Characters: Pokémon Anime - Original Series

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    Ash's Pokémon (Original Series

All Of Them:

  • Ambiguous Gender: Since certain mechanics hadn't been introduced yet (and Attract wasn't even used until Diamond and Pearl) viewers needed to rely on hinting to determine the genders of most of Ash's Pokémon. Of all of them, Butterfree is male, Charizard and Totodile are all-but-stated to be male & Bayleef is female, though some of the others at least seem pretty obvious.
  • Back for the Finale: Twice, with Battle Frontier's "Gathering The Gang of Four" (marking the first time Ash's original team 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/Ridiculously Cute Critter: Majority of his un-evolved Pokémon. Some remain cute even after evolution (Bayleef and Quilava, we're looking at you).
  • Badass Crew
  • Berserk Button: Pretty much goes for ANY of Ash's Pokémon. Attack Ash directly and his Pokémon will beat the crap out of you (unless you have more powerful Pokémon for protection, of course). But Charizard and Pikachu are the ones you should really fear.
  • The Cameo: All note  of them appearing in Spurt!, most notably the enormous Team Shot at the beginning.
  • Deus Exit Machina: One way to Handwave Ash's tendency to leave his mons behind, but The Original Series was the worst about it. None of the Mons released during the Kanto saga have returned (to this day), and Johto was when Ash sent away the Kanto starters for various reasons (granted, they've all still technically his Pokemon and have returned multiple times for big battles). Charizard is actually now back permanently.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Any and all of his Pokémon that evolved.
  • True Companions

Kanto Region

Caterpie-Metapod-Butterfree (Caterpie-Trancell-Butterfree)

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

  • All Webbed Up: Knows String Shot.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Giant worm/cocoon/butterfly.
  • Blow You Away: Knows Whirlwind.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: And, fortunately, he gets his mate in the end.
  • Flight: Butterfree
  • The Heart: The most gentle of the original gang.
  • 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.
  • Pretty Butterfly
  • 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, often as Butterfree.
  • Standard Status Effects: The few times Butterfree has been used in battle (notably in the Cerulean Gym battle), he prefers to use this kind of tactic.
  • 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.
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: Butterfree's secondary type.

Pidgeotto-Pidgeot (Pigeon-Pigeot)

  • Blow You Away: Knows Whirlwind and Gust.
  • The Cameo: Made an appearance as a Pidgeotto in Charizard's flashback, with Pidgeot's plummage in the original airing.
  • 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.
  • Death or Glory Attack: Learned Double-Edge somewhere along the line. It helped it beat a Rhydon.
  • Flight
  • Razor Wings: Knows Wing Attack.
  • 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. Unfortunately, it also became a case of...
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The most egregious case. Why couldn't the writers pass even just a simple cameo whenever, y'know, Ash drops by Pallet Town, which is very close to Pidgeot's turf? Especially when Ash promised to come back for it after the Orange Islands saga?
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: Their type.

Bulbasaur (Fushigidane)

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

  • Badass: Bulbasaur is repeatedly shown to be one of the team's more competent fighters, about as good as Charizard in this department.
  • Big Brother Instinct: The unofficial protector of the "Hidden Village", a haven for abandoned Pokémon.
  • 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.
  • Declaration of Protection: Of Melanie and the Pokémon of the "Hidden Village", though he gives it up to follow Ash.
  • Determinator: Something Ash calls on when battling Brandon's Solrock.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Knows Dig.
  • 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.
  • Gradual Grinder: Knows Leech Seed.
  • Green Thumb: Grass-type.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Squirtle, with shades of Vitriolic Best Buds.
  • Instant Sedation: Sleep Powder.
  • Not Allowed To Evolve: Averted as Bulbasaur doesn't WANT to evolve.
  • The Power of the Sun: Knows Solarbeam.
  • The Reliable One: Notable distinction of traveling with Ash longer than any other pokemon, 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.
  • 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 pokemon 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.

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)

