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All of Them (Kalos Region):
Ash's Full Kalos Team.

  • Badass Crew: While not even a full team for most of the series, this team, plus Pikachu, has managed to show amazing growth in both in and out of battles. This includes a newly hatched Pokémon making excellent use of its natural ability who eventually evolved to battle a legendary Pokémon and even gain the upper hand. Almost all the Pokémon have been and earn at least one win in a gym (if not they at least did some damage before getting knocked out). Also they seem to do this whenever they evolve, which seems to happen when they see Ash and Pikachu or each other in danger, or on the ropes in a important battle.
    • They are the very first team of which all new members fully evolve.
    • This team has also so far represented Ash's unbelievable tactics in battle and how they are growing.
    • The previews to the Final Rounds of the Lumiose Conference call them Ash's Ultimate Team.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: A recurring theme with Ash's Kalos team is that they subvert some of the trends that had been staples for Ash's teams from previous regions
    • Kalos marks the first time Ash has not had the regional Grass starter on his team. For that matter, the region is (so far) the only one where Ash hasn't caught any new Grass types as all.
    • For the first time since Kingler, Ash has had a Water-type evolve, and similarly, it is the first time he has had any Dragon-type evolve.
    • Hawlucha marks the first Pokémon in Ash's team since Torkoal that has only one stage of evolution.
    • As indicated above, this is the first team where all of his regional Pokémon with the ability to evolve have done so.
    • Though members of Ash's teams have occasionally shared types, it's generally been limited to reserve members of the team. In Kalos, three of Ash's main team are Flying type, while two are Dragon-type.
  • Dwindling Party: In the 7-on-2 match against Lysandre on top of Prism Tower, Ash's team slowly whittles down one by one from the might of Mega Gyarados, until Pikachu, Ash-Greninja, and Alain's Charizard are left.
  • Lightning Bruiser: They hit hard, they hit fast, and they can tank hits (compared to their game counterparts, of course). Their weaknesses are more on them being specialized at certain things and share similar weaknesses.
    • As a bonus fact, all of Ash's Kalos-origin Pokémon (except Goodra, a Mighty Glacier) are the fastest Pokémon introduced in Generation VI (ignoring Mega Evolutions of older Pokémon). Although, as Ash's powerhouse, it seems that Greninja is much faster than everyone else, even more since the lead-up to the eighth gym battle, where it looks like he's actually flash-stepping, a la Dragon Ball.
  • Not So Above It All: All the evolved Pokemon of the team developed more serious and focused personalities by their final evolution. They retained the occasional comical moment however. Goodra remained rather goofy and emotive, while Noivern, Talonflame and even Greninja are shown giddily dancing during Serena's public Tripokalon.
  • Running Gag: Whenever eating a meal, this batch would immediately finish their food post-haste as soon as Ash tells them they're training afterward, disregarding the Balloon Belly they're all sporting.
  • Team Shot: The opening scene of XY&Z credits sequence: Hawlucha, Ash, Pikachu and Greninja on the foreground, and Talonflame and Noibat (later Noivern) in the back.
  • True Companions: They have devoted just as much time bonding with one another and with the Pokémon belonging to Serena and Clemont as they have individually with Ash.

Froakie (Keromatsu) —> Frogadier (Gekogashira) —> Greninja (Gekkouga)
Click here  to see the Ash-Greninja Transformation.
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuji Ueda
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.
  • The Ace: Ever since his introduction Froakie was one of Ash's stronger Kalos-native Pokémon, even if Goodra and Hawlucha overshadowed it at some points. As Frogadier he virtually never lost on-screen, and after evolving into Greninja, he becomes Ash's powerhouse. Upon completing the Ash-Greninja Forme he achieves something no other Pokémon belonging to Ash has ever achieved: fight on par with a Champion's Pokémon. Even more impressively, her Mega Evolved Ace Pokémon.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Gives Fletchling a friendly slap on the head after training for the rematch against Viola.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: He was attacked by the other Froakie at the breeding facility for refusing to socialize.
  • Appropriated Appellation: Bonnie coins Greninja's Super Mode as Ash-Greninja, mainly from the way that it looked like (in-universe) Ash and Greninja actually had a Fusion Dance.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: He knows Pound, but seems to have forgotten it after learning either Cut or Aerial Ace.
  • Animal Motifs: The butterfly for Ash-Greninja. When Ash and Greninja first reached a high level synchronization, the water shroud converged on Ash-Greninja's back to be like a pair of butterfly wings used for gliding before becoming a shuriken. This butterfly form always makes an appearance whenever Ash-Greninja takes shape or whenever he needs to glide.
    • And for more emphasis, in episode XY&Z28, Ash tries to save a bunch of Spewpa hanging from a tree from a snowstorm. Ash manages to save four, but the last one fell off from the tree and into the cliff. He jumped down to save it, and he was then saved by Greninja. However it fell from his grip, and so this made both Ash and Greninja trigger their synchronization and them realizing what was missing between them to fully control the form. When Ash and Greninja reconciled, the Spewpa evolved into Vivillon which then flew into the moonlight - essentially a symbolism of Ash-Greninja being "born".
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Did this with Talonflame during their battle against Olympia and her two Meowstic...and won.
  • Badass Armfold: As seen in his current picture, Greninja often starts in this position before a battle, including his transformation into Ash-Greninja.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Executes Aerial Ace with a barrage of punches and/or kicks, to differentiate it from Cut.
  • Belated Backstory: Olympia provides Ash and friends further insight to Frogadier's Dark and Troubled Past, some details of which not even Sycamore was privy to.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Has plenty of these.
    • Froakie is introduced by taking a Electro Ball reflected by Wobbuffet's Mirror Coat which was aimed on Pikachu.
    • In XY052, when Clemont and Serena fall from a broken bridge, Clemont is saved by Froakie's frubbles while Serena is saved by Sanpei's Greninja's tongue.
    • In XY086, Talonflame gets hit by Moltres' Fire Blast and falls into a pitch of lava. Ash tries to save it by running down the wall and catches it, but both are now falling into the pit. They are saved by Frogadier's frubbles.
  • Bishonen Line: Crosses this twice. First, Froakie already becomes more humanoid with each evolution. Then, as Ash-Greninja, his appearance is obscured by the water veil surrounding him. Once Ash and Greninja master the forme, the veil compresses into a Fuuma Shuriken attached to his back, and his Uncatty Resemblance to his trainer is finally in full view.
  • Blush Sticker: He would blush like this when someone thanks him.
  • Breakout Character: Greninja's popularity led him to get the Ash-Greninja form and started getting central focus in the XY&Z arc, taking the usual attention away from Pikachu.
  • Bond Creatures: Becomes this with Ash. Due to their close relationship, Greninja is able to synchronize with Ash and acquire the Ash-Greninja, where Ash and Greninja become extensions to each other and feel each other's pain.
  • Bubble Gun: He knows Bubble. Apparently not anymore after learning either Cut or Aerial Ace.
  • Canon Immigrant: He appears in the demo for Pokémon Sun and Moon, complete with his Super Mode. From there, he can be transferred to the actual game itself.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Froakie tends to throw himself into the problems of others.
  • Colossus Climb: Froakie scales Grant's Onix to finish it off with Water Pulse.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Uses some imaginative tricks to win fights. Justified, since he is a ninja.
  • Combination Attack: Develops one with Hawlucha, combining Froakie's Cut with Hawlucha's Flying Press.
  • Converging-Stream Weapon: Its giant Water Shuriken uses a variation on this concept in the final battle with Sawyer, absorbing the energy of the various Double Team clones it created to make the Water Shuriken even larger and more powerful.
  • The Comically Serious: Froakie's more serious attitude leads to several humorous interactions. Even then though he has some Not So Stoic moments, usually from his shy blushing. This was downplayed after he evolved into Frogadier and especially Greninja, though was not completely gone.
  • 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.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: He's the first Water-type starter that Ash owns to not be comic relief, instead having a serious personality. He also gains the distinction of being Ash's first Water-type Pokémon to evolve since Kingler, which happened 777 episodes ago, and the first to serve as The Ace of the team.
  • Cool Mask: He can make a mask using his Frubbles when he's trying to be stealthy.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion:
    • Against Alain's Charizard, Greninja failed to get a single hit in when both were untransformed, but he still managed to keep his foe on his toes and, once both transformed, he managed to get a good hit in. He still lost however. During the rematch, he does a lot better even before transforming.
    • Noticeably averted during Ash's rematch against Diantha, given Ash's track record battling Elite Four members and Champions. It starts off with Greninja being unable to hit Gardevoir, but Greninja keeps doing better and better and, after transforming, even takes the lead. When Gardevoir evens the odds by Mega Evolving, Greninja and Ash perfect the transformation, and still overpower Gardevoir until Power Strain Blackout kicks in.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • He refused to listen to his previous trainers because he didn't like any of them, leading them all to give him back to Sycamore.
    • At the Froakie breeding facility, he preferred being alone to train instead of socializing with the others. When he was asked to join, he politely refused, which was then met with him getting attacked by rest of the Froakie. This made him distant towards others despite doing good, and it wasn't until Ash showed him love that made him finally connect to a trainer that understood him.
  • David vs. Goliath: Against Wulfric's Mega Abomasnow. Him pummeling said opponent into submission is quite a sight to behold.
  • The Day the Music Lied: During the third battle against Sawyer, XY&Z starts playing when it seems Greninja is going to transform again, and when Greninja fails to transform, it promptly stops playing.
  • 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, like a ninja. He tried to learn Quick Attack, but it ended up being Double Team. They also fit to his ninja theme, since it is common for ninjas to duplicate themselves. Double Team is even called "Kage Bunshin" in Japan. He also absorbs his doppelgängers into his Fuuma Shuriken to make it larger, but how that works is not known.
  • Dragon Rider: In Volcanion and the Ingenious Marvel, Greninja rides on Noivern's back to fight the Mega Evolution army.
  • Elemental Baggage: Ash-Greninja is often seen drawing his Water Shurikens from the water cloak surrounding him. And the cloak gets completely compressed for the Fuuma Water Shuriken.
  • Eyes Always Shut: When at ease, his eyes remain closed most of the time, but when he becomes serious, they're open.
  • Foil: Ash-Greninja is this to Mega Sceptile and Mega Charizard X. The latter two need specific items that draw out their inner power and make them Mega Evolve, turning them more beast-like (or dragon-like) than they already are. Greninja doesn't depend on an item to transform and, while Mega Evolution also needs a strong bond, Greninja has to synchronize with his trainer to draw out his inner power and that happens soon after his final evolution; as a result, he becomes more human-like.
  • Foreshadowing: Olympia's visions tease Frogadier's evolution into Greninja and his Ash-Greninja Forme.
  • Funny Background Event: Greninja's Double Team clones sometimes wind up in the most amusing poses.
  • Fusion Dance: Not an actual fusion, but Ash-Greninja qualifies as one, since both trainer and Pokémon are fighting together in perfect harmony. To give Pokémon Champions grief, its power must be off the scale.
  • Fuuma Shuriken: Ash-Greninja sports one once his water cloak is deactivated. It grows bigger during his fight with Mega Sceptile and then it grows three times larger when he absorbs his Double Team clones.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: When Ash leaves into the forest alone after their loss to Wulfric, he tells a seemingly unconcious Greninja that he feels guilty for Greninja's pain. Greninja was awake the whole time, and goes into the forest to look for Ash, all the whil blaming himself for failing Ash. Naturally, they get over it by the end, fully mastering their unique transformation while they're at it.
  • Hour of Power: The Ash-Greninja transformation is extremely powerful, but takes a toll on both Ash and Greninja, enough to cause Ash to faint during some of his earlier uses. Ash usually compensates for this by saving Greninja for last, since being tired won't matter as long as they win.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Ash doesn't know how to trigger Greninja's Super Mode. Clemont offers to study the two of them to help figure it out. During the battle against Sawyer, Ash actively tries to invoke the transformation, but it fails. After saving a Spewpa in Winding Woods, Ash and Greninja manage to fully complete and control the transformation.
  • Humble Hero: He has an awkward time accepting compliments or gratitude, and tends to blush when put on the spot.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: He had a habit of isolating himself from the other Froakie for this reason. When he realized that he can only become stronger through a trainer, but due to his very high expectations, all the novice trainers were unable to tame him and they took him back to Sycamore. Then he met Ash, an experienced trainer who deeply cares for all Pokémon, including those who aren't his own, resulting in Froakie choosing him as his trainer.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: Cut manifests into some sort of energy sword (like Greninja in Super Smash Bros. water blades), and he usually strikes with a single slash; possibly a direct reference to its Japanese name "Iaigiri". Though he wouldn't mind performing multiple strikes should that attack fail.
  • 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.
  • Irony: A Mirror Coat-ed Electro Ball doesn't take him out immediately and he seems to be fine taking Grass-Type attacks, but he doesn't seem to resist Fire-Type attacks that much.
  • Jumped at the Call: Once Ash befriended him, Froakie literally caught himself by activating the Pokéball in Ash's hand.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: How he uses Water Pulse. He charges it with the typical Hadouken pose and fires it like one. Or he smashes it onto the opponent like it's a Rasengan or he simply throws it. Has apparently forgotten it in favor of learning Water Shuriken.
  • Leave Him to Me: When the group first met Fletching, Froakie insisted on fighting it by himself.
  • Laser Blade: Both Cut and Aerial Ace produces a glowing white sword out of hammerspace for him to use.
  • Lightning Bruiser: From his debut appearance alone, he managed to save Pikachu from Team Rocket even after being hit with a reflected, amped-up Electro Ball. Ever since its capture Froakie has been one of Ash's primary battlers, and it won most of its battles. The few times he didn't he was either facing fully evolved Pokémon, Sanpei's Frogadier, or a Gym Leader's ace Pokémon and even then he put up a good fight. Upon evolving into Frogadier, he didn't lose a single on-screen match and actually gave Ash the win at the Coumarine Gym, where his type should give it a disadvantage. As a Greninja, its first act is to fight off an opponent Sanpei's Greninja couldn't even hit. Once it unlocks its Ash-Greninja Forme, he dishes out plenty a Curb-Stomp Battle, even though he is facing quite powerful opponents. He can throw down with Alain's Mega Charizard X, a Pokémon that has matched and beaten Elite Four-level Pokémon, although it was a Curb Stomp Cushion in Charizard's favour. During their rematch he does much better though.
    • Upon completing his Ash-Greninja Forme, even Diantha and Gardevoir actually bother to put effort into fighting him.
  • Loners Are Freaks: In the past, he preferred to spend his time alone training rather then socializing with the other Froakie in the breeding facility. This loner attitudes led him to be ostracized and eventually attacked.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: In XY013, a rival trainer had her Sylveon use Attract on Froakie. He started acting very strange.
  • Love Redeems: Before Ash became his trainer, Froakie was an anti-social loner. The impact that Ash has on him changes his out lot though and you can see it with the way he interacts with Ash's other Pokémon.
  • Making a Splash: A Water-type. He has Water Pulse (and then Water Shuriken) as one of his primary attacks. When in Ash-Greninja forme, he is covered in a cloak of water that becomes a Fuuma Shuriken.
  • Meaningful Echo: Fresh off their joint Heroic B.S.O.D., Greninja rolls his Pokéball towards Ash, a déjà vu of how, when he was still a Froakie, he showed that he wanted to join Ash's team. This symbolizes Ash's words about him and Greninja "starting over".
  • Mundane Utility: When Fennekin's tail gets messy, Froakie uses his Frubbles to clean and shine Fennekin's tail.
  • Mythology Gag: The Ash-Greninja forme has similar mechanics, mainly Trainer-Pokémon Synchronization and Super Mode from Ferrum Battles.
  • Ninja: In every sense of the word. He can easily see through Team Rocket's trickery (something that ninjas are sometimes known for), can use his Frubbles for deception (among other things), and the natural agility and acrobatics of frogs are often ninja abilities as well. His moveset is also inspired by his ninja motif, as all of his attacks are inspired by ninja techniques/weaponry or samurai techniques (Water Shuriken/Mizu Shuriken, Double Team/Kage Bunshin, Cut/Iaigiri, and Aerial Ace/Tsubame Gaeshi).
  • Ninja Log: He used his Frubbles to make a decoy of himself when battling Fletchling, who fell for it. After wards, he learns to use Double Team this way.
  • Oh Crap!: Had a reaction along the lines of "Whoa" upon Grant's Tyrunt using Draco Meteor.
  • Opening Shout-Out: In XY&Z024, during a Power Strain Blackout that left him unconscious for a period of time, Ash has a nightmare about Greninja leaving him. The backdrop of the dream and Greninja turning to leave as Ash tries to reach out to him are taken straight out of the XY&Z theme (although the scene itself is seen in first-person).
  • Overly Long Tongue: Greninja's tongue scarf. This was first illustrated when Frogadier began to evolve, opening his mouth and allowing his tongue to grow as part of the evolution.
    • He was able to put it to good use by saving Ash from falling off a cliff during a harsh snowstorm.
    • Around the same time after going into Ash-Greninja mode, he used his tongue to maneuver around branches that stuck out of the cliffside in order to catch a falling Spewpa. At this point, he and Ash finally perfected this form.
  • The Power of Love: As a Greninja, this is stated by Olympia to be the power behind his special Ash-Greninja evolution.
  • Power Strain Blackout: It seems that prolonged duration of his special form leaves Greninja (and Ash) completely exhausted. This causes Ash to pass out during the rematch against Alain, and causes both to pass out against Diantha. Although Ash and Greninja eventually iron out this flaw and use the form without passing out, they still share eachothers pain, if on a more managable level.
  • Put on a Bus: Greninja leaves Ash's party at the end XY&Z046 to stay with Squishy and Z2 and protect Kalos with his power.
  • Red Herring: That bit in the opening theme between Ash and Greninja. Oddly, it does actually happen in the series, but in reverse: it's Ash who leaves Greninja, thinking that he failed his Pokémon.
    • Near the end of the XY&Z sage, Greninja does leave Ash in order to protect Kalos with Squishy and Z2.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Hawlucha's red. He's calm and collected while Hawlucha is proud and theatrical.
  • The Rival: From their first battle, he carries a rivalry with Sawyer's Treecko/Grovyle/Sceptile.
  • Roundhouse Kick: Aerial Ace manifests as a powerful kick attack. A variation exists where he performs a Dynamic Entry-style kick rather than the traditional roundhouse.
  • Scissors Cuts Rock: From his debut, Froakie is able to tank a reflected Electro Ball for a short amount of time, and getting hit by Grass-Type moves is not enough to take him down. A completely different story with Fire-Type moves, however. Ash-Greninja has also defeated Dragon-Type and Grass-Type Pokémon with its Water-Type moves.
  • Shoryuken: During his battle against Mega Sceptile, Ash-Greninja uses Aerial Ace to uppercut his opponent and then ends the move with an axe kick (still Aerial Ace).
  • Skyward Scream:
    • Lets out a powerful shout as Frogadier evolves into Greninja.
    • And again when completing the Ash-Greninja Forme against Diantha.
  • Sore Loser: A downplayed example, where losing to Penelope's Sylveon leaves Froakie a little sullen. This might also have something to do with how Sylveon defeated him is nothing short of embarrassing.
  • The Spock: He can be quite pragmatic, advising Pikachu to not have mercy on Meowth when he needs help.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Played with. After his evolution into Greninja, he has got more focus in the plot, mostly because of his mysterious form and its unknown potential. While Greninja does get the best battles, he has never defeated more than one Pokémon on-screen in a match since his final evolution and most of the time, he faces the strongest and final opponent when his teammates are down.
  • Starter Mon: Inverted. While at first it may seem Ash picked Froakie, the whole ordeal about Froakie's flashback and personality makes it look like he chose Ash instead. This is even backed with the revelation of the "Bond Phenomenon" where Sycamore mentioned that Ash-Greninja is only obtained when both trainer and the Pokémon capable of having latent abilities showed deep understanding and love between each other. Froakie already knew about his abilities, he chose Ash because he precisely knew he would be able to utilize this latent ability with him.
  • Sticky Situation: His Frubbles. It was used to both trap Team Rocket and keep a Garchomp in place.
  • Stock Ninja Weaponry: The Frubbles to a certain extent (and limited to Froakie and Frogadier anyway), Water Shuriken (small, spammable ones as Greninja and [incomplete] Ash-Greninja, and a Fuuma Shuriken as the mastered Ash-Greninja), and lastly, Cut taking the shape of a pair of kunai.
  • 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.
  • Super Mode: Gains a unique form on top of his evolution into Greninja due to his strong bond with Ash. This form would be later featured in the seventh generation of the franchise, but it is exclusive only to Greninja. Ash's Greninja to be precise.
  • 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 decoy, and so on.
  • Synchronization: As Ash-Greninja, he and Ash mimic each other's movements. What Greninja sees, Ash sees in his mind. When Ash-Greninja is hurt, Ash feels it too. This reaches its climax during Ash's battle with Alain, where Ash passes out from exhaustion due to using the Ash-Greninja Forme. While Ash and Greninja eventually manage to iron out this flaw, they still share each other's pain while in the form.
    • Finally given a name by Sycamore called "Bond Phenomenon". It is not exactly unique to Ash and Greninja, but it relies on two things: the Pokémon must possess "latent abilities", and that both the trainer and Pokémon must show deep bonds towards each other.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Every time it transforms into Ash-Greninja, an instrumental version of XY&Z (in Japanese) or "Stand Tall" (in the English dub) starts playing.
    • Starting from their bonding at Winding Woods where their synchronization has been perfected, the music Ash-Greninja Pays a Visit! plays - while it is similar to the instrumental version of XY&Z, its defining tune is the guitar scratch and solo at the start of the music, ultimately acting as the "lyrics" of the song.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Upon evolving into Frogadier, he didn't lose a single on-screen match and actually gave Ash the win at the Coumarine Gym, where his type should give it a disadvantage. As a Greninja, its first act is to fight off an opponent Sanpei's Greninja couldn't even hit. Once it unlocks its Ash-Greninja Forme, he dishes out plenty a Curb-Stomp Battle, even though he is facing quite powerful opponents. He can throw down with Alain's Mega Charizard X, a Pokémon that has matched and beaten Elite Four-level Pokémon, although it was a Curb Stomp Cushion in Charizard's favour. When Greninja rematches Charizard later on, he gives Mega Charizard X a run for his money without transforming himself and actually fights on-par with him upon tranforming, arguably gaining the upper hand, until Ash faints.
    • He can actually force Diantha and Gardevoir to fight seriously after completing his Ash-Greninja Forme, but he and Ash pass out from the effort they had to put into it.
    • After mastering the Ash-Greninja Forme, not even Wulfric's Mega Abomasnow has much of a chance despite a serious type advantage.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Greninja is featured among the team's Pokémon in the 2016 anime calendar, and is featured in CoroCoro September 2015. His Ash-Greninja Forme is also revealed this way.
  • Transformation Sequence: The first few times he transforms into Ash-Greninja, it was instantaneous. A proper sequence (which included shots of his body where the changes take place) is introduced in XY&Z13.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: In his Ash-Greninja Forme, Greninja has a red pattern adorning his head that invokes Ash's red hat, the sides of his head get decorated with spikes reminiscent of Ash's hair, and the markings on the chest area resembles Ash's jacket.
  • When He Smiles: As a Froakie, he had a more serious and humourless attitude than his species' usual, but when outwardly happy, it's no less endearing than any other cute pre-evolution. This stays true when he becomes Frogadier and even as Greninja.
  • The Worf Barrage: The orange-colored, giant Water Shuriken was promoted as the one move that would decide the Kalos League in Ash's favor. However, when Ash-Greninja actually uses it as the deciding move, Mega Charizard X shakes it off while his Blast Burn knocks out Ash-Greninja, causing Ash to lose the battle.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Spends most of Ash's 7th gym battle afflicted with paralysis after Taking the Bullet for Talonflame. This nearly cost his team the match a couple of times.
  • Wrong Context Magic: His unique transformation is very similar to Mega Evolution, but is different in several ways, such as not needing a Key Stone or Mega Stone. Even if it turns out to be a Early-Bird Cameo for a mechanic in future games, this marks the first time no-one In-Universe knows what it is either.
  • X Marks the Hero: Ash-Greninja has a number of crosses on his body, most blatantly one on each leg, and one at the back where his Water Shuriken "sticks" to, most likely a visual representation of the aforementioned attack.
  • You Were Trying Too Hard: Because the Super Mode is based on love and acceptance, trying to force the transformation purely for the sake of powering up or showing off would cause it to fail. Ash had to regain the state of mind and motivation he initially held for Pokémon training (simply the fact that he had a pure love for Pokémon and battles and wanted to understand them) in order to perfect the synchronized form and Greninja had to abandon its own self doubt.

