Characters / Pokémon Elite Four

The Elite Four are trainers of the highest caliber in the region. Traditionally, the player has to face all four of them back to back without going back to a Pokémon Center to heal them (though items can be used during challenges). Much like Gym Leaders, they usually use Pokémon of a certain type. Defeating them, however, isn't the last hurdle to becoming a Pokémon champion. Rather, next the player must face the champion...

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The Elite Four in general

  • Apathetic Citizens: They generally stay out of the way of the main plot, even when it would be good for them to get involved.
    • If you talk to Marshal after you beat him in B/W, he mentions that Alder ordered them to be neutral. This is also discussed in Gen I and the remakes, where a hopeful kid says "wouldn't it be cool if the Elite Four came here and kicked Team Rocket's butt?" Naturally, they never do and you have to do the dirty work yourself.
    • Lorelei does return to the Sevii Islands to help defend a cave from Team Rocket in the postgame of the remakes. Some dialogue in FR/LG implies that she's left her post to defend the island in the future afterwards.
    • Malva takes it to a new level in that she was a member of Team Flare.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority or Authority Equals Asskicking: Toughest trainers in the region.
  • Badass Crew: Though they never fight together, they're the toughest trainers you can fight at least until the postgame; even after, they tend to be the among the toughest.
  • Boss Bonanza: They're all in the one location. From Gen I-IV they're fought one after another in a set order, and from Black or White onwards you can fight them in any order as their levels are all the same, though you fight the Champion after dealing with all four.
  • Boss Corridor: From Gen I-IV, you walk between the rooms they're in. This was stopped from Gen V onwards, but returns with a vengeance in Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Their mere existence basically serves as this to all trainers in their region, as beating them and then the Champion is seen as one of the hardest things to do, and for good reason.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Your end goal is to do this to them.
  • Elite Four: The trope namer. They're not bad guys, but excluding the champion there are always four. No more, no less. Their Japanese name even uses the traditional name Shitennō (四天王) to reflect this.
  • Graceful Loser: They always lose with dignity. The closest that they get to anger at you is disbelief.
  • The Notable Numeral: The Elite Four.
  • Obstructive Code of Conduct: The Unova Elite Four reveal that they aren't actually allowed to interfere with challengers outside of their assigned battles. Not even the king of Team Plasma openly announcing that he'll use the champion title for his own agenda is enough to make them break this code.
  • Personality Powers: Most tend to behave in relation to their types, but there are exceptions.
  • Sequential Boss: Four in a row, followed by the Champion. In Black and White this gets taken Up to Eleven as you take on the Elite Four, then the legendary, then N and then Ghetsis.
  • Took a Level in Badass: An integrated mechanic, appearing in Fire Red/Leaf Green, Heart Gold/Soul Silver, Black/White, Black 2/White 2 and Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, which can take quite a few new players off guard. The Elite Four's level will often rise from anywhere between 15-20 levels depending on the generation, with more powerful Pokémon in place of weaker ones. Additionally, owing to the Pokédex being upgraded, they can use Pokémon that aren't normally in that region.

    Kanto/Johto Elite Four I 

Lorelei (Kanna)

"Your Pokémon will be at my mercy when they are frozen solid!"

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the original games and the Pokémon anime, her hair is red; it's sandy blonde in Pokémon Stadium and purple in Pokémon Special.
  • Adaptation Name Change: She's referred to as Prima in the anime's English dub.
  • Badass Bookworm: She loves reading and can easily kick your ass if you're not prepared.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Misty is said to admire her.
  • Everything's Better with Plushies/Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Her Four Island home is full of them. She adds 1 plushie to the collection for every 25 times you enter the Hall of Fame. She stops after your 200th Hall of Fame induction because then it's just getting stupid.
  • Hot Librarian: To the point that Even the Girls Want Her.
  • An Ice Person: Ice-type specialist.
  • Lady of War: She is regarded in-game for her cool and calculating style of battling.
  • Making a Splash: Though she's officially an Ice-type master, she uses a lot of Water-types too with most of her Ice-types are part Water. Her Slowbro isn't even an Ice-type.
  • Meaningful Name: Lorelei pronounced like the I in "ice." Lorelei is also the name of a siren said to lure sailors to their deaths.
  • Meganekko: More "hot" than "cute", but still counts.
  • Mighty Glacier: Most of her Pokémon are slow, but they have high defenses and offenses.
  • Most Common Superpower: She's seriously stacked in the anime, and is in the ranking for one of the bustiest characters in the franchise. In her brief appearances she is played for fanservice, particularly in Pokémon Generations.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • She will disappear to Four Island after you first defeat the Elite Four. You need to visit her and complete a small side quest in order for her to return; without her, the Elite Four refuse to accept your challenge.
    • She also has yet to appear in any game after the third generation, while all Gym Leaders and most of the Elite Four have appeared beyond them.
  • She's Got Legs: How is she not freezing sitting in a cold room while wearing a miniskirt?!
  • Weapon of Choice: Lapras, reflecting her icy but caring demeanor and dual-focus on Ice and Water.

