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After defeating the Elite Four, the trainer now has to face the regional Pokémon Champion. Pokémon Champions are the toughest trainers in the entire region and serve as the Final Boss of the main campaign. Defeating them triggers the Credits Roll, and unlocks post-game content.

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The Champions in general

  • The Ace: As the Champion, they're supposed to be the strongest trainers of their respective regions.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: It's implied they have some sort of legal authority, though it's not made clear exactly what their exact responsibilities are.
  • Big Good: ZigZagged throughout the series. Some Champions act as guides for the protagonists throughout their journey but leave stopping the evil teams's plots to them (Steven, Cynthia, Alder, Kukui), some don't do anything noteworthy outside the League (Iris, Diantha), while others are actually shown patrolling and defending the region (Lance, Leon).
  • Boss Bonanza: They're at the end of one against the Elite Four.
  • Color Motif: With the exception of Blue, the champions are always associated with a specific color that shows either in their Champion room, battle stage or clothes.
    • Lance: Vermilion.
    • Steven: Purple.
    • Wallace: Cyan.
    • Cynthia: Black.
    • Alder: Dark Red.
    • Iris: Violet.
    • Diantha: White.
    • Leon: Burgundy.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Their mere existence basically serves as this to all trainers in their region, as beating the Elite Four and then the Champion is seen as one of the hardest things to do, and for good reason.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Your end goal is to do this to them.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: When first established in the series, the concept of a standing Champion didn't exist, and it was implied that the league's Elite Four was led by the member that faces the challenger last. Starting from Generation II, a standing Champion is introduced to lead the Elite Four.
  • Final Boss: They're the last big challenge of the main story (or in Mustard's case, the DLC story) before the credits roll. Averted with Alder, as you have to beat N and Ghetsis instead.
  • Graceful Loser: They almost always lose with dignity, with the closest that they get to anger being disbelief.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: A meta-example. While the player is capable of using 6 Pokémon from the moment they get their starter, most opponents do not use 6 Pokémon, except for Rivals (and only near the end of the game) and Pokémon Breeders (in some games, and their teams tend to be weaker than the average trainers in the area to make up for that). Champions however, always have a full team.
  • King Incognito: While Alder and Leon introduce themselves as the Champions immediately, and Blue wasn't the Champion until the end, usually the Champion is a random recurring character who doesn't show any signs of their status aside from a few clues until you finish the Elite Four.
  • Personality Powers: Zig-Zagged. Some of them have a general theme (around a specific type or motif), while others don't.
  • Signature Mon: While as individuals they all have their own ace, as a whole, they favor Fossil Pokémon and the pseudo-legendaries note . Starter Pokémon have also shown up on a number of Champion teams, as well as other powerful Pokémon that don't meet the definition of a pseudo-legendary, such as Gyarados and Aggron.
  • Walking Spoiler: Generally, the champions fall into this until the games have been out for long enough, by which point, the identity of the champion becomes something everybody knows. The only exceptions are Alder and Leon, who are casually introduced as Champions in the first five minutes of their screentime.


Generation I-II

    Blue Oak (Green Okido) 

Blue Oak / Green Okido (オーキド・グリーン ookido guriin)

Kanto Champion (Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen)

For more information on Blue, check the Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals: Kanto page.

    Lance (Wataru) 

Lance / Wataru (ワタル wataru)
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (JP, Pokémon Generations), Ben Diskin (EN, Pokémon Generations), Toshiyuki Morikawa (JP, Pokémon Masters), Bill Millsap (EN, Pokémon Masters)
"We will battle to determine who is the stronger of the two of us. As the most powerful trainer and as the Pokémon League Champion... I, Lance the dragon master, accept your challenge!"

Lance is a world-famous Dragon master, and the leader of the Elite Four in Red, Blue, Yellow, and the Gen I remakes. In Gold and Silver, Crystal, and their remakes, he has become the Champion for the joint Kanto/Johto Pokémon League.

  • Adaptational Badass: His Dragonite in Yellow knows Fire Blast, Blizzard and Thunder, making it much more formidable than it was in Red and Blue.
  • Always Someone Better: Discussed in Masters. Lance notes how Blue had believed himself to be "the strongest" after beating him and winning the Pokémon League, only for another trainer to show up shortly afterwards and beat both of them. As a result, he no longer has any interest in pursuing titles like "the strongest", as he's aware the distinction is fleeting; sooner or later, someone is going to surpass you. The indication that he's talking about losing to Blue, and then both losing to Red afterwards is that he notes it occurred while he was still an Elite Four member, before he ascended to Champion three years later.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He jumped up in rank by honing his skills further between games.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: In Generation II, and in fact every game he has been in before Generation IV, barring Pokémon Stadium, every Pokémon he uses knows Hyper Beam. In later generations he tends to teach his dragons moves with very high power but low accuracy.
    • This carries over to Masters' real-time battle system, where Hyper Beam is one of the only move in the entire game that uses up four bars of your move gauge, and Lance's Dragonite is the only Pokémon that can learn it.
  • Badass Armfold: In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Lance folds his arms after he teams up with the player to battle Ariana and a Grunt.
  • Badass Cape: He's never seen without a cape. According to the Fame Checker in FireRed and LeafGreen, he buys them at the Department Store in Celadon City.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: He teams up with the protagonist during a part of the Rocket plot in Gold and Silver, and with Clair as a Dual Boss in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a chill guy who cares about Pokemon and even humble when you face him in the Indigo Plateau. He's also not afraid of using Hyper Beam on human beings if he has to and considering he held the place of champion, this is definitely not someone you want to get on the bad side of.
  • Blow You Away: Since there weren't enough Dragon-types to fill his team back in Gold and Silver, he uses several Flying-type Pokémon that are Dragons in appearance (but not as far as the series' Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors is concerned) on his team.
  • Cape Wings: Evokes this in his Gold and Silver battle sprite.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard:
    • In Red and Blue, his Dragonite knows Barrier, a move that to this very day the Dratini line cannot learn. note 
    • In Gold and Silver, his three Dragonite are all below legal level, two at 47 and one at 50 when Dragonair doesn't evolve until Level 55. His Aerodactyl also knows Rock Slide, though this example is legal in later games.
    • In Stadium 2 his levels fluctuate between 50 and 100, but below 55 he'll still have a Dragonite and a Tyranitar, which also evolves at 55.
    • During a team-up with the player at the tail end of the Rocket Hideout infiltration in HeartGold and SoulSilver, he uses a Level 40 Dragonite.
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Since Dragon-types were scarce in early games, several of his Pokémon are dragons in appearance and/or dinosaur-inspired such as Aerodactyl, Lapras, Kangaskhan and Tyranitar. Lampshaded in Pokémon Masters, when he refers to his Gyarados as a dragon. When the player characer points out that Gyarados isn't a Dragon-type, Lance responds that "not all dragons are Dragon-type Pokémon".
  • Dual Boss: You can fight him alongside his cousin Clair in HeartGold and SoulSilver as a Bonus Boss in the Dragon's Den, but only after you've fought your rival at Mt. Moon (as he's your partner against them).
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: A recurring theme is for him to distribute moves of these type among his team, particularly the move trios of Fire Blast, Blizzard, and Thunder, and Flamethrower, Ice Beam, and Thunderbolt. His Dragonite in Yellow knows all of the former group, and as Champion in the Johto games, his three Dragonite each get one of the moves. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, his Gyarados, Aerodactyl and Charizard know Ice Fang, Thunder Fang and Fire Fang respectively, while his three Dragonite keep Thunder, Blizzard and Fire Blast. His FireRed and LeafGreen rematch, one of his Dragonite has Flamethrower while the other has Thunderbolt and Ice Beam, and the Kingdra that replaces his second Dragonair also has Ice Beam.
  • Foil: To Clair, his cousin and fellow Dragon trainer. She introduces herself to the player by bragging about her skills and claiming she's on the Elite Four's level (despite being a "mere" Gym Leader and having a weaker team), is a Sore Loser upon being defeated, and couldn't pass the Dragon Den master's quiz. By contrast, Lance introduces himself to the player in GSC as just another Pokémon Trainer (despite being the very Champion), is a Graceful Loser, and was stated to have passed the quiz.
  • Fossil Revival: He uses an Aerodactyl, who resembles a Wyvern.
  • Good Is Not Soft: In a disconcerting nod to his manga counterpart, Lance is apparently willing to sic his Pokémon on human criminals. When you meet him at Team Rocket's Johto HQ, the first thing he does is tell his Dragonite to Hyper Beam the grunt running the front store. You can find another grunt downstairs who's also been blasted, and when Executive Ariana tries to double-team you with a grunt, the Dragonite physically slams said grunt away from you. All three grunts apparently survive, thankfully.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: He's perfectly willing to rough up Rocket Grunts; this includes having Dragonite use Hyper Beam on them.
  • Large Ham: The way he announces the name of the Champion in Red and Blue comes across as this. When he himself is the Champion, he's not much less hammy, as he demonstrates with the moves he makes with that cape.
  • Meaningful Name:
  • Nice Guy: Despite his intimidating appearance and status, he's actually a fairly nice person; he's helpful to the protagonist, and has passed the Dragon's Den test, which requires knowledge of proper Pokémon care.
  • Power Equals Rarity: Unless you caught and raised a Dratini yourself in Gen I or had the strategy guide, going up against Dragon-types could've been quite the chore if you didn't know what they were weak to.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: After running circles around Silver in a battle, Lance gives one to Silver about how the latter's lack of compassion towards his Pokemon is what makes him a subpar trainer. Silver doesn't take it well, but a couple more losses to you manages to convince him that Lance is right.
  • Rule of Three: He has three Dragonite in his team when he's the Champion in Gold and Silver, though he swaps two of them out in his rematch fights in the remakes.
  • Sequel Difficulty Spike: Beginning with Yellow, his team has a much stronger moveset than in Red and Blue, most notably his Dragonite which knows Blizzard, Thunder, and Fire Blast.
  • Signature Mon: He trains Dragons, but due to the type's lack of numbers early on he has to fill out his teams with other Pokémon. His most powerful Pokémon is always Dragonite, the only fully-evolved Dragon-type in Red and Blue.
  • Signature Move: He prefers Hyper Beam, so much in fact all of his Pokémon in Red, Blue and Yellow and their remakes, and also in Gold, Silver and Crystal and in Pokémon Stadium 2 know it.


