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     Iris 
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"You're such a kid."
Voiced in Japanese by: Aoi Yuki
Voiced in English by: Eileen Stevens
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Susana Moreno

New girl for Black and White. She is basically described as an outgoing Jungle Girl. She has a Dragon-Type Pokémon with her named Axew, which tends to camp in her hair. She is apparently skilled at being in the outdoors. Her ultimate desire is to become a "Dragon Master", an expert in Dragon-Type Pokémon.


  • Action Girl: Iris is the most active female main character, being more acrobatic and athletic than the entire main cast and she is the most competetive battler among the main girls in terms of actual Pokémon battles.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Iris in the games is very peppy and nice; here however, while she's still heroic, her Catchphrase is telling Ash that he is "just a kid" due to his immaturity (despite being the same age as him) and she's brattier than in the games, although by the end of her Character Development, she's grown to become more like her game counterpart.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the games, Iris is one of the greatest trainers in Unova. Here, she's much less formidable. Justified, because this version of her is still a rookie.
  • Agent Mulder: She believes in the supernatural aspect of mysterious cases, contrasting Cilan's Agent Scully.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Due to her wild behavior, she couldn't bond with her classmates and was isolated by them.
  • Ambiguously Brown: She is notably darker skinned than the rest of the cast. Interestingly, her official artwork from the games gives her a darker skintone than shown in the games and anime. But see Noble Savage below.
  • Badass Adorable: By her appearance, she looks to be the youngest of all the female travel companions and can back things up being an Action Girl and all.
  • Badass Normal: Aside from her vine swinging and tree climbing, we get to see that before she had any Pokémon, she caught Drilbur by physically fighting him herself.
  • Bifauxnen: One piece of magazine art shows her wearing a vest, bow tie and mini top hat while dancing with Cilan.
  • Break the Haughty: Having developed an ego after winning 99 consecutive battles, challenging Drayden knocked Iris down a peg or two.
  • Catchphrase: Said to Ash and Georgia, "You're such a kid."
    To Ash, it's like a sister teasing a brother. To Georgia, it's part of their rivalry, though it doesn't really phase Georgia, and she's one of the few who actually can throw it back at Iris.
  • Character Development: When we first see her she acts like she's some hotshot trainer who could beat Ash handily, but she's really a coward who refuses to actually battle him, and she doesn't open up to anyone. Then we steadily learn more about her past, including that one of her Pokémon refuses to obey her and the other can hardly battle (one ineffectual attack and another unperfected). As she travels with Ash and Cilan she steadily grows out of her insecurities, rebuilds her bond with Excadrill, bonds with the unruly Dragonite and Emolga, helps Axew begin to grow up, and overall develops into a talented and stronger trainer as well as a confident young woman. As of this writing, her arc is not yet finished either. Especially since Drayden hopes to make her his successor as Opelucid Gym Leader one day.
  • Characterization Marches On: Originally a very extreme, hyperactive Jerkass. But after she officially decided to join Ash in travelling, these have been greatly toned down to make her more of a Cloudcuckoolander, comically boastful Butt-Monkey (her "such a kid" moments with Ash are now akin to family squabbling than actual insults), and Agent Mulder in contrast with Cilan's Agent Scully.
  • Child Prodigy: She didn't have anyone teach her how to battle. As a result, she learned with her Drilbur on how to fight on her own as well as learn enough battle skills to defeat 99 trainers before losing to Drayden and causing her Excadrill to ignore her shortly afterward. This might be the reason for her Small Name, Big Ego at the start of the series.
  • Cuteness Proximity: From her first meeting with Ash: *sees Pikachu* "Oh, Pikachu? *glomps* AAAHH!! KAWAIIIIIII!!!" *hugs Pikachu half to death*
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Double Subverted! She seems at first to be a poor battler, but that's only because at the point her Pokémon were either too weak, too lazy, or (apparently) disobedient. It turns out that she once got 99 wins in a row using only Drilbur. Now that Axew has become stronger and she has made up with Excadrill, she's showing signs of her former competency.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Not Iris herself, but her character in Luke's film "The Legend of the Pokémon Knight" is the Princess Incognito masquerading as the 'Dragon Master' (an In-universe Throw It In!). Nonetheless, Iris is herself quite flattered by Meowth calling her a 'princess' in BW043.
  • Fanservice: Averted for the most part, unlike Dawn and May she actually looks like she is around 10. Her outfit is less revealing too. However, her bathing suit debuted in episode 3, earlier than any of the other three girls'.
  • Friendless Background: She didn't adapt well to a school-based environment, and her uncivilized but good-natured attempts at befriending the other students scared other kids away. Thus, she spent a lot of her time in Opelucid City alone and depressed. Her present-day attempts to seem more mature and not be "such a kid" are a direct result of this bad experience.
  • Genki Girl: Very, very genki.
  • Granola Girl: Vegetarian who only ate raw fruits and vegetables prior to meeting Cilan.
  • Hairy Hammerspace: How Axew camps in her hair is a mystery.
  • Hidden Depths: In "Capacia Island UFO!", a group of Beheeyem brainwash an entire city to help fix their ship. They note Ash and Team Rocket's immunity was because "idiots are harder to hypnotise". Note that Iris and Axew did get brainwashed.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Gets on Ash for acting inexperienced at battling, but it's later revealed she's not so hot herself.
    • A later example is when they were trying out very spicy foods made by Cilan. Iris calls Ash out on his complaining about the food, when she herself was having much more trouble eating it (evidenced by Ocular Gushers and sweating).
    • A recent episode has Iris scoffing at Ash for getting too eager to practice battle. But Cilan calls her bluff, saying that she thought of the same thing too.
    • She mocks Ash for his supposed lack of knowledge, yet she thought his Charizard was a Dragon-type (which, to be fair, is an understandable mistake to make).