Bruno (Shiba)

See the next folder.

Agatha (Kikuko)

"Player! I'll show you how a real Trainer battles!"

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: in the original games (and Stadium) her hair was gray, but later changes to graying blonde in the remakes. Also, the only time she appears in the anime, her hair was pure blond.
  • Badass Grandma: She's very old, but still very capable of kicking your ass. Gen III's remakes add flavor text that state she's the oldest Elite Four member to ever join the group. With no one else approaching her age as of Gen VI, it looks like that's still true.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Implied between her and Professor Oak. In her own words, "that old duff was once tough and handsome. But that was decades ago."
  • Cool Old Lady: Slightly abrasive but she still counts.
  • Creepy Housekeeper: She's an older woman with an apron, and specializes in the Ghost type.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: An NPC in Gen III remarks that it doesn't take much to make her angry. Not that you get to see for yourself.
  • Handicapped Badass: Given that she uses a walking stick.
  • Meaningful Name: Agatha sounds similar to "aghast", and if you're feeling mean to the old lady, "hag".
  • Never Mess with Granny, or she'll sic her Gengar on you.
  • Poisonous Person: Her official main type is Ghost, but due to the rarity of that type in the original games, she uses a lot of Poison-types too.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Arrogantly sniffs that Oak is a shadow of his former self and that Pokémon are for battling, not researching.
  • Put on a Bus: She hasn't appeared since the third generation, much like Lorelei.
  • The Rival: Gen III has it said she and Professor Oak were rivals in their younger days.
  • Soul Power: Ghost-type user.
  • Standard Status Effects: By nature of being a Ghost-type specialist, she relies on a lot of status ailment moves like Hypnosis, Confuse Ray, and Toxic.
  • Weapon of Choice: Gengar, suitable for her love of crippling status moves.

Lance (Wataru)

Check the Pokémon Champions page for more detail on Lance.

    Kanto/Johto Elite Four II 

Will (Itsuki)

"I have trained all around the world, making my psychic Pokémon powerful."

  • Agent Peacock: He look and acts a bit foppish, but he's still a powerful trainer.
  • Badass Bookworm: He may be the warmup boss, but he's still capable of giving you a thrashing if you make a mistake.
  • Cool Mask: Wears a Domino Mask over his eyes.
  • Hartman Hips: In the remake. Despite being a guy.
  • Hidden Eyes: His mask conceals his eyes in various sprites and artwork.
  • Implied Trope: His room is icy in the originals, possibly indicating that he just took over Lorelei's spot.
  • Meaningful Name: Willpower.
  • Psychic Powers: Psychic-type specialist.
  • Purple Is Powerful: He has purple-hued hair and clothing, ranking among the Elite Four as well.
  • Squishy Wizard: As you'd expect from someone specializing in Psychics, most of his team has great Special stats and varying Speed, but poor physical stats.
  • Stage Magician: Seems to be his visual theme. His battle animation in the Gen II remakes (where he makes two Poke Balls appear from nowhere just by clapping his hands) bolsters this theory.
  • The Stoic: His characterization in Stadium 2, where he puts up a serious face and frequently speaks in ellipses.
  • To Be a Master: He's not merely content with joining the Elite Four, but wants to push himself further until he is the best trainer in the world.
  • Walking the Earth: Claims to have done this to train all over the world.
  • Weapon of Choice: Xatu, symbolizing his love of Psychic-types for their mystical powers.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has purple hair.

Koga (Kyou)

"Poison brings steady doom. Sleep renders foes helpless. Despair to the creeping horror of Poison-type Pokémon!"

