Characters: Pokémon - Advanced Generation

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    Ash's Pokémon (Advanced Generation Series) 

All Of Them:

  • Ambiguous Gender: Halfway averted this time around - Sceptile and Corphish are pretty implicitly male, and Aipom is confirmed as female. Swellow and Torkoal are debatable, and Glalie could go either way (the English dub refers to it as a "he", but only once).
  • Back for the Finale: Mostly during "An Old Family Blend", where Ash calling upon all his reserves back in Oak's lab. Also, Torkoal was lucky enough to be called upon for Ash's second battle with Brandon.
  • Badass Crew: While all of Ash's teams have their badass moment, this team in particular gave more even distribution with highlighting each Pokémon.
  • Berserk Button: Pretty much goes for ANY of Ash's Pokémon. Attack Ash directly and his Pokémon will beat the crap out of you.
  • Description Cut: Ash brags about his team being awesome. Max, seeing the team's (sans Treecko) state at the time being, begs to differ.
  • Put on a Bus: All of them at the end of Advanced Generation, except for Aipom.
  • Reset Button: The start of this series (or end of the last) being the first time Ash leaves his old team (barring Pikachu) behind.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Almost all his Pokémon introduced during this region evolved, becoming stronger along the way - the exceptions were Corphish and Torkoal (the latter unable to evolve), and even they could pack quite a punch when needed.
  • True Companions

Hoenn Region

Tailow-Swellow (Subame-Ohsubame)

Voiced in Japanese by: Natsuki Yoshihara (Subame), Unshou Ishizuka (Ohsubame)
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers (Tailow), Darren Dunstan (Swellow, 4Kids), Billy Beach (Swellow, current)

  • Always Accurate Attack: Knows Aerial Ace. An episode was dedicated to Ash teaching Swellow this move after seeing Winona use it.
  • Back for the Dead: Swept by Tobias's Latios without managing to get a hit in.
  • Badass: After evolving into Swellow, it has been a major competitor on Ash's team for the rest of the Hoenn saga, as well as parts of the Battle Frontier. Try comparing the roles of the other birds of prey on the team that preceded it. During the Hoenn League, he ties with Glalie for the most wins.
  • Determinator
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Knows Double Team.
  • Flight
  • Lightning Bruiser: It knows Agility and Brave Bird, the latter of which hits fast and hard.
  • Made of Iron: It had a surprisingly strong resistance to Electric Attacks, as shown in its debut as well as the Mossdeep gym battle. Most likely, it's ability may well be Guts, which actually makes it stronger the more damage it takes.
    • Deconstructed in the former, where Ash was forced to capture Taillow or else it would suffer worse injury from electric attacks if its battle with Pikachu would go on any longer.
  • Mirror Match: First claim to fame was a battle against gym leader Winona's own shiny, more powerful Swellow.
  • Non-Elemental: Primary type.
  • Razor Wings: Knows Wing Attack.
  • Super Power Lottery: Seriously, a flying type that was most invulnerable to electric attacks and was a Lightning Bruiser.
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: Secondary type.

Treecko-Grovyle-Sceptile (Kimori-Juptile-Jukain)

Voiced in Japanese by: Yuji Ueda
Voiced in English by: Dan Green (Treeko), Darren Dunstan (Grovyle, 4Kids), Bill Rogers (Grovyle second voice and Sceptile)

