Characters: Pokémon - Diamond and Pearl Anime

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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. All the ones introduced here may actually be male, however, but the jury's still out on that.
  • Back for the Finale: In-season example note  during the Lily of the Valley Conference, and did not go back to training after the battle was over.
  • Badass Crew: Notable more so than normal because unlike most of Ash's other teams if they did evolve, it was only and stayed in the mid stage, with the exception of Buizel and Gible, every Pokemon on his Sinnoh team made it to it's final stage.
  • Berserk Button: Goes for ANY of Ash's Pokémon. Attack Ash directly and his Pokémon will beat the crap out of you.

Starly-Staravia-Staraptor (Mukkuru-Mukubird-Mukuhawk)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kiyotaka Furushima (Mukkuru and Mukubird), Katsuyuki Konishi (Mukuhawk)
Voiced in English by: Sarah Natochenny

Turtwig-Grotle-Torterra (Naetle-Hayashigame-Dodaitose)

Voiced in Japanese by: Shinichiro Miki
Voiced in English by: Billy Beach

Chimchar-Monferno-Infernape (Hikozaru-Moukazaru-Goukazaru)

Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Hayashibara (Hikozaru), Yuji Ueda (Moukazaru and Gokazaru)
Voiced in English by: Bill Rogers

Buizel (Buoysel)

Voiced by: Kiyotaka Furushima

  • An Ice Pokémon: Knows Ice Punch, and also discovered how to use ice to freeze and enhance his Aqua Jet.
  • Badass: Without a doubt, his introduction episode establishes him as one.
    • 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.
  • 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 realised 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.
  • Dance Battler: When using a Counter Shield.
  • Everything's Wetter with Otters
  • Fragile Speedster: Especially when his Swift Swim ability activates. However, Buizel is consistently shown to be physically frail, just like his game counterpart.
  • Gale-Force Sound: Knows Sonic Boom.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Knows Water Pulse.
  • Making a Splash
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: He's tiny, but can still knock around Pokémon many times his size.
  • Proud Warrior Race Mon
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Pikachu's blue, as seen in DP083.
  • Worthy Opponent: Briefly, with Brock's Croagunk, but nothing ever came out of that.

Gligar-Gliscor (Gliger-Glion)

Voiced in Japanese by: Katsuyuki Konishi
Voiced in English by: Katsuyuki Konishi (Gligar), Marc Thompson (Gliscor)

  • 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: Stone Edge.
  • Butt Monkey: Mostly in "Doc Brock". In just one episode (in order): he's been ignored; the wind was against him (again); he couldn't Watch Out for That Tree!; and he left behind (on purpose, because Brock needed to hurry ahead to help a sick Pachirisu), only to be completely forgotten until the final moments!
  • 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 lick its lips in an exaggerated manner.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: You'd be surprised how sweet Gliscor is despite looking so creepy in-game.
  • Die or Fly: Eventually, 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.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Primary type (Ground). Also knows Sand-Attack and Stone Edge.
  • Extra Ore Dinary: Knows Steel Wing.
  • 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.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Knows Screech.
  • 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.
  • Playing with Fire: Knows Fire Fang.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Despite being a competent battler, Gliscor is not meant to be taken seriously. Everything it does 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: Invokes these when upset at losing a battle or when Ash scolds it, especially when frightened.
  • Put on a Bus: Ash leaves Gliscor behind to train with the Air Battle Master in DP154.
  • Scary Scorpions: Completely Averted! Gliscor is surprisingly adorable.
  • Spam Attack: How it defeats Byron's Bastiodon in DP106, 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 final episode of "Black and White: Adventures in Unova" that he was sent to stay at Professor Oak's lab as he was seen during the Group Picture Ending.
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: Secondary type.

Gible (Fukamaru)

Voiced in Japanese by: Daisuke Sakaguchi
Voiced in English by: Tom Wayland

  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Knows Rock Smash.
  • 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: Biting on people's heads.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His habit of biting and not letting go was instrumental in defeating Conway's Shuckle and Dusknoir.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Secondary type (Ground).
  • 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: During the Sinnoh arc.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Although he stops at Shuckle's sludge bombs.
  • Fast Tunnelling: Knows Dig.
  • 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. (See Running Gag below.)
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Primary type.
  • Our Dragons Are Different
  • 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 is capable of taking on opponents 10 times his size.
  • Plucky Comic Relief
  • Running Gag: Two words: Draco Meteor. As well as 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!
  • Signature Move: Once he masters it, Draco Meteor.
  • The Stoic: But he's not emotionally reserved. He's just...vacant.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Upon mastering Draco Meteor.
  • 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.

