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

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    Striaton Triplets 
Striaton City Gym Leaders (Black and White)—Triple Trouble!

The Striaton Gym uniquely has three Gym Leaders; which one the player faces depends on the starter they chose.

  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: All their names begin with "C".
  • Badass Adorable: They're cute, but they're still Gym Leaders.
  • Bishōnen: They're all quite handsome.
  • Bonus Boss: After beating the Elite Four in Black 2 and White 2, you can challenge the brothers, teaming up with one against the other two. This can be done daily as well. They also appear standalone in the World Tournament.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Their hair and eye colors are green, red, and blue.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Each of them has hair and eye colors that are the same. For bonus points they also match their bow tie color, their element of choice, and their elemental monkey.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: In Black 2 and White 2, they stopped being Gym Leaders so they could train and become stronger as individuals, not as a set.
  • Edible Theme Naming: In Japanese, they're all named after parts of corn. The English version names them after cooking ingredients.
  • Elemental Hair Colors: The Grass-type, Water-type, and Fire-type specialists respectively have green, blue, and red hair. Go figure.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: They each use one of the elemental monkeys; Pansage, Pansear, and Panpour.
  • Freudian Trio: Cilan is the middle-ground Ego, Cress is the calm and reasoned Superego, and Chili is the Hot-Blooded Id.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Whichever of the two brothers you choose not to face in Black 2 and White 2 joins you as your teammate against them.
  • Hollywood Genetics: How triplets could each end up with a different hair and eye color is impossible barring freak mutation.
  • My Greatest Failure: Not showing up in the fight against Team Plasma at N's Castle puts the siblings into this in their Memory Link.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Averted. Rather than screw over the players who picked Fire (or in Falkner's case, Grass), the Leader you battle here depends solely on your choice of starter and, as such, will always have the type advantage over you.
  • Same-Sex Triplets: They're triplet brothers, though they aren't identical due to their different hair and eye colors.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: They dress very classy.
  • Signature Move: Work Up for all of them.
  • Stealth Pun: Several things in their names relate to the number 3: their Japanese names are compatible with the prefix "tri-", and the English translation all start with the third letter of the alphabet.
  • Theme Naming: The brothers are all named after three different plant-based ingredients in cooking.
  • Waistcoat of Style: They each wear one, being designed on waiters.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: They are the only Gym Leaders not to show up during the Big Damn Heroes moment against the Plasma Sages at N's Castle because Bianca hadn't actually got to them by the time they were needed.

    Cilan (Dent) 

Cilan / Dent (デント dento)

"So, um, if you're OK with me, I'll, um, put everything I've got into being, er, you know, your opponent."

A waiter who specializes in Grass-types alongside his brothers Chili and Cress.

For the anime version of Cilan, see Pokémon - Best Wishes!.

  • Break the Cutie: According to the Memory Link, Cilan apparently lost his self-esteem when he and his brothers were beaten by the Shadow Triad, and it took time for him to rebuild his confidence as a trainer, unlike the other two.
  • Green Thumb: Grass-type specialist.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • In English: Cilantro.
    • In Japanese: Dent = Japanese homonym for "(rice) field".
    • His French name is Rachid, from "racine" (root), "arachide" (peanut) and possibly "rachis".
    • His German name is Benny, from "maiskolben" (corncob).
    • His Italian name is Spighetto, from "spiga", "ear of corn", and "spaghetti".
    • His Spanish name is Millo, from "maize" or "tomillo" (thyme).
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Cilan is one of the very few characters in the franchise to have Skintone Sclerae.
  • Shrinking Violet: He's the only one of the three that stutters before, during, and after battle and doesn't seem as confident in his battle skills as his brothers.
  • Signature Mon: Pansage. Evolves into Simisage in the sequels.
  • Skintone Sclerae: Not so obvious in the games because of his pale-white skin, but it's there.
  • The Unfought: In the first pair of games, if you picked Snivy or Tepig as your starter.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has bright green hair reflecting his love for Grass-types.

    Chili (Pod) 

Chili / Pod (ポッド poddo)
Striaton City Gym Leaders (Black and White)—Triple Trouble!

"Ta-da! The Fire-type scorcher Chili —that's me— will be your opponent!"

A waiter who specializes in Fire-types alongside his brothers Cilan and Cress.


    Cress (Corn) 

Cress / Corn (コーン koon)
Striaton City Gym Leaders (Black and White)—Triple Trouble!

"What incredible luck for you — you get to battle the best among the three of us."

A waiter who specializes in Water-types alongside his brothers Cilan and Chili.


Cheren (チェレン cheren)
Voiced by: Ryohei Kimura (B2W2 Promo - JP), Jason Griffith (B2W2 Promo - EN), Landon McDonald (Pokémon Masters - EN), Atsushi Abe (Pokémon Masters - JP)

Aspertia City Gym Leader (Black 2 and White 2) — A Leader Who Seeks the Right Path

"Even if hurt, my Pokémon will fight for me with just one command. I think I'll value and trust your Pokémon more if you keep that fact close to your heart. What can I do for these Pokémon? What should I do? That's right! I battle with everything to find the ideal relationship between Pokémon and people!"

