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Characters: Pokémon Anime - Original Series
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Ash's Pokémon (Original Series)
All Of Them:
- Ambiguous Gender: Since certain mechanics hadn't been introduced yet (and Attract wasn't even used until Diamond and Pearl) viewers needed to rely on hinting to determine the genders of most of Ash's Pokémon. Of all of them, Butterfree, Charizard and Totodile are all-but-stated to be male & Bayleef has a crush on Ash, though some of the others at least seem pretty obvious.
- Back for the Finale: Twice, with Battle Frontier's "Gathering The Gang of Four" (marking the first time Ash's original team * comes back together) and the second time in "An Old Family Blend", Ash calling upon his reserves back in Oak's lab (a welcome change because of Ash's standards during the last tournament, in Hoenn *).
- Badass Adorable/Ridiculously Cute Critter: Majority of his un-evolved Pokémon. Some remain cute even after evolution (Bayleef and Quilava, we're looking at you).
- Badass Crew
- Berserk Button: Pretty much goes for ANY of Ash's Pokémon. Attack Ash directly and his Pokémon will beat the crap out of you (unless you have more powerful Pokémon for protection, of course). But Charizard and Pikachu are the ones you should really fear.
- The Cameo: All * of them appearing in Spurt!, most notably the enormous Team Shot at the beginning.
- Deus Exit Machina: One way to Handwave Ash's tendency to leave his mons behind, but The Original Series was the worst about it. None of the Mons released during the Kanto saga have returned (to this day), and Johto was when Ash sent away the Kanto starters for various reasons (granted, they've all returned multiple times for big battles).
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: Any of the many Pokémon - owned by Ash - which he uses during his League tornaments which he didn't frequently keep on his team travelling the present region. May overlap with Old Master, etc.
- Five-Man Band: The main mons within each region, generally. It changes depending on the personality and dynamics during each story arc (see below).
- Reset Button: His party reverts to just Pikachu in every season since Hoenn, thanks in no small part to the Merchandise Driven nature of the series.
- Took a Level in Badass: Any and all of his Pokémon that evolved.
- True Companions
- Book Ends: See below.
- Five-Man Band:
- Four Temperament Ensemble: The original main four, from Seasons 1-3 (brought back together in late Season 9) - Pikachu is Choleric, Bulbasaur was Melancholic, Squirtle was Sanguine, and Charmander/Charmeleon/Charizard was Phlegmatic.
- Freudian Trio: During episodes 3-9
- Put on a Bus: The 1st season exemplified this trope. It still happens later, but nowhere near as often.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The Kanto starters were bad at this, but especially during the Silver Conference arc. Since this was a good way to tie up Book Ends, though, hardly anyone complains about this.
- Big Badass Bird of Prey
- Blow You Away: Knows Whirlwind and Gust.
- The Cameo: Made an appearance as a Pidgeotto in Charizard's flashback, with Pidgeot's plummage.
- A Day in the Limelight: Only ever got one real Spotlight Episode, and it was the episode that it ended up getting Put on a Bus.
- Razor Wings: Knows Wing Attack.
- Non-Elemental: Primary type.
- Out of Focus: Despite being one of the first Pokémon Ash caught, Pidgeotto's role in the series got greatly reduced the moment Ash caught the three Kanto Starters.
- Super Speed: As Pidgeot, living up to its Pokédex entry.
- Undying Loyalty: Brock once stated that Pidgeotto would do anything for Ash, and from what characterisation we got to see, it shows. Unfortunately, it also became a case of...
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The most egregious case. Why couldn't the writers pass even just a simple cameo whenever, y'know, Ash drops by Pallet Town, which is very close to Pidgeot's turf? Especially when Ash promised to come back for it after the Orange Islands saga?
- Wind From Beneath My Wings: Secondary type.
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne (4Kids), Michele Knotz (current)
- The Ace: Even as a Charmander, he was Ash's go-to Pokemon for battling, besides Pikachu. He once took down a Golem when Bulbasaur couldn't. As a Charizard, even when he's not trying to battle, he somehow ends helping Ash win (the second Orange Islands Gym contest is an example). Once he evolved and started obeying Ash, though, he easily became one of Ash's most consistently battle-competent Pokemon.
- Broken Ace: He had a lot of discipline issues as a Charmeleon.
- Achilles in His Tent: Charizard is especially guilty of this, prior to Character Development. See Deus Exit Machina below.
- All Animals Are Dogs: For some reason, Charizard displayed dog-like traits, at least twice. *
- Androcles Lion: Twice over: once as Charmander, and again as Charizard.
- Badass: Top prize for being the first and most straight-up badass in Ash's team. Has faced down Entei, Mewtwo, Articuno, and several other legendary Pokemon and has at least tied with them and in some cases (Articuno) BEATEN them.
- Bash Brothers: Starts becoming this with Ash's Pignite.
- Bare Fisted Monk: Knows Submission and Seismic Toss.
- Barehanded Blade Block: Charizard blocking two Steel Wings from a LEGENDARY Pokémon, all while he's already battered and nearly beaten. What's that old saying again? A picture's worth a thousand words◊, right?
- Berserk Button: Don't mock The Power of Friendship in front of him.
- The Berserker: Averted later on.
- Bodyguard Crush: The next time he appeared after being Put on a Bus, Charizard has wooed the same female Charizard that oh-so-easily curbstomped him before, and is now her bodyguard; the relationship is even explicitly stated as thus.
- Break the Haughty: In "Charizard's Burning Ambition".
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Pretty much defines Charizard, who sleeps when the fight isn't interesting enough, but can easily kick some asses. He got better.
- Broken Pedestal: Charmander could very well be one of Pokémon's earliest examples of Undying Loyalty...until Ash and friends finally convince him how much of a douche his original trainer really is.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: After Character Development. Do NOT fuck with Ash or the rest of the team around him. He will fucking end you.
- The Bus Came Back: He's back as of BW116.
- Death Glare: Knows Leer.
- Death or Glory Attack: Knows Overheat.
- Determinator: "Charizard Chills" is basically an entire episode of him being this trope.
- Deus Exit Machina: In the early seasons, lest we forget. It did make the big guy's actual battles stand out, of course.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Beating the pulp out of Noland's Articuno.
- The Ditz: As a Charmander.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: In the first movie, towards Mewtwo.
- Establishing Character Moment: In the first movie, the first thing he does is try to attack Mewtwo, without even a moment's hesitation.
- Evolving Attack: Seismic Toss starts off with a over-the-shoulder throw, then a traditional Type B Meteor Move, before finally settling for the Spinning Piledriver.
- Extra Ore Dinary: Knows Steel Wing.
- Finishing Move: Whenever Charizard comes into play, you can always expect him to deliver Seismic Toss to finish off his opponents.
- Flight: Charizard
- Flip Flop of God: The source of the debating controversy regarding his species' (specifically, their tail flames) tolerance to water.
- Flying Firepower
- Fountain of Expies: And how: Sceptile, Infernape, Mamoswine, and Krookodile. Any and all Fire-type starters owned by Ash (except Cyndaquil, but the other Trainer who wanted it didn't seem too kind) will have Charizard's basic abusive former trainer origin.
- Genius Bruiser: He knows more attacks than any of Ash's Pokemon and has managed to defeat a lot of Ash's toughest foes.
- Handshake Substitute: Brofists with Ash when he returns in BW116.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: in one filler episode, Ash asks his Pokémon to hide in a mansion's garden to stand guard for thieves. While the others manage to find decent hiding places, Charizard...just poses as a statue. Apparently, he can stay still for a long time really well...
- Incoming Ham: Usually gives off a Mighty Roar to signal his arrival.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Knows Dragon Rage, Dragon Breath, and Dragon Tail.
- In fact, Iris thought he was a Dragon type until Ash corrected her.
- It Amused Me: Charizard often sports a friendly(?) smile on his face whenever he returns and gives Ash a faceful. This may indicate that the Flamethrower is not just something out of habit.
- Nice Guy —> Jerkass —> Jerk with a Heart of Gold —> Nice Guy: His personality has gone full circle. In his most recent appearance, he's just as nice as he was when he was a Charmander, but with a far tougher and less tractable personality.
- The Lancer: Overall, to Pikachu.
- Large Ham: It loves giving a Mighty Roar whenever it shows up, which send out shockwaves they're so loud.
- Look What I Can Do Now: Charizard's Modus operandi whenever it returns to Ash's team. To date, it has learned (offscreen): DragonBreath, Overheat, Steel Wing, Wing Attack, Slash, and Dragon Tail.
- Megaton Punch: Supposedly knows Mega Punch - Ash called it at one point, but Charizard never used it.
- Mundane Utility: The first thing Charmander does under Ash's care is in "Here Comes the Squirtle Squad", to act as a torch when inside a cave.
- Recently used his new Dragon Tail to dig.
- No Sell: Iris's Dragonite's attacks didn't even scratch the guy.
