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

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    Falkner (Hayato) 

Falkner / Hayato (ハヤト hayato)
Violet City Gym Leader—The Elegant Master of Flying Pokémon

"People say you can clip flying-type Pokémon's wings with a jolt of electricity... I won't allow such insults to bird Pokémon! I'll show you the real power of the magnificent bird Pokémon!"

  • Adaptational Badass: Despite his status as arguably the weakest Gym Leader to ever grace the series, he's routinely portrayed as a very powerful trainer in other media (most egregiously in one of the manga series where he uses Articuno). The remakes themselves made his team just a bit stronger by leveling them up...
  • Artificial Brilliance: In Gen II. The best way to wall his Pidgeotto would normally be a Rock-type that can resist its Flying and Normal-type moves. Unfortunately for you, Mud-Slap is a Ground-type attack, not only dealing super-effective damage but nailing your Rock-type with an accuracy loss. Now factor in that Rock-type moves generally have accuracy issues by default...
  • Bishounen: Especially in the remakes.
  • Blow You Away: Flying-type trainer.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Averted. While his Pidgeotto is well below the level that Pidgey evolves at (level 9 in the original games and 13 in the remakes), in Pokémon Gold and Silver and its remakes, you can catch wild Pidgeotto as low as level 7 in Route 2 and the Viridian Forest.
  • Curtains Match the Window: In fact, every Johto Gym Leader except Morty and Pryce, due to palette limitation of sprites in the Generation II games.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father was the previous Gym Leader, and the one who gave Falkner his Pokémon. His whereabouts are unknown, though a brief line from Falkner at the Pokémon World Tournament suggests he may have passed.
  • Graceful Loser: After you defeat him, he says he'll bow out gracefully.
  • Hypocrite: In the anime, he expresses distaste for the use of Electric Pokémon against Flying types, only to criticize Ash's use of a Grass type despite their weakness against Flying types.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He'll sometimes call you just to complain that Janine doesn't talk about anything other than her father, though he's guilty of that as well.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Hayato" is a common Japanese boy's name, with the haya usually written with the character for "falcon". "Ha" by itself can also be written with the character for "wing/feather". It also helps that "Hayato" means "pigeon".
    • "Falkner" means "falconer" in old English, literally one who trains falcons for falconry.
  • My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad: His arguments with Janine center around this.
  • Olympus Mons: In one (presumably non-canon) Japan-only downloadable World Tournament, he uses Lugia.
  • The One Guy: The only male Flying-type Gym Leader.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His hair style covers his right eye.
  • Sequel Difficulty Spike: In HeartGold and SoulSilver, his Pidgeotto has received a level spike and can now heal itself with Roost, though it lacks the Mud Slap it used to counter Pokémon such as Onix or Geodude.
  • Signature Mon: The Pidgey line. Pidgeotto in his first battle, but it's evolved into Pidgeot in rematches and the like.
  • Signature Move: Mud Slap in Gen II, Roost in Gen IV. Both of these moves serve to circumvent the Flying-type's weaknesses (the former offensively, the latter defensively).
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Possibly him and Janine. They're mostly seen arguing about their dads, but a few lines suggest that they hang out together regardless.
  • Warmup Boss: His team in Gold and Silver is the lowest-leveled of any Gym Leader. He's a bit tougher in the remakes, though.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: We don't know what his dad thinks of him, but just about everything Falkner says and does seems to relate to him somehow. Whether he's trying to impress him or just really looks up to him is unknown.
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: His type specialty is Flying, but he prefers specifically "bird" Pokémon, resulting in this trope when they attack.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has teal-blue hair.

    Bugsy (Tsukushi) 

Bugsy / Tsukushi (ツクシ tsukushi)

Azalea Town Gym Leader—The Walking Bug Pokémon Encyclopedia

"I never lose when it comes to Bug-type Pokémon. My research is going to make me an authority on Bug-type Pokémon! Let me demonstrate what I've learned from my studies."

