The main characters of the series. The games revolve around their personal growth, their exploits and their (and by extension, ''your'') relationship with Pokémon in general.

The protagonists are the player's avatar in the world of ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}''. [[HeroicMime Generally they aren't the most verbose of people]]. But you can use this opportunity to play as them and gather together a team of Pokémon to conquer the game.

The rivals are kids that are just like you and the protagonists have a history with them. Their personalities are varied, but they're all willing to challenge you to see how strong you've become over your journey.



[[folder:General Tropes]]

* ActionGirl: The female protagonists by default.
* {{Badass}}: They defeat every single trainer in their region, including leaders of the evil teams, the Elite Four and the Champion, can capture Legendary Pokemon, and become the best trainer in their region.
** BadassAdorable: Majority of the protagonists, male and female, are no older than kids. [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Generation V's]] and [[VagueAge maybe]] [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Generation VI's]] characters are slightly older.
** TookALevelInBadass: It's very inevitable for them to encounter a crime organization, whether they're {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s or trying to TakeOverTheWorld. Then the protagonists will often-times defeat the boss and capture the Legendary Pokémon they accidentally pissed off (except [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue I]], [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver II]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite V]]). After plowing through Gyms to take on the Elite Four, they defeat the Champion and ''become'' one.
* ChildProdigy: Their skill with Pokémon is so great that they are able to defeat adults who have years of experience on them.
* CoolHat[=/=]NiceHat: All main characters has a hat in some form. Even [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Brendan's]].
** Notably, in Gen VI, while customizing your clothing you ''cannot'' remove the hat. Even though Calem and Serena appear hatless if they are [=NPCs=], so clearly the models for hatlessness exist. But you wouldn't be a protagonist without the hat.
** In fact, ironically, with the exception of Gen. III (where the Rival is the playable character you do ''not'' pick) Bianca is the only Rival who has a hat.
* [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Did You Just Capture And Subjugate Cthulhu?]]: Each of them can capture the World of Pokémon's equivalent to {{Eldritch Abomination}}s (one gen even allows you to capture the rough equivalent to {{God}}).
* DisappearedDad: The only games to avert this are PokemonRubyAndSapphire. The protagonist in every other game lives alone with their mother, and their father never makes an appearance, nor is any explanation given for his absence.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Zigzagged. Plot-critical [=NPCs=] seem aware of the fact that by the time you finish the game you've defeated the most powerful trainers in the region, saved the world from the local villainous team, and probably captured at least one Legendary Pokémon in the process. Normal [=NPCs=] on the other hand will continue to treat you like a nobody who isn't worth their time.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim / EvenTheGirlsWantHer: This can frequently pop up when playing as a certain gender. [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Leaf]] especially has a ''ton'' of unintentional [[HoYay Les Yay]] dialogues around her due to the unchanged dialogues in the remakes.
* FreeRangeChildren: No one seems to mind that you're just a child who goes through dangerous situations that involve crime organizations and/or Legendary Pokemon who are very dangerous to the health of your mother.
** This is a little better-justified in Gens III and VI; in R/S/E, you're the child of a ''Gym Leader'', who understands exactly what a journey of this kind can do for a young person and encourages it. Granted, he probably had no idea that you'd square off against a trio of ''gods'', but still. In Gen VI, your mother is a professional Rhyhorn racer, and like Norman understands how positive an experience this could be and encourages you to go.
* HelloInsertNameHere: Although they have {{Canon Name}}s, as protagonists, they can be named whatever the player wants. This applies to most of the rival characters as well.
** The one exception is [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Leaf]], whose name was given to her by the fandom due to the fact she lacked a canon name. It's based off the in-game name she has in data to certain games; the same data refers to Red as "Red" but Blue as "Terry".
* TheHero
** Generation V took this UpToEleven when Hilda/Hilbert of ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' ''is'' the hero.
** Calem/Serena are such big damn heroes that [[spoiler:they get a ''parade'' at the end of their games.]]
* HeroicMime: All of them, for the most part; the protagonist is usually ''completely'' silent. (Red doesn't even speak a word when he appears as a BonusBoss in later games.) Some exceptions, however: in ''Black 2 and White 2'' Nate and Rosa speak clearly when acting in the PokéStar movies (although, that ''is'' scripted) and in ''X and Y'' Calem/Serena is rather vocal when they respond to questions from other characters.
* HotBlooded: Some characters are implied to be this.
* IconicItem: Their hats. Even if it has a color change.
* PrimaryColorChampion: With the exception of Ethan, Dawn, and Serena (and the Gen III protagonists in Emerald version only) all of their outfits feature red (or pink) and blue, and sometimes yellow especially for accessories like their bags.
* PowerTrio: With the Rival and the Player Character not chosen except for Gen I (where the player not chosen didn't exist) Black and White (where they formed a PowerTrio with two rivals) and Gen VI which instead opted for a FiveManBand with the two players and three rivals.
* SavingTheWorld: From [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Generation III]] and onwards, but replace "world" with "all of existence". May and Brendan are the first ones to do it.
* ToBeAMaster: Their main motive. Red is one in [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Generation II]] and its remakes.
* SpannerInTheWorks: The protagonist in every game is this to the villainous team in some form, eventually leading to defeating them. Hilbert/Hilda from the first Unova games takes the cake since their first interactions with N set off is the first of several things that dismantles Ghetsis' plans.
* WalkingTheEarth

!!Gen 1

[[folder:General Tropes]]
* ComingOfAgeStory: At the end of the main game, Oak states that the protagonist's journey was one, remarking that "s/he has come of age."
* CuttingOffTheBranches: It's Red who appears in ''[=HeartGold=]'' and ''[=SoulSilver=]'', rather than Leaf, though it may be due to them being remakes of GSC where he was the only one to appear. He was also the canon protagonist.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DisappearedDad: He's mentioned once when you check out the televisions in Celadon Department Store, but he never appears.
* NiceHat
* SchrodingersPlayerCharacter: Pick one of them in FRLG, and the other won't appear. In the series as a whole, Red is the canonical protagonist.
* SuddenlyVoiced: The protagonist, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness unlike future heroes]], actually makes the odd internal comment when examining objects (where future Player Characters merely get descriptions), such as mentioning his/her dad when you check out the televisions in the Celadon Department Store, and remarks that s/he "should get going" when you examine the TV in his/her house and notes that they "better not touch it" when examining various pieces of technology. S/he also talks to Copycat, causing her to state his/her unseen dialogue.
* VagueAge: The only time in the series it is averted, in the case of Red at least, whose age is stated to be "11". The same can be assumed of Leaf, as she is his counterpart. To date, these are the only player characters whose ages are confirmed.
* TheVoiceless


This young man is perhaps the most iconic human character of the series. An 11-year old from Pallet Town who used to be the best of friends with a boy named Blue (or Green in the Japanese versions), until he became a bully. At the start of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Pokémon Red and Blue]]'', Red and Blue are given a task by Professor Oak, Blue's grandfather and the local expert on Pokémon: to travel around the Kanto region and capture all 150 known Pokémon to complete the Pokédex, a device that records data on Pokémon encountered and captured. To help with this, Oak gives Red and Blue one Pokémon each from Oak's remaining three. (In ''Pokémon Yellow'' version, Red's starter Pokémon is a Pikachu that Oak captured on Route 1). [[WithThisHerring With this one Pokémon]], Red ventures far from his home town, challenging the various gyms and thwarting the operations of the criminal enterprise Team Rocket in order to become a [[ToBeAMaster Pokémon Master]].

In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Pokémon Red, Green, Blue and Yellow]]'', he was the only player character, and is still the only protagonist to appear in later games in person. He's the strongest trainer in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' and can also be battled in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2''. Red's design also appears as a character in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'', in which he commands Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard to battle for him.

Many characters based on Red have appeared in spin-off media, the most famous of which is Ash Ketchum, from the [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} Pokémon anime]]. Ash and Red are confused with each other, and whether or not they can be considered, for all intents and purposes, two versions of the same basic character [[note]]Doesn't help that Red was redesigned to look more like Ash in Pokemon Yellow, and many game characters, such as Brock and Misty, were given unique designs in original series.[[/note]], is something still debated among fans.
* [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy and His Pikachu]]: In ''Yellow''.
* TheAce: By Gen II, Red is the toughest trainer in the game.
* {{Badass}}: Implied through potential events that can transpire in the game, 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).
** BadassAdorable: He's 11 years old in Gen I/III. 14 in Gen II/IV, and he's gotta be at least 16 if not older by Black 2 and White 2, but hasn't aged a day since [=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=] and still looks like a kid.
* BonusBoss: He does not need to be fought in Gen II / IV, but most fans opt to anyway.
* ContinuityNod: Red's team in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' reflects the events of ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''. He has a [[{{Mascot}} 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 [[ItWasAGift Espeon]] in VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver or [[EndangeredSpecies Lapras]] in the Gold and Silver remakes and Black 2 and White 2, from the ones you acquire as gifts.
* DisappearedDad: No information is given about his whereabouts.
* EyeObscuringHat: In his [=HGSS=] and [=B/W=] 2 animations.
* TheHero: In Gen II and the Gen IV remakes, Red is often referred to as this.
* HeroicMime: When he's a BonusBoss rather than a player-controlled character, he displays VisibleSilence. His encounter with [=CopyCat=] strongly implies that he does speak, but his dialogue is unheard by the player.
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: His team was comprised of level 80's during his training on Mt. Silver, and they conceivably hit the {{Cap}} afterwards. Even still, they are powered down to level 50 during the World Tournament, like any other trainer.
* HotBlooded: According to his counterparts, at least one in-game line, (possibly, due to its vagueness) the manual, and a Generation I comic drawn by Sugimori.
** Taking the extended storyline of FRLG into consideration, he certainly counts when a rather intimidated thief makes a remark about the way he is glaring at them.
* IconicItem: Both his original and remake {{Nice Hat}}s.
* LegendaryInTheSequel: Red is mentioned several times throughout the game as the boy who singlehandedly stopped Giovanni and disbanded Team Rocket three years prior, and is held in high regard. His TrueFinalBoss status has made him this as a meta-example among the fandom as well.
** Game Freak doesn't discourage this, as he remains the most powerful trainer in the entire series. When Barry's levels in ''Platinum'' surpassed Red's, ''HG/SS'' corrected that. Red's Pikachu remains the highest level Pokémon to be challenged in a Trainer battle.
* NiceGuy: Implied in Red/Blue/Green/Yellow, as Prof. Oaks points out that Red is nice to his Pokémon.
* NotSoStoic: His usual ellipses are accented with a "!" after losing.
* [[AdaptationDyeJob Remake Dye Job]]: In Generations I and II, Red has black hair, but this is made into light brown hair in Generation III, IV, and V.
* {{Perpetual Frowner}}: In all his sprites and [=FRLG=] official art he's this. ''Anime/PokemonOrigins'' reveals this to be his battle face more than anything. Out of battle, very cheerful young man.
** Exemplified [[ in his Nendoroid model.]] [[{{Adorkable}} Look at the face of the version of him holding the Master Ball!]]
* PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo: In Generations II, IV and V.
* RedOniBlueOni: Irony time, Blue Oni to Blue's Red.
* WeaponOfChoice:
** In the games, [[SeriesMascot Pikachu]]. High leveled Pokémon used by a trainer in Gen II and in the remakes it is still the highest leveled Pokémon you can battle in a trainer battle in the entire franchise. Going with the below, he also has all three fully-evolved Kanto starters, which (except for the Squirtle line) serve as his WeaponOfChoice in other adaptations.
** [[PokemonSpecial Depending on]] [[Anime/PokemonOrigins the 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.
** However before any adaptations or sequels it was [[ pretty]] [[ solidly]] [[ the Bulbasaur line]], such that Pokemon #001 goes to the first protagonist.
* SilentProtagonist: All the protagonists are silent, of course, but Red takes it a step further by remaining silent every time he's seen, even when he's no longer the player character. Both in the Gen II games, and in the World Tournament, he says nothing but VisibleSilence.
* SoProudOfYou: His mother remarks that she's worried for Red, but proud of him for doing what he wants to do.
* SuddenlyVoiced: Red's ''SuperSmashBros Brawl'' and ''Anime/PokemonTheOrigin'' counterparts qualify in addition to the examples he shares with Leaf.
* 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.]]
* 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: In Gold and Silver.
* VisibleSilence: Shown in the ''real'' final battle in GSC/HGSS.
* WalkingTheEarth: In ''Gold and Silver'', Red has retired as Champion and now focuses on training in Mt. Silver to get stronger.



When ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' was remade for the GBA, the games went through some drastic changes. One important change that the GBA games brought about was the ability to choose between a male or female protagonist. Leaf, as she's most well known by is that female protagonist. Her backstory is roughly the same as Red's: A young girl from Pallet town who was given the task to catch them all for the Pokédex and ToBeAMaster. However, her origins are a bit older than the remakes suggest. She's based on a female trainer seen in early artwork for Red and Blue. This suggests that there were plans to have the ability to choose a male or female player from the very beginning, but was cut out at some point.
* AdaptedOut: She's one of the few heroes to never appear in the anime or the OVA, ''Anime/PokemonOrigins''.
* {{Badass}}: See Red's entry (or rather, the parts relevant to Gen I and its remakes).
* ContinuityNod: Leaf herself. She was a prototype female protagonist, that few remember since the only evidence of her is early official artwork and her ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' counterpart.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: Her skirt just barely covers her. It's barely longer than [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Dawn]]'s infamous skirt.
* DevelopmentGag: Leaf herself. She is a tweaked version of a first-generation [[ female protagonist]] that never made it into the original games due to technological limitations (The original design was reused as Blue(JP)[=/=]Green(Eng) in the Special manga).
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Due to the unchanged dialogue, this happens. It's also quite apparent in the fandom.
* HeroicMime
* LittleBlackDress: Her [[ original design]], complete with white gloves and matching shoes.
** MiniDressOfPower: In the remakes, though it's more of a mini-skirt.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: The Vs. Seekers, but only in the official artwork. In the game, you still get a blue one as Leaf.
* PluckyGirl
* WeaponOfChoice: Seen with the [[ Squirtle]] [[ line]] in early promo art for [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Red and Green.]]
* WhiteGloves: Leaf's original design.

!!Gen II

[[folder:General Tropes]]
* BadassAdorable
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Ethan and Lyra.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: In the remake, s/he does this when s/he tries to halt Team Rocket's Radio Tower takeover.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Actually averted in a rather interesting way. The protagonist's talent as a trainer and love for Pokemon in general is recognized by the elder of the Dragon Clan, and s/he gets accepted as a member of the clan and given a Dratini in the process.
* GirlishPigtails: Both female protagonists.
* HeroicMime: Copycat still somehow manages to mimic his/her speech, suggesting that s/he does speak but is not heard by the player.
* KidHero
* LittleMissBadass: Both female protagonists.
* MacguffinDeliveryService: At the beginning of the Johto games with a Togepi egg, which kickstarts their fateful encounters with Oak and Silver as well as starting off their journey.
* NiceHat
* SchrodingersPlayerCharacter: Played straight in ''Crystal'', averted in HGSS.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: In the remake, whoever you didn't choose says the gender equivalent of this to his/her grandma when you're with him/her in the daycare.

[[folder:Ethan (Hibiki)]]


Three years after Red defeated Team Rocket and won the Pokémon league, a new Pokémon trainer from New Bark Town in the Johto region was given his first Pokémon. He was given the same task to catch them all, although now there are more species to find.

Just like Red, he was the sole protagonist in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver''. Although that changed when ''Pokémon Crystal'' game out. You could now choose him or the female protagonist of that game. When his games were given remakes, he was given another female counterpart named Lyra, along with a new canon name (Ethan) and a new design. He also has a few characters based on him in various media, including ''two'' anime counterparts (one using the old design named Yoshi/Jimmy and another using the current one as a cameo in a movie).
* AwesomeBackpack: In HGSS, it has no limit on the number of items it can carry.
* CanonName: [[AllThereInTheManual The manual for Gold Version]] refers to the player as "a boy named Gold", and the manual for Silver refers to the player as "a boy named Silver". His anime counterpart was named Jimmy (Kenta in Japan). In Generation IV, he was ''finally'' given a canon name: "Ethan".
* {{Expy}}: His Gold/Silver/Crystal design looked very similar to Red's.
* OneSteveLimit: In the original ''Gold & Silver'', a Pokémaniac on the S.S. Aqua had the name Ethan. In the remakes, said trainer is renamed Morgan to adhere to this trope.
* WeaponOfChoice: Marill if he fills the NPC role.



Introduced in ''Pokémon Crystal'', Kris was the very first protagonist you could choose who was female. Before this, the only option was a boy. However, unlike some later games, this was purely aesthetic and had no bearing on the plot, and her story is identical to Gold/Ethan's.

She has a few characters based on her in various media. Her anime iteration was named Dani/Marina and her goal at the time was to be a "Pokémon Idol" (and later on in the series, a Top Coordinator). Kris does not appear in ''Heart Gold and Soul Silver'', which might mean she must be iconic of the Crystal version.
* AllThereInTheManual: The back of the box for ''Crystal'' gives her CanonName (in the west) as Kris.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Was not revamped for Heartgold and Soulsilver, instead being replaced by Lyra.
** Ironically, the reverse happened with Kris' [[{{Pokemon Special}} "Pokemon Special" counterpart]], who ended up getting Lyra's outfit rather than Lyra being introduced as a character.
* MeaningfulName: Kris in ''Crystal''.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

[[folder:Lyra (Kotone)]]


Rather than re-using Kris for the remakes of ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', the game designers designed a new female protagonist for ''Heart Gold and Soul Silver''. Lyra is a young girl who resides in New Bark Town and is just starting out as a trainer... If you're choosing her as the player character. Like most of the later games in the series, the protagonist that the player didn't choose will still show up as an NPC. In this case, she'll be a friend who shows you the ropes on catching Pokémon. She appeared in the anime as a trainer who traveled with Ash and friends for a time while promoting ''Heart Gold and Soul Silver''.
* AwesomeBackpack: Same as Ethan, although for her it's more of a purse.
* IconicItem: Her NiceHat.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Kris as the new female counterpart to Ethan. She has an appearance that's close enough to be considered a redesign although with brown instead of blue hair but WordOfGod says she was designed from scratch. Picking up on this in the manga adaptation Kris was simply given Lyra's outfit instead of creating a new character for her.
* WeaponOfChoice: Marill if she fills the NPC role..
* ZettaiRyouiki

!!Gen III

[[folder:General Tropes]]
* BadassAdorable: S/he has no problem standing face-to-face with a beast that can '''shift continents''', '''raise the sea''', or '''Hyper Beam them to death''', depending on the version. Or all three of them in Emerald.
** TookALevelInBadass: S/he ''saves'' the world from utter annihilation of the awakened pissed-off Legendary (depending on version of course) by either defeating or capturing them.
*** Averted in Emerald, as technically Rayquaza is the one to solve the crisis. You just go to awake him. It is then played straight when they defeat Juan and go on to defeat the Elite Four and Wallace.
* DisappearedDad: So far as the player, the only ''aversion'' in the main series--the protagonist's father is Norman, the Petalburg Gym Leader.
* FreeRangeChildren: As with all of the games, no one seems to care that you're traveling around the island and fighting villains even though you're only 11.
* NiceHat: As per tradition. Yes, that weird white thing for Brendan is a knit cap. A bandanna for May.
* TheRival: The one you don't choose to play as, though to a lesser extent than the previous rivals.
* TotallyRadical: In ''Emerald'', their [=PokéNav=] nickname is "Rad Neighbor."
* VagueAge: In ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'', Sugimori's new art style gives Brendan and May the appearance of early teenagers as opposed to young children. It isn't helped by the fact that their age was never confirmed even in the originals; their age is always conjecture to begin with.

[[folder:Brendan (Yuuki)]]


Much like ''Pokémon Crystal'', For ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', you can choose between a male or female protagonist. Whichever one you chose, they follow the same story:

As the protagonist, You've recently moved to Littleroot Town in the Hoenn region from somewhere else (In Ruby and Sapphire, it was Johto, while in Emerald it was "somewhere far away"). Your father has become the gym leader of Petalburg City, and you're just the right age to start your Pokémon journey. Your town has a Pokémon Professor who will gladly give you a starter, but he's more into fieldwork than sitting around in a lab so he isn't there. Turns out that he's got himself into trouble with a wild Pokémon and you must help him by getting one of the starters from his bag. The rest of the story is up to you.

