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Galar League Challenge

    Leon (Dande)
Voiced in Japanese by: Daisuke Ono
Voiced in English by: Alejandro Saab
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Alejandro Orozco

The Champion of the Galar League, who eventually becomes the Monarch of the World Coronation Series.

  • The Ace: He becomes this for the entire world after defeating Lance in the Pokémon World Championships Finals, gaining the title of Monarch after a hard-fought battle.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the games, Leon has never lost an official battle throughout his career, but he's still only the Champion of the Galar region and is never shown battling other Champions (though Raihan is noted to be on the level of some Champions). However, during his debut in the anime, Leon defeats Lance (the Champion of the Indigo League) in the final round of the Pokémon World Championships and gains the title of Monarch - being the first trainer in the series' 20-year history to be implicitly referred to as the strongest trainer in the world.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Is shown to be warier of Chairman Rose and notices suspicious intent in some of his words. When given the chance, he arranges to stay at the mines, secretly investigating Rose behind his back.
  • Always Someone Better: As the World Champion, he's this to every single trainer on the planet. He defeats both Lance and Ash — the Champions of the Kanto and Alola Regions, respectively — in battle, and just like the games, is envied by Raihan for his undefeated record.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Leon was able to figure out quickly that Ash defeated Chairman Rose just by noticing his Riolu had evolved into Lucario.
  • Beneath the Mask: Sonia tells Goh that Leon is nothing like his public image, and didn't have many friends as a kid.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Despite only interacting with Ash and Goh a few times, he's shown a general fondness for both of them, and didn't hesitate to shield both of them from Eternatus and telling them to run to safety, even if it meant leaving him behind.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Ash as shown in JN100 where they can both be very excitable when it comes to playing with Pokemon and seemingly reckless activities. The training montage shows just how alike they really are.
  • Blow You Away: His Charizard knows Air Slash, which gets upgraded to a Max Move when Gigantamaxed.
  • The Cameo: Makes a slight appearance in JN077 where he was shown to be watching Ash and Volkner's Coronation battle.
  • Cavalier Competitor: While he always battles to win, Leon firmly believes that having fun along the way is what really makes you a winner.
  • Challenge Seeker: Although he's never lost a Pokémon battle, he is not arrogant about this fact. In fact, it was a source of angst for him, as it made him worry that he'd already reached his limit and could never grow any stronger. Being helpless against Eternatus showed him that there are still things stronger than him out there, and that he can still improve.
  • Childhood Friends: With Sonia as shown in JN043.
  • Competition Freak: He feels that battles are no fun unless the trainers take them and the stakes seriously. Leon also asks Ash if he can put more entertainment value for his audience into his battles as well.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Leon and Charizard switch up their movesets frequently depending on the opponent they are battling, going through as many different moves in forty-two episodes as Cynthia's Garchomp did in the entirety of Diamond and Pearl (191, plus the Best Wishes episodes they appeared in, and this is not including Charizard's Max Moves). This allows them to cover not only a wide range of types (we've seen Charizard use Fire, Flying, Electric, Dragon, Ground, Fighting, and Rock-type moves) but also techniques ranging from long range combat moves to close quarters combat to moves to limit their opponent's movements.
  • Cool Car: Drives a van that resembles Charizard in the third version of the opening.
    • His car makes an official appearance in the series in JN100.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: On the giving end of one during his match against Ash; Ash and Pikachu's inexperience with Dynamax aside, they hold their own reasonably well, enduring and landing several attacks, but ultimately Leon wins without ever seriously being pushed to his limits. While this is rather impressive considering Leon explicitly didn't hold back, it still goes to show that even as a Champion Ash still has room for improvement if he truly wants to be the very best.
  • A Day in the Limelight: He gets just as much focus as Ash in JN100 after he invites Ash to join him with his training.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His Charizard uses Dig, a Ground-type move. It also uses Rock Tomb and Ancient Power, two Rock-type moves.
  • Dragon Tamer:
    • Having the part dragon type Dragapult in his team that knows Dragon Darts.
    • As of JN127, he becomes the new trainer of Eternatus after Goh entrusts and gives it to him to take care of.
  • Dragon Rider: In JN100, he's riding his Dragapult during training alongside Ash.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Subverted. He's implied to be a reckless driver during the 3rd opening, where it shows him driving through Galar with Ash, Goh, and Chloe. However, in the actual series, he's shown to be a much safer driver compared to Sonia in JN100.
