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- Gender-Equal Ensemble: Two boys, Ash and Clemont, and two girls, Bonnie and Serena. A first for the anime series.
- The Team:
- Two Girls to a Team: For the first time ever with the humans (to be fair, it's only the second time there were four in the main cast).
Ash's Pokémon (XY Series)
Voiced in English by: Billy Bob Thompson
One of the starter Pokémon Professor Sycamore intended to give out to new trainers, this Froakie had so far actually rejected every new trainer he was given to. Froakie has a strong sense of justice and can easily see through Team Rocket's disguises. After seeing Ash's determination and willingness to help a rampaging Garchomp, he decides to bond with Ash and become his first Kalos region Pokémon.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Gives Fletchling a friendly slap on the head after training for the rematch against Viola.
- Blush Sticker: He would blush like this when someone thanks him.
- Bubble Gun: He knows Bubble.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Froakie seems to have shades of this, feeling a need to throw himself into the problems of others.
- Colossus Climb: He scales Grant's Onix to finish it off with Water Pulse.
- Combat Pragmatist: Uses some imaginative tricks to win fights.
- Combination Attack: Develops one with Hawlucha, combining Froakie's Cut with Hawlucha's Flying Press.
- Confusion Fu: Bypasses Wobbuffet's Mirror Coat by throwing his Frubbles (the sticky foam around his neck) to assault it, rather than using an attack move, thus stopping Mirror Coat from working.
- Cool Mask: He can make a mask using his Frubbles when he's trying to be stealthy.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His previous trainer was revealed to have given him back to Sycamore in the second episode. Sycamore mentions that it wasn't the first time he was given back. Froakie refused to listen to them because he didn't like them.
- Determinator: He seems to have a strong sense of justice and will stop at nothing to uphold that. In his debut episode he took a Mirror Coat-reflected Electro Ball (a super effective attack against it at double power) and remained standing, even turning the tide against Team Rocket for the heroes.
- Doppelgänger Spin: Knows Double Team.
- Eyes Always Shut: When at ease, his eyes remain closed most of the time, but when he becomes serious, they're open.
- Frogs and Toads: He's a frog. In particular, his climbing and jumping abilities bring to mind a tree frog.
- Genre Savvy: Unlike everyone else, Froakie has an easier time seeing through Team Rocket's shoddy disguises.
- Humble Hero: He has an awkward time accepting compliments or gratitude, and tends to blush when put on the spot.
- Improv Fu: Froakie is not above hurling nearby apples at his opponent as a distraction.
- In a Single Bound: Like the rest of his species, Froakie is a quick, powerful jumper.
- Kamehamehadoken: How he uses Water Pulse.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Whenever Ash gets a Water-type Starter, they are usually comic relief. Froakie, on the other hand, has established himself as having a serious personality.
- Leave Him to Me: During his fight with Fletchling.
- Making a Splash: A Water-type.
- Mundane Utility: When Fennekin's tail gets messy, Froakie uses his Frubbles to clean and shine Fennekin's tail.
- Ninja: Based on his actions and the theme of his species, there's no denying Froakie is this.
- Ninja Log: He can use his Frubbles to make a decoy of himself when he was battling Fletchling, who fell for it.
- Oh Crap: Had a reaction along the lines of "Whoa" upon Grant's Tyrunt using Draco Meteor. For extra he was using Double Team at the moment and his copies all had the same look.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The calm, collected blue to Hawlucha's proud, theatrical red.
- The Spock: He can be quite pragmatic, advising Pikachu to not have mercy on Meowth when he needs help.
- Sticky Situation: His Frubbles. It was used to both trap Team Rocket and keep a Garchomp in place.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Froakie is very proud and likes to maintain a cool and aloof disposition, though he has no problem being friendly with his teammates.
- Swiss-Army Weapon: Froakie's Frubbles can be used for just about anything. They can be an adhesive, a cushion, a projectile weapon, molded into a clone, and so on.
Fletchling (Yayakoma)->Fletchinder (Hinoyakoma)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuka Terasaki
Ash and the gang encounters Fletchling when it stole food from a wild Dedenne. This act angers Froakie who challenged it to a battle, leading to Ash's eventual capture of it.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Fletchinder proves itself to be very sharp when it observes Hawlucha's battle with Sky Trainer Moria's Talonflame - the knowledge it gains of Talonflame's techniques is vital in defeating it later on in battle.
- Balloon Belly: Gets one after it gorges out in between training sessions alongside Pikachu.
- Blow You Away: Knows Razor Wind.
- Curb Stomp Cushion: Against Viola's Vivillon and Grant's Tyrunt, Fletchling is quickly overpowered, but always manages to squeeze a small hit in.
- Do a Barrel Roll: Fletchling is an agile flier, and Everything's Better with Spinning is in full effect when it's in the air.
- Doppelgänger Spin: Knows Double Team.
- Extra Ore Dinary: Knows Steel Wing.
- Flight: Naturally, as a Flying-type.
- Fragile Speedster: Has the speed, strength and stamina of a bird a foot tall.
- Height Angst: Its tiny size as a Fletchling caused it to be snubbed by a Talonflame, and had to prove itself to earn a battle.
- Non-Elemental: Normal-type, as Fletchling.
- Playing with Fire: After evolving into Fletchinder, it changes from Normal-type to Fire-type, as well as learning Flame Charge.