  • Badass
    • Badass Arm-Fold: All three of his forms have some form of this.
    • Heartbroken Badass: Grovyle and Sceptile, the former being dumped and the latter being completely useless after losing its moveset.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Powerful in his own right, he just spends most of the time lazying around, apathetic to almost anything (i.e. whenever the other Pokémon would cause chaos, you can see him just sleeping in the background not doing anything). However, unlike Charizard, he's always ready to get out of his nap to fight for his trainer.
  • Bullet Seed: Notably, Treecko's first grass-type attack, over 35 episodes after his debut.
  • Determinator: He will continue to battle regardless of disadvantage (condition, typing, evolutionary level, etc.). He even beat a Darkrai through Heroic Resolve.
  • Delinquent: What Sceptile is apparently based on.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Grovyle fought tooth-and-nail against a wild Tropius to win the heart of Nurse Joy's Meganium. Grovyle won...only to see Meganium tending to Tropius.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Took down a freaking Darkrai!! This is easily Sceptile's biggest Crowning Moment of Awesome. Much earlier, it was seen holding its own against Brandon's Regirock too.
  • Fastball Special: Several times with Corphish, although who's the thrower and who's the ball depends on the situation.
  • Green Thumb
  • Heroic BSOD: Sceptile, after being rejected by a Meganium. He couldn't use any of his attacks for a few episodes!
    • He's Back: ...and instantly snaps out of it when he saw his trainer in mortal peril.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Overgrow.
  • In a Single Bound: Treecko and its evolutionary line have good jumping skills.
  • Interspecies Romance: With a Meganium.
  • Ineffectual Loner
  • Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: When he was asked to take care of some younger starter Pokémon, the Treecko instantly crushed on him, causing her/it(?) to imitate Ash's Treecko by having a twig in its mouth. Either Treecko saw this as weird, or he was just taking after his trainer.
  • Laser Blade Below The Shoulder: Knows Leaf Blade.
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: During the Pokélantis debacle, Sceptile was frequently ordered by the possessed Ash to resort to dirty tricks in order to win the battle against Brandon. While obviously appalled by this, Sceptile had no choice but to follow "Ash's" commands.
  • Oral Fixation: With a twig.
  • Pet the Dog: In his first appearance, as the only one in his herd that wants to keep his old (and dying) tree home alive.
  • Petal Power: Knows Leaf Storm.
  • The Power of the Sun: Knows Solarbeam.
  • Power Up Let Down: His newly-learned Leaf Storm doesn't do much in his battle against Darkrai. Good old Leaf Blade did the trick.
  • Rebel Relaxation: His default position whenever the group stops on their journey.
  • Ronin: Based off of his characteristics.
  • Signature Move: Leaf Blade.
  • Something Else Also Rises: a flower pops out of his twig when he became victim to Love at First Sight. From the other end of the spectrum, the flower wilts as soon as he gets rejected, a nod to the other visual metaphor used.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality
  • Super Speed
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Charizard, solely because he's Ash's Hoenn Brilliant but Lazy draconic Badass. Inverted however because Sceptile was never outright disobedient (at worse was his 10-Minute Retirement), nor did he have a drastic personality change after evolving - he's still Ash's AG powerhouse, functions as The Lancer to Pikachu, and frequently gets involved in the major battles.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Corphish.
  • The Worf Effect: Although he was a formidable battler in his own right and racked up a number of major wins, he could be and was flattened to establish some opponents' credentials.
    • It also ended up being one-shotted by Tobias' Latios immediately after one-shotting Darkrai. Though to be fair, Sceptile are, by nature, incredibly fragile; they just happen to make up for it by being the strongest and fastest starters. And, to give Sceptile further credit, he nearly did lose to Darkrai, having taken multiple Ice Beams and suffering from Dark Void. Frankly, it just makes the fact Sceptile was able to stand up straight and look a Latios in the eye before fainting even more badass.
  • Worf Had the Flu: A mini-arc in the Battle Frontier season has him rendered useless because of a Heroic BSOD.

Corphish (Heigani)

Voiced in Japanese by: Katsuyuki Konishi
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein (4Kids), Bill Rogers (current)

Torkoal (Cotoise)

Voiced in Japanese by: Shinichiro Miki
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein (4Kids), Billy Beach (current)

  • Back for the Dead: He ends up being used in Ash's fight against Tobias, where he promptly gets curb-stomped by a single Dark Pulse in 15 seconds.
  • Death or Glory Attack: Knows Overheat, although Ash typically made him use the more reliable Flamethrower instead.
  • Epic Fail: In one episode, he tries to go bipedal in order to kick a soccer ball. It went as well as you'd expect.
  • Extra Ore Dinary: Knows Iron Defense.
  • Ocular Gushers: Almost frequently. Then it's followed by its nostrils flaring out smoke.
  • Playing with Fire: He knows Overheat and Flamethrower.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: When he isn't in a battle, Torkoal tends to have this at his expense.
  • Rump Roast: Upon returning for the Sinnoh League, Torkoal tries to defrost Ash (caused by Glalie) this way.
  • Stone Wall
  • Took a Level in Badass: Compare his performance in the early episodes - especially when Norman's Vigoroth gave him a One-Hit KO - to his epic performance against Brandon's Registeel. Even if he lost despite a type advantage, he was fighting a Legendary.
  • Turtle Power
  • The Worf Effect: Despite his type advantage, he never won against a steel Pokémon.
  • Worthy Opponent: His determination in his debut paid off, with the king of Steel Valley, Steelix, acknowledging his strength after Torkoal finally defeated him.

Snorunt-Glalie (Yukiwarashi-Onigohri)

Voiced in Japanese by: Miyako Ito (Yukiwarashi), Katsuyuki Konishi (Onigohri)
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers (Snorunt), Pete Zarustica (Glalie)

  • An Ice Pokémon
  • Berserk Button: If you try to hit it before it evolves, it will never live it down. Team Rocket learned this the hard way.
  • Demoted to Extra: Just like Kingler, Glalie was only used in one regional League, in Hoenn. He was never used in the Battle Frontier or even the Sinnoh League unlike the rest of the Hoenn team.
    • Though unlike Kingler, Ash at least considered using him.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Knows Double Team.
  • Eleventh Hour Ranger: During the Hoenn arc.
  • Harmless Freezing: His freezing ability is only for pranks on Ash.
  • Mundane Utility: On one occasion, it used Ice Beam on a clump of berries to provide a makeshift ice pack for a sickly Ralts.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: As a Snorunt.
  • Power Floats: Glalie
  • Running Gag: It constantly had trouble firing off its Ice Beam correctly. Once it was mastered, it helped it become Glalie.
  • Signature Move: Headbutt.
  • Sixth Ranger: Again, for the Hoenn arc.
  • The Trickster: As a Snorunt.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When he was a Snorunt, he lost his only on-screen battle (a Gym Battle only a few episodes after being caught, but still). Evolving into a Glalie did him a world of good. He took down a Charizard, a Pokémon that had a type advantage over him, all by himself after Grovyle was knocked out during a double battle, who knocked out Quilava before. Glalie also defeated Morrison's Metang, another Pokémon with type advantage.
    • After evolving, he took out at least one Pokémon in every battle he was in and won two matches, one of which was against Morrison. To date, he's only been defeated twice in battle: firstly due to Destiny Bond; and secondly from an explosion between his Ice Beam and Tyson's Sceptile's Solarbeam, and even that was a draw.
  • Use Your Head: Knows Headbutt. It defeated a Charizard and a Metang with Headbutt.

