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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Protagonists

    General Tropes 

  • 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 (many of which are basically gods), and become the best trainer in their region.
  • Badass Adorable: Majority of the protagonists, male and female, are no older than kids. Generation V's and maybe X and Y's characters are in their teens.
  • Child Prodigy: Take to Pokémon training instantly and extremely well. Their skill with Pokémon are so great that they are able to defeat adults who have years of experience on them. Many NPCs point out their high affinity for bonding with Pokémon.
  • Did You Just Punch Out 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: As the protagonist, they live alone with their mother. Their father never makes an appearance, nor is any explanation given for his absencenote . Averted in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and their remakes, where the player character's father is the 5th Gym Leader.
  • 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 random kid trainer.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: This can frequently pop up when playing as a certain gender. Leaf gets a ton of flirtatious responses from female NPCs due to the unchanged dialogue in FireRed and LeafGreen.
  • 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.
  • 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 Hero: As the player character, they're the ones who stop the evil teams from destroying/taking over the world.
  • Heroic Mime: As the player character they're usually completely silent, while Red doesn't speak a word when he appears as a Bonus Boss in later games. The only times they're shown to talk are in Black 2 and White 2's Poké Star movies (although, that is scripted) and X and Y's dialogue choices being more specific than answering yes/no questions.
  • Iconic Item: Their hats. Super Smash Bros. even uses them as part of Pikachu's and Jigglypuff's Palette Swaps. Although all the protagonists aside from Red/Leaf, Hilda/Hilbert, and Kris are seen without it at some point where they temporarily change outfits in their respective games.
  • Nice Hat: All main characters have a hat. While X and Y allows customizing your clothing, it does not allow you to remove your hat even though Calem and Serena appear hatless if they are NPCs.
  • 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 onward, but replace "world" with "all of existence". May and Brendan are the first ones to do it.
  • Schrödinger's Player Character: In Crystal and FireRed and LeafGreen the character you don't choose never shows up.
  • The Southpaw: All the protagonists in the first four generations, as they use their left hand to throw Poké Balls. In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Brendan and May are now right-handed.
  • 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.
  • Theme Naming: Most trainers have a name used in promotional material that relates to the game they debuted in, and an in-game NPC name that is used as their Canon Name.
  • To Be a Master: Their main motive. Red is one in Generation II and its remakes.

Generation I

    General Tropes 
  • 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."
  • Colorful Theme Naming: The trainers of this Gen's Canon Name and promotional/version name are both primary colors. This relates to Kanto's Colorful Theme Naming with the towns.
  • 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.
  • Disappeared Dad: He's mentioned once when you check out the televisions in Celadon Department Store, but he never appears.
  • Schrödinger's Player Character: Pick one of them in FireRed and LeafGreen, 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 only time in the series it is averted, as Red is stated to be 11 years old (14 in the Gen II games and 17 in the first two Gen V games).

    Red 

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. Smash Bros Wii/U features Pokemon Trainer as a trophy, and expressly states that both Red and the Pokemon Trainer from Brawl are one and the same.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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: In Gen II his mother remarks that she's worried for Red, but proud of him for doing what he wants to do.
  • 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: The last and strongest NPC to be faced in Gold and Silver and their remakes, HeartGold and SoulSilver. After getting all 16 Badges between Johto and Kanto, you're given access to Mt. Silver and can find him at the top.
  • Visible Silence: As an NPC, his dialogue consists solely of ellipses and an exclamation mark of surprise when defeated.
  • 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.
    • Modern adaptations give him the Charmander line.
    • Before any adaptations or sequels it was pretty solidly the Bulbasaur line, such that Pokemon #001 goes to the first protagonist.

    Leaf 

When Pokémon 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, the unofficial name 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.
  • Adapted Out: She's one of the few heroes to never appear in the anime or the Pokémon Origins. She does have a counterpart in Pokémon Adventures named Blue (JP) / Green (International).
  • All There in the Script: Unlike the other protagonists she doesn't have an official given name. "Leaf" is based off of Dummied Out trainer data found in the code of FireRed and LeafGreen that also refers to Red as "Red" and Blue as "Terry".
  • Continuity Nod: Leaf herself. She was a prototype female protagonist, that few remember since the only evidence of her is early official artwork and her Pokémon Adventures counterpart.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Her skirt just barely covers her. It's barely longer than Dawn's.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Due to the unchanged dialogue, flirty comments meant for Red from female NPCs are still directed towards her.
  • Heroic Mime: Never speaks bar some internal dialogue moments and possibly when talking to Copycat.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: In the remakes, though it's more of a mini-skirt.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: She gets the pink Vs. Seeker in the official artwork while Red gets the blue one. In the game, you still get a blue one as Leaf.

Generation II

    General Tropes 
  • Dressing as the Enemy: In HeartGold and SoulSilver, there's a sequence that requires them to dress up like a Rocket Grunt to get into the Radio Tower.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Actually averted in a rather interesting way. The protagonist's talent as a trainer and love for Pokemon in general is recognized by the elder of the Dragon Clan, and they gets accepted as a member of the clan and given a Dratini in the process. Blue will also refer to them as the Johto Champion just before his fight in Crystal.
  • Heroic Mime: Copycat still somehow manages to mimic their speech, suggesting that they do speak but are not heard by the player.
  • Kid Hero: They're not even teenagers yet when they start their journey, though their exact age is never given.
  • Macguffin Delivery Service: At the beginning of the Johto games with a Togepi egg, which kickstarts their fateful encounters with Oak and Silver as well as starting off their journey.
  • Schrödinger's Player Character: Played straight in Crystal, averted in HeartGold and SoulSilver where the one you don't pick shows up as a recurring NPC.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: In HeartGold and SoulSilver, whoever you didn't choose says the gender equivalent of this to their grandma when you're with them in the daycare.

