Characters: Pokémon Frontier Brains and Other Facility Heads
These special trainers are heads of special facilities that specialize in Pokémon battles. Normally these places are only accessible once you've beaten the main game, and for good reason. The game's AI takes the kid gloves off and provide some of the hardest challenges the game has to offer. Very few players have conquered these places.
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Hoenn Battle Frontier
Factory Head Noland (Factory Head Datsura)
Arena Tycoon Greta (Arena Captain Kogomi)
- Badass Boast: When she first appears, she gives a subdued version of this, implying she intends to take it easy on you. For her rematch, she's definitely on-board.
Greta (First Round): We'll take things easy to start with! Okay! Let's see you ignite my passion for battle!
Greta (Second Round): Be ready for a thrashing!
- Badass Crew:
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Heracross and Shedinja in her first fight.
- Casting a Shadow: She uses an Umbreon in both of her fights as a bit of Stone Wall, and in round two, it's packing Double-Edge, Rest, and a Chesto Berry (remember, you only have three turns to defeat it).
- Green Thumb: She uses a Breloom in her second fight that uses Spore and Focus Punch.
- Soul Power: She fields a Gengar in her second fight. It uses Hypnosis, Dream Eater, and Destiny Bond.
- Brutal Honesty
Greta: I don't know how to say it, but... To put it bluntly, you look pretty weak.
- Cute Bruiser: A man hanging around outside the dojo mentions that he heard about this really cute girl hanging around the dojo, but was decidedly nonplussed when he could find nothing but sweaty, stinky martial artists.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: She has more than a few tricks designed to catch you off guard. She could qualify for Genius Bruiser on her own, frankly.
- Standard Status Effects: The only Pokemon she fields that can't inflict these is her Heracross. Most of her Pokemon inflict either sleep or confusion, though the Umbreon in her first fight also has Body Slam, for Paralysis.
- Genki Girl: So Genki that she doesn't mind asking where the real challenger is when she first appears and only sees the player; she even moves around to look past him.
- Punny Name: Greta's got guts.
- Red Baron: The Arena Tycoon.
Dome Ace Tucker (Dome Superstar Heath)
- Always Camp: His sexuality is debatable, but he does fit this trope.
- Badass Crew
- Curtains Match the Window
- Large Ham: A lot of the Frontier Brains tend to be hammy...
- Incoming Ham: ...but Tucker spends a few moments prancing around the arena to rouse the crowd before even bothering to talk to you. Really, among Pokemon characters, we could give him a lifetime-achievement award.
- Punny Name Tucker represents tactics.
- Red Baron: The Dome Ace.
- Tournament Arc: His facility is the first time in the main series games where actual tournaments (against NPCs) are depicted.
- Visual Pun: The hair and the wings might bring to mind a 'fairy'.
- Worthy Opponent: He apparently does a near 180 in between his two main fights. His first loss catches him off guard and he mutters about underestimating the player; by his second loss, he lavishes praise on you.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair
Pike Queen Lucy (Tube Queen Azami)
Palace Maven Spenser (Palace Guardian Ukon)
- Badass Beard
- Badass Boast
- Badass Crew: It self-operates!
- Badass Grandpa
- Bald of Awesome
- Cool Old Guy
- Eyes Always Shut
- Fashionable Asymmetry: His robe and staff direct more attention to his left.
- The Gloves Come Off: Like Lucy, he switches from a Standard Status Effect strategy in his first fight to better emphasize pure offense in the second. He trades his Crobat with Toxic and Confuse Ray for an Arcanine with Extreme Speed and Overheat; his Slaking retains Earthquake and Shadow Ball, but trades Swagger and Brick Break for Yawn and Hyper Beam; and he replaces his Laplace (who only had Ice Beam as a standard attack, with Horn Drill as an alternate offensive) with Suicune (who has Blizzard, Surf, and Bite, backed up with Calm Mind).
