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These special trainers are heads of special facilities that specialize in Pokémon battles. Normally these places are only accessible once you've beaten the main game, and for good reason: the game's AI takes the kid gloves off and provide some of the absolute hardest challenges the game has to offer. Only very determined and experienced players have a chance of conquering these places.


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Hoenn Battle Frontier

    Factory Head Noland/Factory Head Datsura (ダツラ datsura
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He awards the Knowledge Symbol onto the Frontier Pass of Trainers who defeat him.
  • Badass Labcoat: It's even sleeveless to boot.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He speaks with quite a few exclamation points.
  • Confusion Fu: Will use any three Pokémon that can be used in his facility. This is just like any other trainers, except you won't get to know which Pokémon he would use beforehand. To wit, that's any three of the Pokémon of the first generation that are not specifically banned, including lower-tier legendaries like Zapdos or Suicune.
  • Genius Bruiser: He awards the symbol of knowledge, after all.
    Noland: Knowledge isn't only about reading books or doing desk work!
  • Nice Hat: Has a cool red cap.
  • Perma-Stubble: Man looks like he hasn't shaved in a while.
  • Red Baron: The Factory Head.
  • Punny Name: Noland for Knowledge.
  • Signature Mon: He doesn't have one in Emerald thanks to the Confusion Fu, but in Pokémon Adventures he favors Mawile. Pokémon Masters instead assigns him a Pinsir — which can Mega Evolve, which wasn't even possible in Emerald. However, his ace as a Battle Villa boss is Machamp.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Notice how neither his top nor his coat has them.

    Arena Tycoon Greta/Arena Captain Kogomi (コゴミ kogomi
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/GretaRSE_2687.png

She likes tough Trainers, and will gladly hand over the Guts Symbol if defeated.


  • Badass Boast: When she first appears, she gives a subdued version of this, implying she intends to take it easy on you. For her rematch, she's definitely on-board.
    Greta (First Round): We'll take things easy to start with! Okay! Let's see you ignite my passion for battle!
    Greta (Second Round): Be ready for a thrashing!
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Heracross and Shedinja in her first fight.
  • Casting a Shadow: She uses an Umbreon in both of her fights as a bit of Stone Wall, and in round two, it's packing Double-Edge, Rest, and a Chesto Berry (remember, you only have three turns to defeat it).
  • Brutal Honesty:
    Greta: I don't know how to say it, but... To put it bluntly, you look pretty weak.
  • Cute Bruiser: A man hanging around outside the dojo mentions that he heard about this really cute girl hanging around the dojo, but was decidedly nonplussed when he could find nothing but sweaty, stinky martial artists.
  • Genki Girl: So Genki that she doesn't mind asking where the real challenger is when she first appears and only sees the player; she even moves around to look past him.
  • Green Thumb: She uses a Breloom in her second fight that uses Spore, Giga Drain, and Focus Punch.
  • Hot-Blooded: Is an enthusiastic fighter.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Heracross uses the Endure - Salac Berry - Reversal combo, so be careful.
  • One-Hit Point Wonder: If you don't exploit the fact that Kryptonite Is Everywhere, Shedinja is meant to give you a special kind of headache. To add insult to injury, it packs Confuse Ray.
  • Painted-On Pants: She wears a skintight blue suit underneath her black karate top.
  • Punny Name: Greta's got guts.
  • Red Baron: The Arena Tycoon.
  • She's Got Legs: This outfit emphasizes her legs, obviously.
  • Signature Mon: She uses Umbreon in both matches in the game, and it's noted as her favorite in Pokémon Adventures as well.
  • Soul Power: She fields a Gengar in her second fight. It uses Hypnosis, Dream Eater, and Destiny Bond.
  • Standard Status Effects: The only Pokémon she fields that can't inflict these is her Heracross. Most of her Pokémon inflict either sleep or confusion, though the Umbreon in her first fight also has Body Slam, for Paralysis.
  • Tomboy: She's a boisterous martial artist.

    Dome Ace Tucker/Dome Superstar Heath (ヒース hiisu
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TuckerRSE_4135.png

He prefaces battles with narcissistic comments, and if he loses, turns over the Tactics Symbol to the Trainer's Frontier Pass.


  • Always Camp: His sexuality is never alluded to, but he does fit this trope.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Has purple eyes to match his hair and outfit.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: He brings a Metagross to the fight for his second appearance
  • Incoming Ham: A lot of the Frontier Brains tend to be hammy, but Tucker spends a few moments prancing around the arena to rouse the crowd before even bothering to talk to you.
  • Large Ham: Tucker is a crowd player. Really, among Pokémon characters, we could give him a lifetime-achievement award.
  • Punny Name Tucker represents tactics.
  • Red Baron: The Dome Ace.
  • Signature Mon: In both the Silver Symbol and Gold Symbol challenges, as well as in most adaptations,note  he has used Swampert.
  • Tournament Arc: His facility is the first time in the main series games where actual tournaments (against NPCs) are depicted.
  • Visual Pun: The hair and the wings might bring to mind a 'fairy'.
  • Worthy Opponent: He apparently does a near 180 in between his two main fights. His first loss catches him off guard and he mutters about underestimating the player; by his second loss, he lavishes praise on you.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is purple.

