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The protagonists and rivals of Pokémon X and Y.


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    General Tropes 
  • Action Fashionista: The player can customize both characters in a variety of clothing from casual, to extremely professional, and in some cases elegant. And, of course, you can kick plenty of ass while dressed as such.
  • Always Someone Better: The player will be superior to their rival counterpart when it comes to battling, and will always have a more completed Pokédex than Trevor.
  • But Not Too Black: The character customization features give you precisely one dark skin color, which is on the lighter side anyway.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: The player will just as frequently team up with their rival as they will battle against them.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Tierno is the Big, Shauna is the Thin and Trevor is the Short.
  • Break the Haughty: Despite being straightforward with training and actively getting stronger while doing everything right, your rival can never beat you and they'll always question why.
  • Can't Catch Up: Your rival will go through a good deal of existential angst over losing to you when you beat him/her in a battle for the Mega Ring.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Unlike Tierno, Trevor, and Shauna, who have their own priorities, the rival will actively try to foil Team Flare's schemes, not unlike the player themselves.
  • Color Motif: Calem's default outfit has colors resembling Xerneas while Serena's default outfit has colors resembling Yveltal, their outfits can also be customized to suit the player's own personal personality or elemental preferences.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: A possibility for those who choose the darkest skin color and have their hair dyed at the hair salon.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Also an option if one who picks the darkest skintone and gets their hair dyed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As a Rival.
  • Declaration of Protection: The rival will feel it is their duty to look after and protect their friends from people like Team Flare.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Zig-Zagged. At the end, after defeating Diantha, the Player Character, The Rival, and the other three are treated to a parade and are personally given the "Honor of Kalos" as thanks for taking down Team Flare. In the Battle Chateau, however, an Alpha Bitch trainer will talk trash about your clothes saying "Did you dress yourself in the dark or dig them out of the garbage" regardless whether or not if you're the most stylish trainer in all of Kalos with the most expensive chic clothing.
  • A Father to His Men: The player's ability to utilize the Mega Ring implies that they share a special bond of trust and friendship with their Pokémon.
  • Featureless Protagonist: Much more so than the others listed here. Even their skin color is mutable at character creation, and virtually everything else about their appearance can be changed at will at any point during the game. It's very unlikely that any two given Gen VI protags will look exactly alike, especially when comparing players who have unlocked everything.
  • Five-Man Band: With a 2:3 female to male ratio with the opposite gendered player characters and the 3 friendly rivals as a departure from the usual Power Trio of the only having one rival. The Player and the opposite gendered Rival trade off on The Leader and The Lancer roles. Shauna is The Chick as the most supportive, and girly member. Tierno is The Big Guy for both his large size, and his focus on dancing moves that all either boost offensive ability, or are strong attacking moves. Trevor is The Smart Guy who is more focused on finishing the Pokédex and learning about new types of Pokémon. They even fit the stereotypes color-wise with the leader and lancer as red and blue, big as yellow, smart as green, and chick as pink.
  • Freudian Trio: The Player is Ego, The Rival is Super Ego and Shauna is Id.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: As the player, they have sunglasses on their hat as part of the default outfit, but they're never actually used for anything.
  • Good Counterpart: To Lysandre, the Team Flare Boss. Both of them start out as Sycamore's disciples, run errands for the man, and at some point become able to use Mega Evolution. The difference in how they acquire Mega Evolution exemplify this best; while Lysandre uses a contraption to force his Pokémon to Mega Evolve, the protagonist is able to use it through the Mega Ring, and their bond with their Pokémon to bring out true strength.
  • The Hero: As the player character.
  • Humble Hero: Though it doesn't have an effect on the story, there are a few dialogue options at certain points that are more modest than others.
  • Iconic Item: The player eventually assumes possession of the Mega Ring. The rival later gains possession of one post-game.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: The rival will become slightly envious of the player, realizing that the player was simply meant for greater things than they are.
