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All Of Them

  • Ambiguous Gender: Most of the team never had a gender establishednote , though Pikachu is male and Butterfree and Charizard are heavily implied as such.
  • Back for the Finale: Twice, with Battle Frontier's "Gathering The Gang of Four" (marking the first time Ash's original team note  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 note ).
  • Badass Adorable: Majority of his un-evolved Pokémon and a couple of the evolved ones, like Bayleef and Quilava.
  • The Cameo: All note  of them appearing in Spurt!, most notably the enormous Team Shot at the beginning.
  • Canon Immigrant: Sort of. In Pokémon Yellow, the methods Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle are obtained are Mythology Gags to how Ash's counterparts were introduced in the anime. Pidgeotto could also be caught in Viridian Forest similar to Ash's counterpart, which couldn't be done in previous titles.
  • 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're all still technically his Pokémon and have returned multiple times for big battles). Charizard actually came back for an extended stint during the Decolore Islands, only to be Put on a Bus again when XY began.
  • 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.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Many of the Pokémon Ash catches initially have no intention of joining him, but come to respect him after he risks his life for them or by facing an adversary together (usually Team Rocket).
  • 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.
  • True Companions: Ash and all of his Pokémon party could be called this. It's part of the reason why he's a pretty good trainer, because he respects his Pokémon and they respect him.

Kanto Region

  • Put on a Bus: The 1st season exemplified this trope. Most of Ash's Pokemon are either training somewhere or housed at Professor Oak's lab while Butterfree, Pidgeot and Lapras were released. 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.

Caterpie-Metapod-Butterfree (Caterpie-Trancell-Butterfree)
Voiced in Japanese by: Rikako Aikawa
Voiced in English by: Rikako Aikawa (Caterpie, Butterfree), Eric Stuart (Metapod)

Caught in the Viridian Forest, Butterfree was a series of firsts for Ash: first capture, first evolutions, and first release.
  • All Webbed Up: Caterpie knows String Shot which managed to incapacitate Ekans and Koffing.
  • Broken Pedestal: Played and then inverted with Metapod. After getting captured by Beedrill, it blames Ash and actually refuses to be rescued by him. Once Ash shows his trademark Undying Loyalty however, he quickly regains it's love, and shields him from a Beedrill.
  • The Cameo: He and his mate both appear in the Japanese version of the Battle Frontier opening. They DON'T show up in Battle Frontier proper.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: Caterpie put up zero offence when Ash captured him, and as soon as he was let out of his Pokeball he proved friendly and affectionate to his new comrades (to Misty's chagrin).
  • Dogged Nice Guy:
    • He tries his hardest trying to woo the pink Butterfree, only to be spurned. After risking his life to save her, she becomes his mate in the end.
    • A more platonic case with Misty, who he took a fondness towards despite her phobia making her downright callous towards the bug. She did at least try to get over it after he proved his worth.
  • The Heart: The most gentle of the original gang.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Was close with Pikachu for a time. Makes sense, seeing as he and Pikachu were the first Pokemon Ash caught.
  • Iconic Item: The yellow scarf given to him by Brock. Given a slight Call Back when Jessie's Dustox started wearing something similar (yellow ribbons).
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: As a Caterpie, he explicitly expresses his desire to evolve pretty soon.
  • Nice Guy: The most gentle of Ash's Pokemon.
  • The Power of Love: What motivates him to soundly defeat Team Rocket in his last appearance.
  • Rite of Passage: Butterfree served as several for Ash. He was Ash's first capture, his first evolution, his first trade, the first trade he regretted, and the first Pokémon Ash had to say goodbye to. These trials greatly impacted Ash, maturing him into the trainer we know today.
  • Shrinking Violet: As a Caterpie, and often as Butterfree, he was adorably shy.
  • Standard Status Effects: He often uses Stun Spore and Sleep Powder to cripple/neutralize opponents.
  • Stone Wall: As a Metapod; it enabled him to defeat a Pinsir!
  • Taking the Bullet: Metapod, despite usually being immobile, shields Ash from a Beedrill attack. This act of loyalty triggers his final evolution into Butterfree.

Pidgeotto-Pidgeot (Pigeon-Pigeot)

Pidgeotto was captured after trying to eat Caterpie for breakfast. It was Ash's first Flying-type, fighting by Ash's side until its evolution and release to protect a flock of Pidgey and Pidgeotto from a flock of Spearow.
  • Absentee Actor: For some reason, Ash never called it out in Pokémon: The First Movie. Which may be for the best, seeing as this prevents it from being cloned and pitted against itself in a massive bloodbath. The release of the movie in the US was also conveniently shortly after Ash released him.
  • The Cameo: Made an appearance as a Pidgeotto in Charizard's flashback, with Pidgeot's plumage in the original airing. Also appeared as a Pidgeot in both the Japanese and English versions of the Battle Frontier opening, despite never appearing in Battle Frontier itself.
  • Characterization Marches On: Was the first Pokemon Ash had to battle to capture (and remained so for a good while after). It outright tried to eat Caterpie beforehand. As such Pidgeotto represented the newly found personality change of a Pokemon when given a trainer in the games, instantly becoming a loyal comrade for Ash and his team. Even to this day, this development is rarely seen in the anime and often hand waved through story (eg. trainers having to gain a Pokemon's trust before or after they're captured).
  • 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.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: Similar to Caterpie, Pidgeotto is among few Pokemon that became succinctly loyal to Ash just from capturing him.
  • Death-or-Glory Attack: Learned Double-Edge somewhere along the line. It helped it beat a Rhydon.
  • Foil:
    • The first bird Pokemon Ash encountered was a Jerkass Spearow whose flock attacked him and Pikachu just for being there. Only shortly afterwards, he captured Pidgeotto, who very quickly proved loyal to Ash. It ends up left in Pallet Town to protect it's residing Pidgey from the very same flock of Spearow, fittingly becoming the Arch-Enemy of Ash's first Pokemon antagonist.
    • During it's final appearance, Misty claimed Pidgeotto to also be the polar opposite of Charizard, who at this point was unruly and selfish. While Pidgeotto thought nothing of risking it's well being to help Ash save Pikachu, Charizard only helped through the collateral damage of a tantrum over losing food.
  • Noble Bird of Prey: Similar to a large hawk or falcon with a strong sense of loyalty.
  • 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.
  • Satellite Character: In the original series, Pidgeotto got phased out as a battler first by Butterfree, and then by the Kanto starters trio. Even once the Indigo League came around, Ash was using Krabby and Muk instead of it.
  • 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. Even it's single defiance of Ash was based around it's devotion to him. Unfortunately, it also became a case of...
  • The Worf Effect: From it's first episode in fact. Being among the few of Ash's Pokemon that was evolved and lacked many attitude problems, Pidgeotto would often be fainted to force his other Pokemon into action. In fairness, it was at least often for legitimate excuses such as dirty tactics or type disadvantages. When these distractions didn't occur, Pidgeotto usually cleaned house.

Bulbasaur (Fushigidane)
Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Hayashibara
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne (4Kids), Michele Knotz (current)

Bulbasaur, a guardian of the Hidden Village, was captured after a battle with Pikachu at Melanie's discretion. He was mistrustful of the humans at first, but over time, he grew to be one of Ash's longest-lasting and most reliable Pokemon.
  • Big Brother Instinct: The unofficial protector of the "Hidden Village", a haven for abandoned Pokémon.
    • Also, like Pikachu, he has displayed this for other Pokémon. Pikachu's Vacation, for example, he cut an apple down for Togepi, sang a lullaby for it, and became angry when a group of Pokémon caused Togepi to wake up.
  • Blow You Away: It blows a Stun Spore away at one point, which is incorrectly referred as Whirlwind in the dub.
  • Broken Bird: Prior to joining Ash.
  • The Cynic: After everything he saw back at the "Hidden Village", Bulbasaur had the notion that humans were just plain bad news. When he and the other Pokémon were separated from Ash, his first thought was that Ash abandoned them. He seems to get better over time.
  • Determinator: Bulbasaur is repeatedly shown to be one of the team's more competent fighters, about as good as Charizard in this department.
    • Special mention goes to Ash's battle with Jeanette Fisher where he defeated a Bedrill and a Scyther, who have major type advantages, in a row. Something Ash calls on when battling Brandon's Solrock.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Learns Dig when it gets almost crushed by a giant boulder. Tracey lampshades that Bulbasaur usually don't learn that move, but Professor Oak comments that it was because of that critical moment, it manages to learn it spontaneously to save its life.
  • Flare Gun: Can use Solar Beam like one to signal Ash's other Pokémon and it has different patterns specifically to call Pokémon caught in certain regions.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Squirtle, with shades of Vitriolic Best Buds.
  • Interspecies Romance: He developed a crush on a Gloom in one episode and she seemed to have reciprocated it.
  • Out of Focus: Bulbasaur suffers hard from this trope in the Johto Saga. Despite sticking along with Ash until he got his sixth Johto Badge (Charizard leaves before Ash gets his second Badge, while Squirtle leaves before Ash get his third), Bulbasaur doesn't do much at all during all that time. It does participate in minor competitions, but Bulbasaur is never used in any of the Johto Gym Battles. Since Bulbasaur remains for the party for so long and is the only one of the Kanto Starters not to be replaced by their Johto counterparts, Bulbasaur becomes basically a Satellite Character at that point until it leaves the party for good to take care of Professor Oak's range. The flashbacks Ash gets in the episode when Bulbasaur leaves the team are all from the Kanto Saga, as Bulbasaur has no memorable Johto moments at that given point. And when it returns a couple of times, it gets plenty of focus.
  • Protectorate: Of Melanie and the Pokémon of the "Hidden Village", though he gives it up to follow Ash.
  • The Reliable One: Notable distinction of traveling with Ash longer than any other Pokémon, besides Pikachu of course. Also the only member of the original team retired to Professor Oak's lab,note  meaning he's always ready to be transported for battle.
  • Senpai Kohai: The senpai to May's Bulbasaur in the Japanese version.
  • Signature Move: Solarbeam is his move of choice. While others on Ash's team have learned it, he's made the most of it.
  • The Smart Guy: Pretty much the embodiment of the Kanto team's common sense.
  • Team Dad: For the Pokémon at Professor Oak's lab.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Typical for unevolved Pokémon and Grass types in particular, but Bulbasaur's experience lets him do this in blink and you'll miss it moments. He matches a Meganium's raw power with with precision and speed. He recovers from Solrock's Confusion without receiving damage. He dodges Dusklops' Will-O-Wisp while charging a Solarbeam. note 
  • Whip It Good: Knows Vine Whip, and uses its vines in most situations.

Charmander-Charmeleon-Charizard (Hitokage-Lizardo-Lizardon)
Voiced in Japanese by: Shinichiro Miki
Voiced in English by: Michael Haigney (Charmander), Eric Stuart (Charmeleon), Shinichiro Miki (Charizard)

Charmander was abandoned by his old trainer, Damian, on a rock one day. After his rescue by Ash and friends, he joined them and proved himself to be a powerhouse early on. His evolutions into Charmeleon and Charizard gave him a rebellious streak. A humbling fight with a Poliwrath and a long stay at the Charicific Valley changed that, and he would be one of Ash's standbies whenever Ash needed a very powerful Pokemon.
  • The Ace: Even as a Charmander, he was Ash's go-to Pokémon 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 up 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 Pokémon.
  • Achilles in His Tent: Charizard is especially guilty of this. Prior to Character Development, he'll only fight when he thinks his opponent actually poses a challenge (and even then it's blatantly obvious that he's not doing it on Ash's behalf).
  • All Animals Are Dogs: For some reason, Charizard displayed dog-like traits, at least twice. note 
  • Androcles' Lion: Twice over: once as Charmander, and again as Charizard.
  • Bash Brothers: With Pikachu, after some initial difficulty. Also with Ash's Pignite later on.
  • Berserk Button: As of his Character Development, don't mock The Power of Friendship in front of him.
  • The Berserker: If enraged, Charizard would lash out at anything around him, though he later gets a better handle on his temper.
  • The Big Guy: The muscle of the original gang. One of the strongest Pokémon Ash ever owned, fighting Legendary Pokémon on multiple occasions and beating opponents that had a type advantage.
  • Blood Knight: After evolving to Charmeleon he was only interested in fighting opponents he considered worthy and was insulted when Ash wanted him to go easy on a timid Paras. This led to him chronically disobeying and even attacking Ash, only fighting on his own terms until he got his comeuppance and learned a lesson in humility and loyalty.
  • 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.
  • Brawler Lock: When fighting Blaine's Magmar, Charizard dive-bombs it and when the dust clears they've locked claws and are straining against each other. Magmar feints around Charizard, grabs him from behind, and pushes him into the lava.
  • Break the Haughty:
    • In "Charizard Chills" he regained his loyalty to Ash and learned a lesson in humility after the latter saves his life when he was frozen solid.
    • "Charizard's Burning Ambition" puts him through the wringer again, getting easily beaten by all the other Charizard in the Valley, including Charla.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: As a Charizard prior to his Character Development, he would occasionally fall asleep when a fight wasn't interesting enough. If he was provoked into fighting, he would usually put up a good fight.
  • Breakout Character: One of the most popular Pokémon in Ash's team, which is the reason why he keeps getting appearances after the original series.
  • 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 mess with Ash or the rest of the team around him. He will end you.
  • The Bus Came Back: He rejoined Ash's team for the remainder of Best Wishes, and after that he stays in Oak's Lab instead of returning to the Charicific Valley.
  • Compressed Vice: In "Charizard's Burning Ambition", he suddenly has trouble carrying Ash and Pikachu on his back, a "problem" that Charizard never had to deal with before.
  • Character Development: Goes from being a kind Pokémon with abandonment issues to an arrogant Blood Knight to a loyal and noble warrior.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Ash's last major battles in the Silver Conference (against Gary and Harrison) puts Charizard front and center as the anchor of Ash's teams, and not Pikachu.
  • Death Glare: Gave Ash a nasty look as a Charmeleon when asked to hold back against a Paras.
  • Determinator: "Charizard Chills" and "Charizard's Burning Ambition" is basically an entire episode of him being this trope.
  • Deus Exit Machina: During Johto Journeys he was clearly the most powerful Pokémon on Ash's team, and any fight he got involved in (and tried) would easily result in a Curb-Stomp Battle for the opponent. In "Charizard' Burning Ambition" he was left behind in the Charicific Valley to train, and only returned for the Gym Battle with Clair and Silver Conference.
  • The Ditz: As a Charmander, though the little guy still knew his stuff.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: In the first movie, the first thing he does is attack Mewtwo.
  • Enemy Mine: Early on in his time as a Charizard, most of the times he fights on Ash's side amount to this, especially against Mewtwo in the first movie.
  • 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 Meteor Move, before finally settling for the Spinning Piledriver.
  • Fast Tunnelling: He can use his Dragon Tail this way.
  • Fauxshadowing: Returns to Ash's team during the Decolore Islands arc, after Charizard was already revealed to be receiving a Mega Evolution in X and Y. You could be forgiven for thinking those two facts were related.
  • Fight Off the Kryptonite: Charizard's battle with Gary and his Blastoise in the Johto League. Both are seasoned fighters, but Charizard is obviously at a natural disadvantage.
  • Finger Wag: When Pikachu was about to fight Magmar a second time, Charizard put his foot down and wagged a claw at him.
  • Finishing Move: Always finishes his fights by using Seismic Toss on his opponents.
  • Flight: He evolved to Charizard specifically to fight an Aerodactyl that injured his pride, and takes full advantage of his wings in subsequent battles.
  • Genius Bruiser: He knows more attacks than any of Ash's Pokémon and has managed to defeat a lot of Ash's toughest foes.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Prior to "Charizard Chills", calling Charizard in is labelled as a last-ditch desperate maneuver.
  • Handshake Substitute: Brofists with Ash when he returns in Black and White.
  • Happily Adopted: Charmander is an exceptional case, he outright jumped into Ash's Pokeball.
  • 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. He was able to stand still long enough for it to work.
  • Incoming Ham: Usually gives off a Mighty Roar to signal his arrival.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Charizard himself isn't a Dragon-Type, but he does know Dragon Rage, Dragon Breath, and Dragon Tail. Iris actually thought he was a Dragon-Type until Ash corrected her.
  • Irony:
    • Damien deemed him weak because he lost to a Poliwag. Charizard would later shake off his poisonous personality (a possible reminder of Damien's influence) and become loyal to Ash again after losing to a Poliwrath.
    • Defeats a Golem and a Blastoise, both Pokémon that have a serious type advantage over Charizard, but then loses to a Pokémon where Charizard should have the type advantage, Blaziken. Although it's mainly because Charizard doesn't have any flying-typenote  attacks.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass Realization: After spending most of its time since evolving as a Wild Card/Berserker, Charizard gets such a realization during the Orange Islands arc when Ash, despite everything, stays up all night to nurse him back to health after he's frozen by an Ice Beam; reminded of everything Ash has done for him, Charizard regains his loyalty to Ash from that point on.
  • The Lancer: Overall, to Pikachu. Whereas Pikachu is loyal and takes initiative, Charizard is egotistical and lazy. After his loyalty returns, Charizard functions as a kind of Number Two to Pikachu, being the hard-hitting muscle to compliment Pikachu's speedy precision. In Island of the Giant Pokémon, he (as a Charmander) was Pikachu's sidekick, being the only other one who was actually serious about getting them back to Ash.
  • 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.
  • Lost Food Grievance: In "Pallet Party Panic," he initially refused to stop Team Rocket's aerial bombardment of the party and save Pikachu...until Team Rocket made the critical mistake of blowing up a table of food he had his eyes on.
  • 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.
    • He also used Dragon Tail to dig.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: After he started consistently obeying Ash, he became one of his trainer's toughest Pokémon, and generally served as his ace in the hole. The visit to Charicific Valley, however, shows him to be a weakling by the standards of his kind. This is subverted later on, however, as he made serious efforts to improve himself, eventually becoming one of the valley's more respectable battlers.
  • 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.
  • Old Friend: To Pikachu as of their latest meeting — in a team of largely new arrivals typical of a new region, they stand out by being veterans.
  • Older and Wiser: In Best Wishes. In Indigo League, he mostly started fights. In BW, he breaks up a fight between Iris and Clair's Dragonites. Well, tried to at least, and despite clearly being angered by this, shows enough restraint not to beat the crap out of both of them.
  • One-Man Army: He managed to take down half of Gary Oak's cream-of-the-crop team by himself, reversing the course of the battle from an embarrassing route to a victory.
  • 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.
    • He also sheds Manly Tears when Ash died (or...whatever) in Pokémon: The First Movie.
  • 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: Charizard displays this behavior constantly. Perhaps the only Pokémon who does, anyways.
  • Signature Move: Say it with me: SEISMIC TOSS!
    • Before (and probably now after) Flamethrower is his most used move. Set the standard for all of Ash's fire types with Flamethrower.
  • Smug Super: After evolving into a Charmeleon and up until the Orange Island saga, he became arrogant to the point where he'd only fight enemies who caught his interest.
  • Tail Slap: One of his signature moves as a Charmeleon. He also knows Dragon Tail.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: When he evolves into Charizard, he becomes a stubborn jerk. Maybe finally getting stronger got to his head.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He was humbled and reverted back to being a loyal friend to Ash after he (once again) saved him from freezing to death.
  • Underestimating Badassery: His old trainer thought he was weak and a pushover. He was so wrong.
  • Undying Loyalty: It lost this when it first evolved into Charmeleon. Following several episodes it regained this towards Ash in "Charizard Chills".
  • 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.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Ash saved him as a Charmander, but when he evolved he became a total asshole to him. Thankfully it became averted when Ash saved him from a similar fate in "Charizard Chills".
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The kind, loyal Charmander evolved into an arrogant Jerkass of a Charizard. A bit sad when you recall what an arrogant Jerkass his first trainer was. Eventually subverted in "Charizard Chills," where he regains his loyalty to Ash and becomes an outright hero.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With both Ash and Pikachu.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: As a Charmander, he hated the water and even swimming in it would make him cringe.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Charizard has returned to assist Ash more than any of the other Kanto Pokémon, and each time with some flashy new moves in his arsenal. It helps that Charizard can fly as he pleases, but there's also the fact that Charizard is one of the Pokémon franchise's biggest icons.
  • The Worf Barrage:
    • Magmar's Fire Blast, the same attack that caused Ash to forfeit his 1st Gym Match with Blaine lest Pikachu suffer serious injury, barely fazes Charizard in the rematch.
    • If Seismic Toss doesn't finish off his opponent outright (whether the opposition No Sells it, or they find a way to reverse it) it's a hint that Charizard's in deep trouble.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • As a Charmeleon, he was beaten by a terrified Paras jabbing him in the belly.
    • The fake Entei in the third movie would have killed Charizard had Molly not stopped it.
    • Thank goodness Charizard is here to help Ash face Brandon. This match should be a piece of cake with his help, right? RIGHT? He loses to Brandon's first Pokémon.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Most of Charizard's losses since training in the Valley have been because the opponent was either overpowered (Entei), or Ash simply had little knowledge on the opponent (Blaziken).
  • 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.

