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The Gym Leaders in Sinnoh. Defeating them grants the eight Badges necessary to enter the Sinnoh League.

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    Roark (Hyouta) 

Roark / Hyouta (ヒョウタ hyouta)

Oreburgh City Gym Leader—Call me Roark the Rock!

"As the Gym Leader, I need to see your potential as a trainer. And, I'll need to see the toughness of the Pokémon that battle with you!"

  • Bishōnen: He has a rather feminine face, in comparison to his dad.
  • Cool Helmet: His miner's hard hat.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Of the Rock variety.
  • Family Theme Naming: In multiple languages with his father.
    • In the original Japanese, Hyouta is derived from hyōtan, calabash gourd, while Tougan is derived from tōgan, wax gourd.
    • In English, their names are mineral-themed, with Roark coming from "rock" or "ore" and Byron coming from "iron".
    • In German, his name is Veit, from "eveit", meaning "eveite", a mineral isostructural with adamite, matching his father's name, Adam.
    • In Chinese, his name is Piáotài (瓢太), sharing the character "瓜" with his father's name, Dōngguā (東瓜).
  • Foil: To his father; calm where Byron is Hot-Blooded, feminine-looking as opposed to masculine, and his battle style is offensive instead of defensive.
  • Heir to the Dojo: In some continuities, he has inherited leadership of the Oreburgh Gym from his father.
  • In the Blood: Mining appears to be his family's profession, as shown by his father and grandfather. Byron was also the previous Oreburgh Gym Leader.
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Subtly implied, appearance-wise. He's thin, wears glasses, and is a bishonen-style pretty boy, while Byron is a muscled, bearded miner with a rugged look.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • In Englsh: Roark "the Rock" speaks for itself.
      • Alternatively, Roark, as in "ore".
    • In Japanese: Hyouta contains the first syllable of takenote 
    • His German name is Veit, from "eveit", meaning "eveite", a mineral isostructural with adamite which matches his father's German name: Adam.
    • His Spanish name is Roco, from "roca" (rock).
    • His French name is Pierrik, from "pierre" (stone).
    • His Italian name is Pedro, from pietra (stone).
    • His Korean name is Gangseok, from "gang" (strong) "seok" (rock) or "gwangseok" (ore).
  • Megane: Wears glasses to look the part.
  • Missing Mom: Despite his father also being present in the game as another Gym Leader, his mother has yet to make an appearance in any continuity. The closest we get is Roark asking his father to come home for their wedding anniversary in the anime.
  • My Nayme Is: It's "Roark," not "Rourke."
  • Recurring Element: Third time around the first gym is Rock-type. But expecting the typical Stone Wall when you face him? Don't count on it; his Cranidos is a Glass Cannon with higher Attack than many fully-evolved Pokémon, and if you can't outspeed it, it will demolish you.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: He sports these during his brief cameo in GOTCHA! with the other Rock-type Gym Leaders.
  • Signature Mon: Cranidos. It evolves into Rampardos for future fights, of course.
  • Signature Move: You can thank him for the infamous Stealth Rock, it's his TM that teaches it.
  • Stealth Pun: He is a Rock-type Trainer who has a troubled relationship with his father; in other words, their relationship is "rocky".
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Like Brock, he can be a struggle if the player chose Chimchar. His specialty move is the infamous Stealth Rock, which both his Onix and Geodude know. When Cranidos comes out, trainers are dealing with a Pokémon with higher Attack than many fully-evolved Pokémon. If they try to switch out, Cranidos' Pursuit will take priority over switching and deal double damage — 80, which is a lot at the beginning-game. Ironically, Roark being a Wake-Up Call Boss makes him harder for the player to defeat than his father Byron, who is a Breather Boss.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He sometimes talks about how he wants to beat his father in battle. Apparently, Byron believes he still has room to improve, because he asked Riley to be the Oreburgh Gym Leader first.

    Gardenia (Natane) 

Gardenia / Natane (ナタネ natane)
Voiced by: Erica Mendez (Pokémon Masters — EN), Haruka Itou (Pokémon Masters — JP)

Eterna City Gym Leader—Master of Vivid Plant Pokémon!

