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The Gym Leaders in Hoenn, beating them grants the eight Badges necessary to enter the Hoenn League.

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    Roxanne (Tsutsuji) 

Roxanne / Tsutsuji (ツツジ tsutsuji)
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (ORAS Promo - JP), Mai Goto (Pokémon Masters - JP), Sarah Miller-Crews (Pokémon Masters - EN)

Rustboro City Gym Leader—The Rock-Loving Honor Student!

"I became a Gym Leader so that I may apply what I learned at the Pokémon Trainer's School in battle. Would you kindly demonstrate how you battle, and with which Pokémon?"

  • Adaptation Personality Change: Downplayed. In the originals, she plays it prim and respectable; the remakes gave her a Spoiled Brat moment with the Fossil Maniac, though she eventually catches and recuses herself.
  • Admiring the Abomination: In Masters, she's smitten by her Nosepass's rugged looks.
  • Badass Bookworm: She's a student of the Trainer's School and became a Gym Leader because she was just that good as a result of her studies.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: The brains to Winona's beauty and Flannery's brawn. Her Gym Leader title says it all, and even her in-game dialogue mentions learning things a fair bit.
  • Can't Catch Up: In Emerald, she begins expanding her team and evolving them, putting together a pretty potent force of Rock-types including Golem, Steelix, and Aerodactyl... then poor little Nosepass is sent in looking helpless and pitiful by comparison. Gen V thankfully lets her upgrade to Probopass.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Of the Rock variety.
  • Fossil Revival: Similar to fellow Rock-type specialist Brock, she uses a lot of fossil Pokémon in her rematches. The World Tournaments in Gen V give her Hoenn's fossils in Armaldo and Cradily, along with Carracosta, and in Emerald, she has Aerodactyl, Omastar, and Kabutops.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Roxanne = Rocks.
    • Tsutsuji = Tsuchinote 
    • Her German name is Felizia, from "felsen" (stone).
    • Her Spanish and Italian Name is Petra, from "piedra" (stone).
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Wears leggings along with a short minidress.
  • Selective Magnetism: Her Nosepass's magnetism traps Steel-types in battle with the ability Magnet Pull in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Not that you'd have Steel types by that point, but this can apply with the event-exclusive Beldum that was released alongside the games (and of course, trading).
  • Shrinking Violet: In Masters, during the Team Hoenn event, she is easily flustered and embarrassed about joining in with Brawly and Flannery's battle calls that Brawly suggested they do to channel their collective energy.
  • Ship Tease: In Emerald, she gets the player's Match Call number from Brawly, which is one of the few indications she has a personal relationship with any of the other Leaders. In the ORAS Demo, she compliments him on how rock-solid he is.
  • Signature Mon: Nosepass. In Black 2 and White 2, it's evolved into Probopass.
  • Signature Move: Rock Tomb, her TM move.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Only female Rock-type gym leader.
  • Spoiled Brat: In the remakes' post-game, you find her talking to the Fossil Maniac near Fallarbor Town, where she starts tossing a tantrum and crying crocodile tears, demanding him to give her some fossils. She does come around at the end, though.
  • Vague Age: Even noted in-universe by the man in the Pokémon World Tournament lobby.
  • Warm-Up Boss: Unlike other Rock-type leaders (save Roark), all of your starters will eventually know super-effective moves against Roxanne's Pokémon. If you take the time to grind until Torchic evolves into Combusken, it will have a much easier time with this leader than Charmander did for Brock.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: If you chose Torchic — prepare to grind to either evolve the chicken or until you have a decent Water or Grass-type. If you can trade a Slakoth you caught in Petalburg Woods for a Makuhita, that would also put you at an advantage.

    Brawly (Touki) 

Brawly / Touki (トウキ touki)
Voiced by: Jon Allen (Pokémon Masters - EN), KENN (Pokémon Masters - JP)
Dewford Town Gym Leader—A Big Wave in Fighting!

"I've been churned in the rough waves of these parts, and I've grown tough in the pitch-black cave! So you wanted to challenge me? Let me see what you're made of!"

