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Supporting Cast | Gym Leaders | One-shot Characters
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Diamond and Pearl: Ash's Pokémon (Sinnoh) | Supporting Cast | Gym Leaders | Villains
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XY: Ash's Pokémon (Kalos) | Supporting Cast | Rivals | Gym Leaders | Mega Evolution Special | Villains
Sun and Moon: Ash's Pokémon (Alola) | Supporting Cast | Kahunas and Guardian Deities | Aether Foundation | Villains
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Movies: Movies 1 to 19 | I Choose You! | The Power of Us
Goh and his Pokémon
Goh is Ash's traveling companion for the Pokémon Journeys anime. A native of Vermillion City, Kanto, Goh attended one of Professor Oak's Pokémon summer camps at age 6, during which he first saw the Mythical Pokémon Mew, which he witnessed saving a baby Kangaskhan. His mission, besides becoming a top-tier Pokémon trainer (though not explicitly a Pokémon Master like Ash), is to someday find and catch Mew.
- Ambiguously Brown: His skin color is a rather dark tan. Based on how he shares it with the rest of his family, there's an implication that he's of a dark-skinned ethnicity, similarly to Brock and his family. In the English dub, he is voiced by Zeno Robinson, who is Black. Averted in the original Japanese version, as both Goh and Brock/Takeshi were never intended to be anything but fully Japanese with dark skin.
- Ambiguous Disorder: He's single-mindedly obsessed with capturing Pokémon and having Mew as his partner, and often stayed in his room to monitor he latter's whereabouts to the point that his parents feared that he has no friends and even he stated himself that he didn't want any other friends either in JN001. He also has a case of No Social Skills (on both the giving and receiving end).note . Episode 62 reveals that he seemed to have depression from how he described himself unable to express why he was crying and Episode 68 reveals he doesn't like being around other people who also want to search for Mew.
- Awesome, but Impractical: A funny example in JN010, he packs a whole case of Poké Balls, for the adventure to Dragonite Island, but he wastes them all on catching a Dewgong which was intended to get them to Dragonite Island...and only realizes much later when he is actually on the island and tries to catch a Dragonite that he used them all up.
- Awesome by Analysis: Crowning the Chow Crusher! shows he has a keen eye as his opponent for the eating contest second round didn't eat the cookies Team Rocket brought — not just because they would immediately bloat the stomachs of those who ate it — but because their Muk hated sweet things. Goh also decided that they would eat the Pecha Tart because of its sweetness and even had Skowvet keep a Tamato Berry on hand to not only change tastes but also have the spiciness overwork its metabolism to keep on eating!
- Bad Liar: He claims that the then-wild Scorbunny was his trying to defend it from a store owner. The owner sees right through him, having known the Scorbunny longer than Goh.
- Barely Changed Dub Name: The American dub changes his name from Go to Goh, to avoid confusion with Pokémon GO.
- Big Eater: Like Ash, Goh loves to eat food and desserts. The two also spend time eating together.
- Bishounen: Implied with his Non-Standard Character Design. His longer eyelashes and the red streaks on his hair resembling hairclips make him appear quite androgynous.
- Born Lucky:
- Usually he catches Pokémon effortlessly without so much hitting them with a measly Tackle but just by flinging a ball once at them. He would have made Iris faint in shock. This seems to be because, at least in part, the series is following the Pokémon GO model of catching, where a sufficiently good throw has a better chance of capturing a Pokémon, as evidenced by his phone occasionally shouting out "Nice!", "Great!", and so forth on his throws.
- This gets averted in A Test in Paradise! where he uses every single Poké Ball he had on him just to catch one Dewgong and later realizes it too late when he attempts to catch a Dragonite, again in JN011, with the three Wurmple he previously caught in JN007. He caught three in the hopes that he would get at least one of each of the two possible Wurmple evolutions; unfortunately for him, all three Wurmple evolve into Cascoon, leaving him with no Silcoon. Later examples of trickier captures for him include Farfetch'd in JN020, Flygon in JN036 and Aerodactl in Restore and Renew! though they remain exceptions to the overall rule.
- Butt-Monkey: He is subjected to as much slapstick as Ash is.
- Brains and Brawn: The Brains to Ash's Brawn. He's the one who has textbook knowledge of Pokémon and is more about collecting data, compared to Ash tackling things head on and is capable of more physical feats.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He's really interested in the studies of Pokémon...but not in his academics as he mutters that he doesn't really need the school handouts Chloe gives him. JN049 reveals that he doesn't go to school unless it's for mandatory tests.
- Canon Foreigner: He's the third of Ash's companions (after Tracey and Max) to not be based on an actual character from the games.
- Catchphrase: Is quite fond of saying that he has the future within his hands. JN032 reveals that it was actually lifted from a song his dad was singing.
- Cerebus Callback: His mentioning to Ash in JN003 of how Ash is "one of those guys too" and his obsession with capturing Pokemon becomes this in JN032 when we find out that he felt betrayed when his new friend Horace stood him up (he didn't, Horace fell ill) and is surrounding himself with Pokemon to fill the void.
- Character Development: Goh has grown a lot through his time with Ash as he learns how to open up in befriending and socializing with people, along with understanding the feelings of his Pokémon, attempting to put their happiness first. However, he still has problems as shown in JN068 where he would rather not want to be working with other people in Project Mew or take on the trials, only changing his mind after being goaded into it by Gary.
- Childhood Friends: With Chloe, to the point of Chloe being his Only Friend until Ash arrived. He also befriended a boy named Horace.
- Captures three Wurmple in Serving Up the Flute Cup! so he can get both Silcoon and Cascoon. Unfortunately all three of his Wurmple evolve into Cascoon.
- Packs an entire backpack filled with Poké Balls in JN010, but uses every single one trying to capture a Dewgong.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Gets thrashed by Hodge in JN007, even after he tries to use type-advantages and Status Buff to help out. Justified as he's only a newbie.
- Dark and Troubled Past:
- Ivysaur's Mysterious Tower! hints at this. When he and Ash get into an argument on helping an Ivysaur climb the wall, Goh states that Ash is helping out of human conceit and that interfering with helping them is "robbing it of its will to live". And upon Ash stating that he doesn't want to be Goh's friend, Goh coldly mutters "So, you're one of those guys, too."
- Time After Time! reveals that he made a friend in Horace when they were younger but felt like he was betrayed when Horace didn't show up for their hunt for Celebi. It turns out Horace wanted to go but he caught a fever on that day and blamed himself for not being able to see Goh again.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Has raven black hair and a grey hooded jacket, but he's a friendly guy.
- A Day in the Limelight: Time After Time! focuses on him with no Ash in sight.
- Deconstruction: Of the Gotta Catch 'Em All variety. Goh is capturing lots of Pokemon both so he can build a team to fight Mew and to complete his Pokedex. However, he's gotten so obsessed with it — to the point that his parents were concerned about his social skills — that Time After Time! has him state that he's glad he has Pokemon because he knows they'll never betray him unlike people. In other words, he sees them as replacements for his own lack of human companionship.
- Dub Name Change: A very minor one, but an "h" is added to the end of his name, probably to avoid confusion with the mobile app.
- Epic Fail:
- When he attempts to catch Scorbunny, he whiffs his throw and Scorbunny has to catch himself.
- In A Test in Paradise!, he fills his backpack with Poké Balls in preparation for Dragonite Island...and proceeds to use every single one just for a sole Dewgong he wanted to use to travel to said island without bothering to battle it first.
- In Best Friend...Worst Nightmare!, he attempts to catch a rogue Gengar loose in the Cerise Institute, his first Pokéball is deflected and hits him in the head. Even when he tries throwing multiple Poké Balls, are all deflected back at him.
- It takes him three tries to catch Farfetch'd in Dreams Are Made of These!, and the first two end poorly for Goh.
- Establishing Character Moment: In the first episode, he's quick to name every single Pokémon in the camp...in front of Professor Oak nonetheless. He also claims to Chloe that he doesn't need friends and he has a sole focus on capturing Mew.
- Fatal Flaw:
- His stubbornness. Despite being the intellectual foil to Ash, his tunnel vision in regards to catching Pokémon sometimes gets in the way of crucial things about being a Trainer. Examples include, initially rejecting Scorbunny's wish to be his partner (due to wanting to have Mew be his starter), wasting all his Poké Balls on a sole Dewgong — without battling it first — preventing him from capturing a member of the Dragonite line, refusing to actually get into battles or even battling Pokémon to capture them (barring Scyther, Sandile and Golurk), and Kicking It from Here Into Tomorrow! has him reject the idea of Scorbunny learning Ember (after Scorbunny failed many times to perform this attack) because he assumes that Double Kick/Quick Attack is already perfect.
- Another flaw of his is him overestimating his abilities. He captures most of his Pokémon with a single ball but it never occurs for him to battle with those that take multiple tries. And again, he doesn't think Scorbunny needs to learn Ember because he believes its moveset is fine as it is.
- A third flaw, stemming from his desire not to make friends and focus on Mew, is that he has a hard time understanding others. A small spat between him and Ash makes him think their friendship has ended. In JN007, he mistakes a trainer's playful banter for insults, then lashes out at him. In Kicking It from Here Into Tomorrow!, instead of encouraging Scorbunny's desire to train and improve its moveset, he discourages his Pokémon and says that his Pokémon's Quick Attack and Double Kick are enough. He meant to comfort his Pokémon and keep it from struggling and pushing itself so hard, but it took Ash explaining things to him that he isn't trying to see things from his Pokémon's perspective. In Time After Time!, he misunderstood Horace falling ill as Horace downright abandoning him, thus souring his views on friendship for two years and isolating himself from other people.
- In relation to his third flaw, when it comes to trying new things he tends to give up too easily: again, he feels like his friendship with Ash was over after a simple spat, after losing to Hodge he just shouts that catching Pokemon is more fun than battling; he tells Scorbunny to just give up on learning Ember and JN022 has him (wrongly) think that Raboot is better off with the new friends he made in Hoenn and leave on the train without saying goodbye (something that Ash is very quick to point out). While he admits that he's partially to blame for not trying to fix things, he also doesn't know how to fix it.
- Another flaw is that he doesn't like doing anything that's difficult. Despite Professor Oak giving him a chance to find Mew via Project Mew, he initially declines because he doesn't like the idea of challenges or working with others. It takes Gary acting like a jerk to motivate Goh to take the plunge.
- Fire-Forged Friends:
- Ash and Goh really begin to become friends after their first battle with Jessie and James. Likewise, he discards his fixation on having Mew be his first Pokémon thanks to Scorbunny's assistance, leading to him catching the latter officially.
- He also has bouts of this with Kiawe in episode 37, where he is quick to show distrust towards him because of how he comments about Ash. However, after their battle together, Goh is saved by Marowak and the battle is called off, which helps them to earn each other's respect.
- Foil: Goh is quite a contrast to Ash.
- In comparison to Ash, Goh is characterized by being an intellectual individual while Ash is known for just jumping in without thinking. His observations with Lugia show off video and photo evidence, while Ash was known for explaining the emotional bond Lugia gave to him and Goh. How they plan to encounter Lugia counts too: Ash runs off to battle Lugia the moment he hears about its arrival before even knowing what to expect, getting lost along the way, whereas Goh already was camping out (evidenced by a tent) and timing when Lugia was about to arrive. Last, Ash decides to actually battle Lugia first before hopping onto Lugia whereas Goh (having no Mon at the time) is ready to chase after him and then hop on.
