Not him but>how beloved the three are online
They're starters. They always get a free pass into popularity regardless of how lame the designs are. Even Twitter of all places was shittalking Intelleon, but the "it grew on me xd" (aka "i've become desensitized to shit)" people went full throttle.
Heck even the Chikorita line, the least popular starter of all time, is steadily gaining popularity now because people are starting to realize that it wasn't any simpler or worse than Typhlosion's design, which they did accept with open arms.