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Ash's Pokémon (Diamond and Pearl Series)
All of Them (Sinnoh Region):
- Ambiguous Gender: Staraptor, Buizel, and Gible are male, but the rest remain unconfirmed.
- Badass Crew: Notable more so than normal because unlike most of Ash's previous teams, most of his Pokémon on his Sinnoh team made it to their final stage, with the exception of Buizel and Gible.
- Put on a Bus: At the end of Diamond and Pearl they're all left at Oak's Lab while Ash heads to Unova.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Kiyotaka Furushima (Mukkuru and Mukubird), Katsuyuki Konishi (Mukuhawk)
Voiced in English by: Sarah Natochenny
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Knows Close Combat. And yes, it is weird to see a raptor punch and kick his opponent with his wings and talons.
- Blow You Away: He knows Whirlwind, which is a wind-based status move that he used it for offensive purpose. It's actually called Gust in the Japanese version.
- Call Back: The episode where Staravia evolves into Staraptor mirrors that of his Hoenn equivalent (Taillow to Swellow).
- Corner of Woe: After getting sidelined for Ash's first gym match, Staravia goes sulking face-first against a pillar.
- Crash-Into Hello: Ash and Brock met Starly when Aipom crashed into him.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Has one when Ash doesn't choose him to fight Roark, complete with a Pokémon Speak Big "NO!".
- She's a Man in Japan: Is female in the Czech dub and Latin American Spanish dub.
- Big Brother Instinct: Similar to Bulbasaur in a way that he is protective of other Pokémon.
- Death-or-Glory Attack: Whenever he uses Rock Climb during a fight, the victor tends to be quickly determined after it either succeeds or fails.
- Determinator: Grotle is left heartbroken when it loses its signature speed after evolving, but through dedication, it manages to teach itself Rock Climb to compensate.
- Fragile Speedster: As a Turtwig, he's pretty fast. Having to change fighting styles after evolving stymied it for a few episodes.
- Gentle Giant: Huge upon evolving into Torterra, but remains a pretty docile, friendly Pokémon just like when he was still a Turtwig.
- Mighty Glacier: After evolving into Grotle, and the Torterra, he gets stronger, but the extra weight and size cost him the speed he had as a Turtwig, which may also explain why Ash lost a lot with him, since he's more used to Lightning Bruiser Pokémon than Mighty Glacier ones.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: The biggest victim once Infernape became Ash's signature mon. At the start of the season, Turtwig was Ash's designated starter, having a Friendly Rivalry with Paul's Torterra, and even having its own arc of having to get used to being a Mighty Glacier after evolving. Then, when Chimchar joined the team, his significance got reduced. To make matters worse, Torterra was often used to show how much Ash's other Pokémon (Infernape and Gliscor) had grown.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: As a Turtwig, he was strong enough pick up and hurl a Rampardos by the tail.
- Power-Up Food: Played with. During a battle with Palmer, Grotle accidentally swallowed its Energy Ball. The result was a nearly unstoppable Rock Climb that required Rhyperior to slam its tail into the ground to moderately slow Grotle.
- Running Gag: Early on, he shows affection for Ash by biting him on the head.
- Super Speed: Only as a Turtwig. His loss of speed upon evolution was a bit of a Heroic B.S.O.D. for him.
- Turtle Power: A turtle based Pokémon.
- The Worf Effect: Except against Team Rocket, Torterra never actually won a single battle at all after evolving. Even as a Grotle, he had a fair number of losses under its belt.
- The Ace: Hands down Ash's strongest Sinnoh Pokémon (and more than likely one of his strongest in general), being a main battler after joining Ash's team early on in the series. In Ash's full battle with Paul at Lake Acuity he was the only Pokémon aside from Staraptor to get a win during that battle. After reaching his final evolved form he beats half of Paul's team in the Sinnoh League by himself while taking a crazy amount of abuse and kept getting back up. As an Infernape he only loses once in battle and that loss to was a more experienced Infernape belonging to an Elite Four Member, which is justified given the way Elite Four Members are portrayed in the anime.
- Badass Adorable: As a Chimchar, he was an adorable monkey who was a strong battler.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's normally very sweet, but if you active Blaze...
- Determinator: Particularly in the Sinnoh League. Infernape, Ash's last Pokémon, is nearly beaten by Paul's Electivire. Paul insults him while Electivire goads him into standing back up. Against all odds, Infernape manages to get back on his feet just as the referee is counting down, and activates Blaze to win the fight.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Based off of a monkey, and one of the good guys.
- Expy: His role as an abandoned fire Pokémon taken in by Ash after deemed weak by his former trainer also bears heavily resemblance to his Kanto era Charmander. Thankfully however his evolutions lack as much of the latter's early disobedience (intentionally anyway, see Turns Red).
- Frickin' Laser Beams: His Flamethrower becomes an utterly gigantic one when he uses Blaze as an Infernape.
- Happy Dance: Would often perform one upon a victory, but would often be immediately curbed by Paul. After overcoming his fear of Zangoose, he's initially afraid to dance again, until he remembers he's with a new trainer, and among new friends.
- Heroic Second Wind: Blaze activates during the final fight with Paul at the Sinnoh League, giving him the strength to turn around the fight and win.
- Hot-Blooded: Despite his experiences, Chimchar still loves to battle, and he only gets more hot-blooded as he evolves.
- How Much More Can He Take?: During his final battle with Paul, Infernape takes a ridiculous amount of punishment but refuses to stay down.
- Nice Guy: Even under Paul he was sweet-natured. When fighting Team Galactic, he took an attack meant for Pikachu from Saturn's Toxicroak, and when Ash felt guilty the next day for letting him get so badly hurt, Chimchar silently expressed that he didn't blame him at all.
- Shoryuken: He usually emerges from Dig doing an uppercut motion.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Got used more and received much more focus than any other Pokémon in Ash's roster.
- Turns Red: When Blaze activates. While in this state, he gains a boost in power, but also enters into a mad frenzy. Coincidentally, his eyes also turn red. Through Ash's support, and maturity as an Infernape, he eventually manages to control Blaze.
- Unstoppable Rage: When Blaze activates, he often loses control.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He constantly tried to seek the approval of his ex-trainer, Paul, and would get upset if he let Ash down (even if the latter was far more understanding).
- Wreathed in Flames: When using Flare Blitz, he cloaks himself in fire.
- Voiced by: Kiyotaka Furushima
- Badass Adorable: He's small, he has Cute Little Fangs, and he will kick your tail. His introduction episode establishes him as one by being able to take on and defeat Dawn, Zoey, and Ash's Pokémon by himself.
- Badass Arm-Fold: Buizel typically can seen with his arms folded and completely serious.
- Blood Knight: In his first appearance, Buizel systematically defeated Dawn, Zoey and Ash's Pokémon one after another and still wanted more. He also challenged Lucian after realising that he was part of the elite four.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He's pretty haughty, and it only gets worse the more battles he wins.
- Break the Haughty: Make no mistake, he's a great battler, but he needed to receive a Curb-Stomp Battle from Lucian's Bronzong before he realized he still has quite a ways to improve.
- Character Development: Though Dawn caught him and began using him in contests, it soon became clear that although he enjoyed contests, Buizel wanted to battle even more. In contrast, Ash's Aipom was more of a trickster and wanted to play around more than battle, so Ash and Dawn decided to trade Aipom and Buizel with each other. Afterwards, Buizel shows great prowess in battle.
- Fragile Speedster: Especially when his Swift Swim ability activates. However, Buizel is consistently shown to be physically frail, just like his game counterpart.
- An Ice Person: Knows Ice Punch, and also discovered how to use ice to freeze and enhance his Aqua Jet.
- Irony: He was traded to Ash for Aipom because Buizel is primarily a battler. When Wallace convinces Ash to compete in the Wallace Cup, the Pokémon he uses is Buizel. Wait...
- Lightning Bruiser: He is capable of taking hits and dishing them out normally, but when in rainy weather, his speed doubles thanks to Swift Swim and he starts dealing out hits with alarming speed and grace.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: In a way. Buizel was originally portrayed as The Big Guy on Ash's team, but after Ash's other Pokémon evolved, Buizel lost this aspect.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: He's tiny, but can still knock around Pokémon many times his size.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Very arrogant about his species.
- The Worf Effect: Was one of Ash's main battlers playing a star role against Maylene and Crasher Wake (while having a good performance against Fantina) but after defeating Crasher Wake's Floatzel, Buizel rarely won any battles afterwards.
- Averted when he beat Paul's Gastrodon in the Sinnoh League and managed to put up a better fight against Paul's Drapion than Staraptor and Torterra before going down.
- Acrophobic Bird: As a Gligar. It mostly has better luck flying after evolving into Gliscor. Mostly.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: It is part-bat, part scorpion.
- Bullet Hell: Its Stone Edge attack is portrayed as a large number of stones spiraling around it and then being launched at its opponent in a swarm.
- Butt Monkey: Mostly in "Doc Brock". In just one episode (in order): it's been ignored; the wind was against it (again); it couldn't Watch Out for That Tree!; and it was left behind (on purpose, because Brock needed to hurry ahead to help Dawn's Pachirisu), only to be completely forgotten until the final seconds!
- Call Back: Gligar's debut, as part of a delinquent gang of Pokémon that terrorizes a city (think Squirtle).
- Characterization Marches On: Gliscor never uses Screech again, despite learning it in "A Breed Stampede!"
- Character Tics: What sets it apart from other Gligar/Gliscor is its tendency to wink and lick its lips in an exaggerated manner. Both Gligar and Gliscor also like to stick out its tongue for no other reason.
- Dark is Not Evil: You'd be surprised how sweet Gliscor is despite looking so creepy otherwise.
- Die or Fly: In Fighting Fear with Fear!, Gligar is given the option of using a Razor Fang to evolve when it desires to become stronger, but Ash prevents Gligar from using it until they do some proper training together. The training is well underway until Team Rocket shows up and their hijinks lead to Ash falling off a cliff, and Gligar can't fly fast enough to stop Ash's descent. Ash, knowing Gligar has earned its prize, tosses the Razor Fang to it and it catches the item, immediately evolving into Gliscor and gaining enough newfound speed to save its trainer from falling to his doom.
- Flight: Unreliable as a Gligar, but gets better and eventually masters it as a Gliscor.
- The Glomp: To the point that it once homed in on Brock when the latter was trying to evade it (and Gliscor still hits Brock).
- The Load: Until it evolved into Gliscor, it was without a doubt the weakest link in Ash's Sinnoh team and never won any battles. Even after evolution it tended to have an unsteady pattern in battle (defeating Byron's Bastiodon, yet falling to Candice's Snover). It finally grew out of this completely - during the battle with Paul, it put up a good battle against Ninjask and managed to defeat his powerful Drapion, which had previously knocked out Buizel, Staraptor and Torterra with ease.
- Not Quite Flight: Though it's a Flying type, most of its flight is gliding rather than powered flight and it has been shown to have trouble taking off on flat ground in still air.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Despite being a competent battler, Gliscor is not meant to be taken seriously. Everything it does outside of battle is meant to be silly.
- Power Up Let Down: Stone Edge can't seem to hit a thing. Averted by Giga Impact.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Shows these when upset at losing, rejection or when Ash scolds it, especially when frightened. Often combined with Cry Cute.
- Put on a Bus: Ash leaves Gliscor behind to train with the Air Battle Master in Mastering Current Events!. It eventually returns in time for Ash's rematch with Paul at the Pokémon League.
- Scary Scorpions: Completely Averted! Gliscor is surprisingly adorable.
- Spam Attack: How it defeats Byron's Bastiodon in Dealing with Defensive Types!, continuously spamming Fire Fang like there's no tomorrow.
- Took a Level in Badass: After finishing training with the Air Battle Master. It has mastered Giga Impact, and can glide perfectly, even negating Giga Impact's recharge drawback.
- Watch Out for That Tree!: Since it can only glide (and not even all that well), Gliscor ends up slamming into trees, walls, people, etc.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Never cleared up whether it returned to McCann, or was deposited on Professor Oak's lab like the rest of the Pokémon before it. It's finally revealed in The Dream Continues! that it was sent to stay at Professor Oak's lab as it was seen during the Group Picture Ending.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Daisuke Sakaguchi
Voiced in English by: Tom Wayland
- Big Eater: He ate through 2 of Team Rocket's mechas! And Barry's bicycle! And a Shadow Punch from Conway's Dusknoir!
- Character Tics: He has a tendency to bite on people's heads.
- Chekhov's Skill: His habit of biting and not letting go was instrumental in defeating Conway's Shuckle and Dusknoir.
- Dumb Muscle: Gible is noticeably quite dense, but surprisingly powerful. Tobias claims that Gible could have defeated Darkrai with his Draco Meteor if only it made contact.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: Ash only catches him toward the end of the Sinnoh arc.
- Extreme Omnivore: He ate two of Team Rocket's mechas, Barry's bicycle, and a Shadow Punch attack. The only thing he couldn't stomach were Shuckle's sludge bombs.
- Genius Ditz: Looks and acts dull witted much of the time, but was apparently smart enough to use its Draco Meteor to find Piplup a few times.
- Our Dragons Are Different: He's a land shark and is part Ground-type.
- Overly Long Gag: "Gotta get a Gible": his encounter with a Team Rocket mecha involves a drawn-out Beat Panel of an ellipsis five dots long + sweatdrop (approximately a second each dot). TWICE IN A ROW!