  • Badass Cape: Quite a notable one.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: His Bug-types get pretty big.
  • Combat Medic: As a master of poison techniques, he also has a large amount of knowledge over medicine and apparently heals his Pokemon with concoctions of his own.
  • Composite Character: With himself; that is, his anime counterpart. In the original Gen I games, Koga used Weezing and Muk and their evolutionary relatives. Then the anime depicted him with a Venomoth, which carried over to Yellow by replacing his entire team with three Venonats and a Venomoth. Thus in the two Stadium games and in the Gen II games and their remakes, Koga has several Bug-types on his team while still being a Poison-type specialist.
  • Evil Laugh: "Fwahahahahahaha!"
  • Kicked Upstairs: Despite being a past Gym Leader, Koga does not show up for the Pokemon World Tournament due to being an Elite Four now. Because Blue and Wallace show up in the Champions tournament, this also makes him the only Gym Leader or ex-Gym Leader in the franchise who isn't at the tournament in some manner, aside from Iris.
  • Large Ham: See Evil Laugh.
  • The Maze: Back when he was a Gym Leader he used an invisible maze in his Gym to force the player into Pokemon battles while walking around. The maze itself isn't 100% invisible but can mess with players who don't look too closely.
  • Meaningful Name: Named after the Koga-ryu school of ninjutsu.
  • Mighty Glacier: His multiple Koffing and signature Weezing in RBGY and their remakes. Yellow replaces them with the more squishy Venonat and Venomoth, respectively.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: He's kind of a sadist, what with the way he talks of enjoying poison's effects on enemies.
  • Ninja: His motif, and self-declared as one.
  • Passing the Torch: To his daughter Janine after he ascended to the Elite Four.
  • Poisonous Person: Uses Poison-types.
  • Purple Is Powerful: He cripples foes with his mastery of Poison-type Pokémon (with the type generally being depicted with purple coloration), and is one of few Poison-type specialists to have ascended to the status of Elite Four.
  • Sequel Difficulty Spike: In Yellow, his final Pokémon is a level 50 Venomoth. This is quite jarring to players, as the previous Gym Leader Erika's highest-leveled Pokémon was a level 32 Gloom.
  • Standard Status Effects: As both a Poison-type master and a Ninja, he specializes in subversive and tricky battling styles. This translates to relying on status ailments and other status moves like Disable, Double Team, and Spikes.
  • Taking You with Me: He uses a Weezing, sometimes as his last Pokémon. The AI is not averse to using Explosion if this is the case. This results in the player losing. He will do this regardless of what you have out, so you could get some laughs out of the AI using Explosion against your Gastly, against whom the only effect will be his Weezing fainting.
  • Theme Naming: With his daughter in the Japanese version.
  • Took a Level in Badass: From Gym Leader to Elite Four.
  • Weapon of Choice: Weezing in Red,Blue, and the Gen III remakes, Venomoth in Yellow, Golbat in the anime, and finally Crobat in Gen II and IV. All of them tie into his Ninja themes and reliance on status attacks and speed.

Bruno (Shiba)

"I always train to the extreme because I believe in our potential. That is how we became strong."

Uniquely, Bruno serves on both the Gen I and Gen II Elite Four teams, though he moves up from the second member to the third between games. However, he is mostly the same opponent in both instances.

Karen (Karin)

"I love dark-type Pokémon. I find their wild, tough image to be so appealing. And they're so strong."

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is white in her original game sprite, but is silver in artwork for the TCG and blue-ish white in Pokémon Stadium 2. The remakes settled for grayish blue.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: While she was already attractive in the originals,her redesign for the remakes definitely ramped up the sex appeal.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Invoked with her love of Dark-types, as shown in her profile quote. The quote gets removed in the remakes for some reason, but the association remains.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In the remakes.
  • Casting a Shadow: Uses Dark-type Pokémon.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Comes with the territory of using Dark-types. Expect to see plenty of tricky status moves from her.
  • Combat Stilettos: She has these in her re-design.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She may use Dark-types, but she's a nice person.
  • Glass Cannon: With the exception of Umbreon and, in her rematch in the remakes, Spiritomb, all of her Pokémon are heavy hitters but also extremely fragile.
  • Hell Hound: Her Houndoom.
  • Little Black Dress: In the originals.
  • Meaningful Name: Rearrange Karen and add a "D", and you spell "Darken".
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her outfit in the remakes seems to put her into this.
  • Nocturnal Mooks: Her original team consists of not just Dark-types, but also Pokémon that can only be found at night in Johto.
  • Poisonous Person: Due to Dark-types not having enough strong members in their debut generation, she added Gengar and Vileplume into her team.
  • Rapunzel Hair: See the picture.
  • Soul Power: Her Gengar and Spiritomb.
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: She speaks this way in the Puzzle Challenge spin-off. Never in the main series though.
  • Weapon of Choice: Houndoom, which fits perfectly with her preference for Dark-types for their wild, cool appearances.
  • You Don't Look Like You: In the original games, Karen wore a Little Black Dress and had shoulder-length white hair. In the remakes, she has a yellow top with white pants and waist-length blue hair. If you didn't know it was Karen looking between the two games, you wouldn't guess it.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In the remakes and Stadium 2, though it's still a fairly light shade of blue.