Brendan himself hasn't appeared in other adaptations, but he's made a few cameos in Pokémon movies where he's an accomplished trainer competing in tournaments. He also has counterparts in ''PokemonSpecial'', ''Manga/PocketMonsters'', and ''Pokemon Battle Frontier''.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: His ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire'' artwork has him with noticeably darker skin than his ''Ruby/Sapphire'' or ''Emerald'' art.
* BadassBookworm: Brendan's [=PokéNav =] description claims that he battles "with knowledge".
* BreakTheHaughty: As your rival if you're May.
* TheCameo: Unlike May, this is all he's ever received in the anime. In the Special manga, on the other hand...
* LikeFatherLikeSon: As a NPC it's mentioned he wants to be a better researcher than his dad.
* MeaningfulName:
** Yuuki means "bravery".
** Two of Brendan's default names are Landon and Sean; referring to the 2 legendary Pokémon.
** In ''Emerald'', one of Brendan's default names is "Rald."
* OneSteveLimit: Very nearly broken in ''Emerald'', as Brendan's name is similar to Pyramid King Brandon.
* ShipTease: In ''Emerald'', as a rival he states ''"I just saw a huge green Pokémon flying across the sky!....I wish you were there, ."'' Take of that what you will, but the way [[{{Tsundere}} NPC-Brendan acts toward you]]..
* ToBeAMaster: Brendan as either role. (NPC-Brendan states that he wants to be a professor).
* {{Tsundere}}: Brendan plays a Type B version of this as an NPC; normally a NiceGuy but often kind of a jerk toward you.
* WeaponOfChoice: Like Red, Brendan's Signature Mon changes depending on the adaptation or official source he's seen in. Both Special and the anime show him with a Swampert, thus branding Mudkip as his Signature Mon. However, the advertisements for ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'' give Brendan a Treecko; official art for the original games, however, shows him with a Torchic and Combusken. Out of all the Hoenn Starters, however, Brendan is affiliated best with the Mudkip line in the same way May is associated with the Torchic line.

[[folder:May (Haruka)]]


The other protagonist of the ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' games, she is the option if you want to play as a girl.

If you don't choose her as the protagonist, she'll be a rival who is the child of Professor Birch, the Pokémon Professor of the Hoenn region. Unlike previous rivals, this one is more friendly. The same role applies to Brendan if you choose her as the protagonist.

May has had several different characters based on her. Her anime counterpart is the most prominent, as she was a traveling companion for Ash. At first she didn't care for Pokémon and only wanted to travel, but she soon discovered Pokémon Contests and she learned to like them.
* {{Adorkable}}: NPC-May.
* CuteClumsyGirl: NPC-May gives off this vibe.
* GenkiGirl: NPC-May is quite energetic, moreso than NPC-Brendan anyway. She really shows off this attitude in ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire'', with her adorable fist pumping action.
* GottaCatchEmAll: NPC-May, somewhat; after you fight her in Lilycove City, she seems to be more interested in filling her Pokédex than continuing training.
* HairDecorations: May wears a bow in her ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire'' design.
* MeaningfulName:
** Haruka means "Spring flower" but also means "far away", which goes with Norman's name Senri which can also refer to "1000 li" (2440 miles, but also an idiomatic way to say far away).
** Two of May's default names are Terra and Marina; also referring to Groudon and Kyogre.
** May is also the most well-known month of spring in the northern hemisphere, which matches her Japanese name.
* PluckyGirl: NPC-May is clumsy and shy but never lets ''any'' losses get her down.
* SleevesAreForWimps: In ''Emerald'' and ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'', May's top lacks sleeves.
* SkirtOverSlacks: In her ''Ruby and Sapphire'' outfit.
* TightsUnderShorts: Her design in ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire''.
* WeaponOfChoice: In any adaptation (and in the official trailer for ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire''), May is seen with a Torchic. Official art has also shown her with a Mudkip and a Torchic, however Torchic has appeared the most alongside May.
* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened To The Torkoal?]]: Not as prominent as Blue's Raticate , but if you picked Torchic while playing as Brendan in ''Emerald'', she will sport a Torkoal in her second (optional) battle in Rustboro City. Afterwards, the turtle is never seen again and a Slugma will be in its place. The only assumption as to what happened is that she likely placed it in the PC.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: Wears a tiny white pair over her bike shorts in ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire''.

!!Gen IV

[[folder:General Tropes]]
* AwesomeBackpack: Storage limit? What storage limit? [[note]]There is enough room for 1 stack of every item, so it is theoretically possible to break by getting 99+1 of multiple types of items, but unlikely[[/note]]
* BackToBackBadasses: Dawn and Lucas pair up to combat Team Galactic. One of them will even mention that they form a dream team together.
** Also with Barry during the final confrontation with Team Galactic.
* BadassAdorable: A dragon that has control over time? A beast that can expand space? A creature from a world separate from ours with control over antimatter? '''The creator of the universe?''' NO PROBLEM!
** TookALevelInBadass: As a norm in every Pokémon game. Even capturing Dragons of space, time, and antimatter, and even the ''[[CreationMyth creator of the universe]]'', (aka Arceus).
* BlueBoyPinkGirl: In ''Platinum''.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The Arceus Event if you accidentally take it out with a Fighting-type.
* HairColorDissonance: There's confusion about his/her hair color. Sugimori drew it a navy blue (or black with blue hints) type color in their main artwork, but everything else has them with a lighter hue.
* MissingMom: As an [=NPC=].
** DisappearedDad: As the player character.
* NiceHat: A hunting cap for Lucas.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Regardless of version or gender, the scarf is always there. Candice really likes it.
* ShipTease: Lucas and Dawn with each other.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Lucas's hair and eye color matches Johanna's, albeit not the same shade. Dawn is basically Johanna ten or twenty years younger, with long hair.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

[[folder:Lucas (Kouki)]]


The male character for ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''. Lucas is a boy from Twinleaf Town who is just old enough to start his Pokémon journey. After viewing a documentary on a red Gyarados, he and his rather impatient friend Barry decide to explore the nearby Lake Verity to see if any special Pokémon can be found there. Along the way, they encounter Professor Rowan and his assistant (The player character you didn't chose). Once they get to the lake, all they can find there is a lone briefcase, opening the briefcase reveals three Pokéballs, each with starter Pokémon. Suddenly, Pokémon start to attack the pair of friends! You'll need to choose carefully which Pokémon you decide to use...

Lucas has had a few characters based on him. He had a brief cameo in a few of the Pokémon movies where he's seen battling Brendan.
* {{Adorkable}}: As an NPC, Lucas has shades of this. For all his brains, he's a very laid-back character.
* TheCameo: Just like Brendan, he has very little relevance to the anime plot. Not to mention their only anime scenes is them battling rach other.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Barry, having grown up as childhood friends.
* PrimaryColorChampion: His outfit in ''Platinum'' is predominantly blue, red and white.
* ThemeNaming: Lucas's name comes from the Latin "lux," which means "light".

[[folder:Dawn (Hikari)]]


The female trainer for ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''. Dawn essentially has the same backstory as Lucas does if you choose her as the player character. As an NPC, she is an assistant to Professor Rowan and lives in the nearby Sandgem Town. She demonstrates how to catch a Pokémon to you and helps you out when Team Galactic makes their move.

Dawn has had quite a few characters based on her. Her most prominent incarnation is Dawn from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', who aspires to be a top coordinator like her mother, but experiences a few bumps in the road. Her catchphrase may be "No need to worry", but that's probably when you should worry the most.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: ''Wow.'' Even in her winter dress, she keeps the short skirt with no fear of freezing thighs.
* ExposedToTheElements: Especially since Sinnoh's supposed to be the cold region. At least ''Platinum'' gave her sleeves.
* HairDecorations: Dawn's clips.
* LittleMissBadass
* MiniDressOfPower: There is some minor confusion about whether it's really a dress or just a coat, though many would be more comfortable with the dress idea.
** Judging by the anime, she's wearing a minidress in Diamond and Pearl and a coat over that minidress that happens to be the exact same shape and size in Platinum.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Barry, having grown up as childhood friends.
* ThemeNaming: Dawn comes from the time of day the sun rises.
* {{Tsundere}}: As an [=NPC=]. Type B: often sweet, but ''very mad'' when she gets angry.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Grade B.

!!Gen V

[[folder:General Tropes (Black and White)]]
* EightiesHair
* TheAce[=/=]AlwaysSomeoneBetter: In final game. They considered the most strongest character in the game, superior than his/her rivals, same N, Gym Leaders, Team Plasma, Elite Four and even The Champion Alder.
** ''Black 2 and White 2'' In Memory Link, even more than prequel.
* [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Armor Piercing Statement]]: Cut from Black and White 2 was a bit of dialogue that revealed his/her philosophy that swayed N.
--> '''Hilbert/Hilda:''' "Words are the source of all misunderstanding! Everything can be understood through Pokémon battles!"
* {{Badass}} Hilbert/Hilda have sweeped through the Pokemon League without using a legendary, stormed N's Castle, and ''summoned the legendary dragon to defeat N '''AND''' beat the shit out of Ghetsis''! Yeah, I think they more than qualify...
* ButNowIMustGo: Offscreen one in between Black and White and the sequels where s/he leaves Unova to find N.
* TheCameo: You only team up with the character you didn't pick during double battles in the Battle Subway. Otherwise, the other character doesn't appear in the game.
** One was planned for Black and White 2's Pokemon World Tournament, but was scrapped when the tourney s/he was in was.
* CharacterDevelopment: Undergoes this in the Black and White games, molding them into being the selected hero to oppose N.
* DisappearedDad: As the protagonist. Interestingly enough, if you check out the television in his/her room before choosing your starter, it mentions his/her father bought it for him/her. He never appears in the game, though.
* EyeObscuringHat: Their [=B/W=] 2 sprites appears to purposely invoke Red.
* FreeRangeChildren: S/he can't be older than sixteen yet s/he's allowed to travel the region on his/her own.
* TheGhost: In the sequels.
* TheHero: ''Black and White'' heavily emphasizes his/her role as the hero in the story than normal, to the point that s/he is to capture the plot-revelvant Legendary of the specific game version (''Black'' for Reshiram, ''White'' for Zekrom) to oppose N's dragon.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Depending on you chose Hilbert (with Cheren) or Hilda (with Bianca).
* TheKirk: Between the calm and focused [[TheSpock Cheren]], and the kind and open-hearted [[TheMcCoy Bianca]], Hilda/Hilbert is this.
* TheLeader: Bianca and Cheren respect Hilbert/Hilda as the best battler among them, and as the person who always seems to know what they are doing.
* LegendaryInTheSequel: If Memory Link is enabled, the Player Character's name is this in the sequel games.
* MeaningfulName: Hilbert means "magnificent in battle" or "battle bright." Hilda means "Battle Maiden." Touya and Touko come from "fight" (which makes their English names fitting), "transparent" or "untainted" which establishes their role as the middle and leader of the group.
* NiceGuy: His/her characterization as an NPC implies this.
** [[ Cut content from Black and White 2]] had him/her be even more of this, with his/her character being a HumbleHero and GracefulLoser.
* NiceHat: It's a simple, standard cap worn in a straight way, reminiscent of Red's original NiceHat.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Depending on you chose Hilbert (with Bianca) or Hilda (with Cheren)
* PutOnABus: In ''Black 2 and White 2'' (instead of a PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo). According to his/her mother, Hilbert/Hilda left Unova to search for N.
* SuddenlyVoiced: When you enter Dragonspiral Tower, Hilbert/Hilda's internal dialogue states that "Something's... going wild at the top of the tower...?" Additionally, when Tornadus/Thundurus first appear and Hilbert/Hilda is invited into the old lady's house on Route 7, s/he mentions that his/her soup is "delicious" and "jam-packed with vegetables."
** Also dialogue in the cut Black and White 2 Tournament had him/her speaking in a HumbleHero and GracefulLoser fashion.
--> '''Hilbert/Hilda:''' "I just lucked into winning... Isn't that how it felt?"
* ThreeAmigos: The player character of either gender along with Cheren and Bianca.
* VagueAge: Not so much as the protagonists from ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXandY X and Y]]'' but still hard to pinpoint. It is mentioned that Hilbert/Hilda are older than the protagonists from earlier generations, but that doesn't say much--they still can be anywhere between roughly fifteen and twenty years old.
** The [=US=] manual mentions that they are old enough to have a driver's license.