- Not So Different: He and Ash were both pretty arrogant starting out. Both experience Character Development after a session of Break the Haughty. Which of course goes a long way towards explaining why he refused to obey for so long. As seen in Pet the Dog below, Charizard never hated Ash - he simply disrespected him.
- Our Dragons Are Different
- Pet the Dog: A minor, easy-to-miss moment just after his evolution. The Aerodactyl, drowsy from Jigglypuff's lullaby, drops Ash in mid-air, and Charizard swoops in to save him before, er...dropping off to sleep himself.
- Repeated in "Pallet Party Panic". Everyone thought he was only going after Team Rocket after they ruined his meal, but when they were sent blasting off and Pikachu was falling after escaping their clutches, Charizard saves him. He goes back into Berserk Mode afterward.
- Playing with Fire
- Power Up Let Down: He learns Overheat and Steel Wing during both appearances in the Battle Frontier, but neither one was able to help give him the victory.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- Rated M for Manly
- Signature Move: Say it with me: SEISMIC TOSS!
- Smug Super: After evolving and up until the Orange Island saga.
- Underestimating Badassery: His old trainer thought he was weak and a pushover. He was so wrong.
- Unskilled, but Strong: After evolving and prior to training at the Charific Valley, he was prone to just power through the opposition. See The Berserker.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With both Ash and Pikachu.
- Wind From Beneath My Wings: Charizard's secondary type.
- Worf Had The Flu: "Charizard Chills"
- All of Charizard's losses since training in the Valley is either because the opponent is overpowered (Entei), Ash having little knowledge on the opponent (Blaziken) or just grabbing the Idiot Ball (Dusclops).
- The lattermost is definitely a case of The Worf Effect, though, to make the battle with Brandon more tense (In a 4-on-4 battle, he's the first Pokémon to be defeated).
- Worst Aid: His idea of helping Pignite when he has something stuck in his snout is to throw him around.
- Worthy Opponent: Charizard's goal in life is to find one, at least before mellowing out. He had a brief clash with Tracey's Scyther, but nothing ever came of it. He may have finally found one in Iris's Dragonite.
Voiced in English by: Eric Stuart
(4Kids), Michele Knotz (current)
Voiced in Japanese by: Hiroshi Otake
Voiced in English by: Hiroshi Otake (Mankey, Primeape first voice), Michael Haigney (Primeape, current)
Voiced in English by: Michael Haigney (4Kids), Tom Wayland (current)
Tauros (30) (Kentauros)
- Ass Shove: In "Second Time's the Charm"; you can thank a swarm of Beedrill for that.
- Call Back: The "Beginner's Luck" strategy, which won Ash his first match at the Indigo League, was later brought up in his Orange League battle against Drake. Both battles involve, as the name suggests, a Pokémon that he has never even used before (Krabby and Tauros, respectively).
- Dishing Out Dirt: Knows Fissure.
- Doppelgänger Spin: Knows Double Team.
- Dub Induced Plot Hole: All 30 of them were caught in a 4Kids-banned episode.
- Gentle Giant: Stampeding aside, Tauros are very mild-manner - the Pokédex entry in "The Legend of Dratini" states that they are so gentle, they will only attack if provoked, and Ash's Tauros repeatedly demonstrate(s) this.
- Horn Attack
- Irony: Whenever Ash was trying to capture another Pokémon, the Tauros would always get in the way of the capture by stampeding in front of him. Rinse and repeat until Ash used up all his Safari Balls. Keep in mind that Tauros are one of the rarest species in the Kanto Safari Zone...
- A Load of Bull
- Lightning Bruiser: Even though it had never battled before, the Tauros Ash used in his battle against Drake survived a fight with Drake's Gengar, took down his Venusaur and managed to put up a good fight against his Dragonite before finally going down. It's repeatedly shown itself to be surprisingly fast in addition to hitting like a freight train.
- Mooks: Ash has 30 of these bad boys. And to this day, it isn't clear whether he uses the same Tauros in every battle.
- Mundane Utility: on one occasion, their stampeding were used to wake up Snorlax when the lab was in need of his firepower.
- The Worf Effect: Tauros was the first Pokémon to fall in the Ash vs. Gary battle, defeated rather quickly by Nidoqueen. This wasn't badly executed, though - its defeat showed just how powerful Gary's team was, and that Ash really needed much more than power-battling in mind if he wanted to defeat his rival.
- All of the Other Reindeer: When Lapras was reunited with its herd, they briefly ostracized it for associating with humans. Things got better.
- An Ice Pokémon: Secondary type.
- The Bus Came Back: The only Pokémon to make a significant reappearance in the anime after it was officially released into the wild.
- Gentle Giant: Lapras in general are large, but kind creatures. This Lapras in particular is still an infant while in Ash's team.
- Get On The Boat: Ash and company's transport through the Orange Archipelago.
- Making a Splash: Primary type.
- Passing the Torch: Now the leader of its herd.
- Stock Ness Monster
- Took a Level in Badass: By the end of the Orange Islands saga, it was able to tie with Orange Crew Champion Drake's Gengar - impressive given how it (she?) was easily intimidated by humans at the start and not so strong. Even more when it returns for one episode in Johto, all grown up.
Voiced in English by:
Michael Haigeny (4Kids, first and third voice), Eric Stuart
(4Kids, second voice), Billy Beach
- Acrofatic: Capable of some impressive running and jumping, despite his very heavy build.
- Let's put it another way: he would win a hundred-meter race as long as there's food at the finish line.
- An Ice Pokémon: Knows Ice Punch.
- Berserk Button: It beat up Team Rocket (with a Hyper Beam no less) so it could get to a supply of food.
- Just like in the games, it's not a good idea to rudely interrupt his nap, either, as Harrison's Hypno (see 'Supporting Cast') found out the hard way.
- Big Eater
- Breath Weapon: Knows Hyper Beam.
- Death Glare: Gave an epic one to Harrison's Hypno. Cue Oh Crap expression and major ass-kicking.
- Deus Exit Machina: His sleeping habit means that Ash can't rely on him for his Orange League championship match, forcing Ash to use a Tauros for the first time.
- Gentle Giant: Unless it involves food.
- Heavy Sleeper: Of course.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: seemingly unstoppable in the battle against Harrison, until the latter's Houndoom used Counter to reflect Snorlax's Hyper Beam back at the giant.
- Implacable Mon: Not even the sea can stop his tracks.
- Megaton Punch: Knows Mega Punch and Ice Punch.
- Mighty Glacier: A borderline Stone Wall as well, as he can take quite a beating and still fight back. (see "Wheel of Frontier")
- Plot-Driven Breakdown: One of the rare occasions that a Poké Ball got broken, giving Ash and friends a lot of trouble trying to get Snorlax to a nearby Pokémon Center. Hilarity Ensues.
- Stout Strength: When he sets his mind to it, he's also one of Ash's strongest Pokémon.
- Of all Ash's Pokémon during the Silver Conference, Snorlax had the most consistent performace - in both 6-on-6 matches (against Gary and Harrison) he took out two Pokémon each and overall gave the best contribution of all his trainer's participating Pokémon.
- Five-Man Band:
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Inverted: whilst none were copies of the previous spot-holders, much of the team was built up as Ash's old team was Put on a Bus. Both Cyndaquil and Totodile soon after Charizard and Squirtle left, while Heracross - a Bug Type - was captured first, and later left the regular party (though he simply stayed at Oak's, as opposed to a permanent departure a la Butterfree).
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers (Cyndaquil), Bill Rogers (Quilava)
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers
Voiced in English by:
Tara Jayne (Phanpy, 4Kids first voice), Lindsey Warner (Phanpy, 4Kids second voice), Kayzie Rogers (as Jamie Peacock, Phanpy third voice), Kenta Miyake
Voiced in Japanese by: Miyako Ito
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne
The youngest of four sisters, she hasn't been blessed with her sisters' looks or charisma...luckily, however, she got all of the talent at monster battles and deadpan snark. Originally rather temperamental, with a crush on Ash that she covered with strong Tsundere
tendencies; after acquiring Togepi - an infant Pokémon requiring a great deal of care - she calmed down considerably. Still has a strong fanbase that's rather bitter about her replacement by May, Dawn, and Iris.
Tropes involving her and her Pokémon include:
- Action Girl
- A Mini-Arc In The Limelight: Not Pokémon Chronicles but rather the first 8 episodes of The Whirl Islands Mini-Arc* Possibly compensation for her having a bus reservation for sometime in the following year.
- Badass: A few times. In fact, more than a few times in the original series, Ash and his friends would either have not succeeded in their goal or actually end up killed, even both, had it not been for her.
- Badass Adorable
- Bare Your Midriff
- Between My Legs: In the episode "Forest Grumps" her legs are used as framing during her stand-off with James and Meowth.
- Big Eater: As seen in "The Breeding Center Secret".
- Boyish Short Hair: She is a tomboy and has short hair that's combined with Tomboyish Ponytail.
