Characters: Pokémon Champions
After defeating the Elite Four, the trainer now has to face the regional Pokémon Champion. Pokémon Champions are the toughest trainers in the entire region and serve as the final boss of the main campaign. Defeating him or her unlocks a lot of post-game content.
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General Champion Tropes
The Champions in general
- Action Girl: Cynthia is the first female Champion, serving as Sinnoh's. For Black and White 2, Iris serves as the second female Champion overall and Unova's first female Champion. Diantha continues the tradition in X and Y.
- Apathetic Citizens: Unlike the Elite Four, they generally avert this. In G/S/C and the remakes, Lance will help you take on Team Rocket in Mahogany Town although he will disappear when Goldenrod is under siege. In R/S/E, Steven helps you kick Team Magma out of Mossdeep City and later helps with the crisis in Sootopolis City. In D/P/Pt with Cynthia, she helps you fight Team Galactic, even helping you in the Distortion World in Platinum (although she won't actually fight against Cyrus). In Black or White, Alder tries his best to stop N taking over, but fails miserably owing to the legendary dragon that N has. In Black 2/White 2, Iris guides you to the Castelia Sewers suspecting Team Plasma's presence there but doesn't join you inside, and is not present after Opelucid City is frozen. In X/Y, it's twisted in that it's the Big Bad Lysandre that actively tries to get Diantha to join him, but she turns him down flat.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: It's implied they have sort of legal authority, though it's not made clear exactly what their exact responsibilities are.
- Badass: Again, the toughest trainers in their respective regions.
- Boss Bonanza: They're all the last part of one. If you're out of healing items by now, you're quite possibly screwed.
- Color Motif: With the exception of Blue, the champions are always associated with a specific color that shows either in their Champion room, battle stage or clothes.
- Lance: Vermilion
- Steven: Purple
- Wallace: Cyan
- Cynthia: Black
- Alder: Dark Red
- Iris: Violet
- Diantha: White
- Dare to Be Badass: Their mere existence basically serves as this to all trainers in their region, as beating the Elite Four and then the Champion is seen as one of the hardest things to do, and for good reason.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Your end goal is to do this to them.
- Final Boss: For the main game, although in some games there is either a Bonus Boss or a True Final Boss who is in fact tougher than them, such as Barry in the Sinnoh games and Red in Gold and Silver (and remakes).
- King Incognito: With the exception of Blue (who wasn't Champion until the end) and Alder (who tells you from the get-go he is the champion), the Champion is a random recurring character who doesn't show any signs of their status aside from a few cues until you finish the Elite Four.
- Graceful Loser: They always lose with dignity. The closest that they get to anger at you is disbelief, and Cynthia is basically going "yay for you" as you beat her. The only exception to date would be Blue, who is questioning where he went wrong and how he lost so badly to you, his rival.
- Personality Powers: Zig-Zagged. Some of them have a general theme (around a specific type or motif), while others don't.
- Walking Spoiler: Generally, the champions fall into this until the games have been out for long enough, by which point, the identity of the champion becomes a case of It Was His Sled.
Blue Oak (Green Ookido)
Kanto/Johto Champion (Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen
For more information on Blue, check the Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals
"We will battle to determine who is the stronger of the two of us. As the most powerful trainer and as the Pokémon League Champion... I, Lance the dragon master, accept your challenge!"
Lance is a world-famous Dragon-type master, and the leader of the Elite Four in Red
, and the Gen I remakes. In Gold and Silver
, and the Gen II remakes, he has become the Champion for the joint Kanto/Johto Pokémon League.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He jumped up in rank by honing his skills further between games.
- Awesome but Impractical: In Generation II, and in fact every game he has been in before Generation IV, barring Pokémon Stadium, every Pokémon he uses knows Hyper Beam. In later generations he tends to teach his dragons moves with very high power but low accuracy.