  • Immune to Slapstick: Zigzagged for Running Gag purposes. Her athleticism sometimes allowed her to evade comical pain that befallen the others. She still suffered slapstick humiliation in many other episodes however.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Almost towards any Pokémon of the week originally before this role was given to Bianca.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: How she gets her hair like that is a mystery.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Despite her hubris, she is often made to face her dysfunctions as a trainer, with nearly all of her Pokemon having issues obeying her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be condescending, hypocritical and inconsiderate (especially with Cuteness Proximity in play), not to mention her snarkiness. She's also sweet-natured (sometimes), compassionate and caring to her friends (whether she admits it or not), and has a strong sense of fair play and justice (even as a child, her meeting with Drilbur was due to her wanting to punish him for stealing another Pokémon's food, yet she ended up saving his life and bonding with him very firmly).
  • Little Miss Badass: She leaps up trees like she's been training in Konoha, and has no problems jumping down a long distance and swinging on vines. There's also a running joke that when something bad is coming at the group, it'll happen to Ash and Cilan, but Iris will jump or move out of the way with agility, such as when children were throwing mud balls at them or when Bianca tripped and ran over the group.
    • And, of course, she trains Dragon-types.
    • As a child, she won 99 battles in a row with just a Drilbur.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Very snarky towards Ash.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Cilan's Feminine Boy.
  • The Medic: Not like Nurse Joy is, but Iris does have some knowledge of herbal remedies.
  • The Mentor: Parodied when she plays the 'Legendary Dragon Master' in Luke's film, in BW038.
  • Mouthy Kid: Somewhat arrogant and with little tact in expressing opinion. Being Raised by Wolves probably plays into this.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: In the first episode of season 16, she laughs a lot like this when disguised as a Proper Lady, mocking the actual Proper Ladies.
  • Noble Savage: Between her aforementioned Granola Girl tendencies, her preference towards swinging from vines, her childhood, and her using drums and face paint in Ash's battle against Roxie to counter the latter's (punk) band, it seems like the Anime favors the "Native American" interpretation of "brown".
    • Especially when we finally see the Village of Dragons.
  • Not So Different: To her rival Georgia, both being rather hypocritical and immature despite constantly asserting otherwise. They come to respect each other more and more as time goes on.
  • Parental Abandonment: She never mentions anything about parents and is obviously an orphan. Martha is probably enough as a parent.
  • Parental Substitute: She's essentially Axew's mother in every way that counts.
  • Plucky Girl: As a child, she never gave up on her goal especially when it came to defeating and later befriending Drilbur. However, she loses it almost instantly when she loses to Drayden and her Excadrill no longer listened to her. This clearly shows in her first appearance in the series.
  • Positive Discrimination: Subverted. Though played against a more foolish rendition of Ash, Iris, the first ethnic female protagonist in the series, has as many personality flaws and misgivings as a trainer as the other main characters.
  • Raised by Pokémon: In the flashback, she is shown to be playing with Pokémon and doesn't seem to have a family as she sees the Pokémon as family, friends and teachers for how to battle.
  • Rapunzel Hair: To the point where she can store a Pokémon in it.
  • Ship Tease: Actually averted; out of all of Ash's female companions, she gets the least hints of any potential interest in him (which, considering the anime's No Hugging, No Kissing rule, is saying something).
  • Shorttank: Wears a pinkish one.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Despite her Immune to Slapstick Running Gag, she has Butt-Monkey moments like every other female companion. Getting mummified by a Cofagrigus in "Explorers of the Hero's Ruin!" is one noteworthy example.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: She knows what she's doing, don't question her!
    • However, this can be subverted if you look at Taught by Experience and Raised by Pokémon where this ego can come from not learning any manners for those that are stronger than her as well as living with Pokémon and winning her first 99 battles in a row.
    • Turns up a lot in her arguments against Georgia, further solidifying that they are Not So Different.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Though their personalities are distinct, her role is quite similar to Misty's - even moreso than the comparison between Cilan and Brock.
    To wit: both are - or otherwise connected to, a Gym Leader; both want to master a specific Pokémon type; both often function as the Only Sane Woman of their group, claiming to be more mature than Ash (though she clearly isn't); and finally, both have a crippling fear of an entire Pokémon 'Type'.
  • Taught by Experience: Iris clearly states to Drayden that her training experience comes from training in the forests all of her life. As a result, she has been able to win 99 battles in a row.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Bianca and Dawn's Girly Girl.
  • Tsundere: She's a Type B, usually pretty nice and relaxed, but with a fierce temper when provoked.
  • Up to Eleven: Seems to be her operating mode. She thinks Pikachu's cute, so she nearly strangles him with huggles; Ash picks an apple, she "helps" by dropping a couple of bushels on him. She mellows out with time.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: A mild Type 1 with Ash and Cilan. While it's clear they're all friends, she often calls their Idiot Hero/Large Ham tendencies out for silly, while they have no problem arguing back.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Is absolutely terrified of Ice types. This first showed up with one of the sweetest and least threatening of them all, proving what a little wimp she can really be at times.
  • Wild Hair: That hair is VERY long, don't you think. Also taken a bit literally.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Since Ice beats Dragons, and Iris has brought herself up to BE like a Dragon Pokémon, not just a trainer of them. Which brings to question how will she react to Kyurem.
    • After a bonding experience with Georgia's Vanilluxe, however, she's at least started to overcome this fear.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is purple.
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     Iris' Pokémon 
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: In Black and White:
    • Axew is Sanguine.
    • Excadrill is Phlegmatic.
    • Emolga is Choleric.
    • Dragonite is Melancholic.
  • Freudian Trio: In the first season of Black and White.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Averted, most likely because Dragon-types are one of the rarest (second only to Ghost and that's only when counting Legendary Pokémon). Excadrill was also her first Pokémon, though Axew really kind of qualifies as her 'Starter'. With Dragonite's capture, she finally has a second Dragon-type on her team.
    • In her Side Story episode, where she travels to Johto to have a battle with Clair, she captures a Gible - now 60% of her Mons are Dragon-types.

