History Characters / PokemonChampions

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* TheAce: The most accomplished rival in the series. What makes Blue unique is that he consistently outmatches you and becomes champion before you, giving the final battle a personal tone.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the remakes. In the original he had a sneering, downright punchable face. The remakes changed it into a cocky grin.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter:
** He always shows up ahead of you, even up to beating the Elite Four before you and being the FinalBoss.
** His remake artwork plays with this and portrays him holding an Ultra Ball rather than a Pokéball like the protagonists.
** This gets reversed in ''Gold and Silver'', where in the remakes, he will often talk about Red and how Red defeated him.
* AnimeHair: His hair is spiked up in all of his appearances.
* TheArtifact: His name is Blue (as a reference to the Gen I games, ''Red and Blue'') but really should be Green (as it is in Japan, as a reference to the original ''Red and Green,'' which was never released internationally). There may have been an opportunity to fix this and have him be Green worldwide when the Gen I remakes came around, (''[=LeafGreen=]'' was released in all territories, instead of say a [=WaterBlue=]) but his name is still Blue in the Gen II remakes, and in Gen VII. Despite this in more recent appearances the designers have gone out of their way to give him green clothes and [[ColorCodedCharacters overall motif]] while still not changing his name back to Green. This artifact even led to {{Dub Induced Plot Hole}}s in ''Origins'' and ''Pokémon Adventures'', and has necessitated editing some ([[FailedASpotCheck but strangely not all]]) of his green auras and promo backgrounds to blue ones.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: By ''Gold and Silver'' and their remakes, he's become the Viridian City Gym Leader. He's also the strongest one between Kanto and Johto. In ''Sun and Moon'', it's made clear that Blue's second only to Red and acts as one of the two [[FinalBoss Final Bosses]] of the Battle Tree.
* BadassBoast: His final speech before battling him as Champion:
--> '''Blue:''' "While working on my Pokédex, I looked all over for Pokémon. Not only that, I assembled teams that would beat any Pokémon type. And now… I am the Pokémon League Champion! Red! Do you know what that means? I'll tell you. [[NotHyperbole I am the most powerful Trainer in the world!]]"
* {{Bishonen}}: In ''Sun and Moon'', [[http://cdn.gamer-network.net/2016/usgamer/Pkemon-Sun-Starters-Shot-03.jpg an older Blue]] appears to be edging into this, contrasting with Red, who's developing into a more [[{{Hunk}} thickly-built guy]]. Though quite frankly, he had been showing signs of developing into one of these even back in ''Heart Gold and Soul Silver''.
* BootstrappedTheme: His Champion battle theme plays during the RealLife Pokémon Video Game Championship Finals.
* BreakTheHaughty: When you beat him and end his short reign as Champion. Professor Oak telling him that he stands no chance of becoming the Champion again in his current state adds salt to the wound.
* CatchPhrase:
** "Smell ya later!", easily his most iconic one despite actually only being used about twice in full in Generation I. Continues into [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY GenVI]]. While he himself doesn't show up, an NPC says he visited the region. While he's managed to learn how to say "Bonjour", he still makes his exit with "Smell ya later".
** "Whatever!", come ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]''.
** There's also "Bonjour", which is mentioned again in ''X and Y''.
* CharacterDevelopment: The first hint at this is him giving you the Fame Checker after you defeat him before Nugget Bridge because he felt guilty always being ahead of you. In the credits, he seems to be thinking about himself and his Pokémon after being told off by his grandfather and being beaten by you. In ''Gold and Silver'', he is fairly less of a {{Jerkass}}. He is also much more mature and seems to have learned how to take care of his Pokémon. This is evident when his Pidgeot uses Return, a Normal attack that becomes stronger the more the Pokémon likes its user.
* ContinuityNod: In ''Red and Blue'', his sprite as the Champion had him wearing a leather jacket, which isn't seen again in ''Gold and Silver'' or the first generation remakes. It later returns in his design for ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]''.
** His team when first battling him in front of the Battle Tree has the same Pokémon from when he competed in the Pokémon World Tournament which was the last time he was seen chronologically. His own selection in the Battle Tree includes all of his possible mons when originally fought as Champion, his Machamp added in ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'', his Aerodactyl from the aforementioned PWT, and Tyranitar which is a common Pokémon in his rematches.
* CoolShades: His ''Sun and Moon'' Sugimori artwork has him taking off a pair of sunglasses.
* CuttingOffTheBranches: Averted, unlike with Red. He has none of the Kanto starters in any of his teams when fought as a Gym Leader or Pokémon World Tournament participant.
* DemotedToExtra: In the second generation, he has settled into the role of Viridian City's Gym Leader. He has also made minor appearances in several later games as a BonusBoss.
