Characters: Pokémon Gym Leaders

Gyms are Pokémon facilities that serve to test how strong a Pokémon trainer and their Pokémon are. Each gym usually specializes in a single type (though there are exceptions). The highest ranking member of the gym is known as the Gym Leader. They essentially serve as this game's version of boss battles. Defeating them nets the trainer an emblem known as a badge. You need eight of them in order to compete against the Elite Four.

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  • Action Girl: There are plenty of female Gym Leaders and they kick just as much ass as the males.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: It's implied that particularly powerful trainers can be appointed Gym Leaders by Pokémon League.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: They are universally much more powerful than the other Trainers in their Gyms and usually the strongest trainers in the game up to that point.
  • Badass: While their levels vary due to the typically linear nature of the games, in the story the Gym Leaders are usually considered the most powerful Trainers in the region bar the Elite Four and Champion.
  • Badass Family: Apparently, being a Gym Leader has a tendency to run in the blood. At least thirteen Leaders are known to belong to one — Tate and Liza the psychic Mossdeep twins, Roark and Byron the father-son mining duo, Janine and Koga the father-daughter Poison ninjas, Falkner who inherited the Violet Gym from his father, Cilan, Chili and Cress who run the Striaton Gym together, Norman who's your dad in the Hoenn games, Flannery whose grandfather was a former member of the Hoenn Elite Four, and Clair, who's the cousin of Kanto champion Lance.
  • Badass Teacher: Morty states that training young people in the ways of Pokémon battle is also the duty of a Gym Leader. Accordingly, each Gym is filled with its Leader's disciples, who the player must defeat in order to reach the Leader themselves.
  • Elemental Powers: Each Gym Leader specializes in a single type of Pokémon. The exception is Blue, since he's a former Champion.
  • Graceful Loser: Most Gym Leaders are accepting of their losses, congratulating you on your victory and giving you the earned TM and Badge with well wishes. There are exceptions though, most famously Clair.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Initially played straight, and gets progressively downplayed. In the first two generations, it's easy to train a Pokémon that specifically counters the Gym Leader's team, as the Gyms are type-specific. There are a few in-game trades that give you Pokémon specifically designed to counter the Gym (like a Rock-type for the Flying-type Gym.) This gets progressively downplayed from the Third Generation onwards as leaders can find a way to fight back against your choices.
  • Red Baron: Everyone gets a cool title that describes some facet of their specializing type.
  • Signature Move: Every Gym Leader gives out a TM, near universally teaching an attacking move of their specialty type. Accordingly they will have taught that move to most of their Pokémon. Prior to Generation III the moves these TMs taught could only be learned by TM, giving you one chance to teach the Gym Leader's move to a Pokémon. In Gen III and beyond several such TM moves became naturally available to many other Pokémon, making the Gym Leader's connection to the specific move weaker, but still present.
  • Threshold Guardians: Their primary purpose is to test trainers. Only trainers who beat eight of them in a region are dubbed worthy of challenging the League.
  • Weapon of Choice: Every Gym Leader has a signature Pokémon they're associated with. Typically this signature Pokémon was introduced in the same generation as the Gym Leader, though there are some exceptions. In the Gym battles, they are the highest-leveled, have good moves, and are nearly always sent out last. When fought in the Pokémon World Tournament in Black 2 and White 2, the Gym Leaders always send out their signature Pokémon first.
  • Willfully Weak: It's implied they hold back and use lower-leveled Pokémon against challengers that are too low-level to face them at full power, since they exist to test your skill, not stop your journey cold. In games where you can have rematches with them, on said rematches they go all-out, revealing they're all on a roughly equal power level and are very strong as such.

    Kanto Leaders 

Brock (Takeshi)

Pewter City Gym Leader—The Rock-Solid Pokémon Trainer!

"I believe in rock hard defense and determination! That's why my Pokémon are all the Rock-type! Do you still want to challenge me? Fine then! Show me your best!"

For the anime version of Brock, see Pokémon Anime - Original Series.

  • Dishing Out Dirt: Of the Rock variety.
  • Early Bird Boss: In Red and Blue only Pikachu, Butterfree, Beedrill (the latter two requiring Level Grinding), and Com Mons are found before Brock, none of which can deal super-effective damage to his Pokémon. Tough luck if your starter is Charmander. It was made better in every game after, however: Yellow added Mankey and the Nidoran lines before him (now with an early Double Kick!) while FireRed and LeafGreen kept that detail and gave Charmander Metal Claw.
  • Eyes Always Shut: A very noticable trait of his.
  • Improbable Power Discrepancy: One Gym Leader with Pokémon at level 12 and 14. Not so in the sequels and their remakes, however, suggesting that the Gym Leaders might use Gym-specific teams.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • In English, Brock.
    • Take is a homonym for "Peak" or "Mountain".
    • In the French version: "Pierre" literally means "rock".
  • Personality Powers: Lampshaded in the pre-battle quote; he uses Rock-types to reflect his preference for determination and defense.
  • Signature Move: His TM in Gen I was Bide, in Gen III it was Rock Tomb. For difficulty purposes in both though, only Onix uses them. Gen IV gave him Rock Slide which half his team uses.
  • Silicon-Based Life: Both his Geodude and his Onix are basically living rocks.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: If you chose Charmander as your starter in Red and Blue (in the remakes it gets Metal Claw), or are playing Yellow and have Pikachu. Charmander's Fire attacks are resisted by Rock, while Pikachu can't touch his Pokémon at all because Ground is immune to Electric (and you can't do what Ash did in the anime and use the sprinklers to bypass the immunity).
  • Warm-Up Boss: Did you chose Bulbasaur or Squirtle as your starter? Congrats, you've won, as they both do huge amount of damage to his team with their doubly-effective Grass and Water attacks.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Subverted. His Red and Blue sprite makes him look like he's to wearing a shirt, though his artwork shows he's wearing a white T-shirt.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Until HeartGold and SoulSilver, all his Pokémon had a double weakness to Grass. The only Pokémon he gained that doesn't is Rampardos, which only shows up in the rematch and is a Glass Cannon, so it will still faint to a moderately powered Grass-type attack. His appearance in Black 2 and White 2 switches it with an Aerodactyl, whose Flying type balances out that weakness.
  • Weapon of Choice: Rock-types, with Onix as his highest-leveled. Oddly he never evolves it in any game except his rematch in Stadium 2, presumably to keep it in-line with his Rock-type specialty since it loses the type upon evolution into Steelix. He's also a frequent user of the Geodude line, which he does evolve.

Misty (Kasumi)

Cerulean City Gym Leader—The Tomboyish Mermaid!

"Hi, you're a new face! What's your policy on Pokémon? What is your approach? My policy is an all-out offensive with water-type Pokémon! Misty, the world-famous beauty, is your host! Are you ready, sweetie?"

For the anime version of Misty, see Pokémon Anime - Original Series.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Misty has much older and taller sisters that make fun of her.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Wears a two-piece bathing suit in Red and Blue and FireRed and LeafGreen.
  • Call Forward: Misty is first discovered in Gold, Silver, and Crystal on a date up at the Cerulean Cape, which the player interrupts (scaring off the apparently rather shy boy she was with). In FireRed and LeafGreen, one of her Fame Checker records declares that she's had high hopes for a date at that very spot.
  • Date Peepers: When you meet her in the sequels you catch her on a date. She doesn't react well, to put it simple.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Between Generation I and Generation II, she stopped wearing her hair in a side ponytail and cut it shorter.
  • Fangirl: According to the Fame Checker in FireRed and LeafGreen, she "worship[s] Lorelei of the Elite Four.''
  • Fiery Redhead: Not altogether that fiery; at worst she can get a little irritable. When you first meet her in Red and Blue and FireRed and LeafGreen she's actually quite perky.
  • Improbable Power Discrepancy: Her training place is Seafoam Islands, which have Pokémon that are higher-leveled than hers.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Trains two of them, but Starmie especially. It's very fast and hits hard with Bubble Beam/Water Pulse. It also has Recover in the remake, so if the player doesn't hit it hard enough or doesn't have a priority move, Starmie will just heal off the damage immediately in the next turn.
  • Making a Splash: Water-type specialist.
  • Meaningful Name: Misty. It should be noted that Kasumi pretty much means the same in Japanese.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A redhead with long legs who walks around in swimsuits. Not until Generation V did we meet a female Gym Leader who showed more skin.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Misty's Gym Leader Castle incarnation in Pokémon Stadium 2 has a Togetic in her Round 1 battle. In Round 2, it's replaced by the more powerful Wigglytuff, possibly referring to the fact that her anime version once tried to catch the Jigglypuff that stalked her group.
    • If you take a Togepi following you to her gym in HeartGold and SoulSilver and talk to it, it begins crying softly. Togepi was the iconic Pokémon of the anime version of Misty... and cried a lot.
  • School Swimsuit: In Gold and Silver and HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  • She's Got Legs: A handy side-effect of her Walking Swimsuit Scene.
  • Shorttank: In Pokémon Yellow, she even has her iconic Trope Codifying outfit.
  • Signature Move: Gives the TM for Bubblebeam in Gen I, Gen III and Gen IV give her Water Pulse instead, which most of her team uses in those games.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Has high hopes for finding a boyfriend or at least getting a date at the Cerulean Cape.
  • Tomboy: According to her title.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Though she loses it in Generation II.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Despite being known as the "Tomboyish Mermaid", she Thinks Like a Romance Novel.
  • Tsundere: Though she does react poorly to you at first in the sequels, she eventually warms up, and will even call you out of the blue (once you get her number) to thank you for kicking an intruder out of her Gym.
  • Vague Age: Her age seems to vary a bit between the games.
    • Initially, her art made her appear of a similar age to Red (due to the proportions of her sprite, etc) which is a large part of the reason she was chosen as a fixture of the anime over, say, Erika or Sabrina. And of course Yellow matched the anime exactly. GSC seemed to age her up an appropriate amount compared to the time that passed, although she was noted as looking a bit older than you'd think...
    • ... And then FRLG comes around, and while it's still a recognizable Misty, she's a decent bit sportier than in RBY, and appears to be in her mid-to-late teens. Pokémon Origins agrees with this, and makes it more clear.
    • ... And then HGSS rolled around with the example picture above, and combined with her revised dialogue, all of a sudden game-Misty comes across as being a twenty-something in the GS timeframe. This was carried forward whole-cloth into Gen 5.
    • The apparent intent with this age-up was that all the Kanto gym leaders are adults or near-adults... so Misty is, apparently, significantly older than Red.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: All official artwork and sprites show her with a swimsuit, and just that.
    • Averted with her Yellow sprite, which is the only sprite to not feature her in a swimsuit. This is because of the game itself being a Recursive Adaptation of the anime, so both Brock and Misty look closer to their anime counterparts.
  • Warm-Up Boss or Wake-Up Call Boss, again, depending on your progress:
    • Misty can be brutal to a new player, especially if the player picked Charmander as their starter. At the point in Generation I or III when you face her as the second gym, you've probably got a few second-stage Pokémon or so, you're level 16-18, not everyone's evolved yet, most of your mons are probably around 300-400 base stats or so, you're getting there... meanwhile, that Starmie of hers is a final-evolution with a base stat count in the five hundreds, good bulk in general, more special/special attack than you can hope to match point for point, and one of the highest speed stats in all of Gen 1, which you literally cannot match at this point outside of tremendous amounts of grinding. Entire teams have been ripped apart by her Starmie's Bubblebeam (RBY) or Water Pulse (FRLG) because all this.
    • Having said that, her Pokémon and movepools are shallow/predictable, so ultimately it'll just be a matter of time before she'll be going down to a Pikachu you've caught earlier, or an Ivysaur you've chosen. (Or, alternately, get an Oddish at Route 5.)
  • Weapon of Choice: Starmie.

Lt. Surge (Matis)

Vermilion City Gym Leader—The Lightning American!

"Hey, kid! What do you think you're doing here? You won't live long in combat! That's for sure! I tell you kid, electric Pokémon saved me during the war! They zapped my enemies into paralysis! The same as I'll do to you!"

  • Ace Pilot: Apparently was one. He used his Electric Pokémon to power his planes.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Lt. Surge is subjected to this in major adaptations. In the games, Surge is boisterous and cocky, but he's not a jerk about it. His anime incarnation ramped up his arrogance and made him condescending to Ash and Pikachu, referring to them as babies who couldn't hope to defeat him and Raichu. note  And in ''Pokémon Adventures'', Surge is a high ranking member of Team Rocket before Giovanni disbands, still keeping some ties to the organization afterwards.
  • The Artifact: His title as "The Lightning American". Since the fourth generation or so, Game Freak has gone out of their way to avoid referencing real-world places, but changing a persistent title like that was presumably too much of a change. A man in the Pokémon World Tournament's lobby mentions he might be from Unova, but that still doesn't change the title.
  • Cool Shades: He has sunglasses in Generation II and HGSS, though unlike Blaine he is seen with them off in HGSS (he simply holds them in his hand before and after battles with him), and of course in Generations I and III he never wore sunglasses at all.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: He's very gruff and mean and is an army lieutenant.
  • Eagleland: Take a look at his title. Type 1, by the way, proud and stalwart, and implied to be A Father to His Men in the war.
  • A Father to His Men: As one of the Gym Trainers tells the player, Lt. Surge saved his life back during the war. He has since pledged Undying Loyalty to him.
  • Fragile Speedster: Comes with specializing in Electric-types. His Pokémon are fast and hit hard, but they can't take it in return.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Designed the infamous gate puzzle in his Gym.
  • Gratuitous English: This is how he speaks in the Japanese versions of the games.
    • He does it in the French versions too, but only in the remakes, for some odd reason.
  • Large Ham: He's very prone to shouting and boasting of his prowess.
  • Meaningful Name: Surge, as in "electric surge".
    • His Japanese name refers to the Clematis flower, which is called "Tessen" in Japanese. "Tessen" is a homonym for "steel wire", as in the type used in electrical work. Incidentally, we would later have another Electric-type Gym Leader using more or less the exact same naming joke...
  • Patriotic Fervor: Again, his title is The Lightning American!
  • Rated M for Manly: A former military officer who specializes in electrocuting his enemies, wears sunglasses and army camouflage, and his sprites show him striking a Badass Armfold and laughing at you. The other Kanto male Gym Leaders can only wish they were this manly.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: For such a manly guy, he seems to like cute Pokémon. His favorite Pokémon are the Pikachu line. In HGSS, you can show him a Pikachu to get his phone number, and he practically gushes over the sight of it like a fangirl. He also adds a Pachirisu to his team for the rematch.
  • Retired Badass: He's still quite young, however, looking to be in his late twenties.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: His signature Raichu.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Why he makes you solve a puzzle to unlock a gate to get to him: he's cautious and paranoid and sets traps to protect himself.
  • Shock and Awe: Electric-type specialist.
  • Signature Move: Thunderbolt in Gen I — coming from a Raichu, it hurt a lot. Gen III and Gen IV give him Shock Wave, which is more manageable, but he teaches it to his entire team instead. In his rematch in Gen IV he goes back to Thunderbolt.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: His outfit leaves his bulging biceps bare.
  • Trap Master: The first Gym Leader in Kanto to make you solve a puzzle to get to him, letting you stumble around fighting the other Trainers in his Gym while he waits for you in the back.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Catch a Diglett (or if you're lucky a Dugtrio) in Diglett's Cave right next to Vermillion City, train it a little and wreck his gym.
  • Weapon of Choice: Raichu.


Celadon City Gym Leader—The Nature-Loving Princess!

"Hello. Lovely weather isn't it? It's so pleasant. ...Oh dear... I must have dozed off. Welcome. My name is Erika. I am the Leader of Celadon Gym. I teach the art of flower arranging. My Pokémon are of the Grass-type. Oh, I'm sorry, I had no idea that you wished to challenge me. Very well, but I shall not lose."