  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Fighting-type specialist.
  • Blackout Basement: His gym does this; to no small amount of surprise, it's the one that unlocks Flash. He also boasts of training in these conditions.
  • Cool Shades: Wears an orange pair on his forehead in the remakes.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: All damaging moves his team uses in battle in Emerald are Fighting-type, which means that anything that resists said type has a very easy time against him. It's possible to get a Sableye by then, which makes things comically easy.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Subverted. Brawly does wear shoes on his feet, but they are specially shaped and designed to mimic the feeling and appearance of being barefoot; complete with even having individual toes.
  • Dumb Muscle: Downplayed; in the ORAS Demo, he laments his inability to get his body-fat percentage any lower, which, given his physique, would be decidedly unhealthy.
  • Foil: To Roxanne, the feminine and proper intellectual to his masculine and casual martial arts.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Brawly in English.
    • His German name is Kamillo, from "kampf" (fight).
    • His Spanish name is Marcial, which means "martial".
    • His French name is Bastien, from "baston", a French word for "fight".
    • His Italian name is Rudi, from "rude" (rough/hard).
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: Prominent in his design and the badge he gives out.
  • Punny Name: His Japanese name refers to a type of herb. It's also a homonym for "fighting spirit".
  • Ship Tease: With Roxanne in the demo. In Emerald, he's the one who gives Roxanne the player's Match Call number.
  • Signature Mon: The Makuhita line, with it becoming Hariyama in Emerald rematches and the Pokémon World Tournament.
  • Signature Move: His TM move is Bulk Up. It's a great boosting move, so he keeps it around in rematches and his Gen V teams.
  • Skippable Boss: It's possible to skip his gym entirely, as you can just deliver Steven's letter and head straight to Slateport and proceed. You do, however, need his badge to fight Norman. This is averted in the remakes, however, where there's a NPC Roadblock preventing you from getting to Steven until you've defeated him.
  • Surfer Dude: Only minus the Totally Radical (except in the dub of the anime). He surfs to train himself and his Pokémon.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: In the remakes.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Brawly will pound you flat if you go in unprepared.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has pale blue hair.

    Wattson (Tessen) 

Wattson / Tessen (テッセン tessen)
Mauville City Gym Leader—The Cheerfully Electrifying Man!

"Wahahahah! Now, that is amusing! Then, I, Wattson, the Leader of Mauville Gym, shall electrify you!"

  • Artificial Brilliance: Though Gym Leaders universally demonstrate smarter team planning after their initial battles, Wattson notably abuses the Rain Dance-Thunder combo in his Emerald rematches; half his team is packing it.
  • Badass Armfold: His Gen V sprites in the World Tournament have him striking this pose.
  • Badass Beard: Has a large white beard.
  • Big Fun: He's the most pudgy of the Hoenn leaders and obviously the most jovial of them. Just look at him!
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Thought you saw the last of him after beating him? Nope, he returns in a subquest after you get your fifth badge (post-Cave of Origin in the remakes).
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: His Manectric in Emerald is Level 24. Electrike doesn't evolve into Manectric until Level 26.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's old, but he's still fun and badass.
  • Eccentric Mentor: The oldest of the gym leaders and an effective trainer too, especially in Emerald.
  • Expy: A Gadgeteer Genius Electric-type Gym Leader who runs the third gym you encounter, where the gimmick involves tripping switches to get around barriers? Wattson clearly took a few notes from Lt. Surge's book, even if he's more an engineer than an army man.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He's not only set up trap doors in his Gym, but New Mauville was his attempt to kickstart a city expansion project. In Gen V's World Tournament, he expresses interest in teaming up with Volkner to renovate more Gyms. In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, his plan to revamp Mauville City was a success, as it's barely recognizable from the Mauville City of Ruby and Sapphire.
  • Happily Married: He has a wife in the remakes, who the player can talk to when they visit his apartment.
  • Kavorka Man/May–December Romance: His wife is an Ace Trainer, who's visibly just an older teen.
  • The Hyena: Just look at him! That's pretty much his default pose.
  • Keet: He's very excitable for someone who appears to be at least in his 50's.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Wattson.
    • His Japanese name is a homonym for steel wiring. This is the exact same pun used for Lt. Surge's Japanese name (see his entry for details).
    • His French name is Voltere, from "volt" and "ampère" (ampere).
    • His German and Italian name is Walter, from "watt", "volt" and "ampere".
    • His Spanish name is Erico, from "eléctrico" (electric).
    • His Korean is Ampeeo, meaning "ampere".
  • My Greatest Failure: Under his cheerful laugh, he seems to have a lot of regret over the whole New Mauville construction. Especially seeing how its energy source came from Pokémon's life-energy, just like AZ's Ultimate Weapon, and he was willing to tank the entire project to stop this...
  • Shock and Awe: Electric-type specialist.
  • Signature Mon: In Ruby and Sapphire and the remakes, it's Magneton. Emerald retcons it to Manectric, which he seems to keep for Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.
  • Signature Move: Shock Wave in the original games, Volt Switch in the remakes.
  • V-Sign: His official art for the remakes shows him doing this pose.