[[folder:Hilbert (Touya)]]


The main character of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Pokemon Black and White]]''. Hilbert is a teenager who lives in Nuvema Town, as do his ChildhoodFriends, Cheren and Bianca. He will receive a starter Pokémon and a Pokédex from Professor Juniper. After setting off on his Pokémon journey at the same time as Cheren and Bianca, Hilbert will at some point be asked by Fennel to do some sort of quest; in return for its completion, Hilbert will receive a C-Gear.

As well as encountering and battling his childhood friends at various points during his journey, Hilbert will also meet a man known as N, who wishes to create separate worlds for humans and Pokémon. In order to achieve his goals, he and Hilbert will battle several times during the course of the game. Hilbert also battles Team Plasma at various stages of his journey. Ultimately, Hilbert is recognized as a hero by Reshiram or Zekrom, depending on the version.

If not chosen as the player, Hilbert appears as the player's partner in the Battle Subway when choosing to ride the Multi-Train.

Hilbert never received an Anime Counterpart, though he has had several manga character based of him. The most prominent incarnation is Black from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''. Others counterparts appearing in various manga: Monta from the Be a Master!! Pokémon BW, Touya from the Pocket Monsters BW: Meetings with the Legends, Shin from the Pocket Monsters BW: The Heroes of Fire and Thunder and Hiro from the Pocket Monsters B2 W2 ~ A New Legend ~
* TheAllAmericanBoy: Middle Example. Generally because [[EagleLand Unova is based in North America]]. And he had elements, he is {{Everyman}} teenager from a small village, is naive but charming and always polite. For his friends, he looks like the big brother, especially for Bianca and some {{NPC}} in the game.
* BigBrotherInstinct: See above in TheAllAmericanBoy
** [[CoolBigSis Cool Big Bro]]
* ColorMotif: Red, white and blue, baby! In addition, his outfit is highlighted with black.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* HotBlooded: Maybe implicate his canon, but his five manga counterparts are definitely HotBlooded.
%%* PrettyBoy
* SpearCounterpart: To Hilda. Their default names are even {{gender flip}}s of each other in both Japanese and English.
** WordOfGod was Hilbert's design was created to match Hilda's, who was created before him.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: With Cheren and Bianca if he's the main character. In contrast to Cheren, Hilbert will always be certain and justified in his goals, and Cheren will become slightly frustrated with his own shortcomings compared to his friend.

[[folder:Hilda (Touko)]]


The main character of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Pokemon Black and White]]''. Hilda is a teenager who lives in Nuvema Town, as do her ChildhoodFriends, Cheren and Bianca. She will receive a starter Pokémon and a Pokédex from Professor Juniper. After setting off on her Pokémon journey at the same time as Cheren and Bianca, Hilda will at some point be asked by Fennel to do some sort of quest; in return for its completion, Hilda will receive a C-Gear.

As well as encountering and battling her childhood friends at various points during his journey, Hilda will also meet a man known as N, who wishes to create separate worlds for humans and Pokémon. In order to achieve his goals, he and Hildat will battle several times during the course of the game. Hilda also battles Team Plasma at various stages of her journey. Ultimately, Hilda is recognized as a heroine by Reshiram or Zekrom, depending on the version.

If not chosen as the player, Hilda appears as the player's partner in the Battle Subway when choosing to ride the Multi-Train.

Unlike the females of other gens, Hilda never received an Anime Counterpart. She has only had one counterpart appearing in the manga, White from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''.
* ActionGirl
* ColorMotif: Red, white and blue, baby! But also with extra emphasis on white with some black.
* 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.
* HairAntennae: On her ponytail. Shown a bit more in [[ this official art of a Battle Subway scene]].
* TheLadette: One of her most common interpretations, supported somewhat by her NPC appearance.
* OneOfTheBoys: Her design certainly has this feel.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: When she's the main character, her mother has her eye and hair color.
* {{Tomboy}}: Her appearance suggests this.
* TwoGirlsAndAGuy: With Cheren and Bianca. Hilda will serve as a sharp contrast to Bianca, being the more competent and confident of the two.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: She does!

[[folder:General Tropes (Black 2 and White 2)]]
* AnimeHair: Their hairstyles are much more conspicuous than previous protagonists.
* BadassAdorable: More emphasis on the adorable part, but still as badass as the other protagonists.
* MeaningfulName: Their English and Japanese names both come from the word "resonate".
* NiceHat: Aversion; despite it being traditional for male protagonists to have a hat, Nate instead has a Nice Visor. Rosa also has a visor.
* NonstandardCharacterDesign: Their pupils are as white as their sclerae.
* TightsUnderShorts: In the case of Rosa, whether or not she was wearing a skirt was a topic for debate for awhile, but it's now clear she's wearing a pair of [[ culottes]] over her tights.

[[folder:Nate (Kyouhei)]]
->Voiced by: Creator/MiyuIrino (JP), Tom Wayland (EN) (promo)

Nate is a young boy living in Aspertia City with his childhood friend Hugh. At the start of the game, he sets off with Hugh to collect his first Pokémon. They then go their separate ways and he starts her journey across the Unova region.

If the player chooses Rosa, Nate will appear in game as an NPC, first met in Nimbasa City. He will join the player in a Tag Battle against Emmet and Ingo. Afterwards, he will give the player the Vs. Recorder.

Nate himself hasn't appeared in other adaptations. Only had 2 counterparts appearing in the manga. The most prominent incarnation is Lack-Two "Manga/PokemonSpecial" and in addition, Arata from Pocket Monsters B2 W2 ~ A New Legend ~
* AnimeHair: Much bushier than previous protagonists, even with his hat off (as shown in concept art). In game, when he is seen without it, his hair is much neater. Of course it is pretty much tame in comparison to Hugh's "Qwilfish".
* BrownEyes: In contrast to Hugh's [[RedEyesTakeWarning Red Eyes]], Nate's brown eyes indicate he is the more agreeable, level headed of the duo.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Will share a close, brotherly friendship with Hugh.
* RatedMForManly: The general fan reaction to him after the animated trailer for Black And White 2, with fans seeing him as the biggest {{Badass}} since [[MemeticBadass Red]].
* TheSmartGuy: His approach to double battles as an NPC in the Battle Subway.
* SpearCounterpart: To Rosa.
* WeaponOfChoice: Emboar From the animated trailer, being the starter he chose.

[[folder:Rosa (Mei)]]
->Voiced by: Creator/AkiToyosaki (JP), Creator/LisaOrtiz (EN) (promo)

Rosa is a young girl living in Aspertia City with her childhood friend Hugh. At the start of the game, she sets off with Hugh to collect her first Pokémon. They then go their separate ways and she starts her journey across the Unova region.

If the player chooses Nate, Rosa will appear in game as an NPC, first met in Nimbasa City. She will join the player in a Tag Battle against Emmet and Ingo. Afterwards, she will give the player the Vs. Recorder.

Rosa, like Hilda, hasn't appeared in other adaptations and Second girl that not appearing in version of Anime. She only had one counterpart appearing in the manga, Whi-Two "Manga/PokemonSpecial"
* DistaffCounterpart: To Nate.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: She plays one in a Pokéstar Studios movie.
* GenkiGirl: As an NPC in the Battle Subway.
* GirlyGirl: Compared to [[TomBoy Hilda]]
* HairDecorations: Has yellow bands in her hair.
* HotBlooded: If the promo trailer is any indication. Her sprite implies it too.
* OdangoHair: Combined with GirlishPigtails, rather like [[Franchise/SailorMoon a certain famous]] MagicalGirlWarrior.
* PimpedOutDress: The princess costume she wears in the Pokéstar Studios movie "Mystery Doors of the Magical Land".
** PrincessCurls: Gets these while wearing the same costume.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Will share a close camaraderie with Hugh.
* RapunzelHair: The twintails hanging under her hair buns goes down almost to her waist. Imagine how long it would be if she undid the buns...
* WeaponOfChoice: Serperior in the animated trailer, which would fit in with the games since she would have the Snivy line if as the protagonist Nate chose Tepig.

