Characters: Pokémon - XY
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Ash's Pokémon (XY Series)
All of Them (Kalos Region):
Froakie (Keromatsu)->Frogadier (Gekogashira)
- Voiced in Japanese by: Yuji UedaVoiced 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/Broken Streak: 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. He also broke the infamous Water Starter curse, becoming the first Water-type to evolve under Ash's care since Kingler.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: Just when Barbaracle is closing on his friends, Froakie breaks out of his rock prison and evolves into Frogadier. In addition to his evolution, Frogadier also learns the move Aerial Ace.
- Wind from Beneath My Wings: Learns Aerial Ace upon evolving into Frogadier.
Fletchling (Yayakoma)->Fletchinder (Hinoyakoma)
- Voiced in Japanese by: Yuka TerasakiVoiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz
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, Grant's Tyrunt, and Korrina's Mega Lucario, Fletchling/Fletchinder 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 Japanese by: Shinichiro MikiVoiced 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 him out perfect his Flying Press move and eventually catches him as part of his team.
- Awesome but Impractical: His posing before its Flying Press makes him look cool, but always gives his opponents the chance to dodge, leaving Hawlucha to smash itself into the ground. Ash eventually makes it work when he teaches him 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: His primary type. Most of his attacks are also Fighting type.
- Bash Brothers: With Froakie.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Hawlucha likes to strike dramatic poses and show off its muscles whenever possible.
- Bully Hunter: He is one of the guardians of the forest, protecting weak Pokémon from those that threaten them. He shares this with Machamp, the champion of the forest.
- Combination Attack: Develops one with Froakie, combining his Flying Press with Froakie's Cut.
- Cool Mask: Introduces himself while wearing a grass-stitched mask.
- Dashing Hispanic: Hawlucha's English voice has a very notable Latino accent to it, fitting this trope perfectly when combined with his other characteristics.
- 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. He couldn't perfect it until Ash teaches him 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: He always does a pose before doing its finishing move, resulting in his opponents having time to move out of the way and Hawlucha injuring itself by smashing into the ground. He 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 his powerful jumping prowess.
- Irony: Flashy and a show-off just as you'd expect from a Pokémon based on a wrestler, but couldn't really do scripted wrestling well.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Hawlucha took it upon himself to maintain order and justice within his home forest. He also frequently shields and protects others from danger.
- Leitmotif: This theme song plays whenever he is called into battle or does an action scene.
- Masked Luchador: In his first appearance, he wore a mask constructed from grass before entering battle.
- Noble Bird Of Prey: He's a hawk-like Pokémon that fights with honor.
- Not Quite Flight: He glides rather than flying under his own power.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He was able to match a Machamp in raw strength despite being half the size of his opponent.
- Poor, Predictable Rock: Knowing only Fighting type moves makes him helpless against Ghost types.
- Pro Wrestling Is Real: He believes that wrestling, or at least luchadore, is real. So much so that he couldn't perform scripted, theatrical wrestling matches. A later episode implies that it may be a trait within his species because when he and Dark Hawlucha did a staged match, they were so enthralled by it that they pretty much imagined that it was a real lucha libre and they gave their all as though they were fighting for real.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The proud, theatrical red to Froakie's calm, collected blue.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: He 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. He joins Ash's team when it realizes Machamp regained his sense of honor to protect the forest.
- Signature Move: Flying Press, to the point he won't end a fight without using it in spite of how it wasn't perfected.
- Wimp Fight: Hawlucha ended up doing this against another Trainer's shiny Hawlucha during a squabble.
- Wind from Beneath My Wings: Secondary type. Interestingly enough he 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.
Goomy (Numera)->Sliggoo (Numeil)->Goodra (Numelgon)
- Voiced in English by: Tom Wayland
A Pokémon that was literally dropped onto the group during their travel to Coumarine City. Goomy is seen as weak and cowardly, but was invited by Ash to follow along on his journey after helping in a fight against Team Rocket in order to become strong.
- Alternate Animal Affection: A platonic version. Once it has found a liking to someone, it will nibble this person's ear. Goomy also does this to Pokémon it has taken a liking.
- An Ice Person: Learns Ice Beam during its battle with Florges.
- Artistic License: Sliggoo evolves by using Rain Dance to summon a massive storm, something that's impossible to do in the game.
- Badass Adorable: After overcoming its PTSD-esque moments, it managed to become a strong fighter capable of dishing out damage and hits. As Sliggoo, it managed to summon a massive storm just to evolve!
- Berserk Button: Goomy is easily offended. Bonnie called it a scaredy-cat for being afraid of Dedenne and it proceeded to comically smack her leg with its antennas. Serena said that its slimy body feels weird and it used Rain Dance to drench her until she apologized.