    Hoenn Elite Four 

Sidney (Kagetsu)

"I like that look you're giving me. I guess you'll give me a good match."

  • Action Initiative: Teaches his team Fake Out, Aqua Jet, and Sucker Punch in the remakes.
  • Bald of Awesome: Well, balding, but still fits.
  • Bling of War: Downplayed; wearing a golden watch comes off as this when hardly anyone else in the series wears a watch at all.
  • Casting a Shadow: Dark-types.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: A small one, but his Shiftry knows Extrasensory at level 48 when Nuzleaf doesn't learn it until 49 and it is impossible for Seedot to learn in.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Natural for a Dark-type user.
  • Critical Hit Class: In the remakes his Absol has the ability Super Luck, which increases the probability for critical hits. He's also taught it Night Slash, Psycho Cut, and Slash. Have fun seeing the words "Critical hit!" a lot.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He may use Dark-type mons, but he's a nice person.
  • Face of a Thug: His artwork in the remakes gives him a rather nasty-looking facial expression.
  • Glass Cannon:
    • His strategy says it all: "Offense over Defense". His team consists of several such Pokémon with high offensive stats, but poor defenses and middling to low speed.
    • Though he seems to have re-evaluated his strategy a bit for his rematches in the remakes, as he is now touting a Scrafty and a Mandibuzz.
  • Meaningful Name: Sidney can be used to make all sorts of unpleasant words like sinister, insidious, or sin. Not that he's evil, but it fits his theme.
  • Nice Guy: Despite being a Dark-type user and having the Face of a Thug, he's actually really friendly and easy-going.
  • Slouch of Villainy: He's not a villain, but is still notably the only Elite Four member in the remakes who actually sits on his chair as he waits for challengers.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the rematches with him in Gen VI, he can now Mega Evolve his Absol.
  • Useless Useful Stealth: Has a Zoroark in rematches, which will always copy his Absol. Any player who knows how NPC trainers handle Mega Evolution will see why Zoroark's cover will immediately be blown. And besides that, Zoroark and Absol are typed the same, so the disguise won't do much to increase Zoroark's longevity.
  • Weapon of Choice: Absol, which perfectly represents his preference for power over defense.

Phoebe (Fuyou)

"I did my training on Mt. Pyre. While I trained, I gained the ability to commune with Ghost-type Pokémon."

  • Ambiguously Brown: Arguably the first in the game series; although some might think she's from Alola because of her rather stereotypical dress.
  • Badass Adorable: It's already apparent in her original artwork, but her redesign in the remakes makes it even more obvious, on top of making her look younger.
  • Bare Your Midriff: See the picture.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Again, see the picture.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Her Dusknoir in the remakes has the Elemental Punches.
  • Flower in Her Hair: And for bonus points, they're her (Japanese) namesake.
  • Genki Girl: In the remakes, she's very bouncy and hyper.
  • I See Dead People:
    • Gained the ability to communicate with ghosts while training on Mt. Pyre. If you visit Mt. Pyre again after beating the Elite Four, you can find her while she's having a conversation with one...who may or may not be her grandmother.
    • A now infamous easter egg in the remakes shows a ghost girl sitting in her chair for a split second right before you challenge her for the first time, though it's uncertain whether or not Phoebe was aware of her presence.
  • Mana Burn: Her first Pokémon in Emerald, Dusclops, has Protect, which, coupled with its Pressure ability, was specifically designed to wear down the Power Points (PP) of your Pokémon. The second one, Banette, is no slouch either, with Spite in its arsenal (in Emerald, Spite is replaced with Grudge).
  • Mighty Glacier: Her second Dusclops, while very slow, has incredible defenses and a plethora of powerful moves that cover a wide range of types, making it quite deadly. In the remakes, it is a Dusknoir with even higher defenses, all three of the elemental punches, and actually has the Attack stat to use them.
  • Meaningful Name: Phoebe becomes phobia, and ghosts have a very strong association with fear.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Very much so.
  • Nice Girl: Despite being a Ghost-type user, she's very friendly and carefree.
  • Perpetual Smiler: In the remakes, Phoebe is always laughing and smiling. It's shown in her official artwork, and intro cutscene - even after she loses, her smile never drops.
  • The Power of Friendship: Attributes her loss to you having a stronger bond with your Pokémon than she had with hers.
  • Soul Power: Ghost-type master.
  • Stone Wall: Her Badass Boast before your battle, openly challenges you to try and damage her team.
  • Stripperific: She doesn't wear that much, though downplayed obviously, owing to the target audience.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the rematches with her in Gen VI, she can now Mega Evolve her Sableye.
  • Useless Useful Spell: In all battles, Phoebe's Sableye lacks status moves to abuse with Prankster.
  • Weapon of Choice: Dusclops, with her second one being more powerful than her first. In the remakes she's evolved her stronger Dusclops into Dusknoir. However, in rematches her strongest Pokémon becomes Mega Sableye. All three tie into her links to the Hoenn region's past and ability to commune with Ghost-types.

