So, in my rules of this comic, I have a couple characters that will Not Appear. Ash Ketchum, Jessie, James, Meowth, and a handful of other characters from the Anime. But Its really nice to be able to just borrow a hairstyle that is not really copying, but there’s a bit of tribute there.
I might reference some of those characters, but I do need to make this unique.
You might ask about trainers like Brock and Misty. They’ll be in the comic, but as aloof gym leaders, not traveling companions a la anime.