  • 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. See Deus Exit Machina below.
  • 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.
  • Badass: Charizard is THE most badass thing in the whole anime. He not only swept half of Gary's team at the Johto League, which includes a Golem and a Blastoise, pokemon who have a serious type advantage over him, he has faced down Entei, Mewtwo, Articuno, and several other legendary Pokémon and has at least tied with them and in some cases (Articuno) BEATEN them.
  • Bash Brothers: With Pikachu, after some initial difficulty. Also with Ash's Pignite later on.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Knows Submission and Seismic Toss.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Charizard blocking two Steel Wings from a LEGENDARY Pokémon, all while he's already battered and nearly beaten. What's that old saying again? A picture's worth a thousand words, right?
  • Berserk Button: Don't mock The Power of Friendship in front of him.
  • The Berserker: Averted later on.
  • The Big Guy: The muscle of the original gang.
  • Bodyguard Crush: The next time he appeared after being Put on a Bus, Charizard has wooed the same female Charizard that oh-so-easily curbstomped him before, and is now her bodyguard; the relationship is even explicitly stated as thus.
  • Break the Haughty: In "Charizard's Burning Ambition".
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Pretty much defines Charizard, who sleeps when the fight isn't interesting enough, but can easily kick some asses. He got better.
  • Broken Pedestal: Charmander could very well be one of Pokémon's earliest examples of Undying Loyalty...until Ash and friends finally convince him how much of a douche his original trainer really is.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: After Character Development. Do NOT mess with Ash or the rest of the team around him. He will end you.
  • The Bus Came Back: He's back as of BW116 and for the remainder of Best Wishes.
  • Character Development:
  • Death Glare: Knows Leer.
  • Death or Glory Attack: Knows Overheat.
  • Determinator: "Charizard Chills" is basically an entire episode of him being this trope.
  • Deus Exit Machina: In the early seasons, lest we forget. His arrogance removed him from many fights Ash needed him for. It did make his actual battles stand out, of course.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Beating the pulp out of Noland's Articuno.
  • The Ditz: As a Charmander.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: In the first movie, towards Mewtwo.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In the first movie, the first thing he does is try to attack Mewtwo, without even a moment's hesitation.
  • Evolving Attack: Seismic Toss starts off with a over-the-shoulder throw, then a traditional Type B Meteor Move, before finally settling for the Spinning Piledriver.
  • Extra Ore Dinary: Knows Steel Wing.
  • Fast Tunnelling: He can use his Dragon Tail this way.
  • 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.
  • Finishing Move: Whenever Charizard comes into play, you can always expect him to deliver Seismic Toss to finish off his opponents.
  • Flight: Charizard
  • Flying Firepower
  • Fountain of Expies: And how: Sceptile, Infernape, Mamoswine, Krookodile, Excadrill and Dragonite. All very powerful Pokémon in Ash's group that end up having to overcome some kind of problem with their trainer.
    • Any and all Fire-type starters owned by Ash (except Cyndaquil, but the other Trainer who wanted it didn't seem too kind) will have Charizard's basic abusive former trainer origin.
  • Genius Bruiser: He knows more attacks than any of Ash's Pokémon and has managed to defeat a lot of Ash's toughest foes.
  • Genre Savvy: When he starts hearing Jigglypuff's song, he immediately covers his ears. This ends up saving Ash's life, because Charizard was able to catch him as he fell from the sky.
  • Handshake Substitute: Brofists with Ash when he returns in BW116.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: in one filler episode, Ash asks his Pokémon to hide in a mansion's garden to stand guard for thieves. While the others manage to find decent hiding places, Charizard...just poses as a statue. Apparently, he can stay still for a long time really well...
  • Incoming Ham: Usually gives off a Mighty Roar to signal his arrival.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Pokemon, 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.
  • Megaton Punch: Supposedly knows Mega Punch - Ash called it at one point, but Charizard never used it.
  • Mundane Utility: The first thing Charmander does under Ash's care is in "Here Comes the Squirtle Squad", to act as a torch when inside a cave.
    • Recently used his new Dragon Tail to dig.
  • No Sell: Iris's Dragonite's attacks didn't even scratch the guy.
  • Not So Different: He and Ash were both pretty arrogant starting out. Both experience Character Development after a session of Break the Haughty. Which of course goes a long way towards explaining why he refused to obey for so long. As seen in Pet the Dog below, Charizard never hated Ash - he simply disrespected him.
  • Our Dragons Are Different
  • 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.
  • Playing with Fire
  • Power Up Let Down: He learns Overheat and Steel Wing during both appearances in the Battle Frontier, but neither one was able to help give him the victory.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Charizard displays this behavior constantly. Perhaps the only Pokémon who does, anyways.
  • Rated M for Manly
  • 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 and up until the Orange Island saga.
  • Tail Slap: Knows Dragon Tail.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: Charizard's secondary type.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Water: 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 Pokemon franchise's biggest icons.
  • The Worf Effect: Thank goodness Charizard is here to help Ash face Brandon. This match should be a piece of cake with his help, right? RIGHT?
  • 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)

  • Bubble Gun: Knows Bubble and Bubble Beam.
  • Cool Triangle Shades: He seemingly keeps his signature sunglasses in his shell.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Flipping Helpless: A recurring weakness in his battles. He usually recovers for a comeback, but other times...
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Making a Splash
  • Not Allowed To Evolve: 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 Pokemon (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.
  • Turtle Power
  • Use Your Head: Knows Skull Bash.
  • Worthy Opponent: The leader of Team Wartortle, a rival fire-fighting squad.

Krabby-Kingler (Crab-Kingler)

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

Haunter (Ghost)

Voiced in Japanese by: Toshiyuki Morikawa
Voiced in English by: Ted Lewis

Primeape (Okorizaru)

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

Muk (Betbeton)

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

Tauros (30) (Kentauros)

  • Ass Shove: In "Second Time's the Charm"; you can thank a swarm of Beedrill for that.
  • Call Back: The "Beginner's Luck" strategy, which won Ash his first match at the Indigo League, was later brought up in his Orange League battle against Drake. Both battles involve, as the name suggests, a Pokémon that he has never even used before (Krabby and Tauros, respectively).
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Knows Fissure.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Knows Double Team.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: All 30 of them were caught in a 4Kids-banned episode.
  • Gentle Giant: Stampeding aside, Tauros are very mild-manner - the Pokédex entry in "The Legend of Dratini" states that they are so gentle, they will only attack if provoked, and Ash's Tauros repeatedly demonstrate(s) this.
  • Horn Attack
  • Irony: Whenever Ash was trying to capture another Pokémon, the Tauros would always get in the way of the capture by stampeding in front of him. Rinse and repeat until Ash used up all his Safari Balls. Keep in mind that Tauros are one of the rarest species in the Kanto Safari Zone...
  • A Load of Bull
  • Lightning Bruiser: Even though it had never battled before, the Tauros Ash used in his battle against Drake survived a fight with Drake's Gengar, took down his Venusaur and managed to put up a good fight against his Dragonite before finally going down. It's repeatedly shown itself to be surprisingly fast in addition to hitting like a freight train.
  • Mooks: Ash has 30 of these bad boys. And to this day, it isn't clear whether he uses the same Tauros in every battle.
  • Mundane Utility: on one occasion, their stampeding were used to wake up Snorlax when the lab was in need of his firepower.
  • Non-Elemental
  • 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

  • All of the Other Reindeer: When Lapras was reunited with its herd, they briefly ostracized it for associating with humans. Things got better.
  • An Ice Pokémon: Secondary type.
  • The Bus Came Back: The only Pokémon to make a significant reappearance in the anime after it was officially released into the wild.
  • Gentle Giant: Lapras in general are large, but kind creatures. This Lapras in particular is still an infant while in Ash's team.
  • Get on the Boat: Ash and company's transport through the Orange Archipelago.
  • Making a Splash: Primary type.
  • Passing the Torch: Now the leader of its herd.
  • Stock Ness Monster
  • Took a Level in Badass: By the end of the Orange Islands saga, it was able to tie with Orange Crew Champion Drake's Gengar - impressive given how it (she?) was easily intimidated by humans at the start and not so strong. Even more when it returns for one episode in Johto, all grown up.

