A young trainer from Hoenn, who decides to travel in search for friends.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Was first mentioned off-hand in Chapter Fifteen, before having a far larger focus in Chapter 20.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: His motivation for going on a journey.
- Killed Offscreen: It's only revealed that John Archer was murdered when Ash found his Pokémon and tried to look up info on him.
- The Loins Sleep Tonight: Chapter 34 reveals that the reason he was killed was because he was sterile, and thus useless to the plans of his father the G Brother, who is confirmed to be The Bloodline King in the same chapter.
- Missing Mom: When Gardevoir first met him, he was fourteen and traveling on his own. Gardevoir questioned this but feelings of sadness were her only answer, strongly implying that John is an orphan.
- Posthumous Character: Was murdered in his sleep several months beforehand by the time Ash got to Celadon City.
- Slain in Their Sleep: He ended up being smothered to death by the Emissary while he was asleep.
- Action Girl: A female Psychic-Type
- The Leader: Of John's Pokemon
- Mind over Matter: Comes with her type.
- Psychic Powers: Part Psychic-type.
Ninjask, Shedinja, Altaria, Probopass and Flygon
- And the Rest: They're not as noteworthy or prominent as Gardevoir. Then again, they cannot communicate with Ash.
- Monster Adventurers: John Archer's Pokémon decide to go searching for people who look like their trainer in Chapter 24, if only to put their minds at ease. As his Gardevoir says, it's better to investigate the matter before it becomes an issue.
Hoenn's local Pokémon Professor. He specializes in studying Pokémon habitats and distribution.
- The Cameo: His only appearance so far is during the Pokémon Professor's meeting in the main story.
A trainer from Littleroot Town, chosen as a Pokédex holder by Professor Birch. After helping Wally catch his first Pokémon, the two promise to have a battle when Wally becomes a trainer.
- Big Brother Mentor: He acts the part to Wally during the time he helps him catch his Ralts.
- Composite Character: Is a trainer like in the games while having Ruby's team from the manga.
- The Promise: He promises to battle Wally when he becomes a trainer.
Wally and Gallade
A student of Rustboro's Trainer School, still not of enough age to become a trainer, but determined to be one despite suffering from asthma. His starter Pokémon was a male Ralts, whom he trained up to evolving to a Gallade to great success.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Gallade eventually learns Leaf Blade.
- Close-Range Combatant: Gallade showed that he preferred physical attacks since he was a Ralts, and even learns Close Combat.
- Determinator: Wally powered through his asthma and travelled across Hoenn to have his battle with Brendan.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: While he understands it, he tends to become very upset when people voice their concern about his health.
- Famed in Story: He becomes well-known in Hoenn and abroad after his battle with Brendan since he was below the legal trainer age of fifteen, and yet put up a respectable battle. His one-shot ended with a mention on what his actions and achievements could mean for Trainers, and by the Holiday Special, there are even trainers coming from abroad to challenge him.
- Handicapped Badass: Being asthmatic didn't stop him from going on a long trek across Hoenn, or from putting up a good fight against Brendan.
- Ill Boy: The poor kid has asthma. During his journey he developed several other health problems and had to remain in the hospital for some time (it's implied that by the time of the Holiday Special he hasn't fully recovered yet).
- My God, What Have I Done?: Mild example with Gallade. During Christmas, he wants to get a present for Wally, and buys him a TM. He then realizes that he would be the one benefitting for that gift, not Wally, but fortunately, Wally understands that he did it to help him and accepts it.
- The Promise: Ends up taking to heart his promise with Brendan to battle him, to the point he runs away from home and goes to great lengths to get that battle before Brendan leaves Hoenn.
- The Runaway: Spends several months on the run, trying to find Brendan so they can have their promised battle.
- Undying Loyalty: Gallade is unfailingly loyal to Wally, but when trying to reach his goals causes damage to his health, Gallade becomes seriously conflicted.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or in his case, green hair.
A student from Rutsboro's Trainer School, and a classmate of Wally. The two quickly become friends and decide to compete on who will become the most famous trainer.
- Badass and Child Duo: A student of the Rustboro Trainer School who comes along for the ride with the Hoenn Champion.
- Badass Bookworm: Manages to use his smarts with the help of Ryuga and the Bagon he befriended to turn the tide of the battle in the Draconids' favor.