Glacia (Prim)

"I've traveled from afar to Hoenn so that I may hone my Ice-type moves."

  • Fight Off the Kryptonite: One of the reasons she came to Hoenn was to train her Ice-types to fight under tropical conditions in the belief they could power through it.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Wears a long purple dress.
  • An Ice Person: Ice-type specialist.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Has them in the remakes. The pun is almost certainly intentional.
  • Lady of Adventure: A Proper Lady who traveled from afar to the Hoenn region so that she could better train her Ice-type Pokémon and climb up the Pokémon League ladder.
  • Lady of War: She's a regal and lady-like Ice-type trainer. It helps that she's a member of the Elite Four.
  • Luck-Based Mission:
    • Her Walrein knows Sheer Cold. Unless you outlevel her (meaning you have effectively already won), or have a Pokémon with Sturdy, you have at least a 30% chance of a KO when she pulls it out.
    • Her Froslass have Snow Cloak, meaning you can miss when the Hail is out.
  • Making a Splash: Like Lorelei before her, she has a dual-split focus on Ice and Water due to the dual-typed Walrein and Sealeo. Downplayed in the remakes since she's replaced her two Sealeo with two Froslass.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Glacia is very close to glacier.
    • Her Japanese name, Prim, is much like "prim and proper". Given her appearance, it's quite fitting.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, Glaceon's Japanese name is also Glacia.
  • One-Hit Kill: If her Walrein's Sheer Cold attack lands, it will KO your Pokémon.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Her outfit. Even more so in the remakes.
  • Proper Lady: Acts like this when you meet her, and has her Meaningful Name above (in Japanese) to fit.
  • Ship Tease: After you defeat her post-game in the remakes, she'll ask if you intend to "thaw her very heart" before remarking that she wouldn't mind if you did.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She's very regal and formal, but is also the second-strongest of Hoenn's Elite Four.
  • Soul Power: In the remakes, she's got a pair of Ghost-type Froslasses.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • In the rematches with her in Gen VI, she can now Mega Evolve her Glalie.
    • She also uses Froslass in place of her weak Sealeo, and with their high speed and Snow Cloak ability, can be extremely difficult to take down.
  • Useless Useful Spell: In rematches, Glacia's Mega Glalie lacks Normal-type moves to take advantage of Refrigerate.
  • Weapon of Choice: Walrein. When rematched in Gen VI, her strongest becomes Mega Glalie.
  • Weather Manipulation:
    • Her team is fond of the moves Hail and Blizzard.
    • In her rematch, she leads with an Abomasnow, whose Snow Warning ability automatically starts Hail as soon as it's sent out. She takes great advantage of this not only by using Blizzard, but also by using Pokémon whose abilities are activated by Hail.

Drake (Genji)

"For us to battle with Pokémon as partners, do you know what it takes? Do you know what is needed? If you don't, then you will never prevail over me!"

  • Confusion Fu: Par for the course with a Dragon master. While the Elite Four always tend to give their teams varied and powerful movesets, it's hard to predict what Drake will throw at you.
  • Father Neptune: Seems to have the look, being a sea lover.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Dragon-type user.
  • Meaningful Name: Drake is another word for a dragon, hence his dragon tamer specialty.
  • Nice Hat: A sea captain's, to be precise.

    Sinnoh Elite Four 

Aaron (Ryou)

"I'm a huge fan of bug Pokémon. Bug Pokémon are nasty-mean, and yet they're beautiful, too..."

Bertha (Kikuno)

"You're quite the adorable Trainer, but you've also got a spine."

