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 that are just like you and the protagonists have a history with them. Their personalities are varied, but they're all willing to challenge you to see how strong you've become over your journey.



[[folder:General Tropes]]

* ActionGirl: The female protagonists by default.
* {{Badass}}: They defeat every single trainer in their region, including leaders of the evil teams, the Elite Four and the Champion, can capture Legendary Pokemon (many of which are basically gods), and become the best trainer in their region.
* BadassAdorable: 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.
* ChildProdigy: Take to Pokémon training instantly and extremely well. Their skill with Pokémon are so great that they are able to defeat adults who have years of experience on them. Many [=NPCs=] point out their high affinity for bonding with Pokémon.
* 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: As the protagonist, they live alone with their mother. Their father never makes an appearance, nor is any explanation given for his absence[[note]]Although the player's father is offhandedly mentioned several times throughout the series. In ''[=FireRed=]'' and ''[=LeafGreen=]'', he is mentioned when examining a television in the Celadon Department store ("A sports game! Dad'll like that!"). The player's father is also mentioned by Tower Tycoon Palmer in ''Diamond'', ''Pearl'', and''Platinum'' if they beat his team of legendaries ("... I went out to the lake with your father that day... We were attacked by a wild Pokémon. We fended it off, but I don't recall how."). In ''Black'' and ''White'', when examining the television in the player's room the text states that it was bought by their father ("It's a new, flat-screen television that Dad bought!"). In Gen VI, the only mention is to say that his wife's Rhyhorn ran into him at the end of a race ("A memory from when I was a Rhyhorn racer? There was the time I couldn't stop at the finish line. Your dad was waiting there, and I sent him flying..."). Most dads remains to be seen, but it appears that many of the protagonists are fairly familiar with their own fathers[[/note]]. Averted in ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' and their remakes, where the player character's father is the 5th Gym Leader.
* 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 Pokemon 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 most 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, while Red doesn't speak a word when he appears as a BonusBoss in later games. The only times they're shown to talk are in ''Black 2 and White 2''[='=]s PokéStar movies (although, that ''is'' scripted) and ''X and Y''[='=]s dialogue choices being more specific than answering yes/no questions.
%%* 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.
* 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=].
* PrimaryColorChampion: With the exception of Ethan, Dawn, and Serena (and the Gen III protagonists in Emerald version only) all of their outfits feature red (or pink) and blue, and sometimes yellow especially for accessories like their bags.
* PowerTrio: With the Rival and the Player Character not chosen except for Gen I (where the player not chosen didn't exist) Black and White (where they formed a PowerTrio with two rivals) and Gen VI which instead opted for a FiveManBand with the two players and three rivals.
* 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]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue [=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]]]'' 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 are now right-handed.
* 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.
* ThemeNaming: Most trainers have a name used in promotional material that relates to the game they debuted in, and an in-game NPC name that is used as their CanonName.
* ToBeAMaster: Their main motive. Red is one in [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Generation II]] and its remakes.

!!Generation I

[[folder:General Tropes]]
* 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 Gen's CanonName and promotional/version name are both primary colors. This relates to Kanto's ColorfulThemeNaming with the 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 was also the canon protagonist.
%%* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DisappearedDad: He's mentioned once when you check out the televisions in Celadon Department Store, but he never appears.
%%* NiceHat
* 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.
* SuddenlyVoiced: The protagonist, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness unlike future heroes]], actually makes the odd internal comment when examining objects (where future Player Characters merely get descriptions), such as mentioning his/her dad when you check out the televisions in the Celadon Department Store, and remarks that s/he "should get going" when you examine the TV in his/her house and notes that they "better not touch it" when examining various pieces of technology. S/he also talks to Copycat, causing her to state his/her unseen dialogue.
* VagueAge: The only time in the series it is averted, as Red is stated to be 11 years old (14 in the Gen II games and 17 in the first two Gen V games).


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''. 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 Pokemon Trainer as a trophy, and expressly states that both Red and the Pokemon Trainer from Brawl are one and the same.