    Ethan (Hibiki) 

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 came 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 Jimmy and another using the updated one as a cameo in a movie).
  • Awesome Backpack: In HeartGold and SoulSilver, 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 original 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. However in most adaptations he's given Cyndaquil. In HeartGold and SoulSilver it's Marill if he fills the NPC role.

    Kris 

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 Ethan's.

She has a few characters based on her in various media. Her anime iteration was named 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 HeartGold and SoulSilver, as she was replaced with Lyra.

    Lyra (Kotone) 

Rather than re-using Kris for the remakes of Pokémon Gold and Silver, the game designers created a new female protagonist for HeartGold and SoulSilver. 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 to promote her (then newly released) games.
  • Awesome Backpack: Same as Ethan, although for her it's more of a purse.
  • The Ditz: NPC Lyra, during the portion of the tutorial where you learn how to catch Pokémon, will have to do so twice because she forgot to show you properly the first time.
  • Iconic Item: Her Nice Hat.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Kris as the new female counterpart to Ethan. She has an appearance that's close enough to be considered a redesign although with brown instead of blue hair but Word of God says she was designed from scratch. Picking up on this in the manga adaptation Kris was simply given Lyra's outfit instead of creating a new character for her.
  • Weapon of Choice: Marill if she fills the NPC role. Adaptations give her the Chikorita line.

Generation III

    General Tropes 
  • Affectionate Nickname: As the player character, Archie will call them "little scamp" or just "scamp".
  • Badass Adorable: They have 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.
  • 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 BuzzNav 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 they're traveling around the island and fighting villains even though they're only 12-ish.
  • Naďve Newcomer: As with any Pokémon game, the player character is entirely new to Pokémon 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As the player character, they save the world from utter annihilation of the awakened pissed-off Legendary (depending on version of course) by either defeating or capturing them.
  • Totally Radical: In Emerald, their PokéNav nickname is "Rad Neighbor" if they're the Rival.
  • 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: Averted in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, as the BuzzNav states the rival character to be 12. Presumably the player character is the same age or around it.
  • Younger Than They Look: May and Brendan are drawn looking similar to teenagers for the designs in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, despite being only 12. A Grunt even refers to them as teenagers on one occasion.

    Brendan (Yuuki) 

Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (JP) (promo)

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.
  • Adorkable: In the remakes, Brendan trades in his Tsundere tendencies for this instead. He's much friendlier toward the player, and stammers talking to her at times.
  • 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: In the originals, this happens to him 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... This is a bit more obvious in the remakes, where he outright stammers a few times when speaking to you, expresses concern and admiration, and is quite disappointed if you decline his invitation to travel with him back to Petalburg.
  • 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. This is absent in the remakes, however; beyond one potentially demeaning comment the first time you meet (he was hoping you'd be a boy) he's nothing but kind and encouraging thereafter, outright declaring you friends.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • In 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. His main anime and manga counterparts give him the Mudkip line.

    May (Haruka) 

Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (JP) (promo)

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.
  • 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.
  • Tomboyish Sidetails: Keeps her hair short on the back while grows out the ones on the sides.
  • Weapon of Choice: The Torchic line in almost every appearance and adaptation.
    • Official art has also shown her with a Mudkip. 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.

Generation IV

    General Tropes 
  • 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.
    • Later on top of Mt. Coronet they team up 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!
  • Hair Color Dissonance: There's confusion about his/her hair color between adaptations. 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.
  • 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: With each other on a couple occasions. Mars even calls them a "lovey-dovey couple" at Lake Verity.
  • 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: In some adaptations like the anime it's definitely blue.

    Lucas (Kouki) 

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: In the anime, he only appears briefly in the beginning montages of a couple of the movies.
  • 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".
    • The "Kou" in his Japanese name is an alternate reading of "Hikari", which meant light respectively.
  • Weapon of Choice: Artwork pertaining to the games usually associates him with the Piplup line. He doesn't appear often in adaptations, but when he does it's either with the Piplup or Turtwig lines.

    Dawn (Hikari) 

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: It barely covers her thighs and it's not even weather appropriate due to Sinnoh being colder than the previous regions. Even when Platinum gave her a coat, she keeps the short skirt with no fear of freezing her exposed legs.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Especially since Sinnoh's supposed to be the cold region. Slightly less so in Platinum since she now wears a jacket that looks like it could keep her warm... if she didn't keep her legs exposed by wearing a skirt.
  • The Pollyanna: Has very upbeat dialogue as an NPC despite having to combat Team Galactic on several occasions.
  • Hair Decorations: Dawn's clips.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: It's a little too short for her.
  • 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. In several adaptations she consistently has the Piplup line, and on one occasion had the Chimchar line.

