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Characters: Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals
The main characters of the series. The games revolve around their personal growth, their exploits and their (and by extension, your
) relationship with Pokémon in general.
The protagonists are the player's avatar in the world of Pokémon
. Generally they aren't the most verbose of people
. But you can use this opportunity to play as them and gather together a team of Pokémon to conquer the game.
The rivals are kids that are just like you and the protagonists have a history with them. Their personalities are varied, but they're all willing to challenge you to see how strong you've become over your journey.
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- Action Girl: The female protagonists by default.
- Badass: They defeat every single trainer in their region, including leaders of the evil teams, the Elite Four and the Champion, can capture Legendary Pokemon, and become the best trainer in their region.
- Child Prodigy: Their skill with Pokémon is so great that they are able to defeat adults who have years of experience on them.
- Cool Hat/Nice Hat: All main characters has a hat in some form. Even Brendan's.
- Notably, in Gen VI, while customizing your clothing you cannot remove the hat. Even though Calem and Serena appear hatless if they are NPCs, so clearly the models for hatlessness exist. But you wouldn't be a protagonist without the hat.
- In fact, ironically, with the exception of Gen. III (where the Rival is the playable character you do not pick) Bianca is the only Rival who has a hat.
- Did You Just Capture And Subjugate Cthulhu?: Each of them can capture the World of Pokémon's equivalent to Eldritch Abominations (one gen even allows you to capture the rough equivalent to God).
- Disappeared Dad: The only games to avert this are Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. The protagonist in every other game lives alone with their mother, and their father never makes an appearance, nor is any explanation given for his absence.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Zigzagged. Plot-critical NPCs seem aware of the fact that by the time you finish the game you've defeated the most powerful trainers in the region, saved the world from the local villainous team, and probably captured at least one Legendary Pokémon in the process. Normal NPCs on the other hand will continue to treat you like a nobody who isn't worth their time.
- Even the Guys Want Him / Even the Girls Want Her: This can frequently pop up when playing as a certain gender. Leaf especially has a ton of unintentional Les Yay dialogues around her due to the unchanged dialogues in the remakes.
- Free-Range Children: No one seems to mind that you're just a child who goes through dangerous situations that involve crime organizations and/or Legendary Pokemon who are very dangerous to the health of your mother.
- This is a little better-justified in Gens III and VI; in R/S/E, you're the child of a Gym Leader, who understands exactly what a journey of this kind can do for a young person and encourages it. Granted, he probably had no idea that you'd square off against a trio of gods, but still. In Gen VI, your mother is a professional Rhyhorn racer, and like Norman understands how positive an experience this could be and encourages you to go.
- Hello, Insert Name Here: Although they have Canon Names, as protagonists, they can be named whatever the player wants. This applies to most of the rival characters as well.
- The one exception is Leaf, whose name was given to her by the fandom due to the fact she lacked a canon name. It's based off the in-game name she has in data to certain games; the same data refers to Red as "Red" but Blue as "Terry".
- The Hero
- Generation V took this Up to Eleven when Hilda/Hilbert of Pokémon Black and White is the hero.
- Calem/Serena are such big damn heroes that they get a parade at the end of their games.
- Heroic Mime: All of them, for the most part; the protagonist is usually completely silent. (Red doesn't even speak a word when he appears as a Bonus Boss in later games.) Some exceptions, however: in Black 2 and White 2 Nate and Rosa speak clearly when acting in the Poké Star movies (although, that is scripted) and in X and Y Calem/Serena is rather vocal when they respond to questions from other characters.
- Hot-Blooded: Some characters are implied to be this.
- Iconic Item: Their hats. Even if it has a color change.
- Primary-Color Champion: With the exception of Ethan, Dawn, and Serena (and the Gen III protagonists in Emerald version only) all of their outfits feature red (or pink) and blue, and sometimes yellow especially for accessories like their bags.
- Power Trio: With the Rival and the Player Character not chosen except for Gen I (where the player not chosen didn't exist) Black and White (where they formed a Power Trio with two rivals) and Gen VI which instead opted for a Five-Man Band with the two players and three rivals.
- Saving the World: From Generation III and onwards, but replace "world" with "all of existence". May and Brendan are the first ones to do it.
- To Be a Master: Their main motive. Red is one in Generation II and its remakes.
- Spanner in the Works: The protagonist in every game is this to the villainous team in some form, eventually leading to defeating them. Hilbert/Hilda from the first Unova games takes the cake since their first interactions with N set off is the first of several things that dismantles Ghetsis' plans.
- Walking the Earth
- Coming-of-Age Story: At the end of the main game, Oak states that the protagonist's journey was one, remarking that "s/he has come of age."
- Cutting Off The Branches: It's Red who appears in HeartGold and SoulSilver, rather than Leaf, though it may be due to them being remakes of GSC where he was the only one to appear. He was also the canon protagonist.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Disappeared Dad: He's mentioned once when you check out the televisions in Celadon Department Store, but he never appears.
- Nice Hat
- Schrödinger's Player Character: Pick one of them in FRLG, and the other won't appear. In the series as a whole, Red is the canonical protagonist.
- Suddenly Voiced: The protagonist, unlike future heroes, actually makes the odd internal comment when examining objects (where future Player Characters merely get descriptions), such as mentioning his/her dad when you check out the televisions in the Celadon Department Store, and remarks that s/he "should get going" when you examine the TV in his/her house and notes that they "better not touch it" when examining various pieces of technology. S/he also talks to Copycat, causing her to state his/her unseen dialogue.
- Vague Age: The first time in the series it is averted, in the case of Red at least, whose age is stated to be "11". The same can be assumed of Leaf, as she is his counterpart. To date, these are the only player characters whose ages are confirmed.
- The Voiceless
This young man is perhaps the most iconic human character of the series. An 11-year old from Pallet Town who used to be the best of friends with a boy named Blue (or Green in the Japanese versions), until he became a bully. At the start of Pokémon Red and Blue
, Red and Blue are given a task by Professor Oak, Blue's grandfather and the local expert on Pokémon: to travel around the Kanto region and capture all 150 known Pokémon to complete the Pokédex, a device that records data on Pokémon encountered and captured. To help with this, Oak gives Red and Blue one Pokémon each from Oak's remaining three. (In Pokémon Yellow
version, Red's starter Pokémon is a Pikachu that Oak captured on Route 1). With this one Pokémon
, Red ventures far from his home town, challenging the various gyms and thwarting the operations of the criminal enterprise Team Rocket in order to become a Pokémon Master
In Pokémon Red, Green, Blue and Yellow
, he was the only player character, and is still the only protagonist to appear in later games in person. He's the strongest trainer in Pokémon Gold and Silver
and can also be battled in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
. Red's design also appears as a character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
, in which he commands Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard to battle for him.
Many characters based on Red have appeared in spin-off media, the most famous of which is Ash Ketchum, from the Pokémon anime
. Ash and Red are confused with each other, and whether or not they can be considered, for all intents and purposes, two versions of the same basic character note
, is something still debated among fans.
- A Boy and His Pikachu: In Yellow.
- The Ace: By Gen II, Red is the toughest trainer in the game.
- Badass: Implied through potential events that can transpire in the game, as well as Red's Bonus Boss status in Pokémon Gold and Silver. As a Bonus Boss, Red's team is the highest leveled of any trainer in the entire series (Not counting battle facilities that automatically set levels to 100).