Fletchling (Yayakoma) —> Fletchinder (Hinoyakoma) —> Talonflame (Fiarrow)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuka Terasaki (Yayakoma and Hinoyakoma), Kiyotaka Furushima (Fiarrow)
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz (Fletchling and Fletchinder), Alex Haynes (Talonflame)

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. Currently holds the title in the Kalos team as the Pokémon who participated in most of the Kalos gym fights (seven out of eight, missing only Clemont's gym battle).
  • 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.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Did this with Frogadier during their against Olympia and her two Meowstic...and won.
  • Balloon Belly: Gets one after it gorges out in between training sessions alongside Pikachu.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Towards Ash's Noibat, although it is Downplayed compared to Ash's Hawlucha, who can relate to Noibat better.
  • Blow You Away: Knows Razor Wind, which is one of its two original attacks it hasn't forgotten yet.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Against Viola's Vivillon, Grant's Tyrunt, Korrina's Mega Lucario, Moltres, and Wulfric's Avalugg, Fletchling/Fletchinder/Talonflame 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.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Knows Steel Wing, probably the reason why Ash even bothered to use Fletchling on Grant's Tyrunt. Of course, Steel Wing comes in handy when facing Valerie's two Fairy-Type Pokémon.
  • Finishing Move: It has learned Brave Bird since its final evolution, but it wouldn't become its Finishing Move until the Lumiouse Conference.
  • Flight: Naturally, as a Flying-type. It is also the best flying member of the team.
  • Fragile Speedster: Has the speed 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. Ironically it ended up being larger than the sky trainer's Pokémon upon evolving into a Talonflame itself.
  • Lightning Bruiser: It performs rather well in Gym battles and beat a Talonflame when it as just a freshly-evolved Fletchinder. Its first act after evolving into Talonflame is to put up a fight against a Moltres, and later a Zapdos.
  • Mundane Utility: Uses its Flame Body ability to help hatch Noibat's egg faster, just like in the games.
  • Out of Focus: Like previous bird Pokémon, Talonflame doesn't get much focus in comparison to the others. The only episodes that focus on it are its capture and evolution episodes. And despite it has participated in every Kalos Gym Battle except the Lumiose Gym Battle, it doesn't get the spotlight and it has never defeated the final Pokémon of the Gym Leader. The one notable exception is the Anistar Gym Battle, which is a double battle. However, this battle has a greater focus on Frogadier rather than Talonflame, and while it does defeat the female Meowstic, the last Meowstic is defeated by Frogadier, which is the climax of the battle since it teases the future appearance of Ash-Greninja.
  • Playing with Fire: After evolving into Fletchinder, it changes to Fire-type, as well as learning Flame Charge.
  • Signature Move: After its first evolution, it always uses Flame Charge in every battle, usually a lot.
  • Taking the Bullet: Flies straight into Moltres' line of fire to shield Ash and friends just as it evolves into Talonflame.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: After being caught, it shares berries with Froakie and Pikachu.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In XY036, its determination to beat a Talonflame that looked down on it allowed it to evolve into Fletchinder and win. After this point, Fletchinder became a much stronger battler in general, winning at least one round in many of its appearances.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: As a wild Pokémon, Fletchling caught the ire of Froakie by acting like a Troll, stealing food off the team and upsetting Bonnie. After being caught (and promised plenty of food if it behaved), it became undyingly loyal to Ash.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Fletchling's evolution into Fletchinder was spoiled by its appearance in the Diance trailer. Its Talonflame evolution was spoiled in the summer 2015 preview.
  • Undying Loyalty: Takes on a Moltres head on and even evolves into Talonflame all to protect Ash.
  • The Worf Barrage: The initial two usages of Brave Bird don't do much to its opponents. Averted later during the Lumiouse Conference.
  • Wreathed in Flames: Knows Flame Charge upon becoming a Fletchinder, as a Fire/Flying-type. Brave Bird also shows up like this.

Hawlucha (Luchabull)
Voiced in Japanese by: Shinichiro Miki
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 him out perfect his Flying Press move and eventually catches him as part of his team.
  • Adorkable: His behavior in "Pikachu and the Pokémon Music Squad" is a far cry from his normally confident self, as he's the cause of the initial problem in the short due to not thinking he's a good singer. He overcomes it by the first third of the short, though.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: His posing before using 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.
  • Badass Armfold: Hawlucha has the tendency to do this outside of battles.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: His primary type. Most of his attacks are also Fighting type and he is not as good in flying as Fletchling/Fletchinder/Talonflame.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To baby Noibat. He makes a good one as opposed to Fletchinder because he can't really fly but glide, so he is able to relate to the young Pokémon faster.
    • Big Brother Instinct: When he hears Noibat's cries coming from the forest, his first instinct is to rush there as fast as possible.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Hawlucha likes to strike dramatic poses and show off its muscles whenever possible.
  • Bully Hunter: He was 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.
  • Bring It: Endures several of Weavile's attacks, while taunting the latter into attacking even more.
  • Combination Attack: Develops one with Froakie, combining his Flying Press with Froakie's Cut.
  • The Comically Serious: He is serious most of the time, but his theatricality and attempts to look cool (which is half and half whether it succeeds or not) can make him as humorous a character as other comical Pokémon.
  • Cool Mask: Introduces himself while wearing a grass-stitched mask.
  • Critical Status Buff: In his League fight with Weavile, he allowed himself to get hit to get "motivated", turning all red and steamy while gaining "muscles". Though some say it is a subtle application of the move Bulk Up.
  • 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 vs. 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 a lot of damage if it hits, though if it misses Hawlucha hurts itself.
  • Double Knockout: When it came down to battling Hawlucha to capture it, Ash never actually won, and Hawlucha and Froakie knocked each other out. Hawlucha accepts becoming a new member of Ash's team anyway.
  • Epic Fail: The PokéTV segment focusing on Hawlucha ends with him practicing his blows on a punching bag as Noibat watches on. Hawlucha punches the bag so hard that it flies up, but just as he tries to stand proud, the bag comes flying back down, knocking him over.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning:
    • In order to execute Flying Press faster, Ash teaches Hawlucha to make a quick spin as he flies to the opponent.
    • Pulls this off with X-Scissor, which became strong enough to destroy Valerie's Spritzee's Trick Room.
  • Fantastic Rank System: Ash denotes Hawlucha as "The Captain of the Raiders" in his debut fight against Sawyer in the league.
  • Flung Clothing: Personally asks Serena to fashion a luchador-like cowl for him, all for the purpose of showing off and tossing it aside dramatically at the start of the Ash vs. Sawyer battle.
  • Handshake Substitute: Hawlucha gives fist bumps as a show of respect.
  • Hit Me, Dammit!: Part of his fighting style, at least earlier on, is letting others, i.e. his opponents, hit him first to gauge their strength and to be motivated to fight. This is how he handled the fights back in his debut episode, as well as when training back with Bunnelby. It wasn't referenced again until his matches with Slaking, whom Hawlucha has difficulty to deal with since Slaking just doesn't move, and Weavile, which goes back to this moment and explains why he suddenly goes red and steamy.
  • Honor Before Reason: He always strikes a pose before doing his 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.
  • Incoming Ham: He pulls this without any shouting, strangely. To start the semifinal match between Ash and Sawyer, when called out Hawlucha instead of standing tall on the battlefield, he shows up in front of the scoreboard and makes dramatic poses before gliding down to the ground and tossing away the cowl he had Serena make for him. It certainly stole the attention of everyone in the stadium...
  • 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, and susceptible to stage fright.
    • He performed poorly in the Grass-Type Gym, but he did better in the Electric-Type Gym and he won Ash's badge in the Fairy-Type Gym.
  • It's Personal: After seeing Noivern lose and faint, he immediately jumps out from his Pokéball to console him and then fight Weavile.
  • 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.
  • Large Ham: In true wrestling form. This briefly puts Hawlucha at odds with the more laidback Froakie.
  • Leitmotif: This theme song plays whenever he is called into battle or does an action scene.
  • Lightning Bruiser: As a "Forest Champion", facing and beating Pokémon larger than himself and tying with Froakie before being caught, you would have to be. Then its performance in gym battles, winning at least one battle in three of the four gyms he has been in, with the one exception due to being caught off guard and slowed down by a surprise poison attack; the Laverre City gym in particular only adds to his record.
    • And to amp up his record, he manages to successfully perform a powerful High Jump Kick on Zapdos which sends it plummeting down. Zapdos only managed to land a clean hit on him because Noibat was distracting him.
    • Not to mention, getting even with the Mega Absol that he lost to in Diancie and the Cocoon of Evolution.
  • Masked Luchador: In his first appearance, he wore a mask constructed from grass before entering battle.
  • Mythology Gag: Hawlucha becomes a Stunt Double when the gang help make the Cosplay Pikachu film. While Hawlucha "plays" Super Pikachu, this might be a nod to how one of the Cosplay Pikachu, Pikachu Libre (cast as the film's villain), can use Hawlucha's Secret Art, Flying Press.
  • 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. This is the reason why he is never used as a flying scout unlike the other two Flying-Type members of The Team.
  • Obvious Stunt Double: In XY077, when Hawlucha works as Pikachu's stunt double, he gets a very convincing mask, but Hawlucha is significantly more buffed than Pikachu.
  • Parental Substitute: Both him and Ash act like a father figure for Noibat.
  • 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. He finally gets over this when he is shown to know X-Scissor.
  • Pro Wrestling Is Real: He believes that wrestling, or at least lucha libre, 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 use Karate Chop at such a high intensity it resembles this.
  • The Rival: To the Machamp who was the former guardian of the forest they lived in. He joins Ash's team when he 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.
  • The Worf Effect: Though a skilled battler, he is defeated at times to demonstrate the power of his opponents, including by Naomi's Talonflame, Ramos' Weepinbell, Sawyer's Clawitzer, Wulfric's Avalugg, and Sawyer's Slaking.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: His fighting style has wrestling accents in them, like the Flying Press. His version of the High Jump Kick is a powerful knee strike, reminiscent of the Shining Wizard wrestling move.

Goomy (Numera) —> Sliggoo (Numeil) —> Goodra (Numelgon)
Voiced in Japanese by: Chinatsu Akasaki (Numera and Numeil), Yuji Ueda (Numelgon)
Voiced in English by: Tom Wayland

A Pokémon that was literally dropped onto the group on their way to Coumarine City. Goomy is seen as weak and cowardly, but was invited by Ash to join his team after helping in a fight against Team Rocket in order to become strong.
  • Adorkable: Just from Goomy's design alone, you can tell it's a comical Pokémon. Even by the time it's developed and evolved into Goodra however, it remains adorably silly and innocent in personality.
  • All-Loving Hero: As a Goodra, after finding out the Florges that was the cause of its banishment and all its past trauma, was merely a scared mother protecting her child, it made no hesitance to protect her from Team Rocket and quickly became friends with her when the crisis was resolved.
  • 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.
  • Ambiguous Gender: While the rest of Ash's Kalos team have at least shrewdly implied genders, Goodra's still remains unknown.
  • 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. And even as a mighty Goodra, it still looks and acts as innocent and lovable as ever!
  • 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 felt weird and it used Rain Dance to drench her until she apologised.
  • The Big Guy: Goodra is arguably the strongest powerhouse besides Ash-Greninja among the Kalos team. It is the tallest of Ash's Kalos Pokémon and is a tank with massive power.
  • Blob Monster: It's some sort of goo creature.
  • Breath Weapon:
    • Uses Bide as a Breath Weapon, firing a silver blast from its mouth.
    • Also Ice Beam and Dragon Breath, later replaced by Dragon Pulse.
  • Bully Hunter: When Goodra finally returned to its homeland, now far more powerful, it instantly sets upon defending its friends from Florges' army. It then stands up for her after finding out she was an Unwitting Pawn for Team Rocket.
  • The Bus Came Back: En route to Lumiose City, the heroes take a detour to the wetlands to visit Goodra. It was retroactively revealed that, later that night, Ash offered Goodra a chance to fight together with its teammates again, to finally complete Ash's Kalos roster. Goodra would officially return to Ash's team during the Kalos League itself (just in time for the full-battle semifinals). This gives Goodra the distinction of being the only Pokémon Ash ever released to return to the team proper.
  • The Cameo: Quite surprisingly, Goodra makes an unexpected appearance with its friends watching the Master Class Showcase on TV.
  • 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. It eventually overcomes this, even finally going back to face its past foes.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Goodra's species is very powerful (in the X and Y games it's the Infinity–1 Sword) and would have potentially overshadowed Ash's other Pokémon, so it was left behind at its swamp in XY070, until XY123.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: It gets over its fear of Dedenne as the rodent protects it from Team Rocket.
  • Gentle Giant: Upon becoming Goodra. It's a powerhouse but sweet natured and ultimately, very forgiving.
  • 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.
  • An Ice Person: Learns Ice Beam during its battle with Florges as an Eleventh Hour Superpower.
  • 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, Metagross, Tyranitar or Garchomp.
  • Mighty Glacier: Goomy has trouble moving quickly, appropriate for its slug-like appearance, and doesn't get much faster once it evolves all the way to Goodra. However, it can easily tank a lot of hits and dish out an even bigger one in return, particularly when it uses Bide.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Nearly all of Goodra's Character Development, from its meeting with Ash to its evolution from a meek Goomy into a powerful guardian of the wetlands, was the by product of Team Rocket's scheming.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: A gooey slug-like dragon to be exact. Goomy is reputed as the weakest of all Dragon-types.
  • Prehensile Hair: Goodra uses its annteni to this effect.
  • 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.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Stays behind in its wetsland at the end of XY070.
    • In XY&Z046, it returns back to its wetsland again after joining Ash's party for the Kalos League. However, Goodra is not released and it can be called back anytime Ash needs it, putting it on the same boat as Primeape and Squirtle.
  • Signature Move: Ever since it was a Goomy, Bide has been its decisive move in almost every battle.
  • Spanner in the Works: Team Rocket's long term scheme to drain the wetlands both pivoted and was destroyed by Goomy's escape and training under Ash. Even a cunning Chessmaster plot by the trio couldn't stop it ultimately.
  • A Taste of Defeat: Suffered its only official clean defeat against Alain's Bisharp in the Kalos league.
  • Tender Tears: When it realizes it has to say goodbye to Ash and go back to staying in its wetland home.
  • 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.
    • It got this again when Sliggoo evolved into Goodra. It saw that Ash and Serena were surrounded by a fire and though this triggered another flashback to the invasion of its home, it saved them by using Rain Dance to put out the fire, then evolved into Goodra on the spot and learned Dragon Pulse. After all was said and done, it then participated in a double battle with Pikachu against Tierno's Wartortle and Raichu and tanked all their hits like they were nothing. Then it and Pikachu finished them off with Dragon Pulse and Thunderbolt.
    • Finally went full circle when it came face to face with the Florges and her army that attacked it as a Goomy. Despite its past traumas almost taking over, it battles and very nearly defeats her to protect its friends, until Team Rocket intervene, following which it ultimately ends up fearlessly defending Florges after finding out she was an Unwitting Pawn.
  • 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.
  • True Companions: Like Hawlucha, Goodra has become the unofficial guardian of its domain, treating the wetlands Pokémon which included its former tormentor Florges as family.
  • Walking Spoiler: Goodra's status as a released Pokémon, that later rejoins the team. Especially with all the hype that the Lumiouse Conference gets, it is hard to hide its current status.
  • 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 later turns out to be connected to its Bug-type fear — said Bug-types were led by a Florges, who ruthlessly attacked it. It finally overcame this fear after facing down Florges as Goodra and later befriending her after discovering her sympathetic motivation.
  • The Worf Effect: It doesn't get a single win in the Kalos League; its battle against Sawyer's Slurpuff ended in a double-knockout, and it lost to Alain's Bisharp.

