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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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 (Green Ookido) 

Blue Oak (Green Ookido)

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

For more information on Blue, check the Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals page.
  • The Ace: The most accomplished rival in the series. What makes Blue unique is that he consistently outmatches you and becomes champion before you, giving the final battle a personal tone.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the remakes. In the original he had a sneering, downright punchable face. The remakes changed it into a cocky grin.
  • Always Someone Better:
    • He always shows up ahead of you, even up to beating the Elite Four before you and being the Final Boss.
    • His remake artwork plays with this and portrays him holding an Ultra Ball rather than a Pokéball like the protagonists.
    • This gets reversed in Gold and Silver, where in the remakes, he will often talk about Red and how Red defeated him.
  • Anime Hair: His hair is spiked up in all of his appearances.
  • The Artifact: His name is Blue (as a reference to the Gen I games, Red and Blue) but really should be Green (as it is in Japan, as a reference to the original Red and Green, which was never released internationally). There may have been an opportunity to fix this and have him be Green worldwide when the Gen I remakes came around, (LeafGreen was released in all territories, instead of say a WaterBlue) but his name is still Blue in the Gen II remakes, and in Gen VII. Despite this in more recent appearances the designers have gone out of their way to give him green clothes and overall motif while still not changing his name back to Green. This artifact even led to Dub Induced Plot Holes in Origins and Pokémon Adventures, and has necessitated editing some (but strangely not all) of his green auras and promo backgrounds to blue ones.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: By Gold and Silver and their remakes, he's become the Viridian City Gym Leader. He's also the strongest one between Kanto and Johto. In Sun and Moon, it's made clear that Blue's second only to Red and acts as one of the two Final Bosses of the Battle Tree.
  • Badass Boast: His final speech before battling him as Champion:
    Blue: "While working on my Pokédex, I looked all over for Pokémon. Not only that, I assembled teams that would beat any Pokémon type. And now… I am the Pokémon League Champion! Red! Do you know what that means? I'll tell you. I am the most powerful Trainer in the world!"
  • Bishōnen: In Sun and Moon, an older Blue appears to be edging into this, contrasting with Red, who's developing into a more thickly-built guy. Though quite frankly, he had been showing signs of developing into one of these even back in Heart Gold and Soul Silver.
  • Bootstrapped Theme: His Champion battle theme plays during the Real Life Pokémon Video Game Championship Finals.
  • Break the Haughty: When you beat him and end his short reign as Champion. Professor Oak telling him that he stands no chance of becoming the Champion again in his current state adds salt to the wound.
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • "Smell ya later!", easily his most iconic one despite actually only being used about twice in full in Generation I. Continues into GenVI. While he himself doesn't show up, an NPC says he visited the region. While he's managed to learn how to say "Bonjour", he still makes his exit with "Smell ya later".
    • "Whatever!", come HeartGold and SoulSilver.
    • There's also "Bonjour", which is mentioned again in X and Y.
  • Character Development: The first hint at this is him giving you the Fame Checker after you defeat him before Nugget Bridge because he felt guilty always being ahead of you. In the credits, he seems to be thinking about himself and his Pokémon after being told off by his grandfather and being beaten by you. In Gold and Silver, he is fairly less of a Jerkass. He is also much more mature and seems to have learned how to take care of his Pokémon. This is evident when his Pidgeot uses Return, a Normal attack that becomes stronger the more the Pokémon likes its user.
  • Continuity Nod: In Red and Blue, his sprite as the Champion had him wearing a leather jacket, which isn't seen again in Gold and Silver or the first generation remakes. It later returns in his design for HeartGold and SoulSilver.
    • His team when first battling him in front of the Battle Tree has the same Pokémon from when he competed in the Pokémon World Tournament which was the last time he was seen chronologically. His own selection in the Battle Tree includes all of his possible mons when originally fought as Champion, his Machamp added in HeartGold and SoulSilver, his Aerodactyl from the aforementioned PWT, and Tyranitar which is a common Pokémon in his rematches.
  • Cool Shades: His Sun and Moon Sugimori artwork has him taking off a pair of sunglasses.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: Averted, unlike with Red. He has none of the Kanto starters in any of his teams when fought as a Gym Leader or Pokémon World Tournament participant.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the second generation, he has settled into the role of Viridian City's Gym Leader. He has also made minor appearances in several later games as a Bonus Boss.