- Butt Monkey: She's sometimes made the butt of the joke by Ash and co. in earlier episodes, and gets into more perils than the rest of the crew (once, she was brainwashed into thinking she was a Seel). Also that her sisters look down on her. Doesn't help that she's stuck with Psyduck, which gives her a lot of the troubles.
- Characterization Marches On: In "Bye Bye Butterfree", she (very briefly) takes Brock's going lovesick in stride and treats it as a joke, instead of using the Ear Ache Running Gag that she'd later be perfecting.
- The Chick: Of the "Original Series" Five-Man Band.
- Compressed Vice: Was there ever any special fear of Gyarados before the Chronicles episode where she overcame it? There was an episode where she expressed her disdain for being identified as a Gyarados-type in a fake fortune book. It almost seemed as she hated them. Likewise, she did show concern for the appearance of many Gyarados after escaping the St. Anne.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: The best way to describe how her stew in the Johto episode "Sick Daze" was so bad that not even Ash could eat it when she, earlier in the series, A: created a medicine from Salveyo Weed for Ash, Tracey, and Jessie's Stun Spore sickness*, and B: was hinted to have the cooking in Episodes 3 and 4**.***
- Deadpan Snarker
- Demon Head: She sometimes does this when she gets mad at Ash.
- Distressed Damsel: What she's made to look like by Meowth in episode 12. However, if you watch past the point where Ash returns with the Super Potion (fact is, true fans should have done so by now), she reveals that the Squirtle Squad wasn't really going to kill her (in the Japanese version) or turn her into a purplenette (in the English version). Ironically, Misty actually volunteered to get the super potion in the former upon learning this demand.
- Played straight in "Pokémon Fashion Flash".
- Early-Bird Cameo: However, Misty herself appeared in the first episode — and became a main character — even after she revealed herself to be the second Gym Leader.
- Fiery Redhead
- Floral Theme Naming: Sakura (cherry blossom), Ayame (iris), Botan (peony), Kasumi (baby's breath or mist). The English version keeps the joke by naming the three older girls Daisy, Violet and Lily, but chose to go for preserving the pun on Misty's favorite type over the theme name. It does, however, retain how she's the odd one out.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Misty is the responsible sibling with regards to taking care of and managing the gym better than all three of her sisters. Daisy has gotten a bit better about it, but Misty is never away from the gym too long before her sisters need her to come back.
- On the other hand, Daisy and Violet at least seem more mature than Lily and Misty, due to age.
- Four Temperament Ensemble: The Phlegmatic (phlegm).
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: With her three sisters. Things seem a touch better of late, at least with eldest sister Daisy.
- Green Is Blue: Her eyes vary between being green or blue (or sometimes both at the same time) between the episodes; it was especially prominent before the anime switched over to digital color. Nowadays it seems that they've settled on green, like her most recent official game artwork.
- Hair Decorations: Either the hair tie she uses for her side ponytail or the pearl headband of her famed mermaid costume qualifies.
- Hero Stole My Bike: Ash did it in the first episode, culminating in the series' most famous Running Gag.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: To an extent. She's more open about her inferiority complex than most examples in that she will (albeit rarely) talk about her experiences as the youngest of her sisters, but other than that her quick-tempered nature and violent tendencies from early on were likely due to living in their shadows.
- And funnily enough, Misty is the only one of them who has any real passion for training Pokémon while her sisters are more obsessed with their fame as water ballet performers.
- Kicked Upstairs: Post-season 5, she has effectively become a Gym Leader due to her sisters being out of town on ballet tour for three months, and it is heavily implied that she has to lose to rookies quite a bit in order to be this in a manner that is very similar to Team Rocket.
- The Kirk
- Letting Her Hair Down: A few different times, much to the delight of fans, though the instance most people remember is her mermaid getup, in which it was most probably a wig. She does let her down for real on occasion, though.
- Lucky Translation: Her Japanese name is a word for "Mist".
- Mama Bear: Do not threaten Togepi.
- Meaningful Name: Based on a Lucky Translation
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: "Three Sensational Sisters and one runt!" according to her sisters.
- Only One Name: There once were rumors that her last name was "Waterflower", but this was Jossed and the creators have confirmed they have not given her a last name.
- Parental Abandonment: And the triplets don't do a good job of looking after the gym or their little sister.
- Parent Service: Her sisters are named as this.
- Precision F-Strike: In the Japanese version, her comment about Satoshi's heaven (catching his first Pokémon) being her hell (bugs) in episode 3.
- Promotion to Parent: To Togepi, and later Azurill.
- Put on a Bus: Took over as her city's Gym Leader at the end of Johto.
- Red-Headed Heroine
- The Runt at the End: Fits the definition perfectly, Odd Name Out and all. She's often teased as such by her sisters, but of course, Youngest Child Wins, and she actually happens to be the best at training Pokémon among the four.
- Shorttank: The goddamn trope picture.
- She's Got Legs
- Talking the Monster to Death: Ended up doing this in an early episode that featured a gigantic Tentacruel that was destroying the city that the heroes were currently in, as it was angry that humans were polluting its waters.
- Talking To Herself: Rachael Lillis also did Jessie and Jigglypuff.
- Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Sometimes has overblown fantasies about love and romance, and takes it upon herself to play matchmaker on more than one occasion.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: While she'd be there with everyone else in stopping the Crisis of the Week/Team Rocket, she wouldn't compete in sporting competitions unless they were either water-themed or girl-themed. Granted, Ash would compete in the former as well, but Misty would outdo him in those cases.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Daisy's Girly Girl.
- She also acts the Tomboy to her successor May's Girly Girl.
- Tomboyish Ponytail
- Tomboy With A Girly Streak: She's tomboyish, has quite a temper, and is the Trope Codifier for Shorttank. However, she occasionally displays fondness for romantic scenarios, and if she spots one will gush over it to the disgust of her male friends.
- Tsundere: Prior to getting Togepi anyway. Her "motherly" tendencies were also implied in other episodes, even the first episode when she tried to check up on Pikachu. All Togepi did was expand on it.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?
- Why Did It Have To Be Bug Type Pokémon? And for a little bit, Why Did It Have To Be Gyarados?
- Youngest Child Wins
- Making a Splash: Naturally - Cerulean Gym is traditionally means Water-Type Gym Leader and almost all of her Pokémon are that type. A lot of them also know other type moves and some are dual types. It's worth noting that the latter is a key reason she loves them - Misty cites Water Pokémon as being exceptionally flexible and adaptable compared to most other Pokémon types.
- Poor Predictable Rock: All of her Pokémon are water-type, except for Azurill (which evolves into the Water-type Marill) and Togetic, who was released after it evolved from Togepi.
Voiced in Japanese by: Machiko Toyoshima
- Bearer of Bad News: Its debut, in "Tentacool and Tentacruel".
- Bubble Gun: Knows Bubble.
- Out of Focus: Due to being water-bound, Horsea rarely appeared and did very little during its run (though Goldeen generally fared worse despite a longer staying time).
- Put on a Bus: Left at the Cerulean Gym near the end of the Indigo season. Misty reclaimed it later as the new Gym Leader.
- Smoke Out: Knows Smokescreen.
- Trail of Ink
Voiced in English by: Michael Haigney
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers
Caserin (Luvdisc) (Cuserine [Lovecus])
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers
Voiced in English by: Eric Stuart
(4Kids), Bill Rogers (current)
No last name given. Originally the fearsome Pewter City Gym Leader (which he still runs every now and then), he left to travel with Ash on his journey. Eldest of 10 kids, which he had to raise on his own
for almost two years after his parents left
. He served as a mentor to Ash for a while before turning into a sort of older brother character.
Tropes involving him and his Pokémon include:
- Dishing Out Dirt: His main type is the Rock-type. If counting sub-elements, a few of his Pokémon are also Ground and Steel types.
- Ironically, despite priding himself in being a Rock-type specialist, the only Rock-type he caught during the series proper was Bonsly.
- Freudian Trio:
- In Advanced Generation:
: Lotad/Lombre/Ludicolo (Hoenn) & Bonsly (Kanto)
- In Diamond and Pearl:
- Poor Predictable Rock: Averted, as soon as Brock stopped being the Gym Leader, he stopped having a Rock-type theme for his Pokémon team, though he tries to have at least one Rock-type Pokémon on his team. Nonetheless, he is quite firm about keeping Pewter Gym's Rock theme intact.
- Dishing Out Dirt: As an Onix, he was a Rock/Ground type. As a Steelix, Ground is his secondary type.
- Extra Ore Dinary: Steelix's primary type.
- Gentle Giant: Outside of battle. Especially prominent when he reappeared as Steelix.
- The Worf Effect: While supposedly Brock's strongest Pokémon, it loses quite a lot (including to Meowth once, when Meowth dumped water on it and somehow finished it off with Fury Swipes). The impression is further strengthened by the fact that Onix was by far the largest of the main cast's Pokémon during the whole Kanto and Johto sagas.