- Badass Adorable: He's 11 years old in Gen I/III. 14 in Gen II/IV, and he's gotta be at least 16 if not older by Black 2 and White 2, but hasn't aged a day since HeartGold and SoulSilver and still looks like a kid.
- Bonus Boss: He does not need to be fought in Gen II / IV, but most fans opt to anyway.
- Continuity Nod: Red's team in Pokémon Gold and Silver and Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 reflects the events of Pokemon Red And Blue. He has a Pikachu and the final forms of the three starters from Generation I, the Snorlax that was once blocking a path, and Espeon in Pokémon Gold and Silver or Lapras in the Gold and Silver remakes and Black 2 and White 2, from the ones you acquire as gifts.
- Disappeared Dad: No information is given about his whereabouts.
- Eye-Obscuring Hat: In his HGSS and B/W 2 animations.
- The Hero: In Gen II and the Gen IV remakes, Red is often referred to as this.
- Heroic Mime: When he's a Bonus Boss rather than a player-controlled character, he displays Visible Silence. His encounter with CopyCat strongly implies that he does speak, but his dialogue is unheard by the player.
- Holding Back the Phlebotinum: His team was comprised of level 80's during his training on Mt. Silver, and they conceivably hit the Cap afterwards. Even still, they are powered down to level 50 during the World Tournament, like any other trainer.
- Hot-Blooded: According to his counterparts, at least one in-game line, and a Generation I comic drawn by Sugimori.
- Taking the extended storyline of FRLG into consideration, he certainly counts when a rather intimidated thief makes a remark about the way he is glaring at them.
- Iconic Item: Both his original and remake Nice Hats.
- Legendary in the Sequel: Red is mentioned several times throughout the game as the boy who singlehandedly stopped Giovanni and disbanded Team Rocket three years prior, and is held in high regard. His True Final Boss status has made him this as a meta-example among the fandom as well.
- Game Freak doesn't discourage this, as he remains the most powerful trainer in the entire series. When Barry's levels in Platinum surpassed Red's, HG/SS corrected that. Red's Pikachu remains the highest level Pokémon to be challenged in a Trainer battle.
- Nice Guy: Implied in Red/Blue/Green/Yellow, as Prof. Oaks points out that Red is nice to his Pokémon.
- Not So Stoic: His usual ellipses are accented with a "!" after losing.
- Remake Dye Job: In Generations I and II, Red has black hair, but this is made into light brown hair in Generation III, IV, and V.
- Perpetual Frowner: In all his sprites and FRLG official art he's this. Pokémon Origins reveals this to be his battle face more than anything. Out of battle, very cheerful young man.
- Previous Player-Character Cameo: In Generations II, IV and V.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Irony time, Blue Oni to Blue's Red.
- Silent Protagonist: All the protagonists are silent, of course, but Red takes it a step further by remaining silent every time he's seen, even when he's no longer the player character. Both in the Gen II games, and in the World Tournament, he says nothing but Visible Silence.
- So Proud of You: His mother remarks that she's worried for Red, but proud of him for doing what he wants to do.
- Suddenly Voiced: Red's Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Pokémon: The Origin counterparts qualify in addition to the examples he shares with Leaf.
- Third Option Adaptation: He uses all four possible starters from the first game, avoiding giving him a canon starternote . He also uses Pokémon that the player character in Red & Blue received as gifts, or was forced to encounter.
- Took a Shortcut: Getting to Red in Heartgold and Soulsilver requires at least one of your Pokémon knowing the HM move Rock Climb in order to scale the walls of the cave, but none of his Pokémon know the move.
- True Final Boss: In Gold and Silver.
- Visible Silence: Shown in the real final battle in GSC/HGSS.
- Walking the Earth: In Gold and Silver, Red has retired as Champion and now focuses on training in Mt. Silver to get stronger.
- Weapon of Choice:
- In the games, Pikachu. High leveled Pokémon used by a trainer in Gen II and in the remakes it is still the highest leveled Pokémon you can face in a trainer battle in the entire franchise. Going with the below, he also has all three fully-evolved Kanto starters, which (except for the Squirtle line) serve as his Weapon of Choice in other adaptations.
- Depending on the adaptation, this tends to vary between the Bulbasaur line and Charmander line or simply having all three of the original starters. Considering these were the original two mascots of the games in Japan, it makes sense.
- However before any adaptations or sequels it was pretty◊ solidly◊ the Bulbasaur line◊, such that Pokemon #001 goes to the first protagonist.
When Pokemon Red And Blue
was remade for the GBA, the games went through some drastic changes. One important change that the GBA games brought about was the ability to choose between a male or female protagonist. Leaf, as she's most well known by is that female protagonist. Her backstory is roughly the same as Red's: A young girl from Pallet town who was given the task to catch them all for the Pokédex and To Be a Master
. However, her origins are a bit older than the remakes suggest. She's based on a female trainer seen in early artwork for Red and Blue. This suggests that there were plans to have the ability to choose a male or female player from the very beginning, but was cut out at some point.
Three years after Red defeated Team Rocket and won the Pokémon league, a new Pokémon trainer from New Bark Town in the Johto region was given his first Pokémon. He was given the same task to catch them all, although now there are more species to find.
Just like Red, he was the sole protagonist in Pokémon Gold and Silver
. Although that changed when Pokémon Crystal
game out. You could now choose him or the female protagonist of that game. When his games were given remakes, he was given another female counterpart named Lyra, along with a new canon name (Ethan) and a new design. He also has a few characters based on him in various media, including two
anime counterparts (one using the old design named Yoshi/Jimmy and another using the current one as a cameo in a movie).
- Awesome Backpack: In HGSS, it has no limit on the number of items it can carry.
- Canon Name: The manual for Gold Version refers to the player as "a boy named Gold", and the manual for Silver refers to the player as "a boy named Silver". His anime counterpart was named Jimmy (Kenta in Japan). In Generation IV, he was finally given a canon name: "Ethan".
- Expy: His Gold/Silver/Crystal design looked very similar to Red's.
- One Steve Limit: In the original Gold & Silver, a Pokémaniac on the S.S. Aqua had the name Ethan. In the remakes, said trainer is renamed Morgan to adhere to this trope.
- Weapon of Choice: In official art for the games he's usually depicted with either the Chikorita or Totodile lines, and Gold Version is associated with Chikorita. However in most adaptations he's given Cyndaquil. In HGSS it's Marill if he fills the NPC role.
Introduced in Pokémon Crystal
, Kris was the very first protagonist you could choose who was female. Before this, the only option was a boy. However, unlike some later games, this was purely aesthetic and had no bearing on the plot, and her story is identical to Gold/Ethan's.
She has a few characters based on her in various media. Her anime iteration was named Dani/Marina and her goal at the time was to be a "Pokémon Idol" (and later on in the series, a Top Coordinator). Kris does not appear in Heart Gold and Soul Silver
, which might mean she must be iconic of the Crystal version.
