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The playable trainer characters in Pokémon GO who set out to explore the real world to catch Pokémon.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Downplayed. On the one hand, the two player characters have a distinctly masculine and distinctly feminine appearance, and can't be customized to look more androgynous. On the other, the choice is clearly designated as choosing an "adventuring style", in contrast to the main series games flat-out asking "Are you a boy or a girl?"; additionally, the player can switch between the two avatars at will, implying that they're a singular representation of the player rather than two separate characters with opposite genders.
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  • Blank Slate: Compared to the Trainers in the main series, which occasionally show bits of personality and can even be fully fleshed out as NPC rivals and opponents, these Trainers merely serve as blank avatars for the player.
  • Character Customization: While not to the extent of Pokémon X and Y, their hair, eye and skin colors can be customized, as can their outfits, though all the outfit options are similar to each other (but have different color schemes).
  • Does Not Like Shoes: As of the 2/16/17 update, the Character Customization feature now gives the option to go without shoes or socks entirely, which is odd for a game that involves/requires outdoor activity. Unless you wish to see your character as an Earthy Barefoot Character or something (which would actually be kind of fitting for a Pokémon trainer).
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  • Heroic Mime: Even more than many main-series Pokémon protagonists, in that they don't have any dialogue options or any opportunities to show personality. Justified, since due to the game's immersive nature, these Trainers are more of an extension of the player rather than established characters in an imaginary world.
  • The Hilarity of Hats: The Water Festival event made a silly-looking Magikarp hat available.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The male trainer is quite well-built, likely as a result of getting lots of exercise.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Likewise, the female trainer has an athletic figure (again likely due to exercise), tight clothes, a cute face, and a flattering, "cool" hairstyle.
  • Never Bareheaded: Averted as of the 2/16/17 update, wherein you can now choose to go without the visor.
  • Nice Hat: The male has a visor, while the female has a cap, though the 2/16/17 update made it optional.
    • Updates to the game added a top hat and adventurer's hat.
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  • Non-Standard Character Design: While most Pokémon protagonists are kids or teens drawn in a big-eyed manga-like style, these Trainers appear to be even older teens or young adults drawn in a more realistic style. Understandable, since this game, unlike most other Pokémon games (barring other mobile Pokémon titles), is marketed towards adult users who are the main users of smartphones.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: The female trainer has one through her cap, similar to Hilda.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Their hair color customization options include some outlandish colors such as blue and purple.

Professor Willow

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Voiced by: Nobuyuki Sakemoto (Japanese, The Two Professors), Robbie Daymond (English, The Two Professors)

The Pokémon Professor from Pokémon GO who specializes in the Pokémon that wander the real world.


  • The Bus Came Back: Originally only appeared for the game's intro and a brief appearance after the player reaches level 5. Beyond that, he didn't appear at all until the April, 2018 update introduced a quest system, where he gives out the major quests as well as the reward for completing side quests for seven straight days. For players that started at the game's launch, it was a nearly two-year vanishing act.
  • Cool Old Guy: A Pokémon professor who wears a cool jogging outfit under his lab coat.
  • Hot Scientist: Despite his age. It probably helps that he presumably walks a lot to catch Pokémon for his research like you're encouraged to do in the game.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In the The Two Professors short videos, where he discusses with Professor Oak the origins and mechanics of Meltan.
  • Theme Naming: Like all Pokémon professors, he is named after a tree.
  • Vocal Dissonance: In the Two Professors videos, he sounds like a young man, despite his old age.

The teams:

Once you hit level 5 in game, you are asked to join one of three teams, each with a different philosophy towards researching Pokémon.Tropes that apply to all teams:
  • Adventure Guild: More than technically. This overlaps with Anti Poop-Socking that the teams go out to explore and research the Pokémon.
  • Animal Motif: All of them are associated with the Three Legendary Birds—Instinct with Zapdos, Valor with Moltres and Mystic with Articuno.
  • Bifauxnen and Lad-ette: Blanche of Team Mystic and Candela of Team Valor might be this.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: They all represent a primary color. Instinct is yellow, Mystic is blue and Valor is red.
  • Expy: To Pokémon Mystery Dungeon teams in general, although their approaches are different.
  • The Faceless: In early versions of the game, the team leaders were represented by colored silhouettes but were eventually replaced with fully detailed artwork.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Since they're represented by the three legendary birds.
  • Friendly Rivalry: They all have the same goal, they just disagree on how to go about it, though in real life it's either Played Straight, Downplayed or Averted depending on how seriously players take the rivalry.
  • The Main Characters Do Everything: The teams apparently don't have a Pokémon-appraising department, so the leaders themselves judge the mons of all their recruits. How they have time to do this millions (maybe billions) of times a day is a bit of a mystery.
  • Meaningful Name: All three team leaders have names that correlate to the primary element of their Legendary Bird mascot:
    • Spark is the most obvious, as sparks are often affiliated with electricity for Zapdos.
    • Blanche means "white" in French, likely synonymous with white snow and the cold for Articuno.
    • Candela is a unit of measurement for luminous intensity, such as the light from a fire for Moltres. Her name is also the latin word for candle (which is an item that's commonly lit).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Team Valor is the Hot-Blooded red to Team Mystic's cold and calculating blue.
  • Theme Naming: Based on their preferred style of research and battle.
  • Two Girls And A Guy: Candela is a girl, Spark is a boy and Blanche is neither. Camdela and Blanche serve as direct opposites in terms of their approaches to Pokemon, while Spark is the only guy who presents a third attitude.

