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 ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}''. [[HeroicMime 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 just like you. The protagonists may have a history with them, or they may be some kid they just met, some [[FriendlyRival friendly]], especially in later generations, others [[{{Jerkass}} not]]. Their personalities are varied, but they're all willing to challenge you to see how strong you've become over your journey.


!!General Tropes

[[folder:General Player Tropes]]

* AdaptedOut: While all of them have been major characters in Pokemon Special and other manga adaptations, a large swath of them haven't made it to the main anime, in no small part due to the refusal to retire Ash.
** None of the Gold and Silver cast were able to take part in the anime adaptation of their own games' events. Ethan and Kris starred in a side story special under the names Jimmy and Marina, while Silver (under the name Kamon) got a cameo during the special's intro (Marina briefly showed up in an early ''Diamond and Pearl'' episode advertising the Pokétch); after Heart Gold and Soul Silver came out, Ethan got another cameo under the name ''Ethan'' during the Zoroark movie[[note]]Jimmy and Marina are, to date, the only male and female protagonists who have met each other[[/note]].
** Brendan has only had a few cameos in the introductions of movies, the last of which he shared with Lucas. Wally's gotten nothing.
** Leaf, Calem, and all the protagonists from the fifth and seventh generations have so far failed to appear. Rivals Hugh and Hau are also absent. (Lillie has been given the AdaptationalBadass treatment, being an official Pokémon Trainer, effectively replacing Selene).
** Several of the above have appeared in ''Pokémon Generations'', including Ethan, Silver, Brendan, Hilbert and Calem (that said, these roles are severely downplayed -- ''Generations'' replays game events with extra focus on the supporting cast, like Looker and Cynthia).
* AnimalMotifs: Many of them are [[WeaponOfChoice strongly associated with a starter Pokémon or cover legendary]], with design motifs from them are sometimes incorporated into their outfits. While the starter they choose is based on the player's choice, there are official artworks that take this concept and run with it. Most notably, Red and Blue are associated with Pikachu and Eevee, respectively.
* BadassAdorable: The majority of the protagonists, male and female, are no older than kids. [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Generation V's]] and [[VagueAge maybe]] ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY X and Y]]''[='=]s characters are in their teens. They defeat every single trainer in their region, including leaders of the evil teams, the Elite Four and the Champion, can capture Legendary Pokémon (many of which are basically gods), and become the best trainer in their region.
* ChildProdigy: The oldest the protagonists get in the series is around 16 in ''Black, White, X and Y Versions''. They take to Pokémon training instantly and extremely well. Their skill with Pokémon is 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.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Each of them can capture the World of Pokémon's equivalent to {{Eldritch Abomination}}s (one Gen even allows you to capture the rough equivalent to {{God}}).
* DisappearedDad: The player character generally only has a mother as a regular figure at home; their dad (with the notable exception of ''Ruby'', ''Sapphire'', and their various remakes) is absent, usually without explanation. That said, the characters can be generally assumed to at least ''have'' dads.
** In the Kanto games, examining a certain TV in Celadon Department store will cause the player character to indicate his dad likes sports games.
** In the Sinnoh games, the player character's father was old friends with Tower Tycoon Palmer.
** ''Black'' and ''White'' indicate that the television in the player character's room was bought by their dad
** In ''X'' and ''Y'', Grace mentions running into the character's father with her Rhyhorn.
** In the Alola games, the player character's father is still working in Kanto.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: 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.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: This can frequently pop up when playing as a certain gender. [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Leaf]] gets a ton of flirtatious responses from female [=NPCs=] due to the unchanged dialogue in ''[=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]''.
* FreeRangeChildren: No one seems to mind that you're just a child who goes through dangerous situations that involve crime organizations and/or Legendary Pokémon who are very dangerous to the health of your mother.
* HelloInsertNameHere: Although they have {{Canon Name}}s, as protagonists, they can be named whatever the player wants. This applies to a few of the rival characters as well.
* TheHero: As the player character, they're the ones who stop the evil teams from destroying/taking over the world.
* HeroicMime: As the player character they're usually completely silent besides answering yes or no questions with the occasional internal monologue when examining specific situations. Further Red doesn't speak a word when he appears as a BonusBoss in later games. However starting in Gen III, the gender not picked would have lines as an NPC. The first scripted lines as a player are in ''Black 2 and White 2''[='=]s PokéStar movies. Averted in ''X and Y'' going forward the dialogue trees are much more expressive than yes/no, and alter the NPC's immediate reactions ([[ButThouMust even if it doesn't have much of an impact on how the scene plays out]]) making it clear that the protagonist is talking, and specific about what they might say.
%%* HotBlooded: Some characters are implied to be this.
* IconicItem: Their hats. VideoGame/SuperSmashBros even uses them as part of Pikachu's and Jigglypuff's {{Palette Swap}}s. 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.
* KidHero: Until the fourth generation, they were all preteens no older than 12, and while older in more recent titles (Save for ''Sun and Moon'' where they're officially 11 again), they still never go past their teens.
* NiceGuy: Or girl. All of the protagonists care deeply for their Pokémon and are on friendly terms with most of the supporting cast, often helping out people for little or no personal gain. That being said, Red apparently became fairly detached from his friends in between Gen 1/3 and 2/4 before eventually returning to public life, and the protagonists for ''Sun and Moon'' can optionally reply to several requests like a total arse.
* NiceHat: 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=]. However, in ''Sun'' and ''Moon'' for the first time in the core series the protagonist can go hatless if they so desire.
* PrimaryColorChampion: Lucas in Gen 4, and more specifically his ''Platinum'' self, launched the trend for all the boys to be dressed primarily in blue with red as a secondary color, most likely so that their costumes can be adapted easier for the primarily blue-and-red [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash]] every time he travels to a new region[[note]]He retains his original outfit in Johto, while his ''Advanced Generation'' outfit look nothing like Brendan's[[/note]]. The girls generally have more variety in color schemes, like Dawn playing PinkGirlBlueBoy with Lucas. Before him the dominant colors in protag outfits were red, white, and black. Gen 2 and 3 also had a few splashes of yellow in everyone's outfits.
* PurelyAestheticGender: The gender of your character typically doesn't affect the story. [[BiTheWay This extends to ship teases]], in Black/White and Sun/Moon, at least[[note]]You get ship teased with N even when playing as Hilbert, and with Lillie even when playing as Selene[[/note]].
* RedIsHeroic: The signature color for the player characters, with almost every protagonist having worn red in their designs. Subverted with Hilda and Rosa, whose outfits never feature the color, and downplayed with Brendan, who only wears red in his ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' outfit before switching to orange and green for later titles.
* RelatedInTheAdaptation: In games that feature both protagonists, their families will be different depending on who you play as. It's most noticeable in the Hoenn games, where Brendan or May's father can be either Norman or Professor Birch. Oddly, despite May being Norman's child in the anime, along with Brendan making a few cameos, Birch never even hints at being a father.
* RummageSaleReject: Some of their outfits can get ''weird''. For example, Brendan wears shorts over ''pants'' in ''Emerald''. It's also possible to create hilariously mismatched outfits if you do desire via CharacterCustomization from ''X'' and ''Y'' onwards.
* SavingTheWorld: From [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Generation III]] and onward, but replace "world" with "all of existence". May and Brendan are the first ones to do it.
* SchrodingersPlayerCharacter: In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Crystal]]'', ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue [=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]]]'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' the character you don't choose never shows up.
* TheSouthpaw: 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 become right-handed, but in ''Sun and Moon'' you can have your trainer throw using their left hand.
* SpannerInTheWorks: 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.
* StaticRoleExchangeableCharacter: Except the games with SchrodingersPlayerCharacter, the other player character appears as an NPC but there's no major change to the story.
* ThemeNaming: Most trainers have a "version" name taken directly from the title of the games, a pre-release/promotional name that relates to their version name, and a in-game NPC name. The version names are always used in the ''Adventures'' manga, and while most other cross-canon counterparts get the NPC name, generally accepted as the overall CanonName.
** The Promotional Names tend to follow a theme based on the game they appear in, with the exception of Gen I.
*** Satoshi (Ash) and Shigeru (Gary): Based on creative directors at Nintendo: series creator Satoshi Tajiri, and father of most other names in the Nintendo canon ShigeruMiyamoto. EarlyInstallmentWeirdness used these promo names across many spinoffs and canons, including the 20+ year running main anime making them the most recognizable names in the franchise.
*** Orlando and Anna: Based on Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
*** Blair and Whitlea: Meaning roughly Black field and White field
*** Xavier and Yvonne: Common French names that start with the letters X and Y. They also mean "the new house" and "yew" respectively, corresponding to the fact they just moved to Kalos and the fact that they face a Legendary duo that embodies life and death (which is what the yew is said to symbolize).
*** Elio and Selene: Based on Helios and Selene the Greek sun and moon gods. Updated to Ray and Ailey in the promos for ''Ultra.'' Their names relate to light, specifically "beam of light" and "light" in Irish respectively.
** Starting from the fourth generation, the {{Canon Name}}s all follow a seemingly random theme, which is consistent across all languages:
*** Red and Blue (Green), another EarlyInstallmentWeirdness for Gen I. The Version names are used as the canon NPC names for the original Hero and Rival whenever they appear as a BonusBoss.
*** Ethan and Lyra: Their names are based off of something relating to sound or music, especially string instruments in the case of Lyra.
*** Lucas and Dawn: Names related to [[LightEmUp light]].
*** Hilbert and Hilda: Both their names mean "fight" or "battle".
*** Rosa and Nate: Similarly to the heroes of HGSS, their names also relate to sound, their names sounding like "resonate" when said together.
*** Calem and Serena: "Calm" and "Serene".
*** Kai and Lana: Hawaiian for "Ocean" and "Afloat" respectively, fitting both the abundant water of Gen VII and the Hawaiian FantasyCounterPartCulture. However these names were only discovered in unused data, and have not seen official use yet. Interestingly enough the female trainer's promo name Mizuki (Selene) has seen official use.
* ToBeAMaster: Their main motive. Red is one in [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Generation II]], its remakes, and subsequent titles.
* UniqueProtagonistAsset:
** The player characters universally have a greater affinity for Pokemon than basically everyone else on the planet, and can train Pokemon to reach heights of power even beyond trainers who have been working with Pokemon for decades.
** They are also among the few people to ever be gifted the Pokedex. This gives some some amount of InUniverse StatOVision as they can analyze monsters they've never seen before, and get even more detailed readouts of monsters they own.
** Downplayed in another aspect, but the Player Characters and Rivals have access to Starter Pokemon, which come in elements that can have dramatic influence on the early game battles (e.g. at least three generations have games that lead off with Rock-type Gym Leaders, which are easy to run roughshod over because you have access to Grass or Water types should you choose where most of the kids in your neighborhood only have access to Normal and Bug types).

[[folder:General Rival Tropes]]

* TheAce: 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.
* AnimeHair: In contrast to the player character's hat, they tend to have instantly recognizable hairstyles.
* CharacterDevelopment: 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.
* ChildProdigy: They seem to be the only [=NPCs=] to level grind to keep up with the player character.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: In most cases, their CharacterDevelopment parallels the player's own journey and how they've grown through battling and interacting with them.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: The rival will typically pick whichever starter holds an elemental advantage to what you picked.
* FireForgedFriends: If they don't start off as TrueCompanions to the player, they will be by the end of the game.
* FreeRangeChildren: The same as the protagonist.
* FriendlyRival: From Generation III and onwards, [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Gladion nonwithstanding]].
%%* GoldfishPoopGang
* HelloInsertNameHere: Although they have {{Canon Name}}s, a few of them can be named by the player.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Most get their own theme, as well as their own battle theme if standalone, often reflecting their personality.
* PrivilegedRival: Several rivals' parents are superstars in the Pokémon World, researchers, mob bosses, Gym Leaders, Frontier Brains, etc.
* RecurringBoss: 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.
* TheRival: To the protagonist.
* ToBeAMaster: Their main motive is to either become masters via the Pokémon League, complete the Pokédex or just become stronger than the protagonist.
* WeaponOfChoice: With a few exceptions, their preferred Pokémon is the starter that is strong against the one the player character chose. Aside from the starters, some rivals will also use a Pokémon from an elemental group depending on your choice of starter.
** In ''Red and Blue'', Blue can have Exeggutor, Arcanine and Gyarados, (statistically the strongest Pokemon of their types in Generation 1) but he will only use two of them that don't have the same type as his starter. In ''Yellow'', Blue's Eeeveelution depends on the number of times Red has defeated him at the early part of the game.
** Cheren uses the elemental monkey that shares the same type as the protagonist's starter, while Bianca and Hugh use the elemental monkey that has the type advantage over it.
** Calem/Serena uses the Eeveelution that is in disadvantage against the protagonist's starter, while Hau uses the Eeveelution that has the advantage over it (unlike Blue and Calem/Serena, he can have Leafeon rather than a Jolteon).
** The type of Gladion's signature Mon, Silvally, can be either Fire, Water or Grass and it will be in advantage over the protagonist's starter.

!!Generation I

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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: At the end of the story, ''they'' are this to Blue.
* BashBrothers: In ''Sun and Moon'', Red runs the Post-Game Battle Facility along with Blue.
* BestFriend: Red and Blue [[AllThereInTheManual prior to the events of the Gen I games.]] After their rivalry across Kanto, and some old grudges held during the Johto games, they seem to be back to this by the time they go to Alola in ''Sun and Moon.''
* ComingOfAgeStory: At the end of the main game, Oak states that the protagonist's journey was one, remarking that "s/he has come of age."
* ColorfulThemeNaming: The trainers of this generation have their CanonName as primary colors, with version names being the same as these names. This relates to Kanto's ColorfulThemeNaming with it's towns.
* CuttingOffTheBranches: 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 is also the canon protagonist, as shown by all of his reappearances in future games.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Both Red and Leaf have brown eyes and brown hair.
* DisappearedDad: He's mentioned once when you check out the televisions in Celadon Department Store, but he never appears. The Rival's parents aren't mentioned at all, and he lives with his gramps and older sister.
* FanservicePack: Check out what Red and Blue look like [[ in]] ''Sun and Moon''. WOW. Justified because they've gotten older.
* NiceHat: Starting a trend that pretty much all of the player characters would have, they both wear hats with a Pokeball insignia on them.
* SchrodingersPlayerCharacter: 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, and Leaf is never acknowledged in the series past her debut.
* SuddenlyVoiced: The protagonist, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness unlike future heroes]], and ironically enough considering Red's reputation, actually makes the odd internal comment when examining objects (where most 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. This is made even more clear in the Japanese version, where these pieces of text are clearly written as if they are being spoken or thought.
* VagueAge: One of the few times in the series this is averted, as Red is stated to be 11 years old (making him 14 in the Gen II games). He appears to be in his early 20s in Generation VII.
* WolverinePublicity: The Kanto trainers are by far the most popular and recognizable human characters in the franchise. Putting them in a game is always a massive draw, and as such Red and Blue have appeared in every Generation (including remakes) except for Generation VI.


!!Red (レッド ''reddo'')

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 ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue 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). [[WithThisHerring 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 [[ToBeAMaster Pokémon Master]].

In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue 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 ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' and can also be battled in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''. Red's design also appears as a character in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'', in which he commands Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard to battle for him. ''Smash Bros Wii/U'' features Pokémon Trainer as a trophy, and expressly states that both Red and the Pokémon Trainer from Brawl are one and the same.

Red has appeared in many spin-off media, such as ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' and, with another of his default names in Pokémon Red used (Ash in English and Satoshi in Japanese), the [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} main anime series]].

