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Characters: Pokémon Champions

After defeating the Elite Four, the trainer now has to face the regional Pokémon Champion. Pokémon Champions are the toughest trainers in the entire region and serve as the final boss of the main campaign. Defeating him or her unlocks a lot of post-game content.


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    General Champion Tropes 

The Champions in general

  • Action Girl: Cynthia is the first female Champion, serving as Sinnoh's. For Black and White 2, Iris serves as the second female Champion overall and Unova's first female Champion. Diantha continues the tradition in X and Y.
  • Apathetic Citizens: Unlike the Elite Four, they generally avert this. In G/S/C and the remakes, Lance will help you take on Team Rocket in Mahogany Town although he will disappear when Goldenrod is under siege. In R/S/E, Steven helps you kick Team Magma out of Mossdeep City and later helps with the crisis in Sootopolis City. In D/P/Pt with Cynthia, she helps you fight Team Galactic, even helping you in the Distortion World in Platinum (although she won't actually fight against Cyrus). In Black or White, Alder tries his best to stop N taking over, but fails miserably owing to the legendary dragon that N has. In Black 2/White 2, Iris guides you to the Castelia Sewers suspecting Team Plasma's presence there but doesn't join you inside, and is not present after Opelucid City is frozen. In X/Y, it's twisted in that it's the Big Bad Lysandre that actively tries to get Diantha to join him, but she turns him down flat.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: It's implied they have sort of legal authority, though it's not made clear exactly what their exact responsibilities are.
  • Badass: Again, the toughest trainers in their respective regions.
  • Boss Bonanza: They're all the last part of one. If you're out of healing items by now, you're quite possibly screwed.
  • Color Motif: With the exception of Blue, the champions are always associated with a specific color that shows either in their Champion room, battle stage or clothes.
    • Lance: Vermilion
    • Steven: Purple
    • Wallace: Cyan
    • Cynthia: Black
    • Alder: Dark Red
    • Iris: Violet
    • Diantha: White
  • Dare to Be Badass: Their mere existence basically serves as this to all trainers in their region, as beating the Elite Four and then the Champion is seen as one of the hardest things to do, and for good reason.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Your end goal is to do this to them.
  • Final Boss: For the main game, although in some games there is either a Bonus Boss or a True Final Boss who is in fact tougher than them, such as Barry in the Sinnoh games and Red in Gold and Silver (and remakes).
  • King Incognito: With the exception of Blue (who wasn't Champion until the end) and Alder (who tells you from the get-go he is the champion), the Champion is a random recurring character who doesn't show any signs of their status aside from a few cues until you finish the Elite Four.
  • Graceful Loser: They always lose with dignity. The closest that they get to anger at you is disbelief, and Cynthia is basically going "yay for you" as you beat her. The only exception to date would be Blue, who is questioning where he went wrong and how he lost so badly to you, his rival.
  • Personality Powers: Zig-Zagged. Some of them have a general theme (around a specific type or motif), while others don't.
  • Walking Spoiler: Generally, the champions fall into this until the games have been out for long enough, by which point, the identity of the champion becomes a case of It Was His Sled.

    Blue Oak 

Blue Oak (Green Ookido)

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

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

    Lance 

Lance (Wataru)

"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 the Gen II remakes, he has become the Champion for the joint Kanto/Johto Pokémon League.


