Pokémon Family Species: Gen I (Bulbasaur To Parasect / Venonat To Cloyster / Gastly To Miltank / Magikarp To Mew) | Gen II | Gen III (Treecko To Sharpedo / Wailmer To Deoxys) | Gen IV | Gen V (Victini To Zoroark / Minccino To Genesect) | Gen VI (Chespin To Hawlucha / Dedenne To Volcanion) | Gen VII (Rowlet To Comfey / Oranguru To Melmetal / Ultra Beasts) | Gen VIII | Glitches
Pokémon Human Characters: Protagonists And Rivals (Kanto / Johto / Hoenn / Sinnoh / Unova / Kalos / Alola / Galar) | Professors | Gym Leaders (Kanto / Johto / Hoenn / Sinnoh / Unova / Kalos / Galar) | Trial Captains and Kahunas | Elite Four | Champions
Pokémon Villain Teams: Team Rocket / Team Aqua/Magma / Team Galactic / Team Plasma / Team Flare / Team Skull / Team Yell
Frontier Brains And Other Facility Heads | Trainer Classes | Other NPCs (Aether Foundation / Ultra Recon Squad / Macro Cosmos)
The eight Gym Leaders in Kalos, beating them grants the eight Badges necessary to enter the Kalos League.
Viola (ビオラ biora)
Santalune City Gym Leader —The Camerawoman Who Never Lets a Single Smile Escape Her Focus
- "Whether it's the tears of frustration that follow a loss or the blossoming of joy that comes with victory... They're both great subjects for my camera! Fantastic! This'll be just fantastic! Now come at me! My lens is always focused on victoryI won't let anything ruin this shot!"
A photographer specializing in Bug-type Pokémon.
- Bare Your Midriff: A slim strip, but it's there.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Notable for being both the first female Bug-type Gym Leader and specialist overall.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: A rare female example; she has very thick eyebrows.
- Camera Fiend: She's a nature photographer, so of course she brings her camera everywhere with her.
- Catchphrase: "Fantastic! Just fantastic!" (Or "fantastique!", given her accent in Masters)
- Meaningful Name: "Viola" is the name of a genera of flowers and a butterfly.
- Poor, Predictable Rock: Makes an effort to defy it; her Surskit is part Water-type and knows both Bubble and Water Sport, so your Fennekin will not have as easy a time as you might hope. Played straight in that her other Pokémon, Vivillon, is a Flying-type, making them both fodder for Pikachu. And Water does not help to stop Flying-types either.
- Recurring Element: Despite her type specialty, she manages to invoke the "Fire-type starters are disadvantaged against the first gym" trend of most previous games by using Surskit (who is part Water) and Vivillon (who knows a move that counters Fire-type moves).
- Scunthorpe Problem: Due to the name censoring system in X and Y, it's impossible to name yourself or a Pokémon after her.note
- Signature Mon: Vivillon.
- Signature Move: Infestation, a move used by her Vivillon.
- The Smurfette Principle: As mentioned, she is the first female Bug-type Gym Leader.
- Stealth Pun: She's a photographer, aka a "shutterbug".
- She's a Bug-type trainer with caterpillar eyebrows.
- Unexplained Accent: In Pokémon Masters, Viola is given a French accent, which makes sense given that Kalos is the Pokemon world's French equivalent. However, none of the other Kalos Gym Leaders or Elite Four members have a French accent.
- Youngest Child Wins: The younger of two sisters, but she is a Gym Leader while Alexa works as a journalist. Though granted, it could simply be a different career choice.
Grant / Zakuro (ザクロ zakuro)
Cyllage City Gym Leader —The Wild Yet Cool and Collected Rock Climber
- "I've been waiting in eager anticipation! What have I been waiting for? For a worthy challenger to appear! It's quite an achievement to have climbed all the way up here. Very impressive, actually! I have a feeling that our battle will turn out to be worth the wait! I hope you'll show me that your skill as a Trainer surpasses even mine."
A rock climber who also specializes in other sports, specializing in Rock-types.
- Anime Hair: Shaped like a rock-climbing wall.
- Bishōnen: He's rather androgynous.
- Climbing the Cliffs of Insanity: His Gym, not level exaggerated of course.
- Dishing Out Dirt: The pose, the brown Anime Hair with jewels, the badge, and the fact he's a rock climber makes it obvious he's a Rock-type Gym Leader.