Many characters based on Red have appeared in spin-off media, the most famous of which is Ash Ketchum, from the [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} Pokémon anime]]. Ash and Red are confused with each other, and whether or not they can be considered, for all intents and purposes, two versions of the same basic character [[note]]Doesn't help that Red was redesigned to look more like Ash in Pokemon Yellow, and many game characters, such as Brock and Misty, were given unique designs in original series.[[/note]], is something still debated among fans.
* TheAce: By Gen II, Red is the toughest trainer in the game.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Has black hair in Generations I and II, but this is made into light brown hair from Generation III onward.
* {{Badass}}: Implied through potential events that can transpire in the game, 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).
* 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 hasn't aged a day since [=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=] and still looks like a kid.
* BonusBoss: He does not need to be fought in ''Gold and Silver'' and their remakes, unless you want bragging rights.
* ContinuityNod: Red's team in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' 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 the ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'' and ''Black 2 and White 2''.
%%* DisappearedDad: No information is given about his whereabouts.
%%* EyeObscuringHat: In his ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'' and ''Black 2 and White 2'' animations.
%%* TheHero: In Gen II and the Gen IV remakes, Red is often referred to as this.
* HeroicMime: When he's a BonusBoss rather than a player-controlled character, he displays VisibleSilence. His encounter with [=CopyCat=] strongly implies that he does speak, but his dialogue is unheard by the player.
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: His team was comprised of level 80's during his training on Mt. Silver, and they conceivably hit the {{Cap}} afterwards. Even still, they are powered down to level 50 during the World Tournament, like any other trainer.
%%* HotBlooded: According to his counterparts, at least one in-game line, and a Generation I comic drawn by Sugimori.
* IconicItem: Both his original and remake {{Nice Hat}}s.
* 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.
* NiceGuy: Implied in ''Red, Blue, and Yellow'', as Prof. Oaks 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. ''Anime/PokemonOrigins'' reveals this to be his battle face more than anything. Out of battle, he's a very cheerful young man.
** Exemplified [[ in his Nendoroid model.]] [[{{Adorkable}} Look at the face of the version of him holding the Master Ball!]]
* PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo: He reappears in ''Gold and Silver'', ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'', and ''Black 2 and White 2'' as a BonusBoss.
%%* RedOniBlueOni: Irony time, Blue Oni to Blue's Red.
* SilentProtagonist: All the protagonists are silent, of course, but Red takes it a step further by remaining silent every time he's seen, even when he's no longer the player character. Both in the Gen II games, and in the World Tournament, he says nothing but VisibleSilence.
* SoProudOfYou: In Gen II his mother remarks that she's worried for Red, but proud of him for doing what he wants to do.
%%* SuddenlyVoiced: Red's ''SuperSmashBros Brawl'' and ''Anime/PokemonTheOrigin'' counterparts, in addition to the examples he shares with Leaf.
* 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.]]
* 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.
* 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]]. High leveled Pokémon used by a trainer in Gen II and in the remakes it is still the highest leveled Pokémon you can face in a trainer battle in the entire franchise. Going with the below, he also has all three fully-evolved Kanto starters, which (except for the Squirtle line) serve as his WeaponOfChoice in other adaptations.
** [[PokemonSpecial Depending on]] [[Anime/PokemonOrigins the adaptation]], this tends to vary between the Bulbasaur line and Charmander line or simply having all three of the original starters. Considering these were the original two mascots of the games in Japan, it makes sense.
** Modern adaptations give him the Charmander line.
** Before any adaptations or sequels it was [[ pretty]] [[ solidly]] [[ the Bulbasaur line]], such that Pokemon #001 goes to the first protagonist.



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.
* AdaptedOut: She's one of the few heroes to never appear in the anime or the ''Anime/PokemonOrigins''. She does have a counterpart in ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' named Blue (JP) / Green (International).
* AllThereInTheScript: 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".
%%* {{Badass}}: See Red's entry (or rather, the parts relevant to Gen I and its remakes).
* ContinuityNod: Leaf herself. She was a prototype female protagonist, that few remember since the only evidence of her is early official artwork and her ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' counterpart.
* 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.
* 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.
%%* PluckyGirl
* WeaponOfChoice: Seen with the [[ Squirtle]] [[ line]] in early promo art for [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Red and Green.]]
%%* WhiteGloves: Leaf's original design.

!!Generation II

[[folder:General Tropes]]
%%* BadassAdorable
%%* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Ethan and Lyra.
* 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 Pokemon in general is recognized by the elder of the Dragon Clan, and they gets accepted as a member of the clan and given a Dratini in the process. Blue will also refer to them as the Johto Champion just before his fight in ''Crystal''.
%%* GirlishPigtails: Both female protagonists.
* HeroicMime: Copycat still somehow manages to mimic their speech, suggesting that they do speak but are not heard by the player.
* KidHero: They're not even teenagers yet when they start their journey, though their exact age is never given.
%%* LittleMissBadass: Both female protagonists.
* 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
* SchrodingersPlayerCharacter: Played straight in ''Crystal'', averted in ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'' where the one you don't pick shows up as a recurring [=NPC=].
* 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.