  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He jumped up in rank by honing his skills further between games.
  • Awesome but Impractical: In Generation II, and in fact every game he has been in before Generation IV, barring Pokémon Stadium, every Pokémon he uses knows Hyper Beam. In later generations he tends to teach his dragons moves with very high power but low accuracy.
  • Badass: Very much so. He was a Dragon Master before they were Nerfed, so when he proclaimed that his dragons had superior power and were virtually indestructible, he wasn't exaggerating. Subsequent Generations, as described further down, have made him even more dangerous.
  • Badass Cape: He apparently buys them at the Department Store in Celadon, according to FireRed & LeafGreen.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With the protagonist during a part of the Rocket plot in Gold and Silver, and with Clair as a Dual Boss in HeartGold ad SoulSilver.
  • Blow You Away: Since there weren't enough Dragon-types to fill his team back in Gold and Silver, he uses several Flying-type Pokémon that are Dragons in appearance (but not as far as the series' Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors is concerned) on his team.
  • Cape Wings: Evokes this in his Gold and Silver battle sprite.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard:
    • In Red and Blue, his Dragonite knows Barrier, a move that to this very day the Dratini line cannot learn.
    • In Gold and Silver, his three Dragonite are all below legal level, two at 47 and one at 50 when Dragonair doesn't evolve until Level 55. His Aerodactyl also knows Rock Slide, though this example is legal in later games.
    • In Stadium 2 his levels fluctuate between 50 and 100, but below 55 he'll still have a Dragonite and a Tyranitar, which also evolves at 55.
    • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, he uses a Level 40 Dragonite when he teams up with you in the Rocket Hideout.
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Since actual Dragon-types were scarce, he uses Aerodactyl in the main games, and in the two Pokémon Stadium games got Lapras, Kangaskhan and Tyranitar.
  • Fiery Redhead: He's very bombastic and Hot-Blooded in battle.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: A recurring theme is for him to distribute moves of these type among his team, particularly the move trios of Fire Blast, Blizzard, and Thunder, and Flamethrower, Ice Beam, and Thunderbolt. His Dragonite in Yellow knows all of the former, and as Champion in the Johto games, his three Dragonites each get one of the moves. In Generation IV, his Gyarados, Aerodactyl and Charizard know Ice Fang, Thunder Fang and Fire Fang respectively, while his three Dragonite keep Thunder, Blizzard and Fire Blast. And then in his Generation III rematch, one of his Dragonites has Flamethrower while the other has Thunderbolt and Ice Beam, and the Kingdra that replaces his second Dragonair also has Ice Beam.
  • Fossil Revival: He uses an Aerodactyl, who resembles a Wyvern.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: His team is full of dragons.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: He's perfectly willing to rough up Rocket Grunts; this includes having Dragonite use Hyper Beam on them.
  • Large Ham: The way he announces the name of the Champion in Red and Blue comes across as this. When he himself is the Champion, he's not much less hammy, as he demonstrates with the moves he makes with that cape.
  • Meaningful Name: A lance is a weapon used by knights, often fabled for slaying dragons and all that.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his intimidating appearance and status, he's actually a fairly nice person; he's helpful to the protagonist, and has passed the Dragon's Den test, which requires knowledge of proper Pokémon care.
  • Non Indicative Name: In Gold and Silver he's actually a Flying-type master since that's the only type his Pokémon have in common.

    Red 

Red

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)

"What did you see on your journey with Pokémon? What did you feel, meeting so many other Trainers like you? What has awoken in you? I want you to hit me with it all! Now, bring it!"

The son of the president of the Devon Corporation, Steven is fascinated by ancient stones and frequently goes out to explore old caves and ruins. In In Ruby and Sapphire and their remakes, he is the champion of the Hoenn league, championing Steel-types.