  • Immortality: In the postgame, Sycamore says that the group were exposed to Team Flare's machine, meaning that they might have become immortal.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Eventually, after performing enough stylish actions, many establishments around Lumiose City will comment in awe of how stylish the player is, even if you've never changed your hair or clothes since rolling out of bed.
  • In-Series Nickname: Near the beginning of the game, the player can create a nickname for the rest of the group to refer to them by.
  • The Leader:
    • Whoever the rival is will initially serve this role; Levelheaded type, while the player starts off as their Lancer.
    • The Player Character turns into a Charismatic type over the course of the game, with everyone, even the rival who has now been demoted to The Lancer, looking up to them.
  • Legacy Character: Looker presents the player with the codename "Looker" after he leaves Kalos.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: As a rival, they act rather aloof from the beginning, mainly focusing on training rather than hanging around. By the time you take down Team Flare, however, they have a change in attitude and become more personable with the rest of the gang.
  • Magical Accessory: Their bracelets are Mega Rings, used to activate Mega Evolution.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Calem and Serena's names (both in English and Japanese) come from the words "calm" and "serene," respectively.
    • Their promotional names Xavier and Yvonne are fairly common French names that start with X and Y. Their respective meanings have no other correlation.
  • Naïve Newcomer: As usual, the player character starts off completely new to Pokémon training, but they are also implied to be new to much of the Kalos Region as well. Luckily their rival will show them the ropes.
  • Nice Hat: Interestingly, only the player keeps the hat.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: The rival starts to feel this way during the fight with Team Flare at the Poké Ball Factory.
    "But if I keep relying on you like this, going on this journey will lose its meaning..."
  • Protagonist Powerup Privileges: As the Player Character, they are the only one of the five who gets to use the Mega Evolution mechanic. Justified given that they defeated the other candidate and there was only one ring available at the time. As a rival, they get access to Mega Evolution Post-game.
  • Quickly Demoted Leader: The Rival starts off as the member with the most experience, but after you finally battle, it becomes clear that the player has overtaken them.
  • The Rival: Unlike the other games, the character you don't choose is in fact your main rival and they mainly focus on getting stronger than you. The other three are secondary rivals, but they don't come near as close to the main rival's level.
  • Roller Blade Good: The player gets a pair early on, and can learn an assortment of awesome tricks like backflips and swirls.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: Despite being the group's newest member, the player character quickly becomes its most capable battler.
  • Ship Tease: With each other, and the player character with Shauna.
  • Signature Mon: The protagonist actually gets three: the Kalos Starter, a Kanto Starter, and Mega Lucario. The rival has the Kalos starter and Mega Absol.
  • Silent Protagonist: Played with. You don't have explicit pre-created dialogue like the NPCs do but the options this generation are far more specific than in previous gens.
  • Super Mode: The first protagonists to be able to use Mega Evolution.note  The rival character gets a Mega Evolution in form of Mega Absol in the post-came.
  • Team Dad: The rival, who leads by example, and likes to protect rather than support.
  • Team Mom: The player. The few dialogue options available to the player will always have one gentle, supportive option.
  • Two Girls and a Guy: Calem, Serena and Shauna. Each of them receives one of the three starter Pokémon.
  • The Unchosen One: The rival really wants to be The Chosen One, but unfortunately for them, it would seem the player already holds the position.
  • Vague Age: Even more true than other protagonists, and in some ways for Serena even more true than Calem, thanks to the Virtual Paper Doll feature. Some outfit-and-hair combinations can make Serena look like a certain other 10-year-old tomboy in the franchise or make her and Calem look younger than even Red (Serena's "cute" clothes + pigtails are good at this), while others, particularly ones from Lumiose and Snowbelle, can make him/her look practically like a college student. By default s/he has the air of a mid-teen, however. Post-game, a girl named Emma is introduced who is explicitly sixteen years-old. She treats the player with respect, as if they are older, but judging from appearances, the player character is of similar height and looks, implying they are somewhere very close to her age.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: In addition to choosing their skin color, the player can dress their selected character in a variety of different outfits.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Your rival receives one of the Kanto starters from Sycamore and the fossil you didn't pick in Glittering Cave, but they never use them.
    • They also have a Fletchling and catch a Bunnelby during the tutorial, and never use them again.

