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 between 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
- Action Girl: There's at least one per regional Elite Four, and some have it at two.
- 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. Of course, this doesn't affect your ability to take on the Elite Four again.
- 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. Averted from Gen V onwards.
- Boss Rush: There's no healing facilities in between each fight, meaning that the unprepared will often go down quickly.
- Interestingly enough, this has led to many speed-runners using the Elite Four as a means of Level Grinding- by defeating as many Pokémon as they can and defeating as many of them as they can, they'll make a bit of money and gain some experience to gradually level their team up.
- 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.
- Four Is Death: They're not bad guys, but excluding the champion there are always four. No more, no less.
- Graceful Loser: They always lose with dignity. The closest that they get to anger at you is disbelief.
- The Notable Numeral: The Elite Four.
- 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 since Gen III (which was dropped in Gen VI) 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
"Your Pokémon will be at my mercy when they are frozen solid!"
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"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 Grandpa: 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.
- 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.
- 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, much like Morty.
Check the Pokémon Champions
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Kanto/Johto Elite Four II
"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.
- Meaningful Name: Willpower.
- Psychic Powers: Psychic-type specialist.
- 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.
- Purple Is Powerful: He has purple-hued hair and clothing, ranking among the Elite Four as well.
- 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.
- 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. He has two, but one is more powerful than the other.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has purple hair.
"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. Since then Koga has incorporated more Bug-types into his team as a nod to the anime, while continuing to be a Poison-type specialist.
- Evil Laugh: "Fwahahahahahaha!"
- Genre Savvy: Back during his days as the Gym Leader, he hires some Jugglers with overleveled Psychic Pokemon to catch challengers off-guard, despite owning a Poison Gym, a type that is common in Kanto.
- 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.
- It probably did so to reflect the anime, where Koga has a Venonat (that quickly evolves into Venomoth). They forgot to give him a Golbat, though.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 and Blue, Venomoth in the anime and Yellow, and finally Crobat in Gen II. He's most commonly known for Venomoth though.
"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.
- Ambiguously Brown: In the original games and their artwork; like Brock, he became less so in the remakes.
- Badass Normal: He reportedly trains with his own Pokémon. When you read the Pokédex entries for some of them, you realize Bruno is one hell of a strongman.
- Bruce Lee Clone: Certainly takes inspiration from them.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: See Badass Normal.
- Convection Schmonvection: Apparently being in a room full of lava is part of his training.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Aside from Fighting-types, Bruno is fond of Rock and Ground-types too. He has two Onix in the first Generation and its remakes (in Gen II he swaps one out for Hitmontop but keeps the other), evolves them both into Steelix in his Gen III rematch, and in the two Stadium games adds Golem and Rhydon to his teams.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Doesn't wear them ever.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: In Yellow and Gen II, and the remakes of the latter, his Hitmonchan has the three Elemental Punches.
- Kiai: HOO-HA!
- Meaningful Name: Bruno sounds like bruiser or brawn.
- Mighty Glacier: His Pokémon tend to have great physical stats for both offense and defense, but aren't so good with speed.
- Spirited Competitor: Gen III says that he joined the Elite Four so he could battle the region's most powerful trainers.
- Took a Level in Badass: A minor case, but he jumps from second Elite Four to third Elite Four between the first two games.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Rage Candy Bars.
- Sweet Tooth: See above. He apparently went all the way to the Sevii Islands to get his hands on some.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Never wears a shirt ever either.
- Weapon of Choice: Machamp. He's also closely associated with the three "Hitmon" Pokémon.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Fighting-type master, but specifically focuses on the martial arts and wrestling-themed ones rather than just any Fighting-type.
"I love dark-type Pokémon. I find their wild, tough image to be so appealing. And they're so strong."
Hoenn Elite Four
"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.
- Casting a Shadow: Dark-types.
- Combat Pragmatist: Natural for a Dark-type user.
- Critical Hit Class: In the remakes his Absol has the ability Super Luck now, 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. Possibly less so in the remakes, if his artwork in the remakes is anything to go by.
- 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.
- 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.
- Weapon of Choice: Absol.
"I did my training on Mt. Pyre. While I trained, I gained the ability to commune with Ghost-type Pokémon."
- Action Girl: An Elite Four member.
- Ambiguously Brown: Arguably the first in the game series; although some might think she's Hawaiian because of her rather stereotypical dress.
- Artistic Age: Her original artwork makes her look like a teenager, but her artwork in the remakes makes her look more like a preteen, not much older than the female protagonists.
- 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 Gen III remakes has the Elemental Punches.
- Flower in Her Hair: And for bonus points, they're her (Japanese) namesake.
- I See Dead People: Gained the ability to communicate with ghosts while training on Mt. Pyre.
- 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).
- Meaningful Name: Phoebe becomes phobia, and ghosts have a very strong association with fear.
- Ms. Fanservice: Very much so.
- 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.
- Weapon of Choice: Dusclops, with her second one being more powerful than her first. In the remakes she's evolved one into Dusknoir.
"I've traveled from afar to Hoenn so that I may hone my icy skills."
- Action Girl: The third Elite Four member.