* TheAce: Implied through potential events that can transpire in the games, as well as Red's BonusBoss status in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver''. As a BonusBoss, Red's team is the highest leveled of any trainer in the entire series (not counting battle facilities that automatically set levels to 100). Put simply, he's the very best. Like no-one ever was.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Has black hair in Generations I and II, but this is made into light brown hair from Generation III onward, likely to differentiate him from Ash.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Red is this to Blue, as he canonically defeats Blue in all but the first of their encounters. He is also, optionally, on the ''receiving'' end of this trope as Ethan/Lyra, Sun/Selene, and Rosa/Nate can all optionally battle (and thus, defeat) Red.
* BadassAdorable: He's 11 years old in ''Red and Blue'' and their remakes. 14 in Gen II/IV, and he's gotta be at least 16 if not older by ''Black 2 and White 2'', but still uses his ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'' kid design. In ''Sun and Moon'', though, he's finally shown growing out of this, given a character redesign in his late teens or early twenties.
* BigOlEyebrows: As an adult in ''Sun and Moon'', his eyebrows are a lot thicker than they were when he was a kid.
* BonusBoss: He does not need to be fought in ''Gold and Silver'' and their remakes, unless you want bragging rights. Red is in fact the first BonusBoss of the series, setting a trend for future games.
* BossCorridor: The match with Red in his new Mt. Silver lair at the end of ''Gold and Silver'' has a long hallway prior to his platform (this is also in an area with a lot of strong wild Pokémon).
* ChickMagnet: Quite a few girls are drawn to Red... Though not necessarily just girls his age. This is something often carried over to his other incarnations.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: His Espeon has not made any appearances ever since it was replaced by Lapras in [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver the HGSS remake]].
* ContinuityNod: Red's team in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' and all future appearances reflects the events of ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''. He has a [[SeriesMascot Pikachu]] and the final forms of the three starters from [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Generation I]], the [[HeavySleeper Snorlax]] that was once [[BrokenBridge blocking a path]], and either [[ItWasAGift Espeon]] in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' or [[EndangeredSpecies Lapras]] in ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'' onwards.
* ExposedToTheElements: Is wearing a short-sleeved jacket on a perpetually snowing mountain peak. For at least a couple years straight. The only change from his normal outfit is a pair of gloves that don't look particularly warm. [[ One piece of official art]] depicts him with a winter jacket and yellow scarf, but this is never seen in any game.
* EyeObscuringHat: In his ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'' and ''Black 2 and White 2'' animations, his eyes are initially obscured by his hat until he lifts the brim. It doesn't obscure his eyes as much in ''Sun and Moon'', but the effect is still there.
* TheHero: In Gen II and the Gen IV remakes, Red is often referred to as this, for taking out Team Rocket and becoming the Champion three years prior.
* HeroicMime:
** All the protagonists are silent when you play as them, of course, but since Red and Leaf don't appear if you don't pick them, he also lacks a voice as a FriendlyRival or Battle Partner. However, his encounter with [=CopyCat=] strongly implies that he does indeed speak.
** Red takes it a step further by remaining silent even when he's a BonusBoss NPC rather than a player-controlled character, he displays VisibleSilence. Contrast this with the [[émon_Black_2_and_White_2_beta planned Hilda/Hilbert encounters from Black 2 and White 2 where they would've had dialogue in the World Tournament.]]
** Lampshaded by Blue in ''Sun and Moon'', who remarks that Red is as silent as ever.
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: His team was comprised of level 80's during his training on Mt. Silver, and when fought on first reaching the Battle Tree they're in their sixties (except Pikachu who is level 70). Even still, they are powered down to level 50 during the World Tournament, like any other trainer.
* HotBlooded: According to a Generation I comic drawn by Sugimori, and many early pieces of media, in a stark contrast to how he is usually perceived now.
* {{Hunk}}: Not quite, but ''Sun and Moon'' shows that [[ an older Red]] is getting close to being one of these, being somewhat more thickly built than Blue, who looks more like a {{Bishonen}}.
* IconicItem:
** Both his original and remake {{Nice Hat}}s.
** In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Sun and Moon]]'', his new hat is largely forgotten in favor of his "96" T-shirt.
* LegendaryInTheSequel: Red is mentioned several times throughout ''Gold and Silver'' as the boy who single-handedly stopped Giovanni and disbanded Team Rocket three years prior, and is held in high regard. This carries forward into other generations as well; in the ''Sun/Moon'' trailer, he's explicitly referred to as a legend, and in the game itself he and Blue are the only trainers to have the title of "Battle Legend."
* LimitBreak: Venusaur can carry Grassinum Z, and his Lapras switches off between Normalium Z and Psychium Z.
* MythologyGag: Red's ''[=HeartGold=]'' and ''[=SoulSilver=]'' team is reminiscent of Ash's team during the ''Orange Islands'' arc, especially with Lapras replacing Espeon. Additionally, his Pikachu knows all the moves that Ash's Pikachu knew during the ''Diamond and Pearl'' series: Volt Tackle, Iron Tail, Quick Attack, and Thunderbolt.
* NiceGuy: Implied in ''Red, Blue, and Yellow'', as Professor Oak points out that Red is nice to his Pokémon.
* NotSoStoic: His usual ellipses are accented with a "!" after losing.
* PerpetualFrowner: In all his sprites and ''[=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]'' official art. Notably, he's the only protagonist to not be smiling in his official art since the third generation. He also appears with a scowl in his default Nendoroid face, and his 3DS theme alongside Blue. This even carries forward into his ''Sun/Moon'' design, where despite being basically an adult now, he still can't seem to crack a smile! Exemplified [[ in his Nendoroid model.]] [[{{Adorkable}} Look at the face]] [[WhenHeSmiles of the version of him holding the Master Ball!]] Red smiled in several pieces of Gen 1 artwork but has stopped since the remakes.
* PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo: He reappears in ''Gold and Silver'', ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'', ''Black 2 and White 2'' and ''Sun and Moon'' as a BonusBoss.
* RedOniBlueOni: Irony time, Blue Oni to Blue's Red. While he's not talkative and usually seen with a serious GameFace on, his rival is cocky, sarcastic, and usually wears a smug grin. Just look at [[ their 3DS theme together]], and one of [[ the earliest examples of their contrast.]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Zigzagged. Although Blue acts more like an aggressive, arrogant [[{{Jerkass}} jackass]] compared to [[NiceGuy Red]], Blue is actually [[RedOniBlueOni more emotional and loses his temper easily while Red is usually calm and almost]] [[TheStoic never shows any emotions]]. This is even emphasized in their new designs in ''Sun and Moon'', where Red has a more [[RatedMForManly well-built, toned appearance]], while Blue looks more like a [[{{Bishonen}} pretty boy]].
* SoProudOfYou: In Gen II, his mother remarks that she's worried for Red, but proud of him for doing what he wants to do.
* SuddenNameChange: In the ''Official Fan Book of Pocket Monsters'', [[ Red was originally called Satoshi (サトシ)]] in a special preview of the ''Gold and Silver'' games, which is also Ash Ketchum's Japanese name. It was later changed to Red in the actual games for reasons unknown.
* SuddenlyVoiced: Red in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' and ''Anime/PokemonTheOrigin'', as well as the occasional odd internal comment and conversation with Copycat.
* SuperMode: When Red is battled at the Battle Tree in ''Sun and Moon'', all his starters have four different builds, with each of them having one dedicated to Mega Evolution (except Charizard, which has two to accommodate for each different Mega form). Notably, defeating him is the only way to receive the starter Mega Stones in ''Sun/Moon''.
* TheStoic: He is described by a worker on the S.S. Anne as the strong silent type, and Blue sarcastically calls him a chatty gossip in the remakes. See HeroicMime and PerpetualFrowner above.
* ThirdOptionAdaptation: He uses [[ShockAndAwe all]] [[GreenThumb four]] [[PlayingWithFire possible]] [[MakingASplash starters]] from the first game, avoiding giving him a canon starter[[note]] While all four starters are possible to obtain in ''Yellow'', note that Blue ''doesn't'' use his team from that version[[/note]]. He also uses Pokémon that the player character in ''Red & Blue'' [[MindOverMatter received]] [[AnIcePerson as gifts]], or was [[BigEater forced to encounter.]]
* TimeSkip: He's visibly in his late teens/early 20's in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''. Most estimates put him at 21-24 years old, depending on the gap between Generation 4 and Generation 5.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]] in ''Sun/Moon''. During the optional battle with him at the entrance of the Battle Tree, Red's team is actually ''weaker'' than it was during the battle on Mount Silver a decade earlier, with lower levels and, with a few Pokémon, lackluster movepools. In the facility itself, however, he runs very complex sets and Metagame-viable strategies, and is one of the only trainers in the series to use both Mega Evolution and Z-moves. He also runs multiple sets with each Pokémon, implying that he has been training multiple Pokémon of the same species, possibly meaning that the entrance battle was just him [[IAmNotLeftHanded testing the waters.]]
* TookAShortcut: 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.
* TrueFinalBoss: 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 [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon Mt. Silver]] and can find him at the top.
* VisibleSilence: As an NPC, his dialogue consists solely of ellipses and an exclamation mark of surprise when defeated.
* TheVoiceless: In the games, the most he speaks is VisibleSilence, which Blue lampshades in ''Sun and Moon'' as being "silent as ever", confirming this as a character trait.
* WalkingTheEarth: In ''Gold and Silver'', Red has retired as Champion and now focuses on training in Mt. Silver to get stronger.
* WeaponOfChoice:
** In the games, [[SeriesMascot Pikachu]]. The highest leveled Pokémon used by a trainer in Gen II and in the remakes, and the highest leveled Pokémon you could face in a trainer battle in the entire franchise. The anime has only solidified the connection further, and he always sends it out first. He also has all three fully-evolved Kanto starters.
** Before any adaptations or sequels it was [[ pretty]] [[ solidly]] [[ the Bulbasaur line]], such that Pokémon #001 goes to the first protagonist. Somewhat notably, while all three of his starters have used the Starter Ultimate Moves, and Mega Evolution, only his Venusaur is equipped to use Z-Moves in ''Sun and Moon.''
** In most modern adaptations, on the other hand, such as ''Pokémon Origins'' and several shorts in ''Generations'', Charmander is Red's preferred starter instead.
*** As such, [[Manga/PokemonAdventures depending on]] [[Anime/PokemonOrigins the]] [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} 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.

[[folder:"Leaf" ]]
!!Leaf (リーフ ''riifu'')

When ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' 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 ToBeAMaster.

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.

Unlike Red and Blue, she doesn't appear in later games in the series, since her role in the series' overarching timeline is already filled by Red due to her not existing in the original games.

* TheArtifact: Inverted; she doesn't appear alongside the other Kanto protagonists because she didn't exist in the games until the remakes. Because of this, Red's place in the larger timeline is already established.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Possible. Most of the other games with optional genders can get away with either (or neither) being the canon choice, but with Red and Blue/Green, it's not that simple. Since the timeline for the franchise has Red canonically defeat Team Rocket and become the very best (''Sun and Moon'' outright calls him a legend) from as early as ''Gold/[=HeartGold=] and Silver/[=SoulSilver=]'', it's very likely that there's just no place for Leaf in the timeline.
* ContinuityNod: Leaf herself. She was a promotional character made purely to round out the trio, that few remember since the only evidence of her is early official artwork and ''Manga/PokemonAdventures''.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: Her skirt just barely covers her. It's barely longer than [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Dawn]]'s.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Due to the unchanged dialogue, flirty comments meant for Red from female [=NPC=]s are still directed towards her.
* HeroicMime: Never speaks bar some internal dialogue moments and possibly when talking to Copycat.
%%* LittleBlackDress: Her [[ original design]], complete with white gloves and matching shoes.
* MiniDressOfPower: In the remakes, though it's more of a mini-skirt.
* NoNameGiven: Unlike the other protagonists, she doesn't have an official given name. "Leaf" is based off of DummiedOut trainer data found in the code of ''[=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]'' that also refers to Red as "Red" and Blue as "Terry". Had she debuted in Gen I as intended, her name would likely be her ''Adventures'' name like the other two Kanto trainers.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: 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.
* PutOnABus: Though she only appears in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonFireRedAndLeafGreen FireRed and LeafGreen]]'', and making a brief appearance in the [[VideoGame/PokemonBattleRevolution Pokémon Battle Revolution]] beta trailer, Leaf hasn't been seen in any future games, artwork, promotional merchandise, or given really any notice at all since the games she debuted in beyond a [[ depiction]] in one of's [[ guide series]].
* WeaponOfChoice: Seen with the [[ Squirtle]] [[ line]] in early promo art for ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Red and Green.]]''
%%* WhiteGloves: Leaf's original, unused Gen I design that resembles her counterpart in Manga/PokemonAdventures had gloves unlike the one she has in Gen III.

[[folder:Blue Oak (Green Ookido)]]
!!Blue Oak (Green Ōkido (オーキド・グリーン ''ohkido guriin''))
->Voiced by (in Anime/PokemonGenerations): Creator/JunFukuyama (Japanese), Erik Scott Kimerer (English)

->''"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! [[CatchPhrase Smell ya]]!"''

TheRival of the PlayerCharacter 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 [[InsufferableGenius 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.