Axew (Kibago)

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Voiced in Japanese by: Minami Tsuda
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rodgers

Axew is Iris' first Dragon, and was given to Iris a few days after hatching so she could quest with him ultimately to evolve him a Haxorus. He's very friendly and caring, though a little childish at times.


  • Attack Backfire: Before it was mastered, his Dragon Rage often recoiled and caused huge craters where he was.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Ash's Scraggy, which evolved later into Heterosexual Life-Partners; he was certainly very happy to have someone younger to look after.
  • Cheerful Child: Axew is quite young and he is a very cheerful and playful Pokémon.
  • Continuity Nod: In the games, Iris has Fraxure and Haxorus, the next evolutions (in order) that are based from Axew.
  • Distressed Dude: He gets kidnapped a lot. And unlike Togepi, he's aware of the distress when he isn't sleeping.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Axew learns a new, powerful move once per every major battle, first learning Outrage when facing Luke's Golett, and later Giga Impact when facing Cynthia's Garchomp. Played very straight with Outrage, an attack he has never used again afterwards.
  • Head Pet: He likes to hide in Iris' ginormous hair.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Increasingly so with Ash's Scraggy. The two are friendly enough and equal enough that they clearly have a very close relationship, to the extent that Axew has nightmares about Scraggy leaving the group. During Scraggy's Clubsplosion battle in BW070, he watches Scraggy use Focus Blast with glistening eyes.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: His dream was revealed to be to evolve to its final stage, Haxorus. However, considering he couldn't even defeat a newborn Pokémon, he evidently has a-ways to go. Subverted as of BW029 where Axew is able to dodge Scraggy's attack and defeat it with Dragon Rage. Strangely enough, unlike Piplup (who was adamant about not wanting to evolve), Axew never showed signs of evolving even once.
  • Nice Guy: Very mellow compared to Iris' other Pokémon. Of course, there was that one time he fought with Pikachu because a Darumaka had stolen his food; and that other time where he accidentally beans both Oshawott and Pansage in the head with maracas, causing a fight between them and Pikachu. In fairness, he's still just a kid.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Like Piplup before him, though it defeats the premise of Iris' reason for training him, especially considering it was established early on that Axew wanted to become a Haxorus one day. Also, like Pikachu, he never goes inside a PokéBall and always rests inside Iris' hair, to the point where its scene where it's given to Iris shows it hatching out of its egg.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Axew is a pure Dragon-Type and if he is ever going to evolve someday, his typing would never change.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When he uses Outrage, his eyes glow red as he beats the opponent up.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Even before mastering Dragon Rage; as a matter of fact, he can cause a lot of damage because he couldn't use it properly.
  • Tagalong Kid: His position in The Team - but then, he was a day old when Iris first obtained him. He's steadily getting a lot stronger though
  • Took a Level in Badass: Upon finally mastering Dragon Rage.
    • Later on in BW042, Axew learns Outrage and beats the crap out of Luke's Golett.
    • And again when he learns Giga Impact.
    • Strangely enough, Axew never showed signs of evolution in spite of all the levels he took.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Axew learns Outrage during his battle with Luke's Golett and demolishes it while using that move. He doesn't stop even after the battle is already over for a minute.
  • Wimp Fight: The sparring matches between Axew and Ash's Scraggy. Subverted later on as Axew starts holding his own in battle.

Drilbur-Excadrill (Mogurew-Doryuzu)

Voiced in Japanese by: Kiyotaka Furushima
Voiced in English by: Tom Wayland
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As a Drilbur, he was Iris' Ace, racking up an enormous winning streak. On introduction as an Excadrill, however, he had lost his edge, and refused to obey Iris. This turned out to be because he felt the end of his winning streak was a failure to Iris. Once he opens back up, his determination, very similar to Ash's Snivy, returns.


  • The Ace: 99 victories in a row alongside Iris, and consistently shown to be powerful afterward. His position has been taken by Dragonite, though.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Knows Focus Blast.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Worse than Emolga at this; he wouldn't take any of Iris' attitude and outright refused to fight at first. That said, when Scolipede knocked it aside, he wrecked that shit and went right back to sleep afterwards. Now if Iris can actually command that.
    • Averted as of "Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!". Excadrill's reasons for not listening to Iris were due to his thoughts of being a failure to her.
  • David vs. Goliath: In the Club Battle tournament, Excadrill fights Pikachu in the finals. Being bigger and having a huge type advantage, Excadrill is the Goliath. And despite Pikachu's high amount of skills, Excadrill wins.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Primary type (Ground), knowing Dig and Drill Run.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Secondary type is Steel and he knows Metal Claw.
  • Fast Tunnelling: Knows Dig.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Excadrill is a huge softie and actually disobeyed Iris because he didn't want to let her down.
  • I Owe You My Life: Why he bonded with Iris initially because she saved him when he fall down from a cliff.
  • Keet: As Drilbur.
  • My Greatest Failure: In a flashback during "Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!", it's revealed that after losing a battle against Drayden, Excadrill feels that he has failed Iris as a Pokémon. This is also the reason his refused to listen to her in fear that he'll fail her again.
  • No-Sell: As a Steel-Type, his Poison-Type immunity was brought up during his introduction. As a Ground-Type, his Electric-Type immunity has been brought up at least twice.
  • Spam Attack: Formerly knew Fury Swipes.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: As Excadrill - before evolving, he was more openly emotional.
  • This Is a Drill: Has claws that are like drills.
  • Third-Option Adaptation: Was Iris' starter as a Drilbur, or at least the first Pokémon that she considered hers.
  • Wolverine Claws: Knows Metal Claw.
  • The Worf Effect: He was utterly demolished in the Donamite in order to reinforce what a beast Montgomery's Throh is.

Emolga (Emonga)

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Voiced by: Mika Kanai

Emolga is a cute Electric-Type with some rather nasty habits, a taste for apples, and a distaste for hard work and responsibility.


  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In later episodes, she has a hidden nice side, if still having a occasionally nasty sense of humour.
  • Lovable Coward: Will instantly bail when faced with something dangerous.
  • Out of Focus: Next to Axew being a mascot and Excadrill and Dragonite having roles as Charizard analogues, Emolga's been getting next to no screentime to compensate. Even her stated rivalry with Ash's Snivy ends up as little more than a cliffnote due to how few times they interact. It's especially strange when you remember that Emolga is supposed to be another Pikaclone. She did get A Day in the Limelight during one of the very last episodes of the region however.
  • The Rival: To Ash's Snivy.

Dragonite (Kairyu)

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Voiced by: Kensuke Sato

Dragonite was caught at Undella Town after the twerps helped him when he was raging after an injury. He is like no other Dragonite, as he has a salty attitude, a very short temper, and a distaste for losing. It took a while for him to trust Iris, and even once he became obedient, his rebel streak remained.