- In addition, as seen in JN003 he also seems to struggle physically compared to the more athletic Ash, as seen when struggled to climb a brick wall and shimmy up a pole, where Ash had little trouble if any. Also in their work as research assistants, Goh seems more focused on gathering data and observing Pokémon, while Ash is more focused on interacting with and bonding emotionally with Pokémon.
- Despite catching more Pokémon at a quicker pace than Ash, Goh is still an inexperienced Pokémon battler, while Ash is an experienced veteran. This can be seen in JN007, where they enter the Battle Frontier and both faced Hodge. In Goh's battle, Goh banks on Scyther having a type advantage and decides to open with a Status Buff, which results in a curbstomp when Houji has Mightyena use a Fire-type move against it. Ash, by contrast, dominates the entire bracket to the finals and KO's both of Hodge's Pokémon with little difficulty by using unorthodox on-the-fly strategies and his gut instinct.
- Emotion-wise, Ash is willing to help out Pokémon but Goh feels like those who can't do things on their own should be at the "end of the line" and interfering with said mons means "robbing its will to live".
- Goh's Goal in Life is to capture all types of Pokémon and to reunite with Mew once more. Ash, in the meantime, is focused on hoping to challenge Leon in the Galar Pokémon League.
- Goh lives in the city in a high-class apartment with a grandmother, a mother and father (the last two running a company that deals with technical problems). Ash lives in the quiet Pallet Town with his mother (who, according to supplementary materials, runs a restaurant). Goh's parents are so busy that they don't have time to interact with their son (something that he acknowledges but he doesn't mind) but Ash's mom frequently visits her son in whatever region he's in.
- Goh does not want to train to make his Pokémon stronger, while Ash is willing to help train his Pokémon, mostly in unorthodox ways. This becomes important for JN017 because Ash wishes to help Scorbunny to learn Ember, but Goh states that its Quick Attack/Double Kick strategy is perfect.
- Also while Goh catches new Pokémon every episode and they do generally seem to like him, he doesn't really make regular use of them and lacks any sort of connection with them and he doesn't even bond with them before catching them with the exception of Scorbunny. Meanwhile, Ash catches fewer Pokémon, yet he often forms strong bonds with them before catching them. Goh also rarely battles with the Pokémon he tries to catch, while Ash has done so with at least one of his Pokémon from every series.
- Continuing with the captures, Ash treats his Pokemon like family, and they are all completely loyal to him. Goh sees all of his captures as a way to compensate for his lack of human friends due to a bad experience in JN032.
- During the orientation in JN020, Ash is having fun getting the children with him to interact with Pokémon with a hands-on approach. Meanwhile, Goh is more enthusiastic about capturing Pokémon whenever possible. Also, while Ash is willing to battle Trainers to show his skills and make bonds with them, Goh will only battle if it means capturing Pokémon (thus depriving him of actual human connection as shown in JN032).
- When Ash decides that a Pokémon should be Put on a Bus, it's through a mutual agreement between him and the Pokémon (except a situation with Pikachu in the first season). When Goh tried this in JN022, he never even asked whether Raboot wanted to stay or not and ultimately gave in to the idea of "it's happy here so I'll just leave without saying goodbye".
- Forgiveness: Goh befriended a a boy named Horace when he was younger but felt betrayed when he didn't show up like he said he would. However, in Time After Time!, Goh discovers a letter from Horace explaining why he didn't come and that he wanted to fix the mistake. After reading the letter, Goh forgives Horace and got the chance to see him again as a Pokémon Trainer.
- Friendless Background: JN001 has 6-year-old Goh state he doesn't want to make friends, outside of Chloe. In JN003 he mutters, after Ash says he didn't want to be friends with Goh, that he's "one of those people".
- It's shown via flashbacks in JN015 Goh pretty much spent his childhood at home on his computer doing research on Mew and couldn't make any real friends, a revelation that saddens his Scorbunny.
- The Friends Who Never Hang: Despite being Chloe's Childhood Friend, they never get to talk or hang out until Episode 49 because Goh never goes to school with her unless it's for testing.
- Goal in Life: He's dead-set on catching Mew, to the point that he wants Mew to be his first Pokémon instead of one of the traditional Kanto starters. It doesn't seem to occur to him that the task might be a tad difficult without any Pokémon to help. By the end of episode five, Scorbunny's assistance has led to him discarding this single-target fixation, and while Mew is still his goal, by the end of episode six he's caught all twelve Kanto bug Pokémon and looking to catch more.
- Gotta Catch Them All: After capturing Scorbunny, he becomes keen on acquiring one of every species of Pokémon. His character is a shout-out to Pokémon Go, after all. However, this is quite a dark mindset as in JN032, he states that he's capturing all these Pokemon so that he's always surrounded by "friends" who will never leave him behind.
- Heroic BSoD: Has a brief one when he suffers a total shutout in his first Trainer battle in JN007. It takes seeing Ash winning against Hodge — the same one who gave Goh a Curb-Stomp Battle — to make him change his mind.
- Hidden Depths: Judging by Ash's "I don't want to be friends" line in JN003 and his response to that, it's hinted that Goh doesn't have good experiences with friends, and is somewhat asking Ash if they were still friends (all while blushing) after they had a small fight. This also adds onto how he immediately stated Ash was his friend the episode prior.
- Time After Time hints that this might be the case, possibly from having broken a friendship before. He befriended a boy named Horace during a vacation in Azalea Town who promised that they'd meet up again to find Celebi, but Goh was left waiting and thus thought Horace just downright abandoned him, spurring him to give up making human friends, become obsessed in finding Mew and capturing Pokemon just so he always has company and never feels hurt or abandoned again. It turns out that this was a huge misunderstanding; Horace didn't abandon him, he fell ill and couldn't go see him in the storm. By the time he was better, Goh was gone.
- Hypocrite: He tells Scorbunny that he should expand his horizons when they first meet. Yet, in the preview of Kicking It from Here Into Tomorrow!, he's shown to be dismissive of Scorbunny's desire to become stronger because he thinks that Double Kick/Quick Attack is perfect. Moreover, he doesn't want Scorbunny — the Fire-type — to learn a Fire-Move, yet he caught a Darmanitan just three episodes prior.
- Innocently Insensitive: Tries to tell Scorbunny that it's okay not to learn Ember because Quick Attack/Double Kick is perfect because he saw how exhausted Scorbunny was from its attempts. This ends up doing the opposite effect, souring their relationship once Scorbunny evolves because it sees Goh as someone who doesn't care for it.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: His eyes are blue, innocent, sweet and pure, just like the Mystical Pokemon Mew.
- It's All My Fault: It appears that Goh has a bit of low self-esteem since he blames himself for mistakes.
- In Goodbye, Friend!, he admits that it's his fault for why he and Raboot's bond has separated and decides that it's better back in Hoenn. However, Ash does not buy this as he asks if Goh told Raboot about this decision. Goh's reaction proves that he doesn't want Scorbunny to leave.
- In Sobbing Sobble!, Goh blames himself for forcing Sobble into battle, thus causing the Water-type to run away, because he didn't consider its feelings. This time Ash states that Goh wasn't going to get it on the first try and to try again.
- In Time After Time! he felt that it was his fault that Horace abandoned him all those years ago and thus did his best to not make any friends to no longer feel hurt. It turns out that this wasn't his fault; Horace just fell ill and couldn't make it.
- Meaningful Name: Quite blatantly a walking advertisement for Pokémon GO. His 'dex even rates his catches with the same words used in the game.
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: An anime example due to working with Pokémon GO logic:
- There is his obscene luck in catching Pokémon by just tossing a ball at them.
- The only times he has to catch a Pokémon that requires effort is mostly done as a Raid Battle format, with Ash assisting him by default.
- His dex rates his captures using the same words from the game.
- Multicolored Hair: His hair is black with two red stripes on both sides.
- My God, What Have I Done?:
- In Goodbye, Friend!, Goh was willing to just say goodbye to Raboot and leave it in Hoenn. It takes Ash questioning if Goh actually went and told Raboot about releasing him that he realizes that he doesn't want Raboot to leave and that he didn't really bother to actually make amends. But by then, it's too late and the train is speeding off...and then it's revealed Raboot made it on the train on time.
- In Time After Time, after the spending much of the episode holding a grudge against his friend Horace for snubbing him on the day they were supposed to meet up to hunt for Celebi, he finds a note that explains that the latter had fallen ill and couldn't make it. After reading it, he's visibly kicking himself over thinking so wrongly of him for two years.
- Naïve Newcomer: Though knowledgeable, he is inexperienced compared to Ash, not even having picked a starter when the two met (as he wants Mew to be said starter). He's also understandably surprised that Team Rocket actually has a talking Meowth (thinking it was just a rumor). Also, having never thrown a Poké Ball to catch a Pokémon before, he throws one at Scorbunny with so much spin that it misses completely, nor does it ever occur to him to actually battle a Pokémon to ensure higher catch rates. The latter leads him to blow through an entire backpack of Poké Balls on a Dewgong, leaving him with none to catch the Dragonite evolution line Dragonite Island. This also applies to battles in which in his debut battle he gets curbstomped since he focused more on status buffs and type advantage and has no idea what to do against opponents who Goh against his expectations.
- In Kicking It from Here Into Tomorrow!, he doesn't think Scorbunny needs to learn Ember, even though it's a Fire-type, because he thinks that Double Kick/Quick Attack is already good enough as it is, not understanding that it's kinda important for Pokémon to have a diverse moveset. He does get out of this so that Scorbunny can learn Ember in its own special way, just in time so it can evolve into Raboot...but his earlier dismissal of Scorbunny's desires to learn Ember seems to have soured their friendship.
- Never Be Hurt Again: After his old friend Horace was a no-show on the day they were to meet up and look for Celebi, in actuality falling ill, Goh was so hurt that he decided to surround himself with lots of Pokemon, so he would never feel the pain of betrayal from human friends again. Also, Goh didn't want to make other human friends beside Chloe and avoided doing so. However, in Legend? Go! Friends? Go!, Goh secretly realized how wrong he was in avoiding human friends that weren't Chloe when he meets and gets to know Ash as he formed a really strong friendship with him. Despite making more human friends beside Chloe and Ash — and not even interacting with Chloe until much later — Goh still felt hurt with Horace and still shut himself out a little. However, in Time After Time, Goh finds out the truth from a letter Horace left him and he not only forgives him but also fully opens himself in befriending people again.
- No Man Should Have This Power: Goh catches the legendary Eternatus, but decided to seal it away to prevent the Darkest Day disaster from occurring again.
- Non-Standard Character Design: The first male character to have noticeable eyelashes. It caused many fans to theorize that he was actually a girl masquerading as a boy (this theory was shot down by numerous analyses, and torpedoed for good by the casting of Zeno Robinson in the English dub).
- No Social Skills: His desire to not make friends and focus on capturing Mew means that he has no ability to deal with conflicts, playful taunts or even understanding his Pokémon's desires. After a brief argument with Ash over Ivysaur, he felt like their friendship was already over. He was unable to take Hodge's playful taunts and felt like he was insulting him. And his attempts to comfort Scorbunny by saying it shouldn't learn Ember because its other moves were okay end up getting the rabbit Pokémon mad at him because it felt like Goh didn't want him to grow, leading to the newly evolved Raboot walking away in silence.