- Pintsized Powerhouse: He only comes up to below Ash's knees, but he is capable of taking on opponents 10 times his size.
- Plucky Comic Relief: It ate through Team Rocket's mechs, always scarfed Brock's food, and was very roly-poly.
- Running Gag:
- Draco Meteor has a tendency to hit Piplup and ONLY Piplup prior to mastering it. He exploits this a few times when the trainers are looking for Piplup.
- His tendency to bite onto anything that grabs his interest, and never let go.
- Also invoked; in separate occasions, when a Ditto was impersonating Piplup, and when he was separated from the gang, Gible launches Draco Meteor (without even a command from Ash) just to find him!
- The Stoic: But he's not emotionally reserved. He's just...vacant.
- Took a Level in Badass: Upon mastering Draco Meteor, he became one of Ash's most powerful Pokémon. Even Tobias pointed out that his Olympus Mons Darkrai would've been defeated by it if its attack connected.
- Tunnel King: Above ground, he's a little quicker on his feet than he looks. But underground is where he's truly in his element.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Toyoguchi
Voiced in English by: Emily Bauer
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gaby Ugarte (seasons 10,11, and 13), Leyla Rangel (season 12 and 15)
- Action Girl:
- Out of all of Ash's traveling companions, she's the most likely to take immediate action against Team Rocket or other antagonists when they show up, frequently having Piplup dealing the finishing blow alongside Pikachu.
- In one episode, she once rescued all her Pokémon all by herself.
- Age-Inappropriate Dress:
- But her mother forbade her from bringing it on her journey. Then again, her normal outfit...
- Lampshaded in episode 171 by Princess Salvia, who comments on the length of Dawn's skirt.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Similar to May and later Serena, Dawn is good natured, but not a doormat and isn't afraid to sic her strongest Pokémon on you if you piss her off, which Team Rocket know from experience. When Meowth pulled a Heel–Face Mole on the heroes, Dawn, who had been sympathetic enough to offer getting him media ties, angrily vowed to beat him to tears for selling them out (he didn't surprisingly, but still).
- Break the Cutie: Disturbingly often. Gets this when losing contests and became a Stepford Smiler afterwards.
- Brick Joke: The second DP episode continued the Running Gag of Pikachu frying a bike, but it took 36 episodes for Ash to know about it.
- The Bus Came Back: She returned for the Best Wishes series.
- Butt Monkey: Out of all the (main) characters she is the most mistreated. Every character has made fun of her and dissed her. Ash and Brock laugh at her, as well as her own Piplup. People regard her as a bad coordinator.
- "Daijobu!", or "No need to worry!" in the dub. How ironic.
- And like May, has a phrase to use when calling Pokémon out for a Contest — "Charm Up!"/"Spotlight!"
- Borrowed Catchphrase: She also copied Iris' "such a kid" remarks at Ash (a little anyways), and once shouted, "Buneary, I choose you!" when sending it out to battle Pachirisu.
- Curtains Match the Window: She has both hair and eyes dark-blue.
- Deuteragonist: Of "Diamond and Pearl", to Ash's protagonist.
- Disappeared Dad: Unlike Ash, no mention is ever made of her father.
- Dub-Induced Plot Hole: Against all odds, averted when it came to explaining "Dee-Dee".
- Dude Magnet: Kenny, Kendall, and Conway have all shown signs of being attracted to her.
- Failed a Spot Check: If she would look around at the audience during contests more often, she would notice some VERY familar faces. (James, Meowth and Wobbuffet)
- Failure Hero: Poor girl lost two Contests in the Appeal Stage in a row!
- Fangirl: To Professor Oak's (and Gary's) poetry, and Wallace (Contest master).
- Fanservice: Similar to May, but fans are now focused on what's under that hip-length skirt of hers. Remember, Dawn is also ten years old.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Dawn was good at baking Poffins.
- Generation Xerox: She gets her passion from Pokémon Contests from her mother, who is a retired Top Coordinator.
- Go-Getter Girl: Right from the start, she knew she wanted to be a Pokémon Coordinator, and never lost sight of her goal since.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Became this in Best Wishes Season 2, joining the group temporarily prior to and during the Junior Cup.
- Hair Decorations: She wears three yellow barrettes (star-shaped ones in one of her Contests). When using her Buneary, she wears hair bands modeled after its fur.
- Harmless Electrocution: A running gag by itself, Dawn needs to use Piplup's Bubble Beam to condition her hair back to normal after she gets zapped◊.
- Leitmotif: "By Your Side". Used primarily in the Japanese edit, though some instrumental versions still accompany her in parts of the English dub (thus making it one of very few Japanese image songs to at least partway survive the transition).
- Magic Skirt: She has a short skirt, but she remains covered throughout the series, except for one occasion - "Steamboat Willies!" .
- Memento MacGuffin: At the beginning of her Pokémon journey, her mother gave to her the first Contest ribbon she won as a good luck charm. After her run in the Grand Festival, she gives it back.
- Naďve Everygirl: It took her an entire episode to find Professor Rowan, despite it normally not being that difficult.
- Nice Girl: Easily one the most straightforwardly kind of all the leading females (to this point before Serena), and very empathetic (she never held Pikachu or Ash responsible for her bike's destruction given the circumstances, for instance, knowing that she attacked Pikachu first and Ash wasn't even there, thanks to team rocket). Must be the main reason Mesprit chose her.
- Nice Hat: It covers her hair because it gets frizzy when exposed to shock.
- Noodle Incident: The origins of her nickname Pikari/Dee-Dee. In a subversion, it's later revealed she got shocked by a Plusle and Minun in kindergarten, making her hair all sparkly. note . In the dub, it's short for "Diamond Dandruff", which is indeed pretty embarrassing.
- Ojou Ringlets: Not an Ojou, but she used this hairstyle in an couple of contests as shown here◊ and here.
- Phrase Catcher:
- The reply to her own Catchphrase is usually "That's when [we] worry the most."
- A few times she gets her catchphrase, "No need to worry!", back at her.
- Pimped-Out Dress: She wears a lot of them. Makes sense, considering part of her job as a Coordinator is to look stylish alongside her Pokémon and she also has a sense of fashion.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her usual Contest dress is pink. Idem her cheerleader outfit. Her regular outfit features a pink skirt and she wears a pink coat when traveling in colder climes.
- Pom Pom Girl: She sometime act like a cheerleader and donned a pink cheerleading outfit (her Pokèmon also) to support Ash in his Gym battles with Roark, Maylene and Volkner.
- Scarf Of Ass Kicking: Wears a scarf, and battles often.
- Shipper on Deck: While normally embarrassed about Brock's antics like everyone else, when it was suggested to him that he become a Pokémon Doctor, she's the one to point out that it will help him get closer to all Nurse Joys.
- Static Character: While she matures a good deal, the basic person she is never changes and has never even changed from childhood, right down to her Catch Phrase. She's also the only female companion so far to not have undergone a change in outfit or party lineup aside from an evolution.
- Stepford Smiler: Tries to put on a good face after her first losing streak. Doesn't work in the end.
- Supreme Chef: A few hands-on lessons are enough to get her cooking Poffins like a pro.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To May, as they're both 10 year old Coordinators and Nice Girls when compared to the other lead female characters.
- Skyward Scream: Does this in "Dawn's Early Night" after losing the Hearthome contest.Dawn: [as she runs to the balcony] AAAAAAAAAAH!
- A Taste of Defeat: Tying in with her Butt Monkey role, Dawn is the first of few "twerps" to suffer an unnegated defeat from Team Rocket in an episode. Twice for that matter:
- In "Team Shocker" Jessie (as Jessilina) wins her first ribbon in the Solaceon contest, one Dawn doesn't even pass the Appeals Round for. She does not take it well.
- James (disguised as Jessilina) directly defeats her in the battle round of the Lilypad contest in "Dressed For Jess Success". While Dawn was a Graceful Loser this time round, it didn't remotely taint James and Meowth's victory over her.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl:
- Girly Girl to Zoey's Tomboy.
- She also acts as the Girly Girl to her predecessor May's Tomboy.
- And now she's the Girly Girl to Iris' Tomboy in Best Wishes. Dawn really is the eternal Girly Girl of this anime, huh?
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's terrified of Plusle and Minun.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Her fantasy in the Lotus-Eater Machine episode shows us that she even wants to surpass her mother.
- Worthy Opponent: When Dawn finally eliminated her in the Grand Festival, Jessie admitted (albeit infuriated) that she was this. Jessie herself managed to achieve her most even handed rivalry against Dawn, equalling and even besting her at times. Since Dawn never saw through her "Jesselina" alias, she was rather respectful towards her.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Any time a combination of Mamoswine/Cyndaquil, Mamoswine/Pachirisu, or Togekiss/Piplup is used in a Contest.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: All but Mamoswine.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Etsuko Kozakura
Voiced in English by: Michele Knotz
- Ambiguously Gay: Has a woman like voice and some feminine mannerisms despite being male. The incident in DP149 where he and Pikachu ended up in Attract mode only added fuel to the fire.
- Berserk Button: His Establishing Character Moment was throwing a fit when Professor Rowan's Chimchar stole the last bite of his food.
- Big Eater: Gets a Growling Gut often, and enjoys food.
- Breakout Character: Originally just a starter Pokémon for the regional main girl Dawn, Piplup became very popular with viewers during the DP saga, especially in Japan. Noticeably, he began appearing outside of his Poké Ball more and more often until he eventually stopped being seen inside it altogether (save for rare occasions). He also got promoted to being a co-star with Ash's Pikachu in the merchandising, a feat that only Misty's Togepi had accomplished prior.
- Bubble Gun: Bubble Beam, which fires several bubbles in quick succession, was the very first attack he was seen using, and it's still his Signature Move to date.
- Butt Monkey: To clarify it has been:
- Attacked by Elekid and Electabuzz on two different occasions.
- Zapped by Pikachu (yes That Pikachu) after bumping into it.
- Knocked into a crater by Ash and Gible (using Draco Meteor) on purpose and having to fend off against a Magnezone and a Metagross.
- Not to mention all those other times it got hit by Draco Meteor (except for that one time that Kenny got hit by it).
- Camp Straight: Very campy, but showed attraction to Meloetta. Though Meloetta is gender less, so...
- The Chew Toy: It is always nailed by Ash's Gible's Draco Meteor while the latter was trying to master that move.
- Color Failure: Twice. Once in Battling a Cute Drama! when Marilyn said he wasn't cute, and once in Piplup, Up, And Away! when he overheard Dawn telling Gible it wasn't at fault for dropping Draco Meteors on him.
- Make that three. When Dawn had her reappearance in Unova, in "Piplup, Pasage, and a Meeting of the Times!", he shares one with Dawn in reaction to Cilan's "Evaluation Time" during a training battle with Pansage.
- Drama Queen: If something annoys him, he'll let you know. Loudly.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: He'a based off of a penguin, and a hero.
- Expy: There are lots of similarities between Piplup and Pikachu. Both befriended their trainers after serious peril, and resist evolution to their next forms. Piplup also prefers to travel outside his Poké Ball, though he will come out of one for Performances to accrue Charm Points.
- Fire-Forged Friends: At the end of the Junior Cup arc in BW2, he seems to have formed a close bond with Oshawott (who was his rival for Meloetta's affection).
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Did this to Dawn when she was on the edge of having a nervous breakdown before one Contest. Instead of slapping her, he blasted her with Bubble Beam.
- Growling Gut: In his debut. This is what made him to accept food from Dawn.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: He had this when he was trying to evolve but didn't want to.
- Interspecies Romance: "Piplup, Up, and Away" makes it pretty clear he has a huge crush on Dawn. The music is what puts it over the top.
- Making a Splash: He's a Water-Type and knows common water moves such as Bubblebeam, Whirlpool and Hydro Pump.
- Jerkass Ball: He could be seen as downright selfish in some of the episodes. In "Different Strokes for Different Blokes", he ate Aipom's orange causing them to argue. He also collided with Turtwig in "The Champ Twins!" and they started arguing again. He also didn't accept Turtwig's apology when Turtwig is trying to make up with him. In "Gone with the Wildworks", he's shown to be selfish towards Cyndaquil for Dawn's attention. He even slapped Cyndaquil out of the way and ate the poffin which causes them to start a fight.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is rather selfish but does love Dawn.
- Like an Old Married Couple: Occasionally bickers with Dawn, even though it's clear they care about each other at the same level that Ash and Pikachu do.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: This is apparently due less to its infamous "forced mascot" status and more because the producer considers Empoleon ugly. In series, it's because he's afraid of changing personalities when he evolves, and in the dub because he wants to protect Dawn as he is.
- Not Quite Flight: He's shown occasionally to be capable of flying a very short distance from the momentum of using BubbleBeam or being sent out from his Poké Ball.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: From Bide, to Whirlpool, to even Hydro Pump, all while not even approaching Dawn's knees in height.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Goofy and funny, and hapless to match.
- Real Men Wear Pink: On several occasions he has sported a pink female cheerleading outfit. Later on they opted for more masculine clothing though.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Cyndaquil's blue. He is more hot-headed and assertive compared to the more quiet and calm Cyndaquil, an ironic inverse given their color schemes.
- Signature Move: Bubble Beam is used the most out of every move he knows, and he never forgot how to use it.
- Took a Level in Badass: Upon learning Hydro Pump, one of the most powerful water attacks known.
- Wave Motion Gun: When he uses Hydro Pump, he blasts a massive cannon of water at his opponent that is at least 10x bigger than he is.