    Flannery (Asuna) 

Flannery / Asuna (アスナ asuna)
Voiced by: Laura Post (Pokémon Masters - EN), Haruka Shamoto (Pokémon Masters - JP)

Lavaridge Town Gym Leader—One With a Fiery Passion that Burns!

"Welcome... No, wait. Puny Trainer, how good to see you've made it here! I have been entrusted with the... No, wait. I am Flannery, and I'm the Gym Leader here! Uh... Dare not underestimate me, though I have been Leader only a short time! With skills inherited from my grandfather, I shall, uh...demonstrate the hot moves we have honed on this land!"

  • Artificial Brilliance: Expecting her Torkoal to have a Sitrus Berry, like most Gym Leader Pokémon in the game do? Nope... It has a White Herb to undo Overheat's sharp Special Attack drop so it can fire again!
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her crop top. Justified by the temperature of where she lives.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: The brawn to Winona's beauty and Roxanne's brains. She's a Hot-Blooded Fiery Redhead who can rain hell on unprepared trainers with hellishly powerful "hot moves".
  • Be Yourself: In Masters, she tells the player she felt a lot of pressure trying to live up to her grandfather's legacy as he was an Elite Four member, though the problem was that she was "running in circles." When she noticed her Torkoal's slow careful approach in collecting coal to turn into energy, she realized she had to be herself instead of trying too hard.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Averted. In Masters, she is rather distraught of the fact she can't really pet certain Fire-types because their bodies are naturally extremely hot to the touch.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Red hair and red eyes.
  • Elemental Hair Colors: Her red ponytail is shaped like a burst of flame, fittingly for a Fire-type specialist.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's easily excitable and very enthusiastic about being a gym leader. Plus she's a Fire-type trainer.
  • Genki Girl: She's very energetic; her Gen V sprite shows her jumping up and down.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Just look at her dialogue above. Her RSE sprite also shows her being pissed off 24/7, despite actually being a sweet and easygoing person. Depictions of her everywhere else also differs from the act she puts up at first.
  • Hot-Blooded: In keeping with being a Genki Girl and a Fire-type leader.
  • Large Ham: Plays as one at first, subverted when it turns out she's just putting on an act of how she thinks of a Gym Leader ought to act. In the remakes, Flannery's flustered behavior is more obvious.
    "Welcome... No, wait. Puny Trainer, how good to see you've made it here!"
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Her Japanese name is an anagram for "sauna", since her Gym is in a town famous for its hot springs.
    • Flannery comes from "flame".
    • Her German name is Flavia, from "flamme" (flame) and "lava".
    • Her Spanish name is Candela which means "candle" which have a flame.
    • Her French name is Adrianne, from ardente (fiery).
    • Her Italian name is Fiammetta, which means "little flame".
  • Ms. Fanservice: A busty redhead in a midriff-baring top (a tied-off shirt in the remakes) who hangs out in a town famous for its hot springs. Yeah, she's pretty hot.
  • Naïve Newcomer:
    • She had just became a gym leader when you met her, as she didn't know how to act until the player character defeated her.
    • In Masters, because of Pasio battles relying on teamwork, Blaine asks the player's team to please convince her to see the worth in working together by defeating her in battle.
  • Playing with Fire: Fire-type specialist.
  • Power of the Sun: Everyone on her team knows Sunny Day, which makes Overheat hurt all the more.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: She doesn't know many aspects of being a Gym Leader, since she only had been one for a short time when you meet her.
  • Signature Mon: Her Torkoal, reflecting Lavaridge Town's proximity to the volcanic Mt. Chimney.
  • Signature Move: Overheat, her TM move. Her Numel in the remakes is the only one not to know it. In the original Ruby and Sapphire, her second Slugma doesn't know it either.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Shades of this — much like Falkner back in Generation II, she's big on living up to the family legacy. When you beat her, she decides that attempting to emulate her grandfather just hampers her and resolves to be herself.