    Dawn (Hikari) 

Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Toyoguchi
Voiced in English by: Emily Bauer

May's replacement; yet another newbie trainer who aspires to be a Pokémon Coordinator. Seems to be an attempt by the writers to "do it right second time round". Tropes involving her and her Pokémon include:

  • Action Girl: The Chick she may be, but 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 Pokemon 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.
  • Break the Cutie: Disturbingly often.
  • 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.
    • Though this doesn't happen too often, and as the series goes on she gets better overall.
  • Catchphrase: "Daijobu!", or "No need to worry!" in the dub. How ironic. (See PhraseCatcher Below)
    • And like May, has a phrase to use when calling Pokémon out for a Contest — "Charm Up!"/"Spotlight!"
    • Borrowed Catchphrase: She also copied Iris's "such a kid" remarks at Ash (a little anyways), and once shouted, "Buneary, I choose you!" when sending it out to battle Pachirisu.
  • The Chick: Of Diamond and Pearl's The Team. She's also The Chosen One of Mesprit, the precursor of Emotion.
  • The Chosen One: Of Mesprit.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Rather famous for it, but she leaves the fighting to her Pokémon.
  • 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" (see Noodle Incident below).
  • 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 Heroine: 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: See Supreme Chef.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Sanguine.
  • French Maid Outfit: In DP062.
  • 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 BubbleBeam to condition her hair back to normal after she gets zapped.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The light to Ursula's dark.
  • Magic Skirt: That must've been blessed by the Pokégods themselves.
  • The McCoy
  • 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
  • Nice Girl: Easily the most straightforwardly kind of all the leading females (to this point), 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). Must be the main reason Mesprit chose her.
  • Nice Hat
  • 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.
  • Opera Gloves: With her Grand Festival outfit.
  • 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, as well as her regular outfit.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Scarf Of Ass Kicking
  • 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: Replaced May.
  • 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 Plusle and Minun?
  • "Well Done, Daughter" Girl: Her fantasy in the Lotus-Eater Machine episode shows us that she even wants to surpass her mother.

Dawn's Pokémon

Piplup (Pochama)

Voiced in Japanese by: Etsuko Kozakura
Voiced in English by: Michele Knotz

Piplup is Dawn's first Pokémon. She befriended him after saving him from an Ariados's attack, when Piplup and Chimchar had fled from Professor Rowan's lab.

Buneary (Mimirol)

Voiced in Japanese by: Tomoko Kawakami (first voice), Satsuki Yukino (current)
Voiced in English by: Sarah Natochenny


Buizel (Buoysel)

Traded to Ash for Aipom. For more info, see Ash's Pokémon (Diamond and Pearl Series}.

Aipom-Ambipom (Eipam-Eteboth)

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.
  • Bare Fisted Monkey: Knows Focus Punch.
  • 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.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Knows Double Team.
  • Eleventh Hour Ranger: She was caught by Ash ten episodes before the end of the Advanced Generation series.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys
  • 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.
  • Nice Hat: Has a fondness for them, famously Ash's hat, or, in one episode, a crown.
    • Clingy MacGuffin: Said crown was too small for Aipom, thus it being stuck to her head for most of the episode.
  • Non-Elemental
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: As Aipom.
  • Put on a Bus: Literally! Similar to Ash's Primeape and ironically they are both ape-like Pokémon.
  • Running on All Fours: Sometimes, such as when chasing Pachirisu in "Twice Smitten, Once Shy!"
  • Spam Attack: Knows Fury Swipes.

Swinub-Piloswine-Mamoswine (Urimoo-Inomoo-Mammoo)

Voiced in Japanese by: Inuko Inuyama (Urimoo and Inomoo), Unshou Ishizuka (Mammoo)
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers (Swinub), Tim Werenko (Piloswine), Marc Thompson (Mamoswine)

  • 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?!"
  • An Ice Pokémon: Primary type.
  • Balloon Belly: In DP084.
  • The Berserker: This once cost Dawn a contest.
  • Big Eater: To the point where all the other Pokémon might actually be in danger of starving to death.
    • It's a pity May never shared her Pokéblock recipes with Dawn - they might have come up with something to fill him up quickly similar to Muchlax's recipe. In fairness, Dawn caught Swinub some time after meeting May.
  • Black Bead Eyes/Blinding Bangs: Piloswine
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Acts this way towards Dawn for a while.
  • 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.
  • Death Glare: Mamoswine has an impressive one.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Mamoswine in the early stages
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Secondary type (Ground).
  • 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.
  • Full Boar Action
  • 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.
  • Jerkass -> Jerk with a Heart of Gold -> Bruiser with a Soft Center: 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
  • 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 -> Real Men Wear Pink: 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 (though Pachirisu is worse).