  • Ambiguously Gay: Every trainer in her gym is a woman and she doesn't seem to like having men in it, but makes an "exception" for The Protagonist (even if the protagonist is female, likely due to legacy dialogue). Her Gym badge just happens to be rainbow themed too.
  • Artificial Stupidity: In the first generation, a level 5 Bulbasaur can solo the gym battle because her Pokémon will do nothing but spam Poison Powder until they run out of PP.
  • Dub Name Change: Notably the only Gym leader in the franchise to AVOID this, until Iris in Pokémon Black and White.
  • Gossipy Hens: Normally she isn't this, but catching her chatting with Jasmine in Celadon on her days off will yield surprisingly harsh gossip. She'll even stealthily make fun of Claire's outfit behind her back, not that anyone can blame her.
  • Granola Girl: Very in-tune with nature and peaceful for it.
  • Green Thumb: Grass-type specialist.
  • Hair Decorations: Always sports a headband.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Apparently has some mild form of narcolepsy. She almost dozes off before her battle with the player.
  • Life Drain: Her TM moves Mega Drain and Giga Drain damage your Pokémon and heal hers.
  • Meaningful Name: Not readily apparent, but even in English her name, Erika, is the genus of a type of plant.
    • The same pun applies in Japanese, and in addition, the ka in the common name Erika is often written with the characters for either "flower" or "fragrance".
  • Mighty Glacier: All of her Pokémon are slow, but have high offense and defense.
  • The Ojou: Explicitly called such in the Japanese version, and this trope is a part of her official title.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Has pale skin but dark black hair.
  • Signature Move: Mega Drain in Gen I, Giga Drain from Gen II on.
  • Sleepy Head: When you speak to her to challenge her she exclaims she dozed off, and a rumor says peepers on the Gym often spy her snoozing in the middle of the day.
  • Weapon of Choice: It's complicated. Throughout the games she seems to be unable to decide between both Vileplume/Bellossom and Victreebel together, or the Tangela line. Seems to have settled on Vileplume alone by Black 2 and White 2, though may find her using Victreebel, Tangrowth, and even her Bellossom on her teams.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: The kimono, the class, the fighting plants, etc.

Koga (Kyou)

Fuchsia City Gym Leader (Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen)—The Poisonous Ninja Master!

For information on Koga, check the Pokémon Elite Four page, for Koga has received a promotion.

Janine (Anzu)

Fuchsia City Gym Leader (Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver)—The Poisonous Ninja Master

"Fufufufu... I'm sorry to disappoint you... I'm only joking! I'm the real deal! Janine of Fuchsia Gym, that's me!"

Sabrina (Natsume)

Saffron City Gym Leader—The Master of Psychic Pokémon!

"I had a vision of your arrival! I have had psychic powers since I was a little child. I first learned to bend spoons with my mind. I dislike fighting, but if you wish, I will show you my powers!"

  • Signature Move: Her signature TM in Gen I was Psywave, Gen III gave her Calm Mind and Gen IV had Skill Swap. Being the Psychic-type leader however, she tends to teach her entire team Psychic and Psybeam too, which are far more dangerous than her TM moves.
  • The Stoic: Is very stern and does not show much emotion. It's implied this may be because she's holding back her tremendous powers.
  • Weapon of Choice: Alakazam.
  • Whip It Good: Her design includes a whip in Red and Blue.

Blaine (Katsura)

Cinnabar Island Gym Leader—The Hotheaded Quiz Master!

"Hah! I'm Blaine! I am the Leader of Cinnabar Gym! My fiery Pokémon will incinerate all challengers! Hah! You better have Burn Heal!"

  • Artificial Brilliance: In Gen IV his Pokémon all use Overheat, which sharply lowers their Special Attack with each use. They also are all holding White Herbs to restore their status the first time this happens.
  • The Atoner: Implied to have been involved in Mewtwo's creation. More present in adaptations, though.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's a quiz master, and is sometimes depicted as a scientist in spin off media.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's one of the older Gym Leaders seen, up there with Pryce. Still capable of trouncing your team.
  • Badass Mustache: Badass enough to make Dr. Robotnik envious.
  • Bald of Awesome: His head's shininess even lights up the whole screen when he briefly takes his hat off.
  • Cool Old Guy: Old age has not extinguished his fire for life at all.
  • Cool Shades: According to one of his Fame Checker trivia entries, he's said to take them off only while thinking up new quiz questions.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: In the anime he inexplicably has a Rhydon.
  • Fragile Speedster: His Ponyta and Rapidash move fast, but don't take hits well.
  • Hot-Blooded: Surprisingly so for an old guy, as mentioned in his title. The TCG even had a Trainer Card called "Fervor" dedicated to his hot-bloodedness. Both of these explicitly use the phrase "hot-blooded" in Japanese.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His two canine Pokémon, but mostly this applies to Arcanine. It's fairly sturdy, hits hard with both of its high attack stats, and is very speedy to top it off.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Blaine sounds like "blaze", or arguably Blaine as in "flame".
    • The "Ka" in "Katsura" is a homonym for the compound word for fire.
  • Nice Hat: He wears one in HeartGold and SoulSilver, covering his Bald of Awesome.
  • Opaque Lenses: Though since they're sunglasses it makes some sense that they'd be hard to see through.
  • Personality Powers: Read Hot-Blooded above.
  • Playing with Fire: Fire-type master.
  • Pop Quiz: In the first generation, his gym is full of segmented rooms that force you to answer questions right or face a trainer.
  • Signature Move: Fire Blast in Gen I and Gen III, Overheat in Gen IV.
  • Weapon of Choice: Like Erika, Blaine's inconsistent. It's Arcanine in the original games, and jumps around between Rapidash and Magmortar in the second generation and its remakes, but returns to Arcanine for Black 2 and White 2. Because of the anime, he's more famous for using Magmar, where Arcanine and Rapidash were entirely absent.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Blaine's appearance tends to vary. In his early artwork he was a middle-aged man, balding with red hair around his ears, no glasses or facial hair of any kind, and a shirt. His in-game sprites up to Gen III though depict him as an old man who's completely bald, has sunglasses and a white mustache, and wears a lab coat and tie. Then Gen IV came and gave us the above artwork of Blaine with a cane, hat, and dress clothes. The second depiction with him wearing the lab coat is the most iconic and used in spin-offs, but otherwise, Blaine's appearance has shifted a bit over the years.

Giovanni (Sakaki)

Boss of Team Rocket and the Viridian City Gym Leader (no subtitle) (Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen)

For information on Giovanni, check the Pokémon Villain Teams character page.

Blue Oak (Green Ookido)

Viridian City Gym Leader (no subtitle) (Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver)

For information on Blue, check the Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals character page.

    Johto Leaders 

Falkner (Hayato)

Violet City Gym Leader—The Elegant Master of Flying Pokémon

"People say you can clip flying-type Pokémon's wings with a jolt of electricity... I won't allow such insults to bird Pokémon! I'll show you the real power of the magnificent bird Pokémon!"

  • Adaptational Badass: Despite his status as arguably the weakest Gym Leader to ever grace the series, he's routinely portrayed as a very powerful trainer in other media (most egregiously in one of the manga series where he uses Articuno). The remakes themselves made his team just a bit stronger by leveling them up...
  • Artificial Brilliance: In Gen II. The best way to wall his Pidgeotto would normally be a Rock-type that can resist its Flying and Normal-type moves. Unfortunately for you Mud-Slap is a Ground-type attack, not only dealing super-effective damage but nailing your Rock-type with an accuracy loss.
  • Bishounen: Especially in the remakes.
  • Blow You Away: Flying-type trainer.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: In his original gym battle his Pidgeotto is at level 9, half the level it needs to evolve. The remakes are no better, as it's four levels higher and still underleveled.
  • Curtains Match the Window: In fact, every Johto Gym Leader except Morty and Pryce, due to palette limitation of sprites in the Generation II games.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father was the previous Gym Leader, and the one who gave Falkner his Pokémon. His whereabouts are unknown, though a brief line from Falkner at the Pokemon World Tournament suggests he may have passed.
  • Graceful Loser: After you defeat him, he says he'll bow out gracefully.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He'll sometimes call you just to complain that Janine doesn't talk about anything other than her father, though he's guilty of that as well.
  • Meaningful Name: "Hayato" is a common Japanese boy's name, with the "Ha" in which is often written with the character for "wing/feather".
  • My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad: His argument with Janine revolves around this.
  • Olympus Mons: In one (presumably non-canon) Japan-only downloadable World Tournament, he uses Lugia.
  • The One Guy: The only male Flying-type Gym Leader.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His hair style covers his right eye.
  • Punny Name: Falkner = Falconer.
  • Sequel Difficulty Spike: In HeartGold and SoulSilver, his Pidgeotto has received a level spike and can now heal itself with Roost.
  • Signature Move: Mud-Slap in Gen II, Roost in Gen IV.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: There is definitely some rather petty animosity between him and Janine, though they seem to tolerate each other enough to hang out even if it is just to trade barbs.
  • Warmup Boss: His team in Gold and Silver is the lowest-leveled of any Gym Leader. He's a bit tougher in the remakes, though.
  • Weapon of Choice: The Pidgey line. Pidgeotto in his first battle, but it's evolved into Pidgeot in rematches and the like.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: We don't know what his dad thinks of him, but just about everything Falkner says and does seems to relate to him somehow. Whether he's trying to impress him or just really looks up to him is unknown.
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: His type specialty is Flying, but he prefers specifically "bird" Pokémon, resulting in this trope when they attack.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has teal-blue hair.

Bugsy (Tsukushi)

Azalea Town Gym Leader—The Walking Bug Pokémon Encyclopedia

"I never lose when it comes to Bug-type Pokémon. My research is going to make me an authority on Bug-type Pokémon! Let me demonstrate what I've learned from my studies."

  • Badass Adorable: He's cute, but his Scyther will mess you up.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Bug-type specialist, and they get big.
  • Cheerful Child: How old he is is up for debate, though he's probably somewhere between 10 and 14.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Grey-lavender hair and eyes.
  • Cute Bruiser: He may look unassuming. Then he sends out his Scyther.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Yes, he's a boy. Doesn't exactly help that in the remakes, all his Pokémon are female too, for some strange reason.
  • Friend to Bugs: He's a Bug-type specialist and loves to study them.
  • Punny Name: Bugsy.
    • Tsukushi rhymes with Mushinote .
  • Remake Difficulty Spike: In HGSS, his Scyther now knows U-Turn, which can hit hard at this point in the game, especially with a STAB, and takes Scyther off the field if Bugsy still has any other Pokémon left. And since he always starts with Scyther now, this essentially gives him two free shots at you before you can do any real damage to it. Plus, Scyther now has Technician, which boosts its Quick-Attack by 50%.
  • Signature Move: Fury Cutter in Gen II, U-Turn in Gen IV. In his rematches and his Gen V appearance he's more partial to X-Scissor.
  • Suddenly Blonde: Official art gives him purple hair, but it is green in the Gen II games due to palette limitations in the Game Boy Color.
  • The Smart Guy: Possibly, at least when it comes to Bug Pokémon anyway; the sign outside his gym and the advice-giving NPC inside the gym both comment on his knowledge.
  • Wakeup Call Boss: In the original and remakes, for separate reasons.
    • Unless you chose Cyndaquil, in which case you can just spam Ember until all of his Pokémon faint.
  • Mon of Choice: The Scyther line. Scyther the first time, then Scizor in all subsequent battles. And yes, his Scizor abuses Technician-boosted Bullet Punches just like in the metagame.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Bugsy wears short shorts!
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair: His hair is a pale lavender.

Whitney (Akane)

Goldenrod City Gym Leader—The Incredibly Pretty Girl

"Hi! I'm Whitney! Everyone was into Pokémon, so I got into it too! Pokémon are super-cute! You want to battle? I'm warning you — I'm good!"

  • Badass Adorable: She's cute and sweet. She's also the Wake-Up Call Boss of Gold and Silver and their remakes.
  • Baseball Episode: Never seen in-game, but official artwork suggests Whitney is fond of playing softball, as does the Trivia Man outside the Pokémon World Tournament.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In that aforementioned artwork and that artwork only, she has her shirt unbuttoned to reveal a sports bra, which results in this.
  • Big Eater: She may call you on the phone and make small talk before mentioning this... and then defending herself by claiming it's normal for her age.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Admit it, you weren't expecting her to be half as tough as she turns out to be.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Bright pink hair and eyes.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's adorable, but do not underestimate her.
  • The Ditz: She's more than a little on the dim side. Despite being a Gym Leader, she claims she got "into" Pokémon to be popular, since everyone else liked them.
  • Genki Girl: She's very excitable and energetic; her pre-battle animation in Gen IV shows her jumping up and down and thrusting her finger into the air.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She has two short spiked pigtails.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: She sports a (very thick) Osaka accent in the Japanese version and has a Genki Girl personality. Strangely it's never been translated in an English incarnation of the series in any continuity.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Whitney includes the word "white", which is generally plain and absence of coloration, or normal.
    • The pun in her Japanese name is a little difficult to pin down, but more than likely stems from the Aka syllables. It either comes from Akaruinote  or from "Akan de!"note  in reference to her being The Idiot from Osaka.
    • Her name also sounds like "whiny", which describes her attitude after losing to you.
  • Non-Elemental: She specializes in Normal-types
  • Sequel Difficulty Spike: In HeartGold and SoulSilver, her Miltank now has the ability Scrappy (allows Normal-type moves to hit Ghost-types) and holds a Lum Berry (cures it of a status ailment one time).
  • Signature Move: Attract, her TM move in both Gen II and Gen IV. If the target is the opposite gender of the user, they won't attack 50% of the time because they become temporarily smitten with the user.
  • Sore Loser: At first she doesn't give you her badge after you beat her, as she's too busy crying. According to a trainer, she does this every time she loses.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Falkner and Bugsy can easily be beaten by abusing their Pokémon's weaknesses. Whitney's Miltank is bulky enough that trying to abuse its Fighting-type weakness isn't guaranteed an easy win, especially since the only Fighting-type available (a Machop obtained through a trade) is predominately male and thus susceptible to Attract. Miltank's Rollout also gets more powerful on subsequent turns as long as it doesn't miss, to the point that it can break through Machop, Geodude, or Onix (the latter two resist Normal attacks). Oh, and it has Milk Drink to heal itself. In the remakes, it gains an ability that allows its attacks to affect Ghost-types, too.
  • Weapon of Choice: Normal-types, with her strongest being her Miltank.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Her outfit in both the originals and remakes has her wearing tight white shorts.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Sports a Grade C in the remakes.

Morty (Matsuba)

Ecruteak City Gym Leader—The Mystic Seer of the Future

"Here in Ecruteak, Pokémon have long been revered. It's said that a rainbow-hued Pokémon will come down to appear before a truly powerful Trainer. I believed that tale, so I have secretly trained here all my life. As a result, I can now see what others cannot. I see a shadow of the person who will make the Pokémon appear. I believe that person is me! You're going to help me reach that level!"

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: HGSS gives him a completely new outfit and a tall, skinny, lanky build rather than his slightly buff body shape of the original game and the Anime.
  • Bishounen: More so in the remakes than the original games, where he is given the makeover mentioned above.
  • Blackout Basement: His gym in the remakes limits your vision and forces you to walk over narrow bridges to get to him.
  • Blue Oni: To Eusine's Red Oni.
  • Four Is Death: He is the fourth Johto Gym Leader, and specializes in Ghost Pokémon. Isn't a bad guy, though.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: For those playing their HGSS games on PC emulator, the most common crash spot for the game is the moment after you defeated his gym, instantly killing your data progress.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Eusine.
  • Meaningful Name: Morty. Heavy association with death, such as in mortician, mortality, ect.
    • Matsuba, as in hakaba (grave).
  • Mr. Exposition: Gives the most details of any Johto Gym Leader on Johto's myths regarding it's legendary Pokémon. Makes sense since his city is the center of these tales and a critical place for the player to visit in the original games and especially their remakes, where the player is required to visit the Dance Studio after beating Clair.
  • Perky Goth: Very friendly despite his outward appearance.
  • Refused by the Call: He trained to become a Gym Leader hoping it would make him worthy of being The Chosen One to bring back Ho-Oh. Then you came along.
  • Remake Difficulty Spike: In HGSS, Morty's Gengar now has the ability Levitate, turning its former weakness to Ground into an immunity, and its Shadow Ball now runs off its monstrous Special Attack rather than its lower Attack.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: His outfit in both games has a scarf wrapped around his neck.
  • Signature Move: Shadow Ball in both Gen II and Gen IV. Thanks to the Physical/Special split, it hurts far more in the latter than the former.
  • Soul Power: Ghost-type specialist.
  • Weapon of Choice: Gengar, much like Agatha before him.