  • Dub Name Change: To follow with Red and Green becoming Red and Blue in international versions, he goes from Green to Blue. This can cause Dub Induced Plot Holes when Color-Coded Characters is invoked. See The Artifact above.
  • Final Boss: Of the first generation. He becomes the Champion just before Red and, in bookending major Pokémon battles, is the last trainer faced in the first generation's final boss bonanza after being the first battle of the game.
  • Gratuitous French: "Bonjour!" is one of his catchphrases, at least to some extent, having first appeared before you battle him on the S.S. Anne. Even by the time X and Y rolls around he is mentioned to still use it.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: In Generation I, except for Yellow, he wears a black leather jacket upon becoming the Champion. He wears it full-time in Generations IV and V.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: The novelty has been lost over the years, but the revelation that Blue is the Champion in Red and Blue was this. Up until that point, the player was led to believe that all they had to do was defeat the Elite Four to be considered the Champion, and the last time you encountered Blue, it was defeating him before traversing through Victory Road.
  • Informed Attribute: The apparent mistreatment of his Pokémon is never actually shown, only told.
  • Irony:
    • Despite being named Blue, he was initially shown to favor Charmander as a starter.
    • In Japan, despite being named Green, he is never associated with the Bulbasaur line as a starter.
  • It's All About Me: His downfall is that he thinks so much about himself that he forgets to treat his Pokémon with love and respect. For the entire game, he views Pokémon as nothing more than cool powerful creatures that can do whatever he wants for him and help him become Champion.
    • One may even consider the case of the encounter with him in Silph Co. His placement is DEEP within the building, in the room with the warp panel that leads to the president's office and Giovanni himself. However, it's very clear that his sole reason for being there was to challenge Red, as he promptly leaves to go challenge the Elite Four when you beat him, clearly uninterested in the fact that an infamous criminal organization has invaded and taken over a civilian corporation and taken people hostage. His only mention of it is that he muses how much trouble the Rockets gave Red before reaching him. While his Pokémon Origins self is considerably more dickish than in the game, in this situation he’s a bit better about it, it’s clear that his refusal to engage the Rockets is more out of considering that they’re in over their heads dealing with a notorious criminal organization. It helps that their encounter happens outside the building, the operation itself is clandestine instead of a city-wide invasion, with the two only learning about it from an employee that managed to escape, and Blue at least goes to inform the police with the employee while Red infiltrates the building.
  • Jerkass: He likes to get under the player's skin anytime they cross paths.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Thankfully matures into this by Gold and Silver.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Good luck trying to beat the game without accidentally finding out from somewhere that Blue is the Champion.
  • Non-Elemental: As a Gym Leader and Champion, Blue has no type specialty and is the only Leader in the entire series who doesn't. Technically, his Pokémon cover Fire, Water, Flying, Grass, Psychic, Fighting, Normal, and Ground/Rock.
  • One-Hour Work Week: Daisy mentions in HeartGold and SoulSilver that her brother goes out of town so often that it causes problems for the trainers. Technically, Blue's traveling the world to find and study new Pokémon for his grandfather, but that's little consolation to trainers who want a Viridian City Gym badge.
  • Parental Abandonment: Oak apparently raises him and his sister on his own.
  • Pet the Dog: In the Gen I remakes, he gives you the Fame Checker following the Cerulean City encounter just because he feels sorry for you.
  • Recurring Boss: Blue is fought multiple times in Gen I, including as both the first trainer fight in the game and the game's Final Boss after conquering all four members of the Elite Four.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Red's Blue.
  • The Rival: The first and the most straightly played. The player and Blue compete to see who can become the better trainer. Blue is always a step ahead of the player no matter, and always arrogantly looking down on them, setting up a rival you want to beat.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Zigzagged. Although Blue acts more like an aggressive, arrogant jackass compared to Red, Blue is actually more emotional and loses his temper easily while Red is usually calm and almost never shows any emotions. This is even emphasized in their new designs in Sun and Moon, where Red has a more well-built, toned appearance, while Blue looks more like a pretty boy.
