Characters: Pokémon Other Non-Playable Characters
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Pokémon Professors are considered experts on Pokémon in their respective regions. They are often researchers and are the ones responsible for for distributing Pokédexes and giving the player character their starter Pokémon (except in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
). They are all named after trees.
Professor Samuel Oak (Dr. Ookido)
Voiced by: Katsuji Mori (JP), Kyle Hebert
The Pokémon Professor native to the Kanto region who specializes in the study of the relationships between humans and Pokémon. He is the grandfather of the player character's rival in Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, and their remakes
- Absent-Minded Professor: He doesn't even remember his own grandson's name and has to be reminded by the player at the beginning of the game.
- Big Good
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- Cool Old Guy
- Fountain of Expies/Legacy Character: There is always a Professor in whatever region the game you're playing takes place in.
- I Was Quite a Looker: According to Agatha.
- Mr. Exposition
- Nice Guy: He adores Pokémon and people alike.
- Put on a Bus: Remakes of the earlier games aside, more recent titles have reduced him to cameos or mentions by other characters, if that.
- Retired Badass: According to Agatha. While functional trainer data for him exists in Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow (as well as data for a trainer class, but no team data, for him in Pokémon Fire Red and Leaf Green), it's impossible to fight him without utilization of cheating devices or glitches. Interestingly enough, his team is tied with Mewtwo in terms of level and, unlike every opponent save for Blue, has a decent array of types.
- And since he can enter the hall of fame, it is implied he was once a champion in canon too, although he cannot be battled.
- Badass Grandpa: If you manage to fight him, he proves himself a literal example of this. Plus his anime counterpart had a Dragonite!
- Theme Naming: Oak kicks off the tradition of naming the regional professors after trees.
- What Could Have Been: As mentioned above, there is leftover data in the game's coding for a trainer battle with him. Given how powerful his Pokémon were, it's more than likely he would have either been the Final Boss or a Bonus Boss.
Professor Elm (Dr. Utsugi)
The Pokémon Professor native to the Johto region who specializes in the study of Pokémon breeding. According to Professor Oak, in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
, Elm "is the best when it comes to the research of Pokémon evolution."
- Absent-Minded Professor: Even more so than Oak is joked to be.
- Adorkable: His slightly dorky mannerisms only make him more enjoyable.
- Forgets to Eat: What he sometimes does.
- Genius Ditz: His official artwork for Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver seems to portray him this way.
- Happily Married: He has a wife and son.
- Nice Guy: Extremely so.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Poor Elm has to share the spotlight with Oak. As such, he's the only Pokémon Professor in the main games to not introduce you to the world of Pokémon or give the player their Pokédex. It doesn't help that Oak appears pretty much ten minutes into the first quest, and also that he doesn't make an appearance when you beat the Elite Four.
- Theme Naming: As usual, he is named after a tree like other regional professors.
Professor Birch (Dr. Odamaki)
The Pokémon Professor native to the Hoenn region who specializes in the study of Pokémon habitats and distributions. He is the father of the player character's rival in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
- Fan Nickname: Some people call him "Professor Bitch" for being chased around by a level 2 Poochyena/Zigzagoonnote at the beginning of the game.
- Happily Married: With a kid (two in Pokémon Emerald).
- Nice Guy
- Professor Who Actually Does Something: He's the first Regional Professor to actually go out into the field himself to study Pokémon in the wild, instead of just sending a kid to do it and leaving it at that. He kinda sucks at it, though.
- Theme Naming: Once again, a regional professor named after a tree.
Professor Rowan (Dr. Nanakamado)
The Pokémon Professor native to the Sinnoh
region who specializes in the study of Pokémon evolution.
- Badass Bookworm: Takes on a load of Galactic Grunts in order to stop them from overpowering Dawn or Lucas (whoever you didn't choose to be, basically), much to their fury. With his bare hands!
- Badass Grandpa: Stated (at least in the English localization) to be sixty at the very least.
- Badass Longcoat: To contrast with the previous professors, who all had labcoats.
- Badass Mustache: He's the only Professor to date with one.
- Badass Normal: When he fights a load of Galactis Grunts, he does it with his bare hands.
- Cool Old Guy: He's an old guy, but won't hesitate to go out in the field and help you.
- Death Glare: Presumably what the menacing ellipses are meant to represent.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In-game, Barry finds him intimidating at first. However, he turns out to be pretty friendly.
