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Red — The Battler/Fighter
"Me? I am Red! A Pokédex Owner from Pallet Town! A 'Battler'!"
The first protagonist of the series. He starts out as a bit of an overconfident Idiot Hero
who starts out thinking he's the best. It only takes a quick defeat from Mew to break this mentality and he considers learning and going to Professor Oak where he starts his quest. His first Pokémon is a Poliwag named Poli, while his starter is a Bulbasaur named Saur.
- The Ace: By the Yellow Saga, he has fully become this in terms of Pokemon Battling. He’s so much The Ace that the Elite Four had to make sure he was out of the way in order for them to start their plans, as he would have obviously been a Spanner in the Works. His debut in a Yellow Arc was a "Hell Yes" Moment because of this.
- Adorkable: Has his moment, which comes from a combination of being quite goofy and a Nice Guy
- Always Someone Better: Gold all but hero worships him because of his skills and Sapphire essentially considers her ultimate goal to be as Badass as he is.
- Anime Hair
- Badass: Especially during the FR/LG arc.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Not quite noticeable because he’s normally such a mellow guy, but not a guy you want to anger. Just ask Giovanni and Team Rocket
- Big Brother Mentor: To Gold. It's strongly hinted that he became this when both of them went to Mt. Silver.
- Break the Haughty: Downplayed since he was just overconfident, but it takes a single defeat by Mew in the first chapter of the series for this trope to take effect for him.
- Brown Eyes -> Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Character Development: Goes from being an Idiot Hero to a slightly Hot-Blooded ace.
- Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally
- The Determinator: The first seen in the series
- Dressing as the Enemy: He disguised himself as a TR grunt to get some info.
- Fingerless Gloves: Finds a pair which are electric insulated in Silph Co. Subverted in that they're not really fingerless; the material over the fingers are clear.
- Flung Clothing: Blue pulled off the TR disguise mentioned above. Red was also pretty much stripped over the course of FRLG.
- There was also the time when he suddenly pulled off his clothes in the RGB arc and jumped into the water in order to convince Green's Pokémon to relax, and when he went into the hot springs as well.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: A combination of Sanguine and Choleric.
- Harmless Freezing: By Lorelei for about 2 weeks, which lead him to be displayed as a...
- Human Popsicle: He got better, but he got terrible frostbite on his wrists and ankles.
- The Hero
- He's Back: In mid-FRLG
- Heroic BSOD: In the first chapter of RGB and another one in FRLG.
- The Hero's Journey
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Green, after the other boy’s Character Development
- Hot-Blooded: After growing out of his Idiot Hero demeanor.
- Hot Springs Episode: With Sabrina. No, not in that way. Though it did lead to an...
- Idiot Hero: He starts off as one in the very beginning of his quest, but soon grows out of it when he becomes a Hot Blooded hero
- Invisible Family: He is the only dexholder with no known family.
- Kid Hero: Naturally all the dex holders count, but in order of appearance Red is the first.
- The Leader: Type IV/II hybrid of the Kanto Dex holders, and the Dex holders as a whole when they come together.
- Made of Iron" Holy crap. He's been taking life threatening injuries(poison, Pokémon moves, and had been moving on despite severe frostbite in the GSC arc) since he was eleven!
- Magnetic Hero: This kid can make friends with almost everyone, it seems. And even those he does not make friends with consider him a respectable Worthy Opponent.
- Mr. Fanservice: Once he hits his teens, especially with that Shirtless Scene in the FRLG arc.
- Nice Guy/Easily Forgiven: He took a frickin' bath with Sabrina, the woman who stole and tortured his Eevee. He did initially suspect her of something, but when she said otherwise he let it go pretty quickly.
- He accepted Deoxys pretty fast despite the fact it nearly killed all his Pokémon. Granted, it could only talk through fighting before.
- Lt. Surge tortured him repeatedly. And what happens when they meet up in the Yellow arc? Red's like, "Yo, what's up?"
- Red forgave Bruno too. Red received a direct kick to the stomach from a Hitmonlee, which was rather hard to swallow, but he still forgave him considering, you know, Mind Control.
- He would probably have forgiven Giovanni if he found out that he was the one who saved him in said "almost frozen to death situation".
- Lorelei who was the one who encased Red in ice and as a result he got severe frostbite but the next time they meet (roughly a few years later), he doesn't even mention it and appears to have forgiven her. Then again, there were more pressing matters at hand and Lorelei did help Red and Blue escape from the Beast Trio after Team Rocket threatened her home.
- Nice Hat: Red's hat almost never comes off. He even swam and bathed in the hot springs with it on. Plus it never came off during all the training and aerial fighting he did in FRLG. To top it off, even when his jacket and shirt had already come off, his hat was still there till the last moment.
- There was that one time when his hat came off in RGB at the Safari Zone. It was separated from him for a whole day.
- Oblivious to Love: At first, he doesn't seem to realize that both Yellow and Misty have huge crushes on him. By the end of the GSC arc, he seems to have caught on and feels uncomfortable about resolving it until Gold gave him a way out. Plus he blushed like crazy when it was suggested that all three of them live together.
- Characterization Marches On: People seem to have forgotten that, during their first meeting, Red once thought that Blue was cute and had a crush on her. Likewise for Misty's maids, and even Misty herself when she first introduces herself to him.
- Red mentions that he shouldn't be focusing on girls after Misty nearly curbstomped him with her Starmie. So maybe his obliviousness is deliberate.
- Personality Swap: Red and Green's Pokémon in RGB arc.
- Red String of Fate: With Yellow.
- Ship Tease: Yellow, Misty and Blue in various arcs.
- Shirtless Scene: He gets one at the very end of FR/LG.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Since he dumped his jacket in FRLG. Also at the start of said arc, he was walking around without the jacket.
- Smarter Than You Look: Despite having some elements of Idiot Hero, Red actually is more intuitive, surprisingly cunning and savvy that the majority of the known examples. He’s not genius, but he’s far from truly dumb.
- Taken for Granite: He was the only dex holder out of uniform and not holding the Pokédex, which pretty much ruins their guise of being real statues.
- Take Up My Sword: After Red disappeared, Yellow used his Pikachu and Pokédex.
- Taking You with Me: In FRLG, at the end of the Mewtwo vs. Deoxys battle, while Deoxys was grabbing Red, Red insisted that Mewtwo fire the final shot even though he knew that the attack might literally go through him.
- We Can Rule Together: Twice offered to Red from Giovanni in RGB and The Elite Four in Yellow saga.
- Worf Had the Flu: Still in bad shape after being frozen by Lorelei, Red has to step down from the Viridian Gym leader's position, and, consequently, was out of action for most of GSC in order to recuperate.
- Worthy Opponent: The top members of Team Rocket (Giovanni, Sabrina, Surge) and The Elite Four (Especially Bruno) consider him this
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: As shown in the 1st volume when Misty hits him and he doesn't hit back.
Red's first Pokémon that he obtained when it was only a Poliwag. Sometime before the series began, he evolved into a Poliwhirl to save a drowning Red. He evolved into a Poliwrath to rescue Red from drowning once more after his Trainer was sent into the water by Lt. Surge.
Red's "starter" Pokémon that was given to him from Professor Oak after proving that he could bond and fight with it. He is a gentle and loyal creature but a powerful and versatile one as well.
A mischievous and initially stubborn Pikachu Red caught in Pewter City, Pika is one of Red's most used Pokémon.
A Snorlax that Red caught after the bike-riding race, Snor is a major powerhouse on Red's team.
Once a genetically-tampered Eevee that could evolve and de-evolve into any of the first three Eeveelutions, Vee is now permanently an Espeon, showing its love and trust towards his trainer.
Originally Misty's Gyarados who was experimented on by Team Rocket, this Pokémon has since been given to Red and serves as a means of transport through water as well as boasting powerful attacks.
A Pokémon that Red revived from an Old Amber that he got from Giovanni
. After being revived, Aero serves as Red's mode of aerial transport.
Green Oak — The Trainer
(Blue in the English version)
"Trainers must train and sharpen their own senses, and be as one with the Pokémon in a battle."
He is Professor Oak's grandson and is Red's rival. His first Pokémon is a Scyther, while his starter is a Charmander. The current Viridian City Gym Leader. Does not nickname his Pokémon.
Green's first Pokémon that he's had since it was a Scyther.
The Pokémon that Green obtained from his grandfather as a Charmander.
A Pokémon that Green won at the Game Corner as a Porygon. Initially disobedient, but became loyal after Red and Green accidentally switched Pokémon.
A Pokémon that Green has owned since it was a Machoke. He evolved into a Machamp after Red and Green accidentally switched Pokémon.
A Pokémon that was revealed when Red and Green accidentally switched Pokémon. Serves as Green's water transportation.
Blue — The Evolver
(Green in the English Translation)
"I can fool more than silly boys!"
She's initially a sneaky thief that just seems to care for money. She is aware of her fanservice-ness, and uses this to her advantage in her cons. That said, she is actually quite competent and can defend herself via Pokémon and or by tricks. Her first Pokémon is a Jigglypuff, while her starter is a Squirtle named Blasty.