Voiced in English by: Michael Haigney
Voiced in Japanese by:
Miyako Ito (Hassboh and Hasubrero), Fumihiko Tachiki
Voiced in English by:
Kayzie Rogers (Lotad), Dan Green
(Lombre), Eric Stuart
(Ludicolo, 4Kids), Bill Rogers (Ludicolo, current)
Voiced in English by: Lindsey Warner (Mudkip, 4Kids), Michele Knotz (Mudkip, second), Kayzie Rogers (as Jamie Peacock, Marshtomp)
Voiced in English by: Bill Rogers
- Bare Fisted Monk: Knows Hammer Arm.
- Casting a Shadow: Knows Fake Tears.
- Character Tics: Sudowoodo has a habit of saluting Brock.
- Cool Big Bro: Towards Happiny, since they seem to appear together often.
- Cry Cute: Bonsly
- Ditto Fighter: Knows Mimic.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Rock type.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Bonsly...ironically, early in Sinnoh he learned Mimic and evolved into Sudowoodo an episode later.
- Older and Wiser: As a Bonsly he was a big crybaby; after evolving, he became a hardworking, loyal battler unafraid to enter the fray and - as an added bonus - unlikely to angst. For instance, when Brock chose Coragunk over him for the cosplay competition (to win Happiny's egg), Sudowoodo gets over the crushing disappointment in seconds.
- Out of Focus: To a degree (mostly since Croagunk was more prominent), but he still gets some shining moments of prominence and never actually decays as a tough battler.
- Took a Level in Badass: In "Leave it to Brocko", where he evolves.
- When Trees Attack: Even though he's actually a Rock-type.
- In "Leave It To Brocko", they use this to their advantage to put a lost, frightened young Nuzleaf at ease, since Bonsly's tree-like appearance reassured Nuzleaf that they were friendly.
- Yes Man: Sudowoodo, a more endearing example than most as he's obviously very devoted to his trainer.
Voiced in English by: Bill Rogers
- Ass Shove: Croagunk's Poison Jab almost always is depicted like this.
- Beat: Croagunk is the source of a lot of awkward silences...just staring...and croaking...
- Bare Fisted Monk: Secondary type.
- Brick Break
- Evil Laugh: Crogunk everytime he has to poison jab Brock and drag him off behind him. Cro-cro-cro-croooo
- Fascinating Eyebrow: Bizarrely, when Brock is trying to orient him in the group's daily routine...
- Frogs and Toads
- Ineffectual Loner
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's usually quick to come to the rescue of Brock (or the rest of the group) if they're in real danger.
- Missed Him By That Much: in "Jumping Rocket Ship", the group gets separated, and Croagunk is simply taking a trip through Canalave's canals by way of several boats. Every time he appears, it was just a split-second before/after one group is in the same scene. For the record, it was Croagunk who's the last Pokémon to be "found" (or rather, Croagunk found them thanks to Brock being himself).
- Not So Stoic: There are a few times that he outright laughs at his trainer's misfortune towards girls.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Once, his rivalry with Saturn's Toxicroak made him completely ignore Brock's advances to a girl.
- Pet the Dog: Can often come across as a jerkass at times, but the writers occasionally show that he can have a protective side as well.
- Pintsized Powerhouse
- Poisonous Pokémon: Primary type.
- Real Men Hate Sugar: Shown several times to be adverse to any sweet food.
- Running Gag:
- He's waaay too obsessed with his reflection.
- Also the whole "stab and drag Brock away from girls" thing, of course.
- Sensor Character: He has been able to detect the presence of Team Rocket at several points when the rest of the group was distracted and has headed off to stop them on his own without the others noticing. He was also aware of the approach of Saturn's Toxicroak.
- Signature Move: Poison Jab.
- Sixth Ranger: If the main characters make up a Five-Man Band each series/generation, then Croagunk - who joins last and appears the least - is this to the "Diamond and Pearl" band.
- The Stoic
- Super Senses: His version of the "Anticipation" ability allows him to have better perception of the surroundings.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite all the Poison Jabs Brock took over the series, when their compatability was rated, it was nearly as high as Ash and Pikachu's. Oh, and did we mention that this is a few days after he's caught?
- What the Hell, Hero?: The first time Croagunk went too far in attacking Brock*, Dawn calls him out on it (he even looks genuinly abashed). On another occasion, Brock delivers one himself, right after getting stabbed:
Voiced in Japanese by: Miyako Ito
Voiced in English by: Emily Jenness
Tracey Sketchit (Kenji)
Voiced in English by: Ted Lewis
(4Kids), Craig Blair (current)
A friend of Ash's, who he met on his trip to the Orange Islands. Specializes in Pokémon watching; i.e. he draws pictures of Pokémon in their natural habitat with surgical precision. Tracey primarily draws Pokémon, but there are several human subjects scattered around his various sketchbooks. Huge fan of Prof. Oak.
Tropes involving him and his Pokémon include:
- Adventure Couple: He and Daisy fit some of the criteria, which is probably why they're often shipped together.
- Awesome by Analysis: Tracey's typical battle style. He can predict an opponent's moves based on having seen the set-up motions before and get a counterattack going immediately, which isn't too shabby. In his initial appearance, he was able to discern upbringing problems with a group of trainers' Pokémon, and gauge how strong and well-conditioned Pikachu was with but a mere precursory glance.
- Four Temperament Ensemble: The Melancholic.
- Meaningful/Punny Name: What do you think does he do in his free time? Take a wild guess.
- Nice Guy
- Non-Action Guy: He can battle if he has to, but he uses his Pokémon mainly for fieldwork.
- Out of Focus: His last appearance in the series (to date) was in the very first episode of DP. He was about to appear in the Battle Subway two-parter via videophone, but the connection was cut off.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Both in terms of Pokémon, and character (regarding Brock). Poor guy.
- Put on a Bus: Now Prof. Oak's assistant.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Savvy Guy to Daisy's Energetic Girl.
- Shirtless Scene: A few, accounting for his entire pre-departure fanbase.
- The Smart Guy: Of the Orange Islands portion of the "Original Series" Five-Man Band.
- Spell My Name with an S: It's "Tracey", not "Tracy".
- The Spock
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers
- Badass Grandpa: Rejected from his tribe because he was too old to remain the leader (though he makes amends with his young successor before accepting Tracey as his trainer).
- Big Creepy Crawlies: Primary type.
- Cool Old Guy
- Doppelgänger Spin: Knows Double Team.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- The Rival: Very briefly with Charizard due to some initial aggression. After repelling a Team Rocket attack, they "flex their muscles" a bit before making peace.
- Running Gag: Would break into a pant after working, since he left the Pokemon Center before healing properly. It's lampshaded the first time.
- Team Dad: To a degree towards the other Pokémon. Definitely towards his tribe, given he left the Pokémon Centre (still injured) to save them from Team Rocket.
- Wind From Beneath My Wings: Secondary type.
Professor Samuel Oak (Dr. Yukinari Okido)
Professor Oak comes from Pallet Town. He is Gary Oak's grandfather and gave Pikachu to Ash as a last resort after he woke up late to take one of the other three starters. His status as a semi-main character means that he shows up the most out of all the professors in the series.
Gary Oak (Shigeru Ookido)
Ash's first rival when he started off as a Pokémon trainer. Gary would usually one-up Ash and take any chance to insult him when they met up, but after Ash finally defeated Gary, he soon realized that being a trainer wasn't really his calling, and has since befriended Ash and followed in his grandpa's footsteps to become a Pokémon professor.
- The Ace: Gary seems to be pretty much be the best at what he does, and even claims to be the top trainer out of the four in his year who left Pallet Town, and is always at least two steps ahead of Ash. He even had time to go on a vacation because he had so many damn badges!
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: His fanclub was mostly made up of these.
- Always Someone Better
- Anime Hair: Although far from being the most extreme example in the series, it's definitely there.
- Art Evolution: When we see him after the Battle Frontier, his design matches his game counterpart in FireRed/LeafGreen.
- Barrier Warrior: Electivire's Protect.
- Big Creepy Crawlies; Scizor
- Brainy Brunette: Even becomes a Pokémon researcher, just like his grandfather.
- And even before that, Gary had such a high knowledge of Pokémon, he barely needed to use his Pokédex to get any info on them, in contrast to Ash who uses his every time he sees a Pokémon, even ones he's already seen.
- Brainless Beauties: His fanclub, whose sole existence revolved around fawning attention on him.
- Break the Haughty: Being owned by Mewtwo, then losing in the last round of the Pokémon League preliminaries. He gets better, though.
- It was somewhat implied Gary had never lost before, which seems to shape him into a more humble person. Break the Haughty indeed.
- Casting a Shadow: Umbreon, Blastoise's Bite.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: Disappears for the entire AG saga, appearing only in the last episodes to tell Ash about Sinnoh.