  • The Ace: He has become Iris' ace Pokémon after his capture, taking Excadrill's position.
  • Badass Armfold: Gives us one of this after OHKO Dawn's Mamoswine with Dragon Dive/Dragon Rush, just to emphasize to the audience "I AM THE BOSS!"
  • Bash Brothers: On occasion with Ash's Charizard.
  • The Berserker: Fights like this when he loses his temper: throwing his full weight at the offending party with reckless abandon and sometimes taking his fury out on the environment, heedless of any of Iris' commands. This actually works to his detriment: without Iris' guidance or any semblance of self-control, Dragonite's raging comes off as an aimless, frantic tantrum rather than Shonen-style Unstoppable Rage. Krookodile attacks him while he's having one of his fits and not paying attention, and then easily counters a sloppily-executed Dragon Rush for the finish blow.
  • Blood Knight: Dragonite is obsessed of fighting strong opponents and tends to lend them some hits on him.
  • Expy:
    • Of Ash's Charizard. Dawn likens his attitude to her Mamoswine as well, surprising Iris.
    • His debut episode and backstory makes it an expy of an earlier, equally vicious, Dragonite that went on a rampage after injuries from a fierce battle.
  • Fight Off the Kryptonite: Doesn't get intimidated by ice attacks and powers through them in his boughts with Mamoswine and Beartic. Oddly doesn't take its other weaknesses, rock and dragon, anywhere near as well.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Knows Flamethrower, Ice Beam, and Thunder Punch all in one package.
  • Flight: He can fly with his wings.
  • Flying Firepower: Able to breathe fire and fly.
  • Honor Before Reason: During his battle with Drayden's Druddigon, he initially chose not to fly so it would be a fair fight (despite having wings itself, Druddigon can't fly).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Very subtly implied in his introduction episode, where he shields a flock of Pidove from an attack by a Hydreigon it was battling at the time. Over time, he shows a bit more kindness in spite of himself.
  • The Juggernaut: He bats aside Hidden Power spheres like they're nothing and breaks out of an ice coffin made from two Ice Beams in a second. A direct Blizzard attack barely slows him down. Averted when he battles Ash's Charizard and even Dragon Rush doesn't leave a scratch on him.
  • Luminescent Blush: Has a small one after Iris praises him when she returns to her home village sometime before the Unova League.
  • Perpetual Frowner: As a sharp contrast to most of his species, which embody the Gentle Giant archetype.
  • Replacement Flat Character: Somewhat akin to Ash's Charizard, starting off a very unruly and disobedient powerhouse. Making it even more poetic when he made a rival out of the latter, who was by that point Undyingly Loyal to Ash.
  • The Rival: Becomes this with Ash's Charizard immediately upon meeting him.
  • Too Awesome to Use: Even though he allowed himelf to be caught by Iris, he initially refused to obey her. Considering he fought off an Ice Beam from Georgia's Beartic—a move Dragonite specifically is profoundly weak to—he was likely too high a level to take her seriously. She eventually did earn his trust.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Especially when he first appeared, Dragonite refused to do anything other than just overpower whoever he fought. Learned some humility when he lost to Krookodile and when Iris defended him in the fight with the Kami Trio.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Takes defeats very, very poorly. The kind of 'poorly' that screams like a bloody psychopath, blasts craters in the ground with Thunderpunch, freezes the walls with Ice Beams and tries to toast everything around it with Flamethrower.
  • The Worf Barrage: Dragon Rush, his most powerful attack, has failed to defeat anyone after Mamoswine.
  • The Worf Effect: Any defeats seem to enforce how badass his opponent is, such as Ash's Krookodile and Charizard and Drayden's and Clair's Druddigon. Any of the battles he's actually won were when he wasn't obeying Iris.

Gible (Fukamaru)


  • Character Tics: Like Ash's Gible before him, he seems to like biting people on the head - mostly Axew, in this case.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: He seems very much unaware of his surrounding and all around him, simply doing his own thing and not always aware of the trouble he might be causing.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Knows Dig, which is also his only confirmed move as of yet.
  • Fast Tunnelling: Knows Dig.
  • Hero of Another Story: Both he and his new trainer, when they first met. As Iris finds out, Gible had just been sleeping in a tree and minding his own business, when he accidentally fell out and landed on a Skarmory. Startled, the Steel/Flying Mon flew away with him stuck on its back, until he was dropped into Blackthorn City; the unfamiliar surroundings confused him for being so different from his peacful forest home. He causes damage to the city and is nearly run out of town when Iris helps him out, and she takes him to see Clair. He is then given the chance to live in peace at the Dragon's Den, but decides that he wants to accompany Iris on her personal journey.
  • I Owe You My Life: He falls off a clock tower in Blackthorn while trying to use the height to get a good look at the city; thankfully, he manages to catch one of the clock's arms, and upon spotting him Iris climbs the tower to save his life. This makes him fond of her, and he ultimately decides to join her before she leaves.
  • Sixth Ranger: To Iris' team, being that she meets him in Blackthorn while she's on business there and after she's parted company with Ash.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The cut in the fin indicates this is a male Gible.
  • Tunnel King: Typical of his species.

    Cilan (Dent) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Mamoru Miyano
Voiced in English by: Jason Griffith
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Bruno Coronel

First appeared next to Iris as a silhouette. He is a Pokémon Connoisseur. He's also one-third of the first Gym Leader trio in Unova, focusing on the Grass-Type.