Chuck (Shijima)

Cianwood City Gym Leader—His Roaring Fists Do the Talking

"Ooomph! The pounding waterfall right onto my head... Arrgh! Why did you stop the waterfall from pouring on me! You just spoiled my training! I have to warn you that I am a strong Trainer training every day under this waterfall! What? This has nothing to do with Pokémon? ... That's true! ... ... Come on. We shall do battle!"

  • Badass Mustache: Fighting-type trainer with a magnificent 'stache.
  • Block Puzzle: Only in Gold, Silver and Crystal.
  • Happily Married: He has a loving wife who cares for him.
  • Large Ham: He's loud, boisterous, and loves showing off his strength.
  • Meaningful Name: Chuck is a synonym for "throw", something quite common in fighting.
    • "Shijima" is hard to pin down (besides being a reference to a plantnote  and the Whirl Islands neighboring Cianwoodnote ), but his name could be a homonym for "Silence", something a fighter needs to be when meditating or focusing their might.
  • Meditating Under a Waterfall: In HGSS, you find him doing this when you get to him.
  • Remake Difficulty Spike: In HGSS, Chuck's Pokémon make use of some good Focus Punch strategies. His Primeape will use the combination of Double Team and Focus Punch, and his Poliwrath will use Hypnosis and Focus Punch. In addition, his Primeape now knows Rock Slide to deal with Flying-types and potentially make you flinch.
  • Signature Move: Dynamic Punch in Gen II, Focus Punch in Gen IV.
  • Stout Strength: He's heavily built and as powerful as his Pokémon.
  • Super Strength: In Gen II, he's able to chuck and break a boulder that you needed a Pokémon with Strength just to move.
  • Sweet Tooth: Though he's supposed to be on a diet. Don't tell his wife.
  • Training from Hell: Self inflicted. He apparently trains 24/7, and spars with his own Pokémon.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He's never shown wearing anything on his torso.
  • Weapon of Choice: Poliwrath. It can even abuse the Hypnosis and Focus Punch combo, and in his Gen IV rematch it replaces Hypnosis with Substitute to the same effect.

Jasmine (Mikan)

Olivine City Gym Leader—The Steel-Clad Defense Girl

...Please allow me to introduce myself. I'm Jasmine, a Gym Leader. I use the...clang! Steel type! ...Do you know about the Steel type? They are very hard, cold, sharp, and really strong! Um... I'm not lying."

  • Adorkable: She's so shy and awkward it's impossible not to be charmed by it.
  • Badass Adorable: Her Pokémon are pretty tough, especially during rematches against her in the remakes. But Jasmine herself is meek and sweet.
  • Big Eater: There are a lot of empty plates in front of her whenever you run into her at the diner...
    Jasmine: These empty dishes in front of me are not all mine... Er... Actually, the person who sat here ahead of me ate a lot...
  • Call Back: In the Sinnoh games, her dialogue after she gives the player HM07 is the same dialogue after the player defeats her in the Olivine Gym in the original games.
    Jasmine: ...Um... I... I don't know how I should say this, but good luck.
  • The Cameo: In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum after you beat Volkner.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: There's a few hints that she grows a bit attached to your player character after helping her cure Amphy; she's happy by the thought of exchanging phone numbers and getting called by you to set up a rematch, is disappointed if you reject her, and her farewell to you after the Gym battle is "Um... I don't know how to say this, but good luck..."
  • Curtains Match the Window: Only in HGSS; she had blue eyes in the originals.
  • Extra Ore Dinary: In more ways than one; an NPC comments that she used to run a Rock type gym until recently, implying she had an Onix that evolved and she shifted her type focus accordingly.
  • Graceful Loser: While most major NPCs are like this, she deserves mention because she is the only female Johto Gym Leader to immediately accept her loss and give you the badge immediately.
  • MacGuffin Escort Mission: In order for her to accept your challenge, you must get the Secret Potion from Cianwood to treat the Pokémon in the lighthouse.
  • Meaningful Name: Jasmine.
    • Mikan, kanenote .
  • The Quiet One: Read her quote in Call Back above.
  • Shrinking Violet: She's soft-spoken, meek, shy, and hesitant.
  • Shock and Awe: In her base Gym Battle, alongside her Steelix she has two Magnemite. In the Pokéathlon she has the same three for her team, just swapping out a Magnemite for a Magneton.
  • Signature Move: Iron Tail. Notably though compared to other Gym Leaders, she doesn't use it often among her Pokémon, since there's only a small handful of Steel-types aside from Steelix that can learn it.
  • Weapon of Choice: Steelix.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Her Steelix in Gen II has Sunny Day, which would seriously ruin any Water-type attacks you try to hit it with... though it will in turn power up Fire-type attacks, which Steelix is also weak to. Whoops. Gen IV replaces it with the much more logical Sandstorm.

Pryce (Yanagi)

Mahogany Town Gym Leader—The Teacher of Winter's Harshness

"Pokémon have many experiences in their lives, just like we do. I, too, have seen and suffered much in my life. Since I am your elder, let me show you what I mean. I have been training Pokémon since before you were born. I do not lose easily. I, Pryce - the Winter Trainer - shall demonstrate my power!"

Clair (Ibuki)

Blackthorn City Gym Leader—The Blessed User of Dragon Pokémon

"I am Clair. The world's best Dragon-type master. I can hold my own against even the Pokémon League's Elite Four. Do you still want to take me on? ...Fine. Let's do this! As a Gym Leader, I will use my full power against any opponent!"

  • Adaptational Curves: Gen IV gave her a considerably more shapely figure.
  • Always Someone Better: How she thinks of her cousin, Lance.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Gal: When you meet her she proudly proclaims herself the world's greatest Dragon Master, boasts she can hold her own even against the Elite Four, and when she loses initially refuses to accept defeat.
  • Badass: Despite her arrogance, Clair is a very tough trainer. She makes for a challenging fight just about any time you fight her- her ace has one weakness in the games you can battle her, and her gym battle is very difficult because of that. When you face her in the Pokémon World Tournament, she has three pseudo-legendaries- Dragonite, Salamence, and Garchomp.
  • Badass Cape: However, her outfit in general is the source of mockery from some characters in-game.
  • Biketard of Power: Her outfit is a dark blue/black biketard that goes to mid-thigh.
  • Boobs-and-Butt Pose: Strikes this in her Gen IV sprites.
  • Boobs of Steel: She's one of the bustier Gym Leaders, and one of the most powerful of them across the series. When she says she can hold her own against the Elite Four, it's believable.
  • The Chosen One: Sees herself as such, which makes her defeat at your hands that much more devastating.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Clair is very blue. Her outfit (including gloves, boots, and cape) is blue, her hair is blue, her eyes are blue, and most of her Pokémon are blue.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Blackthorn Gym is filled with what appears to be lava. Nope, nobody ever feels any effects.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Blue hair and blue eyes.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Being she wears a biketard, her figure is very prominent.
  • Hartman Hips: Highlighted by her outfit.
  • Heir to the Dojo: Will be the next heir of the Blackthorn Dragon Clan, though she resents that she only got the position because Lance is busy being Champion.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Dragon Master.
  • Jerkass: After you beat her, Clair won't give you your badge until you go take a test in the Dragon's Den. In Crystal and the remakes, even after you beat the test, she refuses until the elder makes her give the badge up.
  • Lost in Translation: Her Japanese name is a pun on her TM move, Dragonbreath, which is why when she gives it to you she says "no, it has nothing to do with my breath". Being her English name is entirely different, the joke is much weaker ("dragonbreath" is still slang term for bad breath). The Gen IV remakes nod to it; her new TM is Dragon Pulse, and she begins to make a comment about it buts cuts herself off.
  • Meaningful Name: Clair is a play on a dragon's lair. It may also be a pun on "clear", reflecting the Dragon-type being an Infinity+1 Element prior to the advent of the Fairy-type.
    • "Ibuki" in Japanese means "breath", as in the flaming breath attributed to some kinds of dragons in folklore.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A tight outfit that highlights her bust and hips, sexy boots, a cool cape, and a Gen IV/Gen V battle sprite that pulls a Boobs-and-Butt Pose. It makes you wonder just why people make fun of her...
  • Only the Worthy May Pass: After beating her, she won't give you your badge until you've passed the test in the Dragon's Den. When you do, she is shocked, as she herself did not pass the test in her first try.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Despite their color schemes, Clair is definitely the Red Oni to her cousin Lance's blue.
  • Remake Difficulty Spike: In HGSS, her Kingdra's Dragon Breath and Surf have been upgraded to Dragon Pulse and Hydro Pump, respectively, and it now has the ability Sniper, which powers up its critical hits.
  • Running Gag: Characters in-game make fun of her choice of clothing.
  • Signature Move: Dragon Breath in Gen II, Dragon Pulse in Gen IV. Also note that while other Gym Leaders tend to save their Signature Move for their ace Pokémon, Clair has no problems teaching those moves to her entire team, so you'll be seeing them a lot when you face her.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: She may be the final gym leader of Johto, but she constantly boasts about how she can take on the Elite Four, and when you defeat her, she won't give you the badge (see Jerkass above).
  • This Cannot Be!: She screams this after you have passed the test in the Dragon's Den. She was fully expecting you to fail, as even she didn't pass it.
  • Tsundere: Oh, boy. Just listen to her phone calls.
    "Nice to hear from you. How is everything with you? I'm good. What's your point? If you want to battle me again, fine. Friday nights, take it or leave it. Call me then... Maybe I'll answer..."
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Her outfit and hairdo make her resemble her Kingdra.
  • Weapon of Choice: Kingdra. She also uses a prominent Dragonite in rematches in HGSS, presumably to emulate Lance's team.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has bright blue hair.

    Hoenn Leaders 

Roxanne (Tsutsuji)

Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (JP) (promo)

Rustboro City Gym Leader—The Rock-Loving Honor Student!

"I became a Gym Leader so that I may apply what I learned at the Pokémon Trainer's School in battle. Would you kindly demonstrate how you battle, and with which Pokémon?"

  • Badass Bookworm: She's a student of the Trainer's School and became a Gym Leader because she was just that good as a result of her studies.
  • Can't Catch Up: In Emerald she begins expanding her team and evolving them, putting together a pretty potent force of Rock-types including Golem, Steelix, and Aerodactyl... then poor little Nosepass is sent in looking helpless and pitiful by comparison. Gen V thankfully lets her upgrade to Probopass.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Of the Rock variety.
  • Fossil Revival: Similar to fellow Rock-type specialist Brock, she uses a lot of fossil Pokémon in her rematches. The World Tournaments in Gen V give her Hoenn's fossils in Armaldo and Cradily, along with Carracosta, and in Emerald she has Aerodactyl, Omastar, and Kabutops.
  • Hair Decorations: Her pink ribbon.
  • Meaningful Name: Roxanne = Rocks.
    • Tsutsuji = Tsuchinote 
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Wears leggings along with a short minidress.
  • Selective Magnetism: Her Nosepass's magnetism traps Steel-types in battle with it. Not that you'd have Steel types by that point, but this can apply in rematches in Emerald version.
    • However, in the remakes you can have a Steel-type by that point. However, said Steel-type is the event Beldum.
  • Ship Tease: With Brawly in the demo.
  • Signature Move: Rock Tomb, her TM move.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Only female Rock-type gym leader.
  • Spoiled Brat: In the remakes' post-game, you find her talking to the Fossil Maniac near Fallarbor Town where she starts tossing a tantrum and crying crocodile tears, demanding him to give her some fossils. She does come around at the end, though.
  • Vague Age: Even noted in-universe by the man in the Pokémon World Tournament lobby.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: If you chose Torchic - prepare to grind to either evolve the chicken or until you have a decent Water or Grass-type.
    • Breather Boss: Unlike other Rock-type leaders, though, all of your starters will eventually know super-effective moves against Roxanne's Pokémon. Yes, even Torchic (or more accurately, Combusken) will have an easier time with this leader than Charmander did for Brock.
  • Weapon of Choice: Nosepass. In Black 2 and White 2, it's evolved into Probopass.

Brawly (Touki)

Dewford Town Gym Leader—A Big Wave in Fighting!

"I've been churned in the rough waves of these parts, and I've grown tough in the pitch-black cave! So you wanted to challenge me? Let me see what you're made of!"

  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Fighting-type specialist.
  • Blackout Basement: His gym does this; to no small amount of surprise, it's the one that unlocks Flash.
  • Cool Shades: Wears an orange pair on his forehead in the remakes.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: All damaging moves his team uses in battle in Emerald are Fighting-type, which means that anything that resists said type has a very easy time against him. It's possible to get a Sableye by then, which makes things comically easy.
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: Prominent in his design and the badge he gives out.
  • Punny Name: His Japanese name refers to a type of herb. It's also a homonym for "fighting spirit".
  • Ship Tease: With Roxanne in the demo.
  • Signature Move: His TM move is Bulk Up. Being a great boosting move he keeps it around in rematches and his Gen V teams.
  • Skippable Boss: It's possible to skip his gym entirely as you can just deliver Steven's letter and head straight to Slateport and proceed. You do however need his badge to fight Norman. This is averted in the remakes however where there's a Npc Roadblock preventing you from getting to Steven until you've defeated him.
  • Surfer Dude: Only minus the Totally Radical (except in the dub of the anime). He surfs to train himself and his Pokémon.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: In the remakes.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Brawly will tear you apart if you go in unprepared,
  • Weapon of Choice: The Makuhita line, with it becoming Hariyama in Emerald rematches and the Pokémon World Tournament.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has pale blue hair.

Wattson (Tessen)

Mauville City Gym Leader—The Cheerfully Electrifying Man!

"Wahahahah! Now, that is amusing! Then, I, Wattson, the Leader of Mauville Gym, shall electrify you!"

  • Artificial Brilliance: Though Gym Leaders universally demonstrate smarter team planning after their initial battles, Wattson notably abuses the Rain Dance-Thunder combo in his Emerald rematches; half his team is packing it.
  • Badass Armfold: His Gen V sprites in the World Tournament have him striking this pose.
  • Badass Beard: Has a large white beard.
  • Badass Grandpa: The oldest of the gym leaders and an effective trainer too, especially in Emerald.
  • Big Fun: He's the most pudgy of the Hoenn leaders and obviously the most jovial of them. Just look at him!
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Thought you saw the last of him after beating him? Nope, he returns in a subquest after you get your fifth badge (post-Cave of Origin in the remakes).
  • Cool Old Guy: He's old but he's still fun and badass.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He's not only set up trap doors in his Gym, but New Mauville was his attempt to kickstart a city expansion project. In Gen V's World Tournament he expresses interest in teaming up with Volkner to renovate more Gyms. In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, his plan to revamp Mauville City was a success, as it's barely recognizable from the Mauville City of Ruby and Sapphire.
  • Happily Married: He has a wife in the remakes, who the player can talk to when they visit his apartment.
  • The Hyena: Just look at him! That's pretty much his default pose.
  • Keet: He's very excitable for someone who appears to be at least in his 50's.
  • Meaningful Name: Wattson.
    • His Japanese name is a homonym for steel wiring. This is the exact same pun used for Lt. Surge's Japanese name (see his entry for details).
  • My Greatest Failure: Under his cheerful laugh, he seems to have a lot of regret over the whole New Mauville construction. Especially seeing how its energy source came from Pokémon's life-energy, just like AZ's Ultimate Weapon, and he was willing to tank the entire project to stop this...
  • Shock and Awe: Electric-type specialist.
  • Signature Move: Shock Wave in the original games, Volt Switch in the remakes.
  • Weapon of Choice: In Ruby and Sapphire and the remakes, it's Magneton. Emerald retcons it to Manectric, which he seems to keep for Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.

