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"Now, why don't you tell me your name?"The heroes of Pokémon Adventures, the Pokedex Holders are all kids who, one way or another, received a Pokedex. Though just children, they journey throughout the regions for various reasons, eventually becoming powerful heroes.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Unlike the games and anime in which the Pokedex is commonplace, only these kids have access to the wealth of research and data on it. This means they're the only ones who can learn the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents, giving them a MASSIVE advantage.
- More than that, each of the kids is incredibly good at taking advantage of the research, and sometimes even without using the Dex they can turn battles around with clever thinking.
- Badass Crew: Just TRY taking any of these kids lightly. Before they've even reached their teens these kids have taken on insurmountable challenges and won. And unlike the games, disarming them of their Pokemon does NOT take anything away from them at all.
- Colorful Theme Naming: All of them (except X, Y, Sun, and Moon) are named after the core games in the series, which are of course colors.
- Theme Naming: All of their Pokemon will have some sort of theme to their name.
- Invisible Parents: Many have at least one parent unmentioned. Many also have no relatives mentioned at all (IE Red).
- Kid Hero: They've thwarted evil organizations, battled legendary Pokemon and lived and saved the world numerous times. The oldest of them are only teens, and many of them started out when they were ELEVEN.
- Living Legend: The Kanto Dex Holders for all of their accomplishments, though due to the other times the Dex Holders have saved the world the others have received quite a bit of fame as well. By the Sinnoh arc, people have already recognized that having a Pokedex marks you as a true badass.
- Nice Hat: It's easier to count the ones who DON'T have a nifty piece of headwear covering their noggins. Caps, bandannas, beanies and even visors, you can bet they've worn them all.
- Not the Intended Use: The Pokedex was originally just a tool for compiling and expanding Professor Oak's research on Pokemon, and he originally gave the Pokedexes to the Dex Holders to further that purpose. Instead, it's become one of their greatest assets in battle, and a symbol of prestige and heroism. To their credit, the kids will help with research if requested, though only Crystal actually completed the Pokedex.
- Personality Pokemon: The starter they get aligns with their character as well as the roles within their teams (IE grass types keep their teams in line, fire types are wild and focused on offense, water types are unpredictable etc.) To an extent, this also applies to their first Pokemon and the rest of their team.
- Power Trio: With generations often being made up of three games and having a protagonist based on each, this was inevitable. Invoked by necessity in the Sinnoh arc due to the three legendary Pokemon there.
- Red Baron: Each has a title that shows their specialty, in or out of battle.
- Senpai Kohai: The Johto and Hoenn Dex Holders treat their seniors this way. Gold, being Gold, doesn't get the respect...
- True Companions: Going through numerous trials together forges the groups into unbeatable teams, both with each other and their Pokemon. The Kanto, Johto and Hoenn Dex Holders also all know each other and fought together.
Kanto Dex Holders
Red — The Battler/Fighter
"Me? I am Red! A Pokédex Owner from Pallet Town! A 'Fighter'!"
The first protagonist of the series. He starts out as a bit of an overconfident local hotshot who starts out thinking he's the best. It only takes a quick defeat from Mew to break this mentality and he considers learning and going to Professor Oak where he starts his quest. His first Pokémon is a Poliwag named Poli, while his starter is a Bulbasaur named Saur.
- Accidental Pervert: When he saw Sabrina naked.
- The Ace: By Yellow he becomes a master of Pokémon Battling, to the point that the Elite Four had to make sure he was out of the way before they could start their plans.
- Always Someone Better: Gold all but hero worships him because of his skills and Sapphire considers her ultimate goal to be as badass as he is.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He was able to determine Bulbasaur was capable of using Solar Beam because it's a plant. This impressed (and amused) Oak enough to give him a Pokédex.
- Anime Hair: In contrast to pretty much every other version of Red, he has spiky improbable hair. It even flares up under the visor of his cap.
- Badass Biker: In the grand tradition of Pokemon protagonists...
- Badass in Distress: Yellow is kicked off by him going missing.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Vee, Mewtwo and Deoxys all befriended him and are loyal to him because of his beliefs towards caring for Pokemon.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Gold. It's strongly hinted that he became this when both of them went to Mt. Silver.
- Blood Knight: Minor version. What he likes most of all is a good fight, but he isn't sadistic or bloodthirsty.
- Break the Haughty: Downplayed since he was just overconfident, but it takes a single defeat by Mew in the first chapter of the series for this to happen.
- Character Development: Goes from being a Hot-Blooded braggart, to being a simple-minded and intuitive ace.
- Characterization Marches On: During the first arc, Red was rather girl-crazy and regularly flirted around, like Gold. Later arcs excise this part of his personality. Gold inherits it from him, and keeps it.
- Chick Magnet: Any women show attraction and affection towards him such as Misty, Green(blue in Japan) and Yellow, to name some and even Sabrina softens up on him. Of course, he notices none of it.
- Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally, especially in the early arcs.
- Demoted to Extra: In Yellow and the first Johto arc due to being frozen and contracting frostbite. He takes the spotlight again in the FRLG chapter.
- The Determinator: During the latter half of FireRed and LeafGreen, once he's gotten over his Heroic B.S.O.D., he's such a determinator it freaks Deoxys out.Deoxys: What are you? You got hurt. You were driven to the edge. But you never give up. You keep moving forward. What are you?!
- Dressing as the Enemy: He disguised himself as a Team Rocket grunt to get some info.
- Fingerless Gloves: Finds a pair which are electric insulated in Silph Co. Subverted in that they're not really fingerless; the material over the fingers are clear.
- Flung Clothing:
- Green pulled off the Team Rocket disguise. (Luckily, he was wearing his typical attire underneath) Red was also pretty much stripped over the finale of FireRed and LeafGreen. (But his shirt was needed to keep the steering mechanism of the Rocket airship upright, so, justifiable.)
- There was also the time when he suddenly pulled off his clothes in Red and Blue and jumped into the water in order to convince Blue's Pokémon to relax, and when he went into the hot springs as well.
- Harmless Freezing: Subverted. While he survives being frozen for 2 weeks, he contracts frostbite when he's freed and has to go to the hot springs in Mt. Silver to get it healed.
- The Hero: The main protagonist of RGB and FRLG arcs, and a legendary figure in Yellow, GSC, RS and Emerald stories. He was instrumental in defeating Team Rocket multiple times, and the conflicts with the Elite 4 and Mask of Ice.
- He's Back: After being absent for most of Yellow, he returns for the final battle against the Elite Four.
- Hot Springs Episode: He and Sabrina bath together in the hot springs at Mt. Silver during Gold and Silver. Justified since the hot spring had healing properties that would cure them of the wounds inflicted by Lolerei's attempts to freeze them in Yellow.
- Human Popsicle: He's frozen by Lolerei in the beginning of Yellow.
- Indy Ploy: Red's specialty, coming up with unusual plans on the fly to win his fights.
- Invisible Parents: He is the only Dexholder with no known family. He actually lampshades this during FireRed and LeafGreen, pointing out that he doesn't have any family to fight for.
- Kid Hero: He's only 11 at the start of the series.
- The Leader: Type IV/II hybrid of the Kanto Dex holders, and the Dex holders as a whole when they come together.
- Living Legend: Due to besting the other Gym Leaders and winning the Indigo Plateau, as well as thwarting Team Rocket before he was even a teenager, he and the other Dex Holders become famous, though most is directed towards him.
- Made of Iron: He survives being poisoned, attacked by Pokémon directly, and being frozen for 2 weeks.
- Magnetic Hero: This kid can make friends with almost everyone, and even those he does not make friends with consider him a respectable Worthy Opponent.
- Mr. Fanservice: Once he hits his teens, especially with that Shirtless Scene in the FireRed and LeafGreen.
- Mythology Gag: When he returns from Mt. Silver, he has his Snorlax, Espeon and Venusaur with him, plus his friends' starters, just like in the games.
- Nice Guy:
- He forgives Lt. Surge, Sabrina, and Koga despite all the cruel things they did in Red and Blue.
- He accepted Deoxys pretty fast despite the fact it nearly killed all his Pokémon.
- Lorelei who was the one who encased Red in ice, giving him severe frostbite that had long-term consequences. The next time they meet up a few years later, he doesn't even mention it and appears to have forgiven her.
- Nice Hat: Red's hat almost never comes off. He even swam and bathed in the hot springs with it on. Plus it never came off during all the training and aerial fighting he did in FireRed and LeafGreen. To top it off, even when his jacket and shirt had already come off, his hat was still there till the last moment.
- Oblivious to Love: At first, he doesn't seem to realize that both Yellow and Misty have huge crushes on him. By the end of the Gold, Silver, Crystal arc, he seems to have caught on and feels uncomfortable about resolving it until Gold gave him a way out.
- Personality Blood Types: O.
- Personality Swap: His and Blue's Pokémon in Red and Blue due to accidentally swapping them and having their personalities rub off.
- Shirtless Scene: He gets one at the very end of FireRed and LeafGreen.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Since he dumped his jacket in FireRed and LeafGreen. Also at the start of said arc, he was walking around without the jacket.
- Smarter Than You Look: Oak, Blue, Misty and Green, and several members of Team Rocket all look down on Red for his arrogant personality at the beginning of his career. But even then he consistently impresses them with just how both caring he is towards Pokemon, and how complexly layered and super effective his Indy Ploys can be. As he goes along he learns to be more humble about his talent, and more thoughtful in putting together his strategies.
- Spirited Competitor: Loves a good fight against strong opponents, and refuses to beat someone when they're down.
- Stock Shonen Hero: He starts off with many elements of this trope, from his spikey haired design and outwards hotbloodeddumbness only to shock others with his overwhelming natural talent for Pokemon, and strong sense of justice. Even by the end of the RGBY arc, he's started to mellow and think more critically, and continues losing most of the vices of this trope.
- Taken for Granite: He, the other Kanto Dex Holders, and Silver get turned to stone at the end of FireRed and LeafGreen.
- Take Up My Sword: After Red disappeared, Yellow used his Pikachu and Pokédex.
- Taking You with Me: In FireRed and LeafGreen, at the end of the Mewtwo vs. Deoxys battle, while Deoxys was grabbing Red, Red insisted that Mewtwo fire the final shot even though he knew that the attack might literally go through him.
- We Can Rule Together: Twice offered to Red from Giovanni in Red and Blue and The Elite Four in Yellow.
- Worf Had the Flu: Still in bad shape after being frozen by Lorelei, Red has to step down from the Viridian Gym leader's position, and, consequently, was out of action for most of Gold, Silver, and Crystal in order to recuperate.
- Worthy Opponent: The top members of Team Rocket (Giovanni, Sabrina, Surge) and The Elite Four (Especially Bruno) consider him this.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: As shown in the 1st volume when Misty hits him and he doesn't hit back.
Poli (Nyoro)Red's first Pokémon that he obtained when it was only a Poliwag. Sometime before the series began, he evolved into a Poliwhirl to save a drowning Red. He evolved into a Poliwrath to rescue Red from drowning once more after his Trainer was sent into the water by Lt. Surge.
- Author Appeal: Series creator Satoshi Taijiri has said that his favorite Pokémon is a Poliwhirl.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Secondary type.
- Kill It with Ice: Knows Ice Beam.
- Making a Splash: Primary type.
Saur (Fusshi)Red's "starter" Pokémon that was given to him from Professor Oak after proving that he could bond and fight with it. He is a gentle and loyal creature but a powerful and versatile one as well.
- The Aloner: Before Red met him, Saur spent most of his time on his own in Oak's lab, and wasn't used to others.
- Green Thumb: Primary type. Especially with Frenzy Plant.
- No Sell: As a Grass type, Water attacks don't really do anything to it. Gyara once used Hydro Pump on it... and Saur just treated it like a shower, merrily whistling away to himself.
- Poisonous Person: Secondary type.
- Super Mode: The ORAS chapter revealed that Red has the ability to make him Mega Evolve.
- Wave Motion Gun: Solar Beam.
PikaA mischievous and initially stubborn Pikachu Red caught in Pewter City, Pika is one of Red's most used Pokémon.
- Expy: His initial disobedience and lack of evolving makes him one to Ash's Pikachu, though the two actually came out at around the same time.
- Official Couple: With Chuchu. They even have a baby Pichu that's just as badass as both of them.
- Poisonous Person: Knows Toxic, which badly poisons the target.
- Shout-Out: To Surfing Pikachu, a TCG and special event Pikachu that could Surf. It explains the power by using the energy typically used to make a Substitute and molding it into a water repelling disc of energy you can stand on.
- Swiss-Army Superpower: Substitute creates an electromagnetic copy of Pika. Aside from the obvious use of dodging, the clone can be used as an invisible scout that can phase through barriers, and because it reverses magnetic polarity (somehow) it can also be used on a surfboard or any piece of wood to make it SURF.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Gradually stops shocking Red whenever he feels like it, and eventually becomes much more good-natured towards him, to the point of Undying Loyalty.
- Troll: Pika likes to act friendly in front of certain people before shocking them. The most notable example is resident Butt Monkey Bill, who still gets shocks years later.
Snor/Lax (Gon)A Snorlax that Red caught after the bike-riding race, Snor is a major powerhouse on Red's team.
- Acquired Poison Immunity: Has the Immunity ability.
- Big Eater: Much to Red's dismay when he first caught Snor, since he'd just won a cycling competition, and had to spend all the prize money on feeding his newly caught Pokémon.
- Heavy Sleeper: Indeed, it's how Red first found him, what with Snor having decided to take a nap on the cycling path Red was on.
- Official Couple: With Emerald's Snorlax after Heart Gold and Soul Silver. Implied to be the father of Diamond's Munchlax.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. In the Chaung Yi translation, it shares its name with Emerald's Snorlax.
Vee (Vui)Once a genetically-tampered Eevee that could evolve and de-evolve into any of the first three Eeveelutions, Vee is now permanently an Espeon, showing its love and trust towards his trainer.
- Demoted to Extra: In the Red, Green, & Blue arc, after two chapters were centered around it, it disappeared for a while, made a brief appearance at Seafoam Islands, and was pretty much forgotten about for the rest of the arc when Red got Aerodactyl.
- Elemental Powers: Due to his former ability to evolve between multiple forms and back, he had a variety of these.
- Invisibility: Knew Acid Armor as a Vaporeon.
- Sixth Ranger: Vee subs in on Red's team during the Yellow Arc when Red gets separated from Pikachu, and does so once again in the third chapter. He's generally a secondary member due to Red already having a dedicated six-man team.