- Blob Monster: It's some sort of goo creature.
- Cowardly Lion: It lives in fear of battle due to its traumatizing past, but it will defend its friends when the chips are down.
- Crash-Into Hello: Literally flies off of a Swanna and crashes onto Ash's face, which it immediately samples.
- Cuddle Bug: Loves hugging people and nibbling on their ears when happy.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Goomy avoids battles because it is reminded of its harsh life back in its home.
- Fire-Forged Friends: It gets over its fear of Dedenne as the rodent protects it from Team Rocket.
- Gentle Giant: Goodra
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Secreting slime and summoning rain are not very flashy abilities for Pokémon, but it still finds ways to make them useful.
- Magikarp Power: Goomy was very well subjected to this: Goodra, the final evolved form of Goomy, is a Pseudo-Legendary on the line of Hydreigon, Dragonite, Salamence or Metagross.
- Mighty Glacier: Goomy has trouble moving very quickly, appropriate for its slug-like appearance. However, as seen in its battle against Inkay and Pumpkaboo in its debut, it is capable of taking a hit and dishing out an even bigger one in return, particularly when it uses Bide.
- Our Dragons Are Different: A gooey slug-like dragon to be exact. Goomy is reputed as the weakest of all Dragon-types.
- Personal Rain Cloud: Gives this to people who offend it by using Rain Dance.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Even though Goomy is reputed as the weakest Dragon-type, you don't want to be on the receiving end of its released Bide attack.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: And now in animé form!
- Took a Level in Badass: In the episode where a group of Spoink are bullied and controlled by a Grumpig, Goomy gets over its past memories of being attacked and forced out of its home to fight back when Ash and his friends are trapped in a cage by Team Rocket. It then evolves into Sliggoo to protect Ash when he protects it from Grumpig's Iron Tail, immediately learning Dragon Breath and blasting Grumpig away.
- Trailers Always Spoil
- A "Goomy" appeared in the toy catalog specifically for the anime.
- The "future episodes" teaser showed Goomy. While at first that wasn't spoiling much, it connected with the toy catalog. And then in the Year End Special, a teaser of the episode that featured Goomy (which was the same episode from the future episodes teaser) came out right after the clip show of Ash's new Pokémon in 2014 as a sneak peek.
- And in that episode, the new opening for the anime made its debut. Not only did it feature Goomy, it also showed Goomy evolving into Sliggoo and into Goodra.
- Weather Manipulation: Knows Rain Dance and thus can summon rain clouds (small ones as Goomy, huge ones as its evolved forms).
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: It's afraid of Fairy-types, including Team Pet Dedenne, mainly because Fairy-type Pokémon are strong against Dragon-type Pokémon. It's also afraid of Bug-types as Bug-types destroyed its home, as shown through one of Clemont's inventions. It later overcomes its fear of Dedenne in XY056.
- Its fear of Fairy-types turn out to be connected to its Bug-type fear — said Bug-types were led by a Florges, who ruthlessly attacked it.
- Gender-Equal Ensemble: Two boys (Ash and Clemont) and two girls (Serena and Bonnie). A first for the anime series.
- Two Girls to a Team: For the first time ever with the humans (though to be fair, it's only the second time there were four in the main cast).
Clemont and his Pokémon
- Voiced in Japanese by: Yuuki KajiVoiced 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.
- Adapted Out: His Emolga from the games is replaced with a Magnemite. This might be due to Iris having an Emolga during the BW saga.
- Adorkable: His poor physical condition and obsession with technology, just to name a few of his endearing quirks.
- Agent Scully: Played with. When Clemont gets scared of something illogical, he tries desperately to explain it from a scientific perspective, if just to relieve himself.
- Awesome Backpack: His backpack contains numerous scientific gadgets, including an Aipom-Arm and an enormous airbag, among other things. On the downside, it is likely heavy, which makes his lack of athletic physique more apparent.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He basically managed to get a good fight out of Ash & Pikachu with a freshly-caught Bunnelby just by correctly anticipating how the two would battle, but didn't expect Ash to lure him in with Iron Tail to get in Electro Ball at point-blank range.
- Badass: Keep in mind he is a gym leader who gave Ash a good battle.
- Bag of Holding: Equipped his backpack with a function that lets out an enormous airbag.
- Big Brother Instinct: He cares for and protects Bonnie.
- Blind Without 'Em: When Pancham runs off with his glasses, we learn that he can't see a thing without them.
- Bungling Inventor: The Japanese opening shows one of his inventions exploding right in his face. Most of his other inventions are also shown to be less than flawless.