- Hidden Depths: When he first appears, he presents himself as a Large Ham Old Master. After losing though, he bursts out laughing and apologizes "for trying that stunt." The assistant who attends the player in the palace actually wishes he would maintain his facade of distinguished authority. Spenser doesn't bother with the Old Master bluster in the match for the Gold Emblem, and the assistant starts wishing he would maintain at least "a certain level of decorum".
- Luck-Based Mission: Not as emphatically as the Battle Pike, but the Battle Palace requires the player to relinquish all control of their Pokemon in combat.
- Meaningful Name: Spenser judges spirit.
- The Power of Friendship: The primary focus of his facility. The first Pokemon he fields is his Crobat, even.
- Red Baron: The Palace Maven.
- Rule of Symbolism: He's preceded by an Azurill and a Dusclops whenever he appears. Birth and Death.
- Tron Lines: The patterns on his cane mimic those of Kyogre's Volcanic Veins.
- True Companions: He refers to his Pokemon as his brethren.
Pyramid King Brandon (Pyramid King Jindai)
Salon Maiden Anabel (Tower Tycoon Lila)
- Badass: She uses Entei, Raikou, and Latios!*
- Badass Crew:
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: You thought Tucker's Latias was a threat? She has the Latios to match! It has both Psychic and Dragon Claw for stab, supported with Calm Mind and Recover.
- Non-Elemental: Her Weapon of Choice is to field Snorlax, literally her best for last (and this alongside her legendary Pokemon, too). In the first fight it's packing Belly Drum and Body Slam, so try to hold out for it. In the second fight, it's a full on Curselax that brings Return and a Rest-Chesto Berry combo to the party.
- Playing with Fire: The Entei she fields in her first fight.
- Psychic Powers: She leads with an Alakazam in her first fight (beware: it's a Fire, Ice, Lightning punch-sweeper... but it lacks any STAB move).
- Shock and Awe: She leads with a Raikou in her second fight; however, it's a bit of a step down from Alakazam, since it only has Thunderbolt in terms of offense.
- Brutal Honesty: She mentions that she's been hearing rumors about the player when first introducing herself, and then informs him that none of them are attractive.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Although most Frontier Brains and even other trainers can be this, she takes this trope Up to Eleven due to the nature of the Battle Tower itself making most unprepared trainers unable to defeat her facility. Probably why she's the leader.
- Good Is Not Nice: While otherwise a decent person, she apparently tells losing trainers that they have no talent, and when she loses, she's fond of creepy laughter ("Fufufufufufu....")
- Idiot Hair: Possibly mischievous-type.
- Large Ham: A prominent aversion, even in comparison to Lucy, who was known to give a cold Badass Boast. Anabel doesn't waste time boasting or making speeches like the others. She just wants to see your talent.
- The Leader: Implied by virtue of the fact that the Battle Tower is the pre-eminent facility of the Frontier, dedicated to pure combat and not colored by gimmicks like the others.
- Little Miss Badass
- Non-Indicative Name: The Salon in Salon Maiden actually refers to the Battle Salon, the room in the tower where you can meet and choose a partner for Multi Battles. Her title is unique in not referring directly to the facility she heads (this is averted in the original Japanese, where she's the Tower Tycoon).
- Punny Name: Anabel represents ability. In German, this name is a reference to anlage, "asset" in English.
- In the original Japanese, Lila is a reference to Lilac, the general color of her design.
- The Quiet One: Anabel is actually the most soft-spoken of the Frontier Brains.
- Red Baron: The Salon Maiden.
- Spirited Competitor: It's implied in the moments before her second fight that she's been very bored without a fight to look forward to.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lilac purple.
Sinnoh & Johto Battle Frontiers
Tower Tycoon Palmer (Tower Tycoon Kurotsugu)
Castle Valet Darach (Castle Butler Kokuran)
Hall Matron Argenta (Stage Madonna Kate)
Factory Head Thorton (Factory Head Neziki)
Arcade Star Dahlia (Roulette Goddess Dahlia)
Unova Battle Facilities
Emmet (Kudari) and Ingo (Nobori) (Subway Bosses)
Emmet is the one on the left in white and Ingo is the one on the right in black. Not the other way around.
