History Characters / PokemonBlackAndWhite

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The fifth generation of Pokémon contains new Pokémon, new adventures, and a whole new world. [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife Have fun]].

For the Pokémon introduced in these games, refer to [[Characters/PokemonGenerationVFamilies this page]].\\
Tropes applying to characters Post-TimeSkip in ''Black 2 and White 2'' are on that [[Characters/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 character sheet]].

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[[folder: Main Characters]]

* {{Deuteragonist}}: Cheren and Bianca
* FreudianTrio: Cheren is the superego, Bianca is the id, and the player is the ego.
* PowerTrio
* ThemeNaming: Cheren comes from "black," contrasting with Bianca coming from "white." In the Japanese version, this is taken further, as Touya and Touko come from "transparent," establishing the player as the middle and leader of the main trio.
* ThreeAmigos: No matter which gender you choose, the main group will have this set-up between the player, Bianca, and Cheren. However, Cheren's always a guy, Bianca's always a girl.
* TrueCompanions: The player and their friends definitely give off this vibe, and are sticking up for each other no matter what.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl[=/=]TwoGirlsAndAGuy: If you play as Hilbert/Hilda, respectively. This doesn't stop most fanfiction and fanart where Hilbert/Hilda is the protagonist from including Hilda/Hilbert as a member of the TrueCompanions, though. The most common explanation is that they're HalfIdenticalTwins.

!Hilbert (Touya)
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* EightiesHair
* BadassAdorable: Much like the other protagonists in the series.
* BrownEyes
* TheCameo: If you picked Hilda, you only team up with him during double battles in the Battle Subway. Otherwise, he doesn't appear in the game.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DisappearedDad: As the protagonist. Interestingly enough, if you check out the television in his room before choosing your starter, it mentions his father bought it for him. He never appears in the game, though.
* {{Expy}}: Out of all of the playable males, he looks the most like [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Red]], especially when compared to Red's appearance (including his official artwork) in Generations III and IV. He even shared Red's hat tipping animation in the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 sequel game]]. Considering the amount of throwbacks to the first and second gen, this was very much intentional.
* FanNickname: Black, since that was the name they used for him in the trailers, and male player characters are always labeled with the "first" game's name. Plus, nobody had done multi-battles and thus seen his CanonName yet. "Kuro" was also coined by screenshots on the official website and "Blair" by the demos that were played at the mall tour.
* [[spoiler:TheGhost: In the sequels.]]
* MeaningfulName: Hilbert means "magnificent in battle" or "battle bright." Touya comes from "fight" (which makes his English name fitting), "transparent" or "untainted" which establishes his role as the middle and leader of the group.
* NiceGuy: His nearly-unanimous {{Fanon}} interpretation. His characterization as an NPC also implies this.
* NiceHat
* [[spoiler:PutOnABus: In ''Black 2 and White 2'' (instead of a PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo). According to his mother, Hilbert left Unova to search for N.]]
* SpearCounterpart: To Hilda. Their default names are even {{gender flip}}s of each other in both Japanese and English.

!Hilda (Touko)
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* EightiesHair
* BlueEyes
* TheCameo: If you picked Hilbert, you only team up with her during double battles in Battle Subway. Otherwise she doesn't appear in the game.
* DisappearedDad: As the protagonist. Interestingly enough, if you check out the television in her room before choosing your starter, it mentions her father bought it for her. He never appears in the game, though.
* DistaffCounterpart: To Hilbert.
* ExposedToTheElements: During the winter months and whenever she pays the Cold Storage a visit. Especially noteworthy in the latter case, as the Workers there are all wearing protective clothing and Cheren and Zinzolin won't stop griping about how cold it is.
* FanNickname: White for the same reasons as Hilbert above. "Shiro" was also coined by screenshots on the official website and "Whitlea" by the demos that were played at the mall tour.
* [[spoiler:TheGhost: In the sequels.]]
* HairAntennae: On her ponytail. Shown a bit more in [[http://archives.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/d/df/Battle_Subway_artwork.png this official art of a Battle Subway scene]].
* TheLadette: One of her most common {{Fanon}} interpretations.
* MeaningfulName: Hilda means "Battle Maiden." Touko comes from "fight" (which makes her English name fitting), "transparent" or "untainted" which establishes her role as the middle and leader of the group.
* NiceHat
* OneOfTheBoys: Her design certainly has this feel.
* [[spoiler:PutOnABus: In ''Black 2 and White 2'' (instead of a PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo). According to her mother, Hilda left Unova to search for N.]]
* StrongFamilyResemblance: When she's the main character, her mother has her eye and hair color.
* {{Tomboy}}: Her appearance suggests this.
* TomboyishPonytail
* WhoWearsShortShorts: She does!

!Cheren
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For tropes pertaining to his appearance in the sequel, [[Characters/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 see here]].

* [[spoiler:AndThenWhat: A key part of his development is Alder asking him just what he intends to do if he becomes Champion like he is so motivated to do and why he wants it so bad.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: Not as much as N or the Striaton triplets, but it's there. [[ViewerGenderConfusion Some even thought he was female at first!]]
* BreakTheHaughty: He's not overbearingly arrogant, but he still has to work out some ego issues.
* CatsAreMean: Purrloin. He's more fitting since N released it.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DeadpanSnarker: Shows definite traces of this. For example, he calls Team Plasma a "Waste of oxygen."
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: His Vs. sprite.
* [[spoiler:HeroicBSOD: Undergoes a minor version of this near the end, as he wrestles with how important strength really is.]]
* IdiotHair: He seems pretty intelligent, though.
* InformedAbility[=/=]GameplayAndStorySegregation: His battle prowess and superiority in battles to Bianca is put into question by his rather weak team makeup, which is objectively worse than hers. Bianca doesn't (1) have an Unfezant, which has awful special attack (while decent physical attack), use exclusively special attacks, or (2) run defensive sets on [[GlassCannon pure offensive]] Pokémon like said Unfezant and Liepard, while half their team pools from the same options (depending on your starter choice).
** Early in the game, you and he have a double battle against two Team Plasma Patrats. If you have Tepig and he has Oshawott, he might use Water Sport, which in this situation does nothing except HARM YOU.
* {{Megane}}
* TheRival: He shares this trope with Bianca, but their CharacterDevelopment in that regard is quite different. Cheren begins his journey as determined and, arguably, overconfident. He gets better once he starts realizing his limitations and that simply becoming the Champion for the sake of it is a pointless goal.
* StoicSpectacles
* ThemeNaming: His name is Slavic for "Black".
* ToBeAMaster: He explicitly states that his goal is to become the Champion.

!Bianca (Bel)
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For tropes pertaining to her appearance in the sequel, [[Characters/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 see here]].

* AbsoluteCleavage: Though she wears a blouse under it.
* BreakTheCutie: Right from the start, her father almost completely prevents her from going on her journey. She tries her best and still loses to the player, and then her Munna is stolen by Team Plasma (it's given back later), causing her to feel weak. Later, in Nimbasa, her father goes all the way there to attempt to drag the poor girl back home. Thank goodness for Elesa's interference.
** Though it's possible for Bianca to win against the player, you still have to beat her to continue the plot.
* CuteClumsyGirl
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: The point of her character development.
* TheDitz
* DumbBlonde: She is described as a bit of an unreliable airhead.
* [[PreciousPuppies Everything's Precious With Puppies]]: Lillipup.
* {{Expy}}: Her design bears similarities to [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Barry]], and she is shown to be energetic when she is happy like him. However, she is the exact opposite in terms of pacing--she is always late to gatherings between her, the main character, and Cheren.
* ForeheadOfDoom: Not commented on, but her hairstyle greatly emphasizes it.
* GeniusDitz: She ends up having a pretty good team. [[spoiler:Also note the GondorCallsForAid moment below.]]
* GenkiGirl: Usually, anyway, unless [[ShrinkingViolet she's]] [[BreakTheCutie troubled.]]
* [[spoiler:GondorCallsForAid: At the end, she calls upon the gym leaders to hold off the Sages at N's Castle.]]
* [[spoiler:GottaCatchEmAll: The goal Bianca ends up deciding on in the end.]]
* GreenEyes
* HairOfGold
* HartmanHips
* IconicItem: The Pokémon Munna is very heavily associated with her in fan art.
* NiceHat
* OneSteveLimit: She's gonna cause some problems with this one. ''Anime/PokemonHeroes'' also had a Bianca.
* OverprotectiveDad: She has one. At one point, he actually shows up to try to take her home!
* PluckyGirl: Don't think anything's going to stop her from finding her own dream. Not losing in battles, not having her Pokemon stolen, not even her dad's interference. Hell, she doesn't even back down or flinch during their conversation in Nimbasa City!
* TheRival: Despite sharing this trope with Cheren, their character development in that regard is very different. Bianca starts her journey without many expectations or hopes to become anything, and discovers her abilities as her journey progresses.
* ShowTheForehead
* ShrinkingViolet: Somewhat. While she's usually perfectly outgoing, she is also shown to be frightened pretty easily. It doesn't help that [[OverprotectiveDad her father]] is constantly worrying over her journey, and his sheltering of her all her life probably caused her insecurities to start with.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is her Japanese name spelled Beru, Bel, Bell, or Belle?
** Because of this, her German name is Bell, Italian is Belle and Spanish is Bel.
* ThemeNaming: Her Japanese name, Bel, is Slavic for "white"; her American name is Italian for the same.
* UrbanLegendOfZelda: It was widely believed that she was the Champion.
** DummiedOut: After this rumor was quashed, another rumor sprung up that there was data in the game files that had her as this. The data was actually Saturday rebattle data like Barry's in VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl, and all of her data gives her the title "Pokémon Trainer".
* WideEyedIdealist: She's constantly looking on the bright side of things. [[spoiler:Cheren is a little annoyed by this near the end, where she's still being bubbly despite the possible threat of N beating the Pokémon League ahead.]]
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[[folder: Side Characters]]
!Professor Juniper (Dr. Araragi)
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The Pokémon Professor of Unova. She studies the origins of Pokémon.

* EightiesHair
* AllThereInTheManual: According to the official English guidebook, her first name is "Aurea." This is never seen in-game.
* BrainyBrunette
* DitzyGenius
* GenerationXerox: Apparently she is very similar to her father in terms of looks, personality, and general work.
* GenkiGirl
* GreenEyes
* HotScientist: Being the first female scientist of the series, it'd be hard to believe if the creators had passed this trope up.
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Father Like Daughter]]
* OneSteveLimit: In the Japanese version, she and her father are both referred to as "Araragi." In the English version, her father is given a first name- Cedric.
* ThemeNaming: Once again, the professor is named after a tree.
** However, it is noteworthy that she also ''breaks'' the pattern -- somewhat. All of the previous professors are named after deciduous trees, but she's named after a coniferous one.

!Fennel (Makomo)
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A scientist and close friend to Prof. Juniper. She studies dreams using Munna's Dream Smoke. She has a fairly larger role in the Dream World.

* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* CustomUniform: Her design is heavily based off of the other females of the Scientist class, but she has a flower hairclip to set her apart.
* EveryProperLadyShouldCurtsy - Does this in her anime introduction. With her lab coat, oddly enough.
* HairColorDissonance: Well it's ''sorta''... purple... Are they going for blue, actually?
* HairDecorations: Her clip matches the pattern on Munna.
* HotScientist: Whether or not she surpasses Juniper in this regard is up to you.
* {{Meganekko}}
* PurpleEyes
* RapunzelHair
* StopHelpingMe: She was rather unpopular once the Dream World website launched in North America given how many a user saw her very image saying nicely that they needed to wait a little more until they could enter the site.
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!Cedric Juniper (Dr. Araragi Sr.)
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Prof. Juniper's father who wanders the Unova region for his own research.

* EightiesHair
* BigOlEyebrows
* CoolOldGuy: Or middle-aged guy, anyway.
* EarlyBirdCameo: You don't actually see him, but if you check out one of the pictures in his daughter's lab, it mentions her standing with a smiling man hinted to be him.
* {{Expy}}: Is somewhat similar to Professor Birch- both are bumbling father bearded professors with a child who is in their line of work or planning on going into it.
* FanNickname: Is often referred to as "Papa Juniper" by the fans.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: He's the one who upgrades the Pokedex (not to National-level, though; that's for after finishing the game) upon first meeting him in Mistralton City.
* OneSteveLimit: In the Japanese version, both he and his daughter are referred to as "Araragi." In the English localization, he has a first name of "Cedric" to avoid having two characters being referred to by the same name.
* OnlyOneName: Played straight in the original Japanese, averted in international releases. For example, the English translation gives him the full name and title of Professor Cedric Juniper.
* ParentsAsPeople: Well, his role sure isn't limited to the backstory!
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!Emmet (Kudari) and Ingo (Nobori) (Subway Bosses)
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[[caption-width-right:350:Emmet is the one on the left in white and Ingo is the one on the right in black. Not the other way round. [[strike:Thanks, Official Nintendo Magazine UK.]]]]
* BadassLongcoat
* CreepyTwins
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* {{Cute Psycho}}s - {{Yandere}}s: The most popular characterization they get in {{fanon}}. Specially if it involves {{Twincest}}
* DualBoss: On the Multi and Super Multi Lines.
* GoNagaiSideburns
* GrayEyes: Both of them.
* MeaningfulName[=/=]ThemeNaming: For the Japanese names, Nobori comes from "nobori-sen" (in-bound line) and Kudari comes from "kudari-sen" (out-bound line). In the English localization, Ingo comes from "''in-go''ing line" and Emmet comes from "emit" (again, out-bound). Both of these tie into their train motif.
** ThemeTwinNaming
* NamesTheSame: The name of one brother should sound familiar to anyone who's played ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', in which there was a greedy ranch worker with the same name.[[hottip:*:Hint: It isn't Emmet.]]
* NiceHat
* PerpetualFrowner: Ingo
* PerpetualSmiler: Emmet
* SiblingYinYang: Seems to be the intention -- Ingo is frowning in his official art, whereas Emmet is smiling. Ingo dresses with a black theme, and Emmet wears lots of white.
* StepfordSmiler: At least Emmet. Though there's something odd about them that makes them both feel like Stepford Brothers.
* TagTeamTwins
* WeMeetAgain / WeWillMeetAgain: Their only real dialog to the player sounds like this.
* WhiteGloves
* {{White Haired Pretty Boy}}s
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![[spoiler:Looker (Handsome)]]
* [[spoiler:BadassLongcoat]]
* [[spoiler:TheCameo]]
* [[spoiler:{{Engrish}}: So, so hard. Like the fellow Engrish speaker Final Team Rocket Grunt, there doesn't seem to be a reason for this, as they are no longer "[[TranslationConvention supposed]]" to be non-native Japanese speakers given they are in New York[=/=]Jersey. Of course, it is possible that Looker is not from Unova either, considering he travels the world for his job and he never stated that he specifically was heading to his homeland, unlike the Rocket Grunt.]]
* [[spoiler:InterpolSpecialAgent]]
* [[spoiler:{{Leitmotif}}: His theme from Platinum shows up again.]]
* [[spoiler:MasterOfDisguise: Hey, since when does your mom have an identical twin? No, wait, it's just Looker. Who decided to dress as your mother for some reason or other.]]
* [[spoiler:NonSequitur: At the beginning of the post-game, your mother asks Looker what him giving you the Super Rod has to do with catching Team Plasma's agents. His response? "Absolutely nothing!"]]
* [[spoiler:PoliceAreUseless: He doesn't show up until the postgame... AFTER Team Plasma's plot has pretty much been destroyed, and the only business left is to arrest the loose sages.]]

![[spoiler:Cynthia (Shirona)]]
* [[spoiler:AdventureArchaeologist: Lenora even references it.]]
* [[spoiler: BonusBoss: Wielding her old team (sans Roserade and Togekiss/Gastrodon, replaced by Unova pokémon) as well as her battle and pre-battle music from her days as the final boss of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum]]'' with some [[OhCrap level improvements.]]]]
* [[spoiler:TheCameo]]
* [[spoiler: ContinuityNod: "You certainly bear a resemblance to that trainer who faced [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Giratina...]]"]]
* [[spoiler: {{Fanservice}}: ]]
-->[[spoiler: "Hmm. This is difficult. I was greedy and bought a lot of swimsuits, but now I can't pick which one to wear."]]
-->[[spoiler: "Here's my problem. I have a white swimsuit and a black swimsuit...Which one would look better on me?"]]
** [[spoiler:Let's not forget a female Swimmer trainer asking the player if they didn't come to the beach just to see Cynthia in a swimsuit.]]
* [[spoiler:{{Foreshadowing}}: In this game, she says, "Once every few years, the Champions of each region gather and compete to see who is the strongest! An interesting idea, don't you agree?" In VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2, we get the Pokémon World Tournament, which is exactly this taken UpToEleven.]]
* [[spoiler:HairDecorations]]
* [[spoiler: [[RapunzelHair Rapunzel]] HairOfGold]]
* [[spoiler:[[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[LightningBruiser Garchomp]] again.]]
* [[spoiler: {{Socialite}}: Being one is one of her reasons for being in Unova. See LesYay above.]]