Noibat (Onbat) —> Noivern (Onvern)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuka Terasaki (Onbat), Kenta Miyake (Onvern)
Voiced in English by: Marc Thompson (Noibat), Kenta Miyake (Noivern)

Hawlucha stumbles upon an egg. When the group hatches it, out comes this Pokémon who sees Ash as his father. Because of him being just a newborn, he has some trouble flying, and he has a rather ear-piercing cry.
  • Baby Talk: While one could say he uses Pokémon Speak, Noibat uses a distinct "Ook ook" cry that makes him sound more like a baby than a young Pokémon.
  • Big Brother Worship: Towards Hawlucha, to the point where he mimics his poses.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: After evolving, he managed to gain the upper hand against a Zapdos through his newfound speed, power and Ash's admittedly clever tactic of using the many plateaus to confuse Zapdos. Although Team Rocket interfered before the battle could be finished, Zapdos was weakened so badly Team Rocket actually managed to capture it, until Noivern and Pikachu freed it.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He doesn't like sour apples.
  • A Friend in Need: Upon seeing Hawlucha fall from Zapdos' attack, he immediately rushes to his without concern for his own safety. His attempt at trying to gain speed and pushing his limit makes him evolve into Noivern, just enough time to catch Hawlucha.
  • Head Pet: As Noibat, he enjoys sitting on Hawlucha's head a lot. Not so much after evolving, of course.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: After a run-in with a Breloom, Noibat gets healed by the arrival of a Floette. Noibat immediately makes friends with the Floette, but then the same Breloom from before (who has feelings for Floette) sees them together, and goes Crazy Jealous Guy...
  • Imprinting: Sees Ash as a parent. With that said he also picks up a lot from Hawlucha.
  • Informed Attribute: Pokefan's only description of him during the league, unlike how the others got more descriptive info, was "he's big and reliable!" Contrary to this description, it tied and later got defeated easily.
  • I Want to Be a Real Man: Wants to prove that he's not a kid anymore by standing up for Floette and going up against Breloom, as influenced by Hawlucha.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: His cries are capable of being loud and destructive (like when he cries, he uses Supersonic). He can also use high-frequency cries that can't be heard by people that allows him to detect objects in the dark or are far. He can even tell if a fruit is sour by using sound waves!
    • Boomburst is turning this concept into an attack.
  • Magikarp Power: Team Rocket went after Noibat thinking this is in full effect, with James looking up that Noibat will evolve into a formidable Noivern.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: He's a bat-dragon, though the draconic aspects aren't very apparent until he evolves.
  • Natural Weapon: Boomburst is fired from Noivern's ears. Sure, it's because they look like loudspeakers, but still.
  • Ocular Gushers: Frequently cries using this method.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: A Bat-Dragon that primarily uses sound waves as attacks.
  • Out of Focus: After its two-part introduction it doesn't play a major role in over 20 episodes, while Ash's other Pokémon participate in Gym battles or got focus episodes. This ends after it takes a level in badass during the battle against Team Flare. The writers presumably thought that a newborn that had only just mastered the power of flight would not believably make for a competent battler so soon, and indeed the next focus episode it gets shows that it wants to be treated like a grown-up.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Just look at it! Even in his debut episode he has so many precious moments!
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Noivern's power boost via evolution stands as one of the most exaggerated in the anime, going from a fairly competent Noibat to overpowering Zapdos and Team Rocket's mech without so much as breaking a sweat. In later battles, Noivern is still strong, but to a far more reasonable level. It ultimately fainted in two of its three trainer battles due to type disadvantage and battle fatigue.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Serves as Goodra's replacement on Ash's team. Only in this case, instead of being a Cowardly Lion like Goomy upon introduction, Noibat instead has trouble flying, like Ash's Gligar.
  • Taking the Bullet: He's the first to fall to Lysandre's Mega Gyarados, if only because he shielded Pikachu from an incoming Dragon Tail.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When the group battles Team Flare at Terminus Cave, Noibat gains the upper hand against a Drapion, confusing it with Supersonic and knocking it back with Tackle. Later on he puts up a prolonged fight against a Breloom, and then learns Acrobatics, allowing him to destroy a metal cage as well as defeat Team Rocket (using the newly learned move against Inkay and taking it down in a single hit) to save a Floette.
    • One legendary feat that managed to surpass even Talonflame's performance against Moltres, is that after evolving to help Hawlucha, through his increased speed, power and Ash's admittedly clever tactic of using the many plateaus to confuse it, he managed to gain the upper hand against a wild Zapdos, a Legendary Electric-Type Bird Pokémon.
  • Trailers Always Spoil:
    • Appeared in teasers for the Pikachu and the Pokémon Band short, the fourth XY ending and the third XY opening all before actually making its official debut.
    • CoroCoro September 2015 news reveals the poster for the new season Pokémon XY&Z, and there it shows a Noivern rather than a Noibat among Ash's team.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: In terms of raw power, Noivern is arguably one of Ash's strongest Kalos Pokémon, but he lacks the experience they have by comparison.
  • The Worf Effect: Gets beaten by Alain's Metang to show Alain isn't purely dependent on Charizard. He is also later defeated by Alain's Weavile to set up Hawlucha's revenge for him.
  • Worf Had the Flu: As Clemont pointed out, none of Noivern's attacks were very effective against Metang. Against Weavile, Noivern has a double weakness to ice attacks and gets hit once by Weavile's Ice Beam, which significantly damages Noivern, causing him to fall and becomes open to Weavile's Night Slash.

    Clemont and Bonnie 

Voiced in Japanese by: Yuuki Kaji
Voiced in English by: Michael Liscio Jr.
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: José Ángel Torres

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. He is also the true Gym Leader of Lumiose City.
  • Adapted Out: His Emolga from the games is replaced with a Magnemite. This might be due to Iris having an Emolga during the Black and White 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.
  • Anger Born of Worry: When Bonnie wants to go look for Puni-Chan in the dead of the night and doesn't take "no" for an answer, Clemont briefly has to raise his voice and scream that, if she were to leave, HE would be worried sick.
  • 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.
  • Bag of Holding: Equipped his backpack with a function that lets out an enormous airbag.
  • Berserk Button: Clemont can get very antsy if you diminish the importance and fascination of technology (even when it's sometimes more convoluted than just doing things manually). In one instance he was even willing to side with James when one of Team Rocket's inventions was debunked as pointless.
  • 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.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "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!"
  • Celibate Hero: If his reactions to Bonnie's antics are anything to go by, romance is dead last in his list of priorities.
  • Child Prodigy: He's managed to accomplish a lot: He's contributed research and developed various facilities that aid in energy production, such as Kalos's power plant and Lumiose Tower. He also comes up with a number of inventions that rivals Thomas Edison (even if most of them end up going haywire). He's also around the same age that Ash is.
  • 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.
  • Evil Counterpart: Inverted. Being a bungling and somewhat weedy strategist with a penchant for wacky inventions that don't always handle well, he makes something of a Good Counterpart to the Team Rocket trio that appeared before him. Games of one-upmanship with their gadgetry has sometimes occurred, with Clemont sometimes even shown to be impressed by their work. For an added bonus, one of Clemont's bungled inventions even sent him "blasting off".
  • For Science!: "FOR THE FUTURE OF SCIENCE!"
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He's an inventor and keeps a number of useful gadgets in his backpack (although they backfire some of the time). To his credit, many of his gadgets do perform the task they're supposed to, just with the downside of malfunctioning and exploding straight afterwards. He also develops a gadget that assists Ash and Greninja in mastering their unique Super Mode.
  • Hammerspace: As usual, it is left up to the viewer's imagination as to how Clemont manages to carry around all those machines.
  • Hero-Worshipper: In the first few points of the series, he expressed his amazement in Ash's abilities and his desire to also be able to get into the thick of things for others. Ash by amusing contrast is athletically strong and Book Dumb, and takes complete amazement in Clemont's inventions.
  • 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.
  • Incoming Ham: If he's showing off one of his inventions don't expect him to leave any scenery for the rest of us.
  • Image Song: "Kirakira" sung by Tomohisa Sako. Has been used as an insert song.
  • Imagine Spotting: In PokeTV, Bonnie once fantasized about Dedenne transforming into Bonnie-Dedenne and inflicting paralysis to Clemont via Nuzzle. Clemont's Blue with Shock reaction implies that he saw the whole thing.
  • 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.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: PokeTV 42 showcases the Kalos Gym Leaders, obviously tying into their Big Damn Heroes in the same episode. The order is the same sequence the player must fight them in the games, although Lumiose Gym is depicted last, after Snowbelle. And the gym leader is...Clembot. Clemont complains why he isn't included in the lineup at all.
  • 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.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": His malfunctioning inventions would often result in this. In "A Frolicking Find in the Flowers!", all the human protagonists and ALL their Pokémon were scrambling to get as far away as possible.
  • 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.
  • Mission Control: For a brief time, he invented a Mini-Clembot to monitor Ash and Greninja's pulse during battle.
  • 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.
  • Out of Focus: Clemont suffered this big time after his Gym Battle was over. It's come to the point his little sister has more episodes than he does (and his own ''Chespin''). This is due to Clemont lacking a personal goal of his own other than just trying to be like Ash. He still gets a few focus episodes and does contribute to the overall group dynamic, but that's it.
  • 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.
  • Punny Name: His "Sticky Never Give Up Machine" is a very lame pun in Japanese; "neba neba" means "sticky", but also sounds like "never never."
  • Robot Me: Clembot, if it wasn't obvious from the name, was made in his likeness. Clemont would later build another, smaller Clembot to monitor Ash and Greninja in battle.
  • 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.
  • Running Gag:
  • 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. Also, in episode 78, he appears to have the same emotional Ocular Gushers like his father.
  • Shock and Awe: His specialty as a Gym Leader is Electric-Types.
  • The Smart Guy: Is the team's resident technology expert and a Science Hero.
  • 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. Whenever the gang are running, Clemont always tails behind being short of breath.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.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Is the closest replacement to Brock than any other male companion. Being a Gym Leader, the older voice of reason to Ash with an adorkable side, the Team Chef, and is very knowledgeable.
  • Team Chef: He's a very good cook, and describes cooking as a kind of science.
  • Worthy Opponent: Being his Evil Counterpart, he sometimes irritates the others by complimenting Team Rocket's scientific "endeavours".
    Bonnie: "What is this, the Team Rocket fan club???"

Clemont's Pokémon:

Bunnelby (Horubi)
Voiced in Japanese by: Chinatsu Akasaki
Voiced in English by: Alyson Rosenfel

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 he'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 him!
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Catches Pikachu's Iron Tail with his ears in this manner.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason why, outside of Serena and her party, Bunnelby was able to approach Eevee without frightening the latter. When the gang was trying to lure Eevee out with Poképuffs, Bunnelby lets Eevee take one before Eevee was seen by the rest of the group.
  • Belated Backstory: An altercation with Team Rocket causes Clemont and Bonnie to reminisce and tell Ash and Serena about how they first met Bunnelby.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Clemont taught it Wild Charge during his brief time away from the group.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • In XY084, the episode mainly focuses on Chespin and Bunnelby's errand that Clemont gave to them. This episode shows more of Bunnelby's personality.
    • XY088 is a Whole Episode Flashback about how Clemont met and caught Bunnelby.
  • Dude, Where's My Reward?: At the end of XY084, Clemont gives Chespin extra food even though Bunnelby had to keep Chespin focused on their errand. Even if Chespin didn't lose focus, it doesn't explain why Bunnelby doesn't receive extra food.
  • Fast Tunnelling: Knows Dig, an attack that has been proven to be very useful in various situations.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: In XY084, he is shown to be the responsible sibling to Chespin's Foolish.
  • Nice Guy: He's generally kind and actively helpful, whether cleaning up after dinner or helping to protect the others against Team Rocket. He was also one of the few Pokémon that Serena's Eevee was initially comfortable being around.
  • Non-Elemental: A pure Normal-type, being Clemont's first non-Electric-Type Pokémon he ever caught. That doesn't stop Clemont from using Bunnelby in his Gym Battle against Ash. He did teach it Wild Charge during his brief absence from the group, however.
  • 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, he quickly and greatly surpassed Bunnelby in terms of screentime. However, ever since the episode with Bunnelby's errand with Chespin, he's been getting a little bit more. He gets called upon frequently because Serena's Eevee feels comfortable around him, gets a flashback episode of how he and Clemont got together, and gets injured saving Bonnie falling from a ravine.
  • Performance Anxiety: Although Bunnelby is a fierce battler, he is also extremely camera-shy, just like his trainer.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: His 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 his species' nature, he's a fast, powerful digger.

Voiced by: Megumi Sato

Dedenne first met the gang when he drops his food in front of them before getting stolen by a Fletching that Ash eventually captures. Dedenne was encountered again when he stole food from Bonnie. After a struggle with Team Rocket, he 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.
  • A Day in the Limelight: In XY016, where he was part of the focus during an accidental switch-up. Later, he got its own title card in XY056, where Dedenne was the definite star of the episode.
  • Deadly Hug: His Nuzzle attack, which would be adorable if it weren't for all the electrocution.
  • Deus Exit Machina: He has a tendency to fall asleep just when he is needed the most.
  • Fire-Forged Friends:
    • Dedenne starts to admire Pikachu when he protects him 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.
    • While originally Dedenne wasn't quite fond of Squishy, the two eventually got along well that they would even occupy the main pocket of Bonnie's pochette.
  • Funny Background Event: When Chespin and Pancham disappear chasing after a gallette they're fighting over, Dedenne makes the most hilarious face as if it was saying "Oh brother..." over their antics.
  • Happily Adopted: Despite Clemont capturing him, he is all but owned and commanded by Bonnie due to being a reserve of sorts for when she's old enough to be a trainer. He seems to have no problem with that at all.
  • Head Pet: He's usually seen on Bonnie's head or in her pochette.
  • Heavy Sleeper: He needs a lot of sleep to recharge his electricity.
  • I Owe You My Life: Gratefully joins Clemont's party after he helps save him after nearly drowning.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: He's small, and since Bonnie is (functionally) his trainer, he's rarely allowed to battle on the front lines. When he is the only Pokémon available, he's often asleep. Yet, unlike other Pokémon who have taken on similar roles in the past (like Togepi and Axew), he's no infant, and proves no less competent than other main Pokémon when he does get the occasion to shine.
  • Off Model: Somehow Dedenne has a tendency to be drawn in a really odd-looking shape. In fact fans have taken a note of it to look up any instance where Dedenne has appeared off-model.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: A Fairy-Type. Goomy was initially scared of Dedenne because of his Fairy-Type. Valerie is also capable of speaking Dedenne's language because of his type.
  • Out of Focus: When Squishy appeared, he took over as Team Pet and occupying Bonnie's pouch, with Dedenne recalled into its ball and is absent more often.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Bonnie's first reaction to Dedenne is exclaiming how cute he is. Dedenne effectively fills the role of the team's obligatory cute Team Pet.
  • Running on All Fours: Like many real rodents, he regularly stands on two legs but runs on all fours.
  • Shock and Awe: Electric-Type, but his electric power is signifcantly lower than Pikachu's or Luxray's.
  • Tastes Like Friendship:
    • Though initially wanting no business with Pikachu, he is quickly bought over when Pikachu kindly feeds him.
    • When Dedenne and Goomy become friends, the first thing Goomy does is nibble his ear.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: While earlier on he was referred to as "like Pikachu's sibling", his gender wasn't confirmed until the Tripokalon dance episode. He was wearing a blue ribbon which was found on all other male Pokémon, as the female ones were wearing tiaras.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In XY056, he battled Team Rocket alongside Pancham and he did all he could to protect Goomy from Team Rocket.
  • Tunnel King: Dedenne apparently lived in an underground tunnel system before being captured.

Chespin (Harimaron)
Voiced in Japanese by: Hitomi Nabatame
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 he witnesses 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 him and they start to bond. After defeating Team Rocket, Chespin wishes to join Clemont's team which he accepts.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: More than once, his attempts to befriend Eevee would lead to her hiding behind Serena or Bunnelby. The awkwardness of the situation is more on Eevee's shyness than on Chespin's forward approach.
  • Achilles in His Tent: Enforced by Clemont making him stay in the sidelines during the Lumiose Gym battle, a situation that left Chespin sulking.
  • Balloon Belly: As a consequence of being a Big Eater, he at one point becomes overweight, which hinders him in battle.
  • Big Eater: Chespin is quite the glutton, and especially loves macarons and Poképuffs.
  • A Day in the Limelight: In XY084, the episode mainly focuses on Chespin and Bunnelby's errand that Clemont gave to them.
  • Determinator: Even when its attacks have no effect, he refuses to give up against the Mega-Mega-Meowth mecha after being shown friendship.
  • Expy: The Piplup of the team, succeeding Ash's Oshawott.
  • Fatal Attractor: To say that Chespin's unlucky in love is both an understatement and a misunderstanding. He can't be subtle around Eevee, to the point where he scared her when he lost control after he got too excited when she seemed to become confident around him. When Chespin tried to flirt with Buneary, she knocked him aside and went back to Bunnelby.
  • Follow Your Nose: His sense of smell is very acute when it comes to locating food.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: In XY084, he appears to be the Foolish to Bunnelby's Responsible.
  • Funny Background Event: As Professor Sycamore was expositing Bond Phenomenon to Ash and company, Chespin was seen asking Dedenne if he could possibly have the potential as well, only for Dedenne to shoot his hopes down, causing Chespin to pout in an annoyed manner.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He seems to express jealousy and envy towards Bunnelby due to Eevee's trust in Bunnelby and in one episode where a Buneary developed a crush on Bunnelby.
  • Green Thumb: He's Clemont's first and only Grass-Type Pokémon.
  • Heroic Second Wind: His ability is Overgrow, which increases his Grass-Type attacks when his stamina is low. Has been used only once.
  • 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 his Pokéball on his own when something interests it.
  • The McCoy: Chespin is very trusting and generous, and was even willing to offer help to Meowth when he needed it.
  • Obsessed with Food: His obsession with food helped him 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 he tried to pick up some macarons, and becoming overweight in one episode.
  • Spike Shooter: Knows Pin Missile.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Perhaps the only relevant team member from Clemont's side that gets much more screen time than his own trainer. That being siad, it tends to fall behind in battle, compared to Bunnelby and Luxray, who are both more efficient and stronger.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: After Clemont saves him, 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 he 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: He loves Macarons, going so far as to eat the group's entire supply if he gets a chance. Later on he gets more into Poképuffs.
  • Use Your Head: His 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 (Rentorar)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuka Terasaki (Kolink and Luxio), Kensuke Sato (Rentorar)
Voiced in English by: Emily Jenness (Shinx and Luxio), Billy Bob Thompson (Luxray)

Luxray is a Pokémon that Clemont used to play with in his younger years before evolving from a Shinx. They reunited in Kalos after it evolved into a Luxio.
  • The Ace: Luxray is Clemont's strongest Pokémon.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Knows Wild Charge.
  • Childhood Friends: Often played together with Clemont when Luxray was a Shinx, but he didn't captured it back then.
  • 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.
  • Not So Stoic: Luxio/Luxray is serious for most of the time, but it is shown to be lighthearted and friendly at times and it even gets a few Comically Serious moments.
  • 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 getting hit by Goodra's Bide.
  • Out of Focus: Much worse than Clemont after the Gym Battle. People often forget he even owns a Luxray. That being said he becomes Clemont's go-to battler for the Team Flare arc.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Luxio/Luxray doesn't smile that often and is frowning for the majority of time.
  • Shock and Awe: Electric-Type. When they first met, Shinx's lack of electricity inspired Clemont to build a system that allows Electric-Type Pokémon to take electric showers. The only offensive Eletric-Type attacks Luxio/Luxray seems to know are physical, Thunder Fang and Wild Charge.
  • 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.
  • X-Ray Vision: Luxray is shown to have a kind of those, which is a given for its species.

Lumiose Gym Pokémon

  • Adapted Out: Unlike 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. So everyone of them is this type.

Magnemite (Coil)

  • 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.

Magneton (Rarecoil)

  • 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.

Heliolisk (Elezard)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kiyotaka Furushima
Voiced in English by: ????