    Calem (Calme) 

Calem / Calme (カルム karumu)

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Voiced by: Zach Aguilar (Pokémon Masters - EN)

The male main character (and rival if you choose Serena) of Pokémon X and Y. This young man has just recently moved to Vaniville Town in Kalos, along with his mother, Grace. Given his mother's previous occupation as a Rhyhorn racer, and his close bond with the family Rhyhorn, Professor Sycamore decides he's the perfect candidate to help with Sycamore's research into "Mega Evolution," and has Calem summoned to his laboratory in Lumiose City.

Calem hasn't appeared in anime adaptations, but his clothes served as one of the inspirations for Ash's new outfit in the Pokémon X and Y anime (the other inspiration is Red's FireRed & LeafGreen costume). In the Pokémon Adventures manga is simply called "X".


  • Anime Hair: Averted. He's one of the few male protagonists to have a normal hairstyle. Even his alternate hairstyles don't really get all that crazy (certainly nothing approaching Nate).
  • Bishōnen: Compared to other male protagonists of previous generations, he really is very good-looking, which can help contribute to the "older" side of his Vague Age.
  • Blue Is Heroic: His default outfit heavily features blue.
  • Color-Coded Characters: His primary color and speech balloon (when he's the rival) are blue.
  • Color Motif: He wears blue, white and red, the same colors as the French flag.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Pokémon Masters makes him one, showing a tendency to go off on his own. In keeping with the series' idealism, he's less cynical about friendship than most examples; he's just not used to working in a team, and he wants to handle things himself so others aren't burdened by them. Nonetheless, he still gets in over his head without the rest of the team backing him up.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Not overly long, but still there.
  • The Dandy: Can be played this way with the Trainer customization feature.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He is not as tall as some NPCs, but he is tallest of the main group, appearing taller than Tierno.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Calem's default outfit is predominantly blue and red.
  • Signature Mon: Art from the games shows him with the Froakie line and Charmander line, and his clothes are thematically similar to Xerneas. Ash wearing his clothes in the anime also had Froakie. In both Generations and Adventures his equivalent keeps Charmander, but has Chespin instead of Froakie. Pokémon Masters goes with a dark-horse pick and gives him an Espurr.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: By default, Calem looks and dresses similarly to Hilbert. At least he can be customized for those who wanted more variety. As the rival he acts more like Cheren instead.

    Serena 

Serena (セレナ serena)

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The female main character (and rival if you choose Calem) of Pokémon X and Y. This young lady has just recently moved to Vaniville Town in Kalos, along with her mother, Grace. Given her mother's previous occupation as a Rhyhorn racer, and her close bond with the family Rhyhorn, Professor Sycamore decides she's the perfect candidate to help with Sycamore's research into "Mega Evolution," and has Serena summoned to his laboratory in Lumiose City.

A younger version of Serena served as one of the protagonists in the Pokémon XY anime note . In Pokémon Adventures her full name is Yvonne Gabena, and is simply nicknamed as "Y".


  • Bare Your Midriff: All the Parka and Halter top options give her this.
  • Bifauxnen: A few of her clothing options can give her this look, such as the shirt-and-tie combos at the Lumiose boutique.
  • Censor Shadow: Allows Serena to effectively combine short skirts and roller-blading without any threat of exposure.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Her primary color and speech balloons (when she's the rival) are red.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Her default outfit, as well as every single dress or skirt option.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: It's implied that Shauna has a crush on the main character
  • Family Theme Naming: In the English versions, combining her name and her mother's will result in two words one letter away from an existing Pokémon Ability-Serene Grace.
  • The Fashionista: She's the poster child of the Trainer customization feature, and there are far more clothing and hair styles available if you're playing as her rather than Calem.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Becomes an option at the barbershop after the player becomes sufficiently stylish.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: As Rival with Shauna.
  • Little Black Dress: One of her outfits you can get when she's the protagonist. It's even called the Little Black Dress.
  • Minidress of Power: Her default outfit is a very short skirt as well all other skirt and dress outfits, and she can be the most powerful trainer in the region.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Some of her clothing options are Stripperiffic and the other characters in the game wear more clothing than her including Malva.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Can be pulled off with the tights or leggings while customizing. Her stockings also act similar.
  • She's Got Legs: Her long legs are especially highlighted by her Zettai Ryouiki and Minidress of Power.
  • Signature Mon: The Fennekin line in most artwork and adaptations, with the exception of Adventures where it's the Froakie line. Squirtle is also her Kanto starter of choice, and her clothes are thematically similar to Yveltal.
  • Stocking Filler: Her default thigh-high stockings or as they're labeled in game, "OTK (Over The Knee) Socks," and about a third of all the sock options.
  • Stripperiffic: Considered this with the more revealing outfits and short skirt.
  • Tights Under Shorts: Can be pulled off with tights or leggings while customizing.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: As the rival. As the player character, you can also style her hair as such at the barbershop if the player is sufficiently stylish.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Every one of her shorts options.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Her default clothes are Grade A along with any combination of OTK Socks and a Skirt/Dress or Shorts.
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    Tierno 

Tierno (ティエルノ tieruno)

