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.
  • Description Cut: Ash brags about his team being awesome. Max, seeing the team's (sans Treecko) state at the time being, begs to differ.

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)
First showing up to steal Max's chocolate, Taillow is quite literally the first Pokémon Ash and friends meet in Petalburg Woods. Leader of a massive flock, Taillow would split up from its group to challenge Pikachu to a battle, which would eventually lead to Ash capturing it. As a Taillow, it tends to get overlooked in favor of the other members of the Hoenn team, but after evolution, Swellow would become a force to be reckoned with.
  • The Ace: 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. During the Hoenn League, he ties with Glalie for the most wins.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The Rockets express their admiration for the Taillow flock after seeing them shake off Pikachu's electric attacks, and Meowth adds the taste for chocolate cookies.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Leader of an aggressive flock in Petalburg Woods, but mere seconds after capture Taillow gets called back out, and all of sense of hostility from him was instantly gone. That's got to be a record.
  • The Dreaded: Brock speculated that the reason Petalburg Woods is so quiet during their first day in is that all other Pokémon in the forest run and hide once the flock shows its face.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: A couple of episodes are dedicated to Swellow trying to learn and master Aerial Ace after Ash saw Winona use it.
  • Lightning Bruiser: It knows Quick Attack and Aerial Ace, 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.
  • Head Pet: As Taillow, it likes to sit on top of another, larger Pokémon (like Forretress or Torkoal).
  • Mirror Match: First claim to fame was a battle against gym leader Winona's own shiny, more powerful Swellow.
  • Spanner in the Works: In "Off the Unbeaten Path", Team Rocket would have actually gotten away with stealing the Pokémon and the Orienteering prize (since the Pokémon Center is deserted save for the Pokémon) but for some reason they didn't take Swellow into account, perched on the Pokémon Center roof. Swellow would immediately take off and bring the heroes back to thwart the Rockets.
  • Super Power Lottery: Seriously, a flying type that was most invulnerable to electric attacks and was a Lightning Bruiser.

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)
Lone inhabitant of a giant dying tree, Treecko refuses to leave his home even after the rest of his herd have moved on. Treecko would gain respect for Ash after the latter helped him save the tree (even though in the end it still dies), but he wouldn't let himself get captured until he battles Pikachu.
  • The Ace: Was Ash's go to guy for the better part of Advanced Generation, already establishing himself as one of his strongest Hoenn Pokémon or at the least as strong as Swellow (see above), competing in all but 2 of Ash's Hoenn Gym Battles and was just as impressive. Sceptile's credibility didn't fade after the AG saga; upon returning in Diamond and Pearl for the Sinnoh League he's the only Pokémon to ever actually defeat Tobias' Darkrai.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: While trying to fend off a Gulpin horde, Treecko and a stray Gulpin would accidentally find themselves inside a machine that grows them to Kaiju-size.
  • 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.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: He's the only Pokémon to ever defeat Tobias' Darkrai.
  • Determinator: He will continue to battle regardless of disadvantage (condition, typing, evolutionary level, etc.). He even beat a Darkrai through Heroic Resolve.
  • 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, showing him who her heart belongs to.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: During the Lily of the Valley Conference in Sinnoh he is able to beat Tobias' Darkrai, which no one else was able to accomplish for the entire tournament.
  • Fastball Special: Several times with Corphish, although who's the thrower and who's the ball depends on the situation.
  • Green Thumb: He's a grass-type, but he wouldn't learn an actual grass-type attack, Bullet Seed, long after his debut.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: He lost the ability to use any attacks for a few episodes after being rejected by a Meganium in "Odd Pokémon Out". He was only able to snap out of it once Ash was in peril a few episodes later.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Overgrow gives hims a power boost when he's on the ropes.
  • Hope Sprouts Eternal: Treecko was so determined to save his home, yet in the end the tree still dies. However, a seedling was immediately planted next to its remains to grow and become the Treeckos' new home.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Treecko becomes well-known for taunting his opponents, especially Team Rocket.
  • In a Single Bound: Treecko and its evolutionary line have good jumping skills.
  • Interspecies Romance: With a Meganium, although it's a valid pairing in the games.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Mingling is not his strongest suit. In his first outing with the rest of the twerps' Pokémon, his answer to their curious looks is to climb up a tree and stay there. (High tree branches would later be his favorite roost whenever there's a stopover.)
  • 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: the leaves on his elbow start glowing when he uses his Leaf Blade attack.
  • Mundane Utility: After their loss in the Dewford gym, Ash tells Treecko to start being laid-back again. Treecko proceeds to use his giant tail as a makeshift bed.
  • 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.
  • Not So Stoic: In the "Pokémon-Gotta Dance" short, Treecko attempts with all it's might not to get caught in the rhythm of Meowth's dancing device. It eventually submits when it converts into a waltz.
  • Oral Fixation: With a twig. Grovyle loses it after his evolution, coinciding with his Heroic B.S.O.D., and immediately plucks a new one from a nearby bush after recovering.
  • 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: Learns Leaf Storm by the time he comes back for the Sinnoh semifinals.
  • Power Glows: On the ropes against Spencer's Claydol, Ash and friends notice the bulbs on Sceptile's back start glowing after absorbing sunlight, culminating in Sceptile learning Solarbeam.
  • 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.
  • Psychoactive Powers: After having his heart broken by a Meganium, Sceptile found himself unable to initiate attacks properly, only regaining control of his abilities when he broke out his Heroic B.S.O.D.. It is worth noting that Sceptile is the first of several Pokémon shown exhibiting power through this trope throughout the anime.
  • Rebel Relaxation: His default position whenever the group stops on their journey.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tail Slap: Treeko and Sceptile's version of the Pound attack, where he whips his tail to hit the opponent. (Grovyle instead uses his, erm, hair?)
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer: For most of his time as a Treecko, he only knows physical attacks and no grass-type attacks. Otherwise, Treecko would have put up a better performance during the Rustboro gym battle. Learning grass-type attacks later are few and in between. (Bullet Seed early in Advance Generation's 2nd season, Leaf Blade upon evolving into Grovyle, Solarbeam halfway through Battle Frontier, and finally, Leaf Storm during the Sinnoh League.)
  • 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 B.S.O.D..