Squirtle (Zenigame)
Voiced in Japanese by: Rikako Aikawa
Voiced in English by: Eric Stuart (4Kids), Michele Knotz (current)

Squirtle was a leader of a gang called the Squirtle Squad. Admiring Ash's courage and determination in saving Misty from the Squad and Team Rocket, Squirtle volunteered to reform by joining him, rounding out the starters in his team. He would retire from Ash's team in Johto by helping the Squad, now firefighters, on full time.
  • The Cameo: The Squad briefly shows up in a sidestory: since one of them is wearing the Triangle Shades, it's obvious that one was Ash's.
  • Character Development: Considering his contempt for humans beforehand, he's the most trusting towards Ash after Pikachu by the time the Pokémon get stranded, debunking Bulbasaur's claims he abandoned them on purpose.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Unlike most of Ash's other pokemon, Squirtle is in the care of an Officer Jenny instead of at Professor Oak's lab.
  • Delinquent: Used to be one.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Removing his shades, showing his full face before officially joining the team.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: His signature Hydro Pump+Rapid Spin combination.
  • Flight: Despite not being a Flying-type, he can fly - or at least hover - by firing Hydro Pump out of his shell's limb openings and spinning.
  • Flipping Helpless: when Team Rocket decides to firebomb them; while Ash, his friends and the rest of the Squad were able to run away, Squirtle finds himself in this position, and Ash had to go back and rescue him. It's also a recurring weakness in his battles. He usually recovers for a comeback, but other times...
  • Foil: To Bulbasaur. Squirtle was the ring leader of a gang of delinquents. Bulbasaur was the valiant protector of helpless Pokémon. Squirtle is all jokes, meanwhile Bulbasaur is all seriousness. And yet both are loyal to their trainer, and ultimately are capable leaders in their own right.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's implied that he and the other Squirtles turned to crime because they were abandoned by their trainers.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: He did calm down after Ash caught him (prior to that threatening to kill Misty in the Japanese version), but in "Island Of The Giant Pokémon", he jokingly suggests his owner and friends might've been eaten by a wild Pokémon, seemingly to lighten the mood, but the others, particularly Bulbasaur, are not amused. He does, however, have the decency to apologize after being chastised.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Bulbasaur, with shades of Vitriolic Best Buds.
  • Hot-Blooded: As a member of the Squirtle Squad.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Developed them while firefighting with the Squirtle Squad. He can strike his target through a cloud of thick smoke, or even while in midair, upside down!
  • Large Ham: Specifically when wearing his shades.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Again, regarding his use of his Cool Shades.
  • Noble Demon: During his tenure in the Squirtle Squad. He threatened to kill Misty if Ash didn't comply to his wishes, but when Ash fears he complied too late, he makes clear he was only bluffing. In the dub, it's changed to a more harmless threat of dying her hair purple. Still he doesn't do it.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: The only one of Ash's original team to not have any indication of whether he wanted to or not.
  • Out of Focus: Compared to Charizard and Bulbasaur. Charizard returned for BW and then joined Ash's reserves at Oak's and Bulbabaur's been with Oak since he left and always shows up whenever Ash visits. But Squirtle hasn't shown up since the end of Battle Frontier. He's not at Oak's (the only reserve now not to be since Charizard joined them at the end of BW) and thus doesn't appear whenever Ash visits there. He was also the only one of Ash's Pokémon (that haven't been outright released or given away) not to be in the group photo at the end of BW.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: When he uses Skull Bash, watch out!
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Though not too much, his occasional antics pretty much paved the way for his Water-type successor, Totodile (a much clearer example of this).
  • Quick Draw: His Water Gun is fast enough to stop an attack before it's launched.
  • Reformed Criminal: Though he started off as a troublemaker who caused grief, Squirtle ultimately becomes a Squirtle Squad firefighter, someone who saves lives.
  • Triangle Shades: He seemingly keeps his signature sunglasses in his shell.
  • Worthy Opponent: The leader of Team Wartortle, a rival fire-fighting squad.

Krabby-Kingler (Crab-Kingler)
Voiced by: Rikako Aikawa (Krabby), Unshou Ishizuka (Kingler)

Krabby was caught and sent directly to Oak's lab. He would be neglected until the Indigo League, where he evolved into Kingler and singlehandedly won Ash's first round. Afterwards, he faded into obscurity.
  • Arbitrary Headcount Limit: The auto-transfer that occurred immediately after its capture demonstrates that the anime adheres to the games' 6-Pokémon rule.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He delivers one on his very first battle, soundly sweeping three Pokémon by himself.
    • Too bad he hasn't been seen in ages recently.
  • Demoted to Extra: His only highlight was in te Indigo League and the Whirl Cup. After that, he's practically a Living Prop (apart from Chronicles). Worse, he hasn't been seen for nearly three series!
  • Eat the Dog: Ash thought this might have happened to Krabby when calling Professor Oak to check up on him. It doesn't help that Oak was cooking something when Ash called.
  • Eleventh Hour Ranger: Watch his first battle and you'll see what we mean.
  • Gentle Giant: Kingler, as long as you don't let him get too friendly.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: Pretty much a Nice Guy in the rare case that it's in the spotlight.
  • Glass Cannon: Kingler is a very strong powerhouse, but it can't take much damage.
  • Hand Cannon: Hyper Beam is fired from its gigantic claw.
  • Out of Focus: For such a great fighter, it's baffling that Ash hasn't used it since the Whirl Cup in Johto.
  • Spam Attack: Defeats a Cloyster with a flurry of Crabhammers.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Ash was going to use him during the Silver Conference, in the 3-on-3 battle against Macey...cue three Voltorb rolling down a nearby hill, and Kingler stopping their momentum leading to it being electrocuted and unable to participate in the match. Thankfully, Squirtle shows up, having taken a break from the Squirtle Squad to temporarily rejoin Ash's team.

Haunter (Ghost)
Voiced in Japanese by: Toshiyuki Morikawa
Voiced in English by: Ted Lewis

Originally a member of a prankster Ghost-Type trio of its own evolution line, Haunter joins Ash to help him win the Saffron Gym rematch. Rather than battling, its hilarious antics causes Sabrina and her Kadabra into a huge laughter, making them unable to continue the battle and bringing Ash the victory. After that, Haunter joins Sabrina's team.

Primeape (Okorizaru)
Voiced in Japanese by: Hiroshi Otake
Voiced in English by: Hiroshi Otake (Mankey, Primeape first voice), Michael Haigney (Primeape, current)

  • The Berserker: Upset it in any way and it will punch everything.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: After Ash saves him, his heart melts and he gains Puppy-Dog Eyes, the former having very blatantly earned his respect.
  • The Cameo:
    • Spurt! includes Primeape along with Ash's other Pokémon, and it and Squirtle are not treated as released Pokémon like Pidgeot, Lapras, Butterfree or Larvitar in the same opening.
    • Yajirushi ni Natte! includes Primeape in the shot of Ash's Pokémon at Oak's lab (yet Primeape doesn't even show up in the corresponding seasons, not even in Best Wishes' Group Picture Ending).
    • Also had a very, very brief one in BW116, in a flashback centered around Charizard's past.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: As with most of his species; the Pokédex even lampshades it.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: its temper was the instrument of its downfall, when subjected to Charmander's own Rage attack.
  • Jerkass: Until Ash saved him from a nasty fall.
  • Long Bus Trip: Primeape is the only Pokémon in training who has never come back.
  • Satellite Character: Primeape's sole purpose was to provide Ash with some brief character growth (and a quick route to Celadon City), though it did display quite some personality with what little screen-time it was given.
  • Unstoppable Rage: It's Thrash attack causes it to throw a flurry of punches and kicks at anyone who crosses it.

Muk (Betbeton)
Voiced in Japanese by: Unshou Ishizuka
Voiced in English by: Michael Haigney (4Kids), Tom Wayland (current)

  • Characterization Marches On: Muk's stench was so strong that it seeped its way out of Muk's Pokéball. Such a trait was never addressed again, although that might be attributed to Muk becoming a friendly sort.
  • Cuddle Bug: Really loves to give out hugs.
  • Dark is Not Evil: After his capture.
  • A Day in the Limelight: In the fourth round of the Indigo League, Bulbasaur (who defeated her first two Pokemon without too much trouble) and Pikachu both lost to an extremely agile and strong Bellsprout, cue Ash unexpectedly sending in Muk, who effortlessly body slams Bellsprout into submission.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Zig-zagged. On one hand, it can control its poison level, which is why no one could suffer any ill effects from being around it, let alone when Muk glomps them. The weight when Muk bears down on them, on the other hand...
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The scene of Muk leading its Grimer underlings is on the Pokérap, potentially before the episode in question is even aired.
  • Eleventh Hour Ranger: He was an unexpected surprise against Ash's fourth Indigo League opponent.
  • Gentle Giant: Used to be evil but later on, it's known to give out hugs. Professor Oak probably had a hand in reforming it.
  • The Glomp: Does this to anyone it likes, most frequently Oak.
  • Love You and Everybody: Yes, whether it's some complete stranger (what Professor Birch was to him at the time), Jessie from Team Rocket, anyone.
  • Perpetual Smiler: rarely do you see it with a frown (or growl angrily). It must really enjoy all the company.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Always a source of comedy, and after his debut, not a character to be taken seriously.
  • Running Gag: He'll always glomp someone whenever he appears, no exceptions.
  • Signature Attack: Its Bodyslam, which is often used as The Glomp.
  • Stone Wall: Muk is slow, but it can take a lot.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: The only time outside of the above battles did Ash call Muk was when looking for Misty deep in a large sewer—Muk's natural habitat.
  • Unexpected Character: His capture was quite unprecedented, since Muk's debut episode instead teased a Magnemite becoming the new addition to Ash's team. And Muk itself never even showed up until the last few minutes!

Tauros (30) (Kentauros)

A horde of Tauros which Ash caught in the Safari Zone, almost everyone of them but two are accidental. They usually reside in Professor Oak's lab, but occassionally, Ash would pick up one of them for important battles. They are infamous for being caught in a banned episode.
  • 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. It doesn't hit a Gengar who simply jumps away from it (the Levitate ability and abilities in general weren't introduced in the original series).
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Knows Double Team. Which is amusing since Ash actually owns a horde of Tauros.
  • 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.
  • Irony:
    • Ash catches 28 of them on accident while trying to catch other Pokémon. Tauros is one of the rarest Safari Zone encounters in Red and Blue and exclusive to the area, while the other Pokémon he was after are all relatively common and/or found in other locations.
    • One of the Pokémon Ash was trying to catch is a Ryhorn. He would later turn down an offer to trade one of his Tauros for a Ryhorn.
  • 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.
  • Mundane Utility: On one occasion, their stampeding were used to wake up Snorlax when the lab was in need of his firepower.
  • Remember the New Guy: Outside of Japan, the episode they are captured in (#35, "The Legend of Miniryu") was never aired. When they show up again 30 episodes later ("Showdown at the Po-ké Corral"), the English dub added a line about how Ash caught them all off-screen at the Safari Zone.
  • Running Gag: Whenever Ash comes back from a journey, the horde loves to run over him to show their affection to him.
  • Unexpected Character: Ash did not use Tauros at the Indigo League like he did with Krabby and Muk. Made it that much more of a surprise that he brought Tauros in for his battle with Drake.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Averted. A common misconception is that Brock also caught a Tauros, at the same time when Ash catched his first. However, Brock was actually using one Ash's Safari Balls, which means he helped Ash catching the second Tauros.
  • 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.

