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These Professors are considered experts on Pokémon in their respective regions. They are often researchers and are the ones responsible for distributing Pokédexes and starter Pokémon. They are all named after trees.
Professor Samuel Oak (Dr. Ookido)
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 (who he also can't remember the name of) at the beginning of the game. He apparently also has problems with telling the difference between male and female children.
- Cool Old Guy: He's a Nice Guy, a skilled Pokémon Professor, and a Retired Badass. Can't get much cooler than that.
- I Was Quite a Looker: According to Agatha.
- Mr. Exposition: At the beginning of the games, setting a tradition with succeeding Professors.
- Nice Guy: He adores Pokémon and people alike, and gives the player their starter.
- Retired Badass: According to Agatha. It's also implied he was the Champion at one point since he can enter the Hall of Fame.
- Theme Naming: Oak kicks off the tradition of naming the regional professors after trees.
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, he's also "the best when it comes to the research of Pokémon evolution."
- Absent-Minded Professor: One of the Johto starters was stolen from him while he was working.
- 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: Like Oak, he gives the player their starter and is very encouraging.
- 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, Emerald, and their remakes.
- Ditzy Genius: The third and fourth times he is chased and calls for the player's help, he's mistaken the moving company Machoke and his wife for wild Pokémon.
- Geek Physiques: The rotund/chubby type.
- Happily Married: And has a kid (two in Pokémon Emerald).
- Nature Lover: In comparison with the other professors. He studies Pokémon behavior in the wild, so his research often takes him outside, where he stays for long periods.
- Nice Guy: One of the nicest of the professors. That said, he is the only Professor to get snarky with the player if they decide not to give the starter a nickname (in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire)."Oh, so that's how you like to do things? Not even going to give it a nickname, are you?"
- Renaissance Man: Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire show that he's written books on Hoenn's history in general as well as on its Pokémon.
- Running Gag: Getting chased by something north of Littleroot Town and yelling for the player's help in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, each situation more ridiculous (and non-threatening) than the last. His artwork even shows him running.
- 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/Lucas, much to their fury. With his bare hands!
- Badass Grandpa: Stated in the English Localization to be sixty at the very least, yet can put up a good fight.
- 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 Galactic 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.
- Sweet Tooth: The fridge in his lab is filled with sweets. In the post-game, you can also meet him in Veilstone Department Store, where he complains about how the Rage Candy Bars being sold out.
- 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.
- Broken Streak: She breaks the streak of all main Professors before her being male. She also looks younger than most of them, save from Elm.
- Ditzy Genius: She's bright, but not always focused.
- 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 Pokémon and Pokédex, but gets annoyed she already sent Bianca before informing your mother.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Fennel, as they used to be college buddies.
- Hot Scientist: Being the first female scientist of the series, it'd be hard to believe if the creators had passed this trope up.
- One Steve Limit: Averted in the in the Japanese version, where she and her father are both referred to as "Araragi." Played straight in the English version, as her father is given a first name — Cedric.
- Theme Naming: Once again, the professor is named after a tree, though she breaks the pattern. All of the previous professors are named after deciduous trees, but she's named after a coniferous one.
Cedric Juniper (Dr. Araragi Sr.)
Professor Aurea Juniper's father. He was once a Pokémon researcher.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ascended Meme: A running joke amongst the fanbase is that Professor Oak sent the player on his or her journey, just to give him romantic alone time with their mother. In X and Y Professor Sycamore sends a letter to the player character's mother informing her that he is sending her child on a Pokémon journey, which she thinks is a love letter.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: Augustine Sycamore is one classy name.
- Badass Bookworm: He battles the player during the game, a first for Professors. 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.
- Gratuitous French: More than any other character in X and Y.
- 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: He's pretty young for a Professor and quite attractive.
- It May Help You on Your Quest: He gives you a Gen 1 starter holding a Mega Stone 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.
- 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 Pokémon World.
- 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.
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-Johto 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 thanks to you, and gives you a ticket for the S.S. Anne as thanks.
- 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: In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, a fan of Bill named Poké Maniac Brent calls you occasionally to give you trivia about Bill, such as: 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 Pokémon 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 Escort Mission: In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, an extra quest was added after the Cinnabar Gym battle, in which Bill takes you to the first three islands in the Sevii Archipelago to deliver a meteorite.
- His teleportation incident is a direct homage to The Fly (1986).
- 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: A mishap with the teleportation device turned him into a hybrid for a while.
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.
- Curtains Match The Windows: It may be a little hard to determine from the picture, but when considering her sister this may just be the case.
- Genius Slob: Her house gets very cluttered while she researches.
- Mega Twintails
- Punny Name: Her name is based off the small self-contained computer network known as a LAN. She also has the word "net" in her name.
- Smart People Wear Glasses
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: She' exactly like her sister from Gen II.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: In Gen III, at least. In Gen VI, it is a moderately short dress.
- Fiery Redhead: Similar to Flannery, she has red-hair and is a go-getter.
- 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, 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 is good friends with Bill. He runs the Pokémon Net Center on One Island where he built and maintains the Pokémon Network machine.
- Curtains Match The Windows
- Fetch Quest: He makes the protagonist search out to the rest of the Sevii Islands to find the Ruby and the Sapphire so he use them to finish the Pokémon Network machine and connect with Lanette in Hoenn.
- Fun with Acronyms: His name may be a reference to the Corps of Engineers Library Information Online, a database of all the documents in the libraries of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
- Smart People Wear Glasses
- You Gotta Have Olive Hair
The Pokémon Storage System Developer who operates in the Sinnoh region.
- Bare Your Midriff: Since she uses the Battle Girls' model.
- Dumb Blonde: Inverted. She is described as an expert in computing.