Red (レッド reddo)

True Kanto/Johto Champion (Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver)

More information can be found on the Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals: Kanto page.


Generation III

    Steven Stone (Daigo Tsuwabuki) 

Steven Stone / Daigo Tsuwabuki (ツワブキ・ダイゴ tsuwabuki daigo)
"What did you see on your journey with Pokémon? What did you feel, meeting so many other Trainers like you? What has awoken in you? I want you to hit me with it all! Now, bring it!"

The son of the president of the Devon Corporation, Steven is fascinated by ancient stones and frequently goes out to explore old caves and ruins. In Ruby and Sapphire and their remakes, he is the champion of the Hoenn league, championing Steel-types.

  • Alliterative Name: His full name is Steven Stone.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: In the Delta Episode of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, his father jokes about him being impatient, and then takes advantage of that impatience to tease him further by dodging the purpose of their meeting. He also praises Steven ("That's my boy!") by calling him smart after Steven makes an easy guess. Steven is visibly humiliated and frustrated.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With the player in Emerald, teaming up against Maxie and Tabitha during the invasion of Mossdeep City's Space Center.
  • Badass Bookworm: Hoenn's League Champion is a daring geologist, and perhaps even a paleontologist given his fossil Pokémon. ORAS also shows that he's one of the few people researching Mega Stones.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: As one of the strongest trainers in the series and heir of the resident Mega-Corp, Steven certainly looks the part.
  • Barrier Warrior: In your fight with him against Maxie and Tabitha in Emerald he's more focused on covering you than attacking, starting with a Metang with Reflect and Light Screen, as well as an Skarmory and Aggron with Protect, although he also packs some powerful attacks, such as Psychic and Dragon Claw.
  • Bishōnen: He was always good-looking, but it's in the remakes where his looks are acknowledged In-Universe.
    • A Team Magma Grunt calls him "a quite stunning male specimen", and a Team Aqua Grunt says he is "totally my ideal type of guy" in the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Demo. Tabitha even calls him a "silver-haired pretty boy"!
    • In the game itself, a Team Aqua Grunt refers to him as an "alluring gentleman".
    • During the Delta Episode, the old Draconid woman calls him a "silver-haired dreamboat".
    • He gets a Bishie Sparkle during his battle intro.
  • Bonus Boss: In Pokémon Emerald only, where he's given up the title of Champion. He can be found in Meteor Falls, and he's amongst the strongest NPCs in the franchise.
  • The Cameo: In Heartgold and Soulsilver. He turns up in Kanto, gives you a Hoenn starter, will trade Beldum for Forretress, and participates in an event involving Latias or Latios (depending on version).
  • Chick Magnet: No matter if you're neutral, evil, or super old, the girls (and some guys) keep commenting on his looks.
  • Classy Cravat: Wears a red one, though he defies the stereotype.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: He states that doing everything in his power to resolve the crisis caused by the villainous team (and presumably any other) is his duty as the Champion. Understandable, as he's perfectly capable of wiping the floor with practically every wrongdoer coming his way - so much so, that an Eon Dragon recognizes this and seeks his help at one point!
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He uses Rock- and Ground-types alongside Steel-types.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Uses Steel-types primarily, though his teams also include some Rock- and Ground-types.
  • Fiction 500: As the son of Mr. Stone, the CEO of the Devon Corporation, he generally subverts most of the qualities associated with this trope, though he was the previous owner of the Villa in Platinum.
  • Final Boss: In Ruby and Sapphire.
  • Fossil Revival: As an avid rock collector, he often finds fossils of extinct Pokémon. His original Champion team has the 2 region Hoenn fossils (Cradily and Armaldo), while his team in the Pokémon World Tournament in Black and White 2 features an Archeops in addition to the aforementioned two. In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, he uses an Aerodactyl in the rematch with him.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: He is first NPC in any Pokémon Game to team up with the player to battle. Here, it's to fight a tag-team of Maxie and Tabitha at the Mossdeep Space Center. He continues the tradition in the remakes, aiding you at the Southern Island side-quest during the main plot and at the Mossdeep Space Center during the Delta Episode, both times against Team Magma (OmegaRuby) or Team Aqua (AlphaSapphire).
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Wallace. This relationship is explored further in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, with Steven trusting Wallace enough to make him the new Champion if he (Steven) leaves.
  • Infinity -1 Sword: Post-game, he leaves behind a Beldum in his house as a gift for the player in Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald. And in Heartgold/Soulsilver, he'll trade you one for a Forretress. He's also the original trainer of the Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire event shiny Beldum.
  • It Was a Gift: He's a lot more generous than most characters. He gives you a Mega Bracelet among many other items (the Itemfinder, the Eon Flute, etc) as well as gifting the Elite Four with Key Stones. He also personally breeds you a new Lv.1 Beldum for a gift, and in Heartgold and Soulsilver gives you a Hoenn starter of your choosing.
  • Meaningful Name: Steven sounds like steel. His surname Stone also indicates his use of Rock types and love of rare stones.
  • MacGuffin Escort Mission: His father asks Brendan/May to deliver a letter to Steven in Dewford Town.
  • Nice Guy: Steven defies Lance and Blue by being a personable, polite man.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Does a lot despite being really rich.
  • Only Sane Man: During the crisis, he's one of the few trying to do anything about it.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Like Flannery, his sprite in RSE portrayed him being bitter and angry all the time (not even matching his official art), despite encounters with him in the games usually shows otherwise. This was corrected in the remakes.
    • OOC Is Serious Business: During the Delta Episode, the fact that he acts frustrated and irritable is a clear sign of the dire situation.
  • Purple Is Powerful: He exudes coolness by constantly being referred to as a skilled Trainer, and his clothing often has purple accents. Additionally, as the Champion in Ruby/Sapphire, his room is depicted with a light shade of purple.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He has a very nicely tailored suit.
  • Signature Mon: Metagross. So much so that the only way to get one of your own in its debut generation is the Beldum he gives you as a gift for beating him. In the remakes, he can Mega Evolve it.
  • The Stoic: Not to an extreme, but it is there, fitting of a steel type user.
    • Not So Stoic: He becomes increasingly frustrated during the events of the Delta Episode, thanks to the world being in crisis again, and the fact that he can't do anything and has to rely on you once again, as well as Zinnia actively hindering his own efforts while mocking him for having lost the title of champion to the player.
  • Stone Wall: Half his Pokémon - Skarmory, Claydol and Cradily - don't hit too hard, having (Special) Attack stats that come short of average, but they take hits very well (Skarmory on the physical side mostly).
    • Mighty Glacier: The other half of his team - Aggron, Armaldo and Metagross - fit this role, being slow but having strong Attack stats to utilize. Though Mega Metagross in the remakes is most definitely a Lightning Bruiser.