  • The Ace: Played with. He's really good at many things from battling, evaluating, cooking, fishing, detective work and acting. He might as well be one unless you go for Alternative Character Interpretation and he's a Broken Ace.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Inverted — the anime simplified his design and made him look a little childish and/or like Brock for the same of being easier to adjust to. Most fans think he still looks pretty good though.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: In the games, Cilan is polite to the point of meekness, often stammering. Cilan in the anime, on the other hand, is MUCH less shy.
  • Adorkable: At times, usually his hammy behavior makes him come out for as this.
  • Agent Peacock: More fabulous than feminine, but very, very fabulous.
  • Agent Scully: In the museum episode.
  • Always Camp: Bi, straight, gay, asexual...whatever the case may be, Cilan will always be fabulous.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Keeps coming up with "scientific" explanations for the occurrences at the Nacrene Museum, without considering the possibility of a Ghost Pokémon.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: His job is to evaluate the relationship between trainers and their Pokémon. He is also an excellent strategist in battle.
  • Ax-Crazy: Whenever he starts hamming it up. Which is often.
  • Badass Normal: At least when it comes to fishing. He caught Stunfisk without using any Pokémon!
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: With a matching green bowtie and Waistcoat of Style.
  • Berserk Button: Despite being the eldest (and most logical) of the trio in Black and White, he's also the one most easily set off, to the point of completely losing emotional control - particularly in battle or when his cooking is ruined.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He has shown shades of a darker personality in a few episodes. Just ask Burgundy, who suffered a Humble Pie from him. Most of the time, it's played for laughs.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Constantly seems to happen around him, especially during his "tasting time" sequences.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns for the second Post-XY special, and runs into Clemont and Bonnie in the process.
  • Cassandra Truth: Regarding the Purrloin in "Purrloin: Sweet or Sneaky?".
  • Catchphrase: "It's ______ time!"
  • Chick Magnet: The Strialton Gym's customers are mostly female, and each and every one of them are huge fans of the triplets in general.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: After he loses to Ash, almost all of Cilan's battle after that are one sided in his favor. He easily destroyed Burgundy and her team without taking any damage and demolished Trip's Gurdurr during the Don Battle tournament. He then had his record broken by Luke, due to his own fault of giving the up-and-comer too much advice and trying to troll him with a Stunfisk in a one vs. one Pokémon match instead of using his other more experienced Pokémon. He and Ash were later victims of one at the hands of the Subway Masters. It got worse when he went up against Skyla.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Green hair and eyes.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: It's hidden beneath the layers of Ambiguously Gay and Bishōnen, but this guy is a very competent battler indeed; ask Burgundy, who got destroyed by Dwebble and Pansage, with no meaningful damage done to either of them. He was downright toying with her Sawsbuck before the finishing blow. He's not a Gym Leader for nothing.
    • And to add to that, he caught Stunfisk using only his fishing rod. He's just that Badass.
    • It just keeps piling up, what with Dwebble demolishing Trip's Gurdurr.
  • Dramatic Gun Cock: With his fishing rod.
  • Elemental Hair: Played straight with his resemblance to his signature Pokémon, Pansage; subverted later in that he hasn't caught anymore Grass types (yet).
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Cilan seems to get the attention of men as well.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He expresses this philosophy when playing the villain in Luke's movie.
  • Evil Laugh: In Burgundy's Imagine Spot in Episode 19.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: He spends a lot of time during battles flamboyantly explaining his strategies (as well as simply talking about how good his Pokémon are). Sometimes this backfires on him, as quite a few of the individual battles he has lost he could have potentially won had he not spent so much time talking and allowed his opponent to come up with a counterattack. Though it's somewhat justified since this is part of a gym leader's job and consequently it's a force of habit.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: When a Yamask was haunting the Nacrene Museum, Cilan refused to believe so, coming up with scientific explanations for metal to be floating through glass. Considering his partner is a monkey that can use the power of the sun, it makes little sense he wouldn't be more open-minded.
    • He's very dismissive about N being able to talk to Pokemon, despite Meowth being a Pokemon that can talk to humans, though to be fair, Meowth actually knows human language.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Melancholic.
  • Freudian Trio:
  • Gratuitous English: "IT'S TASTING TIME!"
    • He'll say "good taste" when catching a Pokémon.
  • Heroic BSoD: A minor one at the end of BW067 when he loses to Skyla. He was fully expecting to kick her ass and teach her a lesson about giving gym badges to trainers when they didn't even battle her, but he didn't because he let his own rage and overconfidence get the better of him, making the loss that much more devastating.
  • Hidden Depths: Who would have thought that the camp Team Chef would be a science geek who's a big fan of UFOs?
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His overconfidence and hamminess contributed to all of his onscreen losses so far.
  • Large Ham: Occasionally becomes this when he gets to showcase his skills. Can be extreme even for this series.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: "It's tasting time!" This actually backfires on him in the Donamite battle though, where he gets a non-literal Talk to the Fist while setting up his evaluation.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Feminine Boy to Iris' Masculine Girl.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Extremely handsome and fabulous.
  • Nice Guy: Most of the time.
  • Nice Hat: His Detective and Conductor hats.
  • Noodle Incident: He seems to have had a bad experience with a Purrloin in the past, but refuses to go into detail.
    • You Do NOT Want To Know: His reaction when Ash and Iris (on separate occasions) asked him about it.
    • The Un-Reveal: Ash and Iris eventually learn of why Cilan fears Purrloin early on in the Decolore Island saga. Unfortunately, the audience doesn't.
  • Out of Focus: He didn't start out too badly, but eventually the number of his focus episodes became extremely sparse.
  • Parental Abandonment: His past was barely revealed. Even in BW140, a flashback was shown of Cilan and his brothers as children, still there are no parents present just them playing with their Pokémon alone in a meadow.
  • Rail Enthusiast: Trains are one of the many big things he's enthusiastic about.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: One of each to his brothers:
    • Red: To Cresss blue.
    • Blue: To Chili's red.
  • Running Gag: Whether it's Brock in Johto or with Clemont and Bonnie in Kalos, Cilan never caught on that they all share a mutual friend in Ash.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: In "Scare at the Litwick Mansion". And again multiple times in an episode involving a Purrloin.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Ash, and Stephan if the latter is present.
  • Serious Business: He can get a little passionate about anything he's a Connoisseur of.
  • Shirtless Scene: Already in "Minccino — Neat and Tidy!"
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Early on in the season's American advertising, no advertisements made any indication that he would be joining the group.
  • Skintone Sclerae: One of only four important characters in the franchise to have this (the other two are Lenora's husband Hawes, Stephan and Lana).
  • Stealth Mentor: Toward Burgundy; he seems keen on actually helping her grow stronger, though she doesn't realize this.
  • Supreme Chef
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Although having a different personality, he fills the same role as Brock.
  • Team Chef: And ends up being a Supreme Chef.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: To Pansage. They even have similar personalities.
  • Unstoppable Rage: If Cilan doesn't agree with your methods as a Gym Leader, he is damn well going to let you know about it. When he finds out Skyla gives out badges without battling, he gets very angry indeed; getting right up in her face, challenging her to a full gym battle and nearly crushing one of his Pokéballs in rage. Unfortunately, this rage means he doesn't use his head like he usually does, and he ends up losing pretty badly.
  • The Villain Makes the Plot: A believer in it, if BW038 is anything to go by.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Ash is horrified when he actually agrees to Burgundy's bet that if he loses against her, all of Ash's Pokémon will be replaced.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: He has to cosplay as Elesa in an episode (though it was incredibly creepy how over-the-top his acting was) and dress as a pretty girl in another. Also interesting to note that he is so far the only one of Ash's male companions to crossdress other than Ash himself.
  • Worthy Opponent: One of few "twerp" companions to believe in Team Rocket's worthiness to them (though in fairness he faced them at their best). While everyone is outraged by Meowth's Heel–Face Mole scam, Cilan admits it was genuinely clever nevertheless.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Zigzagged. He'll try to explain supernatural activities with logic, but once this fails he's usually the first to freak out. However, he only seems to be afraid of poltergeists, and will calm down if he realises that the happenings are caused by Ghost Pokémon.
    • Played straight though with Purrloin. Even meeting the one on the cruise ship didn't cure him.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Observe.