[[folder:Ethan (Hibiki)]]


Three years after Red defeated Team Rocket and won the Pokémon League, a new Pokémon trainer from New Bark Town in the Johto region was given his first Pokémon. He was given the same task to catch them all, although now there are more species to find.

Just like Red, he was the sole protagonist in ''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 new canon name (Ethan) and a new design. He also has a few characters based on him in various media, including ''two'' anime counterparts (one using the old design named Jimmy and another using the updated one as a cameo in a movie).
* AwesomeBackpack: In ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'', it has no limit on the number of items it can carry.
* 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". His anime counterpart was named Jimmy (Kenta in Japan). In Generation IV, he was ''finally'' given a canon name: "Ethan".
* {{Expy}}: His original design looked very similar to Red's.
* 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. In ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'' it's Marill if he fills the NPC role.



Introduced in ''Pokémon Crystal'', Kris was the very first protagonist you could choose who was female. Before this, the only option was a boy. However, unlike some later games, this was purely aesthetic and had no bearing on the plot, and her story is identical to Ethan's.

She has a few characters based on her in various media. Her anime iteration was named Marina and her goal at the time was to be a "Pokémon Idol" (and later on in the series, a Top Coordinator). Kris does not appear in ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'', as she was replaced with Lyra.
* AllThereInTheManual: The back of the box for ''Crystal'' gives her CanonName (in the west) as Kris.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Was not revamped for ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]'', instead being replaced by Lyra.
* MeaningfulName: Kris in ''Crystal''.
* WeaponOfChoice: Her counterparts in adaptations are seen with either the Totodile or Chikorita lines.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: To match the color of ''Crystal''.

[[folder:Lyra (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, although for her it's more of a purse.
* 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.
* 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.
* WeaponOfChoice: Marill if she fills the NPC role. Adaptations give her the Chikorita line.
%%* ZettaiRyouiki

!!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''.
* 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.]]
* DisappearedDad: So far as the player, the only ''aversion'' in the main series--the protagonist's father is Norman, the Petalburg Gym Leader.
* 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 the ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire''.
%%* HandBehindHead: Their defeat animations in ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'' when they're the rival.
* 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.
* 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.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: May and Brendan are drawn looking similar to teenagers for the designs in ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'', despite being only 12. A Grunt even refers to them as teenagers on one occasion.

[[folder:Brendan (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.

Brendan himself hasn't appeared in other adaptations, but he's made a few cameos in Pokémon movies where he's an accomplished trainer competing in tournaments. He also has counterparts in ''PokemonSpecial'', ''Manga/PocketMonsters'', and ''Pokemon Battle Frontier''.
* {{Adorkable}}: In the remakes, Brendan trades in his {{Tsundere}} tendencies for this instead. He's much friendlier toward the player, and stammers talking to her at times.
* 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: Unlike May, this is all he's ever received in the anime. In the Special manga, on the other hand...
* 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, ."'' 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.]] [[FailedASpotCheck 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:
** In the animated trailer for ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'' the Treecko line.
** Like Red, Brendan's Signature Mon changes depending on the adaptation or official source he's seen in. Official art for the original games shows him with a Torchic and Combusken. His main anime and manga counterparts give him the Mudkip line.

[[folder:May (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.

May has had several different characters based on her. Her anime counterpart is the most prominent, as she was a traveling companion for Ash. At first she didn't care for Pokémon and only wanted to travel, but she soon discovered Pokémon Contests and she learned to like them.
%%* {{Adorkable}}: NPC-May.
* 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.
* FrillyUpgrade: Her ''Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire'' design to her previous one, and her contest clothes immensely.
* GenkiGirl: NPC-May is quite energetic, moreso than NPC-Brendan anyway. She really shows off this attitude in ''OR/AS'', with her adorable fist pumping action.
* 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.
* 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.
** 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.
* 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''.
* TomboyishSidetails: Keeps her hair short on the back while grows out the ones on the sides.
* WeaponOfChoice: The Torchic line in almost every appearance and adaptation.
** Official art has also shown her with a Mudkip. In the official trailer for ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'' she has both as the third Hoenn trainer Wally doesn't get a traditional starter (nor does he appear in the trailer).
* 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.