Generation V

    General Tropes (Black and White) 
  • But Now I Must Go: Offscreen one in between Black and White and the sequels where s/he leaves Unova to find N.
  • The Cameo: You team up with the character you didn't pick during Tag Battles in the Battle Subway, but they don't appear in a plot-relevant capacity.
  • Disappeared Dad: As the protagonist. Interestingly enough, if you check out the television in their room before choosing your starter, it mentions their father bought it. He never appears in the game, though.
  • The Hero: Black and White heavily emphasizes their role as the hero in the story more than normal, to the point that they are to capture the plot-revelvant Legendary of the specific game version (Reshiram in Black, Zekrom in White) to oppose N's.
  • The Kirk: Between the calm and focused Cheren, and the kind and open-hearted Bianca.
  • The Leader: Bianca and Cheren respect Hilbert/Hilda as the best battler among them, and as the person who always seems to know what they are doing.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: If Memory Link is enabled, the Player Character's name is this in the sequel games.
  • Meaningful Name: Hilbert means "magnificent in battle" or "battle bright." Hilda means "Battle Maiden." Touya and Touko come from "fight" (which makes their English names fitting), "transparent" or "untainted" which establishes their role as the middle and leader of the group.
  • Nice Guy:
    • Their characterization as an NPC implies this, as they're polite and supportive.
    • Cut content from Black 2 and White 2 had them be even more of this, with their character being a Humble Hero and Graceful Loser.
  • Nice Hat: It's a simple, standard cap worn in a straight way, reminiscent of Red's original Nice Hat.
  • Put on a Bus: In Black 2 and White 2 (instead of a Previous Player-Character Cameo). According to their mother, they left Unova to search for N.
  • Suddenly Voiced:
    • When you enter Dragonspiral Tower, their internal dialogue states that "Something's... going wild at the top of the tower...?" Additionally, when Tornadus/Thundurus first appear and they're invited into the old lady's house on Route 7, they mention that the soup is "delicious" and "jam-packed with vegetables."
    • NPC Hilbert and Hilda also speak.
    • Dialogue in the cut Black 2 and White 2 Tournament had them speaking in a Humble Hero and Graceful Loser fashion.
      "I just lucked into winning... Isn't that how it felt?"
  • ˇThree Amigos!: The player character of either gender along with Cheren and Bianca.

    Hilbert (Touya) 

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 ~
  • Color Motif: Red, white and blue, baby! In addition, his outfit is highlighted with black.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • His NPC Canon Name Hilbert is a Spear Counter Part to the female trainer's Hilda. The 'Hil' means 'battle.'
    • His promotional name Blair sounds like Black Version and means field or battlefield.
  • Spear Counterpart: To Hilda. Their default names are gender flips of each other in both Japanese and English, and he was designed after Hilda to complement her.
  • 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.

    Hilda (Touko) 

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, they instead have a visors.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Their pupils are as white as their sclerae.

    Nate (Kyouhei) 
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.
  • Weapon of Choice: Emboar from the animated trailer, being the starter he chose.

    Rosa (Mei) 
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki (JP), Lisa Ortiz (EN) (promo)

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 is the second girl that does not appear in the anime. She only has one counterpart: Whi-Two from the Pokémon Special manga.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Will share a close camaraderie with Hugh.
  • Rapunzel Hair: The twintails hanging under her hair buns goes down almost to her waist. Imagine how long it would be if she undid the buns...
  • Tights Under Shorts: She wears culottes over her tights.
  • Weapon of Choice: Serperior in the animated trailer, which would fit in with the games since she would have the Snivy line if as the protagonist Nate chose Tepig.