Hilbert/Hilda's rival from Black and White, who has since gone on to become a Normal-type Gym Leader.

  • And Then What?: A key part of his development in the first games is Alder asking him just what he intends to do if he becomes Champion like he is so motivated to do and why he wants it so bad.
  • Ascended Extra: He gets a rather major role in Masters as he tries to assist Lear in his stubborn endeavors to stop Team Break while doing it solo, surely perhaps because Cheren can't help seeing him in Lear before Cheren got Character Development.
  • Barely Changed Dub Name: His French name is Tcheren.
  • Bishōnen: Not as much as N or the Striaton triplets, but it's there. Some even thought he was female at first!
  • Break the Haughty: In Black and White. He's not overbearingly arrogant, but he still has to work out some ego issues.
  • Bonus Boss: In addition to being in the World Tournament, he also appears if you use the Memory Link function with a copy of Black or White. He will use his team from those games, including his starter but with a different elemental monkey, in a match on Route 5. Unlike most other bonuses, this is a one-time battle.
  • Character Development: Young Cheren had a one-track mind of becoming the next Champion without actually having a plan to do after that. Years pass and he becomes a Gym Leader, albeit a somewhat nervous one. Come Masters, he has clearly grown more into his role as an adviser with all traces of nervousness gone.
  • Character Tic: Adjusting his tie in the sequels.
  • Childhood Friends: With Bianca and either Hilbert or Hilda.
  • Colorful Theme Naming:
    • "Cheren" is Slavic for "Black", which pairs him with Bianca, whose name means "White" in Italian (and whose Japanese name, Bel, is Slavic for "White").
    • As a gym leader, his name meaning Black is the opposite of the first Normal gym leader, whose name meant White. Black also comes from the same root as Blank, as in plain or normal.
  • Com Mons: His Gym team consists of two (or three in Challenge Mode) of them.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Grey hair and grey eyes alike.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Shows definite traces of this. For example, he calls Team Plasma a "Waste of oxygen."
  • The Glasses Come Off: He apparently stopped wearing his glasses in between games.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: In the first games on occasion, in the second games during the Plasma Frigate battles in the main story, and more integrated in the Pinwheel Forest exploration in the post-game.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: To Hilbert, when he's chosen as the player.
  • Luminescent Blush: Due to the player being his first opponent as a Gym Leader, he's clearly a little nervous.
  • Meaningful Name: Cheren comes from "черен čéren" which is Bulgarian for "black". It contrast with Bianca's name which means "white".
  • Megane: In the first set of games. He's no longer wearing his glasses in the sequels.
  • Non-Elemental: As a Gym Leader, he focuses on the Normal-type, taking Lenora's place as such.
  • Obstructive Code of Conduct: Cheren laments that one of the things he has to get used to as a Gym Leader is losing graciously, because he is not permitted to use his "old team" in Gym battles and must use low-leveled Pokémon in order to be a challenge, but not to the point of being so strong that gym challengers cannot defeat him. Outside Aspertia Gym, Cheren's Pokémon are considerably stronger than the Pokémon he uses in gym battles.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: If Hilda is chosen as the player character, he has this with her.
  • Precious Puppy: Lillipup.
  • The Rival: In Black and White. He shares this trope with Bianca, but their Character Development in that regard is quite different. Cheren begins his journey as determined and, arguably, overconfident. He gets better once he starts realizing his limitations and that simply becoming the Champion for the sake of it is a pointless goal.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Cheren now wears a suit.
  • Ship Tease: In the second game, he's no longer wearing his glasses and the glasses Bianca is wearing look suspiciously like his...
  • Signature Mon: As a rival, his ace Pokémon is the starter that's strong against yours. If you link your old game to the sequels, he'll use his old team, starter and all. As a Gym Leader, he's associated with the Stoutland line instead, using Lillipup during his Gym Leader battle and Stoutland later in the game and during the Pokémon World Tournament. This is likely to differentiate him from Lenora, who was also a Normal type Gym Leader, but is more associated with Watchog instead.
  • Signature Move: With the triplets bowing out of their position, Cheren gets Work Up and the associated TM.
  • Stoic Spectacles: In Black and White.
  • To Be a Master: In Black and White, he explicitly states that his goal is to become the Champion. Before mellowing out, he considered this goal his reason for existing.
  • Warm-Up Boss: He's the first Gym Leader in Black 2 and White 2, and his Gym team consists solely of Patrat and Lillipup. His team is much stronger in the World Tournament, including a sneaky trick in having Castform on his team, which will transform into a Water type to break up his otherwise monotype team. However, even though he uses Com Mons in the gym battle, it isn't wise to take him lightly. Like Striaton, he utilizes Work Up before attacking. While you might be able to take Patrat out in 2-3 hits, his Lillipup is likely to put up a fight. It will likely be faster than anything on your team at this point and once it uses Work Up once or twice, it will be strong enough to sweep your team. To add on to that, if you're playing Challenge Mode, he gets a Pidove with Quick Attack, which always strikes first regardless of speed, and the Super Luck ability which increases the critical hit ratio, and can spell trouble. And while Riolu are available before taking him on, it won't have a true super-effective move until level 15, which is a bitch to get to due to the leveling system.