Flannery (Asuna)

Lavaridge Town Gym Leader—One With a Fiery Passion that Burns!

"Welcome... No, wait. Puny Trainer, how good to see you've made it here! I have been entrusted with the... No, wait. I am Flannery, and I'm the Gym Leader here! Uh... Dare not underestimate me, though I have been Leader only a short time! With skills inherited from my grandfather, I shall, uh...demonstrate the hot moves we have honed on this land!"

  • Adorkable: Her attempts to sound tough and seem intimidating land her as this. The remakes make it even more apparent, with the updated graphics giving her the chance to look as adorably goofy as she sounds.
  • Artificial Brilliance: Expecting her Torkoal to have a Sitrus Berry, like most Gym Leader Pokémon in the game do? Nope... It has a White Herb to undo Overheat's sharp Special Attack drop so it can fire again!
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her crop top.
    • Justified by the temperature of where she lives.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Red hair and red eyes.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's easily excitable and very enthusiastic about being a gym leader. Plus she's a fire type trainer.
  • Genki Girl: She's very energetic; her Gen V sprite shows her jumping up and down.
  • Hot-Blooded: In keeping with being a Genki Girl and a Fire-type leader.
  • Jerkass Façade: Just look at her dialogue above. Her RSE sprite also shows her being pissed off 24/7, despite actually being a sweet and easygoing person. Depictions of her everywhere else also differs from the act she puts up at first.
  • Large Ham: Plays as one at first, subverted when it turns out she's just putting on an act of how she thinks of a Gym Leader ought to act. In the remakes, Flannery's flustered behavior is more obvious.
    "Welcome... No, wait. Puny Trainer, how good to see you've made it here!"
  • Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name is an anagram for "sauna", since her Gym is in a town famous for its hot springs. Also, "Flannery" = "flame".
  • Ms. Fanservice: Well, she is hot...
  • Playing with Fire: Fire-type specialist.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: She dosen't know the many aspects of a Gym Leader.
  • Signature Move: Overheat, her TM move. Her Numel in the remakes is the only one not to know it. In the original Ruby and Sapphire, her second Slugma doesn't know it either.
  • Weapon of Choice: Her Torkoal.
  • Weather Manipulation: Everyone on her team knows Sunny Day, which makes Overheat hurt all the more.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Guy: Shades of this — much like Falkner back in Generation II, she's big on living up to the family legacy. When you beat her, she decides that attempting to emulate her grandfather just hampers her and resolves to be herself.

Norman (Senri)

Petalburg City Gym Leader—A Man in Pursuit of Power!

"I'm so happy that I can have a real battle with my own child. But, a battle is a battle! I will do everything in my power as a Gym Leader to win... you'd better give it your best shot, too!"

  • Artificial Brilliance:
    • It was Norman who introduced the metagame to the idea of using Skill Swap to get rid of Slaking's crippling "Truant" ability in Double Battles, because in Emerald that's precisely what he does.
    • Norman's first Slaking likes to use Yawn to force a switch... and the turn to switch is the turn Slaking's Ability takes effect.
  • Badass Armfold: His artwork in the remakes strikes this pose.
  • Climax Boss: For the first part of the game. You run across his Gym early on, when he takes part in a short subquest with Wally, but doesn't let you challenge him since you need more experience. This sets him up story-wise long before the battle, compared to most other Gym Leaders who don't appear until you arrive at their city, and being your father he's also a personal foe to overcome. Defeating him gives you access to Surf, opening the wider areas of Hoenn to you, and being the fifth Gym Leader you fight him roughly halfway through the game.
  • Disappeared Dad: A notable aversion in the Pokémon games, as he's more involved in the Player Character's life.
  • Disc One Final Boss: See "Climax Boss" above. By the time you beat him you've run across Team Aqua/Team Magma shortly before and know there's bigger crisis out there than just beating your old man in a Gym battle.
  • Foil: In the remakes, and though the two pairs are unrelated or do not interact, he is this to Professor Cozmo's father, Raizou, as revealed in the letters hidden in Sea Mauville. Though Norman is a massive workaholic, with blowing off his intended date with your mother, ultimately, he still finds more personal time in his child's development, and also still being home to help welcome you at the end of the Delta Episode. In contrast, Raizo Cozmo was an even worse workaholic who was barely even home, effectively unraveling his marriage - Prof. Cozmo's mother even having an affair, and ultimately grew old delusional that his son's Hi Skitty Doll was his actual son.
  • Good Parent: He clearly loves you and wants you to have a grand adventure with your Pokémon.
  • Handicapped Badass: His Slakings can only attack every other turn thanks to their Truant ability. You'll be thankful for it because they're still going to kick your ass up and down the Gym walls in spite of it.
  • Happily Married: He's perfectly happy married to your mom. But, its actually a Subverted Trope as Norman is a massive workaholic to the point that he blows off a long planned date with the player's mom! But then, he's nevertheless at home to help out in the epilogue of the Delta Episode, so it may be a Double Subverted Trope.
  • In the Blood: Birch says that you have "your father's blood in your veins after all."
  • Like Father, Like Son: Or daughter.
  • Meaningful Name: Norman = Normal.
    • His Japanese name refers to a saying often translated as "the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"note , in reference to his wanting his child to get out and explore the world around him/her.
  • Mum Looks Like A Sister: He looked old enough in his original artwork. In the remakes, he looks more like your older brother than your dad.
  • Non-Elemental: Normal-type specialist.
  • Parents as People: He seems to be a Gym Leader first, a parent second and a husband a VERY distant third.
  • So Proud of You: When you beat him, he is more proud of you than upset at losing.
  • Signature Move:
    • In the originals, Facade. Very painful to be on the receiving end of if you try using the usual status tricks to incapacitate his team.
    • In the remake, Retaliate. Thought it hurt coming from Lenora's Watchog? Now try to imagine that attack coming from a Pokémon whose Attack stat is nearly twice as high as Watchog's.
  • Weapon of Choice: Slaking.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: His work as a gym leader keeps him pretty busy, so he doesn't have much time to spend with his family. Neither his wife or child (the player) seem to hold it against him, however.

Winona (Nagi)

Fortree City Gym Leader—The Bird User Taking Flight into the World!

"I have become one with bird Pokémon and have soared the skies... However grueling the battle, we have triumphed with grace... Witness the elegant choreography of bird Pokémon and I!"

  • Ace Pilot: Implied by her attire.
  • Airplane Arms: Seems to be her default pose in the remakes.
  • Badass: Her ace Pokémon is a Dragon-type, and in the World Tournament in Gen V, she participates in the Legendary Tournament, commanding Rayquaza.
  • Blow You Away: Flying-type specialist. Unlike Falkner though she doesn't confine herself to bird-themed Pokémon. See Confusion Fu for why this may be a problem.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard:
    • Most infamously, her Altaria in the Gym battle knows Dragon Dance despite being seven levels too low to learn it. In addition, her Altaria is level 33. Swablu doesn't evolve into Altaria until level 35. Neither of these apply in the remakes, where Altaria is at the legal Level 35 and no longer knows Dragon Dance, instead knowing Cotton Guard (changed from Lv. 42 in X/Y to Lv.3 4 here) and Roost.
    • In the second and third rematches in Emerald, she has a Dragonair that knows Earthquake. Only Dragonite can learn Earthquake in that line.
  • Confusion Fu: Being that Flying is a very widespread type for dual-typed Pokémon, she has a wide variety of Pokémon to draw on to form a full team of six. Across her Emerald rematches and her appearance in the World Tournament, her line-up includes Altaria, Dragonite, Gyarados, Skarmory, Honchkrow, Tropius, and Sigilyph. All of them have radically different movesets and very different play styles despite technically sharing the same type.
  • Flight: Her main appeal.
  • I Have the High Ground: You can find her on top of one of the towers at the top level in Mauville City postgame in the remakes, catching wind in her Airplane Arms pose, for the hell of it, apparently. The NPC you talk to in order to see this comments on the oddity of such an act.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Aside from her signature Altaria, the Emerald rematches adds the Dratini family to her team.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Her Altaria; if you allow it to set up on you with a couple of Dragon Dances, you will be swept into the ground.
  • Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name refers to a type of tree as per the usual Theme Naming, but is also a homonym for a "lull" in a storm. In English, Winona, like in wind.
  • Mercury's Wings: For ornamental purposes only though. Interestingly enough, it's her hair.
  • Nice Hat: Her aviator helmet.
  • Olympus Mons: In one Japan-only downloadable World Tournament, she uses Rayquaza.
  • Signature Move: Aerial Ace. In the remakes, her Altaria instead has Roost, which is the TM she hands out once beaten.
  • Skippable Boss: It's possible to successfully navigate Hoenn without having to fight her. However, you'll still need her Gym Badge to gain access to the Elite Four. Averted in the remakes where an NPC will prevent you from proceeding until you've got her badge.
  • Weapon of Choice: Altaria.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair

Tate and Liza (Fuu and Ran)

Mossdeep City Gym Leaders—The Mystic Combination!

"I can make myself one with Pokémon! Can you beat this combination?"

  • Anime Chinese Girl: Liza.
    • All Chinese People Know Kung-Fu: Downplayed. Their artwork pose suggest this but considering their type, they likely don't. It's just part of the further enforcement of their Chinese imagery, complete with typical Chinese mountain scenery for their Gym.
  • Badass Adorable: Both twins are this.
  • Child Prodigy: Because they're psychic twins who do have psychic powers. A lab agent notes they can help the space center with their research on space travel. However, they're still younger than you, as evidenced when you spot them getting excited buying toys at Lilycove Department Store during the remakes' post-game.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Zigzagged. The World Tournament in Gen V features them separately and gives them different teams and battle styles. However, their actual dialogue is very similar to each other, so aside from their teams they're still interchangeable.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Tate, mostly due to the fact he looks almost exactly like his sister. In the remakes, this is less pronounced as the difference between him and his sister is now more obvious.
  • Dual Boss: Thus far the only Gym Leaders to engage you in a double battle for their respective Badge.
    • Averted in Black 2 and White 2's World Tournament, in which they've entered the tournament separately. Notably, their teams play off to one another (Some Pokémon are shared, and those that aren't shared are often counterparts like Gallade and Gardevoir, Gothitelle and Reuniclus, ect).
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: They do this when you meet them as a demonstration of their powers.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Downplayed but present, in the World Tournament in Gen V Tate's team focuses on physical attacks while Liza's focuses on special attacks.
  • Hair Decorations: Liza's bow. In the remakes, both get matching clips.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Tate is a boy, Liza is a girl.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Liza has two long pieces of hair around her face, while Tate doesn't. Liza also usually is the smiling one, while Tate always sports a serious face. The remakes give them an extra difference: Tate has green stars on his clothes, Liza has red stars.
  • Improbable Age: They are most likely the youngest Gym Leaders in the series, aside from Bugsy.
  • Psychic Powers: Psychic-type specialists.
  • Punny Name:
    • Reverse the order of their names, and you get Liza and Tate. Liza-Tate really fast sounds like "Levitate".
    • Fuu can be written with the kanji for "float". The second syllable, combined with Ran, makes up uranainote .
    • Their French names, "Lévi" and "Tatia" are another pun on "levitation".
  • Signature Move: Calm Mind. Only Liza's Lunatone uses it in the initial battle (remakes included), but in rematches they teach it to more of their team.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Possibly, as being twins seems to be their main shtick.
  • Stock Foreign Name: They have Chinese names in the Japanese versions.
  • Stone Wall: Their team of Psychic Pokémon. Even super-effective attacks have trouble breaking through them, especially Claydol who they started the battle with.
  • Twin Telepathy: They can read the other's thoughts.
  • Weapon of Choice: Solrock for Tate, and Lunatone for Liza. Fittingly, in Yin and Yang the sun is considered masculine and the moon considered feminine.

Wallace (Mikuri)

Sootopolis City Gym Leader (Ruby, Sapphire, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire)—Artist, and Lover of Water!

For information on Wallace, check the Pokémon Champions page.

Juan (Adan)

Sootopolis City Gym Leader (Emerald)—The Gym Leader with the Beauty of Pure Water!

"Please, you shall bear witness to our artistry. A grand illusion of water sculpted by Pokémon and myself!"

  • Artificial Brilliance: His Kingdra knows Rest and comes equipped with a Chesto Berry to wake it up immediately after.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a long blue coat.
  • Badass Mustache: Has a short and well-styled mustache.
  • The Casanova: Apparently, seeing as his Gym is full of female trainers. One of his lines is "The adulation of beautiful ladies fills me with energy!" Apparently he taught his skills to his protege Wallace.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Nowhere to be found in the remakes, not even as a Bonus Boss or even an unfought NPC.
  • Classy Cravat: He wears one, showing his sophistication.
  • Confusion Fu: Luvdisc. Although most of its stats are terrible, it is very fast and will use Sweet Kiss to confuse you, and Attract if your Pokémon is male, so you will be much less likely to land a hit. Also, his Sealeo may use Encore, temporarily forcing you to stick with your last move, so be careful which ones you use.
  • Making a Splash: Water-type specialist.
  • Meaningful Name: Juan is pronounced similarly to "water". It also ties into his character as The Casanova.
    • Adan can be written with the kanji for "open sea".
  • The Obi-Wan: Juan is this to Wallace.
  • Retired Badass: Wallace's mentor and the former Sootopolis Gym Leader. He returns to his previous position, taking Wallace's place in Emerald. He seems to have gone back to this position in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
  • Signature Move: Water Pulse, just like Wallace.
  • Tights Under Shorts: Downplayed as his pants are not short enough to be called shorts.
  • Weapon of Choice: Kingdra. Since Wattson's signature Pokémon was changed to Manectric in Emerald, this makes him the only Hoenn Gym Leader (And in fact, the only non-Johto leader) whose signature Pokémon is not a Pokémon introduced in that generation. It is also the signature Pokémon of Clair, somewhat redundantly.

     Sinnoh Leaders 

Roark (Hyouta)

Oreburgh City Gym Leader—Call me Roark the Rock!

"As the Gym Leader, I need to see your potential as a trainer. And, I'll need to see the toughness of the Pokémon that battle with you!"

  • Badass: Expecting the typical Rock-type Stone Wall when you face him? Don't count on it; his Cranidos is a Glass Cannon with higher Attack than many full-evolved Pokémon, and if you can't outspeed, it it will demolish you.
  • Bishōnen: He has a rather feminine face, in comparison to his dad.
  • Cool Helmet: His miner's hard hat.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Of the Rock variety.
  • In the Blood: Mining appears to be his family's profession, as shown by his father and grandfather. Byron was also the previous Oreburgh Gym Leader.
  • Meaningful Name: Roark "the Rock" speaks for itself.
    • Alternatively, Roark, as in "ore".
    • Hyouta contains the first syllable of takenote 
  • Megane: Wears glasses to look the part.
  • Recurring Element: For being the third first Gym Leader that specializes in Rock-types.
  • Signature Move: You can thank him for the infamous Stealth Rock, it's his TM that teaches it.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Like Brock, he can be a struggle if the player chose Chimchar. His specialty move is the infamous Stealth Rock, which both his Onix and Geodude know. When Cranidos comes out, trainers are dealing with a Pokémon with higher Attack than many fully-evolved Pokémon. If they try to switch out, Cranidos' Pursuit will take priority over switching and deal double damage — 80, which is a lot at the beginning-game.
  • Weapon of Choice: Cranidos. It evolves into Rampardos for future fights, of course.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He sometimes talks about how he wants to beat his father in battle. Apparently, Byron believes he still has room to improve, because he asked Riley to be the Oreburgh Gym Leader first.

Gardenia (Natane)

Eterna City Gym Leader—Master of Vivid Plant Pokémon!