- It Was a Gift: She gives the player character an Eevee she got from Bill.
- Kansai Regional Accent: In the Japanese versions.
- Punny Name: May come from BB Code.
- Shorttank: Not only does she resemble one but with her hairstyle in the picture above she looks a little like a certain redhead from this very franchise who is the picture example for this trope.
The host of My Pokémon Ranch and a friend of Bebe.
- Beauty Mark: On her right cheek.
- Cowgirl: The working type, since she's the owner of a ranch and has to take care of her own Pokémon and the ones the player acquires.
- Curtains Match The Windows
- Cool Shades: Red to match her scarf, with black frames.
- Olympus Mons: She offers the player a Phione and later a Mew when the ranch reaches level 15 and 25, respectively. It's not explained how she acquired them.
- Tights Under Shorts
The Pokémon Storage System Developer who operates in the Unova region. She is Fennel's younger sister.
- Child Prodigy: Just look at her! She looks even younger than the player characters, most of whom are barely eleven, yet she's a computer prodigy.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Smart People Wear Glasses
The Pokémon Storage System Developer who operates in the Kalos region.
- 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.
- Genius Slob: As seen in his TCG artwork, Cassius has plenty of snacks scattered around his workspace.
- 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. Cheryl is HP, Mira is Special Attack, Riley is Attack, Marley is Speed, and Buck is both Defense and Special Defense.
- Curtains Match the Window: Though only partially 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).
- Weapon of Choice: 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.
A young woman whom the player crosses paths in Eterna Forest.
- Cool Big Sis
- Hit Points: Her stat specialty.
- Nice Girl: She's sweet and soft-spoken, she has a Chansey, which evolves though happiness, and in Platinum, she gives you the Soothe Bell after you help her through Eterna Forest.
- Weapon of Choice: Chansey/Blissey.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair: A forest-green shade, too.
A young girl who's found lost inside a cave and needs to be escorted out.
- Badass Adorable: You first find her lost in a cave with a powerful Psychic Pokémon as her partner.
- Hair Decorations
- Fashionable Asymmetry: One pigtail is pulled into a shoulder-length loop while the other hangs down past her hips.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Hero-Worshipper: A few lines indicate that she admires the player character and their way of raising Pokemon, wanting to be just like them.
- Third-Person Person
- Tights Under Shorts
- Token Mini-Moe
- Squishy Wizard: Her team specializes in the Special Attack stat. (Many of them aren't that fragile, but power is always their first priority.)
- Weapon of Choice: Kadabra/Alakazam.
- You Gotta Have Pink Hair
A young man who keeps peace at Iron Island.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Admit it, he has an awesome outfit. He also fills the badass trait with being one of the two stat trainers to confront Team Galactic with you in some way.
- Battle Aura: In Platinum, he gets an animated sprite where he stretches his hand. You can visibly see his own aura engulf it for a moment.
- Bishōnen: Is certainly androgynous enough to fit the bill.
- Expy: Looks like a reincarnation of Sir Aaron, down to the blue Nice Hat to their signature Pokémon.
- Gender-Blender Name: It fits with him being a bishonen.
- Glass Cannon: His team specializes in the Attack stat. (Many of them aren't that fragile, but power is always their first priority.)
- Hidden Depths: He's implied to be close to Byron, as the latter initially chose him over Roark, his son, to take over as the Oreburgh Gym Leader.
- Nice Hat: His fedora is a nice touch when he's dressed as a Badass in a Nice Suit.
- Non-Idle Rich: He actually owns Iron Island, or at least the mines on it, and helps you to navigate them and drive off some Galactic Grunts.
- Peek-a-Bangs: A variation in that his official art has the corner of his hat tilted downwards as so to cover his right eye.
- Riddle for the Ages: What's his connection to Sir Aaron?
- Sharp-Dressed Man: His outfit consists of a rather formal suit and Nice Hat.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Dark hair (and clothes to an extent), seems pretty tall, and rather good-looking.
- There Is Another: The first living, modern-day Aura Guardian in the franchise other than Ash.
- Weapon of Choice: Lucario. This doesn't reinforce his expiness at all.
- What Could Have Been: In-universe, Byron previously asked him to be the Oreburgh Gym Leader, but he turned down the position because he thought Roark should be considered first.
- Vague Age: Looks to be in his late teens at youngest and mid-20s at oldest, but if you talk to Byron, he'll comment that he has no idea how old Riley is.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's a darker shade of blue than his outfit.
A very quiet young girl who wishes to find the Legendary Pokémon Shaymin.
- Ascended Extra: Takes part in the Shaymin event in Pokémon Platinum.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her appearance looks fairly similar to the Gothitelle line.
- Hair Decorations: Various bows and ribbons.
- Foreshadowing: When talked to, she mentions "the Pokémon among flowers." This is referring to Shaymin, a Pokémon that wasn't available in a legitimately until a while after Pokémon Diamond and Pearl's release.
- Fragile Speedster: Her Pokémon specialize in Speed. The vast majority of them are unable to take multiple hits.
- Kuudere: "...I might like battling with you. ...Just a little. Only a tiny bit."
- The Quiet One: If you talk to her when partnered up, she notes the player character as very chatty.
- The Stoic: Manages to be more effective at this than Cyrus.
- Weapon of Choice: Arcanine.
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.
- Fiery Redhead: Rather feisty and has the most "attitude" of the partners. Fittingly, he's the younger brother of a Fire specialist.
- 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's toned down in Platinum, where he helps the player with dealing with Team Galactic.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Taking the magma stone. Fitting the trope even more, the player helps him with this.
- 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. You can fight him at the Battleground later, if you wish.
- Weapon of Choice: Claydol.
- 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).