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.
  • An Ice Pokémon: Knows Ice Punch.
  • Berserk Button: It beat up Team Rocket (with a Hyper Beam no less) so it could get to a supply of food.
    • Just like in the games, it's not a good idea to rudely interrupt his nap, either, as Harrison's Hypno (see 'Supporting Cast') found out the hard way.
  • Big Eater: 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.
  • Death Glare: Gave an epic one to Harrison's Hypno. Cue Oh, Crap expression and major ass-kicking.
  • Deus Exit Machina: His sleeping habit means that Ash can't rely on him for his Orange League championship match, forcing Ash to use a Tauros for the first time.
  • Gentle Giant: Unless it involves food.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Of course.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: seemingly unstoppable in the battle against Harrison, until the latter's Houndoom used Counter to reflect Snorlax's Hyper Beam back at the giant.
  • Implacable Mon: Not even the sea can stop his tracks.
  • Megaton Punch: Knows Mega Punch and Ice Punch.
  • Mighty Glacier: A borderline Stone Wall as well, as he can take quite a beating and still fight back. (see "Wheel of Frontier")
  • Plot-Driven Breakdown: One of the rare occasions that a Poké Ball got broken, giving Ash and friends a lot of trouble trying to get Snorlax to a nearby Pokémon Center. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Stout Strength: When he sets his mind to it, he's also one of Ash's strongest Pokémon.
    • Of all Ash's Pokémon during the Silver Conference, Snorlax had the most consistent 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)

  • Ascended Extra
  • 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
  • Badass: 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.
  • 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. It's notable that the Heracross species has Fighting as its secondary type.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: It is a giant beetle.
  • 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
  • Flying Firepower
  • 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
  • Nice Guy
  • 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
  • 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

Cyndaquil-Quilava (Hinoarashi-Magmarashi)

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

Totodile (Waninoko)

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

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
  • 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
  • Pokémon 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).
  • 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.
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings

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)

  • Ascended Extra
  • Badass Adorable: As a Phanpy.
  • 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 Pokemon.
  • 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

    Misty (Kasumi) 

Voiced in Japanese by: Mayumi Iizuka
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis (4Kids), Michele Knotz (current)

The youngest of four sisters, she hasn't been blessed with her sisters' looks or charisma...luckily, however, she got all of the talent at monster battles and deadpan snark. Originally rather temperamental, with a crush on Ash that she covered with strong Tsundere tendencies; after acquiring Togepi - an infant Pokémon requiring a great deal of care - she calmed down considerably. At the end of Johto, she became her city's Gym Leader.

Tropes involving her and her Pokémon include:

  • Action Girl: Gym Leader of Cerulean City and an aspiring Water Master.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Her game counterpart is not tsundere or as feisty.
  • A Mini-Arc In The Limelight: Not Pokémon Chronicles but rather the first 8 episodes of The Whirl Islands Mini-Arcnote  Possibly compensation for her having a bus reservation for sometime in the following year.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Misty's sisters ostracized her from being the Gym leader and only made her one to she how she'd screw up.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: As in the video games, she's the brawn to Sabrina's brains and Erika's beauty, not holding back in her fight against Ash in episode 7 and basically using her Staryu and Starmie to wipe the floor with his Pokémon.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 "Pokémon Fashion Flash".
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Demon Head: She sometimes does this when she gets mad at Ash.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Little Miss Badass: It's easy to miss it due to not being stated in the dub, but she's actually ten, the same age as Ash.
  • Lucky Translation: Her Japanese name is a word for "Mist", which is essentially water vapor.
  • Mama Bear: Do not threaten Togepi.
  • Meaningful Name: Based on a Lucky Translation
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: "Three Sensational Sisters and one runt!" according to her sisters.
  • Only One Name: There once were rumors that her last name was "Waterflower", but this was Jossed and the creators have confirmed they have not given her a last name.
  • Parental 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.
  • Precision F-Strike: In the Japanese version, her comment about Satoshi's heaven (catching his first Pokémon) being her hell (bugs) in episode 3.
  • Promotion to Parent: To Togepi, and later Azurill.
  • Put on a Bus: Took over as her city's Gym Leader at the end of Johto.
  • Red-Headed Heroine
  • The Runt at the End: Fits the definition perfectly, Odd Name Out and all. She's often teased as such by her sisters, but of course, Youngest Child Wins, and she actually happens to be the best at training Pokémon among the four.
  • Shorttank: The goddamn trope picture.
  • She 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"
  • She's Got Legs
  • Showgirl Skirt: Her Goldeen-based outfit.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead
  • 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.
  • Talking To Herself: Rachael Lillis also did Jessie and Jigglypuff.
  • The Precious, Precious Bike: 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
  • 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.
  • Tsundere: Prior to getting Togepi anyway. Her "motherly" tendencies were also implied in other episodes, even the first episode when she tried to check up on Pikachu. All Togepi did was expand on it.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?
  • Why Did It Have To Be Bug Type Pokémon?: And for a little bit, Why Did It Have To Be Gyarados?
  • Youngest Child Wins: As mentioned, she's a much better battler than her three sisters put together.
  • You Owe Me: Her attitude towards Ash regarding her bike.

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.

Goldeen (Tosakinto)

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

Staryu (Hitodeman)

Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki


Voiced by: Ikue Otani

Horsea (Tattu)

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

  • Bearer of Bad News: Its debut, in "Tentacool and Tentacruel".
  • Bubble Gun: Knows Bubble.
  • Out of Focus: Due to being water-bound, Horsea rarely appeared and did very little during its run (though Goldeen generally fared worse despite a longer staying time).
  • Put on a Bus: Left at the Cerulean Gym near the end of the Indigo season. Misty reclaimed it later as the new Gym Leader.
  • Smoke Out: Knows Smokescreen.
  • 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.
  • Trail of Ink

Psyduck (Koduck)

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

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)

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) 

Voiced in Japanese by: Yuji Ueda
Voiced in English by: Eric Stuart (4Kids), Bill Rogers (current)

No last name given. Originally the fearsome Pewter City Gym Leader (which he still runs every now and then), he left to travel with Ash on his journey. Eldest of 10 kids, which he had to raise on his own for almost two years after his parents left. He served as a mentor to Ash for a while before turning into a sort of older brother character.