Orange Islands

Lapras (Laplace)
Voiced by: Rikako Aikawa

At the beginning of the Orange League arc, Ash gets a baby Lapras that was seperated from its swarm. It transports Ash and his companions on its back over the ocean and helps him in the Orange League. At the end of the arc, it returns to its swarm.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: When Lapras was reunited with its herd, they briefly ostracized it for associating with humans. Things got better.
  • The Bus Came Back: The first Pokémon to make a significant reappearance in the anime after it was officially released into the wild, the second being Goodra.
  • 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.
  • Long-Lost Relative: At the beginning of the second season, Lapras was seperated from its family, but it returns to them after Ash won the Orange League.
  • Making a Splash: It carries Ash and his friends over the ocean whenever they travel to another island.
  • Passing the Torch: Now the leader of its herd.
  • 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.

Snorlax (Kabigon)
Voiced in Japanese by: Katsuyuki Konishi
Voiced in English by: Michael Haigeny (4Kids, first and third voice), Ted Lewis (4Kids, second voice), Billy Beach (current)

  • Acrofatic: Capable of some impressive running, swimming, 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.
  • Badass Normal: Snorlax has been proven to be one of Ash's most impressive and strongest Pokémon despite its lack of Elemental Powers. It could contest as Ash's strongest Pokémon along with Pikachu, Charizard, Sceptile and Greninja.
  • Berserk Button: Just like in the games, it's not a good idea to rudely interrupt his nap, as Harrison's Hypno (see 'Supporting Cast') found out the hard way.
  • Big Eater: When it's not snoring, it's snacking. The reason why he was captured was because he was eating a farmer's grapefruit.
  • Breath Weapon: Knows Hyper Beam.
  • Carnivore Confusion: In-universe, this guy has actually tried eating other Pokémon on at least one occasion, to the shock of his trainer.
  • 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 Man: Not even the sea can stop his tracks.
  • Kevlard: having a certain degree of physical invulnerability is attributed to that huge gut.
  • 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 performance - 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.

Johto Region

  • 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).

Heracross (Heracros)

  • Back for the Dead: Though it pulled off an amazing effort, it was still the first of Ash's Mons to get beaten into the ground by Tobias's Darkrai
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Knew Focus Punch at the start of the Sinnoh Conference, though it got traded out for Hyper-Beam later in the tournament.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: This Nice Guy, adorkable, and the Running Gag of trying to sample Bulbasaur's bulb sap would make people forget that Heracross has always been a competent battler.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: It is a giant beetle.
  • The Big Guy: Heracross was always a strong fighter, examples include when he defeated Gary's Magmar,note  and its one-on-one duel with a Scizor earlier in the season.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Because of his sweet tooth for tree sap, and how he's always trying to suck nectar from Bulbasaur's bulb, he may come across as very silly. But boy can he fight.
  • Death Glare: Knows Leer.
  • Determinator: He beat Gary's Magmar even after he was set on fire.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Protecting a lone Butterfree from a swarm of Pinsir but refusing to fight back. And, right afterwards, when he sees Bulbasaur...
  • Flight: Heracross is capable of flying.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Knows Hyper Beam.
  • The Glomp: On Bulbasaur. Worse still, don't forget that Heracross is larger than Bulbasaur.
  • Horn Attack: Knows this attack and Megahorn.
  • Lightning Bruiser: If's larger and more speedy than Bulbasaur.
  • Out of Focus: Similar to Pidgeotto's fate in the first season, Heracross ended up getting relegated to the background to make room for the Johto Starters.
  • Power Up Let Down: Hyper Beam does nothing in his battle against Darkrai.
  • Running Gag: Don't put him and Bulbasaur in the same scene.
  • Sleep Walking: Learns Sleep Talk in time for the Sinnoh League, which proves useful against Kricketune and Darkrai.
  • Spam Attack: Knows Fury Swipes.
  • Sweet Tooth: It loves sweet nectar.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • He's taken down, in a single move, by Gary's Blastoise in the Johto League (after handily defeating a Magmar). Justified in that he was facing a well-raised and powerful Starter Pokémon and had just finished defeating a powerful opponent with a type advantage.
    • Also being the first to fall against Tobias's Darkrai, in spite of being the best equipped to fight it type wise. Most of the damage it inflicted was offset by Darkrai's Dream Eater.

Chikorita-Bayleef (Chicorita-Bayleaf)
Voiced by: Mika Kanai

  • Action Girl: Bayleef is very reliable in battle and has him earned a batch and she has defeated Harrison's Houndoom despite the type disadvantage.
  • Character Development: She grows out of her immense jealousy to Pikachu after evolving, though still retains her huge crush on Ash.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Is extremely jealous of the attention Ash gives Pikachu. It got over it after evolving.
  • Determinator: Notably, standing up to Charizard in her first appearance, and even tying with him! Lampshaded by Brock at the end of her introductory episode.
    Misty: (referring to Chikorita and Ash) They make a perfect team!
    Brock: Yeah, Team Stubborn!
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: After evolving into a Bayleef, she forgets her larger size and still tries to leap into his arms, but only ends up tackling him.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Has a huge crush on Ash, but his obliviousness and young age means it's never reciprocated.
  • The Glomp: Before she can concentrate, she has to work her affection for Ash out of her system. It can throw off the show's pace.
    Ash: I choose you, Chikorita!
    Chikorita: *snuggles Ash*
    Ash: *Gently* That's very nice, but let's hug later.
  • Green Thumb: Has plant based powers like Vine Whip and Razor Leaf.
  • In a Single Bound: Can use her Vine Whip to pull off this effect.
  • The Lancer: Among the Johto members, she becomes this to Pikachu. Chikorita/Bayleef has built a stronger bond with Ash than his other Johto Pokémon do, and her huge crush on Ash and getting over of her jealousy contrasts Pikachu's growing attachment and loyalty in the early series.
  • Running Gag: Bodyslamming Ash in a show of affection whenever she's released.
  • Whip It Good: Knows Vine Whip.

Cyndaquil-Quilava (Hinoarashi-Magmarashi)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuji Ueda
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers (Cyndaquil), Bill Rogers (Quilava)

  • The Big Guy: Cyndaquil would become The Reliable One in Gym Battles, as it participates in five out of eight Gyms and wins two badges for Ash.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Averted. Its the only Fire Starter of Ash that isn't abandoned by a previous trainer.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Knows Flame Wheel as Quilava.
  • Magma Mon: Knows Eruption after evolving.
  • Playing with Fire: Fire-Type, and knows Flamethrower, Eruption and Flame Wheel.
  • Smoke Out: Knows Smokescreen.
  • Super Speed: It knows Agility.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Always strong, Cyndaquil was basically a child when Ash first caught it and originally couldn't maintain its flame. Later, it returned for the Sinnoh League and evolved during battle mere moments after it arrived.
  • The Unexpected: After sticking to his new teams since the Hoenn League, not many people expect Ash to bring back his Johto crew in DP. Even less expected Cyndaquil to evolve.

Totodile (Waninoko)
Voiced in Japanese by: Chinami Nishimura
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers

  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: His comedic and silly behaviour makes people forget that it can be competent in battle, especially since it is overshadowed by Bayleef and Cyndaquil. His constant dancing does help him sometimes.
  • Dance Battler: Dances a bit when it's called out for battle and when it's not battling. Sometimes, it comes in handy and catches its opponent off-guard.
  • Death Glare: Knows Leer and Scary Face.
  • Interspecies Romance: With an Azumarill and a Quagsire.
  • Keet: Is there ever a moment where Totodile is not cheerful?
  • Making a Splash: Pure Water-Type, and knows moves to match.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Replaced Squirtle as this, and due to its energy and cheer, is not always the most attentive, leading to some occasional problems. Like Brock, it's a flirt.
  • Satellite Character: Totodile ended up getting the least focus and development out of the three Johto Starters and has only participated in one Gym.
  • Shout-Out: In the English dub, it sounds like Donald Duck.
  • Use Your Head: Knows Skull Bash.

Noctowl (Yorunozuku)
Voiced by: Yuji Ueda

  • Blow You Away: Knows Air Slash.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: So far, the most prominent "shiny" Pokémon in the anime.
  • Flight: It can fly.
  • Informed Ability: Its supposed to be very smart, even among other Noctowl. Never brought up again after Ash captured it.
  • Out of Focus: After the gym battle with Morty, Noctowl didn't have much of a role in the Johto seasons.
  • The Owl-Knowing One: It can see everything from a 360-degree radius.
  • Animals Not to Scale: Another of Noctowl's famous traits is that it is much smaller than other Noctowl (complete with having several size comparisons in the series).
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Noctowl is much smaller than regular Noctowls, but it is smarter than them.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Barely did anything in Johto except for being Ash's main battler against Morty, but when it returned for the Sinnoh League it had learned Sky Attack, Air Slash, and Extrasensory, and soundly defeats Conway's Lickilicky with its new powerful moves.
  • Psychic Powers: Knows Hypnosis, Confusion and Extrasensory. Foresight arguably also counts, as it made Morty's Ghost Pokémon vulnerable to physical attacks.

Phanpy-Donphan (Gomazou-Donfan)
Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Hayashibara (Gomazou), Kenta Miyake (Donfan)
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 (Donphan)

Phanpy hatches from an prize egg which Ash won with Bayleef in a Pokémon race. Like the rest of Ash's Pokémon, it stays at Oak's lab when he travels to Hoenn, but when Ash comes back to Kanto and challenges the Battle Frontier, Phanpy comes back to his team and eventually evolves into Donphan.
  • The Bus Came Back: Deposited at Oak's lab after Johto, but rejoins Ash to be a part of his Battle Frontier team.
  • Breath Weapon: Knows Hyper Beam.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Donphan dwarfs most other mons in size and power, yet is also a softie, and a friend to baby Pokémon.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Ground-Type.
  • Earthquake Machine: Knows Earthquake.
  • Goo Goo Godlike: Though it would still lose battles semi-frequently in Johto.
  • Man Child: Evolution made him grow physically, but not mentally. A good example is an episode where it found a wicker ball being tossed around by three baby Rhyhorn. It immediately decided to play with them and caused them to run away in terror. It's still a powerhouse either way.
    • Another interpretation is Phanpy grew bigger, but is still considered a child Pokémon.
  • Rolling Attack: Knows Rollout.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Again, as Phanpy.
  • Sixth Ranger: His addition to the Battle Frontier roster. He's the only Pokémon to have been put in Professor Oak's lab once, before returning to Ash's team for a second, separate tenure (contrasting Aipom who was on two consecutive terms under Ash's ownership).
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Phanpy's lack of experience makes up for having incredible strength.

Larvitar (Yogiras)
Voiced in Japanese by: Miyako Ito
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne

  • The Cameo: Despite not actually being caught like Haunter, it does appear alongside the other released Pokemon in "Spurt!".
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It was traumatized when it was stolen from its mother by three poachers while still being inside its egg.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Finally opens up to Brock and Misty late into his story arc.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Half Rock-Type, half Ground-Type.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: For a small-arc Pokémon, Larvitar goes through a lot and needs to grow up quite a bit, but in the end he's finally reunited with his mother.
  • Goo Goo God Like: At first, it's cute, but do not make it mad or you'll regret the beating.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Like Haunter, Larvitar was never officially caught by Ash and leaves the group after being reunited with his mother.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Knows Screech, so if Larvitar ever gets scared, cover your ears.

    Misty (Kasumi) 

Misty (Kasumi)
Voiced in Japanese by: Mayumi Iizuka
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis (4Kids), Michele Knotz (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Xóchitl Ugarte

The youngest of four sisters, she hasn't been blessed with her sisters' looks or charisma. However, she got all of the talent at battling and being snarky. 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. At the end of Johto, she became her city's Gym Leader. An aspiring Water Master.

Tropes involving her and her Pokémon include:

  • Action Girl: Played with. Word of God was that Misty was intended to look fairly inexperienced despite her bluster. In the show itself, however, while she is often more novice than she'll admit, she is usually reasonably capable.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Her game counterpart was not tsundere or as feisty. Sequels released after the anime sometimes make nods to her temperament however.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Misty's sisters ostracized her from being the Gym leader and only made her one to see how she'd screw up.
  • Bare Your Midriff: She wears a midriff-baring top.
  • Betty and Veronica: In the Orange Islands episode where the trio meet Rudy, Misty is Archie, Ash is Betty and Rudy is Veronica when Rudy tries to flirt with Misty and Ash gets jealous.
  • 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".
  • Birds of a Feather: She is good friends with Sakura, who is also the youngest in an all-girl family (in the latter's case, her sisters are the Kimono Girls).
  • Boyish Short Hair: She is a tomboy and has short hair that's combined with Tomboyish Ponytail.
  • Brick Joke: She gets her bike back at the end of the Johto series.
  • 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.
  • Catch Phrase: In the original Japanese, she says "Go, my steady!" whenever she summons a Pokémon. Except maybe Psyduck.
  • 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" cast.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: In the second movie, she is seen to be annoyed when Melody (Fleura) flirts with Ash.
    • Later in Johto, she shows obvious jealousy again by trying to keep Macy from asking Ash out.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: The best way to describe how her stew in the Johto episode "Sick Daze" came out. She confused her ingredients and didn't just dump the mixture cutting her losses, and, as a result, the stew was so bad that not even Ash could eat it. She's not actually bad at cooking, mind—earlier in the series, she A: created a medicine from Salveyo Weed for Ash, Tracey, and Jessie's Stun Spore sicknessnote , and B: was hinted to have done the cooking in Episodes 3 and 4note .
  • Damsel in Distress:
    • 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 episodes such as "Pokémon Fashion Flash" and "Just Add Water". Both cases also come with a bit of Bound and Gagged.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She often snarks at Ash in his sillier moments.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: In early episodes, she was cold and pompous towards Ash. Her bug phobia also made her an outright bully towards Caterpie. After they started proving their worth, she softened and accepted them, even if her temper remained for a while.
  • Demon Head: She sometimes does this when she gets mad at Ash.
  • Does Not Like Spam: During her rant about bug Pokémon, she mentions that she hates carrots and peppers.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Downplayed compared to standard anime, but she has inflicted slapstick pain onto Ash and Brock several times. Brock was able to get away with punching her on the head twice during Bulbasaur's introduction episode.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Misty appeared in the first episode — and became a main character — long before the group got to the Cascade Gym (in Episode 7).
  • Everyone Can See It: That she has feelings for Ash. Aside from Ash of course.
  • Evil Laugh: In EP007, as her Staryu is thrashing Ash's Butterfree. Made all the more dramatic by the tidal wave crashing behind her.
  • Fiery Redhead: In her early appearances she's fiery, fearless, and an expert battler. Ironically, she specializes in Water-type Pokémon.
  • 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).
  • Freudian Excuse: For a long time, she had a fear of Gyarados because she was nearly swallowed by one as a toddler.
  • Fully Absorbed Finale: The Mirage Kingdom two-parter serves as one for her character arc.
  • 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.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She'll fly off the handle at what feels like the drop of a hat.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: Ash did it in the first episode, culminating in the series' most famous Running Gag.
  • Implied Love Interest: To Ash back in the first few seasons, much more evident in the Orange Islands arc.
  • 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. 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.
  • Insult Backfire:
    • In the English dub of EP002, when Jessie dares to make a smart remark in response to her challenging the TRio:
      Jessie: That's pretty big talk coming from such a little lady.
      Misty: At least you're right about the "pretty" part. Thanks for the compliment!
    • In a later episode, a character of the week attempted to insult Misty by claiming that she was as beautiful as a Tentacruel. Out of all Water-type Pokémon, Tentacruel just so happens to be one of Misty's favorites.
  • Jerkass Façade: From the starting point Misty started travelling Ash, there were obvious hints it has to do with more than her fried bike. When Ash finally fulfils his promise, she admits she'd half forgotten about it and just wanted to hang out with him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At the start of the series at least, she was rather condescending toward Ash despite the fact he was just starting out, though also still very caring. She got better as the series went on however.
  • Kicked Upstairs: After Johto, 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", which is essentially water vapor.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Out of Ash's female friends she has the skimpiest outfit and she has been in multiple bikini scenes. Also Masamitsu Hidaka, one of the directors of the anime, has stated that Ash's female companions basically serves as eye candy for the boys. This has unsettling implications since she's also stated to be ten (and seems to be the oldest of the lot).
  • 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.
  • Not So Different: Despite her critical nature towards Ash, she could be equally childish and Hot-Blooded, sometimes even Ash herself has to keep her at bay. After all the trouble Psyduck causes, you think she'd also empathise with getting (sometimes unfair) flak over a Pokemon that doesn't follow orders properly.
  • 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 Neglect: 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.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Being a Tomboy with a Girly Streak, she'll wear pink on occasion. Examples include the kimono she wears at the end of "The Ghost at Maiden's Peak" and in "Princess vs. Princess", her cardigan in Pokémon 2000...and that full-body Slowpoke costume she and her friends wore (It Makes Sense in Context) in "A Shadow of a Drought". Additionally, her Poké Gear is pink.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: " Togetic, leave the rest to me." Cue Curb-Stomp Battle, courtesy of Gyarados.
  • 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.
  • Reality Ensues: After Caterpie saves the heroes from Team Rocket, Misty admits to underestimating it. When Ash asks her to prove her affection however, she is unwilling. She still has her bug phobia, just she's learned to be far less of a Jerk Ass about it.
  • 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 Cleans Up Nicely: She gobsmacks her friends when she dresses up. Examples include the yukata from "A Ghost At Maiden's Peak" and the princess kimono outfit from "Princess Festival Day"
  • Showgirl Skirt: Her Goldeen-based outfit.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: She is also not free from any physical humor; "Primeape Goes Bananas" features her getting her face kicked to the ground by an angry Mankey, and "Pokémon Fashion Flash" has her getting barbequed by Vulpix's fire not once, but twice. The latter episode also had her getting a silly makeover at which Ash laughed himself sick upon seeing it. Butt Monkey indeed.
  • 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.
  • The Precious, Precious Car: Misty never lets Ash live down him (and Pikachu) destroying her bike back in Episode 1. Until she gets it back in full repair from Nurse Joy in the episode when she leaves the party.
  • 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: Onscreen, is the Tomboy to her sister Daisy's and her successor May's Girly Girls. Would also serve as the Tomboy versus any of Ash's other female companions except Iris.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Just stuck out the side.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: By the Mirage Kingdom two-parter, she's gotten over her fear of Gyarados, caught one, and become close enough to it that she kisses its Pokeball when calling it out.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Misty starts being a lot kinder, especially towards Ash, after the Indigo League. Her violent tendencies also near completely disappear by this point, at least in non-Pokemon related scuffles anyway.
  • 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 Snakes?:Bug Type Pokémon. And for a little bit, Why Did It Have To Be Gyarados?
  • With Friends Like These......: Thanks to her attitude towards Ash early on, they got on each other's nerves so often that it took Brock to split them up.
  • Women Are Wiser: Downplayed. She's more experienced and mature than Ash, but only relatively. Even then her temperament leaves even Ash looking lucid compared to her at times.
  • Younger Than They Look: Despite her busty figure and being noticeably taller and (usually) more mature acting than Ash, she's officially the exact same age (ten initially).
  • Youngest Child Wins: As mentioned, she's a much better battler than her three sisters put together.
  • You Owe Me: Her attitude towards Ash regarding her bike. It was at least partially an excuse to be his travelling buddy however.
  • Your Size May Vary: How tall she was compared to Ash was inconsistent. In some shots she was almost a head over Ash. In others she was practically the same height as him.

