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 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.
- If you talk to Marshal after you beat him in B/W, he mentions that Alder ordered them to be neutral, implying that this is a sort of Godzilla Threshold.
- Asskicking Equals Authority or Authority Equals Asskicking: Each Champion is the toughest trainer in the region, and you fight them after taking on the Elite Four. Even after completing the game they're still amongst the top trainers in their region.
- Badass: Again, toughest in the region.
- 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 G/S/C and the 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: Generally averted as opposed to the Elite Four, as many of them don't use a specific type.
- Took a Level in Badass: An integrated mechanic since Gen III which can take quite a few new players off guard. The Elite Four's level will often rise from anywhere between 15-20 levels depending on the generation, with more powerful Pokémon in place of weaker ones. This includes the Champion as well. Additionally, owing to the Pokédex being upgraded, they can use Pokémon that aren't normally in that region.
- 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
Kanto/Johto Champion (Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
- Asskicking Equals Authority
- 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, as described further down, have made him even more dangerous.
- 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, and with Clair as a Dual Boss in HGSS.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As Team Rocket found out, do 'not get on his bad side. He has a whole legion of dragons at his disposal.
- Cape Wings: Evokes this in his GSC battle sprite.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Lance infamously has under-leveled Pokémon and teaches them moves they can't legally know.
- In Red and Blue, his Dragonite knows Barrier, a move that to this very day the Dratini line cannot learn in any way. In Generation II, his Aerodactyl knows Rock Slide. It can learn it legit since Generation III, but in Gen II, it couldn't.
- Also in Generation II, his three Dragonite are all below legal level, two at 47 and one at 50, and Dragonair doesn't evolve until Level 55. 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 the remakes when he teams up with you in Mahogany Town, he cheats even worse with a level 40 Dragonite.
- Dinosaurs Are Dragons: In the early generations when 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
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: In Yellow, his Dragonite has Thunder, Blizzard and Fire Blast. As Champion in the Johto games, his three Dragonites each get one of those 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, his two Dragonite have Flamethrower and Thunderbolt while the Kingdra that replaces his second Dragonair has Ice Beam.
- Fossil Revival: He uses an Areodactyl, who resembles a Wyvern.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add 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.
- Redheaded Hero
- Rule of Three: Guess how many members of the Dragonite family he has. Though after you beat him for the first time, he'll swap out two of them and keep the strongest.
- Weapon of Choice: Dragonite. Of course, as it was the only Dragon-type family in the first gen. Taken Up to Eleven in the first few games as he'll keep three of them on his team at once, and even after the new mons are added, Dragonite stays his strongest.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- Between Generation I and Generation II, he went from head of the Elite Four to Champion, packing three Dragonites and a Charizard in addition to his old Gyarados and Aerodactyl.
- In Generation IV and Generation V, now that there's enough Dragon-types to give him a full team, he often packs the pseudo-legendaries like Salamence, Garchomp, and Hydreigon, in addition to Dragonite.
- Weaksauce Weakness: To Ice, Electric, and also Rock. He does have moves to compensate, but a number of his mons in HGSS do have a 4x weakness to either of those.
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)
Hoenn Champion (Ruby and Sapphire
, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
- Alliterative Name: His full name is Steven Stone.
- 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: The redesign gives him a dashing new suit.
- Bonus Boss: In Pokémon Emerald only, where he's given up the title of Champion.
- The Cameo: In Heartgold/Soulsilver, where he turns up postgame and gives you a Hoenn starter and will trade Beldum for Forretress.
- Classy Cravat
- Dishing Out Dirt: Three of his Mons are Rock-types and one is Ground-type. While part of this can be excused by the lack of powerful Steel-types for the most part, it's notable that in Black 2 and White 2, where there's more than enough Steel-types for a full team, he still uses a team that's only half-Steel. Especially notable since other trainers who had that issue, such as Lance or Volkner, now have full teams of their chosen type.
- 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/Sapphire.
- Fossil Revival: As an avid rock collector, he often finds fossils of extinct Pokémon. All of his teams use at least two of the fossils he has revived. Usually its Armaldo and Cradily.
- Guest Star Party Member; He is first NPC in any Pokemon 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 Station.
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: Steven sounds like steel. His surname Stone also indicates his use of Rock types.
- MacGuffin Escort Mission: His father asks Brendan/May to deliver a letter to Steven in Dewford Town.
- Nice Guy
- 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.