Rather than re-using Kris for the remakes of Pokémon Gold and Silver
, the game designers designed a new female protagonist for Heart Gold and Soul Silver
. Lyra is a young girl who resides in New Bark Town and is just starting out as a trainer... If you're choosing her as the player character. Like most of the later games in the series, the protagonist that the player didn't choose will still show up as an NPC. In this case, she'll be a friend who shows you the ropes on catching Pokémon. She appeared in the anime as a trainer who traveled with Ash and friends for a time while promoting Heart Gold and Soul Silver
- Affectionate Nickname: If s/he's chosen as the player in the remakes, Archie will call her/him "little scamp" or just "scamp".
- Badass Adorable: S/he has no problem standing face-to-face with a beast that can shift continents, raise the sea, or Hyper Beam them to death, depending on the version. Or all three of them in Emerald.
- Took a Level in Badass: S/he saves the world from utter annihilation of the awakened pissed-off Legendary (depending on version of course) by either defeating or capturing them.
- Averted in Emerald, as technically Rayquaza is the one to solve the crisis. You just go to awake him. It is then played straight when they defeat Juan and go on to defeat the Elite Four and Wallace.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Actually averted, though not to the degree of X and Y, in the remakes Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Your accomplishments in this game, from stopping Groudon / Kyogre to becoming Champion, are all acknowledged in game. Your claim to fame as Champion is even mentioned on the Buzz Nav postgame, and everyone refers to you as the new Champion, while calling Steven the former Champion; it's a point of contention, in fact, for Zinnia, who sees you, and not Steven, as worthy of being her ally, due to your status.
- Additionally, in a similar vein to the Johto games, you are named the Successor to the will of the Draconids; essentially taking over Zinnia's role as Lorekeeper, and the protector of the entire Hoenn region.
- Disappeared Dad: So far as the player, the only aversion in the main series—the protagonist's father is Norman, the Petalburg Gym Leader.
- Free-Range Children: As with all of the games, no one seems to care that you're traveling around the island and fighting villains even though you're only 12.
- Naďve Newcomer: As with any Pokemon game, the player character is entirely new to Pokemon training, despite being a natural at it. However, a first for the series, the player character is confirmed to not be native to the region the games take place in; they hail from Johto, specifically Olivine City.
- Nice Hat: As per tradition. Yes, that weird white thing for Brendan is a knit cap. A bandanna for May.
- The Rival: The one you don't choose to play as, though to a lesser extent than the previous rivals.
- Totally Radical: In Emerald, their PokéNav nickname is "Rad Neighbor."
- Uncatty Resemblance: In the remakes, their Contest outfits match costumes that Cosplay Pikachu can wear — Rock Star for Brendan and Pop Star for May.
- Vague Age: In the remakes, averted, rather surprisingly... and yet not, at the same time. The BuzzNav states the age of the rival player character to be "12"; the actual player character is more than likely the same age. But: while you're visibly shorter than most adults (your character looks up to make eye contact), you still need to bend down to talk to little kids, and you're a tiny bit taller than most other "kid" NP Cs (not by a lot, but still perceptibly so, and you'll adjust your gaze when talking appropriately). The fact that both characters are drawn to look like teenagers (and one Magma/Aqua grunt even calls you a teenager) only adds to the confusion.
- Younger Than They Look: Due to the Vague Age mentioned above, May and Brendan in the remakes are drawn looking similar to teenagers, despite being only 12 (in fact, they look like they could be only slightly younger than Hilbert and Hilda) and a Grunt even refers to them as teenagers on one occasion.
Much like Pokémon Crystal
, For Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
, you can choose between a male or female protagonist. Whichever one you chose, they follow the same story:
As the protagonist, You've recently moved to Littleroot Town in the Hoenn region from somewhere else (In Ruby and Sapphire, it was Johto, while in Emerald it was "somewhere far away"). Your father has become the gym leader of Petalburg City, and you're just the right age to start your Pokémon journey. Your town has a Pokémon Professor who will gladly give you a starter, but he's more into fieldwork than sitting around in a lab so he isn't there. Turns out that he's got himself into trouble with a wild Pokémon and you must help him by getting one of the starters from his bag. The rest of the story is up to you.
Brendan himself hasn't appeared in other adaptations, but he's made a few cameos in Pokémon movies where he's an accomplished trainer competing in tournaments. He also has counterparts in Pokémon Special
, Pocket Monsters
, and Pokemon Battle Frontier
- Alliterative Name: If he's an NPC, his name is Brendan Birch.
- Ambiguously Brown: His Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire artwork has him with noticeably darker skin than his Ruby/Sapphire or Emerald art.
- Badass Bookworm: Brendan's PokéNav description claims that he battles "with knowledge".
- Break the Haughty: As your rival if you're May.
- The Cameo: Unlike May, this is all he's ever received in the anime. In the Special manga, on the other hand...
- Like Father, Like Son: As a NPC it's mentioned he wants to be a better researcher than his dad.
- Meaningful Name:
- Yuuki means "bravery".
- Two of Brendan's default names are Landon and Sean; referring to the 2 legendary Pokémon.
- In Emerald, one of Brendan's default names is "Rald."
- In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire pre-release media and the official demo, his name is Orlando.
- One Steve Limit: Very nearly broken in Emerald, as Brendan's name is similar to Pyramid King Brandon.
- Ship Tease: In Emerald, as a rival he states "I just saw a huge green Pokémon flying across the sky!....I wish you were there, <player's name>." Take of that what you will, but the way NPC-Brendan acts toward you..
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: As your rival, Brendan in Lilycove City claims he's definitely not there to buy dolls. Afterwards, a Swablu Plushie can be seen in his bedroom.
- To Be a Master: Brendan as either role. (NPC-Brendan states that he wants to be a professor).
- Tsundere: Brendan plays a Type B version of this as an NPC; normally a Nice Guy but often kind of a jerk toward you.
- Weapon of Choice: As of the animated trailer for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire the Treecko line.
- Like Red, Brendan's Signature Mon changes depending on the adaptation or official source he's seen in. Official art for the original games shows him with a Torchic and Combusken, referencing Ruby Version. His main anime and manga counterparts give him the Mudkip line.
The other protagonist of the Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
games, she is the option if you want to play as a girl.
If you don't choose her as the protagonist, she'll be a rival who is the child of Professor Birch, the Pokémon Professor of the Hoenn region. Unlike previous rivals, this one is more friendly. The same role applies to Brendan if you choose her as the protagonist.
May has had several different characters based on her. Her anime counterpart is the most prominent, as she was a traveling companion for Ash. At first she didn't care for Pokémon and only wanted to travel, but she soon discovered Pokémon Contests and she learned to like them.
- Adorkable: NPC-May.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Contest clothes show a small part of her midriff.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: NPC-May gives off this vibe.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Her Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Contest clothes with a bow and ribbons on the right side of her head and a scrunchy(?) bracelet on her left wrist.
- Frilly Upgrade: Her Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire design to her previous one, and her contest clothes immensely.
- Genki Girl: NPC-May is quite energetic, moreso than NPC-Brendan anyway. She really shows off this attitude in OR/AS, with her adorable fist pumping action.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: NPC-May, somewhat; after you fight her in Lilycove City, seems to be more interested in filling her Pokédex than continuing training.
- Hair Decorations: May wears a large bow around her head in her Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire design, and also a small bow with ribbons in her Contest clothes.
- Idol Singer: The anime short/special for Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire shows her para para dancing alongside a Mega Altaria and a Mega Audino at a Pokémon Contest.