- An Ice Person: Ice-type specialist.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Wears a long purple dress.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Has them in the remakes. The pun is almost certainly intentional.
- 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.
- 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 Sealeos with Froslasses.
- 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.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Her outfit.
- One Steve Limit: Averted, Glaceon's Japanese name is also Glacia.
- Soul Power: In the remakes, she's got a pair of Ghost-type Froslasses.
- Weapon of Choice: Walrein. However, she's also a big fan of the Snorunt line; the Gen III remakes give her two Glalies and two Froslass. Walrein looks out of place anymore.
- Weather Manipulation: Her team is fond of the moves Hail and Blizzard. She's Dangerously Genre Savvy for it in the remakes, because now Hail causes Blizzard to have perfect accuracy.
"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!"
- Badass Grandpa: He's the oldest member of the Elite Four, and the fourth one you fight.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears one with no shirt, also qualifying for No Shirt, Long Jacket.
- Badass Mustache: See the picture.
- 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.
- Bonus, Francis Drake is a famous sea man.
- Nice Hat: A sea captain's, to be precise.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: His outfit.
- One Steve Limit: Shares his name with an original character in the anime.
- Pirate: His visual motif.
- Sidetracked By The Golden Saucer: Lampshaded in Emerald, where he tells you over the Pokénav that fighting the Elite Four is better than engaging in the Battle Frontier, regardless of fun value.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Though he has a coat, unlike most examples.
- Weapon of Choice: Salamence. He's also associated with Altaria: the remakes ditch his opening Shellgon and have him send out Altaria first.
Sinnoh Elite Four
"I'm a huge fan of bug Pokémon. Bug Pokémon are nasty-mean, and yet they're beautiful, too..."
"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. Shauntel 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: See the picture.
- 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.
"You're facing a Fire-type Pokémon user with me. Let Flint see how hot your spirit burns!"
- Badass: Especially when he brings out Infernape.
- 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: Though as battles go on he wears down.
- 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.
- Genre Savvy: His Infernape's typing makes it neutral to Rock-type moves, and it has amazing coverage, including Thunder Punch for your Water-types and Mach Punch and Earthquake for your Rock-types. He also loves to use Sunny Day to weaken Water-type moves and combine it with Solar Beam to instantly hit any Pokémon with a type advantage over Fire. Also, his Magmortar in Platinum knows Thunderbolt.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Volkner's blue.
- Weapon of Choice: Infernape in Diamond and Pearl. 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.
"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.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: His Bronzong's only weakness is Fire-types, for which it knows Earthquake.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Well... it looks... sort of blue... Or is it purple?
- Apparently it's called 'Medium Slate Blue'
- 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. Interestingly, these three changes to the Elite Four- Rhyperior, Magmortar, and Gallade -are the final three Pokemon used by the Sinis Trio in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia, and in that order, too.
- You Gotta Have Blue/Purple Hair
Unova Elite Four
"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?"
- Adorkable: She's endearingly socially awkward.
- Animal Motifs: Her neck accessories are supposed to form a black cat's face, according to Word of God.
- Apologetic Attacker: When you beat her, she apologizes for hurting your Pokémon.
- Badass Bookworm: She's an author, her room is at the top of a huge mound of books, and she's an Elite Four member.
- Curtains Match the Window: Purple hair and purple eyes.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Uses Ghost-types but is not a bad person.
- Dramatic Thunder: In the room you fight her in, lightning occasionally flashes in the window.
- Empathic Environment: In Black 2 and White 2, the books in her area jump when you surprise her upon arrival.
- Excuse Me While I Multitask: Her intro animation◊ has her still penning a novel even as she starts to battle you.
- Foreshadowing: The first time you challenge her in Black and White, she reads a passage from a book she's writing based on a previous challenger. The description fits N perfectly.
- I Should Write a Book About This: When the player challenges her in Black 2 and White 2, the novel she's working on is about the events of the previous game; her brainstorming describes N and the Legendary Pokémon he uses in the game you're playing.
- Jack of All Stats: Her team is this collectively. Each of them has a different stat that is their best and always extremely high.
- Meaningful Name: Shauntal.
- In addition, it's a French name meaning "a circle of stones", or more specifically, a tomb.
- Meganekko: A typical example.
- My Nayme Is: Her English name is far more commonly written as "Chantal" or "Chantel"; the game's creative spelling was probably done to make the pun more obvious.
- Perky Goth: She's a creepy Ghost-type master, but is very energetic.
- Purple Is Powerful: Wears all purple and specialists in Ghosts.
- Soul Power: Ghost-type master.
- The Southpaw: She's left-handed in both her sprite and official artwork.
- Stealth Pun: She is an author who uses Ghost Pokémon. In other words, she is a ghostwriter.
- Weapon of Choice: Chandelure.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has dark purple hair.
" In myself, I seek to develop the strength of a fighter. And shatter any weakness in myself!"
- Badass: The guy's tough.
- 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.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Especially in the rematches Black 2 and White 2. When facing his Lucario, if your Pokémon is only hanging on by a thread, it will hit you with Extreme Speed, a very powerful priority move, to keep you from getting one last hit in. And if you're playing Challenge Mode, he has a Machamp with No Guard that knows Dynamic Punch and Stone Edge.
