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The protagonists and rivals of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.


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  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the transition to the anime, Dawn got blue hair out of the deal and a slightly pinker scarf; Lucas in his cameo got some blue hair-shading and a light outfit recolor.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Downplayed in the anime, where Dawn's and Barry's scarves are notably shorter than they are in the game. Lucas, in his one cameo in Giratina and the Sky Warrior, gets to keep his full-length.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: While this has technically been around as far back as Gold and Silvernote , Diamond and Pearl make it their bread and butter, giving the player character no less than seven potential team-ups as you progress through the game.
    • After you complete the Veilstone gym, Professor Rowan's assistant will approach you and beg for help reclaiming their stolen Pokédex. The assistant considers the both of you together a Dream Team.
    • The "Stat" trainers, Cheryl, Mira, Riley, Marley, and Buck, who will join you to adventure through various dungeons together (only Cheryl's is mandatory, being on the way to Eterna City). They'll heal your Pokémon in between fights and even join you at the Battle Frontier in the post-game. (Cheryl in particular considers you both the perfect team).
    • Barry also gets in on the action occasionally, including on top of Mt. Coronet during the final confrontation with Team Galactic.
  • Badass Adorable: Most of the player characters are this, especially given their access to Legendary Pokémon, but special note goes to these two, whose games introduced Legendary Pokémon embodying time, space, and antimatter with ties to the very creation of the universe. Also these games introduced Arceus, the games' creator deity.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Or Cool Big Sis. As the Assistant NPC, they'll both take it on themselves to walk you through several new mechanics as you make headway on your journey. In one of their few divergences, Dawn will make a point of officially mentoring you, while Lucas just naturally starts to show you the ropes.
  • Blue Boy Pink Girl: To match Diamond and Pearl's color scheme. Lucas wears diamond-blue pants to Dawn's pearl-pink mini-skirt and boots, they each wear a hat with a Poké Ball logo in the same respective color, and each of them gets a Poketch also in their color. It's more obvious in Platinum when they use their respective colors for their winter jackets.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Not quite bumbling, per se, but in the role of NPC, they serve as Professor's assistant, and neither of them is as capable or successful as the Chosen One Child Prodigy Kid Hero player character.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Downplayed in that no one actually points it out, but Lucas and Dawn have remarkably similar taste in clothes, with primarily monochrome clothes, secondary Blue Boy Pink Girl colors, and some extra red each, particularly their scarves. (They even wear matching bracelets). Even in Platinum with their more distinct colors, they're still wearing similar winter jackets and matching scarves.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Each have dark hair and dark grey eyes.
  • Disappeared Dad: It's not uncommon for the player character to be without a father in the house for some unexplained reason, but this generation gives him some special attention by indicating he used to be a powerful trainer in his own right.
  • Escort Mission: With Mira, Cheryl and Marley.
  • Foil:
    • Downplayed between Dawn and Lucas. The two of them are nearly identical in terms of general personality (being almost entirely defined by Static Role, Exchangeable Character), but during the player selection screen for Diamond and Pearl, Dawn is notably smiling and Lucas isn't. In Platinum, they both have smiles, but in comparing the official artwork, Dawn has a notably more upbeat and energetic pose compared to Lucas.
    • Also between the Player Characters and the Rival Barry, whose design tends to zig where they zag, especially in Color Motif. Dawn and Lucas have very dark if not simply black hair, Barry is blonde. In Platinum, they dress in primary colors Blue and Red, while Barry uses secondary colors orange and green (bonus points in that Dawn and Lucas both change styles notably between games, while Barry's Platinum outfit is identical to his original save for the longer sleeves).
  • Hair Color Dissonance: There's confusion about their hair color between adaptations. Sugimori drew it a navy blue (or black with blue hints) type color in their main artwork, but everything else has them with a lighter hue.
  • Messy Male, Fancy Female: Downplayed. Lucas and Dawn are both, as per their official art, fairly fashionable, but in Platinum, they express differences of opinion on fancy things, case in point being the small sofa the player buys for the villa. Dawn will mention you both have similar tastes and appreciate how sumptuous your furniture is, while Lucas will admit he can't get comfortable sitting on something so expensive-looking.
  • Missing Mom: The professor's assistant will belong to a Sandgem family with a father, a grandfather, and a kid sister, but no mom.
  • Nice Hat: A hunting cap for Lucas, a beanie for Dawn.
  • Pals with Jesus: Many of the legendary and secret Pokémon in this game are associated with Sinnoh's creation myths, and Mesprit in particular treats the player character as a chosen one.
  • Power Trio: The protagonist chosen forms one with Barry and the main character not chosen. All three of them get starters at the outset and are explicitly assembled by Prof. Rowan to help defeat Team Galactic around the mid point of the game.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: Lucas, Dawn, and Barry each accessorize with scarves, the the first two style red (or in Platinum white) to Barry's green; Dawn tends to wear hers with two tails while Lucas only has one. Candice really likes it.
  • Ship Tease: With tons of characters, including Barry, Cynthia, Riley, Cheryl, and between themselves on a couple occasions. Mars even calls Lucas and Dawn a "lovey-dovey couple" at Lake Verity.
  • Static Role, Exchangeable Character: Whichever one you don't choose will become Professor Rowan's assistant.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Lucas's hair and eye color matches Johanna's, albeit not the same shade. Dawn is basically Johanna ten or twenty years younger, with long hair. Barry is just a tamer Palmer in appearance.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In some adaptations, like the anime, it's definitely blue.