Misty's Pokémon

  • 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.
  • Reality Ensues: One reason why Goldeen and Horsea are Out of Focus was because they're not amphibious in nature.

Goldeen (Tosakinto)

Voiced in Japanese by: Ikue Otani
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis

Staryu (Hitodeman)

Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki

  • The Ace: Despite having its evolved form on her team, Staryu is Misty's main battler. In Pokémon 3, it is the only one of Misty's or Brock's Pokémon to hold its own against Molly's artificial ones.
  • The Blank: Lampshaded in an early episode; in their Gym battle, Ash's Butterfree used Stun Spore on Misty's Staryu, to which she commented that it looked like it was in real pain. Ash called her out by reminding her that it didn't even have a face. To her credit, Staryu was sort of writhing and off-balance when it was hit.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: How it basically moves around.
  • Flat Character: Unlike the rest of Misty's more prominent Pokemon, Staryu never really gained much of a personality, though being The Blank probably didn't really help.
  • Shout-Out: For some reason its cry sounds like Ultraman's. In one episode, Staryu's core (the red jewel at the center of its body) blinks when he is knocked out, similar to Ultraman when he's weakened or had reached his time limit.


Voiced by: Ikue Otani

Misty's primary battle Pokémon during the original series. Although Starmie is the evolved form of Staryu, she has one of each during the anime, same as the video game version of Misty.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Its game counterpart is a notorious Wake-Up Call Boss; this version has fallen victim to The Worf Effect so bad that Staryu puts up a better performance.
  • The Blank: Like Staryu, it has no expression.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Same as Staryu.
  • Flat Character: If Staryu got pretty much zero character development, Starmie didn't stand a chance.
  • 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.
  • The Worf Effect: Starmie almost never won a battle on its own; the one time it did defeat an opponent, it was quickly and violently beaten by another immediately afterward, with its central core shattered.

Horsea (Tattu)

Voiced in Japanese by: Machiko Toyoshima
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis

  • Bearer of Bad News: Its debut, in "Tentacool and Tentacruel".
  • 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.
  • Spanner in the Works: In "The Battling Eevee Brothers", when Team Rocket made off with all the Pokémon, Horsea included, it was put in a cage tied to the back of the wagon, allowing it to leave a trail of ink to show Ash and company where they were going.

Psyduck (Koduck)

Voiced in Japanese by: Rikako Aikawa
Voiced in English by: Michael Haigney

  • Acrophobic Bird: A water type duck that fears water.
  • Blessed with Suck: Psyduck needs a major headache to use his powers.
  • Butt Monkey: Psyduck is constantly thrown out to fight opponents only to be too confused to put up a fight.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Normally, it's a bit of a moron, but it becomes badass when its headache gets really bad.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Despite how embarrassing and frustrating he can be for Misty, he has also saved her and the rest of the team on multiple occasions.
  • Delayed Reaction: Has a really slow reaction time. And then he met a Slowpoke...
  • The Ditz: Everytime it comes out, it ends up poorly for Misty.
  • Jumped at the Call: Psyduck has a bad habit of jumping into action when Misty specifically requires one of her other Pokémon.
    • It goes right to the beginning. Misty stumbled and dropped an unused pokéball, and Psyduck opened it so it would take him in. He literally caught himself for her.
  • Mind over Matter: Calls attacks with his mind.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • He tried to get Caserin and Luverin (Misty and Daisy's Luvdisc) together in "Luvdisc is a Many Splendored Thing".
    • To Misty's ire, Psyduck seems to know about her infatuation with a certain Idiot Hero.
  • Verbal Tic: "Psy-yi-yi!"

Togepi-Togetic (Togepy-Togechick)

Voiced by: Satomi Koorogi

Poliwag-Poliwhirl-Politoed (Nyoromo-Nyorozo-Nyorotono)

Voiced in Japanese by: Shinichiro Miki
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis (Poliwag), Eric Stuart (Poliwhirl and Politoed)

  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: As Politoed.
  • Keet: Politoed since its final evolution, much to Misty's annoyance.
  • Non-Action Guy: To an extent after evolving into Politoed.
  • Undying Loyalty: After Misty saved him from Team Rocket, Poliwag became devoted to her to the point of evolving during battle to try and win.

Corsola (Sunnygo)

Voiced in Japanese by: Ikue Otani
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers


Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka

Caserin (Luvdisc) (Cuserine [Lovecus])

Voiced in Japanese by: Daisuke Sakaguchi (Caserin), Kyoko Hikami (Luverin)
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis

Azurill (Ruriri)

Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Hayashibara
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers

    Brock (Takeshi) 

Brock (Takeshi)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuji Ueda
Voiced in English by: Eric Stuart (4Kids), Bill Rogers (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gabriel Gama (seasons 1-10, later returning for season 13), Alan Prieto (seasons 10-12), Arturo Mercado Jr. (Movies 4 and 5), Ignacio de Anca (Movies 6 and 7)

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, before heading off on his own to fulfill his dream of being a Pokémon Doctor after traveling Sinnoh.

Tropes involving him and his Pokémon include:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Red-haired in his original Sugimori artwork, brown-haired in the anime. Later artwork, even in Gen 1, has him with dark brown hair.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Is he a really tan Asian guy or a light-skinned black guy? It should be noted in the games he's much more lighter skinned.
    • Then you have those who think he's Hispanic.
  • The Artifact: See above about Flanderization.
  • Art Shift: When Brock enters a contest, part of his routine involves...well...let's just say this is a face I'll be seeing in my nightmares for a while.
  • Bag of Holding: Exemplified early in the Indigo saga.
  • Balloon Belly: EP171 and AG012.
  • Berserk Button: Aside from becoming much more passionate in the face of females, he also reacts quite badly to Pokemon mistreatment. The original owner of Ash's Charmander essentially got a cold blooded threat for leaving his Pokemon to die in the cold rain.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He's this to his identical siblings, as well as Ash, and the rest of his companions to some degree.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Not exactly Bishōnen, but this is just one of a few times he's used the trick...
  • Breakout Character: Brock has always been a supporting character, but is easily the most popular one alongside Misty. His brief absence during the Orange Islands where he was replaced with Tracy caused uproar in the fandom. His popularity has led him to become the most prevalent of Ash's companions, lasting for three series.
  • Butt Monkey: His hound dog routine eventually becomes this. It starts with Misty, and later Max, yanking him by the ear when he got carried away with flirting. Come DP, Crogunk literally poison jabs his butt.
  • Camp Straight: Brock is shown engaging in campy and feminine hobbies such as cooking, baking, and sewing and was even seen wearing a pink apron at one point. The whole thing is Lampshaded though because Brock had to do such campy hobbies in order to take care of his younger siblings at Pewter City after his parents left him alone to take care of them for a long time. He does flirt with a lot of girls such as Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny though.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Inverted. Has every reason to be angry with his father for abandoning the family for a long period of time. Except that, instead of chewing Flint out, Brock instead opted for telling Flint about the chores and daily routine that he has to undergo to take care of the children (it's a long list), while Brock himself goes off on his own journey.
  • Casanova Wannabe: He gets cut out of every relationship he tries to start.
    • Misty grabs him by the shoulder.
    • Max pulls his ear.
    • Bonsly tackles him with Double-edge.
    • Croagunk uses Poison Jab on him.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the earliest episodes, seemed no more attracted to women than would be expected of his Vague Age (even gets embarrassed and shy when Misty mentions he has a crush on Melanie), and when he was, no more awkward. Nowadays...
  • Chef of Iron: Knows how to make Pokémon food and Pokéblocks.
  • Chick Magnet: Made into one for all of five seconds in "Harley Rides Again" when several girls start fawning over his Bonsly.
    • Aside from that, at least three women have fallen in love with him.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: G-rated.
  • The Chosen One: Of Uxie.
  • Color Failure:
    Holly: "I'm sorry, but I'm just not interested in younger men."
  • Combat Commentator
  • Defeat Means Friendship: He became Ash's ally after Ash defeated him at Pewter Gym.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: While Ash and company are still in the Orange Islands, Brock is a guest of the Ketchum household, and becomes a rival to Mimey when it comes to doing the chores. It's like they're being rivals over something else.
  • Dynamic Entry: How did he first appear in the Advance Generation series? Throw Forretress as an Action Bomb against a flock of Taillow, that's what!
  • Eyes Always Shut: One of the most well-known examples.
  • Flanderization: Started out as a mentor type, gained the lovable pervert shtick and eventually became reduced to it, attempts have been made to regain the previous role, with variable success. In a bit of fairness, a silly side was shown in his intro episode when his father came back and promptly got exasperated by his quirks, but before that, he was incredibly no-nonsense - almost like a smaller Lt. Surge.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble
    • Melancholic: Original series and Diamond & Pearl.
    • Phlegmatic II: Advance Generation
  • Image Song: "Takeshi's Paradise"
    • He was one of the few English cast members to get an Image Song in the form of "Two Perfect Girls".
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Brock's family from his father's side all look or will end up looking exactly the same as him, regardless if they're male or female. Brock's mom is the only one who looks different.
  • Informed Ability: His profession/passion as a Pokémon breeder is occasionally mentioned, but has basically zero effect on the show. Probably because the topic involves a little too much birds and the bees for a children's show.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: In spite of his tenure on the show, he is Out of Focus for possibly more than 90% of it. When he does get to show his stuff, however, he's very competent. Best example might be "Leave it to Brocko" from the DP saga.
  • Likes Older Women: He especially loves the Nurse Joys and Officer Jennys.
  • Manly Tears: Sometimes.
  • The Medic: He refocuses his goal on this at the end of DP. It helps that his Happiny had recently evolved into Chansey.
  • Mundane Utility: Really mundane example: Lotad's flat head? Extra table. And, of course there's Croagunk's Poison Jab, which saw more use for you-know-what than in actual battles.
  • The Navigator: The one with the Town Map.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His Japanese name is a reference to a main character in Takeshi's Castle.
  • Noodle Incident: Ash and Misty find him back at the Ketchum home after their adventure in the Orange Islands. Whenever anyone asks about what happened during his time with Professor Ivy, he goes into a Troubled Fetal Position, to which he requests not to mention her name. To date, it's never been revealed what went on between the two and why he left. (He does mention Ivy in the English version of the seventh movie, though.)
  • Only Sane Man: He was often the one who would break up Ash and Misty whenever they got into a heated arguement.
  • Out of Focus: For being the one traveling companion who was part of the main cast for more than ten years (only dropping out very briefly in the Orange Islands arc), they sure didn't treat him as well as they could have.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Increasingly so, particularly in most of Sinnoh where both of his traveling companions shared co-star status. Lampshaded in the 11th movie, where Ash and Dawn both spring into action against the Big Bad, and Brock briefly gets depressed over being left behind...literally.
    • In one episode Team Rocket review their typical plans with accompanying graphics to find out why they always fail. When they get to the step where the heroes counterattack, the graphic shows Ash commanding Pikachu and Dawn commanding Piplup to attack...while Brock just stands in the background.
    • The anime is very much aware of this. When Brock got A Day in the Limelight, he has proven to be cunning, fixing Team Rocket a meal and then stealing the Pokémon they stole and booking it while they were distracted. He's also shown he's an excellent battler, taking out Seviper with Croagunk despite the type disadvantage, and when Ash and Dawn showed up and volunteered to take it from there, Brock told them to stay out of it and he proceeded to beat down James' Carnivine with his newly evolved Sudowoodo...also with a type disadvantage.
  • Overused Running Gag: Thankfully, they tend to mix it up, especially with Bonsly (in a brief stint note ) and Croagunk.
  • Parental Abandonment: They actually come back (yes, his mom was alive all this time, though 4Kids chose to ignore the plot hole they wrote themselves into), but it's understandable that Brock's less than pleased when they go on vacation and leave his 9 siblings by themselves.
  • Passing the Torch: Handed over control of the gym to his younger brother Forrest.
  • Put on a Bus: Four times! Originally, it was because the anime crew thought he might be considered an Asian stereotype to a global audience (it's his eyes). Brought back because, as it turns out, nobody cared about that. The next two times were when the Johto and Hoenn gangs went their separate ways, neither of which were very long. And most recently (and possibly permanently) after he decides to become a doctor at the end of DP.
  • Raging Stiffie: G-rated version, obviously. Basically it's gotten to the point that when he doesn't have this around Inexplicably Identical Individuals, regardless if they're male or female, he starts getting suspicious (often he's right; it's Team Rocket or someone else disguised as the nurse or officer).
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Aside from being Team Dad, he can also be classified as a Team Mom, with good reason.
  • Red Shirt: Of a non-lethal and recurring variety. While his reappearances would push him more into Mauve Shirt territory, the fact that he is often shown being defeated to show how powerful an opponent is more directly channels this trope.
  • Serial Romeo
  • The Smart Guy: Of every team he's been in. In "Advanced Generation", he somewhat shares the role with Max. He's also The Chosen One of Uxie, the precursor of Knowledge.
  • Something Else Also Rises: "Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore". Brock and Flint have to work together to power up the Pokémon Center's backup generator. Brock was egged on by Nurse Joy several times, causing the energy gauge of the generator to...go sky-high.
  • Stalker with a Crush: How else would you describe him having that infamous "guidebook"? Or the fact that he can distinguish Jennys and Joys from each other?
  • Straw Hypocrite: Sort of. He is appalled when his mother Lola changes the gym to a water-type gym claiming that he is dedicated to rock-types despite the fact that he caught a Zubat in his first episode with Ash, owns several water-types, Ludicolo and Marshtomp, and actually owns only three rock-types, Geodude, Bonsly and Onix (only two now that Onix evolved into Steelix)
  • Strong Family Resemblance: With his nine siblings and his dad.
  • Team Chef: To the point where this is his most essential contribution to the group in later arcs.
  • Tempting Fate: Brock has started to realize that every time he starts swooning over Nurse Joy or Officer Jenny, Croagunk is only moments away from poison jabbing him, so he tries to control himself and back down.
  • Tritagonist: He's usually in the background compared to the lead male and female, but sometimes the show (or at least, the current story) makes it clear that he's this (at least for the humans). This is most evident during the Galactic arc, where not only does his Croagunk get a rivalry with Saturn's Toxicroak, he's also chosen by one of the Lake Trio, along with Ash and Dawn.
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: Which actually happens. The Fantasy part being literal...
  • We Need a Distraction: A minor Running Gag, and he sometimes convinces others to join him in the act (Corphish [twice!], Lombre, Dawn)...
  • Wingding Eyes: Gets hearts in his eyes every time he looks at a pretty girl.
  • The Worf Effect: In spite of his aforementioned competence, his Plot Armor is thinner than those of his friends because of their star/co-star status. If he participates in a competition or tournament that his friends also join, he's likely to either lose early on or eventually get beaten by them (not always realistically).
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Oh, they do this sometimes with his hopeless flirtations. It just has a way of going straight to hell before the end of the episode.