Corphish (Heigani)

Voiced in Japanese by: Katsuyuki Konishi
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein (4Kids), Bill Rogers (current)
Camping on a beach on Dewford Island, the twerps and Team Rocket would find themselves getting tormented by this abrasive Pokémon. With the help of Treecko, Ash would finally put an end to Corphish's reign of terror, while making him the third addition to Ash's team.
  • Ass Shove: On at least two occasions (one of them being Ash himself), someone's been on the receiving end of Corphish's horns. Once, the camera even bothered to make a split-second close-up of Corphish's contact with the victim's behind!
    • Ash is on top of a tree, trying to talk to a brooding Treecko, and Corphish, being the latter's friend, tries to get up there as well. Corphish climbs up the tree at an amazingly fast clip, and Ash is still on the tree and thus on Corphish's path, so...
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: in his own accord, he doesn't seem thrilled about being in charge of a group of baby Pokémon. Three times!
  • Blood Knight: He hated being made to do anything besides battle, whether it be performing for a crowd of humans or babysitting a group of baby Pokémon. However, he was always raring to go whenever Ash sent him out during a match.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Much of the time Corphish is less of a Jerkass than that he simply doesn't get that he's being out of line in his behaviour. He frequently means well and usually just needs a scolding to be set straight.
  • Bubble Gun: Knows Bubble Beam.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: the dub has Ash mention that the Corphish that tormented them in "Gone Corphishin'" might actually be the same one that he pulled out of the water a couple episodes prior.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: After getting captured, Ash tries to shake hands with him, only for Corphish to unknowingly give him a shoulder toss.
  • Fast Tunnelling: He tormented Ash and friends (complete with Worm Sign) while moving fast underground.
  • Genius Ditz: Not really the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he's pivotal in foiling Team Rocket during "It's still Rocket Roll to Me"; simply by telling Max and Tate to keep quiet before freeing them, giving them the element of surprise against Team Rocket.
  • Innocently Insensitive: when he's not being a deliberate jerkass, he just doesn't get that he's acting offensively.
  • Interspecies Romance: Fell for a Mawile.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all his abrasiveness and insensitivity he does have a redeeming side, like his loyalty (and affection, somewhat) to Ash, as well as his Pet the Dog below. He's generally quite gregarious, as well.
  • Not Allowed To Evolve: The only member of the AG team to never evolve (apart from Torkoal, who can't).
  • Not So Different: Brock coerces Corphish into helping him perform "Takeshi's Paradise" with this spiel, claiming that as they're both unlucky in love, they should help each other out.
  • Odd Friendship: Only in early Hoenn episodes, Corphish and Treecko seem to be constantly at odds, though they'd still stick with each other.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Corphish thinks this is the case when he first meets a freshly evolved Grovyle. After Grovyle starts easily impressing the rest of the team with his new moves, Corphish tries to prove himself the better mon by challenging a random trainer.
  • Pet the Dog: After being a bully for most of the episode "A Shroomish Skirmish", Corphish suffers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to protect May's Torchic.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: One of the smallest on Ash's team, but he's still one of Ash's primary battlers in AG.
  • Unknown Rival: He's giving Lombre the Death Glare in the Mawile episode, to which Lombre is completely oblivious to. Of course, it's hard to tell anything about Lombre...
  • Worm Sign: In his introduction episode, he was an unknown Pokémon that attacked Ash's group by burrowing under the sand. It wasn't until shortly before his capture that his identity was revealed. Although the episode title (in original and English) gave it away.