  • Fantastic Rank System: He's No.1 of the world's strongest 8 in the Master Class of trainers. The Championships Tournament is for those 8 only. Goh warns Ash it's no cakewalk to get into that category. The ranking system is based on an individual trainer's win-to-lose ratio. Ash can't advance if he loses too many battles. Leon swiftly shot up to this top-tier Master Class because he's never lost an official battle.
  • Fluffy Tamer: JN127 reveals that Leon has managed to tame Eternatus, prompting Goh to officially leave it in his care.
  • Green Thumb: He owns a Rillaboom that he can Gigantamax.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: While his Charizard is famous for its powerful Gigantamax form, he and Leon do not need it. Both Flint and Alain had their aces defeated by base form Charizard, allowing Leon some flexibility in his tactics.
  • Manchild: Seemingly appears this way during his training with Ash in JN100 where he's shown to have a much more playful attitude and making it as fun as possible. Sonia even refers to him as a big kid, which causes Goh to compare him to Ash in the interaction.
  • Mr. Exposition: He plays this role in JN085 when he explains to everyone why Ash's Lucario refuses to Mega Evolve when trapped by Bea’s Machamp, since Ash’s bond with Lucario was so strong, it caused him to worry too much about him, leading to an hasty attempt to Mega Evolve even through Lucario was capable of breaking free, thus making Lucario refuse the Mega Evolution, break free from Machamp, and preventing Ash from making critical misplay that would most likely cost him the battle, all as an sign that their Mega Evolution should be saved until they truly needed.
  • Mythology Gag: His opening dialogue when about to start his battle against Lance is an exact match to what he says when he prepares to battle the player in-game.
    • The jacket he wears in the childhood flashback is identical to the one Hop wears in the games.
  • Nice Guy: Since Ash's Pikachu spontaneously Gigantamaxes without any instruction (which could be dangerous in the wrong circumstance) he gives the boy a Dynamax Band to control the power better, and tells him to keep it after their friendly match. Leon also gives an Oran Berry to restore the defeated Pikachu's health.
    • Ever since Ash joined the World Coronation Series, he has been heavily implied to be rooting for Ash in each of his matches (as shown with his matches against Bea, Raihan, and Cynthia).
  • No Sense of Direction:
    • Just like his in game counterpart. Played with in the 3rd opening where it shows him constantly reading a map while Ash, Goh and Chloe and their Pokemon are enjoying the sights.
    • This is properly shown in JN082 where he quickly gets lost heading back to the Stadium after playing with the Fairy-type Pokemon.
    • In JN085, he apologizes for being late for Ash and Bea's battle because he ended up getting lost again.
    • Once again shown in JN100 where he manages to get lost driving himself and Ash to the training area, only for him to pull over and have them ride Charizard the rest of the way. His tendency of getting lost is also brought up by Sonia when Goh tells her of their training together.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: He falls asleep under a bush outside of Hammerlocke so he can make sure he is early to the battle against Ash and Raihan.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: In JN042, it is confirmed he has Dragapult in this continuity which uses Dragon Darts and Dragon Rush. His Charizard also uses Dragon Pulse.
  • Promoted to Opening Titles: From the second opening onwards, he appears in the opening for each season in some form, serving as Ash's main rival for the series.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: As shown in JN082 where he's wearing an apron and participating in Opal's tournament along with Raihan, Ash, Goh and Chloe.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He is shown to be a calm and collected Blue Oni during competitions compared to Raihan's more more fired up and competitive Red Oni. On top of that, he is quick to form a close friendship with Ash while Raihan takes a while to fully warm up to him.
  • The Rival: Ash decides to enter the Pokémon World Championships in order to face Leon again after losing to him during a friendly 1-On-1 battle.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Along with Lance, Steven, Diantha, and Cynthia he is one of the champions we seen on-screen that take proactive measures against wide-scale threats.
  • Shock and Awe: Charizard knows Thunder Punch, and gains access to its corresponding Max Move when it Gigantamaxes. This allows it to stand against Lance's Gyarados during an Aqua Tail barrage, and land a devastating blow near the end of the battle.
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: His Charizard knows Air Slash which usually is one of his most used moves.
  • World's Best Warrior: Leon's the No. 1 Pokémon trainer. And he's never lost a battle since winning the Galar League at 10.
  • World's Strongest Man: Since Charizard is Leon's strongest Pokémon and Leon is the best trainer in the world, Charizard has a reasonable claim to being the strongest trainer-owned Pokémon in the world. Even after being deprived of Gigantamaxing, it still manages to gain the upper hand against Eternatus and only loses the ability to fight back after it goes full One-Winged Angel. It's also strong enough to KO Alain's Mega Charizard X with a single Dragon Pulse.
  • Worthy Opponent: He is shown numerous times to view Ash this way (ever since their first encounter in JN013) as both Chairman Rose and Raihan point out how Leon speaks very highly about him and his skills as a trainer. There are even numerous hints he's expecting Ash to make it to the Master Rank and is looking forward to their battle together.