Brock's Pokémon

  • Dishing Out Dirt: His main type is the Rock-Type. If counting sub-elements, a few of his Pokémon are also Ground-Types 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:
    The Kirk: Mudkip/Marshtomp
    The McCoy: Lotad/Lombre/Ludicolo (Hoenn) & Bonsly (Kanto)
    The Spock: Forretress
  • In Diamond and Pearl:
    The Kirk: Bonsly/Sudowoodo
    The McCoy: Happiny/Chansey
    The Spock: Croagunk
  • 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.

Onix-Steelix (Iwark-Haganeil)

Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka

  • Dishing Out Dirt: As an Onix, he was a Rock type.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Steelix's type is Steel-Type.
  • Fast Tunnelling: Knows Dig.
  • Gentle Giant: Outside of battle. Especially prominent when he reappeared as Steelix.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Knows Dragon Breath.
  • Tail Slap: Knows Iron Tail.
  • 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.

Geodude (Isitsubute)

Voiced in Japanese by: Shinichiro Miki
Voiced in English by: Michael Haigney


Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki

  • The Power of Friendship: Is it any wonder it took such a short time for Golbat to evolve into Crobat, after Brock's caring for it?

Vulpix (Rokon)

Voiced in Japanese by: Rikako Aikawa
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis

  • Badass Adorable: It's cute and dainty as a button, yet has explosive fire powers. It was likely for this reason it was usually Brock's representing Pokémon in the Pikachu shorts.
  • Happily Adopted: Technically the property of a professional breeder called Suzie, who entrusted Vulpix with Brock after seeing his warmness to Pokémon. Vulpix very quickly took to Brock as it's trainer.
  • Kitsune: Blatantly based on such with it's fox like appearance and multiple tails.
  • Out of Focus: Too adorable for its own good, especially since it's (currently) the only Pokémon Brock no longer owns (all the others are at Pewter Gym).
  • Playing with Fire: Packs one hell of a Flamethrower.
  • Put on a Bus: Returned it to the girl who gave it to him.
  • Spoiled Brat: In its first appearance - it roasts Misty just for unexpectedly picking it up, before curling back up with a light yawn. It's much more playful in later appearances, if still very fond of pampering.
  • The Worf Effect: Introduced as being extremely powerful, but is rarely shown winning an actual battle.

Pineco-Forretress (Kunugidama-Foretos)

Voiced in Japanese by: Unshou Ishizuka
Voiced in English by: Eric Stuart (Pineco, Forretress 4Kids), Unshou Ishizuka (Forretress, current)

  • Extra-ore-dinary: Forretress is a Steel-Type.
  • Mundane Utility: Brock used Forretress' Rapid Spin as an improvised drill when the gang had to make a pit trap.
  • Running Gag: Loves to blow itself up at the slightest provocation.
  • The Stoic: Forretress; Pineco was a lot more excitable.

Lotad-Lombre-Ludicolo (Hassboh-Hasubrero-Runpappa)

Voiced in Japanese by: Miyako Ito (Hassboh and Hasubrero), Fumihiko Tachiki (Runpappa)
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers (Lotad), Dan Green (Lombre), Eric Stuart (Ludicolo, 4Kids), Bill Rogers (Ludicolo, current)

  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's always been a Nice Guy, even in his first stage, but he's really powerful and not afraid to show it when his friends are in danger.
  • Bullet Seed: He can fire this as a Lombre and a Ludicolo.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Kind of "out there" compared to others of its species, especially as a Lotad and a Lombre. Don't ever assume he's stupid, though.
  • Confusion Fu: His battle style is unpredictable.
  • Green Thumb: Grass-Type.
  • Jaw Drop: Ludicolo has an EPIC one when his Mawile crush dumps him for a Psyduck.
  • Keet: As Ludicolo, which is characteristic of the species. See also Nice Guy below
  • Making a Splash: Water-Type.
  • Mundane Utility: Lola, in one of her "ideal" parenting moods, somehow convinced Ludicolo to carry around her bags as she and Flint go on vacation.
  • Nice Guy: Shown very early in Advanced Generation. note 
  • The Runt at the End: Of the herd of Lotad, this one has a bit of trouble catching up.
  • Transformation Trinket: Lombre unflinchingly scrounges around the bag of the Character of the Day, until he found her Water Stone deep inside, instantly making him evolve.

Mudkip-Marshtomp (Mizugorou-Numacraw)

Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Hayashibara (Mizugorou), Shinichiro Miki (Numacraw)
Voiced in English by: Lindsey Warner (Mudkip, 4Kids), Michele Knotz (Mudkip, second), Kayzie Rogers (as Jamie Peacock, Marshtomp)

  • Barrier Warrior: Knows Protect.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Marshtomp is a ground-type.
  • Lamarck Was Right: How else would you explain this?
  • Making a Splash: The Water-Type Starter of the Hoenn region.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: The one member of the Hoenn group's Starter trio that saw the least action, hence his evolution coming late, and the only one to never even reach his final stage.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Towards Brock in his first appearance. In general, he's more sweet than icy.
  • Team Dad: Mudkip was just as mature - if not moreso - than Pikachu and tried hard to both keep the peace and take care of the younger ones. "Turning Over A New Nuzleaf" was the first great example.

Bonsly-Sudowoodo (Usohachi-Usokkie)

Voiced in Japanese by: Daisuke Sakaguchi
Voiced in English by: Bill Rogers

  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Knows Hammer Arm.
  • 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.

Croagunk (Gureggru)

Voiced in Japanese by: Katsuyuki Konishi
Voiced in English by: Bill Rogers

  • 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...
  • Glass Cannon: He can hit very hard, singlehandedly blocking a stray Draco Meteor fired by Dialga and knocking out Saturn's Toxicroak in one blow, but doesn't fare so well in prolonged battle.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He first shows up as a "member" of Team Rocket; or rather, he followed Meowth to the Rockets' bogus gym, and Jesse decided to use him in their scam. Once the Rockets ditch him, he decides to join Brock instead.
  • 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.
  • O.O.C. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Something We Forgot:
    • Pikachu and the other Pokémon are ready to abandon a ship heading for a potentially lethal waterfall, until Pikachu realizes someone is missing. He rushes back inside and tries his hardest to drag Croagunk away from the mirror.
    • At the denouement of "Jumping Rocket Ship", the heroes ready to call it a day, until they realize something's missing. Before Brock could realize what it was, he saw a beautiful girl and proceeded to hit on her, and only then did Croagunk show up.
  • 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 Brocknote , Dawn calls him out on it (he even looks genuinly abashed). On another occasion, Brock delivers one himself, right after getting stabbed:
    Oh, c'mon! Imagination is against the law?
  • Yandere: It's the most likely explanation as to why Croagunk attacks Brock whenever he flirts with officer Jenny and nurse Joy. When Croagunk and Brocks compatability rating was shown, it was equal to Ash and Pikachu's in only a few days.

Happiny-Chansey (Pinpuku-Lucky)

Voiced in Japanese by: Miyako Ito
Voiced in English by: Emily Jenness

  • Adaptational Badass: Gets many examples of physical prowess. In the games, Happiny and Chansey are notoriously low physical attack power, being the lowest in the entire game.
  • Children Are Innocent: Inverted - unlike Togepi for example, she was more likely to be aware of when things weren't going well (even on the day she hatched) and could become relatively serious if the situation called for it; on the other hand, her usual demeanor is that of a sweet-natured Cheerful Child.
  • Healing Factor: Learned Softboiled immediately upon evolution to Chansey.

    Tracey Sketchit (Kenji)
Voiced in Japanese by: Tomokazu Seki
Voiced in English by: Ted Lewis (4Kids), Craig Blair (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Alfredo Leal (Season 2), Javier Olguín (Season 5), Ricardo Bautista (one episode of Chronicles and another in Season 8), Gerardo García (rest of Chronicles), Christian Strempler (Season 9)

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.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Oak takes him under his wing at the end of the Orange Islands arc.
  • 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.
  • Covert Pervert: Downplayed, but if you find anything in his sketchbook that isn't a Pokemon, it's probably a pretty girl he encountered while travelling around with Ash.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Melancholic.
  • Meaningful Name: What do you think does he do in his free time? Take a wild guess.
  • Non-Action Guy: He can battle if he has to, but he uses his Pokémon mainly for fieldwork.
  • Out of Focus: After the very first episode of Diamond and Pearl, he did not appear again until BW116, 306 episodes later.
  • 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".

Tracey's Pokémon

Venonat (Kongpang)

Voiced in Japanese by: Rikako Aikawa
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis

Marill (Maril)

Voiced in Japanese by: Mika Kanai
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers

Scyther (Strike)

Voiced in Japanese by: Unshou Ishizuka
Voiced in English by: Eric Stuart

  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: A Bug-Type Pokémon who resembles a giant mantis.
  • Cool Old Guy: Scyther is old and out of shape, but still a Scyther no less.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Knows Double Team.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: A proud fighter despites its old age.
  • 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 Pokémon 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 Center (still injured) to save them from Team Rocket.

    Supporting Cast 

Professor Samuel Oak (Dr. Yukinari Okido)
Voiced in Japanese by: Unshou Ishizuka
Voiced in English by: Stuart Zagnit (4Kids), Carter Cathcart (current)
Voiced in Latn American Spanish by: Hugo Navarrete, Arturo Castañeda (as "Sam" in Movie 4)

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.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the first episode, he was a bit of a grumpy Deadpan Snarker and he was visibly annoyed of Ash who came too late to get his first Pokémon. Later on, he would become an eccentric Nice Guy.
  • Cool Old Guy: He gets very excited whenever he meets new Pokémon and he is a very passionate scientist. He also has some cool Pokémon, such as Dragonite and Rotom.
  • Depending on the Writer: In the main anime itself, he's beloved and respected by most Pokemon, who show as much succinct loyalty to him as their trainers. In his podcast segments however, not a single one will hesitate to brutally assault him as he tries to inspect them in his lectures. He must borrow a very grouchy sample roster.
  • Friend To All Pokémon: One way or another, he'll find a way to get on a Pokémon's good side.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: Besides being one of the leading experts on Pokémon, he's also a world-renowned poet.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: In the Japanese version, Oak would often have a short segment at the end of an episode demonstrating a certain quality or attack that Pokémon can execute. It usually always ends up being used on him. He's been burned, electrocuted, frozen, punched, bitten, and flung across the room more times than you can count.
  • Mission Control: Most of Ash's Pokémon are just a phone call away courtesy of him. He also plays a straighter example in Pokémon 3.
  • Nice Guy: Oak is friendly to Pokémon and humans, something that becomes a standard characteritic for future professors.
  • The Professor: The most prominent one of the entire franchise and the most famous Pokémon professor of the entire world.
  • Ship Tease: With Delia. In Pokémon Live!, Ash asks Professor Oak not to bring his mother home too late.
  • Stable Time Loop: Created by Celebi in Pokémon 4Ever.

Gary Oak (Shigeru Ookido)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuko Kobayashi
Voiced in English by: Jimmy Zoppi
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gerardo Del Valle (Original Series), Victor Ugarte (Chronicles), Ricardo Bautista (Advance Generation and two episodes of Diamond & Pearl), Benjamín Rivera (One episode of Diamond & Pearl), Noé Velásquez (One Episode of Diamond & Pearl)

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 pom pom girls.
  • 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 is a giant mantis.
  • 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 Beauty: 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.
  • The Bus Came Back: Disappears for the entirety of Advanced, appearing only in the last episodes to tell Ash about Sinnoh.
  • Childhood Friends: Being neighbors in Pallet Town, he was this with Ash prior to the incident with the Pokeball. See We Used To Be Friends below.
  • 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 (only showing up at the end of Advanced Generation); shows up only four times in Diamond and Pearl (in two of which he got his ass handed to him by Team Galactic), and didn't appear in Unova.
  • Dishing Out Dirt (Rock/Ground): Golem, Nidoking and Nidoqueen.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Umbreon, who knew Double Team as an Eevee.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Downplayed with his cheerleaders, whose costume and hair designs were not actually finalized until "Beauty and the Beach".
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Scizor, Electivire's Iron Tail.
  • Elemental Punch: Electivire's Thunder Punch.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Blastoise's Rapid Spin.
  • 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.
  • Green Eyes: Except for a very early episode where he had blue eyes, he's always been depicted with it. Best Wishes final episode confirmed it.
  • Handsome Lech and Kid-anova: In Kanto, he traveled with a large group of older girls. That is one pimp pre-teen.
  • Hero of Another Story: He's clearly done a lot off camera, but most of it goes unseen.
  • 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: 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.
  • Morality Pet: Umbreon, most likely, seeing as he started to train it at the same time his change of attitude started. (Given the fact that it is an Umbreon might be a factor, seeing as Eevee evolve into Umbreon when treated well by a trainer.)
  • 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.
  • No Sell: his Golem is too heavy for Charizard to lift, so no Seismic Toss for Golem.
  • Paid Harem: He had a gang of cheerleaders supporting him (and in one case, Ash) in Kanto; after losing at the Indigo League and learning humility, he got rid of them.
  • 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 Person: Nidoking and Nidoqueen.
  • Psychic Powers: Umbreon's Psychic.
  • Punny Name: His English name, funnily enough.
  • 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 kinds in the Kanto saga, he's caught quite a few more of the same species, especially since he had only seen 60 at that point.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Ash's red of the "Original Series", being level-headed and logical while Ash is brash and impulsive.
  • 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.
  • Same Character, but Different: Kanto's Gary was a snide braggart who was constantly lording himself and his experiences over Ash while traveling around with a personal cheerleading team in a convertible (while Ash was hoofin' it old-school). Johto's Gary was an aloof and stoic wanderer accompanied by only his Pokemon — Johto's first opening even wrapped him in a distinctive black cloak. Even acknowledging his significant Break the Haughty moments at the tail end of the first season, the Character Development that was necessary to create Johto's Gary happened entirely offscreen. The writers caught themselves at the end of Ash's Johto adventures and restored his team of cheerleaders to him just in time for his final fight with Ash.
  • Shock and Awe: Electivire.
  • Signature Move: The original Johto opening would have you believe Gary's Eevee was his Signature Mon.
  • Soul Power: Umbreon's Shadow Ball.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: Gary's Blastoise was an expert in using Rapid Spin to deflect Ash's attacks, like Muk's Sludge Bomb and Bayleef's Razor Leaf.
  • 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.
  • Tuckerization: His Japanese name, Shigeru, is taken from Shigeru Miyamoto, who served as a mentor to Satoshi Tajiri.
  • The Unfought: Despite being Ash's rival, the two never have battle in the first series, having their first one-on-one battle in the final episode of the Orange Island saga after Ash had returned home. Technically the two don't even a full battle until the tail-end of the Johto Saga.
  • 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.