- Butt Monkey:
- Whether its his inventions failing or being the occasional butt of one joke or another, he seems to come out the worst in many situations.
- In XY018, the others needed to trade him to the princess for the PokéFlute, but ended up forgetting about him until the last second. He has to put his jumpsuit on a robot as a decoy and escape in his undershirt and underwear, much to everyone's horror.
- "The future is now, thanks to science!"
- When busting out his latest invention: "Clemontic Gear, ON!"
- When dragging Bonnie away from her attempts to find him a wife: "Bonnie, I told you to stop this a million times!" and "This is so embarrassing!"
- Comedic Underwear Exposure: In XY018 he has to escape from the princess in his underwear, as his jumpsuit was used to dress up a decoy.
- Crazy-Prepared: He has some kind of device built for every situation imaginable.
- Elemental Hair: A blond, lightning bolt-shaped cowlick to suit an Electric specialist.
- Fail O'Suckyname: Some of the names he gives to his inventions.
- He named a device that generates energy, "Energy Generation Machine."
- His "Sticky Never Give Up Machine" is a very lame pun in Japanese; "neba neba" means "sticky", but also sounds like "never never."
- For Science!: Clemont lives and breathes for science.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He's an inventor and keeps a number of useful gadgets in his backpack (although they backfire some of the time).
- Hammerspace: As usual, it is left up to the viewer's imagination as to how Clemont manages to carry around all those machines.
- Idiot Hair: He has a lightning bolt-shaped ahoge, and while Clemont himself is quite intelligent, he is prone to silly situations where his machines unexpectedly backfire.
- King Incognito: Or rather Gym Leader Incognito. A definite case of It Was His Sled if you've played the associated games. Turns out he created a robot that turned on him and kicked him out of the Gym because he programmed it badly and mistimed when to enter the override passcode.
- Large Ham: Whenever he shows off an invention (before it blows up), he always enters this behavior.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: If you've played the game, you should already know that he's the gym leader of Lumiose City. The opening also shows his silhouette in the lineup with the other regional gym leaders.
- Meaningful Background Event: he and Bonnie first appear walking behind Ash before he enters the Prism Tower. And they're depressed over something, too.
- Meaningful Name: His Japanese and English names reference lemons note as well as certain electrical terms.
- Meanwhile, Back at the...: He returns to the Lumiose Gym a few episodes before his and Ash's match. The in between episodes dedicate a minute or two showing what he's doing in that time.
- Missing Mom: His father, Meyer was introduced in XY009, but his mother doesn't seem to be present, not even a photo, flashback, fantasy, or cameo was shown.
- Nice Guy: Clemont has been shown to be very kind and polite, maybe even a bit of a pushover at times.
- No OSHA Compliance: See Clembot's entry. Note that this wasn't intentional on Clemont's part, either.
- Non-Action Guy: In terms of his physical ability, but being a gym leader, he is certainly no pushover in Pokémon battles.
- Performance Anxiety: He can become very camera-shy if he's put on the spot.
- Phrase Catcher: His inventions always get the line "Science is so amazing!" from Ash.
- Playful Hacker: His Aipom Arm is able to effortlessly hack into a secured backdoor of the Prism Tower. Given the tower doubles as his Gym, it makes sense.
- Promoted To Parent: Clemont has had to scold Bonnie, remind her of her manners, and essentially acts as her caretaker. She even directly asks for his permission in order to "keep" Dedenne as her future Pokémon. Subverted by their father being around, making Clemont more Bonnie's (mostly willing) caretaker than anything else. However, their father seems to be working all day and all night.
- Rock Beats Laser: Almost literally. In XY007, after Team Rocket tries to capture all the Rhyhorn, the controller for the cages is dropped after Fennekin uses Ember. Clemont dives on the remote with a rock and smashes it."FOR THE FUTURE OF SCIENCE!!!"
- Running Gag:
- His inventions working well, only to inevitably explode in his and everyone else's faces, leaving them with Funny Afros. The only time this does not happen is in XY028 when using it to evenly cut open a slice of cake.
- He is also the victim of Bonnie's frequent attempts to find him a wife. In an inverse of how the gag worked with Brock, Clemont drags Bonnie away instead.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: His glasses shine in this manner from time to time, instead of being Opaque Nerd Glasses 100% like his video game counterpart.
- Science Hero: Whereas Ash solves his problems through sheer tenacity, Clemont has a variety of inventions to rely on for any situation.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Ash's Manly Man.
- Shared Family Quirks: Has the same goofy grin and awkward run as his sister.
- Shock and Awe: His specialty as a Gym Leader is Electric types.