* TheAce: The most accomplished rival in the series. What makes Blue unique is that he consistently outmatches you and becomes champion before you, giving the final battle a personal tone.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the remakes. In the original he had a sneering, downright punchable face. The remakes changed it into a cocky grin.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter:
** He always shows up ahead of you, even up to beating the Elite Four before you and being the FinalBoss.
** 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.
* AnimeHair: His hair is spiked up in all of his appearances.
* TheArtifact: His name is Blue (as a reference to the Gen I games, ''Red and Blue'') but really should be Green (as it is in Japan, as a reference to the original ''Red and Green,'' which was never released internationally). There may have been an opportunity to fix this and have him be Green worldwide when the Gen I remakes came around, (''[=LeafGreen=]'' was released in all territories, instead of say a [=WaterBlue=]) but his name is still Blue in the Gen II remakes, and in Gen VII. Despite this in more recent appearances the designers have gone out of their way to give him green clothes and [[ColorCodedCharacters overall motif]] while still not changing his name back to Green. This artifact even led to {{Dub Induced Plot Hole}}s in ''Origins'' and ''Pokémon Adventures'', and has necessitated editing some ([[FailedASpotCheck but strangely not all]]) of his green auras and promo backgrounds to blue ones.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: 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. In ''Sun and Moon'', it's made clear that Blue's second only to Red and acts as one of the two [[FinalBoss Final Bosses]] of the Battle Tree.
* BadassBoast: 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. [[NotHyperbole I am the most powerful Trainer in the world!]]"
* {{Bishonen}}: In ''Sun and Moon'', [[ an older Blue]] appears to be edging into this, contrasting with Red, who's developing into a more [[{{Hunk}} thickly-built guy]]. Though quite frankly, he had been showing signs of developing into one of these even back in ''Heart Gold and Soul Silver''.
* BootstrappedTheme: His Champion battle theme plays during the RealLife Pokémon Video Game Championship Finals.
* BreakTheHaughty: 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.
* CatchPhrase:
** "Smell ya later!", easily his most iconic one despite actually only being used about twice in full in Generation I. Continues into [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY 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=]''.
** There's also "Bonjour", which is mentioned again in ''X and Y''.
* CharacterDevelopment: 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 Pidgeot uses Return, a Normal attack that becomes stronger the more the Pokémon likes its user.
* ContinuityNod: In ''Red and Blue'', his sprite as the Champion had him wearing a leather 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=]''.
** His team when first battling him in front of the Battle Tree has the same Pokémon from when he competed in the Pokémon World Tournament which was the last time he was seen chronologically. His own selection in the Battle Tree includes all of his possible mons when originally fought as Champion, his Machamp added in ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'', his Aerodactyl from the aforementioned PWT, and Tyranitar which is a common Pokémon in his rematches.
* CoolShades: His ''Sun and Moon'' Sugimori artwork has him taking off a pair of sunglasses.
* CuttingOffTheBranches: 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.
* DemotedToExtra: In the second generation, he has settled into the role of Viridian City's Gym Leader. He has also made minor appearances in several later games as a BonusBoss.
* DubNameChange: To follow with ''Red and Green'' becoming ''Red and Blue'' in international versions, he goes from Green to Blue. This can cause {{Dub Induced Plot Hole}}s when ColorCodedCharacters is invoked. See TheArtifact above.
* FinalBoss: Of the first generation. He becomes the Champion just before Red and, in [[{{Bookends}} bookending]] major Pokémon battles, is the last trainer faced in the first generation's final boss bonanza after being the first battle of the game.
* GratuitousFrench: "Bonjour!" is one of his catchphrases, at least to some extent, having first appeared before you battle him on the S.S. Anne. Even by the time ''X and Y'' rolls around he is mentioned to still use it.
* HellBentForLeather: In Generation I, except for ''Yellow'', he wears a black leather jacket upon becoming the Champion. He wears it full-time in Generations IV and V.
* HijackedByGanon: The novelty has been lost over the years, but the revelation that Blue is the Champion in ''Red and Blue'' was this. Up until that point, the player was led to believe that all they had to do was defeat the Elite Four to be considered the Champion, and the last time you encountered Blue, it was defeating him before traversing through Victory Road.
* InformedFlaw: The apparent mistreatment of his Pokémon is never actually shown, only told.
* ItsAllAboutMe: 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.
** One may even consider the case of the encounter with him in Silph Co. His placement is DEEP within the building, in the room with the warp panel that leads to the president's office and Giovanni himself. However, it's very clear that his sole reason for being there was to challenge Red, as he promptly leaves to go challenge the Elite Four when you beat him, ''[[SomebodyElsesProblem clearly uninterested in the fact that an infamous criminal organization has invaded and taken over a civilian corporation and taken people hostage]]''. His only mention of it is that he muses how much trouble the Rockets gave Red before reaching him. While his Pokémon Origins self is considerably more dickish than in the game, in this situation he’s a bit better about it, it’s clear that his refusal to engage the Rockets is more out of considering that they’re in over their heads dealing with a notorious criminal organization. It helps that their encounter happens outside the building, the operation itself is clandestine instead of a city-wide invasion, with the two only learning about it from an employee that managed to escape, and Blue at least goes to inform the police with the employee while Red infiltrates the building.
* {{Jerkass}}: He likes to get under the player's skin anytime they cross paths.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Thankfully matures into this by ''Gold and Silver''.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Good luck trying to beat the game without accidentally finding out from somewhere that Blue is the Champion.
* NonElemental: 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 [[PlayingWithFire Fire]], [[MakingASplash Water]], [[BlowYouAway Flying]], [[GreenThumb Grass]], [[PsychicPowers Psychic]], [[WrestlerInAllOfUs Fighting]], [[NonElemental Normal]], and [[DishingOutDirt Ground/Rock]].
* OneHourWorkWeek: Daisy mentions in ''[=HeartGold=]'' and ''[=SoulSilver=]'' that her brother goes out of town so often that it causes problems for the trainers. Technically, Blue's traveling the world to find and study new Pokémon for his grandfather, but that's little consolation to trainers who want a Viridian City Gym badge.
* ParentalAbandonment: Oak apparently raises him and his sister on his own.
* PetTheDog: In the Gen I remakes, he gives you the Fame Checker following the Cerulean City encounter just because he feels sorry for you.
* RecurringBoss: Blue is fought multiple times in Gen I, including as both the first trainer fight in the game and the game's FinalBoss after conquering all four members of the Elite Four.
* RedOniBlueOni: Red Oni to Red's Blue.
* TheRival: 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.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Zigzagged. Although Blue acts more like an aggressive, arrogant [[{{Jerkass}} jackass]] compared to [[NiceGuy Red]], Blue is actually [[RedOniBlueOni more emotional and loses his temper easily while Red is usually calm and almost]] [[TheStoic never shows any emotions]]. This is even emphasized in their new designs in ''Sun and Moon'', where Red has a more [[RatedMForManly well-built, toned appearance]], while Blue looks more like a [[{{Bishonen}} pretty boy]].
* SignatureMove: Trick Room as the Gym Leader in Generation IV. While only his Exeggutor knows it, it helps Exeggutor itself and its equally slow teammates (Machamp and Rhydon as well as Tyranitar in the rematches) to go first instead.
* TheSmartGuy: He's as much a Pokémon researcher as a Gym Leader in later games. It's mentioned several times that Blue travels all over the world finding and studying new Pokémon for his grandfather, and he tends to go off on tangents about Pokémon evolution and technical skills when you speak with him.
* SoreLoser: Even after he loses, he talks as if it's the player who needs to get stronger, not him (he finally begrudgingly accepts his loss after the final battle). [[CharacterDevelopment Not so much later]] [[TookALevelInKindness in the timeline, though.]]
* StealthPun: LostInTranslation; the Kanto Gym Badges are named after colors in the Japanese version, with the Viridian Gym's Earth Badge being called the Green Badge. Blue, named Green in the Japanese version, takes over the Viridian Gym after Giovanni's departure, so Green gives you the Green Badge.
* SuperMode: Blue can potentially have a Mega Pidgeot, Mega Alakazam, Mega Gyarados, Mega Aerodactyl, or Mega Tyranitar when faced in the Battle Tree.
* ThirdOptionAdaptation: His Gym Leader team is based off of his ''Red and Blue'' team... omitting the starter[[note]]Blue will have on his team a Gyarados, an Arcanine, and an Exeggutor, dropping one for his Blastoise, Charizard, or Venusaur respectively; here he has all three of the first[[/note]]. 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''.
* ThisCannotBe: In the Italian version, after you beat him in the first battle of ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'', in his grandfather's laboratory.
-->'''Blue''': Cosa? Non può essere! Era il Pokémon sbagliato![[labelnote:Literal English translation]]What? ThisCannotBe That was the wrong Pokémon![[/labelnote]]
* TimeSkip: He's visibly in his late teens/early 20's in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''.
* TookALevelInBadass: 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 second to Red, but that still makes him the second toughest trainer in the game.
* TookALevelInJerkass: He and Red used to be good friends, until he started being a bully for whatever reason right before ''Red and Blue'' start. Thankfully, this has [[TookALevelInKindness largely faded]] by ''Sun and Moon'', where he's back to being best friends with Red and even kinda friendly with young trainers.
* TookALevelInKindness: 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, and by the time of ''Sun'' and ''Moon'' he doesn't mind losing at all.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: Unlike Giovanni, Blue has a mixture of types for his Viridian Gym battle.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: [[AllThereInTheManual 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 [[VitriolicBestBuds times where he talks to you like an old friend]].
* VitriolicBestBuds: He and Red have apparently (re)developed into this by the time they appear in ''Sun and Moon''; for his part, Blue has clearly mellowed with age.
* WeaponOfChoice:
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. While one Pokémon will always inevitably be more powerful than the others, which Pokémon it is changes in every game. Given a nod in ''Black 2 and White 2'', where he is one of the few trainers in the World Tournament who will lead with whatever Pokémon he feels like leading with, unlike almost everyone else, who always lead with their signature Pokémon.
** He will have whichever starter has the advantage over Red's. In early promo art for [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Red and Green.]] he was [[ always]] [[ seen]] [[ with the Charmander line,]] in contrast to [[ Red's original Bulbasaur.]] However as Red has become more associated with Charizard, Blue has become more likely to have Blastoise (as seen in the main anime, ''Origins'', and ''Generations''.)
** He will usually has a trio of Pokémon that are Grass, Fire, and Water types. In games where he and Red both show up as challengers, Red would have all the Kanto starters, so Blue would have Gyarados, Arcanine, and Exeggutor. In games where Blue is the rival, his starter would replace a Pokémon in that trio as his strongest Pokémon. Of those three aforementioned Pokémon, Exeggutor has the best attendance record in the games, and Arcanine in adaptations. Similarly, he gets Eevee in Yellow to contrast Red's Pikachu.
** In contrast to how meta the rest of his team is, Pidgeot is in his team virtually every time. Often one of the highest leveled of his team to boot. Seems to be an indication of his HiddenDepths, he can't leave behind the first Pokemon he caught.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: 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.

!!Generation II

[[folder:General Tropes]]
* {{Adorkable}}: As [=NPCs=], Ethan/Lyra will often coo over how cute their Marill or other Pokémon are acting, and get pretty emotional easily. It's very endearing.
* BadassAdorable: Adorable children who manage to take down a resurgent Team Rocket, beat the Pokémon League, and even defeat Red.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: They can optionally battle and defeat Red, the highest leveled trainer in his respective game and a legend for his deeds in the previous games.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: In ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'', there's a sequence that requires them to dress up like a Rocket Grunt to get into the Radio Tower.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Actually averted in a rather interesting way. The protagonist's talent as a trainer and love for Pokémon in general is recognized by the elder of the Dragon Clan, and they get 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''.
* HeroicMime: Copycat still somehow manages to mimic their speech, suggesting that they do speak but are not heard by the player.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Implied, as the protagonist. They pass the Kimono Girl's SecretTestOfCharacter, and are praised for their compassion and pure heart.
* KidHero: They're not even teenagers yet when they start their journey, though their exact age is never given.
* LittleMissBadass: Both female protagonists, as usual; they take out Team Rocket, beat the Pokémon League, and even defeat Red at the ripe old age of [[VagueAge 11/12]].
* MacguffinDeliveryService: 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.
* NiceHat: Ethan wears a black and yellow baseball cap, while Lyra wears a large white hat, and Kris has a yellow skull cap.
* NiceGuy: Their characterization as [=NPCs=] has them as nice and supportive. They're still this if they're the player character, as their influence on Silver helps him learn to treat Pokémon as friends, and they pass the Kimono Girl's SecretTestOfCharacter about their kindness.
* OhCrap: While overworld sprites don't show facial expressions, the protagonist clearly has one after Silver sees through their disguise in Goldenrod Tower, judging by the exclamation mark and way they hurriedly try to turn around.
* RivalsTeamUp: The player and the rival are forced into an impromptu double battle against Clair and Lance while training in Dragon's Den.
* SchrodingersPlayerCharacter: Just like in the Generation I remakes, played straight in ''Crystal'', averted in ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'' where the one you don't pick shows up as a recurring [=NPC=].
* SecretTestOfCharacter: The Kimono Girls subject the protagonist to one, arranging for Togepi's egg to be delivered to them to see if they had the 'right bond' necessary to summon Ho-oh or Lugia.
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:If the Celebi event was any indication, they were most likely ''the'' direct factor that caused Giovanni to realize that his dreams at re-establishing Team Rocket were a hopeless endeavor, and immediately abandon his station in Tohjo Falls after the battle ends, leaving the rest of Team Rocket in past-day Goldenrod City during the takeover of the radio tower completely dumbfounded at his supposed inactivity... all of this happening while their present-day counterpart is still curbstomping the rest of Team Rocket at the Goldenrod Radio Tower, no less.]]
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: 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.
* TheUnchosenOne: The protagonist is tested by the Kimono Girls to see if they could bring back Ho-oh or Lugia, but there's no grand destiny or prophecy saying they can. They earn that right just by being themselves.

[[folder:Ethan (Hibiki)]]
!!Ethan (Hibiki (ヒビキ ''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 ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', 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 canon name (Ethan) and a new design.
* AwesomeBackpack:
** Downplayed in the original games, where the backpack he used had pockets that various items could be sorted into, giving him four times the carrying capacity of Red's.
** In ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'', thanks to the mechanics introduced in ''Diamond and Pearl'', it has no limit on the number of items it can carry, unlike in the original games.
* CanonName: [[AllThereInTheManual 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," implying that his name should just be the default Version name-Gold, like Red above. He was named Jimmy (Kenta in Japan) in the anime. In Generation IV, he was ''finally'' given a in-game name: Ethan.
* {{Expy}}: His original design looked very similar to Red's.
* OneSteveLimit: 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.
* WeaponOfChoice: 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, and as such he tends to get heavily associated with it. They also have similar color schemes. In ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'', it's Marill if he fills the NPC role.

!!Kris (クリス ''kurisu'')

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.

* AllThereInTheManual: The back of the box for ''Crystal'' gives her CanonName as Kris.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Was not revamped for ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'', instead being replaced by Lyra.
* DistaffCounterpart: A possible reason why she wasn't in the [[=HG/SS=]] series is that she's essentially just a female version of Ethan.
* ImprobableHairstyle: Her spiky pigtails completely defy the laws of gravity.
* MeaningfulName: Kris in ''Crystal''.
* WeaponOfChoice: Her counterparts in adaptations are often seen with either the Totodile or Chikorita lines.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: To match the color of ''Crystal'', and to stick out in the overworld.

[[folder:Lyra (Kotone)]]
!!Lyra (Kotone (コトネ ''kotone''))

Rather than re-using Kris for the remakes of ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', 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.
* AwesomeBackpack: Same as Ethan, having no limit on items it can carry, although for her it's more of a purse.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: She has brown hair and eyes.
* TheDitz: 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.
* IconicItem: Her NiceHat and overalls.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: 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 WordOfGod 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.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: She wears overalls befitting a rural, outdoorsy girl, but also has a giant hat with a ribbon and a pink Pokégear.
* WeaponOfChoice: Marill if she fills the NPC role. Adaptations often give her the Chikorita line.
%%* ZettaiRyouiki

!!Silver (シルバー ''shirubaa'')
->Voiced by (in Anime/PokemonGenerations): Creator/RyotaOhsaka (Japanese), Creator/LucienDodge (English)

->''"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."''

TheRival 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 [[EnemyMine a hatred towards Team Rocket]], [[BloodKnight 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.

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Same as with Blue, Silver was considerably prettied-up in the remakes. He was made taller and slimmer, and his new expression is slightly less thuggish[=/=]bratty-looking.
* ArtisticAge: His ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'' art makes him look more like a teenager, but he is stated to be Ethan and Lyra's age.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: A loner that prides himself on his power and looks down on weaklings. He can back up his talk too; the Victory Road in ''Gold and Silver'' and its remakes is the only Victory Road in the series devoid of trainers. The reason? [[OneManArmy Silver defeated them all.]]
-->'''Silver''': Man, they were all spineless!
* BadBoss: Towards his Pokémon pre-CharacterDevelopment.
* BackToBackBadasses: With the player when Lance and Clair decided to challenge them to a tag battle in ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]''.
* {{Bishonen}}: His remake design, slightly.
* BloodKnight: He loves to battle, if just to prove his superiority over others.
* CharacterDevelopment: 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 FreudianExcuse is fully revealed and explained.
* ChildrenAreCruel: He's either abusive or borderline-abusive.
* ContinuityCameo: He appeared in the Japanese ''The Legend of Thunder'' special's intro.
* CrashIntoHello: In ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'', as a reference to [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Barry's]] usual way of meeting you. Unfortunately, he isn't anywhere near as kind as Barry is.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: Only in the opening of the remakes, where for some reason he has [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] rather than silver. Art for ''Gold'' and ''Silver'' also has him with red eyes, so the shift to silver eyes may have been last-minute.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Or king. Basically his character arc; by the end of it, he has [[TookALevelInKindness taken multiple levels in kindness]] and openly shows respect to the player, a huge shift from the cruel, harsh loner he was at the beginning of it.
* DisappearedDad: His dad up and left him when he wasn't even nine. [[spoiler:Add to the fact that his father is ''Giovanni...'']]
* DemotedToExtra: His appearance in the anime is a mere cameo in the opening.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Your first clue that he's a darker rival than Blue is the revelation that he stole his Starter Pokémon. Even before then, he shoves you away rudely when you talk to him outside Prof. Elm's lab.
* EvilRedhead: He's evil at first, but then he settles for being a noble rival.
* FinalBoss: Of ''Pokémon Stadium 2''.
* FreudianExcuse:
** 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.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: His dark red and purple design is definitely not meant to make him look cuddly.
* HateSink: Before his CharacterDevelopment, he's actually more the antagonist than Team Rocket! The player is pretty much meant to hate his guts early on.
* IdiotHair: In the remakes. It's no indication of his character, however.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: 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.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Becomes one later on.
* KnightOfCerebus: He is much darker than the majority of the other rivals, having stolen his starter rather than being given one, being Giovanni's son, and treating his Pokémon like tools rather than friends.
* LonersAreFreaks: He does everything on his own, and is an exceptionally crude and ruthless boy. The player is probably the only human friend he has, but just that fact helps him become a much kinder person.
%%* MeaningfulName: 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.
* MissingMom: Unlike the player, who has a dad who is never mentioned, his mother is never mentioned ever.
* MyNameIsQuestionMarks: TropeNamer. In ''Gold and Silver'', he tells you this verbatim after your first fight.
* NoNameGiven: The closest he has been given to a canon name is Silver, which was his default in ''Gold'' and ''Crystal'' to contrast with Ethan's original name Gold. In the remakes, "Silver" is never used- "Soul" is in ''[=HeartGold=]'' and "Heart" in ''[=SoulSilver=]''.
* PetTheDog: Even before his CharacterDevelopment, the fact that he gets a Crobat (a Pokémon that can only be obtained through [[ThePowerOfFriendship maxing a Golbat's happiness]]) later in the game already hints that he's not all bad.
* RecurringBoss: Again, "Silver" is the first trainer the player is forced to fight in Gen II, and is fought multiple times throughout the game, including at the end of Victory Road. The last forced encounter with him is in Mt. Moon.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Has red eyes in the originals, as well as in the opening of the remakes, despite official artwork giving him silver eyes.
* TheRival: Silver ignites a one-sided, bitter rivalry with the player, hoping to prove he is better than them.
* TheSocialDarwinist: He states he only has time for strong Pokémon, the others are worthless to him.
* SequelEscalation: It [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness wasn't until Generation III]] that the developers decided to make TheRival a more friendly endeavor, and they were coming off the JerkAss Blue. Thus was born one of the darkest characters in the series.
* SoreLoser: Despite being defeated by the player a number of times he calls you out for being ''pathetically weak''.
* SpannerInTheWorks: 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 [[{{Jerkass}} calls you pathetic for resorting to disguise before walking off]].
* StockShonenRival: Very much so. He starts out as an ArrogantKungFuGuy before mellowing out by the endgame.
* TookALevelInKindness: 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 [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration even exemplified in-game]] by having his Golbat evolve into a Crobat, which can only evolve with extreme happiness.
* {{Tsundere}}: Some of his post-CharacterDevelopment dialogue implies he's a type A. This is even a FanNickname for him in the Japanese fandom.
* WeaponOfChoice: Most adaptations give him the Totodile line.
** He is also associated with Sneasel, who has the honor of being the only member of this Silver's party (besides the starter) carried over to his ''Adventures'' team. They even share a color scheme.
* WorthyOpponent: In ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'', it's implied that he feels this way about the PlayerCharacter.
* WouldHitAGirl: If you [[CaptainObvious play as a girl]]. He also shoves Clair away when she offers to team with him against Lance and the player.