     Cilan's Pokémon 

Pansage (Yanappu)

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Voiced in Japanese by: Chika Fujimura
Voiced in English by: Eli James

Cilan's initial Pokémon, completing the trio with Cilan's brothers' other elemental monkeys. He's Cilan's signature Pokémon, but doesn't get much development.


  • Always Camp: Every bit as flamboyant as Cilan. Occasionally even mirrors his movements.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Well-mannered and kind most of the time, but when he was sent out in the middle of his nap by Volt Switch during a battle between Iris' Emolga and Bianca's Minccino, he got so pissed off he immediately powered up Solarbeam and destroyed Minccino in one hit.
  • Bullet Seed: He literally knows that move and fires it from his mouth.
  • Casting a Shadow: Knows Bite.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Knows Dig and Rock Tomb.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys
  • Fast Tunnelling: Knows Dig.
  • Green Thumb: Pansage is Grass-Type, being the third member of the Striaton Gym's elemental trio. While the Grass-Type is Cilan's speciality, Pansage is his only Grass-Type Pokémon.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Pod's Pansear. Their relationship is notably compared to the one between their owners, who are brothers and two of a triplet.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Knows Solarbeam.
  • Literal Asskicking: Seems to be fond of hitting his opponents in the rear end, first with Ash's Oshawott, and later with Burgundy's Sawsbuck.
  • Nice Guy: He has the same personality as his trainer, but you don't want to piss him off.
  • Out of Focus: In early promos of Black and White he was shown as a season mascot alongside Pikachu and Axew, but he doesn't get much more (and in some cases less) focus than any of the (supposedly) supporting Pokémon and has yet to show any distinct personality besides being a Pokémon version of his trainer. Despite being Cilan's first known Pokémon, it is almost completely overshadowed by Crustle in battle.
    • He even gets overshadowed by Stunfisk in the first Japanese opening for Best Wishes Season 2.
  • The Power of the Sun: Solarbeam, again.

Dwebble-Crustle (Ishizumai-Iwapalace)

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Voiced in Japanese by: Shin-ichiro Miki
Voiced in English by: Tom Wayland

It first appeared when its house was taken by a bully. Cilan helped Dwebble to build a better house and to defeat the bully. It joins Cilan's team and would eventually become his ace.


Stunfisk (Maggyo)

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Voiced in Japanese by: Unshou Ishizuka
Voiced in English by: Bill Rogers

Stunfisk appeared alongside Palpitoad and both of them were captured by Cilan and Ash, respectively, at the same time. Stunfisk likes to electrocute other people and getting electrocuted itself.


  • Ascended Meme: Stunfisk is popular amongst Japanese players trolling their opponent. Cilan's Stunfisk is pretty much doing the same thing.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Primary type (Ground).
  • Flying Seafood Special: No, really.
  • Gonk: Pretty ironic that a guy as fabulous as Cilan would catch somebody as ugly as him.
  • Jerkass: Electrocutes Ash and Oshawott, forcing them to go to the surface. He then appeared above the water, gives Ash and Cilan his troll face and then goes back into the water. Ash is shouting at it shortly afterward.
    • To add to that, when Archen pecked it, Stunfisk response was to electrocute Archen with a smile on his face.
  • Making a Splash: Is an aquatic Pokémon and knows Scald.
  • No-Sell: Being part-Ground-Type, it is immune to Electric-Type moves and loves getting shocked.
  • Not Quite Flight: It can glide using its fins!
  • Poisonous Person: Knows Sludge Bomb.

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Supporting Cast

     Professor Aurea Juniper (Dr. Araragi) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Naomi Shindo
Voiced in English by: Khristine Hvam
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Dulce Guerrero


  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Karrablast. It is then traded for Bianca's Shelmet, who then evolves into Accelgor.

     Don George 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Hisao Egawa
Voiced in English by: Marc Thompson
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Leonardo García

The owner(s) of the Pokémon Battle Clubs located around the Unova region.


  • Distaff Counterpart: To Jenny and Joy. To the degree that he has dozens of identical brothers.

     Luke 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Minami Takayama
Voiced in English by: Billy Bob Thompson
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: René Pinochet (season 14), Fernando Calderón (season 15)

A trainer that is aiming to be a film director. Joins Ash and the group during the the Nimbasa tournament arc to learn about filming battles better.


  • All Webbed Up: Larvesta's String Shot.
  • Berserk Button: Not really "berserk" for say but he gets irritated when a good battle isn't filmed or when he's told that he can't be a good film director. Bianca pushes both of these buttons.
    • In the dub however, it's more of a berserk button due to his tone of voice and how he calls her out on the first one.
    • Interestingly, for the latter Bianca deliberately pushed it, and for the purpose of helping him (essentially, convincing him to come closer so he can get a clearer shot of the battle taking place). It works...surprisingly well, despite the inherent risk from being inside the battle zone.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He doesn't look it, but he is actually very effective in battle.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Leavanny and Larvesta.
  • Soul Power: Golett, Zorua's Shadow Ball.
  • The Trickster: His Zorua, who often turns into Georgia or someone else altogether to have Bianca continue to search for her tirelessly.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: In the dub, Luke almost says this word per word to Bianca when she says that he only told him to film but not who to film.

     Freddy O'Martian a.k.a. "The Scoop" (Takemitsu) 
Voiced in Japanese by: Mitsuaki Madono
Voiced in English by: Tom Wayland
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Roberto Mendiola

An announcer from Unova who features as a major host for various tournaments from Unova. He has been, so far: the co-announcer for the Club Battle and Clubsplosion Tournaments with each local Don George; the co-host of the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup alongside Alder; and the host of the Unova League itself. At the Decolore Archipelago, he hosted the Scalchop King Playoffs at Scalchop Island, in BW126.

  • Dynamic Entry: In the Unova League opening ceremony, where he made his appearance by parachuting from a helicopter into the stadium.
  • Large Ham: At times, such as his exclamation of shock when it was discovered Cameron had unwittingly handicapped himself. It kind of comes with the job, mind you.
  • Satellite Character: Not much to him in terms of personality, or outside tourneys for that matter.
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     Cedric Juniper (Dr. Araragi) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Kenyuu Horiuchi
Voiced in English by: Stuart Zagnit
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ernesto Lezama

Professor Aurea Juniper's father, whose footsteps she followed in becoming a researcher. In his case, he studies the origins of legendary Pokémon. When Ash, his friends and his daughter first ran into him, he'd collapsed from exhaustion in Chargestone Cave. After recovering, he agreed to lead the youngsters on a trip through the Black Hero's Ruins, after which they parted ways.