- Smart People Build Robots: He built the Clembot to mind the gym while he's away. At one point it malfunctioned and locked him out of his own gym, but with his friend's help, he managed to beat it in a Pokémon battle and reprogram it to run the gym properly.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: The bespectacled Clemont is apparently quite the inventor, creating many ingenious, and occasionally unorthodox, devices.
- Squishy Wizard: What he excels in intelligence, he lacks physically. It is made apparent right in the second episode that he is out of shape. After Team Rocket's first intervention, he, Ash, and Bonnie rush to Professor Sycamore's lab to take care of an injured Froakie. Clemont runs out of breath really fast and tells the others that he'll catch up with them. Lugging around that heavy Awesome Backpack of his doesn't help. Bonnie calls him out on this many times.
- Status Quo Is God: Clemont's inventions will always malfunction and explode, but he will always try again. As a result, Clemont will never stop trying to improve himself.
- Team Chef: He's a very good cook, and describes cooking as a kind of science.
- Versus Character Splash: He gets one with Ash.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Chinatsu AkasakiVoiced 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.
- Badass Adorable: A competent battler, despite being a fairly recent capture in its debut. And just look at it!
- Barehanded Blade Block: Catches Pikachu's Iron Tail with its ears in this manner.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Knows Mud Shot.
- Doppelgänger Spin: Knows Double Team.
- Fast Tunnelling: Knows Dig.
- Nice Guy: It's generally kind and actively helpful, whether cleaning up after dinner or helping to protect the others against Team Rocket.
- Non-Elemental: Normal-type.
- Out-Gambitted: Ash was counting on the above-mentioned Barehanded Blade Block so Pikachu can score an Electro Ball at point-blank range.
- Out of Focus: Once Chespin joined Clemont's team, it quickly and greatly surpassed Bunnelby in terms of screentime.
- Performance Anxiety: Although Bunnelby is a fierce battler, it is also extremely camera-shy, just like its trainer.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Its Dig and Double Slap attacks pack a punch.
- Shock and Awe: Revealed to have learned Wild Charge during the time Clemont was away from the group.
- Tunnel King: True to its species' nature, it's a fast, powerful digger.
- 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.
- Day in the Limelight: In XY016, where it was part of the focus during an accidental switch-up. Later, it got its own title card in XY056, where Dedenne was the definite star of the episode.
- 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.
- The same goes with Goomy in XY056 where Dedenne protected it from Team Rocket, earning its trust and making it get over its fear of Dedenne.
- 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.
- Let's Get Dangerous: It's small, and since Bonnie is (functionally) its trainer, it's rarely allowed to battle on the front lines. When it is the only Pokémon available, it's often asleep. Yet, unlike other Pokémon who have taken on similar roles in the past (like Togepi and Axew), it's no infant, and proves no less competent than other main Pokémon when it does get the occasion to shine.
- 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.
- Running on All Fours: Like many real rodents, it regularly stands on two legs but runs on all fours.
- 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.
- When Dedenne and Goomy become friends, the first thing Goomy does is nibble its ear.
- Took a Level in Badass: In XY056, it battled Team Rocket alongside Pancham and it did all it could to protect Goomy from Team Rocket.
- Tunnel King: Dedenne apparently lived in an underground tunnel system before being captured.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Hitomi NabatameVoiced 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.
- Expy: Of Ash's Oshawott. Both are starters with similar builds and like Oshawott, Chespin sometimes pops out of its Poke Ball on its own, is a bit gluttonous to the point of stealing food from others, and has fallen in love with female Pokémon on a few occasions.
- Follow Your Nose: Its sense of smell is very acute when it comes to locating food.
- Green Thumb: It's a Grass-type.
- I Owe You My Life: Starts bonding with Clemont when he saves it from being crushed by Team Rocket's mecha.
- Keet: Has a very happy-go lucky attitude and a habit of popping out of its Pokéball on its own when something interests it.
- 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.
- With Friends Like These...: With Pancham. The two frequently descend to bickering when they're allowed to be near each other.
Luxio -> Luxray
Luxio -> Luxray (Rentorar)
- Voiced in Japanese by: Yuka Terasaki (Luxio), Kensuke Sato (Rentorar)Voiced in English by: Sarah Natochenny (Luxio), Billy Bob Thompson (Luxray)
Luxio is a Pokémon that Clemont used to play with in his younger years before evolving from a Shinx.
- A Day in the Limelight: Its evolution episode. Luxray's time as a Luxio was always the Pokémon that was just kinda there with the rest of the cast ever since its capture episode.
- Always Accurate Attack: Knows Swift.
- Childhood Friends: Often played together with Clemont when Luxray was a Shinx.
- Older and Wiser: In the (imprecise) amount of time spent separated from Clemont he not only evolved, but developed a more serious and calmer personality and is more mature overall.