!!Gen VI

[[folder:General Tropes]]
* TheAce[=/=]AlwaysSomeoneBetter: The player will be superior to their rival counterpart when it comes to battling, and will always have a more completed Pokedex than Trevor.
* ActionFashionista: The player can customize both characters in a variety of clothing from casual, to extremely professional, and in some cases elegant. And, of course, you can kick plenty of ass while dressed as such.
* BackToBackBadasses: The player will just as frequently team up with their rival as they will battle against them.
* BreakTheHaughty: Despite being straightforward with training and actively getting stronger while doing everything right, your rival can never beat you and they'll always question why.
* CantCatchUp: Your rival will go through a good deal of existential angst over losing to you when you beat him/her in a battle for the Mega Ring.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Unlike Tierno, Trevor, and Shauna, who have their own priorities, the rival will actively try to foil Team Flare's schemes, not unlike the player themself.
* ColorMotif: Calem's default outfit has colors resembling Xerneas while Serena's default outfit has colors resembling Yveltal, their outfits can also be customized to suit the player's own personal personality or elemental preferences.
* CoolShades: Wears a pair over his/her hat.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: A possibility for those who choose the darkest skin color and have their hair dyed at the hair salon.
* DeadpanSnarker: As a Rival.
* DeclarationOfProtection: The rival will feel it is their duty to look after and protect their friends from people like Team Flare.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Averted. [[spoiler:At the end, after defeating Diantha, the PlayerCharacter, TheRival, and the other three are treated to a parade and are personally given the "Honor of Kalos" as thanks for taking down Team Flare.]]
** Played straight in the battle chateau, an AlphaBitch trainer will talk trash about your clothes saying "Did you dress yourself in the dark or dig them out of the garbage" regardless whether or not if you're the most stylish trainer in all of Kalos with the most expensive chic clothing.
* AFatherToHisMen: The player's ability to utilize the Mega Ring implies that they share a special bond of trust and friendship with their Pokemon.
* FeaturelessProtagonist: ''Much'' moreso than the others listed here. Even their ''skin color'' is mutable at character creation, and virtually everything else about their appearance can be changed at will at any point during the game. It's very unlikely that any two given Gen VI protags will look exactly alike, especially when comparing players who have unlocked everything.
* FreudianTrio: The Player is [[TheKirk Ego]], The Rival is [[TheSpock Super Ego]] and Shauna is [[TheMcCoy Id]].
* GogglesDoNothing: As Player, Sunglasses in his/her default outfit.
* GrayEyes: By default. In Calem's case related to his MeaningfulName below.
* TheHero[=/=]TheLancer: The character chosen by the player is the former, the one not chosen will be the latter. Together with the other three rivals, they form a FiveManBand.
* HumbleHero: Though it doesn't have an effect on the story, there are a few dialogue options at certain points that are more modest than others.
* IconicItem: The player eventually assumes possession of the Mega Ring. The rival later gains possession of one post-game.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: The rival will become slightly envious of the player, realizing that the player was simply meant for greater things than they are.
* {{Immortality}}: In the postgame, Sycamore says that they and the rest of the [[FiveManBand Five Man Band]] were exposed to Team Flare's machine, meaning that they might have become ''immortal''. However, he says this in both ''X'' and ''Y'', the latter case being a death machine, so it could simply be energy for the Mega Ring since our protagonists aren't dead.
* InformedAttractiveness: Eventually, after performing enough stylish actions, many establishments around Lumiose City will comment in awe of how stylish the player is, even if you've never changed your hair or clothes since rolling out of bed.
* InTheBlood: As a Rival, they are specifically chosen to get a Pokédex because their parents are both excellent trainers.
* InSeriesNickname: Near the beginning of the game, the player can create a nickname for the rest of the group to refer to them by.
* TheLeader: Whoever the rival is will initially serve this role; Type II.
** QuicklyDemotedLeader: Starts off as the member with the most experience, but after you finally battle, it becomes clear that the player has overtaken them.
** The PlayerCharacter turns into a Type IV over the course of the game, with everyone, even the rival, looking up to them.
* LegacyCharacter: Looker presents the player with the codename "Looker" after he leaves Kalos.
* LonerTurnedFriend: As a rival, they act rather aloof from the beginning, mainly focusing on training rather than hanging around. By the time you take down Team Flare, however, they have a change in attitude and become more personable with the rest of the gang.
* MeaningfulName: Calem and Serena's names (both in English and Japanese) come from the words "calm" and "serene," respectively.
* NaiveNewcomer: As usual, the player character starts off completely new to Pokemon training, but they are also implied to be new to much of the Kalos Region as well. Luckily their rival will show them the ropes.
** RookieRedRanger: Despite being the group's newest member, the player character quickly becomes its most capable battler.
* NiceHat: Interestingly, only the player keeps the hat.
* NiceGuy: {{Reconstructed}}. As Rival, See LonerTurnedFriend.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: The rival starts to feel this way during the fight with Team Flare at the Pokeball Factory.
--> ''"But if I keep relying on you like this, going on this journey will lose its meaning..."''
* ProtagonistPowerupPrivileges: As the PlayerCharacter, they are the only one of the five who gets to use the Mega Evolution mechanic. Justified given that they 1) Defeated the other candidate and 2) There was only one ring at the time. As a rival, they get access to Mega Evolution Post-game.
* RedOniBlueOni: The rival will be the Blue Oni to the player's Red Oni. The player, however, will be the Blue Oni to Shauna's Red.
* TheRival: If you don't play as one of them, Calem/Serena mainly focuses on getting stronger than you.
* RollerBladeGood: The player gets a pair early on, and can learn an assortment of awesome tricks like backflips and swirls.
* SilentProtagonist: Played with. You don't have explicit pre-created dialogue like the [=NPCs=] do but the options this generation are far more specific than in previous gens.
* ShipTease: With each other, and the player character with Shauna.
* TeamDad: The rival, who leads by example, and likes to protect rather than support.
* TeamMom: The player. The few dialogue options available to the player will always have one gentle, supportive option.
* TwoGirlsAndAGuy: Calem, Serena and Shauna. Each of them receives one of the three starter Pokemon.
* TheUnchosenOne: The rival really wants to be TheChosenOne, but unfortunately for them, it would seem the player already holds the position.
* VagueAge: Even more true than other protagonists, and in some ways for Serena even ''more'' true than Calem, thanks to the VirtualPaperDoll feature. Some outfit-and-hair combinations can make Serena look like a [[Characters/PokemonAnimeOriginalSeries certain other 10-year-old tomboy]] in the franchise or make her and Calem look ''younger'' than even Red (Serena's "cute" clothes + pigtails are good at this), while others, particularly ones from Lumiose and Snowbelle, can make him/her look practically like a college student. By default s/he has the air of a mid-teen, however.
** Post-game, a girl named Emma is introduced who is explicitly sixteen years-old. She treats the player with respect, as if they are older, but judging from appearances, the player character is of similar height and looks, implying they are somewhere very close to her age.
* VirtualPaperDoll: In addition to choosing his/her skin color, the player can dress Calem/Serena in a variety of different outfits.
** If you choose one of them as your main character, the other will remain similar to the ones used in promotional material but without the hat. Serena will also have a ponytail instead of unkempt hair.
* WeaponOfChoice: The starter and Mega Absol for the rival.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Your rival receives the fossil you didn't pick in Glittering Cave, but they don't ever use the Pokemon that is revived from it.
** They also received a Kanto starter from Professor Sycamore, but have never been seen using it.

[[folder:Calem (Calme)]]


The male main character (and rival if you choose Serena) of ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''. This young man has just recently moved to Vaniville Town in Kalos, along with his mother, Grace. Given his mother's previous occupation as a Pokemon racer, and his close bond with the family Rhyhorn, Professor Sycamore decides he's the perfect candidate to help with Sycamore's research into "Mega Evolution," and has Calem summoned to his laboratory in Lumiose City.

Calem hasn't appeared in anime adaptations, but his clothes served as the [[{{Expy}} inspiration for Ash's new outfit]] in the Pokemon X and Y anime. His counterpart in the ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' manga is simply called "X".
* AnimeHair: {{Averted}}. He's one of the few male protagonists to have a normal hairstyle. Even his alternate hairstyles don't really get all that crazy (certainly nothing approaching Nate).
* {{Bishonen}}: Compared to other male protagonists of previous generations, he really is very good-looking, which can help contribute to the "older" side of his VagueAge.
** LongHairedPrettyBoy: Not overly long, but still there.
** TallDarkAndHandsome: He is not as tall as some {{NPC}}s, but he is tallest of the main group, appearing taller than Tierno.
* ColorCodedCharacters: His primary color and speech balloon (when he's the rival) are blue.
* TheDandy: Can be played this way with the Trainer customization feature.
* PlatonicLifePartners: As Rival with Shauna.
* PrimaryColorChampion: Calem's default outfit is predominantly blue and red.
** ColorMotif: Incidentally, he wears blue, white and red, the same colors as the French flag.
* RealMenWearPink: Some of his available clothes options.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: By default, Calem looks and dresses similarly to Hilbert. At least he can be customized for those who wanted more variety. As the rival he acts more like Cheren instead.



The female main character (and rival if you choose Calem) of ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''. This young lady has just recently moved to Vaniville Town in Kalos, along with her mother, Grace. Given her mother's previous occupation as a Pokemon racer, and her close bond with the family Rhyhorn, Professor Sycamore decides she's the perfect candidate to help with Sycamore's research into "Mega Evolution," and has Serena summoned to his laboratory in Lumiose City.

[[YoungerAndHipper A younger version]] of Serena serves as one of the protagonists in the ''Pokémon XY'' anime. Her ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' counterpart is simply called "Y".
* BareYourMidriff: All the Parka and Halter top options give her this.
* BoyishShortHair: A hair option at the barbershop.
* CensorShadow: Allows Serena to effectively combine [[DangerouslyShortSkirt short skirts]] and roller-blading without any threat of exposure.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Her primary color and speech balloons (when she's the rival) are red.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: Her default outfit, as well as every single dress or skirt option.
* {{Fanservice}}: Some of her clothing options lean in this direction.
* TheFashionista: She's the [[ poster child]] of the Trainer customization feature.
** There are ''far'' more clothing and hair styles available if you're playing as her rather than Calem.
* GirlishPigtails: Becomes an option at the barbershop after the player becomes sufficiently stylish.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: As Rival with Shauna.
* LittleBlackDress: One of her outfits you can get when she's the protagonist. It's even called the Little Black Dress.
* ProperTightsWithASkirt[=/=]TightsUnderShorts: Can be pulled off with tights or leggings while [[VirtualPaperDoll customizing]].
* StockingFiller: Her default thigh-high stockings or as they're labeled in game, "OTK (Over The Knee) Socks," and about a third of all the sock options.
* TomboyishPonytail: As the rival. The player can also style her hair as such at the barbershop if the player is sufficiently stylish.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: Every one of her shorts options.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Her default clothes are Grade A along with any combination of OTK Socks and a Skirt/Dress or Shorts.


[[folder:Blue Oak (Green Ookido)]]

->''"I'm moving on up and ahead! By checking my Pokédex, I'm starting to see what's strong and how they evolve! I'm going to the Pokémon League to boot out the Elite Four! I'll become the world's most powerful trainer! ...well good luck to you! Don't sweat it! [[CatchPhrase Smell ya]]!"''