- Elemental Hair: His brown Anime Hair seems to have stones embedded into it. He's a Rock-type user.
- Informed Ability: The only hints we know of his preference for sports are the Gym and his gear. He is apparently an ace cyclist, given he finishes a race in first just before you arrived.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: As mentioned in his above description, he specializes in other sports.
- Knuckle Cracking: He cracks his neck just before your battle with him starts. Though in this case, it seems more like a way to loosen his muscles than to intimidate you.
- Kryptonite Is Everywhere: Zig-zagged this time. Sure, Rock-types have got a lot of weaknesses, and there are a lot more Pokémon that you could catch, including those that have a type advantage. However, not all of the aforementioned Pokémon are necessarily effective against Grant.
- Meaningful Name:
- Grant is short for "Granite" as well as "Pomegranate", keeping the meaning his Japanese name had.
- Also looks like a Shout-Out to another man named Grant who's dealt with dinosaurs.
- Perpetual Frowner: In the artwork and game.
- Signature Mon: Averted. He uses both fossil lines from Kalos, but they're the exact same Level, so neither can count as an "ace". However, in the Battle Chateau, he slightly leans to Tyrantrum, with Aurorus using more support moves while Tyrantrum is an all-out attacker. Also, in the anime, his Amaura is replaced with an Onix, but Tyrunt remains. To obfuscate the issue further, he gets Amaura in Pokémon Masters, tipping the scales back toward the center.
- Signature Move: Rock Tomb.
- The Stoic: Unlike other leaders, again.
Korrina / Corni (コルニ koruni)
Shalour City Gym Leader — The Evolution Fighter!
A roller-skater girl, specializing in Fighting-types. She's also the Mega Evolution successor, and the one who gives you the Mega Ring.
- Anti-Climax: Either her Mega Lucario gets a lucky Critical Hit on yours, thus decimating your first ever Mega Evolution battle, or you get the Critical Hit or spam the hell out of Power-Up Punch twice.
- Badass Adorable: She's adorable, alright, but she's a master Fighting-type trainer and commands Lucario.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Fighting-type specialist.
- Boisterous Bruiser: She is very chatty and energetic and will kick your ass while doing it.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She is the third gym leader, but appears a few towns before you meet Grant, the 2nd Gym Leader.
- Climax Boss: Defeating her for the last time wraps up many of the plot threads in the early game.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Fighting-type Pokémon are almost always at a disadvantage against Ghost types, but Korrina's have almost no defense against them (almost all of her Pokémon's moves are Fighting or Normal, with the exception being Machoke's Rock Tomb), which can lead to situations like these.
- Cute Little Fangs: She has two each in her upper◊ and lower◊ jaws.
- Demoted to Extra: She has quite the presence in the story... Until after your gym battle with her, after which she's content to just stay in her town the rest of the game, bar Battle Chateau rematches.
- Duel Boss: Atop the Tower of Mastery, she battles you in a one-on-one battle, your new Lucario versus hers.
- Edible Theme Naming: Her Japanese name comes from "cornichon", the French word for "gherkin". This goes in hand with her grandfather's name: in English, it's Gurkinn, but in Japanese, it's Concombre, French for "cucumber".
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: She invokes this description of Power-Up Punch when she gives the TM to you.
- Friendly Rival: A first amongst Gym Leaders, she encounters you a few times during the beginning of your journey and you two have a series of battles up until you finally get access to Mega Evolution.
- The Gadfly: Downplayed. She indulges in screwing with the Player Character here and there, such as jokingly overreacting about losing and saying she will resign as Gym Leader.
- Genki Girl: She's rarely seen without a cheery smile, even if she holds two jobs as both a Gym Leader and the Mega Evolution Successor.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Averted. She is shown wearing the safety headgear that is necessary for rollerblading.
- Hidden Depths: One wouldn't expect an energetic and feisty young girl to be an authority on the concept of Mega Evolutions.
- Hot-Blooded: One of her Lucario, the one that takes a liking to you, appears to be this towards the other one she has. She herself also fits this trope.
- It Was a Gift: Hands you one of her Lucario after beating her (or getting beaten) at the Tower of Mastery.
- Meaningful Name: Her name sounds like a combination of K.O.,combat and arena".
