
every pokemon game was easy. 2 had red, and 3 had steven, and 4 with cynthia and some bullshit and so on.
2 had lugia, ho-oh, the mystical dogs. Unknown, that radio. Those calling to rebattle trainers and swarms, was and is still really good.
heh /v/ always did have shit taste when it came to pokemon
BW2 are objectively the best games in the series. then it's a tie between emerald and HG/SS. then platinum
please go back to facebook or your respective site
that was the point tho...
Raiden in a green rookie fuck up, but then none other than Snack himself teach him how to man up so he can wrestle giant robots later.
I am lightning.
The rain transformed.
If ANY pokemon is Lighting it's fucking Charizard.
I can't believe no one's mentioned that faggot yet.
>two mega evolutions
>steven's new signature pokemon
>replaced pkmn trainer in smash
fuck that bitch
>tfw kojima didn't do MGR and changed the original story
Implying 5th generation was better than 3rd and second. This is soley your opinion and no one elses, everyone who likes pokemon agrees that 3rd and 2nd are the best, you are in the minority and your opinion means nothing.
I'm so glad that Kojima didn't do MGR.
If we got a slow paced stealth game like the original concept after seeing the cuhrazy shit Raiden did in MGS4, then that'd be a huge waste.
The people who made BTAS said that while they did want it to be a kids show, they also wanted to make it the definitive version of comic book batman. They put as many adult themes as they were allowed (back in the 90s it was a lot easier, see animaniacs). So it seems probable that they were trying to pair ivy and harley.
I know, if anything is kind of interesting, Raiden is not a badass in the same sense as Dante or even in the same vein as Donte as people think, Raiden really tries hard to be a serious warrior but he always ends up on the most ridiculous situation possible.
holy fuck, the reddit immigration is real
what consists of a lightning?
>people generally like them
the reason why you guys hate lightnings is because people like them, and your natural hipster-bullshit senses tell you not to because you're a special snowflake
Oh come on, we got 7 stealth games out of the series featuring both Snake and BB, 9 if you count the original MG's.
Giving Raiden a stealth based game would be a disservice to his character and abilities.
Except Nintendo themselves said she has a following of fans and cited that when they brought up bringing her into 3D World (and everyone was happy when they did that too, for the record).
That's the term you are looking for. Look at everything Pokemon related lately, and you'll see Lucario in the spotlight. Except for the Origins, which I'm sure they were upset they couldn't put it into.
99% of the people in this thread never played any FF13 game, and those that did only played the first one.
"Post characters that you don't like" or "characters popular in Nippon but don't appeal to my normalfag white tastes"
Lets be honest about these threads
That was a half assed answer for a blatant last minute addition they did because Peach herself wasn't playable until halfway.
They used it as a convenient excuse since 3DWorld was just gonna be NSMB.
>- Bobby Kotick
>- Silver the Hedgehog
You're fucking kidding me, right?
How the fucking hell did Diddy Kong not get mentioned? He's more of a Lightning than nearly everyone in this thread.
>shoehorned into DKC over an existing character
>got his own game afterwards
>got shoehorned into A COMPLETELY UNRELATED GAME as the 'main character', while the real 'main character' was reduced to a sidekick
>That was a half assed answer for a blatant last minute addition they did because Peach herself wasn't playable until halfway.
That doesn't make Rosalina last minute when characters for 3D World aren't hard to construct at all, and they didn't even have to add another character since they already had the 4 necessary for multiplayer but they chose to do so anyways.
It doesn't even matter anyways since it's obvious to anyone who looks outside shitposting threads on /v/ where they can easily see she's well-liked.
>They used it as a convenient excuse since 3DWorld was just gonna be NSMB.
That doesn't even make any sense.
Disagree, there was a time where they tipped him to be the next Cena but his ego got the better of him because he demanded everything on a stick. Then he walked and wrestling became shit because of it.
Also to answer the reason I put up Linkin Park. Look at the Medal of Honor franchise then come back to me.
I liked him in Warcraft 3 but this is getting ridiculous.
Also can apply to Wrathion.
>Keyword: Was. She used to be well liked, but now she's basically polarizing.
Again, this is only the case on /v/. Go outside of /v/, anywhere else, and you'll still see she's well liked.
We had some MK8 tournament races at my university recently, and the vast majority of people playing used Rosalina, and pretty much everyone there (as well as the fandom at large, really) knows that the best weight class is the one with Morton, Bowser, and Wario, and that DK/Roy/Waluigi have the same stats as she does, so don't try arguing on weight class having a major effect.
The most polarizing parts of her came from her inclusion in Smash, which is largely due to Smash being a collection of faggots who want their characters in over others and getting mad when they see a character they didn't want or even know about getting in over someone they wanted. I'm seeing plenty of Dark Pit hate right now, but none of it is because of Dark Pit himself as most Uprising fans liked him. Rosalina is similar to that.
>Also, her 3DWorld model is the same as Peach's.