- Action Girl: Especially noteable in "Hold the Phione" - after the titular Pokémon challenges Pikachu for her, she's offended because (A) Pikachu's in a tight spot, and (B) she's being treated like some sort of prize. She demands Phione battle her instead. And wins.
- Adorkable: Sometimes shows shades of this when around Pikachu by blushing and hiding her face in her fur.
- Badass Adorable: She's a little bunny that's capable of both giving you a run for your money in battle and making you go "aww" at the same time.
- Bunnies for Cuteness: Is based off of a rabbit, and is adorable.
- Crush Blush: She cannot resist Pikachu.
- Establishing Character Moment: First she jumps to save Pikachu from an incoming motorcycle, then when he tries to thank her she hides her face and bounds away, in the process crashing into a tree. This sets her up as a graceful Action Girl who nonetheless crushes hard on Pikachu.
- The Fashionista: Not an extreme example, but she's occasionally seen sporting a vest that Dawn made for her, and the Sinnoh arc ends with her becoming a model.
- An Ice Person: Knows Ice Beam, which is also her signature move for Contests.
- Non-Elemental: She's the Normal-type of the team.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She's tiny, but she froze Ash, Dawn, and Brock in her debut episode, and she frequently holds her own against larger opponents.
- Wingding Eyes: Gets hearts in her eyes when she looks at Pikachu.
- Voiced by: Chinami Nishimura
- Berserk Button: Pachirisu does not like its Poffins being stolen or smashed. Do any of those, and it'll make sure you pay for dearly for it.
- Death Glare: Gave one to Ursula's Gabite after its Poffin was stepped on - an impressive one for normally happy-go-lucky Pachirisu.
- Kid-Appeal Character: The second youngest of Dawn's Pokémon, and the one who acts like a kid the most.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Despite a major type disadvantage, it crushed Ursula's Gabite in the Chocovine Contest with is newly learned Super Fang.
- Static Electricity: Sometimes buzzes Dawn with this, and makes her hair pop out.
- Super Speed: Like most Electric-types, but in its debut episode it outran six of the gang's Pokémon at once (including Pikachu) in a very silly game of high-speed chase.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Dawn's Poffins. The first time it was denied them, it shocked everyone until Pikachu snapped it out of it. Then there's the Berserk Button...
- Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: Emits the blue variety when using Discharge.
Buizel (Buoysel)Traded to Ash for Aipom. For more info, see Ash's Pokémon (Diamond and Pearl Series).
- Voiced in Japanese by: Miyako Ito (Eipam), Chie Sato (Eteboth)
Voiced in English by: Miyako Ito (Aipom), Emily Jenness (Ambipom)
- Action Girl:
- While she preferred Contests, she was used several times in battle when she was under the ownership of Ash and didn't seem to mind.
- She beat Gardenia's strongest Pokémon, Roserade, so it's safe to say that although she prefers Contests, her battling skills are something to be proud of.
- Characterization Marches On: After being traded over to Dawn, her crush on Ash was all but completely forgotten. The last time she even acknowledged Ash as her former trainer was when she was getting ready to be Put on a Bus, and even then it wasn't much.
- Clingy MacGuffin: Gets a crown that was was too small for Aipom, thus it being stuck to her head for most of the episode.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: She was caught by Ash ten episodes before the end of the Advanced Generation series.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: It basically goes without saying, since she is a monkey-based Pokémon.
- Foreshadowing: Ever since Ash captured her at such a late time (during the Battle Frontier saga) and the fact that Aipom followed Ash and Pikachu to Sinnoh, it was rather obvious that the writers were planning to evolve her.
- Genki Girl: Of course; most of her species tend to be this.
- Little Stowaway: Decided to sneak to Sinnoh with Ash instead of stay with Professor Oak like the rest of his Hoenn (and before) Pokémon. Ash decides to keep her in his Sinnoh crew until her trade to Dawn.
- Nice Hat: Has a fondness for them, famously Ash's hat, or, in one episode, a crown.
- Put on a Bus: Similar to Ash's Primeape and ironically they are both ape-like Pokémon. She was last seen going away from the gang on a bus.
- Running on All Fours: Sometimes, such as when chasing Pachirisu in "Twice Smitten, Once Shy!"
- Acrofatic: Despite his huge size, he can make an impressive jump, shown off in Playing the Performance Encore. Lampshaded by Ursula: "Huh? With that huge body?!"
- Big Eater: To the point where all the other Pokémon might actually be in danger of starving to death. It's a species trait, actually.
- Blinding Bangs: Piloswine has bangs that cover his eyes.
- Cutting the Knot: Mamoswine has almost never won a Contest by retaining the lead when the buzzer sounds. It tends to simply KO the competition. As Dawn has noted, this can be seen as missing the point of Contests.
- Elemental Armor: In dual Contests, the strategy of choice often involves encasing the smaller partner in ice.
- Expy: In many ways similar to Ash's Charizard. Three stage evolution caught in first stage, in which it has a sweet overall disposition and likes its new trainer? Check. Personality change upon evolving into second stage? Check. A surprisingly quick transition to its third stage? Check. Took a Level in Badass after evolving, becoming a large powerhouse who lazes around? Check. Has a lifechanging experience with the trainer, involving a defeat against another Pokémon that it both has an advantage and disadvantage to, and restores its loyalty, and beats said mon with trainers help, followed by gradual further Character Development? Check, check and check.
- Eyes Always Shut: Swinub had these perpetually, and they never do open. It's a species trait.
- Full-Boar Action: As a Piloswine and later Mamoswine, he is partly based on pigs, hence the name Piloswine and Mamoswine.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: From his Piloswine form on he becomes frighteningly easy to set off, though he mellows out over time.
- Heroism Incentive: Prior to becoming obedient to Dawn, this is the only way for the latter to motivate him to do anything.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gradually grows into this role, having shown a soft side as well as an (eventual) fascination to Contests. Noted in-series, once the other characters observe it.
- Messy Pig: All three of his forms were messy eaters.
- Obliviously Evil: He doesn't even realize that the other Pokémon initially have contempt for him because of his enormous appetite.
- Pink Is for Sissies: He initially seemed... embarrassed at the fact that he was fascinated by Contests and tried to hide it even when Ash pointed it out. He finally got over it in "Promoting Healthy Tangrowth".
- Spikes of Doom: He can create gigantic ice spikes on his back by swallowing his own Ice Shard.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Dawn's Poffins, it seems. All her Pokémon enjoy them, but Mamoswine really can't get enough of them.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Kiyotaka Furushima
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers (Cyndaquil), Bill Rogers (Quilava)
- The Baby of the Bunch: Hatched from an egg late in the DP season.
- Keet: He did become pretty excitable when he first saw Dawn practicing for a Contest, and visibly slumped when she said she wouldn't be using him just yet.
- Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: Not only the first time Dawn had six Pokémon at once, but she obtained her after winning her fifth ribbon, and just two episodes before the Grand Festival. Bear in mind that Princess Salvia had been training her to be a Contest Pokémon for quite a while, so it's a Justified Trope.
- Flight: Due to being a flying type, she can fly.
- It Was a Gift: She was given to Dawn by Princess Salvia.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Kiyotaka Furushima
Voiced in English by: Julian Rebolledo
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Gerardo García (seasons 10, 11 and 13), Gabriel Ortiz, Eduardo Ramírez and Ricardo Bautista (season 12)
- Abusive Parents: Or rather, an abusive trainer. He was this to Chimchar, always verbally abusing him, and pushing him way past his limits to get his Blaze ability to activate.
- Always Someone Better: Paul is this to Ash, becoming a formidable wall he must overcome.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He makes no effort to hide how much superior he thinks he is to everyone else. He may mostly be an overconfident Jerkass, but there's no denying that he's a good battler.
- Awesome by Analysis:
- Paul was able to curb-stomp Ash in a full battle by building his team specifically to counter Ash's Sinnoh Pokémon.
- During the Sinnoh League, he has his Pokémon use the Counter-Shield technique that Ash developed.
- Badass Boast: "The challenge you always present to trainers to find their own strength was something my brother wasn't able to do. But I'm not like my brother! My will gives me strength! And now, you'll see it firsthand!"
- Break the Haughty: His defeat against Brandon. It triggers his first step towards rethinking his ways.
- Bring It: In the battle between Ash and Paul in the Sinnoh League Tournament. Electivire uses this to get Infernape to stand up, Paul even calls Infernape pathetic. In the Japanese version, he just tells Infernape to stop disappointing him again and again.
- Broken Pedestal: He lost faith in his older brother's skills after seeing him lose to Brandon and subsequently give up on Pokémon training.
- Catch Phrase:Original: "[Pokémon], battle standby."
English Dub: "[Pokémon], stand by for battle."
- Character Development: Paul starts off as arrogant, alienating, and cruel to the core. By the time he finally loses to Ash at the Pokémon League, he is significantly kinder. He briefly admits that Barry put up a good battle after defeating him, and thanks his Electivire for trying his best after losing to Infernape. He's still distant and stoic, but he's come a long way.
- Characterization Marches On: He was more visibly sinister and prone to psychotic smirks in his first appearance, but from his second and onward he was more stoic in his jerkassery.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: Remember that Ninjask Paul caught prior to obtaining Chimchar? He uses it in his Sinnoh League battle against Ash.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- He got on the receiving side of it when he challenged Cynthia, whose Garchomp single-handedly defeated four of his Pokémon without breaking a sweat.
- He lost again against Frontier Brain Brandon without defeating a single one of his Pokémon, which led to his breakdown.
- Death Glare: His default expression. He gives this to a lot of people he is annoyed with.
- Disc One Final Boss: After a long, grueling battle during the Lily of the Valley Conference, Ash finally brings him down...and then Tobias comes in.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Acts like a huge Jerkass to everyone just because his older brother failed to live up to the expectations Paul had of him.
- Enemy Mine: He's paired up with Ash in the Tag Battle tournament.
- Foil: To Ash. Both are seasoned trainers who aim To Be a Master, but their philosophies are completely different. Whereas Ash succeeds through teamwork and love, Paul thrives on cold calculations and sheer power. Ash first wins his Pokémon's hearts, then improves their skills. Paul does not bother with bonding and gets straight to intense training.
- Freudian Excuse: Paul resents his brother Reggie for giving up his dreams after a single loss and vows to never be like him. He patches things up with his brother eventually.
- Graceful Loser: Much to the shock of fans, he takes his loss against Ash in the League rather well.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Beaten by his own former Pokémon, Chimchar, that he had mistreated. It personally took out half of his team.
- I Was Just Passing Through: Despite his early disdain for Ash, he actually stuck around to watch his gym battle with Roark.
- Ignored Epiphany: After being on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle against Cynthia, she told that he must care more by his Pokémon, but he refuses to take it to heart. He doesn't change.
- Ineffectual Loner: He does not like socializing with others, instead focusing all of his energy on getting stronger. Even so, he has yet to become a Pokémon Master or defeat Brandon.
- Irony: A fountain of it. Tried to activate a Desperation Attack, faces both Barry and Ash using one. His backstory involves his brother losing to Brandon and his Regi's, with himself losing in time as well. Chimchar's evolution Infernape can counter all three.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: In keeping with his skill as a Trainer, he uses a well-balanced team of many different types.
- Jerkass: Paul has very few redeeming qualities as a person. He doesn't take loss or "weakness" with any sort of tact, frequently insults everyone, and badly mistreats his own Pokémon. Even after Character Development, he becomes only slightly less of a jerk.
- Knight of Cerebus: Prior to Paul, many of the jerk trainers Ash had defeated in the past were swiftly beaten down. Paul is the first he's crossed who is highly competent. Also, despite his high standards and brutal training, one cannot deny that it's achieved results. Both his Ursaring and his Drapion flattened half of Ash's team in different battles.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Surrenders to Cynthia upon realizing that he just isn't capable of beating her.
- Lack of Empathy: When he releases Pokémon, they look visibly upset and sad. Paul doesn't bat an eye.
- Loners Are Freaks: He prefers to travel alone without human companions.
- Not So Stoic: During his battle with Brandon. Also shows annoyance whenever he sees Ash.
- The Perfectionist: He has incredibly high standards for his Pokémon, to the point where he'll abandon those who don't live up to his expectations.
- Perpetual Frowner: He's almost always scowling.
- Pet the Dog:
- He (attempts to) help protect Ash and co. from the falling debris of Team Rocket's mecha in his last appearance before the Sinnoh League.
- After he defeats Barry in the Sinnoh League, he commends him for the effort he put up instead of putting him down. This is a massive change from how he treated others who lost to him.
- He actually thanks and commends his Electivire for a well-fought battle instead of scolding it after its loss to Infernape.
- Psychotic Smirk: Early on, he smirks when he knows he has the upper hand. The first sign Paul is not a goody two-shoes like Ash.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: His older brother Reggie is kind and cheerful, and treats his Pokémon very well.
- The Social Darwinist: Only the best can be a part of his team. The rest get released.
- The Stoic: He rarely shows emotion bar occasional bouts of frustration.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Incredibly slowly, but it seems like he finally starts to understand his errors by the end.
