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. Only very determined players have a chance of conquering these places.

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    Hoenn Battle Frontier 

Factory Head Noland (Factory Head Datsura)
  • Badass Labcoat: It's even sleeveless to boot.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He speaks with quite a few exclamation points.
  • 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. To wit, that's any three of the Pokemon of the first generation that are not specifically banned, including lower-tier legendaries like Zapdos or Suicune.
  • Genius Bruiser: He awards the symbol of knowledge, after all.
    Noland: Knowledge isn't only about reading books or doing desk work!

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!
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Green Thumb: She uses a Breloom in her second fight that uses Spore and Focus Punch.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Heracross uses the Endure - Salac Berry - Reversal combo, so be careful.
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: If you don't exploit the fact that Kryptonite Is Everywhere, Shedinja is meant to give you a special kind of headache. To add insult to injury, it packs Confuse Ray.
  • Painted-On Pants: She wears a skintight blue suit underneath her black karate top.
  • Punny Name: Greta's got guts.
  • Red Baron: The Arena Tycoon.
  • She's Got Legs: This outfit emphasizes her legs, obviously.
  • Soul Power: She fields a Gengar in her second fight. It uses Hypnosis, Dream Eater, and Destiny Bond.
  • 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.

Dome Ace Tucker (Dome Superstar Heath)
  • Always Camp: His sexuality is debatable, but he does fit this trope.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Extra-ore-dinary: He brings a Metagross to the fight for his second appearance
  • 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.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: He uses Charizard and Salamance in the Silver Symbol challenge and Latias in the Gold Symbol challenge.
  • Large Ham: A lot of the Frontier Brains tend to be hammy...
  • 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'.
  • Weapon of Choice: In the Silver Symbol and Gold Symbol challenges, as well as in every adaptation, he has used Swampert.
  • 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 Blue Hair: His hair is purple.

Pike Queen Lucy (Tube Queen Azami)
  • Animal Motifs: Serpentine Pokémon. Even her Shuckle could count.
  • Badass Boast: Lucy claims she's "trampled flowers and braved storms" to achieve her position.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Shows as much of it as possible that can rival Jessie's.
  • The Baroness: She's cold and ruthless, and her emphasis on Standard Status Effects can certainly be interpreted as sadistic.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Her Shuckle serves as a Stone Wall during her first fight.
  • Break the Haughty: Implied by her losses.
  • The Dreaded: Her arrival comes with a heavy dose of ominous behavior. This bites especially hard if you choose the room with the maid who declines to heal any of your Pokemon before she arrives.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Instills this feeling, being the Pike Queen and all.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Her Steelix, which replaces her Shuckle in the second round.
  • Foil: To Greta. Greta has a brighter design and personality and is eager and excitable. Lucy... not even close. Compare: Blonde and Black hair colors (the styles even contrast); the Battle Arena is staffed entirely by male martial artists while the Battle Pike is run entirely by maids; Greta looks forward to seeing the player again, while Lucy seems to feel she's been wronged by losing, vowing to never forget the player. Ever.
  • The Gloves Come Off: Lucy does not take to losing your first encounter, and goes so far as to abandon the Battle Pike's signature emphasis on debilitating Standard Status Effects in favor of a full-throttle offensive. Her Seviper Takes a Level in Badass, keeping an almost identical moveset but exchanging Poison Fang for Sludge Bomb; her Gradual Grinder Shuckle is replaced with a Steelix that uses Earthquake, Rock Slide, and Explosion (backed up with Screech); and her bulky Milotic is replaced in favor with a Gyarados that primarily uses a Dragon Dance-Return combo.
  • Hates Small Talk: She's "not one for idle chatter".
  • Luck-Based Mission: The gimmick of the Battle Pike, mixed with Drought Level of Doom (make it through seven challenges without being worn down by status effects and combat).
  • Making a Splash: With her Milotic in the Silver Symbol challenge and a Gyarados in the Gold Symbol challenge.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Not evil, but quite narcissistic. The anime shows her as pretty friendly.
  • Rule of Three: To get through the Pike, you have to choose one of three doors, with each door having a random challenge.
  • Smug Snake: Snakes being her theme, and she's quite full of herself too:
    Lucy: "I am Lucy...I am the law here...For I am the Pike Queen..."
  • Snakes Are Sexy: Evident from her looks and serpentine Pokémon theme.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She is noticeably taller than most other people in her anime and manga depictions.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: To her Seviper.
  • Weapon of Choice: Her Seviper. It is used in both of her matches, and it's the inspiration for both her design and her facility.