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An excitable boy from Vaniville Town whom you befriend at the beginning of Pokémon X and Y. Obsessed with dancing, his goal is to create a troupe of performing Pokémon dancers.
  • Acrofatic: Despite his size, he is very light on his feet and a good dancer. He aims to create a dance team with his Pokémon.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The description of him provided states he tends to get distracted by their opponents moves during battle because he is trying to incorporate them into his choreography.
  • Big Fun: He has a plump body and a huge heart.
  • The Big Guy: The largest of the friends and his signature Pokémon is the offense-oriented Corphish. Though battling isn't Tierno's main priority, dancing is a very physical activity. Also most dancing moves deal with boosting offense (Swords Dance, Dragon Dance, Rain Dance) or dealing heavy damage (Petal Dance).
  • But Thou Must!: Give yourself a nickname. Of course, you could just make your nickname the same as your in-game name.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Yellow.
  • Coordinated Clothes: If the player character is a boy, it is possible to purchase the same shirt Tierno wears, which is appropriately titled "Twin T-Shirt."note 
  • Dance Battler: He aims to create a team of Pokémon dancers. Case in point, the first time you battle him, his "starter" is a Corphish and it knows Swords Dance.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: His "starter" is a Corphish that becomes a Water/Dark Crawdaunt, but he is a pretty affable guy.
  • Flat Character: He never gets a chance to share a character-building moment with the player unlike the other three rivals, nor can his house be visited for any possible backstory a la Trevor.
  • Gentle Giant: Rather big, but friendly.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is Spanish for soft or tender (as in food), but when used to refer to a person it means inexperienced.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Helping Dexio and Sina rescue the Pokémon on Route 10.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He is The Big Guy of the group, but his greatest passion is dancing and his goal is to make a team of Dance Battlers.
  • Recurring Boss: Faced a couple times during the game, the last time as part of a Boss Rush involving all the rivals except Calem/Serena.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Trevor's Blue Oni.
  • Signature Mon: Corphish, which is the only one he uses in his first two battles with the player (out of three, though in the second he teams Corphish with two of Trevor's), and his only Pokémon in Adventures.
  • Sphere Eyes: Noticeably, making his character design a little nonstandard.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: He's Wise Guy with Trevor's Straight Man.
  • Those Two Guys: He and Trevor are seen together often.

    Trevor (Trova) 

Trevor / Trova (トロバ toroba)

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A curious boy from Vaniville Town whom you befriend at the beginning of Pokémon X and Y. He doesn't much care for battling, and prefers to challenge the player on who has more entries in their Pokédex.
  • Adorkable: He makes a big deal out of completing his Pokédex, and puts a lot of effort into trying to explain the simplest things.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Tierno's Red Oni.
  • Catchphrase: "To put another way..."
  • Character Development: Shauna describes him at the beginning as very shy, and towards the end of the game she now remarks that he seems bolder, evidenced by his challenging the player to a battle.
  • Color-Coded Characters: He's The Smart Guy, and has a green color scheme.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Much of his dialogue towards Tierno comes off as sarcasm.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: His goal is to be the first out of his friends to complete the Pokédex.
  • Holding Back the Phlebotinum: If you talk to him post-game, he will mention a random Pokémon capable of Mega evolving and react with joy if you have it recorded in your Pokédex with a remark that "it's nice having the same Pokémon as them". Considering this is his reaction to any mon owned, he may have Pokémon like Garchomp and others stored up but never uses them. And that includes Mewtwo, of all mons!
  • Meaningful Name: More of a Punny Name than a name meaning compared to the others, but Trevor is similar to trouver which is French for "to find." It's also Irish for industrious or prudent.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Helping Dexio and Sina rescue the Pokémon on Route 10.
  • Parental Abandonment: You can find his house near Jaune Plaza in Lumiose, where his sister reveals that their parents left both of them to go on a journey.
  • Recurring Boss: Faced a couple times during the game, the last time as part of a Boss Rush involving all the rivals except Calem/Serena.
  • Refusal of the Call: While he's fine with filling the Pokédex, his knee-jerk reaction to having Team Flare's activities explained to him is to decide that it's best to stay away from them. It doesn't stick.
  • Signature Mon: The Flabébé line, which is the only one he owns across all continuities.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: A full head shorter than any of his friends (and that's including his hair).
  • The Smart Guy: Seemingly fills this role as your friend.
  • Those Two Guys: With Tierno, as they are almost always together.