- Brains and Brawn: He becomes the brains to Ryuga's brawn.
- Chekhov's Gun: He lends his notebook to Wally, and it comes in pretty handy over the course of his journey.
- Deuteragonist: Of the Steven Interlude.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Steven gives him a Shiny Beldum, and after his adventure with the Draconids he keeps it.
- Fire-Forged Friends: He's developing this with Ryuga.
- Friendly Rivalry: He quickly forms one with Wally, and even congratulates him for the fame he managed to earn in his journey.
- Green Thumb: Professor Birch gave him a Treecko to look after, though he's not allowed to train it until he finishes school.
- Hero-Worshipper: He clearly admires Steven Stone.
- Our Dragons Are Different: He befriends a Bagon in Meteor Falls, and after his adventure he keeps it.
- Persona Non Grata: Inverted. He and Steven are the exceptions to the rule of Sootopolitans not allowed in Meteor Village.
- Super Mode: Receives a Sceptilite from Steven after their adventure together, though he has yet to find a Key Stone.
- Sweet Tooth: Considering that he chose a cake shop as his favorite hangout spot for his meetings with Wally, it's no surprise.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green, of a darker shade than Wally's.
The CEO of the Devon Corporation, and Steven Stone's father.
- Everyone Went to School Together: He was Lusamine's T.A (Teacher Assistant) in a number of college classes.
- Honest Corporate Executive: By all accounts, he's this.
- Wealthy Philanthropist: Wishes to use his fortune to make the world a better place.
An aspiring Pokémon researcher. May's older cousin.
- Cute Little Fangs: As per canon, she has them.
- Related in the Adaptation: She's the cousin of May in this continuity.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Not a malicious example, since she's saving a lot of money in case the higher-ups in college won't accept the data she has gathered as an independent researcher.
- True Blue Femininity: Has blue eyes and wears blue clothes.
An aspiring trainer, and Elite Four Drake's grandniece.
- Ascended Extra: Was just a Character of the Day in the anime.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Has a Bagon as her main partner, and it later evolves to Shelgon.
- Related in the Adaptation: To Drake.
The wife of Norman, and mother of May and Max.
- Good People Have Good Sex: To the point she and Norman have their room soundproofed.
- Happily Married: Very much so with Norman.
The younger son of Norman and Caroline Maple, and May's younger brother.
- Alliterative Name: Max Maple.
- Oh, Crap!: Played for Laughs, he has this when he overhears May saying that she hopes nobody will give her a Pokémon-shaped USB charger (with the plug on the butt) for Christmas.
A trainer from Lilycove City. She was friends and rivals with John Archer.
- Friendly Rivalry: Had this with John Archer, albeit with more emphasis on the "rival" part, which she greatly regrets.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Downplayed. The second part of her Gaiden reveals she felt somewhat jealous of John's progress as a trainer, as he caught up to her rather fast and might have even surpassed her.
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: Says this to Oscar and Andi after she and John defeat them. It seems honest on her part, as she does regard him as nothing but a friend and rival.
- Hidden Depths: As her gaiden shows, she has a lot behind her competitive streak. Her victories made her overconfident to the point she didn't think she could be beaten, and her rivalry with John had escalated to the point that she didn't want him to lose to anyone but her.
- Logical Weakness: She tries to prepare for her opponents in advance as much as possible, but gets thrown off by unexpected factors.
- Making a Splash: Has a Golduck and a Sealeo.
- Mind over Matter: Her Golduck can use Confusion.
- Taking You with Me: Her Misdreavus can use Destiny Bond.
- Too Clever by Half: Downplayed. While she is legitimately a smart and skilled strategist in battle, her victories made her overconfident to the point she didn't anticipate that other trainers (like Phoebe) could also plan in advance against her.
- Red Baron: "Cool Beauty".
- Sore Loser: Zigzagged. She didn't take her loss to Phoebe well, as it meant she couldn't fight John as she had promised. Her talk with Rubrum makes her realize she's wallowing in self-pity and still can support John as a friend.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Unintentionally, she was keeping herself a bit distant from those who tried to be her friends, including John. After realizing this she resolves to be much nicer.
A young member of the Draconids. She also serves as Lore-Keeper of her tribe.
- Adaptational Personality Change: She's a lot more aggressive and confrontational.