!!Generation IV

[[folder:General Tropes]]
* BackToBackBadasses:
** Dawn and Lucas pair up to combat Team Galactic. One of them will even mention that they form a dream team together.
** Later on top of Mt. Coronet they team up with Barry during the final confrontation with Team Galactic.
* BadassAdorable: A dragon that has control over time? A beast that can expand space? A creature from a world separate from ours with control over antimatter? '''The creator of the universe?''' NO PROBLEM!
%%* BlueBoyPinkGirl: In ''Platinum''.
%%* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* HairColorDissonance: There's confusion about his/her hair color between adaptations. Sugimori drew it a navy blue (or black with blue hints) type color in their main artwork, but everything else has them with a lighter hue.
%%* MissingMom: As an [=NPC=].
* NiceHat: A hunting cap for Lucas.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Regardless of version or gender, the scarf is always there. Candice really likes it.
* ShipTease: With each other on a couple occasions. Mars even calls them a "lovey-dovey couple" at Lake Verity.
* 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.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: In some adaptations like the anime it's definitely blue.

[[folder:Lucas (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...

Lucas has had a few characters based on him. He had a brief cameo in a few of the Pokémon movies where he's seen battling Brendan.
* {{Adorkable}}: As an NPC, Lucas has shades of this. For all his brains, he's a very laid-back character.
* 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.
* 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 meant 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.

[[folder:Dawn (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.

Dawn has had quite a few characters based on her. Her most prominent incarnation is Dawn from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', 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.
* 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'' 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.
* ThePollyanna: Has very upbeat dialogue as an NPC despite having to combat Team Galactic on several occasions.
* HairDecorations: Dawn's clips.
%%* LittleMissBadass
* MiniDressOfPower: It's a ''little'' too short for her.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Barry, having grown up as childhood friends.
* ThemeNaming: Dawn comes from the time of day the sun rises.
* {{Tsundere}}: As an [=NPC=]. Type B: often sweet, but ''very mad'' when she gets angry.
* 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 one occasion had the Chimchar line.
%%* ZettaiRyouiki: Grade B.

!!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.
* BrokenStreak: Prior to these guys, all of the player characters were around the ages of 11-12. Hilbert and Hilda are in their mid-teens according to the English instruction manual for ''Black and White'', and started a new streak of player characters being in their mid-to late teens.
* 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.
* 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}} both of them are the only protagonists to not appear in the anime at all, Leaf notwithstanding, and as mentioned above the character tou 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.
* 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 appears to purposely invoke Red.
%%* TheGhost: In the sequels.
* 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-revelvant Legendary of the specific game version (Reshiram in ''Black'', Zekrom in ''White'') to oppose N's.
* TheKirk: Between the calm and focused [[TheSpock Cheren]], and the kind and open-hearted [[TheMcCoy Bianca]].
* TheLeader: 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: Hilbert means "magnificent in battle" or "battle bright." Hilda means "Battle Maiden." Touya and Touko come from "fight" (which makes their English names fitting), "transparent" or "untainted" which establishes their role as the middle and leader of the group.
* NiceGuy:
** Their characterization as an NPC implies this, as they're polite and supportive.
** [[ Cut content]] from ''Black 2 and White 2'' had them be even more of this, with their character being a HumbleHero and GracefulLoser.
* NiceHat: It's a simple, standard cap worn in a straight way, reminiscent of Red's original NiceHat.
* PutOnABus: In ''Black 2 and White 2'' (instead of a PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo). According to their mother, they left Unova to search for N.
* SuddenlyVoiced:
** When you enter Dragonspiral Tower, their internal dialogue states that "Something's... going wild at the top of the tower...?" Additionally, when Tornadus/Thundurus first appear and they're invited into the old lady's house on Route 7, they mention that the soup is "delicious" and "jam-packed with vegetables."
** NPC Hilbert and Hilda also speak.
** Dialogue in the cut ''Black 2 and White 2'' Tournament had them speaking in a 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.

[[folder:Hilbert (Touya)]]


The main character of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Pokemon 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.