- Action Girl: The first one in the series! Though she was more of a sneaky thief.
- Anti-Hero: Type IV at first, develops into Type II overtime.
- Boobs of Steel: Subverted: while being the most naturally stacked of the main cast even without using pokeballs, she's not the strongest female trainer, as the majority of her Pokémon's levels are around the 70's, a bit lower than the other Dexholders.
- Classy Cat-Burglar
- Cool Big Sis: To Silver and sometimes Yellow.
- Crazy-Prepared: Blue' battles are made of this trope. Sabrina can come after you with hallucinations of your past? No Problem. Lorelei's capable of freezing people? Alreadly thought of. Up against your childhood trauma? Well~
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her and Silver's backstory in the GSC saga.
- Dub Name Change: Her and Green's names were switched in the English translation.
- Dressing as the Enemy : As Sabrina in the RGB series.
- Guile Heroine: Once she's unquestionably become one of the good guys.
- Face Your Fears: when she confronts Will and Karen in Ilex Forest, they intimidate her with Lugia and Ho-oh, the latter being the cause for her fear of birds in the first place. However, Blue reveals that she's already overcome her fears, when she reveals her new Pokémon, Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres. The reason for her absence for most of the arc is actually because of this trope.
- Fille Fatale: She uses her sex appeal to get what she wants. She flirted with Red and stole his stuff when they first met...however, upon growing up, she didn't become a Femme Fatale.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic with a dash of Melancholic.
- Gambit Roulette: Against Lorelei.
- Jerkass to Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Eventually grows almost completely out of jerkassery, though she is still fond of light teasing.
- Killer Rabbit: invoked with her team, which she refrained from evolving until the FRLG saga, allegedly to lull her opponents into a sense of security.
- Little Black Dress: In the Kanto and Johto arcs.
- Little Miss Con Artist
- Little Miss Snarker
- Loveable Rogue: Possibly the most popular girl dexholder in the series.
- Magic Skirt
- Master of Disguise: Her Ditto can double as a mask.
- Ms. Fanservice: Just try to deny it after seeing her battle with Sabrina.
- Naughty Is Good
- Nice Hat: Gets one as part of her new ensemble from Silver.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Whenever Blue says something that will make Green comment what a pesky girl she is.
- Parents in Distress: In the FRLG arc.
- She Is All Grown Up
- Ship Tease: Some with Green, Red, and Silver.
- The Smart Girl
- Snake Oil Salesgirl: It's one way she managed to get by in life.
- Stealth Mentor: To Yellow; she is the one who got Yellow to go on her quest to start with.
- Taken for Granite
- Trickster: Very, very tricky.
- Troll: Enjoys messing around with others feelings and deceiving them. The infamous "Pokeball chest" trick comes to mind.
- Weak, but Skilled: While Blue isn't really weak, her Pokémon's levels are considerably lower than Red's and Green's. However, all her major victories were due to clever tricks and strategies, so she doesn't have to spend all her free time training and battling.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Called out by Sabrina, her ally at the time, for her deception of her during the battle with Lorelei. Blue attempts a justification ("You can't fool your enemies if you don't fool your friends!"), but Sabrina's not buying it.
- White Gloves: She made a pair for herself and a black version for Silver to keep their hands warm while they were under the Masked Man. She no longer wears them as of FR/LG.
- Why Did It Have to Be Birds?: Starts off the story with a crippling fear of bird Pokémon due to the fact that she was drafted into the Masked Man's service after being kidnapped by Ho-oh. She got better.
A Wigglytuff that Blue has owned since she was a small child.
A Blastoise that Blue stole from Professor Oak when it was just a Squirtle.
A Ditto that Blue uses to disguise herself.
A Clefable that Blue has owned since it was a Clefairy.
A Nidoqueen that Blue has owned since she was a Nidoran.
A Granbull that Blue has owned since it was a Snubbull. Was once traded to Silver for his Horsea and then back.
- Bully Bulldog
- Cute Little Fangs: As a Snubbull.
- Perpetual Frowner
- Punny Name / Lost in Translation: In the original Japanese version, Blue's Granbull is nicknamed "ブルー (Bull)". The pun is here is that Blue's name, when written in katakana, is written exactly the same as Snubbull's Japanese name, Bull. The only reason that we know that it even has a nickname is from Netkun and the fact that Blue calls her Granbull "Bull" even after evolving. This was not caught by translators and all official English translations refer to Bull by its species name.
Yellow — The Healer
"Humans and Pokémon can live together! I know it!"
She's the first main character in the manga not to be based on a game protagonist. Yellow appears in her own individual arc on a quest to find Red, who has mysteriously gone missing, and ends up defeating Lance. Her first Pokémon was a Rattata nicknamed Ratty caught by—you guessed it—Red. Her "starter" then was Red's Pikachu, Pika, and her "starter" now is her own Pikachu, Chuchu.
- Achilles' Heel: See Heavy Sleeper below.
- Action Girl: Despite her gentle personality, she definitely counts as one too.
- Badass Adorable: Textbook example.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Yellow is probably the most pacifistic and sweet-tempered of the Dex Holders who dislikes battling so much that she'd rather render her enemies immobile instead of outright hurting them, or just plain run away. However she knows when to get serious; threaten the Viridian Forest or try to Kill All Humans, and the gloves are off.
- Badass Grinding: Even without the Superweapon Surprise in play, she still managed to take injuries from her fight with Lance in stride, even overcoming him in spite of them. Training under Green and facing the crisis instigated by the Kanto Elite Four certainly helped this along.
- Canon Foreigner
- Chekhov's Gunman: She actually appears for the first time near the end of the first arc (when Red catches her Rattata for her, mentioned above), several chapters before her own arc begins.
- Compressed Hair: Whenever she wears her hat.
- The Dreaded: You'd think she'd be the last person to be this to anyone, but she is. The only reason Petrel managed to get the drop on Lance is because he exploited Lance's fear of her.
- Everyone Can See It: Everyone knows of her crush on Red, except Red of course. The end of the GSC chapter implies Red does know of the crush.
- Eyes of Gold: A recent colored picture suggests that her eyes glow in her namesake whenever she uses her powers.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine with a dash of Supine.
- Hammerspace: That pouch thing can hold her sketchbook and fishing rod without them being seen. At times it looks like she just pulls them out of her back.
- Heavy Sleeper: Overusing her powers will force her to fall into a deep sleep, no matter how inopportune the situation. Worst situation of all was when she was inside the out-of-control Team Rocket airship. Granted, before that happened, she had to use her powers a lot more than she usually did.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Yellow is a girl!
- Let's Get Dangerous: Yellow should be easy to beat in a battle, right? Her Pokémon are weaklings, she hates fighting...HOLY SHOOT HER POKEMON'S LEVELS JUST JUMPED UP ALL THE WAY TO THE EIGHTIES.
- Limited Wardrobe: From Yellow saga to Emerald.
- The Medic: Gifted with the powers of the Viridian Forest, Yellow has a special ability that allows her to completely heal wounded Pokémon. And all she has to do is touch them.
- Not even that, she just needs to be near them. Though this is showcased more often with Lance, who has the same powers as her but is more competent with them.
- Combat Medic
- Multiethnic Name: Her first name is English and her last name, Caballero, is the Spanish word for knight.
- Nice Hat: For a needed plot twist
- Chekhov's Gun: That hat was given to Yellow by Blue, along with the Rainbow and Silver Wings that are worn on it.
- Older Than They Look: Crystal, Gold and Silver, on different occasions, were shocked to learn that Yellow is a year older than them, as Yellow is almost a foot shorter.
- Parental Abandonment: Just where are they? (but at least the fisher uncle is there...)
- Psychic Child: Can read the minds of Pokémon and has limited telekinesis. She is the youngest of the first-generation protagonists.
- Psychic Powers: Her Viridian-based powers include:
- Red String of Fate: With Red.
- Rescue Romance: How she fell in love with/started looking up to Red. It's never hinted that Red's ever realized that she's the same little girl he rescued from that rampaging Dratini all those years ago.
- Samus is a Girl/Bifauxnen: She conceals her gender by wearing a huge straw hat that hides her ponytail. It's only revealed later in her arc that she is, in fact, female.
- Also, considering the Yellow chapter is the second, any instance of spoiler-marking her gender may make most of the fans groan, because You Should Know This Already.
- She Is All Grown Up: In FRLG as compared to RGB and Yellow arc. Though she could still pass for a boy, and she's still shorter than Silver (and probably everyone else, minus Emerald).
- Ship Tease: Sprinkled liberally with Red and arguably with Silver in the FR/LG arc.
- Skilled, but Naďve
- Speaks Fluent Animal
- Taken for Granite: Since she was sleeping during petrification it's really disputable if her mind was conscious those past 3 months, since she was already awake on the reversal of the petrification.
- Take Up My Sword: When Red disappeared, Yellow used his Pikachu and Pokédex.