  • The Ace: Heliolisk was Clemont's original ace prior to Luxray. Which makes sense, since Heliolisk is his ace in the games as well. As long as Clemont is travelling, it acts as Clembot's ace for the meantime. It is also the only one of Clemont's original three Pokémon to be used during the Gym Battle against Ash.
  • Achilles' Heel: It has to stop for a second and extend the frilled collar around its neck to attack, making it more vulnerable to damage by direct attacks. Ash notices and is able to exploit this by having Hawlucha use a point-blank Hi Jump Kick during the split second when it opens its frills.
  • 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 like Ash would 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: Unsurprisingly given that the move is primarily associated with the line in the games, it knows Parabolic Charge, a new move introduced in Generation VI that gives the Electric type a healing move.
  • Light 'em Up: It knows Flash.
  • Non-Elemental: Its secondary type is Normal, which becomes its weakness when facing Hawlucha.
  • Standard Status Effects: It knows Thunder Wave, which it uses to paralyze Ash's Goodra, forcing him to substitute with Hawlucha.
  • Tail Slap: Knows Dragon Tail.

Bonnie (Eureka)
Voiced in Japanese by: Mariya Ise, Mika Kanai
Voiced in English by: Alyson Rosenfeld
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Jocelyn Robles

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. But she is not as bratty as Max.
  • Ascended Extra: In the games, her only roles are hosting the Lumiose Gym/Prism Tower Pokémon Quiz. After becoming the champion, the player can get a ribbon from her if they have a Pokémon 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.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Not a full on case, but it is made apparent that her younger age can make her incredibly tactless compared to the rest of the team. She usually lacks any form of filter in her criticizing of others for example, nonchalantly calling Goomy a coward and constantly snarking at her brother's hopelessness.
  • 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.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: After spending most of the series trying to hook Clemont up with any girl the group meets, Bonnie suddenly becomes apprehensive when Clemont finds a potential match, and tries to drive them apart.
  • 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.
  • Does Not Like Spam: As a typical trait of small children in anime, 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.
    • In the opening of XY&Z, she's dragged off by Sqiushy's 10% Forme.
  • Fluffy Tamer: While not an official trainer, she has a tendency to like even the scariest-looking Pokémon. She even manages to befriend and evolve the Pokémon equivalent of a Tyrannosaurus rex. And not to mention befriending an Eldritch Abomination.
  • 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.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Her attitude towards Clemont's invention names, when she's not exactly an imaginative sort herself. Squishy, anyone?
  • Image Song: One for both her and Puni-chan, aptly named "Puni-chan Song". It is sung by her voice actress Mariya Ise and is used as XY&Z's ending. She occassionally sings it in the anime, which has a calming effect on Squishy.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Huge, expressive blue eyes perfect for a young girl like Bonnie.
  • It's All My Fault: When Bunnelby gets hurt during the search for Squishy, Bonnie blames herself because she insisted they go look for it. Clemont comforts her because they all want Squishy back, not just Bonnie.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Her brother's lame invention names, awkwardness, and tendency for his inventions to explode gives her plenty to work with. Even Meowth finds her insufferable.
  • 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.
  • The Nicknamer: She calls the Zygarde Core Cell that the group found with the nickname Squishy/Puni-chan.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She is the only character of the group who is not scared of ghosts or haunted houses. Actually, she gets exited about them.
  • No Indoor Voice: Is very loud and squeals at inopportune moments.
  • 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.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Even when she's not of legal age to be a trainer yet, jarringly enough, she gets more episodes than Clemont does. This only becomes much more obvious during the third season where she gets to take care of one Zygarde Core Cell and even gets her own ending theme.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Max. Being the Annoying Younger Sibling who isn't old enough to own any Pokémon, but still accompanies Ash's team.
  • 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, though generally he doesn't seem to mind.
  • Tender Tears: When she worries about Squishy and wants to go look for it in the dead of the night, Clemont tells her she can't because then HE would be worried sick. Bonnie's reaction is to cry her heart out to Clemont.
  • Third-Person Person: Sprinkled in here and there in the Japanese version, as per usual Character Tics for Japanese children. This trait is absent in the English dub, where this convention isn't used.
  • 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.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: While Clemont was programming Clembot to recognize him as its master, Bonnie rushes in and tells her brother of a challenger. Clemont never got to program the recognition password he wanted (Clembot registered "You can start today. I'm Clemont, the Gym Leader." instead of "Sandwich"). When Clembot went out of control (due to a "head injury"), Clemont couldn't get it to shut down with his password. He and Bonnie got booted out of his own gym, and putting many trainers (including Ash!) in danger until Clemont finally takes back his gym and fixes the 'bot.

Bonnie's Holding Pokémon

Z-1/Squishy (Puni-chan)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuuki Kaji
Voiced in English by: Billy Bob Thompson

A Zygarde Core that was being experimented on in Lysandre's secret laboratory, labeled by Team Flare as Z-1. Thanks to Mairin's Chespin, it was able to escape, and ends up running into Ash's group. Bonnie gave it the nickname Squishy due to its, well, squishiness. It hides from Team Flare scientists who are tailing it. There is another Zygarde Core labeled as Z-2, and the opening suggests the two will have a power struggle.
  • Absurdly Dedicated Worker: It generally chooses not to show its transformation powers in public, even in instances it would have faced near certain death without them.
  • Adorable Abomination: It doesn't hide the fact that it is Zygarde (though the heroes don't know it yet). But it is still quite cute.
  • Animalistic Abomination: 10% and 50% are a dog and a snake respectively. With that said Bonnie seems to enjoy 10% Forme in the opening.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Suffers Z-2's fate after failing to stop its rampage.
  • Brick Joke: Squishy hasn't forgotten who was responsible for setting it free. Once Chespie awakens from his coma, Squishy promptly thanks him. The thank you was enough.
  • But Now I Must Go: Both Squishy and Z-2 depart into space when Lysandre's threat is put down, with Z-1 and Bonnie bidding farewell to each other.
  • Chest Blaster: Zygarde Complete's ultimate attack, Core Enforcer, is a Wave Motion Gun fired from its Belly Mouth.
  • Deus ex Machina: In Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, Zygarde's Complete Form appears for a couple of seconds to help wild Pokémon from a Wave Motion Gun.
  • Escaped from the Lab: With the help of Mairin's Chespin, Squishy was able to escape Team Flare.
  • Fusion Dance: It can combine with other Zygarde cells to make larger forms up to 50%, and can reach 100% by joining with Z-2.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Since it spent most of the time in fear of Team Flare, Squishy rarely transforms into its other formes to draw attention to itself, and when cornered it prefers the 10% Forme, most probably for a speedy and stealthy getaway. Squishy only transformed into 50% Forme to confront the other Core, who is Brainwashed and Crazy, and into 100% Forme to save Navel Plateau in the 3rd Movie, and to finally finish off Lysandre when his Megalith had the heroes on the ropes (and only because the second Zygarde Core finally starts believing Squishy's words that Humans Are Special).
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight:
    • When Lumiose City is getting attacked after the Kalos League, Squishy separated from Ash's group once more, to confront the one responsible, Z-2. All this time from running through the chaos to Prism Tower, and up to confronting Z-2 itself, had Squishy frantically trying to call out to its other half, only to fall upon deaf ears.
    • Squishy becomes the "receiver" itself when Bonnie tries (and succeeds, even) to get Squishy to wake up from Team Flare's control.
  • Image Song: Together with Bonnie, Puni-chan Song, which is the first ending of XY&Z.
  • Intrigued by Humanity: Z-2 tells it to cut all its ties to humans as they are the ones causing imbalance to Kalos. However, it tells Z2 that it found something different, and will continue to travel with the gang to observe more. It appears to take a strong interest in Bonnie in particular.
  • Leitmotif: A short xylophone tune.
  • Mighty Roar: In its 10% Forme, it unleashes Land's Wrath with a loud howl, driving Team Flare off.
  • Mundane Utility: With the threat of an approaching storm, Squishy uses the Zygarde Cells in the Winding Woods to help the heroes find a safe place to camp for the night. Later, Squishy would separate from Bonnie to look for Ash and Greninja on its own, making use of the Zygarde Cells again, this time to pinpoint their location. Squishy finds Greninja first, then points him in Ash's direction.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: It felt something wrong when Z-2 was being captured, ultimately getting worried when the other Core wasn't responding.
  • Not So Above It All: While it's been travelling with Ash's group for dubious reasons, Squishy has been shown to participate in some of their activities. Like Dedenne, Squishy has often mimicked Bonnie's behavior a couple of times.
  • The Power of Love: It was Squishy's bond with Bonnie (the same kind that Squishy's been telepathically preaching to Z-2 beforehand) that allowed the former to snap out of its brainwashed state.
  • Power Of The Sun: Recharges and heals itself by sunbathing.
  • Power Strain Blackout: Transforming into its various forms can take its toll on both Squishy and Z-2. After transforming into Complete Forme to save Navel Plateau, it left Squishy incapacitated for the rest of the movie.
  • Punny Name: Both English and Japaneses names are references to its squishiness (punipuni is Japanese onomatopoeia for something squishy).
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Squishy is transformed by Team Flare in the same manner as Z-2 after losing a battle to Z-2.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: It is the very reason why Bonnie was so taken with the creature, because "Squishy" is completely adorable.
  • Royal "We": During a dream where it was given a human voice, Squishy uses the first person pronoun Yo in the Japanese version, which is a rough equivalent to this trope. In the English dub, when Meowth asks who he is, he responds "I is I." It also speaks in this when talking telepathically with the blue Zygarde Core.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: In its 10% Forme, a green tendril-like appendage keeps fluttering about as Squishy runs. In the 3rd XY movie, Pikachu actually uses it to catch up to Squishy and hitch a ride!
  • Sleep-Mode Size: Squishy defaults to this as a Core, but when threatened it can summon other Zygarde Cells to empower itself
  • Telepathy: While it can only make odd noises towards everyone, it can speak properly towards Z-2 through telepathy.
  • Too Many Mouths: Zygarde Complete has six: one on each wing and the tail, and a sixth on its chest (but, apparently, none on its actual face). All of them can be used for a Breath Weapon, and the ones on the wings and tail can also propel Zygarde's movements like a Nitro Boost.
  • Using You All Along: It joined the group to seek protection, and tagged along upon realizing that they were heading to Terminus Cave. In XY&Z09, it immediately went off on its own to communicate with the other Core, and during the commotion with Team Flare it left the main gang, much to Bonnie's disbelief. After witnessing the bonds between the gang and their Pokémon, it decides to join them for real, seeing them, and Ash and Bonnie in particular, as examples of how people and Pokémon can coexist, putting it at odds with Z2.
  • World-Healing Wave:
    • In XY&Z05 it restores a small portion of the forest that was razed by the "Fire Ghost" that was chasing Squishy.
    • Zygarde Complete uses these powers again on Lumiose City at the end of the Team Flare saga.
  • You Are Number 6: Team Flare gave it the designation Z-1 (the second, blue-centered Core is labelled Z-2).


Click here to see Serena's first outfit 
Voiced in Japanese by: Mayuki Makiguchi
Voiced in English by: Haven Paschall
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Verania Ortiz

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 skin tone and hair color match the default version of her game counterpart (the one used for the NPC version if you choose Calem as your PC), but her eyes are blue like the lighter-skinned, blonde PC version.
    • Eye color was, however customizable in the games, so you could get the same combination.
  • Age Lift: In the games, her age is hard to pin down, but somewhere in the mid-to-late teens. In the anime, she's the same height as Ash and Clemont, and abiding by flashback, is of almost identical age, which would put her at the rough age of 10 like the rest of the anime's female companions.
  • Anger Born of Worry:
    • While it doesn't amount to much, Serena finally gets (justifiably) angry at Ash when he dived into a volcano in order to save Talonflame, which, had it not been for Frogadier, would have been fatal for both of them.
    • She also gets worried when Ash is having a Heroic B.S.O.D. after his loss against Wulfric, and when Ash angrily rebuffs her she finally gets very angry with him as well. They make up at the end of the episode, however.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Nearly did this during her argument with Ash when he snapped at her for trying to cheer him up.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Like most of Ash's companions, Serena is sweet natured, but not a doormat. The one time Ash snapped at her, she very angrily dressed him down over it, while also reminding him that he is better than that. Like with so many others, Team Rocket also regularly pay the price for crossing her. In "So You're Having a Bad Day" she is willing to cooperate with Meowth, but after finding out everything they suffered from the Pokémon of the Day was his fault, she is the one that exposes him, coldly telling him to deal with the three angry Pangoro himself.
  • 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.
  • Bound and Gagged: The former only in "Mega Meowth Mega Madness" after Team Rocket catch her and Bonnie in the act of rescuing Prof. Sycamore from them. Predictably Ash frees her.
  • Break the Cutie: Subverted. 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.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Serena is just one of many (perhaps the first, maybe) people that Ash gave a helping hand to, in spite of Serena holding that memory fondly. That, and Serena never actually got to tell him her name.
  • Catch Phrase: "Ta-dah!", every time she wants to show something off to her friends. When Jessie impersonated her, Serena was a wee bit mad that Jessie exaggerated the Catch Phrase bit.
    Serena: *pouty* "I don't do that EVER!!!"
  • Catapult Nightmare: At the dawn of Ash's 4th gym battle, she dreams of tripping and falling during her Showcase debut, and wakes up the same way. That dream proves to be prophetic of what would eventually happen.
  • Cavalier Competitor: By the end of her showcase run, she had become a rather good natured performer and took any losses in stride. She doesn't expect any higher standards from her Pokémon either.
  • Character Tics: Since wearing the ribbon Ash gave her, Serena is sometimes shown grasping onto it whenever insecure or trying to muster courage in a daunting situation.
  • Childhood Friends: Knew Ash years ago when they were younger and went to a Pokémon Summer Camp together.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Invoked when Miette 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. Whenever the group meets Miette again, she naturally tries to get a rise out of Serena this way.
    • Downplayed in general. She isn't overtly possessive over Ash, but she displays obvious discomfort whenever he receives any female attention. After all, she was clearly not fond of Ash accepting Miette's invitation to be her dance partner.
    • Also played for laughs due to the facial expressions and responses she makes, mostly due to Miette's meddling.
  • 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).
  • Crossdressing Voices: In-Universe example. In the movie The Lightning-fast Hero! Super Pikachu!!, Serena voices a male Pikachu who appears at the beginning of said movie. (Similar like Ash, who voices a female Pikachu in the middle of the movie.)
  • Crush Blush: Tends to happen whenever her feelings concerning Ash are brought up.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Actually a pivot for one. Rhyhorn love her as they nuzzle and lick her mercilessly on sight.
  • Damsel in Distress: Not an exaggerated case, but Serena has required protecting a fair few times. Expectedly these are usually Rescue Romance on Ash's part. Jessie, being The Rival in showcases, is also sometimes as obsessed with capturing Serena's Pokémon as Pikachu.
  • Determinator: Grew towards this, showing how she is willing to take hits for her Pokémon and her continuing the performance despite Eevee having just tripped, you have Ash to thank for that!
  • 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.
  • Deuteragonist: Although not apparent for most of the XY series' first half, her Performance arc becomes an important part, alternating with Ash's own quest.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: The poor girl never seems to win a showcase all due to her members tripping all of a sudden and not because of her performances being lackluster, costing her the win. Note that tripping never happened once during their practice sessions.
    • The universe itself won't allow her and Ash to have subtle romantic scenes, be it by outside interference or Ash's interests blinding him from telling that apart. It doesn't help much the writers indirectly tease their relationship so much with poorly-written titles that suggest so and later they apologize for getting the fans' hopes up for nothing.
  • 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 its way to becoming a Running Gag.
  • Disguised in Drag: In a reversal of the usual once-a-series running gag, she has to masquerade as Ash when he's incapacitated in one episode.
  • Dude Magnet: She attracts Tierno, Trevor and Jimmy unintentionally.
  • Emergency Impersonation: When a rocker named Jimmy appears looking to challenge Ash and Pikachu, Serena decided to pose as the latter so: a) Jimmy's Keet behavior wouldn't disturb the sleeping Ash, and b) Ash wouldn't have to get up and readily accept Jimmy's challenge in spite of his sickness.
  • Everyone Can See It: Her crush on Ash is approaching this territory; so far Miette, Bonnie, Shauna, and Nini have made comments about it, resulting in a Luminescent Blush from Serena. Of course, Ash and Clemont are more Oblivious to Love.
  • Expy: To Yellow from Pokémon Adventures (though her first appearance coincidentally bears a close resemblance to Blue/Leaf). Girl being saved in a forest by The Hero (And coincidentally enough, Ash is based on the original Red), thus falling into a devoted Rescue Romance with him? Yup. She's even wearing a straw hat in her introduction, something Yellow is very known for, and does not focus on Pokémon battles.
  • The Fashionista: She is very enthusiastic about fashion and is eager to see what kind of shops the gang will come across. As a stand-in for Trainer Customization, Serena also carries around a small straw basket with which she can make dresses and costumes.
  • 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.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: In the form of three snowballs, after yelling at him for yelling at her when she tries to cheer him up, while telling him how he wasn't being the amazing guy she knows he is.
  • Glass Cannon: While her Pokémon know some impressive abilities, Serena doesn't show a great amount of improvisation and composure when she starts losing the upper hand and very often requires assistance or Plot Armor against a stronger opponent. She panicked when Meowth could fight off Fennekin's attacks.
  • Go Through Me: Compared to most Team Rocket face offs, where the heroes talk with their Pokémon, Serena has on occasion shown willingness to intervene physically on her own, usually when they risk harming her Pokémon. Naturally in such cases she ends up outmatched, though this gesture of sacrifice always gets the intended Pokémon a Heroic Second Wind.
  • 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.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: Serena starts with the standard Luminescent Blush when Shauna tells her that she knows about Serena's crush on Ash, only to spout steam like a kettle when she thought that their friends (including Ash) had heard the two of them. In fact, this has become somewhat more frequent.
  • Image Song: "DreamDream", the third XY ending, pops up as an insert song whenever something major happens with her or her Pokémon, e.g. Fennekin's evolution or Serena winning or performing in Showcases.
  • Implied Love Interest: For Ash. Implied is an Understatement, since the anime makes her crush so obvious that some episodes have explicit romantically themed titles.
  • 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.
  • Invincible Incompetent: As a battler, Serena has advanced far less than previous female companions and remained a Glass Cannon, yet she is the only one to have a clean winning streak, her Pokémon having never fainted once. This is either because her opponent is always Team Rocket or lower, due to being accompanied by a stronger trainer such as Ash, or just random interference such as one of her Pokémon evolving.
  • Luminescent Blush: When being teased about her feelings for Ash or when offered a chance for a romantic moment with him.
  • 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 immediately remembers her.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Just like the games, a Fletchling wakes her up in her first appearance.
    • Her heavy makeover alludes to XY's trainer customisation.
  • Naďve Newcomer: She knows very little about Pokémon training at first; 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. Even when scolding him, she a lot more gentler, and doesn't go completely ballistic with Ash like the other girls had, especially Misty and Iris when they first meet Ash.
    • The first time she gets into an argument with Ash is mostly because he wasn't being the amazing guy she knows he is after losing to Wulfric, along with the fact he yelled at her when she tried to cheer him up. This argument helps Ash come back to his senses, and even then, Serena started feeling horrible over it after all of a couple of minutes trying to play firm.
  • Nice Hat: She starts to wear one after beginning her journey. After her costume switch, she wears a different one, but it has the same color scheme as the previous one.
  • Opening Shout-Out:
    • Serena and her Pokémon spying on a dancing Eevee is played out the same way in "Mad-Paced Getter" and in the very episode Eevee debuts. (except Serena is wearing her sleepwear in the latter.)
    • Serena's routine for the Master Class Showcase incorporates some of the dance moves she performs in "DreamDream".
  • 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.
  • Red Herring: it took so long for Serena to find what she wants out of her travels that several viable choices popped up (Rhyhorn racing, Poképuff baking, PokéVision, Sky Battlesnote ), all of which she had valid interest and talent in. Most of these ended up being a Chekhov's Skill during the Showcases.
  • Refusal of the Call: Subverted; at the end of the Master Class Showcase, Palermo offered to mentor Serena for Showcases, but Serena turned it down so she could keep travelling with Ash. Palermo tells Serena to call her if and when she is ready, but when Serena finally contacted Palermo, she ultimately turned it down again. However, Palermo is still the one who offered what course of action Serena should take next: to Perform in Contests instead.
  • 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.
  • Rescue Romance: Serena's infatuation with Ash originated from a rather young memory where he helped her out of a forest after she injured her leg. To exacerbate it, Ash has naturally saved her a good few more times throughout the series (as well as vice versa).
  • Running Gag: Rhyhorn are easily attracted to her. Put her in front of a herd, and watch them swam towards her with hearts on their eyes.
    • A minor example prominently featured in horror-themed episodes is when she gets scared out of her mind, in which her imagination runs wild and inadvertently shares her beliefs on supernatural entities that devour children, scaring the others before covering her mouth, apparently having scared herself even more.
  • Security Blanket: A downplayed case for the ribbon Ash gave her, which she sometimes clenches onto when worrisome (see Character Tics above). More primarily however, she wears it because It Was a Gift.
  • Ship Tease: Serena's feelings for Ash is pretty strong. There were even a couple of Love Charts confirming the canonicity of her crush. It all started with their meeting as young children, and more hints would pop up as the series progresses.
  • Shrinking Violet: A mild example, but Serena often gets embarrassed whenever she's praised or someone compliments her appearance. Especially if it's coming from Ash. Her personality is also the most demure of all the female companions thus far.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: The fact she suffered two cases of Amusing Injuries in the first episode alone indicates this.
  • Snowball Fight: After having a serious argument with Ash in the Winding Woods, she expresses her anger this way, bombarding him with enough to knock him onto the ground.
  • Status Quo Is God: Like all the previous female leads pursuing their dreams onscreen, Serena comes short of becoming Kalos Queen against Aria, just barely getting a little more than a half of her votes. She does get an offer to go pro from Palermo, but only will consider it after her journey with Ash ends.
  • A Taste of Defeat: Along with Dawn, she is one of few "twerps" to suffer an unnegated defeat by Team Rocket in an episode. XY101 has Serena lose a Showcase to Jessie and her Pokémon (along with Meowth). Like Dawn however, she had become a Graceful Loser by this time. (Though she had lost on the technicality of her Eevee tripping, not because of whose performance was better in skill).
  • 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.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Shauna's tomboy.
  • 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.
    • In XY080 she finally wins a Pokémon Showcase and her first Princess Key.
    • While she has been in battles, most of them are support fights. In officiated fights, her Pokémon either gets knocked out earlier or her fights are abruptly canceled. In XY&Z12, she manages to win a fight (while paired with Ash) without being knocked out and instead she kept her pace well along with Ash (even if she is still partway saved by Eevee's well timed evolution into Sylveon).
    • In XY053, she manages to single-handedly bring down Team Rocket by asking the Rhyhorn she was riding to use Tackle on their truck, bringing it down.
    • In XYZ046, she has a brief but effective battle with Ash. Compared to her usual Glass Cannon status, here she has a much better display of strategy, having Braixen utilise a Cane Fu battle style to block and sustain a lot of offence from Pikachu and even gaining the upper hand without any help.
  • Warts and All: Serena was slightly blindly smitten with Ash initially. As time passed, she is still in love with him, if not even moreso, but more aware of his shortcomings and willing to set him straight over it (if in a mostly civil manner compared to those he had traveled with before).
  • Wet Blanket Wife: As much as Serena loves Ash, she is not a fan of Ash's typical reckless behavior. Think about it: the very first time she saw him in years was just moments after his leap of faith from the top of Prism Tower. She occasionally tries to curb his recklessness at various points in the series, to little success, though he has become more apologetic about it.
    • She does successfully stop Ash from carelessly engaging into a Pokémon battle that would have made him late in registering for the Lumiose Conference and thus render all of his progress moot.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: After Ash loses to Wulfric, he gets antsy with Serena, leading her to chew him out furiously and declare his current state to be nothing like the Ash she knew before this. She starts regretting this afterwards, admitting she has rather high expectations of Ash from how much she admires him.
  • Worthy Opponent: Aria definitely consider Serena this.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Circumstances prevent Serena from partnering up with Ash for a dance party. (Miette was only the tip of the iceberg.) They later learn it's a rotation dance, so Serena gets to dance with almost everyone. But, just when she and Ash are finally going to pair up, the dance ends. She immediately laments the fact.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Much like the times he did for her, she does for him, even when she was angry at Ash for yelling at her for trying to cheer him up after losing to Wulfric, she does this by saying that he isn't being himself right then, which actually helps him snap out of his depression.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Type A, in her first and second outfits, her black socks shows only her upper thighs.

