Pokémon Family Species: Gen I (Bulbasaur to Parasect / Venonat to Cloyster / Gastly to Miltank / Magikarp to Mew) | Gen II (Chikorita to Granbull / Qwilfish to Celebi) | 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 (Grookey to Hatterene / Impidimp to Calyrex) | 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)
The protagonists and rivals of Pokémon Sun and Moon.
- Action Fashionista: Much like Calem and Serena in the previous generation, they kick lots of butt while wearing various different outfits.
- Adapted Out: Neither made an appearance in the Sun and Moon anime, but "Elio's" default outfit served as the inspiration for Ash's outfit in that series.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Kukui goes around the islands scouting the best trainers to make up the Alolan League. When you arrive and beat the Elite Four, Kukui essentially reveals that you were being recruited to be the fifth trainer and Champion all along. The final battle sees the player as Champ defending their title from the last trainer as a challenger.
- Bare Your Midriff: Some clothing choices (The Lurantis and Kommo-o outfit in particular) and the female surf outfit have the midriff showing.
- Big Eater: While Hapu will chastise them for not finishing the Zumungous Noodle Bowl at Seafolk Village, they can still visit three different restaurants in rapid succession and eat as much as they can buy at those restaurants. Not only that but they describe the food in impeccable taste, almost like they are a professional restaurant reviewer. At the Battle Buffet, you can take up to 50 servings of food, and assuming you've picked the least popular dishes, the protagonists can eat 24 servings and still be hungry and totally unsatisfied.
- The Big Guy: Or Gal, if you're playing Selene, in the main story. The Player Character has no goals beyond the Island Challenge, and due to their blank expression, it's hard to tell how they really work in group dynamics. The rest of the cast repeatedly notes how the player is a natural when it comes to battling, and they are the powerhouse that crushes the opposition in every team they join. Whether it be fighting with the captains against Team Skull, following Gladion into the Aether Foundation, helping Lillie save Nebby, or catching the Ultra Beasts for the international police, someone else is always driving the plot. You are The Hero, but only significant due to being the most powerful trainer of the group who was directly chosen by Tapu Koko.
- But Thou Must!: Certain dialogue options can make the protagonist come off as hesitant or outright resistant about becoming a Pokémon trainer, but the plot still requires them to take the island challenge, regardless.
- The Chosen One: It's implied that Tapu Koko gave them the base for their Z-Ring because they saw something extraordinary in them (with said treatment usually being confined to island Kahunas). Considering they bravely risk life and limb to save Nebby the Cosmog, it's understandable.
- Cloudcuckoolander: They have a hobby of sleeping in other people's beds, and commenting on how the beds feel and smell. This has no effect on their Pokémon's health. There's also the fact that they can suddenly burst into a pirouette if you make them walk in a circle.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The male protagonist wears blue Popplio themed shoes and shirt with Litten pants in the middle, and the female protagonist red Litten themed shoes, hat and bag with Rowlet themed shorts and shirt in the middle in their default appearances. And in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the male protagonist wears a Popplio inspired shirt and shorts with Litten themed shoes, bag and hat while the female protagonist wears a Rowlet inspired hat, shorts, and shoes and a Litten inspired shirt and bag.
- Cool Shades: They can wear sunglasses in several colors, though only Sun gets aviator shades in particular.
- Curtains Match the Window: Black hair and eyes in their default appearance, albeit with a slight bluish tint.
- Dance Battler: Part of using Z-Moves involves doing a Magic Dance.
- Dissonant Serenity: They are almost always seen with a slight smile, regardless of the situation. The exceptions are when saving Nebby/being saved by Tapu Koko in the beginning; the first appearance of Nihilego at the Aether Foundation; when Lusamine (and Guzma) are pulled into the Ultra Wormhole in Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon; the beginning of Nebby's transformation into Solgaleo/Lunala; just before the appearance of Necrozma and when it absorbs Solgaleo/Lunala in Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon; after defeating Lusamine/restoring her to normal in Sun/Moon; and after defeating Ultra Necrozma in Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Spinning the control pad in a circle for long enough will make them do a pirouette.
- Exposed to the Elements: Both dress like what you'd expect for a warm, tropical location, but they can still ascend to the chilly heights of Mt. Lanakila in the same outfits, with no problem.
- Fantasy Helmet Enforcement: Their ride gear includes a helmet.
- Friend to All Living Things: In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, as they can play with several Pokémon who has trainers. taking an interest in the the player character as they walk by them even when these Pokémon had just met them for the first time. In the Rainbow Rocket Episode, the Rotom Dex tells Cyrus that it's because they are this to Pokémon that they are able to win against him.
- Heroic Mime: Averted, as you are given plenty of dialogue options.
- I Have Many Names:
- A promotional trailer featuring the Battle Royale shows two male playable characters named "Sun" and "Elio" and two female characters named "Moon" and "Selene", and the demo puts the player in the shoes of a male playable character named "Sun."
- Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon use the promotional names "Ray" ("Kouta") and "Ailey" ("Koumi").
- Internal data sets their names to "Kai" for the boy, and "Lana" for the girl, though the existence of Trial Captain Lana complicates this.
- Masters uses their promotional theme names from the originals.
- Jerkass: In a first for the series, you're given plenty of chances to play your character as a rude, detached asshat. You can express indifference to Alolan culture, insult Hau and Lillie, and tell Sophocles that you don't like his Festival Plaza.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: They do keep a Meowth as a housecat after all. You can reinforce this by picking Litten as your starter, giving everyone in your family a signature cat Pokémon.
- Limit Break: The first playable protagonists to use Z-Moves, which are powerful attacks that activate through a bond between Pokémon and trainers and the use of a Z-Crystal, but can only be used once per battle.
- Magical Accessory: Their bracelets are Z-Rings, which allow their Pokémon to use Z-Moves and Mega Evolve.
- Magic Dance: Are the first protagonists to use Z-Moves, which require a dance to activate.
- Magical Flutist: They play the Sun/Moon Flute to call Solgaleo or Lunala depending on the version.
- Meaningful Name: Their version names are Sun and Moon for the guy and girl respectively. Their promotional theme names are Elio and Selene — Helios and Selene were the Greek gods for the sun and moon. Meanwhile, their names as of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are Ray and Ailey, which mean "beam of light" and "light" in Irish. Alternatively, based on their Japanese equivalents, Ray could refer to the musical note (Kouta roughly translates to "Song") while Ailey sounds phonetically similar to bay leaf (Koumi may translate to "Spice").
- Mighty Whitey: Downplayed. It seems this way; a foreigner is welcomed into a different culture, learns their ways, is chosen by one of their ancient guardians, eventually becoming the strongest trainer and very first official Pokémon Champion of the Alola League. However, since they came from Kanto which is based on Japan their default light-skinned appearance isn't supposed to be white but rather Asian.
- New Transfer Student: Like in the Japanese trailer, the hero is a new kid who just moved to Alola and is quickly befriended by the rival.
- No Name Given:
- The player characters in Sun and Moon are not given official names in the final game. In the actual, final game, the opposite playable gender never appears as an NPC and no selection of names are given when the player is asked to name their character.
- Japanese fandom adopted Mizuki as the female trainer's name. Although not as unanimous, they're tending towards calling the male protagonist Yō. Eventually, Mizuki was confirmed to be the female trainer's Japanese canon name via figurine, as was Selene when it came out in English. Though given that Mizuki is the Japanese equivalent for one of the female trainer's promotional names, it may be a placeholder.
- In promotional material for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the protagonists are named Ray and Ailey. Despite these being the first set of names with no direct connection to the games' titles, these names were officially supplanted later on.
- One Head Taller: Lillie is actually slightly taller than they are, which is more dramatic a difference when playing as Selene.
- One-Man Army:
- Or to be more exact, a One-Trainer Army. Near the end of the game, they've become strong enough to take on five Team Skull grunts at once and win.
- Even moreso in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, as they can defeat eight Big Bads (six of them with Legendary Pokémon in their teams, mind you) and three Pokémon League Champions all by themselves, which is much more than any other player character could do, with only Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 having protagonists that can dare to get close to such accomplishments.
- Parental Title Characterization: A throwaway line has them refer to their father as "father". In previous games the father was always described as "Dad" by the protagonist. It's never specified what this could mean, however their dad is apparently absent.
- Perpetual Smiler: They almost never have their smiles leave their faces, even while faced with villains.
- Save the Princess: They rescues Lillie, whose placement in the plot makes her a "princess"-type character on several occasions.
- Schrödinger's Player Character: The player character you don't choose never appears as an NPC, which hasn't happened in a main series game since FireRed & LeafGreen.
- The Stoic: They hardly ever change expression, not even when an Ultra Wormhole opens. Downplayed that they do have reactions of shock in some cutscenes, but otherwise, their reactions remains unchanged.
- Ship Tease: They're teased a lot with Lillie throughout the story. Yes, even when playing as Selene. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, they also got some tease with Hau and even a little with Gladion.
- Suddenly Voiced: While they normally don't talk outside of dialogue options, when an Ultra Wormhole briefly appears in the sky above Heahea City, you get a sentence from their internal monologue where they wonder why they're seeing a crack in the sky.
- Super Mode: In the post-game, they gain the ability to use Mega Evolution through Dexio or Sina gifting them a Key Stone after beating them, depending on the version.
- Supporting Protagonist: The story is really more about Lillie and Nebby than the hero, and the post game is more about Looker and Anabel.
- Status Quo Is God: Surprisingly averted. They become Alola's first champion and it sticks in the post-game. Whenever they go through the Elite Four, the person they fight after is out to claim their title.
- Strong Family Resemblance: You can choose the third option for the trainer customization at first and have either of the protagonist you choose look exactly like their mother in skin color, eyes and hair.
- Vague Age: Actually averted, despite them having access to the same basic toolbox that gave Calem and Serena such a wide variety of apparent ages. Wicke asks the player at one point if they are "around eleven", to which the player can choose to respond either "Yes" or "How'd you know?", but saying no isn't an option.
- Virtual Paper Doll: Much like the Gen VI protagonists, the Gen VII protagonists are customizable. Even more so now that you can choose between four skin tones, including a legit dark skin tone as opposed to X and Y only having a medium brown, more clothing options, being able to dye white clothes and even go hatless, subverting the Nice Hat requirement of all previous protagonists.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Downplayed, but you can give your character hair colors such as wine red (which looks to be more of a purple shade) or even white in the postgame.
Elio / Yō (ヨウ you)
The male main character of Pokémon Sun and Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, a young boy who has recently moved to the Alola region from Kanto alongside his mother and their pet Meowth. After meeting a mysterious girl named Lillie and protecting her Cosmog, Nebby, from a flock of aggressive Spearow, he is gifted a stone for making a Z-Ring by the guardian of Melemele Island, Tapu Koko. Soon afterwards, he picks his starter and undergoes the Alolan Island Challenge.
- The Cameo: He appears faceless in the music video for Starmie's song
- '80s Hair: His hair in his default appearance goes down to shoulder length.
- Blue Is Heroic: His default outfit features a blue striped shirt, and his backpack, shoes, and even his hair have blue accents.
- The Ditz: Subverted in Masters. While he and Selene are both slow to react when listening to Elesa's horrible puns, it turns out that, in his case, he simply took time to respond because he wanted to reply with his own pun ("you know, U-no-va"?) while Selene's slow response was because she took a while to process what she heard.
- Hair Antennae: Has a tiny pair on top of his head that you only see when his hat's off, which he appears to have inherited from his mother as she has a similar pair on top of her head.
- Implied Love Interest: For Lillie, though she still has a lot of Ship Tease with both genders, much like Shauna from X and Y. But during the Exeggutor Island rain cutscene, Lillie's dialogue differs depending on the protagonist's gender. If the protagonist is male, she says that when she becomes a trainer, she'd like to travel together with him. If the protagonist is female, she simply says that she wants to learn all of the things she knows.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: You can choose an effeminate battle style for him, and some of his clothes have pink options.
- Its Pronounced Tropay: His name is spelt similarly to 'Elliott' and so it's pronounced in a similar fashion.
- Meaningful Name: Elio sounds similar to Helios, the Greek god of the Sun.
- Primary-Color Champion: His primary outfit includes a blue and white striped shirt, blue backpack, and blue sneakers, and his capri pants have red accents.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Some of his available clothes options. In particular, one shirt exclusive to him is based on Cherrim.
- Signature Mon: Is largely associated with Incineroar, though Decidueye isn't unheard of. Masters however gives him Primarina.
- Shirtless Scene: In the surfing outfit, the only thing he wears are swim shorts and a life-jacket.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: He has a lot of tank top options.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: The first male protagonist capable of wearing them as part of his regular outfit. The Kommo-o Tassets, available in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, resemble short shorts with armored knee pads.
Selene / Mizuki (ミヅキ mizuki)
The female main character of Pokémon Sun and Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, a young girl who has recently moved to the Alola region from Kanto alongside her mother and their pet Meowth. After meeting a mysterious girl named Lillie and protecting her Cosmog, Nebby, from a flock of aggressive Spearow, she is gifted a stone for making a Z-Ring by the guardian of Melemele Island, Tapu Koko. Soon afterwards, she picks her starter and undergoes the Alolan Island Challenge.
Her Pokémon Adventures counterpart is known as Moon.
- All There in the Manual: Although "Selene" was given in the trailers, it was originally thought to be only a promotional name. It was only confirmed as her official name with the announcement of an officially licensed figure.
- The Ditz: Masters shows that she is a bit slow on the uptake when dealing with Elesa's horrible puns or even rhymes.
- Flower Motifs:
- In Sun and Moon her hat looks like a flower when seen from behind or above, and her shirt has a floral pattern on it.
- In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon she has a flower on her hat, and she wears a different floral-patterned blouse with a hemline that resembles a flower's petals.
- Genki Girl: Her official artwork depicts her as fairly energetic looking.
- Girliness Upgrade: Selene's default hair in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is far longer by default compared to her appearance in the earlier games, going down past her shoulders in Girlish Pigtails.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: Her hair options are noticeably longer than Sun's.
- Meaningful Name: Shares her name with the Greek goddess of the moon.
- Minidress of Power: Can become the most powerful trainer in the region, and has numerous miniskirt options.
- Nice Hat: She starts out with a cute red hat that kind of looks like a potted plant (and a flower, from behind) In the Ultra games, her default hat is a simpler looking straw hat with a flower on the band.
- One Steve Limit: Her unused Japanese name Lana is the same as that of the Water-type Trial Captain. Her Japanese promotional name also happens to be shared with a random NPC.
- Pink Is Feminine: Her ride outfit is decorated with pink stripes.
- Red Is Heroic: Wears a red hat, and her purse and shoes have red accents.
- Signature Mon: Overwhelmingly associated with the Rowlet line. Fittingly, she gets Decidueye in Masters.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: In her default appearance, the female protagonist wears upper thigh length short shorts, likely because of how hot Alola is compared to other regions.
Rotom Pokédex (ロトム図鑑 rotomu zukan)
A Rotom inhabiting the latest version of the Pokédex, which is specifically made for it. Combined, the Rotom Pokédex elevates the technology to never before seen uses.
For tropes pertaining to Rotom as a species, see here.
- Ascended Extra: Rotom was a Pokémon that got some publicity around the release of Platinum with its formes, but has otherwise been just another Pokémon.
- Deadpan Snarker: As befitting its mischievous personality, the Rotom Pokédex makes some pretty sarcastic comments.
- Fairy Companion: As a main series first; a Rotom assists the player character by inhabiting a tailor-made Pokédex, allowing it to talk and perform more features than a standard Dex. In a somewhat ironic twist however, Rotom is a Ghost-type, which are better known for haunting people.
- Haunted Technology: As is fitting with Rotom's ability to possess machinery. The Rotom Pokédex is the first known use that is intentional, however.
- Hypocritical Humor: At one point, it claims to be afraid of ghosts despite, y'know, being a 'Ghost-type. Partially justified, though, when you realize Ghost-type Pokémon are weak to Ghost-type moves.
- Irony: It doesn't have a Pokédex entry of its own species.
- Monster Compendium: The original purpose of the Pokédex is to list Pokémon. So naturally this Pokédex does the same thing.
- Non-Action Guy: Dex Rotom does not battle any Pokémon.
- Retired Badass: Possibly. It mentions that it used to battle prior to entering the Pokédex, but doesn't elaborate.
- Robot Buddy: Your Pokédex is a facsimile of one, seeing as it's possessed by a friendly Rotom.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Is powered down once you reach Ultra Space. Except for when they travel to Ultra Megalopolis in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
- So Proud of You: As your Pokédex gets filled and at certain points in the story, Rotom will praise you, being especially fond of "clever boy/girl".
- Talking Animal: While there have been other speaking Pokémon before, this is the first time one has been in a larger role. The Rotom can only do this if it's inside the Pokédex, though.
- Unusual Euphemism: At one point, Rotom says "What the zzzt!?"
- Verbal Tic: Sprinkles its dialogue with electric noises like "bzzt" and "zzzt", and tends to drag out s at the end of words into "zzz".
- Welcome to Corneria: Averted at first, with many lines of unique dialogue after every story event, but falls into this during the postgame, where Rotom will draw from a list of only about 10 lines, leading to it continuing to remind you about content you've already completed. One of its lines is basically, "How about you register a new Pokémon in my Dex today?" Rotom will ask this question even after you've completed the Alolan Regional Dex and there are no new Pokémon to register.
Hau (ハウ hau)
- Adapted Out: His Komala is replaced with a Tauros in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Is implied to have a crush on Lillie, but she remains oblivious and is implied to have feelings for the player character.
- Always Second Best: He's implied to feel somewhat overshadowed by his grandfather Hala, as one of his goals is to eventually beat him in a real battle. Generally averted regarding the player character, as while he aspires to catch up to and be on equal ground with them, he doesn't feel too bad when he loses to them. The fact he is a potential challenger for the player's champion title indicates he did beat his grandfather in battle and can stand on even footing with him now. In Ultra Sun and Moon he is shown to be wiping away tears after losing to the protagonist for the title of Champion. He's also shown to be sulking after he finds out that Gladion left a Type:Null for the protagonist, while he received nothing.
- Animal Motifs: Concept art reveals that the pattern on his shorts are taken from Florges. Ironically, unless the player chooses Rowlet, he will have no Fairy types on his team.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: In Ultra Sun and Moon, Hau, not Kukui as it was in the original, is your final challenge before being officially declared Champion.
- Big Eater: Enjoys eating food a lot and refers to it in dialogue, especially malasada.
- Bonus Boss: Is one of the potential challengers for the player's champion title.
- Cannot Spit It Out: As Lillie departs from Alola to Kanto, Hau is unable to confess his feelings for her.
- Can't Catch Up: Your character is always one or two steps ahead of him, but he always comes back, ready to fight as equals. Of note is that unlike Calem or Serena, he seems mostly fine with this.
- Deconstructive Parody:
- Most of his character is made to be comedy relief, but there are occasional hints to a more complicated personality stemming from his self-esteem. He does believe in battling for the sheer fun most of the time, but he's well aware of his own shortcomings, and takes his defeats against people like the Player Character and Gladion on a personal level. On some occasions it becomes difficult to tell whether he's genuinely being cheerful, or merely putting up a facade. In Ultra Sun and Moon he appears to be wiping away tears before turning to face you with a smile, to congratulate you on defeating him for the title of Champion.
- He also deconstructs the Friendly Rival archetype in how most of his friendliness comes from him trying way too hard to be a good sport and exercise a "it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game" outlook on Pokémon battles, mentalities that are usually encouraged in friendly competition. But as a result, Hau ends up not taking competition and battling seriously enough, with him having to learn that it's alright to be serious about battling to win and feeling/expressing some frustration and disappointment about his best having not been good enough to achieve victory is natural and won't cost him any friendships. It's likely that Hau opting to take his good sport approach in the first place was born from how much he struggled with his feelings of inadequacy and disappointment about always being in his grandfather's shadow and never being as strong as him.
- Delayed Reaction:
- When discovering that Lusamine is Older Than She Looks, he takes a couple seconds before doing a double take.
- And again when he finds out she's Lillie and Gladion's psychotic mother.
- Disappeared Dad: He mentions that his dad left the region after becoming fed up with Alolan customs.
- Final Boss: Takes over Kukui's role of being the final opponent the player must face before they can officially be titled Champion in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
- Foil: To Gladion. While Hau finds joy and fun in everyone, Gladion is very much a lone wolf who detests what would normally bring Hau down.
- Friendly Rival: Towards the Player Character. His battle theme is even literally titled "Friend Hau." Unlike past rivals in this archetype though, Hau actually does have a pronounced goal. His ambition is to surpass his Grandfather, not the PC, and become the Kahuna of Melemele Island.
- Gender Flip: Rowlet users may notice his Popplio is male in Sun and Moon, but female in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
- Generation Xerox: Like Hala, he eventually owns part of the Crabrawler family but only does so during Title Defense matches against him. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, his sixth party member is a Crabominable.
- Genre Blind: Unlike most main Rivals in the series, his starter is the one that your Starter has Type Advantage over. To be fair, he does already have his starter before you get yours in Sun and Moon. Not the case for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, when he chooses after he clearly sees your starter. (But don't get too comfortable, because he copes quickly.)
- Hand Behind Head: He does this in his losing battle animation, just like Hala. One of his overworld poses has him casually put both hands behind his head.
- Hidden Depths:
- While he's always chipper and upbeat, he seems to have something of a mild complex in regards to being Hala's grandson. Gladion even admits to you that he's impressed by Hau working towards being seen as equal to his grandfather, even after growing up in his shadow all his life. A casual throwaway line in the endgame reveals that his father left the region when he couldn't deal with the pressures of Alolan tradition and Hala's legacy, which may or may not have influenced Hau's own goal to one day surpass Hala.
- He also becomes noticeably more frustrated each time he loses to the player character, and while he never lets it get him down in the end, he can't hide how disappointing it is to work his hardest only to lose to you each time. Notably, his intro animation when he challenges you for the Alolan Champion title is different from other fights in the game- he's still smiling, but his body language is less relaxed and playful, as if he's taking things more seriously.
- Keet: Now here's a kid who's pumped to be a trainer!
- The Lancer: Particularly when the player, him, and Gladion raid the Aether Foundation to rescue Lillie.
- Morality Pet: He appears to be one to Guzma in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
- Nice Guy: He becomes friends with you after you're done moving to the region. His niceness to Pokémon is only matched by his big appetite. This is also shown with one of the Pokémon he uses - Pichu can only evolve if its happiness level is high enough.
- The Pollyanna: In spades. Hardly anything brings this kid down, even when he's losing when you can find him jumping with joy.
- Privileged Rival: He's the grandson of the first Kahuna Hala.
- Recurring Boss: As your rival he challenges you to a battle several times throughout the story. He picks the starter weaker to your starter.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Zigzagged. He's around for Lusamine's first battle, but afterwards he decides to go on his own journey to get stronger so he misses the climax. Averted in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, where he fights alongside Tapu Koko in Hala's place during the climax of the game.
- Signature Mon: Pokémon Masters sets his as Alolan Raichu, which was his first catch after his starter (when it was a Pichu) and is usually the one he leads battles with.
- Smarter Than You Look: He's naive and easygoing, but not stupid. He is actually quite perceptive when it comes to deciphering the feelings of others (e.g.: he quickly realizes that Gladion fears returning to Aether Paradise), points out the flaw in Faba's plan to stop the heroes, and builds up an impressive team of Pokémon.
- The Smurfette Principle: As a Challenger to your League Title Defense, the only female Pokémon on his team is a Komala. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon however, if his starter is Popplio, then it is always female.
- Took a Level in Badass: Gets a case of Gameplay and Story Integration in Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon. Hau gets upgraded to being the Final Boss of the game, taking over Professor Kukui's spot as challenging the Player Character to become Alola's first Champion. He also finally now has a full team of six Pokémon. In fact, his team is even slightly higher leveled than both Gladion's and Kukui's in rematches.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Malasada; a local Alola delicacy. He likes going to every kind of malasada shop there is, and rarely makes an appearance where he doesn't mention it. Funnily enough, in one scene, you are rewarded with a Technical Machine while he's given malasada. (Although, given the Pokémon battle with him immediately afterwards, he likely already has that TM.)
- Tranquil Fury: Hau is remarkably easygoing and is never seen outright angry. However, after fighting Faba for the second time after he tries to stop the party from rescuing Lillie, he says this.◊ Paired with his usual happy expression, the line takes on a surprisingly threatening tone.
- The Unfought: Appears in the special demo but doesn't seem to want to fight you for fun. Obviously averted in the main game.
- Trying Not to Cry: After losing to you at the Pokémon League in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
- Verbal Tic: He often appends "You know?" to his statements.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has dark green hair.
Gladion / Glazio (グラジオ gurajio)A cold loner loosely affiliated with Team Skull. He travels by himself accompanied by a strange Pokémon, Type: Null.
For more information, check his section of Pokémon Villain: Team Skull.