    Raihan (Kibana)
Voiced in Japanese by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
Voiced in English by: Danny Kramer
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Abraham Vega

The Hammerlocke Gym Leader and Leon's rival.

  • Adaptational Badass: The 8th Gym Leader in the games of Sword and Shield. Here, he's one of the 5 that's confirmed to be Top 8 (along with Leon, Lance, Cynthia, and Flint; the other 3 have yet to be revealed) of the Pokémon World Championships. (That said, it has been suggested in the games that he could easily become the Champion of a region other than Galar if he wanted to.) Even after losing his spot in the Masters Eight to Ash, he's still ranked 9th, higher than Flint and Drasna, who are implied to be the strongest Elite Four members in their respective regions.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the anime, he fights off Oleana's subordinates to protect Sonia during the darkest day in contract to his game counterpart where he simply evacuates the gym like the other gym leaders.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Downplayed, but he does have some Sore Loser tendencies, especially when it comes to beating Leon, traits that were never shown in his game counterpart. He's also rather standoffish towards Ash at first, though he warms up to him after their battle.
  • The Cameo: Makes a slight appearance in JN077 where he was shown to be watching Ash and Volkner's Coronation battle.
  • The Casanova: He tends to act very flirtatious when it comes to "beautiful women" as shown with his interactions towards Sonia.
  • Character Development: Gets over his Sore Loser tendencies after Ash proclaims his intention to defeat Leon (before he had assumed Ash wasn't taking the whole thing seriously), even congratulating him after their match. Instead, he settles for beating Leon AND Ash one day, and tells him not to lose.
  • Competition Freak: He's shown to be more of one than Leon when it comes to competition. Not only is he focused on beating Leon in the World Coronation Series, he gets highly competitive in Opal's All-Alcremie Decoration Challenge during JN082 (despite initially having no interest in competing in it).
  • Dare to Be Badass: One of the main reasons that he doesn't quite take to Ash is because he feels like Ash only wants to battle Leon for the sake of it, rather than actually try to defeat him. His respect for Ash goes up immensely during their battle when Ash makes it clear that, even though he highly respects Leon, he does want to dethrone him as well.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After losing his World Coronation Series match against Ash, he finally warms up to the young trainer, acting more friendly towards him and inviting him for a selfie to commemorate their match together.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His Duruladon knows Stone Edge.
    • He's also revealed to have a Flygon, a part Ground Type that knows Sandstorm.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: His Pokémon is Duraludon which is part steel type which knows Metal Claw, Iron Defense and Steel Beam.
  • Dragon Tamer: He specialises in Dragon Types and unlike his In-game counterpart, is seen using only Dragon Types.
  • Graceful Loser: Takes his loss to Ash rather well, even taking a selfie with him afterwards. Doubly so considering with that he's lost his spot in the Masters Eight, and with it the chance to dethrone Leon - although he does promise to defeat both him and Ash one day.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He shows signs of this towards Ash and his friendship/rivalry with Leon, seeing him as serious competition.
  • Making a Splash: Is revealed to own a Goodra that knows Surf and Hydro Pump.
  • Not so Above It All: Despite his jealousy towards Ash, he can't help but be impressed with his and Pikachu's batting against Opal. On top of that, even he enjoys Ash's cake after losing to him in Opal's compatition.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He entered the current season of the World Coronation Series and worked his way up to the Master Class for the sole purpose of defeating Leon. The idea of anyone else (such as Ash) potentially beating him to punch seems to frustrate him a bit. He extends this sentiment to Ash as well after losing to him, telling him not to lose to anyone else before he can defeat both him and Leon.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: As shown in JN082 where he's wearing an apron and participating in Opal's tournament along with Leon, Ash, Goh and Chloe.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He is shown to be a more fired up and aggressive Competition Freak Red Oni in contrast to Leon's more calm and focused Blue Oni. On top of that, he takes a while to fully warm up to Ash while Leon is quick to become good friends with him.
  • Selfie Fiend: Much like his in game counterpart, he takes selfies to commemorate moments of his life, including his first defeat against Leon, meeting his Alcremie partner, and his defeat against Ash..
  • Ship Tease: With Sonia. His interactions with her tend to be quite flirtatious and after defeating Oleana's subordinates, he winks at her. On top of that, he planned to ask her on a date if it weren't for their situation. In the Japanese version, he calls her "babe" but in the English dub, he calls her "lovely lady".
  • Shock and Awe: His Goodra knows Thunder.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: He loses to Ash in the final promotion match of the season, dropping him down to 9th and out of hte Masters Eight meaning he's lost his chance for a rematch with Leon for the season. He takes it pretty well, though, and makes it clear that he hasn't given up on defeating both Leon and Ash one day.
  • Sore Loser: Downplayed. While he congratulates Leon for defeating him in JN027, it's shown in JN108 that he was extremely frustrated with the loss afterward, even punching a hole in the wall. To a lesser extent, he's also slightly annoyed about losing to Ash in the All-Alcremie Decoration Challenge during JN082 (in contrast to Leon's Graceful Loser).
  • Weather Manipulation: He's called the "Dragon Storm" and the announcer makes note that his strategy is controlling the weather to steer the battlefield in his favor; his Flygon and Goodra use Sandstorm and Rain Dance respectively to gain the advantage against Ash's Pokemon.