Torkoal (Cotoise)

Voiced in Japanese by: Shinichiro Miki
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein (4Kids), Billy Beach (current)
Befriending this Torkoal after saving it from being bullied by steel-type Pokémon, Ash would help the Pokémon defeat the king of Steel Valley, Steelix, before joining Ash's team at the end of the episode. It is very friendly, but is a bit of a crybaby.
  • Defend Command: Iron Defense has Torkoal retract into his shell and form a barrier, which is impervious to most attacks.
  • 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.
  • Ocular Gushers: Pretty emotional, and would cry at the slightest provocation; he would even cry when someone else starts gushing a waterfall! 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Harmless Freezing: His freezing ability is only for pranks on Ash.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Ash spent a much longer time helping Snorunt master Ice Beam than he did with Swellow's Aerial Ace.
  • 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: Acted as this as a Snorunt.
  • Power Floats: As Glalie, its only means of locomotion is by floating.
  • Running Gag: It constantly had trouble firing off its Ice Beam correctly. Once it was mastered, it helped it become Glalie.
  • The Trickster: As a Snorunt; the Nurse Joy in the Pokémon Center that he frequents knows he doesn't mean any harm, however.
  • 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

  • Guest-Star Party Member: Torkoal and Glalie were left behind at Oak's lab, and while Phanphy would rejoin the roster, Ash still has an empty slot on his team for this saga. This gives the other Pokémon over at the lab a little time in the limelight again when a Frontier challenge comes up. This is possibly a precursor to his rotating roster in Best Wishes.

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)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ana Lobo (Season 6 and first episodes of season 7), Liliana Barba (temporary replacement in Season 6), Mariana Ortiz (rest of the series), Agustina Priscila (Movies 6 and 7)

Starting the Advanced series as a newbie trainer, May only wanted to travel the world at first. She initially disliked Pokémon before experience around them changed her mind. She aspires to be a Pokémon Coordinator, leading towards a quest similar to Ash's. Tropes involving her include:

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: After going on a hot-streak with contest victories and garnering a fan club, May briefly lets her success go to her head. Naturally this immediately leads to a Break the Haughty moment.
  • Adaptational Curves: Possibly accidental, but she's more "developed" than her game counterpart, or any other version of the character for that matter. Fixed when she appeared in Sinnoh.
  • Adorkable: Brave, optimistic, kind, and at times, awkward, she definitely fits it.
  • Always Someone Better:
    • To Jessie. Not only did May appear solely during her team's most ineffectual tenure, but Jessie was an Unknown Rival to her in Pokémon contests, failing every time to outdo her. Even during the Sinnoh contests, where Jessie proved far more competent, she failed to challenge May in any capacity during her brief return.
    • And to Harley. He managed to defeat her only once. The Japanese version also implies he's insecure about her being cuter (and thus more popular) competition than him. These are among the more lucid reasons he has for hating her.
  • Aside Glance: Sometimes during her "expedition team" routine, she would act like she's reporting "progress" to the audience.
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: She gets very mad when food is stolen from her, sometimes to the point of violence.
  • Between My Legs: In "Ruin With a View", when she spots an Azurill (the shot framed by May's legs, not the Azurill's).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's The Cutie most of the time, and is even more easily duped or kidnapped by Team Rocket than Ash. Some of their most vicious comeuppances throughout the entire series have been inflicted by her however, and usually more a result of pressing her buttons than actual self defence.
  • 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:
    • Shows at times with Max. She and Liza once inflicted an Extreme Melee Revenge onto Team Rocket for kidnapping him. 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.
    • Also helps pivot Ash's Big Brother Instinct characterization, being the first main character trainer more novice than him and being protected by him several times over. Possibly inverted since both characters are ten.
  • Bound and Gagged: Probably the most liable of Ash's companions to get kidnapped and tied up in some humiliating fashion.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Downplayed case. While usually sweet natured, May can sometimes have a very huffy temperament, especially when she starts to get too confident in her abilities.
  • Catchphrase: When calling her Pokémon for a Contest, "Stage On!"/"Take The Stage!"
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Whenever she starts her "expedition team" narration and Finger Framing, 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. In the gym match itself, she clearly chose Ash's side.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Although there was one time she squeed over Gulpin, a.k.a. the living stomach.
  • The Cutie: Probably the most Adorkable and childish of Ash's female companions. In keeping with the trope, she gets a lot of Big Brother Instinct moments out of Ash and Brock.
  • 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 can provide snark especially where her brother is concerned, but Ash and Brock tend to take the heat as well.
  • Deuteragonist: To Ash during "Advanced Generation" - even the final major battle (an unofficial contest they both enter) reflects this mindset.
  • Distress Ball: Even after becoming one of the most active and capable female companions, she often couldn't catch a break with this. Usually inflicted Big Brother Instinct moments from Ash.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: May was slightly taller than Ash in her first appearance, and inflicted a bit of deja vu after Pikachu fries her bike, implying she was going to be a more clear cut Replacement Goldfish for Misty. Episodes after make her more diminutive in both height and personality, likely so Ash can better take on a Big Brother Mentor role towards her.
  • 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.
  • Good Luck Charm: Describes her half of the Terracotta Ribbon as her lucky charm during her travels in Johto.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Briefly returns 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: Pokéblocks are edible for humans and Pokémon (to be fair, they are made of berries, after all). May's Pokéblocks? Not so much.
    • The first time she made a batchnote , only Beautifly liked them.
    • On another, more infamous occasion. They were so bad that it knocked out everyone who ate them, except Munchlax, which will eat almost anything, and Jessie.
  • Lovable Coward: A bit of a scaredy-cat at the beginning of the series. Whenever faced with threatening Pokémon, she would be seen cowering behind a male companion's (usually Ash) back. She eventually grows out of it, but an early Battle Frontier episode sees her as the only one of the twerps who cannot sleep peacefully inside a ghost town.
  • 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!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to her rival 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: The focus of her seeking out Pokémon Contests alternates with Ash's own conquest for the Hoenn League.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: May decides to travel to another region to register in the Wallace Cup and end her losing streak, but winds up losing in the finals to Dawn.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Zigzagged. Like the other female companions, she suffers occasional Amusing Injuries. However most of her Damsel in Distress moments seem to lampshade her lack of Toon Physics. Her almost falling down the exact same cliff Team Rocket passively shot down Wile E Coyote-style was completely Played for Drama.
  • 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.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Averted. While she takes Misty's place as the female companion, her personality is rather different.
  • 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.
  • Time Travel: Encountered a rather random case in "Time Warp Heals All Wounds", where she teams up with Meowth of all people to undo a stranger's death in the past.
  • 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 younger 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", which even squeezed its way into her Image Song!
    • 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.
  • Your Size May Vary: Was roughly Misty's height in her first episode. In all later episodes she's slightly smaller than Ash (though some Off Model moments occur).