Tropes involving him and his Pokémon include:

  • 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/Hammerspace: Exemplified early in the Indigo saga.
  • Balloon Belly: EP171 and AG012.
  • Berserk Button: Abusing or mistreating Pokemon in general. He almost beats the crud out of Damien because of it.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He's this to his identical siblings.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Not exactly Bishōnen, but this is just one of a few times he's used the trick...
  • Calling the Old Man Out: 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.
    • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 yelled at him, 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
  • Genre Savvy:
    • There are times when he manages to dodge Croagunk's Poison Jab, or, several times when the group is in trouble, he intentionally flirts with girls to get Croagunk to pop out and free them. He also notices if Croagunk doesn't jab him "on time".
    • He has some non-Croagunk related examples. For instance, while at the Old Chataeu, Dawn and Ash are freaking out over the fridge behind him turning into an evil Rotom fridge note . Brock turns to look, but every time, it just turns back into a normal fridge. He does this once or twice, realizes something is up, then keeps doing it a few times until he pauses for a split second and then looks. Since Rotom was used to the pattern it had turned into a normal fridge when Brock paused, then back into a Rotom fridge when Brock looked. Anyone else would dismiss it and not bother looking again after the first two times.
  • 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 Pokemon 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
  • 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 Takeshis Castle.
  • Noodle Incident: Ash and Misty find him as a cloaked drifter 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.)
  • 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 Pokemon 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.
    • The Bus Came Back: Is supposed to make a reappearance later in the Decolore Island adventure.
  • 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 The 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.
  • The Spock
  • 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.
  • Supreme Chef
  • Team Chef: To the point where this is his most essential contribution to the group in later arcs.
  • Team Dad
  • 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.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone —> 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.
  • 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...
  • Supreme Chef
  • 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).

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 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/Ground type. As a Steelix, Ground is his secondary type.
  • Extra Ore Dinary: Steelix's primary 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

Vulpix (Rokon)

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

Pineco-Forretress (Kunugidama-Foretos)

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

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
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Kind of "out there" compared to others of its species, especially as a Lotad. Don't ever assume he's stupid, though.
  • Confusion Fu: His battle style is unpredictable.
  • Green Thumb: Secondary type.
  • Jaw Drop: Has an EPIC one when his Mawile crush dumps him for a Psyduck.
  • Kappa
  • Keet: As Ludicolo, which is characteristic of the species. See also Nice Guy below
  • Making a Splash: Primary type.
  • Nice Guy: Shown very early in Advanced Generation. note 

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)

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

  • Ass Shove: Croagunk's Poison Jab almost always is depicted like this.
  • Beat: Croagunk is the source of a lot of awkward silences...just staring...and croaking...
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Secondary type.
  • Brick Break
  • Evil Laugh: Crogunk everytime he has to poison jab Brock and drag him off behind him. Cro-cro-cro-croooo
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: Bizarrely, when Brock is trying to orient him in the group's daily routine...
  • Frogs and Toads
  • 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.
  • Ineffectual Loner
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's usually quick to come to the rescue of Brock (or the rest of the group) if they're in real danger.
  • Missed Him by That Much: in "Jumping Rocket Ship", the group gets separated, and Croagunk is simply taking a trip through Canalave's canals by way of several boats. Every time he appears, it was just a split-second before/after one group is in the same scene. For the record, it was Croagunk who's the last Pokémon to be "found" (or rather, Croagunk found them thanks to Brock being himself).
  • Not So Stoic: There are a few times that he outright laughs at his trainer's misfortune towards girls.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Once, his rivalry with Saturn's Toxicroak made him completely ignore Brock's advances to a girl.
  • Pet the Dog: Can often come across as a jerkass at times, but the writers occasionally show that he can have a protective side as well.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse
  • Poisonous Pokémon: Primary type.
  • Real Men Hate Sugar: Shown several times to be adverse to any sweet food.
  • Running Gag:
    • He's waaay too obsessed with his reflection.
    • Also the whole "stab and drag Brock away from girls" thing, of course.
  • Sensor Character: He has been able to detect the presence of Team Rocket at several points when the rest of the group was distracted and has headed off to stop them on his own without the others noticing. He was also aware of the approach of Saturn's Toxicroak.
  • Signature Move: Poison Jab.
  • Sixth Ranger: If the main characters make up a Five-Man Band each series/generation, then Croagunk - who joins last and appears the least - is this to the "Diamond and Pearl" band.
  • The Stoic
  • Super Senses: His version of the "Anticipation" ability allows him to have better perception of the surroundings.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite all the Poison Jabs Brock took over the series, when their compatability was rated, it was nearly as high as Ash and Pikachu's. Oh, and did we mention that this is a few days after he's caught?
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The first time Croagunk went too far in attacking 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?

Happiny-Chansey (Pinpuku-Lucky)

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

    Tracey Sketchit (Kenji) 

Voiced in Japanese by: Tomokazu Seki
Voiced in English by: Ted Lewis (4Kids), Craig Blair (current)

A friend of Ash's, who he met on his trip to the Orange Islands. Specializes in Pokémon watching; i.e. he draws pictures of Pokémon in their natural habitat with surgical precision. Tracey primarily draws Pokémon, but there are several human subjects scattered around his various sketchbooks. Huge fan of Prof. Oak.

Tropes involving him and his Pokémon include:

  • Adventure Couple: He and Daisy fit some of the criteria, which is probably why they're often shipped together.
  • 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.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Melancholic.
  • Meaningful/Punny Name: What do you think does he do in his free time? Take a wild guess.
  • Nice Guy
  • Non-Action Guy: He can battle if he has to, but he uses his Pokémon mainly for fieldwork.
  • Out of Focus: 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".
  • The Spock

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

  • Badass Grandpa: Rejected from his tribe because he was too old to remain the leader (though he makes amends with his young successor before accepting Tracey as his trainer).
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Giant mantis.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Knows Double Team.
  • Flight
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy
  • The Rival: Very briefly with Charizard due to some initial aggression. After repelling a Team Rocket attack, they "flex their muscles" a bit before making peace.
  • Running Gag: Would break into a pant after working, since he left the Pokemon Center before healing properly. It's lampshaded the first time.
  • Team Dad: To a degree towards the other Pokémon. Definitely towards his tribe, given he left the Pokémon Centre (still injured) to save them from Team Rocket.
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: Secondary type.