- Oh, Crap: Right before being hit by Goodra's Bide◊.
- Shock and Awe: Electric type.
- Took a Level in Badass: Evolves in episode 62, and learns Electric Terrain.
- Unexpected Character: No one was expecting a 4th Generation capture for the main group, especially since the Shinx family isn't even present in the Kalos Pokédex.
Lumiose Gym Pokémon
- Adapted Out: Unlike in the games Clemont does not have an Emolga.
- 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.
- Canon Foreigner: In the games, Clemont has a Magneton but no Magnemite.
- Extra Ore Dinary: Its secondary type is Steel.
- Flat Character: It's mostly present to fill in Clemont's Gym team from before he starts travelling with Ash.
- Out of Focus: It hasn't appeared since its first episode, with much more focus on Clemont's travelling team and on Heliolisk. It's not used in the Gym Battle with Ash, either.
- Extra Ore Dinary: Steel is its secondary type.
- Out of Focus: While not as much as Magnemite, it's still not given as much focus as Heliolisk and Clemont's travelling team. It's not used in the Gym Battle with Ash, either.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Kiyotaka FurushimaVoiced in English by: ????
- Achilles' Heel: It extends the frilled collar around its neck to attack, making it more vulnerable to damage by direct attacks.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Knows Bulldoze. It was actually taught this move by Clembot as a means of countering Dig and other Ground-type moves, and Clemont had to think outside the box in order to defeat it in battle and reclaim the Gym from Clembot.
- Fragile Speedster: It's not able to take too much damage directly, but proves fast enough to be difficult to hit anyway. Ash counters this by using Hawlucha, who is not only fast enough to match it but who has super-effective Fighting-type moves.
- Glass Cannon: Again, despite its frailty Heliolisk compensates by having powerful moves that do impressive damage
- Keet: It has an extraordinarily lively personality, as shown when it was first sent out against Clemont. It was also the most visibly happy to see him again of all three Gym Mons.
- Lizard Folk: It is based on the frill-necked lizard after all, and it moves on its hind legs.
- Life Drain: Knows Parabolic Charge.
- Light 'em Up: It knows Flash.
- Non-Elemental: It's secondary type is Normal.
- Tail Slap: Knows Dragon Tail.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Mariya IseVoiced 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.
- Ascended Extra: In the games, her only roles are hosting the Lumiose Gym/Prism Tower Pokemon Quiz. After becoming the champion, the player can get a ribbon from her if they have a Pokemon with maximum affection. In the anime, she's a main character alongside Clemont.
- 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" in Japan. 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.
- A Day in the Limelight: In the The Seventeenth Movie, she gets to bond with Diancie for the rest of the movie, like Max bonding Jirachi in the Sixth Movie.
- Does Not Like Spam: She doesn't like carrots.
- 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.
- Shared Family Quirks: Has the same goofy grin and awkward run as her brother.
- Sweet Tooth: Bonnie loves her sweets. She even starts drooling just from Serena talking about the restaurants and bakeries in Lumiose City.
- Tagalong Kid: For the Five-Man Band of the XY series. Adding to that she sticks by Clemont's side whether he wants it or not, though generally he doesn't seem to mind.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Unlike the many people who blocked Brock's advances, Bonnie does the exact opposite.
- Third-Person Person: Sprinkled in here and there, as per usual Character Tics for Japanese children.
- Took a Level in Badass: In XY056, she first stepped to the side when Serena was battling Team Rocket. After Pancham became confused due to Inkay's Psybeam, Dedenne used Nuzzle to make it snap out of confusion and she joined the battle, defeating Team Rocket by commanding Dedenne smoothly. She definitely is Clemont's sister and has a promising future as a Trainer.
Serena and her Pokémon
- Voiced in Japanese by: Mayuki MakiguchiVoiced 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 eventually decided that her dream was to become a Pokémon Performer.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Her game counterpart has grey eyes while anime Serena has blue eyes.
- 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.
- Break the Cutie: Downplayed. She breaks down into tears in front of her Pokémon the next day, early in the morning at a boardwalk, after losing the first round in her first Pokémon Showcase earlier in the episode. Fennekin and Pancham also held tears over their distraught Trainer and attempted to comfort her. However, she was crying because she was grateful for the opportunity to start her dream as a Performer despite the loss and renewed her resolve to become Kalos Queen with a change in style and wardrobe.
- The Chick: For the Five-Man Band of the XY series.
- 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. Makes sense since as they are both children and the same sex - they would gravitate towards each other in a way that they won't to the boys (who in turn have another sibling-like bond).
- Determinator: Grew towards this, you have Ash to thank for that!