    Norman (Senri) 

Norman / Senri (センリ senri)

Petalburg City Gym Leader—A Man in Pursuit of Power!

"I'm so happy that I can have a real battle with my own child. But, a battle is a battle! I will do everything in my power as a Gym Leader to win... you'd better give it your best shot, too!"

Also the father of the player.

  • Artificial Brilliance:
    • It was Norman who introduced the metagame to the idea of using Skill Swap to get rid of Slaking's crippling "Truant" ability in Double Battles, because in Emerald, that's precisely what he does.
    • Norman's first Slaking likes to use Yawn to force a switch... and the turn to switch is the turn Slaking's Ability takes effect.
  • Badass Armfold: His artwork in the remakes strikes this pose.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: His Slakings in the Gym Battle are under Level 36, the minimum level to evolve Vigoroth.
  • Climax Boss: For the first part of the game. You run across his Gym early on, when he takes part in a short subquest with Wally, but doesn't let you challenge him since you need more experience. This sets him up story-wise long before the battle, compared to most other Gym Leaders (with the exception of Giovanni) who don't appear until you arrive at their city, and being your father, he's also a personal foe to overcome. Defeating him gives you access to Surf, opening the wider areas of Hoenn to you, and being the fifth Gym Leader you fight him roughly halfway through the game.
  • Disappeared Dad: A notable aversion in the Pokémon games, as he's more involved in the Player Character's life.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: See "Climax Boss" above. By the time you beat him, you've run across Team Aqua/Team Magma shortly before and know there's a bigger crisis out there than just beating your old man in a Gym battle.
  • Foil: In the remakes, and though the two pairs are unrelated or do not interact, he is this to Professor Cozmo's father, Raizou, as revealed in the letters hidden in Sea Mauville. Though Norman is a massive workaholic, with blowing off his intended date with your mother, ultimately, he still finds more personal time in his child's development, and also still being home to help welcome you at the end of the Delta Episode. In contrast, Raizo Cozmo was an even worse workaholic who was barely even home, effectively unraveling his marriage — Prof. Cozmo's mother even having an affair, and ultimately grew old and delusional to the point of thinking that his son's Hi Skitty Doll was his actual son.
  • Good Parent: He clearly loves you and wants you to have a grand adventure with your Pokémon.
  • Handicapped Badass: His Slakings can only attack every other turn thanks to their Truant ability. You'll be thankful for it, because they're still going to kick your ass up and down the Gym walls in spite of it.
  • Happily Married: He's perfectly happy married to your mom. But, it's actually a Subverted Trope, as Norman is a massive workaholic to the point that he blows off a long planned date with the player's mom! But then, he's nevertheless at home to help out in the epilogue of the Delta Episode, so it may be a Double Subverted Trope.
  • In the Blood: Birch says that you have "your father's blood in your veins after all."
  • Like Father, Like Son: Or daughter.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Norman = Normal.
    • His Japanese name refers to a saying often translated as "the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"note , in reference to his wanting his child to get out and explore the world around him/her.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: He looked old enough in his original artwork. In the remakes, he looks more like your older brother than your dad.
  • Non-Elemental: Normal-type specialist.
  • Parents as People: He seems to be a Gym Leader first, a parent second, and a husband a VERY distant third.
  • Signature Mon: Slaking.
  • Signature Move:
    • In the originals, Facade. Very painful to be on the receiving end of if you try using the usual status tricks to incapacitate his team.
    • In the remake, Retaliate. Thought it hurt coming from Lenora's Watchog? Now try to imagine that attack coming from a Pokémon whose Attack stat is nearly twice as high as Watchog's.
  • So Proud of You: When you beat him, he is more proud of you than upset at losing.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: His work as a Gym Leader keeps him pretty busy, so he doesn't have much time to spend with his family. Neither his wife or child (the player) seem to hold it against him, however.

    Winona (Nagi) 

Winona / Nagi (ナギ nagi)

Fortree City Gym Leader—The Bird User Taking Flight into the World!

"I have become one with bird Pokémon and have soared the skies... However grueling the battle, we have triumphed with grace... Witness the elegant choreography of bird Pokémon and I!"