  • Alliterative Name: His full name is Steven Stone.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: In the Delta Episode of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, his father tosses jokes at him for not having the immunity of being the Hoenn Champion anymore. Steven is visibly humiliated and frustrated.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With the player in Emerald, teaming up against Maxie and Tabitha during the invasion of Mossdeep City's Space Center.
  • Badass: He's tough, can't be denied.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: His redesign for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire gives him a dashing new suit.
  • Bishōnen:
    • 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"!
    • During the Delta Episode, the old Draconid woman calls him a "white-haired dreamboat".
    • He gets a Bishie Sparkle during his battle intro in the remakes!
  • Bonus Boss: In Pokémon Emerald only, where he's given up the title of Champion. He can be found in Meteor Falls, and he's amongst the strongest NPCs in the franchise.
  • The Cameo: In Heartgold and Soulsilver. He turns up in Kanto, gives you a Hoenn starter, will trade Beldum for Forretress, and participates in an event involving Latias or Latios (depending on version).
  • Chick Magnet: No matter if you're neutral, evil, or super old, the girls keep commenting on his looks.
  • Classy Cravat: Wears one, though he defies the stereotype.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He uses Rock- and Ground-types alongside Steel-types.
  • Extra Ore Dinary: Uses Steel-types primarily, though his teams also include some Rock- and Ground-types.
  • Fiction 500: As the son of Mr. Stone, the CEO of the Devon Corporation, he generally subverts most of the qualities associated with this trope, though he was the previous owner of the Villa in Platinum.
  • Final Boss: In Ruby and Sapphire.
  • Fossil Revival: As an avid rock collector, he often finds fossils of extinct Pokémon. His original Champion team has the 2 region Hoenn fossils (Cradily and Armaldo), while the rest of his teams have at least one of the others.
  • Guest Star Party Member: He is first NPC in any Pokémon Game to team up with the player to battle. Here, it's to fight a tag-team of Maxie and Tabitha at the Mossdeep Space Center. He continues the tradition in the remakes, aiding you at the Southern Island side-quest during the main plot and at the Mossdeep Space Center during the Delta Episode, both times against Team Magma (OmegaRuby) or Team Aqua (AlphaSapphire).
  • Infinity–1 Sword: Post-game, he leaves behind a Beldum in his house as a gift for the player in Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald. And in Heartgold/Soulsilver, he'll trade you one for a Forretress. He's also the original trainer of the Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire event shiny Beldum.
  • It Was a Gift: A lot more generous than most characters. He gives you a Mega Bracelet among many other items as well as gifting the Elite Four with Key Stones. He also personally breeds you a new Lv.1 Beldum for a gift.
  • Meaningful Name: Steven sounds like steel. His surname Stone also indicates his use of Rock types.
  • MacGuffin Escort Mission: His father asks Brendan/May to deliver a letter to Steven in Dewford Town.
  • Nice Guy: Steven defies Lance and Blue by being a personable, polite man.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Does a lot despite being really rich.
  • Only Sane Man: During the crisis, he's one of the few trying to do anything about it.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Like Flannery his sprite in RSE portrayed him being bitter and angry all the time (not even matching his official art), despite encounters with him in the games usually shows otherwise. This was corrected in the remakes.
    • OOC Is Serious Business: During the Delta Episode, the fact that he acts frustrated and irritable is a clear sign of the dire situation.
  • Purple Is Powerful: He exudes coolness by constantly being referred to as a skilled Trainer, and his clothing often has purple accents. Additionally, as the Champion in Ruby/Sapphire, his room is depicted with a light shade of purple.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He has a very nicely tailored suit.
  • The Stoic: Not to an extreme, but it is there, fitting of a steel type user.
    • Not So Stoic: He becomes increasingly frustrated during the events of the Delta Episode, thanks to the world being in crisis again, and the fact that he can't do anything and has to rely on you once again, as well as Zinnia actively hindering his own efforts while mocking him for having lost the title of champion to the player.
  • Stone Wall: Half his Pokémon - Skarmory, Claydol and Cradily - don't hit too hard, having (Special) Attack stats that come short of average, but they take hits very well (Skarmory on the physical side mostly).
    • Mighty Glacier: The other half of his team - Aggron, Armaldo and Metagross - fit this role, being slow but having strong Attack stats to utilize.
  • Weapon of Choice: Metagross. In the remakes, he can use Mega Evolution on it.

    Wallace 

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.
  • Helping Would Be Kill Stealing: Oh gee, thanks for sitting on the sidelines and not offering to help fight Groudon/Kyogre/summon Rayquaza! Justified to an extent in both games. For Ruby and Sapphire, Sootopolis citizens are forbidden to enter the Cave of Origins. Emerald justifies it by having him go to the Sky Pillar with you, but then starts to become worried about Sootopolis when he notices the storm spreading rapidly and states he has to go back.
  • Going Commando: The outfit he wears in the remakes very prominently show off his hips, making it look as though he isn't wearing anything underneath.
  • In-Series Nickname: Lisia refers to him as "Uncle Wall".
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Wallace is the only Gym Leader to hand out a Hidden Machine instead of a Technical Machine after his defeat, as seen in Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. In this case, it's Waterfall, the HM that his badge authorizes.
  • Making a Splash: He mainly uses Water-type Pokémon.
  • Meaningful Name: Wallace uses water.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a beret.
  • Stripperific: His redesign in the remakes shows about as much skin as Elesa's. See Going Commando above.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: A character introduced in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Lisia, sort of looks like him. She's actually his niece.
  • Weapon of Choice: Water-types, with his most powerful being Milotic.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: More teal-ish, but he does.

