I just kind of wonder why they went with the Paradox exclusivity for one or two species instead of electing to go all-or-nothing on them.
Not counting the Donphan and Volcarona matches, Each version has 5 regular Paradoxes. Of them
- Hydreigon and Tyranitar are Scarlet exclusive compared to Iron Jugulis and Thorns.
- Flutter Mane has Misdreavus exclusive to Violet.
- Roaring Moon is Scarlet while Salamence is Violet. Yet the Ralts line is in both rather than separated from Iron Valiant
- Scream Tail, Brute Bonnet, Sandy Shocks, Iron Bundle, and Iron Hands have their relatives in both versions
It's weird to me because it's uneven and not totally consistent there. Scarlet has 2 Paradox "exclusive" relatives, while Violet has 3, and not even necessarily each others' counterparts at that (I assume owing to Valiant not being based on a Pseudo like Dragapult). If it was 2/5 or 3/5 for both I'd sort of see it, or even if the fractions were reversed to 3 Scarlet "missing" relatives vs 2 Violet, due to the "Past Odd, Future Even" theming going on with the stat totals. It makes me wonder if maybe a Dragapult Paradox was initially planned (as a fast Special Attacker counterpart to Roaring Moon's Physical) and later dropped in favor of Valiant to fit the Mega Evolution reference.