Fennekin (Fokko) —> Braixen (Tairenar)
Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Hayashibara
Voiced 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.
  • 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 most episodes she is a fussy but good natured Pokémon. In Episode 21, when she became jealous of another, more popular Fennekin, and became obsessed with creating a perfect PokéVision video with Serena, often rather violently taking out her frustrations on Ash.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: The first Fire-type starter Pokémon that's confirmed to be female.
  • Neat Freak: Downplayed in that Fennekin is only worried about becoming dirty. Downplayed significantly as Braixen.
  • Off Model: Back when she was still a Fennekin, her neck would often be drawn extremely long.
  • Playing with Fire: Fire-type.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: As Fennekin
  • Ship Tease: Early in the season with Ash's Froakie due to him having cleaned her tail with his Frubbles, generally being around each other whenever the group is taking a break, and as a result of the relationship their Trainers have (at least where Serena's feelings for Ash are concerned).
  • Took a Level in Badass: Early on she was a Damsel in Distress, getting kidnapped frequently by Team Rocket and even overpowered by Meowth in one of her first battles. As time passed her fire abilities were displayed more fully and, especially after she evolved into Braixen, she's one of the most active Pokémon after Pikachu.
  • 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.

Pancham (Yancham)
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.
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Wears a pair of shades that Serena gave him after capture. During Showcases he swaps it for a more stylized one she gave him during the Coumarine Festival.
  • Badass Adorable: He's more dashing than Chespin.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: A pure Fighting-Type. The only Fighting-Type attack he knows is Arm Thrust
  • Berserk Button: A mild case, but he does NOT like Chespin trying to steal his food.
  • Casting a Shadow: Knows Dark Pulse, and has been seen using two at once.
  • Canon Immigrant: Serena's Pancham was made a downloadable character via a promotion code for both Pokémon X and Y and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. As a Mythology Gag, it held Black Glasses as an item.
  • Cool Shades: Is very fond of sunglasses, and is rarely seen without some sort of pair on his forehead.
  • Dance Battler: He uses a lot of its performing techniques in its battles.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Knows Stone Edge.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His characterisation pretty much replicates Pancham's dex entries, acting tough and bratty to attempt a badass image, but being undyingly loyal to Serena deep down.
  • Mythology Gag: The shades he gets from Serena are similar to the ones on the hat of her game counterpart.
  • The One Guy: He is the only guy to Serena's team of females.
  • Oral Fixation: The leaf he carries in his mouth.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Pancham has the appearance of a cute adolescent panda.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: Nini's Smoochum bids him farewell with one huge kiss. Pancham was completely unresponsive afterward.
  • The Reliable One: Despite his mischief otherwise, Pancham is the only one of Serena's team (including even Serena herself) who did not stumble or make a mistake on stage at any point during their Showcase run.
  • 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.

Eevee (Eievui) —> Sylveon (Nymphia)
Voiced in Japanese by: Mika Kanai
Voiced in English by: Mika Kanai and Kayzie Rogers (Eevee), Erica Schroeder (Sylveon)

Eevee is an extremely shy Pokémon that was first seen by the gang performing a dance routine on a nearby rock. Impressed by the dance, Serena befriends Eevee, and joins her team soon after.
  • Bowties Are Cool: Sylveon naturally has bowtie shapes on her throat and her left ear.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Her dancing, which consists of wildly prancing and jumping, has made for a good evasion tactic in battle.
  • Cool Crown: A flower crown given by Serena when Eevee warned her of a nearby cliff she was walking near. During the dance ball episode, it also wore a tiara.
  • Cower Power: When frightened, Eevee will frequently hide behind either Serena or Clemont's Bunnelby.
  • Dancing with Myself: A defining trait is Eevee's love for dancing, which catches Serena's attention to want Eevee as one of her performance Pokémon.
  • Holding Hands: One of Eevee's feelers reaches out to hold Serena's hand as it evolves into Sylveon. Sylveon has occasionally held to Serena this way.
  • Lovable Coward: As an Eevee, she was often very timid and self doubting. This was downplayed when The Power of Love evolved her into Sylveon.
  • Non-Elemental: As a Normal-type Pokémon. In addition, Eevee has not been seen with any attack moves outside its Normal-typing. Subverted with Sylveon, that near exclusively uses Fairy-type attacks.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Upon becoming a Sylveon, it becomes a Fairy-Type Pokémon.
  • The Power of Love: It evolved thanks to Serena's words of encouragement.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Eevee family has always been considered to be a group of cuteness, and this one is no different. Her shy persona giving the Pokémon kind of a Moe vibe makes this even more so.
  • Shrinking Violet: Very shy around strangers, to the point that Eevee will end up hiding behind Serena or Bunnelby when startled. Lessened as Sylveon, though she retains some subtle nervous moments.
  • Trailers Always Spoil:
    • Similar to Ash's Noibat, Serena's Eevee was teased in the fourth XY ending, and third XY opening, before officially debuting.
    • The 2016 preview sees Eevee evolving during the Dance Party episode, sprouting feelers during the Transformation Sequence. A magazine scan would later confirm it to be Sylveon.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As Sylveon, she became a far more confident performer and battler, hindered far less by her nerves.


Ash's Rivals:

Voiced in Japanese by: Anri Katsu
Voiced in English by: Todd Haberkorn
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Roberto Gutiérrez

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 makes it to the Kalos League with the rest of his group, and unlike Trevor, gets past the first round and holds his own against Sawyer until Sawyer uses Mega Evolution to tip the scales.
  • 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.
  • Badass Normal: The guy managed to get quite far in a tournament filled with Mega Evolution and Bond Phenomenon trainers without having it himself
  • 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.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Subverted; Tierno tries teaching Ash his "rhythmic style" for Ash to use in his upcoming match with Korrina. By the time Ash's group arrives in Shalour City and up to the gym battle itself, Ash has yet to master the style, and ultimately opts for his own instead.
  • Dance Battler: He trains his Pokémon to incorporate dance moves in their fighting styles.
  • Gang of Hats: Fitting with his character, Tierno's team consists of natural dancers (Politoed, Hitmontop and Ludicolo). And the members who aren't, are pretty good on their toes as well. (especially Blastoise, of all Pokémon)
  • Hopeless Suitor: Has been pining for Serena ever since her Important Haircut. Sorry, Tierno, but Serena's heart currently belongs to a certain someone (no matter how dense that someone is).
  • Making a Splash: His starter is Squirtle/Wartortle/Blastoise, and he has a Ludicolo and Politoed.
  • The Rival: Towards Ash's group at summer camp, but especially towards Ash, as both are passionate individuals.
  • ˇThree Amigos!: With Shauna and Trevor, being one of two guys.

Trevor (Trova)
Voiced in Japanese by: Minami Fujii
Voiced in English by: Michael Lockwood Crouch
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ferso Velásquez

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.
  • Out of Focus: More or less gets the short end of the stick out of the ˇThree Amigos!. Tierno is collecting gym badges while Shauna is competing with Serena in Pokévision. He is collecting badges on the side, but by the time Ash meets up with him, Trevor has just one while Ash has six. While he does make it to the Kalos League, he has the unfortunate luck of facing Alain as his first opponent, which ends in a very quick Curb-Stomp Battle in which Alain didn't lose a single Pokémon.
  • Super Mode: His Charizard can Mega Evolve into Mega Charizard Y.
  • 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, being one of two guys.
  • Transformation Trinket: His Charizard owns a Charizardite Y that's kept in a tail bracelet while Trevor has a Key Stone held in his camera.

Sawyer (Shota)
Voiced in Japanese by: Ikue Ohtani
Voiced in English by: Robby Duncan Sharpe
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Carlos Siller

A novice Pokémon trainer from Hoenn who writes down his battle experience in a note journal. Like Ash and Tierno, Sawyer is collecting badges to enter the Lumiose Conference.
  • The Apprentice: While a rival of Ash, since Sawyer is also a rookie, he looks to Ash as his unofficial mentor. The opening in which he debuted even had Sawyer literally following in Ash's footsteps.
  • Badass Crew: His team consists of three powerful Hoenn Pokémon and three powerful Kalos Pokémon: his ace Mega Sceptile, his pseudo-Legendary Salamence, his Stone Wall Slaking, his Lightning Bruiser Clawitzer, his Glass Cannon/Stone Wall Aegislash and his Long-Range Fighter Slurpuff.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: As Mega Sceptile, Leaf Storm has the added effect of firing its sharp, pointed tail at the foe.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He first appeared in XY064 losing to Clemont. His proper introduction is 9 episodes later.
  • Cry Cute: For a brief moment, he tears up when he sees Ash-Greninja launching a devastating, match-ending blow on Mega Sceptile, putting Sawyer out of the league. He is grateful for the match, though.
    • And again while he's reviewing the matches through videos, especially the one where he lost to Ash.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In his early appearances, he doesn't win a single battle, let alone actually knock out an opponent's Pokémon. He apparently has gotten a lot more competent thanks to Ash's advice, but still gets creamed when they face off during XY105. In said episode, his Sceptile actually manages to match Greninja and even gains the upper hand using Leaf Storm, but gets beaten in one hit once Greninja transforms. Now the problem is how his other Pokémon can't size up to Ash's.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Mega Sceptile's battle against Ash-Greninja is this. Though it eventually loses, it manages to corner Ash-Greninja with Frenzy Plant and is capable of fighting it in close range with Leaf Blade, even landing a hit with Leaf Storm despite Ash-Greninja's speed. It gets hit with an Aerial Ace combo (super-effective) and remains standing. It takes a giant Water Shuriken from Ash-Greninja to finally bring Mega Sceptile down.
  • Double Knock Out: His Salamence and Slurpuff tie with Noivern and Goodra, respectively.
  • Expy: He has some similarities with Wally from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire as a green-haired beginner Trainer from Hoenn that looks up to the main character for inspiration, although Sawyer is not frail and sickly. They also eventually become strong enough to wield Mega Evolution near the end and become a Worthy Opponent to the main character.
  • Glass Cannon: His Aegislash is very strong, but also very vulnerable in its Blade Forme.
  • Graceful Loser: Despite frequently losing, he treats every defeat as a learning experience. He is right out proud when Ash defeats him in the semi-finals whom Sawyer admires so much.
  • Green Thumb: His starter is Treecko, a Grass-Type Pokémon which he fully evolves into Sceptile and eventually into Mega Sceptile.
  • Informed Attribute: Pokéfan calls him "the intelligent trainer", when in truth he has never shown any degree of high intelligence. He does, however, show great eagerness to learn and even keeps a notebook of his travels. He was also able to figure out Greninja's fighting style and the best way to combat it.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: His Sceptile has close-ranged and long-ranged moves, giving trouble to Close Range Combatants with its long-ranged moves and it can defend itself with close-ranged moves from said combatants. Mega Sceptile's Lightning Rod ability makes him also great against Electric-Type moves.
  • Large Ham: Mega Sceptile has a much more aggressive and an even more animal-like voice than its base form, making its battles even more intense. It also adds more to its new Dragon-Type.
  • Lightning Bruiser:
    • His Clawitzer can move very fast with Aqua Jet, it is very strong and it can take several Electric-Type attacks before it faints.
    • His Aegislash combines both, Glass Cannon and Stone Wall, to be this trope and it is also very fast. However, it can be only either one of them at the time.
  • Long-Range Fighter: His Slurpuff's offensive attacks are all long-ranged. His Clawitzer averts this trope, due to its powerful and fast Aqua Jet, giving it a close-range/mid-range option.
  • Look What I Can Do Now!: He improves remarkably offscreen. Sawyer was introduced with just one badge and almost no skill in battles. Roughly 20 episodes later, he's caught stronger Pokémon and has collected six badges (the same amount Ash had when he met him, even) in that time. The universe just keeps giving him tools of destruction out of nowhere when he eventually manages to evolve his Sceptile and collect the items to make it Mega Evolve. He even gathers eight Gym Badges before Ash does.
  • Meaningful Name: Scottie clearly references the European Scotland setting to allude the European-like setting Kalos. However, his name saw a revision as Sawyer surely because he moved from Hoenn, a not-European-like setting.
  • Mythology Gag: Never seen without a notebook where he keeps jotting down notes. Writing on notebooks is how saving game progress is depicted in OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire.
  • Oh Crap!: When Ash-Greninja's about to unleash his giant Water Shuriken, Sawyer realizes he is done for, and was panicking when he commands Sceptile to use Leaf Storm. His face tells everything.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Owns a Dragon-type, Bagon, which fully evolves into Salamence. Also, Sceptile knows Dragon Pulse, a blast of energy that takes the shape of a dragon, and Sceptile gains the Dragon-Type after Mega Evolving. Dragon Pulse is later replaced by Dragon Claw.
  • Playing with Fire: Two of his Pokémon know Fire-Type moves. Bagon had Fire Fang, but later as a Salamence, it knows Incinerate now. His Slurpuff knows Flamethrower as well.
  • Product Placement: It becomes clear that Sawyer exists to promote Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, but at the same time, he's very late in promoting it. Half of Sawyer's team consists of Pokémon from the Hoenn generation having the Hoenn grass-starter which can Mega-evolve (a Mega-evolution that was added in the Ruby and Sapphire remakes), a Slaking, as well as said region's pseudo-legendary dragon, Salamence.
  • The Rival:
    • To Ash as another Pokémon trainer collecting badges for the Lumiose Conference. He initially looks up to Ash and Sawyer dedicated himself to become stronger to eventually surpass his idol. As a result, Sawyer has grown so much that he becomes one of Ash's two main rivals in the Kalos League.
    • After evolving into Grovyle, it has become a rival to Ash's Frogadier, and they grinned at each other whenever they met. Their relationship has continued as this even after their final evolution, although with less grinning.
  • Spoiler Opening: The Opening to XY&Z revealed that Sawyer's Sceptile would gain the ability to Mega Evolve.
  • Stone Wall: His Slaking is mostly focused on stalling. It takes hits like nothing and can heal itself. However, it barely moves or attacks, and it only counterattacks the opponent at the right moment.
  • Sudden Name Change: Was previously called Scottie in his small debut episode, though the writers easily made the change due to never referring to Sawyer as his previous name in the episode.
  • Super Mode: His Sceptile can Mega-evolve by the league.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • He finally manages to defeat Ash during their third battle. While his Doublade still lost to Ash's Noivern, his newly aqcuired Clawitzer took down both Noivern and Hawlucha before losing to Greninja, and Sceptile managed to defeat Greninja largely because Ash was forcing the transformation too much instead of letting it happen naturally.
    • Having made it all the way to the Kalos League semi-finals and giving Ash a very challenging full 6v6 battle that Sawyer narrowly lost, compared to how Ash did his first time around in the Indigo League, he sure has taken in several levels of it.
  • Training from Hell: He mentioned that he worked very hard to catch up to Ash, and eventually the results show as he collects eight badges before Ash does and defeats Ash in a 3-on-3 match.
  • Transformation Trinket: At the Lumiose Conference, his signature notebook's bookmark is equipped with a Key Stone while his Sceptile has a Sceptilite clipped onto a green scarf around its neck.
  • Warts and All: Downplayed. After Ash loses to Wulfric, Sawyer leaves the team, silently concerned his idol has fallen behind him. However, he's confident that Ash will bounce back in time for the Pokémon League tournament.
  • When Trees Attack: Sceptile knows the ultimate Grass-Type attack, Frenzy Plant, a mass of gigantic roots that swamp the opponent in all directions.
  • The Worf Barrage: Despite Frenzy Plant being the most powerful Grass-Type attack and earlier having defeated Tierno's Blastoise and Ash's Pikachu, Sceptile's Frenzy Plant never hits Greninja.
  • Worthy Opponent: What Sawyer and his Sceptile proves to be when facing Ash and his Greninja in the semi-finals. Even after losing, he was happy for Ash and vows to get stronger and one day surpass him.


See Mega Evolution Special section.