    Lenora (Aloe) 

Lenora / Aloe (アロエ aroe)
Nacrene City Gym Leader (Black and White)—An Archeologist with Backbone
Voiced by: Taylor Billingslea (Pokémon Generations - EN), Saori Takamiya (Pokémon Generations - JP)

"Well then, challenger, I'm going to research how you battle with the Pokémon you've so lovingly raised!"

An archaeologist and the director of the Nacrene Museum, who specializes in Normal-types.

  • Adventure Archaeologist: If her English title wasn't enough to convince you, she got to one of the stones before Team Plasma even went on the hunt and hid it right in plain sight! Mock her now.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: She is a rather curvy and large woman.
  • The Chessmaster: Her battle style. Easier to see in the anime and manga, but still shows up in the game. Example? No matter which of her Pokémon you face, you're in to get hit hard with her next Pokémon's Retaliate after beating her first Pokémon, which is going to be a base 140 STAB because of it.
  • Coat Over the Shoulder: Her international artwork in Black and White has her holding her apron over her shoulder instead of wearing it, possibly due to fears that she'd seem too mammy-like to American players.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Her hair and eyes are the same shade of blue-green.
  • Happily Married: To Hawes, the vice-curator of her museum.
  • Mammy: By design and in her Team Mom status. Notably the character most resembling this archetype debuted in the generation representing the United States. Part of the reason for Coat Over the Shoulder above was to downplay this in international releases. There's not much reason for her to even have an apron besides this trope.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • In English: Lenora = Normal.
    • In Japanese: Continuing with the tradition of Normal-type leaders having names referencing both a plant and a saying, Aloe sounds similar to Haro/Hello when using Japanese pronunciation.
  • Non-Elemental: She specializes in Normal-types.
  • Signature Mon: Specializes in Normal-types, with her strongest being a Watchog.
  • Signature Move: The move Retaliate. It normally has average power, but it deals double damage if used the turn after a teammate has been knocked out.
  • Team Mom: Sort of characterized as this, when she's not acting as the Wake-Up Call Boss or Adventure Archaeologist.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Her Pokémon's levels are a decent jump from the previous Gym Leaders and both have pretty strong attacks for how early in the game she's fought. Her Watchog also has Hypnosis to put one of your Pokémon to Sleep, which will likely shut them down for a few turns.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's a sort of blue-green color.

    Roxie (Homika) 

Roxie / Homika (ホミカ homika)
Voiced by: Brianna Knickerbocker (Pokémon Masters - EN), Chisa Suginuma (Pokémon Masters - JP)

Virbank City Gym Leader (Black 2 and White 2) — A Little Poison in Your Days, a Little Poison on the Stage

"Get ready! I'm gonna knock some sense outta ya!"

A musician who specializes in Poison-types.