    Cynthia 

Cynthia (Shirona)

"Together, you and your Pokémon overcame all the challenges you faced, however difficult. It means that you've triumphed over any personal weaknesses, too. The power you learned... I can feel it emanating from you."

Champion of the Sinnoh league, she's an archaeologist who explores ancient ruins and investigates ancient legends. She cameos repeatedly in the games up to Gen VI, to various effect. Unlike most champions, she has no type of preference, she trains a diverse and balanced team.

  • Action Girl: The first female Champion.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Lenora even references it in Black and White.
  • Alliterative Name: She's always referred as Champion Cynthia among the fans. Yes, the title is left intact.
  • Ascended Extra: Since Gen III, the series has gone way off the Non-Linear Sequel scale - Characters from previous "generations" are assumed to be far away, and barring some stray cameos here and there, you're lucky to even hear about them. Cynthia has been in every game since her introduction, including HeartGold and SoulSilver.
    • X and Y seem to break the pattern, as far as can be discerned.
  • Badass Bookworm: A scholar AND a League Champion.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a long black coat.
  • Big Good: in the plot of Diamond/Pearl/Platinum, sort of. She actually leaves most of the good stuff to you.
  • Bonus Boss: In Black and White and Black 2 and White 2. In both games, she is the highest leveled-trainer tied with their respective Champions (except in Challenge Mode where Iris' team exceeds hers by one level).
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: When you go into that house in Unova, not expcting anything huge. And then..."Champion Cynthia would like to battle!"
    • In Black 2 and White 2 she tells you who she is first. (Just in case you didn't play the first game.)
  • Boss Banter: During battle she occasionally lets you know she's having a lot of fun.
  • Breakout Character: Cynthia has gone on to be the most featured Champion and in general one of the most reoccurring characters in the franchise.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Her place is a jumbled mess of research papers and she'd rather leave saving the world to underqualified preteens. She's also by far the most powerful trainer in the region (not counting that part later in the game where the player character inevitably undertakes a marathon of Level Grinding and achieves godhood).
  • Combat Stilettos: Has them in her Sugimori art...
  • Continuity Nod: In Black and White: "You certainly bear a resemblance to that trainer who faced Giratina..."
  • Cool Big Sis: She's an older sister, and she acts like this to you.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She is dressed in dark clothes and her Spiritomb is a Ghost/Dark type, but she's still very nice.
  • Depending on the Artist: Has Combat Stilettos in her Sugimori art but her sprites give her flat shoes.
  • Fanservice/The Tease:
    "Hmm. This is difficult. I was greedy and bought a lot of swimsuits, but now I can't pick which one to wear."
    "Here's my problem. I have a white swimsuit and a black swimsuit... Which one would look better on me?"
    • One female Swimmer trainer asks the player if they didn't come to the beach just to see Cynthia in a swimsuit.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Cynthia actually becomes quite friendly with the player over the course of Diamond and Pearl, making it all the more interesting when you finally face off.
  • Foreshadowing: In Black and White, she says, "Once every few years, the Champions of each region gather and compete to see who is the strongest! An interesting idea, don't you agree?" In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, we get the Pokémon World Tournament, which is exactly this taken Up to Eleven.
  • Forgot About Her Powers: In Platinum. You're battling Cyrus, the fate of the world hangs in the balance, and she just stands there. Sure, she has faith in you and would obviously step in if push came to shove — and perhaps she thinks you need the challenge — but it's still sort of cruel given that you're an eleven year old kid.
    • Considering what lives in the Distortion World, she's probably more making sure you don't get vaped by Giratina during your battle.
  • Graceful Loser: Up to the battle, she does the usual "I see the strength in your heart and accept the challenge" bit that nearly all powerful trainers in the series seem obligated to recite by contract, but as the battle progresses, she gradually stops bothering, and her response when you beat her is basically a "Yay for you!".
  • Gray Eyes: Fits the mentor part of the first type, minus the dying.
  • Hair Decorations: Which look like the thingies on Lucario's head.
  • 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.
  • 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: Woman in Black? Check. Blonde? Check. The Tease? Check. Cynthia clearly fills this role for the Pokémon Champions.
  • Non-Elemental: She has no type specialty, like Blue.
  • Oh, Crap: The expression of the player when they enter the house she's in and her Leitmotif begins. Luckily she gives you the option to back out until you're ready.
  • 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.
  • Trimming 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 the three Gen IV games.
  • Weapon of Choice: Garchomp.