- Large Ham: How does she make an entrance? She enters from above and shouts "Lady Korrina makes her big debut!" with the dialogue box indicating it was a large shout.
- Legacy Character: She is the descendant of the first trainer who performed the first ever Mega Evolution, with a Lucario no less.
- Little Miss Badass: She looks fairly young, but she is a Fighting-type Gym Leader and knows the Mega Evolution process.
- Modesty Shorts: Wears black biker shorts under her skirt.
- The One Who Wears Shoes: The only Fighting-type Gym Leader who wears shoes, aside from Brawly.
- Passionate Sports Girl: Is really into rollerskating, which is why her gym is designed like an obstacle course for someone who does it.
- Poor, Predictable Rock: Her Gym team cannot deal with Ghost-types, barring Rock Tomb on her Machoke. A Honedge can easily wall the whole team.
- Pungeon Master: She can't speak a sentence without making a roller-skating related pun. Especially how she can roll with the punches.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is very long.
- Recurring Boss: She first fights you in a friendly spar a few towns before you reach her Gym, then you have the actual Gym battle, and then you fight her in a sort of Mega-Evolution tutorial battle in the Tower of Mastery. Not counting formal rematches or Cheren's Call-Back team in Black 2/White 2, this marks the first time since Giovanni that a Gym Leader is fought more than once and outside their own gym.
- Rollerblade Good: Definitely qualifies for the "badass" part of the trope.
- Signature Mon: While Hawlucha is the Pokémon she uses in her Gym Battle, she's far more associated with Lucario — specifically Mega Lucario, as she's the one who introduces Mega Evolution to the player for the first time.
- Signature Move: Power-Up Punch.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Wears one sticking out from her helmet.
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: After you beat her in the Gym battle, she mentions that you have to go to the Tower of Mastery to get the ring from her.
Ramos / Fukuji (フクジ fukuji)
- "So what'd yeh think, whippersnapper? Did yeh enjoy the garden playground I made with all these sturdy plants o' mine? Their strength is a sign o' my strength as a gardener and a Gym Leader! Yeh sure yer up to facing all that?"
An old gardener who specializes in Grass-types.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His beard looks like plant leaves.
- Badass Bookworm: The room you battle him in within the gym appears to be his study.
- Blush Sticker: Has them in his art.
- Cool Old Guy: One of the oldest Gym Leaders seen, but it doesn't slow him down much. It's mentioned that he climbs up to his spot in the gym every day.
- Green Thumb: Specializes in Grass-type Pokémon.
- Last-Name Basis: Ramos is a common surname in Portuguese and Spanish, but never a given name.
- Meaningful Name: "Ramos" means "(plant) branches" in Portuguese and Spanish.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: He's comparatively small compared to the younger Gym Leaders.
- Poor, Predictable Rock: His gym is a breeze if you happened to choose Fennekin or Charmander, as none of his Pokémon really have any way to combat Fire-types (other than Bulldoze on his Gogoat). Goes double for Charmander, as it'll likely be evolved all the way into a Charizard (making it completely immune to Bulldoze) and both Mega Charizards are fully capable of sweeping his entire team with little effort (though Mega Charizard X loses the aforementioned Bulldoze immunity).
- Signature Mon: Gogoat.
- Signature Move: Grass Knot.
- Stealth Pun: His gym is a Grass-type gym that has ropes, climbing poles, and a slide; it is literally a jungle gym.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Meet him again at the top of his gym post-game, and he'll discuss AZ's fate. He thinks that he couldn't have lived with the guilt and punishment of being without his friend for over 3,000 years, like AZ has.
Clemont / Citron (シトロン shitoron)Lumiose City Gym Leader — The Inventor Lighting Up the World
- "The future is now, thanks to science!"
A Gadgeteer Genius young boy who specializes in Electric-types.
For the anime version of Clemont, see Pokémon XY.
- Adorkable: His banter with his younger sister, Bonnie, suggests Clemont tries really hard to get people to take him seriously, but it doesn't work too well.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: His sister Bonnie, who keeps stealing his speeches during his Gym Battle.
- Awesome Backpack: It has two robot arms extending from it.
- Bungling Inventor: Heavily implied. One person from the central Pokémon Center mentions that while Clemont is an inspiration for inventors, most of his inventions don't work. After Shauna uses Clemont's puzzle invention to unlock Team Flare's door, the device breaks down.