  • Adaptational Badass: In HGSS, his Scyther now knows U-Turn, which can hit hard at this point in the game, especially with STAB, and takes Scyther off the field if Bugsy still has any other Pokémon left. And since he always starts with Scyther now, this essentially gives him two free shots at you before you can do any real damage to it. Plus, Scyther now has Technician, which boosts its Quick Attack by 50%.
  • Amazon Brigade: In the remakes, all of his Pokémon are female.
  • Badass Adorable: He's cute, but his Scyther will mess you up.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Bug-type specialist, and they get big.
  • Cheerful Child: How old he is is up for debate, though he's probably somewhere between 10 and 14.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Grey-lavender hair and eyes.
  • Cute Bruiser: He may look unassuming. Then he sends out his Scyther.
  • Friend to Bugs: He's a Bug-type specialist and loves to study them.
  • Joke Character: His Kakuna and Metapod will not threaten anyone in Gen II. In Gen IV, they at least serve a purpose as emergency switch-ins for Scyther.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: In Stadium 2 he has a Pupitar, which is hardly a Bug-type. It is, however, a cocoon.
  • Punny Name:
    • Bugsy.
    • Tsukushi rhymes with Mushinote .
  • Magikarp Power: His Signature Move in Gen II is Fury Cutter, a Bug-type move that starts off with a measly base power of 10 but which doubles in strength with each consecutive use up to 160 base power on the fifth strike, amplified substantially by attaching it to Scyther for a vicious Same-Type Attack Boost. While this requires at least a couple turns of investment, in order to prevent it from becoming a Game Breaker, Fury Cutter will reset to its original power if the streak of successful hits should be broken by a miss or switching the user out, and is only 90% accurate.
  • Signature Mon: The Scyther line. Scyther the first time, then Scizor in all subsequent battles. And yes, his Scizor abuses Technician-boosted Bullet Punches just like in the metagame.
  • Signature Move: Fury Cutter in Gen II, U-Turn in Gen IV. In his rematches and his Gen V appearance, he's more partial to X-Scissor.
  • Suddenly Blonde: Official art gives him purple hair, but it is green in the Gen II games due to palette limitations in the Game Boy Color.
  • The Smart Guy: Possibly, at least when it comes to Bug Pokémon anyway; the sign outside his gym and the advice-giving NPC inside the gym both comment on his knowledge.
  • Wakeup Call Boss: In the original and remakes, for separate reasons. Unless you chose Cyndaquil, in which case you can just spam Ember until all of his Pokémon faint.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Bugsy wears short shorts!
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is a pale lavender.

    Whitney (Akane) 

Whitney / Akane (アカネ akane)
Voiced by: Sarah Williams (Pokémon Masters - EN), Yuuko Natsuyoshi (Pokémon Masters - JP)

Goldenrod City Gym Leader—The Incredibly Pretty Girl

"Hi! I'm Whitney! Everyone was into Pokémon, so I got into it too! Pokémon are super-cute! You want to battle? I'm warning you — I'm good!"

  • Amazon Brigade: Her Gym Battle team is composed of all girls, as is her HGSS rematch team.
  • Artificial Brilliance: The remakes go out of their way to counteract anything the player might try to sweep her Miltank aside. Decide to Burn or Paralyze Miltank? Whitney has it holding a Lum Berry. Decided to bring a Ghost Type with you? Miltank's ability is Scrappy.
  • Badass Adorable: She's cute and sweet. She's also the Wake-Up Call Boss of Gold and Silver and their remakes.
  • Baseball Episode: Never seen in-game, but official artwork suggests Whitney is fond of playing softball, as does the Trivia Man outside the Pokémon World Tournament.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In that aforementioned artwork and that artwork only, she has her shirt unbuttoned to reveal a sports bra, which results in this.
  • Big Eater: She may call you on the phone and make small talk before mentioning this... and then defending herself by claiming it's normal for her age.
  • Crash-Into Hello: In Masters Whitney says this is how she met Miltank, with it using Rollout on her at first sight. Whitney thinks this was a Secret Test of Character for Miltank to see if Whitney would be a good trainer.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Admit it, you weren't expecting her to be half as tough as she turns out to be.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Bright pink hair and eyes.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's adorable, but do not underestimate her.
  • The Ditz: She's more than a little on the dim side. Despite being a Gym Leader, she claims she got "into" Pokémon to be popular, since everyone else liked them.
  • Genki Girl: She's very excitable and energetic; her pre-battle animation in Gen IV shows her jumping up and down and thrusting her finger into the air.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She has two short spiked pigtails.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: She sports a (very thick) Osaka accent in the Japanese version and has a Genki Girl personality. It helps that her hometown of Goldenrod City is actually based on Osaka. Strangely, it wasn't translated in an English incarnation of the series in any continuity until Pokémon Masters.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Whitney's Miltank is deceptively quick and has two very powerful attacks, Rollout and Stomp. note 
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Whitney includes the word "white", which is generally plain and absence of coloration, or normal.
    • The pun in her Japanese name is a little difficult to pin down, but more than likely stems from the Aka syllables. It either comes from Akaruinote  or from "Akan de!"note  in reference to her being The Idiot from Osaka.
    • Her name also sounds like "whiny", which describes her attitude after losing to you.
  • Non-Elemental: She specializes in Normal-types
  • Sequel Difficulty Spike: In HeartGold and SoulSilver, her Miltank now has the ability Scrappy (allows Normal-type moves to hit Ghost-types) and holds a Lum Berry (cures it of a status ailment one time).
  • Signature Mon: Infamously, her ace is Miltank.
  • Signature Move: Attract, her TM move in both Gen II and Gen IV. If the target is the opposite gender of the user, they won't attack 50% of the time because they become temporarily smitten with the user.
  • Sore Loser: She doesn't give you her badge right away after you beat her, as she's too busy crying. According to a trainer, she does this every time she loses. She tends to get over this fairly quickly, however.
  • Tsundere: In Pokémon Masters, she gets a bit huffy and defensive for no particular reasons when she thinks you're insinuating something when she's doing all the talking.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Falkner and Bugsy can easily be beaten by abusing their Pokémon's weaknesses. Whitney's Miltank is bulky enough that trying to abuse its Fighting-type weakness isn't guaranteed an easy win, though the sole Fighting-type available, a Machop obtained through a trade, is guaranteed to be female and thus immune to Attract.note  Miltank's Rollout also gets more powerful on subsequent turns as long as it doesn't miss, to the point that it can break through Machop, Geodude, or Onix (the latter two resist Normal attacks). Oh, and it has Milk Drink to heal itself. In the remakes, it gains an ability that allows its attacks to affect Ghost-types, too.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Her outfit in both the originals and remakes has her wearing tight white shorts.
  • Womanchild: Not entirely, but the fact that she’s a grown adult and crying over her loss is a sign of this.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Sports a Grade C in the remakes.