  • Ace Pilot: Implied by her attire.
  • Airplane Arms: Seems to be her default pose in the remakes.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Her bangs resemble wings, as she uses Flying-types.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: The beauty to Roxanne's brains and Flannery's brawn. She's a Lady of War who uses some rather beautiful Flying-type Pokémon, which she admits to commanding with grace, in combat.
  • Blow You Away: Flying-type specialist. Unlike Falkner, though, she doesn't confine herself to bird-themed Pokémon. See Confusion Fu for why this may be a problem.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard:
    • Most infamously, her Altaria in the Gym battle knows Dragon Dance despite being seven levels too low to learn it. In addition, her Altaria is level 33. Swablu doesn't evolve into Altaria until level 35. Neither of these apply in the remakes, where Altaria is at the legal Level 35 and no longer knows Dragon Dance, instead knowing Cotton Guard (changed from Lv. 42 in X/Y to Lv. 34 here) and Roost.
    • In the second and third rematches in Emerald, she has a Dragonair that knows Earthquake. Only Dragonite can learn Earthquake in that line.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • She finds it very blissful to feel the breeze while standing on top of one of Mauville's communication towers, much to the confusion of a woman down below who points her out to the player.
    • According to Pokémon Masters, she once apparently tried imitating a bird Pokémon in order to better understand her Pelipper, and was genuinely confused as to why people were giving her funny looks.
    • The people who live in Fortree City are used to living up in the air that being grounded to the ground below is so unfamiliar. To Winona, being down there meant she always had to stand on her toes just so she could still feel the air, leading to a lot of leg cramping.
  • Confusion Fu: Considering that Flying is a very widespread type for dual-typed Pokémon, she has a wide variety of Pokémon to draw on to form a full team of six. Across her Emerald rematches and her appearance in the World Tournament, her line-up includes Altaria, Dragonite, Gyarados, Skarmory, Honchkrow, Tropius, and Sigilyph. All of them have radically different movesets and very different playstyles despite technically sharing the same type. Indeed, you can't expect to steamroll her entire team with just one attacking type, as some of the aforementioned Pokémon mitigate one or more of the Flying-type's weaknesses with their secondary typenote .
  • Flight: Her main appeal.
  • I Have the High Ground: You can find her on top of one of the towers at the top level in Mauville City in the post-game in the remakes, catching wind in her Airplane Arms pose, for the hell of it, apparently. The NPC you talk to in order to see this comments on the oddity of such an act.
  • Lady of War: She refers to the Pokémon she uses as graceful sky dancers, and herself states that she commands them with grace. It helps that her signature Pokémon is the feminine Altaria.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Her Altaria; if you allow it to set up on you with a couple of Dragon Dances, you will be swept into the ground.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Her Japanese name refers to a type of tree as per the usual Theme Naming, but is also a homonym for a "lull" in a storm.
    • In English, Winona comes from winnow, wing, or wind.
    • Her German name is Wibke, from "wind", "wirbel" (vortex), or "schwinge" (wing). Possibly a reference to the 1990 European windstorm Wiebke.
    • Her Spanish name is Alana, from ala (wing).
    • Her French name is Alizée, from alizé (trade wind).
    • Her Italian name is Alice, from aliseo (trade wind) or ali (wings).
  • Mercury's Wings: For ornamental purposes only, though. Interestingly enough, it's her hair.
  • Nice Hat: Her aviator helmet.
  • Oblivious to Love: In Masters, an Ace Trainer watches her from a distance, all she could surmise was he totally wanted to challenge her, though some of the player's dialogue choices are romantic in nature, but she only is confused. Averted in the end when it turns out he just observed her for her skills.
  • Olympus Mons: In one Japan-only downloadable World Tournament, she uses Rayquaza.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her ponytail goes down past her hips.
  • Signature Mon:
    • In the original games, Altaria.
    • In Masters, she has Pelipper as her signature ace. In one of Lisia's sub-events, the reason why Winona is using Pelipper instead of her own Altaria is because Pelipper is "always the only one attempting to fly higher" than the rest of her team, which convinced her to take it to Pasio.
  • Signature Move: Aerial Ace. In the remakes, her Altaria instead has Roost, which is the TM she hands out once beaten.
  • Skippable Boss: It's possible to successfully navigate Hoenn without having to fight her. However, you'll still need her Gym Badge to gain access to the Elite Four. Averted in the remakes, where an NPC will prevent you from proceeding until you've got her badge.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has light purple hair.

