What are your favorite in-between evolutions?

By this I mean: for pokemon lines with 2 evolutions, which are some of your favorite 1st evolutions?

I feel like these bois are always slept on and for the most part, people’s favorite mons are either 0 evolution mons or final evolution mons, so I just wanted to give them some love from the community. https://9apps.ooo/

For instance, my favorite is Quilava. Whenever I look at their official art, I always feel like I’m getting a sneak peak into a story.

edit* I think lines with baby pokemon count too2