- Not So Different:
- Goh and Chloe strayed from making friends, humans and Pokémon respectively, when they both went through different experiences as children. However, they realized how wrong they were in not making making friends when Goh not only meets Ash as he formed a strong friendship with him but also finds out why his old friend Horace broke his word when he was little while Chloe felt ashamed for how she treated the family Yamper in the past. Through their old and new friends' guidances, Goh greatly opens himself in making other human friends besides Chloe, Horace and Ash while his childhood friend not only opens herself in befriending Pokémon but also starts treating Yamper better, even getting her own Pokémon partner that she formed a really strong bond with.
- Goh can be just as reckless and does things without thinking as Ash does, as shown when they both jump onto a wild Lugia at the same time.
- Goh was similar to Iris when she was little as they both didn't have a lot of interaction with children their own age, except for their childhood friends. Also, they prefer to interact with Pokémon instead of people as they don't usually open up to their human friends. However, they both overtime got comfortable with their human friends as they open up to them.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
- At the end of Solitary and Menacing!, he is revealed to have defeated the Karate Master in order to obtain a Hitmonchan.
- Goh ends up catching both his White Flower Flabébé and Chinchou offscreen.
- Olympus Mons
- At the end of the Darkest day arc, Goh manages to catch Eternatus but seals its Pokeball away to prevent another Darkest Day happening.
- In Episode 53, he manages to catch Suicune when protecting it from poachers.
- Poor Communication Kills: He tries to tell Scorbunny that its attempts at Ember aren't working before snapping at the bunny. Goh questions why Scorbunny is acting crazy over this move when he felt like it was okay using its Quick Attack/Double Kick strategy before Ash explains that he has to see it through Scorbunny's eyes. Unfortunately despite Goh figuring out a way for Scorbunny to use Ember, when it evolves into Raboot, the evolved mon's personality has changed and walks away in silence.
- He immediately assumed Horace betrayed him when the boy didn't show up. Turns out Horace couldn't because he was sick.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni:
- Although Goh is capable of Hot-Blooded moments, in general, he is characterized as the Blue to Ash's Red, being the calm intellectual type that focuses on data gathering than emotional bonds.
- He's also the Red to Chloe's Blue, regarding their respective attitudes towards Pokemon.
- Running Gag: When wild Pokémon deflect his Poké Balls back at him, they always smack him right in the face.
- Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: Subverted. Goh may be active in the Cerise institute as a research fellow, but he still keeps up with his studies and still visits school occasionally to take his tests.
- The Social Darwinist: Downplayed but when it came to the mystery of the parading Ivysaur in JN003 he tells Ash that, when trying to help an Ivysaur climb up a wall, interfering with helping it meant that he and Ash would "rob it of its will to live".
- Possibly gotten over it as he had no problem with Ash teaching a (at the time) wild Dragonair how to Fly.
- The Strategist: As the series goes on, he gets much better at Pokemon battling and even catching — when he was helping Suicune heal from its ailments, he captured a Drowzee on the way as he realized the poachers all used Poison types. He didn't plan for the Houndoom their boss had though.
- Third Time's the Charm: Goh attempts to catch a Pidgeotto in three separate episodes with the 3rd episode being successful.
- Took a Level in Badass: Goh being brave enough to catch the legendary Eternatus. No traveling companion was capable of catching any of the legendaries. Not even Ash.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Cream stew with star-shaped carrots. His grandma was making this when he came home in A Snow Day for Searching! and he was going to share some with Horace as shown in the flashback of Time After Time!
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: No one - not even Ash himself - comments on Goh catching Pokémon effortessly as easy as breathing fresh air without weakening them with a battle first, when previously such tactic was not recommended at best or looked down upon at worst.
- Vocal Dissonance: Averted in the Japanese Dub, he sounds like his age but downplayed in the English Dub, he sounds like in his mid-teens despite being Ash's age.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In Goodbye, Friend!, Goh tells Ash he's letting Raboot stay in the Hoenn region with some new pals it befriended. Ash does not buy this and asks if Goh personally told Raboot.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: His parents are often busy with their work to spend time with him, but Goh understands and still loves them.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Goh wants both a Beautifly and a Dustox, so he catches three Wurmple to increase his chances of getting them. Unfortunately for him, all of them evolve into Cascoon.
- JN005: Scorbunny
- JN006: All Kanto Bug-types (Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree, Weedle, Kakuna, Beedrill, Paras, Parasect, Venonat, Venomoth, Scyther, Pinsir)
- JN007: Taillow, Wurmple x3
- JN008: Tentacool, Mantyke
- JN009: Sentret, Stantler, Misdreavus
- JN010: Dewgong
- JN011: Wurmple x3 evolve into Cascoon x3
- JN013: Skwovet
- JN014: Darmanitan, Sandile, Golurk
- JN015: Cubone
- JN017: Scorbunny evolves into Raboot
- JN018: Spearow
- JN019: Rattata
- JN020: Pidgey, both genders of Nidoran, Oddish, Poliwag, Grimer, Ekans, Farfetch'd
- JN021: Exeggcute
- JN023: Cascoon x3 evolve into Dustox x3
- JN024: Goldeen, Magikarp x2
- JN025: Binacle, all five variants of Flabébé, Scatterbug, Phantump, Fletchling
- JN028: Sobble
- JN031: Wingull
- JN032: Ariados, Pineco
- JN033: Heracross (by trade, after catching another Pinsir)
- JN034: Hitmonchan
- JN035: Pikachu, immediately evolved into Raichu
- JN036: Trapinch, Vibrava, Flygon
- JN037: Exeggcute evolved into Exeggutor, Pyukumuku, Alolan Exeggcutor
- JN038: Aerodactyl
- JN039: Chinchou
- JN042: Bunnelby
- JN045: Raboot evolves into Cinderace, Eternatus (with Ash, though Goh doesn't keep it)
- JN046: Mankey, Krabby
- JN047: Skwovet evolves into Greedent
- JN050: Boldore, Arctozolt
- JN051: Geodude
- JN052: Diglett, Dugtrio (given away)
- JN053: Drowzee, Suicune
- JN055: Morelull
- JN056: Scyther evolves into Scizor
- JN059: Grookey
- JN060: Bellsprout
- JN062: Sobble evolves into Drizzile
- JN064: Absol
- JN065: Pansear, Panpour
- JN066: All five Flabébé evolve to Floette, releases White Flower Floette
- JN070: Raticate, Pidgeotto
Unlike Ash's previous companions, Goh's goal (aside from catching Mew) is to catch as many Pokémon as possible, frequently catching at least one new Pokémon every episode. To that end, only his Pokémon with sufficient characterization will be listed here.
As A Whole
Tropes that fit all Goh's captured Pokémon.
- Big Eater: Greedent, Sobble and Grookey all have unbelievable appetites.
- Cast Herd: Episode 23 establishes that several of them have established their own social groups within the park; the Bug types stick with each other, the Normal and Poison types (along with Darmanitan) work together during the Feud Episode, Water-types stick to the pond, and several small Pokémon hang out with Golurk while it rests.
- Feud Episode: Episode 23 where hunger drives them all crazy. They were constantly fighting one another because they accused each other of stealing food.
- An Ice Person: His Tentacool and Dewgong both know Ice Beam.
- Only Sane Man: His Farfetch'd, Pidgey, Skwovet, and Cubone when everyone else is driven mad by hunger. Then again, Skwovet is the one who caused everyone to be driven mad by hunger.
- The Prankster: His Misdreavus and Sandile seem to fit this trope.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Darmanitan's red oni to Scyther's blue oni.
- Rotating Protagonist: The Galarian Starter Pokémon Goh caught are this with Scorbunny first taking the spotlight until its evolution into Cinderace although it still makes regular appearances, Sobble then takes the spotlight until its evolution into Drizzile, which causes it to isolate itself inside a cave, which then caused Grookey to become Goh's main Walking Pokémon.
- Sickening Sweethearts: His two Nidoran are almost always seen cuddled together and were even captured while together.
- Pinsir and Heracross almost fit this decertation to a tee with how Pinsir acts all romantic towards Heracross and blushes cutely towards him.
- Weather Manipulation: His Dustox all know Sunny Day, and Golurk, when it lost its chest seal, summoned a rainstorm.note
Scorbunny -> Raboot -> Cinderace (Hibanny -> Rabbifuto -> Aceburn)
Goh's first partner Pokémon is a Scorbunny acquired during their first overseas mission to the Galar region.
- The Ace: The strongest Pokemon in Goh's team and serves as the main Pokemon he uses when in battle or during fieldwork. Makes sense seeing it was his Starter Mon.
- The Artful Dodger: Before being caught by Goh, Scorbunny was a vagabond wild Pokémon that frequently stole food from shoppers to survive. It also led some Nickit down the primrose path.
- Bash Brothers: His relationship with Ash's Lucario.
- Berserk Button: Dislikes bullies and jerkass trainers who abandon their Pokémon.
- Bully Hunter: In JN015, it immediately picks a fight with the Mankey trio picking on Cubone.
- Cerebus Retcon: The Running Gag in JN005 of Scorbunny trying to get Goh's attention because it wants to join him? Hilarious. The same gag 12 episodes later when Scorbunny wants to show Goh how it's trying to learn a Fire-type move? It ends up with him, after he evolves into Raboot and his personality changed, giving Goh a cold shoulder.
- Chained Heat: In JN048 with Lucario when they end up stuck together during their fight against Team Rocket.
- Character Development: After evolving into Raboot, it's understandably aloof and dismissive towards Goh. After seeing that its trainer does care about it, it starts expressing itself more and becomes a Cool Big Bro to Sobble. It got to the point where it went back to its original personality as a Scorbunny when Raboot evolves into Cinderace.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Because Scorbunny focuses on quick, physical attacks with Quick Attack and Double Kick, it doesn't fare well against Ghost-type Pokémon which No-Sell such moves as showcased in JN014, and is quickly defeated by Golurk. Scorbunny seems aware of this, as it's trying to learn Fire-type moves in JN017, but it comes into conflict with Goh over the matter.
- Dance Battler: In JN022, it shows a love of dancing and teaches a few Hoenn Pokémon some moves.
- Determinator: After managing to not get noticed by Goh on the train and missing the stop he got off at, Scorbunny proceeds to leap from a moving train and run all the way back down the tracks to find him, to the point where it nearly got run over by another train.
- It also does not stop trying to learn Ember the traditional way. Goh has to help it adapt by using its feet and a rock to make its Ember a miniature Pyro Ball.
- During the battle against Zapdos, Raboot still manages to get up and keep fighting despite being hit hard by the Legendary. Goh understands this, and Raboot learns Blaze Kick in the process of pulling a comeback.
- Emo: After evolving into Raboot, it developed this personality complete with armfold.
- Epic Fail: A fire-type Pokémon that comically couldn't handle the heat of the Desert Resort in JN014.
- "Eureka!" Moment: Has one of these when Team Rocket are taunting him and Lucario during their Chained Heat, coming up with the idea to swing and stretch the putty to the point one of them could do a flying physical attack.
- Expy: Of Ash's Charmander. At first, Scorbunny is a friendly Fire-type who gets along with its trainer. This all goes pear-shaped in JN017 when it evolves into Raboot, as its personality changed and it becomes aloof towards Goh, like Ash's Charmeleon. The main difference is that Raboot still obeys and supports Goh whereas Charmeleon didn't. It even got to the point where it got over its aloofness towards Goh when it evolved into Cinderace, as it got its personality as a Scorbunny back and completely reforged its bond with Goh, whereas Ash's Charizard still kept its aloofness towards Ash after it evolved from Charmeleon, taking several episodes to regain its loyalty to Ash.