"When I first saw you, I was convinced you'd find your way to me. My hunch was right on the money. You have a winning aura about you. So, anyway, this will be fun. Let's have our battle."

  • Adaptational Modesty: In Pokémon Masters, her undershirt is made longer, covering more of her midriff.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit leaves her very bare from waistline to bustline.
  • Genki Girl: She's eager to battle you and wants you to give her a fun fight.
  • Green Thumb: Grass-type specialist.
  • Hartman Hips: Her midriff-baring outfit emphasizes her hips.
  • Lovable Coward: She's afraid of the Old Chateau and the ghosts said to lurk within.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Gardenia, a type of flower whose fragrance is popular in perfumes and candles. It also contains the word "garden", of course.
    • Aside from the fact that most major characters share a plant-based Theme Naming in Japan, with Natane meaning "rapeseed", the first singular and last two syllables of her name can pulled apart to make nanote  and tanenote .
    • Her German name is Silvana, from "silva" which is Latin for "forest".
    • Her French name is Flo, from "flore" (flora).
    • Her Korean name is Yuchae meaning "rapeseed".
  • Multicolored Hair: Red and black, unless the black is actually a headband under her hair. It's difficult to tell.
  • The Nose Knows: In Masters, she says she can tell the feelings of Grass-types by smelling their aroma, which allows her to tell how they feel. She does mention that there are many unique ways to tell such things with other Pokémon.
  • Signature Mon: Roserade.
  • Signature Move: Grass Knot.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: She is totally not scared by the ghosts in the Old Chateau. She just has important Gym Leader stuff to do.
  • Turtwig Power: The only Gym Leader to use a starter in their original gym battle, in fact.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: A retroactive example: Decidueye quite resembles her. Becomes quite funny because Decidueye is a Grass/Ghost type, and see below for her opinion on the type combination...
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Her Roserade has a massive Special Attack score, so watch yourself, especially if you chose Piplup.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's terrified of ghosts, and is unnerved by the possibility of a Grass/Ghost-typed Pokémon existing. In Masters, she did find out about the likes of Phantump and Pumpkaboo but faces a crisis trying to get herself to cuddle them. In fact, her whole reason to visit Pasio is so she grows out of her fear with Ghost-types.

    Maylene (Sumomo) 

Maylene / Sumomo (スモモ sumomo)
Voiced by: Erica Lindbeck (Pokémon Masters — EN), Akiha Matsui (Pokémon Masters — JP)

Veilstone City Gym Leader—The Barefoot, Fighting Genius!

"I don't really know what it means to be strong, or how I got to be the Gym Leader. But I will do the best I can as the Gym Leader. I take battling very seriously. Whenever you're ready!"

