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!!Red
->Voiced by: JunkoTakeuchi (JP), BrycePapenbrook (EN)
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* {{Badass}}: Like with his game counterpart, he takes down an entire criminal organization during the course of the series.
** BadassAdorable: He did so at the tender age of 10-11.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Giovanni learned that the hard way when Red took him down in the Viridian City gym.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: [[CaptainObvious His hair are the same color as his eyes.]]
* BerserkButton: He does not take the abuse of Pokémon very well. It goes so far that [[spoiler: he refuses to take the final badge from Giovanni at first due to his involvement in Team Rocket.]]
* DitzyGenius: He's a very smart kid who is more into researching and collecting Pokémon. However, he seems to keep forgetting type match ups, even into the champion battle.
* DisappearedDad: We get a slight hint about his dad. Red openly talks about him but not in a nostalgic way implying Red's Dad is around but just not home a lot.
* TheFettered: It's to the point where [[spoiler: he initially refuses the Earth Badge because the guy giving it is a crimelord]].
* HotBlooded: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. He ''is'' HotBlooded, but he's also a [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni]].
* {{Keet}}: He can be quite excitable sometimes.
* TheKlutz: Professor Oak actually says this is a DisabilitySuperpower because it's required Red to take it slow and [[AwesomenessByAnalysis learn to analyze how to do things]] and thus be more adaptive to his environment.
* MeaningfulName: It's revealed his dad named him Red because red is the color of love and warmth.
* NiceGuy: A kind-hearted and friendly guy at heart. He is willing to help others in need, even for his rival, Blue.
* PerpetualFrowner: His battle face is one of these. Outside of battle he's very happy and smiley.
* RedOniBlueOni: Ironically, he's a Blue Oni to Blue's Red.
* WeaponOfChoice: Charizard, and to a lesser extent, Jolteon.

!!Blue Oak (Green Ookido)
->Voiced by: TakuyaEguchi (JP), Creator/LucienDodge (EN)
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* {{Badass}}: Let's not forget that he [[spoiler:became the Champion first]].
** CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He can be surprisingly cowardly at times but his battling skill is quite remarkable.
* BreakTheHaughty: His losses against Red and Mewtwo humble him, immensely.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: His hair is a lighter tone of brown than his eyes though.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Although the series built Blue up as the final opponent for Red, [[spoiler: he is defeated halfway through 4th episode and the remainder deals with the TrueFinalBoss, Mewtwo.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's an arrogant, condescending asshole, sure - but it's clear that he does view Red as a good friend on some level.
* RedOniBlueOni: Weirdly enough, he's the Red Oni.
* TheRival: To Red.
* {{Tsundere}}: He clearly respects Red by the end of the series... although he'd never admit it out-loud.
* WeaponOfChoice: Blastoise.

!!Professor Oak (Dr. Ookido)
->Voiced by: KatsujiMori (JP), KyleHebert (EN)
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* BerserkButton: Do not treat your Pokémon with contempt or call them morons in front of him.
* GottaCatchThemAll: His long life dream is to see his Pokédex being complete, and he entrusts Red and Blue to finish it.
* VocalDissonance: He sounds much younger than he looks, which can be a bit jarring for viewers familiar with [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} the anime version.]]

!!Brock (Takeshi)
->Voiced by: Creator/TomokazuSugita (JP), Creator/JohnnyYongBosch (EN)
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* BigBrotherMentor: Brock acts as one for Red. After witnessing Red lost his first Pokémon Battle to Blue, Brock came to Red and encourages him to go the Pewter Gym to improve himself there. During their Gym Battle, Brock lectures Red the importance of skill, strategy, and bond of the trainer and his Pokémon.
* DishingOutDirt: His Gym specializes Rock-Type Pokémon.
* EyesAlwaysShut: It's not Brock without them.
* WeaponOfChoice: Onix.

!! Mr. Fuji
->Voiced by: Creator/MinoruInaba (JP), Creator/KirkThornton (EN)
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* TheAtoner: {{Implied}} by one of his gifts to Red, a Mega Stone. [[spoiler: It proves to be vital against [[GoneHorriblyRight Mewtwo]], a Pokémon that he was involved in creating.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler: He was once known as Dr. Fuji, a famous scientist who was involved in the creation of Mewtwo.]]
* DistressedDude: Like in the games, he gets captured by Team Rocket in the Pokémon tower.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: He takes care of abandoned and orphaned Pokémon, such as Cubone.

!!Giovanni (Sakaki)
->Voiced by: Creator/RikiyaKoyama (JP), Creator/JamiesonPrice (EN)
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* AdaptationalHeroism: Giovanni is portrayed more sympathetically compare to [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} various other]] [[Manga/PokemonSpecial adaptations,]] including the games. While a villain nonetheless, here he is mostly motivated by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive business and greed]] rather than personal power and [[TakeOverTheWorld world domination.]] This is best demonstrated in his reaction after [[spoiler: losing to Red. In the games, Giovanni disbands Team Rocket because [[MyGreatestFailure he feels unworthy to be its leader after losing to a young kid three times]] and swears to become a better trainer. It was later revealed in ''[=HeartGold=]'' and ''[=SoulSilver=]'' that he had never truly abandoned his old ambitions and sought to revive Team Rocket after his training. In Origins, Giovanni remembers the fun of Pokémon battles from his childhood, and realizes that treating Pokémon as tools for business was wrong all along. He then disbanded Team Rocket to [[TheAtoner atone for his mistakes]], and create a new path for himself and his Pokémon.]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He isn't the Rocket Boss ''and'' the Viridian Gym Leader for nothing.
* {{Badass}}: As Red finds out, Giovanni is an exceptionally tough and merciless trainer, able to CurbStomp nearly all of Red's entire team with just one Pokémon.
%%** BadassBaritone
%%** BadassInANiceSuit
* BigBad: He's the overarching Big Bad of the series, while [[spoiler: Mewtwo]] was more of a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Naturally to be expected from the boss of a criminal organization. Much of Giovanni's plans involve poaching Pokémon, using Pokémon for experiments, and taking another company hostage just to obtain new technology to catch more Pokémon. He even refers to Pokémon as just "business" and doesn't understand why Red would see them as something more [[spoiler:until he rediscovers his old passion during the final Gym Battle]].
* {{Greed}}: His motive for running Team Rocket and conducting cruel experiments on Pokémon.
* HiddenDepths: His gym battle with Red [[spoiler:slowly, but surely, brings out his dormant HotBlooded nature and passion for Pokemon training that he had forgotten for years.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Preforms one after his battle with Red, realizing Red's view of Pokémon as more than tools to commit crimes is right.]]
%%* LackOfEmpathy
* WeaponOfChoice: The Rhyhorn line: Both Rhyhorn and Rhydon.
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