    Wallace (Mikuri) 

Wallace / Mikuri (ミクリ mikuri)
Voiced By: Kōsuke Kuwano (JP, Pokémon Masters), Michael Christopher (EN, Pokémon Masters)

"Show me the power you wield with your Pokémon. And I, in turn, shall present you with a performance of illusions in water by me and my Pokémon!"

Wallace is the Hoenn region's eighth Gym Leader at Sootopolis city, training Water-types. Or rather, he is in Ruby and Sapphire. In Emerald, Steven has stepped down from his position, and Wallace has stepped up to take his place as Hoenn champion. The Gen III remakes have him back as a Gym Leader, but there's implications that, as in Emerald, Steven is going to vacate the Champion position and leave it to Wallace sometime in the future.

  • Agent Peacock: He's flamboyant and pretty, but a very powerful Trainer, not to mention all of his dialogue in-game is actually very serious and strait-laced. Remains the same for the remakes, though the camp is ramped up (see below).
  • Ambiguously Bi: If Masters is anything to go by: there’s a fair amount of subtext between him and Steven, even more so than usual. Not to mention the ever-escalating campiness. However, he does not appear to shun female attention.
  • Badass Cape: Wears one in Emerald, doubling as an All-Encompassing Mantle in artwork.
  • Bishōnen: He's very fair-featured and handsome.
  • Bonus Boss: In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, he'll sometimes be an opponent during Master Rank contests after beating his niece Lisia.
  • Camp: Oh so very much in the remakes. To wit: his in-game model has him facing you from the side, as opposed to every other NPC model that faces straight at you, and in a hands-on-forward hips pose. Moreover, in his pre-battle dialogue with you and when he gives you the Waterfall HM, he poses for a sudden photoshoot, complete with close-ups and flashes.
  • The Casanova: His gym is full of female trainers who say nothing but adoring things about Wallace.
  • Cool Uncle: To Lisia, who he took under his wing as his apprentice since her mother was very sickly.
  • Final Boss: In Emerald only.
  • Going Commando: The outfit he wears in the remakes very prominently show off his hips, making it look as though he isn't wearing anything underneath.
  • Helping Would Be Kill Stealing: Oh gee, thanks for sitting on the sidelines and not offering to help fight Groudon/Kyogre/summon Rayquaza! Justified to an extent in both games. For Ruby and Sapphire, Sootopolis citizens are forbidden to enter the Cave of Origins. Emerald justifies it by having him go to the Sky Pillar with you, but then starts to become worried about Sootopolis when he notices the storm spreading rapidly and states he has to go back.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Steven. This relationship is explored further in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
  • In-Series Nickname: Lisia refers to him as "Uncle Wall".
  • Making a Splash: He mainly uses Water-type Pokémon.
  • Meaningful Name: Wallace uses water.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's really pretty, his redesign wears an outfit that shows a lot of skin and said outfit strongly suggests that he has nothing on underneath it.
  • Mythology Gag: He goes back to being a Gym Leader in the remakes. However, in the Delta Episode, you get to fight his champion team from Emerald.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a beret.
  • Signature Mon: Water-types, with his most powerful being Milotic-fitting his emphasis on beauty.
  • Stripperific: His redesign in the remakes shows about as much skin as Elesa's. See Going Commando above.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: A character introduced in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Lisia, sort of looks like him. She's actually his niece.
  • Water Is Womanly: Gender Flipped. Wallace is a Water-type trainer but a man. Despite this, he's very campy and flamboyant, uses the elegant Milotic as his Signature Mon, and leads a gym made up entirely of female trainers who all use female Pokémon.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: More teal-ish, but he does.

Generation IV

    Cynthia (Shirona) 

Cynthia / Shirona (シロナ shirona)
Voiced by: Aya Endo (Pokémon Generations - JP), Mie Sonozaki (Pokémon Masters - JP), Tara Sands (Pokémon Generations - EN), Allegra Clark (EN, Pokémon Masters)
"Together, you and your Pokémon overcame all the challenges you faced, however difficult. It means that you've triumphed over any personal weaknesses, too. The power you learned... I can feel it emanating from you."

Champion of the Sinnoh league, she's an archaeologist who explores ancient ruins and investigates ancient legends. After her debut in Diamond and Pearl, she appears as a Bonus Boss or cameos in every main series game until X and Y. Unlike some champions, she has no type of preference; she trains a diverse and balanced team.