- Crossdressing Voices: In Japanese.
- A Day in the Limelight: Got his own episode in Pokémon Chronicles.
- Deadpan Snarker: The "deadpan" part coming in from Johto and onwards.
- Demoted to Extra: Ever since the Original Series - he didn't appear at all in Hoenn; shows up only four times in Diamond and Pearl (in two of which he got his ass handed to him by Team Galactic), and he has yet to appear in Unova.
- Dishing Out Dirt (Rock/Ground): Golem, Nidoking and Nidoqueen.
- Doppelgänger Spin: Umbreon, who knew Double Team as an Eevee.
- Extra Ore Dinary: Scizor, Electivire's Iron Tail.
- Elemental Punch: Electivire's Thunder Punch.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Blastoise's Rapid Spin.
- Fountain of Expies: Drew, Paul, Kenny, and Trip, we're looking at you.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Nidoqueen's Hyper Beam.
- Friendly Enemy: In Johto.
- Guest Star Party Member: At times, most notably in several "Diamond and Pearl" series episodes.
- Handsome Lech and Kid Anova: In Kanto, he traveled with a large group of older girls. That is one pimp pre-teen.
- Horn Attack: Nidoking's attack.
- Insufferable Genius: While most of the time he's a Small Name, Big Ego who loses his more important battles, he's still quite a competent trainer and is more than happy to show it off. Him gaining ten badges in Kanto and flaunting them to Ash is one of the most (in)famous examples.
- Jerkass -> Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He gets better from Johto onwards, but this can still pop up.
- Large Ham: During his Small Name, Big Ego Kanto days.
- Making a Splash: Blastoise and Krabby.
- Megaton Punch: Nidoqueen's Mega Punch.
- Mythology Gag: His eyes are green◊ as either a reference to his game counterparts JPN name (Green), one of the first two games in the series (Red and Green) or both.
- The Other Darrin: Totally averted! Gary is currently the only character that kept his English voice actor after the anime transferred rights.
- Pet the Dog: In Battle Of The Badge, Gary's the one who tackles Meowth to prevent him from blowing up the rigged platform Ash is standing on during his gym battle against Team Rocket.
- Playing with Fire: Arcanine and Magmar.
- Plot Irrelevant Villain: In Kanto, due to the show continuing past it and the original conclusion of Ash vs. Gary being changed so that Gary is knocked out of the League tournament by a random opponent before he can face Ash, making most of his previous antagonistic appearances rather pointless in retrospect.
- Poisonous Pokémon: Nidoking and Nidoqueen.
- Psychic Powers: Umbreon's Agility and Psychic.
- The Reveal: It wasn't until his second match with Ash that we learned he started with Squirtle. None of his main Pokémon were even shown until episode 63 (when he was shown using Nidoking and Arcanine at the Viridian gym), though his Krabby made a brief appearance in episode 13, alongside the one Ash had just caught). We did hear at a few points in early episodes that he caught a lot of Pokémon.
- Over 200, according to Professor Oak, meaning since there were only 151 kinda in the Kanto saga, he's caught quite a few more than the same species.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Ash's red of the "Original Series".
- The Rival: Ash's main rival until the end of the Johto saga. He and Ash are currently providing the page picture for this trope.
- Shock and Awe: Electivire.
- Shout Out: Shigeru...what Nintendo legend do we know with that name?
- Soul Power: Umbreon's Shadow Ball.
- Super Speed: Arcanine.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Really thinks highly of himself in the first season, which only increases the irony over the fact that he loses in the preliminaries of the Indigo League. Played for hilarity when, during the swimsuit contest in the originally-banned Beach Episode, he actually believes everyone is watching him.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Becomes considerably nicer to Ash during the Johto Arc.
- Use Your Head: Blastoise's Skull Bash.
- We Used To Be Friends: With Ash, before a quarrel involving a broken Pokéball. Which they each kept half of.
- Wind From Beneath My Wings: Dodrio
Delia Ketchum (Hanako)
Ash's mom has got it going on.
Ash's always-loving mother. Not much more needs to be said about her. Just let the tropes do the talking.
- All There in the Manual: She does have an actual job apart from just minding the house: a restaurant that she inherited from her mother.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Delia frequently and loudly reminds Ash to change his you-know-whats. Sometimes his friends are around. Sometimes there's a small crowd. Sometimes it's being filmed on live TV. However, Delia's obssession with her son's underwear is limited to the 4Kids dub.
- And The Rest: Delia has been known to do this to her own son.
- The Atoner: In Pokémon Live!, Delia feels guilty for associating herself with Giovanni as a young woman and wishes to keep Ash from learning the truth about her past.
- Battle Butler: Well, what else can we call Mimey?
- Beware the Nice Ones: In some Chronicles episodes, she actually shows some skill as a trainer.
- The Ditz: Not always, but she has her moments.
- Former Teen Rebel: According to Pokémon Live!, where she reveals she had dated a "bad boy" for a time, a "bad boy" who happened to be Giovanni.
- Green Thumb: She enjoys gardening as her favorite hobby.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Both of Ash's dub actors also voiced her.
- Hot Mom: Delia was a MILF before the term was coined. She won a bikini contest against girls half her age.
- According to an early novelization she landed on the cover of a popular magazine when she was younger.
- Idiot Hair: Delia sports an ahoge just for the sake of having one. She is neither an idiot nor mischievous.
- Marilyn Maneuver: Yes, they went there. She was just imagining it.
- Neat Freak: Mimey. He once vaccuumed Ash in the face because he apparently hadn't taken a bath for so long.
- Psychic Powers: Delia owns a very powerful Mr. Mime. Well, she doesn't own Mimey so much as he showed up on her doorstep and she fed him because she thought he was Ash...long story. Anyway, he's basically part of the family now.
- Talking To Herself: In the English dub, her voice actress also does the voices for Ash and May. And even after The Other Darrin, she still shares a voice actress with her son!
- Team Mom: Treats Ash's friends like her own children. When Ash and Misty returned to Kanto after the Orange Islands saga, they found that Delia had found a Heroic BSOD-inflicted Brock and was letting him stay at the Ketchum house while she nursed him back to health.
- Teen Pregnancy: Delia is/was 28 years old when Ash turned 10 and started on his journey as a trainer.
- Thanks for the Mammary: Admit it, you wish you were Pikachu right now.
Officer Jenny (Junsar)
Jenny! Oh Jenny!
If there's a town with any semblance of law enforcement, then Officer Jenny will be there.
The numerous Jennies out there exhibit the following tropes:
- Action Girl: Being a police officer and all, Jenny is (usually) not afraid to leap into the action.
- Biker Babe: Most of them drive a motorcycle as a preferred vehicle of choice.
- Art Evolution: Officer Jenny got a complete makeover in the Unova region. She went from having shoulder-length hair and a blue uniform to grass-green short cropped hair with a beige uniform in Unova◊. Some have commented on her appearance, saying she looks like a Butch Lesbian.
- Between My Legs: The shot used when a Jenny first appears in Best Wishes episode 38.
- Cowboy Cop: One particular Jenny enjoys taking down criminals with her...bowling skills. That same Jenny came all the way from Kanto just to capture Team Rocket.
- Drives Like Crazy: The Jenny in "Pokémon Emergency!"
- Gender Equals Breed: Ash and Co. once met a Luxray trainer named Marble, a young Jenny. As with Joy, this indicates that men have no impact on genetics in the family.
- Genre Savvy: the Jenny in "A Poached Ego", where she instantly beats the poacher Rico by quickly stealing the Poké Ball containing his ace, Tyranitar.
- Improbable Weapon User: "Stealing the Conversation", where one Jenny stopped criminals with a bowling ball.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Former co-Trope Namer. All Jennies look exactly alike, but each Jenny is told apart by the insignia on their hat, representing the town they're from.
- Phrase Catcher: a Running Gag with new main characters (and Ash in Unova) is that they would always mistake the second Jenny they meet on their journey with the first one.
- Playing with Fire: Most Jennies have a Growlithe or Arcanine. (the exception is Unova, where it's a Lilipup/Herdier/Stoutland.)
- Poor Predictable Rock: Though only most, since there have been Jennies that use other Pokémon as well, ranging from Luxray to Gastly.
- Police Are Useless: Played with, as while the Jennies do try to help Ash and friends, it's usually the latter who save the day. Played completely straight, however, by the Eterna City Jenny from "A Secret Sphere of Influence".
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Most of them, but especially the Jennies in "Pokémon Emergency!" and "Spinarak Attack". The former even gives Ash a free ride to the Pokémon Center!
- She's Got Legs: And every so often the animators decide to remind us as much.
- Too Dumb to Live: Quite a few, like the one in "An Egg-Sitting Adventure!"
- You Gotta Have Green Hair: In earlier episodes, it was blue.
- Zerg Rush: The Eterna City Jenny uses this technique with a crapload of other officers to corner Nando in "A Secret Sphere of Influence".