    Morty (Matsuba) 

Morty / Matsuba (マツバ matsuba)
Ecruteak City Gym Leader—The Mystic Seer of the Future

"Here in Ecruteak, Pokémon have long been revered. It's said that a rainbow-hued Pokémon will come down to appear before a truly powerful Trainer. I believed that tale, so I have secretly trained here all my life. As a result, I can now see what others cannot. I see a shadow of the person who will make the Pokémon appear. I believe that person is me! You're going to help me reach that level!"

  • Adaptational Badass: In HGSS, Morty's Gengar now has the ability Levitate, turning its former common weakness to Ground into an immunity, and its Shadow Ball now runs off its monstrous Special Attack rather than its Attack.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: HGSS gives him a completely new outfit and a tall, skinny, lanky build rather than his slightly buff body shape of the original game and the anime.
  • Artificial Brilliance: His Gengar can trap your Pokémon with Mean Look and then put them to sleep with Hypnosis, leaving them helpless to do anything while it hits them with its extremely powerful Dream Eater.
  • Bishounen: More so in the remakes than the original games, where he is given the makeover mentioned above.
  • Blackout Basement: His gym in the remakes limits your vision and forces you to walk over narrow bridges to get to him.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite specializing in Ghost-type Pokémon, and being the fourth Johto Gym Leader, he's far from a bad person.
  • "Darkness von Gothick" Name: Morty for a Ghost-type user.
  • Four Is Death: He is the fourth Johto Gym Leader, and specializes in Ghost Pokémon, and has four of them. He isn't a bad guy, though.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Eusine.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Morty. Heavy association with death, such as in mortician, mortality, ect.
    • Matsuba, as in hakaba (grave).
  • Mr. Exposition: Gives the most details of any Johto Gym Leader on Johto's myths regarding its legendary Pokémon. Makes sense since his city is the center of these tales and a critical place for the player to visit in the original games and especially their remakes, where the player is required to visit the Dance Studio after beating Clair.
  • Perky Goth: Very friendly despite his outward appearance.
  • Psychic Powers: In a subversion to most Ghost-Type trainers who are mediums who can communicate with spirits, Morty is a prophet who sees into the future. Most notably, this is a trait of the Psychic-type, the natural enemy to the Ghost-type.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Eusine's Red.
  • Refused by the Call: He trained to become a Gym Leader, hoping it would make him worthy of being The Chosen One to bring back Ho-Oh. Then you came along.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: His outfit in both games has a scarf wrapped around his neck.
  • Sequel Difficulty Spike: Morty was already a tough Gym Leader in the original games due to the generally uncommon weaknesses of Ghost-types, but the remakes remove the Gastly line's common Ground weakness thanks to Levitate, making him even trickier to counter. Furthermore, Shadow Ball now runs off the line's monstrous Special Attack stats, especially Gengar's.
  • Signature Mon: Gengar, much like Agatha before him.
  • Signature Move: Shadow Ball in both Gen II and Gen IV. Thanks to the Physical/Special split, it hurts far more in the latter than the former. Although one might think that it would be Dream Eater in the original games, as he usually has his Gengar put opponents to sleep with Hypnosis, then it uses said move to not only deal a fair amount of damage, but to also regain lost hit points. In the remake, Gengar doesn't know that combo, but his Haunter does and likely will use it.
  • Soul Power: Ghost-type specialist.
  • Standard Status Effects: As a Ghost-type user, Morty is naturally fond of these. Two of his Pokémon know Hypnosis, and the other two can use Curse.
  • Suddenly Blonde: He is always blonde in official art, but GSC depicted him as having white hair due to palette limitations of the Game Boy Color.