- Tastes Like Friendship: After being caught, it shares berries with Froakie and Pikachu.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: True to XY form, with it being Ash's first Flying-type that also doubles as the Fire-type he obtains for the region.
- Took a Level in Badass: In XY036, twiceover. Firstly, it carefully analyses the way Nami's Talonflame moves during its battle with Hawlucha; when it gains respect, said knowledge enables it to evade most attacks and fly circles around its opponent... then, when it finally gets hit by a Fire Blast, its willpower enables it to evolve. In addition, Fletchinder's "levelling up" - so to speak - teaches it Flame Charge coupled with the moves it studied earlier, its new power and speed enables it to defeat Talonflame
- Wind from Beneath My Wings: Secondary type.
- Wreathed in Flames: Knows Flame Charge.
Voiced in English by: H.D. Quinn
Ash and friends encountered this Pokémon defending a bunch of smaller Pokémon from an Ursaring. Inspired by it being the "guardian of the forest", Ash decides to help it out perfect its Flying Press move and eventually catches it as part of his team.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Its posing before its Flying Press makes it look cool, but always gives its opponents the chance to dodge, leaving Hawlucha to smash itself into the ground. Ash eventually makes it work when he teaches it to pose at the height of a jump and then corkscrew into a dive, picking up enough speed to make up for the posing.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Its primary type. Most of its attacks are also Fighting type.
- Bash Brothers: With Froakie.
- Bully Hunter: It is one of the guardians of the forest, protecting weak Pokémon from those that threaten them.
- Combination Attack: Develops one with Froakie, combining his Flying Press with Froakie's Cut.
- Cool Mask: Introduces itself while wearing a grass-stitched mask.
- David Versus Goliath: Can take down Ursaring despite being smaller, and can evenly fight with Machamp. It took both Ursaring and Conkeldurr teaming up to take it down.
- Death from Above: Flying Press. It couldn't perfect it until Ash teaches it how.
- Death or Glory Attack: His High Jump Kick deals alot of damage if it hits. If it misses Hawlucha hurts itself.
- Handshake Substitute: Hawlucha gives fist bumps as a show of respect.
- Honor Before Reason: It always does a pose before doing its finishing move, resulting in its opponents having time to move out of the way and Hawlucha injuring itself by smashing into the ground. It continues to pose anyway, and is described as another kind of honor in battle. Ash eventually helps it learn to speed up while still being able to pose.
- In a Single Bound: Much like Froakie, a lot of Hawlucha's agility is a result of its powerful jumping prowess.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Hawlucha took it upon itself to maintain order and justice within its home forest. It also frequently shields and protects others from danger.
- Masked Luchador: In its first appearance, it wore a mask constructed from grass before entering battle.
- Noble Bird Of Prey: It's a hawk-like Pokémon that fights with honor.
- Not Quite Flight: It glides rather than flying under its own power.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: It was able to match a Machamp in raw strength despite being half the size of its opponent.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The proud, theatrical red to Froakie's calm, collected blue.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: It can fire its Karate Chop at such a high intensity it resembles this.
- The Rival: In the forest, to Machamp, who was the former guardian of the forest. It joins Ash's team when it realizes Machamp regained its sense of honor to protect the forest.
- Unexpected Character: Did you really think Ash would catch a Hawlucha, when he already had a flying Pokemon?
- Wind from Beneath My Wings: Secondary type. Interestingly enough it doesn't "fly" but rather jumps high and glides. Also, the secondary damage type from Flying Press, despite it being just a Fighting-type move.
Clemont and his Pokémon
Voiced in English by: Michael Liscio Jr.
The new boy for the XY series, and Bonnie's older brother. Gadgeteer Genius
extraordinaire, his inventions have helped Ash on more than one occasion.
Voiced in Japanese by: Chinatsu Akasaki
Voiced in English by: Alyson Rosenfeld
Bunnelby is a Pokémon that Clemont recently caught before meeting Ash. When asked by Ash what type of Pokémon he has, Clemont only showed him Bunnelby and it's the first Pokémon that Ash battled in the Kalos region.
Voiced by: Megumi Sato
Dedenne first encountered the gang when it drops its food in front of them before getting stolen by a Fletching that Ash eventually captures. Dedenne was encountered again when it stole food from Bonnie. After a struggle with Team Rocket, it bonds with Pikachu and Bonnie. Bonnie wants Clemont to capture Dedenne for her which he agrees to. While Dedenne is technically owned by Clemont, he lets Bonnie take care of Dedenne since she's too young to be a trainer.
- Bizarre Alien Senses: Dedenne is able to track Pikachu after having exchanged electricity with him, as is typical of his species.
- Deadly Hug: Its Nuzzle attack, which would be adorable if it weren't for all the electrocution.
- Deus Exit Machina: It has a tendency to fall asleep just when it is needed the most.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Dedenne starts to admire Pikachu when he protects it from Team Rocket.
- Head Pet: It's usually seen on Bonnie's head or in her bag.
- Heavy Sleeper: It needs a lot of sleep to recharge its electricity.
- I Owe You My Life: Gratefully joins Clemont's party after he helps save it after nearly drowning.
- Our Fairies Are Different: Fairy-type.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Bonnie's first reaction to Dedenne is exclaiming how cute it is. Dedenne effectively fills the role of the team's obligatory cute Team Pet.
