Pokémon Family Species: Gen I (Bulbasaur to Parasect / Venonat to Cloyster / Gastly to Miltank / Magikarp to Mew) | Gen II | Gen III (Treecko to Sharpedo / Wailmer to Deoxys) | Gen IV | Gen V (Victini to Zoroark / Minccino to Genesect) | Gen VI (Chespin to Hawlucha / Dedenne to Volcanion) | Gen VII (Rowlet to Comfey / Oranguru to Melmetal / Ultra Beasts) | Gen VIII | Glitches
Pokémon Human Characters: Protagonists and Rivals (Kanto / Johto / Hoenn / Sinnoh / Unova / Kalos / Alola / Galar) | Professors | Gym Leaders (Kanto / Johto / Hoenn / Sinnoh / Unova / Kalos / Galar) | Trial Captains and Kahunas | Elite Four | Champions
Pokémon Villain Teams: Team Rocket / Team Aqua/Magma / Team Galactic / Team Plasma / Team Flare / Team Skull / Team Yell
Frontier Brains and Other Facility Heads | Trainer Classes | Other NPCs (Aether Foundation / Ultra Recon Squad / Macro Cosmos)
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Bill / Masaki Sonezaki (ソネザキマサキ sonezaki masaki)
The Pokémon Storage System Developer who operates on the Kanto-Johto landmass. He is a native of the Johto region with family in both regions. He is also a famous inventor and Pokémon researcher who is regarded as an expert in many fields. Because of his large collection of both common and rare Pokémon people, including himself, call him a Poké Maniac. He considers Eevee and its evolutions as his favorite Pokémon.
- Accent Adaptation: He speaks with a Kansai accent in the Japanese versions. In the English anime dub, his accent is British RP, and in the English translation of the Pokémon Adventures manga he has an American Southern accent. However, his dialogue in the English translations of the games isn't too different from that of most other characters, averting this trope.
- Baleful Polymorph: When you first meet him, he has been turned into a Pokémon (the miscellaneous Rhydon icon in the original, interpreted as Kabuto in the anime, Rattata in the manga, Clefairy in FireRed and LeafGreen, and Nidorino in Let's Go) due to a Teleporter Accident. He gets better thanks to you, and gives you a ticket for the S.S. Anne as thanks. It is brought up again in Sun and Moon as the reason for Lillie taking her mother to Kanto to get in touch with him to find out how to remove the last traces of the latter's fusion with Nihilego from her body.
- Demoted to Extra: In Generation II. He isn't as relevant to the plot as in Red and Blue and their remakes, to the point where the original Gold, Silver, and Crystal told you right off the bat whose PC you were using to store your extra Pokémon instead of labeling it "Someone's PC" like the previous games as well as the PCs run by Lanette and Bebe in later installments.
- Does Not Like Spam: Doesn't like milk according to Celio from the Sevii Islands.
- I'm Your Biggest Fan: In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, a fan of Bill named Poké Maniac Brent calls you occasionally to give you trivia about Bill, such as: Bill's younger sister can't wink; Bill's first Pokémon was an Abra; Bill's mother was a Kimono Girl; Bill is not good at Pokémon battles; and Bill is attracted to the Goldenrod Flower Shop owner's daughter.
- It Was a Gift: He gives you an Eevee in Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal and their remakes and indirectly in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.
- Kansai Regional Accent: He's native from Johto, thus he speaks in Kansai-ben.
- MacGuffin Escort Mission: In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, an extra quest was added after the Cinnabar Gym battle, in which Bill takes you to the first three islands in the Sevii Archipelago to deliver a meteorite.
- Non-Action Guy: As noted under I'm Your Biggest Fan above, he's not so good at Pokémon battles and generally isn't shown participating in them in any of his appearances. While he does have a "battle" sprite in FireRed and LeafGreen, it's only ever used for his Fame Checker profile.
- His teleportation incident is a direct homage to The Fly (1986).
- His name has been referred to as an allusion to Bill Gates, former head of Microsoft and developer of the Microsoft Windows operating system for personal computers.
- Teleporter Accident: A mishap with the teleportation device turned him into a hybrid for a while.
Lanette / Mayumi (マユミ mayumi)
The Pokémon Storage System Developer who operates in the Hoenn region. She updates Bill's storage system by giving it a user friendly graphical interface and the ability to store more Pokémon and change the wallpaper of the boxes Pokémon are stored in. She is Brigette's younger sister.
- Curtains Match the Windows: It may be a little hard to determine from the picture, but when considering her sister this may just be the case.
- Genius Slob: Her house gets very cluttered while she researches.
- Punny Name: Her name is based off the small self-contained computer network known as a LAN. She also has the word "net" in her name.
Brigette / Azusa (アズサ azusa)
The host of Pokémon Box Ruby and Sapphire and Pokémon Bank. She is also Lanette's older sister.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns to operate Pokémon Bank in Generation VI.
- Coat Cape: Has one in Gen VI Sugimori art.
- Curtains Match the Windows: She's exactly like her sister from Gen III.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: In Gen III, at least. In Gen VI, it is a moderately short dress.
- Fiery Redhead: Similar to Flannery, she has red-hair and is a go-getter.
- Girliness Upgrade: A slight one: In Gen III, she had short hair, a Dangerously Short Skirt, brown sandals, and looked overall like a tomboy. In Gen VI, she wears a short dress, has different, green sandals, and her hair is longer, making her look a bit more feminine (though she does still look a bit like a tomboy).
- Hot Scientist: She's a really cute girl, and is as much of a genius as her sister.
- It Was a Gift: She gives the player special Pokémon depending on how many Pokémon the player has stored in their Pokémon Box game. She gives out a Swablu with False Swipe, a Zigzagoon with Extremespeed, a Skitty with Pay Day, and a Pichu with Surf. For first-time users of Pokémon Bank, she'll give out a Celebi.
- Long Bus Trip: Her last appearance was three generations ago, or over ten years ago if you go by Japan.
- Punny Name: Her name comes from bridge, a piece of equipment that connects two separate networks. It also contains the word rig, a slang name for a computer. It also doubles as a Meaningful Name, as said puns heavily relate to the fact Pokémon Bank serves as a bridge of rigs between generations (namely Gen I, Gen II, Gen V, Gen VI, and Gen VII).
- She's Got Legs: In both designs, her outfit emphasizes her long legs, though especially in Gen VI due to the more softened art style.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Her Gen VI artwork shows this under her Coat Cape.
Celio / Nishiki (ニシキ nishiki)
A Pokémon Storage System programmer who operates in the Sevii Islands and is good friends with Bill. He runs the Pokémon Net Center on One Island where he built and maintains the Pokémon Network machine.
- Fetch Quest: He makes the protagonist search out to the rest of the Sevii Islands to find the Ruby and the Sapphire so he use them to finish the Pokémon Network machine and connect with Lanette in Hoenn.
- Fun with Acronyms: His name may be a reference to the Corps of Engineers Library Information Online, a database of all the documents in the libraries of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Bebe / Mizuki (ミズキ mizuki)
The Pokémon Storage System Developer who operates in the Sinnoh region.
- Bare Your Midriff: Since she uses the Battle Girls' model.
- Dumb Blonde: Inverted. She is described as an expert in computing.
- It Was a Gift: She gives the player character an Eevee she got from Bill.
- Kansai Regional Accent: In the Japanese versions.
- Punny Name: May come from BB Code.
- Shorttank: Not only does she resemble one but with her hairstyle in the picture above she looks a little like a certain redhead from this very franchise who is the picture example for this trope. Her in-game sprites resemble the Battle Girl from the Gen IV games.
Hayley / Yukari (ユカリ yukari)
The host of My Pokémon Ranch and a friend of Bebe.
- Beauty Mark: On her right cheek.
- Cowgirl: The working type, since she's the owner of a ranch and has to take care of her own Pokémon and the ones the player acquires.
- Curtains Match the Windows: Brown hair and eyes.
- Cool Shades: Red to match her scarf, with black frames.
- Olympus Mons: She offers the player a Phione and later a Mew when the ranch reaches level 15 and 25, respectively. It's not explained how she acquired them.
- Tights Under Shorts: She wears black leggings under her short shorts.
Amanita / Shouro (ショウロ shouro)
The Pokémon Storage System Developer who operates in the Unova region. She is Fennel's younger sister.
- Child Prodigy: Just look at her! She looks even younger than the player characters, most of whom are barely eleven, yet she's a computer prodigy.
- Meganekko: Fittingly for a girl as smart as she is, she wears glasses.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: She's smart enough to operate an entire region's Storage System Developer, despite being even younger than the already-young protagonists!
Cassius / Crocea (クロケア kurokea)
The Pokémon Storage System Developer who operates in the Kalos region.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Implied. He doesn't look like a professional computer expert at first glance aside from the odd supercomputer in the back of the building.
- Face of a Thug: When you enter his house in Camphrier Town, it's mainly him, a supercomputer, and two Punk Girls. You wouldn't think for a moment that was the living quarters of the Storage System Developer.
- Freaky Fashion, Mild Mind: He has the same model as the Punk Guy trainer class but his manner of speaking is borderline pleasant.
- Genius Slob: As seen in his TCG artwork, Cassius has plenty of snacks scattered around his workspace.
- Hidden Depths: Considering how he talks, and the fact that his model matches that of the Punk Guy trainer class, yet he runs the system in Kalos.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: As mentioned before, all previous system developers look somewhat geeky or professional. Cassius, on the other hand, dresses like a gangster.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: The Trading Card Game and Pokémon Adventures give him a pair of glasses to differentiate him from the Punk Guy trainer class. May overlap with Purely Aesthetic Glasses.
Molayne / Mullein (マーレイン maarein)For information on Molayne, the Pokémon Storage System manager in Alola, see his entry on the Elite Four page.
Regional/Game Specific Side Characters
Daisy Oak / Nanami Okido (オーキド・ナナミ ookido nanami)
Blue's older sister. Unlike her Jerkass of a brother, she is actually a kind and gentle young woman. She gives the player a Map in the Gen I games (and their remakes), and offers massages in the Gen II games (and their remakes).
- Big Sister Instinct: In HeartGold and SoulSilver, she worries about Blue being lonely and encourages you to call him, be it for battles or just to talk.
- Cool Big Sis: Sister of the rival from Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, and their remakes. She gives the player a Town Map and grooms their Pokémon for free.
- Friend to All Living Things: A lot of people mention how nice she is and that Pokémon love her. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, she'll give the player Blue's phone number only after she has groomed seven Pokémon and is shown one with maxed friendship.
- Hidden Depths: It wasn't until the remakes, but examine the right bookshelf and you'll discover that Daisy's a former Contest champion. No wonder she's so good at grooming Pokémon.
- Nice Girl: Compared to her little brother, she's very polite and cheerful. However, more of Daisy's personality can be seen in Blue as the series progresses, especially in Sun and Moon when it's shown that he's best friends with Red again.
- Spot of Tea: She enjoys tea, and a mug of it can be seen on her table. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, if the player visits her from 3:01pm to 4:00pm, she'll also mention that she usually has tea at this time.
Copycat / The Copycat Girl (モノマネむすめ monomane musume)
A little girl from Saffron City who not only loves mimicking people, but is also very good at it.
- Costume Copycat: She does it for fun with no bad intention.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She collects Pokémon Dolls. In the Generation I games and their remakes, if the player gives her a Clefairy Doll, she'll give the TM for Mimic or teach it to the player's Pokémon. In the sequels, she gives the player a Magnet Train Pass for finding and returning the lost doll.
- Stop Copying Me: Red/Leaf's reaction to her. It unnerves quite a few of her peers too, if her parents are to be believed.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: She will imitate the male player character, including their clothes.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green. However, as of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, she has brown hair.
Mr. Fuji (フジ老人 fuji roujin)
A kind old man from Lavender Town who looks after and takes care of abandoned and orphaned Pokémon.
- The Atoner: It's suggested at a few points (and confirmed in Pokémon Origins) that he was involved in Mewtwo's creation (which Pokédex entries say involved "horrific" gene splicing experiments), and that after its escape, he returned Mew to Faraway Island and devoted his life to caring for Pokémon.
- Cool Old Guy: He's a very nice man, especially to Pokémon.
- Distressed Dude: Shortly after he went to the Pokémon Tower to pay his respects to the spirit of the Marowak that Team Rocket had killed earlier, Team Rocket shows up again, and takes him hostage inside.
- Friend to All Living Things: He takes care of abandoned and orphaned Pokémon. Just look at the page image. Though it is implied that he wasn't always like that...
- Heroic BSoD: Upon the creation and escape of Mewtwo; more specifically seeing its savage heart as a result of its creation. The games only show his atoner attitude, and Pokémon Origins shows the BSoD.
- Mad Scientist: There's a picture of him on Cinnabar Island with the description "Dr. Fuji?!?!" He is also old friends with Blaine (who in some continuities is a scientist), and is suspected to have been the scientist who created Mewtwo.
- My God, What Have I Done?: It's implied that he is the researcher who lived in the Pokémon Mansion* , and following the horrific DNA experiments that led to Mewtwo's birth and its vicious nature, he moved to Lavender Town and began caring for orphaned Pokémon.
- Nice Guy: How could you not respect a guy who cares for orphaned Pokémon? But Cinnabar Island, especially Pokémon Mansion, heavily imply he wasn't always so nice to Pokémon...
- Papa Wolf: To the Pokémon in his orphanage.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: Would you believe that this kind old man is heavily implied to have not only discovered Mew, but also been Mewtwo's creator in a time where he was seemingly less moral? He himself never brings any of it up, almost no-one in Kanto knows of his actions, and even the games themselves don't elaborate much on it. Pokémon Origins, however, does.
- Wasteland Elder: Lavender Town has no real authority, but Mr. Fuji is well-respected to the point that he may as well be.
Kiyo / Nobuhiko (ノブヒコ nobuhiko)
The Karate Master/King of the Fighting Dojo in Saffron City, he used to be Gym Leader, until Sabrina's Psychic-types crushed his Fighting-types. Now he trains students in his converted gym.
- Bonus Boss: In most of his appearances, fighting him is entirely optional, though it's also the only way to get the Hitmon line outside of trading.
- The Cameo: He's trying to set up a new dojo in Lumiose City in X and Y, but things aren't going well.
- Curbstomp Battle: Prior to the start of the game, the karate Master used to be the official Gym Leader of Saffron City. This was until Sabrina dueled him for the rights.
- Graceful Loser: Being that he's no longer an official Gym Leader, he's under no obligation to give you anything when you beat him, he chooses to reward you with a Pokémon of his own will.