- 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 Performer 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.
- Feet-First Introduction: Played with. The beginning scene of the series shows Grace's Fletchling flying into Serena's room to wake her up. Granted, part of her hair was visible from underneath her blanket for a very brief moment before the camera focused on Fletchling about to peck her awake. The next scene goes outside her house with her screaming from receiving her "wake-up call" before going back inside, her legs and feet sticking out in the air (the first parts of her body we officially see as she's "introduced") as a result of her rude awakening.
- 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.
- Important Haircut: Serena cuts her hair short and changes outfits after losing her first Pokémon Showcase.
- 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. Also, it really says something about her when she is the only one of Ash's female companions not to get immediately annoyed by his actions.
- 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.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Sometimes, including in XY050.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: In XY056, when she and Bonnie encountered Team Rocket after being separated from Ash and Clemont, she took the initiative by protecting Bonnie and battling Team Rocket with Pancham before Bonnie stepped in to help her.
Fennekin -> Braixen
Fennekin (Fokko) -> Braixen (Tairenar)
- Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi HayashibaraVoiced in English by: Eileen Stevens
Fennekin is the starter Pokémon Serena chose from Professor Sycamore. She is a tidy Pokémon that takes great pride in her well-groomed appearance. However, the one thing Fennekin loves more than looking her best is her trainer, Serena.
- Charm Point: Fennekin takes great pride in her well-groomed tail, becoming uneasy if it is tarnished.
- Cute Little Fangs: Fennekin has these.
- Drama Queen: While making a PokéVision video with Serena, she repeatedly attacks Ash and Pikachu because they accidentally dirtied her fur.
- Fantastic Foxes: It's based on the Fennec fox.
- The Fashionista: Like Serena, Fennekin loves to get dressed up and appear her best.
- Jerkass Ball: In Episode 21, when she became jealous of another, more popular Fennekin, and became obsessed with creating a perfect PokéVision video with Serena.
- Neat Freak: Downplayed in that Fennekin is only worried about becoming dirty.
- Playing with Fire: Fire-type.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Like the rest of her species, she enjoys eating twigs.
- Undying Loyalty: Eventually develops great loyalty towards Serena, overcoming her crippling aversion to filth to protect her.
Voiced in Japanese by: Noriko Shitaya
Voiced in English by: Erica Schroeder
Pancham is a Pokémon that took a liking to PokéVision, and joins Serena's team to become an entertainer.
- Badass Adorable: It's more dashing than Chespin.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Fighting-type.
- Berserk Button: A mild case, but it does NOT like Chespin trying to steal its food.
- Casting a Shadow: Knows Dark Pulse, and has been seen using two at once.
- Cool Shades: Is very fond of sunglasses, and is rarely seen without some sort of pair on his forehead.
- Dance Battler: It uses a lot of its performing techniques in its battles.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Knows Stone Edge.
- Mythology Gag: These shade he gets from Serena are similar to the ones on the hat of her game counterpart.
- Oral Fixation: The leaves it carries in its mouth.
- Panda-ing to the Audience: Pancham has the appearance of a cute adolescent panda.
- Tsundere: Pancham is very prideful and has some difficulty showing affection and gratitude, but he truly cares for his trainer and friends.
- Unmanly Secret: Initially, Pancham was insecure about his love of performing, but has since gotten over it thanks to Serena's support.
- With Friends Like These...: With Chespin. The two frequently descend to bickering when they're allowed to be near each other.
- Voiced in Japanese by: Aya EndoVoiced 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.
- Art Evolution: While all the human characters ended up gaining visible fingernails in the transition from the Black and White series to the XY one, it's most notable with her because she ends up gaining painted nails between each series.
- 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 also one to her actual sibling, Santalune Gym Leader Viola, whom she gives counsel and advice to while still supporting her.
- 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 Japanese by: Hiroshi Tsuchida
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.
- Papa Wolf: To Garchomp. When Garchomp is kidnapped by Team Rocket, Sycamore and the kids go to help.
- Roofless Renovation: Sycamore must have great insurance because his lab has been busted in and rebuilt several times.
Voiced in Japanese by: Yurie Kobori
Voiced in English by: Jo Armeniox
A young and outgoing Pokémon trainer who loves PokéVision videos. She becomes acquainted to Ash and co. at Sycamore's summer camp.
- Genki Girl: Every bit as excitable as her game counterpart.
- Green Thumb: Her starter is Bulbasaur.
- Poisonous Person: Again, Bulbasaur.
- The Rival: To Ash's group at summer camp, but especially to Serena, who also has an interest in PokéVision.
- ˇThree Amigos!: With Trevor and Tierno.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Serena's girly girl.