    Supporting Cast 

Professor Samuel Oak (Dr. Yukinari Okido)

Voiced in Japanese by: Unshou Ishizuka
Voiced in English by: Stuart Zagnit (4Kids), Carter Cathcart (current)

Professor Oak comes from Pallet Town. He is Gary Oak's grandfather and gave Pikachu to Ash as a last resort after he woke up late to take one of the other three starters. His status as a semi-main character means that he shows up the most out of all the professors in the series.

Gary Oak (Shigeru Ookido)

Voiced in Japanese by: Yuko Kobayashi
Voiced in English by: Jimmy Zoppi

Ash's first rival when he started off as a Pokémon trainer. Gary would usually one-up Ash and take any chance to insult him when they met up, but after Ash finally defeated Gary, he soon realized that being a trainer wasn't really his calling, and has since befriended Ash and followed in his grandpa's footsteps to become a Pokémon professor.

  • The Ace: Gary seems to be pretty much be the best at what he does, and even claims to be the top trainer out of the four in his year who left Pallet Town, and is always at least two steps ahead of Ash. He even had time to go on a vacation because he had so many damn badges!
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: His fanclub was mostly made up of these.
  • Always Someone Better
  • Anime Hair: Although far from being the most extreme example in the series, it's definitely there.
  • Art Evolution: When we see him after the Battle Frontier, his design matches his game counterpart in FireRed/LeafGreen.
  • Barrier Warrior: Electivire's Protect.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Scizor 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 Beauties: His fanclub, whose sole existence revolved around fawning attention on him.
  • Break the Haughty: Being owned by Mewtwo, then losing in the last round of the Pokémon League preliminaries. He gets better, though.
    • It was somewhat implied Gary had never lost before, which seems to shape him into a more humble person. Break the Haughty indeed.
  • Casting a Shadow: Umbreon.
  • 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.
  • Extra Ore Dinary: Scizor, Electivire's Iron Tail.
  • Elemental Punch: Electivire's Thunder Punch.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Blastoise's Rapid Spin.
  • Fountain of Expies: Drew, Paul, Kenny, and Trip, we're looking at you.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Nidoqueen's Hyper Beam.
  • Friendly Enemy: In Johto.
  • Guest Star Party Member: At times, most notably in several "Diamond and Pearl" series episodes.
  • 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.
  • Horn Attack: Nidoking's attack.
  • Insufferable Genius: While most of the time he's a Small Name, Big Ego who loses his more important battles, he's still quite a competent trainer and is more than happy to show it off. Him gaining ten badges in Kanto and flaunting them to Ash is one of the most (in)famous examples.
  • Jerkass -> Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He gets better from Johto onwards, but this can still pop up.
  • Large Ham: During his Small Name, Big Ego Kanto days.
  • Making a Splash: Blastoise and Krabby.
  • Megaton Punch: Nidoqueen's Mega Punch.
  • Mythology Gag: His eyes are green as either a reference to his game counterparts JPN name (Green), one of the first two games in the series (Red and Green) or both.
  • The Bus Came Back: Disappears for the entire AG saga, appearing only in the last episodes to tell Ash about Sinnoh.
  • The Other Darrin: Totally averted! Gary is currently the only character that kept his English voice actor after the anime transferred rights. This is because he was gone for so long that by the time he reappeared again the issue preventing former 4kids V As from being on the show was resolved. They kept the new V As for everyone else for consistance's sake but since Gary was never recast anyway they just let the old one come back.
  • Pet the Dog: In Battle Of The Badge, Gary's the one who tackles Meowth to prevent him from blowing up the rigged platform Ash is standing on during his gym battle against Team Rocket.
  • Playing with Fire: Arcanine and Magmar.
  • Plot Irrelevant Villain: In Kanto, due to the show continuing past it and the original conclusion of Ash vs. Gary being changed so that Gary is knocked out of the League tournament by a random opponent before he can face Ash, making most of his previous antagonistic appearances rather pointless in retrospect.
  • Poisonous Pokémon: Nidoking and Nidoqueen.
  • Psychic Powers: Umbreon's Agility and Psychic.
  • 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 kinda in the Kanto saga, he's caught quite a few more than the same species.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Ash's red of the "Original Series".
  • The Rival: Ash's main rival until the end of the Johto saga. He and Ash are currently providing the page picture for this trope.
  • Shock and Awe: Electivire.
  • 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.
  • Use Your Head: Blastoise's Skull Bash.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Ash, before a quarrel involving a broken Pokéball. Which they each kept half of.
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: Dodrio

Delia Ketchum (Hanako)

Ash's mom has got it going on.
Voiced in Japanese by: Masami Toyoshima
Voiced in English by: Veronica Taylor (4Kids), Sarah Natochenny (current)

Ash's always-loving mother. Not much more needs to be said about her. Just let the tropes do the talking.

  • Absurdly Youthful Mother
  • 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.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Both of Ash's dub actors also voiced her.
  • Idiot Hair: Delia sports an ahoge just for the sake of having one. She is neither an idiot nor mischievous.
  • Marilyn Maneuver: Yes, they went there. She was just imagining it.
  • Neat Freak: Mimey. He once vaccuumed Ash in the face because he apparently hadn't taken a bath for so long.
  • Psychic Powers: Delia owns a very powerful Mr. Mime. Well, she doesn't own Mimey so much as he showed up on her doorstep and she fed him because she thought he was Ash...long story. Anyway, he's basically part of the family now.
  • Talking To Herself: In the English dub, her voice actress also does the voices for Ash and May. And even after The Other Darrin, she still shares a voice actress with her son!
  • Team Mom: Treats Ash's friends like her own children. When Ash and Misty returned to Kanto after the Orange Islands saga, they found that Delia had found a Heroic BSOD-inflicted Brock and was letting him stay at the Ketchum house while she nursed him back to health.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Delia is/was 28 years old when Ash turned 10 and started on his journey as a trainer.