Serena's Rivals:

Shauna (Sana)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yurie Kobori
Voiced in English by: Jo Armeniox
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Adriana Núñez

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.
  • Graceful Loser: She cries a little when she's unable to go to the final round of the final showcase, but she encourages Serena to go for the gold.
  • Green Thumb: Her starter is Bulbasaur, a Grass/Poison-Type.
  • Instant Expert: Despite being a rookie performer, she catches on to it with relative ease, even winning her first showcase.
  • The Rival: To Ash's group at summer camp, but especially to Serena, who also has an interest in PokéVision.
  • Shipper on Deck: Like Miette, Shauna teases Serena about her crush on Ash.
  • ˇThree Amigos!: With Trevor and Tierno, with her being the girl.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Serena's girly girl.

Aria (Elle)
Voiced in Japanese by: Marina Inoue
Voiced in English by: Lindsay Sheppard
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Circe Luna (season 17), Nycolle González (season 18)

A famous Pokémon Performer. Aria is the current Kalos Queen.
  • The Ace: She is the undisputed best Pokémon Performer in all of Kalos.
  • Clark Kenting/Paper-Thin Disguise: Add glasses, put on a hat, and you got Ariana (Elena).
  • Curtains Match the Window: Red hair with red eyes.
  • Famed In-Story: She is the crowned Kalos Queen that every other Pokémon Performer strives to achieve. She still gets to keep it for much longer after the Master Class Showcase is over.
  • Hair Decorations: Her performance dress comes with a blue hair bow.
  • Opera Gloves: Her performance dress comes with long white gloves.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Her primary dress when seen as the Kalos Queen is odd to say the very least. Somehow combining a neck-tie with a matching thigh-high Zettai Ryouiki, white Opera Gloves, and Frills of Justice.
  • Status Quo Is God: Unsurprisingly, she easily gets to keep her Kalos Queen title for even longer after getting almost double the amount of votes Serena had at the Master Class Showcase.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Her performance dress includes long blue socks that go up to her thighs.

Miette (Millefeui)
Voiced in Japanese by: Saori Hayashi (XY026), Kei Shindou (XY080 and beyond)
Voiced in English by: Maggie McDowell
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Betsabé Jara

A Pokémon Performer knowledgeable in cooking Poké Puffs. She develops a crush on Ash, becoming a rival to Serena.
  • Arc Welding: Introduced as a rival to Serena for a couple of things (baking, Ash). Later, Showcases are introduced and Serena focuses her attention on the competition, so when Miette returns, she has conveniently the same goal in mind, keeping their rivalry fresh.
  • Ascended Extra: Was a One-Shot Character in an early XY episode, but makes a return about 50 episodes later.
  • Chekhov's Gun: When Serena runs afoul of some wild Swirlix, it was Miette who realized that they were disturbed by something. She immediately points out that the reason she knows their behavior is because her signature Pokémon, Slurpuff, is Swirlix's evolved form.
  • Cooking Duel: Serena and her enter a Poké Puff Contest in order to find out who makes better Poké Puffs.
  • The Gadfly: Plays this role to Serena with glee. She's fond of popping up behind her out of nowhere to startle her, and using her crush on Ash against her by implying that she'll steal him away from her. It's pretty clear that her actual interest in Ash (if any) is nowhere near as genuine as Serena's, she just likes seeing her flustered.
  • Graceful Loser: She nearly breaks in tears for not making it to the semifinals, but she's able to compose herself and cheer on Serena's progress.
  • It Amused Me: Possibly one of the reasons why she teases Serena on her feelings on Ash, just to see her get comically flustered over them.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: She seems to enjoy sneaking up behind Serena and getting startling close to her when making sly remarks about Ash, particularly at the end of the Dendemille Showcase. She also clings onto Ash's arm during the dance episode after he accepts to be her partner, much to Serena's annoyance. Ash is uncomfortable a bit with the closeness, but is too kind to not tell her to get off.
  • The Rival: Towards Serena as a fellow Pokémon Performer. Miette did well enough to score third place in the Dendemille Showcase she competed in against Serena. She pretends to be a romantic rival as well, to Serena's chagrin.
  • Running Gag: Practically every time she makes an appearance in an episode, her first order of business is to tease Serena on her feelings while putting the moves on Ash right in front of her.
  • Shipper on Deck: Immediately catches on to Serena's crush on Ash, and teases her about it just to get on her nerves. It's implied (and ultimately confirmed when the group splits up after the Master Class Showcase) that she's doing it at least partially to push Serena to act on her feelings.
  • The Tease: Miette whispers to Serena that she might take Ash for herself if Serena doesn't make her move; causing Serena to blush.
  • Trying Not to Cry: Before congratulating Serena on her win of the first round of the Master Class Showcase, she cries due to having lost to her at that round. Even after wiping her tears, the poor girl still breaks down a bit in front of Serena.

Nini (Nene)
Voiced in Japanese by: Motoko Kumai
Voiced in English by: Jenny Emm
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Georgina "Gina" Sánchez

A rookie Pokémon Performer who trains her Pokémon to follow a dance routine she calls "Heartbreak."
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Her Smoochum is attracted to Serena's Pancham, who wants nothing to do with her.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her hairstyle, which comes with two tiny red hair-ties.
  • Graceful Loser: She takes her early loss in the Anistar Showcase well, and wishes Serena luck for the performance portion.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a tiny red hat with a pink ribbon band.
  • The Rival: Towards Serena as a fellow Pokémon Performer. The two meet each other in XY050, and decide to show off their performances to one another for critique. In episode XY091, they compete against one another in the Anistar Showcase.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: In the dub, once she appears in Serena's second performance, she nearly borders on being the Jerkass rival to Serena if it hadn't been for her being a Graceful Loser and Serena (and Shauna) being too nice to her egotistical boasts.
  • Trying Not to Cry: While still out on stage for the results, she holds her head down, though unable to hold back tears, after losing to Jessie at first round of the Master Class Showcase.

    Supporting Characters 

Alexa (Pansy)
Voiced in Japanese by: Aya Endo
Voiced in English by: Jessica Paquet
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Nallely Solís

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.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the games, she has no Pokémon. In here, forgetting her Helioptile, she has a Noivern, which is considered to be one of the strongest creatures of Gen VI.
  • 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 knows Gust, which is used to help Ash's training for his rematch against Viola and her Vivillon.
  • The Cameo: She and Viola are seen watching the Master Class Showcase.
  • 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.
  • Guest Star Party Member: Joins Ash's group for the last leg of Best Wishes and up to the XY saga's first episode. She also occasionally rejoins the group during the XY series.
  • Mr. Exposition: She is the one who introduces Ash to the Kalos region. During the Decolora Adventure arc, she basically tells him about every island and myth she and the kids are going to land on.
  • Mundane Utility: Uses Helioptile's Parabolic Charge to recharge her equipment, and Gogoat as a mount to carry it.
  • Orifice Invasion: Poor Helioptile, when Professor Oak decided to get up close and personal, literally, with its ears. Professor Oak would immediately try the same thing to Noivern; needless to say, the dragon didn't take it well.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Professor Augustine Sycamore (Dr. Platane)
Voiced in Japanese by: Hiroshi Tsuchida
Voiced in English by: Jake Paque
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Manuel Campuzano

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. He is also in charge of running the Summer Camp that many young trainers attend.
  • Damsel in Distress: His Garchomp has to be rescued twice, the first time being in the second episode of XY.
  • 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.
  • Nice Guy: Like other important professors, he loves Pokémon and is friendly to humans as well.
  • Papa Wolf: To Garchomp. When Garchomp is kidnapped by Team Rocket, Sycamore and the kids go to help.
    • His response to a Team Flare grunt trying to grab Manon is to grab the grunt's arm with a slightly terrifying grin, scold the grunt, and then shove him away. Then send out Garchomp.
  • Roofless Renovation: Sycamore must have great insurance because his lab has been busted in and rebuilt several times.
    • Running Gag: Every focus at his lab always ends up with this.
  • Secret Keeper: Eventually learns that Meyer and Blaziken Mask are the same person, a fact that not even Meyer's kids know of.
  • Science Hero: Just as eager to join in on the action as Professor Birch (maybe even moreso), and capable of handling his own in battle; after all, he has a loyal Mega Garchomp at his command.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Like other female Garchomps, his Garchomp has a deep, male voice despite her gender.

Grace (Saki)
Voiced in Japanese by: Hitomi Nabatame
Voiced in English by: Erica Schroeder
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Alina Galindo

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 Pokémon 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.
  • 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.
  • Supreme Chef: Serena mentions that Grace's cooking is one of the things she misses ever since she started her adventure.

Meyer (Limone)/Blaziken Mask (Mega Blaziken's Trainer)
Voiced in Japanese by: Kensuke Sato
Voiced in English by: Tom Wayland
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Christian Strempler (season 17), Julio Bernal (season 18)

The father of Clemont and Bonnie. Also has a secret alter-ego in the form of Blaziken Mask.
  • Action Dad: Clemont and Bonnie's father, who also happens to be a masked superhero-esque trainer in his spare time.
  • Adult Fear: When Team Flare executes their scheme at Lumiose City, he (as Blaziken Mask) tells his children to stay out of it. It takes Bonnie saying she wants to help Squishy and Clemont professing his concern for his Gym to talk him into letting them come along, and even then he tells them to flee the moment things get dangerous.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Meyer is absolutely adorkable when he officially meets Ash and Serena. He even assumes that Serena is Clemont's girlfriend.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Saves Ash and Pikachu as they fell from Prism Tower.
    • Happens again when the heroes are cornered by Team Rocket's Humongous Mecha.
  • Cool Mask: Styled 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.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: His second appearance pretty much gives away Blaziken Mask's identity, however, most of the cast haven't figured it out yet (apart from Professor Sycamore).
  • 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.
  • Papa Wolf: When Bonnie goes off alone to get Squishy to come back to its senses, Meyer and Mega Blaziken are in hot pursuit, personally ensuring that his daughter would not get in harm's way. They are even ready to shield Bonnie as Squishy readies an attack point-blank, but fortunately, it was at the point when Bonnie is finally getting through to Squishy.
  • Product Placement: He exists to promote Mega Evolution before Ash can find/face one on his own, and the event Torchic.
  • Secret Identity: God knows why he dresses as a super hero behind his children.
  • Shock and Awe: Is usually seen with his Ampharos in his day job. There is an implication that it can Mega Evolve, too.
  • Super Mode: Mega Blaziken is the first Mega Evolved Pokémon we and Ash are introduced to.
  • 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!

Monsieur Pierre
Voiced in Japanese by: Kenta Miyake
Voiced in English by: Gilles Motais
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Arturo Castañeda (season 17), Ricardo Bautista (season 18)

The host of various Pokémon Performances.
  • Chick Magnet: Definitely has plenty of female fans in the Kalos region.
  • Classy Cane: Holds one, where his Pokémon Klefki sits on.
  • The Dandy: His attire when hosting is a coat with neon lights and asymmetric coloring. He also sports a necklace with a large key for a medallion.
  • Gratuitous French: Enjoys saying stuff like "Très bien!" and "S'il vous plaît!" among other things.
  • Nice Hat: Always seen wearing one.
  • Pokémon Motifs: Has a keyhole integrated in his wardrobe, and has a key for his medallion. One time when he was introduced, he wore a mask resembling that of a certain keyring Pokémon. And the fact that the Performance competition relied on getting keys. And he owns a Klefki.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: In "Party Dancecapades!", Pierre's Klefki is the dance partner to Aria's Delphox. Delphox is the size of a human, but remember, Klefki is a sentient keyring.
  • Tron Lines: The coat he wears has glowing outlines. And in certain scenes they glow in the dark!

Voiced in Japanese by: Yuko Sanpei
Voiced in English by: Chris Patton
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Luis Leonardo Suárez (season 17), Miguel Ángel Ruiz (season 18)

A young ninja who Ash and company run into along their journey a few times. His appearances have primarily been a means to help Ash train his Froakie.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Sanpei's Frogadier/Greninja can be seen as such for Ash's Froakie such as helping it learn Quick Attack.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: The viewer audience never quite finds out how the battle between his Greninja and Ash's newly evolved Frogadier went down.
  • Ninja: Sanpei not only acts like one, but dresses as one as well. Frogadier/Greninja's actions also play on the ninja theme.
  • Numerical Theme Naming: Sanpei is the third of a family of ninjas, with Ippei and Nihei as the eldest and second brothers, respectively.
  • Samurai Ponytail: Sanpei's hairstyle.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Wears a yellow ninja-scarf.
  • Smoke Out: Greninja knows Smokescreen. Sanpei himself can do such a thing.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: In their first appearance, Sanpei and his Frogadier are mentors to Froakie (and Ash, to an extent), giving them physical training (all to teach Froakie Quick Attack, although he learned Double Team instead). Ash and his mon would eventually become better at the art, while Sanpei and his Greninja become victim to The Worf Effect.
  • Took a Level in Badass: His Frogadier had already evolved into a Greninja by the time Ash and company run into him a second time along their journey. However...
  • The Worf Effect: Unlike how they were at the top of their game in their debut episode, the show suddenly started to give a lot of flak his way by making him and his Greninja perform poorly against all battles they participated in, to the point they need the main four to keep them safe from harm. Their latest appearance at their home land just drives it even further where they are incapable of keeping up with Sanpei's older brother and Ash's Frogadier. They even lose in the war everyone else won.
  • Wutai: It's best not to ask how or why a ninja village and culture exists in a region based on France.

Palermo (Yashio)
Voiced in Japanese: Rei Sakuma
Voiced in English: Eileen Stevens
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Laura Torres

The former Kalos Queen who now works as a producer for Pokémon Showcases. She was Aria's mentor and she has taken interest in Serena since she witnessed the latter's Important Hair Cut.
  • Cool Shades: She is always wearing black sunglasses.
  • The Mentor: Known to Aria as "Maestra" (or simply "Sensei" in Japanese).
  • Mythology Gag: Her outfit is based on design of female Veterans in Pokémon X and Y.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She is certainly hard to impress when it comes to scouting for Performers with potential, but is likely just being very professional about her job.
  • You Remind Me of X: She notes a lot of similarities between Serena and Aria, particularly when the latter first started out learning under her.

Voiced in Japanese: Yuki Kaji
Voiced in English: Billy Bob Thompson

The other Zygarde Core. Rather than having a red core color, it instead has a blue one. It was being hunted down by Team Flare, but it managed to escape them multiple times due to its sheer strength with its 50% Forme. It remained in hiding until Z-1/Puni-chan contacted it, alerting Team Flare of its location. It tried to fend off its chasers, but even with the help of Team Rocket, it still ended up being caught because of the arrival of Alain. It is now a captive of Lysandre.
  • Brick Joke: What happens to Z-2 after Bonnie has earned its trust? Bonnie tickles its blue core, just like what she did to Squishy in their first meeting.
  • Creepy Monotone: In contrast to Puni-chan, it speaks with a rather straightforward, unchanging tone.
  • Fusion Dance: It can combine with other Zygarde cells to make larger forms up to 50%, and can reach 100% by joining with Z-1.
  • Green Thumb: It creates destructive vines which tear through buildings effortlessly.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Sees humans as the source of the constant imbalance of Kalos that will ultimately leads to its destruction.
  • The Juggernaut: It can take Mega-Charizard X's attacks and dish out even harder, with its Extremespeed turning it into a full-on Lightning Bruiser. Had Team Flare not interfered, it might have won.
  • Power Of The Sun: Recharges through sunlight.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: When it is forced to transform at the end of the Kalos League, it takes on a red coloring as opposed to green.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Aside from the obvious (the core colors), Z-2 has a different opinion towards humans and has a different way of talking.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: Seeing Ash and the other heroes continue the fight against the Megalith, which Z-2 believes is unbeatable, to protect Kalos, allows Squishy's words of Humans Are Special to open Z-2's eyes. The Cores reach an understanding, allowing them to finally transform into Zygarde Complete Forme.
  • Royal "We": Like Puni-chan, it speaks like this.
  • Telepathy: Like Puni-chan, it has limited telepathy in that it can talk to the other core fine but otherwise can only make grumbling noises.
  • Worf Had the Flu: It may have been somewhat weaker when fighting Alain's Charizard, as it was exhausted from running from Team Flare. To what extent this impacted its performance is unknown though, as it didn't seem any weaker than in its earlier appearances. Team Rocket's interference also gave it a chance to rest and recover using sunlight, albeit probably not as long as it would need to fully recuperate.

The Evil Malamar (Aku no Calamanero)
Voiced in Japanese: Kensuke Sato
Voiced in English: Marc Thompson

A group of Malamar residing from the future, who plan to take over the past and turn the planet into a wasteland that they can inhabit. In their first appearance, only one Malamar was presented, though several assisted in its return appearance.
  • Arch-Enemy: For James' Inkay and a certain Officer Jenny specifically, the one who used to be "Madame X", as well as a group of benevolent Malamar later on.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Their favored method of conquest, enslaving the minds of people and Pokémon to do their bidding.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: Due to Madame X and Meowth's translations, and just the indirectly sinister design and voice of the species, the evil Malamar come off as rather over the top evil.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Initially the cast were antagonised by Madame X brainwashing them with her Malamar. As it turned out, Madame X was merely a brainwashed Officer Jenny the Malamar used to translate its rants.
  • Evil Counterpart: They can be seen as this to James' Inkay and the benevolent Malamar.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Both of their conquests enforced an Enemy Mine between Ash's gang and Team Rocket. Especially prominent in their second conquest, where Team Rocket are left herding a Villainous Rescue for Ash.
  • The Hypnotoad: Take cues from their Pokedex entries, prominently using Hypnosis powers to make others do their bidding.
  • Outside-Context Problem: In most conflicts that occur within the Pokémon franchise as a whole, the antagonistic forces are usually humans who use Pokémon as a means to an end (unless all the characters are Pokémon themselves like the Mystery Dungeon games). Malamar defies this convention by acting evil on its own. This leads to some deeply disturbing implications.
  • Sadist: They are fond of brainwashing their foes and making them attack each other. In their second appearance they also paralyse Ash's team with their psychic powers and force them to watch the Earth's destruction.
  • Time Travel: They originate from the distant future.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Albeit of the more self serving kind. Their plot is based around their intent to remodel the Earth into a world their species can better inhabit. Their demonstration shows the planet would essentially become radioactive wasteland likely uninhabitable for anything else. Their treatment of other species should make it apparent they don't give a damn.
  • Villain Ball: Their plans tend to fall apart due to their fondness of Kick the Dog:
    • Both of their attacks may not have fallen apart if they had not wasted time brainwashing a Pokémon to attack its trainer for cruel sport.
    • In their second appearance, they come across a forest of good natured Malamar. Their first instinct is to attack the forest and the innocent Pokémon the latter were caring for, leaving a very angry powerhouse on the heroes' side.
  • Villain by Default: Subverted at their expense. After they find a gang of Malamar in the forest neighbouring Grace Tower, they attack the inhabitants and suggest their brethren join their plot. The wild Malamar however, are quite unhappy about them hurting their friends...

Voiced in Japanese: Hitomi Nabatame
Voiced in English Aurora Bea

A war leader Florges that was responsible for Goomy meeting Ash, having previously taken over its homeland to preserve her infant Floette with its healing water.
  • Arc Villain: For Ash's Goodra.
  • The Comically Serious: In her second appearance, the mischief of a rampaging Carbink led Florges to have humorous snit fits at a resident Quagsire.
  • Dark Action Girl: At first. Becomes a standard Action Girl after her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Denser and Wackier: Was the Arc Villain for most of Goodra's character arc and even post Heel–Face Turn was a serious Dark Action Girl. She and her army return as comic relief in "A Diamond In The Rough".
  • Easily Forgiven: All the pain and trauma she caused seems forgotten after discovering her real motive.
  • Expy: Her war embittered persona and motive (even directly driven by a beloved Florette) make her something of a Lighter and Softer Spiritual Adaptation of AZ.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Following an Enemy Mine with Ash and Goodra against Team Rocket.
  • Heel Realization: Downplayed. After finding out Team Rocket duped her and the lengths the Goodra she bullied away as a Goomy was willing to help her, she shows visible humility.
  • Lady of War: Elegant and dignified as her species are commonly renowned for. Also a powerful fighter Pokémon with an entire army at her bidding.
  • Mama Bear: The lengths she took to cure her ill baby Floette.
  • Must Make Amends: Helps Ash and Goodra recover Pikachu and the others after obliviously helping Team Rocket capture them. It makes peace with Goodra and the other wetland inhabitants afterwards.
  • Unwitting Pawn: For the Team Rocket trio in one of their most Not So Harmless schemes, convincing her to help capture Pikachu and attack the heroes, blaming them for the drayage of the wetland's water they were secretly draining.
  • Violence Is the Only Option: After suspecting the other wetland inhabitants of draining the water needed to heal her child, rather than making any attempts at interrogation, she leads her army into attacking and exiling them.
  • Walking Spoiler: Ties in to nearly all of Goodra's backstory and pivoted how he met Ash.
  • The Worf Effect: During Team Rocket's second rampage on the wetlands, Florges and her army (along with Pikachu) prove useless against their new mech, leaving Goodra to team up with a flock of Carbink to stop them.