    Pike Queen Lucy/Tube Queen Azami (アザミ azami
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/LucyRSE_4540.png

The Luck Symbol is awarded to those able to defeat Lucy's Pokémon.


  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Her dialogue is rather cold and emotionless.
  • Animal Motifs: Serpentine Pokémon. Even her Shuckle could count.
  • Badass Boast: Lucy claims she's "trampled flowers and braved storms" to achieve her position.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Shows as much of it as possible that can rival Jessie's.
  • The Baroness: She's cold and ruthless, and her emphasis on Standard Status Effects can certainly be interpreted as sadistic.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Her Shuckle serves as a Stone Wall during her first fight.
  • Break the Haughty: Implied by her losses.
  • The Dreaded: Her arrival comes with a heavy dose of ominous behavior. This bites especially hard if you choose the room with the maid who declines to heal any of your Pokémon before she arrives.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Instills this feeling, being the Pike Queen and all.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Her Steelix, which replaces her Shuckle in the second round.
  • Foil: To Greta. Greta has a brighter design and personality and is eager and excitable. Lucy... not even close. Compare: Blonde and Black hair colors (the styles even contrast); the Battle Arena is staffed entirely by male martial artists while the Battle Pike is run entirely by maids; Greta looks forward to seeing the player again, while Lucy seems to feel she's been wronged by losing, vowing to never forget the player. Ever.
  • The Gloves Come Off: Lucy does not take to losing your first encounter, and goes so far as to abandon the Battle Pike's signature emphasis on debilitating Standard Status Effects in favor of a full-throttle offensive. Her Seviper Takes a Level in Badass, keeping an almost identical moveset but exchanging Poison Fang for Sludge Bomb; her Gradual Grinder Shuckle is replaced with a Steelix that uses Earthquake, Rock Slide, and Explosion (backed up with Screech); and her bulky Milotic is replaced in favor with a Gyarados that primarily uses a Dragon Dance-Return combo.
  • Hates Small Talk: She's "not one for idle chatter".
  • Ice Queen: Has an icy attitude towards the player, and is one of few Frontier Brains to not take her loss very well.
  • Luck-Based Mission: The gimmick of the Battle Pike, mixed with Drought Level of Doom (make it through seven challenges without being worn down by status effects and combat).
  • Making a Splash: With her Milotic in the Silver Symbol challenge and a Gyarados in the Gold Symbol challenge.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A tall Aloof Dark-Haired Girl with an outfit that bares most of her torso and shoulders, prominent hips, high heels, and a ruthless demeanor.
  • Multicolored Hair: Black and Red.
  • Poisonous Person: Using her signature Pokémon, Seviper.
  • Punny Name: Lucy tests luck.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Has long, flowing black hair which goes down to her knees.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Has pale skin to go with her dark hair.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Not evil, but quite narcissistic. The anime shows her as pretty friendly.
  • Rule of Three: To get through the Pike, you have to choose one of three doors, with each door having a random challenge.
  • Signature Mon: Her Seviper. It is used in both of her matches, and it's the inspiration for both her design and her facility.
  • Smug Snake: Snakes being her theme, and she's quite full of herself too:
    Lucy: I am Lucy...I am the law here...For I am the Pike Queen...
  • Snakes Are Sexy: Evident from her looks and serpentine Pokémon theme.
  • Stripperiffic: Her outfit is definitely on the more revealing side, with most of her upper body visible, though she does wear pants.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She is noticeably taller than most other people in her anime and manga depictions.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: To her Seviper.
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    Palace Maven Spenser/Palace Guardian Ukon (ウコン ukon
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When defeated, he awards the Spirits Symbol.