    Shauna (Sana) 

Shauna / Sana (サナ sana)

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A spunky girl from Vaniville Town whom you befriend at the beginning of Pokémon X and Y.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She has Ship Tease with the protagonist whether it's Calem or Serena, though it's a tiny bit more obvious with Calem.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Seems to be a shade or two darker than her friends, with an Arabic name in the Japanese version. France does have a sizable Middle Eastern population.
  • Babies Ever After: Not Shauna herself, but her starter. She'll trade you the offspring for any Pokémon in the post game, and it has a nature that amplifies its greatest stat, along with 31 IVs in that particular stat.
  • Batman Gambit: During the final confrontation with Team Flare's Admins, she cowardly runs away screaming how she "hates being chased." A Team Flare Admin then suspects Shauna intentionally fled in order to split up the admins, who were outnumbering the protagonists six to three. Nonetheless, while Shauna does succeed in luring away two Admins, Serena or Calem also follows after Shauna, leaving the main character all alone to defeat the remaining four admins.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Her love for solving puzzles and close friendship with Clemont and Bonnie comes in handy later down the story when you deal with Team Flare the final time, in which her skills help open the final locked door to the machine.
  • The Chick: Of the team of friends in Kalos, as the most cheerful and emotional member of the team.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Pink.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: When battled on Route 19 before Couriway Town, she has a Goodra at Level 49 when it can only evolve from Sliggoo at level 50.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: One could easily mistake Shauna as someone similar to Bianca given she is less interested in Pokémon battling than the main rival, but she tags along on the final quest to take down Team Flare. In your second battle with her on Route 19, she just happens to own a Goodra.
  • The Ditz: She's genuinely surprised about how Poké Balls worked during the Rival's catching tutorial, despite seeing them in action not 5 minutes before, and living in a universe where this should be common knowledge.
    Shauna: The Pokémon went INSIDE the Poké Ball?
    Rival Character: Shauna... What do you think your Chespin/Fennekin/Froakie is inside of right now?
  • For Happiness: Shauna's reason for journeying is simply to have fun and make some memories with her friends and Pokémon.
  • Genki Girl: Her Omura art has her with an enormous grin and Word of God describes her "an incredibly energetic girl" who's "friendly and outgoing."
  • Girlish Pigtails: She has four of them.
  • The Heart: Values friendship and teamwork. She's also one of the driving forces for pushing the rival towards enjoying things aside from just getting stronger. Her starter Pokémon will also always be female. This is a first compared to the rivals having male ones.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Serena if they are the player's rival.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • She is much more insightful than her bubbly exterior would suggest. It also seems that she is the only one of the gang who really savors the memories they're creating on their journey. There is also the fact she is a fan of puzzles.
    • As the above Batman Gambit indicates, she's also good at understanding people, and can be unexpectedly cunning in a crisis.
  • The Load: Played with. Shauna thinks that she has become this for Calem and Serena by the time you infiltrate Team Flare's base, even though the game never makes her come off as annoying, useless, or holding anyone back at any point in the story. You reassure her that she isn't and never was.
  • Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name is Arabic for "sunshine" or "brilliance."
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her top, bag and sandals are pink, and she's a rather feminine girl as well as The Heart.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Calem if he's the player's rival.
  • Recurring Boss: The first trainer you battle in the beginning of the game, using the starter weak to yours. Then she battles you much later in the game as the first of a Boss Rush involving all the rivals except Calem/Serena.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to the rival's Blue Oni, who is more reserved and mature.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Calem, she is the more irresponsible one. Even more so if Calem is the rival.
  • Say It with Hearts: She says things with a musical note at the end often.
  • Shipper on Deck: Hinted as one for Calem and Serena (regardless of which one you're playing as). She'll say they're the strongest and make a good combination.
  • Ship Tease: With the protagonist, regardless of gender, at Parfum Palace. The game is less subtle about it with Calem, though.
    Shauna: "Um... I've never watched fireworks alone with a boy, before. I'll remember this forever."
  • Signature Mon: Unlike her friends, she doesn't really have one. The only one to appear in multiple continuities is the Skitty line (game and Adventures), though Adventures also heavily associates her with Furfrou since that version of her wants to be a groomer.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Shauna's design seems to be inspired by Minccino and Pachirisu, though she doesn't necessarily own either one.
  • Verbal Tic: Accentuates her lines with musical notes, like so ♪.
  • We Need a Distraction: Both at the Poké Ball Factory and Flare's Geosenge Headquarters, she uses herself to distract members of Team Flare to run after her.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She's implied to have received one of the Kanto starters you didn't choose, but just like the primary rival she's never seen using it.
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