Hilbert never received an Anime Counterpart, though he has had several manga character based of him. The most prominent incarnation is Black from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''. Others counterparts appearing in various manga: Monta from the Be a Master!! Pokémon BW, Touya from the Pocket Monsters BW: Meetings with the Legends, Shin from the Pocket Monsters BW: The Heroes of Fire and Thunder and Hiro from the Pocket Monsters B2 W2 ~ A New Legend ~
* TheAllAmericanBoy: Middle Example. Generally because [[EagleLand Unova is based in North America]]. And he had elements, he is {{Everyman}} teenager from a small village, is naive but charming and always polite. For his friends, he looks like the big brother, especially for Bianca and some {{NPC}} in the game.
%%* BigBrotherInstinct: See above in TheAllAmericanBoy
* ColorMotif: Red, white and blue, baby! In addition, his outfit is highlighted with black.
%%* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
%%* HotBlooded: Maybe implicate his canon, but his five manga counterparts are definitely HotBlooded.
%%* PrettyBoy
* 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 Version and means field or battlefield.
* 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.

[[folder:Hilda (Touko)]]


The main character of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Pokemon 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 Hildat will battle several times during the course of the game. Hilda also battles Team Plasma at various stages of her journey. Ultimately, Hilda is recognized as a heroine by Reshiram or Zekrom, depending on the version.

If not chosen as the player, Hilda appears as the player's partner in the Battle Subway when choosing to ride the Multi-Train.

Unlike the females of other gens, Hilda never received an Anime Counterpart. She has only had one counterpart appearing in the manga, White from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''.
%%* ActionGirl
* ColorMotif: Red, white and blue, baby! But also with extra emphasis on white with some black.
* 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]].
* 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 Version and means white clearing or field.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: When she's the main character, her mother has her eye and hair color.
* TwoGirlsAndAGuy: With Cheren and Bianca. Hilda will serve as a sharp contrast to Bianca, being the more competent and confident of the two.
%%* WhoWearsShortShorts: She does!

[[folder:General Tropes (Black 2 and White 2)]]
* TheAce: Moreso 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.
* AnimeHair: Their hairstyles are much more conspicuous than previous protagonists.
* BadassAdorable: More emphasis on the adorable part, but still as badass as the other protagonists.
* MeaningfulName: Their English and Japanese names both come from the word "resonate".
* NiceHat: Aversion; despite it being traditional for male protagonists to have a hat, they instead have a visors.
* NonstandardCharacterDesign: Their pupils are as white as their sclerae.

[[folder:Nate (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 her journey across the Unova region.

If the player chooses Rosa, Nate will appear in game as an NPC, first met in Nimbasa City. He will join the player in a Tag Battle against Emmet and Ingo. Afterwards, he will give the player the Vs. Recorder.

Nate himself hasn't appeared in other adaptations. Only had 2 counterparts appearing in the manga. The most prominent incarnation is Lack-Two "Manga/PokemonSpecial" and in addition, Arata from Pocket Monsters B2 W2 ~ A New Legend ~
* AnimeHair: Much bushier than previous protagonists, even with his hat off (as shown in concept art). In game, when he is seen without it, his hair is much neater. Of course it is pretty much tame in comparison to Hugh's "Qwilfish".
* BrownEyes: In contrast to Hugh's [[RedEyesTakeWarning Red Eyes]], Nate's brown eyes indicate he is the more agreeable, level headed of the duo.
%%* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Will share a close, brotherly friendship with Hugh.
* TheSmartGuy: His approach to double battles as an NPC in the Battle Subway.
%%* SpearCounterpart: To Rosa.
* WeaponOfChoice: Emboar from the animated trailer, being the starter he chose.

[[folder:Rosa (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.

Rosa, like Hilda, hasn't appeared in other adaptations and is the second girl that does not appear in the anime. She only has one counterpart: Whi-Two from the ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' manga.
%%* DistaffCounterpart: To Nate.
%%* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: She plays one in a Pokéstar Studios movie.
%%* GenkiGirl: As an NPC in the Battle Subway.
%%* GirlyGirl
* 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".
%%* PrincessCurls: Gets these while wearing the same costume.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Will share a close camaraderie with Hugh.
* 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.