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[[folder:Gym Leaders]]
!Cilan (Dent), Chili (Pod) and Cress (Corn)
Striaton City Gym Leaders--''Triple Trouble!''
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* {{Adorkable}}: Cilan especially.
* AlphabeticalThemeNaming: All three of their English names start with a "C."
* BadassAdorable
* {{Bishonen}}s
* BowtiesAreCool
* ChromaticArrangement
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Also their bowties and monkey of choice.
* DeadpanSnarker: Cress.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Cress, to some fans.
* EdibleThemeNaming: In Japanese, it's more subtle; their names are parts of corn.
* ElementalPowers:
** GreenThumb: Cilan
** PlayingWithFire: Chili
** MakingASplash: Cress
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Pansage, Pansear, and Panpour.
* [[PreciousPuppies Everything's Precious With Puppies]]: Lillipup.
* [[CommonEyeColors Eye Colors]]:
** GreenEyes: Cilan.
** RedEyesTakeWarning: Chili, but only if you forgot to catch something to cover your Snivy's weakness to Pansear.
** BlueEyes: Cress.
* FieryRedhead: Chili, near literally.
* HollywoodGenetics
* HotBlooded: Chili.
* ImprobableHairstyle: Cilan and Chili.
* LargeHam: Chili. "Yeeeeooow! Time to play with FIRE!! I'm the strongest of us brothers!"
* MeaningfulName: Their names indicate their elements.
* NamesTheSame: Cress's English name is the same as the name the main character of ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' has in that game's official English translation (the latter is subject to SpellMyNameWithAnS in fan translations).
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Cilan is one of the very few characters in the franchise to have SkintoneSclerae.
* PeekABangs: Cress
* PoorPredictableRock: Averted. Rather than screw over the players who picked Fire (or in Falkner's case, Grass), the Leader you battle here depends solely on your choice of starter and, as such, will always have the type advantage over you.
* PowerTrio: Cilan is ego, Chili is id, and Cress is superego.
* RedOniBlueOni: Chili and Cress.
* [[SharpDressedMan Sharp Dressed Men]]
* ShrinkingViolet: Cilan. It's to be noted that he's the only one of the three that stutters before, during, and after battle and doesn't seem as confident in his battle skills as his brothers.
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[GreenThumb Pansage]], [[PlayingWithFire Pansear]], and [[MakingASplash Panpour]] respectively.
* SkintoneSclerae: Cilan
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Cilan's Japanese name, Dent can be translated as Dento, too. Cress's Japanese name, Corn, can be read as Koon as well. Chili's Japanese name, Pod, can also be called Poddo. The usual translation problems.
* ThemeNaming: Tri'''dent''', tri'''pod''', tri'''corn'''.
** Also, they're all named after corn (some more subtly than others).
** Their English names all have to do with food.
*** The food theme also matches with their types. Cilan comes from the herb cilantro, Chili is named after the spicy pepper, and Cress comes from watercress, a vegetable.
* [[WaistcoatOfStyle Waistcoats of Style]]
* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened to the Striaton Gym Leaders?]]: They are the only gym leaders [[spoiler:not to show up during the BigDamnHeroes moment against the Plasma Sages at N's Castle because Bianca hadn't actually got to them by the time they were needed]]
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green and Blue Hair]]: Cilan and Cress, respectively.

!Lenora (Aloe)
Nacrene City Gym Leader--''An Archeologist with Backbone''
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* AdventureArchaeologist: If her English title wasn't enough to convince you, she got to one of the stones ''before Team Plasma even went on the hunt'' and hid it ''[[HiddenInPlainSight right in plain sight]]!'' Mock her now.
* {{BBW}}
* BlueEyes
* ChefOfIron: One interpretation of her, although it is never shown in the game.
* ChessMaster: Her battle style. Easier to see in the anime and manga, but still shows up in the game. Example? No matter ''which'' of her Pokemon you face, you're in to get hit hard with Retaliate after beating it, which is going to be a base 140 STAB because of it..
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* [[PreciousPuppies Everything's Precious With Puppies]]: Herdier.
* HappilyMarried: To the Curator of the museum that her gym is located in.
* {{Mammy}} - by appearance but not by personality
* MeaningfulName: Le'''Nora''' = Normal.
* NonElemental
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[WakeUpCallBoss Watchog]].
* TeamMom: Of the gym leaders. She was apparently designed to be motherly according to WordOfGod. [[EverythingIsRacist Sadly, everyone misinterpreted said intention.]]
* WakeUpCallBoss: ''Much'' harder to take down than the trio. Her Pokémon's levels are 18 and 20, which is a steep jump up from what you've been facing, and both hit like tanks. Using a Roggenrolla won't help you much either, since they both know Dark moves to get around its resistance to normal attacks. The Watchog even knows Hypnosis, to make things worse (you ''did'' give those Chesto berries that Cheren gave you to your Timburr, right?).
** And the first thing Watchog uses is Retaliate. Which is immediately after you faint her Herrdier, therefore it's going to be a base 140 STAB attack. There's gonna be a really long time before you see a move with so much base power again.
*** Not just her Watchog, they both know it. So if you forced her to switch out the two somehow, you're still not safe.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

!Burgh (Arti)
Castelia City Gym Leader--''Premier Insect Artist''
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* AmbiguouslyGay: His appearance screams this trope.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Depicted as this in {{Fanon}}.
* BigCreepyCrawlies
* BigOlEyebrows
* {{Engrish}}: His Japanese title- "Most Insect Artist"- is so grammatically incorrect it's not even funny.
* GreenEyes
* HurricaneOfPuns: He seems quite fond of insect-based puns in his dialogue in the gym. It's really insectible--er, incredible.
* MeaningfulName: Burgh = Bug.
** "Burgh" also has the word "burg" in it, which means "city." Where is Burgh's Gym? Castelia City!
* NiceGuy: Has a Pokémon that only evolves with happiness, Leavanny.
** Even better, his Leavanny's at Level 23 - only ''three'' levels higher than the level it evolves into Swadloon!
* PerformanceArtist
* PungeonMaster: Doesn't show till his in-battle quotes. Made all the more painful by Pokémon's otherwise subtle puns.
* ScarfOfAssKicking
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[GlassCannon Leavanny]].
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: To Elesa.

!Elesa (Kamitsure)
Nimbasa City Gym Leader--''The Shining Beauty''
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For tropes pertaining to her appearance in the sequel, [[Characters/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 see here]].

* BareYourMidriff
* BlueEyes
* CombatStilettos
* CoolBigSis: Certainly gives off this vibe when she reasons with Bianca's dad in her introduction, and promptly earns Bianca's respect.
* CoolHorse: Zebstrika.
* EarlyBirdBoss: Even if levels were accounted for her team would still be easier to beat if you entered Nimbassa from the West instead of the south.
* EmotionlessGirl: WordOfGod says she was intended to come off as this.
** NotSoStoic: When you beat her, despite being very calm up until that point, she is overwhelmed with excitement and immediately becomes embarrassed over it.
* [[EverythingsNuttierWithSquirrels Everything's Nuttier With Flying Squirrels]]: Emolga. Two of them, actually.
* HairDecorations: Or, technically, headphones. Justified, as she seems to be based on a {{Vocaloid}}.
* IconicItem: Her headphones; fanart loves to leave them on when portraying her in swimsuits. When her outfit got completely overhauled for [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 the sequels]], she still wears headphones, just of a different design (they even inherit her old pair's color motif).
* InformedAbility: She, for no reason at all, says she's a model in her first appearance, but unlike the other Unova leaders' careers, this doesn't pop up in any way aside from her sprite being dangerously thin (the waiter triplets have a restaurant for a gym, the archeologist has a museum and reference library for a gym, the painter has a gallery in the city, and she has... a roller coaster) and the comments of a few random [=NPCs=]. She does mention that she has a TV gig after she calls Clay to lower the bridge to Driftveil City, so she probably does model work for television. And it does explain her outfit (all gym leaders in Unova have outfits tied into their day jobs). Things are made clearer in [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 the sequels]].
* MeaningfulName: '''Ele'''sa = Electricity.
* MsFanservice: Somebody had ''fun'' designing her.
* ShockAndAwe
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[FragileSpeedster Zebstrika.]]

!Clay (Yacon)
Driftveil City Gym Leader--''The Underground Boss''
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* AmericansAreCowboys: Subverted- WordOfGod says he was designed as a Japanese immigrant who got rich in America by finding oil.
** {{Fauxreigner}}
* BrownEyes
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DishingOutDirt
* {{Eagleland}}er - Type I, though again, not a born American.
* EverythingIsBigInTexas
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He comes off as pushy and lazy at first [[spoiler:when he sends you and Cheren to stop Team Plasma in his town without offering to help himself]], but he turns out to be a good guy. [[spoiler:[[HeartwarmingMoments He even leads the gym leader charge at N's Castle.]]]]
* MeaningfulName
** NamesTheSame: An [[DishingOutDirt earth-elemental]] cowboy named Clay? [[WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown Where else have we seen this before.]]
* NiceHat
* NonIdleRich: He is one of the richest people in the history of the Pokémon games so far, and ''still'' runs a gym.
* SelfMadeMan: He even waits for trainers at the bottom of his Gym/mine as a symbolic reminder of how he [[RagsToRiches started out with nothing.]]
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[JackOfAllStats Excadrill]].

!Skyla (Fuuro)
Mistralton City Gym Leader--''The High-Flying Girl''
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* AcePilot
* BareYourMidriff
* BlowYouAway
* BlueEyes
* {{Expy}}: Of [[BirdyTheMighty Birdy]].
** She also resembles Yoko of ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', in terms of hair color and {{Stripperiffic}} choice of outfit.
* FashionableAsymmetry
* FieryRedhead
* GenkiGirl: Just look at her official art.
* HairDecorations
* MeaningfulName: '''Sky'''la.
* MsFanservice
* NiceGirl: A very noticable characteristic of her's.
** BewareTheNiceOnes: And not just for her strength; the way she's designed her ''gym'' will take you out!
* {{Shorttank}}
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[MakingASplash Swanna.]]
* {{Stripperiffic}}
* WhoWearsShortShorts
* WindFromBeneathMyWings

!Brycen (Hachiku)
Icirrus City Gym Leader--''Ice Mask''
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* {{Badass}}: He senses the presence of the Shadow Triad before they even appear, and fights Team Plasma alongside Cheren. All of this is done ''after'' your gym battle with him.
* BlackEyes
* CoolMask
* EverythingsWorseWithBears: Beartic.
* FashionableAsymmetry: He's wearing what looks like half a robe.
* AnIcePerson
* MeaningfulName: Br'''yce'''n.
* MythologyGag: In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'''s third arc, the main villain was [[spoiler:Pryce, the Johto Ice Gym Leader, using the alternate identity of]] the "Mask of Ice."
** His English name is also very similar to Pryce's.
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[EverythingsWorseWithBears Beartic.]]
* TheStoic: WordOfGod says he's like this because he used to be a movie star, and went into depression after his career ended. He then went to an icy cave alone to train and become more knowledgeable, and feels he must keep his identity a secret.
* WarriorMonk
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

!Iris
Opelucid City Gym Leader (''White'')--''The Girl Who Knows the Hearts of Dragons''
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* AffirmativeActionLegacy: She's already one in ''White'' and aiming to become one in ''Black''.
* AmbiguouslyBrown
* BrattyHalfPint: Her dialogue certainly gives her this feel.
* BrownEyes
* GenkiGirl
* GirlishPigtails
* HeirToTheDojo: She's Drayden's apprentice, training to take over the gym when he retires.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons
* LittleMissBadass: She's both the youngest and the eighth Gym Leader in White, and uses Dragon-Type Pokémon.
* PaintingTheMedium: If you select Kanji View in the Japanese version, she'll still speak only in kana.
* PurelyAestheticGender: The only real difference between her and Drayden is that her Pokémon are female; they're the same species and have the same moves. Their Druddigon's abilities are different, too; hers has Sheer Force.
* [[RaisedByWolves Raised By Dragons]]: WordOfGod says she was raised in a forest by them.
* RapunzelHair: Not as much as Caitlin, but enough.
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[GlassCannon Haxorus.]]
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Purple Hair]]

!Drayden (Shaga)
Opelucid City Gym Leader (''Black'')--''The Spartan Mayor''
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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He is the mayor of Opelucid City, and the eighth Gym Leader in Black.
* BadassBeard: So badass it covers the entire bottom half of his face.
* BadassGrandpa
* EyesOfGold
* GentlemanAndAScholar: He studied abroad to learn more about Dragon-types, but is still quite the gentleman.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons
* PurelyAestheticGender: The only real difference between he and Iris is that his Pokémon are male; they're the same species and have the same moves. Their Druddigon's abilities are different, too; his has Rough Skin, which could be a nasty surprise.
* RedBaron: Spartan Mayor.
* RetiredBadass: In White.
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[GlassCannon Haxorus.]]
* ThemeNaming: In the Japanese version, his name is Japanese for "iris," complementing... Well, Iris.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Elite Four]]
!Shauntal (Shikimi)
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A member of Unova's Elite Four. Specializes in Ghost types.

* ApologeticAttacker: When you beat her, she apologizes for hurting your Pokémon.
* BadassBookworm: She's an author, her room is at the top of a huge mound of books, and she's an Elite Four member.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DarkIsNotEvil
* DramaticThunder: In the room you fight her in, lightning occasionally flashes in the window.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The first time you challenge her, she reads a passage from a book she's writing based on a previous challenger. [[spoiler:[[YouCantThwartStageOne The description fits N perfectly.]]]]
* MeaningfulName: S'''haunt'''al.
** In addition, it's a [[GratuitousFrench French name]] meaning "a circle of stones", or more specifically, a tomb.
* {{Meganekko}}
* PerkyGoth
* PurpleEyes
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[SquishyWizard Chandelure.]]
* SoulPower
* TheSouthpaw: She's left-handed in both her sprite and official artwork.
* StealthPun: She is an author who uses Ghost Pokémon. In other words, [[spoiler:she is a ghostwriter.]]
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Purple Hair]]

!Marshal (Renbu)
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A member of Unova's Elite Four. Specializes in Fighting types.

* BigOlEyebrows: That somehow merge with ''his hair''.
* BlackEyes
* BloodKnight: See NotSoDifferent below. It's still applicable to his character, but he probably had it worse before.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: His hair's kinda [[HairColorDissonance orange]], really.
* FingerlessGloves
* NotSoDifferent: Alder mentions that Marshal used to be solely driven by strength like Cheren.
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[GlassCannon Mien]][[FragileSpeedster shao]] in the first battle, but [[MightyGlacier Conkeldurr]] usurps the throne in rematches.
** This is mainly because Mienshao evolves at level 50, so having it be Marshal's strongest Pokemon rather than have it underleveled would make more sense.
* TokenMinority: Of the Elite Four anyway.
* WalkingTheEarth: What he used to do in search of strong trainers before he was offered a place on the Unova Elite Four.

!Grimsley (Giima)
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A member of Unova's Elite Four. Specializes in Dark types.

* EightiesHair: Looks like somebody on the design team is a fan of A Flock of Seagulls.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance: Per WordOfGod, the colors of his clothes match common colors for roulettes.
* {{Bishonen}}
* BlueEyes
* CastingAShadow
* DarkIsNotEvil
* TheGambler: What he turned to after his family had been ruined.
* ImpoverishedPatrician
* MeaningfulName: '''Grim'''sley
** UnfortunateName: It's practically a [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Name to Run Away From Really Fast]], and ''he's not even a villain''!
* MyRulesAreNotYourRules: He has a level 50 Bisharp - Outside of hacking the game, there is no way for you to have a Bisharp at that level. Considering what Dark-types are [[TheCombatPragmatist known]] [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty for]], it actually does make sense in a way.
* PointyEars
* ScarfOfAssKicking
* SharpDressedMan: [[{{Pun}} Literally]].
* ShoutOut: To {{Dracula}}, as speculated by some and confirmed by WordOfGod.
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[ChessMotifs Bisharp]].
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Very much so.
* TheUnfettered: Grimsley has absolutely no problem fighting dirty and actually advises the trainer to use any means necessary to win a fight.
** CombatPragmatist

!Caitlin (Cattleya)

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A member of Unova's Elite Four. Specializes in Psychic types.

* AdaptationDyeJob: She was a darker blonde in in her last appearances, but her hair is noticeably brighter in Generation V.
* AscendedExtra: Castle Valet Darach from Gen IV's Battle Frontier took great care to tend to Lady Caitlin. Caitlin, however, never said or did much... Until now, that is.
* BlueEyes
* BrilliantButLazy: If her sleeping before battle is any indication.
* DefrostingIceQueen: She's cold and hostile towards the player at first, but gradually loosens up as they battle and is impressed when defeated.
* {{Expy}}:
** Her affinity for the supernatural, BrilliantButLazy personality, regal-like mannerisms, [[RapunzelHair really long hair]]... She's like a more benign [[BlazBlue Rachel Alucard]].
** She also bears more than a passing resemblance to [[CodeGeass Nunnally]].
* HairOfGold: Changed from brown hair in the previous titles.
* HeavySleeper
* MightyGlacier: Her Pokémon have high Defensive stats, an oddity among Psychic-types.
* NiceHat
* PrincessesPreferPink: Or royal ladies in general, anyway.
* PsychicPowers: She has them herself in addition to them being her specialty type--if you look at her battle sprite, she has pink, glowing bits of energy floating around her. She didn't have complete control of them [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl when she was younger]], though.
* RapunzelHair: Doubled in length from her last appearance.
** And floats. She may hold it up with psychic power.
* RichBitch: To a degree.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Her relationship to Darach in Gen IV has her come off as quite royal (Battle ''Castle''?)-- Or very rich, at the least.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: In more ways than one. Young Caitlin did ''not'' respond well to losing a battle and would erupt into highly destructive psychic tantrums. Darach battling in her stead was a measure to prevent this.
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[ElegantGothicLolita Gothitelle]] in the first battle, [[StoneWall Metagross]] in the rematches.

!Alder (Adeku)
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The Champion of the Unova League. Like Champions in previous generations, he shows up in the main game every so often to give advice to the protagonist.

