Does anyone else feel as if Misty and Brock wound up being the worst handled main characters of the series? I am not counting Tracey or Max, obviously, because they were never as important as the others.
Despite Misty and Brock being in more episodes than the other characters, both of them were rarely ever focused on at all. Their "goals" were never given anything more than a handful of filler episodes from time to time. On top of this, Misty/Brock virtually never battled in the anime outside of a select number of episodes. Their pokemon are rarely used for this reason, and you rarely see them as active outside of picnic scenes.
Lastly, Misty and Brock had no real ongoing rivals. They may have competed with someone for one episode, but that was it.
I honestly feel as if both of them were handled badly somewhere around the middle of Johto, and then it felt like the writers stopped caring about both of them not too long after. Misty would up being the worst handled female character of the show, and even though Brock stayed for AG and DP, he just faded away into the background.
Its kinda sad, because in Kanto they both seemed like awesome and important characters. And how now, looking back 15 years later, they seem to both be rather unimportant and poorly handled side characters that never really did much of anything.