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.
  • 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.
  • Put on a Bus: At the end of Diamond and Pearl they're all left at Oak's Lab while Ash heads to Unova.

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

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.
  • 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.
  • She's a Man in Japan: Genderflipped: He's a woman in the Czech Republic, which made one scene with a decoy girl Staravia kinda weird.

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

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

  • 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.
  • Gentle Giant: Grotle and Torterra remains a pretty docile, friendly Pokémon just like when he was still a Turtwig.
  • Meido: Made to dress as one in an early episode (although all that could fit was an apron), and he's not exactly pleased about it.
  • 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 BSOD for him.
  • 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.

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

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

  • Cooldown Hug: At least twice from Ash in order to stop Blaze.
  • Dance Battler: When using a Counter Shield.
  • 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.
  • Expy: He also has more than a passing resemblance to Son Gohan. He has the monkey connotations (the Chimchar line is based off a Journey to the West character like Goku and Gohan), gets Training from Hell by an Evil Mentor (of sorts), has a devastating power within himself that he has no control over, grows bigger and stronger with time while taking a level in badass, and then masters his great power to defeat his greatest foe.
  • 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.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: The only primate to never steal Ash's hat.
  • 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.
  • Three-Point Landing: As seen in his picture above. Infernape typically comes out of his Poke Ball in this pose.
  • 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.
  • "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.

Buizel (Buoysel)

Voiced by: Kiyotaka Furushima

  • An Ice Person: 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 Adorable: He's small, he has Cute Little Fangs, and he will kick your tail.
  • 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 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.
  • Dance Battler: When using a Counter Shield.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Knows Water Pulse.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's this in rainy weather thanks to Swift Swim.
  • Making a Splash: He's a Water-type.
  • Out of Focus: Suffered this along with Tortera after Chimchar was captured by Ash.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: In a way. Buizel was originally portrayed as The Big Guy on Ash's team, but after Ash's other pokemon 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.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Pikachu's blue, as seen in A Crasher Course in Power!.
  • 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): it's been ignored; the wind was against it (again); it couldn't Watch Out for That Tree!; and he 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.
  • 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: Shows these when upset at losing or when thinking 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!.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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 is capable of taking on opponents 10 times his size.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: It ate throat Team Rocket's mechs, always scarfed Brock's food, and was very roly-poly.
  • 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: 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 Chosen One: Of Mesprit.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 NiceGirls when comparing the other lead female characters.
  • 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.

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.

  • Drama Queen: If something annoys him, he'll let you know. Loudly.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Upon learning Hydro Pump.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: From Bide, to Whirlpool, to even Hydro Pump.

Buneary (Mimirol)

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

  • Action Girl: Especially noteable in "Hold the Phione" - after the titular Pokémon challenges Pikachu for her, she's offended both because she's being treated like some prize and because Pikachu's in a tight spot. Then she demands Phione battle her instead, and wins.
  • An Ice Person: Knows Ice Beam.
  • 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.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Part of her Grand Festival appeal and also in one of the battle rounds in the Wallace Cup.
  • 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.
  • Non-Elemental: She's the Normal-type of the team.


  • Berserk Button: Pachirisu does not like its Poffins being stolen or smashed.
  • Death Glare: Gave one to Ursula's Gabite after it's Poffin was stepped on - an impressive one for normally happy-go-lucky Pachirisu.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: The youngest of Dawn's Pokemon, and the one who acts like a kid the most.
  • Man Bites Man: Knows Super Fang.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Despite a major type disadvantage, it crushed Ursula's Gabite in the Chocovine Contest with is newly learned Super Fang.
  • 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 above...
  • 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}.

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 Monk: 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.
  • Clingy MacGuffin: Gets a crown that was was too small for Aipom, thus it being stuck to her head for most of the episode.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Knows Double Team.
  • Eleventh Hour Ranger: She was caught by Ash ten episodes before the end of the Advanced Generation series.
  • 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.

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 Person: 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.
  • 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: As a Piloswine and later 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 (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

  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Knows Aura Sphere.
  • Barrier Warrior: Knows Safeguard.
  • Blow You Away: Knows Air Slash.
  • 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.

    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.

  • 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.
    • During the Sinnoh League, he has his Pokémon use the Counter-Shield technique that Ash developed.
  • 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 that he's a good battler.
  • 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, which led to his breakdown.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Perfectionist: He has incredibly high standards for his Pokémon.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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. Chimchar got the worst of it, due to Paul's desire to harness the immense power of its Blaze ability.
  • Vocal Dissonance: To a degree. His voice makes him sound way older than a 10-year-old.

    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:

  • Badass Moustache: He has one that looks as big as Armstrong's from Full Metal Alchemist.
  • 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.
  • Looming Silhouette of Rage: In the Summer School arc.
  • The Mentor: Took Gary under his wing after he decided to become a Pokémon Professor.

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.

  • 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.
  • Cute Kitten: Glameow
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Umbreon is a Dark type, which is Evil type in Japan.
  • Emotion Bomb: Umbreon's Attract.
  • Extra Ore Dinary: Glameow and Umbreon's Iron Tail.
  • Good Parents: A loving and supportive mother who wholeheartedly encourages Dawn to pursue her dream of becoming a Contest champion.
  • Non-Elemental: Glameow's type
  • Opera Gloves: With one of her Contest outfits.
  • 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.
  • Soul Power: Glameow's Shadow Ball and Shadow Claw, and Umbreon's Shadow Ball.
  • 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.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Like mother, like daughter, right?