Palace Maven Spenser (Palace Guardian Ukon)
  • 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 Lapras (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".

Pyramid King Brandon (Pyramid King Jindai)

Salon Maiden Anabel (Tower Tycoon Lila)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Olympus Mons: She uses Entei, Raikou, and Latios!
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Weapon of Choice: Uses Snorlax in both matches.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lilac purple.

    Sinnoh & Johto Battle Frontiers 

Tower Tycoon Palmer (Tower Tycoon Kurotsugu)

  • Generation Xerox: His son takes a lot after him, and there's the fact that he and the player's father became trainers the exact same way the player and Barry did.
  • Olympus Mons: Uses a full team of legendaries the second time around. Heatran, Cresselia, and Regigigas.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Is always in a hurry just like his son Barry.

Castle Valet Darach (Castle Butler Kokuran)
  • Battle Butler
  • Bodyguard Crush: A minor character in the Battle Castle mentions that Darach has feelings for Caitlin, but doesn't show it.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Ever since Caitlin became part of the Unova Elite Four there has been no word of what has happened to him.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: His Empoleon.
  • Global Currency Exception: Castle Points instead of the usual Pokémon Dollars or even Battle Points.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Fighting against Darach - he aids you in the Castle immensely until you reach the end of the third consecutive set of battles, in which you must fight him.
  • Lolicon: Possibly, assuming the NPC is correct. According to a 2011 interview in Nintendo Dream, Caitlin was designed to look only fourteen in her initial appearance in the games.

Hall Matron Argenta (Stage Madonna Kate)
  • Cool Old Lady: One of the few notable female characters who is likely over 50.

Factory Head Thorton (Factory Head Neziki)

Arcade Star Dahlia (Roulette Goddess Dahlia)
  • Luck-Based Mission: The arcade boards are a mild version of this, especially if you have bad timing, as in the very least you can't control what will show up on it.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Especially when she's dancing.

    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.

  • 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.
  • Theme Twin 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.
  • Verbal Tic
    "I am Emmet."
  • We Will Meet Again: Their only real dialog to the player sounds like this, along with We Meet Again.

Benga (Banjirou)

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 katakana, they start with either 'ra' or 'ru'.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Little Miss Badass: They're all extremely talented trainers.
  • 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.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Brightly colored, striped ones with gigantic hoop skirts.
  • Temporal Theme Naming: Their names in both the Japanese and English versions are based on different parts of the day.

Nita (Lanuit)
The Chatelaine of the Single Battle Challenge. She is the youngest of Battle Chatelaine sisters.

  • Boisterous Bruiser: Morgan and Dana scold her for it if you face either of them together with her, especially when you win.
  • Irony: Wears bright colors for someone whose Temporal Theme Naming is based on night.
  • Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name literally means night in French.
    • Her English name also sounds like night.
  • Olympus Mons: Uses Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus when you battle her on the Super Singles.

Evelyn (Lesoir)
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.
  • 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, and even begs you not to challenge Double Battles when you win.
  • Meaningful Name: 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.

Dana (Lajournee)
The Chatelaine of the Triple Battle Challenge, and the other Chatelaine of the Multi Battle Challenge. The second eldest of Battle Chatelaine sisters.

  • Hot-Blooded: Is this among the sisters. Add in the hammiest and it gets really noticeable.
    • Which goes with her color, pink
  • Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name literally means day in French (as in daytime).
    • Her English name also sounds like day.
  • Olympus Mons: Like Pyramid King Brandon, she uses the Legendary Birds and Golems on your next battle with her on the Super Triples.
  • Opera Gloves: They go pass her elbows. While her previous sisters wear gloves too, neither of them go past the elbows.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has pink hair.

Morgan (Lematin)
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: 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 Blue Hair: She has green hair.