!!Generation III

[[folder:General Tropes]]
* AffectionateNickname: As the player character, Archie will call them "little scamp" or just "scamp".
* BadassAdorable: 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''.
* DisappearedDad: So far as the player, the only ''aversion'' in the main series--the protagonist's father is Norman, the Petalburg Gym Leader. The rival is the child of Professor Birch.
* DragonRider: In ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'' they can ride the legendary dragon Pokémon Latios or Latias depending on the game version after obtaining the Eon Flute.
* DudeWheresMyRespect:
** 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; [[spoiler: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]].
** [[spoiler: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.]]
* FreeRangeChildren: 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 [[VagueAge 12-ish]].
* GrayEyes: Both of them in ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'', representing their generally calm natures.
* ImpliedLoveInterest: Brendan and May have a smidgeon of ship tease in the originals, and even more in remakes. Scenes have been added that make it seem like the player and the opposite gendered rivals are in love with each other, such as the date at the Mossdeep Space Center after the end of the Delta Episode. However, the only time that the term "boyfriend/girlfriend" is used is when an ad on the PokéNav+ jokes about the player character finding a love interest using the Item Finder.
* NaiveNewcomer: 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.
* NiceHat: As per tradition. Yes, that weird white thing for Brendan is a knit cap. A bandanna for May.
* TheRival: The one you don't choose to play as, though to a lesser extent than the previous rivals as the role is shared with Wally.
* SurpassedTheTeacher: Steven Stone is the playable character mentor, but Brendan or May ends up saving the world. Wally wants to surpass them as well.
* SuperMode: In the remakes they gain the ability to use Mega Evolution.
* TookALevelInBadass: 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.
* TotallyRadical: In ''Emerald'', their [=PokéNav=] nickname is "Rad Neighbor" if they're the Rival.
* UncattyResemblance: In the remakes, their Contest outfits match costumes that Cosplay Pikachu can wear -- Rock Star for Brendan and Pop Star for May.
* VagueAge: 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.
* TheWorfEffect: The rival loses to Zinnia at the beginning of the ''Delta Episode'' and gets their Key Stone stolen by her, establishing Zinnia as a powerful threat.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: May and Brendan are drawn looking similar to teenagers for their designs in ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'', despite being only 12. A Grunt even refers to them as teenagers on one occasion.

[[folder:Brendan (Yuuki)]]
!!Brendan (Yūki (ユウキ ''yuuki''))
->Voiced by: Creator/NobuhikoOkamoto (JP) (promo)

Like ''Pokémon Crystal'', For ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', 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.

He made a few cameos in Pokémon movies where he's an accomplished trainer competing in tournaments. He also is in ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' (as Ruby), and in ''Manga/PocketMonsters'', and ''Pokémon 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.
* AlliterativeName: If he's an NPC, his name is Brendan Birch.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: His ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire'' artwork has him with noticeably darker skin than his ''Ruby/Sapphire'' or ''Emerald'' art.
* BadassBookworm: Brendan's [=PokéNav =] description claims that he battles "with knowledge".
* BreakTheHaughty: In the originals, this happens to him as your rival if you're May.
* TheCameo: In the anime, he only shows up for a couple scenes in a few movies.
* ChickMagnet: In Omega Ruby despite being 12 he gets affection from and has ship tease with May, Lisia, Zinnia, Courtney and Shelly to name some.
* CoolHat: Brendan's traditional [[ knit cap]], though a not-insignificant portion of the fandom likes to portray him as having white hair.[[note]]His ''actual'' hair can be seen poking out the side in front of his ears; he's a (very light) brunette.[[/note]]
* TheDandy: When you play as him during the beauty contests.
* ExposedToTheElements: Inverted. For some obscure reason he always consistently wears a knit cap, and in ''Ruby'' and ''Sapphire'' he's wearing a rather thick jacket in the subtropical region that is Hoenn.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: As a NPC it's mentioned he wants to be a better researcher than his dad.
* MeaningfulName:
** 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 '''''O'''mega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'' pre-release media and the official demo, his name is '''O'''r'''land'''o.
* OneSteveLimit: Very nearly broken in ''Emerald'', as Brendan's name is similar to Pyramid King Brandon.
* ShipTease: 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 [[{{Tsundere}} 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.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: As your rival, Brendan in Lilycove City claims [[IHaveThisFriend he's definitely not there to buy dolls.]] Afterwards, a Swablu Plushie can be seen in his bedroom.
* ToBeAMaster: 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 NiceGuy 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.
* WeaponOfChoice:
** Like Red, Brendan's Signature Mon changes depending on the adaptation or official source he's seen in. Official art for the original games shows him with a Torchic and Combusken (referencing Ruby version.) The anime and manga give him the Mudkip line.
** The animated trailer for the remakes associates him directly with the Treecko line, while May gets both Mudkip and Torchic lines.

[[folder:May (Haruka)]]
!!May (Haruka (ハルカ ''haruka''))
->Voiced by: Creator/KanaHanazawa (JP) (promo)

The other protagonist of the ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' 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.

She was a traveling companion for Ash in the anime. 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. She was a WildChild named Sapphire in ''Manga/PokemonAdventures''.

* {{Adorkable}}: Just like Brendan, May tends to become flustered at times when she's the rival, usually after she's said something embarrassing.
%%* CuteClumsyGirl: NPC-May gives off this vibe.
* FashionableAsymmetry: 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.
* GenkiGirl: NPC-May is quite energetic, more so than NPC-Brendan anyway. She really shows off this attitude in ''OR/AS'', with her adorable fist pumping action.
* GottaCatchEmAll: NPC-May, somewhat; after you fight her in Lilycove City, seems to be more interested in filling her Pokédex than continuing training.
* HairDecorations: 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.
* IdolSinger: 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.
* ImprobableHairstyle: How does her thick sidetails stay afloat?
* MeaningfulName:
** 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. It could also refer to the Mayflower, which blooms in spring.
** In ''Omega Ruby and '''A'''lpha Sapphire'' pre-release media, her name is '''A'''nna.
* PluckyGirl: NPC-May is clumsy and shy but never lets ''any'' losses get her down.
* SailorsPonytail: Keeps her hair short on the back while growing out her bangs on the sides.
* SleevesAreForWimps: In ''Emerald'' and ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'', May's top lacks sleeves.
* SkirtOverSlacks: In her ''Ruby and Sapphire'' outfit.
* TightsUnderShorts: Her design in ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire''.
* WeaponOfChoice: The Torchic line in almost every appearance and adaptation.
** Official art for the third generation has also shown her with a Mudkip (as a reference to Sapphire Version.) In the official trailer for ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'' she has both as the third Hoenn trainer Wally doesn't get a traditional starter (nor does he appear in the trailer).
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: 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.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: Wears a tiny white pair over her bike shorts in her ''Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire'' design, and also in her Contest clothes.

[[folder:Wally (Mitsuru)]]
!!Wally (Mitsuru (ミツル ''mitsuru''))

The other [[TheRival rival]] in ''Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald'', as well as ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire''. 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, becoming one of the strongest trainers in the series in the process.
* {{Adorkable}}: Very shy, polite, and awkward.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: 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.
* ArtisticAge: While his ''Sun'' and ''Moon'' appearance hardly looks different from how he looks in ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'', he's actually at least a decade older, around the same age as Red and Blue. Their respective games [[émon_world take place at the same time,]] and there's nothing that suggest this was altered in the Mega Timeline.
* AscendedExtra: Originally an unexpected rival, in ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'', Wally became one of the strongest trainers in the series, and returns in ''Sun and Moon'', making him the first rival since Blue to make a reappearance outside their source game.
* BadassAdorable: 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.
* BlingOfWar: His Mega Amulet.
* BonusBoss: 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.
* BossRemix: In the ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'', he gets a [[AutobotsRockOut rock remix]] of his leitmotif as his BattleThemeMusic.
* TheBusCameBack: In ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire'', his Altaria disappears from his party. However, in ''Sun'' and ''Moon'', it's back.
* GuestStarPartyMember: You can battle with him as your partner at the Battle Tree in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''.
* GracefulLoser: 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.
* HandicappedBadass: Zig-Zagged. Wally starts out suffering from a breathing condition, but by the end of main storyline he appears to be no longer suffering the symptoms of this and has become a lot stronger. Post-game there is no evidence of Wally suffering from any conditions and is now one of the most powerful trainers in the entire series.
* IllBoy: 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 [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]] has science behind it.
* LuminescentBlush: About half the time in the remakes, due to his shyness.
* ManInWhite: [[spoiler: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.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: When he returns in ''Sun and Moon'' as an opponent in the Battle Tree, he doesn't look like he has aged a day and if you were to compare his two battle models, his ''Sun and Moon'' one will be the smaller and younger looking of the two. Though it could be chalked up to his growth being stunted as a result of a sickly childhood, this is is in spite of the fact that he's now an adult, with at least a decade passing between the two games.
* TheRival: He tries to be this to you, and since May or Brendan stops their journey in the original games, becomes it by the time you get to Victory Road.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Definitely the Sensitive Guy to Brendan's Manly Man if you play as May, even though they don't interact.
* ShrinkingViolet: At least initially.
* SicklyChildGrewUpStrong: Essentially his character arc in the game. He starts off as a sickly boy with breathing issues who is moving to his uncle and aunt's place in Verdanturf Town. However, after he gains a Pokémon, he starts to get stronger to the point where he replaces Brendan/May as your main rival.
* SuperMode: He has a Key Stone in the remakes, and uses Mega Gallade. In ''Sun and Moon'', he may also have Mega Garchomp or Mega Altaria.
* TaremeEyes
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: 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.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: 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 -- his final rematch has his Pokémon only ''just'' below the Pokémon Champion himself in terms of level. ''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.
* UncattyResemblance: His green and white color scheme matches up perfectly with the Ralts line (his starter Pokémon).
* WeaponOfChoice: Ralts line, ending with Gardevoir. ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire'' replaces Gardevoir with Gallade, [[SuperMode Mega Gallade]] to be exact.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: 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.

!!Generation IV

[[folder:General Tropes]]
* AdaptationDyeJob: In the transition to the anime, Dawn got blue hair out of the deal and a slightly pinker scarf; Lucas in his cameo got some blue hair-shading and a light outfit recolor.
* AdaptationalModesty: Downplayed in the anime, where Dawn's and Barry's scarves are notably shorter than they are in the game. Lucas, in his one cameo in ''Giratina and the Sky Warrior'', gets to keep his full-length.
* BackToBackBadasses: While this has technically been around as far back as ''Gold'' and ''Silver''[[note]]A certain NPC pulls a BigDamnHeroes in Team Rocket's base when the player is cornered by two Rockets, meaning you only have to fight one of them.[[/note]], ''Diamond'' and ''Pearl'' make it their bread and butter, giving the player character no less than ''seven'' potential team-ups as you progress through the game.
** After you complete the Veilstone gym, Professor Rowan's assistant will approach you and beg for help reclaiming their stolen Pokedex. The assistant considers the both of you together a DreamTeam.
** The "Stat" trainers, Cheryl, Mira, Riley, Marley, and Buck, who will join you to adventure through various dungeons together (only Cheryl's is mandatory, being on the way to Eterna City). They'll heal your Pokemon in between fights and even join you at the Battle Frontier in the post-game. (Cheryl in particular considers you both the perfect team).
** Barry also gets in on the action occasionally, including on top of Mt. Coronet during the final confrontation with Team Galactic.
* BadassAdorable: Most of the player characters are this, especially given their access to Legendary Pokemon, but special note goes to these two, whose games introduced Legendary Pokemon embodying time, space, and antimatter with ties to the very creation of the universe. Also these games introduced Arceus, the games' creator deity.
* BigBrotherMentor: Or CoolBigSis. As the Assistant NPC, they'll both take it on themselves to walk you through several new mechanics as you make headway on your journey. In one of their few divergences, Dawn will make a point of officially mentoring you, while Lucas just naturally starts to show you the ropes.
* BlueBoyPinkGirl: To match ''Diamond'' and ''Pearl'''s color scheme. Lucas wears diamond-blue pants to Dawn's pearl-pink mini-skirt and boots, they each wear a hat with a pokeball logo in the same respective color, and each of them gets a Poketch ''also'' in their color. It's more obvious in ''Platinum'' when they use their respective colors for their winter jackets.
* BumblingSidekick: [[DownplayedTrope Not quite bumbling]], ''per se'', but in the role of NPC, they serve as Professor's assistant, and neither of them is as capable or successful as the ChosenOne ChildProdigy KidHero player character.
* CoordinatedClothes: Downplayed in that no one actually points it out, but Lucas and Dawn have remarkably similar taste in clothes, with primarily monochrome clothes, secondary BlueBoyPinkGirl colors, and some extra red each, particularly their scarves. (They even wear matching bracelets). Even in ''Platinum'' with their more distinct colors, they're still wearing similar winter jackets and matching scarves.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Each have dark hair and dark grey eyes.
* DisappearedDad: It's not uncommon for the player character to be without a father in the house for some unexplained reason, but this generation gives him some special attention by indicating he used to be a powerful trainer in his own right.
* EscortMission: With Mira, Cheryl and Marley.
* {{Foil}}:
** Downplayed between Dawn and Lucas. The two of them are nearly identical in terms of general personality (being almost entirely defined by StaticRoleExchangeableCharacter), but during the player selection screen for ''Diamond'' and ''Pearl'', Dawn is notably smiling and Lucas isn't. In ''Platinum'', they both have smiles, but in comparing the official artwork, [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl Dawn has a notably more upbeat and energetic pose compared to Lucas]].
** Also between the Player Characters and the Rival Barry, whose design tends to zig where they zag, especially in ColorMotif. Dawn and Lucas have very dark if not simply black hair, Barry is blonde. In Platinum, they dress in primary colors Blue and Red, while Barry uses secondary colors orange and green (bonus points in that Dawn and Lucas both change styles notably between games, while Barry's ''Platinum'' outfit is identical to his original save for the longer sleeves).
* HairColorDissonance: There's confusion about their 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.
* MessyMaleFancyFemale: Downplayed. Lucas and Dawn are both, as per their official art, fairly fashionable, but in ''Platinum'', they express differences of opinion on fancy things, case in point being the small sofa the player buys for the villa. Dawn will mention you both have similar tastes and appreciate how sumptuous your furniture is, while Lucas will admit he can't get comfortable sitting on something so expensive-looking.
* MissingMom: The professor's assistant will belong to a Sandgem family with a father, a grandfather, and a kid sister, but no mom.
* NiceHat: A hunting cap for Lucas, a beanie for Dawn.
* PalsWithJesus: Many of the legendary and secret Pokemon in this game are associated with Sinnoh's creation myths, and Mesprit in particular treats the player character as a chosen one.
* PowerTrio: The protagonist chosen forms one with Barry and the main character not chosen. All three of them get starters at the outset and are explicitly assembled by Prof. Rowan to help defeat Team Galactic around the mid point of the game.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Lucas, Dawn, and Barry each accessorize with scarves, the the first two style red (or in ''Platinum'' white) to Barry's green; Dawn tends to wear hers with two tails while Lucas only has one. Candice really likes it.
* ShipTease: With tons of characters, including Barry, Cynthia, Riley, Cheryl, and between themselves on a couple occasions. Mars even calls Lucas and Dawn a "lovey-dovey couple" at Lake Verity.
* StaticRoleExchangeableCharacter: Whichever one you don't choose will become Professor Rowan's assistant.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: 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. Barry is just a tamer Palmer in appearance.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: In some adaptations, like the anime, it's definitely blue.

[[folder:Lucas (Kouki)]]
!!Lucas (Kōki (コウキ ''kouki''))

The male character for ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''. 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...

