Don't look down upon thy Flareon. Although Flareon may not be the best, Flareon is adorable and lovable! <~~ I would take the Flareon! I love fire types! Flareon is my favorite one of the Eeveelutions!
Pokémon Humor ~ If you pay close attention to the first seasons of Pokémon, Ash didn't beat most of the gym leaders. He would fight the gym leader, Team Rocket would show up, Ash and the gym leader would defeat Team Rocket, and then Ash would get a badge.