- Weak, but Skilled: Definitely counts as this for most of the Yellow arc; given the usual power level for Dex Holders, she might still be this (when not using her Super Empowering, of course)
Yellow's first Pokémon, which Red helped her catch after he saved her. His sharp teeth have proved useful in many situation.
A gift from her uncle, Dody primarily serves as Yellow's mode of land transport.
A gift from Brock. Evolved into a Golem during the battle against Lance.
A gift from Misty. He evolved into a Omastar during the battle against Lance.
Once a Caterpie that followed Yellow after saving its life. Kitty evolved into a Metapod then into a Butterfree during the battle against Lance.
A Pikachu that Yellow captured sometime after the battle with Lance.
Gold — The Hatcher/Breeder
"...Pokémon are my partners! We work alongside for the same goals because we are partners!"
He's the first hero of the GSC arc. Gold comes from a well-to-do family, can be quite a flirt and thinks of Pokémon as his family as he grew up with a lot of them. His journey begins when he sees Silver steal a Pokémon from Elm's lab and decides to catch him himself. Gold's first Pokémon was an Aipom (nicknamed Aibo in Viz's translation and Ataro in Chuang Yi's translation) and his 'starter' was a Cyndaquil (nicknamed Exbo and Explotaro in Viz and Chuang Yi's releases respectively).
One of the Pokémon that lived in Gold's home. He was originally the first and only Gold took on his journey until Gold realized he lost (and later retrieved) Polibo. Started out as an Aipom and later evolved when it learned Double Hit.
A Typhlosion that Gold obtained as a Cyndaquil when it asked to join his team to rescue his Totodile friend that was stolen by Silver.
A Politoed that was one of the Pokémon that lived in Gold's house since it was a Poliwag. After an incident involving Team Rocket, it was lost at sea but was later found and became a major part of his team. Gold initially intended for him to evolve into a Poliwrath like Red's but Polibo evolved into a Politoed after it was temporarily traded to Silver for his Seadra.
A Sunflora that Gold caught as a Sunkern. She evolved into a Sunflora during the battle against the Masked Man.
A Sudowoodo that Gold saved from a Rhydon during a bike race he had with Whitney. After helping it, Gold accepted it onto his team.
A Togepi that Gold hatched from an egg. Due to a problem with connecting to Togebo, Gold went a while unable to evolve it. During the battle against Arceus, Gold managed to connect with Togebo, and it evolve into Togetic and Togekiss to stop the rampaging Pokémon.
- Blow You Away: Secondary type.
- Eggshell Clothing: As a Togepi.
- Like Trainer, Like Pokémon: Gold's ability to make his hatched Pokémon like him turned a Pokémon that is known for bringing happiness into a gambling delinquent.
- Took a Level in Badass: As a Togepi, he was badass, but won most of his battles through pure luck. Upon evolving twice, he became strong enough to face against Arceus and calm it down with a single attack. Although he didn't actually hurt it.
- Tsundere: Wanted Gold to ride him, but seemed unable to ask directly.
Tibo/Mantaro (Mantarou) and Remoraid
A Mantine that Gold encountered after being sent flying into the sea. He quickly befriended the Pokémon and uses it in conjunction with Crystal's recently-captured Remoraid to enable it to fly.
A Pichu that hatched from an egg that was produced by Red's Pika and Yellow's Chuchu. Has wild hair like his Trainer.
Silver — The Exchanger
"No matter how much I yearn to be part of the light, darkness keeps dragging me back in."
The second hero and The Lancer
of the GSC saga. He's an Anti-Hero
and works in ways that aren't always very favorable. Has a secret, dark past
, but is usually just a Jerk with a Heart of Gold
. His first Pokémon is a Sneasel and his starter is a Totodile which he stole from the lab.
A Weavile that Silver has owned since it was a Sneasel.
A Pokémon that Silver stole from Professor Elm when it was a Totodile.
Silver's mode of flight transportation. Was first seen as a Murkrow.
A Kingdra that was once traded to Blue for her Bull but later traded back offscreen. She evolved into a Seadra offscreen and evolved into Kingdra when she was temporarily traded to Gold for his Polibo.
The Red Gyarados of the Lake of Rage. Silver captured it to stop the Pokémon there from rampaging because of Team Rocket's trouble causing.
A Pokémon Silver caught near Azalea Town. Is currently with Giovanni
Originally Green's Pokémon but was traded to Silver to fit his missing slot after Ursaring went missing.
Crystal — The Catcher/Capturer
She's the third and last hero/ine of the GSC saga. Her name is usually shortened to Crys. Crystal stars in two books alone before teaming up with Silver and Gold. She was given a Pokédex after taking the job of catching Pokémon for the Professor so she can help the run down orphanage she's helping look after. Has caught all non-legendaries and is currently working as Oak's assistant. Her first Pokémon was a Smoochum named Chumee and starter is a Chikorita, (nicknamed Megaree in Viz's version and simply 'Mega' in Chuang Yi's version). Each of her Pokémon have a star on them somewhere.
- The Ace: She is this in regards to Pokemon catching. It says volumes of her skill that she legitimately managed to Catch 'Em All, or at least every non-Legendary in Kanto & Johto & Hoenn by the Emerald Arc.
- Action Girl: More of a catcher but can battle fine too.
- Age-Inappropriate Dress: Her outfit in HGSS◊; forced on to her by her mother.
- Boobs of Steel: Subverted; while she isn't the most naturally stacked of the main cast, she is however, the strongest female trainer in terms of general powerlevels, as the majority of her team approach the 80's.
- Brainy Brunette: If you count her Emerald artwork, where her hair is a dark brown.
- Catch Phrase: (Viz version) "Capture complete!"
- Chuang Yi version: "Capture done."
- The Coats Are Off: She does this quite a few times before HGSS, most notably when rescuing Bill's boat from a wild Flaafy and Dunsparce and while re-training herself at Mt. Mortar.
- Composite Character: She currently wears
Mario's Lyra's outfit from Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver. How ironic.
- Cool Big Sis: To Emerald, the orphans, Ruby and Sapphire.
- Extremity Extremist: She uses her Pokéballs by kicking them at her targets, a habit she developed after injuring her arms while training her capturing skills.
- Girlish Pigtails: Hers slant upwards. Though she's nowhere near childish.
- Gotta Catch Them All: And she succeeded, sort of...
- Heroic BSOD: Has one when she fails to catch Suicune and understand it in GSC. Her mother has to slap her and she has to start training from scratch when she finally reboots.
- Kick Chick: The one and only.
- The Kirk
- Modesty Shorts
- Mood-Swinger: Whenever catching is involved, she turns super serious and focused.
- Only Sane Man: Between her, Gold and Silver, she's the most responsible.
- Ship Tease: Primarily with Gold, though there's some with Emerald and Silver too.
- Taught by Television: Watching Sabrina sure benefited her and the RSE gang in the Emerald saga.
- Team Mom: To Emerald and especially to the Violet City Orphans.
- Tsundere: Type B, mainly toward Gold. Justified, given his general attitude
- She's like this in regard to catching as well, normally being a happy-go-lucky girl and suddenly switching to pure, stern professionalism when catching is involved (something Bill lampshades when he sees it happen: "Is this even the same girl!?")
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Out of all the Dex holders, possibly except Platinum Berlitz (who borders between black or dark blue), she seems to have the most unnatural blue hair in the cast.
- Though, of course, she originally had brown hair.
- Zettai Ryouiki: HGSS outfit
- And almost a Grade S too, if not for the fact that her pigtails are inverted and she doesn't have a Tsundere personality.
Crystal's first Pokémon. A Smoochum that helps her catch Pokémon by stunning them with Mean Look, preventing them from escaping. Wears a star necklace around her neck that is shared with Megaree.
A Meganium that wanted to join Crystal's team after hearing about the exploits that Gold's Exbo and Silver's Feraligatr had with their Trainers. At first, Crystal didn't want him because she had a full team but decided to take him after seeing him show his determination. Wears a star necklace around his neck.
A Cubone that Crystal met after she was sent down a cliff from a wild Arcanine. He uses moves that prevent the opponent from fainting to make capture easier. Has star cracks on his helmet.
A Hitmonchan that Crystal met after she was sent down a cliff from a wild Arcanine. He uses his speed to quickly hit opponents. He has star stickers on his boxing gloves.
A Xatu that Crystal met as a Natu after she was sent down a cliff from a wild Arcanine. She users her psychic powers to help lift Crystal into the air. She wears a star sticker on her left eye.
A Parasect that Crystal met after she was sent down a cliff from a wild Arcanine. She uses special spores made inside her body to inflict status inflictions on Pokémon, making them easier to capture. She has star patterns on her mushroom body.
An Arcanine that Crystal met when she was a child. Having been blinded in his right eye by a wild Larvitar, he went on a rampage and knocked Crystal off a cliff until she healed him later. Wears a star collar on his neck.
A Mr. Mime that Crystal brought to help out in the battle against Guile Hideout.