Generation VI

    General Tropes 
  • Action Fashionista: The player can customize both characters in a variety of clothing from casual, to extremely professional, and in some cases elegant. And, of course, you can kick plenty of ass while dressed as such.
  • Always Someone Better: The player will be superior to their rival counterpart when it comes to battling, and will always have a more completed Pokedex than Trevor.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: The player will just as frequently team up with their rival as they will battle against them.
  • Break the Haughty: Despite being straightforward with training and actively getting stronger while doing everything right, your rival can never beat you and they'll always question why.
  • Can't Catch Up: Your rival will go through a good deal of existential angst over losing to you when you beat him/her in a battle for the Mega Ring.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Unlike Tierno, Trevor, and Shauna, who have their own priorities, the rival will actively try to foil Team Flare's schemes, not unlike the player themself.
  • Color Motif: Calem's default outfit has colors resembling Xerneas while Serena's default outfit has colors resembling Yveltal, their outfits can also be customized to suit the player's own personal personality or elemental preferences.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: A possibility for those who choose the darkest skin color and have their hair dyed at the hair salon.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As a Rival.
  • Declaration of Protection: The rival will feel it is their duty to look after and protect their friends from people like Team Flare.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Zig-Zagged. At the end, after defeating Diantha, the Player Character, The Rival, and the other three are treated to a parade and are personally given the "Honor of Kalos" as thanks for taking down Team Flare. In the Battle Chateau, however, an Alpha Bitch trainer will talk trash about your clothes saying "Did you dress yourself in the dark or dig them out of the garbage" regardless whether or not if you're the most stylish trainer in all of Kalos with the most expensive chic clothing.
  • A Father to His Men: The player's ability to utilize the Mega Ring implies that they share a special bond of trust and friendship with their Pokémon.
  • Featureless Protagonist: Much moreso than the others listed here. Even their skin color is mutable at character creation, and virtually everything else about their appearance can be changed at will at any point during the game. It's very unlikely that any two given Gen VI protags will look exactly alike, especially when comparing players who have unlocked everything.
  • Freudian Trio: The Player is Ego, The Rival is Super Ego and Shauna is Id.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: As the player, they have sunglasses on their hat as part of the default outfit.
  • The Hero: As the player character.
  • Humble Hero: Though it doesn't have an effect on the story, there are a few dialogue options at certain points that are more modest than others.
  • Iconic Item: The player eventually assumes possession of the Mega Ring. The rival later gains possession of one post-game.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: The rival will become slightly envious of the player, realizing that the player was simply meant for greater things than they are.
  • Immortality: In the postgame, Sycamore says that they and the rest of the group were exposed to Team Flare's machine, meaning that they might have become immortal.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Eventually, after performing enough stylish actions, many establishments around Lumiose City will comment in awe of how stylish the player is, even if you've never changed your hair or clothes since rolling out of bed.
  • In the Blood: As a Rival, they are specifically chosen to get a Pokédex because their parents are both excellent trainers.
  • In-Series Nickname: Near the beginning of the game, the player can create a nickname for the rest of the group to refer to them by.
  • The Leader: Whoever the rival is will initially serve this role; Type II.
    • The Player Character turns into a Type IV over the course of the game, with everyone, even the rival, looking up to them.
  • Legacy Character: Looker presents the player with the codename "Looker" after he leaves Kalos.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: As a rival, they act rather aloof from the beginning, mainly focusing on training rather than hanging around. By the time you take down Team Flare, however, they have a change in attitude and become more personable with the rest of the gang.
  • Meaningful Name: Calem and Serena's names (both in English and Japanese) come from the words "calm" and "serene," respectively.
    • Their promotional names Xavier and Yvonne are fairly common French names that start with X and Y. Their respective meanings have no other correlation.
  • Naďve Newcomer: As usual, the player character starts off completely new to Pokemon training, but they are also implied to be new to much of the Kalos Region as well. Luckily their rival will show them the ropes.
  • Nice Hat: Interestingly, only the player keeps the hat.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: The rival starts to feel this way during the fight with Team Flare at the Poké Ball Factory.
    "But if I keep relying on you like this, going on this journey will lose its meaning..."
  • Protagonist Powerup Privileges: As the Player Character, they are the only one of the five who gets to use the Mega Evolution mechanic. Justified given that they defeated the other candidate and there was only one ring available at the time. As a rival, they get access to Mega Evolution Post-game.
  • Quickly Demoted Leader: The Rival starts off as the member with the most experience, but after you finally battle, it becomes clear that the player has overtaken them.
  • The Rival: The one you don't play as appears as such, and they mainly focus on getting stronger than you.
  • Roller Blade Good: The player gets a pair early on, and can learn an assortment of awesome tricks like backflips and swirls.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: Despite being the group's newest member, the player character quickly becomes its most capable battler.
  • Silent Protagonist: Played with. You don't have explicit pre-created dialogue like the NPCs do but the options this generation are far more specific than in previous gens.
  • Ship Tease: With each other, and the player character with Shauna.
  • Team Dad: The rival, who leads by example, and likes to protect rather than support.
  • Team Mom: The player. The few dialogue options available to the player will always have one gentle, supportive option.
  • Two Girls and a Guy: Calem, Serena and Shauna. Each of them receives one of the three starter Pokémon.
  • The Unchosen One: The rival really wants to be The Chosen One, but unfortunately for them, it would seem the player already holds the position.
  • Vague Age: Even more true than other protagonists, and in some ways for Serena even more true than Calem, thanks to the Virtual Paper Doll feature. Some outfit-and-hair combinations can make Serena look like a certain other 10-year-old tomboy in the franchise or make her and Calem look younger than even Red (Serena's "cute" clothes + pigtails are good at this), while others, particularly ones from Lumiose and Snowbelle, can make him/her look practically like a college student. By default s/he has the air of a mid-teen, however.
    • Serena's hairstyle in the post game clothing and hairstyle make her look like she's in her early 20s.
    • Post-game, a girl named Emma is introduced who is explicitly sixteen years-old. She treats the player with respect, as if they are older, but judging from appearances, the player character is of similar height and looks, implying they are somewhere very close to her age.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: In addition to choosing their skin color, the player can dress their selected character in a variety of different outfits.
  • Weapon of Choice: The starter and Mega Absol for the rival.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Your rival receives one of the Kanto starters from Sycamore and the fossil you didn't pick in Glittering Cave, but they never use them.
    • They also have a Fletchling and catch a Bunnelby during the tutorial, and never use them again.

    Calem (Calme) 

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 Rhyhorn 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 Pokémon 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.
  • Color Motif: He wears blue, white and red, the same colors as the French flag.
  • The Dandy: Can be played this way with the Trainer customization feature.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Shauna when he's the Rival.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Calem's default outfit is predominantly blue and red.
  • 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.