  • Badass Beard: A magnificent one that goes down to his belly.
  • Bat Out of Hell: His Crobat, in his first fight.
  • Bald of Awesome: Not a hair to his head and one of the strongest trainers in Hoenn.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Not one to be seen with them open.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: His robe and staff direct more attention to his left.
  • The Gloves Come Off: Like Lucy, he switches from a Standard Status Effect strategy in his first fight to better emphasize pure offense in the second. He trades his Crobat with Toxic and Confuse Ray for an Arcanine with Extreme Speed and Overheat; his Slaking retains Earthquake and Shadow Ball, but trades Swagger and Brick Break for Yawn and Hyper Beam; and he replaces his Lapras (who only had Ice Beam as a standard attack, with Horn Drill as an alternate offensive) with Suicune (who has Blizzard, Surf, and Bite, backed up with Calm Mind).
  • Hidden Depths: When he first appears, he presents himself as a Large Ham Old Master. After losing though, he bursts out laughing and apologizes "for trying that stunt." The assistant who attends the player in the palace actually wishes he would maintain his facade of distinguished authority. Spenser doesn't bother with the Old Master bluster in the match for the Gold Emblem, and the assistant starts wishing he would maintain at least "a certain level of decorum".
  • Hot-Blooded: Once his initial stoic facade is shed, he shows a hearty side and is enthusiastic to fight the player once more.
  • Luck-Based Mission: Not as emphatically as the Battle Pike, but the Battle Palace requires the player to relinquish all control of their Pokémon in combat.
  • Making a Splash: Lapras in his first fight and Suicune in his second.
  • Meaningful Name: Spenser judges spirit.
  • Non-Elemental: Slaking, who appears in both fights.
  • Olympus Mons: His Suicune, again.
  • One-Hit Kill: Lapras is packing Horn Drill.
  • Playing with Fire: Arcanine, his lead for the second fight.
  • The Power of Friendship: The primary focus of his facility. The first Pokémon he fields is his Crobat, even.
  • Red Baron: The Palace Maven.
  • Rule of Symbolism: He's preceded by an Azurill and a Dusclops whenever he appears. Birth and Death.
  • Signature Mon: Uses Slaking in both matches.
  • Tron Lines: The patterns on his cane mimic those of Kyogre's Volcanic Veins.
  • True Companions: He refers to his Pokémon as his brethren.

    Pyramid King Brandon/Pyramid King Jindai (ジンダイ jindai
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When defeated in battle, he'll praise the grandeur of the match and hand over the Brave Symbol.


  • Golem: His first battle uses the Regi-trio.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: It's hard to tell whether it's green or brown.
  • High-Altitude Battle: It's hard to keep in mind given normal battle staging, but Brandon and the Player Character duel on the peak of a pyramid.
  • An Ice Person: Regice and Articuno.
  • The Leader: In anime canon, he's treated as the foremost Frontier Brain.
  • Large Ham: More of the Grand Speech type than the loud and in-your-face type, but he qualifies. The general setting of the Battle Pyramid certainly helps.
  • Olympus Mons: He always uses a legendary trio: the Regi trio in the first match and the bird trio in the second.
  • One Steve Limit: Almost with Brendan, the male protagonist of the game.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He has been known to laugh, however.
  • Red Baron: Pyramid King.
  • Theme Naming: Brandon is the Brain of bravery.

    Salon Maiden Anabel/Tower Tycoon Lila (リラ rira
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Sun/Moon 

When defeated, she awards the Ability Symbol onto the Frontier Pass.