Kanto Battle Frontier

Aipom (Eipam)

Traded to Dawn for Buizel. Aipom later evolves into Ambipom. For more info, see Diamond and Pearl Character Sheet.

    May (Haruka) 

Voiced in Japanese by: Kaori Suzuki
Voiced in English by: Veronica Taylor (4Kids), Michele Knotz (current)

An initially newbie trainer, May started out disliking Pokémon before experience around them changed her feelings regarding them. She aspires to be a Pokémon Coordinator, leading towards a quest similar to Ash's. Tropes involving her and her Pokémon include:
  • Action Girl: After she Took a Level in Badass.
  • Adaptational Curves: Possibly accidentally due to being Off Model. Fixed when she appeared in Sinnoh.
  • Adorkable: Brave, optimistic, kind, and at times, awkward, she definitely fits it.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With Max. No matter how many times they argue, they still really care for each other; after all, they're still brother and sister.
  • Belly Dancer: The contest outfit she wore in the Wallace Cup.
  • Between My Legs: In "Ruin With a View", when she spots an Azurill (the shot framed by May's legs, not the Azurill's).
  • Big Eater: Worse than Ash in this regard. In fact, in one episode, Ash was actually astounded by how much she could eat.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Deconstructed in one episode where a promise May made to her mother about keeping an eye out for Max nearly cost her a chance for getting into her first Grand Festival.
  • Catchphrase: When calling her Pokémon for a Contest, "Stage On!"/"Take The Stage!"
  • The Chick: For the "Advanced Generation" series.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Whenever she holds her fingers together to imitate a camera, it's a sure-sign that she's..."lost".
  • Conflicting Loyalty: in the episodes leading up to the Petalburg gym battle, Max gets on her case several times about who May wants to win: their father Norman, or Ash.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Although there was one time she squeed over Gulpin, a.k.a. the living stomach.
  • Damsel in Distress: Ash has saved her life several times on the show.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Apart from the Contest arc, the ninth movie comes to mind.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.
  • Deuteragonist: To Ash during "Advanced Generation" - even the final major battle (an unofficial contest they both enter) reflects this mindset.
  • The Ditz: In the early stages of her journey.
  • Dojikko: See The Ditz.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Post-Advanced Generation, her offscreen Contest exploits have earned her the nickname "the Princess of Hoenn".
  • Fanservice Pack: Very notable for this among the fanbase, as she's well-developed for a 10-year old. Removed when she's designed with her Emerald clothing during her guest appearance in Sinnoh.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Max's responsible. Unless the roles are reversed.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Sanguine.
  • Genki Girl: A little bit in the beginning.
  • Guest Star Party Member: For the Wallace Cup arc in "Diamond and Pearl"
  • Identical Stranger: She apparently looks just like a girl that stole the last bit of Harley's lunch when he was in preschool.
  • Image Song: "Watashi, Makenai!", AG's final ending theme.
  • Ironic Echo: Ash teaches May the basics of catching Pokémon, and May later returns it to him word-for-word when he forgets those basics.
  • Lethal Chef: On one infamous occasion. The Pokéblocks she made were so bad that it knocked out everyone who ate them, except Munchlax, which will eat almost anything, and Jessie, who was really hungry and didn't know any better.
    • That's the second time she did it. The first time she made Pokéblocks note  only Beautifly liked them.
  • The McCoy
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Naďve Everygirl and Naďve Newcomer
  • Noodle Incident: According to Max, she once had a bad encounter with a Tentacool, which explains her slight fear of Pokémon at the start of her journey.
    • It's revealed (by Max accidentally giving information to Harley and broadcasted through the speakers) that when she was little she had a blue swimcap and was swimming in the water...and Tentacool were there. She called for help but instead her mom mistook her for one of the Tentacool and tried to capture her instead!
  • Parental Neglect: Related to the above - her parents couldn't be bothered to watch their toddler at the beach, and do nothing after hearing her cries for help. Norman goes back to sunbathing, and Caroline decides to try and catch some Pokémon!
  • Plucky Girl
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Drew's blue.
  • Remember the New Guy: dub-only, where it's implied that May and Max had already met Ash's Charizard prior to the latter's actual debut in AG.
    May: Oh no, not again. (referring to Charizard's way of saying hello to Ash.)
    Max: Of course, that's the only way Charizard knows how to say hello.
  • Replacement Flat Character: Replacing Ash as the show's clueless newbie.
  • Rotating Arcs: Her contest arc, in acccompaniment with Ash's gym arc.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: In one episode she develops a group of admirers and develops an over-inflated ego as a result. Then she enters a contest. You can imagine what happens next.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She fulfills both roles.
    • Tomboy: To her successor Dawn's Girly Girl.
    • Girly Girl: To her predecessor Misty's Tomboy.
  • Took a Level in Badass: May took a noticeable level in badass somewhere around the time of Combusken's evolution. The first half of the season had her freezing up a lot and relying on blind luck — shortly post-Combusken she was holding her own against villains of the day. By Battle Frontier, she entered every contest with confidence.
    • Not only that, but most of her Pokémon also got this change.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Noodles.
  • Tsundere: A Type B, meaning she's mostly sweet and gentle...unless Drew is around, or Ash and/or her brother Max pisses her off.
  • The Unfavorite: Downplayed. Her parents are generally a lot more interested in Max, though that's probably just because he's little and needs more attention. They do a good job of cheering her on in Contests, though — her mother traveled all the way from Petalburg to Slateport City to support her when the Hoenn Grand Festival came!
  • Verbal Tic: "-kamo"
    • Stealth Pun: Her starter was Achamo, which could easily mimic this sound. (The Verbal Tic isn't present in the dub, and would have to be changed anyway as Achamo's English name is Torchic.)
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Received an earful from Nurse Joy and the other judges for pressuring her Bulbasaur in its first Contest.