    Serena 

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 Rhyhorn 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".
  • Bare Your Midriff: All the Parka and Halter top options give her this.
  • Bifauxnen: A few of her clothing options can give her this look, such as the shirt-and-tie combos at the Lumiose boutique.
  • Boyish Short Hair: A hair option at the barbershop.
  • Censor Shadow: Allows Serena to effectively combine short skirts and roller-blading without any threat of exposure.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Her primary color and speech balloons (when she's the rival) are red.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Her default outfit, as well as every single dress or skirt option.
  • Fanservice: Some of her clothing options lean in this direction.
  • The Fashionista: She's the poster child of the Trainer customization feature, and there are far more clothing and hair styles available if you're playing as her rather than Calem.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Becomes an option at the barbershop after the player becomes sufficiently stylish.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: As Rival with Shauna.
  • Little Black Dress: One of her outfits you can get when she's the protagonist. It's even called the Little Black Dress.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Can be pulled off with the tights or leggings while customizing. Her stockings also act similar.
  • Stocking Filler: Her default thigh-high stockings or as they're labeled in game, "OTK (Over The Knee) Socks," and about a third of all the sock options.
  • Tights Under Shorts: Can be pulled off with tights or leggings while customizing.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: As the rival. As the player character, you can also style her hair as such at the barbershop if the player is sufficiently stylish.
  • Weapon of Choice: The Fennekin line in most artwork and adaptations, with the exception of Adventures where it's the Froakie line.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Every one of her shorts options.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Her default clothes are Grade A along with any combination of OTK Socks and a Skirt/Dress or Shorts.

Rivals

    General Tropes 

  • 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 NPCs 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 by the player.
  • Privileged Rival: Several rivals parents are superstars in the Pokémon 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 Pokédex 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 in Red and Blue. 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.
    • This gets reversed in Gold and Silver, where in the remakes, he will often talk about Red and how Red defeated him.
  • Anime Hair: His hair is spiked up in all of his appearances.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: By Gold and Silver and their remakes, he's become the Viridian City Gym Leader. He's also the strongest one between Kanto and Johto.
  • Badass Boast: His final speech before battling him as Champion:
    Blue: "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!" 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".
    • "Whatever!", come HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  • Character Development:
    • 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 Gold and Silver 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 Red and Blue, his sprite as the Champion had him wearing a jacket, which isn't seen again in Gold and Silver or the first generation remakes. It later returns in his design for HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: Averted, unlike with Red. He has none of the Kanto starters in any of his teams when fought as a Gym Leader or Pokémon World Tournament participant.
  • 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 Red and Green becoming Red and Blue in international versions, he goes from Green to Blue.
  • Final Boss: Of the first generation.
  • Informed Attribute: The apparent mistreament of his Pokémon is never actually shown, only told.
  • 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Thankfully matures into this by Gold and Silver.
  • 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.
  • Parental Abandonment: Oak apparently raises him and his sister on his own.
  • 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.
  • 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: He and Red used to be good friends, until he started being a bully for whatever reason right before Red and Blue start.
  • 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.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Unlike Giovanni, Blue has a mixture of types for his Viridian Gym battle.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The guidebook for ''Red and Blue'' explains that he was Red's best friend until shortly before the start of the game, when he 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.
    • 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.
    • In modern adaptations it's the Squirtle line.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: 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.

    Silver 

"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 in Gold, Silver, and Crystal. He is a selfish thug whose first act is to steal his starting Pokémon 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 Pokémon 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.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Same as with Blue, Silver was considerably prettied-up in the remakes. He was made taller and slimmer, and his new expression is less threatening.
  • Artistic Age: His HeartGold and SoulSilver art makes him look more like a teenager, but he is stated to be Ethan and Lyra's age.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Fits this trope perfectly.
  • Bad Boss: Towards his Pokémon pre-Character Development.
  • Badass: The Victory Road in Gold and Silver and its remakes is the only Victory Road in the series devoid of trainers. The reason? Silver defeated them all.
    Silver: Man, they were all spineless!
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With the player when Lance and Clair decided to challenge them to a tag battle in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  • Bishōnen: His remake design, slightly.
  • Blood Knight: He loves to battle, if just to prove his superiority over others.
  • Character Development: At first, he's by far the nastiest rival in the whole series, but by the end he's completely reformed. More is added in the remakes, featuring a new double battle against Clair and Lance after his turn. Also upon visiting the Elm Pokémon Lab afterwards, you discover that he tried to return his starting Pokémon, but Elm let him keep it since the Pokémon loved him so much. Not to mention his Freudian Excuse is fully revealed and explained.
  • Children Are Cruel: He's either abusive or borderline-abusive.
  • Continuity Cameo: His anime counterpart appeared in the Japanese The Legend of Thunder special's intro.
  • Crash-Into Hello: In HeartGold and SoulSilver, as a reference to Barry's usual way of meeting you.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Only in the opening of the remakes, where he has red eyes rather than silver.
  • Disappeared Dad: His dad up and left him when he wasn't even nine.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Your first clue that he's a darker rival than Blue is the revelation that he stole his Starter Pokémon.
  • Evil Redhead: He's evil at first, but then he settles for being a noble rival.
  • Final Boss: Of Pokemon Stadium 2.
  • Freudian Excuse: He's Giovanni's son. It was first implied in FireRed and LeafGreen, but for whatever reason, the outright confirmation in HeartGold and SoulSilver was edited out (a line literally translating to "I don't understand you, Dad!" dropped the "Dad" in the English version.)
    • His issues with strength and weakness also stem from him feeling like Team Rocket and his father were weak and fearing his own weakness.
      • Before you head off into Victory Road, the last trainer you battle mentions Silver and notices how he has the feeling he has to win at any cost, having a deep fear of failure and being weak.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: His dark red and purple design is definitely not meant to make him look cuddly.
  • Hate Sink: Before his Character Development, he's actually more the antagonist than Team Rocket! The player is pretty much meant to hate his guts early on.
  • Idiot Hair
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: All his obsession with being strong really amounts to this. He didn't want to be weak like his father, so he strives to be a good battler.
  • Jerkass: Until later in the game, when he loosens up. There are several trainers throughout the game pre-Kanto who mention the guy curb stomping them in a battle and taunting on how lame they were.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Becomes one later on.
  • Loners Are Freaks: He seems to do everything on his own and is a crude and ruthless boy.
  • Meaningful Name: While his original design had him with red eyes, as his concept art showed, his remake design makes his name meaningful. His name is "Silver" and he has gray, or silver, eyes.
  • My Name Is ???: Trope Namer. In Gold and Silver, he tells you this almost verbatim after your first fight.
  • No Name Given: The closest he has been given to a canon name is Silver, which was his default in Gold and Crystal. In the remakes, "Silver" is never used- "Soul" is in HeartGold and "Heart" in SoulSilver.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red eyes in the opening of the remakes, despite official artwork giving him silver eyes.
  • The Rival: Silver ignites a one-sided, bitter rivalry with the player, hoping to prove he is better than them.
  • The Social Darwinist: He states he only has time for strong Pokémon, the others are worthless to him.
  • The Sociopath: Shades of this, even more of them in the remakes, initially.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Resolves to be a kinder Trainer to his Pokémon after having his brutish behavior spelled out as the reason for his failures as a Trainer. This is even exemplified in game by having his Golbat evolve into a Crobat, which can only level up with extreme happiness.
  • Tsundere: Some of his post-Character Development dialogue implies he's a type A.
  • Sore Loser: Despite being defeated by the player a number of times he calls you out for being pathetically weak.
  • Spanner in the Works: The infamous event where he strips the character of the Rocket disguise right before you could get the infiltration plan going is this. Unlike other examples of the trope, he soon realizes why you wore the outfit but calls you pathetic for resorting to disguise and walking off.
  • Weapon of Choice: Most adaptations give him the Totodile line.
  • Worthy Opponent: In HeartGold and SoulSilver, it's implied that he feels this way about the Player Character.
  • Would Hit a Girl: If you play as a girl. He also shoves Clair away when she offers to team with him against Lance and the player.