- Cool Big Sis: Sister of the rival from Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, and their remakes. She gives the player a Town Map and grooms their Pokémon for free.
- Friend to All Living Things: A lot of people mention how nice she is and that Pokémon love her. In HeartGold and SoulSilver she'll give the player Blue's phone number only after she has messaged seven Pokémon and is shown one with maxed friendship.
- Hidden Depths: It wasn't until the remakes, but examine the right bookshelf and you'll discover that Daisy's a former Contest champion. No wonder she's so good at grooming Pokémon.
- Nice Woman
- Spot of Tea: She enjoys tea, and a mug of it can be seen on her table. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, if the player visits her from 3:01pm to 4:00pm, she'll also mention that she usually has tea at this time.
A little girl from Saffron City who not only loves mimicking people, but is also very good at it.
- Costume Copycat: She does it for fun with no bad intention.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She collects Pokémon Dolls. In the Generation I games and their remakes, if the player gives her a Clefairy Doll, she'll give the TM for Mimic or teach it to the player's Pokémon. In the sequels, she gives the player a Magnet Train Pass for finding and returning the lost doll.
- Only Known by Their Nickname
- Stop Copying Me: Red/Leaf's reaction to her. It unnerves quite a few of her peers too, if her parents are to be believed.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: She will imitate the male player character, including their clothes.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair: However, as of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, she has brown hair.
A kind old man from Lavender Town who looks after and takes care of abandoned and orphaned Pokémon.
- The Atoner: It's suggested at a few points (and confirmed in Pokémon Origins) that he was involved in Mewtwo's creation (which Pokédex entries say involved "horrific" gene splicing experiments), and that after its escape, he returned Mew to Faraway Island and devoted his life to caring for Pokémon.
- Badass Grandpa: What does he do when he sees Team Rocket abusing Pokémon? Walk right up to their hideout and rant about their antics. You have to rescue him once they attack the tower afterwards, sure, but you gotta give the man credit.
- Cool Old Guy: He's a very nice man, especially to Pokémon.
- 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. Though it is implied that he wasn't always like that...
- Heroic BSOD: Upon the creation and escape of Mewtwo; more specifically seeing its savage heart as a result of its creation. The games only show his atoner attitude, and Pokémon Origins shows the BSOD.
- Mad Scientist: There's a picture of him on Cinnabar Island with the description "Dr. Fuji?!?!" He is also old friends with Blaine (who in some continuities is a scientist), and is suspected to have been the scientist who created Mewtwo.
- My God, What Have I Done?: It's implied that he is the researcher who lived in the Pokémon Mansion* , and following the horrific DNA experiments that led to Mewtwo's birth and its vicious nature, he moved to Lavender Town and began caring for orphaned Pokémon.
- Nice Guy: How could you not respect a guy who cares for orphaned Pokémon? But Cinnabar Island, especially Pokémon Mansion, heavily imply he wasn't always so nice to Pokémon...
- Papa Wolf: To the Pokémon in his orphanage.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: Would you believe that this kind old man is heavily implied to have not only discovered Mew, but also been Mewtwo's creator in a time where he was seemingly less moral? He himself never brings any of it up, almost no-one in Kanto knows of his actions, and even the games themselves don't elaborate much on it. Pokémon Origins, however, does.
- Wasteland Elder: Lavender Town has no real authority, but Mr. Fuji is well-respected to the point that he may as well be.
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: Prior to the start of the game, the karate Master used to be the official Gym Leader of Saffron City. This was until Sabrina dueled him for the rights.
- 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.
- 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.
- Weapon of Choice: Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee.
A strange man who is obsessed with finding Suicune.
- Badass Cape
- Bowties Are Cool: A big red one to go with with his nice suit.
- Fanboy: Of Suicune, oh so very much. Has undertones of Stalker with a Crush at times.
- Flanderization: In Pokémon Crystal, Eusine demonstrates his knowledge of Johto's history in general and helps you get Ho-Oh. Since these plot elements are given to other characters in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, all that's really left for him is his obsession with Suicune.
- Hair Color Dissonance Of the "blond hair being represented by light brown" variety. note
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Morty.
- Large Ham
- Punny Name: Eusine, pronounced "you-seen", as in "Have you seen Suicune?"
- Red Oni: to Morty's Blue Oni.
- Sharp-Dressed Man In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, a Young Couple will even call the player, mentioning Eusine and complimenting his fashion sense.
- White Gloves
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.
- 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.
- Geisha: Maiko, technically, but they seem to have a similar function, and they're able to use their dance ceremony to send a call to Lugia or Ho-Oh (depending on the game).
- 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.
- 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 GruntRather 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.
- Funny Foreigner
- Heel–Face Turn: He may not be actively heroic, but we know he's given up on villainy.
- Intentional Engrish for Funny
- The Remnant
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, again in the postgame of X and Y, and once more in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- Catch Phrase: "I need three minutes," and he likes to describe things as "hard-boiled."
- Character Development: In Pokémon X and Y. He's one of the focal characters of a rather large postgame sidequest, during which he gets more characterization and backstory.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Even in his native language, he still comes off as more than a bit odd.
- Day in the Limelight: Gets his own major quest chain in the Pokémon X and Y postgame.
- 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.
- 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.
- X & Y also seems to suggest that his native tongue is some sort of alt-Germanic language.Ein, tvo, tri, fjore... fif! Five Looker Tickets!
- The Gambler: After the main scenario in the Sinnoh games, he can be found at the Game Corner playing slots.
- You can also see him there before you fight Maylene, though he claims it's because he's looking for Team Galactic.
- Hard Boiled Detective: He continuously claims to be this, but he really, really isn't.
- 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 Nickname: His real name has yet to be revealed.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: In Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, he's found on the beach in the Battle Resort, having washed up there with no memory of who or where he is.