    Chuck (Shijima) 

Chuck / Shijima (シジマ shijima)
Cianwood City Gym Leader—His Roaring Fists Do the Talking

"Ooomph! The pounding waterfall right onto my head... Arrgh! Why did you stop the waterfall from pouring on me! You just spoiled my training! I have to warn you that I am a strong Trainer training every day under this waterfall! What? This has nothing to do with Pokémon? ... That's true! ... ... Come on. We shall do battle!"

  • Adaptational Badass: In HGSS, Chuck's Pokémon make use of some good Focus Punch strategies. His Primeape will use the combination of Double Team and Focus Punch, and his Poliwrath will use Hypnosis and Focus Punch. In addition, his Primeape now knows Rock Slide to deal with Flying-types and potentially make you flinch.
  • Badass Mustache: Fighting-type trainer with a magnificent 'stache.
  • Block Puzzle: Only in Gold, Silver, and Crystal.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: As a Martial Arts-based Trainer, it's a given that he wouldn't wear them.
  • Happily Married: He has a loving wife who cares for him.
  • Intimidation Demonstration: Attempts to impress you by tossing a large rock. Subverted in that, as covered in his quote above, the player character points out the problem here — namely, how strong he is has no bearing as to how strong his Pokémon are.
  • Large Ham: He's loud, boisterous, and loves showing off his strength.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Chuck is a synonym for "throw", something quite common in fighting.
    • "Shijima" is hard to pin down (besides being a reference to a plantnote  and the Whirl Islands neighboring Cianwoodnote ), but his name could be a homonym for "Silence", something a fighter needs to be when meditating or focusing their might.
  • Meditating Under a Waterfall: In HGSS, you find him doing this when you get to him. You need to stop the flow to get his attention for a battle. Oddly, he can still be found under the waterfall when he's been called to the Fighting Dojo for a rematch, even though the other Gym Leaders will actually leave their gym until they've been defeated again.
  • Signature Mon: Poliwrath. It can even abuse the Hypnosis and Focus Punch combo, and in his Gen IV rematch, it replaces Hypnosis with Substitute to the same effect.
  • Signature Move: Dynamic Punch in Gen II, Focus Punch in Gen IV.
  • Stout Strength: He's heavily built and as powerful as his Pokémon.
  • Super Strength: In Gen II, he's able to chuck and break a boulder that you needed a Pokémon with Strength just to move.
  • Sweet Tooth: Though he's supposed to be on a diet. Don't tell his wife.
  • Training from Hell: Self-inflicted. He apparently trains 24/7, and spars with his own Pokémon.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He's never shown wearing anything on his torso.

    Jasmine (Mikan) 

Jasmine / Mikan (ミカン mikan)
Olivine City Gym Leader—The Steel-Clad Defense Girl

"...Please allow me to introduce myself. I'm Jasmine, a Gym Leader. I use the...clang! Steel type! ...Do you know about the Steel type? They are very hard, cold, sharp, and really strong! Um... I'm not lying."