- Meaningful Name:
- Haruka means "Spring flower" but also means "far away", which goes with Norman's name Senri which can also refer to "1000 li" (2440 miles, but also an idiomatic way to say far away).
- Two of May's default names are Terra and Marina; also referring to Groudon and Kyogre.
- May is also the most well-known month of spring in the northern hemisphere, which matches her Japanese name.
- In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire pre-release media, her name is Anna.
- Plucky Girl: NPC-May is clumsy and shy but never lets any losses get her down.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: In Emerald and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, May's top lacks sleeves.
- Skirt over Slacks: In her Ruby and Sapphire outfit.
- Tights Under Shorts: Her design in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- Weapon of Choice: The Torchic line in almost every appearance and adaptation.
- Official art has also shown her with a Mudkip referencing Sapphire version. In the official trailer for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire she has both as the third Hoenn trainer Wally doesn't get a traditional starter (nor does he appear in the trailer).
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Not as prominent as Blue's Raticate, but if you picked Torchic while playing as Brendan in Emerald, she will sport a Torkoal in her second (optional) battle in Rustboro City. Afterwards, the turtle is never seen again and a Slugma will be in its place. The only assumption as to what happened is that she likely placed it in the PC.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Wears a tiny white pair over her bike shorts in her Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire design, and also in her Contest clothes.
- Awesome Backpack: Storage limit? What storage limit? note
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Dawn and Lucas pair up to combat Team Galactic. One of them will even mention that they form a dream team together.
- Also with Barry during the final confrontation with Team Galactic.
- Badass Adorable: A dragon that has control over time? A beast that can expand space? A creature from a world separate from ours with control over antimatter? The creator of the universe? NO PROBLEM!
- Blue Boy Pink Girl: In Platinum.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The Arceus Event if you accidentally take it out with a Fighting-type.
- Hair Color Dissonance: There's confusion about his/her hair color. Sugimori drew it a navy blue (or black with blue hints) type color in their main artwork, but everything else has them with a lighter hue.
- Missing Mom: As an NPC.
- Nice Hat: A hunting cap for Lucas.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Regardless of version or gender, the scarf is always there. Candice really likes it.
- Ship Tease: Lucas and Dawn with each other.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Lucas's hair and eye color matches Johanna's, albeit not the same shade. Dawn is basically Johanna ten or twenty years younger, with long hair.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
The male character for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
. Lucas is a boy from Twinleaf Town who is just old enough to start his Pokémon journey. After viewing a documentary on a red Gyarados, he and his rather impatient friend Barry decide to explore the nearby Lake Verity to see if any special Pokémon can be found there. Along the way, they encounter Professor Rowan and his assistant (The player character you didn't chose). Once they get to the lake, all they can find there is a lone briefcase, opening the briefcase reveals three Pokéballs, each with starter Pokémon. Suddenly, Pokémon start to attack the pair of friends! You'll need to choose carefully which Pokémon you decide to use...
Lucas has had a few characters based on him. He had a brief cameo in a few of the Pokémon movies where he's seen battling Brendan.
- Adorkable: As an NPC, Lucas has shades of this. For all his brains, he's a very laid-back character.
- The Cameo: Just like Brendan, he has very little relevance to the anime plot. Not to mention their only anime scenes is them battling each other.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Barry, having grown up as childhood friends.
- Primary-Color Champion: His outfit in Platinum is predominantly blue, red and white.
- Theme Naming: Lucas's name comes from the Latin "lux," which means "light".
- Weapon of Choice: Artwork pertaining to the games usually associates him and Diamond Version with the Piplup line. He doesn't appear often in adaptations, but when he does it's either with the Piplup or Turtwig lines.
The female trainer for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
. Dawn essentially has the same backstory as Lucas does if you choose her as the player character. As an NPC, she is an assistant to Professor Rowan and lives in the nearby Sandgem Town. She demonstrates how to catch a Pokémon to you and helps you out when Team Galactic makes their move.
Dawn has had quite a few characters based on her. Her most prominent incarnation is Dawn from Pokémon
, who aspires to be a top coordinator like her mother, but experiences a few bumps in the road. Her catchphrase may be "No need to worry", but that's probably when you should worry the most.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Wow. Even in her winter dress, she keeps the short skirt with no fear of freezing thighs.
- Exposed to the Elements: Especially since Sinnoh's supposed to be the cold region. At least Platinum gave her sleeves.
- Hair Decorations: Dawn's clips.
- Little Miss Badass
- Mini Dress Of Power: There is some minor confusion about whether it's really a dress or just a coat, though many would be more comfortable with the dress idea.
- Judging by the anime, she's wearing a minidress in Diamond and Pearl and a coat over that minidress that happens to be the exact same shape and size in Platinum.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Barry, having grown up as childhood friends.
- Theme Naming: Dawn comes from the time of day the sun rises.
- Tsundere: As an NPC. Type B: often sweet, but very mad when she gets angry.
- Weapon of Choice: Artwork pertaining to the games gives her either the Turtwig or Chimchar lines. Pearl Version is also associated with Chimchar, and Platinum with Turtwig. In prominent adaptations however she consistently has the Piplup line, and on one occasion had the Chimchar line.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade B.
General Tropes (Black and White)
The main character of Pokemon Black and White
. Hilbert is a teenager who lives in Nuvema Town, as do his Childhood Friends
, Cheren and Bianca. He will receive a starter Pokémon and a Pokédex from Professor Juniper. After setting off on his Pokémon journey at the same time as Cheren and Bianca, Hilbert will at some point be asked by Fennel to do some sort of quest; in return for its completion, Hilbert will receive a C-Gear.
As well as encountering and battling his childhood friends at various points during his journey, Hilbert will also meet a man known as N, who wishes to create separate worlds for humans and Pokémon. In order to achieve his goals, he and Hilbert will battle several times during the course of the game. Hilbert also battles Team Plasma at various stages of his journey. Ultimately, Hilbert is recognized as a hero by Reshiram or Zekrom, depending on the version.
If not chosen as the player, Hilbert appears as the player's partner in the Battle Subway when choosing to ride the Multi-Train.
Hilbert never received an Anime Counterpart, though he has had several manga character based of him. The most prominent incarnation is Black from Pokémon Special
. Others counterparts appearing in various manga: Monta from the Be a Master!! Pokémon BW, Touya from the Pocket Monsters BW: Meetings with the Legends, Shin from the Pocket Monsters BW: The Heroes of Fire and Thunder and Hiro from the Pocket Monsters B2 W2 ~ A New Legend ~
- Spear Counterpart: To Hilda. Their default names are even gender flips of each other in both Japanese and English.
- Word of God was Hilbert's design was created to match Hilda's, who was created before him.
- Two Guys and a Girl: With Cheren and Bianca if he's the main character. In contrast to Cheren, Hilbert will always be certain and justified in his goals, and Cheren will become slightly frustrated with his own shortcomings compared to his friend.
The main character of Pokemon Black and White
. Hilda is a teenager who lives in Nuvema Town, as do her Childhood Friends
, Cheren and Bianca. She will receive a starter Pokémon and a Pokédex from Professor Juniper. After setting off on her Pokémon journey at the same time as Cheren and Bianca, Hilda will at some point be asked by Fennel to do some sort of quest; in return for its completion, Hilda will receive a C-Gear.