    Tate and Liza (Fuu and Lan) 

Tate and Liza / Fuu (フウ fuu) and Lan (ラン ran)
Tate voiced by: Ami Naga (Pokémon Masters - JP)
Liza voiced by: Kira Buckland (Pokémon Masters - EN), Kyouko Kametani (Pokémon Masters - JP)

Mossdeep City Gym Leaders—The Mystic Combination!

"I can make myself one with Pokémon! Can you beat this combination?"

  • All Chinese People Know Kung-Fu: Downplayed. Their artwork pose suggests this, but considering their type specialty, they likely don't. It's just part of the further enforcement of their Chinese imagery, complete with typical Chinese mountain scenery for their Gym in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: Liza.
  • Artificial Brilliance: Most notable in Emerald, where they are much more difficult. They add Claydol and Xatu to their lineup and Tate and Liza know how to make all of them work well together. Claydol will use Earthquake, which hits everything on the field, but all of their Pokémon are immune to it. All of them know a move to nerf Water-type moves, which are normally super-effective against most of their team (Light Screen for Claydol and Lunatone, Sunny Day for Xatu and Solrock). Xatu and Lunatone's Calm Mind helps too, as well as powering up their move Psychic. And Sunny Day allows Solrock's Solar Beam to work instantly while also powering up its Flamethrower, which hits Grass-types hard.
  • Artificial Stupidity: In Black 2 & White 2, almost all of their Pokémon know Trick Room; in Double Battles where these two mons are out, they will both try to use it... only to nullify the first Trick Room set up (though this is provided both are still on the field and haven't been interrupted by a flinching move or paralysis).
  • Badass Adorable: Both twins are this.
  • Child Prodigy: Because they're psychic twins who do have psychic powers. A lab agent notes they can help the space center with their research on space travel. However, they're still younger than you, as evidenced when you spot them getting excited buying toys at Lilycove Department Store during the remakes' post-game.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Solrock and Lunatone are part Rock. Emerald adds the Ground-type Claydol into their team.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Zigzagged. The World Tournament in Gen V features them separately and gives them different teams and battle styles. However, their actual dialogue is very similar to each other, so aside from their teams, they're still interchangeable. Pokémon Masters plays it straight, making them separate characters and giving them their own dialogue.
  • The Dividual: Defied in Pokémon Masters. They're separate characters there, and Tate explains to the player that he and Liza chose to split up in Pasio after realizing that they're never apart normally. A further reason comes in a conversation between them and Winona during the "Team Hoenn Unite!" event; the twins wanted to see each other become stronger.
  • Dual Boss: The first Gym Leaders in the series to engage you in a double battle for their respective Badge. Outside of Emerald, they only use two Pokémon in their tag team, in one of the few cases of Gym Leaders having less Pokémon than the one fought before them. Averted in Black 2 and White 2's World Tournament, in which they've entered the tournament separately. Notably, their teams play off of one another (Some Pokémon are shared, and those that aren't shared are often counterparts like Gallade and Gardevoir, Gothitelle and Reuniclus, etc.).
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: They do this when you meet them as a demonstration of their powers.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: In an attempt to bribe them into helping out with research involving the correlation between spatial transportation and psychokinesis, an employee of the Mossdeep Space Center takes them to Lilycove Department Store to buy the twins a lot of dolls. Predictably, Liza and Tate are both way too distracted by their new toys to even think about the project.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Downplayed but present, in the World Tournament in Gen V, Tate's team focuses on physical attacks while Liza's focuses on special attacks.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Tate is a boy, Liza is a girl.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Liza has two long pieces of hair around her face, while Tate doesn't. Liza also usually is the smiling one, while Tate always sports a serious face. The remakes give them an extra difference: Tate has green stars on his clothes, Liza has red stars.
  • Improbable Age: They are likely the youngest Gym Leaders in the series, aside from Allister and Bugsy.
  • Kiddie Kid: It's best seen in the post-game of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire when a Mossdeep Space Center employee takes them shopping for dolls in exchange for helping out with some research at the center. They're both absolutely enthralled with the amount of new toys they're getting and are completely oblivious to what they were trying to be recruited for, even the usually stoic-looking Tate.
  • Psychic Powers: Psychic-type specialists.
  • Punny Name:
    • Reverse the order of their names, and you get Liza and Tate. Liza-Tate really fast sounds like "Levitate".
    • Fuu can be written with the kanji for "float". The second syllable, combined with Ran, makes up uranainote .
    • Their French names, "Lévi" and "Tatia" are another pun on "levitation".
    • Their German names, Ben and Svenja, when reversed, are a play on the word schweben, which refers to floating or levitating.
    • Their Italian names are Tell and Pat, from telepatia (telepathy).
    • Their German names are Ben and Svenja, from "schweben" (levitation).
    • Their Spanish names are Vito and Leti, from levitación (levitation).
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: They're themed after it, with complementary sun and moon Pokémon. In Pokémon Masters, they're also given different skillsets; with Tate focusing on damage and Liza featuring support buffs.
  • Signature Mon: Solrock for Tate, and Lunatone for Liza. Fittingly, in Yin and Yang, the sun is considered masculine and the moon considered feminine.
  • Signature Move: Calm Mind. Only Liza's Lunatone uses it in the initial battle (remakes included), but in rematches, they teach it to more of their team.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Possibly, as being twins seems to be their main shtick.
  • Stock Foreign Name: They have Chinese names in the Japanese versions.
  • Stone Wall: Their team of Psychic Pokémon. Even super-effective attacks have trouble breaking through them, especially Claydol, who they start the battle with.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In Masters, Liza assures the player she and Tate aren't definitely helping the Mossdeep Space Center workers because that means getting toys from them.
  • Twin Telepathy: They can read the other's thoughts.
  • Younger and Hipper: Starting from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, both of them are younger children (and more energetic) than their original pre-teen appearances in Ruby and Sapphire.