- Extremity Extremist: Uses its feet a lot in battle. It knows Double Kick, Blaze Kick, and uses Ember (later Pyro Ball) by kicking a stone.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Goh, after helping to move the Gigantamax Snorlax in episode five. Especially noteworthy as up until that point Goh had made it his life's goal for Mew to be his first-caught Pokémon to the point of refusing to catch any others, and Scorbunny's assistance in that episode was enough for him to discard his single-target fixation. And yes, Scorbunny is a Fire-type.
- Forgiveness: Cinderace, as Scorbunny, and Goh had a fallout when it wanted to learn a Fire-type move but he believed the two moves it currently had were enough. However, through Ash's advice, Goh did teach it a Fire-type move and evolved into Raboot. Despite this, it was still upset with Goh for how he didn't consider its feelings and believed he didn't cared about it. However, in Goodbye, Friend, it not only realized how wrong it was into thinking that Goh didn't care about it but was also convinced to forgive him.
- Fragile Speedster: Its main tactic is to run into something very fast then kick it before they have a chance to recover. Unfortunately, this is deconstructed as shown in JN014, when it's easily defeated by Golurk due to knowing only Fighting and Normal moves. It's also further deconstructed in JN017 because while it wants to learn more moves like Ember, Goh's insistent that it stays a speedster.
- Handshake Substitute: As a Scorbunny, it often performed a variation of high fives and fist bumps with Goh, using its foot to hit Goh's fist. While it stops doing so as Raboot, its triumphant evolution into Cinderace following the reforging of its bond with Goh is followed up with it performing one of these once again.
- I Shall Taunt You: Likes using the Eyelid Pull Taunt and smacking his own butt taunt.
- Literal Ass-Kicking: Poor Ash is continually on the receiving end of one. In JN017, it gives it to Goh when the latter refuses to help it learn Ember.
- Mundane Utility: In JN011 he uses the heat pads on his feet to rapidly melt a frozen Yamper.
- Ninja Run: How it runs after it evolves into Raboot.
- Not So Stoic: Has a few moments of this after evolving, even crying like everyone else when Sobble's scared.
- Playing with Fire: It's a Fire-type, which ironically has yet to learn any Fire-type moves. JN017 has him trying to learn Ember even though Goh dismisses its attempt. It does eventually learn it, just not in the traditional sense. Later on it learns Blaze Kick, and after it evolves into Cinderace replaces Ember with Pyro Ball.
- Put on a Bus: Defied. When Goh initially decides to leave Raboot behind with its Hoenn friends, it turned out it was already on the train. This is also deconstructed because Goh never asked Raboot if it wanted to stay, something that Ash questions.
- The Quiet One: Following it's evolution into Raboot, it doesn't talk much. It regains most of its talkativeness after becoming Cinderace.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Cinderace appears to be more comfortable and happy with his new pink outfit in JN055, unlike Ash, Goh, and Pikachu. Somewhat understandable, since the color pink is similar to the color red, which Cinderace is associated with.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Ash's Lucario's Blue.
- Refusal of the Call: Scorbunny initially resisted Goh's invitation to join him. But its Nickit buddies grabbed it and threw it onto the train car Goh and Ash boarded, essentially saying But Thou Must!.
- Rule of Symbolism: Scorbunny spent most of JN004, while it was wild, covered in a film of grunge that kept the Rotom Phone from identifying it, though it has information on the species. This symbolized how it wanted to be accepted by the Nickit trio and stay where he was. When it accepted joining Goh and Ash, it cleaned off that dirt, revealing its natural coloring and learning to expand its surroundings and become himself.
- Spoiled by the Manual: Although a key part of the early marketing for the Generation VIII anime, Scorbunny doesn't join the cast until the fourth episode, and isn't caught by Goh until the fifth.
- The Stoic: As a Raboot, it was shown mostly frowning and aloof. It does give a tiny smile in JN022, though. It sheds this personality when it evolves into Cinderace, becoming more friendly and gregarious like it was as a Scorbunny.
- Super Senses: Being a rabbit, it has strong hearing, which allows it to sense a Pokemon location.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Due to a combination of Goh neglecting its thoughts and feelings for so long and the general moody teen attitude of the species, Scorbunny evolving into Raboot causes it to become distant and aloof towards Goh, still following his commands in battle, but generally acting like an aggressive Tsundere otherwise.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After seeing how much its trainer cares about it, Raboot evolves into Cinderace, getting its personality as a Scorbunny back, having completely reforged its bond with Goh, giving the boy a high-five with its foot and an affectionate embrace.
- Tsundere: Its personality as a Raboot. While it's shown to be more aloof, deep down Raboot still cares for his trainer. Case in point, JN022 has Raboot join with a gang of Hoenn Pokémon to teach them how to dance but returns to Goh's side at the end, even sharing an apple with its trainer while hiding a tiny smile on its face.
- Unmanly Secret: After evolving into Raboot, it doesn't like expressing emotion, and is embarrassed when it betrays a smile after reuniting with Goh in JN022.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Much like when Ash's Pikachu transformed into its Gigantamax form in JN013, in JN043 Goh's Raboot undergoes a Dynamax transformation. The Pokémon is huge and powerful, but cumbersome and slow in battle, often losing its balance as it fights a Gigantamax Garbodor.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Lucario. They are always seen hanging out or battling together but JN048 shows their conflicting differences in personality.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gets extremely upset at Goh when he doesn't try to help it learn Ember and telling Scorbunny to just forget about learning something new and stick with what it knows. When it evolves into Raboot, it silently walks away from Goh. Although this is partially (at least) due to its personality change as it evolved, it doesn't completely forgive Goh for his Lack of Empathy.
- When She Smiles: In the end of Episode 22, Goh sees Raboot hiding a smile after they reunite and rekindle their friendship.
- Your Size May Vary: In-game dex entries state that Cinderace are 4'07. This one, however, is either short enough that it is at eye-level with Lucario, or Lucario in the anime in general are taller than stated, despite the fact Cinderace are nearly a whole foot taller than Lucario.
Sobble -> Drizzile (Messon -> Jimereon)
The Galar's Water-type Starter Pokémon, Goh caught it on his and Ash's second trip to Galar.
- Big Eater: It devours at least three plates of curry and a few croquettes.
- Born Unlucky: Despite its invisibility, it accidentally gets captured by Goh and is hit by an empty can by Jessie who both threw stuff out of frustration and didn't even know it was there.
- Character Development: After meeting Jaqueline's Inteleon in JN054, it makes an effort to improve its battle and stealth skills.
- Cowardly Lion: It's timid and a crybaby, but that doesn't mean it's weak. Once it was motivated by Goh, it managed to escape the cage Team Rocket trapped it in and run away to safety.
- Emotion Bomb: True to its species, whenever Sobble starts crying, it causes other Pokémon and even humans to cry as loudly and excessively wet as well.
- Hit-and-Run Tactics: Eventually develops this style of battling, culminating in learning an actual hit and run attack in U-turn.
- Ineffectual Loner: After evolving, Drizzile retreats into a burrow away from everyone else. Goh realizes it needs space to accept its new form, so he lets it be after they come to an understanding.
- Invisibility: It can do this if it gets water splashed on it, perfectly blending into its environment. It can be foiled if sand or similar projectiles get thrown onto it though.
- Making a Splash: It's a Water-type.
- Ocular Gushers: Induces this in other people and Pokémon once it starts crying, whether it be from being scared or just Tears of Joy.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Gains them as Drizzile, adding to its loner front.
- Prone to Tears: True to its species, Sobble tends to cry a lot, to the point where it can make other beings around it cry as well.
- Put On The Bus: Due to being depressed by the fact it didn't immediately evolve into Inteleon, it decided to isolate itself in a cave and take a break in travelling until it feels better.
- Shrinking Violet: It shies away from other people and Pokémon and when cornered, it starts to cry. Loudly.
- Took a Level in Badass: Learns U-turn in JN054, along with improving its stealth to the point it finally manages to get revenge on Darmanitan at the end of the episode.
- Right before evolving, it shows how much it's been training and gaining confidence by sniping small objects with Water Gun.
- Took a Level in Cynic: Upon evolving into Drizzile, it becomes a lot more moody and distances itself from everyone else in the institute, including towards Goh.
- When He Smiles: After evolving, Drizzile sports a gentle smile while wiping away some of Goh's tears.
The Galar's Grass-type Starter Pokémon, Goh caught it when it snuck into the Cerise Institute.
- Big Brother Mentor: Serves as one to Goh's White Flower Flabebe while they are looking for a new flower for it. It's possibly the most saddened when it's time for Flabebe to go but still gives it a warm goodbye.
- Big Eater: It manages to scarf down its food very quickly and then attempt to steal Pikachu's food.
- Companion Cube: Grookey's stick serves as this for it. It becomes truly saddened when it's separated from said stick courtesy of Team Rocket.
- Determinator: In JN069, it uses all ounces of its strength to get itself back to Goh. The Pokémon is shedding Tears of Joy when back in his arms.
- Green Thumb: A grass type. Also manages to make a field of flowers bloom just by beating the bricks near them like a drum.
- Heavy Sleeper: Falls asleep once it's used up all its energy.
- HeelFace Turn: Was intended to be Jessie's Pokemon from the Rocket Prize Master but it chose to break her ball instead and become Goh's Pokemon. This is shown when both Goh and Jessie throw balls at it, with Grookey smacking Jessie's back at her and allowing Goh's to capture it.
- Mischief-Making Monkey: When it's full of energy, it is always causing trouble somewhere for someone. Mimey seems to be the only one immune to its slapstick.
- Running Gag: Its habit of jumping on people and Pokemon to beat their heads like a drum, especially Goh.
- Security Cling: Does this to Goh whenever it fells asleep.
- The Reveal: It is revealed that Grookey was a Rocket Prize Master Pokemon that managed to escape.
Other Notable Pokémon
The Kanto Bug Types
Scizor and Pinsir have their own entries below.
- All Webbed Up: Happens to Ash after they return to the Cerise Institute.
- Big Brother Instinct: When Caterpie and Weedle are approached by Grimer for potentially stealing food in JN023, Parasect steps in to defend them.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: They're all bugs so this is a given.
- Cuddle Bug: They were very affectionate during the short time of living in Ash and Goh's room. And yes, they're all bugs.
- Flight: Butterfree, Scyther, Beedrill, and Venomoth, the former two being Flying-types.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Beedrill, naturally for the species. It attacks Ash and Goh when released from its Poké Ball in JN014 and is one of the main instigators in JN023 when the Pokémon's food gets stolen.
- Made of Iron: Metapod, who survives being accidentally kicked into a rock by Scorbunny with no damage.
- Projectile Webbing: Caterpie knows String Shot, and in JN046 it uses it to create a zip line for Ash and Goh to cross a boggy river.
- Standard Status Effects: Butterfree and Venomoth know Stun Spore, and Venonat knows Poison Powder.
- Status Buff: Scyther knows Swords Dance.
Scyther -> Scizor
The last of the Kanto Bug types caught by Goh in JN006 which serves as one of his main battlers. It evolves into Scizor in JN056.
- Ambiguous Gender: In the Spanish dubs, Scyther is referred to as male, but still hasn't had its gender confirmed anywhere else yet.