- Professor Who Actually Does Something: Much like Birch, he's one of the few Regional Professors to actually go out into the field himself to study Pokémon in the wild, instead of just sending a kid to do it and leaving it at that. He's also quite proactive throughout the main storyline and even takes on a load of Galactic Grunts on his own, holding the upper hand, in order to buy time for you to get there and stop them for good.
- Sweet Tooth: The fridge in his lab is filled with sweets.
- Theme Naming: Like all the Pokémon professors, he's named after a tree.
Professor Aurea Juniper (Dr. Araragi)
The Pokémon Professor native to the Unova
region who specializes in the study of the origins of Pokémon. She is the first female Pokémon Professor in the main series.
- Adorkable: Owing to her Ditzy Genius status.
- All There in the Manual: According to the official English guidebook, her first name is "Aurea." This isn't mentioned in-game until Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.
- Brainy Brunette: Ditziness aside.
- Ditzy Genius: She's bright, but not always focused.
- '80s Hair
- Generation Xerox: Apparently she is very similar to her father in terms of looks, personality, and general work.
- Genki Girl: She is very energetic and acts on something she has decided immediately. This is noted by the Player Character's mother in Black 2/White 2 where she is happy that Juniper offers their child a Pokemon and Dex, but gets annoyed she already sent in Bianca to Aspertia City prior.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Fennel.
- Hot Scientist: Being the first female scientist of the series, it'd be hard to believe if the creators had passed this trope up.
- Like Father Like Daughter
- Nice Girl
- One Steve Limit: In the Japanese version, she and her father are both referred to as "Araragi." In the English version, her father is given a first name — Cedric.
- Theme Naming: Once again, the professor is named after a tree.
- However, it is noteworthy that she also breaks the pattern — somewhat. All of the previous professors are named after deciduous trees, but she's named after a coniferous one, probably to set her foreignness apart because the other professors come from Japan-inspired regions.
Cedric Juniper (Dr. Araragi Sr.)
Professor Aurea Juniper's father. He was once a Pokémon researcher.
- '80s Hair
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- Cool Old Guy: Or middle-aged guy, anyway.
- Early-Bird Cameo: You don't actually see him, but if you check out one of the pictures in his daughter's lab, it mentions her standing with a smiling man hinted to be him.
- Fan Nickname: Is often referred to as "Papa Juniper" by the fans.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: He's the one who upgrades the Pokédex (not to National-level, though; that's for after finishing the game) upon first meeting him in Mistralton City.
- One Steve Limit: In the Japanese version, both he and his daughter are referred to as "Araragi." In the English localization, he has a first name of "Cedric" to avoid having two characters being referred to by the same name.
- Lampshaded in the anime, where Ash says "Professor Juniper" and, after both respond, realizes that that's both of their names.
- Only One Name: Played straight in the original Japanese, averted in international releases. For example, the English translation gives him the full name and title of Professor Cedric Juniper.
- Parents as People: Well, his role sure isn't limited to the backstory!
- Theme Naming: Just like his daughter.
Professor Augustine Sycamore (Dr. Platane)
The Pokémon Professor who resides in the Kalos
Region who specializes in the research of Mega Evolution. He was once studying under Prof. Rowan, who also shares a similar research approach.
- Almighty Janitor: In the demos of the game, he gives you a Lv. 100 Mewtwo with a Mega Stone like it's nobody's business. Of course, he doesn't magically have one in the actual game. Still.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: Augustine Sycamore is one classy name.
- Badass Bookworm: He battles the player during the game, a first for Professors not counting the Dummied Out Oak battle. The first time you battle him he admits he's not very good at it, but he challenges you again much later, where he is pretty tough.
- The Casanova: If the Player Character's mother is anything to go by, he has a legion of female fans in the Kalos region.
- Elemental Powers: Not Augustine himself, but his Pokémon in the demo.
- Gratuitous French: More than any other character in X and Y.
- Gray Eyes
- Horrible Judge of Character: He seems to have no problem with Lysandre's speech about making the world beautiful by cleansing it from filth and in fact praises the man for his burning passion.
- Hot Scientist: And how!
- It May Help You on Your Quest: In the demo, he gives you a level 100 Mewtwo that can Mega Evolve for practically no reason at all. At least the other Professors only gave you level 5 Pokemon.
- In the game itself he's still a lot more generous than the others, giving you a Gen 1 starter in addition to the normal one fairly early into the game.
- It Was a Gift: He gives you one of the three Kanto starters early on in the game. He also gives out a level 100 Mewtwo in the demo.
- Mr. Fanservice: The fandom is already claiming he's the hottest professor of them all.
- My Greatest Failure: He feels that he could have prevented his former pupil Lysandre from his descent into villainy himself years ago.