- Badass: Very much so. He was a Dragon Master before they were Nerfed, so when he proclaimed that his dragons had superior power and were virtually indestructible, he wasn't exaggerating. Subsequent Generations have just made him even more dangerous as more powerful Dragon-types have been introduced; his Gen IV rematches and the Gen V World Tournament have him packing three Dragon-type pseudo-legendaries.
- Badass Cape: He apparently buys them at the Department Store in Celadon, according to FireRed & LeafGreen.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With the protagonist during a part of the Rocket plot in Gold and Silver, and with Clair as a Dual Boss in HeartGold ad SoulSilver.
- Blow You Away: Since there weren't enough Dragon-types to fill his team back in Gold and Silver, he uses several Flying-type Pokémon that are Dragons in appearance (but not as far as the series' Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors is concerned) on his team.
- Cape Wings: Evokes this in his Gold and Silver battle sprite.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard:
- In Red and Blue, his Dragonite knows Barrier, a move that to this very day the Dratini line cannot learn.
- In Gold and Silver, his three Dragonite are all below legal level, two at 47 and one at 50 when Dragonair doesn't evolve until Level 55. His Aerodactyl also knows Rock Slide, though this example is legal in later games.
- In Stadium 2 his levels fluctuate between 50 and 100, but below 55 he'll still have a Dragonite and a Tyranitar, which also evolves at 55.
- In HeartGold and SoulSilver, he uses a Level 40 Dragonite when he teams up with you in the Rocket Hideout.
- Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Since actual Dragon-types were scarce, he uses Aerodactyl in the main games, and in the two Pokémon Stadium games got Lapras, Kangaskhan and Tyranitar.
- Fiery Redhead: He's very bombastic and Hot-Blooded in battle.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: A recurring theme is for him to distribute moves of these type among his team, particularly the move trios of Fire Blast, Blizzard, and Thunder, and Flamethrower, Ice Beam, and Thunderbolt. His Dragonite in Yellow knows all of the former, and as Champion in the Johto games, his three Dragonites each get one of the moves. In Generation IV, his Gyarados, Aerodactyl and Charizard know Ice Fang, Thunder Fang and Fire Fang respectively, while his three Dragonite keep Thunder, Blizzard and Fire Blast. And then in his Generation III rematch, one of his Dragonites has Flamethrower while the other has Thunderbolt and Ice Beam, and the Kingdra that replaces his second Dragonair also has Ice Beam.
- Fossil Revival: He uses an Aerodactyl, who resembles a Wyvern.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: His team is full of dragons.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: He's perfectly willing to rough up Rocket Grunts; this includes having Dragonite use Hyper Beam on them.
- Large Ham: The way he announces the name of the Champion in Red and Blue comes across as this. When he himself is the Champion, he's not much less hammy, as he demonstrates with the moves he makes with that cape.
- Meaningful Name: A lance is a weapon used by knights, often fabled for slaying dragons and all that.
- Nice Guy: Despite his intimidating appearance and status, he's actually a fairly nice person; he's helpful to the protagonist, and has passed the Dragon's Den test, which requires knowledge of proper Pokémon care.
- Non-Indicative Name: In Gold and Silver he's actually a Flying-type master since that's the only type his Pokémon have in common.
True Kanto/Johto Champion (Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Like Blue, more information can be found on the Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals
Steven Stone (Daigo Tsuwabuki)
"What did you see on your journey with Pokémon? What did you feel, meeting so many other Trainers like you? What has awoken in you? I want you to hit me with it all! Now, bring it!"
The son of the president of the Devon Corporation, Steven is fascinated by ancient stones and frequently goes out to explore old caves and ruins. In In Ruby and Sapphire
and their remakes, he is the champion of the Hoenn league, championing Steel-types.
- Alliterative Name: His full name is Steven Stone.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: In the Delta Episode of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, his father jokes about him being impatient, and then takes advantage of that impatience to tease him further by dodging the purpose of their meeting. He also praises Steven ("That's my boy!") by calling him smart after Steven makes an easy guess. Steven is visibly humiliated and frustrated.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With the player in Emerald, teaming up against Maxie and Tabitha during the invasion of Mossdeep City's Space Center.