- Kiai: Most of his dialogue.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Like most of the trainers in Gen I, he didn't have a name, and was thus only known as the Karate Master.
- Rated M for Manly: Wields two high-level Fighting types, Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan. And in his sole anime appearance, he caught a powerful Tyrogue by battling it himself.
- Red Baron: The Karate Master, then the Karate King.
- Series Continuity Error: He was misnamed "Koichi" in both the Japanese and English versions of FireRed and LeafGreen. Strangely, this misnaming appears to have deliberately persisted in the Let's Go! games.
- Signature Mon: Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee.
- Training from Hell: In the Gen II games and their remakes, he's left the dojo to train deep within Mt. Mortar. Finding and beating him nets the player a Tyrogue, provided they have an empty slot in their party.
- Unique Enemy: In every game he appears, he's the only way to get any of the "Hitmon"-type Pokémon. As of Gen II, you can breed other Tyrogues so you can eventually get all of them, but in Gen I the only way to get the one you didn't choose was to trade for it.
Eusine / Minaki (ミナキ minaki)
A flamboyant man who is obsessed with finding Suicune.
- The Determinator: Has been chasing Suicune for 10 years.
- Fanboy: Of Suicune, oh so very much. Has undertones of Stalker with a Crush at times.
- Flanderization: In Pokémon Crystal, Eusine demonstrates his knowledge of Johto's history in general and helps you get Ho-Oh. Since these plot elements are given to other characters in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, all that's really left for him is his obsession with Suicune.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Of the "blond hair being represented by light brown" variety. note
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Morty.
- Leitmotif: Has an awesome one that plays whenever he's around.
- Mr. Exposition: In the older games, he shares more of his knowledge on Johto.
- Punny Name: Eusine, pronounced "you-seen", as in "Have you seen Suicune?"
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Morty's Blue Oni.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: In HeartGold and SoulSilver, a young couple will call the player this, comparing them to Eusine.
- Worthy Opponent: Declares the player as this for Suicune at some point. He eventually lets them win.
The Kimono Girls / The Maiko (まいこはん maikohan)
A group of five, kimono-clad young women who live in Ecruteak City, and who give you the HM for Surf upon being defeated.
- Ascended Extra: They were mostly there so you could get the HM for Surf in the original versions and not a whole lot else. In the remakes, they're pretty much relevant throughout the Johto section of the game, even being the ones who summon the mascot of the version you're playing.
- Boss Rush: In the remakes, you fight all five in a row.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In HeartGold and SoulSilver, they pop up once each throughout the game. It turns out that they are the ones who summon the box legendary.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Throughout the game, you will encounter them at certain points and likely forget not soon after. Then you find out they can kick Silver's ass and still give you a good challenge with their Eeveelutions.
- Geisha: Maiko, technically, but they seem to have a similar function, and they're able to use their dance ceremony to send a call to Lugia or Ho-Oh (depending on the game).
- Help, I'm Stuck!: A variation happens in the remakes: When you encounter Sayo in the Ice Path, she'll tell you that her sandals got stuck to the ice, and request your help to get her out.
- One Steve Limit: In the Japanese version of GSC, one of them had the same Japanese name as Maylene. It was changed in the remakes, as Maylene makes a cameo there.
- Took a Level in Badass: Because you encounter them much later on in the remakes, their Pokémon are also obviously much stronger, not to mention you fight all five of them in a row. Even Silver got his ass handed to him battling them.
- You All Look Familiar: They all look like the picture above.
Kurt / Gantetsu (ガンテツ gantetsu)
An old man from Azalea City, and an expert in making Poké Balls from Apricorns.
- Item Crafting: The go-to guy for making Poké Balls.
The Foreigner Rocket/Ex-Rocket Grunt
Rather minor character in Gold & Silver, who was the last Team Rocket Grunt that the player battled. Later reappeared in Black & White having given up on his old ways and raised a family.
- Continuity Nod: The presence of his family and the apparent age of his son are one of the only hints indicating how much time has passed since Gen II/IV.
- Funny Foreigner: Has rather broken speech in Black & White, implying that he hasn't got a terribly good grasp on the native language.
- HeelFace Turn: He may not be actively heroic, but we know he's given up on villainy.
- The Remnant: Didn't last long, though.
Professor Takao Cozmo / Dr. Takao Soraishi (ソライシ・タカオ博士 soraishi takao hakase)
An astronomer from Fallarbor Town who gets embroiled in Team Aqua/Magma's plan for Mt. Chimney, wanting a special meteorite in his possession. While fairly minor in the original Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, the remakes expand his role and backstory significantly.
- Absent-Minded Professor: Crosses with Horrible Judge of Character. He initially goes along with Team Aqua/Magma thinking they would help him excavate meteorites, only to steal it from him. He gets better later on.
- Ascended Extra: Went from a minor Victim of the Week type of NPC to a major player in the Delta Episode and a bit of a tragic past.
- Foil: Is this to you as the player character in the remakes. Looking at the letters in Sea Mauville reveal that his father Raizo was an absolute workaholic to the point he was barely home anymore, his marriage crumbled, and Takao noticing his mother spending more time with "her friend" (obviously meaning she was having an affair). It got so bad that eventually both father and son grew old, and Raizo eventually began to associate a doll from his son AS his son. Compare Norman, who, while still being a workaholic, still could balance between being Gym Leader and husband and father.
- Gullible Lemmings: It is revealed that the reason Team Magma/Aqua was able to trick him into giving them the meteorite is because Professor Cozmo is easily fooled whenever someone speaks about science-related topics.
- Meaningful Name: Cozmo being obvious, being an astronomer. Soraishi can be rendered as "sky-rock", referring to the Meteorite connected to him, and Takao is derived from "takai", meaning high.
- Mineral Macguffin: Originally, his only claim to fame was his connection to the Meteorite, itself having no purpose. Come the remakes, said Meteorite turns out to be the pseudo-Mega Stone for Rayquaza.
- Number Two: To Steven in the Delta Episode, serving as head of Mossdeep's mission control.
- Smooch of Victory: The "I'm so happy I could kiss you" kind, to the operator who had been bugging him for the entirety of the crisis, once it boiles over.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Ultimately, he never did. Worse, Raizo grew so senile that he came to think of the doll his son gave to him to help him think of him as his son.
Aarune / Gilly (ギリー girii)
A world-wandering man from Unova, and expert on Hoenn's secret bases. He serves as a guide to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire's new and improved secret base system, filling Brendan and May in on them as they travel the region, and even battling them at one point.
- Americans Are Cowboys: Despite being from Unova, a region based on the New York/New Jersey area, he speaks and dresses like a cowboy.
- Coat Over the Shoulder: He's always seen carrying his coat over his shoulder. Understandable, considering how warm Hoenn is, he doesn't have reason to wear it.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Pre-Hall of Fame, Aarune's Flygon is Level 23. Trapinch doesn't evolve into Vibrava until Level 35, and Vibrava doesn't evolve into Flygon until Level 45.
- Eagleland: He's from Unova and trends on the nicer side of this trope.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: His concept art depicts him pointing excitedly and yelling.
- Keet: Almost always speaks excitedly and seems to act this way, judging from his artwork.
- Nice Hat: He wears a snazzy-looking red fedora on his head.
- Phenotype Stereotype: He's blond-haired with blue-grey eyes and happens to be from Unova, a region based on part of the United States.
- Signature Mon: Flygon. His move of choice is Secret Power, which is what's used to create a Super-Secret Base and the TM he hands out to people when introducing the concept. Flygon even has a Normal Gem to boost the move's power. Oddly, once you've obtained a thousand secret base flags, he gives you a Garchompite (mostly due to Flygon not having a Mega Evolution).
- Theme Naming: Whatever the language, his name is a reference to the Hypericum flower genus.
- Walking the Earth: He has spent about eleven years wandering the world, looking for a Secret Base for himself. After meeting with the player, he seems to have settled in the Secret Base Guild in Fortree City.
Lisia / Lucia (ルチア ruchia)
The niece of Wallace, Lisia is a young Pokémon Coordinator introduced in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and the most famous and popular in the Hoenn region. She helps Brendan/May get a start in Pokémon Contest Spectaculars, and provides them with clothes to wear during those Contests.
- Affectionate Nickname: Her fans call her "Lissi".
- Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit shows off her navel.
- Bonus Boss: For Contests. After you've won all the Master Ranks once, she'll compete in the next one you enter with her Altaria, Ali. It has a moveset optimized for the contest's category and insanely high condition.
- Cat Smile: When she's excited.
- Cool Big Sis: She gets you started on the Contest path, and congratulates you every time you win.
- Curtains Match the Window: Her hair matches her light green eyes.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: She's not dangerous in the sense that she's good at battling but she can kick your ass when you fight her at Contests. Her skirt is a microskirt that shows her thighs and legs.
- Excited Title! Two-Part Episode Name!: Has a habit of spouting stuff like this.
- Famed in Story: Noted to be one of the most famous and popular coordinators in Hoenn.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Wears only one stocking on her left leg, as well as having a longer strip of hair on the right side of her face.
- Gender-Blender Name: Her Altaria is male, but she notes that many people mistake "Ali" for a feminine name.
- Genki Girl: She is very upbeat and energetic.
- Idol Singer: Modeled after one, and has the in-game popularity to match.
- Locked Out of the Loop: When you talk to Wallace after defeating the both of them in a contest, he'll mention she is oblivious to your involvement in stopping the version Primal legendary.
- Luminescent Blush: Very, very, very often in-game.
- Magical Girl: Her costume is quite similar looking to one from the typical Magical Girl genre series.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her outfit shows a bit of flesh, she has teases into being with the player with a bit of flirting, she's an idol star and she constantly does poses.
- Nephewism: She is Wallace's niece.
- Nice Girl: She picks you to be the next Contest Star, and gives you a snazzy costume, a Contest Pass, and a Pokéblock Kit, all for free. She's also very supportive and encouraging to you, congratulating you whenever you hit a new milestone. Most telling is the fact that she doesn't get jealous and overly-competitive, even stating that all she wants is for people and Pokémon to have a blast participating in Contests.
- Ship Tease: Lisia gets quite a bit of it with the main character no matter what gender the player chooses, leading to a minor case of Ambiguously Bi.
- Showgirl Skirt: A short, flared-out tutu.
- Signature Mon: Her Altaria, nicknamed Ali.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She looks a lot like a female Wallace. Turns out that she's his niece. There's also a magazine in the Sea Mauville with a woman on the cover that looks a lot like her, possibly her mother or grandmother.
- Surpassed the Teacher:
- Wallace states Lisia has surpassed him in terms of Contest talent; this much shows during Contests where they appear together. Lisia's Ali will always have the higher condition.
- If you manage to beat her in all Contest categories, you can put her on the receiving end of this trope.
- Transformation Trinket: She can Mega Evolve her Altaria, Ali, using the Key Stone in her hairpin.
- True Blue Femininity: Wears a lot of blue that shows off her feminine charm.
- Uncatty Resemblance: Her outfit is stylized like her Altaria with fluffy detached sleeves and quite a lot of blue.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: With a Showgirl Skirt tutu.
- Vague Age: Her form in the overworld is quite small and cutesy looking compared to the other adult characters and she looks about 12 which is the same age of the player but in the official art she looks about 16. It doesn't help that she's got a bit of sexual elements around her.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has light teal hair similar in color to Wallace's, which tipped people off that they were related.
Chaz / Kazura (カズラ kazura)
A Rich Boy, Pokémon Coordinator and the self proclaimed rival of Lisia introduced in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. He owns a female Machoke named Macherie that he adopted.
- Can't Catch Up: Despite being Lisia's "rival," she far succeeds him in terms of fame and success. Part of this can be attributed to the fact that Chaz refused to train Macherie in anything other than Cuteness while Lisia has Ali specialized for all the Contests.
- Graceful Loser: Subverted. He never really lose his proud attitude but he's a good enough sport to give the player gifts to celebrate their successes.
- Interspecies Romance: Macherie has a crush on Lisia's Ali.
- Pet Baby Wild Animal: Chaz adopted Macherie when she was a Machop who was living in a cardboard box after her original trainer abandoned her.
- The Rival: Considers himself this to Lisia, who disinterested in having rivals and believes people should enter Contests for fun.
- He also considers the player character to be this, especially for Lisia's attention.
- Security Blanket: Macherie takes the box that Chaz found her in everywhere she goes.
- Signature Mon: Macherie the female Machoke, who he tries to make cute and effeminate despite the species being, well, macho.
- To Be a Master: After the player beats Lisia he is inspired to start training Macherie to win all the Master Rank contests, including the Toughness category. He even starts training under Brawly and prepares to challenge Gyms to try and enhance Macherie's strength.
- What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Chaz attempts to avert this trope. He believed Macherie is too cute for Toughness contests and refused to raise her Toughness. The problem with this is that Macherie only knows two Cute moves, neither of which are very impressive. Eventually, Chaz decides to start training her for Toughness Contests but states that no matter how tough she gets, Macherie will always be cute and adorable.
Zinnia / Higana (ヒガナ higana)
A mysterious young lady introduced in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire as a major character. A Whismur named Aster is her traveling partner. She's a powerful Dragon-type trainer who travels across Hoenn by herself, and is capable of taking on Team Magma/Aqua.
- Ambiguously Brown: Has slightly suntanned skin to go with her outdoorsy look.
- And Then What?: Because her entire life led up to the summoning of Mega Rayquaza, Zinnia didn't have much of a plan for what to do afterwards. She takes to Walking the Earth at her grandmother's suggestion.
- Anti-Villain: Her actions in the Delta Episode are questionable, such as stealing other Trainers' Key Stones, and more so when you learn she assisted Team Aqua/Magma in their hopes to awaken Kyogre/Groudon, but she only wanted to summon Rayquaza.
- Badass Bookworm: As a Lorekeeper, she's very knowledgeable about the history of Hoenn, particularly Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza, and their ancient battles.
- Badass Cape: She wears a white, tattered cape around her shoulders.
- The Battle Didn't Count: A variation. You can lose to her after you get Rayquaza, but the game still treats it as though you won and you proceed to stop the meteor and fight Deoxys anyway.
- Blood Knight: Her Limp and Livid stance and Slasher Smile when battling, as well as her eagerness to battle you a final time, show she's not merely a sweet Genki Girl. She Defeats Maxie (in Omega Ruby) or Archie (in Alpha Sapphire) and steals his Key Stone. The defeated team leader even remarks on her mastery over Dragon-type Pokémon.
- Boyish Short Hair: Her forelocks are grown out quite a bit, emphasizing her tomboyish personality without diminishing her femininity.
- Call-Back: One line she says references Reshiram and Zekrom."Are they based on the ideals you cling to? Or are they based on actual truths?"
- Chekhov's Gunman: First appears in Petalburg Woods, before the player even gets their first badge, then not again until the postgame. She's dressed as a member of the villainous team of your game at the time, though, and since you don't actually run into any female grunts until at least Slateport, you could be forgiven for not noticing that the one in the cutscene as you leave Petalburg has a unique model.
- The Chooser of The One: Zinnia teaches you about the lore of the Hoenn region during their way up the Sky Pillar, and after the player tames Rayquaza and defeats her she passes on the title of Lorekeeper to them.
- Color Motif: Wears primarily black, gray and tan giving off an adventurer vibe.
- Curbstomp Battle:
- With her on the receiving end. She battles you after you capture Rayquaza, which along with being able to Mega Evolve, has a type advantage over all of her Pokémon and stands at Level 70, 8 levels higher than her highest leveled Pokémon, Salamence. Rayquaza alone is thus more than capable of knocking out her entire team without breaking a sweat.
- As for everyone else she battles on the other hand, she's the one doling them out.
- Dead Guy Junior: Aster the Whismur is heavily implied to be named after someone Zinnia loved very much and lost.
- Didn't See That Coming: Zinnia's entire plan revolved around bringing Rayquaza back, using her own "fervent wish" to get it to Mega Evolve and destroy the meteoroid. She never expected Rayquaza itself to not be able to Mega Evolve simply because it's been so long and it weakened with age.
- Easily Forgiven: The framing of the epilogue gives off this impression as despite having enough remorse to return all the Key Stones she'd stolen, certain actions such as joining Team Aqua\Magma and destroying the Link Cable, right as she may be about that, are seemingly swept under the rug.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Has a Mega Anklet that wraps around her right leg, which is designed after Rayquaza.
- Floral Theme Naming: Her name comes directly from the zinnia genus of flowers. Furthermore, her Whismur is nicknamed Aster, which is another genus of flowers.
- Friendly Enemy: She and the player are using different methods, interfere with each other's plans, and have reason to question the morality of each other's actions. Yet every time they meet, she's respectful to the point of fangirling over everything the protagonist has accomplished. This is in contrast to how she never misses an opportunity to rub in Steven being a former Champion to his face.
- Genki Girl: Zinnia is very cheerful when the player first meets her.
- Heroic BSoD: Has a brief one when she realizes that Rayquaza doesn't have enough energy to Mega Evolve, nearly making all her work during the game and her whole life as the Lorekeeper for naught. She snaps out of it when the player fixes the issue.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: She has a Salamence, and it can Mega Evolve. Apart from her Whismur, all of her known Pokémon are Dragon-type.
- Hypocrite: Despite the below Hypocrite Has a Point, it goes deeper than that. She may be right in calling out Steven and Prof. Cozmo for their plan to use Infinity Energy to warp the meteor, as she believes it would make them no different than AZ using his lifeforce-powered weapon three millennia ago, and that they may inadvertently doom the people of another timeline that diverged from the Kalos war. However, when you consider the fact that she joined Team Aqua/Magma hoping to awaken Kyogre/Groudon, in the hope Rayquaza would notice and awaken, as well as seeing the failure merely as a setback, she doesn't necessarily have the moral high ground to call anyone out.
- Hypocrite Has a Point: As hypocritical as she is, Zinnia did have some point in that the Space Center's methods were unknowingly going to have massive consequences, and she expresses it through mockery and Sarcastic Clapping.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She tends to mock several people throughout the Delta Episode, but has a soft spot for both the player and Aster.
- Limp and Livid: When entering battle, she hunches over and sways her arms while having a crazed look on her face. There's no real reason why, and she's calm and upright the moment the battle is over.
- Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name refers to Red-Spider lilies, which are strongly tied to death and mortality. Similarly Zinnia's means (among other possible meanings) remembrance of those who have gone. Both names refer to the fact that she has likely lost someone close to her.
- Ms. Exposition: She tells you the legend of Rayquaza on the way up the Sky Pillar.
- Never Give the Captain a Straight Answer: For most of the Delta episode she refuses to explain her plan, forcing the player to simply chase her across Hoenn.
- Nice Shoes: Wears cute open-toed sandals. The sandals, along with her ninja-like garbs, seem to be a walking homage to another sort of ninjas who wear these kinds of shoes.
- Non-Action Guy: Her Whismur, Aster, who isn't used in battle.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Only her Salamence looks like a typical dragon. Her Tyrantrum looks like a dinosaur, her Altaria looks like a bird, her Goodra looks like a bipedal slug, and her Noivern looks like a bat.
- Passing the Torch: After you tame Rayquaza and destroy the meteor, she "retires", and entrusts you with her duties, before leaving to go somewhere; she isn't seen again.
- Red Herring Shirt: She has cameo appearances before the post-game Delta Episode as a Team Magma/Aqua grunt.
- Refused by the Call: She summons Rayquaza and tries to get it to Mega Evolve, but fails due to the 1000 years having drained Rayquaza of power. After the player character's meteorite restores Rayquaza's power, Zinnia decides to let them proceed in her stead.
- Sarcastic Clapping: Does this whenever she praises the player or mocks someone.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Her top is actually backless, the telltale string along her back being the first hint.
- Ship Tease: With the player regardless of gender.
- Signature Mon: Her Salamence is her strongest Pokémon. During the final battle against her, she uses its Mega Evolution. She initially uses it in Masters before getting Rayquaza.
- Slasher Smile: The look on her face during battles is unsettling.
- The Southpaw: Her left hand is her throwing hand and she's seen clutching a Poké Ball in her left hand in her Sugimori artwork.
- Stepford Smiler: Her speech atop the Sky Pillar reveals that her cheerful exuberance and enthusiasm masks a deep melancholy.
- Transformation Trinket: She carries her Key Stone on the Mega Anklet.
- The Un-Reveal: It's never revealed in-game who Aster (the Whismur's namesake, not Whismur herself) really was, and the most Zinnia says of her is vague reminiscing. An interview with game director Shigeru Ohmori states that Aster was Zinnia's predecessor as Lorekeeper.
- Useless Useful Spell: Like Drake's Mega Salamence, Zinnia's Mega Salamence lacks Normal-type moves to take advantage of Aerilate.
- Vague Age: Could be anything from late teens to late 20s. The model and art makes it difficult to tell. The fact that Steven refers to her as a 'woman' and not a 'girl' (while the player character is explicitly referred to as a child, and as a "boy" or "girl" by even Zinnia herself) only complicates things further.
- Walking the Earth: After the events of the Delta Episode, Zinnia speaks with her grandmother and leaves. If spoken to, her grandmother tells you that she went on a journey to "find herself".
- Well-Intentioned Extremist:
- Joined Team Magma (in Omega Ruby) or Aqua (in Alpha Sapphire) during the main storyline and assisted them in awakening Groudon/Kyogre in hopes that Rayquaza will respond to the weather crisis caused. The fact that this doesn't happen leads to her actions in the Delta Episode.
- She also steals many of the character's Key Stones, including Brendan/May's, Wally's, Courtney (in Omega Ruby) or Matt's (in Alpha Sapphire), and Maxie (in Omega Ruby) or Archie's (in Alpha Sapphire), hoping that a large number of them will enforce Rayquaza's Mega Evolution. Once again, she's wrong. She returns them all once the crisis is over though.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: She wears grey short shorts with red ties.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade B, reaching just above the knees.
Battle Resort Trainers: Carnation, Antoin, Josephine, Kelvin, and Felix / Sakiko (サキコ), Genya (ゲンヤ), Minako (ミナコ), Junya (ジュンヤ), and Koujirou (コウジロウ)
Five trainers who appear in the Battle Resort. They each specialize in one of the five types that is not already used by the Gym Leaders or Elite Four.
Looker / Handsome (ハンサム hansamu)
A police agent who shows up in Sinnoh to try and arrest Team Galactic. He later shows up in Unova, requesting the player's help in finding and arresting the rogue Seven Sages of Team Plasma. He shows up again in Kalos in a sidequest where the player character becomes his partner in a private detective agency in Lumiose City. He shows up once again in Alola where he is working with former Frontier Tycoon Anabel to put a stop to the Ultra Beasts invading the region.
- Ascended Extra: He's appeared at least once per generation since his first appearance all the way back in Platinum. That's even more than Cynthia.
- But Now I Must Go: At the end of his sidequest in X and Y.
- The Cameo: Shows up in the postgame of Black and White, again in the postgame of X and Y, once more in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and once more in the postgame of Sun and Moon.
- Catchphrase: "I need three minutes," and he likes to describe things as "hard-boiled."
- Character Development: In Pokémon X and Y. He's one of the focal characters of a rather large postgame sidequest, during which he gets more characterization and backstory.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Even in his native language, he still comes off as more than a bit odd.
- A Day in the Limelight: Gets his own major quest chain in the Pokémon X and Y and Pokémon Sun and Moon postgames.
- Dead Sidekick: His backstory implies that a Pokémon partner of his was killed prior to the events of X and Y, making him decide to work alone.
- Expy: Quite an obvious one of Inspector Zenigata - Looker's costume is very similar to the former's, and they're both occasionally goofy yet largely competent Interpol Special Agents.
- Funny Foreigner: His manner of speech suggests he is not a native speaker of the language, and he's certainly an unusual fellow.
- X & Y go out of their way to explain this. He speaks fluent French (the language the games are technically in) but when a Kantonian woman walks in screaming in fright in Japanese, Looker mistranslates what she said as something about being dishonored about bad tea. She was robbed and her Pokémon were kidnapped.
- X & Y also seems to suggest that his native tongue is some sort of Germanic-sounding language (possibly Danish).Ein, tvo, tri, fjore... fif! Five Looker Tickets!
- He has a tendency to resort to speaking in his native tongue when panicked during his quest in Alola. Anabel has to continually ask him to speak in English (or whichever the game's language is in) when he does this.
- The Gambler: After the main scenario in the Sinnoh games, he can be found at the Game Corner playing slots. You can also see him there before you fight Maylene, though he claims it's because he's looking for Team Galactic.
- Goroawase Number: His old codename in the Japanese version, "No. 836".
- Hidden Depths: In X and Y, it's mentioned by Emma that he used to have a Pokémon as his partner, but it didn't make it during a case a long time ago. Come to think of it, he did have a Croagunk in Platinum that hasn't shown up since...
- Interpol Special Agent: He's a member of the International Police.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: His real name has yet to be revealed.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, he's found on the beach in the Battle Resort, having washed up there with no memory of who or where he is.
- Leet Speak: As revealed in Sun and Moon, he used to go by the codename "100kr".
- Leitmotif: Has his own disproportionately epic theme music kick in whenever he rushes onscreen.
- Master of Disguise: He disguises himself as a rock in Platinum, as the player character's mom in Black and White and as a random old man in Sun and Moon.
- Mission Control: Serves as this in the Ultra Beast missions of Sun and Moon, giving you information on what the Beasts can do and serving as your main contact as Anabel is out running damage control.
- My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: He is not however a master of languages. He speaks good French, but poor English and Japanese.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: When Looker, Nanu, and an unnamed Faller were on a mission to destroy a Guzzlord in the past, Looker couldn't bring himself to kill it. This resulted in the Faller getting killed by Guzzlord.
- Non Sequitur: At the beginning of the post-game in Black and White, your mother asks Looker what him giving you the Super Rod has to do with catching Team Plasma's agents. His response? "Absolutely nothing!"
- The Other Darrin: Kenyuu Horiuchi took over voicing Handsome in the character's final Japanese Generations appearance due to Keiji Fujiwara's poor health at the time.
- Parental Substitute: To Emma in X and Y, but only temporarily, as once his work in Kalos is done he has to leave the region. On the other hand, once he does depart, he arranges for Emma to keep using the agency building so that she no longer has to live out in the streets.
- Private Detective: He uses this as a cover for his Interpol work in X and Y.
- Private Eye Monologue: Indulges in this after each of his missions in X and Y.
- Punny Name: His Japanese name is Handsome, which was changed to Looker in the English version to reference both his Japanese name and his job as an investigator.
- Recurring Character: He is one of the most recurrent NPCs in the franchise, having shown up at least once per generation since Platinum.
- Signature Mon: Croagunk. It's only seen in Platinum, and X and Y suggests it might have died since then, but it's his only known Pokémon in the game continuity and consistently seen with him in adaptations.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: You'd think he'd should up again in Black 2 and White 2 to pursue the rest of Team Plasma, but he's oddly absent. Due to the timeline showing that X and Y take place at the same time as Black 2 and White 2, it's most likely the case that he was busy in Kalos during the events of the game.
- What the Hell, Player?: You can lie to him about the Ultra Beast mission's outcome in Sun and Moon, but he'll see right through you and warn you to never lie to an International Police agent again.
Stat TrainersAppearing in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, they can be encountered at a certain point during the player's journey. They also appear in Generation IV's Battle Tower (which includes HeartGold & SoulSilver) as possible partners for the Multi Battle Room challenge. Each of them specialize in certain stats.
- Bonus Boss: In Platinum, they can all be fought in the Battleground.
- Color-Coded Characters: Cheryl is green, Mira is pink, Riley is blue, Marley is black, Buck is red.
- Competitive Balance: They all specialize in certain stats in the Battle Tower. Cheryl is HP, Mira is Special Attack, Riley is Attack, Marley is Speed, and Buck is both Defense and Special Defense.
- Curtains Match the Window: Though only partially for Buck.
- Signature Mon: Each of them are associated with the Pokémon they use as a tag partner in your encounters with them. In order: Chansey/Blissey for Cheryl, Kadabra's evolutionary line for Mira, Lucario for Riley, Arcanine for Marley, and Claydol for Buck.
- Theme Naming: All of them are named after grains, though some are more obvious then others (to wit: Cereal, Millet, Rye, Barley, and Buckwheat).
Cheryl / Momi (モミ momi)
A young woman whom the player crosses paths in Eterna Forest.
- Ascended Extra: A minor character in Generation IV, but she and Chansey appear as the protagonists of Episode 10 of Pokémon Generations.
- Damage-Sponge Boss: Her team is filled with Pokémon with a high HP stat.
- Hit Points: Her stat specialty.
- Luminescent Blush In Generations, her cheeks are constantly blushing. The same applies to her Chansey.
- Nice Girl: She's sweet and soft-spoken, she has a Chansey, which evolves though happiness, and in Platinum, she gives you the Soothe Bell after you help her through Eterna Forest.
- Signature Mon: Chansey, which evolves into Blissey in Gen IV's Battle Tower and Platinum's Battleground.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A forest-green shade.
Mira / Miru (ミル miru)
A young girl who's found lost inside a cave and needs to be escorted out.
- The Baby of the Bunch: She is the youngest of the Stat Trainers.
- Badass Adorable: You first find her lost in a cave with a powerful Psychic Pokémon as her partner.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: One pigtail is pulled into a shoulder-length loop while the other hangs down past her hips.
- Hero-Worshipper: A few lines indicate that she admires the player character and their way of raising Pokémon, wanting to be just like them.
- Signature Mon: Kadabra/Alakazam.
- Squishy Wizard: Her team specializes in the Special Attack stat. (Many of them aren't that fragile, but power is always their first priority.)
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink.
Riley / Gen (ゲン gen)
A young man who keeps peace at Iron Island.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Admit it, he has an awesome outfit. He also fills the badass trait with being one of the two stat trainers to confront Team Galactic with you in some way.
- Battle Aura: In Platinum, he gets an animated sprite where he stretches his hand. You can visibly see his own aura engulf it for a moment.
- Bishōnen: Is certainly androgynous enough to fit the bill.
- Expy: Of Sir Aaron, down to the blue Nice Hat to their signature Pokémon and ability to wield aura; that said, because the movie was developed and released during the development of the fourth generation games, it's hard to tell which one was actually created first.
- Eye-Obscuring Hat: Downplayed. His official art has the corner of his hat tilted downwards as so to cover his right eye.
- Fedora of Asskicking: Works well with his suit.
- Gender-Blender Name: It fits with him being a bishonen.
- Glass Cannon: His team specializes in the Attack stat. (Many of them aren't that fragile, but power is always their first priority.)
- Hidden Depths: He's implied to be friends with Byron, as the latter initially chose him over Roark, his son, to take over as the Oreburgh Gym Leader.
- Nice Hat: His fedora is a nice touch when he's dressed as a Badass in a Nice Suit.
- Non-Idle Rich: He actually owns Iron Island, or at least the mines on it, and helps you to navigate them and drive off some Galactic Grunts.
- Refusal of the Call: At some point, he was offered the position of the Oreburgh Gym Leader, but turned it down.
- Riddle for the Ages: What's his connection to Sir Aaron, if any?
- Sharp-Dressed Man: His outfit consists of a rather formal suit and Nice Hat.
- Signature Mon: Lucario. This doesn't reinforce his expiness at all.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Dark hair (and clothes to an extent), seems pretty tall, and rather good-looking.
- There Is Another: The first living, modern-day aura user in the franchise.
- Vague Age: Looks to be in his late teens at youngest and mid-20s at oldest, but if you talk to Byron, he'll comment that he has no idea how old Riley is.
- What Could Have Been: In-Universe, Byron previously asked him to be the Oreburgh Gym Leader, but he turned down the position because he thought Roark should be considered first.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's a darker shade of blue than his outfit.
Marley / Mai (マイ mai)
A very quiet young girl who wishes to find the Legendary Pokémon Shaymin.
- Ascended Extra: Takes part in the Shaymin event in Pokémon Platinum.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her appearance looks fairly similar to the Gothitelle line. This was before the Gothitelle line came along, by the way.
- Foreshadowing: When talked to, she mentions "the Pokémon among flowers." This is referring to Shaymin, a Pokémon that wasn't available in a legitimately until a while after Pokémon Diamond and Pearl's release.
- Fragile Speedster: Her Pokémon specialize in Speed. The vast majority of them are unable to take multiple hits.
- The Quiet One: If you talk to her when partnered up, she notes the player character as very chatty.
- The Stoic: Manages to be more effective at this than Cyrus. Averted in Masters, where she is more talkative and expressive.
- Signature Mon: She uses Arcanine. Unusually enough, her Battle Tower team doesn't include Arcanine in Diamond and Pearl.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: "...I might like battling with you. ...Just a little. Only a tiny bit."
Buck / Baku (バク baku)
Flint's younger brother who wants to explore Stark Mountain to find Heatran. In Platinum, he instead helps deal with the remnant of Team Galactic.
- Adaptational Heroism: He is much more of a straightforward hero in Platinum when compared to Diamond and Pearl.
- Always Someone Better: To Barry.
- Fiery Redhead: Rather feisty and has the most "attitude" of the partners. Fittingly, he's the younger brother of a Fire specialist.
- Heel Realization: Realizes that stealing the Magma Stone was not a good idea, so he decides to fix it by returning it to Mt. Stark. Averted in Platinum since he never has any plans to steal the stone.
- Hot-Blooded: He is the younger brother of Flint, after all.
- Jerkass: Comes across this way in Diamond and Pearl.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His jerkassery is toned down in Platinum, where he helps the player with dealing with Team Galactic.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Taking the Magma Stone. Fitting the trope even more, the player helps him with this.
- Averted in Platinum, in which he never plans to take the Magma Stone from Stark Mountain. Instead, it is Looker who unwittingly removes it, and Buck is the one who returns it to the mountain.
- Signature Mon: Claydol.
- Stone Wall: His team specializes in both the Defense and Special Defense stats.
- The Unfought: His first appearance in Diamond and Pearl seems to set him up as an opponent. However, for some reason you end up teaming up with him instead. You can fight him at the Battleground later, if you wish.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He runs off to return the Magma Stone. If you try to follow him, you will find an awake Heatran and no sign of Buck or the stone. This is the last time you see Buck outside of the Battle Tower. Obviously he got out okay and the volcano didn't erupt, but still...
- In Platinum, he turns out fine and is the one who introduces the player to the Battleground.
Fennel / Makomo (マコモ makomo)
A young woman from Striaton City, and close friend of Professor Juniper's. She is a scientist who specializes in studying Pokémon's dreams. She serves as a guide in the Pokémon Dream World.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Her hair clip matches the flower patter found on Munna, which help with her studies.
- Curtains Match the Window: Her eyes match her hair color.
- Custom Uniform: Her design is heavily based off of the other females of the Scientist class, but she has a flower hairclip to set her apart.
- Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: Does this in her anime introduction. With her lab coat, oddly enough.
- Forced Tutorial: Even if you choose "No" when she gives you the Game Sync tutorial, she will still explain it to you.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Well it's sorta... purple... Are they going for blue, actually?
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Juniper.
- Hot Scientist: Whether or not she surpasses Juniper in this regard is up to you.
- Meganekko: She's got glasses all right!
- Nice Girl: Despite her... insistence, she is otherwise a very kind woman.
- Pink Means Feminine: She shows a lot of pink; her hairclip, her sandals, her inner top, and most of all, her Pokémon Munna and Musharna.
- Rapunzel Hair: That's about as long as her labcoat.
- Signature Mon: She has a Munna as a research partner.
The female worker option should the player be male in Black 2 & White 2.
- Beauty Mark: Right below her left eye.
- Catchphrase: She always ends her sentences in an awkward/nervous laugh "Ahaha!".
- The Confidant: Nate becomes this to her; she talks to him about her insecurities and aspirations, and asks him advice on how to deal with family problems, competitiveness with co-workers, and how she looks in her hat. Apparently, he gives excellent advice.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Curtis. She appears if you play as a boy.
- Fangirl: To Elesa. Yancy all but squees when interviewing her, and when Elesa smiles at her, Yancy wonders if it's "okay to be this happy".
- Ferris Wheel Date Moment: With Nate, if her Sidequest Sidestory is followed.
- Guide Dang It!: Good luck actually completing the sidequest without consulting an online walkthrough, because even the official guide is horribly unclear.
- Idol Singer: She's referenced as a "Pokémon Idol" in Unova TV shows.
- Implied Love Interest: More or less her purpose. The official guide even calls your friendship with her a romance!
- She even writes a love song about her and Nate, sometimes on the Celebrity TV Channel it will say she's about to sing a song she wrote titled "Xtransceiver Love".
- Living a Double Life: Her "day job" is being a TV personality and celebrity idol named Nancy, who can be frequently seen on the "Celebrity" programming choice when watching a TV.
- Luminescent Blush: After calling her a certain number of times, she'll gain one in her talk sprite.
- Crush Blush: The obvious reason.
- Nice Girl: She's quite sweet and friendly.
- Nice Hat: When off from work, she even asks if you like it at one point.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: Obviously.
- Ship Tease: It eventually becomes pretty obvious that she has a crush on Nate.
- Schrödinger's Player Character: If you play as a female character, Yancy still exists and can be "seen" on TV doing interviews; the player just never interacts with her.
- Sidequest Sidestory: After finding her lost Xtransceiver, you can initiate a series of calls with her and eventually trade Pokémon with her.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink.
The male worker option should the player be female in Black 2 & White 2.
- Adorkable: Absolutely. As he gets to know Rosa on a personal level, he begins to open up, and for someone who is a rather famous and popular TV/Radio host, he's surprisingly insecure and not at all conceited.
- Beauty Mark: Right below his mouth.
- Catchphrase: Of a sort. He tends to end his interviews with a seemingly awkward/nervous laugh. "Ah ha ha!"
Curtis: Um... I hope you can help me with this.
- As he becomes more comfortable with Rosa, he gains another:
- Classy Cravat: He wears one with his stage outfit.
- The Confidant: The same with Rosa as Yancy is with Nate.
- Curtains Match the Window: His eyes are green like his hair, and his vest.
- Ferris Wheel Date Moment: With Rosa, if his Sidequest Sidestory is followed.
- Guide Dang It!: Good luck actually completing their sidequest without consulting an online walkthrough, because even the official guide is horribly unclear.
- Implied Love Interest: More or less his purpose. The official guide even calls your friendship with him a romance!
- Living a Double Life: His "day job" is being a TV personality and celebrity idol named Christoph, who can be frequently seen on the "Celebrity" programming choice when watching a TV.
- Luminescent Blush: After calling him a certain number of times, he'll gain one in his talk sprite.
- Nice Guy: He's quite sweet and friendly. He also often talks about his family, and his dialogue makes it clear how much he loves them. He even asks Rosa for advice when he has disagreements with them, and usually resolves to sincerely apologize and avoid making the same mistake in the future.
- Nice Hat: When off from work.
- Ship Tease: It eventually becomes quite obvious that he has a crush on Rosa. When on the Ferris wheel with her, he even goes so far as to say that while the Unova region is certainly very pretty, it's not the only thing that's pretty around here. Oh, Curtis.
- Schrödinger's Player Character: If you play as a male character, Curtis still exists and can be "seen" on TV doing interviews; the player just never interacts with him.
- Sidequest Sidestory: After finding his lost Xtransceiver, you can initiate a series of calls with him and eventually trade Pokémon with him.
- Spear Counterpart: To Yancy. He appears if you play as a girl.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green.
Grace / Saki (サキ saki)
- Action Mom: Was a former Rhyhorn racer, who was very popular back in her day.
- Famed in Story: She has a large amount of fans in the Kalos region due to being a professional Rhyhorn racer even to this day.
- No Name Given: She never actually mentions her name, but other NPCs will allude her.
- Tomboy: Implied with her former profession.
Dexio (デクシオ dekushio) and Sina (ジーナ jiina)
They reappear in Sun & Moon, asking player for help in tracking Zygarde.
- Ambiguously Brown: Sina is noticeably darker in skintone than Dexio is.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: In X and Y, they are very well-dressed and are implied to be competent trainers. The badass part is confirmed in Sun and Moon, where you actually get to fight them (although they ditch the suits for more casual vacation attire).
- An Ice Person: As revealed in Sun and Moon, Sina specializes in Ice-type Pokémon. In the Battle Tree she mixes things up with Moon's version exclusives.
- Leitmotif: Have a very friendly-sounding one and a more energetic version as the "Defenders of Kalos".
- Meaningful Name: Dexio and Sina have names derived from words meaning "right" and "left" respectively. They're Sycamore's assistants (his left and right hands).
- McNinja: Their "Defenders of Kalos" costumes have this kind of motif.
- Palette Swap: They wear the Kalos Ace Trainer outfits in X and Y, though white instead of black and purple.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: The "Defenders of Kalos" aren't fooling anyone.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: In Sun and Moon Sina wears pink shades and sandals while Dexio wears blue shades.
- Proud Beauty: Sina. She introduces herself by saying that Sina is a "beautiful name for a beautiful lady."
- Psychic Powers: Sun and Moon reveals that Dexio specializes in Psychic types, and even has a Mega Alakazam when you fight him in the postgame in Sun. In the Battle Tree he mixes things up with Sun's version exclusives.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Sina is brash, impulsive and loud while Dexio is collected and more patient. This is represented in their masks and scarfs—Sina wears red ones, Dexio blue ones.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: While they are the "Defenders of Kalos."
- Sentai: Their "Defenders of Kalos" disguises are made to evoke sentai.
- Signature Mon: They gain these in Sun and Moon, as this is the first time they're seen battling.
- Dexio uses Espeon in all battles you can have with him. He also has an Alakazam that he uses as his ace in his postgame battle to demonstrate Mega Evolution.
- Sina only battles once each in Moon and Ultra Moon, but Glaceon is on her team in both versions.
- Stealth Pun: Their names are Sina & Dexio, now what was the name of the region for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl again?
- Super Mode: They reappear in Sun and Moon carrying Mega Rings. Dexio uses Mega Alakazam against you in the postgame both before giving you a Key Stone. In the Battle Tree, Dexio uses Mega Slowbro in Moon, while Sina uses Mega Abomasnow in Sun.
- Theme Naming: Their names are derived from the Latin words for left (Sina) and right (Dexio).
- Those Two Guys: Are almost never seen apart from one another.
- The Unfought:
- Despite being implied to be powerful trainers, you never fight them in X and Y.
- You only fight Dexio in Sun, once in Heahea City and once post-game on the Ancient Poni Path. In Moon however, you fight Sina instead in Heahea City but still fight Dexio on the Ancient Poni Path. In the Battle Tree, Sina can only be fought and scouted in Sun while Dexio can only be fought and scouted in Moon.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Sina has violet hair.
Mr. Bonding (キズナおやじ kizuna oyaji)
A peculiar man who shows up in various towns in X and Y. Talking to him will make him grant you a new O-Power to use.
- Ascended Extra: Sort of. While he and the "Pokémon Center men" (the quintet who joined to create him) remain minor NPCs, their role has been expanded since Generation III, since they actually reward the player with O-Powers for talking to them, rather than each simply commenting on the player's chosen trendy words, how many other players they've traded with, etc. More importantly, it turns out he had a more tragic past than it seemed, and a good reason to feel all but outright said to be suicidal when you meet him in Mauville Hills: he was apparently the one left with the task of laying off many people from the Mauville Corporation once Wattson decided to shut down the project, as evidenced by a letter in Sea Mauville. Sun and Moon later reveals that the O-Powers themselves were brought to Earth by an alien man, who became an amnesiac after giving them all to the 5 men.
- The Atoner: He used to be a man who felt "powerless" after he had to fire a ton of people from their jobs. After becoming Mr. Bonding, he travels the world to give power to everyone.
- Catchphrase: "It's bonding time!"
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: In X and Y, Mr. Bonding is found in various hotel rooms (if a town has one) and "bonds" with the protagonist. That the O in "O-Power" hasn't been elaborated on also hasn't escaped the players.
- Fusion Dance: Is the result of a six-way fusion between the five strange men in the Mauville Pokémon Center and a powerless man.
- Inexplicably Awesome: While providing you with extremely useful O-Powers is great, there's just something... not right about him. Played with and expanded upon in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which reveals his origins.
- Porn Stache: Considering its association with porn, it makes him even more unsettling.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Is always seen sporting a pink tuxedo.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a flamboyant pink suit.
- Socialization Bonus: The O-Powers he bestows encourages this. The player can level them up faster and receive more significant effects from them by sharing them with other people in the Player Search System.
- Super Empowering: The ability to give people O-Powers they can use on others.
- Take Up My Sword: The man in Haina Desert gave his O-Powers to the old men, which ended up having some unfortunate side effects on himself. The old men then fused with the powerless man to give him their power. This resulted in the creation of Mr. Bonding, who takes over their role as power givers.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It isn't that unusual for characters to sport brightly-colored hair, but when the player and most NPC models have normal tones, Mr. Bonding's purple stands out. Also noticeable are the men who fused to become him - for instance, Giddy's hair isn't just blond; it's bright yellow.
Inver / Sakasa (サカサ sakasa)
A Psychic who resides on Kalos Route 18, Inver possesses the unique ability to start an Inverse Battle, where all type matchups are inverted. In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Inver turns his gift into a business, setting up an Inverse Battle Stop in Mauville City.
- Bonus Boss: Defeating him doesn't do anything relevant to the plot; even encountering him is optional. However, if you do go out of your way to challenge him, you're in for a tough fight, and not just because of the inverted type matchups.
- Boss in Mook Clothing: He looks like a regular Psychic, but he's certainly no run-of-the-mill trainer.
- Confusion Fu: Inver does not have a fixed team. Instead, he has a pool of 37 (36 in ORAS) Pokémon of varying types and holding a wide array of items, and he randomly picks 3 of them for each battle. If you're going to challenge him, you'll have to be prepared for anything.
- Damn You, Muscle Memory!: Dealing with the inverted type matchups can be surprisingly difficult since you'll likely have the default matchups ingrained in your memory, meaning that you'll have to resist the urge to, say, drop a Flamethrower on his Abomasnow. Naturally, Inver has no problems at all with them, and will happily hammer you with super effective attacks at every opportunity.
- Meaningful Name: Derived from "Inverse." His Japanese name means "reverse".
- Reality Warper: The guy can manipulate one of the fundamental principles of Pokémon battles.
- Secret Art: The only character in the entire series that can be challenged to an Inverse Battle.
- Do you want to know unending pain... like I have?
A mysterious Trainer from X and Y. The player encounters him several times throughout their journey. He is incredibly scornful and nihilistic in regards to humanity. He is in fact the ancient king of Kalos from thousands of years ago, granted eternal life by the Ultimate Weapon after using it to revive his deceased partner, a Floette.
- Age Without Youth: Played with, according to the creators he continued to age despite being rendered immortal, but still looks a bit younger than you'd expect a 3,000 year old man to be.
- Anti-Villain: Up there with N in terms of being sympathetic.
- The Atoner: For killing thousands of Pokémon and people to use the Ultimate Weapon and revive his Floette.
- Blow You Away: His Sigilyph, a partial Flying-type.
- Cursed with Awesome: He was cursed with eternal life for the past 3,000 years. Whether this is a good or bad thing is up to interpretation.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His Golurk, a partial Ground-type.
- Death Seeker: Heavily implied, which is stunning given it is a Pokémon game.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: It takes 3,000 years of Walking the Earth before he finally redeems himself and reunites with his Floette.
- Emperor Scientist: The former King of Kalos, who also built a doomsday device/immortality machine.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: The creators confirm that Floette was a gift from his late mother, which may explain in part why he loves her so dearly.
- Flying Dutchman: Of the "Wandering Jew" sorts. He was cursed with immortality as a side effect of the Ultimate Weapon and has been wandering endlessly for 3,000 years searching for his lost Pokémon.
- Friend to All Living Things: Similar to Bianca in your final battle with her, all three of his Pokémon have the move Return.
- Gentle Giant: Though it turns out he is rather nice once his nihilism is gone. Good thing too, because he would've been a very imposing villain otherwise. According to the creators, his height is a side effect of the Ultimate Weapon making him immortal.
- The Ghost: In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. He doesn't appear directly, but he plays a notable part in the backstory of some elements in the game.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Sort of - he's not actively malevolent any more. His device is the reason that Lysandre is almost able to wipe out everyone on the planet, but he doesn't have that direct an impact on the plot, at least until towards the end.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Floette.
- Humans Are Bastards: He has something of a nihilistic and negative view on humans, in part due to his own actions.
- Immortality Immorality: On the one hand, becoming immortal himself wasn't his main goal. On the other hand, he was willing to and did sacrifice many others to revive his partner, causing her to abandon him.
- Leitmotif: A very solemn piano theme plays during his scenes.
- Meaningful Name: A to Z, as in, the beginning to the end.
- Mind over Matter: His Sigilyph, a partial Psychic-type.
- Older Than They Look: He looks very very good for his age and hasn't seemed to have aged past 50-60 physically. Though even then people in reality would shrink as they age, he did the opposite.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: HOLY CRAP. Either in Super-Deformed mode or realistic-size-in-a-cutscene mode, the player character is barely taller than his knee. He's described as being 9 ft. tall or taller than a stretched out Seviper is long.
- Pet the Dog: While he was still something of a nihilist, he stopped at Sootopolis City and planted a large tree in front of the Cave of Origin as a gift.
- Perpetual Frowner: Hard to blame him considering his backstory. He does smile after battling the PC at the end though.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: His Floette, according to X & Y's coding, knows Light of Ruin, the most powerful Fairy-type move that even Xerneas can't get as yet.
- Playing with Fire: His Torkoal, a Fire-type.
- Post-Final Boss: You battle him directly after your fight with the champion, meaning you are probably more than capable of defeating his three Pokémon. Not to mention their levels are a lot lower than the Elite Four and Champion's Pokémon. AZ may not be at your level when you fight, but there's no denying that his team is good.
- Rapunzel Hair: Sure, it might only reach his waist, but he's about three metres tall which means that it's about six feet long.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's an immortal, and he's been Walking the Earth for 3000 years. Additionally, all three of the Pokémon he uses in battle are either associated with ancient civilization or longevity. Torkoal is based on a tortoise, which can live for multiple centuries, while Sigilyph and Golurk have been described as being around since ancient times.
- Real Men Wear Pink: His partner Pokémon is a Floette.
- Restored My Faith in Humanity: After battling the PC, he'll come around to this.
- Rummage Sale Reject: Potentially justified, as given how disheveled he looks, he may well have been homeless for a long time, leading to this trope. Not to mention the issues in finding things that would fit, given his size.
- Signature Mon: Is associated with a Floette with the Eternal Flower, which was his partner prior to abandoning him.
- Soul Power: His Golurk.
- Superweapon Surprise: Built a giant superweapon capable of mass destruction.
- Tears of Joy: After reuniting with his Floette after 3,000 years, he is so overcome with emotion that he can't even stand.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It is very heavily implied in the Delta Episode that his use of the ultimate weapon resulted in the birth of Deoxys, who first started antagonizing the Earth around three thousand years ago.
- Walking Spoiler: He had so many spoiler tropes that he got moved to another folder.
- Walking the Earth: Has been doing this for 3,000 years. He's confirmed during the Ruby and Sapphire remakes to have planted the giant tree in Sootopolis City and once saw Mega Rayquaza intervene in a fight between Groudon and Kyogre many years ago.
- Was It Really Worth It?: In regards to ending the war with the machine.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Is never seen after the parade, leading questions to his and Floette's whereabouts.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In the backstory, Floette's reaction to the Ultimate Weapon and the cost of her resurrection was to turn her back on her beloved partner and abandon him for three thousand years. Clearly, she thought he'd crossed the line, even if she couldn't articulate it as such.
- When He Smiles: After your fight with him, he smiles for the first time since you met him and thanks you for freeing him from the torment of his past, which leads into Earn Your Happy Ending above.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: He's been alive for three thousand years. He doesn't enjoy it.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His Floette died in the war and that drove him to make a giant superweapon.
Emma / Matière (マチエール machieeru)
A parentless 16-year old who lives in the alleys of Lumiose City where she goes to play with her Espurr "Mimi" and school children. She later is recruited into Looker's agency and eventually sees him as a father figure.
- Action Girl: When she uses the Expansion suit to fight crime.
- All-Loving Hero: To the point where Xerosic pulls a HeelFace Turn, even going out of his way to make sure Emma doesn't get blamed for the crimes she committed while Brainwashed and Crazy.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: She is the boss of the Lumiose Gang. This is actually invoked, as she explains that the gang gave her trouble but she beat them herself in the past, making them think she was their boss.
- Badass Adorable: Also rather adorable and kind.
- Bilingual Bonus: Her conversation with the Kanto woman is not very polite. The Kanto woman (who is frustrated and scared over the theft of her Pokémon) insults Looker's and his partners' intelligence, and Emma does not respond well to this, angrily calling the woman out for her rudeness.
- Bittersweet Ending: Looker leaves Kalos behind, but he purchases the agency's building so that she can live under a roof. Furthermore, she also gets Xerosic's suit so that she can become a crime fighter.
- Bonus Boss: After clearing Looker's sidequests, she can be fought using the suit on certain days in the agency.
- Clothes Make the Superman: The suit she uses is designed so that her human capabilities are increased drastically to allow her to be an adequate Shapeshifter with capabilities matching that of a Ditto and Kecleon. It also grants her the ability to leap tall buildings In a Single Bound.
- Compressed Hair: How Emma manages to fit all that hair into her helmet is the true miracle of science.
- Cunning Linguist: Despite her lack of formal education (she apparently couldn't even read before Looker took her in), she's bilingual, able to speak both Kalosian (French) and Kantonian (Japanese).
- Dark Action Girl: When she was being controlled by Xerosic.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Inherits Xerosic's Crobat and Malamar, two mons she apparently befriended rather quickly.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: She goes through a lot before she gets one with Mimi.
- Happily Adopted: By Looker, sort of.
- Heartwarming Orphan: Rather nice and kind, and also an orphan.
- It Was a Gift: Looker's agency building from Looker and the suit from Xerosic along with his Pokémon.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: Whenever she wears the suit, Emma is put to sleep and her body is controlled remotely. In the end, Xerosic turns the sleep mode off to allow her to use the suit's powers as how she sees fit.
- Morality Pet: Mimi whenever Emma is wearing the suit that puts her in a sleeping state. Emma herself becomes this to Xerosic, who ends up pulling a HeelFace Turn for her sake.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Mimi. Emma does not actually own Mimi, but they are extremely good friends. Understandably, Mimi never actually fights,
- Orphan's Ordeal: After she is recruited into Looker's agency and learns that they don't have much food to go on, she decides to take a part-time job to help with the expenses. Unaware, she signed with Xerosic to test his suit technology.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Lumiose Gang eventually settle into the Looker Bureau, aiding Emma in her crusade for justice.
- Secret Identity: While using the suit, she uses the codename "Essentia".
- Signature Mon: Mimi the Espurr.
- Social Services Does Not Exist: Why the hell is a 16-year-old orphan wandering the streets of Lumiose City for so long?
- Street Urchin: Cut very clearly from the sort of 19th-century mold embodied in the works of men like Victor Hugo.
- Took a Level in Badass: Thanks to the Player Character, Looker, and Xerosic, she is essentially equipped to be able to engage in a detective business by the end of her story with the use of acquired skills, a powered suit, and her own Pokémon.
- Walking Spoiler: Arguably the most mysterious and least anticipated character in the whole X and Y cast. Being a sweet innocent girl who subconsciously commits crimes while wearing a villainous costume is the main reason for why that is.
Lillie / Lilie (リーリエ riirie)
A mysterious girl who assists Professor Kukui for personal reasons. She's not a trainer, because she dislikes seeing Pokémon get hurt. She is fiercely protective of a strange and temperamental Pokémon named Cosmog, nicknamed Nebby, that she carries around in her bag.
- Adorkable: Not obvious at first, but as the game goes on and she opens up more to the protagonist and others, she veers squarely into this. The best examples being her calling her Significant Wardrobe Shift her "Z-powered form", referring to a lot of relatively simple things as her trials and the fact she will often do a Z-pose after either of those.
- Aerith and Bob: She has a very common name compared to the rest of her family (Gladion, Lusamine, and Mohn).
- Badass Pacifist: Lillie isn't a trainer, and for most of the story outright abhors Pokémon battling, but she always sticks to her convictions, and even becomes your traveling partner while traversing Vast Poni Canyon.
- Big Little Sister: When compared to her brother Gladion or even the playable character, she is slightly taller than both of them. And no, that's not including the hat.
- Blush Sticker: When she gets mad (usually when the player is given the option of a flippant response to her), she puffs up her cheeks as they turn red◊.
- But Now I Must Go: After the player becomes the Champion, she decides to go to Kanto to start her journey as a trainer. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, however, this is averted as she stays throughout the post-game and helps you in the Rainbow Rocket Segment, and later even becoming a trainer and joins the player as their partner for the Battle Tree.
- Calling the Old Woman Out: When Lusamine details her whole plan to Lillie and the protagonist while they're inside the Ultra Beast's home dimension, Lillie responds with "That's terrible, Mother! You are terrible!" Doubles as a Kirk Summation because Lusamine is in full Evil Matriarch Brainwashed and Crazy mode at that time.
- Character Development: Over the course of the story, she becomes more confident and outgoing, thanks to the player character's influence. By the end of it, she grows interested in Pokémon battles, and decides to start her own journey in Kanto. And in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, she eventually has her own Pokémon by the time of the post-game.
- Character Tics: After her makeover, she often makes a fist pump with both hands.
- Crazy-Prepared: Despite not being a Pokémon trainer herself, she still carries plenty of trainer gear on her at all times, including Potions and Repels. Justified, since traveling across the islands necessitates traveling through a lot of areas with dangerous Pokémon, and it pays to be prepared.
- Cute Bookworm: She loves to read, and her loft bedroom at Professor Kukui's place is full of high-level books.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her father vanished into an alternate dimension, prompting her mother Lusamine to obsessively search for him and neglect Lillie and her brother. Exposure to the Nihilego drove Lusamine further to insanity, to which Gladion eventually grew sick of and ran away from with Type:Null. Unfortunately, this left Lillie being the only one to endure the brunt of Lusamine's now-exacerbated psychosis and obsession with the Ultra Beasts for two years. Three months before the game begins she followed suit with Nebby, and spent much of it afterwards fearing capture by both the Aether Foundation and Team Skull.
- Deuteragonist: The main story is as much about her as it is about the player. It's most prominent during the Poni Island arc, where she travels right by the player's side across the entire island.
- Disappeared Dad: While we know eventually her mother is Lusamine, not many details are given about her father. Later on, it's explained that her father was lost into an Ultra Wormhole and never came back, which is what probably drove her mother to deep end with her fixation on Ultra Beasts. Though piecing some information together will point out that her father is Mohn but nobody else knows this fact.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Hapu got too distracted by how lovely Lillie was (her exact words) to give you the Mudsdale ride in Malie City. Acerola also seems very happy to spend time with Lillie as well.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Along with changing her outfit, she also puts her hair up in a ponytail prior to the departure to Poni Island, in order to prominently delineate her strengthening resolve.
- Eye Take: When she scoffs at Hau's misuse of "land ahoy" and asks Kukui and the protagonist to back her up, and Kukui sides with Hau and makes a bad joke, Lillie's momentarily stunned, causing her eyes to briefly turn into black dots and her mouth to become a tiny triangle. It happens again briefly when Hapu's Mudsdale gallops up behind her and loudly neighs to her.
- Family Eye Resemblance: Shares green eyes with her brother Gladion, mother Lusamine, and father Mohn, likely as foreshadowing for the relation they all share.
- The Fair Folk: As a trainer, she's a Fairy-type specialist, using a lone Clefairy when she battles alongside you against Faba, and as a partner in the Battle Tree, she uses Ribombee and Comfey.
- Foil: Visually serves as a foil to her brother Gladion's red and black color scheme. Within the story, she acts as a foil to her mother, Lusamine. Lillie serves as the responsible and protective "mother" of Cosmog, while Lusamine says she has no children directly to Lillie.
- Foreshadowing: Her response to meeting the protagonist's mother for the first time is to remark, "You... have a very nice mother, don't you?", foreshadowing the very bad relationship she has with hers.
- Green Thumb: Her Ribombee in the Battle Tree wields a Grassium Z, allowing her to perform Bloom Doom in spite of her lack of an actual Grass-type Pokémon.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blonde-haired and a very good person. It stands in stark contrast to her mother.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Downplayed. She's usually pretty polite and soft-spoken, but if you choose certain lines of dialogue while talking to her, her cheeks will puff out as well as turn red and she'll start snapping at you.
- Happily Adopted: Professor Burnet found her and Nebby on the beach three months before the start of the game, and Burnet and Kukui have been taking care of her ever since. Lillie later admits that she sees Burnet like an actual mother figure.
- Implied Love Interest: For the male protagonist, at least. During the Exeggutor Island rain cutscene, Lillie's dialogue differs depending on the protagonist's gender. If the protagonist is male, she say that when she becomes a trainer, she'd like to travel together with them. While if the protagonist is female, she simply says that she wants to learn all of the things they know (though she still has a lot of Ship Tease with them, much like Shauna from X and Y).
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: After Nebby turns into the mascot Legendary of the game, it wants to stay in the Alola region and go on adventures with Lillie. However, Lillie realizes she can't give the new Legendary the adventures or battles it desires, so she allows the player character to capture it instead so that Nebby will be happy. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, while she also lets Nebby get caught by the player for the same reason, it is also with the hope of being able to heal Necrozma.
- Kid with the Leash: To Nebby, after it evolves into Solgaleo/Lunala.
- Little Miss Snarker: Downplayed. Some of your responses as well as Hau bring out this side of her on occasion but that's all there is.
- The Load: Pre-Character Development. Lillie isn't totally useless — she regularly heals your Pokémon for you — but she spends much of the early game bemoaning how weak she is because she's "not a Trainer" while complaining that she doesn't like to see Pokémon fight, pleading with you to "save Nebby!" (who she constantly loses track of) as she stands by and frets, then gets herself kidnapped when she actually does make some sort of stand for herself. As someone who's been under the influence of a dangerous and domineering mother, plus said mother's corrupt organization, Lillie has serious justification for being this way...but it's a good thing she has Incorruptible Pure Pureness on her side, ensuring that everyone is keen to help her out and protect her, or she might not have survived to get her level in badass.
- The Medic: She'll frequently heal the player's team throughout the game, especially at the Trainer's School, and later while traveling through Vast Poni Canyon. After the RR Episode in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, she gets promoted to Combat Medic once she joins your side in the Multi Battle challenge of the Battle Tree, with a Ribombee and a Comfey that can both fight opponents and heal your Pokémon if they get injured during battle.
- Minidress of Power: Wears a very short skirt after she becomes more courageous and outgoing.
- Mysterious Waif: Not much information was given about her in the pre-release period of the game, save that she was crucial to the plot of Pokémon Sun and Moon. And during the early portions of the game itself, she tends to be very evasive and shy about personal details. This is largely due to her awful relationship with her mother and her shame at having been witness to the early stages of Aether's plan.
- Narrator All Along: After the festival cutscene at the end of the game, text appears on the screen in which an unnamed narrator states that the festival lasted till the late of night. The text then goes into 1st person, and the narrator states that they are so happy to have met everyone. This, when combined with the final words after the credits, implies that Lillie may have been the story's narrator the whole time. This is averted in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, however, as she stays in Alola while Gladion is the one to leave instead.
- Nice Girl: She has plenty of praise and compliments for the people around her, she treats others with respect, she was willing to defy her own mother to protect Cosmog, and at a few points in the story she'll heal your team. Speaking of her mother, Lillie in fact, forgives Lusamine for everything Lusamine did, and took Lusamine with her on her journey to Kanto, because she heard that Bill had a similar situation to Lusamine fusing with Nihilego and wants to see if he can help get rid of the last bits of Nihilego's neurotoxins from Lusamine.
- Nice Hat: Lillie wears a white, wide-brimmed hat, presumably to protect herself from the sun. It's also likely part of what her mother forced her to wear to make her look more like UB-01, and once she starts to defy her mother and changes her outfit she ditches the hat.
- The Nicknamer: Both Pokémon that are most strongly associated with Lillie (Cosmog in the main series games, Alolan Vulpix in the anime) were both given nicknames (Nebby and Snowy respectively).
- No Sense of Direction: It's made apparent that it's easy for her to get lost, and how she almost always has to travel with someone else as a result. In fact, one of her idle animations is looking around confusedly.
- Not So Different: On Poni Island, Plumeria says that Lillie is very much like Lusamine, in that they both have extremely strong convictions. Like Mother, Like Daughter as one would say.
- Oblivious to Love: She doesn't seem to be aware of Hau's rather explicit crush on her, though the two are still friends regardless.
- One Head Taller: She's actually slightly taller than the protagonist is, regardless of gender, though it's slightly more dramatic when you're playing as female. She likely inherited Lusamine's height genes.
- Our Fairies Are Different: In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, she uses a Clefairy, and in the Battle Tree as your partner she uses the Fairy-types Ribombee and Comfey.
- Pacifist: Dislikes Pokémon battles, but makes exceptions for the protagonist. And just as often, she'll heal up your Pokémon after they get into a fight with others. Eventually she comes to see that Pokémon battles aren't that bad, and even goes to Kanto to become a trainer herself. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, she even has her own Pokémon.
- Perpetual Frowner: Her official artwork depicts her frowning, and she's definitely this at first, a small pout being her near-constant expression. As time passes and she opens up more to Hau and the player, she gradually starts to smile more and more. Amusingly, a look at the artwork for all her in-game facial expressions◊ shows that her eyebrows are naturally crossed into a furrow. The anime and manga adaptations downplay this greatly, making her casual expression more gentle.
- Reality Ensues: Lillie just took up Pokémon training right before Episode RR, so when she attempts to join the player in a gauntlet of battles against Team Rainbow Rocket, she isn't an Instant Expert and ends up being unsuited for it. While she takes down a Rocket Grunt on her own, after the Multi Battle against Faba she decides that she's not yet strong enough and instead helps by healing the player's Pokémon.
- Recurring Element: Takes after N from Pokémon Black and White. Both are characters which are mysterious at first with a sad backstory with an awful parent of the same gender who leads the local villainous team. Both credit their friendship with the protagonist as the reason for the drastic changes in worldview they undergo over the course of their respective games, but leave Unova/Alola at the end of the game. Both also befriend the legendary of the game.
- Red Herring: Prior to the release of the game, many assumed that Lillie would ultimately be the "second rival" and pick the starter that has the type advantage to the Player Character. This ends up not being the case and it's Professor Kukui who gets that starter, and Gladion ended up being the second rival. Additionally, many fans predicted that Lillie may be UB-01, or that UB-01 may be the creature living in her bag. The reason she looks like UB-01 is actually because her insane mother dressed her up that way thanks to her obsession with the Ultra Beasts. Why UB-01 behaves like a young girl, however, is never explained.
- Shared Family Quirks: She and Gladion share similar aspects with each other. Both stole a Pokémon from the Aether Foundation and seem to have a fondness for hooded shirts. Also, both are perpetual frowners that eventually smile more often once they open up. Not to mention, both have a strong sense of protectiveness over the Pokémon they stole.
- She's Got Legs: When she changes into her new outfit, the camera has a couple of images focusing on her legs. Apparently hair and eye color isn't the only thing Lusamine passed down to Lillie.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: She turns very pretty when she changes her outfit.
- Shrinking Violet:
- In the Pokémon Sun and Moon demo, she will run away from you even if you simply ask her name. Justified, considering how she is obviously very protective of whatever lives in her bag.
- In the main game she's also very shy by nature.
- Signature Mon: Despite not being an active trainer, Lillie spends most of the games caring for Nebby the Cosmog. In the post-game of the Ultra titles, she becomes a Fairy-type trainer; with her most notable Pokemon being a Clefairy that then becomes her true signature partner, carrying over into TCG cards, a Kotobukiya figure, and Pokémon Masters. The anime changes things around and her partner there is an Alolan Vulpix named Snowy instead.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: After getting rescued from Aether Paradise, Lillie decides to don a new outfit as representative of her getting out of her mother's influence. She calls it her "Z-powered form".
- Support Party Member: Her team in the Battle Tree in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is focused on healing and supporting the player, as is her Clefairy in the Multi Battle with the player against Faba and a Rocket Grunt. Specifically, her Clefairy and Ribombee use Light Screen and Reflect, and her Comfey can set up Grassy Terrain and use Floral Healing to completely restore an ally's HP.
- Tareme Eyes: The fact that she's a Perpetual Frowner dampens this a little, but her eyes are round and downward-slanting. She's far more affable and approachable than her brother Gladion, who has Tsurime Eyes.
- The Smart Girl: Examining the bookshelf in her loft in Kukui's lab shows that she's quite interested in advanced scientific concepts.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Later in the game, she changes her hairstyle to that of a ponytail.
- Took a Level in Badass: If her appearance on the poster for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is anything to go by, she's finally a Pokémon trainer, and the fact that she's in her "Z-Powered Form" indicates that she won't be the same Shrinking Violet she was most of the first game. You still have to help her protect Nebby from the Aether Foundation though. This is more apparent in the Rainbow Rocket episode where she joins you in a battle, becoming a trainer on her own.
- Took a Level in Cheerfulness: After the player's first battle against Lusamine, she not only undergoes a Significant Wardrobe Shift and ties her hair up into a ponytail, she considerably becomes more cheerful, outgoing and open.
- Took a Level in Kindness: At the start of the game, while generally respectful and polite, she's also rather cold and aloof towards others, and generally looks down on the Hau and the player's lifestyles as trainers. With time, though, she gradually opens up more and more, becoming significantly more cheerful and energetic, and eventually decides to become a Pokémon trainer herself, complete with her own personal journey in Kanto.
- Tsundere: Type B; she is for the most part a polite and kind-hearted person, but does have an angry side, as seen if the player decides to be snarky to her.
- Uncatty Resemblance: Due to her clothes, hat, and hairstyle, she has a striking resemblance to Nihilego. It turns out that Lusamine dressed Lillie up like that on purpose, due to the former's obsession with the Ultra Beasts. Lillie eventually subverts this by getting a change of clothes later in the story, though she still seems to prefer white.
- The Unfought: Mostly due to not being an actual trainer for most of the game. When she gets her own Pokémon in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, she only ever fights alongside you as a double battle partner and doesn't offer to challenge you in friendly matches.
- Walking Spoiler: Despite being the player's constant companion throughout the game, you won't learn much about Lillie until Sun and Moon's closing hours of main-story content.
Mohn (モーン moon)
The caretaker of the Poké Pelago archipelagos.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His scarf and pants are originally orange. It was changed to green in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
- Apocalyptic Log: The only thing he left behind after his disappearance were Nebby and some incomplete notes on Nihilego. This may very well be the reason behind Lusamine's obsession with them.
- Big Fun: Quite rotund, but very accommodating and helpful to the player.
- Character Tics: Hardly ever takes his hand off his chin.
- Hidden Depths: He was the former president of Aether Foundation, husband to Lusamine, and father to Lillie and Gladion. In the past, he was absorbed into an Ultra Wormhole and later on came back out somewhere else - surely Poke Pelago - with no recollection of his past.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: He apparently has lived his whole life raising the archipelagos. In truth, he is a former Aether Foundation president who got lost inside an Ultra Wormhole and came back out with his memories lost.
- Nice Guy: He's very hospitable to both the player character and all of the Pokémon staying at the Poké Pelago.
- Nice Hat: He wears a straw hat, presumably to block the sun.
- Not Quite Dead: Is presumed to have died after being absorbed into the Ultra Wormhole when in reality he is alive.
- Punny Name: His name is basically the last syllable of "Pokémon".
- Small Role, Big Impact: You'll only ever see him if you open Poké Pelago, but his disappearance basically drives the entire plot of the game, namely that Lusamine's motivation was to find him after he vanished. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon he gets a bit more of a role, appearing in the overworld a few times.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Blond hair and green eyes surely are too prominent, don't you think? Additionally, his hair also resembles Gladion's if you take a closer look.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Poké Beans - fitting, as that's the only kind of food that seems to be available on the Poké Pelago. He apparently eats more of them than he should.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: His children have clearly inherited their mother's looks.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: He's fairly rotund, with noticeable hair on his arms and dressed in very simple clothes. Lusamine is his wife! It is admittedly indicated he was more trim in the past, he talks about how his present state is due to how he's gotten addicted to eating way too many Poké Beans since starting up Poké Pelago.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His disappearance led to his wife becoming emotionally abusive to their children and eventually her obsession with Ultra Beasts, thus kicking off the plot of the game.
- Walking Spoiler: He's the father of Lillie and Gladion and husband of Lusamine.
Tristan / Tarou (タロウ tarou)
A Youngster Trainer who shows up early on Route 1.
- Badass Adorable: He's a Youngster which means he's just a little kid. He ends up being stronger than the Elite Four and his team was made to defeat them. He has a Dark type for Acerola (Sharpedo, along with Pursuit on Tauros and Brutal Swing on Exeggutor), a Flying type for Hala (Emolga), a Fire type for Molayne (Magmortar, along with Earthquake on Exeggutor and Tauros), a Grass type (Exeggutor again) and a Water type (Sharpedo again) for Olivia, and an Electric type for Kahili (Emolga again, along with Ice Fang on Sharpedo).
- Bonus Boss: Tristan is one of the Title Defense challengers.
- Boss in Mook's Clothing: One of the Title Defense challengers, Tristan is just a regular Youngster with a significantly stronger team than all the other ones found outside of battle facilities.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Tristan appears very early in the game, even before you got your first Pokémon. He asks the Professor if he has any recommendation for a move. Post-game, he asks the same to you again when he is challenging you for your Champion title, clearly putting those move recommendations to good use.
- Elemental RockPaperScissors: How he likely got past the Elite 4 despite his team being weaker level-wise and stat-wise. When he asked for move recommendations, he was CLEARLY paying close attention!
- Signature Mon: Tauros.
- Took a Level in Badass: He's an early Youngster, but post-game, he becomes one of the Title Defense challengers. He also has an impressive line up of Pokémon (Emolga, Sharpedo, Alolan Exeggutor, Magmortar and Tauros).
- Walking Spoiler: Not so much his existence, since he does show up very early. Rather, the spoiler is that he's one of the defense challengers.
- Weak, but Skilled: Implied. Tristan's team is weaker than the entire Elite Four, yet he has managed to get past them and is one of the Title Defense challengers, and his team is also pretty varied of types with some of them such as Emolga and Sharpedo having low base stat totals, making good use of the move recommendations he asked for.
Ryuki (リュウキ ryuuki)
A rockstar from overseas who specializes in Dragon-type Pokémon. He only appears as one of Title Defense challengers as he came to Alola to spread his fame. He returns in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
- Anime Hair: His hairdo is best described as someone trying to emulate a fanged maxilla, blood red gums included.
- Ascended Extra: In Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon, in addition to being one of the potential challengers in a Title Defense, Ryuki can also now be encountered and challenged in Alola's first Pokémon Gym at Maile City.
- Be Yourself: He gives this advice to the protagonist after the battle—as Ryuki explains, while critics loved his music, his music wasn't selling very well for a while. But he didn't give up, since rocking is who he is down to his bones. So he advises the protagonist to also be who they are down to their bones.
- Bonus Boss: He is only fought as a Title Defense opponent in the original games.
- Dragon-in-Chief: In Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon, Ryuki is the strongest trainer at Maile City Gym, despite not being the gym leader.
- Face Framed in Shadow: His upper face is shadowed up, with his left eye being visible, albeit in a glowing white eye kind of way. Only through the character design sheets you find out that he does this on purpose to disguise his baby-face◊.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The only Title Defense challenger who isn't someone you have previously met.
- Large Ham: He speaks like the famous musician he is ("Allow me to introduce my bandmates! Come on, babies!"), his motion towards his Pokémon during battle is a punch toward the sky, and his ponytail is constantly ruffling from an invisible gust of wind.
- Meaningful Name: His name is derived from ryū (Japanese for dragon). He specializes in Dragon-type Pokémon.
- Multicolored Hair: His hair is blood red with white bangs.
- Our Dragons Are Different: He is a Dragon-type specialist.
- Signature Mon: Though all of his Pokémon are the same level, his ace appears to be Kommo-o based on its placement at the end of his team.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Ryuki does, with some sort of chaps/thigh-high boots combo worn with it.
The Old Man in Haina Desert
A strange amnesiac man who can be found in Haina Desert. His memory can be regained if you show him a Solrock or Lunatone.
- Ambiguously Brown: Despite being an alien from outer space, he has the generic tan-skinned "Old Man" overworld model.
- Applied Phlebotinum: After giving his "star pulses" to the old men in Mauville City, he ended up getting amnesia due to losing his power. Luckily enough for him, Solrock and Lunatone can produce more at will.
- Call-Back: Based on how certain revelations are taken, his backstory explains what produces the O-Powers, how they came to Earth in the first place, and how they got into the hands of the old men who would create Mr. Bonding.
- Human Aliens: He outright says that his home is in space and teleports up after regaining his memories.
- Irony: Fills in the final holes in the backstory of Mr. Bonding and the O-Powers, despite the fact that Sun and Moon themselves cut the O-Power feature.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Lost his memory after giving away all his O-Powers.
- Red Herring: He asks to see a Pokémon related to the sun or moon, and given the box Legendaries of the games he appears in, one couldn't be blamed for assuming he was talking about Solgaleo or Lunala. Instead, he needs to be shown Solrock or Lunatone, Pokémon that aren't native to Alola.
- Star Power: Refers to the O-Power as "star pulses".
Kagetora and The Eeveelution Users
A group of trainers who were active roughly 30 years prior to the events of the games. A post-game side quest involves Kagetora sending you to find and defeat all eight of the Users. They all use one of the eight Eeveelutions (except for Kagetora, who uses Eevee).
- Darker and Edgier: Contrasting most in-game Pokémon stories, this particular side quest is rather serious, dealing with themes such as old age, letting go of the past, and death.
- Informed Ability: Kagetora describes all users in great detail, often mentioning their amazing, almost super-human qualities. Aside from their battle abilities, which are indeed good, the player never gets to witness said qualities. The conversation with Braiden implies their larger-than-life reputations may have been the result of rumors and exaggeration.
- I Was Quite a Looker: It's implied all of them were good-looking in their youth. Jane, Ishaan, and Linnea in particular are described as being particularly attractive and charming. The latter actually averts this: She's as beautiful as ever, but only thanks to massive amounts of money being spent on near-constant medicine and plastic surgery.
- Reality Ensues: They all work as a Deconstruction of sorts to the concept of the Pokémon trainer as a whole: After their prime, they all left the Trainer scene and had to focus instead on their families and jobs, like any other adult. As it turns out, "Pokémon Trainer" is not a feasible career option for a lot of people, even in the Pokémon world.
Kagetora (カゲトラ kagetora)
An employee at the Thrifty Megamart, and also a retired trainer now focusing on raising his son and paying off his mortgage. He sends you on an errand to find and challenge eight powerful trainers.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: His name can be interpreted as meaning "shadow tiger" in Japanese.
- Non-Elemental: Uses an unevolved, Normal-type Eevee as his only Pokémon.
- This Loser Is You: Downplayed. Since the franchise is already more than 20 years old, it's a given that at least a few of the older Pokémon fans can identify with his newfound responsibilities. This, however, is played sympathetically, and is treated as another fact of life: People grow up and now have to do things besides battling Pokémon all day.
Polly / Elise (エリーゼ eriize)
A female trainer who uses a Vaporeon in battle. She works at the Pokémon School in Hau'Oli City.
- Almighty Janitor: Nowadays, she's a window cleaner, but her Vaporeon is still as powerful as ever.
- Making a Splash: Her only Pokémon is a Vaporeon.
- Mundane Utility: Her Vaporeon uses its water-based powers to help her clean windows.
Chad / Cloud (クラウド kuraudo)
A male trainer who uses a Flareon in battle. He likes to stay at the Tide Song Hotel in Heahea City.
- Blood Knight: He had a fiery disposition in his youth and loved looking for fights.
- Playing with Fire: Uses a Flareon as his only Pokémon.
- Stage Magician: He was a stage magician before retirement.
Jane / Orochimaru (オロチマル orochimaru)
The Jolteon user. Nowadays, she hangs out at the Malie City Community Center.
- Scatterbrained Senior: A serious example, played for drama. She still recalls her days as a trainer, but she apparently has no memory of who Kagetora is. It's heavily implied this is due to Alzheimer's, senile dementia, or a similar disorder.
- Shock and Awe: Uses Jolteon, the Electric-Type Eeveelution. She was described as a "Thunder striking from a blue sky" and uses a few lightning-themed metaphors.
Ishaan / Kaiser (カイザー kaizaa)
The Espeon user, who supposedly could charm the Sun itself. Works at the Geothermic Power Plant.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Implied. He feeds his Espeon in spare times.
- The Power of the Sun: Uses Espeon, a Pokémon that's heavily associated with the Sun. Also, he was said to be able to charm the Sun itself, back in his youth. In his old age, he says that just as the Sun rises and sets, he, too, will set soon.
- Psychic Powers: Uses the Psychic-Type Espeon in battle.
Braiden / Zerok (ゼロック zerokku)
A man surrounded by mystery, with quite a few rumors of black magic and the occult floating around about him back in the day. Fittingly, he uses an Umbreon. To this day, he has a habit of going to Hau'Oli Cemetery every night, presumably to perform some sort of odd ritual.
- Back from the Dead: A rumor persists that he once died and came back to life. By his own admission, this was a misunderstanding after he got sick and had to spend a long time in the hospital. He goes on to say that death IS final, and that as much as he would like the rumors to be true, one day, soon, he will die, and it'll be for good.
- Combat Pragmatist: A given, since he uses the Dark-Type Umbreon.
- Dark Is Evil: A Dark-Type user with a foreboding, creepy reputation. A reputation that he really, really doesn't live up to. He may not be completely nice (he wanders away from the hospital and his presumably concerned son on a regular basis), but he's a perfectly normal, polite gentleman with no actual relation to the occult. He did, however, enjoy playing up the rumors in his youth.
- Lunacy: Uses Umbreon, a Pokémon heavily related to the moon. In battle, he likes to use the Moonlight move.
Rea / Citone (シトネ shitone)
A cool beauty who was merciless in pursuing opponents who has a Glaceon. She lives in Iki Town and wants nothing more than to spend time with her grandchildren.
- An Ice Person: Uses Glaceon, and she's said to have a soul of ice.
Linnea / Rene (ルネ rune)
A model famous around the world for her breathtaking beauty back in the day. Her Leafeon was said to be able to bring any withered plant back to full bloom. Likes to stay at the exclusive Hano Resort in Heahea City.
- Green Thumb: She's the Leafeon user.
- Magic Plastic Surgery: She's supposedly the same age as all the other Users, who all appear as the character models of elderly NPCs (Gentlemen, Janitors, and Madames). She instead appears as one of the very youthful female Swimmers. Downplayed, because she still has to constantly visit her beautician to maintain her looks, and according to her, her body is falling victim to the ravages of age anyway. Still, no real life doctor is that good.
- Older Than They Look: Despite being an old woman, she looks far younger as a result of plastic surgery.
Sakura and Kira / Sakuya (サクヤ sakuya) and Kirari (キラリ kirari)
Sakura was adored by Fairy-type Pokémon. She lived in Seafolk, but she died a year ago and her role as Sylveon user was passed to her granddaughter, Kira.
Sonia (ソニア sonia)
Leon's childhood friend, and also both granddaughter and assistant of Professor Magnolia. She will offer advice to the player throughout their journey.
- Bare Your Midriff: Downplayed. Her shirt is a crop top, but she wears a jacket over it, thus covering her midriff anyway. After she swaps the jacket for a lab coat, it's uncovered.
- Call to Adventure: Having become something of a aimless homebody after her own Gym Challenge journey with Leon ended (noting that she isn't even officially her grandmother's assistant, only calling herself one), Hop and the protagonist's encounter with Zacian/Zamazenta and her grandmother's chiding motivate her to head out on a new journey to uncover Galar's mysteries. While she initially only goes because her grandmother told her to, she finds a new zest for life over the course of the game, overcoming her insecurities and embracing her role as a true researcher.
- The Fashionista: She's a very fashionable young woman. Her bedroom in Magnolia's house is stocked full of makeup and fashion magazines, and one of the first things she does upon reaching Motostoke with the Protagonist is check out the local boutique.
- Friendly Rivalry: During her Gym Challenge, she had one with Leon, though it's a bit more complicated in the present day, with Sonia comparing her modest job as Magnolia's assistant to Leon's prestigious career as Champion. She had this dynamic with Nessa as well, though as adults they're currently best friends with none of the rivalry.
- Heroic BSoD: Comically subverted when it's revealed her new assistant is actually The Mole working for the two brothers and betrays her. She hides in a corner, not responding to anything, and Piers advises to leave her be for a while... only for her to immediately follow the others out of the lab, more pissed than anything.
- Hidden Depths: Many of her remarks to the player character hint at how she actually is very experienced and knowledeable about battling and Pokémon in general, she just lacks confidence/motivation early on to do much with said knowledge. In Opal's gym you can read an old scorecard that notes that Sonia got every question right during her audition battles, and Opal praised her as being talented but also noted that she gave up on things "a little too quickly," and added that it was probably "not easy being the granddaughter of Magnolia."
- Hot Scientist: Post-game, Sonia ends up becoming the new Professor of the Galar region and arguably the youngest professor in the series to date. She also exhibits Bare Your Midriff.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Upon becoming a Professor, she replaces her brown jacket with a white labcoat.
- Noodle Incident: Hop relates that at some point in the past Sonia went into the Slumbering Weald on her own, came back "in a state" and got a severe scolding from her grandmother. Just what she saw/what happened isn't revealed, but whatever it was wasn't bad enough to keep her from returning to the Weald later in the game.
- Retired Badass: She took on the Gym Challenge back in the day, and was apparently good enough to be Leon's rival, but works as her grandmother's assistant nowadays and doesn't seem to do much, if any, battling anymore.
- Shared Family Quirks: Has a habit of absentmindedly toying with a lock of her hair much the same way her grandmother twirls a tassel on her glasses.
- Signature Mon: Doesn't battle you, but she is usually accompanied by her Yamper.
- Supreme Chef: According to Leon, anyway. That said, Hop mentions near the end of the game that Leon can and will eat anything and has no real care for quality/sense of taste when it comes to food, with a high end restaurant and fast food being basically the same thing to him. This could mean either Sonia's cooking is one of the few things he actually likes more then others, or her cooking is just average and he can't tell.
Ball Guy (ボールガイ boorugai)
A strange burly man wearing a large Poké Ball on his head. He's always cheerful and makes a point of distributing rare Balls to Challengers he comes across.
- Ambiguous Gender: League Card says it's a possibility there could be a woman in that costume instead, though "she" would have to be pretty damn male-shaped. That the card seems to have been written by Ball Guy themselves may mean they just are trying to make themselves more mysterious than necessary.
- Inexplicably Awesome: He's a fairly well-known figure of the Gym Challenge, but nobody knows who he is, how he manages to be in every Stadium at once, or where does his supply of very rare Balls (including the Apricorn-made Balls from Gold and Silver, and the Entralink-exclusive Dream Ball from Black and White) comes from. Even once you find out he has a League Card, it only confirms that we know nothing about him (even the picture is just a cute drawing of him). At least he's harmless and helpful, so no one really minds his presence.
- Mascot: Of the Gym Challenge except not. He's not even the official mascot, he's just so omnipresent that everyone assumes he is. Once you become Champion, he starts begging you to make him the real deal.
- Stylistic Suck: His League Card is shown to be incredibly crumpled.
- Too Awesome to Use: He's the only way to get most of the Balls he gives away, and he only gives one of each. A lot of players end up with a mental block and never use his gifts.
- The Un-Reveal: Makes an appearance in Twilight Wings with the head off, but their face is never revealed since their back is towards the audience.
Cara Liss / Ukattsu (ウカッツ ukattsu)
A scientist who lives near Stow-On-Side, and owns a machine able to... "revive" fossil Pokémon.
- Ambiguously Evil: Cara Liss looks incredibly shady and there's no way her proposed method of fossil ressurecting is anything but unethical, yet she could very well be just clueless or misinformed about her subject of interest.
- Back-Alley Doctor: Instead of working in a proper lab, she lives just outside of Stow-On-Side, in an out-of-the-way location.
- Came Back Wrong: The fossil Pokémon she revives, due to being made out of mismatched body parts.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Look closely at her character model and you'll notice she has a very strange eye pattern. They're heavily-lidded and appear to be white pinpricks with a black outline and no irises.
- Failed a Spot Check: When she "revives" a Fossil Pokémon, she states excitedly that she can tell that this was a Pokémon that walked the land in ancient times. She even says this about Arctovish, which can't walk at all.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Fittingly considering her line of work, she wears mismatched socks.
- Fossil Revival: Similarly to previous games, her role is to bring back fossil Pokémon.
- Karma Houdini: Cara Liss never gets punished for consigning the Fossil Pokémon she creates to a miserable existence. This ties in with Idiot Houdini if she genuinely doesn't notice anything wrong with them.
- LEGO Genetics: The only reason why her revived Pokémon can still function as living creatures.
- Mad Scientist: Instead of reviving a single Fossil Pokémon, she revives two halves of distinct species at once to create a new, artificial creature. Her disheveled appearance compared to other scientists helps to give her this impression, as well.
- Meaningful Name: Referring to her... unique method of reviving fossil Pokémon.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Deconstructed. Her "revived" Pokémon suffer from crippling deformities due to being made from mismatched body parts.
- Punny Name: Assuming she really does mean well with her botched experiments, one could say she is pretty careless.
- Third-Person Person: She speaks like this when asking the player for fossils to "revive".
- Verbal Tic: She tends to append the word "huh" to the ends of her sentences.
Sordward and Shielbert / Sod (ソッド soddo) and Shildy (シルディ shirudi)
Two brothers descended from ancient Galarian royalty, they aren't too fond of Sonia's rewriting of history.
- Anime Hair: Parodied; Their hairstyles resemble the items they (and the games) get their names from. This includes Sordward having a long, thick protrusion of hair going straight up, which dips when he bows. By his own admission he is physically incapable of wearing a hat. Shielbert is marginally more realistic, though his hair sticks out just a bit too far on the sides and it's still a sight to see the whole thing fluttering like a sheet in dramatic wind. The game's only hint to their existence before their first appearance is an NPC in the Wyndon hair salon mentioning having seen Sword and Shield shaped hair somewhere, and considering getting her hair done similarly.
- Beware the Silly Ones: They're Laughably Evil, but their Pokémon have levels in the 60s and they manage to defeat Hop the first time they confront the heroes. Furthermore, the two other times they fight the protagonist are intended as distractions while part of their plan proceeds in the background.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Of the post-game.
- Blank White Eyes: They briefly get these after losing.
- Dual Boss: During your second fight against them, they 2v2 you and Hop.
- Easily Forgiven: Considering all they did, their ultimate fate of going on an apology tour across the region seems rather lenient. Though given their grossly inflated egos, this is likely torture for them.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Insufferable and amoral they may be, but they clearly love one another and show distress when the other is hurt.
- Evil Is Petty: They plant a traitor in the Pokémon Research Lab to steal the Wishing Stars and use them to unleash rampaging Dynamaxed Pokémon across Galar's gyms, with the intention to do the same thing with Zacian and Zamazenta, because they believe Sonia's published book on Galar's history to be full of lies (and believing that the "old history" was better, because it benefited them). They also look down on anyone less famous than themselves, and gave Sonia's book one star on their online review.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Both of them use Steel-types as two of their four party members, Doublade and Bisharp for Sordward, Bronzong and Klinklang for Shielbert.
- Hypocritical Humor: They make fun of Piers for having "strange taste in hairstyles" despite their own ridiculous Anime Hair.
- In-Series Nickname: Sonia calls them "weirdos".
- Jerkass Realization: After their plan goes south and one of them almost dies, they realize just how stupid the whole affair was and willingly surrender.
- Laughably Evil: They're the closest thing the game has to a "pure" antagonist faction, but despite their legitimately dangerous plans, they're so ridiculous nobody takes them seriously. They're just regarded as a pair of clowns with stupid names and stupider hair.
- Might Makes Right: Believe that the only way to determine whether the actual truth or the version of history that most benefits them is "the most truthy" is through battle.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: They are Composite Characters of Prince Harry and William mixed with Jedward of the U.K.'s The X Factor.
- Poke the Poodle: Their aforementioned online one-star review of Sonia's book.
- Recurring Boss: Sordward is fought three times in Sword, and Shielbert is fought three times in Shield. The only time the other is faced is in a double battle.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: They wear suits everywhere they go. Sordward's is blue, Shielbert's is red.
- Signature Mon: Both of them use Sirfetch'd when they're fought solo, as Sirfetch'd has a sword and a shield.
- Upper-Class Twit: Descended from royalty, but look at them.
- Walking Spoiler: There is only one tiny hint they exist before the post game, and their scenario is a direct consequence of the plot of the main game (specifically, Zacian and Zamazenta protecting Galar from Eternatus and Sonia publishing her findings as a professor).
Gym Challengers (Yue, Polaire, Kent, Vega, Cher, Deneb, Icla, Wei, Izar, Dunne, Pia, Corvin, Terry, Theemin, Phoebus)Trainers who appear randomly when the player participates in Champion tournaments. Each of them specialize in a single type (with Psychic, Dark, and Fairy-types going unrepresented).
- All There in the Manual: The game refers to them as "Pokémon Trainer X", but supplementary material refers to them as Gym Challengers.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Deneb specializes in Fighting-types.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Polaire specializes in Bug-types. Additionally, Cher, Izar, and Vega all wield a Pokémon that's part-Bug type.
- Blow You Away: Kent specializes in Flying-types. Additionally, Deneb, Terry, and Vega all wield at least one Pokémon that's part-Flying type.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Cher and Dunne specialize in Rock and Ground-types, respectively. Additionally, Izar, Polaire, Theemin, Vega, Wei, and Yue all wield a Poké that's part Rock or Ground-type.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Theemin specializes in Steel-types. Additionally, Deneb and Pia both wield a Pokémon that's part-Steel type
- Green Thumb: Pia specializes in Grass-types. Additionally, Wei wields the part-Grass Trevenant.
- An Ice Person: Izar specializes in Ice-types. Additionally, Wei wields the part-Ice Froslass.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Terry specializes in Dragon-types. Additionally, Dunne wields the part-Dragon Flygon.
- Making a Splash: Vega specializes in Water-types. Additionally, Cher, Corvin, Icla, Kent, Polaire, Terry, and Wei all wield a Pokémon that's part Water-type.
- Meaningful Name:
- In Classical Mythology, the sun god Apollo was sometimes called Phoebus Apollo, which makes Phoebus a good name for a Fire-type specialist.
- Dunne's name is one letter away from "dune" (as in sand dunes), and he's the Ground-type specialist of the group.
- Non-Elemental: Yue specializes in Normal-types. Additionally, Kent and Terry both wield a Pokémon that's part-Normal Type.
- Palette Swap: Each of them is a palette swap of a different trainer class.
- Playing with Fire: Phoebus specializes in Fire-types. Additionally, Terry wields the part-Fire Turtonator.
- Poisonous Person: Icla specializes in Poison-types. Additionally, Corvin and Pia both wield a Pokémon that's part-Poison type.
- Shock and Awe: Corvin specializes in Electric-types. Additionally, Phoebus and Polaire both wield a Pokémon that's part-Electric type.
- All of them are named after various celestial bodies.
- Cher's name and design make her resemble Cher Lloyd.
- Soul Power: Wei specializes in Ghost-types. Additionally, Phoebus wields the part-Ghost Chandelure.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Several of them have unusual hair colors.
Honey (ミツバ mitsuba)
Originally the CEO of a trading company, she now is the sub owner/matron of the Isle of Armor's Master Dojo and Mustard's wife.
- Achievements in Ignorance: She originally invented Max Soup as a way to cut costs (using mushrooms she found in the forest instead of buying mushrooms), only to discover that what became called Max Mushrooms can also awaken the Gigantamax factor in compatible Pokémon when it happened to her own. She is rather proud of the unintended result and even plans on selling ready-made Max Soup around the world.
- Berserk Button: Never insult her or the dojo unless you want to experience her bad side.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Despite being such a sweet and motherly person, she doesn't hesitate in giving a guy a straight up beatdown when he barges into the dojo to demand a battle and starts insulting her and the dojo, making him run away. Honey then notes she has an unfortunate tendency to scare off potential students for the dojo when they see this side of her.
- Bonus Boss: If you managed to give her enough watts, you can challenge her in the dojo, wherein it's revealed she's actually on par with Mustard as a trainer.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: It's noted on her rare League Card that helping care for so many powerful Pokémon has forged Honey into quite a powerful person herself. She can directly handle even powerful creatures like Gallade. To put it in perspective; while most trainers notably have to put some effort into throwing the Dynamax ball, Honey can not only throw it single-handedly without any signs of struggle, but also she throws it as fast as if it were a normal sized Pokéball!
- Edible Theme Naming: With her husband Mustard. Not only are they both named after edible spreads (with Mustard's name still following the plant theme most characters' names in the game have), but if you put their names together, you also get "honey mustard."
- Fiery Redhead: When challenged, she is a pretty serious fighter and can become quite aggressive if you are get on her bad side.
- Happily Married: It's noted that she and Mustard fell in love at first sight and were married shortly after. She clearly adores him, especially when he is in his "serious" mode. They have a son, named Hyde, as well.
- Has a Type: She gushes and practically swoons when she sees Mustard in his manly "Champion" form, to the point of at first ignoring the player character despite them having been the one who won the battle.
- Meaningful Name:
- Her name can be short for honeywort or honeysuckle, in keeping with the game's Floral Theme Naming. It also forms some Edible Theme Naming with her husband Mustard, as well as denoting her (usually) sweet personality.
- Her Japanese name, Mitsuba, is the Japanese term for honeywort, and it also literally means "three leaves"; her signature on her League Cards has a three-leaf clover drawn above it.
- Recurring Element: Much like Leon and Professor Kukui, she ends up using the final evolution of the starter that wasn't picked by anyone.
- Redhead In Green: She's a redhead who wears a green sweater, shoes, earrings, and eyeshadow.
- Signature Mon: Blastoise or Venasaur (depending on which starter you choose) which she Gigantimaxes.
- Supreme Chef: She was the one who created the recipe for Max Soup, the Island of Armour's signature dish.
- Team Mom: Appears this to be this for everyone in the dojo. It's noted that monitoring the mental health of students is one of the many responsibilities she has taken on (including cooking, cleaning, advertising and taking care of finances).
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Not that Mustard is all that ugly when he's not playing the part of a silly old man, indeed he's almost a Silver Fox, but Honey is still much younger than him and especially attractive.
Mustard and Honey's genius son.
- Adorkable: He rambles on about how Porygon is created before getting flustered and telling the player to take the one he made.
- Brains and Brawn: He's the brains to his parents' brawn, if not the entire Isle's.
- Child Prodigy: He invented a lot of the technology the dojo uses and creates a Porygon all by himself, all while appearing younger than the player character.
- Creating Life: It's heavily implied he created the Porygon he gifts the player.
- Headphones Equal Isolation: He wears a pair of blue earbuds to emphasize his love of technology.
- Jock Dad, Nerd Son: His dad was the Galar League champion for a record 18 years running and is still physically fit in the present, while he's a Child Prodigy who prefers to stay inside and invent things. This doesn't seem to cause any strife between them, however, and he's happy to put his intellect towards helping run his father's dojo.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: His parents are powerful Pokémon trainers, while he's an inventor.
- Patchwork Kids: His hairstyle and color resemble those of his mother, and he has his dad's eyes.
- Techno Babble: He dives into this when explaining to the player how Porygon are made, with the game automatically fast-forwarding through it.