TheRival of the PlayerCharacter in ''Red/Blue''. He was once the best friend of Red/Leaf, but as he grew up he changed into a huge {{Jerkass}}. Though abrasive and cocky, he [[InsufferableGenius has the skills to back up his boasts]] and has set his sights on nothing less than becoming the Pokémon League Champion. After being defeated, he takes up the position of Viridian City's Gym Leader.]]
* 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.
** Blue is also unique amongst the various "rivals" in that, no matter how short lived it was; he ''was'' a legitimate Champion of the Kanto region. Though the stakes for the other games would escalate and others would be your final challenge as opposed to that age old rival, this made Red and Blue distinct as their grand finale was ''personal.''
** This gets reversed in Gold and Silver, where in the remakes, he will often talk about Red and how Red defeated him.
* AnimeHair
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: By HGSS, he's become the strongest Kanto Gym Leader.
* 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. [[{{Pride}} I am the most powerful Trainer in the world!]]"
* 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!"
** "Whatever!", come HGSS.
** "Smell ya later" 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".
* CharacterDevelopment: More noticeable in FRLG. 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 GSC/HGSS 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 Pigeot uses Return, a Normal attack that becomes stronger the more the Pokémon likes its user.
* ContinuityNod: In the original games, his sprite as the Champion had him wearing a jacket, which isn't seen again in the second generation or the first generation remakes, but returns in his design for the second generation remakes.
* CuttingOffTheBranches: Averted, unlike with Red. He has none of the Kanto starters in any of his Gen II or Gen V teams. Likewise, he has no Pokémon in the Eevee line, which would confirm which outcome his first battle with Red had.
* DemotedToExtra: In the second generation, he has settled into the role of Viridian City's Gym Leader.
* DubNameChange: To follow with the games' localized titles.
* FinalBoss: Of the first generation.
* InformedAttribute: For his Champion battle, he claims to have built a team that can take down any Pokémon type. The team he uses for that battle is practically the same team that you've been trouncing in your previous battles.
** Although in a surprising {{Meta}} example, in the original version, his team is between the three starters, Gyarados, Pidgeot, Arcanine, Exeggutor, Rhydon, and Alakazam, with Alakazam, Rhydon, Starter and Pidgeot as his team's mainstay. Setting movepool aside, his team has a good balance of each type, AND he used the strongest non legendary Pokémon of their respective type. The fact that he used Alakazam, Rhydon and Exeggutor shows his in canon Team Building sense.
* InTheBlood: His grandfather is a Pokémon researcher, and his sister was a superb coordinator (plus, she's pretty good with making tea), so there's little surprise when it comes to his personality and achievements.
* 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.
* {{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]].
* 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.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Thanks to the localization exporting a renamed update of Green Version instead of the real (outdated) Green version, no one can agree whether this guy's name is Blue or Green. It gets more complicated when you start arguing about who you call Blue or Green in Manga/PokemonSpecial, and moreso when you bring [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime]] into the picture.
* ThirdOptionAdaptation: His Gym Leader team is based off of his ''Red & Blue'' team... omitting the starter[[note]]Blue in RGBFRLG will have on his team a Gyarados, an Arcanine and a Exeggutor, dropping one for his Blastoise, Charizard or Venusaur respectively; here he has all 3 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.
* 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 2nd to Red, but that still makes him the 2nd toughest trainer in the game.
* TookALevelInJerkass: See UsedToBeASweetKid.
** 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.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: [[AllThereInTheManual The guidebook for Red and Blue]] explains that he was Red's best friend until shortly before the time of the game, where he started to become a bully. Despite this, there's still [[VitriolicBestBuds times where he talks to you like an old friend]].
* 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 is sometimes associated with Eevee in the same way Red is associated with Pikachu, though its less prominent.
** In early promo art for [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Red and Green.]] he was [[ always]] [[ seen]] [[ with the Charmander line,]] in contrast to [[ Red's Bulbasaur.]]
** It should be noted that Alakazam is his most common Pokémon, being in all of his teams of all the games except the two HGSS teams.
** Green from ''PokemonOrigins'' picked Blastoise.
* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened To The Raticate?]]: 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. There is evidence that suggests his Raticate ''died'' at some point between the two battles, though the theory is strictly fanon at this point.


->''"I hate the weak. Pokémon, trainers. It doesn't matter who or what. I'm going to be strong and wipe out the weak. That goes for Team Rocket too. They act big and tough in a group. But get them alone, and they're weak. I hate them all. You stay out of my way. A weakling like you is only a distraction."''

TheRival in ''Gold/Silver''. He is a selfish thug whose first act is to steal his starting Pokemon from the Elm Research Lab. Fuelled by [[EnemyMine a hatred towards Team Rocket]], [[BloodKnight he is obsessed with growing stronger]] as quickly as possible and sees his Pokemon as mere tools to his ascent. After being defeated by Lance, Silver begins to realise the folly of this approach and slowly turns over a new leaf.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Same as with Blue, Silver was considerably prettied-up in the remakes. He was made taller and slimmer, and his new expression is less threatening.
* ArtisticAge: His remake art makes him look more like a teenager, but he is stated to be Ethan and Lyra's age.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Fits this trope perfectly.
* BadBoss: Towards his Pokemon pre-CharacterDevelopment.
* {{Badass}}: Victory Road in G/S/HG/SS is the only Victory Road in the series devoid of trainers. The reason? Silver defeated them all.
-->'''Silver''': Man, they were all spineless!
* BackToBackBadasses: With the player when Lance and Clair decided to challenge them to a tag battle.
* {{Bishonen}}: His remake design, slightly.
* {{Blood Knight}}: He loves to battle, if just to prove his superiority over others.
* CharacterDevelopment: At first, he's by far the nastiest rival in the whole series, but by the end he's completely reformed.
** More is added in the remakes, featuring a new double battle against Clair and Lance after his turn. Also upon visiting the Elm Pokémon Lab afterwards, you discover that he tried to return his starting Pokémon, but Elm let him keep it since the Pokémon loved him so much. Not to mention his FreudianExcuse is fully revealed and explained.
* ChildrenAreCruel: He's either abusive or borderline-abusive.
* ContinuityCameo: His anime counterpart appeared in the Japanese ''The Legend of Thunder'' special's intro.
* CrashIntoHello: In [=HeartGold=]/[=SoulSilver=], as a reference to [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Barry's]] usual way of meeting you.
* DisappearedDad: His dad up and left him when he wasn't even nine.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Your first clue that he's a darker rival than Blue is the revelation that he stole his Starter Pokemon.
* EvilRedhead
* FreudianExcuse: He's Giovanni's son. It was first implied in ''[=FireRed=]'' and ''[=LeafGreen=]'', but for whatever reason, the outright confirmation in ''[=HeartGold=]'' and ''[=SoulSilver=]'' was edited out (a line literally translating to "I don't understand you, Dad!" dropped the "Dad" in the English version.)
** His issues with strength and weakness also stem from him feeling like Team Rocket and his father were weak and fearing his own weakness.
*** Before you head off into Victory Road, the last trainer you battle mentions Silver and notices how he has the feeling he has to win at any cost, having a deep fear of failure and being weak.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: His dark red and purple design is definitely not meant to make him look cuddly.
* HateSink: Before his CharacterDevelopment, he's actually more the antagonist than Team Rocket! The player is pretty much meant to hate his guts early on.
* IdiotHair
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: [[HarsherInHindsight In hindsight]], all his obsession with being strong really amounts to this.
* {{Jerkass}}: Until later in the game, when he loosens up. There are several trainers throughout the game pre-Kanto who mention the guy curb stomping them in a battle and taunting on how lame they were.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Becomes one later on.
* LonersAreFreaks: He seems to do everything on his own and is a crude and ruthless boy.
* MeaningfulName: While his original design had him with red eyes, as his concept art showed, his remake design makes his name meaningful. His name is "Silver" and he has gray, or ''silver'', eyes.
* MyNameIsQuestionMarks: TropeNamer.
* NoNameGiven: The closest he has been given to a canon name is Silver, which was his default in Gold and Crystal. In the remakes, "Silver" is never used- "Soul" is in [=HeartGold=] and "Heart" in [=SoulSilver=].
* TheRival: Silver ignites a one-sided, bitter rivalry with the player, hoping to prove he is better than them.
* TheSocialDarwinist: He states he only has time for strong Pokémon, the others are worthless to him.
* TheSociopath: Shades of this, even more of them in the remakes, ''[[CharacterDevelopment initially.]]''
** TookALevelInKindness: Resolves to be a kinder Trainer to his Pokémon after having his brutish behavior spelled out as the reason for his failures as a Trainer. This is [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration even exemplified in game]] by having his Golbat evolve into a Crobat, which can only level up with extreme happiness.
* SoreLoser: Despite being defeated by the player a number of times he calls you out for being ''pathetically weak''. A Let's Player [[ even]] [[ compared him]] to [[MegaManBattleNetwork Bass.EXE]], who acts similarly towards [=MegaMan.EXE=]. [[CharacterDevelopment He got better though.]]
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom / SpannerInTheWorks: The infamous event where he strips the character of the Rocket disguise right before you could get the infiltration plan going is this. Unlike other examples of the trope, he soon realizes why you wore the outfit but [[{{Jerkass}} calls you pathetic for resorting to disguise and walking off]].
* WorthyOpponent: In ''HG/SS'', it's implied that he feels this way about the PlayerCharacter.
* WouldHitAGirl: If you [[CaptainObvious play as a girl]]. He also shoves Clair away when she offers to team with him against Lance and the player.