"When I first saw you, I was convinced you'd find your way to me. My hunch was right on the money. You have a winning aura about you. So, anyway, this will be fun. Let's have our battle."

Fantina (Melissa)

Hearthome City Gym Leader—The Alluring, Soulful Dancer!

"Ohohoho!! Finally, you have arrived! Since I came to this country, always I try to learn new things. They hold Contests in this city? I say to myself, enfin, I will excel. That's why I dress this way. C'est une performance! Also I study Pokémon very much. I have come to be Gym Leader. And, uh, so it shall be that you challenge me. But I shall win. That's what a Gym Leader does, non?"

Maylene (Sumomo)

Veilstone City Gym Leader—The Barefoot, Fighting Genius!

"I don't really know what it means to be strong, or how I got to be the Gym Leader. But I will do the best I can as the Gym Leader. I take battling very seriously. Whenever you're ready!"

  • Badass Adorable: Look at that face and try to say otherwise.
  • Big Eater: You can find her in HGSS's Celadon City participating in an eating contest with several bowls stacked in front of her.
  • The Cameo: Can be found stuffing her face at a food-eating competition in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's adorable, but she's a martial arts expert and a Fighting-type specialist.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: In Platinum, you encounter her walking all the way to Snowpoint without shoes or any appropriate clothing. This is apparently related to her training. She can also make some comments about going barefoot when you see her in the Battleground.
  • Fingerless Gloves: As shown in the picture.
  • Freeze Sneeze: That's what you get for walking from Veilstone to Snowpoint without so much as putting on shoes.
  • Genius Bruiser: Heavily implied to be this, or at least a rough equivalent.
  • Leotard of Power: Though she wears pants over the lower portion.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's young but she's still capable of kicking ass.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Maylene = Melee
      • Maylene = Lean, as in the kind of shape a good fighter would be in.
    • Brega in the Spanish version comes from Bregar.note 
    • Sumomo = Sumo wrestling, though she herself apparently does not practice this particular martial art.
  • One Steve Limit: She and a Kimono Girl from Gold and Silver had the same Japanese name. The Kimono Girl's name changed to Komomo in the remakes, possibly because Maylene makes a cameo.
    • In a roundabout way, there's also the fact that her German name is Hilda....
  • Parental Neglect: Mentions in Platinum that her dad is a gambling addict. You can also see him in the Game Corner.
  • Pointless Band-Aid: Maybe she simply gets hurt that much. Either way, she's always wearing some.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: She's tough, that's for certain.
  • Signature Move: Drain Punch.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Candice's Girly Girl.
  • Weapon of Choice: Lucario.

Crasher Wake (Maximum Mask)

Pastoria City Gym Leader—The Torrential Masked Master!

"Welcome! I don't get challenged very often! The glory you are now beholding is the Pastoria Gym Leader! That's right, I'm Crasher Wake! My Pokémon were toughened up by stormy white waters! They'll take everything you can throw at them and then pull you under! Victory will be ours! Come on, let's get it done!"

  • The Cameo: Makes several in HeartGold and SoulSilver, as well as one in Black 2 and White 2.
  • Cool Mask: Wears one as part of his luchador theme.
  • Foil: To Brawly across generations. Brawly is a Fighting-type specialist who's into surfing. Crasher Wake is a Water-type specialist who's into wrestling.
  • Insistent Terminology: Crasher Wake!
    • Maximum Mask!
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: This guy has a pretty weird dual-career choice: Luchador-slash-tenor. (And Gym Leader, of course.)
  • Large Ham: While most Gym Leaders are relatively subdued individuals who try to demonstrate the versatility of their element of choice, Wake's a Hot-Blooded masked wrestler who insists on always adding "Crasher" before his name. In Platinum, if you refuse to fight him at the Top Trainer Cafe, he will sing his theme song. And on the TV from time to time, it will describe him fighting wrestling matches. He even shows up a few times in HeartGold and SoulSilver, first giving you the three Sinnoh starter masks (which he appears to force on you, commending your love of masks), and later on the bridge to the Safari Zone, where he goes off on a rant about how cool waterfalls are. He's hamming it up again in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, singing loudly on a cliff-top somewhere along Route 18.
  • Making a Splash: Water-type specialist.
  • Masked Luchador: His design theme.
  • Meaningful Name: A wake is also the set of triangular waves left by something traveling through water (a boat, etc.). Also sounds similar to "crashing wave".
    • "Maxi" is both written and spoken in Japanese as "Makishi", which contains the last two syllables of uzumakinote .
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Equal parts Fray Tormenta and Big Van Vader.
  • Signature Move: Brine.
  • Stout Strength: Like many luchadors in fiction, he has a belly on him.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: As the Water-type master it's practically tradition.
  • Weapon of Choice: Floatzel is his signature Pokémon, despie his Swampert-inspired costume.

Byron (Tougan)

Canalave City Gym Leader—The Man with the Steel Body!

"You've defeated my son. But that's no surprise. He still has much to learn. In place of my son Roark, I, Byron, will take your challenge!"

  • Action Dad: Notably the second Gym Leader confirmed to be a dad, after Norman.
  • Artificial Brilliance/Dangerously Genre Savvy: His team covers each other's weaknesses; Bronzor (for Diamond and Pearl) handles the Fighting-types, Magneton (Platinum) is there to take care of Water-types, Steelix has Ice Fang for Ground-types, and Bastiodon has Ancient Power/Stone Edge for Fire-types. No matter what you try to use against him, he's got at least an option to counter you. And that's not in his rematch, he comes prepared Round One.
  • Badass Cape: Wears a dull brown-green cloak.
  • Badass Grandpa: Downplayed a bit. He appears to be middle-aged rather than like Pryce or Blaine, and is old enough to have a son who's a young adult. Still a tough Gym Leader more than capable of doing his job.
  • Cool Old Guy: He prides himself on being powerful enough to give younger trainers like you and his son a run for their money.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Though his key type is Steel, he uses a lot of Steel-types dual-typed with Rock or Ground, including his signature Bastiodon.
  • Extra Ore Dinary: Steel-type specialist.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's always laughing and ready for a good brawl.
  • The Hyena: His booming laugh is frequently rendered as "Gwahahahaha!"
  • Large Ham: Especially in the anime.
  • Last Chance Hit Point: A lot of his team has the Sturdy ability, preventing a One-Hit KO on them.
  • Meaningful Name: Byron = Iron.
    • Acerón in the Spanish version.note 
    • Tougan = kane.note  It may also be a play on tou-san, father.
  • Passing the Torch: Handed the reins of the Oreburgh Gym to Roark, although he continues to hold the torch as the Canalave Gym Leader instead.
  • Perma Stubble: He has a magnificent set of stubble on him.
  • Rated M for Manly: A muscle-bound, bearded miner who uses only the strongest of Steel-types.
  • Signature Move: Flash Cannon.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: His lack of them only adds to the rugged appearance.
  • Weapon of Choice: Bastiodon.
  • You Gotta Have Purplish-Red Hair: He even has purplish-red stubble to go with it.

Candice (Suzuna)

Snowpoint City Gym Leader—The Diamond Dust Girl!

"You want to challenge Candice? Sure thing! I was waiting for someone tough! But I should tell you, I'm tough because I know how to focus. Pokémon, fashion, romance... It's all about focus! I'll show you just what I mean. Get ready to lose!"

  • Bowties Are Cool
  • Catchphrase: She talks a lot about maintaining her focus.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Literally dangerously so, given the climate she lives in. Regarding modesty, one has to wonder how she can even move around at all without exposing herself, let alone jump like in her battle animation.
  • Exposed to the Elements: She lives in Snowpoint, in the middle of constant snowstorms. Doesn't seem to mind going out dressed like it's the middle of spring.
  • Genki Girl: She's very excitable.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Enthusiastic? Oh yes.
  • Hot-Blooded: Despite her main type.
    • Lampshade Hanging: She'll acknowledge this and wonder if she should act more like an Ice-Type trainer "should" act.
  • An Ice Person: Ice-type specialist.
  • Magic Skirt: It's shorter than Dawn's. This seems like a health hazard when you consider that she lives in Snowpoint.
  • Meaningful Name: Candice.
    • Inverna in the Spanish version, cames from Invierno. note 
    • Suzune = Suzushiinote 
  • Pungeon Master: She throws out a lot of ice puns, though not as many as some.
    "I'm going to break the ice and bring out my last-resort Pokémon!"
  • Signature Move: Avalanche.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female Ice-type gym leader.
  • Third-Person Person: Candice is somewhat prone to this:
    "Candice is on fire! I'm blazing hot! Hot enough to melt Ice-type Pokémon! I need a battle to cool me down! OK! I'll show you how good Candice can be! I mean, how good my Pokémon can be! Awww! That's it! I'm going to train so I can throw a Focus Punch myself!"
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Maylene's Tomboy.
  • Weapon of Choice: Abomasnow is her strongest Pokémon in Diamond and Pearl, but changed to Froslass in Platinum and Glaceon in the Platinum rematch. The Gen V World Tounrmanet treats Froslass as her team ace, but Abomasnow and Glaceon return too.

Volkner (Denji)

Sunyshore City Gym Leader—The Shining, Shocking Star!

"...all right, challenger. It's not often, but some Trainers manage to come and challenge me. But they've all been boring battles. I didn't break a sweat beating them. ...Sigh... I'm Volkner, the Gym Leader. They say I'm the top Gym Leader in Sinnoh, but... Anyway, I guess we'd better get this done. I hope you're the Trainer who'll make me remember how fun it is to battle!

  • The Ace: Though a bit character, he has elements of this. He hadn't had a good match in a long time before you showed up, to the point where he was about ready to resign as gym leader and take on the Elite Four. On top of this, he got so fed up in his boredom that he took on an extremely outlandish project to remodel his gym and ended up blacking out all of Sunyshore City. Where most of the walking space is made out of solar panels.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: His interactions with Flint at your Villa sound like this. Obviously, he's the straight man of the duo.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: It's stated that Volkner is skilled enough to take on the Elite Four, but his content with sprucing up his gym.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He acts like this to Flint, if the chat at the player's villa is any indication:
    Volkner: Flint's fascination with fire-types comes from his name. Someone once told him a flint was used to start a fire, and that was it.
  • Elemental Hair: Blond and spiky, being an Electric specialist.
  • Foil: To Flint. They have a Lightning/Fire Juxtaposition dynamic, and use mirror teams in their team battle against you; Luxray, Jolteon and Electivire to Houndoom, Flareon, and Magmortar. Their Personality Powers also mirror the other to match their types of choice.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He apparently built all the obstacles in his gym by himself.
  • Genre Savvy: Thought you'd sweep his team with a Ground-type? Surprise surprise — in Diamond and Pearl he has an Octillery with Aurora Beam, Bullet Seed, and Octazooka; the types of those three moves are all strong against Ground-types. In Platinum he has a Luxray that knows Ice Fang, which is super-effective against any Pokémon type besides Electric itself that resists Electric-type moves. Also, all of his Pokémon except Jolteon have at least one move that is super-effective against Grass-type opponents, who can tank Electric-type damage.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Flint.
  • Hot-Blooded: In contrast with Flint, he starts out sounding bored with everything, but becomes more fired up as a battle progresses.
  • Meaningful Name: Volkner sounds like "Volt".
    • Lectro in the Spanish version, from electric. Kinda obvious.
    • "Denji" is a Japanese homonym for "electromagnetism".
  • Personality Powers: He charges up like a battery, starting off bored and flippant, then as the battle continues he grows more excited until he's laughing about what a good battle you gave him when you beat him.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The quiet and reserved Blue to Flint's Hot-Blooded red.
  • Shock and Awe: Electric-type specialist.
  • Signature Move: Charge Beam.
  • The Stoic: He's averse to open emotion and tends to be quiet.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Though ultimately more cute than troubled, he still fits.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Flint.
    Volkner: My relationship to Flint? There's no love lost, that's for sure.
  • Weapon of Choice: Luxray in Diamond and Pearl. In Platinum, it's changed to Electivire, which along with Flint's change to Magmortar makes their status as friends/rivals even more evident.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Rematches with Volkner gives the implication that he had some ring rust during your first battle with him.

    Unova Leaders 

Striaton Triplets

Striaton City Gym Leaders (Black and White)—Triple Trouble!

The Striaton Gym uniquely has three Gym Leaders, which one the player faces depends on the starter they chose.

  • Adorkable: Just look at the pictures!
  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: All their names begin with "C".
  • Badass Adorable: They're cute but they're still Gym Leaders.
  • Bishōnen: They're all quite handsome.
  • Bonus Boss: After beating the Elite Four in Black 2 and White 2, you can challenge the brothers, teaming up with one against the other two. This can be done daily as well. They also appear standalone in the World Tournament.
  • Bowties Are Cool: They're designed as waiters so they each wear one.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Their hair and eye colors are green, red, and blue.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Each of them has hair and eye colors that are the same. For bonus points they also match their bow tie color, their element of choice, and their elemental monkey.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: In Black 2 and White 2, They stopped being Gym Leaders so they could train and become stronger as individuals, not as a set.
  • Edible Theme Naming: In Japanese, they're all named after parts of corn. The English version names them after cooking ingredients.
  • Elemental Hair: The Grass-type, Water-type, and Fire-type specialists respectively have green, blue, and red hair. Go figure.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: They each use one of the elemental monkeys; Pansage, Pansear, and Panpour.
  • Freudian Trio: Cilan is the middle-ground Ego, Cress is the calm and reasoned Superego, and Chili is the Hot-Blooded Id.
  • Guest Star Party Member: Whichever of the two brothers you choose not to face in Black 2 and White 2 joins you as your teammate against them.
  • Hollywood Genetics: How triplets could each end up with a different hair and eye color is impossible barring freak mutation.
  • My Greatest Failure: Not showing up in the fight against Team Plasma at N's Castle puts the siblings into this in their Memory Link.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Averted. Rather than screw over the players who picked Fire (or in Falkner's case, Grass), the Leader you battle here depends solely on your choice of starter and, as such, will always have the type advantage over you.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: They dress very classy.
  • Signature Move: Work Up for all of them.
  • Stealth Pun: Several things in their names relate to the number 3: their Japanese names are compatible with the prefix "tri-", and the English translation all start with the third letter of the alphabet.
  • Theme Naming: The brothers are all named after three different plant-based ingredients in cooking.
  • Waistcoat of Style: They each wear one, being designed on waiters.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: They are the only Gym Leaders not to show up during the Big Damn Heroes moment against the Plasma Sages at N's Castle because Bianca hadn't actually got to them by the time they were needed.

Cilan (Dent)

"So, um, if you're OK with me, I'll, um, put everything I've got into being, er, you know, your opponent."

A waiter who specializes in Grass-types alongside his brothers Chili and Cress.

For the anime version of Cilan, see Pokémon - Best Wishes.

Chili (Pod)

Striaton City Gym Leaders (Black and White)—Triple Trouble!

"Ta-da! The Fire-type scorcher Chili —that's me— will be your opponent!"

A waiter who specializes in Fire-types alongside his brothers Cilan and Cress.

Cress (Corn)

Striaton City Gym Leaders (Black and White)—Triple Trouble!

"What incredible luck for you — you get to battle the best among the three of us."

A waiter who specializes in Water-types alongside his brothers Cilan and Chili.


Voiced by: Ryohei Kimura (JP), Jason Griffith (EN) (promo)

Aspertia City Gym Leader (Black 2 and White 2)— A Leader Who Seeks the Right Path

"Even if hurt, my Pokémon will fight for me with just one command. I think I'll value and trust your Pokémon more if you keep that fact close to your heart. What can I do for these Pokémon? What should I do? That's right! I battle with everything to find the ideal relationship between Pokémon and people!"

Hilbert/Hilda's rival from Black and White, who has since gone on to become a Normal-type Gym Leader.