- Nice Guy: This guy is probably the most pleasant person to be around in the Pokemon World.
- Noodle Incident: Despite his best efforts to research Mega Evolution, he can only come up with a theory about their origins, but this theory is very different in each version. No, don't think Korrina or her father know much more about it than he does.
- Perma Stubble: Easy to miss, but the opening sequence shows a bit of it.
- Recurring Boss: Faced once early in his lab packing all three Kanto starters, and once much later in the game, where he has the Kanto starters' fully evolved versions.
- Professor Who Actually Does Something: He actively is seen going around some places in Kalos to continue his research. Ultimately, he can only make up theories in his field and never gets close. Also qualifies in a lesser sense: If he finds out that something suspicious is afoot, while he can't act on his own due to his profession, he sends his assistants to take care of it in his stead.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Theme Naming: ...Do we have to repeat it for the seventh time?
- Unfortunate Names: Not his English name. His Japanese name sounds closely to the Spanish word for "banana" which is "platano."
- Worthy Opponent: Non-battle example, but his former pupil Lysandre holds Sycamore in high regard.
- You Gotta Have Dark-bluish Hair
Pokémon Storage System Developers
Pokémon Storage System Developers are the people who operate and maintain the Pokémon Storage System across the Pokémon world. The original developer of the system is Bill.
Bill (Masaki Sonezaki)
The Pokémon Storage System Developer who operates on the Kanto
landmass. He is a native of the Johto region with family in both regions. He is also a famous inventor and Pokémon researcher who is regarded as an expert in many fields. Because of his large collection of both common and rare Pokémon people, including himself, call him a Poké Maniac. He considers Eevee and its evolutions as his favorite Pokémon.
- Accent Adaptation: He speaks with a Kansai accent in the Japanese versions and a southern one in the English ones.
- Baleful Polymorph: When you first meet him, he has been turned into a Pokémon (specifically Clefairy in the remakes) due to a Teleporter Accident. He gets better.
- Demoted to Extra: In Generation II. He isn't as relevant to the plot as in Red and Blue and their remakes, to the point where the original Gold, Silver, and Crystal told you right off the bat whose PC you were using to store your extra Pokémon instead of labeling it "Someone's PC" like the previous games as well as the PCs run by Lanette and Bebe in later installments.
- Does Not Like Milk: According to Celio from the Sevii Islands.
- I'm Your Biggest Fan/Loony Fan: In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver a fan of Bill named Poké Maniac Brent calls you occasionally to give you trivia about bill such as his Bill's younger sister can't wink, Bill's first Pokémon was an Abra, Bill's mother was a Kimono Girl, Bill is not good at battles, and Bill is attracted to the Goldenrod Flower Shop owner's daughter.
- It Was a Gift: He gives you an Eevee in Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal and their remakes and indirectly in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.
- Kansai Regional Accent
- Lolicon: Refers to Leaf as "beautiful" in the remakes. It's one of the few lines changed for a female player character (he refers to Red as "chief"), in contrast to the large number of flirting from the (roughly same aged) female characters in the game.
- MacGuffin Delivery Service: For Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, an extra quest was added after the Cinnabar Gym battle that has Bill take you to the first three islands in the Sevii Archipelago to deliver a meteorite.
- Shout-Out: His teleportation incident is a direct homage to The Fly.
- His name has been referred to as an allusion to Bill Gates, former head of Microsoft and developer of the Microsoft Windows operating system for personal computers.
- Teleporter Accident
The Pokémon Storage System Developer who operates in the Hoenn
region. She updates Bill's storage system by giving it a user friendly graphical interface and the ability to store more Pokémon and change the wallpaper of the boxes Pokémon are stored in. She is Brigette's younger sister.
The host of Pokémon Box Ruby and Sapphire
and Pokémon Bank. She is also Lanette's older sister.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns to operate Pokemon Bank in Generation VI.
- Long Bus Trip: Her last appearance was three generations ago, or over ten years ago if you go by Japan.
- Coat Cape: Has one in Gen VI Sugimori art.
- Curtains Match The Windows
- Dangerously Short Skirt: In Gen III, at least. In Gen VI, it is a moderately short dress.
- Fiery Redhead
- Girliness Upgrade: A slight one: In Gen III, she had short hair, a Dangerously Short Skirt, brown sandals, and looked overall like a tomboy. In Gen VI, she wears a short dress, she has different, green sandals, and her hair is longer, making her look a bit more feminine (though she does still look a bit like a tomboy).