    Alder 

Alder (Adeku)

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

A Bug-type master and champion of the Unova league, Alder once trained only to be powerful. The illness and death of his starter Pokémon changed Alder's outlook on life, and he adopted a more reserved temperment. He's stepped down from his position in Black 2 and White 2.


  • Bonus Boss: In Black 2 and White 2. Aside from appearing in the World Tournament, he can battled once after beating the Elite Four.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's old enough to have a grandson and uses Antiquated Linguistics in the Japanese language.
  • Dead Sidekick: It's mentioned several times throughout Black and White that Alder spends a lot of time wandering when he's not taking challengers due to the death of one of his Pokémon. In the post-game he mentions it was his starter which is a Larvesta.
  • Dramatic Wind: Blows both before you battle him, and in his sprite animation. Even though you're inside.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Kiai: In Black 2 and White 2, he'll shout "Kiai" before a battle with him. Training with him is probably where Marshal picked up the habit.
  • Leitmotif: Alder's theme is a calm flute solo, reflecting his age and wisdom.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: He basically decides to deal with N and Plasma by making him beat the Elite Four and fight the Champion instead of directly confronting him beforehand; it doesn't work.
  • A Load of Bull: He has a Bouffalant in his Black and White team and his non-PWT team in Black 2 and White 2.
  • Meaningful Name: His English name refers to the Alder species of moths, as well as the Alder plant—a diet of many species of moths and butterflies. Both these reference his Volcarona. In addition, an "alderman" is a person who is recognized as the eldest and most influential member of a council, reflecting his position as Unova's champion.
  • Mentor Archetype: To the Player Character and Cheren. In the sequels, he shows up and does a little of this to the new Player Character towards the beginning of the game.
  • Non-Elemental: Like Cynthia, he has no type specialty. Half of his team is Bug-type, though this seems more due to chance than deliberate design choice.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: According to Iris in the Memory Link, she really had to earn the title of Champion fighting him.
  • Retired Badass:
    • Deconstructed. Alder gets called out of semi-retirement to stop N's ascent to power, but he's badly out of practice and gets curbstomped offscreen. Reconstructed post-game when Alder starts training again and becomes a Bonus Boss.
    • Played straight in Black 2 and White 2, where he's officially retired.
  • Supporting Leader
  • True Final Boss: In Black and White. He may share Cynthia's levels, but you merely battle her in a villa while to get to Alder, you have to re-fight the entire League. Beating him brings minor plot and character arcs to a close and registers you in the Hall of Fame.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: To his signature Pokémon, Volcarona.
  • The Unfought: Subverted; you do fight him in the game, but not when you think you would.
  • Walking the Earth: He spends most of his time in Black and White doing this because of the aforementioned Dead Sidekick above. It can also be inferred he also did this to teach passerby trainers that he encounters, like Cheren.
  • Weapon of Choice: Volcarona.

    Iris 

Iris

"The Trainers who come here are Trainers who desire victory with every fiber of their being! And they are battling alongside Pokémon that have been through countless difficult battles! If I battle with people like that, not only will I get stronger, my Pokémon will, too! And we'll get to know each other even better!"

Iris is a Dragon-type trainer, and the Opelucid Gym Leader in White. Between the first games and their sequels she grew older, stronger, and challenged and defeated Alder to become the new champion for Black 2 and White 2.