  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Lenora even references it in Black and White.
  • Ascended Extra: Since Gen III, the series has gone way off the Non-Linear Sequel scale - characters from previous "generations" are assumed to be far away, and barring some stray cameos here and there, you're lucky to even hear about them. Cynthia was in every game since her introduction, including HeartGold and SoulSilver, though this trend was broken in X and Y. She returns in Sun and Moon however.
  • Badass Bookworm: A scholar AND a League Champion.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a long black coat.
  • Big Good: In the plot of Diamond, Pearl and Platinum. She actually leaves most of the good stuff to you, but is around to guide and help you repeatedly along the way.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: For players who may have missed her in Gen IV, her appearance in a random villa in Undella Town in Black and White could be mistaken as just another trainer. And then..."You are challenged by Champion Cynthia!". Averted in Black 2 and White 2, where she tells you who she is first.
  • Boss Banter: During battle she occasionally lets you know she's having a lot of fun.
  • Breakout Character: By far the most beloved Champion, especially after Platinum gave her an even bigger role in the story. Game Freak would later on feature Cynthia in many more games, going on to be the most featured Champion and in general one of the most recurring characters in the franchise. Additionally, two of the three Pokémon which have been on every one of her teams are Lucario and Garchomp, two breakouts in their own right.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Her place is a jumbled mess of research papers and she'd rather leave saving the world to under-qualified preteens. She's also by far the most powerful trainer in the region (not counting that part later in the game where the player character inevitably undertakes a marathon of Level Grinding and achieves godhood).
  • Continuity Nod: In Black and White: "You certainly bear a resemblance to that trainer who faced Giratina..."
  • Cool Big Sis: She's an older sister, and she acts like this to you.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: In Black and White she mentions a "young trainer" (ostensibly the player character the Gen IV games) who defeated Giratina, implying Platinum is the canon game of those three Gen IV games.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She is dressed in dark clothes and her Spiritomb is a Ghost/Dark type, but she's a really nice person.
  • Depending on the Artist: Has Combat Stilettos in her Sugimori art, but her sprites give her flat shoes.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Inverted! She keeps her all-black outfit (complete with Badass Longcoat) in the tropical region of Alola in Sun and Moon.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Cynthia actually becomes quite friendly with the player over the course of Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, making it all the more interesting when you finally face off.
  • Final-Exam Boss: Comes with the usual territory of being Champion and having a balanced team as opposed to one type specialization, but what makes her especially notable is that two of her Pokémon, Roserade and Lucario, were first used by Sinnoh Gym Leaders.
  • Foreshadowing: In Black and White, she says, "Once every few years, the Champions of each region gather and compete to see who is the strongest! An interesting idea, don't you agree?" In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, we get the Pokémon World Tournament, which is exactly this taken Up to Eleven.
  • Graceful Loser: Up to the battle, she does the usual "I see the strength in your heart and accept the challenge" bit that nearly all powerful trainers in the series seem obligated to recite by contract. But as the battle progresses, she gradually stops bothering, and her response when you beat her is basically a "Yay for you!".
  • Guest-Star Party Member: You can team up with her for Doubles battles in Pokémon Sun and Moon.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Really long blonde hair, and par for the course for a Champion, a really nice person.
  • Helping Would Be Kill Stealing: Only the player character has the strength to thwart Cyrus and Team Galactic, even after she enters the Distortion World with them... wait, don't you have an entire team of elite Pokémon with perfect IVs?
  • Hero of Another Story: Various comments from her and Professor Rowan indicate that when she was younger she was given a Pokédex and went on a journey that culiminated in her becoming Champion, just like the player would do years later.
  • Leitmotif: Two of them; one during the dialog before battle and the other during battles. She keeps both across generations, promoting them from normal Final Boss themes to this. Her introductory theme can be heard any time in Platinum if one's villa has a piano.
  • Ironic Name: Her Japanese name Shirona means white, but her Champion room and outfit is the opposite of it.
  • Lady of War: She's composed, elegant, polite and the Champion.
  • Master of All: Her Platinum team has no overlapping types and she has a damaging move for every one in the series up to that point except for Steel.
  • Min-Maxing: Going through the data of the Sinnoh games shows that her Pokémon have the highest possible Individual Values and significant Effort Value investment. This makes her team notably bulkier and stronger than the rest of the Elite Four.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Tall? Check. Cleavage? Check. The Tease? Check! Cynthia clearly fills this role for the Pokémon Champions.
    • One female Swimmer trainer asks the player if they didn't come to the beach just to see Cynthia in a swimsuit.
  • Nice Girl: A really friendly and caring person all-around, around the levels of Steven Stone. Especially seen in Platinum, she trusts the player an Egg to take care of, is thankful after saving the world from inside the Distortion World, and is genuinely happy when she gets to see your coronation as the Champion.
  • Non-Elemental: She has no type specialty, like Blue and preceding Diantha, Kukui and Leon.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair covers her left eye.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down to her knees.
  • Signature Mon: Garchomp, Lucario, and Spiritomb are the only members of her team that are in every encounter with her. However, her hair accessories mimic the ones found on Lucario.
    • Still, her Garchomp is the biggest example. It is her highest-level Pokémon in every encounter, with exception to the PWT which locks levels at 50 although like every other ace Pokémon in the tournament she still always leads with it. It's also her Pokémon partner in Masters.
  • Socialite: Being one is one of her reasons for being in Unova.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She towers over other characters, and is absolutely gorgeous!
  • Super Mode: In the Battle Tree, her Lucario and Garchomp can Mega Evolve.
  • The Tease:
    "Hmm. This is difficult. I was greedy and bought a lot of swimsuits, but now I can't pick which one to wear."
    "Here's my problem. I have a white swimsuit and a black swimsuit... Which one would look better on me?"
  • Two Girls to a Team: Gender inverted. She's never had more than two male Pokémon on her team. In Diamond and Pearl, her only male Pokémon is Lucario. In Platinum, her female Gastrodon is dropped for Togekiss, who is also male. In Black and White, Togekiss is dropped for Braviary, a male-only species, and in Black and White 2, Togekiss is re-added.
  • Useless Useful Spell:
    • Her Garchomp always has Sand Veil ability, which boosts its evasion in the sandstorm. Too bad she has no Pokémon that can cause it, regardless of game. Subverted in the Battle Tree, as her Garchomp (the moveset with the Garchompite) has Sandstorm, but it'll be used more for Sand Force instead.
    • Togekiss in Platinum has it even worse. Its ability, Hustle, boosts its physical Attack at the cost of accuracy on its physical moves. But since it doesn't have any physical move, its Ability is practically useless. This was fixed in Black 2/White 2, where its ability was changed to Serene Grace(although in PWT, it's randomized every time you fight her).

Tropes that apply to Pokémon Masters
Rating: 5 Stars
Sync Move:
The champion of the Sinnoh League. The first story mission shows a Punk Girl and a Street Thug harassing her and demanding to battle her. She is too tired from battling all day to take up their offer, so it's up to you to show them off. Her partner is Garchomp. Datamining reveals that she will be added as a playable character in a future update.
  • Badass in Distress: Downplayed. As stated above, she's too exhausted from her day job of being the Sinnoh Champion to engage with the punks who are demanding to battle her. Rosa sticks up for her, but it's up to the Trainer, Brock, and Misty to chase them off. Cynthia is impressed by your battling, and looks forward to giving you a proper battle later.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Shows up at the very beginning of the campaign, then promptly vanishes. She returns after Chapter 18.
  • Glass Cannon: At max level, Cynthia's strength and speed both soar pretty close to 400, making her one of the game's absolute strongest sync pairs. Even among the 5-star sync pairs, only Blue comes close in comparison with having just slightly less Special Attack compared to Cynthia's Attack stat, and slightly less speed. She is balanced out by below average defense ratings.
  • One-Woman Army: In Chapter 20, she single-handedly clears out an entire Team Break hideout. She's typically modest afterwards, claiming she couldn't have done it if you hadn't been there to distract them.

Generation V

    Alder (Adeku) 

Alder / Adeku (アデク adeku)

"I've really been looking forward to deciding who's the strongest Pokémon Trainer in the Unova region! Kiai!"

Champion of the Unova league, Alder once trained only to be powerful. The illness and death of his starter Pokémon changed Alder's outlook on life, and he adopted a more reserved temperament. He's stepped down from his position in Black 2 and White 2. His teams lean towards Bug-types, but have a balance of other types as well.

  • Bonus Boss: In Black 2 and White 2. Aside from appearing in the World Tournament, he can battled once after beating the Elite Four.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's old enough to have a grandson and uses Antiquated Linguistics in the Japanese language.
  • Dead Sidekick: It's mentioned several times throughout Black and White that Alder spends a lot of time wandering when he's not taking challengers due to the death of one of his Pokémon. In the post-game he mentions it was his starter which is a Larvesta.
  • Dramatic Wind: Blows both before you battle him, and in his sprite animation. Even though you're inside.
  • Fiery Redhead: An energetic old man with red and orange tinted hair that resembles a Volcarona.
  • Frontline General: He is the only Champion so far to actually try and directly fight the Big Bad (while it is still implied to be N, anyway)! Lance helps fight Team Rocket, but is nowhere to be found during the Radio Tower takeover. Steven and Wallace merely sit on the sidelines, and Cynthia follows you in Platinum into the Distortion World but makes you fight Cyrus by yourself.
  • Kiai: In Black 2 and White 2, he'll shout "Kiai" before a battle with him. Training with him is probably where Marshal picked up the habit.
  • Leitmotif: Alder's theme is a calm flute solo, reflecting his age and wisdom.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: He basically decides to deal with N and Plasma by making him beat the Elite Four and fight the Champion instead of directly confronting him beforehand; it doesn't work.
  • A Load of Bull: He has a Bouffalant in his Black and White team and his non-PWT team in Black 2 and White 2.
  • Meaningful Name: His English name refers to the Alder species of moths, as well as the Alder plant—a diet of many species of moths and butterflies. Both these reference his Volcarona. In addition, an "alderman" is a person who is recognized as the eldest and most influential member of a council, reflecting his position as Unova's champion.
  • Mentor Archetype: To the Player Character and Cheren. In the sequels, he shows up and does a little of this to the new Player Character towards the beginning of the game.
  • Non-Elemental: Like Cynthia, he has no type specialty. Half of his team is Bug-type, though this seems more due to chance than deliberate design choice.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: According to Iris in the Memory Link, she really had to earn the title of Champion fighting him.
  • Old Master: Alder's the oldest champion with a grandson who's the same age as the player character and is the most powerful trainer in the region.
  • Perma-Stubble: Emphasizing his wise nature guru look.
  • Retired Badass:
    • Deconstructed in Black and White. Alder gets called out of semi-retirement to stop N's ascent to power, but he's badly out of practice and gets curbstomped offscreen by N and Reshiram/Zekrom. Reconstructed post-game when Alder starts training again and becomes a Bonus Boss.
    • Played straight in Black 2 and White 2, where he's officially retired.
  • Signature Mon: Volcarona.
  • Supporting Leader: He aids out the player multiple times throughout the game.
  • True Final Boss: In Black and White. He may share Cynthia's levels, but you merely battle her in a villa while to get to Alder, you have to re-fight the entire League. Beating him brings minor plot and character arcs to a close and registers you in the Hall of Fame.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: To his signature Pokémon, Volcarona.
  • The Unfought: In the main story, at least. It's ultimately subverted; you can fight him in the game, but you don't get the big endgame showdown against him previous generations would have conditioned you to expect.
  • Walking the Earth: He spends most of his time in Black and White doing this because of the aforementioned Dead Sidekick above. It can also be inferred he also did this to teach passerby trainers that he encounters, like Cheren.