May's Pokémon

Torchic-Combusken-Blaziken (Achamo-Wakasyamo-Bursyamo)

Voiced in Japanese by: Chinami Nishimura (Achama and Wakasyamo), Katsuyuki Konishi (Bursyamo)
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis (Torchic), Darren Denstan (Combusken, 4Kids), Bill Rogers (Combusken second voice and Blaziken)

  • Artistic License – Martial Arts: Combusken and Blaziken.
  • Badass Adorable / Killer Rabbit: Torchic.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Combusken and Blaziken's secondary type.
  • Butt Monkey: Prior to evolution, Torchic got walloped pretty much every time it came out of the Poké Ball. After evolution though...
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Torchic before it evolved.
  • Clucking Funny: When it was a Torchic. Lessens on this trope after evolving.
  • Death or Glory Attack: Knows Overheat.
  • The Ditz: As a Torchic.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: Evolved into Blaziken right as Advanced Generation was hitting its finale (handily beating Team Rocket in the process), and also just in time for use against Ash and Sceptile in the unofficial Contest at Terracotta Town.
  • Playing with Fire
  • Shoryuken: Knows Sky Uppercut.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Torchic's evolution into Combusken...and to up the ante, it evolves into Blaziken at the end of AG.
  • Well Done Chicken Mon: Torchic went through a personality change when evolving into Combusken. It went from timid and cutesy to a Proud Warrior Race Mon. What triggered this personality change? May paying more attention and spending more time with her other Pokémon (who, it must be said, were getting more attention to prepare for Contests while Torchic was left behind).
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Literally happens in "A Shroomish Skirmish". Torchic settles its differences with Corphish after Corphish protected Torchic from a herd of angry Breloom, and Torchic returned the favor by evolving into Combusken to save him. At the end of the episode, Corphish attempts to steal Combusken's food again (which started their squabble in the first place) but was now intimidated by the more powerful Combusken, and Combusken simply laughs it off.
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: Knows Peck.

Wurmple-Silcoon-Beautifly (Kemusso-Karasalis-Agehunt)

Voiced in Japanese by: Ryōko Shiraishi
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne (Wurmple), Rachael Lillis (Silcoon and Beautifly 4Kids), Michele Knotz (Beautifly, current)

  • All Webbed Up: Knows String Shot.
  • Always Accurate Attack: Knows Aerial Ace.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: As a Wurmple.
  • Big Eater: Wurmple. When he had his first lunch with the other Pokémon, he ate not only all the Pokémon food...but also the lunch Brock made for everyone else!
  • Brick Joke: During the gang's return to Petalburg for Ash's fifth gym battle, it's revealed that Beautifly was something of a soft spot for Caroline because it symbolizes her marriage with Norman. At the beginning of the Battle Frontier saga, May cites that very reason as to why her Beautifly stayed in the Petalburg gym.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returned with May during the Wallace Cup arc (in fact, it was the first to greet Ash & Brock, while May's ship was entering the docks.
  • Flight: Beautifly
  • Head Pet: Beautifly's favorite roost. On one occasion, Ash as well.
  • Pretty Butterfly
  • Psychic Powers: Knows Psychic.
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: Beautifly's secondary type.

Skitty (Eneco)

Bulbasaur-Ivysaur-Venusaur (Fushigidane-Fushigisou-Fushigibana)

Voiced in Japanese by: Miyako Ito (Fushigidane)
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne (Bulbasaur)

Munchlax (Gonbe)

Voiced in Japanese by: Chie Sato
Voiced in English by: Darren Dunstan (4Kids), Billy Beach (current)

  • Acrofatic: Can move really, really fast if he's motivated enough.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Knows Focus Punch.
  • Big Eater: Of course, even more so than May.
  • Breath Weapon: His Solarbeam.
  • Clear My Name: Taking a liking to Munchlax after it devoured all her Pokéblocks, May set out to prove its innocence when Team Rocket framed it for stealing other trainers' Pokéblocks.
  • Confusion Fu: It kicked Combusken's ass by not paying attention. Later played straight for having access to the Metronome attack.
  • Early-Bird Cameo
  • Extreme Omnivore: Only Munchlax was able to eat May's first original Pokéblock recipe. He has limits, however, as he didn't take with her second original Pokéblock.
    • And of course, it swallowed a Pokéball and it still got captured.
  • Green Thumb: Knows Solarbeam.
  • Non-Action Guy: May only captured him to save his skin. For the rest of Hoenn, he never competed in a single Contest, only getting a chance in the spotlight during Battle Frontier.
  • Non-Elemental: Normal-type.