  • Badass Grandpa: She's basically the Sinnoh version of Agatha, although she uses Ground-types instead of Ghost.
  • Catchphrase: "Dear child."
  • Cool Old Lady: Much nicer than Agatha as well.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Ground-type master.
  • Meaningful Name: Bertha.
  • Mighty Glacier: As usual with a Ground-type master, her Pokémon are a bit slow, but very tough.
  • Never Mess with Granny: She's also quite possibly a relative of Kanto's resident Badass Grandma, Agatha. Only much nicer.
  • Riddle for the Ages: It's strongly implied she has a connection to Agatha of the Kanto Elite Four. Aside from their similar names; they look similar, including identical hairstyles, and Bertha's speech patterns are a lot like Agatha's, just nicer. Shauntal remarks on their similarities in Gen V, but it's so far unconfirmed if there's anything to it. The common theory is that the two are sisters.
  • Scarf Of Ass Kicking: A brown one, as befits a Ground-type Trainer.
  • Theme Naming: In both versions, she's named after Agatha: Bertha / Agatha, Kikuno / Kikuko.
  • Weapon of Choice: Hippowdon in Diamond and Pearl, Rhyperior in Platinum. Both reflect the Ground-type's typical nature of prioritizing defense over offense.

Flint (Ooba)

"You're facing a Fire-type Pokémon user with me. Let Flint see how hot your spirit burns!"

  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: The wise guy to Volkner's straight man.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Lampshaded by Volkner, who states that Flint chose to raise Fire-types because of his name.
  • Fiery Redhead: Has red hair to match his fiery personality.
  • Funny Afro: He even suggests to Volkner in Platinum that he should have his Pokémon come out of it just to freak out his opponents.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Volkner.
  • Hot-Blooded: In contrast with Volkner, he starts a battle like this but burns out as he comes closer to losing.
  • Informed Attribute: His team doesn't show that he enjoys Overheat, though. Only his Flareon knows it in Platinum, and none of his Pokemon know it in Diamond and Pearl.
  • Meaningful Name: Invoked. Once again, see Volkner's Deadpan Snarker entry. In case you don't get it, flint is a material used for making fires.
  • One Steve Limit: Has nothing to do with Brock's father from the anime.
  • Personality Powers: Flipped from Volkner charging up as the battle continues, Flint starts off fired-up, then as you begin to beat him he blazes hotter, only to smolder down to embers on defeat and get quiet.
  • Playing with Fire: He apparently chose to train them solely because of his name. This was changed from the Japanese version, where his favorite move is Overheat because it matches his name (Oobaahiito and Ooba).
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Mainly averted in Diamon and Pearl due to the staggering lack of Fire-types in Sinnoh before the National Pokédex. His team still has a couple of Fire attacks, however. Platinum remidied this by giving him Flareon, Houndoom and Magmortar.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Hot-Blooded red to Volkner's reserved blue.
  • Weapon of Choice: Infernape in Diamond and Pearl, for his fiesty and fiery personality. In Platinum it's changed to Magmortar, making his status as a counterpart to Volkner even more evident, as the Electabuzz and Magmar lines have always been counterparts to each other.

Lucian (Goyou)

"They say I am the toughest of the Elite Four. I'm afraid I will have to go all out against you to live up to that reputation."

  • Badass Bookworm: Bookworm, and the last Elite Four member you face.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Pretty well dressed and can kick your ass handily if you aren't careful.
  • Bishōnen: To some, it might be difficult to tell whether he's a boy or girl.
  • Cool Shades: They add to the look.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Pale lavender hair and eyes.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Well... it looks... sort of blue... Or is it purple?
  • Meaningful Name: Lucian = Illusion. Lucian is also a name based off the Latin word Lux, which means 'light'
  • Off Model: His Diamond/Pearl sprite has shorter hair than his artwork. Platinum fixed that little blunder.
  • Psychic Powers: At least with his Pokémon, because it isn't quite clear whether Lucian has them himself like most Psychic-type specialists (in contrast to how Sabrina expected the player to face her in Generation I, Lucian finishing a book as soon as the player walks into his room is merely stated to be good timing). At the very least, he's stated by an NPC to have a fondness for books on ESP, as well as books in general considering his frequenting the Canalave Library.
  • Weapon of Choice: Bronzong in Diamond and Pearl, Gallade in Platinum.
  • You Gotta Have Blue/Purple Hair

    Unova Elite Four 

Shauntal (Shikimi)

"I absolutely love writing about the close bonds between the Trainers who come here and the Pokémon they train. Could I use you and your Pokémon as a subject?"