N (N enu) / Natural Harmonia Gropius (ナチュラル・ハルモニア・グロピウス nachuraru harumonia guropiusu)

The figurehead of Team Plasma. He defeats Alder and becomes champion shortly before the player reaches the Elite 4 in Black and White.

For more information on N, check the Pokémon Villain: Team Plasma page.


Iris (アイリス airisu)
Voiced by: Rina Hidaka (Pokémon Generations - JP), Ayana Taketatsu (Pokémon Masters - JP), Cherami Leigh (Pokémon Generations - EN), Cassandra Lee Morris (Pokémon Masters - EN)

"The Trainers who come here are Trainers who desire victory with every fiber of their being! And they are battling alongside Pokémon that have been through countless difficult battles! If I battle with people like that, not only will I get stronger, my Pokémon will, too! And we'll get to know each other even better!"

Iris is a Dragon-type trainer, and the Opelucid Gym Leader in White. Between the first games and their sequels she grew older, stronger, and challenged and defeated Alder to become the new champion for Black 2 and White 2.

For her anime counterpart, see Pokémon - Best Wishes!.

  • Affirmative Action Legacy: Was this to Drayden in White and was aiming to become one in Black. Now that she's the Champion, she became this to Alder, with Drayden resuming his place as Gym Leader.
  • Airplane Arms: Seems to be her default pose.
  • Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: Her room initially is borderline, the back wall featuring a large starfield with emblems representing the Champion and Elite Four circling it like planets. Then the battle begins and that serves as the basis for the field.
  • Ambiguously Brown: What kind of ancestry she has is unclear.
  • Anime Hair: She has a similar hairstyle to her old one from Black and White. It now resembles the wings of a Hydreigon, the first Pokémon she sends out.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Literally the youngest Champion among the rest of the Champions.
  • Badass Adorable: Youngest known Champion (aside from the players and possibly Blue), who does a pretend roar when you fight her. Then sends out a Hydreigon, and that's just her first Pokémon.
  • Be Yourself: In her story event in Masters, Iris deals with the fact she isn't as prolific as the other older Champions and is criticized that she doesn't reach the same level of importance as her peers, which causes her to get more serious and makes her be unable to calm down her Hydreigon after Team Break brings out its inner violent behavior through a machine. It's only after she mulls over and gets advice from Diantha that she comes to her senses and gains the admiration of people.
  • Cool Crown: It certainly fits her as champion.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard:
    • Her Haxorus in White version was under-leveled, just like Drayden's.
    • She also has an under-leveled Hydreigon in Black 2 and White 2.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The eighth Gym Leader has become Champion in the next game? Gee, where have we heard a story like that before? Also, once she becomes Champion her teacher and the former Gym Leader takes the gym position over again, much like with Juan taking over after Wallace.
    • Also, a (generally speaking) Dragon-type expert becoming a Champion in the direct sequel sounds a lot like Lance, final Elite Four member in Pokémon Red and Blue, becoming the Champion in Pokémon Gold and Silver. This Champion manages to reference three Pokémon games at once.
    • In another similarity to Lance, while not all of her Pokémon are Dragon-type, they all at least resemble dragons. Specific parallels exist even, with her Archeops, Lapras and Aggron corresponding to Lance's Aerodactyl, Gyarados and Tyranitar.
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Her champion team is based off of dinosaur mons, which consists of mostly Dragons.
  • Fangirl: She greatly admires Cynthia.
  • Fossil Revival: She uses an Archeops on her champion teams.
  • Genki Girl: If emulating a roar in her animated sprite in her Champion battle is any indication.
  • Girlish Pigtails: In Black and White.
  • Heir to the Dojo: She was Drayden's apprentice and adoptive granddaughter, training to take over the gym when he retires.
  • Last Chance Hit Point: Her Haxorus is always holding a Focus Sash, allowing it to get off at least one Dragon Dance.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's both the youngest and the eighth Gym Leader in White, and then Unova's Champion in Black 2 and White 2.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: While not actually a Magical Girl Warrior, her theme and outfit, as well as room are all very evocative of the genre.
  • Mundane Utility: Discussed. In Masters, she really doesn't see the fact she can completely understand Dragon-types as such a big deal to everyone who learns about her, because she always sees that skill as simple common sense that naturally comes to her as easy as breathing air.
  • Nice Girl: Helpful and sweet. In Masters, N is utterly confused as to why she doesn't think of him as a bad person for all he did while working under Team Plasma and defeating Alder. She says that he only defeated Alder because, as Alder put it, his dream of helping Pokémon was simply stronger than his dream that helped N beat Alder, meaning that he didn't have any bad intentions but truly won with a good heart.
  • Painting the Medium: If you select Kanji View in the Japanese version, she'll still speak only in kana.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Drayden picked it out for her. Shows that Pink Means Feminine, and she does a Girly Skirt Twirl when she first puts it on.
  • Purely Aesthetic Gender: The only real difference between her and Drayden as Gym Leaders is that her Pokémon are female and her Druddigon has Sheer Force instead of Rough Skin.
  • Purple Is Powerful: She commands Dragon-type Pokémon (the type itself is commonly depicted with a purple hue) as a skilled Gym Leader/Champion, with her blazing purple hair exemplifying the trope even further.
  • Raised by Wolves: The creators say that she was raised in a forest full of Dragon-types..
  • Rapunzel Hair: Not as much as Caitlin, but enough. More prominent in her first appearance.
  • She's Got Legs: Her champion outfit apparently leaves her legs completely bare.
  • Signature Mon: Dragon-types as Gym Leader, with Haxorus as her strongest whether she's Gym Leader or Champion. She does however use Hydreigon in her Champion attire in Masters.
  • Stock Ness Monster: Has a Lapras in her Champion team.
  • The Unfought: In Black, where Drayden is the 8th gym leader.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has purple hair.

Generation VI

    Diantha (Carnet) 

Diantha / Carnet (カルネ karune)
"...Battling against you and your Pokémon, all of you brimming with hope for the future... Honestly, it just fills me up with energy I need to keep facing each new day! It does!"

The champion of the Kalos league, Diantha is more famous and loved for her acting; she's a movie star. However, her true passion is Pokémon, though she doesn't often meet truly interesting and powerful trainers.