Cyndaquil-Quilava (Hinoarashi-Magmarashi)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kiyotaka Furushima
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers (Cyndaquil), Bill Rogers (Quilava)


Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue

    Paul (Shinji) 
Voiced in Japanese by: Kiyotaka Furushima
Voiced in English by: Julian Rebolledo

Ash's main rival in the Sinnoh region. Paul only cares about one thing: Becoming the best through sheer technical discipline. He only goes after Pokémon who have the best moves, and abandons those who fail him, which is how Ash acquired Chimchar. In short, he doesn't care how his Pokémon feel, but only how they perform. Ash doesn't take too nicely to this.

  • Aloof Little Brother: In contrast to his caring older brother Reggie, who's more similar to Ash.
  • Always Someone Better: Paul is this to Ash, becoming a formidable wall he must overcome.
  • An Ice Person: Froslass, Gastrodon's Ice Beam.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He makes no effort to hide how much superior he thinks he is to everyone else.
  • 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.
  • Bad Boss: Towards Chimchar. The rest of his Pokémon like him, though we only find out at the very end of the series.
  • Badass: He may mostly be an overconfident Jerkass, but there's no denying the moments where he is genuinely cool.
    • His Pokémon. It's a requirement for him to consider them worthy, after all. Special mentions to his Electivire, Torterra, Ursaring and Drapion.
  • 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!"
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Hariyama
  • Barrier Warrior: Electivire's Protect. It has saved Electivire from certain defeat several times.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Ursaring.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Ninjask
  • 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.
  • Catch Phrase:
    Original: "[Pokémon], battle standby."
    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.
  • Creepy Crows: Honchkrow.
  • 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.
    • And then he lost again, against Frontier Brain Brandon and the Regi Trio.
    • Most battles we've seen Paul to have been in are Curb Stomp Battles, as he's either the giver (80% of the time) or the receiver (20%). Exceptions include his two "Best of 3" battles with Ash (both were ties, although for the latter the last round was called off due to Chimchar's Blaze), his Gym Battle with Roark, and his Sinnoh League match with Ash. Sadly we don't know how his match with Volkner would have gone because Volkner wasn't accepting challenges at the time.
  • Dark Is Evil: Trains a Weavile, Honchkrow, and Drapion.
  • Death Glare: His default expression.
  • Defeat By Irony: The same Chimchar he released for being weak ended up taking out half his team in his battle against Ash in the Lily of the Valley Conference (well, its evolved form did). Bonus points for it using the strategy Paul was working on before releasing Chimchar (activating Blaze and attacking) against him.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Although in Paul's case, it was closer to Defeat Means Respect.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Not himself, but he has this reaction when he realizes that Ash, who he considered to be a weak trainer, was able to defeat Pyramid King Brandon, the one person his older brother couldn't beat.
  • Disc One Final Boss: In the Sinnoh League tournament.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Magmortar's Rock Tomb.
  • 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: Paired up with Ash in the Tag Battle tournament.
  • Extra Ore Dinary: Weavile's Metal Claw.
  • Expy: Of Silver from GSC/HGSS.
  • Foil: Is a perfect Shadow Archetype 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: A rather...flimsy one. 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.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Torterra and Ursaring's Hyper Beam.
  • Green Thumb: Torterra
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Beaten by his own former Pokémon that he had mistreated. It personally took out half of his team.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Regardless of being on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle against Cynthia, and specifically told that he must care more by his Pokémon he refuses to take it to heart.