    Bea (Saito)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yōko Hikasa
Voiced in English by: Tiana Camacho
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Alicia Vélez

The Stow-On-Side Gym Leader who serves as one of Ash's main rivals throughout the series.

  • Adaptational Jerkass: Compared to her original game incarnation, this version of Bea debuts as an Arrogant Kung-Fu Girl. After Ash mentions his past victory over fellow Fighting-Type Gym Leader Korrina, Bea calls her soft and overconfident.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Korrina refers to her as Saito-chan. In the English dub, she calls her Bea-bee.
  • Always Someone Better: Her Hawlucha manages to get the better of Ash's Farfetch'd/Sirfetch'd in both of their battles, although Sirfetch'd does put up a much better fight the second time.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Her Pangoro's scuffle with Korrina's Lucario in 84, shown with Ash's own scuffling with Grapploct, implies that Pangoro had battled in Bea's battle with Korrina, but this is not said outright.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Girl: In her first appearance, she dismisses Korrina as "too soft", which triggers Ash's temper. She also doesn't even speak to Ash once she beats him or even offers him a handshake, she simply walks away without a word as he tends to his fallen Riolu.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: She is the Fighting type Gym Leader and a master of the Galar Karate.
  • Blow You Away: Her Hawlucha is part Flying type, allowing her to counter other Fighting types and uses Flying-type moves including Sky Attack.
  • Breaking Old Trends:
    • Bea is Ash's first major female rival. The only previous female rival of his was Bianca, who was a minor rival.
    • She's the first rival in the anime to be a Gym Leader, as Ash is not participating in a traditional Gym quest in this series.
    • She's the first major rival that Ash settled the score with midway through his current journey. Gary, Paul, Trip, Sawyernote , and Gladion were all defeated near the end of their respective journeys (with Alain notably not being defeated at all), while Bea was defeated by episode 86 during Ash's second Ultra Class battle.
  • Brutal Honesty: Even if she is friends with someone, she does not mince words on what she thinks of them or their fighting style, particularly when she harshly refers to Korrina as being overconfident and soft.
  • The Cameo: Makes a slight appearance in JN077 where she was shown to be watching Ash and Volkner's Coronation battle.
  • The Comically Serious: Even when she's friendly towards someone, her brutal honesty doesn't go away. It just usually manifests in this manner.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After being defeated in their third battle, she stops calling Ash the "Lucario Trainer" and starts using his real name instead, and states that he can refer to her without honorifics as well.
  • Demoted to Extra: Her in-game ace, Machamp, only appears for Bea's third battle after cameoing in a photograph. Grapploct is her main Pokemon in her first matches with Ash and appears in the third battle. However, as stated by Korrina, Machamp is still her one true ace.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: As typical with Fighting Type Gym Leaders Bea is frequently seen barefooted.
  • Hey, You!: She refers to Ash as the "Riolu Trainer" rather than his name, even after acknowledging him as her rival. When Ash later reveals to her that his Riolu has evolved, she simply adapts to calling him the "Lucario Trainer" instead, much to his chagrin. After losing to him in their third battle, she finally begins to refer to him by name, having fully recognized his strength.
  • Innocently Insensitive: For the ones who aren't close enough of her, Bea's aloof and blunt personality can pass her as arrogant and condescending, coupled with her harsh honesty. She's actually friendly, if stern.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Or daughter in this case. Episode 39 reveals her attitude, battling skill and martial arts technique comes from her father who was a Dojo Master in Galar.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • All of her Pokemon we see in her team in JN085 are ones she uses in game.
    • In JN092 she's wearing her casual/school outfit from her concept artwork.
  • No-Sell: During their first battle, Ash's improvisations don't work on her at all; he sees much greater success during their second battle when he wisens up to her style and is able to force a draw and in their third battle where he ends up triumphing.
  • Not So Stoic: She loosens up significantly when sweets are involved.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Downplayed. She has a pink Rotom Phone but isn't particularly feminine outside of her love for sweets.