- 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!"
- Parental Substitute: To Emma in X and Y, but only temporarily, as once his work in Kalos is done he has to leave the region. On the other hand, once he does depart, he arranges for Emma to keep using the agency building so that she no longer has to live out in the streets.
- Private Detective: 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.
- Punny Name: His Japanese name is Handsome, which was changed to Looker in the English version to reference both his Japanese name and his job as an investigator.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: You'd think he'd should up again in Black 2 and White 2 to pursue the rest of Team Plasma, but he's oddly absent. Due to the timeline showing that X and Y take place at the same time as Black 2 and White 2, it's most likely the case that he was busy in Kalos during the events of the game.
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.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Custom Uniform: Her design is heavily based off of the other females of the Scientist class, but she has a flower hairclip to set her apart.
- Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: Does this in her anime introduction. With her lab coat, oddly enough.
- Forced Tutorial: Even if you choose "No" when she gives you the Game Sync tutorial, she will still explain it to you.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Well it's sorta... purple... Are they going for blue, actually?
- Hair Decorations: Her clip matches the pattern on Munna.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Juniper.
- Hot Scientist: Whether or not she surpasses Juniper in this regard is up to you.
- Nice Girl: Despite her... insistence, she is otherwise a very kind woman.
- Pink Means Feminine: She shows a lot of pink; her hairclip, her sandals, her inner top, and most of all, her Pokémon Munna and Musharna.
- Rapunzel Hair: That's about as long as her labcoat.
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.
- Crush Blush: The obvious reason.
- 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 Sweetie: Obviously.
- 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.
- Adorkable: Absolutely. As he gets to know Rosa on a personal level, he begins to open up, and for someone who is a rather famous and popular TV/Radio host, he's surprisingly insecure and not at all conceited.
- Beauty Mark: Right below his mouth.
- Catch Phrase: Of a sort. He tends to end his interviews with a seemingly awkward/nervous laugh. "Ah ha ha!"
Curtis: Um... I hope you can help me with this.
- As he becomes more comfortable with Rosa, he gains another:
- Classy Cravat: He wears one with his stage outfit.
- The Confidant: The same with Rosa as Yancy is with Nate.
- Curtains Match the Window: His eyes are green like his hair, and his vest.
- Ferris Wheel Date Moment: With Rosa, if his Sidequest Sidestory is followed.
- Implied Love Interest: More or less his purpose. The official guide even calls your friendship with him a romance!
- Living a Double Life: His "day job" is being a TV personality and celebrity idol named Christoph, who can be frequently seen on the "Celebrity" programming choice when watching a TV.
- Luminescent Blush: After calling him a certain number of times, he'll gain one in his talk sprite.
- Crush Blush: The obvious reason.
- Nice Guy: He's quite sweet and friendly. He also often talks about his family, and his dialogue makes it clear how much he loves them. He even asks Rosa for advice when he has disagreements with them, and usually resolves to sincerely apologize and avoid making the same mistake in the future.
- Nice Hat: When off from work.
- Ship Tease: It eventually becomes quite obvious that he has a crush on Rosa. When on the Ferris wheel with her, he even goes so far as to say that while the Unova region is certainly very pretty, it's not the only thing that's pretty around here. Oh, Curtis.
- Schrödinger's Spear Counterpart: If you play as a male character, Curtis still exists and can be "seen" on TV doing interviews; the player just never interacts with him.
- Sidequest Sidestory: After finding his lost Xtransceiver, you can initiate a series of calls with him and eventually trade Pokémon with him.
- Guide Dang It: Good luck actually completing the sidequest without consulting an online walkthrough, because even the official guide is horribly unclear.
- Spear Counterpart: To Yancy. He appears if you play as a girl.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair
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.
Grace (Saki)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!
- She is also rather noteworthy that rather than Sycamore reminding you that there is a time and place for everything, it's her instead!
- 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.
- Leitmotif: Have a very friendly-sounding one and a more energetic version as the "Defenders of Kalos".
- McNinja: Their "Defenders of Kalos" costumes have this kind of motif.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: The defenders of Kalos aren't fooling anyone.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Sina is brash, impulsive and loud while Dexio is collected and more patient. This is represented in their masks and scarfs—Sina wears red ones, Dexio blue ones.
- Scarf Of Ass Kicking: While they are the "Defenders of Kalos."
- Theme Naming: Their names are derived from the Latin words for left (Sina) and right (Dexio).
- Those Two Guys: Are almost never seen apart from one another.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Sina has violet hair.
Professor Takao Cozmo (Dr. Takao Soraishi)An astronomer from Fallarbor Town who gets embroiled in Team Aqua/Magma's plan for Mt. Chimney, wanting a special meteorite in his possession. While fairly minor in the original Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, the remakes expand his role and backstory significantly.
- Absent-Minded Professor: Crosses with Horrible Judge of Character. He initially goes along with Team Aqua/Magma thinking they would help him excavate meteorites, only to steal it from him. He gets better later on.
- Ascended Extra: Went from a minor Victim of the Week type of NPC to a major player in the Delta Episode and a far more tragic past than no one could've imagined.
- Foil: Is this to you as the player character in the remakes. Looking at the letters in Sea Mauville reveal that his father Raizo was an absolute workaholic to the point he was barely home anymore, his marriage crumbled, and Takao noticing his mother spending more time with "her friend" (obviously meaning she was having an affair). It got so bad that eventually both father and son grew old, and Raizo eventually began to associate a doll from his son AS his son. Compare Norman, who, while still being a workaholic, still could balance between being Gym Leader and husband and father.
- Meaningful Name: Cozmo being obvious, being an astronomer. Soraishi can be rendered as "sky-rock", referring to the Meteorite connected to him, and Takao is derived from "takai" , meaning high.