Doesn't really mean much. Mario and Luigi often have ingame models which are the same too.
They put more effort into modeling the dresses than they do the actual bodies in any case, since the bodies underneath the models only show black voids with some legs sticking out.
He wasn't as forced as Lightning, but he is every bit as much of a Mary Sue.
He was fine in 2. It was the bait and switch that pissed everyone off, that and his retarded girlfriend.
They made him into a faggot in 4 because of you faggots. Jesus Christ he had the single worst dialogue ive ever heard in a video game, and fucking Other M was only 3 years or so away. Even during the ending he's a humongous faggot
Lucario gets one and is banned because of it, point?
>guys let's not use Mega Lucario, he's OP
>WHY DO YOU HATE FUN FUCKING TOURNEYFAGS RUINING EVERYTHING
>uh ok, I'll use him then
>FUCKING TOURNEYFAGS RUINING EVERYTHING
>but I played by your rules
casuals are fucking disgusting
No I'm not. Before mega-metagross was shown, they were parading around mega-charizard x as steven's new pokemon of choice. It was bullshit. Thankfully resolved but bullshit nontheless. He'll still have a faggot ass charizard though.
>Pushed despite most people hating him
>mfw he was stupidly overpowered in Soul Calibur IV and you had to fight him EVERY run on arcade
Stupidest crossover ever.
It was in one of the first trailers too if you want to stop being a lazy nigger and google it
>rosalina and lucario being lightnings
>Lightning isn't a Lightning
Europeans and Japs like him. North America doesn't, which is why I think he wasn't in Twilight Princess.
/v/ overreacts a bit, but generally it's a character who's disliked but is favored by the creatoirs for whatever reason...usually to the point where it starts conflicting with the rest of the franchise.
Think Bowser Jr or Lisa Soapboxson.
Have a version without the watermark anon
He's really tough the first time and even after that he's still a decent challenge. He is more sporadic then most monsters and overall more fatal. Definitely tougher than pink ian.
None of these characters are forced. Not even Lightning herself is forced if you had half a brain and thought about why Squeenix was really using her so much.
The only thing forced is this fucking meme. You're all shitheads.
Rosalina's used much more than the rest because she's a girl in a biker suit. That's the only difference.
No one is surprised by this. You see more Peaches and Daisies in MK8 than Mario and Luigi for the exact same reason.
Gotta call bullshit on that. You know about that Dorkly poll thing with Nintendo characters? Rosalina ranks higher than Wario and Peach on that shit,, and she ranks pretty high in general.
I've seen plenty of kart Rosalinas too.
I'd also argue on Peach/Daisy being used more than Mario/Luigi. I don't see much of a disparity in usage between the two.
How the fuck is he considered a Lightning? He's been in a grand total of half a game.
He's my nigga though. I hope the supposed DMC5 focuses/elaborates on him because dante is old and busted
It's true, though. No one really cares enough about Rosalina beyond the kids that grew up with Wii.
And the ones that are older than that only use her because she's the only girl in the heavy class. And heavy was made stupidly broken in MK8.
He's probably referring to the whole issue with Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings. I remember a lot of people used to be buttmad that Bowser Jr. existed instead of the Koopalings.
>It's true, though. No one really cares enough about Rosalina beyond the kids that grew up with Wii.
How would you even go about proving something like that? And even if that were true, why would that even matter?
Regardless, I'm pretty sure I've seen gaming press people praise Rosalina.
>And the ones that are older than that only use her because she's the only girl in the heavy class. And heavy was made stupidly broken in MK8.
Or maybe they just like her. Heavy definitely isn't as broken in MK8 as Funky was in MKW seeing as Funky dominated races and online in general for that game. At least in MK8 I still see lower weightclass characters scoring well.
>not the literal MH lightning
Zinogre is underwhelming on almost every front. I don't know why people suck its dick so much.
Brachy is tough the first time but even after you learn him you need to be careful because despite being predicable as fuck he still hits like a freight train.
He's way less predicable in 4 though, or so my importfag friend tells me
>just started reading Subspace Emmisary, that fan fiction that is famous just for being long
>Literally Autism Quest
>author has a self insert that is best friends with Lucario
>immediately cancel Pokemon Sapphire preorder
I'm pretty much done with this world.
>Not even Lightning herself is forced if you had half a brain and thought about why Squeenix was really using her so much.
Being the waifu of a grand total of one person, who also happens to be the CEO of the company?
I wouldn't even say that much. It's.... alright, but its unfitting since Zinogre is such a slow borefest to fight. Half of his moveset is just standing or slowly walking around.
That and he even has an edgelord cousin in his own super special classification that's redundant with Pelagus anyway.
No, Blaze is where she is because of her popularity.
Also, are you niggers SERIOUSLY trying to create a strict definition for a shitposting term?