    Lucas (Kōki) 

Lucas / Kōki (コウキ kouki)

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The male main character for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. Lucas is a boy from Twinleaf Town who is just old enough to start his Pokémon journey. After viewing a documentary on a red Gyarados, he and his rather impatient friend Barry decide to explore the nearby Lake Verity to see if any special Pokémon can be found there. Along the way, they encounter Professor Rowan and his assistant (The player character you didn't chose). Once they get to the lake, all they can find there is a lone briefcase, opening the briefcase reveals three Pokéballs, each with starter Pokémon. Suddenly, Pokémon start to attack the pair of friends! You'll need to choose carefully which Pokémon you decide to use...


  • Adorkable: As an NPC, Lucas has shades of this. For all his brains, he's a very laid-back character.
  • Battle Couple: With either Cheryl or Dawn, with whom he has some ship tease.
  • The Cameo: In the anime, he only appears briefly in the beginning montages of a couple of the movies.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Barry, having grown up as childhood friends.
  • Kid Sidekick: Again, both Lucas and Dawn serve as the Professor's assistant when not the Player Character, but Lucas is notably more dedicated to the role. In Veilstone, the loss of his Pokédex will cause him to reveal he thinks he's useless without it, and in Canalave he'll talk about filling "the" Pokédex as part of Professor Rowan's research. In Platinum, if he visit's the player's villa, he'll talk about how convenient the villa is for research purposes.
  • Nice Guy: As an NPC, he's very affable and polite.
  • Primary-Color Champion: His outfit in Platinum is predominantly blue, red and white.
  • Signature Mon: Artwork pertaining to the games usually associates him with the Piplup line. He doesn't appear often in adaptations, but when he does it's either with the Piplup or Turtwig lines. Ironically, the only official merchandise he's featured in sees him paired with Chimchar as opposed to the other two starters.
  • Theme Naming:
    • Lucas's name comes from the Latin "lux," which means "light".
    • The "Kou" in his Japanese name is an alternate reading of "Hikari", which means light respectively.

    Dawn (Hikari) 

Dawn / Hikari (ヒカリ hikari)

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The female main character for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. Dawn essentially has the same backstory as Lucas does if you choose her as the player character. As an NPC, she is an assistant to Professor Rowan and lives in the nearby Sandgem Town. She demonstrates how to catch a Pokémon to you and helps you out when Team Galactic makes their move.

Her most prominent incarnation is Dawn from the Pokémon anime, who aspires to be a top coordinator like her mother, but experiences a few bumps in the road. Her catchphrase may be "No need to worry", but that's probably when you should worry the most. She also corresponds to the wealthy Ice Queen Platinum in Pokémon Adventures and the villainous Mitsumi in Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Adventure!.


  • Battle Couple: With either Riley, Lucas or Cheryl, with whose she has light ship tease.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: It barely covers her thighs and it's not even weather appropriate due to Sinnoh being colder than the previous regions. Even when Platinum made Sinnoh's temperatures even lower and gave her a coat, she keeps the short skirt with no fear of freezing her exposed legs.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Especially since Sinnoh's supposed to be the cold region. Slightly less so in Platinum since she now wears a jacket that looks like it could keep her warm... if she didn't keep her legs exposed by wearing a skirt.
  • Hair Decorations: Dawn's clips.
  • Little Miss Badass: As the player character, who leads the fight against Team Galactic regardless of character chosen.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: It's a little too short for her.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Barry, having grown up as childhood friends.
  • The Pollyanna: Has very upbeat dialogue as an NPC despite having to combat Team Galactic on several occasions.
  • Sibling Rivalry: In Platinum as an NPC, if she visits your villa, she'll tell you she's jealous — she has to share her room with her kid sister.
  • Signature Mon: Artwork pertaining to the games gives her either the Turtwig or Chimchar lines. In several adaptations she consistently has the Piplup line, and on one occasion had the Chimchar line.
  • Theme Naming: Dawn comes from the time of day the sun rises, and "Hikari" is just Japanese for "light".
  • Tsundere: As an NPC. Type B: often sweet, but very mad when she gets angry.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: That skirt and stocking set earn her a Grade B.
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    Barry (Jun) 