  • Ascended Extra: Returns in Pokémon Sun and Moon as Looker's boss and head of the Ultra Beast division of the International Police. She's also from a different dimension, and is implied to have fallen into the Sun and Moon dimension from the Emerald one by being caught in an Ultra Wormhole.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Sports a rather nifty fitted suit in Sun and Moon.
  • Bifauxnen: In Emerald she could actually pass for a pretty boy due to her androgynous appearance.
  • Bokukko: Uses the masculine pronoun boku, which is usually reserved for boys.
  • Boyish Short Hair: In Emerald. Subverted in her Sun and Moon appearance.
  • Brutal Honesty: She mentions that she's been hearing rumors about the player when first introducing herself, and then informs them that none of said rumors are attractive.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns after over a decade of absence in Sun and Moon, all the more surprising as the Battle Frontier itself didn't return in the actual remakes of Ruby and Sapphire. Her return is more complicated than it initially appears as well.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Although most Frontier Brains and even other trainers can be this, she takes this trope Up to Eleven due to the nature of the Battle Tower itself making most unprepared trainers unable to defeat her facility. It's probably why she's the leader.
  • Curtains Match the Window: She has lilac-colored hair and eyes.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, her role is reduced to a single cameo in Poni Plains, as well as a selectable partner in the Battle Tree.
  • Expy: Her Pokémon Sun and Moon appearance along with her role is very reminiscent of Kyoko Kirigiri.
  • Good Is Not Nice: While otherwise a decent person, she apparently tells losing trainers that they have no talent, and when she loses, she's fond of creepy laughter ("Fufufufufufu....")
  • Human Aliens: In the extra-dimensional sense, not extraterrestrial, having become a "Faller" into the universe that Sun and Moon takes place in.
  • Idiot Hair: Of the mischievous-type, considering that she's a big cheater.
  • Large Ham: A prominent aversion, even in comparison to Lucy, who was known to give a cold Badass Boast. Anabel doesn't waste time boasting or making speeches like the others. She just wants to see your talent.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: When Nanu and Looker found her ten years before Sun and Moon, all she could remember was her name, that she was from Hoenn, and that she had a tower she had to protect. Despite this, she was still able to quickly climb the ranks in the International Police until she became Looker's boss.
  • The Leader:
    • Implied by virtue of the fact that the Battle Tower is the pre-eminent facility of the Frontier, dedicated to pure combat and not colored by gimmicks like the others.
    • In Sun and Moon she's the head of the International Police's Ultra Beast division.
  • Leitmotif: The original version of the Frontier Brain battle theme from Emerald plays in Sun and Moon during battles against her in the Battle Tree, GBA trumpets and all. This was likely intentional instead of using the remastered version from the Hoenn remakes as this Anabel is from the original Emerald timeline as opposed to the current one.
  • Little Miss Badass: Young as she is, she's still a powerful Frontier Brain; and is even more powerful in Sun and Moon.
  • The Men in Black: Wears a suit, is part of a secret group in the government, meets with you clandestinely in hotel rooms, deals with aliens, etc.
  • Non-Elemental: Her Weapon of Choice is to field Snorlax, literally her best for last (and this alongside her legendary Pokémon, too). In the first fight it's packing Belly Drum and Body Slam, so try to hold out for it. In the second fight, it's a full on Curselax that brings Return and a Rest-Chesto Berry combo to the party. She still has it on her team in Sun and Moon, both when you fight her as a test during the Ultra Beast plot and in the Battle Tree as a Bonus Boss.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The Salon in Salon Maiden actually refers to the Battle Salon, the room in the tower where you can meet and choose a partner for Multi Battles. Her title is unique in not referring directly to the facility she heads (this is averted in the original Japanese, where she's the Tower Tycoon).
  • Olympus Mons: She uses Entei, Raikou, and Latios! All three return on her Battle Tree team in Sun and Moon; Latios can now use Mega Evolution.
  • Playing with Fire: The Entei she fields in her first fight in Emerald.
  • Psychic Powers: She leads with an Alakazam in her first fight in Emerald. Beware: it's a Fire, Ice, Lightning punch-sweeper... but it lacks any STAB moves.
  • Punny Name:
    • Anabel represents ability. In German, this name is a reference to anlage, "asset" in English.
    • In the original Japanese, Lila is a reference to Lilac, the general color of her design.
  • Puppet King: It's implied her role as head of the Ultra Beast division is merely to be used as bait to draw out the Ultra Beasts, who are naturally drawn to Fallers like Anabel.
  • The Quiet One: Anabel is actually the most soft-spoken of the Frontier Brains. She grows out of it by Sun and Moon, but she still manages to be rather mellow, especially in comparison to Looker.
  • Rapunzel Hair: In Sun and Moon, she has grown a ponytail that reaches down to her waist.
  • Red Baron: The Salon Maiden.
  • Shock and Awe: She leads with a Raikou in her second fight in Emerald; however, it's a bit of a step down from Alakazam, since it only has Thunderbolt in terms of offense.
  • Signature Mon: Uses Snorlax in both matches in Emerald. It returns on her team in Sun and Moon, both during the Ultra Beast quest and the Battle Tree.
  • Super Mode: She has a Key Stone and is able to use Mega Evolution in the Battle Tree.
  • Spirited Competitor: It's implied in the moments before her second fight that she's been very bored without a fight to look forward to.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Emerald, she was already awesome enough due to being a very powerful member of the Battle Frontier. In Sun and Moon? Her job is protecting the world from extremely dangerous interdimensional Eldritch Abominations!
  • Trapped in Another World: In Sun and Moon, she is revealed to be from an alternate version of Hoenn (heavily implied to be the Emerald version of Hoenn due to her battle theme using the original GBA sound font from that game, even though a remastered version was already made for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire). She stays in the current dimension due to her Laser-Guided Amnesia causing her to forget most of her past life, but she still has a pretty important role to play in this world as the head of the Ultra Beast Taskforce.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lilac purple hair, to be more exact.

Sinnoh & Johto Battle Frontiers

    Tower Tycoon Palmer/Tower Tycoon Kurotsugu (クロツグ kurotsugu
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/PalmerDPP_2377.png

Barry's father, who is just as energetic as his son and has the skill to back up him his position as the Battle Tower tycoon. He will award you with the Tower Print upon defeat.


  • Adapted Out: Due to the obvious change of relation to the player character as the result of being father of the Sinnoh games' rival and his dialogue heavily involving this and reflecting on how the protagonist has grown from how he remembers them, Palmer's dialogue changes quite a bit in HeartGold and SoulSilver, and all mentions of his home region and son are cut out.
  • Badass Armfold: Is striking an awesome one during his sprite animation, complete with Dramatic Wind.
  • Badass Longcoat: He wears a coat that reaches his knees, and it flows behind him imposingly in his animation.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Like Barry, he also crashes into people a lot.
  • Dramatic Wind: The first trainer to sport this in his battle animation, making him look even cooler.
  • Generation Xerox: His son takes a lot after him, and there's the fact that he and the player's father became trainers the exact same way the player and Barry did.
  • Hot-Blooded: Like his son he's always eager for a battle.
  • Olympus Mons: Uses a full team of legendaries the second time around. Heatran, Cresselia, and Regigigas.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Is always in a hurry and runs headfirst into other people, just like his son Barry, and they have a similar pose in their battle sprite.
  • Spiky Hair: In contrast to the wavy hair of his son, Barry, Palmer's hair is spiky.
  • Standard Power Up Pose: He strikes this pose in his sprite just as Barry does, though he does so with more of a dramatic flair that's in-line with other examples.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks like an older version of his son Barry.