  • 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 managed to 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: Until he was defeated by Brandon, he was largely this.
    • And even after Paul stops insulting others for the most part, he'll still give you an earful and call someone pathetic at times.
  • 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 its achieved results. Both his Ursaring and his Drapion flattened half of Ash's team in different battles.
  • 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. It's debatable whether anyone would want to travel with him, not that he'd care.
  • Making a Splash: Azumarill
  • Mon Bites Mon: Drapion's Poison Fang.
  • Name's the Same: In the Japanese version, his name, Shinji, is the same as the name for Lake Verity. It's also the name of the protagonist of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Anytime Ursaring is summoned.
    • Not to mention Drapion who, by itself, beat down half of Ash's Pokémon team.
  • One-Hit Kill: Gliscor's Guillotine.
  • The Perfectionist: He has incredibly high standards for his Pokémon.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Sometimes gets a smirk or two. A really frightening one.
  • Pet the Dog: Believe it or not, 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. The fact that he stood there and watched them get captured by Team Rocket isn't brought up though.
    • 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, most infamously Maylene.
    • Lastly, actually thanking and commending his Electivire for a well-fought battle instead of scolding it after its loss to Infernape.
  • Playing with Fire: Magmortar, Chimchar
  • Poison Is Evil: His team includes a Drapion, a Nidoking, and a Magmortar with Smog.
  • Power Copying: Uses Ash's Counter-Shield in the Sinnoh League.
  • Psycho Electro: His Electivire is just as much of a Jerkass as he is.
  • 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.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Ash's red of the "Diamond and Pearl" series.
  • Shadow Archetype: The Stoic, Social Darwinist to contrast Ash's expressive, All-Loving Hero.
  • Shock and Awe: Electivire, Nidoking's Thunderbolt.
  • 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. He is almost never happy, but does display frustration on rare occasions.
  • Technician vs. Performer: The Technician to Ash's Performer.
  • 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 has 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.
  • Training from Hell: Expects nothing but the best from his Pokémon. Any lower and they are released back into the wild. Although Chimchar got the worst of it, due to his desire to harness the immense power of its Blaze ability.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Abusing a Pokémon is not something a 10-year-old boy should be doing.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Their shape is similar to Tobias's, oddly enough.
  • Turtle Power/Turtle Island: Torterra
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: As he tells Maylene right after beating her for a Cobble Badge, "You're the weakest. The weakest Leader I ever fought, and this lightweight Badge is just like you." Stay classy, Paul.
    • As you can imagine, some fans, including those of Maylene, didn't take kindly to that.
    • However, he was rather pissed when Volkner offered him a Beacon Badge without any fight (or meeting for that matter), and never accepted it in the first place. For however much of a jerk he is, Paul won't ever take a fake victory over an earned one.
  • Unstoppable Rage: The reason Chimchar was in his team for as long as it did. Partially subverted as it didn't come out until his next appearance after he released it.
  • Vocal Dissonance: To a degree. His voice makes him sound way older than a 10-year-old.
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: Starly
  • Worthy Opponent: Not so much Paul (usually), but his Electivire developed into this to Pikachu and later Monferno/Infernape.
    • Paul bows his head to Roark, his assistant, Cynthia, Nurse Joy, and Brandon. He seems to respect his elders in general, or is at least cordial to them.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Releases Pokémon which he perceives as being weak or useless without a second thought.