* ActuallyIAmHim: in the previous games, the story keeps the identity of the Champion remains a secret until you actually fight him/her (save for when checking a guide), and that that champion is always there to give you aid at appropriate times. Alder is the first in line to actually introduce himself as Champion before the mandatory Elite Four Challenge. [[spoiler: Of course, given what happens at the end of the game, this was probably intentional.]]
* AnimeHair
* AntiquatedLinguistics: Japanese version only.
* {{Badass}}: He is the only Champion so far to [[spoiler:actually try and directly fight the BigBad [[TheManBehindTheMan (while it is still implied to be N, anyway)]]! [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Lance]] helps fight Team Rocket, but is nowhere to be found during the Radio Tower takeover. [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Steven and Wallace]] merely sit on the sidelines, and [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Cynthia]] follows you in Platinum into the Distortion World but [[HelpingWouldBeKillStealing makes you fight Cyrus by yourself.]]]]
** He also jumps off a freaking tall cliff. Without as much as a scratch or a grunt. [[RuleOfCool Plus the stairs are right there.]]
* [[spoiler:BaitAndSwitchBoss: Turns out you don't get the traditional battle against the Champion this time after all. Rather, when you enter his chamber, N will arrive with his legendary dragon, curbstomp the Pokémon League, and raise a huge castle up, making the actual final bosses the version mascot, N, and Ghetsis. You do get to fight him during rematches, though.]]
* BigCreepyCrawlies: He specializes in Bug types with half of his team being bugs. The rest of his team are various types, which try to cover his weaknesses somewhat (such as an Ice type to beat Flying types).
** UncattyResemblance: To his signature Pokémon, [[ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth Volcarona]].
* BigGood
* BigOlEyebrows
* BlackEyes
* CoolOldGuy: While his age is never made explicit, he is easily older than most of the previous champions appearance wise and uses AntiquatedLinguistics in the Japanese language.
* DeadSidekick: It's mentioned several times throughout the game that Alder spends a lot of time wandering when he's not taking challengers due to [[spoiler:the death of one of his Pokémon. In the post-game he mentions it was his starter, but the species is never revealed.]]
* {{Expy}}:
** Wanders the world, is the league Champion, and enjoys a good battle. Sounds like [[StreetFighter Ryu]].
** His design is similar to Dakim's from PokemonColosseum.
* FieryRedhead
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lxu5K2HlAxE Alder's theme]] is a calm flute solo, reflecting his age and wisdom.
* ALoadOfBull: He has a Bouffalant.
* MeaningfulName: His English name refers to the Alder species of moths, as well as the Alder plant--a diet of many species of moths and butterflies. Both these reference his Volcarona. In addition, an "alderman" is a person who is recognized as the eldest and most influential member of a council. This is exactly the capacity he serves as Unova's champion.
* PermaStubble
* RetiredBadass: [[spoiler: Deconstructed. Alder gets called out of retirement to stop N's ascent to power, but he's badly out of practice, and the player character arrives as N finishes mopping the floor with him. Reconstructed post-game when Alder starts training again and becomes a BonusBoss.]]
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[SquishyWizard Volcarona]].
* SupportingLeader
* [[spoiler:TrueFinalBoss: He may share Cynthia's levels, but you merely battle her in a villa while to get to Alder, you have to re-fight the entire League. Beating him brings minor plot and character arcs to a close and registers you in the Hall of Fame.]]
* [[spoiler:TheUnfought: Subverted; you do fight him in the game, but ''not'' when you think you would.]]
* WalkingTheEarth: He spends most of his time in the games doing this [[spoiler:because of the aforementioned DeadSidekick above]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Team Plasma]]

'''Tropes that apply to the organisation as a whole:'''

* AnimalWrongsGroup
* BlueEyes: The grunts.
* DarkIsEvil: They usually use Dark types (Purrloin, Scraggy, Sandile lines).
** LightIsNotGood: And there is the fact that Team Plasma is rather strongly based on Christianity, with their Templar-like uniforms, talk about "saving" Pokemon, and use of the Chi Rho, an ancient symbol used to represent Jesus, as a symbol. They're also a deranged hypocritical terrorist cult [[spoiler:being manipulated by a fraudulent leader in his attempt to gain power.]]
* EvilRedHead: The grunts, [[WellIntentionedExtremist though they aren't necessarily evil.]]
* HeelFaceTurn:
** Several can be witnessed considering this at N's Castle toward the end of the initial story mode due to how close they've grown to their Pokémon.
** One can locate a man in Opelucid City who was a former Team Plasma member who performed one of these.
** [[spoiler:The Seven Sages (minus Ghetsis) all willingly turn themselves in to Looker for questioning when you catch them in the post game, having realized the error of their ways.]]
*** Of course, in the sequel it turns out that [[spoiler:Zinzolin has since dedicated himself to Ghetsis' cause, making him a subversion compared to his five peers.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}s: One of the grunts explicity ''says'' that while it's bad for regular trainers to keep Pokémon, it's fine for Team Plasma to have them. This only applies to some of them though, other grunts keep using Pokemon because they've grown attached to them.
** TautologicalTemplar
* InformedAbility: The Seven Sages are said to be some of the smartest men in the world but never really show it. One decides it's a bright idea to put their evil lair ''across the street from Burgh's gym'' and is shocked when they're discovered in short order. To be fair, he did it because he thought it would be funny.
* {{Jerkass}}: One of the first grunts you battle [[KickTheDog repeatedly kicks]] a Munna to get it to release some Dream Mist. This while still saying they want to help separate Pokémon from abusive trainers. There are also several jerkass grunts at the castle in the end, though they are counterbalanced by some more sympathetic ones.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Capturing sentient, intelligent creatures in mobile prisons, forcing them to fight for your satisfaction and keeping them dependent on you for things like medicine and food? If they weren't such arseholes, they'd be pretty damn convincing.
* KnightTemplar: Literally.
* LargeHam: "PLASMAAAAA!"
* MeaningfulName: They aim to separate Pokémon from people "controlling" them. Plasma is a state of matter where atoms separate from the electrons they "control" and become ions.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Some grunts have grown to like their Pokémon given them by Ghetsis, and don't want to let them go. Lampshaded of course!
* ThemeNaming: The Seven Sages are named after colours
* TheUnfought: The Seven Sages. [[spoiler:Except [[BigBad Ghetsis]].]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: They all seem to have the same goal, they just do it in a ''really'' wrong way. Most of the grunts have this personality, though there are a ''few'' that are just bloody hypocritical {{Jerkass}}es.

!N [[spoiler:Harmonia]] / [[spoiler:Natural Harmonia Gropius]]
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* [[spoiler:AbusiveParents: His father, Ghetsis, neglected him and forced him to be raised among Pokémon abused by humans. He did this in order to shape his opinion that Pokémon and humans need to separated, and so he would be distinct from humans. Then, when you defeat N in the battle using your legendaries, Ghetsis openly mocks his son as an inhuman monster incapable of real emotion (hypocritical, since this describes Ghetsis more than anything.)]]
* {{Adorkable}}: If his weird mannerisms don't put a given player off, chances are he's coming off like this for them.
* AmbiguousDisorder: He has a strange enough personality [[spoiler:and a screwed up enough childhood]] that he can probably be diagnosed with ''something''.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: [[spoiler:He's good.]]
* [[spoiler:AntiVillain: Arguably the best example of this in the history of the Pokémon franchise, making [[Manga/PokemonSpecial Mask Of Ice]] seem monstrous in comparison.]]
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: The focus of the opening sequence before the title screen.
* {{Badass}}: [[spoiler:He's the only villain in the main series so far to successfully wield his legendary of choice. He then curbstomps the Pokémon League with it--Champion included--and challenges the player to a six-on-six match at the top of an enormous castle, where he leads off with his legendary. After all is said and done, he even gets a dramatic exit on his legendary- much cooler than the usual villain exit where the villain pouts and storms off.]]
** BadassLonghair
* [[spoiler:BigBad: [[UnwittingPawn Or not]].]]
* [[spoiler:BigBadFriend]]
* {{Bishonen}}
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: He views humans (save for those with his beliefs) as bad and Pokémon as good, hence why he wants to separate them. He even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it at one point by saying how when humans and Pokémon are separated, "black and white will be clearly distinct."
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: He starts out with such belief regarding his goals, and says it as a TitleDrop. WordOfGod says the connection to the title was intended from the start. This of course, makes him (and the rest of the game) in-fact, [[GreyAndGreyMorality Grey]].
* [[spoiler:BreakTheCutie]]
* [[spoiler:ButNowIMustGo: At the end. He gives a big speech thanking the player and states that his life is in his hands now before flying off on whichever dragon he caught. He is not seen again in the game after that, although Looker implies that someone spotted him in a faraway place.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: He's introduced in the second town, but it isn't until later that you find out that [[spoiler:he's the boss of Team Plasma]].
* [[spoiler: TheChosenOne: He was engineered to be this]].
* ClimaxBoss
* CreepyChild: Or rather, Creepy {{Manchild}}. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD2Re5F4sco His theme]] plays no small part in this.
* CuriosityIsACrapshoot: N was raised to believe humans are, to a one, needlessly cruel to Pokemon [[spoiler:in an attempt by Ghetsis to mould the boy into a PuppetKing]]. Then he meets the player character, whose starter suggests otherwise. The more the two interact, the more N starts wondering whether his worldview is right[[spoiler:, and the more [[SpannerInTheWorks Ghetsis' plot starts to collapse in on itself]]]].[[spoiler: By the end, N realizes the player character's ideal is correct and forfeits his operations, [[VillainousBreakdown and the resulting proverbial black hole takes the Plasma scheme and what remains of Ghetsis' sanity with it]].]]
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* ErmineCapeEffect: His outfit in the cinematic preceding the title screen.
* {{Expy}}: Shares some similarity to Manga/PokemonSpecial's [[spoiler:Lance in goals and experiences with abused Pokémon, but while Lance was a WellIntentionedExtremist of a more extreme caliber who wanted to KillAllHumans, averting an AntiVillain role, N is a pure AntiVillain.]]
** N also has some similarities to Yellow from that series: he can communicate with Pokemon and heal the injured, and he hates making Pokemon fight, but [[MartialPacifist is really good at it if he has to]].
* [[spoiler:FalseFriend: Sort of--he seems to still view you as a "friend" of sorts even after he reveals he is Team Plasma's king.]]
** [[spoiler:It seems that he ''wants'' to be friends, and thinks that he and the protagonist could be once humans and Pokémon are separated]].
--->[[spoiler:'''N:''' It's my turn to become that hero--and you and I will be friends!]]
--->[[spoiler:'''N:''' [''after Zekrom/Reshiram fails to appear''] How disappointing. I actually kind of liked you a little.]]
* FreudianExcuse: He was raised by abused Pokémon all his life with little interaction with other humans, therefore that's why he hates humans and wants them to separate from Pokémon. [[spoiler:And considering all the other tropes here, [[AbusiveParents this excuse actually holds water]]. A LOT of water.]]
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Well, except for his fellow humans who ''aren't'' a part of Team Plasma and share his goal. [[spoiler: Though this changes towards the end after being beaten.]]
* [[spoiler:GildedCage: He has a ''very'' nice room, but it and a garden of some kind were the extent of his contact with the world growing up.]]
* GoodWithNumbers: He mentions that he likes mathematical formulas a couple of times, which is apparently the reason he carries around a Menger sponge.
* GreenEyes
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn: Implied to do this at the end.]]
* [[spoiler:HeelRealization: Suffers this when Ghetsis reveals the truth about Team Plasma.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroAntagonist: He is true to his word with helping out Pokémon, and he is arguably a main character besides yourself, as much of the story revolves around helping him with his conflicted morals and getting out of the grasp of his hideously [[AbusiveParents Abusive Father]]. He's also set up as the "hero" for Reshiram/Zekrom, and heck, he even has the [[NiceHat fashion sense]] of a main Pokémon hero.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicBSOD: Considering N's usual MotorMouth tendencies, his uncharacteristic silence when Ghetsis reveals the truth about Team Plasma is heartbreaking. He recovers a little once you defeat Ghetsis, but flees Unova because he can't stand to face you afterward.]]
* IconicItem:
** His Menger Sponge, at least among fans.
** He's also strongly associated with his Zorua/Zoroark friend.
*** And to a lesser extent, with the opposite-cover dragon, and strangely often with Tympole.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Comes off as a jerk on a number of occasions but his goals are well meaning and he really does want to become your friend.
* KingIncognito
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD2Re5F4sco N's theme]] is a creepy musical box style theme (More blatant in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJGUaD6Qd64 the version used for his room]]) that underscores how creepy and alien he is.
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: [[spoiler: After you catch the cover legendary of your game, N decides to heal your Pokémon, stating that it is not a fair battle if he beats you when your Pokémon are hurt.]]
* LightIsNotGood[=/=]DarkIsEvil: He is an angelic-looking teen dressed in white... [[spoiler:who is the king of an AnimalWrongsGroup and uses dark-type Pokémon. It goes to extremes in each version: in Black, he has Zekrom; in White, he has Reshiram.]]
** DarkIsNotEvil: [[spoiler:He's the leader of Team Plasma and his [[IconicItem most iconic]] Pokémon is dark-type, but N is a good person at heart and truly does want what's best for Pokémon]].
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* [[spoiler:[[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Mad Dictator's Handsome Son]]]]
* MadMathematician: He even says he's trying to "solve the equation to change the world." Confirmed to be one by WordOfGod.
* {{Manchild}}: His odd mannerisms and [[spoiler: the toys in his bedroom]] hint at this.
** [[spoiler:PsychopathicManchild: Well, not really psychopathic. Just a [[WellIntentionedExtremist very, very deluded]] manchild.]]
* MeaningfulName: Similarly to [[spoiler:his father Ghetsis, N Harmonia. Enharmonic.]]
** Taking into consideration his [[MadMathematician constant rambling about formulas]], it could also come from the common usage of "n" as a variable for an unknown value in equations... which is usually used with the intention of eventually being replaced with a different value.
** [[spoiler:Harmonia]] also happens to be [[spoiler:[[ClassicalMythology a Greek goddess]] renowned in stories for receiving a fatal necklace (the Necklace of Harmonia) which only brought misfortune to its owner. ''Misfortune is N's life in a nutshell.'' This also serves to establish a ThemeNaming dynamic for N with Concordia, who was Harmonia's Roman counterpart in myth.]]
* [[spoiler: TheMessiah: Thinks himself as this for Pokemon]].
* ModestRoyalty: Outside of the opening cutscene, he dresses rather casually, even long after his status as Team Plasma's king is no longer hidden. Subverted in that, according to WordOfGod, he believes himself to be perfect.
* MoodSwinger: According to WordOfGod.
* MotorMouth: When you first meet him, Cheren notices this immediately. [[InformedAbility His speech itself doesn't seem out of the ordinary in terms of spacing, though]]- in fact, he seems to use ellipses frequently.
** PaintingTheMedium: The speed that his text displays at is noticeably faster then that of other characters, though, even if one has the message speed on Fast.
* [[spoiler:MusicalThemeNaming: See MeaningfulName above.]]
* [[spoiler:MyGodWhatHaveIDone]]
* NiceHat: Interestingly enough, [[WordOfGod it was stated in an interview]] that the idea to give the protagonists baseball caps came from giving N one of his own.
* NobleDemon:
** N is true to his word - whenever he fights you, it's with the Pokémon that are found in the location where you fight. He releases them when he leaves the area again. His Klinklang is either this Klang from before that evolved or a new one that he caught later.
** He also [[spoiler: heals your team after catching your legendary dragon and before fighting him. N says that a victory for him wouldn't count if it wasn't won fairly.]]
** Also, while [[spoiler: he hates most humans, he takes exception to his loyal Team Plasma subjects who share his views, even battling you at one point solely to allow some Plasma grunts a chance to escape. Contrast to Ghetsis, who is using the grunts as much as he's using N.]]
* NoSocialSkills
* [[spoiler:NotAllowedToGrowUp: At least, not emotionally.]]
* NotGoodWithPeople: A Type II variation. The only humans he gets along with before he meets the protagonists are [[spoiler: well, Team Plasma.]]
* [[spoiler: ObliviouslyEvil]]
* OminousMusicBoxTune: WordOfGod said that his various musical themes, especially his overworld {{Leitmotif}} and a remix it gets in N's "room," were based around "a fragile music box."
* OneLetterName: The ''Manga/DeathNote'' jokes have already started popping up.
* [[spoiler:PuppetKing: See UnwittingPawn below.]]
* [[spoiler:PureIsNotGood: One of the "goddesses" near the end of the game references that N has a pristine, good heart and is very innocent, which is what makes him so dangerous, especially in the wrong hands.]]
* [[spoiler:[[RaisedByWolves Raised By Pokémon]]: At least, he might as well have been, since it's explained he spent most of his childhood interacting more with Pokémon than with people, which is why he gets along with them better than with other humans and wants to separate Pokémon from humans so much. Not to mention that, according to Masuda, rumors exist that he was ''born'' of Pokémon, somehow. Not that the rumors have any idea who the parents are.]]
* RightMakesMight: By the time he awakens the legendary dragon, N is willing to have a battle with the PlayerCharacter to decide whose philosophy is correct.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* [[spoiler: SanitySlippage: Goes into nigh temporary insanity at the final battle, since he KNOWS deep in his heart that he's probably wrong in his philosophy, and is now hell-bent on denying this. It's definitely hard to blame him here, the possibility that everything one believes in is wrong and that their whole life is a total lie would shake ''anyone'' up. He gets better after being defeated, just as Ghetsis [[VillainousBreakdown gets MUCH worse]].]]
* ShelteredAristocrat: The third kind, especially with the emphasis on innocence.
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: Apart from [[spoiler: [[OlympusMons Zekrom and Reshiram]],]] [[MasterOfIllusion Zoroark]] is highly associated with him, thanks to the game's intro and [[spoiler: being able to get a Zorua from N in [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 BW2]].]]
* [[spoiler: SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains: Somehow, all four types to an extent.]]
* SmallNameBigEgo: A ''literal'' small name, and according to WordOfGod, being [[spoiler: brought up as a king and "chosen hero" has made N believe that he is perfect. His realization that he isn't is a factor to his brief period of aforementioned SanitySlippage.]]
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: He can understand other people's Pokémon, [[spoiler:due to having been raised with them all his life. This is a key point in his character development, as it's in talking to your Pokémon (and possibly the Pokémon of other people he met in his travels) that he begins to question whether humans and Pokémon really should be separated after all.]]
* SpoiledSweet: Lives in a castle with what pretty much amounts to a cult around him, and he fights for Pokemon justice.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: [[spoiler:With Ghetsis... Possibly. It is mentioned that it is unknown if they are even related.]]
* [[spoiler:SympatheticCriminal: Very much so.]]
* TalkativeLoon: Comes off as this, especially early on when you know nothing about him.
* {{Troperiffic}}: Just compare the length of his entry here to any other Pokémon game character's entry. Only Cyrus and Ghetsis come close.
* TroubledButCute: [[spoiler:More deluded than troubled, but he still fits.]]
* [[spoiler:TykeBomb: Ghetsis was very clever about doing this with him. N doesn't even realize it until the end of the main scenario.]]
* UncattyResemblance: To Zoroark.
* [[spoiler:UnwittingPawn: To Ghetsis, who was just using him to make Pokémon illegal for everyone but himself.]]
* [[spoiler:VillainousBSOD: Hit with this ''hard'' after Ghetsis reveals how he has been using the poor guy. Despite normally rambling quite a bit, N falls silent for the majority of Ghetsis's reveal of his motives onward. He seems to have recovered a little at the very end when he talks to the player one-on-one, though.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: ''Major'' emphasis on "Well Intentioned".
* WrongGenreSavvy: [[spoiler: By design. To make him a TykeBomb, Ghetsis convinced him he had to summon the legendary dragon and recreate the story of the hero who founded Unova, which will give him the power needed to ban Pokemon husbandry.]]
** ''Dangerously'' WrongGenreSavvy / AchievementsInIgnorance: [[spoiler: Since N knows the hero was one in a set of rival twins, he chooses the player character as his WorthyRival, openly giving them the resources and motivation to challenge him... and, unknowingly, to stop Ghetsis's plan.]]
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]