- Hot Scientist
- It Was a Gift: She gives the player special Pokémon depending on how many Pokémon the player has stored in their Pokémon Box game. She gives out a Swablu with False Swipe, a Zigzagoon with Extremespeed, a Skitty with Pay Day, and a Pichu with Surf. For first-time users of Pokémon Bank, she'll give out a Celebi.
- Punny Name: Her name comes from bridge, a piece of equipment that connects two separate networks. It also contains the word rig, a slang name for a computer.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Her Gen VI artwork shows this under her Coat Cape.
A Pokémon Storage System programmer who operates in the Sevii Islands
and he's good friends with Bill. He runs the Pokémon Net Center on One Island
where he built and maintains the Pokémon Network machine.
The Pokémon Storage System Developer who operates in the Sinnoh
The host of My Pokémon Ranch
and a friend of Bebe.
The Pokémon Storage System Developer who operates in the Unova
region. She is Fennel's younger sister.
The Pokémon Storage System Developer who operates in the Kalos
- Broken Streak: The first male Pokémon Storage System Developer in years, ending a streak of PSS Developers after Bill being female.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Implied. He doesn't look like a professional computer expert at first glance aside from the odd supercomputer in the back of the building.
- Face of a Thug: When you enter his house in Camphrier Town, it's mainly him, a supercomputer, and two Punk Girls. You wouldn't think for a moment that was the living quarters of the Storage System Developer.
- Freaky Fashion, Mild Mind: He has the same model as the Punk Guy trainer class but his manner of speaking is borderline pleasant.
- Hidden Depths: Considering how he talks, and the fact that his model matches that of the Punk Guy trainer class, yet he runs the system in Kalos.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: As mentioned before, all previous system developers look somewhat geeky or professional. Cassius, on the other hand, dresses like a gangster.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: The Trading Card Game gives him a pair of glasses to differentiate him from the Punk Guy trainer class. May overlap with Purely Aesthetic Glasses.
- Color-Coded Characters: Cheryl is green, Mira is pink, Riley is blue, Marley is black, Buck is red.
- Competitive Balance: They all specialize in certain stats in the Battle Tower.
- Curtains Match the Window: Though only partially for Buck.
- Fan Nickname: The Stat Trainers, due to the fact that their Pokémon tend to be excel in a specific stat.
- Signature Mon: Each of them are associated with the mon they use as a tag partner in your encounters with them. In order: Chansey/Blissey for Cheryl, Kadabra's evolutionary line for Mira, Lucario for Riley, Arcanine for Marley, and Claydol for Buck.
- Theme Naming: All of them are named after grains, though some are more obvious then others (to wit: Cereal, Millet, Rye, Barley, and Buckwheat).
A young woman whom the player crosses paths in Eterna Forest.
A young girl who's found lost inside a cave and needs to be escorted out.
A young man who keeps peace at Iron Island.
A very quiet young girl who wishes to find the Legendary Pokémon Shaymin.
A trainer who wants to explore Stark Mountain to find Heatran. In Platinum, he instead helps deal with the remnant of Team Galactic.
- Always Someone Better: To Barry.
- Fan Nickname: Renji due to his resemblence to the character from Bleach.
- Fiery Redhead
- Heel Realization: Realizes that stealing the magma stone was not a good idea, so he decides to fix it by returning it to Mt. Stark.
- Hot-Blooded: He is the younger brother of Flint, after all.
- Jerk Ass: Comes across this way in Diamond and Pearl. It's toned down in Platinum.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Taking the magma stone. Fitting the trope even more, the player helps him with this.
- Signature Mon: Claydol.
- Stone Wall: His team specializes in the Defense stat.
- The Unfought: His first appearance in Diamond and Pearl seems to set him up as an opponent. However, for some reason you end up teaming up with him instead.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He runs off to return the magma stone. If you try to follow him, you will find an awake Heatran and no sign of Buck or the stone. This is the last time you see Buck outside of the Battle Tower. Obviously he got out okay and the volcano didn't erupt, but still...
Other Side Characters
Daisy Oak (Nanami Ookido)
Blue's older sister. Unlike her Jerkass
of a brother, she is actually a kind and gentle young woman. She gives the player a Map in the Gen I games (and their remakes), and offers massages in the Gen II games (and their remakes).
A little girl from Saffron City who not only loves mimicking people, but is also very good at it.
A kind old man from Lavender City, who looks after and takes care of abandoned and orphaned Pokémon.
- The Atoner: It's suggested at a few points that he was involved in Mewtwo's creation.