    Castle Valet Darach/Castle Butler Kokuran (コクラン kokuran
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Voiced by: Brian Timothy Anderson (Pokémon Masters), Yuichiro Umehara (Pokémon Masters - JP)

Caitlin's loyal butler, who guides trainers through the Battle Castle. He will award you with the Castle Print upon defeat.


  • Battle Butler: Tends to the challenger while Caitlin is at her seat. He is also the milestone to be battled for the Castle Print.
  • Bodyguard Crush: A minor character in the Battle Castle mentions that Darach has feelings for Caitlin, but doesn't show it.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Ever since Caitlin became part of the Unova Elite Four there has been no word of what has happened to him. However, his presence is hinted at by the Black Empoleon bikers: they were so impressed by a trainer that defeated them, they changed their name to reflect one of his Pokemon. Given that Empoleon isn't available the region, and no other trainer uses one in-game, this implies that Darach has recently been to Unova.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Prominently uses his Empoleon.
  • Global Currency Exception: Castle Points instead of the usual Pokémon Dollars or even Battle Points.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Fighting against Darach - he aids you in the Castle immensely until you reach the end of the third consecutive set of battles, in which you must fight him.
  • Olympus Mons: Brings an Entei to his gold print team.
  • Playing with Fire: Uses a Houndoom in his your first bout with him, and swaps it out for an Entei in the rematch.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: As expected from a valet, he always wears his suit.
  • Signature Mon: His Empoleon, which appears on both his silver and gold print teams.
    • In Masters, he uses Houndoom for Battle Villa battles and Gallade in the main story. Strangely enough, he's the only trainer in the whole game whose Pokémon ace is already being used by other trainers (in his case, Barry uses the Piplup line and thus bars Darach from using Empoleon, though him using Houndoom or Gallade doesn't stop Karen and Wally from using them themselves). Time will tell when his official inclusion will change his ace.
  • Skunk Stripe: He has a bright yellow stripe in contrast with his black hair.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: His dapper appearance and black/blue/white/gold color scheme reflect his Empoleon, with the composition (blue trims around the mostly black outfit, the gold skunk stripe/crown on top in the middle) being comparable as well.

    Hall Matron Argenta/Stage Madonna Kate (ケイト keito
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The veteran woman who runs the Battle Hall. She will award you with the Hall Print upon defeat.


  • Cool Old Lady: One of the few notable female characters who is likely over 50, but she's a good sport and gives the player some inspiring words after her gold print defeat.
  • Cool Shades: She has a pair of sunglasses that she rests on her head.
  • Confusion Fu: Will use any Pokémon, provided it's on the same level as your own.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted; she is a very strong Trainer, but she's not evil.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is purple.

    Factory Head Thorton/Factory Head Neziki (ネジキ nejiki
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ThortonDPP_8137.png
Voiced by: Jon Allen (Pokémon Masters - EN), Shouhei Komatsu (Pokémon Masters - JP)

The eccentric geek in charge of the Battle Factory. He will award you with the Factory Print upon defeat.


  • According To My Calculations: In Masters, he loves to speak obnoxiously in this kind of manner.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Claims to have a device that calculates one's whole strategy.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Green.
  • Confusion Fu: Like Argenta, he will use any three Pokémon that can be used in his facility. At least you'll get some hints beforehand, though.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He invented his data-analyzing machine. In Pokémon Masters he mentions a few other inventions of his as well.
  • Just as Planned: He says it word for word if he defeats you.
    • Comes back for when he levels up in Pokémon Masters, where he mentions that everything went exactly as he planned.
  • Nice Hat: Or maybe it's his hair...
  • Signature Mon: Lacks one in the main games, but Pokemon Masters makes Bronzong his partner.
  • Teen Genius: He says he is a teenager in Pokémon Masters and is an inventor and the Factory Head of the Battle Factory, which is more dedicated to research compared to the other Battle Frontier facilities.

    Arcade Star Dahlia/Roulette Goddess Dahlia (ダリア daria
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The passionate dancer of the Battle Arcade. She will award you with the Arcade Print upon defeat.


