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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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    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!"

Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN) (Origins)

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

  • Bishōnen
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Of the Rock variety.
  • Early Bird Boss: In Red/Green/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/LeafGreen kept that detail and gave Charmander Metal Claw.
    • Charmander can actually prove effective against Brock, should one level it up enough to use Ember, which is very likely to leave a burn effect on Geodude and Onix, and also exploits their awful Special Defense.
  • 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: 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.
  • Rock Based Pokémon: Both his Geodude and his Onix.
  • Warm-Up Boss: For Red or Green if Bulbasaur or Squirtle was chosen. Geodude and Onix both have a 4x weakness to both types, and no power to resist special attacks in general.
    • Wake-Up Call Boss: For choosing Charmander (or receiving Pikachu in Yellow); the Rock-type cuts Fire damage in half (though you could still power through against Geodude's and Onix's poor resistance to special attacks... and Charmander learns Metal Claw in Generation 3 anyway, which Nerfs his challenge further — though he makes up for it with Rock Tomb). In Yellow, you also can't beat Onix by drenching it with sprinklers, so you have to go and catch Pokemon with attacks that can bypass Ground and Rock resistances. Lucky for you Yellow offers you access to Fighting and Psychic type moves so early, huh?
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: His original Red/Green/Blue sprite features him as shirtless but, interestingly, his official art for the games never seems to reflect this.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Until HGSS, all his Pokémon had a double weakness to Grass. The only Pokémon he gained in HGSS 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 BW 2 switches it with an Aerodactyl, whose Flying type balances out that weakness.
  • Weapon of Choice: Onix. One of the few trainers to never evolve their Pokémon even in high-leveled rematches in other games, due to Onix losing its Rock typing upon evolution (and Jasmine already has a Steelix). Strangely, he doesn't give it an Eviolite to take advantage of this detail, instead giving it a Salac Berry to couple with its Sturdy ability. But in the World Leaders and Rock Type Expert Tournaments in the Pokémon World Tournament, it does have an Eviolite.

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.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: She wasn't bad-looking originally, but her HeartGold and SoulSilver design is... wow.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In her original design.
  • Continuity Nod: 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 Fire Red and Leaf Green, one of her Fame Checker records declares that she's had high hopes for a date at that very spot, which is a Nod to her bad luck in love doubling-up with a Call Forward.
  • 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: To Lorelei.
  • Fiery Redhead: Not altogether that fiery; at worst she can get a little irritable. When you first meet her in RGBY and FRLG she's actually quite perky.
  • Improbable Power Discrepancy: Her training place is Seafoam Islands. The Pokémon in Seafoam Islands are higher-leveled than hers. Given that this line is even in the original games, it's probably the first hint that Gym Leaders use Pokémon teams specific to their Gyms, given that later games allow for Gym Leader rematches with all Gym Leaders being around the same levels.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Trains two of them, but Starmie especially. It's very fast and hits hard with Bubblebeam/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
  • Meaningful Name: Misty. It should be noted that Kasumi pretty much means the same in Japanese.
  • Mythology Gag: If you take a Togepi following you to her gym in HGSS and talk to it, it begins crying softly. Togepi was the iconic Pokémon of the anime version of Misty... and cried a lot.
    • Misty's Gym Leader Castle incarnation in Pokemon Stadium 2 has a Togetic in her Round 1 battle. (In Round 2, it's replaced by the more powerful Wigglytuff).
  • She's Got Legs: A handy side-effect of her Walking Swimsuit Scene.
  • Shorttank: In Pokemon Yellow, she even has her iconic Trope Codifying outfit.
  • 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.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: All official artwork and sprites show her with a swimsuit, and just that unlike in the sequel games.
    • 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.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: 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, her Starmie is not a Pokémon to take lightly even with favorable type matchups. Entire teams have been ripped apart by her Starmie's Bubblebeam (RBY) or Water Pulse (FRLG) because of its amazing Speed and Special Attack.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Eagleland: Take a look at his title. Type 1, by the way.
  • 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: His Pokémon are faster than most, but they still can't quite take a hit.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Designed the gate puzzle in his Gym.
  • Glass Cannon: Comes with training Electric-type Pokémon.
  • Gratuitous English: This is how he speaks in the Japanese versions of the games.
    • He does it in the French versions too, but only of the remakes, for some odd reason.
  • Large Ham
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Shock and Awe
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps
  • 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."