Joy! Oh Joy! *
Much like Officer Jenny, Nurse Joy is found anywhere that has a Pokémon center.
The numerous Joys found around the world exhibit the following tropes:
- Art Evolution: Along with Jenny above, Nurse Joy also underwent a makeover for the Unova region. The bangs of her hair were parted, giving her an overall much younger appearance.◊ She also no longer wears a white apron.
- Dark Skinned Rose-Haired Girl: Most of the Joys who live in the Orange Islands have a healthy tan due to living in such sunny environments.
- Deadly Doctor: One particular Joy near the end of the Battle Frontier arc kicked Ash's ass in a battle with Chansey, then routinely rushed his Corphish to be healed.
- Friend To All Pokémon: Well, she is a nurse, so it's her job to take care of them.
- Gender Equals Breed: More recent episodes have shown children Joys named Marnie and Paige, who look exactly the same as their mother. The father looks nothing like the rest of the family. This also implies that Joy is the surname.
- Hospital Hottie: Makes one go Brock over them.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: The other former Co-Trope Namer. Every Joy in the world looks exactly the same. The only way to tell them apart is by the color of the cross on their hats, which will range through every color except Red due to copyright reasons◊. Brock can tell them apart without that fact, and in fact can tell when someone is only pretending to be Joy (He doesn't go crazy over them).
- The Medic: See Non-Elemental.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: One of the dark skinned Joys mentioned above also has super-strength. You wouldn't know it by looking at her. She is, however, commented as been more muscular than the other Joys.
- Non-Elemental: Most Joys have Chansey or Blissey. The Unova Joys have Audino.
- Phrase Catcher: similar to Jenny's entry above.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Joys have the 'gentle inner iron' thing going for them and then there's the voice...
Todd Snap (Toru)
An enthusiastic Pokémon photographer, Todd Snap loves taking photos of Pokémon in their natural habitat and learns from Ash how to properly understand their feelings. In his first appearance, he tries to catch a photo of Pikachu after misunderstanding Team Rocket's request to "catch" Pikachu. He becomes a travelling companion to Ash, Misty and Brock for a short while before departing to explore Kanto's mountain region. He reunites with his friends in Johto, trying to snap Articuno whilst accompanied by Jigglypuff. He is fittingly the star of Pokémon Snap
Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Hayashibara
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis (4kids), Michele Knotz (TPCI)
James's somewhat abusive fiancee chosen by his parents.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Her latest appearence was DP 153 which is 571 episodes between her first appearence in the anime and this one (Not counting DP 002 of course).
- Doppelgänger: She looks almost exactly like Jessie, except for her hair and her eyes.
- Gold Digger: Possibly the reason she wants to marry James is for his family's money.
- Green Thumb: Owns a Vileplume, her only known Pokemon.
- Talking To Herself: With Jessie in several countries.
- Whip It Good: She uses a whip on James in her debut episode.
- Yandere: Of the non-murderous type, although she is willing to injure James into obeying her.
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne
Professor Felina Ivy (Dr. Uchikido)
Professor Ivy lives in the Orange Islands. She was introduced for little more reason than to give the GS Ball
to Ash, Misty, and Brock.
Voiced in Japanese by: Nina Kumagaya
Voiced in English by: Kerry Williams
One girl fan of baseball and recurrent character in Johto. Appeared in three episodes in the Johto series, in one of the openings in Johto, side to side with Ritchie and Gary and participated of two Chronicles episodes, one as the main character.
Voiced in Japanese by: Katsumi Toriumi
One of the participants of the Silver Conference. Originates from Hoenn and was responsible for defeating Ash.
- Attack Reflector: Houndoom's Counter.
- An Ice Pokémon: Sneasel
- Badass: Much as people give Ash flak for never winning a major League, Harrison is highly respected by the fandom for being a genuinely tough opponent and actually earning his victory against Ash (unlike Ritchie, who's reception is more divided). This trend continued with his Hoenn Spiritual Successor, Tyson.
- Bare Fisted Monk: Blaziken
- Canine Companion: Houndoom
- Casting a Shadow: Houndoom, Sneasel, Steelix's Crunch.
- Dishing Out Dirt (Ground): Steelix
- Extra Ore Dinary: Steelix, Sneasel's Metal Claw.
- Fragile Speedster: Kecleon - swift and agile with unique natural abilities that provide a challenge for Pikachu, but not the highest endurance overall.
- Glass Cannon: Sneasel - powerful striking ability, yet goes down when Totodile gives it a steady beatdown.
- Jack Of All Stats: Houndoom - the most even-balanced of the team, with considerable strength and states. Beaten when Bayleef clamps its jaws shut, ending its normal advantage.
- Lightning Bruiser: Blaziken - overall the strongest with great abilities all-around, able to casually defeat Bayleef and fight Charizard to a near-standstill despite the latter's type advantage.
- Mon Bites Mon: Houndoom's Bite.
- Mighty Glacier: Steelix - the highest defence and raw strength (but not the fastest), taking out the much smaller Noctowl. Snorlax's similar constitution counters it.
- Non-Elemental: Miltank and Kecleon.
- Oh Crap: When Hypno realised what a bad idea it was to wake Snorlax using Dream Eater, its face became a case study of this trope.
- Playing with Fire: Houndoom, Blaziken
- Psychic Powers: Hypno, Kecleon's Psybeam.
- Squishy Wizard: Hypno - relies on its psychic abilities to provide unexpectedly strong attacks, but not fast and taken down by a single point-blank Hyper Beam.
- Soul Power: Sneasel's Shadow Ball, and Kecleon's Lick.
- Right-Hand Attack Dog: Houndoom, who appears occasionally outside its ball with its trainer.
- Use Your Head: Houndoom's Headbutt.
- Visible Invisibility: Kecleon
- Worf Had The Flu: After being too injured from fighting Ash's Charizard, Blaziken was unable to participate in Harrison's next battle, costing him the win.
Voiced in Japanese by: Orine Fukushima
Voiced in English by: Megan Hollingshead
A girl who manages her own theater, putting on performances for any travelers who happen to stop by.
A cute, pink, balloon-like Pokémon who becomes a recurring character up until the Hoenn arc. Desiring to sing his beautiful song, Jigglypuff randomly pops up now and again to attempt its dream. However, its power causes people to fall asleep, and oblivious to this side effect, Jigglypuff assumes its victims are humiliating it, prompting it to use its marker pen/microphone to draw on their faces.
Special One-Shot characters (Character of the Day)
Giselle (Seiyo Yuto)
- Alpha Bitch: Constantly bullying the younger students at the academy (Including Joe).
- Combat Pragmatist: Her answer to Pikachu starting a staring contest with her Cubone during battle? Bone Club in the head, followed by Bonemerang. Her Cubone has the same attitude, and doesn't need being prompted to throw another Bonemerang at Pikachu when he tries to stand back up.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: After getting defeated by Ash, she becomes much nicer.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Her known Pokemon are Graveler and Cubone.
- Dude Magnet: She's quite popular despite her attitude, and even has the honor of being the first and possibly only female to actually attract Ash's attention.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Type C.
- Jerkass: Which is really saying something, because it's implied that he almost left Charmander for dead.
Ghost Of Maidens Peak
- Flower in Her Hair
- Dude Magnet: She puts a spell on the local men to make them infatuated with her, so she can eventually steal them away. Except it's not actually her that's doing this, but a Gastly who masquerades as her spirit in order to keep her legend alive.
- I Will Wait For You: Her backstory - the man she was in love with was sent to war, and she spent her days waiting on the peak for his return - even when the days turned to years.
- No Name Given
Arnold's Mother (Hajime's Mother)
Giant (Giant Takada)
Dick and Phillip
Construction Director (Director)
Laura Laramie (Fuko Laramie)
- Jerkass: He's not above cheating in order to win - or hiring someone to sabotage his opponents.
- The Rival: To Laura.
Tommy (Taro)/Tomo (Tarsan)
Eevee Brothers (Sparky (Raizo), Rainer (Mizuki), & Pyro (Atsushi))
Fiorello Cappucino (Takuya)
Entrance Exam Instructor
Professor Westwood V (Professor Nishinomori V)
- Identical Grandson: Taken to ridiculous levels - a series of family portraits in his home reveal that he's the youngest in a long line of them.
Florinda Showers (Lindow Murasame)
- Small Name, Big Ego: This is his Fatal Flaw - he underestimates Ash and subsequently has his ass handed to him by just one of the latter's Pokémon.
Pete Pebbleman (Seiji)
Jeanette Fisher (Kaoruko)
- Didn't See That Coming: Her use of Bellsprout as her last Pokemon seemed a desperate move... Right until he inflicted a Curb-Stomp Battle on Ash's Bulbasaur (that had just finished defeating two of her Pokemon), and repeated the process on Pikachu. Her Bellsprout ends on the receiving end of this when Ash brings out Muk (at least Brock and Misty would have never expected him to use his stinkiest Pokemon).