- Tough Love: For all his faults, Paul is not incapable of treating his Pokémon decently - they are seen relaxing in DP100, and Paul arranged for Torterra to be groomed. While he would probably bite off his tongue before he admitted to being affectionate, the small number of Pokémon he does keep in his team seem well-treated overall (Chimchar is noted to be an exceptional case), and their reaction to hearing about his loss in the Sinnoh League indicates that they are, in fact, loyal to him. Torterra appears to be the most loyal to him as well as receiving the most respect from Paul (most likely due to being his starter) because in one episode Torterra went to help Ash's Grotle out of empathy but when Paul discovered what happened, Torterra received no punishment suggesting that Torterra acts as an Honest Advisor to Paul because he (alongside Paul) witnessed Reggies defeat at the Battle Pyramid which in turn caused both of them to form Paul's ideology so that he doesn't follow in Reggies footsteps.
- Training from Hell: Expects nothing but the best from his Pokémon. Any lower and they are released back into the wild. Chimchar got the worst of it, due to Paul's desire to harness the immense power of its Blaze ability.
- Unsportsmanlike Gloating: After beating Gym Leader Maylene and getting the Cobble Badge, he proceeds to insult her:"You're the weakest. The weakest Leader I ever fought, and this lightweight Badge is just like you."
- Vocal Dissonance: To a degree. His voice makes him sound way older than a 10-year-old.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Releases Pokémon which he perceives as being weak or useless without a second thought, which is how Ash came across Chimchar. Paul only kept Chimchar around hoping to utilize its ability Blaze. When Chimchar was unable to summon it exactly when Paul wanted it, Paul released Chimchar.
Professor Rowan (Dr. Nanakamado)
- Voiced in Japanese by: Iemasa Kayumi
Voiced in English by: Sean Reyes
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Salvador Reyes (season 10), Humberto Sorlózano (season 11), José María Negri (season 12)
- The Comically Serious: He's almost too serious even when he's trying to be genuine.
- Cool Old Guy: He's one of the oldest professors, but is still cool with Sinnoh's youth.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very frequently. For instance, see his first appearance, in DP001:Dawn: [after bumping into him] I'm - I'm so sorry!
Rowan: [turning to face her] Hello. You're looking lost.
Dawn: Huh? Are you talking to me, sir?
Rowan: Right. There's no one else here and you're looking very lost.
- A Day in the Limelight: The Summer School arc gave him some much-deserved extra screentime.
- The Mentor: Took Gary under his wing after he decided to become a Pokémon Professor.
Johanna as a Pokémon coordinator champion.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Makoto Tsumura
Voiced in English by: Sarah Natochenny
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Elena Ramírez (season 10), Belinda Martínez (season 13)
- Action Mom: She was a champion Coordinator in her days and hasn't missed a step since then. She still easily beats Dawn in battle.
- Good Parents: A loving and supportive mother who wholeheartedly encourages Dawn to pursue her dream of becoming a Contest champion.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Like Dawn, she's an experienced Coordinator and has a few of those on hand for Contests.
- Retired Badass: DP's first episode showcases an entire wall of Contest trophies in her house.
- Textile Work Is Feminine: She created Dawn's Grand Festival ballgown and Buneary's vest. Possibly justified by a later episode that shows her to be friends with Lila, a fashion designer.
- Affectionate Nickname: Her best buddy Candice calls her "Zozo" (in English) or "Nozotchi" (in Japanese).
- Always Someone Better: To date, Dawn has never beaten her directly in a Contest.
- Bifauxnen: Her Contest outfits are tuxes or pantsuits, save for her Grand Festival one which looks more like a stylized kimono.
- Boyish Short Hair: She's easily the most tomboyish of Dawn's rivals. She also has short and spiky hair.
- Brutal Honesty: She doesn't bother softening her opinions for others. When she's told that Nando does both Contests and Gym Battles, her response is, "[He] really needs to make up his mind."
- Catch Phrase:
- "[Pokémon]! Ready? Go!"
- At least in the first season of Diamond and Pearl: "[Pokémon]! Curtain!"
- Character Development: She initially did not like trainers wanting to do contests and gym battle quests at the same time, and let Ash know this in a rather cold manner (when he said he'd try entering both the Sinnoh League and the Grand Festival). After they faced off, she eased off towards him but still noted he'd not be the best fit for Contests due to his temperament (a fact Ash agreed with). When she first met Nando she was similarly contemptuous, but was blown away after he clobbered her at the Hearthome Contest. By the time of the Wallace Cup, she accepted the closed-off nature of this perspective and properly apologised to Ash for her attitude - and later, she battled Gym Leader Fantina (a former Top Coordinator) in a straight match which she enjoyed.
- The issue she had with people trying both was, really, that she herself was highly invested in her own dream, and she felt those people weren't putting their all into it (a not entirely unjustified viewpoint). Meeting people capable of fulfilling multiple dreams broadened her perspective.
- Curtains Match the Window: Red hair, red eyes.
- Fauxshadow: Before Dawn's contest debut, Zoey tells Dawn that she's gonna win, but in the next episode, cue her Curb-Stomp Battle at the hands of Zoey.
- Fiery Redhead: Toyed with. She's normally rather mellow, except when it comes to Paul's abuse of his Pokémon, which angers her like everyone else. Or discussing Trainers who partake in Gym Battles and Contests; that ticks her off a fair bit too.
- Foil: To three characters, all other Coordinators.
- To Dawn; as her mentor and rival, she provides the straightest parallel to her while sharing the same goal. She's experienced where Dawn is a rookie and the tomboy to her girly girl. On and off the Contest field, her Pokémon present flawlessly synchronized teamwork while Dawn often has to struggle to get her sometimes-disobedient Pokémon to follow her lead. Her strategy for turning in winning Contest performances is to plan and perfect every move beforehand, as opposed to the unexpected yet stunning combinations Dawn pulls out on the fly, as a result of quick thinking, luck with a little prior planning, or both.
- To Nando. While it's less obvious due to his conspicuous lack of screentime, he and Zoey are complete opposites in nearly all aspects. He devotes himself to Gym Battles and Contests, she puts all of her energy solely into Contests. She's a tomboyish teenage girl, Nando is a feminine male. She's easily fired up, open with her opinions and not afraid to say what she thinks, he's soft spoken and polite with a cool facade that rarely breaks. She lacks a preferred type specialty, as opposed to his team of Bug and Grass types. Their differences can even be seen in the way they perform; her combinations vary in effects and style while Nando's preferred techniques reflect a single central theme (music).
- To Kenny. A departure from the previous two mentioned above, the parallel between him and Zoey isn't so much the differences between them as it is the opposing ways that they help Dawn to grow through their relationships with her. Zoey's way of helping her improve as a person and as a coordinator is more straightforward and older sister-like, teaching her necessary skills and encouraging her to do her best, while the majority of Kenny's interactions with Dawn volley between childish teasing and sincere encouragement, posing as a source of annoyance for her and at the same time motivating her to prove that she's capable of besting him and her other rivals in battle.
- Meaningful Name: The Nozomi is a Japanese bullet train service that goes in the opposite direction of the Hikari bullet train service. The Nozomi is faster than the Hikari.
- Old Shame: In-Universe, the attitude to people doing both Gyms and Contests. When Candice deduced that she'd expressed this towards Ash and his friends, Zoey became embarrassed.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Her name is frequently misspelled as "Zoe".
- Technicolor Eyes: Red.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Dawn's Girly Girl. Accentuated by the fact that she always wears suits in her Contests, never dresses. In addition to the contrast, it shows that she's no less feminine than Dawn, just unconventional about it - her flashy suit in the Grand Festival was particularly fashionable and made to accentuate her femininity instead of negating it.
- Wise Beyond Her Years: She's a very knowledgable and insightful character. Not without her flaws, but still rather mature for her apparent age.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Yuko Mita
Voiced in English by: Rhonda Krempa
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Javier Olguín (seasons 10 and 13), Xóchitl Ugarte (season 11), Bruno Coronel (season 12).
- All Love Is Unrequited: Heavily implied in Four Roads Diverged in a Pokémon Port! when Dawn chooses to travel with Ash to cheer him on in the Lily of the Valley Conference and not him when he made the offer. He takes it quite well though.
- Color Motif: Blue, serving to reflect his rivalry with Dawn and their similar roots. Two of his Pokémon are Water type, one of which is the evolved form of Dawn's starter, he has a blue Pokétch, he was seen wearing a blue shirt in a flashback and he dons a blue suit for the Grand Festival.
- Decomposite Character: He fills the role that Barry does for Dawn as the player character in the games, being (one of) her main rivals.
- Forgotten Childhood Friend: Dawn apparently didn't know he was going to be a Coordinator.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Seems to express his crush on Dawn by relentlessly teasing her about their childhood days.
- Kids Are Cruel: He looks this way when we find out the backstory of "Dee Dee", the Embarrassing Nickname he hung on Dawn. Especially since he got the entire class hooked to that nickname where the entire class calls her by that very name he coined. He and Dawn ended up friends eventually though.
- The Nicknamer: Came up with Dee-Dee/Pikari.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Tetsuya Kakihara
Voiced in English by: Tom Wayland
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Edson Matus (season 11 and 13), Javier Olguín (season 12).
- Broken Ace: Defeated by the Pyramid King Brandon, but quickly recovered unlike his brother.
- Chekhov's Gun: in "Lost Leader Strategy", Reggie's revealed to have completed the badges in each of the four regions. He also has the Symbols from the Battle Frontier, but there's one missing, which means a lot more when Paul's backstory is elaborated further.
- Cool Big Bro: Even if Paul's not the easiest to get along with, he looks after his Pokémon for him and encourages him as best he can.
- Foil: To Ash, in a way - which is the reason Paul actively dislikes the latter. In fact, take a look at the Badges and Symbols he's earned - they're all the same ones Ash achieved on his journey.
- Master of None: When he lost to Brandon, the Pyramid King stated this was the main reason he lost. Reggie may have had a lot of achievements, but he hasn't developed a special form of battle strategy to give him any real strengths to deal with the elite trainers.
- Moral Dissonance: He's quite aware of Paul's training methods, but doesn't even lift a finger to discipline his brother or teach him the error of his ways. Some depth is revealed when Maylene relates her ego-crushing encounter with Paul to Ash, he admits Paul's always had a cruel streak. It could be that he's tried to curb this side of him, but failed. This is Truth in Television - stubborn people like Paul often can't be convinced that they are wrong, especially not with just words.
- One Steve Limit: Subverted. A character of the day from Best Wishes has the same Japanese, but not English, name as him.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He wears a pink shirt.
- Retired Badass: Four complete sets of 8 Gym Badges, and six of the Kanto Frontier Brain Symbols (the only one he doesn't have is Brandon's). His defeat to Brandon is the reason he's given up taking League challenges, something his younger brother Paul is not happy about.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: He's the exact opposite of Paul. He's a nice guy who trains hard, values friendship, and succeeds in his goals and ambitions. Paul is a Jerkass of the highest calibur who thinks friendship is a load of Tauros. All because his older brother is the successful one.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He has the same downward-slanted eyes as Paul and a similar shade of purple hair, though his is a darker color.
- Theme Naming: In Japanese, Reiji contains rei, meaning "courtesy" or "propriety", while his little brother's name, Shinji, contains shin, "trust" or "confidence".
- Voiced in Japanese by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki
Voiced in English by: Jamie McGonnigal
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ricardo Bautista (seasons 11 and 13), Miguel Ángel Ruiz (season 12)
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: This is typical his strategy in battle. And it doesn't help that he's not particularly creative either.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: His usual approach to events. Though he once waited long enough for a Heracross to be attracted by slathered honey.
- Butt Monkey: Silly, unfortunate things happen to him all the time. He forgets things, people keep getting in his way while he's running around, Gible eats his bike and gym battle ticket, etc.
- Catchphrase: "I'm going to make you pay a fine for that! Nine, eight, seven, six, five, four — "
- Character Exaggeration: He doesn't have the level of characterization (and Character Development) his game counterpart had, nearly to the point of being a Satellite Character.
- Character Tics: Snapping his fingers.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He tried. Good lord, he tried. Yet in the end, all he ended up with was a devastating 3-0 loss to Paul.
- Death-or-Glory Attack: His Empoleon's signature move is Hydro Cannon and it also learns Hyper Beam, which puts alot of power into a single attack but leaves it defenseless afterwards. And after a Torrent boost on top of that it's completely stopped by Electivire's Protect and unable to do nothing but stand and take the retaliation.
- Determinator: Just watch how hard he and his team try to win when they face Paul.
- The Ditz: Barry tends to act faster than he thinks.
- Dumb Blonde: While not at all unintelligent, he's seriously impatient and rushes into things without thinking.
- Failed a Spot Check: He was so absorbed in telling Dawn and Brock about Tobias the Olympus Mons trainer that it took him a while to even notice Ash's match.
- Hot-Blooded: He is the son of Palmer after all. He throws his Poké Ball so hard, he does a complete forward flip in the process.
- Large Ham: Barry honestly could pursue a career in theatrics with the level of drama he acts out.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Currently the last recipient of the series-wide Running Gag of the fate of bicycles around Ash. Only in Barry's case, it was Gible's fault, not Pikachu.
- No Indoor Voice: Every line he has is yelled at the top of his lungs.
- Noodle Incident: According to Dawn, he was once involved in a singing duet with an Exploud.
- Running Gag: He always interrupts Team Rocket before they can finish their motto.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: His wails are always very silly and over the top.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Barry treats himself like he's a world class trainer. Paul barely even acknowledges his existence. No to mention even after Ash proves himself a better trainer than him, Barry would still think its the oppostie, for a time.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He has spiky blond hair similar to Palmer's.