* {{Adorkable}}: As an NPC, Lucas has shades of this. For all his brains, he's a very laid-back character.
* BattleCouple: With either Cheryl or Dawn, with whom he has some ship tease.
* TheCameo: In the anime, he only appears briefly in the beginning montages of a couple of the movies.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Barry, having grown up as childhood friends.
* KidSidekick: Again, both Lucas and Dawn serve as the Professor's assistant when not the Player Character, but Lucas is notably more dedicated to the role. In Veilstone, the loss of his Pokedex will cause him to reveal he thinks he's useless without it, and in Canalave he'll talk about filling "the" Pokedex as part of Professor Rowan's research. In Platinum, if he visit's the player's villa, he'll talk about how convenient the villa is for research purposes.
* NiceGuy: As an NPC, he's very affable and polite.
* PrimaryColorChampion: His outfit in ''Platinum'' is predominantly blue, red and white.
* ThemeNaming:
** Lucas's name comes from the Latin "lux," which means "light".
** The "Kou" in his Japanese name is an alternate reading of "Hikari", which means light respectively.
* WeaponOfChoice: 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. Ironically, [[ the only official merchandise he's featured in]] sees him paired with Chimchar as opposed to the other two starters.

[[folder:Dawn (Hikari)]]
!!Dawn (Hikari (ヒカリ ''hikari''))

The female trainer for ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''. 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.

Her most prominent incarnation is [[Characters/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAnimeCast Dawn from the Pokémon anime]], 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. She also corresponds to the wealthy IceQueen Platinum in ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' and the villainous Mitsumi in ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure''.
* BattleCouple: With either Riley, Lucas or Cheryl, with whose she has light ship tease.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: It barely covers her thighs and it's not even weather appropriate due to Sinnoh being colder than the previous regions. Even when ''Platinum'' made Sinnoh's temperatures even lower and gave her a coat, she keeps the short skirt with no fear of freezing her exposed legs.
* ExposedToTheElements: 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.
* HairDecorations: Dawn's clips.
* LittleMissBadass: As the player character, who leads the fight against Team Galactic regardless of character chosen.
* MiniDressOfPower: It's a ''little'' too short for her.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Barry, having grown up as childhood friends.
* ThePollyanna: Has very upbeat dialogue as an NPC despite having to combat Team Galactic on several occasions.
* SiblingRivalry: In ''Platinum'' as an NPC, if she visits your villa, she'll tell you she's jealous -- she has to share her room with her kid sister.
* ThemeNaming: Dawn comes from the time of day the sun rises, and "Hikari" is just Japanese for "light".
* {{Tsundere}}: As an [=NPC=]. Type B: often sweet, but ''very mad'' when she gets angry.
* WeaponOfChoice: Artwork pertaining to the games gives her either the Turtwig or Chimchar lines. In several adaptations she consistently has the Piplup line, and on [[Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure one occasion]] had the Chimchar line.
* ZettaiRyouiki: That skirt and stocking set earn her a Grade B.

[[folder:Barry (Jun)]]
!!Barry (Jun (ジュン ''jun''))

TheRival 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}}: How energetic he is gives him this quality.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: After barging into your room in ''Platinum'' he stops himself in the middle of a sentence to comment on your new laptop. In a later scene, he gets distracted again by one of those cut-outs in which tourists take pictures in.
* BigDamnHeroes: 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?
* CatchPhrase:
** "What was that about?"
** And briefly, "I'm fining you [large amount of money] if you're late!" This is by far his most iconic line, however, to the point where it carries on to all the adaptations.
* CharacterDevelopment: As the story goes on, he becomes more patient and less hasty. He also becomes better at creating strategies and learning from his losses.
* CrashIntoHello: Your rival's normal way of greeting you, accompanied by [[PaintingTheMedium some enlarged text in the dialogue box]]. At one point, Palmer demonstrates that such clumsiness is a family trait. {{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!!"'''''
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: 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. In fact, before ''Heart Gold'' and ''Soul Silver'' gave Red a boost, Barry's ''Platinum'' team ''was'' the strongest.
* DumbBlonde: Downplayed, as he is not that dumb, but he is quite impulsive.
* FightingYourFriend: Basically, what you do with him. It defines your relationship.
* FriendlyRivalry: With the player character.
* GenerationXerox: He looks and acts like his father, right down to the CrashIntoHello.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: He's one of the main heroes and is blonde.
* HeroicBSOD: The events at Lake 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.
* HotBlooded: He's always eager to fight, as his Platinum animation shows.
* HypocriticalHumor:
-->'''Barry:''' If you're not a Pokémon, and you run like that, you're a bad guy.
* {{Keet}}: Especially at the very beginning. He learns to tone down his hyperactivity slightly by the end, though he's still extremely energetic.
* LoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonality: Barry has a hyperactive personality and forcibly drags Dawn or Lucas into starting the journey.
* TheRival: He's this of the Gen IV Trainers.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: He wears a scarf and you will battle him a few times.
* ScheduleFanatic: Times ''everything'' you do!
* SecondaryColorNemesis: Downplayed. While not evil, he's the rival, and his orange and green color scheme clashes with Dawn and Lucas's, who are both {{Primary Color Champion}}s.
* SharedFamilyQuirks: It turns out his father, Palmer, is just as hasty and has a tendency to be late just like him.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: With Palmer.
* TechnicolorEyes: They're ''orange'', which is, incidentally, his signature color.
* ThisLoserIsYou: 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.
* TookALevelInBadass: 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, with a mere couple of levels difference between their teams once you've beaten the Elite Four at least 20 times.
* WeaponOfChoice: Artwork pertaining to the games gives him the Turtwig line and two of his Manga counterparts are given the Chimchar line. In the pokemon anime, he uses the Piplup line.

!!Generation V

[[folder:General Tropes (Black and White)]]
%%* The Ace: To their trio.
* ButNowIMustGo: Offscreen one in between Black and White and the sequels where s/he leaves Unova to find N.
* TheCameo: 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.
* TheChosenOne: N seems to believe so, considering them a "hero of legend" much like himself, and Zekrom/Reshiram confirms it.
* DemotedToExtra: Out of all of the protagonists in the series, these two have had the least spotlight. Their cameos in ''Black 2 and White 2'' were {{dummied out}}, they were the first pair of protagonists to not appear in even so much as a cameo in the show or movies, Leaf notwithstanding, and as mentioned above the character you didn't pick is, unlike in almost every other main-series game, just a regular NPC you can tag up with in the Battle Subway. They do have the honor of being the only protagonist since Red to be mentioned by more than one person in a future game though, and contribute to the plot of it in some form.
* DeclarationOfProtection: With Bianca, as her father asks Hilbert/Hilda to protect her
* DisappearedDad: 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.
* EyeObscuringHat: Their battle sprites appear to purposely invoke Red, for reasons unknown.
* FoeRomanceSubtext: With N, as it's lightly implied that N has feelings for the main character.
* TheGhost: In the sequels. They are referenced here and there, but are nowhere to be found.
* IWillFindYou: [[spoiler:Hilda/Hilbert (depending on who you played in the first game) is said to be out of Unova looking for N during the events of the second games.]]
* TheHero: ''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-relevant Legendary of the specific game version (Reshiram in ''Black'', Zekrom in ''White'') to oppose N's.
* PowerTrio: The player is TheKirk between the calm and focused [[TheSpock Cheren]], and the kind and open-hearted [[TheMcCoy Bianca]]. 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.
* LegendaryInTheSequel: If Memory Link is enabled, the Player Character's name is this in the sequel games.
* MeaningfulName:
** For the players, Hilbert means "magnificent in battle" or "battle bright." Hilda means "Battle Maiden." Tōya and Tōko come from "fight" (which makes their English names fitting), "transparent" or "untainted" which establishes their role as the middle and leader of the group.
** For the rivals, Cheren and Bianca mean roughly black and white respectively.
* NiceGuy:
** Their characterization as an NPC implies this, as they're polite and supportive.
** [[émon_Black_2_and_White_2_beta#Quotes Cut content]] from ''Black 2 and White 2'' had them be even more of this, with their character being a HumbleHero and GracefulLoser.
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* NiceHat: It's a simple, standard cap worn in a straight way, reminiscent of Red's original NiceHat.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: N thinks their the hero of legend and wants to fight them with the legendary Pokémon.
* PutOnABus: In ''Black 2 and White 2'' (instead of a PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo). According to their mother, they left Unova to search for N.
* ShipTease: With N in both their game and the sequel, [[PurelyAestheticGender regardless of gender]]. In the first game, they're instrumental in bringing about N's CharacterDevelopment and he gains a strong fascination towards them due to the fact that they don't fit the mold of a Pokémon trainer as he's been raised to see it (i.e., cruel and abusive individuals who only see Pokémon as tools). Taken further in the sequel, wherein N mentions that "there's a trainer who he wants to tell how he feels" (with the context of the whole situation meaning that he could ''only'' be talking about the previous game's player character) and Hilda/Hilbert has flat out left Unova just to find him.
* SuddenlyVoiced:
** When you enter Dragonspiral Tower, what appears to be 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 seem to 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 HumbleHero and GracefulLoser fashion.
---> "I just lucked into winning... Isn't that how it felt?"
* ThreeAmigos: The player character of either gender along with Cheren and Bianca.
* WeaponOfChoice: In adaptations, Hilbert is often given the Tepig or Oshawott lines. Hilda, on the other hand, has been given the Snivy and Tepig lines in occasions. Their endgame incarnations have been paired with both Reshiram and Zekrom, in various combinations; Hilbert is generally associated more strongly with Zekrom, [[spoiler:thanks to ''Anime/PokemonGenerations'']].

[[folder:Hilbert (Tōya)]]
!!Hilbert (Tōya (トウヤ ''touya''))

The main character of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Pokémon Black and White]]''. Hilbert is a teenager who lives in Nuvema Town, as do his ChildhoodFriends, 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.

* TheAllAmericanBoy: Middle Example. Generally because [[EagleLand Unova is based in North America]]. From what can be assumed about his personality or from his NPC appearance, he's an {{Everyman}} teenager from a small town, naive but charming and always polite. It's also implied he acts like an older brother to his friends, especially for Bianca and some other {{NPC}}s in the game.
* BigBrotherMentor: Seems to be intended to have this kind of relationship with Bianca and occasionally Cheren (despite both of them being the same age).
* ColorMotif: Red, white and blue, baby! In addition, his outfit is highlighted with black.
* DeathGlare: [[ In the Game Freak art set clearfile]], Hilbert gives this to [[HateAtFirstSight Ghetsis]] in his introduction about Pokémon.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: To Cheren, when he's the player character.
* HotBlooded: Not necessarily in the games (in fact, the official website and Coro Coro magazine called him "Smart", Japanese {{Engrish}} for "Sophisticated" or "Cool tempered"), but in five manga adaptations he is definitely HotBlooded.
* MeaningfulName:
** His NPC CanonName Hilbert is a SpearCounterpart to the female trainer's Hilda. The 'Hil' means 'battle.'
** His promotional name Blair sounds like Black, and means field or battlefield.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Bianca, when he's the player character.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: {{Downplayed}} and Zigzagged. Cheren's very insecure about himself and has the more [[{{Bishonen}} feminine figure of the two]], while Hilbert's (implied to be) much more confident and relaxed with his goals of life, though Cheren tends to be portrayed as a [[JerkassBall jerk]] and Hilbert as nice in their dynamic. In [[ Adventures]] he play this trope straight. And also he with N in same way.
* SpearCounterpart: To Hilda. Their default names are {{gender flip}}s of each other in both Japanese and English, and he was designed after Hilda to complement her.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: 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.
* WeaponOfChoice: In the manga adaptations he has been seen with all three of the Unova starters, but Tepig stands out the most, being his starter in three different series.

[[folder:Hilda (Tōko)]]
!!Hilda (Tōko (トウコ ''touko''))

The main character of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Pokémon Black and White]]''. Hilda is a teenager who lives in Nuvema Town, as do her ChildhoodFriends, 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 Hilda 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.


* BrooklynRage: Has shades of this. She lives in Nuvema Town which is an {{Expy}} of parts of Brooklyn, although she's more a badass than violent.
* ColorMotif: Red, white and blue, baby! But also with extra emphasis on white with some black.
* CoolBigSis: Seems to be intended to be seen as this toward Bianca and Cheren, though they're the same age as her.
* DistaffCounterpart: To Hilbert. Their names are even {{GenderFlip}}s of each other.
* ExposedToTheElements: During the winter months and whenever she pays the Cold Storage a visit. Especially noteworthy in the latter case, as the Workers there are all wearing protective clothing and Cheren and Zinzolin won't stop griping about how cold it is.
* HairAntennae: On her ponytail. Shown a bit more in [[ this official art of a Battle Subway scene]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: To Bianca, when she's the player character.
* MeaningfulName:
** Her NPC CanonName Hilda is a DistaffCounterpart to the male trainer's Hilbert. The 'Hil' means 'battle.'
** Her promotional name Whitlea sounds like White, and coincidentally also means white clearing or field.
* MsFanservice: The first female protagonist in the series to be in her teens, she has HartmanHips, and wears light clothing and [[WhoWearsShortShorts Daisy Dukes]].
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Cheren as the player character.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: When she's the main character, her mother has her eye and hair color. They even have the same pose while talking through the Xtransceiver.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The Tomboy to Bianca's Girly Girl, at least if her design is any indication; she wears shorts, a black vest, and hiking boots, while Bianca has more overtly feminine mannerisms and clothes.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: At least, her design seems to suggest so. She wears more outdoorsy clothes like shorts, hiking boots, a black vest and baseball cap, but many of her clothes and accessories have a bit of pink on them.
* TwoGirlsAndAGuy: With Cheren and Bianca. Hilda will serve as a sharp contrast to Bianca, being the more competent and confident of the two.
* WeaponOfChoice: Tepig. In the manga she has one ([[spoiler:though it later ditches her and she gets the Snivy line instead]]), and a [[ figurine]] pairs her with a Tepig.

!!Cheren (チェレン ''cheren'')
One of the two [[TheRival rivals]] in ''Black and White''. Cheren is an intelligent and competitive trainer who is utterly focused on becoming the Pokémon 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 Characters/PokemonGymLeaders Character Page.

[[folder:Bianca (Bel)]]
!!Bianca (Bel (ベル ''beru''))
[[caption-width-right:170:Click [[labelnote:here]][[/labelnote]] to see Bianca in ''Black and White''.]]
->Voiced by: Creator/AyanaTaketatsu (JP), Eileen Stevens (EN) (promo)

One of the two [[TheRival rivals]] in ''Black and White''. Bianca is a ditzy and idealistic young trainer who is more interested in just travelling with her Pokémon than competitive battling. She uses her journey as a ComingOfAgeStory, 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 aide.
* TheDitz: She often can't find her way around many cities.
* DumbBlonde: She is described as a bit of an unreliable airhead, though it's more just clumsy than outright dumb.
* BadassAdorable: 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.
* BonusBoss:
** 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.
* BreakTheCutie: 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.
* ChildhoodFriends: With Cheren and either Hilda or Hilbert.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass:
** 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 Pokémon 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.
* CuteClumsyGirl: So very much. It even shows in her battle sprites, which show her just about to trip and fall as she pulls out her Poké Ball (Black/White) or cheers (Black 2/White 2).
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: The point of her character development. She doesn't know what she wants out of life, but eventually decides to help out Professor Juniper.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: It's gotten longer in ''Black 2 and White 2'', apparently to make her look older.
* ForeheadOfDoom: Not commented on, but her hairstyle greatly emphasizes it.
* FriendToAllLivingThings:
** 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 Pokémon's happiness (she even refers to them as your "little darlings.")
** She decides to become a Pokémon Researcher, which she's making good on in ''Black 2 and White 2'' as Juniper's aide.
* GeniusDitz: She ends up having a pretty good team in the end of ''Black and White'' and is one of your possible opponents in the Pokémon World Tournament
* GenkiGirl: Usually, anyway, unless [[ShrinkingViolet she's]] [[BreakTheCutie troubled.]]
* GirlishPigtails: They aren't really pigtails, but the swept-up parts of her hair seem to evoke this.
* GondorCallsForAid: At the end of ''Black and White'', she calls upon the Gym Leaders to hold off the Sages at N's Castle.
* GottaCatchEmAll: The goal Bianca ends up deciding on in the end of ''Black and White''.
* GuestStarPartyMember: 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.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Bianca has blonde hair and is one of the heroes.
* {{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]]It might be a [[JustifiedTrope justification]] to the CuteClumsyGirl above. She might be near-sighted.[[/note]]
* NiceHat: Now with a [[HairDecs ribbon on the side]].
* OverprotectiveDad: He didn't want her to go on her journey, and actually shows up to try to take her home!
* OvershadowedByAwesome: She's actually a rather competent trainer in her own right as she's capable of holding on her own against Gym Leaders in the PWT. However, Hilbert/Hilda, Cheren and N end up being much more powerful than her by the end of BW.
* PluckyGirl: 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!
* ThePollyanna: She stays optimistic and cheerful no matter how many times she is bested by the player.
* TheRival: 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.
* ShipTease: Her glasses in ''Black 2 and White 2'' look an awful lot like Cheren's, and Cheren himself is no longer wearing glasses...
* ShrinkingViolet: Somewhat. While she's usually perfectly outgoing, she is also shown to be frightened pretty easily. It doesn't help that [[OverprotectiveDad her father]] is constantly worrying over her journey, and his sheltering of her all her life probably caused her insecurities to start with.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: 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.
* StockingFiller: She wears orange garters under her dress in the first game.
* ThemeNaming: 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.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The Girly Girl to Hilda's Tomboy, at least if her design is any indication; Compared to Hilda's shorts, black vest, and hiking boots, Bianca has more overtly feminine mannerisms and clothes.
* WeaponOfChoice: To avoid giving her a canon starter choice, Musharna has become this for her in ''Black 2 and White 2''.
* WideEyedIdealist: 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.