Squirtle-Wartortle (Zenigame-Kameil)

Voiced in Japanese by: Tomoe Hanba (Zenigame), Katsuyuki Konishi (Kameil)
Voiced in English by: Eric Stuart (Squirtle, 4Kids), Michele Knotz (Squirtle, second voice), Craig Blair (Wartortle)

Eevee-Glaceon (Eievui-Glacia)

Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Hayashibara
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers (Eevee), Megumi Hayashibara (Glaceon)

    Max (Masato) 

Voiced in Japanese by: Fushigi Yamada
Voiced in English by: Amy Birnbaum (4Kids), Kayzie Rogers (current)

May's younger brother who travels along with his sister and friends, even though he has no Pokémon of his own. Tropes involving him include:
  • Ascended Fanboy: He's supposed to be on his way to be one, but, thanks to Comic-Book Time...
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To May he is.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: See the section for May, above.
  • Canon Foreigner: In the games the protagonist is an only child, though your rival has a younger brother in Emerald.
  • Crossdressing Voices
  • A Day in the Limelight: Like his sister, a movie (Pokémon: Jirachi: Wishmaker) focuses on him as a main character.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Naturally, May gives him plenty of ammunition.
  • Expy: Based off the male school kid trainer class's RSE appearance. Amusingly, that class's design in ORAS looks like it was based off of Max (the color palette is more similar to Max than to the original design).
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: He likes to think of himself as the responsible to May's foolish, but he has more than a few Bratty Half-Pint tendencies that lead him to cause quite a few problems of his own.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Melancholic.
  • Hero-Worshipper: While it's not overly blatant, and his first appearance has him quickly criticizing Ash's accomplishments (alongside not getting the name right), he does look up to the latter to a certain degree. Likewise towards his father Norman, only it's a lot more pronounced.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Out of May's Pokémon, Max seems to be most attached to her Munchlax.
  • Insufferable Genius: Max likes to behave as though he's the smartest one around, often poo-pooing Ash's strategies and accomplishments and often whining when he witnesses things that don't match how he's learned the world should work. In his Establishing Character Moment, his meeting with Ash goes sour when he keeps mentioning that Ash lost in the second round of the Silver Conference, happily ignoring that this was the victory league of the conference.
    • As it turns out, he's actually something of a Small Name, Big Ego when it came to battling. When he gets his first taste of actual battling, he's so busy trying to keep up with his learning that he spent all of his time buffing and forgot the short-term game, which notably contrasts him with Ash and his improvised style.
  • No Sense of Direction: Applies to the whole group as a whole, but, come on...he's got the universe's equivalent to a GPS! He has the least excuse.
  • One Steve Limit: In-universe, averted when another Max shows up in the episode Maxxed Out!
  • The Promise: To a stray Ralts in "Do I Hear a Ralts".
  • Puppy Love: In-universe example: one Advance Generation episode has him develop a mutual crush with Vivi Winstrate, the youngest member of a family of trainers. However, when the family challenged Ash and co. to a friendly 4-on-4 match, Max just had to borrow Corphish in his match against Vivi. The results weren't pretty...
  • Running Gag: Early in the series, he would take pleasure in being on the receiving end of attacks or abilities' effects.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses
  • Shout-Out: The sickly Ralts in "Do I Hear a Ralts" to Wally.
  • The Smart Guy: Well, he at least makes an effort to be this during "Advanced Generation", somewhat sharing the role with Brock. However, he's really more...
  • Tagalong Kid: The only reason he's there is because his dad (Norman) said that he should go travel along with his sister.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

    Supporting Cast 

Professor Birch (Dr. Odamaki)

Voiced in Japanese by: Fumihiko Tachiki
Voiced in English by: Dan Green

The professor of the Hoenn region. He helped May get her start as a trainer by giving her a choice between Torchic, Mudkip, or Treecko. Birch exhibits the following Tropes:

  • Drives Like Crazy: Steep cliffs are as minor as speedbumps, and chances are he'll be on a maximum of two of his wheels at any given time.
  • Large Ham: Being voiced by Mr. Green certainly helps.

Caroline (Mitsuko)

Voiced in Japanese by: Yumi Touma
Voiced in English by: Karen Niell (4Kids), Klara Leopold (current)

May and Max's mom and wife of gym leader Norman of the Petalburg City Gym.

Drew (Shū/Shuu)

Voiced in Japanese by: Mitsuki Saiga
Voiced in English by: Pete Zarustica (4Kids), Bill Rogers (current)

May's main rival as a Pokémon coordinator. He enjoys pushing her buttons, but gradually drops the Jerk Ass facade and becomes much more respectful over time. He never lets anyone forget that they are rivals first and friends second.