Delia Ketchum (Hanako)
Voiced in Japanese by: Masami Toyoshima
Voiced in English by: Veronica Taylor (4Kids), Sarah Natochenny (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ana Patricia Anides (Original Series and current), Rebeca Manríquez (Chronicles), Elena Ramírez (Advance Generation and the start of Diamond & Pearl)

Ash's always-loving mother. Not much more needs to be said about her. Just let the tropes do the talking.
  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: She gave birth to Ash when she was 18.
  • 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.
    Delia: "Oh, Pikachu! It's so good to see you again, oh you're so cute, I could just hug you all dayoh, hi Ash."
  • 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.
  • Hidden Depths: She was one of Professor Oak's top students when she was in school. Suddenly having to raise a son all on her own suddenly left no time for schoolwork.
  • 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.
  • 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 29 years old when Ash turned 10 and started on his journey as a trainer, meaning she was 19 when he was born.

Officer Jenny (Junsar)
Voiced in Japanese by: Chinami Nishimura
Voiced in English by: Megan Hollingshead, Jamie Davyous Owens, Kayzie Rogers, Maya Rosewood, and Emily Williams
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Mayra Arellano (Seasons 1-6, 13-16), Erica Edwards (Season 7 and Chronicles), Cristina Hernández (seasons 8-11), Betzabe Jara (Season 12), Claudia Contreras (season 17-current), Ana María Grey (Season 1, only in three episodes)

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:

  • 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. Kalosian Jennys have wavy hair tied in a low ponytail, though the uniforms are back to blue.
  • Between My Legs: The shot used when a Jenny first appears in Best Wishes episode 38.
  • Biker Babe: Most of them drive a motorcycle as a preferred vehicle of choice.
  • Busman's Holiday: Viridian Officer Jenny pops up in Eterna City on her day off, right around the same time that a major heist has occurred.
  • Combat Pragmatist: The Jenny in "A Poached Ego", where she instantly beats the poacher Rico by quickly stealing the Poké Ball containing his ace, Tyranitar. In fairness, what he had it do to Team Rocket (both Pokemon and trainers) was more than enough to warrant this resort.
  • 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!"
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Not only did the Jenny attire change throughout later regions, but their default personalities tend to be rather serious and humourless, compared to early episodes where they tended to be more energetic and hammy.
  • Fair Cop: All of them. There's a reason why Brock likes them so much.
  • 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.
  • 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. Brock can tell them apart by other details, such as the length of their skirt.
  • 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. When Serena does it with the Kalos Jenny, Ash remarks, in deadpan, "I knew it..."
  • Playing with Fire: Most Jennies have a Growlithe or Arcanine. Unova Jennies use a Lilipup/Herdier/Stoutland, while Kalos Jennies use Manectric.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Most Jennies use the same Pokémon in a given region, though there are exceptions like 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 play the key part in saving 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.
  • Tomboy And Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Nurse Joy's Girly Girl.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Quite a few, like the one in "An Egg-Sitting Adventure!"
  • The Worf Effect: Prone to being overpowered by the current threat to make Ash's team relevant. They sometimes get to pull a Big Damn Heroes to maintain their competence however.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green. 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".

Nurse Joy
Voiced in Japanese by: Ayako Shiraishi, Kikuko Inoue, and Yuriko Yamaguchi
Voiced in English by: Megan Hollingshead, Bella Hudson, and Michele Knotz
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Mildred Barrera

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:

Todd Snap (Toru)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kappei Yamaguchi
Voiced in English by: Jimmy Zoppi
Voiced in Latin American Spanish: Victor Ugarte

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.
  • Awesome Personnel Carrier: Professor Oak gives the Zero One multipurpose vehicle to Todd in Pokémon Snap. The vehicle can go on land via railway tracks, can travel down rivers, and fly using rocket boosters.
  • The Bus Came Back: For a second 3-parter during the Johto saga.
  • Camera Fiend: As a photographer, he always like to shoot photos.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His skills in photography (and camera) proved vital in gathering evidence against Cassidy and Butch, bringing their breeding centre scheme crashing down.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Basically his entire original appearance, since its purpose was to promote Pokémon Snap.
  • Famed In-Story: Earned a lot of accolades for photographing a live Aerodactyl.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: He travels with Ash's group for a couple of episodes.
  • Non-Action Guy: He is not a trainer.
  • Photo Op with the Dog: Todd tries to do with Pikachu and other Pokémon throughout his appearances.
  • Put on a Bus: In Season 1, and then reappears in Johto.
  • Running Gag: Todd takes photos at the most inappropriate moments.

Jessiebelle (Rumika)

Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Hayashibara
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis (4kids), Michele Knotz (TPCI)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Elena Ramírez (Original Series), Diana Pérez (Diamond & Pearl episode 2), Rebeca Gómez (Diamond & Pearl episode 153)

James's somewhat abusive fiancee chosen by his parents.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: To James, simply because his parents forced him to marry her and he'd rather be with Jessie.
  • All Women Are Doms, All Men Are Subs: She's controlling, has a lot of kinky devices in the basement, and attempts to make James bend to her will.
  • Bastard Girlfriend: Definitely.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Her latest appearance was DP153 which is 571 episodes between her first appearance in the anime and this one (Not counting DP 002 of course).
  • Creepy Child: Even in her youth, she tried to control James.
  • Evil Redhead: Maybe.
  • Gold Digger: Possibly the reason she wants to marry James is for his family's money.
  • Green Thumb: Owns a Vileplume, her only known Pokémon.
  • Identical Stranger: She looks almost exactly like Jessie, except for her hair and her eyes.
  • Meaningful Name: Jessiebelle is essentially a fancy-sounding name for the idiom Jezebel which is a term for an evil, scheming woman. Pretty fitting.
  • Whip It Good: She uses a whip on James in her debut episode.
  • Yandere: Of the non-murderous type, although she is willing to hurt James into obeying her.

Ritchie (Hiroshi)

Voiced in Japanese by: Minami Takayama
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ana Lobo (Original Series), Manuel Díaz (Chronicles)

Professor Felina Ivy (Dr. Uchikido)

Voiced in Japanese by: Keiko Han
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Jacqueline Castañeda (Series), Carola Vásquez (Movie 2)

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.

Casey (Nanako)

Voiced in Japanese by: Nina Kumagaya
Voiced in English by: Kerry Williams
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Rommy Mendoza (Original Series), Gaby Ugarte and Georgina Sánchez (Chronicles)

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.

Harrison (Hazuki)

Voiced in Japanese by: Katsumi Toriumi
Voiced in English by: Wayne Grayson
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Noé Velásquez

One of the participants of the Silver Conference. Originates from Hoenn and was responsible for defeating Ash. 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, whose reception is more divided). This trend continued with his Hoenn Spiritual Successor, Tyson.
  • Attack Reflector: Houndoom's Counter.
  • Canine Companion: Houndoom.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Steelix, a Ground-type
  • 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.
  • Man Bites Man: Houndoom's Bite.
  • Mighty Glacier: Steelix - the highest defense and raw strength (but not the fastest), taking out the much smaller Noctowl. Snorlax's similar constitution counters it.
  • 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.

Duplica (Imite)

Voiced in Japanese by: Orine Fukushima
Voiced in English by: Megan Hollingshead
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Mayra Arellano

A girl who manages her own theater, putting on performances for any travelers who happen to stop by.
  • Ascended Extra: Kind of. While she only made two anime appearances, she showed up in the game Pokémon Zany Cards and the manga The Electric Tale of Pikachu.
  • The Bus Came Back: In EP174.
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: She can swap costumes at the drop of a hat.
  • Costume Copycat: She has a gigantic room filled with clothes that add to her impressions.
  • Ditto Fighter: She owns two Ditto.
  • Expy: She's one for Copycat from the games.
  • Meaningful Name: "Imite" comes from "imitate," and "Duplica" comes from "duplicate".
  • Morphic Resonance: A problem with her first Ditto was that it couldn't Transform into Pokémon properly due to still having the same Ditto face when it transformed (which ironically Jessie fixed by threatening it). Another Ditto could render a perfect transformation...except for its size, which she demonstrated by having it transform into a tiny Onix.
  • Nice Hat: The first time we see her, she's dressed up as Ash with a replica of his hat to match.
  • Voice Changeling: She's able to perfectly immitate the voices of others.

Jigglypuff (Purin)

Voiced in Japanese by: Mika Kanai
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis

A cute, pink, balloon-like Pokémon who becomes a recurring character up until the Hoenn arc. Desiring to sing its 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.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Though it's stated to be female in the Brazilian Portuguese dub, its gender is not made clear in the English or Japanese versions. Most people assume it to be a girl.
  • Attention Whore: It wants someone to listen to its song and will go to any lengths to make itself heard.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Jigglypuff can be pretty scary when it realizes people have fallen asleep. It's even scarier if you take its marker microphone away.
  • Breakout Character: Second only to Pikachu in terms of popularity.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: See Yank the Dog's Chain below.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivered one to a horde of Clefairy for stealing its microphone. With DoubleSlap.
  • The Ditz: It doesn't seem to realize that people and Pokémon are simply incapable of staying awake when it sings and that they are not trying to insult it. It also frequently sings in situations where putting everyone to sleep would be extremely dangerous, and doesn't seem to realize this.
  • The Dreaded: Played for laughs. After a while, Ash and his pals become terrified when this little critter shows up, because they know exactly what it's about to do to them. In its final appearance, Ash, Brock and Pikachu all have "This Is Gonna Suck" reactions when they see it again and keep trying to warn May and Max that its presence is not as fun as it seems.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: To date, it has never found a human or Pokémon who can listen to all of its song without falling asleep.
  • Face Doodling: Resorts to doing this to its sleeping victims whenever angered.
  • Signature Move: Jigglypuff uses Sing as a talent rather than an attack.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: It never did find someone to stay with who could listen to its song all the way: the Whismur in his last appearance (whose Soundproof ability negated the effects of Sing) fell asleep from exhaustion. Naturally, it got cross and left, and hasn't been seen since.

    Anime Exclusive 


Voiced in Japanese by: Yukiji
Voiced in English by: Jimmy Zoppi
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Irwin Daayán

  • Adapted Out: Of Takeshi Shudo's novels. His role is instead filled by a generic bug catcher from the original games.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Owns a Metapod (giant cocoon) and Pinsir (giant beetle).
  • Cool Helmet: His samurai outfit wouldn't be complete without one of those...
  • Cool Sword: ...or one of these. But it's actually a toy.
  • Free-Range Children: Apparently lives in a cabin by himself.
  • Hypocrite: Berates Ash for abandoning his Metapod when he was responsible for the whole mess by interrupting Ash's Weedle capture, and also considering Ash tried his hardest to get back the Metapod.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Repeatedly scolds and berates Ash but comes to respect him when he shows that he can be a competent Pokémon trainer, while even seeing himself as a novice compared to him.
  • No Name Given: He's just called "Samurai".
  • One-Shot Character: The very first!
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Interrupts Ash's capture of a Weedle for a Pokémon battle, which later escalates into a full-on Beedrill attack.
  • Verbal Tic: In the original, he ends every sentence with "de gozaru," which was common in ancient samurai speech.
  • Worthy Opponent: How he regards the other two Pallet trainers, Gary and eventually Ash.

Seymour (Rikao)

Voiced in Japanese by: Tetsuya Iwanaga
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Alfredo Gabriel Basurto

  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Ever since he was a boy he believed that Pokémon came from outer space.
  • Fanboy: Of the Clefairy.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Misty even lampshades this by saying that "He dosen't certanly look like the poetic type." in the English Dub

AJ (Akira)

Voiced in Japanese by: Nobuyuki Hiyama
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Benjamín Rivera

  • Acquired Poison Immunity: His Sandshrew trains by swimming in a pool to help build its resistance to Water-type attacks.
  • Anime Hair: Green in the front, black in the back.
  • The Cameo: A Jr. Trainer and his Sandshrew appear in Pokemon Yellow on the road to Rock Tunnel; defeating him prompts him to mention the need to restart their 100-win streak.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle His Sandshrew easily beats both Ash's Pidgeotto, and Ash's Butterfree, despite the fact that their Flying type are strong against Sandshrew.
    • Later on, his Sandshrew also easily defeats the Terrible Trio's respective Pokémon, and Meowth, even to the point that a single Fisure caused AJ to win by a forfeit.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Sandshrew happens to be his main partner, as well.
  • Killer Rabbit: His Sandshrew is small and cute, and its Fissure attack inflicts a One-Hit KO by causing a small earthquake followed by a fissure.
  • The Rival: To Ash, which is lampshaded by Brock by telling Ash that he's found another rival.
  • Training from Hell: His style of Pokémon training. And it pays off, too.
  • Whip It Good: Uses a whip while training his Pokémon.

Joe (Jun)

Voiced in Japanese by: Rikako Aikawa
Voiced in English by: Kayze Rogers
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Uraz Huerta

  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His Weepienbell is easily beaten by Misty's Starmie despite having Water-type Pokémon being weak against Grass-Type Pokémon.
  • Green Thumb : Trains a Weepinbell.
  • Mythology Gag: He develops battling skills using a Pokémon simulator — not wholly unlike the original Pokémon games.

Giselle (Seiyo Yūtō)

Voiced in Japanese by: Yumi Tōma
Voiced in English by: Annie Pondel
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ana Lucía Ramos

  • The Ace: She's the top student of the Beginner's class of Pokémon Tech (As according to her Badass Boast).
  • Bilingual Bonus: Her name in the dub comes from the greek word meaning "Blessed".
  • Break the Haughty: Ash defeating her was quite the slice of Humble Pie.
  • 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 Pokémon 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. Not to mention it was the only time Brock showed interest in somebody who wasn't an older woman (in the dub, in the Japanese version of the original series, Takeshi tends to imply Jailbait Wait).
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She is constantly bullying the younger students at the academy, including Joe...somewhat. All of her bullying consists of supplying useful tips for trainers, but in the harshest and most back-handed possible way.
  • Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name read as Yūtō Seiyo actually means honor student. Fitting considering how she seems to be a stuck-up know-it-all.
  • Pet the Dog: Consoled her Cubone when it lost to Ash's Pikachu in a battle, telling it that it did a great job.
  • Proud Beauty: "It's sad that others aren't blessed with my beauty"
  • Scissors Cuts Rock: Her Graveler easily beats Misty's Starmie despite having Rock-Type Pokémon being weak against Water-Type Pokémon. Ash later gives her a taste of her own medicine.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Type C.

Melanie (Midori)

Voiced in Japanese by: Mako Hyōdō
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Mayra Arellano

Damien (Daisuke)

Voiced in Japanese by: Hikaru Midorikawa
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein (4Kids), Eli James (BW 116, flashback)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Eduardo Garza

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Seen showing off his large collection of Poké Balls to his gang of friends...and then boasting about how he got rid of Charmander. Some trainer.
  • Evil Brit: In the English Dub, it even went out of its way by showing what a bastard he was.
  • Jerkass: Which is really saying something, because in his first appearance, he left Charmander for dead (that is until Ash, Misty and Brock saved Charmander before its tail flame went out).

Moe (Ryū)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kōichi Kitamura
Voiced in English by: Jimmy Zoppi

  • Cool Old Guy: To an extent, even after his restaurant becomes a success.
  • Dirty Old Man: Made explicitly so in the original Japanese ("I look forward to you in eight years!"); downplayed in the English dub ("You remind me of my granddaughter!").

Brutella and Nastina (Obaba)

Voiced in Japanese by: Chika Sakamoto
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Rommy Mendoza

  • Big Bad: Nastina has the dubious honor of being the first human villain that wasn't Team Rocket.
  • Evil Redhead: They're both pretty rotten people.
  • Humiliation Conga: Nastina's construction is sabotaged, all the buildings she was constructing are demolished, she gets blasted with Horsea ink, and ultimately gets sent flying.
  • Meaningful Name: Interestingly, Brutella's English name comes not from the word brute, but from the Italian word brutta, meaning "ugly." Nastina's name is based on just what we'd expect it to be, though.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Nastina took a shotgun to the Tentacruel attacking the city among other weapons that luckily didn't get edited out in the English Dub. Not that it worked.
  • Rich Bitch: Nastina, who's a hotel manager.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Aside from a slight-color difference as well as differently colored Hair Decorations, they're virtually identical. This is even lampshaded by the Terrible Trio, whom they mistake Nastina for Brutella in the original.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Brutella; the episode she first appears in was initially skipped (being dubbed in the one-off edit which came much later in the anime's run after the questionable content was cut out.) She gets a brief cameo at the end of the following episode, though (which is her only appearance in subsequent airings).

