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)
- Badass Labcoat
- Confusion Fu: Will use any three Pokémon that can be used in his facility. This is just like any other trainers, except you won't get to know which Pokemon he would use beforehand.
- Meaningful Name: Nol...add a "k" to the beginning, and replace the "l" with a "w". Makes sense, since he is the Brain that represents knowledge.
- Nice Hat
- Perma Stubble
Arena Tycoon Greta (Arena Captain Kogomi)
Dome Ace Tucker (Dome Superstar Heath)
Pike Queen Lucy (Tube Queen Azami)
Palace Maven Spenser (Palace Guardian Ukon)
Pyramid King Brandon (Pyramid King Jindai)
Salon Maiden Anabel (Tower Tycoon Lila)
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.
- Name's the Same: The name of one brother should sound familiar to anyone who's played The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, in which there was a greedy ranch worker with the same name.note
- 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).
- Signature Mon: 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.
- Large Ham: Evelyn aside, let's just say the sisters are very bombastic.
- Nice Hat
- 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.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt
- Temporal Theme Naming: Their English names 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.
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.
- Oireland: Her dialogue suggests this is her accent.
- 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