Ruby — The Charmer
"True beauty lies in the heart! The heart that is capable of love!"
The male protagonist of the RS Arc. Despite being the son of Gym Leader Norman, Ruby is deeply fixated on Pokémon contests and the beauty and appearance of his team. Naturally, this has put him at odds with his father. First Pokémon(s) are a Skitty named Coco, Poochyena named Nana and Ralts named Ruru. His starter is a Mudkip named Zuzu.
- Ambiguously Gay: Turned out to be straight, though.
- Anti-Hero: Type 2 with shades of Type 1.
- Bishie Sparkle: Whenever he says something related to beautifying or contests.
- The Bet: Both he and Sapphire made a bet to accomplish their goals within 80 days. It ends in a tie.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He does whatever he can to avoid direct Pokémon confrontation. Push him into it or remove him from the public eye, however, and you'll learn quick that five years isn't enough to dull his blade.
- Covert Pervert: Notable example includes him taking an unconscious Sapphire's measurements. Justified; it's for modifying a change of his clothes for her.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: I'm running away from my home because my father can't accept my dream to be a Pokémon Coordinator!
- The Dandy
- The Fashionista: A male version.
- The Fighting Narcissist
- Forgotten Childhood Friend
- Idiot Hair: There's one under his hat.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Fashionable: He even made a new outfit to barbarian Sapphire out of his own spare clothes to achive this.
- It Was with You All Along: His search for the ultimate Contest Pokémon. A Milotic, which Mimi eventually evolves into.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rather impetuous and vain, but his heart's in the right place.
- Limited Wardrobe: Special mention for actually having a closet full of identical outfits, including multiples of his hat. Seen here.
- Kamehame Hadoken: No matter how much of an Asspull it may be, it. Was. AWESOME.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Camp Straight to Sapphire's Tomboy. The fact that he's named after the pink or red colored Ruby, while Sapphire is named after the blue colored Sapphire accentuates this.
- May-December Romance: Courtney certainly seemed interested...
- My God, What Have I Done?: Does this after realizing the consequences of yelling at his Feebas, Mimi.
- Nice Hat: It also hides the scars he got from the Salamence listed below. The scars are his identifying mark without the hat in play.
- Non-Action Guy: What he becomes due to believing...
- It's All My Fault: While he managed to repel a wild Salamence that attacked him and Sapphire five years prior to the bet, he dropped competitive battling after he mistakenly believes he tainted her "crystal-clear heart".
- Not in This for Your Revolution: At first, he refuses to help Sapphire save the Hoenn region from certain catastrophe.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: More like Obfuscating Incompetence. See It's All My Fault.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In the absence of an audience to view his battling prowess.
- The Run Away: His father practically hunts him down for doing so.
- Scars Are Forever
- She Is Not My Girlfriend : To Sapphire, He openly denies it when the chips are not down.
- Significant Name: He's named after the Pink-colored Ruby, which fits quite well with his status as the pink boy to Sapphire's blue girl.
- His birthday is at 2nd of July, in which his birthstone is ruby.
- The Spock
- Stoic Spectacles: Ruby actually has bad eyesight. When he's sewing, they may count as Nerd Glasses, but he also wears them when he's figuring out battle strategies. He actually looks pretty intelligent in them.
- Strong Family Resemblance: When he takes off his hat, he really looks like mini-Norman.
- Super Speed: his Running Shoes allow him to keep up with cars. Much better than their game counterpart, which basically amounted to researching running.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Had two What the Hell, Hero? moments in a row prior to the climax of the Ruby & Sapphire arc; He first refuses to aid Sapphire in saving Hoenn from destruction because "It wasn't his problem" and then takes out his anger on his Feebas for losing a contest. It wasn't until after his Feebas abandoned him for his actions that he changed his mind.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Uptight Loves Wild: With Sapphire as Ms Wild and Ruby himself as the Uptight.
- We Can Rule Together: Offered by Courtney in R/S Saga, when she asked him if he wanted to join Team Magma.
- What the Hell, Hero?
- He demonstrates Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass on instinct before Sapphire, and yet he still refuses to help save Hoenn from the maniacs in Teams Magma and Aqua. Sapphire was not pleased at all.
- See My God, What Have I Done?. Wallace has to spell it out for Ruby before he does this.
- World's Most Beautiful Pokémon: See It Was with You All Along above.
- With My Hands Tied: His fight with Mack in the submarine, as he's backed into a corner and his arms are tied to his sides. He manages to escape unharmed, though.
One of Ruby's starter Pokémon. A Mightyena that is used in Cool rank contests.
One of Ruby's starter Pokémon. A Delcatty that is used in Cute rank contests.
One of Ruby's starter Pokémon. A Kirlia that is used in Smart rank contests. Due to being stuck with Wally for most of Ruby's adventure, she was unable to participate in contests and Popo was used in her place.
A Pokémon that Ruby got from Professor Birch. A Swampert that is used in Tough rank contests.
A Castform that used to belong to Mr. Stone until he was put into a coma because of Team Aqua. She is used in Smart Rank contests due to Ruru being with Wally.
A Milotic that Ruby caught as a Feebas, much to his chagrin. After some Character Development
, he found out that even though she is ugly on the outside, she is beautiful on the inside, causing her to evolve into a Milotic, a Pokémon he had been searching for. She is used in Beauty rank contests.
A Pokémon that Ruby encountered on the Abandoned Ship. It joined his team while on Mirage Island.
Sapphire Birch — The Conqueror
The female protagonist for the RS arc. The yang to Ruby's yin, she assists Prof. Birch in his studies and is more than ready for anything nature can throw at her. After an argument with Ruby, she sets off both their journeys with a bet - she'll see Pokémon contests in a new light if he can get all the ribbons in 80 days
, while she seeks to get all the local badges in that time limit. This is inspired, in fact, by her own encroaching 11th birthday and the fact she wants to beat Red's record for defeating the Gym leaders.
First Pokémon is an Aron named Rono while starter is a Torchic named Toro.
- Action Girl: So very much.
- Adaptational Badass: She's certainly more aggressive than May is as a NPC.
- Badass Adorable
- Badass Normal: One of a small list of humans who fight Pokémon unaided. She does have her own, but she's hardly helpless without them.
- Bare Your Midriff: Only when she's in her jungle outfit.
- The Bet: Both she and Ruby made a bet to accomplish their goals within 80 days. It ends in a tie.
- Book Dumb: Subverted. Once she got the tough-sounding words out of the way, she went down as the first to score perfect marks in Roxanne's written exam gym challenge.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Breaking a (weakened) fountain and sprinting while carrying two full-grown men and a woman near the start of the arc should give you an idea what she's capable of.
- Cute Bruiser
- Cute Little Fangs: Probably to emphasize how a Wild Child she is.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Again, only when she's in her jungle outfit.
- Forgotten Childhood Friend
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: Hilariously with Ruby.
- Played straight in the beginning, but in the Emerald arc, she's pretty much ready to beat the shit out of him whenever he claims to have forgotten what exactly happened during the RS climax, including their love confessions to each other.
- Hero-Worshipper: Red's achievements were actually the motivation for her journey in the first place.
- Hot-Blooded: Not as much as Pearl, Gold, or Black though (She may have started out on par with them, but she mellows out by the end.)
- The Ingenue: Was this when she was younger. It's also part of what crushed the younger Ruby so much when he thought he'd scared her.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: She has absolutely no qualms in going around in a leaf bikini or taking her clothes off in front of strangers.
- Jungle Princess: She becomes this due to believing...
- It's All My Fault: That same Salamence in Ruby's tragic backstory cut him up before he chased it off. She blamed herself for her own weakness and inability to fight, and went native as part of her assistance in Prof. Birch's research to rectify that. Along the way, she engaged in some badass grinding, and only went from there after her wager with Ruby.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The tomboy to Ruby's Camp Straight. The fact that she's named after the blue colored Sapphire, while Ruby is named after the pink or red colored Ruby accentuates this.
- The McCoy
- Significant Name: She's named after the Blue-colored Sapphire, which fits quite well with her status as the blue girl to Ruby's pink boy.
- Her birthday is at 20th of September, in which her birthstone is sapphire.
- Skirt over Slacks: When she's actually wearing clothes, anyway.
- Tomboy: Her goal is to beat all of the gym leaders in Hoenn, and she scoffs at the idea of participating in contests.
- Tsundere: To Ruby. Type A.
- Uptight Loves Wild: With Ruby as the Uptight and her as the Wild.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: While normally fearless, a recount of her fight with Frontier Brain Tucker during the Emerald saga suggests she still has trouble dealing with Salamence, most likely due to her previously mentioned encounter with one.
- Wild Girl: Gold's nickname for her. Sounds accurate.
An Aggron that Sapphire got as her first Pokémon.
A Blaziken that Sapphire got from her dad as a Torchic.
A Wailord that Sapphire borrowed from her father. Serves primarily as her mode of water transportation and is never used in battle.
A Tropius that Sapphire borrowed from her father. Mostly serves as her mode of air transportation and is rarely used in battle.