  • Signature Move: Trick Room as the Gym Leader in Generation IV. While only his Exeggutor knows it, it helps Exeggutor itself and its equally slow teammates (Machamp and Rhydon as well as Tyranitar in the rematches) to go first instead.
  • The Smart Guy: He's as much a Pokémon researcher as a Gym Leader in later games. It's mentioned several times that Blue travels all over the world finding and studying new Pokémon for his grandfather, and he tends to go off on tangents about Pokémon evolution and technical skills when you speak with him.
  • Sore Loser: Even after he loses, he talks as if it's the player who needs to get stronger, not him (he finally begrudgingly accepts his loss after the final battle). Not so much later in the timeline, though.
  • Stealth Pun: Lost in Translation; the Kanto Gym Badges are named after colors in the Japanese version, with the Viridian Gym's Earth Badge being called the Green Badge. Blue, named Green in the Japanese version, takes over the Viridian Gym after Giovanni's departure, so Green gives you the Green Badge.
  • Super Mode: Blue can potentially have a Mega Pidgeot, Mega Alakazam, Mega Gyarados, Mega Aerodactyl, or Mega Tyranitar when faced in the Battle Tree.
  • Third-Option Adaptation: His Gym Leader team is based off of his Red and Blue team... omitting the starternote . This is to avoid giving a 'canon' choice of his (and therefore Red's) starter. Notably, he does NOT have an Eeveelution, or any other Pokémon exclusively from his team in Yellow.
  • This Cannot Be!: In the Italian version, after you beat him in the first battle of Pokémon Red and Blue, in his grandfather's laboratory.
    Blue: Cosa? Non può essere! Era il Pokémon sbagliato!Literal English translation 
  • Time Skip: He's visibly in his late teens/early 20's in Pokémon Sun and Moon.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After his stint as Champion, he took over Giovanni's Gym and is the toughest Gym Leader of the 8 Kanto leaders (and the toughest of the 16 in the Indigo League, and possibly toughest of all the Gym leaders in the entire series). He may be second to Red, but that still makes him the second toughest trainer in the game.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He and Red used to be good friends, until he started being a bully for whatever reason right before Red and Blue start. Thankfully, this has largely faded by Sun and Moon, where he's back to being best friends with Red and even kinda friendly with young trainers.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He becomes nicer by Gold and Silver. This continues in Black 2 and White 2, where despite being openly irritated about losing, he still compliments the player for being "the real deal" when defeated and congratulates them if they win the tournament, and by the time of Sun and Moon he doesn't mind losing at all.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The guidebook for Red and Blue explains that he was Red's best friend until shortly before the start of the game, when he become a bully. Despite this, there's still times where he talks to you like an old friend.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Red have apparently (re)developed into this by the time they appear in Sun and Moon; for his part, Blue has clearly mellowed with age.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • Averted. While one Pokémon will always inevitably be more powerful than the others, which Pokémon it is changes in every game. Given a nod in Black 2 and White 2, where he is one of the few trainers in the World Tournament who will lead with whatever Pokémon he feels like leading with, unlike almost everyone else, who always lead with their signature Pokémon.
    • He will have whichever starter has the advantage over Red's. In early promo art for Red and Green. he was always seen with the Charmander line, in contrast to Red's original Bulbasaur. However as Red has become more associated with Charizard, Blue has become more likely to have Blastoise (as seen in the main anime, Origins, and Generations.)
    • He will usually has a trio of Pokémon that are Grass, Fire, and Water types. In games where he and Red both show up as challengers, Red would have all the Kanto starters, so Blue would have Gyarados, Arcanine, and Exeggutor. In games where Blue is the rival, his starter would replace a Pokémon in that trio as his strongest Pokémon. Of those three aforementioned Pokémon, Exeggutor has the best attendance record in the games, and Arcanine in adaptations. Similarly, he gets Eevee in Yellow to contrast Red's Pikachu.
    • In contrast to how meta the rest of his team is, Pidgeot is in his team virtually every time. Often one of the highest leveled of his team to boot. Seems to be an indication of his Hidden Depths, he can't leave behind the first Pokemon he caught.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Blue uses a Rattata against the player during their battle in Cerulean City, which evolves into a Raticate in his next battle. After that, it disappears from his team without mention.