- Unstable Genetic Code: Allowing it to freely change between forms.
GyaraOriginally Misty's Gyarados who was experimented on by Team Rocket, this Pokémon has since been given to Red and serves as a means of transport through water as well as boasting powerful attacks.
- Blow You Away: Secondary type. Ironically, he knows no Flying moves.
- Gentle Giant: Gyarados' Pokedex entries emphasize its destructive rampages when they get angry. Gyara spends most of his time chasing birds and derping around at everything.
- Face of a Thug: Red's Pokemon are initially incredibly scared of Gyara, and for good reason, as it looks horrifying and when they first saw it it was brainwashed and trying to kill them. In truth... Well, see Gentle Giant above. They warm up to it eventually. Justified, as it has the Intimidate ability.
- Making a Splash: Primary type
Aero (Pte)A Pokémon that Red revived from an Old Amber that he got from Giovanni. After being revived, Aero serves as Red's mode of aerial transport.
- Blow You Away: Secondary type.
- Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Knows Dragon Claw.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Primary type.
- Flight: Aero is Red's primary longdistance form of travel.
- Fossil Revival: Was revived from DNA preserved in Old Amber.
- Hard Head: Has Rock Head as his ability.
- Wave Motion Gun: Using Hyper Beam.
Blue Oak (Green Okido) — The Trainer
"Trainers must train and sharpen their own senses, and be as one with the Pokémon in a battle."
He is Professor Oak's grandson and is Red's rival and best friend.His first Pokémon is a Scyther, while his starter is a Charmander. The current Viridian City Gym Leader. Does not nickname his Pokémon.
- Anime Hair
- Anti-Hero: Type III at first, before becoming more of a straight-up hero.
- Badass Cape: Sports one in the Yellow arc.
- Best Friend: With Red after Blue's Character Development
- Characterization Marches On: In the first few chapters he acted very much like his counterpart from the games and his anime counterpart Gary from the first season. This changed by the time he appeared in Pokémon Tower and he became a more serious character and even ends up becoming best friends with Red over the years while still remaining rivals (Somewhat lampshaded by Red: "You're not your old obnoxious self again...you're worse!)
- Chick Magnet: Blue seems to be rather popular, judging from an instance where Red was mistaken for Blue.
- The Comically Serious: On occasion, especially when training Yellow.
- Dub Name Change: His and Green's names were switched in the English translation.
- Dragon Rider: Charizard's not a Dragon-type, but it evokes the imagery.
- Early-Bird Cameo: His Pokémon know 2nd generation attacks, taught to them by Chuck.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: A combination of Melancholic and Phlegmatic.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: He does this to Red after Red loses to Deoxys.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Inverted, training pokemon is his specialty, and he's on par with Red.
- Heroic Build: Suggested by Word of God as having one due to his training with Chuck, despite looking no different from Red and the other male Dex holders physically. However, this fact has yet to be seen on page.
- Parents in Distress: In both the Red and Blue and Fire Red and Leaf Green arcs, Professor Oak is taken into some kind of captivity.
- Invisible Parents: At least, he has his grandfather and sister.
- Jerkass: He started the series as one.
- The Lancer: Red's foil and roughly equal in power. He's a stoic Grumpy Bear who thinks primarily about efficiency and power in battle. Though as Red's traits rub off on him, he becomes more compassionate and willing to take unplanned risks.
- Only Sane Man: Among two crowds. Between Red, Blue and Yellow, he's the most normal one. Among the Fire Starter Dex Holders, he's also the only normal one, between Gold, Sapphire, Pearl, and Black.
- Personality Blood Types: AB.
- Personality Swap: When his and Red's Pokémon get swapped out on accident in a chapter of Red and Blue, they temporarily start acting like the trainer they've been swapped to.
- The Rival: To Red in the first saga. He is actually the straightest one among all the rivals.
- Shipper on Deck: If he doesn't ship Bill with his sister, he is at least fine with it.
- The Stoic: He's generally the most down to earth and serious of the team.
- Taken for Granite: Like the rest of the Gen I and 2 Dex holders, at the end of FRLG, though it's eventually undone by Emerald.
- Training from Hell: Likely inherited from undergoing such with his master Chuck. This is also his specialty as a traine. It was on display at least twice, when he created a strict training regiment for Red's Pokemon during their swap, and when he caught a bunch of wild Pokemon and seemingly instantly trained them to be his team for Gym Leader challengers. They're even trained to the point that they can run the gym and accept challenges even when he's away on other business.
- Would Hit a Girl: Towards the beginning of the FRLG arc, to Kimberly. Also his battles with Agatha.
ScizorBlue's first Pokémon that he's had since it was a Scyther.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Primary type.
- Blow You Away: Secondary type, pre-evolution.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Secondary type, post-evolution.
CharizardThe Pokémon that Blue obtained from his grandfather as a Charmander.
- Blow You Away: Secondary type.
- Flight: Serves as Blue's flight transportation.
- Playing with Fire: Primary type.
Porygon2A Pokémon that Blue won at the Game Corner as a Porygon. Initially disobedient, but became loyal after Red and Blue accidentally switched Pokémon.
- No Biological Sex: One volume mistakenly lists it as male, though.
MachampA Pokémon that Blue has owned since it was a Machoke. He evolved into a Machamp after Red and Blue accidentally switched Pokémon.
- Socialization Bonus: To illustrate the ingame mechanic of only evolving when traded, Machoke only evolved into Machamp after spending two days with Red.
GolduckA Pokémon that was revealed when Red and Blue accidentally switched Pokémon. Serves as Blue's water transportation.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Knows Iron Tail.
- Psychic Powers: Knows Confusion.
- Wave Motion Gun: Using Hyper Beam, which can be done underwater even.
Green (Blue) — The Evolver
"I can fool more than silly boys!"
She's initially a sneaky thief that just seems to care for money. She is aware of her attractiveness, and uses this to her advantage in her cons. That said, she is actually quite competent and can defend herself via Pokémon and or by tricks. Her first Pokémon is a Jigglypuff, while her starter is a Squirtle named Blasty.
- Anti-Hero: Type IV at first, develops into Type II overtime.
- Boobs of Steel: Generally regarded as the toughest female trainer around, and the most naturally stacked of the Dex Girls.
- Character Development: Eventually grows almost completely out of jerkassery, though she is still fond of light teasing.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: During Red and Blue, likely due to her criminal background with the Masked Man. She's mostly grown out of it by the time of FireRed and LeafGreen.
- Cool Big Sis: To Silver and Yellow.
- Crazy-Prepared: Green' battles are made of this trope. Sabrina can come after you with hallucinations of your past? No Problem. Lorelei's capable of freezing people? Alreadly thought of.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She and Silver were kidnapped by the Masked Man at a young at and forced to work for him.
- Dub Name Change: Her and Blue's names were switched in the English translation.
- Dressing as the Enemy : She disguises herself as Sabrina in Red and Blue.
- Evolution Powerup: Her specialty, having knowledge of when and how to use evolution. She was specifically trained for this by the Masked Man.
- Face Your Fears: when she confronts Will and Karen in Ilex Forest, they intimidate her with Lugia and Ho-Oh, the latter being the cause for her fear of birds in the first place. However, Green reveals that she's already overcome her fears, when she reveals her new Pokémon, Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres. The reason for her absence for most of the arc is actually because of this trope.
- Fille Fatale: She uses her sex appeal to get what she wants. She flirted with Red and stole his stuff when they first met. She also told Yellow to disguise herself as a boy until she understood how to use her real gender as a weapon. However, upon growing up, she didn't become a Femme Fatale.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic with a dash of Melancholic.
- Genki Girl: Very peppy and mischievous at the best of times. Try not to be fooled.
- Guile Heroine: Once she's unquestionably become one of the good guys, she still fights dirty.
- Hello, Nurse!: Her attractiveness is constantly called attention to,. Red is easily seduced and tricked by how cute she is when they first meet. She's able to distract Sabrina during their battle by making her jealous of her body. When she shows up in the GSC arc, Gold immediately drops what he's doing spanks her and asks "Who's this sexy lady?" much to everyone's embarrassment, and a trigger button for Silver.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Was prone to and very fond of manipulating people (Especially people like Red) to the point that she could easily be mistaken as one of the villains, but definitely had moral standards. She remains mischievous, but mostly grows out of her thieving once she makes friends with the main cast and has no more reason to steal.
- Killer Rabbit: Invoked with her team, which she refrained from evolving until the FRLG saga, allegedly to lull her opponents into a sense of security.
- Little Black Dress: Wears one from her introduction through to the beginning of FRLG.
- Little Miss Con Artist: She's introduced hocking counterfeit items to Red and stealing his gym badges. She later pulls a few cons on Team Rocket,
- Little Miss Snarker
- Magic Skirt
- Master of Disguise: Her Ditto can double as a mask or even a fake arm.
- Nice Hat: Gets one as part of her new ensemble from Silver in FireRed and LeafGreen.
- Mission Control: Plays this role for Yellow and Silver during Yellow and GSC arcs respectively.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Whenever Green says something that will make Blue comment what a pesky girl she is.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: She overcame her fear of birds by catching Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres so she could fight the Masked Man.
- Parents in Distress: In the FRLG arc.
- Personality Blood Types: B.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: She is aware of her body and uses it to distract and fool Sabrina.
- Ship Tease: With Red
- Snake Oil Salesman: It's one way she managed to get by in life.
- Stealth Mentor: To Yellow; she is the one who got to go on her quest to start with. Downplayed though, as she started out teaching Yellow basic battle skills.
- Taken for Granite
- Trickster Archetype: Very, very tricky. She constantly fools both allies and enemies, and took the most non-traditional route to get into the Pokemon League. She's known for popping up in random situations.
- Troll: Enjoys messing around with others feelings and deceiving them. The infamous "Pokeball chest" trick comes to mind.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: Pokéballs as breasts, loaded with Jigglypuff and Clefairy. Poor Sabrina.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite not always getting along she and Blue are friends.....mostly.
- Weak, but Skilled: While Blue isn't really weak, her Pokémon's levels are considerably lower than Red's and Blue's. However, all her major victories were due to clever tricks and strategies, so she doesn't have to spend all her free time training and battling.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Called out by Sabrina, her ally at the time, for her deception of her during the battle with Lorelei. Green attempts a justification ("You can't fool your enemies if you don't fool your friends!"), but Sabrina doesn't buy it.
- White Gloves: She made a pair for herself and a black version for Silver to keep their hands warm while they were under the Masked Man's "care". She no longer wears them as of FireRed and LeafGreen.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Starts off the story with a crippling fear of bird Pokémon due to the fact that she was drafted into the Masked Man's service after being kidnapped by Ho-oh. She got better.
Jiggly (Puriri)A Wigglytuff that Green has owned since she was a small child.
Blasty (Kame-chan)A Blastoise that Green stole from Professor Oak when it was just a Squirtle.
- Jetpack: Serves as Green 's flight transportation by becoming this for her.
- Super Mode: As the ORAS chapter, Green has access to Mega Evolution, which she uses on Blasty.
Ditty (Meta-chan)A Ditto that Green uses to disguise herself.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: It changes into Pokemon as well as tools like keys.
Clefy (Pikkun)A Clefable that Green has owned since it was a Clefairy.
Nido/Nidory (Nido-chan)A Nidoqueen that Green has owned since she was a Nidoran.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Secondary type.
- Poisonous Person: Primary type.
BullA Granbull that Green has owned since it was a Snubbull. Was once traded to Silver for his Horsea and then back.
- Punny Name / Lost in Translation: In the original Japanese version, Green's Granbull is nicknamed "ブルー (Bull)". The pun is here is that Green 's name, when written in katakana, is written exactly the same as Snubbull's Japanese name, Bull. The only reason that we know that it even has a nickname is from Netkun and the fact that Green calls her Granbull "Bull" even after evolving. This was not caught by translators and all official English translations refer to Bull by its species name.
Yellow — The Healer
"Humans and Pokémon can live together! I know it!"
The first main character in the manga not to be based on a game protagonist, Yellow was saved by Red when she was a kid, and learned about the beauty of Pokemon from him. She later nursed him back to health after his battle with Giovanni and, after he accepted her request to be a Gym Leader, promised that she would wait for him. She later appears in her own individual arc on a quest to find Red, who has mysteriously gone missing (though you don't know it's her, or even that she IS a her until the end), and ends up defeating Lance. Her first Pokémon was a Rattata nicknamed Ratty she caught with Red's help. Her "starter" then was Red's Pikachu, Pika, and her "starter" now is her own Pikachu, Chuchu.
- Achilles' Heel: Using her powers too much will make her tired and cause her to go to sleep immediately.
- Badass Adorable: Kind hearted and demure, but push her to the edge and she'll show you why she's a Dex Holder.
- Betty and Veronica: Betty to Misty's Veronica and Red's Archie, bonus points for having blonde hair. Best seen in chapter 180, when she becomes nervous when Red starts talking to Misty on Erika's Pokegear.
- Badass Pacifist: She doesn't like hurting Pokemon, preferring instead to run away or force a stalemate, both things she's VERY capable of manipulating. If you actually drive her to seriously need to fight, you have a very big problem.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Yellow is probably the most pacifistic and sweet-tempered of the Dex Holders. She dislikes battling so much that she'd rather render her enemies immobile instead of even hurting them, or just plain run away. However she knows when to get serious; threaten the Viridian Forest or try to Kill All Humans, and the gloves are off.
- Bifauxnen: She conceals her gender by wearing a huge straw hat that hides her ponytail. It's only revealed later in her arc that she is, in fact, female.
- Canon Foreigner: She doesn't have a game counterpart and was created for this series.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She actually appears for the first time near the end of Red and Blue (when Red catches her Rattata for her, mentioned above), five chapters before her own arc begins.
- Compressed Hair: Her hair is pretty long yet fits in her hat with no problem.
- The Dreaded: To Lance. The only reason Petrel managed to get the drop on him is because he exploited Lance's fear of her.
- Everyone Can See It: Everyone knows of her crush on Red, except, of course, Red. By the end of GSC though, he MIGHT be aware.
- Eyes of Gold: A colored picture suggests that her eyes glow in her namesake whenever she uses her powers.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine with a dash of Supine.
- Foreshadowing: The first hint that she's the girl Red saved is that her first Pokemon was apparently her Rattata. It becomes even more obvious later on when, while surfing towards Cinnabar, she flashbacks to the exact lesson he taught her (IE taking care of Pokemon).