- Shock and Awe: Electric-type.
- Tastes Like Friendship: Though initially wanting no business with Pikachu, it is quickly bought over when Pikachu kindly feeds it.
- Tunnel King: Dedenne apparently lived in an underground tunnel system before being captured.
Voiced in English by: Suzy Myers
Chespin is one of the starter Pokémon at Prof. Sycamore's lab. When Ash and the gang return back to Prof. Sycamore's lab, Chespin steals Serena's basket of macarons and eats them for itself. After it witness Team Rocket kidnap Prof. Sycamore and, unintentionally, Serena and Bonnie, Chespin helps Ash and Clemont track down Team Rocket. When Chespin's life becomes endangered by Team Rocket's mecha robot, Clemont saves it and they start to bond. After defeating Team Rocket, Chespin wishes to join Clemont's team which he accepts.
- Balloon Belly: As a consequence of being a Big Eater, it at one point becomes overweight, which hinders it in battle.
- Big Eater: Chespin is quite the glutton, and especially loves macarons.
- Determinator: Even when its attacks have no effect, it refuses to give up against the Mega-Mega-Meowth mecha after being shown friendship.
- Follow Your Nose: Its sense of smell is very acute when it comes to locating food.
- Green Thumb: It's a Grass-type.
- Heroic Second Wind: Overgrow.
- I Owe You My Life: Starts bonding with Clemont when he saves it from being crushed by Team Rocket's mecha.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others/Broken Streak: It's rather noticeable that Chespin broke the trend of Ash always ending up owning the regional Grass-type starter in every region he visits by being under the command of Clemont instead.
- The McCoy: Chespin is very trusting and generous, and was even willing to offer help to Meowth when he needed it.
- Obsessed with Food: Its obsession with food helped it locate Team Rocket's hideout. The same obsession has also lead him into dangerous situations, such as nearly being crushed by Team Rocket's mecha as it tried to pick up some macarons, and becoming overweight in one episode.
- Spike Shooter: Knows Pin Missile.
- Tastes Like Friendship: After Clemont saves it, Chespin offers a macaron to Clemont for saving its life. After Team Rocket has been defeated, Clemont offers some of the macarons to Chespin but instead of eating them all it shares it with the rest of the gang.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Started out as a greedy troublemaker, but soon gets better after bonding with Clemont.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Macarons.
- Use Your Head: Its Tackle is a powerful headbutt.
- Whip It Good: Knows Vine Whip.
Voiced in English by: Alyson Rosenfeld
Clemont's little sister and another sidekick for the XY series. She's too young to own a Pokémon of her own yet, but has a willing spirit to help out in any way she can. With a bottomless curiosity and a burning passion for Pokémon, Bonnie loves to take care of and play with Pokémon of all kinds.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: She doesn't pull her punches when pointing out Clemont's lack of athleticism, but seems mature enough to know when to apologize. Also, much to Clemont's exasperation, she asks just about any girl she meets to marry him.
- Big Brother Worship: She may snark at Clemont's lack of athletic skill, but she still looks up to him.
- Blush Sticker: In her more genki moments.
- Catch Phrase: "Keep." Bonnie's vocabulary is not terribly extensive, so she uses "keep" as a substitute for several verbs such as "capture" and "marry".
- In the English dub, whenever she tries to get a girl to marry Clemont, it's "You're a keeper!" and "Please take care of my brother!"
- Cheerful Child: Curious, energetic and innocent. Bonnie always sees things through a positive lens, and gives every new Pokémon a chance, regardless of their appearance or natures.
- Cuteness Proximity: She pretty much squees at the sight of every new Pokémon she meets, even a Garchomp.
- The Cutie: Her antics, affection for Pokémon, and youthful energy makes her a younger sibling all the characters want to look after.
- Dragged by the Collar: Repeatedly done by Clemont's mechanical Aipom Arm whenever she asks a girl to marry her brother.
- Expy: Of Max, playing the Max to Clemont's May. In terms of actual characterization, she's much more polite and energetic. There is also the fact she is less egotistical and downright admires her brother. She also seems to have inherited something of an inverted version Brock's Running Gag, deeming almost every new female she meets to be potential wife material for her older brother and having him drag her away.
- Genki Girl: Getting zapped by Pikachu doesn't dampen her spirits one bit.
- Gratuitous French: "S'il vous plait" in the Japanese version.
- Hair Decorations: She wears a yellow circular clip for her distinctive sidetail.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Huge, expressive blue eyes perfect for a young girl like Bonnie.
- Little Miss Snarker: Her brother's lame invention names, awkwardness, and tendency for his inventions to explode gives her plenty to work with.
- The Matchmaker: Tries to find a future wife/girlfriend for Clemont, much to his embarrassment.
- Meaningful Name:
- Both her Japanese and English names refer to different varieties of lemon (the Eureka and Bonnie Brae, respectively).
- "Eureka" is also an expression used to declare when one has achieved an enlightened thought, complimenting her tinkering brother.
- Modesty Shorts: Wears a pair under her little tutu skirt.
- Mythology Gag: When she asks a girl to marry her brother, Clemont drags her away with the Aipom-Arm similar to how Brock gets dragged away when he flirts with a girl. She also seems to be the anime stand-in for the interactive part of Pokémon Amie.