- Badass: He's tough, can't be denied.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: His redesign for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire gives him a dashing new suit.
- A Team Magma Grunt calls him "a quite stunning male specimen", and a Team Aqua Grunt says he is "totally my ideal type of guy" in the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Demo. Tabitha even calls him a "silver-haired pretty boy"!
- In the game itself, a Team Aqua Grunt refers to him as an "alluring gentleman".
- During the Delta Episode, the old Draconid woman calls him a "silver-haired dreamboat".
- He gets a Bishie Sparkle during his battle intro in the remakes!
- Bonus Boss: In Pokémon Emerald only, where he's given up the title of Champion. He can be found in Meteor Falls, and he's amongst the strongest NPCs in the franchise.
- The Cameo: In Heartgold and Soulsilver. He turns up in Kanto, gives you a Hoenn starter, will trade Beldum for Forretress, and participates in an event involving Latias or Latios (depending on version).
- Chick Magnet: No matter if you're neutral, evil, or super old, the girls (and some guys) keep commenting on his looks.
- Classy Cravat: Wears one, though he defies the stereotype.
- Dishing Out Dirt: He uses Rock- and Ground-types alongside Steel-types.
- Extra Ore Dinary: Uses Steel-types primarily, though his teams also include some Rock- and Ground-types.
- Fiction 500: As the son of Mr. Stone, the CEO of the Devon Corporation, he generally subverts most of the qualities associated with this trope, though he was the previous owner of the Villa in Platinum.
- Final Boss: In Ruby and Sapphire.
- Fossil Revival: As an avid rock collector, he often finds fossils of extinct Pokémon. His original Champion team has the 2 region Hoenn fossils (Cradily and Armaldo), while the rest of his teams have at least one of the others.
- Guest Star Party Member: He is first NPC in any Pokémon Game to team up with the player to battle. Here, it's to fight a tag-team of Maxie and Tabitha at the Mossdeep Space Center. He continues the tradition in the remakes, aiding you at the Southern Island side-quest during the main plot and at the Mossdeep Space Center during the Delta Episode, both times against Team Magma (OmegaRuby) or Team Aqua (AlphaSapphire).
- Infinity–1 Sword: Post-game, he leaves behind a Beldum in his house as a gift for the player in Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald. And in Heartgold/Soulsilver, he'll trade you one for a Forretress. He's also the original trainer of the Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire event shiny Beldum.
- It Was a Gift: A lot more generous than most characters. He gives you a Mega Bracelet among many other items as well as gifting the Elite Four with Key Stones. He also personally breeds you a new Lv.1 Beldum for a gift.
- Meaningful Name: Steven sounds like steel. His surname Stone also indicates his use of Rock types and love of rare stones.
- MacGuffin Escort Mission: His father asks Brendan/May to deliver a letter to Steven in Dewford Town.
- Nice Guy: Steven defies Lance and Blue by being a personable, polite man.
- Non-Idle Rich: Does a lot despite being really rich.
- Only Sane Man: During the crisis, he's one of the few trying to do anything about it.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Like Flannery, his sprite in RSE portrayed him being bitter and angry all the time (not even matching his official art), despite encounters with him in the games usually shows otherwise. This was corrected in the remakes.
- OOC Is Serious Business: During the Delta Episode, the fact that he acts frustrated and irritable is a clear sign of the dire situation.
- Purple Is Powerful: He exudes coolness by constantly being referred to as a skilled Trainer, and his clothing often has purple accents. Additionally, as the Champion in Ruby/Sapphire, his room is depicted with a light shade of purple.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He has a very nicely tailored suit.
- The Stoic: Not to an extreme, but it is there, fitting of a steel type user.