    Lance (Wataru) 

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 Dragonite 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 Dragonite 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)

More information can be found on the Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals page.

  • The Ace: Implied through potential events that can transpire in the games, as well as Red's Bonus Boss status in Pokémon Gold and Silver. As a Bonus Boss, Red's team is the highest leveled of any trainer in the entire series (not counting battle facilities that automatically set levels to 100). Put simply, he's the very best. Like no-one ever was.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Has black hair in Generations I and II, but this is made into light brown hair from Generation III onward, likely to differentiate him from Ash.
  • Always Someone Better: Red is, possibly, on the receiving end of this trope as Ethan/Lyra, Sun/Moon, and Nate/Rosa can all optionally battle (and thus, defeat) Red.
  • Badass Adorable: He's 11 years old in Red and Blue and their remakes. 14 in Gen II/IV, and he's gotta be at least 16 if not older by Black 2 and White 2, but still uses his HeartGold and SoulSilver kid design. In Sun and Moon, though, he's finally shown growing out of this, given a character redesign in his late teens or early twenties.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: As an adult in Sun and Moon, his eyebrows are a lot thicker than they were when he was a kid.
  • Bonus Boss: He does not need to be fought in Gold and Silver and their remakes, unless you want bragging rights. Red is in fact the first Bonus Boss of the series, setting a trend for future games.
  • Boss Corridor: The match with Red in his new Mt. Silver lair at the end of Gold and Silver has a long hallway prior to his platform (this is also in an area with a lot of strong wild Pokémon).
  • Chick Magnet: Quite a few girls are drawn to Red... Though not necessarily just girls his age. This is something often carried over to his other incarnations.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: His Espeon has not made any appearances ever since it was replaced by Lapras in the HGSS remake.
  • Continuity Nod: Red's team in Pokémon Gold and Silver and all future appearances reflects the events of Pokémon Red and Blue. He has a Pikachu and the final forms of the three starters from Generation I, the Snorlax that was once blocking a path, and either Espeon in Pokémon Gold and Silver or Lapras in HeartGold and SoulSilver onwards.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Is wearing a short-sleeved jacket on a perpetually snowing mountain peak. For at least a couple years straight. The only change from his normal outfit is a pair of gloves that don't look particularly warm. One piece of official art depicts him with a winter jacket and yellow scarf, but this is never seen in any game.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: In his HeartGold and SoulSilver and Black 2 and White 2 animations, his eyes are initially obscured by his hat until he lifts the brim. It doesn't obscure his eyes as much in Sun and Moon, but the effect is still there.
  • The Hero: In Gen II and the Gen IV remakes, Red is often referred to as this, for taking out Team Rocket and becoming the Champion three years prior.
  • Heroic Mime:
  • Holding Back the Phlebotinum: His team was comprised of level 80's during his training on Mt. Silver, and when fought on first reaching the Battle Tree they're in their sixties (except Pikachu who is level 70). Even still, they are powered down to level 50 during the World Tournament, like any other trainer.
  • Hot-Blooded: According to a Generation I comic drawn by Sugimori, and many early pieces of media, in a stark contrast to how he is usually perceived now.
  • Hunk: Not quite, but Sun and Moon shows that an older Red is getting close to being one of these, being somewhat more thickly built than Blue, who looks more like a Bishōnen.
  • Iconic Item: Both his original and remake Nice Hats.
    • In Sun and Moon, his new hat is largely forgotten in favor of his "96" T-shirt.
  • Irony: Despite being named Red, he favored the Bulbasaur line early on.
    • Despite being almost universally perceived as The Voiceless (something which became complete Ascended Fanon in Sun and Moon), he's one of the few protagonists who has his own scripted thoughts, and dialogue from the Copycat suggests his speech patterns are surprisingly casual.
      Red: (Discovering a Rocket grunt guard asleep at his post) Ha! He's taking a snooze!
  • Legendary in the Sequel: Red is mentioned several times throughout Gold and Silver as the boy who single-handedly stopped Giovanni and disbanded Team Rocket three years prior, and is held in high regard. This carries forward into other generations as well; in the Sun/Moon trailer, he's explicitly referred to as a legend, and in the game itself he and Blue are the only trainers to have the title of "Battle Legend."
  • Limit Break: Venusaur can carry Grassinum Z, and his Lapras switches off between Normalium Z and Psychium Z.
  • Mythology Gag: Red's HeartGold and SoulSilver team is reminiscent of Ash's team during the Orange Islands arc, especially with Lapras replacing Espeon. Additionally, his Pikachu knows all the moves that Ash's Pikachu knew during the Diamond and Pearl series: Volt Tackle, Iron Tail, Quick Attack, and Thunderbolt.
  • Nice Guy: Implied in Red, Blue, and Yellow, as Professor Oak points out that Red is nice to his Pokémon.