- Plucky Girl: She's certainly not afraid to stand up to villains.
- Sweet Tooth: Bonnie loves her sweets. She even starts drooling just from Serena talking about the restaurants and bakeries in Lumiose City.
- Tagalong Kid: She sticks by Clemont's side whether he wants it or not. He generally doesn't seem to mind though.
- Third-Person Person: Sprinkled in here and there, as per usual Character Tics for Japanese children.
Serena and her Pokémon
Voiced in Japanese by: Mayuki Makiguchi
Voiced in English by: Haven Paschall
A girl who lives with her mother in the Kalos region. After seeing Ash's face on a news report, she's certain that he's the same boy she met when she was younger. Serena joins Ash on his quest despite not knowing to what end, though she is hopeful that staying with her newfound friends will help her figure it out.
- Age Lift: In the games, her age is infamously hard to pin an age on (see here for more info). By all accounts, she seems to be a mid to late teenager; notably, in the games she's taller than Clemont and has to bend way down to talk to Bonnie. In the Anime, she's somewhere between Ash and Clemont in height and seems to be Ash's age.
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: While teaching Ash how to ride a Rhyhorn, Serena surprises herself when she habitually uses her mother's "Go for broke" motto.
- Catch Phrase: "Ta-dah!"
- Though it's made clear in XY29 that she doesn't even notice.
- Childhood Friends: Knew Ash years ago when they were younger and went to a Pokémon Summer Camp together.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Invoked when Miette of XY26 asks Ash if he has a bride to see if Serena would have this reaction. Serena expresses slight annoyance. At the end of the episode, Miette also "threatens" to take Ash away next time if Serena hasn't made her move by then. Serena blushes furiously in response, but nothing more.
- Cool Big Sis: To Bonnie, treating her like a younger sibling of sorts.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Sometimes when Serena makes comments under her breath, whether scared/annoyed/etc, it'll either get reactions she didn't intend or backfire on her, leading to embarrassment. Slowly appears to be on it's way to becoming a Running Gag.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: For the first 40 episodes of the XY series, she was unsure of what she wants out of her Pokémon journey. She finally decides to become a Pokémon entertainer (PokéVision) in episode 41.
- The Fashionista: She is very enthusiastic about fashion and is eager to see what kind of shops the gang will come across.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Serena is good at baking, and often prepares confections for her friends.
- Forgotten First Meeting: Ash completely forgot about her until this point.
- Generation Xerox: Her mother wants her to be a Rhyhorn racer, though Serena herself has said she hates it. She later finds that her mother has rubbed off on her more than she thought.
- Hair Decorations: She wears a pink bow when she's handling Rhyhorn, and when she's sleeping.
- Heavy Sleeper: Implied, given that her mother had to use a Fletchling to force her out of bed.
- Implied Love Interest: For Ash.
- In the Hood: She is shown to wear a hoodie on occasion.
- Meanwhile, Back at the...: The first few episodes devote some time to developing Serena as she leaves her home town to begin her Pokémon adventure. It is not until Episode 5 that Serena actually encounters Ash in person.
- Meet Cute: When they were younger, Ash saved Serena when she was hurt and lost in the forest, teaching her to never give up.
- Memento MacGuffin: Kept the handkerchief Ash used to bandage her leg all those years ago. Upon returning it to him, Ash is able to remember her.
- Mythology Gag: Just like the games, a Fletchling wakes her up in her first appearance.
- Naďve Newcomer: She knows very little about Pokémon training; and like May and Dawn, didn't know about the Inexplicably Identical Nurse Joys and Officer Jennys.
- The Navigator: To remedy Ash's No Sense of Direction, Serena is in possession of the gang's town map.
- Nice Girl: She is very thoughtful, and plays a supportive role in the group.
- Nice Hat: She starts to wear one after beginning her journey.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Outside her usual outfit, Serena, in contrast to Ash and Clemont's blue, is most associated with pink.
- Remember the New Guy: Despite apparently being Childhood Friends with Ash from before the start of the anime itself, she has not been mentioned or encountered at all until the XY seriesnote . It is eventually revealed that this is due to a Forgotten First Meeting on Ash's part.
- Ship Tease:
- With Ash, big time. Serena has a bashful air around her when she first reunites with Ash, and seems to admire him, being quick to praise every little thing he does. She repeatedly seeks Ash's approval when she changes her appearance, and becomes uneasy when other girls have Ash's attention.
- Taken Up to Eleven when the two first met, which involved Serena being rescued during a moment of need, followed by an accidental hug, plenty of handholding, and blushing from Serena.
- An official relationship chart vaguely describes Serena's feelings towards Ash as "Likes...?"
- Slapstick Knows no Gender: The fact she suffered two cases of Amusing Injuries in the first episode alone indicates this.
- Through His Stomach: After joining the team, Serena bakes cookies for everyone, but specifically presents them to Ash first. Any intention she may have had clearly fails due to Ash being more impressed with the taste than the thought.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Type A
Voiced in English by: Eileen Stevens
Fennekin is the starter Pokémon Serena chose from Professor Sycamore. It is a tidy Pokémon that takes great pride in its well-groomed appearance. However, the one thing Fennekin loves more than looking its best is its trainer, Serena.
- Charm Point: Fennekin takes great pride in its well-groomed tail, becoming uneasy if it is tarnished.