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: When she snaps at her pops.
    Roxie: "You dim-witted...dense...dumb...daft...dippy...dorky...doltish...DOOFUS!"
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Her father wishes to become an actor while still being the city's only ship navigator, saying he can also take on two jobs like his daughter. Roxie is completely against his reasoning due to how he was neglecting his job as captain and causing people trouble. Ironically, she snaps at you once you interrupt her band's performance at the Gym.
  • Badass Adorable: Possibly the same or younger age than Nate/Rosa.
  • Barely Changed Dub Name: Barely Changed from her Japanese name Homika, her Korean name is Vomica.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Her Whirlipede/Scolipede.
  • Brutal Honesty: A lot of sources in the game note she has a "toxic mouth" and such, which attributes to her upfront nature. All of her pre-battle dialogue in the Gym and World Tournament is basically amounting to being in a world of hurt. It also helps she is blunt about what shops she wants to exactly visit in Join Avenue in contrast to the rather vague and borderline cryptic hints used by everybody else.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: In the gym battle, her Whirlipede is level 18 (19 in Challenge Mode), yet Venipede doesn't evolve until level 22.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Roxie made her debut in the anime in Japan about a week before Black 2 and White 2 were released, presumably for advertising purposes.
  • Genki Girl: She is very enthusiastic about whatever she is doing, from playing music to Pokémon battles.
  • Hot-Blooded: She doesn't even introduce herself prior to your battle, merely shouts that she'll knock sense into you (as loud as possible, mind you) and proceeds to do battle.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's young, but she'll kick your butt if you underestimate her.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • In addition to fitting with her rocker theme, Roxie = toxic.
    • Homika = Poison (in Japanese, "Po" uses the same character as "Ho", but with a special mark).
    • In French, Strykna refers to the Strychnos nux-vomica tree, whose seeds are highly poisonous.
    • Her German name is Mica, it's origin is the same as her French name above.
    • Her Korean name is Vomica, it's origin is the same as her French and German names above.
    • Her Spanish name is Hiedra, from "hiedra venenosa" (poison ivy).
    • Her Italian name is Velia, from "veleno" (venom).
    • Plus on a meta level, Poison (her type) was the name of a famous metal band.
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: Averted. The bassist is the Gym Leader! She's also apparently the lead singer too.
  • Poisonous Person: A Poison-type specialist, the first one since Gen II and Janine. We were overdue.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: If you know she's a Poison-Type Gym Leader (which is told to you before you enter the gym), you can just go south of the town and catch a Magnemite and simply No-Sell all her strongest moves. This is even encouraged by the NPC standing in front of the gym. You can get the same effect by catching a Riolu from Floccesy Ranch and evolving it into Lucario.
  • Pokémon Motifs: Her bass somewhat resembles the Scolipede line.
  • The Rock Star: Loud, plays electric guitar, and is ready to rock you in more ways than one.
  • Signature Mon: Despite her band's name, the Scolipede line is what she's heavily associated with. In fact, Koffing and its evolution don't even show up in future battles at the PWT.
  • Signature Move: Venoshock.
  • Technicolor Toxin: Her Color Motif is a sickly combination of pink and blue. The two combined creates purple, the standard color for the Poison-Type.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Not overly difficult to defeat, but her Poison-type moves can be quite nasty if you take her too lightly.
  • Youthful Freckles: She has them across her nose.

    Burgh (Arty) 

Burgh / Arty (アーティ aati)
Castelia City Gym Leader—Premier Insect Artist

"Thanks again for your help. My Bug-type Pokémon are scurrying with excitement about getting to battle you. Let's get straight to it!"

An artist who specializes in Bug-types.

  • Artificial Brilliance: Not to Elesa's extent, but one of Burgh's Pokémon is Dwebble, a Bug/Rock-type, and it happens to know Smack Down. As such, relying on Fire or Flying-types against it will be a little more challenging.
  • Barely Changed Dub Name: Barely changed from his Japanese name, Arty, his French and German name is Artie.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: A Bug-Type specialist.
  • Bishōnen: He's rather pretty, isn't he?
  • The Coats Are Off: In Black 2 and White 2, he's inside of a web coat and rips it off in his battle animation.
  • Engrish: His Japanese title — "Most Insect Artist" — is so grammatically incorrect it's not even funny.
  • Hurricane of Puns: He seems quite fond of insect-based puns in his dialogue in the gym. It's really insectible — er, incredible, but don't let it bug you.
  • Large Ham: Being a performance artist, this kind of comes with the territory.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • In English: Burgh = Bug.
      • "Burgh" also has the word "burg" in it, which means "city." Where is Burgh's Gym? Castelia City, the most big-city-like city in the series!
    • "Arti", in addition to referencing his occupation, sounds similar to both "Ari" (meaning "Ant") and "Honey", referencing both honeybees and the fact that his Gym (in Black and White, anyway) is absolutely slathered in the sticky stuff.
    • His Italian name is Artemisio, from "artemisia" (a plant) and "arte" (art).
    • His Spanish name is Camus, from "Camus de Bretagne", an artichoke.
  • Nice Guy: Has a Pokémon that only evolves with happiness, Leavanny. Even better, his Leavanny's at Level 23 — only three levels higher than the level it evolves into Swadloon!
  • Pungeon Master: Doesn't show till his in-battle quotes. Made all the more painful by Pokémon's otherwise subtle puns.
  • Scarf Of Ass Kicking: Wears a red scarf around his neck.
  • Shout-Out: In Black 2 and White 2, a rumor in the National Gymquirer claims that Burgh can shoot cocoon silk from his hands. Now who does that sound like?
  • Signature Mon: Leavanny.
  • Signature Move: Struggle Bug.

    Elesa (Kamitsure) 

Elesa / Kamitsure (カミツレ kamitsure)
Black 2/White 2 
Nimbasa City Gym Leader—The Shining Beauty
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (B2W2 Promo - JP), China Kitahara (Pokémon Generations - JP), Sarah Natochenny (B2W2 Promo - EN), Mela Lee (Pokémon Generations - EN), Yōko Hikasa (Pokémon Masters - JP)

"My beloved Pokémon are going to make your head spin!"

A fashion model who specializes in Electric-types.