- Technicolor Eyes: Orange.
- Unknown Rival: Wants to be a Rival of Paul's. But if it was even possible, Paul treats him with more disdain than he does with Ash. After his loss in the Sinnoh League, Paul does acknowledge his skill.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In "To Thine Own Pokémon Be True!" he pretty much disappears after losing and is not heard from until his next appearance in "Historical Mystery Tour".
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: In her first appearance, she refuses to believe Dawn's win against May was based on skill.
- Character Tics: Makes the "ILY" hand sign with her arms crossed when giving commands in a Pokémon Contest.
- Evil Counterpart:
- To Dawn. They're both ambitious and talented at Contests, but the difference is that Dawn is kind and sweet to nearly everyone she meets, while Ursula taunts her opponents, boasts about her abilities, and has no qualms about humiliating her opponents in public.
- She could also be considered one to Zoey as she belittles Dawn and puts her down while Zoey is a helpful big sister mentor to her instead.
- Evil Is Petty: She does her best to spite Dawn at every turn, simply because she believes her to be an incompetent Coordinator who scrapes by on dumb luck.(addressing Zoey) "I'll make sure you and Dawn never meet in the final round!"
- Evil Laugh: "Ahahahahahaha!"
- The resemblances with Urara Kasugano are...uncanny, to say the least.
- Another uncanny resemblance: Amy from the Soul Series.
- What about Kasane Teto, an UTAUloid who has the same hairstyle and hair color, and wears an outfit that resembles Ursula's contest dress?
- Her personality and role, though not her appearance, are also similar to Harley's.
- Felony Misdemeanor: "The horror! My beautiful Gabite's been soiled! How dare you!"
- Game Breaker: In one contest, where the goal is to battle while impressing the judges with varied and spectacular moves, she uses Encore, a move that forces the opponents to do the same move repeatedly and thus lose points with the judges.
- Hair Decorations: Her purple ribbons.
- Improbable Hairstyle: She has drills for hair.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: She appears three times in the series. Each time she loses.
- Insufferable Genius: She's a skilled Pokémon coordinator...and she makes sure everyone knows it.
- Meaningful Name: In the original version, her name is derived from 麗らか uraraka, Japanese for beautiful or glorious.
- Pet the Dog: Despite her arrogance, Ursula cares for her Pokémon and treats them well. And she comes to have some respect for Dawn in the end, as much as she may deny it.
- Rolling Attack: Jigglypuff's Rollout, also Plusle and Minun's "twin attack formation" in Playing the Performance Encore!
- True Blue Femininity: Her Grand Festival dress is three different shades of blue.
- Wonder Twin Powers: Not only do her Plusle and Minun know Helping Hand, they work perfectly together in Contests, making them a fantastic choice for Double Battles.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Kozo Mito
Voiced in English by: Billy Regan
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Irwin Daayán (season 10 and 13), Gabriel Ortiz (season 11).
- Badass Bookworm: He's big on battle strategy, even giving Ash a hard time in their League battle.
- Battle Couple: Formed one with Dawn in the Tag Battle Tournament. Although the affection is one-sided...
- Blue with Shock: When he found out the "little girl" he partnered with in a Pokémon Summer Academy race was a ghost.
- Creepy Monotone: Speaks like this briefly in "Ghoul Daze!" when under the ghost girl's mind-control.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: For a creepy, nerdy stalker, it's very surprising to see how ridiculously competent Conway can be in battle. In addition, he sports a nice variety of Pokémon despite his battling skills not being highlighted often.
- Did Not See That Coming: Like many of Ash's opponents, Conway gets thrown off when his opponent improvises. Namely, Gible catching Dusknoir's Shadow Punch with his mouth and not letting go.
- Establishing Character Moment:Conway: (off screen) Well, how are you, Number 28?
Dawn: (cheerfully) I'm fine!
(the screen cuts to a close-up of Conway with Scary Shiny Glasses)
Conway: That's good. Conway is the name. A pleasure.
- Expy: His design is based on the Super Nerd Trainer class in the main Pokémon games.
- Flaw Exploitation: In the battle against Paul and Ash, he exploited the fact Paul loved to use Protect by having a Pokémon with Feint. Later, he was well aware Ash had a preference for using Fragile Speedster type Pokémon by using Trick Room.
- Lightning Bruiser:
- Dusknoir when using Trick Room outspeeds almost everything on Ash's team due to Trick Room causing slower Pokémon to go first. Finally, Dusknoir was shown taking and dealing out hits with ease.
- Also, to an extent, his Shuckle. It's not fast, but its defenses are really good, and there's a special move that unlocks its offensive powers...
- Mighty Glacier: Dusknoir, out of Trick Room, due to its low speed but amazing ability to take hits and dish them out.
- Near-Death Experience: In Ghoul Daze, he almost gets lured off a cliff by a creepy ghost girl. Luckily, he's saved by a Dusknoir.
- Non-Action Guy: Despite making good showings in the first two legs of the Pokémon Triathlon, making good use of Dugtrio's Dig and Floatzel's Dive to bypass the other competitors, he ultimately loses because he's bad at long-distance running.Conway: Big mistake. Not doing a little cardio training was pretty dumb.
- Shirtless Scene: In Up Close and Personable, justified in that said episode involved the Pokémon Summer Academy students diving underwater to search for aquatic Pokémon.
- Single-Target Sexuality: He's a Dawnsexual.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His Japanese name can be spelled either "Kōhei" or "Kouhei".
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Fans have noted his strong physical resemblance to Max.
- Third-Person Person: "That was quite nice...but Conway never gives up!"
- Voiced in Japanese by: Kazuya Nakai
Voiced in English by: Billy Regan
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: José Arenas
- Aerith and Bob: On the "Aerith" side of the scale.
- Agent Peacock: Like Harley before him, he acts quite feminine yet proves to be a skilled Trainer and Coordinator.
- Ambiguously Gay: Less outwardly flamboyant than Harley, but just as effeminate.
- Antiquated Linguistics: His manner of speech is noticeably more formal than most other characters tend to use, for example, saying "I am in your debt" instead of "thank you".
- Art Evolution: Compare this (Dawn of a New Era) to this◊ (League Unleashed).
- Ascended Extra: Appeared in one of the the very first episodes, seemingly as a one-shot character, and after several noteworthy apearances he ultimately features in both the Grand Festival and the Sinnoh Conference.
- Badass Cape: His cape is shaped like a bitten lily, which his perfect for his Bug-type theme.
- Big Damn Heroes: He had his Budew save Ash and friends from Team Rocket in his debut episode.
- Big "NO!": Drops one when Ash's Heracross KO's his Kricketune with Megahorn in the Sinnoh League.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Say what you will about him, but consider this - while most other major characters were practically scrambling to get either eight badges or five ribbons in time for their event, Nando managed to attain both complete sets in time for each major competition. He also reached the Top 4 in the Sinnoh Grand Festival, and if he hadn't been matched up against Ash so early in the Lily of the Valley Conference, it's quite probable he'd have gotten further than just the Top 64 in that competition, as well. He may act as a musical bard most of the time, but he is able to be a very competent coordinator and battler, which Zoey even commented that the latter was giving him a big edge in their contest battle in the festival.
- Character Tics: He often says things in a sing-song voice.
- Clear Their Name: In A Secret Sphere of Influence!, Officer Jenny arrests him because she thinks he stole the Adamant Orb.
- Color Motif: Green, owing to his love of nature and relaxed attitude.
- Conflict Killer: His establishing character moment was breaking up an argument between Ash and Dawn.
- Cowardly Lion: Not Nando himself, but his Sunflora. It abandoned him when he was arrested by Officer Jenny, but hunted down Team Rocket for framing him and exposed their disguises, preventing them from successfully escaping the museum with the Adamant Orb.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite his polite and very feminine demeanor, he's no pushover when it comes to Pokémon battles.
- Cultured Badass: He's a skilled musician and studies Sinnoh's history in his spare time.
- Death by Irony: Defeat, anyway. Both of his final matches in the Grand Festival and the Sinnoh League were against a Pokémon matching one of his specialty types — Leafeon, a Grass-type, and Heracross, a Bug-type.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After he clobbered Zoey off-screen in Dawn's Early Night!, she changed her mind about not accepting Trainers who choose to participate in both Gyms and Contests.
- Depending on the Artist: In early episodes, his bangs were sometimes drawn facing different directions. This stopped by "Coming Full Festival Circle".
- Determinator: A more subtle example. Those eight badges and five Ribbons couldn't have been easy to get in time.
- The Dog Bites Back: Got Jessie back for the Adamant Orb incident when he defeated her in the Hearthome Contest five episodes later.
- Even the Guys Want Him: A blink-and-you'll-miss-it example. When James and Meowth are selling Pokémon Coordinator merchandise during Opposites Interact, you can hear a male voice saying, "I'd like a photo of Nando..."
- Extreme Doormat: He let the Eterna City Officer Jenny tie him up in A Secret Sphere of Influence!. That should tell you something.
- Expy: Visually a dead ringer for Harley, down to sharing the same voice actor. His personality, though, is a closer match to Robert's, being a polite gentleman and skilled Coordinator.
- Fatal Flaw: His over-reliance on his Signature Move, Sing, was exploited by Zoey in the Grand Festival and Ash in the Sinnoh League.
- Flat Character: Gets this accusation thrown at him a lot because unlike the other Sinnoh rivals he's just a straight-up Nice Guy whose spirit never wavers at all.
- Fluffy Fashion Feathers: He wears them in his hat during Contests.
- Foil: The calm, even-tempered dual-duty Pokémon trainer to match Zoey the determined, competitive Pokémon Coordinator.
- Friend to All Children: His only known friends are children. And Gardenia.
- Friend to All Living Things: The night before the Grand Festival semifinals has him playing harp music to a gathering of wild Pokémon in the forest.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: In A Secret Sphere of Influence, he visits the Eterna Museum to study the history of Sinnoh. Unfortunately for him, he's there at the exact same time Team Rocket is stealing the Adamant Orb, with Meowth disguised as a Sunflora, a Pokémon he just happens to have on hand.
- Gold Makes Everything Shiny: His iconic Mew harp. He also wears a gold shoulderplate while performing in Contests.
- Harp of Femininity: Inverted and played straight at the same time — he's a guy who plays the harp, but an extremely feminine guy at that.
- Limited Wardrobe: Like many other things about him, this is a departure from the traditional mold of Pokémon characters. While it's not unusual for minor characters to have only one or two outfits, most Sinnoh Coordinators have a variety of ensembles to wear while performing (Dawn's Pimped-Out Dresses and Zoey's tuxedos come to mind). The most he does during a Contest is stick a feather in his hat, put on a gold shoulderplate, and swap out his single-Mew harp for a double-Mew one.
- Long Bus Trip: Ignoring his cameo in A Breed Stampede, he disappeared for a year after Dawn's Early Night.
- Lucky Translation: His English name, which is in Spanish, just happens to actually be a Japanese word that means "many times", which matches up with the large number of battles he has to do as both a pursuer of Gym Badges and a Coordinator.
- Iconic Item: He is never seen without his golden Mew-shaped harp.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Zoey, Dawn, Brock, and Ash.
- Its Pronounced Tro Pay: Pronounces his own name the way it would be said by a Spanish speaker ("Nahn-do").
- Master of None: Ultimately, as while he made good showings in the Grand Festival and the Sinnoh League, he won neither of them. It doesn't seem to bother him, though.
- Meaningful Name:
- He shares his Japanese name with Naoshi Mizuta, another musician.
- In English, his name rhymes with "glissando", a musical term denoting a glide from one pitch to another. It can be played on many instruments, including a harp.
- Milking the Giant Cow: He loses his calm demeanor when he gets really into the Heracross vs. Kricketune match in the Sinnoh League, gesturing wildly with his hands and even dramatically swishing his cape.
- Motifs: Music notes.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: Nando sticks out somewhat awkwardly among the typical rival lineup, doing contests and battles at the same time, dressing up in an anachronistic minstrel outfit, and hanging out with kids several years younger than he is.
- Mythology Gag: Possibly; he wasn't the first bard to appear in the Pokémon continuity.
- Nature Hero: Most of his Pokémon are Bug and Grass types, and his first episode had him camping outside with Ash and friends.
- Non-Specifically Foreign: Implied by the dub, which gives him a name of Spanish origin and a thick, vaguely European accent.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Downplayed — he has smaller and more realistically drawn eyes than other characters. It's especially obvious when his headshot is visible among the others on a Pokémon Contest screen.
- Nerves of Steel: Arrested on suspicion of stealing the Adamant Orb? Criticized for being a Pokémon Trainer and Pokémon Coordinator at the same time? Not a problem for this even-tempered minstrel. Realizing his Kricketune is on the losing end of a sparring match with Ash's Heracross might be a different story, though...
- Never Bareheaded: He never takes his hat off, although production art shows what he looks like without it.
- Nice Guy: Always unfailingly kind and polite, so much so that he gives polite requests to his Pokémon in battle instead of commands.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Only character to regularly participate in both Contests and Gym Battles.
- Out of Focus: And how - he disappeared for 125 episodes after "Dawn's Early Night!" (barring a brief cameo), before finally returning for real during the Grand Festival and the Lily of the Valley Conference.
- Peek-a-Bangs: His hair covers his left eye.
- Rhymes on a Dime: As a minstrel he often speaks in rhyming couplets.