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)

  • Big Guy, Little Guy: When May went to Sinnoh for the Wallace Cup, she teamed up with Dawn for a tag battle. Blaziken and Piplup fit together quite well with this trope.
  • Butt Monkey: Prior to evolution, Torchic got walloped pretty much every time it came out of the Poké Ball. After evolution though...
  • Clucking Funny: When it was a Torchic, since it provided quite a bit of comic relief. Lessens on this trope after evolving.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

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

  • Always Someone Better: To Jessie's Dustox, with Beautifly almost always besting Dustox in battles and contests, and being considered the prettier more impressive Pokémon by everyone but Team Rocket. Odd since this was subverted when they were both Wurmples, with Jessie's being the far more obedient and competent Pokémon.
  • 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 a 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.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: As a Wurmple, it was poorly trained and lazy, while Jessie's was diligent and loyal. May's still evolved into a competent Beautifly as she desired, and always outshone Jessie's Dustox.
  • Head Pet: Beautifly's favorite roost. On one occasion, Ash as well.
  • Pretty Butterfly: It's the very reason May wanted to catch a Wurmple, thinking that Beautifly's looks would make it a shoe-in for winning Contests.
  • Psychic Powers: Knows Psychic.

Skitty (Eneco)

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

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

  • Foil: Straightest parallel between May and Ash: she was basically the innocent, gentler version to Ash's Troubled, but Cute Bulbasaur.
  • Innocent Flower Girl: Started out as one, first seen trying to pick a flower at the side of a cliff, and the only non-hostile inhabitant of the grass preserve.
  • Naďve Everygirl: During her first time outside the preserve, she would get distracted over several things, almost unknowingly endangering herself even, because of her innocence. Ash had to temporarily call in his own Bulbasaur to set her straight and teach her the ropes.
  • Petal Power: Knows Petal Dance.

Munchlax (Gonbe)

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

  • Big Eater: Of course, even more so than May.
  • 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: While other Gen IV species have already made their way to the anime, Munchlax is the first one to be owned by a main character.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Superpower Lottery: Knows Metronome, which allows it to assume a power from a nearby Pokémon, but it's all at random.

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)

  • Took a Level in Badass: A normal beginner Pokémon who was shown to cry when Max tried to say hello to it...soon learned Ice Beam to beat an Ariados, and eventually evolved to Wartortle.

Eevee-Glaceon (Eievui-Glacia)

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

  • Clingy MacGuffin: one Battle Frontier episode had the egg's incubator briefly stuck to a rampaging Elekid's plug head. Even though Elekid removed it relatively early, it became the reason why Ash and company went after the Elekid, since they think the mon still has it.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Knows Dig.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Knows Iron Tail.
  • Fast Tunnelling: Knows Dig.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Before reuniting with Ash, May took Eevee to Snowpoint City and evolved it to Glaceon with the Ice Rock.

    Max (Masato)
Voiced in Japanese by: Fushigi Yamada
Voiced in English by: Amy Birnbaum (4Kids), Kayzie Rogers (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Diego Armando Ángeles, Mara Campanelli (Movies 6 and 7)