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!"

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!"

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...
  • Bishounen: Especially in the remakes.
  • Blow You Away
  • 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. He's supposedly traveling, and while not necessarily missing, the player never meets him.
    • Some of Falkner's dialogue in the Pokémon World Tournament suggests his father may be deceased. He hopes his father is watching him from above. Or, if you think about it, "above" may mean from the back of the Flying-type Pokémon he uses to travel.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He'll sometimes call you just to complain that Janine doesn't talk about anything other than her father.
  • Meaningful Name: "Hayato" is a common Japanese boy's name, 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
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the remakes, you can re-challenge the gym leaders post-game. By that time, Falkner uses a new team of six, all with decent movesets that can annoy anyone who's unprepared.
  • 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. Well, he is the first gym leader...
  • 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
  • You Gotta Have 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."

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!"

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
  • Blue Oni: To Eusine's Red Oni.
  • Four Is Death: He's the fourth Johto Gym Leader you face.
  • 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, giving a new meaning to the phrase Four Is Death above.
  • 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.
  • Scarf of Asskicking
  • Soul Power
  • 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!"

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."

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!"

  • Always Someone Better: How she thinks of her cousin, Lance.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Gal
  • Badass: Despite the 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 that. When you face her in the Pokémon World Tournament, she has three psuedo-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
  • Boobs of Steel
  • The Chosen One: Sees herself as such, which makes her defeat at your hands that much more devastating.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Blackthorn Gym is filled with what appears to be lava. Nope, nobody ever feels any effects.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • 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 earned the position because Lance is busy being Champion.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons
  • Jerkass: After you beat her, Clair pisses and moans and 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Clair is a play on a dragon's lair.
    • "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.
  • Running Gag: Characters in-game make fun of her choice of clothing.
  • 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.
  • 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

    Hoenn Leaders 

Roxanne (Tsutsuji)

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?"

  • Cool Teacher
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Of the Rock variety.
  • Hair Decorations: Her pink ribbon.
  • Meaningful Name: Roxanne = Rocks.
    • Tsutsuji = Tsuchinote 
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt
  • 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.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Only female Rock-type gym leader.
  • Vague Age: Even noted in-universe by the man in the Pokemon 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!"

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!"

  • Badass Beard
  • Big Fun
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He's in charge of the underground power plant, New Mauville, so he might count as this.
  • The Hyena: Just look at him! That's pretty much his default pose.
  • Meaningful Name: Wattson.
    • His Japanese name is a homonym for steel wiring. It's also worth noting that 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.
  • Shock and Awe
  • Weapon of Choice: In Ruby and Sapphire, he was the only Hoenn Gym Leader whose signature Pokémon was not introduced in Hoenn, with it being a Magneton. Emerald retcons it to Manectric, which he seems to keep for Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.
    • Pre-release artwork of the remakes seem to indicate that he's back to using Magneton.

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!"

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!"

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!"

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.
  • Badass Adorable: Two twins are this.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Tate, mostly due to the fact he looks almost exactly like his sister.
  • 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).
  • Hair Decorations: Liza's bow.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences
  • Half-Identical Twins: Tate is a boy, Liza is a girl.
  • Improbable Age: They are most likely the youngest Gym Leaders in the series, aside from Bugsy.
  • Meaningful Name/Punny Name: All Gym Leaders have a punny and meaningful name, but theirs is really clever. 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".
  • Psychic Powers
  • Single-Minded Twins: Possibly, as being twins seems to be their main shtick.
  • Stock Foreign Name: They have Chinese names in the Japanese versions.
  • Twin Telepathy
  • Weapon of Choice: Solrock for Tate, and Lunatone for Liza. Fittingly, the Sun is usually considered masculine and the Moon feminine.

Wallace (Mikuri)

Sootopolis City Gym Leader (Ruby and 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!"