- Not So Stoic: He becomes increasingly frustrated during the events of the Delta Episode, thanks to the world being in crisis again, and the fact that he can't do anything and has to rely on you once again, as well as Zinnia actively hindering his own efforts while mocking him for having lost the title of champion to the player.
- Stone Wall: Half his Pokémon - Skarmory, Claydol and Cradily - don't hit too hard, having (Special) Attack stats that come short of average, but they take hits very well (Skarmory on the physical side mostly).
- Mighty Glacier: The other half of his team - Aggron, Armaldo and Metagross - fit this role, being slow but having strong Attack stats to utilize.
- Weapon of Choice: Metagross. In the remakes, he can Mega Evolve it.
"Show me the power you wield with your Pokémon. And I, in turn, shall present you with a performance of illusions in water by me and my Pokémon!"
Wallace is the Hoenn region's eighth Gym Leader at Sootopolis city, training Water-types. Or rather, he is in Ruby and Sapphire
. In Emerald
, Steven has stepped down from his position, and Wallace has stepped up to take his place as Hoenn champion. The Gen III remakes have him back as a Gym Leader, but there's implications that, as in Emerald
, Steven is going to vacate the Champion position and leave it to Wallace sometime in the future.
- Agent Peacock: He's flamboyant and pretty, but a very powerful Trainer.
- Ambiguously Gay: His clothing and poses are very flamboyant, but all of his dialogue in-game is actually very serious and strait-laced. Remains the same for the remakes, though the camp is ramped up. To wit: his in-game model has him facing you from the side, as opposed to every other NPC model that faces straight at you, and in a hands-on-forward hips pose. Moreover, in his pre-battle dialogue with you and when he gives you the Waterfall HM, he poses for a sudden photoshoot, complete with close-ups and flashes.
- Badass Cape: Wears one in Emerald, doubling as an All-Encompassing Mantle in artwork.
- Bishōnen: He's very fair-featured and handsome.
- Bonus Boss: In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, he'll sometimes be an opponent during Master Rank contests after beating his niece Lisia.
- The Casanova: His gym is full of female trainers who say nothing but adoring things about Wallace.
- Cool Uncle: To Lisia, who he took under his wing as his apprentice since her mother was very sickly.
- Final Boss: In Emerald only.
- Helping Would Be Kill Stealing: Oh gee, thanks for sitting on the sidelines and not offering to help fight Groudon/Kyogre/summon Rayquaza! Justified to an extent in both games. For Ruby and Sapphire, Sootopolis citizens are forbidden to enter the Cave of Origins. Emerald justifies it by having him go to the Sky Pillar with you, but then starts to become worried about Sootopolis when he notices the storm spreading rapidly and states he has to go back.
- Going Commando: The outfit he wears in the remakes very prominently show off his hips, making it look as though he isn't wearing anything underneath.
- In-Series Nickname: Lisia refers to him as "Uncle Wall".
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Wallace is the only Gym Leader to hand out a Hidden Machine instead of a Technical Machine after his defeat, as seen in Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. In this case, it's Waterfall, the HM that his badge authorizes.
- Making a Splash: He mainly uses Water-type Pokémon.
- Meaningful Name: Wallace uses water.
- Nice Hat: Wears a beret.
- Stripperific: His redesign in the remakes shows about as much skin as Elesa's. See Going Commando above.
- Strong Family Resemblance: A character introduced in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Lisia, sort of looks like him. She's actually his niece.
- Weapon of Choice: Water-types, with his most powerful being Milotic.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: More teal-ish, but he does.
"Together, you and your Pokémon overcame all the challenges you faced, however difficult. It means that you've triumphed over any personal weaknesses, too. The power you learned... I can feel it emanating from you."
Champion of the Sinnoh league, she's an archaeologist who explores ancient ruins and investigates ancient legends. She cameos repeatedly in the games up to Gen VI, to various effect. Unlike most champions, she has no type of preference, she trains a diverse and balanced team.
