Why don't you like Ricken...? He's my powerhouse in my current playthrough... He can get really scary if you actually take the time to bring him to battles. I don't know how many times I've just made him stand in the middle of the battlefield with Lissa and all the enemies just die attacking him.
I'm actually with Athena on Ricken, I can't stand him. Everything about the kid just gets on my nerves. Being a strong unit, doesn't make him a likable character. Besides I can just sic my Severa on everything and they die. Or my Morgan. Or Cordelia. Any of my Avatars family really. They're all beasts and can clear the field single handed.