!!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.
* 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 themself.
* 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.
* 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'' moreso than the others listed here. Even their ''skin color'' is mutable at character creation, and virtually everything else about their appearance can be changed at will at any point during the game. It's very unlikely that any two given Gen VI protags will look exactly alike, especially when comparing players who have unlocked everything.
* FreudianTrio: The Player is [[TheKirk Ego]], The Rival is [[TheSpock Super Ego]] and Shauna is [[TheMcCoy Id]].
* 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 Pokemon to Mega Evolve, the protagonist is able to use it through the Mega Ring, and their bond with their Pokemon to bring out true strength.
* GogglesDoNothing: As the player, they have sunglasses on their hat as part of the default outfit.
%%* GrayEyes: By default. In Calem's case related to his MeaningfulName below.
* 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 they and the rest of 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.
* InTheBlood: As a Rival, they are specifically chosen to get a Pokédex because their parents are both excellent trainers.
* InSeriesNickname: Near the beginning of the game, the player can create a nickname for the rest of the group to refer to them by.
%%* TheLancer: As the Rival. They've got the most spotlight and character development out of the four rivals, originally seeking to become stronger than you after you suddenly begin to outshine them in skill but eventually becoming ok with assuming the role of the second-in-command, often teaming up with you at a number of plot-relevant points in the story. [[spoiler:By the end of the game, they even end up with their own Mega Rings as well.]]
* TheLeader: Whoever the rival is will initially serve this role; Type II.
** The PlayerCharacter turns into a Type IV over the course of the game, with everyone, even the rival, 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.
* 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 Pokemon training, but they are also implied to be new to much of the Kalos Region as well. Luckily their rival will show them the ropes.
* NiceHat: Interestingly, only the player keeps the hat.
%%* NiceGuy: {{Reconstructed}}. As Rival, See LonerTurnedFriend.
* 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: The one you don't play as appears as such, and they mainly focus on getting stronger than you.
* 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.
* 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.
** Serena's hairstyle in the post game clothing and hairstyle make her look like she's in her early 20s.
** Post-game, a girl named Emma is introduced who is explicitly sixteen years-old. She treats the player with respect, as if they are older, but judging from appearances, the player character is of similar height and looks, implying they are somewhere very close to her age.
* VirtualPaperDoll: In addition to choosing their skin color, the player can dress their selected character in a variety of different outfits.
* WeaponOfChoice: The starter and Mega Absol for the rival.
* 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)]]


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 the [[{{Expy}} inspiration for Ash's new outfit]] in the ''Pokémon X and Y'' anime. His counterpart in the ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' 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.
** LongHairedPrettyBoy: Not overly long, but still there.
** TallDarkAndHandsome: He is not as tall as some {{NPC}}s, but he is tallest of the main group, appearing taller than Tierno.
* 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.
* TheDandy: Can be played this way with the Trainer customization feature.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Shauna when he's the Rival.
* PrimaryColorChampion: Calem's default outfit is predominantly blue and red.
* RealMenWearPink: Some of his available clothes options.
* 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.



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 serves as one of the protagonists in the ''Pokémon XY'' anime. Her ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' counterpart is simply called "Y".
* BareYourMidriff: All the Parka and Halter top options give her this.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: A few of her clothing options can give her this look, such as the shirt-and-tie combos at the Lumiose boutique.
* BoyishShortHair: A hair option at the barbershop.
* 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.
* {{Fanservice}}: Some of her clothing options lean in this direction.
* 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 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.


[[folder:General Tropes]]

* AnimeHair: In contrast to the player character's hat, they tend to have instantly recognizable hairstyles.
* {{Badass}}: They stay competitive with the player character who always becomes the best trainer in the region. They're at least equal to Elite Four Members, if not the Champion, in power by the end of the game.
* BigThinShortTrio: Tierno is the Big, Shauna is the Thin and Trevor is the Short.
* 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.
* 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.
* HelloInsertNameHere: Although they have {{Canon Name}}s, a few of them can be named by the player.
* 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 Pokemon League, complete the Pokédex or just become stronger than the protagonist.

[[folder:Blue Oak (Green Ookido)]]