  • Ambiguously Brown: Implied to be Latina as her name comes from a flower native to Mexico, Central America, and Colombia. Pokémon Adventures ups this up by having her speak Gratuitous Spanish.
  • Animal Motif: All Pokémon from the Gold Print challenge on her team are related to birds.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Has a Fighting-type on both of her rosters, with Medicham in her first and a Blaziken in her second.
  • Bare Your Midriff: The first Pokémon girl to have her belly button pierced.
  • Blow You Away: Uses two Flying-types in her second fight with Zapdos and Togekiss.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Meta example. She uses Dawn's catchphrase from the Pokémon anime, "No need to worry".
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Yellow.
  • Dance Battler: She dances onto the arena and in her animation, and she also uses a Ludicolo. Though oddly, while she clearly loves to dance, the only one of her Pokémon that knows any dance moves is the aforementioned Ludicolo, which knows Swords Dance.
  • The Gambler: Has the theming down, but she's a downplayed example. Dahlia fittingly talks quite a lot about luck as the master of the Battle Arcade and has a relaxed and positive attitude regarding the nature of chance, but she praises the protagonist for their skill and notes that luck isn't what brought them to her. This actually somewhat ties in to the Battle Arcade's roulette mechanic, which sounds luck-based at first but is ultimately very much possible to weigh to your favor with sufficient skill.
    • It's rather fitting with this theme that she uses a Togekiss, a Pokémon heavily tied to good fortune with abilities that are all about luck (Hustle decreases accuracy for higher attack, while Serene Grace massively buffs the odds of additional effects from moves).
  • Genki Girl: As a star she's always excited and cheerful.
  • Luck-Based Mission: The arcade boards are a mild version of this, especially if you have bad timing, as in the very least you can't control what will show up on it.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A beautiful dancer wearing a midriff-bearing top and high heels who likes to shake her body quite a lot, and her animation puts a lot of emphasis on her swaying hips.
  • Olympus Mons: Uses a Zapdos during her second battle.
  • Spicy Latina: Certainly has many key characteristics going so far as her own name.

Unova Battle Facilities

    Subway Bosses Emmet and Ingo/Subway Masters Kudari (クダリ kudari) and Nobori (ノボリ nobori
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/emmet_and_ingo.png
Emmet is the one on the left in white and Ingo is the one on the right in black.

Ingo is the Subway Boss of the Single and Super Single Trains, while Emmet is the Subway Boss of the Double and Super Double Trains. The two team up for a Multi Battle on the Multi and Super Multi Trains.


  • Badass Longcoat: They both have some impressive longcoats.
  • Creepy Monotone: Emmet speaks like this during most of his Double and Super Double line dialogue, but he does slip out of it around his brother and when he's genuinely had fun after being defeated on the Super Double train.
  • Creepy Twins: Their designs and speech patterns that contrast their expressions are intentionally rather uncanny, though they're perfectly nice fellows.
  • Curtains Match the Window: They both have silver hair and eyes.
  • Dual Boss: On the Multi and Super Multi Lines.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: They seem to have a fondness for Steel-types, with Klinklang and Durant being in the roster for the initial battles and Excadrill in the Super train line teams.
    • Crustle is also in their regular line teams as well.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: In both their official artwork and sprites.
  • Go Nagai Sideburns: They have some spectacularly angular sideburns that frame their faces almost like helmets, and they're very powerful trainers to boot.
  • Nice Hat: They both wear snazzy conductor's caps.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Ingo, contrasting with his enthusiastic tone of dialogue.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Emmet, contrasting with his often emotionless dialogue.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Seems to be the intention — Ingo is frowning in his official art, whereas Emmet is smiling. Ingo dresses with a black theme, and Emmet wears lots of white.
  • Stepford Smiler: At least Emmet, as much of his dialogue is emotionless despite his expression. Though there's something odd about them that makes them both feel like Stepford Brothers.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: In the games, Emmet speaks almost entirely in passive voice, whereas Ingo's manner of speaking is too formal.
    Ingo: Thank you for riding the Battle Subway today. I am the Subway Boss Ingo. I will choose the next destination based on your talent. Do you understand Pokémon well? Can you hold on to your principle? Will you go on to victory or defeat? All aboard!
    Emmet: I am Emmet. I am a Subway Boss. I like Double Battles. I like combinations of two Pokémon. And I like winning more than anything else. So let's start a great battle in which every Pokémon uses various moves.
  • Tag Team Twins: They team up to fight you on the Multi and Super Multi Lines. They also seem to share Pokémon, as the ones used by Ingo on the Single/Super Single Line also appear on Emmet's team in the Double/Super Double Line.
  • Theme Twin Naming: For the Japanese names, Nobori comes from "nobori-sen" (in-bound line) and Kudari comes from "kudari-sen" (out-bound line). In the English localization, Ingo comes from "in-going line" and Emmet comes from "emit" (again, out-bound). Both of these tie into their train motif.
  • Verbal Tic
    "I am Emmet."
  • We Will Meet Again: Their only real dialog to the player sounds like this, along with We Meet Again.

    Benga/Banjirou (バンジロウ banjirou
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The grandson of Champion Alder whom the player may only fight if they manage to reach the top/bottom of Black Tower/White Treehollow.