- 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.
- Token Minority: Of the Elite Four anyway.
- 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.
- This is mainly because Mienshao evolves at level 50, so having it be Marshal's strongest Pokémon rather than have it underleveled would make more sense.
"It's more important to master the cards you're holding than to complain about the ones your opponents were dealt."
"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."
- Action Girl: A little lazy, but she still counts.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: She was a darker blonde in in her last appearances, but her hair is noticeably brighter in Generation V.
- 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 loosens 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 have high Defensive stats, an oddity among 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.
- And floats. She may hold it up with psychic power.
- Rich Bitch: To a degree.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Her relationship to Darach in Gen IV has her come off as quite royal (Battle Castle?)— Or very rich, at the least.
- She Is All Grown Up: In more ways than one. Young Caitlin did not respond well to losing a battle and would erupt into highly destructive psychic tantrums. Darach battling in her stead was a measure to prevent this.
- Something about a Rose: Her new entrance in Black 2 and White 2, from a giant blossoming white rose. (Although she's named for an orchid...)
- The Unfought: Was this back when she was in the Battle Frontier in the fourth generation.
- Took a Level in Badass: From lazy Battle Frontier resident to Elite Four member.
- Weapon of Choice: Gothitelle in the first battle, Metagross on Challenge Mode (sequel only) and in the rematches (both).
Kalos Elite Four
""Well met, young challenger! Verily am I the Elite Four's famed blade of hardened Steel, Wikstrom!"
- Antiquated Linguistics: He speaks in a very flowery, old-fashioned manner.
- Cool Sword: Aegislash.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may come across as very hammy, but he's a member of the Elite Four for a reason.
- Extra Ore Dinary: The first Steel-type Elite Four member.
- Genre Savvy: His Klefki has the Prankster ability and both Torment and Spikes, showing that he's at least somewhat aware of its usual metagame role as a Trap Master support character. His Scizor has Technician + Bullet Punch. In terms of type advantage, three of his Pokémon are either neutral or outright immune to Fighting-type moves, and Klefki can even hit them with Dazzling Gleam. Probopass's typing makes it neutral, rather than weak, to Fire, and can hit Fire-types hard with Earth Power and Power Gem. It can also use Discharge against any Water-types you have.
- Knight in Shining Armor: His dress style invokes the trope.
- Large Ham: He doesn't just look like a medieval knight, he talks and acts like one.
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: He mentions to the Player Character that the two should battle with honor.
- Real Men Wear Pink: His first mon sent out is a Klefki.
- Shout-Out: He speaks in Antiquated Linguistics and claims that his will shakes spears.
- 24-Hour Armor: It's uncertain if he is known to take it off though.
- Weapon of Choice: Aegislash — very fitting for a knight.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: To go along with his knight motif.
"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.
- Big Badass Bird of Prey: Talonflame.
- 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.
- And 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.
- Though it's likely just a light show and not real fire, if you stand behind the pillars it looks more like lights than fire.
- 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.
- Evil Redhead /Fiery Redhead: Literally and figuratively in regards to the second.
- 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. And players who think they can get the jump on her using a Water Pokémon are in for a surprise; It knows Wild Charge.
- 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.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Those orange shades.
- 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.
- 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.
"Welcome, welcome, come in. You must be a strong Trainer. Yes, quite strong indeed..."
- Action Girl: Older than most examples, but still counts.
- Cool Middle-aged Lady: She looks like she is in her forties or fifties, but she trains Dragons, is always cheerful, and sports an amazing hairstyle.
- Eyes Always Shut: Her character model.
- Improbable Hairstyle: She has two huge tusks note as part of her hairstyle.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Even works on middle-aged women! In a rematch, she mentions she chose to train Dragons because she was raised listening to tales from her grandparents on the myths of Dialga and Palkia and felt inspired.
- Genre Savvy: Thinking of taking advantage of dragon's new weakness to Fairy? Good luck, she leads with Dragalge, and its Sludge Bombs can easily KO your Fairy-Type if you're not careful. Ice still presents a problem to her, with two of her Dragons taking quadruple damage from Ice-type attacks.
- Meaningful Name: It comes from dragon, rather obviously.
- Nice Lady: She is ridiculously polite to the Player Character.
- Perpetual Smiler: She is always happy, even when it comes to battling.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: She wears plenty of dragon tusks on her outfit.
- Weapon of Choice: Noivern.
"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 almost like Wallace, but he is an Elite Four member for a reason.
- He's also not nearly as campy as Wallace.
- Berserk Button: Claiming that Pokémon battles cannot be artistic. The same goes for food, as he's a chef.
- 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.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: His Gyarados knows Dragon Dance and can counter Water Pokémon's weaknesses with Earthquake for Electric-types and Ice Fang for Grass-types. His Clawitzer's moves provide great coverage and are all powered up by its ability Mega Launcher, Starmie can hit Dark-types with Dazzling Gleam, and Barbaracle can hit Grass-types with X-Scissor.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.