  • The Ace: She's very famous, the champion of the Kalos league, and a movie star.
  • Achilles' Heel: While the typing is varied, half of the team has a weakness to Steel (one having it at quadruple damage) and the other half has a weakness to Ice.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Doesn't have any type theme, like Blue, Cynthia and Alder.
  • Artificial Stupidity: The Battle Chateau decides a Pokemon's movesets based on what they learn by leveling up, rather than forming movesets based on strategy. This hits Diantha really hard, giving Gardevoir useless moves note , moves that help you note , or an entirely awful moveset. note 
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Diantha gets an extra mention because not only is she a world-renowned actress and the Kalos Champion, she also has the title of "Grand Duchess" in the Battle Chateau, the highest rank there is and one that is only shared by the player character (who has to actually reach it before being able to battle Diantha at the Chateau).
  • Badass Longcoat: She is the champion of Kalos and wears a white one.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: She sports these.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Like many of the other Champions, she appears throughout the story pretending to be just a random Trainer with no relevance whatsoever to the Pokémon League. But of course...
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: She looks a lot like Audrey Hepburn. They're even both actresses.
  • Cultured Badass: Given that she's able to debate philosophy with Lysandre and is a very powerful trainer, she definitely qualifies.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: When battling Diantha as Champion, her pre-battle portrait has falling sparkles and rays of light.
  • Face Death with Dignity: A downplayed example, usually actresses DREAD the idea of aging (even considering it a fate worse than death) as it limits their potential starring roles in cinema. Diantha on the other hand actually looks forward to it, seeing aging as a chance to play roles she could never play at her current age.
  • Famed in Story: Famous as both Champion and actress.
  • Fossil Revival: Has both Aurorus and Tyrantrum, the evolved Kalos fossils.
  • Former Child Star: Lysandre mentions that she had played a young girl in her debut. Depending on how young she was, she could be an aversion of this trope, becoming successful into adulthood.
  • Lady of War: Very elegant, her signature Pokémon is a Mega Gardevoir, and radiates this while in battle.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Greatly resembles Audrey Hepburn.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Wears her hair tied up in a spiky bun.
  • Psychic Powers: Has a Gardevoir (which can Mega Evolve) as her team ace.
  • Signature Mon: Gardevoir — to be more specific, Mega Gardevoir.
  • We Can Rule Together: She is given this offer by Lysandre in her first appearance, and quickly shoots down his argument.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: Averted. Despite Lysandre's assumptions that she would be afraid of becoming this, Diantha is actually excited to grow older and take new roles with it.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Looks forward to aging and being able to play new types of roles, causing her to refuse Lysandre's offer of eternal youth and bewildering him in the process.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Hers are dangerously short.

Generation VII

    Elio / Selene 

Elio / Selene (ヨウ you / ミヅキ mizuki)

The protagonist of Sun and Moon and their enhanced versions Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, and the inaugural Champion of the Alola Pokémon League.

Information about them is found in Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals: Alola.

    Professor Kukui 

Professor Kukui (ククイ博士 kukui hakase)

In Sun and Moon, after defeating the Elite Four, the Player is approached by Professor Kukui. While not the Champion, Professor Kukui is the founder of the Alola League and the final trial before the Player can be officially recognized as the first Champion of the Alola Pokémon League.

More information about him can be found on Pokémon Professors.


Hau (ハウ hau)

In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, after defeating the Elite Four, the Player is approached by Hau, who stands as the final trial before the Player can be officially recognized as the first Champion of the Alola Pokémon League.

More information about him can be found in Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals: Alola.

Generation VIII

    Leon (Dande) 

Leon / Dande (ダンデ dande)
Voiced by: Kai Jordan (EN, Pokémon: Twilight Wings) / Takahiro Sakurai (JP, Pokémon: Twilight Wings, Pokémon Masters) / Cedric L. Williams (EN, Pokémon Masters)

The champion of the Galar region. He's the most popular trainer in the entire region due to his skills in Pokemon battles and charming personality. Leon claimed the position in his first-ever Gym Challenge without incurring a single defeat in battle, with his formidable talent for Pokémon battles yet to be matched. He's aided in his countless victories by his partner Charizard, and he's known to go all out during battles, no matter who he’s facing.

Leon personally endorses the player character and his younger brother Hop, enabling both of them to start their journeys to become the next champion.