!Ghetsis Harmonia
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* [[spoiler:[[AbusiveParents Abusive Parent]]: The sheer callousness he displays towards his son would disgust even [[PokemonColosseum Cipher]], and that really says something.]]
* [[spoiler:BigBad: Technically the ''real'' one.]]
* [[spoiler:BitchInSheepsClothing: He's on the opposing side, but he still seems to be a good, understanding person regardless. And then you progressively discover that he isn't.]]
* TheChessmaster
* [[spoiler:ClassicVillain: Representing Pride/Ambition. Fits all of the criteria except a KarmicDeath, but he still ends up being given a karmic punishment, via losing all of the support he had sans the Shadow Triad and having the plan he took years to make be completely destroyed.]]
* [[spoiler:CompleteMonster: Invoked in-universe, when Cheren and Alder point out that ''he's'' the "freak without a human heart", not N. And given his portfolio, that's more than an accurate assessment of Ghetsis.]]
* [[spoiler:DangerouslyGenreSavvy: He knows how the Pokemon world works, and will exploit it.]]
* [[spoiler:DarkIsEvil: Half of his team is Dark and Ghost types.]]
* [[spoiler:DiabolicalMastermind]]
* TheDragon: As the leader of the Seven Sages, he serves as this towards N.[[spoiler: {{Subverted}}.]]
** [[spoiler:DragonInChief]]
** [[spoiler:TheManBehindTheMan: He was manipulating N for his own goals from the start. See WellIntentionedExtremist below.]]
* [[spoiler:EvilCannotComprehendGood: What allows TheHero to be the SpannerInTheWorks for his plan was Ghetsis never believing that they might be pure of heart enough to awaken the other Legendary Pokemon. He also didn't take the PowerOfFriendship into account, whether it be between humans and Pokemon or between TheHero and N, both of which factored into his downfall. He even outright says that he thinks everyone considers Pokemon tools to use as they see fit, which he himself believed. Because of this, he allowed N to interact with other people, gaining friendships and seeing the friendships between trainers and their Pokemon, which got him questioning Team Plasma's beliefs in the first place, directly leading to Ghetsis' downfall.]]
** [[spoiler:Because of this trope, his plan may have been doomed from the beginning, as the Team Plasma Grunts encountered in N's Castle and the people encountered in the post game show that the bond between humans and Pokemon was far stronger than Ghetsis believed and just N's victory may not have been enough to break it. Gorm of the Seven Stages points this out when he is arrested in the post game.]]
* [[spoiler:EvilChancellor: Certainly has this vibe. Team Plasma's king talks about how Ghetsis acts as his "adviser" of sorts and gathered many of the elements that make up Team Plasma, including the Shadow Triad. Of course, he has other motives and is really TheManBehindTheMan.]]
* EvilLaugh: [[spoiler:He gives one near the end as he taunts N for failing him.]]
* FanNickname:
** "[[LadyMondegreen Dennis]]", due to misheard OminousLatinChanting lyric during his battle.
** "Gaycheese" because it sounds like how the Japanese pronounce his name as "Geechisu".
* [[spoiler:FinalBoss: The first time that someone other than the Pokémon League Champion has had this position in the main series.]]
* FreudianSlip: A few times in the game, while talking about his plans, he says "I- I mean, Team Plasma", [[spoiler: [[ForeShadowing hinting at]] [[ItsAllAboutMe his true nature.]]]]
* [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard Ghetsis Is A Cheating Bastard]]: He has a level ''54'' Hydreigon. Note that Zweilous doesn't evolve into Hydreigon until Level ''sixty'' four.
** [[spoiler: [[FridgeHorror He probably]] [[CompleteMonster forced it to evolve.]]]]
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** [[spoiler:Calls N a freak without a human heart when this really applies to him. [[LampshadeHanging This gets noted by Cheren and Alder.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Also his rants about how trainers abuse Pokemon, when he himself only views them as tools. This was all part of his plan to take everyone's Pokemon except his own, though.]]
* [[spoiler:IAmTheNoun: [[LargeHam I AM PERFECTION!]]]]
* IconicItem:
** His red monocle.
** If he has any Pokemon out in fanart, it's probably his Hydreigon.
* [[spoiler:InsaneTrollLogic: How he "justifies" his endgame. He sensibly points out that Pokémon and humans have endless potential together...and then uses that as the reason that [[ItsAllAboutMe he, and he alone, should wield Pokémon]].]]
* [[spoiler:ItsAllAboutMe: Near the end, he even goes on a huge tangent over this. "I AM PERFECTION!"]]
* [[spoiler: JerkassHasAPoint: After hearing so many legendary Pokémon being referred to as "gods", it's actually kind of nice to hear someone, no matter how loathsome, say "A Pokémon, even if it's revered as a deity, is still just a Pokémon!"]]
* [[spoiler:KarmaHoudini: Subverted in that he escapes prison, but the plan he's been working on for years has been thwarted, and he's left with nothing now. And if his VillainousBreakdown is any inclination, he may have lost his sanity as well. However, he seems to be plotting a comeback.]]
** In the sequel, [[spoiler:karma catches up to him in the form of losing what little sanity he had left, unable to comprehend his failure and being reduced to a non-functioning vegetable. Good riddance.]]
* [[spoiler:KickTheDog: As if using and abusing his own son wasn't bad enough, what he says to N towards the end of the game is downright cruel and heartless.]]
* [[spoiler: KnightOfCerebus: Would you like a nice cup of horrific child abuse to go with your cute monster battling?]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://quietube2.com/v.php/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6XCD0VIR1k Team Plasma Sage Encounter]], though heard with the other sages, seems to fit Ghetsis the most.
* LukeIMightBeYourFather: Inverted for the trope: The game makes it clear that Ghetsis and N are Father and Son up until the post-game, where one of the former Plasma Sages makes a comment where he doesn't even recall how N came into play, thus implying that N might not even be Ghetsis' son (not his biological son, at least).
** That comment is proven true in the sequels, where Anthea and Concordia [[spoiler:tell the player that they and N are Ghetsis' foster children. In the post game, when the player meets with N in the ruins of his castle, he talks more about how he and Ghetsis met if the player goes into his room]].
* [[spoiler:ManipulativeBastard]]
* MeaningfulName: One possible romanization, "Goetis", of his name in the Japanese version ties in fairly well with his position as one of the Seven Sages (derived from the Greek word 'goeteia,' meaning 'sorcery') and his goal of [[spoiler:reviving one of the legendary dragons ('Goetia' is the art of summoning angels or demons, and is the title of [[ArsGoetia one of the most famous books on the subject]] - keep in mind that Reshiram has a somewhat angelic appearance and Zekrom is somewhat demonic).]]
** He also shares similarities and naming with another SinisterMinister - [[KingOfFighters Goenitz]].
** MusicalThemeNaming: According to WordOfGod, he's named after the G and C-sharp (or "Cis") timpanis of his battle theme.
*** G-Cis huh? Sounds like [[Literature/TheBible Jesus.]]
** AND his last name is Harmonia. Play G and C-Sharp on a piano. They are a tritone, which is dissonance; unstable harmony.
*** In medieval times, the tritone itself was called the ''Diabolus en Musica'', the Devil in Music. [[spoiler:Considering what the guy does, it's quite apt.]]
*** Does that make this the "named for the Devil" variant of NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast?
*** The Goetis assumption is still pretty well-resounding, though. Do we have a trope for unintentional brilliance?
** This troper initially misread it as "Ghestis", referring to [[TheUndead geists or ghosts]]. Sheesh, this guy's name alone causes nightmares.
* [[spoiler:OffingTheOffspring: It's hinted that he was planning to do this to N after [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness N had fulfilled his role]].]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: As well as a red ''monocle''. Also the two eyes on his robe.
* [[spoiler:SanitySlippage: After N is defeated, Ghetsis grows more and more insane as the final showdown with him goes on. By the end, he's a ranting lunatic in disbelief that his "perfect plan" has been destroyed.]]
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Hydreigon]].
* [[spoiler:SmugSnake: In terms of planning, he's a brilliant ChessMaster. But in terms of attitude, he's totally this, especially when his plans fall apart.]]
* TheSociopath
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Geechis? Goetis? Geechisu? Geecis? G'Cis? [[FanNickname Gaycheese? Dennis?]]
* [[spoiler: TheStarscream: Subverted in that he was the one who built up Team Plasma to begin with and was simply letting N rule as a puppet ruler, rather than usurping it from within.]]
* [[spoiler:StrongFamilyResemblance: With N... Possibly. It's hinted they may not be related.]]
* [[spoiler: TakeOverTheCity: His entire motive is to use Pokemon to take over an [[BigApplesauce Unova]] [[FantasyGunControl devoid of any means of defending themselves]].]]
* [[spoiler:ThisCannotBe: After N is defeated, Ghetsis is left unable to grasp what just happened and that his plan is ruined. Him trying to beat the player may be considered denial over his perfect plan failing. After he himself is beaten, he really gets into this trope, [[VillainousBreakdown ranting about how he can't have lost and is "perfect"]].]]
* {{Troperiffic}}: Second largest page in the game character sheets.
* [[spoiler:VileVillainSaccharineShow: ''Big time.'' ]]
* [[spoiler:VillainousBreakdown: Reduced to inefficient, pathetic, megalomanic raving after being defeated.]]
** [[spoiler:He's already starting to break down even before his defeat- he's clearly gone mad after N loses to you and his challenging of you can even be taken as being in denial over his "perfect plan" failing. Even after he himself is defeated, he can't believe his plan has failed so completely.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Or so he seems at first. He really just wanted to make Pokémon illegal for everyone [[ItsAllAboutMe but himself]], so he could take over Unova.]]
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]

!The Shadow Triad (The Dark Trinity)
Three {{Ninja}}s who serve Ghetsis.

* AmbiguousGender: Though they are briefly referred to as male at one point and one point only.
* [[spoiler:CoDragons: To Ghetsis]]
* HelpfulMook: When you go into N's castle, one of them tells you that you can heal your Pokémon and even access your PC.
* {{Ninja}}s
* PsychoSupporter: [[spoiler:They are the only ones who still support Ghetsis in the end, apparently because he had saved their lives in the past.]]
* TerribleTrio
* [[spoiler:TheUnfought]]
* UrbanLegendOfZelda: Rumors abounded even in this very wiki that they are all females. A remaining theory is that they are [[spoiler: the Striaton triplets]].
** [[spoiler: Both are Jossed in ''Black 2 and White 2''.]] %% Based on both the Memory Link scene where they're both seen at the same time and the Post-Game, where they would have to appear in two places at once, the theory can be said to be Jossed. Obviously there are still ways to argue it could work, but that is EpilepticTree territory.
* VillainTeleportation
* [[WhiteHairedPrettyBoy White Haired Pretty People]]

!Concordia and Anthea (The Goddesses of Harmony and Love)
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* AdvertisedExtra: Both appear in the intro despite not appearing until much later on. This misled some fans into thinking they'd have much bigger roles.
* HairAntennae: Concordia.
* HairOfGold[=/=]RoseHairedGirl[=/=][[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Pink Hair]]
* HealingHands: Anthea heals your Pokémon.
* HelpfulMook: They heal your Pokémon, give information on N, express pity for the poor guy, and generally aren't really evil at all.
* MeaningfulName: Concordia means "harmony" in Latin.
** Concordia is the Roman Goddess of Harmony; Anthea is an epithet for the Greek goddess Hera.
* [[MrExposition Ms. Exposition]]: Concordia, who reveals N's backstory after many hints have been dropped throughout the game.
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* {{Deuteragonist}}: Cheren and Bianca
* FreudianTrio: Cheren is the superego, Bianca is the id, and the player is the ego.
* PowerTrio
* ThemeNaming: Cheren comes from "black," contrasting with Bianca coming from "white." In the Japanese version, this is taken further, as Touya and Touko come from "transparent," establishing the player as the middle and leader of the main trio.
* ThreeAmigos: No matter which gender you choose, the main group will have this set-up between the player, Bianca, and Cheren. However, Cheren's always a guy, Bianca's always a girl.
* TrueCompanions: The player and their friends definitely give off this vibe, and are sticking up for each other no matter what.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl[=/=]TwoGirlsAndAGuy: If you play as Hilbert/Hilda, respectively. This doesn't stop most fanfiction and fanart where Hilbert/Hilda is the protagonist from including Hilda/Hilbert as a member of the TrueCompanions, though. The most common explanation is that they're HalfIdenticalTwins.

!Hilbert (Touya)
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* EightiesHair
* BadassAdorable: Much like the other protagonists in the series.
* BrownEyes
* TheCameo: If you picked Hilda, you only team up with him during double battles in the Battle Subway. Otherwise, he doesn't appear in the game.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DisappearedDad: As the protagonist. Interestingly enough, if you check out the television in his room before choosing your starter, it mentions his father bought it for him. He never appears in the game, though.
* {{Expy}}: Out of all of the playable males, he looks the most like [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Red]], especially when compared to Red's appearance (including his official artwork) in Generations III and IV. He even shared Red's hat tipping animation in the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 sequel game]]. Considering the amount of throwbacks to the first and second gen, this was very much intentional.
* FanNickname: Black, since that was the name they used for him in the trailers, and male player characters are always labeled with the "first" game's name. Plus, nobody had done multi-battles and thus seen his CanonName yet. "Kuro" was also coined by screenshots on the official website and "Blair" by the demos that were played at the mall tour.
* [[spoiler:TheGhost: In the sequels.]]
* MeaningfulName: Hilbert means "magnificent in battle" or "battle bright." Touya comes from "fight" (which makes his English name fitting), "transparent" or "untainted" which establishes his role as the middle and leader of the group.
* NiceGuy: His nearly-unanimous {{Fanon}} interpretation. His characterization as an NPC also implies this.
* NiceHat
* [[spoiler:PutOnABus: In ''Black 2 and White 2'' (instead of a PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo). According to his mother, Hilbert left Unova to search for N.]]
* SpearCounterpart: To Hilda. Their default names are even {{gender flip}}s of each other in both Japanese and English.

!Hilda (Touko)
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* EightiesHair
* BlueEyes
* TheCameo: If you picked Hilbert, you only team up with her during double battles in Battle Subway. Otherwise she doesn't appear in the game.
* DisappearedDad: As the protagonist. Interestingly enough, if you check out the television in her room before choosing your starter, it mentions her father bought it for her. He never appears in the game, though.
* DistaffCounterpart: To Hilbert.
* ExposedToTheElements: During the winter months and whenever she pays the Cold Storage a visit. Especially noteworthy in the latter case, as the Workers there are all wearing protective clothing and Cheren and Zinzolin won't stop griping about how cold it is.
* FanNickname: White for the same reasons as Hilbert above. "Shiro" was also coined by screenshots on the official website and "Whitlea" by the demos that were played at the mall tour.
* [[spoiler:TheGhost: In the sequels.]]
* HairAntennae: On her ponytail. Shown a bit more in [[http://archives.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/d/df/Battle_Subway_artwork.png this official art of a Battle Subway scene]].
* TheLadette: One of her most common {{Fanon}} interpretations.
* MeaningfulName: Hilda means "Battle Maiden." Touko comes from "fight" (which makes her English name fitting), "transparent" or "untainted" which establishes her role as the middle and leader of the group.
* NiceHat
* OneOfTheBoys: Her design certainly has this feel.
* [[spoiler:PutOnABus: In ''Black 2 and White 2'' (instead of a PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo). According to her mother, Hilda left Unova to search for N.]]
* StrongFamilyResemblance: When she's the main character, her mother has her eye and hair color.
* {{Tomboy}}: Her appearance suggests this.
* TomboyishPonytail
* WhoWearsShortShorts: She does!

