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
We'll go into more detail on Bruno up ahead in the next section.
- 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: Don't underestimate her.
- Cool Old Lady: Slightly abrasive but she still counts.
- 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 frickin' Arbok on you.
- Poisonous Person: Her official main type is Ghost, but due to the rarity of that type in the original games, a Golbat and Arbok were added to her team.
- Due to the poison subtype of the Gengar family, her entire team is of the poison type. But not all of the ghost type, ironically enough.
- Until her rematch against you in the remake, in which she gets Misdreavus.
- Put on a Bus: She hasn't appeared since the third generation, much like Lorelei.
- The Rival: To Prof. Oak in their young times.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Implied. "That old duff was once tough and handsome. But that was decades ago." In her own words.
- Soul Power: Ghost-type user.
- Weapon of Choice: Gengar, much like Morty.
Check the Pokémon Champions
page for more detail on Lance.
Kanto/Johto Elite Four II
- Badass Cape: Quite a notable one.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Venemoth.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- 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 the first generation, Crobat in the sequels. Thanks to the anime he's also associated with Venomoth — his Stadium 2 rematch actually ditches both Crobat and Weezing, but Venomoth remains.
Hoenn Elite Four
- Balding of Awesome.
- Casting a Shadow: Dark-types.
- Combat Pragmatist: Natural for a Dark-type user.
- 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: two actual Glass Cannons (Absol, and, depending on version, Sharpedo/Crawdaunt), two with a quadruple weakness (Cacturne, another Glass Cannon in fact, and Shiftry) and a Mightyena with a recoil-inducing move.
- 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. Pre-release magazine scans imply that it will change to Shiftry in the remakes, as it was shown with the signature Pokemon of the other major NPCs.
- 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.
- 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.
- Soul Power: Ghost-types.
- 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. Pre-release magazine scans for the remakes indicates that she owns a Dusknoir, possibly evolved from her stronger Dusclops.
Sinnoh Elite Four
- Graceful Loser: If somewhat adorkable in trying to be this.
- Idiot Hair: So much that you start to wonder if he's compensating for something.
- Then again, considering his specialty type, it might be reminiscent of a rhinoceros beetle's (like Heracross) horn.
- Meaningful Name: Aaron is like arachnid.
- One Steve Limit: Not to be confused with Sir Aaron from the eighth movie of the anime.
- Weapon of Choice: Drapion, despite it not being of his Bug typing. Its status as his signature Pokemon also makes it one of the few incorrectly-typed Pokemon to not be dropped from later teams, unlike Candice's Medicham, Bertha's Sudowoodo, ect. While it does evolve from a Bug-Type, it's still a bit odd.
- Makes it quite surprising if you thought you could Kill It with Fire like his other bugs. The only type it is weak to is a type that his other insects are resistant to (Ground).
- 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.
- 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.
- Badass Bookworm: Bookworm, and the last Elite Four member you face.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Pretty well dressed and can kick your arse 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: Shauntal.
- In addition, it's a French name meaning "a circle of stones", or more specifically, a tomb.
- 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
- Purple Is Powerful
- Soul Power
- 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 Purple Hair
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: Her Pokémon have high Defensive stats, an oddity among Psychic-types.
- Nice Hat: A sleeping cap.
- The Ojou
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.