At the start of the Episode N arc in BW109, he reappeared - calling his daughter, Cedric revealed that he'd made interesting discoveries about the White Ruins, located not far from Icirrus City. Ash and friends decide to travel there and visit him.


  • Anime Hair: Has what looks like a massive cowlick just above his forehead.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Just watch some of his bizarre antics in BW064. The man's a borderline Troll with how much he screws with the party on purpose. It's worse for his co-workers since he does it every second he gets.
  • Cue Card Pause: He has a habit of leaving his sentences hanging midway, which leads to mis-communication whenever someone thinks he's done speaking. Even if the subject in question is about trying to convince N not to steal the Light Stone.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Not to an extreme, but he's considerably odder than his daughter, who seems exasperated by some of his behavior.

     Meloetta 
Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Nakajima
Voiced in English by: Megumi Nakajima (speaking voice), Bella Hudson (as Erica Schroeder, singing voice)
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A legendary Pokémon whose singing voice is said to have a mysterious power, making its debut in the Rival Destinies season. It is currently being chased and tracked by Team Rocket, who plan to use the power of its voice for some nefarious purpose. Is joined Ash's group temporarily as a traveling companion.


  • Ambiguous Gender: Although it's meant to be genderless in the games, it has always had a very feminine appearance; plus it appears to have a crush on Ash, and the very male Oshawott and Piplup have both developed crushes on it, so it's likely meant to be female in the anime.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: Its song is required by Team Rocket to fulfill their latest scheme — "Operation Tempest".
  • Magic Music: Its song and voice has the power to soothe the souls and minds of Pokémon listening in. It is also the key to unlocking the Abyssal Ruins and the Reveal Glass, which can be used to control the Kami Trio.
  • Shrinking Violet: Starts off this way before opening up.
  • Transformation Sequence: From its Aria Forme into Pirouette Forme, whenever it uses Relic Song.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Knows Hyper Voice.
  • Villainous Crush: Even Meowth swoons over Meloetta in the Pikachu shorts (though this is not referenced at all in the main anime, where he considers it just another Pokemon to steal).
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's light green normally, and orangeish-red in its Pirouette Forme.

     N 
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuuichi Nakamura
Voiced in English by: Nicholas DiMichele
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Carlos Hernández

The Leader of Team Plasma in the Pokémon Black and White games. He debuts in the first episode of the Episode N arc, featured as a major character. First meeting Ash and his friends in BW110, N joins them on their journey later on. In BW118, he reveals to his new friends his past as a former Team Plasma member, including his encounter with Reshiram.


  • Adaptational Heroism: He's never evil (no, not even in Pokémon Adventures), but the anime's version of N is nonetheless the nicest and most moral version of the character seen in any canonical media.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Because he never gets crowned King of Team Plasma, he never becomes a trainer and never claims a Legendary Pokémon for himself. As a result, the poor guy gets beat up pretty often.
  • Anti-Hero: This version of N is, when we first meet him, a former Team Plasma member and disillusioned by their actions. However, at this time he's still strongly-spoken about his opposition to Pokémon trainers and battles. He also opted to snatch the Light Stone from Cedric Juniper in order to try and keep it out of Team Plasma's hands.
  • Badass Pacifist: He never enters battle, yet proves his Badass credentials early on.
  • Defector from Decadence: Left Team Plasma two years prior after Reshiram flipped out and destroyed the castle from where it was first summoned.
  • Foil: To Ash, by all indicators. He's even hinted, in their first appearance, to be the Hero of Truth in parallel to Ash being the Hero of Ideals.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: Twice, involving the same friend (Ash) and the same idol (the Light Stone). In BW120, when the floor of the White Ruins has collapsed below them, N has a grip on the ledge with his right hand but the Light Stone in the other, while Ash and Pikachu are about to fall; he only hesitates a moment before dropping the container to grab Ash's hand (they both fall afterwards though, and the Light Stone is nearby when they come to). Then in BW121, Pikachu falls under the control of Colress' controlling-machine again and this time Ash's attempt to get through to him fails, the machine being too powerful now for willpower alone; N surrenders the Light Stone to Team Plasma in exchange for Colress freeing Pikachu from the machine.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: He travels with the group from BW114-BW118.
  • Made of Iron: Not so much anymore as of BW114, where he recieves several injuries over the course of the episode while trying to rescue a Pokémon from Team Plasma. However, he never seems to notice them until somebody points it out.
    • Completely subverted when he's hit by Dragonite's Flamethrower and Haxorus' Hyper Beam in BW117, while trying to talk them both down from their Brainwashed and Crazy states. This would've gotten him killed had Anthea and Concordia not appeared and taken him to get healed.
  • Motor Mouth: When N gets worked up about something important to him, he starts to monologue at a breathless pace. Still, it's not as frequent (or his voice as incomprehensibly fast-paced) as in the games.
  • Nice Guy: While he obviously likes Pokémon best, this incarnation of N is reasonably good with people and remains polite and friendly towards Ash and co. at all times. Even in spite of his discomfort at learning Ash's dream to be a Pokémon Master, he states he doesn't hate Ash for the worlds they seek being different.
  • Pals with Jesus: By the end of the Plasma arc.
  • Sixth Ranger: Literally for Episode N, if you're count Pikachu and Axew as well as the human protagonists.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: He communicates with them in their unique language, and even considers it superior to the human language. He's actually baffled by Team Rocket's Meowth for this very reason.
  • Taking the Bullet: In BW110, he takes a Shadow Ball meant for Axew and Snivy directly In the Back. It doesn't seem to do much damage, but it's the thought that counts.
  • The Un-Reveal: We are never told of what was Reshiram's response to N's words at the end of the Team Plasma arc, mainly because Ash would rather learn from Reshiram the next time they meet.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green.

     Anthea (Verbena) and Concordia (Helena) 
Voiced in Japanese by: Saki Fujita (Anthea) & Miho Arakawa (Concordia)
Voiced in English by: Lianne Marie Dobbs (Anthea) & Haven Paschall (Concordia)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Andrea Orozco (Anthea) & Christine Byrd (Concordia)

N's foster sisters, these young women are also his closest human companions and were similarly associated with Team Plasma, having been taken it by Ghetsis as children. They first appeared in the Episode N opening and ending animations, debuting proper in BW117.