Thanks, Official Nintendo Magazine UK.
- Badass Longcoat
- Creepy Twins
- Curtains Match the Window
- Dual Boss: On the Multi and Super Multi Lines.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: In both their official artwork and sprites.
- Go Nagai Sideburns
- Gray Eyes: Both of them.
- Meaningful Name/Theme Naming: For the Japanese names, Nobori comes from "nobori-sen" (in-bound line) and Kudari comes from "kudari-sen" (out-bound line). In the English localization, Ingo comes from "in-going line" and Emmet comes from "emit" (again, out-bound). Both of these tie into their train motif.
- Nice Hat
- Perpetual Frowner: Ingo
- Perpetual Smiler: Emmet
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Seems to be the intention — Ingo is frowning in his official art, whereas Emmet is smiling. Ingo dresses with a black theme, and Emmet wears lots of white.
- Stepford Smiler: At least Emmet. Though there's something odd about them that makes them both feel like Stepford Brothers.
- Strange Syntax Speaker: In the games, Emmet speaks almost entirely in passive voice, whereas Ingo's manner of speaking is too formal.
Ingo: Thank you for riding the Battle Subway today. I am the Subway Boss Ingo. I will choose the next destination based on your talent. Do you understand Pokémon well? Can you hold on to your principle? Will you go on to victory or defeat? All aboard!
Emmet: I am Emmet. I am a Subway Boss. I like Double Battles. I like combinations of two Pokémon. And I like winning more than anything else. So let's start a great battle in which every Pokémon uses various moves.
- Tag Team Twins
- Verbal Tic
"I am Emmet."
- We Meet Again / We Will Meet Again: Their only real dialog to the player sounds like this.
The grandson of Champion Alder whom the player may only fight if they manage to reach the top/bottom of Black Tower/White Treehollow.
- Anime Hair: Just like his dear ol' grandpa.
- Badass Adorable: A wild looking boy with Cute Little Fangs. He's also the highest leveled trainer in the game.
- Birds of a Feather: He and Iris never meet, but they are surprisingly identical in most aspects. Both have grandpas of sorts who have/had important jobs with the Unova League, both like to use pseudo-Legendaries that are close to dragons in some ways, and both are wild children who can understand the feelings of Pokémon.
- Bonus Boss: He can be fought in Black Skyscraper or White Tree Hollow, depending on whether you have Black City or White Forest.
- Bragging Rights Reward: Defeating him for the first time at the Bonus Dungeon makes him give you a Shiny Gible or Dratini with a free Exp. Share.
- The Empath: Implied to be this.
- Fiery Redhead
- Generation Xerox: Like Alder (and his hair), Benga owns a Volcarona.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Uses a Garchomp (Black Tower) or Dragonite (White Treehollow) along with Latios or Latias.
- It Was a Gift: After defeating him for the first time, he will award you with a shiny Gible or shiny Dratini in Flocessy Town.
- Keet: Yep.
- Olympus Mons: Has a Latios (Black City) or Latias (White Forest).
- Weapon of Choice: His ace is a Volcarona, just like grandpa.
- Wild Child
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Looks like a rebel, but he's just like a boy version of Iris who comprehends the values of Pokémon. Fitting, as he himself owns Dragon-types mostly.
Kalos Battle Maison
Tropes the Battle Chatelaines share in common
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Zigzagged in the Japanese version. Each supposed to begin with the letter 'L', but by kanji, they start with either 'ra' or 're'.
- Badass Family: All four are related and hold top positions in the Battle Maison. When you fight them at the 49th/50th streak, each one sports legendaries.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Their dresses, hats, hair and eyes are all the same colors; Nita is Orange and Yellow, Evelyn is Blue, Dana is Pink, and Morgan is a Green-Blue.
- Curtains Match The Windows
- Dual Boss: When you pick Multi Battles, two of the four sisters will eventually battle you at a time.