- Friend to All Living Things: Loves both people and Pokemon, and tries her best not to hurt either of them.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's blonde, pacifistic, one of the nicest characters in the series, and her powers and title are based around healing
- Hammerspace: That pouch can hold her sketchbook and fishing rod without them being seen. At times it looks like she just pulls them out of her back.
- Healing Hands: Gifted with the powers of the Viridian Forest, Yellow has a special ability that allows her to completely heal wounded Pokémon. And all she has to do is touch them or be near them. Though the latter is showcased more often with Lance, who has the same powers as her but is more competent with them.
- Heavy Sleeper: Overusing her powers will force her to fall into a deep sleep, no matter how inopportune the situation. Worst situation of all was when she was inside the out-of-control Team Rocket airship.
- Home Field Advantage: Yellow's already competent as a trainer on a regular day. Fight her in the Viridian Forest, and you're going to have a VERY bad day.
- I Will Wait for You: Her promise to Red, essentially. It isn't specifically romantic (Him becoming a gym leader), but she DOES love him...
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Her gender reveal is treated as a huge deal in Yellow, but later chapters don't bother trying to hide it.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Yellow should be easy to beat in a battle, right? Her Pokémon are weaklings, she hates fighting...HOLY SHOOT HER POKEMON'S LEVELS JUST JUMPED UP ALL THE WAY TO THE EIGHTIES.
- Limited Wardrobe: From Yellow to Emerald she's the only one of the original 4 to not get a costume change.
- Multiethnic Name: Her first name is English and her last name, Caballero, is the Spanish word for knight.
- Nice Hat: For a needed plot twist. After her arc, she wears it to hide her true gender from Red, and after revealing it in GSC she simply wears it for old times' sake.
- Chekhov's Gun: That hat was given to Yellow by Blue, along with the Rainbow and Silver Wings that are worn on it.
- Not So Different: Yellow has the same powers and origins as Lance. She even acknowledges that people can hurt Pokemon. The defining difference is that Red taught her that that isn't always the case.
- Older Than They Look: Crystal, Gold and Silver, on different occasions, were shocked to learn that Yellow is a year older than them, as she's almost a foot shorter.
- Parental Abandonment: Just where are they? (but at least the fisher uncle is there...)
- Personality Blood Types: A.
- Psychic Child: Can read the minds of Pokémon and has limited telekinesis. She is the youngest of the first-generation protagonists.
- Psychic Powers: Her Viridian-based powers include telekinesis, mind-reading, Healing Hands, and becoming Super Empowering.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her high ponytail is already waist-length.
- Red String of Fate: With Red. Not actually a red string, just a white String Shot from her caterpie, but combined with Red's joking proposal, she freaks out adorably all the same.
- Happens again in Fire Red Leaf Green, when she wraps her fishing line around Red's pinkie in order to tell him about Deoxys.
- Rescue Romance: How she fell in love with/started looking up to Red. It's never hinted that Red's ever realized that she's the same little girl he rescued from that rampaging Dratini all those years ago.
- She Is All Grown Up: In FireRed and LeafGreen as compared to Red and Blue and Yellow. Though she could still pass for a boy, and she's still shorter than Silver (and probably everyone else, minus Emerald).
- Ship Tease: Sprinkled liberally with Red and even a bit with Silver in FireRed LeafGreen.
- Skilled, but Naďve: In the beginning, as while a fairly competent battler she refused to hurt her opponents. Following training with Green and faced with the reality of how bad the situation is, Yellow toughens up HARD.
- Speaks Fluent Animal
- Super Empowering: Can use the power of the Viridian forest to make her team's levels shoot up massively.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Pretended to be a boy when she was first introduced in her own arc, under Green's instruction.
- Taken for Granite: She, the other Kanto Dex Holders, and Silver are turned into stone due to a collision between Mewtwo and Darkrai's attack at the end of FireRed and LeafGreen.
- Take Up My Sword: When Red disappeared, Yellow used his Pikachu and Pokédex. Though she gave back Pika later, since Red is using an upgraded Pokedex, Yellow is still using his original one, the oldest one in existence.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: She has no game counterpart, she has special powers from the Viridian Forest and is the only one who makes a set of Four Dex Holders a region. The only one comparable is Emerald.
- Took a Level in Badass: Her first major arc chronicled her coming to terms with being a battler despite her gentle personality. When she first appeared she had no battle experience and didn't own any Pokémon. Training under Blue and facing the crisis instigated by the Kanto Elite Four made her into a powerful trainer and a force to be reckoned with.
- White Magician Girl: Yellow fits this archetype fully. She has healing powers, is kind, gentle and caring (initially, to a fault), generous and self-sacrificing, has blonde hair and is even a more innocent Love Interest than Misty.
- Weak, but Skilled: Definitely counts as this for most of the Yellow arc, due to constantly trying to not hurt Pokemon or her opponents' trickery; given the usual power level for Dex Holders, she might still be this (when not using her Super Empowering, of course).
Ratty (Rat-chan)Yellow's first Pokémon, which Red helped her catch after he saved her. His sharp teeth have proved useful in many situation.
Dody/Dodosk (Dodosuke)A gift from her uncle, Dody primarily serves as Yellow's mode of land transport.
- Blow You Away: Secondary type. Also knows Whirlwind.
- Non-Elemental: Primary type.
Gravvy/Golosk (Golosuke)A gift from Brock. Evolved into a Golem during the battle against Lance.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Primary and secondary types.
- Socialization Bonus: Subverted, as it manages to evolve without trading thanks to Yellow being Super Empowering.
Omny/Omask (Omsuke)A gift from Misty. He evolved into a Omastar during the battle against Lance.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Secondary type.
- Making a Splash: Primary type.
Kitty/Freesk (Pīsuke)Once a Caterpie that followed Yellow after saving its life. Kitty evolved into a Metapod then into a Butterfree during the battle against Lance.
- Flight: Ironically, the Butterfree species cannot learn Fly. However, the flightless Doduo/Dodrio can learn it. Butter acts as Yellow's transportation by attaching to her back, rather than having Yellow ride on top. It gives the trainer the appearance of having butterfly wings herself.
ChuchuA Pikachu that Yellow captured sometime after the battle with Lance.
Johto Dex Holders
Gold — The Hatcher/Breeder
"...Pokémon are my partners! We work alongside for the same goals because we are partners!"
He's the first hero of the Gold, Silver, and Crystal arc. Gold comes from a well-to-do family, can be quite a flirt and thinks of Pokémon as his family as he grew up with a lot of them. His journey begins when he sees Silver steal a Pokémon from Elm's lab and decides to catch him himself. Gold's first Pokémon was an Aipom (nicknamed Aibo in Viz's translation and Ataro in Chuang Yi's translation) and his 'starter' was a Cyndaquil (nicknamed Exbo and Explotaro in Viz and Chuang Yi's releases respectively).
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Eventually resorts to going to the ground and begging to get Oak to give him a Pokédex.
- Anti-Hero: Type I/II hybrid. He's not as skilled as the other Dex Holders and he's far more exasperating, but he's a nice guy way, way underneath.
- Casanova Wannabe: Regularly hits on a pretty girls. And Bugsy.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Even though he's a total flirt, he does care about many of the women he hits on as people (though due to his Jerk with a Heart of Gold tendencies, he might not show it as much).
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the maverick. It isn't a majorly stressed thing, and mostly played for laughs, but multiple characters (Oak, Crystal, Whitney) have voiced on different occasions how infuriating and/or unreliable Gold is for doing more-or-less whatever he feels like. Best exemplified in HGSS, where Oak admits that Gold was his last pick among the Johto trio (Silver was incommunicado, Crystal was busy elsewhere).
- Determinator: Losing battles and almost his own life practically five times to the Masked Man? He keeps trying stop him anyway.
- Handsome Lech: He flirts with almost every woman he sees in Gold, Silver, and Crystal (and in one instance, he flirted with Bugsy). He seemed to have stopped doing so in the Emerald chapter....but then gets right back to it in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
- Hero Worship: Wants to be just like Red, and trains with him on Mt. Silver for that purpose.
- Hot-Blooded: There were even flames in the background when he showed intense desire to beat up the Masked Man.
- Idiot Hero: Out of all the Dex Holders, he's the only who hasn't completely grown out of it yet.
- Indy Ploy: His are so blatant that mental objections fill the panel when he acts like he planned it all along.
- Improbable Weapon User: He is very good with a Pool Cue.
- Required Secondary Powers: For whatever reason, that cue is strong enough to shatter ice and keep Lugia, a legendary Pokemon, from closing his mouth to use his breath attacks.
- It Amused Me: Outright said that this was his main motivation for his journeys: He doesn't do things for justice, he just wants to have fun.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Aside from the pun, he's Not So Different from his rival in this respect, but he usually means well and just wants to show off.
- Jerk Ass: That being said, he has semi-regular moments where he displays that he can be a major and unrepentant ass (the time where he nearly immolated Crystal which he had the audacity to laugh about, for one). In-universe, it is highlighted in HGSS that some people do regard him as little more than an unreliable trouble maker (Oak assigns him to the Pokeathlon only because Silver and Crystal weren't available, Mary outright says that about him).
- The Leader: Headstrong type of the Johto Dex holders. Sometimes.
- Like Father, Like Son: Any Pokemon hatched with Gold has the tendency to be just like him. This may range from appearance (like Pich) or, far more unfortunately, his habits (Like Togetaro).
- The Nicknamer: 'Strict Woman' to Crystal and 'Prissy Boy' to Ruby to name some.
- Nobody Touches the Hair: Getting a piece of his hair snipped off by the monks' Bellsprout in Sprout Tower seemed to really set him off.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Goes on to give the police an inaccurate description of Silver just so no one else can be the one to catch him.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Actally quiet clever,and was seen forming plans in times of need while playing dumb.
- Personality Blood Types: B.
- Phrase Catcher: Whenever he brags about something, others will call him "Liar" behind his back.
- Recurring Element: He has a few parallels to Red. For instance they both had Poliwhirl's but took different branched evolutions. They also had to win over the trust of the Pokemon Prof. to get their starter (a four legged Pokemon with it's special ability sprouting from its back). He also gets Sudowoodo on his team, a Pokemon known for blocking roadways like Red's Snorlax.
- Static Character: He has some small growth, but compared to the other Dex Holders, he's the only one who doesn't change significantly.
- Uncle Pennybags: Not as rich as Platinum Berlitz, but he is portrayed to have enough money to count as a literal rich idiot.
- Wild Hair: Whenever he takes his hat off, especially in [HeartGold and SoulSilver.
Aibo/Ataro (Ētarou)One of the Pokémon that lived in Gold's home. He was originally the first and only Gold took on his journey until Gold realized he lost (and later retrieved) Polibo. Started out as an Aipom and later evolved when it learned Double Hit.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys
- Prehensile Tail: Gains two upon evolving.
- Punny Name: Though entirely an English-version nickname, Aibo is Japanese for "Partner".
Exbo/Explotaro (Bakutarou)A Typhlosion that Gold obtained as a Cyndaquil when it asked to join his team to rescue his Totodile friend that was stolen by Silver.
Polibo/Poltaro (Nyotarou)A Politoed that was one of the Pokémon that lived in Gold's house since it was a Poliwag. After an incident involving Team Rocket, it was lost at sea but was later found and became a major part of his team. Gold initially intended for him to evolve into a Poliwrath like Red's but Polibo evolved into a Politoed after it was temporarily traded to Silver for his Seadra.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: The King's Rock is what caused Polibo to evolve once it was traded to Silver.
- Bash Brothers: With Red's Poliwrath in Emerald.
- Making a Splash
Sunbo/Sintaro (Kimatarou)A Sunflora that Gold caught as a Sunkern. She evolved into a Sunflora during the battle against the Masked Man.
- Eyes Always Shut: After evolution.
- Green Thumb
- Petal Power
- The Smurfette Principle: Only female member on Gold's team.
- Sunny Sunflower Disposition
Sudobo/Utaro (Ūtarou)A Sudowoodo that Gold saved from a Rhydon during a bike race he had with Whitney. After helping it, Gold accepted it onto his team.
- Cowardly Lion: Is initially in hiding from a Rhydon in the area. When Gold convinces him to stand up to the Rhydon, however, he clobbers it.
Togebo/Togetaro (Togetarou)A Togepi that Gold hatched from an egg. Due to a problem with connecting to Togebo, Gold went a while unable to evolve it. During the battle against Arceus, Gold managed to connect with Togebo, and it evolve into Togetic and Togekiss to stop the rampaging Pokémon.
- Foreshadowing: Is it any wonder that "The Breeder" would have an egg Pokemon?
- Like Father, Like Son: Gold's ability to make his hatched Pokémon like him turned a Pokémon that is known for bringing happiness into a gambling delinquent.
- Took a Level in Badass: As a Togepi, he was badass, but won most of his battles through pure luck. Upon evolving twice, he became strong enough to face against Arceus and calm it down with a single attack. Although he didn't actually hurt it.
- Tsundere: Wanted Gold to ride him, but seemed unable to ask directly.
Tibo/Mantaro (Mantarou) and RemoraidA Mantine that Gold encountered after being sent flying into the sea. He quickly befriended the Pokémon and uses it in conjunction with Crystal's recently-captured Remoraid to enable it to fly.
- Blow You Away: Secondary type.
- Flight: Achieves this with the Remoraid. Normally, the Mantine species cannot fly.
- Jetpack: His method of flight transportation for Gold.
- Making a Splash: Primary type.
Pibu (Pich)A Pichu that hatched from an egg that was produced by Red's Pika and Yellow's Chuchu. Has wild hair like his Trainer.
- Badass Adorable: Pich was the one that defeated Pryce using a Super Rising Thunder, what would eventually become the ultimate electric move, Volt Tackle. It did this MERE MINUTES AFTER IT WAS BORN.
- Blush Sticker
- Kid Hero: Up to Eleven as a BABY HERO, as the first thing it did after being born was beating the Big Bad of the third arc.
- Punny Name/Lost in Translation: Like Bull, Pich is a nicknamed Pokémon who's name was not caught by any translators. When written in Japanese, Pich's name is only one character short from the Pichu's species name and would probably be considered a spelling error if not for Netkun.
- Shock and Awe
- Wild Hair: Has his trainer's spiky hair.
Silver — The Exchanger/Trader
“I lived to find my own battle and to attain my own goals… I was ready to do anything. But that battle has ended today. I will not regret my actions, no matter what punishment is meted out to me.”