- Mineral Macguffin: Originally, his only claim to fame was his connection to the Meteorite, itself having no purpose. Come the remakes, said Meteorite turns out to be the pseudo-Mega Stone for Rayquaza.
- Number Two: To Steven in the Delta Episode, serving as head of Mossdeep's mission control.
- Smooch of Victory: The "I'm so happy I could kiss you" kind, to the operator who had been bugging him for the entirety of the crisis, once it boiles over.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Ultimately, he never did. Worse, Raizo grew so senile that he came to think of the doll his son gave to him to help him think of him as his son.
A peculiar man who shows up in various towns in X and Y. Talking to him will make him grant you a new O-Power to use.
- Ascended Extra: Sort of. While he and the "Pokémon Center men" (the quintet who joined to create him) remain minor NPCs, their role has been expanded since Generation III, since they actually reward the player with O-Powers for talking to them, rather than each simply commenting on the player's chosen trendy words, how many other players they've traded with, etc. More importantly, it turns out he had a more tragic past than it seemed, and a good reason to feel all but outright said to be suicidal when you meet him in Mauville Hills: he was apparently the one left with the task of laying off many people from the Mauville Corporation once Wattson decided to shut down the project, as evidenced by a letter in Sea Mauville.
- The Atoner: He used to be a man who felt "powerless" after he had to fire a ton of people from their jobs. After becoming Mr. Bonding, he travels the world to give power to everyone.
- Catch Phrase: "It's bonding time!"
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: In X and Y, Mr. Bonding is found in various hotel rooms (if a town has one) and "bonds" with the protagonist. That the O in "O-Power" hasn't been elaborated on also hasn't escaped the players.
- Fusion Dance: Is the result of a six-way fusion between the five strange men in the Mauville Pokémon Center and a powerless man.
- Inexplicably Awesome: While providing you with extremely useful O-Powers is great, there's just something... not right about him. Played with and expanded upon in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which reveals his origins.
- Porn Stache: Considering its association with porn, it makes him even more unsettling.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Is always seen sporting a pink tuxedo.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a flamboyant pink suit.
- Socialization Bonus: The O-Powers he bestows encourages this. The player can level them up faster and receive more significant effects from them by sharing them with other people in the Player Search System.
- Super Empowering: The ability to give people O-Powers they can use on others.
- Take Up My Sword: The old men fuse with a powerless man to give him their power. This resulted in the creation of Mr. Bonding, who takes over their role as power givers.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It isn't that unusual for characters to sport brightly-colored hair, but when the player and most NPC models have normal tones, Mr. Bonding's purple stands out. Also noticeable are the men who fused to become him - for instance, Giddy's hair isn't just blond; it's bright yellow.
A world-wandering man from Unova, and expert on Hoenn's secret bases. He serves as a guide to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire's new and improved secret base system, filling Brendan and May in on them as they travel the region, and even battling them at one point.
- Americans Are Cowboys: Despite being from Unova, a region based on the New York/New Jersey area, he speaks and dresses like a cowboy.
- Coat Over the Shoulder: He's always seen carrying his coat over his shoulder. Understandable, considering how warm Hoenn is, he doesn't have reason to wear it.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Pre-Hall of Fame, Aarune's Flygon is Level 23. Trapinch doesn't evolve into Vibrava until Level 35, and Vibrava doesn't evolve into Flygon until Level 45.
- Eagleland: He's from Unova and trends on the nicer side of this trope.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: His concept art depicts him pointing excitedly and yelling.
- Keet: Almost always speaks excitedly and seems to act this way, judging from his artwork.
- Nice Hat: He wears a snazzy-looking red fedora on his head.
- Theme Naming: Whatever the language, his name is a reference to the Hypericum flower genus.
- Walking the Earth: He has spent about eleven years wandering the world, looking for a Secret Base for himself. After meeting with the player, he seems to have settled in the Secret Base Guild in Fortree City.
- Weapon of Choice: Flygon. His move of choice is Secret Power, which is what's used to create a Super-Secret Base and the TM he hands out to people when introducing the concept. Flygon even has a Normal Gem to boost the move's power.
The niece of Wallace, Lisia is a young Pokémon Coordinator introduced in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and the most famous and popular in the Hoenn region. She helps Brendan/May get a start in Pokémon Contest Spectaculars, and provides them with clothes to wear during those Contests.
- Affectionate Nickname: Her fans call her "Lissi".
- Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit shows off her navel.
- Bonus Boss: For Contests. After you've won all the Master Ranks once, she'll compete in the next one you enter with her Altaria, Ali. It has a moveset optimized for the contest's category and insanely high condition.
- Cat Smile: When she's excited.
- Cool Big Sis: She gets you started on the Contest path, and congratulates you every time you win.
- Curtains Match the Window: Her hair matches her light green eyes.
- Excited Title! Two-Part Episode Name!: Has a habit of spouting stuff like this.
- Famed In-Story: Noted to be one of the most famous and popular coordinators in Hoenn.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Wears only one stocking on her left leg, as well as having a longer strip of hair on the right side of her face.
- Gender-Blender Name: Her Altaria is male, but she notes that many people mistake "Ali" for a feminine name.
- Genki Girl: She is very upbeat and energetic.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a small hair clip, which also holds a Key Stone.
- Idol Singer: Modeled after one, and has the in-game popularity to match.
- Locked Out of the Loop: When you talk to Wallace after defeating the both of them in a contest, he'll mention she is oblivious to your involvement in stopping the version Primal legendary.
- Luminescent Blush: Very, very, very often in-game.
- Nephewism: She is Wallace's niece.