As well as encountering and battling her childhood friends at various points during his journey, Hilda will also meet a man known as N, who wishes to create separate worlds for humans and Pokémon. In order to achieve his goals, he and Hildat will battle several times during the course of the game. Hilda also battles Team Plasma at various stages of her journey. Ultimately, Hilda is recognized as a heroine by Reshiram or Zekrom, depending on the version.
If not chosen as the player, Hilda appears as the player's partner in the Battle Subway when choosing to ride the Multi-Train.
Unlike the females of other gens, Hilda never received an Anime Counterpart. She has only had one counterpart appearing in the manga, White from Pokémon Special
General Tropes (Black 2 and White 2)
- The Ace: Moreso than any other protagonist. If you do everything in the game, then besides being a master trainer, they're also a star actor/actress, manager of the Join Avenue, and champion of the World Tournament.
- Anime Hair: Their hairstyles are much more conspicuous than previous protagonists.
- Badass Adorable: More emphasis on the adorable part, but still as badass as the other protagonists.
- Meaningful Name: Their English and Japanese names both come from the word "resonate".
- Nice Hat: Aversion; despite it being traditional for male protagonists to have a hat, Nate instead has a Nice Visor. Rosa also has a visor.
- Nonstandard Character Design: Their pupils are as white as their sclerae.
- Tights Under Shorts: In the case of Rosa, whether or not she was wearing a skirt was a topic for debate for awhile, but it's now clear she's wearing a pair of culottes over her tights.
Voiced by: Miyu Irino
(JP), Tom Wayland (EN) (promo)
Nate is a young boy living in Aspertia City with his childhood friend Hugh. At the start of the game, he sets off with Hugh to collect his first Pokémon. They then go their separate ways and he starts her journey across the Unova region.
If the player chooses Rosa, Nate will appear in game as an NPC, first met in Nimbasa City. He will join the player in a Tag Battle against Emmet and Ingo. Afterwards, he will give the player the Vs. Recorder.
Nate himself hasn't appeared in other adaptations. Only had 2 counterparts appearing in the manga. The most prominent incarnation is Lack-Two "Pokémon Special
" and in addition, Arata from Pocket Monsters B2 W2 ~ A New Legend ~
- Anime Hair: Much bushier than previous protagonists, even with his hat off (as shown in concept art). In game, when he is seen without it, his hair is much neater. Of course it is pretty much tame in comparison to Hugh's "Qwilfish".
- Brown Eyes: In contrast to Hugh's Red Eyes, Nate's brown eyes indicate he is the more agreeable, level headed of the duo.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Will share a close, brotherly friendship with Hugh.
- Rated M for Manly: The general fan reaction to him after the animated trailer for Black And White 2, with fans seeing him as the biggest Badass since Red.
- The Smart Guy: His approach to double battles as an NPC in the Battle Subway.
- Spear Counterpart: To Rosa.
- Weapon of Choice: Emboar From the animated trailer, being the starter he chose.
Rosa is a young girl living in Aspertia City with her childhood friend Hugh. At the start of the game, she sets off with Hugh to collect her first Pokémon. They then go their separate ways and she starts her journey across the Unova region.
If the player chooses Nate, Rosa will appear in game as an NPC, first met in Nimbasa City. She will join the player in a Tag Battle against Emmet and Ingo. Afterwards, she will give the player the Vs. Recorder.
Rosa, like Hilda, hasn't appeared in other adaptations and Second girl that not appearing in version of Anime. She only had one counterpart appearing in the manga, Whi-Two "Pokémon Special
The male main character (and rival if you choose Serena) of Pokémon X and Y
. This young man has just recently moved to Vaniville Town in Kalos, along with his mother, Grace. Given his mother's previous occupation as a Pokemon racer, and his close bond with the family Rhyhorn, Professor Sycamore decides he's the perfect candidate to help with Sycamore's research into "Mega Evolution," and has Calem summoned to his laboratory in Lumiose City.
Calem hasn't appeared in anime adaptations, but his clothes served as the inspiration for Ash's new outfit
in the Pokemon X and Y anime. His counterpart in the Pokémon Special
manga is simply called "X".
- Anime Hair: Averted. He's one of the few male protagonists to have a normal hairstyle. Even his alternate hairstyles don't really get all that crazy (certainly nothing approaching Nate).
- Bishōnen: Compared to other male protagonists of previous generations, he really is very good-looking, which can help contribute to the "older" side of his Vague Age.
- Color-Coded Characters: His primary color and speech balloon (when he's the rival) are blue.
- The Dandy: Can be played this way with the Trainer customization feature.
- Platonic Life Partners: As Rival with Shauna.
- Primary-Color Champion: Calem's default outfit is predominantly blue and red.
- Color Motif: Incidentally, he wears blue, white and red, the same colors as the French flag.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Some of his available clothes options.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: By default, Calem looks and dresses similarly to Hilbert. At least he can be customized for those who wanted more variety. As the rival he acts more like Cheren instead.
The female main character (and rival if you choose Calem) of Pokémon X and Y
. This young lady has just recently moved to Vaniville Town in Kalos, along with her mother, Grace. Given her mother's previous occupation as a Pokemon racer, and her close bond with the family Rhyhorn, Professor Sycamore decides she's the perfect candidate to help with Sycamore's research into "Mega Evolution," and has Serena summoned to his laboratory in Lumiose City.A younger version
of Serena serves as one of the protagonists in the Pokémon XY
anime. Her Pokémon Special
counterpart is simply called "Y".
- Anime Hair: In contrast to the player character's hat, they tend to have instantly recognizable hairstyles.
- Badass: They stay competitive with the player character who always becomes the best trainer in the region. They're at least equal to Elite Four Members, if not the Champion, in power by the end of the game.
- Character Development: They get it more than any other NPC. Usually their repeated losses to the player character make them reevaluate their motives or methods by the end of the game.
- Child Prodigy: They seem to be the only NP Cs to level grind to keep up with the player character.
- Fire-Forged Friends: If they don't start off as True Companions to the player, they will be by the end of the game.
- Free-Range Children: The same as the protagonist.
- Hello, Insert Name Here: Although they have Canon Names, a few of them can be named, leading to a lot of inappropriate jokes.
- Privileged Rival: Several rivals parents are superstars in the Pokemon World, researchers, mob bosses, gym leaders, frontier brains etc.
- Recurring Boss: They must be fought several times throughout the games' main story. Most games also offer a way to fight them repeatedly after the story is over.
- The Rival: To the protagonist.
- To Be a Master: Their main motive is to either become masters via the Pokemon League, complete the Pokedex or just become stronger than the protagonist.
Blue Oak (Green Ookido)
"I'm moving on up and ahead! By checking my Pokédex, I'm starting to see what's strong and how they evolve! I'm going to the Pokémon League to boot out the Elite Four! I'll become the world's most powerful trainer! ...well good luck to you! Don't sweat it! Smell ya!"The Rival
of the Player Character
. He was once the best friend of Red/Leaf, but as he grew up he changed into a huge Jerkass
. Though abrasive and cocky, he has the skills to back up his boasts
and has set his sights on nothing less than becoming the Pokémon League Champion. After being defeated, he takes up the position of Viridian City's Gym Leader.]]
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the remakes. In the original he had a sneering, downright punchable face. The remakes changed it into a cocky grin.
- Always Someone Better: He always shows up ahead of you, even up to beating the Elite Four before you and being the Final Boss.