The second hero and The Lancer of Gold, Silver, and Crystal. He's an Anti-Hero and works in ways that aren't always very favorable. Has a secret, dark past, but is usually just a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. His first Pokémon is a Sneasel and his starter is a Totodile which he stole from the lab.
- The Comically Serious: he comes across as a serious character in his early appearances...but then he saw his wanted poster.
- This is taken to hilarious levels when we find out at the end of the HGSS arc that Silver is a fan of Proteam Omega, and seems fixated on staying at Gold's house just to catch its first airing on television. The only other main character who is known to be a fan of the show is Diamond.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The poor dear was kidnapped at a young age, which is how he met Green.
- Discard and Draw: He was trained to specialize in Pokemon trading, and paired with his sister knows about evolution trades.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Silver has been shown secretly working with Blue during Yellow, but wasn't introduced until Gold, Silver, and Crystal
- Evil Red Head: Not really, just more of a jerk.
- Flung Clothing: When he ditched the Team Rocket wardrobe Sird put on him.
- Hidden Depths: See The Comically Serious.
- Instant Expert: Learned Feraligtr's special move in less than a minute!Gold (thinking in shock): It took me two months to learn that move!
- It's Personal: With the Mask of Ice in the GSC arc, and with Team Rocket's revival in FRLG and HGSS. The Johto stories more to do with his backstory than any other Dex Holder.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He starts out as one, in contrast to his game counterpart, who was a Jerk Ass who developed into this.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Green. Comes with being friends while being abducted by a masked man. Even comes with My Sister Is Off-Limits! towards Gold.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: It turns out later that he's the son of Team Rocket boss Giovanni.
- Not So Stoic: He starts off barely showing much emotion beyond mild curiosity, but has a full-on Slasher Smile when he confronts Team Rocket at Slowpoke Well. He gradually begins softening out as the storyline progresses.
- Personality Blood Types: AB.
- Prophet Eyes: He gains these when he is temporarily blinded by Petrel. Crys later heals him.
- The Stoic: At first he doesn't emote too much, but grows out of it.
- Taken for Granite: At the end of FireRed and LeafGreen due to the collision of Mewtwo's and Darkrai's attacks.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Silver had been searching for him family since he was a child, honestly hoping that he'd have a loving family filled with Pokémon, like Gold... only to find his father is Giovanni.
WeavileA Weavile that Silver has owned since it was a Sneasel.
FeraligatrA Pokémon that Silver stole from Professor Elm when it was a Totodile.
- Badass Adorable: As Tododile. After only a few days with Gold, it already had an impressive reserve of powerful moves.
- I Choose to Stay: He was stolen by Silver, but when Gold tries to take him back at Bellsprout Tower, Tododile bites him, already preferring to stay with Silver.
HonchkrowSilver's mode of flight transportation. Was first seen as a Murkrow.
KingdraA Kingdra that was once traded to Blue for her Bull but later traded back offscreen. She evolved into a Seadra offscreen and evolved into Kingdra when she was temporarily traded to Gold for his Polibo.
- The Smurfette Principle: Only female member on Silver's team.
GyaradosThe Red Gyarados of the Lake of Rage. Silver captured it to stop the Pokémon there from rampaging because of Team Rocket's trouble causing.
UrsaringA Pokémon Silver caught near Azalea Town. Is currently with Giovanni.
- The Bus Came Back: When Giovanni returns in HGSS, so does Ursaring.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Hasn't been seen since the FireRed and LeafGreen chapter and has been replaced with Rhyperior.
RhyperiorOriginally Green's Pokémon but was traded to Silver to fit his missing slot after Ursaring went missing.
Crystal — The Catcher/Capturer
The third and last hero/ine of Gold, Silver, and Crystal. Her name is usually shortened to Crys. Crystal stars in two books alone before teaming up with Silver and Gold. She was given a Pokédex after taking the job of catching Pokémon for Professor Oak so she can help the run down orphanage she's helping look after. Has caught all non-legendaries and is currently working as Oak's assistant. Her first Pokémon was a Smoochum named Chumee and starter is a Chikorita, (nicknamed Megaree in Viz's version and simply 'Mega' in Chuang Yi's version). Each of her Pokémon have a star on them somewhere.
- The Ace: In regards to Pokémon catching. It says volumes of her skill that she legitimately managed to Catch 'Em All, or at least every non-Legendary in Kanto, Johto, & Hoenn by Emerald.
- Age-Inappropriate Dress: Her outfit in HeartGold and SoulSilver; forced on to her by her mother.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: The camera focuses on her after Gold and Silver are defeated by the Mask of Ice. She goes on almost a two volume long solo adventure as The Hero of her own story before teaming up with the others.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Her mother is a loving, encouraging and competent, but she's flamboyant, hammy and painfully childish. She's also a Coordinator like Ruby and Wallace, which makes a painful amount of sense.
- Brainy Brunette: If you count her Emerald artwork, where her hair is a dark brown.
- Catch Phrase: "Capture complete!" in the Viz translation, "Capture done." in the Chuang Yi translation.
- The Coats Are Off: She does this quite a few times before HeartGold and SoulSilver, most notably when rescuing Bill's boat from a wild Flaafy and Dunsparce and while re-training herself at Mt. Mortar.
- Composite Character: She wears Lyra's outfit from Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver. How ironic.
- Cool Big Sis: To Emerald, the orphans, Ruby and Sapphire.
- Extremity Extremist: She uses her Pokéballs by kicking them at her targets, a habit she developed after injuring her arms while training her capturing skills.
- Girlish Pigtails: Hers slant upwards. Though she's nowhere near childish.
- Gotta Catch Them All: Her original goal in Crystal before the plot with the Masked Man came back into focus, and she succeeds by Emerald. Sort of.... Heck, her specialty title is "Capturer".
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: When she fails to catch Suicune and understand it in Gold, Silver, and Crystal. Her mother has to slap her and she has to start training from scratch when she finally reboots.
- Kick Chick: She kicks her Pokéballs instead of throwing them, since she had broken her arms when training and had to improvise.
- Modesty Shorts: Keeps her traveling biker shorts on under her scientist skirt.
- Mood-Swinger: Whenever catching is involved, she turns super serious and focused.
- Only Sane Woman: Between her, Gold, and Silver, she's the most responsible.
- Personality Blood Types: A.
- Ship Tease: With Silver, Emerald and Gold.
- Tsundere: Averted. While she does ocasionall flip-flop between an easy-going demeanor and anger in Gold's case, these instances are generally caused by legitimate grievances over selfish (and occasionally dangerous things) he does (as in their trip to the Pokémon League, where he unapologetically almost caused her serious burns).
- Then played straight in the HG/SS arc as she kicked Gold everytime he tried to say something about her new clothes, without letting him finish the sentence.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She is the only Dex Holder to have an unnatural hair color (blue), bar maybe Platinum Berlitz (who borders between black or dark blue).
- Zettai Ryouiki: In her HeartGold and SoulSilver outfit.
Chumee (Mupyon)Crystal's first Pokémon. A Smoochum that helps her catch Pokémon by stunning them with Mean Look, preventing them from escaping. Wears a star necklace around her neck that is shared with Megaree.
Megaree/Mega (Megapyon)A Meganium that wanted to join Crystal's team after hearing about the exploits that Gold's Exbo and Silver's Feraligatr had with their Trainers. At first, Crystal didn't want him because she had a full team but decided to take him after seeing him show his determination. Wears a star necklace around his neck.
- All Animals Are Dogs: Is seen wagging his tiny tail in happiness as a Chikorita
- Badass Adorable: As a Chikorita, he was perfectly willing to follow Crystal across the wilds of Johto. Just before he evolved into Bayleef, he headbutted a Larvitar that had previously fought Archy and grievously wounded him. It's this quality that convinces Crystal to accept him as a member of her team.
- The Call Put Me On Hold: Wanted to go on adventures like Elm's Cyndaquil and Tododile, but was left behind. When Crystal declined to take him in initially, he kicked Elm in the face and ran after her. Even when he found her, Crystal was still unwilling to take him in at first.
Bonee (Karapyon)A Cubone that Crystal met after she was sent down a cliff from a wild Arcanine. He uses moves that prevent the opponent from fainting to make capture easier. Has star cracks on his helmet.
Monlee/Hitmonee (Ebipyon)A Hitmonchan that Crystal met after she was sent down a cliff from a wild Arcanine. He uses his speed to quickly hit opponents. He has star stickers on his boxing gloves.
Natee/Xatee (Naipyon)A Xatu that Crystal met as a Natu after she was sent down a cliff from a wild Arcanine. She users her psychic powers to help lift Crystal into the air. She wears a star sticker on her left eye.
- Blow You Away: It's a Flying-type, and it can learn Gust, which is a small tornado.
- Flight: As a Flying-type, this is a given, as it stays off the ground and moves through the air.
- Psychic Powers: It's a Psychic-type, and it can move things with its mind.
Parasee (Parapyon)A Parasect that Crystal met after she was sent down a cliff from a wild Arcanine. She uses special spores made inside her body to inflict status inflictions on Pokémon, making them easier to capture. She has star patterns on her mushroom body.
- Blank White Eyes: Although the fact that the mushroom has taken over a Parasect's body is never brought up.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: It's part Bug-type, and it's comes to about Crystal's knees.
- Combat Medic: Can cure status effects and mix medicine using its spores.
- Green Thumb: It's part Grass-type, which is know for growing plant life.
Archy/Arckee (Winpyon)An Arcanine that Crystal met when she was a child. Having been blinded in his right eye by a wild Larvitar, he went on a rampage and knocked Crystal off a cliff until she healed him later. Wears a star collar on his neck.
BaripyonA Mr. Mime that Crystal brought to help out in the battle against Guile Hideout.
Hoenn Dex Holders
Ruby — The Charmer
"True beauty lies in the heart! The heart that is capable of love!"
The male protagonist of the RS Arc. Despite being the son of Gym Leader Norman, Ruby is deeply fixated on Pokémon contests and the beauty and appearance of his team. Naturally, this has put him at odds with his father. First Pokémon(s) are a Skitty named Coco, Poochyena named Nana and Ralts named Ruru. His starter is a Mudkip named Zuzu.
- Bare Your Midriff: In his contest outfit he does this.
- Bishie Sparkle: Whenever he says something related to beautifying or contests, sparkles show up.
- The Bet: Both he and Sapphire made a bet to accomplish their goals within 80 days. It ends in a tie.
- Camp Straight: Flamboyant and has very girly habits, but definitely in love with Sapphire whether he says so or not. Completely averted with his original personality.
- The Chosen One: To Rayquaza and the prophecy of destroying the Delta Meteor along with Sapphire.
- Conscience Makes You Go Back: He initially decided not to help save Hoenn from Groudon and Kyogre's wrath, but he goes back and helps her a short while later
- Covert Pervert: Notable example includes him taking an unconscious Sapphire's measurements. Justified; it's for modifying a change of his clothes for her.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He does whatever he can to avoid direct Pokémon confrontation. Push him into it or remove him from the public eye, however, and you'll learn quick that five years isn't enough to dull his blade.
- Death Glare: He gets it from his dad.
- The Fashionista: A male version since he's more into Pokémon contests than gym battles.
- Idiot Hair: There's one under his hat.
- Implausible Deniability: The defining characteristic of his later relationship with Sapphire. At the end of the RS arc, HE MADE A DAMN LOVE CONFESSION, but when questioned on it, says he doesn't remember anything. Whether he's just being as elusive as always or due to Time Travel shenanigans he genuinely forgot, is up to you.
- Instant Expert: He mastered Mega Evolution way before Sapphire and Emerald. First with Latios, and then with Zuzu who he hasn't even trained to perform Mega Evolution.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Fashionable: He even made a new outfit to barbarian Sapphire out of his own spare clothes to achive this.
- It Was with You All Along: His search for the ultimate Contest Pokémon. A Milotic, which Mimi eventually evolves into.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rather impetuous and vain, but his heart's in the right place.
- Limited Wardrobe: Special mention for actually having a closet full of identical outfits, including multiples of his hat. Seen here.
- Kamehame Hadoken: When summoning Celebi. No matter how much of an Asspull it may be, it. Was. AWESOME.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Camp Straight to Sapphire's Tomboy. The fact that he's named after the pink or red colored Ruby, while Sapphire is named after the blue colored Sapphire accentuates this.
- May–December Romance: Courtney certainly seemed interested...
- My God, What Have I Done?: Does this after realizing the consequences of yelling at his Feebas, Mimi.
- Once again ORAS realizing how much damage keeping Sapphire out of the loop had caused.
- Nice Hat: It also hides the scars he got from the Salamence listed below. The scars are his identifying mark without the hat in play.
- Non-Action Guy: What he becomes due to believing It's All His Fault. While he managed to repel a Salamence that attacked him and Sapphire five years prior to the bet, he dropped competitive battling after he mistakenly believes he tainted her "crystal-clear heart". This is also why he just accepted all the scoldings Sapphire gave him.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: At first, he refuses to help Sapphire save the Hoenn region from certain catastrophe.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: More like Obfuscating Incompetence. See It's All My Fault.
- Personality Blood Types: O.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In the absence of an audience to view his battling prowess.
- The Run Away: His father practically hunts him down for doing so.
- Scars Are Forever: He was badly injured by a Salamence when he was younger, and the scars remained even after those years.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend : To Sapphire. He openly denies his feelings for her when the chips are not down.
- Significant Name:
- He's named after the Pink-colored Ruby, which fits quite well with his status as the pink boy to Sapphire's blue girl.
- His birthday is at 2nd of July, in which his birthstone is ruby.
- Stoic Spectacles: Ruby actually has bad eyesight. When he's sewing, they may count as Nerd Glasses, but he also wears them when he's figuring out battle strategies. He actually looks pretty intelligent in them.
- Strong Family Resemblance: When he takes off his hat, he really looks like mini-Norman.
- Super Speed: his Running Shoes allow him to keep up with cars. Much better than their game counterpart, which amounted to researching running.
- Theme Naming: His Pokémon's names all consist of part of their species' name (a single kana in Japanese) repeated twice: Nana the Poochyena, Kiki the Skitty, and so on.
- Took a Level in Badass: While he was already a badass to begin with, ORAS has Ruby getting down and dirty on the likes of Zinnia and the Draconid People, and mastering the art of Mega Evolution on Latios without formal training.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Had two What the Hell, Hero? moments in a row prior to the climax of the Ruby & Sapphire arc; He first refuses to aid Sapphire in saving Hoenn from destruction because "It wasn't his problem" and then takes out his anger on his Feebas for losing a contest. It wasn't until after his Feebas abandoned him for his actions that he changed his mind.