- Blood Knight: Scyther enjoys battling and is often seen training. It approached Goh to join the Battle Frontier in JN007. In JN056, when told they were going to see Elite Four member Wikstrom for possible training, Scyther dashed to Goh, practically begging him to take him with.
- Character Tics: Scyther constantly swings both arms forward and back over its head whenever left to its own devices, as if perfoming sword training with its scythes.
- The Dreaded: As a Scyther, it could slice trees in half with Air Slash. None of the other Pokémon, including Darmanitan want to mess with it.
- Extra-ore-dinary: When it evolves into Scizor, it becomes a Steel-Type.
- Flight: Being part Flying-type as a Scyther.
- The Leader: Being the strongest of Goh's Bug-types, it protects the others from Darmanitan's Overheat and leads the attack against it in JN023.
- Status Buff: Scyther knows Swords Dance.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: After catching every other Bug-type with little effort, Scyther is the first Pokémon to teach Goh that you need to weaken a strong Pokémon to catch them.
- The Worf Effect: Despite Scyther being the strongest of Goh's Kanto bugs and being The Dreaded among them, Hodge's Mightyena makes hilariously short work of it.
- Characterisation Marches On: In its first appearance, Pinsir looked like a fierce battler who managed to trap Ash and Pikachu, but later turns out to be a rather shy Pokémon who dislikes battling. Though this was likely its way of stopping them and allowing its escape.
- Hates Being Touched: Goh's Pinsir gets very uncomfortable when Kylie tries to cuddle it, to the point it throws her off.
- Gentle Giant: Ironically for its species, Pinsir. Despite attacking Ash in their first encounter, it's a pacifist who doesn't like to battle and is often seen in the Cerise Institute with Caterpie and Weedle.
- I Meant to Do That: Goh only caught Pinsir so easily because when it attacked him, he accidentally threw a Poké Ball among the rocks and sticks he used to protect himself.
- Rescue Romance: Pinsir develops an obvious crush on Heracross when he saves its life, though Heracross seems to be oblivious.
Goh's first Ice Type Pokémon he caught in JN010 to use to ferry him and Ash to Dragonite Island.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Is this towards a wild Gorebyss it meets in JN063, only to be rejected for a Huntail.
- Breaking Old Trends: Up until JN010, Goh was seen catching Pokémon with ease. Dewgong on the other hand was the first Pokémon that Goh struggled immensely to catch to the point that he actually ran out of Pokéballs.
- The Determinator: In JN063, it's determined to win Gorebyss's heart by challenging a rival Huntail. It however doesn't end in his favor.
- Hopeless Suitor: Seems to have trouble attracting Pokémon of the opposite gender.
- An Ice Person: Goh's first Ice Type and it knows Ice Beam.
- Making a Splash: A part Water Type.
- Skewed Priorities:
- While ferrying Ash and Goh to Dragonite Island, it becomes attracted to another Dewgong and begins chasing after it, despite Goh's protests.
- It's more determined on fighting Huntail to win Gorebyss's heart than finish the Marine Obstacle Course. Chloe and Eevee have to stop it and Goh calls it out for its misbehavior at the end.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It's determination to fight the wild Huntail causes it to get so angry that it also goes after Chloe and Eevee, eventually causing it to trap the three of them in a cave and start attacking it. This almost causes it to cave in on the three of them until Ash, Goh and Kairi fought Huntail off to rescue them.
- A Day in the Limelight: The first half of JN026 focuses on it participating in a Magikarp High Jump Tournament.
- The Catfish: Known as "The Lord". When Ash and Goh arrive at the Resort Area, there are already several other fishers there trying to catch it.
- Cursed With Awesome: Even with the Mythology Gag below. Its Splash does a decent amount of damage to high-level Rocket members with the fish being large and having an amazing jumping ability.
- Disney Death: During the Magikarp High Jump Tournament, when it jumps high enough to reach space. Ash even reads a eulogy in memory of all the good times they had together. It returns by the end of the second half of the episode.
- In a Single Bound: Its jumping ability is incredible, able to break the glass ceiling of the Cerise Laboratory.
- Taken WAY Up to Eleven in JN026, where after rigorous training its jump can break orbit.
- Lethal Joke Character: Given its massive size, its Splash is more than capable of holding off even high-level Team Rocket members.
- Mythology Gag: Its appearance at the Resort Area in Sinnoh is a reference to the Magikarp that can be caught there up to Level 100.
- The training methods and competition it participates in during JN026 reference the Pokémon: Magikarp Jump mobile game.
- Power Limiter: It's revealed in the finals of the Magikarp High Jump Tournament that Magikarp was wearing weights throughout the tournament. The weights are so heavy that two Machamp struggle to carry them.
- Secondary Sexual Characteristics: Magikarp has got Yellow Whiskers, indicating that it's a male.
- Shockwave Stomp: Uses its Splash to this effect.
- Training Montage: Goes through one in JN026 to lose weight and get ready for the Magikarp High Jump Tournament.
- Weight Woe: The first half of JN026 shows it's put on a lot of weight at the Cerise Institute.
Pikachu -> Raichu
A female Pikachu Goh caught in Kanto, who later asked to be evolved into Raichu with a Thunder Stone when Team Rocket caused havoc in her home forest.
- Combat Medic: Her knowledge in healing berry foraging can equate her to this.
- Does Not Know Her Own Strength: After evolving to Raichu, she tries to hug Pikachu and accidentally body checks him instead.
- Nice Girl: While the first few Pikachu in the forest outright refused to be caught, this Pikachu immediately offered a Pecha Berry to Goh when he got smacked in the face with a Poke Ball. She later brings a clump of berries in her tail to the Institute to share them with Pokemon and people alike.
- Shock and Awe: She's an Electric-type.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Has the flat-tipped tail of female Raichu and as a Pikachu, had the heart-shaped tail notch.
- Unwanted Assistance: She is extremely pushy about helping others. Even when someone is full, she will forcibly chase them down to try and feed them more Berries.
- Blow You Away: It's secondary typing, and also knows Wing Attack.
- Breath Weapon: Knows Dragon Breath.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Gives one to Goh's Raboot via Rock Slide.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After being defeated by Goh, it calms down and allows him to capture it.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Primary type, and knows Rock Slide.
- Extra-ore-dinary: it knows Iron Head.
- Giant Flyer: It's quite a bit taller than Goh is standing up.
- Ptero Soarer: Based on a pterosaur, naturally.
- Bishie Sparkle: Heracross is shown with this when it first saves Pinsir, showing the latter's attraction to him.
- Horn Attack: Heracross knows Fury Attack and Megahorn.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Heracross' Y-shaped horn indicates that it's male.
- An Ice Person: Knows Ice Beam as one of its moves.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Suicune decides to remain Goh's Pokémon after Goh help it heal its wounds and poison, along with helping the Pokémon Suicune was protecting by gather food for them and protecting the Pokémon from the poachers, including Suicune itself.
- Blow You Away: Its roars are usually accompanied by a strong gust.
- Breaking Old Trends: Quite shockingly, Suicune is the first Legendary Pokémon to be caught by one of Ash's travelling companions, and kept as Eternatus had to be sealed away. The main character himself has befriended many, but never caught one to date.
- But Now I Must Go: While still being Goh's Pokémon, it leaves the Cerise Institute at the end of the episode and returns to roaming the world.
- Damsel in Distress: Ends up being captured in a net by poachers while still injured and helpless, much to Goh's dismay.
- Damsel out of Distress: Once it has gained enough strength, it breaks free from the poachers' net and helps Goh to defeat the poachers.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Even though it was rescued from poachers who would have forced it to be used for their own means, it doesn't take lightly to that meaning being captured in a Poké Ball. It lightens up after Goh heals it from its poison and injuries and gives the Pokémon it protected some food.
- I Choose to Stay: At the end when Goh puts its ball down to release it, Suicune touches the Pokeball with its nose, allowing it to be sent back in and remain his Pokémon.
- Making a Splash: A Water-type that knows Hydro Pump.
- Worf Had the Flu: Considering the fact that the poahcers poisoned the lake to lure it, it is highly implied that they defeated the Legendary Pokémon through ambushing it, which weakened it enough for Goh to catch it.
First appeared as a wild Flygon who attacked Ash and Goh when they entered a city-devouring sandstorm it created in the Hoenn region, only to be defeated by Goh and successfully caught.
- Advertised Extra: Appeared alongside Goh's other Pokemon in the second Opening but never made any proper appearances in the series after its capture.
- Dishing Out Dirt: It's a part Ground Type that knows Sandstorm.
- Weather Manipulation: Has Sandstorm as one of its attacks.
A Pokemon in Lavaridge Town that was being accused of causing disasters which Ash and Goh were asked to investigate and protect in episode 64.
- Blow You Away: One of it's moves is Razor Wind.
- Dark Is Not Evil: A Dark Type Pokemon that was trying to warn the townspeople of an upcoming volcanic eruption and later shows loyalty towards Goh after it's been captured.
- I Choose to Stay: When Goh decides to release it so it can return to protecting the townspeople from anymore upcoming disasters, it knocks Goh's Pokeball out of its hand and touches it, being sent back in and staying as his Pokemon instead.
Goh's second capture in the Unova region. It was one of the Pokémon guarding the Ruins of the Titan but was swiftly caught by Goh just as it sprung to life and attacked.
- The Gadfly: JN017 has it go up to Scorbunny and use Overheat, simply to provoke the bunny into using a Fire-type move. When it sees that Scorbunny can't muster anything but a spark, Darmanitan spends the rest of its screentime mocking Scorbunny and laughing at it.
- Laser-Guided Karma: For all its scaring of Sobble in JN054, it gets a stealthy Water Gun surprise while it's relaxing at the end of the episode.
- Playing with Fire: Is a Fire-type. It also knows Overheat and seems to enjoy using it.
- The Prankster: Has a habit of pranking other Pokemon like Sobble.
- Psychic Powers: Has the Zen Mode ability, which gives it access to a Fire/Psychic form.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Has no problem attacking Goh's Bug-types when food is stolen, but immediately runs once Scyther gets involved.
- Slasher Smile: And it never stops grinning.
- Smug Super: It very much embraces his superiority over Scorbunny.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Mocking Scorbunny over how the bunny can't use Fire-type moves causes Scorbunny to try and learn Ember. This also makes its relationship with Goh fracture when Goh dismisses Scorbunny's desires to learn a Fire-type move and when it evolves into Raboot (and his personality changes), Raboot gives Goh a cold shoulder.
Another Pokémon caught in the Unova region. The Ruins of the Titan's eponymous Titan, this giant Golurk was caught by Goh after a raid battle between Ash, Goh, and the characters of the day.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Knows Hammer Arm.
- The Berserker: What happens when its Power Limiter is removed.
- Big Good: Referred to as the Guardian Deity of the Cerise Institute. It is Go's strongest Pokémon by a WIDE margin and protects all the smaller Pokémon when there is internal discord, such as during the Feud Episode.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Knows Flash Cannon.
- Friend to All Living Things: Allows the smaller Pokémon of the Cerise Institute to play on it, and protects Goh's Cascoon during a fight between Goh's other Pokémon.
- Gentle Giant: After its capture, it sits atop a hill in the Cerise Institute, watching over the other Pokémon. Golurk are already a large species, but this one is specifically noted to be giant compared to other Golurk.