->''"I'm moving on up and ahead! By checking my Pokédex, I'm starting to see what's strong and how they evolve! I'm going to the Pokémon League to boot out the Elite Four! I'll become the world's most powerful trainer! ...well good luck to you! Don't sweat it! [[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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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!]]"
* 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!" 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=]''.
* 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 Pigeot 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 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=]''.
* 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.
* DubNameChange: To follow with ''Red and Green'' becoming ''Red and Blue'' in international versions, he goes from Green to Blue.
* FinalBoss: Of the first generation.
* InformedAttribute: The apparent mistreament of his Pokémon is never actually shown, only told.
* InTheBlood: His grandfather is a Pokémon researcher, and his sister was a superb coordinator (plus, she's pretty good with making tea), so there's little surprise when it comes to his personality and achievements.
* 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.
* {{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]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Oak apparently raises him and his sister on his own.
* 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.
* ThirdOptionAdaptation: His Gym Leader team is based off of his ''Red & Blue'' team... omitting the starter[[note]]Blue will have on his team a Gyarados, an Arcanine and a Exeggutor, dropping one for his Blastoise, Charizard or Venusaur respectively; here he has all 3 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''.
* 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 2nd to Red, but that still makes him the 2nd 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.
* 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.
* 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]].
* 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.
** In early promo art for [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Red and Green.]] he was [[ always]] [[ seen]] [[ with the Charmander line,]] in contrast to [[ Red's Bulbasaur.]] Depending on the adaptation he will have whichever has the advantage over Red's starter (usually Blastoise or Charizard), or none at all.
** In modern adaptations it's the Squirtle line.
** He always uses a Gyarados, Arcanine, and/or Exeggutor to complement his starter. In the World Tournament, he uses all three.
* 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.


->''"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 less threatening.
* 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: Fits this trope perfectly.
* BadBoss: Towards his Pokémon pre-CharacterDevelopment.
* {{Badass}}: The Victory Road in ''Gold and Silver'' and its remakes is the only Victory Road in the series devoid of trainers. The reason? Silver defeated them all.
-->'''Silver''': Man, they were all spineless!
* 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: His anime counterpart 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.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: Only in the opening of the remakes, where he has [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] rather than silver.
* DisappearedDad: His dad up and left him when he wasn't even nine.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Your first clue that he's a darker rival than Blue is the revelation that he stole his Starter Pokémon.
* EvilRedhead: He's evil at first, but then he settles for being a noble rival.
* FinalBoss: Of Pokemon 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
* 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.
* LonersAreFreaks: He seems to do everything on his own and is a crude and ruthless boy.
* 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.
* MyNameIsQuestionMarks: TropeNamer. In ''Gold and Silver'', he tells you this almost 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''. In the remakes, "Silver" is never used- "Soul" is in ''[=HeartGold=]'' and "Heart" in ''[=SoulSilver=]''.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Has red eyes 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.
* TheSociopath: Shades of this, even more of them in the remakes, [[CharacterDevelopment initially.]]
* 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 level up with extreme happiness.
* {{Tsundere}}: Some of his post-CharacterDevelopment dialogue implies he's a type A.
* 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 and walking off]].
* WeaponOfChoice: Most adaptations give him the Totodile line.
* 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.

[[folder:Wally (Mitsuru)]]

The other [[TheRival rival]] in ''Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald''. Wally is a sickly boy who starts his journey when you help him catch his first Pokémon. Drawing strength from the growing bond between himself and his Pokémon, Wally slowly manages to overcome his frailties and discover his resolve to become the Pokémon League Champion.
* {{Adorkable}}: Very shy, polite, and awkward.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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: He's burdened with a breathing condition that makes him cough and gag a lot, but he gets better by the end of the game.
* 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, 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.]]
* TheRival: He tries to be this to you, and since May or Brendan stops their journey, becomes it by the time you get to Victory Road.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Definitely the Sensitive Guy to Brendan's Manly Man if you play as May, even though they don't interact.
* SuperMode: He has a Key Stone in the remakes, and uses Mega Gallade.
* 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 Pokemon only ''just'' below the Pokemon 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.

[[folder:Barry (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}}:
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: After barging into your room in ''Platinum'' he stops himself in the middle of a sentence to comment on your new laptop.
* 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!"
* 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. {{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.
* 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.
* HeroicBSOD: The events at Lake Verity/Acuity send him into one due to failing to stop Team Galactic, and it takes the poor kid a while to snap out of it.
* HotBlooded: He's always eager to fight, as his Platinum animation shows.
* {{Keet}}: Especially at the very beginning.
* TheRival: He's this of the Gen IV Trainers.
* ScarfOfAsskicking
* ScheduleFanatic: Times ''everything'' you do!
* SharedFamilyQuirks: It turns out his father, Palmer, is just as hasty and has a tendency to be late just like him.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: With Palmer.
* 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. His counterparts in the adaptations have no consistent theme and have been seen with any of the three Sinnoh starters.