- Nice Girl: She picks you to be the next Contest Star, and gives you a snazzy costume, a Contest Pass, and a Pokéblock Kit, all for free. She's also very supportive and encouraging to you, congratulating you whenever you hit a new milestone. Most telling is the fact that she doesn't get jealous and overly-competitive, even stating that all she wants is for people and Pokémon to have a blast participating in Contests.
- Ship Tease: Lisia gets quite a bit of it with the main character no matter what gender the player chooses, leading to a minor case of Ambiguously Bi.
- Showgirl Skirt: A short, flared-out tutu.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She looks a lot like a female Wallace. Turns out that she's his niece. There's also a magazine in the Sea Mauville with a woman on the cover that looks a lot like her, possibly her mother or grandmother.
- Surpassed the Teacher: Wallace states Lisia has surpassed him in terms of Contest talent; this much shows during Contests where they appear together. Lisia's Ali will always have the higher condition.
- Transformation Trinket: She can Mega Evolve her Altaria, Ali, using the Key Stone in her hairpin.
- True Blue Femininity: Wears a lot of blue that shows off her feminine charm.
- Uncatty Resemblance: Her outfit is stylized like her Altaria with fluffy detached sleeves and quite a lot of blue.
- Weapon of Choice: Her Altaria, nicknamed Ali.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: With a Showgirl Skirt tutu.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has light teal hair similar in color to Wallace's, which tipped people off that they were related.
Chaz (Kazura)A Pokemon Coordinator and the self proclaimed rival of Lisia introduced in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. He owns a Machoke named Macherie that he adopted.
- Can't Catch Up: Despite being Lisia's "rival," she far succeeds him in terms of fame and success. Part of this can be attributed to the fact that Chaz refused to train Macherie in anything other than Cuteness while Lisia has Ali specialized for all the Contests.
- Graceful Loser: Subverted. He never really lose his proud attitude but he's a good enough sport to give the player gifts to celebrate their successes.
- Interspecies Romance: Macherie has a crush on Lisia's Ali.
- Pet Baby Wild Animal: Chaz adopted Macherie when she was a Machop who was living in a cardboard box after her original trainer abandoned her.
- The Rival: Considers himself this to Lisia, who disinterested in having rivals and believes people should enter Contests for fun.
- He also considers the player character to be this, especially for Lisia's attention.
- To Be a Master: After the player beats Lisia he is inspired to start training Macherie to win all the Master Rank contests, including the Toughness category. He even starts training under Brawly and prepares to challenge Gyms to try and enhance Macherie's strength.
- What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Chaz attempts to avert this trope. He believed Macherie is too cute for Toughness contests and refused to raise her Toughness. The problem with this is that Macherie only knows two Cute moves, neither of which are very impressive. Eventually, Chaz decides to start training her for Toughness Contests but states that no matter how tough she gets, Macherie will always be cute and adorable.
A mysterious young lady introduced in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire as a major character. A Whismur named Aster is her traveling partner.
- Action Girl: Zinnia's age is vague, but she's a powerful Dragon-type trainer who travels across Hoenn by herself, and is capable of taking on Team Magma/Aqua.
- Ambiguously Brown: Has slightly suntanned skin to go with her outdoorsy look.
- Anti-Villain: Her actions in the Delta Episode are questionable, such as stealing other Trainers' Key Stones, and more so when you learn she assisted Team Aqua/Magma in their hopes to awaken Kyogre/Groudon, but she only wanted to summon Rayquaza.
- Badass: Defeats Maxie (in Omega Ruby) or Archie (in Alpha Sapphire) and steals his Key Stone. The defeated team leader even remarks on her mastery over Dragon-type Pokémon.
- Badass Bookworm: As a Lorekeeper, she's very knowledgeable about the history of Hoenn, particularly Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza, and their ancient battles.
- Badass Cape: She wears a white, tattered cape around her shoulders.
- The Battle Didn't Count: A variation. You can lose to her after you get Rayquaza, but the game still treats it as though you won and you proceed to stop the meteor and fight Deoxys anyway.
- Blood Knight: Her Limp and Livid stance and Slasher Smile when battling, as well as her eagerness to battle you a final time, show she's not merely a sweet Genki Girl.
- Call Back: One line she says references Reshiram and Zekrom."Are they based on the ideals you cling to? Or are they based on actual truths?"
- Chekhov's Gunman: First appears in Petalburg Woods, before the player even gets their first badge, then not again until the postgame. She's dressed as a member of the villainous team of your game at the time, though, and since you don't actually run into any female grunts until at least Slateport, you could be forgiven for not noticing that the one in the cutscene as you leave Petalburg has a unique model.
- The Chooser of The One: Zinnia teaches you about the lore of the Hoenn region during their way up the Sky Pillar, and after the player tames Rayquaza and defeats her she passes on the title of Lorekeeper to them.
- Color Motif: Wears primarily black, gray and tan giving off an adventurer vibe.
- Curbstomp Battle:
- With her on the receiving end. She battles you after you capture Rayquaza, which along with being able to Mega Evolve, has a type advantage over all of her Pokémon and stands at Level 70, 8 levels higher than her highest leveled Pokémon, Salamence. Rayquaza alone is thus more than capable of knocking out her entire team without breaking a sweat.
- As for everyone else she battles on the other hand, she's the one doling them out.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: She is one of the few trainers in the series to try getting what she wants from someone by slugging him, and while doing so doesn't earn her much sympathy, it works.
- Dead Guy Junior: Aster is heavily implied to be named after someone Zinnia loved very much and lost.
- Didn't See That Coming: Zinnia's entire plan revolved around bringing Rayquaza back, using her own "fervent wish" to get it to Mega Evolve and destroy the meteoroid. She never expected Rayquaza itself to not be able to Mega Evolve simply because it's been so long and it weakened with age.