* DubNameChange: To follow with ''Red and Green'' becoming ''Red and Blue'' in international versions, he goes from Green to Blue. This can cause {{Dub Induced Plot Hole}}s when ColorCodedCharacters is invoked. See TheArtifact above.
* FinalBoss: Of the first generation. He becomes the Champion just before Red and, in [[{{Bookends}} bookending]] major Pokémon battles, is the last trainer faced in the first generation's final boss bonanza after being the first battle of the game.
* GratuitousFrench: "Bonjour!" is one of his catchphrases, at least to some extent, having first appeared before you battle him on the S.S. Anne. Even by the time ''X and Y'' rolls around he is mentioned to still use it.
* HellBentForLeather: In Generation I, except for ''Yellow'', he wears a black leather jacket upon becoming the Champion. He wears it full-time in Generations IV and V.
* HijackedByGanon: The novelty has been lost over the years, but the revelation that Blue is the Champion in ''Red and Blue'' was this. Up until that point, the player was led to believe that all they had to do was defeat the Elite Four to be considered the Champion, and the last time you encountered Blue, it was defeating him before traversing through Victory Road.
* InformedAttribute: The apparent mistreatment of his Pokémon is never actually shown, only told.
* {{Irony}}:
** Despite being named Blue, he was initially shown to favor Charmander as a starter.
** In Japan, despite being named Green, he is never associated with the Bulbasaur line as a starter.
* ItsAllAboutMe: His downfall is that he thinks so much about himself that he forgets to treat his Pokémon with love and respect. For the entire game, he views Pokémon as nothing more than cool powerful creatures that can do whatever he wants for him and help him become Champion.
** One may even consider the case of the encounter with him in Silph Co. His placement is DEEP within the building, in the room with the warp panel that leads to the president's office and Giovanni himself. However, it's very clear that his sole reason for being there was to challenge Red, as he promptly leaves to go challenge the Elite Four when you beat him, ''[[SomebodyElsesProblem clearly uninterested in the fact that an infamous criminal organization has invaded and taken over a civilian corporation and taken people hostage]]''. His only mention of it is that he muses how much trouble the Rockets gave Red before reaching him. While his Pokémon Origins self is considerably more dickish than in the game, in this situation he’s a bit better about it, it’s clear that his refusal to engage the Rockets is more out of considering that they’re in over their heads dealing with a notorious criminal organization. It helps that their encounter happens outside the building, the operation itself is clandestine instead of a city-wide invasion, with the two only learning about it from an employee that managed to escape, and Blue at least goes to inform the police with the employee while Red infiltrates the building.
* {{Jerkass}}: He likes to get under the player's skin anytime they cross paths.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Thankfully matures into this by ''Gold and Silver''.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Good luck trying to beat the game without accidentally finding out from somewhere that Blue is the Champion.
* NonElemental: As a Gym Leader and Champion, Blue has no type specialty and is the only Leader in the entire series who doesn't. Technically, his Pokémon cover [[PlayingWithFire Fire]], [[MakingASplash Water]], [[BlowYouAway Flying]], [[GreenThumb Grass]], [[PsychicPowers Psychic]], [[WrestlerInAllOfUs Fighting]], [[NonElemental Normal]], and [[DishingOutDirt Ground/Rock]].
* OneHourWorkWeek: Daisy mentions in ''[=HeartGold=]'' and ''[=SoulSilver=]'' that her brother goes out of town so often that it causes problems for the trainers. Technically, Blue's traveling the world to find and study new Pokémon for his grandfather, but that's little consolation to trainers who want a Viridian City Gym badge.
* ParentalAbandonment: Oak apparently raises him and his sister on his own.
* PetTheDog: In the Gen I remakes, he gives you the Fame Checker following the Cerulean City encounter just because he feels sorry for you.
* RecurringBoss: Blue is fought multiple times in Gen I, including as both the first trainer fight in the game and the game's FinalBoss after conquering all four members of the Elite Four.
* RedOniBlueOni: Red Oni to Red's Blue.
* TheRival: The first and the most straightly played. The player and Blue compete to see who can become the better trainer. Blue is always a step ahead of the player no matter, and always arrogantly looking down on them, setting up a rival you ''want'' to beat.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Zigzagged. Although Blue acts more like an aggressive, arrogant [[{{Jerkass}} jackass]] compared to [[NiceGuy Red]], Blue is actually [[RedOniBlueOni more emotional and loses his temper easily while Red is usually calm and almost]] [[TheStoic never shows any emotions]]. This is even emphasized in their new designs in ''Sun and Moon'', where Red has a more [[RatedMForManly well-built, toned appearance]], while Blue looks more like a [[{{Bishonen}} pretty boy]].
* SignatureMove: Trick Room as the Gym Leader in Generation IV. While only his Exeggutor knows it, it helps Exeggutor itself and its equally slow teammates (Machamp and Rhydon as well as Tyranitar in the rematches) to go first instead.
