The main character of the story, Grey is a spirited fifteen-year-old hailing from a family with a legacy of Pokemon Rangers. A few months after his fifteenth birthday, he once again brings up the topic of wanting to become a Pokemon Trainer to his strict Ranger father. His father, having promised again and again that Grey could follow his dream once he was old enough, once again denies his son the chance. So what's Grey do? He takes matters into his own hands and runs away from home after hearing of a new branch of the Pokemon League that had recently opened up. Grey hitches a ride to the Silver Ring Archipelago with his ex-trainer uncle with the intent of finally becoming a trainer and living his dream.
The Empath: At first, his communication with Pokemon was limited to scattered thoughts and ripples of emotion. He can still feel them.
Friendless Background / All of the Other Reindeer: In Chapter 18, he confides in June that his desire to become a Pokemon Trainer instead of a Ranger got him ostracized by his peers. He never had a human friend growing up, so his social contact was limited to his family and Soul.
Idiot Hero: Averted. While his memory is a little spotty and he's definitely Hot-Blooded, Grey well aware of the consequences of his running away from home and of his mistakes in general. He's sometimes even the one to point them out. He only addresses them half of the time, though.
No Social Skills: Result of his Friendless Background. Grey likes to joke around but tends to get defensive and a little frustrated (and flustered if it's a girl) when interacting with others. That and he points out odd things during conversation and is more than a little blunt.
One Head Taller: The youngest human member of the party and the second tallest. The only person that surpasses him in this respect is his big sister, standing a good inch taller.
Only Friend: June is his, and they clicked pretty fast, too.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to James's Blue Oni. And June's. And Rachel's. Really, the only two members of the party that are anywhere near as energetic as him are his Charmeleon and Phanpy.
Speaks Fluent Animal: Claims to understand some of what Pokemon say and regularly holds conversations with them. The ability recently took a leap forward; before he could only feel what he described as 'ripples' of emotion, now he hears their voices.
The Unfavourite: To his dad, at least. It's hinted at by Grey that Rachel was the one to garner most of their father Van's attention, and that Van looked down on him for not wanting to be part of family tradition and become a Ranger.
Teen Genius: When you're raised by a Pokemon Professor, chances are you're this.
A Father to His Men: Especially to Sniper and Shishi, since the two were gifts from his parents and have been with him since early childhood. Whichever parent thought it was a good idea to give a young child a Pokemon with blades for arms was clearly trying to win the gift-giving contest.
Awesome by Analysis: His primary battle style is this. He sends out Sniper as a scout to dodge and parry attacks while watching closely and getting a feel for his opponent's battle style. Then he devises an effective counter and proceeds to attack. James is tremendously skilled at this.
Catch Phrase: Before sending out a pokemon for battle, it's "Game, set!" After a match is won, the phrase is completed with the word " Match." Taken from the winning phrase for the end of a tennis match.
Mr. Fanservice: The beginning of Chapter 20 has him dominating a tournament in Springbloom City and building up a sizable female fanbase.
Instant Expert: Evolved his newly caught, untrained Torchic into a Combusken in a day (two chapters) and is able to devise, teach and implement new strategies in an amazingly short amount of time, sometimes even on the fly. Combined with his skill and knowledge as a trainer, this makes James a true prodigy.
Book Dumb: When it comes to Pokemon. This is the one aspect her brother completely beats her in.
Broken Record: She almost never fails to tell Grey that he should give up Pokemon Training and go back home to Almia. It almost always sparks an argument between them. You think she'd learn.
Butt Monkey: Whenever she admits needing help with training her Pokemon, Grey uses it as a chance to pick on her. Her Pokemon frequently (Accidentally) hit her with their attacks, and she frequently finds herself on the receiving end of some bad luck and embarrassment.
The Drag-Along: To keep Grey from getting on the plane that would take him to the Silver Ring, she jumped off the docks and grabbed onto the landing gear. Needless to say, she was dragged along for the ride with no money and no way back home.
Noble Bigot: AND HOW! Constantly making Pokemon Training out to be a barbaric activity that is detrimental to the Pokemon and a huge waste of time, and trainers to be mindless battle-junkies. At the same time, she lauds the activities of Pokemon Rangers while either being ignorant of or ignoring the fact that most Pokemon Trainers are as dutiful and kind as Rangers are.
Split Personality: When James found her outside Melange Town, she was giving a speech about Pokemon superiority to her two audience members. The moment James presented himself as a threat, she switched into her battle-crazed Blood Knight persona. She has other states of mind that she switches into at random which make it hard for James to control her.