- Say My Name:Officer Jenny: Excuse me. I've just captured Suspect #1. (she pulls Nando into the shot) Get this. He calls himself a Pokémon troubadour, but I don't buy it at all.Ash/Brock/Dawn: Nando?!
- The Southpaw: Plays his harp with his left hand.
- Stealth Pun: He's a musician who's always incredibly calm. You could say he's very composed.
- The Storyteller: "In the beginning, there was only a churning turmoil of chaos. And at the heart of the chaos, where all things become one, came the one."
- Take a Third Option: When we first see Nando, he was having trouble if he wanted to pursue gym battles or contest ones before eventually settling on both. It did wonders for him.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: The "tall" part is more noticeable since he usually hangs around kids, but "A Secret Sphere of Influence" and "A Breed Stampede" show him to be even taller than Officer Jenny and Mr. Contesta, respectively.
- Uncatty Resemblance: Wears a green cape similar to his Roserade's.
- Unexplained Accent: The American dub gives him a European accent that seems to vary from episode to episode.
- The Unfought: Dawn never faced him directly in an actual Contest battle (though they did have a practice bout in DP004, which he won).
- Vague Age: Appears to be in his early 20s, but his outfit and old-fashioned speech patterns give the impression of someone much older.
- Vocal Evolution: After a year long absence, his accent became slightly more pronounced.
- Warrior Poet: He is a skilled Pokémon Trainer and musician with a love for songs and stories. His habit of rhyming is shown to have rubbed off on Gardenia when she quotes a piece of philosophical poetry in "A Secret Sphere of Influence".
- What the Hell Is That Accent??: It sounds vaguely like a mixture of Spanish and Irish.
- The Worf Effect: He makes it all the way to the top four of the Sinnoh Grand Festival, only to get thrown out of the competition by Zoey. Come the Sinnoh League, Ash wipes the floor with Nando in the very first round of the Qualifying Matches (the Top 64). In fairness, you can probably blame this on the writers for making Ash his first opponent, or perhaps Zoey was right all along that he should have just stuck with contests. But he sure didn't go out without a fight.
- The Ace: He is the most skilled trainer shown in the Sinnoh region next to Cynthia, steamrolling everyone he encounters in the Pokémon League. His character even might be a nod to the acquired term "sweeping" in the Metagame of the Pokémon games (i.e. a player is able to take down entire teams using only one Pokémon with little effort, and do so regularly against many other players in competitive play).
- Badass Cape: His cape flows with the wind, much like Nando.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He beat Sinnoh's Gym Leaders and got to the League Semifinals using just Darkrai. Against Ash, he is forced to bust out a Latios, which get knocked out as well in a double KO that defeats Ash. Even in the final battle, [most of which is not shown] he actually wins with only Darkrai.
- Curb Stomp Cushion: Even though Ash does get his ass handed to him on a silver platter, he does manage to take out two of his legendaries, the closest anybody actually gets to him.
- Curtains Match the Window: Grayish-blue hair, light blue eyes.
- Dark is Not Evil: No, the creepy guy with the Darkrai is not evil. He actually congratulates Ash on a good battle after he wins.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Ash is the only person that actually manages to defeat his Darkrai, and Latios by extension. Even the announcer acknowledges it.
- Diabolus ex Machina: Just after Ash finally beats his rival in the quarter-finals, and it looks like he'll finally win a major championship, he gets thoroughly trounced by Tobias' two legendary Pokémon. The trainer's appearance was never hinted at before the Tournament Arc, and it's never explained how he got his hands on two Olympus Mons.
- Didn't See That Coming: Twice. First when Ash's Sceptile breaks out of sleep status immediately with the second coming when Sceptile hands Darkrai its ass for the first time.
- And after that? Tobias sends out a Latios. That was unexpected. Not to mention wholly unexplained. The fact Pikachu managed to help Ash make a repeat performance to Tobias and take it out also counted, towards Tobias and the crowd.
- Elemental Powers
- The Faceless: For about a couple episodes. Although pay attention and you can see his face relatively clearly in the tournament standings. He's the only one with hair like that.
- Glass Cannon: In keeping to Darkrai's stats in the game, his is this by Legendaries standards. Even healing with Dream Eater, Darkrai goes down to a relatively small amount of direct hits.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: A lot of people were predicting that Darkrai would be the most he'd bring to the table.
- The Juggernaut: Nobody so far has taken this guy's Darkrai and Latios down in a fight. Well, Ash did, but he lost all of his Pokémon in the process and therefore the tournament.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: He plows through every Trainer he comes up against with minimal effort, including Ash, and goes on to win the Sinnoh League. He also wears a red cape.
- Large Ham: The way he releases Latios comes to mind.
- Meaningful Name: Tobias is a powerful trainer who relies mainly on Darkrai to fight. Tobias is also the name of a biblical hero from the book of Tobit who drove a demon out with the help of the archangel Raphael.
- Olympus Mons: Darkrai and Latios.
- One-Man Army: His Darkrai. It single-handedly carries him through the entire Sinnoh League with the exception of Ash, who manages to take it and his Latios down with him.
- One Steve Limit: Averted in the Japanese version. Tommy from the Pokémon Trainer's School (a Hoenn character of the day) shares the same Japanese name as him.
- And, to an extent, the fact that Tobias' Darkrai makes the THIRD we've seen so far (movies are Canon). I mean, Legendaries have been proven to come in multiples before (PowerOfOne!Lugia, Silver, and his mother; Heroes has practically a herd of Latios and Latias in flashback).
- Pals with Jesus: He has two legendary Pokémon that follow his every order.
- Peek-a-Bangs: His hair covers his eye, like his Darkrai.
- The Reveal: His second Pokémon is Latios. Didn't see that coming, did you? Arceus knows what the rest of his team looks like...
- Riddle for the Ages: There is a lot of theories and wonder as to what the other four Pokémon are in his party, considering two of them are legendaries.
- Smug Super: Downplayed. He is very well aware he is packing high-grade legendaries and will let his opponents know how even bringing their A-game might not be enough, but he does respect the effort his opponents put in the battle. Especially Ash given he actually did defeat his Darkrai and Latios.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: His design is similar to Nando's, wearing a long cape and covering half of his face with his hair as well as having a slightly unusual name. He even has a slight accent in the English dub, though it's very faint.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Non-lethal, competitive example. He was the first major character of sorts to bring Legendary Pokémon in a League tournament, who are viewed as physical deities that make most fully-evolved mons look like weaklings. And Tobias used at least two of them.
- The Unreveal: Only two of his Pokémon were shown in his fight against Ash. Also, no explanation was given as how did he caught them even after the battle.
- Badass Normal: Unlike the games, he doesn't have any Pokémon to help in his assignments. He's extremely competent despite this.
- Case in point, he manages to get a hold of and subdue Aldith, and keep her in place with a pipe until Colress arrived and took over the Golurks. Impressive!
- The Bus Came Back: Returns in Black and White 2: Episode N to investigate Team Plasma, possibly to reflect his appearance in the games.
- Master of Disguise: It's surprising he doesn't give off any clues it is him until he reveals himself.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: When we first meet him, he comes off as a bit quirky due to having bought too many lunches on the train (the fact he gave some to Team Rocket explains why they're loyal to him later). At the end of that episode, we find out he's investigating Team Galactic.
Pokémon Hunter J
- Voiced in Japanese by: Takako Honda
Voiced in English by: Sonny Dey
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Yadira Aedo and Adriana Casas (season 10), Yolanda Vidal (season 11), Maggie Vera (season 12)
- All Webbed Up: She uses her Ariados' String Shot to keep Trainers out of the way by tying them to a tree, rock or other nearby object while she steals their Pokémon.
- Bad Boss: Not afraid to sacrifice her minions if she can save her own hide or get rid of an annoyance.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Downplayed in the Riolu two-parter. She technically got exactly what she wanted, with her client paying her for delivering Riolu to him, but not much attention is drawn to it as Ash and co.'s main goal was to rescue the Riolu. And if the client happened to be apprehended by the police afterward...well, rotten luck, but she has her money and there's always more people to hire her and Pokémon to poach.
- Badass Longcoat: One with lots of opportunities to billow out and all around her while she's riding her Salamence.
- Badass Normal: She throws herself personally into battles and perilous situations that most Trainers would leave to their Pokémon (albeit while bringing her own Pokémon in with her) because she has to catch her targets herself and without harming them via conventional Pokémon battling.
- Berserk Button: Two:
- Don't back out of a sale. She will not be happy, nor will she do business with you again.
- More subtly, if you're working for her, don't fail in catching your targets.
- Boring, but Practical: Okay, simply curb stomping everyone in your way doesn't usually make for gripping action, but if you were a poacher, you probably wouldn't be too concerned about the Rule of Drama, either.
- Breath Weapon: Her Salamence attacks this way, as the only moves it is shown using are Flamethrower, Hyper Beam, & Dragon Pulse.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: She captured the Lake Trio...and then her ship was promptly destroyed by a twin-fired Future Sight attack and she likely died.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Or more accurately, "Can't Battle You, Still Need to Sell You".
- Combat Pragmatist: She does not screw around on the job.
- Cool Airship: Her method of transport.
- Cow Tools: Her debut episode shows she has a couple of other ground vehicles at her disposal besides the six-wheelers she normally employs. We never get to see any of them in action.
- Dark Action Girl: A prerequisite, since she has to get up close and personal to find and petrify the Pokémon she's pursuing and then get out in one piece.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: She not only captures the entire Lake Trio (with future consequences), but also nearly succeeds in an attempt on Regigigas (which didn't succeed only because she quit after her client canceled on her).
- Elemental Powers
- Evil Poacher: A cutthroat individual who steals Pokemon from their trainers (often with them watching) who is completely apathetic to the lives of both people and Pokemon.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride. As ruthless and cutthroat as she is, she has a nasty habit of underestimating her enemies whenever she's close to winning. This is what led to her final downfall.
- Fingerless Gloves: She and her mooks wear an interesting variation of these where the thumb, pointer, and middle fingers are all removed, while the ring and pinkie fingers are left intact.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Salamence's Hyper Beam.
- Hero Killer: Though nobody dies by her hand, she's so dangerous that even Ash and Co. take her very seriously. Most notably when Brandon and his Regis were all Taken for Granite trying to protect Regigigas; were it not for Regigigas' Hidden Power, they might not have been restored at all.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Hers are more towards the grey side, but it's indicative of how cold and calculative she is.
- The Juggernaut:
- In all their screen-time, her Pokémon never once took any perceivable damage, let alone got knocked out in battle (then again, battling was never a core tactic for her to begin with). Makes you wonder how comfortably she'd be able to hold herself against the Eilte Four.
- Her ground vehicles are examples, too; they can down trees and keep right on going. They're immune to Pikachu's Thunderbolt, too (unless they've been soaked by a Water attack beforehand, for some odd reason).
- Karma Houdini Warranty: She was smart enough to flee karma the moment there was nothing more to gain, but pushes her luck too far in the end.
- Killed Off for Real: Most likely.
- Knight of Cerebus: Every episode she appears in is dark and serious, guaranteed. When your repertoire includes being an abhorrent piece of work (even among Pokémon hunters & poachers), this is to be expected.
- Lack of Empathy: Kind of a requirement to be a legit Pokémon poacher by now.
- Never Found the Body: And they probably never will, if it blew up like her ship.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Has on several occasions just tried to kill Ash.
- No One Could Survive That!: "That" being her ship exploding in the depths of Lake Valor. While she has not resurfaced since, there is also no concrete evidence that she was killed in said explosion.
- One-Letter Name: J
- Only in It for the Money: She abandons her battle on more than one occasion when her client reneges on the payment.
- Poison Is Evil: She uses an Ariados and Drapion in battle.
- Pragmatic Villainy: She won't hurt the Pokémon she captures, they're much too valuable for that.
- Psycho for Hire: She certainly fits the psycho hiring herself out part, but it seems that she's more about the money than the evulz.
- Scissors Cuts Rock: Her battling style tends toward this. While no battle involved her or her opponent(s) actively exploiting type advantages or disadvantages, her Pokémon's attacks often simply punch right through her foes' attacks by sheer strength. This is best shown the first time she's seen battling Officer Jenny, where J's Salamence and Jenny's Arcanine engage in a Hyper Beam/Flamethrower Beam-O-War, and the former slices right through the latter without even slowing down.
- She Is the King: Her mooks all call her "Sir".
- A Sinister Clue: She wears her wrist cannon on her left arm.
- Sinister Shades: Ones that can search out where Pokémon are trying to teleport as well.
- Smug Snake: Sometimes underestimates her opponents' capabilities. This is a major factor in her ultimate downfall, where she either thought the twin Future Sight Uxie and Mesprit set up during their battle wouldn't work after capturing them, or forgot about it altogether. Her ship takes a direct hit from it as she prepares to leave, sending it, her, and her henchmen all to a watery grave.
- The Sociopath: She's a cold-hearted poacher who has no problem killing her own men, or a child for that matter, and will work with and betray anyone to get what she wants.
- The Stoic: Unless she's wearing a Slasher Smile.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Every one of her captures was made with her own two hands (or rather, her own wrist-bracelet-capturer thingy). The one time she sent her mooks out to nab a target without her, they were foiled by Gary, and it wasn't until she got involved herself that she made any progress on her job.
- Taken for Granite: What happens to the Pokémon she captures. Works on humans, too. It can be reversed, but only if you pull the dial on the case it's in or revive the Pokémon/human in question by using Hidden Power on it.