  • Badass Adorable: Look at that face and try to say otherwise.
  • Barefoot Poverty: Subverted; it's implied that her father's gambling habits put a strain on their financial status, but she goes barefoot out of choice rather than necessity; she does it because she heard it's healthier.
  • Big Eater: In Platinum, she is very appreciative of how Buck's grandfather furnishes everyone with endless food at the Battleground. You can find her in HGSS's Celadon City participating in an eating contest with several bowls stacked in front of her.
  • The Cameo: Can be found stuffing her face at a food-eating competition in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's adorable, but she's a martial arts expert and a Fighting-type specialist.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: It's right there in her title cum image quote. In Platinum, you encounter her walking all the way to Snowpoint without shoes or any appropriate clothing, as part of her training. She also makes some comments about how all Pokémon go barefoot, and that going barefoot is healthier when you see her in the Battleground.
  • Fingerless Gloves: As shown in the picture.
  • Freeze Sneeze: That's what you get for walking from Veilstone to Snowpoint without so much as putting on shoes.
  • Genius Bruiser: Heavily implied to be this, or at least a rough equivalent.
  • Kick Chick: She is a martial artist, and her official artwork and VS Sprite in Platinum both show her kicking with her left leg.
  • Leotard of Power: Though she wears pants over the lower portion.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's young but she's still capable of kicking ass. In the Battleground, she actually has the highest-leveled Pokémon, with her Level 66 Lucario edging out everyone else by one.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Maylene = melee. Plus, Maylene = lean, as in the kind of shape a good fighter would be in.
    • Brega in the Spanish version comes from Bregar.note 
    • Sumomo = sumo wrestling, though she herself apparently does not practice this particular martial art.
    • Her German name is Hilda, from "hiltja" (Old High German for "battle").
    • Her Spanish name is Braga, from "bregar" (to fight).
    • Her French name is Mélina, from "mêlée" (melee).
    • Her Italian name is Marzia, from marziale (martial).
  • One Steve Limit:
    • She and a Kimono Girl from Gold and Silver had the same Japanese name. The Kimono Girl's name changed to Komomo in the remakes, possibly because Maylene makes a cameo.
    • Internationally, there's an example — her German name is Hilda... but Hilda's German name is Lotta.
  • Parental Neglect: Mentions in Platinum that her dad is a gambling addict. You can also see him in the Game Corner. note 
  • Pointless Band-Aid: Maybe she simply gets hurt that much. Either way, she's always wearing some.
  • Power Stereotype Flip: A Fighting-type expert being a martial artist is nothing new, but she's a waifish little girl instead of a big, muscular bruiser.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: She's tough, that's for certain.
  • Signature Mon:
  • Signature Move: Drain Punch.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Zigzagged with Candice. Maylene is the dedicated martial artist to Candice's relatively typical girl, but she's also more sensitive and withdrawn compared to Candice's candid conversation.
  • Training from Hell: She puts herself through intensive environment and diet training and who knows what else. In Pokémon Masters, she tries to copy her Meditite's regimen of only eating one berry a day (and nothing else), sleeping for one hour, and meditating for 15 hours. After talking to the player, she realizes that it might not be such a good idea, and resolves to do some training that's better suited to humans than Pokémon.
  • Trash of the Titans: In Masters, she comments that she feels sorry for using items and so does her best not to use them, which has led to making a pile of unused items she won't use.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has pink hair.

    Crasher Wake (Maximum Mask) 

Crasher Wake / Maximum Mask (マキシマム仮面 makishimamu kamen)
Voiced by: Kyle Hebert (Pokémon Masters — EN), Volcano Ohta (Pokémon Masters — JP)

Pastoria City Gym Leader—The Torrential Masked Master!

"Welcome! I don't get challenged very often! The glory you are now beholding is the Pastoria Gym Leader! That's right, I'm Crasher Wake! My Pokémon were toughened up by stormy white waters! They'll take everything you can throw at them and then pull you under! Victory will be ours! Come on, let's get it done!"

  • Artificial Brilliance: He is one of the very few NPCs in the series to make up for his type specialty's weaknesses by switching around his Pokémon in battles. Should a Grass-type shows up in front of Quagsire, it will be swapped for Gyarados (who is part Flying-type, which neutralizes Grass attacks that could one-shot Quagsire), and should an Electric-type shows up in front of Gyarados, it will be switched out for Quagsire (who is part Ground-type, which negates Electric attacks that could zap down Gyarados).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Woe betide you if you even consider putting Pastoria or the Great Marsh in danger.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: He's friendly towards all of the player characters he meets and cares deeply for the well-being of Pastoria, its residents, and the Great Marsh. His winnings from wrestling matches are stated to end up going towards charity.
  • The Cameo: Makes several in HeartGold and SoulSilver, as well as one in Black 2 and White 2 outside of PWT.
  • Cool Mask: Wears one as part of his luchador theme.
  • Foil: To Brawly across generations. Brawly is a Fighting-type specialist who's into surfing. Crasher Wake is a Water-type specialist who's into wrestling.
  • Insistent Terminology: Crasher Wake! / Maximum Mask!
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: This guy has a pretty weird dual-career choice: Luchador-slash-tenor. (And Gym Leader, of course.)
  • Large Ham: While most Gym Leaders are relatively subdued individuals who try to demonstrate the versatility of their element of choice, Wake's a Hot-Blooded masked wrestler who insists on always adding "Crasher" before his name. In Platinum, if you refuse to fight him at the Top Trainer Cafe, he will sing his theme song. And on the TV from time to time, it will describe him fighting wrestling matches. He even shows up a few times in HeartGold and SoulSilver, first giving you the three Sinnoh starter masks (which he appears to force on you, commending your love of masks), and later on the bridge to the Safari Zone, where he goes off on a rant about how cool waterfalls are. He's hamming it up again in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, singing loudly on a cliff-top somewhere along Route 18.
  • Making a Splash: Water-type specialist.
  • Masked Luchador: His design theme.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • In English: A wake is also the set of triangular waves left by something traveling through water (a boat, etc.). Also sounds similar to "crashing wave".
    • In Japanese: "Maxi" is both written and spoken in Japanese as "Makishi", which contains the last two syllables of uzumakinote .
    • His German name isWellenbrecher Marinus, meaning "breakwater" and "marine" in Latin.
    • His Spanish name is Mananti, from "manantial" meaning "spring".
    • His French name is Lovis, from "l'eau" (the water).
    • His Italian name is Omar, from "mare" (sea).
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Equal parts Fray Tormenta and Big Van Vader.
  • Power Stereotype Flip: A Water-type user who is a loud and bombastic masked luchador.
  • Signature Mon: Floatzel is his signature Pokémon, despite his Swampert and Gyarados-inspired costume.
  • Signature Move: Brine.
  • Stout Strength: Like many luchadors in fiction, he has a belly on him.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: As the Water-type master it's practically tradition.