  • Anime Hair: Just like his dear ol' grandpa.
  • Badass Adorable: A wild looking boy with Cute Little Fangs. He's also the highest leveled trainer in the game.
  • Birds of a Feather: He and Iris never meet, but they are surprisingly identical in most aspects. Both have grandpas of sorts who have/had important jobs with the Unova League, both like to use pseudo-Legendaries that are close to dragons in some ways, and both are wild children who can understand the feelings of Pokémon.
  • Bonus Boss: He can be fought in Black Skyscraper or White Tree Hollow, depending on whether you have Black City or White Forest.
  • Bragging Rights Reward: Defeating him for the first time at the Bonus Dungeon makes him give you a Shiny Gible or Dratini with a free Exp. Share.
  • The Empath: Implied to be this.
  • Generation Xerox: Like Alder (and his hair), Benga owns a Volcarona.
  • Hot-Blooded: Boy, is he ever. His first appearance is rushing in to tell Alder about becoming the head of the version facility.
  • It Was a Gift: After defeating him for the first time, he will award you with a shiny Gible or shiny Dratini in Flocessy Town.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Looks like a rebel, but he's just like a boy version of Iris who comprehends the values of Pokémon. Fitting, as he himself owns Dragon-types mostly.

Kalos Battle Maison

    Tropes the Battle Chatelaines share in common 
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Zigzagged in the Japanese version. Each supposed to begin with the letter 'L', but by katakana, they start with either 'ra' or 'ru'.
  • Badass Family: All four are related and hold top positions in the Battle Maison. When you fight them at the 49th/50th streak, each one sports legendaries.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Their dresses, hats, hair and eyes are all the same colors; Nita is Orange and Yellow, Evelyn is Blue, Dana is Pink, and Morgan is a Green-Blue.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Their eye colors all match their hair's.
  • Dual Boss: When you pick Multi Battles, two of the four sisters will eventually battle you at a time.
  • Expressive Accessory: Their gloves. Not because they move, but because their lengths correspond with the sisters' ages, starting from youngest sister Nita (whose gloves stop at the wrist) up to oldest sister Morgan (who gloves stop at her shoulders).
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Nita (sanguine), Evelyn (melancholic), Dana (choleric), Morgan (phlegmatic).
  • Gratuitous French: In the Japanese version, their names are all in French.
  • Large Ham: Evelyn aside, let's just say the sisters are very bombastic.
  • Little Miss Badass: They're all extremely talented trainers.
  • Nice Hat: All of them wear top hats as part of their outfits.
  • Oireland: Their dialogue and the expressions they use strongly suggest that they speak with Irish accents. In Evelyn's case, it's much more subdued.
  • Olympus Mons: Battle each of them the second time, and they use a set of legendary trio. For Dana, she uses two sets. For Evelyn and Morgan, they each use Latios and Latias together with their trios respectively.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Brightly colored, striped ones with gigantic hoop skirts.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: All of them sport fancy tights to go with their skirts.
  • She's Got Legs: Compliments of their Showgirl Skirts, all them have shapely legs on full display (tights notwithstanding).
  • Showgirl Skirt: Each of them sport one.
  • Temporal Theme Naming: Their names in both the Japanese and English versions are based on different parts of the day.

    Nita/Lanuit (ラニュイ ranyui
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The Chatelaine of the Single Battle Challenge. She is the youngest of Battle Chatelaine sisters.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: She is the youngest of her sisters, and often receives a scolding from Morgan for being too cheeky with guests.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Morgan and Dana scold her for it if you face either of them together with her, especially when you win.
  • Butt-Monkey: She's the most reckless and fiery of her sisters, and gets told off hard by both Dana and Morgan when they fight together in a multi-battle.
  • Cavalier Competitor: She cares more about fun than strategy in a battle. According to her, "All a battle has to be is cracking good fun!"
  • Genki Girl: The most upbeat of the siblings.
  • Irony: Wears bright colors for someone whose Temporal Theme Naming is based on night.
  • Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name literally means night in French.
    • Her English name also sounds like night.
  • Olympus Mons: Uses Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus when you battle her on the Super Singles.
  • Sore Loser: She gets upset when you beat her in a Super Multi Battle with Morgan.
    Nita: No, no, no! How could I— This is terrible altogether! How could you do this to me, you wee, rotten Trainers?! Do ye not even know what Morgan'll do to me now?!

    Evelyn/Lesoir (ルスワール rusuwaaru
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The Chatelaine of the Double Battle Challenge, and one of the two Chatelaines of the Multi Battle Challenge. The second youngest of Battle Chatelaine sisters.