- Cute Little Fangs: Fennekin has these.
- Drama Queen: While making a PR video with Serena, it repeatedly attacks Ash and Pikachu because they accidentally dirtied Fennekin's fur.
- Fantastic Foxes: It's based on the Fennec fox.
- The Fashionista: Like Serena, Fennekin loves to get dressed up and appear its best.
- Jerkass Ball: In Episode 21, when it became jealous of another, more popular Fennekin, and became obsessed with creating a perfect PR video with Serena.
Voiced in English by: Jessica Paquet
A journalist from the Kalos region and older sister to one of its Gym Leaders, she makes her debut during the Decolore Archipelago story arc, joining Ash as a temporary travelling companion, later telling him about the Kalos region and inspiring him to travel there.
- Ascended Extra: In the games, she's simply Viola's older sister who simply helps the player find their way around Lumiose City. In the anime, she is promoted to one of Ash's companions that sticks around for quite a while and even gets some characterization too.
- Blow You Away: Noivern's Gust.
- Camera Fiend: Uses a video camera very, very often.
- Cool Big Sis: Acts as one to Ash, and she's hinted to have a strong bond with her actual sibling - her younger sister, Viola, the Santalune Gym Leader.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Everything about her in BW, given she and the Pokémon she use are part of Gen VI and the Kalos region. Somewhat averted for the US though where her debut episode premieres on the same day Gen VI kicks off and the games start getting sold.
- Failed a Spot Check: Got hit with this trope hard in BW141. She was so hard at work, Alexa was downright oblivious to the panic and commotion caused by Team Rocket hoisting an entire cruise ship in the air and didn't even notice its descent.
- Forgetful Jones: Not too much, but she is prone to it at times, such as locating the contents of her bag. Thankfully, Gogoat is there to help her.
- Green Thumb: Gogoat.
- Guest Star Party Member: From BW134-XY001.
- Healing Factor: Gogoat knows Synthesis.
- Ms. Exposition: She is the one who introduces Ash to the Kalos region.
- Mundane Utility: Uses Helioptile's Parabolic Charge to recharge her equipment, and Gogoat as a mount to carry it.
- Non-Elemental: Helioptile's secondary type.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Noivern's secondary type.
- The Pollyanna: Always so bright and happy - not in the over-energised way, she's just got a positive outlook on things.
- Power-Up Mount: Gogoat - Alexa's introduction is to appear riding on his back.
- Running Gag: She has a habit of forgetting where she puts her things in the saddle pouches around Gogoat.
- Shock and Awe: Helioptile's primary type.
- Shipper on Deck: Implied for Ash and Serena.
- Shrinking Violet: Helioptile tends to hide behind her back whenever it encounters something unknown. It eventually grows out of it.
- Sixth Ranger: For the Decolore Arc. Points for traveling with Ash for a longer time straight than anyone outside his main supporting cast (10 episodes), and for sticking with him even after Iris and Cilan leave (in the penultimate BW episode) and right into the XY Series.
- Wind from Beneath My Wings: Noivern's primary type.
Professor Augustine Sycamore (Dr. Platane)
Voiced in English by: Jake Paque
The Pokémon professor of the Kalos region. Sycamore's main field of research is on the newly discovered theory that certain Pokémon have an evolution beyond their final stage — Mega-Evolution as it is called. He gets to see firsthand that such evolutions exist when a Mega Blaziken assists Ash in recovering an out of control Garchomp from the Professor's lab.
- Catch Phrase: "Marvelous!"
- Distressed Dude: He gets kidnapped by Team Rocket at one point for his knowledge on Mega Evolution.
- Gentle Giant: Not him, but the Garchomp he takes care of in his lab to study on Mega Evolution is an absolute sweetheart.
- Handsome Lech: He tried to flirt with Diantha's manager only to be rejected by her.
- Hot Scientist: Just like the games, he doesn't skimp on the looks.
- Roofless Renovation: Sycamore must have great insurance because his lab has been busted in and rebuilt several times.
Voiced in Japanese by: Yurie Kobori
A young and outgoing Pokémon trainer who loves PokéVision videos. She becomes acquainted to Ash and co. at Sycamore's summer camp.
A young Pokémon trainer with a passion for dancing that Ash meets at Sycamore's summer camp. A close friend of Shauna and Trevor.
- Acrofatic: Believe it or not, Tierno can do a triple side flip.
- Ascended Extra: In the anime he stands out more than Shauna and Trevor (even being more Ash's rival than the other two are), whereas in the games Shauna fills that role. This seems to be an intentional response to his unexpected popularity in Japan, ranking third in a popularity poll.
- Big Fun: Tierno's upbeat personality allows him to make friends easily, and he is noticeably more rotund than any of his friends.
- Catchphrase: "All right!"
- Cavalier Competitor: If Tierno loses, he accepts it and shakes it off, and readies himself for the next round.
- Dance Battler: He trains his Pokémon to incorporate dance moves in their fighting styles.
- Making a Splash: His starter is Squirtle.
- The Rival: Towards Ash's group at summer camp, but especially towards Ash, as both are passionate individuals.
- ˇThree Amigos!: With Shauna and Trevor.
Voiced in Japanese by: Minami Fujii
A young Pokémon trainer whose ambition is to see every Pokémon in the Pokédex. Ash meets him and his friends, Tierno and Shauna, at Sycamore's summer camp.