- Easily Forgiven: The framing of the epilogue gives off this impression as despite having enough remorse to return all the Key Stones she'd stolen, certain actions such as joining Team Aqua\Magma and destroying the Link Cable, right as she may be about that, are seemingly swept under the rug.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Has a Mega Anklet that wraps around her right leg, which is designed after Rayquaza.
- Floral Theme Naming: Her name comes directly from the zinnia genus of flowers. Furthermore, her Whismur is nicknamed Aster, which is another genus of flowers.
- Friendly Enemy: She and the player are using different methods, interfere with each other's plans, and have reason to question the morality of each other's actions. Yet every time they meet, she's respectful to the point of fangirling over everything the protagonist has accomplished. This is in contrast to how she never misses an opportunity to rub in Steven being a former Champion to his face.
- Genki Girl: Zinnia is very cheerful when the player first meets her.
- Heroic BSOD: Has a brief one when she realizes that Rayquaza doesn't have enough energy to Mega Evolve, nearly making all her work during the game and her whole life as the Lorekeeper for naught. She snaps out of it when the player fixes the issue.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: She has a Salamence, and it can Mega Evolve. Apart from her Whismur, all of her known Pokémon are Dragon-type.
- Hypocrite: Despite the below Jerkass Has a Point, it goes deeper than that. She may be right in calling out Steven and Prof. Cozmo for their plan to use Infinity Energy to warp the meteor, as she believes it would make them no different than AZ using his lifeforce-powered weapon three millennia ago, and that they may inadvertently doom the people of another timeline that diverged from the Kalos war. However, when you consider the fact that she joined Team Aqua/Magma hoping to awaken Kyogre/Groudon, in the hope Rayquaza would notice and awaken, as well as seeing the failure merely as a setback, she doesn't necessarily have the moral high ground to call anyone out.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Zinnia did have some point in that the Space Center's methods were unknowingly going to have massive consequences, and she expresses it through mockery and Sarcastic Clapping.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She tends to mock several people throughout the Delta Episode, but has a soft spot for both the player and Aster.
- Limp and Livid: When entering battle, she hunches over and sways her arms while having a crazed look on her face. There's no real reason why, and she's calm and upright the moment the battle is over.
- Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name comes from Red-Spider lillies, which are strongly tied to death and mortality. Similarly Zinnia's means (among other possible meanings) remembrance of those who have gone. Both names refer to the fact that she has likely lost someone close to her.
- Ms. Exposition: She tells you the legend of Rayquaza on the way up the Sky Pillar.
- Never Give the Captain a Straight Answer: For most of the Delta episode she refuses to explain her plan, forcing the player to simply chase her across Hoenn.
- Nice Shoes: Wears cute open-toed sandals. The sandals, along with her ninja-like garbs, seem to be a walking homage to another sort of ninjas who wear these kinds of shoes.
- Non-Action Guy: Her Whismur, Aster, who isn't used in battle.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Only her Salamence looks like a typical dragon. Her Tyrantrum looks like a dinosaur, her Altaria looks like a bird, her Goodra looks like a bipedal slug, and her Noivern looks like a bat.
- Passing the Torch: After you tame Rayquaza and destroy the meteor, she "retires", and entrusts you with her duties, before leaving to go somewhere; she isn't seen again.
- Red Is Heroic: Her eyes are red and her clothes have red markings on them.
- Refused by the Call: She summons Rayquaza and tries to get it to Mega Evolve, but fails due to the 1000 years having drained Rayquaza of power. After the player character's meteorite restores Rayquaza's power, Zinnia decides to let them proceed in her stead.
- Sarcastic Clapping: Does this whenever she praises the player or mocks someone.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Her top is actually backless, the telltale string along her back being the first hint.
- Ship Tease: With the player regardless of gender.
- Slasher Smile: The look on her face during battles is unsettling.
- The Southpaw: Her left hand is her throwing hand and she's seen clutching a Poké Ball in her left hand in her Sugimori artwork.
- Stepford Smiler: Her speech atop the Sky Pillar reveals that her cheerful exuberance and enthusiasm masks a deep melancholy.
- Tomboyish Side Tails: Her forelocks are grown out quite a bit, emphasizing her tomboyish personality.
- Transformation Trinket: She carries her Key Stone on the Mega Anklet.
- The Unreveal: It's never revealed who Aster (the Whismur's namesake, not Whismur herself) really was, and the most Zinnia says of her is vague reminiscing.
- Useless Useful Spell: Like Drake's Mega Salamence, Zinnia's Mega Salamence lacks Normal-type moves to take advantage of Aerilate.
- Vague Age: Could be anything from late teens to late 20s. The model and art makes it difficult to tell. The fact that Steven refers to her as a 'woman' and not a 'girl' (while the player character is explicitly referred to as a child, and as a "boy" or "girl" by even Zinnia herself) only complicates things further.
- Walking the Earth: After the events of the Delta Episode, Zinnia speaks with her grandmother and leaves. If spoken to, her grandmother tells you that she went on a journey to "find herself".
- Weapon of Choice: Her Salamence is her strongest Pokemon. During the final battle against her, she uses its Mega Evolution.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist:
- Joined Team Magma (in Omega Ruby) or Aqua (in Alpha Sapphire) during the main storyline and assisted them in awakening Groudon/Kyogre in hopes that Rayquaza will respond to the weather crisis caused. The fact that this doesn't happen leads to her actions in the Delta Episode.
- She also steals many of the character's Key Stones, including Brendan/May's, Wally's, Courtney (in Omega Ruby) or Matt's (in Alpha Sapphire), and Maxie (in Omega Ruby) or Archie's (in Alpha Sapphire), hoping that a large number of them will enforce Rayquaza's Mega Evolution. Once again, she's wrong. She returns them all once the crisis is over though.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: She wears grey short shorts with red ties.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Type B.