A Donphan that Sapphire met a Mauville City. After helping her stop a rampaging robot, he joined Sapphire's team.
A Relicanth that Sapphire caught during the Groudon and Kyogre debacle.
A Pokémon that Sapphire encountered on the Abandoned Ship. It joined her team while on Mirage Island.
Emerald — The Calmer
"It's not the Pokémon battles that I like! It's the Pokémon...and the people who like Pokémon!"
The protagonist of the Emerald arc. He is the second main character in the manga not to be based on a game protagonist. A trainer who loves Pokémon battles but not Pokémon (at first
), he utilizes a variety of gadgets and is a genius at item battles. He challenges the Hoenn Battle Frontier in his arc, claiming that he will subdue the Frontier Brains in the seven days prior to the opening ceremonies. This coincides with the appearance of Jirachi in the Battle Frontier.
He's the only main character whose first Pokémon is actually a starter, in this case Sceptile.
- Anime Hair: Actually held up with hair gel, unlike almost all examples of this trope. It helps to make him look taller.
- Anti-Hero: A Type I and III hybrid.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Just one glance tells him the origin site of a Pokémon. Given just how he calms the (unnaturally) frenzied Pokémon in the arc, it qualifies.
- Hence why he quickly bonded with Noland after their battle.
- Artificial Limbs: His hand extenders & platform shoes can count as this.
- Berserk Button: Don't call him short or hurt Crystal. He will DECIMATE you.
- The Bet: He made a bet with the Frontier Brains that he will beat them all in seven days.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Just don't say it in his face.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Let's count the ways:
- He has a great deal of knowledge regarding many facets of Pokémon battle.
- He knows that a good way to fight a trainer with Legendary Pokémon, is to feed his fainted Sceptile, one of his 99 Revives, and have it attack while his opponent is bragging about his victory.
- Drought Level of Doom: Emerald has to battle many times before facing the Frontier Brain in each facility, so it counts.
- Canon Foreigner
- Early-Bird Cameo/Chekhov's Gunman: He was shown as a shadow in GSC.
- Although you can't even recognize him since he hadn't adopted his distinctive hair by then, so it was more likely a Retcon that it was him in the first place.
- A straighter example would thus be the panel of his trainer card in the R/S arc.
- Hilariously, the majority of his team is made of Pokémon that are not only possessed by other Dex Holders, but also get pre-evolutions in Gen IV.
- Friendless Background: The Loner Type.
- Green Eyes
- Hero-Worshipper: It was due to Crystal's selfless actions that motivated him to become a Dex Owner in the first place.
- Honor Before Reason: He refuses to acknowledge that the bonds he's formed with his Pokémon contribute to his victories, and to prove this point he exchanges his roster for a team of Pokémon he's never used before. To battle a frontier brain. After witnessing the Heroic Resolve of his Sceptile saving him from being defeated by Ruby.
- Later, when fighting his way through the Battle Tower to confront Guile Hideout, he refuses to break the rules of the Battle Tower despite fighting for his life and the lives of everyone in the Battle Frontier.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Type B.
- Important Hair Accessory: His green gem in his forehead. Turns out the gem was used in a failed attempt to control Rayquaza earlier in the RS arc.
- I Work Alone: the first time he met them, he refused Ruby and Sapphire's offer to help in his mission.
- Improbable Hairstyle: Just look at the picture!
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Jerkass Façade: Rebuffed and insulted the Pokémon team he gained for their affections so no one would insult them for being like substitute limbs for him
- The Kirk
- Loners Are Freaks: Emerald was a loner prior to his debut, until Emerald finally comes to terms with his true desire to forge bonds between fellow Dex Owners as well as Pokémon.
- The Napoleon: The only character in the series shorter than Yellow! His equipment provides a marginally effective ruse, but it can't hope to last.
- Refused by the Call/The Call Put Me On Hold: At first he was refused to be given a Poké Dex, only to be given to him much later after undergoing both the Secret Test of Character and several months of Training from Hell.
- Significant Name: He's named after the green-colored emerald, which fits quite well along with his companions Ruby and Sapphire.
- His birthday is at 31st of May, in which his birthstone is emerald.
- Unusual Eyebrows: Look at the picture again.
- Urine Trouble: He has a rather weird habit of peeing from the windows of tall buildings.
- V Sign: He does this after he gets 17 consecutive wins in the Battle Factory.
- What the Hell, Hero?: When he recalled his three most trusted Pokémon and replaces them with another prior to the final Battle Dome Match, to which he loses horribly.
- You Are Not Alone
Emerald's starter Pokémon that got from the Battle Factory. Briefly partnered with Wally before being lost at sea.
A Pokémon that Emerald encountered when he first arrived at the Battle Frontier. She later followed him because she wanted join his team.
A Pokémon that Emerald encountered at the Battle Pike. It later followed him because it wanted join his team.
A Pokémon that went rampaging because of Guile Hideout. After being calmed down, it was given to Emerald by Norman.
A Pokémon that went rampaging because of Guile Hideout. After being calmed down, it was given to Emerald by Norman.
A Pokémon that went rampaging because of Guile Hideout. After being calmed down, it was given to Emerald by Norman.
Diamond — The Empathizer
The first hero of the DP arc. His name is usually shortened to Dia. He's the fool in the comedy duo . He's always shown to be always eating and sleepy. But despite his foolish looking face, he is also quite sensitive to his surroundings and can detect the smallest things in a situation. First Pokémon is a Munchlax named Lax and starter is a Turtwig named 'Tru'.
- Adorkable: Face it - he's a mecha anime addict, loves to eat, a Butt Monkey, rather emotional, often unintentionally funny, yet still remains a big Badass. He can't be anything but this.
- Anti-Hero: Type I.
- Big Eater: He's eating practically in every chapter. Even while on board TG's plane!
- Bodyguard Crush: It was a mistake when he and Pearl become Platinum Berlitz's bodyguards, but he still crushes on her.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Diamond's the boke.
- Brilliant but Lazy: He's actually very intuitive for his age, but he rarely shows it.
- Can't Catch Up: Byron sends him into a personal training session with Riley at Iron Island for not being as strong or battle-smart as Pearl and Platinum, something even Satoshi Yamamoto points out. He makes up for this with his courage and empathy later on.
- Casual Danger Dialog: He's normally unfazed even when the times are dire. An example here.
- Character Tics: Every now and then he slaps his cheeks when he feels determined.
- Cheerful Child: He's the only one out of the Sinnoh trio who seems to act like he's really 12 years old.
- Childhood Friends: With Pearl.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: When Pearl points out that they have no duty other than protecting Platinum, Diamond says he still wants to stand up to the bad guy anyways.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Yes, he IS quite of a dope and can be really slow sometimes, but he makes up for it with his quick logic and can stand the ground on Cyrus when he needs to.
- Disney Death: Like they would really kill off a main character! But he really would have died from Giratina's Shadow Force, had he not been exposed to the Distortion World enough times for him to become immune to it already.
- Dork Knight: Despite not being a real knight, he qualifies for this.
- Dressing as the Enemy: Dia disguises himself as a TG grunt by mugging a grunt's clothes in the latter DP saga.
- The Dulcinea Effect: Sort of. He becomes fiercely determined to protect Platinum upon a day of meeting her.
- Easily Forgiven: Sure, he didn't know yet that Cyrus had undergone a change of heart during his stay in the Distortion World, but why exactly would he casually remind him of his old plan of reconstructing the universe? Even after hearing Cyrus's Freudian Excuse, he completely forgets the fact that the man tried to kill him and his friends several times over and immediately teams up with him.
- The Empath
- Friend to All Living Things: Byron is the first to notice that Pokémon become quite fond of him.
- Grew a Spine: One may think that he's just the quiet unassuming underdog of the comedy duo, but midway in the DP arc he reveals to Pearl that he wants to follow his own feelings and do what he wants for a change. He then goes on to be the biggest Bad Ass of the DP arc.
- The Heart: His normalcy is what enables him to have the biggest heart in the series.
- Hero-Worshipper: In a flashback, he was shown to be a fan of Red and has puppets of his Pokémon.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Him and Pearl.
- Idiot Hero: Even if you ignore his Obfuscating Stupidity, he still has shades of this.
- Inelegant Blubbering: Whenever he's crying, it tends to be this.
- Innocent Prodigy: He is much deeper and understanding than he appears.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Cyrus at the end of the Platinum arc.
- Iron Buttmonkey: As the boke in their manzai routine, he has to be.
- The Kirk: Until he develops into a McCoy at the end of the DP arc.
- Love at First Sight: One-sided case towards Platinum.
- Mighty Glacier: Pretty much all of his Pokémon are of the slow but powerful/tough kind, culminating in Regigigas, who's pretty much the epitome of the archetype.
- Nice Guy: So much so that when you tick him off (which would require a lot of effort considering his very long patience), you'd better watch out.
- No Sell: Exposing himself to the Distortion World several times made him immune to Giratina's Shadow Force.