"I've really been looking forward to deciding who's the strongest Pokémon Trainer in the Unova region! Kiai!"
A Bug-type master and champion of the Unova league, Alder once trained only to be powerful. The illness and death of his starter Pokémon changed Alder's outlook on life, and he adopted a more reserved temperment. He's stepped down from his position in Black 2 and White 2
- Actually, I Am Him: In the previous games, the story keeps the identity of the Champion a secret until you actually fight him/her, and that that champion is always there to give you aid at appropriate times. Alder is the first in line to actually introduce himself as Champion before the mandatory Elite Four Challenge. Of course, given what happens at the end of the game, this was probably intentional.
- All Your Powers Combined: In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 his team in the Champions tournament is his signature Volcarona, a mon that represents each of the Elite Four (Krookodile, Chandelure, Reuniclus, Conkeldurr), and Braviary, embodying the region as a whole.
- Anime Hair: Hair styles in the series are usually restrained. Alder's is not.
- Antiquated Linguistics: Japanese version only.
- Armor-Piercing Question: He does this to Cheren by asking him what would he do after becoming Champion.
- Badass: He is the only Champion so far to actually try and directly fight the Big Bad (while it is still implied to be N, anyway)! Lance helps fight Team Rocket, but is nowhere to be found during the Radio Tower takeover. Steven and Wallace merely sit on the sidelines, and Cynthia follows you in Platinum into the Distortion World but makes you fight Cyrus by yourself.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: You don't get the traditional battle against the Champion in Pokémon Black and White . Rather, when you enter his chamber, N will have curbstomped his entire team, and raise a huge castle up, making the actual final bosses the version mascot, N, and Ghetsis. You do get to fight him during rematches, though.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: His Black and White team contains three powerful Bug-types.
- Big Good: Of Unova.
- Bonus Boss: In Black 2 and White 2. Aside from appearing in the World Tournament, he can battled once after beating the Elite Four.
- Cool Old Guy: He's old enough to have a grandson and uses Antiquated Linguistics in the Japanese language.
- Dead Sidekick: It's mentioned several times throughout Black and White that Alder spends a lot of time wandering when he's not taking challengers due to the death of one of his Pokémon. In the post-game he mentions it was his starter which is a Larvesta.
- Dramatic Wind: Blows both before you battle him, and in his sprite animation. Even though you're inside.
- Fiery Redhead
- Kiai: In Black 2 and White 2, he'll shout "Kiai" before a battle with him. Training with him is probably where Marshal picked up the habit.
- Leitmotif: Alder's theme is a calm flute solo, reflecting his age and wisdom.
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: He basically decides to deal with N and Plasma by making him beat the Elite Four and fight the Champion instead of directly confronting him beforehand; it doesn't work.
- A Load of Bull: He has a Bouffalant in his Black and White team and his non-PWT team in Black 2 and White 2.
- Meaningful Name: His English name refers to the Alder species of moths, as well as the Alder plant—a diet of many species of moths and butterflies. Both these reference his Volcarona. In addition, an "alderman" is a person who is recognized as the eldest and most influential member of a council, reflecting his position as Unova's champion.
- Mentor Archetype: To the Player Character and Cheren. In the sequels, he shows up and does a little of this to the new Player Character towards the beginning of the game.
- Non-Elemental: Like Cynthia, he has no type specialty. Half of his team is Bug-type, though this seems more due to chance than deliberate design choice.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: According to Iris in the Memory Link, she really had to earn the title of Champion fighting him.
- Retired Badass:
- Deconstructed. Alder gets called out of semi-retirement to stop N's ascent to power, but he's badly out of practice and gets curbstomped offscreen. Reconstructed post-game when Alder starts training again and becomes a Bonus Boss.
- Played straight in Black 2 and White 2, where he's officially retired.
- Supporting Leader
- True Final Boss: In Black and White. He may share Cynthia's levels, but you merely battle her in a villa while to get to Alder, you have to re-fight the entire League. Beating him brings minor plot and character arcs to a close and registers you in the Hall of Fame.