Voiced in Japanese by: Junichi Kanemaru
Voiced in English by: Andrew Rannells (4Kids), Billy Regen (current)

May's other rival, though she doesn't consider him to be one at first. Harley decided to go after May simply because during his introduction, he offered May one of his home made cookies. May was in a rather indifferent mood that day, and she thought they were OK. They weren't bad, just OK. Harley never let that go.
  • All Webbed Up: His Ariados knows String Shot and Spider Web.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Not so much "ambiguous" as "as flaming as the writers could possibly make him without setting the censors off".
  • Badass Finger Snap: He uses it to signal the timing of his Cacturne's Needle Arm in "A Hurdle for Squirtle".
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Beats May in a Contest for the first and only time in "Harley Rides Again".
  • Bare Your Midriff: His usual outfit has a diamond shaped cut near the bottom of his shirt that shows his navel.
  • Berserk Button: If you don't like his cookies (or he doesn't think you do), he will go out of his way to make your life miserable at every possible turn. Guaranteed.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Laughably Evil, campy and seemingly friendly, but cross him and there'll be hell to pay.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He behaves in a silly manner to cover up his ruthless and underhanded nature.
  • Bokukko: Inverted. In Japanese, he refers to himself using atashi, the Japanese feminine form of I.
  • Breakout Villain: Was apparently supposed to be done with after the Hoenn Grand Festival, but was made a recurring rival for Battle Frontier due to his popularity.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Acts extremely flamboyant and obsesses over anyone who messes with his food, but is a very skilled Coordinator nevertheless.
  • Camp Gay: And how! (Note Bokukko above.)
  • Combat Pragmatist: He won't think twice about using dirty tactics to pull out a win.
  • Cosplay/Uncatty Resemblance: His outfit is based on Cacturne, his signature Pokémon.
    • At one point in the Kanto Grand Festival he even cosplays May, whom gets squicked out by his mimicry.
  • Dark Is Evil: His main Pokémon is Cacturne, a half-Dark type, and his team also includes a Banette.
  • Death Glare: Ariados' Scary Face.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: His entire feud with May is based around very petty reasons he has to hate her.
  • Drama Queen: He's fairly...exuberant.
  • Dub Name Change: One of the very few aversions in the Pokémon franchise. His Japanese and English names are the same.
  • Elemental Powers
  • Evil Is Petty: Initiating a blood feud with a 10-year-old girl over a plate of cookies? Yeah, he qualifies.
  • Gender-Blender Name: In both languages, even!
  • Gratuitous English: Well, he is voiced by Junichi Kanemaru.
  • Heel Face Mole: Tricked May using this ploy in the Hoenn Grand Festival.
  • Jerkass
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When he is called out for tricking May, he tells her that she shouldn't have trusted him in the first place.
  • Large Ham
  • Law of Disproportionate Response: He took May's picture, pasted it in a stalker notebook, drew a frowny face/skull and crossbones next to it, and obsessed himself with defeating her for the rest of the season. Why? Because when she actually liked his cookies, she didn't like them enough.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Meaningful Name: His Japanese name is a corruption of 針 hari, meaning "needle". His signature Pokémon is based on a cactus.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Claims that May (or at least a May lookalike) once stole his food in grade school. Granted, he was almost certainly BS'ing it, but...well, you never know.
    • Harley may not have be making it up, due to the fact that May lived two cities west of him, and that one episode showed her, Norman and Caroline, not sure if Max was with them or not cause the scene doesn't show him, so it's possible that May could have stolen Harley's food.
      • No - May's still much too young to have been in Harley's preschool class. He never claimed it was May...only that the cookie thief "...looked just like May."
  • Nice Hat:
    • The one he usually wears is shaped like the top of a Cacturne's head.
    • On another occasion, he wore May's bandanna while dressing up as her.
  • Pet the Dog: He seems to treat his Pokémon well, referring to them affectionately ("my buddies", "cool bud", attaching "-chan" to their names in Japanese).
  • Pick on Someone Your Own Size: Sort of — Harley himself seems to be in his late teens, although he became obsessed with defeating the ten year old May.
  • Psychotic Smirk: His default expression.
  • Serious Business: Food in general, apparently. He hated May's guts because she said his cookies were only okay, and got really pissed over a girl eating the last of his lunch when he was little.
  • Sissy Villain
  • Smug Snake
  • Terms of Endangerment: "Yoo-hoo, May! My cute little gingerbread-cookie!"
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Brock actually thought he was a girl before the crowd cleared once...oops.
  • Vague Age
  • Villain/Rivals Team Up: he once conspired with Team Rocket so May wouldn't get her last Kanto Ribbon.
  • Villainous Crossdresser: On one occasion, he dresses up as May. He even blows a kiss to Drew while doing so...
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair

Morrison (Masamune)

