Ugh. Been letting this rot for way too long.
If I forget anybody's questions, by the way, it's not because I'm deliberately ignoring them or something; it's just a mistake because I didn't see it or accidentally skipped past the post when I was looking through for questions.
Mitch and Sparky: What makes rainbows?
Mitch: Light refracting from raindrops in the air.
Sparky: Anyone who wants to! 8D
May's Blaziken: Could you briefly summarize your oldest / first memories, please?
Blaziken: Being in the nest with my mother and siblings. It was warm and comfortable, but not very interesting.
Mark's Gyarados: How did you make/learn/get your Dragon Beam attack?
Gyarados: One day as I was trying to get to Suicune, I felt something charging inside me and released a beam. At first it was weak, but once I'd discovered it I started to train myself to do it better. It came to me naturally.
May's Stantler: Do you think you will miss your herd in the Safari Zone, traveling around with May to defeat legendaries? Or were you always solitary?
Stantler: I've been solitary since my calf grew up. I was in the Safari because I wanted a new trainer, so I was prepared for leaving that behind.
Mark's Sneasel: Since becoming stronger is important, do you think you will train at hours that one would think you would normally sleep?
Sneasel: I'll train whenever I can. I don't care what time it is. You lose your sense of time in the Pokéball.
Stantler: What are your first impressions of the group, May in particular?
Stantler: My first impressions were that she was acting a little strange, but I suppose I know why now. I don't think she's a bad person. She just needs some help.
Sneasel: If you come across a pokemon obviously much smarter and stronger than you, would you still fight it?
Sneasel: Why not? Fighting a stronger opponent makes you powerful.
May's Stantler: What was life like for you in the Safari Zone?
Stantler: It was all right. Sometimes I was lonely. Sometimes it reminded me too much of Ruxido. But I wanted a trainer and I got one.
Mark's Sneasel: Same.
Sneasel: There weren't a lot of strong opponents around. I spent most of it waiting for a powerful trainer to come around.
May: Have you ever broken a bone?
Mark: Do you think that if you let a ditto transform into a person, and tried to break a bone, would you succeed?
Mark: Um, probably? I don't know a lot about Ditto but I think they're supposed to just copy the whole body.
(I remind you yet again that Ask the Characters is not a good place to just find out some factual information about the world of the story that you're curious about. If you don't want a particular character's take on something, it's better to ask in Ask the Author - especially since I answer those much quicker than questions in Ask the Characters. I can tell you that if you broke a bone in a transformed Ditto, the bone would be broken and the Ditto would feel exactly like a person who just had their bone broken. If it transformed back into its own shape, it would stop feeling like a bone has been broken specifically, but it would still be painful for a little while afterwards. Asking Mark, though, is just kind of counterproductive.)
I have a question to May:
Have you ever considered using some kind of strategy
Moves? EG: Skarmory can learn Stealth rock if you find the TM, Butterfree can learn Tailwind, and possibly Mutark can learn Sucker Punch.
May: What are you talking about? Butterfree uses Tailwind all the time, one of Mutark's main moves is Sucker Punch, and Skarmory was rocking a Stealth Rock/Whirlwind combo in my second preliminary match. Have you been paying attention?
(Note that entry hazards are considerably less useful in most of this fic's battles than in competitive battling as we
know it. You never saw May's preliminaries, but using Stealth Rock in any of the matches you did
see wouldn't have made much sense since they were switchless and in fanfic battles being sent out into Stealth Rock once is not going to take away even close to half of a Charizard's stamina. Good strategy in the games is not necessarily good strategy in a fanfic.)
Mark, how do you think Charmander (the Charmander you trained, not Alan's) has matured on the course on your journey-interrupted-by-Chaletwo? Specifically, what are the signs of his increased maturity, if there are any?
Mark: Well, when he was a Charmander he was kind of grudging and easily annoyed, and once he'd evolved that redoubled into this obsessive thing against Scyther. Once he became a Charizard he got a lot more sympathetic and laid-back.
May's Stantler: Did it make you sad seeing that your former Trainer inexplicably hung himself? (I was wondering if you mourned for a while, or was simply stunned, shocked or flabbergasted, or if you shrugged your shoulders and left with only a little regret. I am sorry if I seem callous asking this, but the minds of Pokémon may be different from that of humans'.)
Stantler: It shook me when it happened, but perhaps most of all that it had never occurred to me there was anything wrong. He seemed cheerful and ordinary, the whole time I was with him, and then…
We weren't especially close. It saddened me that he died, like it would sadden me that anyone I knew had died, but more than that it was the unexpectedness that got to me. I felt like perhaps I could have helped him if I'd known. That, I think, is what hit me the hardest.
Mark: I just realized we have the same favorite Pokemon! *High fives*
Mark: Huh, really? Cool. Lugia and Articuno are pretty awesome, aren't they?
To any character: Would you rather catch a Wobbuffet or an Absol?
May: I like Absol, but Wobbuffet is a well-known powerhouse and I've already got a Dark-type, so I guess I'd rather have a Wobbuffet.
mark n' may's pokemon: if you could be anywhere at this exact moment outside of your pokeballs, where would you be (note:including letalligon)
You can't ask ridiculous numbers of characters a question like that. Pick three or four at the most.
(Oh, one more thing: Butterfree, did you watched the DP series? In other words, can I assk a question about characters from that season?)
Uh, I've seen the D/P movies? I don't really know why you'd want to ask questions about random anime characters who don't appear in the fic, though.