[[folder:General Tropes (Black 2 and White 2)]]
* AnimeHair: Their hairstyles are much more conspicuous than previous main characters, that a Plasma Grunt even derisively compares the rival's to a Qwilfish. Despite it being traditional for protagonists to have a hat, they instead both have visors for their massive hair.
* BadassAdorable: More emphasis on the adorable part, but still as badass as the other protagonists.
* BestFriend: The chosen player shares a close, brotherly friendship with Hugh.
* ImpliedLoveInterest: This is the situation between Rosa/Nate and Curtis/Yancy. It's obvious that Curtis/Yancy has developed a major crush on Rosa/Nate, and if you follow his/her SidequestSidestory to [[GuideDangIt its conclusion]], the two eventually have a FerrisWheelDateMoment together.
* MeaningfulName: Their English and Japanese names both come from the word "resonate".
* NonstandardCharacterDesign: Their pupils are as white as their sclerae.
* RenaissanceMan: More so than any other protagonist. If you do everything in the game, then besides being [[ToBeAMaster a master trainer]], they're also a star actor/actress, manager of the Join Avenue, and champion of the World Tournament.

[[folder:Nate (Kyōhei)]]
!!Nate (Kyōhei (キョウヘイ ''kyouhei''))
->Voiced by: Creator/MiyuIrino (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 his 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.

The most prominent incarnation to Nate is Blake from ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' and in addition, Arata from Pocket Monsters B2 W2 ~ A New Legend ~
* MeaningfulAppearance: In contrast to Hugh's [[RedEyesTakeWarning Red Eyes]], Nate's brown eyes imply he is the more agreeable, level headed of the duo.
* TheSmartGuy: His approach to double battles as an NPC in the Battle Subway.
* SpearCounterpart: To Rosa.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Shares facial features in common with his mother.
* WeaponOfChoice: Emboar from the animated trailer, being the starter he chose. In both the mangas he chose the Oshawott line, however.

[[folder:Rosa (Mei)]]
!!Rosa (Mei (メイ ''mei''))
->Voiced by: Creator/AkiToyosaki (JP), Creator/LisaOrtiz (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.

* DistaffCounterpart: To Nate.
* DreadfulMusician: In Omakes, [[ even Meloetta can't stand her singing voice]].
* GenkiGirl: As an NPC in the Battle Subway.
* GirlyGirl: Her design is more traditionally feminine compared to her predecessor Hilda.
* HairDecorations: Has yellow bands in her hair.
* HotBlooded: If the promo trailer is any indication. Her sprite implies it too.
* OdangoHair: Combined with GirlishPigtails, rather like [[Franchise/SailorMoon a certain famous]] MagicalGirlWarrior.
* PimpedOutDress: The princess costume she wears in the Pokéstar Studios movie "Mystery Doors of the Magical Land".
* RapunzelHair: The twintails hanging under her hair buns goes down almost to her waist. Imagine how long it would be if she undid the buns...
* TightsUnderShorts: She wears [[ culottes]] over her tights.
* WeaponOfChoice: 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. She also gets the Snivy line in a Kotobukiya figure.

[[folder:Hugh (Hyu)]]
!!Hugh (Hyu (ヒュウ ''hyuu''))
->Voiced by: Creator/JunkoMinagawa (JP), Creator/SeanSchemmel (EN) (promo)

TheRival in ''Black and White 2''. Hugh is a HotBlooded young man with [[ItsPersonal 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 [[BerserkButton goes berserk]] when confronted by a member of Team Plasma.
* AntiHeroSubstitute: To Cheren and Bianca, though they're still around.
* ArtificialBrilliance: 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 Pokémon if it has Water Absorb.
* BackToBackBadasses: Notable in that unlike all previous rivals, you spend much more time fighting alongside Hugh than against him.
* BerserkButton: He pretty much flips out the instant he sees a member of Team Plasma, both new and old. 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. Part of his CharacterDevelopment is about outgrowing this.
* BigBrotherInstinct: 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.
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: One of his main flaws is his refusal to acknowledge the original Team Plasma's HeelFaceTurn. He finally starts to overcome this outlook near the end of the game.
* CatchPhrase: "I'm about to unleash my rage!" / "You're about to feel my rage!"
* CharacterDevelopment: Hugh starts off as an IdealHero, kind and supportive of the PlayerCharacter. 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.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Only if you're playing on Challenge Mode, but there his Pokémon'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.
* FaceOfAThug: Despite having a design that brings {{jerkass}} rivals such as Blue and Silver to mind, he is generally calm and friendly. His bad side is only shown towards Team Plasma and those he believed was in his way.
* {{Forgiveness}}: His personal struggle is learning to let go of his hatred for the former Plasma members and move on.
%%* FreudianExcuse: Rare heroic example. Surely there's a reason he hates Team Plasma, right? Right?
* FriendlyRivalry: 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.
* GuestStarPartyMember: He travels around with your for short periods at several points (such as Castelia Sewers), even participating in Tag Battles with you.
* HairTriggerTemper: It doesn't take that much to get him angry. Simply the entire existence of Team Plasma will send him into a rage.
* HeroicBSOD: After finding out that his sister's Purrloin has evolved into a Liepard and will now only obey the Shadow Triad.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Nate when he's the player character.
* HotBlooded: He is very passionate, especially when it comes to beating the hell out of Team Plasma.
* ItsPersonal: Chases Team Plasma because they kidnapped his little sister's Purrloin.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: He is willing to go to violent lengths in order to get the justice his sister deserves.
* LargeHam: Hugh will make the extra effort to let everyone know when he is about to unleash his rage.
* MeaningfulName: 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'.
* NiceGuy: 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.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Rosa when she's the player character.
* RealMenWearPink: Oddly enough, his Xtransceiver is pink, which contrasts with the red and yellow ones Rosa and Nate possess, respectively.
* SchrodingersGun: 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.
* TwoWordsAddedEmphasis: Call him before you reach Reversal Mountain to know where he is.
-->'''Hugh:''' One word: Reversal Mountain. [[TwoWordsICantCount Oh wait, that's two words...]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: It's dark blue.
* WeaponOfChoice: Samurott in the animated trailer.
* WhatTheHellHero: 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 [[TheAtoner trying to redeem themselves for their past misdeeds.]]

!!Generation VI

[[folder:General Tropes]]
* ActionFashionista: 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.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: The player will be superior to their rival counterpart when it comes to battling, and will always have a more completed Pokedex than Trevor.
* BackToBackBadasses: The player will just as frequently team up with their rival as they will battle against them.
* BigThinShortTrio: Tierno is the Big, Shauna is the Thin and Trevor is the Short.
* BreakTheHaughty: 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.
* CantCatchUp: 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.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: 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 themselves.
* ColorMotif: 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.
%%* CoolShades: Wears a pair over his/her hat.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: A possibility for those who choose the darkest skin color and have their hair dyed at the hair salon.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Also an option if one who picks the darkest skintone and gets their hair dyed.
* DeadpanSnarker: As a Rival.
* DeclarationOfProtection: The rival will feel it is their duty to look after and protect their friends from people like Team Flare.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Zig-Zagged. [[spoiler:At the end, after defeating Diantha, the PlayerCharacter, TheRival, 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 AlphaBitch 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.
* AFatherToHisMen: The player's ability to utilize the Mega Ring implies that they share a special bond of trust and friendship with their Pokémon.
* FeaturelessProtagonist: ''Much'' more so 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.
* FiveManBand: With a 2:3 female to male ratio with the opposite gendered player characters and the 3 friendly rivals as a departure from the usual PowerTrio of the only having one rival. The Player and the opposite gendered Rival trade off on TheLeader and TheLancer roles. Shauna is TheChick as the most supportive, and girly member. Tierno is TheBigGuy for both his large size, and his focus on dancing moves that all either boost offensive ability, or are strong attacking moves. Trevor is TheSmartGuy who is more focused on finishing the Pokedex and learning about new types of Pokémon. They even fit the [[ColorCodedCharacters stereotypes color-wise]] with the leader and lancer as red and blue, big as yellow, smart as green, and chick as pink.
* FreudianTrio: The Player is [[TheKirk Ego]], The Rival is [[TheSpock Super Ego]] and Shauna is [[TheMcCoy Id]].
* GogglesDoNothing: As the player, they have sunglasses on their hat as part of the default outfit, but they're never actually used for anything.
* GoodCounterpart: To Lysandre, the Team Flare Boss. Both of them start out as Sycamore's disciples, run errands for the man, and at some point become able to use Mega Evolution. The difference in how they acquire Mega Evolution exemplify this best; while Lysandre uses a contraption to force his Pokémon to Mega Evolve, the protagonist is able to use it through the Mega Ring, and their bond with their Pokémon to bring out true strength.
* TheHero: As the player character.
* HumbleHero: 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.
* IconicItem: The player eventually assumes possession of the Mega Ring. The rival later gains possession of one post-game.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: 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 the group were exposed to Team Flare's machine, meaning that they might have become immortal.
* InformedAttractiveness: 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.
* InSeriesNickname: Near the beginning of the game, the player can create a nickname for the rest of the group to refer to them by.
* TheLeader:
** Whoever the rival is will initially serve this role; Levelheaded type, while the player starts off as their {{Lancer}}.
** The PlayerCharacter turns into a Charismatic type over the course of the game, with everyone, even the rival who has now been demoted to TheLancer, looking up to them.
* LegacyCharacter: Looker presents the player with the codename "Looker" after he leaves Kalos.
* LonerTurnedFriend: 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.
* MagicalAccessory: Their bracelets are Mega Rings, used to activate Mega Evolution.
* MeaningfulName:
** 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 [[FantasyCounterPartCulture French names]] that start with X and Y. Their respective meanings have no other correlation.
* NaiveNewcomer: As usual, the player character starts off completely new to Pokémon 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.
* NiceHat: Interestingly, only the player keeps the hat.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: 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..."''
* ProtagonistPowerupPrivileges: As the PlayerCharacter, 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.
* QuicklyDemotedLeader: 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.
%%* RedOniBlueOni: The rival will be the Blue Oni to the player's Red Oni. The player, however, will be the Blue Oni to Shauna's Red.
* TheRival: Unlike the other games, the character you don't choose is in fact your main rival and they mainly focus on getting stronger than you. The other three are secondary rivals, but they don't come near as close to the main rival's level.
* RollerBladeGood: The player gets a pair early on, and can learn an assortment of awesome tricks like backflips and swirls.
* RookieRedRanger: Despite being the group's newest member, the player character quickly becomes its most capable battler.
* SilentProtagonist: 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.
* ShipTease: With each other, and the player character with Shauna.
* SuperMode: The first protagonists to be able to use Mega Evolution.[[note]]Although Red can Mega Evolve his Starters in ''Sun and Moon'', he is not a playable character at that point.[[/note]] The rival character gets a Mega Evolution in form of Mega Absol in the post-came.
* TeamDad: The rival, who leads by example, and likes to protect rather than support.
* TeamMom: The player. The few dialogue options available to the player will always have one gentle, supportive option.
* TwoGirlsAndAGuy: Calem, Serena and Shauna. Each of them receives one of the three starter Pokémon.
* TheUnchosenOne: The rival really wants to be TheChosenOne, but unfortunately for them, it would seem the player already holds the position.
* VagueAge: Even more true than other protagonists, and in some ways for Serena even ''more'' true than Calem, thanks to the VirtualPaperDoll feature. Some outfit-and-hair combinations can make Serena look like a [[Characters/PokemonAnimeOriginalSeries 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. 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.
* VirtualPaperDoll: In addition to choosing their skin color, the player can dress their selected character in a variety of different outfits.
* WeaponOfChoice: The protagonist actually gets three: the Kalos Starter, a Kanto Starter, and Mega Lucario. The rival has the starter and Mega Absol.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** 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.

[[folder:Calem (Calme)]]
!!Calem (Calme (カルム ''karumu''))

The male main character (and rival if you choose Serena) of ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''. 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 one of the [[WholeCostumeReference inspirations for Ash's new outfit]] in the ''Pokémon X and Y'' anime (the other inspiration is Red's ''[=FireRed & LeafGreen=]'' costume). In the ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' manga is simply called "X".
* AnimeHair: {{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).
* {{Bishonen}}: Compared to other male protagonists of previous generations, he really is very good-looking, which can help contribute to the "older" side of his VagueAge.
* BlueIsHeroic: His default outfit heavily features blue.
* ChickMagnet: As is the case with many recent protagonists, the PC gets ShipTease with a good number of females. [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer Unusually, however, this isn't just the case with Calem]]. (Albeit it not being as blatant when directed towards her.)
* ColorCodedCharacters: His primary color and speech balloon (when he's the rival) are blue.
* ColorMotif: He wears blue, white and red, the same colors as the French flag.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Not overly long, but still there.
* TheDandy: Can be played this way with the Trainer customization feature.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: He is not as tall as some {{NPC}}s, but he is tallest of the main group, appearing taller than Tierno.
* PrimaryColorChampion: Calem's default outfit is predominantly blue and red.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: 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.
* WeaponOfChoice: Art from the games shows him with the Froakie line and Charmander line, and his clothes are thematically similar to Xerneas. Ash wearing his clothes in the anime also had Froakie. However in both ''Generations'' and ''Adventures'' his equivalent keeps Charmander, but has Chespin instead of Froakie.

!!Serena (セレナ ''serena'')

The female main character (and rival if you choose Calem) of ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''. 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.

[[YoungerAndHipper A younger version]] of Serena served as one of the protagonists in the ''Pokémon XY'' [[Characters/PokemonXY anime]] (and, as the run concluded, went on to become one of the most notable and discussed characters in the history of the franchise largely because of her much more prominent romance with Ash, including its climax). In ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' she is simply called "Y".
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: It's implied that Shauna has a crush on the main character
* BareYourMidriff: All the Parka and Halter top options give her this.
%%* GrayEyes: By default. In Calem's case related to his MeaningfulName below.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: A few of her clothing options can give her this look, such as the shirt-and-tie combos at the Lumiose boutique.
* ChickMagnet: As is the case with many recent protagonists, the PC gets ShipTease with a good number of females. [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer Unusually, however, this isn't just the case with Calem]]. (Albeit it not being as blatant when directed towards her.)
* CensorShadow: Allows Serena to effectively combine [[DangerouslyShortSkirt short skirts]] and roller-blading without any threat of exposure.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Her primary color and speech balloons (when she's the rival) are red.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: Her default outfit, as well as every single dress or skirt option.
* FamilyThemeNaming: In the English versions, combining her name and her mother's will result in two words one letter away from an existing Pokémon Ability-Serene Grace.
* TheFashionista: 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 [[MenswearGhetto rather than Calem]].
* GirlishPigtails: Becomes an option at the barbershop after the player becomes sufficiently stylish.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: As Rival with Shauna.
* LittleBlackDress: One of her outfits you can get when she's the protagonist. It's even called the Little Black Dress.
* MiniDressOfPower: Her default outfit is a very short skirt as well all other skirt and dress outfits, and she can be the most powerful trainer in the region.
* MsFanservice: Some of her clothing options are {{Stripperiffic}} and the other characters in the game wear more clothing than her including Malva.
* ProperTightsWithASkirt: Can be pulled off with the tights or leggings while customizing. Her stockings also act similar.
* StockingFiller: 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.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Considered this with the more revealing outfits and short skirt.
* TightsUnderShorts: Can be pulled off with tights or leggings while [[VirtualPaperDoll customizing]].
* TomboyishPonytail: As the rival. As the player character, you can also style her hair as such at the barbershop if the player is sufficiently stylish.
* WeaponOfChoice: The Fennekin line in most artwork and adaptations, with the exception of Adventures where it's the Froakie line. Squirtle is also her Kanto starter of choice, and her clothes are thematically similar to Yveltal.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: Every one of her shorts options.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Her default clothes are Grade A along with any combination of OTK Socks and a Skirt/Dress or Shorts.