Voiced in Japanese by: Masako Nozawa
Voiced in English by: Sean Schemmel

An exhuberant trainer who dresses much like a samurai, he meets Ash during the three-months leading up to the Ever Grande Conference, and they strike up a highly competitive friendly rivalry, which only builds up as the tournament itself does. Despite his late arrival, he is essentially The Rival in the vein of Gary, Paul and the rest.
  • Big Eater
  • Crash-Into Hello: Though it's based purely in friendship.
  • Elemental Powers
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Foil: Until perhaps Cameron of Best Wishes, no other rival of Ash's was as much like him as Morrison. In fact, his personality is very similar to Ash's Indigo League self, such that Ash (despite appearing younger) comes off as more experienced than he does.
  • Graceful Loser: For all his competitiveness, he took his defeat as extra incentive to get stronger.
  • Heroic BSOD: He was highly depressed at first about needing to actually battle Ash during their 6-on-6 match, to the point that he couldn't command his Pokémon properly and gave Ash an easy lead in the battle. Eventually, Ash snapped him out of it by convincing him to fight his best no matter what or else disgrace his Pokémon's efforts, and it worked.
  • Hot-Blooded: Similar to Ash.
  • Idiot Hero: Again, similar to Ash.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Girafarig's Light Screen.
  • Meaningful Name: His Japanese name, Masamune, is the name of a famed swordsmith, fitting for his ronin-like appearance and vagrant lifestyle.
  • One-Hit KO: Gligar's Guillotine.
  • The Rival: For the Hoenn arc, despite his late appearance in the storyline.
  • Running Gag: Chasing his runaway rice balls (sandwiches in the dub), which would lead to a Crash-Into Hello with Ash.
  • Spirited Competitor
  • Took a Level in Badass: Nobody was more surprised than he when his Beldum spontaneously evolved during his preliminary match, expanding its moveset from simply Take Down and enabling his defeat of his opponent.

Tyson (Tetsuya)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kenji Nojima
Voiced in English by: Marc Diraison

Ash's secondary rival, appearing in the lead-up episode to the Ever Grande Conference. He became the first rival of Ash's to win a tournament by winning the Conference.
  • Almighty Janitor: Tyson's Meowth is so experienced and powerful, it could easily evolve into a Persian, but refuses to do so out of loathing for the species.
  • Always Someone Better: He wins the Ever Grande Conference, his Meowth is much tougher than Team Rocket's (and defeats Pikachu), and his entire team besides Meowth is fully evolved. And just to further the last point, half of his Pokémon are full evolutions of Pokémon Ash and Morrison have which haven't yet evolved - Sceptile and Donphan to Ash's Grovile and Phanpy, respectively; and Metagross to Morrison's Metang. Anyone with a trace of Genre Savvy wouldn't necessarily need to know the show's history to realise Ash was going to lose this one.
  • Big Eater: In a manner reminiscent more to May than Ash (that is, he's more even-tempered and Closer to Earth).
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Tyson's Meowth was abandoned by its pack after losing to the pack leader, a Persian, whose arrogance (a common species trait) and disregard for Meowth's well-being led to a lasting hatred of the species. It was thankfully found by Tyson who nursed it to health again, even giving it a pair of boots to support its wounded hindlegs until it could walk properly again
  • Elemental Powers
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Metagross' Hyper Beam.
  • Irrational Hatred: His Meowth expresses towards all Persian - he had to return it to its Pokéball to prevent it from killing its Persian opponent after it's already fainted. It doesn't help that the species' natural predisposition towards condescention and arrogance are the very traits which led to this deep-seated loathing.
  • Meaningful Name: "Tetsu" from his Japanese name means "iron", likely in a reference to his determination and will and also to that of his Meowth, who became strong as iron through hard work and dedication.
  • Me's a Crowd: Meowth's Double Team.
  • Signature Mon: His Meowth.
  • Unknown Rival/Worthy Opponent: His Meowth for Team Rocket's - the latter initially hates him, but comes to empathise with and respect him after learning his backstory, and expecially after his defeat of Pikachu.

Solidad (Saori)

Voiced in Japanese by: Rie Tanaka
Voiced in English by: Sarah Natochenny

One of Drew's friends and an extremely skilled coordinator. She knows Brock from when she was at Pewter City and seems to have known Harley as well.

    Hoenn Gym Leaders 

Roxanne (Tsutsuji)

Voiced in Japanese by: Yuri Shiratori
Voiced in English by: Karen Neill

  • Badass Teacher: Being both a Gym Leader and a Beginner class teacher really has its merits.
  • Dishing Out Dirt
  • Hot Teacher
  • Secret Weapon: Nosepass comes across this way - Ash had no idea what to expect of it, and its unique range of moves forced him and Pikachu to think outside the box to win.
  • Warm-Up Boss: The first Hoenn Gym Leader Ash faced (in an official capacity, that is), but no pushover - her Geodude defeated Treecko despite a good effort from Ash, who needed to show how in sync he and Pikachu really can be, especially with the effective strategies she and her Nosepass implemented. Of course, Ash's victory here (fairly soon after an impressive Silver Conference showing) put him on an overconfident high which Brawley was there to straighten out soon after

Brawly (Toki)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kohei Kiyasu
Voiced in English by: Jason Griffith

  • Bare-Fisted Monk
  • Curbstomp Battle: After Makuhita evolved into Hariyama, it finished Treecko in a single strike.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Eyes Always Shut: Makuhita.
  • Humble Pie: Ash thought Brawley didn't take training seriously at all until the relaxed Gym Leader handed his ass to him. The lesson of training by "playing/working with nature" affected Ash for the rest of AG, too.
  • Nice Guy: Cheery, patient, and easygoing. His good-natured attitude in his first appearance practically sets you against Ash - who was on overconfident high after his Silver Conference performance and earning his first Hoenn Badge against Roxanne.
  • Surfer Dude: In the dub.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He was already pummelling Ash's Treecko when his Makuhita evolved. Ash was well aware that Brawley would only be stronger when they had their rematch (having gotten right to work at training his new Hariyama), and he wasn't mistaken about this.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: As in the games, this is invoked - Ash loses to him due to overconfidence and it becomes a learning curve for him as a trainer.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Wattson (Tessen)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kenichi Ogata
Voiced in English by: Dan Green