Officer Jenny (Junsar)

Jenny! Oh Jenny!
Voiced in Japanese by: Chinami Nishimura
Voiced in English by: Megan Hollingshead, Jamie Davyous Owens, Kayzie Rogers, Maya Rosewood, and Emily Williams

If there's a town with any semblance of law enforcement, then Officer Jenny will be there.

The numerous Jennies out there exhibit the following tropes:
  • Action Girl: Being a police officer and all, Jenny is (usually) not afraid to leap into the action.
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • Genre Savvy: the Jenny in "A Poached Ego", where she instantly beats the poacher Rico by quickly stealing the Poké Ball containing his ace, Tyranitar.
  • Improbable Weapon User: "Stealing the Conversation", where one Jenny stopped criminals with a bowling ball.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Former co-Trope Namer. All Jennies look exactly alike, but each Jenny is told apart by the insignia on their hat, representing the town they're from. 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.
  • Playing with Fire: Most Jennies have a Growlithe or Arcanine. (the exception is Unova, where it's a Lilipup/Herdier/Stoutland.)
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Though only most, since there have been Jennies that use other Pokémon as well, ranging from Luxray to Gastly.
  • Police Are Useless: Played with, as while the Jennies do try to help Ash and friends, it's usually the latter who save the day. Played completely straight, however, by the Eterna City Jenny from "A Secret Sphere of Influence".
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Most of them, but especially the Jennies in "Pokémon Emergency!" and "Spinarak Attack". The former even gives Ash a free ride to the Pokémon Center!
  • She's Got Legs: And every so often the animators decide to remind us as much.
  • 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!"
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair: In earlier episodes, it was blue.
  • Zerg Rush: The Eterna City Jenny uses this technique with a crapload of other officers to corner Nando in "A Secret Sphere of Influence".

Nurse Joy

Joy! Oh Joy!note 
Voiced in Japanese by: Ayako Shiraishi, Kikuko Inoue, and Yuriko Yamaguchi
Voiced in English by: Megan Hollingshead, Bella Hudson, and Michele Knotz

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

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.

Jessiebelle (Rumika)

Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Hayashibara
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis (4kids), Michele Knotz (TPCI)

James's somewhat abusive fiancee chosen by his parents.

Ritchie (Hiroshi)

Voiced in Japanese by: Minami Takayama
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne

Professor Felina Ivy (Dr. Uchikido)

Voiced in Japanese by: Keiko Han
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers

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

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

One of the participants of the Silver Conference. Originates from Hoenn and was responsible for defeating Ash.

  • Attack Reflector: Houndoom's Counter.
  • An Ice Pokémon: Sneasel
  • Badass: Much as people give Ash flak for never winning a major League, Harrison is highly respected by the fandom for being a genuinely tough opponent and actually earning his victory against Ash (unlike Ritchie, whose reception is more divided). This trend continued with his Hoenn Spiritual Successor, Tyson.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Blaziken
  • Canine Companion: Houndoom
  • Casting a Shadow: Houndoom, Sneasel.
  • Dishing Out Dirt (Ground): Steelix
  • Extra Ore Dinary: Steelix, Sneasel's Metal Claw.
  • Fragile Speedster: Kecleon - swift and agile with unique natural abilities that provide a challenge for Pikachu, but not the highest endurance overall.
  • Glass Cannon: Sneasel - powerful striking ability, yet goes down when Totodile gives it a steady beatdown.
  • Jack of All Stats: Houndoom - the most even-balanced of the team, with considerable strength and states. Beaten when Bayleef clamps its jaws shut, ending its normal advantage.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Blaziken - overall the strongest with great abilities all-around, able to casually defeat Bayleef and fight Charizard to a near-standstill despite the latter's type advantage.
  • Mon Bites Mon: Houndoom's Bite.
  • Mighty Glacier: Steelix - the highest defence and raw strength (but not the fastest), taking out the much smaller Noctowl. Snorlax's similar constitution counters it.
  • Non-Elemental: Miltank and Kecleon.
  • Oh, Crap: When Hypno realised what a bad idea it was to wake Snorlax using Dream Eater, its face became a case study of this trope.
  • Playing with Fire: Houndoom, Blaziken
  • Psychic Powers: Hypno, Kecleon's Psybeam.
  • Squishy Wizard: Hypno - relies on its psychic abilities to provide unexpectedly strong attacks, but not fast and taken down by a single point-blank Hyper Beam.
  • Soul Power: Sneasel's Shadow Ball, and Kecleon's Lick.
  • Right-Hand Attack Dog: Houndoom, who appears occasionally outside its ball with its trainer.
  • Use Your Head: Houndoom's Headbutt.
  • Visible Invisibility: Kecleon
  • Worf Had the Flu: After being too injured from fighting Ash's Charizard, Blaziken was unable to participate in Harrison's next battle, costing him the win.

Duplica (Imite)

Voiced in Japanese by: Orine Fukushima
Voiced in English by: Megan Hollingshead

A girl who manages her own theater, putting on performances for any travelers who happen to stop by.

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.

  • Attention Whore: It wants someone to listen to its song and will go to any lengths to make itself heard.
  • Badass Adorable: Beware that DoubleSlap.
  • 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 Pokemon 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.
  • 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.
  • Killer Rabbit
  • Magic Music
  • Make Me Wanna Shout
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter
  • 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

Seymour (Rikao)

Voiced in Japanese by: Tetsuya Iwanaga
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein

AJ (Akira)

Voiced in Japanese by: Nobuyuki Hiyama
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein

Joe (Jun)

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

  • 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.
  • Name's the Same: It would take three more generations before his Japanese name was used again — in this case, for Barry.
  • Shrinking Violet

Giselle (Seiyo Yūtō)

Voiced in Japanese by: Yumi Tōma
Voiced in English by: Annie Pondel

  • 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.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle/Scissors Cuts Rock: Her Graveler easily beats Misty's Starmie despite having Rock-Type Pokémon being weak against Water-Type Pokémon.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Type C.