    Fantina (Melissa) 

Fantina / Melissa (メリッサ merissa)
Hearthome City Gym Leader—The Alluring, Soulful Dancer!

"Ohohoho. Finally, you have arrived! Since I came to this country, always I try to learn new things. They hold Contests in this city? I say to myself, enfin, I will excel. That's why I dress this way. C'est une performance! Also I study Pokémon very much. I have come to be Gym Leader. And, uh, so it shall be that you challenge me. But I shall win. That's what a Gym Leader does, non?"

  • Blackout Basement: Her gym in Platinum.
  • Climax Boss: She copies Norman before her in Diamond and Pearl by being the fifth Gym Leader that gets introduced before her battle, victory of which will give the player Surf. Averted in Platinum, but oddly enough, as the third Gym Leader, she is significantly harder, since her team ace remains evolved.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: In the World Tournament, she wields a Giratina in its Origin Forme that holds a Ghost Gem. This is patently breaking the rules of the game; Giratina shifts into its Altered Forme outside the Distortion World and needs to hold the Griseous Orb to enter Origin Forme.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Purple eyes and purple hair.
  • Early-Bird Boss: Becomes this in Platinum due to being shifted from the fifth gym leader to the third. She still has her Mismagius with its high stats, which combined with the relative lack of hard counters to Ghost-types early in the game, can make for quite the Wake-Up Call Boss.
  • Funny Foreigner: In all languages, her mannerisms are quirky for her nationality.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: She came to Hearthome to learn about Contests and loves competing in them and showing off her Pokémon.
  • Gratuitous English: Japanese and French versions.
  • Gratuitous French: Almost everywhere but the Japanese and French versions. With the release of Generation VI, she may be from Kalos.
  • Keep It Foreign: The reason that her Gratuitous English was changed to French worldwide.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • In English: Fantina = Phantom. Plus, according to the PokeWiki her name is the same in both English and Spanish. In Spanish, though, Fantina comes from the more obvious word Fantasma note . The wiki also suggests the name is a reference to Fantine from Les Misérables.
    • I Japanese: Melissa = Meinote 
    • Her German name is Lamina, from "Lamia", a Greek mythological spirit.
    • Her French name is, Kiméra, from "chimera".
    • Her Italian name is Fannie, from "fantasma" (phantom).
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Fantina introduces herself with "Ohohoho!"
  • Odango Hair: What is that bulbous monster attached to her scalp? Oh, wait, that's her hair.
  • Olympus Mons: In one (presumably non-canon) Japan-only downloadable World Tournament, she uses Origin Forme Giratina.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Her dress is very impressive.
  • Power Stereotype Flip: A cheerful, vivacious woman who competes in beauty contests, when most Ghost-type users are aloof mystics.
  • Recurring Element: At least one Gym from the first four generations will be unable to be fought when first arriving at it, and Fantina in Diamond and Pearl continues this tradition. However, since the only reason she does so is for tradition's sake, she drops this in Platinum.
  • Shout-Out: "Never give up, never surrender!"
  • Signature Mon: It's a toss up. Mismagius is her signature Pokémon in battles, but she uses Drifblim in contests and her dress is designed on one, so it's heavily associated with her as well.
  • Signature Move: Shadow Claw.
  • Soul Power: Ghost-type specialist.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: Naturally specializing in the Ghost-type, she shares their prominent purple color scheme.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: In Platinum, she is the third Gym Leader the player will face instead of Maylene. The problem is that she still has her Mismagius, who has high levels and stats at that point in the game. Since the player is restricted from going beyond Hearthome City this time around while the surrounding Pokémon are severely underleveled, winning against Fantina is difficult without a well-thought strategy.
  • You Are Not Ready: In Diamond and Pearl, she will initially brush off the player upon first meeting him/her, saying that she needs to have at least two more badges before facing her.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple hair, to further her connection to Ghost-types.