- We Can Rule Together: Offered by Courtney in the R/S Saga, when she asked him if he wanted to join Team Magma.
- What the Hell, Hero?
- He demonstrates Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass on instinct before Sapphire, and yet he still refuses to help save Hoenn from the maniacs in Teams Magma and Aqua. Sapphire was not pleased at all. Wallace has to spell it out for Ruby before he does this.
- In the ORAS Chapter his decision to not tell Sapphire about the meteor or what the training was for backfires on everyone horribly, resulting in Sapphire becoming temporary mute from the shock.
- Will They or Won't They?: Played strangely. After his love confession at the end of RSE, Ruby continues to play it cool and not give any hint of his feelings. Even five years later, where Sapphire is obviously still in love with him, he stays aloof.
- With My Hands Tied: His fight with Mack in the submarine, as he's backed into a corner and his arms are tied to his sides. He manages to escape unharmed, though.
NanaOne of Ruby's starter Pokémon. A Mightyena that is used in Cool rank contests.
Kiki (Coco)One of Ruby's starter Pokémon. A Delcatty that is used in Cute rank contests.
- Cute Kitten: Hence being used in Cute rank contests!
- Eyes Always Shut: As a Skitty.
- Lunacy: Evolved into a Delcatty with a Moon Stone.
- Non-Elemental: Normal-type.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Nana's Tomboy.
Rara (Ruru)One of Ruby's starter Pokémon. A Kirlia that is used in Smart rank contests. Due to being stuck with Wally for most of Ruby's adventure, she was unable to participate in contests and Fofo was used in her place.
Mumu (Zuzu)A Pokémon that Ruby got from Professor Birch. A Swampert that is used in Tough rank contests.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Secondary type.
- The Ditz: As a Mudkip.
- Making a Splash: Primary type.
- The One Guy: The one male on Ruby's team.
Fofo (Popo)A Castform that used to belong to Mr. Stone until he was put into a coma because of Team Aqua. She is used in Smart Rank contests due to Ruru being with Wally.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can control the weather to change her form and type.
Feefee (Mimi)A Milotic that Ruby caught as a Feebas, much to his chagrin. After some Character Development, he found out that even though she is ugly on the outside, she is beautiful on the inside, causing her to evolve into a Milotic, a Pokémon he had been searching for. She is used in Beauty rank contests.
PlusleA Pokémon that Ruby encountered on the Abandoned Ship. It joined his team while on Mirage Island.
Sapphire Birch — The Conqueror
"What did you train yourself for?! Shouldn't it be to help those who are in trouble?!"
The female protagonist for the RS arc. The yang to Ruby's yin, she assists Prof. Birch in his studies and is more than ready for anything nature can throw at her. After an argument with Ruby, she sets off both their journeys with a bet - she'll see Pokémon contests in a new light if he can get all the ribbons in 80 days, while she seeks to get all the local badges in that time limit. This is inspired, in fact, by her own encroaching 11th birthday and the fact she wants to beat Red's record for defeating the Gym leaders. First Pokémon is an Aron named Rono while starter is a Torchic named Toro.
- Adaptational Badass: The most aggressive version of the character especially moreso than May is as a NPC or from the anime.
- Badass Normal: One of a small list of humans who fight Pokémon unaided. She does have her own, but she's hardly helpless without them.
- Bare Your Midriff: Only when she's in her jungle outfit, which is comprised of little ore than a grass skirt and leaf bra.
- In ORAS however her normal outfit and contest outfit also does this.
- The Bet: Both she and Ruby made a bet to accomplish their goals within 80 days. It ends in a tie.
- Book Dumb: Subverted. Once she got the tough-sounding words out of the way, she went down as the first to score perfect marks in Roxanne's written exam gym challenge.
- That being said, she still has problems writing, as seen when she loses her voice in ORAS, her writing has a lot of mistakes in it.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Breaking a (weakened) fountain and sprinting while carrying two full-grown men and a woman near the start of the arc should give you an idea what she's capable of.
- She's strong enough to carry boulders bigger than she is for the sole purpose of smashing Emerald's face in for teasing her.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: As shown by the above quote. She always goes out of her way to help any person or Pokemon in need, and chews out Ruby big time for refusing to do the same.
- Cute Bruiser
- Cute Little Fangs: To emphasize how much of a Wild Child she is, she is typically drawn to have a small fang.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Again, only when she's in her jungle outfit.
- Forgotten Childhood Friend
- Hero Worship: Wants to be just like Red.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Hilariously with Ruby. Played straight in the beginning, but in the Emerald arc, she's ready to beat the shit out of him whenever he claims to have forgotten what exactly happened during the RS climax, including their love confessions to each other.
- Garden Garment: The outfit she wore as a Wild Child included nothing but a grass skirt and a leaf bra.
- Hero-Worshipper: Red's achievements were actually the motivation for her journey in the first place.
- Hot-Blooded: Not as much as Pearl, Gold, or Black though (She may have started out on par with them, but she mellows out by the end).
- The Ingenue: Was this when she was younger. It's also part of what crushed the younger Ruby so much when he thought he'd scared her.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: She has absolutely no qualms in going around in a leaf bikini or taking her clothes off in front of strangers.
- Jungle Princess: She becomes this due to believing It's All Her Fault that Ruby got hurt. That same Salamence in Ruby's tragic backstory cut him up before he chased it off. She blamed herself for her own weakness and inability to fight, and went native as part of her assistance in Prof. Birch's research to rectify that. Along the way, she engaged in some badass grinding, and only went from there after her wager with Ruby.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The tomboy to Ruby's Camp Straight. The fact that she's named after the blue colored Sapphire, while Ruby is named after the pink or red colored Ruby accentuates this.
- Personality Blood Types: O.
- Significant Name:
- She's named after the Blue-colored Sapphire, which fits quite well with her status as the blue girl to Ruby's pink boy.
- Her birthday is at 20th of September, in which her birthstone is sapphire.
- Skirt over Slacks: When she's actually wearing clothes, anyway.
- The Speechless: Rendered this temporary during ORAS after finding out that Ruby was keeping her out of the entire Delta Meteor incident loop.
- Tomboy: Her goal is to beat all of the gym leaders in Hoenn, and she scoffs at the idea of participating in contests.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Post-Character Development, remnants of her old personality are starting to surface back up, such as her admitting that the way Ruby grooms his Pokemon is beautiful and her being a romantic.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The tragic backstory left her bitter and perpetually angry youth, especially towards Ruby, who accidentally caused it in the first place.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: While normally fearless, a recount of her fight with Frontier Brain Tucker during the Emerald saga suggests she still has trouble dealing with Salamence, most likely due to her encounter with one.
- Wild Child: Gold even nicknames her "Wild Girl". Sounds accurate, given her aggression and willingness to wear grass and leaves.
Rono (Dorara)An Aggron that Sapphire got as her first Pokémon.
Chic/Toro (Chamo)A Blaziken that Sapphire got from her dad as a Torchic.
- The Smurfette Principle: The one female on Sapphire's team.
Lorry/Walo (Eruru)A Wailord that Sapphire borrowed from her father. Serves primarily as her mode of water transportation and is never used in battle.
Troppy/Pilo (Tororo)A Tropius that Sapphire borrowed from her father. Mostly serves as her mode of air transportation and is rarely used in battle.
Phado/Dono (Fadodo)A Donphan that Sapphire met a Mauville City. After helping her stop a rampaging robot, he joined Sapphire's team.
Relo (Jirara)A Relicanth that Sapphire caught during the Groudon and Kyogre debacle.
MinunA Pokémon that Sapphire encountered on the Abandoned Ship. It joined her team while on Mirage Island.
Emerald — The Calmer
"It's not the Pokémon battles that I like! It's the Pokémon...and the people who like Pokémon!"
The protagonist of the Emerald arc. He is the second main character in the manga not to be based on a game protagonist. A trainer who loves Pokémon battles but not Pokémon (at first), he utilizes a variety of gadgets and is a genius at item battles. He challenges the Hoenn Battle Frontier in his arc, claiming that he will subdue the Frontier Brains in the seven days prior to the opening ceremonies. This coincides with the appearance of Jirachi in the Battle Frontier. He's the first main character whose first Pokémon is actually a starter* , in this case Sceptile.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Just one glance tells him the origin site of a Pokémon. Given just how he calms the (unnaturally) frenzied Pokémon in the arc, it qualifies. Hence why he quickly bonded with Noland after their battle.
- Artificial Limbs: His hand extenders & platform shoes can count as this.
- Badass Bandolier: He wears two of these in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- The Bet: He made one with the Frontier Brains that he will beat them all in seven days.
- Berserk Button: Do not call him short. Just... Don't.
- The Call Put Me On Hold: At first he was refused to be given a PokéDex, only to be given to him much later after undergoing both the Secret Test of Character and several months of Training from Hell.
- Drought Level of Doom: Emerald has to battle many times before facing the Frontier Brain in each facility, so it counts.
- Canon Foreigner: Like Yellow, he doesn't have a game counterpart.
- Chekhov's Gunman:
- He was shown as a shadow at the end of Crystal, although you can't even recognize him since he hadn't been given his distinctive hair by then.
- The panel of his trainer card appears in the Ruby and Sapphire arc.
- Friendless Background: The Loner Type.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Uses a variety of gizmos and gadgets to calm down wild Pokemon, keep in contact with Crystal, fight better and make himself look bigger.
- Hero-Worshipper: It was due to Crystal's selfless actions that motivated him to become a Dex Holder in the first place.
- Honor Before Reason:
- He refuses to acknowledge that the bonds he's formed with his Pokémon contribute to his victories, and to prove this point he exchanges his roster for a team he's never used before. To battle a Frontier Brain. After witnessing the Heroic Resolve of his Sceptile saving him from being defeated by Ruby.
- When fighting his way through the Battle Tower to confront Guile Hideout, he refuses to break the rules of the Battle Tower despite fighting for his life and the lives of everyone in the Battle Frontier.
- Important Hair Accessory: His green gem in his forehead. Turns out the gem was used in a failed attempt to control Rayquaza earlier in the Ruby and Sapphire arc.]]
- I Work Alone: The first time he met them, he refused Ruby and Sapphire's offer to help in his mission.
- Jerkass Façade: Rebuffed and insulted the Pokémon team he gained for their affections so no one would insult them for being like substitute limbs for him.
- Loners Are Freaks: Emerald was a loner prior to his debut, until he finally comes to terms with his true desire to forge bonds between fellow Dex Owners as well as Pokémon.
- The Napoleon: The only character in the series shorter than Yellow! His equipment provides a marginally effective ruse, but it can't hope to last.
- Personality Blood Types: AB.
- Significant Name:
- He's named after the green-colored emerald, which fits quite well along with his companions Ruby and Sapphire.
- His birthday is at 31st of May, in which his birthstone is emerald.
- Third Wheel: Has to suffer through Ruby and Sapphire's unusual relationship.
- Urine Trouble: He has a rather weird habit of peeing from the windows of tall buildings.
- V Sign: He does this after he gets 17 consecutive wins in the Battle Factory.
- What the Hell, Hero?: When he recalled his three most trusted Pokémon and replaces them with another prior to the final Battle Dome Match, to which he loses horribly.
- Later, in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, he gives a speech about this to everyone, asking why they were so intent on using only lore (Zinnia) or technology (Devon) to stop the meteor. This causes a collective realization about the need to cooperate.
SceptileEmerald's starter Pokémon that got from the Battle Factory. Briefly partnered with Wally before being lost at sea.
SudowoodoA Pokémon that Emerald encountered when he first arrived at the Battle Frontier. She later followed him because she wanted join his team.
DusclopsA Pokémon that Emerald encountered at the Battle Pike. It later followed him because it wanted join his team.
SnorlaxA Pokémon that went rampaging because of Guile Hideout. After being calmed down, it was given to Emerald by Norman.
Mr. MimeA Pokémon that went rampaging because of Guile Hideout. After being calmed down, it was given to Emerald by Norman.
MantineA Pokémon that went rampaging because of Guile Hideout. After being calmed down, it was given to Emerald by Norman.
Sinnoh Dex Holders
Diamond — The Empathizer
“The ‘time’ that me, Pearl and Little Miss spent, and the ‘space’ that we travelled all over, are the most important ‘time’ and ‘space’ to me. Not just for me… The people and Pokémon who treasure this ‘time’ and ‘space’ have come here for that. You have no right to take away something that important for your own selfish reason!!”
The first hero of the DP arc. His name is usually shortened to Dia. He's the fool in the comedy duo . He's always shown to be always eating and sleepy. But despite his foolish looking face, he is also quite sensitive to his surroundings and can detect the smallest things in a situation. First Pokémon is a Munchlax named Lax and starter is a Turtwig named 'Tru'.
- Adorkable: Face it - he's a mecha anime addict, loves to eat, a Butt Monkey, rather emotional, often unintentionally funny, yet still remains a big badass. He can't be anything but this.
- Anti-Hero: Type 1, being the weakest of the three heroes, but having great intelligence and empathy. Grows out of the weak part later, AND HOW.
- Big Eater: He's eating practically in every chapter. Even while on board TG's plane!
- Bodyguard Crush: It was a mistake when he and Pearl become Platinum Berlitz's bodyguards, but he still crushes on her.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Diamond's the boke. Except with Cyrus.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He's actually very intuitive for his age, but he rarely shows it.
- Can't Catch Up: Byron sends him into a personal training session with Riley at Iron Island for not being as strong or battle-smart as Pearl and Platinum, something even Satoshi Yamamoto points out. He makes up for this with his courage and empathy later on.
- Casual Danger Dialog: He's normally unfazed even when the times are dire. An example here.
- Catch Phrase: Shared with Pearl for their routine, "When you think of Pokemon..."
- Character Tics: Every now and then he slaps his cheeks when he feels determined.
- Cheerful Child: He's the only one out of the Sinnoh trio who seems to act like he's really 12 years old.
- Childhood Friends: With Pearl.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: When Pearl points out that they have no duty other than protecting Platinum, Diamond says he still wants to stand up to the bad guy anyways.
- Martyr Without a Cause: He still wants to fight despite there being generally nothing at stake.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Yes, he IS quite of a dope and can be really slow sometimes, but he makes up for it with his quick logic and can stand the ground on Cyrus when he needs to.
- Disney Death: Like they would really kill off a main character! But he really would have died from Giratina's Shadow Force, had he not been exposed to the Distortion World enough times for him to become immune to it already.
- Dork Knight: Despite not being a real knight, he qualifies for this.