  • Adaptation Name Change/Named by the Adaptation: It's been revealed that, instead of being called "Goddess of Love" and "Goddess of Peace" (as in the games), the Japanese version of the anime is giving them actual names. Besides avoiding the obvious silliness of addressing them by their long-winded "titles", this was likely done also so that lip-flaps wouldn't cause problems in various dubs.
  • A Wizard Did It: Actually subverted by their teleportation ability, but it's All There in the Manual - specifically, the mist is created by Gothitelle's illusory powers, while Gardevoir's ability to warp between space is used to enable them to travel long distances (and into other spatial dimensions, as seen in BW118). In tandem, this enables them a degree of strategy (such as getting Team Rocket lost in the woods when they try to follow), but it doesn't defend the girls' Pokémon from Colress' machine one he's pinpointed them.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Show up in time to take the grieviously injured N to safety and heal his injuries.
    • They try to do similar in BW122 when Reshiram is summoned, but their Pokémon are quickly controlled by Colress' machine.
  • Composite Character: They keep their core personality traits from the games (what they have, anyway), but have inherited some of N's inherent distrust of humanity.
  • Cool Big Sis: To N, bigtime.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Both of them.
  • The Empath: Like their foster brother, they have the ability to hear the voices of Pokémon.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Concordia has demonstrated this trait.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Both Gardevoir and Gothitelle know Protect.
  • Master of Illusion: Both their Gardevoir and Gothitelle do this to protect themselves and the Pokémon they aid.
  • Meaningful Name: Along with their dub names, their new Japanese names are quite apt:
    • Anthea's name in the Japanese version, "Verbena", comes from the flower genus of the same name; in the language of flowers, it symbolizes "tender love". In the games, Anthea's name is "Goddess of Love".
    • Condordia's name in the Japanese version, "Helena", refers to a species of olive; in the language of flowers, it symbolizes "peace and wisdom". In the games, Concordia's name is "Goddess of Peace".
  • The Medic: Both are skilled in treating Pokémon, albeit without any powers - they simply tend to them and help their recovery. They even have a secret refuge in the woods where they protect injured Pokémon.
  • Psychic Powers: Anthea owns a Gothitelle, and Concordia owns a Gardevoir.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Expressed somewhat in the way they speak. Anthea speaks much more formally and calmly than Concordia, who is much more direct.

     Porter (Parker) 
Voiced in Japanese by: Masayuki Kato
Voiced in English by: Francis Kelly
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Ricardo Méndez

A group of men who work on the cruise line throughout the Decolore Archipelago.


  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Like all Jennies, Joys, and Don Georges. The changes are noted on their color of their collars and lining of their shoes.
  • Mr. Exposition: They are usually nearby to give information on the island that the gang is visiting that episode. Justified in that it is likely part of their job in the first place.

Unova League

     Alder (Adeku) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Unshou Ishizuka
Voiced in English by: Scottie Ray
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Andrés García


  • The Ace: Given the fact that he's the Champion of Unova this is a given. Don't let the relaxed and easy going personality fool you. When he gets serious he will thoroughly kick your ass like it's his day job
  • And Then What?: He tells Ash and his friends that once they fulfill all their dreams, they must then find meaning in life beyond them, too.
  • Anime Hair: Spiked upwards with a large wolf's tail.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: In his older age, he's less focused — he falls asleep during his battle with Ash! Then comes the Junior World Cup where he shows why he is still the Champion by curbstomping Trip's Serperior with his Bouffalant.
  • Broken Pedestal: In Trip's opinion, but then Trip changes his opinion back to his original one once he battles him.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: This guy is the Unova Champion in spite of absentmindedness, lechery, and wandering the region.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Stops a rampaging Gigalith with his bare hands.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He's like Brock when it comes to the ladies (or at least with the Jennys, Joys and Cynthia).
  • Cool Old Guy: A bit old, yes. But don't underestimate him when he can kick your ass in a battle if he focuses.
  • Expy: Of Jiraiya from Naruto. He's a wandering sage, and a bit of a lech, but truly fearsome in battle.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He has a deep understanding of Pokémon — he helped the aforementioned Gigalith by removing the nail in its foot which had caused it pain, and then fed it minerals. This is also a Call-Back to when Bruno of the Kanto Elite Four calmed a rampaging Onix by pulling out a Sandslash firmly lodged between its joints - Pokémon champions require the in-depth foresight, compassion and understanding of life (and living) that must be largely self-taught only with experience.
  • The Hedonist: Alder's philosophy is that a person should enjoy life with their friends rather than focusing so much on accomplishments.
  • A Load of Bull: His Bouffalant.
  • The Mentor: Tries with Trip, is more successful with Ash's group. He does manage to talk some sense into Trip the next time he gets to talk to him.
  • Multicoloured Hair: His hair similarly color-coded in a style similar to Yugi Mutou - red at the front and centre towards the scalp, with light-brown colouring along the outer spikes and towards the wolf-tail at the back.
  • No-Sell: Bouffalant's Sap Sipper ability, much to Trip's surprise.
  • Running Gag: Not remembering either Ash or Trip's names — he calls the former "Ashton" (Santaro) and the latter "Tristan" (Shootaro).

     Caitlin (Catteleya) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Miyu Matsuki
Voiced in English by: Miriam Pultro
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Hiromi Hayakawa


  • Badass Adorable: Despite being insecure about her skills, she still manages to hold up against Cynthia until the timer runs out. Keep in mind she was fighting Cynthia's Garchomp for ten whole minutes while most other trainers' mons outside of the Elite Four could barely handle the same dragon for more than ten seconds.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Gothitelle's Brick Break
  • Casting a Shadow: Gothitelle's Flatter
  • Flower Motifs: She makes her entrance onto the battlefield by emerging from the inside of a giant frickin' blooming flower.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: In constrast to her counterparts from other media, anime-Caitlin is a gracious, collected individual with a sweetly pleasant demeanour. Complete with Flower Motifs.
  • Lady of War: Her battle style is focused on elegance.
  • Older and Wiser: According to Cynthia, she's mellowed out and become more mature than when she was younger.
  • Proper Lady: She conducts herself with grace and poise and her sportmanship is superb.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Cynthia, despite being only an Elite Four facing a Champion.


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