    Wallace (Mikuri) 

Wallace / Mikuri (ミクリ mikuri)

Sootopolis City Gym Leader (Ruby, Sapphire, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire)—Artist, and Lover of Water!

For information on Wallace, check the Pokémon Champions page.


    Juan (Adan) 

Juan / Adan (アダン adan)
Sootopolis City Gym Leader (Emerald)—The Gym Leader with the Beauty of Pure Water!

"Please, you shall bear witness to our artistry. A grand illusion of water sculpted by Pokémon and myself!"

  • Artificial Brilliance: His Kingdra knows Rest and comes equipped with a Chesto Berry to wake it up immediately after.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a long blue coat.
  • Badass Mustache: Has a short and well-styled mustache.
  • The Casanova: Apparently, seeing as his Gym is full of female trainers. One of his lines is "The adulation of beautiful ladies fills me with energy!" Apparently, he taught his skills to his protégé, Wallace.
  • Classy Cravat: He wears one, showing his sophistication.
  • Confusion Fu: Luvdisc. Although most of its stats are terrible, it is very fast and will use Sweet Kiss to confuse you, and Attract if your Pokémon is male, so you will be much less likely to land a hit. Also, his Sealeo may use Encore, temporarily forcing you to stick with your last move, so be careful which ones you use.
  • Gratuitous English: He does this in the Japanese version of the game, using the English "you" instead of a Japanese second-person pronoun, and sprinkling in some other English words here and there.
  • Making a Splash: Water-type specialist.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Juan is pronounced similarly to "water". It also ties into his character as The Casanova.
    • Adan can be written with the kanji for "open sea".
    • His Spanish name is Galano, from galán (gallant) and galeón (galleon).
    • His Italian name is Rodolfo, from From Rodolfo Valentino (a famous seducer) and golfo (gulf).
  • Retired Badass: Wallace's mentor and the former Sootopolis Gym Leader. He returns to his previous position, taking Wallace's place in Emerald. Steven's dialogue at the end of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire's Delta Episode suggests that this will soon occur, as he ponders about the concept of retiring as Hoenn's Champion and possibly getting Wallace to take over.
  • Signature Mon: Kingdra. Since Wattson's signature Pokémon was changed to Manectric in Emerald, this makes him the only Hoenn Gym Leader (and in fact, the only non-Johto leader) whose signature Pokémon is not a Pokémon introduced in that generation. It is also the signature Pokémon of Clair, somewhat redundantly. A case could also be made for Crawdaunt as his secondary ace. It’s the only Pokemon Juan doesn’t share with Wallace as a Gym Leader, it’s on both his teams in the Pokemon World Tournament, and most tellingly, it shares Kingdra’s Rest-Chesto Berry strategy in rematches.
  • Signature Move: Water Pulse, just like Wallace.
  • Tights Under Shorts: Downplayed, as his pants are not short enough to be called shorts.
  • Water Is Womanly: Discussed. Juan emphasizes the beauty, grace, and artistry of water in his dialogue.


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