May's younger brother who travels with his sister and friends, even though he has no Pokémon of his own. Tropes involving him include:
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To May he is. They take potshots at each other every chance they get, just like how real life siblings would "get along".
  • Bratty Half-Pint: As emphasised above, Max can sometimes be a very snarky, 'know it all' kid. He seems to be renowned for Crocodile Tears before he met Ash as well.
  • Canon Foreigner: In the games the protagonist is an only child, though your rival has a younger brother in Emerald.
    • The producers have suggested the anime character is based on one of Satoru Iwata's sons.
  • 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 on the male school kid trainer class' RSE appearance. Amusingly, the 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 of the quartet.
  • Friend to All Living Things: You have to hand it to Max. He doesn't have any Pokémon of his own, but he nevertheless has a knack of making friends with a lot of wild ones over the course of the Advance series, most notably the Ralts who he promised to return for once he begins his journey.
  • 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.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Strikes one up with President Stone, Steven's father and CEO of the Devon Corporation.
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe, during their first meeting he keeps bringing up how Ash lost in the second round in the Silver Conference's Victory Tournament, which, Ash quickly reminds him, is already an admirable feat in of itself.
  • No Sense of Direction: Applies to the whole group as a whole, but, come on...he's got the PokéNav, the franchise'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!
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Max imagines tricking May into believing her Torchic evolved (May's actual Torchic had to be used in an Emergency Impersonation), he gets genuinely afraid of facing her wrath. And yet, this example can still be Played for Laughs.
  • Plot-Driven Breakdown: Something seems to happen to the PokéNav that results in the gang still getting lost. In no particular order: A magnetic field to disrupt the map feature, Max accidentally spilling his drink on it, or having no signal at all. And then there was one time Max admitted it was his own fault the twerps got lost.
  • The Promise: To a stray Ralts in "Do I Hear a Ralts", to meet up again once Max starts his own journey.
  • Puppy Love: In-universe example: one 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...
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: Inverted; Max holds his father in such high regard that when Ash actually defeats Norman, Max freaks out and steals Ash's Balance Badge as if that would somehow undo the damage.
  • Remember the New Guy: Max already recognizes Ash when he first meets him, having watched him compete in the Silver Conference on TV.
  • Running Gag: Early in the series, he would take pleasure in being on the receiving end of attacks or abilities' effects.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: They start shining usually when he's up to something or when his companions (usually Brock and his Romeo antics) start doing something snark-worthy.
  • Shout-Out: The sickly Ralts in "Do I Hear a Ralts" to Wally.
  • Tagalong Kid: The only reason he's there is because his dad (Norman) said that he should go travel along with his sister.

    Supporting Cast 

Professor Birch (Dr. Odamaki)

Voiced in Japanese by: Fumihiko Tachiki
Voiced in English by: Dan Green
—>Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Salvador Delgado

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:

  • Adapted Out: Going by the games, Birch should be the father of the RSE male lead Brendan, who so far has only appeared in cameos.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Male version: in a repetition of Birch's first appearance in the games, May has to come to his aid from a pack of Poochyena. However, May doesn't even know how to properly command Pokémon yet (the Mudkip she called out doused her instead) so Birch eventually had to get out of the situation by himself.
  • 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.
  • Science Hero: Is not afraid of going into the field for his research, which often puts him in a few scrapes.

Caroline (Mitsuko)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yumi Touma
Voiced in English by: Karen Niell (4Kids), Klara Leopold (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gabriela Gómez (episode 3) Patricia Acevedo (episodes 69-70),Laura Torres (episodes 114-132), Elsa Covián (episode 180)

May and Max's mom and wife of gym leader Norman of the Petalburg City Gym.
  • Good Parents: She is a very loving and supportive mother.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: Just see the picture.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Thought this of Norman when she noticed that he's been spending time with Nurse Joy (they were actually planning an anniversary present for Caroline). She was in the middle of announcing her intent to leave him before the affair was cleared up.
  • Purple Eyes: Although she seems to subvert the characteristics that typically come with these eyes.

Drew (Shū/Shuu)
Voiced in Japanese by: Mitsuki Saiga
Voiced in English by: Pete Zarustica (4Kids), Bill Rogers (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Luis Fernando Orozco (episodes 33-35), Irwin Daayán (rest of the series)