* TheSmartGuy: He's as much a Pokémon researcher as a Gym Leader in later games. It's mentioned several times that Blue travels all over the world finding and studying new Pokémon for his grandfather, and he tends to go off on tangents about Pokémon evolution and technical skills when you speak with him.
* SoreLoser: Even after he loses, he talks as if it's the player who needs to get stronger, not him (he finally begrudgingly accepts his loss after the final battle). [[CharacterDevelopment Not so much later]] [[TookALevelInKindness in the timeline, though.]]
* StealthPun: LostInTranslation; the Kanto Gym Badges are named after colors in the Japanese version, with the Viridian Gym's Earth Badge being called the Green Badge. Blue, named Green in the Japanese version, takes over the Viridian Gym after Giovanni's departure, so Green gives you the Green Badge.
* SuperMode: Blue can potentially have a Mega Pidgeot, Mega Alakazam, Mega Gyarados, Mega Aerodactyl, or Mega Tyranitar when faced in the Battle Tree.
* ThirdOptionAdaptation: His Gym Leader team is based off of his ''Red and Blue'' team... omitting the starter[[note]]Blue will have on his team a Gyarados, an Arcanine, and an Exeggutor, dropping one for his Blastoise, Charizard, or Venusaur respectively; here he has all three of the first[[/note]]. This is to avoid giving a 'canon' choice of his (and therefore Red's) starter. Notably, he does NOT have an Eeveelution, or any other Pokémon exclusively from his team in ''Yellow''.
* ThisCannotBe: In the Italian version, after you beat him in the first battle of ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'', in his grandfather's laboratory.
-->'''Blue''': Cosa? Non può essere! Era il Pokémon sbagliato![[labelnote:Literal English translation]]What? ThisCannotBe That was the wrong Pokémon![[/labelnote]]
* TimeSkip: He's visibly in his late teens/early 20's in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''.
* TookALevelInBadass: After his stint as Champion, he took over Giovanni's Gym and is the toughest Gym Leader of the 8 Kanto leaders (and the toughest of the 16 in the Indigo League, and possibly toughest of all the Gym leaders in the entire series). He may be second to Red, but that still makes him the second toughest trainer in the game.
* TookALevelInJerkass: He and Red used to be good friends, until he started being a bully for whatever reason right before ''Red and Blue'' start. Thankfully, this has [[TookALevelInKindness largely faded]] by ''Sun and Moon'', where he's back to being best friends with Red and even kinda friendly with young trainers.
* TookALevelInKindness: He becomes nicer by ''Gold and Silver''. This continues in ''Black 2 and White 2'', where despite being openly irritated about losing, he still compliments the player for being "the real deal" when defeated and congratulates them if they win the tournament, and by the time of ''Sun'' and ''Moon'' he doesn't mind losing at all.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: Unlike Giovanni, Blue has a mixture of types for his Viridian Gym battle.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: [[AllThereInTheManual The guidebook]] for ''Red and Blue'' explains that he was Red's best friend until shortly before the start of the game, when he become a bully. Despite this, there's still [[VitriolicBestBuds times where he talks to you like an old friend]].
* VitriolicBestBuds: He and Red have apparently (re)developed into this by the time they appear in ''Sun and Moon''; for his part, Blue has clearly mellowed with age.
* WeaponOfChoice:
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. While one Pokémon will always inevitably be more powerful than the others, which Pokémon it is changes in every game. Given a nod in ''Black 2 and White 2'', where he is one of the few trainers in the World Tournament who will lead with whatever Pokémon he feels like leading with, unlike almost everyone else, who always lead with their signature Pokémon.
** He will have whichever starter has the advantage over Red's. In early promo art for [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Red and Green.]] he was [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/e/ec/Charizard_red_stuff.jpg always]] [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/c/c8/Kensugiart2.png seen]] [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/b/b6/Sugimori1996.png with the Charmander line,]] in contrast to [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/5/55/Rival_artwork.png Red's original Bulbasaur.]] However as Red has become more associated with Charizard, Blue has become more likely to have Blastoise (as seen in the main anime, ''Origins'', and ''Generations''.)
** He will usually has a trio of Pokémon that are Grass, Fire, and Water types. In games where he and Red both show up as challengers, Red would have all the Kanto starters, so Blue would have Gyarados, Arcanine, and Exeggutor. In games where Blue is the rival, his starter would replace a Pokémon in that trio as his strongest Pokémon. Of those three aforementioned Pokémon, Exeggutor has the best attendance record in the games, and Arcanine in adaptations. Similarly, he gets Eevee in Yellow to contrast Red's Pikachu.
** In contrast to how meta the rest of his team is, Pidgeot is in his team virtually every time. Often one of the highest leveled of his team to boot. Seems to be an indication of his HiddenDepths, he can't leave behind the first Pokemon he caught.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Blue uses a Rattata against the player during their battle in Cerulean City, which evolves into a Raticate in his next battle. After that, it disappears from his team without mention.