!Cheren
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For tropes pertaining to his appearance in the sequel, [[Characters/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 see here]].

* [[spoiler:AndThenWhat: A key part of his development is Alder asking him just what he intends to do if he becomes Champion like he is so motivated to do and why he wants it so bad.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: Not as much as N or the Striaton triplets, but it's there. [[ViewerGenderConfusion Some even thought he was female at first!]]
* BreakTheHaughty: He's not overbearingly arrogant, but he still has to work out some ego issues.
* CatsAreMean: Purrloin. He's more fitting since N released it.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DeadpanSnarker: Shows definite traces of this. For example, he calls Team Plasma a "Waste of oxygen."
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: His Vs. sprite.
* [[spoiler:HeroicBSOD: Undergoes a minor version of this near the end, as he wrestles with how important strength really is.]]
* IdiotHair: He seems pretty intelligent, though.
* InformedAbility[=/=]GameplayAndStorySegregation: His battle prowess and superiority in battles to Bianca is put into question by his rather weak team makeup, which is objectively worse than hers. Bianca doesn't (1) have an Unfezant, which has awful special attack (while decent physical attack), use exclusively special attacks, or (2) run defensive sets on [[GlassCannon pure offensive]] Pokémon like said Unfezant and Liepard, while half their team pools from the same options (depending on your starter choice).
** Early in the game, you and he have a double battle against two Team Plasma Patrats. If you have Tepig and he has Oshawott, he might use Water Sport, which in this situation does nothing except HARM YOU.
* {{Megane}}
* TheRival: He shares this trope with Bianca, but their CharacterDevelopment in that regard is quite different. Cheren begins his journey as determined and, arguably, overconfident. He gets better once he starts realizing his limitations and that simply becoming the Champion for the sake of it is a pointless goal.
* StoicSpectacles
* ThemeNaming: His name is Slavic for "Black".
* ToBeAMaster: He explicitly states that his goal is to become the Champion.

!Bianca (Bel)
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For tropes pertaining to her appearance in the sequel, [[Characters/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 see here]].

* AbsoluteCleavage: Though she wears a blouse under it.
* BreakTheCutie: Right from the start, her father almost completely prevents her from going on her journey. She tries her best and still loses to the player, and then her Munna is stolen by Team Plasma (it's given back later), causing her to feel weak. Later, in Nimbasa, her father goes all the way there to attempt to drag the poor girl back home. Thank goodness for Elesa's interference.
** Though it's possible for Bianca to win against the player, you still have to beat her to continue the plot.
* CuteClumsyGirl
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: The point of her character development.
* TheDitz
* DumbBlonde: She is described as a bit of an unreliable airhead.
* [[PreciousPuppies Everything's Precious With Puppies]]: Lillipup.
* {{Expy}}: Her design bears similarities to [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Barry]], and she is shown to be energetic when she is happy like him. However, she is the exact opposite in terms of pacing--she is always late to gatherings between her, the main character, and Cheren.
* ForeheadOfDoom: Not commented on, but her hairstyle greatly emphasizes it.
* GeniusDitz: She ends up having a pretty good team. [[spoiler:Also note the GondorCallsForAid moment below.]]
* GenkiGirl: Usually, anyway, unless [[ShrinkingViolet she's]] [[BreakTheCutie troubled.]]
* [[spoiler:GondorCallsForAid: At the end, she calls upon the gym leaders to hold off the Sages at N's Castle.]]
* [[spoiler:GottaCatchEmAll: The goal Bianca ends up deciding on in the end.]]
* GreenEyes
* HairOfGold
* HartmanHips
* IconicItem: The Pokémon Munna is very heavily associated with her in fan art.
* NiceHat
* OneSteveLimit: She's gonna cause some problems with this one. ''Anime/PokemonHeroes'' also had a Bianca.
* OverprotectiveDad: She has one. At one point, he actually shows up to try to take her home!
* PluckyGirl: Don't think anything's going to stop her from finding her own dream. Not losing in battles, not having her Pokemon stolen, not even her dad's interference. Hell, she doesn't even back down or flinch during their conversation in Nimbasa City!
* TheRival: Despite sharing this trope with Cheren, their character development in that regard is very different. Bianca starts her journey without many expectations or hopes to become anything, and discovers her abilities as her journey progresses.
* ShowTheForehead
* ShrinkingViolet: Somewhat. While she's usually perfectly outgoing, she is also shown to be frightened pretty easily. It doesn't help that [[OverprotectiveDad her father]] is constantly worrying over her journey, and his sheltering of her all her life probably caused her insecurities to start with.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is her Japanese name spelled Beru, Bel, Bell, or Belle?
** Because of this, her German name is Bell, Italian is Belle and Spanish is Bel.
* ThemeNaming: Her Japanese name, Bel, is Slavic for "white"; her American name is Italian for the same.
* UrbanLegendOfZelda: It was widely believed that she was the Champion.
** DummiedOut: After this rumor was quashed, another rumor sprung up that there was data in the game files that had her as this. The data was actually Saturday rebattle data like Barry's in VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl, and all of her data gives her the title "Pokémon Trainer".
* WideEyedIdealist: She's constantly looking on the bright side of things. [[spoiler:Cheren is a little annoyed by this near the end, where she's still being bubbly despite the possible threat of N beating the Pokémon League ahead.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Side Characters]]
!Professor Juniper (Dr. Araragi)
[[quoteright:163:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Professor_Araragi1_9253.png]]

The Pokémon Professor of Unova. She studies the origins of Pokémon.

* EightiesHair
* AllThereInTheManual: According to the official English guidebook, her first name is "Aurea." This is never seen in-game.
* BrainyBrunette
* DitzyGenius
* GenerationXerox: Apparently she is very similar to her father in terms of looks, personality, and general work.
* GenkiGirl
* GreenEyes
* HotScientist: Being the first female scientist of the series, it'd be hard to believe if the creators had passed this trope up.
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Father Like Daughter]]
* OneSteveLimit: In the Japanese version, she and her father are both referred to as "Araragi." In the English version, her father is given a first name- Cedric.
* ThemeNaming: Once again, the professor is named after a tree.
** However, it is noteworthy that she also ''breaks'' the pattern -- somewhat. All of the previous professors are named after deciduous trees, but she's named after a coniferous one.

!Fennel (Makomo)
[[quoteright:141:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Makomo1_3291.png]]

A scientist and close friend to Prof. Juniper. She studies dreams using Munna's Dream Smoke. She has a fairly larger role in the Dream World.

* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* CustomUniform: Her design is heavily based off of the other females of the Scientist class, but she has a flower hairclip to set her apart.
* EveryProperLadyShouldCurtsy - Does this in her anime introduction. With her lab coat, oddly enough.
* HairColorDissonance: Well it's ''sorta''... purple... Are they going for blue, actually?
* HairDecorations: Her clip matches the pattern on Munna.
* HotScientist: Whether or not she surpasses Juniper in this regard is up to you.
* {{Meganekko}}
* PurpleEyes
* RapunzelHair
* StopHelpingMe: She was rather unpopular once the Dream World website launched in North America given how many a user saw her very image saying nicely that they needed to wait a little more until they could enter the site.
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!Cedric Juniper (Dr. Araragi Sr.)
[[quoteright:143:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Black_White_Cedric_Juniper_1317.png]]

Prof. Juniper's father who wanders the Unova region for his own research.

* EightiesHair
* BigOlEyebrows
* CoolOldGuy: Or middle-aged guy, anyway.
* EarlyBirdCameo: You don't actually see him, but if you check out one of the pictures in his daughter's lab, it mentions her standing with a smiling man hinted to be him.
* {{Expy}}: Is somewhat similar to Professor Birch- both are bumbling father bearded professors with a child who is in their line of work or planning on going into it.
* FanNickname: Is often referred to as "Papa Juniper" by the fans.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: He's the one who upgrades the Pokedex (not to National-level, though; that's for after finishing the game) upon first meeting him in Mistralton City.
* OneSteveLimit: In the Japanese version, both he and his daughter are referred to as "Araragi." In the English localization, he has a first name of "Cedric" to avoid having two characters being referred to by the same name.
* OnlyOneName: Played straight in the original Japanese, averted in international releases. For example, the English translation gives him the full name and title of Professor Cedric Juniper.
* ParentsAsPeople: Well, his role sure isn't limited to the backstory!
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!Emmet (Kudari) and Ingo (Nobori) (Subway Bosses)
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Emmet_and_Ingo_5729.png]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Emmet is the one on the left in white and Ingo is the one on the right in black. Not the other way round. [[strike:Thanks, Official Nintendo Magazine UK.]]]]
* BadassLongcoat
* CreepyTwins
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* {{Cute Psycho}}s - {{Yandere}}s: The most popular characterization they get in {{fanon}}. Specially if it involves {{Twincest}}
* DualBoss: On the Multi and Super Multi Lines.
* GoNagaiSideburns
* GrayEyes: Both of them.
* MeaningfulName[=/=]ThemeNaming: For the Japanese names, Nobori comes from "nobori-sen" (in-bound line) and Kudari comes from "kudari-sen" (out-bound line). In the English localization, Ingo comes from "''in-go''ing line" and Emmet comes from "emit" (again, out-bound). Both of these tie into their train motif.
** ThemeTwinNaming
* NamesTheSame: The name of one brother should sound familiar to anyone who's played ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', in which there was a greedy ranch worker with the same name.[[hottip:*:Hint: It isn't Emmet.]]
* NiceHat
* PerpetualFrowner: Ingo
* PerpetualSmiler: Emmet
* SiblingYinYang: Seems to be the intention -- Ingo is frowning in his official art, whereas Emmet is smiling. Ingo dresses with a black theme, and Emmet wears lots of white.
* StepfordSmiler: At least Emmet. Though there's something odd about them that makes them both feel like Stepford Brothers.
* TagTeamTwins
* WeMeetAgain / WeWillMeetAgain: Their only real dialog to the player sounds like this.
* WhiteGloves
* {{White Haired Pretty Boy}}s
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![[spoiler:Looker (Handsome)]]
* [[spoiler:BadassLongcoat]]
* [[spoiler:TheCameo]]
* [[spoiler:{{Engrish}}: So, so hard. Like the fellow Engrish speaker Final Team Rocket Grunt, there doesn't seem to be a reason for this, as they are no longer "[[TranslationConvention supposed]]" to be non-native Japanese speakers given they are in New York[=/=]Jersey. Of course, it is possible that Looker is not from Unova either, considering he travels the world for his job and he never stated that he specifically was heading to his homeland, unlike the Rocket Grunt.]]
* [[spoiler:InterpolSpecialAgent]]
* [[spoiler:{{Leitmotif}}: His theme from Platinum shows up again.]]
* [[spoiler:MasterOfDisguise: Hey, since when does your mom have an identical twin? No, wait, it's just Looker. Who decided to dress as your mother for some reason or other.]]
* [[spoiler:NonSequitur: At the beginning of the post-game, your mother asks Looker what him giving you the Super Rod has to do with catching Team Plasma's agents. His response? "Absolutely nothing!"]]
* [[spoiler:PoliceAreUseless: He doesn't show up until the postgame... AFTER Team Plasma's plot has pretty much been destroyed, and the only business left is to arrest the loose sages.]]

![[spoiler:Cynthia (Shirona)]]
* [[spoiler:AdventureArchaeologist: Lenora even references it.]]
* [[spoiler: BonusBoss: Wielding her old team (sans Roserade and Togekiss/Gastrodon, replaced by Unova pokémon) as well as her battle and pre-battle music from her days as the final boss of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum]]'' with some [[OhCrap level improvements.]]]]
* [[spoiler:TheCameo]]
* [[spoiler: ContinuityNod: "You certainly bear a resemblance to that trainer who faced [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Giratina...]]"]]
* [[spoiler: {{Fanservice}}: ]]
-->[[spoiler: "Hmm. This is difficult. I was greedy and bought a lot of swimsuits, but now I can't pick which one to wear."]]
-->[[spoiler: "Here's my problem. I have a white swimsuit and a black swimsuit...Which one would look better on me?"]]
** [[spoiler:Let's not forget a female Swimmer trainer asking the player if they didn't come to the beach just to see Cynthia in a swimsuit.]]
* [[spoiler:{{Foreshadowing}}: In this game, she says, "Once every few years, the Champions of each region gather and compete to see who is the strongest! An interesting idea, don't you agree?" In VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2, we get the Pokémon World Tournament, which is exactly this taken UpToEleven.]]
* [[spoiler:HairDecorations]]
* [[spoiler: [[RapunzelHair Rapunzel]] HairOfGold]]
* [[spoiler:[[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[LightningBruiser Garchomp]] again.]]
* [[spoiler: {{Socialite}}: Being one is one of her reasons for being in Unova. See LesYay above.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Gym Leaders]]
!Cilan (Dent), Chili (Pod) and Cress (Corn)
Striaton City Gym Leaders--''Triple Trouble!''
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Striaton_9423.png]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Cilan especially.
* AlphabeticalThemeNaming: All three of their English names start with a "C."
* BadassAdorable
* {{Bishonen}}s
* BowtiesAreCool
* ChromaticArrangement
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Also their bowties and monkey of choice.
* DeadpanSnarker: Cress.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Cress, to some fans.
* EdibleThemeNaming: In Japanese, it's more subtle; their names are parts of corn.
* ElementalPowers:
** GreenThumb: Cilan
** PlayingWithFire: Chili
** MakingASplash: Cress
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Pansage, Pansear, and Panpour.
* [[PreciousPuppies Everything's Precious With Puppies]]: Lillipup.
* [[CommonEyeColors Eye Colors]]:
** GreenEyes: Cilan.
** RedEyesTakeWarning: Chili, but only if you forgot to catch something to cover your Snivy's weakness to Pansear.
** BlueEyes: Cress.
* FieryRedhead: Chili, near literally.
* HollywoodGenetics
* HotBlooded: Chili.
* ImprobableHairstyle: Cilan and Chili.
* LargeHam: Chili. "Yeeeeooow! Time to play with FIRE!! I'm the strongest of us brothers!"
* MeaningfulName: Their names indicate their elements.
* NamesTheSame: Cress's English name is the same as the name the main character of ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' has in that game's official English translation (the latter is subject to SpellMyNameWithAnS in fan translations).
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Cilan is one of the very few characters in the franchise to have SkintoneSclerae.
* PeekABangs: Cress
* PoorPredictableRock: Averted. Rather than screw over the players who picked Fire (or in Falkner's case, Grass), the Leader you battle here depends solely on your choice of starter and, as such, will always have the type advantage over you.
* PowerTrio: Cilan is ego, Chili is id, and Cress is superego.
* RedOniBlueOni: Chili and Cress.
* [[SharpDressedMan Sharp Dressed Men]]
* ShrinkingViolet: Cilan. It's to be noted that he's the only one of the three that stutters before, during, and after battle and doesn't seem as confident in his battle skills as his brothers.
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[GreenThumb Pansage]], [[PlayingWithFire Pansear]], and [[MakingASplash Panpour]] respectively.
* SkintoneSclerae: Cilan
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Cilan's Japanese name, Dent can be translated as Dento, too. Cress's Japanese name, Corn, can be read as Koon as well. Chili's Japanese name, Pod, can also be called Poddo. The usual translation problems.
* ThemeNaming: Tri'''dent''', tri'''pod''', tri'''corn'''.
** Also, they're all named after corn (some more subtly than others).
** Their English names all have to do with food.
*** The food theme also matches with their types. Cilan comes from the herb cilantro, Chili is named after the spicy pepper, and Cress comes from watercress, a vegetable.
* [[WaistcoatOfStyle Waistcoats of Style]]
* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened to the Striaton Gym Leaders?]]: They are the only gym leaders [[spoiler:not to show up during the BigDamnHeroes moment against the Plasma Sages at N's Castle because Bianca hadn't actually got to them by the time they were needed]]
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green and Blue Hair]]: Cilan and Cress, respectively.

!Lenora (Aloe)
Nacrene City Gym Leader--''An Archeologist with Backbone''
[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/200px-Black_White_Aloe_21_1982.png]]
* AdventureArchaeologist: If her English title wasn't enough to convince you, she got to one of the stones ''before Team Plasma even went on the hunt'' and hid it ''[[HiddenInPlainSight right in plain sight]]!'' Mock her now.
* {{BBW}}
* BlueEyes
* ChefOfIron: One interpretation of her, although it is never shown in the game.
* ChessMaster: Her battle style. Easier to see in the anime and manga, but still shows up in the game. Example? No matter ''which'' of her Pokemon you face, you're in to get hit hard with Retaliate after beating it, which is going to be a base 140 STAB because of it..
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* [[PreciousPuppies Everything's Precious With Puppies]]: Herdier.
* HappilyMarried: To the Curator of the museum that her gym is located in.
* {{Mammy}} - by appearance but not by personality
* MeaningfulName: Le'''Nora''' = Normal.
* NonElemental
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[WakeUpCallBoss Watchog]].
* TeamMom: Of the gym leaders. She was apparently designed to be motherly according to WordOfGod. [[EverythingIsRacist Sadly, everyone misinterpreted said intention.]]
* WakeUpCallBoss: ''Much'' harder to take down than the trio. Her Pokémon's levels are 18 and 20, which is a steep jump up from what you've been facing, and both hit like tanks. Using a Roggenrolla won't help you much either, since they both know Dark moves to get around its resistance to normal attacks. The Watchog even knows Hypnosis, to make things worse (you ''did'' give those Chesto berries that Cheren gave you to your Timburr, right?).
** And the first thing Watchog uses is Retaliate. Which is immediately after you faint her Herrdier, therefore it's going to be a base 140 STAB attack. There's gonna be a really long time before you see a move with so much base power again.
*** Not just her Watchog, they both know it. So if you forced her to switch out the two somehow, you're still not safe.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

!Burgh (Arti)
Castelia City Gym Leader--''Premier Insect Artist''
[[quoteright:231:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Black_White_Burgh_3270.png]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: His appearance screams this trope.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Depicted as this in {{Fanon}}.
* BigCreepyCrawlies
* BigOlEyebrows
* {{Engrish}}: His Japanese title- "Most Insect Artist"- is so grammatically incorrect it's not even funny.
* GreenEyes
* HurricaneOfPuns: He seems quite fond of insect-based puns in his dialogue in the gym. It's really insectible--er, incredible.
* MeaningfulName: Burgh = Bug.
** "Burgh" also has the word "burg" in it, which means "city." Where is Burgh's Gym? Castelia City!
* NiceGuy: Has a Pokémon that only evolves with happiness, Leavanny.
** Even better, his Leavanny's at Level 23 - only ''three'' levels higher than the level it evolves into Swadloon!
* PerformanceArtist
* PungeonMaster: Doesn't show till his in-battle quotes. Made all the more painful by Pokémon's otherwise subtle puns.
* ScarfOfAssKicking
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[GlassCannon Leavanny]].
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: To Elesa.