Melanie (Midori)

Voiced in Japanese by: Mako Hyōdō
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne

Damien (Daisuke)

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

  • Arrogant Pokémon Trainer 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.
  • Goggles Do Nothing
  • 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

Ghost Of Maidens Peak

Voiced in Japanese by: Michiko Neya
Voiced in English by: Megan Hollingshead

  • Flower in Her Hair
  • Dude Magnet: She puts a spell on the local men to make them infatuated with her, so she can eventually steal them away. Except it's not actually her that's doing this, but a Gastly who masquerades as her spirit in order to keep her legend alive, and a old lady who not only forshadows their prediciment, 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.
  • No Name Given

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

  • Didn't Think This Through/Heel-Face Turn/Heel Realization: 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 forrest alone.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a construction helmet, naturally.
  • No Name Given
  • 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.

Clefairy Leader

Lara Laramie (Fūko Laramie)

Voiced in Japanese by: Yuri Shiratori
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz

Dario (Dorio)

Voiced in Japanese by: Hiro Yūki
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein

  • American Accents: Sports a Southern accent, just like Lara.
  • Blow You Away: Trains a Dodrio.
  • 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

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)

  • Going Native: At the end of the episode, they decide to join him in living with the Kangaskhan herd.
  • Mama Bear / Papa Wolf: They nearly sacrificed themselves to protect their son from Team Rocket.
  • 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.
  • Too Dumb to Live: 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.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife


Voiced in Japanese by: Taimei Suzuki


Voiced by: Unknown

Chopper (Masa)

Voiced in Japanese by: Katsuyuki Konishi
Voiced in English by: Mathew Miller

Tyra (Misa)

Voiced in Japanese by:' Satoko Kitō
Voiced in English by:' Lena Meieran

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)

Mikey (Taichi)

Voiced in Japanese by: Yumi Tōma
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers

  • Badass Adorable: His Eevee proves to be as powerful as his brothers' Pokémon in its own right.
  • Elemental Hair: Like his brothers.
  • 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

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



Melvin (McGee)

  • American Dream: In both the Original Japanese and the English Dub.
  • 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 pokemon.
  • Interspecies Romance: Meowth hopes to invoke this.
  • Nice Girl: The reason she helps Meowth.
  • The Medic: She's a pokemon 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.
  • Faking the Dead
  • 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)

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)

Otoshi (Saizo)

Mandi (Komu)

  • Small Name, Big Ego: This is his Fatal Flaw - he underestimates Ash and subsequently has his ass handed to him by just one of the latter's Pokémon.

Pete Pebbleman (Seiji)

Melissa (Yoshiki)

Jeanette Fisher (Kaoruko)

  • Didn't See That Coming: Her use of Bellsprout as her last Pokemon seemed a desperate move...Right until he inflicted a Curb-Stomp Battle on Ash's Bulbasaur (that had just finished defeating two of her Pokemon), and repeated the process on Pikachu. Her Bellsprout ends on the receiving end of this when Ash brings out Muk (at least Brock and Misty would have never expected him to use his stinkiest Pokemon).
  • Graceful Loser
  • Green Thumb: Uses a Bellsprout in battle.
  • Hair Decorations: A large yellow ribbon.
  • Oh, Crap: Has this when Ash brings out Muk.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She carries the appearance of one.

Assunta (Sayuri)

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)

Bailey (Hikaru)

The Black Arachnid (The Phantom Thief Nekohachi)

Arielle (Makoto)

Zachie (Sho)

Ms. Priscilla (Sayuri)

Wilhelmina (Miyuki)

Sonrisa (Chisato)

Cyrus (Tamaki)

Mariah (Azusa)

Mr. Parker AKA Gligarman (Nagai)

Latoya Parker (Yuka)

Mary (Karen)




Koji (Yuji)

Sylvester (Naoto)


Benny (Teru)

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)

Alex Davis (Nobou)

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)

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.
  • 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).

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)

Lola (Mizuho)

Voiced in Japanese by: Mako Hyoudou
Voiced in English by: Carol Jacobanis (4Kids), Annie Silver (current)

Cerulean Gym

Daisy (Sakura)

Voiced in Japanese by: Rei Sakuma
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz

Misty's eldest sister. Got a large role in two of the Chronicles specials, proving surprisingly popular in the process.

Violet (Ayame) & Lily (Botan)

Voiced in Japanese by: Tomoko Kawakami (Ayame), Yoko Asada (Botan)
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis (Violet), Megan Hollingshead (Lily)

The middle siblings in Misty's family. Share several tropes with Daisy (above).

Lt. Surge (Mathis)

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

Sabrina (Natsume)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kae Araki
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz


Voiced in Japanese by: Kyoko Hikami
Voiced in English by: Leah Applebaum

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: From black hair in the games to blue.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: The beauty to Misty's brawn and Sabrina's brains. She takes a great deal of pride in her perfume, for example.
  • Breaking Lecture: Tries this with Ash during their Gym Battle by criticising his "lack of compassion" towards his Pokémon, either to demoralise him or to teach him a lesson.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Towards Ash.
  • Disproportionate Retribution/Felony Misdemeanor: Apparently thinks that badmouthing her perfume shop is enough reason to disallow challengers access to her Gym. She does accept Ash's direct challenge, though, and give him the badge in gratitude for saving her Gloom's life.
  • Green Thumb: She specialises in Grass types.
  • Ojou
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: The looks and the outfit are played straight but the rest is played with. Being a gym leader she can't be the subtle type and instead of arranging flowers she battles with them.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Koga (Kyou)

Voiced in Japanese by: Hochu Otsuka
Voiced in English by: Stan Hart

Blaine (Katsura)

Voiced in Japanese by: Toshiya Ueda
Voiced in English by: Michael Haigney

  • 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.
  • Actually, I Am Him: His debut.
  • 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.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Rhydon (Ground/Rock)
  • Einstein Hair
  • 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.
  • Old Master
  • Phrase Catcher: "Not another riddle!"
  • Pungeon Master
  • Playing with Fire: He specialises in Fire types
  • Riddle Me This: His Debut episode
  • 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

  • Adaptational Curves: In the Anime and Pokemon 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" sort to speak, though Pokémon Puzzle League for the N64 plays around with this by even making her personality a little bit flirty.
  • Making a Splash: The primary type of her Slowbro, Cloyster, and Dewgong.
  • Meaningful Name: Lorelei is known as Kanna in Japan which means "Well Blossomed Flower" which did cause some dirty jokes about how "Well Blossomed" she is.
  • Miser Advisor: Revealed when Team Rocket said she should record her lectures and sell them and she told them the price.
  • Meganekko
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Oneshot Character
  • Psychic Powers: The secondary type of both Slowbro and Jynx's.
  • Sexy Mentor: Tried to be one to Ash in her only episode in the anime series.