For her anime counterpart, see Pokémon - Best Wishes.

  • A Child Shall Lead Them: She's likely no older than her early or mid teens, younger than most other Boss characters in the franchise.
  • Action Girl: The second female Champion. Even more impressive, as it says above, she can't be any older than her teens. Contrast to Cynthia and Diantha, who have to be in their twenties at minimum.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: Was this to Drayden in White and was aiming to become one in Black. Now that she's the Champion, Drayden resumed his place as Gym Leader.
  • Airplane Arms: Seems to be her default pose.
  • Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: Her room initially is borderline, the back wall featuring a large starfield with emblems representing the Champion and Elite Four circling it like planets. Then the battle begins and that serves as the basis for the field.
  • Ambiguously Brown: What kind of ancestry she has is unclear.
  • Anime Hair: She has a similar hairstyle to her old one from Black and White. It now resembles the wings of a Hydreigon, the first Pokémon she sends out.
  • Badass Adorable: Youngest known Champion (aside from the players and possibly Blue), who does a pretend roar when you fight her. Then sends out a Hydreigon, and that's just her first Pokémon.
  • Cool Crown: It certainly fits her as champion.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard:
    • Her Haxorus in White version was under-leveled, just like Drayden's.
    • She also has an under-leveled Hydreigon in Black 2 and White 2.
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Her champion team is based off of dinosaur mons, which consists of mostly Dragons.
  • Fossil Revival: She uses an Archeops on her champion teams.
  • Genki Girl: If emulating a roar in her animated sprite in her Champion battle is any indication.
  • Girlish Pigtails: In Black and White.
  • Heir to the Dojo: She was Drayden's apprentice and adoptive grandaughter, training to take over the gym when he retires.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: In Black and White, she was a Dragon-user as Gym Leader. While she diversified after becoming Champion, her strongest Mon is still the Dragon-type Haxorus.
  • Last Chance Hit Point: Her Haxorus is always holding a Focus Sash, allowing it to get off at least one Dragon Dance.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: She is the only Champion who doesn't appear in the Champion's section of the Pokémon World Tournament in Black 2 and White 2.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's both the youngest and the eighth Gym Leader in White, and then Unova's Champion in Black 2 and White 2.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: While not actually a Magical Girl Warrior, her theme and outfit, as well as room are all very evocative of the genre.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The eighth Gym Leader has become Champion in the next game? Gee, where have we heard a story like that before? Also, once she becomes Champion her teacher and the former Gym Leader takes the gym position over again, much like with Juan taking over after Wallace.
    • Also, a (generally speaking) Dragon-type expert becoming a Champion in the direct sequel sounds a lot like Lance, final Elite Four member in Pokémon Red and Blue, becoming the Champion in Pokemon Gold And Silver. This Champion manages to reference three Pokémon games at once.
    • In another similarity to Lance, while not all of her Pokémon are Dragon-type, they all at least resemble dragons. Specific parallels exist even, with her Archeops, Lapras and Aggron corresponding to Lance's Aerodactyl, Gyarados and Tyranitar.
  • Painting the Medium: If you select Kanji View in the Japanese version, she'll still speak only in kana.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Drayden picked it out for her.
  • Purely Aesthetic Gender: The only real difference between her and Drayden as Gym Leaders is that her Pokémon are female and her Druddigon has Sheer Force instead of Rough Skin.
  • Purple Is Powerful: She commands Dragon-type Pokémon (the type itself is commonly depicted with a purple hue) as a skilled Gym Leader/Champion, with her blazing purple hair exemplifying the trope even further.
  • Raised By Wolve: Word of God says that she was raised in a forest full of Dragon-types..
  • Rapunzel Hair: Not as much as Caitlin, but enough. More prominent in her first appearance.
  • Stock Ness Monster: Has a Lapras in her Champion team.
  • The Unfought: In Black, where Drayden is the 8th gym leader.
  • Weapon of Choice: Dragon-types as Gym Leader, with Haxorus as her strongest whether she's Gym Leader or Champion.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair

     Diantha 

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.