- Humongous Mecha: Has the appearance of one (fitting of its classification of the Automaton Pokémon), and is notable for being the first Giant Pokémon caught by a main character.
- One-Hit KO: During the Raid Battle, it's able to knock out every Pokémon in one hit, including Pikachu.
- Power Limiter: The seal on Golurk's chest keeps it from losing control. When it breaks off in JN023, it has the power to flood the Cerise Institute.
- Transforming Mecha: Can transform into a cannon to launch an extremely powerful attack, though it's beaten by Ash's Dragonite and Goh's Darmanitan before it gets the chance to fire it.
- Weather Manipulation: When its chest seal was removed, its immense power summoned a downpour, though not the move Rain Dance.
Flabebe -> Floette
Goh's White Flower Flabebe and one of five he caught in Episode 25 and later evolved and was released in Episode 66
- Big Brother Worship: It has two of them. Firstly looks up to Goh's Grookey as it helps it out while looking for a new flower and then later on a Trainer's Florges that encourages it to learn Grassy Terrain and evolve, prompting Goh to release it.
- But Now I Must Go: Is released by Goh in Episode 66 so it can take care of the newly sprouted flowers in the area.
- A Day in the Limelight: Episode 66 puts Flabebe in the spotlight.
- The Fair Folk: Being Fairy Type.
- Green Thumb: It's only known move is Grassy Terrain.
Skwovet -> Greedent (Hoshigarisu -> Yokubarisu)
Goh's second capture in the Galar region. It first appears after Goh finished explaining to Ash the nature of the World Tournament system to prepare him for battling Leon.
- Big Eater: Makes its debut by jumping onto the table and scoffing Ash's scones before becoming captured. This also becomes a plot point in JN023 as it's the reason the entire situation with the disappearing food happened in the first place. Goh enters it into an eating contest in JN047 which it wins.
- Bullet Seed: Has this as one of its attacks. Goh has Skwovet use the attack to spit out excess seeds while it devours berries during the eating contest.
- The Determinator: Its determination to win the eating contest when it's the last Pokemon standing allows it to evolve into Greedent and claim victory.
- Fire-Breathing Diner: Willingly puts some Tamato Berry juice into its Pecha tart in JN047 when it starts getting full. The spicy juice overworks its metabolism and resets its taste buds to get back in the game.
- Green Thumb: Knows Bullet Seed, a Grass Type move.
- Innocently Insensitive: Its hoarding of food was the reason for episode 23's chaos.
- Karma Houdini: Skwovet gets away with not only stealing the food, but for causing drama between the rest of Gohs Pokémon.
- No-Sell: It ate some of Team Rocket's bloating cookies in JN047 but unlike the other competitors, its stomach immediately shrunk back to normal.
- Oh, Crap!: Its reaction at the end of episode 23 after knocking Golurk's chest seal off.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Its habit of taking food and storing it away is what leads to the other Pokémon getting hungry, going berserk and nearly flood the Cerise Institute in Episode 23. After this incident, Ash and Goh decide to leave extra food for it in the future so it won't continue to take the others' for its hideaway.
A Galarian fossil Pokemon that is brought to life by the fossil researchers Cara Liss and Gasattsu during a study on hybrid resurrection. Upon seeing Arctozolt bond with Goh, the researchers ask for him to look after it; resulting in Arctozolt's capture.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: To Chloe.
- Ambiguously Absent Parent: Averted to Chloe. He makes up a part of the few nuclear families within the series.
- Good Parents: JN031 finally has him calmly tell Chloe that she won't know if she'll succeed at something unless she actually tries. He also gives her a Rotom Phone in JN049 to congratulate her becoming a Trainer.
- Happily Married: Is married to Talia.
- It Amused Me: He knew all along about the Gengar haunting the laboratory but thought that the poltergeist activity would be lots of fun. Then again it's a complete contrast to when Gengar arrived in JN011 and his daughter was the only thing stopping Gengar from doing more harm...
- Only Sane Man: Downplayed during the eating contest where he contrasts with Chrysa's fanaticism.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In JN010, he decides to keep Dragonite Island a secret as he feels their mystery is part of their appeal, despite Renji and Kikuna suggesting otherwise. Given what Team Rocket tried to pull in said episode, he made a good call.
- Theme Naming: Cerise is French for "cherry", so he's named for the cherry tree in the dub. Likewise, he's named for the cherry blossom (Sakura) in Japanese.
Chloe is Professor Cerise's daughter and a childhood friend of Goh. It was at her behest that Goh went to Professor Oak's summer camp when they were younger. She, too, witnessed Mew, and now helps her father with his research.
- Advertised Extra: She's considered the Tritagonist of the series but the number of episodes that actually have her as the focus character in the first season can be counted on one hand.
- Alliterative Name: In the dub, Chloe Cerise.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Barring the dark hair, she is shown to be quite cold or distant to, well, everyone except her mother. She gradually warms up as the series goes on.
- Ascended Extra: By episode 50, she participates in more of Ash and Goh's journeys as she starts ascending into a 3rd travelling companion in the series. The 3rd introduction series also features more of her alongside Ash and Goh.
- Bare Your Midriff: In episode 31 when she's shown in her swimsuit.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: In JN031 a couple of girls make dismissive comments about Jinny's Feebas. Chloe shuts them up with the mother of all Death Glares.
- Big Sister Instinct: Is shown to care for her little brother and becomes enraged when one of his friends, Jinny, is insulted during a contest for her choice of Pokemon in JN031.
- Big Sister Worship: As shown in JN038, she is shown to really admire and look up to Chrysa, to the point of deciding to stay with her in her apartment.
- Black Sheep: Played with in that she isn't actively treated as such. Everyone in her family loves Pokémon, whereas she prefers to stay away from them. She's starting to grow out of it in JN029 upon realizing how she was shown to be quite cold to Yamper in the past.
- Breaking Old Trends: Chloe isn't eager to get into a life with Pokémon, is more introverted, goes to a human school and (initially) wants little to do with Ash Ketchum himself. And, on a lesser note, she's a Canon Foreigner not based on anyone from the games.
- Character Development: She gradually begins warming up to Pokemon and becoming more involved with them, becomes less aloof, more willing to try new things and has become more comfortable around Ash, acting less snarky towards both him and Goh. By JN049, she officially becomes a Pokémon trainer with her own starter and Rotom Phone, along with not feeling so down about people pressuring her into being so into Pokémon.
- Cherry Blossom Girl: Her last name can be either "cherry blossom" (Japanese) or "cherry" (Dub) and when she's not in her uniform she frequently wears pink. Her swimsuit also has cherry blossoms on it. Starting with JN050, she wears a pink blouse with cherry blossoms on it.
- Childhood Friends: With Goh to the point of being Goh's Only Friend. (Or perhaps it's the other way around) Yet despite this, they don't have a meanintful conversation until Episode 49.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Chloe is shown to hold aspects opposite of Ash's previous female companions.
- A white-dress wearing girl who has a complicated relationship with Pokémon? It's Lillie all over again. The main difference is that Lillie actually does like Pokémon (and couldn't touch them due to a traumatic experience) whereas Chloe is neither a lover nor a hater. Lillie went to a school all about Pokémon and had a lot of friends supporting her goals, whereas Chloe goes to a normal school and has classmates Innocently Insensitive about her not being immediately willing to jump into a career related to Pokémon. Their relationships with their mothers are also different: Chloe is closest to her mom (who gives her good advice) whereas Lillie and Lusamine's relationship was very fractured (due to Lusamine's parent dynamic with her daughter). Last, their interactions with their Pokémon are quite opposites: she's cold towards her Yamper and is hesitant to command it to battle (although she's getting better at it), while Lillie truly loves Snowy and is quick to get Snowy to fire Powder Snow so they can get to safety.
- She's a contrast to Serena when it comes to what they want to do in life. Serena was impulsive and wanted nothing to do with being a Rhyhorn racer like her mother and left with Ash to escape it. When she finally confronts her mother to be a performer, she is supported by Ash, Clemont and Bonnie in that regard. Chloe on the other hand is pushed by everyone else to follow a career involving Pokémon but she's very lethargic and doesn't even know if she even likes Pokémon or not while her mother advises her not to rush into her future so quickly. Also while Serena tried multiple hobbies before deciding on being a performer, Chloe (at first) doesn't even try to do anything at all and the audience doesn't even know what she likes. And in regards to Ash, Serena was well-known for her crush on him whereas Chloe appears to be purposely avoiding interacting with him at the start.
- Chloe isn't the only female supporting character who has a little brother interested in Pokémon, a stay at home mom or a father who has an important job — May has that too. But while May didn't like Pokémon initially, she still was excited to travel and explore while Chloe doesn't want to travel at all. May was never pushed to follow her father's role (and she had support from her parents for wanting to become a Pokémon Coordinator) while Chloe gets pressured by everyone (except her mother) to walk in her father's footsteps.
- Chloe's relationship with Ash is a bit different than Iris. While Iris was known to tease and poke Ash for being "Such a kid" (but she would mellow down about it later), Chloe would rather not be near Ash at all (at first). Also, Chloe goes to a human school and she's known to have Innocently Insensitive classmates and she has trouble speaking up for herself whereas Iris's time at a human school had other students stay far away from her due to her No Social Skills.
- When compared to Dawn, Dawn was bubbly and optimistic and already had a goal in mind whereas Chloe is introverted and has...nothing in mind (initially). When Dawn was in a funk, her mom would tell her that she needed to stop feeling sorry for herself and learn to grow while Talia just gently reassures Chloe not to rush into things. Dawn was sweet and kind to her core whereas Chloe snarks to everyone she can (except her mom).
- Costume Evolution: To signify her becoming a Pokémon trainer and officially joining Ash and Goh, she ditches her school uniform for a more adventurous getup with a pink blouse, yellow jacket and jeans.
- Damsel in Distress: Spends most of JN050 as this, getting into trouble and having either Goh, Ash or Eevee saving her skin. Justified as she lacks experience or drive toward battling unlike the other two.
- A Day in the Limelight: Best Friend...Worst Nightmare!, There's a New Kid in Town!, and The Cuteness Quotient! puts her in the spotlight in place of Ash and Goh, with JN038 giving her a fair amount of focus as well. JN049 shows her officially becoming a Pokémon Trainer.
- Deadpan Snarker: Chloe has demonstrated a notably snarky attitude, as she is always seen making snarks or scoffs in regards to Ash and Goh, and even her own father. She does become less snarky towards them in later episodes, though.
- Death Glare: Gives a terrifying one to a couple of girls who mick Jinny's Feebas, complete with Mimikyu's Glowing Eyes of Doom and a fiery aura. They even felt it!
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She starts out quite icy, but gradually mellows out as the episodes go by, and has even started to interact with Ash slightly more as well, along with gaining a growing interest in Pokémon.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Her focus episode of JN011 has her questioning what she wants to do; her classmates — and teacher — push her to have a career in Pokémon because her father is a professor even though she doesn't hate Pokémon but she's not a big lover of them either. Her mom advises her that she needs to find something that gives her joy and that she doesn't have to rush things yet. As time goes on, she becomes more interested in Pokémon; although she confides to Goh in JN049 that she's still hesitant on actually catching any Pokémon (as she doesn't want to be pressured into it by other people), she ultimately decides to catch Eevee at the end of the episode (resulting in her officially becoming a Trainer and receiving a Rotom Phone) and resolves to take it one step at a time with her new partner.