- Cool Old Guy
- Distressed Dude: Shortly after he went to the Pokémon tower to pay his respects to the spirit of the Marowak that Team Rocket had killed earlier, Team Rocket shows up again, and takes him hostage inside.
- Friend to All Living Things: He takes care of abandoned and orphaned Pokémon. Just look at the page image.
- Heroic Blue Screen of Death: Upon the creation of Mewtwo. The games only show his atoner attitude, Pokémon Origins shows the BSOD, complete with Oppenheimer quote.
Mr. Fuji: "We knew the World would not be the same. A few people cried, most people were silent. Then I remembered a quote from the Hindu scripture the Bhagavad-Gita: 'Now I become Death, the destroyer of worlds.'"
- Mad Scientist: There's a picture of him on Cinnabar Island with the description "Dr. Fuji?!?!" He was also old friends with Blaine, and is suspected to have been involved with the creation of Mewtwo.
- Name's the Same: He shares his name with Dr. Fuji, one of the scientists who created Mewtwo. As indicated above, it's implied that he might be the same guy.
- Pokémon Origins gave us the official answer: He is Dr. Fuji for the Game Canon.
- Nice Guy
- Papa Wolf: To the Pokémon in his orphanage.
- Wasteland Elder
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He even calls himself such in Pokémon Origins.
Voiced By: Takeharu Onishi (JP), Dan Green (EN)
The Karate Master/King of the Fighting Dojo in Saffron City, he used to be Gym Leader, until Sabrina's Psychic-types crushed his Fighting-types. Now he trains students in his converted gym.
- Badass: Wields two high-level Fighting types, Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan. And in his sole anime appearance, he caught a powerful Tyrogue by battling it himself.
- Bonus Boss: In most of his appearances, fighting him is entirely optional, though it's also the only way to get the Hitmon line outside of trading.
- The Cameo: He's trying to set up a new dojo in Lumiose City in X and Y, but things aren't going well.
- Curbstomp Battle: Courtesy of Sabrina.
- Graceful Loser: Being that he's no longer an official Gym Leader, he's under no obligation to give you anything when you beat him, he chooses to reward you with a Pokémon of his own will.
- Kiai: Most of his dialogue.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Like most of the trainers in Gen I, he didn't have a name, and was thus only known as the Karate Master.
- Red Baron: The Karate Master, then the Karate King.
- Series Continuity Error: He was misnamed "Koichi" in both the Japanese and English versions of FireRed and LeafGreen. His Pokémon are also inexplicably a few levels lower in in the Gen II games and their remakes.
- Signature Mon: Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee.
- Training from Hell: In the Gen II games and their remakes, he's left the dojo to train deep within Mt. Mortar. Finding and beating him nets the player a Tyrogue, provided they have an empty slot in their party.
- Unique Enemy: In every game he appears, he's the only way to get any of the "Hitmon"-type Pokémon. As of Gen II, you can breed other Tyrogues so you can eventually get all of them, but in Gen I the only way to get the one you didn't choose was to trade for it.
A strange man who is obsessed with finding Suicune.
The Kimono Girls (The Maiko)
A group of five, kimono-clad
young women who live in Ecruteak City, and who give you the HM for Surf upon being defeated.
- Ascended Extra: They were mostly there so you could get the HM for Surf in the original versions and not a whole lot else. In the remakes, they're pretty much relevant throughout the Johto section of the game, even being the ones who summon the mascot of the version you're playing.
- Boss Rush: In the remakes, you fight all five in a row.
- Chekhov's Gunmen: In HeartGold and SoulSilver, they pop up once each throughout the game. It turns out that they are the ones who summon the box legendary.
- The Chessmaster
- Climax Boss: Their role in the remakes is something similar to this. They're fought after the eight Gyms are conquered, but before the Elite Four challenge, and right before the summoning of the version mascot.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Throughout the game, you will encounter them at certain points and likely forget not soon after. Then you find out they can kick Silver's ass and still give you a good challenge with their Eeveelutions.
- Help, I'm Stuck!: A variation happens in the remakes : When you encounter Sayo in the Ice Path, she'll tell you that her sandals got stuck to the ice, and request your help to get her out.
- Name's the Same: See One Steve Limit below.
- One Steve Limit: In the Japanese version of GSC, one of them had the same Japanese name as Maylene. It was changed in the remakes, as Maylene makes a cameo there.
- Took a Level in Badass: Because you encounter them much later on in the remakes, their Pokémon are also obviously much stronger, not to mention you fight all five of them in a row. Even Silver got his ass handed to him battling them.
- You All Look Familiar: They all look like the picture above.