Ghost Of Maidens Peak

Voiced in Japanese by: Michiko Neya
Voiced in English by: Megan Hollingshead
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Jacqueline Castañeda

  • 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, and a old lady who not only forshadows their predicament, but is also a cashier.
  • Gonk: The old lady.
  • 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.
  • Real After All: She really does haunt Maiden's Peak. Gastly was just keeping her legend alive by making it seem more spectacular than it really was.

Arnold (Hajime)

Voiced in Japanese by: Chinami Nishimura
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers

Arnold's Mother (Hajime's Mother)

Voiced in Japanese by: Rikako Aikawa
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers

Anthony (Anoki)

Voiced in Japanese by: Fumihiko Tachiki
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein

Rebecca (Manami)

Voiced in Japanese by: Junko Asami
Voiced in English by: Katrine Blomstrand

Giant (Giant Takada)

Voiced in Japanese by: Unshō Ishizuka
Voiced in English by: Unknown

Dick and Phillip

Voiced in Japanese by: Katsuyuki Konishi (Dick) and Kōsuke Okano (Philip)

Construction Director (Director)

Voiced in Japanese by: Hisao Egawa
Voiced in English by: Ted Lewis
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Carlos Del Campo

  • Didn't Think This Through: Realizing that not only was the dam was getting in the way and that he a victim of circumstance when he was building the dam, he decides to abandon the project and leave the forest alone.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a construction helmet, naturally.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Throughout the episode, he is mainly characterized by his hatred of the Diglett who are messing up his plans to build the Gaiva Dam.


A female Meowth who Meowth fell in love with. His love for her inspired him to walk and tspeak like a human, but she ditches him for a Persian in the end.
  • Alpha Bitch: If Meowth's flashbacks and translating are to be trusted, she's condescending, uptight and crushingly snide.
  • Break the Haughty: Zigzagged. Getting thrown onto the streets took her down a peg, but she soon managed to leach off of other strays, and still looks down on Meowth.
  • The Cameo: Though she never reappeared in person, her likeness was used odd times in Meowth's Imagine Spots such as "Noodles Roamin Off".
  • Cats Are Mean: Her treatment of Meowth, the anime's key antagonist Pokemon, makes him look downright sympathetic.
  • Irony: Initially looked down on Meowth for being an average stray. While Meowth worked himself into being one of the most remarkable Pokémon in the series (and continues doing so), Meowzie got thrown out of her home and reduced to being a stray as she had called him.
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: After she loses her pampered life, she seems to be humbled and asks Meowth to help her gang. When he doesn't play ball however, she makes clear her heart was with Persian the whole time and she continues to label him a freak.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After looking down on Meowth for being a stray, she is released into the streets by her bankrupt owner.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Tries to sweet talk Meowth into helping her gang. When he doesn't play along however, she cuts the act and regains her cruel attitude.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Unlike the other Meowths in the series, she has distinguishing feminine eyes.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Supplies heart crushing ones to Meowth in each meeting.
  • Riches to Rags: After her master became bankrupt, she was left to fend for herself, getting taken in by Meowth's old gang.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She appeared personally in only one episode, mostly via flashback. She is pretty much the entire pivot for Team Rocket's Meowth gaining human sapience however.
  • Spoiled Brat: Meowth never figured she was more interested in being lavished by her owner than having a one of a kind man.

Clefairy Leader

  • Hair Decorations: Wears a flower in its head to distinguish it from the rest of its clan.

Lara Laramie (Fūko Laramie)

Voiced in Japanese by: Yuri Shiratori
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Elena Ramírez

Dario (Dorio)

Voiced in Japanese by: Hiro Yūki
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Eduardo Garza

  • Blow You Away: Trains a Dodrio.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Despite all the crap he pulled to win the race, he still got beaten.
  • Jerkass: He's not above cheating in order to win - or hiring someone to sabotage his opponents (mainly Jessie, James and Meowth).
  • Multiple Head Case: His Dodrio has three heads, which causes problems during the "chow down" portion of the race when they end up fighting over who gets to eat first.
  • The Rival: To Lara.
  • Super Speed: What his Dodrio is known for, and the attribute it exploits in order to be a contender in the race.

Tommy (Tarō)/Tomo (Tarsan)

Voiced in Japanese by: Motoko Kumai
Voiced in English by: Jimmy Zoppi
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Irwin Daayán

Tommy's parents (Mama and Papa)

Voiced in Japanese by: Sachiko Kobayashi (Mama) and Takashi Taguchi (Papa)
Vocied in English by: Tara Jayne (Mother) and Ted Lewis (Papa)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Jacqueline Castañeda (Mother) and Álvaro Tarcicio (Papa)

  • Doting Parent: They nearly sacrificed themselves to protect their son from Team Rocket.
  • Going Native: At the end of the episode, they decide to join him in living with the Kangaskhan herd.
  • Idiot Ball: When Tommy was three, his father apparently thought it would be a good idea to dangle him out the window of a helicopter to give him a better look at the Pokémon. You can guess how well that ended.
  • No Name Given: They're just called "Papa" and "Mama".
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Tommy's father sports a very odd appearance with Skintone Sclerae (before Cilan, even), a small, bulbous nose, a paintbrush mustache and swirl-like markings under his eyes.


Voiced in Japanese by: Taimei Suzuki


Voiced by: Unknown

Chopper (Masa)

Voiced in Japanese by: Katsuyuki Konishi
Voiced in English by: Mathew Miller
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Eduardo Garza

Tyra (Misa)

Voiced in Japanese by: Satoko Kitō
Voiced in English by: Lena Meieran
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Jacqueline Castañeda

Dr. Akihabara

Voiced in Japanese by: Bin Shimada

Eevee Brothers (Sparky (Raizō), Rainer (Mizuki), & Pyro (Atsushi))

Voiced in Japanese by: Katsuyuki Konishi (Raizō), Kentarō Itō (Mizuki), and Kōsuke Okano (Atsushi)
Voiced in English by: Mathew Miller (Sparky and Pyro), and Maddie Blaustein (Rainer)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Benjamín Rivera (Sparky), Carlos Hugo Hidalgo (Rainer), and Alfredo Gabriel Basurto (Pyro)

Mikey (Taichi)

Voiced in Japanese by: Yumi Tōma
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ana Lobo

  • The Team Normal: He prefers the smaller, unevolved Eevee rather than any of its evolutionary forms.


Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein


Voiced in Japanese by: Hiroshi Ōtake
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Álvaro Tarcicio

  • No Name Given - Which is really saying something, because he is a hippie.



Melvin (McGee)

  • Anti-Villain: Type IV, he had no ill intentions and merely wanted people to watch his magic show, albiet via hypnosis. After it ends up backfiring majorly he learns from his mistake.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In his attempt to hypnotize everyone in town into watching his show with an army of Exeggutor, albeit inadvertently because of Team Rocket, he loses control of them and they end up hypnotizing each other.
  • Stage Magician: Well at least he's trying to be one.

Cassandra (Kiyomi)

  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Meowth falls for her, after she gives him medicine to treat his fever.
  • Good Is Dumb: She doesn't seem to understand that Team Rocket are villains. They claim to be a squad of superheroes, which she believes. But she still berates them for treating Meowth badly.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She will scold her own grandmother for frightening people, and she wouldn't stand idly by if she sees trainers abandoning their Pokémon.
  • Interspecies Romance: Meowth hopes to invoke this.
  • Nice Girl: The reason she helps Meowth.
  • The Medic: She's a Pokémon herbalist.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "You're super losers if you'd leave behind a sick Pokémon!"

Cassandra's Grandmother


James's Parents

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: See the info on Jessibelle for the gap between "Holy Matrimony!" and "The Treasure is all Mine!", because this also applies to them.
  • Parental Neglect: They practically force their son into an abusive relationship with Jessibelle upon his return. They're not even concerned when he's being chased around and being whipped into submission.

Keith (Keita)

Fiorello Cappucino (Takuya)

Timmy (Manabu)


Entrance Exam Instructor

Oswald (Hirata)

Stella (Atsuko)

  • Jerkass: Towards Mr. Mime, at first.

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.

Victor (Vincent)


Florinda Showers (Lindow Murasame)

Potter (Iwakaze)

  • Cannot Spit It Out: Potter has a hard time confessing his feelings, partly because of the class difference between him and Florinda.
  • Everyone Can See It: It's fairly obvious that he loves Florinda anyway.

Katrina (Katsuko)

Eve (Hokuto)

  • The B Grade: She got an A- once.
  • Child Prodigy: Exaggerated. She was getting degrees in archeology as a child.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: She found the Unearthly Urn, which contained a giant, aggressive Alakazam. It mind-controlled her into opening it.
  • Stealing the Credit: Ash and Brock accidentally unearthed Pokémopolis and Eve took the credit, though it may have had more to do with her being caught up in the moment rather than any ulterior motive.

Otoshi (Saizo)

Mandi (Komu)

Pete Pebbleman (Seiji)

  • Stone Wall: His Cloyster's only known move is Withdraw. It seems to work at first, but Kingler just keeps hammering away until its shell cracks.
  • Playing with Fire: His Arcanine knows Fire Blast, which at that point was the strongest Fire-type move.
  • The Worf Effect: Has his Arcanine use Dragon Rage to take out Ash's Kingler.

Melissa (Yoshiki)

Jeanette Fisher (Kaoruko)

  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Has a Scyther and a Beedrill.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Her use of Bellsprout as her last Pokémon seemed a desperate move...Right until he inflicted a Curb-Stomp Battle on Ash's Bulbasaur (that had just finished defeating two of her Pokémon), 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 Pokémon).
  • Green Thumb: Uses a Bellsprout in battle.
  • Hair Decorations: A large yellow ribbon.
  • Oh Crap!: Has this when Ash brings out Muk.
  • Sword Beam: Scyther's version of Swift works by flinging arcs of green energy off its blades.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She carries the appearance of one.

Assunta (Sayuri)

  • Second Prize: She defeats Richie and a silhouette that looks a lot like her is visible at the second place position during the awards ceremony.

Professor Ivy's Assistants (Faith (Konami) Hope (Tsunami) and Charity (Minimi))

Three Punks


Mateo (Isao)

Umberto (Tadokoro)



Roger (John)

Len (Koji)


Marina (Tsubaki)

Ruby (Nana)






Ethan (Ford)

Mayor of Trovitopolis (Mayor of Big City)

Mahri (Marie)

Tad (Hide)

Gulzar (Junji)

Travis (Koji)

Sheldon (Manger)

Dr. Quincy T. Quackenpoker (Midorikawa)

Captain Crook (Debo)

Scuz (Ghali)

Poncho (Django)

Woodruff (Morio)

Rochelle (Hiiragi)

Hagatha (Mrs. Suzu) and Nagatha (Mrs. Kane)

  • Berserk Button: They don't like being told they're not beautiful.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Their headbands are different colors.
  • True Sight: Their Hoothoot know Foresight which they use to guide travelers through the forest and dispel the illusions created by the resident Ghost Pokémon..

Bailey (Hikaru)

The Black Arachnid (The Phantom Thief Nekohachi)

  • Hairpin Lockpick: His Meowth could do this with its claws.
  • Phantom Thief: Was infamous as one until he was caught by an Officer Jenny of a previous generation and her Spinarak.

Madame Muchmoney (Kaneyo)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kazuyo Yanaga
Voiced in English by: Carol Jacobanis

Madame Muchmoney was into spoiling her Snubbull. Snubbull got sick of it and ran away. Madame Muchmoney would spend a season and a half searching for her.

Snubbull-Granbull (Bull-Granbull)

Voiced in Japanese by: Rikako Aikawa
Voiced in English by: Jerry Lobozzo (Snubbull), Rikako Aikawa (Granbull)

A wayward Pokémon with a taste for Meowth's tail and an aversion to the life of luxury she escaped from. Followed Team Rocket through half of Johto.

Arielle (Makoto)

Zachie (Sho)

Ms. Priscilla (Sayuri)

Wilhomena (Miyuki)

  • Fragile Flower: Because of it's pampered lifestyle, her Marill is extremely sensitive and prone to crying outbursts. Thanks to Misty, it becomes tougher at the end of the episode.
  • Making a Splash: She owns a Marill. A very sensitive one.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: Wilhomena carries a yellow one around.
  • Ship Tease: Out of all the girls Brock has hit on, Wilhomena is notable for being the first one to ever return his affections. There's a lot of moments in her episode.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Wilhomena comes from a rich, pampered background and is rather spoiled, but is overall nice and friendly.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is green.

Sonrisa (Chisato)

Cyrus (Tamaki)

Mariah (Azusa)

Mr. Parker AKA Gligarman (Nagai)

Latoya Parker (Yuka)

Mary (Karen)




Koji (Yuji)

Sylvester (Naoto)


Benny (Teru)

  • Small Role, Big Impact: Only appeared in one episode, but he was the trainer who traded Jessie his Wobbuffet.

Fernando (Mitsuji)

Olesia (Sanae)


Trixie (Hibari)

Dr. Wiseman (Torigai)


Mrs. Bellows (Otane)


Milton (Howard)


Marie (Tsukasa)

Foster (Satake)

Malachi (Watari)


Dr. Anna (Anna)


Kenzo (Genzō)

Shiro (Jirō)


Andreas (Tokio)

Zane (Hibiki)

Temacu (Himeka)

Old Man Shuckle (Old Man Tsubo)

  • Green Thumb: Has a Bellsprout named Spoopy (Pochi in the original) that knows Vine Whip.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: He's barely waist-height with Ash and Brock when standing next to them.
  • Palette Swap: Has a purple Shuckle, which converts berries into a liquid that attracts Pokémon. The coloration is justified due to the shiny version of Shuckle being purple instead of blue in the generation II games.
  • Super Strength: His Bellsprout can lift boulders.

Alex Davis (Nobou)

  • Confusion Fu: His Alakazam has seven different moves, four of which are attacks that are each a different type. Pity it doesn't work.
  • Psychic Powers: Has an Alakazam that knows Psychic.
  • The Worf Effect: His defeat by Gary was mostly to show off the Dark type's immunity to Psychic moves.

Benji (Shirō)

Benji's Father (Shirō's Father)

Wobbuffet Festival Crashers (Tsuyoshi, Tetsuya, and Hisashi)

Lulu (Haru)


Annie (Sachiko)




Zachary Evans (Hiroto)

Mr. Evans (Akito)

Ephraim (Minoru)

Charmaine (Anju)

Mareep Farmer

Infernando (Burasuke)

  • Breath Weapon: He's based on the Firebreather trainers from the games.
  • Con Man: His treasure detector works like the Itemfinder from the games, but all it finds is junk.
  • From a Certain Point of View: His fake treasure detector actually does find James's definition of treasure, anyway.

Gan Gogh (Loch)



Peggy (Koyuki)

Rory (Mikio)

Ramona (Haruka)

Keegan (Yutaka)

Bucky (Kiichi)

Timothy (Hiroki)

Goneff (Mysterious Thief Golonya)


Shonosuke (Master Shonosuke)

Simon (Lang)

Simon's Father (Lang's Father)

'''Phony Pokémon interpreters"

Tierra (Natsuki)

Jack Pollockson (Keith Basquiat)

Temacu (Himeka)

Temacu's Father (Himeka's Father)


Mackenzie (Isami)

Mackenzie's Father (Isami's Father)

Skyler (Tobio)


Brad Van Darn (Brad Kitao)

Vitzo (Boyd)

Pietra (Eriko)

Madison (Elle) and Alexa (Lisa)

Myron (Hassaku)

    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 note ) 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.
  • Leitmotif: Played with. Expectedly, an arrangement of the Red, Blue and Yellow's gym battle theme is used in the anime, though is more directly linked to Determinator moments. As such though, it is still played during a few gym battles.
  • 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.

Pewter Gym

Forrest (Jiro)

Voiced in Japanese by: Romi Park
Voiced in English by: Andy Rannells (4Kids), Joanna Burns (current).
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Eduardo Garza (Chronicles), Héctor Emmanuel Gómez (Advance Generation)

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.

Flint (Muno)

Voiced in Japanese by: Takaya Hashi
Voiced in English by: Ted Lewis and Eric Stuart (4Kids), Rodger Parsons (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Martín Soto (Original Series), Alfonso Ramírez (Chronicles), Alfredo Gabriel Basurto (Advance Generation)

Brock's father, who helped Ash's Pikachu to become stronger and he kept the Gym running while Brock was travelling until his second son Forrest took over.
  • Adapted Out: Nowhere to be seen or mentioned (by name) in the novelization, which mentions that Brock's numerous brothers and sisters are only his half-siblings. It's worth noting that the novel is fairly revisionist in its depiction of events, so make of that what you will.
  • 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: Rock-Type specialist. His Golem is proof of this.
  • Epic Fail: In a battle to decide the fate of the Pewter gym, Flint uses his Golem...on a battlefield that was a pool of water. Obviously, Lola didn't have to put too much effort into winning the battle...
  • Eyes Always Shut: Passed this on to all his kids.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Apparently, Brock takes his weakness for girls from him, although this was only shown around Lola.
  • One Steve 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.