- Taught by Experience: She remembers Ash and his companions long after their first encounter since she got a good idea of how badly they derailed her plans prior. Unlike others, she is prone to doing anything to get rid of them if they get involved.
- The Unfettered: No matter what deadly chaos is going on around her, she will not stop pursuing her target until either she captures it or her client cancels the deal.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The vilest in the main series.
- Villain Respect: Has shades of this in her debut, where she reluctantly commends Ash for tracking her down after she steals Pikachu, and later even outright compliments his bravery in sneaking on board her ship. However, this is dropped for all her later appearances.
- Villain Team-Up: Hired by Team Galactic during the Galactic arc's finale.
- Wave Motion Gun: Her Salamence knows Hyper Beam.
- We Have Reserves: Who cares if she loses a few minions while catching a rare Pokémon? She always has more.
- Would Hurt a Child: Defied at first (and not because Even Evil Has Standards). In a flashback by an Officer Jenny in Mutiny in the Bounty, she is seen saying to a Teddiursa as it frantically claws at its glass cage, "I won't hurt you. You're much too valuable for that." Several episodes later, it's played straight when she tries to kill Ash in several ways. It's not like she can sell him for money, after all.
- You Have Failed Me: Very lightly implied during one of her episodes (she's in a kids show, after all):
Team GalacticTropes that apply to Team Galactic as a whole:
- Adaptational Villainy: In a sense. They were always villains, but the anime portrays them as much darker than they were in the games: more sinister than their original goofiness and much more self-interested rather than Well Intentioned Extremists. Even Cyrus' altruistic qualities have been completely removed, and his tragic backstory (though loosely still hinted at) is never brought up.
- Curtains Match the Window: All the major members have matching hair and eyes.
- Evil Counterpart: The Galactic Commanders and Cyrus can be seen as this to the series' Power Trio and Cynthia, respectively. Most obviously, Brock's Croagunk has a mutual emnity with Saturn's Toxicroak, and Cyrus' lack of respect for life and disgust for connection between sentient beings counters the way Cynthia cherishes both. Beyond that, Jupiter reveals that the Commanders were intended to bond with the Lake Trio, a plan the Trio foiled by bonding with the Power Trio. By that logic - and the fact that they aren't perfect in this regard considering they don't have individual, climactic confrontations, it also falls apart but still has some merit, as seen below:
- Saturn vs. Brock - Knowledge, representing Uxie.
- Mars vs. Dawn - Emotion, representing Mesprit.
- Jupiter vs. Ash (both Hot-Blooded) - Willpower, representing Azelf.
- Knight of Cerebus - As with Paul and Hunter J, any episode featuring them is darker than the norm.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Their actions are a lot darker than what most antagonists in the show have attempted, even Hunter J - trying to blow up Iron Island and all of its inhabitants is a major instance of this.
- Big Bad: Of Team Galactic, and nominally the closest thing Diamond and Pearl has to one (at least during Season 12).
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In his first appearance he appeared to be a seemingly-legit businessman, the heroes unaware he was the founder and leader of Team Galactic.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Hunter J captures the Lake Trio for him, who are then brought under his control by the Red Chain. Then he nearly succeeds in forcing Dialga and Palkia to create his new world at the expense of the already-existing one.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: There's really no spark in his gaze, which coupled with his natural demeanour reflects the nihilism he emits.
- Famous Last Words: "This is my perfect world, governed by an order that does not require heart or conscience. It's mine. MINE ALONE!"
- Killed Off for Real: Even as the dimension Dialga and Palkia created for him slowly fades away he steps inside and disappears forever, presumably dying for his desired world (rather than living in a world he loathes). This is a little overlooked though, especially considering it happened in the episode after Hunter J's death.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He wants to destroy all life in order to create his new world.
- Power Crystal: He uses crystals of the Red Chain as mind-control devices to command the Lake Trio.
- Pyrrhic Victory: He technically got exactly what he wanted (his "perfect world"), but he didn't get very long to enjoy it.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes flash red when he explains how he is using the Red Chain to control the lake guardians.
- Slasher Smile: From time to time.
- The Stoic: Making any moments he has of emotion telling - he generally tries to restrain himself, but sometimes can't really help it.
- Traitor Shot: He gets several during DP096 and DP097.
- The Unfought: He never once battles anyone during the course of the series, not even in the Team Galactic finale.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Until the Team Galactic finale.
- Arch-Enemy: His Toxicroak to Brock's Croagunk.
- Graceful Loser: He takes the downfall of Team Galactic's plans — and the revelation that Cyrus cares nothing for his subordinates — quite calmly all things considered, unlike Mars. However, his somber tone indicates he's just masking his pain.
- Heel Realization: As he processes the fact Cyrus will leave them behind to be destroyed with the old world, Saturn then stops Mars from following their treacherous Leader (and dying in the process) and — by all accounts — turns himself in to the police to face justice without a fuss, miserable that he had devoted himself to a false cause.
- Poison Is Evil: His main Pokémon is a Toxicroak.
- Uncatty Resemblance: He has a hairstyle that mimics Mars' Purugly's ears.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has horny blue hair.
- Big "NO!": Her reaction to seeing Cyrus' "death".
- Broken Bird: Implicitly so, at the end of the Team Galactic arc.
- Cats Are Mean: Her main Pokémon is a Purugly.
- Fiery Redhead: She is more emotive than her other commanders.
- Uncatty Resemblance: Somewhat. Her hairstyle resembles the spike on the head of Saturn's Toxicroak.
- Villainous B.S.O.D.: Cyrus disappearing into his "perfect world" seems to have broken her. When last we see her, she's completely silent and without her usual spark, not acknowledging either Saturn or Jupiter as the three of them are being taken into custody.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Chinami Nishimura
Voiced in English by: Eileen Stevens
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Betsabé Jara (season 11), Cecilia Gómez (season 12)
- Dark is Evil: Half of Skuntank's type.
- Laughing Mad: She cackles after her defeat by Cynthia and being apprehended by Looker, confident in her leader despite being beaten.
- Out of Focus: Not extreme, but Jupiter is the only Galactic Commander not assigned the outright command of a mission, and on top of that she's mainly restricted to side roles in screen time compared to Mars and Saturn.
- Playing with Fire: Her main Pokémon is a Skuntank that knows Flamethrower.
- Poison Is Evil: Said Skuntank is also half Poison-type...
- Straw Nihilist: Flat-out says that if the world is destroyed, along with herself, then that would be "fine with her".
- We Can Rule Together: Gives Ash, Dawn, and Brock an offer to join Team Galactic.
- Would Hurt a Child: Willing to have her Pokémon use Iron Tail on Ash, Dawn, and Brock.
- Evil Laugh: Which Jupiter finds absolutely annoying to hear.
- Jerkass: His impatient shouting at a frightened, crying Shellos - who was only caught up in the midst of their plans because Team Galactic digging into Mt. Coronet disrupted its native habitat and displaced it - is a major Kick the Dog. This guy - more than any other Galactic member - is a colossal dick.
- Karma Houdini: As far as we see, he escaped justice - unlike Cyrus, who appears to have perished; or Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter, who are arrested.
Sinnoh Gym Leaders
- Voiced in Japanese by: Masataka Azuma
Voiced in English by: Craig Blair
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ricardo Mendoza (season 11), Ignacio Casas (season 12)
- Calling the Old Man Out: He accuses his father of abandoning his family for nothing more than his love of fossils, and also preferring defense to offense.
- Elemental Powers: Roark specializes in Rock type Pokémon.
- Fiery Redhead: More of the "fiercely passionate" variety than "hot-headed", generally, except for when it comes to Byron...
- Guest-Star Party Member: Sort of - four episodes straight in Oreburgh City, and then a significant role for another two at Canalave City.
- Just a Kid: His father dismisses his arguments using this line. In Byron's words, "You wouldn't know a fossil if it hit you on the head!"
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Actively involved in the mining duties of his city, and later stops Team Rocket when dealing with their theft of the Fossil Restoration machine.
- Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object: He challenges his father to a battle to resolve this, and champions the force of Rampardos against Byron's immovable Bastiodon. No winner is clearly determined.
- Use Your Head: Rampardos' Headbutt and Zen Headbutt.
- Volumetric Mouth: When arguing with Byron in "Ancient Family Matters".
- Voiced in Japanese by: Chieko Honda
Voiced in English by: Lara Star Rigores
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Isabel Romo
- The Bus Came Back: In DP055.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appears briefly during Cheryl's three-part arc, in DP031 ("The Grass-type is Always Greener") before having a full introduction in Eterna City.
- Elemental Powers: Gardenia specializes in Grass type Pokémon.
- Hypocritical Humor: "The crooks were using Grass-type Pokémon, huh? They've got some nerve! Those jerks!" By the end of her appearance, she's taking care of a Grass-type that one of the crooks in question gave to her.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Upon seeing James' Cacnea again, she asks it to give her a massage with Pin Missile.
- Luminescent Blush: This is her reaction when Dawn asks her if she's been with Nando.
- Odd Friendship: With James, whom she could never see as an enemy due to his Cacnea.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: During A Secret Sphere of Influence!
- Ship Tease: With Nando. She stands up for him when he's accused of stealing the Adamant Orb, and later quotes a bit of reflective poetry similar to his style that prompts Dawn to (correctly) deduce that they've spent time together.
- She also has some arguable tease with James - or if not that, then borderline with Cacnea (though she's fairly goo-goo-eyed about Grass-types in general). Either way, she's inordinately nice to him in DP054 despite knowing full well of his and his friends' attempted theft of the Adamant Orb.
- Too Kinky to Torture: She actually seems to enjoy getting attacked by grass-type Pokémon. James' Carnivine bites down on her head and she really likes it. She also has Cacnea use Pin Missile on her back like a massage.
- Badass Adorable: She's the first Gym Leader from whom Ash wins a badge without outright defeating her (they tie, but she considers his performance worthy of the Cobble Badge). Not to mention her battle with Dawn. Reggie even notes the result of her battle with Paul might have been very different if she'd been at the top of her game when they faced off.
- Badass Normal: When you're a human and you can deflect an Aura Sphere with your bare hands...
- Break the Cutie: Losing to Paul, then being on the receiving end of his painful "The Reason You Suck" Speech. Ouch.
- Brick Break: Machoke's attack.
- Calling Your Attacks: She even motions whenever her commands Lucario to use Aura Sphere.
- Elemental Powers: Maylene specializes in fighting type Pokémon.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Similarly to Roark, she has a decent four-episode arc of bonding with Ash and his friends (especially Dawn).
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: In her final appearance, she sensed the disturbance caused by Team Galactic stealing the Veilstone Meteorites and hurried over to stop them.
- Ship Tease: With Reggie.
- To a lesser extent, with Dawn.
- 10-Minute Retirement: Though she'd considered making it permanent, her Lucario (and everyone else for that matter) wouldn't hear of it.
Crasher Wake (Maximum Mask)
- Voiced in Japanese by: Tetsu Inada
Voiced in English by: Michael Alston Baley
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Raúl Anaya
- Acrofatic: Don't let that spare tire on his waist fool you.Ash: For a big guy, that Wake can move!
- Boisterous Bruiser: He's a wrestler, hero, and a Gym leader rolled into one.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Inverted regarding Ash's victory over him; while Wake doesn't just fall and puts up a good battle, this is the first proper time Ash has won a Gym Match without a single Pokémon fainting (discounting the double-battle with Tate and Liza in Hoenn).
- Elemental Powers: Crasher Wake specializes in Water type Pokémon.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Floatzel's Bulk Up.
- Casting a Shadow: Gyarados' Bite.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Quagsire's secondary type (Ground).
- An Ice Person : Floatzel's Ice Fang, and Quagsire's Ice Beam.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Gyarados' Dragon Rage.
- Poisonous Person: Quagsire's Sludge Bomb.
- Wind from Beneath My Wings: Gyarados' secondary type.
- Hidden Depths: Like everyone else in his town, he is fond of Croagunk.
- Large Ham: complete with introductions!I'M...Crasher Wake! (laughs)
- Razor Wind: Floatzel's attack.
- Worthy Opponent: His Floatzel quickly became this to Buizel - becoming even important to the latter's Character Development.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Kikuko Inoue
Voiced in English by: Bella Hudson
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Georgina "Gina" Sánchez
- Back for the Finale: Or rather, back for the Sinnoh Grand Festival.
- Big "OMG!": In Coming Full Festival Circle!
- Big "NO!": Comically does this whenever Ash KO's one of her Pokémon.
- Elemental Powers: Fantina specializes in Ghost type Pokémon.
- Casting a Shadow: Mismagius' Dark Pulse.
- Green Thumb: Mismagius' Magical Leaf.
- Playing with Fire: Drifblim's Will-O-Wisp.
- Poisonous Person: Gengar's secondary type.
- Psychic Powers: Mismagius' Psybeam and Psywave, Drifblim's Hypnosis and Psychic, and Gengar's Hypnosis.
- Wind from Beneath My Wings: Drifblim's secondary type.
- Genki Girl: The woman can barely stand still, she's always dancing.
- Gratuitous English/Gratuitous French: In the Japanese and English versions, respectively.
- Surprisingly Good French: In the dub, her accent and pronounciations are actually quite good, as a skilled French speaker can attest to.
- Improbable Hairstyle: No one in the world has her overly pompous hairdo.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Her purple outfit that she uses for contests and gym battles.
- Recurring Character: Fantina's appearances are the most sporadically spread out of all the Sinnoh Gym Leaders.