Flannery (Asuna)

Voiced in Japanese by: Rio Natsuki
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz

Norman (Senri)

Voiced in Japanese by: Jurota Kosugi
Voiced in English by: Dan Green

  • Badass: In his first appearance, Vigoroth beat Pikachu using its Lightning Bruiser attributes. That Pikachu ties with it in a rematch is considered an accomplishment (particularly since it beat Torkoal in a single move). His Slaking was literally no slouch either in their battle giving Groyle a hell of a match.
  • Good Parents
  • Happily Married: With Caroline.
  • Non-Elemental
  • Papa Wolf: Team Rocket found this out the hard way, having (accidentally) stolen his daughter's Torchic.
  • Recurring Character
  • What Could Have Been: In-universe - if Ash had at least three Pokémon when he first met Norman, he'd have been the first Gym Leader Ash fought, which they both acknowledge. Norman still praised Ash for the maturity of wanting to start over, though, and was impressed by his growth when they met again later on.

Winona (Nagi)

Voiced in Japanese by: Hyosei
Voiced in English by: Amy Birnbaum

Tate and Liza (Fu and Ran)

Voiced in Japanese by: Takahiro Mizushima (Fu), Chisa Yokoyama (Ran)
Voiced in English by: Jason Griffith (Tate), Andi Whaley (Liza)

Juan (Adan)

Voiced in Japanese by: Show Hayami
Voiced in English by: Sean Schemmel

Wallace (Kikuri)

Voiced in Japanese by: Toshiyuki Morikawa
Voiced in English by: Sean Reyes

    Kanto Battle Frontier 

Noland (Datsura)

Voiced in Japanese by: Nobuyuki Hiyama
Voiced in English by: David Wills

Greta (Kogomi)

Voiced in Japanese by: Sanae Kobayashi
Voiced in English by: Sonny Dei

Tucker (Heath)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kenta Miyake
Voiced in English by: Bill Rogers

Lucy (Azami)

Voiced in Japanese by: Atsuko Tanaka
Voiced in English by: Emily Williams

Spenser (Ukon)

Voiced in Japanese by: Nachi Nozawa
Voiced in English by: Eric Schussler

Anabel (Lila)

Voiced in Japanese by: Akiko Kimura
Voiced in English by: Hilary Thomas

  • All Love Is Unrequited: She clearly has it bad for Ash, but being a Chaste Hero Oblivious to Love, he doesn't see the cues.
  • Badass: In their first match, she defeats Ash with only one of her three Mons knocked out.
  • Bifauxnen: Ash and friends didn't realize she was a girl thanks to her appearance and androgynous voice.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Violet hair and eyes.
  • The Empath: Can even mentally communicate with her Pokémon when she really gets into battle.
  • Quickly Demoted Woman: In the games she was the leader, and the strongest member of the Hoenn Battle Frontier. For the Kanto Battle Frontier in the anime, she's second-strongest to Brandon. That said, she's still quite powerful in her own right and gives Ash a hard time in their matches, being the only one in the Frontier other than Brandon to beat him (and without being pushed too hard - Ash only beat her Alakazam in a 3-on-3, partly just because it was tired from battling Corphish and Tauros). Plus, she doesn't have any legendaries to bolster her team like Brandon does.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Violet, in fact.

Brandon (Jindai)

Voiced in Japanese by: Masayuki Omoro
Voiced in English by: Craig Blair

  • Adventurer Archaeologist
  • Arc Welding: In DP, it was revealed that he indirectly caused Paul's Freudian Excuse.
  • Badass: He's the only major, certified opponent so far who Ash had to battle thrice (though the first time, Ash was possessed by an evil spirit), he has three Legendaries, he was the only opponent Reggie could scarcely scratch (and the loss caused him to decide to quit training professionally), and he's only the second person known to have given Paul a Curb-Stomp Battle (the other is Cynthia). And when Ash did beat him, he was only using one of the Regi trio - the freshly-caught Regice. So yes, he qualifies for this.
  • Barrier Maiden: He states his intent to have his three Regis become the new pillars that protect Regigigas after Hunter J destroyed/murdered the previous ones.
  • Big "NO!": Yells these out whenever he disapproves of something.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns during the Snowpoint City episodes in the DP saga.
  • Curtains Match the Window: His brown hair and eyes.
  • Genius Bruiser: The bruising mainly comes from his mons, but he is an accomplished Archaeologist and is knowledgeable in ancient history and language.
  • Olympus Mons: Used to utilize the three Regis in his battles.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He almost always has a stern-looking expression on his face. He does smile on several occasions, though.
  • Taken for Granite: The only human who was petrified by J's technology (as were his three Regis). Thankfully, Regigigas reversed it using Hidden Power.
  • Third Time's the Charm: Ash only beat him on his third try.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He points out that the reason Ash got possessed by the evil king was because of Ash's arrogance and carelessness.