Voiced in Japanese by: Anri Katsu
Voiced in English by: Todd Haberkorn
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.
- Adaptational Badass: In the games, he's not much of a battler, preferring to study moves to make a dance team. In the anime, he's a skilled trainer that incorporates dance moves into his battle style. In addition, he is collecting regional gym badges to compete in the Kalos league.
- 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.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Hitmontop.
- 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.
- Green Thumb: Ludicolo's secondary type.
- Making a Splash: His starter is Squirtle/Wartortle, and he has a Ludicolo and Politoed.
- Shock and Awe: Raichu.
- The Rival: Towards Ash's group at summer camp, but especially towards Ash, as both are passionate individuals.
- ˇThree Amigos!: With Shauna and Trevor.
- Use Your Head: Squirtle's Skull Bash.
Voiced in Japanese by: Minami Fujii
Voiced in English by: Michael Lockwood Crouch
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 Japanese by: Hitomi Nabatame
Voiced in English by: Erica Schroeder
The mother of Serena. She used to compete in Rhyhorn races.
- Brick Joke: She later gives Serena her Pokémon Showcase dress, stating that she chose the opposite of what she would normally pick because Serena doesn't like her definition of cute.
- Catch Phrase: "Go for broke."
- Good Parents: Grace does such thoughtful things for Serena it regularly reduces her daughter to tears.
- Jock Dad, Nerd Son: In this case, it's a Gender Flip of the usual trope while keeping the spirit, and is thus "Tomboy Mom & Girly Daughter". Grace actually tries to enforce Generation Xerox upon Serena, who does not want anything to do with it (she does realise that she appreciates Rhyhorn Racing more than she'd previously thought, but wanted to try and find something she loved even more). Then, when she shows up in XY053, she is skeptical of Serena's dedication to Pokemon Showcases and challenges her to a Skiddo race to prove herself; when Serena succeeds at the assigned task, her mother becomes more open to her daughter's choice of dreams. Also, in XY007 we learn that she actually sent Serena to the Summer Camp in Pallet Town against her tender-hearted daughter's (initial) wishes, and she seems to have shown a bit of pressure in her parenting style overall.
- Mundane Utility: Uses Fletchling as a sort of "alarm clock", much to Serena's chagrin.
- Non-Elemental: She has a Fletchling, which is part Normal.
- 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.
- Retired Badass: She was quite an accomplished Rhyhorn racer in her youth, but has since settled down and started a family.
- 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". Tellingly, despite having a feminine streak with keeping house and cooking, Grace is evidently quite strong in character, and it's easy to see her younger self - an accomplished Rhyhorn Racer in her own right - as being a Hotblooded Tomboy back in the day. She's certainly more confrontational and (at times) sarcastic than previous mothers who appeared in the series.
- Wind from Beneath My Wings: Fletchling again, as it's part Flying-type.
Meyer (Limone)/Blaziken Mask
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.
- 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.
- Cool Mask: Stylized to look like Mega Blaziken.
- 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 that 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 Japanese by: Yuuki Kaji
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.
- Canon Foreigner: As a means of setting up Clemont's departure with Ash, while his Gym is being managed.
- 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.
- Psycho Electro: It electrocuted trainers that didn't live up to its standards.
- Shock and Awe: Clemont built it to specialize in Electric-types.
- 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.
Voiced in Japanese by: Hirofumi Nojima
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!
- Adaptational Attractiveness: While he wasn't bad looking in the games, he is noticeably prettier in the animé.
- 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.
- 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
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz
The Fighting-type Gym Leader of Shalour City. She enjoys rollerblading, and her grandfather 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 Mega 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.
- Modesty Shorts
- 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
- Badass: Lucario has managed to win 100 consecutive victories.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: How it finally forces itself to overcome and control its Mega form.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He took Pikachu to town in his debut episode.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Knows Bone Rush.
- Energy Ball: Aura Sphere, which can turn into a Kamehame Hadoken while in its Mega form.
- Extra Ore Dinary: Lucario's secondary type.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Its eyes are usually red, but when it loses control of its Mega form, its pupils glow a menacing blood red.
- Spin to Deflect Stuff: Lucario can spin its Bone Rush staff to neutralize certain attacks.
- Status Buff: Swords Dance.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Its Mega form leaves Lurcario with no self-control and fights with primal instincts.
- True Companions: To Korrina. The two have been together since childhood.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Lucario has a hard time controlling its Mega form's overwhelming power, leading to extremely violent, irrational behavior. It's pretty scary.◊
Voiced in Japanese by: Minoru Inaba
Voiced in English by: Anthony Salerno
The Grass-type Gym Leader of Coumarine City. He's an experienced gardener.