- 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
- The Stoic: Not to an extreme, but it is there fitting of a steel type user.
- Stone Wall: Some of his Pokémon don't hit too hard, but they take hits very well (Skarmory on the physical side mostly),
- Mighty Glacier: One 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, it will Mega Evolve during the Champion battle.
Hoenn Champion (Emerald
- Action Girl: The first female Champion.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Lenora even references it in Black and White.
- Alliterative Name: She's always referred as Champion Cynthia among the fans. Yes, the title is left intact.
- Ascended Extra: Since Gen III, the series has gone way off the Non-Linear Sequel scale - Characters from previous "generations" are assumed to be far away, and barring some stray cameos here and there, you're lucky to even hear about them. Cynthia has been in every game since her introduction, including HeartGold and SoulSilver.
- X and Y seem to break the pattern, as far as can be discerned.
- Badass Bookworm: A scholar AND a League Champion.
- Badass Longcoat
- Big Good: in the plot of Diamond/Pearl/Platinum, sort of. She actually leaves most of the good stuff to you.
- Bonus Boss: In Black and White and Black 2 and White 2. In both games, she is the highest leveled-trainer tied with their respective Champions (except in Challenge Mode where Iris' team exceeds hers by one level).
- Boss in Mook Clothing: When you go into that house in Unova, not expcting anything huge. And then..."Champion Cynthia would like to battle!"
- In Black 2 and White 2 she tells you who she is first. (Just in case you didn't play the first game.)
- Boss Banter: During battle she occasionally lets you know she's having a lot of fun.
- Breakout Character: Cynthia has gone on to be the most featured Champion and in general one of the most reoccurring characters in the franchise.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Her place is a jumbled mess of research papers and she'd rather leave saving the world to underqualified preteens. She's also by far the most powerful trainer in the region (not counting that part later in the game where the player character inevitably undertakes a marathon of Level Grinding and achieves godhood).
- Combat Stilettos: Has them in her Sugimori art...
- Continuity Nod: In Black and White: "You certainly bear a resemblance to that trainer who faced Giratina..."
- Cool Big Sis: She's an older sister, and she acts like this to you.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She is dressed in dark clothes and her Spiritomb is a Ghost/Dark type, but she's still very nice.
- Depending on the Artist: Has Combat Stilettos in her Sugimori art but her sprites give her flat shoes.
- Fanservice/The Tease:
"Hmm. This is difficult. I was greedy and bought a lot of swimsuits, but now I can't pick which one to wear."
"Here's my problem. I have a white swimsuit and a black swimsuit... Which one would look better on me?"
- One female Swimmer trainer asks the player if they didn't come to the beach just to see Cynthia in a swimsuit.
- Fighting Your Friend: Cynthia actually becomes quite friendly with the player over the course of Diamond and Pearl, making it all the more interesting when you finally face off.
- Foreshadowing: In Black and White, she says, "Once every few years, the Champions of each region gather and compete to see who is the strongest! An interesting idea, don't you agree?" In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, we get the Pokémon World Tournament, which is exactly this taken Up to Eleven.
- Forgot About Her Powers: In Platinum. You're battling Cyrus, the fate of the world hangs in the balance, and she just stands there. Sure, she has faith in you and would obviously step in if push came to shove — and perhaps she thinks you need the challenge — but it's still sort of cruel given that you're an eleven year old kid.
- Considering what lives in the Distortion World, she's probably more making sure you don't get vaped by Giratina during your battle.
- Graceful Loser: Up to the battle, she does the usual "I see the strength in your heart and accept the challenge" bit that nearly all powerful trainers in the series seem obligated to recite by contract, but as the battle progresses, she gradually stops bothering, and her response when you beat her is basically a "Yay for you!".
- Gray Eyes: Fits the mentor part of the first type, minus the dying.
- Hair Decorations: Which look like the thingies on Lucario's head.
- Helping Would Be Kill Stealing: Only the player character has the strength to thwart Cyrus and Team Galactic. Wait, don't you have an elite team of Pokemon with perfect IVs?
- Leitmotif: Two of them; one during the dialog before battle and the other during battles. She keeps both across generations, promoting them from normal Final Boss themes to this. Her introductory theme can be heard any time in Platinum if one's villa has a piano.
- Ironic Name: Her Japanese name Shirona means white, but her Champion room and outfit is the opposite of it.
- Non-Elemental: Not a Normal-type specialist. She has no type specialty.