  • Not So Stoic: His usual ellipses are accented with a "!" after losing.
  • Perpetual Frowner:
    • In all his sprites and FireRed and LeafGreen official art. Notably, he's the only protagonist to not be smiling in his official art since the third generation. He also appears with a scowl in his default Nendoroid face, and his 3DS theme alongside Blue. This even carries forward into his Sun/Moon design, where despite being basically an adult now, he still can't seem to crack a smile!
    • Exemplified in his Nendoroid model. Look at the face of the version of him holding the Master Ball!
  • Previous Player-Character Cameo: He reappears in Gold and Silver, HeartGold and SoulSilver, Black 2 and White 2 and Sun and Moon as a Bonus Boss.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Irony time, Blue Oni to Blue's Red. While he's not talkative and usually seen with a serious Game Face on, his rival is cocky, sarcastic, and usually wears a smug grin. Just look at their 3DS theme together, and one of the earliest examples of their contrast.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Zigzagged. Although Blue acts more like an aggressive, arrogant jackass compared to Red, Blue is actually more emotional and loses his temper easily while Red is usually calm and almost never shows any emotions. This is even emphasized in their new designs in Sun and Moon, where Red has a more well-built, toned appearance, while Blue looks more like a pretty boy.
  • So Proud of You: In Gen II, his mother remarks that she's worried for Red, but proud of him for doing what he wants to do.
  • Sudden Name Change: In the Official Fan Book of Pocket Monsters, Red was originally called Satoshi (サトシ) in a special preview of the Gold and Silver games, which is also Ash Ketchum's Japanese name. It was later changed to Red in the actual games for reasons unknown.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Red in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Pokémon: The Origin, as well as the occasional odd internal comment and conversation with Copycat.
  • Super Mode: When Red is battled at the Battle Tree in Sun and Moon, all his starters have four different builds, with each of them having one dedicated to Mega Evolution (except Charizard, which has two to accommodate for each different Mega form). Notably, defeating him is the only way to receive the starter Mega Stones in Sun/Moon.
  • The Stoic: He is described by a worker on the S.S. Anne as the strong silent type, and Blue sarcastically calls him a chatty gossip in the remakes. See Heroic Mime and Perpetual Frowner above.
  • Third-Option Adaptation: He uses all four possible starters from the first game, avoiding giving him a canon starternote . He also uses Pokémon that the player character in Red & Blue received as gifts, or was forced to encounter.
  • Time Skip: He's visibly in his late teens/early 20's in Pokémon Sun and Moon. Most estimates put him at 21-24 years old, depending on the gap between Generation 4 and Generation 5.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Zig-zagged in Sun/Moon. During the optional battle with him at the entrance of the Battle Tree, Red's team is actually weaker than it was during the battle on Mount Silver a decade earlier, with lower levels and, with a few Pokémon, lackluster movepools. In the facility itself, however, he runs very complex sets and Metagame-viable strategies, and is one of the only trainers in the series to use both Mega Evolution and Z-moves. He also runs multiple sets with each Pokémon, implying that he has been training multiple Pokémon of the same species, possibly meaning that the entrance battle was just him testing the waters.
  • Took a Shortcut: Getting to Red in HeartGold and SoulSilver requires at least one of your Pokémon knowing the HM move Rock Climb in order to scale the walls of the cave, but none of his Pokémon know the move.
  • True Final Boss: The last and strongest NPC to be faced in Gold and Silver and their remakes, HeartGold and SoulSilver. After getting all 16 Badges between Johto and Kanto, you're given access to Mt. Silver and can find him at the top.
  • Visible Silence: As an NPC, his dialogue consists solely of ellipses and an exclamation mark of surprise when defeated.
  • The Voiceless: In the games, the most he speaks is Visible Silence, which Blue lampshades in Sun and Moon as being "silent as ever", confirming this as a character trait.
  • Walking the Earth: In Gold and Silver, Red has retired as Champion and now focuses on training in Mt. Silver to get stronger.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • In the games, Pikachu. The highest leveled Pokémon used by a trainer in Gen II and in the remakes, and the highest leveled Pokémon you could face in a trainer battle in the entire franchise. The anime has only solidified the connection further, and he always sends it out first. He also has all three fully-evolved Kanto starters.
    • Before any adaptations or sequels it was pretty solidly the Bulbasaur line, such that Pokémon #001 goes to the first protagonist. Somewhat notably, while all three of his starters have used the Starter Ultimate Moves, and Mega Evolution, only his Venusaur is equipped to use Z-Moves in Sun and Moon.
    • Depending on the adaptation, this tends to vary between the Bulbasaur line and Charmander line or simply having all three of the original starters. Considering these were the original two mascots of the games in Japan, it makes sense. Charmander tends to be favored more.