  • Adorkable: She's so shy and awkward it's impossible not to be charmed by it.
  • Badass Adorable: Her Pokémon are pretty tough, especially during rematches against her in the remakes. But Jasmine herself is meek and sweet.
  • Big Eater: There are a lot of empty plates in front of her whenever you run into her at the diner...
    Jasmine: These empty dishes in front of me are not all mine... Er... Actually, the person who sat here ahead of me ate a lot...
  • Call-Back: In the Sinnoh games, her dialogue after she gives the player HM07 is the same dialogue after the player defeats her in the Olivine Gym in the original games.
    Jasmine: "...Um... I... I don't know how I should say this, but good luck."
  • The Cameo: In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum after you beat Volkner. She gives you the Waterfall HM and wishes you luck for your journey.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: There's a few hints that she grows a bit attached to your player character after helping her cure Amphy; she's happy by the thought of exchanging phone numbers and getting called by you to set up a rematch, is disappointed if you reject her, and her farewell to you after the Gym battle is "Um... I don't know how to say this, but good luck..."
  • Curtains Match the Window: Played straight in HG/SS, as both her eyes and hair are light brown. Averted in G/S/C, where she had sapphire blue eyes but brown hair.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: In more ways than one; an NPC comments that she used to run a Rock-type gym until recently, implying she had an Onix that evolved and she shifted her type focus accordingly.
  • Graceful Loser: While most major NPCs are like this, she deserves mention because she is the only female Johto Gym Leader to immediately accept her loss and give you the badge immediately.
  • Hair Decorations: She has a pair of twin spiky pigtails pointing upwards. These are held in place by orange orbs.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: In her original design, befitting her timid personality.
  • MacGuffin Escort Mission: In order for her to accept your challenge, you must get the Secret Potion from Cianwood to treat the Pokémon in the lighthouse.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Jasmine.
    • Mikan, kanenote .
  • Nice Girl: She is very caring towards Amphy.
  • The Quiet One: Read her quote in Call-Back above.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her wide, brown mane of hair goes past waist length. It's mildly shaken around in her in-battle sprite in HG/SS and B2/W2.
  • Shrinking Violet: She's soft-spoken, meek, shy, and hesitant.
  • Shock and Awe: In her base Gym Battle, alongside her Steelix she has two Magnemite. In the Pokéathlon, she has the same three for her team, just swapping out a Magnemite for a Magneton.
  • Signature Mon: Steelix.
  • Signature Move: Iron Tail. Notably, though, compared to other Gym Leaders, she doesn't use it often among her Pokémon, since there's only a small handful of Steel-types aside from Steelix that can learn it.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: A literal example. She's quite shy and delicate in appearance, but she specializes in steel types.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Her Steelix in Gen II has Sunny Day, which would seriously ruin any Water-type attacks you try to hit it with... though it will in turn power up Fire-type attacks, which Steelix is also weak to. Whoops. Gen IV replaces it with the much more logical Sandstorm.

    Pryce (Yanagi) 

Pryce / Yanagi (ヤナギ yanagi)
Voiced by: Kyle Hebert (Pokémon Masters - EN), Cho (Pokémon Masters - JP)

Mahogany Town Gym Leader—The Teacher of Winter's Harshness

"Pokémon have many experiences in their lives, just like we do. I, too, have seen and suffered much in my life. Since I am your elder, let me show you what I mean. I have been training Pokémon since before you were born. I do not lose easily. I, Pryce - the Winter Trainer - shall demonstrate my power!"

    Clair (Ibuki) 

Clair / Ibuki (イブキ ibuki)
Voiced by: Kei Kawamura (Pokémon Masters - JP)

Blackthorn City Gym Leader—The Blessed User of Dragon Pokémon

"I am Clair. The world's best Dragon-type master. I can hold my own against even the Pokémon League's Elite Four. Do you still want to take me on? ...Fine. Let's do this! As a Gym Leader, I will use my full power against any opponent!"