Bruno (Shiba)

Voiced in Japanese by: Toshiyuki Morikawa
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein

  • Ambiguously Brown
  • 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.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: He's a Fighting-type trainer.
  • Broken Pedestal: A subversion, after Ash and Brock begged Bruno to take them as students Bruno agreed to it as long as they do what he says. However to Bruno it was a rather transparent plot to get Ash and Brock to do some chores for him in which he inevitably admitted to that. Brock tried to do a sneak attack on Bruno in which Brock almost knocked Bruno out and over the course of the episode Misty suspects that Bruno is a phony. However Bruno definitely proves how powerful he is while giving them a lesson in The Power of Friendship while taming a wild Onix 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?
  • Oneshot Character
  • Rated M for Manly: The reason why Ash and Brock wanted to become his students.
  • Shock and Awe: His Hitmonchan knows Thunderpunch.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene

Agatha (Kikuko)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kazuko Sugiyama
Voiced in English by: Allyson Johnson

Lance (Wataru)

Voiced in Japanese by: Susumu Chiba
Voiced in English by: Wayne Grayson

    Orange Islands Gym Leaders 

Cissy (Atsumi)

Danny (Dan)

Rudy (Ziggy)

Luana (Ruriko)

Drake (Yuji)

  • Badass: Leader of the Orange Islands gyms - and he proves it in Ash's longest-at-the-time fight (the first 6-on-6 ever seen in the show, to boot).
    • His Dragonite as well. takes on four members of Ash's team (including Charizard and Pikachu) and nearly wins.
      Dragonite also has 10 moves, which exceeded the limit of anyone at the time before the anime started to enforce the move-limit. This was done on purpose by the writers to make it seem even more undefeatable.
  • 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.
  • Dishing Outdirt: His Onix.
  • 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!

    Johto Gym Leaders 

Falkner (Hayato)

Voiced in Japanese by: Akira Ishida
Voiced in English by: Matthew Mitler

  • Adaptational Badass: As the first gym leader in the games, he was a real pushover (infamously he is the only gym leader who sports a team still in the single digits). Here he boasts an exceptional team that made Ash sweat to win his victory. His Pidgeot was actually winning against Charizard until Ash figured out its attack patterns.
  • Big 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.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: His Dodrio knows Tri Attack.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the final part of his match with Ash, his Pidgeot had Charizard outclassed in terms of speed. It moved too fast for Charizard to be able to counterattack...but it kept using the same attack pattern. That helped Ash figure it out, and when he had Charizard trap Pidgeot with a Fire Spin, it was all over.
  • Hypocrite: He states how he hates the consensus that Flying types would always lose to Electric types due to a type disadvantage...and then subsequently patronizes Ash for using Chikorita, for no reason besides her type disadvantage. He backed it up, but it was still an egotistical thing to do, and was followed by Laser-Guided Karma (below).
  • In a Single Bound: His Dodrio is a very good jumper.
  • Inertia Is a Cruel Mistress: Ash beat him using the old "attack where he's going' shtick.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's boastful of the superiority of his chosen Pokémon type and self-righteous about his methods, but he's good at heart and even went out of his way to save Pikachu with no personal gain involved. He also gracefully accepted his defeat.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After boasting of the strength of his Flying types, his Hoothoot takes out Ash's Chikorita easily; following that, his first two Pokémon are both defeated by Pikachu.
  • Multiple Head Case: Dodrio.
  • Ominous Owl: Hoothoot.
  • One-Shot Character
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: He trains Flying types.

Bugsy (Tsukushi)

Voiced in Japanese by: Hiromi Ishikawa
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne

Whitney (Akane)

Voiced in Japanese by: Yuko Miyamura
Voiced in English by: Megan Hollingshead

Morty (Matsuba)

Voiced in Japanese by: Masaya Matsukaze
Voiced in English by: Andrew Rannells

  • 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.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to his friend Eusine's red.
  • Soul Power:He uses Ghost type Pokémon.
  • The Stoic: He doesn't show an excess of emotion and mostly expresses himself with controlled smiles or frowns.
  • Talking To Ghost Pokémon: Though unlike most examples, Morty mastered this through practice rather than inherent talent.

Chuck (Shijima)

Voiced in Japanese by: Nobuaki Kakuda
Voiced in English by: Dan Green

Jasmine (Mikan)

Voiced in Japanese by: Yumi Kakazu
Voiced in English by: Tara Jayne and Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld

  • Adapted Out: Sort of. She only uses one Magnemite in the anime, rather than two like in the games.
  • 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.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Steelix.
  • Extra Ore Dinary: She trains Steel types.
  • Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs
  • Recurring Character: She appeared multiple times in Johto, and even had a guest appearance in Sinnoh (to correspond with her cameo in the games).
  • Shock and Awe: Magnemite's type.
  • Worf Had the Flu: She refused to leave the Lighthouse until her Ampharos had fully recovered, which necessitated the entire Whirl Islands arc. After it got better, she finally agreed to battle Ash.

Pryce (Yanagi)

Voiced in Japanese by: Motomu Kiyokawa
Voiced in English by: Jimmy Zoppi

Clair (Ibuki)

Voiced in Japanese by: Yuko Mita
Voiced in English by: Megan Hollingshead