- Adorkable: His love of meeting new Pokémon rivals Bonnie's.
- Camera Fiend: Trevor likes to photograph everything that interests him.
- Geek Physique: He's very scrawny, and the shortest amongst his friends.
- Playing with Fire: His starter is Charmander.
- The Rival: Towards Ash's group at summer camp, but especially towards Clemont, as both are the Smart Guys of their respective groups.
- ˇThree Amigos!: With Tierno and Shauna.
Voiced in English by: Erica Schroeder
The mother of Serena. She used to compete in Rhyhorn races.
- Catch Phrase: "Go for broke."
- Mundane Utility: Uses Fletchling as a sort of "alarm clock", much to Serena's chagrin.
- Non-Elemental/Wind from Beneath My Wings: She has a Fletchling.
- Open-Minded Parent: When Serena reveals she is journeying with Ash, and not specifically pursuing Rhyhorn racing, Grace responds positively, just glad that her daughter will be having fun.
- Rhino Rampage: She has a Rhyhorn who is nice. She has her daughter practice on it to train her as a Rhyhorn racer.
- Tomboy: Lampshaded by Serena when she asks her mother to pick a hat, only to choose the opposite because she knows Grace picks the "less cuter items".
Meyer (Limone)/Spoilers Character
Meyer (Limone)/Blaziken Mask (Mega Blaziken's Trainer)
Voiced in Japanese by: Kensuke Sato
Voiced in English by: Tom Wayland
The father of Clemont and Bonnie.
- Action Dad: Clemont and Bonnie's father, who also happens to be a masked superhero-esque trainer in his spare time.
- Cool Mask: Stylized to look like Mega Blaziken.
- Badass: Mega Blaziken. Among other feats, it destroys Team Rocket's near-unstoppable Mega-Mega-Meowth mecha in one attack.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Blaziken's secondary type.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Ash and Pikachu as they fell from Prism Tower.
- Emotional Bruiser: Despite his tough appearance, he cries tears of joy to find that Clemont and Bonnie have made friends and have decided to travel with them.
- In a Single Bound: Mega Blaziken and, inexplicably, its trainer are able to jump great heights in the blink of an eye.
- Manly Tears: Cried when hugging Clemont and Bonnie.
- Meaningful Name: His Japanese and English name refers to lemons. His Japanese name is Italian for lemon, and his English name refers to the Meyer lemon.
- Mysterious Protector: He has helped save the protagonists several times, but not even his own children seem to know his true identity.
- Open-Minded Parent: Meyer, rather than being disappointed like Clemont expected, is happy and proud of his son and daughter for adventuring.
- Playing with Fire: Blaziken's primary type.
- Product Placement: He exists to promote Mega Evolution before Ash can find/face one on his own, and the event Torchic.
- Shock and Awe: Is usually seen with his Ampharos in his day job.
- Super Speed: So fast Ash loses sight of Mega Blaziken in the middle of an empty airstrip.
- Triple Shifter: Electrician and compassionate father by day, Mega Evolving hero by night!
Kalos Gym Leaders
Voiced in Japanese by: Noriko Shitaya
Voiced in English by: Lori Gardner
The Bug-type Gym Leader of Santalune City. She's also a professional photographer.
- Adaptational Badass: Viola is ranked as a Marchioness in the games. In the anime, she is ranked a level higher as a Duchess.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Specializes in Bug types.
- Blow You Away: Vivillon's Gust.
- Camera Fiend: She's a photographer, and enjoys snapping pictures of trainers and their Pokémon.
- Catch Phrase: "Shutter chance!" In the English dub, "Picture perfect!"
- Fragile Speedster: Surskit is very fast, especially when skating on ice, but falls quickly after a few successful hits.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: During their rematch, her Vivillon accidentally collides with some ice left behind by her Surskit.
- Hurricane of Puns: She drops plenty of puns involving photography.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: When Ash finally has the advantage during their rematch, Viola reveals her Vivillon knows Sleep Powder.
- An Ice Person: Surskit's Ice Beam.
- It Only Works Once: Ash and his Pokémon come prepared during their rematch, so Viola's old strategies barely even slow them down the second time around.
- Letting Her Hair Down: Well, not fully, but when she reappears at the Battle Chateau, her hair is down in a ponytail instead of the regular style (see her image above).
- Making a Splash: Surskit's secondary type.
- The Power of the Sun: Vivillon's Solar Beam.
- Psychic Powers: Vivillon's Psychic.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Looks really cute in a dress at the Battle Chateau, and with her hair somewhat down.
- Sticky Situation: Surskit's Sticky Web.
- Super Speed: Surskit uses the ice it creates to zip around the battlefield.
- Trap Master: A major part of Viola's strategy is preemptively using attacks to manipulate the battlefield to give her an advantage, much like how real life insects do. Ash specifically trains his Pokémon to counter her set ups during their rematch.
- The Trickster: If setting up traps, freezing the field, and destroying her opponent's momentum is anything to go by, this is also Viola's style.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Ash loses his first battle with her, showing the new region won't be a walk in the park.
- Wind from Beneath My Wings: Vivillon's secondary type.
Voiced in English by: Michael Liscio Jr.