Marshal (Renbu)

" In myself, I seek to develop the strength of a fighter. And shatter any weakness in myself!"

  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: That somehow merge with his hair.
  • Blood Knight: See Not So Different below. It's still applicable to his character, but he probably had it worse before.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: His hair's kinda orange, really.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Maybe Maylene picked it up from him.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Part of his outfit.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In Black 2 and White 2's Challenge Mode, his Conkeldurr has a Flame Orb, which is used for triggering his Guts ability and negating the Attack reduction. In the initial battle it has that, but in the rematch it has Sheer Force, which means his own item reduces the damage he does to you.
  • Kiai: Just before the battle begins, he will shout "Kiai!" He seems to have picked up the habit from Alder.
  • Last Chance Hit Point: His Sawk has Sturdy.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Three of the Unova Elite Four have some sort of gothic aestheticnote  Marshall is... well, a martial artist.
  • Meaningful Name: Marshal arts. Okay, it's spelled "martial", but it's a pun.
  • Not So Different: Alder mentions that Marshal used to be solely driven by strength like Cheren.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Wears what appears to be a sleeveless combination of a sweatshirt and a karate gi.
  • Walking the Earth: What he used to do in search of strong trainers before he was offered a place on the Unova Elite Four.
  • Weapon of Choice: Mienshao in the first battle, but Conkeldurr usurps the throne in rematches and in the sequels, Black 2 and White 2. Both reflecting his martial-arts focus and distaste for weakness.

Grimsley (Giima)

"It's more important to master the cards you're holding than to complain about the ones your opponents were dealt."

Caitlin (Cattleya)

"You appear to possess a combination of strength and kindness. Very well. Make your best effort not to bore me with a yawn-inducing battle."

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She was a darker blonde in in her last appearances, but her hair is noticeably brighter in Generation V.
  • Anti-Gravity Clothing: She has hair, bows, and a transparent cape that floats, most likely via her telekinesis.
  • Ascended Extra: Castle Valet Darach from Gen IV's Battle Frontier took great care to tend to Lady Caitlin. Caitlin, however, never said or did much... Until now, that is.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: If her sleeping before battle is any indication.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She's cold and hostile towards the player at first, but gradually warms up as they battle and is impressed when defeated.
  • Graceful Loser: See Defrosting Ice Queen.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Sleeps before she battles.
  • Meaningful Name: Averted in regard to her type preference, due to having been named before becoming a Psychic expert. Outside of her typing, it sounds like castle, which is where she was until becoming an Elite Four member.
  • Mighty Glacier: Most of her Pokémon are slow but have high defensive stats, which is rare for Psychic-types.
  • Nice Hat: A sleeping cap.
  • The Ojou: An archtypical example.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Or royal ladies in general, anyway.
  • Psychic Powers: She has them herself in addition to them being her specialty type—if you look at her battle sprite, she has pink, glowing bits of energy floating around her. She didn't have complete control of them when she was younger, though.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Doubled in length from her last appearance. It extends past her feet nowadays.

    Kalos Elite Four 

Wikstrom (Gampi)

"Well met, young challenger! Verily am I the Elite Four's famed blade of hardened Steel, Wikstrom!"

Malva (Pachira)

"I feel like my heart might just burst into flames. I'm burning up with my hatred for you, runt!"

