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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 (unless you have more powerful Pokémon for protection, of course).
- Even then they'd probably still put up a good fight trying.
- Five-Man Band: Two of them here. See below for details.
- 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
Voiced in Japanese by:
Natsuki Yoshihara (Subame), Unshō Ishizuka
- Always Accurate Attack: Knows Aerial Ace.
- Back for the Dead: Swept by Tobias's Latios without managing to get a hit in.
- Big Badass Bird of Prey: Worth mentioning that, 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.
- Doppelgänger Spin: Knows Double Team.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Made of Iron: It had a surprisingly strong resistance to Electric Attacks, as shown in its debut as well as the Mossdeep gym battle.
- 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.
Voiced in English by: Dan Green
(Treeko), Darren Dunstan (Grovyle, 4Kids), Bill Rogers (Grovyle second voice and Sceptile)
- 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 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 You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Took down a freaking Darkrai!! 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 all 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.
- Worf Had The Flu: A mini-arc in the Battle Frontier season has him rendered useless because of a Heroic BSOD.
- Annoying Laugh: Good thing it happened in only one episode.
- 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.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Knows Dig.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength
- Fast Tunnelling: Knows Dig.
- 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.
- Heartbroken Badass
- Innocently Insensitive: when he's not being a deliberate jerkass.
- Interspecies Romance: With 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.
- Large Ham
- Making a Splash
- Not Allowed To Evolve: The only member of the AG team to never evolve (apart from Torkoal, who can't).
- Odd Friendship: Only in early Hoenn episodes, Corphish and Treecko.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Corphish thinks this is the case when he first meets a freshly evolved Grovyle.
- 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.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Pintsized Powerhouse
- Small Name, Big Ego
- 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...
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Treecko.
- 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
- Plucky Comic Relief
- 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.
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers
(Snorunt), Pete Zarustica (Glalie)
- An Ice Pokémon
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Took a Level in Badass: When he was a Snorunt, he lost his only on-screen battle (a Gym Battle, 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.
- Use Your Head: Knows Headbutt. It defeated a Charizard and a Metang with Headbutt.
Kanto Battle Frontier
Traded to Dawn for Buizel. Aipom later evolves into Ambipom. For more info, see Diamond and Pearl Character Sheet
Voiced in Japanese by: Kaori Suzuki
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:
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.
- 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.
Voiced in English by:
Tara Jayne (Wurmple), Rachael Lillis
(Silcoon and Beautifly 4Kids), Michele Knotz (Beautifly, current)
Voiced in Japanese by: Miyako Ito (Fushigidane)
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne (Bulbasaur)
Voiced in Japanese by: Chie Sato
Voiced in English by:
Darren Dunstan (4Kids), Billy Beach
- Acrofatic: Can move really, really fast if he's motivated enough.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Knows Focus Punch.
- Big Eater: Of course.
- 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.
Voiced in English by: Eric Stuart
(Squirtle, 4Kids), Michele Knotz (Squirtle, second voice), Craig Blair (Wartortle)
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.
- 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.
- 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
Professor Birch (Dr. Odamaki)
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.
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.
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.
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: Oh, so much.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Beats May in a Contest in "Harley Rides Again".
- Bare Your Midriff: Downplayed.
- 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 you are dead.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He behaves in a silly manner to cover up his ruthless and underhanded nature.
- Bokukko: Inverted - in the Japanese original version, 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
- 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
- Single type Pokémon
- Dual type Pokémon
- Pokémon who know moves of a different type
- 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 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.
- 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: Calls May his "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
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 Kotetsu 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.
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.
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
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Voiced in Japanese by: Hyosei
Tate and Liza (Fu and Ran)
Voiced in English by: Sean Reyes
Kanto Battle Frontier
Voiced in English by: David Wills
Voiced in English by: Sonny Dei
Voiced in English by: Bill Rogers
Voiced in English by: Emily Williams
Voiced in English by: Eric Schussler
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.
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.