Barry / Jun (ジュン jun)

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The Rival of Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. Barry is an impatient and hyperactive young man who always seems to be in a rush. His dream is to become the Pokémon League Champion, and especially wants to achieve it as fast as possible. However, his genuine talent at raising Pokémon is offset by his haste and lack of patience, and his preference for brute force over strategy.


  • Adorkable: How energetic he is gives him this quality.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: After barging into your room in Platinum he stops himself in the middle of a sentence to comment on your new laptop. In a later scene, he gets distracted again by one of those cut-outs in which tourists take pictures in.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Just when it looks like you'll have to face Jupiter and Mars alone atop of Mt. Coronet, guess who shows up and heals you afterwards?
  • Catchphrase:
    • "What was that about?"
    • And briefly, "I'm fining you [large amount of money] if you're late!" This is by far his most iconic line, however, to the point where it carries on to all the adaptations.
  • Character Development: As the story goes on, he becomes more patient and less hasty. He also becomes better at creating strategies and learning from his losses.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Your rival's normal way of greeting you, accompanied by some enlarged text in the dialogue box. At one point, Palmer demonstrates that such clumsiness is a family trait. Lampshaded during one of your mid-game encounters with him, where he doesn't crash into you and gleefully points this out, asking if you were surprised.
    "Thud!!"
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He is so dorky and impatient that it's easy to forget that he is the second strongest trainer to have appeared in the series, right after Red. In fact, before Heart Gold and Soul Silver gave Red a boost, Barry's Platinum team was the strongest.
  • Dumb Blonde: Downplayed, as he is not that dumb, but he is quite impulsive.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Basically, what you do with him. It defines your relationship.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With the player character.
  • Generation Xerox: He looks and acts like his father, right down to the Crash-Into Hello.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's one of the main heroes and is blonde.
  • Heroic BSoD: The events at Lake Acuity send him into one due to failing to stop Team Galactic, and it takes the poor kid a while to snap out of it.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's always eager to fight, as his Platinum animation shows.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    Barry: If you're not a Pokémon, and you run like that, you're a bad guy.
  • Irony: For such an impatient boy, he also acquires a Heracross and a Munchlax, both of which require waiting for hours after slathering honey on the honey trees.
  • Keet: Especially at the very beginning. He learns to tone down his hyperactivity slightly by the end, though he's still extremely energetic.
  • Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: Barry has a hyperactive personality and forcibly drags Dawn or Lucas into starting the journey.
  • Privileged Rival: He's the son of Palmer, a Frontier Brain and ostensibly the most well known of them in the Gen IV era.
  • The Rival: He's this of the Gen IV Trainers.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: He wears a scarf and you will battle him a few times.
  • Schedule Fanatic: Times everything you do!
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Downplayed. While not evil, he's the rival, and his orange and green color scheme clashes with Dawn and Lucas's, who are both Primary Color Champions.
  • Shared Family Quirks: It turns out his father, Palmer, is just as hasty and has a tendency to be late just like him.
  • Signature Mon: Artwork pertaining to the games gives him the Turtwig line and two of his Manga counterparts are given the Chimchar line. In the anime, and in Masters he uses the Piplup line.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: With Palmer.
  • Technicolor Eyes: They're orange, which is, incidentally, his signature color.
  • This Loser Is You: Though not portrayed negatively. His way of banging into everything and everyone is a pretty obvious reference to how player characters tend to run or bike absolutely everywhere to speed things along, often running into things as a result. All those NPCs who mention how impatient he is? They might just say the same thing about you, except they're too polite to say it to your face.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When Platinum was first released, the levels of Barry's team actually exceeded Red's. Although Red regained his title again in the Gold and Silver remakes, that still makes Barry the second toughest opponent in the series, with a mere couple of levels difference between their teams once you've beaten the Elite Four at least 20 times.
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