  • Remember the New Guy?: When we see a photo of her team in her debut, it notably doesn't include the Falinks we see before Bea's third battle with Ash.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She is usually seen with a stern-nonsense personality, especially during training and battles. But when she's enjoying sweets with Ash and Goh, she shows a much softer side and even shares her slice of cake with Pikachu and Riolu.
  • The Rival: She shares this role with Leon towards Ash as he vows to rematch her sometime in the World Coronation. After their second battle, she fully acknowledges Ash as a rival, with the two planning to compete to see who can defeat Leon first.
  • Signature Move: Both her Grapploct and Machamp, which seem to be her two Ace Pokemon, are trained in a similar technique in which they use their multiple arms to bind an opponent's Pokemon and then pummel them with the additional limbs while the opponent struggles to escape.
  • Spectacular Spinning: Her Hitmontop knows Gyro Ball.
  • The Stoic: A completely focused and no-nonsense person. Ash's strategies don't even make her flinch during their first battle.
  • Sweet Tooth: Her entire party seems to love sweets. It lets down her guard enough to share some cake with Pikachu and Riolu.
  • Third Time's The Charm: Ash manages to defeat her in their third World Coronation Series match.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In JN085, she's very friendly and welcoming to Ash upon seeing him compared to their last two encounters, offering to train together with him even though they're scheduled to have their Ultra Class match the following day (and they do end up spending a lot of time eating sweets along with Goh, Korrina, and their respective Pokémon). Much to the shock of Ash and Goh, she is also revealed to be close friends with Korrina in spite of her earlier criticism regarding her.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Serves as this for Ash after she defeats him in a Curb-Stomp Battle, showing him that the road to Leon and becoming the Monarch will be an extremely hard task to achieve.
  • When She Smiles: When Ash and Goh are enjoying sweets together they are surprised to see Bea join them and have a genuine smile, followed by a much softer side to her following Ash managing to draw with her in their second fight.
  • Worthy Opponent: She views Ash and his Riolu this way after their second battle ends in a draw, openly praising them for finding a way to combat her Grapploct's Octolock. However, she still refers to Ash as "Riolu's/Lucario's trainer" rather than calling him by his name. After she is defeated by him in their third battle, she finally begins to refer to him by name, with Ash having earned her full respect.

    Opal (Poplar)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yoshino Ohtori
Voiced in English by: Marin Miller
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Yolanda Vidal

The Ballonlea Gym Leader who appeared in JN055

  • Cool Old Lady: An 88 year old gym leader who enjoys challenging people to random contests.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first thing she tells Ash and Goh when she sees them is that they are lacking pink, quite similar to her in-game counterpart when she greets the player character during their Gym Challenge at Ballonlea Stadium.
  • Mythology Gag: The two questions that she asks Ash and Goh are the same ones asked during her gym battle. She also has the same dialogue when they get their two questions wrong.
  • Never Mess with Granny: If you come to one of her tournaments, you cannot leave even if it is a competion you don't want to partake in. She'll stop you, even if you are a top trainer. She can intimidate Raihan, and Leon knows better than to try and escape from her.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: She specializes in Fairy types and owns an Alcremie, as shown in JN082.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Just like her in game counterpart, pink is what she sees in others and also gives Ash, Goh, and their Pokémon pink clothing to wear, much to their dismay (save for Cinderace, who actually likes wearing its new pink outfit).
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Even though Grookey screwed up Goh's chances of winning the bake-off, she just takes it as proof that his Alcremie's off to a great start in her training since her cream was that delicious.
  • The Reveal: At the end, she reveals the real reason she gave them the quiz is to get them to wait patiently for Chloe to return rather than blindly go searching for her.
  • Sweet Tooth: She is shown to really love sweets and desserts to the point she even hosts a bake-off in her Gym, to which she invites Ash, Goh, Chloe, Leon and Raihan to participate in.
  • Wham Line: Her last question was who they think the person behind her is. Turns out the answer was Chloe. This also leads to the real reason behind her quiz for Ash and Goh.