    Wally (Mitsuru) 

The other rival in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. 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.
  • Adorkable: Very shy, polite, and awkward.
  • Always Someone Better: In the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, 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.
  • Badass Adorable: Don't let his looks fool you, in the post game he is one of the toughest trainers in the series, with a team decked out with items, abilities, and movesets that wouldn't be out of place in a real life tournament.
  • Bling of War: His Mega Amulet.
  • Bonus Boss: In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, he can be fought again (with a new team) after completing one of the Super Rounds in the Battle Maison.
  • Boss Remix: In the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, he gets a rock remix of his leitmotif as his Battle Theme Music.
  • 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: He's burdened with a breathing condition that makes him cough and gag a lot, but he gets better by the end of the game.
  • 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, due to his shyness.
  • Man in White: By the end of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Wally has one of the best competitive teams in the Pokémon Universe (NPC-wise). His room in Petalburg is filled with Pokémon 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: When you first meet him, he's a shy and sickly boy that needs help to catch his first Pokémon. On your second meeting, he knows how to battle and is confident enough to challenge the local Gym Leader (but still isn't that good). On your third meeting, he has an entire team of Pokémon that's just below the Elite Four in level and is much more confident in himself. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire take this further by having a fourth fight that shows how much knowledge he's gained, being one of the few NPCs to utilize held items on all of his Mons and having his post-battle dialogue show he's constantly thinking about how to improve his strategy.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: His green and white color scheme matches up perfectly with the Ralts line (his starter Pokémon).
  • 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 Green Hair: Even in the Pokémon world, he stands out a bit for his bright green hair, which is shared by only a handful of other characters and sprites in the series.

    Barry (Jun) 

The Rival of Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. Barry is an impatient and hyperactive young man who always seems to be in a rush. His dream is to become the Pokémon League Champion, and especially wants to achieve it as fast as possible. However, his genuine talent at raising Pokémon is offset by his haste and lack of patience, and his preference for brute force over strategy.
  • Adorkable:
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: After barging into your room in Platinum he stops himself in the middle of a sentence to comment on 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.
    "Thud!!"
  • 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 due to failing to stop Team Galactic, and it takes the poor kid a while to snap out of it.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's always eager to fight, as his Platinum animation shows.
  • Keet: Especially at the very beginning.
  • The Rival: He's this of the Gen IV Trainers.
  • 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 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. His counterparts in the adaptations have no consistent theme and have been seen with any of the three Sinnoh starters.