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.
  • Bishounen: Definitely. Just look at the picture.
  • Bubble Gun: Masquerain's Bubble.
  • Chick Magnet: He has many fangirls. And unlike Gary, he does not like the attention.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Green hair and green eyes.
  • Dark is Not Evil: He catches a Dark-type Absol for his team in Battle Frontier.
  • Expy: Design wise he looks like Wally and is May's rival, but has a completely different personality and is a coordinator instead of a trainer. He also has Steven Stone's facial features and charisma.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With May, eventually. It was significantly more vitriolic at first, with him acting very condescending towards her and May rising to the bait easily, but near the end of the Hoenn arc, they shifted closer to being friends as well as rivals, with Harley taking Drew's place as May's Jerkass rival.
  • Green Eyes: Which match his green hair, and also fit in with his Grass-type Pokémon motif (his signature Pokémon is a Grass-type Roselia, and he frequently gives May flowers). Despite their initial vitriol, he ultimately proves in time to be a trustworthy friend to May.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: In some of his later appearances, ends up getting joining May and co in their struggles against Team Rocket. The episode "Who, What, When, Where, Wynaut" is a particular example, where he gets pulled into Team Rocket's latest attack on the twerps at the beginning of the episode, gets stranded on an island together with them, and spends the rest of the episode hanging out with May and trying to escape. (Incidently, this is also when their rivalry starts to become a lot more friendly and less antagonistic.)
  • It Amused Me: He toys with May, alternating jibes and backhanded compliments. May naturally rises to the bait beautifully.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He spends his introductory episode railing mercilessly on May, then pulls a Big Damn Heroes when she's in trouble. Then insults her some more.
    • He acts pretty aloof and cocky most of the time in contests, but he's actually generally respectful to his fellow competitors, except for Harley and (initially) May. He thanks Savannah (who greatly admires him) for a great battle after he defeats her in the Rubello contest, he praises Brianna (who has a crush on him) for her performance after she loses to May, and he obviously has a great deal of respect for Soledad, his rival who defeated him in his first-ever contest.
    • His heart of gold really begins to shine when he tosses May a rose as congratulations for her contest victory...and then tells her it's not for her, it's for her Beautifly. He messes with her like this for a long time. Really, it's only by the Hoenn Grand Festival that he loses much of his Jerkass Façade, with Harley officially taking his place in that regard.
  • The Rival: He is this to May; she gains other significant rivals in Harley and Soledad, but Drew is the first introduced, as well as the most prominent.
  • Ship Tease: Gets quite a bit with May, especially later on once their rivalry has become more friendly. Not the least of which is him consistently giving her red roses when he sees her at contests. (Initially he states that the roses are for her Beautifly, but he stops bothering with the excuse eventually.) Soledad also tells May at the Kanto Grand Festival that Drew talks about her all the time.
  • Something About a Rose: His signature Pokémon is even Roselia!
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His Japanese name can be spelled either Shū or Shuu.
  • Stealth Mentor: In his earlier appearances, he seemed to serve as one to May. Though he several times gave her and her friends some condescending lectures that came across like boasting, they actually contained good advice that May took to heart.
    • He also listened in on her conversations with Harley from a distance during the Hoenn Grand Festival, and, when he found out that Harley was actually trying to sabotage May, quickly exposed his plot to her.
    • Soledad later tells May that, when Drew met her, he was reminded him of how he himself used to be in his earliest contests, which may be the reason for this.
  • Straight Man: Serves as this when he gets pulled into the adventures of Ash and Co, and is also this to the rival quartet of himself, May, Harley, and Soledad.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Both his personality and his relationship with May are quite similar to Gary and how he treated Ash. He even mirror's Gary's Character Development, becoming less of a Troll by "Advanced Battle" and a lot more prone to back May up when Team Rocket or Harley start going after her. Heck, his English dub voice actually sounds quite a bit like Gary's, especially in his introductory episode.
  • Worthy Opponent: Eventually sees May as this. Most prominently shown when he tells May at the Hoenn Grand Festival that he specifically trained his new Flygon for his battle against her as its contest debut, and also when May finally defeats him for the first time in the Kanto Grand Festival.
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair

Voiced in Japanese by: Junichi Kanemaru
Voiced in English by: Andrew Rannells (4Kids), Billy Regen (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gerardo García

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, and also him cosplaying as May and flirting with Drew during the Kanto Grand Festival.
  • 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, who 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.
  • Evil Is Petty: Initiating a blood feud with a 10-year-old girl over a plate of cookies? Yeah, he qualifies.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Inducted Team Rocket into his plots to ruin May later on, and quickly became a Bad Boss as they proved ineffective. When it was made apparent they wouldn't be joining his efforts in Johto, he blasted them off in anger. Given how petty an antagonist Harley himself is, some can see why Advanced is viewed as the peak of the trio's Villain Decay.
  • Gratuitous English: Quite a bit in the original Japanese version, such as saying "my cool bud" when he calls out his Pokémon.
  • Heel–Face Mole: Pretended to be friendlier with May in the Hoenn Grand Festival to get her to lower her guard. Drew ultimately outs his scheme to May, however.
  • Irony: In their last meeting, he claimed Jessie would never get anywhere as coordinator without him. Afterwards, Jessie competed in the Sinnoh contests and became competent enough to be a finalist while Harley travelled to Johto, and is implied to still be May's Butt Monkey.
  • Jerkass: His relationship with May is a good example of this. In their first meeting, he takes basically everything she says (all of which she meant in a perfectly friendly way) in the worst possible fashion, and holds a permanent grudge against her for it, sparking a bitter rivalry in which he actively tries to sabotage her contest chances every opportunity he gets. He's also pretty ruthless and pragmatic in his contest battling.
  • 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.
  • Karma Houdini: While most of his plans to defeat May ended up in failure, he was sparsely disciplined for sabotaging or borderline cheating in contests, and didn't even seem to lose much popularity from his bullying disposition aside from her and her teammates (who he hated in the first place anyway).
  • Large Ham: Is very flamboyant in basically everything he does, from his speech to his wardrobe to his battle style.
  • 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.
  • Lost in Translation: In the Japanese version, another of Harley's many reasons for hating May is her Verbal Tic of "kamo" which can represent uncertainty. It contributed to him believing May was deliberately playing herself off as the cute and innocent competitor of the contest. Given his character, this is probably the most plausible reason he can't stand her.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Proven by his first three appearances alone:
    • In their first contest together, after he develops a petty grudge against May, he gives her a "tip" that is the exact opposite of the truth, hoping she'll lose in the semi-finals. When that fails, he plays a recording (to the entire audience) of Max telling an embarrassing story about May in order to throw her off her game.
    • In the Hoenn Grand Festival, he convinces May that he's sorry for what he did before, but then actively gives her bad advice more than once, hoping to knock her out of the Festival during the Appeals stage.
    • In her first Kanto contest, he gains her trust again by helping her defeat Team Rocket when she's in trouble, but then lies about the contest entry rules to try to keep her from entering.
  • 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. Especially prominent when he's sabotaging May.
  • 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: He's definitely one the most villainous of May's contest rivals (the other being Jessie), and as mentioned above, he's very flamboyant.
  • Smug Snake: Acts like this a lot in his many attempts to sabotage May's contests.
  • 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.