- No Sense of Direction: In one chapter he mentions that he gets lost even with a map.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He knew from the start Platinum was not a tour guide.
- Ridiculously Average Guy: His main attribute, according to Satoshi Yamamoto.
- Ship Tease: With Platinum. The Bodyguard Crush helps.
- Significant Name: His birthday is on the 4th of April, in which the birthstone is diamond.
- Skewed Priorities: Apparently, lunch always comes first.
- Taking the Bullet/Heroic Sacrifice: He pushes Pearl out of the way just in time as Giratina's Shadow Force hits him.
- Tareme Eyes
- Team Chef: Surprisingly a good one too. He can make high-quality Poffins with difficult berry combinations which were fed to Platinum's Prinplup, not to mention a cream pie for Platinum herself when she got depressed.
- Tranquil Fury: Possibly one of the reasons he's associated with Mesprit, the Pokémon of emotion.
- With a Friend and a Stranger: With Pearl being the friend and Platinum being the stranger.
A Munchlax that is Dia's first Pokémon.
A Pokemon that was supposed to go to Platinum's bodyguards but ended up with Dia.
A Bastiodon that Dia got as a Shieldon from Byron. He evolved during the infiltration of Team Galactic's base.
A Lickilicky that Dia encountered as a Lickitung. It attacked the president of the Poketch company for teasing it and evolved when Dia battled him to protect the man.
A Mamoswine that Platinum caught and later gave to Dia.
A Regigias that Platinum encountered after her defeat at the hands of Jupiter. It saved her, Candice, and Maylene and snuck into her Poke Ball so it can come and help them later during the final battle against Cyrus. Due to orders it was given in the past, it refuses to leave its Poke Ball unless it's necessary.
A Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum encountered in the Old Chateau. It tricked and teased them by going into various appliances, but they eventually found it and trapped it in a television. Later, Dia and Pearl returned to the Old Chateau to protect Rotom from Charon and befriended it. After Charon was defeated, it joined Dia.
Pearl — The Determiner
"To me, everything begins with one's willpower!"
The second hero of the DP arc. He's the straight man of the comedy duo and is very loud and shouts quite a lot. He's somewhat The Leader
of the team. First Pokémon is a Chatot named Chatler and starter is a Chimchar named Chimler. His father is the leader of the Battle Frontier, and thus he has a great wealth of battling and training knowledge, which he often shares with Platinum Berlitz.
- Androcles' Lion: Helping that wild Luxray had its perks.
- Anti-Hero: Type II.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: His preferred method of admonishing a Dope Slap to Dia.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: can tell what attack a Pokémon is going to use just by looking at their movements.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Pearl's the tsukkomi.
- Bystander Syndrome: He at first doesn't want to have anything to do with Team Galactic because he believes that his and Dia's only priority is to protect Platinum. He changes his views as the arc goes on.
- Childhood Friends: With Diamond.
- Decoy Protagonist: No, he's not as important to the plot as Diamond or Platinum. But early chapters would have you believe otherwise, and internally he's still vaguely their leader.
- Determinator: Well he is very closely related to Azelf, the Pokémon of willpower.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Him and Diamond.
- Heroic BSOD: Goes into one after failing to protect Azelf from Team Galactic. He snaps out of it quickly, though.
- Hot-Blooded: Possibly moreso than Gold as he shouts almost every chapter.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His treatment of Dia (before he calls him out on it) occasionally tiptoes from the well-meaning to abusive and he had been very put off by Platinum's behavior at first, but he cares deeply for the both of them. By the end of the DP arc he also seems to have dropped the jerk part completely.
- The Leader: Type III. While Platinum is the face of the Sinnoh trio, he's the one who actually takes charge.
- The McCoy: Until he turns into a Kirk by the end of the DP arc.
- No Indoor Voice
- No Time To Think: A wild Stunky stink-bombs Platinum unconscious after multiple bike-riding failures agitate it, and she starts rolling straight downhill. Pearl saves her ass from a messy trip off Cycling Road by utilizing Prinplup and Chimlord's abilities - the sheer level of intrinsic knowledge and reflexive thought required drives this troper to manly tears.
- Only Sane Man: He has his faults, but compared to Dia or Platinum, he's certainly the most level-headed among the three of them and often has to keep the other two in line.
- Ship Tease: With Platinum, especially in the early chapters.
- Significant Name: His birthday is on the 6th of June, in which the birthstone is pearl.
- Tsundere: Is this to Platinum and Dia, but especially heavy on the tsun to Dia, as shown here — the moment is also a CMoH.
- Technicolor Eyes: Orange.
- The Leader: Type III due to his overbearing personality, though technically it's supposed to be Platinum.
- Unstoppable Rage: He unleashes his entire team (and Rotom) out at Charon when he thinks that Dia is killed.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Dia calmly calls him out for not listening to his opinions and generally treating him like his underling. He realizes his mistakes, however, and the two quickly patch up after their battle with Cyrus.
- With a Friend and a Stranger: With Dia being the friend and Platinum being the stranger.
Pearl's first Pokemon that he uses in his and Dia's Manzai skits. Tends to repeat everything says.
A Pokemon that was supposed to go to Platinum's bodyguards but ended up with Pearl.
A Luxray that once had its claws broken as a Luxio and was ostracized from its pride. After Pearl helped it
connect with its pride again, Rayhiko eventually evolved and became the leader. Later, it joined Pearl's team to help him face off against Team Galactic.
A Buizel that was caught in the explosion of one of Team Galactic's bombs and gained a distrust of humans in the process. Pearl captured it while training but the Pokemon doesn't want to listen to him.
A Diglett that Pearl caught while training to battle Team Galactic.
A Tauros that Pearl caught while training to battle Team Galactic.
Platinum Berlitz — The Knower
"...It's an interesting world out there. I've learned many things I wouldn't otherwise have if I'd stayed cooped up at home!"
The third hero of the DP arc and the heroine of the Platinum arc. She is the princess of the group and is supposedly on a journey to Mt Coronet to honor a family tradition. She acts very snobbish at first but is later revealed to be also sheltered and curious. First Pokémon is a Ponyta and her starter is a Piplup. She's lightened up quite a bit in the Platinum arc.
- Action Girl: She mowed down the gyms faster than Sapphire and with Pearl and Dia's help is currently battling the Brains without losing yet!
- Bad Liar: Whenever she lies, it's ......not very convincing.
- Chekhov's Skill: Many of the new experiences she picks up on her journey end up helping her out in her Gym Battles.
- Chekhov's Boomerang: And one of her learned skills (mastering roulette) was used again in the Platinum arc.
- Decoy Protagonist: Plot-wise, she's the most important among the Sinnoh trio, but by the end of the DP arc it's clear that Diamond's the real hero of the story.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: To Dia and Pearl. She acts all snobby at first and considers the two as just mere hired commoner guards but later warms up to them.
- Determinator: During her first Super Contest.
- The Hedonist / Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Played with: Several of her actions, including her gym/frontier challenges, are motivated simply for the sake of the experience itself, and little besides, in the way of justification. Subverted in that she demonstrates few to none of the associated personality traits.
- Lady of War: Is technically one due to her personality and prowess in battle.
- The Leader: Type IV of the Sinnoh leaders, though it's sometimes shared with Pearl.
- Magic Skirt
- Nice to the Waiter: It takes time for her to act like this to Dia and Pearl, but once the truth got found out they eventually do become her True Companions.
- No Name Given: Her real name isn't revealed in the manga until the release of Pokémon Platinum.
- Oblivious to Love: Is completely clueless regarding Diamond's obvious crush on her.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Before the Platinum Version game was released, she didn't want to give her real name to commoners. Her nickname may be "Ojou-sama", "Missy", or "Lady" depending on the version you're reading.
- The Ojou
- The President's Daughter
- Protectorate: She's this to Dia and Pearl. Justified, since both are her bodyguards.
- Rich Bitch: A little bit at first.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: As she is rich enough to (relatively) do whatever she wants, she has a little trouble in the Battle Castle, where only Castle Points may be spent, as this is the first time she has a limited budget to achieve her ends.
- Rule of Sexy: So she wears a hat, a scarf, long sleeves; stuff perfect for winter. But that doesn't stop her from wearing only a skirt, exposing her legs.
- Sheltered Aristocrat
- Ship Tease: With both Dia and Pearl.
- The Smart Girl: Platinum says she reads ten books per day and she is very much associated with the Pokémon of Knowledge, Uxie.
- The Spock
- Spoiled Sweet
- Strong Family Resemblance: Averted. You do have to wonder how in the world a blonde mother and a brunette father had a bluenette child.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Although by the end of the DP arc she's mostly just Sugar.
- Taught by Experience: How she mainly wins her Gym battles.
- Tsurime Eyes
- With a Friend and a Stranger: The stranger to Dia and Pearl's friend.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Her black socks/stockings are above the knee unlike her game and anime counterparts.
Platinum's first Pokemon and her mode of transportation. Started out as a Ponyta but later evolved.