  • And Then What?: A key part of his development in the first games is Alder asking him just what he intends to do if he becomes Champion like he is so motivated to do and why he wants it so bad.
  • Bishōnen: Not as much as N or the Striaton triplets, but it's there. Some even thought he was female at first!
  • Break the Haughty: In Black and White. He's not overbearingly arrogant, but he still has to work out some ego issues.
  • Bonus Boss: In addition to being in the World Tournament, he also appears if you use the Memory Link function with a copy of Black or White. He will use his team from those games, including his starter but with a different elemental monkey, in a match on Route 5. Unlike most other bonuses, this is a one-time battle.
  • Colorful Theme Naming: "Cheren" is Slavic for "Black", which pairs him with Bianca, whose name means "White" in Italian (and whose Japanese name, Bel, is Slavic for "White".)
    • As a gym leader his name meaning Black is the opposite of the first Normal gym leader whose name meant White. Black also comes from the same root as Blank as in plain or normal.
  • Character Tic: Adjusting his tie in the sequels.
  • Childhood Friends: With Bianca and either Hilbert or Hilda.
  • Com Mons: His Gym team consists of two (or three in Challenge Mode) of them.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Grey hair and grey eyes alike.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Shows definite traces of this. For example, he calls Team Plasma a "Waste of oxygen."
  • The Glasses Come Off: He apparently stopped wearing his glasses in between games.
  • Guest Star Party Member: In the first games on occasion, in the second games during the Plasma Frigate battles in the main story and more integrated in the Pinwheel Forest exploration in the post-game.
  • Luminescent Blush: Due to the player being his first opponent as a Gym Leader, he's clearly a little nervous.
  • Megane: In the first set of games. He's no longer wearing his glasses in the sequels.
  • Non-Elemental: As a Gym Leader he focuses on the Normal-type, taking Lenora's place as such.
  • Obstructive Code of Conduct: Cheren laments that one of the things he has to get used to as a gym leader is losing graciously because he is not permitted to use his "old team" in gym battles and must use low-leveled Pokémon in order to be a challenge, but not to the point of being so strong that gym challengers cannot defeat him easily. This reinforces the Improbable Power Discrepancy trope described in Brock and Misty's sections at the top of this page. Outside Aspertia Gym, Cheren's Pokémon are considerably stronger than the Pokémon he uses in gym battles.
  • Precious Puppy: Lillipup.
  • The Rival: In Black and White. He shares this trope with Bianca, but their Character Development in that regard is quite different. Cheren begins his journey as determined and, arguably, overconfident. He gets better once he starts realizing his limitations and that simply becoming the Champion for the sake of it is a pointless goal.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Cheren now wears a suit.
  • Signature Move: With the triplets bowing out of their position, Cheren gets Work Up and the associated TM.
  • Stoic Spectacles: In Black and White.
  • To Be a Master: In Black and White, he explicitly states that his goal is to become the Champion. Before mellowing out, he considered this goal his reason for existing.
  • Warm-Up Boss: He's the first Gym Leader in Black 2 and White 2, and his Gym team consists solely of Patrat and Lillipup. His team is much stronger in the World Tournament, including a sneaky trick in having Castform on his team, which will transform into a Water type to break up his otherwise monotype team.
    • Even though he uses Com Mons in the gym battle, it isn't wise to take him lightly. Like Striaton, he utilizes Work Up before attacking. While you might be able to take Patrat out in 2-3 hits, his Lillipup is likely to put up a fight. It will likely be faster than anything on your team at this point and once it uses Work Up once or twice, it will be strong enough to sweep your team. To add on to that, if you're playing Challenge Mode, he gets a Pidove with Quick Attack, which always strikes first regardless of speed, and the Super Luck ability which increases the critical hit ratio, and can spell trouble. And while Riolu are available before taking him on, it won't have a true super effective move until level 15, which is a bitch to get to due to the leveling system.
  • Weapon of Choice: The Stoutland line, to differentiate him from Lenora, who is more associated with the Watchog line.

Lenora (Aloe)

Nacrene City Gym Leader (Black and White)—An Archeologist with Backbone

"Well then, challenger, I'm going to research how you battle with the Pokémon you've so lovingly raised!"

An archaeologist and the director of the Nacrene Museum, who specializes in Normal-types.

  • Adventure Archaeologist: If her English title wasn't enough to convince you, she got to one of the stones before Team Plasma even went on the hunt and hid it right in plain sight! Mock her now.
  • The Chessmaster: Her battle style. Easier to see in the anime and manga, but still shows up in the game. Example? No matter which of her Pokémon you face, you're in to get hit hard with her next Pokémon's Retaliate after beating her first Pokémon, which is going to be a base 140 STAB because of it.
  • Coat Over the Shoulder: Her international artwork in Black and White has her holding her apron over shoulder instead of wearing it, possibly due to fears that she'd seem too mammy-like to American players.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Her hair and eyes are the same shade of blue-green.
  • Happily Married: To the vice-curator of her museum.
  • Hartman Hips: She is rather curvy.
  • Mammy: By design and in her Team Mom status. Notably the character most resembling this archetype debuted in the generation representing the United States. Part of the reason for Coat Over the Shoulder above was to downplay this in international releases. There's not much reason for her to even have an apron besides this trope.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Lenora = Normal.
    • Continuing with the tradition of Normal-type leaders having names referencing both a plant and a saying, Aloe sounds similar to Haro/Hello when using Japanese pronunciation.
  • Non-Elemental: She specializes in Normal-types.
  • Signature Move: The move Retaliate. It normally has average power, but it deals double damage if used the turn after a teammate has been knocked out.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Her Pokémons' levels are a decent jump from the previous Gym Leaders and both have pretty strong attacks for how early in the game she's fought. Her Watchog also has Hypnosis to put one of your Pokémon to Sleep, which will likely shut them down for a few turns.
  • Weapon of Choice: Specializes in Normal-types, with her strongest being a Watchog.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's a sort of blue-green color.

Roxie (Homika)

Virbank City Gym Leader (Black 2 and White 2)— A Little Poison in Your Days, a Little Poison on the Stage

"Get ready! I'm gonna knock some sense outta ya!"

A musician who specializes in Poison-types.

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Her father wishes to become an actor while still being the only city's ship navigator, saying he can also take on two jobs like his daughter. Roxie is completely against his reasoning due to how both jobs are extremely different unlike hers. Ironically, she snaps at you once you interrupt her band's performance at the Gym.
    Roxie: You dim-witted...dense...dumb...daft...dippy...dorky...doltish...DOOFUS!!!
  • Adaptational Badass: An early Leader in the games, eighth and final Leader that Ash faces in the anime.
  • Badass Adorable: Possibly the same or younger age than Nate/Rosa
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Her Whirlipede/Scolipede.
  • Brutal Honesty: A lot of sources in the game note she has a "toxic mouth" and such, which attributes to her upfront nature. All of her pre-battle dialogue in the Gym and World Tournament is basically amounting to being in a world of hurt. It also helps she is blunt about what shops she wants to exactly visit in Join Avenue in contrast to the rather vague and borderline cryptic hints used by everybody else.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: In the gym battle her Whirlipede is level 18 (19 in Challenge Mode), yet Venipede doesn't evolve until level 22.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Roxie made her debut in the anime in Japan about a week before Black 2 and White 2 were released, presumably for advertising purposes.
  • Genki Girl: She is very enthusiastic about whatever she is doing, from playing music to Pokémon battles.
  • Genre Savvy: In Challenge Mode, Roxie adds a Grimer. It doesn't sound like much, but the thing is packing the Ground-type Mud Slap, which can hurt Magnemite rather badly.
  • Hair Decorations: Her hair baubles.
  • Hot-Blooded: She doesn't even introduce herself prior to your battle, merely shouts that she'll knock sense into you (loud as possible, mind you) and proceeds to do battle.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's young but she'll kick your butt if you underestimate her.
  • Meaningful Name: In addition to fitting with her rocker theme, Roxie = toxic.
    • Homika = Poison
    • In French, Strykna refers to the Strychnos nux-vomica tree, whose seeds are highly poisonous.
    • Plus on a meta level, Poison (her type) was the name of a [[Music/Poison famous metal band]].
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: Averted. The bassist is the Gym Leader!
  • Poisonous Person: A Poison-type specialist, the first one since Gen II and Janine. We were overdue.
  • Pokémon Motifs: Her bass somewhat resembles the Scolipede line.
  • The Rock Star: Loud, plays electric guitar, and is ready to rock you in more ways than one.
  • The Southpaw: She plays the bass with her left hand.
  • Signature Move: Venoshock.
  • Technicolor Toxin: Her Color Motif is a sickly combination of pink and blue. The two combined creates purple, the standard color for the Poison-Type.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Not overly difficult to defeat, but her Poison-type moves can be quite nasty if you take her too lightly.
    • Poor, Predictable Rock: If you know she's a Poison-Type Gym Leader (which is told to you before you enter the gym), you can just go south of the town and catch a Magnemite and simply No Sell all her strongest moves. This is even encouraged by the NPC standing in front of the gym.
  • Weapon of Choice: Despite her band's name, the Scolipede line is what she's heavily associated with. In fact, Koffing and its evolution don't even show up in future battles at the PWT.
  • Youthful Freckles: She has them across her nose.

Burgh (Arti)

Castelia City Gym Leader—Premier Insect Artist

"Thanks again for your help. My Bug-type Pokémon are scurrying with excitement about getting to battle you. Let's get straight to it!"

An artist who specializes in Bug-types.

  • Ambiguously Gay: His appearance screams this trope.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: A Bug-Type specialist.
  • Bishōnen: He's rather pretty isn't he?
  • The Coats Are Off: In Black 2 and White 2, he's inside of a web coat and rips it off in his battle animation.
  • Engrish: His Japanese title- "Most Insect Artist"- is so grammatically incorrect it's not even funny.
  • Green Eyes: For the Bug-type association, which is associated with light-green.
  • Hurricane of Puns: He seems quite fond of insect-based puns in his dialogue in the gym. It's really insectible—er, incredible, but don't let it bug you.
  • Meaningful Name: Burgh = Bug.
    • "Burgh" also has the word "burg" in it, which means "city." Where is Burgh's Gym? Castelia City, the most big-city like city in the series!
    • "Arti", in addition to referencing his occupation, sounds similar to both "Ari" (meaning "Ant") and "Honey", referencing both honeybees and the fact that his Gym (in Black and White, anyway) is absolutely slathered in the sticky stuff.
  • Nice Guy: Has a Pokémon that only evolves with happiness, Leavanny.
    • Even better, his Leavanny's at Level 23 - only three levels higher than the level it evolves into Swadloon!
  • Performance Artist: Flamboyant, lively, and loves to put on a show.
  • Pungeon Master: Doesn't show till his in-battle quotes. Made all the more painful by Pokémon's otherwise subtle puns.
  • Scarf Of Ass Kicking: Wears a red scarf around his neck.
  • Signature Move: Struggle Bug.
  • Weapon of Choice: Leavanny.

Elesa (Kamitsure)

Click here  to see Elesa in Black 2 and White 2.
Nimbasa City Gym Leader—The Shining Beauty
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (JP), Sarah Natochenny (EN) (promo)

"My beloved Pokémon are going to make your head spin!"

A fashion model that specializes in Electric-types.

  • Adorkable: Her attempts to invoke Pungeon Master end up dive bombing her into this.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Implied as heavily as an E rated game can get away with. She blows the protagonist a kiss at the end of the Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 credits regardless of gender, and is closest of friends with Skyla. And in the Join Avenue she wants to check out are always ones with a "dazzlingly cute girl." Some of her dialogue is a bit subtext-y too; quotes include explaining to Bianca's father that he needs to learn it's okay to be "different", and later she says "Pokémon trainers are born this way".
  • Artificial Brilliance: Relying on Ground-types or Grass-types to fight the Electric-type leader? Good luck; her two Emolga are dual-typed with Flying. And if you wanna get tricky with any Ice or Electric-types, she can switch into Zebstrika, which absorbs Electric attacks with its ability and has Flame Charge for Ice-types and Grass-types.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Both her outfits show off her midriff, but the first one is harder to notice.
  • The Coats Are Off: For Black 2 and White 2, she does it in her battle against the protagonist in the trailer and in her sprite animation.
  • Combat Stilettos: As a model she has no problem walking around in heels. Being a Gym Leader it doesn't hamper her skill at all.
  • Cool Big Sis: Certainly gives off this vibe when she reasons with Bianca's dad in her introduction, and promptly earns Bianca's respect.
  • Cool Horse: Zebstrika.
  • Cool Shades: Her headphones have these built in.
  • Emotionless Girl: Word of God says she was intended to come off as this.
    • Not So Stoic: When you beat her, despite being very calm up until that point, she is overwhelmed with excitement and immediately becomes embarrassed over it. In Black 2 & White 2, her Memory Link with Skyla proves the point further.
  • Everything's Nuttier With Flying Squirrels: Emolga. Two of them in Black and White, actually.
  • Genre Savvy: Counting on Ground-types for a type advantage? Her Emolgas are Flying and immune to Ground-attacks. Grass-types to resist Electric? Her Emolga have Aerial Ace and her Zebstrika always packs a Fire-type attack.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Looking at this picture, her hair seems to be a shade of purple.
  • Hair Decorations: Or, technically, headphones. Justified, as she seems to be based on a Vocaloid.
  • Iconic Item: Her headphones. When her outfit got completely overhauled for the sequels, she still wears headphones, just of a different design (they even inherit her old pair's color motif).
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: "Nimbasa's Pokémon can dance a nimble bossa!"
  • Informed Ability: She, for no reason at all, says she's a model in her first appearance, but unlike the other Unova leaders' careers, this doesn't pop up in any way aside from her sprite being dangerously thin (the waiter triplets have a restaurant for a gym, the archeologist has a museum and reference library for a gym, the painter has a gallery in the city, and she has... a roller coaster) and the comments of a few random NPCs. She does mention that she has a TV gig after she calls Clay to lower the bridge to Driftveil City, so she probably does model work for television. And it does explain her outfit (all gym leaders in Unova have outfits tied into their day jobs). Averted in the sequels where her gym is now a catwalk and stage.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: She is the only Electric type leader who isn't a Gadgeteer Genius compared to Surge, Watson, Volkner, and Clemont. She's also the only one of the first four that doesn't use a Raichu in any of her team's lineups. And the only one, so far, that's a girl.
  • Meaningful Name: Elesa = Electricity.
    • Kamitsure = Kaminari (Lightning)
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's a model; it comes naturally. She's got long legs, a slim figure, and wears clothing to emphasize her body. Notably the only Gym Leader to be redesigned between games, and her new outfit shows off more skin than ever.
  • Naked in Mink: What it seemed like she was in the promotional trailer, until she ripped off her coat to reveal the outfit underneath. She's still very Pretty in Mink though.
  • No Sell: You can imagine the frustration players had in the first game with her two Emolgas, prepared to sweep her Pokémon with Ground-type attacks, only to find that two of the three are dual Electric/Flying.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: In Black 2 and White 2, where her hair is dyed.
  • She's Got Legs: She has leggings in the first game, but it's still clear she has a lovely pair. In the sequel she shows them off.
  • Shock and Awe: Electric-type specialist.
  • Signature Move: Volt Switch.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Only female Electric-type Gym Leader.
  • Straight Girl and Wise Woman: In Memory Link, she's the Wise Woman to Skyla's Straight Girl, to the surprise of many.
  • Switch Out Move: Every one of her mons knows Volt Switch, and she is very fond of using it.
  • Weapon of Choice: Zebstrika. is her team ace. She is also infamous for her Emolga as well due to their spam of Volt Switch to keep switching out and avoid racking up damage.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: In the sequels.

Clay (Yacon)

Driftveil City Gym Leader—The Underground Boss

"How much stronger ya get comes from how much you want to win! Always be loyal to that desire, ya hear?"

The president of a mining company who specializes in Ground-types.

Skyla (Fuuro)

Mistralton City Gym Leader—The High-Flying Girl

"Hee-hee! I've been waiting for you. You're a tough Trainer who can face the wind and not get blown off your feet! I'm kinda excited about this battle! Why don't you and I have some fun?"

A pilot who specializes in Flying-types.