    Steven Stone (Daigo Tsuwabuki) 

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.

  • Adorkable: He has a list of favorite rocks for Christ's sake.
  • 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.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: He states that doing everything in his power to resolve the crisis caused by the villainous team (and presumably any other) is his duty as the Champion. Understandable, as he's perfectly capable of wiping the floor with practically every wrongdoer coming his way - so much so, that an Eon Dragon recognizes this and seeks his help at one point!
  • 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) 

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) 

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 11.
  • 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) 

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.

  • 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.
  • Old Master: 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.
  • 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.


Click here  to see Iris in Black and White.
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) 

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).

    Professor Kukui 
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 Ace: He is the Alola region's most prominent and respected researcher (and at a fairly young age, too; he appears to be in his early 30s and becoming an academic of similar standing usually takes at least a full decade more than that.) On top of that, he's also a famous pro wrestler and is on familiar terms with most of the kahunas and Trial Captains of his region, all of whom are fairly important and influential individuals. He's also one of the region's strongest trainers and is powerful enough to serve as the storyline's Final Boss, and was also strong enough to make it to the Final Elite Four or Champion battle of the Indigo League as well.
  • Audience Surrogate: For the people who first played Pokémon 20 years ago. Like them, he went though the Kanto League and knows how hard it was, but still has fond memories of it, to the point of bringing a Pokémon League to Alola while using the island challenge in place of Gyms. He also enjoys sharing his love of Pokémon battles and teaching the younger generation about them, just like most people passing down their love of Pokémon. On top of that, his team is properly IV'd like any older, competitive Pokémon players.
  • Badass Bookworm:
    • Watch Pokémon moves to study them? He takes them at times. He's also badass enough to try and take the title of Champion from you and it's hinted that he was able to put up a fight against Lance.
    • In Hau'oli City's Trainer School you can find a blackboard on the top floor that has battle damage calculations even taking into account items and Abilities, all written out by him.
  • Badass Labcoat: Noted as having it unbuttoned to show his torso and his unique style.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Breaking tradition from past games, Kukui actually spends a good chunk of the story traveling alongside you on your quest to complete the Alola Challenge. Kukui acts as a guide, teaching you about Alolan culture and mentoring you through the challenge. In hindsight, Professor Kukui takes the mentor role that many Champions in the former games have had which is appropriate when he's the closest thing Sun and Moon has to that kind of character. In fact, he even calls the player character "cousin."
  • Bonus Boss: Is one of the challengers you can meet when defending your Champion Title after defeating the Elite Four again. He's also the strongest of them all, and like in his first battle, he carries a full team of six Pokémon.
  • Combat Pragmatist: If you don't screw up his strategy by one-shotting either Pokémon before they can act, his first tactic will be to have his Lycanroc set up Stealth Rock, then spam Whirlwind with his Braviary for free damage on your entire team as long as the bird can keep it up.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Male example — he retains his getup on snowy Mt. Lanakila. You can even lampshade it with "Aren't you cold?"