    Byron (Tougan) 

Byron / Tougan (トウガン tougan)
Canalave City Gym Leader—The Man with the Steel Body!

"You've defeated my son. But that's no surprise. He still has much to learn. In place of my son Roark, I, Byron, will take your challenge!"

  • Absentee Actor: Currently the only Sinnoh Gym Leader missing from Pokémon Masters.
  • Action Dad: Notably the third Gym Leader confirmed to be a dad, after Koga and Norman. He's middle-aged and his son Roark appears to be in his late teens or early twenties. Still a tough Gym Leader more than capable of doing his job, and raising said son to be a Leader as well.
  • Artificial Brilliance: His team covers each other's weaknesses; Bronzor (for Diamond and Pearl) handles the Fighting-types, Magneton (Platinum) is there to take care of Water-types, Steelix has Ice Fang for Ground-types, and Bastiodon has Ancient Power/Stone Edge for Fire-types. No matter what you try to use against him, he's got at least an option to counter you. And that's not in his rematch, he comes prepared Round One. It makes sense, considering that he's one of the older Gym Leaders and likely has enough experience to counter whatever strategy his challengers are packing.
  • Badass Cape: Wears a dull brown-green cloak.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: In the World Tournament, his Aggron has Head Smash and Dragon Rush. It shouldn't be able to have those two moves at the same time in a pre-Gen VI game, because it can only get Head Smash from the Cranidos family and Dragon Rush from the Gible family.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Though his key type is Steel, he uses a lot of Steel-types dual-typed with Rock or Ground, including his signature Bastiodon.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Steel-type specialist.
  • Family Theme Naming: In the original Japanese, Tougan is derived from tōgan, wax gourd, while Hyouta (Roark) is derived from hyōtan, calabash gourd.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's always laughing and ready for a good brawl.
  • The Hyena: His booming laugh is rendered as "Gwahahahaha!"
  • Iconic Item: His shovel, which he is seen carrying in his sprites and official art.
  • Large Ham: Especially in the anime.
  • Last Chance Hit Point: A lot of his team has the Sturdy ability, preventing a One-Hit KO on them.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Byron = Iron.
    • Acerón in the Spanish version.note 
    • Tougan = kane.note  It may also be a play on tou-san, father.
    • His German name is Adam, from "adamin" (adamite), a mineral isostructural with eveite which matches his son's German name: Veit.
    • His Spanish name is Acerón, from "acero" (steel).
    • His French name is Charles, from "charbon" (coal). It doesn't really evoke steel but it refers to his miner like appearence.
    • His Italian name is Ferruccio, from ferro (iron).
  • No OSHA Compliance: The platforms in his Gym have no railings or barriers of any sort keeping people on them from falling off.
  • Parents as People: In most adaptations, his relationship with his son Roark is somewhat strained for one reason or another, usually resulting from Byron's Tough Love style of parenting, though they clearly still care about each other.
    • In the main games, Roark strives to live up to Byron's high expectations. Many of his lines to the player are about how he wants to get stronger so he can defeat his father in battle.
    • In the anime, Roark is angry with Byron for running off to become the Canalave Gym Leader and seemingly abandoning the family. Later, Byron explains that this is because he wanted Roark to become his own person rather than living under his father's shadow, and they are able to reconcile.
    • In Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Adventure!, Byron reveals to Hareta that he pushed Roark hard from a young age to become a strong Gym Leader, comparing his raising of his son to the stories of lions training their cubs by throwing them off of cliffs.
  • Passing the Torch: Handed the reins of the Oreburgh Gym to Roark, although he continues to hold the torch as the Canalave Gym Leader instead.
  • Perma-Stubble: He has a magnificent set of stubble on him.
  • Power Stereotype Flip: A Steel-type Trainer might be expected to be cold, logical and stoic. Not Byron, who is loud and boisterous with a booming laugh.
  • Rated M for Manly: A muscle-bound, bearded miner who uses only the strongest of Steel-types.
  • Recurring Element: Like Jasmine from Gold and Silver, Byron is the sixth Gym Leader in his region's line-up, specializes in Steel-types, owns a Steelix, and lives in a bustling port city.
  • Signature Mon: Bastiodon.
  • Signature Move: Flash Cannon.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: His lack of them only adds to the rugged appearance.
  • Spiky Hair: He has Wild Hair that sticks out in all directions. His beta design, however, had a smoother, neater hairstyle.
  • Weapon Across the Shoulder: Some of his sprites have him carrying his shovel this way.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Downplayed. His sprites give him a shade of purplish-red hair and stubble that is very close to brown. Most other adaptations, including his official artwork and the anime, simply give him brown hair.