  • Almighty Janitor: Malva was a member of Team Flare yet the Scientists and Admins were very likely her superiors in spite of having the combat potential and skills to be in the Elite Four. It is then subverted in Looker's sidequest when it was implied she was at least admin-ranked since she had knowledge of a hidden floor only admins knew about.
  • Bare Your Midriff: She wears a black belly shirt.
  • Berserk Button: She mentions that she feels pissed off whenever she meets you.
  • Cool Shades: Her shades have a deep red tint to them.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She appears in a Holo Caster transmission as a news lady, long before you fight the Elite Four. This doubles as a Foreshadowing that she was involved with Team Flare, since they secretly run the company that produces the Holo Caster.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Two huge pillars of fire explode right near the Player and Malva isn't far from it (or the ring of fire nearby), yet neither are unharmed by the heat.
  • Dark Action Girl: While she is a reformed member of Team Flare, her violent tendencies place her as this.
  • Enemy Mine: With you and Looker in the postgame to stop Xerosic.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She draws the line at conducting experiments on children, which is why she asks you to take down Xerosic to "prevent him from sullying Flare's honor". It still doesn't stop her from threatening the player with death by fire.
  • From Beyond the Fourth Wall: A player can download special Holo Caster messages in which she appears on her news program to announce and remind players of special downloadable content and events regarding the game, like the Mystery Gift Torchic and Global Battle Tournaments. (Far more of these appeared in the Japanese version than the two that have appeared in the American one thus far.)
  • Honor Among Thieves: The reason she claims she's helping you during the Looker quest, but she doesn't elaborate.
  • Jerkass: She is a Pyro Maniac who casually mentions to a child that she was thinking of killing them in hellfire right on the spot and then leaves for her chambers (though it's unclear how much of her threats are just standard Fire-user posturing). At least she is a sport when losing.
  • Kill It with Fire: She remarks after defeat that she just wants to burn you up on the spot.
  • King of Beasts: Pyroar, the Pokémon she opens with.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: When you finally get the chance to defeat her, after all she's done, in the Pokemon League.
  • Meaningful Name: It comes from lava.
    • A Malva is also a type a flower, as are a few other names in the region.
    • Also, Mal means evil in latin, which fits her personality and background well.
  • Ms. Fanservice: After all, she is hot.
  • Playing with Fire: She specializes in Fire-types.
  • Pyro Maniac: Gives off this vibe.
  • Rich Bitch: Her Team Flare membership implies that she must be very wealthy. The bitch part is self-explanatory by this point.
  • Slouch of Villainy: Well, she isn't a villain by the time you run into her, but she is the only Elite Four member who sits on her throne to battle you instead of getting up. Ironically, she's also the one who meets you in the foyer and explains how the Elite Four challenge works.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Speaks to the Player Character in one of their matches how she would like to burn them where they stand as revenge without even raising her voice.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: The (then) unnamed Holo Caster girl is a member of the Elite Four?! And Team Flare?!
  • Token Evil Teammate: She was a member of Team Flare, and is definitely hostile towards the player. The way she mentions how she wants to kill the player with fire could give Koga a run for his money. (She becomes far more threatening the second and all subsequent times you challenge the Elite Four.)
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Will do this if she actually manages to defeat the player at the Battle Chateau.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: She's a well-respected media figure before Team Flare's Evil Plan is foiled, and continues that role afterwards.
  • Walking Spoiler: There's clearly more to her than you might think at first, for both the main game and postgame.
  • Weapon of Choice: Talonflame when you challenge her at the Kalos League during the initial game and rematches, although she does use Pyroar by its lonesome in a postgame event.
  • Worthy Opponent: In spite of her jerkass behavior and desire to essentially kill the player character, Malva acknowledges their skills and accepts why they were able to take down Team Flare.

Drasna (Dracaena )

"Welcome, welcome, come in. You must be a strong Trainer. Yes, quite strong indeed..."

Siebold (Zumi)

"Cooking is the type of art that disappears as soon as it is completed. Pokémon battles are the same. Even memories of sweet victory soon fade after the battle ends."

  • Agent Peacock: Dresses similarly to Wallace, but he is an Elite Four member for a reason.
  • Berserk Button: Claiming that Pokémon battles cannot be artistic. The same goes for food, as he's a chef.
  • Bishōnen: He looks rather handsome.
  • Call Back: Defeat him first in the Elite Four, and he'll give a speech similar to Karen regarding strong Pokémon and weak Pokémon, although in the air of a Deadpan Snarker:
    "There are no weak Pokémon in a Pokémon battle. There are only weak Trainers."
  • Chef of Iron: A world-class chef and an Elite Four member.
  • Large Ham: Press his Berserk Button and he'll start shouting. Go on, we dare you.
  • Making a Splash: Water-type specialist of the region.
  • Man in White: Chef's whites even, with a few apt blue details.
  • Meaningful Name: It sounds like Seabold. Reverse the kana of his Japanese name, and you end up with mizu, or water. It also comes from Siebold's crabapple.
  • Not So Stoic: He keeps a calm demeanor (unlike Malva), but if you say "No" to the question he asks you (whether or not Pokémon battling can be considered art) Siebold pretty much gets pissed off at you and rants before engaging battle.
  • Perpetual Frowner: His character model is this way.
  • The Philosopher: Siebold briefly discusses the concept of art with the player before battling, seeing many things, like cooking and victory, as fleeting forms of art that should be cherished because of how short-lived they can be.
  • The Worm That Walks: Barbaracle, a humanoid mass of rocks and barnacles.
  • Supreme Chef: Fitting for a Water-type Elite Four as his team mostly consists of edible aquatic life, including the starfish and gooseneck barnacle.
  • Weapon of Choice: Barbaracle.