Like Blue, more information can be found on the Characters/PokemonProtagonistsAndRivals page.
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[[folder:Steven Stone]]
!!Steven Stone (Daigo Tsuwabuki)
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-->Voiced by: Creator/AkiraIshida (JP) (Promo, Anime/PokemonGenerations)

-->''"What did you see on your journey with Pokémon? What did you feel, meeting so many other Trainers like you? What has awoken in you? I want you to hit me with it all! Now, bring it!"''

The son of the president of the Devon Corporation, Steven is fascinated by ancient stones and frequently goes out to explore old caves and ruins. In ''Ruby and Sapphire'' and their remakes, he is the champion of the Hoenn league, championing Steel-types.

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\nLike Blue, more More information can be found on the Characters/PokemonProtagonistsAndRivals page.
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[[folder:Steven Stone]]
!!Steven Stone (Daigo Tsuwabuki)
[[quoteright:267:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/steven_art_4675.png]]
-->Voiced by: Creator/AkiraIshida (JP) (Promo, Anime/PokemonGenerations)

-->''"What did you see on your journey with Pokémon? What did you feel, meeting so many other Trainers like you? What has awoken in you? I want you to hit me with it all! Now, bring it!"''

The son of the president of the Devon Corporation, Steven is fascinated by ancient stones and frequently goes out to explore old caves and ruins. In ''Ruby and Sapphire'' and their remakes, he is the champion of the Hoenn league, championing Steel-types.