- Min-Maxing: Going through the data of the Sinnoh games shows that her Pokémon have the highest possible Individual Values and significant Effort Value investment. This makes her team notably bulkier and stronger than the rest of the Elite Four.
- Oh Crap: The expression of the player when they enter the house she's in and her Leitmotif begins. Luckily she gives you the option to back out until you're ready.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Socialite: Being one is one of her reasons for being in Unova.
- Weapon of Choice: Garchomp.
- Woman in Black
Unova Champion (Black and White
- Actually, I Am Him: In the previous games, the story keeps the identity of the Champion a secret until you actually fight him/her (save for when checking a guide), 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: 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.
- Anime Hair
- 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 this time after all. 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 which has lead to speculation that Bug may be his specialty. Goes to show just how powerful the Bug-types of Unova are.
- Big Good: Of Unova.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- Bonus Boss: In Black 2 and White 2. Aside from appearing in the World Tournament, he can battled only once after beating the Elite Four. However, he lost his cut-in intro and his battle theme. He recovers his battle theme for the PWT Champions Tournament, though.
- Cool Old Guy: While his age is never made explicit, he is easily older than most of the previous champions appearance wise and uses Antiquated Linguistics in the Japanese language.
- Dead Sidekick: It's mentioned several times throughout the game 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, but the species is never revealed.
- Black & White 2 reveals it to be 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 doing it through the old-fashioned style of beat the Elite Four and fight the Champion instead of directly confronting him; it doesn't work.
- A Load of Bull: He has a Bouffalant.
- 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. This is exactly the capacity he serves as Unova's champion.
- Mentor Archetype: Plays as this kind of character to the Player Character and Cheren. In the sequels, he shows up and does a little of this to the new Player Character.
- 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.
- Perma Stubble
- Retired Badass: Deconstructed. Alder gets called out of retirement to stop N's ascent to power, but he's badly out of practice, and the player character arrives as N finishes mopping the floor with him. Reconstructed post-game when Alder starts training again and becomes a Bonus Boss.
- Played straight in Black/White 2
- Supporting Leader
- True Final Boss: In the first set of games. 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 the games 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.
Unova Champion (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 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 early 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 battle 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 Pokemon.
- Cool Crown: It certainly fits her as champion.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard:
- Her Haxorus in White version was under-leveled.
- She also has an under-leveled Hydreigon in Black or White 2. In fact, it has the exact same moveset that Ghetsis' had in the first games in every mode except the initial battle in regular mode (that would be Dragon Pulse, Surf, Fire Blast and Focus Blast).
- 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. However, she diversified after becoming Champion, as seen below in Non-Elemental.
- 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 Pokemon World Tournament in the sequel games. While Alder, Steven, Blue, and Red are ex-champions, it doesn't explain the rest being there if they have Champion duties.
- Little Miss Badass: She's both the youngest and the eighth Gym Leader in White. And of course in Black 2 and White 2 she has become the Unova Champion.
- 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 Pokémon Gold and Silver. This Champion manages to reference three Pokémon games at once.
- In another similarity to Lance, while not all of her Pokemon 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.
- Her Haxorus in the games may be a Shout-Out to her anime counterpart's signature Axew.
- Non-Elemental: Though she specialized in Dragons back in the first set of games, here she's expanded her team to include other types, though half of her team is still Dragons.
- 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; they're the same species and have the same moves. Their Druddigon's abilities are different, too; hers has Sheer Force.
- 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 Dragons: Word of God says that she was raised in a forest by them.
- Wild Child: Though she seems rather collected and composed, as opposed to N.
- Rapunzel Hair: Not as much as Caitlin, but enough. More prominent in her first appearance.
- Stock Ness Monster: Has a Lapras, which is compared to the Loch Ness Monster by many fans.
- Took a Level in Badass: Was the Gym Leader of Opelucid city in White (only Drayden's apprentice in Black), and is now the Unova League Champion.
- The Unfought: In Black, where Drayden is the 8th gym leader.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Ice-type moves will wipe out two-thirds of her Champion team. She picked up on that, though, as she also has two other Pokémon that resist Ice (Aggron and Lapras, the latter of which only takes quarter damage from Ice). However, those two (and Hydreigon) also happen to be weak to Fighting-type moves. Additionally, half her Pokémon (Druddigon, Lapras and Aggron) are rather slow, which makes it easy to get in hits against them.
- Weapon of Choice: Haxorus.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair
Kalos Champion (X and Y
- 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, their signature Pokemon 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 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.