Lola (Mizuho)

Voiced in Japanese by: Mako Hyoudou
Voiced in English by: Carol Jacobanis (4Kids), Annie Silver (current)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Patricia Acevedo (Chronicles), Gabriela Gómez (Advance Generation)

Brock's mother, who has attempted several times to turn the Gym into a Water-Type Gym.
  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Despite being the mother of teenage Brock and nine other children, she looks like she could be in her early twenties at best.
  • Cat Smile: A more subtle example, as only the corners of her upper lip curl upwards. It gives her more of a childish expression than specifically resembling a cat.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: The dub claimed she was dead, then she appeared later with nary an explanation or even a Hand Wave.
  • Making a Splash: She specializes in Water-Types and has attempted several times to turn the Gym into a Water-Type Gym.
  • Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name, Mizuho, contains the characters for mizu, which means "water".
  • Missing Mom: Until she suddenly came back...with every intent of remodelling the Gym, against the wishes of pretty much her entire family.
  • Really Gets Around: According to the novels by Takeshi Shudo, her many children are the product of numerous marriages and relationships which ended in divorce.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Flint.
  • Social Services Does Not Exist: Or else she (and even her husband) would have already received a call from them a long time ago.

Cerulean Gym

Daisy (Sakura)

Voiced in Japanese by: Rei Sakuma
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Jacqueline Castañeda (Season 1), Rossy Aguirre (Season 5)

Misty's eldest sister. Got a large role in two of the Chronicles specials, proving surprisingly popular in the process.
  • Adventure Couple: With Tracey, although there's no clear indication they're an actual couple.
  • An Ice Person: Dewgong is an actual ice type, and her Luvdisc uses Ice Beam.
  • Bifauxnen: She's the "handsome prince" in the water show from the first season.
  • Brainless Beauty: 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.
  • 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: Water-type gym leader.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her blonde hair has waist length.
  • 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.
  • Smash 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?
  • 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.
  • Tomboy And Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Misty's Tomboy.

Violet (Ayame) & Lily (Botan)

Voiced in Japanese by: Tomoko Kawakami (Ayame), Yoko Asada (Botan)
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis (Violet), Megan Hollingshead (Lily)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Rommy Mendoza (Violet), Christine Byrd (Lily)

The middle siblings in Misty's family. Share several tropes with Daisy (above).
  • Ballet: Violet is stated to be taking lessons in preparation for a stint as a model at the start of "A Date with Delcatty".
  • Big Sister Bully: Though not so much "bullies" as insensitive and over-teasing, rather. Lily in particular, being the second youngest.
  • Floral Theme Naming: "Violet" and "Lily".

Lt. Surge (Mathis)

Voiced in Japanese by: Fumihiko Tachiki
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gerardo Vásquez

  • Adaptational Villainy: In the original games, he was a genuinely patriotic, if somewhat boastful, Flavor 1 Eaglelander. Here, he's just a flat-out bully. Even his Yellow Version counterpart is comparatively more mellow than that.
  • Adapted Out: He doesn't have Voltorb or Pikachu like he does in Red and Blue and the remakes. Averted in Yellow.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Pats Ash's head when he announces himself as the next gym challenger.
  • The Brute: Surge is practically the largest human in the anime; his fighting style with his Raichu also reflects this.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Given that his VA is female in the Dub.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Though it's more of a healthy tan.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Possibly, judging by his attitude towards strength and power.
  • Eagleland: Flavor 2. His new-earned respect for Ash (after defeating him) shows some Flavor 1, though - he's a bit of both with emphasis on the 2nd.
  • Graceful Loser: All Gym Leaders tend to be this in the anime, but even now Surge's attitude made him the most surprising of the bunch.
  • Gratuitous English: In the original Japanese.
  • Jerkass: Insults Ash and his Pikachu, calling them weak and worthless. He softens a little when they defeat him.
  • Large and in Charge: Is abnormally tall in the anime. Assuming his Raichu is drawn to scale, his height would be over eight feet.
  • Precision F-Strike: Lets off a "Goddamn!" in the Japanese version.
  • Shock and Awe: Raichu is Electric-type.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Surge is also remembered as the first Gym Leader who didn't just give Ash a badge for a random good deed.

Sabrina (Natsume)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kae Araki
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Dulce Guerrero, Mayra Arellano (her doll self)


Voiced in Japanese by: Kyoko Hikami
Voiced in English by: Leah Applebaum
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Mariana Ortiz

  • Adaptational Villainy: Downplayed example, but Erika almost ended Ash's journey to the Pokemon league simply for insulting her perfume passively. Though when he proves resilient about it, she does submit to a battle and after he saves Gloom, she proves quite friendly (especially considering he got it in danger in the first place).
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: From black hair in the games to blue. Perhaps as a Mythology Gag, her disguise as a store owner does have black hair however.
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: Being very sensitive about perfume, talking about it in a negative manner is not only enough to earn her ire and violent dismissal, but also indirectly get banned from her gym, as Ash had learned the hard way.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Towards Ash. She initially thinks Ash is callous due to hating perfume and his supposedly harsh treatment of his Pokemon. Then he risks his life to save her beloved Gloom.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Apparently thinks that badmouthing her perfume shop is enough reason to ban 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.
  • Sensory Overload: Her main pokemon is Gloom, which invokes this with its horrible smell. This poses a problem Ash, as said smell is bad enough to knock Pokemon out.
  • Team Rocket Wins: Actually fell victim to a rare instance, as the trio blasted her gym on fire and stole her perfume (only an essence of it however, namely Gloom's, which they did not appreciate). Since Ash had indirectly helped them trying to get into Gym, he took this badly.
  • 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, submissive type and instead of arranging flowers, she battles with them.

Koga (Kyou)

Voiced in Japanese by: Hochu Otsuka
Voiced in English by: Stan Hart
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Enrique Cervantes (Original Series), Jorge Badillo (Best Wishes flashback)

  • Adapted Out: An extreme case, as none of his Pokémon in Red and Blue and the remakes match his anime team. Averted/subverted when Yellow is considered, as he has a Venomoth that evolved from Venonat on-screen.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Towards Aya, his younger sister.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Venonat/Venomoth's is a giant gnat/moth.
  • Flight: Both Venomoth and Golbat.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Lampshaded by Misty.
    • Actually she called his younger sister Aya out on this. Though Koga's anime attire still wasn't particularly shady.
  • Poisonous Person: He specialises in Poison types.

Blaine (Katsura)

Voiced in Japanese by: Toshiya Ueda
Voiced in English by: Michael Haigney
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Bardo Miranda

  • Adapted Out: One of the most extreme example of all the Kanto Gym Leaders. None of the Pokémon in Red and Blue and the remakes match his anime team. In Yellow, the only Pokémon he has from the anime is Ninetales. In GSC and the remakes, the only Pokémon he has from the anime is Magmar.
  • Bald of Awesome: Though he wears a wig much of the time (possibly vanity), he proudly displays his bald pate to Ash once he's been defeated.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Rhydon is a Ground/Rock type.
  • Horn Attack: Rhydon's Horn Drill.
  • Mythology Gag: A subtle one with his disguise: take away his wig and balding hair, keep the glasses and paint the fake mustache white. You get videogame Blaine! Justified since his design had reportedly changed several times during the development of the games.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Not another riddle!"
  • Playing with Fire: He specialises in Fire types.
  • Stealth Mentor: Blaine revealed it is not only a gym leader's job to test battle competence, but their judgment as owners of Pokémon, stating gym leaders may indeed disqualify trainers if they push their Pokémon past the limit.
  • Use Your Head: Magmar's Skull Bash.

    Kanto Elite Four 

Lorelei (Kanna)/Prima

Voiced in Japanese by: Maria Kawamura
Voiced in English by: Jessica Calvello
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gaby Willert

  • Adaptational Curves: In the Anime and Pokémon Puzzle League for the N64. See Hotter and Sexier below.
  • Adaptation Name Change: See Dub Name Change below.
  • An Ice Person: 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" so 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: She is admired by Misty because of her Water-Type Pokémon.
  • 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.

Bruno (Shiba)

Voiced in Japanese by: Toshiyuki Morikawa
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Carlos Hugo Hidalgo

  • Badass Normal: Doesn't even use a single Pokémon to stop a giant rampaging fact, we only see one of his other Pokémon, Hitmonchan, for about five seconds early into the episode.
  • 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 and quickly becomes a Rebuilt Pedestal instead.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: His strength and agility does slightly border on being superhuman.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His Onix is Rock-type.
  • 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.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: Subverted. Brock thinks he was doing this, but in reality Bruno just wanted some chores done.

Agatha (Kikuko)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kazuko Sugiyama
Voiced in English by: Allyson Johnson
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gabriela Gómez

Lance (Wataru)

Voiced in Japanese by: Susumu Chiba
Voiced in English by: Wayne Grayson
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Enzo Fortuny (Original Series), Victor Ugarte and Héctor Emmanuel Gómez (Advance Generation)

Champion of the Elite Four.

    Orange Islands Gym Leaders 

Cissy (Atsumi)

Voiced in Japanese by: Miki Nagasawa
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Laura Torres

Danny (Dan)

Voiced in Japanese by: Yasunori Matsumoto
Voiced in English by: Jim Malone
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Yamil Atala

Rudy (Ziggy)

Voiced in Japanese by: Ryo Horikawa
Voiced in English by: Matthew Mitler
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Victor Ugarte

Luana (Ruriko)

Voiced in Japanese by: Mami Koyama
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Elena Ramírez

Drake (Yuji)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kouji Yusa
Voiced in English by: Scottie Ray
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Yamil Atala

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.
  • Beam-O-War: His Gengar and Ash's Lapras get into one. It ends in a double knock-out, the first one in the series.
  • Ditto Fighter: In the first round of six-on-six battling, Drake's Ditto takes on Ash's Pikachu. Pikachu wins, because it has more stamina.
Ash: They can copy Pikachu, but there's nothing like the real thing!
  • 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 

Falkner (Hayato)

Voiced in Japanese by: Akira Ishida
Voiced in English by: Matthew Mitler
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Eduardo Garza

  • 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 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.
  • 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.

Bugsy (Tsukushi)

Voiced in Japanese by: Hiromi Ishikawa
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: María Fernanda Morales

  • Achilles' Heel: His Scyther can use Swords Dance to create the perfect shield from Fire type attacks... except those coming from directly above, which Ash exploits to defeat him.
  • Adapted Out: His Kakuna in the games is replaced with a Spinarak in the anime.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies:He raises Bug type Pokémon, bigger than normal bugs.

Whitney (Akane)

Voiced in Japanese by: Yuko Miyamura
Voiced in English by: Megan Hollingshead
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Liliana Barba

  • Ascended Meme: Rarely was there ever a player who didn't get through her Clefairy on the first try, only to have their entire team clobbered by Miltank. Guess what happened to Ash the first time they battled?
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She seems silly and playful, and her Nidorina and Clefairy go down quickly, but she's still the only Johto Gym Leader who Ash ever actually lost against (his first bout with Clair was interrupted by Team Rocket's thievery, so it doesn't technically count despite her having the edge).

Morty (Matsuba)

Voiced in Japanese by: Masaya Matsukaze
Voiced in English by: Andrew Rannells
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Arturo Mercado Jr. (Season 3), Rolando de la Fuente (Season 5)

  • The Bus Came Back: Returned in "For Ho-Oh The Bells Toll".
  • Psychic Powers: Ghastly's Confusion and Haunter's Hypnosis.
  • 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.
  • Soul Power:He uses Ghost type Pokémon.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Though unlike most examples, Morty mastered this through practice rather than inherent talent.
  • The Stoic: He doesn't show an excess of emotion and mostly expresses himself with controlled smiles or frowns.

Chuck (Shijima)

Voiced in Japanese by: Nobuaki Kakuda
Voiced in English by: Dan Green
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Luis Alfonso Padilla

Jasmine (Mikan)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yumi Kakazu
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne and Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gaby Ugarte

  • Adapted Out: Sort of. She only uses one Magnemite in the anime, rather than two like in the games.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the games, she's really shy and has trouble speaking. In the episode "Nerves of Steelix" of the anime, she jumps off from a cliff straight onto her Steelix's head, and doesn't even show a scratch. She's also a very aggresive Pokémon trainer, something you would never think of when playing the games. She's still a nice, cute girl outside of battle, though.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a cute, gentle girl, but don't let that fool you. She doesn't hesitate to try and wipe out Ash's Pokémon party with her almighty Steelix. And even that of Flint from the Sinnoh Elite Four.
  • Big Damn Heroes: For once, Team Rocket succesfully kidnap Ash's Pikachu near Olivine City, and Ash can't do anything about it. Seems like Jessie, James and Meowth are being thrown a bone after all these episodes, right? Wrong! Suddenly, a Steelix appears out of nowhere to stop these guys on their feet. Right after that, Jasmine joins in by making a jump that would destroy any normal person's legs and orders Steelix to send Team Rocket flying with an overpowered Iron Tail attack. Ash gets Pikachu back and thanks Jasmine, who reminds him there's a heated battle awaiting both of them back at the gym.
  • 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.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: She trains Steel types.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a pair of cute, spiked pigtails pointing upward. Always pointing upward, no matter the pose or situation. She uses orange orbs to set them in place. These orbs being orange is no coincidence: Jasmine's name in Japanese is Mikan, which means "orange".
  • Hello, Nurse!: It's implied in-universe that a chunk of the trainer community sees her as a good-looking gym leader, because she's nicknamed as "the fighting beauty" or something along those lines. Apart from the alias, no one ever comments on her beauty, though (besides Brock, that is).
  • Hot-Blooded: Depending on the situation. She's calm and polite most of the time, but when it comes to a Pokémon battle, it's like someone put her on flames. She seems a totally different person.
  • Made of Iron: She seems unfazed when she jumps on top of her Steelix's hard head from a cliff. But what did you expect? Her specialty is Steel types.
  • Rapunzel Hair: In contrast with Whitney, Jasmine has quite the curtain of brown hair behind her. It goes past her waist, and sometimes it even reaches her butt. It not only has a large length, but a big volume as well, as demonstrated in the episode "Nerves of Steelix": when Magnemite is thrown all the way back to the gym wall, Jasmine's hair is completely blown around, giving quite the show, even if briefly.
  • Recurring Character: She appeared multiple times in Johto, and even had a guest appearance in Sinnoh (to correspond with her cameo in the games).
  • Sempai/Kohai: As a gym leader, Jasmine's duty is to teach Janina, a very young Pokémon trainer, how to battle. Janina is enthusiastic about connecting with her Onix so they can battle effectively, but completely misunderstands one of Jasmine's teachings: she thought Jasmine wanted her to eliminate Onix's weakness against water with wax, instead of talking with him so they could come up with proper defense strategies. When Jasmine notices this, she gets pretty angry, which stands out in comparison with her depressed state in the episode "Fight for the Light". Fortunately, Janina eventually understands what Jasmine was talking about and makes a strong connection with Onix to defeat Team Rocket. This appears to settle things between master and student.
  • Shrinking Violet: Played with. She only acts hesitant and reserved when her Ampharos is sick (that is, in the episode "Fight for the Light"). In the other episodes, she's surprisingly outgoing and even aggresive when it comes to Pokémon battles.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Puns aside, she's an elegant Girly Girl with the willpower to slaughter any Pokémon trainer she comes across. Even if they're supposed to be stronger than her (Flint from Sinnoh's Elte 4).
  • Woman in White: Her clothes consist of a white sundress with a big white bow at chest level, and white sandals. This emphasizes her feminine appearance and personality. However, this is only true in the Johto seasons: she changes her outfit in Sinnoh, averting the trope.

Pryce (Yanagi)

Voiced in Japanese by: Motomu Kiyokawa
Voiced in English by: Jimmy Zoppi
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: César Arias

Clair (Ibuki)

Voiced in Japanese by: Yuko Mita
Voiced in English by: Megan Hollingshead
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Liliana Barba (Original Series), Maggie Vera (Best Wishes)