!Elesa (Kamitsure)
Nimbasa City Gym Leader--''The Shining Beauty''
[[quoteright:236:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Black_White_Elesa_4393.png]]

For tropes pertaining to her appearance in the sequel, [[Characters/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 see here]].

* BareYourMidriff
* BlueEyes
* CombatStilettos
* CoolBigSis: Certainly gives off this vibe when she reasons with Bianca's dad in her introduction, and promptly earns Bianca's respect.
* CoolHorse: Zebstrika.
* EarlyBirdBoss: Even if levels were accounted for her team would still be easier to beat if you entered Nimbassa from the West instead of the south.
* EmotionlessGirl: WordOfGod says she was intended to come off as this.
** NotSoStoic: When you beat her, despite being very calm up until that point, she is overwhelmed with excitement and immediately becomes embarrassed over it.
* [[EverythingsNuttierWithSquirrels Everything's Nuttier With Flying Squirrels]]: Emolga. Two of them, actually.
* HairDecorations: Or, technically, headphones. Justified, as she seems to be based on a {{Vocaloid}}.
* IconicItem: Her headphones; fanart loves to leave them on when portraying her in swimsuits. When her outfit got completely overhauled for [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 the sequels]], she still wears headphones, just of a different design (they even inherit her old pair's color motif).
* InformedAbility: She, for no reason at all, says she's a model in her first appearance, but unlike the other Unova leaders' careers, this doesn't pop up in any way aside from her sprite being dangerously thin (the waiter triplets have a restaurant for a gym, the archeologist has a museum and reference library for a gym, the painter has a gallery in the city, and she has... a roller coaster) and the comments of a few random [=NPCs=]. She does mention that she has a TV gig after she calls Clay to lower the bridge to Driftveil City, so she probably does model work for television. And it does explain her outfit (all gym leaders in Unova have outfits tied into their day jobs). Things are made clearer in [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 the sequels]].
* MeaningfulName: '''Ele'''sa = Electricity.
* MsFanservice: Somebody had ''fun'' designing her.
* ShockAndAwe
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[FragileSpeedster Zebstrika.]]

!Clay (Yacon)
Driftveil City Gym Leader--''The Underground Boss''
[[quoteright:210:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Black_White_Clay_4659.png]]
* AmericansAreCowboys: Subverted- WordOfGod says he was designed as a Japanese immigrant who got rich in America by finding oil.
** {{Fauxreigner}}
* BrownEyes
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DishingOutDirt
* {{Eagleland}}er - Type I, though again, not a born American.
* EverythingIsBigInTexas
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He comes off as pushy and lazy at first [[spoiler:when he sends you and Cheren to stop Team Plasma in his town without offering to help himself]], but he turns out to be a good guy. [[spoiler:[[HeartwarmingMoments He even leads the gym leader charge at N's Castle.]]]]
* MeaningfulName
** NamesTheSame: An [[DishingOutDirt earth-elemental]] cowboy named Clay? [[WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown Where else have we seen this before.]]
* NiceHat
* NonIdleRich: He is one of the richest people in the history of the Pokémon games so far, and ''still'' runs a gym.
* SelfMadeMan: He even waits for trainers at the bottom of his Gym/mine as a symbolic reminder of how he [[RagsToRiches started out with nothing.]]
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[JackOfAllStats Excadrill]].

!Skyla (Fuuro)
Mistralton City Gym Leader--''The High-Flying Girl''
[[quoteright:216:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Black_White_Skyla_1483.png]]
* AcePilot
* BareYourMidriff
* BlowYouAway
* BlueEyes
* {{Expy}}: Of [[BirdyTheMighty Birdy]].
** She also resembles Yoko of ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', in terms of hair color and {{Stripperiffic}} choice of outfit.
* FashionableAsymmetry
* FieryRedhead
* GenkiGirl: Just look at her official art.
* HairDecorations
* MeaningfulName: '''Sky'''la.
* MsFanservice
* NiceGirl: A very noticable characteristic of her's.
** BewareTheNiceOnes: And not just for her strength; the way she's designed her ''gym'' will take you out!
* {{Shorttank}}
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[MakingASplash Swanna.]]
* {{Stripperiffic}}
* WhoWearsShortShorts
* WindFromBeneathMyWings

!Brycen (Hachiku)
Icirrus City Gym Leader--''Ice Mask''
[[quoteright:170:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Black_White_Brycen_5420.png]]
* {{Badass}}: He senses the presence of the Shadow Triad before they even appear, and fights Team Plasma alongside Cheren. All of this is done ''after'' your gym battle with him.
* BlackEyes
* CoolMask
* EverythingsWorseWithBears: Beartic.
* FashionableAsymmetry: He's wearing what looks like half a robe.
* AnIcePerson
* MeaningfulName: Br'''yce'''n.
* MythologyGag: In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'''s third arc, the main villain was [[spoiler:Pryce, the Johto Ice Gym Leader, using the alternate identity of]] the "Mask of Ice."
** His English name is also very similar to Pryce's.
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[EverythingsWorseWithBears Beartic.]]
* TheStoic: WordOfGod says he's like this because he used to be a movie star, and went into depression after his career ended. He then went to an icy cave alone to train and become more knowledgeable, and feels he must keep his identity a secret.
* WarriorMonk
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

!Iris
Opelucid City Gym Leader (''White'')--''The Girl Who Knows the Hearts of Dragons''
[[quoteright:249:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Black_White_Iris_3954.png]]
* AffirmativeActionLegacy: She's already one in ''White'' and aiming to become one in ''Black''.
* AmbiguouslyBrown
* BrattyHalfPint: Her dialogue certainly gives her this feel.
* BrownEyes
* GenkiGirl
* GirlishPigtails
* HeirToTheDojo: She's Drayden's apprentice, training to take over the gym when he retires.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons
* LittleMissBadass: She's both the youngest and the eighth Gym Leader in White, and uses Dragon-Type Pokémon.
* PaintingTheMedium: If you select Kanji View in the Japanese version, she'll still speak only in kana.
* PurelyAestheticGender: The only real difference between her and Drayden is that her Pokémon are female; they're the same species and have the same moves. Their Druddigon's abilities are different, too; hers has Sheer Force.
* [[RaisedByWolves Raised By Dragons]]: WordOfGod says she was raised in a forest by them.
* RapunzelHair: Not as much as Caitlin, but enough.
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[GlassCannon Haxorus.]]
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Purple Hair]]

!Drayden (Shaga)
Opelucid City Gym Leader (''Black'')--''The Spartan Mayor''
[[quoteright:193:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Black_White_Drayden_5254.png]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He is the mayor of Opelucid City, and the eighth Gym Leader in Black.
* BadassBeard: So badass it covers the entire bottom half of his face.
* BadassGrandpa
* EyesOfGold
* GentlemanAndAScholar: He studied abroad to learn more about Dragon-types, but is still quite the gentleman.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons
* PurelyAestheticGender: The only real difference between he and Iris is that his Pokémon are male; they're the same species and have the same moves. Their Druddigon's abilities are different, too; his has Rough Skin, which could be a nasty surprise.
* RedBaron: Spartan Mayor.
* RetiredBadass: In White.
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[GlassCannon Haxorus.]]
* ThemeNaming: In the Japanese version, his name is Japanese for "iris," complementing... Well, Iris.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Elite Four]]
!Shauntal (Shikimi)
[[quoteright:170:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Black_White_Shauntal_31.png]]
A member of Unova's Elite Four. Specializes in Ghost types.

* ApologeticAttacker: When you beat her, she apologizes for hurting your Pokémon.
* BadassBookworm: She's an author, her room is at the top of a huge mound of books, and she's an Elite Four member.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DarkIsNotEvil
* DramaticThunder: In the room you fight her in, lightning occasionally flashes in the window.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The first time you challenge her, she reads a passage from a book she's writing based on a previous challenger. [[spoiler:[[YouCantThwartStageOne The description fits N perfectly.]]]]
* MeaningfulName: S'''haunt'''al.
** In addition, it's a [[GratuitousFrench French name]] meaning "a circle of stones", or more specifically, a tomb.
* {{Meganekko}}
* PerkyGoth
* PurpleEyes
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[SquishyWizard Chandelure.]]
* SoulPower
* TheSouthpaw: She's left-handed in both her sprite and official artwork.
* StealthPun: She is an author who uses Ghost Pokémon. In other words, [[spoiler:she is a ghostwriter.]]
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Purple Hair]]

!Marshal (Renbu)
[[quoteright:267:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Black_White_Marshal_5607.png]]
A member of Unova's Elite Four. Specializes in Fighting types.

* BigOlEyebrows: That somehow merge with ''his hair''.
* BlackEyes
* BloodKnight: See NotSoDifferent below. It's still applicable to his character, but he probably had it worse before.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: His hair's kinda [[HairColorDissonance orange]], really.
* FingerlessGloves
* NotSoDifferent: Alder mentions that Marshal used to be solely driven by strength like Cheren.
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[GlassCannon Mien]][[FragileSpeedster shao]] in the first battle, but [[MightyGlacier Conkeldurr]] usurps the throne in rematches.
** This is mainly because Mienshao evolves at level 50, so having it be Marshal's strongest Pokemon rather than have it underleveled would make more sense.
* TokenMinority: Of the Elite Four anyway.
* WalkingTheEarth: What he used to do in search of strong trainers before he was offered a place on the Unova Elite Four.

!Grimsley (Giima)
[[quoteright:191:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Black_White_Grimsley_1684.png]]
A member of Unova's Elite Four. Specializes in Dark types.

* EightiesHair: Looks like somebody on the design team is a fan of A Flock of Seagulls.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance: Per WordOfGod, the colors of his clothes match common colors for roulettes.
* {{Bishonen}}
* BlueEyes
* CastingAShadow
* DarkIsNotEvil
* TheGambler: What he turned to after his family had been ruined.
* ImpoverishedPatrician
* MeaningfulName: '''Grim'''sley
** UnfortunateName: It's practically a [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Name to Run Away From Really Fast]], and ''he's not even a villain''!
* MyRulesAreNotYourRules: He has a level 50 Bisharp - Outside of hacking the game, there is no way for you to have a Bisharp at that level. Considering what Dark-types are [[TheCombatPragmatist known]] [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty for]], it actually does make sense in a way.
* PointyEars
* ScarfOfAssKicking
* SharpDressedMan: [[{{Pun}} Literally]].
* ShoutOut: To {{Dracula}}, as speculated by some and confirmed by WordOfGod.
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[ChessMotifs Bisharp]].
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Very much so.
* TheUnfettered: Grimsley has absolutely no problem fighting dirty and actually advises the trainer to use any means necessary to win a fight.
** CombatPragmatist

!Caitlin (Cattleya)

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A member of Unova's Elite Four. Specializes in Psychic types.

* AdaptationDyeJob: She was a darker blonde in in her last appearances, but her hair is noticeably brighter in Generation V.
* AscendedExtra: Castle Valet Darach from Gen IV's Battle Frontier took great care to tend to Lady Caitlin. Caitlin, however, never said or did much... Until now, that is.
* BlueEyes
* BrilliantButLazy: If her sleeping before battle is any indication.
* DefrostingIceQueen: She's cold and hostile towards the player at first, but gradually loosens up as they battle and is impressed when defeated.
* {{Expy}}:
** Her affinity for the supernatural, BrilliantButLazy personality, regal-like mannerisms, [[RapunzelHair really long hair]]... She's like a more benign [[BlazBlue Rachel Alucard]].
** She also bears more than a passing resemblance to [[CodeGeass Nunnally]].
* HairOfGold: Changed from brown hair in the previous titles.
* HeavySleeper
* MightyGlacier: Her Pokémon have high Defensive stats, an oddity among Psychic-types.
* NiceHat
* PrincessesPreferPink: Or royal ladies in general, anyway.
* PsychicPowers: She has them herself in addition to them being her specialty type--if you look at her battle sprite, she has pink, glowing bits of energy floating around her. She didn't have complete control of them [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl when she was younger]], though.
* RapunzelHair: Doubled in length from her last appearance.
** And floats. She may hold it up with psychic power.
* RichBitch: To a degree.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Her relationship to Darach in Gen IV has her come off as quite royal (Battle ''Castle''?)-- Or very rich, at the least.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: In more ways than one. Young Caitlin did ''not'' respond well to losing a battle and would erupt into highly destructive psychic tantrums. Darach battling in her stead was a measure to prevent this.
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[ElegantGothicLolita Gothitelle]] in the first battle, [[StoneWall Metagross]] in the rematches.

!Alder (Adeku)
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The Champion of the Unova League. Like Champions in previous generations, he shows up in the main game every so often to give advice to the protagonist.

* ActuallyIAmHim: in the previous games, the story keeps the identity of the Champion remains a secret until you actually fight him/her (save for when checking a guide), and that that champion is always there to give you aid at appropriate times. Alder is the first in line to actually introduce himself as Champion before the mandatory Elite Four Challenge. [[spoiler: Of course, given what happens at the end of the game, this was probably intentional.]]
* AnimeHair
* AntiquatedLinguistics: Japanese version only.
* {{Badass}}: He is the only Champion so far to [[spoiler:actually try and directly fight the BigBad [[TheManBehindTheMan (while it is still implied to be N, anyway)]]! [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Lance]] helps fight Team Rocket, but is nowhere to be found during the Radio Tower takeover. [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Steven and Wallace]] merely sit on the sidelines, and [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Cynthia]] follows you in Platinum into the Distortion World but [[HelpingWouldBeKillStealing makes you fight Cyrus by yourself.]]]]
** He also jumps off a freaking tall cliff. Without as much as a scratch or a grunt. [[RuleOfCool Plus the stairs are right there.]]
* [[spoiler:BaitAndSwitchBoss: Turns out you don't get the traditional battle against the Champion this time after all. Rather, when you enter his chamber, N will arrive with his legendary dragon, curbstomp the Pokémon League, and raise a huge castle up, making the actual final bosses the version mascot, N, and Ghetsis. You do get to fight him during rematches, though.]]
* BigCreepyCrawlies: He specializes in Bug types with half of his team being bugs. The rest of his team are various types, which try to cover his weaknesses somewhat (such as an Ice type to beat Flying types).
** UncattyResemblance: To his signature Pokémon, [[ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth Volcarona]].
* BigGood
* BigOlEyebrows
* BlackEyes
* CoolOldGuy: While his age is never made explicit, he is easily older than most of the previous champions appearance wise and uses AntiquatedLinguistics in the Japanese language.
* DeadSidekick: It's mentioned several times throughout the game that Alder spends a lot of time wandering when he's not taking challengers due to [[spoiler:the death of one of his Pokémon. In the post-game he mentions it was his starter, but the species is never revealed.]]
* {{Expy}}:
** Wanders the world, is the league Champion, and enjoys a good battle. Sounds like [[StreetFighter Ryu]].
** His design is similar to Dakim's from PokemonColosseum.
* FieryRedhead
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lxu5K2HlAxE Alder's theme]] is a calm flute solo, reflecting his age and wisdom.
* ALoadOfBull: He has a Bouffalant.
* MeaningfulName: His English name refers to the Alder species of moths, as well as the Alder plant--a diet of many species of moths and butterflies. Both these reference his Volcarona. In addition, an "alderman" is a person who is recognized as the eldest and most influential member of a council. This is exactly the capacity he serves as Unova's champion.
* PermaStubble
* RetiredBadass: [[spoiler: Deconstructed. Alder gets called out of retirement to stop N's ascent to power, but he's badly out of practice, and the player character arrives as N finishes mopping the floor with him. Reconstructed post-game when Alder starts training again and becomes a BonusBoss.]]
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[SquishyWizard Volcarona]].
* SupportingLeader
* [[spoiler:TrueFinalBoss: He may share Cynthia's levels, but you merely battle her in a villa while to get to Alder, you have to re-fight the entire League. Beating him brings minor plot and character arcs to a close and registers you in the Hall of Fame.]]
* [[spoiler:TheUnfought: Subverted; you do fight him in the game, but ''not'' when you think you would.]]
* WalkingTheEarth: He spends most of his time in the games doing this [[spoiler:because of the aforementioned DeadSidekick above]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Team Plasma]]

'''Tropes that apply to the organisation as a whole:'''