  • Ambiguously Bi: It's implied that she likes other women, and is close to Skyla, but the game puts little focus into it other than a Memory Link. Some of her quotes in Masters once again imply she finds Skyla cute, although it's ambiguous if it's meant to be romantic, and she's a bit suggestive to the player regardless of gender.
  • Artificial Brilliance: Relying on Ground-types or Grass-types to fight the Electric-type leader? Good luck; her two Emolga are dual-typed with Flying. And if you wanna get tricky with any Ice or Electric-types, she can switch into Zebstrika, which absorbs Electric attacks with its ability and has Flame Charge for Ice-types and Grass-types.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her original outfit is a downplayed version, as it has two large openings that show most of her belly.
  • Breaking Old Trends: The only Electric-type Gym Leader who is neither male nor a Gadgeteer Genius (that we know of).
  • The Coats Are Off: For Black 2 and White 2, she does it in her battle against the protagonist in the trailer and in her sprite animation.
  • Combat Stilettos: As a model, she has no problem walking around in heels. Being a Gym Leader, it doesn't hamper her skill at all.
  • Cool Big Sis: Certainly gives off this vibe when she reasons with Bianca's dad in her introduction, and promptly earns Bianca's respect.
  • Cool Horse: Zebstrika.
  • Cool Shades: Her headphones have these built in.
  • Elemental Hair Colors: It's a short, bright blond in Black and White, befitting her Electric-type specialty. Doesn't apply in the sequels, where it's now long and dark.
  • Emotionless Girl: Word of God says she was intended to come off as this.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: In her Black 2 & White 2 outfit, her shoes and nail polish are blue on her left and red on her right, matching her headphones.
  • Fashion Model: The second Black-White games even make her stage a catwalk for her to strut.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Looking at this picture, her hair seems to be a shade of purple.
  • Iconic Item: Her headphones. When her outfit got completely overhauled for the sequels, she still wears headphones, just of a different design (they even inherit her old pair's color motif).
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: She's prone to making these in her off-hours. "Nimbasa's Pokémon can dance a nimble bossa!"
  • Informed Ability: She, for no reason at all, says she's a model in her first appearance, but unlike the other Unova leaders' careers, this doesn't pop up in any way aside from her sprite being dangerously thin (the waiter triplets have a restaurant for a gym, the archeologist has a museum and reference library for a gym, the painter has a gallery in the city, and she has... a roller coaster) and the comments of a few random NPCs. She does mention that she has a TV gig after she calls Clay to lower the bridge to Driftveil City, so she probably does model work for television. And it does explain her outfit (all gym leaders in Unova have outfits tied into their day jobs). Averted in the sequels, where her gym is now a catwalk and stage.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Elesa = Electricity.
    • Kamitsure = Kaminari (Lightning)
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's a model; it comes naturally. She's got long legs, a slim figure, and wears clothing to emphasize her body. Notably the only Gym Leader to be redesigned between games, and her new outfit shows off more skin than ever.
  • Navel Window: Inverted by her second outfit, which bares her entire midriff except for a strip over her belly button.
  • No-Sell: You can imagine the frustration players had in the first game with her two Emolgas, prepared to sweep her Pokémon with Ground-type attacks, only to find that two of the three are dual Electric/Flying.
  • Not So Stoic: When you beat her, despite being very calm up until that point, she is overwhelmed with excitement and immediately becomes embarrassed over it. In Black 2 & White 2, her Memory Link with Skyla proves the point further.
  • Power Stereotype Flip: Instead of a boisterous, excitable personality to match her Electric specialty, her appearance and personality evoke an Emotionless Girl.
  • Pretty in Mink: Her Black 2/White 2 outfit includes a nice fur coat.
  • Pungeon Master:
    • Skyla's Memory Link shows that she tries to be this to come off as more sociable. All of her puns suck, and Skyla calls her on it. Honestly, all she has to do is go a bit south to Castelia City and take a few lessons from Burgh. She also gives a Shout-Out by saying, "And don't call me Shirley!"
    • This aspect of her gets a lot more focus in Pokemon Masters, where a number of interactions with her involve her rattling off bad Pokemon puns.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: In Black 2 and White 2, where her hair is dyed.
  • She's Got Legs: She has leggings in the first game, but it's still clear she has a lovely pair. In the sequel she shows them off.
  • Ship Tease: With the player character; she even blows a kiss to them at the end.
  • Shock and Awe: Electric-type specialist.
  • Showgirl Skirt: Her Sygna suit incorporates one, attached to a strapless biketard, that continues the fanservice-y theme of her outfits.
  • Signature Mon: Zebstrika is her team ace. She is also infamous for her (two) Emolga as well due to their spam of Volt Switch to keep switching out and avoid racking up damage.
  • Signature Move: Volt Switch.
  • Statuesque Stunner: In Masters, she is really tall to the point she's almost twice as tall as most of the trainers.
  • Straight Girl and Wise Woman: In Memory Link, she's the Wise Woman to Skyla's Straight Girl, to the surprise of many.
  • Switch-Out Move: Every one of her mons knows Volt Switch, and she is very fond of using it.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: If Lenora wasn't this for you (since she can still be taken out with Fighting-types), Elesa will gladly fulfill this role unless you're prepared, since her mons are fast, hard to hit, and hit hard.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: In the sequels.