    Allister (Onion)
Voiced in Japanese by: Chiyuki Miura
Voiced in English by: Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: TBA

The other Stow-On-Side Gym Leader who appears in JN091.

  • Big Damn Heroes: He's the one who manages to free Ash from the Spiritomb possession, allowing him to join Goh in calming the angered Pokemon.
  • The Cameo: Makes a small appearance in JN099 where he's watching Ash and Marnie's battle on his Rotom Phone.
  • The Drag-Along: In JN091 after he tells Ash and Goh where to find Max Mushrooms in the woods, Ash grabs his hand and drags him with.
  • Mentor Archetype: Serves as this for Gengar in JN092, where he helps Ash to teach it how to Gigantamax.
  • Shrinking Violet: Much like his game counterpart, he is very timid and tries to hide from people. During his first encounter with Ash, he doesn't say anything and simply runs away.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: He is able to communicate with Ghost types easily and translate what they are saying to others.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Does this to Ash and Goh at the end of JN091. He disappears without them realizing before Ash can return a letter he dropped.
  • Supreme Chef: Is shown to be a very skilled cook, being the one who cooks the Max Soup for Gengar.

    Piers (Nezu)
Voiced in Japanese by: Hiro Shimono
Voiced in English by: TBA
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: TBA

The Spikemuth Gym Leader who appears in JN099.

  • Cool Big Bro: Shown to be this towards his younger sister, Marnie.
  • Cool Bike: He drives a pretty cool motorcycle that's coloured in the same way as his gym. Despite that, he drives it quite slowly and carefully, believing in Safety First.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He is the Dark Type Gym Leader and can seem a quite aloof kind of guy, but he is shown to have a friendly side, willing to give Ash a ride to the stadium so he can challenge Marnie.
  • Green Thumb: He owns a Rillaboom.
  • Mythology Gag: His group of Pokemon are the ones from the band in the Sword and Shield game.
  • Shock and Awe: He owns two Toxtricity (Both Amped and Low-Key forms), and one knows Thunderbolt.


Galar Villains

    Chairman Rose
Voiced in Japanese by: Kenichiro Matsuda
Voiced in English by: Barron Bass
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: José Gilberto Vilchis

The Chairman of the Galar Region who serves as the Arc Villain when the anime gets around to adapting the Darkest Day storyline. The arc revolves around Rose's plan to unleash Eternatus upon Galar in an attempt to resolve the region's Dynamax energy crisis.