  • Adaptational Badass: In HGSS, her Kingdra's Dragon Breath and Surf have been upgraded to Dragon Pulse and Hydro Pump, respectively, and it now has the ability Sniper, which powers up its critical hits.
  • Adaptational Curves: Gen IV gave her a considerably more shapely figure.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the original Gold and Silver, while she makes you pass through Dragon's Den, she rather succinctly accepts your win afterwards and gives you the badge without any resentment. In Crystal and the remakes however, it is far more blatant she devised the extra test in hopes you would fail, and throws a tantrum until the elder scolds her into handing over the badge, unambiguously establishing her as a Sore Loser.
  • Always Someone Better: How she thinks of her cousin, Lance.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Gal: When you meet her, she proudly proclaims herself the world's greatest Dragon Master, boasts she can hold her own even against the Elite Four, and when she loses, she initially refuses to accept defeat. Despite her arrogance, Clair is a very tough trainer. She makes for a challenging fight just about any time you fight her — her ace has one weakness in the games you can battle her, and her gym battle is very difficult because of that. When you face her in the Pokémon World Tournament, she has three pseudo-legendaries — Dragonite, Salamence, and Garchomp.
  • Badass Cape: However, her outfit in general is the source of mockery from some characters in-game.
  • Biketard of Power: Her outfit is a dark blue/black biketard that goes to mid-thigh.
  • Boobs-and-Butt Pose: Strikes this in her Gen IV sprites.
  • Boobs of Steel: She's one of the bustier Gym Leaders, and one of the most powerful of them across the series. When she says she can hold her own against the Elite Four, it's believable.
  • The Chosen One: Sees herself as such, which makes her defeat at your hands that much more devastating.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Clair is very blue. Her outfit (including gloves, boots, and cape) is blue, her hair is blue, her eyes are blue, and most of her Pokémon are blue.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Blackthorn Gym is filled with what appears to be lava. Nope, nobody ever feels any effects.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Blue hair and blue eyes.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Since she wears a biketard, her figure is very prominent.
  • Hartman Hips: Highlighted by her outfit.
  • Heir to the Dojo: Will be the next heir of the Blackthorn Dragon Clan, though she resents that she only got the position because Lance is busy being Champion.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Dragon Master.
  • Insufferable Genius: For all her bragging, she can mostly back it up.
  • Jerkass: After you beat her, Clair won't give you your badge until you go take a test in the Dragon's Den. In Crystal and the remakes, even after you beat the test, she refuses until the elder makes her give the badge up.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She does apologize, though, and is a bit kinder to you afterwards. It's more of a Hidden Heart of Gold.
  • Lost in Translation: Her Japanese name is a pun on her TM move, Dragonbreath, which is why, when she gives it to you, she says "no, it has nothing to do with my breath". Since her English name is entirely different, the joke is much weaker ("dragonbreath" is still a slang term for bad breath). The Gen IV remakes nod to it; her new TM is Dragon Pulse, and she begins to make a comment about it, but cuts herself off.
  • Making a Splash: Her Kingdra is part-Water, nullifying Dragon's common weakness to Ice (and it is unlikely for players to have another Dragon-type by that point). She also replaces one of her three Dragonair with a Gyarados in the remakes.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Clair is a play on a dragon's lair. It may also be a pun on "clear", reflecting the Dragon-type being an Infinity +1 Element prior to the advent of the Fairy-type.
    • "Ibuki" in Japanese means "breath", as in the flaming breath attributed to some kinds of dragons in folklore.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A tight outfit that highlights her bust and hips, sexy boots, a cool cape, and a Gen IV/Gen V battle sprite that pulls a Boobs-and-Butt Pose. It makes you wonder just why people make fun of her...
  • Only the Worthy May Pass: After beating her, she won't give you your badge until you've passed the test in the Dragon's Den. When you do, she is shocked, as she herself did not pass the test on her first try.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Despite their color schemes, Clair is definitely the Red Oni to her cousin Lance's blue.
  • Running Gag: Characters in-game make fun of her choice of clothing.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Clair is Lance's younger cousin and his junior. After she refuses to give the protagonist a badge upon being defeated, it takes the Dragon's Den Master threatening to tell Lance to scare her into fulfilling her obligation.
  • Signature Mon: Kingdra. She also uses a prominent Dragonite in rematches in HGSS, presumably to emulate Lance's team.
  • Signature Move: Dragon Breath in Gen II, Dragon Pulse in Gen IV. Also note that while other Gym Leaders tend to save their Signature Move for their ace Pokémon, Clair has no problems teaching those moves to her entire team, so you'll be seeing them a lot when you face her.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: She may be the final gym leader of Johto, but she constantly boasts about how she can take on the Elite Four, and when you defeat her, she won't give you the badge (see Jerk with a Heart of Gold above).
  • Sore Loser: The most infamous example from Pokémon. She's also even worse than Whitney in this regard. She flat-out refuses to give you a badge upon defeat because of your "Lazy ideals". It takes being threatened to have Lance told of her insubordination for her to relent.
  • This Cannot Be!: She screams this after you have passed the test in the Dragon's Den. She was fully expecting you to fail, as even she didn't pass it. She also has this attitude when you initially beat her, sending you to the Dragon's Den just because she can't accept her loss.
  • Tsundere: Oh, boy. Just listen to her phone calls.
    "Nice to hear from you. How is everything with you? I'm good. What's your point? If you want to battle me again, fine. Friday nights, take it or leave it. Call me then... Maybe I'll answer..."
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Her outfit and hairdo make her resemble her Kingdra.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has bright blue hair.


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