- Dislikes the New Guy: Chloe initially has a very frosty relationship with Ash, compared to Goh (who is quick to declare Ash his friend), her father (who makes him and Goh his research fellows), Ren, and Chrysa. She would often ignore him or make an occasional snarky remark in regards to him, and whenever he tried to speak with her, she would generally freeze up. Over time, she became more comfortable around Ash and seems to have fully accepted him as a friend by JN038.
- The Ditherer: Chloe is indecisive to the point where she can't decide whether or not she even likes Pokémon, not helping that she keeps refusing Ash's invitations to join him and Goh, seeming uninterested in trying out new things. Future episodes show her starting to open up to Pokémon and she gets her official starter in JN049.
- The Drag-Along: Quite literally in episode 38. When Ash and Goh go to collect fossils, they grab and drag her with them twice. Though it turned out for the better since she ends up having a good time.
- Expy: Chloe shares a majority of Sonia's characterization and traits (from the games), despite the fact Sonia is also a character in the anime, to the point it looks like she's meant to be a younger (but snarker) Sonia living with the boys at Vermillion City:
- Chloe is indecisive about her future and can't find the motivation to do anything until she slowly begins to see the worth and enthusiasm in the fantastic creatures in the world, just as how Sonia was constantly drifting in trying to find out her purpose in life.
- Chloe has a relative who is a professor, just like Sonia and her grandmother Prof. Magnolia.
- Chloe (or her family) owns a Yamper that likes her, just like Sonia, though she has no Yamper in this iteration.
- Chloe's early childhood was about dealing with Goh's passion for Pokémon, just like how Sonia dealt with Leon's passion for Pokémon in their childhood, albeit with battles. Both Goh and Leon even have similar appearances. The same could be said between her and Ash.
- Fatal Flaw: As shown in JN011 her flaws are indecisiveness and inability to move forward. She doesn't know what she wants to do with her life and debates on whether she even likes Pokémon or not. She also hides away from other people, doesn't express her true feelings nor does she open herself up to new things. Other episodes show her refusing any type of interactions outside her comfort zone; whenever Ash invites her to join him and Goh, she immediately shoots them down. As of JN031, she seems to be overcoming this, after her father explains to her that the only way to succeed is to try.
- She's also shown to be conscious about herself and is afraid of being belittled or laughed at because she isn't as enthusiastic about Pokémon as most people. She probably keeps saying "No" to Ash because she doesn't want to embarrass herself. Once again, she slowly grows out of it and becomes more confident in herself.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Her relationship with Ash is this. She didn't trust him at all when she first met him and was jealous of his friendship with Goh. As the series progresses, she starts to warm up to him and by JN038, the two of them have formed a genuine friendship.
- Flower Motif: Her family has a flower theme naming, she ties her braid with a flower scrunchie, and she was shown watering plants in the school garden. Her outfit starting in JN050 includes a cherry blossom and flower petals on her blouse.
- With Goh. She wears white with blue accents, he wears grey with red. She's not interested in Pokémon and has no idea what she plans to do for her future while Goh goes on ahead with his goal to capture Mew. Chloe has a frosty relationship with Ash to the point of indifference but Goh immediately calls Ash his best friend. Also while one of Goh's flaws is that he gives up on new things after they go wrong, Chloe's is that she doesn't even try new things at all and would rather stay stationary than take a step forward. Goh's Fatal Flaw stems from shunting off from human connections (as shown in JN032) while Chloe is more about opening herself to the relationships between humans and Pokemon.
- Chloe is also a foil to Ash: aside from the fact that their first Pokémon is an Electric type, Chloe acts frosty towards Yamper (who is treated more like a pet than a friend) while Ash and Pikachu are best friends. Chloe is shy and withdrawn and doesn't know what to do with her life to the point of never really moving or trying new things (and she doesn't know if she even wants a job revolving around Pokémon) while Ash's goal is to battle Leon again and likes seeing new places and interacting with Pokémon. Chloe also is hesitant to command Yamper to fight whereas Pikachu is ready to go at a moment's notice.
- Green-Eyed Monster:
- Implied to be why she acts frosty to Ash. Considering she was pretty much Goh's only friend growing up, she probably sees Ash as a threat to their friendship because of the two being so alike or because they already have goals in mind while she doesn't. Bonus points for having green eyes as well. Thankfully, she seems to have finally warmed up to Ash and became friends with him as of JN038, where she has no problem with speaking to and hanging out with him.
- She was also jealous of Yamper when she was younger, due to thinking that he would steal away her parents' attention.
- Hates Being Touched: In JN020, Chloe screams in terror when Goh's Nidoran (Male and Female) cuddle her and a Pidgey perches on her shoulder. She appears to be getting over this as of JN029, letting a Pidove her family was taking care of perch on her shoulder without issue, though she still shows some hesistance toward wild Pokemon.
- Hidden Depths:
- JN011 has Goh mentioned that Chloe wasn't so cold towards Pokémon in the past, hinting that something must've happened that caused her viewpoint to become jaded. It's implied that she's jealous of them, given how she hated Yamper for always taking everyone else's attention.
- In JN052, she comes up with an elaborate plan to catch a group of Diglet and their Dugtrio leader that were ravaging Endo's crops.
- I Hate Past Me: Flashbacks of JN029 reveal that Chloe was always jealous of Yamper as a child. In the present, she's more than a little shocked when she realizes how much of a jerk she was back then.
- Informed Attribute: It's stated that she helps her father with his research but aside from JN031 she hasn't been seen actually helping him with anything that involves research at all. This is set to change starting in JN050 as she finally starts joining Ash and Goh on research.
- Ironic Name: Her name is based on "Spring" (Japanese) and "Blooming" (Dub) but she doesn't act all that lively, does she? She does start living up to her name over time, though.
- Doesn't know what to do in life or what interests she likes, yet we see time and time again that she refuses to try things whenever Ash gives her the chance. She gets better, though.
- She's also the only one that Yamper will take food or commands from, even though shes the least enthusiastic about Pokémon in her family.
- Jerkass Realization: Chloe distanced herself from befriending Pokémon and treated the family Yamper with coldness because she got jealous of him when she was younger. Although she did come to respect him during the events of Best Friend... Worst Nightmare!, Chloe still kept her distance around Yamper and other Pokémon. However, in There's a New Kid in Town!, Chloe realized how she badly treated Yamper, after hearing how jealous she was during her childhood and remembering that he rescued her from a group of Venonat, as she decided to treat him better and her bond with him has grown deeper. Since then, Chloe opened herself back up into befriending and loving Pokémon again.
- Letting Her Hair Down: As shown in Episode 38 when in her pajamas.
- Like Father Unlike Daughter: Despite her dad working as a Pokemon Professor, Chloe has little interest initially in the field, though she slowly grows out of her indifference and eventually gets her own starter and a Rotom Phone.
- Messy Hair: Is shown to have incredibly messy hair upon waking up and requires a fair bit of tune-up for it to resemble her usual style. She is quite embarrassed about this as shown when she reads a magazine and finds her mom drew an illustration of her with said bed head.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In There's a New Kid in Town! as a young girl, she got angry at Yamper stealing everyone's attention so she wished for him to go away. She soon realized her mistake and went out to find him again, was menaced by three Venonat in a dark playground, and burst into tears as they approached, but then Yamper came out and shooed them away.
- No Last Name Given: Averted. Notably, she's a rare Canon Foreigner made for the anime with an actual last name.
- Not So Different: Chloe and Goh avoid making friends, Pokémon and humans respectively, when something happen to them in their past. However, Chloe and Goh realized that distancing themselves from connections would only make things worse for them. Through this realization, Chloe and Goh overcame their past as they open themselves up in making connections.
- Noodle Incident: She was not so indifferent to Pokémon in the past, implying that something caused her to act the way she is today. It may or may not have to do with being jealous of Yamper.
- Only Friend: To Goh before Ash entered the scene.
- OOC Is Serious Business: In JN011, when her mother states that she won't get up early to brush her hair...she jumps up and starts yelling frantically showing a rare loss of composure. She even blushes cutely when her mother laughs at the trick used to make her get up.
- Out of Focus: Is considered the tritagonist of this series, but she doesn't even join Ash and Goh in their adventures (because she goes to school and she constantly shoots down any attempt to join them) nor get a focus episode until JN011 and even then she's sidelined for Ash and Goh's travels. She starts coming out of this by JN029, as she's getting some focus again before fading into the background. As of JN049, she becomes a Pokémon Trainer and gets a Rotom Phone.
- Pink Is Feminine: She has a lot of pink on her. She sleeps in a pink nightgown, her clothes outside her school uniform are pink, and a flashback of her as a child has her a pink dress. Her cellphone, and later Rotom Phone, are also pink. In JN050, she gains a pink blouse and matching pink shoes.
- School Uniforms Are the New Black: Wears her school's uniform as her main apparel due to her appearances occurring after school, though the design is rather stylized allowing her to stand out. It's notable that her focus episodes starting from JN029 have her wearing something else other than the uniform to symbolize her Character Development.
- Shipper on Deck: Seems to be this for Chrysa and her friend when she learns a lot about them. Sadly it doesn't work in her favor when she reunites them.
- Shrinking Violet: Hinted at. While she is comfortable around Goh and some of her school friends, she seems to freeze up when Ash tries to talk to her or when he asks her to join him and Goh. She also is not present during the opening ceremony of her father's research institute where there is a crowd of people. JN011 expands that it's not people she's uncomfortable with, it's the notion that everyone assumes that she's going to become a Pokémon professor like her father or that she actually likes Pokémon and being that good of a fighter. She gradually grows out of it and in JN049, she officially becomes a Pokémon Trainer.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: JN050 gives her a brand new outfit to signify that she's now a Pokémon Trainer.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She clearly gets her looks from her mother.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Her focus episodes show that she can be very sweet when she wants to, despite being aloof by default. She later becomes more sweet than frosty.
- Symbol Motif Clothing: Her school uniform has anchors on it which represent how she's very stationary with her life and doesn't really try to open up her surroundings. Fittingly she lives in Vermillion City, home of the S.S. Anne which states how she's stuck in her comfort zone and refuses to grow or go on an adventure. Starting with JN050, she wears a pink shirt with cherry blossoms on it, both befitting her namesake and that she's on the path to blossoming and discovering who she truly wants to be.
- Theme Naming: In the English version, following her father's name, "Chloe" means "blossoming" (or "fertility") in Greek. Coupled with Cerise, putting their names together can get you "cherry blossom."
- Took a Level in Badass:
- In JN029, she easily defeats a wild Fearow using her Yamper in order to protect Pidove without relying on her father to tell her what to do.
- In JN049 she fights Team Rocket and their Pelipper — their gacha machine isn't working, Ash and Pikachu are in a pit and Sobble and Cinderace are captured — with Yamper and Eevee (via Copycat) using a double Spark attack.
- In JN063, she goes out of her way to protect Goh's Dewgong from an angry wild Huntail and manages to defeat it when Eevee uses Hydro Pump via Copycat.
- Took a Level in Cheerfulness: In the end of JN051, she stopped shyly walking behind Ash and Goh and started running right past them and is a lot more cheerful than ever, showing her development into a Pokémon Trainer.
- Took a Level in Kindness:
- In JN029, she takes care of an injured Pidove and even manages to mend her relationship with her Yamper. At the end of the episode, she has learned to appreciate Pokémon more just like the rest of her family.