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* TheAce: Implied through potential events that can transpire in the games, as well as Red's BonusBoss status in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver''. As a BonusBoss, Red's team is the highest leveled of any trainer in the entire series (not counting battle facilities that automatically set levels to 100). Put simply, he's the very best. Like no-one ever was.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Has black hair in Generations I and II, but this is made into light brown hair from Generation III onward, likely to differentiate him from Ash.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Red is, possibly, on the ''receiving'' end of this trope as Ethan/Lyra, Sun/Moon, and Nate/Rosa can all optionally battle (and thus, defeat) Red.
* BadassAdorable: He's 11 years old in ''Red and Blue'' and their remakes. 14 in Gen II/IV, and he's gotta be at least 16 if not older by ''Black 2 and White 2'', but still uses his ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'' kid design. In ''Sun and Moon'', though, he's finally shown growing out of this, given a character redesign in his late teens or early twenties.
* BigOlEyebrows: As an adult in ''Sun and Moon'', his eyebrows are a lot thicker than they were when he was a kid.
* BonusBoss: He does not need to be fought in ''Gold and Silver'' and their remakes, unless you want bragging rights. Red is in fact the first BonusBoss of the series, setting a trend for future games.
* BossCorridor: The match with Red in his new Mt. Silver lair at the end of ''Gold and Silver'' has a long hallway prior to his platform (this is also in an area with a lot of strong wild Pokémon).
* ChickMagnet: Quite a few girls are drawn to Red... Though not necessarily just girls his age. This is something often carried over to his other incarnations.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: His Espeon has not made any appearances ever since it was replaced by Lapras in [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver the HGSS remake]].
* ContinuityNod: Red's team in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' and all future appearances reflects the events of ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''. He has a [[SeriesMascot Pikachu]] and the final forms of the three starters from [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Generation I]], the [[HeavySleeper Snorlax]] that was once [[BrokenBridge blocking a path]], and either [[ItWasAGift Espeon]] in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' or [[EndangeredSpecies Lapras]] in ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'' onwards.
%%* DisappearedDad: No information is given about his whereabouts.
* ExposedToTheElements: Is wearing a short-sleeved jacket on a perpetually snowing mountain peak. For at least a couple years straight. The only change from his normal outfit is a pair of gloves that don't look particularly warm. One piece of official art depicts him with a winter jacket and yellow scarf, but this is never seen in any game.
* EyeObscuringHat: In his ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'' and ''Black 2 and White 2'' animations, his eyes are initially obscured by his hat until he lifts the brim. It doesn't obscure his eyes as much in ''Sun and Moon'', but the effect is still there.
* TheHero: In Gen II and the Gen IV remakes, Red is often referred to as this, for taking out Team Rocket and becoming the Champion three years prior.
* HeroicMime:
** All the protagonists are silent when you play as them, of course, but since Red and Leaf don't appear if you don't pick them, he also lacks a voice as a FriendlyRival or Battle Partner. However, his encounter with [=CopyCat=] strongly implies that he does indeed speak.
** Red takes it a step further by remaining silent even when he's a BonusBoss NPC rather than a player-controlled character, he displays VisibleSilence. Contrast this with the [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Pokémon_Black_2_and_White_2_beta planned Hilda/Hilbert encounters from Black 2 and White 2 where they would've had dialogue in the World Tournament.]]
** Lampshaded by Blue in ''Sun and Moon'', who remarks that Red is as silent as ever.
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: His team was comprised of level 80's during his training on Mt. Silver, and when fought on first reaching the Battle Tree they're in their sixties (except Pikachu who is level 70). Even still, they are powered down to level 50 during the World Tournament, like any other trainer.
* HotBlooded: According to a Generation I comic drawn by Sugimori, and many early pieces of media, in a stark contrast to how he is usually perceived now.
* {{Hunk}}: Not quite, but ''Sun and Moon'' shows that [[http://cdn.gamer-network.net/2016/usgamer/Pkemon-Sun-Starters-Shot-03.jpg an older Red]] is getting close to being one of these, being somewhat more thickly built than Blue, who looks more like a {{Bishonen}}.
* IconicItem: Both his original and remake {{Nice Hat}}s.
** In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Sun and Moon]]'', his new hat is largely forgotten in favor of his "96" T-shirt.
* {{Irony}}: Despite being named Red, he favored the Bulbasaur line early on.
** Despite being almost universally perceived as TheVoiceless (something which became complete AscendedFanon in ''Sun and Moon''), he's one of the few protagonists who has his own scripted thoughts, and dialogue from the Copycat suggests his speech patterns are surprisingly casual.
---> '''Red''': (Discovering a Rocket grunt guard asleep at his post) Ha! He's taking a snooze!
* LegendaryInTheSequel: Red is mentioned several times throughout ''Gold and Silver'' as the boy who single-handedly stopped Giovanni and disbanded Team Rocket three years prior, and is held in high regard. This carries forward into other generations as well; in the ''Sun/Moon'' trailer, he's explicitly referred to as a legend, and in the game itself he and Blue are the only trainers to have the title of "Battle Legend."
* LimitBreak: Venusaur can carry Grassinum Z, and his Lapras switches off between Normalium Z and Psychium Z.
* MythologyGag: Red's ''[=HeartGold=]'' and ''[=SoulSilver=]'' team is reminiscent of Ash's team during the ''Orange Islands'' arc, especially with Lapras replacing Espeon. Additionally, his Pikachu knows all the moves that Ash's Pikachu knew during the ''Diamond and Pearl'' series: Volt Tackle, Iron Tail, Quick Attack, and Thunderbolt.
* NiceGuy: Implied in ''Red, Blue, and Yellow'', as Professor Oak points out that Red is nice to his Pokémon.
* NotSoStoic: His usual ellipses are accented with a "!" after losing.
* PerpetualFrowner:
** In all his sprites and ''[=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]'' official art. Notably, he's the only protagonist to not be smiling in his official art since the third generation. He also appears with a scowl in his default Nendoroid face, and his 3DS theme alongside Blue. This even carries forward into his ''Sun/Moon'' design, where despite being basically an adult now, he still can't seem to crack a smile!
** Exemplified [[http://www.plastikitty.com/wp-content/uploads/BnPH18gCcAA9jsu.jpg_large.jpg in his Nendoroid model.]] [[{{Adorkable}} Look at the face]] [[WhenHeSmiles of the version of him holding the Master Ball!]]
* PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo: He reappears in ''Gold and Silver'', ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'', ''Black 2 and White 2'' and ''Sun and Moon'' as a BonusBoss.
* RedOniBlueOni: Irony time, Blue Oni to Blue's Red. While he's not talkative and usually seen with a serious GameFace on, his rival is cocky, sarcastic, and usually wears a smug grin. Just look at [[http://www.serebii.net/games/themes/redgreen.jpg their 3DS theme together]], and one of [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/b/b6/Sugimori1996.png the earliest examples of their contrast.]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Zigzagged. Although Blue acts more like an aggressive, arrogant [[{{Jerkass}} jackass]] compared to [[NiceGuy Red]], Blue is actually [[RedOniBlueOni more emotional and loses his temper easily while Red is usually calm and almost]] [[TheStoic never shows any emotions]]. This is even emphasized in their new designs in ''Sun and Moon'', where Red has a more [[RatedMForManly well-built, toned appearance]], while Blue looks more like a [[{{Bishonen}} pretty boy]].
* SoProudOfYou: In Gen II, his mother remarks that she's worried for Red, but proud of him for doing what he wants to do.
* SuddenNameChange: In the ''Official Fan Book of Pocket Monsters'', [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/9/90/GameFreak_1997_fanbook_MC_Satoshi.jpg Red was originally called Satoshi (サトシ)]] in a special preview of the ''Gold and Silver'' games, which is also Ash Ketchum's Japanese name. It was later changed to Red in the actual games for reasons unknown.
* SuddenlyVoiced: Red in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' and ''Anime/PokemonTheOrigin'', as well as the occasional odd internal comment and conversation with Copycat.
* SuperMode: When Red is battled at the Battle Tree in ''Sun and Moon'', all his starters have four different builds, with each of them having one dedicated to Mega Evolution (except Charizard, which has two to accommodate for each different Mega form). Notably, defeating him is the only way to receive the starter Mega Stones in ''Sun/Moon''.
* TheStoic: He is described by a worker on the S.S. Anne as the strong silent type, and Blue sarcastically calls him a chatty gossip in the remakes. See HeroicMime and PerpetualFrowner above.
* ThirdOptionAdaptation: He uses [[ShockAndAwe all]] [[GreenThumb four]] [[PlayingWithFire possible]] [[MakingASplash starters]] from the first game, avoiding giving him a canon starter[[note]] While all four starters are possible to obtain in ''Yellow'', note that Blue ''doesn't'' use his team from that version[[/note]]. He also uses Pokémon that the player character in ''Red & Blue'' [[MindOverMatter received]] [[AnIcePerson as gifts]], or was [[BigEater forced to encounter.]]
* TimeSkip: He's visibly in his late teens/early 20's in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''. Most estimates put him at 21-24 years old, depending on the gap between Generation 4 and Generation 5.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]] in ''Sun/Moon''. During the optional battle with him at the entrance of the Battle Tree, Red's team is actually ''weaker'' than it was during the battle on Mount Silver a decade earlier, with lower levels and, with a few Pokémon, lackluster movepools. In the facility itself, however, he runs very complex sets and Metagame-viable strategies, and is one of the only trainers in the series to use both Mega Evolution and Z-moves. He also runs multiple sets with each Pokémon, implying that he has been training multiple Pokémon of the same species, possibly meaning that the entrance battle was just him [[IAmNotLeftHanded testing the waters.]]
* TookAShortcut: Getting to Red in ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'' requires at least one of your Pokémon knowing the HM move Rock Climb in order to scale the walls of the cave, but none of ''his'' Pokémon know the move.
* TrueFinalBoss: The last and strongest NPC to be faced in ''Gold and Silver'' and their remakes, ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]''. After getting all 16 Badges between Johto and Kanto, you're given access to [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon Mt. Silver]] and can find him at the top.
* VisibleSilence: As an NPC, his dialogue consists solely of ellipses and an exclamation mark of surprise when defeated.
* TheVoiceless: In the games, the most he speaks is VisibleSilence, which Blue lampshades in ''Sun and Moon'' as being "silent as ever", confirming this as a character trait.
* WalkingTheEarth: In ''Gold and Silver'', Red has retired as Champion and now focuses on training in Mt. Silver to get stronger.
* WeaponOfChoice:
** In the games, [[SeriesMascot Pikachu]]. The highest leveled Pokémon used by a trainer in Gen II and in the remakes, and the highest leveled Pokémon you could face in a trainer battle in the entire franchise. The anime has only solidified the connection further, and he always sends it out first. He also has all three fully-evolved Kanto starters.
** Before any adaptations or sequels it was [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/6/6f/Sugimori_Starter_artwork.png pretty]] [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/5/55/Rival_artwork.png solidly]] [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/7/70/Kensugiart3.png the Bulbasaur line]], such that Pokémon #001 goes to the first protagonist. Somewhat notably, while all three of his starters have used the Starter Ultimate Moves, and Mega Evolution, only his Venusaur is equipped to use Z-Moves in ''Sun and Moon.''
** [[Manga/PokemonAdventures Depending on]] [[Anime/PokemonOrigins the]] [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} adaptation]], this tends to vary between the Bulbasaur line and Charmander line or simply having all three of the original starters. Considering these were the original two mascots of the games in Japan, it makes sense. Charmander tends to be favored more.
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[[folder:Steven Stone]]
!!Steven Stone (Daigo Tsuwabuki)
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-->Voiced by: Creator/AkiraIshida (JP) (Promo, Anime/PokemonGenerations)