A robot built by Clemont to be the current Electric-type gym leader of Lumiose City while he is away.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Clemont initially programmed the Clembot to function as a harsh opponent that only accepted battles from trainers with four badges. At the end of the process, he somehow managed to mistime his only window to set a voice activated override code and was subsequently locked out of testing it in battle, as, being a gym leader himself, he lacked the requisite badges. Until he reprogrammed it, it became strict and violent to both gym challenger losers and those trainers that lacked the appropriate number of badges alike, electrocuting and ejecting them from the gym.
- Anti-Villain: Due to acting by its programming with good intent, but having misinterpreted Clemont's instuctions due to its limited self-awareness.
- Chekhov's Gunman: When Ash enters the Lumiose Gym, we only hear Clembot's voice through a monitor when Ash tries to have a gym battle. It is not until XY009 that Ash learns that the voice belongs to the rogue Clembot.
- No OSHA Compliance: During its time as Gym usurper, it got a bad reputation for zapping and ejecting trainers who had less than four badges (like Ash, who had precisely zero) or who lost against it (like the bloke with a Ralts rightfully complaining about how violent the Gym was). With regards to ejecting the trainers, keep in mind there's no cushion down there, and realize what would have happened to Ash and Pikachu if Clemont and Bonnie hadn't been there to break their fall.
- Shock and Awe/Psycho Electro: Clemont built it to specialize in Electric-types. It also electrocuted trainers that didn't live up to its standards.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After Clemont defeats and reprograms it.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He believed he was doing the right thing for Clemont during his first reign.
Lumiose Gym Pokémon
- Just Following Orders: While Clemont's Pokémon were happy to see him back, they still have to battle Clemont and his friends due to being under Clembot's command.
- Shock and Awe: It's an Electric type gym.
Voiced in Japanese by: Kiyotaka Furushima
Voiced in English by: Cory Willis
The Rock-type Gym Leader of Cyllage City. He is an avid rock climber and athlete.
- Adaptational Badass: In the games, Grant's Battle Chateau rank is Marquis. In the anime, it's Duke, and after defeating Viola, Grand Duke!
- Adapted Out: In the games he had an Amaura as his first battler, which was replaced in the anime by an Onix.
- Bishōnen: Grant is very good-looking and has a slim climber's physique.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Although he is a respected Gym Leader, Grant also has a bizarre obsession with climbing. If he comes across any wall he deems scalable, he can't help but try climbing it.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Specializes in Rock-types.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: In his gym, Grant is allowed to use only two Pokémon. Ash, on the other hand, is allowed to use all three of his.
- Establishing Character Moment: Climbing a door frame at the Battle Chateau.
- Hair Decorations: He wears colorful hair clips that resemble the climbing holds of an artificial rock wall.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Tyrunt is finally defeated when Pikachu lodges one of its Rock Tomb stones into its mouth, creating an opening.
- One-Hit KO: His Tyrunt is so powerful it defeats Ash's Froakie and Fletchling with a single hit each.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Tyrunt's secondary type.
- The Philosopher: Grant has a philosophy that life is like climbing: always focus on what's above you, keep going, and you will reach your goals.
- Signature Move: All of his Pokémon know Rock Tomb. Ash actually trains his Pokémon to specifically exploit and counter the move.
- Speedy Stone Wall: His Onix is surprisingly fast and nimble for a Pokemon of its size, particularly after using Rock Polish.
- Unexpected Character: It was surprising that the anime gave him an Onix; in the games, he's the first Rock-type Gym Leader who didn't have either Onix or a Geodude on his team (Roxanne had a Geodude but no Onix, and all Rock-type Leaders before Grant have had a member of the Geodude line on their team). This makes the anime version of Grant the first to have an Onix while lacking a member of the Geodude evolutionary line (counting Brock in the Gold and Silver games).
Korrina (Corni) & Lucario
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuka Terasaki
The Fighting-type Gym Leader of Shalour City. She enjoys rollerblading, and her father is a Mega Evolution researcher.
- Adaptational Badass: Unlike Grant and Viola, she inverts this. In the games, it is implied she has long mastered Mega Evolution before you beat her, but she lacks the Mega Stone in the anime and has to spend several episodes to master it.
- Adapted Out: In the games she has a Hawlucha, which is removed in order to: a) Let Ash have one; and b) allow her to use Lucario in a 3-on-3 battle at the Gym (the other two Mons are revealed to be Mienfoo and Machoke).
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Specializes in Fighting-types.
- Bare Your Midriff: Korrina's pajamas, See for yourself.◊
- Battle Trophy: She likes to collect the paw/claw/hand/etc. print of any trainer's Pokémon that she battles with. The prints are all recorded in an old booklet she carries around. Ash's Pikachu was her 99th print, and she's working towards 100.
- Birds of a Feather: Many similarities are drawn between her and Ash. Both are passionate, gutsy battlers with a Pokémon companion they share a powerful bond with. Like Ash, Korrina has gotten so engrossed in a battle that she forgot she was hungry.
- Calling Your Attacks: All trainers do it, of course, but Korrina likes to shout attack names just for the fun of it.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Her thought pattern is somewhat rushed, which causes her do impulsive things like use ketchup as ink for Pikachu's paw stamp.