    Supporting Cast 

Professor Rowan (Dr. Nanakamado)

Voiced in Japanese by: Iemasa Kayumi
Voiced in English by: Sean Reyes

The Pokémon professor living in the Sinnoh region. After Dawn unknowingly bumped into him while trying to find his lab, he helped her start her journey as a trainer by giving her the choice of Piplup, Chimchar, or Turtwig as a starter Pokémon. Rowan exhibits the following tropes:

Johanna (Ayako)

Johanna as a Pokémon coordinator champion.
Voiced in Japanese by: Makoto Tsumura
Voiced in English by: Sarah Natochenny

Dawn's mom. It's quickly revealed that she was a world famous Pokémon coordinator contest champion when she was a trainer, and she hasn't lost any of her touch as a mother either (as Dawn is quickly proven first-hand). Her favorite Pokémon is her Glameow.

Zoey (Nozomi)

Voiced in Japanese by: Risa Hayamizu
Voiced in English by: Elisabeth Morinelli

Dawn's main rival in the Sinnoh region as a Pokémon coordinator. Despite her tomboyish appearance, she gets along with everyone pretty well, though she does get angry at Ash when he first thought it would be a good idea to be both a Pokémon trainer and coordinator. She mellows out, however, after some experience with him and Nando.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Her best buddy Candice calls her "Zozo" (in English) or "Nozotchi" (in Japanese).
  • An Ice Pokémon: Gastrodon's Blizzard.
  • 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 of sorts.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She's easily the most tomboyish of Dawn's rivals. She also has short and spiky hair.
  • 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.
  • Cool Big Sis: What she's trying to come across as.
  • Cool Shades
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Cute Kitten: Glameow (who Zoey actually did find as a kitten!)
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Mismagius and Leafeon's Double Team.
  • Energy Ball: Leafeon's attack.
  • Extra Ore Dinary: Glameow's Iron Tail.
  • Fauxshadow: Before Dawn's contest debut, Zoey tells Dawn that she's gonna win, but in the next episode, cue her Curb-Stomp Battle in the hands of Zoey.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Green Thumb: Leafeon, Gallade's Magical Leaf.
  • Laser Blade: Leafeon's Leaf Blade.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: She has red hair.
  • Making a Splash: Lumineon
  • 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.
  • Non-Elemental: Glameow
  • Old Shame: In-Universe, the aforementioned attitude to people doing both Gyms and Contests. When Candice deduced that she'd expressed this towards Ash and his friends, Zoey became embarrassed.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Nando's blue.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Kohai to Snowpoint Gym Leader Candice.
  • Shock and Awe: Glameow's Shock Wave and Thunderbolt, and Mismagius's Shock Wave.
  • Soul Power: Mismagius, Glameow's Shadow Claw.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her name is frequently misspelled as "Zoe".
  • Spiky Hair: Fitting her tomboy nature.
  • Straight Man
  • Psychic Powers: Mismagius's Psywave.
  • 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.
  • Tsundere: Towards Nando in Dawn's Early Night!
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: Leafeon's Aerial Ace.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: She's a very knowledgable and insightful character. Not without her flaws, but still rather mature for her apparent age.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Nando and Dawn.

Kenny (Kengo)

Voiced in Japanese by: Yuko Mita
Voiced in English by: Rhonda Krempa

Dawn's childhood friend and another Pokémon Coordinator. He gave her the nickname of Dee-Dee/Pikari, and never lets her forget.. not that she has a hard time forgetting it.

Reggie (Reiji)

Voiced in Japanese by: Tetsuya Kakihara
Voiced in English by: Tom Wayland

Paul's older brother and a Pokémon breeder.

  • 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
  • Elemental Powers
  • Friend to All Living Things: He's a Pokémon Breeder. It's his job.
  • 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 as Ash achieved in 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.
  • Moral Dissonance: He's quite aware of Paul' methods, but doesn't even lift a finger to discipline his brother or teach him the error of his ways. Of course, no one thinks to call him out on this.
    • In Reggie's defense, 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.
  • Morality Pet: Could be considered this for Paul.
  • Nice Guy
  • One Reggie 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.
  • Theme Naming: In the Korean and Chinese dubs of the show, he shares a character in his name with Paul.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair

Barry (Jun)

Voiced in Japanese by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki
Voiced in English by: Jamie McGonnigal (EN)

Another of Ash's rivals in the Sinnoh Region, though neither one really considers the other to be a rival. Barry wants to go after Paul, and oftens encounters Ash during his travels. They share a competitive friendship as trainers, and Barry isn't too bad as one himself.

Ursula (Urara)

Voiced in Japanese by: Akako Kawasumi
Voiced in English by: Melisa Schroenburg

A fellow Pokémon Coordinator with a rather poisonous personality who Dawn met at the Chocovine Pokémon Contest. Believing that Dawn's Wallace Cup victory was a fluke, she's determined to knock her down a peg or two.

Conway (Kōhei/Kouhei)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kozo Mito
Voiced in English by: Billy Regan

Dawn's partner in the Hearthome Tag Battle competition, who took a liking to her. He was only intended to appear for a few episodes, but unexpected popularity among the fanbase brought him back for more.

Nando (Naoshi)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kazuya Nakai
Voiced in English by: Billy Regan

A soft-spoken minstrel with a liking for music and Grass-type Pokémon. In his debut episode, Ash and Dawn helped him decide to participate in both Gym Battles and Contests, making him a rival for both of them.