- Catchphrase: "The future is now!"
- Chekhov's Gift: Shauna mentions early on that Clemont made her a device that could solve any puzzle for her if frustrated when you reach Centrico Plaza the first time in X & Y. The device ends up being really important near the end of Team Flare's plot when a door needs to be hacked open.
- Elemental Hair: Befitting his Electric-type specialty, his hair is spiky and blond.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: The two arms coming out of his backpack seems designed for different purposes.
- For Science!: His motivation... SCIENCE!
- Gadgeteer Genius: He designed the entire Prism Tower from top to bottom, the PSS and Super Training system, and also enjoys inventing gizmos in his spare time. Samson Oak also implies that he was the one who invented the Rotom Dex.
- Idiot Hair: Loosely shaped like a lightning bolt.
- Improbable Age: He seems to be younger than Serena and Calem, and yet he's already into advanced cybernetics and designing enormous towers.
- Large Ham: Not quite to the same extent as his anime counterpart, who has a tendency to get way more excited than he probably should regarding his inventions, but his shouting about science and his inventions portray him as such
- Legacy Character: He keeps the obligatory Electric-type Gym Leader trend for each region. (Johto lacks one, as they have their Kanto neighbors with Lt. Surge.)
- Meaningful Name: His Japanese name is Citron and his English name is Clemont. Lemons and Citrus fruits can produce an electrical current. His English name also seems to come from inclement, which means stormy weather.
- Mundane Utility: If he decides to give you a Pearl String in the Battle Chateau, he mentions activating his gift-giving machine to do it.
- Odd Friendship: Not exactly odd, but he and Bonnie are apparently really good friends with Shauna.
- Opaque Nerd Glasses: Fitting with his love of science.
- Recurring Element: A Gadgeteer Genius Electric-type leader, one of the many returns to this generation.
- Signature Mon: Heliolisk is his strongest Pokémon.
- Shock and Awe: His mechanical backpack, the inventor archetype, his lightning bolt-shaped Idiot Hair, and the design of the badge he gives clearly point to his specialty of Electric-types.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Not as short as Trevor, but still shorter than Calem/Serena.
- The Short Guy with Glasses: Wears glasses for this trope too.
- Signature Move: Thunderbolt. His Emolga gets Volt Switch instead.
Valerie / Mache (マーシュ maashu)
- "Oh, if it isn't a young Trainer... So you've flown all the way through my Gym, fluttering down to me on a fortunate wind. ...I hope your visit will prove entertaining to you. The elusive Fairy types may appear frail as a breeze and delicate as a bloom, but they are strong."
A fashion designer originally hailing from Johto who specializes in Fairy-types.
- Animal Motifs: Her outfit has a clear butterfly motif.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: She can get easily distracted by stuff that glimmers, her badge being one.
- Badass Adorable: She's a beautiful and adorable young lady, as well as a Gym Leader who specializes in Fairy-type Pokémon.
- But Not Too Foreign: She is a fashion designer from the Johto region. Fitting, as the trainers in her gym are Furisode Girls, who are a Mythology Gag in regards to the Kimono Girls from Johto.
- Call-Back: Her gym has the same kind of teleporting puzzle as Sabrina's gym from Pokémon Red and Blue, and like the anime's version of Sabrina, she's got a bit of a doll motif.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Gives off a rather strong vibe of being this. It also is even more so given she is from Johto, which is based off of Kansai.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: Mentions that she's always wanted to be a Pokémon. Given the sewing machine found in her gym, her followers' obsession with fashion, and the fact that she kinda looks like a Fairy-type Pokémon, it is reasonable to assume that she's into Moe Anthropomorphism.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Valerie is an adherent of Wa Lolita fashion, an offshoot of Lolita subculture that combines dark Victorian aesthetics with traditional Japanese kimonos.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Her eyes have an other worldly appearance compared to the other gym leaders.
- The Fashionista: She is a fashion designer from Johto. Given all of the trainers have unique outfits, the dollhouse shows some sewing equipment, and that Laverre City houses a Boutique, it's far from an Informed Ability.
- Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Her outfit's sleeves (which she most likely made herself) are wing-shaped and huge (the reason her picture is cut off is because her sleeves broke the image width limit). Her character model actually takes up the width of about 2 or 3 people due to them. You can actually talk to her by pressing A while facing her sleeves instead of Valerie herself.