- His remake artwork plays with this and portrays him holding an Ultra Ball rather than a Pokéball like the protagonists.
- Blue is also unique amongst the various "rivals" in that, no matter how short lived it was; he was a legitimate Champion of the Kanto region. Though the stakes for the other games would escalate and others would be your final challenge as opposed to that age old rival, this made Red and Blue distinct as their grand finale was personal.
- This gets reversed in Gold and Silver, where in the remakes, he will often talk about Red and how Red defeated him.
- Anime Hair
- Authority Equals Asskicking: By HGSS, he's become the strongest Kanto Gym Leader.
- Badass Boast: His final speech before battling him as Champion:
"While working on my Pokédex, I looked all over for Pokémon. Not only that, I assembled teams that would beat any Pokémon type. And now… I am the Pokémon League Champion! Red! Do you know what that means? I'll tell you. I am the most powerful Trainer in the world!
- Bootstrapped Theme: His Champion battle theme plays during the Real Life Pokémon Video Game Championship Finals.
- Break the Haughty: When you beat him and end his short reign as Champion. Professor Oak telling him that he stands no chance of becoming the Champion again in his current state adds salt to the wound.
- Catch Phrase: "Smell ya later!"
- "Whatever!", come HGSS.
- "Smell ya later" continues into GenVI. While he himself doesn't show up, an NPC says he visited the region. While he's managed to learn how to say "Bonjour", he still makes his exit with "Smell ya later".
- Character Development: More noticeable in FRLG. The first hint at this is him giving you the Fame Checker after you defeat him before Nugget Bridge because he felt guilty always being ahead of you. In the credits, he seems to be thinking about himself and his Pokémon after being told off by his grandfather and being beaten by you. In GSC/HGSS he is fairly less of a Jerkass.
- He is also much more mature and seems to have learned how to take care of his Pokémon. This is evident when his Pigeot uses Return, a Normal attack that becomes stronger the more the Pokémon likes its user.
- Continuity Nod: In the original games, his sprite as the Champion had him wearing a jacket, which isn't seen again in the second generation or the first generation remakes, but returns in his design for the second generation remakes.
- Cutting Off The Branches: Averted, unlike with Red. He has none of the Kanto starters in any of his Gen II or Gen V teams. Likewise, he has no Pokémon in the Eevee line, which would confirm which outcome his first battle with Red had.
- Demoted to Extra: In the second generation, he has settled into the role of Viridian City's Gym Leader.
- Dub Name Change: To follow with the games' localized titles.
- Final Boss: Of the first generation.
- Informed Attribute: For his Champion battle, he claims to have built a team that can take down any Pokémon type. The team he uses for that battle is practically the same team that you've been trouncing in your previous battles.
- Although in a surprising Meta example, in the original version, his team is between the three starters, Gyarados, Pidgeot, Arcanine, Exeggutor, Rhydon, and Alakazam, with Alakazam, Rhydon, Starter and Pidgeot as his team's mainstay. Setting movepool aside, his team has a good balance of each type, AND he used the strongest non legendary Pokémon of their respective type. The fact that he used Alakazam, Rhydon and Exeggutor shows his in canon Team Building sense.
- In the Blood: His grandfather is a Pokémon researcher, and his sister was a superb coordinator (plus, she's pretty good with making tea), so there's little surprise when it comes to his personality and achievements.
- It's All About Me: His downfall is that he thinks so much about himself that he forgets to treat his Pokémon with love and respect. For the entire game, he views Pokémon as nothing more than cool powerful creatures that can do whatever he wants for him and help him become Champion.
- Jerkass: He likes to get under the player's skin anytime they cross paths.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Good luck trying to beat the game without accidentally finding out from somewhere that Blue is the Champion.
- Non-Elemental: As a Gym Leader and Champion, Blue has no type specialty and is the only leader in the entire series who doesn't. Technically, his Pokémon cover Fire, Water, Flying, Grass, Psychic, Fighting, Normal, and Ground/Rock.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Red's Blue.
- The Rival: The first and the most straightly played. The player and Blue compete to see who can become the better trainer. Blue is always a step ahead of the player no matter, and always arrogantly looking down on them, setting up a rival you want to beat.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Thanks to the localization exporting a renamed update of Green Version instead of the real (outdated) Green version, no one can agree whether this guy's name is Blue or Green. It gets more complicated when you start arguing about who you call Blue or Green in Pokémon Special, and moreso when you bring the anime into the picture.
- Third Option Adaptation: His Gym Leader team is based off of his Red & Blue team... omitting the starternote . This is to avoid giving a 'canon' choice of his (and therefore Red's) starter. Notably, he does NOT have an Eeveelution, or any other Pokémon exclusively from his team in Yellow.
- Took a Level in Badass: After his stint as Champion, he took over Giovanni's Gym and is the toughest Gym Leader of the 8 Kanto leaders (and the toughest of the 16 in the Indigo League, and possibly toughest of all the Gym leaders in the entire series). He may be 2nd to Red, but that still makes him the 2nd toughest trainer in the game.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: See Used to Be a Sweet Kid.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He becomes nicer by Gold and Silver. This continues in Black 2 and White 2, where despite being openly irritated about losing, he still compliments the player for being "the real deal" when defeated and congratulates them if they win the tournament.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The guidebook for Red and Blue explains that he was Red's best friend until shortly before the time of the game, where he started to become a bully. Despite this, there's still times where he talks to you like an old friend.
- Weapon of Choice: Averted. While one Pokémon will always inevitably be more powerful than the others, which Pokémon it is changes in every game. Given a nod in Black 2 and White 2, where he is one of the few trainers in the World Tournament who will lead with whatever Pokémon he feels like leading with, unlike almost everyone else, who always lead with their signature Pokémon.
- He is sometimes associated with Eevee in the same way Red is associated with Pikachu, though its less prominent.
- In early promo art for Red and Green. he was always◊ seen◊ with the Charmander line,◊ in contrast to Red's Bulbasaur.◊ Depending on the adaptation he will have whichever has the advantage over Red's starter (usually Blastoise or Charizard), or none at all.
- It should be noted that Alakazam is his most common Pokémon, being in all of his teams of all the games except the two HGSS teams.
- What Happened To The Raticate?: Blue uses a Rattata against the player during their battle in Cerulean City, which evolves into a Raticate in his next battle. After that, it disappears from his team without mention. There is evidence that suggests his Raticate died at some point between the two battles, though the theory is strictly fanon at this point.
"I hate the weak. Pokémon, trainers. It doesn't matter who or what. I'm going to be strong and wipe out the weak. That goes for Team Rocket too. They act big and tough in a group. But get them alone, and they're weak. I hate them all. You stay out of my way. A weakling like you is only a distraction."The Rival
. He is a selfish thug whose first act is to steal his starting Pokemon from the Elm Research Lab. Fuelled by a hatred towards Team Rocket
, he is obsessed with growing stronger
as quickly as possible and sees his Pokemon as mere tools to his ascent. After being defeated by Lance, Silver begins to realise the folly of this approach and slowly turns over a new leaf.
. Wally is a sickly boy who starts his journey when you help him catch his first Pokémon. Drawing strength from the growing bond between himself and his Pokémon, Wally slowly manages to overcome his frailties and discover his resolve to become the Pokémon League Champion.