- Butt Monkey: Poor, poor Rapidash. As a Ponyta, all he would do is lose horribly in whatever battle he was put in. It wasn't until Platinum's battle against Byron that he finally won a battle and evolved not long after.
- Cool Horse
- Flaming Hair
- Playing with Fire
The Pokemon that Platinum chose for herself while starting her journey. Started out as a Piplup and later evolved into a Prinplup and Empoleon.
A Pokemon that Platinum caught while on her way to Snowpoint City.
A Pokemon that once belonged to Candice. She was given Froslass during the battle on Spear Pillar.
A Pokemon that once belonged to Volkner. She was given Pachirisu during the battle on Spear Pillar.
A Pokemon that once belonged to Gardenia. She was given Cherrim during the battle on Spear Pillar.
Black — The Dreamer
The male protagonist of the BW arc, he is an eager boy who wishes to challenge Gym Leaders and the Elite Four. First Pokémon are a Rufflet named Brav and a Munna named Musha while his starter is a Tepig named Tep.
- Adorkable: Has his moments
- Ambiguous Disorder: Black seems to suffer from some form of high-functioning autism, like Asperger's Syndrome or something similar to it. Leading credence to this, while he acts like an Idiot Hero he's far from actually stupid - it's more along the lines of "single-mindedly obsessed and focused". This is seen with his abandoning his friends purely because he really did forget the promise he made (or rather, wasn't thinking about it), and became remorseful after being called out on it).
- Amulet of Dependency: Defied when it comes to Musha. Black refuses to have Musha help him focus in Gym battles, as he feels that he wouldn't be a good trainer if he were that dependent on his Pokémon. Played straight in other situations, though.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: But usually only when his Munna's helping him out; otherwise he's far too distracted.
- Badass Bookworm: Surprisingly, he is very studious and reads up on various information on his own (but only when said subject is on Pokemon, of course). Before going on his journey, he looked up to see who the current Gym Leaders, Elite Four, and Champion were and also looked up his own Pokemon to see what they would eventually evolve into.
- Black has claimed that, since he was little, he would go to the local library to look up anything he didn't already know. Turns out, the real reason why he becomes like that was because Bianca's father won't allow her to play with him and Cheren if he isn't knowledgeable enough to be a Champion. He's so single-minded and determined in his pursue of his study, studying was more like breathing for him and made him incapable of multitasking if he had set his eyes on something.
- Berserk Button: DON'T mess with White.
- Boisterous Bruiser: If Pokemon Battling can be considered Bruising then he fits this quite a bit. It helps that he’s a Large Ham and that he's pretty Keet as well
- Brown Eyes -> Gray Eyes
- Character Development: After blowing off his friends for his dreams at the start, something Cheren actually tells him quite clearly when he talks to him, he obviously shows that he cares for White, Cheren and Bianca much more.
- Childhood Friends: To Cheren and Bianca
- The Chosen One: For Reshiram
- The Determinator
- Ditzy Genius
- Dork Knight: Like Diamond, despite not being a true knight, he has more than enough Large Ham and Badass Bookworm dorkiness to compensate
- Fate Worse Than Death: His current status being sealed in the lightstone
- Face Fault: As a consequence for his being Super OCD, he's rather prone to this.
- Green-Eyed Monster: When White is going to compete in the Battle Subway, he has shades of this, since he had turned down his own chances at trying it out, only for White to do so herself. This leads to a minor case of...
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy, as Black is encouraged by Marshal and he later agrees to help White catch a Pokemon so that she can prepare for the Battle Subway. He even gives her Brav so she can have enough Pokemon to participate and very genuinely cheers her on .
- Heroic BSOD: Understandably enters a state of shock when he learns that Musha only stayed with him for the taste of his dreams, and leaves him because the dreams have changed.
- Gets out of it though, with the encouragement of his other Pokemon. And later on Musha comes back, evolved as a Musharna, and reveals that it actually left so that it could become stronger to support Black's new dreams.
- Hyper Awareness: He has very good deducing skills, but only after his head is cleared with his Munna's help.
- Innocently Insensitive: He blew off his friends quite quickly to start his adventure and would rather obtain badges to pay the the debt he placed on the B&W Corporation. That said, if he is called out on this, he will make an effort to fix that attitude and he's certainly never truly mean about it
- Idiot Hero: Strangely, crosses over with Badass Bookworm
- Invisible Parents: Cheren mentions that he has both a mother and a father, but they were never shown.
- Large Ham: Just see his quote.
- The Leader: Type III among Cheren and Bianca.
- Nice Guy: Yes, he has several Innocently Insensitive moments and can sometimes forget everything and everyone else but his goals, but Black’s default mode seems to be cheerful and affable and it's later shown that he’s both very fond and very protective of his friends.
- No Indoor Voice
- Sealed Good in a Can: Ghetsis seals Black into the Light Stone at the end of the BW chapter.
- Ship Tease: He spent the whole night frantically searching for White, and when he sees a mysterious figure holding her, he brings out his whole team to fight against them.
- Shonen Hair
- Shout-Out: His personality seems somewhat based on Black Star's, as shown with his constant shouts of YAHOO! and his dream to be the best trainer.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Towards N.
- The Smart Guy: Comes from being not only being a Badass Bookworm and using Awesomeness by Analysis, but also being willing to learn.
- Spirited Competitor
- Super OCD: Because he is incapable of thinking about anything but challenging the Pokémon League, he needs his Munna to eat away his dreams so that he can concentrate on the matters at hand.
- Fatal Flaw: And he really can't function without his Munna. In fact, just thinking too hard without it will cause him to pass out from exhaustion.
- To Be a Master: His goal.
- Training from Hell: Forced into this by the Gym Leaders so they can defeat Team Plasma and use Reshiram.
- Work Off the Debt: Black has a massive debt for destroying a movie set which White paid for. He is now stuck with her.
- Wingding Eyes: When he's analysing a situation after his mind has been 'blanked'. As seen here.
The first Pokemon Black (technically) captured with the help of the then-wild Musha. Black uses Brav for air travel.
Black's second captured Pokemon, after helping Black out Musha allowed himself to be caught because he liked the taste of the boy's dreams. Black uses him to eat his dreams to enhance his senses.
- Big Eater: In addition to knowing Dream Eater, he has the tendency to be attracted to anyone that has a lot of dreams.
- Use Your Head: Knows Zen Headbutt.
- Psychic Powers
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Turns out he only worked with Black to eat his dreams. Now that he doesn't like Black's dreams anymore, he leaves.
- Came Back Strong: Only to return to him later during the Pokemon League as a Musharna
Nite; previously Tep (Buoh; previously Poka and Chao)
Black's "starter" Pokémon that he got from Professor Juniper.
A Galvantula Black caught in Accumula Town. He was abandoned by his previous trainer, who was swayed by Ghetsis' speeches to release him against his will.
A Carracosta that Black caught in Nimbasa City as a Tirtouga. Once belonged to Marshal, who released him due to Goura not wanting to obey him, but obeys Black just fine.
White — The Dreamer
"Anything from acting in dramas, films, ads, plays to printing, please leave it to the BW Agency!!"
The female protagonist of the BW arc, she is the president of a company that rents out Pokémon for commercial purposes, such as TV shows.
- Action Girl: Grows into one over the course of the story.
- Anime Hair
- Bare Your Midriff: White's clothes frequently show her midriff when she is undergoing action or forced motion. ◊ Presumably for this reason, many fans draw her with this trope.
- Clothing Damage: When White is hit by a powerful razor leaf, her shirt tears up to her navel.◊ Her clothes remain in this state for the rest of the chapter.
- Doing It for the Art: Invoked - even if she loses money doing so, she always makes sure her Pokémon are in top shape and that her clients are satisfied.
- Genki Girl: She's very...eccentric.
- Part of it is an act to get work and promotion for her business.
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: She says this word for word when the massage spa manager mistakes Black to be her boyfriend and insists that she go on a cruise with him.
- Honor Before Reason: She'll do anything if her company's reputation is on the line.
- Heroic BSOD: After Gigi abandons her for N, complete with Dull Eyes of Unhappiness. Has since rebooted and is looking into the Battle Subway for an OS upgrade.
- Improbable Age: Though we don't know her age yet, she is most definitely not an adult yet she works as the representative of a company.
- Insistent Terminology: Tells Black to call her "Boss" ("President" in the Japanese version).
- The Leader: type IV/I of the Black and White duo, even though she can't fight.
- Letting Her Hair Down: Unlike most examples, this signifies her depression. Incidentally, fans all agree she's much prettier with her hair down.
- Lovable Coward: Gives off this vibe, considering that her first reaction to being attacked by Pokémon always seems to be screaming.
- Neutral Female: She flat out tells Black that she has no Pokémon of her own and that she never participated in a battle in her life. Is looking to hack out the "neutral" via the Battle Subway.
- Both the above tropes are somewhat ironic, considering that the female PC she's based on is a Memetic Badass.