[[folder:Wally (Mitsuru)]]

TheRival in ''Ruby/Sapphire''. Wally is a sickly boy who starts his journey when you help him catch his first Pokemon. Drawing strength from the growing bond between himself and his Pokemon, Wally slowly manages to overcome his frailties and discover his resolve to become the Pokemon League Champion.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance: His green and white color scheme matches up perfectly with the Ralts line (his starter Pokémon).
* BadassAdorable
* HandicappedBadass
* [[IllGirl Ill Boy]]: While his condition isn't ever named, it's at least partially based on asthma. He seems to have mostly recovered by the end of the story.
* TheRival: He tries to be this to you, and since May or Brendan stops their journey, becomes it by the time you get to Victory Road.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Definitely the Sensitive Man to Brendan's Manly Man if you play as May, even though they don't interact. Can be interpreted as such to a player character Brendan as well.
* SuperMode: He has a Key Stone in the remakes, and uses Mega Gallade.
* TookALevelInBadass: You see him in Mauville, and he's hardly Rival material compared to the ones in the last two games or mon are chosen from either list. Then you run into him on Victory Road, and he's much stronger. Pokémon gave him hope to overcome his weaknesses, and in becoming stronger himself, he raised his Pokémon into total {{badass}}es. He's like TheodoreRoosevelt, but with Pokémon. At their highest levels, his Pokémon could actually pick a fight with ''Wallace''.
** Not only that, but of his final team in the original games, all have been buffed. Two have since gained another stage of evolution (Magneton and Roselia) and two have gained Mega Evolutions (Gallade and Altaria). Even Delcatty, viewed as somewhat useless previously, now has the signature Normalize ability, which gives it STAB on all moves.
* WeaponOfChoice: Ralts line, ending with Gardevoir. ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire'' replaces Gardevoir with Gallade, [[SuperMode Mega Gallade]] to be exact.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Even in the Pokemon world, he stands out a bit for his bright green hair.

[[folder:Barry (Jun)]]

TheRival of ''Pearl/Diamond''. Barry is an impatient and hyperactive young man who always seems to be in a rush. His dream is to become the Pokemon League Champion, and ''especially'' wants to achieve it as fast as possible. However, his genuine talent at raising Pokemon is offset by his haste and lack of patience, and his preference for brute force over strategy.
* {{Adorkable}}: Why female fans love him.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: After barging into your room in Platinum, he then notices your new laptop.
* BigDamnHeroes: Just when it looks like you'll have to face Jupiter and Mars alone atop of Mt. Coronet, guess who shows up and heals you afterwards?
* CatchPhrase: "What was that about?"
** And briefly, "I'm fining you [large amount of money] if you're late!"
* CharacterDevelopment: As the story goes on, he becomes more patient and less hasty. He also becomes better at creating strategies and learning from his losses.
* CrashIntoHello: Your rival's normal way of greeting you. {{Lampshaded}} during one of your mid-game encounters with him, where he ''doesn't'' crash into you and gleefully points this out, asking if you were surprised.
--> '''''"Thud!!"'''''
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He is so dorky and impatient that it's easy to forget that he is the ''second strongest'' trainer to have appeared in the series, right after Red.
* FightingYourFriend: Basically, what you do with him. It defines your relationship.
* FriendlyRivalry: With the player character.
* GenerationXerox: He looks and acts like his father, right down to the CrashIntoHello.
* HeroicBSOD: The events at Lake Verity/Acuity send him into one, and it takes the poor kid a while to snap out of it.
* HotBlooded
* {{Keet}}: Especially at the very beginning.
* TheRival
* ScarfOfAsskicking
* ScheduleFanatic: Times ''everything'' you do!
* SharedFamilyQuirks: It turns out his father, Palmer, is just as hasty and has a tendency to be late just like him.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: With Palmer.
* ThisLoserIsYou: Though not portrayed negatively. His way of banging into everything and everyone is a pretty obvious reference to how player characters tend to run or bike absolutely everywhere to speed things along, often running into things as a result. All those [=NPCs=] who mention how impatient he is? They might just say the same thing about you, except they're too polite to say it to your face.
** Barry is more of TakeThat at [[SpeedRun Speed Runners]] who insist on completing the game as fast as possible.
* TookALevelInBadass: When Pokemon Platinum was first released, the levels of Barry's team actually exceeded ''Red's''. Although Red regained his title again in the Gold and Silver remakes, that still makes Barry the second toughest opponent in the series.

[[folder:Bianca (Bel)]]
->Voiced by: Creator/AyanaTaketatsu (JP), Eileen Stevens (EN) (promo)

One of the two [[TheRival rivals]] in ''Black/White''. Bianca is a ditzy and idealistic young trainer who is more interested in just travelling with her Pokemon than competitive battling. She uses her journey as a ComingOfAgeStory, discovering what she wants to do with her life.
* BonusBoss: If you use the Memory Link function with a copy of ''Black'' or ''White'', she'll use her team from those games, including her starter and elemental monkey, in a battle on Route 1. Unlike other bonuses, this is a one-time battle.
** She also appears in the World Tournament, despite not being a Gym Leader, using a team based on her role as Juniper's aide.
* 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.
* ChildhoodFriends: With Cheren and either Hilda or Hilbert.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: In the Black and White games, Bianca's team by endgame can easily be more robust, well-balanced, and have a more efficient movepool than Cheren's, despite the fact that Bianca is functionally a Pokemon hobbyist (later going into the non-combat side of Pokemon husbandry) and Cheren is dead-set on becoming the next Champion and is all about the battles.
** As mentioned above, Bianca is in the World Tournament, in the Gym Leader tournaments, putting her up as one of the best Trainers in the world.
** Notably, a random NPC at the World Tournament who will give you info on your opponents outright says that she's a powerful trainer.
* CuteClumsyGirl: FridgeBrilliance for this kicks in when you see her redesign featuring glasses.
* 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.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: It's gotten longer in Black 2 and White 2, apparently to make her look older.
* ForeheadOfDoom: Not commented on, but her hairstyle greatly emphasizes it.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: All of her Pokémon know Return, but only in her Memory Link battle. In the World Tournament, only her Stoutland uses Return.
** In [=B2W2=], you can call her on the Xtransceiver to have her rate your Pokemon's happiness (she even refers to them as your "little darlings.")
* GeniusDitz: She ends up having a pretty good team. Also note the GondorCallsForAid moment below.
** Also, she decides to become a Pokemon Researcher, which she's making good on in Black 2 and White 2 as Juniper's aide.
* GenkiGirl: Usually, anyway, unless [[ShrinkingViolet she's]] [[BreakTheCutie troubled.]]
* GirlishPigtails: They aren't really pigtails, but the swept-up parts of her hair seem to evoke this.
* GondorCallsForAid: At the end of Black and White, she calls upon the Gym Leaders to hold off the Sages at N's Castle.
* GottaCatchEmAll: The goal Bianca ends up deciding on in the end of Black and White.
* GuestStarPartyMember: During the first visit at Reversal Mountain till you get to the main room and leave through Undella Town.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold
* HartmanHips
* HeterosexualLifePartners[=/=]PlatonicLifePartners: With Hilda and Hilbert, depending on which one you choose.
* {{Meganekko}}: For some reason, she gained glasses between the two years. People joke that she stole them from Cheren, or at least received them from him in some manner. [[note]]It might be a [[JustifiedTrope justification]] to the CuteClumsyGirl above. She might be near-sighted.[[/note]]
* MoeStare
* NiceHat: Now with a [[HairDecs ribbon on the side]].
* 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 Pokémon stolen, not even her dad's interference. Hell, she doesn't even back down or flinch during their conversation in Nimbasa City!
* ThePollyanna: She stays optimistic and cheerful no matter how many times she is best by the player.
* 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.
* 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.
* StockingFiller: She wears orange garters under her dress in the first game.
* ThemeNaming: Her Japanese name, Bel, is Slavic for "white"; her English name is Italian for the same.
* WeaponOfChoice: To avoid giving her a canon starter choice, Musharna has become this for her in Black 2 and White 2.
* WideEyedIdealist: She's constantly looking on the bright side of things. 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.


One of the two [[TheRival rivals]] in ''Black/White''. Cheren is an intelligent and competitive trainer who is utterly focused on becoming the Pokemon League Champion. However, he only seeks to become the Champion for its own sake, and over time this motive is called into question. He eventually becomes a Gym Leader in ''Black 2/White 2''.

For information on Cheren, check the Characters/PokemonGymLeaders Character Page.

[[folder:Hugh (Hue)]]
->Voiced by: Creator/JunkoMinagawa (JP), Creator/SeanSchemmel (EN) (promo)

TheRival in ''Black and White 2''. Hugh is a HotBlooded young man with [[ItsPersonal a serious grudge]] against Team Plasma, who stole his little sister's Purrlion years ago. To take revenge on them, he raised a Pokemon from an egg and became a trainer. Though he is usually cool and calm, he [[BerserkButton goes berserk]] when confronted by a member of Team Plasma.
* AnimeHair: One of the most notable examples in the series' history. A Plasma Grunt even derisively compares it to a Qwilfish.
* AntiHeroSubstitute: To Cheren and Bianca, though they're still around.
* BackToBackBadasses: Notable in that unlike all previous rivals, you spend much more time fighting alongside Hugh than against him.
* {{Badass}}: Takes ''no'' nonsense from Team Plasma. At one point when you enter Driftveil City, he just rushes onto the scene and slaps/shoves/punches/otherwise physically assaults a grunt like it's nothing.
* BerserkButton: He pretty much flips out the instant he sees a member of Team Plasma, both new and old. Part of his CharacterDevelopment is about outgrowing this.
* BigBrotherInstinct: He cares heavily about his little sister and is said to be doting towards her. He also despises Team Plasma because they kidnapped her Purrloin. In a way, he also is this to the Player Character themselves throughout the journey through assuring they are never alone taking on Team Plasma and encourages you along the way.
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: One of his main flaws is his refusal to acknowledge the original Team Plasma's HeelFaceTurn. He finally starts to overcome this outlook near the end of the game.
* CatchPhrase: "I'm about to unleash my rage!" / "You're about to feel my rage!"
* CharacterDevelopment: Hugh starts off as an IdealHero, kind and supportive of the PlayerCharacter. His only flaw is that he refuses to forgive Team Plasma for, years ago, having stolen his sister's Purrloin. He is dragged down and blinded by this hatred, but finally comes to terms with the fact that former villains can redeem themselves. Hugh finds peace, and continues to care for his sister's Purrloin-turned-Liepard, even though it was raised and influenced by Team Plasma, knowing it is still good at heart.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Only if you're playing on Challenge Mode, but there his Pokemon's levels when he's battling against you are higher than when he's an ally, leading to one point where his Pokemons' levels actually go ''down'' within a short span of time.
* {{Forgiveness}}: His personal struggle is learning to let go of his hatred for the former Plasma members and move on.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Fans' first impression on Hugh is that he would act like Blue or Silver because of his character design. [[NiceGuy Turns out]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold it wasn't the case,]] he's very supportive towards the player. Played straight against Team Plasma though.
* FreudianExcuse: Rare heroic example. Surely there's a reason he hates Team Plasma, right? Right?
* GuestStarPartyMember: On ocassion, but more active during the first visit at the Castelia Sewers.
* HeroicBSOD: After finding out that his sister's Purrloin has evolved into a Liepard and will now only obey the Shadow Triad.
* HeterosexualLifePartners[=/=]PlatonicLifePartners: With Nate and Rosa, respectively.
* HotBlooded: He is very passionate.
* ItsPersonal: Chases Team Plasma because they kidnapped his little sister's Purrloin.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: He is willing to go to violent lengths in order to get the justice his sister deserves.
* LargeHam: Hugh will make the extra effort to let everyone know when he is about to unleash his rage.
* MeaningfulName: Hue, as in colour, fits in with a number of other colour based names.
* NiceGuy: Despite his flaws, he ultimately seems to admire the protagonist and cares for his Pokémon. In fact, he actually apologizes several times for dragging the player character into his quest to take down Team Plasma. He also wants to see the protagonist become the Unova Champion.
** He really has a few JerkWithAHeartOfGold qualities as well.
* RealMenWearPink: Oddly enough, his Xtransceiver is pink, which contrasts with the red and yellow ones Nate and Rosa possess, respectively.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Not evil, but seems to be [[AntiHeroSubstitute darker]] than more recent rivals, excluding Silver. Of course he plays this straight towards the Plasma Grunts he mows down.
* TheRival: Technically is this, but is more of...
** [[FriendlyRivalry Friendly Rival]]: At no point in the game does he ever challenge you for the sake of ''beating'' you and proving himself superior. As your best friend, he offers to battle you in order to test your Pokémons' strength, and after losing, shows complete confidence in your abilities and encourages you to continue on your quest to become the Unova champion.
* TwoWordsObviousTrope: Call him before you reach Reversal Mountain to know where he is.
-->Hugh: One word: Reversal Mountain. Oh wait, that's two words...
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
* WeaponOfChoice: Samurott, in the animated trailer, though this of course has no bearing in the actual game.
* WhatTheHellHero: Calls out Clay for blindly trusting Rood and his followers.
** However, he in turns gets this from Clay, who points out that you need to learn to respect other people's differing perspectives instead of blindly condemning them - especially when they're [[TheAtoner trying to redeem themselves for their past misdeeds.]]