No. Lightning was used as much as she was because Squeenix fucked up completely on Final Fantasy XIV. They didn't want to leave that game as the blunder it was, so they halted progression of the FF series overall (hence why XV is taking so long, and why XIII Versus was retooled into FFXV) until they fixed XIV, which was relatively recent. Now, between the release of FFXIII and when XIV would eventually be fixed, what was Squeenix gonna do? They couldn't just leave FF as a whole alone while waiting for XIV to be fixed (in their minds, of course), so they looked to the XIII games and realized they had a lot of assets which they could easily reuse for more games. This of course means more games with Lightning in them.
Other than that, there were FF spinoffs where Lightning would be featured alongside several other FF characters, like in Dissidia or Theatrhythm. Any emphasizing of Lighting herself was basically just cross-promotion to help with whatever FFXIII related game was coming out, like whatever that side thing with Lightning was in FFXIV, which was to help promote Lightning Returns, or some costumes that one of the Parasite Eve games had, which was because the same director for FFXIII had also worked on that game.
Also, everyone says that Toriyama has Lightning as his waifu. Last I checked, Toriyama is not the CEO of Square Enix. Current CEO is Yosuke Matsuda, who as far as I'm aware didn't have any special contribution to the FFXIII games.
>No, Blaze is where she is because of her popularity.
You do realize that's pretty much every character that gets called Lightning, right? Lucario, Rosalina, and hell, the others on that list too are all popular (you're shitting me if you're trying to say that Master Chief, Cynthia, Big Boss, and the like all aren't popular).
I think they're trying to say that she's Platinum's Lightning because she appeared in Anarchy Reigns and Wonderful 101 or something.
>Also, are you niggers SERIOUSLY trying to create a strict definition for a shitposting term?
/v/ is shit, what else is new?
Well yeah, I kind of agree with you. The characters are viewed well by their respective fandoms...it's not an "eh" feeling or general dislike.
Rosalina and Lightning are "Lightnings" probably because they appear in a whole lot and no one is really asking for them to keep coming back. (But judging by how many Rosalinas on bikes I see on MK8, this is probably not even true.)
So you know what? There's no reason debating this, it's just a shitposting term. Highly subjective and useless as well.
People keep saying that Lucario is well liked, but who the fuck likes it aside from dumbass kids? The design is absolutely awful with horrible proportions and fucking chest and hand spikes for no reason. How the hell can anyone above the age of ten have such shit taste that they like Lucario?
I got the figure, was my first into the slippery slope however so I can't really go into depth. As far as mine goes, the spikes look a bit rough in quality and one of the joints in the hands doesn't seem to like moving inwards. Otherwise, as far as figures go I like it. Mega Lucario is probably the next best opportunity in the short term.
There are so many joints in the legs, so this nigga is actually quite hard to keep straight, some have managed to get him upright without relying on the base/stand or tail but it's not easy.
>Rosalina and Lightning are "Lightnings" probably because they appear in a whole lot and no one is really asking for them to keep coming back. (But judging by how many Rosalinas on bikes I see on MK8, this is probably not even true.)
Rosalina really is pretty far from a "Lightning". The only time people really questioned her appearances were 3D World and Smash, the former was because Nintendo was antsy about using her in general prior (and they explained that popularity was actually one of the reasons for why they brought her back). Smash was just people thinking they get how Sakurai thinks and being mad when they're wrong.
On pretty much every other site I visit, she dominates the favorite character polls for Mario games. Hell, she even dominates some of the polls I've seen on the MK8 threads here.
It's design comes from Egyptians and old boxing styles (something about spiked gloves for boxing in old times, I don't really remember the specifics). The design makes sense for the most part and, at least during the gen 4 era, it was pretty fun to use in the game.
And Pokemon largely appeals to kids so even if you think the kids have shit taste, it doesn't matter because they're the primary demographic and they like Lucario.
Oh, and I forgot to add, but Rosalina doesn't even actually appear all that much.
She appears in 3 3D Mario games (first one being her debut, obviously), all of the Mario Karts since Wii, a cameo in the 3DS Party game, DLC for Mario Golf, and Smash.
That's it. That's less "forced" than every Mario character bar Pauline and the Koopalings.
It was actually one of the first Gen IV Pokemon showed off (Alongside Munchlax I think). I don't know if they focus groups for this shit, they figured they could make lightning strike twice after Blaziken or they just got lucky by choosing him to show off first.
Seriously it's like if Mr Mime became the poster boy for Pokemon, it just confuses me.
Literally no one likes her. And her anime look is retarded. At least Yuri can pull it off without looking like a moeblob
It was one of the first alongside Munchlax, Weavile, and Bonsly.
Lucario managed to stick well with the fans and they tried to do the same thing again with Zoroark for gen 5 but it didn't work.
>He's sort of the main character
So are Master Chief, Ryu, Bayonetta, Big Boss, Ezio, and some of the others on there. It's not meant to make sense, it's a meme.
What does that have to do with being a Lightning? The whole point of it with that image is "character who is used a lot" by some company. That's the only remotely consistent thing about it.
And that's wrong considering Big Boss is a pretty big fuck up.