-->''"What did you see on your journey with Pokémon? What did you feel, meeting so many other Trainers like you? What has awoken in you? I want you to hit me with it all! Now, bring it!"''

The son of the president of the Devon Corporation, Steven is fascinated by ancient stones and frequently goes out to explore old caves and ruins. In ''Ruby and Sapphire'' and their remakes, he is the champion of the Hoenn league, championing Steel-types.

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* TheAce: He is the Alola region's most prominent and respected researcher (and at a fairly young age, too; he appears to be in his early 30s and becoming an academic of similar standing usually takes at least a full decade more than that.) On top of that, he's also a famous [[WrestlerInAllOfUs pro wrestler]] and is on familiar terms with most of the kahunas and Trial Captains of his region, all of whom are fairly important and influential individuals. [[spoiler:He's also one of the region's strongest trainers and is powerful enough to serve as the storyline's FinalBoss, and was also strong enough to make it to the Final Elite Four or Champion battle of the Indigo League as well.]]
* AudienceSurrogate: For the people who first played ''Pokémon'' 20 years ago. Like them, he went though [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue the Kanto League]] and knows how hard it was, but still has fond memories of it, [[spoiler:to the point of bringing a Pokémon League to Alola while using the island challenge in place of Gyms.]] He also enjoys sharing his love of Pokémon battles and teaching the younger generation about them, just like most people passing down their love of Pokémon. On top of that, [[spoiler:his team is properly IV'd like any older, competitive Pokémon players]].
* BadassBookworm:
** Watch Pokémon moves to study them? He ''takes them'' at times. [[spoiler:He's also badass enough to try and take the title of Champion from you and it's hinted that he was able to put up a fight against [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Lance]].]]
** In Hau'oli City's Trainer School you can find a blackboard on the top floor that has battle damage calculations even taking into account items and Abilities, all written out by him.
* BadassLabcoat: Noted as having it unbuttoned to show his torso and his unique style.
* BigBrotherMentor: Breaking tradition from past games, Kukui actually spends a good chunk of the story traveling alongside you on your quest to complete the Alola Challenge. Kukui acts as a guide, teaching you about Alolan culture and mentoring you through the challenge. [[spoiler:In hindsight, Professor Kukui takes the mentor role that many Champions in the former games have had which is appropriate when he's the closest thing Sun and Moon has to that kind of character.]] In fact, he even calls the player character "cousin."
* BonusBoss: [[spoiler:Is one of the challengers you can meet when defending your Champion Title after defeating the Elite Four again. He's also the strongest of them all, and like in his first battle, he carries a full team of six Pokémon.]]
* CombatPragmatist: [[spoiler:If you don't screw up his strategy by one-shotting either Pokémon before they can act, his first tactic will be to have his Lycanroc set up Stealth Rock, then spam Whirlwind with his Braviary for free damage on your entire team as long as the bird can keep it up.]]
* ExposedToTheElements: Male example -- he retains his [[WalkingShirtlessScene getup]] on snowy Mt. Lanakila. You can even lampshade it with "Aren't you cold?"
* FinalBoss: [[spoiler:He's the final trainer you have to beat to keep your title as Champion]].
* TheGlassesComeOff: [[spoiler:He takes off his sunglasses when he battles you for the spot of Champion.]]
* HappilyMarried: To Professor Burnet. (Sorry, fanboys and fangirls.)
* HiddenBadass: [[spoiler:Kukui usually only talks about his battling skill self-deprecatingly, mentioning how he was no match for the gym leaders of Kanto, and talking about how the Kahunas are too tough for "normal people" such as himself to defeat. Turns out he is actually one of the greatest trainers in Alola, and strong enough to challenge your character for the title of Champion. The only time he hints at his true prowess prior to the League is when he is confronted by Guzma, and even then he quickly lets the player character handle the situation as soon as they show up.]]
* InterfaceSpoiler: The first time you meet [[spoiler:his wrestling alter-ego]], the first time you get a choice popup, one of the options is "Professor Kukui?"
* {{Kayfabe}}: [[spoiler:He keeps his Masked Royal persona separate from his normal life as the Professor. The game itself is ambiguous about whether his own wife Burnet is in on it. The ending gives her a "Wait, could he be...?" realization moment, but she shrugs it off.]]
* MadLibsCatchphrase: He tends to count things in fours, holding up four fingers to drive his points.
* MadeOfIron: The official description details how he sometimes ''takes the hits'' from Pokémon moves himself if there is something to be learned from them.
* MaskedLuchador: [[spoiler:His identity as Masked Royal is such.]]
* MeaningfulName: Like all professors, he's named after a tree, in his case the Kukui or Candlenut tree, a tree found throughout the tropics and the state tree of Hawaii.
* MrFanservice: Young and tanned professor? Wears an open shirt showing his bare torso? Doesn't fear taking Pokémon hits himself? [[spoiler:Sheds his top completely when he wrestles?]] ''Oh yeah''.
* NoShirtLongJacket: He does have his lab coat, but it's completely open, and there's no shirt underneath. In fact, when you meet him at the Pokémon League site[[note]]which is atop a snowing mountain[[/note]] one of the responses is "Aren't you cold?". It's also lampshaded in Lillie's diary where she wonders if everyone from Alola wears outfits like that.
* PaperThinDisguise: [[spoiler:His Masked Royal wrestling persona. Heck, one of the first things you can say to him is "...Professor?".]]
** Funnily enough, of all people, his own ''wife'' can't make the connection. [[spoiler:She appears to in the ending cutscene, but just as quickly laughs it off as coincidence.]]
* OnlyOneName: We don't get his first name.
* ParentalSubstitute: Lillie is living with him at the beginning of the game.
* PatrioticFervor: Mentioned as his motivation for building the Alolan League. He wants to show the world how good his beloved archipelago's Trainers truly are, and what better way is there than turn the Island Challenge tradition into something officially recognized worldwide?
* VerbalTic: He often uses the word "Yeah" like a punctuation, occasionally switching things up with "Oh yeah". He's also prone to let out a "Woo!"
* WalkingShirtlessScene: And the game loves to lampshade it. Lillie even writes in her diary that "he walks around half-naked all the time!" His [[spoiler:Masked Royal]] persona forgoes the jacket completely.
-->'''Olivia''': Still haven't found a shirt that goes with your labcoat?
* WeaponOfChoice: [[spoiler:He has two when fighting you for the spot of Champion, Midday Form Lycanroc, and the starter that's strong against yours.]]
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: [[spoiler:Is secretly a pro-wrestler; he refers to this identity as the Masked Royal.]]
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* ComicBookFantasyCasting: She looks ''a lot'' like AudreyHepburn. They're even both actresses.