    Candice (Suzuna) 

Candice / Suzuna (スズナ suzuna)
Voiced by: Ryan Bartley (Pokémon Masters — EN), Kaori Sakurai (Pokémon Masters — JP)

Snowpoint City Gym Leader—The Diamond Dust Girl!

"You want to challenge Candice? Sure thing! I was waiting for someone tough! But I should tell you, I'm tough because I know how to focus. Pokémon, fashion, romance... It's all about focus! I'll show you just what I mean. Get ready to lose!"

  • Artificial Brilliance: In Platinum, her Abomasnow will set up a permanent hailstorm with Snow Warning. Then when she sends out Froslass, its Snow Cloak ability will raise its evasion, which it can boost even further with Double Team, and it can hit you with Blizzard, which strikes with perfect accuracy in hail.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a cute Genki Girl who also happens to be the second-to-last Gym Leader fought in Sinnoh.
  • Catchphrase: She talks a lot about maintaining her focus.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Literally dangerously so, given the climate she lives in. Regarding modesty, one has to wonder how she can even move around at all without exposing herself, let alone jump like in her battle animation.
  • Exposed to the Elements: She lives in Snowpoint, in the middle of constant snowstorms. Doesn't seem to mind going out dressed like it's the middle of spring.
  • Genki Girl: She's very excitable.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Enthusiastic? Oh yes.
  • Hot-Blooded: Despite her main type. She'll acknowledge this and wonder if she should act more like an Ice-Type trainer "should" act.
  • An Ice Person: Ice-type specialist.
  • Magic Skirt: It's shorter than Dawn's. This seems like a health hazard when you consider that she lives in Snowpoint.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Candice.
    • Inverna in the Spanish version, comes from Invierno. note 
    • Suzune = Suzushiinote 
    • Her German name is Frida, from "frieren" (to freeze).
    • Her French name is Gladys, from "glace" (ice).
    • Her Italian name is Bianca, meaning "white", like snow.
  • Power Stereotype Flip: She's a a peppy, tomboyish young girl with a fiery personality who openly wonders out loud if she should cultivate an "Ice-Type" personality, aloof and cold.
  • Pungeon Master: She throws out a lot of ice puns, though not as many as some.
    "I'm going to break the ice and bring out my last-resort Pokémon!"
  • Signature Mon: Abomasnow is her strongest Pokémon in Diamond and Pearl, but changed to Froslass in Platinum and Glaceon in the Platinum rematch. The Gen V World Tournament treats Froslass as her team ace, but Abomasnow and Glaceon return too.
  • Signature Move: Avalanche.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Her gym puzzle involves you skating around it ramming into snowballs to clear a path to her.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female Ice-type gym leader, until the introduction of Melony in Generation VIII.
  • Third-Person Person: Candice is somewhat prone to this:
    "Candice is on fire! I'm blazing hot! Hot enough to melt Ice-type Pokémon! I need a battle to cool me down! OK! I'll show you how good Candice can be! I mean, how good my Pokémon can be! Awww! That's it! I'm going to train so I can throw a Focus Punch myself!"
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Maylene's Tomboy.