  • Apologetic Attacker: Up to Eleven. If she beats you in a Double Battle, she not only apologizes, but bursts into tears and practically begs you to return to the Battle Maison sometime.
  • Black Sheep: The only one of the sisters who isn't a bombastic ham. Her accent is also much more subdued.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Subverted. Her Entei knows Sacred Fire, Ho-Oh's Secret Art. However, this is, in fact, a hint that you can teach your own Entei such a move starting in Gen VI!note  Until Pokémon Bank was released in December 2013 (about 3 months after X and Y's release) and Entei could be transferred for confirmation, not even guides could reveal whether Entei can learn Sacred Fire and how. As the result, Evelyn was thought to have an illegal Pokémon.
  • Cowardly Lion: Despite being a Shrinking Violet, she is the head of the Double Battle area of the Maison for a good reason.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She appears to be stumbling in her artwork, and Morgan actually notes the in-universe appeal of her bumbling.
    Morgan: I know some of these goofs like it when you waffle about, so that's fine for business, but...
  • Dual Boss: In addition to any one of her sisters in the Multi Battle Challenge, she is also this by herself in the Double Battle Challenge, since it's a double battle.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: When paired up with Dana in the Multi Battle Challenge, she remarks she doesn't look highly on her skills at Double Battles, and even begs you not to challenge Double Battles when you win.
  • Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name literally means evening in French.
    • Her English name also sounds like evening.
  • Olympus Mons: Uses Entei, Raikou, Suicune, and Latios on your battle with her on the Super Doubles.
  • Shrinking Violet: Immensely so. If you beat her in the Multi Battle Challenge, she even encourages you NOT to take the Double Battle Challenge to make sure it doesn't sound like she's agreeing with Dana's boasting of her (Evelyn's) skill.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: The sister with blue hair turns out to be the Shrinking Violet. Go figure.
  • Throwing the Fight: Her dialogue if she beats you indicates that she tries to lose on purpose so that you, the guest, would enjoy yourself more. If you beat her, however, she apologizes for making it too easy, hence why she's willing to bust out Legendary Pokémon the next time you battle her.

    Dana/Lajournée (ラジュルネ rajurune
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The Chatelaine of the Triple Battle Challenge, and the other Chatelaine of the Multi Battle Challenge. The second eldest of Battle Chatelaine sisters.


  • Girlish Pigtails: Sports an impressively swirly pair of these, fitting her standoffish facade.
  • Brutal Honesty: She's incredibly harsh if the player loses to her in her first battle in X and Y, but even when she drops the snobbery in her second match she still jovially comments on how you did, though she's far friendlier about it.
    Dana: Hehehe! What are you gawking at now? The savage mess you made o' the battle? Ha! I'm not havin' a dig at you—it's just great fun to battle hard after holdin' back!
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She presents herself as an uppity and proper lady with no tolerance for weak trainers at first or when she's working alongside her younger sisters, but after winning against her she completely drops it and is very cordial towards the protagonist.
  • Hot-Blooded: Is this among the sisters. Add in the hammiest and it gets really noticeable. Which goes with her color, pink.
  • Jerkass Façade: Comes off as a snooty and cold trainer upon defeating the player either in her first solo match or alongside Evelyn in X and Y, but drops the act and shows a much heartier side she retains after you defeat her. In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire she doesn't even bother much with it in her solitary battles, saying there's no point for the act in Hoenn.
  • Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name literally means day in French (as in daytime).
    • Her English name also sounds like day.
  • Olympus Mons: Like Pyramid King Brandon, she uses the Legendary Birds and Golems on your next battle with her on the Super Triples.
  • Opera Gloves: They go past her elbows. While her younger sisters wear gloves too, neither of them go past the elbows.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has pink hair.

    Morgan/Lematin (ルミタン rumitan
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The Chatelaine of the Rotation Battle Challenge. She is the eldest of Battle Chatelaine sisters.


  • Anime Hair: All four of them have pretty funky hair, but Morgan's takes the cake.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Her spiraling ponytail is pretty appropriate for someone who specializes in rotation battles.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's never anything but polite to the player and is very sweet and motherly towards Evelyn, but from what Dana says, she's apparently terrifying at scolding her sisters when they act improper to guests. If you fight and especially win against her and Nita in a multi-battle,you will definitely understand why.
  • Cool Big Sis: Gives off this vibe towards her other sisters, and comforts Evelyn when she's nervous before they have their multi-battle with the player. Of course, she doesn't like it when Nita gets a bit verbal when they battle together in the Multi battles, and gives her a scolding.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Her Japanese name literally means morning in French.
    • Her English name also sounds like morning, and is one letter off from the German word for morning.
  • Olympus Mons: When you fight her on 50th battle on the Super Rotation lines, she sports Cobalion, Virizion, Terrakion, and Latias.
  • Opera Gloves: Has the longest gloves of the sisters that end just below her shoulders, signifying her as the oldest.
  • Self-Deprecation: Of the friendly kind, as she usually reassures the player that she's no first-class trainer before her fights, and even describes herself and Evelyn as a bit hopeless at multi-battles. Suffice to say it isn't very true.
  • The Stoic: Downplayed, but she keeps her composure throughout all of her fights, especially compared to her younger siblings.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has green hair.

Alola Battle Tree

    Red (レッド reddo

The protagonist of the Kanto games. He makes a return in Sun and Moon as the head of the Single Battle challenge. In the Multi Battle challenge, he and Blue are fought together.

For more information, refer to Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals.


    Blue/Green (グリーン guriin

The main rival of the Kanto games. He makes a return in Sun and Moon as the head of the Double Battle challenge. In the Multi Battle challenge, he and Red are fought together.

For more information, refer to Pokémon Protagonists and Rivals.



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