An old man from Azalea City, and an expert in making Poké Balls from Apricorns.
- Badass Grandpa: He charges after Team Rocket at Slowpoke's Well alone, only stopped by hurting his back. He seems to have quite a reputation in Azalea, too.
- Cool Old Guy
- Item Crafting: The go-to guy for making Poké Balls.
The Foreigner Rocket / Ex-Rocket Grunt
Rather minor character in Gold & Silver
, who was the last Team Rocket Grunt that the player battled. Later reappeared in Black & White
having given up on his old ways and raised a family
A police agent who shows up in Sinnoh to try and arrest Team Galactic. He later shows up in Unova, requesting the player's help in finding and arresting the rogue Seven Sages of Team Plasma. He shows up again in Kalos in a sidequest where the player character becomes his partner in a private detective agency in Lumiose City.
- Badass Longcoat
- But Now I Must Go: At the end of his sidequest in X and Y.
- The Cameo: Shows up in the postgame of Black and White, and again in the postgame of X and Y.
- Catch Phrase: "I need three minutes," and he likes to describe things as "hard-boiled."
- Character Development: In Pokémon X and Y.
- Dead Sidekick: His backstory implies that a Pokemon partner of his was killed prior to the events of X and Y, making him decide to work alone.
- Fan Nickname: Doctor Who or Inspector Zenigata, depending on who you ask.
- Funny Foreigner: His manner of speech suggests he is not a native speaker of the language, and he's certainly an unusual fellow.
- X & Y go out of their way to explain this. He speaks fluent French (the language the games are technically in) but when a Kantonian woman walks in screaming in fright in Japanese, Looker mistranslates what she said as something about being dishonored about bad tea. She was robbed and her Pokémon were kidnapped.
- The Gambler: After the main scenario in the Sinnoh games, he can be found at the Game Corner playing slots.
- Hidden Depths: In X and Y, it's mentioned by Emma that he used to have a Pokémon as his partner, but it didn't make it during a case a long time ago. Come to think of it, he did have a Croagunk in Platinum that hasn't shown up since...
- Interpol Special Agent
- Known Only By Their Codename
- Leitmotif: Has his own disproportionately epic theme music kick in whenever he rushes onscreen.
- Master of Disguise: He disguises himself as a rock in Platinum and as the player character's mom in Black and White.
- My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: He is not however a master of languages. He speaks good French, but poor English and Japanese.
- Non Sequitur: At the beginning of the post-game, your mother asks Looker what him giving you the Super Rod has to do with catching Team Plasma's agents. His response? "Absolutely nothing!"
- Police Are Useless: Until the end, where he manages to arrest Charon.
- Averted in X & Y, as he is tracking down Xerosic in an arrangement with Malva (its implied he gave her a plea bargain in exchange for stopping Xerosic). However, it's played straight when someone starts speaking Japanese...
- Played straight again in Black and White, where he manages not to show up until everything is settled, and the Sages willingly turn themselves in. Though he still somehow managed to let Zinzolin go without successful rehabilitation.
- Private Detective: He's not really one, but he uses this as a cover for his Interpol work in X and Y.
- Private Eye Monologue: Indulges in this after each of his missions in X and Y.
- Promotion to Parent: To Emma in X and Y, but he leaves the region and the agency for her so she doesn't have to live in the alleys.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: You'd think he'd should up again in the sequels to pursue the rest of Team Plasma, but he's oddly absent.
A young woman from Striaton City, and close friend of Professor Juniper's. She is a scientist who specializes in studying Pokémon's dreams. She serves as a guide in the Pokémon Dream World.
The female worker option should the player be male in Black 2 & White 2.
- Beauty Mark: Right below her left eye.
- Catch Phrase: She always ends her sentences in an awkward/nervous laugh "Ahaha!".
- The Confidant: Nate becomes this to her; she talks to him about her insecurities and aspirations, and asks him advice on how to deal with family problems, competitiveness with co-workers, and how she looks in her hat. Apparently, he gives excellent advise.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Curtis. She appears if you play as a boy.
- Fangirl: To Elesa. Yancy all but squees when interviewing her, and when Elesa smiles at her, Yancy wonders if it's "okay to be this happy".
- Ferris Wheel Date Moment: With Nate, if her Sidequest Sidestory is followed.
- Hair Decorations: In her stage outfit she has a yellow and pink ribbon in her hair, and what is either a headband or her headset.
- Implied Love Interest: More or less her purpose. The official guide even calls your friendship with her a romance!