* AnimalWrongsGroup
* BlueEyes: The grunts.
* DarkIsEvil: They usually use Dark types (Purrloin, Scraggy, Sandile lines).
** LightIsNotGood: And there is the fact that Team Plasma is rather strongly based on Christianity, with their Templar-like uniforms, talk about "saving" Pokemon, and use of the Chi Rho, an ancient symbol used to represent Jesus, as a symbol. They're also a deranged hypocritical terrorist cult [[spoiler:being manipulated by a fraudulent leader in his attempt to gain power.]]
* EvilRedHead: The grunts, [[WellIntentionedExtremist though they aren't necessarily evil.]]
* HeelFaceTurn:
** Several can be witnessed considering this at N's Castle toward the end of the initial story mode due to how close they've grown to their Pokémon.
** One can locate a man in Opelucid City who was a former Team Plasma member who performed one of these.
** [[spoiler:The Seven Sages (minus Ghetsis) all willingly turn themselves in to Looker for questioning when you catch them in the post game, having realized the error of their ways.]]
*** Of course, in the sequel it turns out that [[spoiler:Zinzolin has since dedicated himself to Ghetsis' cause, making him a subversion compared to his five peers.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}s: One of the grunts explicity ''says'' that while it's bad for regular trainers to keep Pokémon, it's fine for Team Plasma to have them. This only applies to some of them though, other grunts keep using Pokemon because they've grown attached to them.
** TautologicalTemplar
* InformedAbility: The Seven Sages are said to be some of the smartest men in the world but never really show it. One decides it's a bright idea to put their evil lair ''across the street from Burgh's gym'' and is shocked when they're discovered in short order. To be fair, he did it because he thought it would be funny.
* {{Jerkass}}: One of the first grunts you battle [[KickTheDog repeatedly kicks]] a Munna to get it to release some Dream Mist. This while still saying they want to help separate Pokémon from abusive trainers. There are also several jerkass grunts at the castle in the end, though they are counterbalanced by some more sympathetic ones.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Capturing sentient, intelligent creatures in mobile prisons, forcing them to fight for your satisfaction and keeping them dependent on you for things like medicine and food? If they weren't such arseholes, they'd be pretty damn convincing.
* KnightTemplar: Literally.
* LargeHam: "PLASMAAAAA!"
* MeaningfulName: They aim to separate Pokémon from people "controlling" them. Plasma is a state of matter where atoms separate from the electrons they "control" and become ions.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Some grunts have grown to like their Pokémon given them by Ghetsis, and don't want to let them go. Lampshaded of course!
* ThemeNaming: The Seven Sages are named after colours
* TheUnfought: The Seven Sages. [[spoiler:Except [[BigBad Ghetsis]].]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: They all seem to have the same goal, they just do it in a ''really'' wrong way. Most of the grunts have this personality, though there are a ''few'' that are just bloody hypocritical {{Jerkass}}es.

!N [[spoiler:Harmonia]] / [[spoiler:Natural Harmonia Gropius]]
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* [[spoiler:AbusiveParents: His father, Ghetsis, neglected him and forced him to be raised among Pokémon abused by humans. He did this in order to shape his opinion that Pokémon and humans need to separated, and so he would be distinct from humans. Then, when you defeat N in the battle using your legendaries, Ghetsis openly mocks his son as an inhuman monster incapable of real emotion (hypocritical, since this describes Ghetsis more than anything.)]]
* {{Adorkable}}: If his weird mannerisms don't put a given player off, chances are he's coming off like this for them.
* AmbiguousDisorder: He has a strange enough personality [[spoiler:and a screwed up enough childhood]] that he can probably be diagnosed with ''something''.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: [[spoiler:He's good.]]
* [[spoiler:AntiVillain: Arguably the best example of this in the history of the Pokémon franchise, making [[Manga/PokemonSpecial Mask Of Ice]] seem monstrous in comparison.]]
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: The focus of the opening sequence before the title screen.
* {{Badass}}: [[spoiler:He's the only villain in the main series so far to successfully wield his legendary of choice. He then curbstomps the Pokémon League with it--Champion included--and challenges the player to a six-on-six match at the top of an enormous castle, where he leads off with his legendary. After all is said and done, he even gets a dramatic exit on his legendary- much cooler than the usual villain exit where the villain pouts and storms off.]]
** BadassLonghair
* [[spoiler:BigBad: [[UnwittingPawn Or not]].]]
* [[spoiler:BigBadFriend]]
* {{Bishonen}}
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: He views humans (save for those with his beliefs) as bad and Pokémon as good, hence why he wants to separate them. He even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it at one point by saying how when humans and Pokémon are separated, "black and white will be clearly distinct."
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: He starts out with such belief regarding his goals, and says it as a TitleDrop. WordOfGod says the connection to the title was intended from the start. This of course, makes him (and the rest of the game) in-fact, [[GreyAndGreyMorality Grey]].
* [[spoiler:BreakTheCutie]]
* [[spoiler:ButNowIMustGo: At the end. He gives a big speech thanking the player and states that his life is in his hands now before flying off on whichever dragon he caught. He is not seen again in the game after that, although Looker implies that someone spotted him in a faraway place.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: He's introduced in the second town, but it isn't until later that you find out that [[spoiler:he's the boss of Team Plasma]].
* [[spoiler: TheChosenOne: He was engineered to be this]].
* ClimaxBoss
* CreepyChild: Or rather, Creepy {{Manchild}}. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD2Re5F4sco His theme]] plays no small part in this.
* CuriosityIsACrapshoot: N was raised to believe humans are, to a one, needlessly cruel to Pokemon [[spoiler:in an attempt by Ghetsis to mould the boy into a PuppetKing]]. Then he meets the player character, whose starter suggests otherwise. The more the two interact, the more N starts wondering whether his worldview is right[[spoiler:, and the more [[SpannerInTheWorks Ghetsis' plot starts to collapse in on itself]]]].[[spoiler: By the end, N realizes the player character's ideal is correct and forfeits his operations, [[VillainousBreakdown and the resulting proverbial black hole takes the Plasma scheme and what remains of Ghetsis' sanity with it]].]]
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* ErmineCapeEffect: His outfit in the cinematic preceding the title screen.
* {{Expy}}: Shares some similarity to Manga/PokemonSpecial's [[spoiler:Lance in goals and experiences with abused Pokémon, but while Lance was a WellIntentionedExtremist of a more extreme caliber who wanted to KillAllHumans, averting an AntiVillain role, N is a pure AntiVillain.]]
** N also has some similarities to Yellow from that series: he can communicate with Pokemon and heal the injured, and he hates making Pokemon fight, but [[MartialPacifist is really good at it if he has to]].
* [[spoiler:FalseFriend: Sort of--he seems to still view you as a "friend" of sorts even after he reveals he is Team Plasma's king.]]
** [[spoiler:It seems that he ''wants'' to be friends, and thinks that he and the protagonist could be once humans and Pokémon are separated]].
--->[[spoiler:'''N:''' It's my turn to become that hero--and you and I will be friends!]]
--->[[spoiler:'''N:''' [''after Zekrom/Reshiram fails to appear''] How disappointing. I actually kind of liked you a little.]]
* FreudianExcuse: He was raised by abused Pokémon all his life with little interaction with other humans, therefore that's why he hates humans and wants them to separate from Pokémon. [[spoiler:And considering all the other tropes here, [[AbusiveParents this excuse actually holds water]]. A LOT of water.]]
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Well, except for his fellow humans who ''aren't'' a part of Team Plasma and share his goal. [[spoiler: Though this changes towards the end after being beaten.]]
* [[spoiler:GildedCage: He has a ''very'' nice room, but it and a garden of some kind were the extent of his contact with the world growing up.]]
* GoodWithNumbers: He mentions that he likes mathematical formulas a couple of times, which is apparently the reason he carries around a Menger sponge.
* GreenEyes
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn: Implied to do this at the end.]]
* [[spoiler:HeelRealization: Suffers this when Ghetsis reveals the truth about Team Plasma.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroAntagonist: He is true to his word with helping out Pokémon, and he is arguably a main character besides yourself, as much of the story revolves around helping him with his conflicted morals and getting out of the grasp of his hideously [[AbusiveParents Abusive Father]]. He's also set up as the "hero" for Reshiram/Zekrom, and heck, he even has the [[NiceHat fashion sense]] of a main Pokémon hero.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicBSOD: Considering N's usual MotorMouth tendencies, his uncharacteristic silence when Ghetsis reveals the truth about Team Plasma is heartbreaking. He recovers a little once you defeat Ghetsis, but flees Unova because he can't stand to face you afterward.]]
* IconicItem:
** His Menger Sponge, at least among fans.
** He's also strongly associated with his Zorua/Zoroark friend.
*** And to a lesser extent, with the opposite-cover dragon, and strangely often with Tympole.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Comes off as a jerk on a number of occasions but his goals are well meaning and he really does want to become your friend.
* KingIncognito
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD2Re5F4sco N's theme]] is a creepy musical box style theme (More blatant in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJGUaD6Qd64 the version used for his room]]) that underscores how creepy and alien he is.
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: [[spoiler: After you catch the cover legendary of your game, N decides to heal your Pokémon, stating that it is not a fair battle if he beats you when your Pokémon are hurt.]]
* LightIsNotGood[=/=]DarkIsEvil: He is an angelic-looking teen dressed in white... [[spoiler:who is the king of an AnimalWrongsGroup and uses dark-type Pokémon. It goes to extremes in each version: in Black, he has Zekrom; in White, he has Reshiram.]]
** DarkIsNotEvil: [[spoiler:He's the leader of Team Plasma and his [[IconicItem most iconic]] Pokémon is dark-type, but N is a good person at heart and truly does want what's best for Pokémon]].
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* [[spoiler:[[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Mad Dictator's Handsome Son]]]]
* MadMathematician: He even says he's trying to "solve the equation to change the world." Confirmed to be one by WordOfGod.
* {{Manchild}}: His odd mannerisms and [[spoiler: the toys in his bedroom]] hint at this.
** [[spoiler:PsychopathicManchild: Well, not really psychopathic. Just a [[WellIntentionedExtremist very, very deluded]] manchild.]]
* MeaningfulName: Similarly to [[spoiler:his father Ghetsis, N Harmonia. Enharmonic.]]
** Taking into consideration his [[MadMathematician constant rambling about formulas]], it could also come from the common usage of "n" as a variable for an unknown value in equations... which is usually used with the intention of eventually being replaced with a different value.
** [[spoiler:Harmonia]] also happens to be [[spoiler:[[ClassicalMythology a Greek goddess]] renowned in stories for receiving a fatal necklace (the Necklace of Harmonia) which only brought misfortune to its owner. ''Misfortune is N's life in a nutshell.'' This also serves to establish a ThemeNaming dynamic for N with Concordia, who was Harmonia's Roman counterpart in myth.]]
* [[spoiler: TheMessiah: Thinks himself as this for Pokemon]].
* ModestRoyalty: Outside of the opening cutscene, he dresses rather casually, even long after his status as Team Plasma's king is no longer hidden. Subverted in that, according to WordOfGod, he believes himself to be perfect.
* MoodSwinger: According to WordOfGod.
* MotorMouth: When you first meet him, Cheren notices this immediately. [[InformedAbility His speech itself doesn't seem out of the ordinary in terms of spacing, though]]- in fact, he seems to use ellipses frequently.
** PaintingTheMedium: The speed that his text displays at is noticeably faster then that of other characters, though, even if one has the message speed on Fast.
* [[spoiler:MusicalThemeNaming: See MeaningfulName above.]]
* [[spoiler:MyGodWhatHaveIDone]]
* NiceHat: Interestingly enough, [[WordOfGod it was stated in an interview]] that the idea to give the protagonists baseball caps came from giving N one of his own.
* NobleDemon:
** N is true to his word - whenever he fights you, it's with the Pokémon that are found in the location where you fight. He releases them when he leaves the area again. His Klinklang is either this Klang from before that evolved or a new one that he caught later.
** He also [[spoiler: heals your team after catching your legendary dragon and before fighting him. N says that a victory for him wouldn't count if it wasn't won fairly.]]
** Also, while [[spoiler: he hates most humans, he takes exception to his loyal Team Plasma subjects who share his views, even battling you at one point solely to allow some Plasma grunts a chance to escape. Contrast to Ghetsis, who is using the grunts as much as he's using N.]]
* NoSocialSkills
* [[spoiler:NotAllowedToGrowUp: At least, not emotionally.]]
* NotGoodWithPeople: A Type II variation. The only humans he gets along with before he meets the protagonists are [[spoiler: well, Team Plasma.]]
* [[spoiler: ObliviouslyEvil]]
* OminousMusicBoxTune: WordOfGod said that his various musical themes, especially his overworld {{Leitmotif}} and a remix it gets in N's "room," were based around "a fragile music box."
* OneLetterName: The ''Manga/DeathNote'' jokes have already started popping up.
* [[spoiler:PuppetKing: See UnwittingPawn below.]]
* [[spoiler:PureIsNotGood: One of the "goddesses" near the end of the game references that N has a pristine, good heart and is very innocent, which is what makes him so dangerous, especially in the wrong hands.]]
* [[spoiler:[[RaisedByWolves Raised By Pokémon]]: At least, he might as well have been, since it's explained he spent most of his childhood interacting more with Pokémon than with people, which is why he gets along with them better than with other humans and wants to separate Pokémon from humans so much. Not to mention that, according to Masuda, rumors exist that he was ''born'' of Pokémon, somehow. Not that the rumors have any idea who the parents are.]]
* RightMakesMight: By the time he awakens the legendary dragon, N is willing to have a battle with the PlayerCharacter to decide whose philosophy is correct.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* [[spoiler: SanitySlippage: Goes into nigh temporary insanity at the final battle, since he KNOWS deep in his heart that he's probably wrong in his philosophy, and is now hell-bent on denying this. It's definitely hard to blame him here, the possibility that everything one believes in is wrong and that their whole life is a total lie would shake ''anyone'' up. He gets better after being defeated, just as Ghetsis [[VillainousBreakdown gets MUCH worse]].]]
* ShelteredAristocrat: The third kind, especially with the emphasis on innocence.
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: Apart from [[spoiler: [[OlympusMons Zekrom and Reshiram]],]] [[MasterOfIllusion Zoroark]] is highly associated with him, thanks to the game's intro and [[spoiler: being able to get a Zorua from N in [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 BW2]].]]
* [[spoiler: SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains: Somehow, all four types to an extent.]]
* SmallNameBigEgo: A ''literal'' small name, and according to WordOfGod, being [[spoiler: brought up as a king and "chosen hero" has made N believe that he is perfect. His realization that he isn't is a factor to his brief period of aforementioned SanitySlippage.]]
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: He can understand other people's Pokémon, [[spoiler:due to having been raised with them all his life. This is a key point in his character development, as it's in talking to your Pokémon (and possibly the Pokémon of other people he met in his travels) that he begins to question whether humans and Pokémon really should be separated after all.]]
* SpoiledSweet: Lives in a castle with what pretty much amounts to a cult around him, and he fights for Pokemon justice.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: [[spoiler:With Ghetsis... Possibly. It is mentioned that it is unknown if they are even related.]]
* [[spoiler:SympatheticCriminal: Very much so.]]
* TalkativeLoon: Comes off as this, especially early on when you know nothing about him.
* {{Troperiffic}}: Just compare the length of his entry here to any other Pokémon game character's entry. Only Cyrus and Ghetsis come close.
* TroubledButCute: [[spoiler:More deluded than troubled, but he still fits.]]
* [[spoiler:TykeBomb: Ghetsis was very clever about doing this with him. N doesn't even realize it until the end of the main scenario.]]
* UncattyResemblance: To Zoroark.
* [[spoiler:UnwittingPawn: To Ghetsis, who was just using him to make Pokémon illegal for everyone but himself.]]
* [[spoiler:VillainousBSOD: Hit with this ''hard'' after Ghetsis reveals how he has been using the poor guy. Despite normally rambling quite a bit, N falls silent for the majority of Ghetsis's reveal of his motives onward. He seems to have recovered a little at the very end when he talks to the player one-on-one, though.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: ''Major'' emphasis on "Well Intentioned".
* WrongGenreSavvy: [[spoiler: By design. To make him a TykeBomb, Ghetsis convinced him he had to summon the legendary dragon and recreate the story of the hero who founded Unova, which will give him the power needed to ban Pokemon husbandry.]]
** ''Dangerously'' WrongGenreSavvy / AchievementsInIgnorance: [[spoiler: Since N knows the hero was one in a set of rival twins, he chooses the player character as his WorthyRival, openly giving them the resources and motivation to challenge him... and, unknowingly, to stop Ghetsis's plan.]]
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]