    Clay (Yakon) 

Clay / Yakon (ヤーコン yaakon)
Driftveil City Gym Leader—The Underground Boss
Voiced by: Brad Venable (Pokémon Masters - EN)

"How much stronger ya get comes from how much you want to win! Always be loyal to that desire, ya hear?"

The president of a mining company who specializes in Ground-types.

  • Americans Are Cowboys: Played with — he's a Cowboy-looking character in an American-based, but actually an immigrant who got rich in America by finding oil.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Brown hair and brown eyes.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Of the Ground variety.
  • Eaglelander: Type I, though again, not a born American.
  • Elemental Hair Colors: Short, curly, and brown, as he's a Ground-type user.
  • Everything Is Big in Texas: He's much larger than the other Gym Leaders.
  • Funetik Aksent: Seemingly a Texas accent
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny: His watch and the band of his hat, which shines during his BW2 battle animation.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He comes off as pushy and lazy at first when he sends you and Cheren to stop Team Plasma in his town without offering to help himself, but he turns out to be a good guy. He even leads the gym leader charge at N's Castle.
  • Matryoshka Object: Subverted; someone who saw Clay take his hat off thought he was wearing a second hat underneath his first hat, but it's pointed out it was likely just his hair.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Clay is, well... clay.
    • Yacon = "Kon" is the Japanese reading of the character "Kun", which is the trigram in I Ching which represents earth.
  • Nice Hat: A cowboy hat, to be precise.
  • Non-Idle Rich: He is one of the richest people in the history of the Pokémon games so far, and still runs a gym.
  • Self-Made Man: He even waits for trainers at the bottom of his Gym/mine as a symbolic reminder of how he started out with nothing.
  • Signature Mon: Excadrill, fitting his occupation. Masters pairs him with Palpitoad for reasons unknown.
  • Signature Move: Bulldoze.

    Skyla (Huuro) 

Skyla / Huuro (フウロ fuuro)
Mistralton City Gym Leader—The High-Flying Girl
Voiced by: Noriko Shibasaki (Pokémon Generations - JP), Laura Stahl (Pokémon Masters - EN), Rina Sato (Pokémon Masters - JP)

"Hee-hee! I've been waiting for you. You're a tough Trainer who can face the wind and not get blown off your feet! I'm kinda excited about this battle! Why don't you and I have some fun?"

A pilot who specializes in Flying-types.

  • Ace Pilot: She'd better be; it's her occupation. One NPC mentions her grandfather was an Ace Pilot too.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Her team in B2W2 consists of Swoobat, Skarmory, and Swanna. In Challenge Mode, she also has Sigilyph. Bonus points for her name. It's worth noting that this is only in the English version and thus a coincidence, as the Japanese version has no such connection.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: She's a pilot who specializes in flying pokemon so, fittingly, her hair resembles an airplane propeller.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit shows off her stomach a lot.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: And not just for her strength; the way she's designed her gym will take you out!
  • Blow You Away: Flying-type specialist.
  • Boobs-and-Butt Pose: She strikes this pose at the beginning of her battles. She even raises an eyebrow at the player before striking the pose.
  • Boobs of Steel: She's the strongest female Gym Leader in Unova (except in White), and she is stacked. It's debatable in the first games in relation to Lenora, but no question about it in the sequels.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her hair clip and band around her right leg.
  • Genki Girl: Just look at her official art.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Skyla.
    • Fuuro = Fuu (Compound word for "wind")
  • Ms. Fanservice: A busty redhead who wears skintight pilot gear that show her curves, midriff, and bare legs, while using the pilot suspenders to highlight them even more, starts the battle in Boobs-and-Butt Pose, and has a subtext-laden friendship with fellow Ms. Fanservice Elesa. Skyla may just be the most sexually gratuitous Gym Leader of them all.
  • Nice Girl: A very noticeable characteristic of hers. Plus she has a Swoobat that evolves through happiness.
  • Non-Indicative Name: In Spanish, her name is Gerania, from geranium. Since Spanish translation averts the Floral Theme Naming of the original Japanese, any Spanish speaker would be led to believe she's a Grass-type trainer.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Both versions of Skyla's gym put the safety of challengers at risk by shooting them out of cannons or blowing them away with strong winds. Skyla herself lampshades this in Pokémon Masters, commenting that her challengers get worn out by the time they reach her.
  • The Pollyanna: She views everything with a positive outlook no matter what. After the Player Character and her lose to Lear in Pokémon Masters, all she can do is praise her Swanna for having so much fun and you and your Pikachu for having such a steadfast attitude for trying to take on Lear.
  • Signature Headgear: Her flower clip, which can also be seen as propellers. It goes with her plane theme.
  • Signature Mon: Swanna is her trademark team ace.
  • Signature Move: Acrobatics.
  • Straight Girl and Wise Woman: The Straight Girl to Elesa's Wise Woman.
  • Stripperiffic: She wears a shirt that exposes her midriff, as well as short shorts with suspenders.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Skyla was compared to Sylveon right after its announcement. Because of this, said Pokémon was often speculated as a Flying-type Eeveelution before the new Fairy-type was revealed.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Wears very short shorts with suspenders.
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: Uses a lot of bird-based Pokémon.