  • Final Boss: He's the final trainer you have to beat to keep your title as Champion.
  • The Glasses Come Off: He takes off his sunglasses when he battles you for the spot of Champion.
  • Happily Married: To Professor Burnet. (Sorry, fanboys and fangirls.)
  • Hidden Badass: Kukui usually only talks about his battling skill self-deprecatingly, mentioning how he was no match for the gym leaders of Kanto, and talking about how the Kahunas are too tough for "normal people" such as himself to defeat. Turns out he is actually one of the greatest trainers in Alola, and strong enough to challenge your character for the title of Champion. The only time he hints at his true prowess prior to the League is when he is confronted by Guzma, and even then he quickly lets the player character handle the situation as soon as they show up.
  • Interface Spoiler: The first time you meet his wrestling alter-ego, the first time you get a choice popup, one of the options is "Professor Kukui?"
  • Kayfabe: He keeps his Masked Royal persona separate from his normal life as the Professor. The game itself is ambiguous about whether his own wife Burnet is in on it. The ending gives her a "Wait, could he be...?" realization moment, but she shrugs it off.
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: He tends to count things in fours, holding up four fingers to drive his points.
  • Made of Iron: The official description details how he sometimes takes the hits from Pokémon moves himself if there is something to be learned from them.
  • Masked Luchador: His identity as Masked Royal is such.
  • Meaningful Name: Like all professors, he's named after a tree, in his case the Kukui or Candlenut tree, a tree found throughout the tropics and the state tree of Hawaii.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Young and tanned professor? Wears an open shirt showing his bare torso? Doesn't fear taking Pokémon hits himself? Sheds his top completely when he wrestles? Oh yeah.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: He does have his lab coat, but it's completely open, and there's no shirt underneath. In fact, when you meet him at the Pokémon League sitenote  one of the responses is "Aren't you cold?". It's also lampshaded in Lillie's diary where she wonders if everyone from Alola wears outfits like that.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: His Masked Royal wrestling persona. Heck, one of the first things you can say to him is "...Professor?".
    • Funnily enough, of all people, his own wife can't make the connection. She appears to in the ending cutscene, but just as quickly laughs it off as coincidence.
  • Only One Name: We don't get his first name.
  • Parental Substitute: Lillie is living with him at the beginning of the game.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Mentioned as his motivation for building the Alolan League. He wants to show the world how good his beloved archipelago's Trainers truly are, and what better way is there than turn the Island Challenge tradition into something officially recognized worldwide?
  • Verbal Tic: He often uses the word "Yeah" like a punctuation, occasionally switching things up with "Oh yeah". He's also prone to let out a "Woo!"
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: And the game loves to lampshade it. Lillie even writes in her diary that "he walks around half-naked all the time!" His Masked Royal persona forgoes the jacket completely.
    Olivia: Still haven't found a shirt that goes with your labcoat?
  • Weapon of Choice: He has two when fighting you for the spot of Champion, Midday Form Lycanroc, and the starter that's strong against yours.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Is secretly a pro-wrestler; he refers to this identity as the Masked Royal.

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