!Ghetsis Harmonia
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* [[spoiler:[[AbusiveParents Abusive Parent]]: The sheer callousness he displays towards his son would disgust even [[PokemonColosseum Cipher]], and that really says something.]]
* [[spoiler:BigBad: Technically the ''real'' one.]]
* [[spoiler:BitchInSheepsClothing: He's on the opposing side, but he still seems to be a good, understanding person regardless. And then you progressively discover that he isn't.]]
* TheChessmaster
* [[spoiler:ClassicVillain: Representing Pride/Ambition. Fits all of the criteria except a KarmicDeath, but he still ends up being given a karmic punishment, via losing all of the support he had sans the Shadow Triad and having the plan he took years to make be completely destroyed.]]
* [[spoiler:CompleteMonster: Invoked in-universe, when Cheren and Alder point out that ''he's'' the "freak without a human heart", not N. And given his portfolio, that's more than an accurate assessment of Ghetsis.]]
* [[spoiler:DangerouslyGenreSavvy: He knows how the Pokemon world works, and will exploit it.]]
* [[spoiler:DarkIsEvil: Half of his team is Dark and Ghost types.]]
* [[spoiler:DiabolicalMastermind]]
* TheDragon: As the leader of the Seven Sages, he serves as this towards N.[[spoiler: {{Subverted}}.]]
** [[spoiler:DragonInChief]]
** [[spoiler:TheManBehindTheMan: He was manipulating N for his own goals from the start. See WellIntentionedExtremist below.]]
* [[spoiler:EvilCannotComprehendGood: What allows TheHero to be the SpannerInTheWorks for his plan was Ghetsis never believing that they might be pure of heart enough to awaken the other Legendary Pokemon. He also didn't take the PowerOfFriendship into account, whether it be between humans and Pokemon or between TheHero and N, both of which factored into his downfall. He even outright says that he thinks everyone considers Pokemon tools to use as they see fit, which he himself believed. Because of this, he allowed N to interact with other people, gaining friendships and seeing the friendships between trainers and their Pokemon, which got him questioning Team Plasma's beliefs in the first place, directly leading to Ghetsis' downfall.]]
** [[spoiler:Because of this trope, his plan may have been doomed from the beginning, as the Team Plasma Grunts encountered in N's Castle and the people encountered in the post game show that the bond between humans and Pokemon was far stronger than Ghetsis believed and just N's victory may not have been enough to break it. Gorm of the Seven Stages points this out when he is arrested in the post game.]]
* [[spoiler:EvilChancellor: Certainly has this vibe. Team Plasma's king talks about how Ghetsis acts as his "adviser" of sorts and gathered many of the elements that make up Team Plasma, including the Shadow Triad. Of course, he has other motives and is really TheManBehindTheMan.]]
* EvilLaugh: [[spoiler:He gives one near the end as he taunts N for failing him.]]
* FanNickname:
** "[[LadyMondegreen Dennis]]", due to misheard OminousLatinChanting lyric during his battle.
** "Gaycheese" because it sounds like how the Japanese pronounce his name as "Geechisu".
* [[spoiler:FinalBoss: The first time that someone other than the Pokémon League Champion has had this position in the main series.]]
* FreudianSlip: A few times in the game, while talking about his plans, he says "I- I mean, Team Plasma", [[spoiler: [[ForeShadowing hinting at]] [[ItsAllAboutMe his true nature.]]]]
* [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard Ghetsis Is A Cheating Bastard]]: He has a level ''54'' Hydreigon. Note that Zweilous doesn't evolve into Hydreigon until Level ''sixty'' four.
** [[spoiler: [[FridgeHorror He probably]] [[CompleteMonster forced it to evolve.]]]]
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** [[spoiler:Calls N a freak without a human heart when this really applies to him. [[LampshadeHanging This gets noted by Cheren and Alder.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Also his rants about how trainers abuse Pokemon, when he himself only views them as tools. This was all part of his plan to take everyone's Pokemon except his own, though.]]
* [[spoiler:IAmTheNoun: [[LargeHam I AM PERFECTION!]]]]
* IconicItem:
** His red monocle.
** If he has any Pokemon out in fanart, it's probably his Hydreigon.
* [[spoiler:InsaneTrollLogic: How he "justifies" his endgame. He sensibly points out that Pokémon and humans have endless potential together...and then uses that as the reason that [[ItsAllAboutMe he, and he alone, should wield Pokémon]].]]
* [[spoiler:ItsAllAboutMe: Near the end, he even goes on a huge tangent over this. "I AM PERFECTION!"]]
* [[spoiler: JerkassHasAPoint: After hearing so many legendary Pokémon being referred to as "gods", it's actually kind of nice to hear someone, no matter how loathsome, say "A Pokémon, even if it's revered as a deity, is still just a Pokémon!"]]
* [[spoiler:KarmaHoudini: Subverted in that he escapes prison, but the plan he's been working on for years has been thwarted, and he's left with nothing now. And if his VillainousBreakdown is any inclination, he may have lost his sanity as well. However, he seems to be plotting a comeback.]]
** In the sequel, [[spoiler:karma catches up to him in the form of losing what little sanity he had left, unable to comprehend his failure and being reduced to a non-functioning vegetable. Good riddance.]]
* [[spoiler:KickTheDog: As if using and abusing his own son wasn't bad enough, what he says to N towards the end of the game is downright cruel and heartless.]]
* [[spoiler: KnightOfCerebus: Would you like a nice cup of horrific child abuse to go with your cute monster battling?]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://quietube2.com/v.php/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6XCD0VIR1k Team Plasma Sage Encounter]], though heard with the other sages, seems to fit Ghetsis the most.
* LukeIMightBeYourFather: Inverted for the trope: The game makes it clear that Ghetsis and N are Father and Son up until the post-game, where one of the former Plasma Sages makes a comment where he doesn't even recall how N came into play, thus implying that N might not even be Ghetsis' son (not his biological son, at least).
** That comment is proven true in the sequels, where Anthea and Concordia [[spoiler:tell the player that they and N are Ghetsis' foster children. In the post game, when the player meets with N in the ruins of his castle, he talks more about how he and Ghetsis met if the player goes into his room]].
* [[spoiler:ManipulativeBastard]]
* MeaningfulName: One possible romanization, "Goetis", of his name in the Japanese version ties in fairly well with his position as one of the Seven Sages (derived from the Greek word 'goeteia,' meaning 'sorcery') and his goal of [[spoiler:reviving one of the legendary dragons ('Goetia' is the art of summoning angels or demons, and is the title of [[ArsGoetia one of the most famous books on the subject]] - keep in mind that Reshiram has a somewhat angelic appearance and Zekrom is somewhat demonic).]]
** He also shares similarities and naming with another SinisterMinister - [[KingOfFighters Goenitz]].
** MusicalThemeNaming: According to WordOfGod, he's named after the G and C-sharp (or "Cis") timpanis of his battle theme.
*** G-Cis huh? Sounds like [[Literature/TheBible Jesus.]]
** AND his last name is Harmonia. Play G and C-Sharp on a piano. They are a tritone, which is dissonance; unstable harmony.
*** In medieval times, the tritone itself was called the ''Diabolus en Musica'', the Devil in Music. [[spoiler:Considering what the guy does, it's quite apt.]]
*** Does that make this the "named for the Devil" variant of NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast?
*** The Goetis assumption is still pretty well-resounding, though. Do we have a trope for unintentional brilliance?
** This troper initially misread it as "Ghestis", referring to [[TheUndead geists or ghosts]]. Sheesh, this guy's name alone causes nightmares.
* [[spoiler:OffingTheOffspring: It's hinted that he was planning to do this to N after [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness N had fulfilled his role]].]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: As well as a red ''monocle''. Also the two eyes on his robe.
* [[spoiler:SanitySlippage: After N is defeated, Ghetsis grows more and more insane as the final showdown with him goes on. By the end, he's a ranting lunatic in disbelief that his "perfect plan" has been destroyed.]]
* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Hydreigon]].
* [[spoiler:SmugSnake: In terms of planning, he's a brilliant ChessMaster. But in terms of attitude, he's totally this, especially when his plans fall apart.]]
* TheSociopath
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Geechis? Goetis? Geechisu? Geecis? G'Cis? [[FanNickname Gaycheese? Dennis?]]
* [[spoiler: TheStarscream: Subverted in that he was the one who built up Team Plasma to begin with and was simply letting N rule as a puppet ruler, rather than usurping it from within.]]
* [[spoiler:StrongFamilyResemblance: With N... Possibly. It's hinted they may not be related.]]
* [[spoiler: TakeOverTheCity: His entire motive is to use Pokemon to take over an [[BigApplesauce Unova]] [[FantasyGunControl devoid of any means of defending themselves]].]]
* [[spoiler:ThisCannotBe: After N is defeated, Ghetsis is left unable to grasp what just happened and that his plan is ruined. Him trying to beat the player may be considered denial over his perfect plan failing. After he himself is beaten, he really gets into this trope, [[VillainousBreakdown ranting about how he can't have lost and is "perfect"]].]]
* {{Troperiffic}}: Second largest page in the game character sheets.
* [[spoiler:VileVillainSaccharineShow: ''Big time.'' ]]
* [[spoiler:VillainousBreakdown: Reduced to inefficient, pathetic, megalomanic raving after being defeated.]]
** [[spoiler:He's already starting to break down even before his defeat- he's clearly gone mad after N loses to you and his challenging of you can even be taken as being in denial over his "perfect plan" failing. Even after he himself is defeated, he can't believe his plan has failed so completely.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Or so he seems at first. He really just wanted to make Pokémon illegal for everyone [[ItsAllAboutMe but himself]], so he could take over Unova.]]
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]

!The Shadow Triad (The Dark Trinity)
Three {{Ninja}}s who serve Ghetsis.

* AmbiguousGender: Though they are briefly referred to as male at one point and one point only.
* [[spoiler:CoDragons: To Ghetsis]]
* HelpfulMook: When you go into N's castle, one of them tells you that you can heal your Pokémon and even access your PC.
* {{Ninja}}s
* PsychoSupporter: [[spoiler:They are the only ones who still support Ghetsis in the end, apparently because he had saved their lives in the past.]]
* TerribleTrio
* [[spoiler:TheUnfought]]
* UrbanLegendOfZelda: Rumors abounded even in this very wiki that they are all females. A remaining theory is that they are [[spoiler: the Striaton triplets]].
** [[spoiler: Both are Jossed in ''Black 2 and White 2''.]] %% Based on both the Memory Link scene where they're both seen at the same time and the Post-Game, where they would have to appear in two places at once, the theory can be said to be Jossed. Obviously there are still ways to argue it could work, but that is EpilepticTree territory.
* VillainTeleportation
* [[WhiteHairedPrettyBoy White Haired Pretty People]]

!Concordia and Anthea (The Goddesses of Harmony and Love)
[[quoteright:324:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Peace_and_Love_685.png]]
* AdvertisedExtra: Both appear in the intro despite not appearing until much later on. This misled some fans into thinking they'd have much bigger roles.
* HairAntennae: Concordia.
* HairOfGold[=/=]RoseHairedGirl[=/=][[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Pink Hair]]
* HealingHands: Anthea heals your Pokémon.
* HelpfulMook: They heal your Pokémon, give information on N, express pity for the poor guy, and generally aren't really evil at all.
* MeaningfulName: Concordia means "harmony" in Latin.
** Concordia is the Roman Goddess of Harmony; Anthea is an epithet for the Greek goddess Hera.
* [[MrExposition Ms. Exposition]]: Concordia, who reveals N's backstory after many hints have been dropped throughout the game.
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13th Sep '12 12:15:18 PM Yuihime
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** N also has some similarities to Yellow from that series: he can communicate with Pokemon and heal the injured, and he hates making Pokemon fight, but [[MartialPacifist is really good at it if he has to]].
13th Sep '12 11:54:50 AM Yuihime
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* WrongGenreSavvy: [[spoiler: By design. To make him a TykeBomb, Ghetsis convinced him he had to summon the legendary dragon and recreate the story of the hero who founded Unova, which will give him the power needed to ban Pokemon husbandry.]]
** ''Dangerously'' WrongGenreSavvy / AchievementsInIgnorance: [[spoiler: Since N knows the hero was one in a set of rival twins, he chooses the player character as his WorthyRival, openly giving them the resources and motivation to challenge him... and, unknowingly, to stop Ghetsis's plan.]]



** "Dennis", due to misheard OminousLatinChanting lyric during his battle.

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** "Dennis", "[[LadyMondegreen Dennis]]", due to misheard OminousLatinChanting lyric during his battle.
11th Sep '12 10:24:04 AM lightning37
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** That comment is proven true in the sequels, where Anthea and Concordia [[spoiler:tell the player that they and N are Ghetsis' foster children. In the post game, when the player meets with N in the ruins of his castle, he talks more about how he and Ghetsis met if the player goes into his room]].
29th Aug '12 3:55:36 AM Antwan
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* {{Expy}}: Out of all of the playable males, he looks the most like [[PokemonRedAndBlue Red]], especially when compared to Red's appearance (including his official artwork) in Generations III and IV. He even shared Red's hat tipping animation in the [[PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 sequel game]]. Considering the amount of throwbacks to the first and second gen, this was very much intentional.

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* {{Expy}}: Out of all of the playable males, he looks the most like [[PokemonRedAndBlue [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Red]], especially when compared to Red's appearance (including his official artwork) in Generations III and IV. He even shared Red's hat tipping animation in the [[PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 sequel game]]. Considering the amount of throwbacks to the first and second gen, this was very much intentional.



* IconicItem: Her headphones; fanart loves to leave them on when portraying her in swimsuits. When her outfit got completely overhauled for [[PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 the sequels]], she still wears headphones, just of a different design (they even inherit her old pair's color motif).

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* IconicItem: Her headphones; fanart loves to leave them on when portraying her in swimsuits. When her outfit got completely overhauled for [[PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 the sequels]], she still wears headphones, just of a different design (they even inherit her old pair's color motif).



* MythologyGag: In ''PokemonSpecial'''s third arc, the main villain was [[spoiler:Pryce, the Johto Ice Gym Leader, using the alternate identity of]] the "Mask of Ice."

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* MythologyGag: In ''PokemonSpecial'''s ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'''s third arc, the main villain was [[spoiler:Pryce, the Johto Ice Gym Leader, using the alternate identity of]] the "Mask of Ice."



* [[spoiler:AntiVillain: Arguably the best example of this in the history of the Pokémon franchise, making [[PokemonSpecial Mask Of Ice]] seem monstrous in comparison.]]

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* [[spoiler:AntiVillain: Arguably the best example of this in the history of the Pokémon franchise, making [[PokemonSpecial [[Manga/PokemonSpecial Mask Of Ice]] seem monstrous in comparison.]]



* {{Expy}}: Shares some similarity to PokemonSpecial's [[spoiler:Lance in goals and experiences with abused Pokémon, but while Lance was a WellIntentionedExtremist of a more extreme caliber who wanted to KillAllHumans, averting an AntiVillain role, N is a pure AntiVillain.]]

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* {{Expy}}: Shares some similarity to PokemonSpecial's Manga/PokemonSpecial's [[spoiler:Lance in goals and experiences with abused Pokémon, but while Lance was a WellIntentionedExtremist of a more extreme caliber who wanted to KillAllHumans, averting an AntiVillain role, N is a pure AntiVillain.]]



* HelpfulMook: When you go into N's castle, one of them tells you that you can heal your pokemon and even access your PC.

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* HelpfulMook: When you go into N's castle, one of them tells you that you can heal your pokemon Pokémon and even access your PC.
28th Aug '12 3:18:00 PM Nocturna
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* SharpDressedMan: [[AWorldwidePunomenon Literally.]]

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* SharpDressedMan: [[AWorldwidePunomenon Literally.]][[{{Pun}} Literally]].



* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: [[AWorldwidePunomenon Get it?]] Actually, he views humans (save for those with his beliefs) as bad and Pokémon as good, hence why he wants to separate them. He even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it at one point by saying how when humans and Pokémon are separated, "black and white will be clearly distinct."

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* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: [[AWorldwidePunomenon Get it?]] Actually, he He views humans (save for those with his beliefs) as bad and Pokémon as good, hence why he wants to separate them. He even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it at one point by saying how when humans and Pokémon are separated, "black and white will be clearly distinct."
27th Aug '12 2:37:53 PM Ryulong
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* InformedAbility: She, for no reason at all, says she's a model in her first appearance, but unlike the other Unova leaders' careers, this doesn't pop up in any way aside from her sprite being dangerously thin (the waiter triplets have a restaurant for a gym, the archeologist has a museum and reference library for a gym, the painter has a gallery in the city, and she has... a roller coaster) and the comments of a few random [=NPCs=]. She does mention that she has a TV gig after she calls Clay to lower the bridge to Driftveil City, so she probably does model work for television. And it does explain her outfit (all gym leaders in Unova have outfits tied into their day jobs)

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* InformedAbility: She, for no reason at all, says she's a model in her first appearance, but unlike the other Unova leaders' careers, this doesn't pop up in any way aside from her sprite being dangerously thin (the waiter triplets have a restaurant for a gym, the archeologist has a museum and reference library for a gym, the painter has a gallery in the city, and she has... a roller coaster) and the comments of a few random [=NPCs=]. She does mention that she has a TV gig after she calls Clay to lower the bridge to Driftveil City, so she probably does model work for television. And it does explain her outfit (all gym leaders in Unova have outfits tied into their day jobs)jobs). Things are made clearer in [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 the sequels]].
27th Aug '12 8:56:26 AM Cider
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* EarlyBirdBoss: Even if levels were accounted for her team would still be easier to beat if you entered Nimbassa from the West instead of the south.
20th Aug '12 9:50:24 AM Perseus
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* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: Apart from [[spoiler: [[OlympusMons Zekrom and Reshiram]],]] [[MasterOfIllusion Zoroark]] is highly associated with him, thanks to the game's intro and [[spoiler: being able to get a Zorua from N in BW2]]

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* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: Apart from [[spoiler: [[OlympusMons Zekrom and Reshiram]],]] [[MasterOfIllusion Zoroark]] is highly associated with him, thanks to the game's intro and [[spoiler: being able to get a Zorua from N in BW2]][[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 BW2]].]]
20th Aug '12 9:49:22 AM Perseus
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* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: Apart from [[spoiler: [[OlympusMons Zekrom and Reshiram]],]] [[MasterOfIllusion Zoroark is highly associated with him, thanks to the game's intro and [[spoiler: being able to get a Zorua from N in BW2]]

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* [[SignatureMove Signature Mon]]: Apart from [[spoiler: [[OlympusMons Zekrom and Reshiram]],]] [[MasterOfIllusion Zoroark Zoroark]] is highly associated with him, thanks to the game's intro and [[spoiler: being able to get a Zorua from N in BW2]]
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