    Brycen (Hachiku) 

Brycen / Hachiku (ハチク hachiku)
Icirrus City Gym Leader (Black and White)—Ice Mask
Voiced by: Christopher Bevins (Pokémon Masters - EN), Daisuke Ono (Pokémon Masters - JP)
"You appear ready to face a battle. Bring it!"

A former movie star who specializes in Ice-types.

  • Bears Are Bad News: Beartic.
  • Break the Haughty: Implied with in his past as a movie star. In the Memory Link, he mentions how he used to think he could perform any action scene and felt like nothing could stop him prior to getting injured.
  • Bonus Boss: Though he has retired from being a Gym Leader in Black 2 and White 2, he is present in the World Tournament.
  • Character Development: Offscreen, technically, but in Pokemon Masters he's since become a Large Ham (see The Stoic below for details).
  • Cool Mask: Wears a domino mask over his eyes.
  • Elemental Hair Colors: His hairstyle is a smooth, pale blue, befitting his type specialty.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: He's wearing what looks like half a robe.
  • An Ice Person: Ice-type specialist.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: In the Brycenman movies, the title character is Affably Evil and uses Dark-types. Brycen himself may be The Stoic, but he's also a Gym Leader, which in the video games at least are almost all considered good people.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Brycen.
    • Hachiku rhymes with kachi, which when doubled up (kachikachi) serves as an onomatopoeia for something freezing solid.
  • Mythology Gag: In Pokémon Adventures' third arc, the main villain was Pryce, the Johto Ice Gym Leader, using the alternate identity of the "Mask of Ice." Brycenman's (English) trainer title is "The Masked Man", which was the name The Mask of Ice went by in one of the manga's (also English) translations. His English name is also very similar to Pryce's.
  • Noodle Incident: The events surrounding about the injury that made him retire from acting the first time around.
  • Personality Powers: Aloof and stoic, befitting his Ice specialty.
  • Psychic Radar: He senses the presence of the Shadow Triad before they even appear.
  • Recurring Element: He is the third seventh Gym Leader who specializes in Ice-type Pokémon, before returning to his acting career in the sequels.
  • Retired Badass: Inverted; he's a retired movie star who became a Gym Leader, so he only became truly badass after retirement. Played straight in the sequel, when he gives up the Gym Leader position to return to film, but remains a powerful trainer.
  • Slasher Smile: He plays a villain in a Pokéstar Studios movie, sporting one of these.
  • The Stoic: Word of God says he's like this because he used to be a movie star, and went into depression after his career ended. He then went to an icy cave alone to train and become more knowledgeable, and feels he must keep his identity a secret. In Pokémon Masters, he admits that he used to be known as the "strong, silent type", but wanted people to know how he really felt about things, and trained himself to be more outgoing.
  • Signature Mon: Beartic in Black and White. Cryogonal in the sequels during the Pokémon World Tournament. Zoroark in Pokéstar Studios as Brycen-Man.
  • Signature Move: Frost Breath.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Partial example — his outfit bares the entire right half of his chest.
  • Warrior Monk: He retired from acting when he was injured, and found a new path in training Pokémon and receiving comfort and purpose from them.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A light blue hair for his Ice-type specialty.


Iris (アイリス airisu)

Opelucid City Gym Leader (White)—The Girl Who Knows the Hearts of Dragons

For information on Iris, check the Pokémon Champions page, as well as the Pokémon - Best Wishes! page for her animated incarnation.

    Drayden (Shaga) 

Drayden / Shaga (シャガ shaga)
Opelucid City Gym Leader (Black, Black 2, and White 2)—The Spartan Mayor
Voiced by: Masami Iwasaki (Pokémon Generations - JP), Michael McConnohie (Pokémon Generations - EN)

"As the mayor, I've given everything to developing the city. As a Trainer, I've simply been pursuing greater strength. But what I'm searching for now is a young Trainer who can show me a bright future. Perhaps you can show me that future, the way Iris has?"

The mayor of Opelucid City, who specializes in Dragon-types.

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He is the mayor of Opelucid City, and the eighth Gym Leader in Black. Even though he is the seventh in the sequels, he still poses a hefty challenge, even compared to Marlon.
  • Badass Beard: So badass it covers the entire bottom half of his face, and sort of resembles the lower jaw of a dragon. Heck, it's even been compared to the metal jaw of Neltharion (Deathwing), which is also jagged along the top and juts out in the bottom-front.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: He studied abroad to learn more about Dragon-types, but is still quite the gentleman.
  • Meaningful Name: Drayden resembles dragon.
  • Old Master: Iris outright refers to him as her "Grandpa" in Black 2 and White 2. So badass in fact, Bianca mentions that he wrestles with his own Pokémon. To toughen them up. And his Pokémon are fully evolved and fully fledged dragons.
  • Purely Aesthetic Gender: The only real difference between him and Iris in battle is that his Pokémon are male; they're the same species and have the same moves. Their Druddigon's abilities are different, too; his has Rough Skin, which could be a nasty surprise.