- Uncatty Resemblance: To his signature Pokémon, Volcarona.
- The Unfought: Subverted; you do fight him in the game, but not when you think you would.
- Walking the Earth: He spends most of his time in Black and White doing this because of the aforementioned Dead Sidekick above. It can also be inferred he also did this to teach passerby trainers that he encounters, like Cheren.
- Weapon of Choice: Volcarona.
"The Trainers who come here are Trainers who desire victory with every fiber of their being! And they are battling alongside Pokémon that have been through countless difficult battles! If I battle with people like that, not only will I get stronger, my Pokémon will, too! And we'll get to know each other even better!"
Iris is a Dragon-type trainer, and the Opelucid Gym Leader in White
. Between the first games and their sequels she grew older, stronger, and challenged and defeated Alder to become the new champion for Black 2 and White 2
For her anime counterpart, see Pokémon - Best Wishes
- A Child Shall Lead Them: She's likely no older than her early or mid teens, younger than most other Boss characters in the franchise.
- Action Girl: The second female Champion. Even more impressive, as it says above, she can't be any older than her teens. Contrast to Cynthia and Diantha, who have to be in their twenties at minimum.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: Was this to Drayden in White and was aiming to become one in Black. Now that she's the Champion, Drayden resumed his place as Gym Leader.
- Airplane Arms: Seems to be her default pose.
- Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: Her room initially is borderline, the back wall featuring a large starfield with emblems representing the Champion and Elite Four circling it like planets. Then the battle begins and that serves as the basis for the field.
- Ambiguously Brown: What kind of ancestry she has is unclear.
- Anime Hair: She has a similar hairstyle to her old one◊ from Black and White. It now resembles the wings of a Hydreigon, the first Pokémon she sends out.
- Badass Adorable: Youngest known Champion (aside from the players and possibly Blue), who does a pretend roar when you fight her. Then sends out a Hydreigon, and that's just her first Pokémon.
- Cool Crown: It certainly fits her as champion.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard:
- Her Haxorus in White version was under-leveled, just like Drayden's.
- She also has an under-leveled Hydreigon in Black 2 and White 2.
- Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Her champion team is based off of dinosaur mons, which consists of mostly Dragons.
- Fossil Revival: She uses an Archeops on her champion teams.
- Genki Girl: If emulating a roar in her animated sprite in her Champion battle is any indication.
- Girlish Pigtails: In Black and White.
- Heir to the Dojo: She was Drayden's apprentice and adoptive grandaughter, training to take over the gym when he retires.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: In Black and White, she was a Dragon-user as Gym Leader. While she diversified after becoming Champion, her strongest Mon is still the Dragon-type Haxorus.
- Last Chance Hit Point: Her Haxorus is always holding a Focus Sash, allowing it to get off at least one Dragon Dance.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: She is the only Champion who doesn't appear in the Champion's section of the Pokémon World Tournament in Black 2 and White 2.
- Little Miss Badass: She's both the youngest and the eighth Gym Leader in White, and then Unova's Champion in Black 2 and White 2.
- Magical Girl Warrior: While not actually a Magical Girl Warrior, her theme and outfit, as well as room are all very evocative of the genre.
- Mythology Gag:
- The eighth Gym Leader has become Champion in the next game? Gee, where have we heard a story like that before? Also, once she becomes Champion her teacher and the former Gym Leader takes the gym position over again, much like with Juan taking over after Wallace.
- Also, a (generally speaking) Dragon-type expert becoming a Champion in the direct sequel sounds a lot like Lance, final Elite Four member in Pokémon Red and Blue, becoming the Champion in Pokemon Gold And Silver. This Champion manages to reference three Pokémon games at once.