- Berserk Button: Fairy-types and anyone of Sootopolitan descent initially, though the latter gains some exceptions later on.
- Enemy Mine: She agrees to work with Steven to find the remnants of Team Zenith, despite her antipathy towards Sootopolitans. Turns into a begrudging respect after fighting Team Zenith.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards Sootopolitans to near murderous degrees. After working with Steven and Sawyer, she lets up a bit, but remains on guard for the most part.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's mistrustful of Sootopolitans, but seems willing to get along with Steven Stone after their adventure. Likewise, she's shown to be irritated by Ryuga's antics during Christmas, but inside admits she'll miss him when he leaves.
- Super Mode: Her Salamence is capable of Mega Evolution.
- Teen Pregnancy: She's confirmed to be the mother of Aster in this continuity, and she doesn't seem all that old.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She was far more cheerful and friendly when she was younger, before everything happened.
- Canon Character All Along: Inverted. See below.
- Cheerful Child: Very much so. She very excited once Steven returns to check on her and Zinnia.
- Child by Rape: It's heavily implied she was conceived this way.
- Dead Guy Junior: Named after Zinnia's late friend.
- Mixed Ancestry: Her mother is a Draconid, her father was a Sootopolitan.
Leader of the Draconid people, grandmother of Zinnia and great-grandmother of Aster.
- Cool Old Lady: Very much so.
- No Name Given: Her real name is never mentioned.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite her animosity to Sootopolitans, she's willing to listen to Steven Stone, and prevents the younger Draconids from attacking Sawyer over a misunderstanding.
Aster the Lorekeeper
Namesake of Zinnia's daughter, and the Lorekeeper before her.
- Posthumous Character: Obviously.
A young member of the Draconids. Considers himself a brave Draconid warrior, but his tribemates consider him "boneheaded".
- Blow You Away: His Swablu can use Gust.
- Brains and Brawn: Develops this dynamic with Sawyer. He's the brawn to Sawyer's brains.
- Dreadful Musician: Grabs a banjo to try and sing some Sootopolitan Christmas songs, much to Zinnia's irritation.
- Fire-Forged Friends: He develops this with Sawyer after the fight Team Zenith.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Has a Swablu, and attempts to tame the angriest Bagon in Meteor Falls.
Rustboro City's Gym leader, who specializes in Rock-Type Pokemon. She's also the principal and a teacher at Rustboro's Trainer School.
- Badass Teacher: A teacher and a Gym Leader.
- Brainy Brunette: She has dark brown hair, and as a school teacher, she's obviously very smart.
- Childhood Friends: She's actually a long time friend of Steven Stone.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Rock-type specialist.
Dewford Town's Gym leader, who specializes in Fighting-Type Pokemon. He trains his Pokemon by surfing.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Fighting-type specialist.
- Fight Off the Kryptonite: Has trained his Makuhita and Hariyama to withstand Psychic-type moves.
- Hot Teacher: Unfortunately he has forbidden himself to date any of his students.
- Surfer Dude: As in the anime.
Mauville City's Gym leader, who specializes in Electric-Type Pokemon.
Lavaridge Town's Gym Leader, who specializes in Fire-type Pokémon. A former member of Hoenn's Elite Four, he's been recently considering to retire and give the reins of the gym to his granddaughter Flannery.
- Old Friend: Has known Drake for many years. He also visits Blaine for Christmas.
- Passing the Torch: Intends to retire from battling eventually.
- Playing with Fire: Fire-type specialist.
Petalburg City's Gym leader, who specializes in Normal-Type Pokémon. May and Max's father.
- Good Parents: Considering that he prevented May from suffering a tragedy, he definitely qualifies. In the Holiday Special 2018, he shows that, while somewhat reserved about May's Bloodliner abilities, he truly cares for her wellbeing.
- Good People Have Good Sex: He and Caroline even had their room soundproofed just for this.
- Happily Married: To Caroline, if Brawly's comments are anything to go by. His short scene in Chapter 25 definitely shows that the two are very much in love with each other.
- Named by the Adaptation: He's given the surname Maple.
- Non-Elemental: Normal-type specialist.
Fortree City's Gym leader, who specializes in Flying-Type Pokemon.
- Blow You Away: Flying-type specialist.
- Delayed Reaction: She only realized Wally was the runaway kid from the news after he had left.
- Ms. Fanservice: Posed for a swimsuit calendar.
- Super Mode: One of her Altaria is capable of Mega Evolving.
Sootopolis City's Gym leader, who specializes in Water-Type Pokemon. He's also a very experienced coordinator and the teacher of Wallace.
- Agent Peacock: His extravagance is something Giovanni would rather forget.
- Making a Splash: Water-type specialist.
The student of the Gym Leader of Sootopolis City, who specializes in Water-Type Pokemon. He's a very experienced coordinator and founder of the Wallace Cup. He's also the rival of Steven Stone and uncle of Lisia.
One of Hoenn's Elite Four, who specializes in Dark-type Pokémon.
- Dark Is Not Evil: According to Word of God, he's like a more family-friendly version of Guzma, and a Dark type specialist.
- The Ghost: Only mentioned so far.
One of Hoenn's Elite Four, who specializes in Ice-type Pokémon.
- The Ghost: Hasn't made an appearance yet.
- An Ice Person: Ice-type specialist.
- Ms. Fanservice: Posed for a swimsuit calendar.
The most recently appointed member of Hoenn's Elite Four, who specializes in Ghost-type Pokémon.
- But Not Too Foreign: She was born in Hoenn but has lived a lot in Alola, implying her ancestry.
- Does Not Like Shoes: As per canon, she goes around barefoot.
- Nightmare Fetishist: She enjoys visiting graveyards, as well as Drake's ghost ship horror stories.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Dexter offhandedly mentions she won the Pokemon League. We do get to see her match against Katie, though.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Ghost-type specialist.
- Playing with Fire: Her Litwick is part Fire-type and can use Inferno.
One of Hoenn's Elite Four, who specializes in Dragon-type Pokémon. A retired navy captain.
- Cool Old Guy: As an Elite Four and former navy captain, he definitely qualifies.
- Cool Uncle: To his grandniece Michelle.
- Dynamic Entry: His Flygon and Haxorus do this before fighting J's Pokemon.
- Father Neptune: Comes with being a sea lover and a former navy captain.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He felt this way 40 years ago during the Trainer-Ranger war when he sank an enemy destroyer without intending to, killing hundreds in the process.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. He shares his name with the Orange League Head Leader.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Dragon-type specialist.
- Poisonous Person: He owns a Dragalge that he received from Drasna.
- Super Mode: His Salamence can Mega Evolve.
Hoenn's current champion. He's also the son of Devon Corporation CEO Joseph Stone.
- The Ace: Comes with being Champion, researcher and heir of an important corporation.
- Badass and Child Duo: With Sawyer during his interlude.
- Bishōnen: Quite good looking, with even the Draconid Elder taking notice.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Downplayed, but despite being for the most part very responsible with his duties, he's more than willing to take any chance to skip doing paperwork whenever he can.
- Character Tics: He has a habit of rubbing his forehead when he's nervous or when things aren't going his way.
- Childhood Friends: With Roxanne, and he even challenged her for his final Gym badge during his trainer journey.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Despite being a primarily Steel-type specialist, he's got a Cradily and an Armaldo in his team (both of them part Rock-type) as well as a Claydol (part Ground-type). His Aggron is also secondary Rock-type.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Specializes in Steel-types, and his main Pokémon is a shiny Metagross.
- Famed in Story: As Champion of Hoenn.
- Fossil Revival: His Armaldo and Cradily.
- Friendly Rivalry: Has this with Wallace.
- Good Is Not Soft: He often mentions that he's many things, but "patient" is not one of them. Case in point, he's perfectly capable of threatening some grunts from Team Zenith to get information on their plans.
- The Mentor: He seems to have taken this role with Sawyer, as he thinks the boy has great potential as a trainer.
- Mind over Matter: His Metagross is part Psychic-type and can use Psychic. His Claydol also counts.
- Passing the Torch: Not yet, but he has faith in Sawyer and the current generation will be able to take over from his.
- Self-Made Man: Despite coming from a rich family, he decided to work hard and make a name of himself on his own merits.
- Superman Stays Out of Gotham: He knows something is going on that makes Rayquaza act strangely, but there's not much he can do about it if it's not happening near or within the Hoenn region.
- Super Mode: His Metagross can Mega Evolve.