Morrison (Masamune)

Voiced in Japanese by: Masako Nozawa
Voiced in English by: Sean Schemmel
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Noé Velásquez

An exuberant 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.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Though it's based purely in friendship.
  • Elemental Powers
  • 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 B.S.O.D.: 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: Ash's 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.
  • 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
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gabriel Ortiz

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. One 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
—>Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Cristina Hernández

One of Drew's friends and an extremely skilled coordinator. She knows Brock from when she was at Pewter City and seems to know Harley as well. She serves as both a rival and a mentor to Drew and May.
  • Morality Pet: May be this to Harley since she's the only person we know to be friends with him.
  • Remember the New Guy: Supposedly an old friend of Brock, Drew, and Harley, but we never heard anything about her until her anime debut.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Solidad or Soledad?

    Hoenn Gym Leaders 

Roxanne (Tsutsuji)

Voiced in Japanese by: Yuri Shiratori
Voiced in English by: Karen Neill
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Liliana Barba

The rock-type specialist that presides over the Rustboro Gym.
  • Badass Teacher: Being both a Gym Leader and a Beginner class teacher really has its merits.
  • 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
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Noé Velásquez

Fighting-type gym leader of Dewford Town.
  • Curbstomp Battle: After Makuhita evolved into Hariyama, it finished Treecko in a single strike.
  • 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.
  • Subordinate Excuse: One of his apprentices has feelings for him.
  • Surfer Dude: In the dub.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He was already pummeling 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.

Wattson (Tessen)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kenichi Ogata
Voiced in English by: Dan Green
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Armando Réndiz (episode 40), Jorge Santos (episode 59)

Setting up shop in Mauville City, Wattson's energetic attitude fits in with his type of choice.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He unintentionally gets beaten by a fever stricken Pikachu.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He got his "revenge" for Ash's sound victory when he set his new Manectric (freshly-evolved from his recently-caught Electrike) against Torkoal in a friendly match, and basically dictated the course of the battle from Point A. Also literally, as Manectric is a dog.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: After being defeated by Ash so easily Wattson started to place doubt in himself as a Gym Leader. Befriending an Electrike snaps him out of it.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The mechanical Raikou that gave Pikachu his electric fever was created by Wattson, thus, it was partly his own fault he was easily trounced in the gym battle.
  • The Hyena: Even when he's down, he still finds some way to get a chortle in.
  • Theme Naming: He has an assistant named, well, Watt.
  • Trap Master: His gym is tricked out with various traps. While they're mostly just for amusement (not only for him, but for visitors as well), Wattson claims that the traps should keep challengers on their toes.

Flannery (Asuna)

Voiced in Japanese by: Rio Natsuki
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: María Fernanda Morales

Runs the Lavaridge Town hotsprings, which also doubles as her fire-type gym.

Norman (Senri)

Voiced in Japanese by: Jurota Kosugi
Voiced in English by: Dan Green
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Enrique Mederos (episode 3), Salvador Delgado (episodes 69-70)

Father of May and Max, husband of Caroline, and Famed In-Story Leader of the Normal-type Petalburg gym.
  • Graceful Loser: As expected of a Gym Leader. It's Max who has a difficult time processing that Norman can lose.
  • Happily Married: With Caroline.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In his first appearance, Vigoroth is fast and strong enough to beat Pikachu. That Pikachu ties with it in a rematch is considered an accomplishment (particularly since it beat Torkoal in a single move).
  • Mighty Glacier: His Slaking was literally no slouch either in their battle giving Groyle a hell of a match.
  • Papa Wolf: Team Rocket found this out the hard way, having (accidentally) stolen his daughter's Torchic.
  • 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
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Erica Edwards

Flying-type specialist based in Fortree City.
  • Demoted to Extra: She only uses her Skarmory (a staple of her team in all versions of the Hoenn games) as a mount, and doesn't actually use it to battle Ash in their gym match.
  • Extra Oredinary: Skarmory, which she doesn't use in her battle.
  • Giant Flyer: Her Skarmory is much larger than any normal Skarmory, enough to carry Winona and another passenger on its back.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Altaria's primary type.

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)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Irwin Daayán (Tate), María Fernanda Morales (Liza)

Twin psychics, and leader of the Mossdeep Gym.