    Volkner (Denzi) 

Volkner / Denzi (デンジ denji)

Sunyshore City Gym Leader—The Shining, Shocking Star!

"...all right, challenger. It's not often, but some Trainers manage to come and challenge me. But they've all been boring battles. I didn't break a sweat beating them. ...Sigh... I'm Volkner, the Gym Leader. They say I'm the top Gym Leader in Sinnoh, but... Anyway, I guess we'd better get this done. I hope you're the Trainer who'll make me remember how fun it is to battle!

  • The Ace: Though a bit character, he has elements of this. He hadn't had a good match in a long time before you showed up, to the point where he was about ready to resign as Gym Leader and take on the Elite Four. On top of this, he got so fed up in his boredom that he took on an extremely outlandish project to remodel his gym and ended up blacking out all of Sunyshore City. Where most of the walking space is made out of solar panels.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: His interactions with Flint at your Villa sound like this. Obviously, he's the straight man of the duo.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: It's stated that Volkner is skilled enough to take on the Elite Four, but he's content with sprucing up his gym.
  • Broken Ace: See The Ace above.
  • Bungling Inventor: He's a brilliant engineer, but his inventions have a tendency to use way more electricity than they should, causing massive blackouts.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He acts like this to Flint, if the chat at the player's villa is any indication:
    Volkner: Flint's fascination with fire-types comes from his name. Someone once told him a flint was used to start a fire, and that was it.
  • Elemental Hair Colors: Blond and spiky, being an Electric specialist.
  • Foil: To Flint. They have a Lightning/Fire Juxtaposition dynamic, and use mirror teams in their team battle against you; Luxray, Jolteon, and Electivire to Houndoom, Flareon, and Magmortar. Their Personality Powers also mirror the other to match their types of choice.
  • Gadgeteer Genius:
    • He apparently built all the obstacles in his gym by himself.
    • In Masters, he "fixed" all of Clemont's vending machines, but ended up making them use excess electricity which causes multiple blackouts in the city.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Flint.
  • Hot-Blooded: In contrast with Flint, he starts out sounding bored with everything, but becomes more fired up as a battle progresses.
  • Making a Splash: He owns an Octillery in Diamond and Pearl, useful for countering any Ground-types you might be bringing to counter his Electric-types.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Volkner sounds like "Volt".
    • Lectro in the Spanish version, from electric. Kinda obvious.
    • "Denji" is a Japanese homonym for "electromagnetism".
    • His French name is Tanguy, from "tension" as in an electric tension.
    • His Italian name is Corrado, from corrente, meaning "current" as in electric current.
    • His Korean name is Jeonjin, from "jeon" (electricity/lightning) and "jin" (thunder). Jeaonjin also means "Advance".
  • Non-Elemental: He owns an Ambipom in Diamond and Pearl.
  • Personality Powers: He charges up like a battery, starting off bored and flippant, then as the battle continues, he grows more excited until he's laughing about what a good battle you gave him when you beat him.
  • Power Stereotype Flip: He's reserved, cool-headed, stoic, and logical, instead of being loud and energetic like one might expect an Electric-type Trainer to be.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The quiet and reserved Blue to Flint's Hot-Blooded red.
  • Shock and Awe: Electric-type specialist.
  • Signature Mon: Luxray in Diamond and Pearl. In Platinum, it's changed to Electivire, which along with Flint's change to Magmortar makes their status as friends/rivals even more evident.
  • Signature Move: Charge Beam.
  • Status Buff: He has an Ambipom trained for Baton Passing.
  • The Stoic: He's averse to open emotion and tends to be quiet.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Though ultimately more cute than troubled, he still fits.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Flint.
    Volkner: My relationship to Flint? There's no love lost, that's for sure.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Rematches with Volkner gives the implication that he had some ring rust during your first battle with him.


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