    Bianca (Bel) 
Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu (JP), Eileen Stevens (EN) (promo)

One of the two rivals in Black and White. 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. In Black 2 and White 2 she decides to research Pokémon and becomes Professor Juniper's aid.
  • Badass Adorable: Although she's not as interested in battling as her friends, she's still a very powerful and very cute young Trainer, especially in the sequels.
  • Bonus Boss:
    • If you use the Memory Link function in Black 2 and White 2 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 appears in the Black 2 and White 2's 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.
  • Childhood Friends: With Cheren and either Hilda or Hilbert.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
    • In Black and White, 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 Pokémon 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.
    • She's in the Pokémon World Tournament, in the Gym Leader tournaments, putting her up as one of the best Trainers in the world. A random NPC that gives you info on your opponents outright says that she's a powerful trainer.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: The point of her character development. She doesn't know what she wants out of life, but eventually decides to help out Professor Juniper.
  • The Ditz: She chooses Pokemon that have elemental weaknesses to you, and often can't find her way around many cities.
  • Dumb Blonde: She is described as a bit of an unreliable airhead, though it's more just clumsy than outright dumb.
  • 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 in the Memory Link battle know Return, a move that powers up the more the user likes their trainer. In the World Tournament, only her Stoutland uses Return.
    • In Black 2 and White 2, 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 in the end of Black in White and is one of your possible opponents in the Pokémon World Tournament
    • She decides to become a Pokémon 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 in Black 2 and White 2 till you get to the main room and leave through Undella Town.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
  • Hartman Hips
  • 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.
  • Overprotective Dad: He didn't want her to go on her journey, and 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.
  • Ship Tease: Her glasses in Black 2 and White 2 look an awful lot like Cheren's, and Cheren himself is no longer wearing glasses...
  • 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. The female player character's promotional name also related to white.
  • 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.

    Cheren 

One of the two rivals in Black and White. 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 and White 2.

For information on Cheren, check the Pokémon Gym Leaders Character Page.

    Hugh (Hue) 
Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (JP), Sean Schemmel (EN) (promo)

The Rival 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 Pokémon 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.
  • Anime Hair: A Plasma Grunt even derisively compares it to a Qwilfish.
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: To Cheren and Bianca, though they're still around.
  • Artificial Brilliance: When you're teaming up with him in a Double Battle, Hugh can sometimes be seen taking advantage of the player's Pokémon's abilities. For example, he will use a Fire-type attack on your Pokémon if it has Flash Fire to power up your moves, or a Water-type attack to heal your Pokemon if it has Water Absorb.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Notable in that unlike all previous rivals, you spend much more time fighting alongside Hugh than against him.
  • Badass: Takes no nonsense from Team Plasma. At one point when you enter Driftveil City, he just rushes onto the scene and slaps/shoves/punches/otherwise physically assaults a grunt like it's nothing.
  • Berserk Button: He pretty much flips out the instant he sees a member of Team Plasma, both new and old. Part of his Character Development is about outgrowing this.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He cares heavily about his little sister and is said to be doting towards her. He also despises Team Plasma because they kidnapped her Purrloin. In a way, he also is this to the Player Character themselves throughout the journey through assuring they are never alone taking on Team Plasma and encourages you along the way.
  • Black and White Insanity: One of his main flaws is his refusal to acknowledge the original Team Plasma's Heel-Face Turn. He finally starts to overcome this outlook near the end of the game.
  • Catch Phrase: "I'm about to unleash my rage!" / "You're about to feel my rage!"
  • Character Development: Hugh starts off as an Ideal Hero, kind and supportive of the Player Character. His only flaw is that he refuses to forgive Team Plasma for, years ago, having stolen his sister's Purrloin. He is dragged down and blinded by this hatred, but finally comes to terms with the fact that former villains can redeem themselves. Hugh finds peace, and continues to care for his sister's Purrloin-turned-Liepard, even though it was raised and influenced by Team Plasma, knowing it is still good at heart.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Only if you're playing on Challenge Mode, but there his Pokemon's levels when he's battling against you are higher than when he's an ally, leading to one point where his Pokémon's levels actually go down within a short span of time.
  • Fantastic Racism: Hates everyone on Team Plasma reformed or not after what they did to his sister's Purrloin.
  • Forgiveness: His personal struggle is learning to let go of his hatred for the former Plasma members and move on.
  • Friendly Rivalry: At no point in the game does he ever challenge you for the sake of beating you and proving himself superior. As your best friend, he offers to battle you in order to test your Pokémons' strength, and after losing, shows complete confidence in your abilities and encourages you to continue on your quest to become the Unova champion.
  • Guest Star Party Member: He travels around with your for short periods at several points (such as Castelia Sewers), even participating in Tag Battles with you.
  • Heroic BSOD: After finding out that his sister's Purrloin has evolved into a Liepard and will now only obey the Shadow Triad.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Nate when he's the player character.
  • Hot-Blooded: He is very passionate, especially when it comes to beating the hell out of Team Plasma.
  • It's Personal: Chases Team Plasma because they kidnapped his little sister's Purrloin.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: He is willing to go to violent lengths in order to get the justice his sister deserves.
  • Large Ham: Hugh will make the extra effort to let everyone know when he is about to unleash his rage.
  • Meaningful Name: Hue, as in color, fits in with a number of other color based names. Particularly it forms a trio with its generation, 'black, white, and color' subverting fan expectations of 'black, white, and gray.'
  • Nice Guy: Despite his flaws, he ultimately seems to admire the protagonist and cares for his Pokémon. In fact, he actually apologizes several times for dragging the player character into his quest to take down Team Plasma. He also wants to see the protagonist become the Unova Champion.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Rosa when she's the player character.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Oddly enough, his Xtransceiver is pink, which contrasts with the red and yellow ones Nate and Rosa possess, respectively.
  • Schrödinger's Gun: He's had his starter Pokémon for a bit before the game even starts, but what it turns out to be always has the type advantage against the one you picked.
  • Two Words: Obvious Trope: Call him before you reach Reversal Mountain to know where he is.
    Hugh: One word: Reversal Mountain. Oh wait, that's two words...
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's dark blue.
  • Weapon of Choice: Samurott in the animated trailer, though this of course has no bearing in the actual game. His strongest Pokémon is the starter that has a type advantage over yours.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Clay for blindly trusting Rood and his followers. However, he in turns gets this from Clay, who points out that you need to learn to respect other people's differing perspectives instead of blindly condemning them - especially when they're trying to redeem themselves for their past misdeeds.