  • Actor Allusion: Billy Regan/Bill Timoney playing an effeminate green-wearing Pokémon Coordinator with a humanoid Grass-type Pokémon and a Nice Hat. No, this doesn't sound familiar at all.
  • Aerith and Bob: On the "Aerith" side of the scale, obviously.
  • Agent Peacock
  • All-Loving Hero: Doesn't hate or resent anyone.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Less outwardly flamboyant than Harley, but just as effeminate.
  • Antiquated Linguistics / Spock Speak: 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.
  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel
  • Badass: 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.
  • Barrier Warrior: Armaldo's and Lopunny's Protect.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He had his Budew save Ash and friends from Team Rocket in his debut episode.
  • Bishie Sparkle: "Sunflora, GrassWhistle! Sing, Kricketune!"
  • Bishōnen
  • Big "NO!": Drops one when Ash's Heracross KO's his Kricketune with Megahorn in the Sinnoh League.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: 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.
  • Dance Battler: Lopunny, Roserade and Sunflora.
  • Dark Horse Victory: In the Hearthome Contest
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Coming Full Festival Circle".
  • Defeat By Irony: 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 Dawn of a New Era and A Secret Sphere of Influence, his bangs would be drawn facing the wrong direction, then change back in the next shot.
  • 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.
  • Dramatic Wind
  • Elemental Powers
  • 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.
  • 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: There's one in his hat during the Grand Festival arc.
  • 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
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny: His harp and shoulderplate.
  • 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.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Nando is Zoro!
  • Long Bus Trip: Ignoring his cameo in A Breed Stampede, he disappeared for a year after Dawn's Early Night.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • 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: Never seen without his harp. Ever.
  • I'm Not Left Handed: Packs Lopunny in the Grand Festival and Armaldo in the Sinnoh League.
  • 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").
  • Just a Stupid Accent
  • Magic Music/Musical Assassin
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Zoey's Masculine Girl.
  • Meaningful Name: Probably a coincidence, but he shares his Japanese name with Naoshi Mizuta, another musician.
  • Motifs: Music notes, fittingly.
  • 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.
  • Name's the Same: No relation to a player from Big Brother, or to a South African chicken restaurant.
  • Nature Hero: Most of his Pokémon are Bug and Grass types, his first episode had him camping outside with Ash and friends, and, well...see Friend to All Living Things above.
  • 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 him without it.
  • Nice Guy: Very much so.
  • Nice Hat
  • Not So Stoic: In really intense battles.
  • Omnidisciplinary Trainer: 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
  • Perpetual Smiler
  • Playing Against Type: He is far more quiet than many other characters Kazuya Nakai has played.
  • The Pollyanna
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Zoey's red.
  • 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?!
  • Sharp-Dressed Man
  • Ship Tease: With Gardenia in A Secret Sphere of Influence!
  • 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 the episode where he gets arrested shows him to be even taller than Officer Jenny.
  • 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.
  • Wandering Minstrel: Textbook example.
  • Waistcoat of Style: Wears one under his cape.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent??: It sounds 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.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Zoey and Ash.

Tobias (Takuto)

Voiced in Japanese by: Hiroki Takahashi
Voiced in English by: J. Michael Tatum

A mysterious trainer who first appears during the Sinnoh League Tournament, and one of the most formidable trainers seen in the series by far, due to his possession of extremely rare and powerful legendary Pokemon. Using only Darkrai, he has curbstomped through the Sinnoh Gym Leaders and the League Tournament. One might be tempted to think that Darkrai is his go-to Pokémon and the rest of his team is comprised of ordinary Pokémon, but only because not a single opponent is able to get past Darkrai in a match with it until Ash has a go at it with his team. When Ash actually does defeat Darkrai, Tobias reveals he has several legendaries in tow, and plan B is to call on his Latios.

  • 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).
  • Aerith and Bob
  • Anime Hair
  • Badass: Well, he must be if he was able to capture two legendary Pokémon. Arceus only knows what the rest of his team looks like.
  • Badass Cape
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: As mentioned above, 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.
  • 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 Jerkass 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
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: He handily curb-stomps every Trainer he comes up against, 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 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's 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).
  • 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: Looks vaguely similar to Nando, wearing a long cape and covering half of his face with his hair as well as having a slightly unusual name.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome
  • 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.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • 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.

Looker (Handsome)

Voiced in Japanese by: Masaki Terasoma
Voiced in English by: Jason Griffith

  • Badass Longcoat
  • 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 TR explains why they're loyal to him later). At the end of that episode we find out he's investigating Team Galactic.
  • Only Known By Their Codename
  • Police Are Useless: Averted! If anything, he is more useful than most Officer Jennies we've seen. See Badass Normal above for details.
  • The Worf Effect: He is captured during the climax of both the Team Galactic and the Team Plasma arc.