- Manchild: Gender Flipped; Her Gym is literally a dollhouse and she tells you she wants to be a Pokémon. Add that to the seeming lack of maturity, and she's this.
- Meaningful Name: Rhymes with fairy and possibly derives from "valor". It ties into her Japanese name, which is the French term for Valerianella locusta, the corn salad or rapunzel plant.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Her eyes show no pupil and almost no sclera, playing with this trope in order to invoke the butterfly motif.
- Mythology Gag:
- As the sixth gym leader specializing in a new type introduced during that generation, players might get reminded of Jasmine. Coincidentally, both of their aces are new evolutions of a Generation I Pokémon.
- All Trainers in her Gym are Furisode Girls a throwback to the Kimono Girls, the iconic Trainer class that's exclusive to Valerie's home region, Johto.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Those aforementioned eyes are unique to her and the Fairy Tale Girls.
- Of Corsets Sexy: She wears it on top of her dress though.
- Our Fairies Are Different: Specializes in Fairy-types.
- Pink Means Feminine: Gives off this vibe. Strongly.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Though for some reason, she's also wearing thigh-high stockings.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes down to her knees.
- Signature Mon: Sylveon.
- Signature Move: Dazzling Gleam, though only her Mr. Mime and Sylveon know it, leaving Mawile with Play Rough.
- Silk Hiding Steel:
The elusive Fairy types may appear frail as a breeze and delicate as a bloom, but they are strong.
- She describes Fairy-type Pokémon to be this. Considering their type advantages, she is right.
- She may qualify as well. It's stated in-game that that Pimped-Out Dress of hers weighs thirty pounds.
- Toy Time: Her Gym invokes this with its dollhouse-like design.
- Uncatty Resemblance: Her sleeves and eyes bring Audino to mind, though it doesn't gain the Fairy-type until Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through Mega Evolution.
- Vague Age: While she is obviously young, it is pretty hard to tell whether she's a teenager or a young woman.
Olympia / Gojika (ゴジカ gojika)
- "A ritual to decide your fate and future. The battle begins!"
A mysterious woman who specializes in Psychic-types.
- Ambiguously Brown: Dark-skinned but no clear nationality, putting aside Pokémon's geography.
- Anime Hair: The most glaring example out of the Kalos Gym Leaders.
- Badass Cape: A long and flowing cape whose interior side looks like a galaxy.
- Crystal Ball: The shape of her Badge invokes this trope.
- Foreshadowing: She warns the player about a power that awakens and voices of woe in the near future. Not long after the player has left the Gym, the Big Bad appears on everyone's Holo Caster announcing his plan to awaken the version's legendary and activate the ultimate weapon that will kill everyone who's not part of Team Flare.
- Gravity Master: She's managed to make the platforms of her gym follow a metaphysical small, spherical structure through cosmic manipulation, not all that different from the localized points of gravity in the Distortion World. This is implied to have a couple more purposes in relation to her psychic powers according to Gym Freaks, a low-gravity environment stimulates psionics.
- Haiku: She all but speaks in haiku the whole time. Especially notable in the Japanese version.
- Meaningful Name: It comes from Olympus, the home of the gods in Classical Mythology, relating to the Psychic-type's mystical and mysterious nature.
- Power Floats: She's able to use her Psychic Powers to levitate.
- Perpetual Smiler: The only expression she seems to have is a serene smile.
- Psychic Powers: Both in type preference and being a really strong one to boot.
- Reality Warper: Heavily implied. The entire plane of her Gym gets warped the moment you enter and is held there by the absorbing the cosmos, implying it is Olympia's doing. If that's the case, she could give Sabrina a real run for her money.
- Screw Destiny: Although she does have the power to see into the future, this is the advice she gives to the player. "Create your own path. Let nothing get in your way. Your fate, your future."
- Seer: She's demonstrated a level of clairvoyance.
- Serial Escalation: She's the seventh Leader, but her team's levels are higher than those of the eighth and final Leader in Johto, Hoenn, and Unova note and almost on par with the eighth and final of Kanto and Sinnoh. From a non-battle standpoint, Sabrina's psychic abilities pale in comparison to the things she has displayed.
- Signature Mon: Female Meowstic.