    Tierno 
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: He has a plump body and a huge heart.
  • 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, dancing is a very physical activity.
  • But Thou Must: Give yourself a nickname. Of course, you could just make your nickname the same as your in-game name.
  • 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.
  • Flat Character: He never gets a chance to share a character-building moment with the player unlike the other three rivals, nor can his house be visited for any possible backstory a la Trevor.
  • 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, Blue Oni: The 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, and throughout all of his team members there are plenty of dancing moves to go around.

    Trevor (Toroba) 
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.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The 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." It's also 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.

    Shauna (Sana) 
A spunky girl from Vaniville Town whom you befriend at the beginning of Pokémon X and Y.
  • Action Girl: Not Shauna herself (most of the time), but her starter Pokémon will always be female. This is a first compared to the rivals having male ones.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She has Ship Tease with the protagonist whether it's Calem or Serena.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Seems to be a shade or two darker than her friends, with an Arabic name in the Japanese version. France does have a sizable Middle Eastern population.
  • Babies Ever After: Again, not Shauna herself, but her starter. She'll trade you the offspring for any Pokémon in the post game, and it has a nature that amplifies its greatest stat, along with 31 IVs in that particular stat.
  • Batman Gambit: During the final confrontation with Team Flare's Admins, she cowardly runs away screaming how she "hates being chased." A Team Flare Admin then suspects Shauna intentionally fled in order to split up the admins, who were outnumbering the protagonists six to three. Nonetheless, while Shauna does succeed in luring away two Admins, Serena or Calem also follows after Shauna, leaving the main character all alone to defeat the remaining four admins.
  • Bow Ties Are Cool: Not in the usual way, but her shirt and her purse sport several bowtie-like designs.
  • The Chick: Values friendship and teamwork. She's also one of the driving forces for pushing the rival towards enjoying things aside from just getting stronger.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Her love for solving puzzles and close friendship with Clemont and Bonnie comes in handy later down the story when you deal with Team Flare the final time, in which her skills help open the final locked door to the machine.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Pink.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: When battled on Route 19 before Couriway Town, she has a Goodra at Level 49 when it can only evolve from Sliggoo at level 50.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: One could easily mistake Shauna as someone similar to Bianca given she is less interested in Pokemon battling than the main rival, but she tags along on the final quest to take down Team Flare. In your second battle with her on Route 19, she just happens to own a Goodra.
  • The Ditz: She's genuinely surprised about how Poké Balls worked during the Rival's catching tutorial, despite seeing them in action not 5 minutes before.
    Shauna: The Pokémon went INSIDE the Poké Ball?
    Rival Character: Shauna... What do you think your Chespin/Fennekin/Froakie is inside of right now?
  • For Happiness: Shauna's reason for journeying is simply to have fun and make some memories with her friends and Pokémon.
  • Genki Girl: Her Omura art has her with an enormous grin and Word of God describes her "an incredibly energetic girl" who's "friendly and outgoing."
  • Girlish Pigtails: She has four of them.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Serena if they are the player's rival.
  • Hidden Depths: She is much more insightful than her bubbly exterior would suggest. It also seems that she is the only one of the gang who really savors the memories they're creating on their journey. There is also the fact she is a fan of puzzles.
    • As the above Batman Gambit indicates, she's also good at understanding people, and can be unexpectedly cunning in a crisis.
  • The Load: Played with. Shauna thinks that she has become this for Calem and Serena by the time you infiltrate Team Flare's base, even though the game never makes her come off as annoying, useless, or holding anyone back at any point in the story. You reassure her that she isn't and never was.
  • Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name is Arabic for "sunshine" or "brilliance."
  • Pink Means Feminine
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Calem if he's the player's rival.
  • Recurring Boss: The first trainer you battle in the beginning of the game, using the starter weak to yours. Then she battles you much later in the game as the first of a Boss Rush involving all the rivals except Calem/Serena.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to the current rival's Blue Oni, who will be more reserved and mature.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Calem, she is the more irresponsible one. Even more so if Calem is the rival.
  • Say It with Hearts: She says things with a musical note at the end often.
  • Shipper on Deck: Hinted as one for Calem and Serena (regardless of which one you're playing as). She'll say they're the strongest and make a good combination.
  • Ship Tease: With the protagonist, regardless of gender, at Parfum Palace. The game is less subtle about it with Calem, though.
    Shauna: "Um... I've never watched fireworks alone with a boy, before. I'll remember this forever."
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Shauna's design seems to be inspired by Cincinno and Pachirisu, though she doesn't necessarily own either one.
  • Verbal Tic: Accentuates her lines with musical notes, like so ♪
  • Weapon of Choice: The starter that has a type disadvantage to the player's starter, while in the Battle Maison she also has a Sylveon.
  • We Need a Distraction: Both at the Poké Ball Factory and Flare's Geosenge Headquarters, she uses herself to distract members of Team Flare to run after her.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She's implied to have received one of the Kanto starters you didn't choose, but just like the primary rival she's never seen using it.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: She does!