Ever think why everyone is why they way they are in the show? The show is loosely based on the original games which came out before this, and I highly doubt that when they decided to make the games in to a hit TV show, they decided to change it in to such a cryptic and dark show. Plus, if you want to fight, I can fight. Brock has taken care of his younger siblings for years but now that they were old enough to take care of each other, he sees Ash as more of a priority. This is why Gary became a professor. In his hospital room, we see Delia, obviously distraught talking to a doctor with a grim look in his eye. Clearly people have heard of him, Also, A trainer looks for him In season 2 cause of everything they have heard.
And just to contradict certain earlier posts discussing people not growing up.
They worked for a little while but Ash, being a teenager, eventually had his sexuality had to come back into play. Ash finally defeats Lance, only to be confronted by not Gary Oak, but a mute, mirror image of himself. This originated with Gary Oak, someone Ash knew from real life, and built up into a sort of god within his mind. Once he was defeated he went to heaven and sent his pikachu back to pallet town so it could be with his brother ash to protect him. You are so incredibly ignorant, assuming you know exactly how adults should behave. Joy and Jenny he knew from his hometown, and they act as a safety net or anchor, allowing him to feel safe no matter where he goes. Whoever wrote this is an utter genius and a royal arse for ruining my childhood for the past 7 years XD i started pokemon when i was 5 I have had many other theories but mine dont come close to this.