  • 100% Adoration Rating: He's adored by pretty much everyone in Galar and a single line can cause any crowd to erupt with roaring applause. He also mentions that his matches are always sold out.
  • The Ace: Not only is he the Champion in a region obsessed with battles, but he has a perfect win record in professional matches and is beloved by the whole region.
  • Achilles' Heel:
    • No matter what starter the player picks, two of his Pokémon are Ghost-type in Aegislash and Dragapult and have a Dark-type weakness and nothing on his team resists it. If Scorbunny is picked then he has a THIRD Dark weakness in Mr. Rime.
    • While his Aegislash resists Ice, he also has a Haxorus which is weak to Ice along with the aforementioned Dragapult. If Sobble is picked he'll have two more Ice weaknesses in Rhyperior and Rillaboom.
  • Adults Are Useless: Averted. Peacekeeping is one of his duties as the region's Champion. As such, he appears sporadically throughout your journey to resolve conflicts so gym challengers can go on their way unimpeded.
  • Affectionate Nickname: In the English version, Hop calls him "Lee" for short.
  • Ambiguously Brown: His skin-tone is notably deeper than some of the other characters, similarly to his brother Hop and the rest of their family.
  • Awesome by Analysis: He's able to determine if a Pokéball is going to fail to hold a wild Pokémon before it busts out. This allows him to signal his Charizard to protect the protagonist and Hop in time before Eternatus causes a huge explosion while doing so. He's noted to be very observant in general, being able to tell with one look how much taller Hop has grown since he last saw him. Likewise, Leon states he has remained undefeated for so long because he learns from everything he sees in every battle he witnesses or takes part in.Ironically, his powers of observation do nothing to prevent him from getting hopelessly lost everywhere he goes.
  • Badass Armfold: It is his general pose when you encounter him throughout your journey including when you first meet in Wyndon Stadium before the battle is abruptly interrupted by Rose.
  • Badass Cape: Wears a red, fur-lined cape that would benefit a king. Fitting in with battles in the Galar region paralleling professional sports, it even has sponsorships on the back. Though hilariously enough, the one NPC who has anything to say about the cape thinks it's tacky as all hell.
  • Badass in Distress: Subverted when it's thought he's being held hostage by Rose at Rose tower when he's late for dinner. Turns out they've just been having a long, but heated discussion. Played straight when Eternatus breaks free of the Pokéball Leon tried to catch it with and knocks him unconscious.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • When the player character and Hop end up lost in the Slumbering Weald and pass out cause of Zacian/Zamazenta, he comes just in time to help them after getting worried. Especially this because he actually went where he wanted to go instead of getting lost.
    • When Eternatus is about to break free from the Pokeball, his first instinct is to have Charizard shield Hop and the player rather than protect himself.
  • Big Good: Is the region's longtime Champion and plays a primary role in keeping the Galar region safe and secure, such as stopping a rogue Dynamax Pokémon that appears near Hammerlocke. He later tries to talk Chairman Rose into at least postponing his grand plan until after the Championship finals, and when Rose goes through with it anyways he immediately goes to confront Rose and try to take down Eternatus. In the postgame it's revealed he's more or less the new Chairman of Macro Cosmos, having taken over leadership of several of their projects and turned the Rose Tower into the Battle Tower.
  • Blood Knight: He deeply enjoys Pokémon battles. It's quite telling that if you stick Eldritch Abomination Eternatus in your party, his response is excitement at the potential of a strong opponent.
  • Bring It: Occasionally gives this gesture in the Battle Tower battle.
  • Broken Win/Loss Streak: You and Hop intend to break his winning streak by defeating him at the Champion Cup. Naturally, you succeed in the ending.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Leon is noted by several characters to be pretty spacey, getting easily lost in his own thoughts and having No Sense of Direction, to the point where Hop and the player are sent to pick him up from the station at the beginning of the game because they doubt he'd be able to get home on his own, even though the way there is a straight line from the station. That said, he is also the Champion of Galar, and has a flawless battle record to boot.
  • The Cameo: Averted in regards to the Isle of Armor's cameos. He doesn't appear on the titular island. Though it is mentioned he was a former student on the island which is possibly why he had no reason to return.
  • Catchphrase: "Let's have a champion time!" Becomes an Abandoned Catchphrase after he loses the champion title, and his rare league card mentions that he's still trying to come up with a fitting substitute.
  • Character Development: The conflict between him and Rose at the end of the main quest makes Leon realize that he's been fixating on his Champion position and the sport of Pokémon battling too much at the point of ignoring legitimate problems in Galar that he could be dealing with, such as the energy crisis. As such, he tells the protagonist after being defeated that it's high time he and other adults start focusing more on fixing such problems so that the younger generation can continue to enjoy the sport of battling. His new outfit at the Battle Tower in the postgame reflects his more mature outlook.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Notably, when Dynamaxing, he's one of the only trainers who throws his enlarged Pokeball one-handed. With almost everyone else throwing theirs two-handed, this implies that Leon is no slouch in terms of physical strength. Further demonstrated when you go to Leon's room in Postwick, where he has a set of workout equipment set up.
  • Child Prodigy: A former one. The story of how he claimed the Champion title in his first ever championship run at the tender age of ten is a well-known one in Galar. In fact, it mirrors the meteoric rise of several other Pokémon protagonists.
  • Childhood Friends: He and Sonia have been close friends since they were kids. He even brings this up in Masters.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Is of the firm opinion that, as Galar's champion, it's his responsibility to deal with any problems which may threaten the region. Rose exploits this during the climax of the game, going ahead with awakening Eternatus knowing full well that if something went wrong Leon wouldn't hesitate to jump in and try to resolve things.
  • The Coats Are Off: He dramatically flings off his cape before his battle with the protagonist.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: When facing off against Leon in rematches at the Battle Tower, his Galarian starters can all potentially have their hidden abilities, which isn't legally available for the player at the time.
  • Cool Big Bro: To Hop, who adores him and wants to be just like him at the start of the game.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Before his battle with the protagonist, he dares them to make their match one that will go down in Galarian history forever.
    Leon: Come on, [player name]! Let's make this a final match that'll go down in Galar's history. No, a match that will change Galar forever! We're gonna have an absolutely champion time! [poses and points to the sky as the crowd cheers]
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype:
    • Leon's role in the story ultimately involves to addressing the reoccurring trend in the series of the champion's tendency to being largely hands-off to whatever issues are plaguing their region. Leon is so hyper-focused on retaining his title that he ignores all of Chairman Rose's pleas of the potential tragedy in the region, which ends up being the catalyst to the latter's Face–Heel Turn. Post-game, Leon vows to take a more active role in protecting the Galar region abandoning trying to recapture the title of champion and instead focusing on training other trainers at the Battle Tower.
    • To add to this, Leon is probably the MOST active champion when it comes to regional threats as before Eternatus knocking him out Leon takes care of everything to the point that the player is left out of the loop. This is compared to champions like Steven and Cynthia who are on the sidelines and let the player handle the threats when they were just as capable of getting directly involved. Outside of the above spoiler, Leon takes the idea of being the region's protector more seriously than the other champions.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: When defeated, he pulls the brim of his hat over his eyes to hide his frustration before acting as a Graceful Loser for the cameras.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: He wears a single glove on his right hand and a sweatband on his left wrist.
  • Floral Theme Naming: His English and Japanese name were named after the dandelion.
  • Gorgeous Period Dress: His Battle Tower outfit is an extravagant affair that's ripped straight out of Regency England, from the frock coat down to the riding boots.
  • Graceful Loser: Is visibly torn up after losing his championship title to the protagonist, but is quick to push any hard feelings aside to offer his congratulations and heartfelt thanks for the great match.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: He becomes the new chairman of Macro Cosmos after Rose turns himself in.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: He can be just as energetic as Hop and has the sideburns to match.
  • Invincible Hero: He has a reputation for his incredible undefeated winning-streak. Even his in-universe theme song sings to the tune of, "Leon, Leon, the greatest Champion ever! Leon, Leon, will he be beaten? Never!" At least, he does until you're through with him.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • His English and Japanese names were named after the dandelion which is the symbol of Happiness and Joy. It makes sense with him being a Stepford Smiler and him being even livelier still when working as the new chairman in the Battle Tower.
    • His English name also means "Lion", which is a symbol of English royalty that ties into his regal attire and status as champion.
  • Mythology Gag: His backstory as an invincible Child Prodigy who became Champion at the tender age of 10 mirrors the rise of numerous Pokémon protagonists over the years. His Signature Mon is Charizard, one of the original starter Pokémon, and he even has his own baseball cap like Red, Ethan, and Hilbert. He also patrols the region to handle trouble wherever it pops up, again like previous protagonists.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a baseball cap much like Red, Ethan, and Hilbert: his has markings on the underside of the rim that resemble a crown, symbolizing his status as the "king" of the Galar region's League. He throws it into the air after being defeated at the end of the game to reflect his being dethroned.
  • No Sense of Direction: Several characters and his own league card comment that he gets lost easily.
    • At the beginning of the game, the player and Hop are tasked to pick him up from the station in the neighboring town because he likely wouldn't be able to find his way home on his own despite the route between his house and the station being a short straight road.
    • Another cutscene has him admit that Charizard helps him navigate outside of battles, since his own sense of where to go is so bad.
    • Part of the reason he took over Rose Tower and turned it into the Battle Tower is because it's easy not to get lost in there.
    • Isle of Armor reveals that despite being Mustard's greatest pupil in terms of raw ability, he doesn't have a Kubfu because he completely failed all of the dojo's trials, due to knowledge of the island's geography. He couldn't even find the Towers, which are visible from just about anywhere on the island.
    • In Masters, he and his Charizard truly don't know much about Pasio's locations. However, once they both get lost, the player character tells him the city is south. Not even 4 seconds pass without Leon casually going west from the player.
    • And again in his story in Masters where he had a battle with Steven after getting lost again in Pasio. After the battle was called off, he decided to go to the forest to look for more trainers to meet and battle with but went the wrong direction, causing the player to stop him.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Three of his Pokémon (Charizard, Dragapult and Haxorus) are dragons, though with Charizard being Fire/Flying he isn't biased towards the actual Dragon type the way Raihan is. Funny enough, Charizard is the one based on actual fantasy dragons, while Dragapult and Haxorus are based on prehistoric animals.
  • Picky Eater: In Masters, he mentions that he prefers meals he can eat quickly so he can have more time for battling.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: A subverted case in regards to his ace Pokémon Charizard, which knows Solar Beam. Since Leon will almost always Gigantamax his Charizard after sending it out, any player who sends out a Rock or Water-type Pokémon in response will be in for a nasty surprise when it suddenly unleashes Max Overgrowth. Further subverted in that he doesn't specialize in any one type and Charizard isn't the only one with coverage moves.
  • Product Placement: In-Universe example. His cape has sponsorships on the back of it, fitting with the Galar region's ties between Pokémon battling and professional sports.
  • Recurring Element: Much like Professor Kukui, he ends up using the final evolution of the starter that's strong against your own during your battle with him in the finals.
  • Recurring Riff: His battle theme features the classic Hall of Fame theme, highlighting the cheerful and celebratory nature of the battle against him, compared to the much more climactic and serious fight against Eternatus.
  • Red Is Heroic: Is the Big Good of the Galar region and his burgundy colored cape is easily his most notable feature. Even after being defeated he remains this as he takes the reigns of Macro Cosmos and wears a frock coat the same shade of burgunday as his cape.
  • Shared Family Quirks: He and Hop have the same habit of slapping their own cheeks to snap to attention before a battle.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: He's a showman by trade and frequently talks about how unbeatable he is. Given that he does have a flawless record, he has every right to be confident.
  • Sibling Team: When in the Galarian Star Tournament, one of his potential partners when you challenge him is Hop. He even tells him that their bond as brothers is stronger than any Champion.
  • Signature Mon: Charizard. It's his highest-leveled Pokémon and the one he Gigantamaxes. Even his signature pose is based on Charizard's hand.
  • So Proud of You: By the post game, Leon acknowledges how proud he's got of you and Hop and how far you've come. When you defeat Leon during Ranked Matches in the tower, he will express his faith in you and how how proud he's got.
  • Sore Loser:
    • Downplayed, but he's clearly upset whenever he's defeated by the protagonist. During the Championship finals he gives a grimace before becoming the epitome of a Graceful Loser, but when the cameras aren't rolling, like during his defeat at the Battle Tower, he takes much longer to recover - blatantly obscuring his face while he regathers his composure while clenching his fists all the while. Justified since he's been completely undefeated since he became the Champion when he was at least ten years old, so he's not used to taking losses.
    • Further downplayed by the likelihood that Leon isn't upset with the player for beating him, but himself for letting his team down. He explicitly states at one point that he fears losing because it'd be like he failed his Pokémon and all their hard work.
  • Stepford Smiler: Implied by his rare league card, stating that he is mich livelier now that he is no longer Champion and Opal's notes on his audition from his Gym Challenge. Given the fact that Leon has been in the spotlight ever since he was 10, it's likely he had to develop this to protect his image.
  • Tears of Joy: Admits to shedding these after seeing Hop and the protagonist's passionate battle during the championship semi-finals.
  • Technicolor Eyes: He has brassy gold eyes like Hop.
  • Tights Under Shorts: Wears white, diamond patterned leggings under his uniform shorts.
  • True Companions: After defeating Leon in a Max Ranked Battle Tower match has him state that he views the player character, Hop, and his Charizard to be this to him.
  • V-Sign: His signature "Charizard pose" is raising one while also raising his thumb to emulate Charizard's hand with a confident grin. The player can do the same thing by spinning around for a few seconds.
  • Victory Gloating: In a surprise Subversion from the above Sore Loser entry, if Leon actually does defeat the player in one of their Battle Tower rematches, he actually gets upset with the victory and thinks the player wasn't fighting with the same passion they had in their Championship match.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: His shorts are pretty damn short, rivaling Nessa's for length, in contrast to the other male gym leaders who's shorts vary from knee length to mid-thigh.
  • Worthy Opponent: He says there's no better challenger than a hero like you once you challenge him. He'll also notice if you have Eternatus in your party, and says that just makes him even more excited to battle you.
    Leon: A real hero who battled alongside the Legendary Pokémon, Zacian and Zamazenta. I couldn't have dreamed of a better challenger to help increase my winning streak! Oh... And you've even added Eternatus to your party. The greatest challenger along with the most powerful Pokémon, is that it? Now you're really getting me excited!
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has purple hair, and according to a Game Informer interview with Masuda and Ohmori, it's natural.