  • Ace Pilot: She'd better be; it's her occupation. One NPC mentions her grandfather was an Ace Pilot too.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Her team in B2W2 consists of Swoobat, Skarmory, and Swanna. In Challenge Mode, she also has Sigilyph. Bonus points for her name.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit shows off her stomach a lot.
  • Blow You Away: Flying-type specialist.
  • Boobs of Steel: She's the strongest female Gym Leader in Unova (except in White), and she is stacked. It's debatable in the first games in relation to Lenora, but no question about it in the sequels.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her hair clip and band around her right leg.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's happy and energetic.
  • Genki Girl: Just look at her official art.
  • Hair Decorations: Her flower clip.
    • Can also be seen as propellers. It goes with her plane theme.
  • Meaningful Name: Skyla.
    • Fuuro = Fuu (Compound word for "wind")
  • Ms. Fanservice: A busty redhead who wears skintight pilot gear that show her curves, midriff and bare legs, while using the pilot suspenders to highlight them even more, starts the battle in Boobs-and-Butt Pose, and has a subtext-laden friendship with fellow Ms. Fanservice Elesa. Skyla may just be the most sexually gratuitous Gym Leaders of them all.
  • Nice Girl: A very noticeable characteristic of hers. Plus she has a Swoobat that evolves through happiness.
    • Beware the Nice Ones: And not just for her strength; the way she's designed her gym will take you out!
  • Signature Move: Acrobatics.
  • Straight Girl and Wise Woman: The Straight Girl to Elesa's Wise Woman.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Skyla is compared to Sylveon right after its announcement. Because of this said Pokémon is often speculated as a Flying-type Eeveelution before the new Fairy-type is revealed.
  • Weapon of Choice: Swanna. is her trademark team ace.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Wears very short shorts with suspenders.
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: Uses a lot of bird-based Pokémon.

Brycen (Hachiku)

Icirrus City Gym Leader (Black and White)—Ice Mask

"You appear ready to face a battle. Bring it!"

A former movie star who specializes in Ice-types.

  • Badass: He senses the presence of the Shadow Triad before they even appear, and fights Team Plasma alongside Cheren. All of this is done after your gym battle with him.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Beartic.
  • Break the Haughty: Implied with in his past as a movie star. In the Memory Link, he mentions how he used to think he could perform any action scene and felt like nothing could stop him prior to getting injured.
  • Bonus Boss: Though he has retired from being a Gym Leader in Black 2 and White 2, he is present in the World Tournament.
  • Cool Mask: Wears a domino mash over his eyes.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: He's wearing what looks like half a robe.
  • An Ice Person: Ice-type specialist.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: In the Brycenman movies the title character is Affably Evil and uses Dark-types. Brycen himself may be The Stoic, but he's also a Gym Leader, which in the video games at least are almost all considered good people.
  • Meaningful Name: Brycen.
    • Hachiku rhymes with kachi, which when doubled up (kachikachi) serves as an onomatopoeia for something freezing solid.
  • Mythology Gag: In Pokémon Adventures' third arc, the main villain was Pryce, the Johto Ice Gym Leader, using the alternate identity of the "Mask of Ice."
    • Brycenman's (English) trainer title is "The Masked Man", which was the name The Mask of Ice went by in one of the manga's (also English) translations.
    • His English name is also very similar to Pryce's.
  • Noodle Incident: The events surrounding about the injury that made him retire from acting the first time around.
  • Recurring Element: He is the third seventh Gym Leader who specializes in Ice-type Pokémon, before returning to his acting career in the sequels.
  • Retired Badass: Inverted; he's a retired movie star who became a Gym Leader, so he only became truly badass after retirement. Played straight in the sequel when he gives up the Gym Leader position to return to film but remains a powerful trainer.
  • Slasher Smile: He plays a villain in a Pokéstar Studios movie, sporting one of these.
  • The Stoic: Word of God says he's like this because he used to be a movie star, and went into depression after his career ended. He then went to an icy cave alone to train and become more knowledgeable, and feels he must keep his identity a secret.
  • Signature Move: Frost Breath.
  • Warrior Monk: He retired from acting when he was injured, and found a new path in training Pokémon and receiving comfort and purpose from them.
  • Weapon of Choice: Beartic in Black and White. Cryogonal in the sequels during the Pokémon World Tournament. Zoroark in Pokestar Studios as Brycen-Man.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A light blue hair for his Ice-type speciality.


Opelucid City Gym Leader (White)—The Girl Who Knows the Hearts of Dragons

For information on Iris, check the Pokémon Champions page, as well as the Pokémon - Best Wishes page for her animated incarnation.

Drayden (Shaga)

Opelucid City Gym Leader (Black, Black 2, and White 2)—The Spartan Mayor

"As the mayor, I've given everything to developing the city. As a Trainer, I've simply been pursuing greater strength. But what I'm searching for now is a young Trainer who can show me a bright future. Perhaps you can show me that future, the way Iris has?"

The mayor of Opelucid City, who specializes in Dragon-types.

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He is the mayor of Opelucid City, and the eighth Gym Leader in Black. Even though he is the seventh in the sequels, he still poses a hefty challenge, even compared to Marlon.
  • Badass Beard: So badass it covers the entire bottom half of his face, and sort of resembles the lower jaw of a dragon. Heck, it's even been compared to the metal jaw of Neltharion (Deathwing), which is also jagged along the top and juts out in the bottom-front.
  • Badass Grandpa: Iris outright refers to him as her "Grandpa" in Black 2 and White 2. So badass in fact, Bianca mentions that he wrestles with his own Pokémon. To toughen himself up. And his Pokémon are fully evolved and fully fledged dragons
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: He studied abroad to learn more about Dragon-types, but is still quite the gentleman.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Dragon-type specialist.
  • Meaningful Name: Drayden resembles dragon.
  • Purely Aesthetic Gender: The only real difference between him and Iris in battle is that his Pokémon are male; they're the same species and have the same moves. Their Druddigon's abilities are different, too; his has Rough Skin, which could be a nasty surprise.
  • Red Baron: Spartan Mayor.
  • Retired Badass: In White, he's stepped down as Gym Leader.
  • Signature Move: Dragon Tail.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: In the first Black version, his Haxorus is underleveled. This can also apply in Black or White 2 under Easy Mode.
  • Theme Naming: In the Japanese version, his name is Japanese for "iris," complementing... Well, Iris.
  • Ultimate Authority Mayor: He's the effective ruler of Opelucid.
  • The Unfought: In White, where Iris is the 8th Gym Leader.
  • Weapon of Choice: Haxorus.

Marlon (Shizui)

Humilau City Gym Leader (Black 2 and White 2)— A Bigger Splash Than the Sea!

"You look strong! Shoots! Let's start!"

A swimmer specializing in Water-type Pokémon.

  • Adorkable: Holy god.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Similar to Elesa above, in that when visiting join avenue, he requests shops run by "a very energetic man." If you stand behind the female Jellicent/Frillfish half of the face board, he'll come out of the gym and take a photo with you from behind the male half. The face board is clearly meant for couples.
  • Anime Hair: It sticks up out of the water while he's swimming.
    • Animal Motifs: It resembles a shark fin when it does this, fitting him being a Water Gym Leader.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy
  • Big Brother Mentor: He's described to be like this to the protagonist.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Much like Cynthia, he leaves the fighting of the evil team to you. In Marlon's case though, it's because he isn't aware of Team Plasma's history and doesn't instantly accept they're evil in spite of what he's heard about them, to the point it seems someone tossed him an Idiot Ball to keep him from getting involved.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: According to the Nation Gymquirer, the guy can swim so fast he can shoot out from under the surface and into the air. An NPC gossips that he can swim nonstop for seven days and seven nights.
    • Brick Joke: He apparently does exactly that to get to the gangplank of the Plasma Frigate.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He is incredibly laid-back to the point he is almost entirely detached from reality — he runs off for a swim immediately after losing to you, claims that "the ocean accepts all rivers" as the reason why he doesn't see fighting Team Plasma as a big deal, and says that just because Team Plasma is flying their airship around Unova using their ice cannon to freeze over cities, doesn't mean he's gonna immediately accept that they're evil without thinking about it.
  • Elemental Eye Colors: His blue eyes are fitting for a Water-type expert.
  • Iconic Outfit: His Tan Lines.
  • Jump Scare: Unintentionally does one by blasting himself out of the Humilau sea to introduce himself to the players.
  • Making a Splash: One of two, the other being Cress.
  • Meaningful Name: Mare is Latin for sea, used as a root in words like marine and maritime. His name, Marlon, also resembles marlin, a type of fish.
    • Shizui = Sui (compound word for water)
  • Mr. Fanservice: Walks around with no shirt and is very fit and trim.
  • Nice Guy: To the point he doesn't rejudge people no matter what stories he's heard.
  • Prehistoric Monster: The first Pokémon he sends out is the prehistoric Carracosta.
  • Sea Monster: In any challenge, his team is composed of sea-dwelling Water-type monsters.
  • Signature Move: Scald.
  • Spanner in the Works: When Hugh and the player are looking for a way into the Plasma Frigate after the 8th gym, Marlon almost instantly pushes down the drawbridge...because he thinks the player needs help, and walks away like nothing happened. He may have been oblivious to Team Plasma's entire plot, but he definitely played a decent part in their defeat.
  • Stone Wall: In both normal and challenge modes, Marlon's team is generally defense-oriented. He uses scald often to inflict a burn to further reduce the damage you do to his Pokémon as well. His Carracosta subverts this, though, having the move Shell Smash, which lowers its Defenses but effectively doubles its Speed and offenses.
  • Surfer Dude: His localized dialogue has shades of this.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: The "dark" part is somewhat subverted by his prominent tan lines and very pale feet.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Another Water-type Gym Leader averse to covering up.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: His pants are part of a wet suit.
  • Weapon of Choice: Jellicent.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Water-type specialist, of course.

    Kalos Leaders 


Santalune City Gym Leader —The Camerawoman Who Never Lets a Single Smile Escape Her Focus

"Whether it's the tears of frustration that follow a loss or the blossoming of joy that comes with victory... They're both great subjects for my camera! Fantastic! This'll be just fantastic! Now come at me! My lens is always focused on victory—I won't let anything ruin this shot!"

A photographer specializing in Bug-type Pokémon.

  • Bare Your Midriff: A slim strip but it's there.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Notable for being both the first female Bug-type Gym Leader and specialist overall.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: A rare female example; she has very thick eyebrows.
  • Camera Fiend: She's a nature photographer, so of course she brings her camera everywhere with her.
  • Catch Phrase: "Fantastic! Just fantastic!"
  • Genre Savvy:
    • Enough to cleverly cover up her weaknesses — see Poor, Predictable Rock.
    • In rematches with her in the Battle Chateau, her Vivillon knows Powder, a priority move that causes Fire-type moves to backfire and damage the user.
  • Meaningful Name: "Viola" is the name of a genera of flowers and a butterfly.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Makes an effort to defy it; her Surskit is part Water-type and knows both Bubble and Water Sport, so your Fennekin will not have as easy a time as you might hope. Played straight in that her other Pokémon, Vivillon, is a Flying-type, making them both fodder for Pikachu. And Water does not help to stop Flying-types either.
  • Scunthorpe Problem: Due to the name censoring system in X and Y, it's impossible to name yourself or a Pokémon after her.
  • Signature Move: Infestation, a move used by her Vivillon.
  • The Smurfette Principle: As mentioned, she is the first female Bug-type Gym Leader.
  • Stealth Pun: She's a photographer, aka a "shutterbug".
  • Weapon of Choice: Vivillon.
  • Youngest Child Wins: The younger of two sisters, but she is a Gym Leader while Alexa works as a journalist. Though granted, it could simply be a different career choice.

Grant (Zakuro)

Cyllage City Gym Leader —The Wild Yet Cool and Collected Rock Climber

"I've been waiting in eager anticipation! What have I been waiting for? For a worthy challenger to appear! It's quite an achievement to have climbed all the way up here. Very impressive, actually! I have a feeling that our battle will turn out to be worth the wait! I hope you'll show me that your skill as a Trainer surpasses even mine."

A rock climber who also specializes in other sports, specializing in Rock-types.

  • Anime Hair: Shaped like a rock-climbing wall.
  • Bishōnen: He's rather androgynous.
  • Climbing the Cliffs of Insanity: His Gym, not level exaggerated of course.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: The pose, the brown Anime Hair with jewels, the badge, and the fact he's a rock climber makes it obvious he's a Rock-type Gym Leader.
  • Genre Savvy: Sure Rock-types has got a lot of weaknesses, but there are actually good reasons why some homework may be needed this time. Firstly both of Grant's Pokémon are ridiculously bulky for this point in the game, which does dampen super effective hits. Secondly, they also have really strong attacks, so your Pokémon better be able to either guarantee an OHKO against them or take a hit. Thirdly, while Fire-type starters are useless against Grant, Water and Grass aren't much better this time: they are countered/resisted by the two Pokémon's double-typings and movepools. Finally, all of this is done at a earlier stage than previously - you don't expect such weakness-countering in most other Pokémon games.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: As mentioned in his above description, he specializes in other sports.
  • Kryptonite Is Everywhere: Zig-zagged this time. Sure Rock-types has got a lot of weaknesses, and there are lot more Pokémon that you could catch including those that have a type advantage. However, because of the reasons stated in the Genre Savvy entry above, not all of the aforementioned Pokémon are necessarily effective against Grant.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Unlike Brock, Roxanne, and Roark, Grant is the first Rock-type to not be the first Gym in their region that the player challenges (unless you count Brock in GSC/HGSS, who will probably be one of the last gym leaders you fight).
    • He's also the first gym leader you fight that uses a dragon type Pokémon this early.
  • Informed Ability: The only hints we know of his preference for sports are the Gym and his gear. He is apparently an ace cyclist given he finishes a race in first just before you arrived.
  • Knuckle Cracking: He cracks his neck just before your battle with him starts. Though in this case it seems more like a way to loosen his muscles than to intimidate you.
  • Meaningful Name: Grant is short for "Granite" as well as "Pomegranate", keeping the meaning his Japanese name had.
  • Perpetual Frowner: In the artwork and game.
  • Signature Move: Rock Tomb.
  • The Stoic: Unlike other leaders, again.
  • Weapon of Choice: Averted. He uses both fossil lines from Kalos, but they're the exact same Level, so neither can count as an "ace". However in the Battle Chateau he slightly leans to Tyrantrum, with Aurorus using more support moves while Tyrantrum is an all-out attacker. Also, in the anime, his Amaura is replaced with an Onix, but Tyrunt remains.

Korrina (Corni)

Shalour City Gym Leader —The Evolution Fighter!

A roller-skater girl, specializing in Fighting-types. She's also the Mega Evolution successor, and the one who gives you the Mega Ring.