- Oh, Crap: She freaks when she realizes that due to someone else's carelessness she doesn't have the Pokémon needed for a shooting.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She doesn't actually expect Black to pay the entirety of his massive debt and only wants his Tepig around for a few more shootings.
- She also gives him time to train for his own goals.
- Say My Name: Delivers a massive "BLAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!" as the latter becomes the lightstone and flies away from her reach. This is in fact the last thing she says in the BW arc.
- Ship Tease: At one point, she notices that she has been talking about Black a lot, and talks about how he is actually pretty cool. It doesn't help that she tries to make up an excuse...all while she's only talking to herself.
- Tomboyish Ponytail
- Took a Level in Badass: She started out as not being a Trainer. After the incident with N, White decided to learn how to defend herself but wasn't very good at it initially. After training on the Battle Subway, White goes from being unable to defeat a single Pokémon to actually managing to get far enough to face the Subway Bosses, Ingo and Emmet. She's also managed to evolve the Servine following her around into a Serperior, proving she's gotten pretty good at battling.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?
A Tepig from the BW Agency.
A Serperior that White received as a Servine from N, after Gigi left with him.
Amanda is revealed to have been one of three starters Cedric Juniper was intending to give out, before N's attack on his lab led to Amanda (then a Snivy) following N and the Tepig vanishing in the midst of the conflict.
A Deerling that White caught in Nimbasa.
A Stunfisk that White caught during her Battle Subway training.
An Alomomola that White caught during her Battle Subway training.
A Solosis that White caught during her Battle Subway training.
A Vullaby that White caught during her Battle Subway training. White intends to use her to play villainous roles in her productions.
The male protagonist of the B2W2 chapter, Lack-Two is a member of the International Police.
- The Ace: According to Looker's superiors, he's this to the International Police. He's even called "Mister Perfect".
- Badass Normal: Lack-Two doesn't just stand on the sidelines and shout orders when battling. While battling Genesect, Lack-Two barrages it with Pokeballs, forcing Genesect to fight both Lack-Two and his Pokemon.
- Beneath the Mask: He may seem like a skirt chasing class clown, but he's really part of the International Police. When he's not in class, he's pretty serious and professional. It's hard to tell which is his real personality at this point.
- The Casanova: His false persona.
- Clothing Damage: Genesect's attack destroys his outer clothing but his body suit remains intact.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In his introduction, he breaks up with his girlfriend Yancy so she can pursue her career as an idol.
- Improbable Age: He's a 12 year old who is a high ranking member of the International Police. He even outranks Looker.
- Interpol Special Agent: A member of the International Police.
- Let's Get Dangerous: When it's time to get serious, you can hardly believe this is the same kid who has been flirting around with every girl in class.
- No Sense of Personal Space: He's a little too friendly for Whi-Two's taste, but she is the only girl in their class who he hasn't ruled out to be ex-Plasma.. In any case, Whi-Two's Foongus certainly doesn't appreciate him trying to get too close to its trainer.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: He states that he goes by "Lack-Two" at the Aspertia Trainer's School, indicating that it's not his real name.
- Simple Yet Awesome: The body suit he wears under his clothes is actually a highly protective armor that helps him withstand Pokemon attacks.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: He's an International Police Agent who is attending Pokemon school. Justified since he's "undercover."
The female protagonist of the B2W2 chapter, Whi-Two was once a member of Team Plasma, having believed in their (false) ideals.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her history with Team Plasma which she now tries to hide.
- Plot Coupon: She is in possession of a chip that contains the blueprints to stop a machine Colress is building.
- Tights Under Shorts: Though her frilly shorts isn't too hard to be mistaken for a skirt.
- Undying Loyalty: For N and the original Team Plasma, still believing in their just crusade to free Pokemon from humans. As such, she wasn't exactly thrilled to receive a Pokedex, the icon of Pokemon enslavement.
The male protagonist of the XY chapter who used to be a strong Pokémon Trainer in his childhood. However, the pressure he got from the paparazzi eventually got to him. Years later, X is a shut-in who refuses to leave his room despite his friends’ protests.
- Berserk Button: The paparazzi. Seeing Alexa and Viola immediately angers him and forces him back into hiding.
- Broken Ace: He used to be a kid with great battling potential that could potentially rival the Elite Four and the Champion... until too much exposure from the papparazzi forced him into seclusion.
- The Call Knows Where You Live: Don't want to leave your room? Wait until your house gets torched by an evil organization after your stuff!
- Childhood Friends: With Y, Trevor, Tierno, and Shauna.
- Composite Character: He has the blue eyes of the paler-skinned game version but the darker hair of the mid-toned one.
- Deadpan Snarker: A mild one. When Y yells at him to say something, he does exactly that.
- Doomed Hometown: Vaniville Town is reduced to rubble in the second round of the arc.
- The Drag-Along: Even after Xerneas and Yveltal's battle destroy his town and Team Flare burns down his house, he still has no interest in seeing the world.
- Former Child Star: Even though he wasn't an actor, the press still put an amazing amount of expectations and pressure on him as a young child.
- Flung Clothing: Happens to to him at the end of the second chapter by Y which leaves him only in his boxers.
- Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight: Inverted. He was a wonderful trainer, but hated the attention it got him.
- Hikikomori: He was once a famous trainer, but is now a shut-in who refuses to leave his room. It is all but implied that he had a horrible experience with the paparazzi.
- Iconic Item: X is already in possession of the Mega Ring, which Team Flare is after.
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: X is unwilling to add more Pokemon to his team in fear that Team Flare will harm them.
- Parental Abandonment: His parents work in another region. Y's mother, Grace, has been providing for him in their absence.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The Savvy Guy to Y's Energetic Girl.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Says this to Cassius, regarding Y.
- When He Smiles: X's default expression is one of resigned depression, but Viola sees him genuinely smiling, she compliments how nice it looks and wants to take photographs.
Kanga and Li'l Kanga (Garu and Kogaru)
X's Kangaskhan and her child, respectively.
- Badass Adorable: Cute, baby Li'l Kanga.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: Li'l Kanga is still an infant Kangaskhan despite having been with X for several years now. This seems to be because she refuses to leave her mothers pouch, imitating X who refuses to leave his home.
- Shock and Awe: Knows Thunderbolt.
- Super Mode: They have access to their Mega Evolution, allowing Li'l Kanga to fight on her own.
- Super Strength: Li'l Kanga after mega evolving.
A Chespin given to X by Professor Sycamore (through Trevor) in hopes of getting X out of his depression. It later joins X's team after X saw how hard it worked in his battle against Professor Sycamore.
A Charmander that originally belongs to Professor Sycamore. X decides to take it with him after losing his battle against Professor Sycamore.
A wild Pokemon that originally stole Y's clothes when it was an Electrike. It eventually evolves into Manectric during it's first meeting with the group, and assists X in fighting against Team Flare grunts.
Yvonne "Y" Gābena (Y na Gābena)
The female protagonist of the XY chapter, she is a Sky Trainer who is determined to bring her childhood friend X out into the world again. Y was previously trying to be a Rhyhorn racer in the past, but switched to her current interest.
- Berserk Button: Paparazzi and reporters, as they are the reason X refuses to leaves his home. That said, when Viola reveals she is the Santalune Gym Leader and offers the group temporary sanctuary, Y's opinion of her improves.
- Close-Call Haircut
- Childhood Friends: With X, Trevor, Tierno, and Shauna.
- Doomed Hometown: Vanivilee Town is completly destroyed in the second round of the arc.
- Heroic BSOD: When she learns that her mother was captured by Team Flare.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Played with. She's a better judge than she probably even realizes, noticing that something was off with Shauna when Shauna ended up being brainwashed and correctly deducing that despite his friendship with the obviously unhinged Lysandre, Professor Sycamore is oblivious rather than evil. The problem is that she second guesses herself and doesn't always go for her gut instinct.
- Hot-Blooded: Y is yelling in almost every chapter (and mostly at X).
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Has absolutely no reservations in stripping herself or her friends of their clothes in public.
- The Leader: Type II/III hybrid of the Five-Man Band of friends. She is also the one who keeps the group together.
- Magic Skirt: Y has an unfortunate tendency to get flung into walls. While this isn't so much a problem while she's in her flight suit, her Dangerously Short Skirt really shouldn't be able to hide anything when she does.
- Malaproper: And she doesn't take it too well when it's pointed out.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The Energetic Girl to X's Savvy Guy.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: She sometimes has her hair in the style of her NPC version.
- Uncle Pennybags: Young, female version. Likely a result of having a celebrity mom and having been a Rhyhorn racing herself, Y early on buys a lot of clothes in hopes of throwing Team Flare off their track and is the one who provided X his current outfit.
- The Worf Effect: Y will be the first of the group to get knocked around. Justified, as she is stronger than Trevor, Tierno, and Shauna but X isn't likely to fight back unless he's being directly targeted, meaning that, by default, Y is the first to jump in the fray.
Y's Sylveon, which she first gets as an Eevee.
Y's Froakie that originally belonged to Professor Sycamore.