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* ComicBookFantasyCasting: She looks ''a lot'' like AudreyHepburn.Creator/AudreyHepburn. They're even both actresses.
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* BigOlEyebrows: She sports these.
19th Aug '17 1:22:35 PM Disorder
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* ItWasAGift: He's a lot more generous than most characters. He gives you a Mega Bracelet among many other items (the Itemfinder, the Aeon Flute, etc) as well as gifting the Elite Four with Key Stones. He also personally breeds you a new Lv.1 Beldum for a gift, and in ''Heartgold and Soulsilver'' gived you a Hoenn starter of your choosing.

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* ItWasAGift: He's a lot more generous than most characters. He gives you a Mega Bracelet among many other items (the Itemfinder, the Aeon Eon Flute, etc) as well as gifting the Elite Four with Key Stones. He also personally breeds you a new Lv.1 Beldum for a gift, and in ''Heartgold and Soulsilver'' gived you a Hoenn starter of your choosing.
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* BarrierWarrior: In your fight with him against Maxie and Tabitha in ''Emerald'' he's more focused on covering you than attacking, starting with a Metang with two barrier moves and Protect.
* BadassInANiceSuit: His redesign for ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'' gives him a dashing new suit.
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* BadassBookworm: Hoenn's League Champion is a daring geologist, and perhaps even a paleontologist given his fossil Pokémon. ''ORAS'' also shows that he's one of the few people researching Mega Stones.
* BadassInANiceSuit: As one of the strongest trainers in the series and heir of the resident MegaCorp, Steven certainly looks the part.
* BarrierWarrior: In your fight with him against Maxie and Tabitha in ''Emerald'' he's more focused on covering you than attacking, starting with a Metang with two barrier moves Reflect and Protect.
* BadassInANiceSuit: His redesign for ''Omega Ruby
Light Screen, as well as an Skarmory and Alpha Sapphire'' gives him a dashing new suit.
Aggron with Protect, [[DownplayedTrope although he also packs some powerful attacks, such as Psychic and Dragon Claw]].
* {{Bishonen}}:{{Bishonen}}: He was always good-looking, but it's in the remakes where his looks are acknowledged InUniverse.



** He gets a BishieSparkle during his battle intro in the remakes!

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* ClassyCravat: Wears one, though he defies the stereotype.

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* ClassyCravat: Wears a red one, though he defies the stereotype.



* FossilRevival: As an avid rock collector, he often finds fossils of extinct Pokémon. His original Champion team has the 2 region Hoenn fossils (Cradily and Armaldo), while the rest of his teams have at least one of the others.

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* FossilRevival: As an avid rock collector, he often finds fossils of extinct Pokémon. His original Champion team has the 2 region Hoenn fossils (Cradily and Armaldo), while his team in the rest of his teams have at least one of Pokémon World Tournament in ''Black and White 2'' features an Archeops in addition to the others.aforementioned two. In ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'', he uses an Aerodactyl in the rematch with him.



* ItWasAGift: A lot more generous than most characters. He gives you a Mega Bracelet among many other items as well as gifting the Elite Four with Key Stones. He also personally breeds you a new Lv.1 Beldum for a gift.

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* ItWasAGift: A He's a lot more generous than most characters. He gives you a Mega Bracelet among many other items (the Itemfinder, the Aeon Flute, etc) as well as gifting the Elite Four with Key Stones. He also personally breeds you a new Lv.1 Beldum for a gift.gift, and in ''Heartgold and Soulsilver'' gived you a Hoenn starter of your choosing.
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* SignatureMove: He prefers [[BreathWeapon Hyper Beam]], so much in fact all of his Pokémon in ''Red, Blue and Yellow'' and their remakes, and also in ''Gold, Silver and Crystal'' and in ''Pokémon stadium 2'' know it.

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* SignatureMove: He prefers [[BreathWeapon Hyper Beam]], so much in fact all of his Pokémon in ''Red, Blue and Yellow'' and their remakes, and also in ''Gold, Silver and Crystal'' and in ''Pokémon stadium Stadium 2'' know it.
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*SignatureMove: He prefers [[BreathWeapon Hyper Beam]], so much in fact all of his Pokémon in ''Red, Blue and Yellow'' and their remakes, and also in ''Gold, Silver and Crystal'' and in ''Pokémon stadium 2'' know it.
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* FaceDeathwithDignity: A subverted example, usually actresses DREAD the idea of aging (even considering it a fate worse than death) as it limits their potential starring roles in cinema. Diantha on the other hand actually looks forward to it, seeing aging as a chance to play roles she could never play at her current age.
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More information about Professor Kukui can be found on Characters/PokemonOtherNonPlayableCharacters

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More information about Professor Kukui can be found on Characters/PokemonOtherNonPlayableCharacters
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The son of the president of the Devon Corporation, Steven is fascinated by ancient stones and frequently goes out to explore old caves and ruins. In In ''Ruby and Sapphire'' and their remakes, he is the champion of the Hoenn league, championing Steel-types.

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The son of the president of the Devon Corporation, Steven is fascinated by ancient stones and frequently goes out to explore old caves and ruins. In In ''Ruby and Sapphire'' and their remakes, he is the champion of the Hoenn league, championing Steel-types.
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