- Compressed Adaptation: In the anime, the Shalour Gym is inside the Tower of Mastery (as opposed to being a separate building), and the two battles with Korrina (in the Gym against her other Mons, and in the Tower against her Mega Lucario) are compressed into a single Gym Battle, with Mega Lucario as the Climax Boss. Earlier, the two-way Mega Lucario match was between her and her grandfather, Gurkinn.
- Cool Helmet: Korrina wears her biker's helmet whenever she is in battle.
- Cool Shades: When not wearing her helmet, she wears a red pair on her forehead.
- Death or Glory Attack: Her Mienfoo's Hi Jump Kick.
- Fingerless Gloves: Her left glove holds her keystone for Mega Evolution.
- Genki Girl: Korrina is extremely upbeat and lively, which briefly takes Ash and friends by surprise.
- Guest Star Party Member: She joins Ash's group on the hunt for a Lucarionite. The episodes that focus on her after joining even have her on the title card!
- Hot-Blooded: She hops and flails around even while doing something as mundane as calling out attacks during battle.
- Humble Pie: Her struggle with Mega Lucario was due to Korrina being too confident in herself, and only by mastering and truly bonding with Lucario can they overcome this.
- Rapunzel Hair: When Korrina's hair is in a ponytail, it goes up to her waist; when it's down, it goes up to her thighs.
- Rollerblade Good: Her main mode of travel and hobby seems to be riding her rollerblades. She even keeps them on while in the middle of a battle.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: A long one that flows like a cape as she zips around.
Voiced in Japanese by: Kiyotaka Furushima
Voiced in English by: Bill Rogers
Voiced in English by: Vanessa Gardner
The Kalos League Champion, and a famous movie star.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: As fitting for the Champion, Diantha hands them out like candy and doesn't need to use Mega Evolution most of the time.
- Famed in Story: She's a famous actress as well as the most powerful trainer in Kalos. No surprise she has to resort to Clark Kenting in public situations.
- Our Fairies Are Different: Gardevoir's secondary type.
- Lady of War: She and Gardevoir always battle with grace.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Diantha's hairstyle, which alludes to her refined, mature personality.
- Psychic Powers: Gardevoir's primary type.
- Super Mode: Diantha's Gardevoir can Mega evolve into Mega Gardevoir.
- Teleport Spam: How Gardevoir evades attacks. She teleports out of reach of the opponent because she is in sync with Diantha.
- Woman in White: Wears a long and flowy white gown, like her Gardevoir.
Mega Evolution Special
Voiced in English by: Johnathan Silver
The protagonist of the Mega Evolution specials. He seeks out Mega Stones and trainers with Mega Evolved Pokémon to defeat them under the guidance of a mysterious voice on his Holo Caster.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: Is notable for being the first special-focused character since Jimmy who doesn't have anything to do with Ash (though he gets a brief mention).
- Audience Surrogate: For Pokémon's Periphery Demographic, specifically teenagers. Unlike Origins!Giovanni, Alain's characterization doesn't focus on Pokémon nostalgia, but he's quite a bit older and more serious than the main episodes' child protagonists, and his partner Pokémon is Charizard, a fan-favorite with the Periphery Demographic. His mentor-student relationship with Mairin can be seen as an analogue to teenage and young adult Pokémon fans introducing their younger siblings to the franchise and teaching them how to play the games.
- Badass: Both him and his Mega Charizard X who managed to defeat a Mega Absol and a Mega Garchomp despite a type disadvantage against the latter with minimal difficulty, only being defeated by Siebold and his Mega Blastoise and putting up a good fight in the process.
- Brainy Brunette: Was formerly an assistant for Professor Sycamore studying Mega Evolution.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His battle with Astrid and Mega Absol was one-sided in his favor.
- Deadpan Snarker: "Pokémon Mega Evolve, not people."
- Extra Ore Dinary: His Charizard knows Steel Wing.
- Foil: He and Ash contrast each other on many things.
- Both have a Charizard, but use them in different ways. Alain specializes in his and is not seen with any other Pokémon. Ash puts his behind in the reserve spot so that he can train the other, lesser experienced Pokémon.
- Alain isn't keen on making friends but will give good logical advice. Ash is a people person and gives more abstract life lessons.
- Icy Blue Eyes
- In the Name of the Moon: "Key Stone, listen to my heart. Beyond evolution — Mega Evolve!"
- Our Dragons Are Different: Mega Charizard X's secondary type.
- Playing with Fire: His Charizard's primary type.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The savvy guy to Mairin's energetic girl.
- The Stoic
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Discussed by Mairin who points out that he's intimidating but really cares about Pokémon and is supportive of her.
- Super Mode: Mega Charizard X. He also seeks out other trainers with Mega Evolutions to beat them.
- Surveillance as the Plot Demands: Seems to be unaware that Lysandre is observing the power of his Charizard when they Mega Evolve and battle.
- To Be a Master: Sort of, he never calls his goal such but he does seek to beat every Mega Evolved Pokémon out there.
- Transformation Trinket: A Mega Ring for him and an armored collar for his Charizard to hold its Charizardite X.
- Uncatty Resemblance: His outfit resembles Mega Charizard X in color scheme and his scarf resembles the wisps of flame coming from Mega Charizard X's mouth.
- Wind from Beneath My Wings: His Charizard's normal secondary type until it Mega Evolves.
Voiced in English by: Zoe Martin
A beginner trainer who recently started her journey. She becomes intrigued by Mega Evolution and travels with Alain.