Team Instinct, led by Spark

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Hey! The name's Spark — the leader of Team Instinct. Pokémon are creatures with excellent intuition. I bet the secret to their intuition is related to how they're hatched. Come and join my team! You never lose when you trust your instincts!

Team Instinct believes in following your instincts and trusting in your Pokémon's abilities. Their color is yellow and their mascot is Zapdos.


  • Adorkable: Spark's official character design certainly makes him come off as this, especially with that cute cheeky grin.
  • Animal Motif: Associated with Zapdos. Spark himself has design elements reflecting this, including his spiky blond hair and his black and yellow clothing matching Zapdos' plumage.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the promotional artwork for the one year anniversary of Pokémon Go, everyone is walking on a pathway together with some Pokémon, minus Blanche riding a lapras, and Spark, who appears to be comically falling out of the sky with some eggs, and no context as to why.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Represents yellow.
  • Keet: Spark's character design shows him with a wide, energetic Grin of Audacity and bright colorful clothing, and his dialogue in game is said rather loudly.
  • The Kirk: Team Instinct's trainers rely on their instincts instead of favoring logic or emotions.

Team Mystic, led by Blanche

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I am Blanche, leader of Team Mystic. The wisdom of Pokémon is immeasurably deep. I am researching why it is that they evolve. With our calm analysis of every situation, we can't lose!

Team Mystic believes in approaching Pokémon training with calmness and intellect, and using logic to train and battle. Their color is blue and their mascot is Articuno.


  • Ambiguous Gender: When asked about Blanche's gender, the character's offical artist stated it was up to interpretation.
  • Animal Motif: Associated with Articuno. Blanche themself has design elements reflecting this, namely their hair being tied back to look like Articuno's tail and their long coat that fans out, resembling its wings.
  • Bishōnen/Bifauxnen: Blanche is confirmed to be a man or woman, they have a lean figure and an androgynous mode of dress, with both masculine and feminine features.
  • Book Worm: The promotional artwork for the one year anniversary of Pokémon Go has them sitting by themself on a lapras, reading what appears to be an informational book on Pokémon while everyone else walks together on a nearby pathway.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Represents blue.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: While not nearly as dark-skinned as Candela, Blanche's skin complexion is noticeably more tan than Spark, but they have platinum-blond hair.
  • Mystical White Hair: Blanche has a nice shade of silver.
  • The Spock: Team Mystic's trainers prefer using reason and logic over instincts or emotion.
  • Spock Speak: Displayed the most with the appraisal feature, where they tend to speak in a very analytical tone. They'll get excited when your Pokémon is far above average in stats, but that's about it.
    Blanche: This ends my analysis. Farewell.

Team Valor, led by Candela

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I'm Candela — Team Valor's leader! Pokémon are stronger than humans, and they're warmhearted, too! I'm researching ways to enhance Pokémon's natural power in the pursuit of true strength. There's no doubt that the Pokémon our team have trained at the strongest in battle! Are you ready?

Team Valor believes in fighting with strength and passion, and enhancing Pokémon's natural power. Their color is red and their mascot is Moltres.


  • Animal Motif: Associated with Moltres. Candela herself has design elements that reflect this, namely her short, slightly messy hair resembling the plume of fire on Moltres' head.
  • Boobs of Steel: Candela has a rather ample bust in comparison to Blanche and leads the team that cherishes strength.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Look at the picture.
  • Challenge Seeker: Team Valor are typically shown as this.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Represents red.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Downplayed, but she's prone to expressing fondness for particularly small Pokémon, stating that they're "rather cute".
  • The McCoy: Team Valor's trainers primarily rely on their emotions and passion when it comes to fighting.

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