- Signature Move: Calm Mind, which, in her Gym Battle, is known by two of her three Pokémon.
- Star-Spangled Spandex: Not the spandex, but the inside of her cape, which looks like the night sky or the universe.
- Teleportation: After you defeat her, she offers to teleport you to the entrance of the Gym as a short-cut.
- Terse Talker: She speaks in as few words as possible, mostly because her dialogue is almost entirely in Haiku.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dark Purple Hair to go with her Psychic theme.
Wulfric / Urup (ウルップ uruppu)
Snowbelle City Gym Leader — Tough as an Iceberg, Hot as a Furnace
- "Y'know what? Ice is both extremely hard and terribly fragile at the same time. You know what that means? Depending on which Pokémon you choose and what moves they use, I could be your most challenging opponent yet or I could be a total pushover. But that's all right. That's how it should be! Anyway, enough of my rambling! Let's get this show on the road!"
An old man who specializes in Ice-type Pokémon.
- Awesome Mccool Name: His name is Wulfric, for crying out loud.
- Badass Mustache: Forms vaguely icicle-like shapes, or perhaps the tusks of a walrus.
- Big Fun: The guy has a big gut, but an even bigger heart. He even smacks his belly before fighting you.
- Cavalier Competitor: When you talk to him in the Battle Chateau, he basically tells you the reason he does Pokémon Battles is simply because he enjoys it.
- Catchphrase: "You know what?"
- Coat Cape: A heavy blue coat tied around his neck.
- Cool Old Guy: When you first meet him, he is visiting some Pokémon that were supposedly mistreated in the past and recognizes the player's bond with their mons. He acts as a kindly uncle of sorts, bidding the player a formal good luck as they head off for the Pokémon League. He also casually comments that the battle will be easy or hard depending on what Pokémon you brought, lampshading how some players tailor their teams to beat specific leaders, as well as the Ice-type's offensive and defensive matchups.
- Fat and Proud: He doesn't mention it in any dialogue, but he does give his gut a good hearty smack before battling you.
- Friend to All Living Things: He is one of the curators of the Pokémon Village, a village filled with Pokémon who were abandoned or mistreated.
- Gentle Giant: He takes care of mistreated Pokémon. Coupled with his size, he's a giant teddy bear. He takes up three horizontal/vertical tiles in his overworld model, just like Valerie. You can speak to him standing in front of any of those tiles.
- Hot-Blooded: He is far more emotional than Brycen is, but isn't quite on Candice's level.
- Hidden Depths: He apparently is a fan of the Brycen-man movies, according to the In-universe TV show about Gym Leaders.
- An Ice Person: An Ice-type specialist. He even points out that the type can go from Mighty Glacier to Glass Cannon depending on their opponents, as well as their good offensive abilities and multiple defensive weaknesses!
- Jiggle Physics: His belly in Pokémon Masters visibly wobbles when he moves.
- Lampshade Hanging: His comment that he will either be one of the hardest opponents you will face or a complete pushover. Not only does this refer to players who bring types strong against Ice, but also the fact that Ice is a great attacking type but has several defensive weaknesses, and also to the fact that his strongest Pokémon, Avalugg, has extremely high defense but virtually no special defense, while his Cryogonal's stats are the reverse.
- Meaningful Name: Wulfric = frigid.
- Papa Wolf: He cares for the abused and abandoned Pokémon at the Pokémon Village.
- Serial Escalation: His team is in the mid-high 50's, making him the highest-level Gym Leader you can battle pre-Champion. In particular, his Avalugg is level 59, making it the highest-level Pokémon used by any Gym Leader. To put that in perspective, that level is higher than Steven Stone, Wallace, and Iris' highest-leveled Pokémon, and is on par with the lowest-leveled Pokémon of Blue and Cynthia!
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Especially remarkable considering his type of choice.
- Signature Mon: Avalugg, appropriately enough for a man built like an iceberg.
- Signature Move: Ice Beam, known by his Abomasnow and Cryogonal.
- Stone Wall: His strategy is to pair up the physical wall Avalugg with the special wall Cyrogonal.
- Stout Strength: The anime shows him as being able to lift Bergmite, which weigh 219.4 lbs (99.5 kg), with one hand. As well as able to partially lift an Avalugg, which weighs 1113.3 lbs (505.0 kg)!