- Dressing as the Enemy: Dia disguises himself as a TG grunt by mugging a grunt's clothes in the latter DP saga.
- The Dulcinea Effect: Sort of. He becomes fiercely determined to protect Platinum upon a day of meeting her.
- Easily Forgiven: Sure, he didn't know yet that Cyrus had undergone a change of heart during his stay in the Distortion World, but why exactly would he casually remind him of his old plan of reconstructing the universe? Even after hearing Cyrus's Freudian Excuse, he completely forgets the fact that the man tried to kill him and his friends several times over and immediately teams up with him.
- The Empath: It's even his title.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: The fighter of the three, with all his Pokemon being slow, powerful tanks with high defense.
- Friend to All Living Things: Byron is the first to notice that Pokémon become quite fond of him.
- Grew a Spine: One may think that he's just the quiet unassuming underdog of the comedy duo, but midway in the DP arc he reveals to Pearl that he wants to follow his own feelings and do what he wants for a change. He then goes on to be the biggest badass of the DP arc.
- The Heart: His normalcy is what enables him to have the biggest heart in the series.
- Hero-Worshipper: In a flashback, he was shown to be a fan of Red and has puppets of his Pokémon.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Him and Pearl.
- Idiot Hero: Even if you ignore his Obfuscating Stupidity, he still has shades of this.
- Inelegant Blubbering: Whenever he's crying, it tends to be this.
- Innocent Prodigy: He is much deeper and understanding than he appears.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Cyrus at the end of the Platinum arc.
- In-Series Nickname: Dia, a shortened version of his name.
- Iron Buttmonkey: As the boke in their manzai routine, he has to be.
- Love at First Sight: One-sided case towards Platinum.
- Mighty Glacier: Most of his Pokémon are of the slow but powerful/tough kind, culminating in Regigigas, who's considered the epitome of the archetype.
- Nice Guy: So much so that when you tick him off (which would require a lot of effort considering his very long patience), you'd better watch out.
- No Sell: Exposing himself to the Distortion World several times made him immune to Giratina's Shadow Force.
- No Sense of Direction: In one chapter he mentions that he gets lost even with a map.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He knew from the start Platinum was not a tour guide.
- Personality Blood Types: A.
- Pungeon Master: Being the "idiot" of the comedy routine, he's this by necessity.
- Ridiculously Average Guy: His main attribute, according to Satoshi Yamamoto.
- Significant Name: His birthday is on the 4th of April, in which the birthstone is diamond.
- Skewed Priorities: Apparently, lunch always comes first. Except when it's breakfast.
- Taking the Bullet: He pushes Pearl out of the way just in time as Giratina's Shadow Force hits him.
- Tareme Eyes: Has droopy eyes and is much more passive than Pearl.
- Team Chef: Surprisingly a good one too. He can make high-quality Poffins with difficult berry combinations which were fed to Platinum's Prinplup, not to mention a cream pie for Platinum herself when she got depressed.
- Tranquil Fury: Possibly one of the reasons he's associated with Mesprit, the Pokémon of emotion.
- With a Friend and a Stranger: With Pearl being the friend and Platinum being the stranger.
Lax (Bē)A Munchlax that is Dia's first Pokémon.
- Spin-Offspring: It is heavily implied that he is the offspring of Red and Emerald's Snorlaxes.
Tru/Wig (Rū)A Pokemon that was supposed to go to Platinum's bodyguards but ended up with Dia.
Don (Pū)A Bastiodon that Dia got as a Shieldon from Byron. He evolved during the infiltration of Team Galactic's base.
Kit/Tung (Rī)A Lickilicky that Dia encountered as a Lickitung. It attacked the president of the Poketch company for teasing it and evolved when Dia battled him to protect the man.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: It has a habit of taking things from people.
MooA Mamoswine that Platinum caught and later gave to Dia.
GīA Regigias that Platinum encountered after her defeat at the hands of Jupiter. It saved her, Candice, and Maylene and snuck into her Poke Ball so it can come and help them later during the final battle against Cyrus. Due to orders it was given in the past, it refuses to leave its Poke Ball unless it's necessary.
- Big Damn Heroes: According to Dr. Footstep, its job is to do this and refuses to leave its Poke Ball unless it's really, truly needed.
- Olympus Mons: One of the few legendaries to be on a Dex holder's regular rotation.
- Super Strength: Strong enough to go toe to toe against Dialga and Palkia. It's species were said to tow entire continents in the past.
RotomA Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum encountered in the Old Chateau. It tricked and teased them by going into various appliances, but they eventually found it and trapped it in a television. Later, Dia and Pearl returned to the Old Chateau to protect Rotom from Charon and befriended it. After Charon was defeated, it joined Dia.
Pearl — The Determiner
"To me, everything begins with one's willpower!"
The second hero of the DP arc. He's the straight man of the comedy duo and is very loud and shouts quite a lot. He's somewhat The Leader of the team. First Pokémon is a Chatot named Chatler and starter is a Chimchar named Chimler. His father is the leader of the Battle Frontier, and thus he has a great wealth of battling and training knowledge, which he often shares with Platinum Berlitz.
- Androcles' Lion: Helping that wild Luxray had its perks.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: His preferred method of admonishing a Dope Slap to Dia.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He can tell what attack a Pokémon is going to use just by looking at their movements.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Pearl's the tsukkomi.
- Bystander Syndrome: He at first doesn't want to have anything to do with Team Galactic because he believes that his and Dia's only priority is to protect Platinum. He changes his views as the arc goes on.
- Catch Phrase: Shared with Dia for their routine, "When you think of Pokemon!"
- Decoy Protagonist: No, he's not as important to the plot as Diamond or Platinum. But early chapters would have you believe otherwise, and internally he's still vaguely their leader.
- Determinator: Well he is very closely related to Azelf, the Pokémon of willpower. His very title is even "The Determiner".
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: The thief, with team of Fragile Speedster Pokemon that are swift, strong but frail.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Goes into one after failing to protect Azelf from Team Galactic. He snaps out of it quickly, though.
- Hot-Blooded: Possibly moreso than Gold as he shouts almost every chapter.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His treatment of Dia (before he calls him out on it) occasionally tiptoes from the well-meaning to abusive and he had been very put off by Platinum's behavior at first, but he cares deeply for the both of them. By the end of the DP arc he also seems to have dropped the jerk part completely.
- The Leader: Type III. While Platinum is the face of the Sinnoh trio, he's the one who actually takes charge.
- No Time To Think: A wild Stunky stink-bombs Platinum unconscious after multiple bike-riding failures agitate it, and she starts rolling straight downhill. Pearl saves her ass from a messy trip off Cycling Road by utilizing Prinplup and Chimlord's abilities through pure intrinsic knowledge and reflexive thought.
- Only Sane Man: He has his faults, but compared to Dia or Platinum, he's certainly the most level-headed among the three of them and often has to keep the other two in line.
- Personality Blood Types: B.
- Pungeon Master: Being a Straight Man who helps come up with their jokes, this is a necessity.
- Significant Name: His birthday is on the 6th of June, in which the birthstone is pearl.
- Theme Naming: All of his Pokemon have "hiko" in their names.
- Tsundere: Is this to Platinum and Dia, but especially heavy on the tsun to Dia, as shown here — the moment is also a CMoH.
- Unstoppable Rage: He unleashes his entire team (and Rotom) out at Charon when he thinks that Dia is killed.
- Verbal Tic: When he's being especially serious, he calls Diamond by his real name instead of Dia. "Dia- No, Diamond..."
- What the Hell, Hero?: Dia calmly calls him out for not listening to his opinions and generally treating him like his underling. He realizes his mistakes, however, and the two quickly patch up after their battle with Cyrus.
- With a Friend and a Stranger: With Dia being the friend and Platinum being the stranger.
Chatler/Chahiko (Perahiko)Pearl's first Pokemon that he uses in his and Dia's Manzai skits. Tends to repeat everything says.
Chimler/Chimhiko (Saruhiko)A Pokemon that was supposed to go to Platinum's bodyguards but ended up with Pearl.
Rayler/Rayhiko (Torahiko)A Luxray that once had its claws broken as a Luxio and was ostracized from its pride. After Pearl helped it connect with its pride again, Rayhiko eventually evolved and became the leader. Later, it joined Pearl's team to help him face off against Team Galactic.
Zeller/Zelhiko (Zeruhiko)A Buizel that was caught in the explosion of one of Team Galactic's bombs and gained a distrust of humans in the process. Pearl captured it while training but the Pokemon doesn't want to listen to him.
- Blow You Away: Has the ability to create a tornado by spinning his tails quickly.
Digler/DighikoA Diglett that Pearl caught while training to battle Team Galactic.
Tauler/Tauhiko (Taurohiko)A Tauros that Pearl caught while training to battle Team Galactic.
Platinum Berlitz — The Knower
"...It's an interesting world out there. I've learned many things I wouldn't otherwise have if I'd stayed cooped up at home!"
The third hero of the DP arc and the heroine of the Platinum arc. She is the princess of the group and is supposedly on a journey to Mt Coronet to honor a family tradition. She acts very snobbish at first but is later revealed to be also sheltered and curious. First Pokémon is a Ponyta and her starter is a Piplup. She's lightened up quite a bit in the Platinum arc.
- The Ace: With Pearl and Dia's help, she mowed down the gyms faster than Sapphire and battled the Frontier Brains without losing.
- Adorkable: Her eagerness to do certain things she's read in books, even mundane tasks such as shoveling, tends to be very endearing.
- Bad Liar: An odd case. Whenever she lies, it's.. not very convincing, but unlike other examples she can do it with an extreme straight face. This is actually a Running Gag in the early chapters of the Diamond and Pearl arc, where Pearl catches her acting out actions she's interested in, and plainly denies doing so when he confronts her about it.
- Chekhov's Skill: Many of the new experiences she picks up on her journey end up helping her out in her Gym Battles.
- Chekhov's Boomerang: And one of her learned skills (mastering roulette) was used again in the Platinum arc.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Both Platinum and Sapphire took up the Gym quest instead of their male counterparts as well as being the dominant one in their group. However, while Sapphire is a Hot-Blooded Wild Child, Platinum is an aloof Ice Queen-interestingly reflecting their home regions very well.
- Damsel in Distress: She often got into danger in the early chapters of the DP arc, necessitating her "bodyguards" Dia and Pearl to come rescue her. This completely disappears once she took up battling and became an Action Girl.
- Decoy Protagonist: Plot-wise, she's the most important among the Sinnoh trio, but by the end of the Diamond and Pearl arc it's clear that Diamond's the real hero of the story.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: To Dia and Pearl. She acts all snobby at first and considers the two as just mere hired commoner guards but later warms up to them.
- Determinator: During her first Super Contest.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: The mage, due to having a balanced team between her friends and having a great analytical mind.
- Lady of War: Is technically one due to her personality and prowess in battle.
- The Leader: Type IV of the Sinnoh leaders, though it's sometimes shared with Pearl.
- Magic Skirt: Not a single panty shot. Christ, she's 12, that really doesn't need to be said.
- Nice to the Waiter: It takes time for her to act like this to Dia and Pearl, but once the truth got found out they eventually do become her True Companions.
- No Name Given: Her real name isn't revealed in the manga until the release of Pokémon Platinum.
- Oblivious to Love: Is completely clueless regarding Diamond's obvious crush on her.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Before the Platinum Version game was released, she didn't want to give her real name to commoners. Her nickname may be "Ojou-sama", "Missy", or "Lady" depending on the version you're reading.
- The Ojou: Rich, elegant and dignified (except when she isn't).
- Personality Blood Types: A.
- Protectorate: She's becomes this to Dia and Pearl. Justified, since both are her bodyguards.
- Rich Bitch: A little bit at first.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: As she is rich enough to (relatively) do whatever she wants, she has a little trouble in the Battle Castle, where only Castle Points may be spent, as this is the first time she has a limited budget to achieve her ends. She ends up spending barely any of it, but she manages to win by cashing all of it in for info on her opponent.
- Rule of Sexy: So she wears a hat, a scarf, long sleeves; stuff perfect for winter. But that doesn't stop her from wearing only a skirt, exposing her legs.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: The crux of her character. She has a lot of knowledge, but not much experience of the outside world. Her time with the boys slowly waves this away.
- Ship Tease: With both Dia and Pearl.
- The Smart Guy: More like The Smart Girl, but same principle. Platinum says she reads ten books per day and she is very much associated with the Pokémon of Knowledge, Uxie.
- The Spock
- Spoiled Sweet: A bit insensitive, but Platinum is a genuinely nice person, and she's not above using her wealth to help others.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Averted. You do have to wonder how in the world a blonde mother and a brunette father had a bluenette child.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Although by the end of the DP arc she's mostly just Sugar.
- Taught by Experience: How she mainly wins her Gym battles.
- Tsurime Eyes: To reflect her cold demeanor.
- With a Friend and a Stranger: The stranger to Dia and Pearl's friend.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Her black socks/stockings are above the knee unlike her game and anime counterparts.
RapidashPlatinum's first Pokemon and her mode of transportation. Started out as a Ponyta but later evolved.
- Butt Monkey: Poor, poor Rapidash. As a Ponyta, all he would do is lose horribly in whatever battle he was put in. It wasn't until Platinum's battle against Byron that he finally won a battle and evolved not long after.
EmpoleonThe Pokemon that Platinum chose for herself while starting her journey. Started out as a Piplup and later evolved into a Prinplup and Empoleon.
- Pride: As a Piplup, she was very prideful. It died down a bit once she evolved.
LopunnyA Pokemon that Platinum caught while on her way to Snowpoint City.
FroslassA Pokemon that once belonged to Candice. She was given Froslass during the battle on Spear Pillar.
PachirisuA Pokemon that once belonged to Volkner. She was given Pachirisu during the battle on Spear Pillar.
CherrimA Pokemon that once belonged to Gardenia. She was given Cherrim during the battle on Spear Pillar.
Unova Dex Holders
Black — The Dreamer
The male protagonist of the BW arc, he is an eager boy who aims to win the Pokemon League. He has a one-track mind regarding his dreams, to the point that he needs an outlet so that he can think about anything other than the League. First Pokémon are a Rufflet named Brav and a Munna named Musha while his starter is a Tepig named Tep.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Black seems to suffer from some form of high-functioning autism, like Asperger's Syndrome or something similar to it. Leading credence to this, while he acts like an Idiot Hero he's far from actually stupid - it's more along the lines of "single-mindedly obsessed and focused". This is seen with his abandoning his friends purely because he really did forget the promise he made (or rather, wasn't thinking about it), and became remorseful after being called out on it).