    Kalos Gym Leaders 

Voiced in Japanese by: Noriko Shitaya
Voiced in English by: Lori Gardner
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Andrea Orozco

The Bug-type Gym Leader of Santalune City. She's also a professional photographer.
  • Adaptational Badass: Viola is ranked as a Marchioness in the Battle Chateau in the games. In the anime, she is ranked a level higher as a Duchess.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Specializes in Bug-types, being the first female Gym Leader to specializes in this type.
  • Blow You Away: Vivillon's Gust is used to blow the opponent away who has difficulty to stand on the frozen ground or to trap flying Pokémon in the Sticky Web.
  • Camera Fiend: She's a photographer, and enjoys snapping pictures of trainers and their Pokémon.
  • Catch Phrase: "Picture perfect!" in the English dub, "Shutter chance!" in Japanese.
  • 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 Ash's 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, which is often used to freeze the ground, allowing nobody but Surskit to move on the ground.
  • 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, probably to counter Fire-Types.
  • The Power of the Sun: Vivillon's Solar Beam. The charging drawback is dropped, thanks to the opponent being trapped in Surskit's Sticky Web.
  • 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. And even if it doesn't hit the opponent, Vivillon would later blow the opponent away and trap it in the 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: She sets up traps, freezes the field, and destroys her opponent's momentum to gain an advantage over foes.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Ash loses his first battle with her, showing the new region won't be a walk in the park.
  • The Worf Effect: She loses to Grant in the Battle Chateu to demonstrate how tough he is and what his strategy looks like. To be fair, despite her Surskit having a double advantage over Grant's Onix, it also has a weakness to Rock-Type moves.

Clembot (Citroid)
Voiced in Japanese by: Kensuke Sato
Voiced in English by: Michael Liscio Jr.
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Andrés García

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.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: While Clembot was playing housekeeper to Meyer, Team Flare has infiltrated the Prism Tower under their very noses, turning it into their new base of operations.
  • Anti-Villain: Due to acting by its programming with good intent, but having misinterpreted Clemont's instructions due to its limited self-awareness.
  • Arc Villain: For the first few episodes of the XY series, Clembot poses a bit of a dilemma for Clemont and Bonnie.
  • Battle Butler: If he isn't minding the Gym, his other job is to apparently help out around the house.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: To Meyer. Clembot is not amused about how Meyer claims to have been in queue for a couple of hours just to buy Lumiose Gallettes (when it was actually Clembot who stood in line).
  • Canon Foreigner: Created for the show as a means of setting up Clemont's departure with Ash, while his Gym is being managed.
  • Clear My Name: Clembot gets framed for a rash of incidents when Ash and company return to Lumiose City to meet with Clemont again. The culprit is a roboticist named Belmondo who built a 2nd "Dark" Clembot, all for an Engineered Heroics ploy.
  • 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.
  • The Dreaded: The Lumiose Gym has developed a reputation as dangerous for everyone who attempted to conquer it, at least until Clemont takes back the gym and fixes his creation.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Clembot tells Clemont that a shutdown of the Prism Tower's systems would erase his flash memory, effectively killing him. But he tells Clemont he has to do it to stop Team Flare and save the world. Clemont rebuilds him, fortunately.
  • 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). It ejected trainers by throwing them out from quite a ways up the Gym building - a large tower based off of the Eiffel Tower in Real Life - with no cushions or anything to break the fall.
  • Psycho Electro: It electrocuted trainers that didn't live up to its standards.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: While A.I have appeared in the anime before, Clembot is probably the first to be treated as a re-occurring support character. He acts just like, and is generally treated like a person (aside from being re-programmed when his A.I was programmed wrongly).
  • Shock and Awe: Clemont built it to specialize in Electric-types.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He believed he was doing the right thing for Clemont during his first reign.

Grant (Zakuro)
Voiced in Japanese by: Hirofumi Nojima
Voiced in English by: Cory Willis
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Carlo Vásquez

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: He's first seen 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. He even lampshades how Pikachu defeats it with an Electric-Type move, despite how it's not effective.
  • 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 trained his Pokémon to exploit and counter it.
  • 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)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuka Terasaki
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Laura Sánchez

The Fighting-type Gym Leader of Shalour City. She enjoys rollerblading, and her grandfather is a Mega Evolution researcher.
  • Adapted Out: In the games she has a Hawlucha as her strongest Pokémon in her Gym Battle, but here she just uses Mega Lucario. Probably because of Ash's Hawlucha.
  • Adaptational Wimp: 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 find it. And a few more to iron out Lucario's problem.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Specializes in Fighting-types, even though her Lucario uses Bone Rush very often.
  • 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.
  • The Cameo: Out of all the people Ash and company met in their journey, she, Lucario, and her grandfather, Gurkinn, were seen watching Serena's Master Class performances.
  • 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.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Heavily implied that Alain wrecked her hard with no effort. It didn't bring her down any.
  • 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 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.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The episodes that feature her as the Guest Star Party Member focus entirely on Korrina and Lucario mastering their Mega Evolution.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: A long one that flows like a cape as she zips around.
  • The Worf Effect: At the end of XY123, Alain defeats her off-screen in a Gym Battle, earning his final batch from Korrina, which allows him to enter the Lumiose Conference. It also sets up Alain being Ash's greatest rival of the saga.

Voiced in Japanese by: Kiyotaka Furushima
Voiced in English by: Bill Rogers

Korrina's partner and ace. Similar like Ash's Pikachu, Lucario never resides within its Pokéball. After finding the Lucarionite, it is able to Mega Evolve, but has diffculty to control its Mega form for several episodes, but it and Korrinna eventually master the Mega Evolution.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: How it finally forces itself to overcome and control its Mega form.
  • The Comically Serious: Lucario as a species are oft depicted with serious demeanor. This Lucario, while just as serious as its predecessors, has its share of silliness in its appearances alongside its trainer. (Case in point: Its reactions to both Ash's rhythmic style, and finding out the truth about Gurkinn's "scroll of secrets", both from "Origins of Mega Evolution".)
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • He took Pikachu to town in his debut episode.
    • While it mostly happens off-screen, it's strongly implied that this was what happened during its battle with Alain's Charizard. Lucario was pummeled into a wall while Charizard looked none the worse for wear. Justified, as Alain's Charizard was an Elite Four-Level Pokémon with a horrendous Type advantage.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Knows the Ground-Type move Bone Rush which serves as its Signature Move.
  • Energy Ball: Aura Sphere, which can turn into a Kamehame Hadoken while in its Mega form.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Lucario's secondary type is Steel-Type. Ash tries to use its typing to his advantage by using Hawlucha and Fletchinder.
  • Finishing Move: It eventually learns Aura Sphere, which becomes its Finishing Move.
  • Forgot About His Powers: A very jarring example. When it gets separated from Korrina by a flock of Noibat, instead on relying on its aura skill to locate her (or let alone stay by her side), it would rather take the hard way and use the stones to find her.
    • The fact its aura waves could create force waves that could throw off its opponents is entirely dropped out after it shows in the first episode.
  • Nerf: Let's just say it got a lot weaker in its final battle than what it could do when in Mega form for the first time. Remember those aura waves that could push people? Although that could be due to being uncontrollable at the time.
  • 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.
  • Signature Move: Its Bone Rush is basically its Weapon of Choice. It uses it much more often than Power-Up Punch or the recently learned Aura Sphere.
  • Simple Staff: Bone Rush is often used as a staff, sometimes as dual-wielded short staffs.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: Lucario can spin its Bone Rush staff to neutralize some attacks.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The episodes that feature Korrina as the Guest Star Party Member focus entirely on Korrina and Lucario mastering their Mega Evolution. You also barely see Korrina's other Pokémon who are not Lucario.
  • Status Buff: It knows Swords Dance which it uses to increase its physical strength drastically.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Its Mega form leaves Lucario 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 the overwhelming power of Mega Evolution, leading to extremely violent, irrational behavior.

Ramos (Fukuji)
Voiced in Japanese by: Minoru Inaba
Voiced in English by: Anthony Salerno
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Carlos del Campo

The Grass-type Gym Leader of Coumarine City. He's an experienced gardener.
  • 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.
  • Fragile Speedster: His Jumpluff can't take many hits but is fast, especially after activating its Chlorophyll ability (which makes it go faster).
  • 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 Battle getting him just as hyped as Ash seems to be.
  • Poisonous Person: Weepinbell is part Poison-Type and knows Poison Powder, a nasty attack that poisons both, Fletchinder and Hawlucha.
  • 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, giving both of them a massive amount of speed that give Ash's team a lot of trouble.

Valerie (Mâche)
Voiced in Japanese by: Satsuki Yukino
Voiced in English by: Kate Bristol
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Valentina Souza

The Fairy-Type Gym Leader of Laverre City. She is also a well-known fashion designer, having her own clothing shop in the Gym.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Sylveon is Valerie's last and most powerful Pokémon in the games, but here it's the first Pokémon she uses in her battle with Ash and it's defeated rather easily.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The dress Valerie gave to Serena is later used in Serena's 2nd performance.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Downplayed. She gives off shades of this due to being a Fairy-Type specialist, speaking to her Pokémon in their language, and having a rather calm and elegantly cheerful personality.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Her specialty type is Fairy-Type Pokémon.
  • The Fashionista: A very skilled fashion designer.
  • Fragile Speedster: Spritzee isn't particularly sturdy. However, it is quite agile, and very fast even without Trick Room.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Much like her game counterpart in Japanese, she speaks with Kansai dialect. Sadly lost in translation.
  • No Sell: Since Fairy-Types are immune to Dragon-Type attacks, her Spritzee easily takes a Dragon Breath from Sawyers's Bagon without a scratch.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: She appears to be able to speak to Fairy-type Pokémon using Pokémon Speak.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Invoked, the furisode she makes are all styled after Pokémon.
  • Wutai: Much like Sanpei above, she is quite distinct for being very "Japanese" in a France-based town. The anime also changed Laverre City from a fairy tale-style village into an outright Japanese-themed town.

Olympia (Gojika)
Voiced in Japanese by: Masako Katsuki
Voiced in English by: Catrin Lloyd Bollard
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Anabel Méndez

The Psychic-Type Gym Leader of Anistar City. She is very known for ability to predict the future that she managed to save Kalos from certain troubles.
  • Adapted Out: In the games she had a Sigilyph and Slowking in addition to her female Meowstic. Here, she instead uses both genders of Meowstic in a double-battle.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Managed to have a more distinct role in the anime compared to the games. In the games she just spoke in short lines while being the 7th gym leader to fight. In the anime, she instead speaks imposing lines and foresees the future Ash has along with his Frogadier. She managed to predict a disaster occurring in the Hoenn region that allowed Kalos to take safety precautions. And she managed to thwart Team Rocket's plot without even leaving her gym.
  • Climax Boss: Olympia served as Ash's final opponent of the X&Y half of the Kalos Saga. Her battle with Ash also foreshadowed what was still to come in XYZ and Greninja's eventual Super Form.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: A mild case in which her female Meowstic uses Future Sight, letting her set up an assured, incoming attack.
  • Dual Boss: She uses her two Meowstic against Ash, who in turn selected Frogadier and Talonflame.
  • The Empath: Has shades of this, particularly towards Ash's Frogadier.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Twice did Ash manage to turn Olympia's attacks against her; first with the Roboteching Psyshock/Dark Pulse, and especially with Future Sight.
  • It Only Works Once: Ash's team was caught off-guard by Future Sight in its first release. During the second time, Ash has Pikachu set up as a metronome to time the attack, so that by the third time Future Sight was cast, Ash was ready to turn it against Olympia's team.
  • Power Floats: She seems to float with her own psychic powers.
  • Psychic Powers: Like the other Psychic Gym Leaders, she exhibits them, from predicting the future to telekinesis.
  • Roboteching: Psyshock and Dark Pulse can curve and home in on the targets, courtesy of the female Meowstic's Keen Eyes ability.
  • Seers:
    • Can see into the future, letting her predict things and project the vision to others. For instance she saw the disaster that would occur in Hoenn (the ones featured in The Strongest Mega-Evolution specials), which allowed the Kalos region to prepare accordingly. Lately she is concerned about "the green flames that will burn down Kalos" with a creature mysteriously shaped like a Z...
    • She can also see to the past. This made her explain why Ash's Frogadier was special and how they managed to form a specific form of love.
  • Signature Move: Future Sight; for Ash it's That One Attack in-universe, as he spends most of the battle trying to think up a way to counter it.
  • Support Party Member: Much like the games, the male Meowstic's movepool (Helping Hand and Lightscreen, with the Prankster ability) is tailored to assist the more offense-oriented female.
  • Terse Talker: Averted unlike in the games. She speaks normally, but with an air of grandiose like a prophet.

Wulfric (Urup)
Voiced in Japanese by: Ryuzaburo Otomo
Voiced in English by: Michael Alston Baley

The eighth Gym Leader in the Kalos region, leading over an Ice-Type Gym in Snowbelle City.
  • Adaptational Badass: Not that he wasn't badass in games, but in anime, he's the only gym leader other than Korrina capable of using Mega Evolution - specifically, Mega Abomasnow.
  • Adapted Out: For some reason, in his full gym lineup his Cryogonal is replaced by Bergmite.
  • Badass Grandpa: He is visibly of older age, and defeats Ash 3-on-2, even when Ash's Greninja transforms.
  • Bookends: Wulfric is this in a number of way when compared to Viola:
    • Their battles with Ash involve and ice field.
    • They both managed to give Ash a defeat the first time they battle him that sends him into a state of depression that only Serena could help snap him out of.
    • They both lost to him the second time, even with a hidden reserved ace up their sleeves.
    • They both had Ash getting assistance for battle or training for the rematch, from Pikachu, Talonflmae and Greninja.
  • Blood Knight: Downplayed, but he is very eager to face off against the mastered Ash-Greninja and only gets more excited as the battle continues, even if its his Abomasnow that's getting demolished.
  • Broken Streak: Ash's loss against him marks the first time since Kanto Ash has lost more than one Gym Battle in one region.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • He won his first battle against Ash with two of his three Pokémon left intact.
    • During their rematch, his Abomasnow gets absolutely destroyed by Ash-Greninja. Once it Mega Evolves, on the other hand...
  • Cool Old Guy: Pun aside, he's a very good Pokémon battler and in spite of his confidence he's very sportsmanlike. He also explains the problem with Ash and Greninja, athough this breaks Ash's confidence big time.
  • Elemental Armor: Sharpen coats Bergmite into an icy diamond that boosts Bergmite's attack power.
  • Everything Is Better With Spinning: Avalugg using Gyro Ball. Rather than rolling into a ball like how Valerie's Spritzee did when using this move, Avalugg spins around like a top. It even makes buzz saw sounds! His Bergmite also knows the more traditional Rapid Spin.
  • Final Boss: The final Gym Leader Ash faces, and quite possibly the strongest. During the rematch against Wulfric, Ash is forced to bring everything he has to the table and show how he has bonded with his Pokémon throughout the region. The Japanese episode summary even says Ash has to use all his experience gained thus far.
  • Graceful Loser: Doesn't mind losing to Ash at all, and instead congratulates him on qualifying for the Lumiose Conference, while at the same time sternly reminding him that it are his Pokémon who brought him this far.
  • Gradual Grinder: His Abombasnow has the Snow Warning ability, allowing it to gradually deplete non-Ice Types' health with a hailstorm. However...
  • Healing Factor: His Avalugg has the Ice Body ability, recovering health under the same circumstances instead. Coupled with its natural durability, it can endure a beatdown from even Ash-Greninja.
  • An Ice Person: Specializes in Ice-type Pokémon. And he meditates in his tanktop inside his cold gym while his Pokémon blow cold wind at him. He remains unfazed while frozen in ice!
  • Knee Capping: Inflicts this on Ash's Hawlucha, with Avalugg's Gyro Ball grinding against Hawlucha's High Jump Kick.
  • Mighty Glacier: Pun aside, his Abombasnow and especially his Avalugg aren't very fast, but they can take hits and dish them out like there's no tomorrow.
    • Avalugg in particular uses this in its advantage. All of the Pokémon Ash used are very fast compared to Avalugg. Yet one of the major moves Avalugg uses is Gyro Ball - a move that gets stronger if the user's speed is slower than the opponent's speed. It also uses Avalanche, which increases in power when Avalugg moves after its opponent.
  • Signature Move: Avalugg is a frequent user of both Gyro Ball and Avalanche to make up for being a Mighty Glacier, while Abomasnow has Wood Hammer.
  • Stout Strength: He looks rather chubby and in one scene he is shown being able to lift his Avalugg to its hind legs, with Avalugg weighing in around 1113lbs.
  • Worthy Opponent: When Ash-Greninja starts kicking Abomasnow's ass left and right, Wulfric commends Ash and Greninja for their power and admits that he rarely gets to Mega Evolve his Abomasnow.
  • Super Mode: Mega Abomasnow, which can even give the fully mastered Ash-Greninja a challenge.

    Kalos League 

Diantha (Carnet)
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.
  • Ascended Extra: Diantha stands out as the first and only champion in the video game series that doesn't get too much involvement in the plot, let alone the Team Flare story. In the anime, she openly investigates the upcoming crisis in Kalos (first by consulting with Olympia, then trying to find Ash and friends when she finds out they have a role to play). During the crisis itself, she helps in evacuating citizens fleeing Lumiose City, protecting them from Z-2's rampage, and in the finale of the storyline, rallies the Gym Leaders in order to help stop Team Flare's Megalith.
  • Clark Kenting: This is lampshaded in the second XY opening, which shows Serena fawning over a poster of the actress as an incognito Diantha passes her.
  • 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. The first time she actually has to put effort into fighting an opponent is against a completed Ash-Greninja Form, and even then Ash and Greninja pass out from the Power Strain Blackout from fighting her.
  • Famed In-Story: She's a famous actress as well as the most powerful trainer in Kalos. She actually has to resort to Clark Kenting in public situations.
  • Finishing Move: Gardevoir tends to end battles with Moon Blast.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: At the end of the Summer Camp sub-arc, when the camera moves through the camp's Hall of Fame, you can see a photo of a younger Diantha and her Ralts with two friends and their Pokémon.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Gardevoir's secondary type. Her Moon Blast might be her most powerful move.
  • Lady of War: She and Gardevoir always battle with grace.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: While the games make a half-hearted attempt to hide the fact that Diantha is the champion, she's first introduced as such in the anime.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: Given many experienced Pokémon can already handily dodge attacks in the anime, Gardevoir spams Flash Step versions of these like crazy. It was considered a feat that Greninja was able to land a single attack on her at first.
  • Oh Crap!: Gives a few of these when she realizes that getting serious with Ash-Greninja is now too little too late. The battle was not going well for her, until they had their Power Strain Blackout. This leaves her to ponder afterwards what this new evolution is.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Diantha's hairstyle, which alludes to her refined, mature personality.
  • Psychic Powers: Gardevoir's primary type, but she doesn't use Psychic-Type moves a lot.
  • Signature Move: Gardevoir uses Shadow Ball a lot.
  • Supporting Leader: Leads the charge of the Kalos Leaders against the Megalith, but ultimately places the duty of saving the whole world upon Ash and Alain.
  • 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: As the Champion, she's the most skilled trainer in the Kalos region. And while she may be as strong as that description entails, she is also the first Champion whom Ash managed to give a hard time , because of his and Greninja's unique power.