Unmarked Spoilers for X and Y
The following characters have been put in this folder since they have too many spoilered tropes and cause a problem with policy. Therefore all spoilers are being unmarked for these characters, at least for Pokémon X and Y. You have been warned.
- Do you want to know unending pain... like I have?
- Age Without Youth: Played with, according to Word of God he continued to age despite being rendered immortal, but still looks a bit younger than you'd expect a 3,000 year old man to be.
- Anti-Villain: Up there with N in terms of being sympathetic.
- The Atoner: For killing thousands of Pokémon and people to use the Ultimate Weapon and revive his Floette.
- Badass: AZ may not be at your level when you fight, but there's no denying that his team is good. He also looks very imposing.
- Badass Grandpa: He's 3000 years old, and also a decent fighter. Physically, he's stuck in his fifties or sixties.
- Blow You Away: His Sigilyph.
- Curb-Stomp 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 was cursed with eternal life for the past 3,000 years. Whether this is a good or bad thing is up to interpretation.
- 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.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Word of God confirms that his Floette was a gift from his late mother, which may explain why he loves it so dearly.
- 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.
- Greater Scope Villain: Sort of - he's not actively malevolent any more. His device is the reason that Lysandre is almost able to wipe out everyone on the planet, but he doesn't have that direct an impact on the plot, at least until towards the end.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Platonically, with Floette.
- Humans Are Bastards: He has something of a nihilistic and negative view on humans, in part due to his own actions.
- 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, causing them to abandon him.
- Leitmotif: A very solemn piano theme plays during his scenes.
- Mind over Matter: His Sigilyph.
- Older Than They Look: He looks very very good for his age and hasn't seemed to have aged past 50-60 physically. Though even then people in reality would shrink as they age, he did the opposite.
- Pet the Dog: While he was still something of a nihilist, he stopped at Sootopolis City and planted a large tree in front of the Cave of Origin as a gift.
- Perpetual Frowner: Hard to blame him considering his backstory. He does smile after battling the PC at the end though.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: His Floette, according to X & Y's coding, knows Light of Ruin, the most powerful Fairy-type move that even Xerneas can't get as yet.
- Playing with Fire: His Torkoal.
- Post Final Boss: See Curbstomp Battle.
- Rapunzel Hair: Sure, it might only reach his waist, but he's about three metres tall which means that it's about six feet long.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's an immortal, and he's been Walking the Earth for 3000 years. Additionally, all three of the Pokemon he uses in battle are either associated with ancient civilization or longevity. Torkoal is based on a tortoise, which can live for multiple centuries, while Sigilyph and Golurk have been described as being around since ancient times.
- 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. Not to mention the issues in finding things that would fit, given his size.
- 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.
- There's also hints of Gilgamesh in him too. Specifically: In the Epic, Gilgamesh traveled long and far in his quest for immortality for himself after the death of his closest companion, Enkidu; paralleling AZ's Walking the Earth to reunite with his Floette.
- As stated previously, he also has hints of the medieval Christian legend of the Wandering Jew.
- Soul Power: His Golurk.
- Superweapon Surprise: Built a giant superweapon capable of mass destruction.
- Tears of Joy: After reuniting with his Floette after 3,000 years, he is so overwhelmed with joy that he can't even stand.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It is very heavily implied in the Delta Episode that his use of the ultimate weapon resulted in the birth of Deoxys, who first started antagonising the earth around three thousand years ago.
- Walking Spoiler: He had so many spoiler tropes that he got moved to another folder.
- Walking the Earth: Has been doing this for 3,000 years. He's confirmed during the Ruby and Sapphire remakes to have planted the giant tree in Sootopolis City and once saw Mega Rayquaza intervene in a fight between Groudon and Kyogre many years ago.
- Was It Really Worth It?: In regards to ending the war with the machine.
- Weapon of Choice: Floette.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Is never seen after the parade, leading questions to his and Floette's whereabouts.
- What The Hell, Master?!: In the backstory, Floette's reaction to the Ultimate Weapon and the cost of her resurrection was to turn her back on her beloved master and abandon him for three thousand years. Clearly, she thought he'd crossed the line, even if she couldn't articulate it as such.
- When He Smiles: After your fight with him, he smiles for the first time since you met him and thanks you for freeing him from the torment of his past, which leads into Earn Your Happy Ending above.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: He's been alive for three thousand years. He doesn't enjoy it.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His Floette died in the war and drove him to make a giant superweapon.
Emma (Matière)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.
- Action Girl: When she uses the Expansion suit to fight crime.
- 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.
- Badass Adorable: Also rather adorable and kind.
- Bilingual Bonus: Her conversation with the Kanto woman is not very polite. The Kanto woman (who is frustrated and scared over the theft of her Pokemon) insults Looker's and his partners' intelligence, and Emma does not respond well to this, angrily calling the woman out for her rudeness.
- 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.
- Bonus Boss: After clearing Looker's sidequests, she can be fought using the suit on certain days 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 matching that of a Ditto and Kecleon. It also grants her the ability to leap tall buildings In a Single Bound.
- Compressed Hair: How Emma manages to fit all that hair into her helmet is the true miracle of science.
- Cunning Linguist: Despite her lack of formal education (she apparently couldn't even read before Looker took her in), she's bilingual, able to speak both Kalosian (French) and Kantoese (Japanese).
- 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: Rather nice and kind, and also an 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: She's around sixteen, but looks a couple of years younger.
- 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, she uses the codename "Essentia".
- 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 to 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.
- Weapon of Choice: Her Espurr "Mimi."