- She even writes a love song about her and Nate, sometimes on the Celebrity TV Channel it will say she's about to sing a song she wrote titled "Xtransceiver Love", awwww.
- Living a Double Life: Her "day job" is being a TV personality and celebrity idol named Nancy, who can be frequently seen on the "Celebrity" programming choice when watching a TV.
- Luminescent Blush: After calling her a certain number of times, she'll gain one in her talk sprite.
- Nice Girl: She's quite sweet and friendly.
- Nice Hat: When off from work, she even asks if you like it at one point.
- Rose-Haired Girl
- Ship Tease: It eventually becomes pretty obvious that she has a crush on Nate.
- Schrödinger's Distaff Counterpart: If you play as a female character, Yancy still exists and can be "seen" on TV doing interviews; the player just never interacts with her.
- Sidequest Sidestory: After finding her lost Xtransceiver, you can initiate a series of calls with her and eventually trade Pokémon with her.
- Guide Dang It: Good luck actually completing the sidequest without consulting an online walkthrough, because even the official guide is horribly unclear.
- You Gotta Have Pink Hair
The male worker option should the player be female in Black 2 & White 2.
The professor in charge of the Pokémon Dream Radar application. She searches for abnormalities in different spaces where Pokémon and items dwell.
- Did You Just Capture Cthulhu?: She built the radar so she could study Pokémon and the Dream world. She ended up helping catch the Kami Trio. And, if the player has any of the Generation IV game cards, she thinks about a theme, builds a new extension, and lets you catch the title Legendaries for those games.
- Einstein Hair: Female variant, less balding.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: They are presumably the same type of goggles the player uses to interact with the Interdream Zone.
- Hot Scientist: Look at her suit. If you don't get it, look again.
- Latex Space Suit: Never actually explained...
- Married to the Job: She makes a point of mentioning that she needs to go outside.
- Minimalist Cast: Unless you count the Kami Trio, she is the only character in the Dream Radar application.
- Younger than They Look: May have all-white hair, but was in college with Fennel.
She is the parent of the protagonist in Pokémon X and Y
. She (and by proxy, you) just recently moved to Vaniville Town, not realizing that her child would start on a Pokémon adventure. She was also a world famous Rhyhorn racer but now retired, with her Rhyhorn pet resting in front of your lawn.
- Action Mom: Was a former Rhyhorn racer, who was very popular back in her day.
- Broken Streak: She's the first mother to actually have her own room. No more mother sleeps in the kitchen jokes!
- Famed in Story: She has a large amount of fans in the Kalos region due to being a professional Rhyhorn racer even to this day.
- No Name Given: She never actually mentions her name, but other NPCs will allude her.
- Tomboy: Implied with her former profession.
Dexio and Sina (Gina)
Assistants to Professor Sycamore. They appear repeatedly through the game to power up the player's Pokedex.
Do you want to know unending pain... like I have?"
A mysterious Trainer from X and Y
. The player encounters him several times throughout their journey. He is incredibly scornful and nihilistic in regards to humanity. He is in fact the ancient king of Kalos from thousands of years ago, granted eternal life by the Ultimate Weapon after using it to revive his deceased Floette
- Anti-Villain: Up there with N in terms of being sympathetic.
- The Atoner
- Blow You Away: His Sigilyph.
- Curbstomp Battle: With him on the receiving end. You battle him directly after your fight with the champion, meaning you are probably more than capable of defeating his three Pokemon. Not to mention their levels are a lot lower than the Elite Four and Champion's Pokemon.
- Cursed with Awesome: He is a 3,000 year-old immortal...
- Blessed with Suck: ... but that's because of the ultimate weapon that when used, killed thousands, which left him to wander the land alone without his Floette as a result.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His Golurk.
- Death Seeker: Heavily implied, which is stunning given it is a Pokemon game.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: It takes 3,000 years of Walking the Earth before he finally redeems himself and reunites with his Floette.
- Emperor Scientist: The former King of Kalos, who also built a doomsday device/immortality machine.
- Flying Dutchman: Of the "Wandering Jew" sorts. He was cursed with immortality as a side effect of the Ultimate Weapon and has been wandering endlessly for 3,000 years searching for his lost Pokémon.
- Friend to All Living Things: Similar to Bianca in your final battle with her, all three of his Pokémon have the move Return.
- The Giant: HOLY CRAP. Either in Super-Deformed mode or realistic-size-in-a-cutscene mode, the player character is barely taller than his knee. He's described as being 9 ft. tall or taller than a stretched out Seviper is long.