  • Adaptation Expansion: The anime reveals that his father worked in the mines, but died in an accident. This drove him towards finding alternative forms of energy, in order to keep others from going through what he did.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Whereas in the games he was a Graceful Loser who still acted cordial to the player before going on the face Eternatus, here, Rose is much more easily excitable and freaked out. Zacian and Zamazenta damaging Eternamax Eternatus rattles him so much that he even pulls off a villanous Nightmare Face.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Not to the extreme, since Rose is still a sympathetic character who's doing what he's doing for the future of Galar (which is rooted in childhood trauma, no less), but the anime's interpretation makes it clear he's The Unfettered in regards to Galar's people, not caring in the slightest if people or Pokémon end up hurt if it means his goal will still be achieved. He is even willing to attack Ash directly with his Pokémon.
  • Anti-Villain: Just like his game counterpart, but somewhat less Anti and more Villain in this case.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: When Zacian and Zamazenta start to turn the tide, Rose desperately calls for Eternatus to "shape up". Seconds later, Eternatus fires blasts of energy in all directions. One of the blasts clips Rose's helicopter, forcing him and Oleana to flee.
  • The Cameo: He makes a slight appearance in JN027 as his debut episode.
  • Demoted to Extra: The Big Bad in Pokémon Sword and Shield, in the anime though he's an Arc Villain for the Darkest Day 4-episode subplot.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Like in the games, his Pokémon team consists of Steel-types.
  • Karma Houdini: Unlike in the games, he and Oleana escape and are on the loose at the end of the Darkest Day arc.
  • Obviously Evil: Due to his Arc Villain status, he's suspected as being shadier than he lets on by Leon very quickly, and even Pikachu started to make faces the moment he met Ash.
  • Pet the Dog: After his Pokémon are defeated by Ash, he frantically rushes to their side and asks if they are all right, showing that he cares deeply for his team.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He deeply loves the region of Galar, in spite of his methods. After his father died in a mining accident and vowing no one should have to suffer the loss he had, he wants people to turn away from fossil fuels and harness the might of Eternatus instead. Oblivious to the fact that, no one can control the extraterrestrial giant-creating Pokémon.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He orders two of his Pokémon to attack Ash directly during their battle. It's also shown with Ash's Riolu, a Baby Pokémon. Riolu blocks Ferrothorn and Copperajah's double Power Whip to protect Ash and Pikachu, nearly getting crushed and putting its own life in danger in the process, and Rose then orders them to finish it off, much to Ash's panic. If Riolu didn't evolve into Lucario right in that moment, it could have been over for the young Pokémon.

Voiced in Japanese by: Atsuko Yuya
Voiced in English by: Jennifer Losi
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Connie Madera

Chairman Rose's secretary who makes her first appearance in JN042 alongside him.

  • Adaptational Villainy: She fully supports Rose's scheme with Eternatus and does not reconsider changing her mind once it goes on a rampage, whereas in the games she became concerned about it and Rose's well-being when things were starting to look too dire. Going so far as to allegedly give away her Garbodor to a random subordinate only implies she's less human than implied in the games.
  • Death Glare: Gives a very serious one to Ash and Pikachu for declining Rose's offer. Even Chairman Rose could feel it from behind him.
  • Demoted to Extra: Her Garbordor only appears in two episodes but under the ownership of her subordinate, Her only known Pokemon she uses is Milotic to battle against Goh.
  • Karma Houdini: Unlike in the games, she and Rose escape and are on the loose at the end of the Darkest Day arc.
  • Little "No": Her response after being defeated by Goh after their battle.
  • Making a Splash: Her only known Pokemon is Milotic that knows Water Pulse and Aqua Tail.
  • Not So Stoic: Normally she is The Stoic. But at times she can show emotion, like rage.
  • Undying Loyalty: Just like her game counterpart, she shows shades of this.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: She does this to Goh at the end of Episode 45, resulting in a battle between them.
  • Zerg Rush: She sends her Subordinates to stop Sonia and Goh.

Other Galar Characters

Voiced in Japanese by: Marina Inoue
Voiced in English by: Brittany Cox
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Jessica Ángeles

The granddaughter and assistant of Professor Magnolia who is doing research on what was the Darkest Day.

  • Adapted Out: Her in game Yamper doesn't make any appearances in the anime. This is most likely because Yamper in Journeys belongs to Professor Cerise and mainly serves as one of Chloe's Pokemon instead.
  • Childhood Friends: With Leon as shown in JN043
  • Cuteness Proximity: Her reaction upon first meeting Ash's Pikachu and Goh's Raboot, squeezing their ears in delight.
  • Drives Like Crazy: In JN042., she's driving so fast and recklessly that it scares the hell out of Goh and his Pokemon. This comes back again in JN100 where this time Goh tries and fails to get away from her because of it. Leon even comments about her reckless driving when flying Charizard with Ash, comparing their ride to her driving.
  • Hot Scientist: Much like the games, Sonia eventually takes on the role of Professor from her grandmother and is very beautiful, enough to attract the attention of Raihan.
  • Running Gag: Her reckless driving when she's seen on the road and poor Goh's horror being her passenger.
  • Ms. Exposition: She explains the tale of the Legendary Hero to Ash and Goh.
  • Wingding Eyes: Upon seeing Pikachu and Goh's Raboot, her pupils become heart-shaped as she squees upon seeing them.

    Professor Magnolia
Voiced in Japanese by: Shoko Tsuda
Voiced in English by: Mary O'Brady
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Magda Giner

The Professor of the Galar Region, and Sonia's grandmother, who first appears in episode 43.