  • Badass Mustache
  • The Casanova: Apparently, seeing as his Gym is full of female trainers...
  • Classy Cravat
  • Making a Splash
  • Meaningful Name: Juan is pronounced similarly to "water".
    • Adan can be written with the kanji for "open sea".
  • Retired Badass: Wallace's mentor and the former Sootopolis Gym Leader. He returns to his previous position, taking Wallace’s place, in Emerald.
  • 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!"

  • Bishōnen
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Of the Rock variety.
  • Meaningful Name: Roark "the Rock" speaks for itself.
    • Alternatively, Roark, as in "ore".
    • Hyouta contains the first syllable of takenote 
  • Megane-kun
  • Nice Helmet
  • Recurring Element: For being the third first Gym Leader that specializes in Rock-types.
  • 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 Crandios 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: His father Byron wanted Riley to be the Gym Leader instead of Roark.
  • White Gloves

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!"

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
  • 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
  • Masked Luchador
  • Mask Power
  • 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.
  • Stout Strength: Like many luchadors in fiction, he has a belly on him.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene
  • Weapon of Choice: Floatzel, despite 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!"

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!"

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.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Elesa is this to him.
  • Elemental Hair: Blond and spiky, being an Electric specialist.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Shock and Awe
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Flint's red.
  • The Stoic
  • 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: It can be implied that he still had ring rust during your gym battle with him, because when the protagonist and Barry have a rematch double battle against Volkner and Flint, Volkner's pokemon are the same exact levels as Flint's.

    Unova Leaders 

Cilan (Dent)

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

"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: Ryōhei 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.
  • Childhood Friends: With Bianca and either Hilbert or Hilda.
  • Com Mons: His Gym team consists of two of them.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • 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.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners/Platonic Life Partners: With Hilbert and Hilda, depending on which one you choose.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Serious Business: 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. 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 sprite in Black and White had a variant that had her carried her apron that way. (she was wearing it in the Japanese version, but it was feared she'd seem too mammy-like to American players) Oddly, though, the original sprite's back in the sequel games.) See Mammy below.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Everything's Precious With Puppies: Herdier.
  • Happily Married: To the vice-curator of her museum.
  • Hartman Hips: Dayum.
  • Mammy: By design but not by personality. 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
  • Team Mom: Of the gym leaders. She was apparently designed to be motherly according to Word of God. Sadly, everyone misinterpreted said intention.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Much harder to take down than the trio. Her Pokémon's levels are 18 and 20, which is a steep jump up from what you've been facing, and both hit like tanks. Using a Roggenrola won't help you much either, since they both know Dark moves to get around its resistance to normal attacks. The Watchog even knows Hypnosis, to make things worse (you did give those Chesto berries that Cheren gave you to your Timburr, right?).
    • And the first thing Watchog uses is Retaliate. Which is immediately after you faint her Herdier, therefore it's going to be a base 140 STAB attack. There's gonna be a really long time before you see a move with so much base power again. Even if you managed to switch out the two somehow, you're still not safe, because Herdier knows Retaliate as well. It's so nasty that the man in the Pokémon World Tournament who tells you about Gym Leaders mentions the move by name.
  • Weapon of Choice: Watchog.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

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 / Deadpan Snarker: 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 Pokemon 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
  • 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.
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: Averted. The bassist is the Gym Leader!
  • Poisonous Person
  • Pokémon Motifs: Her bass somewhat resembles the Scolipede line.
  • The Rock Star
  • The Southpaw: She plays the bass with her left hand.
  • 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

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.
  • Biseinen
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Elesa.
  • Weapon of Choice: Leavanny.

Elesa (Kamitsure)

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.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Bi the Way: Implied as heavily as an E rated game can get away with. She blows the protagonist a kiss at the end of the Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 credits regardless of gender, and is closest of friends with Skyla.
    • It doesn't help that the shops in the Join Avenue she wants to check out are always ones with a "dazzlingly cute girl."
  • 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
  • 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: Leads with Emolga in both Black & White and the sequels, throwing off any player with the idea they could mow down the Gym with a Ground-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: "The Pokémon in Nimbasa city 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 line-ups.
  • Meaningful Name: Elesa = Electricity.
    • Kamitsure = Kaminari (Lightning)
  • Ms. Fanservice: Somebody had fun designing her.
  • 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 Celebrities Were Harmed: Possibly meant to be a send up to Lady Gaga. She wears ostentatious but ever changing outfits and in the English version mentions that Pokémon trainers were "Born This Way".
  • 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
  • Shock and Awe
  • 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. She is also infamous for her Emolga as well. See No Sell and Genre Savvy above.
  • 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.