- Amulet of Dependency: Defied when it comes to Musha. Black refuses to have Musha help him focus in Gym battles, as he feels that he wouldn't be a good trainer if he were that dependent on his Pokémon. Played straight in other situations, though.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: But usually only when his Munna's helping him out; otherwise he's far too distracted.
- Badass Bookworm:
- Surprisingly, he is very studious and reads up on various information on his own (but only when said subject is on Pokemon, of course). Before going on his journey, he looked up to see who the current Gym Leaders, Elite Four, and Champion were and also looked up his own Pokemon to see what they would eventually evolve into.
- Black has claimed that, since he was little, he would go to the local library to look up anything he didn't already know. Turns out, the real reason why he becomes like that was because Bianca's father won't allow her to play with him and Cheren if he isn't knowledgeable enough to be a Champion. He's so single-minded and determined in pursuit of his study, studying was more like breathing for him and made him incapable of multitasking if he had set his eyes on something.
- Bodyguard Crush: His Ship Tease with White, with him being her employee.
- Boisterous Bruiser: If Pokemon Battling can be considered Bruising then he fits this a bit. It helps that he’s a Large Ham and that he's pretty Keet as well.
- Catch Phrase: When he begins his Sherlock Scan moments."The White noise... turns into black... and my mind... becomes blank!"
"Of course! I did my research after all!" (And variants thereof).
- When explaining why he knows any relevant info:
- Character Development: After blowing off his friends for his dreams at the start, something Cheren actually tells him quite clearly when he talks to him, he obviously shows that he cares for White, Cheren and Bianca much more.
- Childhood Friends: To Cheren and Bianca.
- The Chosen One: For Reshiram
- The Determinator
- Ditzy Genius
- Dork Knight: Like Diamond, despite not being a true knight, he has more than enough Large Ham and Badass Bookworm dorkiness to compensate.
- Fatal Flaw: He really can't function without his Munna. In fact, just thinking too hard without it will cause him to pass out from exhaustion.
- Focusing too much on his dreams and forgetting others was one at the beginning.
- Fate Worse Than Death: His current status being sealed in the lightstone
- Face Fault: As a consequence for his being Super OCD, he's rather prone to this.
- Green-Eyed Monster: When White is going to compete in the Battle Subway, he has shades of this, since he had turned down his own chances at trying it out, only for White to do so herself. This leads to a minor case of I Want My Beloved to Be Happy, as Black is encouraged by Marshal and he later agrees to help White catch a Pokemon so that she can prepare for the Battle Subway. He even gives her Brav so she can have enough Pokemon to participate and very genuinely cheers her on .
- Heroic B.S.O.D.:
- Understandably enters a state of shock when he learns that Musha only stayed with him for the taste of his dreams, and leaves him because the dreams have changed.
- Gets out of it though, with the encouragement of his other Pokemon. And later on Musha comes back, evolved as a Musharna, and reveals that it actually left so that it could become stronger to support Black's new dreams.
- Hot-Blooded: Begins everyday by shouting his dream to the world. Is very loud and boisterous all throughout.
- Hyper Awareness: He has very good deducing skills, but mostly only after his head is cleared with his Munna's help.
- Innocently Insensitive: He blew off his friends quite quickly to start his adventure and would rather obtain badges to pay the the debt he placed on the B&W Corporation. That said, if he is called out on this, he will make an effort to fix that attitude and he's certainly never truly mean about it .
- Idiot Hero: Strangely, crosses over with Badass Bookworm. He spends hours in libraries studying and has great intellect, but due to his single-minded focus on his dreams it often doesn't come out. But when Munna eats his dreams he becomes incredibly focused and observant. That's not to say he isn't smart without his Munna. He does his research after all.
- Invisible Parents: Cheren mentions that he has both a mother and a father, but they were never shown. Still, they're loving enough to move to an entirely new neighborhood at their son's request.
- Large Ham: Just see his quote.
- Nice Guy: Yes, he has several Innocently Insensitive moments and can sometimes forget everything and everyone else but his goals, but Black’s default mode seems to be cheerful and affable and it's later shown that he’s both very fond and very protective of his friends.
- No Indoor Voice: Whenever he declares his dreams, he isn't particularly observant of his surroundings.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Ghetsis seals Black into the Light Stone at the end of the BW chapter.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He's Manly Man to Cheren's Sensitive Guy.
- Ship Tease: With White. Everyone they meet thinks they're a couple, except for the couple in question.
- He spent a whole night frantically searching for White, and when he sees a mysterious figure holding her, he brings out his whole team to fight against them.
- He's willing to give up a chance to go on the Battle Subway AND HIS OLDEST POKEMON just so White can grow stronger.
- The arc ends with him revealing he tried to keep his promise of promoting the agency at the end, wearing their logo under his shirt and wanting to reveal it as he was crowned champion. He asks White whether his debt is repaid, and she tearfully says yes.
- Shonen Hair: It's spiky, but at least it isn't Red's mountain.
- Shout-Out: His personality seems somewhat based on Black Star's, as shown with his constant shouts of YAHOO! and his dream to be the best trainer.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Towards N.
- The Smart Guy: Comes from being not only being a Badass Bookworm and using Awesomeness by Analysis, but also being willing to learn.
- Super OCD: Because he is incapable of thinking about anything but challenging the Pokémon League, he needs his Munna to eat away his dreams so that he can concentrate on the matters at hand.
- Training from Hell: Forced into this by the Gym Leaders so they can defeat Team Plasma and use Reshiram.
- Work Off the Debt: Black has a massive debt for destroying a movie set which White paid for. He is now stuck with her, though White being the person she is, she actually doesn't expect him to pay all of it. Heartbreakingly ended at the end of the arc, with White declaring him free from his debt before he's trapped in the Light Stone.
- Wingding Eyes: When he's analysing a situation after his mind has been 'blanked'. As seen here.
Brav (Warr)The first Pokemon Black (technically) captured with the help of the then-wild Musha. Black uses Brav for air travel.
- Blow You Away: Secondary type; also knows Whirlwind.
MushaBlack's second captured Pokemon, after helping Black out Musha allowed himself to be caught because he liked the taste of the boy's dreams. Black uses him to eat his dreams to enhance his senses.
- Big Eater: In addition to knowing Dream Eater, he has the tendency to be attracted to anyone that has a lot of dreams.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Turns out he only worked with Black to eat his dreams. Now that he doesn't like Black's dreams anymore, he leaves. Subverted when it turns out he just wanted to evolve, and Came Back Strong for Black in the finale.
Nite; previously Tep (Buoh; previously Poka and Chao)Black's "starter" Pokémon that he got from Professor Juniper.
- Meaningful Rename: Black tends to nickname is Pokémon based on the final forms they take upon evolution. For Nite, because he didn't have any data on him, he decided to change his name to match his current form every time he evolves.
TulaA Galvantula Black caught in Accumula Town. He was abandoned by his previous trainer, who was swayed by Ghetsis' speeches to release him against his will.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Was once a Pokemon that attacked people after it was release by its trainer, but followed Black after he defeated it.
- Four-Legged Insect: His race is based after spiders, yet they only have four legs apiece.
Costa (Goura)A Carracosta that Black caught in Nimbasa City as a Tirtouga. Once belonged to Marshal, who released him due to Goura not wanting to obey him, but obeys Black just fine.
- Older and Wiser: He's centuries old. He can detect whether his trainer is fully committed to a fight, and will only listen when he is.
- The Slacker: The original problem with him, he'd just laze about all through a battle. Averted later when he starts to trust Black, and subverted when he does it again only because Black was hesitating.
White — The Dreamer
"Anything from acting in dramas, films, ads, plays to printing, please leave it to the BW Agency!!"
The female protagonist of the BW arc, she is the president of a company that rents out Pokémon for commercial purposes, such as TV shows. Her star Pokemon, Gigi, doesn't actually battle, but after it leaves her for N she decides to become a Pokemon Trainer in order to understand it. She eventually gets her starter from N, a Servine named Amanda, and her own Pokedex from Bianca.
- Bare Your Midriff: White's clothes frequently show her midriff when she is undergoing action or forced motion. ◊ Presumably for this reason, many fans draw her with this trope.
- Bodyguard Crush: Her Ship Tease moments with Black, her employee.
- Clothing Damage: When White is hit by a powerful razor leaf, her shirt tears up to her navel.◊ Her clothes remain in this state for the rest of the chapter.
- Doing It for the Art: Invoked - even if she loses money doing so, she always makes sure her Pokémon are in top shape and that her clients are satisfied.
- Genki Girl: She's very...eccentric. Part of it is an act to get work and promotion for her business.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: She specifically says, word for word, that Black "Is not my boyfriend" when the massage spa manager mistakes Black to be her boyfriend and insists that she go on a cruise with him. Not that how she acts is very convincing.
- Honor Before Reason: She'll do anything if her company's reputation is on the line.
- Similarly though, she'll risk losing money from the company for the sake of helping other people (IE Black).
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: After Gigi abandons her for N, complete with Dull Eyes of Unhappiness. Has since rebooted and is looking into the Battle Subway for an OS upgrade.
- Improbable Age: Though we don't know her age yet, she is most definitely not an adult yet she works as the representative of a company. In fact, she's their president AND their boss.
- Two years later, she essentially helps create Poke Star Studios, aka POKEMON HOLLYWOOD.
- Insistent Terminology: Tells Black to call her "Boss" ("President" or "Prez" in the Japanese version).
- Letting Her Hair Down: Unlike most examples, this signifies her depression. Incidentally, fans all agree she's much prettier with her hair down.
- Lovable Coward: Gives off this vibe, considering that her first reaction to being attacked by Pokémon always seems to be screaming. Completely gone after her tenure on the Battle Subway.
- Neutral Female: She flat out tells Black that she has no Pokémon of her own and that she never participated in a battle in her life. Is looking to hack out the "neutral" via the Battle Subway, and she succeeds spectacularly.
- Oh, Crap!: She freaks when she realizes that due to someone else's carelessness she doesn't have the Pokémon needed for a shooting.
- Promotional Consideration: Once she realizes that Black has his own dreams to pursue, White agrees to sponsor him by taking care of all his out of battle needs in exchange for a gigantic Enforced Plug of the BW Agency after he's crowned champion. He manages to become champ, but he couldn't pull off the plug...
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She doesn't actually expect Black to pay the entirety of his massive debt and only wants his Tepig around for a few more shootings. She also gives him time to train for his own goals.
- Say My Name: Delivers a massive "BLAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!" as the latter becomes the lightstone and flies away from her reach. This is in fact the last thing she says in the BW arc.
- Ship Tease: With Black. She denies any allegations of being his girlfriend, but many people still say otherwise.
- At one point, she notices that she has been talking about Black a lot, and talks about how he is actually pretty cool. It doesn't help that she tries to make up an excuse...all while she's only talking to herself.
- The arc ends with her tearfully saying Black's been freed from his debt before screaming Black's name as he's trapped in the Light Stone and spirited away.
- Take Up My Sword: A lighter and much more nonlethal version. After she helps out Bianca in figuring out her dream of becoming a lab assistant, Bianca hands the Pokedex over to her, initiating her into the legend of the Dex Holders.
- Took a Level in Badass: She started out as not being a Trainer. After the incident with N, White decided to learn how to defend herself but wasn't very good at it initially. After training on the Battle Subway, White goes from being unable to defeat a single Pokémon to actually managing to get far enough to face the Subway Bosses, Ingo and Emmet. She's also managed to evolve the Servine following her around into a Serperior, proving she's gotten pretty good at battling.
Gigi (Bubu-chan)A Tepig from the BW Agency.
- Face–Heel Turn: Defects to N's side after realizing that White was holding her back from her potential as a fighter.
- Heel–Face Turn: Gigi decided she enjoyed show business, and White let her rejoin the BW Agency after she defected back from N.
AmandaA Serperior that White received as a Servine from N, after Gigi left with him. Amanda is revealed to have been one of three starters Cedric Juniper was intending to give out, before N's attack on his lab led to Amanda (then a Snivy) following N and the Tepig vanishing in the midst of the conflict.
Darling (Jessica)A Deerling that White caught in Nimbasa.
DorothyA Stunfisk that White caught during her Battle Subway training.
- Punny Name: Contains "doro", Japanese for dirt.
NancyAn Alomomola that White caught during her Battle Subway training.
Sally (Yunibou)A Solosis that White caught during her Battle Subway training.
BarbaraA Vullaby that White caught during her Battle Subway training. White intends to use her to play villainous roles in her productions.
Unova Generation Two
The male protagonist of the B2W2 chapter, Blake is a high-ranking member of the International Police. He went undercover in the Trainers' School to hunt down the remaining members of Team Plasma. His first Pokemon is also his starter, Dewott.
- The Ace: According to Looker's superiors, he's this to the International Police. He's even called "Mister Perfect".
- Ace Custom: All of Blake's Pokeballs have special grips molded exclusively for him, and he has special armor under his suit.
- Badass Normal: Blake doesn't just stand on the sidelines and shout orders when battling. While battling Genesect, Blake barrages it with Pokeballs, forcing Genesect to fight both Blake and his Pokemon.
- Beneath the Mask: He may seem like a skirt chasing class clown, but he's really part of the International Police. When he's not in class, he's pretty serious and professional. It's hard to tell which is his real personality at this point.
- The Casanova: His classroom persona. Whether it's his real one or not is up to you.
- Clothing Damage: Genesect's attack destroys his outer clothing but his body suit remains intact.
- Chick Magnet: After the battle that caused the aforementioned Clothing Damage is done and the surrounding area is leveled, a bunch of civilians come to see what happened. Amongst them are two girls who fight over who gets to bring Blake home and treat his injuries.
- Child Soldier: When compared to the other Dex holders who were often dragged to the conflict of evil organizations; Blake's character arc focuses solely on fighting Team Plasma, being one of the International Police's strongest trainers at the age of 12.
- Dub Name Change: The official Japanese romanization of his name is Lack-two, but the official English translations give him the name Blake.note His Japanese name is retained in that his International Police codename is "Black No. 2"
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In his introduction, he breaks up with his girlfriend Yancy so she can pursue her career as an idol.
- Improbable Age: He's a 12 year old who is a high ranking member of the International Police. He even outranks Looker.
- Interpol Special Agent: A member of the International Police, and a superintendent/inspector at that.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: When it's time to get serious, you can hardly believe this is the same kid who has been flirting around with every girl in class.