- Always Someone Better: In the remakes, after your first fight with him, he will always be a step ahead of you challenging Gyms. However, he comes at a stop right before facing the League.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His green and white color scheme matches up perfectly with the Ralts line (his starter Pokémon).
- Badass Adorable
- Bling of War: His Mega Amulet.
- Bonus Boss: His post-game rematches in the remakes.
- Graceful Loser: Zig-Zagged. When he loses in the pre-Elite Four battle in the remakes he falls silent and screams in frustration but quickly pulls himself together and thanks you for not holding back.
- Handicapped Badass
- Ill Boy: While his condition isn't ever named, the fact that it's alleviated by clean air would suggest asthma. He seems to have mostly recovered by the end of the story. If Wally's condition is asthma, his recovery has some actual basis in fact. The best treatment for asthma actually is physical activity (with an inhaler in case of attacks). In fact, many athletes actually suffer from asthma, but regular physical activity actually reduces the chance of an attack. So Wally's taking a level in badass has science behind it.
- Luminescent Blush: About half the time.
- Man in White: By the end of ORAS, Wally has one of the best competitive teams in the Pokemon Universe (NPC-wise). His room in Petalburg is filled with Pokemon books and handwritten notes on strategy. Oh and under his coat? A white silk shirt.
- The Rival: He tries to be this to you, and since May or Brendan stops their journey, becomes it by the time you get to Victory Road.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Definitely the Sensitive Guy to Brendan's Manly Man if you play as May, even though they don't interact.
- Super Mode: He has a Key Stone in the remakes, and uses Mega Gallade.
- Tareme Eyes
- Theme Music Power-Up: In the remakes, when he challenges you to a battle at the end of Victory Road, the music (before and during the battle) becomes this.
- Took a Level in Badass: You see him in Mauville, and with a single Pokémon he's hardly Rival material compared to the ones in the last two games. Then you run into him on Victory Road, and he's much stronger. Pokémon gave him hope to overcome his weaknesses, and in becoming stronger himself, he raised his Pokémon into total badasses. He's like Theodore Roosevelt, but with Pokémon. At their highest levels, his Pokémon could actually pick a fight with Steven.
- The remakes take this further: post-game, he starts competing in the Battle Maison, and becomes something of a star there. The player can eventually unlock rematches with him: In the first rematch he uses a leveled up version of his victory road team, with Roselia and Magneton replaced by their evolved form, but what really seals the deal is his second rematch team, which not only boasts the highest level on an NPC in the game, but also wouldn't look too out of place as a competitive team.
- Weapon of Choice: Ralts line, ending with Gardevoir. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire replaces Gardevoir with Gallade, Mega Gallade to be exact.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Even in the Pokémon world, he stands out a bit for his bright green hair.
. Barry is an impatient and hyperactive young man who always seems to be in a rush. His dream is to become the Pokemon League Champion, and especially
wants to achieve it as fast as possible. However, his genuine talent at raising Pokemon is offset by his haste and lack of patience, and his preference for brute force over strategy.
- Adorkable: Why female fans love him.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: After barging into your room in Platinum, he then notices your new laptop.
- Big Damn Heroes: Just when it looks like you'll have to face Jupiter and Mars alone atop of Mt. Coronet, guess who shows up and heals you afterwards?
- Catch Phrase: "What was that about?"
- And briefly, "I'm fining you [large amount of money] if you're late!"
- Character Development: As the story goes on, he becomes more patient and less hasty. He also becomes better at creating strategies and learning from his losses.
- Crash-Into Hello: Your rival's normal way of greeting you. Lampshaded during one of your mid-game encounters with him, where he doesn't crash into you and gleefully points this out, asking if you were surprised.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He is so dorky and impatient that it's easy to forget that he is the second strongest trainer to have appeared in the series, right after Red.
- Fighting Your Friend: Basically, what you do with him. It defines your relationship.
- Friendly Rivalry: With the player character.
- Generation Xerox: He looks and acts like his father, right down to the Crash-Into Hello.
- Heroic BSOD: The events at Lake Verity/Acuity send him into one, and it takes the poor kid a while to snap out of it.
- Keet: Especially at the very beginning.
- The Rival
- Scarf of Asskicking
- Schedule Fanatic: Times everything you do!
- Shared Family Quirks: It turns out his father, Palmer, is just as hasty and has a tendency to be late just like him.
- Strong Family Resemblance: With Palmer.
- This Loser Is You: Though not portrayed negatively. His way of banging into everything and everyone is a pretty obvious reference to how player characters tend to run or bike absolutely everywhere to speed things along, often running into things as a result. All those NPCs who mention how impatient he is? They might just say the same thing about you, except they're too polite to say it to your face.
- Took a Level in Badass: When Pokemon Platinum was first released, the levels of Barry's team actually exceeded Red's. Although Red regained his title again in the Gold and Silver remakes, that still makes Barry the second toughest opponent in the series.
- Weapon of Choice: Artwork pertaining to the games gives him the Turtwig line. Pearl Version is associated with the Chimchar line and Platinum with Turtwig. His counterparts in the adaptations have no consistent theme and have been seen with any of the three Sinnoh starters.
One of the two rivals
. Bianca is a ditzy and idealistic young trainer who is more interested in just travelling with her Pokemon than competitive battling. She uses her journey as a Coming-of-Age Story
, discovering what she wants to do with her life.
- Bonus Boss: If you use the Memory Link function with a copy of Black or White, she'll use her team from those games, including her starter and elemental monkey, in a battle on Route 1. Unlike other bonuses, this is a one-time battle.
- She also appears in the World Tournament, despite not being a Gym Leader, using a team based on her role as Juniper's aide.
- Break the Cutie: Right from the start, her father almost completely prevents her from going on her journey. She tries her best and still loses to the player, and then her Munna is stolen by Team Plasma (it's given back later), causing her to feel weak. Later, in Nimbasa, her father goes all the way there to attempt to drag the poor girl back home. Thank goodness for Elesa's interference.
- Though it's possible for Bianca to win against the player, you still have to beat her to continue the plot.
- Childhood Friends: With Cheren and either Hilda or Hilbert.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In the Black and White games, Bianca's team by endgame can easily be more robust, well-balanced, and have a more efficient movepool than Cheren's, despite the fact that Bianca is functionally a Pokemon hobbyist (later going into the non-combat side of Pokemon husbandry) and Cheren is dead-set on becoming the next Champion and is all about the battles.
- As mentioned above, Bianca is in the World Tournament, in the Gym Leader tournaments, putting her up as one of the best Trainers in the world.
- Notably, a random NPC at the World Tournament who will give you info on your opponents outright says that she's a powerful trainer.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Fridge Brilliance for this kicks in when you see her redesign featuring glasses.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: The point of her character development.
- The Ditz
- Dumb Blonde: She is described as a bit of an unreliable airhead.
- Everything's Precious With Puppies: Lillipup.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: It's gotten longer in Black 2 and White 2, apparently to make her look older.
- Forehead of Doom: Not commented on, but her hairstyle greatly emphasizes it.
- Friend to All Living Things: All of her Pokémon know Return, but only in her Memory Link battle. In the World Tournament, only her Stoutland uses Return.
- In B2W2, you can call her on the Xtransceiver to have her rate your Pokemon's happiness (she even refers to them as your "little darlings.")