- And That Little Boy Was Me: Based on their similar appearances and friendship with a Gogoat family Pokémon, it is implied the boy who created the Vow Tree was in fact Ramos in his youth.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He seems to work on a different wavelength to other people at times, specifically the much younger protagonists. When Ash and friends arrive at his gym he holds off the battle because he's just prepared a Spot of Tea and wants them to enjoy it with him; when Ash downs it fast, he asks for help in pulling the weeds, almost oblivious to the youth's impatient frustration... And when he's simply wrenching them out roughly, Ramos halts him to point out the need to not be hasty or he'll miss the bigger picture (in this case, another plant hidden among the leaves). The advice actually helps Ash in his battle, too.
- Cool Old Guy: Ramos is a thoughtful grandpa-like figure, and he also proves to be very wise in regards to life and battling.
- Eyes Always Shut: Complimenting his easy-going nature.
- Fragile Speedster: Jumpluff, who can't take many hits but is fast, especially after activating its Chlorophyll.
- Green Thumb: Grass, his specialty type.
- Hot-Blooded: Given his age and seemingly-limitless patience, it's quite a sight to see the final stage of the Gym match getting him just as hyped as Ash seems to be.
- Life Drain: His Gogoat knows both Leech Seed and Horn Leech.
- Poisonous Person: Weepinbell's Poison Powder.
- The Power of the Sun: His Jumpluff knows Sunny Day and both it and his Weepinbell have the ability Chlorophyll.
- Status Buff: His Jumpluff knows Cotton Guard, and both it and Weepinbell have Chlorophyll.
Voiced in Japanese by: Fumiko Orikasa
Voiced in English by: Vanessa Gardner
The Kalos League Champion, and a famous movie star.
- The Ace: She's both the champion, and a famous actress.
- Badass: She's the champion.
- 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.
- World's Best Warrior: The most skilled trainer in the Kalos region.
Mega Evolution Special
Voiced in Japanese by: Kensho Ono
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.
- With his Charizard they defeat a Mega Absol and a Mega Garchomp (despite a type disadvantage) with minimal difficulty, only being defeated by Siebold and his Mega Blastoise and putting up a good fight in the process. They later hold their own against Steven and his Mega Metagross in Act II.
- Badass and Child Duo: He's the Badass while Marian is the child.
- 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.
- He gets handily beaten by Siebold and his Mega Blastoise, though Charizard does enough to impress Siebold.
- Deadpan Snarker: To Marian. He snarks at her wording when she asks about Mega Evolution."Pokémon Mega Evolve, not people."
- Dramatic Irony: He keeps Professor Sycamore out of the loop because Lysandre tells him if research on mega evolution is published then evil people will use it and ruin the professor's reputation. Of course Lysandre would know all about those kinds of people.
- Extra Ore Dinary: His Charizard knows Steel Wing.
- Foil: He and Ash contrast each other on many things.
- Ash is a Keet, while Alain is The Stoic. Also, Alain isn't keen on making friends but will give good, logical advice. Ash is a people person and gives more abstract life lessons.
- 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.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Representing his cool, collected personality. Also to match his black and blue Mega Charizard X motif.
- In the Name of the Moon: "Key Stone, respond/listen to my heart. Beyond evolution — Mega Evolve!" The word order slightly changed in the 2nd special.
- 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: He's very serious and mature, and rarely smiles.
- 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: His Charizard can Mega Evolve into 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. In Part II, it's revealed that Lysandre is the one who provided Alain with the Mega Ring and Mega Stone, in return for Alain's aid to gather data for his research.
- 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.
- Unwitting Pawn: Currently works with Lysandre not knowing his true intentions.
- Wind from Beneath My Wings: His Charizard's normal secondary type until it Mega Evolves.
Voiced in Japanese by: Mikako Komatsu
Voiced in English by: Zoe Martin
A beginner trainer who recently started her journey. She becomes intrigued by Mega Evolution and travels with Alain.
- Badass and Child Duo: She's the child while Alain is the Badass.
- Butt Monkey: She falls on her face a lot, even when there's nothing to trip on.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Her Chespin's relationship with her, picking her up when she falls.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: She tends to trip and fall a lot, even when there isn't anything visible she could trip on.
- Fangirl: Shows signs of it towards Siebold.
- Green Thumb: Her Chespin's primary type.
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: Has one of these moments in the second special when Lysandre accuses her and Alain of being a couple.
- The Nicknamer: Her Pokémon are nicknamed Chespie for Chespin and Bebe for Flabebe (Hari-san and Fla-chan in Japan respectively).
- Our Fairies Are Different: Her Flabebe's primary type.