An excitable boy from Vaniville Town whom you befriend at the beginning of ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''. Obsessed with dancing, his goal is to create a troupe of performing Pokemon dancers.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Despite his size, he is very light on his feet and a good dancer. He aims to create a dance team with his Pokemon.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: The description of him provided states he tends to get distracted by their opponents moves during battle because he is trying to incorporate them into his choreography.
* BigFun
* TheBigGuy: The largest of the friends and his signature Pokemon is the offense-oriented Corphish, though battling isn't Tierno's main priority.
* ButThouMust: Give yourself a nickname.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Yellow.
* CoordinatedClothes: If the player character is a boy, it is possible to purchase the same shirt Tierno wears, which is appropriately titled "Twin T-Shirt."[[note]]Available at Cyllage City on weekends[[/note]]
* DanceBattler: He aims to create a team of Pokemon dancers. Case in point, the first time you battle him, his "starter" is a Corphish and it knows [[StatusBuff Swords Dance]].
* DarkIsNotEvil: His "starter" is a Corphish that becomes a Water/Dark Crawdaunt, but he is a pretty affable guy.
* GentleGiant: Rather big, but friendly.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Possibly with Trevor. See below in ThoseTwoGuys.
* MeaningfulName: His name is Spanish for soft or tender (as in food), but when used to refer to a person it means inexperienced.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Helping Dexio and Sina rescue the Pokémon on Route 10.
* RealMenWearPink: He is TheBigGuy of the group, but his greatest passion is dancing and his goal is to make a team of [[DanceBattler Dance Battlers]].
* RecurringBoss: Faced a couple times during the game, the last time as part of a BossRush involving all the rivals except Calem/Serena.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]]: To Trevor's Blue Oni.
* SphereEyes: Noticeably, making his character design a little nonstandard.
* ThoseTwoGuys: He and Trevor are seen together often.
** BigGuyLittleGuy
** FatAndSkinny
* StraightManAndWiseGuy: He's Wise Guy with Trevor's Straight Man.
* WeaponOfChoice: Corphish/Crawdaunt. In the Battle Maison he specializes in Pokemon that strike fast and hard, like Talonflame and Hawlucha.

[[folder:Trevor (Toroba)]]
A curious boy from Vaniville Town whom you befriend at the beginning of ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''. He doesn't much care for battling, and prefers to challenge the player on who has more entries in their Pokedex.
* {{Adorkable}}: He makes a big deal out of completing his Pokedex, and puts a lot of effort into trying to explain the simplest things.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni]]: To Tierno's Red Oni.
* CatchPhrase: "To put another way..."
* ColorCodedCharacters: He's TheSmartGuy, and has a green color scheme.
* DeadpanSnarker: Much of his dialogue towards Tierno comes off as sarcasm.
* GottaCatchEmAll: His goal is to be the first out of his friends to complete the Pokedex.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Possibly with Tierno. See below in ThoseTwoGuys.
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum / InformedAttribute: If you talk to him post-game, he will mention a random Pokemon capable of Mega evolving and react with joy if you have it recorded in your Pokedex with a remark that "it's nice having the same Pokemon as them". Considering this is his reaction to any mon owned, he may have Pokemon like Garchomp and others stored up but never uses them.
** And that ''includes'' [[GoneHorriblyRight Mewtwo]], of all [[OlympusMons mons]]!
* MeaningfulName: More of a PunnyName than a name meaning compared to the others, but Trevor is similar to ''trouver'' which is French for "to find."
** Trevor is Irish for industrious or prudent.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Helping Dexio and Sina rescue the Pokémon on Route 10.
* OlderThanHeLooks: Possibly the same age as Tierno and the others (probably mid teens).
* ParentalAbandonment: You can find his house near Jaune Plaza in Lumiose, where his sister reveals that their parents left both of them to go on a journey.
* RecurringBoss: Faced a couple times during the game, the last time as part of a BossRush involving all the rivals except Calem/Serena.
* RefusalOfTheCall: While he's fine with filling the Pokedex, his knee-jerk reaction to having Team Flare's activities explained to him is to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere decide that it's best to stay away from them.]] It doesn't stick.
* TheSmartGuy: Seemingly fills this role as your friend.
** ShorterMeansSmarter: A full head shorter than any of his friends (and that's including his hair).
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Tierno, as they are almost always together.
** BigGuyLittleGuy
** FatAndSkinny
* StraightManAndWiseGuy: He's the Straight Man with Tierno's Wise Guy.
* WeaponOfChoice: The Flabébé line, ending with Florges. In the Battle Maison it's fossil Pokemon, specifically Aurorus and Tyrantum.

[[folder:Shauna (Sana)]]
A spunky girl from Vaniville Town whom you befriend at the beginning of ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''.
* ActionGirl: Not Shauna herself ([[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass most of the time]]), but her starter Pokemon will ''always'' be female. This is a first compared to the rivals having male ones.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Seems to be a shade or two darker than her friends, with an Arabic name in the Japanese version. France ''does'' have a sizeable Middle Eastern population.
* BabiesEverAfter: Again, not Shauna herself, but her starter. She'll trade you the offspring for any Pokémon in the post game, and it has a nature that amplifies its greatest stat, along with 31 [=IVs=] in that particular stat.
* BatmanGambit: Yes, really. During the final confrontation with Team Flare's Admins, she cowardly runs away screaming how she "hates being chased." This turns out to have been a clever ruse to split up the admins, who were heavily outnumbering the player, and it ''works''.
* BowTiesAreCool: Not in the usual way, but her shirt and her purse sport several bowtie-like designs.
* TheChick: Seemingly fills this role as your friend. Counting the player characters as TheLeader and TheLancer depending on which one you pick, this makes the main Pokemon Trainers close to a FiveManBand.
* ChekhovsSkill: Her love for solving puzzles and close friendship with Clemont and Bonnie comes in handy later down the story when you deal with Team Flare the final time, in which her skills help open the final locked door to the machine.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Pink.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: When battled on Route 19 before Couriway Town, she has a Goodra at Level 49, which is a tiny bit underleveled. Only by one level, but still.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: One could easily mistake Shauna as someone similar to Bianca given she is less interested in Pokemon battling than the main rival, but she tags along on the final quest to take down Team Flare and in your second battle with her on Route 19, she is packing a ''[[InfinityMinusOneSword Goodra]]''.
* ForHappiness: Shauna's reason for journeying is simply to have fun and make some memories with her friends and Pokemon.
* GenkiGirl: Her Omura art has her with an enormous grin and WordOfGod describes her "an incredibly energetic girl" who's "friendly and outgoing."
* GirlishPigtails: ''[[AnimeHair Four]]'' of them.
* HeterosexualLifePartners[=/=]PlatonicLifePartners: With Serena and Calem, respectively, if they are the player's rival.
* HiddenDepths: She is much more insightful than her bubbly exterior would suggest. It also seems that she is the only one of the gang who really savors the memories they're creating on their journey. There is also the fact she is a fan of puzzles.
** As the above BatmanGambit indicates, she's also good at understanding people, and can be unexpectedly cunning in a crisis.
* MeaningfulName: Her Japanese name is Arabic for "sunshine" or "brilliance."
* PinkMeansFeminine
* RecurringBoss: The first trainer you battle in the beginning of the game, using the starter weak to yours. Then she battles you much later in the game as the first of a BossRush involving all the rivals except Calem/Serena.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]]: Sharply contrasts with the current rival, who will be more reserved and mature.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: With Calem, she is the more irresponsible one. Even more so if Calem is the rival.
* SayItWithHearts: She says things with a musical note at the end often.
* ShipperOnDeck: Hinted as one for Calem and Serena (regardless of which one you're playing as). She'll say they're the strongest and make a good combination.
* ShipTease: With the protagonist, regardless of gender, at Parfum Palace. The game is less subtle about it with Calem, though.
-->'''Shauna''': "Um... I've never watched fireworks alone with a boy, before. I'll remember this forever."
* UncattyResemblance: Shauna's design seems to be inspired by Cincinno and Pachirisu, though she doesn't necessarily own either one.
* VerbalTic: Accentuates her lines with musical notes, like so ♪
* WeaponOfChoice: The starter that has a type disadvantage to the player's starter, but the one most everyone remembers is her Goodra. In the Battle Maison she also has a Sylveon.
* WeNeedADistraction: Both at the Poke Ball Factory and Flare's Geosenge Headquarters, she uses herself to distract members of Team Flare to run after her.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: She does!