- Gentle Giant: Though it turns out he is rather nice once his nihilism is gone. Good thing too, because he would've been a very imposing villain otherwise.
- Immortality Immorality: On the one hand, becoming immortal himself wasn't his main goal. On the other hand, he was willing to and did sacrifice many others to revive his partner.
- Leitmotif: A very solemn theme plays during his scenes.
- Mind over Matter: His Sigilyph.
- Perpetual Frowner: Hard to blame him considering his backstory. He does smile after battling the PC at the end though.
- Playing with Fire: His Torkoal.
- Post Final Boss: See Curbstomp Battle.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's an immortal, and he's been Walking the Earth for 3000 years.
- Real Men Wear Pink: His best friend is a Floette.
- Restored My Faith In Humanity: After battling the PC, he'll come around to this.
- Rummage Sale Reject: Potentially justified, as given how disheveled he looks, he may well have been homeless for a long time, leading to this trope.
- Signature Mon: Floette.
- Shout-Out: Seems to be one to Odin, who's noted in the myths as being very tall, having only one eye, and sometimes appearing to travelers as a ragged old man. Fitting, since all three Kalos legendaries are based off Norse creatures.
- Soul Power: His Golurk.
- Walking Spoiler: Did you see the amount of spoiler tags?
- Walking the Earth: Has been doing this for 3,000 years.
- Was It Really Worth It?: In regards to ending the war with the machine.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Is never seen after the parade, leading questions to his and Floette's whereabouts.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
A parentless 16-year old who lives in the alleys of Lumiose City where she goes to play with her Espurr "Mimi" and school children. She later is recruited into Looker's agency and eventually sees him as a father figure
- A Child Shall Lead Them / Asskicking Equals Authority: She is the boss of the Lumiose Gang. This is actually invoked, as she explains that the gang gave her trouble but she beat them herself in the past, making them think she was their boss.
- Action Girl: When she uses the Expansion suit to fight crime.
- Bittersweet Ending: Looker leaves Kalos behind, but he purchases the agency's building so that she can live under a roof. Furthermore, she also gets Xerosic's suit so that she can become a crime fighter.
- Bilingual Dialogue: Partakes in a bit of this with a Kantonese woman before using Mimi to translate what she's saying for the player's benefit. Namely, that she got robbed of her Pokémon.
- Bonus Boss: After clearing Looker's sidequests, she can be fought using the suit during certain times each day in the agency.
- Clothes Make the Superman: The suit she uses is designed so that her human capabilities are increased drastically to allow her to be an adequate Shapeshifter with capabilities that of a Ditto and Kecleon.
- Compressed Hair: How Emma manages to fit all that hair into her helmet is the true miracle of science.
- Dark Action Girl: When she was being controlled by Xerosic.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Inherits Xerosic's Crobat and Malamar, two mons she apparently befriended rather quickly.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: She goes through a lot before she gets one with Mimi.
- Friend to All Living Things: To the point where Xerosic pulls a Heel-Face Turn, even going out of his way to make sure Emma doesn't get blamed for the crimes she committed while Brainwashed and Crazy.
- Happily Adopted: By Looker, sort of.
- Heartwarming Orphan
- It Was a Gift: Looker's agency building from Looker and the suit from Xerosic along with his Pokémon.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: Whenever she wears the suit, Emma is put to sleep and her body is controlled remotely. In the end, Xerosic turns the sleep mode off to allow her to use the suit's powers as how she sees fit.
- Morality Pet: Mimi whenever Emma is wearing the suit that puts her in a sleeping state. Emma herself becomes this to Xerosic, who ends up pulling a Heel-Face Turn for her sake.
- Older than They Look
- Orphan's Ordeal: After she is recruited into Looker's agency and learns that they don't have much food to go on, she decides to take a part-time job to help with the expenses. Unaware, she signed with Xerosic to test his suit technology.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Lumiose Gang eventually settle into the Looker Bureau, aiding Emma in her crusade for justice.
- Secret Identity: While using the suit.
- Signature Mon: Her Espurr "Mimi."
- Social Services Does Not Exist: Why the hell is a 16-year-old orphan wandering the streets of Lumiose City for so long?
- Street Urchin: Cut very clearly from the sort of 19th-century mold embodied in the works of men like Victor Hugo.
- Took a Level in Badass: Thanks the Player Character, Looker, and Xerosic, she is essentially equipped to be able to engage in a detective business by the end of her story with the use of acquired skills, a powered suit, and two strong Pokemon.
- Walking Spoiler: Arguably the most mysterious character in the whole X and Y cast who came out of nowhere.