- No Sense of Personal Space: He's a little too friendly for Whitley's taste, but she is the only girl in their class who he hasn't ruled out to be ex-Plasma. In any case, Whitley's Foongus certainly doesn't appreciate him trying to get too close to its trainer.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Masquarades as a flirt that goes after every woman in his sight, only to turn into a stoic badass when he's on the job.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Possibly. He states that he goes by "Blake" at the Aspertia Trainer's School, indicating that it's not his real name. Then again, when Colress asked him his name as a sign of respect, he said his name was "Blake" then as well, so it could be real.
- Perpetual Frowner: The biggest difference in his persona on the job: His default expression becomes a Death Glare.
- Simple, yet Awesome: The body suit he wears under his clothes is actually a highly protective armor that helps him withstand Pokemon attacks.
- Ship Tease: Invoked Trope with Whitley as part of his mission, though it's currently unknown how much of it is an act.
- The Stoic: Very cool-headed while in his police persona.
- Troll: In his classroom persona, he seems to enjoy messing with Whitley as much as he hits on her. At one point he even brings her along with him to a Virbank City concert while she's still unconscious, leading to a very rude awakening for poor Whitley.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: He's an International Police Agent who is attending Pokemon school. Justified since he's "undercover."
- When She Smiles: Rare Male Example. After the confrontation with Colress and Genesect, he gives an earnest smile to Looker after thanking his Dewott for a job well done. Quite noticeable considering he's pretty much always aloof when on the job.
The female protagonist of the B2W2 chapter, Whitley was once a member of Team Plasma, having believed in their (false) ideals. Her first Pokemon is a Foongus named Foongy.
- Adaptational Villainy: Subverted. While she was part of Team Plasma, she is neither villainous nor does she have a mischievous personality.
- Animal Wrongs Group: She's a former member of Team Plasma, and still believes in its mission of liberating Pokémon. Played with in that, given that she was ten at the time and serving with her mom, it comes off as blindly following her parents' beliefs and not thinking things through herself yet.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her history with Team Plasma which she now tries to hide.
- Domino Mask: She wears one as part of her costume in the Pokestar film she partakes in, as the heroine fighting against Brycen-Man (played by.. well, Brycen.)
- Dub Name Change: The official Japanese romanization of her name is Whi-two, but the official English translations give her the name Whitley.note
- New Transfer Student: She transfers to the Pokemon Trainer's School at the start of the second term in September.
- Plot Coupon: She is in possession of a chip that contains Team Plasma's "liberation" records and the blueprints to stop a machine Colress is building. It's now in possession of Hugh.
- Ship Tease: While she was initially put off by Blake's advances, she slowly starts to develop feelings for him, to the point that he even replaces N in her dreams.
- Third-Person Person: Depending on the translation, she speaks like this.
- Tights Under Shorts: Though her frilly shorts isn't too hard to be mistaken for a skirt.
- Undying Loyalty: For N and the original Team Plasma, still believing in their just crusade to free Pokemon from humans. As such, she wasn't exactly thrilled to receive a Pokedex, the icon of Pokemon enslavement.
Kalos Dex Holders
The male protagonist of the XY chapter who used to be a strong Pokémon Trainer in his childhood. However, the pressure he got from the paparazzi eventually got to him. Years later, X is a shut-in who refuses to leave his room despite his friends’ protests. His first Pokémon is a Kangaskhan named Kanga and Li'l Kanga and his starter is a Chespin named Marisso.
- Anti-Hero: Type II with elements of Type I.
- Berserk Button: The paparazzi. Seeing Alexa and Viola immediately angers him and forces him back into hiding.
- Broken Ace: He used to be a kid with great battling potential that could potentially rival the Elite Four and the Champion... until too much exposure from the papparazzi forced him into reclusion.
- The Call Knows Where You Live: Don't want to leave your room? Wait until your house gets torched by an evil organization after your stuff!
- Childhood Friends: With Y, Trevor, Tierno, and Shauna.
- Composite Character: He has the blue eyes of the paler-skinned game version but the darker hair of the mid-toned one.
- Deadpan Snarker: A mild one. When Y yells at him to say something, he does exactly that.
- Doomed Hometown: Vaniville Town is reduced to rubble in the second round of the arc.
- The Drag-Along: Even after Xerneas and Yveltal's battle destroy his town and Team Flare burns down his house, he still has no interest in seeing the world.
- Dub Name Change: The French version has his real name to be 'Xavier', with X being just a nickname.
- Expy: Like Ruby, he is a genius battler that refused to fight even when the world is in danger due to a tragic past. He also has the more energetic female protagonist calling him out at times.
- Former Child Star: Even though he wasn't an actor, the press still put an amazing amount of expectations and pressure on him as a young child.
- Flung Clothing: Happens to to him at the end of the second chapter by Y which leaves him only in his boxers.
- Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight: Inverted. He was a wonderful trainer, but hated the attention it got him.
- Hikkikomori: He was once a famous trainer, but is now a shut-in who refuses to leave his room. It is all but implied that he had a horrible experience with the paparazzi.
- Hyper Awareness: Being secluded from the outside world for so long has considerably sharpened his senses.
- Iconic Item: X is already in possession of the Mega Ring, which Team Flare is after.
- It's All My Fault: Part of the reason why he's so cold towards others is because he feels responsible for endangering the Pokemon and people around him, most clearly shown when he blames himself for Korrina's Key Stone getting stolen.
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: X is unwilling to add more Pokemon to his team in fear that Team Flare will harm them.
- Kuudere: A rare male example.
- Pajama-Clad Hero: X is taken along by his friends in his pajamas, and he stays in them for the first few chapters.
- Parental Abandonment: His parents work in another region. Y's mother, Grace, has been providing for him in their absence.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The Savvy Guy to Y's Energetic Girl.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Y is mistaken to be his girlfriend two times by Celosia and Cassius, and he denies this to the latter.
- Ship Tease: With Y. The two have been childhood friends for a long time, and even with him turning into a shut-in Y's the only one to not give up on him. And despite his seeming disinterest, he actually does appreciate all that she's done for him, which she overhears and teases him over.
- Interestingly enough, most of his Ship Tease with Y comes from him, such as when he gets into an even worse mood than usual when she enters into a Heroic B.S.O.D., strongly denying that she's his girlfriend to Cassius, and outright blushing when Y tells him how he's her inspiration and when she overhears him express his gratitude to her.
- When She Smiles: Rare Male Example, but X's default expression is one of resigned depression, but Viola when sees him genuinely smiling, she compliments how nice it looks and wants to take photographs.
- Uncle Penny Bags: X never spent any of the considerable money he won during the Junior Tournament, meaning that he's the one funding their journey.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid
Kanga and Li'l Kanga (Garu and Kogaru)X's Kangaskhan and her child, respectively.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: Li'l Kanga is still an infant Kangaskhan despite having been with X for several years now. This seems to be because she refuses to leave her mothers pouch, imitating X who refuses to leave his home.
- Super Mode: They have access to their Mega Evolution, allowing Li'l Kanga to fight on her own.
MarissoA Chespin given to X by Professor Sycamore (through Trevor) in hopes of getting X out of his depression. It later joins X's team after X saw how hard it worked in his battle against Professor Sycamore.
- Determinator: Despite it having a type disadvantage to Charmander, it's still willing to battle.
SalamèA Charmander that originally belongs to Professor Sycamore. X decides to take it with him after losing his battle against Professor Sycamore.
- Character Tic: Has a habit of holding onto its tail. It's because its Mega Stone's hidden in its flame.
- Super Mode: It can evolve to Mega Charizard X.
ElècA wild Pokemon that originally stole Y's clothes when it was an Electrike. It eventually evolves into Manectric during it's first meeting with the group, and assists X in fighting against Team Flare grunts.
- Super Mode: It has access to its Mega Evolution.
GarmaA Gengar that originally belonged to Gurkinn, but was given to X when he was able to bond with and Mega-Evolve it. It has a show-off personality and constantly likes to be praised.
- Super Mode: It has access to its Mega Evolution.
RuteA wild Pinsir that decided to join X's team when its rival Scyther was drained of its life force.
- Super Mode: It has access to its Mega Evolution.
Yvonne "Y" Gābena (Y na Gābena)
The female protagonist of the XY chapter, she is a Sky Trainer who is determined to bring her childhood friend X out into the world again. Y was previously trying to be a Rhyhorn racer in the past, but switched to her current interest. Her first pokemon is a Fletchling named Fletchy and her starter is a Froakie named Croaky.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Used to be socially isolated and bullied by her peers in the Sky Training Academy just because she gets special treatment for having a famous mom.
- Berserk Button:
- Paparazzi and reporters, as they are the reason X refuses to leaves his home. That said, when Viola reveals she is the Santalune Gym Leader and offers the group temporary sanctuary, Y's opinion of her improves.
- Having her Malaproper tendencies pointed out.
- Boyish Short Hair: Her most recent haircut. It is even shorter than X's shoulder-length hair.
- Brutal Honesty: She tends to say what she thinks, a trait she picked up from X's old self.
- Close-Call Haircut: Her hair gets chopped to shoulder-length when Celosia catches her spying on her and Malva.
- Childhood Friends: With X, Trevor, Tierno, and Shauna.
- Determinator: Regarding X. Trevor, Tierno, and Shauna have all given up on trying to get him to come out of his room, but not Y, who despite being busy with her own life always finds time to visit him everyday and try to bring him outside. His repeated rejection of her attempts has not fazed her one bit.
- Doomed Hometown: Vanivilee Town is completely destroyed in the second round of the arc.
- Dub Name Change: Viz has her real name to be Yvonne, with Y being a nickname.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: The only main female character to change her hairstyle no less than three times throughout the series. The first time was when Celosia chops half her hair off when she managed to listen in on Team Flare's plans, the second time was when Shauna gives her a shorter haircut in order to prepare her for her successor ceremony, and the third time has her sporting a bob cut after the three month Time Skip and everyone's troubles with Team Flare was over.
- Expy: To Sapphire, due to being the Hot-Blooded Action Girl friend to the reclusive X, Ruby's Expy.
- Fangirl: Of Diantha, when she used to be an actress.
- Follow in My Footsteps: As the child of the famous Rhyhorn racer Grace, everyone expected her to become like her mother, much to her chagrin. She rebels and decides to become a Sky Trainer instead, sparking a lot of arguments with her mother.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: When she learns that her mother was captured by Team Flare.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Played with. She's a better judge than she probably even realizes, noticing that something was off with Shauna when Shauna ended up being brainwashed and correctly deducing that despite his friendship with the obviously unhinged Lysandre, Professor Sycamore is oblivious rather than evil. The problem is that she second guesses herself and doesn't always go for her gut instinct.
- Hot-Blooded: Y is yelling in almost every chapter (and mostly at X). She starts to mellow out a bit in the latter half of the XY arc, stating that she needs to control her emotions now that she's a Mega Evolution successor.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Has absolutely no reservations in stripping herself or her friends of their clothes in public.
- The Leader: Type II/III hybrid of the team of friends. She is also the one who keeps the group together.
- Magic Skirt: Y has an unfortunate tendency to get flung into walls. While this isn't so much a problem while she's in her flight suit, her Dangerously Short Skirt really shouldn't be able to hide anything when she does.
- Malaproper: And she doesn't take it too well when it's pointed out.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She's the one who persisted the most in getting X to open up. At the end of the XY arc, he finally admits that he's grateful for all her help.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The Energetic Girl to X's Savvy Guy.
- Ship Tease: With X. The two have been childhood friends for a long time, and when he became a shut-in she's the only one who never gave up on him. Her trust on and dedication and persistence to X borders on the selfless at times, especially considering that he rarely even shows her how much he appreciates her efforts.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: She sometimes has her hair in the style of her NPC version.
- The Worf Effect: Y will be the first of the group to get knocked around. Justified, as she is stronger than Trevor, Tierno, and Shauna but X isn't likely to fight back unless he's being directly targeted, meaning that, by default, Y is the first to jump in the fray.
Fletchy (Yako-chan)Y's Fletchling.
- Flight: Naturally, as a Flying type. It's specifically the Pokemon she uses in her Sky Training.
Veevee (Vuivui)Y's Sylveon, which she first gets as an Eevee.
- Life Drain: Knows Draining Kiss, which takes half the damage inflicted and uses it to heal her.
- Our Fairies are Different: This one is based off a mammal that can evolve into many different types.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Knows Baby-Doll Eyes.
Croaky (Kerokero)Y's Froakie that originally belonged to Professor Sycamore.
Rhyrhy (Saisai)Y's Rhyhorn that was originally Grace's. It's often used to carry X around via a makeshift tent on its back.
SolsolY's Absol. It is her only Pokemon that can Mega Evolve.
- Super Mode: As mentioned, it can Mega Evolve.
XerxerY's Xerneas, which chose her as its trainer in order to stop Team Flare's plans.
- Telepathy: Is capable of communicating telepathically with Y.
Alola Dex Holders
SunThe male protagonist of the Sun & Moon saga, he aims to collect 100 million yen for a currently unspecified reason. His first Pokemon is an Alolan Meowth named Dollar and his starter is a Litten named En.
- Cat Smile: His most prominent feature.
- Cheerful Child: States that he doesn't mind being an Idiot Hero as long as he can have fun.
- Money Fetish: For some unknown reason, he aims to collect 100 million yen. He takes on numerous jobs to accumulate the money he needs, which primarily involve delivery.
- Theme Naming: His Pokémon are named after real-world currencies, combined with a pun.
- Young Entrepreneur: Aside from his main job of being a delivery boy, he also makes some profit off selling Pyukumuku slime as a cosmetic product to Alolan women.
DollarSun's Alolan Meowth.
- Punny Name: "Daraa" means sluggish, in addition to standing for Dollar.
- Punny Name: Moon initially assumes "En" comes from the Japanese term for blaze. It's also similar to the Japanese "yen."
MoonThe female protagonist of the Sun & Moon saga, she is a pharmacist and a skilled archer.
- Archer Archetype: Adept at using Pokeball-tipped arrows.
- Deadpan Snarker: She doesn't mince her words whenever she expresses her frustration at Sun.
- Fish out of Water: Is new to Alola, and thinks its overall ambiance doesn't suit her character.
- Hammerspace: Somehow her small shoulder bag can store a regular-sized bow and arrows.
- The Medic: Is quite proud of her skills in pharmacy, stating that there's no medicine she can't make.
- Only Sane Man: Less than a day in Alola and of meeting Sun and she's already exasperated with his antics.