  • Birds of a Feather: Liza and Tate, with May and Max, respectively. The boys especially, having common ground in seeing their sister as annoying.
  • Brother-Sister Team: Once they get their act together, they make a devastating tag team.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Solrock and Lunatone's secondary type.
  • Dual Boss: Ash has to fight them both in a double battle. They have one Pokémon apiece, and Ash had to send in two of his own.
  • Sibling Seniority Squabble

Juan (Adan)

Voiced in Japanese by: Show Hayami
Voiced in English by: Sean Schemmel
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: César Arias

Retired Badass extraordinaire, the Sootopolis water-type gym leader.

Wallace (Kikuri)

Voiced in Japanese by: Toshiyuki Morikawa
Voiced in English by: Sean Reyes
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: José Luis Rivera

Former leader of the Sootopolis gym, and Juan's apprentice.

    Kanto Battle Frontier 
These are the tropes pertaining to the characters associated with the Battle Frontier.
  • Adapted Out: None of the Frontier Brains exploit their various stipulations that gave the Frontier a challenging experience in the first place (probably because some of the stipulations can be hard to translate in anime form; looking at you, Greta); once Ash finds a facility, he gets to challenge the Frontier Brain right off the bat. The Silver Symbols are omitted, as well; Ash gets the Gold Symbol immediately after defeating one.
  • Compressed Adaptation: The idea of setting the Frontier in the Kanto region is, on paper, a way to advertise both Emerald and FireRed and LeafGreen at the same time.
  • Rank Up: A trainer that actually manages to beat the Battle Frontier is given the chance to become a Frontier Brain him-/herself. Scott actually offers this to Ash, only for the latter to turn it down.


Voiced in Japanese by: Koichi Sakaguchi
Voiced in English by: Frank Frankson (4Kids), Bill Rogers (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Luis Alfonso Padilla

The owner of the Battle Frontier, he first appears as a witness to Ash's battle against the Elite Four member (and substitute Viridian leader) Agatha. Although Ash lost, Scott saw potential in the young trainer, and recommends that he take on the Frontier.
  • Ascended Extra: In Emerald, he really doesn't do much. Here, he's present in each and every one of Ash's Frontier matches.
  • The Chooser of The One: On the lookout for strong trainers, and sees that Ash has potential.
  • Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: The fact that he even travels all over the place certainly gives him the image of one.
  • Hidden Eyes: Averted, as this is perhaps the only adaptation where Scott removes his shades (although only once) to show his eyes.
  • Drives Like Crazy: He and Birch would probably get along pretty well.
  • Sigil Spam: The Gen III Battle Frontier logo, pasted on his car as well as his PokéNav.

Noland (Datsura)

Voiced in Japanese by: Nobuyuki Hiyama
Voiced in English by: David Wills
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Jorge García

  • Androcles' Lion: Befriended a wild Articuno after he saved its life.
  • Unexpected Character: In-universe, not a single person present (except probably Noland himself) expected Ash to choose Articuno as his opponent in their Frontier match.

Greta (Kogomi)

Voiced in Japanese by: Sanae Kobayashi
Voiced in English by: Sonny Dei
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Mildred Barrera

  • Fangirl: Self-professed fan of Chuck and Brawly, explaining her preference for fighting-types.
  • The Unreveal: Greta's roulette wheel (which decides the number of Pokémon the Brain and her challenger will use) has an option that can go up to three Pokémon per battle. But since Ash's spin landed the wheel on a 2-on-2 instead, the audience never found out what her 3rd Pokémon actually was.

Tucker (Heath)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kenta Miyake
Voiced in English by: Bill Rogers
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Irwin Daayán

Lucy (Azami)

Voiced in Japanese by: Atsuko Tanaka
Voiced in English by: Emily Williams
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Laura Ayala

  • Eyes Always Shut: Not her, but it's the main reason she likes Brock.
  • Glass Cannon: Scott notes how her idea of battle is all offense.
  • Onee-sama: Her assistants called her such in the original Japanese.

Spenser (Ukon)

Voiced in Japanese by: Nachi Nozawa
Voiced in English by: Eric Schussler
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Jorge Ornelas

  • Badass Grandpa: Since their match takes place in the span of an entire forest, there is a lot of running among trainers and their Mons; Spenser has no trouble keeping up with either in spite of his age.

Anabel (Lila)

Voiced in Japanese by: Akiko Kimura
Voiced in English by: Hilary Thomas
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Rebeca Gómez

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Taste of Defeat: Ash's winning streak in the Frontier screeched to a halt with her. In their first match, she defeats Ash with only one of her three Mons knocked out.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Violet, in fact.

Brandon (Jindai)

Voiced in Japanese by: Masayuki Omoro
Voiced in English by: Craig Blair
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Rolando de Castro (Advance Generation), Manuel Campuzano (Diamond & Pearl)

  • Arc Welding: In DP, it was revealed that he indirectly caused Paul's Freudian Excuse.
  • 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.
  • Futuristic Pyramid: This version of the Battle Pyramid is a giant flying contraption which he uses to travel around.
  • 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.
  • That One Boss: In-Universe. 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.
  • 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.