    Major Villains 

Pokémon Hunter J

Voiced in Japanese by: Takako Honda
Voiced in English by: Sonny Dey

A ruthless, cold-hearted bounty hunter who specializes in stealing Pokémon. She has an entire crew of operatives working under her, not least of which is her loyal Salamence, and travels in a flying fortress. J has no concern for human or Pokémon life, not even the lives of her own henchmen. In the end, she was hired by Team Galactic to complete their master plan, but this proved fatal, as her ship fell into Lake Valor and exploded, leaving only her sunglasses floating to the water's surface.

Team Galactic

Tropes 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:
  • Five-Bad Band:
  • 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.

Cyrus (Akagi)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kenta Miyake
Voiced in English by: Sean Schemmel

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Until the Team Galactic finale.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair


Voiced in Japanese by: Akemi Okamura
Voiced in English by: Marc Thompson

  • 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 / Bare-Fisted Monk: His main Pokémon is a Toxicroak.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: He has a hairstyle that mimics Mars' Purugly's ears.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair


Voiced in Japanese by: Rie Tanaka
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz


Voiced in Japanese by: Chinami Nishimura
Voiced in English by: Eileen Stevens

  • 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.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair

Charon (Pluto)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kenichi Ogata
Voiced in English by: Mike Pollock

  • 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.
  • Mad Scientist

    Sinnoh Gym Leaders 

Roark (Hyouta)

Voiced in Japanese by: Masataka Azuma
Voiced in English by: Craig Blair

Gardenia (Natane)

Voiced in Japanese by: Chieko Honda
Voiced in English by: Lara Star Rigores

Maylene (Sumomo)

Voiced in Japanese by: Aya Endo
Voiced in English by: Rachael Lillis

Crasher Wake (Maximum Mask)

Voiced in Japanese by: Tetsu Inada
Voiced in English by: Michael Alston Baley

Fantina (Melissa)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kikuko Inoue
Voiced in English by: Bella Hudson

Byron (Tougan)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kazuki Yao
Voiced in English by: Dan Green

Candice (Suzuna)

Voiced in Japanese by: Noriko Shitaya
Voiced in English by: Kether Donahue

Volkner (Denzi)

Voiced in Japanese by: Hirofumi Nojima
Voiced in English by: Eli James

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is a dirtier shade of blond.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: He has a long-running win streak, but by the time Ash shows up, 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.
  • 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".
  • Mon Bites Mon: Luxray's Thunder Fang.
  • 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.

    Sinnoh League 

Tropes that apply to all of them:

Cynthia (Shirona)

Voiced in Japanese by: Tomo Sakurai
Voiced in English by: Emily Jenness

  • Badass Longcoat
  • 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.
  • Champions Who Actually Do Something: Along with Lance, she is one of the champions we seen on-screen that take proactive measures against wide-scale threats.
  • 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).
  • Elemental Powers:
  • Gray Eyes
  • 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.
  • Hair Decorations
  • 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 figthing Team Galactic, though stopped short at the Spear Pillar for some reason or other.
      • She didn't necessarily stop short, as she does have her Garchomp help break the Red Chain, however anything involving the Lake Trio had to be done by Ash, Dawn, and Brock anyway 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.
  • 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
  • Recurring Character
  • 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.
  • Woman in Black: Though she's less of a scary or menacing figure, it definitely gives her an air of authority. She drops this outfit for a more casual one in BW later on though.

Lucian (Goyō)

Voiced in Japanese by: Daisuke Namikawa
Voiced in English by: David Lapkin

Aaron (Ryou)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kensho Ono
Voiced in English by: Christopher C. Adams

Flint (Ōba)

Voiced in Japanese by: Toru Nara
Voiced in English by: Tom Wayland

  • Afro Asskicker
  • Badass: His Infernape. It 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, above, got closer). Not to mention it swatted Ash's Pokémon like flies!
  • 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.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Infernape
  • Fiery Redhead
  • 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 Flint Limit: Averted in the dub. The other Flint is Brock's father.
  • Playing with Fire/Bare Fisted Monkey: Infernape
  • The Rival: Volkner's old friend and adversary.

Bertha (Kikuno)

Voiced in Japanese by: Yoko Matsuoka
Voiced in English by: Mary O' Brady