- Graceful Loser
- Green Thumb: Uses a Bellsprout in battle.
- Hair Decorations: A large yellow ribbon.
- Oh Crap: Has this when Ash brings out Muk.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: She carries the appearance of one.
Professor Ivy's Assistants (Faith (Konami) Hope (Tsunami) and Charity (Minimi))
See Kanto Elite Four folder below
Mayor of Trovitopolis (Mayor of Big City)
Dr. Quincy T. Quackenpoker (Midorikawa)
Captain Crook (Debo)
Hagatha (Mrs. Suzu)
Nagatha (Mrs. Kane)
The Black Arachnid (The Phantom Thief Nekohachi)
Ms. Priscilla (Sayuri)
Mr. Parker AKA Gligarman (Nagai)
Latoya Parker (Yuka)
Dr. Wiseman (Torigai)
Mrs. Bellows (Otane)
Kanto Gym Leaders
Tropes that apply to multiple Gym Leaders:
- Long Bus Trip: The only Gym that was visited during the Battle Frontier saga (which was placed in Kanto instead of Hoenn *) was the Pewter Gym. Misty did travel with the group at the beginning of the arc, but she parted ways just outside of Cerulean City.
- One-Shot Character: Lt. Surge, Erika & Koga.
- Out of Focus: In the anime, compared to several other mediums (most notably Pokémon Special, where several were even Team Rocket agents). Even the Johto Gym Leaders (most of them, anyway) didn't get it this bad.
- Wakeup Call Boss: Ash got his first two badges without actually battling for them, and was able to use Pikachu's electrity as a failsafe (he did battle Brock, but surrendered before he got the badge anyway for good sportsmanship). Lt. Surge's Raichu beat them badly, forcing them to improve their techinique and truly earn their victories.
Voiced in English by: Andy Rannells (4Kids), Joanna Burns (current).
The oldest of the Brocklings
after Brock, Forrest is one of Pewter City's gym leaders, sharing the position with his parents. He finally becomes the sole official Gym Leader after passing a test posited by the PIA.
- Ambiguously Brown
- Brick Joke: his debut has him sitting in the outskirts of Pewter City in a Lotus Position. In the Chronicles episode showing Brock's return to Pewter City, he's back in the same spot again. He even has the same disguise!
- Disappeared Dad: Who came back. While he's certainly proven himself a bit more responsible than his wife, she can still drag him along into irresponsibility. Most notable when he's pulled along on vacation with her (taking Ludicolo to carry the bags), leaving Brock to clean up their mess.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His Golem is proof of this.
- Eyes Always Shut
- Like Father, Like Son: Apparently, Brock takes his weakness for girls from him, although this was only shown around Lola.
- One Flint Limit: Averted - we also have Flint of the Sinnoh Elite Four.
- Parents as People: A surprisingly good example - when he's not being neglectful or just plain stupid, he can actually be a thoughtful and loving father. For instance, according to Brock he's the one who gifted Brock his Onix on his son's tenth birthday - the two of them sat together on Onix's head to watch the sunrise, and Flint's Happy Birthday message made Brock feel it was the first time he truly had his father's recognition.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: with Lola, to the point that even their own children are creeped out.
Voiced in Japanese by: Mako Hyoudou
Voiced in English by: Carol Jacobanis (4Kids), Annie Silver (current)
Misty's eldest sister. Got a large role in two of the Chronicles
specials, proving surprisingly popular in the process.
- Action Girl
- Adventure Couple: With Tracey, although there's no clear indication they're an actual couple.
- Aloof Big Sister —> Cool Big Sis
- An Ice Pokémon: Dewgong is an actual ice type, and her Luvdisc uses Ice Beam.
- Bash Sisters: We've only seen her battle once, and she holds her own quite well teamed up with Misty. Maybe it's just lack of effort?
- Bifauxnen: She's the "handsome prince" in the water show from the first season.
- Brainless Beauty/Dumb Blonde: Played up a bit in the dub - the Valley Girl accent naturally doesn't help - but it's present to an extent in the original as well. Though she's actually a good deal smarter than she lets on.
- Character Development: Started off as a Flat Character like her sisters, but eventually developed her own unique personality.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Sure, as the oldest, she didn't win the battling skills, but throw a pair of Cool Shades on her and suddenly she's an action heroine to be reckoned with, spearheading the mission to chase down Butch and Cassidy with her driving skills. Once the glasses come off, she of course freaks out and needs to team up with Misty in order to battle effectively.
- Dismotivation: Does not wish to do actual work, and is not above bribing gym challengers into completing household chores.
- Drives Like Crazy
- Hair Decorations
- Floral Theme Naming
- Flower in Her Hair
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: She and Misty tend to swap roles often.
- Hello Nurse: One-third of the Sensational Sisters.
- Imagine Spot: Notable for setting up a blatantly lying episode trailer that sent the shippers into conniption fits.
- Making a Splash
- Name's the Same: As Blue's sister from the games. In the Japanese version, she shares a name with the Eevee trainer Sakura, ironically the "runt" of her own family.
- Parent Service
- Rapunzel Hair: Waist-length blonde hair.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic Girl to Tracey's Savvy Guy.
- Shipper on Deck: Albeit in the most teasing, backhanded way possible. In fact, in the Cerulean gym's debut, all three sisters instantly ask Ash if he's Misty's boyfriend.
- Spoiled Sweet: Self-absorbed and blunt, but she gives no indication of intentional meanness and is in fact usually nicer than Lily, Violet, or even Misty herself. Even in her first appearance she was more teasingly supportive of Misty rather than just teasing like Lily and Violet.
- Sweater Girl
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Misty's Tomboy.
- Valley Girl: As are Lily and Violet.
Violet (Ayame) & Lily (Botan)
The middle siblings in Misty's family. Share several tropes with Daisy (above).
Lt. Surge (Mathis)
- Adaptation Dye Job: From blue/black hair (in the games), to dark green (in the anime).
- Adaptational Villainy: In the games, Sabrina doesn't seem particularly malevolent, has no Split Personality issues, and is more in control of her psychic powers.
- Arc Villain
- Ax Crazy: A more controlled, tranquil version of this, but Sabrina is clearly nuts, clearly dangerous to anyone who crosses her way, is the only Gym Leader (aside from Giovanni, of course) you could truly call "evil", and has the power to warp reality for little provocation. Before Ash and his Haunter made her sane again, she routinely turned anyone who lost to her into toys for her split personality to play with, usually in highly dangerous ways (bowling, anyone?). No wonder her gym is nigh deserted most of the time.
- Creepy Doll: Her younger self
- Creepy Monotone
- Defeat Means Friendship: Or to explain it in episodes in which Ash faces her in battle: Defeat means being doomed to spend an eternity playing with her Split Personality doll.
- Defeating Sabrina, on the other hand, ends up redeeming her (though it was done unconventionally - due to her telepathic link with Kadabra, neither of them were able to continue battling after Haunter made her laugh and reignited the flame of her human soul).
- Emotionless Girl: Her state of being until Haunter and Ash helped her reconnect with her humanity, causing a Split Personality Merge.
- Enfant Terrible: When she was a child, after developing psychic powers. This catches up to her, with her split personality being the playful little girl who was buried by the obsessive psychic perfectionist.
- Heel Face Turn
- Knight of Cerebus
- Playing Against Type: Who's more shocking, Chibiusa or Lina Inverse?
- Psychopathic Manchild: Her split personality, manifested by a Creepy Doll.
- Psychic Powers
- Redemption Earns Life: In more than one way - Ash's determination to beat her not only turned her good, but essentially saved her soul as well.
- Split Personality
- That One Boss: In-Universe, even many of the more powerful Gym Leaders later in the series weren't as much of a pain for Ash to battle as Sabrina — who else did he have to challenge thrice (though to be fair, the second time there was no actual battle)?
- Thigh-High Boots
- When She Laughs
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
- You Gotta Have Green Hair
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A
Voiced in English by: Leah Applebaum
- Adaptation Dye Job: From black hair in the games to blue.
- Breaking Lecture: Tries this with Ash during their Gym Battle by criticising his "lack of compassion" towards his Pokémon, either to demoralise him or to teach him a lesson.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Towards Ash.
- Disproportionate Retribution/Felony Misdemeanor: Apparently thinks that badmouthing her perfume shop is enough reason to disallow challengers access to her Gym. She does accept Ash's direct challenge, though, and give him the badge in gratitude for saving her Gloom's life.
- Green Thumb: She specialises in Grass types.
- Poisonous Pokémon: Gloom and Weepinbell's secondary type.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: The looks and the outfit are played straight but the rest is played with. Being a gym leader she can't be the subtle type and instead of arranging flowers she battles with them.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Voiced in English by: Stan Hart
Voiced in Japanese by: Toshiya Ueda
Voiced in English by: Michael Haigney
Kanto Elite Four
Voiced in English by: Jessica Calvello
- Adaptation Name Change: See Dub Name Change below.