- Expressive Accessory: Their gloves. Not because they move, but because their lengths correspond with the sisters' ages, starting from youngest sister Nita (whose gloves stop at the wrist) up to oldest sister Morgan (who gloves stop at her shoulders).
- Gratuitous French: In the Japanese version, their names are all in French.
- Large Ham: Evelyn aside, let's just say the sisters are very bombastic.
- Meaningful Hairstyle: All of their hairstyles relate to the battle challenge they head up:
- Single Battle boss Nita's hair has a single orange streak.
- Double Battle boss Evelyn's hair is in two perfect halves, and also has two lighter blue streaks.
- Triple Battle boss Dana's hair has three prominent curls.
- Rotation Battle boss Morgan's hair is in a large rotating drill fashion. Its large size may also relate to how the field itself is bigger during Rotation Battles.
- Nice Hat
- Oireland: Their dialogue and the expressions they use strongly suggest that they speak with Irish accents. In Evelyn's case, it's much more subdued.
- Olympus Mons: Battle each of them the second time, and they use a set of legendary trio. For Dana, she uses two sets. For Evelyn and Morgan, they each use Latios and Latias together with their trios respectively.
- Poor, Predictable Rock: Averted; neither of the sisters use the Lake Trio. In fact, it's possibly defied on their account as it is easier to take advantage of their shared typing and ability.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Brightly colored, striped ones with gigantic hoop skirts.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt
- Showgirl Skirt
- Temporal Theme Naming: Their names in both the Japanese and English versions are based on different parts of the day.
The Chatelaine of the Single Battle Challenge. She is the youngest of Battle Chatelaine sisters.
The Chatelaine of the Double Battle Challenge, and one of the two Chatelaines of the Multi Battle Challenge. The second youngest of Battle Chatelaine sisters.
- Black Sheep: The only one of the sisters who isn't a bombastic ham. Her accent is also much more subdued.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Subverted. Her Entei knows Sacred Fire, Ho-Oh's Secret Art. However, this is, in fact, a hint that you can teach your own Entei such a move starting in Gen VI!note Until Poke Bank was released in December 2013 (about 3 months after X and Y's release) and Entei could be transferred for confirmation, not even guides could reveal whether Entei can learn Sacred Fire and how. As the result, Evelyn was thought to have an illegal Pokemon.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite being a Shrinking Violet, she is the head of the Double Battle area of the Maison for a good reason.
- Dual Boss: In addition to any one of her sisters in the Multi Battle Challenge, she is also this by herself in the Double Battle Challenge, since it's a double battle.
- Curtains Match The Windows
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: When paired up with Dana on the Multi battles, she remarks she doesn't look highly on her skills at Double Battles.
- Meaningful Name/Temporal Theme Naming: Her Japanese name literally means evening in French.
- Her English name also sounds like evening.
- Olympus Mons: Uses Entei, Raikou, Suicune, and Latios on your battle with her on the Super Doubles.
- Shrinking Violet: Immensely so. If you beat her in the Multi Battle Challenge, she even encourages you NOT to take the Double Battle Challenge to make sure it doesn't sound like she's agreeing with Dana's boasting of her (Evelyn's) skill.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
The Chatelaine of the Triple Battle Challenge, and the other Chatelaine of the Multi Battle Challenge. The second eldest of Battle Chatelaine sisters.
The Chatelaine of the Rotation Battle Challenge. She is the eldest of Battle Chatelaine sisters.
- Anime Hair: All four of them have pretty funky hair, but Morgan's takes the cake.
- Cool Big Sis: Gives off this vibe towards her other sisters. Of course, she doesn't like it when Nita gets a bit verbal when they battle together in the Multi battles, and gives her a scolding.
- Meaningful Name/Temporal Theme Naming: Her Japanese name literally means morning in French.
- Her English name also sounds like morning, and is one letter off from the German word for morning.
- Olympus Mons: When you fight her on 50th battle on the Super Rotation lines, she sports Cobalion, Virizion, Terrakion, and Latias.
- Opera Gloves: But this time, they end just below her shoulders.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair