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

  • The Ace: As the Champion, they're supposed to be the strongest trainers of their respective regions.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: It's implied they have some sort of legal authority, though it's not made clear exactly what their exact responsibilities are.
  • Boss Bonanza: They're at the end of one against the Elite Four.
  • 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: They're the last big challenge of the main story before the credits roll. Averted with Alder, as you have to beat N instead.
  • 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 almost always lose with dignity, with the closest that they get to anger being disbelief.
  • 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 

Blue Oak (Green Ookido)

Kanto Champion (Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen)

For more information on Blue, check the Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals page.


Lance (Wataru)
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (JP, Pokémon Generations), Ben Diskin (EN, Pokémon Generations)

"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, Blue, Yellow, and the Gen I remakes. In Gold and Silver, Crystal, and their 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 Cape: He's never seen without a cape. According to the Fame Checker in FireRed and LeafGreen, he buys them at the Department Store in Celadon City.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: He teams up with the protagonist during a part of the Rocket plot in Gold and Silver, and with Clair as a Dual Boss in HeartGold and 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. note 
    • 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.
    • During a team-up with the player at the tail end of the Rocket Hideout inflitration in HeartGold and SoulSilver, he uses a Level 40 Dragonite.
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Since Dragon-types were scarce in early games, several of his Pokémon are dragons in appearance and/or dinosaur-inspired such as Aerodactyl, Lapras, Kangaskhan and Tyranitar.
  • Dual Boss: You can fight him alongside his cousin Clair in HeartGold and SoulSilver as a Bonus Boss in the Dragon's Den, but only after you've fought your rival at Mt. Moon (as he's your partner against them).
  • 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 group, and as Champion in the Johto games, his three Dragonites each get one of the moves. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, his Gyarados, Aerodactyl and Charizard know Ice Fang, Thunder Fang and Fire Fang respectively, while his three Dragonite keep Thunder, Blizzard and Fire Blast. His FireRed and LeafGreen 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.
  • Good Is Not Soft: In a disconcerting nod to his manga counterpart, Lance is apparently willing to sic his pokemon on human criminals. When you meet him at Team Rocket's Johto HQ, the first thing he does is tell his Dragonite to Hyper Beam the grunt running the front store. You can find another grunt downstairs who's also been blasted, and when Executive Ariana tries to double team you with a grunt, the Dragonite physically slams the footsoldier away from you. All three grunts apparently survive, thankfully.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: By the World Tournament, all his Pokemon have Dragon as at least a secondary typing.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • Rule of Three: He has three Dragonite in his team when he's the Champion in Gold and Silver, though he swaps two of them out in his rematch fights in the remakes.
  • Sequel Difficulty Spike: Beginning with Yellow, his team has a much stronger moveset than in Red and Blue, most notably his Dragonite which knows, Blizzard, Thunder and Fire Blast.
  • Signature Move: He prefers Hyper Beam, so much in fact all of his Pokémon in Red, Blue and Yellow and their remakes, and also in Gold, Silver and Crystal and in Pokémon Stadium 2 know it.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Due to the overall lack of Dragon-type Pokémon in the Red and Blue (despite many resembling them), he has a Kangaskhan in the Stadium games.
  • Weapon of Choice: He trains Dragons, but due the type's lack of numbers early on he has to fill out his teams with other Pokémon. His most powerful Pokémon is always Dragonite, the only fully-evolved Dragon-type in Red and Blue.



True Kanto/Johto Champion (Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver)

Like Blue, more information can be found on the Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals page.

    Steven Stone 

Steven Stone (Daigo Tsuwabuki)
Voiced by: Akira Ishida (JP) (Promo, Pokémon Generations)

"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 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 Bookworm: Hoenn's League Champion is a daring geologist, and perhaps even a paleontologist given his fossil Pokémon. ORAS also shows that he's one of the few people researching Mega Stones.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: As one of the strongest trainers in the series and heir of the resident Mega Corp., Steven certainly looks the part.
  • Barrier Warrior: In your fight with him against Maxie and Tabitha in Emerald he's more focused on covering you than attacking, starting with a Metang with Reflect and Light Screen, as well as an Skarmory and Aggron with Protect, although he also packs some powerful attacks, such as Psychic and Dragon Claw.
  • Bishōnen: He was always good-looking, but it's in the remakes where his looks are acknowledged In-Universe.
    • 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.
  • 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 a red 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 his team in the Pokémon World Tournament in Black and White 2 features an Archeops in addition to the aforementioned two. In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, he uses an Aerodactyl in the rematch with him.
  • 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).
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Wallace. This relationship is explored further in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, with Steven trusting Wallace enough to make him the new Champion if he (Steven) leaves.
  • 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: He's a lot more generous than most characters. He gives you a Mega Bracelet among many other items (the Itemfinder, the Eon Flute, etc) as well as gifting the Elite Four with Key Stones. He also personally breeds you a new Lv.1 Beldum for a gift, and in Heartgold and Soulsilver gived you a Hoenn starter of your choosing.
  • 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.
    • O.O.C. 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.


Wallace (Mikuri)

"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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Steven. This relationship is explored further in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
  • 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.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's really pretty, his redesign wears an outfit that shows a lot of skin and said outfit strongly suggests that he has nothing on underneath it.
  • Mythology Gag: He goes back to being a Gym Leader in the remakes. However, in the Delta Episode, you get to fight his champion team from Emerald.
  • 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-fitting his emphasis on beauty.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: More teal-ish, but he does.


Cynthia (Shirona)
Voiced by: Aya Endo (JP, Pokémon Generations), Tara Sands (EN, Pokémon Generations)

"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. After her debut in Diamond and Pearl, she appeared as a Bonus Boss or cameo in every main series game until X and Y. Unlike some champions, she has no type of preference, she trains a diverse and balanced team.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Lenora even references it in Black and White.
  • 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 was in every game since her introduction, including HeartGold and SoulSilver, though this trend was broken in X and Y. She returns in Sun and Moon however.
  • Badass Bookworm: A scholar AND a League Champion.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a long black coat.
  • Big Good: In the plot of Diamond, Pearl and Platinum. She actually leaves most of the good stuff to you, but is around to guide and help you repeatedly along the way.
  • 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: For players who may have missed her in Gen IV, her appearance in a random villa in Undella Town in Black and White could be mistaken as just another trainer. And then..."You are challenged by Champion Cynthia!". Averted in Black 2 and White 2, where she tells you who she is first.
  • 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. Additionally, two of the three Pokemon which have been on every one of her teams are Lucario and Garchomp, two breakouts in their own right.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Her place is a jumbled mess of research papers and she'd rather leave saving the world to under-qualified 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).
  • 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.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: In Black and White she mentions a "young trainer" (ostensibly the player character the Gen IV games) who defeated Giratina, implying Platinum is the canon game of those three Gen IV games.
  • 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.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Inverted, she keeps her all-black outfit (complete with Badass Longcoat) in the tropical region of Alola in Sun and Moon.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Cynthia actually becomes quite friendly with the player over the course of Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, 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.
  • 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.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: You can team up with her for Doubles battles in Pokémon Sun and Moon.
  • Hair Decorations: Which look like the thingies on Lucario's head.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Probably one of the nicest Champions in the series.
  • 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 Pokémon 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.
  • Lady of War: She's composed, elegant, polite and the Champion.
  • Master of All: Her Platinum team has no overlapping types and she has a damaging move for every one in the series up to that point except for Steel.
  • 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.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Tall? Check. Cleavage? Check. The Tease? Check. Cynthia clearly fills this role for the Pokémon Champions.
    • One female Swimmer trainer asks the player if they didn't come to the beach just to see Cynthia in a swimsuit.
  • Non-Elemental: She has no type specialty, like Blue and preceding Diantha.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair covers her left eye.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down to her knees.
  • Socialite: Being one is one of her reasons for being in Unova.
  • Super Mode: In the Battle Tree, her Lucario and Garchomp can Mega Evolve.
  • 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?"
  • Two Girls to a Team: Inverted; she's never had more than two male Pokemon on her team. In Diamond and Pearl, her only male Pokemon is Lucario. In Platinum, her female Gastrodon is dropped for Togekiss, who is also male. In Black and White, Togekiss is dropped for Braviary, a male-only species, and in Black and White 2, Togekiss is re-added.
  • Useless Useful Spell:
    • Her Garchomp always has Sand Veil ability, which boosts its evasion in the sandstorm. Too bad she has no Pokémon that can cause it, regardless of game.
    • Togekiss in Platinum has it even worse. Its ability, Hustle, boosts its physical Attack at the cost of accuracy. But since it doesn't have any physical move, its Ability is worse than useless - it actually hinders it. This was fixed in Black/White 2, where its ability was changed to Serene Grace(although in PWT, it's randomized every time you fight her).
  • Weapon of Choice: Garchomp, Lucario, and Spiritomb are the only members of her team that are in every encounter with her. Garchomp is her highest level Pokemon in every encounter, with exception to the PWT which locks levels at 50. However, her hair accessories mimic the ones found on Lucario. In Sun and Moon, she can Mega-evolve her Garchomp.


Alder (Adeku)

"I've really been looking forward to deciding who's the strongest Pokémon Trainer in the Unova region! Kiai!"

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. His teams lean towards Bug-types, but have a balance of other types as well.

  • 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 Grandpa: Alder's the oldest champion with a grandson who's the same age as the player character and is the most powerful trainer in the region.
  • Badass Teacher: In Black 2 and White 2 he now teaches two school kids the basics of Pokemon battling. He can still kick ass if need be as seen in the optional post-game battle.
  • 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.
  • Frontline General: 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.
  • 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.
  • Perma-Stubble: Emphasizing his wise nature guru look.
  • 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: He aids out the player multiple times throughout the game.
  • 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.


Voiced by: Rina Hidaka (JP, Pokémon Generations), Cherami Leigh (EN, Pokémon Generations)

"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.
  • 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.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Shows that Pink Means Feminine, and she does a Girly Skirt Twirl when she first puts it on.
  • 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 Wolves: 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


Diantha (Carnet)
"...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.

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Cultured Badass: Given that she's able to debate philosophy with Lysandre and is a very powerful trainer, she definitely qualifies.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: When battling Diantha as Champion, her pre-battle portrait has falling sparkles and rays of light.
  • Face Deathwith Dignity: A subverted example, usually actresses DREAD the idea of aging (even considering it a fate worse than death) as it limits their potential starring roles in cinema. Diantha on the other hand actually looks forward to it, seeing aging as a chance to play roles she could never play at her current age.
  • 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.

    Alola Champion *spoilers* 
After defeating the Elite Four, the Player is approached by Professor Kukui. While not the Champion, Pofessor Kukui is the founder of the Alola League and the final trial before the Player can be officially recognized as the first Champion of the Alola Pokémon League.

More information about Professor Kukui can be found on Pokémon Professors

The true Champion, the player character, is found in Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals under Protagonists and Generation VII.