A former Gym Leader and previous Champion of the Galar region who held the position for a record 18 years, prior to the addition of Dynamaxing to the League. He was the one who discovered Leon's talent and served as his mentor. He currently runs a dojo on the Isle of Armor, and debuts in the "Isle of Armor" Downloadable Content for Sword and Shield.

  • The Ace: In his youth. Not only did he win the position of Champion on a type disadvantage, but he had the longest winning streak of any champion at 18 years straight, and only began losing because his partner Pokémon tragically passed away.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Much like Klara, he tends to add "kins" to the end of people's names as shown with Hop and Peony (calling them Hoppy-kins and Peo-kins).
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Specialized in Fighting-types while he was a Gym Leader. He fields Mienfoo/Mienshao in his first and final battles and Kommo-o in his final battle, and his signature Pokémon is Kubfu/Urshifu (the style the player didn't pick).
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: His eyebrows are grown out to the point they reach below his chin. They stand straight up when he gets serious, and the sheer length of them makes it look like his head has wings.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: When he partners up with Leon in the Star Tournament, he uses his "Let's Have a Champion Time" quote. He at least acknowledges it at first.
  • Catchphrase: He enjoys using the word "muster" now and then.
  • Childhood Friends: He's implied to be this with Opal whenever they are paired up or competing against each other in the Star Tournament.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: He's actually still extremely fit for his age, but hides it with his baggy track jacket and constant hunch.
  • The Coats Are Off: He removes his jacket and hat when he fights at his full strength.
  • Cool Old Guy: Mustard's a jovial fellow who loves playing video games and still quite the capable trainer long after his reign as Champion ended. As far as his own physical prowess goes, he's one of the most acrobatic humans in the series - showing off with a triple backflip when you fight him.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The death of Mustard's first Pokémon hit him so hard that he scored his first loss in nearly two decades not long afterwards, thus losing his Champion title, and he began losing more and more battles after that (though he still remained fairly popular). Things got even more shameful for him when eventually the chairman of the time tried to have him win a rigged match, presumably to try to salvage Mustard's career, which finally convinced him to retire from the League. He would eventually find a new purpose/path in life by building a dojo and mentoring aspiring trainers.
  • Duel Boss: The second battle with him is a one-on-one match between your and his Kubfu.
  • Eccentric Mentor: He's always acting like a doofus and having fun playing the part of the senile old man... with a heavy emphasis on "playing the part". He especially enjoyed messing with Leon's head when he trained him.
  • Edible Theme Naming: With his wife, Honey. Not only are they both named after edible spreads (with Mustard's name still following the plant theme most characters' names in the game have), but if you put their names together, you also get "honey mustard".
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Much like Opal, he doesn't like being referred to as "Old Man" as shown in his dialogue with Peony in the Star Tournament.
  • Foreshadowing: One of the first things said about Mustard, by Honey, is to not be fooled by how he looks and acts at the moment, and that his true self is quite a "beast."
  • Happily Married: With his wife, Honey. They fell in love and got married after they met during one of Honey's business trips, and they also have a son together.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: He usually signals that he's getting serious by taking off his hat and jacket, revealing his old Champion outfit and surprisingly fit physique.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: His rare League Card shows a pic of him when he was younger. He was even wearing the cape that Leon now wears.
  • May–December Romance: He's at least in his late sixties according to his rare league card, and Honey looks young enough to be his own daughter.
  • The Mentor: Was once Leon's mentor back when he was starting out, and owns a dojo where he trains a whole bunch of promising Trainers.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Performs this to everyone's shock when he calls for the player character and their rival to take their places for the final trial, moving from the edge of the arena to the center of it as soon as the viewer's eyes are off him.
  • Old Master: Was the Champion of the Galar region in a time before Dynamaxing became part of league battles (with his League Card pointing out the previous Champion was a Fairy specialist, meaning that he earned his title through a straight type disadvantage), and is still regarded as a legendary trainer. He held the seat of Champion for 18 straight years, a record that has yet to be broken.
  • Olympus Mons: Has an Urshifu as his Signature Pokémon, and is notably the only Champion to use a Legendary Pokémon.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Outside of his past as Galar's Champion, he also owns a Switch and is a fan of Pokémon Quest.
  • Recurring Boss: You battle him three times over the course of the Isle of Armor DLC.
  • Scissors Cuts Rock: According to his rare card, he beat the Fairy-type Gym Leader to become the Champion. Fairy types deal super-effective damage against his favored Fighting-types.
  • Signature Mon: Urshifu, of course. It's the emblem of his dojo and the strongest 'mon on his team. He will be using whatever style you didn't pick for your Kubfu's training.
  • Throwing the Fight: Inverted and defied. Apparently a previous chairman of the League asked him to win a rigged match (presumably due to his Heroic BSoD induced losing streak). He was so offended, he opted to retire instead.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Downplayed in that Mustard is far from ugly for his age (at least when he's not pretending to be a frail old man), but his wife Honey looks at least thirty years younger than him.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: His long eyebrows stand up straight when he gets serious during battles, making them look almost like wings. His rare League Card shows that his eyebrows were just as long when he was younger, though they were more jagged and looked like lightning bolts.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: His Rare League Card shows this was how he dressed in his prime.

A retired Gym Leader and former Champion who serves as your Expedition Teammate in the Crown Tundra DLC in order to track down the legendary Pokémon.

Information about him can be found here.


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