Siebold (Zumi)
Voiced in Japanese by: Hiroyuki Yoshino

One of the Elite Four members of Kalos who specializes in Water-types. He is introduced in the first Mega Evolution special.
  • Chef of Iron: He is a Top-class chef in addition to being a member of the Elite Four.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Alain's Charizard manages to get a few good hits in and endure several as well, but in the end Siebold wins without too much trouble.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He defeats Alain and his Mega Charizard X with his powerful Mega Blastoise while using Water-Type and Dragon-Type attacks, establishing how powerful he is as an Elite Four member. And he doesn't look down on Alain, despite the type disadvantage.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He has blonde hair and is a very sportsman-like person; after defeating Alain, he congratulates him on putting up a good fight.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: He doesn't Mega Evolve his Blastoise from the start, holding his own against Mega Charizard X with just his regular Blastoise. He then Mega Evolves it to show off how powerful it really is.
  • Ki Attacks: Mega Blastoise's Mega Launcher boosts Pulse attacks such as Dragon Pulse.
  • Making a Splash: He specializes in Water-Types and is very proud of his Water-Type team.
  • More Dakka: His Blastoise develops a third cannon when it Mega Evolves.
  • Man in White: Dresses in white clothes, it probably relates to his profession as a chef.
  • Transformation Trinket: Owns a Key Stone and Blastoisinite.
  • Use Your Head: His Blastoise knows Skull Bash and hits Mega Charizard X on the stomach.

Malva (Pachira)
Voiced in Japanese by: Akeno Watanabe

One of the Elite Four members of Kalos who specializes in Fire-types. There's more to her than being just one of the Kalos League's top Pokémon trainers.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the games, she despises the Player Character for defeating Team Flare and seems to have been aware of what they were planning. In the anime, she ends up siding with Ash and Alain against Lysandre because she is disgusted by his true plans.
  • The Ace: She is the final trainer Alain faces in his challenge, and she is easily stronger than the 9 trainers preceding her. Her Houndoom holds the upper hand for most of the battle against Alain's Charizard. As a member of the Elite Four, she may very well be the strongest trainer in Team Flare.
  • The Atoner: Even after helping defeat Lysandre and stopping the Megalith, Malva nonchalantly tells Steven that she'll be taking care of the rest of the Team Flare dissidents, after that of which she'll turn herself over to the authorities.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She is close acquaintance of Lysandre, which puts her pretty high in Team Flare Rankings, and she is an Elite Four member to boot. Aside from Lysandre, she is also the only member capable of Mega Evolving her Pokémon.
  • Bad Boss: Played for Laughs. She is very demanding of her Camera crew, who happen to be Team Rocket in disguise.
  • Cool Shades: She wears a pair of transparent violet shades.
  • Casting a Shadow: Her Houndoom's secondary type, hinting her affiliation with Team Flare who have a preference over Dark-types.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She shows up in the penultimate episode of XY, as a news reporter.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Downplayed, but she half-jokingly calls out Lysandre on being a bad influence towards Alain.
    • She was completely shocked when Team Flare showed up after the Kalos League and have Z-2 rampage across Lumiose City. And she ultimately sides with the heroes, even saving Pikachu, Greninja and Charizard when she and Mega Houndoom show up to aid Ash and Alain against Lysandre.
  • Final Boss: Is Alain's final opponent in the 10-man gauntlet during the fourth Mega Evolution special.
  • Grace Ful Loser: After losing, she teasingly claims that she despises Alain for defeating her before saying that he really is remarkable.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She turns against Lysandre and joins Ash and Alain in their battle against him.
  • Karma Houdini: Defied. Although Malva was not fully aware of Lysandre's true plan, performed a Heel–Face Turn and ultimately helped save the world from destruction, she does not use any of them to escape punishment for being part of Team Flare. In fact, she states she'll turn herself to the authorities after disbanding Team Flare for good. Given all the above, however, it's unlikely she'll suffer any serious consequences.
  • No Sell: Base Houndoom has Flash Fire as its ability, allowing it to absorb Fire-Type attacks. Key word being BASE Houndoom, as it loses this ability upon Mega Evolving, which ironically allows Charizard to knock it out with Blast Burn.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Despite her allegiance to Team Flare, Malva really didn't do anything in the organization's name; the only time we see her do anything on Lysandre's behalf was as a volunteer in the ten-man gauntlet Lysandre puts Alain through. She would probably fit for Orcus on His Throne, but she spends half her time onscreen as a reporter, and the other half going up against Team Flare.
  • Playing with Fire: She specializes in Fire-types.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: In true Team Flare fashion.
  • Transformation Trinket: Owns a Key stone and Houndoominite.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Despite being an Elite Four member, she is allied with Team Flare. Eventually inverted, as she is the only member of Team Flare not to be evil.

    Team Flare 

All of Them

The regional evil organization of Kalos who are the Arc Villain of the XY&Z saga. Unlike the games where their plan revolves around Xerneas or Yveltal, the anime variation has their plan centered on Zygarde.
  • Cool Shades: All of the grunts and scientists wear a pair of shades. The female scientists' ones in particular can more accurately be described as an advanced visor.
  • Crazy-Prepared: They actually bother to send a pursuit squad after Ash and Co. when they notice their connection to the Zygarde Core, and when it seems the Core has left them they recall the unit in order to look for it in the zone where it was last traced. This ends up being a mistake, but it's an efficient train of thought.
  • Dark Is Evil: They seem to have a preference for Dark-Types.
  • Elite Mooks: The Team Flare scientists use powerful, evolved Pokémon like Manectric and Liepard and are more likely to engage the protagonists on-on-one.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Downplayed. While Team Rocket are slowly proving worthier competition than they had assumed, Team Flare are still the more serious, powerful and cold blooded group.
  • Mind-Control Device: They use Mega Evolution energy to corrupt and control Pokémon. This works on Zygarde, but Ash and Greninja's bond is too strong to overcome.
  • Mooks: The standard Team Flare Grunts only use unevolved Pokémon like Skorupi and Houndour.
  • Nebulous Evil Organisation: They are led by a manipulative mastermind and and their long-term intentions are kept secret. They also have a Legal front in the form of Lysandre Labs.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Their superweapon harnesses the power of Zygarde. The effects of the weapon on the island Team Flare is performing experiments from is staggering, in spite of using only 10 Zygarde cells. When they unleash the complete version, it can destroy a city as a warmup.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Their red wardrobe and dark-coloured Pokémon are a good indicator of their alignment.
  • Smug Snake: With the exception of their Leader and Malva, all of its members are in way over their head when facing the likes of Zygarde or, later on, Ash-Greninja. Even against Team Rocket, they totally underestimate their Villainous Valor.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: When they take notice of the groups' connection with the Zygarde core, and their desire to protect it, they start actively monitoring them.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: The female scientists have all Type A.

Lysandre (Fleur-de-lis)

Voiced in Japanese by: Hideaki Tezuka
Voiced in English by: H.D. Quinn
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Jose Gilberto Vilchis

The leader of Team Flare.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the games, he is a powerful trainer but still falls behind Malva and the rest of the Elite Four, level-wise. Here? He faces down Malva, Ash and Alain at the same time.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His Gyarados is Shiny in the anime.
  • Affably Evil: He genuinely likes his own Pokémon and is capable of Mega Evolution, which only trainers with a close bond to their Pokémon can achieve. He is also a close acquantaince of Malva, doesn't seem to be a bad boss, and appears to legitimately appreciate Alain.
  • Arc Villain: Of the XY&Z saga, as the leader of Team Flare.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Aside from Malva, he is the only one in the organisation capable of Mega Evolving his Pokémon. His Pyroar is strong enough to force Alain's Charizard and Steven's Metagross to dodge its attacks, and Mega Gyarados takes on seven Pokémon and faints four before Pikachu finally knocks it down.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: Has shades of this, as he himself believes he hasn't lied to Alain at all. Turns out he doesn't believe he is lying.
  • Brutal Honesty: In spite of presenting himself as a warm, fatherly figure he does make it perfectly clear to Alain that he has no time for weaklings.
  • The Chessmaster: He successfully manipulates the Hoenn Champion Steven and Alain into delivering him a Megalith, leaving them to battle the Legendary Pokémon. When Chespie frees a Zygarde Core, he does suffer a major unforeseen setback, but turns it to his advantage by using Chespie's resulting illness to motivate Alain even further.
  • The Corrupter: Malva teasingly accuses him of being a bad influence on Alain, but he denies this.
  • Climax Boss: The clash with his Megalith Zygarde is the most climactic, most high-stakes battle of the XY series.
  • Determinator: To his credit, Lysandre will stop at nothing to realize his vision for a better world. In the end, it takes the two Lumiose Cup Finalists, eight Gym Leaders, two Champions, an Elite Four Member, and a regional professor to momentarily stop his plans, about half of them using Mega Evolutions. And this only slows him down, with Complete Zygarde itself having to step up the plate to stop him once and for all. Even then, Ash and Alain have to directly attack him and destroy his control device to secure victory. And even as he is seemingly killed, Lysandre still refuses to acknowledge defeat.
  • Defiant to the End: His final scene has him being engulfed by Zygarde's Core Enforcer, desperately screaming at his now non-funtional Megalith Zygarde to keep moving.
  • Didn't See That Coming: After all the research Lysandre and his scientists have made, when Zygarde Complete Forme finally stands before him Lysandre calls it out on hiding such a powerful Forme from him.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His Gyarados knows Stone Edge.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: After having Z-2 go on a rampage in Lumiose City, Lysandre announces his plans through television to the whole Kalos region. The Kalos gym leaders are among those who saw the broadcast.
  • Dragon Their Feet: After Team Flare is defeated and Lysandre seemingly kills himself on Prism Tower, the Megalith (which takes the form of a Golem-like 50% Zygarde powered by Mega Evolution energy) awakens and sets off to finish what they started. However, it's revealed that Lysandre is still alive, and takes command of the Megalith when the heroes thought they finally took it down.
  • Face–Heel Turn: According to Lysandre himself, he and his scientists were genuine philanthropists in the past (giving ground to him as a Villain with Good Publicity presently), but the over-reliance of people to Lysandre's charity efforts is what caused Lysandre to go off the deep end.
  • Fake Arm Disarm: He takes direct control of the Megalith using a large device attached to his wrist. After Zygarde steps in to fight the Megalith, Ash, Clemont and Alain use their Pokémon to blast the device with a combined attack, knocking it off his arm. It might have hurt his arm, too, given how it's limp after the attack, but for obvious tone reasons there's no other evidence that he was actually injured.
  • Faking the Dead: When his Gyarados is beaten, he leaps off Prism Tower to his apparent death. Though the characters are convinced, the viewer might recall that his backpack grants flight.
  • Fantastic Nuke: His back-up scheme is to have the Megalith collide with the Anistar Sundial to release an explosion that will envelop the entire world.
  • Killed Off for Real: Lysandre is seemingly killed off on-screen when Complete Forme Zygarde uses Core Enforcer upon the Rock Zygarde he's standing on. The Rock Zygarde is completely obliterated and Lysandre is last seen engulfed by the blast. Steven seems to believe that he's still alive, but Malva admits that she has no idea what became of him.
  • Last Villain Stand: By the time he has to personally ensure that the Megalith Zygarde collides with the Sundial, he explicitly acknowledges that there is no way he would survive even if he did succeed, but he claims to be more than willing to die for his vision of a better world.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Mega Gyarados is pretty fast despite its size, as shown by its use of Dragon Tail, and is powerful enough to faint Goodra in one shot.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He has Alain wrapped around his finger and running errands for him under the pretense that he is conducting research for peaceful purposes. Malva actually calls him out on it, but he claims he hasn't lied to Alain at all.
  • Metaphorically True: He tells Alain to keep quiet about Lysandre Lab's research to Professor Sycamore, as evil people would probably cross Sycamore. He also claims he will harness Mega Evolution energy for peaceful purposes. Both are technically true from his perspective.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Lysandre's broadcast alerted the Kalos Leaders to his plans, and they head to the badlands to help stop the Megalith before it could reach Anistar City's sundial.
  • One-Man Army: Being outnumbered 1-to-7 is but a minor inconvenience for his Mega Gyarados. And then there is his Megalith Zygarde, which requires what amounts to an Elite Pokémon army and Perfect Zygarde to stop.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Has yet to take an active role in Team Flare's activities, letting his grunts, Scientists, Admins and Alain to do his dirty work. Even during the invasion of Lumiose City, it was the scientists and Z-2 (in 50% Forme) who are wreaking havoc, and Lysandre only stepped up to the plate when Ash and Alain and their Pokémon decided to team up and face him.
  • Playing with Fire: His Pyroar's primary type. His Gyarados also knows Incinerate.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Takes it even further than the rest of his organisation. It's probably the reason for his Mega Gyarados being Shiny as well.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Inverted, and a Non-Family example. In the games he is professor Sycamore's former Pupil, but in the anime their meeting in the fourth Mega Evolution special is explicitly the first time they meet.
  • Right-Hand Cat: His Pyroar serves as this when it isn't battling.
  • The Social Darwinist: He believes struggle breeds strength, as sees Mega Evolution as Pokémon regaining the strength they lost after being domesticated by humans.
  • Start of Darkness: As he explains to Ash and Alain, he used to be a genuinely benevolent businessman who brought aid to those who needed it. He created Team Flare after those he gave aid to were ungrateful and kept demanding more.
  • Super Mode: His Shiny Gyarados can Mega Evolve.
  • Traitor Shot: There's a stark difference on how he is drawn when he is in front of characters like Alain or Ash and when he is shown to be doing his own goals. Compare these two shots in the same episode where he is talking to Ash and when he is looking at the Tower just right after meeting with Ash.
  • Transformation Trinket: His ring contains a Key Stone.
  • Transformation Sequence: Gets a mundane one when getting ready to face Ash and Alain, by merely having his drones and backpack attach to him.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: His hairstyle seems to be modeled after his Pyroar.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: He wants to create a utopia, and to that end he plans to use Zygarde to destroy the old world so he'll have room to do it.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: He is intrigued by the power Ash and Greninja share, asking Ash to explain it to him after the tournament.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Pretty much everyone thinks of him as a benevolent guy, not knowing that he's running Team Flare.
  • Villainous Breakdown: While he gradually loses his patience with the setbacks he suffers, he nonetheless managed to prepare for these in time. Once Zygarde reveals its complete forme and defies Lysandre's world vision, however, he starts angrily screaming that Zygarde is an uncaring protector who has grown senile. He REALLY hits his breaking point, however, when Ash and Alain destroy his arm gauntlet, preventing him from controlling the Megalith Zygarde and ruining his schemes, as well as turning him into a sitting duck for Zygarde's final attack. He seemingly dies screaming for his Megalith to keep moving.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Shiny Gyarados.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He does seem to genuinely want to make a better world. He just has zero faith in humanity to do that on their own.
  • Wine Is Classy: Whenever he isn't doing day-to-day business, he is shown to relax by a fireplace, drinking a glass of wine.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: While the trope is subverted in that he was more than willing to let Alain live and "enjoy" his new world, he nonetheless claims to have no further need for Alain the moment the boy opposes him. Ditto with Malva.


Voiced in Japanese by: Tsuguo Mogami
Voiced in English by: Abe Goldfarb
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Carlos Hugo Hidalgo

One of Team Flare's five main scientists. He is the only male of the group.
  • Brick Joke: The end result of his battle with Clemont has the latter sending sending him falling through a trap door. In the PokeTV segment at the end of the episode, Xerosic delivers his report with a bandage wrapped around his head.
  • The Dragon: He seems to have authority over the other scientists, and he answers only to Lysandre.
  • Dragon Their Feet: True to his nature in the games, he shows up after Team Flare's defeat, trying to collect all the Zygarde cells and finish Lysandre's work.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He doesn't get how Ash and co. can be so strong, until Clemont explains that their friendship makes them strong. Doubly weird considering he has a Crobat.
  • Gonk: He is not very charming, to say the least. Especially glaring considering the other Team Flare members are rather attractive.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: In his last appearance, he wisely runs whenever he's confronted. When he finally is cornered, he's beaten fairly quickly.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: He normally has a very serious expression, but tends to get enthusiastic whenever he sees Zygarde release its power. The fact his fellow scientists and their underlings are on the receiving end of that power doesn't seem to bother him in the slightest.
  • Non-Action Guy: The only scientist not involved in field work. When he does battle Clemont, he loses pretty quickly.
  • The One Guy: He is the only male scientist, and appears to have authority over the four female scientists.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: Defied. After his plan to collect the Zygarde cells is foiled, he attempts to leap from the plane to avoid capture (seemingly without a parachute, but his dialogue indicates he intends to survive the jump). Clemont grabs him with his Aipom arm before he can get away, and he's handed over to Officer Jenny.

Aliana (Akebi)

Voiced in Japanese by: Rinko Natsuhi
Voiced in English by: Theresa Bucheister

One of Team Flare's five main scientists. Of the four females of the group, she is the one with the orange hair.
  • Anime Hair: The only Team Flare scientist to fully avert this, as her hairstyle and hair color are both pretty unremarkable by real-life standards.
  • Combat Pragmatist: :She takes no issue with striking down Zygarde with specialized machines while it is having a heated battle against Alain's Charizard.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Has a Druddigon.
  • The Rival: She and Mable have a rather competitive rivalry, as both aspire to be the most prestigious Team Flare operatives.
  • You Are in Command Now: A non-lethal variant, but after Mable fails her objective to capture Z-2, Aliana gets put in charge of the operation.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Tries and fails to prevent Clembot and Clemont from entering the Lumiose Gym during Team Flare's invasion.

Mable (Momiji)

Voiced in Japanese by: Sayuri Hara
Voiced in English by: Laurie Hymes
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Marisol Romero

One of Team Flare's five main scientists. Of the four females of the group, she is the one with the blue hair.
  • The Rival: With Aliana, as both aspire to be Team Flare's top scientists.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She takes no issue with striking down Zygarde with specialized machines while it is having a heated battle against Alain's Charizard.
  • Oh Crap!: When Zygarde (50%) uses land's Wrath. Both times.
  • The Worf Effect: Her first appearance shows her, her Houndoom, and the grunts serving her getting beaten by a 50%-Zygarde.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has Blue hair, and that's not even getting into her weird, octopus-like haircut. Like the other scientists, her visor matcher her hair color.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Was last shown being defeated and captured by Team Rocket... one scene before the Megalith Zygare causes Lysandre labs to be reduced to rubble.

Bryony (Bara)

Voiced in Japanese by: Akane Fujita
Voiced in English by: Emily Zoo Zeller

One of Team Flare's five main scientists. Of the four females of the group, she is the one with the green hair.
  • Bound and Gagged: Well, not gagged, but she and Aliana get tied up and left hanging for the police once Clembot defeats them.
  • Determinator: Gets badly hurt in both of her encounters with Puni-Chan, but that doesn't keep her from trying again.
  • Combat Pragmatism: Both her Liepard and her Bisharp are Dark-Types.
  • Oh Crap!: When facing Ash-Greninja.
  • The Worf Effect: Her Bisharp gets beaten to show how powerful Puni-Chan's 10%-form is, and her Liepard is easily beaten by Ash-Greninja despite teaming up with Celosia's Manectric.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has green hair and a green visor to boot.

Celosia (Correa)

Voiced in Japanese by: Karin Nanami
Voiced in English by: Jessica Paquet

One of Team Flare's five main scientists. Of the four females of the group, she is the one with the purple hair.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Her Manetric is easily beaten by Ash-Greninja, but gets a small hit in to show Ash and Greninja share each other's pain while in the form.
  • Funny Background Event: When Team Flare is monitoring Ash and Co, she is shown eating a bag of chips.
  • Oh Crap!: When facing Ash-Greninja.
  • Shock and Awe: Her Manetric is an Electric-Type.
  • Smug Snake: She is the most outwardly confident of Team Flare's scientists, but she hasn't achieved anything that backs up said confidence. In the end, she doesn't even get the dignity of being beaten by the protagonists or fighting against a Champion, but gets beaten and taken captive by the Team Rocket Trio.
  • The Worf Effect: During the battle at Terminus Cave: her Drapion is beaten back by Ash's Noibat to show its increased power. Also, despite teaming up with Bryony's Liepard and a type advantage, her Manectric is easily beaten by Ash-Greninja.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She orders her Drapion to use Pin Missile on Bonnie.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has purple hair and a matching purple visor.