- In JN031, she willingly goes out of her way to help Jinny learn how to swim and prepare for the Friendship Contest alongside Ash, Goh and Parker. By the end of the episode, she has come to really love Pokemon.
- In JN038, she's no longer so cold towards Ash and has managed to form a friendship with him.
- By JN046, Chloe is much more used to being in the lab and joining in on conversations about Pokémon, to the point that she was almost late for school because of it. Three episodes later, she's now opened her heart to having Eevee as her starter.
- Tsundere: Towards her family's Yamper. Despite being the most outwardly cold towards Yamper out of her family, it has been established that they do have a strong bond, with Yamper only choosing to accept commands and food from her.
- What the Hell, Hero?: It wasnt shown onscreen, but at the end of JN030, it was mentioned by Ash that she had let him have it for unintentionally neglecting Pikachu in favor of Riolu, presumably since the situation had reminded her of what she went through with Yamper.
The Cerise family pet, originally a gift from a friend in the Galar region. Although not officially Chloe's first Pokémon, he's very loyal to her and only accepts commands from her.
- Angry Guard Dog: Towards Ash, at least in the beginning, but he does mellow out. Is more prudent towards enemies such as a wild Gengar who terrorized the Cerise Institute.
- Badass Adorable: He's willing to take on a rogue Gengar and finally knocks it out of the Cerise Institute once Chloe commands him to attack, one-shots a Fearow, and is quick to go into battle against Team Rocket without a sweat.
- Character Development: In JN029, it grew jealous of the Pidove that Chloe was taking care of. Twenty episodes later, he becomes a big brother to Eevee and leads her to Chloe for help, along with being happy that she's now Chloe's partner.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To Lillie's Vulpix, Snowy. While both Yamper and Snowy are loyal to their trainers, Chloe is known to act cold towards the corgi — even becoming jealous of him when she was little — and hesitates to command him to unleash a simple Spark. Meanwhile, when Lillie and Snowy are caught in danger, Lillie is quick to have Snowy attack with Powder Snow to defend itself and even go so far as to jump from a side of a building to save it. Yamper was a gift originally given to Professor Cerise while Snowy was an egg given to Lillie to raise.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: On the giving end. He manages to take out a Fearow on Chloe's command with just Spark when they are protecting an injured Pidove.
- Downplayed against Team Rocket and Pelipper. While his first Spark attack did't work, he ends up combining power with Eevee — using Copycat — to strike back.
- Foil: To Ash's Pikachu. Both are Electrical types, with Pikachu acting friendly towards everyone and is an experienced battler. Yamper, in the meantime, is closest only to Chloe to the point of being loyal only to her and has no battle experience at all. Chloe treats Yamper more like a pet, which is the nicest way to put it, while Pikachu and Ash are best friends. Pikachu was Ash's stater Pokémon whereas Yamper was gifted to the Cerise family.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Was this towards a Pidove that Chloe was taking care of. Ironically, he was acting very similar to his trainer in the past. It's known to be quite an interesting character strength as Professor Cerise explains that it shows how close he is with Chloe.
- Heroic Dog: Attacks Gengar in order to protect Chloe and is quick to fight off foes ranging from a wild Fearow to Team Rocket.
- Irony: The member of the Cerise family he's closest to is Chloe...the sole member of the family who wants little to do with Pokémon and can be quite cold towards him. She does eventually warm up to him, though.
- It Was a Gift: As revealed in JN029, Yamper was originally given to Professor Cerise by a friend of his living in the Galar region.
- The Nose Knows: JN059 has him using his sense of smell to track down a lost Grookey's trainer.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: A corgi who has a very strong Spark attack, capable of one-shotting a Fearow and strong enough that when, combined with Eevee's Copycat, can knock a Hydro-Pump attacking Pelipper out of the sky.
- Precious Puppy: A cute, corgi-like Pokémon.
- Shock and Awe: It's an Electric-type with its only move being Spark.
- Small Role, Big Impact:
- The journey to go to Alola in JN037 wouldn't have happened if Yamper didn't find a Leaf Stone for Goh to use on Execcute to evolve into Exeggutor and Ash comparing it to the Exeggutor in Alola.
- Had Yamper not deviated from his walk in JN049, he wouldn't have bumped into Eevee then subsequently led to them hiding in Chloe's school and Eevee bonding with her.
- Undying Loyalty: To Chloe, who ironically acts the coldest towards him among her family. So much so that he doesn't battle and accept a command unless Chloe, and only Chloe, tells him to. JN029 reveals that this is because after Chloe wished that he disappeared, she realized her mistake and went back to find him, thus Yamper repaid this kindness by sleeping in her bed and only eating food given by her.
- Episode 59 shows it is also loyal and willing to obey Goh to whenever he is in need of his assistance.
A female Eevee from a nearby lab who is unable to evolve. After following alongside Yamper and ending up in Chloe's school, she helps fight off Team Rocket and subsequently becomes Chloe's first official captured Pokémon.
- Ambiguous Situation: The reason for her inability to evolve is left vague. She seems unable to evolve at all, but one of the scientists studying her proposes that she actually holding back because she hasn't decided what she wants to be yet - a parallel to Chloe herself not able to choose a path in life.
- Badass Adorable: A fluffy little 'mon with the Copycat move capable of knocking Pelipper out of the sky once she copies Spark.
- Big Brother Worship: Idolized Yamper to the point that she wanted to fight alongside him with Copycat to mimic his Spark against Team Rocker's Pelipper (their gacha machine wasn't working at the time).
- Comically Missing the Point: She stands up on her hind legs trying to lay down for a belly rub. Naturally, she falls over and Chloe asks her what she was trying to do.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To the Eevee owned by May, Serena and Lana. She wasn't born in an egg nor found in the wild, can't evolve like May and Serena's did, and she isn't given a nickname — or haircut — like Lana's.
- Serena's Eevee was shy and bashful, but had a love of performing; Chloe's Eevee is really eager in trying to be like other Eevee, imitating them as much as she can, and is willing to battle alongside Yamper.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Wants to grow big and strong like the other Eevee, but just can't and is struggling to figure out what to do. This mimics Chloe who is also trying to find what she wants to do in life.
- Dream-Crushing Handicap: Wants to evolve like her fellow Eevee, but for some odd reason just can't evolve at all.
- Establishing Character Moment: Tries imitating Sylveon and Vaporeon's movements but it's only when we see her not evolving when touching Evolution Stones that we learn that she can't truly become them.
- Foil: To Ash's Pikachu. They're both starters to a trainer who don't evolvenote who became official Pokémon partners after they used an electrical attack on a Flying-type (Pikachu against the Spearow flock, Eevee against Team Rocket's Pelipper). Pikachu starts with Electric moves, while Eevee can only duplicate them via Copycat.
- I Choose to Stay: Decides to stay with Chloe at the end of her debut episode and becomes Chloe's starter Pokémon.
- Irony: Eevee are well-known for being able to evolve into different forms. This one can't.
- Mythology Gag: Appears to be a reference to the Partner Eevee from Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu! and Let's Go Eevee!, who also couldn't evolve.
- Never Grew Up: Unlike the other Eevee at the lab, she can't evolve no matter what stone she touches.
- Not Growing Up Sucks: Due to her inablity to evolve, she tries to imitate the behavior of other Pokémon such as the other Eeveelutions at the lab or Yamper.
- Personality Powers: She tries imitating the characteristics of other Pokémon and she has Copycat to copy their moves.
- Power Copying: She knows Copycat.
- Recurring Element: This isn't the first time an Eevee is a Pokémon of one of Ash's female companions.
- Secondary Sexual Characteristics: Has the female's tail markings that form into a heart depending on the angle.
One of Professor Cerise's assistants.
- Cool Big Sis: As shown in JN057, she serves as this to Chloe.
- A Day in the Limelight: Episode 57 is all about her.
- Hidden Depths:
- Mentioned in JN029 that she had a little sister that she used to be jealous of.
- In JN047 she's shown to be very enthusiastic and excited at a food-eating contest and is the one spouting exposition to Chloe.
- In JN057, it's shown her favorite Pokemon is Psyduck since it's the Pokemon her friend has that comforted her when she was upset.
- Hot Scientist: She is a rather attractive woman.
- Not So Stoic: Despite mostly being rather calm, she showcases great enthusiasm toward the Pokemon Eating Contest.
- Satellite Character: Downplayed. She's one of Prof. Cerise's assistants and that is what we know about her. However, in JN047 she demonstrates a fiery passion and a lot of knowledge of the competition, as well as being quite a big fan of a Blaziken and his trainer who often participate in the competition. We see more characterization from her in JN057
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: She is just as prone to calamities caused by Ash and Goh's Pokemon as Professor Cerise and Ren are.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has navy hair.
One of Professor Cerise's assistants.
- Lovable Coward: He has a fear of Ghost Pokémon in general.
- Mundane Utility: He uses his Magnemite to jumpstart a breaker in the lab.
- Nerd Glasses: He has red-framed glasses and is one of Cerise's assistants.
- Satellite Character: Downplayed. Hes Prof. Cerise's assistant and appears to have known his family since Chole was younger, but outside of having a Magnemite and being a Lovable Coward, theres not much else known about him.
- Goh mentions that Ren helps him study with schoolwork in JN049.
- Shock and Awe: Owns a Magnemite nicknamed Françoise, an Electric/Steel-type.
Goh and Chloe's Families
- Meaningful Name: His Japanese name means "to go", tying into his son's name. His English name means to walk.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Averted. Goh's parents both have jobs (at the same company, no less), but they do both love their son and are disappointed when their work prevents them from seeing him and how they're worried that Goh is incapable of making friends (due to him being constantly on his computer screens to research Mew's location). And hey, at least Goh has a father in his life as opposed to...pretty much every other protagonist in the franchise not named May/Brendan.
- Brick Joke: In an earlier episode she's shown drawing a cartoonish image of Chloe and Yamper, which she later publishes as a commission for a magazine much to Chloe's chargrin.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To Grace. Grace was tomboyish and all about constantly pushing her daughter to become a Rhyhorn racer and only relented after Serena stood up for herself. Meanwhile, Talia's desires are about being an artist and she comforts her daughter by stating Chloe doesn't have to rush into finding a career as long as she finds something that she likes.
- Good Parents: Comes to deliver Chloe her lunch and gives her advice about not needing to have to grow up so fast or have a fixed career so early.
- Happily Married: To Prof. Cerise.
- Meaningful Name: Her dub name means "to bloom" which is what she helps Chloe (whose name means "Blossom") to do.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Basically looks like an adult version of her daughter, even displayed further in a flashback where she is basically Chloe as a teen with glasses.
- Theme Naming: Talia can be translated as "To bloom" in Greek, which relates to her husband and daughter's names.
Chloe's younger brother and the son of Professor Cerise and Talia.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Averted. For the most part, he and Chloe get along fine, and he's more than comfortable to go to her for advice when his friend is bullied.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: If Chloe is the opposite of May, then he's the opposite of Max. While both of them are curious to know about Pokémon, Max already knows a lot about it whereas Parker is a newbie. Max was an Annoying Younger Sibling to May, always making snarky remarks at her expense, while Parker gets along with his sister.
- Foil: To his sister. He's curious and excited to know all about Pokémon, while Chloe would (initially) rather stay away from them.
- Odd Name Out: Parker's name means "Park keeper" which differentiates him from the names of his family members that happen to do with flowers.