  • The Bus Came Back: After her last appearance in JN045, it she set to make a return in JN127
  • The Cameo: Her first appearance is in JN027 on a picture on Goh's Rotom Phone.
  • Passing the Torch: At the end of the Darkest Day arc, she passes on her professor title to Sonia.

    Cara Liss (Ukattasu)
Voiced in Japanese by: Rie Murakawa
Voiced in English by: Amanda Winn-Lee
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Circe Luna

A researcher who works with fossil Pokemon in Galar.

  • Adaptational Karma: Her game self got zero punishment for creating a mismatched mess of a Pokémon and passing it off as an actual species. Here, she and Bray Zenn are caught in the crossfire of Arctozolt's tantrum and frozen in ice.
  • Blatant Lies: She and Bray Zenn make up theories on the spot for how Dracovish and Arctozolt existed in the past. Goh doesn't buy it, Ash does.
  • Covered in Gunge: Her face, hands and coat are all covered in mud.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Upon first meeting her, she's arriving late because she forgot to set her alarm clock, immediately showing how careless she can be.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Just like her video game counterpart, she has one red and one yellow shoe.
  • Human Popsicle: After she and Bray Zenn are hit by Arctozolt's Powder Snow.
  • Lethal Chef: Zigzagged: When they end up making Whipped Cream Curry for lunch, even she is unimpressed with the result. At the end, the group find it surprisingly delicious.
  • Nightmare Face: She and Bray Zenn have these when the fossil Pokemon are about to be revealed.
  • Punny Name: She is indeed quite careless, and her companion Bray Zenn is 'brazen'.
  • The Rival: Her relationship with Bray Zenn appears as this.
  • Sweet Tooth: She's shown to to really love chocolate.

    Bray Zenn (Gasattsu)
Voiced in Japanese by: Masaya Fukunishi
Voiced in English by: Kellen Goff
Another researcher who works with Galarian Pokemon fossils and is Cara Liss' colleague.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Owns a Mudsdale.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He's first seen having his Mudsdale use Double Kick to move some boulders, which nearly hit Chloe and Eevee. He then gets promptly chewed out by Goh for his recklessness.

    Marnie (Mary)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yui Ogura
Voiced in English by: TBA
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: TBA

Piers's younger sister who appears in JN099 as one of Ash's World Coronation Opponents.

  • A Girl and Her X: Her relationship with her Morpeko.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": She does this to the Team Yell Grunts when they start harassing Ash.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She specializes in Dark-type Pokemon but is shown to be a respectable person.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Her Grimmsnarl knows Stomping Tantrum, a Ground-type move.
  • Oh, Crap!: Not Marnie herself, but her Grimmsnarl has this reaction when he sees the Shadow Ball heading for him that finishes him off.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Her Grimmsnarl, who is part Fairy-type and knows Spirit Break.
  • Mythology Gag: The way she uses her fingers to pull her face into a smile is just like her game counterpart, before giving Ash a genuine smile.
  • Shock and Awe: She has a Morpeko just like her game counterpart.
  • Saving the Orphanage: She joined the World Coronation to become Champion and save her hometown.
  • When She Smiles: At the end, she manages to give Ash a sincere smile as she wishes him good luck with the rest of his journey and the Coronation match.

Voiced in Japanese by: Takuto Yoshinaga
Voiced in English by: TBA
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: TBA

Leon's younger brother who appears in JN115

  • Adaptational Late Appearance: First appears at the start of the game, doesn't appear until the Masters Tournament begins in the anime.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the games he catches up with the player a lot and is relatively only slightly weaker than them and his brother Leon, and may even surpass them after catching Zacian or Zamazenta following the events of the Darkest Day. Here, however, he's still a novice trainer long after the Darkest Day passed with his Wooloo being both unevolved and easily beaten in one attack from Ash's Pikachu.
  • Adapted Out: Due to not appearing until much later, his role during the Darkest Day was given to Goh.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: On the receiving end of one from Ash. After challenging him to a battle, Ash's Pikachu takes him out with just one Iron Tail.
  • The Ghost: Is only mentioned by Sonia during JN100 before appearing in JN115.
  • Nice Guy: Manages to befriend Ash and Goh very quickly despite losing to the former in a Curb-Stomp Battle. additionally, he's been rooting for Ash as much as he is for Leon.
  • Non-Elemental: His only known Pokemon being a Wooloo.