!!Tierno (ティエルノ ''tieruno'')
An excitable boy from Vaniville Town whom you befriend at the beginning of ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''. Obsessed with dancing, his goal is to create a troupe of performing Pokémon 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 Pokémon.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: 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.
* BigFun: He has a plump body and a huge heart.
* TheBigGuy: The largest of the friends and his signature Pokémon is the offense-oriented Corphish. Though battling isn't Tierno's main priority, dancing is a very physical activity. Also most dancing moves deal with boosting offense (Swords Dance, Dragon Dance, Rain Dance) or dealing heavy damage (Petal Dance).
* ButThouMust: Give yourself a nickname. Of course, you ''could'' just [[LoopholeAbuse make your nickname the same as your in-game name]].
* ColorCodedCharacters: Yellow.
* CoordinatedClothes: 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]]Available at Cyllage City on weekends[[/note]]
* DanceBattler: He aims to create a team of Pokémon dancers. Case in point, the first time you battle him, his "starter" is a Corphish and it knows [[StatusBuff Swords Dance]].
* DarkIsNotEvil: His "starter" is a Corphish that becomes a Water/Dark Crawdaunt, but he is a pretty affable guy.
* FlatCharacter: 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.
* GentleGiant: Rather big, but friendly.
* MeaningfulName: His name is Spanish for soft or tender (as in food), but when used to refer to a person it means inexperienced.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Helping Dexio and Sina rescue the Pokémon on Route 10.
* RealMenWearPink: He is TheBigGuy of the group, but his greatest passion is dancing and his goal is to make a team of [[DanceBattler Dance Battlers]].
* RecurringBoss: Faced a couple times during the game, the last time as part of a BossRush involving all the rivals except Calem/Serena.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Red Oni to Trevor's Blue Oni.
* SphereEyes: Noticeably, making his character design a little nonstandard.
* ThoseTwoGuys: He and Trevor are seen together often.
* StraightManAndWiseGuy: He's Wise Guy with Trevor's Straight Man.
* WeaponOfChoice: Corphish/Crawdaunt. In the Battle Maison he specializes in Pokémon 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.

[[folder:Trevor (Trova)]]
!!Trevor (Trova (トロバ ''toroba''))
A curious boy from Vaniville Town whom you befriend at the beginning of ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''. 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.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Blue Oni to Tierno's Red Oni.
* CatchPhrase: "To put another way..."
* CharacterDevelopment: 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.
* ColorCodedCharacters: He's TheSmartGuy, and has a green color scheme.
* DeadpanSnarker: Much of his dialogue towards Tierno comes off as sarcasm.
* GottaCatchEmAll: His goal is to be the first out of his friends to complete the Pokédex.
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: 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 Pokémon as them". Considering this is his reaction to any mon owned, he may have Pokémon like Garchomp and others stored up but never uses them. And that ''includes'' [[GoneHorriblyRight Mewtwo]], of all [[OlympusMons mons]]!
* MeaningfulName: More of a PunnyName 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.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Helping Dexio and Sina rescue the Pokémon on Route 10.
* ParentalAbandonment: 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.
* RecurringBoss: Faced a couple times during the game, the last time as part of a BossRush involving all the rivals except Calem/Serena.
* RefusalOfTheCall: While he's fine with filling the Pokédex, his knee-jerk reaction to having Team Flare's activities explained to him is to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere decide that it's best to stay away from them.]] It doesn't stick.
* TheSmartGuy: Seemingly fills this role as your friend.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: A full head shorter than any of his friends (and that's including his hair).
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Tierno, as they are almost always together.
%%** BigGuyLittleGuy
%%** FatAndSkinny
* StraightManAndWiseGuy: He's the Straight Man with Tierno's Wise Guy.
* WeaponOfChoice: The Flabébé line, ending with Florges. In the Battle Maison it's fossil Pokémon, specifically Aurorus and Tyrantum.

[[folder:Shauna (Sana)]]
!!Shauna (Sana (サナ ''sana''))
A spunky girl from Vaniville Town whom you befriend at the beginning of ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''.
* AmbiguouslyBi: She has ShipTease with the protagonist whether it's Calem or Serena, though it's a ''tiny'' bit more obvious with Calem.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: 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.
* BabiesEverAfter: 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.
* BatmanGambit: 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.
* ChekhovsSkill: 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.
* TheChick: Of the team of friends in Kalos, as the most cheerful and emotional member of the team.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Pink.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: 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.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: One could easily mistake Shauna as someone similar to Bianca given she is less interested in Pokémon 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 [[InfinityMinusOneSword Goodra]].
* TheDitz: She's genuinely surprised about how Poké Balls worked during the Rival's catching tutorial, despite seeing them in action not 5 minutes before, and living in a universe where this should be common knowledge.
--> '''Shauna''': The Pokémon went INSIDE the Poké Ball?
--> '''Rival Character''': Shauna... What do you think your Chespin/Fennekin/Froakie is inside of right now?
* ForHappiness: Shauna's reason for journeying is simply to have fun and make some memories with her friends and Pokémon.
* GenkiGirl: Her Omura art has her with an enormous grin and WordOfGod describes her "an incredibly energetic girl" who's "friendly and outgoing."
* GirlishPigtails: She has four of them.
* TheHeart: Values friendship and teamwork. She's also one of the driving forces for pushing the rival towards enjoying things aside from just getting stronger. Her starter Pokémon will also ''always'' be female. This is a first compared to the rivals having male ones.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Serena if they are the player's rival.
* HiddenDepths:
** 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 BatmanGambit indicates, she's also good at understanding people, and can be unexpectedly cunning in a crisis.
* TheLoad: 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.
* MeaningfulName: Her Japanese name is Arabic for "sunshine" or "brilliance."
* PinkMeansFeminine: Her top, bag and sandals are pink, and she's a rather feminine girl as well as TheHeart.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Calem if he's the player's rival.
* RecurringBoss: 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 BossRush involving all the rivals except Calem/Serena.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Red Oni to the rival's Blue Oni, who is more reserved and mature.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: With Calem, she is the more irresponsible one. Even more so if Calem is the rival.
* SayItWithHearts: She says things with a musical note at the end often.
* ShipperOnDeck: 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.
* ShipTease: 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."
* UncattyResemblance: Shauna's design seems to be inspired by Mincinno and Pachirisu, though she doesn't necessarily own either one.
* VerbalTic: Accentuates her lines with musical notes, like so ♪
* WeaponOfChoice: The starter that has a type disadvantage to the player's starter, while in the Battle Maison she also has a Sylveon.
* WeNeedADistraction: Both at the Poké Ball Factory and Flare's Geosenge Headquarters, she uses herself to distract members of Team Flare to run after her.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: 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.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: She does!

!!Generation VII

[[folder:General Tropes]]
* ActionFashionista: Much like Calem and Serena in the previous generation, they kick lots of butt while wearing various different outfits.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Kukui goes around the islands scouting the best trainers to make up the Alolan League. When you arrive [[spoiler:and beat the Elite Four, Kukui essentially reveals that you were being recruited to be the fifth trainer and Champion all along. The final battle sees the player as Champ defending their title from the last trainer as a challenger.]]
* BigEater: While Hapu will chastise them for not finishing the Zumungous Noodle Bowl at Seafolk Village, they can still visit three different restaurants in rapid succession and eat as much as they can buy at those restaurants. At the Battle Buffet, you can take up to ''50 servings'' of food, and assuming you've picked the least popular dishes, the protagonists can eat 24 servings and still be hungry and totally unsatisfied.
* TheBigGuy: Or Gal, if you're playing Selene, in the main story. The PlayerCharacter has no goals beyond the Island Challenge, and due to their blank expression, it's hard to tell how they really work in group dynamics. The rest of the cast repeatedly notes how the player is a natural when it comes to battling, and they are the powerhouse that crushes the opposition in every team they join. Whether it be fighting with the captains against Team Skull, following Gladion into the Aether Foundation, helping Lillie save Nebby, or catching the Ultra Beasts for the international police, someone else is always driving the plot. You are TheHero, but only significant due to being the most powerful trainer of the group who was directly chosen by Tapu Koko.
* ButThouMust: Certain dialogue options can make the protagonist come off as hesitant or outright resistant about becoming a Pokémon trainer, but the plot still requires them to take the island challenge, regardless.
* TheChosenOne: It's implied that Tapu Koko gave them the base for their Z-Ring because they saw something extraordinary in them (with said treatment usually being confined to island Kahunas). Considering they bravely risk life and limb to save Nebby the Cosmog, it's understandable.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: They have a hobby of sleeping in other people's beds, and commenting on how the beds feel and smell. This has no effect on their Pokémon's health. There's also the fact that they can suddenly burst into a pirouette if you make them walk in a circle.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The male protagonist wears blue Popplio themed shoes and shirt with Litten pants in the middle, and the female protagonist red Litten themed shoes, hat and bag with Rowlet themed shorts and shirt in the middle in their default appearances. And in ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'', the male protagonist wears a Popplio inspired shirt and shorts with Litten themed shoes, bag and hat while the female protagonist wears a Rowlet inspired hat, shorts, and shoes and a Litten inspired shirt and bag.
* CoolShades: They can wear sunglasses in several colors, though only Sun gets aviator shades in particular.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Black hair and eyes in their default appearance, albeit with a slight bluish tint.
* DanceBattler: Part of using Z-Moves involves doing a MagicDance.
* DeadpanSnarker: The dialogue options let you get pretty snarky.
* DissonantSerenity: They are almost always seen with a slight smile, regardless of the situation.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Spinning the control pad in a circle for long enough will make them do a pirouette.
* FantasyHelmetEnforcement: Their ride gear includes a helmet.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: In ''Ultra Sun'' and ''Ultra Moon'', as they can play with several Pokémon who has trainers. taking an interest in the the player character as they walk by them even when these Pokémon had just met them for the first time. [[spoiler:In the Rainbow Rocket Episode, the Rotom Dex tells Cyrus that it's because they are this to Pokémon that they are able to win against him]].
* HeroicMime: {{Averted}}, as you are given plenty of dialogue options.
* {{Jerkass}}: In a first for the series, you're given plenty of chances to play your character as a rude, detached asshat. You can express indifference to Alolan culture, insult Hau and Lillie, and tell Sophocles that you don't like his Festival Plaza.
* KindheartedCatLover: They do keep a Meowth as a housecat after all.
* LimitBreak: The first playable protagonists to use Z-Moves, which are powerful attacks that activate through a bond between Pokémon and trainers and the use of a Z-Crystal, but can only be used once per battle.
* MagicalAccessory: Their bracelets are Z-Rings, which allow their Pokémon to use [[LimitBreak Z-Moves]] and Mega Evolve.
* MagicDance: Are the first protagonists to use Z-Moves, which require a dance to activate.
* MagicalFlutist: They play the Sun/Moon Flute to call Solgaleo or Lunala depending on the version.
* MeaningfulName: Their version names are Sun and Moon for the guy and girl respectively. Their promotional theme names are Elio and Selene -- H''elio''s and ''Selene'' were the Greek gods for the sun and moon. Meanwhile, their names as of ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'' are Ray and Ailey, which mean "beam of light" and "light" in Irish. Alternatively, based on their Japanese equivalents, Ray could refer to the musical note (Kouta roughly translates to "Song") while Ailey sounds phonetically similar to bay leaf (Koumi may translate to "Spice").
* MightyWhitey: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]]. It seems this way; a foreigner is welcomed into a different culture, learns their ways, is chosen by one of their ancient guardians, eventually becoming the strongest trainer and very first official Pokémon Champion of the Alola League. However, since they came from Kanto – which is based on Japan – their default light-skinned appearance [[{{Mukokuseki}} isn't supposed to be white but rather Asian]].
* NewTransferStudent: Like in the Japanese trailer, the hero is a new kid who just moved to Alola and is quickly befriended by the rival.
* NoNameGiven:
** Similar to Leaf in ''[=FireRed=]'' and ''[=LeafGreen=]'', both player characters in ''Sun'' and ''Moon'' are not given official names in the final game. A promotional trailer featuring Battle Royale shows two male playable characters named "Sun" and "Elio" and two female characters named "Moon" and "Selene", and the demo puts the player in the shoes of a male playable character named "Sun", but in the actual, final game, [[SchrodingersPlayerCharacter the opposite playable gender never appears as an NPC]] and no selection of names are given when the player is asked to name their character.
** Japanese fandom adopted Mizuki as the female trainer's name. Although not as unanimous, they're tending towards calling the male protagonist Yō. Eventually, Mizuki was confirmed to be the female trainer's Japanese canon name via figurine, as was Selene when it came out in English. Though given that Mizuki is the Japanese equivalent for one of the female trainer's promotional names, it may be a placeholder.
** In promotional material for ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'', the protagonists are named Ray and Ailey. Despite these being the first set of names with no direct connection to the games' titles, it remains to be seen whether these are the true canon names.
* OneHeadTaller: Lillie is actually slightly taller than they are, which is more dramatic a difference when playing as Selene.
* OneManArmy:
** Or to be more exact, a One-Trainer Army. Near the end of the game, they've become strong enough to take on five Team Skull grunts at once and win.
** [[UpToEleven Even moreso]] in ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'', as they can defeat ''eight'' {{Big Bad}}s (six of them with [[OlympusMons Legendary Pokemon]] in their teams, mind you) and ''three'' [[FinalBoss Pokemon League Champions]] all by themselves, which is much more than any other player character could do, with only ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' having protagonists that can dare to get close to such accomplishments.
* ParentalTitleCharacterization: A throwaway line has them refer to their father as "father". In previous games the father was always described as "Dad" by the protagonist. It's never specified what this could mean, however their dad is [[DisappearedDad apparently absent]].
* PerpetualSmiler: They almost never have their smiles leave their faces, even while faced with villains.
* SaveThePrincess: They rescues Lillie, whose placement in the plot makes her a "princess"-type character on several occasions.
* SchrodingersPlayerCharacter: The player character you don't choose never appears as an NPC, which hasn't happened in a main series game since ''[=FireRed=] & [=LeafGreen=]''.
* TheStoic: They hardly ever change expression, not even when ''an Ultra Wormhole opens''. Downplayed that they do have reactions of shock in cutscenes, but otherwise, their reactions remains unchanged.
* ShipTease: They're teased a lot with Lillie throughout the story. Yes, even when playing as Selene. In ''Ultra Sun'' and ''Ultra Moon'', they also got some tease with Hau.
* SuddenlyVoiced: While they normally don't talk outside of dialogue options, when an Ultra Wormhole briefly appears in the sky above Heahea City, you get a sentence from their internal monologue where they wonder why they're seeing a crack in the sky.
* SuperMode: In the post-game, they gain the ability to use Mega Evolution through Dexio or Sina gifting them a Key Stone after beating them, depending on the version.
* SupportingProtagonist: The story is really more about Lillie and Nebby than the hero, and the post game is more about Looker and Anabel.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Surprisingly averted. [[spoiler:They become Alola's first champion and it sticks in the post-game. Whenever they go through the Elite Four, the person they fight after is out to claim their title]].
* StrongFamilyResemblance: You can choose the third option for the trainer customization at first and have either of the protagonist you choose look exactly like their mother in skin color, eyes and hair.
* ThemeNaming: The Protagonists in promotional materials. For ''Sun'' and ''Moon'', they were known as Elio and Selene, which are derived from the Greek gods of the sun and moon. For the ''Ultra'' games, they were named Ray and Ailey, which are both related to light (''Kouta'' and ''Koumi'' in Japan).
* VagueAge: Actually averted, despite them having access to the same basic toolbox that gave Calem and Serena such a wide variety of apparent ages. Wicke asks the player at one point if they are "around eleven", to which the player can choose to respond either "Yes" or "How'd you know?", but saying no isn't an option.
* VirtualPaperDoll: Much like the Gen VI protagonists, the Gen VII protagonists are customizable. Even more so now that you can choose between four skin tones, including a legit dark skin tone as opposed to X and Y only having [[ButNotTooBlack a medium brown]], more clothing options, being able to dye white clothes and even go hatless, subverting the NiceHat requirement of all previous protagonists.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Downplayed, but you can give your character hair colors such as wine red (which looks to be more of a purple shade) or even white in the postgame.

[[folder:"Elio" ("Yō")]]
!!Elio (Yō (ヨウ ''you''))

The male main character of ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'', a young boy who has recently moved to the Alola region from Kanto alongside his mother and their pet Meowth. After meeting a mysterious girl named Lillie and protecting her Cosmog, Nebby, from a flock of aggressive Spearow, he is gifted a stone for making a Z-Ring by the guardian of Melemele Island, Tapu Koko. Soon afterwards, he picks his starter and undergoes the Alolan Island Challenge.