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.
  • Bruce Lee Clone: Movie star? Check. A martial artist-like appearance? Check.
  • Cool Mask
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: He's wearing what looks like half a robe.
  • An Ice Person
  • 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 Special's 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: For being the third seventh Gym Leader that specializes in Ice-type Pokemon, before returning to his acting career in the sequels.
  • Retired Badass: From being a Gym Leader, at least.
  • SignatureMon: Beartic in Black and White. Cryogonal in the sequels during the Pokemon World Tournament. Zoroark in Pokestar Studios as Brycen-Man.
  • 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.
  • Warrior Monk
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair


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 Pokemon 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
  • 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.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: In the first Black version, his Haxorus is under levelled. 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
  • 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 (water)
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Nice Guy
  • 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.
  • Stone Wall: In both normal and challenge modes, Marlon's team is generally defense-oriented. 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
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene
  • Weapon of Choice: Jellicent.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

    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
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Notable for being both the first female Bug-type Gym Leader and specialist overall.
  • Big Ol' 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: If one is lucky enough to catch a Pikachu, her Pokemon are both fried by electricity.
    • Subverted. One could mistake her as being easy to mow down with Fennekin, but her first mon is a Surskit, which could throw some people off.
    • Later played straight in all Battle Chateau rematches where the Surskit evolves into Masquerain, meaning both of her mons have a 4x Rock Weakness.
  • 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
  • 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.
    • 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 Pokemon this early.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: As mentioned in his above description, he specializes in other sports.
  • Kryptonite Is Everywhere: Sadly, despite the high levels and potential damage his team can dish out, it's REALLY not hard to have a move that either of his two Pokemon are weak to.
    • Genre Savvy: That said, said supereffective moves may not help much unless if it's a x4 weakness or a Special move. Furthermore, it's easy to make the mistake of thinking you can use your Grass starter (both Kalos and Kanto), or your Kalos Water starter against both of Grant's Pokémon, which is defensively risky for one note  and only deals neutral damage against the other. This is one case that you need to look beyond obvious type advantages.
  • 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.
  • 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".

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.
  • Artificial Stupidity: Fighting type Pokémon are almost always at a disadvantage against Ghost types, but Korrina's have 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.
  • Badass Adorable
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Fighting-type
  • 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.
  • 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: The duel she imposes to you at the Tower of Mastery.
  • 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.
  • Expy: She is the third Gym Leader you fight, owns Fighting-types, mains Lucario, has a Machoke in her Gym battle, and is a tough girl who's looked up by others older than her. It's Diamond & Pearl Maylene if she was into rollerblades and didn't have an implied gambler of a father.
  • 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.
    • Beware the Nice Ones: Then she challenges you to a Lucario-on-Lucario duel on the top of the Tower of Mastery, sporting a kickass-looking character artwork with her looking all serious and showing off the Mega Glove on her left hand.
  • 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 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/Cute Bruiser: She looks fairly young, but she is a Fighting-type Gym Leader and knows the Mega Evolution process.
  • Modesty Shorts
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Mega Ring is in the Tower of Mastery: 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.
  • 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 and also enjoys inventing gizmos in his spare time.
  • Genre Savvy: Has an Emolga as his first mon to cover the Electric-type's weakness to Ground attacks, just like Elesa.
  • 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.
  • Weapon of Choice: Heliolisk.

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 Pokemon. 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 pokemon, 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.
  • 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.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Specializes in Fairy-types.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Gives off this vibe. Strongly.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes down up to her knees.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She describes Fairy-type Pokemon 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
  • 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  — 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Star-Spangled Spandex: Not the spandex, but 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
  • 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 Pokemon League.
    • He also casually comments that the battle will be easy or hard depending on what Pokemon you brought, lampshading how some players tailor their teams to beat specific leaders, as well as the Ice-type's offensive and defensive matchups.
  • 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 Pokemon 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.
  • 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.

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