- Running Gag: Never in her gym whenever she was needed.
- That One Attack: In-universe, after his first match with her, Ash would spend the next few episodes before their rematch contemplating how to get past her team's Hypnosis.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Byron is slightly more serious in the games. Here, he's as hammy as Crasher Wake.
- Badass Baritone: As to be expected from Dan Green.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Though his demeanour suggests otherwise, this is actually true - he wanted Roark to become his own man rather than living under his father's shadow, hence why he left Oreburgh Gym in his hands.
- Disappeared Dad: A major gripe Roark has with him is how Byron apparently ran off to Canalave City and left Roark to fend for himself.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Bastiodon's primary type (Rock) and Steelix's secondary type (Ground).
- Elemental Powers: Byron specializes in Steel type Pokémon.
- Energy Ball: Bastiodon's Flash Cannon.
- Hot-Blooded: You don't get much more hot-blooded than having explosions go off behind you while yelling about how much you love things. Dan Green, ladies and gentlemen.
- It's All About Me: Roark accuses him of this for dumping the position of Oreburgh Gym Leader on him so he could go hunt for fossils in Canalave City.
- Large Ham: A running gag is explosions going off in the background when he yells about how much he loves something.
- Ludd Was Right: Played for Laughs. When he finds out Team Rocket stole his fossils and escaped through a giant hole in the exhibition floor, he entreats them to stop using the machines and dig their holes by hand.
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "I LOVE [thing]!!!"
- Memento Macguffin: His most treasured fossil - a fossilized Sunkern leaf which Roark found and gave him as a young boy.
- No Indoor Voice: He's always shouting about how much he loves things.
- Single-Issue Wonk: He loves fossils, digging holes, and nothing else. Well, except maybe his son.
- Skewed Priorities: When confronting Team Rocket over his stolen fossils, his first order of business is to...compliment them on the perfectly round hole they dug and then tell them they should dig holes by hand instead of using machines.
- Tunnel King: With nothing but the highest respect for others who share the same talent.
- Use Your Head: Bastiodon's Iron Head.
- Badass Armfold: Her Abomasnow has this as her default pose. Her arm-fold looks more badass when she uses long-range attacks while doing it, and there is also a scene where Abomasnow and Candice do it side by side. However, once Abomasnow loses her cool, she quickly discards that habit for the rest of the fight.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Her Medicham is a Fighting-type Pokémon, which is odd since she specializes in Ice-types.
- Catch Phrase: She is oddly fond of kiai. No, not the shouting. The word itself.
- Curb Stomp Cushion: Ash's Gym battle against her starts out with Ash bulldozing her team up until Snover takes down Gliscor, before itself being easily dispatched by Chimchar. Then Abomasnow comes out and returns the favor, taking down two of Ash's remaining Pokémon in quick succession.
- Elemental Powers: Candice specializes in Ice type Pokémon.
- Friendly Enemy: This is actually how she thinks rivalry should function, and is therefore pleased by how Dawn and Zoey help and learn from each other. By extension, she finds herself both shocked and baffled by Paul and his hostility towards Ash.
- Genki Girl: She's very friendly and excitable.
- Hot-Blooded: If her always going on about Kiai is any indication.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Despite specializing in Ice-type Pokémon, she packs the Psychic/Fighting-type Medicham.
- Mighty Glacier: Candice's Abomasnow is very powerful, easily defeating half of Ash's team when they try to attack it head-on. It's also very slow, meaning that Chimchar was able to outmaneuver it and take it down.
- Recurring Character: Her increased importance is enabled by her being Zoey's childhood friend.
- Sempai/Kohai: She is Zoey's sempai. It's easy to read even more into it.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Hirofumi Nojima
Voiced in English by: Eli James
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Javier Olguín
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is a dirtier shade of blond.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He has a long-running win streak; by the time Ash shows up, he's grown so bored that he's giving away badges for free.
- Broken Ace: He is the strongest gym leader in Sinnoh and had an unbreakable winning streak...which caused him depression and resorting to having an interest in other things and nearly abandoning his duty as a gym leader.
- Doppelgänger Spin: Luxray's Double Team.
- Elemental Powers: Volkner specializes in Electric type Pokémon.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Became more interested in technology to make up for being unable to enjoy Pokémon battles.
- An Ice Person: Electivire can use Ice Punch, an Ice-type attack, to counter Grass-Types and Ground-Types who usually have an advantage over Electric-Types.
- Jacob Marley Warning: He is the representation of what would have happened to Ash if Paul had kept Chimchar in the season 10 episode "Glory Blaze", and had not snapped out of his funk in the season 12 episode "Uncrushing Defeat".
- Man Bites Man: Luxray's Thunder Fang.
- Playing with Fire: Electivire's Fire Punch, a Fire-type attack to counter Grass-Type Pokémon who usually resist Electric-type moves.
- 10-Minute Retirement: A very justified on - just as his Gym Battle with Ash got underway, Team Rocket attempt to steal Sunnyshore Tower, in the process damaging the Gym as well. Because of this, Ash doesn't get to challenge him again until after the Sinnoh Grand Festival.
- Victory Is Boring: He got very disillusioned with Pokémon battling due to his constant streak of being undefeated.
- Worthy Opponent: While Ash lost the exhibition match he had against Flint, Volkner was inspired to take up battling seriously again, and accepts Ash as his first challenger out of his retirement. Thanks to Team Rocket's shenanigans, Ash and Volkner wouldn't have their gym battle for more than a dozen episodes. Volkner explicitly stated that, once he's done repairing the damage Team Rocket has done to his gym, he refuses to accept any other challengers until he and Ash face off again.
Tropes that apply to all of them:
- Asskicking Equals Authority: As with all the regions, the Elite Four are selected based on the strongest trainers in the region.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Tomo Sakurai
Voiced in English by: Emily Jenness
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Adriana Casas
- The Ace: Well she IS the Champion of Sinnoh so this should be given.
- Badass Longcoat: She wears her black signature coat for the entirety of Diamond & Pearl.
- Badass Bookworm: Has a love and fascination for history, when she makes her debut she's visiting a site of ruins in Sinnoh.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She is a very polite and somewhat quirky Lady of War, but will immediately react to whatever region-wide threat is present and will unleash her Garchomp at a moment's notice.
- Big Damn Heroes: She takes down Jupiter easily and frees Ash and co. just in time for them to stop Cyrus' plan.
- Big Good: Portrayed this way in D/P.
- The Bus Came Back: As a reference to her appearance in the B&W games, she has a recurring role in BWS 2 - her villa in Undella Town accommodated Ash and his friends as they prepared for the Junior Cup and the Vertress Conference.
- Combat Pragmatist: Not usually, but when she shows up to help Ash against Team Galactic, she has her Garchomp do a surprise attack against Jupiter's Skuntank, and then when Jupiter starts to take out another Pokémon, Garchomp lands behind her and rests its claws right near her throat. When the world's at stake, it isn't the time to play fair.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: People who try to face her in battle usually receive one of these, most notably Paul. The known exceptions are Flint (who took down three of her Pokémon before losing to her Garchomp), Aaron (who took down five of her team, including Garchomp, before finally losing to Gastrodon), and Caitlin (who battled Cynthia's Garchomp to a standstill with her Gothitelle, resulting the battle going into overtime).
- The Ditherer: Every time she needs to pick a flavor of ice cream, she takes ages.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Sort of has this happen in the B2W2 season - she doesn't join Ash's group, but they lounge about in her villa for a while, and she participates in several of their adventures.
- Helping Would Be Kill Stealing: Subverted in the "Operation Tempest" two-parter - her Garchomp proves vital, along with Dragonite and Golurk, in holding back the Therian Forme Kami Trio. She also helped directly in fighting Team Galactic, even though anything connecting with the Lake Trio had to be done by Ash, Dawn, and Brock since they were the ones linked to them.
- Ice-Cream Koan: Plenty of times in DP, though nowhere near as much in BW, she'll go into random tangents with vague words and meanings that may or may not even relate to what's going on.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Her signature Pokémon - which is also her strongest - is Garchomp, a dragon type.
- Lady of War: Cynthia herself, though her female Garchomp also qualifies by merit of being both powerful and graceful.
- The Mentor: Her main role during the plot of the DP series, though she does get actively involved in the effort to stop Team Galactic, doing her duty as Champion very well.
- She also mentors Iris, particularly in regards to her new, disobedient Dragonite. Iris in turn looks up to her, thanks in no small part to Cynthia having trained her own powerful Dragon-type, Garchomp.
- One-Man Army: Her Garchomp tears through Paul's team like a lawnmower through a notebook factory, finishing by one-shotting his powerful Torterra with a single Brick Break.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her left eye is covered by her hair, which is part of her "mysterious beauty" look.
- Playing with Fire: Her Garchomp can use Flamethrower.
- Recurring Character: Cynthia appears every now and then in Diamond & Pearl and she also appears a lot in the early episodes of Best Wishes! Season 2.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Along with Lance. Steven and Diantha, she is one of the champions we seen on-screen that take proactive measures against wide-scale threats.
- Running Gag: A good number of times Ash meets her she's having trouble deciding on what flavor of ice cream she wants...
- Sweet Tooth: Her introductory moments in the series show her being indecisive over what flavor of ice cream to get, a gag that shows up several more times later on.
- Towards the end of DP (during the Lily of the Valley Conference), Team Rocket use this gag to attract customers.
- Comes up yet again in BW when Ash meets up with her again in a similar manner, down to her indecisiveness on picking a flavor.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Ice cream, but she takes hours to decide which one she wants to choose.
- Weapon of Choice: her Garchomp of course
- Badass Bookworm: Like his game counterpart, he can be frequently seen with a book in his hands.
- Early-Bird Cameo: If you count that he's the sole Sinnoh Elite Four member who appeared prior to Cynthia.
- Elemental Powers: He uses Psychic types:
- Extra-ore-dinary: Bronzong's primary type.
- Worthy Opponent: Perceived as such by Buizel, who thus became highly depressed at losing so badly to him the first time.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is blue.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Kensho Ono
Voiced in English by: Christopher C. Adams
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Javier Olguín
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Specializes in bug types
- Come Back, My Pet!: His Beautifly.
- Mr. Fanservice: In-universe. Even the local Officer Jenny Fangirls him.
- My Greatest Failure: Abandoning his Wurmple for being a weak Pokémon when he was younger (which prompted him to better understand Bug-types, so it wouldn't happen again). It eventually comes back to him as a Beautifly.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Though it was cut from the dub, the original Japanese of DP100 has announcer state Cynthia was down to her last Pokémon when she sent out Gastrodon against Aaron's Beautifly. This means that Aaron must have actually defeated her Garchomp, something even Flint didn't quite manage! Oddly, in the preceding episode his Pokémon had trouble dealing with the Team Rocket trio.
- One Steve Limit: Averted in the dub, which also has Sir Aaron.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: He is apparently able to understand insects.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is green.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Toru Nara
Voiced in English by: Tom Wayland
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Arturo Castañeda
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Infernape's 2nd Type and it knows Close Combat, Mach Punch, and Thunderpunch
- Big Brother Mentor: Has this vibe with Ash and they share a similar philosophy in the way they battle with their Pokémon and he shares some advice with the younger boy. Not to mention that he is obviously fond of Ash...
- Big Damn Heroes: in his first appearance, using Infernape to save Ash from the Sunyshore gym's security system, and again to rescue Kenny's Floatzel from Team Rocket.
- Blood Knight: If his Infernape's reaction to Pikachu is anything to go by than he LOVES a good fight where he can go out. Flint may qualify as well since he also thought Pikachu was well trained and worth more effort to battle against.
- Curbstomp Battle: Defeats Ash in a 3 vs. 3 battle with minimal effort. His Infernape outright one shotted Ash's own Infernape and Buizel and was tanking hits from Pikachu while tossing him around.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Infernape was able to go head to head with Cynthia's Garchomp and deal some brutal blows in. It's the second-closest anyone has come to take her down (Aaron got closer). Not to mention it swatted Ash's Pokémon like flies!
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Volkner.
- Leitmotif: Everytime he shows up you can hear a subtle jungle beat with drums. It's actually quite awesome.
- One Steve Limit: Averted in the dub. The other Flint is Brock's father.
- Playing with Fire: Infernape
- The Rival: Volkner's old friend and adversary.
- Worthy Opponent: His Infernape seems to view Ash's Pikachu as this. After casually ragdolling Ash's Infernape and Buizel he had to face Pikachu and seemed quite excited to do so the instant Pikachu made his opening attack. Flint was even surprise to see that his Infernape was excited to fight Pikachu and felt like he was putting some effort into battling. Granted Infernape wins quite easily, but he still felt Pikachu was worth more effort compared to the others.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Yoko Matsuoka
Voiced in English by: Mary O' Brady
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Magda Giner
- Badass Grandma: She is an Elite Four member for a reason.
- Berserk Button: When Team Rocket decided to enhance their Pokémon's performance using Powered Armor, she didn't take it too kindly.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Hippowdon's Iron Head.
- Man Bites Man: Hippowdon's Fire Fang.
- One-Hit KO: Gliscor's Guillotine
- One-Shot Character: She only appeared in a single episode, barring her cameo in Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions.
- Playing with Fire: Hippowdon's Fire Fang.
- Stealth Mentor: In two ways. She not only acts in a way intended to subtly teach the other person, but also hides her status as an Elite Four member and tells Brock not to reveal it.