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 Person: 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.
  • 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: Seen wearing those in her first episode.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Red hair, red eyes.
  • 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 at the hands of Zoey.
  • Fiery Redhead: Toyed with. She's normally rather mellow, except when it comes to Paul's abuse of his Pokemon, 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.
  • Green Thumb: Leafeon, Gallade's Magical Leaf.
  • Laser Blade: Leafeon's Leaf Blade.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Red hair and Dawn's most formidable Contest rival. It can't be a coincidence.
  • 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.

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.

  • 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.
  • Bubble Gun: Empoleon's, as a Prinplup, Bubble Beam.
  • 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.

Reggie (Reiji)

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

Paul's older brother and a Pokémon breeder.

  • 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.
  • Elemental Powers
  • Friend to All Living Things: He's a Pokémon Breeder. Comes with the territory.
  • 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. 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: He's a lot nicer than Paul.
  • 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".

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.

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: In her first appearance, she refuses to believe Dawn's win against May was based on skill.
  • Biting the Handkerchief: In Jessie's flashback, she is seen doing this after losing in the first round of the Wallace Cup.
  • Break the Haughty: The only way for Dawn to do it was to knock out her Pokémon in their third battle.
  • Character Tics: Makes the "ILY" hand sign with her arms crossed when giving commands in a Pokémon Contest.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Just like Harley before her, but more subtle and strategic.
  • Meaningful Name: In the original version, her name is derived from 麗らか uraraka, Japanese for beautiful or glorious.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Gabite
  • 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!
  • Technicolor Eyes: A dark pink.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her Grand Festival dress is three different shades of blue.
  • Woman in Black: For regular Contests, she wears a dress with a dark pink skirt and black bodice.
  • 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.

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.

  • Blue with Shock: When he found out the "little girl" he partnered with in a Pokémon Summer Academy race was a ghost.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Dusknoir...when using Trick Room.
    • 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.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: When brainwashed by a ghost girl in Ghoul Daze!
  • 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.
  • Overly Long Tongue: He doesn't have one, but his Lickilicky does.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: His signature Character Tic.

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.

  • Aerith and Bob: On the "Aerith" side of the scale, obviously.
  • Agent Peacock: Like Harley before him, he acts quite feminine yet proves to be a skilled Trainer and Coordinator.
  • All-Loving Hero: Doesn't hate or resent anyone.
  • 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: 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.
  • Badass Cape: His cape is shaped like a bitten lily, which his perfect for his Bug-type theme.
  • 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: The most noble of all the coordinators/trainers in Sinnoh.
  • 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.
  • Cultured Badass: He's a skilled musician and studies Sinnoh's history in his spare time.
  • Dance Battler: Lopunny, Roserade and Sunflora.
  • Dark Horse Victory: In the Hearthome Contest
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Coming Full Festival Circle".
  • 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 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.
  • 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: 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 Pokemon he just happens to have on hand.
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny: His iconic Mew harp. He also wear 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.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Shoulder-length dark hair.
  • 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 Am 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").
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Zoey's Masculine Girl.
  • Master of None: Ultimately, as while he made good showings in the Grand Festival and the Sinnoh League, he won neither of them.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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: Always unfailingly kind and polite, so much so that he gives polite requests to his Pokémon in battle instead of commands.
  • Nice Hat: A green fedora.
  • Not So Stoic: In really intense battles.
  • 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.
  • The Pollyanna: Always keeps a cheerful outlook.
  • 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).
  • 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: His cape flows with the wind, much like Nando.
  • 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.
  • 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 tournamet.
  • 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 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).
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.

Looker (Handsome)

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: She technically got exactly what she wanted in the Riolu two-parter, with her client paying her for delivering Riolu to him. And if he happened to be apprehended by the police shortly afterward...well, rotten luck, but she has her money and there's always more people to hire her and Pokémon to poach.
  • 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 all together. 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.
  • 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 in question by using Hidden Power on it.
  • The Unfettered: No matter what 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 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, 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."
    • And then she is seen to play it straight when she has her Drapion try to kill Ash. It's not like she can sell him for money, after all.

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:
    • 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.

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.
  • 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.


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: 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.


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

  • Uncatty Resemblance: Somewhat. Her hairstyle resembles the spike on the head of Saturn's Toxicroak.
  • Villainous BSOD: 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

  • 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.

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.

    Sinnoh Gym Leaders 

Roark (Hyouta)

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

  • 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's Headbutt and Zen Headbutt.
  • Volumetric Mouth: When arguing with Byron in "Ancient Family Matters".
    Roark: NO WAY!!! I DO!!!!

Gardenia (Natane)

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

  • 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 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 Pokemon. 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.

Maylene (Sumomo)

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

  • 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. Ow.
  • Brick Break: Machoke's attack.
  • Calling Your Attacks: She even motions whenever her commands Lucario to use Aura Sphere.

Crasher Wake (Maximum Mask)

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

Ash: For a big guy, that Wake can move!

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

  • 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.
  • 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 and nothing else. Well, except maybe his son.
  • Tunnel King: With nothing but the highest respect for others who share the same talent.
  • Use Your Head: Bastiodon's Iron Head.

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".
  • Man Bites Man: 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

  • 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 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.
  • Royals 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.
  • 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

  • Badass Bookworm: Like his game counterpart, he can be frequently seen with a book in his hands.
  • Worthy Opponent: Perceived as such by Buizel, who thus became highly depressed at losing so badly to him the first time.

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

  • 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

Bertha (Kikuno)

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