  • Anti-Climax: Either her Mega Lucario gets a lucky Critical Hit on yours thus decimating your first ever Mega Evolution battle, or you get the Critical Hit or spam the hell out of Power-Up Punch twice.
  • Badass Adorable: She's adorable alright, but she's a master Fighting-type trainer and commands Lucario.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Fighting-type specialist.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: She is very chatty and energetic and will kick your ass while doing it.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She is the third gym leader, but appears a few towns before you meet Grant, the 2nd Gym Leader.
  • Climax Boss: Defeating her for the last time wraps up many of the plot threads in the early game.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Fighting type Pokémon are almost always at a disadvantage against Ghost types, but Korrina's have almost no defense against them (Almost all of her Pokémon's moves are Fighting or Normal, with the exception being Machoke's Rock Tomb ), which can lead to situations like these.
  • Demoted to Extra: She has quite the presence in the story... Until after your gym battle with her, after which she's content to just stay in her town the rest of the game, bar Battle Chateau rematches.
  • Duel Boss: Atop the Tower of Mastery, she battles you in a one-on-one battle, your new Lucario versus hers.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Her Japanese name comes from "cornichon", the French word for "gherkin". This goes in hand with her grandfather's name: in English, it's Gurkinn, but in Japanese, it's Concombre, French for "cucumber".
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: She invokes this description of Power-Up Punch when she gives the TM to you.
  • Friendly Rival: A first amongst Gym Leaders, she encounters you a few times during the beginning of your journey and you two have a series of battles up until you finally get access to Mega Evolution.
  • The Gadfly: Downplayed. She indulges in screwing with the Player Character here and there such as jokingly overreacting about losing and saying she will resign as Gym Leader.
  • Genki Girl: She's rarely seen without a cheery smile, even if she holds two jobs as both a Gym Leader and the Mega Evolution Successor.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Averted. She is shown wearing the safety headgear that is necessary for rollerblading.
  • Hidden Depths: One wouldn't expect an energetic and feisty young girl to be an authority on the concept of Mega Evolutions.
  • Hot-Blooded: One of her Lucario, the one that takes a liking to you, appears to be this towards the other one she has. She herself also fits this trope.
  • It Was a Gift: Hands you one of her Lucarios after beating her (or getting beaten) at the Tower of Mastery.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name sounds like "k-arena".
  • Large Ham: How does she make an entrance? She enters from above and shouts "Lady Korrina makes her big debut!" with the chatbox indicating it was a large shout.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Zigzagged. While previous Fighting-type Gym Leaders or Elite Four members show that they practice martial arts and have some discipline to them, Korrina's way of showing her dedication to Fighting types are through sports. On the other hand, the martial art/"discipline" she practices is Mega Evolution.
  • Legacy Character: She is the descendant of the first trainer who performed the first ever Mega Evolution, with a Lucario no less.
  • Little Miss Badass: She looks fairly young, but she is a Fighting-type Gym Leader and knows the Mega Evolution process.
  • Modesty Shorts: Wears black biker shorts under her skirt.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Is really into rollerskating, which is why her gym is designed like an obstacle course for someone who does it.
  • Pungeon Master: She can't speak a sentence without making a roller-skating related pun. Especially how she can roll with the punches.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is very long.
  • Recurring Boss: She first fights you in a friendly spar a few towns before you reach her Gym, then you have the actual Gym battle, and then you fight her in a sort of Mega-Evolution tutorial battle in the Tower of Mastery. Not counting formal rematches or Cheren's Call Back team in Black 2/White 2, this marks the first time since Giovanni that a Gym Leader is fought more than once and outside their own gym.
  • Rollerblade Good: Definitely qualifies for the "badass" part of the trope.
  • Signature Move: Power-Up Punch.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Wears one sticking out from her helmet.
  • Weapon of Choice: Hawlucha and Lucario. The former is the one that she uses in her Gym Battle. The latter only sees battle when you meet her in the town before her Gym, when she challenges you to a Mega Lucario duel at the top of the Tower of Mastery, and when you fight her as a Duke/Duchess at the Battle Chateau.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: After you beat her in the Gym battle, she mentions that you have to go to the Tower of Mastery to get the ring from her.

Ramos (Fukuji)

Coumarine City Gym Leader —The Old Growth is Still in Bloom!

"So what'd yeh think, whippersnapper? Did yeh enjoy the garden playground I made with all these sturdy plants o' mine? Their strength is a sign o' my strength as a gardener and a Gym Leader! Yeh sure yer up to facing all that?"

An old gardener who specializes in Grass-types.

Clemont (Citron)

Lumiose City Gym Leader —The Inventor Lighting Up the World

"The future is now, thanks to science!"

A Gadgeteer Genius young boy who specializes in Electric-types.

  • Adorkable: His banter with his younger sister, Bonnie, suggests Clemont tries really hard to get people to take him seriously, but it doesn't work too well.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: His sister Bonnie, who keeps stealing his speeches during his Gym Battle.
  • Awesome Backpack: It has two robot arms extending from it.
  • Bungling Inventor: Heavily implied. One person from the central Pokémon Center mentions that while Clemont is an inspiration for inventors alike, most of his inventions don't work. After Shauna uses the Clemont's puzzle invention to unlock Team Flare's door, the device breaks down.
  • Catchphrase: "The future is now!"
  • Chekhov's Gift: Shauna mentions early on Clemont made her a device that could solve any puzzle for her if frustrated when you reach Centrico Plaza the first time in X & Y. The device ends up being really important near the end of Team Flare's plot when a door needs to be hacked open.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: The two arms coming out of his backpack seems designed for different purposes.
  • For Science!: His motivation... SCIENCE!
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He designed the entire Prism Tower from top to bottom, the PSS and Super Training system and also enjoys inventing gizmos in his spare time.
  • Genre Savvy: Thought you could use Ground-types to sweep him? He has an Emolga as his first mon to cover the Electric-type's weakness to Ground attacks, just like Elesa. He also has a Heliolisk that knows Grass Knot for super-effective damage. Also, if you were thinking of trying to tank him with Grass-types, Emolga knows Aerial Ace.
  • Idiot Hair: Loosely shaped like a lightning bolt.
  • Improbable Age: He seems to be younger than Serena and Calem, and yet he's already into advanced cybernetics and designing enormous towers.
  • Legacy Character: He keeps the obligatory Electric-type Gym Leader trend for each region. Johto lacks one as they have their Kanto neighbors with Lt. Surge.
  • Meaningful Name: His Japanese name is Citron and his English name is Clemont. Lemons and Citrus fruits can produce an electrical current. His English name also seems to come from inclement, which means stormy weather.
  • Mundane Utility: If he decides to give you a Pearl String in the Battle Chateau, he mentions activating his gift-giving machine to do it.
  • Odd Friendship: Not exactly odd, but he and Bonnie are apparently really good friends with Shauna.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: Fitting with his love of science.
  • Recurring Element: A Gadgeteer Genius Electric-type leader, one of the many returns to this generation.
  • Shock and Awe: His mechanical backpack, the inventor archetype, his lightning bolt-shaped Idiot Hair, and the design of the badge he gives clearly point to his specialty of Electric-types.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Not as short as Trevor, but still shorter than Calem/Serena.
  • Signature Move: Thunderbolt. His Emolga gets Volt Switch instead.
  • Weapon of Choice: Heliolisk is his strongest Pokémon.

Valerie (Mache)

Laverre City Gym Leader —The Maiden from a Land with History

"Oh, if it isn't a young Trainer... So you've flown all the way through my Gym, fluttering down to me on a fortunate wind. ...I hope your visit will prove entertaining to you. The elusive Fairy types may appear frail as a breeze and delicate as a bloom, but they are strong."

A fashion designer originally hailing from Johto who specializes in Fairy-types.

  • Animal Motifs: Her outfit has a clear butterfly motif.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: She can get easily distracted by stuff that glimmers, her badge being one.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a beautiful and adorable young lady, as well as a Gym Leader who specializes in Fairy-type Pokémon.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She is a fashion designer from the Johto region. Fitting, as the trainers in her gym are Furisode Girls, who are a Mythology Gag in regards to the Kimono Girls from Johto.
  • Call Back: Her gym has the same kind of teleporting puzzle as Sabrina's gym from Pokémon Red and Blue, and like the anime's version of Sabrina she's got a bit of a doll motif.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Gives off a rather strong vibe of being this. It also is even more so given she is from Johto, which is based off of Kansai.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: Mentions that she's always wanted to be a Pokémon. Given the sewing machine found in her gym, her follower's obsession for fashion, and the fact that she kinda looks like a Fairy-type Pokémon, it is reasonable to assume that she's into Moe Anthropomorphism.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Valerie is an adherent of Wa Lolita fashion, an offshoot of Lolita subculture that combines dark Victorian aesthetics with traditional Japanese kimonos.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Her eyes have an other worldly appearance compared to the other gym leaders.
  • The Fashionista: She is a fashion designer from Johto. Given all of the trainers have unique outfits, the dollhouse shows some sewing equipment, and that Laverre City houses a Boutique, it's far from an Informed Ability.
  • Genre Savvy: Has a Mawile as her first mon to cover the Fairy-type's weakness to Poison and Steel attacks.
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Her outfit's sleeves (which she most likely made herself) are wing-shaped and huge (The reason her picture is cut off is because her sleeves broke the image width limit).
    • Her character model actually takes up the width of about 2 or 3 people due to them. You can actually talk to her by pressing A while facing her sleeves instead of Valerie herself.
  • Meaningful Name: Rhymes with faerie and possibly derives from "valor".
  • Monochromatic Eyes: Her eyes show no pupil and almost no sclera, playing with this trope in order to invoke the butterfly motif.
  • Mythology Gag: All Trainers in her Gym are Furisode Girls—a throwback to the Kimono Girls, the iconic Trainer class that's exclusive to Valerie's home region Johto.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Those aforementioned eyes are unique to her and the Fairy Tale Girls.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: She wears it on top of her dress though.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Specializes in Fairy-types.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Gives off this vibe. Strongly.
  • Purple Eyes: A Gray-Indigo shade to be specific. Fitting for a the first Gym Leader Specialist of the Fairy-type.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes down up to her knees.
  • Signature Move: Dazzling Gleam, though only her Mr. Mime and Sylveon know it, leaving Mawile with Play Rough.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She describes Fairy-type Pokémon to be this.
    The elusive Fairy types may appear frail as a breeze and delicate as a bloom, but they are strong.
    • She may qualify as well. It's stated in-game that that Pimped-Out Dress of hers weighs thirty pounds.
  • Toy Time: Her Gym invokes this with its dollhouse-like design.
  • Vague Age: While she is obviously young, it is pretty hard to tell whether she's a teenager or a young woman.
  • Weapon of Choice: Sylveon.
  • Woman Child: Her Gym is literally a dollhouse and she tells you she wants to be a Pokémon. Add that to the seeming lack of maturity, and she's this.

Olympia (Gojika)

Anistar City Gym Leader —The Person Who Makes Paths with Starlight

"A ritual to decide your fate and future. The battle begins!"

A mysterious woman who specializes in Psychic-types.

  • Ambiguously Brown: Dark-skinned but no clear nationality, putting aside Pokémon's geography.
  • Anime Hair: The most glaring example out of the Kalos Gym Leaders.
  • Badass: She's the seventh Leader, but her team's levels are higher than those of the eighth and final Leader in Johto, Hoenn and Unova note  ďż˝ and almost on pair with the eighth and final of Kanto and Sinnoh. From a non-battle standpoint, Sabrina's psychic abilities pale in comparison to the things she displayed.
  • Badass Cape: A long and flowing cape whose interior side looks like a galaxy.
  • Crystal Ball: The shape of her Badge invokes this trope.
  • Foreshadowing: She warns the player about a power that awakens and voices of woe in the near future. Not long after the player has left the Gym, the Big Bad appears on everyone's Holo Caster announcing his plan to awaken the version's legendary and activate the ultimate weapon that will kill everyone who's not part of Team Flare.
  • Gravity Master: She's managed to make the platforms of her gym follow a metaphysical small, spherical structure through cosmic manipulation, not all that different to the localised points of gravity in the Distortion World. This is implied to have a couple more purposes in relation to her psychic powers - according to Gym Freaks a low-gravity environment stimulates psionics.
  • Haiku: She all but speaks in haiku the whole time. Especially notable in the Japanese version.
  • Meaningful Name: It comes from Olympus, the home of the gods in Classical Mythology, relating to the Psychic-type's mystical and mysterious nature.
  • Power Floats: She's able to use her Psychic Powers to levitate.
  • Perpetual Smiler: The only expression she seems to have is a serene smile.
  • Psychic Powers: Both in type preference and being a really strong one to boot.
  • Reality Warper: Heavily implied. The entire plane of her Gym gets warped the moment you enter and is held there by the absorbing the cosmos, implying it is Olympia's doing. If that's the case, she could give Sabrina a real run for her money.
  • Screw Destiny: Although she does have the power to see into the future, this is the advice she gives to the player. "Create your own path. Let nothing get in your way. Your fate, your future."
  • Seer: She's demonstrated a level of clairvoyance.
  • Signature Move: Calm Mind, which in her Gym Battle, is known by two of her three Pokémon.
  • Star-Spangled Spandex: Not the spandex, but the inside of her cape, which looks like the night sky or the universe.
  • Teleportation: After you defeat her, she offers to teleport you to the entrance of the Gym as a short-cut.
  • Terse Talker: She speaks in as few words as possible, mostly because her dialogue is almost entirely in Haiku.
  • Weapon of Choice: Female Meowstic.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair

Wulfric (Urup)

Snowbelle City Gym Leader —Tough as an Iceberg, Hot as a Furnace

"Y'know what? Ice is both extremely hard and terribly fragile at the same time. You know what that means? Depending on which Pokémon you choose and what moves they use, I could be your most challenging opponent yet or I could be a total pushover. But that's all right. That's how it should be! Anyway, enough of my rambling! Let's get this show on the road!"

An old man who specializes in Ice-type Pokémon.

  • Awesome Mccool Name: His name is Wulfric for crying out loud.
  • Badass: His team is in the mid-high 50's, making him the highest level Gym Leader you can battle pre-Champion. In particular, his Avalugg is level 59, making it the highest-level Pokémon used by any Gym Leader. To put that in perspective, that level is higher than Steven Stone, Wallace, and Iris' highest-leveled Pokémon, and is on par with the lowest-leveled Pokémon of Blue and Cynthia!
  • Badass Grandpa: He's old but he's still awesome.
  • Badass Mustache: Forms vaguely icicle-like shapes, or perhaps the tusks of a walrus.
  • Big Fun: The guy has a big gut, but an even bigger heart.
  • Cavalier Competitor: When you talk to him in the Battle Chateau, he basically tells you the reason he does Pokémon Battles is simply because he enjoys it.
  • Catch Phrase: "You know what?"
  • Coat Cape: A heavy blue coat tied around his neck.
  • Cool Old Guy: When you first meet him, he is visiting some Pokémon that were supposedly mistreated in the past and recognizes the player's bond with their mons. He acts as a kindly uncle of sorts, bidding the player a formal good luck as they head off for the Pokémon League.
    • He also casually comments that the battle will be easy or hard depending on what Pokémon you brought, lampshading how some players tailor their teams to beat specific leaders, as well as the Ice-type's offensive and defensive matchups.
  • Genre Savvy: As the quote indicates, he knows the Ice type has many weaknesses, but still uses it, fully knowing he could either curbstomp the player or get curbstomped.
  • Gentle Giant: He takes care of mistreated Pokémon. Coupled with his size, he's a giant teddy bear.
    • He takes up three horizontal/vertical tiles in his overworld model, just like Valerie. You can speak to him standing in front of any of those tiles.
  • Fat and Proud: He doesn't mention it in any dialogue but he does give his gut a good hearty smack before battling you.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He is one of the curators of the Pokémon Village, a village filled with Pokémon who were abandoned or mistreated.
  • Hot-Blooded: He is far more emotional than Brycen is, but isn't quite on Candice's level.
  • Hidden Depths: He apparently is a fan of the Brycen-man movies, according to the In-universe TV show about Gym Leaders.
  • An Ice Person: An Ice-type specialist.
    • He even points out that the type can go from Mighty Glacier to Glass Cannon depending on their opponents, as well as their good offensive abilities and multiple defensive weaknesses!
  • Lampshade Hanging: His comment that he will either be one of the hardest opponents you will face or a complete pushover. Not only does this refer to players who bring types strong against Ice, but also the fact that Ice is a great attacking type but has several defensive weaknesses, and also to the fact that his strongest Pokémon, Avalugg, has extremely high defense but virtually no special defense, while his Cryogonal's stats are the reverse.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Especially remarkable considering his type of choice.
  • Signature Move: Ice Beam, known by his Abomasnow and Cryogonal.
  • Stone Wall: His strategy is to pair up the physical wall Avalugg with the special wall Cyrogonal.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Continuing with Kalos' tendency to play with the lineup rosters, Wulfric is an Ice-type Gym Leader that is last instead of 7th like Pryce, Candice, and Brycen. In addition, his gym is the first Ice-type Gym that doesn't feature ice sliding puzzles.
  • Weapon of Choice: Avalugg.