While Elio hasn't appeared in the ''Pokémon Sun and Moon'' anime, his default clothes are the [[WholeCostumeReference inspiration]] for Ash's outfit during that arc. His counterpart in ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' is known as Sun.

* EightiesHair: His hair in his default appearance goes down to shoulder length.
* BlueIsHeroic: His default outfit features a blue striped shirt, and his backpack, shoes, and even his hair have blue accents.
* DissonantSerenity: Sun's expression never changes throughout the demo or game. Even when dangerous threats are bearing down right on top of him, he always has a smile on his face.
* HairAntennae: Has a tiny pair on top of his head that you only see when his hat's off, which he appears to have inherited from his mother as she has a similar pair on top of her head.
* ImpliedLoveInterest: For Lillie, though she still has a lot of ShipTease with both genders, much like [[AmbiguouslyBi Shauna]] from ''X and Y''. But during the Exeggutor Island rain cutscene, Lillie's dialogue differs depending on the protagonist's gender. [[spoiler:If the protagonist is male, she says that when she becomes a trainer, she'd like to travel together with him. If the protagonist is female, she simply says that she wants to learn all of the things she knows.]]
* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide: You can choose an effeminate battle style for him, and some of his clothes have pink options.
* NoNameGiven: Officially, none. However, pre-release materials have referred to him as Sun, Elio (Yoh), and Ray (Kouta)[[note]]Elio is both a Spanish name meaning sun and an Italian name either derived from the word for Helium or the Latin of the Greek sun-god Helios. Ray means different things in different languages, but shares a Latin root with "radiant"; also, there's Ray as in "ray of sunlight".[[/note]]. Internal game data refers to him as Kai, Hawaiian for ocean.
* PrimaryColorChampion: His primary outfit includes a blue and white striped shirt, blue backpack, and blue sneakers, and his capri pants have red accents.
* RealMenWearPink: Some of his available clothes options.
* ShirtlessScene: In the surfing outfit, the only thing he wears are swim shorts and a life-jacket.
* SleevesAreForWimps: He has a lot of tank top options.
* TheSouthpaw: Is depicted holding a Poké Ball in his left hand in his official artwork, and it can be a customization option regardless of gender.
* WeaponOfChoice: Official art for ''Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon'' has been surprisingly good about not having him favor one starter over another. He's had Decidueye (Ultra Megalopolis artwork), Incineroar (Rainbow Rocket artwork), and Primarina (they're positioned relative to Selene/Decidueye with Incineroar between the two). The Sun and Moon demo gives him Ash-Greninja, and Adventures has him with the Litten line.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: The first male protagonist capable of wearing them as part of his regular outfit. The Kommo-o Tassets, available in ''Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon'', resemble short shorts with armored knee pads.


[[folder:Selene (Mizuki)]]
!!Selene (Mizuki (ミヅキ ''mizuki''))

The female main character of ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'', a young girl who has recently moved to the Alola region from Kanto alongside her mother and their pet Meowth. After meeting a mysterious girl named Lillie and protecting her Cosmog, Nebby, from a flock of aggressive Spearow, she is gifted a stone for making a Z-Ring by the guardian of Melemele Island, Tapu Koko. Soon afterwards, she picks her starter and undergoes the Alolan Island Challenge.

Her ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' counterpart is known as Moon.

* AllThereInTheManual: Although "Selene" was given in the trailers, it was originally thought to be only a promotional name. It was only confirmed as her official name with the announcement of an [[ officially licensed figure]].
* BareYourMidriff: Some clothing choices (The Lurantis outfit in particular) and her surf outfit have her midriff showing.
* FlowerMotifs:
** In ''Sun and Moon'' her hat looks like a flower when seen from behind or above, and her shirt is covered in different colored flowers.
** In ''Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon'' she has a flower on her hat, a blouse covered in flowers, and said blouse opens up like a flower on the bottom.
* GenkiGirl: Her official artwork depicts her as fairly energetic looking.
* GirlinessUpgrade: Selene's hair in ''Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon'' is far longer by default compared to her appearance in the earlier games, going down past her shoulders.
* HairDecorations: Instead of a hat, she can also wear different headbands, flowers, and even gems in her hair.
* LongHairIsFeminine: Her hair options are noticeably longer than Sun's.
* MinidressOfPower: Can become the most powerful trainer in the region, and has numerous miniskirt options.
* NiceHat: She starts out with a cute red hat that kind of looks like a potted plant (and a flower, from behind).
* NoNameGiven: Officially, none. However, pre-release materials have referred to her as Moon, Selene (Mizuki), and Ailey (Koumi).[[note]]Selene is the greek goddess of the moon, while Ailey is an Irish name meaning "light".[[/note]] Internal game data refers to her as Lana, Hawaiian for "afloat". (Couldn't use that in the English, [[OneSteveLimit for obvious reasons]]).
* OneSteveLimit: Her unused Japanese name Lana is the same as that of the Water-type Trial Captain. Her Japanese promotional name also happens to be shared with a random NPC.
* PinkIsFeminine: Her ride outfit has pink stripes on them.
* RedIsHeroic: Wears a red hat, and her purse and shoes have red accents.
* WeaponOfChoice: She's paired with the Rowlet line in a Kotobukiya figure, which she's most commonly drawn with in fanart as well. She is also commonly seen with the Litten line.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: In her default appearance, the female protagonist wears upper thigh length short shorts, likely because of how hot Alola is compared to other regions.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Though it's not a part of her default look, OTK socks are an available option as early as the first shop.

[[folder:Rotom Pokédex]]
!!Rotom Pokédex (ロトム図鑑 ''rotomu zukan'')

A Rotom inhabiting the latest version of the Pokédex, which is specifically made for it. Combined, the Rotom Pokédex elevates the technology to never before seen uses.

For tropes pertaining to Rotom as a species, see [[Characters/PokemonGenerationIVFamilies here]].
* AscendedExtra: Rotom was a Pokémon that got some publicity around the release of ''Platinum'' with its formes, but has otherwise been just another Pokémon.
* DeadpanSnarker: As befitting its mischievous personality, the Rotom Pokédex makes some pretty sarcastic comments.
* FairyCompanion: As a main series first; a Rotom assists the player character by inhabiting a tailor-made Pokédex, allowing it to talk and perform more features than a standard Dex. In a somewhat ironic twist however, Rotom is a Ghost-type, which are better known for haunting people.
* HauntedTechnology: As is fitting with Rotom's ability to possess machinery. The Rotom Pokédex is the first known use that is intentional, however.
* MonsterCompendium: The original purpose of the Pokédex is to list Pokémon. So naturally this Pokédex does the same thing.
* NonActionGuy: Dex Rotom does not battle any Pokémon.
* RetiredBadass: Possibly. It mentions that it used to battle prior to entering the Pokedex, but doesn't elaborate.
* RobotBuddy: Your Pokédex is a facsimile of one, seeing as it's possessed by a friendly Rotom.
* ShooOutTheClowns: Is powered down once you reach [[spoiler:Ultra Space]].
* SoProudOfYou: As your Pokédex gets filled and at certain points in the story, Rotom will praise you, being especially fond of "clever boy/girl".
* TalkingAnimal: While there have been other speaking Pokémon before, this is the first time one has been in a larger role. The Rotom can only do this if it's inside the Pokédex, though.
* UnusualEuphemism: At one point, Rotom says "What the zzzt!?"
* VerbalTic: Sprinkles its dialogue with electric noises like "bzzt" and "zzzt", and tends to drag out s at the end of words into "zzz".
* WelcomeToCorneria: Averted at first, with many lines of unique dialogue after every story event, but falls into this during the postgame, where Rotom will draw from a list of only about 10 lines, leading to it continuing to remind you about content you've already completed. One of its lines is basically, "How about you register a new Pokémon in my Dex today?" Rotom will ask this question even after you've completed the Alolan Regional Dex and there are no new Pokémon to register.


!!Hau (ハウ ''hau'')
A friendly native of Alola who befriends you in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon''.
* AdaptedOut: His Komala is replaced with a Tauros in ''Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.''
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Is implied to have a crush on [[spoiler:Lillie]], but she remains oblivious and is implied to have feelings for the player character.
* AlwaysSecondBest: He's implied to feel somewhat overshadowed by his grandfather Hala, as one of his goals is to eventually beat him in a real battle. Generally averted regarding the player character, as while he aspires to catch up to and be on equal ground with them, he doesn't feel too bad when he loses to them. [[spoiler:The fact he is a potential challenger for the player's champion title indicates he did beat his grandfather in battle and can stand on even footing with him now]]. In ''Ultra Sun and Moon'' he [[spoiler:is shown to be wiping away tears after losing to the protagonist for the title of Champion. He's also shown to be sulking after he finds out that Gladion left a Type:Null for the protagonist, while he received nothing.]]
* AnimalMotifs: Concept art reveals that the pattern on his shorts are taken from Florges. Ironically, unless the player chooses Rowlet, he will have no Fairy types on his team.
* BaitAndSwitchBoss: In ''Ultra Sun and Moon'', [[spoiler:Hau, not Kukui as it was in the original, is your final challenge before being officially declared Champion.]]
* BigEater: Enjoys eating food a lot and refers to it in dialogue, especially malasada.
* BonusBoss: [[spoiler:Is one of the potential challengers for the player's champion title.]]
* CannotSpitItOut: [[spoiler:As Lillie departs from Alola to Kanto, Hau is unable to confess his feelings for her]].
* CantCatchUp: Your character is always one or two steps ahead of him, but he always comes back, ready to fight as equals. Of note is that unlike [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Calem or Serena,]] he seems mostly fine with this.
* DeconstructiveParody: Most of his character is [[RuleOfFunny made to be comedy relief]], but there are occasional hints to a more complicated personality stemming from his self-esteem. He does believe in battling for the sheer fun most of the time, but he's well aware of his own shortcomings, and takes his defeats against people like the Player Character and Gladion on a personal level. On some occasions [[StepfordSmiler it becomes difficult to tell whether he's genuinely being cheerful, or merely putting up a facade.]] In ''Ultra Sun and Moon'' he [[spoiler:appears to be wiping away tears before turning to face you with a smile after challenging you for the title of Champion.]]
** He also deconstructs the FriendlyRival archetype in how most of his friendliness comes from him trying way too hard to be a good sport and exercise a "it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game" outlook on Pokemon battles, mentalities that are usually encouraged in friendly competition. But as a result, Hau ends up not taking competition and battling seriously enough, with him having to learn that it's alright to be serious about battling to win and feeling/expressing some frustration and disappointment about his best having not been good enough to achieve victory is natural and won't cost him any friendships. It's likely that Hau opting to take his good sport approach in the first place was born from how much he struggled with his feelings of inadequacy and disappointment about always being in his grandfather's shadow and never being as strong as him.
* DelayedReaction: When discovering that Lusamine is OlderThanSheLooks, he takes a couple seconds before doing a double take.
** And again when [[spoiler:he finds out she's Lillie and Gladion's psychotic mother.]]
* DisappearedDad: [[spoiler:He mentions that his dad left the region after becoming fed up with Alolan customs]].
* FinalBoss: [[spoiler:Takes over Kukui's role of being the final opponent the player must face before they can officially be titled Champion in ''Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon''.]]
* {{Foil}}: To Gladion. While Hau finds joy and fun in everyone, Gladion is very much a lone wolf who detests what would normally bring Hau down.
* FriendlyRival: Towards the Player Character. His battle theme is even literally titled "Friend Hau." Unlike past rivals in this archetype though, Hau actually does have a pronounced goal. His ambition is to surpass his ''Grandfather'', not the PC, and become the Kahuna of Melemele Island.
* GenderFlip: Rowlet users may notice his Popplio is male in ''Sun and Moon,'' but female in ''Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.''
* GenerationXerox: Like Hala, he eventually owns part of the Crabrawler family [[spoiler:but only does so during Title Defense matches against him. In ''Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon'', his sixth party member is a Crabominable]].
* GenreBlind: Unlike most main Rivals in the series, his starter is the one that ''your'' Starter has Type Advantage over. [[JustifiedTrope To be fair]], he ''does'' already have his starter before you get yours in ''Sun'' and ''Moon''. Not the case for ''Ultra Sun'' and ''Ultra Moon'', when he chooses after he clearly sees your starter. (But don't get ''too'' comfortable, because he copes quickly.)
* HandBehindHead: He does this in his losing battle animation.
* HiddenDepths:
** While he's always chipper and upbeat, he seems to have something of a mild complex in regards to being Hala's grandson. Gladion even admits to you that he's impressed by Hau working towards being seen as equal to his grandfather, even after growing up in his shadow all his life. A casual throwaway line in the endgame reveals that [[spoiler:his father left the region when he couldn't deal with the pressures of Alolan tradition and Hala's legacy]], which may or may not have influenced Hau's own goal to one day surpass Hala.
** He also becomes noticeably more frustrated each time he loses to the player character, and while he never lets it get him down in the end, he can't hide how disappointing it is to [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter work his hardest only to lose to you each time.]] Notably, his intro animation [[spoiler:when he challenges you for the Alolan Champion title]] is different from other fights in the game- he's still smiling, but his body language is [[CharacterDevelopment less relaxed and playful, as if he's taking things more seriously.]]
* {{Keet}}: Now here's a kid who's ''pumped'' to be a trainer!
* TheLancer: Particularly when [[spoiler:the player, him, and Gladion raid the Aether Foundation to rescue Lillie.]]
* NiceGuy: He becomes friends with you after you're done moving to the region. His niceness to Pokémon is only matched by his big appetite. This is [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration also shown]] with one of the Pokémon he uses - Pichu can only evolve if its happiness level is high enough.
* ThePollyanna: In ''spades''. Hardly anything brings this kid down, even when he's losing when you can find him ''jumping with joy''.
* RecurringBoss: As your rival he challenges you to a battle several times throughout the story. He picks the starter weaker to your starter.
* ShooOutTheClowns: Zigzagged. He's around for [[spoiler:Lusamine's first battle]], but afterwards he decides to go on his own journey to get stronger so he misses the climax. [[spoiler:Averted in ''Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon'', where he fought with Tapu Koko during the climax of the game with Hala.]]
* SmarterThanYouLook: He's naive and easygoing, but not stupid. He is actually quite perceptive when it comes to deciphering the feelings of others (e.g.: he quickly realizes that Gladion fears returning to the Aether Foundation), points out the flaw in Faba's plan to stop the heroes, and builds up an impressive team of Pokémon.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: [[spoiler:As a Challenger to your League Title Defense]], the only female Pokémon on his team is a Komala. In ''Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon'' however, if his starter is Popplio, then it is always female.
%%TookALevelInBadass: In ''Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon'', he has his own concept art with little changed except for a serious, determined look on his face. In the poster, he is also similarly portrayed as more fierce and determined. Both are far cry from the goofy, malasada-loving kid from ''Sun and Moon'', and indicate that he may have a much more major role in the story.
* TookALevelInBadass: Gets a case of GameplayAndStoryIntegration in ''Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.'' [[spoiler:Hau gets upgraded to being the FinalBoss of the game, taking over Professor Kukui's spot as challenging the Player Character to become Alola's first Champion. He also finally now has a full team of six Pokemon. In fact, his team is even slightly higher leveled than both Gladion's ''and'' Kukui's in rematches.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Malasada; a local Alola delicacy. He likes going to every kind of malasada shop there is, and rarely makes an appearance where he doesn't mention it. Funnily enough, in one scene, you are rewarded with a Technical Machine while he's given malasada. (Although, given the Pokémon battle with him immediately afterwards, [[FridgeBrilliance he likely already has that TM]].)
* TranquilFury: Hau is ''remarkably'' easygoing and is never seen outright angry. However, after [[spoiler:fighting Faba for the second time after he tries to stop the party from rescuing Lillie]], he says [[ this.]] Paired with his usual happy expression, the line takes on a surprisingly threatening tone.
* TheUnfought: Appears in the special demo but doesn't seem to want to fight you for fun. Obviously averted in the main game.
* TryingNotToCry: [[spoiler:After losing to you at the Pokémon League]] in ''Ultra Sun'' and ''Ultra Moon''.
* VerbalTic: He often appends "You know?" to his statements.
* WeaponOfChoice: While he always has his Alolan Raichu, his strongest and his Z-Mover is his starter Pokémon. Pre-release screenshots have him with the Litten line, while Adventures gives him Popplio.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Has dark green hair.

[[folder:Gladion (Glazio)]]
!!Gladion (Glazio (グラジオ ''gurajio''))
A cold loner loosely affiliated with Team Skull. He travels by himself accompanied by a strange Pokémon, Type: Null.

For more information, check the Team Skull section of Characters/PokemonVillainTeamSkull