[[folder:Bianca (Bel)]]
->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 Pokemon 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 aid.
* 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 Pokemon husbandry) and Cheren is dead-set on becoming the next Champion and is all about the battles.
** She's in the Pokémon World Tournament, in the Gym Leader tournaments, putting her up as one of the best Trainers in the world. A random NPC that gives you info on your opponents outright says that she's a powerful trainer.
* CuteClumsyGirl
* 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.
* TheDitz: She chooses Pokemon that have elemental weaknesses to you, and 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.
* 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 Pokemon's happiness (she even refers to them as your "little darlings.")
* GeniusDitz:
** She ends up having a pretty good team in the end of ''Black in White'' and is one of your possible opponents in the Pokémon World Tournament
** She decides to become a Pokémon Researcher, which she's making good on in ''Black 2 and White 2'' as Juniper's aide.
* 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
* HartmanHips
* {{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]]
* MoeStare
* 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!
* 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 best 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.
* 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.


One of the two [[TheRival rivals]] in ''Black and White''. Cheren is an intelligent and competitive trainer who is utterly focused on becoming the Pokemon League Champion. However, he only seeks to become the Champion for its own sake, and over time this motive is called into question. He eventually becomes a Gym Leader in ''Black 2 and White 2''.

For information on Cheren, check the Characters/PokemonGymLeaders Character Page.

[[folder:Hugh (Hue)]]
->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.
* AnimeHair: A Plasma Grunt even derisively compares it to a Qwilfish.
* 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 Pokemon if it has Water Absorb.
* BackToBackBadasses: Notable in that unlike all previous rivals, you spend much more time fighting alongside Hugh than against him.
* {{Badass}}: Takes ''no'' nonsense from Team Plasma. At one point when you enter Driftveil City, he just rushes onto the scene and slaps/shoves/punches/otherwise physically assaults a grunt like it's nothing.
* BerserkButton: He pretty much flips out the instant he sees a member of Team Plasma, both new and old. 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 Pokemon's levels when he's battling against you are higher than when he's an ally, leading to one point where his Pokémon's levels actually go ''down'' within a short span of time.
* FantasticRacism: Hates everyone on Team Plasma reformed or not after what they did to his sister's Purrloin.
* {{Forgiveness}}: His personal struggle is learning to let go of his hatred for the former Plasma members and move on.
%%* 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.
* 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' subverting fan expectations of 'black, white, and gray.'
* 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 Nate and Rosa 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.
* TwoWordsObviousTrope: Call him before you reach Reversal Mountain to know where he is.
-->Hugh: One word: Reversal Mountain. Oh wait, that's two words...
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: It's dark blue.
* WeaponOfChoice: Samurott in the animated trailer, though this of course has no bearing in the actual game. His strongest Pokémon is the starter that has a type advantage over yours.
* 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.]]

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 Pokemon dancers.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Despite his size, he is very light on his feet and a good dancer. He aims to create a dance team with his Pokemon.
* 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 Pokemon is the offense-oriented Corphish. Though battling isn't Tierno's main priority, dancing is a very physical activity.
* 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 Pokemon 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 Pokemon that strike fast and hard, like Talonflame and Hawlucha, and throughout all of his team members there are plenty of dancing moves to go around.

[[folder:Trevor (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 / InformedAttribute: If you talk to him post-game, he will mention a random Pokémon capable of Mega evolving and react with joy if you have it recorded in your Pokédex with a remark that "it's nice having the same Pokemon as them". Considering this is his reaction to any mon owned, he may have Pokemon like Garchomp and others stored up but never uses them.
** 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)]]
A spunky girl from Vaniville Town whom you befriend at the beginning of ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''.
* ActionGirl: Not Shauna herself ([[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass most of the time]]), but her starter Pokémon will ''always'' be female. This is a first compared to the rivals having male ones.
* AmbiguouslyBi: She has ShipTease with the protagonist whether it's Calem or Serena.
* 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: Again, not Shauna herself, but her starter. She'll trade you the offspring for any Pokémon in the post game, and it has a nature that amplifies its greatest stat, along with 31 [=IVs=] in that particular stat.
* 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.
* BowTiesAreCool: Not in the usual way, but her shirt and her purse sport several bowtie-like designs.
* TheChick: Values friendship and teamwork. She's also one of the driving forces for pushing the rival towards enjoying things aside from just getting stronger.
* 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.
* 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 Pokemon battling than the main rival, but she tags along on the final quest to take down Team Flare. In your second battle with her on Route 19, she just happens to own a [[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.
--> '''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.
* 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
* 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 current rival's Blue Oni, who will be 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 Cincinno 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!