    Marlon (Shizui) 

Marlon / Shizui (シズイ shizui)
Humilau City Gym Leader (Black 2 and White 2)— A Bigger Splash Than the Sea!
Voiced by: Ray Chase (Pokémon Masters - EN)

"You look strong! Shoots! Let's start!"

A swimmer specializing in Water-type Pokémon.

  • Anime Hair: It sticks up out of the water while he's swimming.
    • Animal Motifs: It resembles a shark fin when it does this, fitting him being a Water Gym Leader.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: He has no visible nipples.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He's described to be like this to the protagonist.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: An interesting example. Much like Cynthia, he leaves the fighting of the evil team to you despite likely being more than capable of taking them down. In Marlon's case, though, it's Subverted by him explaining it isn't his style to decide they're evil "without thinkin' bout it", and he does still go out of his way to break onto their ship and allow the player and Hugh access so they can defeat them. It's less that he's lazy and more that he doesn't think it's his place to fight people he's only got hearsay to go off of.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a ridiculously chill and laid-back guy whose Gym has trainers float around on lillipads to reach him and a theme that sounds like elevator music, but he's still the final leader fought even after the previously last-fought Drayden, and he has every bit of the strength to match.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: According to the Nation Gymquirer, the guy can swim so fast he can shoot out from under the surface and into the air. An NPC gossips that he can swim nonstop for seven days and seven nights.
    • Brick Joke: He apparently does exactly that to get to the gangplank of the Plasma Frigate.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • He is incredibly laid-back to the point he comes off as very detached from reality — he runs off for a swim immediately after losing to you, claims that "the ocean accepts all rivers" as the reason why he doesn't see fighting Team Plasma as a big deal, and despite Team Plasma flying their airship around Unova using their ice cannon to freeze over cities, he still says he isn't gonna immediately accept that they're evil without thinking about it.
    • In Masters, he swam from Unova to Pasio without stopping. When Hoopa's ring - leading to Pasio - appeared before them, he thought nothing of it and swam through it.
  • Elemental Hair Colors: Dark blue and shaped like a fin. He uses Water-types.
  • Elemental Eye Colors: His blue eyes are fitting for a Water-type expert.
  • Iconic Outfit: His Tan Lines.
  • Jump Scare: Unintentionally does one by blasting himself out of the Humilau sea to introduce himself to the players.
  • Making a Splash: One of two Water-type Gym Leaders in Unova, the other being Cress.
  • Meaningful Name: Mare is Latin for sea, used as a root in words like marine and maritime. His name, Marlon, also resembles marlin, a type of fish.
    • Shizui = Sui (compound word for water)
  • Mellow Fellow: An incredibly relaxed and easy-going guy who spends most of his time swimming and actively chooses not to get too involved with Team Plasma's affairs because of his philosophy that "the ocean accepts all rivers".
  • Mr. Fanservice: Walks around with no shirt and is very fit and trim.
  • Nice Guy: To the point he doesn't prejudge people no matter what stories he's heard.
  • Prehistoric Monster: The first Pokémon he sends out is the prehistoric Carracosta.
  • Sea Monster: In any battle, his team is composed of sea-dwelling Water-type monsters.
  • Signature Mon: Jellicent.
  • Signature Move: Scald.
  • Spanner in the Works: When Hugh and the player are looking for a way into the Plasma Frigate after the 8th gym, Marlon almost instantly swims to the boat and pushes down the drawbridge because he thinks the player needs help, and walks away like nothing happened. He makes an active decision not to interfere any further or fight Plasma directly due to his beliefs, but this action plays a huge part in their defeat.
  • Stone Wall: In both normal and challenge modes, Marlon's team is generally defense-oriented. He uses Scald often to inflict a burn to further reduce the damage you do to his Pokémon as well. His Carracosta subverts this, though, having the move Shell Smash, which lowers its Defenses but effectively doubles its Speed and offenses.
  • Surfer Dude: His localized dialogue is full of this, especially in Pokémon Masters.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: The "dark" part is somewhat subverted by his prominent tan lines and very pale feet.
  • Tan Lines: While he looks Ambiguously Brown at first glance, there's a tan line right above his hips and his feet are pale, suggesting his dark skin is the result of spending so much time swimming.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Another Water-type Gym Leader averse to covering up.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: His pants are part of a wet suit.
  • Verbal Tic: Says either "'K?" or "Eh" in about half of his lines.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Water-type specialist, of course.


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