- Genius Ditz: She ends up having a pretty good team. Also note the Gondor Calls for Aid moment below.
- Also, she decides to become a Pokemon Researcher, which she's making good on in Black 2 and White 2 as Juniper's aide.
- Genki Girl: Usually, anyway, unless she's troubled.
- Girlish Pigtails: They aren't really pigtails, but the swept-up parts of her hair seem to evoke this.
- Gondor Calls for Aid: At the end of Black and White, she calls upon the Gym Leaders to hold off the Sages at N's Castle.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: The goal Bianca ends up deciding on in the end of Black and White.
- Guest Star Party Member: During the first visit at Reversal Mountain till you get to the main room and leave through Undella Town.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- Hartman Hips
- Heterosexual Life-Partners/Platonic Life Partners: With Hilda and Hilbert, depending on which one you choose.
- Meganekko: For some reason, she gained glasses between the two years. People joke that she stole them from Cheren, or at least received them from him in some manner. note
- Moe Stare
- Nice Hat: Now with a ribbon on the side.
- One Steve Limit: She's gonna cause some problems with this one. Pokemon Heroes also had a Bianca.
- Overprotective Dad: She has one. At one point, he actually shows up to try to take her home!
- Plucky Girl: Don't think anything's going to stop her from finding her own dream. Not losing in battles, not having her Pokémon stolen, not even her dad's interference. Hell, she doesn't even back down or flinch during their conversation in Nimbasa City!
- The Pollyanna: She stays optimistic and cheerful no matter how many times she is best by the player.
- The Rival: Despite sharing this trope with Cheren, their character development in that regard is very different. Bianca starts her journey without many expectations or hopes to become anything, and discovers her abilities as her journey progresses.
- Shrinking Violet: Somewhat. While she's usually perfectly outgoing, she is also shown to be frightened pretty easily. It doesn't help that her father is constantly worrying over her journey, and his sheltering of her all her life probably caused her insecurities to start with.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is her Japanese name spelled Beru, Bel, Bell, or Belle?
- Because of this, her German name is Bell, Italian is Belle and Spanish is Bel.
- Stocking Filler: She wears orange garters under her dress in the first game.
- Theme Naming: Her Japanese name, Bel, is Slavic for "white"; her English name is Italian for the same.
- Weapon of Choice: To avoid giving her a canon starter choice, Musharna has become this for her in Black 2 and White 2.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: She's constantly looking on the bright side of things. Cheren is a little annoyed by this near the end, where she's still being bubbly despite the possible threat of N beating the Pokémon League ahead.
One of the two rivals
. Cheren is an intelligent and competitive trainer who is utterly focused on becoming the Pokemon League Champion. However, he only seeks to become the Champion for its own sake, and over time this motive is called into question. He eventually becomes a Gym Leader in Black 2/White 2
For information on Cheren, check the Pokémon Gym Leaders
in Black and White 2
. Hugh is a Hot-Blooded
young man with a serious grudge
against Team Plasma, who stole his little sister's Purrlion years ago. To take revenge on them, he raised a Pokemon from an egg and became a trainer. Though he is usually cool and calm, he goes berserk
when confronted by a member of Team Plasma.
An excitable boy from Vaniville Town whom you befriend at the beginning of Pokémon X and Y
. Obsessed with dancing, his goal is to create a troupe of performing Pokemon dancers.
- Acrofatic: Despite his size, he is very light on his feet and a good dancer. He aims to create a dance team with his Pokemon.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The description of him provided states he tends to get distracted by their opponents moves during battle because he is trying to incorporate them into his choreography.
- Big Fun
- The Big Guy: The largest of the friends and his signature Pokemon is the offense-oriented Corphish, though battling isn't Tierno's main priority.
- But Thou Must: Give yourself a nickname.
- Color-Coded Characters: Yellow.
- Coordinated Clothes: If the player character is a boy, it is possible to purchase the same shirt Tierno wears, which is appropriately titled "Twin T-Shirt."note
- Dance Battler: He aims to create a team of Pokemon dancers. Case in point, the first time you battle him, his "starter" is a Corphish and it knows Swords Dance.
- Dark Is Not Evil: His "starter" is a Corphish that becomes a Water/Dark Crawdaunt, but he is a pretty affable guy.
- Gentle Giant: Rather big, but friendly.
- Meaningful Name: His name is Spanish for soft or tender (as in food), but when used to refer to a person it means inexperienced.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Helping Dexio and Sina rescue the Pokémon on Route 10.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He is The Big Guy of the group, but his greatest passion is dancing and his goal is to make a team of Dance Battlers.
- Recurring Boss: Faced a couple times during the game, the last time as part of a Boss Rush involving all the rivals except Calem/Serena.
- Red Oni: To Trevor's Blue Oni.
- Sphere Eyes: Noticeably, making his character design a little nonstandard.
- Those Two Guys: He and Trevor are seen together often.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: He's Wise Guy with Trevor's Straight Man.
- Weapon of Choice: Corphish/Crawdaunt. In the Battle Maison he specializes in Pokemon that strike fast and hard, like Talonflame and Hawlucha.
A curious boy from Vaniville Town whom you befriend at the beginning of Pokémon X and Y
. He doesn't much care for battling, and prefers to challenge the player on who has more entries in their Pokédex.
- Adorkable: He makes a big deal out of completing his Pokédex, and puts a lot of effort into trying to explain the simplest things.
- Blue Oni: To Tierno's Red Oni.
- Catch Phrase: "To put another way..."
- Character Development: Shauna describes him at the beginning as very shy, and towards the end of the game she now remarks that he seems bolder, evidenced by his challenging the player to a battle.
- Color-Coded Characters: He's The Smart Guy, and has a green color scheme.
- Deadpan Snarker: Much of his dialogue towards Tierno comes off as sarcasm.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: His goal is to be the first out of his friends to complete the Pokédex.
- Holding Back the Phlebotinum / Informed Attribute: If you talk to him post-game, he will mention a random Pokémon capable of Mega evolving and react with joy if you have it recorded in your Pokédex with a remark that "it's nice having the same Pokemon as them". Considering this is his reaction to any mon owned, he may have Pokemon like Garchomp and others stored up but never uses them.
- Meaningful Name: More of a Punny Name than a name meaning compared to the others, but Trevor is similar to trouver which is French for "to find."
- Trevor is Irish for industrious or prudent.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Helping Dexio and Sina rescue the Pokémon on Route 10.
- Parental Abandonment: You can find his house near Jaune Plaza in Lumiose, where his sister reveals that their parents left both of them to go on a journey.
- Recurring Boss: Faced a couple times during the game, the last time as part of a Boss Rush involving all the rivals except Calem/Serena.
- Refusal of the Call: While he's fine with filling the Pokédex, his knee-jerk reaction to having Team Flare's activities explained to him is to decide that it's best to stay away from them. It doesn't stick.
- The Smart Guy: Seemingly fills this role as your friend.
- Those Two Guys: With Tierno, as they are almost always together.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: He's the Straight Man with Tierno's Wise Guy.
- Weapon of Choice: The Flabébé line, ending with Florges. In the Battle Maison it's fossil Pokémon, specifically Aurorus and Tyrantum.
A spunky girl from Vaniville Town whom you befriend at the beginning of Pokémon X and Y