- In another similarity to Lance, while not all of her Pokémon are Dragon-type, they all at least resemble dragons. Specific parallels exist even, with her Archeops, Lapras and Aggron corresponding to Lance's Aerodactyl, Gyarados and Tyranitar.
- Painting the Medium: If you select Kanji View in the Japanese version, she'll still speak only in kana.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Drayden picked it out for her.
- Purely Aesthetic Gender: The only real difference between her and Drayden as Gym Leaders is that her Pokémon are female and her Druddigon has Sheer Force instead of Rough Skin.
- Purple Is Powerful: She commands Dragon-type Pokémon (the type itself is commonly depicted with a purple hue) as a skilled Gym Leader/Champion, with her blazing purple hair exemplifying the trope even further.
- Raised By Wolve: Word of God says that she was raised in a forest full of Dragon-types..
- Rapunzel Hair: Not as much as Caitlin, but enough. More prominent in her first appearance.
- Stock Ness Monster: Has a Lapras in her Champion team.
- The Unfought: In Black, where Drayden is the 8th gym leader.
- Weapon of Choice: Dragon-types as Gym Leader, with Haxorus as her strongest whether she's Gym Leader or Champion.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair
"...Battling against you and your Pokémon, all of you brimming with hope for the future... Honestly, it just fills me up with energy I need to keep facing each new day! It does!"
The champion of the Kalos league, Diantha is more famous and loved for her acting; she's a movie star. However, her true passion is Pokémon, though she doesn't often meet truly interesting and powerful trainers.
- Action Girl: The third female Champion, taking up from Cynthia and Iris.
- All Your Powers Combined: Doesn't have any type theme, like Blue, Cynthia and Alder.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Diantha gets an extra mention because not only is she a world-renowned actress and the Kalos Champion, she also has the title of "Grand Duchess" in the Battle Chateau, the highest rank there is and one that is only shared by the player character (who has to actually reach it before being able to battle Diantha at the Chateau).
- Badass Longcoat
- Big, Badass Bird of Prey: Her Hawlucha.
- Bishie Sparkle / Everything's Better with Sparkles: When battling Diantha as Champion, her pre-battle portrait has falling sparkles and rays of light.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Like many of the other Champions, she appears throughout the story pretending to be just a random Trainer with no relevance whatsoever to the Pokémon League. But of course...
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting: She looks a lot like Audrey Hepburn. They're even both actresses.
- Famed In-Story: Famous as both Champion and actress.
- Fossil Revival: Has both Aurorus and Tyrantrum, the evolved Kalos fossils.
- Former Child Star: Lysandre mentions that she had played a young girl in her debut. Depending on how young she was, she could be an aversion of this trope, becoming successful into adulthood.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Has a Tyrantrum and a Goodra, both of which are Dragon type Pokémon introduced in her Generation.
- Lady of War: Very elegant, her signature Pokémon is a Mega Gardevoir, and radiates this while in battle.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Greatly resembles Audrey Hepburn.
- One Of These Is Not Like The Others: Is the only Champion to not have a Weapon of Choice discovered in the same region she's champion of, and it's the only Pokémon she has that isn't a Kalos Pokémon, unless you count Mega Gardevoir as a Kalos Pokémon. Lance technically averts this because the Johto games have you challenge the Champion in Kanto.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Wears her hair tied up in a spiky bun.
- Psychic Powers: Has a Gardevoir (which can Mega Evolve) as her team ace.
- Weaksauce Weakness: While the typing is varied, half of the team has a weakness to Steel (one having it at quadruple damage) and the other half has a weakness to Ice.
- Weapon of Choice: Gardevoir — to be more specific, Mega Gardevoir.
- We Can Rule Together: She is given this offer by Lysandre in her first appearance, and quickly shoots down his argument.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Looks forward to aging and being able to play new types of roles, causing her to refuse Lysandre's offer of eternal youth and bewildering him in the process.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Hers are dangerously short.
- Woman in White: All her clothing, from head to toe, is pure white — in a curious contrast to Cynthia.