- An Ice Pokémon: She has Ice Pokémon.
- Break the Haughty: Ash had been getting a pretty big head about his winning streak, and even tries to goad Lorelei by claiming she is afraid to battle him. Sure, one of the best trainers in the region is intimidated by a random big mouth. He gets a few hits in, but she still demolishes him.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Lorelei's Slowbro makes quick work of Charizard.
- Dub Name Change: Was called Prima in the English dub of the series, rumor has it that it was due to trying to match the mouth movements. (Namely due to how "Prima" has the same amount of syllables as "Kanna" which is her name in the Japanese version). But in Pokémon Puzzle League for the N64, her name was restored to Lorelei.
- Even the Girls Want Her: People often joke that this is how Misty reacted to her in Lorelei's episode in the series.
- A little hero-worship was definitely involved, given how she gushes over the Water-types which Lorelei has trained.
- Hotter and Sexier: While Lorelei was never ugly to begin with in the anime they made her body to be considerably "curvier" sort to speak, though Pokémon Puzzle League for the N64 plays around with this by even making her personality a little bit flirty.
- Making a Splash: The primary type of her Slowbro, Cloyster, and Dewgong.
- Meaningful Name: Lorelei is known as Kanna in Japan which means "Well Blossomed Flower" which did cause some dirty jokes about how "Well Blossomed" she is.
- Miser Advisor: Revealed when Team Rocket said she should record her lectures and sell them and she told them the price.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Psychic Powers: The secondary type of both Slowbro and Jynx's.
- Sexy Mentor: Tried to be one to Ash in her only episode in the anime series.
- Ambiguously Brown
- Badass Normal: Doesn't even use a single Pokémon to stop a giant rampaging Onix...in fact, we only see one of his other Pokémon, Hitmonchan, for about five seconds early into the episode.
- Bare Fisted Monk: He's a Fighting-type trainer.
- Broken Pedestal: A subversion, after Ash and Brock begged Bruno to take them as students Bruno agreed to it as long as they do what he says. However to Bruno it was a rather transparent plot to get Ash and Brock to do some chores for him in which he inevitably admitted to that. Brock tried to do a sneak attack on Bruno in which Brock almost knocked Bruno out and over the course of the episode Misty suspects that Bruno is a phony. However Bruno definitely proves how powerful he is while giving them a lesson in The Power of Friendship while taming a wild Onix.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: His strength and agility does slightly border on being superhuman.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Onix.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Is the only Elite Four member mentioned here in this page whom Ash got to meet before he went through the Kanto Pokémon League.
- Gentle Giant: Became one in Pokémon Puzzle League for the N64.
- Humble Hero: Who would have thought one of the Elite Four could be this down-to-Earth?
- Rated M for Manly: The reason why Ash and Brock wanted to become his students.
- Shock and Awe: His Hitmonchan knows Thunderpunch.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
Voiced in English by: Allyson Johnson
Orange Islands Gym Leaders
- Badass: Leader of the Orange Islands gyms - and he proves it in Ash's longest-at-the-time fight (the first 6-on-6 ever seen in the show, to boot).
- His Dragonite as well. takes on four members of Ash's team (including Charizard and Pikachu) and nearly wins.
Dragonite also has 10 moves, which exceeded the limit of anyone at the time before the anime started to enforce the move-limit. This was done on purpose by the writers to make it seem even more undefeatable.
- Dishing Outdirt: His Onix.
- Expy: Rather obviously based on Lance of the Elite Four.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Dragonite's Hyper Beam.
- Green Thumb: His Venusaur.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: His Dragonite.
- Name's the Same: As the Dragon-type member of Hoenn's Elite Four. Then again, this arc was created to make up for Gen II's Schedule Slip.
- Non-Elemental: Ditto.
- Poisonous Pokémon: Gengar and Venusaur's secondary type.
- Shock and Awe: Electabuzz
- Soul Power: Gengar's primary type.
- Victory Is Boring: When introduced, he's become tired of his own invincibility and that no challenger has ever beaten him since his ascension. So you can imagine that when Ash defeats him, he gracefully praises the young trainer on his victory.
Johto Gym Leaders
Voiced in English by: Matthew Mitler
- Adaptational Badass: As the first gym leader in the games, he was a real pushover (infamously he is the only gym leader who sports a team still in the single digits). Here he boasts an exceptional team that made Ash sweat to win his victory. His Pidgeot was actually winning against Charizard until Ash figured out its attack patterns.
- Big Badass Bird of Prey: His Pidgeot. Dodrio as well, to a lesser degree.
- Big Damn Heroes: He first appears on a hang-glider, rescues Pikachu, and blasts off Team Rocket. Then introductions are made.
- Break the Haughty: Ash's victory is implied to have humbled him somewhat.
- Elemental Powers: He trains Flying types.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In the final part of his match with Ash, his Pidgeot had Charizard outclassed in terms of speed. It moved too fast for Charizard to be able to counterattack...but it kept using the same attack pattern. That helped Ash figure it out, and when he had Charizard trap Pidgeot with a Fire Spin, it was all over.
- Hypocrite: He states how he hates the consensus that Flying types would always lose to Electric types due to a type disadvantage...and then subsequently patronizes Ash for using Chikorita, for no reason besides her type disadvantage. He backed it up, but it was still an egotistical thing to do, and was followed by Laser-Guided Karma (below).
- In a Single Bound: His Dodrio is a very good jumper.
- Inertia Is a Cruel Mistress: Ash beat him using the old "attack where he's going' shtick.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's boastful of the superiority of his chosen Pokémon type and self-righteous about his methods, but he's good at heart and even went out of his way to save Pikachu with no personal gain involved. He also gracefully accepted his defeat.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After boasting of the strength of his Flying types, his Hoothoot takes out Ash's Chikorita easily; following that, his first two Pokémon are both defeated by Pikachu.
- Multiple Head Case: Dodrio.
- One-Shot Character
- Owl Be Damned: Hoothoot.
- Wind From Beneath My Wings
Voiced in Japanese by: Hiromi Ishikawa
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne
Voiced in English by: Andrew Rannells
- The Bus Came Back: Returned in "For Ho-Oh The Bells Toll".
- Elemental Powers: He uses Ghost type Pokémon.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He has little reason to believe that Ash truly saw Ho-Oh (a Pokémon last seen three centuries ago), but he doesn't completely dismiss the notion and later, impressed by Ash's victory and "spirit", he concedes his challenger may indeed have seen Ho-Oh. He's also quite forgiving of their disturbing the Pokémon that live at the Burned Tower.
- Recurring Character: He even gets one guest appearance in the "Master Quest" season.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to his friend Eusine's red.
- The Stoic: He doesn't show an excess of emotion and mostly expresses himself with controlled smiles or frowns.
- Talking To Ghost Pokémon: Though unlike most examples, Morty mastered this through practice rather than inherent talent.
Voiced in Japanese by: Nobuaki Kakuda
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne and Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld
- The Bus Came Back: Makes a one-episode appearance in the "Diamond and Pearl" series.
- Characterisation Marches On: Was a borderline Shrinking Violet in her first episode. When she reappears, she's clearly taken a level in confidence and is more headstrong than before. Justified in that her Ampharos was terribly sick at first, leaving her concerned for its safety above all else.
- Elemental Powers: She trains Steel types.
- Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs
- Recurring Character: She appeared multiple times in Johto, and even had a guest appearance in Sinnoh (to correspond with her cameo in the games).
- Worf Had The Flu: She refused to leave the Lighthouse until her Ampharos had fully recovered, which necessitated the entire Whirl Islands arc. After it got better, she finally agreed to battle Ash.
Voiced in Japanese by: Motomu Kiyokawa
- Badass Grandpa
- Cool Old Guy: Once he mellows out a little.
- Defrosting Ice King
- Early-Bird Cameo: He appears briefly in "Rage of Innocence" before having his full introduction in the following episode.
- Elemental Powers: He specializes in Ice type Pokémon.
- Freudian Excuse: As a boy, he loved Pokémon dearly and was a skilled trainer. One day, he and Piloswine faced a tough Fire type, and Pryce's attempt to keep his friend from getting hurt only resulted in both of them being badly burned. While he was recovering, Piloswine up and left and never returned, leading Pryce to believe it had abandoned him for losing and subsequently hardening his heart towards Pokémon. Only after meeting Ash was it revealed that Piloswine had actually gone to get special herbs for healing burns, but ended up frozen in ice for years, leading to Pryce's My God, What Have I Done? realisation.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even in his "hating Pokémon" period, his softer side wasn't gone, just...buried, way deep down.
- Pokémon Popsicle: His Piloswine was frozen for decades in a block of ice.
- Tender Tears: When he realizes that he was wrong about Piloswine, and again when Piloswine recognizes him despite his changed appearance.
- Use Your Head: Dewgong's Skull Bash.
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuko Mita